Still here in Turkey, many people rely on scepticism on western intentions, while “muslim” Gaddafi murders muslim Libyan citizens….
The UN Security Council decided in favour of a no-fly zone over Libya and further military measures on Thursday. Intervention is the right decision but it comes too late, some commentators say, while others warn of the unpredictable consequences.
Iain Dale has been quick to denounce the German abstention as “shameful” and an act of “cowardice”.
from EUobserver.com – Headline News
Turkey has got its wish for a ceasefire. But if it holds, it will allow Gaddafi to keep control of the major oil ports he has won back
Beware of getting what you wish for. The ceasefire Colonel Gaddafi has just announced is not a vindication of the decision of the UN security council to get tough, nor a result of the wide backing the vote got from the Arab League and, unusually, three members of the African Union.
Slate’s Tom Scocca reminds us that the west’s willingness to rescue pro-democracy protesters from brutal, murderous middle-eastern despots is highly selective. If you’re rebelling against a dictator who’s been a thorn in America’s side, you get airstrikes and UN resolutions; if you’re rebelling against tyrants who are forthcoming with their oil or ports, you’re lucky if the Secretary of State will bestir herself for a round of finger-wagging as your comrades are coldly murdered in the streets.
Libya: Mohammed “Mo” Al Nabbous, founder of Benghazi webcast “Libya Alhurra TV,” killed in firefight
Written by John Liebhardt
This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011.
The Libyan people’s uprising against Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi may or may not have begun in Benghazi, but the country’s second-largest city is the political heart and rebellious soul of the movement. It is home to the country’s first anti-Gaddafi newspaper and the anti-Gaddafi transitional government. With once fast-charging rebel forces now under considerable attacks by Gaddafi forces, however, Benghazi could become a last stand for Libyan freedom.
from Global Voices Online by Anas Qtiesh
from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt
Written by Afef Abrougui
This post is part of our special coverage Tunisia Revolution 2011.
In the two months that have followed the ousting of former Tunisian President Ben Ali by revolutionary protests, four United States (US) officials have visited Tunisia: Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, William Burns, the US under-secretary of state for political affairs, and Senators Joseph Lieberman and John McCaine. On the night of Wednesday 15 March, 2011, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton arrived in capital Tunis after a trip to Egypt.
Written by Omar Chatriwala
Bahrain awoke to a violent crackdown by police on demonstrators camped out at the country’s iconic Lulu (Pearl) roundabout on Wednesday.