Libya roundup. Turkey does not like French zeal for intervention…

When things were good between Sarkozy and Gaddafi…

Nato to take control in Libya after US, UK and France reach agreement

by Nick Hopkins, Nicholas Watt, Ian Traynor

? Nato to assume day-to-day military command in Libya
? Obama and Cameron: Substantial progress made

Britain, France and the US have agreed that Nato will take over the military command of the no-fly zone over Libya in a move that represents a setback for Nicolas Sarkozy, who had hoped to diminish the role of the alliance.

Split on Libya averted as Nato given military control

by Nicholas Watt, Nick Hopkins, Ian Traynor, Kim Willsher

International coalition including Qatar and United Arab Emirates to share oversight of UN-mandated anti-Gaddafi campaign

Bosnia, which came to symbolise Europe’s failure to prevent bloodshed on its doorstep , could provide a model for a new era as the world confronts Muammar Gaddafi.

Turkey accuses France of overstepping UN Libya mandate

EU hopeful and NATO member Turkey is expected today (22 March) to block a decision by the Alliance to take over leadership in securing the no-fly zone over Libya. In an apparent tit-for-tat response to France’s reluctance to back its EU bid, Ankara is questioning the legal base of the coalition’s operations in Libya.

The Libyan Revolution is Dead: Notes for an Autopsy

from OPEN ANTHROPOLOGY by Maximilian Forte

Turkey objects to NATO Libya role beyond U.N. limits

from Yahoo news
NATO member Turkey says it is unable to agree to the Western military alliance taking over enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya if the scope of the operation goes beyond what the United Nations had sanctioned.


Libya: the view from where you are , Paul Rogers

The international war over Libya began on the late evening of 19 March 2011. Its meaning depends on the angle of vision – and what happens next.

The Libya war has started with full sanction from the United Nations Security Council. This makes it very different from the Iraq war that was launched exactly eight years before in 2003. This time, the coalition that has been put together involves Arab League participants; it expects that the sudden and extensive military action it is undertaking will protect civilians, and might even bring an early end to the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

Humanitarian concerns or oil?

There is widespread anxiety and disbelief in the Turkish media about whether the goal of the coalition partners? — France, the United States and the UK — intervention in the North African and oil-rich country of Libya is saving its people from the oppression of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Clouds over Libya

The events taking place in Libya not only provoked an armed response to the genocidal regime in Tripoli but evoked the power of intellect and morality as well.

Twitter, Facebook, Libyan war

There is an inherent danger in Twitter for writers. When you start to use Twitter you become accustomed to explaining your ideas with sentences consisting of 140 letters only, which is the character limit per tweet.


Australia: Mixed Reactions to Libya Intervention

from Global Voices Online by Kevin Rennie

Written by Kevin Rennie

Thought it was worth capturing some of the early reactions in the Australian blogosphere to the Libya No-Fly Zone and intervention. The Australian government has been a strong supporter of the UN resolution.

Questions raised about U.S. role and goals in Libya

from Wash Post Europe by Karen DeYoung and Peter Finn

Administration officials and military leaders came under a barrage of questions – raised by members of Congress, outside experts and reporters – about the parameters of U.S. participation and the operation’s goals, especially if Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi does not capitulate.

Why I will vote “no” to Libya action, Graham Allen MP

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Graham Allen MP
The Labour MP for Nottingham North sets out why he will oppose the West’s military action in the vote in the House of Commons.


MAIN FOCUS: The West attacks Gaddafi | 21/03/2011

from euro|topics

Western troops have been bombing targets in Libya since Saturday. The Gaddafi regime’s air defences have been destroyed to such an extent that the planned no-fly zone is now a reality. The press approves of the attack but criticises the lack of a peace strategy.

Libya Intervention is creating problems instead of solving them

from by Ari Rusila

Poppycock, Bahrain-style

from From the field by arn

The March 21, 2011, article by Ethan Bronner uncritically presents the position of the wealthy Sunni elite in Bahrain.  It is interesting to hear their point of view, but the reader might fairly expect that Bronner would weigh the key claims.  For instance, in the article that draws largely on an interview with ‘Atif Abdulmalik, a prominent banker, Bronner states:

Obama is dragged into doing the right thing on Libya

from – Op-Ed Columns by Post

Why the president should heed John Kerry’s call for reform in the Middle East.

Yemen: Game Over for Ali Abdullah Saleh?

from Global Voices Online by Afef Abrougui

Video: Time Lapse Mapping the Global Protests and Uprisings

from Global Voices Online by Juliana Rincón Parra

Written by Juliana Rincón Parra

John Caelan from the website The Swamp Post has created a couple of time-lapse videos that map protests from December 18 to March 7, 2011, where the protests and uprisings can be seen spreading out into different countries.

Obama’s muddled message on the Middle East

from – Op-Ed Columns by Post
Another example of him trying to solve a problem by ignoring it.


The drawbacks of intervention in Libya

Concerns over oil markets, geopolitics and refugees might be behind no-fly zone decision, scholars argue.

A ?no fly? in the ointment

from by tabsir

For days we have been watching the ebb and flow of frustration protests in Libya, echoing but not matching the overthrow of long-time despots in Tunis and Egypt, but seemingly less capable of driving the longest terminator of all into an exilic tent (though probably outside one of Berlusconi?s mansions rather than above a madrasa in Saudi Arabia). A week ago it looked like ?rebel? forces might march on Tripoli; such was the rhetoric of liberation on the lips of those who took back the streets east and west of the capital and rattled the very tent pegs of the leader?s Tripoli holdout.

Vote No campaign in Egypt

from Osocio Weblog by Marc

Insight into the Middle East Uprisings

from American Anthropological Association by Joslyn O.

AAA member, Dr. William Beeman provides background and insight into the current uprisings in the Middle East during two-part interview with Access Minnesota. The interview was taped prior to the Libyan uprising.

2011-03-21 Crisis of Legitimacy for #Yemen President Worsens as Military Commanders Defect, Diplomats Resign

Medvedev and Putin clash over Libya

from – World, Europe
Libya becomes battleground within the ruling ‘tandem’ after comments by Putin likening western air strikes on the country to ‘crusades’ were criticised by Medvedev

Turkish opposition chief calls for immediate end to Libya operations

by ANKARA – Daily News Parliament Bureau
Turkey’s main opposition chief has called for an end to the international military intervention in Libya and asked the government to block NATO involvement.

How Libya made me a ‘mouthpiece of imperialism’

by HDN
Finally, most secular and Islamic minded Turks have found a common theme: They all believe in the same international conspiracy on Libya.

Turkey’s ‘Third Worldism’

by HDN
Tomahawks over the Libyan skies mean that Turkey is an outsider, not the useful mediator that pops up in every troubled corner of the world, especially the Middle East.

Morocco: The Winds of Change

by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

For the past month, Moroccans have taken to the streets to call for a reform of the constitution and for the establishment of a democratic parliamentary system. On March 10, the country’s monarch, King Mohammed VI, gave a speech in which he promised revision of the constitution, as well as referendum on further regionalization, guaranteeing the separation of powers and strengthening the role of an elected Prime Minister and Parliament.

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