Libya et al roundup: Turkey good at evacuation, but not that successful with the rebels

Libyan rebels blame airstrike lull on Turkey – Washington Times

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen ...

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (L) shakes hands with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Umit Bektas


Turkey pursues its Libya mediation efforts despite setbacks


Ankara politicking for post-Gadhafi era in Libya

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Amid ongoing conflict in the embattled country of Libya, Turkey has stepped forward to press for a cease-fire between the opposition and the ruling government. Turkish authorities have met with Libyan officials, who deny that they are losing power, but they are still waiting for the chance to discuss the issue with the opposition 

In this Tuesday, April 5, 2011 photo provided ...

In this Tuesday, April 5, 2011 photo provided by the Turkish military, 14 wounded Libyans and 13 family members evacuated with a military plane from Benghazi, Libya, seen at the Etimesgut military airport outside Ankara, Turkey. Hundreds of Libyans hurt during fierce fighting arrived Tuesday in Turkey, where medics wheeled the wounded out in stretchers for emergency care at a hastily assembled portside hospital. Passengers waved the flags of Turkey and of the Libyan opposition and cheered ‘Turkey! Turkey!’ from the deck as the ferry-turned-hospital brought wounded residents from the besieged Libyan city of Misrata and the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. (AP Photo/Turkish Military, HO)

Turkish military and Libyan crisis

Turkey?s military, which enjoys an autonomous status, resists coming under civilian democratic control. Over 200 of its active and retired members are facing charges of triggering an armed insurrection to unseat the government.


Gaddafi?s Mercenaries – Useless, dangerous or crucial?

from WhirledView by Patricia H. Kushlis

By Patricia H. Kushlis

The late veteran Middle East correspondent John K. Cooley began the second edition of his book Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism with Machiavelli?s admonition to rulers about the inadvisability of relying on mercenaries to fight their battles for them.   Here are the first two sentences from the longer quote:  ?Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous . . . for mercenaries are disunited, thirsty for power, undisciplined and disloyal; they are brave among their friends and cowards before the enemy. . .?


Gaddafi and Libya ? a case for just intervention?, Jean-Paul Gagnon

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Jean-Paul Gagnon
Full militaristic intervention cannot be justified on the grounds that this is a ?just war?. We are then left with the option to intervene militarily in a smaller way or not to intervene militarily at all.

Recently, we have been witnessing the turbulence of one of Africa?s most authoritarian regimes: that of Gaddafi in Libya. One distinction might be said to separate Libya from the popular risings in Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Jordan, Syria and other countries; that of the vitriolic response from Muammar Gaddafi in reaction to calls for greater political freedom for the pluralist citizenry of Libya, far ?worse? than those of other regimes in Bahrain, Yemen, or Syria.

The Yemen Protests and the Environment

from by tabsir

The Dragon Blood Tree is native to Socotra. It gets its name from the red sap that the trees produce, which was used in the past by the locals for healing. Kay van Damme

Foreign researchers flee Yemen leaving conservation programmes in trouble

Kashmir and the Arab spring, Fahad Shah

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Fahad Shah
In Kashmir, a 63-year-old conflict, some people find inspiration in Egypt?s revolution

Every war or revolution has repercussions. When a thirty-year-old rule crumbled in ashes, world conflicts found a ray of inspiration and hope flooded people?s hearts. In Kashmir, a 63-year-old conflict, some people find inspiration in Egypt?s revolution and the other mass movements in the Middle East while some believe Kashmir is an entirely different case.

Libya in context: imperialists no longer paper tigers?, Saroj Giri

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Saroj Giri
Maybe saving the lives of civilians by taking away their fundamental political agency is the real problem with UN-NATO interventions, rather than some hidden economic self-interest.

Soon after the first rejuvenating flush of democratic assertion sweeping the Arab countries a not-very-optimistic situation has emerged in Libya today. The upbeat mood among left and democratic sections about the Arab spring has suddenly given way to disappointment: not the Arab masses but the US and NATO are the active subjects now who are setting the agenda ? UN mandated armed intervention, arms supply to the Libyan rebels and so on.

Europe?s tipping-point, Turkey?s solution, Nora Fisher Onar

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Nora Fisher Onar
The prospect of Turkish membership of the European Union looks more remote than ever. But neither Europe?s infirmity nor Turkey?s widening horizons need be the end of the story. A revived relationship based on mutual benefit remains possible, says Nora Fisher Onar. 

The Arab spring: protest, power, prospect, David Hayes

from open Democracy News Analysis – by David Hayes

What is the ?Arab spring? becoming? After three months of upheaval, repression and conflict, the democracy wave in the region, including Iran, is at a crucial stage. openDemocracy authors offer concise perspectives on a complex and fluid political moment.

Misunderstanding Bahrain?s Shia protesters

from by tabsir

The Shia in Bahrain have recently been distancing themselves from Iran whilst attention is diverted to Libya [REUTERS]

Predominately Shia protesters are calling for political reform not alignment with Iran, researchers argue.

by Genieve Abdo and Jasim Husain, al-Jazeera, April 3, 2011

Syria: Bread and Propaganda

by Jillian C. York

Written by Jillian C. York

As protests in Syria continue into their third week, the Assad government is making concessions in hopes of appeasing protesters. Today, the government closed the country’s new casino and reversed a ban on niqaab in schools, in an attempt to reach out to conservative Muslims.


The Arab lobby

How the tiny kingdom of Bahrain strong-armed the president of the United States.


Obama striving for post-imperialism

Barack Obama’s evolving Middle East policy signals a positive shift in US foreign policy, former CIA analyst says.

The European and African Unions: A key to Libya?

from Brussels Blog by Peter Spiegel

As the international community prepares for a gathering of political leaders in Qatar next week to discuss the crisis in Libya, it is worth watching the recent travels to Brussels and other European capitals of Jean Ping, head of the African Union commission.

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