Qaddafi forces murder 2 photojournalists. a Libya roundup

TIME tribute to Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, photojournalists killed today in Libya

by Xeni Jardin


Two Photojournalists Reportedly Killed in Libya [UPDATED]

by Lauren Indvik

EU foreign policy: moving on from Libya, Justin Vaïsse and Hans Kundnani

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Justin Vaïsse and Hans Kundnani
Historically, internal divisions have caused the EU to be flat-footed in responding to foreign policy crises. But by learning from the EU?s successes and failures, it should be possible to plan coordinated approaches for future crises, argue Hans Kundnani and Justin Vaïsse.


Why Libya will not be a second Iraq, Jeff Bridoux

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Jeff Bridoux
Obama, Cameron and Erdogan have it all wrong. Libya is an exercise in regime change but it will not be another Iraq.


2011-04-13 Doha summit supports Libyan rebels

They are starting to celebrate in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi as the news of the decisions taken at the meeting of the Libya International Contact Group earlier today in Doha, Qatar began to filter in. They see most of the decisions taken are supportive of their struggle to overthrow the 42 year old regime of Mummar Gaddafi and they expect that soon many more nations will join France and Qatar in recognizing the Transitional National Council as the sole legitimate government of Libya.


Qatar and the Arab Spring, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Why has Qatar experienced such a different trajectory to much of the rest of the Arab world in recent months? What explains its recent actions, and how might it emerge from the Arab Spring?

Libya and the fog of intervention, Dan Smith

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Dan Smith
Now the war has started, which side are you on? Should the intervention stop because the war will be long and bloody? Which means that instead the war will be short, Qaddafi will be victorious, and the aftermath will be bloody ? probably as bloody as the war.


Year of the boomerang? Frantz Fanon and the Arab uprisings, Fatin Abbas

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Fatin Abbas
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth. Fatin Abbas argues that the uprisings that have erupted across north Africa and the Middle East in recent months attest to the visionary power of Fanon’s work and to its enduring relevance.

Tweeting the police state

Syrian cyber dissidents describe how they get around the regime’s attempts to silence them.


Two Bad Options in Yemen

from by tabsir

On April 1, pro-government protesters clung to poles bearing the country?s flag, demonstrating their loyalty to the regime; photograph by Karim Ben Khelifa for Newsweek

by Gregory Johnsen, Waq al-Waq, April 4, 2011


2011-04-08 Another bloody Friday in #Syria [Updated]

Bashar al-Assad (right) with his brother Maher al-Assad (left) and brother-in-law Assef Shawkat (center) in 2000.


America in the Egyptian revolution

from The Immanent Frame by Atef Said

I have been in Egypt since February 6, 2011, where I have been witnessing events, talking to friends, activists and non-activists, and to the public in Cairo?s streets?and it is not an exaggeration to say that every corner in Egypt talks politics today. What gets covered in these discussions ranges from the role of the army in the transition to a democratically elected civilian government to what kind of new constitution Egypt needs after the revolution, and from counter-revolutions and the role of residual forces from Mubarak?s ruling party and security apparatus in Egypt today to the extent to which Egyptians have successfully freed themselves from a culture of fear.


Turkey’s Libya ambivalence
It does not help that American diplomatic cables just published by WikiLeaks have shown that Turkey’s Incirlik airbase was used by the CIA to move Muslim detainees under Erdogan’s watch. Meanwhile, a fresh crisis is brewing as anti-government protests

Turkey tests ‘soft power’ in Arab world

In the context of the Libyan civil war and unfolding revolutions across the Arab region, Turkey is stepping up efforts to make its mark as a role model and diplomatic broker. EurActiv Turkey contributed to this article.

Libya, and the decisive moment , Paul Rogers

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Paul Rogers
A single incident in Libya’s evolving conflict may come to be pivotal in shaping the fate both of the anti-Gaddafi effort and of western military intervention.

MAIN FOCUS: Nato lacks clear Libya strategy | 15/04/2011

from euro|topics

The foreign ministers of the Nato countries announced at their summit in Berlin on Thursday that they would continue to put pressure on Libyan ruler Muammar al-Gaddafi. France and the UK want to expand  military operations in Libya, while Germany, Spain and Belgium see political pressure as the best approach. The commentators welcome the resolute rhetoric but would like greater clarity on Nato’s strategy.


The other Arab exception, Hazem Saghieh

by Hazem Saghieh

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The Arab revolutions of 2011 have disproved one argument about the Arabs only to raise another, says Hazem Saghieh.

After the democratic victories won in east-central Europe and Latin America in the post-1989 years, a new term was coined: ?the Arab exception?. It signified the notion that Arabs are different: contrary to every other people in the world suffering oppression, they don?t revolt. Instead they launch military coups and palace conspiracies, and demonstrate for quasi-nationalist and religious causes: but when it comes to great collective social revolutions inspired by transforming ideas, they lack courage.

The Saudi complex: power vs rights, Madawi Al-Rasheed

by Madawi Al-Rasheed
Saudi Arabia’s rulers are deploying a mix of force and largesse to contain the threat of democratic protest. But an emerging civic movement is determined to persist, says Madawi Al-Rasheed.


Turkey?s ?moral politics? in Libya: seduction by analogy ?

by acturca

Today?s Zaman (Turkey), 20 March 2011, Sunday

by Şaban Kardaş

Turkey?s policy on Libya so far has drawn criticism from many angles, most notably due to the growing dissonance between Ankara and the international community on the issue of pursuing coercive policies against the Gaddafi regime?s use of brutal force against its own people to crack down first on the peaceful demonstrations and later the uprising across the country.

Egypt?s post-revolution will not be televised

from Protect The Human by Neil

Woman holding a sign which says ‘Egyptians Creating Their Future’, Al-abidin, Cairo, Feb 2011.

The media caravan has moved on and Egypt is yesterday?s news. Which is precisely why it?s so important to focus on what?s actually happening now that former president Hosni Mubarak and others are under arrest and the country has supposedly turned a corner once and for all.


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