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