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 (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 … Read more

Turkey; from denying a role for NATO to assume a leadership position in NATO led intervention. A Libya roundup

Turkey and France clash over Libya air campaign from World news: Turkey | by Ian Traynor Tension mounts over military action as Ankara accuses Sarkozy of pursuing French interests over liberation of Libyan people Turkey has launched a bitter attack on French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s and France’s leadership of the military campaign against Libyan … Read more

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 … Read more

Sarkozy seizes the moment, French-led intervention begins in Libya

Still here in Turkey, many people rely on scepticism on western intentions, while “muslim” Gaddafi murders muslim Libyan citizens…. France send warplanes against Libya after Gaddafi’s forces enter Benghazi from Wash Post Europe by Liz Sly, Karen DeYoung and Sudarsan Raghavan Sarkozy confirms no-fly zone, says Libyan leader attacked civilians with “murderous madness”; rebel warplane … Read more

Gadhafi backs down for the moment, Brutality in Yemen…

Libya airstrikes could start ‘within hours of resolution’ by Mark Mardell (the Reporters) The United Nations seems on the brink of taking a momentous decision. After hanging back for days the Americans have now not only backed the British and French resolution on Libya but beefed it up. The fact that the French foreign minister, … Read more

Busy Thursday: Turkey helps free the Guardian journalist in Libya, diplomatically steps in Bahrain…

  Turkey steps in to calm Bahrain spat from Hurriyet Dailynews Turkey has submitted a set of proposals in an effort to soothe tensions in crisis-hit Bahrain.   Turkey helps free Guardian journalist in Libya from World news: Turkey | Ghaith Abdul-Ahad released from Libyan prison after Turkish government and foreign ministry joined negotiations … Read more

A Libya et al. roundup. “Who depends the most on Libyan oil?; “Challenges for foreign journalists in Libya…

Was Turkish PM Erdogan the final recipient of the Qaddafi human rights prize? from FP Passport by Joshua Keating The Turkish opposition is criticizing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his relative silence on events in Libya saying he is ?doing well by the award? given to him by Muammar al-Qaddafi last November. If current … Read more

Plagiarist Saif Gadaffhi case highlights funding trap for EU universities

Saif Gadaffhi, plagiarist – UPDATED from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow Saif Gadaffhi’s not just the scion of a lunatic dictatorial legacy, and not just the ironic recipient of a PhD from the London School of Economics in ‘The Role of Civil Society in the Democratisation of Global Governance Institutions’ — he’s also a plagiarist! … Read more

About Libya, Guess why EU is anxious?

Libya protests: EU wary of influx EU ministers hold crisis talks on the uprising in Libya, amid concern about expatriates there and illegal migration from North Africa. Libya: Gaddafi Son’s Excuses for the People’s Uprising from Global Voices Online by Amira Al Hussaini Written by Amira Al Hussaini This post is part of our special … Read more

Damn you Gaddafi! May God help people of Benghazi…

View Protests across the Middle East in a larger map Libya: Benghazi Rises Against Gaddafi (Updated) from Global Voices Online by John Liebhardt Written by John Liebhardt News organizations and people on the ground have reported that Libya’s army have shot at demonstrators in Benghazi protesting against the 42-year-rule of Muammar Al Gaddafi. Located 1,400km … Read more

Middle East still simmering. Roundup II – From Libya to Bahrain…

People carry the body of a protester killed during a protest on Monday, as they gather at a Shi’ite village cemetery in Sanabis, west of Bahraini capital Manama, February 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed) Bahrain: anti-government protests continue despite brutal crackdown (big photo gallery) from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin Arab democracy rising: international lessons, … Read more

Middle East still simmering. Roundup I

Bahrain: Police Quash Today’s Protests (Videos) by Solana Larsen Written by Solana Larsen A series of ?illegal’ protests took place in Bahrain today, February 14, as demonstrators marked a ?Day of Wrath’ inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. Several videos from the protests have been shared on YouTube showing how demonstrations were quashed by force. … Read more