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November 02 2011

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To some extent, the intellectual silence of the current uprising is a deliberate response to the hollow revolutionary rhetoric of previous generations. The Arab nationalist movement began in the 1930s and ’40s with idealistic young men who hoped to lead the region out of its colonial past, backwardness and tribalism. The Syrian political philosopher Michel Aflaq and other young writers and activists found inspiration in 19th-century German theories of nationalism, and envisioned their Baath Party as an instrument for modernization and economic justice.

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Irtiqa: Is there a role for intellectuals in the Arab Spring? | by Salman Hameed - sciencereligionnews.blogspot.com  - 2011-11-01

August 25 2011

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Who are the Libyan Western Rebels?
Shashank Bengali: Western rebels from the Berber tribe led by former army commanders


August 24 2011

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Gilbert Achcar Asks: Who Are the Libyan Rebels? This is the $1 Billion Dollar Question - Uploaded by democracynow on 24 Aug 2011 DemocracyNow.org

Libyan rebels have consolidated their grip on the capital of Tripoli by capturing Col. Muammar Gaddafi's main compound, but the whereabouts of the Libyan leader remain unknown and he has vowed his forces would resist "the aggression with all strength" until either victory or death. Reporters in Tripoli say heavy gunfire could still be heard nearby the area of the Rixos hotel where dozens of international journalists guarded by heavily armed Gaddafi loyalists are unable to leave. The Arab league said on Tuesday it will meet this week to consider giving Libyan rebels the country's seat at the league, after it was taken away a few months ago from the Gaddafi government. Today Britain's National Security Council is meeting to to discuss unfreezing Libyan assets to financially assist the National Transitional Council. Democracy Now! speaks with Gilbert Achcar, a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

April 15 2011

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April 04 2011

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April 03 2011

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Jihan Hafiz On Reporting From Libya

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Recently returned from Bengazi, Hafiz reports on rebel fighters, supporters and early stages of the Libyan uprising
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March 22 2011

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March 18 2011

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Libya & the UN Resolution - 2 academics: Ali Ahmida (Libya) vs. Hamid Dabashi (Iran)

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March 16 2011

ESSAY: Für eine Interventon in Libyen

Wir dokumentieren einen Aufruf französischer Intellektueller für eine Sperrung des libyschen Luftraums. Lanciert wurde er unter anderem von Jane Birkin, Andre Glucksmann und Claude Lanzmann


March 15 2011

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Splits over no-fly zone as Gaddafi forces gain ground | openDemocracy - 2011-03-14

World mulls no-fly zone as Gaddafi troops gain ground: time is running out for rebels. India overtakes China as world’s largest arms importer. More civilians fleeing clashes in Ivory Coast as situation spirals towards civil war. Saudi troops sent into Bahrain. South Sudanese leaders pull out of talks amid accusations of northern intervention.

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March 08 2011

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Nahost: Überwachung made in Germany - fm4.ORF.at - 20110308

Während im Jemen und in Bahrain Pro-Demokratie-Demonstranten auf den Straßen starben, hielten IT-Firmen aus Deutschland, Frankreich und anderen EU-Staaten in Dubai Überwachungsseminare für Polizei und Geheimdienste ab.

Am 21. Februar wurden in der jemenitischen Stadt Aden mehrere Demonstranten von "Sicherheitskräften" umgebracht. Aus Bahrain kam desselben Tags die Nachricht, dass das geplante Formel-1-Rennen wegen der Massenproteste von März auf November verschoben werden muss. Kurz davor hatte es auch in Bahrain Tote gegeben, als Spezialeinheiten den von Demonstranten besetzten Perlenplatz stürmten.

Im benachbarten Dubai aber herrschte business as usual. Im noblen Hotel JW Marriott tagten Repräsentanten mehrheitlich europäischer Firmen mit hochrangigen Vertretern jener Polizei- und Geheimdienstkräfte aus Nordafrika und Nahost, die gerade mit brutaler Gewalt gegen die eigene Bevölkerung vorgingen.

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Special Operations: Egypt Quietly Invades Libya | 2011-03-06

    

March 6, 2011: The rebellion against the Kadaffi dictatorship in Libya has not produced any official outside help, but Egypt has apparently sent some of its commandos in to help out the largely amateur rebel force. Wearing civilian clothes, the hundred or so Egyptian commandos are officially not there, but are providing crucial skills and experience to help the rebels cope with the largely irregular, and mercenary, force still controlled by the Kadaffi clan. There are also some commandos from Britain (SAS) and American (Special Forces) operators are also believed wandering around, mainly to escort diplomats or perform reconnaissance (and find out who is in charge among the rebels).

The Egyptian commandos come from Unit 777, a force that was established in the late 1970s, but underwent some ups and downs in the next two decades before achieving its current form. Today, the 250-300 -man Unit 777 is a significantly improved force. They fall under the command of the Army Commando Command, both of whom are based in Cairo. Unit 777 trains with the help of the German GSG-9, French GIGN, and American Delta Force commandos. All Unit 777 members are qualified in static-line (low altitude) airborne operations, and possibly with HALO (high altitude jumps) as well. The primary operations of Unit 777 involve the suppression of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic radical groups. There have been rumors that Unit 777 has conducted cross-border operations, although this cannot be confirmed. If not, this foray into Libya would be the first one. The foreign commandos who have worked with Unit 777 all agree that the Egyptians have become quite competent, especially when it comes to counter-terror operations.

Any Egyptian involvement in Libya has to be handled very carefully. While the two countries fought a three day war in 1977, the real cause of tension is the fact that for thousands of years, most of Libya was considered part of Egypt. Given the fact that Libya has all that oil, and less than a tenth of the population of Egypt, well, then, you can figure out the rest. But for the moment, everyone is a revolutionary brother. At least for as long as the moment lasts, then history takes over.

 

March 05 2011

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March 04 2011

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March 02 2011

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Gadafi setzt Drohnen aus Wien im Bürgerkrieg ein


Vier Helikopter-Drohnen, die eine Firma aus Wien der libyischen Regierung verkauft hat, haben am Dienstag für Aufregung bei der Nationalratssitzung gesorgt. Der Grün-Abgeordnete Peter Pilz bezeichnete die vom Wirtschaftsministerium genehmigte Lieferung als illegal und Verstoß gegen das Kriegsmaterialgesetz. Offenbar setzt das Gadafi-Regime die Überwachungsdrohnen zum Aufstöbern von Aufständischen ein. Laut Hersteller sind die ferngesteuerten Helikopter unbewaffnet und wurden von Libyen zur Grenzkontrolle angeschafft.

Laut Pilz würden die Drohnen von der militärischen Elite- Einheit von Staatschef Muammar al- Gadafi, der 32. Brigade, eingesetzt. Es sei dies “die brutalste Einheit des Regimes”, schreibt der Abgeordnete auf seiner Website . Seiner Meinung nach verstoße die Lieferung der Firma Schiebel mit Sitz in Wien gegen das Kriegsmaterialiengesetz, da der Verkauf zwar vom Wirtschaftsressort, aber ansonsten weder von Außen- noch Innen- oder Verteidigungsministerium genehmigt worden sei.

Als Vermittler für den Verkauf der Camcopter S- 100 (Bild), bekannt auch als Schiebel S- 100, hat Pilz zufolge ein Syrer gedient, der in der Wiener Innenstadt eine Pizzeria betreibt. Das Auftragsvolumen lag bei mehr als sieben Millionen Euro. Geplant sei ursprünglich gewesen, acht weitere Drohnen zu liefern, behauptete der Abgeordnete am Dienstag im Nationalratsplenum. Angesichts der derzeitigen Vorgänge in Libyen sei davon aber nun Abstand genommen worden.

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Libya: “Breaking News: Gaddafi is Lying”

Written by John Liebhardt

This post is part of our special coverage Libya Uprising 2011.

Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al Gaddafi spoke for more than three hours on state television Wednesday, March 2, denying that anti-government protesters and members of the military were mobilizing against his regime. Instead the dictator, who has been in power for four decades, blamed Islamic terror groups, foreign nations with colonial aspirations and the international media for creating stories about the Libya's descent into chaos.

“I dare you to find that peaceful protesters were killed,” he said. “In America, France, and everywhere, if people attacked military stores and tried to steal weapons, they will shoot them.”

Speaking to loyalists and members of the foreign press at a ceremony celebrating more than three decades of “people power,” Gaddafi covered a lot of ground during his speech, including: His disdain for the Egyptian revolution in February; his anger at international media for not covering pro-government demonstrations; and the fact fleeing foreigners will create more jobs for Libyans.

Gaddafi spent much time tying the country's upheaval to a foreign conspiracy — led by the United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) — to grab Libya's oil and enslave the country. He also told the crowd that thousands of people will die if foreign forces enter Libya.

On Twitter, people offered their commentary during the speech with a hint of ridicule that is now customary when Gaddafi speaks.

@Dima_Khatib:
Gaddafi is speaking to a crowd of mainly men, seated inside a hall. Foreign press is there. #libya #feb17

@Dima_Khatib: Signal on Libyan State TV is back but Gaddafi's voice was heard intermittently earlier, sounding more like a techno song !! #libya #feb17

@ChangeInLibya: Whoever is responsible for jamming gaddafi is an absolute GENIUS. #libya #feb17

@JustAmira: Are all of Gaddafi's cheerleaders on drugs?

@mosaaberizing: I can understand hiring mercenaries to fight, but bringing them in to attend his speech and clap at intervals is a new touch. #GaddafiSpeech

@ChangeInLibya:
Hahahahaha, Aljazeera Arabic get bored yet AGAIN and cut off gaddafi's speech #libya #feb17

@Dima_Khatib:
During Gaddafi's speech a man in Benghazi is holding a sign that reads: “Breaking News - Gaddafi is lying” !! #libya #feb17

@hudduh:
Loving Benghazi's people. On split screen you can see them writing instant response posters to his nonsense #feb17 #Libya #Gaddaficrimes


“Breaking News: Gaddafi is Lying,” from Libyan Youth Movement's Facebook page.

@JustAmira: How many more speeches Gaddafi? We believe u: there are no protests. No one died. Move on

@Dima_Khatib:
Looking at faces of men attending Gaddafi's speech, I would say they look more bored than I am ! Some look half-asleep #libya #feb17

Even with a few technical difficulties, many people quoted parts of the speech directly:

@NicRobertsonCNN:#Gadhafi said anyone who opens door to aid to #Libya will be accused of treason — he said we have enough food and supplies.

@SultanAlQassemi:
Gaddafi: Italy didn't thank us for defending its embassy. We will bring Indian & Chinese firms to replace the Western companies in #Libya

@NicRobertsonCNN: #Gadhafi threatened attacks on US 6th Fleet and warned there will be no peace in the Mediterranean if there is no peace in #Libya.

@EyesOnAlgeria:
Qaddafi's metaphor : “If a rat comes into your cave, the best way to fight him is to burn the whole cave down” #Libya

@SultanAlQassemi:
Gaddafi: There is no more unemployment in #Libya after the Egyptians & Tunisians left

@SultanAlQassemi:
Al Jazeera showing images of Libyans holding their shoes up to Gaddafi

@SultanAlQassemi: Gaddafi: In Libya there are no political prisoners, not one. Because politics belongs to the people, we want people to take authority

@Dima_Khatib: Gaddafi explains why Arab media is not telling truth about #Libya by saying Arabs envy Libyan people because of oil and vast area #feb17

@SultanAlQassemi: Gaddafi: They took over dangerous arms so the military started bombarding the weapons depots so the terrorists don't take them over

@Dima_Khatib: Gaddafi : Obama is not a yankee and adventurer like Bush & Clinton #libya #feb17 #obama

@ShababLibya:
Gaddafi: i was told Cameron froze the Libyan assets, I put 2 fingers in his eyes, it is not mine, they belong to Libyan banks #Libya #Feb17

@SultanAlQassemi:On Al Arabiya now. Gaddafi: I am ready to sit with any Emir (leader) from Al Qaeda & debate with him

@SultanAlQassemi: Gaddafi: Men, women, children all over Libya went out to demonstrate for me, the TV stations didn't cover them, we have it all on tape.

After Gaddafi finished speaking, a few tweeps provided their impressions:

@TrablesVoice: too much air activity in tajoura area, also Pro-Qaddafi are outside with cars and horns celebrating their Leader.

@JustAmira: After listening to Gaddafi talk, wondering how all international media managed to convince us that anyone at all would want him out

@ToneyBrooks:
#Gaddafi is positively Nero-esque this morning. Rambling incoherently for over 2 hours while he bombs and burns his people.

@Dima_Khatib: Gaddafi deserves every condemnation possible. But how many like him and worse than him deserve it too for massacres they committed? #libya

@libi4ever: I will miss u Qadffi, no 1 can lie like u, no1 can make laugh loudly like u #libya #17feb

Tunisia: Refugee Crisis at the Libya Border

Written by Afef Abrougui

This post is part of our special coverage Tunisia Revolution 2010-11.

The border between Tunisia and Libya has seen a massive influx of refugees since the uprising in Libya began. The journey to the border is long and tough, and for most it doesn't end there. Huge crowds of thousands have been waiting for days in freezing cold weather to cross in to Tunisia. Up to 75,000 people have fled the violence in Libya to Tunisia, since February 20, and even more people are expected. The situation at the Libya-Tunisia border is at crisis point, says the UNHCR.

The IFRC have posted this video from Ras Jdir on March 1.

Many of the refugees who are trapped at the crossing point of Ras Jdir in Tunisia are Egyptians who lived in Libya. Their compatriots in Egypt have been following the events at the border closely.

Hani Mohammed (@palestinoo7) urges Egyptians to put pressure on the government to bring back home those who are still trapped at the Ras Jedir crossing point:

٧٥ الف مصري يستغيثون في منطقة العبور راس جدير ببنقردان تونس، الرجاءالإسراع في إيصال هذا النداء الى الحكومة المصرية، الوضع بدء يتفاقم هناك وهنالك خوف من وقوع أزمة إنسانية

Thousands of Egyptians at the border crossing of Ras Jdir, in Ben Guerden, in Tunisia, are screaming for help. Please, send this message to the Egyptian government. The situation there is deteriorating and there is fear that a humanitarian crisis may occur.

Shady Al-Mahmoudi(@ShadyAlmahmoudi) tweets:

الانباء القادمه من الاصدقاء التونسيين..تتحدث عن كارثه انسانيه للمصريين الهاربين من القذافي في راس جدير الحدودية..والاعداد تفوق امكانياتهم

Tunisian friends are talking about Egyptians fleeing from Gaddafi, facing a humanitarian crisis in Ras Jdir… and the numbers have gone beyond their potential

Wael Ghonim, an Egyptian protest leader, (@Ghonim) tweets:

Thanks Tunisian brothers and sisters for hosting your fellow Egyptians. You showed them more solidarity than our careless government!

Map of libya, tunisia, egypt borders

Map of Libya, Tunisia, Egypt borders

Calls to come to the rescue of refugees in Ras Jdir have been spreading via social media, and campaigns to collect humanitarian aid have also been organised.

Hamdi Kadri(@hamdi_kadri) puts out a call for international NGOs to notice the situation:

Appel aux ONG du monde entier : la situation se dégrade sur les frontières tuniso-libyènne. Appel à l'aide.

A call for the NGOs all over the world: the situation is deteriorating at the Tunisian-Libyan border. Help!

HHassine(@HBHassine) tweets:

C'est le moment de faire preuve de solidarité, d'humanité et de responsabilité: à Ras Jdir,des milliers de gens ont besoin d'aide.Aidez-les!

It's time to show your solidarity, humanity, and responsibility: in Ras Jdir, thousands of people need help. Help them!

Zied Mhirsi,(@zizoo), a Tunisian medical doctor who has volunteered to help those fleeing violence in Libya tweets:

On a surtout besoin de ressources humaines pour gerer ces milliers d'arrivant. Venez a Ras Jedir et donnez de votre temps.

We need human resources more than anything, to manage the thousands who are crossing over to Tunisia. Come to Ras Jedir and give some of your time

He also praises the efforts of the Tunisian army:

L'armee tunisienne est en train de faire un super boulot. Les nations unies sont impressionnees.

The Tunisian army is doing great job. The United Nations are impressed.

Others, were concerned that the massive flow of refugees pay put Tunisia's interests at risk during a very fragile transition period since the President Ben Ali fled the country.

Mathieu von Rohr a Foreign Affairs Correspondent of DER SPEIGEL(@mathieuvonrohr) tweets:

refugee crisis in ras jdir is another threat to tunisia's stability - international help needed quickly.

This post is part of our special coverage Tunisia Revolution 2010-11.

March 01 2011

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