Monday, 28 February 2011

Zawiyah: 30 miles from Tripoli, the city on the frontline of Libya's revolt

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/27/libya-30-miles-from-tripoli?CMP=NECNETTXT1349

A nice little peice which aptly captures the stalemate at present in Lybia :)

Libya protests: Gaddafi says 'all my people love me'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12603259

The man is a complete fruitcake!
'Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has told the BBC he is loved by all his people and has denied there have been any protests in Tripoli'
'Col Gaddafi said that his people would die to protect him. He laughed at the suggestion he would leave Libya and said he felt betrayed by leaders who had urged him to quit.'
'Col Gaddafi accused Western countries of abandoning Libya and said that they had no morals and wanted to colonise the country'
'Col Gaddafi said true Libyans had not demonstrated but those who had come on to the streets were under the influence of drugs supplied by al-Qaeda'

The New Rules: America Need Not Fear Connectivity Revolutions

http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/8022/the-new-rules-america-need-not-fear-connectivity-revolutions

A very interesting article from the World Politics Reveiw
Argues that while globalisation (for example over the internet) is not neccessarily democratising the Middle Easts '2.0 Revolutions' are examples of how it can be. While globalisation can cause a great deal of upheavel (simply because it promotes a huge range of choive inherently unavailable in authoritarian or traditional societies)the reaction of each society is different. Each strand of connectivity that globalisation imparts increases the need of the younger more ambitious generation to put improvement above social stability. Therefore, in terms of Islamic states, the most successful are those who are able to grow and develop flourashing middle classes (Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia). Closing with these thought provoking paragraphs:

'How those countries traversed Bremmer's J-curve while tolerating the Web's growing penetration constitutes the real model for successfully exiting the current unrest. Iran has no such model to offer, nor do the Saudis or al-Qaida. They can only "win" where societies remain largely or completely disconnected from globalization's embrace.

And that tells you everything you need to know about the long war against violent extremism and why America, despite its status quo-protecting instincts, should cheer on these 2.0 Revolutions.'

Including examples from the authors own life it is highly accessable and interesting.

Libya's rebel army

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/world/africa/01unrest.html?_r=2

I love parts of this article on the Libyan rebels:
' defecting officers in the east of the vast, desert nation took steps to establish a unified command while their followers in the rebel-held city of Zawiyah, just outside the leader’s stronghold in the capital, displayed tanks, Kalashnikovs and antiaircraft guns.'
So many army units and police have defected the fight for Libya now looks like a success for the Libyan rebels as:
'a global effort to isolate Colonel Qaddafi and possibly force his resignation gained momentum over the weekend, with the United Nations Security Council moving to impose punitive financial sanctions and NATO allies discussing steps that included a possible no-fly zone over Libya'
'a day of increasing self-confidence among the rebels, who spoke of tapping revenue from the vast Libyan oil resources now under their control — estimated by some oil company officials to be about 80 percent of the country’s total. And in recognition of the insurrection’s growing power, Italy’s foreign minister on Sunday suspended a nonaggression treaty with Libya on the grounds that the Libyan state “no longer exists,” while Secretary of State Clinton said the United States was reaching out to the rebels to “offer any kind of assistance.”'
It seems that Gaddafi has no where to run and no where to hide. Surely this leaves him with only one remaining choice - to step down.
However this raises the issue of the violent protests as they are the first in the run of revolutions in the region. Is this the start of a new violent wave of protest, esecially if the Libyan rebels succeed?

Introduction

So as this is the first post I probably should be explaining everything...
  • My names Sam
  • I'm a 19 year old student
  • I study International Politics at Aberystwyth University, Wales
  • This blog is a bit of fun I thought I'd set up about The World And That Sort Of Thing instrad of doing some probably quite important work
  • Basically its my little input about the world, politics and life in general (which sounds really up my self I know)
  • From the situation in the Middle East to last nights TV and probably a few moans about my life in between
Anyway welcome to The World And That Sort Of Thing. Maybe you'll find something interesting/funny/idiotic, I hope so
Sam