Libya Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 25 February, 2011

25 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

Gadhafi tells Tripoli crowd: ‘Retaliate’
msnbc.com
TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya’s embattled Moammar Gadhafi called on his
supporters Friday to defend against the surging oppposition, telling a
crowd of thousands that “we are ready to triumph over the enemy.” Gadhafi,
wearing a fur cap and sunglasses, …
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/41775200/ns/world_news-mideastn_africa/

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Al Jazeera Promotes Libya’s “Crown Prince” Who Calls for Military Intervention in Libya by Yoshie Furuhashi

25 February, 2011 — MRZine

Al Jazeera received a lot of kudos for its exciting coverage of the intifadas in Tunisia and Egypt.  Many of us in the West in particular found it to be a useful source of information, since the Western media’s coverage of them, largely shaped by imperialist preferences as always, was quantitatively lesser and qualitatively worse than Al Jazeera’s.

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Egypt on the edge: democracy last hope to fight poverty — RT

25 February, 2011 — RT

There is fresh hope of a brighter future under democracy in Egypt. However, fighting poverty and other deep-rooted problems may be just as important.

The fact is, many Egyptians live in dire economic conditions. In an interview with a major newspaper, the minister for Social Solidarity warns that unless the poor receive the help they need, the next revolution will be one of the hungry.

The past years have seen the major cities in the north become wealthy, whilst the south of the country has suffered with social problems, such as unemployment and education.

Some of the poorest people in the Egyptian capital live in the Bulak area of Cairo. Here many are hopeful that a democratic Egypt will help them out of poverty.

However, others express concern that they may see the rich get richer while the poor get poorer.

“I am worried things could get worse for the poor if democracy is not implemented, I pray God will keep Egypt safe,” says a resident of Bulak.

Amor Eietrebi is an activist and one of the organizers of the revolution that toppled Honsi Mubarak. He believes that Egypt can make the transition from dictatorship, to a democratic state. Self-determination, he says, is the only way forward.

Support for a democratic Egypt has come from governments around the world. However, some of those leaders who have been quick to congratulate the revolutionaries may not be so pleased with the possible future for the country.

“One basic problem we see – and this is a big dilemma for the West – we want democracy, but we also want states who’ll be friendly to us and do what we want, but almost certainly Arab democracy is going to be a great deal less comfortable for the West than Arab dictators, Arab autocrats, Arab monarchs have been,” historian Mark Almond told RT.

However the dictators have been swept aside by people who, after years of injustice, finally had enough.

While the West may have been convinced Egyptians were fighting the democratic principles they may be in for a nasty shock when they find out that people simply wanted change.

Dmitry Sedov – Revolts in Arab world – who’s next?

25 February, 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

The revolt in Libya makes us seriously revise our attitude to the events in the Arab East. A widespread point of view that the Internet was to blame for creating options for self-organization has been shaken.

Indeed, the Internet opens opportunities for political mobilization and creation of mass movements, but in any case this is only the channel through which different social groups promote their interests. Accumulation of serious social and economic contradictions when it reaches the point, after which an outbreak of social rage follows, is the real base of national protests. The Internet is not more than a detonator. It is no longer important whether those who want to play with social sentiments have a clear plan of actions or not. It is much more important that without social-economic reasons such plans just don’t work.

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Assange extradition reveals political bias of British justice — RT

25 February, 2011 — RT

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A ‘rubber-stamping process’ – that is how the founder of WikiLeaks, whistleblower Julian Assange, described a London court’s decision to extradite him to Sweden to face questions over rape allegations.

­He said the ruling did not catch him by surprise, and that he is planning to appeal.

Assange posed some interesting questions: ‘Why is it that I am subject, a non-profit free-speech activist, to a US$360,000 bail? Why is it that I am kept under electronic house arrest when I have not even been charged in any country?’

And he is not the only one asking those questions, particularly as the British government has a history of granting asylum to some fairly controversial characters, including Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky. Continue reading

Assange extradition reveals political bias of British justice — RT

25 February, 2011 — RT

assange-extradite.jpg

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange

A ‘rubber-stamping process’ – that is how the founder of WikiLeaks, whistleblower Julian Assange, described a London court’s decision to extradite him to Sweden to face questions over rape allegations.

­He said the ruling did not catch him by surprise, and that he is planning to appeal.

Assange posed some interesting questions: ‘Why is it that I am subject, a non-profit free-speech activist, to a US$360,000 bail? Why is it that I am kept under electronic house arrest when I have not even been charged in any country?’

And he is not the only one asking those questions, particularly as the British government has a history of granting asylum to some fairly controversial characters, including Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky.

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Egypt Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 25 February, 2011

25 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

Protesters fill Cairo square
CNN
By the CNN Wire Staff The demonstrators Friday asked Egypt’s military rulers to follow through on promised changes. They pressed Egypt’s Supreme Council to end an emergency law and release political prisoners, among other things. …
www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/25/egypt.protests/

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Yemen Mostly Mainstream Newslinks for 25 February, 2011

25 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

Thousands continue anti-government protests in Yemen
CNN International
Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) — Thousands of demonstrators, mostly students, were lining the streets outside Sanaa University Friday, as anti-government protests continued. Government loyalists had also said they planned counter-demonstrations in the Yemeni …
edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/25/yemen.protests/?hpt=T2

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The World Social Forum and the Battle for COP17 By Vishwas Satgar

25 February, 2011 — The Bullet Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 470

In a world plunged ever deeper into an uncivilized global capitalist condition, the World Social Forum (WSF) is a crucial beacon of hope. At its recent gathering in Dakar, Senegal the news of the unfolding democratic revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt electrified the spirit of optimism pervading the multiple axes of deliberation. The geometry of left politics was redrawn from Latin America to North Africa and the Arab world. The expressions of people’s power in these revolutions defied inherited formulaic understandings of 20th century revolutions. Instead of vanguards and armed uprisings, these revolutions organized without organization through social media and the unstoppable mass surge of discontent. Egypt and Tunisia also fired an imagination for more: could people’s power be harnessed to end the tenuous grip of neoliberal ideology on a world scale? Could the struggles in Latin America, the Maghreb, the Arab world, global climate change negotiations and beyond be connected to frame a new horizon for global transformation?

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 24 February, 2011: Israel investing $1.6 million in “new media warriors”

24 February, 2011 — VTJP

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International Middle East Media Center

Agricultural Land Decimated by Israeli Authorities
IMEMC – Thursday February 24, 2011 – 17:51, Ma’an News Agency has reported, on Thursday, that the State of Israel has bulldozed cultivated lands north of Salfit.

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Wikileaks Newslinks for 25 February, 2011

25 February, 2011 — creative-i.info

WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange extradited to Sweden to face rape sex attack allegations
Daily Mail
By Daily Mail Reporter The founder of whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, will be extradited to Sweden to answer sex attack allegations, a judge has ruled. The 39-year-old Australian is accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping …
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1360211/WikiLeaks-Julian-Assange-extradited-Sweden-face-rape-sex-attack-allegations.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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