The comparison makes sense, take a look at this bit of news out of Israel and it goes both ways, looks like the Israeli and certain Arab regimes have a lot more in common than the lobby would care for you to know about:
‘IDF soldiers who won’t fight should be shot,’ says national security adviser candidate
Maj. Gen. (res.) Yaakov Amidror told a 2009 conference that soldiers should kill anyone who gets in the way of completing their mission.
And now for the latest news from Libya…
Evidence of torture emerges in Libya
And more news from Libya:
Egypt is not Tunisia. And Libya is not Egypt. And Yemen is neither Tunisia or Egypt. And Oman is not Tunisia. And Bahrain is not Egypt either. Syria is not Egypt either. And Saudi Arabia is the closest to Al-Farabi’s Virtuous City. That is all you need to know about the Arab world. And if you don’t believe me, ask Jeffrey Feltman. He was the one who assured us that events “in Tunisia are uniquely Tunisian.” –Angry Arab
Gaddafi: Forces responding ‘like Israel in Gaza’
Leader calls for probe on uprisings as Turkey offers to attack Libya in exchange for EU membership.
Gaddafi says ready to enter in a dialogue with Qaeda
In a speech aired on Wednesday, the Libyan President Moamer Gaddafi blamed al-Qaeda for all the unrest happening in the oil-rich country, and said that he is ready to enter in a dialogue with the Osama bin Laden–led group.
Libyan: Qaddafi forces shoot hospital patients
A resident of the increasingly violent Libyan capital of Tripoli told CBS Radio News Thursday that armed supporters of Muammar Qaddafi, the country’s longtime leader, have stormed into hospitals to shoot wounded demonstrators and take dead bodies to an unknown location. “They go in with guns into hospitals,” said the resident, identified only as Adel to protect his safety. “They take the bodies that are dead. In some hospitals, they have shot the wounded. This is true. I know it’s very strange for the States, but this is happening today in Tripoli.”
Evidence of Libya torture emerges
As opposition groups in Libya take over areas outside of the capital, state prisons and military buildings are being searched. In Benghazi, the opposition says they have unearthed equipment used by the government to torture dissidents, while more and more allegations of cruelty towards political prisoners are emerging. Al Jazeera’s Tony Birtley reports from Benghazi, Libya.
Libya received military shipment from Belarus, claims EU arms watchdog
A plane landed at Sebha airport in the Libyan desert on 15 February just before the UN imposed an arms embargo, says Sipri
Qaddafi forces push into Libya’s east
Forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi have launched what seems to be a campaign to take back parts of eastern Libya after a week of focusing on keeping control of Tripoli.
Gaddafi in bid to reassert control
Libyan leader dispatches troops to areas in the western part of the country amid mounting pressure from Western leaders.
Kadafi marshals show of strength in Libyan capital
Moammar Kadafi and the opposition offer conflicting claims on who is gaining the upper hand in the Libyan uprising. The claims and choreographed displays of control shed little light on the balance of power. Embattled Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi marshaled cheering supporters and convoys of trucks said to be headed for rebel territory. His foes boasted of sending 500 men down the coastal highway for a showdown in Tripoli, the capital.
Qaddafi Makes Little Headway in Assault on Libyan Rebels
Rebels appeared to hold the city of Zawiyah after an attack by Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s forces.
Gaddafi: Libya dignity under attack
Libyan leader says he is just a symbol and power is in the hands of the people during televised address to supporters.
In Libyan capital, nerves behind the normality
TRIPOLI, March 1 (Reuters) – A widespread revolt may be closing in on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi but there is little sense of panic in the capital. As they queued for bread and shopped at Tripoli’s vegetable markets on Tuesday, some residents dismissed suggestions their leader might soon be toppled and and were keen to tell foreign reporters that everything was fine.
The military option against Libya’s Gaddafi
Fighter jets, aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean, a no-fly zone over Libya and arming the rebels are all options being weighed up by the United States and its allies in the European Union, as a defiant Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is continuing to cling onto power and is ordering airstrikes on towns and arms depots.
How is Muammar Qaddafi still hanging on?
Muammar Qaddafi, clinging to power in Tripoli, has now faced down more internal and external pressure than fellow autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia.
Saif Gaddafi: UK and US have no idea what’s going on in Libya
Colonel Gaddafi’s son Saif Gaddafi tells Sky News’ Lisa Holland that David Cameron is trying to be a hero and that Britain and the United States have no idea of what’s happening on the ground in Libya.
Libyan demonstration in support of Qadhdhafi
Libyan regime TV is showing a pro-Qadhdhafi female demonstration. I kid you not. I counted them: less than 20. I kid you not.
Protesters Continue to Gain Ground
Libyan rebels say Gadhafi forces repulsed in Brega
Libyan rebels said they repulsed forces loyal to Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi in Brega on Wednesday after they stormed the eastern town with tanks and heavy artillery.
Libyan rebel army prepares for war
Ragtag units gathering and organising themselves to march on the capital, Tripoli, still under Gaddafi’s control.
Libya unrest: the net closes in on Tripoli
Britain is working on plans for a military no-fly zone over Libya and is considering whether to arm the opposition forces in the east of the country
Libya uprising: Key cities
As Libya’s antigovernment rebels take hold of more cities, the nation no longer appears divided between pro-government West vs. rebellious East. Now, with embattled leader Muammar Qaddafi facing dwindling support from traditional western strongholds, the situation increasingly appears to be Almost Everywhere vs. Tripoli. Here’s a look at some key cities.
Libyan rebel leaders organising for attack-captain
AJDABIYAH, Libya, March 1 (Reuters) – Libyan army units which have rebelled against Muammar Gaddafi are organising under a unified council to launch an attack against forces still loyal to the leader, a rebel officer said on Tuesday.
Rebels at Libya munitions dump fear any direct hit
AJDABIYAH, Libya, March 1 (Reuters) – Libyans guarding a major munitions dump near the rebel-held eastern town of Ajdabiyah fear any direct hit by warplanes sent by Muammar Gaddafi’s military could cause destruction for miles around.
The day the Katiba fell
Libya’s turning point may have come when protesters overwhelmed a barracks in Benghazi.
Libyan City of Benghazi Firmly Under Opposition Control
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Benghazi for Friday Prayer outside of the courthouse where protests that set off the rebellion began more than a week ago.
Leaders in eastern Libya forming volunteer army
AJDABIYAH, Libya, March 1 (Reuters) – Leaders of the rebel forces holding eastern Libya are forming an army of volunteers and defectors and will advance on Tripoli once it is liberated from within, a rebel army officer said on Tuesday.
Volunteer force guards Benghazi against Gadhafi’s vengeance
BENGHAZI, Libya: As Benghazi sleeps, a volunteer nightwatch patrols the opposition bastion, fearful that Moammar Gadhafi will wreak his revenge by unleashing saboteurs to ravage Libya’s second city. The civilians, most of them without any military training, operate shifts throughout the hours of darkness, manning roadblocks to hunt out infiltrators and guarding the city’s key infrastructure. “We take turns from 3 p.m. to 8 a.m.,” says Ahmad Abdelrahim, 32, who has a business in the capital Tripoli, which remains in the hands of Gadhafi loyalists, but who rushed to help out in Benghazi when the city was liberated. “We are all civilians without any military training,” he says, a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder and his face masked with a balaclava.
Benghazi: ‘On the road to victory’
The Libyan city of Benghazi in the east of the country has been under the control of the anti-government movement since the first week of the uprising. The BBC’s Lyse Doucet is in Benghazi. She says that in some parts of the city, life appears to be slowly returning to normal.
Daughter of a Martyr
After more than ten days at home, yesterday morning I went out for some grocery shopping, and I noticed a sad and fearful quietness in the faces of the Libyans in the streets because of the inhumane events which are happening. The streets are very quiet and almost empty. People no longer feel safe enough to walk in the streets even in daylight. In fact, the shops near here are all closed; only a few small grocery markets are open so people can buy the basic needs (water, flour, oil).
Media & Repression/Suppression
Libyan rebels improve net access
Net access in Libya is improving in areas under the control of protesters, suggests analysis of data flows.
Fighting back in Libya’s media war
With state television in Libya reporting that the situation in the country is normal, anti-government activists have taken to creating their own media outlets to get their message out. Several activists in the opposition stronghold of Benghazi have set up a radio station, getting updates from protesters on the ground and disseminating them to the wider public. Al Jazeera’s Hoda Abdel-Hamid reports from Benghazi, eastern Libya.
Journalists detained and broadcasts jammed in Libya
New York, March 1, 2011–Security forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi continue to detain journalists and jam broadcast frequencies, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. “It is beyond irony that the authorities in Tripoli are inviting in foreign reporters for guided tours of the capital while they round up Libyan journalists who dare talk to foreign broadcasters,” said CPJ Deputy Director Robert Mahoney. “We are deeply concerned for the welfare of six Libyan journalists who have either been detained or gone missing since the unrest began. We hold the Tripoli administration responsible for their safety.”
To Report On Libya, Media Use An Informal Pipeline
With very few foreign reporters in Tripoli, NPR turned to eyewitness accounts to tell the story of violent unrest in the Libyan capital. And as NPR production assistant Asma Khalid writes, Libyan-Americans set up a Facebook group to help get information out of the capital.
Pro-Gadhafi forces said to block food to Zawiya
CAIRO — Living conditions worsened in Libya and aid groups warned of a growing humanitarian crisis Tuesday as the battle between rebels and forces loyal to leader Moammar Gadhafi shut down transportation, kept businesses closed and forced people to stay in their homes. Conditions were particularly dire in rebel-held Zawiya, a city west of Tripoli where anti-Gadhafi protesters have fought back bloody government counterattacks for nearly a week. Residents reached by phone said pro-Gadhafi forces had set up checkpoints on the city’s east and west sides, halting the flow of food and medicine.
LIBYA-CHAD: Libya unrest cuts “critical” aid route
DAKAR 01 March 2011 (IRIN) – Unrest in Libya has cut off a 3,000km supply route the World Food Programme has used since 2004 to bring food to tens of thousands of Sudanese refugees and displaced Chadians in eastern Chad.
LIBYA: Stranded Somali migrants unsure where to turn
NAIROBI 02 March 2011 (IRIN) – Some 2,500 Somali migrants in the Libyan capital Tripoli, under the control of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, are holed up in the violence-affected city and unsure what to do, say Somali migrants there.
Chaos at Libyan-Tunisian border
Border guards struggling to control crowds as the UN says 140,000 people have fled the revolt aimed at toppling Gaddafi.
UN urges mass Libyan evacuation
The UN calls for a mass humanitarian evacuation for people who have fled from Libya as it suspends the country from its Human Rights Council.
Libya – how aid agencies are responding to the crisis
LONDON (AlertNet) – Tens of thousands of people, mostly migrant workers, are trying to escape Libya where an uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has led to a deadly crackdown by his security forces. Here’s the latest on the situation and the response of some aid agencies to the growing humanitarian crisis.
Tunisia and Egypt Struggle With Refugee Exodus From Libya
Around 110,000 people have fled Libya’s fighting for neighboring Egypt and Tunisia, the United Nations refugee agency said.
Aid for Libya
Egyptian and Libyan expats send humanitarian assistance
Talk to Jazeera – Franco Frattini
Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, speaks to Al Jazeera’s Teymoor Nabili about the role of the international community in Libya, Italy’s close relationship with Gaddafi, managing potential enormous flows of refugees coming to Italy, mediterranean politics, and supporting the Libyans.
Tripoli needs FOOD
This is a shop in Tripoli around 2:00 p.m. local time in Tripoli. As the regime tries to kill its people with bullets, bombs, and heavy weaponry, they are also cutting off food shipments in an effort to starve the people as well. PLEASE DONATE! The people need Aid.
Libya uprising – live updates
• Battle for oil refinery town of Brega, deaths reported
• Gaddafi forces retake towns near Tripoli
• Failed bombing attempt on arms dump in Ajdabiya
• Gaddafi gives new speech blaming al-Qaida
• Click here for a summary of key points today
ICC to launch Libya probe
The ICC probe will look into the killing of civilians by Gaddafi’s forces during Libya’s uprising.
Libya’s Rulers Must Know Crimes against Humanity Will be Punished
The UN was right to refer Libya for investigation into human rights abuses: the international criminal court may be slow, but it has more power than any other form of justice
Libya suspended from rights body
United Nations general assembly unanimously suspends country from UN Human Rights Council, citing ‘rights violations’.
U.S. warships enter Mediterranean in move to be closer to Libya
Repositioning of U.S. ships and aircraft closer is widely seen as a symbolic show of force since neither the United States nor its NATO allies have shown any appetite for direct military intervention.
Arab League ministers to reject military intervention in Libya
Despite U.S. and European calls to institute a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent government attacks on civilians, Arab nations are expected to restrict their response to sending aid and collecting facts.
Malta refuses to return Libyan fighters-PM
VALLETTA, March 1 (Reuters) – Malta has refused to return two warplanes to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that were flown to the Mediterranean island by defecting pilots last week, Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi said. Gonzi told reporters late on Monday that Libya’s prime minister had personally requested the return of the two Mirage jet fighters. Malta rejected the request and the fighters are still under armed guard at the airport. Their pilots have sought political asylum.
U.S. moves two warships closer to Libya
Military officials say maneuvers meant to provide White House with ‘broadest possible decision space’ in wake of persisting riots in Libya.
US eyeing broad range of Libya options-Pentagon
WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – The U.S. military is trying to give the White House the broadest range of possible actions as it steps up pressure on Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, defense officials said. Two amphibious assault ships will arrive shortly in the Mediterranean, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said, and 400 Marines are being sent, poised to take part in evacuation and humanitarian operations if needed.
Clinton: Libya no-fly zone under active consideration
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that the administration is actively considering implementing a no-fly zone over Libya and gave a full-throated defense of robust State Department funding.
Do No-Fly Zones Work?; Yes, but they might not stop Qaddafi
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton acknowledged on Monday that the United States and its allies are actively considering imposing a no-fly zone over Libya as a means to prevent Muammar al-Qaddafi’s government from cracking down on rebel forces as the country seemingly spirals into civil war. There have been widespread reports of Libyan Air Force jets bombing and firing on protesters; rebels reportedly shot down a plane while it was firing on an anti-Qaddafi radio station on Feb. 28. Some 200 Arab groups from throughout the Middle East signed a letter over the weekend in support of a U.N. sponsored no-fly zone. How exactly do these zones work?
Canada freezes C$2.3 billion in Gaddafi assets
OTTAWA, March 1 (Reuters) – Canada has frozen C$2.3 billion ($2.4 billion) worth of assets belonging to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. The official did not give details.
US to probe claims Gaddafi ordered Lockerbie bomb
WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) – The Obama administration will look into allegations that embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may have ordered the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers on Tuesday.
N.Irish Gaddafi compensation deal put on hold
BELFAST, March 1 (Reuters) – Legal moves to secure a multi-million compensation package from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for the victims of IRA violence in Northern Ireland have been put on hold, a lawmaker in the province said on Tuesday.
Gaddafi ‘exam cheat’ under review
The London School of Economics has confirmed it is investigating allegations that Colonel Gaddafi’s son plagiarised his PhD thesis.
Gates Plays Down Idea of U.S. Force in Libya
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Tuesday played down the possibility of American military intervention in Libya, saying that there was no agreement within NATO about the use of force and that now was not the time for the United States to be entering into another war in the Middle East.
Libya Standoff as Saudi Quivers and Iran, Iraq under Pressure, Juan Cole
Pro-Qaddafi forces secured the country’s Western border with Tunisia on Tuesday and then attacked the city of Zawiya, just to the west of the capital. Zawiya’s partisans, joined by defectors from the Libyan army, successfully defended the city. There is said also to have been an attack by Qaddafi’s forces on Misurata (Misrata) to Tripoli’s east.
Why Qaddafi can no longer terrorize Libyans
While Qaddafi is trying to retake cities held by the opposition, the stunning shift in mood in ‘liberated’ Libya has unleashed a new sense of freedom – and the courage to defend it.
Libya is united in popular revolution – please don’t intervene
We welcome a no-fly zone, but the blood of Libya’s dead will be wasted if the west curses our uprising with failed intervention
Inside Story – Are sanctions enough?
On Saturday, the UN Security Council voted unanimously to impose financial sanctions on the Gaddafi regime and to refer Libya to the International Criminal Court. But with Muammar Gaddafi threatening to cleanse the country house by house, are words enough to protect unarmed Libyan civilians?
Sanctions on Libya send strong message, officials say
The U.S. and its allies are counting on the punishing measures to have a crucial indirect effect by convincing those around Moammar Kadafi that they face a bleak future if they decide to stick by him. International sanctions imposed on Moammar Kadafi and his regime will have little direct effect on his ability to raise money or rally his army against a rising insurgency, U.S. officials acknowledged Tuesday.
Even a Weakened Qaddafi May Be Hard to Dislodge
The Libyan leader has enough support among institutions and tribes to retain power in the capital for some time, experts say.
What can the West do now – and can anything really hurt Gaddafi?
From freezing bank accounts to imposing a no-fly zone, the international community’s next steps will be crucial to the region. Ben Chu and Jake Heller assess the options.
Kadafi’s son loses long-held reformist mantle
Seif Islam Kadafi, once seen as a beacon of change, now is his family’s public face against the revolt. Associates say he’s caught between his Western-educated outlook and loyalty to his father. He was for years Libya’s greatest hope for a peaceful, orderly transition away from his erratic father’s autocratic rule. As such, the seemingly open-minded son of Col. Moammar Kadafi was feted by world leaders and greeted with approval by international human rights groups and even some opposition activists as a beacon of reform in a politically ossified North Africa.
Robert Fisk: Panic on borders as chaos engulfs Libya
The Libyans watched from an open window of the immigration post, leaning out to see the 20,000 fleeing Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Iranian workers heaped up against the border wall. They seemed quite unconcerned, shirt-sleeves rolled up, moving to a window closer to this crowd. Already up to 75,000 have struggled into Tunisia, but yesterday the crossing system collapsed as thousands of men, almost all Arabs desperate to escape Muammar Gaddafi’s state, fought with local Tunisians who – under the eyes of the army – attacked them with stakes and iron bars.
Gaddafi Burning the House Down, Shafiq Morton – Cape Town
My visit to Libya in the late 1990’s was as Kafka-esque as the life and times of its then Brother Leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. It was in the era of the Lockerbie bombing sanctions, and getting to Libya was no camel ride. I’d been invited to attend a media conference in a country that had no independent media, no opposition leader alive within its borders and no freedom of speech. But that was only the beginning.
Please: avoid treating Qadhdhafi like he is some leftist
“Although all three have dictatorship in common, Qaddafi’s Libya is quite different from Ben Ali’s Tunisia or Mubarak’s Egypt. The Libyan leadership is not outright subservient to the United States and the European Union. Unlike the cases of Tunisia and Egypt, the relationship that exists between Qaddafi and both the U.S. and E.U. is a modus vivendi. Simply put, Qaddafi is an independent Arab dictator and not a ”managed dictator” like Ben Ali and Mubarak.” Oh, no. That is bullshit. Qadhdafi quickly became a very managed and controlled puppet of the US. He stopped paying a penny to the Palestinians when he was ordered by the US and Israel. And don’t forget how he sent a delegation of “pilgrims” to Israel to appease Zionists in the US.
Hillary: she does not know who is behind Lockerbie
Hillary Clinton has just called for another investigation of Lockerbie bombing to see if Qadhdhafi was involved. Someone needs to tell her that he indeed admitted responsibility and that his son, Sayf Al-Islam, arranged for the cash payment. But Hillary means well and is innocent: she said that she was under the wrong impression that Chinese premier was behind the bombing of Pan Am 103.
no to no fly zones in Libya, Max Ajl
Apparently 200 Arab NGOs begged for the imposition of UN-enforced no-fly zones over Libyan airspace, including Ahdaf Soweif, a novelist and writer who is giving the Edward Said Memorial Lecture in a week at Columbia University (someone please call him out on this) and Omar Al Qattan (Palestinian expatriate bourgeoisie). Robert Danin from the Council on Foreign Relations burbles, “What would be dramatic would be to employ a no fly zone over Tripoli to protect the protestors from Colonel Gaddafi’s aircraft.” The Pentagon has pre-positioned warships off Libya’s coastline to help secure the “no-fly zone,” and to help protect the delivery of “humanitarian aid supplies.” A “revolutionary council” in Benghazi has apparently reached a “consensus” to request air-strikes to unseat Qaddafi, some claim, while others say that they are still “debating.” Some are pointing out that the entrance of foreign troops into the field will offer an opportunity for the armed forces in Tunisia and Egypt to re-enter the fray in their own countries, quashing any insurrectionary momentum and turning the countries once again back into US client states.
The Arabs in Africa
As Libyans rise up against the 41-year-old dictatorship of Muammar al-Qaddafi, one of the most striking claims of state violence has been the hiring of “African mercenaries” to crush the revolt. Like Hosni Mubarak’s “thugs” (or baltagiya in Arabic, terms that gained widespread currency almost instantly), the mercenaries represent the anti-populist face of violence, those who are willing to take to the streets not for reasons of personal conviction or national duty, but for compensation from the embattled regime.
Unverified Misreporting on Libya, Stephen Lendman
America’s media, Britain’s state-controlled BBC, other Western sources, and Al Jazeera are spreading unverified or false reports on Libya’s uprising. On February 25, writer Madhi Darius Nazemroaya, a Middle East/Central Asian specialist, based on reliable in-country contacts, headlined an important article, “Libya: Is Washington Pushing for Civil War to Justify a US-NATO Military Intervention?” For greater readership, this article covers key information in it. Its entirety explains much about what’s ongoing – what major media accounts misreport or suppress, especially television reaching large audiences, presenting distorted managed news. It shouldn’t surprise. Representing powerful interests, carefully filtered sanitized reporting substitutes for the real kind.
Has Chavez been drinking the Nescafe?
At the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in 2009, I remember asking renowned writer and activist Tariq Ali, during a Q&A after the screening of the film “South of the border” he’d helped Oliver Stone create – whether in the spirit of the “enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend”, he and Stone had jettisoned objectivity in their uber-respectful, often fawning conversations with the leaders of Venezuela, Bolivia and other “Bolivarian” countries of Latin America.