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Year In Review: 2011’s Biggest Events

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 24, 2011

 

When Mohamed Bouazizi, a young Tunisian fruit seller, set himself on fire toward the end of December 2010, he did so out of economic despair and outrage over rampant corruption in his native Sidi Bouzid.

In 2011, the world saw protest movements that demanded an end to that inequality. Bouazizi became a symbol for millions of people around the world who found themselves similarly facing daily government oppression and misrule. “The people want the downfall of the regime” became a slogan that united people across Syria, Yemen, Libya, Egypt and Tunisia.

Protests toppled leaders that previously had seemed untouchable — Muammar Gaddafi in Libya, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Tunisia’s Zine Abidine Ben Ali and Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh. Meanwhile, the brutal crimes of the governments of Syria and Bahrain captured headlines worldwide and rose to the top of the international agenda.

In the United States, activists in New York’s Zuccotti park launched a protest movement that challenged corporate culture and the unequal division of wealth. Protesters questioned the foundations of the global economic system and defended the rights of “the 99 percent.”

Natural disasters continued to wreak havoc around the world, with floods in the Philippines killing nearly one thousand, devastating earthquakes in Turkey killing hundreds as buildings collapsed, and the worst earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan’s history creating a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The United States claimed the deaths of al Qaeda’s leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, and the American, radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

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Libya: NATO Continues Bombing Campaign

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 6, 2011


Oh, still the war going on?
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Libya: NATO Says Gaddafi Fighters Continue To Be Threat

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 22, 2011


No surprise, it was already known and fear remains there as lots of Gaddafi supporters still there.
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Libya’s Revolution Produces a New Hybrid: Pro-Western Islamists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2011

By ABIGAIL HAUSLOHNER / TRIPOLI

The Libyan rebels chuckle when they find a child-sized T-shirt featuring a cartoon of Osama bin Laden amid the

Former rebel fighters pray at a checkpoint near Bani-Walid, Libya, September 12, 2011 Alexandre Meneghini / AP

surveillance files, tapes and photos in one of the buildings abandoned by Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s internal security forces. Sporting thick, bushy beards in a fresh show of religiosity they say never would have been tolerated under the old regime, they have mixed feelings about the man on the T-shirt. “Fighting in the name of Islam is something that all Muslims respect,” says Mukhtar Enhaysi, carefully. “But when [Bin Laden] makes explosions and commits acts of terrorism against civilians who have nothing to do with that, no one agrees with that.”

Enhaysi’s nuanced view is commonplace in a country whose citizens are suddenly free to express themselves, although the subtle Islamist current in the rebellion has worried some of its Western backers. Rebel forces in Tripoli are commanded by a former associate of Bin Laden, who the CIA had sent to Libya for questioning and torture by Gaddafi’s regime. And the leader of the rebel Transitional National Council has called for a constitution guided by Islamic values, reflecting popular sentiment in a country whose people describe themselves as conservative, and who have endured 42 years of enforced — albeit, many say, superficial — secularism under Gaddafi, even as he tried to style himself as the nemesis of the West.(See pictures of the lengthy battle for Libya.)

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a cheering crowd in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square this week that, “We seek a state of law, prosperity and one where Sharia [Islamic law] is the main source for legislation, and this requires many things and conditions,” adding that “extremist ideology” would not be tolerated.

Indeed, for a citizenry that views itself as inherently more conservative than its Egyptian and Tunisian neighbors, it shouldn’t be surprising that Libya’s interim leaders are already emphasizing the Islamic character of their future government. But many say that Gaddafi’s legacy — and NATO’s recent intervention — has also paved the way for a different kind of Islamist than the type that Washington has long feared. “The fact that Gaddafi used [the West] as a common enemy, well, the saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ holds very true here,” says one official in the National Transitional Council (NTC), speaking on condition of anonymity. “If you compound that with the fact that the Westerners were instrumental in their support [of the rebels] and in the demise of Gaddafi, you see that people are really quite friendly.”(See a brief history of Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Libya: Estimated 30,000 Died In War; 4,000 Still Missing

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 8, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — At least 30,000 people were killed and 50,000 wounded in Libya’s six-month civil war, the interim health minister said, offering a first detailed estimate of the high cost in lives of bringing down Moammar Gadhafi.

There have been rough estimates in the past, but Naji Barakat, the health minister in the new Libyan leadership, said his figures are based, in part, on reporting from hospitals, local officials and former rebel commanders.

Barakat said he’ll only have a complete count in several weeks, but that he expects the final figure for dead and wounded to be higher than his current estimates. Libya has a population of just over 6 million.

At least 4,000 people are still missing, either presumed dead or held prisoner in remaining Gadhafi strongholds, including his hometown of Sirte, Barakat told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Others killed in fighting were hastily buried, and are now being exhumed for identification. Read the rest of this entry »

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Libya: Gaddafi Hunted

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 24, 2011


Two million bounty of Gaddafi head in trillion dollars war
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Libya: Rebels Say They Launched Attack On Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 21, 2011


Gunning to Gaddafi side and he is still safe. This is just drama or real war?
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Abdel Salam Jalloud, Gadhafi’s Ex-No. 2, Has Defected, Libyan Rebels Say

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 20, 2011


The pressure with rise and fall graph. Just for couple of months war, the cost was estimated trillion dollar and now this is long time. Not sure the pressure graph could fall again.
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Libya Rebels Recognized By U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 16, 2011


Could this be the real solution of the problem? After spending trillion dollars still why we are not able to have the real safe solution?

See this video:


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Libya: NATO Intensifying Bombing To Aid Rebel Push

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2011


Front, back, front, back ……when this drama will be finished?
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Libya Advice From Justice Department, Pentagon Lawyers Reportedly Was Overruled By Obama

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2011


Now I am rememberin­g Animal Farm’s well known line “all are equal, but some are more equal”
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Gaddafi Says Libya Ready For Ceasefire Provided NATO ‘Stop Its Planes’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 30, 2011


Let’s create “win win situation”
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Libya Cease-Fire Conditions Set By Opposition

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 1, 2011


Cease-fire is the most as everybody civilian and everybody army there. And everybody’­s life is important.
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Obama Signed Secret Libya Order Authorizing Support For Rebels

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 30, 2011


Without this decision the war could go for several months.
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‘Carnage Beyond Imagination’ In Misrata As Gaddafi Pounds Rebels

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 29, 2011


“Coalition might supply weapons to the rebel” – BBC
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