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Patrick Cockburn: Libya and the Ghosts of Abu Ghraib | CounterPunch

It is worth looking at the grim aftermath of foreign intervention in Iraq as British, French and American involvement in Libya grows by the day. Both actions could be justified on humanitarian grounds (though Saddam committed infinitely worse atrocities than any attributed to Gaddafi). In Libya foreign powers are at the start of a process aimed at overthrowing an indigenous ...

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International law: Regime unchanged | Editorial, The Guardian

Another difference between the Bush years and the age of Obama is that the latter has at least some regard for the rule of international law In a joint newspaper article yesterday, the US president and British prime minister told the world that they would maintain their assault on an Arab country until its regime collapsed. The inclusion of the ...

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Let women lead the way to peace in Africa | Mariella Frostrup, The Observer

Men with guns are littering Ivory Coast with corpses while my female companions in P.A’s Ribhouse in downtown Monrovia outline inspired, achievable solutions to ending that conflict. In the same gentle voices that cajoled Liberia’s bloodstained dictator Charles Taylor into resigning his presidency (he is now facing war crimes charges at the Hague) they explain their plans. These women understand ...

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Patrick Cockburn: Revolution and Confusion | CounterPunch

Egypt is filled with signs of an unfinished revolution. Politics and everyday life are in a state of flux. Even the skylight high in the ceiling of the Cairo Museum, through which thieves entered at the height of the uprising, has not been mended. The robbers lowered themselves by rope and stole items discovered in the tomb of Tutankhamun, including ...

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Vijay Prashad: Can Libya Survive NATO? | CounterPunch

The stalemate continues. No asp crawls up Qaddafi’s arm. NATO remains without triumph. To go around the stalemate, the leaders of Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa met in Sanya, China on April 14. Between discussions on the credit crunch and their mutual trade relations, these so-called BRIC states released a statement on the events in the Middle East ...

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Cameron: Libya UN resolution makes mission ‘difficult’ | BBC News

David Cameron said the UK was not occupying or invading but said these restrictions imposed by the UN made the mission in Libya more difficult. But he stressed the restrictions were the “right” ones. It comes amid reports of fresh fighting between pro-Gaddafi forces and rebels. Read more here: BBC News – Cameron: Libya UN resolution makes mission ‘difficult’.

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Gbagbo comes under attack from ground assault | The Guardian

The biggest joint ground assault of the war in Ivory Coast so far is now under way against Laurent Gbagbo’s presidential residence, an Alassane Ouattara official claimed. Apollinaire Yapi, a spokesman for Ouattara’s military commander Guillaume Soro, said the pro-Ouattara republican forces were advancing in the Plateau and Cocody districts of Abidjan on Monday with significant French support. Read more ...

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Libyan rebel city of Misrata focus of UN talks on humanitarian crisis | guardian.co.uk

Britain will press for unfettered access to the besieged Libyan city of Misrata in talks at the UN amid deepening concern at the humanitarian situation in the town, which has been surrounded by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi for more than a month. The international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, will discuss plans on Monday to increase aid and medical supplies ...

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