It’s a week when Libya’s self-proclaimed « Guide », Muammar Gaddafi, lost all his bearings.
And now, he seems poised to lose his country as well.
As North Africa’s deadliest rebellion so far rages on, how much more damage will Gaddafi inflict on his people?
And can a country riven by tribal rivalries avoid a plunge into all-out civil war?
Militias and troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fired on protesters and killed at least four in Tripoli Friday, as they tried to break up the first major rally in the capital in days, according to witnesses.
In Libya, Colonel Gaddafi is becoming increasingly isolated, web users react. Online reports of the protest movement against the interim Tunisian government. And an animation focuses on the phenomenal success of Facebook.
INTERNATIONAL PAPERS, Fri., 25/2/2011: After a catastrophic economic year and a deeply unpopular IMF/EU bailout, Ireland goes to the polls today. We look at coverage in the Irish press. Also, is the Saudi king’s bid to “buy his public” with generous pay rises enough to prevent riots? Finally, a shocking report in Rolling Stone about a US General in Afghanistan who tried to have “psy-ops” performed on visiting Senators…
A defiant Muammar Gaddafi has told crowds of supporters in Tripoli's Green Square that "...if the people don't love me, I don't deserve to live". Much of the country, however, is under protesters' control.
European countries are divided as to how to deal with the potential flood of refugees from North Africa. What are the EU's duties in this situation and what should be their priorities? Should Northern European countries work with Southern European countries to try and share the asylum burden more evenly?
FRENCH PAPERS, Fri., 25/2/2011: Libération says mercenaries at large in Libya come partly from war-torn Darfur. We also look at a map where Libya’s fleeing expats come from. Le Figaro carries an anonymous letter by French diplomats defending France’s foreign policy, this just days after another letter by diplomats was published in Le Monde, decrying Sarkozy’s policies. Also, Ben Ali’s nephew speaks to Le Parisien.
The UN Security Council is set to meet on Friday to discuss possible action against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s regime that could include sanctions intended to end a violent crackdown on anti-government protesters.
In power for over 40 years, Libya’s Muammar Gadhafi is the Arab world’s longest serving leader. He was once dubbed the mad dog of the middle east by US President Ronald Reagan and this week he lived up to his nickname by promising to annihilate his opponents in a ranting hour long speech. Just how far is Gadhafi prepared to go in order to hold on to power?