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21 Oct 2011
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BY SAMUEL JOSEPH You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Twenty-four dead. And it may not be over. As the so-called “Days of Rage” spread across the Middle East, they are met with different responses. In Libya, long ruled by dictator Muammar Gaddafi, it was out-and-out violence. CAROLINE MALONE: “Sources suggest Libyan security forces shot and killed demonstrators. Some of the worst casualty numbers were reported in the city of Beida, where according to Human Rights Watch, hospital staff put out the call for additional help as they became overwhelmed with injuries.” And that’s not all. Channel 4 News spoke with a nurse in a Libyan hospital who says not even the hospital zones are safe. “...last night, armed men, wearing ‘military or police’ uniforms, which the nurse had ‘not seen before’ entered the hospital at around 2am, and carried away three patients who were involved and injured in the protest...” And unlike the protests in Egypt that successfully ousted that country’s president - BBC says Gaddafi enjoys more support in Libya -- at least in the capitol. BENJAMIN BARBER: “The fact is in Libya, in Tripoli, where Colonel Gaddafi and his family are most of the time, there isn’t anything like the anti-Gadhafi feeling that you get in Benghazi 2,000 kilometers away over east towards Egypt where the rival clans, for 25 or 30 years, have seen Gadhafi as a tribal enemy and trying to make trouble for him.” And Human Events suggests - also unlike the Egyptian protesters - Libya’s opposition isn’t likely to see much U.S. backing. “...Libya’s demonstrators can’t count on much support from the Obama Administration... The Libyan people are going to have to display some real progress against the Qaddafi regime before President Obama will suddenly declare he’s been 100% behind them all along...” Rallies renewed Friday after the funerals for the protesters who died. So far it is unknown if there have been any further deaths. 'Like Newsy' on Facebook for daily updates. Get more multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
19 Feb 2011
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BY ALYSSA CARTEE ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Rapid developments in Libya are sending mixed messages to the media. Thursday the United Nations Security Council voted to enforce a no-fly zone over the country. Russia, China, Germany, India, and Brazil abstained from voting but did not use their veto power. The vote was spearheaded by Britain and France, who promised aerial movement to begin within hours of the vote. The move authorizes quote “all necessary measures” to protect the civilians of Libya. (Video: France 24) A blogger for TIME points out -- the wording of the measure understates its reach. “... [the motion is] a clear warning that air strikes are likely against tanks and other Libyan military assets on the ground. That means the U.S. and its allies are declaring a ‘no-drive zone’ as well as a no-fly zone in contested areas of the country. It might be hard to tell them apart in any opening volley.” World leaders have been debating the merits of a no-fly zone for weeks -- with U.S. officials being accused of “dithering” on the issue. But a writer for The Huffington Post says it’s better late than never. “Exaggerated fears and an insufficient grasp of the adverse consequences of not taking such action previously paralyzed U.S. (and most European) policymakers with respect to even an eastern no-fly zone, let alone more robust measures.” Within hours of the promised military action, Gaddafi’s regime announced a ceasefire. A correspondent for Fox News says, it’s a confusing move considering the Libyan leader’s previously steadfast resolve to crush opposition forces. “...moments before the resolution passed Gaddafi himself said as far as he's concerned, the U.N. has no legitimate mandate. We have much contradictory messages from the regime.” And reporters at the Telegraph look in more detail at the strange turn of events. “We just heard an hour or two ago from the leader Gaddafi naked threats against Benghazi. Now he is just about to enter the second largest, most popular city in Libya threatening violence, threatening to go into every apartment and search in every closet. And now we have the deputy foreign minister speaking about respecting ceasefire and dealing positively as he put it with the UN Security Council. Either he is insulting our intelligence or he’s in denial.” One blogger for Forex News suggests the former -- Libya might be toying with the Security Council. “Looks to me like Libya is essentially declaring victory while trying to keep their air-defenses from being blown up... Makes the French, Brits and Americans look rather foolish... Oil stabilizing around $101.00.” Finally, New York Times reporter Alan Cowell suggests the conflict in Libya might be changing the way regimes deal with revolts in the future -- and not for the better. “Indeed, by some unpredictable law of unintended consequences, Colonel Qaddafi may have made a greater contribution to history than many would have forecast, rewriting the region’s playbook in a game-changing way... Regimes, it seems, do not have to fall just because people raise the volume of their demands that they be gone.” Despite the announced ceasefire, world leaders remain skeptical. The Times quotes one British lawmaker, who says, “this is a regime that needs to be judged by its deeds, not its words.” Follow Newsy on Twitter Newsy_Videos for updates in your stream. Get more multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy
19 Mar 2011
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BY SAMUEL JOSEPH ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY Despite initial misgivings and diplomatic squabbles, NATO has agreed to assume responsibility for policing Libyan no-fly-zone, taking command from the United States. CNN spoke with NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen, who outlines exactly what the security alliance hopes to accomplish. ANDERS RASMUSSEN: “We are taking action as part of the broad international effort to protect the civilians against the attacks by the Gaddafi regime. We will co-operate closely with our partners in the region, and we welcome their contributions. All NATO allies are committed to fulfil their commitment under the UN resolution, and that’s why we have decided to assume responsibility for the no-fly-zone.” The United States has been pushing for the takeover, with the Obama administration repeating its stance that the no-fly zone should be an international operation. BBC quotes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a news conference, where she said the key aspect of this arrangement is the involvement of Arab countries. HILLARY CLINTON: “This coalition includes countries beyond NATO, including Arab partners. And we expect all of them to be providing important political guidance going forward. We have always said that Arab leadership and participation is crucial.” However, according to Christian Broadcasting Network, the U.S. might still have a hard time backing away from this fight. “...the U.S., France and Britain will still share keeping up the offensive against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces and air defense systems, which will make it difficult for the American military to transfer control of the mission.” Finally, a writer for The Australian points out that the Libyan commitment is stretching the U.S. military dangerously thin, and reducing its ability to intervene whenever security threats arise. “The world needs the US to be in a position to threaten any necessary security action at any time. The more powerful the US is, and the more this power is recognised, the less it will ever have to use such power. But the US cannot sustain domestic support endlessly for prolonged commitments... And when it is doing this it cannot take on new commitments.” With U.S. military forces still in Iraq and Afganistan, analysts expressed concern that, under NATO’s normal command structure, an American would be put in charge of the Libyan operation. However, NATO picked a Canadian to take command -- Lt. Gen. Charles Bouchard. Follow Newsy on Twitter Newsy_Videos for updates in your stream. Transcript by Newsy.
26 Mar 2011
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BY SAMUEL JOSEPH ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy. An unexpected new conflict -- reports indicate forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi spilled over into neighboring Tunisia in their efforts to chase rebels in the western border town of Dahiba. ANITA MCNAUGHT: “Things have taken an extraordinary turn at this crossing, Nick. We understand that not only have Gaddafi troops crossed over the border crossing into Tunisia, but they are now engaged in combat in the border town of Dehiba with Tunisian forces trying to stop them from advancing any further. Dahiba was captured by the rebels last week, prompting retaliation from loyalist forces and the fight that took them into another country -- but it wasn’t just soldiers crossing. Sky News says there was some firepower thrown over the line as well. ANCHOR: “Well, there was a very intensive attack by the Libyan government forces on this important border crossing at Dahiba. In which there were also some rounds, including mortar, three mortar rounds fired into Tunisian territory. Most likely by the Gaddafi forces. They were also using snipers across that border position at one point.” Tunisian military have captured fifteen vehicles from Gaddafi forces and experts say the border town of Dahiba is vital to the rebel cause. The Wall Street Journal calls it... “...a significant advance beyond their eastern Libyan strongholds that enabled them to bring in supplies by road through the Tunisian border... Loss of the crossing would sever the rebels' only paved road to the outside world.” And that isn’t its only importance -- The Christian Science Monitor says the rebel occupation of the town represents Gaddafi’s weakening control over the western side of the country. “...Qaddafi, who has mostly been focused on Misurata (Miz-raa-tah) for weeks, is now being drawn in other directions. While a few weeks ago Misurata was seen as a lone western holdout, its successful defiance of the government ... has inspired rebel gains elsewhere in the west.” According to Reuters soldiers loyal to Gaddafi have been returned over the border and the town is now firmly in the hands of the rebels. Get more multisource world video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
3 May 2011
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