The massive 2003 public campaign against Blair’s attempt to take the UK into war against Iraq demanded a war powers rule in Parliament to ensure that no government could ever again commit the country to war without Parliament’s approval. A decade later, the fight goes on for the ruling.
While many foreigners working in Libya are genuinely interested in helping the country move forward towards a more stable future, it seems very unlikely that this is the case for these western mercenaries.
By blackmailing the state and disrupting crucial legislative work, protesters are doing more to harm to the aims of the revolution than probably even the most diehard Gaddafi supporter could manage at this moment in time.
More coordination and strategy are needed in Europe's response to the sinister signs of stolen revolution. The political-strategic impulse has come from the south in the past. In the current economic crisis this should be more the case, not less.
There was much hype about Libya's deteriorating security situation. However anyone who experienced the celebrations in Libya this year would have been hard placed to match these descriptions to the reality. Martyrs' Square itself was incredible.
Though intended to be
temporary in nature, Agamben argues that the ‘state of exception’ has become a
permanent fixture of democratic governance. This ‘war’, declared by the US and
its allies against a tactic, and therefore unbound by time or space, is
The Shari’a is largely irrelevant to most important issues of policy and
administration in the economy and in government. Its historical and symbolic
locus is on family and sexuality: patriarchal rights, segregation of the sexes,
enforced female modesty.
Why has the Obama administration been
reluctant to intervene directly in the raging Syrian conflict, or even to arm
the rebels? Why did the US president refuse to take ownership of the NATO
mission in Libya, failing to engage in Tunisia and Egypt? What makes sense of
Obama’s strategy towards the greater Middle East?
17 is the anniversary of the Day of Rage in Benghazi which kicked off the
Libyan Revolution in 2011. But behind the rage, our author finds the politics,
the hopes, the justified impatience, and his Libyan friend, Salah. Meanwhile, libraries
are burning in Timbuktu.
Why is Denmark involved in Mali? European leaders should clarify when,
why and how to participate in military interventions and warfare abroad. Emerging
security challenges in nearby neighbourhood regions, together with a waning Pax
Americana, are obliging Europe to reconsider its future global role.
The diverse experiences of the Arab spring renew the question of whether non-violent movements are more effective than armed struggle in achieving the overthrow of authoritarian regimes, says Martin Shaw.
Some say we should put Britain's complicity in torture and human rights abuse in Libya behind us. We cannot do so. Lessons have not been learned, victims still await justice, while the 'secret courts bill' would help ensure future abuses remain hidden.
What the Islamist terrorist threat has become is an
incoherent pretext to intervene militarily on the part of the west. The only
principled position to adopt therefore is the rejection of both, for the self-determination
and sovereignty of the peoples.
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