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NATO involvement is a bad idea

The latest developments from Tripoli and surrounding towns demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Gaddafi is a madman. By attacking his own population and killing them indiscriminately, he and his family are disqualified from the human race, let alone from leading an important oil producing country like Libya. Whilst concern in most capitals… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The dramatic rise of Arab people against their oppressive rulers reached its climax in Libya. An oil-rich large country, sparsely populated, Libya in the last few days has been the scene of the worst possible violence against pro-democracy demonstrators. Every day, Gaddhafi’s 5,000-strong heavily armed security troops are busy increasing the death toll, which now… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

The domino effect

About two weeks ago, the US Secretary of State still believed that “the Egyptian government is stable”. Not to be outdone, the department’s spokesman, PJ Crowley, proclaimed to the world that Egypt was “an anchor of stability”. These assessments come after a long series of mistakes and blunders that seem to have become the hallmark… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Egypt: Ex Oriente Lux

After almost one week of tribulations, the European Commission has officially announced that it will put together aid packages to help smooth Tunisia’s and Egypt’s transition to democracy. The United States and Israel are still claiming that sticking with the “devil you know” could prove a better option, in spite of evidence to the contrary… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

You know one dictator,…

In her memoirs written after the Romanian revolution, Barbara Bush recalls an official visit to Bucharest to see Nicolae Ceausescu in the summer of 1989. On that occasion, President George Bush Sr tried to save Ceausescu’s hide by advising him to step down. Ceausescu shouted back so loudly that presidential guards had to be removed… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi