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Monday, January 23, 2012

The Return of Libya

Posted by on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Al Jazeera:

It has been less than four months since the war ended in Libya with the downfall of Muammar Gaddafi.

"More [protests are] possibly to come if the NTC does not reinvent itself, does not become more transparent, and does not live up to the demands that were very much at the core of the revolution."

But for two weeks now Libyans have been protesting again - this time against the slow pace of reform under the new leadership. They have accused the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) of failing to honour those who died fighting for the country's freedom.

On Saturday, up to 2,000 angry protesters attacked the Libyan transitional government's headquarters in the eastern city of Benghazi. They stormed the building and ran off with computers, chairs and desks while the country's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil was holed up inside.

Libyans have become increasingly frustrated with their new leaders. They want, among other things, better compensation and greater rights for those who fought Gaddafi's forces

Will Gaddafi have the last laugh? Also, these revolutions are not installing progressive, secular governments. The Arab Spring may have leapfrogged the October Revolution.


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"Also, these revolutions are not installing progressive, secular governments."

Cell phone cameras, bloggers, and the mighty endless news feed may help bring down governments. But it is still the guys with the Kalishnikovs that make the rules.
Posted by Westside forever on January 23, 2012 at 11:06 AM · Report this
Call me crazy but it seems to me that storming the transitional council's headquarters and stealing their computers and office supplies is not going to speed the process of setting up a new government. I understand the frustration but for fucks sake people, you can't build a government from the ground up overnight. People need to show a little patience.
Posted by Root on January 23, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Vince 3
They have no institutions except the NTC. And I really think electing Islamist governments, while right now may seem like a bad thing, will in the end open peoples eyes on the wider world and what freedom entails. This isn't a race but a slow process. It's fraught with danger. Even in Iraq, which had a better than even chance of becoming democratic, may not make it for sometime.
Posted by Vince on January 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM · Report this
Gaddafi cannot laugh. He is dead. You of all people should know this.
Posted by I have always been... east coaster on January 24, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
slade 5
So now we have 200 million going to Syria to pay for people to shoot weapons.…
And Egypt is all swank and pumping parliament like fish and chips at a prince Charles cricket tournament.…
And So Egypt is dead in the water? and Lybia cant even get its trash picked up and Syria is suffering a slow death and Iraq and Afghanistan are waiting for the homicidal maniacs to leave.…
Gawd Killary Gawdam Kitten is should just wear George S Pattons uniform and go around slapping profiles out of bed.…

Posted by slade on April 2, 2012 at 9:09 AM · Report this

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