Showing posts from February, 2011

Gadhafi hits social media

After days of firing on unarmed protesters, Moammar Gadhafi‘s regime has turned its fury on those it blames for stoking the anti-government uprising: Libyan youths who spread revolution on Facebook and Twitter.

Gaddafi’s defiance a worry for world

Libyan dictator Col Muammar Gaddafi’s defiant pledge to die a ‘martyr’ and crack down on anti-government protesters has set off alarm bells in the international community and among human rights groups.

Gadhafi vows to ‘die’ rather than flee Libya

Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi vowed Tuesday to “die a martyr” rather than flee his embattled country, as tens of thousands of foreigners rushed across the borders to Tunisia or Egypt or caught emergency flights to Europe.

Gadhafi losing grip on Libya

The United States on Monday demanded an end to the “unacceptable bloodshed” in Libya with violence spreading in Tripoli, as Moammar Gadhafi appeared to be losing his iron grip on his oil-rich nation as it became swept up in the Arab uprisings gripping the Middle East.

TVU issue: US assures Rao of ‘fair solution’

The Obama administration has promised a “fair solution” in the case of Indian students who were enrolled at a sham university in California, according to Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao.

Justice to probe case of Pakistan shooting

The Justice Department plans to investigate the fatal shooting last month of two Pakistani men by a U.S. Consulate employee who said he killed them in self defense. The State Department, meanwhile, continues efforts to free the American from jail, complaining Pakistan violated diplomatic immunity by arresting him.

Southern Sudan faces steep challenges for foreign cash

Rebel attacks that have killed more than 200 people in southern Sudan underscore the challenges facing the fledgling nation as it seeks foreign investment, a senior southern Sudanese government official said Tuesday.

Egyptian protesters not seen accepting Suleiman as new leader

Gen. Omar Suleiman, who spent much of his career in the shadow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, emerged in recent weeks as the man most likely to oversee a transition toward political reform in Egypt.

Lawmakers criticize Obama’s response to Egypt crisis

Republican and Democratic lawmakers criticized the Obama administration‘s response to the political crisis in Egypt during a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

Sudan’s terror-list removal untied from Darfur

The Obama administration intends to remove Sudan from a U.S. terrorist blacklistregardless of progress in the conflict-riddled province of Darfur. The move is likely to anger some members of Congress and human rights activists.

Muslim Brotherhood takes centrestage in Egypt

The Muslim Brotherhood favours cooperation with all countries and the West has no cause to fear its intentions, according to a senior member the Islamist group that could end up playing a prominent role in a future government in Egypt.

Sudan under pressure after south secedes

A decision by an overwhelming majority of southerners to secede from Sudan likely will put new pressure on President Omar al-Bashir’s fragile regime in a region rocked by anti-government protests.

Leaderless protest spawns crowded field for president

What began as a leaderless movement in the streets of Cairo has evolved into a crowded field of would-be power brokers hoping to lead a new government in Egypt.

Muslim Brotherhood cagey on government shift

The Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to make the most of its position as Egypt‘s largest and best-organized opposition group after initially declining to participate in the pro-democracy protests that have swept the nation.

The Third Degree

A fake university bust in the US nets Indian students. Were they just victims?

He Sleeps With Wolves

For decades, the United States has always harped on the universal virtue of democratic governance even as it bolstered despots in West Asia, choosing to condone repression in return for nurturing its interests in the region. It’s why Washington could never win the support of the Arab streets.

Arab rulers watch unrest for signs its contagious

Ripples of unrest spreading across the Arab world are prompting some governments there to brace for a tide of protests over unemployment and longtime autocratic rule.

Mubarak backers join fray in Egypt

The nine-day-old uprising in Egypt took a dark turn Wednesday, as pro-government demonstrators riding horses and camels clashed with pro-democracy protesters hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails in riots that broke out across the country.

King of Jordan fires government

The king of Jordan fired his government in a surprise move on Tuesday amid nationwide protests calling for political reforms, as similar demonstrations were sweeping through the Arab world.

Chinese Whisper Gets Louder

Hu’s US visit rakes up the issue of China’s abysmal human rights record.