I wrote this in September 2011, as the Libyan regime of Col Gaddafi collapsed, and calls for intervention in Syria began. At the time, the interventionists were on a high. But the conditions that made action in Libya attractive were very different to the conditions in Syria, for reasons I bullet-pointed…. (I have no link as … More Something must be done in Syria. But what?
Another interesting nugget from The Libyan Revolution and Its Aftermath. One of the recurring themes of the first section, detailing the structure of the uprising itself, is the – at times – divisive role of Qatar. It seemed intent on establishing its own command centres as spheres of influence, working in competition with those liaising … More Qatar, Al Jazeera and Islamists in Libya
Who doesn’t love a map? I certainly do. Can spend hours poring over an atlas, looking at places I’ve never been wondering who’s doing what and why. The one above is a classic. It came to me via @ChadCeleste, an old Africa hand who specialises in that part of the world, who spotted it on … More Where are my crayons?
Could drones – currently used by the CIA for targeted assassinations (just don’t call them that, especially as they often seem untargeted) – be used for good? Andrew Stobo Sniderman and Mark Hanis, co-founders of the Genocide Intervention Network, seem to think so… Imagine if we could watch in high definition with a bird’s-eye view. … More The Drones Club
Some of it I get. Algeria is one of the few regional neighbours who hasn’t recognised Libya’s nascent rebel government. It has clearly been hedging its bets, taking cash and keeping its lines of communications open to the Gaddafis. Maybe it’s worried about an uprising at home, and thinks backing the old regime is a … More What’s Algeria Up To?
Press release arrives in my inbox that I thought I’d pass on: Chris Bradley, author, documentary maker and photographer, and Amelia Stewart, founder of leading specialist tour operator Simoon Travel, will share their tips for Discovering Libya at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), in London on Wednesday 9 June 2010.