Unrest has begun in earnest in Libya. Protesters thronged the streets of Tripoli to demand the ouster of Col. Qaddafi. Violence and demonstrations continue across North Africa and parts of the Middle East.
Meanwhile, refugees from Tunisia continue to pour into Italy. Widespread drunkenness among the arrivals on the island of Lampedusa led to a ban on the sale of alcohol to the refugees. The EU has promised to send €100 million to Italy very soon to help them cope with the crisis.
On a somewhat related note, Iran has sent warships through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean for the first time since the Iranian revolution in 1979, which caused a 32-year rift between Iran and Egypt.
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