Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/1/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/1/2011After an intense news-rich fortnight, there is an inexplicable lull in the news feed tonight. Perhaps Col. Muamar Gadafi is taking a well-deserved siesta.

The rebels in Libya are considering requesting airstrikes on Col. Qaddafi’s military installations. They are appealing to the Western powers, who would be acting under the authority of the UN. The insurgents wish to involve the UN so that it will be clear that they are not asking for “foreign interference” in Libyan affairs. NATO has collected its military assets in the Mediterranean, but has not yet decided what to do to persuade Col. Ghedaffi to stop his violent suppression of the rebellion against him.

In other news, the American government has ruled out trading the imprisoned Pakistani neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui for Raymond Davis, the US embassy official and CIA agent held by Pakistan on murder charges. Other possible swaps are still being negotiated.

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Thanks to Andy Bostom, C. Cantoni, CSP, Gaia, Insubria, and all the other tipsters who sent these in.

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3 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/1/2011

  1. Am I the only one to find odd that TV images of the “popular, democratic, peaceful, freedom-loving” revolution in Libya show us civilians with military weapons and machine-guns ?

  2. This should be of interest :-

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Assailants purportedly sent by al-Qaida and the Taliban killed the only Christian member of Pakistan’s federal Cabinet Wednesday, spraying his car with bullets outside his parents’ driveway. It was the second assassination in two months of a high-profile opponent of blasphemy laws that impose the death penalty for insulting Islam.

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