This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.
* Saif al-Islam Gaddafi shows up to ‘dispel the rumors’ for reporters
* Fighting continues in Tripoli against ‘pockets of resistance’
* Egypt announces its official recognition of rebel government in Syria
* Gaddafi’s implosion in Libya puts pressure on an intervention in Syria
* Egypt says that Israel’s apology is not enough
* Israel’s government votes for self-restraint in Gaza
* Are ‘flash mobs’ racial or economic?
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi shows up to ‘dispel the rumors’ for reporters
Reporters in Tripoli, Libya, were shocked on Monday evening when a convoy drove up to their hotel, and out came Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, saying that that Tripoli was under government control. He added that his father was still in Tripoli. The rebels had claimed on Sunday that Saif was in their custody, and now Saif’s appearance throws many of the other rebel claims into question. Reuters
Fighting continues in Tripoli against ‘pockets of resistance’
The head of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) has announced the end of the Gaddafi era, but fighting and gun battles continued in Tripoli on Monday. Reports say a NATO warplane shot down a scud missile fired from Gaddafi’s home town of Sirte. Al-Jazeera
Gaddafi’s implosion in Libya puts pressure on an intervention in Syria
Thanks the to unexpectedly sudden collapse of Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, more attention is now being focused on Syria, with the thought that if Nato can end a massacre in Libya, then perhaps Nato also out to end the massacre in Syria. Reuters
In particular, an initiative led by India in the U.N. Security Council to block sanctions against Syria may run into trouble, now that the verious UNSC-approved interventions in Libya have apparently been so successful. Times of India
Egypt announces its official recognition of rebel government in Syria
Egypt’s foreign minister Mohamed Kamel Amr announced that Egypt now recognizes the rebel National Transitional Council as Libya’s official representative. Gaddafi’s green flag has been removed from the Libyan embassy in Cairo, and replaced with the new Libyan independence flag. Al-Ahram
Egypt says that Israel’s apology is not enough
Israel’s president Shimon Peres made an official apology for the killing of Egyptian soldiers at the border between Israel and Egypt last Thursday, describing the incident as a “mistake.” He said, “None of us wanted nor will want in the future for an Egyptian soldier to be killed, even in these difficult situations. However, Egypt’s government is said that an apology is not enough to contain public anger in Egypt. “Israel has to unveil the actions that it will take to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future. Egypt is solely responsible for Sinai’s security and it refuses any interference in this matter.” Al-Ahram
Israel’s government votes for self-restraint in Gaza
Despite heavy political pressure within Israel to strike back at the Gaza Strip in retaliation for last Thursday’s terrorist attack and the recent rocket attacks, Israel’s cabinet ministers took the direction from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak and voted to refrain from any escalation, and to cooperate with the truce Hamas declared on Sunday. What emerged most clearly from Netanyahu’s and Barak’s statements to the cabinet was that Israel lacks the international legitimacy needed for a large-scale operation in Gaza. The diplomatic crisis with Egypt further constrains Israel’s freedom of action. Haaretz
Are ‘flash mobs’ racial or economic?
After the recent mob violence in London, a potentially explosive political issue is brewing over the increase in “flash mob” violence in cities across America, especially because many of the flash mobs are black youths committing hate crimes against whites. The situation is made worse by the policy of the mainstream media to always identify race when the perpetrator is white and the victim is white, and never to identify race when the perpetrator is black and the victim is white. (I’m told that the mainstream media had the opposite policy in the 1950s.) Because the mainstream media lacks credibility and appears to be covering up a liberal agenda, many people in the public are becoming anxious about black on white violence. Accuracy in Media