DEATH OF THE ARAB SPRING IN EGYPT
The times when we applauded the so-called Arab Spring – because we considered it a fresh breath of democracy for the Arab world – are long past. The Arab Spring began in Tunisia, then spread to Egypt, Syria, Libya and elsewhere, riding the wave of popular...
BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY
Every war brings with it two important aspects: the testing of new weapons and the sale of arms. While the first concerns the technological aspects of new generations of weapons, the latter is only about the business. Sometimes the two issues overlap: an armament is sold, perhaps it is even quite advanced, to then see how it works on the battlefield. On the other hand, arms producing countries...
In Libya only
the military feats of Khalifa Haftar, the political
weakness of Fayez al Sarraj, the militias of Misurata who
oppose Haftar without supporting the Sarraj are under the
spotlight. We debate over who has control over the rich
oil wells, the unclear role played by the United Arab
Emirates, Egypt, Russia, France, Italy, Turkey, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia and the United States. Much credit is also
given to the peace negotiations that have yet failed to
produce any result: Skirat, Paris, Palermo and now Abu
Dhabi. We insist on a UN sponsored agreement between
Sarraj and Haftar in order to hold free elections in a
country that is in the hands of gangs and factions, with
no security and where the democracy has never existed...