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Liberating Libya 3: A Beleagured Arab League

In our third installment on the ‘liberating’ of Libya, the Plaid Avenger examines the critical role that the Arab League has played…and how their political wavering is typical of the international group’s lack of focus and effectiveness. But first, what the heck is the Arab League? What is it all about? What is it supposed to do? Why has is thus far been a total failure? The Avenger and his friend ‘the Professor’ cover the backstory, and then catch you up in the League’s steps and missteps in the current calamity we call Libya.

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Keywords: Arab League, Libya, Muammar Qaddafi, UN, NATO, US, UK, France

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Liberating Libya 2: International Invasion Intrigue

In this second installment of reporting on aspects of this current international intervention into Libya, the Plaid Avenger attempts to explain the role of the major states and international organizations that have driven the action of this ‘liberating’ project. Led by France (France in the lead?) and the UK, and joined by a hesitant US, these major world players got a resolution passed through the United Nations which cleared the way for the international community to ‘protect’ Libyan civilians from their own government. But this was a very shady deal, indeed! Who voted for it, and who did not? And now that it is passed and military action has been initiated against Libya, who is in charge of this rapidly escalating event? NATO….WTF…NATO? Yeah, this whole business is baffling, and the Avenger does his best to enlighten the befuddled…including himself.

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Keywords: UN, NATO, BRIC, sovereignty, US, France, UK, Germany, BRazil, Russia, India, China, veto, UN Security Council, UN Permanent Security Council members

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Liberating Libya 1: Sovereignty Smasher

Libya! Libya! Libya! It’s blowing up with revolutionary spirit and been invaded by international forces in order to stop Muammar Qaddafi from slaughtering his own citizens! We must stop Muammar! We must protect Libyan civilians! Save the Libyans! Liberate Libya!

But wait a minute….this seemingly innocuous and humanitarian mission has mad future repercussions that no one has yet considered. This international incursion into Libya flies in the face of the accepted modern definitions of what it means to be a sovereign state. For decades, if not centuries, no one would mess with the actions of a government inside its own sovereign state unless that state threatened/invaded another state or committed a genocide within its state…and Muammar has obviously not done either. In this episode, the Avenger explains the importance of this Libyan situation to the future of international policies and relations, as we dawn on a new age of redefined sovereignty in the world.

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Arab Anger: Why Here, Why Now?

Tunisia’s political revolution resulted in the overthrow of their president. Popular uprisings and protests are now peppered across Jordan, Yemen, and Algeria…and of course Egypt is on fire, and will very likely force the resignation of the 30-year old reign of Hosni Mubarak. What is the deal with all this Arab anger and rage that has suddenly bubbled to the surface of societies across the Middle East? And why is it suddenly all happening right now? The Avenger tries to answer these questions by explaining the root cause for this Arab frustration, and also assesses which Arab regimes are likely to be most (and least) impacted by this explosion of Arab angst.

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Keywords: Arab, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Yemen, Jordan, Syria, Kuwait, UAE, Qatar, Gulf States, Morocco, Libya, Sudan

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Arab Angst About Tumultuous Tunisia

Synopsis: Holy Hookah! Tunisians have taken to the streets and overthrown their government and driven the President out of the country! As tumultuous as this is for Tunisia, the ramifications of this event will actually reverberate with WAY more impact into other Arab states that are in a similar scandalous predicament: too much political/economic power concentration into too few hands, while the Arab masses become more disenfranchised and desperate…especially in Egypt and Algeria. The Avenger also explains who is happy about this Arab anger, who is not, and what we are likely to see happen soon…

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Keywords: Tunisia, Egypt. Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Arab, Persian, Islam, monarchy, theocracy, dictatorship, Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah, Osama Bin Laden

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