Any hopes that South African President Jacob Zuma would be able to mediate a resolution to the Libyan civil war have apparently gone by the boards after his one-day visit. Zuma did meet with Moammar Gadhafi, and said that Gadhafi was ready to implement the African Union “roadmap” accompanying a cease-fire. But while that plan includes reforms, it does not call for Gadhafi to step down, and it’s unclear whether he would agree to that. Anyway, the AU roadmap is already a dead document, having been rejected by the opposition.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 31, 2011 7:00 am|
|By: David Dayen Tuesday April 12, 2011 12:35 pm|
France and Britain are getting impatient with the NATO mission in Libya. I guess France now thinks, in the aftermath of their conquest in Ivory Coast, that they can snap their fingers and bring down a government. But Libya is a different animal altogether. What they’re asking for is unrealistic.
|By: David Dayen Saturday March 26, 2011 10:00 am|
Gadhafi is both defiant and dug in at the capital of Tripoli, while the rebels are a small, ragtag bunch that even with superior air support cannot really expect to win a conventional war. And that leads us to the next drip in the mission creep here, as the US mulls over arming the rebels.
|By: David Dayen Monday July 12, 2010 6:30 am|
Bombs exploded in two locations in Kampala, Uganda on Sunday while audiences gathered to watch the World Cup final, killing 64 people including at least one American. At least 65 more were injured in the blasts. The police chief in Kampala suspected the Somalian extremist group Al-Shabab of being behind the attack.