NEWSLETTER MARCH 18, 2011

 

 

 

NORTH AFRICA UPRISING
 

 

LIBYA 

 

 

LIBYA CIVIL WAR
by Gabriele Micalizzi, Andy Rocchelli

The huge plume of black smoke rising above oil refinery in the rebel-held city of Ras Lanuf, the result of air strikes by the Libyan government, seemed to mark an ominous escalation in what has all the makings of a protracted Libyan civil war. Though the country´s spontaneous democratic revolution made lightning progress in liberating a large swath of the eastern Libya from the dictatorship of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, it´s untrained volunteer militia has since balked in the face of the well-equipped remnants of the Libyan army that has stayed loyal to Gaddafi....


 

TUNISIA

 


TUNISIAN-LIBYAN BORDER
by Andy Rocchelli, Gabriele Stabile

Since February 17th, more than 190,000 people have fled Libya; Half of them—roughly 105,000—have passed through the border as Ras Ajdir, entering Tunisia through a low blue gate, no bigger than three meters wide. 200,000 more are projected to follow suit. Additionally, there are 2.5 million of foreign workers trapped in Libya who, if the conflict rages on, will spark an even bigger humanitarian crisis. This crowd of foreign workers—Egyptians, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, Chinese, Ghanese, for the most part—represent a kaleidoscopic representation of the exploited people of the earth: a compendium of the underdogs...

 

ITALY

 

IMMIGRANTS IN LAMPEDUSA
by Arianna Arcara

Over a few weeks in February and March, the island of Lampedusa saw its biggest arrival of undocumented immigrants from nearby North Africa.
Thousands of young Tunisian men and a handful of women, packed into fishing boats with as many as 200 aboard, made the perilous journey across 70 miles of open ocean to the southernmost Italian outpost. 
Carrying dreams of jobs in Europe and not much else, they arrived on a rocky island of secret coves and crystal waters...

MARE NOSTRUM

by Gabriele Stabile

Tunisian migrants have arrived on the Italian island of Lampedusa in the past weeks just one month after protests brought down Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Although Italian authorities had transferred several hundred migrants from Lampedusa to centres elsewhere in Italy in the past few days, there are now thousands of migrants still on the island. The escalating unrest in Libya is sparking fears of a massive exodus of refugees to European countries in the Mediterranean. Italy fears an influx of up to 300,000 Libyans fleeing the turmoil that began last week. Italy declared a humanitarian emergency and called for EU assistance.

 

ALGERIA

 

ALGERIA

by Andy Rocchelli

Thousands of people held a pro-democracy rally in Algeria´s capital Algiers on February 12th, 2011, defying a government ban.  The protesters gathered at Algiers´ 1 May Square on Saturday morning. Scuffles broke out between the protesters and riot police and a number of people were reportedly arrested. Algeria witnessed a massive wave of protests in early January that spread to 20 of the country’s 48 provinces and continues to see successful or attempted self-immolation from disaffected men in the capital Algiers and elsewhere.

 
 
 
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