Free Sample - Caabu news digest Wednesday 16th March 2011
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Summary: Wednesday 16th March 2011
Today's papers cover a range of stories from the Middle East.
Coverage continues on the conflict in Libya with rebels fleeing the last stronghold in Benghazi as Gaddafi's forces prepare for an assault as EU leaders disagree on whether a no-fly zone should be imposed in the region.
Bahrain has declared a state of emergency and martial law as violent clashes between protesters and the security forces intensified.
In other news, Israeli commandos have seized an Iranian ship allegedly carrying weapons for Gaza, and a Yemeni tribal leader was killed in the clashes between pro-democracy protesters and supporters of president Saleh Abdullah.
The Daily Telegraph
Henry Samuel, Rob Crilly & Richard Spencer
"Col Muammar Gaddafi annoucned an imminent assault on Benghazi last night after world leaders refused all forms of military intervention in Libya."
"The Libyan authorities yesterday put on show a captured Islamist activist who spent 13 years in Manchester and gained British nationality before taking part in the uprising against the rule of Muammar Gaddafi."
"A cargo ship bound for Egypt allegedly carrying arms for militant groups in the Gaza Strip has been seized by Israeli commandos."
"Al-Qaeda has gained millions of pounds in ransoms by kidnapping European citizens, the security minister has disclosed as a senior official described the terrorist organisation as a 'money-making machine'."
"Bahrain has declared a state of emergency in an effort to contain a fresh wave of violence that has claimed the lives of at least two security personnel and a protester, and left hundreds unjured."
"A Yemeni tribal leader has been killed after clashes broke out between supporters of president Ali Abdullah Saleh and those demanding his resignation."
"Egypt's military regime has dismantled the hated internal security apparatus that sustained the country's dictatorship until last month."
"It is unfortunate that the question of our foreign policy, at a time when there is a crisis in North Africa and the Middle East, should have been so concentrated in recent days on the personality and attitudes of the Foreign Secretary."
"Sir - I view the intervention of Saudi Arabian armed forces in Bahrain with huge misgivings."
Cdr Edward Featherstone RN (retd)
"Sir - I wonder what David Cameron would say of a British warplane on an enforcement mission was shot down by a British-made missile sold by Britain to Libya."
"Sir - Can anyone explain why statements by politicians about arming rebels in Libya, or operating a no-fly zone over the territory of a sovereign state against whom we have not declared war, do not contravene the Terrorism Act 2006?"
"Donny George, who died on March 11 aged 60, was an Iraqi archaeologist who, following the 2003 invasion, fought a brave battle to prevent looters ransacking the Iraq National Museum in Baghdad, then led rfforts to recover thousands of stolen artefacts."
"The chances of a grand prix taking place in Bahrain this season have been virtually extinguished after the island kingdom yesterday declared a three-month state of emergency, which takes it beyond the May 1 deadline imposed by the governing body to guarantee stability."
The Financial Times
James Blitz, Peggy Hollinger, Harvey Morris & Tobias Buck
"The UK and France have lost hope of launching military action to halt Muammer Gaddafi's attack on rebels in Libya, according to senior European officials who acknowledge he may be in a position to crush the uprising within weeks."
Robin Wigglesworth, Najmeh Bozorghmehr & Simeon Kerr
"Bahrain has declared a state of emergency and asked the military to reassert its control over the capital Manama, as clashes between Shia and Sunni groups spread across the country."
Daniel Dombey & Abigail Fielding-Smith
"The Obama administration has warned that the use of force would only worsen the crisis in Bahrain, after Maname declared a state of emergency on Tuesday following the entry of Saudi and Emirati troops."
"Oil production will remain off the market 'for a considerable time', the International Energy Agency said on Tuesday in its darkest assessment yet of the impact of the uprising on the country's oil industry."
"Thousands of Palestinians rallied in the West Bank and Gaza in a call for national unity."
Reuters (unavailable online)
"About 40 people joined a rare protests on Tuesday, breifly chanting political slogans in central Damascus."
"In spite of a series of concessions made by Sultan Qaboos bin Said al-Said, protesters on Tuesday demanded that former ministers be investigated for alleged corruption."
"The number of wealthy people thinking of migrating from the Middle East has surged recently because of the violence across the region and the planned easing of UK visa restrictions for the super-rich."
"The tide of battle appears to have turned against the rebels in Libya in favour of Muammer Gaddafi."
"As people develop opinions about Libya they usually reason with historical analogies."
Libya braced for battle of Benghazi as rebels retreat
"Libya's revolution was facing collapse last night as Muammar Gaddafi's forces broke through the last major line of resistance before Benghazi, the heart of the uprising and the seat of the rebel administration."
US backs no-fly zone over Libya but rebels fear aid will come too late to stop Gaddafi
Ewen McAskill, Simon Tisdall & Nicholas Watt
"Muammar Gaddafi's effort to defeat the rebels before international support can be galvanised seems to be paying off, with the uprising close to collapse."
Impasse over intervention leaves EU pretensions cruelly exposed
"Disagreement between European countries over Libya has moved from the merely embarrassing to the wholly humiliating, after Germany again blocked Anglo-French no-fly zone proposals at yesterday's G8 meeting in Paris."
Three killed as Bahrain's king declares martial law
"The sectarian standoff between Bahrain's Shia majority and its Sunni elite deteriorated further yesterday when the king declared martial law and security forces clashed violently with protesters throughout the capital, Manama."
We have been insulted and humiliated. But finally history is bringing us dignity.
"The wave of revolutions in the Arab world was spontaneous."
Blue sky thinking
"In three short words, 'no-fly zone', sums up the latest moral quandary for the world on where and when the global responsibility to save lives should trump the supposed sanctity of national borders."
"The king of Bahrain has declared martial law, giving the military authority to end pro-democracy protests with the backing of 2000 troops from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates."
"If Washington is uneasy about a Saudi-led foreign force of 1000 soldiers crossing the causeway from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain, it is nonetheless keeping its criticism muted for two reasons."
Kim Sengupta & David Usborne
"The last rebel stronghold before Benghazi, the capital of 'Free Libya', came under a fierce onslaught from Muammar Gaddafi's forces yesterday."
"A Libyan who has lived in Manchester for a decade and was arrested in Zawiya 10 days ago said yesterday that he was sorry for his part in the uprising and had a change of heart because of foreign intervention in the country's internal affairs."
"The North African refugee crisis dramatically worsened yesterday as a boat-load of Tunisian migrants sank in rough seas killing 35 on board, while a ferry carrying 1800 people fleeing unrest in Libya was turned away by authorities in Malta and Italy."
"Supporters of the Syrian government broke up a small pro-democracy demonstration in Damascus yesterday by punching and attacking the protesters."
"Anti-government tribesmen in northern Yemen stormed a security building and shot dead four soldiers in a revenge attack after government troops opened fire on opposition protesters calling for the president to go, witnesses said."
"Egypt's interior minister yesterday dissolved rhe country's hated state security agency, which was accused of torture and other human rights abuses in the suppression of dissent against ousted President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule."
"Fortress Europe has closed its gates."
"Apocalyptic events in Japan have dominated the headlines and news bulletins over the past few days."
"It is increasingly clear that the situation in North Africa in general and Libya in particular is of much greater interest to the major European states that it is to our US allies - but that because of reductions in defence expenditure, we Europeans have practically no independent ability to do anything other than wail and wring our hands."
"So the Arab League has voted for a no-fly zone to be enforced over Libya and to denounce the Gaddafi regime."
"For the Arab League to claim that Gaddafi lacks legitimacy is akin to the kettle calling the pot black."
"Its very odd that while the Arab League want a no-fly zone over Libya, its members don't seem to want to risk doing it themselves."
"Death came slowly in the dull, sultry morning."
"Manchester is a long way from Libya's front line but one man from the city decided to leave his home, four children and pregnant wife last month to join the uprising against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's 41-year rule."
"Britain, Lebnanon and France tabled a UN resolution last night targeting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi as David Cameron made a last-ditch effort to rally world opinion behind a no-fly zone."
"The Bahraini royal family declared martial law yesterday, launching a bloody crackdown on anti-government protesters as violence across the island kingdom left at least three dead and hundreds injured."
"Israeli naval commandos who intercepted a ship in the Mediterranean yesterday said that they found weapons that they believed were bound for Gaza."
"Time is runnint out for the exhausted and poorly trained rebels pitted against the Libyan Army."
"Huda Ben Amer is an instructive figure in modern Libya, for she had her master's number and her rise to power was swift."