Robert Fisk: Gaddafi raved and cursed, but he faces forces he cannot control


Dressed in brown burnous and cap and gown, Gaddafi's appearance last night raised some odd questions. Having

kept the international media – the "dogs" in question – out of Libya, he allowed the world to observe a crazed nation:

YouTube and blogs of terrible violence versus state television pictures of an entirely unhinged dictator justifying

what he had either not seen on YouTube or hadn't been shown. And there's an interesting question here: dictators and princes who let the international press into their countries – Messrs Ben Ali/Mubarak/Saleh/Prince Salman – are

permitting it to film their own humiliation. Their reward is painful indeed. But sultans like Gaddafi who keep the journos out fare little different.

The hand-held immediacy of the mobile phone, the intimacy of sound and the crack of gunfire are in some ways

more compelling than the edited, digital film of the networks. Exactly the same happened in Gaza when the Israelis

decided, Gaddafi-like, to keep foreign journalists out of their 2009 bloodletting: the bloggers and YouTubers (and Al

Jazeera) simply gave us a reality we didn't normally experience from the "professional" satellite boys. Perhaps, in the

end, it takes a dictator with his own monopoly on cameras to tell the truth. "I will die as a martyr," Gaddafi said last

night. Almost certainly true." of course Fisk is being sarcastic. The monster will die the death of a shit.

______________________________And from Znet this essay/article about Egypt
We All Know Our Way Back to Tahrir Square'

By Carl Finamore

Source: Portside

Saturday, February 19, 2011

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CAIRO - As much as the Egyptian military would like it otherwise, recent days have shown that they are a long way from exerting control over the country's affairs. The Egyptian people are not quite ready to put their dreams for a better future on hold nor have their pent-up frustrations put back into a box.

Certainly not since people's power just toppled a dictator thought invincible only a few weeks ago.

The street protests centered in Cairo's Tahrir Square have now spread all across Egypt, as labor unrest grows.Thousands of workers belonging to local units of the government-controlled Egyptian Trade Union Federation(ETUF), who largely work in the public sector, are even striking and protesting, right alongside their unorganizedbrothers and sisters in the private sector.--------------------------------------