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Oil: Collapse of Old Order?

The political turmoil in the Arab world may not only lead to much higher oil prices, but greater competition for resources and a shift in priorities for oil-producing nations.  So says the author of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet. What’s happening in North Africa and the Middle East, says Michael Klare, is the collapse of what he calls the “Old...

Tunisian Court Dissolves Ousted President's Party

A Tunisian court has dissolved the political party of deposed President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali.The court Wednesday also decided to liquidate the assets and funds of Democratic Constitutional Rally, or RCD. Pro-democracy activists had demanded that the party be dismantled since the president was driven from power on January 14. The interior...

Dozens Beaten, Arrested at Sudan Anti-Government Rally

Sudanese security forces have beaten and arrested dozens of protesters at an anti-government rally in downtown Khartoum.Witnesses say about 500 police, many wielding batons, moved in against the protesters Wednesday soon after the rally began in Khartoum's Abu Janzeer square.In the short time they demonstrated, the protesters called for the...

Thousands of Migrants Trapped in Libya

As violence continues between Libyan troops and rebels seeking to topple Moammar Gadhafi, aid agencies are struggling to deal with the refugee crisis sparked by the conflict.Libyan border crossings have been overwhelmed by thousands of migrant workers fleeing the fighting, while international aid officials say many remain trapped in the country....

Women’s Representation in World Parliaments Remains Low

A new survey released to coincide with International Women’s Day shows women are making political gains, but their numbers in world parliaments remain low.  The survey by the Inter-Parliamentary Union finds just over 19 percent of parliamentarians worldwide are women, compared to 16.3 percent in 2005.  As in previous years, the Nordic countries...

UN Seeks $160 Million for Migrants Caught up in Libya's Violence

The United Nations is appealing for $160 million to meet the emergency needs of an estimated 460,000 people who have fled Libya's violence or remain trapped inside the country. U.N. officials say they will revise the appeal and action plan in two weeks to reflect the changing situation.   Libya has been host to about 2.5 million migrant workers....

Italian Island of Lampedusa Sees Increase of North African Refugees

Hundreds of refugees fleeing the political violence in North African arrived on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa Monday.  Coast guard officials say 10 fishing vessels arrived early Monday with close to 850 people on board. Another boat has been sighted in the waters off the island and now that weather conditions have improved more are...

Italian Island Crowded by North African Refugees

The people of Lampedusa, the southern-most island in Italy and the first port of call for migrants fleeing the strife in North Africa, have been preparing themselves for potential mass arrivals. So far authorities have managed to keep the situation under control but there are fears this will not last. The people of Lampedusa fear it’s just a...

Rebels Beat Back Gadhafi Forces

Rebel Libyan forces are reported to have beaten back Moammar Gadhafi's forces in two towns.  In western Libya, loyalist troops withdrew from Zawiayah, 50 kilometers from Tripoli, after battling with rebels Saturday. The rebels were able to overcome the Libyan military despite the military's heavy artillery and tanks.  Rebels are also reported in...

US Says Gadhafi Has 'Forfeited' Right to Lead Libya

The State Department said Friday Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has “forfeited the right” to run the country by turning his armed forces against political opponents. The United States has begun an airlift of relief supplies to third-country nationals fleeing Libya to Tunisia and Egypt. In further tough rhetoric on the Libyan crisis, the State...

Jailed Cameroonian Musician Fights for Freedom of Expression

One of Cameroon's best known and most controversial musicians, Lapiro de Mbanga, is spending this year's fifth annual International Music Freedom Day at a Douala courthouse not far from his jail cell.  Lapiro is citing wrongful imprisonment for a song that put him behind bars nearly three years ago. Since April 2008, Lapiro has been detained at...

Previous Tunisia Regime Called 'a Gang of Saboteurs'

Tunisia's new Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi has called the country's previous administration " a gang of saboteurs" and promised to name new government by Sunday.Essebsi spoke to reporters Friday in Tunis. He said he and his co-workers are working with "a popular revolution that does not have a framework." He said those who would like to leave...

Libya Launches New Air Strikes on Rebels

Libyan forces carried out air strikes for a third day Friday, targeting a military base near the rebel-held town of Ajdabiya.Rebels holding the base say there was no damage from the strikes.Anti-government protests are expected in the capital, Tripoli, Friday after noon prayers, in the continued effort to get leader Moammar Gadhafi to step down. ...

Libya Holds Dutch Soldiers as Refugees Flee to Borders

The Dutch Defense Ministry says three of its marines are being held in Libya, after being captured while taking part in an operation to help evacuate some of the tens of thousands of people fleeing the country.Officials said Thursday "intensive" negotiations are underway to free the soldiers, who were captured Sunday by forces loyal to Libyan...

Gadhafi Forces Attack Insurgents, Conflicting Reports on Outcome

Forces loyal to Libya's leader Moammar Gadhafi attacked anti-government forces in a north-central coastal town Wednesday, and there were conflicting reports about which side was in control of the area.   Witnesses said pro-Gadhafi forces stormed into Brega and briefly seized its oil installations along with an airstrip. Opposition fighters say...