Sunday, April 03, 2011

Libya, the Ivory Coast and the West's double standards...

A divided country; a leader who refuses to recognise the writing on the wall; an opposition movement backed by global opinion; the threat of a massacre of civilians: the similarities between the situation in Libya and Ivory Coast are striking. And yet the former has dominated the world's attention and prompted a humanitarian intervention, while the latter has elicited nothing more than an international shrug of indifference.

There are, of course, differences as well as similarities between the two emergencies. In Libya, it was the illegitimate despot, Gaddafi, who last month was threatening a massacre. In Ivory Coast the danger comes as a consequence of the United Nations-recognised opposition's push to take control of the Abidjan stronghold of Laurent Gbagbo, who lost last month's election but refuses to step down. More...

Don't miss:
  1. Ivory Coast: '800 killed in one city alone'
  2. Ivory Coast wonders: Where's our UN intervention?
  3. Some facts about Libya that you may not know...
  4. Why is US backing force in Libya but not Bahrain, Yemen?
  5. Shock, awe and déjà vu in Libya. But what about Bahrain and Yemen, Mr.President? 

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