Purely Political

by Serisha Iyer

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Libya: It Really Is a Crisis

So I’m sure you all know that there is something happening in the Arab countries across the world that smells a bit like rebellion. Egypt fought and won; and now it seems that Libya has jumped on the bandwagon and are trying their hand at fighting and, hopefully, winning. But what is all this raucous about?

Maummar Qaddafi is what one would call a dictator. He has been referred to as “the leader” , for fear of attracting attention, by his people for 42 years. It was becoming clear that his son would have taken over control of Libya after his father had this uprising not occurred. Qaddafi is eccentric, suppressive, and often refers to his own people as “backward”.

Oil is the economy in Libya, but compared to other Arab oil-rich states, Libya is lacking. Unemployment stands at 30 percent and those who do have jobs, only work part time. Naturally they can afford to do so because the government largely subsidises the cost of basics; such as rice, sugar and gasoline. About half the population is under the age of 18 and with no need to work, they choose not to. Creating a cycle of apathetic youth, leading into apathetic adulthood.

So then what seems to be the problem? Besides the evident lack of rights? And the fact that this is indeed a dictatorship? Well Qaddafi was previously a very prominent pro-terrorist force. But now he has joined the ranks of the Americans and is now fighting against Al Qaeda like most of the sensible world. In 2006, he agreed to stop developing weapons of mass destruction and in turn the US and UN lifted economic sanctions.

But for the real controversy. Qaddafi was a very vocal international supporter of the plight of Palestine. But recently, he has said that Palestine has no real claim for the land and suggested a bi-nation of Isratine. This utterly outraged the Muslims of Libya, as well as the banned organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood, who will probably gain power when Qaddafi is expelled. NOTE: the use of the word when.

On the 17th of Feb, pro-democracy protesters planned a day of rage, but on the 15th a prominent lawyer was arrested and the police started firing on the protesters. Qaddfi has said, “We will fight until the last man, until the last woman, until the last bullet.”

So now there is mass violence. Protesters are being shot, children are dying, and Qaddafi has the country on lock down. The internet has been shut off, satellite signal has been blocked, and they are attempting to silence the media.

Public buildings are on fire, airplanes are destroying the country and her people, there is a media blackout.

Your move, UN.

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my Pledge to you

 I live in South Africa.

A place all too well known because of it’s crime against humanity, Apartheid. Which saw racial segregation and discrimination taken a thousand steps too far. Naturally so did America, Australia, England and a whole host of other countries. But what put us on the same par as the Holocaust? We legalized it.

But at the same time, we are equally well known for one Nelson Madela, our very own courageous, if not a bit militant, equal rights campaigner. We also have one of the most, if not the most, comprehensive constitutions in the world.

Now, seventeen years into our democracy, I wonder if I can still even call it a democracy? Most people think not. Apparently our elections are rigged, but I fervently hope that this is just a conspiracy theory made up by people who think scandal is the only way to breathe.

Our politician’s are beyond laughable to the point of being caricatured with showers on their heads! It really is a dire situation. And at seventeen years of age myself, what can I do? I can laugh at it and mock it until I am blue in the face. So this shall be my pledge, I shall post all of the political happenings that stir within me some notable emotion, and I shall show you that politics, is nothing but some satirized cartoons.