The Economist March 5Th 2011 Essay

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The Economist March , 2011 The world this week Leaders Letters Briefing United States The Americas Asia Middle East & Africa Europe Britain International A special report on property Business Briefing Finance and Economics Science & Technology Books & Arts Obituary Politics this week Fighting between forces loyal to Libya's leader, Muammar Qaddafi, and his opponents in the east grew fiercer. He remains in control of Tripoli, the capital, and is battling to seize back towns under rebel control. Western and Arab leaders discussed whether a no-fly zone should be imposed. See article The UN said that the humanitarian situation caused by the fighting was dire, with more than 100,000 refugees from Libya in makeshift camps across the borders with Egypt and Tunisia. The UN suspended Libya from the Human Rights Council; the International Criminal Court opened an investigation into possible crimes against humanity committed by Libya's leaders. See article The Egyptian prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, stepped down, as did the Tunisian prime minister, Mohamed Ghannouchi. Protests continued in both countries, with pro-democracy campaigners complaining about the slow pace of reform and the continuing presence of allies of the former regimes. See article Demonstrations got angrier in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, and in other towns across the country. At least 27 people are reported to have been killed since the protests began a few weeks ago. President Ali Abdullah Saleh's offer to form a unity government failed to quell the unrest. See article At least one person was killed in protests by jobless and ill-paid youths in Sohar, a port city in hitherto peaceful Oman. Days later, however, thousands of Omanis took to the streets in support of Sultan Qaboos, who has promised reform. See article Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, leaders of the Iranian opposition Green

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