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ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

ARABICA - A Daily Shot Of What the Arab World is Saying/Hearing/Sharing

A R A B I C A ارابيكا

By Kristen Gillespie

Al Jazeera broadcast footage of what appears to be a deceased Muammar Gaddafi, naked to the waist and lying in his own blood in the middle of a street in Sirte as the mosques issued the call to prayer in the background. "This is the end of Gadafi and the end of the Gadafi regime," the Al Jazeera presenter says, speaking over the footage. "It is the end of the war in Libya, and perhaps this will inspire the Libyan people to build a new and modern state," he said.

Dima Khatib tweets: "The tyrant is gone after 42 years, 1 month and 20 days'

Mohammed al-Ahmari says from Qatar, "We congratulate the Libyans, Arabs, Muslims and the world for the end of evil in Libya."

Jordan's King Abdullah sent a letter to the newly appointed head of the intelligence services, ordering him to "support the reform process," as "our tireless efforts to translate our vision requires a comprehensive reform effort." That includes, the king wrote, respecting the personal freedoms and human rights of citizens. The king did not outline concrete measures to this end, and the General Intelligence Department did not comment on the letter's contents.

Access to Allah is not free, according to Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, who issued a fatwa banning Islamic pilgrims from visiting the holy city of Mecca without a permit from the Saudi government. The sheikh also banned sleeping on the ground, stressing that Islam promotes "civilized behavior."

One of Syria's official newspapers, A-Thawra, attacked the Arab League for suggesting earlier this week that Damascus hold a national dialogue with the opposition, a gesture received by Western journalists and officials as too little, too late. But Syria's envoy to the Arab League slammed the "conspiracy" against the country, with A-Thawra piling on: "The Arab League has become a tool of injustice aiming to destabilize Syria."

While Bahrain's Shiite youth leaders deny they have an Islamist agenda in their goal to bring down the ruling Sunni Al Khalifa family, Facebook groups promoting the revolution have a decidedly Islamist slant to them. Here is an invitation to an "informational session" by the Youth Movement to learn more about Islam.

October 17, 2011

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Javier Milei, Revolt Of The Global Disaffected Is Far From Over

Argentina has elected a "paleolibertarian" outsider with little experience, and by a wide margin. What does this say about the existing structures of power around the democratic world?

Javier Milei, Revolt Of The Global Disaffected Is Far From Over

Supporters of the La Libertad Avanza party candidate celebrating after Milei's victory in Buenos Aires.

Pierre Haski


PARIS — If it were only a matter of far-right politics, the election of Javier Milei as Argentina's next president would fit into a relatively classic electoral pattern. But this winner, with a very comfortable 56% of votes, is much more than that: this is what makes his case intriguing and raises troubling questions.

He is first and foremost a "radical libertarian," according to the Financial Times, which generally does not engage in hyperbole. Or "paleolibertarian," a doctrine that advocates "anarcho-capitalism," according to the French websiteLe Grand Continent.

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Libertarianism is a political philosophy born in the United States that advocates for total individual freedom in the face of state power. Javier Milei, who has a way with words, summarizes it as follows: "Between the mafia and the state, I prefer the mafia. The mafia has codes, it keeps its commitments, it does not lie, it is competitive."

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