Oct 10 2013
Uprising’s guest expert Arun Gupta, Independent Journalist and regular contributor to the Guardian, In These Times, The Progressive, and Truthout, and co-founder of the Occupied Wall Street Journal and the Indypendent, analyzes today’s news headlines:
Libya’s Prime Minister is kidnapped from his hotel in Tripoli and then returned unharmed. A Libyan rebel group has claimed responsibility for the temporary abduction, which comes a few days after US forces captured a Libyan terror suspect named Abu Anas Al-Libi. Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s capture was supposedly in response to that operation, reflecting a widespread anger among Libyans at the violation of their sovereignty by the US. The US is claiming that Libya’s leadership was aware of the planned raid. Click here for an RT.com article about the story.
The Pakistani girl who was shot by Taliban forces a year ago, shocking the world, has won the European Union’s annual Saharov human rights award today, beating out NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Malala Yousufzai has recovered from her ordeal and has published a book entitled simply “I am Malala.” She is currently the leading favorite for the Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced tomorrow. Click here for a Reuters article about the story.
Chelsea Manning, the Army Whistleblower serving a sentence for leaking classified documents to Wikileaks and other outlets, has issued an angry statement saying she does not consider herself “anti-war or a conscientious objector.” The statement came in response to Manning being awarded this year’s Sean McBride Peace Award, which was accepted on her behalf by antiwar activist Ann Wright. Manning says she was not aware of the prize or of Wright accepting it for her. She says she sees herself as a “transparency advocate” rather than a pacifist. Click here for a Guardian article about the story.