Mark Weisbrot: Ollanta Humala’s win is a promise to Peru’s poor (Guardian)
Gilbert Achcar: The Libyan insurrection between Gaddafi’s hammer, NATO’s Anvil and the left’s confusion: results and prospects (Monde diplomatique)
M K Bhadrakumar: Russia’s Libya role irks China (Asia Times; version with links to sources at MRzine)
Jonas Parello-Plesner, Raffaello Pantucci: China’s Janus-faced response to the Arab revolutions (PDF; European Council on Foreign Relations)
Julian Borger, Martin Chulov: Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya (Guardian)
Glen Ford: NATO wants to free Africa from the Africans (Black Agenda Report)
Patrick Bond: The World Bank’s Africa Strategy (Counterpunch)
The following is an interview with Vijay Prashad, who wrote “The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World”:
Kourosh Ziabari: A Democratic Middle East is Intolerable for Saudi Arabia (Counterpunch)
Vijay Prashad: The oil is certainly an important matter here, but it is not decisive. What was central was the political issue: to maintain the traditional order of things in the Arab world, with the main pillars of stability intact: Israel, Saudi Arabia and the tentacles of the United States and Europe in the major capitals of the oil lands. No revision of that order was permitted. Libya opened the door to the counter-revolution.
The leadership in Benghazi had already begun to change. A new Transitional government was set up by elites from Tripoli who had defected to the rebellion (Mustafa Abdul Jalil – a former Justice minister, Ali Suleiman Aujali – former Libyan Ambassador to the US, Mahmud Jibril – former privatization minister, General Abdul Fatah Younis) and those who had returned from exile (such as Colonel Khalifa Hifter, who lived not five miles from the CIA headquarters after his aborted coup attempt in the 1980s). They opened their council on February 27, the day after Resolution 1970. Their first order of business was to demand a stronger UN resolution, with active military support for their rebellion.
Robert Fisk: Who cares in the Middle East what Obama says? (Independent)
Andrew Levine: Who’s Afraid of the Israel Lobby? Obama’s Capitulation (Counterpunch)
Dilip Hiro: Playing the China card (Monde diplomatique)