Many watchers thought Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi would topple fairly quickly under pressure from demonstrators, as did his counterparts in Egypt and Tunisia. But he has held on, which may be having an effect on popular uprisings in other countries across the region.»
The jasmine revolution began as a romance and is now ending in tragedy. As the world dithers on intervention, Libya’s dictator Muammar Gaddafi is rapidly rolling up the rebellion that a week ago had seemed on the verge of toppling him.
The uprisings in the Arab world have to a certain extent turned existing political systems upside down in the authoritarian states of the region. The Middle East expert Arnold Hottinger talks to Mona Sarkis about the consequences of the protests, and what is likely to happen in the future