— International reporter Dan Murphy encapsulate news of Qaddafi’s death in the Backchannels blog.
Monitor reporter Dan Murphy identifies commentary that points to sympathy for the views of the Norwegian man alleged to have murdered 76 people last Friday.
Most interesting in the coming days and weeks will be the question of why this information was shared. Senior US officials don’t usually provide stories like this to the press on a freelance basis. Such leaks are used to signal displeasure, or to put pressure on governments the US is upset with, in this case Pakistan.
Going forward, if stronger evidence emerges that at least some senior members of the ISI were concealing Bin Laden’s location from the US, the relationship is going to be severely strained.
Pakistan remains crucial to the US effort in Afghanistan, and billions of dollars have been given to them in recent years to help them build up their military."
— Dan Murphy, BackChannels blogger, on NYTimes.com report that bin Laden contacts in cell phone used by courier may include 2nd degree contacts in Pakistan’s ISI.
Terrorism & Security: Fatah-Hamas leadership dispute could jeopardize Palestinian statehood campaign - Fatah and Hamas are meeting in Cairo today to choose the leader of the Palestinian unity government. But strong disagreements could derail their reconciliation pact.
Asia Pacific: Thailand’s PM fights uphill reelection battle - Polls suggest that Thailand’s opposition Puea Thai Party (PTP), which is loyal to former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and led by his sister, will win the largest share in a divisive July 3 parliamentary vote.
India: Pressure grows for India to bring back ‘black money’ stashed overseas - The embattled Indian government says the challenge is getting notorious tax-haven nations to help. But international experts say the most common obstacle nations face in trying to recover money is their own governments.
Backchannels Blog: Libyan rebels make gains; Qaddafi plays chess - Germany recognizes the Libya rebels while Qaddafi plays chess with a man who claims intergalactic connections.
Africa Monitor: Africa and the Internet: a 21st century human rights issue? - African leaders could allow freedom of expression, or they could mimic the Chinese model of building a ‘Great Firewall of China’ to shut down Internet systems that allow critical thinking.
— Joseph S. Nye, contributing to the Pulling down the bin Laden myth – and brand on the Backchannels blog on CSMonitor.com
— Dan Murphy, Monitor world news reporter.
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CSMonitor reporter Dan Murphy is on the ground and reporting in Libya. Two new posts fresh on CSMonitor.com within the last hour, take a look: Silenced for decades crowds in ‘Liberated Libya’ berate Qaddafi and Scorn for Qaddafi explodes from ecstatic Libyans
The Monitor’s Scott Peterson looks at potential results of the recent unrest, such as the threat of a takeover by Islamic militants, similar to the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. There are some distinct differences, however, including militant groups taking a smaller role in the protests up to this point. Find the full story here.
Plus, keep checking back to the Monitor’s Backchannels blog as our writers and correspondents watch events unfold on the ground in Egypt.