The Staggers 26 February 2011 Libya: the best of the blogs The week’s five must-read posts on the uprising against Muammar al-Gaddafi. Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up 1. Popular army to march on Tripoli Juan Cole's Informed Comment blog has the latest round-up of events in Libya, including news that 10,000 soldiers in the east have defected and are preparing to march on the capital. 2. A regime in mortal free fall Lenin's Tomb describes Gaddafi's determination to hang on to power at all costs, and points out the way in which he has been propped up in the past by UK and US governments. 3. Weighing intervention in Libya Over at openDemocracy, two international relations analysts argue that sanctions, a criminal investigation and enforcing a no-fly zone are necessary to stop Gaddafi killing civilians. They also note that the strongest calls for action are coming not from the west, but from Arab populations. 4. Libya's "African mercenary" problem The Africa specialist Tomathon identifies a strain of racism in claims that sub-Saharan African mercenaries hired by Gaddafi are responsible for the worst violence against Libyan protesters. 5. Arab uprisings mark a turning point for the taking Peter Hallward on Comment is Free argues that the events in Libya and across the Middle East represent a challenge to the reigning world economic order. Don't miss Olivier Roy's exclusive essay on the Arab uprisings in this week's New Statesman. › Notes in the Margin: Free the word Subscribe To stay on top of global affairs and enjoy even more international coverage subscribe for just £1 per month!