American pressure recently secured the release of a Middle Eastern democracy campaigner who, after speaking out again, was promptly silenced by his government. Could this be happening in one of the states of the ‘axis of evil’? No, it’s our new-found friend, Libya. Whilst all eyes are on the economy, is it possible that the west isn’t paying enough attention to political reform? And is there a danger this will fuel the propaganda of Islamist extremists?