Egyptian revolution etc..
The silence, Daniel, is probably due to the fact that the events in North Africa and the Middle East are very political. With the unrest now spread to Syria the Syriac Orthodox Church has participated in vigils for peace. Christians can only pray and express the Gospel, we cannot take up arms.
The fact that the situation in Libya is being made worse by outside intervention, and the fact that many unpleasant regimes(eg Saudi Arabia) are concerned "allies" to Western governments means that ordinary people who possess neither power nor influence will end up,as usual, kickede in the teeth. I don't want to go into any political analysis here, so let it suffice for me to say that we must pray for all the people involved and proclaim Christ's Gospel of love, not only for one's neighbour but, in particular, for one's enemies.