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Can Libya’s New Leaders Curb the Violent Militias?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Libyans voted in their first democratic election yesterday to choose an interim national assembly to rule the country after the overthrow of Mu’ammer Gaddafi. International interest in this crucial election has been sparse compared to the wall-to-wall coverage by th...
Libya’s Aftermath Spills Into Tunisia
VIKEN CHETERIAN
Dinesh Thalpawila said that Shusha camp was a legend, but it was hard to understand what he meant at first. The camp is in south Tunisia seven kilometres from the Libyan border, between the Mediterranean-edge highway and the desert. As the Libyan uprising turned into arme...
The Evils of Humanitarian Wars
JONATHAN COOK
In a traditional cowboy movie, we know what to do: we look for the guy wearing the white hat to be sure who to cheer, and for the one wearing the black hat to know who deserves to die, preferably gruesomely, before the credits roll. If Hollywood learnt early to play on th...
Whatever Happened to the Arab Summer?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Remember the euphoria early last year when long-established police states across the Arab world were tumbling down. Facile comparisons were made with the fall of communist states in Eastern Europe in 1989. Commentators spoke glibly of irrepressible political change in the...
Imam Musa Sadr’s Remains Discovered in Libya; Battle Over DNA use; Sheikh Yaacoub Alive or Dead?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Beirut In early spring 1983, shortly before her death, the American journalist Janet Lee Stevens urged this observer to visit Libya and meet some friends of hers who were active in the Palestine armed resistance.  In those days, thanks to Yasser ...
Convulsions in Libya
VIJAY PRASHAD
Fifteen days from now, the Libyan people will go to the polls. It will be the first election of its kind in Libya, but not the first election in the country. Qaddafi’s Jamahiriya held elections, but these turned out to be very large rubber stamps for a regime t...
Libya, Africa and Africom
DAN GLAZEBROOK
The scale of the ongoing tragedy visited on Libya by NATO and its allies is becoming horribly clearer with each passing day. Estimates of those killed so far vary, but 50,000 seems like a low estimate; indeed the British Ministry of Defence was boasting that the onslaught...
The Arab Spring is Part of the General Strike of the South
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
Vijay Prashad’s new book, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter ...
NATO in the Dock on Libya Bombing
VIJAY PRASHAD
On May 14, 2012, Human Rights Watch released an important report, Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties ...
Deadlock Over Syria
ALAIN GRESH
Patrick Seale’s 1965 classic, The Struggle for Syria, describes the battle for control ...
Rebellious Spring, Murderous Winter
RON JACOBS
The last twenty or so months have certainly been months of insurrection.  This is perhaps no truer anywhere on earth than in the Middle East and northern Africa.  Indeed, there is even a phrase describing this fact.  That phrase is “the Arab Spring.”  Exactly what...
Why We Are Protesting the NATO Summit
BUDDY BELL
After the end of World War II, a group of nations in the north Atlantic established NATO to impede Russian influence over the reconstruction of Europe. The result was that it facilitated the United States’ influence: according to a 2009 article by Georgetown professor D...
NATO’S Craven Coverup of Its Libyan Bombing
VIJAY PRASHAD
Ten days into the uprising in Benghazi, Libya, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council established the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya. The purpose of the Commission was to “investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya....
Opposing War in France
JEAN BRICMONT
Nowhere in NATOland is public opposition to “humanitarian wars” more muted than in France.  Only a few prominent voices were raised against last year’s assault on Libya.  Today, the few who attempt to arouse opposition to Western military intervention ...
Syria: When Cannibals Preach Vegetarianism
AHMAD BARQAWI
I remember during the “Libyan Revolution”; the tally of casualties resulting from Gaddafi’s crack down on protesters was being reported by the mainstream media with such a “dramatic” fervor that it hardly left the public with a moment to at least second-guess th...
Shadid in the War Zone
RALPH NADER
Anthony Shadid, called the “most gifted foreign correspondent in a generation” by his then Washington Post colleague, Rajiv Chandrasekaran (author of the widely heralded book “Imperial Life in the Emerald City”), didn’t really need a byline. ...
Marie Colvin (1956-2012)
FRANKLIN LAMB
Marie Colvin left Beirut on Valentine’s Day on a mission to illegally enter Syria from Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley en route to Homs, Syria. Her clear intention was   to document the conditions of the civilian population in Homs who had been under heavy attack for the pre...
Road to Damascus… and on to Armageddon?
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris What if pollsters put this question to citizens of the United States and the European Union : “Which is more important, ensuring disgruntled Islamists freedom to overthrow the secular regime in Syria, or avoiding World War Three?” ...
“Or Your Lying Eyes…” Truth and Fiction in the News Business
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
If you want a sense of what could well lie in store for Syria, go no further than Anthony Shadid’s report from Libya in the New York Times for February 9. Shadid, a good reporter, describes a dismembered country, rent by banditry: “The militias are ...
Seven Truths Inconvenient to U.S. Foreign Policy
DAN KOVALIK
As George Orwell so eloquently stated, “Truth is the first casualty of war.”  Indeed, lying is absolutely necessary to the ability of countries such as the U.S. aiming to wage unprovoked war upon other countries – the worst form of human rights crime as recognized ...
The Newsfakers
PATRICK COCKBURN
“Rumor” used to have a bad reputation. In Shakespeare’s plays it is assumed that “rumors” mean artful lies and the spreading of detailed but false accounts of victory and defeat. No journalist could credibly tell of massacre, torture and mass...
Rumor and Anger Mount in Libya
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli This observer was stunned late last week when during a meeting in a Maghreb country with three high ranking former Libyan officials, among hundreds currently in hiding, and some organizing, in countries bordering Libya, one of them, in all earnest,...
From Check Point to Check Mate
PATRICK COCKBURN
Checkpoints are common to every country in the Middle East and beyond. They play a central role in the daily lives of people from Tripoli in Libya to Peshawar in Pakistan and from the mountains of south-east Turkey to the marshes of southern Sudan. Nobody knows their numb...
Muslim Brotherhood Strongest Contender in Libya’s Coming Elections
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli It appears, from interviews and discussions with a wide range of Libyans including students, lawyers, judges at the Ministry of Justice, shopkeepers and casual acquaintances that the Muslim Brotherhood currently has very little popular support amon...
The Sunni-Shia Wars
PATRICK COCKBURN
In three of the Arab countries east of Egypt – Syria, Bahrain and Yemen – protesters have challenged their governments over the past year but failed to overthrow them. The reasons for those failures are very different though they have important points in common. In ea...
Will 2012 Bring Tribal War to Libya?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli The weather in Tripoli this New Year’s weekend is unseasonably bone chilling with heavy rains flooding the streets reminding this observer more of dreary London this time of year than the southern Maghreb coast of the Mediterranean. My modest fam...
The Price Tag for the Libyan War
TOM H. HASTINGS
So, how is that violent liberation working out for ‘ya? How much did the US spend trying to topple dictators Ben Ali in Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt? Oh, that’s right, like Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos, those brutal, corrupt, murdering lea...
Are We Gods?
NICHOLAS KRAMER
This holiday season, as you walk through a public area (any mall, grocery, or restaurant will do), start counting the people you see there. Look in their faces, listen to their conversations, and try to appreciate each of them not just as strangers, but as fellow human be...
Anatomy of a NATO War Crime
FRANKLIN LAMB
Sorman, Libya It was a warm early Monday morning along the Libyan coast on June 20, 2011. At approximately 0200 GMT the next day in NATO Headquarters in Brussels and 30 minutes later in its media center in Naples, staffers finished tabulati...
Libya Still Under Arms
PATRICK HAIMZADEH
Last month, the main concern in Tripoli was getting your hands on a sheep to slaughter, as tradition requires on Eid al-Adha (feast of the sacrifice). Libyan sheep were 25 dinars a kilo (around $27), about twice the price before the revolution, and many families were only...
Wars Without Victory; America Without Influence
PATRICK COCKBURN
The last American troops will withdraw from Iraq in the next three weeks. President Obama and Iraq’s Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, will meet tomorrow in Washington so they can claim that the US emerges from the conflict unweakened and leaves behind an increasingl...
Iran and the West
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Perils of brinkmanship with Iran are now on open display. As Libyans struggle after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, and the rebellion against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria continues, the campaign of sanctions against Iran has triggered events which echo the 1980s ...
Here’s the Key Question in the Libyan War
DIANA JOHNSTONE
These days the humanitarian warriors are riding high, thanks to their proclaimed victory in Libya.  The world’s only superpower, with moral, military and mercenary support from the democracy-loving emirate of Qatar and the historic imperialist powers, Britain and Franc...
The “Left” and Libya
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The last time we met Michael Bérubé on this site was back in 2007, and he was up to his neck in a rubbish dump, where I’d placed him, in the company of other promoters of the 2003 war on Iraq: where, I asked, are those parlor warriors now? Had any of them reconsidered...
The Troubling Case of Saif Gadhafi
FRANKLIN LAMB
A CounterPunch Exclusive Zintan, Libya Despite the claims of the National Transitional Council of Libya (NTC)  that  Saif al Islam Gadhafi, the apprehended subject of an International Criminal ...
The “Decent Left” and the Libya Intervention
DAVID N. GIBBS
Even as NATO celebrates its victory over the Gaddafi dictatorship, there is growing unease about the operation. The Libyan intervention was supposed to be a model of legality, but ended up exceeding the terms set forth in Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized...
Payback Time in Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
The detention of 7,000 people in prisons and camps by the anti-Gaddafi forces is not surprising. The conflict in Libya was always much more of a civil war between Libyans than foreign governments pretended or the foreign media reported. The winning anti-Gaddafi mil...
Destroying Libya’s Welfare State
DAN KOVALIK
The other day, I was listening to the voice of “liberal” radio, NPR, and was surprised to hear its bizarre, and yet quite candid, report on what it apparently views to be one of the more hideous aspects of the Gadhafi years – a modern welfare state which looked afte...
Will the UN insist on Fair Trials for Ex-Regime Loyalists in Libya?
FRANKLIN LAMB
CounterPunch Exclusive Benghazi, Libya An affable gentleman, “Mahmoud” ushered this observer into the Benghazi People’s Court (Mahkamat al-Sha’b) and showed me the freshly painted courtroom where ...
Huge Stakes in Syria
PATRICK COCKBURN
President Bashar al-Assad’s enemies are closing in for the kill. The Arab League is suspending Syria, and Turkey, once a close ally, is leading the pack in seeking to displace the government that has ruled for 40 years. Arab leaders are talking to West European stat...
Bad Moon Rising Over Great Sirte Bay
FRANKLIN LAMB
CounterPunch Exclusive Report Sirte, Libya This observer, with his sandaled feet comfortably dug into the sand of a chilly Mediterranean beach and huddled next to a camp fire with a congenial and bright g...
Memories of Libya, 1982
SAUL LANDAU
In the early Spring 1982, I accompanied former US Senator Jim Abourezk (D-SD) to Libya. National Geographic had asked him to get Libyan permission to film several sites of Roman ruins. He met with officials I walked Tripoli’s streets. At a coffee shop near the ho...
China’s Game
MICHAEL DOLINER
The US and NATO used Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized a “no fly zone to protect civilians” in Libya, to launch the Libyan war. The war was also a war against China. They had to evacuate 30,000 of their citizens who were fulfilling contracts to develo...
Terror and Revenge Engulf NATO’s Libya
FRANKLIN LAMB
CounterPunch Exclusive Benghazi  The “new Libya” has entered its own “Terror” which is spreading inexorably, aided by NATO member states including American, French and British SAS units known loc...
One Death in Sirte
PATRICK COCKBURN
I first met Ahmed Abdullah al-Ghadamsi in Tripoli last August about seven weeks before he was killed in one of the last battles of the Libyan war. I was staying in the Radisson Blu, a large hotel that overlooks the harbor and overfilled with journalists who had pou...
Libya’s Liberation Front Organizing in the Sahel
FRANKLIN LAMB
On the edge of the Sahel, Niger “Sahel” in Arabic means “coast” or “shoreline”.  Unless one was present 5000 years ago when, according to anthropologists, our planets first cultivation of crops began in this then lush, but now semiarid region ...
It Doesn’t Matter to Them If It’s Untrue. It’s a Higher Truth.
WILLIAM BLUM
“We came, we saw, he died.” — US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
giggling, as she spoke of the depraved murder of Moammar Gaddafi Imagine Osama bin Laden or some other Islamic leader speaking of 9-11: &#...
Invaded Under False Pretexts
FIDEL CASTRO
On February 23rd, under the title of “The Cynical Danse Macabre”, I set out: “The policy of plundering imposed by the United States and their NATO allies in the Middle East has gone into a crisis. ” “Thanks to the treason committed by Sadat at Camp...
When the Mob Rules
STEPHEN MARTIN
To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war. Winston Churchill, remarks at a White House luncheon, June 26, 1954 Where was the dead body found? Who found the dead body? Was the dead body dead when found? How was the...
NATO: the Brutal Alliance
FIDEL CASTRO
NATO’s brutal military alliance has become the most perfidious instrument of repression known in the history of humankind. NATO took on that global repressive role as soon as the USSR, which had served the United States as an excuse for its creation, ceased to ex...