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The Arab Spring and the Coward’s War on Libya
TED HONDERICH
The thoughts in this essay are those touched on in a public conversation with Tariq Ali in The Gower Street Lecture Series, arranged by Waterstones Bookshops and held in University College London. Tariq’s knowledge of the societies of the Arab Spring is won...
Lynching Black Africans in Libya
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Black Libyans by the racist para-militaries who now rule Libya. Bodies of black men hanging from highways. Bound and tortured bodies of Africans dumped along the roadsides. Am I talking about Libya or Louisiana? And all under the approving eye of the first B...
What the Establishment Isn’t Telling You About Libya
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
Washington is erupting in euphoria and self-congratulation over Muammar Gaddafi’s death.  That celebration was predictably followed by further adulation in our sycophantic press system, which never saw a foreign intervention it didn’t like.  The usual propaganda abo...
Muammar Gaddafi: In Memoriam
FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN
Was he a “mad dog” as Ronald Reagan dubbed him, or  “the King of Kings” as some leaders of African nations  crowned him, or “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya,” as he ...
Imperial Massacres
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Denied post mortem imagery of Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the world now has at its disposal photographs of Muammar Qaddafi, dispatched with a bullet  to the head after being wounded by NATO’s ground troops outside Sirte. Did the terminal command, Finish Him Of...
Qaddafi, From Beginning to End
VIJAY PRASHAD
On the dusty reaches out of Sirte, a convoy flees a battlefield. A NATO aircraft fires and strikes the cars. The wounded struggle to escape. Armed trucks, with armed fighters, rush to the scene. They find the injured, and among them is the most significant prize: a bloodi...
America’s New African Empire
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
Now that the CIA’s proxy army has murdered Gadhafi, what next for Libya? If Washington’s plans succeed, Libya will become another American puppet state. Most of the cities, towns, and infrastructure have been destroyed by air strikes by the air forces of the US...
Will Seif Gaddafi Survive to Have His Day in Court?
FRANKLIN LAMB
During the late evening of 10/20/11 the White House, the Office of the Secretary of State, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the Libyan Embassy in Washington, DC received a  faxed communication from an American organized  international legal team currently p...
The End of Muammar Gaddafi
BINOY KAMPMARK
The words of the human rights lawyer and spokesman for the National Transitional Council, Abdul Hafiz Ghoga, were stated with chilling effect and certainty.  ‘Our revolutionaries managed to get the head of the tyrant, who has met his fate and destiny like all dictators...
Bloody Spring
DAN GLAZEBROOK
Fulvio Grimaldi is the legendary Italian (and former BBC) journalist and filmmaker who shot and smuggled out video footage of the Bloody Sunday massacre from under the noses of the British army almost forty years ago. He champions a style of journalism that is passionate,...
Crisis for Billionaires
ISRAEL SHAMIR
Moscow The fate of Qaddafi hovers like Hamlet’s father’s spirit over many a presidential and managerial desk. The Libyan leader amassed a fortune, some for himself and his family, some for his nation. He placed it in various banks, funds and shelters, ...
The Price of Getting It Wrong
CONN HALLINAN
“In 1979, when Soviet troops swept into Afghanistan, an angry Jimmy Carter organized an unofficial alliance to give the Soviets ‘their Vietnam’ (which Afghanistan became).” ...
The Middle East Turned Upside-Down
PATRICK COCKBURN
The political world has turned upside down in the Middle East since the Arab Awakening erupted. The region has been convulsed by the most radical changes since the end of imperial occupation and the foundation of the state of Israel in 1948. One significant develop...
The Constant Mind Rape
LINH DINH
The physical violence of a crime is often accompanied by another kind of violation, an assault against the mind, for the criminal must disguise his evil deed. A murderer, rapist or merely adulterer will lie and spin, to conceal and/or rationalize what he has done. ...
Libya: Whither International Law?
COURTENAY BARNETT
For those who think that anything good is going to come out of this NATO led war in Libya, and feel that it is a mainly a question of some wrongly supporting Gadaffi, I beg to differ. The choices really are- 1.  A government in power under Gadaffi; or...
Three Big Challenges Threatening the Arab Uprisings
ESAM AL-AMIN
With the fall of Muammar Qaddafi’s headquarters in Bab Al-Aziziyyah in Tripoli on August 23, Libya became the third country to oust its long-serving dictator after the fall of Tunisia’s Zein-al-bedin Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. The fa...
Cameron and Sarkozy’s Coy Victory Lap in Tripoli
PATRICK COCKBURN
David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy were careful during their first visit to Libya since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi to avoid anything evoking comparisons with President Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” rhetoric after the occupation of Iraq. They know ho...
The Real Reason the US Wanted Gaddafi Gone
MURRAY DOBBIN
Powell River, BC When the U.S. invaded Iraq riding a pack of lies and monstrous manipulation, the entire U.S. elite, including major news services, academics, and politicians from both parties, lined up to cheerlead and off they went to war. It was one of ...
29 Years After the Massacre at Sabra Shatila
FRANKLIN LAMB
Sabha, Libya. “The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind” was the general consensus following a discussion between this observer and a gathering of Palestinian refugees in Sabha, Libya, many of whom would very much like to travel to Shatila camp in...
The New Scramble for Africa
CONN HALLINAN
Is current U.S. foreign policy in Africa following a blueprint drawn up almost eight years ago by the rightwing ...
Power Politics, NATO, and the Libyan Intervention
DAVID N. GIBBS
The recent NATO intervention against the regime of Muammar Gaddafi in Libya has been a considerable source of contention among many on the left, with self-proclaimed progressives, most notably Juan Cole, openly supporting this military action. The intervention clea...
Are Libya’s Palestinians Ready for the Post-Gaddafi Era?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli As Palestinian students and faculty prepare for fall classes at Nassar College and Al |Fatah University in Tripoli, as well as Benghazi’s Garyounis University and Omar Mukhtar University near Al Bayda, a petition is being circulated on and around...
Operation Torture
VIJAY PRASHAD
“No state shall expel, return (refouler) or extradite a person to another State where there are substantial grounds for believing that he would be in danger of being subjected to torture.” United Nations Convention Against Torture (art....
Libya for Libyans
ZOLTAN GROSSMAN
Since NATO began bombing Libya in March, the global peace movement has been split into two camps. One side portrays the bombing campaign as a “humanitarian intervention” to protect Libyan civilians, comparing it to 1990s attacks on Serbia. This side tends to downplay ...
When Qaddafi Was Our Friend
JOANNE MARINER
With Muammar Qaddafi’s ignominious disappearance to who knows where, fast on the heels of President Obama’s proclamation that “Qaddafi’s rule is over,” it is easy to think of the United States as the dictator’s stubborn, persistent, and ultimately triump...
The Post 9/11 Torture Network
PATRICK COCKBURN
Here is an account by a Libyan, who did not want to disclose his name, of what it was like to be tortured by Libyan security. He says: “I was blindfolded and taken upstairs. I was shocked with electricity and made to sit on broken glass. They were kicking and punchi...
NATO’s War on Libya is an Attack on African Development
DAN GLAZEBROOK
“Africa the key to global economic growth”; this was a refreshingly honest recent headline from the Washington Post, but hardly one that qualifies as ‘news’. African labour and resources- as any decent economic historian will tell you – has been key to...
How a British NGO Transported Rebels to the Libyan Front
KEVIN MACIEL
In what appears, at first glance, a rather innocuous bit of war propaganda targeted primarily at moving hearts and minds in the UK to delve deeper into their pockets to donate to NGOs involved in humanitarian relief efforts in war-torn  Libya, the BBC recently featured f...
Who’s In Charge Here?
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tripoli In Libya effective rebel military control is visibly outfacing the establishment of political stability. There are checkpoints everywhere in Tripoli and along the coast road east and west. Security is surprisingly good, given that the war in these ...
MI6, Oil and Libya’s Torture Chambers
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s rule is coming to an end in Libya and a picture of contrasts is emerging. There is a contrast between the celebratory mood in London, Paris and Washington on one hand and Libya itself on the other. With Gaddafi down and disappeared but not alto...
Libya and the World We Live In
WILLIAM BLUM
“Why are you attacking us? Why are you killing our children? Why are you destroying our infrastructure?” – Television address by Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi, April 30, 2011 A few hours later NATO hit a target...
Neoliberalism and Its Discontents
PETER LEE
One might think that in this brave new world of escalating global economic and social problems and burgeoning BRICs, priority might be given to forging consensus with the new rising powers to get the planet out of its economic rut and building a future less reliant on rui...
30,000 Bombs Over Libya
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
After some 8,000 bombing raids, with estimates of 4 bombs used per attack NATO has already dropped over 30,000 bombs on Libya. That’s almost 200 bombs per day for 6 months, some tens of thousands of tons of high explosives. With an estimated 2 Libyans killed per bom...
Libya’s Next Fight
RAMZY BAROUD
At a press conference in Tripoli on Aug. 26, a statement read aloud by top Libyan rebel commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj was reassuring. Just a few months ago, disorganized and leaderless rebel fighters seemed t...
Sarkozy and France’s Grandeur Nationale
BINOY KAMPMARK
The corpse is barely warm, and the scrambling over the legacy has begun.  Africa has long been grist for the mills of imperial powers, a place of plunder, profit and papier-mâché sovereignty.  The NATO members will have their own ideas about what exactly to do with Li...
Gaddafi’s Libya as Demon
DIANA JOHNSTONE
The current ideology to justify aggressive war is based on a dogmatic dichotomy between Democracy and Dictators.  The pro-war party in the West has been shifting the center of international law and order from the United Nations to a more exclusive club of “democracies...
Islamists at the Heart of the Libyan Rebellion
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tripoli Rebel militiamen, many of them former prisoners of Muammar Gaddafi, have an iron grip on Tripoli, but wonder who will hold long-term power in Libya. Issam, a bearded Islamist who controls a district of the revolutionary stronghold of Souq al-Jumaa,...
Meet Professor Juan Cole, Consultant to the CIA
JOHN WALSH
Juan Cole is a brand name that is no longer trusted.  And that has been the case for some time for the Professor from Michigan.  After warning of the “difficulties” with the Iraq War, Cole swung over to ply it with burning kisses on the day of the U.S. invasion of I...
The New Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tripoli. Yassin Bahr, a tall thin Senegalese in torn blue jeans, volubly denies that he was ever a mercenary or fought for Muammar Gaddafi. Speaking in quick nervous sentences, Mr Bahr tries to convince a suspicious local militia leader in charge of...
In Which Franklin Lamb Shields a Nigerian from Rebel Racists and Dreams of Chadian Ladies
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli My roommate left our hotel and hopefully Libya last night for his village near Arlit, Niger thanks to the assistance of one of Tripoli’s Christian Churches.  I shall miss him a lot. It was a recently formed human rights group from the Cop...
The New Rulers are in Tripoli
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tripoli. The new rulers of Libya, the Transitional National Council (TNC), have arrived in town. I know this because they just kicked me out of my painfully acquired hotel room when they took over the whole of the eighth floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel whe...
The Hunt for Gaddafi
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli Rumors and repeated rumors ricochet like shell casings off concrete walls this morning and depending on what one is inclined to believe, Libya’s former leader Colonel Gaddafi is safely in Algeria, his hometown of Sirte, Libya’s vast southern de...
Libyans Wait for the Next Chapter
PATRICK COCKBURN
Tripoli Freedom from fear has not yet reached the people of Tripoli. Streets are empty and shops shuttered. For miles there is nobody to be seen in the city, aside from militiamen dressed in T-shirts, shorts and an occasional item of uniform, manning barri...
Rev. King and Today’s Wars
WILLIAM LOREN KATZ
This weekend it has taken a hurricane to postpone the dedication of the long-awaited monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington — the first time a man who is not a president, not white man and not a war leader has been so honored on the Mall. Major corp...
The Myth of Libyan Liberation
CONN HALLINAN
In his essay, “Top Ten Myths about the Libyan War,” Juan Cole argues that U.S. interests in the conflict consisted of stopping “massacres of people,” a “lawful world order,” “the NATO alliance,” and oddly, “the fate of Egypt.” It is worth taking a mome...
Libya: Lessons From History
MUSTAFAH BAKHTARY
With all the celebration and praise going around because of the recent victory by Libyan rebels, we must ask ourselves if we can really ascertain what is in store for the state of Libya. Vague undefined responses of ‘freedom’ and ‘liberation’...
Crude Analysis of Libyan Liberation
CHRIS FLOYD
Another war for oil? Surely not! But just to be on the safe side, the world’s oil barons are already moving in to seal some sweetheart deals on that sweet, sweet crude with the new, NATO-installed masters of Libya. And guess what? It turns out that companies fro...
The Siege of Tripoli
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli. This observer’s tentative appraisal of Tuesday’s events along the north Tripoli port area as of late afternoon 8/23/11 is that the “65,000 well trained and well-armed troops” hyped Sunday by the Gaddafi government don’t in fact e...
Killing in Our Name
JOHN FEFFER
We make a bargain with our governments. We pay taxes and expect a set of government services in return. And in return for a guarantee of some measure of security, we grant the government a monopoly on legitimate violence. In theory, then, we forswear mob rule and paramili...
Qaddafi Has Lost; But Who Has Won?
PATRICK COCKBURN
The civil war in Libya went on longer than expected, but the fall of Tripoli came faster than was forecast. As in Kabul in 2001 and Baghdad in 2003, there was no last-ditch stand by the defeated regime, whose supporters appear to have melted away once they saw that defeat...