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Archives by Tag 'Libya'
Divided Rebels
PATRICK COCKBURN
The end of Muammar Gaddafi’s 41 years in power appears to be in hand as the rebels close in on Tripoli, though it is not clear if the old regime will collapse without a fight for the capital. It still has the men and the material to draw out the conflict, but its su...
Whither Gaddafi and Libya?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli. The large gold framed portrait of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi that adorned the wall behind the reception desk of my hotel since it opened many years ago has vanished.  Also gone are the 72 green flags that flew on the white poles have also been remov...
Waiting for the Endgame in Libya
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli Since this observer is not privy to any secrets around here and would not share them if he were, it’s fair enough to engage in frank discussions with former colleagues in Congress and new cyber acquaintances who work on the Hill. I got an ...
Tripoli on the Cusp
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli. Truth be told, some foreign observers, and  certainly this one, having been  based in Tripoli the past nearly eight weeks, have not taken very seriously occasional media predictions that Tripoli might soon be invaded by “NATO rebels” —...
Who Will Save Libya From Its Western Saviours?
JEAN BRICMONT and DIANA JOHNSTONE
Last March, a coalition of Western powers and Arab autocracies banded together to sponsor what was billed as a short little military operation to “protect Libyan civilians”. On March 17, the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1973 which gave that particular...
Libya’s Ragtag Rebels
PATRICK COCKBURN
Rebels, from the Wars of the Roses up to the present civil war in Libya, usually try to postpone splitting into factions and murdering each other until after they have seized power and are in full control. However deep their divisions, they keep them secret from the outsi...
Where Have Libya’s Children Gone?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli, Libya. The quality of life continues to degrade in certain areas of western Libya while public anxiety noticeably rises over missing Libyan children as the first week of an unusually stressful Ramadan passes. The shortage of gasoline has be...
What About the War Ceiling?
TOM ENGLEHARDT
By now, it seems as if everybody and his brother has joined the debt-ceiling imbroglio in Washington, perhaps the strangest homespun drama of our time. It’s as if Washington’s leading political players, aided and abetted by the media’s love of the horser...
End Game for Benghazi Rebels as Libyan Tribes Prepare to Weigh In?
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli.  On July 30, the day before this 97.5 per cent  Muslim country began the holy month of Ramadan, NATO spokesperson Roland Lavoie has been lamely attempting to explain to the press at the Rexis Hotel and internationally, why NATO was forced to bom...
Petraeus and Clinton
MICHAEL BRENNER
General David Petraeus, newly installed Director of the CIA, is now the most influencial figure on issues at the top of the American foreign agenda. He has unrivaled prestige in Washington and among the public at large, he has close allies in the Pentagon and White House,...
Why the West is Committed to the Murderous Rebels in Libya
PATRICK COCKBURN
In keeping with the British Government’s well-established record of comical ineptitude in dealing with Libya, foreign secretary William Hague chose to recognize the rebel leaders in Benghazi as the legitimate government of the country at the very moment some of them...
The Libyan Fiasco
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The assassination of General Abdul Fatah Younis, Muammar Gaddafi’s interior minister who defected to the opposition in February, and news of fighting between rebel factions near their “capital” Benghazi, resulting in growing lawlessness in the rebel-held...
The Costs of War
VIJAY PRASHAD
“The impact of war is self-evident, since economically it is exactly the same as if the nation were to drop a part of its capital into the ocean” — Karl Marx, ...
Arguing Libya
WILLIAM BLUM
On July 9 I took part in a demonstration in front of the White House, the theme of which was “Stop Bombing Libya”. The last time I had taken part in a protest against US bombing of a foreign country, which the White House was selling as “humanitarian int...
A Wicked, Heartless Folly
CHARLES ABUGRE
The invasion was planned and the opportunity to execute it was highly propitious. They say ‘time heals’ emotional wounds. If that is so why don’t I feel less enraged as the days go by since the outrageous invasion of Libya on ludicrous false prete...
Scenes From Tripoli
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli. Entering Libya from Tunisia, the roughly 115 mile drive to Tripoli currently provides a fascinating if unsettling introduction to the current situation in Tripoli.  By the time I arrived at the hotel my mouth tasted as if I h...
It’s Time to End the Bombing and Find a Political Solution in Libya
Dr. RUHAKANA RUGUNDA
At a meeting between the UN Security Council and the African Union High Level Ad hoc Committee on Libya on June 15, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations gave the African Union’s stand on NATO’s invasion of Libya....
The Myth of Precision-Guided Coercion
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Vieux Port, St Raphael, France At the end of May the British press was filled with stories headlined “Gaddafi to be told to stand down or face Apache attack.” As of this writing, the Apaches have attacked, but Gaddafi has not stood down....
Libya, Canada’s Other Ugly War
MURRAY DOBBIN
NATO members, including Canada, are continuing their bombing campaign against Libya in a war that may just break the record for the casual breaking of international law, and lying about the motives for the war. There is no mandate to engage in “regime...
Strange Definitions of War and Peace
Rep. RON PAUL
Last week I joined six Republican and three Democrat colleagues to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its illegal war against Libya. Now that more than 90 days have passed since the president began bombing Libya, no one can seriously claim...
Those Libyan Atrocities
PATRICK COCKBURN
In war, accounts of atrocities need to be treated with scepticism. Surveying a battlefield where he had once fought, the great Confederate general Stonewall Jackson turned to an aide and asked: "Did you ever think, sir, what an opportunity a battl...
Desperately Seeking Legitimacy
RALPH NADER
The meticulous Harvard Law Review editors should be rolling over in their footnotes. The recidivist violations of constitutional and statutory requirements by their celebrated predecessor at that journal ? Barack Obama has reached Orwellian dimensions in th...
Obama’s Libya Defense
DAVID SWANSON
The arguments made to “legalize” war, torture, warrantless spying, and other crimes by John Yoo and Jay Bybee and their gang are looking rational, well-reasoned, and impeccably researched in comparison with Obama’s latest “legalizati...
Goldman Sachs’ Libyan Gambit
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
Good news for investors whose investments have gone south comes from unlikely sources. Libya is one of them and Goldman Sachs another. The news is certain to convince many that there is no better manager of their money than that fabled institution that wa...
Why Regime Change in Libya?
ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH
In light of the brutal death and destruction wrought on Libya by the relentless US/NATO bombardment, the professed claims of “humanitarian concerns” as grounds for intervention can readily be dismissed as a blatantly specious imperialist ploy in...
Tinpot Bombardiers
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
The alleged purpose of  UN Security Council resolution 1973, passed on March 17, was to seek to protect Libyan civilians from violent attacks by both  sides. In NATO’s eager hands, cosseted by uncritical Western press coverage, it has rapidly mutated in...
Terrorisms, Wars and the New Teletubbies
TED HONDERICH
Prof. Honderich took part in a panel discussion on terrorism and war at the 2011 thinking-persons festival in Hay-on-Wye, that second festival, the one for philosophy and music. Called How The Light Gets In, it is the invention of Hilary Lawson and a further contribution ...
How NATO Killed Qaddafi Family Members
CYNTHIA McKINNEY
Tripoli. How many times must a parent bury a child? In the case of Muammar Qaddafi it’s not only twice: once for his daughter, murdered by the United States bombing on his home in 1986, and again on 30...