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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 ...
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...
The Wrong Occupation
KATHY KELLY
In Kabul, Afghanistan’s beleaguered capitol city, a young woman befriended me during December of 2010.  She was eager to talk about her views, help us better understand the history of her country, and form lasting relationships.  Now, she is too frightened to return a...
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,...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
The Top Ten Myths in the War Against Libya
MAXIMILIAN C. FORTE
Since Colonel Gaddafi has lost his military hold in the war against NATO and the insurgents/rebels/new regime, numerous talking heads have taken to celebrating this war as a “success”. They believe this is a “victory of the Libyan people” and that we should all be...
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,...
The New-Model Interventionists
ARNO J. MAYER
For a while it looked as if Western Europe’s imperial-colonial era had drawn to a close and as if the imperial benefits and burdens it bequeathed to the U.S. were about to be liquidated, as well.   But this turns out to be a gross historical misconstruction. The...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The G8 and NATO
RON JACOBS
The Group of Eight (G8) nations comprise around 53.0% of global nominal GDP and 42.5% of global GDP.  A primary reason for this is because they control most of the world’s capital.  This fact is directly related to these nations’ colonial and imperial histor...
The Undoing of Libya
VIJAY PRASHAD
NATO headquarters shares with the caves of al-Qaeda the error of hubris. The jihadis believe that it was their rag-tag mujahideen that chased the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan. Nothing in their world-view allows them to share the glory with the United Sta...
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...
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...