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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...
NATO vs Pakistan
TARIQ ALI
The Nato assault on a Pakistani checkpoint close to the Afghan border which killed 24 soldiers on Saturday must have been deliberate. Nato commanders have long been supplied with maps marking these checkpoints by the Pakistani military. They knew that the target was a mil...
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 “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...
Turkey and the Syrian ‘Abyss’
RAMZY BAROUD
When Recep Tayyip Erdogan became Turkey’s prime minister in 2003, he seemed to be certain of the new direction his country would take. It would maintain cordial ties with Turkey’s old friends, Israel included, but also reach out to its Arab and Muslim neighbors, Syria...
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...
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...
Menu for Today’s Tricky Planet: Use Your Head
GABRIEL KOLKO
We live in an enigmatic age, far more complex as the years go by and certainly since the disappearance of the Soviet Union in 1991.  With the failure of so many reformers avoidance of  cynicism about all causes is now an overwhelming challenge.  In a sense, it is the r...
Choke Point Bab el-Mandeb
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The Horn of Africa is one of the most strategically critical  regions in the world with the narrow passage where the Red Sea joins the Indian Ocean, the Bab el-Mandeb, being a potential choke point for much of the worlds commerce. Almost all of the trade between t...
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...
Gaddafi and the Bacchae
PETER LEE
I suppose the Western media caravan has moved on, and there isn’t going to be a lot of interest in the latest ...
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...
Sword of Peterloo
CLANCY SIGAL
“Wow!” exclaimed secretary of state Hillary Clinton when an aide showed her a Blackberry with Gaddafi’s capture as she was visiting Pakistan to twist a few arms.  Her ‘wow’ may be ambiguous – an expression of real surprise, but I fear not.   I...
Revulsion and Fury, as Students Remember Man Who Shot Qaddafi
FRANKLIN LAMB
Tripoli University The people I had hoped most to be able to find on returning to Libya were eight students from Fatah University (now renamed Tripoli University) who became my friends during three months in Libya this summer.  They had all been strongly ...
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...
Hillary and Qaddafi
KATHLEEN PEINE
Another Halloween season is upon us, with the scary bloodless dead guy masks, the wild mobs clamoring for goodies, and well heck, that’s just Libya. I have to say that I’m against the death penalty on principle except when I’m not, but I only consider a selec...
Killing Gaddafi
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. This verse from the Bible speaks aloud of the manner of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, as well as his brutal killing. It is also a lesson for those who fought Gaddafi. The end of him has left a...
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...