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  • NATO’s 2011 Intervention: The Disaster in Libya

    , by SHUPAK Greg

    Western-led military interventions aren’t motivated by humanitarian concerns.
    The title of Horace Campbell’s book on NATO’s 2011 Libyan intervention, Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya, is an allusion to a Guardian article by Seumas Milne entitled, “If the Libyan war was about (...)

  • After Gadhafi, the West eyes the Libyan prize

    , by BENNIS Phyllis

    The death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will likely — though it’s too early to know anything for sure — mean the end of the current stage of Libya’s civil war. Whether it will set the stage for peace, national reconciliation, democracy, normalization with the region or other goals is far less (...)

  • Libya: A thoroughgoing popular revolution

    , by Correspondent(s)

    A RECENT editorial editorial (“Who really won in Libya”) suggested that it was NATO that, in fact, won the revolution in Libya, not the Libyan people. From here in Tripoli, it seems that that judgment is rushed. There are a number of points that should be understood about the (...)

  • After Gaddafi

    , by ACHCAR Gilbert, WEARING David

    As was the case with his earlier articles for ZNet on the situation in Libya, our recent interview with Professor Gilbert Achcar of SOAS elicited a good deal of responses, both in the comments under the article and from commentators elsewhere. Here, NLP’s David Wearing asks Achcar a series of (...)

  • Libya: Gilbert Achcar and the decent left

    , by SEYMOUR Richard

    Gilbert Achcar – who considers that the title of this article is distorting his point of view – has answered Richard Seymour’s arguments here: After Gaddafi (ESSF, article 22765). A quote from Achcar’s interview:
    At the onset of NATO’s Operation Unified Protector in Libya, the main justification (...)

  • Libya: Popular rebellion and imperialist designs

    , by ACHCAR Gilbert, MILLS Tom

    Gilbert Achcar is a Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of a number of books on global politics, imperialism and the Middle East, most recently The Arabs and the Holocaust: The (...)

  • Who really won in Libya?

    , by Socialist Worker (USA)

    Another dictator is being toppled in North Africa—but the regime that will replace his will be beholden to imperialist powers that don’t care at all about democracy.
    THE REIGN of Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi seems to be coming to an end after anti-government fighters backed by NATO forces (...)

  • NATO “Conspiracy” against the Libyan Revolution

    , by ACHCAR Gilbert

    In an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal (19 July 2011), Max Boot— the aptly named neoconservative author and military historian known for his support for “democracy promotion” at the point of a gun, and an ardent supporter of full-scale US military engagement in Libya—referred to a (...)

  • Libya could break up like Somalia

    , by AMIN Samir

    Libya is neither Tunisia nor Egypt. The ruling group (Gaddafi) and the forces fighting it are in no way analogous to their Tunisian and Egyptian counterparts. Gaddafi has never been anything but a buffoon, whose emptiness of thought was reflected in his notorious ‘Green Book’. Operating in a (...)

  • Gaddafi is stronger than ever in Libya

    , by SEYMOUR Richard

    The fact Gaddafi has survived the rebellions and Nato bombing undermines the simplistic view of a hated tyrant clinging on.
    The war on Libya has not gone well. Kim Sengupta’s report on Wednesday detailed this starkly:
    "Fresh diplomatic efforts are under way to try to end Libya’s bloody civil (...)

  • Impressions of the new Libya

    , by JABER Jamal

    I was all the more curious to discover the political and social changes that had taken place in Libya after the revolution of February17, having already spent some months there in 1996. I went there in June this time, going via an Egypt which was itself still in turmoil after its own revolution (...)

  • Libya: The revolution seen from the inside

    , by El SHARIF Azeldin, JABER Jamal

    Jamal Jaber visited Libya in June 2011 for International Viewpoint. As well as writing his own impressions of that visit he spoke to Azeldin El Sharif. El Sharif is an opponent of the Gaddafi regime who took refuge in London in 2001. He continued his activity there until the rising on 17 (...)

  • Libya: An Old-Fashioned Colonial Smash-and-Grab

    , by COCKBURN Alexander

    Who can argue with a straight face that UN Resolution 1973, passed on March 17, permits efforts to assassinate Qaddafi by bombs and missiles or escalations in the arsenal of regime change, such as the deployment of British Apache helicopters? A hundred years from now this UN/NATO intervention (...)

  • The West Prolongs the Existence of Gaddafi’s Regime

    , by ATWI Muammar

    This article is my [Gilbert Achcar] translation from the Arabic original published on June 2, 2011, in Beirut’s Al-Akhbar, the only leftwing Arabic daily newspaper. It provides an insight into the thinking of the Libyan rebels, different from what some English-speaking figures of the Libyan (...)

  • Trade unions call for end to war on Libya

    , by STUC, Unison, Unite the Union

    The UK’s two biggest unions—Unite and Unison—and the Scottish TUC call on the governments of the UK, France and the US to halt the air attacks on Libya. Unite the Union: Statement on the war in Libya
    Unite the union believes the attack on Libya by British, French and US forces is wrong and (...)

  • In favour of the no-fly zone to support Libyan rebels

    , by SIDDIQI Shibil

    Can progressives and anti-imperialists still support the UN-mandated intervention in Libya? They can, and indeed, they must.
    The question of Western intervention in Libya is not immune from considerations of geopolitical power. The attack on Gaddafi’s forces has only been possible due to his (...)

  • Statement on the NATO attacks in Libya

    , by Pakistan Left Parties

    Pakistan Left Parties
    While it is accepted that Gaddafi and his model of ruling is autocratic and repressive and cannot be supported by any progressive grouping a few things also need to be stated about NATO and its discourse of humanitarian intervention and (...)