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AP / Khalil Hamra

So Much for Progress in Syria

Just a day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad appeared to concede to an Arab League-brokered plan to decrease violence between government forces and protesters, it was clear that the opposition was right in maintaining a skeptical stance. (more)

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Mr. Fish

The Monster

I stopped believing in monsters on Thanksgiving Day in 1976, when my stepfather came downstairs for dinner wearing black dress pants, a white collared shirt, a pair of freshly polished black leather shoes and only one sock.

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NATO Declares Libya Mission Officially Over

On Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid a visit to Libya to announce the end of the military campaign that began seven months ago and culminated in the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi on Oct. 20.

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U.S. State Department

The Arab Spring Gets Messy, and Even Messier for the U.S.

The United States simply does not know how to disentangle itself from this menacing situation.

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AP / Richard Drew

Gadhafi, Son and Aide Buried in Secret Site

Putting a ceremonial end to a 42-year era in Libya, the nation’s late leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi was laid to rest, along with his son Muatassim and his defense minister, Abu Bakr Younis, in an undisclosed location. The three died after their capture last Thursday and ... (more)

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‘Left, Right & Center’: End of an Era in Iraq and Libya

This was a big week in international news, with the death of Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi and President Obama’s announcement that U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq before 2012. And let’s not forget the latest unrest in Greece, stemming from the passage of a highly contested austerity bill by that country’s parliament. (more)

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‘Colbert Report’: The Demise of Another Nocturnal, Burrowing Dictator

What’s the protocol for making jokes about dead dictators—is the same day too soon? Stephen Colbert throws propriety to the wind and takes on not just Col. Moammar Gadhafi himself in this clip, claiming that losing the Libyan leader is like losing “Yves St. Laurent, George Burns and Pol Pot ... (more)

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Wikimedia Commons / Fabio Rodrigues Pozzebom / ABr (CC-BY)

Indian Summer for Arab Spring?

Thursday’s death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi represents different things to different people—long-awaited liberation, further evidence of American meddling on the world stage, or a powerful sign that the upheaval collectively known as the Arab Spring isn’t over yet. (more)

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Questions About Gadhafi’s Death Delay His Burial

Just as in the case of Osama bin Laden’s death last May, some major concerns have cropped up in the international community about the circumstances that led to Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s end on Thursday. Specifically, whether the killing of Gadhafi might have been carried out in ... (more)

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At a Loss for a World View

The demise of Moammar Gadhafi is big news around the world. Note to the Republican presidential candidates: This will come as a shock, but there are lots of other countries out there, and what happens in some of them is really important.

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Gadhafi Dead

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Gadhafi Killed

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What a Stinker

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Goodman on Gadhafi

As Thursday’s edition of “Democracy Now!” with anchor Amy Goodman went to air, the reports—unconfirmed reports, as Goodman is careful to point out in this clip—that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been killed in his hometown of Surt were streaming in from Libyan and American sources.

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AP / Richard Drew

Gadhafi Is Reported Killed in Libya

After months of local turmoil and international military intervention, a major development has occurred that constitutes the end of an era in Libya, as official media in the North African nation reported Thursday that longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Updated (more)

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Flickr / Magharebia (CC-BY)

NATO Will Keep Up Libya Airstrikes, Panetta Says

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday that NATO will continue launching airstrikes in Libya as long as the clashes continue between rebel fighters and forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi, despite pressure from NATO allies to stop the bombing.

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Flickr / Mick Roche (CC-BY-SA)

Libyan Rebels Retake Gadhafi’s Hometown Airport

Libyan National Transitional Council fighters on Thursday took complete control of the airport in ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown for the second time in as many weeks, witnesses said, despite continuous sniper and rocket fire from Gadhafi loyalists. (more)

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Avinash Kunnath (CC-BY)

Fidel Castro Surfaces to Criticize Obama

Barack Obama’s recent U.N. speech on “the pursuit of peace in an imperfect world” failed to impress Fidel Castro, who, in a newspaper column, called the text “gibberish” and asked, “Has any nation been excluded from the bloody threats of this illustrious defender of international peace and security?” (more)

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Flickr / photosteve101

The DIY Internet Is on Its Way

The 2011 uprisings in the Arab world showed the Internet’s potential as a tool for both liberation and oppression. Protesters logged on to organize rallies that toppled dictators, while some leaders commandeered the Web to silence opposition. (more)

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Middle East Dominoes

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CIA World Factbook

Libyan Convoy Spotted in Niger

Reports have a large convoy of Libyan military vehicles crossing the border into Niger, but there is no indication that Moammar Gadhafi, his family or his advisers are on board. The Los Angeles Times reports that the convoy is made up of as many as 250 vehicles, though a local source puts the number at a few dozen.

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AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Libya: Here We Go Again

I know enough of Libya, a country I covered for many years as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, to assure you that the chaos and bloodletting have only begun.

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CIA

Documents Show Close CIA Relationship to Gadhafi Regime

The CIA had a close relationship with Libyan intelligence under the regime of Moammar Gadhafi, according to documents seized from Libyan intelligence headquarters.

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Moammar and Dick

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AP / Jerome Delay

Gadhafi’s Wife and Children Flee to Algeria

Moammar Gadhafi’s wife, two sons, a daughter, and a number of grandchildren escaped Libyan rebels and entered Algeria on Monday, according to the Algerian Foreign Ministry. His location, as well as the whereabouts of his other sons, remain unknown. (more)

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AP / Hussein Malla

Prosecuting War Crimes? Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

It all depends, I think, on whether criminals are our friends (Stalin at the time) or our enemies (Hitler and his fellow Nazis), whether they have their future uses (the Japanese emperor) or whether we’ll get their wealth more easily if they are out of the way (Saddam and Gadhafi).

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Libya, After the Victory

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AP / Giulio Petrocco

The View From a Libyan Hospital

The morgues in Tripoli hospitals are overflowing with dead bodies, and doctors in just one hospital said they have been treating more than 500 patients a day for gunshot wounds.

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AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Moammar and Leezza Sittin’ in a Tree

An album filled with photos of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was discovered in the seized compound of embattled Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In a 2007 interview, he referred to Rice as “my darling black African woman” and gave her the pet name “Leezza.”

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AP / Francois Mori

Reports of War Crimes as Tripoli Fighting Continues

Libyan rebels control most of Tripoli, yet fighting continues in the capital amid reports of possible war crimes by both sides. One doctor told a BBC reporter that some rebel bodies delivered to his hospital had bullet holes in the back of their heads and wounds that indicated torture.

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Gadhafi Outfits

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama Can’t Win for Winning

It’s remarkable how reluctant Obama’s opponents are to acknowledge that despite all the predictions that his policy of limited engagement in Libya could never work, it actually did.

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A Tour of Gadhafi’s Compound

Although Moammar Gadhafi’s military compound in Tripoli may have been an icon of palatial luxury in the North African country at some point, now, after the Libyan rebel fighters have had their way, it is a tattered, graffiti-covered mess.

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Vultures in the Libyan Desert

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Robert Baer on Libya and Blowback

Veteran CIA officer Robert Baer speaks to radio host Ian Masters about the shifting political sands in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” claims another dictator.

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AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

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AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Rebels Break Into Gadhafi’s Main Tripoli Compound

Libyan rebel soldiers are said to have forced their way into Moammar Gadhafi’s military compound in Tripoli after fighting back soldiers who remained loyal to the dictator.

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‘Captured’ Gadhafi Son Surprises Reporters

As a reminder that we know less about what is actually happening in Libya than may otherwise be texted, tweeted and reported, Moammar Gadhafi’s son Saif al-Islam, who had been reported captured by the opposition, dropped in on reporters at a hotel in Tripoli to refute their work.

Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Erik - parked in Cairo these days

10 Warnings for Arab Democracies

Truthdig columnist Juan Cole has some sobering words of caution for those in the Arab world with a “once-in-a-century” shot at making their nations into thriving, functional democracies.  (more)

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War and Peace

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Arab Spring

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Michael Moore Joins Olbermann for ‘Countdown’ 2.0

Keith Olbermann didn’t mix it up too much for the new version of his “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” show for Current TV; as the Los Angeles Times pointed out Tuesday, his bow on Current on Monday night featured some familiar segments and at least one familiar face.

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U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Michael Sparks

Obama Is Wrong on War Powers

Let’s be honest: President Obama’s claim that U.S. military action in Libya doesn’t constitute “hostilities” is nonsense, and Congress is right to call him on it.

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War Powers Act

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The Crater

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Flickr / An Honorable German

House Presses Obama on Libya

Though it stopped short of demanding that President Obama pull American forces out of the NATO operation against Libya immediately, the House passed a resolution that gives him 14 days to argue for continued military involvement in the effort to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power. (more)

Posted on Jun 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Libyan state television via APTN

Gadhafi Not About to Leave Libya

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently joined the chorus of outsiders urging Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to give up, but that suggestion isn’t hitting home with Gadhafi, according to yet another head of state, Jacob Zuma. The South African president returned from a visit to Tripoli with the news that Gadhafi isn’t planning to go anywhere anytime soon.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE


Gadhafi Libya

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AP / Carolyn Kaster

Russia Changes Stance on Libya

An unexpected voice is joining the international chorus urging Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to leave. On Friday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that he would use his country’s solid rapport with Libya to encourage Gadhafi to finally ...

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Libyan Intervention Exposes European Disunity

The European intervention in Libya has provided a needed practical demonstration of the European states’ ability to influence world affairs, while at the same time discrediting the expectation that the European Union itself can or will conduct a united foreign and security policy.

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