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The Crater

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Posted on Jun 13, 2011 READ MORE



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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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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.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Power-Mad Men Have Their Moment

What do a professed love for women, a so-called commitment to family values, a culture of social change and institutionalized rape have in common? 

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Time’s Up: Obama Ignores War Powers Act in Drive Against Gadhafi

American troops have now been engaged in military action in Libya for more than 60 days without congressional authorization, a breach of the War Powers Resolution of 1973, but President Obama said the mission was too limited to require approval. (more)

Posted on May 21, 2011 READ MORE


International Help

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Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Readies Another Appeal to Muslim World

In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama will address the Muslim world to herald the democratic movements that have swept the Middle East and North Africa in recent months and warn against religious extremism. (more)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


Expert Marksman

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Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Libyan Rebels to Receive Financial Aid

Members of the international community say Libyan rebels in Benghazi will receive some portion of the $2 billion to $3 billion they have requested to pay for the labor, food, medicine and other supplies needed to maintain a resistance to Col. Gadhafi’s forces over the coming months. (more)

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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International Criminal Court to Pursue Arrest of Gadhafi

The International Criminal Court is preparing the official ground for the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi and two other high-ranking Libyan leaders later this month on charges of war crimes against peaceful protesters, including the deaths of thousands since demonstrations began in mid-February. (more)

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Libyan Rebels Going Broke

The opposition government in Libya is running out of money to pay workers and provide basic necessities to civilians, and is now seeking $3 billion in international loans. (more)

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A Monster of Our Own Creation

When bin Laden turned against us, he morphed into a figure of evil incarnate, and now three decades after we first decided to use him and other imported Muslim zealots for our Cold War purposes, we feel cleansed by his death of any responsibility for his carnage.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


Harsh Wind

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Posted on May 1, 2011 READ MORE


Mini-Me

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Posted on Apr 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Niger Seeks Aid for Weary Libyan Refugees

The government of Niger has appealed to the international community for assistance for almost 60,000 people who have fled to Niger from Libya since fighting began in February.

Posted on Apr 27, 2011 READ MORE



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European Leaders Threaten Sanctions Against Syria

British, French and Italian leaders say they will apply economic pressure against Syria if President Bashar al-Assad doesn’t end the violence against demonstrators.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



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NATO Loses Confidence in Libyan Rebels

Having accepted that the rebels can’t defeat Moammar Gadhafi themselves, NATO is aggressively expanding its list of targets in Libya.

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Democrats Abandon the Anti-War Movement

Researchers have confirmed what many see on the ground: Without a Republican in the White House, Democrats have walked away from the anti-war movement. (more)

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE


A Tale of Two Hospitals: Kuwait 1991, Bahrain 2011

Scene: The Human Rights Caucus of the U.S. Congress hears the testimony of a 15-year-old girl, introduced by only her first name, Nayira, in order, the audience is told, to protect the safety of her family.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Battle for Misrata Intensifies

In the face of continuing heavy bombardment, rebels in Libya appear to have gained ground against Gadhafi’s forces in the city of Misrata, where fighting has raged for more than two months.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

U.S. Drone Stages First Strike in Libya

An American Predator was used for the first time in Libya on Saturday, striking at the forces of Moammar Gadhafi two days after President Obama authorized the use of aerial drones in the bloody civil war there. (more)

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 READ MORE


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Attack of the Drones Begins in Libya

On Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that President Obama has given the go-ahead for U.S. forces to send armed Predator drones to Libya. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney officially disapproves of Obama’s strategy vis-a-vis the Libyan conflict.

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 READ MORE



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‘Restrepo’ Director Killed in Libya

On Wednesday, Vanity Fair reported that one of its contributors, 40-year-old photojournalist and “Restrepo” co-director Tim Hetherington, was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in Libya that also left three other journalists wounded.

Posted on Apr 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Airstrikes Alone Aren’t Enough in Eastern Libya

The fight in Libya is moving closer to the ground as NATO commanders admitted Tuesday that airstrikes alone cannot hold back Moammar Gadhafi’s powerful attacks on rebel-held Misrata. (more)

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Tourism Threatens Libyans’ Ocean Rescue

On Sunday thousands of locals and foreign workers in the Libyan coastal city of Misrata endured escalating attacks as pro-Gadhafi forces pummeled the area with rocket fire. Salvation is uncertain and comes only by sea, as the Geneva-based humanitarian group International Organization for Migration speeds a leased car ferry back and forth ... (more)

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE


Libya Bombing

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AP / Ben Curtis

Gadhafi Forces Fire Into Residential Areas

Reports are in that Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are firing into residential neighborhoods with cluster bombs and ground-to-ground rockets, weapons criticized for their indiscriminate trajectories, as loyalists vow to crush the anti-Gadhafi rebellion in the city of Misurata.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Western Leaders Say Gadhafi’s Got to Go

Although he’s probably gotten the hint right now, three heads of state—from the U.S., Britain and France—have signed a joint letter expressing their shared wish that tenacious Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi relinquish his power, stat.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



Stefan Meisel (CC-BY)

Meanwhile, in Ivory Coast ...

Libya may get all the attention, but another international effort to oust an African strongman may have reached its conclusion. After three months of fighting, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured by forces loyal to France, the U.N., his political opposition or all of the above, depending on who tells it…. (more)

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


Protecting Civilians

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NATO Apologizes to Libyan Rebels

Airstrikes Thursday in NATO’s campaign against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces killed at least four Libyan rebels in a “friendly fire” accident, the second in a week. After a bit of foot-dragging by the British deputy commander of the air campaign, NATO apologized to the rebels.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Greg L. Davis

NATO Boosts Bombing Amid Rebel Complaints

After a lull in the bombing—and some very public criticism by the rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi—NATO is once again ramping up its airstrikes on Libya, to the tune of 137 flights Monday, 186 on Tuesday and 198 planned for Wednesday.

Posted on Apr 6, 2011 READ MORE


U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East

The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring).

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Marc I. Lane

Secret History of the Libyan Uprising

Since President Obama’s “no U.S. boots on the ground” declaration—a statement that has been repeated by every U.S. spokesman since, we have learned that, in fact, CIA operatives have been active in Libya.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Libya, Budget Battle, GOP Lineup

President Obama’s speech about Libya was perhaps striking for what he said as much as for what he didn’t say. Did he say enough to sway public opinion? Also in this week’s edition of “Left, Right & Center,” regulars Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley ...

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

Libyan Rebels Look for a Cease-Fire

Libyan rebel fighters say they will agree to a cease-fire in their battle against Moammar Gadhafi’s forces if the government pulls its military away from opposition-held cities and allows peaceful protests against the regime.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


Gun Runner

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Exit Stage Left

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Lessons of Libya

Launched almost exactly a quarter-century after Ronald Reagan first bombed Tripoli, America’s new war in Libya was guaranteed to be yet another fist-pumpin’, high-fivin’ remake of a big-budget 1980s action movie.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



DOD / Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

With Libya, Sec. Gates Puts His Foot Down

There’s a lot of talk coming out of Washington, but Defense Secretary Robert Gates assured Congress on Thursday that the Pentagon’s mission in Libya is “much more limited” than regime change and said American troops would not be sent to the country, even in a training capacity, “as long as I’m in this job.”

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



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What Does Moussa Koussa Know?

So, Moammar Gadhafi lost his foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, on Wednesday when Koussa decided to take an unofficial one-way trip to London. Although the British government claims he hasn’t been promised protection from prosecution ...

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama, Meet Obama

Someone should introduce the Barack Obama who addressed the nation Monday on Libya to the Barack Obama who has been dancing around the edge of the budget fight.

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 READ MORE


White House Faces Congress About Libya

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others from the Obama administration finally dropped in on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to tell members of Congress what the deal is with the U.S.’ involvement in the Libyan uprising. Some on the receiving end ...

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



The CIA Is in Libya

Anonymous officials tell the Los Angeles Times that “The CIA has been on the ground in rebel-held areas of Libya since shortly after the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli was evacuated.” Those agents are reportedly offering “nonlethal assistance” to the rebels and getting to know them.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

Gadhafi Down One Foreign Minister

Wednesday was a day of mixed results for embattled Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. On the one hand, despite pesky President Obama’s ominous words from the day before, troops loyal to Gadhafi made some gains against rebel forces.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Taliban 2.0? Obama Considers Arming Rebels

Asked about the possibility that the U.S. would deliver weapons to Libyan rebels, President Obama said, “It’s fair to say that if we wanted to get weapons into Libya we probably could. We’re looking at all our options at this point.” Obama also said that until Moammar Gadhafi’s inner circle indicates that the dictator is ready to step down ... (more)

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


Filling in the Blanks

In his speech Monday night to a public thoroughly, and understandably, befuddled about U.S. policy in Libya, President Obama began to fill in some important blanks.

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


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