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AP/Jerome Delay

Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Aliou Sissoko

Blue Man Coup: How Gadhafi’s Mercenaries Broke Mali

Everything that rises must converge, and in 2012, an uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U.S. counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Glenn Greenwald

We tip our hats this week to journalist and Salon columnist Glenn Greenwald for having the guts and the smarts to point out certain jarring inconsistencies in the Obama administration’s treatment of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning versus accused Afghanistan shooter Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.

Posted on Mar 23, 2012 READ MORE


‘The Dictator’ Meets the Super Bowl

Say what you will about Sacha Baron Cohen’s ribald and untoward brand of comedy, but he has at least one thing going for him in his latest big-screen venture, “The Dictator”: good timing. Speaking of which, here’s a glimpse of what Super Bowl ad-watchers will see from Baron Cohen’s camp this Sunday.

Posted on Feb 3, 2012 READ MORE



The Huffington Post

Baron Cohen Rides Again in ‘The Dictator’

Is it too soon? It never seems to be for British prankophile Sacha Baron Cohen, whose summer 2012 cinematic effort, “The Dictator,” goofs on certain global leaders who may or may not still be with us. Judging from the film’s newly released trailer, it remains to be seen whether Baron Cohen has another “Borat”-sized hit on his hands, but he hasn’t lost his edge.

Posted on Dec 15, 2011 READ MORE



NATO

How Libya Plays Into NATO’s Identity Crisis

The enthusiasm that has been inspired in NATO circles by the organization’s success in overturning the Gadhafi regime in Libya provides a demonstration of how badly NATO still feels the need for a justification of its continued existence.

Posted on Nov 8, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Promifotos.de (CC-BY-SA)

The Model and Mutassim Gadhafi

Given what we now know about Moammar Gadhafi’s obscene fortune, it’s not surprising to hear that his son, Mutassim—the one who died on the same day as his father—had lavish spending habits, or that he liked to spread the wealth while courting ... (more)

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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)

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Nov 1, 2011 READ MORE    



cnn.com

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.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE


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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)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE


‘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)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


‘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)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

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)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE


Gadhafi Dead

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Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE


Gadhafi Killed

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Occupy Hell

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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.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 3, 2011 READ 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).

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 26, 2011 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 25, 2011 READ MORE


Gadhafi Outfits

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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.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE


‘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



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



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



AP / Marcio Jose Sanchez

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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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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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



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

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



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


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



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 ...

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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



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



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Gadhafi’s Government

President Obama continued with his Convince America About Libya Tour on Tuesday, granting interviews to CBS, ABC and NBC to discuss U.S. intervention in the North African nation while pointing out that “each country in this region is different.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



CIA World Factbook

Smells Like Regime Change (Update)

Coalition jets appear to have given the Libyan rebels a big assist by bombing the birthplace of Moammar Gadhafi, a city called Sirte that is about halfway between Benghazi and Tripoli. Not to tell NATO its business, but how exactly does clearing a path for the rebels advancing toward Libya’s capital fit the U.N. mandate to protect civilians?

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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