"When Qaddafi took my father," Hisham Matar writes in the long-awaited nonfiction account of his father's disappearance, "he placed me in a space not much bigger than the cell Father was in. I paced back and forth, anger in one direction, hatred in the other, until I could feel my insides grow small and hard."
Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send "military advisers" to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.
If the candidate's foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.
Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.
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, US counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earthAn uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu has kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U counterterrorism, and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.
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 BalesWe tip our hats to the Salon columnist for having the guts and the smarts to point out inconsistencies in the Obama administration's treatment of alleged WikiLeaker Bradley Manning versus accused Afghanistan shooter Staff Sgt.
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.
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.
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.