Tag Archives: Libya

Gaddafi’s Long Shadow on Libya

Libya's leaders -- and their Western benefactors -- have no choice but to consider and address the effects of Gaddafi's legacy on public attitudes and official behavior. But they must also accept that only modernization of Libya's state and society -- the agenda that Gaddafi pursued, albeit in a perverted form -- will ensure the country's survival.

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Morocco, Algeria and the Cold War

The recent tension between Algeria and Morocco is nothing unusual and not the first of its kind. For more than three decades the Sahara issue, which dates back to 1975, has been a serious problem, a source of tension and deep political sensitivity between the two countries that are central to the Maghreb region.   However, the problem with this …

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Libyan State on the Brink of Collapse

A little over two years after the former Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, was captured and killed by rebel militiamen outside the town of Sirte, the Libyan state is teetering on the brink of collapse. A dozen different militia organizations have more authority than the central government, and if ordinary civilians protest at their arbitrary rule they get shot. That happened …

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Thousands of Libyans in Militia Prisons

  TRIPOLI:  Thousands of people in Libya remain locked up in militia prisons, outside of state control, more than two years after the revolution, according to a new UN report presented to the Security Council. The report says many are suffering torture and mistreatment and calls the situation “unacceptable”. “We have a big problem. But it is a problem we are trying …

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