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Some reflections on the revolution in Libya

March 3, 2011
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LewRockwell.Com
by Charles H. Featherstone  

"Several things impress me about the uprising in Libya in particular. The first was the early realization that an uprising there would not simply oust Brother Leader Muammar Qaddafiy, and would not do so easily. In fact, in order for Libyans to remove their brutal and corrupt leader, they were going to have to break the state he created in the process. And it seems they are doing just that, even as huge elements of Qaddafiy's state defect." (03/04/11)

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Libya: Gaddafi loyalists capture Dutch soldiers

March 3, 2011
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RTT News    

"The Dutch Foreign Ministry confirmed on Thursday that forces loyal to embattled Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi had captured three Dutch soldiers who were on an evacuation mission and added that 'intense negotiations' were on to secure their release. According to the Ministry, the Dutch soldiers were captured by the pro-Qadhafi forces after their helicopter was forced to land near the port of Sirte on Sunday. They were on a mission to evacuate two Dutch nationals stranded in the town in the wake of anti-government protests in Libya." (03/03/11)

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Libya: Rebels push back assault by Gaddafi forces in port city of Brega

March 2, 2011
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Washington Post    

"Rebels fought off a coordinated assault by military jets and armored ground forces near a key oil port Wednesday, thwarting Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's most significant attempt yet to retake eastern territory that he lost last week amid a nationwide uprising. Despite aged equipment and little training, a ragtag team of thousands that rushed to Brega repelled government forces and retook the port city after setbacks earlier in the day." (03/02/11)

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Libya: Obama regime prepares for possible military intervention

February 28, 2011
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San Jose Mercury News    

"The United States began moving warships toward Libya and froze $30 billion in the country's assets Monday as the administration declared all options on the table in its diplomatic, economic and military campaign to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the administration was conferring with allies about imposing a no-fly zone over Libya." (02/28/11)

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Libya: Troops mass near Tunisian border

February 28, 2011
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MSNBC    

"Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were massed near the Tunisian border on Tuesday, residents said, and the United States said it was moving warships and air forces closer to Libya. Residents feared pro-Gadhafi forces were preparing an attack to regain control of Nalut, about 60 km (38 miles) from the Tunisian border in western Libya, from protesters seeking an end to Gadhafi's rule." (02/28/11)

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US freezes $30 billion in Libyan assets

February 28, 2011
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CNN    

"The United States has frozen at least $30 billion in Libyan government assets, a U.S. Treasury official announced Monday -- one of a series of steps being taken by international leaders designed to break strongman Moammar Gadhafi's grip on power. The $30 billion is the largest amount ever blocked under any sanctions program, according to David Cohen, the acting Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence." (02/28/11)

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Gaddafi opponents spread control deeper into west Libya

February 27, 2011
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Washington Post    

"The popular revolt that has already seen opponents of Col. Moammar Gaddafi's 41-year-rule claim the eastern half of the country spread deeper into the west on Sunday, with rock-wielding residents expanding control over key towns even as loyalist forces appeared poised to counterattack or impose blockades. With his rule of the nation at large failing, Gaddafi sought to reinforce his position in Tripoli, the capital and his stronghold, by literally doling out cash to citizens and vowing huge raises for public workers, residents there said." (02/27/11)

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Libya: Qaddafi forces attack mosque sheltering protesters

February 24, 2011
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Christian Science Monitor    

"An army unit and militiamen loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi blasted a mosque with antiaircraft missiles and automatic weapons Thursday, targeting protesters who had holed up inside. ... Protesters inside the mosque 'suffered heavy casualties,' though estimates for numbers killed were not available from witnesses, the Associated Press reports." (02/24/11)

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Libya: Civil war breaks out as Gaddafi mounts rearguard fight

February 23, 2011
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Forces loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi made good on threats to trigger a civil war in Libya on Wednesday night, by taking up positions across the capital, Tripoli and launching a rearguard fight against rebels in major cities." (02/23/11)

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Peru: Government suspends diplomatic relations with Libya

February 23, 2011
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Myrtle Beach Sun News    

"Peru's government has announced it is suspending diplomatic relations with Libya to protest the violence unleashed by its leader Moammar Gadhafi against his people. A statement released Tuesday evening by President Alan Garcia's office on its website said Peru would ask the U.N. Security Council to establish an exclusion zone in Libyan airspace 'to prevent the use of that country's warplanes against (its) population.'" (02/23/11)

 

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Tiptoeing to war with Libya

February 23, 2011
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Daniel McCarthy  

"Aside from making Western interventionists feel better about themselves, the only use the symbolic measures proposed by Lynch have is to set a pretext for large-scale military invention, which Lynch insists he does not want. ('I don’t call for a direct military intervention.') Imposing no-fly zone is not symbolic, of course: it’s 'direct military intervention' pure and simple, an act of war. If a single NATO jet goes down, pressure to invade North Africa will be nigh irresistible. Interventionists of all stripes are fully aware of this." (02/22/11)

http://www.amconmag.com/blog/2011/02/22/tiptoeing-to-war-with-libya/  

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UN Security Council condemns Libya crackdown

February 22, 2011
posted by

Palm Beach Post    

"The U.N. Security Council further isolated Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi on Tuesday, condemning his regime's crackdown on anti-government protesters and demanding that violence against civilians end immediately. A press statement agreed by all 15 members of the U.N.'s most powerful body expressed 'grave concern' at the situation in Libya, 'deplored the repression against peaceful demonstrators, and expressed deep regret at the deaths of hundreds of civilians.'" (02/22/11)

 

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Libya: Regime launches military assault in Tripoli

February 21, 2011
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Chicago Tribune    

"Moammar Kadafi's embattled regime unleashed a military assault in the heart of the Libyan capital in an effort to crush a popular protest like those that have already toppled two North African rulers and now threatens the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. ... Libyan state television reported Monday that security forces were storming what it called 'dens of terror and sabotage' in the capital, Tripoli." (12/21/11)

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The end of Qaddafi?

February 21, 2011
posted by

The Nation
by Robert Dreyfuss  

"Though the New York Times euphemistically calls Muammar Qaddafi 'idiosyncratic,' the fact is that Libya’s soon-to-be-ousted leader is a nutcase, a mentally ill dictator who’s ruled the desert republic since 1969. Reporting from Libya isn’t easy, but it appears that many cities have fallen to the rebellion, including Benghazi, the city of 700,000 that anchors Libya’s east, and major parts of the capital, Tripoli." (02/21/11)

http://www.thenation.com/blog/158755/end-qaddafi  

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Libya: Qaddafi may have fled

February 21, 2011
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Reuters    

"British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on Monday he had seen some information to suggest Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi had fled the country and was on his way to Venezuela." (02/21/11)

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Libya: Clashes spread to Tripoli as troops “defect” in Benghazi

February 20, 2011
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Al Jazeera [Qatar]    

"Security forces have shot dead scores of protesters in Libya's second largest city, where residents said a military unit had joined their cause. While Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi attempts on Sunday to put down protests against his four-decade rule centred on the eastern city of Benghazi, eyewitness reports are coming in of 'disturbances' in the capital Tripoli as well. ... the head of the Al-Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya has threatened to cut off oil exports unless authorities stop what he called the 'oppression of protesters,' the Warfala tribe, one of Libya's biggest, has reportedly joined the anti-Gaddafi protests." (02/20/11)

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Libya: Protests continue to spread

February 16, 2011
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CNN    

"Unprecedented demonstrations sweeping the Middle East and North Africa spread Wednesday to Libya, where police clashed with anti-government protesters in the coastal city of Benghazi, an independent source told CNN. About 200 protesters came out to show support for human rights activist and lawyer Fathi Terbil, who had been detained earlier, the source said. Several people were arrested after police confronted the protesters, the source added." (02/16/11)

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