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Archive for 'Libya'

Being Blunt

Guest post by Sackcloth & Ashes
On 14th September the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC), chaired by Crispin Blunt (Con, Reigate), published its report on the UK’s role in the international intervention in the Libyan civil war of 2011. It provides a stark condemnation of British policy towards Libya both during the rising against [...]

President Obama’s Libyan Misdirection

This is a cross-post by James Snell
Five years have passed since the beginning of the international campaign against the dictatorship of Colonel Gaddafi in Libya. Much was achieved – it cannot be forgotten – within the year. Gaddafi’s forces were defeated, his attempt to slaughter the rebels in Benghazi was foiled, the colonel himself was [...]

A Libyan success story

The attack on the US consulate in Benghazi and other violence has obscured the good news about post-Gaddafi Libya, according to David J. Kramer and Arch Puddington of the human rights group Freedom House.
They write in Foreign Policy:
Perhaps the past year’s most surprising development was Libya’s impressive progress toward democracy. For decades, Libya had ranked [...]

Benghazi fights back

This is good news, and deserves some acknowledgment by the doom-mongers. CNN reports:
Ten days after four Americans were killed in their Libyan city, hundreds marched in Benghazi and overtook the headquarters of a radical Islamist group tied to the attack.
Thousands of protesters had taken to the street earlier Friday, loudly declaring that they — and [...]

Much appreciated

I can’t find anything on the web about this demonstration by pro-American Libyans in Benghazi, but it is certainly welcome– and goes at least part way toward refuting some of the nonsense we’ve seen on recent threads.

If anyone can find out more, please post in the comments.
(Via Think Progress)
Update: Amira Al Hussaini at Global Voices [...]

Obama responds to Benghazi attack

President Obama spoke this morning about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the US ambassador and three other Americans:
Since our founding, the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. But there is absolutely no [...]

Some encouraging signs from Libya

Libyans seem to have responded enthusiastically to the opportunity to participate in elections, with some asserting that women have been particularly eager to cast their votes.  There are indications that moderates are doing better than expected, whereas Islamists are attracting less support.
The Muslim fundamentalist parties that were expected to dominate the new parliament may not [...]

My enemy’s enemy: events in Libya

You can firmly support the principle of liberal interventionism, while being well aware that any situation serious enough to warrant intervention is unlikely to end up completely problem free in the near future.  One can only hope that intervening has made things less bad than they might have been – and failure to intervene most [...]

Desert Chic

Gracias pero no gracias

It’s probably been looted from from the palace, but if the new government of Libya can locate the replica of Simon Bolivar’s sword which Hugo Chavez presented to Muammar Gaddafi in 2009, it would be a highly significant and symbolic act to return it to Chavez with an explanatory note.