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Gaddafi took the country with him: Why do Libyans feel occupied after being ‘liberated’?
Libya

Gaddafi took the country with him: Why do Libyans feel occupied after being ‘liberated’?

The nation still remembers the old days of real sovereignty it had before 2011 By Mustafa Fetouri, Libyan academic and award winning journalist and analyst FILE PHOTO: Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, April 10, 2011 ©  JOSEPH EID / AFP Twelve years ago, the so-called Arab Spring visited Libya, ending Muammar Gaddafi’s rule and plunging the country into chaos, leaving it divided along tribal and regional lines. Gaddafi himself was murdered at the hands of Western-supported militias. NATO’s disguised military invasion of Libya What started in February 2011 as a small and limited civilian demonstration against the Gaddafi government in Eastern Libya turned out to be Western-supported regime change endeavour involving military intervention by NATO dis...
Over 5,000 Dead and Thousands More Missing Amid Extreme Flooding in Libya
Environment, Libya

Over 5,000 Dead and Thousands More Missing Amid Extreme Flooding in Libya

Libya’s health minister told reporters that ultimately the number of deaths is expected to reach 10,000. By Julia Conley , COMMONDREAMS An area damaged by flash floods in Derna, eastern Libya, on September 11, 2023. Truthout is gearing up for 2024 and we need to raise at least $125,000 more to take us into the new year in strength. Can we count on your support before December 31st? The Interior Ministry in eastern Libya said Tuesday that the confirmed death toll in flooding from Storm Daniel has risen past 5,200, with at least 10,000 people feared missing and at least a quarter of the Mediterranean port city of Derna destroyed, according to officials. “Bodies are lying everywhere — in the sea, in the valleys, under the buildings,” Civil Aviation Minister Hichem Ch...
Libya Catastrophe is a Double Whammy; Capitalism is to Blame
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Libya Catastrophe is a Double Whammy; Capitalism is to Blame

BY W. T. WHITNEY Image by Mike Erskine. Prodigious rainfall and the failure of long-deteriorated earthen dams caused a rush of waters through Derna, in Libya, on September 11. Thousands of residents died, infrastructure was destroyed, and buildings ended up in the Mediterranean. Failure to protect residents, maintain the dams, and sustain the lives of all Libyans point to societal collapse. There is also the environmental crisis. Climate change provoked the enormity of storm Daniel that had drenched the eastern Mediterranean area ahead of the disaster. The association of climate change and terrible storms is known and so too is the role of human activities in causing great amounts of greenhouse gases to be released into the atmosphere. The focus here is on the social disru...
HUMANITARIAN IMPERIALISM CREATED THE LIBYAN NIGHTMARE
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HUMANITARIAN IMPERIALISM CREATED THE LIBYAN NIGHTMARE

By: CHRIS HEDGES NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011, which overthrew the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, resulted in a chaotic and murderous failed state. Libyans pay a horrific price for this catastrophe. The chaos that followed Western intervention saw weapons from the country’s arsenals flood the black market, with many snatched up by groups such as the Islamic State. Civil society ceased to function. Journalists captured images of migrants from Nigeria, Senegal and Eritrea being beaten and sold as slaves to work in fields or on construction sites. Libya’s infrastructure, including its electrical grids, aquifers, oil fields and dams, fell into disrepair. And when the torrential rains from Storm Daniel —  the climat...
THE REAL REASONS THE DERNA DAM IN LIBYA BROKE
Environment, Libya

THE REAL REASONS THE DERNA DAM IN LIBYA BROKE

Posted by: John Phoenix More than 11,000 people have been confirmed dead in the devastating floods in the Libyan city of Derna. Yet mainstream media outlets would have you believe the destruction that has drawn worldwide headlines is due to climate change. More than 11,000 people have been confirmed dead in the devastating floods in the Libyan city of Derna. But corporate mainstream media outlets like the BBC, the New York Times, CNN and others would have you believe the destruction that has drawn worldwide headlines is due to climate change. But here’s how this deadly disaster has everything to do with the Obama administration and NATO’s 2011 so-called “humanitarian intervention in Libya” to overthrow the country’s leader: Muammar Qadaffi. The Derna dam was up for insp...
NATO brings death to Libya a decade after its
Libya, NATO

NATO brings death to Libya a decade after its

barbaric intervention -by Eva Karene Bartlett If the country’s infrastructure hadn’t been destroyed in the bombings of 2011, the dams may have held Just over a decade ago, Libya was in the news, with Western leadership celebrating the murder of Muammar Gaddafi, following a months-long NATO bombing campaign, all in the name of protecting the Libyan people. Now, the destroyed North-African country is back in the news after a devastating hurricane and flooding. https://twitter.com/i/status/1701498519196934312 Hurricane Daniel hit northeastern Libya on September 10. Subsequent extreme flooding has caused the deaths of a reported 3,252 people, according to Libya’s health ministry as of September 17, with the UN reporting that almost three times more may have died...
Are Extremists Dragging Libya into a Dangerous Form of Islam?
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Are Extremists Dragging Libya into a Dangerous Form of Islam?

Zionist puppet Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush speaks during a joint press conference with her Kuwaiti counterpart in Kuwait City on Oct. 3, 2021. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES) Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, October 2023, pp. 46-47 Special Report By Mustafa Fetouri AS A PREDOMINANTLY Sunni Muslim country, Libya has long been known for its moderate practice of Islam based on tolerance and acceptance of others. Christians in the country, nearly all of whom are foreigners including Egyptian Copts, are welcomed by the people and have their own places of worship. They seldom face any prejudice based on their religion.  Last May, Libya’s General Authority for Awqaf and Islamic Affairs (GAAIA), a public organization, anno...
Italy, Libya

The Italy-Libya Treaty at 15: A Precedent for Colonized Nations

MUSTAFA FETOURI  At the Quirinale Palace, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi hailed a “new era” in relations with Italy during his first visit to his country’s former colonial ruler on June 10, 2009. (ERIC VANDEVILLE/GAMMA-RAPHO VIA GETTY IMAGES). Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, August/September 2023, pp. 44-45 Special Report By Mustafa Fetouri IN 2008 ITALY signed a treaty with Libya whereby it agreed to pay reparations to that country for its decades of ruthless colonial misdeeds during the first half of the 20th century. The treaty—the first of its kind between a colonial power and a former colony—offers a model for other countries to follow.  THE MOVIE THAT EXPOSED ITALY’S DARK HISTORY In 1980 the Libyan government spent more than $30 milli...
Libyan military launches major operation against rebels
Libya

Libyan military launches major operation against rebels

The Libyan National Army has mounted air strikes and an airborne assault on insurgents from neighboring Chad Members of the Libyan National Army (LNA) special forces gather in the city of Benghazi on June 18, 2020. ©  Abdullah DOMA / AFP The Libyan National Army (LNA), representing one of the country's major factions led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, has launched a large-scale military operation to push back Chadian rebels. In a statement on Friday, the press service of the LNA’s General Command said that air forces had bombed rebel gatherings in the southern part of the country bordering Chad. It added that, in a bid to secure the border, Haftar’s forces had also launched an airborne assault in the wake of the strikes. Commenting on the development, army...
Libya: Missing uranium found
Libya

Libya: Missing uranium found

The radioactive ore was allegedly stolen from a warehouse before it was abandoned near the border with Chad. A worker is seen near barrels said to contain uranium ore concentrate at an undisclosed location in Libya, March 16, 2023. ©  Libyan National Army Roughly 2.5 tons of uranium reported missing from a site in Libya has been recovered by armed forces based in the country’s east, a military spokesman said, just one day after the UN’s nuclear agency sounded alarms over the lost material.  A media official for the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Khaled Mahjoub, said the ten missing barrels of uranium ore concentrate were found just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the warehouse they were originally stored in southern Libya, near the Chadian ...