Four years ago, as NATO prepared to bomb Libya, I asked a senior Western diplomat if he thought the experience of Iraq would inform this adventure. After all, regime change in Iraq had resulted in chaos – out of which had emerged, in 2006, the Islamic State of Iraq. Regime change produced chaos, which allowed the Read more…
Libya is currently split, politically, between two governments and, geographically, among many armies, militias, tribes and mercenaries. It is a failed state par excellence, although such a designation does not do justice to the complexity of the Libyan case, together with the root causes of that failure.
Another war is in the making in Libya: the questions are ‘how’ and ‘when’?
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s sentence marks the latest episode of the secret war that Western powers have waged against Libya for more than three decades
The Libyan war was never about human rights. If it were, the West would not be so scrupulous in its desire to trample on them
The US continues to see merit in the violence in Syria (by training new fighters), but has only taken in 546 Syrian refugees. This is an object lesson in hypocrisy
Amid chaos caused by mismanagement, intervention, international rivalries and civil war, ordinary people who hoped for a better Libya are dying
The only way to tackle the “Islamic State” in Libya is to produce a political process
The Islamic State in Libya is not merely a Libyan problem but a regional one
If leftists want to build alternatives to global capitalism, we must recognize that claims to internationalism are worse than meaningless when they enable imperialist bloodbaths