Libya, imperialism and the prostration of the “left” intellectuals:
By David North, 1 April 2011
Among the most striking features of the US-NATO onslaught against Libya has been the widespread support that this “war of choice” has evoked among left-liberal parties and the affluent middle-class milieu that comprise an important part of their constituency.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2011
US-NATO air strikes on Tripoli have claimed growing numbers of civilian victims, according to the Vatican’s top representative in the Libyan capital.
By Simon Whelan, 1 April 2011
In late February, damaging revelations emerged concerning the London School of Economics (LSE) award of a PhD to an allegedly plagiarised paper by Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif.
By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2011
The aftermath of last week’s Trades Union Congress demonstration in London has seen a new campaign to curtail the right to protest and increase police repression.
The debate on “arming the rebels”
By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2011
The ongoing public debate in Washington and the American media on “arming the rebels” in Libya points to a dramatic escalation of the US-led war.
By Alex Lantier, 31 March 2011
Discussions at the March 29 conference on Libya underscore that the Western-led war aims to install the rebel National Council as an imperialist puppet regime in Libya.
By Wolfgang Weber, 31 March 2011
The opposition forces in Libya are responsible for barbaric, pogrom-like massacres against black African workers.
By Barry Grey, 30 March 2011
The conference on Libya held Tuesday at London's Lancaster House was a repulsive exercise in hypocrisy and cynicism.
By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2011
The new commander of the rebel military forces is a longtime CIA collaborator named Khalifa Hifter.
By Alejandro López, 30 March 2011
The Spanish parliament voted last week in favour of Spanish military intervention in Libya with 336 in favour, just 3 against and 1 abstention.
By Bill Van Auken, 29 March 2011
In his first speech to the American public on what is now a 10-day-old war against Libya, Obama made a case for US imperialism’s right to carry out military aggression anywhere in the world where it sees its “interests and values” at stake.
By Chris Marsden, 29 March 2011
Today’s international conference on Libya in London will be dutifully reported in the media as a gathering of concerned parties determined to honour their pledge to safeguard civilians from reprisals by Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.
By Barry Grey, 29 March 2011
As delegates from 40 countries and international organizations gather in London today to coordinate the US-NATO war against Libya, carried out in the name of protecting civilians, the toll of Libyans killed and injured by US, British and French bombs continues to mount.
By Marc Wells, 29 March 2011
As European and US bombs fall on Libya, the so-called “left” in Italy is serving as nothing more than a fig leaf for Western imperialism as it seeks to keep full geopolitical and economic control of North Africa and the Middle East.
By Barry Grey, 28 March 2011
The US and its European allies stepped up their bloody bombing campaign on the side of anti-Gaddafi forces over the weekend, further exposing the pretext of a “limited, humanitarian” intervention for the supposed purpose of protecting Libyan civilians.
By Alex Lantier, 28 March 2011
Reports have emerged in European media alleging that efforts by French intelligence to destabilize or topple the Libyan government of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi may have played a role in last month’s protests in Benghazi.
By Julie Hyland, 28 March 2011
On Tuesday, London is hosting an international conference to establish a “contact group” of those countries involved in operations against Libya, plus representatives from the African Union and Arab League.
By Patrick Martin, 28 March 2011
The newly appointed military chief of the Libyan rebels has ties to American intelligence agencies going back a quarter-century.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 March 2011
The Obama administration is formally shifting its war in Libya to NATO command as the US-led alliance predicts the fighting will go on for at least another three months.
By Alex Lantier, 26 March 2011
Lévy uses his bogus “human rights” credentials to bolster the propaganda of the French government—which claims to be intervening in Libya in a limited campaign designed to protect the lives of rebel National Council supporters.
By John Chan, 25 March 2011
Moscow and Beijing are concerned that Washington is once again using its military might to advance its strategic ambitions at their expense.
By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2011
Air strikes by French, British and American warplanes continued to expand in Libya Thursday, but despite the massive firepower deployed by the imperialist powers against the forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, anti-Gaddafi rebels remained stalemated in the ground warfare.
By Alex Lantier, 25 March 2011
The New Anti-Capitalist Party’s support for the unprovoked military aggression against Libya by the US, Britain, and France brands the NPA and its co-thinkers in the Pabloite United Secretariat of the Fourth International (USFI) as political agents of French and world imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2011
US and NATO warplanes turned their firepower Wednesday against ground forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 March 2011
The war against Libya has ignited a heated conflict within NATO.
By David Walsh, 24 March 2011
On March 21, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, a principal voice of the American liberal-left in the mainstream media, offered a defense of the Obama administration and its role in launching a military assault on Libya.
By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2011
The air attacks are now targeting Libyan ground troop concentrations, threatening thousands of deaths.
By Robert Stevens, 23 March 2011
The entire British political establishment has endorsed the air war against Libya, with Parliament voting almost unanimously in support of the use of UK military forces.
By Peter Schwarz, 23 March 2011
Joschka Fischer, former spokesman of the Green Party and minister of foreign affairs in the Social Democratic Party-Green Party coalition government, is at the forefront of the agitation for German involvement in the war against Libya.
By Tom Eley, 22 March 2011
The US, France and the UK stepped up their bombardment of Libya, including a missile strike on a Gaddafi residential compound.
By Barry Grey, 22 March 2011
The bombing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s personal compound in Tripoli Sunday night epitomizes the criminal character of the war launched by the US and its allies.
By Keith Jones, 22 March 2011
Canada’s entire political establishment, including the trade union-sponsored New Democratic Party, has rallied round the Conservative government’s decision to order the Canadian Armed Forces to wage war on Libya, alongside US, French, and British forces.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2011
Bombs and missiles have already killed hundreds of Libyan soldiers and civilians.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 March 2011
The entire political and media establishment has thrown its support behind the drive to oust the right-wing Gaddafi dictatorship and replace it with a client government amenable to the strategic and economic priorities of US and European imperialism.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2011
The Obama administration has launched another barbaric war against a largely defenseless country in the Middle East. It has ordered cruise missiles and bombs to be dropped on cities and installations across Libya, already leaving scores dead and hundreds wounded.
By Barry Grey, 19 March 2011
Speaking from the White House Friday, President Barack Obama issued an ultimatum paving the way for the launching of a new imperialist war.
By Lucas Adler, 19 March 2011
A leading member of the German Left Party has voted in the European parliament in favour of a military intervention in Libya.
World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 19 March 2011
The World Socialist Web Site categorically opposes any military intervention in Libya. The drive toward war has nothing to do with the humanitarian pretexts offered up by the major powers. Rather, it represents the violent imperialist subjugation of a former colony.
By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2011
The United Nations Security Council Thursday night approved a resolution that paves the way for the United States and other major imperialist powers to conduct a direct military intervention in Libya under the pretense of a “humanitarian” mission to protect civilian lives.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2011
Divisions between the major imperialist powers have stymied proposals spearheaded by Britain and France for direct military intervention in Libya.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2011
Representatives of the major imperialist powers initiated a flurry of meetings Monday to discuss plans for military intervention in Libya.
By Ann Talbot and Barry Grey, 14 March 2011
The decision of the Arab League on Saturday to call for a no-fly zone in Libya and recognize the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council is a significant step toward direct US-NATO intervention.
By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2011
Friday’s White House press conference was dominated by propaganda for “humanitarian” intervention.
By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2011
The rapid succession of high-level meetings in Europe over the past few days reflects a deep crisis of the European Union.
By Patrick O’Connor, 11 March 2011
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s unilateral initiative comes amid ongoing discussions in Washington and Brussels of air strikes, no-fly zones, and other military measures aiming to install a client government in Tripoli friendly to major oil companies and the western powers.
By Julie Hyland, 11 March 2011
Britain’s ruling elite are sharpening their neo-colonial claws once again in the guise of “humanitarian intervention”, this time utilising the suffering of the Libyan masses.
By Marc Wells, 10 March 2011
The Italian warship Libra docked in Benghazi, Libya, as the Italian ruling class calculates how to defend its imperialist interests in Libya.
By Barry Grey, 10 March 2011
The United States and its allies continue to prepare more expansive and direct military actions to topple the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
By Patrick Martin and David North, 10 March 2011
The overthrow of Gaddafi by a US-NATO intervention rather than by the working class in the leadership of the oppressed masses would not only mean the abortion of the revolution, but the installation of yet another colonialist regime.
By Ann Talbot, 9 March 2011
The threat of direct foreign military intervention against Libya has moved closer in the last 24 hours, as international support has gathered for a no-fly zone.
By Mike Head, 8 March 2011
Officially, the Obama administration and Washington’s allies are still drawing up “contingency plans” to intervene in the Libyan crisis. In reality, intensive military and intelligence operations are underway within and around the oil-rich country.
By James Cogan, 7 March 2011
Speaking in Israel yesterday, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd again demanded that the UN Security Council impose a “no-fly zone” over Libya.
By Ann Talbot, 7 March 2011
The detention of British and Dutch soldiers in Libya confirms that the US and its allies are stepping up their operations within the country.
By Mike Head, 5 March 2011
On the pretext of preventing a humanitarian disaster in Libya, the US and its European allies are intensifying military operations and economic measures against the Gaddafi regime.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 March 2011
For years the European Union has collaborated closely with the dictatorships in Libya and Tunisia to stop refugees breaching the perimeter of “Fortress Europe”.
By Keith Jones, 4 March 2011
The Canadian government has dispatched a navy frigate to Libyan shores and special forces to Malta in preparation for military intervention in the oil-rich North African country.
By Ann Talbot, 4 March 2011
Sharp divisions within ruling circles have not halted the military preparations for an attack on Libya.
By Ulrich Rippert, 4 March 2011
German business has been able to benefit considerably due to the close and long-standing cooperation between the Gaddafi regime and the German government on economic and security issues.
By Patrick O’Connor and Patrick Martin, 3 March 2011
Top officials of the Obama administration and Congress are publicly discussing the prospects for American military intervention in Libya.
By Julie Hyland, 2 March 2011
The United States, Britain and the European powers are deepening their preparations for intervention in Libya, including military action.
By Peter Schwarz Alex Lantier, 2 March 2011
Germany has emerged as a full-fledged participant in the great power drive for imperialist intervention in Libya.
By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2011
Washington is now spearheading contingency plans for an international intervention against the Gaddafi regime, aimed at securing the imperialist powers’ control over Libyan oil reserves.
By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2011
The United States and the European powers are seeking to carve up the oil-rich North African country.
By Barry Grey, 28 February 2011
With dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s control over the country ebbing, the United States and its European allies are stepping up their intervention into the Libyan crisis.
By Patrick O’Connor, 26 February 2011
The Obama administration yesterday announced a series of unilateral sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya, including suspension of US military cooperation.
By Ann Talbot, 25 February 2011
The British government is actively considering deploying Special Forces in Libya, as several Western governments consider plans for military intervention.
By Patrick O’Connor, 24 February 2011
The overriding concern of the imperialist powers is to re-establish stability in the North African state and ensure the continued flow of oil exports.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2011
Faced with a popular uprising and mass slaughter in Libya, one of the world’s major oil producers, President Barack Obama Wednesday spoke of “freedom,” “justice” and “dignity,” while warning that his administration is preparing a “full range of options.”
By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2011
Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi threatened widespread massacres against his own people in an appearance on state television Tuesday.
By Ann Talbot, 22 February 2011
The response of the Libyan regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to the spread of the uprising to the capital Tripoli has been to kill and wound more protesters.
22 February 2011
The World Socialist Web Site has received correspondence from a reader in Libya.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 February 2011
The Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi is attempting to violently suppress an uprising centred in the country’s eastern cities and towns, killing hundreds of protestors.
By Ann Talbot, 18 February 2011
It is reported that at least 20 people have been killed in two days of clashes between protesters and Libyan security forces.
By Steve James, 25 August 2009
Sections of the United States political establishment have reacted with fury to the release of Abdel Baset Mohmed al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 April 2009
On March 31 several hundred refugees drowned when their boat capsized off the coast of Libya. A large measure of responsibility for this tragedy rests with the European Union and its anti-immigration policy.
By Barry Mason, 7 April 2009
Over 230 migrants were feared drowned at the end of last month when their overcrowded boat capsized in high winds around 30 miles off the coast of Libya.
By Steve James, 4 January 2007
For the second time in two years, six medical workers—five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian physician—have been sentenced to die by firing squad by the Libyan authorities.
By Steve James, 2 September 2004
In a politically motivated frame-up, sustained in defiance of overwhelming scientific evidence and using evidence extracted under torture, a Libyan court has sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to be executed by firing squad. No date for their execution has yet been set.
By Steve James, 19 May 2004
This is the first part of a two-part article on the underlying causes of Libya’s Muammar’s Gadhaffi’s recent visit to Brussels.
By Steve James, 20 April 2004
This is the concluding part of a two-part article on the underlying causes of Libya’s Muammar Gadhaffi’s recent visit to Brussels. Part one was posted May 19.
By Chris Marsden and Barry Grey, 27 March 2004
Those who were taken in by the moralistic posturing of the US and British governments in their war propaganda against Iraq would do well to consider Thursday’s visit by British Prime Minister Tony Blair with Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadhaffi on the outskirts of Libya’s capital city, Tripoli.
By Steve James, 11 March 2004
In the murky world of international diplomacy, truth, when it makes an appearance, is usually an unwelcome visitor. It cuts through the fog of duplicity and lies through which official political circles seek to conceal their real interests and exposes the essential relationships and motives behind events.
By Steve James, 30 December 2003
Libya’s declaration that it will abandon its “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) ends a long process through which the regime of Colonel Muammar Gadhaffi has sought to accommodate itself to the United States’ plans for a redivision of the world.
By Trevor Johnson, 28 October 2000
Beginning in September, African immigrants living in Libya have been routinely set upon and killed by gangs of Libyan youths, with no action taken by the security forces to prevent the attacks. Immigrants, including thousands of Nigerians and Ghanaians and many from Chad, Niger, the Gambia and Sudan have since been forcibly removed from Libya as part of an organised repatriation in the wake of the widespread violence. Some of the deportees said they had suffered beatings, while others said they had been robbed or had their homes burned down.
By Steve James, 17 October 2000
After six months, the prosecution case in the trial of the two Libyans accused of blowing up Pan Am 103 on December 21 1988 has all but evaporated. The defendants, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi and Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, are being tried at a special court in Camp Zeist, a former US military base in the Netherlands, which was designated as Scottish territory for the purpose of the proceedings.
By Steve James, 7 June 2000
Testimony in the trial of the two Libyans accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 in 1988 has deepened speculation regarding the bomb's location in the airplane and exposed divisions among the original air accident investigators.
By Steve James, 30 May 2000
An air accident investigator into the Pan Am Flight 103 explosion in December 1988 has conceded that mistakes were made in establishing the exact location of the bomb within the Boeing 747. This remarkable admission was made this week, as the trial of two Libyans accused of blowing up the aircraft over Lockerbie, Scotland resumed.
By Steve James, 18 May 2000
The trial of the two Libyans accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988 has been adjourned until May 23. Last Sunday, newspapers in Britain reported that “dramatic new evidence” presented shortly before the trial began casts severe doubt on official explanations of the explosion. According to the Sunday Times, sources close to the case have indicated that this “was a significant factor in the prosecution's request for an adjournment”.
By Steve James, 6 May 2000
On May 3, the trial began of the two Libyans accused of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988.
By Trevor Johnson, 15 February 2000
A front-page story in the Sunday Times of February 13 alleges that the British government and secret services played a role in a 1996 plot to assassinate Colonel Muammar Gadhaffi of Libya. The London-based Times quotes extensively from a document published on a Yahoo Internet site which reveals that in November 1995 links were established between one of the prospective assassins and “HMG”—Her Majesty's government.
By Trevor Johnson, 17 January 2000
Growing foreign policy differences between Europe and the US were highlighted by the revelation that British Customs officials had found a consignment of Scud missile parts bound for Libya in May, months before the Blair Labour government restored links with the regime of Colonel Muammar Gadhaffi.