Gaddafi and Libya

Libya’s Descent Into Turmoil Three Years After NATO Intervention

March 20, 2014

Vijay Prashad: Libyan politics characterized by instability and the lack of commitment to bolster civil society and protect minority rights

Why Was Gaddafi Overthrown?

March 19, 2014

Horace Campbell: Gaddafi wanted to strengthen Pan-Africanism and had enough resources to challenge US hegemony in the region

Libya Three Years Later – Chaos and Partition

March 19, 2014

Patrick Cockburn: As the central state unravels, all the external powers that drove regime change look for ways to take advantage

Gaddafi and 66 Others Murdered After Capture – Human Rights Watch

October 26, 2012

Vijay Prashad: Report says that Misrata-based militias butchered Gaddafi then captured and disarmed members of the Gaddafi convoy and executed at least 66 at the nearby Mahari Hotel

Gaddafi’s Murder and International Law

October 20, 2011

Firoze Manji: Nothing in international law allows regime change and assassination of a leader

Libyans Debate who will Benefit from their Oil

September 26, 2011

Reed Lindsay reports Oil Minister denies secret French deal as Libyans question NTC and NATO interest

NATO and the Libyan People are Not One

September 21, 2011

TRNN Replay – Paul Jay: We should oppose imperialist "humanitarian" interventions and dictatorships

WikiLeaks Reveals US Wanted to Keep Russia out of Libyan Oil

May 11, 2011

WikiLeaks cables show that it was all about the oil   By Kevin G. Hall | McClatchy Newspapers     WASHINGTON — In 2006, three years after the Russian government had charged Mikhail Khodorkovsky — then the country's wealthiest businessman — with fraud and moved to break up his Yukos oil company, U.S. diplomats had had enough. Gazprom, which grew out of the former Soviet Union's state gas ministry, had been busy buying up Yukos' far-flung empire, stoking American fears that soon Russia and its tough leader, Vladimir Putin, would control virtually all of the natural gas flowing to Europe. The United States wanted to stop that from happening. So the American embassy in Slovakia hired a Texas-based oil consultant and began secretly advising the Slovakian government on how to buy the 49 percent stake Yukos had held in Transpetrol, the Slovakian oil pipeline company. With no oil experience of its own, the Slovakian government didn't know how much it should pay. The consultant, who sat in on the negotiations, assured Slovakia's economy minister, Lubomir Jahnatek, that the $120 million price offered to the group disposing of Yukos' assets was a bargain. Gazprom was willing to pay far more. "We have made it clear to all parties that we do not want to publicize our role as technical advisors," the embassy said in an Aug. 10, 2006, cable that outlined what eventually became a deal. "Jahnatek is clearly appreciative of the input provided by (the consultant), and will continue to look to him and the…