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Preventing a massacre – of France’s economic interests in Africa.

When NATO started bombing Libya in March 2011, the justification given was that bombing was essential to protect civilians. More specifically, it was essential to prevent the Libyan armed forces overrunning Benghazi, and carrying out a massacre. Hillary Clinton explicitly invoked … Continue reading

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A complicating factor in Libya: Libyans.

This little snippet from Stars and Stripes magazine, on ‘what went wrong’ in post-regime change Libya: While the U.S. was eager to hand off much of the post-intervention responsibility to the Europeans — France was a prime advocate for the … Continue reading

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Swept Aside: The Guardian on Libya in 2011 Vs Amnesty on Libya in 2014

In October 2011, The Guardian published an article by Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt – two of their most senior political reporters –  entitled ‘How David Cameron Swept Aside Sceptics Over Libya Campaign’. Laughably described as an ‘investigation’ that ‘revealed … Continue reading

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Dozens killed and injured, ambulances and hospitals targeted, in fighting in Benghazi.

According to The International Committee of the Red Cross. ‘The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Libyan Red Crescent are concerned about the humanitarian consequences of the armed violence in Benghazi. “Dozens of people have died or … Continue reading

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Benghazi is being bombed from the air.

This from a BBC article: ‘Fierce clashes in Libya killed 24 people on Friday after a paramilitary force led by a former general attacked Islamist militias in Benghazi. Local media reported that government troops had also joined the attack against … Continue reading

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International Justice, Empire style.

The New York Times is today running an article on France’s attempt to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court, via a U.N. Security Council Resolution. The article reports that the Resolution has been tailored ‘to address … Continue reading

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Plurality of Libyans continue to think they’re worse off now than under Gadaffi.

In November 2013, a poll conducted and released by JMW Consulting and the National Democratic Institute found that 41% of Libyans thought they were worse off than they had been under the regime of Muammar Gadaffi, compared to 32% who … Continue reading

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