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Thomas L. Friedman
Tom_Friedman  pluralism  Arab-Muslim_world  Middle_East  religious_tolerance  Syria  Yemen  Libya 
may 2015 by jerryking
With Islamic State, the chickens come home to roost - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Sep. 03 2014
al-Qaeda  ISIS  Iraq  Libya  Syria  unintended_consequences 
september 2014 by jerryking
Many in Sub-Saharan Africa Mourn Qaddafi’s Death -
Published: October 22, 2011
Colonel Qaddafi came to power in 1969 as a 27-year old ideologue, who modeled himself on President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, and focused his energy on leading a pan-Arab renaissance. But by the turn of the century, feeling spurned by his fellow Arabs, he turned his focus south toward sub-Saharan Africa. He used his own money, as well as state-owned investment firms, to build mosques, hotels and telecommunications companies.

He also meddled in the politics of other African countries — at least a dozen coups or attempted coups on the continent were traced to his support.

One of the many grandiose titles he embraced for himself was “the king of kings of Africa.”

Over time, his efforts won him many African allies, and when the uprising against him began this year, the African Union took months to recognize a rebel council as the country’s governing authority.
Libya  Moammar_Gadhafi  Africa  deaths  mourning  legacies  sub-Saharan_Africa 
october 2011 by jerryking
Britain's Excellent Libyan Adventure -
March 7, 2011, 4:03 pm
Britain’s Excellent Libyan Adventure
SAS  Libya  MI6  covert_operations 
march 2011 by jerryking
Tribes With Flags -
Published: March 22, 2011

Is the battle for Libya the clash of a brutal dictator against a
democratic opposition, or is it fundamentally a tribal civil war?”
...Iraqis still have not given us the definitive answer to their key
question: Is Iraq the way Iraq is because Saddam was the way Saddam was
or was Saddam the way Saddam was because Iraq is the way Iraq is: a
tribalized society? All the other Arab states now hosting rebellions —
Yemen, Syria, Bahrain and Libya — are Iraq-like civil-wars-in-waiting.
Some may get lucky and their army may play the role of the guiding hand
to democracy, but don’t bet on it.

In other words, Libya is just the front-end of a series of moral and
strategic dilemmas we are going to face as these Arab uprisings proceed
through the tribes with flags."
tribalism  civil_wars  Arab-Muslim_world  Libya  uprisings  Tom_Friedman  Arab_Spring  tribes 
march 2011 by jerryking
U.S. Africa Command Seen Taking Key Role
March 22, 2011 | | ERIC SCHMITT.

When the United States Africa Command was created four years ago, it was the military’s first “smart power” command. It has no assigned troops and no headquarters in Africa itself, and one of its two top deputies is
a seasoned American diplomat.

Indeed, the command, known as Africom, is intended largely to train and
assist the armed forces of 53 African nations and to work with the State
Department and other American agencies to strengthen social, political
and economic programs in the region, including improving H.I.V.
awareness in African militaries and removing land mines.

Now the young, untested command and its new boss, Gen. Carter F. Ham,
find themselves at their headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, setting
aside public diplomacy talks and other civilian-military duties to lead
the initial phase of a complex, multinational shooting war with Libya.
Africa  Libya  conflicts  Africom  U.S._military  soft_power 
march 2011 by jerryking

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