Libya

London conference plots imperialist carve-up of Libya

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.

American media silent on CIA ties to Libya rebel commander

By Patrick Martin, 30 March 2011

The new commander of the rebel military forces is a longtime CIA collaborator named Khalifa Hifter.

Spain takes its place in the imperialist war against Libya

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.

Obama on Libya: A war for US “interests”

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.

The war in Libya and the new scramble for Africa

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.

Civilian casualties mount in US-led air war against Libya

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.

The Italian “left” and Libya

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.

Gates and Clinton hint at open-ended war in Libya

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.

Reports suggest French intelligence encouraged anti-Gaddafi protests

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.

Britain steps up campaign for regime change, targeted assassination in Libya

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.

A CIA commander for the Libyan rebels

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.

Washington seeks NATO cover for protracted war against Libya

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.

Bernard-Henri Lévy makes “humanitarian” case for bombing Libya

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.

China and Russia criticise Libyan bombing campaign

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.

Air strikes escalate, stalemate deepens in fighting around Libyan cities

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.

A tool of imperialism: France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party backs war on Libya

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.

US-NATO warplanes strike Libyan ground forces

By Bill Van Auken, 24 March 2011

US and NATO warplanes turned their firepower Wednesday against ground forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya war divides NATO

By Peter Schwarz, 24 March 2011

The war against Libya has ignited a heated conflict within NATO.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow lines up behind Obama’s attack on Libya

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.

US escalates military onslaught against Libya

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2011

The air attacks are now targeting Libyan ground troop concentrations, threatening thousands of deaths.

British Parliament overwhelmingly endorses war

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.

German Greens agitate for war

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.

US, Europe intensify Libya onslaught

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.

The bombing of Gaddafi’s 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.

Canada joins imperialist assault on Libya

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.

US, France and Britain launch war of aggression against Libya

By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2011

Bombs and missiles have already killed hundreds of Libyan soldiers and civilians.

Australian Labor government, Greens hail imperialist assault on Libya

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.

Obama and Libya

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.

Obama issues ultimatum in advance of air strikes on Libya

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.

German Left Party leader votes in favour of military intervention in Libya

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.

No to imperialist intervention in Libya!

By 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.

UN vote clears way for US-NATO attack on Libya

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.

G8 fails to back proposed Libyan no-fly zone

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.

Major powers discuss Libyan intervention

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.

Arab League backs no-fly zone 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.

Obama administration signals backing for “military options” in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2011

Friday’s White House press conference was dominated by propaganda for “humanitarian” intervention.

European summits: Aggressive action against Libya and European workers

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.

France recognises Libyan opposition leadership

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.

British ruling elite advance “humanitarian” cover for intervention in Libya

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.

The resurgence of Italy’s imperialist ambitions in Libya

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.

Washington to escalate military moves against Gaddafi

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.

Down with Gaddafi! No to US-NATO intervention!

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.

US, Britain step up plans for military intervention in Libya

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.

US intensifies military operations in Libya

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.

Australian government calls for air strikes on Gaddafi forces

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.

US and allies step up military and intelligence operations in 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.

Western powers exploit Libyan crisis to step up intervention plans

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.

The alliance between the EU and Libya in the persecution of refugees

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”.

Canada signs on for imperialist campaign against Libya

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.

Military planning continues as divisions mount over Libyan intervention

By Ann Talbot, 4 March 2011

Sharp divisions within ruling circles have not halted the military preparations for an attack on Libya.

German interests in 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.

US, European officials debate military intervention in Libya

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.

Materiel and personnel in place for 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.

German imperialism and the crisis in Libya

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.

Clashes mount in Libyan uprising against Gaddafi

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.

Imperialist hands off Libya!

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2011

The United States and the European powers are seeking to carve up the oil-rich North African country.

As Libyan rebels close in on Gaddafi, US and Europe ramp up intervention

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.

US and Europe step up preparations for intervention in Libya

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.

Calls mount for military intervention in Libya

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.

US and Europe weigh up Libyan intervention as oil prices spike

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.

Obama and the Libyan crisis

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.”

Gaddafi threatens mass killings as popular rebellion spreads

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2011

Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi threatened widespread massacres against his own people in an appearance on state television Tuesday.

Uprising spreads to Libyan capital

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.

Eye-witness report from Libya

22 February 2011

The World Socialist Web Site has received correspondence from a reader in Libya.

Libyan government massacres demonstrators as uprising spreads

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.

Libyan regime attempts to crush uprising

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.

Lockerbie: Transatlantic row worsens over Megrahi release

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.

Who is responsible for the Libyan refugee boat tragedy?

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.

More than 230 migrants drown off Libyan coast

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.

Libyan court confirms death sentence against medical workers

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.

Libyan government to execute foreign health workers

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.

Colonel Gadhaffi’s long journey and the collapse of Arab nationalism—Part 1

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.

Colonel Gadhaffi’s long journey and the collapse of Arab nationalism—Part 2

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.

Blair’s visit to Libya: It’s about oil, Got it?

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.

Libya confirms it “bought peace” with the US

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.

Libyan government assists US aggression in the Middle East

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.

Ethnic violence and mass deportations of immigrants in Libya

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.

Lockerbie-Pan Am 103: Prosecution case evaporates

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.

Pan Am 103: Conflicting evidence in Lockerbie trial concerning location of bomb

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.

Investigator into Lockerbie explosion casts doubt on bomb location

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.

Lockerbie trial takes dramatic turn

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”.

Pan Am Flight 103: Trial opens of Libyans accused of Lockerbie bombing

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.

Sunday Times alleges Britain's MI6 played role in Gadhaffi assassination attempt

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.

Libyan arms scandal shows widening rift between Europe and US

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.