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  • Libya: Who is propping up Gaddafi?

    , by GARDNER Frank

    Unlike in Egypt or Tunisia, it is not the conventional military that holds the balance of power in Libya.
    Instead, it is a murky network of paramilitary brigades, “revolutionary committees” of trusted followers, tribal leaders and imported foreign mercenaries.
    The actual Libyan Army is almost (...)

  • The Libyan Labyrinth

    , by PRASHAD Vijay

    In 1969, Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi (age 27) surprised the aged King Idris, then in Turkey for medical treatment. Inspired by the Free Officers in Egypt, Qaddafi and his fellow Colonels force-marched the fragile Libyan State and even more fragile Libyan society into socialism. Libya’s main (...)

  • Libya crisis: what role do tribal loyalties play?

    , by HUSSEIN Mohamed

    During his speech on Libyan TV on Sunday, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, raised the spectre of civil war in Libya in the event of the anti-regime demonstrations continuing, with members of different tribes “killing each other in the streets”.
    But how much of this is real and (...)