Libya

Why is the New Anti-Capitalist Party silent on the Libyan war?

By Kumaran Ira, 12 July 2011

If the NPA does not criticise the illegal militarist policies of the French government, it is because the government is doing exactly what the NPA is asking it to do.

Germany offers bombs and military technology for war against Libya

By Sven Heymanns, 8 July 2011

As NATO runs out of ammunition, Germany is offering bombs and technology for the war against Libya.

Canada’s foreign affairs minister meets with Libyan rebels

By Graham Beverley, 6 July 2011

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird secretly flew to Libya last week to meet with leaders of the Transitional National Council to justify waging war on Libya.

Military stalemate in Libya heightens US-NATO crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 5 July 2011

Despite nearly four months of daily US-NATO bombing raids over Libya, so-called rebel fighters have failed to make any significant advance beyond the areas they controlled in March.

France arms anti-Gaddafi forces

By Julie Hyland, 2 July 2011

France acknowledged this week that it had supplied weapons to oppositionists fighting Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya.

The US policy of assassination

By Joseph Kishore, 1 July 2011

More than one hundred days into the Libya war, the US-NATO strategy is ever more nakedly aimed at the political assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

ICC prosecutor clarifies purpose behind charges against Libya’s Gaddafi

By James Cogan, 30 June 2011

The International Criminal Court chief prosecutor’s statement is a mafia-style ultimatum to the Libyan political elite—abandon Gaddafi, or share his fate of death or imprisonment.

ICC orders arrest of Gaddafi as NATO bombings reach 100th day

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2011

The arrest warrant against Gaddafi only underscores the role of the International Criminal Court as an instrument of the US and the other major imperialist powers.

Britain and France insist bombing of Libya must continue

By Peter Symonds, 25 June 2011

Britain and France have dismissed a call by Italy for a ceasefire in Libya, underscoring mounting tensions within NATO over its bid to install a compliant regime in the oil-rich country.

US House defeats measure to reduce funding for Libya war

By Patrick Martin, 25 June 2011

The House of Representatives voted against a resolution authorizing the war in Libya, but then refused to cut back funding for its continuation.

Kerry, McCain push Senate resolution to sanction war in Libya

By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 22 June 2011

Democrat John Kerry and Republican John McCain have introduced a Senate resolution that would retroactively authorize the Obama administration’s war in Libya

NATO attack kills 19, including women and children

By Chris Marsden, 22 June 2011

Monday night’s air strike on a compound west of Tripoli that killed 19, including women and children, puts an end to any pretence that NATO is not deliberately targeting civilians in its ongoing bombardment of Libya.

Obama flouts legal deadline on Libya war

By Patrick Martin, 20 June 2011

June 19 marked the 90-day limit on the use of US military forces in Libya under the War Powers Act

NATO bombs kill Libyan civilians in Tripoli

By Peter Symonds, 20 June 2011

Contrary to NATO claims, it is inconceivable that this was the only strike out of more than 11,000 to have killed civilians.

Oil companies prepare for post-Gaddafi Libya

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 June 2011

The major US and European oil conglomerates previously active in Libya are preparing to resume business in the event that the illegal NATO-led war achieves its objective of “regime change”.

French lawyers sue Sarkozy over crimes against humanity in Libya

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 June 2011

The lawsuit was filed May 30 on behalf of Libyans who have lost family members in the NATO bombings.

Obama defends Libya war, rejects need for Congress vote

By Bill Van Auken, 16 June 2011

The Obama administration argued Wednesday that the War Powers Act, requiring congressional approval for undeclared US wars, does not apply to the nearly three-month-old war against Libya.

France’s New Anti-Capitalist Party continues support for war on Libya

By Kumaran Ira, 16 June 2011

The NPA has finally broken its month-long silence on the NATO war of aggression against Libya, which it vocally supported when it was launched in March.

Germany recognises Libyan opposition after US ultimatum

By Chris Marsden, 15 June 2011

The demand by outgoing US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates for Europe to take a greater share of the military load bore its first fruit with Germany’s recognition of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council.

Hands off Libya!

Behind NATO’s war drive

13 June 2011

SEP (UK) Public Meetings

Western powers fashion a puppet regime for Libya

By Peter Symonds, 10 June 2011

For all the Western propaganda about establishing democracy in Libya, there are clearly fears that the country will descend into chaos if Gaddafi finally goes.

NATO’s terror bombing of Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 9 June 2011

The relentless bombardment of Tripoli over the past 48 hours represents a new stage in one of the most naked acts of imperialist aggression since the wars of conquest launched by Hitler and Mussolini in the 1930s.

Obama’s illegal war against Libya

By Patrick Martin, 8 June 2011

The Obama administration is flouting both the US Constitution and the War Powers Act by waging a war without congressional authorization.

Canada to expand its role in imperialist assault on Libya

By Keith Jones, 8 June 2011

Canada’s Conservative government has announced that the Canadian Armed Forces will play a leading role in the imperialist assault on Libya for weeks, possibly months, to come.

Hands off Libya!

Behind NATO’s war drive

Sheffield SEP Public Meeting

7 June 2011

The SEP and WSWS is holding this meeting to discuss the real reasons for the NATO war on Libya.

Helicopter attacks mark further escalation of US-NATO war in Libya

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 June 2011

British and French assault helicopters began operations over key Libyan cities on Saturday, marking a significant escalation of NATO’s war of aggression in the North African state.

US House leaders block resolution against Libya war

By Patrick Martin, 6 June 2011

The top House Republican, Speaker John Boehner, and the top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, joined forces in support of Obama’s war in Libya.

NATO extends authorisation for Libya bombardment to September

By Patrick O’Connor, 2 June 2011

Washington and its NATO allies are readying an intensified campaign aimed at ousting the Gaddafi government and installing a client regime in Tripoli.

The war in Libya and the crisis of the European Union

Part 3

By Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2011

The following article is based on a report, given by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, at a seminar of the German section of the Socialist Equality Party during the Easter holidays in 2011. We are publishing it in three parts.

The war in Libya and the crisis of the European Union

Part 2

By Peter Schwarz, 31 May 2011

The following article is based on a report, given by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, at a seminar of the German section of the Socialist Equality Party during the Easter holidays in 2011. We are publishing it in three parts.

The war in Libya and the crisis of the European Union

Part 1

By Peter Schwarz, 30 May 2011

The following article is based on a report given by Peter Schwarz, secretary of the International Committee of the Fourth International, at a seminar of the German section of the Socialist Equality Party during the Easter holidays in 2011. We are publishing it in three parts.

Amidst divisions, G8 meeting pledges austerity and war

By Stefan Steinberg, 28 May 2011

At the end of their two day summit, G8 leaders demanded an intensification of austerity programs across the globe and reiterated their resolve to secure the change of uncooperative regimes by military force.

NATO bombing of Tripoli kills 19 civilians, wounds 150

By Bill Van Auken, 25 May 2011

With the most intense bombing raid yet against Tripoli and a threat to deploy attack helicopters, the US and NATO are sharply escalating the war in Libya.

The Libyan war and American democracy

By Patrick Martin, 24 May 2011

President Obama is defying the War Powers Act restrictions on presidential war-making.

Death squad attacks in Libyan “rebel” capital

By Patrick Martin, 23 May 2011

While the protection of civilian lives is the nominal justification for the NATO attack on Libya, the NATO-backed opposition forces are engaged in their own campaign of murder.

NATO warplanes step up attacks on Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 18 May 2011

NATO has escalated its war against Libya, widening air strikes to hit civilian government buildings and economic infrastructure.

The International Criminal Court and Gaddafi

By Chris Marsden, 18 May 2011

The request by chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo for arrest warrants against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and two others confirms the role of the International Criminal Court as a tool of the imperialist powers.

ICC prosecutor demands arrest warrant against Gaddafi

By Patrick O’Connor, 17 May 2011

In proceeding as it has against Gaddafi, the International Criminal Court has revealed itself to be a pliant tool of US and European imperialism.

As opposition leader meets Obama officials at White House

NATO air raid kills Libyan civilians in Brega

By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2011

A representative of the Benghazi-based Transitional National Council met with officials at the White House Friday as the US and NATO moved to escalate their intervention in Libya.

Italy’s role in the war on Libya

By Marianne Arens, 14 May 2011

Italian fighter jets take off regularly from the Birgi Trapani air force base in Sicily and from the aircraft carrier Garibaldi, to drop their deadly cargo over the former Italian colony.

Death squads reportedly assassinating Libyan regime figures in Benghazi

By Patrick O’Connor, 12 May 2011

The New York Times yesterday reported on a wave of execution-style murders of former Libyan government internal security personnel in Benghazi.

NATO ships, planes left African refugees stranded in Mediterranean to die

By Barry Grey, 10 May 2011

The British Guardian newspaper published an investigative report Monday documenting the case of African refugees who were left to die by NATO and European authorities in the early days of the war against Libya.

Threat of war crimes charges levelled against Gaddafi and son

By Chris Marsden, 9 May 2011

The threat of war crimes charges against Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, his son and other officials is a weapon fashioned and wielded by the major powers now waging war on Libya.

The war against Libya and the German Left Party

By Lucas Adler, 7 May 2011

The Left Party is using the war against Libya to move closer to the German government and shield it against popular opposition.

Washington funnels confiscated Libyan assets to “rebel” leadership

By Patrick O’Connor, 6 May 2011

The illegality of the Obama administration’s moves to use Libya’s national wealth to keep the so-called rebel leadership afloat underscores the colonial character of the US-NATO war to oust Muammar Gaddafi.

Rome meeting to consider further military action against Libya

By Susan Garth, 4 May 2011

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives in Rome today for a two-day meeting of the Libya Contact Group.

US, NATO defend air strike that murdered Gaddafi family members

By Barry Grey, 3 May 2011

US and NATO officials have brushed aside charges by the Libyan government that the air strike Saturday night that killed the youngest son and three grandchildren of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was a targeted assassination intended to murder Gaddafi.

Gaddafi family members murdered by US and NATO

By James Cogan, 2 May 2011

The killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s youngest son and three grandchildren are political assassinations for which US and NATO leaders are directly responsible.

NATO bomb attack on Libya kills Misrata “rebel” fighters

By Patrick O’Connor, 29 April 2011

The “friendly fire” incident underscores the bogus character of the claims by Washington and Brussels that their “precision” bombing raids are aimed at protecting the Libyan people.

US, NATO defend policy of targeting Gaddafi

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2011

Assassination of the Libyan ruler is now the barely disguised policy of the Western powers.

25 years ago—The first US attempt to murder Gaddafi

By Patrick Martin, 28 April 2011

The Obama administration is reprising the methods of the Reagan administration.

US, UK plot Libya war escalation

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2011

The civilian and uniformed chiefs of the US and British military machines met in Washington Tuesday to plot a further escalation of the imperialist intervention in Libya.

US, NATO attempt assassination of Gaddafi

By Bill Van Auken, 26 April 2011

With the attack Monday morning on the Bab al-Azizyah complex in Tripoli, the US-NATO war on Libya has entered a criminal new phase that incorporates the policy of assassination.

US senators call for Gaddafi’s assassination

By James Cogan, 25 April 2011

Senior leaders of the US Congress yesterday called for the assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and a major escalation of air strikes.

Mounting Libyan death toll from US-NATO bombings

By Barry Grey, 23 April 2011

The death toll in Libya from US, French and British air strikes continues to mount and promises to rise sharply as the imperialist powers escalate their attacks on both military and civilian targets.

Obama sends drones to Libya as Britain readies troops

By Bill Van Auken, 22 April 2011

The Obama administration has joined Britain and France in a major escalation of the war against Libya that entails the deployment of US drones, intensified bombing and the preparation of an invasion force.

Former colonial powers send military “advisers” to Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2011

Following Britain’s lead, France and Italy announced Wednesday that they too will be sending military “advisers” to anti-Gaddafi forces in Libya, bringing the three former colonial powers back into the region they once ruled.

Intensified bombing, military “advisers” on the ground

Britain and France escalate war in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2011

British military officers are going to Benghazi to direct ground operations, while France is deploying additional airstrike capability.

Italy plans to step up its participation in the war against Libya

By Marianne Arens, 20 April 2011

As the bombing of Libya enters its fourth week, Italy is looking for ways to participate more actively in the war.

Libyan war accelerates Chinese debate over “non-intervention”

By John Chan, 19 April 2011

The increasingly blatant use of military force by the US and European powers to further their interests is causing Beijing to rethink its foreign policy.

France, Britain step up drive for deployment of ground troops in Libya

By Patrick O’Connor, 19 April 2011

In a televised interview yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron repeatedly refused to rule out launching operations involving ground troops.

Spain: Catalan Greens vote for war with Libya

By Alejandro Lopéz and Paul Mitchell, 19 April 2011

The Catalan Greens, Iniciativa per CatalunyaVerds (ICV), voted in favour of the war in Libya supported by the ruling Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) in Congress last month.

European Union divided over refugee question

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 April 2011

The landing of North African refugees landing on the Italian island of Lampedusa and on Malta has unleashed a series of violent disputes within the EU.

UK government pledges increased funds for Libya war

By Julie Hyland, 18 April 2011

The coalition government has agreed to hand over millions in emergency “back door” funding for operations in Libya, amid signs that it is back pedaling on planned military spending cuts.

Imperialist powers prepare escalation of Libyan war

By Patrick Martin, 18 April 2011

Once again, “humanitarian” pretexts are being given for a colonial-style war of plunder.

BRICS summit denounces “use of force” against Libya

By John Chan, 18 April 2011

Global economic shifts are behind the push by the BRICS grouping for the Western powers to make room for the “emerging economies”.

Obama demands regime change in Libya

By Stefan Steinberg, 16 April 2011

In an open letter published Friday, the Obama administration, together with the heads of government in France and Great Britain, openly acknowledged that the purpose of the NATO bombing of Libya was regime change.

The Libyan war and the deepening inter-imperialist conflict

By Alex Lantier and David North, 16 April 2011

The joint statement issued by US President Barack Obama, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France, and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Libya intensifies the political divisions in Europe underlying the neo-colonial operation in North Africa.

Divisions deepen as NATO digs in for a prolonged war against Libya

By Stefan Steinberg, 15 April 2011

Following the first day of the NATO summit in Berlin, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen was forced to concede that, despite his plea for increased participation in the NATO operation against Libya, no firm pledges had been made.

Contact Group meeting in Doha plans imperialist carve-up of Libya

By Alex Lantier, 14 April 2011

The Doha meeting highlighted the role of the opposition Interim Transitional National Council as a stooge of the major powers seeking to advance their imperialist interests in Libya.

Divisions at European Union summit on Libyan intervention

By Chris Marsden, 13 April 2011

The European Union’s Luxembourg summit on Libya was dogged by conflicting great power interests even before it officially met.

African Union’s Libya ceasefire rejected by opposition and NATO powers

By Chris Marsden, 12 April 2011

Libya’s rebels formally rejected the ceasefire proposed by the African Union Monday, following talks in Benghazi.

Scandinavian and other “neutral” states support assault on Libya

By Steve James, 12 April 2011

Eight Swedish fighter aircraft joined the NATO operation against Libyan government forces last week.

European Union prepares to send ground troops to Libya

By Chris Marsden, 11 April 2011

The European Union is seeking to utilise the humanitarian cover of the fate of the besieged city of Misrata to send ground troops to Libya under its command.

Germany does an about-face on Libya war

By Dietmar Henning and Peter Schwarz, 11 April 2011

Three weeks after rejecting any German military involvement in the war in Libya, the German government has done a complete about-face.

US Senate discusses sending troops to Libya

By Chris Marsden, 9 April 2011

Gen. Carter Ham told the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations that US troops may have to be sent to Libya because there is little chance of the opposition Transitional National Council defeating the forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

New York Times demands escalation of killing in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 9 April 2011

Having endorsed the Obama administration’s war in Libya on the pretext of “protecting civilians,” the editors of the New York Times are now demanding a sharp escalation in the killing through the reintroduction of the US military’s flying gunships.

Obama makes clear US opposition to ceasefire, insists on regime change in Libya

By Julie Hyland, 8 April 2011

US President Barack Obama’s rejection of Muammar Gaddafi’s plea for a ceasefire again underscores that NATO’s intervention into Libya’s civil war has nothing to do with protecting civilians.

Canadian elections: Deafening silence on Libyan and Afghan wars exemplifies all-party support

By Keith Jones, 7 April 2011

Canada’s federal election campaign is now almost two weeks old, yet the fact that the country is involved in two wars has merited no substantive comment from the party leaders, let alone given rise to any debate between them.

One hundred and fifty feared dead in Mediterranean boat tragedy

By Stefan Steinberg, 7 April 2011

Coast guards reported that the straits between the island of Lampedusa and the North African coast were the scene of yet another tragedy, after a boat capsized in stormy seas with many lives lost.

US, NATO allies join scramble for Libya’s oil

By Bill Van Auken, 6 April 2011

A US delegation arrived in Benghazi Tuesday for talks with the Transitional National Council, the political arm of the so-called rebels fighting Gaddafi.

Meeting in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Libya and the myth of humanitarian interventionism: A reply to the pro-war “left”

6 April 2011

David North, Chairman of the World Socialist Web Site International Editorial Board, will respond to the arguments of the “human rights” advocates of the US-NATO bombing of Libya.

The war against Libya and the eruption of European imperialism

By Chris Marsden, 5 April 2011

The readiness of the European powers to line up almost unanimously behind the imperialist war against Libya is a defining moment in the political life of the continent.

US and allies gear up for protracted war in Libya

By Barry Grey, 5 April 2011

The US-led war coalition rejected ceasefire offers by the Libyan government on Monday and reiterated its demand that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family leave the country as the precondition for any resolution to the crisis.

Mounting evidence of CIA ties to Libyan rebels

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2011

The US and British media now speak openly of the CIA connections of the top commander of the Libyan rebels.

The war on Libya: a new eruption of imperialist rivalry

By Nick Beams, 2 April 2011

Not since the 1930s, in the lead-up to World War II, have the conflicting economic and strategic interests of the rival imperialist powers been so openly pursued as they are in the war on Libya.

Signs of crisis and internal conflict in US-NATO war on Libya

By Patrick Martin, 2 April 2011

The US is withdrawing its jets from the air war while the US-backed rebels have offered a ceasefire to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The agents of Washington and Britain within Libya’s opposition leadership

By Julie Hyland, 2 April 2011

The Interim Transitional National Council was not officially able to participate in the conference held on Libya at London’s Lancaster House on Tuesday due to differences within the war coalition over support for the anti-Gaddafi leadership.

US, Britain press two-track policy in Libya war

By Patrick Martin, 1 April 2011

Washington and London are combining efforts to destabilize the Gaddafi regime from within and to bolster the flagging rebel military campaign.

Libya, imperialism and the prostration of the “left” intellectuals:

The case of Professor Juan Cole

By David North, 1 April 2011

Among the most striking features of the US-NATO onslaught against Libya has been the widespread support that this “war of choice” has evoked among left-liberal parties and the affluent middle-class milieu that comprise an important part of their constituency.

US-NATO bombings kill civilians in Tripoli

By Bill Van Auken, 1 April 2011

US-NATO air strikes on Tripoli have claimed growing numbers of civilian victims, according to the Vatican’s top representative in the Libyan capital.

London School of Economics was hub of relations between British elite and Gaddafi regime

By Simon Whelan, 1 April 2011

In late February, damaging revelations emerged concerning the London School of Economics (LSE) award of a PhD to an allegedly plagiarised paper by Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif.

British government seeks new powers to ban demonstrations

By Robert Stevens, 1 April 2011

The aftermath of last week’s Trades Union Congress demonstration in London has seen a new campaign to curtail the right to protest and increase police repression.

The debate on “arming the rebels”

Washington prepares to escalate the war in Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2011

The ongoing public debate in Washington and the American media on “arming the rebels” in Libya points to a dramatic escalation of the US-led war.

London conference highlights imperialist power grab in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 31 March 2011

Discussions at the March 29 conference on Libya underscore that the Western-led war aims to install the rebel National Council as an imperialist puppet regime in Libya.

Libyan rebels massacre black Africans

By Wolfgang Weber, 31 March 2011

The opposition forces in Libya are responsible for barbaric, pogrom-like massacres against black African workers.

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.