Intensified bombing, military “advisers” on the ground
By Patrick Martin, 20 April 2011
British military officers are going to Benghazi to direct ground operations, while France is deploying additional airstrike capability.
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.
By Harvey Thompson, 15 April 2011
Strikes and protests by workers across Egypt continued this week, with many calling for improved wages and working conditions while others attempted to block moves that would reduce their income or restrict their prospects.
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.
By our correspondent, 14 April 2011
The non-ending stream of strikes and protests by Egyptian workers has unnerved the military junta, which is responding with increasing violence.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2011
Ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak and his two sons have been detained for 15 days while Egyptian prosecutors conduct an investigation into their multi-billion-dollar embezzlement and corruption.
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.
By Chris Marsden, 12 April 2011
Libya’s rebels formally rejected the ceasefire proposed by the African Union Monday, following talks in Benghazi.
By our correspondent, 12 April 2011
Tens of thousands gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square chanted: “The people want the overthrow of the field marshal” and “the people want to overthrow the regime”.
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.
By Niall Green, 11 April 2011
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Egypt’s US-backed military junta launched a bloody attack on protesters in Cairo’s symbolic Tahrir Square.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By our correspondent, 4 April 2011
Strikes and demonstrations against deplorable working conditions are accompanying mounting protests against the anti-strike legislation and interim constitution of Egypt’s ruling military junta.
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.
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:
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.
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.
By Wolfgang Weber, 31 March 2011
The opposition forces in Libya are responsible for barbaric, pogrom-like massacres against black African workers.
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.
By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 30 March 2011
On March 26 Tunisia’s Commission for the Achievement of the Objectives of the Revolution and the Democratic Transition was enlarged from 70 to 130 members in a closed-door session.
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.
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.
By a correspondent, 28 March 2011
The demonstrators who ousted President Hosni Mubarak now realise that the trust they had in the Egyptian army was misplaced and that their revolution is far from over.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 25 March 2011
The promulgation this week in Egypt of a decree banning strikes and protests has laid bare the real character of the military-controlled regime that succeeded the US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 March 2011
The war against Libya has ignited a heated conflict within NATO.
By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2011
The air attacks are now targeting Libyan ground troop concentrations, threatening thousands of deaths.
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.
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.
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.
By Stefan Steinberg, 22 March 2011
The thoroughly fraudulent and undemocratic nature of Saturday’s referendum in Egypt was the declaration from the Supreme Military Council that in the event of a no vote it would impose its own constitution until a new one is drafted.
By Patrick Martin, 21 March 2011
Bombs and missiles have already killed hundreds of Libyan soldiers and civilians.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 March 2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Middle East tour, capped by a stroll through Cairo’s Tahrir Square, presents an unparalleled profile in hypocrisy.
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.
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.
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.
By our reporter, 14 March 2011
Egypt’s new provisional government is complicit in violent tactics to bring about a counter-revolution.
By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2011
Friday’s White House press conference was dominated by propaganda for “humanitarian” intervention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 8 March 2011
Thousands of people, many of them former prisoners and victims of torture, took action to preserve documents showing their abuse at the hands the State Security Investigations agency.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
By Patrick Martin, 5 March 2011
Bourgeois figures like Mohamed ElBaradei have hailed the appointment of the new prime minister, Essam Sharaf.
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.
By Alex Lantier, 4 March 2011
Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned yesterday to avert a Million-Man March, scheduled by anti-regime protesters.
By Ann Talbot, 4 March 2011
Sharp divisions within ruling circles have not halted the military preparations for an attack on 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2011
The United States and the European powers are seeking to carve up the oil-rich North African country.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2011
Mohammed Ghannouchi resigned less than 48 hours after 100,000 people marched through the capital demanding his ouster.
By Patrick Martin, 28 February 2011
Egyptian military police attacked and beat protesters Saturday in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the mass popular movement that forced the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak two weeks ago.
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.
By David Walsh, 26 February 2011
Protests took place Friday in Egypt and Yemen, as masses of people press onward in an effort to rid themselves of brutal, tyrannical regimes.
By Nick Beams, 25 February 2011
The following report by Nick Beams, national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), was delivered to an aggregate meeting in Sydney.
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.
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.
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.”
By Chris Marsden, 23 February 2011
Egypt’s military regime has threatened to illegalise strikes in the face of the ongoing social unrest in the aftermath of the removal of President Hosni Mubarak.
By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2011
Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi threatened widespread massacres against his own people in an appearance on state television Tuesday.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 22 February 2011
Two days of anti-government protests in Tunisia have thrown the interim regime that succeeded ousted president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali into crisis.
22 February 2011
The World Socialist Web Site has received correspondence from a reader in Libya.
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.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 21 February 2011
The anti-government demonstrations are part of a wave of social unrest sweeping North Africa and the Middle East
By Alex Lantier, 19 February 2011
Millions of people attended victory celebrations one week after a mass protests forced Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from office.
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.
By Patrick Martin, 17 February 2011
Workers are defying appeals from the military command to go back to work.
By Mike Head, 17 February 2011
Far from representing any democratic instrument, the military is a consciously counter-revolutionary force, determined to crush the workers’ uprising in order to defend its own immense business interests, as well as those of its pay masters in the US.
By Patrick O’Connor, 16 February 2011
The army’s repeated statements since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak reflect the acute fear with which the generals and the entire Egyptian ruling elite regard the developing movement of the working class.
By Patrick O’Connor, 15 February 2011
Large numbers of workers in Egypt’s main cities staged strikes and street demonstrations yesterday for better wages and working conditions, and the removal of corrupt state-enterprise managers promoted under Mubarak.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 February 2011
Inspired by the Egyptian people’s overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, protests continued to spread in the Middle East on Monday, as Washington scrambled to reassure Israel and pro-US regimes in the region of its continued support.
By Andrea Peters, 14 February 2011
While suspending the constitution and parliament of the Mubarak dictatorship, the Egyptian military continues to uphold the 30-year-old emergency law that has served as the basis of political repression.
By David Walsh, 14 February 2011
Major protests took place in Yemen and Algeria over the weekend, as thousands took to the streets in rallies against government corruption, poverty and unemployment.
By Alex Lantier, 14 February 2011
The Egyptian military’s communiqués make clear that it intends to divert and suppress the mass movement, while carrying out a tactical transfer of power to maintain the old regime.
By Alex Lantier, 12 February 2011
Obama administration officials reacted to yesterday’s ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with hypocritical declarations of solidarity with the democratic aspirations of the Egyptian masses.