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Obama Says Qaddafi’s Death ‘Strong Message’ to Dictators - Businessweek

President Barack Obama said the overthrow and death of Muammar Qaddafi in Libya is a “strong message” to other dictators that “people long to be free.”...
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Libya will be a 'moderate' Muslim nation, country's interim leader insists

Libya will be a 'moderate' Muslim nation, country's interim leader insists | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Libya’s interim rulers faced further questions on Monday night over their conduct during the war to oust Col Muammar Gaddafi, after the discovery of an apparent massacre of regime supporters in rebel-controlled territory in Sirte.

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Cracks showing in Libyan opposition

Cracks showing in Libyan opposition | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Cracks are showing in the Libyan opposition that overthrew Gadhafi, raising concerns among NATO nations that helped topple the regime.
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Muammar Qaddafi should not have been killed but sent to stand trial in the Hague

Muammar Qaddafi should not have been killed but sent to stand trial in the Hague | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Surrendering to a feeling of deep impotence and slight absurdity, I borrowed an iPad on Thursday afternoon and used it to send my first-ever message by this means.
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Patience won in Libya. How about in Afghanistan?

An Obama doctrine of 'strategic patience' helped to bring down Qaddafi. But Obama's impatience to exit Afghanistan only allows Pakistan and the Taliban to wait out the US.
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Mogadishu on the Mediterranean? - By Christian Caryl

Mogadishu on the Mediterranean? - By Christian Caryl | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Muammar al-Qaddafi is dead. Now comes the hard part -- preventing Libya from turning into another Somalia.

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Mideast Looks to Libya for Lessons

Mideast Looks to Libya for Lessons | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Across the Middle East, Moammar Gadhafi's death is expected to be polarizing—providing some Arab protesters with a model of a successful overthrow of a brutal dictator, while giving others a sobering reminder of its costs.
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Can't Argue With American Policy Now, Qaddafi's Dead and the Results Speak for Themselves

The news of Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's death is good news for America -- whether you're a Republican or a Democrat. And it's also a vindication for Obama and his policy in the Middle East.

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"Don't shoot": Qaddafi's last moments

"Don't shoot": Qaddafi's last moments | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Libya's ex-dictator fled a final, deadly assault on his hometown, only to end up in a drainpipe, begging not to die Read more by Joshua Norman on CBS News' World Watch.
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Did Qaddafi's End Justify the Means? - An FP Roundtable

Did Qaddafi's End Justify the Means? - An FP Roundtable | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

When international coalition forces struck against Muammar al-Qaddafi's military outside the rebel stronghold of Benghazi in March, they were acting on a doctrine called "responsibility to protect," or R2P. The idea, not even a decade old and only embraced by the United Nations in 2005, is that a country's government could be held accountable -- with military force, if necessary -- for failing to ensure the well-being of its citizens.

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In Libya, echoes of when the CIA's Afghan funding went wrong

In Libya, echoes of when the CIA's Afghan funding went wrong | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

With the knowledge of Western intelligence agencies, Qatar had been flying arms shipments directly to Belhaj and other Islamic-led militias, bypassing the Benghazi-based National Transition Council, also echoing the Afghan practice that neutered mujahedin efforts to coalesce into a ruling body.

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Libya NTC forces 'in Bani Walid'

Libya NTC forces 'in Bani Walid' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Forces loyal to Libya's interim authorities say they have entered Bani Walid, one of the last towns still loyal to Col Muammar Gaddafi.
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Democracy activists from North Africa observe election process in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — Activists from Egypt, Libya and Tunisia observed Poland’s parliamentary election on Sunday to gain firsthand experience about how to hold the first democratic votes in their countries in decades.
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What to do about all those ex-rebels in Libya?

What to do about all those ex-rebels in Libya? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Qaddafi is dead, the new government is settling in, and there are armed ex-rebels with no jobs everywhere...
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Rights group: Bodies of 53 apparent Gadhafi loyalists found in Libyan hotel - CNN.com

Rights group: Bodies of 53 apparent Gadhafi loyalists found in Libyan hotel - CNN.com | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The bodies of 53 apparent loyalists to ex-Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi were found at a hotel last week, Human Rights Watch said Monday.
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Libya declares itself liberated from Qaddafi - CBS News

Libya declares itself liberated from Qaddafi - CBS News | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
At celebration in revolution's birthplace, transitional leader promises a nation founded on Islamic Sharia law...
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An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder

An Islamist, a Liberal, and a Former Regime Loyalist Walk into a Cafe... - By Ryan Calder | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Three Libyans try to make sense of their country after Qaddafi.

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What are the lesssons for the U.S. military following Gaddafi's death in Libya? - Battleland

What are the lesssons for the U.S. military following Gaddafi's death in Libya? - Battleland | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Moammar Gaddafi's death makes for an interesting punctuation mark in the ever-evolving U.S. approach to war. The key choice: should it be an exclamation point ("We got him! And not a single American died!
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Libya PM: Gadhafi died in crossfire between loyalists, NTC

Libya PM: Gadhafi died in crossfire between loyalists, NTC | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Mahmoud Jibril, citing a forensic report, says Gadhafi was alive when taken from Sirte, but died before reaching hospital; NTC says no order was given to kill the ousted Libyan leader.
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Qaddafi’s Death Is Latest Victory for New U.S. Approach to War

The death of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi is the latest in a string of successes for the Obama administration’s war strategy, which includes air power and a reliance on allies.
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After Qaddafi: Can a democratic Libya unify a divided society?

After Qaddafi: Can a democratic Libya unify a divided society? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After Qaddafi, some say prospects for orderly transition in Libya – a traditionally divided, tribal society – are not good. There is hope, however, that the homegrown nature of the rebellion will improve the country's prospects.
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Gaddafi 'is recruiting fighters from other African countries'

Gaddafi 'is recruiting fighters from other African countries' | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The ousted Libyan leader is planning an insurgency to destabilise the new regime, according to the acting PM...
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Hillary Rodham Clinton tells Libyans: ‘We’re on your side’

Hillary Rodham Clinton tells Libyans: ‘We’re on your side’ | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offers aid, support to Libya’s transitional government...
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Libya: Pockets of resistance in Bani Walid, Sirte

Libyan revolutionary forces have captured almost all of Bani Walid, one of Moammar Khadafy's last remaining strongholds, but still face pockets of resistance as they try to end a weeks-long standoff, officials said...
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Arab freedom vs geopolitics: a time of risk | openDemocracy

The Arab spring of 2011 has entered a new phase. In this period, the emerging dangers to the fulfilment of its promise of transformation include the dynamics of inter-state power in the region, says Tarek Osman.

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