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Libya: Gaddafi’s Torture Centers Continue by Jamie Dettmer

Libya: Gaddafi’s Torture Centers Continue by Jamie Dettmer | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Libyan revolutionaries captured and killed Muammar Gaddafi more than seven months ago, but the dictator’s brutal tactics and antidemocratic ways live after him. Human-rights workers say that’s true not only within the high walls of the dictator’s former Ain Zara torture center but at other jails and penitentiaries across the country.

 

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Federalism Would Preserve Libya’s Unity by Mohamed Eljarh

Libyans need to at least consider the possibility of federalism to share power between the different regions and groups in order to restore stability and security. A limited form of regional autonomy will ultimately be the best way to maintain the unity of the country, which is being threatened by the continuing clashes of armed groups and the weak response by the authorities. A centralized government in the case of Libya would be bad enough, but a weak centralized government would be the worst for the future stability and security of Libya.

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Next Year in Tripoli by David Gerbi

Next Year in Tripoli by David Gerbi | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

I am a Jew from Libya. Although my family and I were forced to flee Libya for Rome after the 1967 war between Israel and its Arab neighbors, I still consider myself to be a proud Jew, a proud Libyan, and a proud Italian. I have been back four times since 1967, but have been forced to leave each time. Although much time has passed, I still feel the freshness of Tripoli's air and its special light: hot, but not blinding. I want to feel that light again -- but in a stable Libya, a country that affirms freedom, justice, and the rule of law, protects freedom of religion for all its people, and honors its Jewish heritage.

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What The Libyan Intervention May Have Cost Us by Efraim Halevy

What The Libyan Intervention May Have Cost Us by Efraim Halevy | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In light of the Libyan experience, what nuclear aspiring nation can now put its trust in a rollback deal of any sort? When NATO took to the skies over Tripoli, Benghazi, and Misrata, it delivered the greatest possible blow to future non-proliferation diplomacy. Philosophers and men of morals and justice who strutted across the stage have long gone home, leaving the people of Libya poor, destitute, and alone. And they have left the international community facing Syria and Iran with fewer and worse options than we had before the Libyan intervention. The question of whether it was worth it answers itself.

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A Hegelian Moment in the Middle East by Adam Garfinkle

Why was there a coup against the democratically elected government of Mali about two weeks ago? What does the coup have to do with rebel success in the north? Who or what is a Tuareg anyway, when it, he or she is not being a Volkswagen, and why should Americans care one way or the other about any of this?

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A year later, Libya is still a mess by Daniel Larison

A year later, Libya is still a mess by Daniel Larison | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

After the West's much-ballyhood intervention, Libya is dominated by a complex tangle of violent militias — and the chaos is spilling into neighboring countries.

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Libya is not a failed state in-waiting by George Grant

This is a country with great potential. In addition to its vast economic resources, Libya benefits from a comparatively literate workforce and a much more religiously moderate population than commonly believed. Nobody should be writing this country off as another failed state in-waiting just yet.

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