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Mafia, Guns And Clans: The Big Libyan Oil Heist

Libya’s oil production problems extend far beyond whether the forces of Tripoli or Benghazi secure ultimate control over the country: Clan-based militias are running their own smuggling operations, and their mafia reach is said to extend as far as the Coast Guard—and even into Europe. This smuggled oil is making its way into Europe, and … Continue reading Mafia, Guns And Clans: The Big Libyan Oil Heist

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Algerian troops march during a military parade in Tripoli on September 1, 2009 to mark the 40th anniversary since Kadhafi seized power in the north African desert state. The multi-million-euro anniversary celebrations of the bloodless coup that brought Kadhafi to power on September 1, 1969, are attended by African, Arab and Latin American leaders but largely ignored by the West. AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD TURKIA (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Algeria: Most Valuable Actor to Play Key Role in MENA Crises Management

The Algerian military stationed on the Libyan and Mali borders has been put on high alert to counter infiltration through Libya and Mali. The forces have been reinforced and air patrols intensified. The action was taken in response to increasingly deteriorating situation in Libya. Thousands of foreign militants, including up to 3,500 Islamic State (IS) fight­ers fleeing … Continue reading Algeria: Most Valuable Actor to Play Key Role in MENA Crises Management

People celebrate in the streets, amid reports that Moammar Gadhafi's death by anti-Gadhafi forces overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte, in Tripoli, Libya, on October 20, 2011. Even before confirmation of ousted Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's death came from the nation's interim government Thursday, Libyans erupted in jubilation after early reports said he had been captured or killed. (Erhan Sevenler/AA/Abaca Press/MCT)

Why Russia May Win in Libya

What snapshot best captures the insanity of America’s approach to the Middle East? The most obvious answer is the war in Iraq—a country in which we’re still bogged down almost fourteen years after overthrowing Saddam Hussein. Another is the Syrian Civil War, where many factions are running around with American-supplied weapons—including the former Al Qaeda franchise and Hezbollah. … Continue reading Why Russia May Win in Libya

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The Rise of Trump and ISIS Have More in Common Than You Might Think

It is an era of instability and disintegration which began in the Middle East and North Africa in 2011 and in Europe and the US in 2016. These regions are very different, but their recent political convulsions have basic features in common, notably a feeling shared by people from the Mississippi to the Euphrates that … Continue reading The Rise of Trump and ISIS Have More in Common Than You Might Think

Fighters came from around the region to join the NTC push into Bani Walid.  10 September 2011  E. Arrott

New Hillary Emails Reveal Propaganda, Executions, Coveting Libyan Oil and Gold

New Emails Expose Hillary’s Dirty War in Libya The New Year’s Eve release of over 3000 new Hillary Clinton emails from the State Department has CNN abuzz over gossipy text messages, the “who gets to ride with Hillary” selection process set up by her staff, and how a “cute” Hillary photo fared on Facebook. But … Continue reading New Hillary Emails Reveal Propaganda, Executions, Coveting Libyan Oil and Gold

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Obama Prioritized Defeating Assad Above Defeating Jihadists

The evidence is clear and convincing: U.S. President Barack Obama, against advice and warnings from his top military officers, pursued a policy to protect the fundamentalist-Sunni organization, Al Qaeda in Syria (called «Al Nusra» there), and to arm them, so as to overthrow Bashar al-Assad and replace Assad’s secular government with a Sharia-law, fundamentalist-Sunni, government, … Continue reading Obama Prioritized Defeating Assad Above Defeating Jihadists

A U.S army soldier stands with his weapon at a military base in the Makhmour area near Mosul during an operation to attack Islamic State militants in Mosul, Iraq © Alaa Al-Marjani / Reuters

Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump

The American journalist, Edward Bernays, is often described as the man who invented modern propaganda. The nephew of Sigmund Freud, the pioneer of psycho-analysis, it was Bernays who coined the term “public relations” as a euphemism for spin and its deceptions. In 1929, he persuaded feminists to promote cigarettes for women by smoking in the … Continue reading Inside the Invisible Government: War, Propaganda, Clinton & Trump