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Editorial: The Road to Damascus Categories: Iran, Libya, Syria     Author: Colin Rubenstein

The Libyan regime is imploding, as rebels opposed to Muammar Gaddafi have now taken control of most of the Libyan capital. It is immensely inspiring to witness this triumph of the Libyan majority over a particularly ruthless, totalitarian and bloody dictator, achieved against great odds and at a ter

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The good oil Saikal

The good oil Saikal Categories: Libya, Media/ Academia, Middle East, Updates     Author: Allon Lee

Some analysts just cannot help themselves. Take ANU Professor Amin Saikal who has articles in today's Age, the Australian Financial Review and on ABC's Unleashed website playing an old favourite love song - Libya's Colonel Gaddafi (or insert Middle East dictator's name here) remained in power for s

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Assad's carte blanche is hurting Syrians

Assad's carte blanche is hurting Syrians Categories: Iran, Libya, Syria, United States, Updates     Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz

While ruminating yesterday on the US's decision to intervene in Libya, Middle East scholar Barry Rubin gave several insights as to why the West would choose Libya to attack rather than Syria. The assessement, unfortunately, is not particularly flattering for our leaders: I would suggest that t

A Trial for Gaddafi?

A Trial for Gaddafi? Categories: International Security, Libya, Updates     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

Earlier this week, the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague issued an arrest warrant for embattled Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and two close associates. A number of commentators have noted that this could potentially be counterproductive to the goal of ending the war in Libya quickly

International Intervention in Libya? Categories: International Security, Libya, Updates    

Today's Update deals with the international debate over whether outside parties can or should intervene in the conflict in Libya between long-serving eccentric dictator Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels seeking his overthrow. First up, reviewing the strategic realities of the current conflict is Micha

The Last Word: The Green Devolution Categories: Australasia, Islamic Extremism, Libya     Author: Jeremy Jones

Gaddafi has had a few supporters who from time to time promoted his "wisdom". In fact, my copy of Jamahiriya: Era of the Masses, which contains Gaddafi's poetry as well as philosophy, was obtained gratis at the now-defunct Sydney bookshop of the pro-Soviet Socialist Party of Australia

Watching, Worrying and Hoping Categories: Egypt, Israel, Libya, Middle East     Author: Amotz Asa-El

In the long run, the feeling in Jerusalem is that the mayhem across the Middle East will serve Israel's interests. The precedent whereby Arab citizenries demand their leaders deliver jobs, education and personal dignity is priceless.

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