Tag Archives: Libya

Tough Times for the Arab Lobby in Washington

Lobbying firms representing autocratic Arab regimes in Washington are having a tough time. For years, they have been one of the most formidable lobbying forces in town: the elite band of former members of Congress, former diplomats and power brokers who have helped Middle Eastern nations navigate diplomatic waters here on delicate issues like arms

Sanctions: The People’s Choice?

If only the NY Times‘s logic would be applied to stronger measures against Iran: We were disappointed to hear Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey — the Muslim world’s leading democracy — denounce “any sanctions or interference that would mean the punishment of the Libyan people.” If Libya’s people are willing to put their lives on

The 3 Dumbest Things Written by Intellectuals Visiting Libya

I just gave a thumbs-up to Martin Kramer‘s list of the dumbest things written by Western intellectuals who did junkets to Libya. • 3d place: The shores of Tripoli by Stephen Walt http://goo.gl/pkzZu: “Libya doesn’t feel like other police states that I have visited.” • 2d place: My chat with the colonel by Anthony Giddens http://goo.gl/VCEo4:


Arab Uprising Puts Palestinian Intelligentsia On Defensive

My antennae began twitching this morning when I saw Dr. Ahmed Tibi engaged in some damage control this morning. You see, Tibi visited Libya last year — a delegation of Arab-Israeli leaders were guests of Col. Gadaffi on a trip subsidized by the Libyan government. Tibi’s aware that these days, Latin American autocrats are the only people who think

February 27 Blogging

• Michael Coren wonders about the the BDS movement’s deafening silence over Gaddafi’s butchery. Where’s the outrage? Yet where are the massive street protests in Europe’s large cities? Where are the calls to boycott countries? Where are the labour unions demanding action? Where are the student groups using words like “apartheid” and “Nazi”? Where are

Libya a Human Rights Abuser? Shocking

The United Nations Human Rights Council, the global defender of human rights, has come upon some shocking news. After a thorough investigation, this esteemed body has concluded that the regime of Muammar Gaddafi is guilty of human rights abuses. Excuse me? While I support their effort to protect the innocent from abuse, where have they

ICC Prosecutor: We Have No Jurisdiction Over Gaddafi War Crimes

I’m not a fan of universal jurisdiction, but this really takes the cake. Here’s a statement on Libya by Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, on Libya. “The decision to do justice in Libya should be taken by the Libyan people. Currently, Libya is not a State Party to the Rome Statute. Therefore,

Gaddafi’s State of Mind

Gaddafi’s preparing to sabotage Libyan oil facilities and turn the country into the next Somalia: Among other things, Gaddafi has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities. They will start by blowing up several oil pipelines, cutting off flow to Mediterranean ports. The sabotage, according to the insider, is meant to serve as a