Anti-Imperialism/Foreign Policy

Libya marks 10 years since start of protests that overthrew Gaddafi

Libya and Syria were the Obama administration’s version of Afghanistan and Iraq. Obama, Hillary, and Samantha Power were Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld of the Democrats.  The “lesser evilism” of Noam Chomsky, Kevin Carson, most progressives, most left-anarchists, etc. is bullshit.

France 24

Libyans on Wednesday marked the 10th anniversary of their 2011 uprising that led to the overthrow and eventual killing of longtime ruler Moammar Gadhafi.

The day comes as Libyans have their eyes on a recently appointed government tasked with leading the country through elections late this year.

Celebrations began late Tuesday in the capital, Tripoli, where people gathered in the city’s main square amid tight security. The city’s main streets and squares have been cleaned and decorated with banners and photos marking the anniversary. Festivities also rang out in other cities in the south.

Hassan Wanis, head of the general authority for culture in Tripoli, said celebrations and commemorative events were planned in the three regions of old Libya: Tripolitania in the west, Cyrenaica in the east, and Fezzan in the southwest.

Libya has become one of the most intractable conflicts leftover from the “Arab spring” a decade ago. In the years that followed Gadhafi’s ouster, the North African country has descended into devastating chaos and has become a haven for Islamic militants and armed groups that survive on looting and human trafficking.


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