February 3, 2013

New Old Libya After Gaddafi's Rule

Robert Draper, National Geographic

AP Photo

The bronze likeness of Muammar Qaddafi’s nemesis was lying on his back in a wooden crate shrouded in the darkness of a museum warehouse. His name was Septimius Severus. Like Qaddafi, he was from what is now Libya, and for 18 years bridging the second and third centuries A.D. he ruled the Roman Empire. His birthplace, Leptis Magna—a commercial city 80 miles east of what the Phoenicians once called Oea, or present-day Tripoli—became, in every meaningful way, a second Rome. More than 1,700 years after the emperor’s death, Libya’s Italian colonizers honored him by erecting a statue of the imposing, bearded leader with a torch aloft in his right hand. They installed the statue in Tripoli’s main square (now Martyrs’ Square) in 1933—where it remained for a half century, until...

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Muammar Gaddafi, Libya

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

January 30, 2013
Algeria Doesn't Need Lectures on Terrorism
Con Coughlin, Telegraph
Gaddafi might have been a monstrous tyrant, but from the Algerians' perspective he was a valued ally in fighting al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror cells. Algeria, remember, was involved in its own bloody civil war in the 1990s... more ››
January 28, 2013
The West's Perverse Nostalgia for Gaddafi
Fouad Ajami, Newsweek
We were bound to come to it: a lament for the fall of Gaddafi. Mali had come apart, and there were "strategic analysts" bemoaning the demise of the Libyan dictatorship. Thousands of Malian Tuareg mercenaries enlisted by Gaddafi... more ››
January 25, 2013
Algeria's Secretive 'War on Terror'
Alan Philps, The National
The terrible secrets of that war remain locked away, while a generous amnesty for rebels ensures they stay that way. But still the question remains: are the remnants of the jihadists still infiltrated by the security services?... more ››
January 25, 2013
The Mirage of the Arab Spring
Seth Jones, Foreign Affairs
The Arab uprisings of 2011, once a great source of hope for democracy enthusiasts, have given way to sectarian clashes and political instability. The Middle East has not yet shed its authoritarian yoke, and the United States... more ››
January 27, 2013
In N. Africa, U.S. Should Lead from Way Behind
Blake Hounshell, CNN
To varying degrees, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and its allies clearly do pose a threat to U.S. interests in their corner of Africa, but there's little evidence that they have the capability or intent to strike the U.S.... more ››