Libya One Year after Qadhafi, PRI Marketplace [Opens in new tab]


Kai Ryssdal: It's been a year -- just a bit more, actually -- since the start of the civil war in Libya that ended with the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi last October. Since then there's been little progress in forming a government and getting the Libyan economy back to something resembling normal.

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Libya's Franchise Fiasco, The New York Times [Opens in new tab]


Libya’s new electoral law, passed by the National Transitional Council last month, provides guidelines for selecting the country’s first-ever democratic government. Many, including the United Nations, hailed the law’s passage as a significant step down Libya’s rocky political road.

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The Impact of Bin Ladin's Death on AQIM in North Africa, The CTC Sentinel [Opens in new tab]


Confronted with the sudden death of a leader, terrorist groups become cornered animals. When wounded, they lash out. Not only in hopes of surviving, but also to demonstrate their remaining power and continued relevance. Al-Qa`ida is no different. Al-Qa`ida will thus keen for its leader by killing. It will not necessarily attack soon. Yet the United States should brace itself once the 40-day mourning period that some Muslims observe ends. The dual prospect of punishing the United States and re-igniting fear and anxiety following a time of celebration and relief must surely figure prominently in al-Qa`ida’s calculus.

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The Unvanquished, The New York Times [Opens in new tab]


I open my window and this is the house, in the depths of central Cairo, that looks back at me.

The people who live in the city’s working-class neighborhoods are not ashamed of being poor. Instead, in this house I look at from my window, I see heroic efforts in the fight against poverty. For the most part the residents are tradesmen or public employees. There was a time when they earned enough to enjoy a comfortable life, but the waves of hardship rose suddenly and they drowned.

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AQIM's Objectives in North Africa, The CTC Sentinel [Opens in new tab]


On February 11, 2011, Egypt had its revolution when President Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down after 18 days of massive protests. With the military taking control and promising a transition to democracy, the question of what comes next has acquired a particular urgency. Specifically, Western fears of the Muslim Brotherhood stepping into the political vacuum have re-energized a longstanding debate about the role of Islamists in Middle Eastern politics, and the dilemma that poses for the United States. Missing from the discussion is an attempt to put the Brotherhood’s actions during the protests in historical perspective. Doing so reveals that the Brotherhood’s cautious approach to the protests over the last few tumultuous weeks has been in large part an extension of the group’s strategy of the past decades: a preference for incremental rather than revolutionary change, caution and pragmatism, and close cooperation with other Egyptian political actors.

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The difference between Egypt and Libya, NPR Planet Money [Opens in new tab]


When Egyptians rose up against their government, the Egyptian military protected them. When Libyans rose up against their government, the military started shooting. On today's Planet Money, we try to figure out why the responses were so different.

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Why Algeria will not go Egypt's way, The Daily Star (Lebanon) [Opens in new tab]


With protests against Tunisian President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali having succeeded and those against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak posing an existential threat to his government, there is a growing view that it is only a matter of time before the revolutionary spirit spreads throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

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Testimony regarding the release of the Lockerbie bomber, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [Opens in new tab]


The Al-Megrahi Release: One Year Later.

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 Time: 10:00 AM Location: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building Presiding: Senator Menendez.

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Testimony, Senate Foreign Relations Committee [Opens in new tab]


The release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was an important foreign policy goal of the Libyan government and, as such, there is little doubt that this issue had a broader impact on the relationship between Libya and the United Kingdom.

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AQIM and the Growth of International Investment in North Africa, The CTC Sentinel [Opens in new tab]


One year ago, 10 gunmen from Lashkar-i-Tayyiba (LT) laid siege to multiple targets in India’s financial capital of Mumbai over the course of three days. The group’s target selection revealed a desire to strike not only at India, but also at Western interests in the country. While a strong anti-Western element has always been present in LT’s ideology, the strikes represented the latest evolution of a peripheral jihad against Western interests. This article first examines the nature of LT attacks against India, and then assesses the threat it poses to Western targets in India and abroad.

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