Along with a record of overwhelming human rights abuses, Gaddafi left his people with a country rife with corruption, poverty and severe internal divisions.
International journalists had yet to come, so the job of informing the world was dependent on finding a way to export this information as quickly and as regularly as possible.
Are Middle East dictators and other leaders, including a dead one, giving New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg advice? These letters reveal the secret.
In our conversation, the National Transitional Council leader warned that Qatar's "interference" could tip the political balance in Libya as the country has no culture of political dialogue, due to Gaddafi's absolute dictatorship.
Racism in Libya has a long and complex history but has grown fierce since the uprising against Gadhafi began in February.
Maher's latest comments on Gaddafi's violent capture merit reaction. Whatever abuses take place in the midst of armed conflict tell us less about the culture of the perpetrators and more about the culture of war.
In redefining its positive constitutional order, will Libya continue to take the path of vengeance along the lines of Iran, or can it adopt an orientation toward tolerance, and republican-style secularism, more akin to Turkey?
Since 9/11 (and long before, actually), the world and our nation have been obsessed with a collective hatred of individuals who threaten our ways of l...
No Arab country is ready for rapid and comprehensive democratic reforms without an orderly and purposeful transitional period that would be accompanied (if not preceded) by economic development programs.
The newest chapter in Libya's history begins today as NATO's military engagement in the North African country -- known as Operation Unified Protector -- comes to a formal conclusion.
After the Muammar Gaddafi dust cleared, everyone was ready to move on (except maybe Michele Bachmann). The cable news channels quickly turned their a...
Halloween is tomorrow, so this week people in the news were trying on costumes and masks, deciding who they want to be. In sports, the St. Louis Cardinals were the ultimate Cinderella, going from 10.5 games behind in late August to World Series champs. In the GOP race, Rick Perry couldn't make up his mind. At first he decided to go retro, donning a Steve Forbes-inspired look as Flat Tax Man. But I guess that wasn't scary enough, so he switched to a more modern -- and much creepier -- mask: Birther Guy. Meanwhile, the Oakland police department apparently has decided to come as Richard Daley's 1968 Chicago police force, with injured Iraq war vet Scott Olsen left looking like the civil rights protesters bloodied on Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge. Lastly, what's the over/under on how many "Sodomized Gaddafi" outfits we'll see tomorrow night? Boo!
All sides must be wary of allowing this situation to continue. As gruesome as it has been to watch unarmed demonstrators being shot in the streets, it can get much worse. The conflict could further escalate into an all-out civil war.
What we've witnessed in Libya, in fact, could be a new model for collective security in which the United States no longer bears a disproportionate share of the risks and costs of intervention. Unfortunately, the new model probably isn't applicable to Syria.
While the post-Gaddafi state of Libya is only now beginning to take shape, the consequences of the fall of one of the world's most brutal dictators are being felt around the world.
"Did TV networks overdo it by airing bloody scenes of Gaddafi's death?" The headline said it all in a lead article in the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat's media supplement Thursday.