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Libyan civilians must be protected amid Tripoli fighting

22 August 2011

Amnesty International has today urged all sides in Libya to protect the rights of civilians and safeguard them from attack as forces of the National Transitional Council (NTC) continued to battle for control of the capital, Tripoli.

NTC forces said earlier that they had captured some of Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi's sons, including Saif al-Islam who, like his father, was recently indicted for alleged crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

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Editor's note: This article was written before Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the youngest son of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi, was reported killed in a Nato air strike on April 30, 2011. Three of the elder Gaddifi's grandchildren were also reported killed by the strike on the family compound in Tripoli. 

As Canada enters the final days in 2011 election campaigning, politicians streaking across the country have offered little more than resounding silence on Canada's military role in Libya.

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The hypocrisy and phony patriotism of this Libyan war

Seen through night-vision lenses aboard amphibious transport dock USS Ponce, the guided missile destroyer USS Barry fires Tomahawk cruise missiles in support of Operation Odyssey Dawn against Libya. Photo: U.S. Navy/Nathanael Miller
Control information, demonize the enemy, mention humanitarianism, obscure history and economic interests.

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Banghazi, Libya, on February 28, 2011. Photo Al Jazeera/Flickr.
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Banghazi, Libya, on February 28, 2011. Photo Al Jazeera/Flickr.

The brutal massacres of civilians in Libya at the order of the country's dictator, Moammar Gaddafi, have shocked the world. His air force has carried out air strikes against unarmed civilians. On Feb. 25, Gaddafi followers aimed murderous fire at anti-government protests in his last stronghold, Tripoli. The government declares its intention of reconquering the country in civil war.

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On Feb. 26, the United Nations Security Council voted for sanctions against the Libyan regime, including an arms embargo and the freezing of assets belonging to Gadhafi and his family. These measures are hardly more than cosmetic, serving to polish up great-power credentials.

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Rationales for war: The Responsibility To Protect

December 13, 2013
| Derrick O’Keefe returns to continue his examination of the rationales for war, focusing in this segment on the notion of the responsibility to protect.
Length: 13:43 minutes (12.57 MB)
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Libya and responsibility to protect

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Who will protect Libyans now? One of the darkest and most shameful chapters in Western military intervention continues to play out in spades in Libya. The latest news -- yet it barely makes the news -- comes from Benghazi where one of the (literally hundreds) murderous militias opened fire on peaceful, white-flag-bearing protesters (protesting militias), killing at least 20 and wounding over 130.  And they didn't use just small arms -- it was rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and even an anti-aircraft gun.

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Examining the rationales for war

November 18, 2013
| In the first of two interviews, Derrick O'Keefe critiques the notion of humanitarian war and similar rationales for aggression against other countries from Yugoslavia to Libya.
Length: 15:31 minutes (14.22 MB)
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