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  • Why Qaddafi is losing parts of Libya

    Why Qaddafi is losing parts of Libya

    As Qaddafi's rule frays, so do some of the ties that bind Libya together. Geography is one force that could pull the country apart. But the promise of oil profits might help it stick together.

  • Muammar Qaddafi: Five ways Libya's leader has held onto power

    Muammar Qaddafi: Five ways Libya's leader has held onto power

    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has long elicited chuckles abroad with his outlandish attire and over-the-top rhetoric, but his brutal crackdown this week is no laughing matter. This backgrounder offers a look at how the eccentric dictator came to power – and how he's held on to it for more than 40 years.

  • 7 books to help you understand Libya

    7 books to help you understand Libya

    What to read for background on Libya? The shelves of English-language libraries and bookstores are not exactly crammed with options. However, there are a handful of works – from histories to fiction to travel literature – which offer a good general grounding in the country's background and culture. Here, at least for starters, are some interesting suggestions.

  • Mass Libya evacuations as Qaddafi digs in

    Backchannels Mass Libya evacuations as Qaddafi digs in

    The United States has sent a ferry and planes to Libya's capital, and Turkey has already rescued 5,000 nationals – making it the biggest evacuation in Turkish history.

  • Qaddafi's ties to rebel groups scrutinized as 'African mercenaries' patrol Libya

    Qaddafi's ties to rebel groups scrutinized as 'African mercenaries' patrol Libya

    Libya's leader Muammar Qaddafi is known to have strong patronage networks with tribal leaders throughout Africa. Multiple witnesses say African mercenaries have brutally suppressed Libyan protesters in recent days.

  • Cheddar revolution? Glenn Beck vs. Jon Stewart on Middle East-Wisconsin comparisons

    Global News Blog Cheddar revolution? Glenn Beck vs. Jon Stewart on Middle East-Wisconsin comparisons

    Commentator Glenn Beck and others have repeatedly drawn parallels between Egypt and the Wisconsin protests. 'Ah, they're not the same in any way, shape, or form,' says Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

  • How absolute is Qaddafi's power? 4 key questions.

    How absolute is Qaddafi's power? 4 key questions.

    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi has long elicited chuckles abroad with his outlandish attire and over-the-top rhetoric, but his brutal crackdown this week is no laughing matter. This backgrounder offers a look at how the eccentric dictator came to power – and how he's held on to it for 41 years.

  • Qaddafi speech: More Saddam Hussein than Mubarak

    Qaddafi speech: More Saddam Hussein than Mubarak

    Muammar Qaddafi's Libya may be autocratic like Tunisia and Egypt. But unlike the leaders of those regimes, Qaddafi seems willing to plunge his country into war to preserve power.

  • Qaddafi speech: I can't resign since I'm not president

    Backchannels Qaddafi speech: I can't resign since I'm not president

    Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi's speech was a signature rambling statement. He said he would continue to fight the nationwide revolt against his 41-year rule.

  • In Pictures Libya uprising

    In this image taken during an organized trip by the Libyan authorities for a small group of journalists, Libyan soldiers loyal to Muammar Qaddafi celebrate before pushing forward at the western entrance of the city of Ajdabiya, Libya, on March 16.