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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.
02/23/2011 02:11 pm
Libya's motley modern structure is largely tribal – without centuries of nationalist history or a strong military like Egypt or Tunisia. Libya is an ideologically driven oil state, but Qaddafi's grip has prevented real economic reforms. The tides are turning his brutal hold, but what happens next?
02/23/2011 02:08 pm
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.
02/23/2011 12:57 pm
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.
02/23/2011 11:57 am
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.
02/23/2011 11:15 am
Flamboyant dictators like Col. Qaddafi are a vanishing breed in a world where even their own citizens can now see how abnormal they are.
02/23/2011 09:27 am
Oil prices hit $96.08 a barrel in the US because of concerns over Libya oil disruptions. Then oil prices retreated a bit.
02/23/2011 09:07 am
Terrorism & Security Libya corruption, cult of personality drive Qaddafi's grip on power: WikiLeaks cable
Libya leader Muammar Qaddafi has retained power for four decades by playing political rivals, including his sons, off one another, cables from the US ambassador to Libya reveal.
02/23/2011 08:51 am
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.
02/23/2011 08:32 am