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
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.
02/23/2011 11:47 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
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
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.
02/22/2011 04:30 pm
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.
02/22/2011 03:09 pm
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.
02/22/2011 01:58 pm
In Pictures Libya uprising
The UN harshly criticized Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's brutal response to protesters. The death toll could now be as high as 400.
02/22/2011 08:35 am
The son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi tried to intimidate Libyans Sunday, warning in a TV speech of civil war and foreign plots. But Libya's wave of democracy protests is strengthening as protesters ignore violence that has claimed more than 200 lives.
02/21/2011 10:04 am