The 2011 war in Libya

Australian Labor government, Greens hail imperialist assault on Libya

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 March 2011

The entire political and media establishment has thrown its support behind the drive to oust the right-wing Gaddafi dictatorship and replace it with a client government amenable to the strategic and economic priorities of US and European imperialism.

Obama and Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 21 March 2011

The Obama administration has launched another barbaric war against a largely defenseless country in the Middle East. It has ordered cruise missiles and bombs to be dropped on cities and installations across Libya, already leaving scores dead and hundreds wounded.

Obama issues ultimatum in advance of air strikes on Libya

By Barry Grey, 19 March 2011

Speaking from the White House Friday, President Barack Obama issued an ultimatum paving the way for the launching of a new imperialist war.

German Left Party leader votes in favour of military intervention in Libya

By Lucas Adler, 19 March 2011

A leading member of the German Left Party has voted in the European parliament in favour of a military intervention in Libya.

No to imperialist intervention in Libya!

By World Socialist Web Site editorial board, 19 March 2011

The World Socialist Web Site categorically opposes any military intervention in Libya. The drive toward war has nothing to do with the humanitarian pretexts offered up by the major powers. Rather, it represents the violent imperialist subjugation of a former colony.

UN vote clears way for US-NATO attack on Libya

By Bill Van Auken, 18 March 2011

The United Nations Security Council Thursday night approved a resolution that paves the way for the United States and other major imperialist powers to conduct a direct military intervention in Libya under the pretense of a “humanitarian” mission to protect civilian lives.

G8 fails to back proposed Libyan no-fly zone

By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2011

Divisions between the major imperialist powers have stymied proposals spearheaded by Britain and France for direct military intervention in Libya.

Major powers discuss Libyan intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 15 March 2011

Representatives of the major imperialist powers initiated a flurry of meetings Monday to discuss plans for military intervention in Libya.

Arab League backs no-fly zone in Libya

By Ann Talbot and Barry Grey, 14 March 2011

The decision of the Arab League on Saturday to call for a no-fly zone in Libya and recognize the Benghazi-based National Transitional Council is a significant step toward direct US-NATO intervention.

Obama administration signals backing for “military options” in Libya

By Patrick Martin, 12 March 2011

Friday’s White House press conference was dominated by propaganda for “humanitarian” intervention.

European summits: Aggressive action against Libya and European workers

By Peter Schwarz, 12 March 2011

The rapid succession of high-level meetings in Europe over the past few days reflects a deep crisis of the European Union.

France recognises Libyan opposition leadership

By Patrick O’Connor, 11 March 2011

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s unilateral initiative comes amid ongoing discussions in Washington and Brussels of air strikes, no-fly zones, and other military measures aiming to install a client government in Tripoli friendly to major oil companies and the western powers.

British ruling elite advance “humanitarian” cover for intervention in Libya

By Julie Hyland, 11 March 2011

Britain’s ruling elite are sharpening their neo-colonial claws once again in the guise of “humanitarian intervention”, this time utilising the suffering of the Libyan masses.

The resurgence of Italy’s imperialist ambitions in Libya

By Marc Wells, 10 March 2011

The Italian warship Libra docked in Benghazi, Libya, as the Italian ruling class calculates how to defend its imperialist interests in Libya.

Washington to escalate military moves against Gaddafi

By Barry Grey, 10 March 2011

The United States and its allies continue to prepare more expansive and direct military actions to topple the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Down with Gaddafi! No to US-NATO intervention!

By Patrick Martin and David North, 10 March 2011

The overthrow of Gaddafi by a US-NATO intervention rather than by the working class in the leadership of the oppressed masses would not only mean the abortion of the revolution, but the installation of yet another colonialist regime.

US, Britain step up plans for military intervention in Libya

By Ann Talbot, 9 March 2011

The threat of direct foreign military intervention against Libya has moved closer in the last 24 hours, as international support has gathered for a no-fly zone.

US intensifies military operations in Libya

By Mike Head, 8 March 2011

Officially, the Obama administration and Washington’s allies are still drawing up “contingency plans” to intervene in the Libyan crisis. In reality, intensive military and intelligence operations are underway within and around the oil-rich country.

Australian government calls for air strikes on Gaddafi forces

By James Cogan, 7 March 2011

Speaking in Israel yesterday, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd again demanded that the UN Security Council impose a “no-fly zone” over Libya.

US and allies step up military and intelligence operations in Libya

By Ann Talbot, 7 March 2011

The detention of British and Dutch soldiers in Libya confirms that the US and its allies are stepping up their operations within the country.

Western powers exploit Libyan crisis to step up intervention plans

By Mike Head, 5 March 2011

On the pretext of preventing a humanitarian disaster in Libya, the US and its European allies are intensifying military operations and economic measures against the Gaddafi regime.

The alliance between the EU and Libya in the persecution of refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 March 2011

For years the European Union has collaborated closely with the dictatorships in Libya and Tunisia to stop refugees breaching the perimeter of “Fortress Europe”.

Canada signs on for imperialist campaign against Libya

By Keith Jones, 4 March 2011

The Canadian government has dispatched a navy frigate to Libyan shores and special forces to Malta in preparation for military intervention in the oil-rich North African country.

Military planning continues as divisions mount over Libyan intervention

By Ann Talbot, 4 March 2011

Sharp divisions within ruling circles have not halted the military preparations for an attack on Libya.

German interests in Libya

By Ulrich Rippert, 4 March 2011

German business has been able to benefit considerably due to the close and long-standing cooperation between the Gaddafi regime and the German government on economic and security issues.

US, European officials debate military intervention in Libya

By Patrick O’Connor and Patrick Martin, 3 March 2011

Top officials of the Obama administration and Congress are publicly discussing the prospects for American military intervention in Libya.

Materiel and personnel in place for military intervention in Libya

By Julie Hyland, 2 March 2011

The United States, Britain and the European powers are deepening their preparations for intervention in Libya, including military action.

German imperialism and the crisis in Libya

By Peter Schwarz Alex Lantier, 2 March 2011

Germany has emerged as a full-fledged participant in the great power drive for imperialist intervention in Libya.

Clashes mount in Libyan uprising against Gaddafi

By Patrick O’Connor, 1 March 2011

Washington is now spearheading contingency plans for an international intervention against the Gaddafi regime, aimed at securing the imperialist powers’ control over Libyan oil reserves.

Imperialist hands off Libya!

By Patrick Martin, 1 March 2011

The United States and the European powers are seeking to carve up the oil-rich North African country.

As Libyan rebels close in on Gaddafi, US and Europe ramp up intervention

By Barry Grey, 28 February 2011

With dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s control over the country ebbing, the United States and its European allies are stepping up their intervention into the Libyan crisis.

US and Europe step up preparations for intervention in Libya

By Patrick O’Connor, 26 February 2011

The Obama administration yesterday announced a series of unilateral sanctions against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya, including suspension of US military cooperation.

Calls mount for military intervention in Libya

By Ann Talbot, 25 February 2011

The British government is actively considering deploying Special Forces in Libya, as several Western governments consider plans for military intervention.

US and Europe weigh up Libyan intervention as oil prices spike

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 February 2011

The overriding concern of the imperialist powers is to re-establish stability in the North African state and ensure the continued flow of oil exports.

Obama and the Libyan crisis

By Bill Van Auken, 24 February 2011

Faced with a popular uprising and mass slaughter in Libya, one of the world’s major oil producers, President Barack Obama Wednesday spoke of “freedom,” “justice” and “dignity,” while warning that his administration is preparing a “full range of options.”

Gaddafi threatens mass killings as popular rebellion spreads

By Patrick Martin, 23 February 2011

Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi threatened widespread massacres against his own people in an appearance on state television Tuesday.

Uprising spreads to Libyan capital

By Ann Talbot, 22 February 2011

The response of the Libyan regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi to the spread of the uprising to the capital Tripoli has been to kill and wound more protesters.

Eye-witness report from Libya

22 February 2011

The World Socialist Web Site has received correspondence from a reader in Libya.

Libyan government massacres demonstrators as uprising spreads

By Patrick O’Connor, 21 February 2011

The Libyan government of Muammar Gaddafi is attempting to violently suppress an uprising centred in the country’s eastern cities and towns, killing hundreds of protestors.

Libyan regime attempts to crush uprising

By Ann Talbot, 18 February 2011

It is reported that at least 20 people have been killed in two days of clashes between protesters and Libyan security forces.