Posts Tagged ‘Gaddafi’

What will follow Gaddafi in Libya and beyond?

by David Osler.

Less than 24 hours after the death of Gaddafi, thousands of people have already committed predictions for the future of Libya to print and/or cyberspace. Some of those indulging in speculation are more informed than others, but the simple reality is that nobody knows what happens next. Although I have visited the country, and have […]

Which Minister authorised UK rendition?

by Michael Meacher.

There are two revelations in the latest batch of CIA documents found abandoned in Tripoli which are truly shocking. One is that the British Government didn’t just tamely comply with the US rendition programme, but actively ran its own rendition operations organised by MI6. Second is the repeated assertion by senior officials in Whitehall that […]

The Blairites are morally bankrupt

by Darrell Goodliffe.

The likes of Alistair Darling are keen to step-up to the plate and sling mud over our record in government but rather less willing to discuss a real issue, like our record on conducting and assisting torture and ‘rendition flights’. This shows the complete moral bankruptcy of the politics of Blairism in this Party. It […]

The questions on Libya Tony Blair needs to answer

by Mark Seddon.

Former Prime Minister, Tony Blair and former Foreign Secretaries Jack Straw and David Miliband, now face some extremely tough questions as to how much they knew about the extraordinary rendition of prisoners to Libya where they were tortured. The discovery of some extraordinary archives in the ruins of the Ministry of Information in Tripoli by […]

MI5 exposed as a state within a state

by Michael Meacher.

Documents abandoned in the ruined British embassy in Tripoli reveal that MI5 was working hand in glove with Gaddafi’s intelligence services from 2005 onwards to obtain details extracted under torture from ‘terror suspects’ (opponents of the Gaddafi regime) in return for information updates on the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) in Britain. Yesterday’s Sunday Times […]

Libya after Gaddafi

by David Osler.

After exercising a dictatorship over Libya for more than four decades, Muammer Gaddafi now seems to be effectively at the end of his rule. Following a bitterly-fought and surprisingly close run civil war that lasted for six months, the insurgents have reportedly almost completed the capture of Tripoli. The development meets with approval across the […]

UNISON calls for Libya ceasefire

by Andy Newman.

UNISON has now joined UNITE in calling for an end to NATO bombing of Libya. A statement issued yesterday from the union’s ruling body – its National Executive Council – said: the record of the Gaddafi regime and the serious concerns over the safety of civilians in the areas of Libya that supported the revolt […]

Public opinion shifts against Libyan intervention

by Jon Lansman.

A series of YouGov tracker polls reveal that public opinion is changing on whether military intervention in Libya is gong well or badly, and on whether it is right or not for Britain and its allies to take military action. Only one week ago a week ago 57% of the British public thought intervention was going well […]

What’s the Exit Strategy, Dave?

by Dan McCurry.

Overnight he was transformed from Mr Bean to Stalin. In the same way that Thatcher had her Falklands, Cameron had his Libya. But then it didn’t go according to plan. At the first site of a cruise missile, Gaddafi didn’t throw down his weapons and put his hands in the air. Nor did he try […]

Libya: regret and reservations

by Michael Meacher.

The mood in the Commons was sober, worried, passive and resigned – not welcoming the dawn of a new era in the Middle East, but fearful that this could be the start of a third, long Western war against a Muslim state.  A bloodbath in Benghazi had been avoided in the nick of time, a […]

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