Libya

OPEC, Iran, and the Libyan Civil War

The rising tensions in the Persian Gulf in the past weeks can be easily attributed to a sharp crisis of overproduction in the international oil market, ongoing since 2014. One relevant theater for understanding recent developments therefore lies in the largely under-reported and often overlooked Libyan Civil War, and in particular in its wide-ranging implications for OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).

Libya: A War as Long as a Pipeline

Since 2011 Libya has been living with a continual war between internal factions, tribal struggles and the arrogant presence of all, or almost all, of the greatest imperialist powers in Europe and beyond.

1996: Killings at the Abu Salim Prison in Libya

An account of a bloody crushing of a prison mutiny by the Libyan security forces in 1996, resulting in the estimated deaths of 1,200 inmates.

Who is profiting from Syria?

This is one of a series of articles written by Shoal Collective in the run-up to the DSEI arms fair. This one focuses on Syria, who is involved in the conflict, and who is arming them. It was originally published in The Region.

Image by Syrian artist Tammam Azzam

As all the world’s conflicts are played out in Syria, arms companies are making a killing.

DSEI: A supermarket for state surveillance and border wars

As borders are increasingly militarised and their operation privatised, migration, more than ever before, is also an anti-militarist struggle, write Amy Hall and Sara Woods of Shoal Collective.

Media, Clinton supporters offer frenzied support for Syria intervention, refuse to learn from Libyan disaster

Ruins in Libya

Cheerleaders for Syrian intervention refuse to learn lessons from recent history

When insurrections die - Gilles Dauvé

This is a reconceived version of 'Fascism and Anti-Fascism'. In this text, Dauvé shows how the wave of proletarian revolts in the first half of the twentieth century failed: either because they were crushed by the vicissitudes of war and ideology, or because their “victories” took the form of counter-revolutions themselves, setting up social systems which, in their reliance on monetary exchange and wage-labour, failed to transcend capitalism.

Silence in the West as Libya falls deeper into the abyss

"We came, we saw, he died!" said Clinton of the NATO intervention

In 2011 Western leaders and the media were celebrating a humanitarian victory for NATO, now the silence is deafening.

Libyan petrodollars and the overthrow of Gaddafi

A speculative blog on the NATO-backed overthrow of Libyan dictator Col Gaddafi, looking at whether Gaddafi's refusal to recycle petrodollars through US banks was a factor.

Lies, slaughter, capital: The 2011 NATO intervention in Libya, part two

As discussed in part 1, the intervention was not undertaken for humanitarian reasons, but then why? Here I will try and explain the purpose of the intervention, how the Great Powers felt there was much to be gained, and only human lives to lose.