[Marxism] Interview with Ali Ahmida, Gilbert Achcar, and David Smith on Libya

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Aug 29 08:40:25 MDT 2011

The fall of Qaddafi's Tripoli to Libyan rebels has raised a host 
of new questions and intensified existing debates about the nature 
and fate of the Libyan uprising. As the peaceful uprising in Libya 
shifted towards an open rebellion in the face of a violent 
response by Qaddafi's regime, various calls for intervention by 
the Libyan people mobilized and polarized world powers, solidarity 
activists, and everyday observers as to the nature and legitimacy 
of the Transitional National Council (TNC), the UN Security 
Council resolutions, and the NATO intervention. Khalil Bendib 
spoke to professors Ali Ahmida (New England University) and 
Gilbert Achcar (School of Oriental and African Studies), while 
Malihe Razazan spoke to Africa Correspondent David Smith (The 
Guardian). Some of the issues discussed include the build to up to 
the collapse of Qaddafi's hold on Tripoli as well as the tensions 
resulting from an indigenous movement against authoritarian rule 
calling on former colonial powers to intervene on its behalf.

This interview was conducted as part of KPFA's Voices in the 
Middle East and North Africa Show.


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