February 21, 2011 |
Moammar Kadafi's embattled regime unleashed a military assault in the heart of the Libyan capital in an effort to crush a popular protest like those that have already toppled two North African rulers and now threatens the longest-serving leader in the Arab world. Unlike the strongmen who fell to street demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt, Kadafi all but launched a war against his country's civilian population to maintain control of the oil-rich nation. Libyan state television reported Monday that security forces were storming what it called "dens of terror and sabotage" in the capital, Tripoli.
August 22, 2011 |
Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. weighed in on the crumbling of the Kadafi regime in Libya. FOR THE RECORD: An earlier version of this article and its headline incorrectly said that Moammar Kadafi's regime has fallen. Kadafi has not given up power. Rick Perry: "The crumbling of Muammar Ghadafi's reign, a violent, repressive dictatorship with a history of terrorism, is cause for cautious celebration. The lasting impact of events in Libya will depend on ensuring rebel factions form a unified, civil government that guarantees personal freedoms, and builds a new relationship with the West where we are allies instead of adversaries.
April 7, 2011 |
Crude rose above $110 a barrel for the first time in 30 months as a fire burned at Libya's Sarir oilfield, bolstering concern that unrest in North Africa and the Middle East will spread, curbing shipments. Futures climbed 1.4% after NATO said forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi caused a fire at the field, according to Al Arabiya television. The conflict in Libya is currently in a stalemate, said Army General Carter Ham, the U.S. commander for Africa. Revolts have led to the overthrow of governments in Egypt and Tunisia and targeted regimes from Syria to Bahrain.
September 1, 1985 |
Few people attach more importance to language than does the Arab. To the Arab, his language is more than a way of communicating. It is an object of worship, an almost metaphysical force that draws man closer to God. The Koran is written in Arabic, and the Koran is regarded as the word of God. Muslims believe that every thought, every word man needs is written in the Koran, expressed 13 centuries ago in Allah's revelations to the illiterate merchant Mohammed.
April 17, 1987 |
Week in week out, the New Republic is hard to beat for intelligence, wit and political provocation. Sure, it's liberal and tilted toward Democrats. But editor Michael Kinsley and his gang wrestle with the Big Ideas of the Day without inducing Epstein-Barr syndrome, sacrifice a sacred cow occasionally and are a font of some of the most clever headlines in magazinedom.