WBEZ | Muammar Qaddafi http://www.wbez.org/tags/muammar-qaddafi Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Libya post-Qaddafi http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/libya-post-qaddafi-96093 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-February/2012-02-03/libya2.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It&rsquo;s been five months since Libya&rsquo;s longtime dictator Muammar Qaddafi was killed. His death marked an end to nearly 42 years of rule. It also opened a political vacuum that Libya&rsquo;s interim government has tried to fill, at least temporarily.&nbsp;</p><p>But since coming to power, the Transitional National Council has faced a series of crises. It&rsquo;s struggled to assert authority in some areas. Rival militias are still armed. And it&#39;s had a hard time performing basic functions like paying public salaries.</p><p>Originally from Libya, <a href="http://www.une.edu/faculty/profiles/aahmida.cfm" target="_blank">Ali Ahmida</a> is chair of the political science department at the University of New England. He&rsquo;s the author of several books including <em>Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya</em>. Ali tells <em>Worldview</em> how post-Qaddafi Libya is doing.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 03 Feb 2012 22:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-02-03/libya-post-qaddafi-96093 BBC's 'After the Dictators' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-14/bbcs-after-dictators-94028 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/AP10072107955.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The BBC documentary <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00ld1st/After_The_Dictators_29_10_2011/" target="_blank"><em>After the Dictators </em></a>explores what happens to nations after their autocratic leaders are gone.</p><p>Some dictators like Libya's Muammar Qaddafi and Romania's Nicolae Ceausescu are killed outright. Others, like Serbia's Slobodan Milosevic and Liberia's Charles Taylor, end up in international courts. And still others, like Stalin and Mao, pass away peacefully in bed. So how does the manner of the dictator's downfall shape their country's chances of recovery? The BBC’s Owen Bennett-Jones investigates.</p><p>Part one of <em>After the Dictators</em> airs today. Part two will air tomorrow.</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-14/bbcs-after-dictators-94028 As Arab world remakes itself, Qatar wields 'strange power' http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-14/arab-world-remakes-itself-qatar-wields-strange-power-94026 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-14/qatar1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It may come as a surprise that a Gulf nation the size of Connecticut would play an outsize role in the downfall of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi. But then, Qatar is full of surprises.</p><p>The oil-rich state helped lead the NATO mission in Libya, as well as train and arm the rebels. But although Qatar’s Emir provided material support for Libya’s uprising, his country's domestic politics are hardly conducive to democratic revolution. In Qatar, the same family has ruled since the 19th century, political parties are outlawed, and civil society is anemic.</p><p><a href="http://www.nybooks.com/contributors/hugh-eakin/" target="_blank">Hugh Eakin</a> is a senior editor with the <em>New York Review of Books</em>. He discusses his recent article, <a href="http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2011/oct/27/strange-power-qatar/?pagination=false" target="_blank">“The Strange Power of Qatar,”</a> which explores the emirate’s curious foreign policy ambitions in a rapidly changing Arab world.</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 17:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-14/arab-world-remakes-itself-qatar-wields-strange-power-94026 Long aligned with Qaddafi, South Africa slow to recognize Libya’s TNC http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/long-aligned-qaddafi-south-africa-slow-recognize-libya%E2%80%99s-tnc-92334 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-22/libya2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Since fighting erupted six months ago, more than 80 countries have come to recognize the Transitional National Council (TNC) as the legitimate government of Libya in the post-Qaddafi era. Before this week, South Africa was not one of them.</p><p>The reluctance was, in part, due to the country’s long-standing fondness for Muammar Qaddafi, who supported the ruling ANC party during apartheid. In 1997, Qaddafi was even the recipient of South Africa’s highest honor, the "Order of Good Hope," for his support for Nelson Mandela’s human rights campaigns.</p><p>As the continent’s economic powerhouse and a purveyor of democratic ideals, South Africa is a crucial factor in Libya’s post-Qaddafi future. We talk with journalist James Kirchick, whose <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/09/south-africa-stands-with-qaddafi/244584/" target="_blank">recent article</a> in <em>the Atlantic</em> casts a critical eye on South Africa’s foreign policy and suggests that it has become a “rogue democracy.”</p><p>James is a writer-at-large for <a href="http://www.rferl.org/" target="_blank">Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty</a>, a contributing editor at the <a href="http://www.tnr.com/" target="_blank"><em>New Republic</em></a>, and a blogger for <em><a href="http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/" target="_blank">World Affairs</a></em>.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-22/long-aligned-qaddafi-south-africa-slow-recognize-libya%E2%80%99s-tnc-92334 Worldview 9.22.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-92211 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-september/2011-09-22/libya1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>While other countries rallied to support Libya’s Transitional National Council, South Africa remained conspicuously quiet. Only this week did the government officially recognize the TNC. We talk to journalist James Kirchick who says the reluctance was, in part, due to the country’s fondness of Muammar Qaddafi. Also, this year, women around the world are taking to the streets – sometimes in their bras and underwear – as part of the "SlutWalk" protest movement. We talk to writer Zama Ndlovu, who says “SlutWalks” seem unproductive, and culturally insensitive, in her native South Africa. Lastly, we look at China, where food safety is a serious issue. Deaths from poisonous pet food and baby milk once dominated the headlines. We speak with Minxu Zhang, a Chinese student at Lake Forest College, who was in her home country this summer to establish a direct line of purchase between Chinese organic farmers and consumers.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 14:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-92211 What's next in Libya? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/whats-next-libya-83094 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/109474280.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>International pressure to force Libya&rsquo;s Colonel Muammar Qaddafi out of office increased today. The European Union has adopted an arms embargo and other sanctions against the Libyan leader. And U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton has said Qaddafi should step down from power immediately.</p><p>But Qaddafi remains defiant in his attempt to hold onto power.&nbsp;Over the weekend, a government spokesman insisted that &ldquo;no massacres, no bombardments, no reckless violence against civilians&rdquo; had taken place. Joining us to talk about the latest developments is <a href="http://www.une.edu/news/2010/ludckechair1011.cfm" target="_blank">Ali Ahmida</a>, chair of the political science department at the University of New England. He&rsquo;s the author of several books including <em>Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya.</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Feb 2011 17:23:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-28/whats-next-libya-83094 Understanding Qaddafi and his "politics of contradiction" http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/understanding-qaddafi-and-his-politics-contradiction-82709 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/109343071.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Colonel Muammar Qaddafi addressed the Libyan public in a rambling, defiant speech today. In it he vowed not to step down and said he&rsquo;d die a martyr. Colonel Qaddafi also blamed the protesters&rsquo; actions on hallucinogenic drugs and threatened them with severe punishment. To help us parse Colonel Qaddafi&rsquo;s address and his decades-long grip on Libya is <a target="_blank" href="http://colfa.utsa.edu/colfa/colfa_department_chairs.htm">Mansour El-Kikhia</a>, chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and author of the book <em>Libya&rsquo;s Qaddafi: The Politics of Contradiction.</em></p></p> Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-22/understanding-qaddafi-and-his-politics-contradiction-82709