Libya: Rebels Have Weapons, But Do They Know How to Use Them?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Yesterday, the French daily Le Figaro revealed that France has been air-dropping armaments to Libyan rebel forces to the south of Tripoli in the Nafusa mountain region….But a report today in the daily Libération gives reason to wonder if the rebels have the training necessary to use the weapons that they have been given. See [...]

Libya: Paris Arming Rebels for Assault on Tripoli

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to an article in the Wednesday edition of the French daily Le Figaro, France is arming rebel forces to the south of Tripoli in the hope of facilitating a rebel assault on the Libyan capital. Never mind that UN Security Council Resolution 1973 includes an embargo on arms shipments to Libya… See my new [...]

Libya: Is an Oil Refinery Cafeteria a Legitimate Military Target?

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an article in Monday’s edition of the Italian daily Il Corriere della Sera, correspondent Lorenzo Cremonesi reports from what he describes as the former cafeteria of the oil refinery in the Libyan coastal city of Brega: “former” because, according to Cremonesi’s report, it was hit twice over the weekend by NATO missiles. See my [...]

Libyan Opposition Spokesman: “Only” 15% of Rebels are Islamic Extremists

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an interview published today in the French daily Le Figaro, a spokesman for Libya’s National Transitional Council acknowledged that Islamic extremists figure among the rebels fighting to overthrow the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi. But the spokesman, Mahmoud Shamman, insisted that the “radical elements” represent only a “tiny portion” of the rebels: namely, “no more [...]

Amnesty International Official: No Evidence of ‘Mass Rape’ in Libya

Posted by John Rosenthal

In an interview with the French daily Libération, Amnesty International official Donatella Rovera has cast doubt on widely-publicized charges that Libyan government troops loyal to Muammar al-Gaddafi have engaged in mass rape or even used rape as a “weapon of war.” For a translation of her remarks, see my new post at Big Peace here.

French Expert Mission Highlights Al-Qaeda Role in Libyan Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

A new report from two French think tanks concludes that jihadists have played a predominant role in the eastern-Libyan rebellion against the rule of Moammar Qaddafi, and that “true democrats” represent only a minority in the rebellion. The report, furthermore, calls into question the justifications given for Western military intervention in Libya, arguing that they [...]

Cesare Battisti: A Terrorist’s Path to Freedom

Posted by John Rosenthal

On June 2, the convicted Italian terrorist Cesare Battisti walked out of a Brazilian prison a free man. The Battisti case is not only of interest for the remarkable indulgence displayed toward him by the left-wing establishments in both France and Brazil. It is also of interest for strictly practical reasons related to the recent [...]

French Accuser of DSK Refuses to Help American Prosecution

Posted by John Rosenthal

The young French novelist Tristane Banon claims she was sexually assaulted by Dominique Strauss-Kahn. But, according to her lawyer, she does not want to be “used” by the American judicial system… See my new report on Pajamas Media here.

What is a “Supporting Role”? America in the Libyan War

Posted by John Rosenthal

On Tuesday, NATO aircraft pounded Tripoli in what is reported to have been the heaviest bombing of the Libyan capital since the initiation of western airstrikes in March. The onslaught raises numerous questions about America’s role in the Libyan war. See my new post on Big Peace here.

The Other Crimes of Bosnia

Posted by John Rosenthal

The arrest of Ratko Mladic has given the western media occasion to recall the Bosnian civil war of the early 1990s and the crimes for which Bosnian Serbs have been held responsible. But – since as a rule they did not report on it in the first place – it is unlikely that they will [...]