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A Long Walk Through Tripoli

A rugged, crumbling wall surrounds the old city of Tripoli, Libya. The wall abuts the Corinthia Bab Africa, a luxury hotel with a beautiful view of blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  The hotel was sparkling new and built to attract Westerns willing to do business with the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. And by […]

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The Dictator’s Son: Libya, Democracy & Public Relations

Here are my notes from my first impression of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s second son, Saif al-Islam.  At the time, July of 2007, Saif al-Islam was Gaddafi’s favorite and his likely successor. I wrote: “A rather dim-witted, disinterested brat.  A bit distracted, but very stylish.” But I added later: “That first impression was dead wrong.  The […]

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