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After Fleeing, A Woman Returns to a New Libya

Friday, December 30, 2011

Iman Traina escaped from Libya in April, fleeing on a boat  with her baby as Moammar Gadhafi's forces moved on Misrata. When she was last on the program, she reported not having clean water, lack of food and electricity. After spending many months in Ireland, she is home again. Traina says things have gotten much better in Libya and looks and hopes to settle down, raise her children, and rebuild her country.

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The Takeaway

After Revolution, A New Battle for Libya's Women

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Moammar Gadhafi may be gone, and Libya may be free, but for the nation's women, the battle is just beginning. After being marginalized in the deeply conservative, male-dominated country for the 42 years of the Gadhafi regime, Libya's women are struggling to play a more assertive role in their country. Women already head two ministries in the new government — health and social affairs. Caroline Hawley, correspondent for the BBC, filed this report.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Arab Spring special

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Arab Spring special

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The Takeaway

The Untold Civilian Causalities of NATO's Libya Intervention

Monday, December 19, 2011

The seven month NATO operation that helped rebels in Libya drive Col. Moammar Gadhafi from power has been heralded as a model air war that utilized technology to deliver blunt force while minimizing civilian causalities. But according to an investigation by The New York Times, dozens of Libyan civilians were killed by NATO airstrikes during the operation, which ended on October 31. The Times estimates that between 40 and 70 people, including at least 29 women and children, were killed by NATO.

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The Takeaway

Who Gets to Keep Saadi Gadhafi's $16 Million House in London?

Monday, December 19, 2011

A $16 million house on London's "Millionaire Row" could be the first Gadhafi family asset in the UK to be returned to the Libyan government. The luxury property with more than a half-dozen bedrooms and an indoor swimming pool is currently occupied by a group of squatters from an organization called Topple the Tyrants, but attorneys have discovered that it is actually belongs to Saadi Gadhafi, a son of former dictator Moammar Gadhafi. 

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The Takeaway

As Libya Fell, Americans Attempted to Profit Off Gadhafi

Friday, November 18, 2011

Confidential documents found in Libyan government offices show a group of Americans tried to assist Col. Moammar Gadhafi and his family flee the country for at least $10 million. The group, which called themselves the "American Action Group," also offered Gadhafi lobbying services to sway the U.S. government to support his regime after NATO became its bombing campaign. Made up of a former CIA officer, a Kansas City lawyer, a GOP operative, and a terrorism expert, the group claims their goal was to avoid a Libyan civil war, not to help Gadhafi. Scott Shane broke the news for The New York Times. He discusses the details of the story.

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The Takeaway

Journalist Clare Morgana Gillis on Her Imprisonment in Gadhafi's Libya

Monday, November 14, 2011

On April 5, freelance journalist Clare Morgana Gillis was violently captured by loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi while reporting from the front lines of the Libyan conflict. She was captured alive, along with two other journalists, when gun-wielding loyalists surrounded the group near the eastern Libyan oil town of Brega. A South African photojournalist who was with the group at the time of the capture was shot and killed in the melee.

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The Takeaway

American POW Turned Libyan Resistance Fighter Matthew VanDyke Tells His Story

Monday, November 07, 2011

In August, The Takeaway first spoke with Matthew VanDyke and his mother Sharon. VanDyke, an American who described himself as a journalist, was captured by loyalists to Moammar Gadhafi in Brega, and held in solitary confinement for six months, before escaping on August 24. He finally escaped captivity in August, but has stayed on in Libya out of a sense of loyalty to the other men he was imprisoned with, joining the NTC fighters. Over the weekend, VanDyke returned home after eight months.

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The Takeaway

Gadhafi's Penpal: A Jewish Florist from Brooklyn

Friday, November 04, 2011

A number of peculiar stories have emerged since the demise of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. There was the story about his crush on former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, which she has called "weird and a bit creepy." Rice may not have liked Gadhafi's attention, but Louis Schlamowitz, an 81-year-old Jewish florist from Brooklyn, was happy to have corresponded with him for a number of years. A hobby collector of over 6,000 autographs, Schlamowitz first wrote to Gadhafi in the late 1960s and continued to receive letters from the dictator for forty years.

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The Takeaway

NATO Ends Libya Mission

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

After four decades of tyrannical rule, and a bloody seven month uprising with the assistance of the international community, a new chapter begins in Libya today. NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the end of the alliance's seven month mission in Libya on Monday. Shortly thereafter, Libya's National Transitional Council elected a new interim prime minister.

That's NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen yeseterday, announcing the end of the alliance's seven month mission in Libya. The mission saw NATO provide assistance to the rebel uprising that eventually led to the overthrow and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The destruction yesterday of the deposed Libyan leader’s Tripoli home provided a fitting backdrop to the end of the military.
Gadhafi was captured and killed in his hometown of Sirte less than two weeks ago, officially bringing an end to his brutal 42 year rule of the country. But what will his ultimate legacy on the country be? And what’s next for Libya?
Joining us now to answer those questions is Jon Lee Anderson. He’s a staff writer at The New Yorker and he’s got an article in this week’s edition of the magazine “King of Kings: The Last Days Of Muammar Qaddafi”.

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The Takeaway

American Doctor Describes Libya's Medical Infrastructure Before and After Gadhafi

Monday, October 31, 2011

It's been a week and a half since rebels killed Muammar Gadhafi, after taking his hometown of Sirte. Libya is now a country in the midst of healing old wounds and trying to rebuild a nation. Dr. Catherine Mullaly, an anesthesiologist with Massachusetts General Hospital, was working in Qasr Ahmed Hospital in Misrata the day Gadhafi was captured and killed. She’s just returned from a six week assignment there with Médecins Sans Frontières, and shares what she saw in the days after Gadhafi's death.

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Is There an Obama Doctrine on Foreign Policy?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Libya was the test case for the un-Iraq. This was an effort to make the commitment at the beginning that there would be no American ground troops.

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Gadhafi Buried in Secret Location at Dawn

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Libyan officials confirmed on Tuesday that the body of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, his son Muatassim, and former Defense Minister Abu Bakr Younis were buried at dawn in a secret location. Questions over how and when to dispose of the former dictator's body created a challenge for Libya's transitional government. Islamic law dictates that burial should happen within a day after death, but Libya's National Transitional Council took several days to decided how to act. Katya Adler, correspondent for the BBC, reports on the latest from Tripoli.

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The Takeaway

Anne-Marie Slaughter on Lessons the US Should Take From Libya

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

When Anne-Marie Slaughter joined the Obama administration as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's director of policy planning she became the first woman to hold the position. In February, Slaughter left the job as protests were beginning in Libya. Since leaving office, she's been very vocal about her concerns regarding the U.S. approach to Libya through blogging for The Atlantic, appearing on many news outlets, and maintaining an active presence on Twitter

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WNYC News

Libya Declares Liberation

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Libya's new leadership officially declared liberation in Benghazi, the revolution's birthplace, on Sunday. It officially brought to a close the civil war that ended Moammar Gadhafi's rule over Libya and marks the start of a two-year transition to democracy.

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The Takeaway

The Death of Gadhafi and The Arab Spring

Friday, October 21, 2011

It’s been ten months since the series of revolutions and protests known as the Arab Spring sprung out across the region. It began in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. Tunisians go to the polls this Sunday in the first democratic elections of the Arab Spring. How will the developments in Libya may affect the entire region, particularly the elections in Tunis and then Egypt?

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The Takeaway

Libyan Student Stuck in Diplomatic Limbo

Friday, October 21, 2011

Reactions to the death of Moammar Gadhafi continue to pour in from Libya and across the U.S. Mohamed Gibril is a student at Michigan State University. He and other Libyan students were sent to the U.S. to study under a Libyan government program for diplomatic training before the uprising against the Gadhafi regime. Since then his visa has run out and he's been unable to return safely. He and his fellow students are currently in limbo due to the turmoil in their country. Assia Bashir Amry is the daughter of exiled Libyan revolutionary ElHajj Sabr, a revolutionary who did not live to see Gadhafi's ouster. She talks about what feelings Gadhafi's death has brought up for her.

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Libya Celebrates Gadhafi's Death; World Asks Questions About His Demise

Friday, October 21, 2011

In the 24 hours since the world have gotten news of Col. Moammar Gadhafi's death, the streets of Libya have been overwhelmed with celebrations. As joyous Libyans express their relief that Gadhafi's brutal reign has finally come to an end, international observers are raising questions over the way the dictator died. Graphic photographs of Gadhafi's corpse and a mobile phone video of what appears to be his final moments have lead the Human Rights commissioner at the United Nations to call for an investigation into his death.

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The Takeaway

Building a Democratic Libya After Dictatorship

Friday, October 21, 2011

The death of Moammar Gadhafi and the capture of Sirte brings to close a prolonged struggle between the Gadhafi regime and Libya's pro-democracy rebels, ending an years of conflict and clearing the way for a new era of rebuilding, with challenges of its own. With the fall of a ruler who has been in power for more than four decades, Libya in many ways will be starting from scratch. Mike Newton, an international law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, has been acting as a legal adviser to the Libyan rebels. Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Larry Korb is a fellow at the Center for American Progress. They both weigh in on Libya's future.

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The Takeaway

Matthew VanDyke: An American Fighter in Post-Gadhafi Libya

Friday, October 21, 2011

Matthew VanDyke is an American who traveled to Libya when the war broke out. He planned to travel, write, and help friends in the area. But his plan went terribly wrong in March when he was captured by Gadhafi loyalists and held in solitary confinement for six months. He finally escaped captivity in August, but has stayed on in Libya out of a sense of loyalty to the other men he was imprisoned with, apparently joining the NTC fighters. Matthew's mother Sharon VanDyke talks about what the future holds for her son, now that Moammar Gadhafi has been killed.

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