Libya: a people massacred as the great powers ponder on the correct course of action
Ras Lanouf in the Gulf of Sirte, and Zawiyah, only a short drive away to the west of Tripoli, are of strategic importance for Gheddafi’s regime. They are home to Libya’s two most important export crude refineries. Both were seized by the rebels and both may have fallen over the last 24 hours.
Jadaliyya interviews Ali Abdullatif Ahmida
Jadaliyya is an independent Ezine produced by ASI (Arab Studies Institute), a network of writers associated with the Arab Studies Journal (www.ArabStudiesJournal.org).
Ali Abdullatif Ahmida was born in Waddan, Libya and educated at Cairo University in Egypt and The University of Washington, Seattle. He is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA. His specialty is Political Theory, Comparative Politics, and Historical Sociology. His scholarship focuses on power, agency and anti-colonial resistance in North Africa, especially modern Libya. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is also the author of The Making of Modern Libya: State Formation, Colonialization and Resistance, a book published by State of New York University Press, 1994, 2009. He is the editor of Beyond Colonialism and Nationalism in the Maghrib: History, Culture and Politics, published by Palgrave Press in 2000. Routledge Press published his book, Forgotten Voices: Power and Agency in Colonial and Postcolonial Libya, 2005; an Arabic edition was published in 2009, and currently it is being translated for an Italian edition which will be published in 2011. Professor Ahmida is the recipient of several prestigious awards and honors including most recently, the Ludcke Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences for 2010-11 for excellence in teaching and scholarship at the University of New England.