Militias Are the Real Power in Libya

Militias Become Power Centers in Libya By Reese Erlich, The Progressive, September 2012 Dressed in military fatigues and carrying AK-47 assault rifles, the Zintan militia surrounded the building in Tripoli and entered without a fight. They weren’t seizing the last remaining Qaddafi stronghold; they were taking an oil company CEO hostage. The militiamen were demanding … Continue reading

In Libya, Western-backed militias fuel poetics, politics

by Reese Erlich, Latitude News, June 14, 2012 BENGHAZI, LIBYA – Not every poet gets to argue the inner meanings of his poems with an interrogator from the Libyan intelligence service. Elhabib Alamin did. The writer and poet actively opposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi for years. Last year, he published “Me and My Burning Oven,” a … Continue reading