The democratic revolutions raging through Europe’s backyard once again raise the question of our addiction to oil and our pandering to the region’s resource-rich dictators.
(Image courtesy of Manu Cornet)
In an unsettling new interview, Benjamin Barber — the leading Western academic who served as an advisor to Colonel Gaddafi and his PR machine — unwittingly echoes the deceitful and paranoid ramblings of the Brother Leader and his son Saif al-Islam.
After 11 days of one reputation-wrecking embarrassment after another, the embattled director of the
Libyan London School of Economics, Sir Howard Davies, has finally stepped down over his emphatic toadying to the Gaddafi regime.
As Gaddafi’s reign begins to to crumble, this amazing amateur footage relays the sense of ecstasy in liberated Misurata, Libya’s third largest city (210km east of Tripoli).
A careful Wiki-study of Saif al-Gaddafi’s PhD thesis at the London School of Economics yields an astonishing amount of suspicious, non-cited similarities to other texts.
The students who occupied the Senior Commons room at the LSE in protest of the School’s ties to the Gaddafi regime have released the following two statements.
LSE students have occupied the senior commons room to demand the immediate restitution of Gaddafi’s blood money to the Libyan people.
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With Gaddafi refusing to step down and vowing to fight his ‘revolution’ to the bitter end, it might be useful to revisit the genuinely revolutionary writings of Subcomandante Marcos. “The word, together with love and dignity, is what makes us human beings.”
Not just David Held and Howard Davies cuddled up to the Gaddafi regime. Anthony Giddens, former LSE Director and advisor to Tony Blair, also publicly defended the Libyan dictator back in 2007.
The LSE’s cozy relationship with the Gaddafi regime is but one instance of a much larger problem: the systematic failure of Western liberals to practice what they preach. Whence this bizarre hypocrisy?