Colonialism by the imperial powers gradually ended after World War II. However, a neo-colonial order was created to maintain the same economic relationship without formal political mandate or protectorate of the former colonies. The neo-colonial order since has lingered in most Third World countries and the western powers are at work to continue it for the foreseeable future.
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Libya was an Italian colony since 1911until it gained independence in 1951. King Idris ruled Libya after its independence until 1969, at which time Colonel Muammar Qaddafi led a revolutionary movement that overthrew King Idris in a military coup. In early 1970, Qaddafi challenged the oil companies and demanded higher prices for the Libya’s oil, which gained him prestige. Libya’s oil has one of the best qualities among the oil producing countries. Libya’s proximity to Europe gives its oil an important freight advantage over the distant Persian Gulf countries’ oil. Because of its oil wealth, Libya became the most advanced country in Africa as measured by the Human Development Index according to the United Nations Human Development Report.
While Qaddafi collaborated with the Western powers in later years, he wanted to pursue independent policies. That displeased the West and led to his ouster. This also sent a warning to any Third World country’s leader who wants to skip the neo-colonial order and pursue independent policies. The fate of Libya is an example for any Third World regime that wants to be independent from the Euro-American domination.
It really is amazing to grasp that Barack has not only continued the wars Bush started (making them his own) but he's also started new ones. Even worse, the refusal of so many to hold him accountable for his actions.
The left can't afford four more years of Barack Obama. He's completely neutered the left. I will vote Green or independent this go round (I voted Nader last time) and, if I think it will stop a second term, I might even vote Republican.
Because we cannot afford what he is doing. He's establishing drone headquarters throughout Africa. No one really pays attention to what he does. When he gets caught, they rush to excuse him. Certain elements of the left have disgraced themselves.
I can't stand Gloria Steinem anymore. I know her and I can no longer stand her. Sorry.
She's a two-faced sell out.
For the record, that's how I feel about the entire "Democratic" Socialists.
Gloria really needs to retire from public life immediately. She's destroyed her own reputation and then this week, as the charges of sexism in the White House are publicly known, she's doing a fund raiser with Michelle Obama. With the I'm-not-a-feminist Michelle.
Gloria needs to just accept that she's undermining feminism, she's looking foolish and she needs to pack it in. Many a feminist disgraced herself before in her final years. Gloria needs to be told she's destroying her own legacy before it's all gone.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):