By Vijay Prashad

The Arab Spring captivated the planet. Mass motion overthrew Tunisia’s Ben Ali and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. The progressive wave unfold to the a ways corners of the Arab international, from Morocco to Bahrain. It appeared as though the entire authoritarian states could ultimately be freed, even these of the Arabian Peninsula. People’s strength had produced this wave, and persisted to journey it out.

In Libya, even though, the recent global order had assorted rules. Social forces against Muammar Qaddafi had began to insurgent, yet they have been vulnerable. In got here the French and the USA, with offers of glory. A deal with the Saudis, who then despatched of their personal forces to chop down the Bahraini revolution, and NATO begun its attack, ushering in a Libyan wintry weather that solid its shadow over the Arab Spring.

This short, well timed research situates the attack on Libya within the context of the winds of riot that swept in the course of the heart East within the Spring of 2011. Vijay Prashad explores the new background of the Qaddafi regime, the social forces who adversarial him, and the position of the United countries, NATO, and the remainder of the world's superpowers within the bloody civil conflict that ensued.

Vijay Prashad is the George and Martha Kellner Chair of South Asian historical past, and professor and director of foreign reviews at Trinity university in Hartford, Connecticut. he's the writer or editor of over a dozen books, together with Karma of Brown Folk and, so much lately, The Darker countries: A People’s historical past of the 3rd World.


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