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 some distance corners of the Arab global, from Morocco to Bahrain. It appeared as though the entire authoritarian states may ultimately be freed, even these of the Arabian Peninsula. People’s energy had produced this wave, and persisted to journey it out.

In Libya, although, the recent global order had assorted principles. Social forces against Muammar Qaddafi had started to insurgent, yet they have been vulnerable. In got here the French and the U.S., with delivers 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 forged its shadow over the Arab Spring.

This short, well timed research situates the attack on Libya within the context of the winds of insurrection that swept in the course of the center East within the Spring of 2011. Vijay Prashad explores the hot background of the Qaddafi regime, the social forces who adverse him, and the function of the United international locations, NATO, and the remainder of the world's superpowers within the bloody civil struggle that ensued.

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

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