Even Ronn [sic] Torossian Won't Represent Muammar Qaddafi

Jeff Neumann · 08/01/11 02:10AM

The Libyan government under Muammar Qaddafi sent some feelers out last month to New York and London p.r. firms who might help to "present our just and fair case to the world." The pitch, emailed around by Tripoli's Peoples Media Center, is "very unorthodox" according to the world's most morally-sound superflack Ronn [sic] Torossian of 5WPR, who spoke with the Post. In fact, it's so bad that Torossian wouldn't even touch this pitch with your firm: "I highly doubt any p.r. firm will positively respond to this request."

Libyan Rebels Get Closer to Tripoli

Jeff Neumann · 06/27/11 07:11AM

Libyan rebels battling Muammar Qaddafi's forces in the western mountains are now only about 50 miles away from Tripoli. Meanwhile, "foreign parties" are meeting in Tunisia with Qaddafi government ministers today. [Reuters, LAT]

Obama's War in Libya Facing a Big Congressional Slap

Jim Newell · 06/24/11 11:09AM

The House of Representatives will actually hold two votes today on war funding. This is quite something: One vote to defund military action in Libya, another to authorize it for a year. Finally, many months after the Obama administration went into another MENA country with little-to-no strategy, we're having something akin to a congressional authorization process. This is healthy.

Libyan Rebels are Raging Potheads

Jeff Neumann · 06/17/11 06:51AM

Several reporters have returned from Libya with tales of young gun-toting, hash-smoking rebels and really, can you blame these guys? By all accounts, the fighting in Libya is nasty and the alternative to victory over Qaddafi is death for most of them. But some rebels aren't feeling the front lines party vibe:

Need London Olympics Tickets? Just Ask a Qaddafi

Jeff Neumann · 06/15/11 02:30AM

Here's an awkward scenario: Muammar Qaddafi's eldest son, Muhammad, throwing London 2012 Olympic Games ragers in Britain, attending high profile events, and maybe even scalping some tickets for a little extra cash. It could happen! The Telegraph reports that the Libyan Olympic Committee, which is headed by Muhammad, has been granted nearly 1,000 tickets to the Games, and they are free to sell them "at a 20 per cent mark-up."

Muammar Qaddafi Is a Combative Chess Player

Jeff Neumann · 06/13/11 02:14AM

Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi took some time out of his busy schedule hiding from NATO bombs, fighting a war against his own people, and getting so high to play a game of chess with the president of the World Chess Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov yesterday in Tripoli. Russian news agency Interfax reports that Qaddafi and one of his sons went with the Sicilian Defense — a chess opening that is described as "combative." How fitting. He also said there's no way he's leaving Libya.

Goldman Sachs Once Lost $1.3 Billion of Muammar Qaddafi's Stash

Jeff Neumann · 05/31/11 07:27AM

Say you're in charge of a bloodthirsty dictator's stolen $1.3 billion sovereign-wealth fund. You make some risky investments with that money in the early days of the global financial meltdown, and end up losing 98% (!) of it. Then imagine you're Goldman Sachs dealing with Muammar Qaddafi's money!

Qaddafi's Wife, Daughter Leave Libya for Tunisia

Max Read · 05/18/11 06:07PM

Aisha Qaddafi, daughter of Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, has reportedly left Libya for Tunisia along with her mother, Safia. It's unclear whether they are defecting — as the Libyan oil minister did this weekend — or just visiting. [Reuters]

Rebels to Seif Qaddafi: Your Peace Plan Sucks

Jeff Neumann · 04/04/11 07:32AM

Seif al-Islam Qaddafi has reportedly been floating the idea that he will kick his father to the curb and personally lead a "transition to constitutional democracy" in Libya, which no one in their right mind believes would actually happen. That includes rebels from Libya's east who, according to the Telegraph, said through a spokesman today: "Gaddafi and his sons have to leave before any diplomatic negotiations can take place." He added that, "People thought [Seif] was a reformer but since the revolution began, he has shown his true colours. He is a carbon copy of his father." Nice try, Seif.

Obama Explains Why We're Dropping Bombs on Libya

Max Read · 03/28/11 08:05PM

Every once in a while, President Obama has to explain to the nation why he's doing stuff. He doesn't want to do it, because you guys annoy him, and you don't want to listen to it, because Dancing With the Stars is on. But this is how democracy works! And we are currently dropping bombs on Libya, a country (?) in Africa (?), and it is important that you know why we are doing such a thing, because otherwise George Will or someone will whine forever and ever, and also, your tax dollars something something.

The Question Barack Obama Should Answer in Tonight's Libya Address

Jim Newell · 03/28/11 12:56PM

President Obama will finally deliver an address tonight on the current bomb-everything campaign being waged in Libya. It may just be vague rhetoric about the moral need to prevent a massacre without addressing the more granular elements of day-to-day strategy and on which one of those specific days it will end. But if you start bombing a country, you should give a single address of any sort to the folks who pay for those bombs.