Looking Ahead in Libya: Power and Politics in a Post-Gadhafi World
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Rebels have launched an assault on Moammar Gadhafi's compound in Tripoli, even as the dictator remains in hiding. As what appear to be the final rounds of battle play out, questions are being raised about Libya's future. Will the rebels be able to lead a peaceful transition, or will their efforts be undermined by factionalism within their ranks? On this rebroadcast of today's To the Point, guest host Sara Terry explores who will control the nation's oil reserves, and how oil wealth will be used. What impact will events in Libya have on the rest of the region, and how should the West respond? Also, the California charter schools get a massive grant from the Walton Family Foundation, and and the unraveling of the sexual assault case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
Banner image: Libyans demonstrate outside the Libyan Embassy on August 23, 2011 in London, England as rebel fighters for the National Transitional Council fight with pro-Gadhafi forces for control of the Libyan capital. Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images
California Charter Schools Get Grant from Walton Foundation ()
The California Charter Schools Association is getting a $15 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation, to add an additional 20,000 students to attend charter schools in Los Angeles, and 100,000 statewide. The grant is the biggest of its kind from the nonprofit set up by the founders of the retail giant, Wal-Mart. The impact will be felt all over the state, but nowhere more than Los Angeles, which has more charter schools than any other school system in the country.
- John Rogers: UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Access
- Jed Wallace: California Charter Schools Association
Looking Ahead in Libya: Power and Politics in a Post-Gadhafi World ()
Rebel forces continue to battle in the streets of Tripoli, Moammar Gadhafi's son has reappeared and claims that forces loyal to his father are in control, and some reports say that the Libyan strongman is safely in hiding in the capital. But with the end apparently near, what comes next? What kind of democracy might take root in Libya? How will rebel forces negotiate factionalism on the ground as they try to create a new regime? As an oil-rich country, are Libya's prospects for change more promising than post-revolution situations in Tunisia and Egypt? Has Obama's "lead from behind" policy been vindicated? How will the US operate more effectively in a dramatically changing region – where it may have less influence than its had in the past?
- Vivienne Walt: Time Magazine, @vivwalt
- Johnny West: journalist and advisor to the UN on the Middle East oil industry
- Aaron David Miller: Woodrow Wilson Intrenational Center for Scholars, @aarondmiller2
- Michael Crowley: Time magazine, @CrowleyTIME
Dominique Strauss-Kahn Case Dismissed ()
A judge in Manhattan today ordered the dismissal of all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, though a civil lawsuit remains. The former head of the International Monetary Fund was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in a New York hotel three months ago. The case made headlines around the world, prompted a huge debate in France, where Strauss-Kahn had planned to run for president, and raised questions about the treatment of victims in sexual assault cases. Will Saletan is national correspondent for Slate magazine.
- Will Saletan: Slate Magazine
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