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Touchstone of Imperialism

From: Slouching Towards Sirte


In Chapter Two Sirte: Touchstone of Imperialism, Forte examines how Sirte represented a post-colonial Libya, as the seat of the Al-Fateh Revolution and later the focus of international attention through Gaddafi. The city was targeted during NATO’s war, as the centre of focus for the imperial confrontation and attempted intervention in the region. In this chapter Forte discusses imperial intervention from the west, largely through the role of the United States and United Kingdom.



Maximilian C. Forte

Maximilian C. Forte is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Concordia University in Montréal, Québec. He teaches courses in the field of political anthropology dealing with “the new imperialism,” Indigenous resistance movements and philosophies, theories and histories of colonialism, and critiques of the mass media. Max is a founding member of Anthropologists for Justice and Peace. He writes regularly for the Zero Anthropology Project, CounterPunch, and was formerly a columnist for Al Jazeera Arabic.