What's next for Libya? Questions after Gaddafi's death
What Muammar Gaddafi's death means to Libya and the rest of the world will take months, if not years, to sort out. There are big questions around leadership, politics, weapons, and wealth. At iWatch News, we believe following the money is paramount because money always leads to power.
So in these hours after the dictator's death, we think the questions worth asking include:
Much has been written about Gaddafi's wealth, Libyan money and oil. Here are a few sources we've found most enlightening:
"Gaddafis' hidden billions: Dubai banks, plush London pads and Italian water" – The Guardian , 2/22/2011
Libya's oil wealth has been siphoned out of the country by a powerful elite – including Gaddafi and his nine children.
"Inside Gaddafi's inner circle" – Al Jazeera , 2/27/2011
A look at the people Muammar Gaddafi relies on to entrench his rule and to remain in power in Libya.
"The Complicated Hunt for Gaddafi's Billions" – Der Spiegel , 5/16/2011
The West had been hoping to use frozen assets belonging to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and his clan to support the rebels. But that effort is proving much more complicated han first envisioned. Washington and Europe find themselves in an embarrassing predicament.
"The Finance Minister Who Robbed A Bank" — Planet Money podcast, 5/10/2011
Ali Tarhouni fled Libya 40 years ago, and settled down in Seattle teaching microeconomics at the University of Washington. When protests began in Febuary, he returned, and become finance minister for the National Transitional Council.
"The future of Muammar Gaddafi's assets" — Marketplace Q&A, 10/20/2011
Now that Muammar Gaddafi is dead, attention will turn to the assets he held all over the world, and how the money might be returned back to the Libyan people.
External sources for historical context
"Oil Wealth Fuels Gaddafi's Drive For Reinvention" – Washington Post , 11/6/2007
"Timeline: Col. Muammar Gaddafi" – New York Times interactive
Sanctions on Libya by the U.S. Department of Treasury
The "national emergency" order, signed by Obama, allowing the government to freeze Libyan funds (It was implemented by several other orders by the Treasury Department, here and here). Then additional documents showed the department unwinding those sanctions to allow oil dealings with the new, transitional government.
Reprinted by permission of The Center for Public Integrity.