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Dangerous Routes to a Better Life

The unfolding migrant crisis in North Africa spurs thousands to risk their lives in search of new ones.

Migrants arrive at the Italian Island of Lampedusa. Image by Sara Prestianni / noborder network via Flickr

Earlier this month, Maltese boats approaching rickety rafts of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe started reporting a strange phenomenon: the distressed migrants were waving them away, refusing assistance. Given the publicity of recent tragedies befalling migrants in the region, like the death of 800 in the capsizing of an oversized smugglers’ craft, this resistance to aid seems perplexing from the outside. As human traffickers cram more and more migrants onto their boats, migrants themselves report that they’re aware of how dangerous the trip to Europe has become—at 1,710 have died en route to date this year—and are trying to dissuade others from following in their footsteps. The migrants refusing Malta’s assistance in this climate just reflect the desperation of the quest and the shortcomings of Europe’s efforts to address the crisis, which focus upon rescue, but also on policing maritime borders and disabling smuggler networks to cut off transit routes and prevent migration.

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'We Need Him Alive!' Gaddafi and the Villains We Don't Put on Trial

Bursts of vengeance make for dramatic YouTube videos, but trials and testimonies go down in history books.

"Don't kill him! We need him alive!" Moammar Gaddafi's captors beg on a grainy cell phone video, shortly before bullets are heard flying through the air.

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Why All the Gaddafi Death Porn?

Now that the Libyan leader has been killed, what good does it do to circulate footage of his body being desecrated?

The world is breathing a sigh of relief today. Moammar Gaddafi is dead, which means the months-long battle for the soul of Libya—during which Gaddafi loyalists slaughtered rebels wholesale—is almost over. The tribal fight to see who will control the country in Gaddafi's absence is the ugly next step, but for now, the oppressive and murderous dictator is gone, which is a net gain.

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The GOOD Parts: What and Who to Read on Libya

Ding, dong, Gaddafi's gone, but the news in Libya is just getting started. We help you get up to speed.

Update: We're featuring this story, originally published in August, for some useful context to Muammar Gaddafi's death.

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