30 years of looniness

Libya' Jamahiriyya system, which has bred a completely dysfunctional decentralized system topped by an all-powerful dictator, is 30. The BBC has a recap, while the NYT attends a conference where Libya introduces economic -- but just economic -- reforms. Now where have I heard that before?
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.