Blog archive: Libya

  • 5th September 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A public relations firm which became notorious for assisting dodgy regimes – including several in the Middle East – has finally got its comeuppance. London-based Bell Pottinger has been expelled from the PRCA (the trade body for "respectable" PR firms) for bringing the industry into...
  • 29th January 2017
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Donald Trump ended his first week as president by signing an executive order that means citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen will not be allowed to enter the United States. Although the travel ban is one of a series of measures aimed – according to Trump – at "...
  • 1st April 2016
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    As efforts continue to establish a single national government in Libya, a report by a UN panel of experts which was circulated last month provides some illuminating background: Throughout most of 2015, conflicting regional interests further polarised the political scene....
  • 4th September 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Libya's Constitutional Drafting Assembly has set up an online poll asking people what system of government they would prefer – monarchical, presidential or parliamentary – and the results, if they reflect public opinion at all accurately, are rather alarming. With more than 23,000...
  • 2nd August 2014
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    The "bitter truth", according to a headline in the Daily Mail this week, is that Iraq and Libya "were better off under the tyrants toppled by an arrogant and naive west". In the article below, columnist Stephen Glover asked: "Where would you prefer to try to live a half-normal life...
  • 18th November 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    All militias from the Libyan city of Misrata have been told to leave the capital, Tripoli, within 72 hours, and "without exception", the BBC reports this morning. The Libya Herald says the withdrawal call came from members of Misrata’s shura council, local elders and...
  • 29th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
      Libya is about to embark on the drafting of a new constitution. Depending on how this process is handled, it can either stimulate a constructive debate about the future system of government and move the country forward from the Gaddafi era, or it can simply exacerbate existing divisions...
  • 28th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Graffiti outside Muslim Brotherhood building. Message says: "Go and take off your beard, you hypocrite. Fall Ikhwan!" Photo posted on Twitter. Protesters ransack the NFA's headquarters in Hay al-Andalus, Tripoli. Photo posted on Twitter.    “No group/party (...
  • 27th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Protesters take over the Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Development Party building in Tripoli. Photo posted on Twitter. All three of North Africa's "Arab Spring" countries are now in a state of crisis. While media attention, for obvious reasons, is focused mostly on the carnage...
  • 13th May 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Armed groups withdrew from Libya’s foreign and justice ministries at the weekend, ending a siege which lasted almost a fortnight, and bringing some respite – if only temporarily – in the country’s political crisis. An agreement to call off the siege came after the armed groupshad been...
  • 29th November 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A Libyan militia is continuing to hold 12 allegedly gay men, despite saying it intends to hand them over to the Ministry of Justice. The 12 were seized at a party last Thursday by vigilantes from the Private Deterrent Force – part of the Nawasi Brigade which is Tripoli's largest...
  • 28th September 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Photograph of the abducted men posted on Facebook    The Libyan militia that abducted 12 allegedly gay men at a party in Tripoli last week is planning to hand them over to the Ministry of Justice, the Libya Herald reports, allaying earlier fears that the men would...

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