Blog archive: Libya

  • 27th July 2013
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    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 in Egypt – latest reports say at least 70 pro-Morsi protesters were killed overnight – serious developments in Tunisia and...
  • 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...
  • 26th September 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    A vigilante group calling itself the Private Deterrent Force claims to have seized 12 gay men in Libya and is reportedly threatening to kill them. A photograph (above) posted on the group's Facebook page shows the men with their heads covered and their hands up, facing a wall. A...
  • 21st September 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    There was a flurry of media interest earlier this year over women's participation in the Libyan elections. In May, Najat Kikhia, who teaches statistics at Benghazi University, became the only female member of the city's council and the first woman elected to public office. She secured...
  • 30th April 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Shokri Ghanem, the man in charge of Libya's highly corrupt oil industry during the last five years of Gaddafi's rule, was found dead yesterday – floating in the river Danube near his home in Vienna. His family have suggested that he fell in the river after suffering a heart attack,...
  • 28th April 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Libya's largest oil refinery, in Ras Lanuf, has been closed since the uprising against Colonel Gaddafi and will remain closed for at least another month while the company that operates it is restructured,  the Tripoli Post reports. Behind this rather bland announcement is a...
  • 10th March 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    At a court case in Britain on Friday, the Libyan government won possession of a $16 million house said to belong to Colonel Gaddafi's son, Saadi. The luxurious London property (shown here, inside and out, in a set of photographs on the Telegraph's website), was acquired in 2009 by...
  • 9th February 2012
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    You may have been wondering what happened to Lizzie Phelan, the British "independent journalist" who reported Colonel Gaddafi's numerous successes against the rebels in Libya last year. Well, the fall of Gaddafi didn't bring an end to her endeavours. Last month she re-surfaced in Syria, once...
  • 17th December 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    Tracking down the ill-gotten gains of fallen dictators is rarely an easy task but there are hopes that a luxurious property in London, thought to be worth around $16 million, may provide a breakthrough in the case of the Gaddafi family. Libya's new government is seeking legal ownership of the...
  • 20th August 2011
    By
    Brian Whitaker
    This week the Libyan National Transitional Council issued its "Draft Constitutional Charter" – a sort of provisional constitution for the country in the immediate aftermath of the fall of Gaddafi. The Project on Middle East Democracy lists some of its specific provisions here, but a more...

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