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August 31, 2012

Why Libya’s Supreme Security Committee must be brought to heel – before it’s too late

Many outsiders looking at events in Libya from afar are probably not fully aware of the powerful significance of the recent desecration of Sufi shrines and the dangerous truth that it exposed.
Perhaps more than any other event since the end …

Posted in Libya
August 20, 2012

Twin bomb blasts kill two in Libyan capital

Two people were killed and at least two wounded by three car bombs in the Libyan capital yesterday. The attacks, the first of their kind since Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was ousted a year ago, coincided with the Muslim festival of …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage

Islamic leader orders an end to murder of army officers who served under Gaddafi

Libya’s Grand Mufti has issued a fatwa condemning a spate of assassinations of senior army officers who previously served under the Gaddafi regime.
Fourteen have been murdered this year in the eastern city of Benghazi, the home of last year’s revolution, in …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
July 9, 2012

Libya turns to liberal candidate to unite the nation

Libya appears set to become the first Arab Spring country to elect a liberal-led government as the party of the former revolutionary prime minister Mahmoud Jibril pulled ahead in initial results.
Faisal Krekshi, the secretary-general of Mr Jibril’s National Forces Alliance, …

Posted in Africa, Democracy & Development, Islamism, Libya, Spotlight
July 3, 2012

ICC Lawyer released from Libya, reunited with Family

Melinda Taylor, the Australian lawyer for the International Criminal Court held in custody in Libya for nearly a month, was in good spirits after being reunited with her family in The Hague this morning.
She was part of a four-person team …

Posted in Africa, Democracy & Development, Human Rights, Libya

Elections Analysis: So who are they and what do they actually stand for?

If Libyans are feeling a little confused about the imminent National Conference elections, then they aren’t alone. Rarely has anyone been confronted with what appears to be so much choice, and yet at the same time so little – and …

Posted in Africa, Democracy & Development, Islamism, Libya
June 28, 2012

“Yvonne Fletcher saved my life”

“She can’t have been more than six feet away; standing directly between me and the embassy, and she had a big smile on her face. I remember that smile very well.”Recalling the final moments of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, Dr Adel Almansouri puts …

Posted in Africa, Democracy & Development, Libya

Defence Minister Juwaili launches scathing attack on NTC

Defence Minister Osama Juwaili has strongly criticised the NTC for “failing to consult with anybody” when passing laws and restricting his role to “signing the plans of the chief of staff”, Yusef Mangoush.
The minister revealed his frustrations to the Libya Herald in …

Posted in Africa, Democracy & Development, Libya, News Coverage, Opinion Editorial
June 19, 2012

‘Incredible Optimism’ for Libya

The European Parliament’s standing rapporteur for Libya, Ana Gomes MEP, has spoken of her “incredible optimism” for the future of Libya, as the country heads towards its first nationwide democratic elections next month.
Gomes, who has been visiting Libya regularly since …

Posted in Africa, Content, Democracy & Development, Libya, Middle East, News Coverage
June 12, 2012

Detained ICC lawyer “will be free” if she divulges location of Saif right hand man

The NTC’s official spokesman has insisted that detained International Criminal Court (ICC) lawyer Melinda Taylor “will be free” if she divulges the location of Saif Qaddafi’s right-hand man, Mohammed Ismail.
In a remarkable exchange with ABC reporter Michael Vincent, Mohammed Harizi …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage, Spotlight
June 11, 2012

British ambassador escapes missile attack on car

The British Ambassador to Libya, Sir Dominic Asquith, narrowly escaped injury yesterday when his convoy was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade and two of his bodyguards were wounded. The explosion triggered a gun battle.
Doctors were last night said to be …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage, Spotlight
June 6, 2012

Exclusive – New details emerge about Tripoli airport seizure as Libya Herald gains access to prisoners at Metiga airbase

Fresh details have emerged about Monday’s clashes at Tripoli airport between government forces and Tarhouna’s Al-Awfia brigade, as well as the events that preceded them on Sunday.
The airport was captured by members of the Al-Awfia brigade early on Monday afternoon, …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
June 5, 2012

Gun battle as militia takes over airport after leader is ‘kidnapped’

Travellers fled in panic yesterday as a Libyan militia seized control of the capital’s international airport and surrounded aircraft in protest against the alleged kidnapping of their leader.
The al-Awfia brigade used armoured vehicles, heavy machine guns and a tank to …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage, Spotlight
June 2, 2012

ICC postpones Saif Al-Islam extradition request

The International Criminal Court has postponed its request that Libya hand over Saif Al-Islam for trial. The move will be widely seen as a significant step towards the court’s formally agreeing to the trial taking place inside Libya.
Saif is currently …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 31, 2012

Just how serious is Derna’s “Islamist problem”?

You can get a good signal from 100.2 Malta XFM on the approach to Derna, and on clear nights, the lights of nearby Crete can be seen twinkling in the distance.
But if some recent reports are to be believed, the …

Posted in Libya

Ministry of Culture and Civil Society to regulate relationship between foreign and domestic NGOs

The Ministry of Culture and Civil Society is to enact a series of new rules designed to regulate the relationship between foreign and domestic Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Libya.
The regulations are due to take effect from 1 June 2012.
Once the …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 30, 2012

Constitutional legality of Law 37 to be debated in open court

The Supreme Court has ruled that the constitutional legality of Law 37 should be debated in open court, and has called for a public session to be held in the Tripoli Supreme Court on 3 June.
The challenge to the law …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 29, 2012

Foreign Office warnings on Libya outdated, say Britons

British companies are being deterred from doing business in Libya because of security advice issued by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that expatriates in Tripoli say is outdated and wrong.
Little more than a week after William Hague exhorted British companies …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage, United Kingdom
May 25, 2012

El-Kib says that Law 37 and other “such laws” will “disappear from the scene” after national elections

Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Kib has said that Law 37 and other “such laws” will “disappear from the scene” following national elections scheduled for next month.
The pledge was made today at an event at the Chatham House think-tank in London, where …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 24, 2012

British police flying to Libya to probe WPC Yvonne Fletcher killing

Officers from the Metropolitan Police are to fly to Libya to continue the investigation into the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, British Prime Minister David Cameron said today.
The announcement was made during a visit to 10 Downing Street by Libya’s …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage, United Kingdom
May 22, 2012

Benghazi NTC members stand aside for new local council representatives; Jalil calls on Misrata to follow suit

The six NTC members for Benghazi are to resign their positions to make way for the 11 NTC-nominees elected following the city’s local council elections last Saturday.
The announcement was made at a press conference called earlier today by NTC Chairman …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 21, 2012

Fresh calls to uncover full truth on Lockerbie

The death of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing has led to renewed demands to find out who ordered and orchestrated the worst attack on British shores since the Second World War.
Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi succumbed yesterday to …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 16, 2012

New recordings reveal fresh insights into the mind of Qaddafi amongst his inner circle

Recordings of private conversations between Muammar Qaddafi and his aides have been released to the public, providing fresh insights into the mind of Libya’s former leader as last year’s revolution turned against him.
Although invariably bombastic in his public appearances, these …

Posted in Libya, News Coverage
May 10, 2012

Libya did not fight to have freedom of speech restricted

The NTC believe that their “anti-glorification” laws are necessary to safeguard the 17 February Revolution, but by restricting freedom of speech they are undermining one of the fundamental principles for which that revolution was fought.
Over the past week a growing …

Posted in Democracy & Development, Libya
March 13, 2012

This is only going to get worse: Gaddafi’s former chief of staff appointed Nigerien presidential advisor

There was much back-patting and smiling for the cameras in Tripoli yesterday, as nine North African nations adopted the “Tripoli Plan” to better secure their borders. According to Reuters, the plan is an effort to clamp down on militia clashes …

Posted in Libya, Niger, The Scoop
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