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In Libya and Yemen, tribes with flags

Story Summary by Rami Khouri In Libya and Yemen, two Arab countries that are experiencing complicated, slow-motion transitions to more representative and accountable rule, we can clearly see a structural…

Libya threatens to bomb North Korean tanker if it ships oil from rebel port

Reuters | Mar 08, 2014 | 23:03 5 inShare The entrance to Zueitina oil terminal is seen in Zueitina, about 120km west of Benghazi July 18, 2013 (Reuters photo) TRIPOLI…

World diplomats seek to stabilise Libya

AP | Mar 06, 2014 | 23:09   JORDAN TIMES inShare ROME — World diplomats worked Thursday to try to help Libya create a stable government and more secure environment amid…

Confusion in Libya after Qadhafi son trial hearing not held

ZINTAN, Libya — There was confusion Thursday over the trial of Seif Al Islam, son of slain Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi, after a scheduled hearing on charges of threatening national…

How Goldman Sachs Rescued Libya

If a new lawsuit by the Libyan sovereign investment fund is to be believed, Wall Street bankers were able to accomplish what decades of sanctions could not—Gaddafi’s downfall. “Geopolitics is…

U.S. military personnel released after being held by Libya government

STORY SUMMARY Four American military personnel were detained by the Libyan government on Friday and held in custody for several hours before being released, U.S. officials said. A U.S. defense…

Gauging the Jihadist Movement, Part 1: The Goals of the Jihadists

By Scott Stewart STRATFOR Editor’s Note: The following is the first installment of a five-part series examining the global jihadist movement. Part 2 analyzes insurgent and terrorist theory. Part 3…

Gunmen Kill American Teacher in Benghazi

By SULIMAN ALI ZWAY and KAREEM FAHIM Published: December 5, 2013 THE NEW YORK TIMES BENGHAZI, Libya — Gunmen on Thursday shot and killed a United States citizen who had…

Libyan national assembly votes to follow Islamic law

Libya’s national assembly voted on Wednesday to make Islamic law, or sharia, the source of all legislation, in an apparent bid by moderate Islamists to outflank ultra-conservative militants who have…

Heavy fighting rocks Libyan capital as rival militia battle

GHAITH SHENNIB AND ULF LAESSING | REUTERS Published — Friday 8 November 2013 ARABNEWS TRIPOLI: Anti-aircraft gunfire and grenade blasts erupted in several parts of Tripoli late on Thursday, the…

Is The Hague making a mockery of justice so the CIA and MI6 can save face?

Robert Fisk investigates an alleged double standard over two prominent Libyans accused of crimes against humanity There’s a spot of skulduggery going on in the International Criminal Court (ICC) at…

Eastern Libyans declare shadow govt

TRIPOLI: The leaders of a movement for self-rule in eastern Libya has unilaterally announced the formation of a shadow government, the latest challenge to the weakened central authority. The announcement…

Libyan PM Ali Zeidan kidnapped by gunmen, government says

By NBC News and wire services TRIPOLI — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been taken by force from a hotel in Tripoli by a group of former rebels, the…

Arabs, Beware the “Small States” Option

By Sharmine Narwani – Mon, 2013-07-29 15:28- Sandbox At the heart of all politics lies cold, hard opportunism. New circumstances, changed alliances and unexpected events will always conspire to alter…

Libya Faces Looming Crisis As Oil Output Slows To Trickle

by KRISHNADEV CALAMUR September 12, 2013 So it seemed Libya’s oil industry had survived intact and wouldn’t be roiling international markets. As recently as April, the country was producing 1.4…

Same War, Different Country

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN Published: September 7, 2013 SAY, did you see the news from Libya — the last country we bombed because its leader crossed a red line or…

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Using Islam to Combat Domestic Violence

Source:  The Daily Beast - by Alaa MurabitLibyan women wear tape over their mouths during a December 2012 protest in Martyrs’ Square in Tripoli calling for more freedom of expression, greater…

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