Libya Tribune

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The left and the ‘Haftar paradox’

By Alastair Sloan The arguments for and against toppling the nasty dictators of the Middle East go back to the late 1970s when Paul Wolfowitz first began agitating for the removal of Saddam Hussein.

On sixth anniversary of Libya’s...

By Sami Zaptia. On the sixth anniversary of Libya’s ‘‘liberation day’’ from the Qaddafi regime, Libya’s new political elite is still unable to reach agreement on some sort of social contract that would take the country out of its...

EU seeks to shut down Libya sea route

By Nikolaj Nielsen and Eric Maurice EU leaders at a summit in Brussels still have no solution to an internal asylum stalemate, opting instead to focus their attention on stopping people from leaving for Europe.

Libya six years on: No regrets over...

by Shafik Mandhai The six years since the Libyan people’s successful uprising to end Gaddafi’s rule have seen the country divided between rival governments, various armed groups, ethnic militias, and a renegade general.

Bootleg Libyan oil, shady havens: Slain...

Malta, a tiny archipelago nation in the southern Mediterranean, is so attractive to those looking to shelter funds or operate under the radar of authorities that it’s got a nickname to prove it: “treasure island.”

Claim to call Haftar for investigations in...

The Libyan political and human rights activist, Emad Al-Deen Zehri, in the United States of America, called the Americans to call American citizens for investigations accusing them carrying out war crimes and financial thefts in Libya.

Last ditch democracy

By Karam Hilo In this essay, Lebanese journalist Karam Hilo asks whether it is possible to apply the Western concept of democracy – as is – to the countries of the Arab world. Or does the unique political culture of this corner of the...

Risky business: Book selling in Libya

By Charlotte Bailey The dangers of selling “the wrong” kind of book in Libya are many and varied and yet one chain of bookshops is still open for business. Charlotte Bailey speaks to a bookseller in Tripoli.

Daesh is regrouping in Libya. But why?

By Omar Shariff Political fragmentation and the absence of state institutions in some lawless areas allow the group to flourish. The rivalry between the GNA and LNA has helped Daesh to resurrect itself in Libya.

Challenges to building peace in Libya

By Ibrahim Natil Libya remains a country deeply divided, and there are many obstacles in the way of state building and peacemaking, though the challenges are not insurmountable.

CIA officers detail part of bloody Benghazi...

By Spencer S. Hsu A CIA witness testified Tuesday that the body of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was returned after the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, only after he overheard Libyan militia members...

Libyan Women and the Informal Market

By Jusoor On October 8th and 9th 2017, the Egyptian capital hosted the launch of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum (WEEF) by MENA-OECD Competitiveness Programme.