Libya

'A Fantastic Foreign Secretary'? William Hague Leaves Office

Ian Sinclair | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

You'll have heard, of course, of the maxim "Don't speak ill of the dead". However, you are probably less familiar with the media's recent modification to this: "Don't speak ill of the recently departed Foreign Secretary".

Amira's Story

Robin Lustig | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

Every night, when Amira goes to bed in the crowded room that she shares with her five young children, she lies awake, frantically worrying about what the following day has in store for them. Will she be able to find food? Will the children be safe if they venture out, into streets where gunmen, bombs and bullets are a constant threat?

Why Somalia Should Leave the Arab League

Awoowe Hamza | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Politics
Awoowe Hamza

The Arab league was formed on 22 March 1945 and its six founding members were: Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Syria. The League's main goal is "to draw closer the relations between member States and co-ordinate their political activities with the aim of realizing a close collaboration between them, to safeguard their independence and sovereignty".

'Killer Robots': A New Era of Warfare?

Isabelle Younane | Posted 30.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Isabelle Younane

Lethal Autonomous Robotics (LARs). This emerging breed of technology will be able to select a target, aim and fire with no intervention from human beings beyond programming and deployment. War could be about to get a lot cheaper, a lot less bloody... and a lot more frequent.

Why Is Libya Suing Goldman Sachs?

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK

Goldman Sachs is being sued by Libya's sovereign wealth fund for "deliberately exploiting" its role to make a $350 million (£212m) profit on $1 billi...

'Conniving' Tony Blair Might Be Getting Sued...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK

Tony Blair could face a lawsuit from over 200 victims of IRA terrorism who claim the former prime minister connived with the late Libyan leader Muamma...

Libyan Commander Suing Jack Straw Concerned About Communications Intercepted By GCHQ

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Lawyers acting for a Libyan military commander who is suing Britain's intelligence agencies and former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw over claims they w...

Libya's New Autocrat: Militias

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

Security in Libya remains an ephemeral prospect. The country is awash with guns and militias, numbered in the thousands. Since the collapse of the Gaddafi regime, successive transitional governments have consistently failed to impose their authority over the entirety of its territory and to reverse a deteriorating security climate.

Family's Grief At British Man Mark De Salis Shot Dead In Libya

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The family of a British man who was shot dead on a beach in Libya said they are "shocked and devastated" by his killing. A graphic picture of what ...

British National 'Shot Dead In Libya'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A British national has been shot dead in Libya, according to reports. The Foreign Office is investigating after the Briton and a New Zealander, bot...

Briton Reportedly Killed In Libya

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Foreign Office is "urgently seeking" further information about reports that a Briton has been shot dead in Libya. It is believed that a Briton and...

Resetting Western Strategy Towards Syria

Dr Christopher Phillips | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK
Dr Christopher Phillips

It is time to acknowledge that the approach based on moulding a single, coherent opposition body that suits international priorities has failed. Western governments should instead engage with a broader swathe of Syrian opposition and civil society.

The UK Government Is Trying to Get Off the Hook for Libyan Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

Some of you may remember how David Cameron's victory lap in a still-jubilant Tripoli was marred by the release of an embarrassing cache of faxes. The faxes revealed the true price of Blair's infamous 'deal in the desert' with Gaddafi in 2004: a joint US-UK-Libyan operation to kidnap my client and his pregnant wife.

9 Countries Boris Johnson DOES Have A Foreign Policy On

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson became uncharacteristically coy in an Sunday interview which saw him probed on China - and challenged as to whether he could even say th...

The New Libya

Dr Johan Franzén | Posted 10.12.2013 | UK Politics
Dr Johan Franzén

News of the abduction of Libya's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan, recently made the headlines around the world. The former human rights lawyer, who for decades fought against Qaddafi's regime from his exile in Geneva, was being held captive by a militia that supposedly is allied to his own government. How did such an absurd situation come about?

Libyan Prime Minister Kidnapped

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 10.10.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Zeidan has been freed, Sky News is reporting. The Prime Minister of Libya has been kidnapped at gunpoint, according to the country's govern...

Why Was Al-Qaeda Terrorist Living In Manchester?

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK

Questions are being asked of the Home Office after it emerged that one of the world's most wanted terrorists was granted political asylum in Britain. ...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Tory Divisions On Europe? Again? Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Sunday 6 October 2013... 1) TORY DIVISIONS ON EUROPE? AGAIN? REALLY? Every time the Tories think they've ach...

Saif Gaddafi's Trial in Libya Is Victor's Justice

Neil Durkin | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

On 20 October it will be two years since the death of Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi... Cut to the present: Muammar's favourite son Saif al-Islam is about to go on trial for a string of alleged offences (including war crimes) along with 37 others. Pre-trial proceedings began in Tripoli this week. The extravagant cruelty is obviously absent but is the trial of Saif and Co at least likely to be a fair process, the respectable flip-side to the shabby killing of Saif's father? Sadly, no, not really.

Gaddafi's Playboy Son Pictured In Court For First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of the late Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi, has made a rare appearance since being captured by rebels nearly two years...

US Military Intervention in Syria: Kosovo revisited

Omar Mashjari | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Politics
Omar Mashjari

Over two years later since the conflict started and with a reported 100,000 already killed, the latest from the Obama Administration is that the US will proceed with a military intervention in Syria, even without British support.

Does America Understand the War it's About to Enter?

Nash Riggins | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Nash Riggins

It seems the world police have called Syria's bluff. CIA-trained operatives have been deployed on the ground to help bolster the country's rebel forces, and Barack Obama is now within inches of attaining what David Cameron so embarrassingly failed to achieve in Britain: Congressional approval to fire a few hundred cruise missiles at Bashar al-Assad's living room.

A Win for Democracy, A Loss for Morality

Richard Pass | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Richard Pass

On the one hand, the British public, clearly sceptical of intervention in Syria, had their voices heard. Last night was, however, also a profoundly bitter moment because of what it says to the world about the morality of the British people. Is it not ironic and tragic to be celebrating the triumph of democracy and freedom of speech through ignoring the cries of the Syrian people for exactly the same rights?

Syria: The Pace Quickens - But Towards What?

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 28.10.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The prospect of military action against the Assad regime by western powers has become increasingly real. Soon it may be all but inevitable. But what kind of action, for what purpose, in the service of what larger strategy? All this remains obscure.

Open Letter to David Cameron

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK Politics
Kanmi Iyanda

Dear David, I am writing to you in the wake of the ongoing dilemma called Syria and hoping you will heed to some of the advice you will find in the following paragraphs. I am cognisant of your heavy workload, so brevity will be my keyword.