#Libya

Bombing Isis Won't Stop It

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK
Dan Smith OBE

It is as easy to insist on a political settlement in Syria or in Libya as it is to talk of crushing ISIS. In Syria and Iraq, ISIS gives every indication of denying the legitimacy of compromise, so the concept of settlement would be out of bounds. In Libya, where ISIS is present but far from dominant, there could (and, for their own self-interest, should) be more possibility of arriving at an initial settlement between the Dawn and Dignity rivals.

We Should Be Very Careful When Giving Up Our Freedoms

Bob Morgan | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

The starting place for any democratic decisions about how we balance our rights to freedom against the need to compromise that freedom for the safety and security of the wider community should be that we should be free to do anything we want except if there is a compelling case why we should not.

Drowning Not Waving: The Mediterranean Migrant Crisis and Libya's Implosion

Neil Durkin | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Despite the outcry in recent weeks over the repeated drownings in the Mediterranean, surprisingly little has been said about the country most of the migrants and refugees are coming from: Libya. Which is odd, because the increasingly disastrous state of Libya is a key component to this tragedy.

Don't Trust Miliband With International Strategic Issues

Nehad Ismail | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Politics
Nehad Ismail

In a desperate bid to show himself as an influential player on the world stage, he recently claimed that his opposition to the US-led airstrikes against the Syrian regime, in response to Assad's use of chemical weapons, as a major foreign policy success. What Miliband does not know is that nobody takes him seriously and that his foreign policy 'success' will have no impact on the results of the British election.

Death on the Mediterranean: One Teenage Migrant's Story

Secunder Kermani | Posted 29.06.2015 | UK
Secunder Kermani

I spent the last week on the Italian islands of Lampedusa and Sicily - both on the frontlines of migration to Europe from Libya. There I met migrants from countries as diverse as Syria, Eritrea, Bangladesh and Sudan. All risked their lives travelling across the Mediterranean.

GCHQ Ordered To Delete Material On Former Gaddafi Opponent

PA | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK

A tribunal has ordered GCHQ to destroy legally privileged material found to be held by the intelligence agency relating to a former Gaddafi opponent w...

Farage Thinks 500,000 Terrorists Will Come To UK If We Try To Help Migrants

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK Politics

Nigel Farage warned that half a million Islamist terrorists will travel to Britain under a proposed new EU migration and asylum policy. The Ukip le...

Migrant Tragedy in the Mediterranean: Another Wake Up Call for the EU

One Young World | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
One Young World

The African Union needs to step up in taking the matter seriously and urging member states to develop youth empowerment and human rights policies... If these initiatives are enacted, we will see fewer people drown in the Mediterranean in search of a better life.

Miliband Called Out For 'Outrageous And Disgraceful' Migrant Deaths Speech

PA | Posted 24.04.2015 | UK

David Cameron "bears some responsibility" for the stream of refugees fleeing to Europe from Libya, Ed Miliband insisted as he dismissed Tory claims th...

Biting His Nails, Young Captain Of Capsized Boat Pictured Aboard Rescue Ship

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK

Biting his nails and dressed in a white boiler suit, the young captain of a boat which capsized killing an estimated 800 people is pictured waiting to...

Captain Of Capsized Migrant Boat Arrested On Homicide Charges

The Huffington Post UK | Sarah Ann Harris | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK

The captain of a boat which capsized off the coast of Libya, killing an estimated 800 migrants on board, has been arrested. Italian police said tha...

Russell Brand Has A Surprising Reaction To Katie Hopkins' Migrant Boat Column

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 21.04.2015 | UK

Russell Brand says we must "be really loving" towards Katie Hopkins, despite also claiming that her controversial column on 400 migrants who drowned i...

400 Drowned Fleeing Libya As Migrant Boat Capsizes

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK

Survivors of a capsized boat off Libya have told Save the Children that 400 people are believed to have drowned in one of the worst tragedies of Europ...

Intervention in the Middle East and North Africa: Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don't?

Wassim Cornet | Posted 19.04.2015 | UK
Wassim Cornet

The absence of intervention following alleged crimes against humanity was seen as a complete disregard for civilian lives, leading thousands to join extremist groups which have now morphed into ISIS.

Beheadings Aren't Enough To Stop These Desperate Christians Seeking Work In Libya

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK

Egyptian Coptic Christians are still leaving behind their families to risk beheadings at the hands of Islamic State militants in Libya, because they a...

Egypt Bombs IS In Libya After Horrifying Mass Beheading Video

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK

Egypt has launched air strikes on Islamic State (IS) targets in Libya in retaliation for the beheading of 21 hostages by militants linked to the ext...

Secret Letters Reveal Blair's Collusion With Gaddafi

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Politics

Tony Blair penned a letter to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to thank him for the "excellent co-operation" between the two countries' spy agencies ...

Foreign Policy Did Not Cause 'Charlie Hebdo' Terrorism, But Must Help Prevent Future Attacks

Richard Howitt | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Politics
Richard Howitt

As Euro MPs convened for our monthly parliamentary session in France this week, the extraordinary emotional response to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack has been shown to have evoked the same reaction across the whole of Europe...

The Truth Will Out: UK Involvement in Libyan Rendition and Torture

Cori Crider | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Cori Crider

One is white, stark, temporary, windowless. Fluorescent lights hang from its ceiling. The room is empty save for a woman, crying. She is chained to the wall and obviously pregnant. The woman in the white room comes from Morocco but has married a opponent of Col. Gaddafi, and for that reason is about to be plunged into terrors of which she knows nothing...

Why Do the Libyan Militias Run Amok?

Neil Durkin | Posted 30.12.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Alright. The word amok is just a trigger here and I'm not seriously going to compare a famously dour German art film with the present state of an entire north African country. But ... well, I'll at least come back to Fassbinder & Fengler's drab masterpiece at the end of this quick run-through of Libya's current woes.

Mehdi Hasan

'As A General, I Could Literally Change The Fortunes Of A Nation'

HuffingtonPost.com | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Politics

"If western boots were on the ground," David Richards, the former head of the British armed forces tells me, "if western armies were to be app...

British Hostage Released By Militants

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK

A British teacher held hostage by militants in Libya has been released. David Bolam, who worked at the International School in Benghazi, was abduct...

The Rough and Tumble of the MENA Region

Dr Harry Hagopian | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Politics
Dr Harry Hagopian

So let me start off today with the patently obvious - with Iraq and Syria!

Algeria: North Africa's Reluctant Policeman

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

The fierce debate raging inside the Algerian regime over greater or less interventionist action will continue. For now, North Africa's 'reluctant policeman' will no doubt stick to a number of its non-interventionist dogmas. However, should a cataclysmic event like In Amenas occur on Algerian soil once more, the country will have no choice but to take decisive action.

Youth and Crisis: How Libya's Key Demographic are Making a Difference

International Political Forum | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
International Political Forum

Tawfik Ben Saoud, one of Benghazi's most prominent activists, summed it up by saying, "A military movement alone can't solve the crisis; there must a civil movement that works parallel to it. If youth are given a chance, they can find a peaceful solution. My message to Libya's youth is, you are powerful and you can make change. You just need to take the opportunity and act."