Libya

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

Cori Crider | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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 31.10.2014 | 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 03.10.2014 | 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 29.09.2014 | 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."

Islamist Militants 'Steal' 11 Commerical Planes In Libya

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.09.2014 | UK

Islamist militias in Libya have reportedly taken control of 11 commercial aircraft from Tripoli International Airport in Libya, sparking fears of a 9/...

'Once You Step Over The Border, It Doesn't Matter Who You Are'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK

James Foley, the US journalist who was beheaded by ISIS jihadists, was one of the region's most experienced correspondents in reporting from hostile e...

'A Fantastic Foreign Secretary'? William Hague Leaves Office

Ian Sinclair | Posted 20.09.2014 | 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 20.08.2014 | 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...