Opinion

Safe zones in Syria: Astana’s key to political settlement

Sophie Mangal

According to director of the Kazakh MFA Department for Asia and Africa Aidarbek Tumatov, today’s Astana process of signing a new memorandum on tensions de-escalation zones will allow to stop bloodshed in Syria and initiate a new political dialogue. The main points According to the document...

My deep condolence and sympathy to the Libyan Nation

Dr. David Gerbi

It is very sad to meet young wounded Libyans. A week ago I met the youth wounded from Misurata that stay at the American Rome Hospital. Then I spoke with a wounded young soldier from Benghazi. On Facebook, I have many requests of asylum seekers. People suffer because they do not have money,...

Chemical Attack in Idlib – Duplication of Scenario in Eastern Ghouta

Mariam Al-Hijab

On April 7, two U.S. Navy battle ships USS Porter (DDG-78) and USS Ross launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at al-Shayrat military airfield in Syria’s Homs province from the Eastern Mediterranean. The U.S. strikes particularly targeted the main landing strip, aircraft, radio locators, air...

Libya’s Profitable Business of War

Mohamed Fouad & Emadeddin Muntasser

The collapse of the Libyan government under Gaddafi, exposed a lack of transparency and accountability that were part of Gaddafi’s oppressive and corrupt economy. The post-revolution political bickering weakened Libyan institutions further and left no clear system of governance or way of...

Libyan Jews call on the UNSMIL to secure their rights in Libya’s constitution

Dr. David Gerbi

Representative of World Organisation of Libyan Jews (WOLJ) Dr. David Gerbi urges the international community on the issue of Libyan Jews. The WOLJ call the authorities of the GNA, the Parliament, the leader of Benghazi governments, to respect the rights and heritage of Libyan Jews and how they...

Too late for economic reforms

Suliman Al-Shahomy

It is not possible now to speak about the efficiency or feasibility of any economic policies that could save the current crumbling situation. It seems that the economic policies, including series of financial tools run by the Central Bank of Libya (CBL), aim at controlling the inflation and the...

The LIA “steering committee” threatens to undermine the LIA’s multi-million dollar litigations. It cannot be allowed to do so

Sami Redwan

Libya is a nation plagued by internal conflict, as the recent attempted coup illustrated only too well. Many of the rifts that exist between the competing factions are deep and intractable. Others, however, are relatively simple to resolve, and the rewards for their resolution would be huge. The...

LIA on track with multi-million dollar litigations to recover wealth of the Libyan people

Sami Redwan

Things are uncertain at the moment, even by Libya’s standards. Key terminals in Libya’s eastern and western oil facilities have been held hostage for years, with oil production at a minimum. Oil exports, on which the economy sorely relies, are at a virtual standstill. The country’s...

The Presidential Council’s order to appoint a temporary committee to manage the Libyan Investment Authority is legally questionable and bad for Libya

Sami Redwan

The Presidential Council recently issued an order to establish a temporary Steering Committee to manage the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA). The motive behind the decision seems sincere – to unite the leadership of our nation’s sovereign wealth fund. However on closer...

Libya’s crises are not inevitable, yet they are legion

Editor-in-Chief

After the overthrow of the long-time dictator, Muamar Gaddafi, by a people's revolution in February 17, 2011 and with his death in October of the same year, Libyans started to lead a new life full of hopes for freedom of expression, of political views and also value of the self. Years rolled...

The Libyan Army, Between Reality and Delusion

Dr. Obaid Al Raqiq

It goes without saying that armies are the base of all modern states. They are responsible for securing the homeland and protecting its sovereignty, which are two important pillars upon which any modern state is built and without which there would be no state at all. Therefore, all countries...

Rebuild Benghazi City 

Suliman Al-Shahomy

It seems that rebuilding Benghazi, is a field of racing for competitors to show skills and ideas, which are mostly imported from communities and realities, way far from the certainty of Benghazi and circumstances Libya is currently facing. Many interested refer to the importance of launching...

Who will pay?… Mr. Obama

Ibrahim Muftah

In his last interview with the Fox News, President Obama admit that he made the little mistake which destroyed a country called Libya, and spread the chaos, armed violence everywhere in Libya and the whole north Africa. Mr. Obama; Your mistake killed tens of thousands of young Libyans, other...

The limits of U.S. strategy against IS is shown through bombing IS camp in Libya

Libyan News

American warplanes bombed a seaside town in Libya early Friday aiming to kill a militant commander linked to attacks on Western tourists. But the mission also highlighted the widening gap between American military operations and diplomatic efforts to bring peace and stability to a tumultuous...

Why Libya matters again?

Libyan News

Since a NATO-led air war toppled the regime of Muammar al-Qaddafi five years ago, Western governments have kept their distance from Libya, even as it plunged into a disastrous civil war. But the country is back in the headlines, and for the first time since 2011, the United States and its...

Libya’s litmus test with ISIL

Olivier Guitta

While Syria and Iraq may have grabbed the headlines over the past few years, another country has been preying on the mind of some Western officials. In private, French, Italian, British and United States defence officials and diplomats have expressed their huge concern about Libya. Now that the...

Can Libya survive yet more U.S. assistance?

Libyan News

Arab News Daesh is losing ground and income from sales of oil in both Syria and Iraq. Foreign fighters have had their wages cut by half. Under pressure from US-led coalition, Russian and Syrian regime bombs and renewed resistance from local populations, the group is eying the area around the...

Last chance for peace in Libya

Libyan News

  The Star True story: when the panic took hold in Benghazi five years ago as Muammar Qadhafi’s armour bore down toward the epicentre of the fledgling Libyan rebellion, cynicism was quick to follow. “It’s all because of the oil,” one desperate Libyan hospital administrator...

Libya’s credit crunch

Fayruz Abdulhadi

It takes sifting through very little economic data on Libya to realize that the country’s most underutilized and valuable existing resource isn’t underground – oil reserves – but very visibly above ground: the banks. Specifically, 15 commercial banks and four specialized credit...

Can we be optimistic about Libya’s future?

Najwa Bin Wahibah

Two years after the end of the 2011 uprising, the new Libya is still in the making and still suffers from instability and violence. The past few weeks have seen continued violence in various places, including Tripoli. On 8 June, clashes between protesters and militia in Benghazi left at least 30...