– – The presidential bid of the son of former Libyan leader, Muamar Gaddafi has sparked controversy in the North African nation. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has announced he is running for president in next month’s elections. The election commission said on Sunday that Seif al-Islam completed “all the required legal conditions”. Seif al-Islam Gaddafi “submitted… his candidacy for the presidential election to the High National Electoral Commission office in the city of Sebha,” it said in a statement. This will be Libya’s first ever direct presidential election, with a first…Read More
– – The third son of the former Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, has been released from jail in the capital Tripoli. He has been in prison since 2014 when he was arrested and put on trial after fleeing the when his father was toppled in 2011. Sa’adi Gaddafi was commander of Libya’s Special Forces. He fled to Niger when his father was overthrown and killed. He was then extradited back to Libya, put on trial where he was found not guilty of a series of crimes including murder. Libya’s Government…Read More
– – The warring factions in Libya have signed an agreement for a permanent ceasefire to end the years of violence. The agreement was reached in Geneva following five days of talks. It was brokered by the United Nations between military leaders from Libya’s government, and those from opposition forces lead by General Khalifa Haftar. The UN envoy to Libya envoy Stephanie Williams has called the agreement “a crucial sign of hope for the Libyan people”. The AFP quotes the envoy saying that the ceasefire will allow displaced people and…Read More
Women and children dominate the death toll from the latest air strikes that took place in southern Libya. Libyan officials say at least 16 people were killed in two air attacks within 72 hours with government blaming forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar. The Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Libya’s capital, Tripoli gave further details saying at least five children were killed. 10 others were also reported wounded from the attack that took place on Sunday during an air raid in Al-Swani, a residential area south of…Read More
Five doctors are reported to have died in an air strike on a hospital in the southern outskirts of Libya’s capital Tripoli. An official from the UN-backed government has confirmed the incident, adding that it was carried out by a warplane belonging to Khalifa Hafta. Hafta is a former officer in Muammar Gaddafi’s army who wants to topple the internationally recognized government in Tripoli. AFP reports that the attack was carried out on Saturday. It is the third of such attacks on a hospital in the area. Lamine al-Hashem, the…Read More
The battles currently raging in the South of Libya are no mere tribal clashes. Instead, they represent a possible burgeoning alliance between black Libyan ethnic groups and pro-Gaddafi forces intent upon liberating their country of a neocolonial NATO-installed government.
On Saturday January 18th, a group of heavily armed fighters stormed an air force base outside the city of Sabha in southern Libya, expelling forces loyal to the “government” of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, and occupying the base. At the same time, reports from inside the country began to trickle in that the green flag of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was flying over a number of cities throughout the country. Despite the dearth of verifiable information – the government in Tripoli has provided only vague details and corroboration – one thing is certain: the war for Libya continues.Read More
Libya’s capital city Tripoli was at a virtual standstill yesterday. Most of Tripoli’s businesses, schools and public sector workers went out on strike, demanding that militias leave the city.
A 48-hour state of emergency was declared Saturday. Tripoli saw some of the bloodiest fighting since the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with at least 45 people killed in demonstrations on Friday and Saturday. Residents set up checkpoints and barricades of metal, wood and tires to protect their neighbourhoods.Read More
It was Gaddafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.
It began in 1992, when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its own satellite and slash communication costs in the continent. This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the most expensive in the world because of the annual US$500 million fee pocketed by Europe for the use of its satellites like Intelsat for phone conversations, including those within the same country.Read More
Libya seems well on its way to becoming the next Somalia, with much of the country already ruled by tribal/clan based armed militias. As was the case in Somalia, Libya is in the process of separation, with the eastern, oil rich, Cyrenica region having issued a de facto declaration of independence.Read More
Fifty four people have died while trying to sail from Libya to Italy in an inflatable boat, the United Nations refugee agency has said. The only survivor, found by Tunisian fishermen, said the others had died of dehydration during a 15-day voyage. He told UNHCR officials that they nearly reached the Italian coast, but were driven back by strong winds, and the boat then began to deflate.Read More