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  • The Battle for Benghazi, 10 months On
    April 22, 2015 by marine_olivesi in

    Aired on March 14, 2015 — CBC’s The World this Weekend

     

    In Benghazi, the “Libyan National Army” battling Islamist groups has now taken control of most of the city.

     

    It’s been 10 months since General Khalifa Hiftar launched a rogue offensive against radical militants in Eastern Libya. Earlier this month, Hiftar was promoted Commander in Chief of the army by one of the country’s 2 rival Parliaments, which now backs his campaign.

     

     

  • How Libyans beat the heat, and the turmoil
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Oct 6, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    It’s been a rough summer in Libya. Fighting between rival militias broke out in the capital in July, and forced the government to flee. With Islamist-minded militias in charge, businesses closed and power cuts a common occurrence, many people are turning to the beach for relief from the heat — and a mental break.

     

  • The death of a teen activist marks a new low in Benghazi’s violence
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Sept 22, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    Last week, a group of activists, civil rights workers and military leaders were killed by Islamic militants — Tawfik Bensaud, a teenage peace activist, was among them. While politically-motivated killings are all too common in post-revolution Libya, the events of Benghazi’s “Black Friday” mark a new low.

     

  • A Greek ferry is home to Libya’s MPs and, more importantly, the best frappuccinos in town
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Sept 18, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    The hottest drink in Tobruk, a town in eastern Libya, isn’t at a bar or even a coffeehouse. It’s aboard the Greek ferry that’s the temporary home of Libya’s parliament members, where the baristas are slinging high-quality frappuccinos to lawmakers, their families and even curious locals.

     

  • Toyota’s most loyal customers may be Libyan militias
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Sept 9, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    There’s such a thing as bad publicity after all: Toyota pickup trucks are a common sight on Libya’s battlefield, and the company is trying to limit the kinds of trucks it sells in Libya to get its name out of the line of fire. But Libyan fighters still have plenty of ways to use their favorite pickups.

     

     

     

  • The Battle for Tripoli, Redux
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Sept 2, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    The crisis in Libya is deepening after a powerful militia opposed to the country’s current government took control of the capital’s airport a week ago. Libya’s House of Representatives says Tripoli as a whole has fallen in the hands of what they call “terrorists.” However, the militias that overran the capital are former rebel groups who have been on government payroll since the end of the revolution.

     

  • Misrata’s Business Boom
    July 13, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on June 24, 2014 –PRI’s The World

     

    Libyans are going to the polls Wednesday to elect new representatives. Many hope the new congress will bring stability after months of turmoil, especially in eastern Libya.

     

    Separatist claims and labor strikes at oil refineries there have caused Libya’s oil production — the driving engine of Libya’s economy — to plummet. Libya’s barrel per day output is less than a fifth of what it was a year ago.

     

    In this grim picture, one city is faring better. Misrata was one of the hotspots of the 2011 revolution. It’s now Libya’s fastest growing market.

     

  • Libya’s Game of Thrones
    July 13, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on June 16, 2014 –PRI’s The World

     

    How is HBO’s Game of Thrones like Libya? Let me count the ways.

     

  • Libyan Cadets Start Training with British Army
    July 13, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on June 11, 2014 – PRI’s The World

     

    Today, 360 Libyan cadets spent their first day of training — in the United Kingdom.

     

    They’re part of a military program to train the bedrock of Libya’s new army. Libyan authorities are still struggling to rein in the hundreds of militias that have held actual power since the revolution in 2011.

     

    At a summit last June, the Libyan government asked G8 countries to help “win the peace” in Libya and reform their military. After months of delays, the first batch of recruits finally flew to the UK this week.

     

  • It’s No March Madness, But Some American Basketball Players Are Making it Big — in Libya
    March 24, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on March 20, 2014 — PRI’s The World and published on BBC News Magazine

     

    This is the first season that foreigners are allowed back in Libya’s basketball league since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.

     

    A few Americans moved to Tripoli to play pro — with mixed enthusiasm.

     

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