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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.