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  • 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.

     

  • Meet the Peshmerga’s only female colonel
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Aug 7, 2014 –PRI’s The World

     

    Nahida Ahmed Rashid began her military career years ago, fighting for the Kurdish separatist cause. Now she’s the highest-ranking woman in the Kurdish peshmerga and squaring off with her troops against Islamic militants who’ve taken northern Iraq by storm.

     

  • After ISIS advance, Kurds win back important control over northern Iraq’s oil
    November 9, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on July 29, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    In the chaos following the invasion of Iraq by ISIS militants, Kurdish militias have taken control of oil facilities near Kirkuk — and brought Kurdish oil workers along with them. Baghdad claims it’s a power grab, but the Kurds say they’re only protecting what’s naturally theirs.

     

  • 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.

     

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