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  • 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.

     

  • ‘Re-virgination’ surgeries on the rise in Tunisia
    June 6, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on May 14, 2014 –PRI’s The World

     

    In January, Tunisia became the first Arab country to enshrine gender equality in its new constitution. But while the small African country is often seen as a progressive bastion in a mostly conservative region, Tunisians say, in their private lives, some traditions die hard.

     

    Virginity is one of them. Female virginity, that is.

     

  • Why Tunisian Activists Declare “I Too Burnt a Police Station”
    June 6, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on May 5, 2014 –PRI’s The World

     

    It was Tunisia that set the Arab Spring in motion and in many ways, it’s been the most successful in setting a democratic course. But when it comes to the country’s judicial system, critics say they’re going in the wrong direction.

     

  • Tunisia’s Break Dancers Spin Away from Extremism
    June 6, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on April 24, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    Tunisia was the first North African country to uprise against its strongman, Zine el Abidine Ben Ali 3 years and a half ago. Tunisians have since elected an assembly and adopted a new constitution this January.

     

    For many observers, Tunisia has become the rare success story of the Arab Sring… But young people across the country are still grappling with high unemployment and social exclusion. And this discontent has been fertile ground for extremist groups.

    In central Tunisia, a group of b-boys is trying to push back on the dance floor, and beyond.

     

     

     

  • 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.

     

  • Libya’s Other Highly-Prized Liquid
    March 24, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on March 19, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    Oil is the usual talk in Libya –how to sell it, and who to sell it to.

     

    But Libyans are also unsure about what to do with another kind of highly-prized liquid in the country — alcohol. It’s banned there since the early days of Gaddafi’s rule, but popular. And sometimes deadly.

     

  • Getting This Man’s Brother Back Alive From Syria Would Be ‘Nothing Short of a Miracle’
    March 24, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

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

     

    As the war in Syria nears its third anniversary, the conflict has increasingly been defined by a sharp influx of foreign fighters on both sides of the front line.

     

    Hundreds of Europeans have joined the armed insurgency against President Bashar al-Assad. Scores of others have joined the fight from North Africa and other Arabic countries.

     

    Here’s the story of one Libyan who’s been trying to get his younger brother out of the embattled country.

     

     

     

  • Catering to Tripolitans’ Sweet Tooth
    March 24, 2014 by marine_olivesi in PRI's The World

    Aired on Feb 27, 2014 — PRI’s The World

     

    A range of small and big businesses have opened up in Tripoli since the end of the revolution.

     

    Cinnabon, the first ever US franchise to open shop in Libya in 2012, has been packing in the crowds ever since. But smaller food joints have sprouted up around the capital too.

     

    If you’re more into milkshakes than cinnamon rolls, try Capo –probably the only place where to get an Oreo milkshake in the Libyan capital.

     

     

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