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Video: Lawyers Fear ‘Revenge’ Trial for Gaddafi

A lawyer acting for Saif al Islam has warned the International Criminal Court that a trial held in Libya would be motivated by revenge rather than justice. ICC judges are expected to take weeks or months to announce where the hearing will be held. Al-Islam was indicted last year on charges of murdering and persecuting […]

Weekly Security Update

By Gary Sandiford, Olive Group’s Dubai based assessments manager.  Olive Group is a leading provider of security and technology solutions and has been operating in Libya since mid 2011.   Overview Political uncertainty remains a key issue in Libya.  On 7 October the National Congress voted overwhelmingly to dismiss Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abu Shagur in […]

Being Greedy When Others are Fearful

The sacking of Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur, following the decidedly cool reception of his proposed cabinet last week, has handed Libya a constitutional crisis to go along with its security crisis in the wake of the killing of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in September. But the news is not all bad on the Libyan front, and […]

Will Egypt Seize Libya for its Oil?

Writing in Canada’s Financial Post, Lawrence Solomon poses the question, “Will Egypt seize Libya for its oil?” He argues that since the Arab Spring began almost two years ago, the Egyptian economy has been collapsing, Egypt’s foreign currency reserves have more than halved, and discontent is widespread. Egypt’s options are becoming more limited, and the […]


Libya “Determined To Boost Ties With Iran”

Libyan Foreign Ministry spokesman Saad Elshlmani has reportedly said that his country is determined to promote ties with Iran. According to the Iranian IRNA news service, he also wished success for Iran during its presidency over the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in the next three years. Referring to the Iranian aid workers kidnapped in Libya, Elshlmani […]


Updated: Libya’s New Cabinet Line-Up

Libyan Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur (pictured) has nominated his cabinet on Wednesday, presenting a line-up that according to Reuters excludes the country’s leading liberal coalition, the National Forces Alliance (NFA). Abushagur said he wants to build a coalition government with a “geographical balance” in a country where regional rivalries are still rife. Only the post […]


US Congress: Requests for Better Security were Rejected

In a letter sent to the State Department, congressmen Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, blamed the current administration for allegedly rejecting security improvement requests made by the U.S.’s Libya mission prior to the attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Margaret Warner reports: (Source: PBS)

FBI Investigation Continues on Benghazi Attacks

After officially announcing that terrorists were responsible for attacks on a U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, the U.S. intelligence community is pursuing alleged suspects. Margaret Warner talks to The Wall Street Journal’s Siobhan Gordon and Greg Miller of the Washington Post for more on the state of security in Libya: (Source: PBS)