Bangladesh’s Libya evacuees keen to get back to work

Some 37,000 Bangladeshi migrant workers were evacuated from Libya, mostly by the International Organisation for Migration or their employers, when foreign companies shut up shop as fighting erupted earlier this year. Before war broke out, tens of thousands of Bangladeshi contract workers were based in Libya, working mostly for large Korean companies on oil or […]

President Ahmadinejad Invites Libya’s NTC to Visit Iran

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad invited the members and the head of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) to visit Iran. Iran’s new Ambassador to Libya Hossein Akbari submitted Ahmadinejad’s invitation NTC Head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil in Tripoli on Monday. Iran also called for the formation of a joint committee between the two countries to expand the […]

Repsol says pumping 200,000 oil barrels a day in Libya

Spain’s oil company Repsol said on Tuesday its resumed production in Libya has reached around 200,000 barrels a day after war in the North African nation had slashed its output. “It is around 200,000 barrels a day, from a total of 340,000, which means around 60 percent of total production and it is going up,” […]

Weekly Security Review

Projections The security situation in Tripoli is projected to remain stable, although there is an ongoing risk of sporadic clashes between former rebel militias and involving elements suspected of being sympathetic to former leader Muammar Gaddafi. In both Benghazi and Tripoli there is an ongoing risk of demonstrations by those frustrated by the lack of […]

EgyptAir to double flights to Libya

EgyptAir announced Monday it will increase its number of flights to Libyan cities, starting on 7 December. The airline will offer 21 flights per week instead of 11. Hussein Massoud, head of EgyptAir Holding Company, told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the company will operate two flights daily to Tripoli and one to Benghazi. In November, EgyptAir […]

Tourism and Leisure in the new Libya

To anyone who has visited Leptis Magna, Sebratha, Cyrene and some of the fascinating towns in its vast desert interior, the rich culture and heritage of Libya is blindingly obvious.  Add to that the unspoilt 2000km coastline dotted with numerous beaches, the natural beauty of the Jebel Al-Akhdar (Green Mountains) in the east of the […]

War-torn Libya welcomes new tourism possibilities

The end of the 42-year Gaddafi era brings opportunities for war-torn Libya’s tourism sector according to a report from Euromonitor International. Prior to the conflict in 2010 arrivals to Libya reached just 1,245 thousand trips. The vast majority were for leisure purposes, accounting for 80% in 2010, as the country was only slowly opening up […]

Durban climate talks: day eight diary

Libyan geoengineering plans South Sudan, the world’s newest country, is here sitting next to the Vatican, and so is the new Libyan transitional government, with six delegates. Libya is wildly ambitious and clearly already trying to revolutionise thinking on climate change and science. It plans a monster geoengineering project that would not just cool the […]