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Niger granted asylum to Saadi Gaddafi

This decision comes in defiance of Interpol’s request to extradite Saadi Gaddafi. Gaddafi’s second son, Seif al Islam, remains at large, according to the Tripoli Post. In other extradition news, Middle East Online reports that Mustafa Abdel Jalil promised that former Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmudi will receive a fair trial pending his extradition from Tunisia. […]

Arab Spring’s business mode

Regime change in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya is already celebrated in the West as a crucial step towards political freedom. Elections aim to lay the foundation for the democratisation of the region. The logical assumption is that the ongoing political reform process will fundamentally change the face of the Arab World. These developments, however, are […]

Under Libya: Riches More Precious Than Oil

Libya’s new government may look beyond oil, to water, as it builds a longer-term economic future for the nation’s young population. An enormous geological store of water, the Nubian Aquifer, sits below Libya, Egypt, Chad and Sudan. It may hold as much as 500 years of the Nile’s flow, most of which accumulated during the Pleistocene epoch, as […]