Saturday 23 September 2017
(Foreign Policy 08/14/13)
TRIPOLI — This month, Libya marks the second anniversary of the liberation of Tripoli and the fall of the regime of Muammar Qaddafi with the country mired in chaos: Militia violence stalks the land, strikes threaten to cripple the oil industry, jihadist violence is on the rise in the east and economic stagnation is everywhere. The promised constitution, the cornerstone of the reform process, has failed to materialize, with politicians deadlocked both over the role of Sharia law and bitter regional rivalries. It is a picture that few in this oil-rich nation would have predicted in the heady days of revolutionary euphoria. In August 2011, Libya's newly liberated capital was awash with tricolor flags, emblems of the uprising. The tricolor...
(Times of swaziland 08/14/13)
MBABANE – As talks regarding the extension of AGOA post 2015 kicked off on Monday in Ethiopia’s Capital City Addis Ababa, Swaziland and other 49 African countries will be very lucky to see the legislation extended with the same existing terms and conditions, International Business Times has reported. Swaziland is one of the 49 AGOA beneficiaries. AGOA stands for Africa Growth Opportunity Act. AGOA was signed into law in 2000; it offers incentives mostly in the form of duty-free trade access to 49 eligible sub-Saharan economies to liberalise their markets and build connections with American trade partners. The agreement expires in 2015, and US and African officials would be setting fresh terms for its renewal. According to International Business Times,...
(Reuters 08/14/13)
LONDON | Wed Aug 14, 2013 (Reuters) - Iron ore mining group African Minerals (AMIq.L) surprised the market on Wednesday with the abrupt departure of both chief executive and chief financial officer and said it was scrapping expansion plans to focus on existing operations. Its shares fell almost 15 percent despite what some analysts said could prove a positive as the company concentrates on its Sierra Leone mine, Tonkolili. "From the onset it was clear that (Chief Executive Keith)Calder's broader ambition was to grow African Minerals into a diversified miner across West Africa in the near term," Jefferies analysts said in a note. "Perhaps our greatest concern for African Minerals in recent months was that the company would move too...
(Mail Online 08/14/13)
Four hundred American surface-to-air missiles were 'taken from Libya' during the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, a former U.S. Attorney who represents whistleblowers claimed on Monday. He added that the U.S. intelligence community is terrified they might be used to shoot down airliners. Joe diGenova, whose wife Victoria Toensing – a former deputy assistant attorney general – also represents Benghazi witnesses and others with knowledge of the terror attack, told WMAL radio that the loss of those missiles is also one the reason the U.S. State Department shut down 19 embassies across the Middle East last week. 'A lot of people have come forward to share information with us,' he said during the radio station's 'Mornings On...
(Libya Herald 08/13/13)
Traffic outside the Congress buildings in Tripoli today was brought to a near standstill as hundreds of Amazigh protestors from across Libya demonstrated against the law voted by Congress four weeks ago to reserve just two of the seats on the Constitutional Commission for their community. They claim the move shows that Congress is deliberately marginalising Libya’s linguistic minorities. Two seats each were also reserved for the Tuareg and Tebu communities. The demonstration was organized by the Supreme Amazigh Council of Libya, along with town councils in the Tamazight-speaking areas of the Jebel Nafusa, such as Jadu, Nalut and Yefren. Rumours that the demonstration turned violent and that Congress was attacked were untrue, Congress members said. However, a number of...
(Bloomberg 08/13/13)
West Texas Intermediate crude rose with Brent as North Sea production was curtailed and Libya shut its biggest oil export terminal. Brent’s premium over WTI widened for a sixth time in seven days. Futures advanced for a second day as a compressor breakdown at the Ula platform reduced production of Ekofisk crude, a spokesman with BP Plc (BP/), the platform’s operator, said today. Libya shut the Es Sider port after opening yesterday. WTI slipped to $105.03 in intraday trading on reports that Japan’s (JGDPAGDP) growth slowed to 2.6 percent in the second quarter. “We’ve got supply issues in the North Sea and Libya,” said Bill Baruch, a senior market strategist at Iitrader.com in Chicago. “The market momentum is higher. $105...
(Reuters 08/13/13)
(Reuters) - OPEC oil producer Libya told its customers on Tuesday it could make no promises on crude deliveries next month as on-off strikes paralyzed its major sea terminals. The North African country's exports provided nearly 1.5 percent of global supplies until June, but output has since plunged, putting upward pressure on international oil prices. Libya's state National Oil Corp (NOC) said in a statement it could provide no September loading schedules, normally sent to contract buyers of its gasoline-rich crude by this time of the month. The NOC chairman, Nuri Berruien, told Reuters the September schedules "will be modified, not canceled...because of the current sit-ins at ports and fields." Labor unrest gripping Libya's oilfields and ports has cut output...
(Libya Herald 08/13/13)
The Libyan authorities should urgently put into place legislative and judicial measures to protect the rights of journalists and guarantee freedom of press, said Reporters Without Borders (RWB). The international freedom of press NGO has said it is deeply concerned by the: “Increasingly dangerous and unstable environment in which those in the media are forced to work, and the threats and other abuses they face.” RWB stressed that if a free, independent and transparent media could not work in a secure climate, this threatened the proper functioning of a democratic society. In a statement released after the killing of TV presenter, Izzaldin Qasaad, it condemned the killing and pointed out that Qasaad was the first Libyan journalist to have been...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
YAOUNDE, CAMEROON — The first Pan African Conference on Interreligious Freedoms has ended in Cameroon with participants from 80 countries from Africa and beyond. Participants pledged to work together for the service of peace in the name of God. Conference participants say development across Africa has been greatly slowed by interreligious conflicts. The case of Nigeria was cited as one of the worst, with tens of thousands of lives lost in fighting between Muslim and Christian communities, and thousands more killed by the Islamist militant-sect Boko Haram. South African-based Malawian cleric Hopeson Bonye says nothing good has come out of Boko Haram, saying it is just fighting everyone, and is extending its tentacles to neighboring countries. "It is wrong, and...
(Voice of America 08/13/13)
NAIROBI — The United States is keeping a close watch on potential European trade deals with African nations as Washington reviews its own preferential trade initiative with the continent. African ministers and U.S. officials discussed trade relations at a forum Monday in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The U.S. is considering an extension to the popular African Growth and Opportunity Act, known as AGOA, an American law that allows sub-Saharan African countries to export certain products to the United States duty free. First signed into law in 2000, the act has already been renewed once, and is set to expire in 2015. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has been meeting with African ministers at an AGOA forum in Addis Ababa...
(Libya Herald 08/13/13)
More than a thousand vehicles belonging to the Libya Shield forces for Central and Western Regions are reported to have arrived in Tripoli over the past four days. The troops have been deployed to various military locations in and around the capital. The move is to defend it from forces causing instability or planning a move to impose their will on Congress and the government by force. It is the largest mobilisation since the liberation and follows the decision by president of General National Congress (GNC) Nuri Abu Sahmain to order the Libya Shield to secure strategic locations in the capital and provide overall security there. The decision was authorised by the President of Congress as well as the newly-appointed...
(Libya Herald 08/13/13)
Benghazi journalist Khadija Al-Amami was shot at today by unknown gunmen. They missed but then sent her an SMS message saying they would kill her next time if she did not stop reporting. Al Amani, who is director of Benghazi office of Libya Al-Ahrar TV as well as working for Libya Mostakbal, told the Libya Herald that she was driving in Sidi Khrebish today to work when a car pulled up beside her and started shooting. However, the bullets hit a wall next to the road and the attackers drove off. “I couldn’t concentrate to see the car,” she said. “After they shot at me, I stopped. People in the street came to check that I was all right.” She...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
NEW YORK, Aug 12 (Reuters) - U.S. crude oil reversed early losses to rise back above $106 a barrel on Monday as traders focused on renewed supply disruptions in Libya and as markets awaited clues on when the U.S. Federal Reserve will cut back its stimulus program. On Friday both crude oil benchmarks had logged their biggest daily percentage gains in a week following unexpected strength in trade data from China. Prices slipped in early trade on Monday as traders booked profits but support came from ongoing instability in Libya that has led to the worst supply disruptions in the country since the 2011 civil war. Striking security guards reimposed a two-week-old shutdown at Libya's two biggest crude export terminals,...
(Reuters 08/12/13)
Impregilo and Salini are completing a tie-up to create a global construction player focused on large civil engineering projects from roads to hydroelectric dams in over 60 countries, including the Middle East, the Americas and Australia. While shareholders are expected to clear the merger only in September, the companies have already set up joint structures to bid for tenders under the name Salini Impregilo. The stock rose more than 3 percent on the Libya announcement to reach an 11-week high and was up 3.42 percent at 3.5 euros by 1323 GMT, outperforming a 0.16 percent fall in the Dow Jones global industrials index. Salini Impregilo has a 58 percent stake in the contract. "We believe this new intake in Libya...
(The Associated Press 08/12/13)
A presenter with a leading television station in Libya has been killed in the restive eastern city of Benghazi. Ezzedine Qusad, who worked for Al-Hurra TV, was shot dead in his car shortly after leaving prayers at a mosque on Friday afternoon. The private channel said Mr Qusad was "assassinated by a traitor". Benghazi is one of the most unstable parts of post-revolutionary Libya. Last month, some 1,200 prisoners escaped from a jail in the city. Mr Qusad's programme had no political connotations, AFP news agency said. Libyan journalists have been the target of attacks and kidnappings by militia in recent months, according to campaign group Reporters Without Borders. The country's government is struggling to control armed groups nearly two...
(Libya Herald 08/12/13)
Three Libyan towns and cities have been made safer for residents after 100,000 items of unexploded ordnance (UXO) dating from the revolution were cleared by an international NGO. War debris has been removed from some 29,500,000 square metres of land in neighbourhoods in Tripoli, Misrata and Sirte. The areas, described as “highly contaminated,” and which include parks, schools, hospitals and beaches, have been cleared by Handicap International (HI), on the request of the Libyan authorities. The cleared UXO included 5,000 rockets, 9,000 mortars and more than 70,000 projectiles, as well as cluster munitions, land-mines and tons of propellant. Some volatile items had to be detonated on site, even if found in a school playground. Most, however, were taken to secure...
(CNN 08/12/13)
UN chief Ban Ki-moon says the Central African Republic (CAR) has suffered a "total breakdown of law and order" since rebels seized power in March. He urged the UN Security Council to consider sanctions or to set up a panel of experts to monitor the situation. Seleka rebel group leader Michel Djotodia ousted President Francois Bozize in March. Last month Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said the country's health care system had collapsed. In a report that the Security Council is due to discuss on Wednesday, Mr Ban said infighting among rebel groups had led to widespread abuses. "They included arbitrary arrests and detention, sexual violence against women and children, torture, rape, targeted killings, recruitment of child soldiers and attacks, committed...
(Libya Herald 08/12/13)
The future of the country’s nature and wildlife is looking brighter after two Libyan environmentalists, full of ideas on how to change current attitudes, have been trained on effective leadership in the environment sector. Two Libyan candidates, Khaled Ben Halim and Rida Sharif, beat international competition when they were chosen for the the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Programme (ELP). This year was the first when any Libyan had applied, and there were six candidates from the country. The programme, run by the University of California in Berkeley, is designed to boost the effectiveness of professionals who work with the environment and who are in the middle of their careers. “Sustaining natural resources in post-conflict nations is a major priority for the...
(Ahram Online 08/12/13)
Libyan authorities reject thousands of Egyptian migrants trying to return to work after Eid vacation at home. Libyan authorities barred thousands of Egyptian workers, returning from a vacation home, to re-enter the country on Monday. Two thousand Egyptian expatriates – mostly from Upper Egypt – working in the north African state were not permitted to re-enter Libya at the border crossing with Egypt at Sallum citing "lack of official residency permits," Al-Ahram Arabic news website reports. Egyptian authorities, meanwhile, pledged to take necessary measures to "legalise their status." Officials estimate that 1.6 million Egyptians work in the unrest-stricken country, which has a population of 6.5 million people. The number of Egyptian expats in the country, however, fell sharply following the...
(AFP 08/11/13)
JOHANNESBURG, August 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela is making "slow but steady" progress back to health, although he remains critically ill, the office of the South African president said Sunday. The 95-year-old former president and anti-apartheid icon has been in hospital for more than two months with a recurring lung infection. "Former President Nelson Mandela continues to receive treatment in hospital in Pretoria and doctors have indicated to President Jacob Zuma that the former president is making a slow but steady improvement," a statement from the presidency said. "The medical team also reiterated that although his health was improving steadily, Madiba still remained in a critical condition," it added, referring to Mandela by his clan name. Zuma asked South...

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