Libya and the Way Out of a Severe Crisis

Viktor Mikhin Violence has returned to the streets of the Libyan capital Tripoli for the third time this year, as prevailing tensions between the North African country’s two parallel governments have again escalated sharply. With 32 people killed and 160 injured, mostly civilians, the warring militias have not even spared hospitals in their attempts to…

Blowback for NATO’s Crime against Libya

Rainer Shea  Eleven years ago, when the U.S. empire committed one of its most recent great crimes by bombing Libya into becoming a failed state, the Queen of Chaos Hillary Clinton celebrated by saying “We came, we saw, he died!” about Muammar Gaddafi. For someone whose role was to bring about chaos during the early years of…

Erdogan Exploits the Libyan Crisis to Further His Own Interests

The two simultaneous visits by the outgoing head of the unity government, Abdulhamid Al-Dabaiba, and the head of the parliament-backed government, Fathi Bashaga, to Ankara to meet with Turkish officials revealed that Turkey is sticking to the file of a political solution in Libya, and that the field is open for a combination of a…

Will the Libyan Military Triumph Over the Obstacles of Politicians?

Habib Lassoued The unification of the military is what politicians fear, as the patriotism of the military does not fit with the corruption of the ruling elite, but the trump card in the hands of the army is that it enjoys popular support, external respect and an honorable historical legacy. When the chief of staff…

Staged Incidents as the Western Approach to Doing Politics

Sergey Lavrov The staged incidents, no matter how long they go on, will not work. It is time for fair play based on the international law rather than cheating. The sooner everyone realises that there are no alternatives to objective historical processes where a multipolar world is formed based on respect for the principle of…

Libya: Bashagha Vows to Enter Tripoli

A soldier loyal to Abdulhamid Dbeibah, one of Libya’s two rival prime ministers, patrols a street of the capital Tripoli, May, 17, 2022. (AP) Libya’s Fathi Bashagha, appointed as prime minister in a challenge to a UN-brokered unity government in Tripoli, plans to take office in the capital “in the coming days,” he said. Libyan…

Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi Submits Proposal to Solve Libyan Political Impasse

Presidential candidate Saif al-Islam Gaddafi announced yesterday, via his lawyer, what he regarded as the last ditch initiative to solve the impasse in Libya and avoid bloodshed. He called for either having an inclusive electoral law or that all political figures withdraw their candidacy and hold immediate Presidential and Parliamentary elections. The statement signed by…

Libya: LPNM Statement on the Current Mass Uprising

The Libyan popular national movement is following with great interest the popular movement that our country is witnessing these days, recalling the lack of interest of the leaders of the scene- the main reason that has called people to take to the streets and squares since Friday to express their daily suffering and the poor…

Libya in the Throes of a Serious Political Crisis

Viktor Mikhin After Mohamed al-Menfi, president of the Libyan Presidential Council, met with UN General Secretary António Guterres, he spoke highly of the work done by the UN’s mission in Libya “to support the people in reaching a peaceful solution to restore security, stability and peace to the country.” However, in reality he was probably…

Libya: Major Gathering of Eastern Tribes Demands Presidential and Parliamentary Elections by End of 2022

Yesterday a major tribal gathering that brought together all tribes of Eastern libya, including some participation from western and southern representatives, made a major declaration demanding a Presidential and Parliamentary Elections by the end of 2022. They threatened to call for a pan-Libyan civil disobedience movement if elections are not delivered. The gathering took place…

Libya and the Option of Division

Habib Lassoued The Dabaiba government has no legitimacy and operates outside the framework of the law, but enjoys international recognition, while the Bashagha government, which enjoys full parliamentary legitimacy and expresses the will of most Libyans, finds itself banned from entering the capital. In the absence of national unity the situation in Libya still requires…

Libyan Laboratory: The Unknown Front

While Europe is caught in the grip of the energy crisis, the oil wells in Libya have been closed since last February. No one in Italy or in Europe is talking about it, to avoid delving into the details of a war that we promote, but which, fortunately for the Italian government, no one has…

Libya: Bashagha Settles in Sirte, Defends Attempt to Enter Tripoli

Fathi Bashagha, one of Libya’s rival prime ministers, gives an interview, in Sirte, Libya, May 25, 2022. (AP) One of Libya’s rival prime ministers said that he has no immediate plans to rule from the capital of Tripoli, after his attempted move there last week sparked clashes and fears of a return to widespread civil…

The Cracking of the Dabaiba Front in Tripoli Places Libya at Risk of War

Habib Lassoued Appeasing militias and distributing illusions of welfare is Dabaiba’s recipe for staying in power. The failed attempt by the Prime Minister of the Government of Stability, Fathi Bashagha, to enter the capital revealed the extent of the rift suffered by western Libya in general and the armed groups present in Tripoli in particular,…

US is Trying to Restrain Libya with its Power Collar

Vladimir Odintsov Washington, through its old leverage, is trying to continue using Libya to its advantage. For example, although the Government of National Unity (GNU) officially gave up power at the end of December 2021, the day of the country’s failed general elections, the US is blatantly avoiding any influence on the implementation of the…

Omens of War in Libya

Habib Lassoued Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah receiving Tunisian ambassador in Tripoli, April 16 2022. (Facebook.) Dbeibah is told the key to maintaining power is to control the Central Bank of Libya, the National Oil Corporation and the Libyan Investment Authority. Omens of war continue to loom in western Libya as a result of the…