Libya

Libyan militia accused of torturing Christian Copts

 
Egyptian Copts are up in arms following the suspicious death last Monday of a Coptic Christian in a Libyan prison. The man was part of a group of Egyptian Copt shopkeepers who have been living in Libya for the last few years and who were arrested by a Benghazi militia several days prior for allegedly “proselytizing”. Read more…

Libya’s burgeoning rugby scene

 
The Al Ahly rugby club in Tripoli has just won the first round of the Libya Cup. While the Libyan tournament may not exactly rival the Six Nations championship, this victory is a huge one for our Observers, who are rugby fans in a country where football reigns supreme. Read more...

Libyan gazelles risk being 'poached to extinction'

 
Gazelle poaching, which was relatively under control during former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s reign, is now reaching alarming proportions, according to environmental activists in Libya. Read more…
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"Torture continues" in post-Gaddafi Libya

Several videos allegedly showing supporters of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi being tortured were recently published on the Internet. These images have reignited a debate amongst Libyan web users as to the dubious methods used by the country’s security forces. Read more…

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Five years of the Observers: Thank you everybody!

 
Five years! Exactly five years ago today, the Observers was launched for the very first time. We would like to celebrate this with you as we reflect on the path we’ve travelled together, and look forward to some of our new projects. Read more...
 
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Libyan oil is flowing again, but few are reaping the profits

 
The Brega region is home to the second largest oil refinery in Libya. Yet despite their proximity to this extremely lucrative industry, local residents live in poverty. Read more...
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Revenge - with machine guns - on the streets of Tripoli

 
At least five people were injured by bullets during a gun battle between rival militia groups near a security building in Tripoli on Nov. 4. Our Observer was at the heart of the clashes, which the authorities seemed incapable to stop. Read more...
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Four years of Obama: Observers from around the world share their disillusionment

 
Four years ago, much of the world rejoiced when Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. Many of our Observers, from Mexico to Pakistan, were among those who hoped his slogan of “Change” would apply not just to the United States’ domestic policy, but to its foreign policy, too. But today, their enthusiasm has somewhat died down. Read more…

One year after his death, Gaddafi's 'alive and kicking' on the internet

 
The throngs of Gaddafi supporters who used to gather in Tripoli's Green Square seem to have vanished since the bloody ouster of the longtime Libyan leader. One year after Muammar Gaddafi's death, our contributor caught up with them in the online world. Read more...

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