November 21, 2014

The first article is “Libya’s primary oilfield remains closed after fierce battles for control.” The article explains the oil crisis in Libya and how one of its main oilfields, al-Sharara, remained closed for more than a week due to chases between rival militant groups. The field was originally shut down after guards protecting it were expelled […]

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November 21, 2014

The first article I read was “Egypt’s Sissi Urges West to Support Libya.” Egypt says that militants cross the border to help the Egyptian jihadi group Ansar attack Egypts security. Just recently, Ansar swore allegiance to Islamic State, which is now facing U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria. Sissi says that the international community […]

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November 20, 2014

The first piece is a video about Tawfik Bensaud, a 18 year old who was assassinated for promoting democracy in Libya through social media sites, such as Twitter. This reminded me of the chapter that we read in Battle for the Arab Spring that covered social media. Although social media is revolutionary as it allows […]

Week 7

November 19, 2014

The first article I read was “ISIS comes to Libya.” From the article, I learned that ISIS is in complete control over the city Derma. These IS members are taking advantage of the political chaos to expand their powers. The IS presence in Libya has been blamed on the return of Libyan Jihadists who were […]

Week 6

November 12, 2014

The first article that I read was “Libya violence: Activists beheaded in Derna.” Three activists were beheaded in Libya for posting on social media sites. An activist that cannot be named for safety reasons said “We reject IS being here. We can’t come out in public about it.” There are three main extreme groups in […]

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November 11, 2014

In the article “The Key to Countering Violent Extremism,”, I read about the woman who founded The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW), the most prominent women’s rights organization in Libya. VLW advocates for the increased participation of women in conflict mediation and peace processes by shifting around the role of women in society at both […]

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November 11, 2014

The first article is a video that mentions the different groups in Libya who are fighting against each other. General Haftar is one of the major players in the attacks. He is against Islamist groups and he says that he will never retreat until Islamist groups back down. After watching the video I am reminded […]

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November 11, 2014

The first article, “Libya in shock after murder of human rights activist Salwa Bugaighis,” posted on The Guardian, is about the murder of Salwa Bugaighis. She was stabbed and shot through the head by gunmen who also abducted her husband. Her and her husband are a reminder of the growing number of extremists taking over […]

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