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National Discord: IS, and the international community’s plan to strike Libya

On Monday 4th January, IS opened a salvo of attacks on Libyan oil ports and terminals. The week-long operation (though the vast majority of the activity was finished in the first three days) was the start of what many people have portrayed as – and IS itself would like you to believe is – an ominous and threatening ‘new initiative’ by the terror group.

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Libya and Syria, and the definition of ‘agreement’

When is a political agreement not a political agreement? When it is neither political, nor an agreement. As jokes go, it may not be the best you’ll hear in the next few days (though in the UK, at least, the standards of Christmas cracker gags vary wildly enough that it might), but despite many representations to the contrary, it’s a pretty accurate description of Libya’s last eight days.

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Theresa, and the even uglier face of little England

“Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.” Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 14(1)

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The State(s) We’re In

It has been a long time since I wrote for this site about Libya. The summer’s ongoing refugee crisis, as well as a series of media appearances to discuss and debate it, and a recent short visit to Greece, have combined to take priority from North Africa’s failing state.

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Stepping Back – Part 2

……..The following morning (Thursday 3rd September) I was interviewed on Sky TV. It’s a slightly strange experience being interviewed in a different studio from the one the hosts are in because – though you are expected to keep your eyes on a camera in front of you, the screen and speakers through which you can see and hear what is going on are slightly beyond your left foot.

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Stepping Back – Part 1

On Wednesday afternoon (2 September), as I travelled across London to an interview with BBC Radio Scotland, I looked across the tube carriage and read the headline on the afternoon’s Evening Standard: ‘Migrant Crisis:’ it read. ’13 Hour Eurostar Ordeal’. Setting aside the newspaper’s choice of the word ‘migrant’, ahead of the less inflammatory – and less incorrect – ‘refugee’

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False Positives: ignoring the lessons of Calais

Early in June, I wrote a piece on this site entitled ‘Drawbridges’. In it, I compared the increasing trend of governments to respond to international crises by attempting to shut themselves off from the world around them, to the Mediaeval practice of building castles, digging moats and pulling up drawbridges. This was intended as a convenient metaphor, but as I have noted several times, the actual behaviour of nations in the last couple of months … Continue reading

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Hijack

In a previous post, I wrote that I hoped the HoR would reconsider its decision to reject a UN proposal for a new system of governance in Libya. Three weeks later came a reminder that we should be careful what we wish for… The Libyan Political Agreement (Draft VI) was proposed by the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) on 8 June.

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