Month: June 2014

Tunisia’s kidnapped diplomats released

Tunisia’s diplomats Mohamed Ben Cheikh et LaroussiGontassi, who were kidnapped in Benghazia and Tripoli last March and April respectively, were released over the weekend.MongiHamdi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said in a press conference that the Tunisian government did not negotiate...

/ June 29, 2014

An outspoken Human Rights Activist silenced for good

Salwa Bugaighis, a Libyan lawyer and outspoken human rights activist, was shot dead at her house in Benghazi short after voting last Tuesday. Bugaighis was a member of the National Transitional Council that led the uprising that deposed Qaddafi in...

/ June 27, 2014

Tunisian Academia ponders Salafism

There has been growing interest among Tunisian research centers in the study of Salafi movements in the country and the region. Two weeks ago the Ministry of Interior announced that around 400 Salafi Tunisians had been killed in Syria and...

/ June 23, 2014

The Stalemate Continues

Clashes between Libya’s Shield and Gen. Hafter’s loyalists continued with a bloody confrontation at a Benghazi port and an air strike at the Ansar al-Sharia base in Derna. On Saturday June 22, Hafter issued a 48 hour ultimatum for all...

/ June 22, 2014

Ennahdha’s Proposal for Consensus on a Presidential Candidate Stirs Debate

Ennahdha’s proposal for consensus among political actors and social stakeholders to agree a candidate for the presidential post has stirred debate in Tunisia, especially after a calendar was agreed for the elections (legislative on 26 October, and presidential on 26...

/ June 20, 2014

Consensus to Hold Legislative Elections First

After months of political wrangling and manoeuvring on whether to hold presidential elections before legislative ones or simultaneously, twelve parties voted for holding legislative elections first against six parties who preferred otherwise. Despite the agreement, on Wednesday, by Ennahdha and...

/ June 15, 2014

Stalemate Continues

In what was understood as a blunt response to Ban Ki-moon’s call on all Libyan actors to start dialogue under the auspices of UNISMIL, Gen Khalifa Hafter told Saudi-funded Al-Hadaath TV that his Dignity Operation would continue and that there...

/ June 15, 2014

No Military Solution to Libya’s Crisis

Despite the intensification of the bombing strikes on what the pro “Dignity Operation” claim to be terrorist targets, retired General Hafter, who survived an attempt on his life last Wednesday, seems unable to achieve his campaign’s goal. A dialogue backchannel...

/ June 9, 2014