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The “other” ethnic groups in Libya and their respective positions in the Libyan conflict

In February 2011, after popular uprisings, a civil revolution broke out between forces loyal to Colonel Muammar Gaddafi and those seeking to oust his government. What had begun as a sequence of peaceful demonstrations turned into confrontations which were met with military force. Some...

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Sarraj and Postcolonialism in Libya

Fayez al-Sarraj and his new UN backed Government of National Accord (GNA) sailed into Tripoli at the end of last month faced with the daunting task of uniting a fractured country. Despite warnings from rival factions that the new administration was not welcome in the...

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Western Governments Must Crack-Down on Anti-Arab Racism

In “the West”, racist slurs targeted at Arab communities are often passed off as free speech or critical enquiry, and not enough is being done to value all ethnic groups and to protect them from prejudice. People often say that Islam must be open...

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Here’s How Sarraj can Address Women’s Issues in Libya

With Sarraj’s arrival in Tripoli, it is important to bear in mind that the rate of any nation’s advancement is partly reflected by how women and children are treated, in terms of achievement, equality, welfare and status. Women constitute roughly 50% of Libya, and...

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Is Al Jazeera’s objective portrayal of the ‘Arab Spring’ overstated? – Part I

Al Jazeera’s objective portrayal of the so-called ‘Arab spring’ is overstated. The context of any media organisation is relevant to the political portrayal of its news content. However, in the case of Al Jazeera, the channel takes a further step in being a real...

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