Back on the road today. The deadline for negotiations on Sirte is Saturday so it’s time to take a look and gauge the temperature at the front line. That means about a five-hour drive. The only problem is that my driver-cum-fixer Tam and I share rather different tastes in music. So today’s soundtrack has a … More Safari Soundtrack: The Road to Sirte
Four weeks ago I headed off from my base in Islamabad to Turkey on assignment. In my bag was sufficient reading matter for the week or so I thought I’d be away: Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Modern Leader Cables from Kabul: The Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign Moth Smoke … More Kindle: Great App for Journos on the Road
I wouldn’t say that I’m a petrolhead or a trucking enthusiast. However, I do know that drivers of Eddie Stobart trucks are expected to wear a shirt and tie, and that they are required to return the wave of anyone waving at them. I also know there’s a big fan club, keen to hear about … More Spotted: Stobart Truck in Libya
The Libya Post published another in its Top Tips series just before the fall of Tripoli: Buy a sheep and get ready for a big BBQ Be sure to stock up on balloons, flares, plastic plates, spoons, knives and forks Be ready to hand in your weapons Be ready to forgive the remaining rats once … More 10 Top Tips for Libyans at the Fall of Tripoli
The challenges facing Libya as it tries to build a new government after 42 years of Gaddafi rule were all on display at Benghazi airport last night. A huge RAF jet loomed out of the darkness carrying 40 tonnes of banknotes – 280 million dinars worth of crisp bills which had been printed in Britain, … More The Two Sides of Libya’s Rebels
The newly arrived American journalist had a perfectly reasonable question: How could the rebels have let Gaddafi’s family escape to Algeria? Colonel Ahmed Omar Bani, spokesman for the opposition forces in Benghazi, gave him a withering look. “You might want to have a look at a map and then think about that question,” he said. … More Libya: This Isn’t Over Yet
Some of it I get. Algeria is one of the few regional neighbours who hasn’t recognised Libya’s nascent rebel government. It has clearly been hedging its bets, taking cash and keeping its lines of communications open to the Gaddafis. Maybe it’s worried about an uprising at home, and thinks backing the old regime is a … More What’s Algeria Up To?