It was a conversation we returned to many times as we sipped caffe macchiatos in Benghazi’s Ouzu hotel back in March. I would sit in the evenings with pals – mostly old Africa hands who had learned their trade covering conflict in Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo – discussing the young freelancers who had … More War Reporting for Newbies
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
Back on the road today. And what a familiar road it is. Back in March my fixer, Tam, and I drove up and down the Benghazi to Tripoli road umpteen times charting the rebels’ rapid advances followed by equally rapid retreats. On my first day I made it as far as Ras Lanuf, only for … More The Road to Sirte
The long drive from Cairo to Benghazi gave me plenty of time to reflect on my previous visits here and wonder what might have changed since May. 1. The rebels in Benghazi have always seemed a rag-tag bunch, with little idea of tactics or strategy. Every rapid advance was followed by rapid retreat. They seem … More Libya’s Rebels – The Questions
Left and right, capital and labour, and our relationship to both may have been the best way to understand 20th Century politics and to chart solutions to problems. But those days are gone. Thatcher and Reagan changed the political landscape to make us all capitalists. Maybe we differ on exactly the extent of the role … More Which Side Are You On?