Libya: Young fighters on the front against Haftar in the Battle of Tripoli

Strongman Khalifa Haftar’s offensive on the Libyan capital has seen a generation of inexperienced, and largely ignored youngsters rise up in defence of their city. Haftar’s April offensive on Tripoli is bogged down and in trouble. His Libyan National Army (LNA) suffered a major setback on 27 June with the loss of Gharyan, a strategic city about 100km south of the capital. Holding off against … Continuer de lire Libya: Young fighters on the front against Haftar in the Battle of Tripoli

The religious and ideological factors of violent extremism

by Amel Boubekeur* Analysing the ideological dimensions of Jihadism is a controversial exercise. While the Euromed Survey was not primarily designed to tackle this dimension, some questions incidentally related to it and respondents were also offered the possibility of expanding on it in the framework of open questions. Many researchers, journalists and politicians find it difficult to accept that such violence can be politically or … Continuer de lire The religious and ideological factors of violent extremism

Libya: a race against time

par Hervé Pugi. While western powers attempt to fight evil in Iraq and Syria with bombs, the Daesh cancer is spreading to Libya. And although still contained, this terrorist tumour calls urgently for an appropriate remedy before the country wastes away further. we’ve gone to meet young libyans. « It’s obviously getting worse. Daesh is gaining people as well as power. » These are just some of … Continuer de lire Libya: a race against time

Tunisia: the Bourguiba Paradox

by Hatem M’Rad*. It is a fact. Babib Bourguiba left his mark on Tunisia and Tunisians, beginning in the 1930’s and then in the struggle against colonization, until his humiliating deposition by General Ben Ali on November 7, 1987. It might seem like a paradox, but Bourguiba has remained an oppressive liberator. He liberated the people and the nation, but subjected Tunisians to his desires … Continuer de lire Tunisia: the Bourguiba Paradox

Can we live without islamists?

by Hervé Pugi. « It’s a dangerous word which makes more noise than it enlightens », here in the introduction is the precision that François Burgat never fails to bring. He is a researcher at the Institute of islamic studies and research (IREMAM) in Aix-en-Provence, when we approached the subject of Islamism with him. While specifying that it « would undoubtedly be necessary to learn to live without … Continuer de lire Can we live without islamists?