Libya: Civil Society And NGOs Squeezed


The Daily Beast ran an exclusive today from me on the new Libyan authorities aiming to cut the financial lifeline of domestic NGOs — namely, funding from overseas counterparts and partners. This is how the push-back on civil society started in neighboring Egypt earlier this year. There is a real behind-the-scenes tussle going on here in Libya between three main blocs: progressives who see this revolution as their property; Islamists, who are far better organized and more rooted than the liberals; and the old Gaddafi business and administrative elite who want to protect what they have. The next few months here are going to be fascinating as this plays out.

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