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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Political Chaos in Tripoli

The City Tripoli is a pleasant seaside hub graced with Italian-style cafes and steady Mediterranean sunshine, under which residents often spend hours drinking espresso. There hasn't been much more to do in the City since the revolution.

We'd some plans with Seppo L. to approach the Libyan market a few years ago. Things are not going well over there.

You can't get a passport or the paperwork for a house building project without knowing the right people or bribing someone  Inhabitants are demoralized by the bureaucracy. Businesses operate without licenses while the process of getting anything done is too cumbersome.

A muddled political landscape in Libya is adding turmoil to the daily lives. Simple tasks such as pumping petrol can turn violent in an instant.

Libyans are fed up with an incompetent government that hasn't done much to decrease the insecurity that has taken root since the uprising three years ago.

Right, it was 2001 and we were looking into some building and infrastructure projects with the goal to provide housing for the people and add to the political stability.

Today, in addition to the lack of fuel for consumers, energy shortages have contributed to widespread blackouts as summer temperatures rise.

A string of robberies has halted to distribution of currency to to banks, leaving residents without easy access to cash.

People don't go outside because they're afraid. The government doesn't provide basic internal security and banks have been closed for week. They might wait for two weeks to get their petrol tanks filled.

Radical groups have wrecked havoc with a series of assassinations. People are gunned down at their homes.
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