Libya's efforts to build economy, tourism snagged by its own capriciousness

A Swiss businessman has been jailed in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on immigration violation charges, an action widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of Gaddafi's son. Switzerland, in turn, has barred Libyan officials. In February, Gaddafi banned visas for citizens from 20 European countries in an order that was not lifted until late last month. His call for jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland came after a Swiss referendum prohibited the ... Full Story »

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Posted by: Posted by Beth Wellington - Apr 13, 2010 - 7:57 PM PDT
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Edited by: Beth Wellington - Apr 20, 2010 - 2:45 AM PDT

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Beth Wellington
3.9
by Beth Wellington - Apr. 20, 2010

The author, the WaPo's bureau chief is on his third posting to Africa. He brings in a lot of examples and interviews local ordinary citizens. Some links to background info would be nice.

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Kaizar Campwala
3.9
by Kaizar Campwala - Apr. 20, 2010

Good explanation of how Libya's government sabotage's the country's economic potential. I would have enjoyed learning more about what makes Libya a potential tourist draw.

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Kristin Gorski
3.8
by Kristin Gorski - Apr. 20, 2010

Accurately shows how intricately entwined economies are across the world -- in this case, Libya and Switzerland. Tourism's key roles is also highlighted (and this reflects a trend I'm seeing in other stories I'm reviewing). Could be more in-depth: the included statistics and stories included are interesting and clearly just the tip of this iceberg.

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Autumn Stephens
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by Autumn Stephens - Apr. 21, 2010

Would Libya still be reacting this way if the country wasn't Switzerland?

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Vienna Tartaglia
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by Vienna Tartaglia - Apr. 21, 2010

It is interesting how no one is visiting Libya any more and that they really need tourism in which to make some money.

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Daniel Carrasquillo
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by Daniel Carrasquillo - Apr. 21, 2010

This article was oddly written but did have much insightful information on Libya and the country's problems with Switzerland. Does this basically mean that Libya and Switzerland are possibly going to wage war?

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scott thayres
3.4
by scott thayres - Apr. 21, 2010

Sounds factual and i feel as if what I am reading is true and non-biased, but all I see is quotes (not that it is a bad thing, great for personal views). Some links to other sources that dwell deeper in some parts such as the effect of Gaddafi declaring a jihad/boycott (a possible source for which is right would be nice, if possible) on Switzerland on Libya's economy to me would make it more quality journalism.

The photo of the Roman city is amazing. Sad to see that tourism is not doing well from the declaration of a jihad.

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Danielle Villa
3.0
by Danielle Villa - Apr. 21, 2010

This shows how people let personal affairs get in the way of things that could profit them.

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Christopher Loftus
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by Christopher Loftus - Apr. 21, 2010

Nice quotes to influence the story. I would have liked to see more sites but it seemed very factual and non biased.

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