The Ever-Changing Route of the Dakar Rally

This time of year marks the annual appearance of one of the most arduous tests in sport, the two-week-long Dakar Rally (for those who aren’t fans of motorsport, perhaps the closest sporting equivalent to the Dakar might be cycling’s Tour de France).  A 14-stage race for the world’s top off-road racers of cars, quads, motorcycles,…

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Historical Regions of Libya: Fezzan

Our glances at the three historical regions/provinces of Libya end with a look at the least-populated and only landlocked region of the three, Fezzan. Fezzan is almost entirely desert broken up by tracts of volcanic formations, and the sparse populations are concentrated around oases and upland regions in the north and west shaped like a giant…

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Historical Regions of Libya: Tripolitania

We continue our glances at the three historical regions/provinces of Libya with Tripolitania, the smallest and most densely populated of the three. Home to the Libyan capital of Tripoli for which the region is named, nearly two-thirds of the country’s population lives in the region (just under 4 000 000, 1 500 000 of which are…

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Historical Regions of Libya: Cyrenaica

Our glances at the three historical regions/provinces of Libya begin with Cyrenaica, the easternmost region of the country. Originally applied to the coastal region east of the Gulf of Sidra, the term eventually expanded to encompass the entire eastern half of what is now Libya. Currently, the region is the stronghold of opposition forces attempting to drive…

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Reintroducing the Historical Regions of Libya

This post is a preface to a series of posts this week that will glance at the three distinct historical regions of Libya. With so much of the world’s attention focused on Libya over the past few weeks as the country plunges into civil war and international intervention appears inevitable, it’s been rather interesting from…

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