Video: Libyan Flavours – Tea

Just over two months old, Libyan Flavours (“نكهات ليبية”) has established itself as “an initiative to keep the identity of Libya alive,”  already garnering a strong base of some fifty-five thousand followers who regularly post photos of  paintings, landscapes, meals, and snapshots from quotidian life in Libya. The producers themselves have released two well-advertised videos over the more »

Video: Novelist Ibrahim Al-Koni in Discussion with Syrian Poet Adonis

“It was in fact a spontaneous revolution by unarmed people, marching in protest and seeking their rights.”

Omar Kikli’s “Prison Sketches”

The following is an excerpt from Libyan writer Omar al-Kikli’s Prison Sketches (2012), translated from the Arabic by Sebastian Anstis. Read more at Jadaliyya. The Tea Theory of Relativity For us, tea was a matter of utmost importance; it was the only pleasure we had. It was so important that one of us, arguing with more »

Genres of the “Arab Spring”: Narrating Revolutions


What challenges will Libyan writers face as they sit down to pen a revolution that has yet to end?

Fast Food Nation? Foreign Franchises in Libya


Johnny Rocket’s and Burger Fuel among others preparing to move into Tripoli.

The Libyan Flag: A Relic of What Lies Ahead


The new flag is an unescapable motif in “Free Libya” — but can what once was a rallying symbol in revolutionary Libya be used to mollify instead?

Khaled Mattawa’s “Fifty April Years”

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Libyan-American writer Khaled Mattawa pens a poem on the student executions of the Gaddafi years.