The Businessman & The Prime Minister’s Seat

Basit Igtet

Basit Igtet and the magical mystery campaign

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 »

Recommendations for peace and reconciliation in post-conflict Libya

DR. Omar Ahmed Reda is Assistant professor of Psychiatry in Oregon Health & Sciences University. He graduated from Benghazi medical school in 1998 and finished his MD degree from University of Tennessee in 2009, shortly thereafter obtaining his Masters in global mental health from Harvard University. He is a Psychological trauma expert, and the founder more »

Libyan Cafés Serve a “Cup of Culture” Alongside Sips of Coffee

(Adapted from the Arabic, Imed ud-Din Hamaam for Al-Arabiya News) “It is not by bread alone that man lives”–or at least, not the kind of life that Salah Hasan, an entrepreneur in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, wants for his people. Initiatives such as Hasan’s “Cup of Culture” in Safwa Coffee café, are part of a more »

10 Things the Prime Minister Can Fix Right Now

photo: AP / Jacques Brinon

Today, Libyans await the General National Congress to approve Prime Minister Ali Zeidan’s proposed cabinet and take the reins from a temporary government that has failed on an overall scale to provide the most basic necessities that Libyans need to begin the rebuilding stage of their country.  Over a year has passed since the country’s more »

Libya’s missed opportunity: Hisham Matar

Last week Libyan author Hisham Matar met with 702 Mornings host Linda Mottram at the Sydney Writers’ Festival for a live broadcast interview, discussing such topics as exile, the shifting roles of the writer, and the potential for another “Libyan Novel”. On the responsibility to write: ❝ There is a distinction between the citizen and the artist that I have always felt. When I sit and more »