Features

First Published in The Libyan Magazine

 

Very few Libyans are familiar with the ‘talking cure’. They know little about its theories and almost nothing of its practice. Perhaps they never felt the need to rely on its wisdom and have dismissed its benefits. In our culture, one’s emotional and mental states are seen as a part of their spiritual character. If they complain of psychological distress, it is seen as a failure in not finding peace in God or religion.

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The world for a long time didn’t quite understand about Libya’s women. Thanks to the awful, negative and unfortunate faces that came out of the February 17 Revolution, many have wondered whether or not we were all victims of some sort or other. In the relative absence of a loud positive media thud, this has worried many.

 

Featuring Yusra Tekbali and History Notes by Ronald Bruce St John

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She was once young, beautiful and the talk of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern promise. But after four decades of enduring abuse, Libya has become an ugly, unhappy and miserable old woman. She can’t even recognize herself and is unable, try as she might, to recall any happy times.

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Attending the Palestine Film Festival 2010 – Part Two

 

In Part One, I briefly introduced the Annual Palestine Film Festival that I was fortunate to attend in London last month, which showcased at the Barbican and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Also, I let you know that its current team of directors, writers and producers are still touring the world and scheduled to bring the festival to a close in October in Boston, US and Toronto, Canada. So there is still time to watch the works on the big screen.

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Attending the Palestine Film Festival 2010 – Part One

 

When we address the awesome issue of Palestine and the desperate plight of many of its people held hostage, we are more or less aware of the historical and political details. Over the years, we have seen them fight and struggle with every ounce of their being to defend what’s left of their hope to live without oppression, control and fear which has been imposed on them by a mighty and powerful Israel. 

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Part Two of A Series on Love

 

In Part One, I addressed the issue of Romantic love and modern day’s obsession with it; as well as the pressure we all feel, to some extent or other, to attain its impossibly high standards. Towards the end, I showed that it is in the nature of Romantic love to be short lived, mostly one-sided and never grounded in reality. 

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Part One of A Series on Love

 

I am no love buff. But today, I consider myself fortunate to have plenty of family and friends around who make me feel especially valued and emotionally satisfied. My work also gives me great rewards and a purpose to endure a world in which we are all bound to exist -through choice or not - depending on what you believe. For me this is love and enough love for now. 

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One dear issue I would like to open up on Nahla Ink is that of a person being caught or stuck between two very different cultures. It is for people, like me, who live between the East and West and find it a challenge to build a strong identity in the midst of all the theoretical, practical and at times inconvenient emotional contradictions we find ourselves in. Let me explain.

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