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Fuad Gritli: How an Arab millennial changed Libya’s music industry AM Spotlight 

Fuad Gritli: How an Arab millennial changed Libya’s music industry

“Am I an artist? I guess, I don’t know. I do not like to be labeled as anything or anyone. Who defines who I am and what I do?! I do not believe in being defined. I can be anything whenever I want” This is Fuad Ramadan Gritli, a Libyan millennial with a lot to offer in terms of making change in his home country. Fuad’s journey may not be very different from many other millennials. In a highly charged political and socio-technological climate, millennials often find themselves trapped between the romantic…

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6th Anniversary of Regime-Change in Libya Press Release 

6th Anniversary of Regime-Change in Libya

I write this poem to reflect  how I and many others feel about what we consider to be Libya’s 6th anniversary since the revolution. Whether we supported or condemned the revolution, or indeed recognise it as a revolution, this day remains a special day in Libyan history. So here I am, uttering my feelings to reflect the array of sadness,  frustration, devastation but also love and pride of where I come from. Today, I write a letter to my beloved Libya. *** O my country, O my country, With your struggle…

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Libya: The Italians Have Left but We Remain Colonised Opinion 

Libya: The Italians Have Left but We Remain Colonised

During my visit to Tripoli, I was able to observe various tendencies that alerted me to a complex regime of white supremacy and orientalism. Today, weddings do not only resemble the unification of two individuals, but also a way in which excessive spending, West-centric styles and contest for socioeconomic and class supremacy take place. Although it is neither typical Libyan or Arab tradition, bachelorette parties and bridesmaids have become an essential element of a wedding. In addition, the way in which wedding halls, tables and chairs are set and decorated…

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Donald Trump – What Should Arab Millennials Expect? Opinion 

Donald Trump – What Should Arab Millennials Expect?

This year’s election of Donald Trump will determine the fate of many Americans and the rest of the world population. The election exposed an alarmingly real division in American society. A division that means there is yet a lot for the ‘land of the free’ to work on. Clinton’s supporters can be divided as such: those who genuinely believe in her ideologies, mission and objectives, those who believe that it is about time ‘the greatest country in the world’ elect a female President, and those who are faced with no…

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A Letter to the Hero not the Victim Press Release 

A Letter to the Hero not the Victim

This letter is a response by Arab Millennial executive Shatha Sbeta, who is a Libyan citizen and American resident, to last week’s horrific gang rape of a Libyan woman in front of her daughter by members of militia group Al-Awashr Brigade. The incident was videoed and has circulated social media websites. *** You are not alone, the whole Arab world is with you… I do not know you, we do not know you, but we all know something about you. We know you are brave, strong. We know you are not only a survivor,…

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My Problems with Libya’s Citizenship Laws Opinion 

My Problems with Libya’s Citizenship Laws

If we were to sit back, put aside everything we had learnt, all the ideas that were passed down to us from one generation to another, what would we make of the meaning of marriage? By definition, marriage is the union between a man and a woman as partners in a lifetime-committed relationship. And if we were to add bits and pieces of the meaning of marriage in our society, we would start to understand the cultural lines that bound us and perhaps start to unravel the potentially problematic features…

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The Libyan Conflict is not a Tribal Conflict Opinion 

The Libyan Conflict is not a Tribal Conflict

With the way in which events continue to unravel in Libya, many Western news reporters and opinion writers categorize the conflict to be a courtesy of tribalism. This oversimplification in the portrayal of the Libyan conflict is especially problematic as it reaffirms a West-centric understanding of global politics. Knowledge is power, and the manner in which knowledge is shared and spread is significant. With Libya, most news agencies often portray the conflict in the language of tribalism. In this case, Libya is automatically assumed to belong to a certain category of conflict,…

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