Libya: A Failed State?: Panel discussion at the Frontline Club looking at whether or not Libya is on the brink of becoming a failed state, three years after the Nato-backed rebels overthrew Muammar Gaddafi and the country was held up as the success story of the Arab Spring but is now divided. As Libya’s parliament calls for foreign intervention to protect civilians from deadly clashes between rival militia groups, looking at what has gone wrong. Discussion taking place 17 September, 2014 with Lindsey Hilsum, Chris Stephen and Ghazi Gheblawi.
He wants to contribute towards a country that can be at peace and harmony with itself; and for him to be able to take a leading role in healing his country from not just the outside but the inside injuries it has suffered for over the last four decades.
Western culture allows for love affairs, non-married sexual fulfilment and a freedom to design whichever living or family arrangement that suits you. So the mainly social purpose for a wedding doesn’t exist. Though many choose to go down the aisle, it is more for the aesthetic and symbolic religious or legal reasons.
But in Libya today, in every town and city, there is plenty of walking wounded whose pain is not immediately visible; but whose lives are blighted with a personal misery and unhappiness. When you look closer, there is every case of mild to severe depression, anxiety and panic feelings, unrequited grief from loss, nightmares and flashbacks of trauma – that are all identified psychological disorders. In truth, they don’t even need an expert to recognize the damage.
Under her dangerous captor, she has broken down and cannot deal with the simple day-to-day tasks. When she compares herself to others, she is deeply jealous, as they have built proud kingdoms and taken care of their children and their lands. With fear, trepidation and her heart pounding in her chest, she’s decided to speak her peace before looming death and confide her regrets.
Ben-Halim, former Prime Minister of Libya during the Senussi led constitutional monarchy, published the memoirs in 1990, when he was still living in exile under diplomatic protection in the United Kingdom. Written in both Arabic and English, it documents his ten years’ worth of experience in public office and sets the record straight on the Years of Hope – as he describes them.
As she explains to Nahla Ink: “From the early 1990s, I observed as a teacher at the political science department at the University of Garyounis, that criticism of Colonel Gaddafi’s regime was secretly increasing.