Monday, 4 August 2008

Libyan Matters

For many Libyans living outside of Libya (including myself) we do not get a lot of news about Libyan's everyday life and what goes on normally, I mean anything that is not political, for me I found out more about Libya in the past two years than I did in 25+ years before and that is mainly due to Libyan blogs writing about Libya and showing pictures, before that it was mainly websites from inside Libya would write mainly about things that never existed and were there just to make a mountain out of a seed, on the other hand we have many Libyan websites that publish from outside Libya and while many of them showed some reality of what is happening in Libya but most of it is just doom and gloom, that is why I am sometimes hungry for articles and pictures from Libya that have nothing to do with politics, just normal people, normal places, stories that talk about our culture, our heritage and so on...

One such story was about the Santa Maria Church in Tripoli and its return to Christians:

you can read the full article here, I just thought it was heart warming and showed the tolerance of the real decent Libyan people. The same website has many good articles about Libya, like this one about Libyan Tea and the world famous Libyan Truffle تِرفاس , there are many articles about Libya there, very enjoyable.

One other story that got my attention was about the Venus of Cyrene, which was stolen by the Italian invaders from Libya and put in the Rome Museum, the museum has lost its appeal to try and keep it in Rome and I am hoping inshaAllah that it is returned soon, just like the Libyan Aphrodite that was returned in 2002.

saying that, Libyans have responsibility to look after their heritage, I have read few times about how some of our artifacts are stolen and sold abroad and this is happening now, to me this is one of the worst ever crimes committed by people.

Finally I would like to wish our team at this year's Olympics the best of luck, I know it is too much to expect a medal but just taking part and participating in this major event is a reason to be proud of the 7 Libyan athletes, I wish there was more than just seven but that is how it is and inshaAllah they make us proud by being decent and fair.

Incidentally when I wrote few weeks ago about the American/Libyan swimmer Mercedes/Asmahan Farhat not being the first ever Libyan female swimmer as many Libyan and American websites were reporting, it was good to see The Tripoli Post writing exactly what I did weeks before them :o)

Top Row (from left): Asmahan Farhat, Ghada Ali and Ali Zaid; Second row (from left):Mohammad BenSalah, Ezzidin Tlish, Ahmed Belgasim and Sufian Aljaddi


arachesostufo said...

ciao da scorzè venezia

peace and freedom

Anonymous said...

hello AL
global voices published your post about the libyan female swimmers in many languages, that is where tripoli post got the information.


dusk till dawn said...

salam A-LY
i quite agree we should write alot abt our loving libya and its prides.ita alot to write , i will write abt a place we stayed in tripoli with my wife called ancient zumit hotel created in 1816 its quite cought my eyes and so peaceful place, in the old city , u can go i wish our magnificent 7 all the best ,hope they will do us proud

Anglo-Libyan said...

ciao arachesostufo and thank you :o)

anonymous K,
the post by global voices was done by Fozia Mahmoud who mentioned my post amongst others, thank you.

DTD, I have seen pictures of the Zumit hotel, its very impressive, it would be good if you write about it :o)

a_akak said...

Life in Libya is different to the old Libya and is much more open and free (to a certain extent) ... Libyan social life has changed dramtically and the western style is creepig in but the extent will only be known with time

For me personally, the only thing i miss when i am in Libya is my 15Mbit internet connection, apart from that its the same for me

Fe Aman Allah

Anonymous said...

her name is Fozia Mohamed, not mahmoud.

Anonymous said...

hai AL
where r ur regular readers?
bh, ibee, bc, lebeeya and so on and on

hahahahahaha told u 2 give up

lotto winners said...

Nice blog. Thats all.

Anglo-Libyan said...

thanks Ahmed
your news is fresh from Libya :o)

WEDA said...

salam anglo u know hw much i love libya so i'm waititng 4 the libyan flag in the olympic games.....i love thisday alot 8/8/2008

Anonymous said...

From 1934 to 1970. Have visited Libya again from 1971 to 2006. It is not the same.Many changes all over the place and within the people(except for the old generation). Suggest to see the website: and you
will see Libya of yeasterday.
Salam Aleikum. Gino alias abdelhameed Manarfash.

Anonymous said...

Gino made a mistake: Sorry.
the website is

Anglo-Libyan said...

salam Gino alias abdelhameed Manarfash
welcome to my blog, your website is wonderful, I will linl to it.
I looked at the AUTOMOBILISMO page, the key ring at the end of the page, my father owns one of them, he used to be in the ministry of tourism and helped organized the race I think (i was very young then) he used to have a gun as well which as far as I know was used to fire at the beginning of the race, I still remember the key ring :o)

Sarora_S.K said...

Hi anglo-libyan, nice blog, and nice topic, u r so honest and loyal,really, coz many libyan pple who r living away 4m their own home, 4got it, and 4got they r libyan, u r good person keep on...

Anglo-Libyan said...

hello sarora and welcome to my blog
thank you for the comment :o)

DaMoon said...

that's such an old pic of my cousin Sofian, da bottom left, glad he made it to da olympics

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