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My Father, the Cleaver: Remembering a Libyan Cartoonist’s Satirical Legacy

My Father, the Cleaver

From his exile in northern England, the Libyan satirist Hasan Dhaimish skewered Moammar Gadhafi and his ilk for decades with his razor-sharp cartoons. After the dictator’s fall, Dhaimish took his work into overdrive — but without a central target, his net widened, and his isolation deepened.

How ‘The Message’ and ‘The Lion of the Desert’ Forever Shaped How Libyans See Themselves

In the Shadow of a Cinematic Canon

Two epic films — financed by Gadhafi and shot on location — have shaped Libyans’ vision of themselves for over 40 years. “The Message” and “The Lion of the Desert” have cast long shadows over filmmaking in the country that are hard to escape.

In Life and Death, Libyan Poet Mustafa al-Trabelsi Sang the Song of Derna

In Life and Death, Libyan Poet Mustafa al-Trabelsi Sang the Song of Derna

The day Derna was washed out to sea, the poet Mustafa Trabelsi published a short poem on his Facebook page, titled “The Rain.” Its prediction of the coming devastation became an indictment of Libya’s corrupt political elite.

How Libyan and Italian Authorities Are Hindering Migrant Rescue Ships

How Libyan and Italian Authorities Are Hindering Migrant Rescue Ships

On the surface, it is odd that the rescue ship Humanity 1 and the Libyan coast guard should compete because both, in theory, are supposed to save refugees’ lives. But the Libyans are under contract to return migrants to Libya, while the nonprofit vessels want to land them in Europe.

Libyan Floods Reflect a River of Corruption and Negligence

Libyan Floods Reflect a River of Corruption and Negligence

As Libya recovers from the initial shock of this catastrophe, the political situation is slowly sliding back to normal. A narrative war is beginning between various sides, and the politicization of and profiteering from relief have begun.

How Libya’s Central Bank Chief Survived a Decade of Conflict

How Libya’s Central Bank Chief Survived a Decade of Conflict

Even senior foreign diplomats who regularly meet Libya's central banker concede he remains a mystery to them. He is neither the ultimate barrier against the pillage of the Libyan state, as he himself maintains, nor the biggest culprit behind its crisis, as his enemies say.

Two Versions of the Past Battle for Libya’s Future

Two Versions of the Past Battle for Libya’s Future

When I argue with friends who fought Gadhafi in 2011 that his son won’t redeem Libya from its suffering, they declare their intention to vote for him regardless. For them, and many ex-rebels like them, their former enemy has become the long-awaited champion of the people.