Friday, October 7, 2016

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

US strikes ISIS targets in Sirt, Libya...

I support the US bombing of ISIS in Libya because it's an ISIS stronghold, and because I have very strong and repugnant feelings regarding ISIS, stemming from a personal one. What some of you may not know about was the kidnapping and murder of my nephew by ISIS in Libya, even though the ransom was paid. 
What I fear is that the lack of leadership and utter chaos and  breakdown of law and order in Libya is leading to the death of the country. Without help, Libya has the potential to be another Syria, maybe even worse. Each group holds the other hostage for their own interest, yet not a single one strong enough to unite the country, including the HOR. 
Libyans cannot do it on their own without international help. The death toll is rising, there is practically no medical care, no money, no law and order, daily kidnappings and assassinations, etc....and ISIS.
I lived in the shadow of a dictatorship, under Gadaffi. I never imagined it could be worse. 
Libya is dying a slow death while Libyans debate what to do. There is only one choice...unite under a majority, or die. Democracy is a political luxury that does not always work for different situations. It sometimes take many steps to get there. Libya is taking baby steps, and yes, in my humble opinion, Libya needs outside help in order to survive. 
Hopefully one day, Libya will find the form of government, a political model, best suited to its unique cultural, religious and social heritage.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

One reason why I wrote THE LIBYAN...

When I wrote my memoir, THE LIBYAN, I frankly had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into. I knew it was something I had to do, but I also knew I shouldn't do it until the time was right...

On the day Gaddafi died, I told my husband that I was going to start writing, and I did, that same night. It took me two and a half years to finish, and he and my daughter were my earliest and most fervent supporters.  They both believed there was a story to be told and a country and people to be introduced to...

Above all, I wanted to share my love for
Libya and Libyans, and that is the basis for this story...

One of the reasons I love getting reviews is because it's a way for me to gauge if I have succeeded in introducing Libya to someone who knew nothing about it prior to reading my book. 
That is why reviews like this is priceless to me, and makes it all worthwhile. 

Thank you, from my heart to yours...❤️

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Eid Mubarak and Selamat Hari Raya ❤️

Wishing a Blessed Eid Mubarak and Selamat Hari Raya to my Muslim friends, family, and wonderful readers who have shared my journey... ❤️

Friday, May 27, 2016

Thank you, Lamia El-Makki ❤️

لقد أنهيت للتو قراءة كتاب " الليبي" . وهي قصة رائعة تحكي مذكرات سيدة أمريكية تزوجت من سياسي ليبي في الفترة اﻷولى من حكم القذافي.  لقد أخذتني القصة في رحلة إلى حقبة من تاريخ ليبيا عشتها لكني لم أعيها  جيدا لصغر سني في ذلك الوقت..فترة طفولتي المبكرة ؛ لطالما سمعت أبي وأقاربي يتحدثون عنها.  انتابني شعور رائع وأنا أقرأ " الليبي " وكأني عدت ﻷعيش في ذلك الزمن البعيد أعيش يوما بيوم مع أحداث القصة وشخصياتها الجميلة تأثرت كثيرا بالناس الطيبين وكأن ' إبراهيم' هو سيدي (جدي) أنا و'رقية' حناي (جدتي) أنا ؛فهما تقريبا يشبهان كل جد وجدة ليبيين.. والعائلة كلها كأنها كل عائلة ليبية أصيلة.  رأيت أيضا عراقة بﻻدي وعاداتها الجميلة وتقاليدها وطيبة أهلها وكيف أثرت في وجدان شابة مغتربة تركت بلدها بكل ما فيه من تقدم ورفاهية لتعيش في بلد لم تسمع عنه شئ قبل تعرفها بزوجها.   إن القصة مكتوبة بطريقة سلسة وممتعة تجمع بين الرومانسية والدراما والتشويق وتجعلك متشوقا لمعرفة ماذا سيحدث ﻻحقا.  وتظهر في القصة محبة الكاتبة للبلد ولأهلها. لقد دمعت عيناي وارتجف قلبي عدة مرات خﻻل القراءة ؛ تعاطفا مع أبطال القصة حينا وخوفا عليهم حينا آخر كما وتنفست معهم الصعداء أحيانا أخرى . شكرا ﻹستر ﻷنها جعلتني أرى بلدي وتراثه بعين مختلفة وشكرا على إحياء وتوثيق فترة من تاريخه .     
  لمياء المكي 

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