Last Friday, September 19, has become known as “Black Friday” for Libyans — and not because of shopping. A series of assassinations in Benghazi on Friday, including those of two teenage activists, shook a nation already rocked by violent tensions. As world media attention has focused once again on deepening tragedies in Syria and Iraq, another country transformed by the 2011 uprising has been rapidly descending into chaos. The situation in Libya has become increasingly unstable. Rival militias have been openly fighting on the streets of Tripoli, Libya’s capital. As scores of activists and political figures have been assassinated, those who are able have been fleeing to Tunisia and Egypt. With so many factions fighting, it is unclear who is responsible for these killings, and often just plain difficult to understand who the various forces vying for power in Libya are, and what motives they have.
To unravel the tangle of militant players in Libya and understand what lies in store for the country’s future, Khalil Bendib spoke with Patrick Haimzadeh, a former French diplomat in Libya, political analyst, journalist, and author of In the Heart of Gaddafi’s Libya.
Bay Area-based Iranian-American artist Taraneh Hemami has always tried to be a bridge for creative exchange between multi-generational artists. Her new exhibition, Theory of Survival: Fabrications, is a pop-up bazaar featuring the works of 12 local Iranian-American artists who explore revolution, repression, and cultural representation before and after Iran’s 1979 revolution. The artists transform, appropriate, and comment upon the commodification of protest culture imagery
The exhibition opened at San Francisco’s Southern Exposure Gallery on September 5 and runs through October 25.
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Iranian-American Artists Featured in the Exhibit: