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Derna, Libya
By Transterra Editor
07 Apr 2014

Armed militants affiliated to ISIS parade down the streets of Derna, Libya showing off their weapons and brandishing the black ISIS flag.

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Derna, Libya
By Transterra Editor
07 Apr 2014

Armed militants affiliated to ISIS parade down the streets of Derna, Libya showing off their weapons and brandishing the black ISIS flag.

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Derna, Libya
By Transterra Editor
07 Apr 2014

Armed militants affiliated to ISIS parade down the streets of Derna, Libya showing off their weapons and brandishing the black ISIS flag.

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Derna, Libya
By Transterra Editor
07 Apr 2014

Armed militants affiliated to ISIS parade down the streets of Derna, Libya showing off their weapons and brandishing the black ISIS flag.

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Derna, Libya
By Transterra Editor
07 Apr 2014

Armed militants affiliated to ISIS parade down the streets of Derna, Libya showing off their weapons and brandishing the black ISIS flag.

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Derna, Libya
By Transterra Editor
07 Apr 2014

Armed militants affiliated to ISIS parade down the streets of Derna, Libya showing off their weapons and brandishing the black ISIS flag.

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Libya's Lost Generation
tripoli
By Melanie Wenger
30 Mar 2014

As Libya celebrates the 3rd anniversary of its revolution, a young generation of Libyans are continuing to fight for their dreams as hope for a bright future, away from guns, theft and radicalism, fades. Young Libyans who took up arms to fight the Gadhafi regime now find their country plunged into a deep political and economic crisis that trapping many in a cycle of violence and greed.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

Hamdi Al Orfani, Tunisian Olympic club fighter attacks and tries to dodge the punch of Ahmed Al Moftah in the middle weight competition.

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Libyan Freedom Riders
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

Motorcycles, like many other sports or activities considered “savage” or a threat to the Libyan culture, were banned during the Gadhafi area in Libya. But since Gadhafi's regime fell in 2011, motorcycles are making their comeback in the streets of Libya. Fakhri Al-Hassi is one of the first motorcycle riders in the country. He used to ride his bike in the streets of Benghazi during Gadhafi’s rule, but was often arrested and harassed by the police for wearing leather clothes and badges which they said promoted imperialist ideas. Fakhri Al-Hassi, also called “GO Fakhri”, founded the Berynatchi Club in February 2013, through which he now organizes weekly rides with other riders and maintenance workshops. Fakhri’s goal is to improve the image of the biking culture with the Libyan people and the police. Since the revolution, the number of motorcycles in the country exploded and with it the number of road traffic accidents. The biker says it is important that the club is registered with the Libyans authorities and that all the bikers who join it have driving licenses to gain the trust and respect of the Libyan authorities. The club, which is one of the only two bikers club in Eastern Libya and was named after the ancient name of the city, now counts 55 members. For Fakhri, clubs like his are a good example to show that the revolution was not only political, but affected all parts Libyan society.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Revived
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

At the University of Benghazi stadium, Tripoli's Rugby team competes with Benghazi's home team in a sport that was once banned by the Qaddafi government. Captain of Tripoli team dressed in orage trying to block the path for a player in the Benghazi team.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

At the University of Benghazi stadium, Tripoli's Rugby team competes with Benghazi's home team in a sport that was once banned by the Qaddafi government. Ahmed Makhloof, the captain of Benghazi team tackling the defense of the Tripoli team.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

Hamdi Al Orfani punches Ahmed Al Moftah, fighter of Al nasr Libyan club and wins the match.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

A match between A Libyan fighter from Al Sukoor club wearing red and A Tunisian fighter from Altaraji club. Libyan fighter Ramzi Abd Alsalam from Tubroq which is located 1400 km in the east of Benghazi punches the fighter of Altaraji club. Ramzi Abd Alsalam wins the match against the fighter of Altaraji club

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

Monir Al Sweie, A fighter from Al Ahli club of Benghazi tackles his team mate Abd Al Monem Meri in the light weight competition. Fighter Monir Al Sweie avoids a punch from Abd Al Monem Meri in the light weight

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

At the University of Benghazi stadium, Tripoli's Rugby team competes with Benghazi's home team in a sport that was once banned by the Qaddafi government. Players from the Benghazi team and the Tripoli team.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

At the University of Benghazi stadium, Tripoli's Rugby team competes with Benghazi's home team in a sport that was once banned by the Qaddafi government.two players from Tripoli team trying to hold a player from Benghazi team from scoring.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

At the University of Benghazi stadium, Tripoli's Rugby team competes with Benghazi's home team in a sport that was once banned by the Qaddafi government. Tripoli’s team and Benghazi team starting their match.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

Hamdi Al Orfani, Tunisian Olympic club fighter attacks and tries to dodge the punch of Ahmed Al Moftah in the middle weight competition.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

A left handed punch from Monir sweie to Abd Al Monem Meri.

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Banned Activities Under Gaddafi Reviv...
Libya
By Transterra Editor
24 Mar 2014

At the University of Benghazi stadium, Tripoli's Rugby team competes with Benghazi's home team in a sport that was once banned by the Qaddafi government. Tripoli’s team and Benghazi team huddling .

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Libyan Freedom Riders 8
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al-Hassi shows his skills in front of tourists in one of the forests in the historical city of Shahat during the gala that many say is just an introductory for a huge festival in Libya. Al-Hassi had to refrain from practicing his hobby during Al Gadhafi's reign in which the sport was banned.

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By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ousama Al Baraki ignites his bike now to practice a sport that was forbidden in the age of Al Gadhafi who held a strange view to this kind of sport, banning it and tracking riders.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 5
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al-Hassi, who wears leather clothes covered with logos of brands, talks to one of the tourists about his choice of clothes/fashion sense.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 2
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

A group of motorcycle riders organize an event on the coastal road of Al-Merej city, 100km east of Benghazi, gathering in small groups to practice their hobby that was banned during the reign of Al Gadhafi.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 1
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

A group of traditional bikers meet in the Shahat forest after finally getting rid of the ban Al Gadhafi's ban on motorcycles. After the revolution, men found themselves free to own motorcycles and organize related events.

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By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ahmad Baghtous takes a souvenir photograph in his "Texan" outfit during an event for bikers in the historical city of Shahat.

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By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ahmad takes part in a bikers' event in the Shahat forest with a group of other riders.

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By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Ousama Al Baraki rides his bike on the mountain road of Bayda city taking part in an event with his group of riders.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 7
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

A group of motorcycle riders organize an event on the coastal road of Al-Merej city, 100km east of Benghazi, gathering in small groups to practice their hobby that was banned during the reign of Al Gadhafi.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 4
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al Hasi rides at 130 Km/h on the coastal road in an event riders wished to have for a long time, but were not allowed to have before the revolution freed them from the unreasonable control of Al Gadhafi.

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Libyan Freedom Riders 3
By Transterra Editor
20 Mar 2014

Fakhri Al-Hassi, one of the leading bikers who established the Berynatchi Club in 2012, smiles while riding through Bayda city. He has been a rider since the 80s, but was never able to roam freely in the streets with police always tracking him among other motorcycle enthusiasts as Al Gadhafi forced a ban on the sport.

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Libya's Banned Sports
Benghazi, Lybia
By Mohamed Al-theeb
18 Mar 2014

The city of Shahat, also known as Kourina in Libya has witnessed the first gathering of motorcycle riders after this hobby was forbidden for a long time under the control of Al Qaddafi, as he considered it a strange violent sport which threatens the culture in Libya.
The organizers of the event have chosen the old city of Shahat (kourina) as their meeting point, and this city is considered a historical heritage built by Greeks in The Green Mountain in the far north east of Libya.

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By Transterra Editor
14 Mar 2014

Bikers participating in a motorcycle riders event in the forest of Shahat take a group portrait in front of the slogan "Shahat Forum."

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By Transterra Editor
14 Mar 2014

A group of motorcycles ride in the streets of the city of Shahat.

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Libya's underground hip hop and parco...
By Claudia Wiens
05 Mar 2014

Break Dance and Parcour Underground Scene in Libya
The b-boying scene in Libya started around 1999-2000 and is now since Qaddafi's death gaining new momentum. B-boy Ayashi was was one of the very first Libyans to introduce break dancing to Libya back then. Even though he is 40 years old now he is still active and gives workshops to the youth about hip hop culture. More and more young guys are starting to break dance and doing parcour. It is a way of expressing their feelings, rebelling against conservative powers and also staying sane in times of constant political turmoil and violence. The guys meet to practice in an old basket ball hall or a public park several times a week. The parcour guys find unused sandy spaces and create their own obstacle parcour where they practice crazy somersaults and dangerous jumps.
On 7th March a big break dance festival took place in a central public space in Tripoli with dozens of participants and hundreds of spectators. For almost a whole day dancers were battling against each other, showing off new moves and simply enjoying dancing to loud music open air. Even though there is the constant threat of some Islamic fundamentalist might turn up and violently object to young guys dancing in public to loud western hip hop music nobody let that stop them.
The one thing missing is female dancers. The guys explained that is already very difficult for them to break dance let alone having girls participating. They might dance secretely at home but it seems it is not the time yet to make a public appearance.

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Libya's Lost Generation 7
By Melanie Wenger
28 Feb 2014

Sifaw plays Amazigh music in gatherings to promote his culture in the different cities of eastern Libya as part of his peaceful work for the Amazigh cause. His culture, he insists, is quite different from the Arab culture. During the revolution, Sifaw used to fight against Gadhafi with his fellows from Yefren, and now carries a Kalachinkov with him to protect his family from the rising insecurity, home invasions and car hijacking in Libya.

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Libya's Lost Generation 5
By Melanie Wenger
21 Feb 2014

Songwriter, guitarist and death metal fan Ousman Ben Khalifa prefers to play only Amazigh songs in his few concerts in Libya. « Sharia people, they think metal music is a Satanic music against religion. Honestly, I do not know how things will end if I try to play [death metal] so I just avoid playing it in public places. It's not safe to play metal music in Libya." Ousama is hoping to leave Libya and is now filing for a Canadian visa so he can study and hopefully find a job there.

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Libya's Lost Generation 9
By Melanie Wenger
20 Feb 2014

On February 20th, the day of the Constitution assembly elections, the Imazighen declared their autonomy and gathered in their main city, Zwara. At the end of a men-only demonstration, young women were allowed to join and light some candles. They were complaining that their people were not included in the elections and want the central government and parliament to guarantee their language and culture in Libya's planned constitution.