What Would Be If Specifically Designed For Libyans ?

I believe the change starts with us by changing our behavior and our environment. Without government, restrictions, and law and order, we fall in complete chaos.

These are some ideas made specifically for Libyans. It’s just for fun. These things need to be fixed with other ways.

1- Moving out from traffic light in the red:

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2- Littering: throwing trashes out of window:

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3- Disorganization and not driving  in lanes:

Highways with wall lanes

4- Disorganization and not standing in lines:

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Note: it works as well in Walmart during the Black Friday events.

5- Disorganization and not parking correctly:

Parking lot with walls

The Principles of The National Dialogue in Libya

Tripoli Airport

Once I meet with my friends these days, all we talk about is the current situation. Every one picks a side. We talk for hours without convincing each other. The point is we have different views, but we share one thing. We have the common goals which are building and developing Libya. In the reality, the different parties have taken the weapons as the way of talking. When two Libyans are fighting, that means a civil war.

Civil wars last for years and  usually finish with national dialogue. People of the one nationality usually do not notice they are in a civil war. They will realize it after killing many people and destroying their country. A civil war ends with national dialog or peace talk. For example, Lebanon had a civil war for 16 years. Eventually, they reached a settlement. So, they eventually sit together. Some countries did that too late.  Do not do what Sudan did. The delay of national dialogue could divide Libya into three parts.We should perform now. People start splitting up into groups. I support that party and I against you.

Libya now faces a conflict among more than three parties. Libyan Dawn Operation is basically combination of Misrata Militias and some Tripoli, Zleten, Tajura, and Nalot militias. Libyan Dawn Operation represents the moderate islamic parties (Political Islam). Brotherhood is the most famous organization in political islam party. The other party is the Liberal, as the political Islam call it. General Hafter’s army (Dignity Operation) and the House of Representatives are the most famous members in the side. There’s a third party, which is the extremisms. They don’t believe in democracy. 

This map shows the Libyan conflict

Libya Conflict Map 2014

To demonstrate what happen when the people of these parties start debating, let’s take the usual dialog among Libyans in these days:

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

Swaeq and Qaqa (Pro Hifter) are not enrolled in the Ministry of Defense

Dignity Pros:

Misrata Militias are not acutely enrolled in Libyan National Army

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

Hafter uses the HoR to establish important decisions.

Dignity Pros:

Militias were used by GNC to establish important decisions

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

It’s anti-revolution by Pro-Gaddafi

Dignity Pros:

Brotherhood coups the legitimation and trying to control the country by their militias

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

Revolutionizers (Thwar) are the protecters of 17th Revolution in Libya

Dignity Pros:

The national army with police are the only ones who protect Libya

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

Revolutionizers are the only legitimate body who fought against Gaddafi

Dignity Pros:

Revolutionizers (Militias) are now out of control

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

The HoR are not legitimate body

Dignity Pros:

The HoR are the only legitimate body

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

There’s no army in Libya now unless it’s Gaddafi’s army

Dignity Pros:

There’s army in Libya now and should stand out

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

The 17th Revolution is still active and not finished yet

Dignity Pros:

The 17th revolution is no longer active. We should starting building Libya

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

The HoR asked for western intervention. They are betrayers    

Dignity Pros:

The HoR asked for stopping fighting and dissolving militias

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

HoR is being controlled from outside

Dignity Pros:

GNC and militias are being controlled from outsider

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

Revolutionizers must build the new political regime of Libya

Dignity Pros:

Libyans should participate creating the new democratic Libya

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

UAE is behind the HoR support

Dignity Pros:

Qatar is behind the GNC support

Operation Libyan Dawn Pros:

Mahmoud Jebril is a duble agent to UAE and Egypt

Dignity Pros:

Salabi  is a duble agent to Qatar

Not the military action in Libya would change the current situation and solve all this debate. Only the national dialogue among all parties. Not the political decision only by House of Representatives could dissolve to current crisis. Only the national dialogue. Not the western intervention could solve the conflict. Only the national dialogue. However, when we talk about the national dialog, we should understand and consider some basic principals:

Every party has to start the dialog or peace talk with 50% chance they will be wrong. Do not assume that one of them are 100% rightful.

Every party should be willing for giving up some of their privileges. To reach the peaceful with your opponents, you should waive some of your rights to their rights.

Every party has to start the dialog with chance of other party will be your partner. It is not good making enemies.

Every party should keep calm whatever happen. They should make sure all their members keep calm during the dialog. Keeping relaxing will reflect on your opponents.  It is important to show the respect to  each others.

One of the Libyan traits is stubbornness. Do not be stubborn. Instead, be flexible and open to other’s opinion.

The national dialog should be not biased to one party against the other. Should be standing in the middle between all other parties.

And these some questions from Civil Society Dialogue Network we need to consider before starting the national dialog:

Q1: How large should national dialogues be?

Q2: How wide should the inclusion net be cast?

Q3: What constituencies need to be included?

Q4: How should their representatives be selected?

Q5: What is their relationship to existing institutions (HoR and Gov)

Q6: What are their decision-making powers?

These question should be answered through negotiations among the key political parties in Libya.

We have to sit down together, and ask ourselves what the common thing that we have. The answer should be Libya or caring about Libya. This is the starting point, and It could be the 1%. The 99% things could come along by just peace talk. Israel and Hamas reaches the cease fire by just talking. Why not ? 

10 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Help Libya

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As Libya is going to be a failed state, I was wondering what I can do. You and I are not  political or  military people. We are just a normal civilians. So, probably we can do nothing and just watch our homeland collapse. WRONG!!

There are too much possibilities to do a lot of things to your country. I was thinking how to be an active to save and help  Libya. As I mention before in my topic Change Your Environment to Change Benghazi , the change starts from you.

I have shared 10 things you can do now for Libya  with my friends on Facebook. So, I’m just re-write them again here:

1- Get your car’s plate installed today. If you haven’t register your car yet, go and register your car today. It’s free for a limited time. Reducing the number of cars without plates, could save someone’s life from assassination.

2- Respect all the regulations and order. Be a good citizen by flowing every rules. Do NOT cross the traffic light in red. Do NOT steal the public assets. DO NOT be the cause to hurt someone else. Fighting the corruption starts from you.

3- Remove all dark sticker from your car’s windows. We don’t want more anonymous drivers cause problems.

4- Do NOT share any fake news. Make sure that its resource is reliable. If the news hurts someone, don’t post it in your Facebook wall even though it was true.

5- Do NOT comment or replay to anyone on social media with aggressive way. Try to respect other’s opinion. Listen first, then act accordingly with a good behavior. If the other person insists on his viewpoint, you shouldn’t debate with him anymore.

6- Do your job a 100% perfect. Arrive at you work on time. Leave at the time. Try to serve the other with smile. Try help the other people to get their stuff done. We don’t want any more stressful public service places.

7- BE optimistic. Do not use pessimistic words about Libya. If you feel upset with the current situation, just try to change it without negative actions. Do NOT post on your Facebook account “LIBYA IS OVER”. You have to  say just  “LIBYA IS GOING TO BE OK SOON”

8- Supplicate to ALLAH. Ask Allah every time in your pray to help us getting over it.

9- Advise other Libyans to do the good stuff. Every time you meet your friends, ask them to be  good citizens. Start with sharing this list with your friends.

10- Commit to do all this things in your daily life. We are the reason of the current situation in Libya now. Therefore, we will be the reason to over come all this obstacles. REMEMBER, the chain reaction effect. It will start with you, then will move to others.

Top Favorited Radio Stations In Benghazi

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Keeping up with the best radio stations broadcasting in Benghazi. This is my favorite list, and I’m sure many people agree with this list.This list provides a good variety of music and news. Let’s Start:

Libyana Hits 100.10 LibyanaHits

Benghazi’s number one hit music station.

http://www.libyanahits.fm

When It comes to listening to music, Libyana Hits is my favorite one. It plays really a good playlist of English and Arabic songs. It also provides stories from, health, science, technology, arts and culture. This station classifies as a modern youth station in Benghazi

Libya FM 88.50LibyaFM

Libyan’s number one national radio

http://www.libya.fm/

I love this station because I can listen to  quick news every hour. Their news is like digesting everything in Libya in 5 min. It plays mostly Arabic songs as well. Libya FM provides also stories from, health, science, technology, music, arts and culture.

Radio Ajwa 107.70Radio Ajwa

One of the best new radio stations in Libya

http://www.ajwa.net/

Sometimes I need to listen to the news in depth. So, this is my station. One of the best new news radio stations. Libyan’s number one news I think. It provides news 24/7 and Political Programs.

Radio Sawa 88.10 sawa-radio

Number one Arab’s radio Station

http://www.radiosawa.com

This is Arabic radio station broadcasting almost in every Arab countries. It provides good resources of Arabic and International news. In addition, they play a good playlist of English and Arabic music.

What’s your favorite? In Benghazi, Tripoli, Misratua or any place in Libya. Share your favorite radio station in the comment section below.

2 Ways To Add and Find Your Favorite Places Online

Wikifoure

Last January, I talked about establishing your business online on Google Places.  Once people search for a specific business category, they will find a complete list of all businesses and their information. Related: Google Places: Few Steps to Publish your Business Online. It Works Perfect in Benghazi 

But if you want to find, let’s say, a mosque in Benghazi, you won’t find it online unless you ask one of your friends. To find this mosque online and its location on a map, someone has to add this information to any map online.
There are many ways that people can add places on a map online. Google places one of them. This two ways are easier and more informative than any thing else:

1- Using Wikimapia.org 

This website uses the idea of people can add their places. This is the easiest things I found online to add some places. The benefit from this website is people add informal places that no one think to add. It’s not official website that you get official places, but people who are the responsible for these places. The power of people is translated on this map. Go and check it. Try to write any mosque’s name and you will find it easily. Go to wikimapia and add your own places such as your home or your business. As much as people add places, the website will increase its credibility to becomes an important resource.

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2- Using Foursquare App

Have you ever checked In using Facebook. Usually people like prove that they are in a specific and spacial place. They share that with other people. What if you find some good information on this place. This is exactly what Foursquare dose.
Foursqaure helps you to check in and gives you some information and people’s review on this place. Foursqaure is an app on your phone and it uses your GPS to locate your location. And then gives you informative review by people, such as best restaurant close to your location. It’s fun, playful, and informative. You can also access to Foursqaure.com  and check some places.

Foursquare

This app uses the power of people, because people who are responsible on adding these places. I use this app daily. I add as many places and review them as much to help other people finding the right information.
People should take advantages of this technology. They can adopt the new way of accessing data and information among this insanely increased technology.

5 Ways We Can Improve Our Mosques (تطوير المساجد)

5 WAYS THAT WILL MAKE CHANGES

Muslims Pary

It’s the time that we should talk about the religion places in Libya, Mosques.
Usually we don’t criticize the religion places in Libya, as they are perfect as they are!! However, we should mention or recommend some changes to improve the experience of Muslims inside masjds in new era of technology and perfection.
To develop mosques in Libya, we need to add some things to the current situation. Let’s gather some points that will improve how we react and perceive our feeling toward our mosques.

1-HAVING A WEBSITE

Any mosques should have a website. This is something new in Libya. So, why having a website is helpful. Usually every Neighborhood in Benghazi has at least one mosque. Therefore, it acts as a community center. People who are in charge of the mosque can gather the contact information of their community. Then they can forward and send important news and events through their website. In addition, People can check the prayer time and islamic events on the website.
We should take advantage of the technology that we have today. The Emam gives the Khotbha every friday prayer. The Khotbha (an Islamic Lecture) requires time to be prepared. It’s important to be documented for the future. Thus, recording the Khotbha using a video camera and uploading it to YouTube is the best way to improve the Khotbha. Everyone who enjoys the Khotbha can go back to the mosque’s website and watch it again.
In addition to all that, the website could have Emam’s contact information and other addition important things such as a donation page.

This is an example of a mosque’s website.

2-INSTALLING TV SCREENS

There are many places inside mosques that preyers can’t see the Emam. It’s knowing for good engaging with the Emam is through watching and listening at the same time. Places such as women’s prayer rooms are blocked from the main prayer place. As long as we use the technology, we can install a TV and a camera to record and stream the Khotbha live on TVs in side the isolated places.

3-PROVIDING ENOUGH SPACES FOR SHOES

The problem always is the piles of shoes in front of the mosques. You Finnish your pray and prepare to leave the masjed, then you have to fight to get your shoes. The problem is basically consists of two things. The first is there’s no enough storages to store your shoes. The second thing comes from people who miss order and store their shoes. They just through them on the ground and just get inside to pray. To solve that, we could provide enough space of storage to keep our shoes.

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4- NEW LAYOUT

More than 90% of mosques design is one large prayer space connected directly to the streets.With this layout, we will not have enough space to install the shoes storages. In addition, there’s no a transition space from the street to the mosque. It’s like a hotel without a lobby. Therefore, we should include an open hall (lobby) as a transition space. Then, we could install a good number of shoes storages in this lobby. We can use this space for many things, such as advertisement for the next events and gathering donations. So, architects should include this space in their upcoming new design.

No Lobby

With Lobby

5-CREATING PATHWAYS

Usually after finishing the pray, some people start leaving, and other just staying a little bit longer. Because we pray on the ground in raws, people start crossing other people who still seated. This way creates a chaos inside mosques.However, if we take the concept of theaters with the idea of aisles, we can create a smoother movements. Instead seating on the side walls, we leave them empty to be used as a clear pathway. So imagine if everyone start to leave take this path!!

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So, these are a quick points that I observed and decided to write about them here. I’ll keep updating this topic every time I find new things need to be added.

This 4 Words Are What Libya Needs These Days

We are sticking in the mud. “Libya  is going to hit the wall  البلاد ماشية في الساس “ is the sentence that everyone is saying these days. Yes, we don’t know where we are going. I’m not talking about political issues. However, somehow these issues involve in many things. I’m talking about the general life issues in Libya, at least from my perspective. We are stuck in the middle of no where. All the world is watching us, and what will happen in the next step we take. We have to be efficient to build our country. To build a better life in the future, we have to start now. Yes, right now!! These the four words act as the plan that every Libyan should use in their daily life. We need to organize our life based on this plan. Follow these words.

See

SEE: See it everyday. Just see your city as the perfect city in the world. Just close your eyes now and see yourself in perfect shape. Just dream you have all good stuff near you. Just imagine how Benghazi looks like in the future. Just dream!! There’s no limit to your dreams. Dreams are free. So, just dream. See the world as one of possibilities rather than constraints. See the path that your city should take to reach what you have imagined. You have to have a dream to live a real dream. Once you have a clear vision on what you and your city should be in the near future, you have to move to the next word.

Believe

BELIEVE: Believe that you can change your life. Believe that you can change your environment and your city. Believe that you can change the way things are now and create a new set of life. You should believe in your ability. You should believe that Libyans people have the ability to change Libya with you. Believe that your country have the right resource to establish the country that we are dreaming about. Without believing, we can do nothing. Once you become confident with yourself and your people, you should move to the next thing.

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THINK: If you have a dream about that perfect life, and If you believe that you can transform your life, then you should think about how to change it. Think about the changes required to make meaningful transformation possible, and create a realistic plan. Plan first is what we all should do first. Planing, planing, and planing first. The life should be like this. Everything should be planned first, then the execution comes. However, what i have witnessed in Libya is the execution comes first without planing. Planing reduces errors later by 30%. Once you decide to build your new dream house, you will prepare some blueprints (خرائط) first, then you will start construction your house. And our life should be the same. Take 15 min every morning to plan your day, then start your day. You should include everything you are going to do. Libya needs a plan for next day, next week, next year, and the next 100 years. So, planing could be constructed for different duration. Thinking and planing are the most important part of our life. Without deep thinking we never accomplishing anything.

Act

ACT: Once you have seen everything, and have done a perfect plan, you can now start acting. Acting is the steps of execution. This step is to carry out and make some effort to finsh your plans. I was thinking a lot about starting this blog, and I just did it. Don’t stuck in just thinking a lot, just act. Don’t talk a lot, just act. Once you start acting, you will feel accomplished. It’s a great feeling. I feel so happy while I’m writing this article. I was thinking and planing to write, and I just now acting what I have seen, believed, and planned.

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Libya needs everyone effort to get out from the mud. Libya needs to real honest Libyans who have a vision and ability to act.

 

 

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5 Things Libya Sits On The Top Of The World

Posted by Mutaz Gedalla

Every time when I surf the internet, I come up across many lists that are ranked some countries as the top. From the largest countries in car production list to the lowest number of unemployment rate.  I have wondered what we are good at or what we are bad at? Are we just sits among the world in the shade. How Libya to become the number one in anything? It turns out we are sit on some lists as number one. Here’s the 5 things we are the number one in the world:

1- No 1 in population Growth Rate

According to The Central Intelligent Agency (CIA), in 2013, Libya is the number one in the population rate by 4.85%. Which means Libya is the most country where the avarage percent change in the population occurred in a year. By more births compared to the number of death and the number of migrants inter Libya or leave it. Here’s the list

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Top Population Growth Rate in the World

2- No 1 in the slowest internet connection

I’m Struggling somehow with typing this topic in WordPress. That’s why I’m pretty sure we are the slowest internet connection in the world. LTT  is the only company provider for internet connection in Libya. There’s no competitors, so there is only high profit for LTT with awful internet connection. According to the research held previous year in the crowd of the internet using countries the slow internet connection having countries are as below:

Slowest Net

The Slowest Internet Connection

3- No 1 in Net  Migration Rate

According to The Central Intelligent Agency (CIA), in 2013, Libya is the number one in net migration rate. In other words, the number of people who enter or leave a country during a  year per 1000 persons. The net migration rate indicates the contribution of migration to the overall level of population change. In my view, this is a stunning data, because I didn’t notice this rate on streets.

Migration Rate

Top Migration Rate

4- No 1 in the world’s most dangerous roads

According to the General Directorate of Traffic Statistics, there has been a rise in the number of people killed on Libya’s roads.  The Libyan new agency LANA has quoted the directorate saying that 2,728 people were killed in 2,112 traffic accidents between the beginning of January and the end of November last year.

Please drive safe and be carful of the roads

Most Dangerous Roads

The Most Dangerous Roads

5- No 1 in Industrial Production Growth Rate 

Thanks to the Oil. After the revolution in 2011, oil production completely stopped. In 2012, Libya started producing oil again, almost as the rate before the revolution, which made Libya, According to CIA, the most production rate in 2012.

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION GROWTH RATE

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION GROWTH RATE

15 Tips That You Should know To Increase Your Productivity

Productivity

When it comes to getting my stuff done, I feel so happy. I feel accompleshed and my life is on the right track. Therefore, to get my stuff done, I should flow some rules or guides at work . For this reason, I’m addicted to productivity and creativity ( as an architect, my work  requires both ). I read books and articles about productivity every day. I have gathered some tips that I have shared with my friends on Facebook everyday for 15 days. Here’s the tips that I collect.

Tip 01: Start working early 

Start working one hour earlier in the morning. If your jop starts at 8, you should be at your desk at 7.  The secret is to beat the traffic and to work  more productive with no distractions from others, especially in the open space offices.

Tip 02:  Do difficult tasks first 

Do and finish your most difficult task first, so take it off from your way. Getting annoyed things done first in the morning, give you the motivation to finish the rest.

Tip 03: Split your large task into smaller tasks

To finish your large project, you should split it into smaller projects, then set goals and to-do tasks to finish them. Remember, no project finish in the same day.

Tip 04: Prioritize your life

Prioritize your tasks. Start with the most important to less important. Do NOT waste your precious time on things that is nice to do, but not important to do.

Tip 05: Say NO

Try to say “No” sometimes. Saying NO to unwanted tasks form other people could save your precious time.

Tip 06: Unplug 

DO NOT save your social media password in your browser. The 30 Seconds you are trying to log in is the time when you realize you are wasting your precious time. Use anything to unplug yourself from social media. We waste a lot of time everyday just checking Facebook.

Tip 07: Do Nothing

Include “Do Nothing” in you to do-list. Just enjoy your day. Sometimes you need time off. Take advantage of weekends. When you come back to work, will feel energize to get some stuff done.

Tip 08: Empty/Charge rule

Before sleeping, write down ( on paper, Smartphone, or tablet) everything in your mind, even things that don’t have value meaning for you. In the morning, read your thoughts again. The secret is to empty your brain at night and to get enough sleep, and to recharge it in the morning.

Tip 09: Planning a head

Do NOT start anything without a plan first. Planning saves your precious time. Write down steppes or points on how to finish your task.

Tip 10: Simplicity

Don’t complicate your to-do tasks. Your work flow comes with simplicity.

Tip 11: White Noise 

Use white noise  technology to boost your creativity and productivity. The white noise is a sound that creates waves, which effect your creativity, concentration, study, and productivity. There are many apps to generate the white noise in the app store.

Tip 12: 10 min Silence

 First thing to do in the morning, take 10min of silence and thinking before starting your day. The key is to think about your thinking.

Tip 13: Read a lot

 Minimal, read 3 articles a day and one book a year. Data is everywhere. Get this data to become information. Use information to become experience. Eventually, you will turn to an experts.

Tip 14: Write your task at night

 Write down your To-Do task at night before going to sleep. Let your subconscious works on your tasks all the night before the next day.

Tip 15: 50/10 min rule

Try to work every 50min/ 10min reward. Use 30/30 App on iPhone to organize your working hours. In the 10min rest, go for walk, check facebook, or drink coffee.
Top 5 Pages

Top 5 Libyan Pages on Facebook with “Fans”

Age and Percentage According to Socialbakers.com, there are almost one million Libyans on Facebook. Male to Female percentage is 66.2% male compared with 33.8% female. The user age distribution is 36.1% for 25-34, and 32.1%for 18-24.

Did you ask yourself which Libyan pages on Facebook most Libyans are fans with? Check this list for the statistics of the top Facebook pages from Libya for the year 2014.

5- فيس بوك ليبيا : 

with 285K Likes

Libya Facebook

4- ليبيا HD: 

With 268K Likes

Libya HD

3- منتدى الكساد: 

With 268K Likes

منتدى الكساد

2- ليبيا فقط : 

With 365K Likes

Only Libya

1- الخال : 

The most Libyan page on Facebook with more than 664K Likes

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Do you know them all? These are Libyan pages were created in Libya by Libyan people. This list was ranked based on the number of likes for each, up to today’s date (Jan 2014).

Source Socialbakers.com