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( الرمز الذي يعتـزّ به شعبه ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

( عندما تعطف عليك أمريكا... تذكـّر الأصفر ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( كلمة وبس.. ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( عن الكبت والإباحية ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

Thursday, 31 August, 2006: Norway is worried about the situation of Bulgaria's murses in Libya, Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has told Bulgaria's President. Stoltenberg told Georgi Parvanov that the kingdom hoped the case would be solved with a positive and rightful outcome. Parvanov met with the Norwegian Prime Minister during his official visit to the country. [SNA]
Thursday, 31 August, 2006: The Secretary of European Affairs at the Foreign Ministry, who is also the Libyan representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) met Tuesday morning in Tripoli with the American representative at the IAEA, currently visiting Libya. [LJBC]
Thursday, 31 August, 2006: According to a poll of the Libyan online publication Al-Manara the Bulgarian nurses charged with intentional HIV infection of more than 400 Libyan children would be released. Only 11 per cent of the participants believe that the court in Tripoli would confirm the death sentences. According to 35 per cent of the people surveyed an agreement would be reached and the families of the infected children would receive financial compensation. According to 54 per cent of the polled Libyans the Bulgarians would be released, Al Manara reported. [Sofia Echo]
Thursday, 31 August, 2006: France said it still wants the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, charged in Libya with the death of scores of children who were contaminated with HIV. "France, like the European Union, is in full solidarity with Bulgaria with regard to the ongoing trial. (France) wants the release of the Bulgarian nurses, as well as the Palestinian doctor," French Foreign Ministry spokesman Jean-Baptiste Mattei said. [KUNA]

( المنظمة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان بهولندا ) : دعوة للأعتصام

( لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة المتحدة ) : دعوة للاعتصام

( لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي على الساحة الأوربية ) : دعوة للاعتصام

( الإختلاف : أسبابه ودوافعه (1) ) بقلم : د. محمد نصر

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (7) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

Wednesday, 30 August, 2006: Prosecutors on Tuesday demanded the death sentence in the retrial of five Bulgarian medics and a Palestinian doctor accused of intentionally infecting Libyan children with HIV. The six are charged with intentionally infecting more than 400 children with the virus that causes AIDS. At least 50 of the children have died. "Infecting the children with the HIV virus is a savage and inhumane crime and a humanitarian catastrophe," prosecutor Omar Abdel-Khaleq told the court. The defendants have denied the charges and human rights groups have accused Libya of concocting them to cover up unhygienic conditions at Libyan hospitals. [AP]
Wednesday, 30 August, 2006: Diplomat Mohamed Heimeda Saad Matri (photo) is going to leave his position as Libyan ambassador in Brazil to take on a new mission in the construction of relations of the Arab country with the American continent. Matri is returning to Libya today (29) to head the Americas Department. "The objective is to improve relations with Latin America, specifically with Brazil, to give greater priority to the region" stated Matri in an interview to ANBA yesterday during his visit to the offices of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, in Sao Paulo, southeastern Brazil. [ANBA]
Wednesday, 30 August, 2006: The relatives of the children in Libya who are infected with HIV have no intention whatsoever to withdraw their request for death sentences”, Vladimir Chukov, analyst said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency. According to Chukov the fact that the prosecutor has requested confirmation of the death sentences gives ground to believe that the it would be hard for lawyers of the relatives will give away their positions on the case. “It is very frightening for me – a few days ago a song for the death children was introduced, which describes the medics as executioners and people who are taking innocent lives”, Chukov said. [FIA]

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : المطلوب إعطاء فرصة للديمقراطية

( ديمقراطية البدو ) بقلم : الفساطوي

Tuesday, 29 August, 2006: Ranhill Bhd, Malysia's largest engineering company, plans to build two sewage treatment plants in Libya, says Tan Sri Hamdan Mohamad, the company's controlling shareholder president and chief executive. Hamdan said Ranhill's 60 per cent unit Amona Ranhill Consortium Sdn Bhd had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Libyan Government to pursue the treatment plant opportunity. The project involves the construction of two 111,000 cu m per-day capacity sewage treatment plants in Benghazi and Tajurra. "Each of the treatment plants could cost about US$200 million, but the value and size of the sewage treatment plants may double in size as we are still studying the data," said Hamdan. [Business Times]
Tuesday, 29 August, 2006: Two additional witnesses of the prosecution are to be heard at the Tuesday court session in Tripoli in the AIDS process against the five Bulgarian nurses, mediapool.bg announced. Libyan media reported that one of the witnesses is a girl infected with the HIV-virus in the 90-ies. She is expected to identify the medical official who is suspected to have infected the child. It’s possible that the Libyan court also start listening the sides’ pleading. This may take more than one session in the opinion of Bulgarians’ lawyer Osman Bizanti. [BNN]
Tuesday, 29 August, 2006: Muammar al-Qadhafi, Libya's leader, has given a series of speeches over recent months that are increasingly supportive of free-market capitalism and critical of traditional Arab social attitudes. The speeches, made this month and last, have caused growing speculation that al-Qadhafi will use September 1, the anniversary of his coup in 1969, to announce a new direction for the country. "The new phase which starts today requires that nothing be built by foreigners, and whatever is built in Libya will be by Libyans," al-Qadhafi said. But he also attacked Libyans for relying almost exclusively on their country's oil wealth, and urged them to invest abroad, innovate and create a more diverse economy. [Al-Jazeera]

( الفقه في خدمة التوراة ) بقلم : الصادق النيهوم

( سيف الإسلام القذافي : بيني وبينك ) بقلم : المهندس حسين عيسى قرضاب

تعزية إلى آل قليزة

( ثقافة عارية لباسها "مهـين ولا يكاد يبين" ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( توهج العشق ) شعر : صلاح حسين الحدّاد

( انقلاب داخل الخيمة لاحتكار الحكم والمعارضة ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

موقع ليبي جديد : موقع الشاعر صابر الفيتوري ( http://www.ensatelhwase.34s.com )

Monday, 28 August, 2006: Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri has said that the Libyan regime and particularly the Libyan leader Qadhafi were responsible for the disappearance of Imam Musa Sadr. According to the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, Berri - also head of the Lebanese Amal Movement - said the investigations indicate an organized abduction of the top cleric along with two of his followers by the Libyan government. On August 31, 1978, Lebanon lost trace of Sadr who was then in Libya for an official visit at the invitation of the Libyan leader. [MNA]
Monday, 28 August, 2006: A group of 14 companies will submit bids to acquire Dong Ah Construction Corp. by today, the deadline for application, and the preferred bidder may be selected by the end of this month, financial sources said. The builder, which formerly participated in Libya's Great Manmade River Project, was declared bankrupt in 2001. [JoongAng]

( هل يمكن أن يتم التغيير والإصلاح في وجود القذافي؟ ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( المعارضة البالتوكية (7) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (2)

( بلادنا تـُسْرق منـّا مرة أخرى ) بقلم : محمد سعد امعزب

( نشيد العودة ) شعر : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

Sunday, 27 August, 2006: Libya is asking the European Union (EU) for financial assistance to combat illegal immigration but is likely to maintain its strong resistance to sea patrols. Ordering immigrants to do a U-turn to Libya is not the solution, Libyan Ambassador in Malta Saad El-Shelmani (photo) told The Times. Dr El-Shelmani made it clear his government is not enthusiastic about such a proposal, which the EU sees as a start to controlling the problem. He says it will be difficult for his country to accept sea patrols because of "sovereignty, international law" and other legal implications. [Times Of Malta]
Sunday, 27 August, 2006: Portugal will open a diplomatic representation and appoint an extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to Libya in September, according to Portuguese Foreign Minister, Luis Amado. Amado made the announcement in Tripoli Wednesday following a meeting with Libyan Foreign Minister, Abderrahman Shalgam. [Angop]

تعزية إلى آل القماطي     تعزية إلى آل القلال     تعزية إلى آل الشيباني

لقطات من ( مخيم الأمل السنوي العاشر 17ـ20 أغسطس 2006م )

( ما بعد نصر نصرالله! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( إصلاح بدون مصالحة مع المعارضة!؟ (2) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( بشائر ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( كل العام وأنتم.. كما أنتم ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( المرجعية الدستورية، وكيف تتحقق ) بقلم : ابراهيم عبدالعزيز صهد

( ولا ذيب تاب ... ) قصيدة صوتية للشاعر الأجدابي

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (1)

Saturday, 26 August, 2006: The pan-Arabic daily ash-Sharq al-Awsat reported on August 22 that a high-level delegation including Assistant Secretary of State David Welch and “democracy czar” Elliott Abrams plan a mid-September trip to Libya to pave the way for a visit by Condoleezza Rice. After all, Qadhafi is now an ally. That he declared earlier this year, “The Iraqi people can continue fighting until Judgment Day. They are invincible, while the American army can be defeated,” was probably only a slip of the tongue. Meanwhile, Libyan democracy activist Fathi El-Jahmi (photo) remains in prison. Bush once cited El-Jahmi's release as a sign that Qadhafi had changed. Two weeks later, Qadhafi threw him back in jail. He remains condemned by White House silence. [NRO]
Saturday, 26 August, 2006: Libya Wednesday took delivery of three new oil tankers at its port hosting the Refining Company in Zaouia, 40-km west of Tripoli, as part of ceremonies marking the 37th anniversary of the country's 1 September 1969 Revolution. Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi took delivery of the three tankers - Ibn Batouta, Gardhabia and Intissar - new additions to the Libyan Maritime Transport Company`s fleet. The tankers built in South Korea by Samaho Hundai, one of the largest ship builders in the world, under supervision by Lloyd`s of Britain, cost US$165 million each, according to industry sources. They are equipped to carry three types of crude oil, and each could unload 3,000 cubic metres of crude per hour. [Angop]
Saturday, 26 August, 2006: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has turned down a bid by Ethiopia to reverse their Nations Cup fixtures with Libya. Ethiopia, scheduled to host Libya in their Group 10 qualifier on 3 September, wanted Libya to host the opening game, while the east Africans host the return fixture next year. Officials of the Ethiopian Football Federation said the rainy season, which led to flooding in some regions, was responsible for their request. [BBC]
Saturday, 26 August, 2006: Amnesty International (AI) has recently learnt that in early August, the Libyan authorities rounded up and detained 300 Eritrean refugees, including 80 women and five children. It is feared that the refugees may be forcibly returned to Eritrea, where they are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. The 300 detainees are being held in Almerge prison, 100km from Bengazi. Two of the female detainees are pregnant, while six others have serious medical problems. It is not clear if they are receiving the medical care they need. [AI]

( هكذا قتلوا أمامي .. تسجيل أبكاني ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( الترحيب والترهيب ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

Friday, 25 August, 2006: Libya wants to become a great oil producing country, National Oil Corp chief Shokri Ghanem told potential foreign investors at the opening of the country's third oil licensing round on Thursday. Speaking to executives of oil multinationals at a conference hall in Tripoli, Ghanem added he expected "excellent offers" from foreign firms bidding to help Libya raise oil and gas output. The desert country of five million, emerging from years of int'l isolation, is a rare and keenly-contested global hot spot for oil firms seeking to exploit major reserves. "We want our country to take its place as a great producing country," Ghanem said. [Reuters]
Friday, 25 August, 2006: Japanese police arrested the president of a precision instrument maker over the alleged export to Malaysia of goods that can be used in making nuclear weapons. Japanese news reports said that the International Atomic Energy Agency discovered machinery manufactured by Mitutoyo at nuclear-related sites in Libya during inspections in December 2003 and January 2004. The equipment was shipped to Libya via Dubai by Scomi Precision Engineering Bhd., a Malaysian maker linked to an international nuclear trafficking network. [AP]

تعزية إلى آل عبدالجليل     تعزية إلى آل كرموس

( ولا يزال البحث جارياً ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة المتحدة ) : دعوة للاعتصام

( هل تصدق الأوبة هذه المرة؟ ) بقلم : د. محمد نصر

( المرجعيات الإعلامية.. متى نراها!!؟ ) بقلم : جلال أحمد الوحيشي

محمد الأصفر : أمسية شعرية للشاعر احمد فؤاد نجم في بنغازي اليوم الخميس

Thursday, 24 August, 2006: Ranhill Bhd, Malaysia's biggest engineering group, may have won a larger-than-expected construction and development contract in Libya, company sources said. Earlier in the week, Business Times had reported that Ranhill was poised to win a US$1 billion contract by this week in the North African state. The contract is to build a new township in Tajura near Tripoli. Essentially, the Libyan Government contract is for Ranhill to design, construct and hand over 10,000-20,000 units of residential apartments on a proposed 756.79ha in Tajura. Business Times was told under the fresh batch of agreement, Ranhill could be asked to build as many as 40,000 units of residential apartments. As such, the value of the extended contract could be in range of between US$1.8 billion and US$1.9 billion. [Business Times]
Thursday, 24 August, 2006: Libyan Ambassador to Zambia Khalifa Swiesi, who presented the instrument of accession to the COMESA treaty Tuesday, said his country had always been appreciating the activities of COMESA as one of the main building blocks of the African economic community. Libya joined the regional economic grouping in June last year during the 10th COMESA summit held in Kigali, capital of Rwanda. In May this year, Libya became a new member of COMESA's Free Trade Area (FTA), bringing the number of FTA member countries to 13 out of the 19 total COMESA member states. [ AND]
Thursday, 24 August, 2006: Oil exploration hot spot Libya opens a fresh licensing round today that is sure to trigger tough bargaining as multinationals race for some of the last premium fields on offer. "We expect the bidding is going to be aggressive," National Oil Corp. head Shokri Ghanem told Reuters. "The oil companies will evaluate the situation. They know their interest." Officials at a downtown conference centre in Tripoli will invite foreign executives to examine technical data on 41 blocks offered by state-owned NOC under its exploration and production sharing (EPSA) formula. A similar event will be held in London on August 31. Both are expected to be addressed by Ghanem, who plans to double Libya's production in the next few years from its current level of about 1.6 million barrels per day (bpd). [Reuters]
Thursday, 24 August, 2006: Libyan prime minister met Tuesday with the chairman of the Legal Affairs Committee at the US Senate and his accompanying delegation who currently visit [Libya]. This meeting, which was attended by the foreign minister, discussed bilateral relations and the ways and means to support and develop them in different trade, economic, health and educational fields to serve the joint interests of both Libyan and American people. [LJBC]
Thursday, 24 August, 2006: When the Libyan writer Hisham Matar delivered the manuscript of his first novel "In the Country of Men" to his literary agent in London on a Friday, the agent warned him that he was unlikely to hear for two or three weeks whether any publisher was interested in the book. But by the following Tuesday a fierce bidding war had broken out between several British publishers to acquire the rights to the book. Viking, an imprint of Penguin Books, won the auction and awarded Matar a deal for two books. Viking published the book in July and it has had generally excellent reviews. "In the Country of Men" is a moving and deeply humane novel, beautifully written in a style that is poetic and economical. On its cover the South African novelist J M Coetzee, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, describes it as "a poignant story of a child exposed too early to the brutalities of Libyan politics." [Al-Hayat]

( الصندوق الخيري الليبي ) : أخوة لكم مرضى ينتظرون عـونكم

Libyan Relief Fund: Your Brothers in Need Await Your Help

( التصالح مع السلطة في ليبيا غير عملي ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( تركنـاه حب الوطن ) شعر : امحمّد قنانة

( جماعة الإخوان المسلمون- ليبيا ) : بيان صحفي

بن جوّاد : ما أكبر الفرق بين الأفعال والأقوال يا سيف!!

Wednesday, 23 August, 2006: Libya captain Tarek El Taib (photo) has signed a one-year deal with Saudi club Al Hilal. The talented 25-year-old midfielder joins the club from Turkey's Gaziantepspor. "After two years in the Turkish league, I felt it was enough and I needed to look for a new destination," Taib said on Tuesday. "The Turkish league is very competitive and Gaziantep was a good place but they did not compete for titles. "I missed playing for a team that was able to do this." Rated as Libya's most talented player, El Taib led the national side to the last African Cup of Nations finals. [BBC]
Wednesday, 23 August, 2006: Libya has agreed to take part in a tri-partite meeting with Italy and Malta in the coming days as the Mediterranean grapples with a seemingly endless flow of illegal immigration from Africa. Home Affairs Minister Tonio Borg told The Times last night that he will be hosting the meeting with his Libyan and Italian counterparts probably in the first week of September. The minister made it clear there would be no finger-pointing at the meeting, even if it is common knowledge that practically all trips originate from Libya. [The Times Of Malta]
Wednesday, 23 August, 2006: While you were having fun doing whatever you were doing during the summer, something momentous happened at OSU. It had been 26 years since any college student from Libya attended a university in the US. But in July, 10 enrolled at our institution. Of all the places of higher learning in the U.S., we were chosen. Why us? Thank the past. Oklahoma State University had a close relationship with Libya before diplomatic relations between it and the U.S. halted in 1980. Several high-ranking members of the Libyan government are among our alumni. Because of that past friendship, OSU was and is well-known in Libya. [The O'Collegian]

تعزية إلى آل باش إمام     تعزية إلى آل زريـبة

( إلى الأفاعي الرشيقة ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

( خطاب "سيف القذافي"... حزمة سبتمبر... وحسم مسألة التوريث ) بقلم : حسن الأمين

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيان صحفي

( أسئلة موجهة إلى حوارييّ النيهوم ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( رغم كل شيء ) شعر : صلاح حسين الحدّاد     ( بقع من سديم الليـل ) شعر : صابر الفيتوري

( خمسه حكاوي (2) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( المفردة الغائبة في المشكلة الليبية ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

Tuesday, 22 August, 2006: Italy's leading newspaper - Corriere della Sera - published a front-page editorial - by the paper's deputy editor and Islamic affairs expert Magdi Allam - saying that Qadhafi was "cynically using the migrants (issue) as blackmail to influence Italian policies" on the 30-year-old question of reparations for its colonial rule of Libya. The daily suggested that Qadhafi had no intention of resolving the immigration problem unless Italy agreed to build a 1,700-km-long east-west motorway across northern Libya as the price for definitively closing the ongoing question of reparations. Corriere estimated the cost of the highway as 3.5 billion euros. [ANSA]
Tuesday, 22 August, 2006: "We can't continue to give in to the blackmail of a dictator who is using illegal immigration as a political tool to defend his own interests. Civilised countries can maintain dialogue only with democratic countries and in Libya there's no such thing as democracy as the dictator's son Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi confirmed yesterday" said Italian deputy speaker Roberto Calderoli of the Northern League. "We must stop holding talks with countries which resort to blackmail and are responsible for bloodsheds. Int'l sanctions must be enforced". [AGI]
Tuesday, 22 August, 2006: The eldest son of Libyan leader Qadhafi has fiercely denounced the lack of democratic reforms in Libya, accusing public servants of operating like a "mafia" to block economic and political changes. Seif al-Islam al-Qadhafi said: "Let's stop kidding ourselves that were are living in a paradise." He lamented the fact that there was no "people power" in Libya as called for by the "Green Book" written by his father 30 years ago. The book, which grew to comprise three small volumes, spells out the Libyan leader's political ideology. "The democratic system we are dreaming of does not exist". He said a constitution had to be drawn up and called for privatisations to continue, notably in the telecommunications and banking sectors. He also called for foreign banks to be able to start operating in the country beginning next year. [SAPA]
Tuesday, 22 August, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi's most prominent son, Saif al-Islam, said on Sunday Libya lacked a free press and its political system was not as democratic as he would like. His comments, in a two-hour speech to 15,000 youth activists in the town of Sirte, were among the most critical expressed by Saif al-Islam, who has emerged as his father's most trusted representative. Speaking to loud cheers, Saif al-Islam criticised an array of alleged ills in Libyan public life, from the greed of "fat cats" in state institutions to the poor state of the health and education sectors, and called for a range of reforms. "Our real situation, speaking frankly, is that we have no free press," he said, referring to the country's media, all of which are state owned. "Libya has no constitutional institutions," he said. "The new plan is to evaluate this (past) period and to start from tomorrow with a new determination and a new strategy." [Reuters]
Tuesday, 22 August, 2006: The Italian government is keen to pursue cooperation with Libya in efforts to prevent illegal immigrants leaving its shores for Italy, the interior ministry said on Monday. A statement dismissed calls that Italy should reconsider its policies on Libya following two shipwrecks off the southern island of Lampedusa this weekend. "The government's strategy is to strengthen - not cut off - negotiations with Libya over the immigration issue," it said. The statement was released after Italy's leading newspaper - Corriere della Sera - published a front-page editorial saying Libyan leader Qadhafi was holding Italy to ransom on the issue. [ANSA]
Tuesday, 22 August, 2006: India's Punj Lloyd has secured an order from Libya-based Sirte Oil Company for pipeline projects on EPC basis valued at $290 million. According to a release issued by Punj to the BSE today, this is the single largest ever contract bid won by the company. "The order comprises of two contracts. The first contract, valued at $149 million, involves the construction of the main 34" dia, 98.4 km pipeline from Tripoli to Melita and a 24" dia, 21 km branch pipeline to the Zawia power plant. "The second contract, valued at $141 million, involves completion of the 34" dia, 157 km El Khoms-Tripoii pipeline. [Business Standard]

( إصلاح بدون مصالحة مع المعارضة!؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Islamizing Democracy Or Democratizing Islam?   By : Ghoma

( يا ليبيا ناديت ما جاني خبر ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( لنكن واقعيين ) بقلم : د. محمد نصر

Monday, 21 August, 2006: An aircraft carrying relief aid donated by Libya to the flood victims in Ethiopia arrived at the Addis Ababa Bole Int'l Airport. Some 1 500 canned food, 2 000 blankets, over 2 000 tents are included among the donation, Ambassador Ali Abdalla Awidan said. He said Libya would also dispatch additional foodstuff, medicinal drugs to people affected by flood in Dire Dawa and Omo Zone in the next three consecutive days beginning on Monday. [AND]
Monday, 21 August, 2006: Federal Minister for Labour and Overseas Pakistanis Ghulam Khan left Karachi for Tripoli on Sunday morning as a special emissary of President Musharraf with a message to Libyan leader Qadhafi. During his three-day visit, Khan will call on the Libyan leader and his son as well as senior officials of the host government. He will discuss with them the export of Pakistani manpower to Libya. He will also address the Pakistanis in Libya. [The News]
Monday, 21 August, 2006: Even secular Arabs view Lebanon as a turning point against Washington's influence in the Middle East, said Ahmed Ali Salem Al-Atrash, a political science professor at Libya's Al-Fateh University ... And for now, at least, coverage of Lebanon has blotted out almost everything else ... Al-Manar, Hezbollah's satellite TV network, emphasized pictures of civilian death and destruction while claiming that Hezbollah fighters incurred minimal casualties. Such claims, which differ substantially from Israeli reports, fueled the perception that Hezbollah emerged victorious from the hostilities, said Hilal Khashan, an expert on Hezbollah who teaches political studies at the American University of Beirut. Hezbollah media outlets hide casualties. They haven't admitted losing more than 80 of their fighters. We don't know exactly how many they lost, but we know they lost at least 500 of their fighters. In other words, they lie a lot." [SFGate]

تعزية إلى آل قدارة وآل المستيري وآل المهرك     تعازي إلى آل الغرباوية

أغنية : ( يا ليبيا ناديت ما جاني خبر )

( ثلاثة وجوه لسيرة واحدة! ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( أيام طرابلسية ) ترجمة : مجدي العامري

( ضريبة الحب ) شعر : ردينة مصطفى الفيلالي

( المعارضة البالتوكية (6) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Sunday, 20 August, 2006: A boat loaded with illegal immigrants heading from North Africa to Italy sank south of the Sicilian island of Lampedusa Saturday, killing at least 10 people and leaving 40 missing and presumed dead. The Sicilian prosecutor's office said it was launching an investigation into whether an attempt by the Italian Navy ship La Minervato to rescue the migrants from their overloaded craft may have caused it to overturn and sink ... Italy has been trying to encourage northern African countries, especially Libya, to crack down on smugglers who leave their shores with migrants, many of whom pay thousands of dollars for the journey. [AP/BT]

( جمعية الشباب الليبي ـ بريطانيا ) : لقطات من المخيم الصيفي السادس

( خمسه حكاوي (1) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( الغريب ) شعر : سالم محمد     ( رحى المَشاهـد ) شعر : صلاح حسين الحدّاد

( ثمانون المصراتي : الميلاد الأبدي ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

Saturday, 19 August, 2006: American Lockheed Martin Corp. has sold more than 2,000 of its C-130 cargo jets during the last 50 years, nearly half to foreign countries. But about 30 years ago, a routine sale to Libya went awry. After Libya paid $42 million for eight jets, its relationship with the U.S. crumbled and the transfer of the planes was blocked. Lockheed, which had already been paid, took the planes and parked them in the Georgia heat on the outskirts of its production plant there. A recent thaw in the countries' relations might set the planes free. Libya has said it wants the planes, but the U.S. government still isn't ready for that. [The Washington Post]
Saturday, 19 August, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi has promised he will press North Korea to give up its WMD, following the example of Libya, Japan has said. Qadhafi met earlier this week for two hours with Iwao Matsuda, Japan's minister of state for science and technology policy, who praised Libya's 2003 decision to abandon its WMD programme. Japan and the U.S. have led a drive to punish Pyongyang after it test-fired seven missiles on July 5. [Sunday Times/SA]
Saturday, 19 August, 2006: The Libyan authorities announced that they had captured and deported 2,258 illegal immigrants attempting to enter Europe through the north African country in the past 12 days. Among the illegal immigrants, 1,101 were captured between Aug. 1 and Aug. 11, and the other 1,157 were detained earlier. Libya has recently announced the establishment of a new border security service to stem the flow of illegal immigrants to Europe. [Xinhua]
Saturday, 19 August, 2006: The European Parliament (EP) requested from Libya's justice minister the release of the Bulgarian nurses charged with HIV infection, Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) reported. Five Bulgarian nurses were accused of intentional HIV infection of more than 400 children in a hospital in Benghazi, Libya. The EP based its request on expert analysis presented in a Libyan court. Some of the children were infected before the Bulgarians began work in the hospital, analysis said. Others were treated in other hospitals, MEPs said. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 19 August, 2006: A delegation of Troy University [Alabama, USA] officials led by Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. will leave on Monday for a tour of Egypt that will make a side trip into Libya. The tour of Libya will likely be one of the first by an American university since Libya's diplomatic status was renewed by the U.S. government on May 15. Hawkins, a former U.S. Marine, said he never imagined he'd actually get a chance to see the actual “shores of Tripoli.” “It's a place I never thought I'd visit,” he said. Troy University's expedition to Egypt and Libya came about through a chance encounter with the Egyptian ambassador while in South Africa with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. [The Troy Messenger]
Saturday, 19 August, 2006: Libya and South Korea Thursday in Tripoli signed a broadcasting cooperation agreement linking the Libyan Broadcasting Authority and the South Korean Int'l TV Authority. The two bodies agreed to collaborate in the coverage of sports and other important events, as well as the exchange of audiovisual programmes on culture, arts and sciences. [Angop]

Bush's Use Of The Term "Islamic fascist" Is Correct   By : Mohamed Eljahmi

( مسألة إصلاح الأسرة " ضرب المرأة " ) بقلم : جلال علي الجهاني

Friday, 18 August, 2006: "Libya does not agree with the holding of any Arab summit now," Abderrahman Shalgham, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, said, adding that "Libya will not participate in any summit held outside the ordinary Arab summits provided for in the set schedule." There have been calls for an extraordinary Arab summit in the wake of the fighting between Israeli and Lebanon. Shooting stopped on Monday following a ceasefire brokered by the UN. [AND]
Friday, 18 August, 2006: Last September, like any other concerned father, Khaled Umbashi (photo) thumbed through his son’s new ninth-grade geography textbook. His son, Mohamed, 14, had just started his freshman year at Rosemont High School in Sacramento [USA.] Umbashi flipped past pages detailing the subjects normally found in such tomes ... At page 172, he screeched to a halt. There, filling the entire page, he found the iconographic image of New York City firefighters raising an American flag amid the rubble of the World Trade Center. The photo served as the gateway to a 15-page section titled “The Fight Against Terrorism.” A devout Muslim, Umbashi felt a pang of trepidation, the kind he's been having ever since Sept. 11, 2001. After he read the section, his feeling was validated. “I looked through the book, and I immediately saw that it was biased,” explained Umbashi, 51, a native of Libya. In his opinion, the book portrays all Arabs and Muslims as terrorists. [N&R]
Friday, 18 August, 2006: Uganda's football Cranes was beaten by Libya in a build-up friendly match held at Zawia stadium in Tripoli on Wednesday. The Cranes, who put up their best display under the instruction of head coach Laszlo Csaba, played with 10 men for most of the second half and had to contend with 10 minutes of extra time, in which the Libyans scored the winner. [Xinhua]
Friday, 18 August, 2006: Libya can accept that the departure from its ports of make-shift boats is blocked, "but only if we give them a hand in patrolling that gigantic southern border that is represented by the desert:" otherwise, the risk is that it remains "crushed" by the "thousands and thousands" of illegal immigrants arriving from other countries. This is the warning launched by the Italian Minister of the Interior, Giuliano Amato, who is convinced that the interventions "must be of a European dimension," because the single accords signed by various countries "alone, is not enough." He adds, "From Libya there is willingness in this regard" [AGI]

( الإصلاح ملابس داخلية! ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( نصرالله بحسبانه قائد الأمة! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( خبشنا أرصفة الكلام ) شعر : صابر الفيتوري

( الدعاء الوهابي.. الغير مستجاب ) بقلم : أبوذر الليبي

Thursday, 17 August, 2006: Pan Am World Airways, the pioneer U.S. flag carrier, announced today that a final distribution will be made by the end of the year to Pan Am's administrative creditors, including more than 15,000 former employees. Pan Am said that the additional distribution of approximately $30 million will be made possible by proceeds from a law suit settlement with the Government of Libya stemming from the destruction of the airline's Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Pan Am originally filed for bankruptcy relief on January 8, 1991. The airline ceased operations on December 4, 1991. [PRN]
Thursday, 17 August, 2006: The Libyan Football Federation has pledged to support the construction of an international technical training centre in Kampala. The president of the Libyan soccer federation, Eng. Jaman El-Jaafri, revealed the offer when he met the Ugandan team touring Libya yesterday. He said the centre would be accessed by all African countries. El-Jaafri told the Ugandan delegation leader Rogers Mulindwa that Libya was willing to fund football development activities in Uganda. [New Vision]

صفحات من " ديوان خالد رميلة الفاخري" (2)

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (22)

( خيانة مرفوعـة الرأس ) بقلم : الصادق النيهوم

( محطات ليبية (13) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( فكـّوا عـنـّا ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي     ( هذا.. أو الطوفان!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( سيرة الثور الأبيض ) بقلم : طارق القزيري     ( قليل من التعرّي.. ) شعر : لطفي عبداللطيف

Wednesday, 16 August, 2006: Russia reported progress Tuesday in repatriating highly enriched uranium from eight other countries as part of a Russian-U.S. security pact. The Russian Federal Agency for Nuclear Power said most recently, it had acquired 360 pounds of the uranium, which can be used to build nuclear warheads. The supply came from power plants in Serbia and Montenegro, Romania, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Libya, Latvia, Poland and Uzbekistan. [UPI]
Wednesday, 16 August, 2006: OPEC crude production fell by 260,000 barrels per day (b/d) to 29.69 million b/d in July, a Platts survey of OPEC and oil industry officials showed August 11. New closures in the Niger Delta cut Nigerian output, while Iraq was forced to stop exporting crude from Turkey. Output decreases totaling 380,000 b/d from Indonesia, Iraq, Nigeria and Venezuela were partly offset by 120,000 b/d of increased production from Iran, Libya and the UAE. [PRN]
Wednesday, 16 August, 2006: The 2006 Libyan national cycling championship is to begin 28 August in Tripoli, sources close to the cycling federation said Tuesday. [PANA]

( إلى جرحي النازف حتى الطهر.. ) شعر : صلاح حسين الحدّاد

The Islamization Of Democracy   By : Mohammed Berween

( إذا كان لتلّ أبيب قانتان فأنّ لنظام طرابلس مائة قانا!! ) بقلم : جاب الله موسى حسن

Tuesday, 15 August, 2006: The Australian author Peter Carey is bidding to become the first person in the history of the prestigious Booker prize to win it three times after his contaversal novel Theft: A Love Story made it onto this year's long-list. Announcing the 19-strong long-list yesterday, Hermione Lee, the chair of this year's judges, said they had tried to be careful and critical in assessing the 112 entries ... There is one debut novelist in Hisham Matar (photo) with In the Country of Men, which is set in Colonel Qadhafi's Libya, where Matar spent part of his childhood. [The Independent]
Tuesday, 15 August, 2006: Libya will kick off its third int'l oil licensing round this month, inviting foreign companies to inspect data on 41 offered blocks on August 24 and 31 in Tripoli and London, National Oil Corp (NOC) said. An NOC statement carried in government daily al-Jamahiriyah said companies would have to apply for permission to participate by Sept. 9. Those firms selected to take part would be informed on Sept. 22. Companies would submit formal offers on December 20 in Tripoli and results would be announced the same day, the statement said. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 15 August, 2006: Uganda's national team, the cranes, fly out this morning for a timely build-up game away to Libya in Tripoli. The team includes two South African based professionals Timothy Batabaire and Posnet Omony. However, coach Laszlo Csaba is unhappy that he didn't have a hand in the selection of the team. Csaba disclosed yesterday that he was not consulted and is annoyed by Fufa's technical committee that picked the 18-player squad. [The Monitor]
Tuesday, 15 August, 2006: San Ramon-based Chevron Corp. is among international oil companies that Libya invited to bid for rights to explore for oil and gas in 14 offshore and onshore sites. The total area of the plots is 99,437 square kilometers (38,409 square miles), state-owned Tripoli-based National Oil Corp. said on its Web site Monday. Libya, slightly bigger in size than Alaska, is the eighth-largest producer in the 11-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. It is Africa's second-largest oil producer, behind Nigeria. [Mercury News]
Tuesday, 15 August, 2006: Libya will increase the number of troops it has deployed to the Int'l Monitoring Team (IMT) as fresh batch of monitors is set to arrive by September to continue its peacekeeping missions in Mindanao. The news website of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) announced that a set of fresh monitors from Malaysia, Brunei and Libya will be deployed following the extension of the mandate of the IMT. "In the case of Libya, its four-man contingent will not be replaced but will be augmented by three more personnel," the report said. [Sun Star]

( من لهؤلاء المغدورين؟ ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( السيرة النبوية (24) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( خطاب مفتوح إلى أمين اللجنة الشعبية العامة للتفتيش ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي

Monday, 14 August, 2006: Is Iran the puppet master in the Lebanon crisis? That is what the Israelis and American allege and they may be right. So what is Iran's game plan in provoking the war between Israel and Lebanon? Iran's goal seems to be to achieve a strategic position of power vis-a-vis the US and get int'l recognition for Iran's regional power status ... Iran is trying to have its cake and eat it too. Unlike Libya's Qadhafi who had to abandon his effort to get nuclear capability in exchange for America's renunciation of a regime change in Libya, Iran is trying to retain its nuclear programme and achieve recognition as a regional power. [IndiaNews]

( وهل بقي ثمة درس ) شعر : صلاح حسين الحدّاد

لقطات من مشاركة ( لجنة العمل الوطني في المملكة المتحدة ) في مظاهرة التضامن

( من الذي انتصر؟ ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع     ( تطوير أم إصلاح!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( موقع جبهة الأنقاذ ) : موقف القذافي من المقاومة!!
www.libya-nfsl.org/Audio/GaddafiMajnoon/QaiedArabi2.ram

Sunday, 13 August, 2006: US Senator Arlen Specter, who chairs the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, arrived in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Saturday. According to the US Embassy, Specter’s visit is part of a fact-finding trip to various countries including Nepal, China, Bhutan, Israel and Libya. The Judiciary Committee addresses a variety of key issues, among them terrorism, intellectual property rights, trafficking in persons and religious persecution. [Nepal News]
Sunday, 13 August, 2006: Ethiopia has warned that Somalia's transitional government is in danger of being sidelined by the growth in power of the country's Islamic Courts. The country's foreign ministry said much of the power within the Islamic Courts has fallen into the hands of "terrorist" elements. Diplomats say Somalia is being used as a staging post for weapons supplies from Iran, Egypt and Libya - including sophisticated surface-to-air missiles. [BBC]
Sunday, 13 August, 2006: One soldier was killed and another abducted in northern Niger when armed men attacked and robbed a goods convoy being escorted by the army near the desert town of Agadez, military sources said on Friday. The attackers seized five vehicles containing cigarettes bound for Libya, the main market for tobacco in the region. [Reuters]
Sunday, 13 August, 2006: Next week in Perth [UK], opera director David Freeman presents his version of Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) in which the title character bears a strong resemblance to Saddam Hussein. Next month in London he unveils the world premiere of an opera about Libya's colourful leader Qadhafi. "Qadhafi coming along is a coincidence," Freeman said. [The West]
Sunday, 13 August, 2006: Libya's emergence from int'l isolation has raised hopes for an end to the ordeal of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death on charges of infecting 426 Libyan children with the AIDS virus. Feim Chaushev, Bulgaria's deputy foreign minister, was quoted as saying "there is a political will on the part of the Libyan government" to seek a solution. Another Bulgarian official said the restoration of diplomatic relations by the U.S. "was a very serious stimulus for Libya to solve the problem." At one point, Libyan leader Qadhafi claimed that the six "carried out an experiment on these children." [The Washington Times]

تعزية إلى آل القماطي     تعزية إلى آل شمبش

The Settling of Historical Accounts: Libya vs. Italy!   By : Ghoma

Saturday, 12 August, 2006: UAE-based hotel operator Coral International has tied up with a Libyan firm to manage hotels in Libya ticking off that the North African nation is opening up its tourism sector to foreign players. The venture formed by Coral and Tripoli-based Winzrik Tourism and Investment Group hopes to manage several government-owned hotels now being offered to private operators. "Tourism is a growing business in Libya. The government is now offering many incentives in this sector," Winzrik chairman Abdul Razaq Gherwash said. [Gulf News]
Saturday, 12 August, 2006: The Libyan Ambassador to Ghana Mr. Muhammed Gamudi has said that Ghana is endowed with natural resources that could be tapped into wealth and wondered what is driving the youth to search for greener pastures abroad. Citing the cases of African migrants including Ghanaians getting stranded in the Mediterranean in their bid to get to Europe, the Libyan Ambassador said there was no need for someone who has abundant wealth at home to risk their lives in the search for wealth that is non existent in many cases. [Accra Daily Mail]
Saturday, 12 August, 2006: Ibrahim Mukhtar, Ambassador of Libya, has invited Pakistani businessmen to benefit from opening up of Libyan economy after 30 years of government control. Mukhtar said that the privatisation of public sector units was going on and businessmen engaged in cement and steel should visit Libya to see cement factories being privatised. The ambassador said that Pakistan-Libya Commission meeting has been planned in September or early October to implement decisions taken during the visit of Prime Minister Aziz to Libya. [The News]

( لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة المتحدة ) : دعوة للاعـتصام

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (6) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (21)

صفحات من كتاب ( رسائل الأسمر ) جمع وتحقيق ودراسة : د. مصطفى عمران رابعة (1)

Friday, 11 August, 2006: British Airways cancelled all its short-haul flights due Thursday between London's Heathrow Airport and other British and European cities, as well as the Libyan capital Tripoli, the airline said after an alleged failed bid to blow up passenger jets. Police said they had foiled a plot to blow up planes flying from Britain to the United States. [ABS-CBN]
Friday, 11 August, 2006: One hundred and twenty-seven Ghanaian deportees arrived at the Kotoka International Airport [Ghana] on Thursday aboard an Air Libyan flight. The deportees, who looked unkempt because they had not had a bath for a long time, told the GNA that they had stayed in Libya for periods ranging from a few months to about five years. [GNA]

( الأتحاد الليبي ) : انتهاكات خطيرة لحقوق الإنسان في ليبيا

( حوار موسّع مع الأستاذ محمد بويصير (2) ) حاوره : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( ما هكذا تورد الإبل يا حداد (3) ـ الأخيرة ) بقلم : جلال علي الجهاني

( عودة أم مصالحة!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Thursday, 10 August, 2006: Bahrain-based real estate company Tameer has announced plans to develop a $20 billion mixed-use project in Libya the largest Arab investment in the North African country. Tameer said the project costing 26 billion Libyan dinars would include a city of residential and commercial towers, business centres and other facilities on 40 square klms in the eastern valley bordering the capital, Tripoli. The complex will be home to more than 500,000 people, with access to schools, universities, hospitals, entertainment centres, clubs and gyms. [Gulf News]
Thursday, 10 August, 2006: Libya has settled a water bill dispute with the District of Columbia. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority placed a lien on the future Libyan ambassador's residence because more than $27,000 in outstanding utility bills had gone unpaid, according to a lawsuit Libya filed against the water authority last week in federal court. In the suit, Libya said it had not occupied the Wyoming Avenue building since 1981. The lawsuit was withdrawn late Tuesday with a filing that said all issues were settled. Michele Quander-Collins, a spokeswoman for the water authority, said only that the Libyan government agreed to pay a "nominal fee." [AP]
Thursday, 10 August, 2006: The leaders of Chad and Sudan failed to show up at a planned reconciliation summit in Senegal on Wednesday, in an apparent snub which a host official blamed on manoeuvring by Libya's Qadhafi. Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade announced the summit last week at the start of a tour to mediate between Sudan's al-Beshir and Chad's Deby, who have been estranged over accusations Khartoum backed an April revolt against Deby. [ST]
Thursday, 10 August, 2006: The retrial of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of injecting hundreds of Libyan children with the AIDS virus was adjourned again on Tuesday until August 29. At the retrial five Libyan AIDS experts said they stood by a 61-page report they wrote in 2003 which says that someone had deliberately infected hundreds of children with HIV/AIDS at a Libyan hospital. The hearing was resumed amid strict security measures and Judge Mahmoud al-Howeissa again rejected a defence request that the accused be allowed free on bail. Ramadan al-Faitori, the spokesman for a group representing the families of the infected children, has praised the local experts' report as "scientific and strong". [NMN]

تعازي إلى آل زعطوط     تعزية إلى آل الشهيبي

( أين كان كل شيء..!!! ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( المقاومة الاسلامية هي التي ترسم الشرق الأوسط الجديد! ) بقلم : جمعة القماطي

Wednesday, 9 August, 2006: Someone deliberately infected hundreds of children with HIV/AIDS at a Libyan hospital, Libyan experts on Tuesday told a court retrying five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of causing the outbreak. The retrial, as well as questions over Libya's human rights record, have been seen as hurdles to improved relations with the West at a time when Washington is in the process of resuming full diplomatic relations after decades of hostility. Five Libyan experts on HIV/AIDS told the Tripoli court that they stood by a 61-page report they wrote in 2003 that found the infections were the result of a deliberate act. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 9 August, 2006: Libya has snubbed British offers for its top military cadets to train alongside Princes William and Harry at Sandhurst, it was revealed yesterday. Despite a thaw in relations between the countries, Tripoli has given no reason for turning down places at the renowned Royal Military Academy. The apparent slight was revealed following a Freedom of Information request to the Ministry of Defence. Tony Blair pledged UK help to build Libya's army in March 2004 after Col Qadhafi - previously a bitter opponent of the West - renounced nuclear and chemical weapons. Mr Blair admitted the move to rehabilitate Libya was a "risk", but held out a number of co-operative measures - including allowing cadets to attend Sandhurst. A Ministry statement said Libya had not taken up two offers of places. [The Scotsman]
Wednesday, 9 August, 2006: Premier Romano Prodi recently had a long phone conversation with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. They discussed the situation in the Middle East and bilateral relations between Rome and Tripoli. The two leaders agreed on the need to both personally commit to the "resolution of problems with regard to the Italian-Libyan agreement and to consolidate friendship between the two countries". [AGI]
Wednesday, 9 August, 2006: The Libyan government sued the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority last week in federal court, demanding that the property's water and sewer service be turned on. The lawsuit also asks for $1 million in damages. Libya says it hasn't occupied the building since 1981. After Libya's departure, the United Arab Emirates took control of the property. And, according to the suit, "squatters" stayed there for several years. The UAE evicted the squatters in 2003 and ordered water and sewer service to be shut off. The city's records show water and sewer accounts at the property in the name of the "United Kingdom of Libya," and the authority has filed a lien demanding payment, The Washington Times reported Tuesday. The Libyan government, however, says it shouldn't have to pay because it didn't authorize the service. [AP]

صفحات من كتاب ( مقاعـد أصحاب الصّوب ) تأليف : عـبدالسلام قادربوه (3)

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيان حول الأحداث في لبنان

The Libyan Constitutional Union (4)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

Libyan journalist Daif al-Ghazal, 32, was tortured to death on 21 May 2005 in mysterious circumstances.Tuesday, 8 August, 2006: Press freedom does not exist in the country of the “Brother Leader” Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. The media is totally controlled by the regime. Even the official daily, Al-Zhafa al-Akhdar, has been suspended several times for printing articles that displeased the regime. Journalist Daif al-Ghazal (photo), 32, was tortured to death on 21 May 2005 in mysterious circumstances. The authorities promised to investigate but said nothing more. Ghazal had posted articles on the London-based opposition website libya-alyoum.com (Libya Today) strongly criticising the government and its Movement of Revolutionary Committees (MRC). [Reporters Without Borders]
Tuesday, 8 August, 2006: The Libyan defense lawyer of five Bulgarian nurses has been misquoted by Agence France Press (AFP) concerning a statement on possible release on bail. On Monday, AFP reported Osman Bizanti expects the renewal of the trial on August 8 to "spring a few surprises and come up with a decision to free the Bulgarian defendants on bail". However, talking to Bulgarian journalists later the same day Bizanti dumped this quotation claiming he was misunderstood in a phone interview. He explained the defense team intends to submit a request for change of bail, but refused to have expressed any certain outcome from this move. [SNA]
Tuesday, 8 August, 2006: The Libyan lawyer of the five Bulgarian nurses, who stand trial for deliberately infecting with AIDS over 400 kids in a Benghazi children's hospital, expects them to be released on bail soon. Osman Bizanti expects the renewal of the trial on August 8 to "spring a few surprises and come up with a decision to free the Bulgarian defendants on bail". [SNA]
Tuesday, 8 August, 2006: Libya will host the world chess amateur cup tournament from 23 November to 3 December, the Libyan Chess Federation announced here Sunday. [PANA]

تعازي إلى آل بن كاطو

( جبنـاء ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( مؤسسة تاوالت الثقافية ) : بيان للرأي العام

( لقطات من مظاهرة التضامن ـ لندن ـ السبت 5 أغسطس ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( أسملله على الخيل من ركابة السو!! ) بقلم : جاب الله موسى حسن

صفحات من مجلة "الضياء" ـ العدد الأول ـ مارس 1957م (2)

( ما هكذا تورد الإبل يا حداد (2) ) بقلم : جلال علي الجهاني

Monday, 7 August, 2006: Question: With America's renewed relations with Libya, what tips or guidelines do you have for travel there? Answer: The United States and Libya have been getting friendlier ... But just because relations are warmer doesn't mean you can catch the first flight to Tripoli. "You can't get a visa in the U.S.," says Mary Dell Lucas, owner of California-based Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips, which is offering a September trip to Libya. "The diplomacy is not normalized enough; you must go through [the Libyan Peoples Bureau (embassy) in Canada] and be 'invited' by some group or entity in Libya." [The Washington Post]
Monday, 7 August, 2006: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on Wednesday received Valdimir Jirinovski, Deputy Speaker of Russian Parliament, who is also Chairman of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party. Libya's External Affairs Secretary Souleiman Chehoumi, and the Russian ambassador to Libya, Valeryian Shuvaev, attended the audience. Jirinovski said he supports Arab causes including that of the Palestinian people and theirs legitimate rights, as well as the Lebanese people, presently under Israeli aggression. [Angop]

( محطات ليبية (12) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( كي لا يُعلن الحِداد على الحدّاد ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( عودوا إلى بلادكم من أجل أولادكم! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Sunday, 6 August, 2006: When Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell said the other day he wants to see Fidel Castro dead, he said he knew it would sound crass. He doesn't like to wish anyone ill. But Castro was responsible for death and tragedy in Lowell's own family ... Kim Jong. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Bashar Assad. Saddam Hussein. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. He's been playing nice lately, having seen the writing on the wall after Saddam got taken out. But make no mistake, Libya is not better for his stewardship, nor is the world. Ask any of the families of the innocents who died over Lockerbie. Don't expect his eventual hand-off to one of his sons to be any improvement ... Osama bin Laden. There are so many others, murderers and thieves who claim government or military status, but serve no useful purpose whatsoever in this world. Myanmar's ruling junta. Charles Taylor. Ratko Mladic. The entire Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda. The Janjaweed in Sudan. We're not supposed to think or talk this way. But, uncharitably this Sunday morning, I wish a plague on all their houses. Damn them all to hell. [Boston Herald]
Sunday, 6 August, 2006: Hisham Matar's haunting debut novel is a tale about the end of innocence. With a frighteningly powerful mother-son relationship at its passionate core, the portrait of Libya in the late 1970s under Colonel Qadhafi's regime is astoundingly, suffocatingly real. Under the intoxicating haze of heat, repression and prohibited alcohol - upon which his mother is increasingly dependent - Suleiman learns the value of family and friendship, but also the meaning of betrayal. In a world of whispers and suspicion, as webs of secrets threaten to strangle him, he must discover that human beings are born not only to love but also to betray one another. Living that half-spied, polluted childhood, he realises he has his price. [The Scotsman]

( البليّة والحلول التلفيقـيّة ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( مسبحة شيطان ) شعر : صابر الفيتوري

The Libyan Constitutional Union (3)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

( كفاك تزييفا ووقاحة وسفسطة يا مورد الإبل! ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

( ما هكذا تورد الإبل يا حداد (1) ) بقلم : جلال علي الجهاني

موقع ليبي جديد : الأستاذ خليفة محمد التليسي ( http://www.kalifatillisi.net )

( هل عقمت النساء أن يلدن مثل نصر الله ) بقلم : أبوذر الليبي

Fathi Eljahmi, 65, spent 18 months in prison after calling for free speech in Libya. He was arrested again for supporting a constitution. He has life-threatening health conditions but is allowed little contact with his family.Saturday, 5 August, 2006: During the Cold War, dissidents like Vaclav Havel and Lech Walesa put a human face on the struggles of millions for freedom in Eastern Europe. Today, it's in the Middle East where thousands are agitating for basic human rights. "It is not the unelected rulers or terrorists who speak for the people," says Tom Melia of the human-rights group Freedom House. "Advocates for democracy are the true voices of the Middle East"... Fathi Eljahmi (photo), 65, spent 18 months in prison after calling for free speech in Libya. He was arrested again for supporting a constitution. He has life-threatening health conditions but is allowed little contact with his family... You can help by telling Congress to support the Advance Democracy Act. "Dissidents often have no resources and are isolated in their own countries," notes Tom Melia. [Parade]
Saturday, 5 August, 2006: Libya granted a US$ 300,000 aid package for the fisheries sector in Sao Tome and Principe and is seeking to expand cooperation to tourism and education, a top official said Friday. Deputy Prime Minister Maria Tebus Torres told the Tela Non newspaper that she expected the two countries' collaboration in fisheries to eventually include the "transformation of fish, for both domestic consumption and exports." The aid package consists of about 80 boat engines of various capacities, as well as other fishing equipment. [MacauHub]
Saturday, 5 August, 2006: There is a need to start the relationship between Malta and Libya afresh, said MLP Leader Dr. Alfred Sant. At a meeting with the Maltese side of the Maltese-Libyan Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Sant also said that the cooperation between Malta and Libya had to be mutually beneficial. He mentioned the various problems encountered, including the issue with regards visas and illegal immigration which is negatively affecting both sides. [Di-ve]
Saturday, 5 August, 2006: Uganda's football governing body, Fufa, is working round the clock to ensure that all professional players are available for the Cranes ahead of their trip to Libya. Federation Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Charles Masembe told Daily Monitor that the professionals are expected in the country early this month before the Cranes leave for their build-up game against Libya scheduled for August 16. [The Monitor]
Saturday, 5 August, 2006: "Libya is a virgin market," begins a recent U.S. State Department report. "Opportunities exist in almost every sector." Libya is rich in oil, and top energy companies are expanding there. But other possibilities are emerging, starting with tourism. By 2010, Libya expects to have 1 million tourists a year, more than triple the current number. Several Italian firms are building resorts, and France's Club Med is reportedly prospecting. "We are essentially a brand-new country," says Naser Edeeb, who runs Safari Tourism Services, a Tripoli-based tour company. Banks began installing ATMs only last year. Credit cards are just starting to appear. Strict rules govern advertising. And the country is dry (not arid, but completely booze-free). "Talk about a disadvantage," says Geoff Porter, an analyst with Eurasia Group. [Business 2.0]
Saturday, 5 August, 2006: InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has singed a deal with Magna holdings for a hotel in Libya's capital city, Tripoli, reports Caterersearch. The 300-bed property will also include 26 serviced apartments and is due to open in early 2009. IHG will also operate the neighbouring Al Waddan hotel on an unbranded basis when it reopens in early 2007. [GO]
Saturday, 5 August, 2006: On the 3rd year of its peacekeeping mission in Mindanao, the Philippines, Malaysia is organizing and training a new batch of International Monitoring Team (IMT) members and officers. Besides Malaysia, the IMT will also be joined by members from Brunei and Libya. This new batch of IMT will have an increase of five civilians who will prioritize the socio-economic developments and monitoring in the conflict-affected areas. [Minda News]
Saturday, 5 August, 2006: US President George W. Bush extended to September 29 a law that calls for sanctions on entities that invest in Iran and Libya's energy sectors, the White House said. Bush signed a provision extending the "Iran and Libya Sanctions Act" of 1996 at his Texas ranch. The law imposes economic sanctions on persons or firms that invest 40 million dollars or more in any 12-month period in Iran or Libya's oil or gas industries. [AFP]

( تأثير النصّ الديني المقدس في الفكر الإسلامي (5) ـ الأخيرة ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

موقع ( تاوالت ) : شريط وثائقي عن المرحوم سعيد سيفاو المحروق
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Friday, 4 August, 2006: After arriving in Libya, having been turned down for interviews with any Libyan officials, including Qadhafi, [Marco] Werman spends three days in Tripoli trying to find out something -- anything -- about what Libyans think ... "Can I ask you a few questions for radio?" he asks. "I am sorry, I don't speak English," comes the standard reply ... When Werman finally does come across someone who is willing to talk, he seizes the moment. "You want to be like a human?" Werman asks, to make sure he heard the young man's complaint correctly. "And you don't think you're a human here in Libya?" "No one is hearing my voice," the man laments. And sure enough, seconds later, the minder shuts down the conversation. [PBS]
Friday, 4 August, 2006: Taiwan's defence ministry on Wednesday denied a press report that Taipei is to sell rifles, machine guns and military telecommunications equipment to Libya. Wu Chi-fang, a ministry spokesman, said "there is no such thing" after the Taipei-based Apple Daily reported that Taiwan had agreed to supply the items to Libya following President Chen Shui-bian's surprise visit there earlier this year. The paper, citing unidentified sources, said on Wednesday that Taiwan had invited "important Libyan military personnel" to observe a live-fire war game last month after resuming military exchanges with Tripoli following Chen's trip. [AFP]
Friday, 4 August, 2006: Switzerland's supreme court on Thursday cleared the way for legal assistance to German authorities investigating alleged smuggling of material for Libya's nuclear weapons programme in 2001 to 2003. The Federal Tribunal rejected an appeal by the owners of a South African company, who had sought to block the transfer of Swiss banking documents to Germany. The case is related to the trial in Germany of a 63 year-old German engineer, Gotthard Lerch, on charges of helping Libya's attempts to develop nuclear weapons. [IOL]
Friday, 4 August, 2006: US sportswear group Nike will still sponsor Juventus despite the club being demoted to Italian football's second division, a Nike spokesman said. Juventus's main sponsors - Nike and Libya's Tamoil - have been expected to renegotiate their contracts after it was relegated for seeking an unfair advantage in the appointment of referees. [MM]

( ظلوما جهولا ) شعر : ياسين بوسيف ياسين     ( الوطن ) شعر : مصطفى محمد البركي

( خطاب مفتوح إلى الرئيس بشار الأسد ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( موقع ليبي جديد ) : الرابطة الليبية الأمريكية
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( موقع ليبي جديد ) : موقع السلفيوم
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Thursday, 3 August, 2006: Taiwan has agreed to sell rifles, machine guns and military telecommunications equipment to Libya after President Chen Shui-bian's surprise visit there earlier this year, said a report on Wednesday. The report, citing unidentified national security sources, said Taiwan had invited "important Libyan military personnel" to observe a live-fire war game last month. The Libyan visitors later listed some 20 types of military items they wanted to buy, including rifles, machine guns and military telecommunications equipment. [News24]
Thursday, 3 August, 2006: Radical Islam poses as much of a challenge to Muslim regimes as it does to the West, and does not distinguish between regimes that are pro-Western and those that are not. The secular regimes that govern Syria and Libya are under attack from radical Islamic groups just as much as the governments of Saudi Arabia and Egypt. From west Africa to the Pacific Rim, militant Muslims are seeking to establish religious regimes that are based on an uncompromising interpretation of Koranic law. This is a challenge not only for the West, even though it is Western forces that are largely responsible for prosecuting the war against Islamic extremism, and it is Western governments that are attempting to counter the deadly campaigns being waged by disparate Islamic groups, whether it is the Taliban in Afghanistan, Hizbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza or Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia. [The Telegraph]
Thursday, 3 August, 2006: The agenda behind the attacks on Guantanamo is to build up pressure to force the U.S. to turn the prisoners over to an int'l tribunal. One of the main proponents of this idea is Ken Gude of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress. He has suggested that the prisoners be tried by something like the Lockerbie Tribunal, which was set up to handle the Pan Am 103 terrorism case. The plane, carrying 189 Americans, was destroyed by a bomb over Lockerbie. But the Lockerbie Tribunal ignored the culpability of Libya's terrorist leader Qadhafi in the attack, and the one Libyan official who was found guilty was spared the death penalty. He ended up in a country club prison in Scotland, where he is living in a special wing of the prison with a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, shower, sitting room, an office with a computer and bookshelves, and entertainment center with television. Is this what we want for the Gitmo terrorists in order to recognize and pay homage to their "humanity?" [AIM]

( وقفة تحليلية لحوار قناة المستقلة بين بويصير وبوخزام ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( العودة إلى مصطلح "الكلاب الضالة"!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( الحمّى ) بقلم : عمر الكدي     ( تباً.. أغفلتهم أبدية؟ ) بقلم : الزواري

( الإتحاد الوطني للإصلاح ) : تصريح صحفي

( حوار موسّع مع الأستاذ محمد بويصير (1) ) حاوره : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Wednesday, 2 August, 2006: Libya has commended the resistance of the Lebanese people and expressed its fullest support for the country over "the barbaric attacks of the Israeli regime". The General People's Committee has directed the Foreign Ministry to contact member countries of the UN Security Council and int'l organisations to stop the Israeli attacks against the Lebanese people. At the end of an extraordinary meeting of the national agency on the situation in Lebanon, Libya said it was making "every means available to Lebanon," a statement added. [Angop]
Wednesday, 2 August, 2006: "I think that politically speaking the pressure from Europe may be very useful with regard to the AIDS trial against the Bulgarian nurses and this pressure is already giving positive results," EU Justice, Freedom and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini told bTV. "I am in constant connection with the Libyan authorities and during my visit to Libya a month ago I met with President Qadhafi. We discussed the case and he said it is up to the courts to make the final decision," Mr. Frattini added. [FIA]
Wednesday, 2 August, 2006: A Libyan student at Bradford University who subjected a woman to a violent and brutal rape has been told that he will be deported when he is finally freed from an eight-year jail sentence. Judge Geoffrey Marson QC said that the vicious attack "beggared belief" after hearing how Hamed Alkilani, 27, kept his teenage victim captive for more than two hours. Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday that the teenager bit off part of Alkilani's tongue in a desperate bid to defend herself, but was eventually forced to comply with his demands out of fear of what he would do to her. [This Is Bradford]
Wednesday, 2 August, 2006: Weekends in Bahrain will run from Friday to Saturday instead of Thursday to Friday. In Muslim countries Friday traditionally is observed as a holy day for prayers. The move brings Bahrain into line with other countries in the region. In the past 18 months, the UAE, Libya, Iraq, Syria and Mauritania have changed their weekends from Thursday- Friday to Friday-Saturday. Jordan, Qatar, Morocco and Tunisia made the switch earlier. Those that maintain the Thursday-Friday model include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt and Algeria. [TOL]

( العلاقات الأمريكية الليبية : الآثام والمغفرة!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( وداعاً أبا التاريخ ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي     ( محاكمة الشعب ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( فـكـّوا عـنـّـا ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي     ( قائمة الذهاب ) شعر : صابر الفيتوري

Tuesday, 1 August, 2006: Italian and Libyan officials are scheduled to meet on Wednesday in Rome to discuss compensation Tripoli wants Italy to pay for its period of colonial rule in the 1900s and illegal immigration, Italian interior minister Giuliano Amato has announced. The meeting is reportedly the sign of a political detente between Italy and Libya after the new government of Romano Prodi stepped into power in May over the highly sensitive issue of compensation. Tripoli has demanded up to six billion euros to build a highway connecting Libya to Egypt. Rome has so far declined to pay the amount and offered instead to build a hospital. [AKI]
Tuesday, 1 August, 2006: Libya captain Tarek Al-Taib claims he has turned down an offer to join an Egyptian club earlier this year. Al-Taib, who recently joined Saudi giants Al-Hilal from Turkish outfit Gaziantepspor a few days ago, said the offer came through Egyptian coach Mohsen Saleh who is currently in charge of the Libyan national team. The 29-year-old playmaker said that he was lured to Saudi Arabia by the "very lucrative" offer he received from Al-Hilal. [FB]
Tuesday, 1 August, 2006: Libya, which continues to respect all accords signed during various Arab summits and conferences concerning the Somali peace process, was working relentlessly for an end to further violence in that country, an official source at the foreign ministry has reiterated. The source said in Tripoli Sunday that Libyan authorities have persistently urged all Somali parties to renounce violence and resort to peace talks. Libya's reaction comes in the wake of statements attributed to Prime Minister Mohamed Gedi of the Somali transitional government, by some media, saying that some countries including Libya, aim at destroying the transition government to ignite terrorism in Somalia. [Pana]

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