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تعزية إلى آل دغمان

( السـيّـدة ص ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( كلماتٌ قاصمة للظهر.. ) بقلم : أمارير

( آنــا حـبـيـبـتـي ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

All witnesses, who were relatives of the infected children, recognised the Bulgarians as the people who took care of the children during their stay in the Benghazi infectious hospital. Three mothers recognised Valia Cherveniashka, Snezhana Dimitrova and Nasia Nenova, as well as Palestinian doctor Ashraf al-Hadjuj, Bulgarian News Agency reported.Sunday, 31 December, 2006: Western criticism of death sentences handed to five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor by a Libyan court (photo) shows a lack shows a lack of respect for the Libyan people, Libya’s foreign ministry said. Condemnation poured in from Western governments and rights groups after the sentences were passed, with Bulgaria, the EU and Amnesty Int'l among the swiftest critics. Washington said it was disappointed. "The political stance expressed by the Bulgarian government, EU countries and others is a clear bias to certain values that are likely to trigger wars, conflicts and cause enmity between religions and civilisations," the foreign ministry said. It said the foreign media campaign and political pressure created a dangerous precedent in which Libyans are considered sub-human and treated differently to Bulgarians. [Reuters]
Sunday, 31 December, 2006: A Palestinian woman died of an AIDS-related illness at a Libyan hospital on Saturday, taking to 57 the number of victims of an HIV outbreak in the late 1990s blamed on six foreign medics, a local support group said. Maha Mahmood Shams, 18, died in hospital in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, one-and-a-half years after her brother died from AIDS, said Idriss Naga, chairman of the Association for Libyan HIV-Infected Children. Both were among 426 children who contracted HIV while they were patients at a hospital in the eastern city of Benghazi. Of eight Palestinians infected, Shams was the fifth to die, Naga said. [Reuters]
Sunday, 31 December, 2006: Bulgaria’s government has appealed for Egypt’s mediation in finding a solution to the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who were found guilty of deliberately infecting more than 400 Libyan children with HIV in a hospital in Benghazi, the online edition of the Libyan newspaper Libya Today reported. Answering Bulgaria’s request, Egypt said it planned to stick to its principle of non-interference in cases of sovereign states. Still, Cairo promised to “deliver Bulgaria’s demands to Tripoli”. Egypt will try to help solving the case only because of moral concern and humane motives, the authorities in Cairo explained. [FIA]
Sunday, 31 December, 2006: The government of Libyan leader Qadhafi announced a three-day official mourning period following Saddam Hussein's execution on Saturday. All celebrations of the Islamic Eid al-Adha feast have been canceled. In an official statement, the government ordered all its branches to lower the national flag to half mast. "All celebrations all around the country should also be canceled," the statement said of the most important holiday on the Islamic calendar. On Friday, Qadhafi made an indirect appeal for Saddam's life, telling Al-Jazeera television that Saddam's trial was illegal and that he should be retried by an international court. [SNA]
Sunday, 31 December, 2006: The Tripoli-based Community of the Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) Secretariat, has expressed "surprise and disappointment" at the Western media campaign against the death sentences passed 19 December on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor for infecting more than 400 Libyan children with the HIV virus eight years ago. The Community in a statement said the Western media were challenging the fairness of the Libyan justice system for "failing to deliver the verdict which the authors of the campaign had expected." It denounced attempts by the West to exert pressure on institutions of an independent country to prevent them from performing their duty under the relevant laws. [Angop]
Sunday, 31 December, 2006: In response to the Libyan Foreign Ministry’s memorandum on the trial against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, who were sentenced to death for infecting children with HIV/AIDS, a high-positioned diplomat from Cuba’s embassy in Libya declared his country’s full support for the decision of the Tripoli court, the online edition of the Libyan newspaper Al Jamahiriya reported. During a meeting with Libyan Foreign Ministry’s representatives on Friday, a Cuban diplomat said that all member states of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries, which is chaired by Cuba, back Libya. The Cuban representative also said that all the non-aligned countries believe in the just Libyan judicial system. [FIA]

Letters: Saturday, 30 December, 2006 منكم واليكم : السبت، 30 ديسمبر

( مبروك عيدك.. ) غناء : أحمد الشبلي   ( يا لحباب.. ) غناء : أحمد الشبلي


Eid's Agnus: Saddam's Lynching...?   By : Ghoma

( اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة ) : بيان بشان الإفراج عن الدكتور إدريس ابوفايد

Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said opposing Saddam's execution was an insult to his victims. Al-Maliki made the remarks in a meeting with families of people who died during Saddam's rule ... The governments of Yemen and Libya made eleventh hour appeals that Saddam's life be spared. Yemeni Prime Minister A. Bajammal wrote to the U.S. and Iraqi presidents, warning in his letter that Saddam's execution would "increase the sectarian violence" in Iraq. Libyan leader Qadhafi made an indirect appeal to save Saddam, telling Al-Jazeera TV that his trial was illegal and that he should be retried by an international court. [AP]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Speaking to a gathering of officials, religious leaders and reporters in Tripoli, Libyan leader Qadhafi contrasted the international outcry over the HIV case with that of Libyan Abdel Basset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi (photo), who was found guilty in 2001 of the Pan Am plane bombing over Scotland and handed a mandatory life prison sentence. Tripoli has agreed to pay $2.7 billion to the families of the victims and taken responsibility for the bombing. "Organisations like the Arab League, the non-aligned movement and the Islamic Conference said al-Megrahi was a political prisoner and international observers said elements of foreign intelligence were present at the trial," Qadhafi said. "Nobody asked for his release". [Reuters]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on Friday defended a Libyan court's decision to sentence five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death for infecting more than 400 children with HIV, but said mystery surrounded the case. "It is unimportant that the medics are sentenced to death or not -- if they committed a crime and are sentenced to death, that is the court's decision," Qadhafi told a gathering of officials, religious leaders and reporters in Tripoli. "The important thing is why the medical team injected the children with AIDS. Who ordered you -- was it Libyan intelligence, American intelligence, Israeli intelligence or Bulgarian intelligence? This is what we have to find out." [Reuters]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war and must be tried by Iraq's invaders, the U.S. and Britain, Libyan leader Qadhafi said on Friday. "Saddam Hussein is a prisoner of war ... He's been overthrown by foreign invading forces, not by the Iraqi army or the Iraqi people," Qadhafi said. "The countries that captured him should try him -- America or Britain -- because all Iraq is under occupation, including the judges and the lawyers," he told reporters in Tripoli. Iraqi officials said on Friday that Saddam may be hanged within hours. Qadhafi said the International Court of Justice and the General Assembly of the United Nations must give their point of view on the case. "Where is the world's conscience?" he said.[Reuters]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: To counter international pressure for a positive outcome in the trial of the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death, Libya turned for help to its neighbouring countries and supporters. Libya’s foreign ministry worked on a declaration elaborating the nurses’ trial. The declaration was addressed to the secretary-general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), to all Arab, Asian and Latin American countries that Libya has diplomatic relations with, to the UN and the European Commission, Focus news agency reported. In the declaration, Libya presented the trial, as seen in the country. The foreign ministry underlined that the process was just and all evidence used to establish the guilt of the medics was authentic. Libya also protests against the sharp int'l reactions and the calls for freeing the medics. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: “The memo of the Libyan Foreign Ministry shows that Libya has no intention to confess its justice mistake and to consider the proofs of the internationally recognized experts”, Vladimir Chukov, Arabian scientist told Focus Agency. According to Chukov the memo was something expected. This showed that Libya was making its first steps to mobilize its allies among the Arab states and mostly in Africa where Libya had very serious positions”, he explained. According to Chukov, Libya has made a very serious step towards politicizing the case against the medics by that memo. “Bulgaria should very clearly work out a new module of relations with Libya. Dialogue should be reconsidered”, Chukov pointed out. [FIA]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Yuriko Koike, national security adviser to Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, said North Korea should abandon its nuclear weapons program just as Libya did in the face of international criticism. Koike, who visited Libya early this month, said her visit indicates that the African nation has rejoined the global community. North Korea could do the same if it renounces WMDs as Libya did in Dec. 2003, she said in a televised interview today with Bloomberg News. "North Korea could resume int'l trade and cross- border travel as a full-fledged member of the global community if they take the steps that we suggested,'' she said. [Bloomberg]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi received a letter from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan related to the case of the Bulgarian medics sentenced to death in Libya, the Libyan news agency JANA reported. Annan expresses the UN appreciation of Qadhafi’s vision regarding the death penalty saying, "I am well aware that you, personally, share the UN’s stand concerning the death penalty that you talked about openly and that is what we sincerely thank you for". He said in his letter the readiness to stand beside Libya to find a solution to the case. "I am confident that you will do all you can to end this painful chapter in the life of many". [FIA]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: InnoTelCo announced that it expects to commence shipments of telecommunications products which will be shipped from China to the North African countries of Algeria, Libya, Tunisia and Yemen. InnoTelCo believes that the initial shipment can expand into a series of shipments which will create a revenue stream for several years. [Market Wire]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: India's independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi said dictators "can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall." That hasn't always proven true ... More fortunate are those who can call on a foreign leader for a safe haven once their regime is on the rocks. Idi Amin, who as president of Uganda ordered the massacre of thousands of his countrymen and impoverished his people, managed to get away to Libya after neighbouring Tanzania overthrow his regime in 1979. Amin later settled in Saudi Arabia, where he died in 2003. [AP]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: U.S. President Bush has approved a plan for an Africa Command, defense officials said Friday. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Mullen mentioned the move during a visit Thursday to Naples ... Details, such as where the command would be headquartered and how many personnel would be assigned, still need to be worked out. Currently, about 1,800 U.S. servicemembers are stationed on the African continent as part of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The U.S. military once had a major air base near Tripoli, Libya, from after World War II to Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi took power in 1969 and ordered all foreign countries out the following year. The U.S. vacated Wheelus Air Base in June 1970. [Stars & Stripes]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Bulgaria insisted Friday on a speedy appeal for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in an AIDS case in Libya, a case that has triggered outrage in the country. Libya, meanwhile, denounced Western criticism of the case, saying it is politically motivated and biased against Muslim values. Diplomatic relations between the countries have been strained since 1999 when the medics were jailed on charges that they intentionally spread HIV to more than 400 children at a hospital in Benghazi during what Libya claims was a botched experiment to find a cure for AIDS. Fifty children have died. [AP]
Saturday, 30 December, 2006: Relatives of the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for deliberate mass HIV infection in Libya would travel to Tripoli on January 9. The relatives would remain in Libya until January 17, Focus news reported. They hope to be given the right to visit the five nurses in Judeida prison every day. The nurses called for the visit, after they were sentenced to death for the second time. Court in Tripoli confirmed the sentences pronounced for the first time in May 2004 and overruled by Libya’s Supreme Court. Meanwhile Bulgharian Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev said it was more important to find specific steps to change the outcome of the trial, rather than to discuss the independence of Libya’s court. [Sofia Echo]

( جمعية التكافل والمدرسة العربية (الليبية) بلندن ) : دعوة لحضور حفلة العيد

( جمعية الجالية الليبية ـ مانشستر ) : دعوة لحضور حفلة العيد

( جمعية المرأة الليبية ـ مانشستر ) : تهنئة ودعوة

( أفرح يا بوثوب جديد    اليوم كبيره وبكره عيد )

تعزية إلى آل نشـّاد ولاجودة

( من يفرح بالعيد؟!! ) بقلم : محمد نصر

( كل عام وأنتم إرهابيون!!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( حقيقة نزول عيسى في العهد القديم (2)!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( الخطر الأكبر الداهـم ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

حوار مع الصادق النيهوم (4)

( عاتبيني ) غناء : أيمن الأعتر

Friday, 29 December, 2006: The European Union on Thursday urged Libya to free the Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting Libyan children with HIV after a Libyan court decided to re-impose their death sentences. "It is my strong hope that ... Libyan authorities will take the necessary measures to review and annul the death sentence," EU External Affairs Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in a letter to the Libyan foreign ministry. The six have been in jail since 1999 on charges that they intentionally spread the HIV virus to more than 400 children at a hospital in Benghazi during a botched experiment to find a cure for AIDS. [IHT]
Friday, 29 December, 2006: It was a sad Christmas eve for numerous Nigerians who had been living in Libya as they were deported to the country, with different gory tales of their travails. The Nigerians were among the 150 deportees ferried into the country aboard a chartered Libyan airline, AI-Baraq, together with some other nationals from neighbouring West African countries, Sunday. The Nigerians were seen in the shed of the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Some told our correspondent that they had suffered a lot of victimisation in Libya before they were deported back home. [The Tide]
Friday, 29 December, 2006: “My optimism about a fast solution to the case in Libya was based on definite facts and agreements. It was much more moderate than the optimism of our partners and allies in the four-party negotiations. The trial should have ended in August or the beginning of September. No one could predict the court’s decision. Later some obstacles appeared and no one supposed that the trial would take so much time,” Bulgaria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev said on Nova Television ... “Our medics’ death sentences were confirmed. It was the court’s decision. I think that our further moves, actions and initiatives are much more important than discussions on the independence of the Libyan court”, Mr. Chaushev said. [FIA]

( هيئة المتابعة ـ المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : تصريح صحفي

The Libyan League For Human Rights: No To The Death Penalty

( اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة ) : بيان بشان أحكام بالبراءة

( العذر بالجهل؟!.. بل رحمة الله أوسع ) بقلم : عبدالحميد الكبتي

( الخديعـة (3) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

Thursday, 28 December, 2006: Two Chadian rebel groups signed an agreement Monday to combine their forces to continue fighting government troops. The announcement comes one day after President Idriss Deby agreed to a peace deal with a leader of another rebel faction. Some members of Chad's fragmented rebel movement are dismissing the accord saying negotiations cannot be made with Chad's government. Chad's president Idriss Deby signed a peace accord with rebel faction leader Mahamat Nour in Libya on Sunday. [VOA]
Thursday, 28 December, 2006: Libyan ministry of Youth Tuesday signed contracts valued at about 61,400,000 Libyan Diner ( US $49.12 million ) with local companies and specialised co-operatives, for the building of youth and sports facilities in different parts of the country. The contracts involve the building of 22 youth centres, rehabilitation, equipment and lawn-making of 49 football stadia, as well as renovation of several holiday camps in the coastal region. [Angop]
Thursday, 28 December, 2006: Head of the Iran-Libya Parliamentary Friendship Group Mohsen Kouhkan on Wednesday said that the Majlis supports development of political, parliamentary and economic relations between the two countries. Kouhkan made the remark in a meeting with Libyan Minister of Commerce Tahir Alhadi Aljahimi in Tehran. Kouhkan expressed satisfaction with growing trend of the two sides' relations in recent years. [IRNA]
Thursday, 28 December, 2006: The problem with the case in Libya is that legal arguments cannot be developed and the medics are deprived of defense, Bulgarian former Justice Minister Anton Stankov said in an interview for Bulgarian NTV TV channel. He refused to comment on the media publications that claimed he received bribes from Libya, and underlined he would not seek apologies. In the same TV program Hari Haralambiev said the Bulgarian lawyers had tried to reconcile law and freedom, and the case should be solved in the courtroom only. [FIA]
Thursday, 28 December, 2006: Iranian Vice-President Parviz Davoudi in a meeting with visiting Libyan Commerce Minister Tahir al-Jahimi said, "Iranian experts and engineers can work in Libyan development plans." Davoudi by referring to the government policy concerning expansion of ties with African states, especially Muslim countries, said, "Iranian experts and engineers in different fields of construction of dams, power plants, refinery, mass production of residential buildings, roads and petrochemicals have high abilities. [IRNA]
Thursday, 28 December, 2006: Libyan strongman Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (photo) has had some success recently trying to rehabilitate himself and his country 18 years after Pan Am Flight 103 was blasted out of the skies over Scotland. Qadhafi belatedly turned over for trial the men who planted the explosives, pulled back on his quest for nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and even cast himself as an ally in the war against terror. The shows of better faith were enough apparently for the United States to restore diplomatic relations with Libya. Now Qadhafi's true character is emerging again in the form of the death penalties lodged Tuesday by a Libyan court against five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor on trumped-up charges that they deliberately infected more than 400 children with the HIV virus. More than 50 of the children have died. [NewsDay]
Thursday, 28 December, 2006: Clan leaders considered abandoning Islamic militias who control the Somali capital and throwing their support to government forces, which advanced to within striking distance of the city today. Islamic courts fighters in Mogadishu, meanwhile, were seen changing out of their uniforms into civilian clothes. Women selling qat - the popular leafy stimulant banned by the militias - crowded the streets. The Council of Islamic Courts seized the capital in June and went on to take much of southern Somalia, often without fighting. They were later joined by foreign militants, including Pakistanis and Arabs ( from Yemen, Libya... and Syria ). [AP]
Thursday, 28 December, 2006: The most wanted man in the Philippines, the head of a group of Islamic militants linked to al Qaeda, may have been killed in a firefight with troops some months ago, officials said on Thursday. Troops on the remote southern island of Jolo have found a decomposing body they believe could be of Qadhafi Janjalani, chief of the Abu Sayyaf group, they said. But the body could not be identified and samples have been Qadhafi Janjalani, who has named himself after Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, is believed to have been leading the Abu Sayyaf back to its Islamic militant roots in recent years. [Reuters]

( محطات ليبية (20) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( الشاعـر والناس ) بقلم : عبدالله الكبير

( يتمرأى بعلامات النفي ) بقلم : صابر الفيتوري

( شاعر وفاجر ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( أبوذيات الثلج والحرب ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( هـجرة الطمي ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (29)

( غـيّـر لي حياتي ) بقلم : عبدالحميد الكبتي

( البوكر المخادع في طرابلس.. ) ترجمة : أسعد العقيلي

( بورتريه غات ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

Wednesday, 27 December, 2006: The Secretary of GPC has said in a joint press conference with the Tunisian Prime Minister that Libya and Tunisia agreed to start the circulation of each others' currency from the 15th of January 2007. The Libyan dinar will be accepted in Tunisian banks and that Libyans can use the dinar without reservations, so will be the case with the Tunisian dinar in Libyan banks and to be used in all shopping and dealings inLibya without reservation. [LJBC]
Wednesday, 27 December, 2006: Khalaf Khalafov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan arrived on December 25 on a three-day visit to Libya. K. Khalafov met with Abdul Rahman Shalgam, Foreign Minister of Libya, to discuss development of bilateral relations. [Azertag]
Wednesday, 27 December, 2006: The U.S. State Department signaled Tuesday that it will support the Ethiopian military operations against Somali Islamist forces. The Bush administration has been increasingly alarmed by the growing strength of the Islamic militias, which have reportedly welcomed al Qaeda militants. A report by a U.N. panel last month said that in addition to Ethiopia and Eritrea, a long list of countries unfriendly to the U.S. such as Yemen, Libya, and Syria, have sent weapons to armed groups in Somalia. [AP]

( انتزاع المبادرة السياسية.. مسؤلية من؟ ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( ميونيخ 1966 ) بقلم : رضوان أبوشويشة

( بصمات الكلمات ) بقلم : عـلي عبداللطيف

أسرة السجين صالح سالم احميد : نداء إلى منظمات حقوق الأنسان

( عن البربر والغولة ) بقلم : أمارير

( نهاية الريادة المصرية!!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Aids Case: Justice (?) In Need Of Legs!   By : Ghoma

Abu Yahya al-Libi is believed to be the alias for Libyan Mohammad Hassan who along with three other al Qaeda militants broke out of the Bagram Air base in Afghanistan last year.Tuesday, 26 December, 2006: A man believed to be a top al Qaeda militant who escaped from a U.S. airbase in Afghanistan last year said in a statement that the tide had turned against the West but urged Muslims to keep up their holy war. A Web site often used by Islamists posted the statement from Abu Yahya al-Libi (photo) in which he said Muslims should remain vigilant and not give up force in favour of dialogue. "There is no way to reach what is required but through jihad (holy struggle). Leaving jihad causes humiliation, weakness and suffering, but carrying it out and excelling in it is the way," he said in the statement which appeared on Monday. Abu Yahya al-Libi is believed to be the alias for Libyan Mohammad Hassan who along with three other al Qaeda militants broke out of the Bagram Air base last year. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 26 December, 2006: Families of the five nurses, who were accused of transferring HIV to about 400 Libyan children, Monday held a rally in front of the Libyan embassy in Sofia to protest the death verdict issued against the nurses. The rally, which saw the participation of more than 600 Bulgarians who called for reversing the sentence, was organized by the Bulgarian Popular Society for the Defense of Bulgarian Medics (PSDBM). Head of PSDBM, Vilislava Dariva told KUNA that the event also came to protest the decision by the Libyan prison authorities to deny visits to the nurses without consensus from the public prosecution. [KUNA]
Tuesday, 26 December, 2006: All across Europe, appeals for mercy for the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya are growing louder and louder, the Washington Times wrote. The fate of the six has now become a major test of Libya's international acceptance, the paper claims, adding that EU members have already started expressing their horror at the verdict from last Tuesday. The EU has formally denounced the verdict, pointing out that Western experts were not even allowed to testify. [SNA]
Tuesday, 26 December, 2006: The Kenyan and Ugandan governments have agreed to allow the Joint Coordination Commission, JCC, the body spearheading the development of an oil pipeline from Eldoret to Kampala, to go ahead and award the project's concession to the Tamoil Group of Libya. Uganda's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development at the weekend said the two ministers of Kenya and Uganda (Mr Kiraitu Murungi and Mr Daudi Migereko respectively) met in Nairobi on December 21 and endorsed the decision to offer the award to Tamoil. [The Monitor]
Tuesday, 26 December, 2006: Three Kazakhs released from the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay have returned home. The three men were among 18 Guantanamo detainees repatriated by the U.S. military over the weekend to Afghanistan, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Libya and Bangladesh, the Pentagon said. The three Kazakhs arrived in their homeland Saturday and were met by relatives who took them home, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ilyas Omarov said. [AP]

تعازي إلى آل الغرياني وآل البرعصي

( إدعا يصدف في الخرّابين ) قصيدة صوتية : الأجدابي

حملة التضامن البريطاني الليبي للحرية وحقوق الإنسان : بيان مظاهرة لندن

لقطات من ( مظاهرة الليبيين في لندن ـ 23 ديسمبر ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( صديق ضاع ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (7)

P-I : Eastlake's Nuha Elkugia Is Muslim, And Just One Of The Girls

Monday, 25 December, 2006: Bulgaria's "quiet diplomacy" in relation with the Libya HIV trial has included connections with Mossad, MI-6 and CIA and even with the Libyan intelligence, the chair of the Parliamentary Commission on Foreign Policy, Solomon Passy, said. Contacts with those intelligence services were established during the rule of Simeon II National Movement, Passy, who was the Foreign Minister, said. The contacts are still active, he said. [SNA]
Monday, 25 December, 2006: Three blocs that drew only single bidders in Libya's latest oil exploration round were awarded to Exxon, ONGC and Inpex on Sunday, the country's state National Oil Corporation (NOC) said. Exxon Mobil Corp. was awarded a 22.3 percent share in four wells, India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp. a 28 percent share in one well and Japan's Inpex Inc. 12.9 percent of three wells. Russia's Gazprom and Tatneft won the bulk of licences in the round last week. Libya wants to attract foreign investment to help it hike its oil output capacity to more than 3.0 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2010/12 from 1.6 million bpd at present. [Reuters]
Monday, 25 December, 2006: By playing power politics with the fate of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, Qadhafi is providing the world with a further example of his Bedouin cunning, prickly national pride and apparent indifference to international public opinion ... Qadhafi charged that the nurses and the doctor had acted on orders from the CIA and Israel's intelligence agency Mossad ... The tragic case of the Bulgarian nurses suggests that Libya's judiciary remains far from independent, that its hospitals are below standard and that Qadhafi, who has ruled Libya for the past 37 years, is far from ready to play according to international rules. [Gulf News]
Monday, 25 December, 2006: At exactly seven in the evening on Sunday, Sofia municipality turned off all Christmas lights and decorations for five minutes, to show compassion with the fate of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya. Mayor Boyko Borissov decided that all lights will be turned off after the five were re-sentenced to death on Tuesday. [SNA]
Monday, 25 December, 2006: Chad's president was in Libya on Sunday for talks with the leader of a rebel faction that tried oust to him earlier this year, but other insurgents dismissed the meeting and vowed to fight on. Several rebel groups bent on overthrowing President Idriss Deby have fought a low-intensity war in the desert, mountains and scrub of eastern Chad. [Reuters]

24 ديسمبر 2006م : عيد الأستقلال

( متى ولدت دولة ليبيا!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( هذا الزيف من ذاك الدجال ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

ليبيا الوفاء : ( 22 ديسمبر : ذكرى اختطاف الطلبة لحرب تشاد )

موقع " ليبيا الغد" : في ذكرى الاستقلال http://www.libya-alghad.com

( من الفقه الدستوري ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

Sunday, 24 December, 2006: The Arab League (AL) issued an appeal to Tripoli and Sofia not to politicise the trial against the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor. The League asked all countries not to politicise the issue, as the accused have still one more chance for appealing their sentence. The League also underlined the need to be compassionate to the HIV-infected Libyan children in order to curb the consequences of this "painful human catastrophe". [SNA]
Sunday, 24 December, 2006: The Islamist forces in Somalia expanded their offensive on Saturday, witnesses said, and began attacking the seat of the transitional government from a new direction. “Our country is open to Muslims worldwide,” said the defense chief, Yusuf Mohamed Siad. “Let them fight in Somalia and wage jihad.” Several thousand have already arrived, according to UN officials, who have said that mercenaries from Eritrea, Yemen, Syria and Libya have been streaming into Somalia for several months. Residents of Mogadishu reported seeing boatloads of armed men landing on the city’s beaches. [The New York Times]
Sunday, 24 December, 2006: The British Prime Minister has praised Libya's effort to find a lasting peace in the Sudan troubled Darfur region, noting his keenness to maintain contact on this difficult issue. Tony Blair expressed extreme content over the continued and candid exchange of views regarding the situation in Darfur, stressing the common concern and [the fact] that all sides bear the responsibility of the deteriorating situating there. Qadhafi has received a letter from Blair in response to a letter sent earlier by the Libyan leader over the situation in Darfur. [ST]

( سيف بين عقلية القايد الوالد وحلم التغيير!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( بين الجبة والمخلاة مساحة للألم ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

صفحات من جريدة "الأستقلال" ـ العدد 160 - 22 أبريل 1952م

موقع ليبي جديد : ( مجلة "باب" مصراتة ) http://www.baaab.net

( العودة.. إلى "القـفـص" ! ) بقلم : محمد مخلوف

( صراع المشاريع في غياب المشروع السني؟ ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( للخير مواسم ترصد ) بقلم : عبدالحميد الكبتي

( حقيقة نزول عـيسى في القرآن!! (1) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Saturday, 23 December, 2006: In a letter to Libyan Secretary of Justice, Ali Al-Hasnawi, Amnesty International (AI) expressed concern that a longstanding critic of the Libyan government, Idris Boufayed (photo), may be a prisoner of conscience and called for immediate clarification of the reason for his detention, his legal status and whereabouts. AI said he should be released immediately and unconditionally unless he is to be charged and brought to trial fairly and promptly on recognizably criminal charges, that he should be given immediate access to legal counsel and that he should be protected at all times from possible torture or ill-treatment. His continuing detention violates Libya's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. [HREA]
Saturday, 23 December, 2006: Three days after the Bulgarian nurses were sentenced to death for the second time, Libya's deputy foreign minister summoned on a meeting Bulgaria's ambassador in Tripoli, Masaba news agency reported. The Libyan minister, whose name was not disclosed, warned that appeals to Libyan authorities to intervene in the trial might worsen the ties between the two countries. "Neither the state, nor any other power has the right to intervene in the work of the Libyan judiciary and judge its objectivity," the minister said. [SNA]
Saturday, 23 December, 2006: Secretary-General Kofi Annan Friday offered U.N. help in finding a “humane solution” in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentence to death in Libya for infecting more than 400 children with the AIDS virus. “I am deeply concerned by confirmation of a guilty verdict and a death sentence and, therefore, appeal to the Libyan and the international community to continue working together in a spirit of reconciliation,” Annan said in a statement. Bulgaria intends to ask Libyan Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, to intervene on grounds that the judicial system was biased and that the medics were innocent. [Reuters]
Saturday, 23 December, 2006: Family members of the victims of the 1988 Lockerbie terrorist bombing called Thursday - the 18th anniversary - for the Libyan government to meet its pledge to compensate them for the deaths of their loved ones. They also urged the American government to put pressure on Libya to pay. Failure to do so risked "sending a dangerous mixed message to Libya and other nations that the U.S. government does not expect commitments to be honored," said Kara Weipz, president of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103. En route from London to New York City, the Boeing 747 exploded over the Scottish village of Lockerbie on Dec. 21, 1988. The blast, caused by a bomb placed in the cargo hold, killed 259 people on board - including 189 Americans - and the debris killed 11 more people on the ground. [CNSNews]

تعزية إلى آل الكاديكي وآل العقوري

( واو الناموس (1) ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

( سؤال كبير في ذكرى الطائرة المنكوبة!!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Friday, 22 December, 2006: Amnesty International (AI) is calling on the Libyan government to disclose immediately the whereabouts and legal status of Idriss Boufayed (photo), who has been detained incommunicado since 5 November 2006. Idriss Boufayed, a longstanding critic of the Libyan government, returned to Libya from Switzerland, where he had lived since 1990. On 30 September 2006, he was questioned on arrival and security officials confiscated his passport but he was then able to return to the family home in Gheryan. At around midnight on 1 November, however, security officials visited him there and told him to report next day to the office of the Internal Security Agency in Gheryan. He did so but was told to report to the agency’s Tripoli office on 5 November. When he did this, he was arrested and since than he has been detained incommunicado. [AI]
Friday, 22 December, 2006: U.S. President George W. Bush talked with Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov on Thursday by telephone and expressed disappointment that a Libyan court sentenced to death five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting Libyan children with the HIV virus. Bush also offered support for Bulgaria's efforts to seek the release of the medics, according to National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin on Tuesday and said she was "very disappointed" at the outcome of the death verdict. "And I want you to know, minister, that we will continue to work for their early return to Bulgaria," Rice said. [Xinhua]
Friday, 22 December, 2006: Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC), Taiwan's state-owned refiner, plans to invest US$39 million in a Libyan field over the next three years after winning rights to explore for oil and gas in the northern African country. The Taipei-based company Wednesday won the rights to Murzuq 162, a 4,300 square-kilometer area with potential reserves of 500 million barrels of oil, Chinese Petroleum said in a statement on its Web site yesterday. The auction Wednesday was Libya's third since the U.S. terminated sanctions, after Libya agreed in 2003 to pay US$2.7 billion to the families of those killed in the 1988 bombing of a PanAm plane over Lockerbie, Scotland, and to end programs to develop weapons of mass destruction. [China Post]
Friday, 22 December, 2006: Russian energy giant Gazprom said Thursday it has won a tender to explore and develop a hydrocarbon deposit in Libya. The tender to develop Libya's hydrocarbon block No. 19 on the shelf of the Mediterranean Sea was announced by the Libyan state-controlled National Oil Corporation (NOC) and involved the participation of more than 45 int'l bidders, Gazprom said in a statement. The Russian energy giant will receive the right to develop the deposit for a term of up to 30 years and will invest more than $200 million in the project to finance geological prospecting, including the drilling of six exploration wells, Gazprom said. [RIA Novosti]

( الاحتفاظ بها في العائلة ) ترجمة : ادرار نفوسة

( وما نيلُ المطالب بالتمنـّي.. ) بقلم : حسين قرضاب

( إلى فتاة صغيرة ) ترجمة : صلاح الحداد

Petition Urges Bush Administration To Secure Freedom For Libyan Dissident

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (28)

Thursday, 21 December, 2006: According to Phoenicia Group, a U.S.-Libyan diversified business firm and consultancy group, Libyan officials have earmarked a record $40 Billion for a nation-wide infrastructure and housing program to revamp a decaying public infrastructure caused by years of sanctions; a subtle green light to U.S. and international engineering and construction companies to establish a stake in the construction boom set to explode in the coming years. The ambitious program, announced at a specialized exhibition and conference in Tripoli last week, will allocate approximately $13 Billion to housing, $10.5 Billion to infrastructure, and $4 Billion to local regions..., according to Ryad Sunusi, President & CEO of the Phoenicia Group. [Send2Press]
Thursday, 21 December, 2006: Death sentences handed down in Libya for five Bulgarian nurses accused of deliberately infecting 400 children with HIV triggered outrage in Bulgaria, where the rulings were described as “a political farce” and a “mockery of justice.” A court in Tripoli on Tuesday convicted the nedics and sentenced them to death. “The Libyan 'court' humbly carried out the orders of one of the longest serving dictators in the world,” wrote the independent Monitor daily, which also carried the headline: “Deadly Christmas present from Qadhafi.” Some columnists called for economic sanctions or even breaking off diplomatic relations with Libya. [AP]
Thursday, 21 December, 2006: European leaders on Tuesday condemned a Libyan court's death sentence on six foreign medical workers, with EU officials warning Tripoli against carrying out the executions. Human rights groups joined the chorus of outrage, painting the trial process as deeply flawed and calling for the immediate release of the five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor convicted of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the AIDS virus. In Sofia, Bulgarian President Georgy Parvanov and Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev issued a joint statement unequivocally rejecting the court's decision. [The Taipei Times]
Thursday, 21 December, 2006: Visiting Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi said on Wednesday in Cairo that Egypt and Libya would sign a number of agreements to boost joint investments and trade exchange. The proposed agreements are aimed at removing all customs restrictions between both countries, setting up free trade areas and facilitating the movement of people and goods between both sides, Mahmoudi was quoted by Egyptian news agency MENA as saying after his meeting with President Mubarak. Mahmoudi also added that more incentives will be granted to both countries' investors who are operating in the other country. [Xinhua]
Thursday, 21 December, 2006: Bulgaria's Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev visited Wednesday the jailed Bulgarian nurses in the Libyan prison, who were sentenced to death on charges of intentional HIV infection of 400 children. Chaushev is the only person from Bulgarian part who was allowed to visit the medics. He said the five women were very alarmed that none of their lawyers came to visit them after the announcement of the sentence. "I hope I managed at least a little bit to calm the nurses and I asked them to be strong and have patience", he said. The five nurses were most anxious to know when their case will enter the Supreme Court. They have also asked Bulgaria to provide a visit of their relatives in the first days after January 1. [SNA]
Thursday, 21 December, 2006: Six foreigners condemned to die for infecting Libyan children with HIV have every chance of escaping the firing squad, analysts say, despite Libyans' profound anger over the case. A government-led body will have the final say on the fate of the Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses, and analysts say it would be able to commute the sentences in a move that would advance Libya's rapprochement with the West. "The Libyans are telling the world, 'Don't worry, the case is still open'," a European ambassador said. Libyans on the street on Wednesday poured scorn on Western concern for the six sentenced to death on Tuesday for deliberately infecting hundreds of children with HIV. Independent scientists say the six are actually scapegoats for failings in the Libyan health system. But to Libyans that argument smacks of Western arrogance. [Reuters]

( جمعية المرأة الليبية ـ مانشستر ) : المنتدى الثانى للفتاة الليبية

( صياح الديك ، بصوت الدجاجة ) بقلم : أمارير

Wednesday, 20 December, 2006: Libya's image at the moment is perfect, Foreign Minister Abd al-Rahman Shalgam said at a briefing after a Tripoli court sentenced the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor to death. This answer came as Shalgam was asked why Libya risks its image before the int'l community with the confirmation of the death sentences for the medics. Shalgham said Libya's government has no interest in sentencing to death six innocent people. "There are thousands of Bulgarians in Libya and the authorities there have no benefit from imprisoning six innocent persons," Shalgam said. He explained this is not the final verdict and the HIV case goes for consideration to Libya's Supreme Court. If the Supreme Court confirms the verdicts, the case will go to Libya's highest judiciary body, the Supreme Council of Justice. [SNA]
Wednesday, 20 December, 2006: U.S. Secretary of State Condaleza Rice remarks with Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin before their meeting: "... I just want to say that I join with the Foreign Minister in expressing disappointment and concern about the verdict ... in Libya. We understand very much that there are children who have suffered and we are concerned for their suffering and that of their families. But we also are concerned that these medics will be allowed to go home at the earliest possible date. These are people who deserve to go home and we are very disappointed at the outcome of this verdict. And I want you to know Minister that we will continue to work for their early return to Bulgaria." [US Department Of State]
Wednesday, 20 December, 2006: "I was chagrined to hear the news of the death sentence ordered for five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor accused of having injected the HIV virus to patients at the paediatric hospital of Bengazi in Libya. I restate that Italy is firmly opposed to the death penalty and hope that Libyan authorities will reconsider this decision. The Italian government is working through all channels available in the attempt of appealing for a provision of clemency from Libyan authorities. It is evident that in such a difficult moment I do not forget the suffering of the afflicted children in Bengazi and the pain of their families. We send our concrete solidarity to all of them," Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi said. [AGI]
Wednesday, 20 December, 2006: Dr Zdravko Georgiev was acquitted on all charges he had been sitting along with five Bulgarian nurses in a Libyan AIDS retrial. The doctor, who is husband to another defendant, Kristiyana Valcheva, decried, while tears rolled down his cheeks, this case outcome as utmost injustice. In the first trial, which ended also with death sentences 6 May 2004, Dr Georgiev was admitted guilty and sentence to four years in prison. As he had already over-served this period, he was set free, but he could not leave the Libya because the prosecution appealed his sentence. [SNA]
Wednesday, 20 December, 2006: The UN Higher Commissioner on Human Rights summoned Libya today not to execute the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, RIA Novosti reports. The spokesman of the commissioner Jose Luis Diaz announced that the death sentences ruled out against the Bulgarians and the Palestinian could be qualified as “violation of the international human rights”. “We have very serious fears for the veracity of the trial. At this stage the right of the sentenced to appeal should be preserved. Thus we hope that the mistakes that were made during the trial could be corrected”, Diaz said adding that the tragedy with the infected children with AIDS should not lead to further mistakes by the Libyan judiciary. [FIA]

( المظـلة ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( إعتذار إلى زيدان ورفاقه.. ) بقلم : المبروك الزوي

Geneva Press Club: Press Conference About Aids In Libya
http://www.pressclub.ch/archives/events_2006/event_151206_1400.htm

( شماتـة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( المعارضة البالتـوكية (13) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Tuesday, 19 December, 2006: A Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on Tuesday for deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the HIV, provoking a chorus of Western condemnation. The ruling in a deeply politicised case could set back Libya's hopes of better ties with the West, which meant a deal that saves the six from execution was still likely, analysts said. The children's relatives broke down in tears and hailed the ruling that ended a seven-month retrial as a welcome act of defiance of the West. "Justice has been done. We are happy," said Subhy Abdullah, whose daughter Mona, 7, died from AIDS contracted at the hospital in Benghazi where the medics worked. "They should be executed quickly." [Reuters]
Tuesday, 19 December, 2006: A Libyan court will deliver verdicts on Tuesday on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting hundreds of children with HIV. The Tripoli court is expected to free them if they are found innocent, ending their seven years' detention, but could order the death sentence or life in prison if they are found guilty. Libya's state-controlled media has called for a guilty verdict. "Have no mercy on the killers," said an editorial on the trial on Libyan television's Web site. "It's a big crime." "How can Western countries be up in arms about freeing the medics? It's as if the children injected the medics with HIV!" [Reuters]
Tuesday, 19 December, 2006: Libyan authorities are planning unprecedented restrictions on the access of journalists to Tuesday's court session, which may confirm the death sentences for the Bulgarian medics, Darik News reported. Under the planned measures, no more than three journalists from both foreign and Bulgarian media and one diplomat from the Bulgarian embassy will be let in to the court, correspondent Zheni Marcheva reported from Tripoli. A Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses face yet another court ruling to decide their fate. [SNA]
Tuesday, 19 December, 2006: A delegation of representatives from the association of the Libyan children infected with HIV has started a trip in a number of European states to introduce the European nations to the scale of the tragedy, that hit hundreds of Libyan families after the AIDS epidemic in the pediatric ward of the hospital in Benghazi. The delegates gave press conferences in Geneva and London, during which they presented materials, linked to the infected children, and evidence for the fairness of the Libyan justice system and the adequacy of the death sentences, which were later cancelled. [FIA]
Tuesday, 19 December, 2006: The death in Libya six weeks ago of nine-year-old Marwa Annouiji from Aids was much more than just another developing world statistic. In her short, life, dominated by illness, the frail child was a pawn in a high-level game of international relations. Marwa, from al-Bayda on the Mediterranean coast, was the 52nd Libyan child to die as a result, Libya claims, of a deliberate operation by foreign medical workers to pump HIV-infected blood into 426 girls and boys at the al-Fatah Hospital in Benghazi. [MG]

( ملف جريمة الإيدز.. المفاجآت والتوقعات!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

تعزية إلى آل صالح وآل عبدالرحمن

The Hubris Of An Empire And Its Price...?   By : Ghoma

Monnday, 18 December, 2006: Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor could face the firing squad if a Libyan court convicts them on Tuesday on charges of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. Concluding a retrial regarded as a test of justice in Libya, the court will make a decision that, either way, is likely to have repercussions on the north African country's gradual rapprochement with the West. The six are accused of intentionally infecting 426 Libyan children with HIV at a hospital in Benghazi in the late 1990s. [Reuters]

( هل يُصلح العطّار ما أفسد الدهر؟ ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

The Libyan Constitutional Union (12)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

( متى تـنهار ليبيا القذافي نهائيّا بلا رحمة؟ ) ترجمة : مخضرم

( لجنة العمل الوطني والأتحاد الليبي للمدافعين عن حقوق الأنسان) : بيان مشترك

لقطات من ( مظاهرة الليبيين في لاهاي تضامناً مع أطفال الأيدز ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( من الشعر الكندي المعاصر ) ترجمة وتقديم : سالم محمد

( كفى وعـود ) بقلم : محمد نصر

( ليبيا... وذكرى الاعلان العالمي لحقوق الانسان ) بقلم : علي يوسف زيو

( جمعية المرأة الليبية ) : دعوة لحضور حفلة عيد الأضحى

Sunday, 17 December, 2006: A 100-strong gathering of members of the Maltese community in Libya attended a social evening held at the Embassy of Malta in Tripoli on Tuesday, organised by the Core Group for Maltese Cultural Activities in Libya with the support of the Ambassador of Malta, Joseph Cassar. Cassar and Rev. Daniel Farrugia, Vicar General at St Francis Catholic Church in Tripoli, recalled that this is the season to exchange greetings but also, more than ever, to be charitable with our neighbour, particularly with those mostly in need. [Independent]
Sunday, 17 December, 2006: Cruise ship travelers wanting to see the archaeological treasures of the Middle East may have to cross yet another country off their destination wish list. Not only has Beirut been eliminated as a port of call since last summer because of the fractious political situation there, but now many cruise lines are also dropping Libya’s ports - a result of the government’s recent refusal to permit entry to U.S. citizens. This month, Seabourn Cruise Line decided to drop Libya from its port stops in 2007 after repeated petitions to the Libyan authorities requesting visas for its American passengers were denied. [The New York Times]
Sunday, 17 December, 2006: A new front in the global struggle for Islamist rule is emerging in Africa. And there are worrisome signs that battles between Somalia's rising Union of Islamic Courts (IUC) and the country's foundering Western-backed government might soon engulf the entire Horn of Africa in a regional war ... A UN Monitoring Group report has charged that Eritrea, Egypt, Djibouti, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Libya, and Sudan have all contributed funds, arms, and technical support to help Somalia's Islamists take control. [The Christian Science Monitor]
Sunday, 17 December, 2006: Up to now, all the attempts made at finding oil in commercial quantities, onshore and offshore [Malta], have ended in disappointment. At one time, the drive had even led to a serious squabble with Libya over drilling in an offshore area in the south. Libya had gone so far as sending gunboats to the Medina Bank to drive off an Italian company holding a Maltese concession there. Since then, the effort at finding oil had gone on in different offshore areas, including in a concession close to a profitable Italian oilfield. [Times Of Malta]

المسحان : تـساقط أوراق الخريف...

( ما سرّ غلاء الذهـب؟ ) بقلم : زياد العيساوي

( ...إلى عظيم الروم الجدد! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( سيف يبحث عن هوية...!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( جريمة الإيدز.. هل ستـُقيد ضد مجهول!!؟ (3) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Saturday, 16 December, 2006: OPEC ministers meeting in Nigeria announced a production cut of 500,000 bpd from February 1 and welcomed in new member Angola. The gathering also ended with ministers agreeing to nominate a new secretary general, concluding a long wrangle between members over who would fill the position. Abdullah al-Badri (photo), a former head of the Libyan National Oil Company, will replace acting secretary general M. Barkindo, despite efforts by Iran to appoint its own candidate. [AFP]
Saturday, 16 December, 2006: A Muslim father who allowed his children to take part in a nativity play has said attempts to make Christmas politically correct are 'ridiculous'. Mustafa Bakir, of Oldfield, Lache [UK], said councils and companies who try to tone down celebrations to avoid offending Muslims are actually causing more hatred. 'There are some idiotic people - it is stupid,' he said. 'I'm 100% Muslim but I have to accept the traditions of the country. And even Muslims have to believe in Jesus.' His twin sons, Zack and Yuseph, 10, took part in the Ebenezer Baptist Church nativity, with Zack playing Joseph and Yuseph the narrator. [icCheshireOnline]
Saturday, 16 December, 2006: Eritrea said it had sent an envoy to Iran to establish diplomatic ties with Tehran as its relations with western nations sour over a border dispute with Horn of Africa neighbour Ethiopia. The Red Sea state has also begun to strengthen ties over the last few months with Sudan and Libya, both of which have been highly critical of western nations. [ST]
Saturday, 16 December, 2006: Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Egypt and simultaneously to Libya Faig Bagirov on 13 December has presented his credentials to the Secretary General of the People's Congress of Libya, Az-Zinati Muhammad Az-Zinati. [Azertag]

( أبولو ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( السيرة النبوية (32) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة ) : بيان

( رثاء ميتٍ لا يزل يخطوا.. ) بقلم : أمارير

في ذكرى رحيله : حوار مع الصادق النيهوم (3)

( لقاء سيف الإسلام المظهر والمخبر ) بقلم : سمير بن علي

Friday, 15 December, 2006: Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema met Libyan Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Shalgam at the Italian Foreign Ministry today. "The meeting, which is a follow-up to the recent talks in Tripoli between D'Alema and Libyan leader Qadhafi, have allowed the drawing up of a general re-launching programme for bilateral relations for mutually beneficial cooperation." The ministers confirmed the "desire of both governments to work towards a mutually satisfying solution of as yet unresolved issues". [AGI]
Friday, 15 December, 2006: A two-day session workshop was held in the Libyan capital to shed light on Fascist Italy’s concentration camps during its colonial rule of the North African country in the first half of the twentieth century. The workshop, entitled ‘Italian Colonialism and Detention Camps in Libya 1929 – 1943; Developments of Historical Research, Today’, hosted a number of scholars and researchers from Italy, the US, Europe, and Libya to review new documents and studies regarding the Italian concentration camps. [MEOL]
Friday, 15 December, 2006: The European Union has earmarked an extra 500,000 euros to Libya to help it fight the AIDS epidemic that broke out in the town of Benghazi after more than 400 children and some mothers were infected in a paediatric hospital there in the late 1990s, the European Commission said on Thursday. The Commission has already granted Libya two million euros to help treat the victims. Fifty-two of the infected children have died and lawyers for the families have reportedly demanded a total of 4.6 billion dollars in compensation. [AKI]
Friday, 15 December, 2006: The European Parliament removed from its agenda a motion for a resolution on Libya following the intervention of Nationalist MEP Simon Busuttil. The motion, presented by the European Socialists, intended to bring up the issue of the Bulgarian nurses currently held in Libya on charges of having infected hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. However, on Dr Busuttil's initiative, the EPP group in the European Parliament proposed to remove the item from the agenda. [Times Of Malta]

( لجنة العمل الوطنى الليبي على الساحة الأوربية ) : دعوة للاعـتصام

محمد ارقيعة المرغني : لقاء مع الرحالة الليبي على الأثرم

( هيئة المتابعة ـ المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : تصريح صحفي

Thursday, 14 December, 2006: Najat Tarhouni normally wears a veil in public but prefers not to when standing outside her building as she flaunts her thick, long hair ... Najat wore the veil a few years ago because her teenage daughter decided to cover up. There is a general consensus that wearing the headscarf is a religious duty in Islam but there are also other factors dictating whether a Muslim woman covers up. "My husband is open-minded and we sometimes travel on holiday, so I was thinking the next time we do that, what if I feel like going to a nightclub with him? I can't do that with a veil - I'm seriously thinking of removing it permanently - I feel so restricted with it." Her friend Afaf (photo) wears her veil Tuareg-style. "I think the beginning of the hijab trend which appeared in the 1980s in Libya was mainly due to economic reasons like things becoming more expensive and low state wages." "Women needed a sizeable budget for their fashion needs, so their solution was to wear the veil and cover up with a simple cloak to escape from the economic strangulation." [BBC]
Thursday, 14 December, 2006: Officials of Libya and Norway have met to review co-operation in oil and gas prospecting and production. Shoukri Ghanem, chairman of the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) and Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Odd Roger Enoksen, on Tuesday co-chaired the meeting. During the meeting, Enoksen highlighted the importance of joint investment and his country's desire to enhance ties with Libya as well as explore opportunities for Norwegian companies in oil technology transfer and domestication in Libya. [PanaPress]
Thursday, 14 December, 2006: While many Sudanese displaced by three years of fighting in the Darfur region are living on handouts in refugee camps, the country as a whole is in the midst of an economic boom. Sudan only began exporting crude oil in 1999, but this year it is expected to earn between $4 billion and $5 billion in oil revenue, said Abdul Rahim Hamdi, a former finance minister. U.S. and European companies are generally steering clear of investment here, but other countries - including China, Saudi Arabia and Libya - are pouring money into the country. [AP]

Wednesday, 13 December, 2006: OPEC, producer of 40% of the world's crude oil, is split on whether further output cuts are needed to stabilize prices that have fallen 22% from their all-time high in July. There's "general support" for a reduction because inventories are too high, OPEC President Edmund Daukoru said in an interview today in Abuja, Nigeria, where OPEC meets in two days. "There is 700,000 bpd of oversupply." Libya's top OPEC official said there's no need to reduce supply again after an output cut the group agreed upon at a meeting Oct. 20. Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE today said they're concerned about an oversupply of oil. [Bloomberg]
Wednesday, 13 December, 2006: According to Phoenicia Group, a decision last month by the People's Committee, the Libyan equivalent of Parliament, mandating foreign companies to form Joint Ventures through Joint-Stock companies with Libyan partners, has some in-country foreign companies wondering how the new law affects them, and non-established companies confused on incorporation options in Libya. GPC Decision 443/2006, passed on Nov. 14th, on recommendation by the GPC of Economy, is viewed by analysts as part of a framework of policies designed to boost the nascent Libyan private sector and strengthen private-sector Libyan entrepreneurs and businessmen in generating locally-driven economic growth and job creation. [Send2Press]
Wednesday, 13 December, 2006: Director of the Computerization Department at the GPC for Man power Training and Employment said in a press conference that Microsoft Software will operate in Libya through a project to develop the High and Intermediate Professional Centers in Libya to become among the institutions legible to grant internationally recognized Microsoft certificates in this field. He indicated that the practical programme of the mentioned agreement includes the development of 48 Intermediate and High Professional Centers in Libya that would enable the graduates of these centers to obtain certificates in Microsoft technologies. [LJBC]
Wednesday, 13 December, 2006: The Executive Director of the African Institute for Cancer, Dr. Hussin Alhashemi, denied that cancer is spreading in Libya. News reports said medical reports indicated a spread of cancer in the eastern side of Libya. Dr. Alhashemi said a population survey of cancer was carried out and the results showed no increase of cancer. He added that the cancer rate here is the same as in other neighboring and European countries. [LJBC]

( كلمات متـقاطعة ) بقلم : زياد العيساوي

( أكاذيب سيف التي لا تنتهي ) بقلم : زكريا سالم صهد

( جريمة الإيدز.. هل ستـُقيد ضد مجهول!!؟ (2) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( بورتريه اطرابلس ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( فضـاء ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

Tuesday, 12 December, 2006: As a third round of bidding for oil rights in Libya is held this week, the country's future as a stable exporter of oil looks bright, and with it so does President Qadhafi's hold on power. Over the past two years, foreign oil companies have quickly moved back into the country through two rounds of bidding for production and exploration parcels. A third round of bidding will occur Dec. 10. Last week also saw an international energy forum in Tripoli, aimed at attracting international investment in all aspects of the Libyan energy sector, from oil and natural gas exploration to the development of renewable energy sources. [UPI]
Tuesday, 12 December, 2006: Pakistani unmanned air vehicle manufacturer Integrated Dynamics has confirmed that it has supplied UAVs to Libya within the past two years, although the deal may have been limited to the supply of airframes rather than complete systems. The deal appears to have been for a limited number of Integrated Dynamics Border Eagle Mk II systems, although the company declines to confirm this other than acknowledging that the air vehicle type is its primary export platform. The int'l defence equipment sales embargo on Libya was lifted at the end of 2003, but the country is still identified by US authorities as a sensitive destination.[Flight]

( الأنسحاب من منطقة الإسهام إلى زوايا النكران!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله حسن

LLHR: Course Of Legal Proceedings ... The Disappearance of Mr. al-Kikhia

IREX: Media Sustainability Index (MSI) 2005 - Libya

( الإسلام الإقطاعي جولة خاسرة.. دونما فرسان ) بقلم : أمارير

( في ذكرى مئوية الشهيد السعـيد "حسن البنا" ) بقلم : زكريا امبيق

( الطاقة النووية هدف استراتيجي من أجل الرخاء في ليبيا ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Monday, 11 December, 2006: Libya is to become the second North African country after Egypt to join the Free Trade Area of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa). The implication is that exports from this oil-rich country will now have duty-free access to 13 other Comesa member-states that have so far signed on to the Free Trade Area arrangement. According to a confidential report of the proceedings of the Comesa Council of Ministers held in Djibouti last month, Libya informed the meeting that it had already ratified its accession to the trading bloc and would formally conclude the process after submitting the legal instruments to the Comesa secretariat in Lusaka, Zambia, later this month. [The East African]
Monday, 11 December, 2006: The sixth session of the Sahel and Sahara Observatory (OSS) advisory committee opened in Trpoli, Libya, Thursday with the participation of European and African experts and specialists. The two-day session will examine the observatory institutional framework, its 2007 programmes, reports by committee members and the draft a report to be submitted to the observatory`s board of directors. The secretary of the People`s Committee of the Libyan General Water Office, Omar Mohamed Salem, the secretary general of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), who is also chairman of the strategic direction committee of the observatory and the OSS executive director took part in the opening session. [Angop]
Monday, 11 December, 2006: Despite the abolition of slave trade decades ago, the inhuman practice seems to be gradually finding its way into the country in a different form. And some Nigerians have been having their full day in the trade by exploiting unsuspecting persons, who are desperate to make money and feel the only way to get rich quick under the present economic situation in the country is by travelling out. However, with the establishment of National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons and other related matters (NAPTIP) by the Federal Government, hundreds of victims have been rescued by the body in various parts of the country. Recently, the Kano zonal office of NAPTIP intercepted three alleged gangs carrying 16 young ladies and two males out of the country enroute Niger Republic to Libya. [Vanguard]

( جمعية السبيل الخيرية ) : تبرّع بالأضحية

( تفعـيل الارادة الشعبية ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( الأتحاد الليبي للمدافعين ) : 10 ديسمبر 1948 ـ 10 ديسمبر 1993

المسحان : في ذكرى اختطافه.. أين منصور؟

LLHR: The 13th Anniversary of the Disappearance of Mansour al-Kikhia

Sunday, 10 December, 2006: On 10 December 1993, Mansour R. al-Kikhia (photo), former Libyan Foreign Minister, a human rights activist, and a prominent opposition leader, disappeared while attending a human rights conference in Egypt. Reports indicate that he may have been abducted by Libyan government agents. The Libyan government denied any involvement and accused the CIA of al-Kikhia's abduction.

( ديسمبر.. وقصة خروجي الكبير!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( زعماء بلا أحفاد ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( تساؤلات علمية جادة (3) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( الذئبة تعوي في السرير الخاوي ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( عريضة الاٍخوان.. أهى للمساندة أم للمساومة..؟ ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

Libya's Contracting Development   By : Ghoma

( ضحايا قيام الدولة.. (3) ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( تجاهـل أم مافيا فاسدة.. ) بقلم : عزالدين اللواج

( التوسّـل إلى الأمام.. عبر التراجع ) بقلم : محمد مليطان

Saturday, 9 December, 2006: The newest research on the Bulgarian medics in Libya AIDS case, published in Nature Magazine this week, lacks any scientific value, claims head of the Association of the HIV infected children in Libya. Idris Lagha (photo) said the research is absolutely irrelevant and the conclusions that arise from it are based on inaccurate and loose data. Lagha referred to an undisclosed Italian scientist, who had said the research is not exact. Nature Magazine published a report claiming that there is new evidence to the innocence of the medics accused of causing a HIV pandemic in a Benghazi hospital. [SNA]
Saturday, 9 December, 2006: Libya International Conference for Energy and Development 2006 kicked off Wednesday in Tripoli under the theme future strategies for oil, gas, new and renewable energy. The participants in this two-day conference will discuss five main themes related to future strategies in Libya in the field of new and renewable energies, electric energy, oil, gas, in addition to international and bilateral cooperation in the fields of energy, role of int'l organizations related to energy in supporting economic and social development, and the developmental return of energy projects economically and socially, as well as oil and gas opportunities and challenges. [LJBC]

تعزية إلى آل غيث وآل الشلماني    تعازي إلى آل الصيد وآل بن يوسف

RSF: Libya: Cyber-Dissident Arrested While Visiting Family

( التغيير بالشارع أو التغيير بالعسكر! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( الأشياء الجميلة المكررة والمملة ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

Friday, 8 December, 2006: The chief executive of Italy's largest oil company Eni met with the son of Libyan leader Qadhafi in Milan Thursday to discuss energy relations between Libya and Eni, a source close to the matter told Dow Jones News. Eni confirmed CEO Paolo Scaroni met Saif al-Islam, but declined to comment on what was discussed. The source said discussions between the two included "confirming the collaboration between Eni and Libya" on energy matters." Eni is Libya's biggest oil investor and has been present in the North African country since 1959. Oil fields operated by the company account for 19% of Libya's oil production. [MW]

( في رثاء الأستاذ علي الديب ) بقلم : المبروك الزوي

( جسدٌ برسم البيـع.. من منـّا يملك جسداً (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

( للحب قانون! ) بقلم : زياد العيساوي

( مرزق ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

( خطباء دون تأثير ) بقلم : مصطفى الرعيض

( وقفة... مع القضية الوطنية ) بقلم : زكريا صهد

( جريمة الإيدز.. هل ستـُقيد ضد مجهول!!؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Thursday, 7 December, 2006: Scientists have cast doubt on charges that five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor deliberately infected Libyan children with HIV. An international team analysed samples taken from the infected patients. Writing in Nature, they said their work showed the HIV subtype involved began infecting patients in Libya well before the medical workers arrived in 1998. The researchers worked on blood samples collected by a network of European clinical research centres that are involved in treating the infected children. By analysing mutations in the genetic material of the HIV virus found in the samples they were able to reconstruct the history of the outbreak. Lead researcher Dr Tulio de Oliveira, from Oxford University, said: "All the lines of scientific evidence point in the same direction, towards a long standing infection control problem at the hospital, dating back to the mid 1990s or earlier." [BBC]

تعازي إلى آل الزاوي

( منظمة الراية ) : بيان صحفي     ( جمعية الجالية ) : دعوة لحضور ندوة

( عرجون الفـَـل ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( إذا استمرت دار لقمان على حالها..!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Wednesday, 6 December, 2006: An international tiff may be brewing as Ottawa's Libyan embassy asks Canada's colleges of physicians and surgeons not to license Libyan doctors whose training has been sponsored by their government. Some Canadian colleges have already said they won't comply with the request, which was made to stem a severe drain of doctors from Libya. In a letter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan, the embassy asks it to deny licences to Libyan doctors whose bills for specialty training in Canada have been footed by the government of Libya. Those doctors have signed contracts agreeing to practise in Libya for twice as long as they spent training overseas, the embassy says. However, less than one per cent of the doctors are complying with the contracts they signed with the government. [CanWest]
Wednesday, 6 December, 2006: The Secretary of Trade, Economy and Investment has met in Tripoli with a delegation from the Libya-American Association for Business. The meeting discussed the opportunities available for American companies to contribute in common projects between the two countries. The delegation, headed by chairman David Golden, expressed their desire to promote relations between Libya and the United States. [LJBC]
Wednesday, 6 December, 2006: Libya's general environment office and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Monday signed three memoranda of understanding on environmental management, supply of laboratories and training of their staff and integrated management of parks. The first memorandum concerns capacity building in the field of environmental management for the execution of the national environmental sanitation programme and training the staff of the Environment Office and other institutions. The second memorandum is related to the promotion and equipping of laboratories and the training of their personnel. The third memorandum has to do with the integrated management of parks. [Angop]
Wednesday, 6 December, 2006: Brazil's Embraer announces that Libya's Sirte Oil Company has placed an order for one EMBRAER 170 jet. With this contract, Embraer gains its first customer in Libya, with delivery scheduled for March 2007. This firm order was already accounted for in Embraer's orderbook as Configured in a spacious single-class 76-seat layout, the EMBRAER 170 will be used to transport company personnel from the main base in Marsa El Brega to Tripoli and many other station points owned by Sirte Oil Company within Libya. [PRNewswire]

تعزية إلى آل امبية

The Libyan Constitutional Union (11)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

( الزعيم حسن نصر الله.. ورقة وحيدة وأخيرة بيده ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( مختبر بنغازي ) : في آليات كيفية إنتاج السلطة..

( الجابري : هل أصبح عثرة فكر؟؟ ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: Libya detained an outspoken critic of the country's leader Qadhafi a month ago and he has not been heard from since, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. Libya's internal security agency detained Idrees Mohamed Boufayed (photo), a doctor who had lived in exile in Switzerland for the past 16 years, in Tripoli on November 5. "We urge the Libyan government to release Dr. Boufayed immediately," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa director at HRW. "It appears they've locked him up for expressing views they don't like." He disappeared after the Internal Security Agency told him to report to its Tripoli office. "Libya may be opening to the world, but the government is still locking up its critics," Whitson said. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: Libya once again blamed the five Bulgarian nurses, on trial in the country, for the intentional HIV infection of more than 400 Libyan children. Accusations were once again presented in the speech of Libyan health minister Muhammad Rashid given for the World AIDS Day, Novinar newspaper reported. Rashid said that five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor deliberately caused in 1998 HIV epidemics in Benghazi. In that year 426 children got infected in the Benghazi hospital, where the Bulgarians worked. [Sofia Echo]
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: Libya's minister of health and environment, Dr Mohamed Rached, yesterday kicked off a massive immunisation campaign against hepatitis B and poliomyelitis countrywide. The campaign is aimed at covering 460,000 pupils, and will be conducted by 620 health workers. Poliomyelitis is non-existent in Libya, an official said, adding that the campaign is aimed at strengthening the immunity of targeted children against this disease. [Africast]
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya and Bahrain-based Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at NOC's headquarters in Tripoli. ABC is appointed as a financial advisor under the MoU, to provide NOC with assistance and advisory services in relation to certain projects undertaken by NOC. The signing ceremony was attended by senior representatives of NOC and ABC. [AMEInfo]
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: Bulgaria opposed publicly to the statement of the Libyan Minister of Health who made a connection between the AIDS pandemic in Libya and the work of the five Bulgarian nurses accused in deliberate infecting of Libyan children, AP announced. According to the spokesman of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry Dimitar Tsanchev the claim of the Libyan Minister of Health was “groundless” and “unacceptable”. “It’s an absurd for such accusation to be made by Libyan Minister of Health because he should have been committed and familiar with the latest cases of dissemination of AIDS in his country which have nothing in common with the Bulgarian health workers”, Dimitar Tsanchev added. [FIA]
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: The Argentine state-owned company Invap has won a bidding process organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to modernize the control system and equipment used by a Libyan nuclear reactor, the local newspaper Clarin reported on Sunday. The company was contracted to repair a 10 megawatt-nuclear reactor, Libya's only nuclear reactor, which was built in the 1970s in the Tajoura region, reported Clarin, noting that the repair process will cost around $10 million. Libya is also interested in building a new nuclear reactor with the help of Argentina's National Energy Commission for peaceful use, said Clarin. Separately, Saif Al Islam al-Qadhafi, son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, said Libya is also interested in buying an Argentina-made satellite used for natural disaster forecasts. [Xinhua]
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: AgustaWestland is pleased to announce that the Libyan Red Crescent has purchased five A119 Koalas. The sale of the A119 Koala for Emergency Medical Service (EMS) in Libya marks further success for the aircraft in this important market sector, having secured more than 100 orders from customers around the world. “We are delighted by the Libyan Red Crescent decision to buy the A119 Koala” said Renzo Lunardi, AgustaWestland’s Marketing & Sales Director. The Libyan Red Crescent’s main activity is providing medical services through its network of health centres and clinics, but also participates in disaster relief and health education activities in Libya. [Vertical Magazine]
Tuesday, 5 December, 2006: Four Japanese executives on Tuesday admitted illegally exporting equipment that can be used to build nuclear weapons, to possibly Libya and Iran, a report said. Kazusaku Tezuka, 67, the former president of Mitutoyo and three others – vice chairman Norio Takatsuji, executive director Hideyo Chikugo and Mitutoyo factory chief Tetsuo Kimura – violated the Foreign Exchange and Trade Law. They exported to Malaysia, via Singapore, two three-dimensional gauge devices that can be used in the production of nuclear weapons. One of the gauges is believed to have ended up in Libya and was found by inspectors after the state in 2003 renounced its programme to build WMDs. [AFP]

( المؤتمر الليبي للامازيغية ) : دعوة لحماية أهالي زوارة

JADL : To The Head Of The Libyan Government

هيومن رايتس ووتش : ( ليبيا: أجهزة الأمن تحتجز أحد منتقدي الحكومة )

( لنحرّر "مجنونـ" نا الجميل! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Monday, 4 December, 2006: A Libyan court will deliver its verdict on six foreign medics accused of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV on Dec 19. "The case has been reserved for the issuing of the verdict on 19 December," Judge Mahmoud Haouissa told the court. Five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor Ashraf Alhajouj face a possible death sentence on charges they intentionally infected 426 Libyan children with HIV. [Reuters]
Monday, 4 December, 2006: A huge Italian Cruise ship has arrived at Tripoli port with 3100 tourists on board. The tourists come from different European countries. Sources at the company organizing this trip said that a program has been set for the tourists, where they will visit tourist sites and ancient historical cities spread throughout Libya. Upon their arrival the tourists headed for the cities of Leptus and Sabrata to view the wonderful sights of these ancient sites. [LJBC]

تعزية إلى آل امبية

( هيئة المتابعة ـ المؤتمر الوطني ) : تصريح صحفي

( سيف الإسلام القذافي... رئيساً للوزارء ) بقلم : حسين قرضاب

( أما آن للجاليات الإسلامية أن تـُـفطم؟!! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( الصيف في غـريان ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Sunday, 3 December, 2006: Libya's President Qadhafi used Darfur, Sudan, as a base for supporting incursions into Chad at various times throughout the late twentieth century. The Libyans, with their notions of Arab supremacy, favoured Darfur’s Arabs and armed them to help support Chadian rebels. Tacit support from Khartoum for Libya's Machiavellian tactics deepened resentment of the Libyan and Chadian Arabs among Darfur Africans. The forerunners of today’s notorious Janjaweed initially received their arms from Libya or from Chadian rebels. The periodic clashes between nomads and farmers became increasingly violent with the increasing availability of weapons as a consequence of the Libya-Chad war, but only escalated into stark ethnic-based conflict in the final years of the last century and in this new century. [IWPR]
Sunday, 3 December, 2006: US medical journal 'The Lancet' has called for the release of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed in Libya for allegedly infecting hundreds of children with HIV. The case has no legal foundation and Libya must acknowledge that, and release the six immediately an editorial in the magazine reads. The editorial points out most of the legal errors in the case, the torture-forced confessions and all the experts' conclusions on the poor hygiene in the Libyan hospitals. "The Lancet unreservedly denounces this miscarriage of justice." "A great deal is at stake here, including Libya's political and diplomatic future." [SNA]
Sunday, 3 December, 2006: Yuriko Koike, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's special adviser on national security, will visit Libya next week to strengthen ties with the Islamic country, which has ended its quest for WMDs. The visit is part of her planned trip to the Middle East from Tuesday to Dec. 11 to attend an int'l conference of diplomacy and defense experts in Bahrain that will be hosted by the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies. [Japan Times]
Sunday, 3 December, 2006: Cameroon's Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni yesterday granted a farewell audience to Libyan Ambassador Ahmed Abdallah M. Boukhres. The outgoing Libyan Ambassador wants cooperation ties between Libya and Cameroon to be more dynamic. He expressed the wish during a farewell audience Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni granted him yesterday, November 30 at the Star Building. Ambassador Ahmed Boukhres leaves after four years at the helm of the Libyan diplomatic mission in Cameroon. [Cameroon Tribune]
Sunday, 3 December, 2006: OPEC ministers were divided on Saturday on the need for oil-supply cuts, with some concerned about high fuel stockpiles and others reluctant because prices are holding firm above $60. Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said the market was "significantly" out of balance because of swelling global inventories and that 100 million barrels should be removed. But Libya's top energy official said markets seemed to be nearing a balance and he did not feel there was a need for OPEC to add to the 1.2 million barrel-per-day cuts agreed in October. [Reuters]
Sunday, 3 December, 2006: The Libyan American Corporation 'Lyamec' announces that a high level executive team member has been awarded a Directorship role in Global Oil Tools USA. In the past year, Lyamec has been playing a pivotal role in Global Oil Tools and has since led charge on executive level management and operational oversight at Global Oil Tools USA. [PRN]
Sunday, 3 December, 2006: U.S. Ambassador Bolton circulated a resolution to the UN Security Council on Friday that would give the council's support to a regional African peacekeeping force organized by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to support the weak interim government in Somalia ... Ethiopia and Uganda have sent arms and support to the interim government, which is generally outnumbered and outgunned by the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC). Eritrea has backed the UIC with weapons and training. According to UN reports, the UIC has also received support from Egypt, Iran, Libya, Saudi Arabia and Syria, and training by Hizbollah in Lebanon, though most of the countries named have denied the reports' allegations. [Yomiuri]
Sunday, 3 December, 2006: Many Jews had a lucky escape during the Holocaust - when Arabs risked their own lives to rescue them ... Anny Boukris was just a child when the soldiers came knocking at the door. The year was 1942, and German troops were occupying her homeland of Tunisia ... A few weeks later came another knock at the door. This time the caller was no German but a local man. “You are all at great risk,” he told them. In the middle of the night he drove them to his farm. There they stayed hidden for four months, until the Germans had been driven out of the country. The man was 32-year-old Khaled Abdelwahhab, a prominent and well-connected Arab from Mahdia ... Had allied troops not driven the Germans from Africa in 1943, then the 2,000-year-old Jewish communities of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and maybe Egypt and Palestine too, might have met the fate of their brothers in Europe. [The Sunday Times]

( أكباش فداء في مذبحة التوريث ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( الفارس الليبي.. الذي ترجّـل! ) بقلم : فاضل المسعودي

( مفاجأة سيف القذافي القادمة!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقـعي

( لم يحفر حفرة.. ووقع في قرار!! ) عدسة وتعليق : محمد الغلباني

( تساؤلات علمية جادة (2) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Saturday, 2 December, 2006: The African Union (AU) Economy and Finance ministers' Council has picked Libya as the headquarters of the African Investment Bank. The meeting this week in Yaounde, Cameroon, which brought together finance ministers from 53 AU member countries, also named Cameroon and Nigeria as the respective hosts of two other AU financial institutions- the African Monetary Fund and the African Central Bank, also in the pipeline. [Angop]
Saturday, 2 December, 2006: Project Libya 2006 will be held in Tripoli between Monday (Dec. 4.) and Wednesday, ANBA reported Friday. The event aims to attract foreign investments in infrastructure and energy. Companies from Italy, England, Spain, the United States, Canada [, and Brazil] among other countries will exhibit at the fair. The fair is part of an economic development programme, aimed at attracting foreign investments worth $35 billion in the area of infrastructure -- to improve housing, sanitation, water distribution and road expansion. [Magharebia]

( قضية الاجيال ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

في ذكرى رحيله : حوار مع الصادق النيهوم (2)

( السيرة النبوية (31) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Friday, 1 December, 2006: Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula on Thursday vowed to strengthen economic and trade cooperation with Libya. Lula made the remarks when meeting with Libyan leader Qadhafi. The two leaders met in the Nigerian capital Abuja prior to the Africa-South America summit, which gathered representatives from the two continents. [Xinhua]
Friday, 1 December, 2006: Libyan President Qadhafi called upon Venezuelans to vote President Hugo Chávez next Dec. 3. Qadhafi's call came during a speech Thursday before the Heads of State of Africa and South America, who met at Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria. "When Venezuelans go to the polls, they must vote their president because he is a friend of the poor. He has done a lot for Venezuela, South America and the world," Qadhafi said. [ElUniversal]
Friday, 1 December, 2006: Verenex Energy Inc. announced today that its first exploration well in Libya, A1-47/02 in Contract Area 47, has reached intermediate casing depth of 10,300 feet and has found indications of multiple oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs within the Lower Acacus Formation, a primary exploration target for this well, as confirmed by shows during drilling and wireline logging. However, until production testing is completed early in the first quarter of 2007 and producibility is confirmed, these interpretive results are considered preliminary. [CNW]

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