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تعازي

( الأخوان المسلمون ـ ليبيا ) : تأجيل محكمة الإخوان المسلمين في ليبيا

( معمر القذافي ... وليد ثقافة القدح ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( جودة الحياة لا تعـني "أنا" ولكنها تعـني "نحن" ) بقلم : آدم إرقيق

( أنتينة الحلقة الأفقية ضد التشويش ) ترجمة : خليل

Tuesday, 31 January, 2006: In over 60 pages Libya's supreme magistrates have pointed out the violations, which have lead to the ordering of the re-trial of the case against the five Bulgarian nurses. Libya's Supreme Cassation Court accepted that the house searches of Bulgarian nurse Kristiyana Vulcheva were illegal and that the violation used against the other defendants has not been probed, the motives read. The court has not sought the assistance of experts that had to find out whether Bulgaria's defence was right to plead that the AIDS virus could have not survived in the empty blood plasma banks stored in a cupboard, which was among the main evidence in the case. This is seen as a main motive for the ordering of the re-trial. The magistrates also say that the Benghazi's court has made many violations of the law when hearing the case. [SNA]
Tuesday, 31 January, 2006: Libya has shut down its embassy in Denmark, in a protest against a series of cartoons in a Danish newspaper widely seen by Muslims to be offensive to their prophet. The Libyan foreign ministry says it has taken the step because the Danish authorities have failed to act against the newspaper for running the cartoons, some of which depicted the prophet Mohammed as a terrorist. Libyan Prime Minister Shukri Ghanem told the BBC that economic ties between the two countries are currently under review. Mr Ghanem said that should Denmark fail to fulfil its responsibilities, Libya will most likely boycott Danish products. [BBC]

تعزية

( المأساة المزدوجة (2) ) بقلم : حسين الفيتوري

( لا جديـد ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( الدانمارك ومحنة العقل المسلم ) بقلم : حكيم

( قاطعوا الزبدة الدنماركية!!! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعشة

( لنجعله عاماً هجرياً مميزاً ) بقلم : عبدالحميد الكبتي

Monday, 30 January, 2006: As the Libyan government seeks to transcend its international isolation, its greatest challenge may be the way it treats its own people. Slowly, the sources of tension between Tripoli and the West - Lockerbie, terrorism, WMDs - are easing in light of Libyan cooperation. Yet despite some positive steps on human rights, the government has yet to take the steps necessary to free civil society and uphold international human rights standards ... Libya remains a closed and tightly controlled society. There is no independent press or civil society, and there are no political groups that are not officially sanctioned. On pain of imprisonment, Libyans are not allowed to criticize the government, its political system, or its leader, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (photo) ... Western governments can help advance the reform process in Libya by insisting on respect for human rights. Libya has offered itself as a partner in the "war on terror," but the West should not stay silent about violations because of Libya's cooperation on the security front. [IHT]
Monday, 30 January, 2006: Libya has said it is closing its embassy in Denmark in protest against a series of caricatures depicting the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper. Tripoli said Denmark had failed to act against the Jyllands-Posten's cartoons, which showed Muhammad as a terrorist. The Danish government has refused to get involved in the issue despite growing anger in the Muslim world. The newspaper said it did not mean to insult Islam. [BBC]
Monday, 30 January, 2006: [Libya's Minister] for Culture discussed with Egypt's Information Minister joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of the information and culture. They agreed Saturday in Cairo, to set up a committee to revise programmes related to cultural and info cooperation and activating the agreements signed between the two parties. [LJBC]
Monday, 30 January, 2006: On Day 2 of a planned seven-day Mediterranean cruise from Genoa, Italy, Jim and Okyul Harris of Vienna, Va., USA, got nightmarish news: Because his wife's American passport had a stamp showing she'd visited Israel, she would be kicked off the Costa Cruise ship before a scheduled stop in Tripoli, Libya. Most Islamic Middle Eastern nations ban travelers whose passports bear Israeli stamps, with the notable exceptions of Egypt and Jordan. But Costa had warned only that such passengers would not be allowed ashore during a brief stop. But the third day out, the couple was dropped in Malta and left to figure their own way home -- a job that took three days and cost well over $2,000. [The Washington Post]

تعازي

( وقفة مع... عيسى عبدالقيوم ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( قدر ليبيا ) بقلم : سمير بن علي

( الطريق إلى الديمقراطية (2) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

القذافي في "أوراق الموساد المفقودة" (2)

Sunday, 29 January, 2006: Libya said on Friday it is heading toward allowing private newspapers, radio and television news in what has been a state-controlled media environment for more than 30 years. Libyan leader Qadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam (photo) was given the green light by his father to spearhead the plan though a new company. "The first experimental program on one of the radio stations will take place in March," said Abdel Salam al-Mushri, an official at the company, which is called "1/9" in reference to the September 1 date of the 1969 Libyan revolution. "Preparations are underway to create a satellite TV channel which will be launched in 2007," he said. "We have signed several contracts with int'l printing houses to distribute in Libya around 50 int'l and Arab publications, namely the US magazine Newsweek, Germann's Der Speigel and the French newspaper Le Monde." [AFP]
Sunday, 29 January, 2006: Libya held Morocco to a 0-0 draw in Group A of the African Cup of Nations, eliminating both teams from the tournament. The Moroccans controlled the match, but were unable to breakdown a solid Libyan defense. "There was psychological pressure on us, and that reflected on our performance. We didn't play well in the opening match (against the Ivory Coast) and we paid the price," Morocco assistant coach Jawad al-Mirani said. "We expected Morocco to be focused, but still, we should have taken advantage of the chances we had. Still, I'm proud of our performance today," Libya coach Ilija Loncarevic said. [NDTV]

تعازي

( الرقيب ) : توقع النطق بالحكم على سجناء الرأي ...

( لك الله يا ليبيا!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( "حي الزيتون" .. عنوان صغير للفشل ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

جديد "مركز الدراسات الليبية ـ اكسفورد" : السنوسيّة دين ودولة

Saturday, 28 January, 2006: Libyan, Bulgarian, British, US and EU representatives met on Thursday in Sofia to discuss the work of an international fund set up last week in Tripoli to help about 426 HIV-infected children in Libya, Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said. Charitable organisations from the EU set up the fund on January 21 in Tripoli to aid the families of the infected children as a way to seek the release of six foreign medical workers blamed for the epidemics. Families of the victims are seeking a total of around €4.3bn in "compensation" in order to free the nurses - a definition rejected by Bulgaria as a way of recognising guilt. [AFP]
Saturday, 28 January, 2006: Libya have been fined US$10,000 (£5,621) following misbehaviour by their supporters after their 2-1 to the Ivory Coast. An investigation by the Confederation of African Football, Caf, found Libyan supporters guilty of damaging property in the Cairo Int'l stadium by removing chairs in the stand allocated to them. The incident happened after their team's defeat to the Elephants ensured they could not qualify for the quarter-finals. The Libya Football Association president has authorised Caf to debit the amount from their account as the fine is due to be paid before their next game against Morocco on Saturday. [BBC]
Saturday, 28 January, 2006: The African Cup: Libya cannot reach the quarter-finals after losing their opening two games. The Libyans have no injury problems, while first-choice goalkeeper Luis de Agustini is available again after serving a one-match suspension. Morocco need to beat Libya, hope that Ivory Coast beat Egypt and edge out the host nation on goal difference. [BBC]
Saturday, 28 January, 2006: Big oil firms are at the mercy of Libya's tough bargaining as they scramble for access to some of the last premium oilfields on offer. After years of international isolation, Libya could be gaining the upper hand in its quest to attract foreign investment as political barriers block off alternative territory and high prices drive the pursuit of oil. Last year, it held its first two post-sanction international licensing rounds, which were praised for their transparency. But cut-throat competition meant the winning terms were so aggressive companies could struggle to make a profit even with oil prices at well over $60 a barrel. [Reuters]
Saturday, 28 January, 2006: Slovene president Janez Drnovsek has sent his appeal to solve the humanitarian crisis in Darfur to French President Chirac and Libyan leader Qadhafi. According to the Slovenian news agency STA, Drnovsek asked Qadhafi to make good on his recent promise to send 3,000 Libyan troops to the Sudanese region. Libya, which maintains good relations with the Darfur rebels and the government in Khartoum, could play a constructive role, he added. [ST]
Saturday, 28 January, 2006: Libya and Algeria have expelled more than 6,600 illegal African immigrants last year, the majority of them citizens of Niger. "Since January 2005, some 6,641 west African nationals, most of them from Niger, were expelled from Libya and Algeria," Lawai Dan Azoumi, secretary general of the Agadez [Niger] government said. The deportees were deposited at Dirkou, before being transported for 500 kilometres in trucks to Agadez, from where the nationals of Niger are sent back to their villages and foreigners have the option to return home or stay in Niger. Every year nationals of Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Liberia, Niger and Nigeria are expelled from Libya, a country seen as the eldorado by thousands of West Africans who risk their lives crossing the Sahara desert is search of a better future. [SAPA/AFP]

تعازي

( أنا و"لا" والآخرون ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي

Friday, 27 January, 2006: Taiwan will continue seeking to develop bilateral ties with Libya despite rival China's opposition, the island's new foreign minister, James Huang, said Thursday. Huang's comments follow the Libyan government's recent pledge to uphold Beijing's "one-China" policy after a senior Libyan official visited Taiwan early last week and extended an invitation to President Chen Shui-bian to visit Libya. "We know that Libya has official ties with China, but our understanding is that the will for both sides (Taiwan and Libya) to develop substantial relations has so far remained unchanged," said Huang, who took up the post Wednesday. [TMC]

Human Rights Watch : Libya: Need to Deepen Rights Reform

(هيومان رايتس واتش) : ليبيا : الحاجة ملحة إلى تعميق الأصلاحات الحقوقية

القذافي في "أوراق الموساد المفقودة" (1)

( هل تحتاج الجماهير إلى معلم وراعي!!؟؟ (2) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( البروباغـندا الدونكيشوتية ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعشة

( أصنام وأقزام ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

Thursday, 26 January, 2006: A senior official in the Libyan National Oil Company said Wednesday Libya expected the U.S. to announce it was taking the country off the list of nations that support terrorism, the Jerusalem Post reported on its Web site. [Dow Jones]
Thursday, 26 January, 2006: Western governments should be more critical of Libya's human rights record and not turn a blind eye because of its cooperation in the "war on terror", Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. The New York-based rights group said the Libyan government had serious human rights problems including political oppression, the use of torture to extract confessions and unfair trials. But Libya had taken some steps towards improving rights in recent years, it said in a report. Libya has been trying to warm its ties with Western governments, which have treated it as a pariah for decades. But Washington has yet to lift Tripoli from its list of states which sponsor terrorism. "Washington in particular, but also European governments, should be more critical of Libya's human rights record and not be silent only because they are a partner in this int'l campaign (on terror)," Human Rights Watch's Fred Abrahams said. [Reuters]
Thursday, 26 January, 2006: Libya expects the United States to remove it soon from its list of state sponsors of terror, clearing a major obstacle to investment in some of the world's most coveted oilfields, a top Libyan official said on Wednesday. He was "positive and confident" the former pariah state would be wiped from the list, with the expected backing of the Oasis Group of U.S. oil firms that have just negotiated their return to fields they were forced to abandon in 1986. "I would expect logically they will be willing to put the right message across to the U.S. government to do something about it quickly," Tarek Hassan-Beck of Libya's National Oil Company told Reuters in a telephone interview. [Reuters]
Thursday, 26 January, 2006: The Libyan authorities have freed 14 political prisoners, Human Rights Watch (HRW) announced Wednesday, describing the releases as a very positive step. Eight of released detainees were supporters of the Libyan city of Benghazi's Al-Ahly football club who were arrested in 2000 over their involvement in riots that broke out after their team lost a game. As well as smashing cars and ransacking shops, some of the disgruntled supporters chanted political slogans critical of Qadhafi's regime, resulting in 17 arrests. Three of them were sentenced to death but their sentences were commuted and others were later released. The eight who remained behind bars were recently released, HRW's Fred Abrahams announced in Cairo. [IOL]
Thursday, 26 January, 2006: For the first time Sofia will host a meeting of the US, the European Union, Libya and Bulgaria on the case with the five Bulgarian nurses jailed in Libya. The news was broken Wednesday by Dimitar Tsanchev, Spokesman of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, who also explained that the meeting set for the end of the week is a routine one. Such meetings have been taking place since the spring of 2005. The implementation of the EU humanitarian action plan as well as the aid that will be offered to the HIV infected children and their families will be discussed at Sofia's meeting. Bulgaria's Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev will attend the meeting. The names of the other participants are still not clear. [SNA]
Thursday, 26 January, 2006: Zambian President Mwanawasa says plans by Libya to develop 10,000 hectares of land in Serenje district into a farming block are on course. Mwanawasa said the issue of the land offered to Libya for development by the Zambian government was discussed in bilateral talks he held with Libyan president Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. He was speaking in an interview with Zambian Journalists at the Presidential villa in Khartoum, Sudan shortly before leaving for Lusaka Wednesday. ZNBC's Grevazio Zulu reports that the President was in Sudan to attend the sixth session of the African Union (AU) summit, which closed Tuesday. [AND]
Thursday, 26 January, 2006: African Nations Cup hosts Egypt were held to a goalless draw by Morocco yesterday in a Group A tie marred by crowd trouble. The 0-0 draw put group leaders Ivory Coast, with six points from two matches, into the quarter-finals. Egypt are now second with four points from two games; Morocco, yet to score a goal, are third with one point; and Libya are bottom with no points. Crowd trouble broke out at half-time when Egypt fans in the upper tier of one of the stands began pelting Libyan supporters below with plastic bottles. Police baton-charged the Libyan fans, who had stayed around after watching their side lose 2-1 to Ivory Coast earlier, and cleared the entire section within minutes.

( الأتحاد الليبي للمدافعين عن حقوق الأنسان ) : أوضاع حقوق الإنسان في ليبيا

( صوت الأمل ) : عودة إذاعة صوت الأمل

( الطريق إلى الديمقراطية (1) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

( الطفولة المحقونة ) بقلم : زكريا عمر امبيق

( هل تحتاج الجماهير إلى معلم وراعي!!؟؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Wednesday, 25 January, 2006: Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a rare report Wednesday on the situation in Libya, acknowledging that some steps have been taken towards improving freedoms but saying there was little political will to reform. In its 85-page report compiled after a three-week visit to Libya in spring 2005, the New York-based watchdog described Libya as a "country undergoing gradual change after years of strict repression and global isolation". HRW noted that Libya had promised political refugees they could return without fear of prosecution and adapted its institutions to guarantee greater independence of the judiciary. But the report also stressed that "scores of individuals are in prison for peacefully expressing criticism of the government or alternative political views". The offenders are generally charged with violating Law 71, which bans political activity opposing the principles of the 1969 revolution in which Libyan leader Qadhafi took power. [Khaleej Times]
Wednesday, 25 January, 2006: Didier Drogba and Yaya Toure scored as the Ivory Coast defeated Libya in their African Cup of Nations Group A match at the Cairo International Stadium on Tuesday. The result leaves Ivory Coast with six points after two games and a place in the quarter-finals, after Egypt drew 0-0 with rivals Morocco in the other Group A game. [BBC]
Wednesday, 25 January, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi has launched an ambitious project to cater for Africa's marginalised groups. The project focuses on youth, children and women. At a briefing yesterday, the new Libyan ambassador to Botswana, Assed Mohamed Almutaa said the undertaking will be known as "Al-Qadhafi Project for African Youth, African Child, and the African Woman". Almutaa said the long-term project will establish branches, societies, clubs, credit banks, and donor funds as well as educational, health, cultural and training institutions for the youth, children and women in all corners of the African continent. [Mmegy]

تعزية

( السيرة النبوية (5) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Hermeneutics Of Thought...!    By: Ghoma

( فصل القضاء... لحقن الدماء ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( هل سنتعلم من الشعب الفلسطيني؟ ) بقلم : حسن الفيتوري

( دعه يموت عند أهـله ) بقلم : مصطفى الرعـيض

( شهود الزور ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( النخبة الليبية.. بين جيلين (1) ) بقلم : د. فوزية بريون

Tuesday, 24 January, 2006: Sudan offered to withdraw its bid to head the African Union (AU) to avoid a split among leaders of the 53-nation body gathered in Khartoum for a summit. The only official candidate for the AU chair, Sudan had won support from Egypt and Libya for its bid but west African and southern African governments were reluctant to give Khartoum the high-profile position. Human rights groups had also warned that giving Sudan the AU chair would be tantamount to rewarding a regime accused by the United States of genocide in Darfur and would damage the credibility of the AU, set up four years ago with a new commitment to peace. [AFP]
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006: A Boeing 727 carrying Ghana's President Kufuor and his entourage from Sirte, Libya to Khartoum, Sudan last Saturday for the 6th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) made an emergency landing in the Libyan capital, Tripoli due to hydraulic failure. The 25-member delegation went through scary moments immediately after take off at the Sirte Int'l Airport when the under carriage (tyres) failed to withdraw its compartments. Thirty minutes after the pilot had made several efforts to let the landing gear respond to commands had failed, he was left with the only option of making an emergency landing at the nearest airport located in Tripoli, about 500 miles North West of Sirte. The aircraft was chartered by the Libyan government from Malta to fly the president and his entourage from Accra to Sirte en route to Khartoum. [AND]
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006: Athens fell because a plague swept the empire. But scientists have debated what illness was responsible. A new DNA analysis of teeth from an ancient Greek burial pit indicates typhoid fever caused the epidemic. The plague began in Ethiopia and passed through Egypt and Libya to Greece in 430-426 B.C. It changed the balance of power between Athens and Sparta, ending the Golden Age of Pericles and Athenian dominance in the ancient world. The new study, led by Manolis Papagrigorakis of the University of Athens, found DNA sequences similar to those of the modern day Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi, the organism that causes typhoid fever. The work is detailed online by the Int'l Journal of Infectious Diseases. [LiveScience]
Tuesday, 24 January, 2006: Ivory Coast may have to face Libya in Tuesday's African Nations Cup match without striker Didier Drogba after he suffered a recurrence of a knee injury in their opening match win over Morocco. The Elephants, already missing striker Aruna Dindane after the sudden death of one of his twin daughters, could clinch a quarter-final place if they beat Libya and Morocco fail to beat hosts Egypt in the day's other Group A game. [Reuters]

( ملف لوكربي لم يغلق بعد ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( عينك حمرة يا غولة!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Monday, 23 January, 2006: Libya is in talks with Bulgarian officials over a 4.4 billion euro ($5.3 billion) fund for families of children infected with HIV in Libya. One Libyan official said a deal had been done, but another said talks were in fact continuing and Libya had yet to agree with Bulgaria on details of a payout. "There is no agreement on the compensation yet. We got notice at our meeting with the Bulgarian side of the precise demands of the families of the sick children. The families want to get 10 million euros each," said Salah Abdessalam, a senior official at the Qadhafi Foundation. The foundation is influential in Libya's politics and diplomacy as it is chaired by Libyan leader (photo) Qadhafi's son Saif al Islam. "Our talks today were concluded without reaching any deal," said Abdessalam. He spoke after another Libyan official had suggested that a deal had already been reached. A spokesman of the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, Dimitar Tsanchev, however, said no Bulgarian representatives participated in the meeting. [Reuters]
Monday, 23 January, 2006: In a three-day meeting between Libya and Malta, discussions concerning the renewal of the 1984 co-operation agreement ensued. Foreign affairs Minister Dr. Michael Frendo met several Libyan officials between Tuesday and Thursday, where the agreement listing several areas of co-operation was discussed. Other issues such as illegal immigration, higher education, fishing and oil were also touched upon. [Times Of Malta]

تعازي

تـقرير واشنطن : أصوات عربية (ليبرالية) معارضة تجد لها منبراً في واشنطن

جديد "هنا اجدابيا" : حملة لأنقاذ مبنى المتصرفية وتحويله إلى "متحف اجدابيا"
www.ajdabiya.com/petition.htm      www.petitiononline.com/youcef/petition.html

( أحلام ) شعر : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين      ( قصر الهشيم ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( الحرية أولاً... ) بقلم : طارق القزيري      ( اسبوعيات حكيم (4) ) بقلم : حكيم

( لماذا لا يطلق العـقيد القذافي سراح السجناء السياسيين؟ ) بقلم : محمد بويصير

Sunday, 22 January, 2006: In Parade weekend magazine's "World's Worst Dictators" list this year, Omar al-Bashir of Sudan takes the first position. He is followed by Kim Jong-il of N. Korea. Than Shwe of Myanmar takes the third, with the fourth going to Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and the fifth to Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan. The rest of the places in the order in which they have been awarded go to Hu Jintao of China, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, Saparmurat Niyazov of Turkmenistan, Syed Al Khamenei of Iran, Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi (photo) of Libya... [Daily Times]
Sunday, 22 January, 2006: Libya has US$7 billion worth of infrastructure projects to offer this year and has invited Malaysian companies to grab the opportunity to participate in the projects. Qadhdafi International Foundation For Charity Associations president Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi said Libya is opening up more of its economy and it hopes to attract foreign direct investments. The foundation is a non-governmental association which distinguishes itself by adopting and incorporating modern and advanced concepts in the work of volunteers throughout the world. It also acts as a mediator for the Libyan Government to attract foreign investments. [BTimes]
Sunday, 22 January, 2006: An international fund to help HIV-infected Libyan children, whose plight originally led to death sentences for five Bulgarian nurses, has been set up. Families of the victims are seeking a total of 4.3 billion euros in what they see as compensation, a definition rejected by Bulgaria which says the nurses are not guilty. Charitable organisations from Libya, the European Union, United States, and Bulgaria are all taking part in the Benghazi International Fund set up in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on Saturday. Speaking to Aljazeera, Idriss Lagha, a spokesman for the families, said the agreement has been concluded but further talks are needed. "An official agreement has been wrapped up on the establishment of the fund which will only be operational after negotiations end on the demands of the victims' families," he said. [Al-Jazeera]
Sunday, 22 January, 2006: The Ugandan government has refuted reports that Libyan President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi refused to give his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni 5 million U.S. dollars for the current presidential campaign because the latter skipped a scheduled meeting in Libya, The New Vision reported on Saturday. A statement from the Ugandan foreign ministry was quoted by the state-owned newspaper as saying that "Attention is drawn to an article appearing in The Weekly Observer of 19th to 25th January 2006, under the heading 'Angry Qadhafi refuses to give Museveni 5 million U.S. dollars campaign cash,' purporting to disclose the record of a meeting held between Libyan and Ugandan officials." [Xinhuanet]
Sunday, 22 January, 2006: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has received a special message from Libyan leader Mu'ammer al-Qadhafi ahead of an African Union summit, the UBC Radio reported on Thursday. The message was delivered by Qadhafi's personal envoy Ali Abdul-Salaam Al-Tiriki. Al-Tiriki was quoted as saying that he is in Uganda to deliver a message from Qadhafi to President Yoweri Museveni aimed at strengthening bilateral ties with Uganda. [Xinhua]

( الطاولة والمذياع ) قصة بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( إلى سيادة الأمين "مع التحية" ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي

( جمعية اصدقاء الكاتب ) : عام بأكمله مرّ على اختطاف الكاتب عبدالرازق المنصوري

Saturday, 21 January, 2006: Egyptians gathered at coffee shops and pubs Friday to watch their national soccer team play Libya in the opening match of the African Cup. The fans later toured the city streets, waving flags and honking car horns in jubilation after Egypt won 3-0. [AP]
Saturday, 21 January, 2006: Libya denied a report that its leader Qadhafi had invited Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian to visit Libya and reaffirmed its commitment to a pro-Beijing one China. Taiwan said on Wednesday that Chen had accepted an invitation to visit Libya. The announcement was made as Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing began a two-day official visit to Libya, which seeks a leadership role in Africa where China has won diplomatic allies away from Taiwan, which it views as a renegade province. "We reaffirm that we recognise only one China," said Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalgam in a statement after meeting Li in Tripoli. [Reuters]
Saturday, 21 January, 2006: A fund aimed at defusing a standoff over six medical workers accused of giving Libyan children HIV will start operating this week in Tripoli, its Bulgarian representative said. Analysts said it may provide a potential exit from a dispute in which Libya blames five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor of deliberately infecting 426 children. Volunteers, including delegates from Bulgaria and the European Union, hope to meet with the victims' families this weekend and hammer out details on giving them aid. [Reuters]

تعزية

( نعيم الحب : الشاعر الأديب خالد زغبية ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

Friday, 20 January, 2006: The European Commission's deputy president, Franco Frattini, says Europe is ready to open negotiations with Libya to provide financial support in efforts to curb illegal immigration. Returning from meetings in Libya, Italy's interior minister, Giuseppe Pisanu, said the North African country cannot resolve the problem on its own. Following a two-day visit to Libya to discuss ways to combat illegal immigration, Pisanu, met with European Commission deputy president, Franco Frattini, and Italian foreign minister Gianfranco Fini. [VOA]
Friday, 20 January, 2006: Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian says he has accepted an invitation to visit Libya, a move likely to anger China. Mr Chen said Taiwan and Libya - which do not have diplomatic ties - would open trade offices in their capitals. Beijing regards Taiwan as a breakaway province which should be reunited with the mainland, by force if necessary. [BBC]
Friday, 20 January, 2006: Bahrain-based Arab Banking Corporation yesterday led a financial consortium in sealing a $30 million loan agreement with Libyan Arab Drilling Company (ADC). ADC general Manager Mohammed Atika co-signed the agreement with Arab Petroleum Investment Group chief executive Ahmed Al Nuaimi, Arab Investment Company general manger Faisal Alwan and ABC first deputy President Noor Nahwi. The loan will enable Tripoli-based Aduc company to buy an oil driller and accessories from the National Oil Company. [Gulf Daily News]
Friday, 20 January, 2006: The African Union (AU) Summit is set to begin early next week in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum amid a storm of controversy over who will next chair the AU. Traditionally, the president of the summit's host nation assumes the chairmanship of the AU for one year. But activists and rights groups in Sudan and abroad say Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir is not fit to lead the AU because of Sudan's human rights record in Darfur. More than 50 African heads of state will convene for the 2006 AU summit in Khartoum on Monday. [VOA]
Friday, 20 January, 2006: Malaysia is willing to assist Libya in any way it could to help the country grow, a senior Malaysian official said on Thursday. Libya was looking for the best models it can emulate for its development and nation building, Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar said after holding talks with Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi's son Saif Islam at his ministry. Malaysia is considering what types of cooperation it could render to Libya in the fields of economic planning and personnel training, he told reporters at his ministry in Putrajaya, the Malaysian federal government's administrative center. Saif, head of Libya's Qadhafi International Foundation of Charity Associations, arrived in Malaysia Wednesday night for a four-day visit at the invitation of Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. [Xinhuanet]

تعازي

Thursday, 19 January, 2006: Taiwan and Libya will improve bilateral economic exchanges by setting up trade offices and President Chen Shui-bian may accept an invitation to visit Libya in near future, the Presidential Office said. Chen yesterday met with the chairman of the Qadhafi Foundation, Saif al-Qadhafi, the third eldest son of Libyan leader Qadhafi. "Both sides have agreed to set up offices in a bid to promote exchanges in diverse areas such as trade, tourism, aviation, education, culture, military affairs and security issues," Chen said. [TaipeiTimes]
Thursday, 19 January, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi has met with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing in the northern Libyan city of Surt. Qadhafi said on Wednesday that China plays an important role in promoting world peace and development, and Libya attaches a high priority to cooperation with China in a variety of fields. He noted that Libya adheres to the One China policy and stands with the Chinese people in China's path of sovereignty and territorial integrity. [CRI]

تعزية       تعزية

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( هو ليس "الأفضل" يا جاب الله ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( صفع مقابله شكر.. جديد الإنسانية! ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( السيرة النبوية (4) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( ليبيا "الاسلام والقبيلة و اللادولة" ... تأملات في الحوار حول كتاب..) بقلم : أبوذرّ الليبي

DMN: It's A New Day For Nation, But Sun Yet To Shine On Its 'Lost Generation'

Wednesday, 18 January, 2006: In the UK, Sir Vincent Fean KCVO has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to Libya in succession to Mr Anthony Layden who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Sir Vincent will take up his appointment in April/May 2006. [GNN]
Wednesday, 18 January, 2006: Libya is facing a surge in illegal immigration from Morocco and human traffickers have become even more ruthless when organising their dangerous passages across the Mediterranean to Italy, the Italian government said on Tuesday. Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu raised his concerns during a Tuesday meeting with Libya's leader Qadhafi in Sirte, just as Italy's biggest defence firm said it would sell Libya 10 helicopters for border control. Italian Defence firm Finmeccanica, beyond announcing the 80 million euro helicopter contract, also said on Tuesday it would set up a Tripoli-based joint venture aiming to "modernise Libya's existing fleets of helicopters and aircraft". [Reuters]
Wednesday, 18 January, 2006: Libya arrived in Cairo on Tuesday without a victory since October 2004 and boasting modest ambitions for the African Nations Cup which starts on Friday. It is Libya's first finals appearance in 24 years and coach Ilija Loncarevic said they were ready for Friday's match against host nation Egypt in the capital. "It'll be a very difficult game for us but one where we'll have a chance if the players aren't nervous," he told Reuters. "I think we are ready for the challenge. We have beaten Egypt before and that gives us a belief we can do it again. [Reuters]

( المأساة المزدوجة (1) ) بقلم : حسين الفيتوري

( إعترافات القذافي ) بقلم : محمد سعد امعزّب

( فتوى شرعية في قبول تعويضات جريمة العصر ) بقلم : ونيس المبروك

( تخلف ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

بيان توضيحي من حسن الأمين

( لماذا أكتب؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( رموز المعارضة في الداخل وصداهم في العالم ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

Tuesday, 17 January, 2006: Iran's Vice-President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ahmad Moussavi arrived in Libya Sunday after wrapping up a two-day visit to Algeria. The Iranian vice-president carries a message from President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi as well as an invitation for the secretary-general of the General People's Congress to participate in a conference to be held in Iran in support of the Palestinian Intifada. [IRNA]
Tuesday, 17 January, 2006: Geosan Group, major Czech construction firm, has won an order worth US$27 million (some CZK 648 m) in Libya. The group signed a contract for construction of a sewerage system in the second biggest city of Benghazi. It is cooperating with the Egyptian company Modern Contracting Co. for investment & development on the project. [CTK]
Tuesday, 17 January, 2006: Libya is moving steadily to join the World Trade Organization. The Secretary of Trade and Economy said during a meeting that a technical team of economic and law experts will be set up to prepare the joining of Libya to the WTO. [LJBC]

تعزية

( من أخلاقيات النضال ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( امّا هذا.. أو ذاك!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( شكري غانم... كفانا خِداع ودجل ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

Monday, 16 January, 2006: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi may believe his son al-Saadi is destined for greater things than his first love of football but for the next three weeks al-Saadi's only interest will be watching the national side perform at the African Cup in Egypt. "He [his father] didn't want me to play football anymore. He told me 'You can do a lot better than being a footballer'," al-Saadi (photo) said. [AFP]
Monday, 16 January, 2006: The Secretariat of the General People's Committee (GPC) has declared a three day of mourning on the death of Sheikh Jaber Al-Sabah. The national flag of Libya will fly at half-mast and all festivals will be called off for three days, GPC said. [AND]

تعزية       تعزية

( شرّ البليّة "المجنـّب" ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( اسبوعيات حكيم (3) ) بقلم : حكيم

Reporters Without Borders: Al-Mansouri Completes A Year In Prison

The Hajj: A Ritual In Need of Reflection...?    By: Ghoma

( من وثائق "جبهة الأنقاذ" : مثلث الأرهاب (2) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( تقبل البلوى على أهل القرى ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( رسالة مفتوحة إلى د. شكري غانم ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Sunday, 15 January, 2006: Despite embracing some dramatic changes in recent times, Libya remains largely alien to democracy, human rights and political freedom. The North African Arab state, rich in oil, may have changed - ostensibly under Western pressure - but it has yet to fully accept the political reforms that are necessary to build a democratic state in which people are involved in the decision-making process and their rights are respected. It's not surprising then that those seeking to build such a society are routinely targeted by the regime. The detention and persecution of Libyan dissident, Abdel Raziq al-Mansuri (photo), who has come to symbolise the long struggle for freedom in Libya, is a case in point. The media watchdog, Reporters Without Borders, has called for the release of al-Mansuri, languishing in a Libyan jail on a ridiculous charge - 'illegal' possession of a weapon, which belonged to his late father. [Khaleej Times]

( مريم.. ومُجتمع القاع! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( يقظة المعارضة في المنفى ) ترجمة : مخضرم

لقطات من الحفل الذي أقامته جمعية الجالية الليبية ـ مانشستر، بمناسبة عيد الأضحى المبارك

( وجه الحاج اللي حج به ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Saturday, 14 January, 2006: An incident involving Libya blocking a dissident radio station late last year highlighted the potentially devastating consequences of relying too much on satellites, a British MP has warned. In September 2005, the London-based station began beaming into Libya via satellite. Almost immediately, it was jammed by the Libyan authorities - but in blocking that signal, several other broadcasters, amongst them CNN and BBC World, were also blocked out. However, UK Foreign Office minister Kim Howells has since admitted in Parliament that as a result of the jamming, government communications were disrupted, while a British newspaper later suggested US military communications were affected, too. The radio incident was a clear breach of international regulations, and the UK government complained to Tripoli shortly afterwards. [BBC]
Saturday, 14 January, 2006: Tunisia beat Libya 1-0 in Rades on Thursday in a warm-up match for next week's African Cup of Nations in Egypt. Striker Amine Ltifi came on as a substitute to score a debut winner. Ltifi, the Tunisian championship's top scorer this season, broke the deadlock in the 73rd minute at Rades after taking over from Haykel Guemamdia at half-time. Libya, who have now gone 11 games without a win, host Sudan in Tripoli on 15 January. [BBC]
Saturday, 14 January, 2006: Days before the talks between Libyan Association of Children infected with HIV and Bulgarian and European representatives, Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivaylo Kalfin said that his country would not participate in the International fund for fighting AIDS and assistance for 400 Libyan children, infected with HIV, the Libyan daily Libya Today reported in its online edition. Talks among Libya, Bulgaria and European officials are scheduled for 15 January. Ivaylo Kalfin said during a news conference in Sofia Friday that Bulgaria would not pay compensations because the nurses are innocent and added that the country will only train medical staff and treat infected children. [FIA]
Saturday, 14 January, 2006: Experienced Croatian coach Ilija Loncarevic heads into the African Nations Cup in his second spell in charge of Libya, less than two years after being sacked. Loncarevic took charge of the side through the start of the 2006 World Cup qualifiers - only to be surprisingly fired after an away win over Sudan in July, 2004. He returned in May last year to ensure Libya's qualification for only their second Nations Cup finals appearance. Loncarevic, 61, is a former coach of Dinamo Zagreb and Inker Zapresic in his home country. [Reuters]

( ياقنيّـنه ) غناء : عبدالقادر الجيلاني

( حضارة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( شكرا للأمن الليبي... لقد عرّفتم العالم بعبدالرازق المنصوري ) بقلم : عاشور الشامس

( أعرف عدوك .. أعرف شارون ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعشة

البيان : "القفص" غربة يتسلل منها الصوت والصورة نحو الحرية

Friday, 13 January, 2006: Italy's Finmeccanica has formed a joint venture with a Libyan state company for helicopter assembly, maintenance and training, and air traffic control, Italian financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore reported on Jan. 12. The Libyan Italian Advanced Technology Co. (LIATEC) is 50% owned by a Libyan state-owned aviation company, 25% by Finmeccanica-controlled AgustaWestland and 25 percent by Finmeccanica directly. The Libyan company was not named in the paper's story. A Finmeccanica spokesman declined to comment on the report. LIATEC, to be based in Tripoli, will build an aviation maintenance center in Libya, according to the article, which added that one aim of the new company is for Libya to buy Italian platforms and, eventually, to assemble helicopters under license for export to other African buyers. [Defense News]
Friday, 13 January, 2006: Bulgaria urged Libya on Thursday to ensure quick retrial for five Bulgarian nurses accused of intentionally infecting Libyan children with HIV. Libya's supreme court on Dec. 25 overturned the death sentences of the nurses and ordered a retrial. A hearing has not yet been scheduled. The nurses have been held in Libya since 1999. "It's been too long ... this is unacceptable," Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin told reporters. "We are in contact with Libyan authorities hoping that the new trial be as quick as possible." Libya accused the foreign medical workers of deliberately infecting the children at a Benghazi hospital as part of an experiment in the 1990s. Europe, the United States and human rights groups accused Libya of concocting the charges to cover up poor hygiene conditions at its hospitals. [Pravda]

Thursday, 12 January, 2006: Libya's Croatian manager, Ilija Loncarevic has named a locally-based squad to contest the African Nations Cup. Libya will be the only country at the tournament with the least number of Europe-based players. Tarek El Taib of Turkish club Gaziantepspor and Italy-based Gehad El Montasr are the only players in the squad who play in Europe. [BBC]
Thursday, 12 January, 2006: Oil and gas exploration and production company Amerada Hess yesterday set a $4 billion capital and exploration program for 2006 ... The budget includes $413m for the acquisition of Egyptian assets from Apache and $366m for the re-entry into Libya's Waha concessions. Amerada Hess, Marathon Oil and ConocoPhillips agreed in December to resume oil and gas production at Libya's Waha field after a 19-year absence. The three companies reached a deal then to pay $1.3 billion to the Libyan National Oil Corporation for the re-entry. [Gulf Daily]

( عصر الجماهير عصر الفوضى والغوغائية أو الحكم الشمولي ) بقلم : جلال أحمد الوحيشي

( مجرّد رؤيا ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( مثـقفونا والأمل البعيد ) بقلم : الزواري


( مبروك عيدك .. يا العزيز عليّه ) غناء : أحمد الشبلي

Wednesday, 11 January, 2006: Weapons are flowing to anti-government rebels in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur region from neighbouring Chad, Eritrea and Libya in violation of a U.N. arms embargo, U.N. experts said in a report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. The embargo, imposed on all non-government forces in Darfur in July 2004, has also failed to prevent the government from arming the Arab militias that act as its proxy fighters in the Darfur conflict. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 11 January, 2006: Libya and Niger have signed an agreement in Tripoli to cooperate in security matters, official sources said. Fighting illegal immigration and organised crime is the main focus of the agreement signed Sunday by the Libyan minister of public security, Naser Al-Mabrouk and Niger's minister of the interior Munkaila Mody. [Angop]
Wednesday, 11 January, 2006: Five top Malawi's United Democratic Front (UDF) National Executive Committee (NEC) members say the party's national chair Bakili Muluzi must account for millions of Kwachas they allege he pocketed from Libyan leader Qadhafi, insisting the money was not for an individual but meant to cover the 1999 and 2004 presidential and parliamentary elections. Some senior NEC members met in Blantyre over the weekend and resolved to "politely" ask Muluzi to submit an expense report in a spirit of accountability. [The Nation]
Wednesday, 11 January, 2006: Malaysia's Amona Ranhill Consortium Sdn Bhd, in which Ranhill Bhd owns a 60% stake, has secured a RM3.5bil contract to build a new township in the municipality of Tajura near Tripoli, Libya. Ranhill said in a statement yesterday that Amona Ranhill received its letter of award on Dec 1 from the Libyan State Authority at an accepted base price of RM97 per sq ft for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of 20,000 apartment units. Ranhill Engineers and Constructors Sdn Bhd, will be appointed the EPC contractor by Amona Ranhill for the whole project for a period of four years. [The Star]

( ألفا ) : نداء إلى الجالية الليبية في أمريكا

Al-Hayat: Mohamed Ben-Galbon's Letter To Raphael Lozon

الحياة : رسالة من رئيس الأتحاد الدستوري الليبي إلى رئيس الجالية اليهودية الليبية

( تناقض المنهجية عند د. أحمد صبحي منصور ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

Colonialism's Positive Contributions...!    By: Ghoma

Tuesday, 10 January, 2006: In a statement, made for the Arab TV channel "Al Hurra", the Libyan leader Qadhafi denied connection between the trial against the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, charged with deliberately infecting more than 400 Libyan children with HIV in Benghazi, and the terrorist, sentenced for the Lockerbie disaster, the Libyan daily Libya Today announced in its online edition. "In order to solve this problem, we should know the secret service of which country is behind this crime; after that those who are guilty should answer before the UN Security Council", Qadhafi said. In order to back his statement, he cited tests, made on the infected children, "which show that the infection has been done deliberately and it concerns experiments, made by the secret services of some country". [FIA]
Tuesday, 10 January, 2006: Libyan Ambassador to Zambia Khalifa Omer Swiesi says Libya will never surrender over the issue of Bulgarian and Palestinian medical workers who are alleged to have deliberately infected 426 children with HIV. Commenting on the case where one Palestinian doctor and five Bulgarian nurses are believed to have infected 426 Libyan children with the HIV virus in 1997, Swiesi appealed to African countries to stand by his country. He said 50 children out of 426 had so far died and the rest were just waiting for their results. "Unfortunately, the European Union and America support the Bulgarians so we appeal to Africa to stand by us. We are under pressure but we will never surrender," Ambassador Swiexi said. [The Post]
Tuesday, 10 January, 2006: One Nine Media has signed a multi million contract Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), a German printing company, to open a new print house in Tripoli, Libya. The contract was signed by 1/9 Media Chairman Abdulsalam Almishri, and Wolf Gang Rot, the Director of Heidelberger's branch. Almishri told reporters that the new centre is worth $16 million, and it will be located in Tripoli. He said the printing centre is expected to be ready within 9 months. A lot of Arabic and Int'l newspapers are to be printed here with 36000 copies per hour, he says. He also said that the company is launching a new radio station next March while preparations are still underway to launch One Nine Media TV. 1/9 Media is one of Qadhafi Foundation for Development's projects. It was established in September 2004. [LJBC]
Tuesday, 10 January, 2006: Al-Saadi al-Qadhafi's Italian soccer career - which has included just one Serie A match - could be coming to an end. The son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has been offered a prestigious government position in his home country and is thinking "very seriously" of leaving Udinese, his spokesman, Gianluca Di Carlo, said Monday. "He should decide in the next few days," Di Carlo said. "It's not a soccer problem, it's a political problem. Udinese has always treated him very well." Al-saadi has not played in any official matches since joining Udinese in June 2005, appearing in only a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan. [AP]

( مسجد قباء ) شعر : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين

( ليبيا التي نقاتل من أجلها.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( نظام يتأقزم أمام الغرب ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( جرجرة القذافي إلى محاكم 18 دولة!! ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( السيرة النبوية (3) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( العرب ومفهوم الوطن! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعشة

( اسبوعيات حكيم (2) ) بقلم : حكيم

( بن غلبون .. رمز الشجاعة والوفاء ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( الديمقراطية : هل هي حكم الجماهير أم حق التعبير؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Monday, 9 January, 2006: Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, says it has struck an exploration and production sharing deal with the Libyan state-owned oil company. The deal covers the Cyrenaica Basin Contract Area 44, which was awarded last October. The area covers 2.5 million acres, from shallow to deep waters, and was awarded to the United States firm in the second licensing round in October. "We are pleased to be back in business in Libya with our success in the second licensing round," said Phil Goss, president of the ExxonMobil subsidiary, after signing the deal with Libya's National Oil Corporation. [ITP]
Monday, 9 January, 2006: The 24th session of The Union of the Arab Maghreb (UAM) kicked off in Tripoli, Libya, yesterday, with the participation of member states Foreign Ministers. Ranking high on the agenda of the session are a number of financial matters, including the budget of the Secretariat General for 2006, amendment of the budgetary law, creation of a free trade zone and political consultation. The participating Ministers approved a decision on the appointment of Habib bin Yahiya as new Secretary General for the UAM for a three-year term. [AND]
Monday, 9 January, 2006: Muslim extremists are "losing their balance. The teaching of Islam is about moderation - the middle road," warned Mohammed Afzal Khan, the first Asian-born Muslim Lord Mayor of Manchester, during an appearance last night before the Israel Council on Foreign Relations in Jerusalem. Khan also criticized Europe's attitude to its Muslim communities, saying: "The Islamic contribution to Western intellectual tradition has been conveniently forgotten." He estimated that today there are some 15 million Muslims in Europe. Britain has some 1.8 million Muslims, from many ethnic origins, with 77% from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Muslims from 47 different nationalities have settled in Britain, Khan said, the largest from Libya. [JPost]

( الفرص الضائعة (11) ) بقلم : فرج الفاخري

( الصوفية وموضوعية الفهم والتعامل ) بقلم : عبدالحميد الكبتي

( الأكاذيب الجلية في كتاب الدولة الأموية (4) ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( المال السايب يعلـّم السرقة!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Sunday, 8 January, 2006: Libyan security sources said yesterday that the offices in Tripoli of Al Bath Arab Socialist Party, which supports the Syrian government, was exposed to stone throwing recently. Anonymous people threw stones at the offices of Al Bath Party at night and the incident led to breaking of some glass panels the party's banner was splashed with black colour. Syrian troops withdrew from Lebanon last April under a lot of protest marches against Syria after the assassination of the ex-prime minister Rafik Al Hariri last April. Many political bodies charge Syria with assassinating Al Hariri; Syria protests against that accusation. [Khaleej Times]

تعزية

( المجتمع الملوّن... ومؤسساته ) بقلم : أسعـد العقيلي

( أسبوعيات وموقع حكيم بين التناقض والإزدواجية ) بقلم : محمد علي رحومة

( الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا والفصائل الوطنية (3) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Saturday, 7 January, 2006: Libya does not require a huge defence budget or jet fighters, tanks and missiles to defend itself, Libyan leader Qadhafi declared in Tripoli. He said Libyan citizens would fight if necessary with Kalashnikovs (AK-47 rifles) and explosive belts, to defend their country. Qadhafi urged the People's Congress, Libya's highest legislative body, which was meeting Thursday to reduce military expenses in the consideration of the 2006 budget. [Angop]
Saturday, 7 January, 2006: Bulgaria wishes that the five Bulgarian medics, now in a Tripoli prison, are not transferred to Benghazi. The Libya Supreme court has ruled on a re-trial of the case of the medics charged with deliberate infection of more than 400 children in a Benghazi hospital. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin said Friday that it is still unclear whether the medics must return to Benghazi for the time of the new trial. [Novinite]
Saturday, 7 January, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi attended Thursday the meeting of the General People's Congress (GPC) in Tripoli. The GPC is meeting on the 2006 budget. Qadhafi told the GPC that all internal and foreign situations for Libya are comfortable, and there is nothing hinder it for progress. "Libya has no serious foreign challenges. "Libya is not in blockade, and it's not persona non grata," he said. He made it clear that all world countries, their presidents and companies are racing for Libya to invest and make friendly relations with it. [AND]
Saturday, 7 January, 2006: A Libyan cargo plane left Tripoli Wednesday carrying emergency medical assistance donated by the World Association of Islamic Appeal (AMAI) to the people of the Central African Republic (CAR). The plane carried 18-tonne consignment that includes food, medicine, medical equipment and clothing. Several Libyan doctors and nurses are accompanying the emergency assistance to the CAR to assist in the treatment of patients. [Angop]

( اذاعة صوت الأمل ) : الحكومة البريطانية ترد على سؤالين بشأن التشويش

Friday, 6 January, 2006: At least 20 Muslim pilgrims were killed in the Saudi holy city of Mecca when an aging hostel collapsed in the latest tragedy to hit the annual hajj, officials said. A further 59 people were injured, the officials said, adding that the casualty toll could rise as emergency teams fought their way through the rubble of the multi-storey building. Officials said most of the pilgrims staying in the hostel came from India, Libya, Pakistan or the UAE. [AFP]
Friday, 6 January, 2006: Oil major BP is in talks with Libya over a multibillion-dollar natural gas exploration and development deal, the Financial Times reported on Friday. Talks about a possible liquefied natural gas project that could supply North America and Europe are at an early stage, the newspaper said. A spokesman for the world's second-largest oil firm by market value confirmed the company was holding negotiations with Libya, but declined to give details. "BP is in the very early stages of talks with the Libyans," the company said in a statement. [Reuters]
Friday, 6 January, 2006: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy visited the five Bulgarian medics in their prison during his one-day visit to Libya. The visit is part of the country's efforts to plead for the release of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor. One of the Bulgarian nurses used the chance to make a plea "Don't forget us". We know we are victims of a political game but we are exhausted, one of the nurses was cited as saying during the visit. [SNA]
Friday, 6 January, 2006: Bashir Ramadan Khalifa Abu Janah, [the Libyan ambassador] in Pyongyang, North Korea, gave a reception Wednesday on the occasion of the New Year. Present on invitation were Kim Hyong Jun, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs, Ri Myong San, vice-minister of Foreign Trade, and officials concerned and diplomatic envoys of various countries. [KCNA]
Friday, 6 January, 2006: The Libyan Government Wednesday disclosed that it has been bank-rolling Malawi's United Democratic Front (UDF) up to May 2004, but the funding was stopped due to undisclosed reasons soon after the general elections. But UDF acting publicity secretary Sam Mpasu said he was not aware that Libya was assisting the party financially. Libyan Charge d'Affaires to Malawi Mohamed Bashir Enwies, when asked during a press briefing to clarify on the funding to the UDF by his government, said Libyan leader Qadhafi has been funding the party but at personal level. "Since the elections, the Libyan Government has never donated or assisted the UDF, but before then there was a personal relationship between Qadhafi and former President Muluzi, presents were given on a personal level," said Enwies. [Nation Malawi]

( عيد ميلاد البلغار... والأضحى لليبيين ) بقلم : آدم إرقيق

( سنـّة الحياة ) شعر : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين

( إلتفاتة على أعتاب عام جديد ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( 2005 : ختامها نقد!!! ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( السيرة النبوية (2) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( احصائيات الطلاق دليل آخر على فشل النظام الحاكم ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( أرض الكنانة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

Thursday, 5 January, 2006: The Association of the families of HIV-infected children in Libya said it is almost ready with its claims for Bulgaria, Libya Today announced in its online edition. The claims will be presented on a meeting with Bulgarian representatives on 15 January. The families will request that the amount of humanitarian aid, given by Bulgaria and some EU states for treatment of HIV-infected children should be equal to the combined amount, of compensation, paid by Libya for the Lockerbie bombing, and funds, allotted as compensation for the families. [FIA]
Thursday, 5 January, 2006: The mini-summit scheduled to be held on 5 January in Tripoli Libya under the auspices of the African Union (AU) has been postponed. Nigeria's Assistant to the President on Media, Mrs. Oluremi Oyo who made this disclosure in a release in Abuja, said the summit was to discuss efforts to end the crises in Sudan's Darfur region and consider the reports of the AU's Ad Hoc Committee on the differences between Sudan and Chad. [Nigeria First]

( صيحة العام : واشافيزاه!!! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعشة

( رد على "الشرعـية الدستورية بين الحقيقة والأهـواء" ) بقلم : محمد حسين الجهاني

( التضامن ) : قلق يساور المنظمات الحقوقية بخصوص أحداث الاضرابات

Libya Watch: Hunger Strike In The Infamous Abu Saleem Prison In Libya

Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: More than 130 Libyan political prisoners, mostly members of the banned opposition Muslim Brotherhood group, have started a hunger strike in a Tripoli prison, saying the government broke its promise to release them, a human rights group said Tuesday. Seif al-Islam, a son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, said last year that the 131 prisoners would be freed by September 2005, but the promise was never kept, said Jouma Umami, secretary of the Human Right Solidarity, a Libyan group that operates in Geneva. The prisoners began the hunger strike on Monday. They're among a group of 152 people arrested in 1998 during a wide-ranging crackdown against anti-government activists, mainly members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, Libya's largest and oldest Islamic group. In Feb. 2002, a court sentenced two of them to death, 73 to life and 11 others to 10 years in prison. Sixty-six were acquitted. Umami said the prisoners were retried in October and a verdict was expected at the end of this month. [AP]
Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: Some Libyan doctors living abroad are visiting Libya to conduct some operations and give consultations for doctors in Libya. The programme is sponsored by "Wa'tasimu" Charitable Organization to execute the recommendations of the 1st Libyan Physicians' Conference, held last july. The doctors will also held scientific seminars with students of medicine in Tripoli. Dr. Naji Barakat, a doctor living abroad, expressed his happiness and those of his friends in visiting Libya. He said this visit is to be followed by other visits in the future to raise awareness among people and give medical courses to doctors in Libya. [LJBC]
Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: The Libyan government has given Zambia 500,000 US dollars worth of maize to assist in cushioning the hunger situation that ravaged parts of the poor southern African country. Libyan Ambassador to Zambia Khalifa Swiei was quoted by local media on Tuesday as saying the donation was in line with President Levy Mwanawasa's declaration of the hunger situation in the country as a "national disaster" in November, 2005. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi will host a mini-summit on the Darfur conflict in Tripoli on Wednesday, Libya's deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday. But the minister, Hassouna al-Shawesh, did not say which African leaders would attend and what exact issues the gathering would focus on. "The mini-summit will take place at the scheduled date on Jan. 4 in Tripoli as it was decided by the African Union's current chairman, Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo," al-Shawesh said, according to the official news agency Jana. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy is set to visit five Bulgarian medics in their Libya prison. This emerged on Tuesday, a day before the official French visit to Libya opens. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin has conferred the case by telephone with his French counterpart, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release. Douste-Blazy has stated he will update his hosts in Tripoli on France's contribution to an EU action plan for humanitarian support to the HIV-positive children in Benghazi, Libya. [SNA]
Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: Grundfos, a Danish water pump manufacturer and distributor with regional headquarters in the UAE, will begin meeting Libya's growing demand for a modern water-supply system this year following opportunities discovered at a trade fair for UAE businesses. The Middle East & North Africa division of the international organisation which attended the 'UAE in Libya' event in November, has moved key engineering staff from Saudi Arabia to Egypt in order to manage the new levels of work being generated by Libyan developments. [Al-Bawaba]
Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: The world is economically freer today than it was a year ago, according to the 12th annual Index of Economic Freedom, released today by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal -- and that means greater prosperity for those countries that embrace open markets. Hong Kong and Singapore, the economic jewels of Asia, finished 1st and 2nd in the rankings. N. Korea finished last (157) while Libya finished (152nd). [USNewswire]
Wednesday, 4 January, 2006: The annual report from Reporters Without Borders (RWB) shows that violence against the press is escalating. The statistics for 2005 are grim: 63 killed, 1,308 physically attacked or threatened; 807 arrested; and 1,006 media outlets censored ... In Libya, Libyan writer Abdullah Ali al-Sanussi al-Darrat is the longest jailed journalist according to RWB: he was arrested in 1973 and very little is known about him. Libyan officials have never answered repeated requests for updates on his condition. It is not known whether he is still alive. [UPI]

( نعم للتدويـل ... ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

محمد بن غلبون : رسالة مفتوحة الى الأمير محمد الحسن الرضا السنوسي

( القذافي... والطريق الثالث المزعوم!!؟ (2) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( الدكتور سليمان الفيتوري بين الجهل المركب ومحاكمة بن غلبون ) بقلم : آدم الدالي

( الأكاذيب الجلية في كتاب الدولة الأموية (3) ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( حول مقال "الأكاذيب الجلية في كتاب الدولة الأموية" ) بقلم : د. فتحي خليفة عقوب

( اسبوعيات حكيم (1) ) بقلم : حكيم

Tuesday, 3 January, 2006: Qatar warmed up for their 2007 Asian Cup qualifying campaign with a comfortable 2-0 friendly win over Libya, with both goals coming second half strikes courtesy of Adel Lamy. The Al Rayyan midfielder opened the scoring ten minutes after the break before netting his and Qatar's second six minutes later as Dzemaludin Musovic's side enjoyed a morale boost ahead of Thursday’s Asian Cup 2007 qualifying round draw. [FootballAsia]
Tuesday, 3 January, 2006: Ben Johnson, the most infamous of athletics' drug cheats, claimed yesterday that four out of 10 professional sportsmen and women are using performance-enhancing substances. BBC Radio 5 allowed the discredited athlete the pulpit of its respected Sportsweek programme to make laughable assertions for which he did not offer a shred of supporting evidence ... Johnson briefly trained al-Saadi al-Qadhafi, son of the Libyan president. Al-Saadi tested positive for a steroid while playing football for Italian club Perugia in 2003. [Daily Mail]

تعزية      تعزية

( الرقيب لحقوق الأنسان ) : إضراب عن الطعام في سجن "ابو سليم"

( الأخوان المسلمون ـ ليبيا ) : سجناء الرأي في ليبيا يضربون عن الطعام

( يوميات مسافر ) شعر : محمد الشلطامي

( الدستور ومؤسسات الدولة الليبية بعد الاستقلال..) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني

( شرقاوي... غرباوي... إلى أين؟؟ ) بقلم : آدم ارقيق

( شكري غانم لن يستطع انقاذ "حبحب رمان"! ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( ثمن الإذاعة... دماء وأموال ) بقلم : محمد سعد امعزب

( المحكمة العليا الليبية وقضية البلغاريات ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( القذافي... والطريق الثالث المزعوم!!؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( ترسيخ الشرعية الدستورية في ليبيا بين الحلم والواقع ) بقلم : السنوسي بلاله

Monday, 2 January, 2006: [Primme Minister] Dr. Shukri Ghanem, has authorized the new resolution that allows employees to have two days weekly holidays instead of one. Friday is an official weekend in Libya, but from now on Saturday will be also a holiday. The resolution will not be applied on schools, general companies, hospitals and security apparatus. Work will start from 8:00 till 3:30 during the winters, and from 7:30 till 3:00 during the summers. [LJBC]
Monday, 2 January, 2006: A new human rights council will be a top priority for the United Nations in 2006 as it juggles other avenues of reform, the New York Times reported Sunday. U.N. officials, member states and human rights groups say the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) is ineffective and corrupt, allowing chronic abusers like Libya, Cuba, Sudan and Zimbabwe to sit on it. Libya chaired the UNHRC in 2003. [UPI]
Monday, 2 January, 2006: Lyamec Corp., a U.S. merchandising and distribution services firm, completed its acquisition, as stakeholder, in more than 13 power generation plants in the US. Lyamec is expanding its acquisitions and is building a multi-billion dollar portfolio through aggressive mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., Libya, the UK, and including France. Recent additions into its diversification strategies including its Libya facility in Misurata with Global Oil Tools, Grifco International, Coil Tubing Technologies, and J.V. of Brooks-Line Films. [PRN]
Monday, 2 January, 2006: Creditors of South Korea's bankrupt Dong Ah Construction Industrial Co. seek to place the firm under court receivership in a bid to get it back on track, a state-run asset management firm said Monday. Korea Asset Management Corp. (KAMCO), the second largest creditor, said it signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the plan with leading creditor Goldman Sachs on Dec. 20. Dong Ah Construction has been under a debt workout program since Sept. 1998 and was officially declared bankrupt in March 2001. Its business areas comprised nuclear reactors in South Korea and canals in Libya. [Asia Pulse]

( أحنّ إليك ) شعر : علي الرقيعي

( الأفعى الرقطاء ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

كتاب "ملامح من تاريخ الحركة الطلابية الليبية" (10) ـ الأخيرة

Sunday, 1 January, 2006: Chad rebel groups opposed to President Idris Deby said on Friday they had formed a military alliance to try to overthrow him, increasing pressure on the Chadian leader who accuses Sudan of backing the insurgents. Leaders of Nigeria, Sudan, Eritrea, Egypt, Chad, CAR, Libya and Gabon, will meet in Libya Jan. 4 for a special African Union mini-summit on Darfur crisis and growing tensions between Sudan and Chad, officials said Friday. [SW]

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