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( بيد شعبي.. لا بيد غيره ) بقلم : الزواري

Wednesday, 31 May, 2006: Libya's Supreme Court might make a final decision next month on the torture case of five Bulgarians. The nurses are challenging the acquittal of nine Libyan officers, who reportedly tortured the women during a 1999 investigation. Bulgaria's nurses say they were tortured to make false confessions of infecting hundreds of children with HIV in Benghazi. As a result, the five were sentenced to death but are now in the midst of re-trial. [SNA]
Wednesday, 31 May, 2006: Uruguay beat Libya 2-1 on Tuesday in the LG Cup. Nicolas Vineiri, in the 18th minute, and Sebastien Habreu, in the 35th, gave Uruguay a two-goal lead going into halftime. Striker Tarek Ettayeb got one bak for Libya, a 20-meter strike in the 62nd. The LG Cup also features Belarus and Tunisia, which is preparing for the World Cup next month. [SS]
Wednesday, 31 May, 2006: RWE Dea AG has commenced drilling operations in Libya, marking a further milestone in RWE Dea’s activities in North Africa. Drilling has commenced on exploration well A1-NC 193, the first out of a 10 well minimum license commitment. The well is located in Concession NC 193 in the Sirte Basin around 500 kms south east of Tripoli. [OOL]

( بين الشباب والمشيب ) شعر : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين

( مجتمعـنا المدني ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( نيوزويك بالعربية ) : الخلط بين الثأر والأرهاب

( هدرَزَة في السّياسَة والتّاريخ (الجزء الثاني ـ 7 ) ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

( دائرة من النار (2) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم     ( صكوك الغفران الأمريكي ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعشة

( ليس دفاعاً عن (صلعة) الأخ عيسى.. ولكن!؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( هل من الحكمة يا رفاق المنافي؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( من أجل ليبيا ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة     ( تـنظيم العدالة والديمقراطية الليبي ) : بـيان

Tuesday, 30 May, 2006: Libya has officially opened one of its largest natural gas fields and has said Europe will be a major customer, according to a report from JANA, the official Libyan press service. "Libya will be an important supplier of gas to Europe," Shokri Ghanem, Libya's top oil official, was quoted by the agency as saying Sunday at a ceremony for the official start of production from the Attahadi field, in the central region of Sirte. The field has a daily natural gas production capacity of seven million cubic meters and 35,000 bpd of condensate. [Bloomberg]
Tuesday, 30 May, 2006: Libya, a rare and keenly-contested global hot spot for oil firms to exploit major reserves, will open its third oil and gas licencing round since the US lifted its sanctions two years ago, a top official said. "Libya will offer a group of exploration blocks in a third licencing round based upon full transparency and competition," state news agency JANA quoted National Oil Corporation Chairman Shokri Ghanem on Sunday as saying. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 30 May, 2006: Neo-conservative commentators at the American Enterprise Institute wrote last week what amounted to an obituary of the Bush freedom doctrine. "Bush killed his own doctrine," they said, describing the final blow as the resumption of diplomatic relations with Libya. This betrayal of Libyan democracy activists, they said, came after the US watched Egypt abrogate elections, ignored the collapse of the "Cedar Revolution" in Lebanon, abandoned imprisoned Chinese dissidents and started considering a peace treaty with Stalinist North Korea. [FT]

( نادي الباروني ) : مباريات الأسبوع الثالث في دوري الشيخ المجاهد سليمان الباروني

( جمعية الشباب الليبي ـ بريطانيا ) : المخيّم الصيفي السادس ـ استمارة التسجيل

( إنـّا أمة أمية لا نكتب ولا نحسب... وإشكالية الفهم!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( السيرة النبوية (19) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (13)

( المذهـب الذاتي في نظرية المعرفة (10) ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

Monday, 29 May, 2006: Libya's European Affairs Secretary, Abdulati Abidi, met today with the US Assistant Secretary of State, currently visiting Libya, and reviewed with her bilateral relations and ways of bolstering them in all fields. The US official's visit comes after both countries agreed on May 15, to resume full diplomatic relations and reopen their embassies. [BNA]
Monday, 29 May, 2006: Talks between the families of HIV-infected Libyan children and international officials over the fate of imprisoned Bulgarian nurses have been delayed for a week. A spokesperson for the families said the negotiations were delayed to allow the remaining United States and European negotiators arrive. The nurses are set to be retried in a month. [AND]
Monday, 29 May, 2006: An Italian air force fighter jet on Saturday intercepted a Moldavian cargo plane which entered Italian airspace without filing all its flight plans, the Italian air force said. The Moldavian cargo plane, which flew from Libya into Italian airspace, was intercepted by Italy's F-16 fighter jet in the skies above Ponza, a small island off Italy's west coast. [Xinhua]
Monday, 29 May, 2006: Telarix, the leading provider of Interconnect Business Optimization (IBO) and settlement solutions for content providers, IP service providers and global fixed and mobile operators, announced that General Post and Telecommunications Company (GPTC), the main telecom operator in Libya, has selected Telarix's iXTools as part of a strategic effort to expand its int'l business and enhance the overall performance of its systems. [Business Wire]

( الدولة الميّـتـة!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( ليبيا الغد.. جمهوريه أم ملكية!؟ (3) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( قناة الجزيرة : أي سقف للإسفاف؟؟ ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Sunday, 28 May, 2006: The functions of the training workshop for preachers, imams and orators on responding to the Anti-Aids campaigns organized by W'atissimo Society for Charity in cooperation with the UN Development Porgram, concluded Thursday evening in Tripoli. The Executive Director of W'atissimo Society for Charity, a number of experts, preachers, imams and Sheikhs from various Shabias of Libya, as well as a number of consultants and specialists in this field, attended the conclusion of this workshop. [Arabic News]
Sunday, 28 May, 2006: Advisor to Sudanese President, Dr. Majthoub Alkhalifa, headed for Libya today, carrying a written message from President, Omar Al Beshir, to Libyan Leader Qadhafi. The message was on the steps undertaken following Abuja Agreement and hailing Libya's role in helping reach the peace accord. In a statement prior to departure, Dr. Majthoub said that he will brief the Libyan leader on the agreed steps in dealing with East Sudan crisis, adding that he will also meet with the peace accord signatories. [BNA]

( السياسة والثقافة.. تواصل أم تنافر؟ (2) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( دائرة من النار (1) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( محطات ليبية ( 7 ـ أ ) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين

( العفو عن ليبيا ينمّ عن عدم الإحترام ) ترجمة : بوزيد لهلالي

( العولمة وأهل الكهف... ودحية خميس!! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( عودة العلاقات.. رهان على الديمقراطية أم استثمار للدكتاتورية؟ ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

Addendum To A Reading :" Pereira Declares" By Antonio Tabucchi!   By: Ghoma

( "التضامن" و"الرقيب" ) : تأجيل المؤتمر الصحفي الخاص بقضية الصحفي الليبي ضيف الغزال

Saturday, 27 May, 2006: For one rural Minnesota family, it's too soon for the U.S. to restore diplomatic relations with Libya. Eighteen years ago Audrey Bergstrom's son - Army Sgt. Philip Bergstrom, 22 - was killed when Pam Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie, killing all 270 people on board. Last week, President Bush announced the U.S. would restore diplomatic relations with Libya and remove it from a list of terrorism sponsors. Bergstrom said Bush does not have the moral authority to do that. "It wasn't his child on board of that plane," she said. "I feel like he's turned his back on us." However, the families of other victims said the diplomatic move puts them a step closer to getting the final $2 million installment in compensation owed to them. [AP]
Saturday, 27 May, 2006: Civilians who fled the desert town of Kidal in northern Mali have started returning home after government forces secured the area following a raid by Tuareg rebels, the UN said on Friday ... Initially backed by Libya, the Tuareg -- who have worked the trans-Saharan caravan routes for hundreds of years -- took up arms in 1990 demanding greater autonomy from a black African-dominated government. [Reuters]
Saturday, 27 May, 2006: Barbados Champion FIDE (Federation Internationale De Echecs) Master Delisle Warner put in his first points on the table for Barbados to join Int'l Master Kevin and FIDE Master Dr. Philip Corbin in a 3-1 win over Libya at the 37th World Chess Olympiad in Turin, Italy. In a match that went all Barbados way, Libya was fortunate to avoid a loss by an even heavier margin when Barbados Under-16 Champion Justin Blackman of Queens College, in his debut game, lost on time a pawn up against Emad Madi. [Barbados Advocate]
Saturday, 27 May, 2006: Mozambique's football federation has called on the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to represent the continent 'fairly' when naming hosts for the African Cup. Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe have lodged a protest to Caf, accusing the body of flouting its own rules when selecting Angola, Libya, Nigeria and a joint bid from Gabon and Eq. Guinea. Had Caf followed its statutes, countries that had never hosted the competition should have been the first to be selected, which in this case would have eliminated both Libya and Nigeria. [BBC]
Saturday, 27 May, 2006: Romania's Rompetrol Upstream (RU) has procured a new drilling installation from UPET Targoviste for over 3.5 million USD. The high-tech product meets increasing international industry requirements and will be used in Libya, where RU already operates other two similar installations, according to Bursa reports. The investment is expected to increase turnover by some 30 percent and net profit by some 20 percent year-on-year. [Reporter]

Open Democracy: Libya: Forgive And Forget

Los Angeles Times: The Tyranny Doctrine

Philadelphia Inquirer: Forgiving Libya Is A Dishonor

( هدرَزَة في السّياسَة والتّاريخ (الجزء الثاني ـ 6 ) ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

( محطات ليبية (7) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين

( المعارضة الليبية في غنى عن أمريكا والجزيرة و"فيصلها القاسم" ) بقلم : حسن الأمين

Friday, 26 May, 2006: Illegal immigrants who have arrived in Italy will not be sent to countries that have not signed the Geneva Convention, and among these is Libya. Thus stated Marcella Lucidi, undersecretary to the Interior Ministry with responsibility for immigration, at the end of his visit to Lampedusa with Social Solidarity Minister, Paolo Ferrero. [AGI]
Friday, 26 May, 2006: Libya had no biological weapons, apart from some World War I-era mustard gas. The truth is, Qadhafi gave up nothing of value ... Has Libya embraced democracy? Not according to human rights groups, which say that Gadhafi remains a brutal and unstable dictator. So much for President Bush's doctrine of spreading democracy. The message here is that the United States doesn't really mind doing business with tyrants. Has Libya helped the United States in its fight against terrorism? Yes, the Qadhafi government has ratted out some of its former associates. But the Islamists have been trying to kill Qadhafi for years. We are helping him get rid of his own enemies. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Friday, 26 May, 2006: Earlier this month, Discovery World Cruises decided to add the ports of Benghazi, Al Khums and Tripoli to its fall and winter itineraries -- literally less than 24 hours after the U.S. government announced that it would resume diplomatic ties with Libya. Oceania Cruises quickly reacted as well, adding Libya to a spring 2007 itinerary. Tucked between Egypt and Algeria, Libya's greatest touristic calling card is its wealth of archeological sites. Tripoli, for instance, is its largest city and historic capital; founded by the Phoenicians in 1000 BC, it reflects a variety of heritages by, among others, the Romans and Arab Muslims. Al Khums is a popular port of call for Leptis Magna, considered one of the world's best preserved Roman cities. [CCN]
Friday, 26 May, 2006: Pakistani security agencies have arrested more than 1,000 al-Qaida suspects between January 2002 and May 2006. The Pak Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS) said 70 Of the arrested al-Qaida suspects came from Algeria, 86 from Saudi Arabia, 20 from Morocco, 22 from the UAE, 11 from Libya, seven from Kuwait, 20 from Egypt, 28 from Indonesia, 18 from Malaysia, and 36 from West Asian countries. They also included 18 citizens of Western countries: five from the United States, two from Australia and 11 from the United Kingdom. An unknown number of French and German citizens were also included, according to the report. [Xinhua]

( هدرَزَة في السّياسَة والتّاريخ (الجزء الثاني ـ 5 ) ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

( هدرَزَة في السّياسَة والتّاريخ (الجزء الثاني ـ 4 ) ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

( السياسة والثقافة.. تواصل أم تنافر؟ (1) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( لا زال الطريق طويلا إلى ابن رشد، ما بالك بأركون!!! ) بقلم : فرج أبوالعشة

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (12)

( المذهـب الذاتي في نظرية المعـرفة (9) ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

Thursday, 25 May, 2006: More than 500 police officers carried out raids yesterday targeting Libyans in Britain suspected of helping to plot and finance terrorist attacks in Libya. The investigation focused partly on a Birmingham-based charity that has been accused of acting as a front for an outlawed extremist group linked to al-Qa'ida. Eight people were being questioned last night after 19 properties were searched in the operation led by Greater Manchester Police and MI5. Thirteen of the raids were in Greater Manchester, three in Birmingham, and one each in Middlesbrough, London, and Liverpool. Among the buildings searched was the Birmingham office of the Sanabel Relief Agency. Sanabel has been accused of acting as a front for the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which is trying to overthrow Col Qadhafi's regime. [The Independent]
Thursday, 25 May, 2006: Lawmakers from New York and New Jersey, home of many killed in the 1988 Lockerbie disaster, vowed on Wednesday to block U.S. diplomatic ties with Libya until it completed restitution to the victims' families. The senators and representatives said they would push resolutions calling on President Bush not to restore full relations with Libya until it makes a final $536 million payment called for under a legal settlement with the families. "It's not the money," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat. He said the U.S. must send a message "to those who would take up arms against our country, and say uh-uh, don't do it, because the price is substantial." Under a 2003 settlement, Libya committed to paying $2.7 billion to families of the 270 people who died on the Pan Am flight blown up over Lockerbie. [Reuters]
Thursday, 25 May, 2006: Libyan Foreign Minister Abdul-Rahman Shalgam in a meeting with Iran's Ambassador to Tripoli Jaber Ansari emphasized the necessity of peaceful settlement of Iran's nuclear dossier. According to a report from Iran's embassy to Libya on Wednesday, the Libyan foreign minister criticized the West's dual behavior towards Iran's nuclear dossier and emphasized the necessity of settling the dossier through negotiations and upon international law and in the framework of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Shalgam added the way that the Western countries are facing Iran's nuclear dossier is wrong, because Iran has achieved scientific progress in this field and is not after atomic weapons. [IRNA]

تعازي إلى آل هاشم     تعزية إلى آل زيّان

( ليبيا الغد.. جمهوريه أم ملكية!؟ (2) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( المعارضة البالتوكية (4) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Wednesday, 24 May, 2006: Amnesty International painted a grim picture of torture, slavery, political detentions and clampdowns on freedom of expression across north Africa, in a report published Tuesday. "People continued to be at risk of imprisonment, harassment and intimidation because of their non-violent beliefs" there, it added. In Libya, "many political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, were believed to be held and several new arrests were reported." Amnesty cited the case of Libyan "prisoner of conscience" Fathi al-Jahmi (photo), who remained in detention "after he criticized Libya's head of state and called for political reform in international media interviews." [AFP]
Wednesday, 24 May, 2006: Royal Dutch Shell plans to accelerate a major integrated natural gas exploration and liquefaction project in Libya, the country's most senior oil official told the Reuters Global Energy Summit on Tuesday. Shell and Libya signed a deal last year that gave the Anglo-Dutch firm access to 5 exploration blocks in the prospective Sirtes basin in return for agreeing to overhaul and expand a Libyan liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant to boost its capacity to 3.2 from 0.7 million tons per annum. "They even want, from what I understand, to expedite their work on revamping this LNG plant," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Company, said by telephone from Tripoli. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 24 May, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi phoned Italian Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema, expressing him his best wishes for a good term. Apparently, Qadhafi was extremely polite, and said he is sure there will be a friendly cooperation with the new cabinet, both on a bilateral basis and on cooperation in the Mediterranean area. [AGI]
Wednesday, 24 May, 2006: Russia and Libya have set up a joint business council. Libyan Business Council President Muhammad Saleh Mansouri and President of the Moscow-based Committee for International Cooperation with Libya Yuri Shafranik are signatories to the accord. A large group of Russian businessmen led by Shafranik came to Tripoli on Monday. "The largest companies of the United States and EU member countries have come or are about to come to the Libyan market following the invalidation of economic sanctions in 1999, so it is high time for Russian businessmen to do the same," Shafranik said. [ITAR-TASS]

( خواطر من سرد التنائي ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( كان زعيماً.. وبامتياز ) بقلم : علي بن زيدان

( يَا ويلْ مِنْ إيقولـّه قلبهْ ) شعر : سالم محمد

( نيوزويك بالعربية ) : إعادة تأهيل القذافي

( اللجنة الوطنية على الساحة السويسرية ) : دعوة للأعتصام أمام مبنى الأمم المتحدة بجنيف

( حزب العدالة والديمقراطية الليبي ) : بيان بخصوص إعادة العلاقات الديبلوماسية..

( الرابطة الليبية ) : ليبيا : أوضاع المرأة وانعدام حماية القانون
LHR: Libya: Women conditions and the need for legal protection

Tuesday, 23 May, 2006: The Bush administration's decision last week to normalize diplomatic relations with Libya is - without doubt -- an exercise in big-picture foreign-policy thinking. The decision isn't necessarily popular. Some victims' families of Pan Am 103 object strongly -- with good reason -- to bringing Libya in from the cold. Libya's bad behavior doesn't end there. Tripoli also blew up a German disco (killing 3 Americans); invaded Chad; downed a French airliner; trained/financed terrorists, sent the IRA arms, pursued WMDs ... And, yes, Col. Qadhafi is no democrat. In fact, watchdog groups often cite Libya, a military dictatorship of 6 million mostly ethnic Arab-Berbers, as one of the world's most repressive regimes. [Townhall]
Tuesday, 23 May, 2006: John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that Iran's leaders could stay in power and improve their ties with Washington if they ended their pursuit of nuclear arms. He later insisted, however, that he had not meant to threaten Tehran with regime change if its leaders failed to do so. Bolton, addressing a meeting of B'nai B'rith International, a Jewish humanitarian organisation, cited Washington's move last week to normalise relations with Libya after that country gave up its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and said Iran's leaders faced a similar "clear choice." [Reuters]

( نادي الباروني ) : ملخص لأحداث الأسبوع الثاني في دوري المجاهـد سليمان الباروني

( الجمعية المتحدة للمهاجرين الليبيين ) : مشاركة الجمعية في مظاهرة لصالح فلسطين

( السيرة النبوية (18) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( الديمقراطية المنسيّـة ) ترجمة : بوزيد لهلالي

( مناقشة كتاب "البيان بالقرآن" لمصطفى المهدوى (3) ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

Monday, 22 May, 2006: Before he was murdered by agents of Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, before toughs kidnapped him from his Cairo hotel room and silenced him forever, Mansour El-Kikhia (photo) wrote a trenchant book about the Libyan leader that aptly described Qadhafi as a "quick learner and a survivor ... a master of the art of manipulation. Central to his complex personality is his unpredictability, which at times, when combined with his ability to manipulate, provides for a dangerous domestic and international Libyan policy." The dangers of that policy are evident today, according to Human Rights Watch, which keeps a laundry list of grievances against Qadhafi's regime, including arbitrary detention of women and girls in "social rehabilitation" facilities, the jailing and killing of government opponents, and the lack of a free press and political parties. [SFGate]
Monday, 22 May, 2006: The Bush administration's decision to restore U.S. diplomatic relations with Libya and open an embassy in Tripoli is the right move, despite the history between the two nations. American governments sometimes have the bad habit of assuming that maintaining diplomatic relations with a country is somehow an expression of approval of the regime in power. A more practical and useful position is that diplomatic relations with a country provide a means to communicate directly with the government, regardless of what the U.S. government in power and Americans in general may think of the foreign government's actions. [Toledo Blade]
Monday, 22 May, 2006: Taipei-based Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC) is eyeing Libya as a new target for oil exploration, corporate sources said yesterday. The state-run is planning to enter a cooperation agreement with international oil companies to explore for oil in Libya. The Presidential Office in a newly released National Security Report spelled out worries that Taiwan may face an energy crisis before long if effective measures are not adopted soon, and suggested that CPC engage in cooperation with international conglomerates to help Taiwan secure steady supplies of crude. In line with that suggestion, CPC has been seeking targets for cooperation, with Libya the latest and most promising cooperative partner, CPC officials said. [China Post]
Monday, 22 May, 2006: Although the Bush administration is moving to normalize diplomatic relations with Libya, U.S. families who lost loved ones in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland have not been fully compensated by the Libyan government for the terrorist attack. The families, due a payment of $2 million, are supposed to receive $10 million each as part of a $2.7 billion settlement. They have been urging members of Congress to consider stalling President Bush's attempt to re-establish formal diplomatic ties with Qadhafi until the last remaining installment arrives. Some family members don't care about the financial settlement, says James Kreindler, a lawyer who conducted the settlement talks. They would prefer to see Libya isolated both economically and financially so long as Qadhafi remains in power. But virtually all of the families of the Pan Am 103 victims want to ensure that Libya fulfills its agreement to pay the full $2.7 billion that it agreed to provide, Kreindler said. [Gloucester County Times]

تعازي إلى آل الأحيول

( الصفح عن القذافي ليس بسيطاً ) ترجمة : مخضرم

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (11)

( عبدالله عابد الذي عرفت ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( هدرَزَة في السّياسَة والتّاريخ (الجزء الثاني ـ 3 ) ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

( رسالة مفتوحة إلى السيد الهاشمي وفضائية المستقلة ) بقلم : علي عقيل الحمروني

Sunday, 21 May, 2006: The U.S., eager to find new sources of oil at the time when petroleum prices are skyrocketing, is increasingly giving up its strategy of promoting democracy, analysts say. If democracy and support for human rights are the main engine of US diplomacy, "then you have to wonder why we have not taken a tougher line with Russia, why we have not taken a tougher line with Kazakhstan, why we have not taken a tougher line with Libya?" Frank Verrastro of the Center for Strategic and Int'l Studies, a Washington-based think tank, asked. [AFP]
Sunday, 21 May, 2006: Officials said Libya has assessed that the U.S. would lift restrictions on the export of advanced drilling and other equipment to the North African state. On May 12, the U.S. announced the establishment of full diplomatic ties with Tripoli. "What it means is that hopefully there will be no restrictions regarding the exportation of certain equipment that the oil sector needs," Libyan National Oil Corp. chairman Shukri Ghanem (photo) said on the sidelines of an Arab energy conference in Amman this week. Ganem said oil production would reach two million barrels per day by 2007. [AND]
Sunday, 21 May, 2006: Washington's decision to lift all sanctions and normalize relations with Libya should boost the country's capacity to produce crude oil but will have a minimal effect on short-term U.S. energy demands, experts say. "Libya for several years has sought new investment to facilitate greater production but it will take at least several years to bring the fruit to market," Jerry Taylor, an energy specialist at the libertarian CATO Institute told United Press International (UPI). Outdated technologies, coupled with OPEC production constraints, are responsible for Libya's diminished output over the past two and a half decades, Taylor said. [UPI]
Sunday, 21 May, 2006: Planned weapons sales to previously taboo customers, such as Libya and Turkey, are part of the package of measures adopted by the troubled parastatal defence conglomerate [South Africa's] Denel to turn around persistent losses and declining sales. Libya, which is enjoying dramatically improved diplomatic relations with the West as its dictator Qadhafi opens it borders and oil fields to foreign investment, is one potential customer. South Africa’s National Conventional Arms Control Act prohibits the export of military equipment if there is a risk it will be used in the violation of human rights. Sales to Libya, where economic opening has not been accompanied by democratic reforms, may attract scrutiny. [Mail & Guardian]
Sunday, 21 May, 2006: Microsoft Next Generation PC Design Competition is open to amateur, student and professional industrial designers who are 14 years or older, however residents of the following countries are ineligible to participate: Cuba, Iran, Libya, N. Korea, Sudan and Syria. Designs for practically any Windows-based PC design concept may be entered; however challenges of manufacturability should be considered. Deadline: Dec. 18, 2006. [Dexinger]
Sunday, 21 May, 2006: The governments of Libya and Venezuela will offer oil at preferential prices as well as free medical aid to African countries, it was announced at the end of the meeting between Libya's Qadhafi and Venezuelan Hugo Chavez. The leaders approved creation of a team to draw-up action plans to aid African nations, the Libyan Chancellery informed. This initiative will include Africa in Operation Miracle, the program whereby Cuban provides free ophthalmology surgery. Chavez concluded his two-day visit to Libya on Thursday. [VH]

( درس ليبيا ) ترجمة : د. نصر العنيزي

( لماذا لا يُقسَّم العراق المُقسًّم؟!! ) بقلم : فرج أبوالعشة

The Guardian: Condi Writes To The Colonel

( "التضامن" و"الرقيب" ) : مؤتمر صحفي بمناسبة ذكرى مقتل الصحفي الليبي ضيف الغزال

( ليبيا الغد.. جمهوريه أم ملكية!؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( "ميكافيللى" طرابلس يطبع علاقاته مع البيت الأبيض!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Saturday, 20 May, 2006: Blood is still on the hands of Libya's Qadhafi - but the soap handed to him this week by the United States may help the process of cleansing. After more than 25 years in the international wilderness for its terrorist sympathies, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced that full diplomatic ties with the erstwhile North African rogue state would be restored. The restoration of diplomatic ties clears the way for economic deals with Libya and could lead to the country becoming a strategic military asset for the United States in the region. [ANP]
Saturday, 20 May, 2006: "In politics, there is no such thing as a reward, but there are interests," observed Libyan Foreign Minister Abdurrahman Shalgham after President Bush announced Monday his intentions to restore full diplomatic relations with Libya. So what are the interests? ... For the U.S., which imports about 60 percent of the oil we receive, having more-or-less friendly oil suppliers is an important interest. While President Bush has said part of the reason for the war in Iraq is to spread demo-cracy in the Middle East, Libya remains a repressive state. But it appears having some success in the region is more important here. [MCall]
Saturday, 20 May, 2006: "It's virtually impossible for diplomacy to work without diplomatic contact." Edward (Ned) Walker, President of the Middle East Institute and a former assistant secretary of state for Near East affairs, may have stated not only the obvious but also the most instructive lesson of this week's news that the Bush Administration and Libya's Qadhafi have kissed and made up. Explaining the decisions to reporters, Ambassador David Welch, the current assistant secretary of state for the region, said they demonstrate "that when countries make a decision to adhere to international norms and behavior, they will reap concrete benefits." [CBS]
Saturday, 20 May, 2006: Col. Qadhafi is a tyrant: an iron-fisted authoritarian whose regime is responsible for multiple acts of terrorism. Despite the depravity of Libya's past actions, however, Washington's decision to remove its designation as a sponsor of terrorism and upgrade diplomatic relations is clearly the right one. The process of reopening U.S. diplomatic relations has, understandably, touched a sore nerve in those affected by barbarous acts of Libyan terrorism, but it's important to remember that normalized relations are not a gift bestowed solely on America's friends and allies, and only in direct response to extreme events should those ties be severed. In many ways, restoring diplomatic relations is a prerequisite to pushing greater reforms in Libya, which is still one of the most oppressive countries in the world. [Washington Times]

( متفرّقات جمعها دفتري (5) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

WSJ: Wrong On Libya  By: Mohammed el-Jahmi

( المذهـب الذاتي في نظرية المعـرفة (8) ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

The Elephant And The Mouse: USA And Libya!   By: Ghoma

( عقوبة الخمر... وإشكالية الفهم!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Friday, 19 May, 2006: An expert said that Libya can easily boost its crude oil production capacity after normalizing relations with the U.S., Reuters reported. The US will reopen an embassy and remove Libya from a list of state sponsors of terrorism, rewarding the longtime pariah nation for scrapping its WMD programs. Currently, Libya produces about 1.6m barrels per day of crude oil. The country badly needs foreign investment in its energy industry, estimated at about $30 billion. Libya aims to produce 2m bpd by 2008 and around 3m bpd in 2015. [MenaFN]
Friday, 19 May, 2006: The United States, on the occasion of President Hugo Chavez' visit to Tripoli, urged the Venezuelan ruler to imitate Libya's example, as this country will be soon removed from the Washington list of nations that sponsor terrorism. Libyan ruler Qadhafi and his government "could talk to Chavez about cooperation against terrorism," said US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack commenting on Chavez visit to Libya, a country with which Washington has recently resumed diplomatic relations, AFP reported. [El-Universal]
Friday, 19 May, 2006: President Qadhafi has drawn a parallel between the upsurge of election-related African conflicts and international peacekeeping and concluded that colonialism is imminent unless immediate remedial continental measures were taken. The Libyan leader made the statement Sunday when he responded to a statement by his guest, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf. He said even though more and more countries in Africa were subscribing to pluralistic democracy that embraces internationally accredited electoral models, Africa has not reaped the benefit of the change towards acceding to power through the ballot box. [The Analyst]

( الجمعية المتحدة للمهاجرين الليبيين ) : نجاح الإعتصام الأول للجمعية

WSJ : The Libya Lesson       Newsweek : The Real Libya Model

كلمة الأستاذ معتوق آدم الرقعي تأبيناً للمرحوم حسين مازق

( من وثائق ليبيا أبداً ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

د. نصر العنيزي : ( لا أسرار لدى "ألفـا"! )

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" ـ كلمة ختامية ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( أمريكا إلى ليبيا : عودة متأخرة جداً بلا مبرر ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( هدرَزَة في السّياسَة والتّاريخ (الجزء الثاني ـ 2 ) ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

Thursday, 18 May, 2006: Britain made its peace with Libya two years ago, with Tony Blair paying the obligatory social call on Qadhafi in his trademark bedouin tent and oil companies rushing to cash in. Other European leaders and energy giants have followed the same desert route. But this week's restoration of diplomatic ties between Washington and Tripoli marks the colonel's final return from the cold - and yet another departure from George Bush's faltering crusade to bring democracy to the Middle East. [The Guardian]
Thursday, 18 May, 2006: The Secretary of Information Affairs, Hassouna al-Shawish has refuted reports that a meeting was held between Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi and the Director of Israeli Foreign Ministry. Al-Shawesh emphasized that such news is a lie and completely baseless. "No doubt it comes within the context of a poisonous campaign," he said. [LJBC]
Thursday, 18 May, 2006: Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Wednesday held discussions with his Libyan counterpart Dr Al Baghdadi Al Mahmudi on trade, defence, security and energy sector. Aziz said that Libyan entrepreneurs could invest in Pakistan in several areas like infrastructure development, real estate, oil and gas and export of manpower. [Daily Times]
Thursday, 18 May, 2006: Bulgaria is hoping renewed diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Libya will help bring about a favourable outcome in the case of the five Bulgarian nurses jailed in Libya over a mass HIV infection. The Balkan country's expectations of the case are quite high, Sofia News Agency quoted Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Dimitar Tsanchev as saying. In May 2004, Libya found the five Bulgarian health workers and a Palestinian doctor guilty of infecting almost 400 children with HIV at a Benghazi hospital since 1999. They were first sentenced to death, but the Libyan Supreme Court later returned their case for a retrial. [Xinhua]
Thursday, 18 May, 2006: Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has described oil prices as "fair" and said he would work to maintain them, during a visit to Libya. Mr Chavez said he discussed improving bilateral ties and working together on oil with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. The two men are expected to sign an agreement but no details are available. [BBC]
Thursday, 18 May, 2006: A team of ambassadors from the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) went yesterday on a five-day fact-finding mission to Mindanao, The Philippines, to monitor the implementation of the socioeconomic program recommended by the OIC during its meeting in Yemen on June 29, 2005. One of the team members is the Libyan ambassador to the Philippines, Dr. Salem M. Adam, who is most familiar with the Mindanao situation and with the Filipino way of life. Having stayed in the country for 12 years in different political eras, he has embraced Filipino culture, customs and traditions. [The Manila Times]

تعازي إلى آل ياسين     تعازي إلى آل دوغا     تعازي إلى آل مازق

( أول حروب أمريكا خارج قارتها لتغيير النظام في طرابلس (1) ) بقلم : فرج أبوالعشة

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : تصريح بمناسبة اعلان أمريكا إعادة علاقاتها مع نظام القذافي

Wednesday, 17 May, 2006: Families of the 270 victims of Pan Am flight 103, downed by a bomb in 1988, have attacked America's decision to resume full diplomatic relations with Libya. Many said they were still waiting for all those responsible to be brought to justice and for Libya to complete its obligations under an agreement to compensate the victims' families. "I think, frankly, this decision disgraces America," said Daniel Cohen, whose daughter Theodora, 20, was killed in the Lockerbie bombing, which was blamed on Libya. Mohamed Eljahmi, whose brother, Fathi, is in a Libyan jail because he called for democratic reforms, said Mr Bush's actions contradicted his statements that pushing for democracy was his foreign policy priority. [Herald Sun]
Wednesday, 17 May, 2006: If all go well, then Liberia will surely become a glorious nation in terms of development and investment as Libya has expressed interest in reengaging the country's development. The Libyans are said to be considering revamping previous projects begun in Liberia prior to the fall of doom and reorganizing the Liberia-Libya Holding Corporation. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, returning from a two-day visit to Libya said the Libyans have indicated their interest in rehabilitating the ruined Ducor Palace Hotel and the Rubber Processing Plant in Margibi County along with the Union Glass Factory in Gardnerville. [The Analyst]
Wednesday, 17 May, 2006: Illegal Ghanaian immigrants arrested in Libya have appealed to their government to intervene and free them from what they describe as abuse at the hands of the authorities in Libya. They made several calls to various radio stations, claiming that they are being kept in a prison yard at the outskirts of Tripoli. They said they had been living in appalling conditions, but that Ghana's diplomatic mission has not done anything to help them. [AND]

NYSun: Disgust Among Arab Democrats Greets U.S. Entente With Libya

تعزية إلى آل الفيتوري     تعـزية إلى آل اغنيوه

( مغزى الخطوة الأمريكيّة وأبعادها ) بقلم : مخضرم

( عوَّزْتْ الوطِنْ تَرْبَح ياهُمَام ) بقلم : سالم الحاسي

( عن أي خيانة يتحدثون؟ ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" (10) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( نادي الباروني ) : ملخـّص لأهم أحداث اليوم الثاني في دوري المجاهد سليمان الباروني

Dr. Nasr Anaizi : ALFA Has No Secrets

Tuesday, 16 May, 2006: Sometimes, holding your nose just isn't enough. You have to do the whole "hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil" monkey routine. That's what U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the rest of the Bush administration want us to do about their Libyan decision. Rice would have us believe that Iran and N. Korea will follow Libya's lead in giving up weapons of mass destruction. That's a bad joke because Iran and N. Korea do have WMD or soon will have them. That's real power. Libya had nothing except some stuff it purchased from Pakistan that might some day, somehow, have been used to make nuclear weapons. They traded nothing of value for full exoneration for blowing up Pan Am 103. [USA Today]
Tuesday, 16 May, 2006: The normalization of U.S.-Libya relations is a natural marriage of an American administration desperate for friends and oil in the Middle East and a government that needs to open its economy to the outside world, Arab and exiled Libyan observers said Monday. The announcement was called proof that promotion of democracy is no longer a top priority of the Bush administration, which is grappling to hold Iraq together and has turned attention toward building alliances against a hostile Iran over its nuclear program. [Washington Post]
Tuesday, 16 May, 2006: The United States restored full diplomatic ties with Libya on Monday, rewarding the longtime pariah nation for scrapping its WMD programs and signaling incentives for Iran and North Korea should they do the same. Culminating a years-long rapprochement with the OPEC member, Washington will reopen an embassy and remove Libya from a list of state sponsors of terrorism within 45 days. U.S.-Libya relations turned around after Tripoli decided in December 2003 to give up its weapons program, and the two nations have repeatedly said since then they would work to restore ties as Libya followed through on its pledge. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 16 May, 2006: Comoros and Libya have joined the Free Trade Area (FTA) of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the continent's largest economic group, according to a newsletter released by COMESA Secretariat on Mondayin Zambian capital Lusaka. This was announced by sitting Chairman of COMESA Authority, Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, who was officially opening the 21st COMESA Council of Ministers meeting held in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda on Monday. [Xinhua]

نداء عاجل لأطلاق سراح المواطن محمود محمد ابوشيمه

( خمس قصص قصيرة جداً (2) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( قضية مواطن ووطن ) بقلم : حسين الفيتوري

( دينٌٌ في عنقي للسيّد حسين مازق لم أسدّده ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( ظاهرة الإنقلاب على رفاق الأمس!؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (10)

Monday, 15 May, 2006: The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has named Libya, Angola, Nigeria and a joint bid from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea on its shortlist to host the 2010 Nations Cup. Caf heard a total of eight bids at its headquarters in Egypt on Sunday and eventually rejected those from Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Senegal. Both Libya and Nigeria have hosted the Cup in the past, while it would be a first for Angola, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. [BBC]
Monday, 15 May, 2006: The Libyan government promised to give $US 90 million to the HIV-infected Children Fund. The money has nothing to do with Libya's debt to Bulgaria, Bulgarian Foreign Ministry's spokesman Dimitar Tsanchev said on Darik Radio. Bulgaria has raised EUR 200,000 from charity. In spite of that, Bulgaria will not change its stand that it won't pay financial compensation to the families of the HIV-infected children, Tsanchev added. [FIA]
Monday, 15 May, 2006: Taiwan defended its decision to launch ties with Libya in face of protests from arch-rival China. Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian visited Libya on his way home from a Latin American trip. 'Taiwan can make friends with whomever we want. The international community has no right to tell us with whom who should make friends,' Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Ching-lung told reporters. Chen stopped in Tripoli for six hours Wednesday. [DPA]
Monday, 15 May, 2006: Kim Tong Je was appointed as Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK) ambassador to Libya, according to a decree of the DPRK People's Assembly. [KCNA]
Monday, 15 May, 2006: Venezuelan President Chavez arrived in London after participating in the EU-Latin American summit in Vienna. He is scheduled to visit Libya on Tuesday. [Xinhua]

تعزية إلى آل الزبيدي      تعـازي إلى آل مازق

( نطالب وزير العدل باعادة فتح قضية المواطن الليبي صالح حميدة ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( في رثاء المغفور له المرحوم حسين مازق ) شعر : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

( نادي الباروني ) : افتتاح دوري المجاهد سليمان الباروني لكرة القدم بمدينة مانشستر

( الثوريون ليسوا سواء...!! ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( مواقع "الإنترنت" الليبية في المهجر : ترتيبها..أدائها.. وسقطات بعضها! ) بقلم : جمعة القماطي

( السيرة النبوية (17) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" (9) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( شاهد على الغدر ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

Sunday, 14 May, 2006: Libya has launched legal proceedings against another two Bulgarians as part of the retrial of the medics, charged with causing a HIV epidemic in Benghazi in the late 1990s. The names of Emanuela Koleva and Smilyan Tachev have featured in the indictment of the case ever since 2000, but they have left Libya long ago and are currently in Bulgaria. They both were charged with distillation and use of alcohol in public places. "The two defendants will be sentenced by default, regardless of whether they are found guilty or not," the Libyan lawyer of the defence Osman Bizanti said. He did not rule out the possibility for the court to acquit them. [SNA]
Sunday, 14 May, 2006: A man believed to be a top al Qaeda militant who escaped from a U.S. airbase in Afghanistan urged Muslims in an Internet video to launch attacks in Europe as revenge for cartoons that lampooned the Prophet Mohammad. A Web site often used by militants posted a video from a man identified as Abu Yahya al-Libi in which he called for Muslims to "send rivers of blood" down the streets of Denmark, Norway and France for publishing the cartoons that caused a global furore earlier this year. Al-Libi is believed to be the alias of Libyan Mohammad Hassan who along with three other militants broke out of the Bagram Air Base last year. [Reuters]
Sunday, 14 May, 2006: "Bank of Valletta has had an active presence in Libya since it opened its Representative Office in Tripoli six years ago and many Maltese and European businessmen availed themselves of the knowledge accumulated by our officials on the ground. Concurrently, many Libyan businessmen sought our assistance in sourcing business opportunities in Malta as well as investment advice on their portfolios." This was announced by Charles Borg, Executive Head, CEO's Office at Bank of Valletta in his address during the international conference on the theme, 'Succeeding in Libya - Strategies for New Business Opportunities 2006.' [Di-vi]

( كلمة المُغرّر..! ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( شوق وحنين إلى درنة (3) ) بقلم : آدم ارقـيّـق

( الإعلام الحر.. ذراع من أذرع المستقبل ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( هدرَزَة في السّياسَة والتّاريخ (الجزء الثاني ـ 1 ) ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

Saturday, 13 May, 2006: PAN-African Parliament (PAP) MPs said yesterday that Libya and its supporters were acting as sore losers by plunging PAP into a financial crisis. Sierra Leonean MP Ibrahim Sesay said Libya had wanted to be the host of the PAP but had lost out to South Africa. Libya was now acting as a spoiler, with the support of Algeria and Egypt. [Business Day]
Saturday, 13 May, 2006: Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian signed a memorandum of understanding with Libyan officials to establish mutual commercial representation offices and also secured visa-free entry for Taiwanese tourists during his "official visit" to Tripoli Wednesday. Chen was evasive when reporters asked if he had met with Libyan Leader Qadhafi. [TH]
Saturday, 13 May, 2006: Three French lawyers expect to receive by June the right to defend the Bulgarian medics on trial for allegedly intentional HIV infection in Libya. All three lawyers are from the team of Lawyers Without Frontiers (LWF). The re-trial is a new process, during which new evidence and testimonies will be examined, representatives of LWF said. [Sofia Echo]

( لماذا لا تسعى المعارضة إلى الحوار مع النظام... ) بقلم : عاشور نصر الورفلي

( جرائم حاكم طرابلس لا تسقط بالتـقادم...!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( لعبة البحث عن الحقيقة ) بقلم : سالم محمد

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (9)

NRO:  Libya, Yearning To Be Free:  Fathi el-Jahmi, In His Own Words

Friday, 12 May, 2006: China on Thursday demanded Libya cease all its official ties with Taiwan, in a bid to maintain the overall China-Libya relations. "We are strongly dissatisfied with Libya and have lodged solemn representations to Libya," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao told the regular briefing. Despite China's persuasion and strong opposition, Libya allowed Taiwan leader Chen Shui-bian to make a transit stop in Tripoli, Wednesday. The Libyan government also held talks with Chen on mutually establishing representative offices. [Xinhua]
Friday, 12 May, 2006: As the retrial of six foreign medics begins in Libya, the presiding judge rejected a bail request by the defence lawyers. The defendants, five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor, are accused of deliberately infecting 400 children with HIV. There was a brief hearing, the session was adjourned for procedural reasons, and will reconvene on 13 June, 2006. The defendant's guilty verdict was overturned in Dec. 2005 by Libya's supreme court. [MNT]
Friday, 12 May, 2006: Pakistan's Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz is due to visit Greece, Libya and Morocco next week to boost ties, the foreign ministry said Thursday. Aziz will be accompanied by members of his cabinet, senior officials and businessmen during his visit to three countries from 14 to 19 May. From 17 to 19 May Aziz will visit Libya and Morocco. [Pakistan Times]
Friday, 12 May, 2006: The Libyan government has had a meeting to follow-up decisions for the maintenance of the coastal road and its flyovers and bridges, as well as all other national road networks, airport runways and air terminals. Prime Minister Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi, and several high-ranking transport sector officials met to discuss the development of a 2-lane coastal highway between Tunisia and Egypt. A public tender would be launched shortly so that 2000km of road could be developed in Libya. [Business In Africa]
Friday, 12 May, 2006: Libya is set to grant financial aid and provide technical and budgetary assistance to Sao Tome and Principe, following a visit by the archipelago's president to Tripoli last week, according to local press reports. Daily newspaper Jornal de São Tomé reported that Foreign, Cooperation and Community Minister Carlos Gustavo dos Anjos, last week received a commitment from the Lybian authorities that financial aid would be provided and that in the next few days a specialized team would arrive on the archipelago. [Macauhub]

( مضروب عليه الطبل..؟! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" (8) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( هـموم.. وإهـتمامات! (2) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( سحب السفير ) شعر : بن شويخة

( من أسرار مؤتمر واشنطن ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Thursday, 11 May, 2006: Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian made a surprise visit to Libya on Wednesday to launch trade ties with the north African nation despite the fact that Tripoli has diplomatic ties with Beijing. Chen stopped at Tripoli on his way home from a visit to Paraguay and Costa Rica, two of the 25 mostly-small nations which recognize Taiwan. According to Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA), Chen was greeted at Tripoli airport by Saif al-Islam, son of Lybian leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and head of the Qadhafi Foundation. Taiwan and Libya had diplomatic ties from 1959 until 1978 when Libya swtiched allegiance to China. Taipei opened a trade office in Libya in 1980, but shut it in 1997 under pressure from China. [DPA]
Thursday, 11 May, 2006: Lawyers for five Bulgarian nurses accused of infecting Libyan children with HIV will seek their release on bail at a new trial opening on Thursday after their previous death sentences were overturned, Trud daily reported. The nurses had been sentenced to death along with a Palestinian doctor until last year, when Libya's supreme court overturned the verdicts and sent the case back to a lower court. Osman Bizanti (photo), a Libyan lawyer on the nurses' defence team said he would immediately ask for the nurses' release on bail at the opening of the retrial. [Reuters]
Thursday, 11 May, 2006: A procedure obstacle might postpone the first session of the re-trial against the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor in Libya scheduled for May 11 in Tripoli. The Libyan lawyer of the medics Osman Bizanti explained that the lack of agreement between the Palestinian doctor and his defence to keep on representing him in the re-trial might postpone the session until the doctor finds a new lawyer. The re-trial of the case is to begin May 11 after last Christmas Libya's Supreme Cassation Court returned the case for re-trial. [SNA]

تعزية إلى آل الضرّاط

( عندما تصبح الحزبية اجهاضاً للعقلانية ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Wednesday, 10 May, 2006: A British farmer who sold execution equipment to countries such as Zimbabwe and Libya has been accused of "making a mockery" of UK efforts to oppose the death penalty abroad. David Lucas, who makes a modest income selling animal bedding, outhouses and garden sheds from his Suffolk farm, said he has been profiting from a sideline in exporting platform gallows. Amnesty International's UK director Kate Allen said yesterday there were "gaping loopholes" in the regulations concerning execution equipment, adding: "It makes a mockery of UK efforts to oppose the death penalty around the world if right under its nose a British company is sending hanging equipment abroad". [The Independent]
Wednesday, 10 May, 2006: Immigration authorities in Nigeria arrested a couple in a northern border town as they attempted to smuggle out 12 children to southern Europe. Hassan Kangiwa, the controller of immigration in Katsina, told reporters that Felix Omorka, 45, and his wife were arrested on Monday close to the border with Niger, in company of the 12 children, including five girls, aged between 11 and 14. Omorka claimed to be an auto mechanic based in Libya. [IOL]
Wednesday, 10 May, 2006: Somali President Abdallah Yusuf arrived in Tripoli Monday evening on a visit to Libya, which would feature talks with Libyan leader Qadhafi on preparations for the July African Union (AU) summit in Banjul, the Gambia, official sources said. [Angop]
Wednesday, 10 May, 2006: The Pak Libya Holding Company (PLHC) and New Jubilee Life (NJI) Insurance today signed a memorandum of understanding for a new collaboration for the first time in Pakistan, a new concept that will provide consumer financing for the policy holders. Shamim Zaman Head Consumer Banking Division PLHC and Javaid Ahmed Managing Director of NJI signed the Memorandom Of Understanding (MOU) Monday. [Pakistan Times]

( ... في مَنْ هو العربي؟! ) بقلم : فرج أبوالعشة

( المياه في ليبيا ) بقلم : مصطفى محمد البركي

( طاعون تثوير المناهج وعسكرة الوطن!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( هـموم.. وإهـتمامات! (1) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( السناتور بايدن يجدد المطالبة باطلاق سراح فتحى الجهمى ) ترجمة : فدوى بويصير

U.S. Senator Biden Renews Call For Release Of Libyan Political Prisoner

د. محمد بالروين : ( استبيان حول مؤسسى الدولة الدستورية.. ـ الجزء الأول )

د. محمد بالروين : ( استبيان حول مؤسسى الدولة الدستورية.. ـ الجزء الثاني )

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" (7) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( نادي الباروني ) : تقرير عن مباراة فريق نادي الباروني ضد فريق الجالية العراقية

Tuesday, 9 May, 2006: U.S. Senator Joseph Biden (D-Delaware), the Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today renewed his call upon the Libyan government to release political prisoner Fathi el-Jahmi (photo), following a report by Human Rights Watch that Mr. El-Jahmi may face the death penalty for slander against Libyan leader Qadhafi and having communications with a foreign diplomat. A longtime human rights advocate suffering from diabetes, hypertension and coronary artery disease, el-Jahmi spoke out for democracy and free speech at the National Assembly in Tripoli, Oct. 2002. For that act, he was given a five-year prison sentence. [Biden.Senate.Gov]
Tuesday, 9 May, 2006: More than 1.4 million students from various primary and secondary schools are sitting the end-of-year exams throughout Libya for the 2005/2006 academic year, sources close to the general education department said on Monday. 1065684 pupils (primary and secondary) and 344552 students from specialised secondary schools are sitting the tests that started at the weekend and will last 10 days. Adequate measures were taken to allowing the students take their exams under conducive conditions, while strict guidelines were instituted to prevent cheating or any incident that could mar credibility of the tests, the sources said. [PANA]
Tuesday, 9 May, 2006: Libya, Africa's second-largest oil producer, said it plans to set up a stock market to help Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's government sell state-owned companies and lure investors. The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi (photo) yesterday, the government said on its Web site today without giving a date for the market's start. Libya last year sold 60 percent of Arabian Cement Co. for $273 million. It also raised $167 million from the IPO of General National Co. for Flour Mills and Fodder, a wheat milling company. The shares are traded in a department of the economy ministry, set up as a basis for the planned stock exchange. [Bloomberg]
Tuesday, 9 May, 2006: A 30-year-old Libyan man was sentenced two years and four months in jail and fined LM2,000 after he pleaded guilty of importing cannabis resin in Malta. Ismail Khamis Rojbani from Tripoli admitted to the Police that he had come from Libya to buy sweets. When he was asked why he had fled when he was stopped at the customs, he said that he had run out of fear since he was drunk. At first, the accused did not admit that the drugs were his and he said that he had come to Malta for one day to buy sweets and babies' milk. [MaltaMedia]
Tuesday, 9 May, 2006: Libya announced today that it would resume effort to normalize bilateral relations between Chad and Sudan. A Libyan official said a tripartite summit will be held soon. Chad broke off relations with Sudan on 14 April, a day after an attack on N’Djamena by rebel forces seeking to topple President Deby, who says they are actively supported by Sudan's President al-Bashir. Libyan Minister for African Affairs Ali al-Triki told SMC that Sudanese, Chadian and Libyan foreign ministers will be meeting in Tripoli before the end of this month. [ST]
Tuesday, 9 May, 2006: U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar told St. Joseph's College graduates that despite often gloomy daily headlines, they should be optimistic about the future ... The Indiana Republican cited Libyan leader Qadhafi's move to normalize relations with the U.S. last year, nearly 20 years after President Reagan ordered the bombing of Libya. "Libya had accepted responsibility for terrorist acts, agreed to give up its weapons of mass destruction program, and generally embraced international norms," Lugar said. Lugar said in 1986, when most of the graduates were still small children, he could have never predicted the positive outcome. "I would have never conceived that 20 years later I would be in Libya amicably talking with an amber-robed Col. Qadhafi," Lugar said. "We are never far from transformational events." [AP]

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لكي لا ننسى : ذكرى أحداث مايو 1984 Remembering May

في ذكرى أحداث مايو 1984 : لقاء "إذاعة الأنقاذ" مع الشهيد مجدي الشويهدي

( مجلة "المرأة" ـ فبراير 1965م ) : لقاء مع الأديبة زعيمة الباروني

( السيرة النبوية (16) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (8)

Monday, 8 May, 2006: While Internet uptake is growing strongly, market penetration [in Africa] is still very low due to the lack of reliable phone lines. By early 2006, overall Internet penetration in Africa was around 4%, with the highest penetration recorded in Réunion and the Seychelles (over 20%), followed by Mauritius (15%) and Morocco (12%) [Libya (3.3%)]. This compares with over 50% penetration in developed countries. Still, the high cost of accessing the Internet in Africa is a serious constraint on economic growth. In more than half the countries in Africa, one year of Internet access costs more than the average annual income. Only in Egypt, Libya and Mauritius is the annual cost less than 10% of the average income. [PRWeb]
Monday, 8 May, 2006: I think that the publication in the newspaper Libya Today won't make a revolution in the trial against the Bulgarian nurses, Associate Professor Vladimir Chukov, expert in Arab Studies, told Focus News Agency (FIA). He commented on an article in the Libya Today, which claims that documents in the AIDS scandal in Libya reveal blunders in the investigation. "The publication shows facts, which we have already learnt", Chukov stated. He explained that the details presented in the article had already been reported by Bulgarian media. [FIA]
Monday, 8 May, 2006: The trial against the Bulgarian nurses in Libya will most probably be postponed again, Kiryak Tsonev, an expert in Arab Studies, told FOCUS News Agency. Commenting on an article in the newspaper Libya Today, which claims that documents in the AIDS scandal in Libya reveal blunders in the investigation, Tsonev stated that the sources of the information were circles very closely linked to the trial. According to him, the publication is a psychological preparation for a more positive development in the AIDS trial. [FIA]
Monday, 8 May, 2006: India's ONGC-Videsh's oil (OVL) hunt in Libya seems to have hit a rough patch. The first two wells have turned out to be dry, and the company’s plans to spud the third has run into a red tape. Sources said OVL was waiting for a year to get the government's approval. Managing director R.S. Butola said the company was ready to drill the third well, but there has been no word from the government. OVL had high hopes of discovering oil from Libya, which is rich in hydro-carbons, but things have turned out quite the opposite. [The Telegraph]
Monday, 8 May, 2006: Malta's Rural Affairs Minister George Pullicino has urged the Libyan government to agree to allow Maltese fishermen to use Libya's recently announced conservation zone. During a meeting in Libya with his counterpart Abu-Bakr Mabrouk al-Mansouri, Pullicino explained that the conservation zone established by Libya was one traditionally used by Maltese fishermen. He said Maltese fishermen used small fishing boats and traditional methods of fishing so they did not pose a danger to the sustainability of the zone. [The Times]
Monday, 8 May, 2006: Malta is deeply concerned at the planned exclusion of the Horn of Africa countries from the EU-African conference (being held in Rabat, Morocco, from July 10-11) on illegal immigration, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Michael Frendo, stated on Friday. "Under present plans, the Rabat conference will focus on immigration from West Africa, while a second conference - to be held in Libya - will deal with flows from the Horn of Africa. [The Sunday Times]

تعازي إلى آل الرابطي

Sunday, 7 May, 2006: Libya is expecting over 10 million tourists in 2015. This follows many years that Libya has spent in international isolation. "Libya plans to receive more than 10 million tourists in 2015, said Libyan minister of tourism Ammar Letaief at a conference in Tunisia. [AND]

( روايـات ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( ذكريـات ) شعر : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

( بقايا الجبهة.. حوارات ولقاءات ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( دافيد وجوليات "داوود وجالوت" ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( اطلقوا على اللجان الثورية.. رصاصة ما ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( اندثرت دولة طالبان... فهل اندثرت أصوليتها؟! ) بقلم : فرج أبوالعشة

في ذكرى رحيل الفنان رجب البكـّوش

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" (6) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( ليبيا اليوم ) بقلم : الزواري

( الدوّامة (2) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( بلغاريا تستغفر العقيد ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Saturday, 6 May, 2006: Two men from Britain lost their legal bid to force the government to push for their release from the US detention facility for security suspects at Guantanamo Bay. Lawyers for Jamil el-Banna and Omar Deghayes [Libyan national] (photo) had tried to persuade judges at London's High Court to declare that the government's decision not to intervene on their behalf was "legally unsustainable". The British government has consistently maintained that although the men lived in Britain, they are not British citizens and therefore have no legal right to assistance. [AFP]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: Libya's most prominent political prisoner, Fathi al-Jahmi (photo), faces a possible death sentence for slandering Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and talking with a foreign official, who may be a US diplomat, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. HRW visited al-Jahmi in May 2005 in a special detention facility in Tripoli. He said then that he faced charges on three counts under Articles 166 and 167 of the Penal Code: trying to overthrow the government; insulting al-Qadhafi; and contacting foreign authorities. The third charge, he said, is due to conversations he had with a US diplomat in Tripoli. Article 166 imposes the death penalty on anyone who talks to or conspires with a foreign official to provoke or contribute to an attack against Libya. [Khaleej Times]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: An appeal launched by the Lockerbie bomber against the length of his sentence is due to be heard this summer. Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's legal bid against his 27-year minimum prison sentence will be considered by a panel of five judges on 11 and 12 July, the Scottish Executive said. At the same time, a counter-appeal by the Crown Office arguing that the sentence was unduly lenient will also be heard. Tony Kelly, Megrahi's solicitor, questioned the fixing of the hearing. "I find it illogical, when we are still waiting to hear whether there is to be an appeal against conviction," he said. Megrahi (photo) was convicted in 2001 of bombing Pan Am flight 103 and killing 270 people. A fellow Libyan, Al-Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was acquitted. [The Scotsman]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: Bulgaria's Ambassador in Libya was scolded Wednesday evening in Tripoli over the Qadhafi-mocking cartoons that were published in a Bulgarian daily on May 3. Libya finds that the caricatures slander the dignity of Qadhafi, they discredit the country's justice system and offend the Libyan people. Such insults to the head of state are inadmissible, and both Libyan officials and the people cannot tolerate them, Zdravko Velev was told. [SNA]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: Malta's Minister for Rural Affairs and the Environment George Pullicino headed a Maltese delegation in Libya for talks with a number of Libyan government officials including the Libyan Minister for Rural Affairs Dr Abu-Bakr al-Mansouri, as part of a series of meetings planned to intensify relations between the two countries. The agricultural and fisheries sectors together with the environment topped the agenda of the meetings held. [Di-vi]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: A new study claims that oppressive regimes around the world are increasingly looking to censor freedom of speech online, often with the help of technology firms. According to the Reporters Without Frontiers Annual Report, which highlights the ways in which governments threaten the freedom of the press, censorship of the web is growing on every continent. The report, which was released on Wednesday to coincide with World Press Freedom Day, claims that traditional "predators of press freedom" such as Belarus, Burma, Cuba, Iran, Libya, the Maldives, Nepal, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam, all censor content on the internet now. [ENN]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: The U.S. is considering aiding Libya with the destruction of its chemical weapons stockpile, but Department of Defense officials are expressing reservations about spending the department’s limited threat reduction funds on a potentially expensive project. James Tegnelia, director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), told reporters that, based on initial estimates, U.S. assistance for destroying the weapons could cost more than $100 million. By comparison, the U.S. expects to give Albania about $20 million in assistance to destroy its 16 metric tons of chemical agent ... "In the end, meeting the Chemical Weapons Convention responsibility is the Libyan government's responsibility," Tegnelia added. [Arms Control]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: [In South Africa,] temperatures are rising within the tripartite alliance and the government over allegations that African National Congress deputy president Jacob Zuma received a multimillion-rand donation from Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi during his recent trip to Libya. Two sources in the ANC-led alliance claimed this week to have knowledge that money was donated to help Zuma, whose defence in his rape and corruption trials has become prohibitively expensive. His undeclared presidential campaign may also have added to the financial strain on him and his supporters. [Mail & Guardian]
Saturday, 6 May, 2006: With a new production about Libya's colourful leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, the English National Opera boldly goes where no opera house has gone before. "Qadhafi", which opens in September, will feature Asian beats and rap in place of arias and romance, and the title role will be performed by a 39-year-old Irish-Indian nightclub MC called JC-001. The opera tackles some of Libya's most controversial moments on the world stage, including U.S. attacks on the country in 1986, the Lockerbie disaster of 1988 and the shooting of police officer Yvonne Fletcher outside Libya's London embassy in 1984. [Reuters]

تعازي إلى آل القنيّن وآل الحدّاد

( كثير من العار وقليل من الإعتبار ) بقلم : فرج الفاخري

Friday, 5 May, 2006: Libya's Envoy to Sofia Tahir Benshaban said that Libya understood the situation with the Qadhafi-mocking cartoons in a Bulgarian newspaper. Benshaban met with Bulgaria's Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev after the embassy sent a letter of protest against the cartoons on Wednesday. President Parvanov expressed his belief that this isolated act would not repeat as it wasn't supported by the Bulgarian institutions and community. [SNA]
Friday, 5 May, 2006: Sao Tome and Principe's President Fradique de Menezes is on a visit to Libya in search of financial aid to cover the archipelago's debts to Nigeria and Angola. [Xinhua]

Novinar's Cartoons Of Qadhafi كاريكاتير الصحيفة البلغارية عن القذافي

( رفع الغطاء عن الوعاء!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( تحية لسموّ الشيخة موزة ) بقلم : فرج أبوالعشة

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( قضية أطفال بنغازي قضية وطنية.. ) بقلم : عاشور نصر الورفلي

( الفجر ) : خطوط عريضة في منهج "الجماعة الأسلامية المقاتلة" (الأخيرة)

( وثيقة : الجمعية الوطنية تبايع السيد ادريس السنوسي ملكاً لليبيا ) إعداد : بن جواد

( ادهـب ) بقلم : الزواري

( أطالب بإطلاق سراح البلغاريات فوراً!؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( تعليق على مقال "خيانة الإسلام" لفرج بولعشة ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" (5) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

Thursday, 4 May, 2006: According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Libyan dictator Qadhafi may sentence Libya's most prominent dissident, Fathi al-Jahmi (photo) to death. His crime? "Slandering Qadafi." Officials and professors at Columbia University, who were recently "honored" to have Qadhafi address a conference and gives his deep thoughts on "Democracy..." must be so proud of themselves. "The Libyan government is taking great pains to introduce a democratic face to the world," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director of HRW. "But it appears willing to execute people for criticizing its leader or talking with a foreign official, which shows how far it has to go." President Bush, who has spoken up for al-Jahmi in the past, needs to do so again - forcefully. [NRO]
Thursday, 4 May, 2006: Libya protested to Bulgaria over a newspaper's cartoons (photo) of Libyan leader Qadhafi a week before five Bulgarian nurses face a new trial on charges of deliberately infecting 426 Libyan children with HIV. One of the cartoons in the daily newspaper Novinar depicted Qadhafi with a devil's trident standing round a cauldron where five medical caps were floating. "The (Libyan) embassy is expressing its deep indignation and disappointment at the published humiliating and insulting cartoons," Bulgarian radio quoted an embassy statement as saying. Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry said freedom of speech was not only a right but also a responsibility that should not be used to incite ethnic intolerance and hurt the dignity of others. [Reuters]
Thursday, 4 May, 2006: Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov invited Libyan Ambassador to Sofia Tahir Benshaban over the controversial cartoon published in a Bulgarian newspaper on Wednesday. Parvanov has expressed his surprise and concern over the publication of the cartoons and expressed his belief that this would not repeat as it was an isolated act that was not supported by the Bulgarian institutions and community. Cartoons mocking Libyan leader Qadhafi and the justice system were published by a Bulgarian daily Wednesday. [SNA]

Libya And Its Golden Goose!   By: Ghoma

( الدوّامة (1) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Wednesday, 3 May, 2006: Amnesty International (AI) continues to call for the immediate release of prisoner of conscience Fathi el-Jahmi (photo), detained without trial since March 2004 after criticizing Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and calling for political reform. Some 130 political prisoners, including prisoners of conscience, were released in March. Those released include at least 85 members of the Libyan Islamic Group, many of whom had been held since June 1998. Also released was Abdurrazig al-Mansouri, a writer and journalist who was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment in October 2005 after he published articles about human rights in Libya on the Akhbar Libya website. [AI/The Wire]
Wednesday, 3 May, 2006: North Korea practices more media censorship that any other country in the world, according to a new report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The New York-based CPJ gathers annual statistics on the number of journalists killed, threatened or harassed as a way to monitor global press freedom. Additional countries on CPJ's list are Burma, Turkmenistan, E. Guinea, Libya, Eritrea, Cuba, Uzbekistan, Syria and Belarus. [USInfo]
Wednesday, 3 May, 2006: The African Union (AU) has extended the deadline to reach a peace agreement for Darfur by 48 hours, the chief AU mediator said late Tuesday. The extension to the talks that have dragged on for two years comes a day after the U.S., Canada, Britain and Libya sent top envoys to press the Sudanese government and rebels to a compromise. [CP]

( تبرة ) : حول إنقطاع موقع "أخبار ليبيا"

Tuesday, 2 May, 2006: The US is by far the largest donor to Darfur relief efforts. The World Food Program (WFP), the UN agency leading int'l humanitarian efforts in Darfur, says the US is providing it with $188 million for its 2006 Sudan emergency operations, well ahead of Libya at $4.5 million, the next largest country donor. Since the onset of the Darfur crisis in 2003, the US has provided $1.9 billion in humanitarian and development assistance to Sudan. [CSMonitor]

( عزومة على جيفة ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( لتكن ليبيا درساً لكم أيها الإيرانيون ) بقلم : عاشور نصر الورفلي

( تشكيل حكومة فى المنفى ) بقلم : جلال أحمد الوحيشي

( لرُبـّمـا... ) شعر : ياسين أبوسيف ياسين

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (7)

( صراع الأنفس : مطالعة في رواية "يزعم بيريرا" (4) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( السيرة النبوية (15) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

( موسم الحجّ إلى الجماهيرية ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( العصفور والسنبلة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

Monday, 1 May, 2006: Libyan leader Qadhafi held talks with Palestinian Foreign Minister Mahmoud al-Zahar, who is touring Arab states to raise funds for his cash-strapped Hamas-led government, state news agency Jana reported. "The Palestinian minister briefed (Qadhafi) about the developments of the Palestinian situation," Jana said late on Saturday. [Reuters]
Monday, 1 May, 2006: Libya's Secretary of Electricity has held talks in Tripoli with a Japanese economic delegation headed by the deputy chairman of the Japanese-African parliamentary committee. In another meeting, the Secretary of the National Oil Company discussed with the Japanese delegation ways to strengthen and develop bilateral cooperation in the spheres of oil, exploration and development of refineries, oilfields and petrochemical factories. [AND]
Monday, 1 May, 2006: Libyan officials and a delegation from a UN environment body have held talks in Tripoli on cooperation in marine environment protection, media reports said Friday. The Secretary of the People`s Committee of the Libyan general environment Board, Dr Abdelhakim Al-Waer and the delegation of the regional centre for protected areas in the Mediterranean, a body under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), met on Thursday. [Angop]
Monday, 1 May, 2006: Bulgaria's President advised for "moderate optimism" about the lingering issue of the five jailed nurses in Libya. "We cannot expect for this problem to be resolved automatically," Georgi Parvanov was cited as saying Sunday. The five Bulgarians, sentenced to death for deliberately causing a HIV outbreak, are now awaiting a retrial to start in Tripoli. Visiting the town of Sliven, Parvanov said he believed that all would end well for the nurses. Still, some complications are possible before the trial is finally over, he believes. [SNA]
Monday, 1 May, 2006: A senior Pakistani scientist who helped spread technology on nuclear weapons secrets to Iran, Libya and N. Korea has been released after two years in jail. Mohammed Farooq was working at Pakistan's top nuclear weapons facility in late 2003 when it was revealed that the director, A.Q. Khan, had sold nuclear secrets to the countries. Farooq, who was director general at the plant, was detained along with 10 other scientific staff. [CBC]

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