News and Views [ April 2007 أبريل ]

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( ماذا يمكن أن يـُقال في قذاف الهراء؟!!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( وطن ضحكت من صمته الأوطان!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( مدوّنات دوت كوم ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

Monday, 30 April, 2007: A Libyan court gave lawyers an extra week on Sunday to prepare their defence for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, already convicted of infecting Libyan children with HIV and now accused of defaming police. The six were condemned to death last year for exposing hundreds of children to the virus that causes AIDS, in a case based largely on testimony they say they gave under torture. The torture allegation gave rise to the current trial in which three police officers and a doctor accuse the medics of defamation. [Reuters]

مالوف : دمعي جرى

خواطر إمرأة من زمن الحب : ممنوع الإقـتراب

( ويبقى الهـاجـس الأمني.. ) بقلم : أسعـد العـقيلي


Sunday, 29 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi cautioned the West on Saturday over involvement in the standoff in Sudan's western Darfur region and restated his opposition to international peacekeepers. Qadhafi made the remarks as he welcomed international envoys to Libya for talks on Darfur. "My advice to the world, after this conference and finding solutions to the issue, is to ignore the disputing parties if they don't respond to these solutions," Qadhafi told the envoys from the UN, AU, US and a string of Western and African countries. [Reuters]
Sunday, 29 April, 2007: "I’m not optimistic about the trial in Libya", Bulgharian Minister of Justice Georgi Petkanov said while on a visit in Smolyan, as quoted by Radio FOCUS-Smolyan. "The medics won’t be executed – I am sure about this, but when it comes to the verdict, I believe this will have an unfavourable outcome. The nurses are absolutely innocent in my opinion as a jurists, but the Libyan court is reluctant to take into consideration whatever legal proofs compromising the allegations that the medics have been charged with," Petkanov said. [FIA]
Sunday, 29 April, 2007: Libya is looking for a solution to the trial of the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for HIV infection, Algerian law expert Saad Djebbar said. An end to the trial could be expected any minute, he said. Europe and the int'l community should undertake a positive step to trigger Libya’s reaction. The setting up of a modern medical centre aiding the AIDS victim in Libya could help, Djebbar said as quoted by Bulgarian news agency BTA. The nurses could expect a prison sentence or another smaller verdict in place of the death sentences. [Sofia Echo]
Sunday, 29 April, 2007: A purported al-Qaida commander has accused Shiite Muslims of fighting alongside American forces in Iraq and claimed that mujahedeen would crush foreign troops in Afghanistan. A video issued Friday by al-Qaida's media wing, al-Sahab, shows an interview with a bearded man with a white turban identified as Abu Laith al-Libi and describes him as an al-Qaida leader in Khorasan, or Afghanistan. Pakistani counterterrorism officials say al-Libi is Libyan and has served as an al-Qaida spokesman and commander in eastern Afghanistan. [AP]
Sunday, 29 April, 2007: The decision by the British Special Immigration Appeals Commission to block the deportation of two Libyan terror suspects shows that a deeply complacent judiciary still does not appreciate the gravity of the threat to Britain from Islamic extremists. Neither are judges ready to accept that they should play a pro-active part in protecting the innocent, law-abiding British public. Instead, many remain fixated with the "human rights" of suspects. [Daily Express]

( دولة المؤسسات.. (3) ) بقلم : المهاجر

( أعداء النبي وأحفاد هولاكو ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الدور المحورى للمملكة العربية السعودية ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

تعزية إلى آل المشيطي

BBC: Profile Of Libya Terror Suspects  

( رسالة إلى صديقي المسلم (7) ) بقلم : أمارير

( بلاد الوافدين ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( إكتمال الشرع وانتكاس العقل!! ) بقلم : د. الفيتوري

( مشروع سيف الإسلام.. تبديل أم تأجيل!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Saturday, 28 April, 2007: Two Libyan terror suspects have won an appeal against deportation from the UK in a major defeat for the government. The men, known only as DD and AS, argued they could be jailed and tortured if sent home. But in the first test of the case, the Special Immigration Appeals Commission said the men could not be sent back. The government said it was "very disappointed" and would immediately appeal the ruling. Under int'l human rights law, the UK does not deport people to regimes where they may face persecution or torture. [SN]
Saturday, 28 April, 2007: The US has paid back the compensations, which Libya gave for Lockerbie assault, Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi said in a speech two weeks ago. "We have paid off the compensations to the victims' families but the US oil companies, which wanted to enter our country had to pay such fees that they brought this money back to Libya. So, what we gave with the right hand was later taken with the left," Qadhafi explained. "Our country keeps peaceful relations with the US because their attitude toward Libya is the same. We would be utter fools to bump our heads against the wall as only the mad suicides do it," the leader added. [SNA]
Saturday, 28 April, 2007: Yemen's new prime minister says Sanaa will not negotiate with Shiite rebels battling government forces in the northwest of the country, accusing Libya, and "possibly" Iran, of backing the insurgents. "There can only be a military solution. Absolutely," Ali Mujawar said in his first interview with foreign media since he was named to head the government by Yemeni President Ali Saleh on March 31. The French-educated Mujawar is considered a technocrat and had been serving as electricity minister since February 2006. [MEOL]

( هـابا يا لو ريت امراضي! ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( تهديدات القذافي.. إلى أين؟؟ ) بقلم : المحامي الشارف الغرياني

( إنتبهوا... الكلاب قادمة ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( خمسة حكاوي (3) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( عزمي بشارة: المعـركة هنا! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Friday, 27 April, 2007: Key players in the crisis over western Sudan's Darfur region will meet in Libya this weekend as US patience with Sudan runs low and the threat of int'l sanctions hangs over the Khartoum government. The U.S. and Britain are demanding that Sudan accept a strong UN peacekeeping force in Darfur. The talks planned for Saturday and Sunday are the latest in a series hosted by Libya, whose leader Qadhafi styles himself as an African nationalist and believes the continent should solve its own problems without being reliant on the West. [Reuters]
Friday, 27 April, 2007: Five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with HIV may be released by the end of June, a European Union diplomat said on Thursday. German ambassador to Bulgaria, Michael Geier, told Bulgarian daily Sega that talks between the European Commission and Tripoli were likely to ensure the release of the nurses, who have been detained in Libya since 1999. “From the latest information we have in Germany, as a result of activities between the European Commission and Libya we understand that already during the German presidency the Bulgarian medics can go back home,” Geier said. [Reuters]
Friday, 27 April, 2007: Yara International has signed a Heads of Agreement with the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya with the intention to establish a joint venture for production and marketing of mineral fertilizer. The planned joint venture will be owned 50% by each partner and will comprise the ammonia and urea plants located in Marsa el Brega in Libya, presently owned by NOC. The intention is to establish the new company by the end of 2007. The existing operations currently produce approximately 700,000 tonnes of ammonia per year, of which approximately 150,000 tonnes are available for sale, and 900,000 tonnes of urea. [Chemie]
Friday, 27 April, 2007: French presidential candidates Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal pledged on Thursday to push hard for the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death over a Libyan HIV epidemic. Socialist Royal and right-winger Sarkozy have said they will broadly follow outgoing President Chirac's foreign policy, but they used separate meetings with the prisoners' relatives to say they would do more on human rights. A Libyan court sentenced the six to death in December for infecting 426 children with HIV in a highly politicised trial that has hampered Libyan attempts to end decades of diplomatic isolation. [Reuters]

( الأتحاد الليبي ) : انتهاكات منهجية لحقوق الإنسان فى ليبيا

( الهزيمة (4) ـ الأخيرة ) بقلم : فرج الفاخري

( مناوشات نظرية : في مشكل الفضاء ـ الزمن ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( هـل عند الجبان إنسانية؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Thursday, 26 April, 2007: Libya will announce a date for a new round of bidding for hydro-carbons exploration licences before July 1. Libya will concentrate on areas likely to yield gas, National Oil Corp. chairman, Shokri Ghanem, said. We are working at deciding on these blocks and the conditions for that round," he told reporters. "We will announce a date for the fourth round before July 1," he added. The previous rounds focused more on oil exploration. [AOL]
Thursday, 26 April, 2007: The European Parliament is to decide whether to make an amendment in its human rights report for 2006 concerning the case of the Bulgarian nurses on a death row in Libya. The amendment, which was proposed by the Bulgarian MEP Antonya Parvanova, provides re-examining of the institution's policy to Libya as far as the five medics' release is concerned. The amendment has already been approved by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the EP. [SNA]
Thursday, 26 April, 2007: Malta based Corinthia Group revealed the construction of a large exclusive residential complex which is well underway on a one kilometer coastline just outside the city of Tripoli, Libya. Spread over 140,000 square meters, Palm City will offer 408 residential units supported by extensive leisure and recreational facilities. Civil and foundation works are now complete, and more than half the value of the entire works has been awarded. [TravelNews]

( قصتـنا مذ عـشر قرون ) بقلم : أماريـر

Wednesday, 25 April, 2007: Tanzania's national soccer team, Taifa Stars, will play a friendly match against Libya in Dar es Salaam on May 27 before taking on Senegal in the second leg of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers on June 2, it has been learnt. [Daily News]

( "سلـّملي" على المناضل المستـقـل ) بقلم : عزالدين اللواج

( الهزيمة (3) ) بقلم : فرج الفاخري

Tuesday, 24 April, 2007: Libya's Al-Ittihad has qualified for the next round of the African Champions League after beating visiting Etoile of Congo 2-0, in their return leg tie. [PANA]
Tuesday, 24 April, 2007: Italy can return to Libya an ancient statue of Venus taken to Rome during Italian colonial rule in 1912, after a court ruled on Monday it was not part of Italy's cultural heritage. The headless "Venus of Cyrene" was carried away from the town of Cyrene -- an ancient Greek colony -- by Italian troops and put on display in Rome. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 24 April, 2007: Libya's National Oil Corp. (NOC) has announced that Spain's Repsol YPF has made two oil discoveries at Murzuk Basin Block 200, 75 km west of the 200,000 b/d El Sharara field which is operated by Repsol with partners NOC, Total and Austria's OMV. [EIG]
Tuesday, 24 April, 2007: The second in the series of exhibitions for Libya's infrastructure and energy sectors is set to take place from 10 to 13 December 2007 following a highly successful inaugural event in 2006. Projex Libya 2007 will be held at the Tripoli Int'l Fairground. Projex Libya will comprise two exhibitions providing the int'l export community with access to Libya's priority market sectors, Infrastructure Libya and Energy Libya. [Business Wire]

( الهادي شلوف.. العاقله فينا!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

تعزية إلى آل غـيث

( دولة المؤسسات.. (2) ) بقلم : المهاجر

( كلمات صديقة ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الأنسان ) : إعـدام 9 مواطنين انتهاك للحق فى الحياة

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (10)

( الحـلم اللـيـبي ) بقلم : محمد الصيد

( الهزيمة (2) ) بقلم : فرج الفاخري

Monday, 23 April, 2007: A fourth Libyan plaintiff joined a defamation trial on Sunday against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been condemned to death for infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. The criminal defamation trial follows a Libyan court's December death penalty ruling for the six, which was based largely on testimony the nurses said they gave under torture. The case has drawn sharp criticism from Bulgaria and its allies, the U.S. and the European Union, who say the medical workers are innocent. On Sunday, police officer Harb Amer joined police colleagues Juma Mishri and Osama Awedan and doctor Abdulmajid Alshoul in saying they were falsely accused by the six of torture, lawyers said. [Reuters]

تعازي إلى آل ادريس علي

( مجموعة العمل ) : الحملة الدولية لمساندة الحقوق الأمازيغية.. ـ نص العريضة

( فلسفة تطوّر العـقـل وتدرّج الشرع ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( متشرّد في بطن أمه ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( المواطن الليبي من الفردوس إلى جهنم…؟! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Sunday, 22 April, 2007: Large foreign firms working in Libya's oil industry have had to change their names to new ones reflecting the country's history and geography, the National Oil Corporation said on Saturday. France's Total has become "Mabruk Oil". Repsol of Spain becomes "Akakoss Petroleum Operations", while the Italian natural gas firm ENI has opted for "Mellita Gas". Germany's Veba has chosen "Al-Harruj Petroleum Operations". Libya is the African continent's second largest oil producer at 1.7 million barrels per day. It also has natural gas reserves estimated at 1,314 billion cubic metres. [France24]
Sunday, 22 April, 2007: A lawyer for five Bulgarian nurses on death row in Libya slammed as a "farce" yesterday their trial for slander after it emerged that a third policeman had joined the list of plaintiffs. The five nurses and a Palestinian doctor stand accused of slandering the police by accusing them of extracting confessions under torture. The trial resumes today after a two-week adjournment at the request of the defence team. "If a new policeman pops up at every hearing, the trial is going to last a long time," complained lawyer Othman Al Bizanti. "It's draining for us and draining for justice," he said, describing the whole process as a "farce." [AFP]
Sunday, 22 April, 2007: European Womens' Lobby (EWL) will start a campaign in support of the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for intentional HIV infection in Libya. EWL deputy president Martine Levy gave the proposition during a regional conference on equal rights held in the Bulgarian town of Kazanluk, Darik Radio reported. EWL aims to promote women's rights and gender equality in the EU. Forum participants approved a resolution in support of the nurses. They appealed to similar women's organisations to join their initiative for finding way to help the nurses. Over 400 organisations, part of EWL will get information on the project. [Sofia Echo]

تعازي إلى آل تارسين

( نصوص : 5. لجـلجـة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( صور.. ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( محطات ليبية (23) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

Saturday, 21 April, 2007: Bulgaria to take away Libyan leader Qadhafi's honourable sign, the commission on education, culture and religion decided Friday. The final decision will be taken on the sitting of the Sofia Municipal Council. Qadhafi received the honourable sign of Sofia on June 16, 1978. The former Sofia City Council awarded Qadhafi the honourable gold sign for his contribution to the development of the relations between Bulgaria and Libya. [SNA]
Saturday, 21 April, 2007: "Italy and Libya have agreed on a series of initiatives in the fields of agriculture and fisheries and especially on the long-term investments that several Italian companies plan to make in the country," Italian Minister of Agricultural Policies, Paolo De Castro, said after talks with his Libyan counterpart Aboubaker Al Mansouri. [ANSA]
Saturday, 21 April, 2007: Foca Ice Factory in Izmir,Turkey, said that they have exported a remarkable part of their block ice production to Libya, Azerbaijan and Bulgaria. [ANA]
Saturday, 21 April, 2007: EU Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering called on Tripoli Friday to free five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in a high-profile AIDS trial in Libya, AFP reports. "I call again on Libya to annul the death sentences and free the Bulgarian nurses so they can return to their families in Bulgaria," he said in a speech to the Bulgarian parliament. [FIA]
Saturday, 21 April, 2007: Some 750 Bulgarians are currently employed in Libya, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kafin said Friday in Parliament, answering a question by a fellow MP. About 350 of those are in Tripoli, Kalfin said, pointing out that Bulgarian citizens abroad didn't have to give their address to the Bulgarian embassy, so data is a bit fuzzy. Kalfin said that the number of Bulgarians working in Libya has been on the drop since 2004. [SNA]

( المتخلف حبّه قوي وكراهـيته أقوى! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الهزيمة (1) ) بقلم : فرج الفاخري

( مظاهـرة "وأعدوا".. دليل ضعف وإرهاب!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( دولة المؤسسات.. (1) ) بقلم : المهاجر

Friday, 20 April, 2007: The U.S. presence in Libya has become increasingly concerned over anti-American unrest and the lack of response by the Libyan regime. U.S. diplomats acknowledge that despite expanding relations, Qadhafi's regime remains anti-American and unresponsive to human or civil rights. They said the U.S. embassy has been unable to obtain access or information on the fate of detained Americans. For nearly two months, the U.S. embassy has been denied access to an American detained by what appeared to be Libya's secret police. The diplomats said the American was arrested at Tripoli Int'l Airport as he sought to leave Libya in February. [MNL]
Friday, 20 April, 2007: Relatives of Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya and EU parliamentarians urged the European Union (EU) to step up pressure on Tripoli to free them on Thursday, saying statements of solidarity were no longer enough. The five nurses and a Palestinian doctor were convicted in December of deliberately infecting hundreds of children at a Libyan hospital. EU newcomer Bulgaria and its allies say overwhelming scientific evidence shows the medics are innocent. Libya's Supreme Court is due to rule on an appeal shortly. [Reuters]
Friday, 20 April, 2007: Spanish oil and gas company Repsol YPF had discovered oil in two exploratory wells in Libya's Murzuq Basin, the head of Libya's state National Oil Corporation said. The first well has an average output of 334 barrels of oil per day while the second has an output of 589 barrels per day. Both wells are located at Block 200, Shukri Ghanem added in a statement. Repsol YPF, is an integrated Spanish oil and gas company with operations in 29 countries, the bulk of its assets located in Spain and Argentina. [AlArab OnLine]

( دولة تامزغا.. الأسم الأنسب لشمال أفريقيا ) بقلم : الفساطوي

( المتـكالبون عـلى نهـش وطننا ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( هل السعودية مؤهلة لقيادة العرب؟! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( مخيم الأمل السنوي الحادي عشر ) : دعوة للحضور

( دعـوة لتـفكيك المجتمع الليـبي ) بقلم : أماريـر

( ما بي مرض.. ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

Thursday, 19 April, 2007: Libya says that the United States project to set up a US military command in Africa does not serve the cause of peace in Africa, a Libyan diplomatic source quotes the secretary of the Libyan general people's committee (minister) for foreign relations and international cooperation, Abderrahman Shalgham, as saying Wednesday. [PANA]
Thursday, 19 April, 2007: The United States is committed to fully restoring diplomatic ties with Libya and plans to soon name an ambassador to the North African country, a senior US diplomat said in Tripoli. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, the highest ranking US official to visit Libya in decades, told reporters the US also will build a new embassy in Tripoli 'as a symbol of the importance that we attach and intend to continue attaching to the US-Libya relationship.' 'We are very committed to building this new relationship as soon as possible,' Negroponte said, according to a transcript released by the State Department in Washington. [DPA]
Thursday, 19 April, 2007: National Oil Corporation of Libya (NOC) and The Dow Chemical Company have announced plans to participate in a joint venture to operate and expand the Ras Lanuf petrochemical complex in Libya. The investment supports the Libyan government's economic policy in diversifying its domestic economy by expanding its downstream industries; including petrochemical and basic product manufacturing. Enhancements at the Ras Lanuf petrochemical complex on the Mediterranean coast will position the joint venture for future growth as a world-class supplier of polyethylene and polypropylene. [PRNewswire]
Thursday, 19 April, 2007: Phoenicia Group Libya LLC, the leading US-Libyan diversified business and consultancy group, today announced plans to offer BGAN satellite Internet solutions to corporate and government clients across Libya, marking the deployment as the first time the technology will be used in the country. Phoenicia Group, through its affiliate Al-Waha IT & Telecommunications, is the sole licensed private satellite Internet and telecommunications provider in Libya, by virtue of General People's Committee Decision 88/2004, and offers military, government, and corporate clients in Libya a range of services, including VSAT, IT Consultancy, Disaster Management, VHF&HF, Microwave, Security, Wireless, and VOIP. [PRNewswire]
Thursday, 19 April, 2007: Libya Today reported that US president George Bush called for the freedom of the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya in a letter to Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. US deputy secretary of state John Negroponte will hand Qadhafi the letter. Negroponte arrived to Libya on the night of April 17. Bush said that the US welcomed renewed diplomatic relations between the country and Libya. To achieve the goal, however, Libya had to find fast and efficient solution to the case of the nurses and the Palestinian medic sentenced on charges of intentional HIV infection. Tripoli also had to provide the full financial compensation to the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing, Bush said in the letter. Echo]
Thursday, 19 April, 2007: Sudanese Foreign Minister, Assamani Al-Wassila, has said the meeting of the joint committee in Tripoli, Libya, on Monday and Tuesday had helped "cool down" the tension that was building after last week's incidents between Chad and Sudan. [PANA]


The Fallacy of Rehabilitating Qadhafi  By : Dr. Ali al-Tarhouni

( يا حزاركم ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

Wednesday, 18 April, 2007: Libya has informed South Korea of its plan to shut down its embassy in Seoul for unspecified reasons, a diplomatic source said Tuesday. But the South Korean government is trying to prod the African country to scrap the plan, the source added, asking not to be named. "Libya said it would close more than 20 diplomatic missions abroad, including those in Seoul and Pyongyang, due to internal problems," the source said. [Yonhap]
Wednesday, 18 April, 2007: Sarajevo-based Energoinvest has signed a 160-million euro contract for the construction of a 2,500-km high-voltage power transmission line in Libya. Energoinvest was entrusted with the construction of a section of some 720 kilometres of the line. [ANSA]
Wednesday, 18 April, 2007: One of the most famous Hollywood production companies "Sixth sense" intends to make a movie, based on the tragic story of the Bulgarian medics on a death row in Libya. Representatives of the company are to meet the nurses' relatives next week. The jailed medics should sign contracts, which allow the filmmakers to screen their story. The Bulgarians did not accepted the offer at first. It is possible, however, they to reconsider their decision. [SNA]
Wednesday, 18 April, 2007: The 18th edition of the Libyan Koran recitation and psalmody contest ended on Friday in Tripoli, with the first three winners honoured with certificates and several gifts in kind and cash presented to them during the closing ceremony. [PANA]

تعازي إلى آل نشاد   تعزية إلى آل القصبي

( شاعرية السلطة ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( من يصدق هذه الحرباء "الفاطمية" ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Tuesday, 17 April, 2007: Alida Guevara, the daughter of the late revolutionary hero Che, is among the guests of honour at the first international conference on women that kicked off yesterday in Tripoli. The conference, entitled "Together for the rights of women", is organised by Aisha Al Gheddafi and her charity organization 'Watasimo' as well as by the General Popular Committee for Social Affairs and by the Arab-African organization for Women's Rights. [ANSA]
Tuesday, 17 April, 2007: The Libyan Government has agreed to provide Sri Lanka with further assistance towards the development of its livestock sector. This follows talks Livestock Development Deputy Minister K. A. Bais had with Libyan Leader Qadhafi during his recent visit to Niger, Libya to attend the World Islamic Organisation conference held there recently, said a press release issued by the Livestock Development Ministry said yesterday. [Daily News]

تعزية إلى آل باش إمام

( معارضة الهلافيت وهلافيت المعارضة ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( هل فعلا في ليبيا الآن دستور؟؟ ) بقلم : المحامي الشارف الغرياني

كتاب ( الأنساب العربية في ليبيا ) تأليف : محمد عبدالرازق منّاع (8) - الأخيرة

Monday, 16 April, 2007: The newly-established National Security Council has held its first plenary session to coincide with the commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the United States air raids on the Libyan cities of Tripoli and Benghazi (15 April, 1986). [PANA]
Monday, 16 April, 2007: Libya will host an international conference on April 28 aimed at ending the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, according to an official source on Sunday. The conference will include representatives of Sudan, Chad, Eritrea, the US, UK, the African Union (AU) and the European Union, the official said. He did not specify the level of participation. [AlarabOnLine]
Monday, 16 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi said on Sunday a Saudi proposal to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was doomed to failure because the Arab leaders behind it were “half-wits”. “Arab leaders have no credibility. These Arab leaders are poor half-wits and no one would take them seriously,” he told supporters gathered at his home in the capital Tripoli. The proposal offers Israel normal relations with all Arab states in exchange for withdrawal to the 1967 borders and an agreed settlement of the Palestinian refugee problem. [Daily Times]

( بيان أم إختبار للنوايا؟!! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Libya and Italy: The Question of the Colonial Legacy!  By : Ghoma

Sunday, 15 April, 2007: The leader of the biggest nationalist party in Bulgaria slammed the state for clumsily fumbling with the case of the five jailed nurses in Libya. "I believe Bulgaria should have boycotted Libya as a trade partner. More than that, Bulgaria should have detained five Libyans as a reciprocal measure," Volen Siderov commented as he registered his party's list. Polls show Binev enjoys a big chance to make his way to the European Parliament. [SNA]
Sunday, 15 April, 2007: Qatar National Bank (QNB) yesterday announced the opening of its Representative Office in Libya. The opening of the new office is in line with QNB's plans to expand its international presence and enhance its international profile. The new office will allow QNB to source business in Libya for referral on to the wider QNB Group. [The Peninsula]
Sunday, 15 April, 2007: The European Parliament will not ease its pressure on Libya until the six Bulgarian medics are set free and return home. The assurance was given by Socialist Member of European Parliament (MEP) Miguel Martinez, who paid a visit to the town of Plovdiv. [SNA]
Sunday, 15 April, 2007: The Central Election Commission in Bulgaria refused to register the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya as candidates running at the forthcoming elections for MEPs in the country. The refusal means that the party, which submitted the documents for the registration of the nurses – Order. Lawfulness and Justice will be allowed to register only one candidate – the initiator of the idea for the nurses to run for MEPs – Vasil Sotirov. [FIA]

( المسير خلف فكرة تـقـليد الظل (3) ) بقلم : أمارير

( أولئك شعبه وهؤلاء أمته ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( السابع من أبريل : ظاهـرة قابلة للتكرار ) بقلم : سمير بن علي

( جولات العقيد في إفريقيا جعجة بلا طحين!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ردّ على كلمة القذافي بمناسبة السابع من أبريل ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

Saturday, 14 April, 2007: Senator Clinton and other Democrats are warning the Bush administration against pursuing a full rapprochement with Libya before the families of victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 are paid all the money owed by Libya under a $2.7 billion settlement it agreed to in 2003. The victims' families are upset that State Department officials are in a headlong rush to restore normal relations with Libya before outstanding terrorism claims are settled. The senators raised their concerns in a letter sent to the deputy secretary of state, John Negroponte, just before he began a weeklong trip that includes a stop in Tripoli. [NYSun]
Saturday, 14 April, 2007: Libya is pushing ahead with plans to set up a nuclear power plant for civilian use with the hope that western nations will provide technical and financial assistance, according to senior Libyan officials. Matoug Matoug, secretary-general of the General Peoples Committee of manpower and training, told the Financial Times the North African state needed the plant to help meet rising demand for electricity generation and water desalination. [FT]
Saturday, 14 April, 2007: Bulgaria's central electoral body faced with a new precedent on Friday after doctor Zdravko Georgiev, who was the only one acquitted in a HIV trial in Libya yet never allowed to return to his homeland, turned out to be featuring in two MEPs tickets. The precedent, which is prohibited by local legislation, emerged even before the Central Election Commission comes up with an official ruling on whether or not the medics may run for MEPs. An initiative committee gathered 10,000 signatures in support of the Georgiev's nomination. [SNA]
Saturday, 14 April, 2007: Libya has for the first time since Namibia's Independence opened an embassy here. The country has had only a Charge d'Affaires in the country for the past 17 years. New Libyan ambassador-designate Salam Mohammed Krayem on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on Acting Foreign Affairs Minister Joel Kaapanda. Krayem promised to strengthen relations between Namibia and Libya. Libya supported Namibia materially, morally and politically during the liberation struggle. Many Swapo fighters and nurses were trained in Libya. [The Namibian]
Saturday, 14 April, 2007: The buoyant Libya-Tunisian economic cooperation and trade relations have been given a boost with the announcement that a number of Tunisian building enterprises will contribute their expertise and know-how to help Libyan authorities build some 400,000 residential houses by 2010. The announcement was made during the Tunisian-Libyan Cooperation seminar held on the sidelines of Tunisiàs Day at the Tripoli International Fair. [ANSA]
Saturday, 14 April, 2007: World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz faced a barrage of calls Friday to resign over a deepening pay scandal involving his girlfriend, but won fresh backing from the US government. The former US deputy defense secretary was under pressure to end his stormy two-year tenure after bank directors dismantled his defense over big pay hikes given by the development lender to his Libyan-born girlfriend, Shaha Riza. U.S. President George W. Bush stood firm behind an old colleague who was one of the architects of the war in Iraq. [AFP]
Saturday, 14 April, 2007: The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) signed on Friday with Libya a significant agreement for cooperation in the fields of information and culture. The agreement was signed by the ISESCO's Director General Dr Abdelaziz Al-Tuwaijri and the Libyan Minister of Culture and Information Nouri Al-Humaidi. The agreement aimed at encouraging innovative talents, holding of conferences, exchanging of information, books and photos as well as holding reciprocal meetings among experts. The agreement also calls for setting up joint programs to preserve the cultural heritage. [KUNA]

تعازي إلى آل الهلالي

( عـفواً ردينه الفيلالي... ) بقلم : ابن علي

( ليبيا يا نغماً في خاطري ) بقلم : مصطفى الهنقاري

( الحقائب : أمة فقدت رشدها ) بقلم : د. علي الترهوني

محمد العرفي : ( بهدلني موّال سليمه )

( العرب وإيران، بعد خراب العراق! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Friday, 13 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi is steering Chad's opposition to a U.N. military peacekeeping force in its violence-torn east, where civilians are being killed in droves as a proposed U.N. deployment stalls, analysts say. They say Qadhafi, a critic of Western democracy and self-styled champion of African nationalism, has stepped up pressure on his neighbour, Chadian President Idriss Deby, to resist a planned U.N. military force for eastern Chad. [Reuters]
Friday, 13 April, 2007: Libyan and Eritrean military and security observers have been deployed at the border between Sudan and Chad, scene of recent clashes, a Libyan mediator said. "We agreed on positive steps and the presence of military and security observers on the border from Libya and Eritrea, and from Chad and Sudan, and right now some of them are there on the border," Ali Triki, Libya's envoy on Chad and Sudan, told a news conference. [Reuters]
Friday, 13 April, 2007: Libyan Prime Minister Dr. Baghdadi Mahmoudi has condemned terror attacks in Algeria, where dozens of people died. Wednesday's bombings were the deadliest in a decade. They began at 10:45 a.m., when a Renault Clio sped up to gate of the Government Palace and triggered a detonation that ripped off much of the building's facade. [PANA/WP]

لقطات من ( مظاهرة الليبيين في لندن في ذكرى 7 أبريل ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( أحوال حايلة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

Thursday, 12 April, 2007: Seven U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the No. 2 State Department official to hold Libyan leader Qadhafi accountable for "acts of terrorism" when the U.S. diplomat visits Tripoli in coming days. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte is due to visit Tripoli in the coming week as part of an African mission from April 11-19 to discuss Darfur. "We urge you to use the opportunity ... to send a strong message to President Qadhafi that he must settle the remaining terrorism cases against his country before he can have fully normalized diplomatic relations with the U.S.," the seven U.S. senators said in a letter to Negroponte. [Reuters]
Thursday, 12 April, 2007: The Philippine government is to sign an agreement with Libya to supply health workers to the north African country, the government said Wednesday. Labor Secretary Arturo Brion said the agreement, to be signed in Libya next week, would allow Filipinos to be hired directly by Libyan health services rather than go through labor recruiters. At present some 8,000 Filipino nurses, construction workers and engineers work in Libya. Brion did not say how many additional workers will be sent to Libya and when the program will start. [AFP]
Thursday, 12 April, 2007: Chad’s President Idriss Deby on Wednesday pledged to improve relations with eastern neighbour Sudan following deadly border clashes, a Libyan mediator said. "I am happy that President Deby assured me he would stick to the Tripoli accord," Abdel Salem Triki, number two in Libya’s foreign ministry in charge of African affairs, told reporters after meeting the Chadian leader. "Chad is committed to improving and normalising relations with Sudan," said Triki, who had been sent by Libyan leader Qadhafi to try to get the fractious neighbours to mend fences after the latest upsurge in violence. [Sudan Tribune]
Thursday, 12 April, 2007: Libya no longer wishes to exchange the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for intentional HIV infection in Libya for the Libyan imprisoned for the Lockerbie bombing, the website of Polish magazine Wprost reported. Abdel Basset al Megrahi serves a life prison sentence for the airplane bombing that caused the death of more than 270 people in 1988. Wprost quotes former French minister Jacques Lang, who during the Easter weekend met the five nurses and Libyan leader Mu'ammar Qadhafi. During the meeting Lang learned that Libya no longer wishes prisoner exchange, Wprost reported. [Sofia Echo]
Thursday, 12 April, 2007: Latinex, a trading company that operates in the food sector, and is based in the southern Brazilian capital of Curitiba, is going to leave Tripoli Int'l Fair, which ends tomorrow in Libya, with a positive business horizon. The company partner and manager, Eduardo Moraes, who is participating in the fair, said to ANBA that he intends to start shipping products to the Arab country within the next two months. "I estimate sales of US$ 100,000 per month in a pessimistic forecast, as there is potential for more," he said. At the fair, Latinex is representing four companies in the biscuit and sweet, canned food, milk and juice sectors. [ANBA]
Thursday, 12 April, 2007: The Bulgarian doctor, who was the only one acquitted in a HIV trial in Libya yet never allowed to return to his homeland, will be at number six on a center-right party ticket in the upcoming MEPs elections. The first five spots on the ticket of the "Order, Rule of Law and Justice" party will be occupied by the five Bulgarian nurses, jailed in Judeyda prison and sentenced to death. The nominations will be officially taken to the central election body on Friday. This was announced by the party leader Yane Yanev in an interview for Darik Radio. "Support is snowballing for the initiative to take the nurses to the European Parliament," Yanev said. [SNA]
Thursday, 12 April, 2007: Libya intends to invest US$ 5 billion in infrastructure works over the next five years. Apart from that, the country has a housing deficit of 500,000 homes that the local government intends to supply through low-income housing projects. The information was supplied by the Libyan minister of Infrastructure, Abu Zeid Durda, during a meeting with the secretary general at the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce, Michel Alaby, and with organization director Mustapha Abdouni yesterday, in Tripoli. The two Arab Brazilian Chamber executives are participating in Tripoli International Fair, which ends on Thursday. [ANBA]

( نحو توطين ثقافة سياسية جديدة في ليبيا ) بقلم : جمعة القماطي

( بنيـّـتي لن أخذلك أبداً ) بقلم : فريد محمد الزوي

( 7 أبريل عيد هولاكو أيضا ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Wednesday, 11 April, 2007: The U.S. has been preparing to expand relations with Libya, the Middle East Newsline reported. Officials said the Bush administration has approved talks that could pave the way for strategic and military relations with Libya. The effort could result in U.S. defense sales to the North African country. "There has been a decision to accelerate the pace of relations with Libya, and the two sides will discuss options in several areas," an official said. [ST]
Wednesday, 11 April, 2007: Algeria and Libya agreed yesterday in Tripoli to lift constraints on person’s movement between the two countries, after Algerian Prime Minister Mr. Abdelaziz Belkhadem and the Libyan President Mouammar al-Qadhafi meeting during which they have discussed “the lifting of all constraints before person’s movement”. [El-Akhbar]
Wednesday, 11 April, 2007: Libya and Italy said on Tuesday that an informal meeting over the weekend between Libyan leader Qadhafi and Italian foreign minister D'Alema was very positive in the standoff between the two countries over the payment of compensation by Rome for its colonial past. However, Libya's official news agency Jana claimed D'Alema has agreed to fund a 3.5 billion euro highway in Libya as part of the deal. The 2,000-km long highway Qadhafi wants to build to connect the Tunisian and Algerian border though Libya, from Ras Jdeir to Assaloum, has been a key problem in negotiations between the two countries to reach an accord. [AKI]


تعزية إلى آل بالراس علي

( 7 أبريل يوم ينتظر الشطب ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( صديقي والسراب..!! ) بقلم : المهاجر

( الدعوة إلى فتح باب الهجرة إلى ليبيا ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

Tuesday, 10 April, 2007: Saudi Arabia has raised its monthly crude oil price formulas for May by between 15 cents a barrel and a dollar a barrel for customers in the Far East and Europe, but kept its highest increase of about 4 dollars a barrel for its US customers, the Middle East Economic Survey reported ... Libya announced price formula increases for five of its 10 crudes by a range of 5 to 10 cents a barrel in relation to Dated Brent for April, while Sirtica, Bu Attifel, Esharara, Bouri and al- Jurf crudes remained unchanged since March. [DPA]
Tuesday, 10 April, 2007: Leading gas powers on Monday took a small step towards setting up an OPEC-style group. The Gas Exporting Countries Forum decided to establish a group of experts to study how to strengthen the previously toothless organisation. "We are trying to strengthen the cooperation among gas producers to avoid harmful competition. Some will say it is like OPEC, some will say it is just coordination among gas producers," said Shokri Ghanem, head of Libya's energy sector. The study group is chaired by the world's leading gas exporter Russia. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 10 April, 2007: Former French Minister of Culture Jack Lang met with the sentenced Bulgarian medics and Palestinian doctor in Libya, says today’s edition of Liberation. “This case is human tragedy for the sick Libyan children and their families, as much as it is for the nurses and the doctor, who are exhausted and feel abandoned. So Europeans, French, Libyans all should find a way out of these sufferings”, said Jack Lang, who denied any reference between his visit and the pre-election campaign in France. He thinks if imagination is used and if every country manages to preserve its dignity, then a successful outcome is possible. [FIA]
Tuesday, 10 April, 2007: An investigation into the months-long intentional jamming of mobile satellite communications provided by Thuraya Satellite Telecomm of Abu Dhabi concluded that the jamming came from Libya, one of Thuraya’s shareholders, according to officials familiar with the episode. In perhaps one of the most persistent jamming events in the commercial satellite sector, Libyan nationals operating from three widely separated locations inside Libya—at least one of them a restricted military site—compromised the L-band communications signals from Thuraya for more than six months in 2006. The jamming ceased only in late August 2006 after a diplomatic initiative made by the government of the UAE to the government of Libya. [Space]

تعازي إلى آل اقريميه

( وجعلوا للعدل مهدي منتظر!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( هيئة المتابعة ـ المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : في ذكرى أحداث السابع من أبريل

( كلمة تم إسكاتها.. عن تـناقض طرح الأمّة ووحدة العرق ) بقلم : أمارير

كتاب ( حرب تشاد.. الكارثة الكارثة (2) ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( الخنق البطيء!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Monday, 9 April, 2007: Iraqi troops killed a Libyan al Qaeda figure yesterday in a raid on his Baghdad hideout just before the man could detonate an explosives belt he was wearing, a military spokesman said. Abu Baraa al-Libi, a little-known junior al Qaeda leader, was killed in a raid in Ghazaliyah, where Sunni insurgents are known to be active, said Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi, spokesman for the Baghdad security plan. One of his assistants was killed with him, he said. "He was the mastermind of terrorist operations and car bombs," al-Moussawi said. [AP]
Monday, 9 April, 2007: As Malta and the rest of southern Europe braces itself for what is expected to be a particularly busy summer for irregular migration, efforts by Malta and Frontex – the EU’s border control agency – to stem the flow of migrants from the North African coast could be foiled this year by yet another Libyan refusal to allow sea patrols close to its shores. If Libya were to allow such patrols near its coast, any migrant boat intercepted while still in Libyan waters would be returned to Libya. But once outside Libyan waters, a migrant boat becomes subject to the sometimes hazy int'l laws of the sea, laws that can become particularly problematic when applied to the rescue or interception of migrant boats in the Mediterranean. [The Independent]

Oh East is East and West is West...?  By : Ghoma

( عـراجـين ) بقلم : الحبيب الأمين

Sunday, 8 April, 2007: "In The Country of Men": a glimpse of repression. In this excellent debut novel told from a boy's perspective, Hisham Matar (photo) describes life in Libya during the summer of 1979 under Qadhafi's repressive regime. Just as Suleiman is growing up and trying to understand his parents and the world, so is his country going through growing pains, in a season when "every person, animal and ant went in desperate search for shade, those occasional gray patches of mercy carved into the white of everything." [San Antonio Express-News]
Sunday, 8 April, 2007: The Secretary of foreign Liaison and International Cooperation has met in Tripoli with Farouk Al-Qadomi, Head of the Political Department of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The meeting focused on the current situation in the Palestinian territories and the suffering of the Palestinian people form the Israeli aggression in Gaza and West Bank. [LJBC]

يوم السابع من أبريل ـ قصيدة شعبية

( اعتداءات نظام القذافي على الحقوق الاقتصادية.. ) بقلم : د. علي الترهوني

( يا طلاب ليبيا ثوروا ) بقلم : ابراهيم قراده

( السنوسي حبيب ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

Saturday, 7 April, 2007: For the first time, a group of Libyan journalists, writers and university professors have dared to challenge the regime of Tripoli and loudly demand freedom of press. The group also dodged the Libyan censure machine by using the internet, they posted a document which has already drawn 40 signatures. It is the first time since the country's 1969 revolution that an appeal for freedom of press has been launched and, according to the journalists, it is gathering wide support both inside and outside Libya, reports Libya News. The statement follows the announcement by Libyan authorities to set up a committee to assess the Libyan Press. [ANSA]
Saturday, 7 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi urged Africa on Wednesday to form a unified army, and he said former colonial powers should pay compensation for the raw materials they had extracted. In a fiery speech at a military parade in Dakar marking Senegal's National Day, Qadhafi said African nations had the right to demand reparations from their former colonial masters for the diamonds, gold and other resources they had "pillaged." Military and political unity would help Africa resist any attempts to re-colonize it, the Libyan leader said. [Daily Trust]
Saturday, 7 April, 2007: Following the conclusion of the 28th public session of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in the Portuguese city of Lisbon. Africa topped the agenda as two out of the three formalised country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) managers at the meeting came from the continent. These are Libyan .ly and .ci for Cote d'Ivoire being managed respectively by the General Post and Telecommunications Company and Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouet Boigny, in addition to Russian .ru. [Africa News]

تعازي إلى آل امسلم     تعزية إلى آل طرخان وعميش     تعازي إلى آل الشامس

لقطات من ( مظاهرة لندن.. تضامنا مع ليبي ورفيقه ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( منظمة الأمل لحقوق الانسان ) : مناشدة بشأن احتجاز مواطن ليبي ورفيقه

( مرحبتين.. ) مجرودة : ابراهيم الصافي

( الحقبة السعودية في قمتها!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( ما جناه بوش على قضية الديموقراطية في العالم العربي؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ملاحظات على هامش قضية أطفال الإيدز في ليبيا ) بقلم : د. سعاد الفيتوري

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

Friday, 6 April, 2007: The US state department's No 2 official will visit Sudan and Libya next week to discuss the crisis in Darfur as Washington threatens tough measures against Khartoum. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte will be the highest-ranking state department official to visit Libya since the two countries restored full diplomatic ties last May. State department spokesperson Sean McCormack said talks would focus on Darfur and not bilateral issues. McCormack said he did not know whether Negroponte would meet Qadhafi. [Reuters]
Friday, 6 April, 2007: Russia's Tatneft and Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) have signed an Exploration and Production-Sharing Agreement (EPSA) on three large areas covering some 16,000 square kilometers (10,000 square miles) in Libya, the Russian oil company's press service reported. Tatneft obtained the areas, which hold probable oil reserves of some 1 billion metric tons (7.35 billion bbl), through an open tender held in December 2006 among 46 oil companies from around the world. Under the 30-year contract, Tatneft, which is controlled by the government of the Republic of Tatarstan, will drill 16 wells and carry out seismic surveys in Libya. [RIA Novosti]
Friday, 6 April, 2007: Five hundred Nigerians were deported from Libya. This is coming just two weeks after the Libyan government also repatriated 113 Nigerians for offences ranging from immigration and drug. Also last week, the U.S. government deported 75 Nigerians for drug as well as immigration-related offences. According to the sources, majority of the deportees are being repatriated by Libya because they were involved in criminal activities. [Vanguard]

( مكابدات النووي الوحيد ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( المواطن المخدوع بين فلسفة الحضور والغـياب ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( الحوش قديم... والراجل عديم ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( وهم أم حقيقة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( هزيمة النبي أمام خالد بن الوليد ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Thursday, 5 April, 2007: The secretary for immigration affairs at the general committee for external relations, Dr Ali Al-Rishi, and visiting German minister of European affairs, Günter Gloser, on Wednesday reviewed means of promoting relations between the two countries. [PANA]
Thursday, 5 April, 2007: The Executive Board for Housing has signed an understanding agreement with one of the US Companies specialized in engineering consultations. According to the agreement, Aecom Technology will be the main advisor for the Board. [LJBC]
Thursday, 5 April, 2007: The Secretary for European affairs at the general committee for external relations, Abdelati Labidi, and visiting US congressional delegation led by Mike Rogers, met Wednesday in Tripoli on ways to promote cooperation between both countries. [PANA]

( هـل حقاً هنالك وطنٌ عربي؟ ) بقلم : أمارير

( ميتافيزيقيا السغب وتخصيب الجدب ) بقلم : الحبيب الأمين

( الصبر في أوّله مرّ ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

Wednesday, 4 April, 2007: Some 2,000 corporations from 40 countries, including 12 Japanese firms and industry groups, are huddling in the Libyan capital for an int'l trade fair. Organizers of the 36th Tripoli International Fair (photo) said they expect to see 250,000 people visit the fair during the 11-day event that started Monday. Chikashi Yokota, an official of Sharp Corp., which took part in the fair for the first time, said, "We do not expect our participation to produce the immediate effect of inducing sales here. "Our aim is to have Libyan people become familiar with our liquid crystal display televisions," he said. [Kyodo]
Wednesday, 4 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi announced Sunday that the construction of an asphalt highway to link the Libyan capital Tripoli with Niamey, capital of Niger, was heavily underway. Qadhafi made the disclosure in Agadez at a meeting with actresses who invited him to establish a Sahara women's association. "The construction works of the proposed highway have got near Niger's borders, and there is only a distance of 1000km left to reach Agadez," Qadhafi said, and emphasised his commitment to carry out this "strategic project". [Africa News]
Wednesday, 4 April, 2007: Taiwan's Chinese Petroleum Corp. (CPC) and the Libyan National Oil Co. (NOC) agreed on a business deal focused on oil production-sharing and exploration deal to tap a Libyan field. Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) reported Tuesday that an agreement was brokered between the two sides in Libya Monday. CPC won a bid to explore the Murzuq 162 oil field last December, and CNA reported that the company would invest $34 million over the next three years to conduct work on three exploratory wells and start extraction. [Al-Arab Online]
Wednesday, 4 April, 2007: A high ranking Libya delegation today visited Juba to celebrate the opening of a consulate in the capital of southern Sudan. Libya wants to enhance joint economic and cultural cooperation with the South, said the head of the visiting delegation. In a speech he delivered Tuesday evening in Juba, Libyan African Union affairs secretary Abdalsalam Al-Tiriki has said the opening of the Libyan consulate in Juba means opening up joint cooperation and solidarity opportunities between Sudan and Libya and particularly with southern Sudan. [ST]

( في إنتظار المصافحات النظيفة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( الموقعون ) : بيان بشأن تشكيل لجنة لدراسة أوضاع الصحافة في ليبيا

Tuesday, 3 April, 2007: Reports that Libya is supporting a Shi’ite rebellion against the Yemenite government are unlikely to be true, analysts say. The rebellion, lead by the Al-Houthi clan, was quashed in 2004. However, there has been an upsurge in northern Yemen over the past couple of months. Oliver Miles, a former British ambassador to Libya, said he was not convinced Libya was helping the rebels. This would be “out of character” for Libya, he said. [The Media Line]
Tuesday, 3 April, 2007: Five Libyan banks will grant the Libyan Company for Iron and Steel a 840 million dinar loan, it was announced here. The loan, granted by the banks of Assahari, Aljamhoria, Attejari, Alomma and Alwahda, aims at implementing development projects to increase production capacity. The Secretary of Minerals and Industry said the loan will create new job opportunities and meet the demands of local market for steel and iron. [LJBC]

( متى يكون المواطن إرهابياً؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( زولي : رواية مفخخة بشحنات من الأسئلة المربكة ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

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

( أيا ترى ما أرى؟ ) بقلم : د. علي الترهوني

Monday, 2 April, 2007: Shaikha Lubna Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of Economy, will lead today a UAE delegation, made up of representatives from both the public and private sectors, to Libya to hold talks with officials with the aim of boosting economic ties between the two countries. During the visit, Shaikha Lubna will participate in the inauguration of the Tripoli International Fair. She will address a forum on the UAE’s experience in economic development. [Khaleej Times]
Monday, 2 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi on Saturday called on Muslims in the Arab world to stop infighting and unite to fight the aggression of the "enemies of the Islamic world." Qadhafi made the statement at a gathering in the northern Niger town, one day after arriving there to celebrate the Muslim feast of Mouloud, which marks the birth of the Prophet Mohamed. Deploring the conflict between the Shiites and Sunnis, Qadhafi warned that it is some western regime that "created" the distinction and pitted the Sunni against Shiite Muslims. [Xinhua]

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الأنسان ) : احتكار السوق أحد أنماط الفساد

( وأخيرا وزعت الايصالات! ) بقلم : د. محمد نصر

( زفير الغـثيان ) بقلم : عزالدين اللواج

( وتعود يا حسين زليتـني!! ) بقلم : أبوغسّـان

( الروائي بلا رواية ) بقلم : مجاهـد البوسيفي


حوار مع الصادق النيهوم (5)

Sunday, 1 April, 2007: A punch-up in a Munich nightclub by a son of Libyan revolutionary leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has led to diplomatic unpleasantness between Berlin and Tripoli, the German news magazine Der Spiegel reported Saturday. Seif al-Arab, 25, was asked to leave the 4004 disco on November 18 last year after his lady friend removed essential items of her clothing. A struggle with a 19-year-old bouncer ensued, Spiegel said ... Spiegel said Tripoli had sought in January to appoint the wayward son of Libya's 64-year-old leader as a diplomat to Germany, a status which would give him immunity. In March, Berlin rejected his accreditation. [DPA]
Sunday, 1 April, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi on Saturday criticised London's reaction to Iran's seizure of British sailors and marines. Tehran says it seized the naval personnel on March 23 because they strayed into Iranian waters but Britain insists they were well inside Iraqi territory. "This British reaction means that Iraq has become a British colony and Iraq's territorial waters have become British waters," said Qadhafi, addressing Tuareg and other tribal leaders in the central Niger town of Agadez. Qadhafi flew on Friday to Agadez to lead mass prayers to mark the birthday of prophet Mohammed. He chaired similar prayers last year in Mali. [Reuters]
Sunday, 1 April, 2007: German Minister of State for Europe Affairs Guenther Gloser will commence Sunday a five-day trip that will take him to Egypt and then to Libya. Talks in Egypt will focus on results of the Arab Summit in Riyadh, among other issues. While in Egypt, Gloser will also be inaugurating the Second Int'l Symposium for German Literature. As for talks in Tripoli, they will focus on human rights, bilateral relations, and Libya's relations with the EU. [KUNA]
Sunday, 1 April, 2007: Bulgaria's socialists harshly criticized the campaign for nominating for MEPs the death-sentenced medics in Libya, calling it nothing but obscenity. "It is unacceptable for politicians to play around with these people in such a populist way," said Kristiyan Vigenin, who tops the MEP ticket of his party. "Libyan leader Qadhafi is one of the two people, who can benefit from the campaign and get a new ace in his hands," Vigenin added. [SNA]

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