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( ثوابت الدين وثوابت القانون ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( ليلة زفاف عزيزة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( إنها حقوق واجبة الأداء، لا يتم تسولها أو التصدق بها ) بقلم : هشام بن غلبون

لقطات من ( مخيم الأمل 2007 ، اللقاء الثانى عشر، 17-19 أغسطس 2007 )

لقطات من ( كارنيفال نوتنغ هيل، لندن ، 26ـ27 أغسطس 2007 ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( لبنان : المعادلة الصائبة! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعـشة

( الموضوع الحقيقي لقضية البلغاريات ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

Thursday, 31 August, 2007: Dassault Aviation confirmed it has had 'interest' from Libya for its Rafale combat aircraft as it awaits a decision on possible sales to India and Morocco. Dassault president Charles Edelstenne said the Rafale's first deployment with French forces in Afghanistan and the first landing and take off from US aircraft carrier the USS Enterprise have added to its 'credibility for export'. Dassault has seen 'interest' in the fighter jet from Libya, with discussions taking place. A contract for the modernisation of 12 of Libya's 38 Mirage F1 aircraft signed last year with Sofema would not preclude a deal for Rafales, Edelstenne said. [AFX]
Thursday, 31 August, 2007: African religious leaders meeting in Tripoli have praised a more than 25-year-long dialogue between Libya and the Vatican as a positive contribution to good relations between Christianity and Islam. "Given the global situation between Christians and Muslims which is understood to be very tense because of what happened on 11 September [2001], I think this is a very good contribution," Rev. Ishmael Noko, general secretary of the Lutheran World Federation told Ecumenical News International. Noko is convenor of Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa, which is meeting in Tripoli from 27 to 30 August. Libya is predominantly Muslim but there is also a small Roman Catholic presence in the former Italian colony. [ENI]
Thursday, 31 August, 2007: Impregilo and Libyan Development Investment Co set up an Italian-Libyan joint venture for the realisation of new infrastructures and urban centres in Libya, the Italian group announced. "This agreement will allow us to increase the development of our activities in Libya, a country where Impregilo wants to play a central role in the realisation of important modernisation and development projects," Impregilo CEO, Alberto Rubegni, explains. The Italian group has a consolidated presence in Libya. Among the most important projects there are the airports of Kufra, Benina, Misurata, El Wotia and Sirte, the ports of Ras Lanuf, Benghazi and Homs, ministry centres and the buildings of the Parliament in Sirte, the industrial complexes in Ras Lanuf and Misurata, and the plants for water treatment in Sebha and Tobruk. [ANSA]
Thursday, 31 August, 2007: France and Libya have signed a secret cooperation agreement in the defence sector, which ranges from the purchase of military material to the training of Libyan special forces, according to French weekly 'Le Canard Enchaine' which published a facsimile of the text. According to the magazine, the "agreement" was signed last July 25 in Tripoli after the liberation of the Bulgarian nurses. The document bears the signature of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and his Libyan counterpart Abderrahmane Shalgam. Kouchner refused to comment, but a spokesperson for the ministry, Pascale Andreani, confirmed the existence of the documents, saying that Kouchner "announced them during a parliamentary hearing", and underlining that "it is not common practice to publish defence cooperation agreements". [ANSA]

الساطور : ( هه كان صار منـّه )

( العرس قريب مزمارى ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : الفساد... واحترام حقوق الإنسان

تعازي إلى آل بوشريدة     تعزية إلى آل التائب

Wiadomosci24: In Qadhafi's Paradise

( دستور أم تستور!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ناقل الكفر ليس بكافر ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Thursday, 30 August, 2007: Right after the six Bulgarian medics were set free, Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi ordered prime minter Baghdadi Mahmudi to veto all decisions of interior minister Salah Rajab and foreign minister Abdel Rahman Shalgham. Qadhafi’s order resulted from the ministers’ failure to cope with the international pressure for the liberation of the medics, diplomatic sources from several Arab countries told Libyan newspaper Libya Today. Another reason was that the ministers failed to acquire guarantees that the medics would remain in prison after their return in Bulgaria under a Bulgarian-Libyan judicial treaty. [Sofia Echo]
Thursday, 30 August, 2007: Almost 60 people suspected of being trafficked off the Libyan coast have been rescued after being abandoned in a leaking boat. Coastguards in Falmouth, UK, co-ordinated a rescue operation after an Ethiopian in the UK took a call from the boat from his half-brother on board. The Italian authorities sent an aircraft which spotted the boat. Coastguards said the boat was taken to a Sicilian island but could not confirm the condition of the passengers. [UK]

( سيف الكذب القذافي.. ما هو الجديد؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Wednesday, 29 August, 2007: Ramadan is expected to be declared in Bahrain on September 13, but in some countries it might be announced one day earlier or later, says a local astronomer. Libya declares the first day of Ramadan on September 12 based on the "birth" of the crescent moon before the morning prayers and without witness reports, said Dr Alnaser. Whereas in Egypt, Ramadan will be announced on September 13 based on the Islamic calendar. But countries such as Saudi Arabia only declare Ramadan when there are eye witnesses, he added. [Daily News]
Wednesday, 29 August, 2007: Jordan's King Abdullah II arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli on a several-hour visit during which he will hold talks with Libyan President Qadhafi on bilateral relations as well as the latest developments in the Middle East. His Majesty is accompanied by Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein and the King's Advisor for Tribal Affairs, Sharif Abdullah. [Petra]
Wednesday, 29 August, 2007: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Tuesday that he will visit Sudan, Chad and Libya next week to promote a political solution to the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, and test the Sudanese government's commitment to speedy deployment of a 26,000-strong force in the region. Ban told a news conference that on his first visit to the region since taking the reins of the United Nations in January he would push the peace process, seek to get a hybrid African Union-U.N. force on the ground quickly and press for delivery of humanitarian aid. [AP]
Wednesday, 29 August, 2007: The Child assistance department of the Libyan ministry of social affairs on Monday held a meeting in Tripoli for children from African communities living in Libya on the theme "Africa, unified childhood." Several experts of the ministry and members of African diplomatic corps witnessed the meeting. Egyptian, Eritrean, Beninese and Malagasy children presented short papers on the geography and history of their countries. They also watched two documentaries on the activities of the Child Department and natural resources in Africa. [AeL]

الساطور : ( عايله واطيه ونصّابه )

( ليبيا ما بعد الحداثة ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( "الاصلاح" من داخل الخيمة ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( الوَرَثة ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

Tuesday, 28 August, 2007: The United States wants Libya to resolve some long-standing issues, including two 1980s bombings, and has yet to schedule a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Rice, a senior U.S. official said on Monday. "We haven't announced or scheduled anything yet, but we see increasing prospect that, at some point in the I hope not too distant future, there will be a Cabinet-level visit," he said. The official declined to say whether progress on the Lockerbie and La Belle cases was a condition for a Rice visit. "I think the best environment for a successful visit would be one where there is progress on these bilateral issues," he said. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 28 August, 2007: [Qadhafi] conducts business in a huge Bedouin tent where he receives rebel leaders who make pilgrimages to the tent in suburban Tripoli, Libya, and often leave with a Samsonite bag filled with cash ... With vast oil reserves and a stash of hard currency, Qadhafi has influence in the region like no other African leader ... "What Qadhafi has that no one else has is the weight to convene," said Colin Thomas-Jensen, a policy adviser for Enough, a non-profit anti-genocide project. "When he says you need to come to Tripoli, no one says no, because the money he could provide to your enemies could destroy you." [ChicagoTribune]
Tuesday, 28 August, 2007: Iran was chosen by the Asian group to be on the UN committee 20-member governing bureau which will be headed by Libya. How can the international community choose the most hateful government in the world to sit on an anti-racism committee?" asked Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. "Choosing Libya and Iran to fight racism is like choosing Jack the Ripper to fight sexual harassment," he added. In 2003, when Libya ran for chair of the now-defunct UN Commission on Human Rights, 20 out of 53 members refused to support the Qadhafi government. “This time we’re seeing total silence, with countries apparently more interested in trading oil and weapons than upholding fundamental principles,” Neuer said. [EJP]
Tuesday, 28 August, 2007: Libya has decided to deport 45 Egyptians who attempted to immigrate illegally to Europe via Libya, Egypt's official news agency MENA reported Monday. The expelled Egyptian nationals will return home next week after necessary papers are finalized, Egypt's consul in Tripoli Adham Hilal was quoted as saying. The group of Egyptians were detained during raids against illegal immigration launched by Libyan security department recently in the city of Zuwarah, where African smuggle gangs are usually present, said Hilal. [Xinhua]
Tuesday, 28 August, 2007: For the second time in two months, Libya has sent relief materials to Sudan for the victims of devastating flood. On Sunday, a Libyan cargo plane carrying the items left Tripoli for Sudan. The assistance was sent by the Libyan Fund for assistance and development in Africa. Earlier in July, Libya had sent two batches of relief materials comprising 540 integrated tents, 100 sleeping bags, 12 tonnes of flour, 12 tonnes of rice and six tonnes of cooking oil. [AeL]
Tuesday, 28 August, 2007: Libya has concluded a deal with plane maker Irkut to buy six Yak-130 trainer aircraft, Interfax reported Monday. "Today we signed a contract to deliver six Yak-130s to Libya," said Oleg Demchenko, president of Irkut, Interfax reported. Demchenko also noted that Irkut previously made deals to supply Algeria with 16 Yak-130s and the Air Force with a further 12 units of the aircraft. [Moscow Times]

( نظرات في خطاب سيف الإسلام ) بقلم : الصادق الفقيه

( مثقفو الداخل يطرحون ورقة العودة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( لو كان مصطفى مطاوع لاعباً أو مغنياً! ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( هو خط أحمر، واحد، ولكن؟ ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( هنيدة ـ وجدان ) : راجعلي من بعد غياب

( الجهوية ثمرة للديمقراطية... فلا تنتهكوها ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( الوطن أعز وأكبر من رهانات المراهنين!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

Monday, 27 August, 2007: Libya should be 'allowed' access to nuclear energy, French president Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday. 'The greatest risk to the world today is the clash between western and eastern civilisations. When the east no longer has gas and petrol, it must have development. If they are destitute, there will be terrorism,' said Sarkozy. Sarkozy added: 'If we take as a premise that they do not have a right to the energy of the future, nuclear energy, how would you avoid a war between civilisations, a war between the world of the rich and the world of the poor?' [AFX]
Monday, 27 August, 2007: Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama says that the government of Libya has agreed to sponsor the petroleum exploration in Sri Lankan waters. Bogollagama had talks with Prime Minister Dr. al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi in Libya recently. Libya has further agreed to provide 100,000 employment opportunities to Sri Lankans there and to grant Rs. 4.5 billion to construct a highway from Habarana to Trincomalee. [ColumboPage]
Monday, 27 August, 2007: Qadhafi offered Italian coach Marcello Lippi the Libyan bench, but he preferred the position of commentator for Sky Sport. However, Marcello Lippi, despite the sabbatical year which started after the Italian triumph in Berlin, is considered a football man and "not a journalist". "I am and I feel as a trainer," the coach of the world champions assures," but it is not true that I have rejected an offer by Juventus". Lippi says that he has received some calls from far away: "They wanted me to train Libya, Turkey and several Turkish teams". [ANSA]
Monday, 27 August, 2007: Italian exports to Libya, which showed signs for strong increase in the past years, register a slight decrease in the first quarter of 2007: down 18% compared to the same period in 2006, for the value of 304 million euro, latest data of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan affirms. According to these data, the exports to the North African country represent a not marginal share of the total of the 'made in Italy' sales in the Mediterranean area, which are 6%. The trade balance, due to the large imports of hydrocarbons, is still in favour of Libya, but also the sales of Tripoli in Italy in the first quarter of the year are on the decrease: down 10% compared to January-March 2006, for 2.9 billion euro. [ANSA]

Libyan Constitutional Union: "Press Release: The Absent Legitimacy"

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

( مقاصد اختلاف الدارين (5) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( صفقة.. ءردوات ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

Sunday, 26 August, 2007: Niger's prime minister and senior military officials left for Sudan and Libya on Saturday to seek help ending an insurgency by Tuareg-led rebels in the country's remote desert north, a senior army source said. President Mamadou Tandja declared a state of alert in the region around the ancient Saharan town of Agadez on Friday, giving the security forces extra powers to fight the 7-month-old insurgency in which at least 45 soldiers have been killed. Prime Minister Seyni Oumarou, the deputy head of the armed forces, General Seyni Garba, and other senior officers left for Khartoum on Saturday and would travel on to Libya. [Reuters]
Sunday, 26 August, 2007: Libya has announced it expected to receive US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice soon following talks with a US envoy who is preparing for the visit. Rice is seeking to become the first secretary of state to visit Libya in more than 50 years as she looks for ways to strengthen ties with the holder of Africa's largest oil reserves. Ahmad al-Fituri, secretary for American affairs in Libya's foreign ministry, said US envoy David Welch had told his Libyan interlocutors that Rice will arrive very soon as there were no obstacles to her visit. [Al-Alam]

( الليبيون يضيقون ذرعا بالأجانب والعرب والأفارقة! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : ( بيان صحفي : الشرعية المفقودة )

( دستور جديد لجماهيرية مافيا (سرت) العظمى ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( حكاية "أطفال بنغازي" وغياب الحقيقة والعدالة...! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعـشة

Saturday, 25 August, 2007: After decades of even denying the existence of a Berber minority, Libya has been lavishing new attention on a community that makes up around a tenth of the mainly Arab country's population. A regime that since it took power in 1969 had derided Berber demands for recognition as a colonial plot to divide the Arab nation, this month allowed Berber activists to hold a congress in a Tripoli hotel for the first time. Both Qadhafi's son Seif al-Islam and Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi have also made visits to the Berber heartland in Jebel Nefusa mountains to launch major projects to boost the local economy. [AFP]
Saturday, 25 August, 2007: The six Bulgarian medics who returned from Libya after spending eight and a half years in prison for deliberate HIV infection met EU countries ambassadors. The meeting was initiated by the medics, BNR reported. They discussed with EU ambassadors a plan for the medics’ integration into society after the years spent in prison. The medics thanked the EU, European institutions and the public for their support and contribution to their release. The meeting took place in the embassy of Portugal, which holds the EU presidency. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 25 August, 2007: French President Sarkozy shot back Friday at critics who accused him of being too secretive about his wife's involvement in negotiations to free six medics from prison in Libya last month. Sarkozy also asked why the Socialist opposition was so critical of his handling of the case. "What is there to reproach France for?" Sarkozy asked. "For being the country that freed (the medics)?" A day earlier, Sarkozy's office said that neither he nor his wife Cecilia would speak about the case before an inquiry commission at the National Assembly. [HT]
Saturday, 25 August, 2007: In line with the agreement reached among Eritrea, Libya, Chad and Sudan on February 2007 to improve relations between Sudan and Chad, the high-level meeting of the Eritrean, Libyan, Chadian and Sudanese Military and Security Committee was held in Tripoli on August 22 and 23. The Committee assessed the efforts being exerted, the present stable security and military situation between Chad and Sudan. It further agreed to set up a supervising committee comprising the four countries along the Sudanese- Chadian border. [Relief Web]
Saturday, 25 August, 2007: Libya plans to build a pilot city near the mausoleum of the oldest Libyan martyr, Omar Mokhtar, in the north eastern town of Seloug. As part of the festivities marking the 38th anniversary of the 1st September Revolution, the chairman of the Qadhafi Development Foundation (KDF), Seif al-Islam al-Qadhafi, laid the foundation stone for the pilot city. Prime minister, Dr Baghdadi Mahmoudi, several ministers and local officials attended the ceremony. Engineers in charge of implementing the pilot city project have indicated that it will comprise 5,000 houses, including 3,928 villas and 34 four-storey buildings. [AeL]
Saturday, 25 August, 2007: An Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) delegation yesterday returned from a two-day visit to Tripoli, Libya where talks were held on maritime search and rescue cooperation. The AFM said the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of reaching an agreement with Libya on the issue. The AFM described the talks as very "cordial and intense", taking longer than envisaged. The AFM said the Libyans also showed keen interest in the possibility of having Libyan officials attend training at the AFM's Search and Rescue Training Centre. Maltese Ambassador to Libya Joe Cassar was present at the meeting. The Maltese delegation arrived in Tripoli harbour on Tuesday aboard the AFM's Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) P-61. The Libyans visited the vessel and were shown around by the captain. [Times Of Malta]
Saturday, 25 August, 2007: Unilateral sanctions on Cuba are probably the stupidest, least-effective U.S. policy going—and everybody knows it. And yet even though the Cold War is over, the policy stays ... Today, Libya proudly announced that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be visiting the country in October, the first such visit since 1953. Many pundits will no doubt beat up on the Bush administration for doing so, and there's plenty of ammunition in Libya's grotesque human rights record or its recent attempt to assassinate the King of Saudi Arabia. And then there's Muammar al-Qadhafi himself, a nutjob who is widely mocked across the Middle East—a region that knows a thing or two about terrible leaders ... If only the Cubans were sitting on 39 billion barrels of oil reserves, perhaps Condi would meet with them, too. [Foreign Policy]
Saturday, 25 August, 2007: Hill International, the worldwide construction consulting firm, announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the Organization for Development and Administrative Centers (ODAC) to provide project management services in connection with the $2 billion multi-campus expansion of Al Fateh University in Tripoli, Libya. The 28-month contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $55.9 million. Founded in 1957, Al Fateh University is the largest and most respected institute of higher education in Libya. Expansion of the university includes new facilities, extensions to existing facilities and general infrastructure improvements to support the facilities upgrade. Construction is expected to begin in September 2007 and be completed by September 2009. The project comprises approximately 1.66 million square meters (17.9 million square feet) of new space in 39 buildings. [Business Wire]

( فيلم هندي قديم ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (18) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( دستور ليبيا الغد ودولة أولي الأمر!!؟؟ ) بقلم : جلال الوحيشي

( الموجة الثالثة من الوعود ) بقلم : أسعـد العقيلي

خواطر إمرأة من زمن الحب : باقة الورد

( قلق (4) ) بقلم : أمارير

Friday, 24 August, 2007: A senior U.S. State Department official wrapped up three-day visit to Libya on Thursday where he held talks with senior government officials in preparation for a visit by Secretary of State Rice. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch's trip was his first to the North African country since it freed six foreign medics convicted of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV on July 24. Welch met Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalgam and other officials to discuss ways to fight terrorism and expand investment and trade as well as education and culture cooperation, officials said. He held talks with Libya's National Security Adviser Mouatassam al-Qadhafi, son of Libyan leader Qadhafi. [Reuters]
Friday, 24 August, 2007: With Libya at the helm, and Iran, Cuba and Pakistan among the 20 nations participating, a United Nations-convened meeting in Geneva next week will begin to lay the groundwork for a global conference on racism in 2009. A preparatory bureau set up under the U.N.'s Human Rights Council will "formulate a concrete plan" for the 2009 conference. The U.N.'s last big racism gathering in 2001 -- in Durban, South Africa -- was characterized by blatant anti-Israel sentiment and attempts to revive an earlier U.N. stance equating Zionism with racism. Some critics believe the 2009 conference may end up with a similar focus. [CNS]
Friday, 24 August, 2007: Condoleezza Rice will make the first visit to Libya by a U.S. secretary of state in half a century in a sign of improving relations with the country once branded a state sponsor of terrorism, envoy Ahmed Gebreel of the Libyan mission to the UN said today. Rice, who is seeking ways to strengthen ties with the holder of Africa's largest oil reserves, will travel to Libya in the second half of October, Gebreel said in a telephone interview. John Foster Dulles, who served President Eisenhower, was the last secretary of state to visit Libya, in 1953. "We are happy with this announcement," Gebreel said. "It is a sign of improved relations with the U.S. We are trying to improve our relations with all countries around the world," he said. [Bloomberg]

تعزية إلى آل القاضي     تعزية إلى آل دغمان

( ما بين الخضراء والحمراء.. ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( احذروا "القيادة الاجتماعـية" ) بقلم : ابراهيم جبريل

( شئ يضحك ويبكي ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Thursday, 23 August, 2007: Canadian group SNC Lavalin Nexacor has been chosen to build an airport near the Libyan town of Benghazi at a cost of 400 mln eur, official news agency Jana reported. The Benina airport which is estimated to be built in two years could reach a capacity of 5 mln passengers per year. Yesterday, the agency reported that work has begun on a new 1 bln eur airport for the capital Tripoli which will be able to welcome 20 mln travellers per year. [AFX]
Thursday, 23 August, 2007: Boustead Singapore has clinched a 300-million-Singapore-dollar (US$ 197-million) deal to design and build a new township in Libya. The joint venture includes General Construction & Building Company, Libya's largest government construction firm. The venture will design and build the new township on a 465- hectare site in al-Marj. The project, with 1,164 single-storey houses, is expected to be completed within two years. [EarthTimes]
Thursday, 23 August, 2007: Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov met Wednesday the five Bulgarian medics and the Palestinian doctor, who spent more than eight years in Libyan jail for allegedly infecting Libyan children with the deadly HIV virus. The meeting was attended by the wife-to-be of the Palestinian Ashraf al-Hajuj and by the chairman of the Protection for the Bulgarian Medics in Libya Committee Rossen Markov. [SNA]

تعازي إلى آل الحريري     تعازي إلى آل الكور ونجم     تعازي إلى آل الهلالي

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : ( بيان صحفي : ابن القذافي وخطوطه الحمراء )

( الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا ) : بيان حول خطاب سيف القذافي

( سيف الإسلام يعيد ليبيا الى أهلها ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

Wednesday, 22 August, 2007: A top US Middle East envoy has arrived in Libya to lay the groundwork for a possible visit by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice later this year. David Welch will also discuss improving bilateral ties and compensation for terrorism victims. The trip is seen as a sign of Libya's return to the international fold. Ms Rice suggested she might visit Libya after it released six foreign medical workers convicted of spreading HIV. [BBC]
Wednesday, 22 August, 2007: Eight countries, including Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Syria, India, Malta, and Pakistan, in addition to hosts Libya will take part in the al-Fateh international tennis tournament, to be held next week, Panapress quotes Libyan sources as saying on Sunday. Malek Hilal, Issam Hilal and Moatassim Mourad will represent Libya in the tournament. [Magharebia]
Wednesday, 22 August, 2007: Maltese army officials arrive in Libya this morning in a bid to establish clear areas of responsibility for search and rescue in this part of the Mediterranean. The government is hoping that the meetings between Malta and Libya will lead to a breakthrough in the constant wrangle over illegal immigration. An AFM patrol vessel left for Tripoli yesterday following a rare invitation by Libya to tackle issues of cooperation at sea. [The Times Of Malta]

الساطور : ( الدستور )

( أسرة فاسدة وشقية وسبتمبر أسود ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( حكاوي ليبية (8) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Tuesday, 21 August, 2007: The Lockerbie bombing case, which has often been linked to the trial of the six Bulgarian medics in Libya, is about to make a historic U-turn after a key witness confessed to perjury, Darik radio reported. Ulrich Lumpert, a Swiss electronic engineer and former employee at the Zurich-based MEBO Ltd Telecom, has admitted that he stole from the company a hand manufactured MST-13 Timer PC-Board that was later used as evidence against the defendant, Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. The confession was made in a letter sent to dozens of organizations and individuals, including Darik radio journalist Svetoslav Ivanov. [SNA]
Tuesday, 21 August, 2007: Libya needs reforms to strengthen its grass-roots direct democracy, including setting up independent bodies such as a central bank, a high court and media, Qadhafi's son said on Monday. But reform-minded Saif al Islam, who also detailed a 104 billion dinar ($82.80 billion) social and economic development plan to tackle the North African country's problems, told a rally of thousands of young supporters, his father's leadership and Islamic Sharia law were not up for discussion. "The next challenge for Libya is to draft a package of laws which you can call a constitution or whatever you like but they must be endorsed by the people to become a contract between all Libyans," he said in a speech broadcast live on state television. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 21 August, 2007: Libya said work has begun on a new 1 bln eur airport for the capital Tripoli which will be able to welcome 20 mln travellers per year. The work is being carried out by a consortium of six companies including Vinci of France, Oderbrecht of Brazil and TAV of Turkey, under the supervision of a French research consultancy, state news agency JANA cited project director Abdel Majid Sadah as saying. The 1,165 hectare site will be able to handle up to 100 planes, with a car park capacity of 4,400 spaces. Transport Minister Mohammed Abu Ajila said the new airport would inaugurate a 'radical change' in the country's air transport sector, adding that a further 2 bln eur have been set aside to modernise other airports in the country. [AFX]

( لقد مات قلبي ... ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( صحيفتان وإذاعة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( حقنة أغسطس لهذا العام هل ستكون كبيرة!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Monday, 20 August, 2007: There is a lesson for the rest of Africa in the Libyan leader Qadhafi's hardline stance against the West. First is that the West does not believe our system of justice can be fair to one of their own, so they will exert all forms of diplomatic pressure and threats to ensure that he or she is released. Secondly, we should not delude ourselves that we can withstand Western pressure to have one of their citizens released. We have to accept that we need their aid, money, political and military support, private investments and technology. Thirdly, we need to disabuse ourselves of the notion that Western justice is perfect. If the West looks upon our systems of justice as corrupt, we have no reason to view theirs differently. [The East African]
Monday, 20 August, 2007: Gina Waldman of Tiburon, USA, has horrific tales of escaping with her Jewish family from anti-Semitic mobs in Libya in the wake of the 1967 Six Day War between five Arab nations and Israel. What happened to her then colors what she does now - trying to educate the world about the destruction of Jewish civilizations in North Africa and the Middle East where Jews had lived for 2,000 years. "Palestinians are not the only refugees in the Middle East," says Waldman. In 1948, when Israel was founded, nearly 1 million Jews lived in Arab countries and Iran; today there are fewer than 5,000. "My community (in Libya) is extinct," she says. [MIJ]
Monday, 20 August, 2007: Libya's 4th windsurfing championship is slated for 23-24 August at the nautical sports club of Benghazi (1,050km in the eastern part of the country), sports sources said here Sunday. Some 50 windsurfers from 12 nautical sports clubs under the regional federations will be competing. The race of this competition comprises 7 stages in which each club participates with two windsurfers. Furthermore, in the same game, the regional nautical sports federation of Zouara municipality (110km in the western part of Tripoli) will host the 9th nautical sports tournament scheduled 5-8 September. [AeL]
Monday, 20 August, 2007: The chairman of the Qadhafi Foundation, Seif al-Islam al-Qadhafi, inaugurated on Saturday in Abou Zayyan (90km south-west of Tripoli), the Abou Zayyan reservoir of the water resources of the grand artificial river, aimed at meeting fresh water needs for domestic and agricultural purposes in the region. The Abou Zayyan reservoir, which is located at the peak of Al-Jabal Al-Gharbi Mountain, at a height of 860m above sea level, comprises five components, each 120m long, 90m wide and 7m high. The capacity of this reservoir whose aqueduct system is 83km long (74km built with armed concrete) can reach 300,000m3. [AeL]
Monday, 20 August, 2007: Is Libyan President Qadhafi seeking justice or blackmailing the West? This is the question that arises following the release of the six foreign medics who were incarcerated for over eight years in Tripoli. The medics insisted they were innocent. They saw themselves as pawns in a vindictive war of nerves between Qadhafi and his Western foes. The truth may never be known, and for the key political players, it is probably irrelevant. What is important is that the nurses were arrested and confined in Libya, which, like most African countries is seen as a human-rights backwater by the West. They believe it has no respect for the rule of law, and that trials in the country are not to be up to Int'l standards. [The East African]

( عبدالعاطي خنفر.. وابتسامة في وجه سجّان ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

( مزمارى عفوا لا تيأس ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

( إستقالة ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

تعازي إلى آل الفرّاح     تعزية إلى آل بن غزي

Libya's Nonsense Fools West  By : Dr. Mansour O. el-Kikhia

( شيوخ برقة يكشفون مؤامرة القذافي ضد شعب برقة العظمى ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( مقاصد اختلاف الدارين (4) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( الإحتلال فيه ما تختار!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Sunday, 19 August, 2007: A new exhibition complex destined to optic culture dubbed "Silvium" was inaugurated Thursday in Benghazi (1050 km east of Tripoli) at a ceremony attended by several Libyan men of culture, writers and artists. The complex comprises paintings and other works of art exceeding 122 pieces signed by artists of different generations. [PANA]
Sunday, 19 August, 2007: The COMESA Secretariat during 13-14 August organized a workshop in collaboration with the Central Bank of Sudan (CBS) on limited cross-circulation of local currencies among Sudan, Egypt and Libya. The workshop came in implementation of the second phase of the monetary and financial coordination program for the COMESA states. [SMC]
Sunday, 19 August, 2007: Indonesia's Wijaya Karya (WIKA) hopes to build a concrete factory in Libya next year, according to WIKA President Soetjipto. "We are interested in constructing a factory as our participation in the development (in Libya)," Soetjipto said. The proposal for the project has been submitted to the Libyan government, he said. WIKA would allocate a fund amounting to about US$12 million for the project. [Antara]

الساطور : ( نريد أن نأكل )         المسحان : ( الشواطيء الليبية )

حملة التضامن البريطاني الليبي : دعوة للتظاهر أمام سفارة الطاغية القذافي

لجنة العمل الوطني في المملكة المتحدة : دعوة للإعتصام في ذكرى إنقلاب سبتمبر

( شيءٌ ما ، يجب أن يقال ) بقلم : أمارير

( الممرضات والطبيب ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

Saturday, 18 August, 2007: The top American diplomat for Middle East affairs will travel to France, Libya and Oman next week for discussions on a wide range of issues, the U.S. State Department said Thursday. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch's first stop will be Paris, where his topics of discussions with French counterparts will include Syria and efforts to resolve the Palestinian question, the department said. In Libya, Welch will help lay the groundwork for a potential visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Tripoli. [AFP]
Saturday, 18 August, 2007: Algerian JS Kabylie came back from a goal down to beat their visitors Ittihad of Libya 3-1, on Friday, to keep their hopes alive of going through to the semi-finals of the CAF Champions League. With only one match to go in the quarter-finals group stage, the Algerians are third with six points, 4 behind leaders Etoile du Sahel and just a step behind second-placed Ittihad of Libya. Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel, who have already secured their spot in the semis, will face Moroccans FAR Rabat, 3 points, on Sunday in Tunisia. [FilGoal]
Saturday, 18 August, 2007: Following a lawsuit by Libyan leader Qadhafi against the Palestinian news agency Ma'an for falsely reporting that he had suffered a stroke and had been taken to hospital, the general prosecution in Ramallah, West Bank, investigated Ma'an's editor-in-chief Nasser Al-Laham. Al-Laham was accused of "harming Palestinian-Libyan relations," "harming Libya's internal security," "slandering the Libyan president," and six other offenses. [Memri]
Saturday, 18 August, 2007: A new satellite channel "Al-Libya" was launched Wednesday in Tripoli during an elaborate musical show mounted by Libyan singers and other stars from around the world, including Zine Omar, Nourhane, Libyan Cheb Jilani. The Egyptian film-director Mohamed Ahmed Ali, the dean of journalists of the UAE, Mohamed Youssef, and the vice-president of the Union of Arab Journalists, Hachmi Nouira, were in attendance. Libyan journalist Bechir Belaou is Director of the new channel, owner of the media company "Al-Ghad". [PANA]

( سمير بن علي و جمعة القماطي ) : دعوة لاستشراف المستقبل الليبي

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

الساطور : ( من التوره إلى الدوله )

Friday, 17 August, 2007: Malta deplores France's nuclear deal with Libya: France is suspected of having struck a civil nuclear deal with Libya. The columnist Raphael Vassallo is horrified by collaboration with "a dyed-in-the-wool military dictatorship with no respect for (or even concept of) human rights? a country in which democratic opposition is banned by law, where free speech does not exist, and where torture and human rights violations are an undisguised, everyday fact of life? This is precisely the kind of country that gets rewarded with a nice memorandum of understanding, signed by President Sarkozy, for a nuclear reactor to power its national desalination programme. ... What exactly did Libya do, to suddenly enjoy the trust of European countries like France, while harmless little Malta evidently does not? (For let's face it: the very least France could have done was consult us, before giving nuclear technology to the only country to have threatened us with military action since World War II?)." [Malta Today]
Friday, 17 August, 2007: Former ministry of Finance deputy minister, Mbita Chitala has been appointed Zambia's ambassador to Libya. Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony at State House yesterday, President Mwanawasa said he had known Mr Chitala for a long time, as he was also one of the founder members of the [ruling] MMD. He said Qadhafi was his personal friend hence the decision to send another colleague to represent Zambia. [The Times of Zambia]
Friday, 17 August, 2007: Revelations on Monday that Libya has not yet rid itself of an estimated 1,000 tons of uranium went ignored, amid fears that the country is sitting on a nuclear stockpile it promised to dismantle back in 2003. The French Ambassador to Malta Jean-Marc Rives has so far declined to state what guarantees the French government will give Malta over nuclear safety and proliferation threats, after French president Nicolas Sarkozy signed a memorandum of understanding with Libya involving the possible construction of a nuclear reactor for civilian purposes – allegedly for desalination of sea water. The embassy has so far claimed it will only answer “when and how we deem appropriate” despite various press reports over concerns of handing over nuclear technology to Libya. [Malta Today]
Friday, 17 August, 2007: The US government’s position on the nuclear deal between Libya and France is unclear. “We have not seen the agreement between France and Libya on civil nuclear technology. We understand there has been some discussion,” the American embassy’s Charge d’Affaires Jason Davis told MaltaToday. Davis yesterday also said Libya had yet to sell its stockpile of uranium yellowcake ore, but added the country was “fully transparent in declaring its stockpile”. “It was agreed that this yellowcake would remain until Libya could sell it. ... It’s our understanding that Libya has been in discussion with potential buyers... In order to fully close the book on the previous chapter of US-Libyan relations, we continue to encourage Libya to sell the yellowcake.” Davis said the US government welcomed “all benefits the international community extends to Libya as a result of its historic decision to rid itself of its WMD programmes, and will continue to work with Libya to fully implement its commitments.” [Malta Today]
Friday, 17 August, 2007: Hill International, the worldwide construction consulting firm, announced that Libya's Birdi Tourism Investments Co. has selected Hill as program manager for the Bardiyah Development, a multi-billion-dollar waterfront development program located east of Tobruk, Libya. The initial 18-month contract for phase one of the program has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $6.0 million. The first phase of the project entails master planning and conceptual design. Birdi plans to develop the shoreline from Tobruk up to the Libyan/Egyptian border, a distance of more than 200 kilometers. High-end resorts and entertainment facilities are planned for the beachfront which includes magnificent bays of the Mediterranean Sea. During the first phase, Hill’s services will include program management, management and administration of consultant contracts, prequalification and evaluation of international planning firms, schedule control, cost control, quality control and contract administration. [Business Wire]

تعزية إلى آل الحريري     تعازي إلى آل خنفر والترجمان     تعزية إلى آل النعاس

( الصقر ) شعر شعبي : عبدالكريم المالكي

( إحتفال كولون.. المعاني والحوارات الجانبية ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( أفريكوم... هل يحط رحاله في ليبيا؟ ) بقلم : د. علي الفرجاني

مصطفى محمد البركي : ( نداء موجه إلى مشايخ قبائل برقة وأعيانها وشبابها )

( المثقف والمنفي! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعـشة

( سرّ الإنسان ) بقلم : فرج الفاخري

( ديمقراطية شعب برقة العظمى ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Thursday, 16 August, 2007: The U.S. State Department's point man on Libya will visit Libya next week to cement closer ties with Tripoli and plan a visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a senior U.S. official said on Wednesday. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch is due in Tripoli midweek on his first visit there since the case of the jailed medics was resolved last month. "We wanted an interval to pass after the Bulgarian medics' case so that we could have a good conversation with the Libyan leadership," said a senior U.S. official of Welch's visit. "We want to consult with them about all matters of regional concern and of course discuss how to move forward with our bilateral relationship," added the official. [Reuters]
Thursday, 16 August, 2007: Libya will enforce a 2% "stamp" tax on investment commitments for the winners of its current gas licensing round, a Libyan tax official said Wednesday. El Boueshi Ellafi, general manager of the tax department at the country's finance committee, said it would be the first time the additional tax is enforced since Libya started international bidding rounds. The licensing rounds followed the end of most sanctions against Libya in 2004. He said the legislation concerning the 2% tax - which is specifically used for investment, not on sold production or profits - dated from 1955 but hadn't been used for years. The official also said he held talks with the U.K.'s Foreign Office to end double taxation between Libya and the U.K. - a further step towards ending Libya's int'l isolation. He said an agreement should be take effect Sept. 10. [Dow Jones]
Thursday, 16 August, 2007: AECOM Technology Corp., a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today that it has been selected as the primary consultant and program manager by Libya's Housing and Infrastructure Board (HIB). his announcement, reflecting initial program management responsibilities, establishes AECOM as the main advisor for the Libyan HIB for major cities throughout the country. Following the initial phase, AECOM will work in conjunction with the HIB to implement a comprehensive housing and infrastructure development program for Libya that will create an enhanced environment for its citizens and visitors. [Business Wire]

محمد مخلوف : ( من الأرشيف الخاص للسينمائي محمد مخلوف )

( لماذا لم أخصّص حلقة للحديث عـن مفتاح لملوم؟ ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( بلا حدود.. ودروس سنة أولى إصلاح! (2) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( سيف البهتان... وازدواجية الهذيان!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( رساله إلى المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

( مزمارى مهلا لا تصرخ ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

( مية حبة كسكسو... ما يجن قنان ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

( أوهام الإصلاح ) بقلم : فدوى بويصير

Wednesday, 15 August, 2007: The Libyan government should drop charges against 12 men, one of them a Danish citizen, on trial for planning to hold a peaceful political demonstration in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. Two other men have "disappeared" since their arrest in connection with the case nearly six months ago. "For all its promises of better behaviour and improved ties with the world, Libya still imprisons those who express alternative political views, and it has 'disappeared' others," said Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division. "Twelve men are potentially facing death sentences, and two are missing in custody, their whereabouts unknown." [HRW]
Wednesday, 15 August, 2007: Libyan Prime Minister Dr. Al Baghdadi Ali Al Mahmudi while commenting on the high quality of Sri Lankan migrant workers informed Foreign Minister Bogollagama that there was a need for a 100,000 labour force in Libya for their future development activities and requested Sri Lanka to make use of this opportunity. He further suggested for both countries to consider entering into an agreement for the supply of manpower to Libya. Minister Bogollagama agreed to request the Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister of Sri Lanka to travel to Libya to finalise such an agreement. [Daily News]

الساطور : ( خودلك! )

( كبرت الرأس التي كان يجب أن تقطع ) بقلم : عاشور الورفلي

( مؤتمر "البقايا" الخامس.. مؤتمر "آل كابوني" الأوّل!! ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( بالمقلوب ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( إن الله لا يصلح عمل المفسدين ) بقلم : محمد علي عبدالله

Tuesday, 14 August, 2007: French President Nicolas Sarkozy furiously backpedalled yesterday over plans to help Libya build a nuclear reactor. He said of reports that France was considering selling its latest nuclear design to Libya: "It's false. It's false." The Telegraph revealed yesterday that nuclear experts believe that Libya has almost 200 barrels of yellowcake uranium, which it has allegedly been trying to use as a bargaining chip in negotiations for a reactor. A spokesman for the French company Areva, the largest reactor maker in the world, said that recent talks between France and Libya were "diplomatic" rather than commercial but Areva employees had discussed civilian nuclear sector information. [The Telegraph]

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (10) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( ليبيا (1) و ليبيا (10) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

Monday, 13 August, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi has sent a letter of anger to his son about the latest statements made by Seif al-Islam, where he said the six foreign medics had been tortured, advising him to stop doing favours to criminals and enemies of Libya and to spread false rumours that can be used against Libya, Libya Today reports online citing trusted Libyan sources. The sources don’t say whether the letters had been received, but inform that Seif al-Islam had been called to explain to his father and promised not to make any more statements of the kind. [FIA]
Monday, 13 August, 2007: Libya is stalling on a 2003 pledge to dispose of its uranium, with nearly 200 barrels of the material still in its hands, The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper said that the uranium is in the form of yellow cake ore and is being stored at a military base in the town of Sabha. It is worth about 200 million pounds (295 million euros, 404 million dollars), according to the Telegraph. Libya abandoned its nuclear weapons programme in 2003 in return for the lifting of Western sanctions, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was supposed to oversee the disposal of uranium. [FIA]
Monday, 13 August, 2007: In a hidden corner of Rome's busy Fiumicino Airport, police dug quietly through a traveler's checked baggage, looking for smuggled drugs. What they found instead was a catalog of weapons, a clue to something bigger. Their discovery led anti-Mafia investigators down a monthslong trail of telephone and e-mail intercepts, into the midst of a huge black-market transaction, as Iraqi and Italian partners haggled over shipping more than 100,000 Russian-made automatic weapons into Iraq ... Operation Parabellum, the investigation led by Dario Razzi, anti-Mafia prosecutor, began in 2005 as a routine investigation into drug trafficking, branched out into an inquiry into arms dealing with Libya, and then widened to Iraq. [AP]
Monday, 13 August, 2007: Libya has sent two plane loads of relief materials to Mauritania to assist victims of the flood in the city of Tintan. The two Libyan cargo planes carrying the materials landed at the Nouakchott International airport Friday. An official Libyan source said the first cargo plane to leave Tripoli conveyed to Mauritania 30 tons of aid (food products, medical supplies, inflatable dinghies and power generators). The second plane, which left Benghazi, Libya's second city, carried 20 tons of aid, including medical supplies and equipment. [AeL]

( إحتجاز رهائن 38 عاما في ليبيا ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( مدينة هون القديمة ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

( حمير طروادة.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( علم الاستقلال والاصطياد في الماء العكر ) بقلم : موحمد ؤمادي

( سيف الإسلام كان أكثر شفافية من منظمة العفو الدولية ) بقلم : عاشور الورفلي

( مقاصد اختلاف الدارين (3) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

محمد مخلوف : ( ديمقراطية "ليبيا وطننا" الناقصة.. وتحريف "الساطور" للحقائق )

Sunday, 12 August, 2007: Libya has officially denied the statement of Qadhafi's son saying the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were tortured in prison, where they spent more than eight years, Al Jazeera TV reported. An anonymous official contacted the channel after it aired the interview with Seif al-Islam al-Qadhafi to say his words were not true. "That opinion belongs to his author and does not present the position of the whole country," the source said. [SNA]
Sunday, 12 August, 2007: Both the Maltese government and the opposition Labour Party seem unruffled by Libya's plans to build a nuclear reactor. They both see no reason why Libya should be treated differently from other countries pursuing nuclear technology. The memo of understanding to build the reactor, aimed at turning sea water into clean potable water was signed after French President Sarkozy held talks with Libyan officials two weeks ago. Malta's Foreign Minister Dr Michael Frendo told a local daily: "Malta has no issue" with the nuclear proposal. [African Path]
Sunday, 12 August, 2007: Britain has signalled its intent to press ahead with a bid to have five terror suspects returned from Guantanamo Bay despite reports that a US official had dubbed them "extremely dangerous". The US is considering the request but the Times said the Pentagon's head of detainee affairs had warned some of the men had close associations with senior al-Qaeda figures. The five men are not British nationals but were legally resident in the UK before they were detained. They are Shaker Aamer (Saudi Arabia); Jamil El Banna (Jordan); Omar Deghayes (Libya); Binyam Mohamed (Ethiopia); and Abdennour Sameur (Algeria). [Sunday Express]
Sunday, 12 August, 2007: A British resident held by the US as an alleged terrorist has claimed his captors repeatedly tortured him, subjecting him to beatings, sexual abuse and threats of execution. Omar Deghayes, 37, is one of five British residents who the UK government last week asked the US to release from Guantanamo Bay, after years of refusing to help them because they were not UK citizens. On Thursday, the family of Deghayes decided to release a detailed dossier of alleged torture which the former law student dictated to a lawyer who visited him in the Cuban internment camp. He is a Libyan national whose family fled to the UK after their trade unionist father was murdered by the Qadhafi regime in 1980. Deghayes was captured in Pakistan - his family members claim by bounty hunters - after the US attacked Afghanistan. They say he had gone there to start a business exporting dried fruit to a leading supermarket. [Gulf Times]

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيـان صحفي حول لقاء ابن القذافي في قناة الجزيرة

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : هل يمكن القيام بتنمية إقتصادية على حساب الديموقراطية؟

لقطات من ( أمسية تكريم المناضل المرحوم حسين الفيتوري ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( بلا حدود.. ودروس سنة أولى إصلاح! (1) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( هو الطهور ماؤه.. يا زعيم الإصلاح!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( الكذب لغة رسمية... والخيانة طبيعية!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Saturday, 11 August, 2007: Following the admission by Qadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, that the five medics were subjected to torture, the EU is considering possible actions against Libya, Der Standart reports, citing sources, close to the Portuguese presidency of the EU. According to the Austrian daily, the EU is considering the options for a demarche regarding the use of force in Libya. Seif al-Islam al-Qadhafi admitted on Thursday in an interview for Al Jazeera the medics were tortured to confess that they had infected hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. [FNA]
Saturday, 11 August, 2007: Six medical workers accused by Libya of infecting children with HIV are describing to Bulgarian officials Friday how they were tortured in Libya. Bulgarian authorities are questioning the medics as part of an ongoing investigation. Prosecutors in Sofia say they are preparing to bring torture charges against several Libyan police officers. Qadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, admitted Thursday during a television interview that the six had been tortured. [BBC]
Saturday, 11 August, 2007: A leopard doesn't change its spots. And Qadhafi, who has incredibly bought and connived his way back into the good graces of the int'l community, cannot change his brutal and unpredictable ways. The latest display of his brutality and unpredictability was his release from death row of foreign medics who had been tortured into confessions of intentionally spreading HIV at a Libyan hospital. There was good reason to suspect the dictator's clemency had been purchased. Now we know some of the terms of the deal. In a column he wrote about the dictator in 2004, Express-News columnist Mansour El-Kikhia employed the following allegory: "If you see the lion's fangs showing, don't think the lion is smiling." [San Antonio Express-News]
Saturday, 11 August, 2007: A high level Sri Lankan delegation led by Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogollagama left for a three day official visit to Libya. The delegation comprises Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development Minister A.H.M. Fowzie, senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and nine members from the business community. Bogollagama is expected to meet Libyan leader Qadhafi and senior officials of the Libyan Government. [Daily News]

الساطور : ( الحصيلو يا سيف! )

لقطات من ( احتفال لجنة العمل الوطني بذكرى تأسيس الجيش الليبي ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (17) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

Friday, 10 August, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi's son has said the six Bulgarian medics who were imprisoned for infecting children with HIV were tortured. Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi told Al Jazeera TV that Libyan investigators tortured the medics with electric shocks and threatened to target their families. But he denied his country would face legal action for mistreating them. The medics served eight years in detention before being freed last month. [BBC]
Friday, 10 August, 2007: Libyan Secretary of Economy, trade and investment, Dr Ali Issaoui said the national programme of the payment system will be launched in Libya next month. Speaking Wednesday in Tripoli during the conference for the promotion of the competitive capacities of Libyan products, he said this programme would largely contribute to the facilitation of the financial and administrative provisions of contracts and in the export of products. [AEL]
Friday, 10 August, 2007: The Libyan housing Office, signed on Tuesday contracts for the construction of 10,042 housing units in Tripoli, Morzouk and Wadi Chati (south of the country) for an overall cost of 1.177 billion Libyan dinars (1.250 Libyan dinar = 1 $US). The Office secretary, Abouzid Omar Dorda said that his institution was preparing for other building schemes across the various regions in the country to ensure comfortable accommodations to all citizens. [AEL]

( لماذا يشيدون المساجد بدل المصانع؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

الساطور : ( زي ملكة بريطانيا! )

( سيف القذافي يقع في نفس المحظور ) بقلم : مصطفى

Thursday, 9 August, 2007: Libya unveiled technical details of its first post-sanction exploration licensing round to focus on gas. Following on from three rounds focused on oil, Libya - home to some of the world's last under-explored hydrocarbon acreage - is offering foreign companies 12 contracts involving 41 blocks. "This licensing round is extremly important because it focuses on gas as the blocks offered today have potential of gas, more than oil," Shokri Ghanem, Libya's top energy official and head of the National Oil Corp., told reporters in Tripoli. Libya holds 53 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves and some experts suspect it could be double that. [Reuters]
Thursday, 9 August, 2007: OPEC is not expected to take a decision on output at its September meeting, Libya's top oil official said on Wednesday. "It is not expected to take a decision regarding this matter at the September meeting," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's state energy conglomerate National Oil Corp, told Reuters. "For a decision to be taken it needs a time to see if this direction is as a result of basic changes in supply and demand or as a result of speculation and profit-taking," he added. "Coordination is continuing (among OPEC countries). Observation and following up of prices and market movements are continuing," he said. [Reuters]

( إلى متى ، سنبقى نجهر بعشقنا للخرافة؟ ) بقلم : امارير

( سيميائية الكارثة / الاستعارة التي نحيا! ) بقلم : محمد المالكي

( عقولنا يا بو زرّ ايميح ايمينا.. بين الغفلة واكذوبة الهجرة..؟؟!! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( رسالة.. إلى زوجة معارض ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

الساطور : ( سيف القذافي : كذب بلا حدود )

تعزية إلى آل الدهماني    تعزية إلى آل الزروق

( المطلوب من دعاة التوقيع على عهد وميثاق وطني ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( جيش المعـيز!! ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Wednesday, 8 August, 2007: "I think the most important thing is to have a transparent and a clear political mechanism which shows everyone how to govern, how to cooperate, how to succeed. In other words, we need a constitution. Because now we don't have a constitution [and] nothing is well defined. And because nothing is well defined, you open the door for rumors, speculation, expectations ... My new target is to have a constitution ratified by every Libyan," Qadhafi's son Saif al-Islam was quoted as saying in an interview published in Newsweek magazine. [Newsweek]
Wednesday, 8 August, 2007: A Palestinian doctor who says he was tortured to confess he deliberately infected hundreds of Libyan children with HIV plans to file a complaint against Libya with a U.N. human rights panel, his lawyer said on Tuesday. Ashraf Alhajouj and five Bulgarian nurses were freed on July 24, after more than eight years in jail, under a cooperation deal between Libya and the European Union. "Alhajouj plans to file a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights committee in September over his torture, delayed proceedings and abuse of evidence among other things," lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld told Reuters. International scientists say they have shown the HIV subtype began infecting the children before the foreign medics arrived. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 8 August, 2007: A government spokesman has said Germany sees no need to have a say in the planned controversial arms deal between Libya and European aerospace giant EADS jointly owned by France and Germany. "We were informed about the discussions," Thomas Steg said Monday, referring to the 300 million euros ($411 m) worth of Milan-type anti-tank missile and communications systems that Libya has ordered from EADS. Although EADS is partly owned by German auto giant DaimlerChrysler and components of the Milan-type missiles are produced in Germany by EADS subsidiary MBDA, the government sees no need for negotiation, added Steg. He referenced a 1972 German-French treaty stating that the explicit approval of the other was not necessary in matters of armament exports by joint enterprises. [DW]
Wednesday, 8 August, 2007: The delivery by France of a nuclear unit to Libya is geopolitically irresponsible and useless from an energy point of view, says the Herald Tribune citing a French MP who commented on the memorandum signed between Paris and Tripoli on July 25, one day after six foreign medics were released. One of the first projects of this cooperation envisages the delivery of a nuclear unit to Libya for desalting sea water. [Focus News Agency]

( حبيبتي بمنزلة البحر، وفمها الندي بمنزلة امواجه ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( سرق نفطنا وركـّع رجالنا!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( إسترداد دولتنا الليبية.. عمليا ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Tuesday, 7 August, 2007: The son of Libyan leader Qadhafi said in an interview published on Monday that both his country and the EU had been guilty of "blackmail" in the case of the jailed medics. "Blackmail? Maybe. It is blackmail, but the Europeans also blackmailed us," said Seif al-Islam when asked by the international edition of Newsweek magazine about a multi-million-euro compensation paid to Libya in exchange for the medics' freedom. "Yeah, it's an immoral game, but they set the rules of the game, the Europeans, and now they are paying the price. Everyone tries to play with this card to advance his interests back home," he said. The medics were released on July 24 and pardoned by Bulgaria's president upon arrival in Sofia. [The Daily Star]
Tuesday, 7 August, 2007: Hollywood filmmakers hope to bring to the big screen the eight-year ordeal of six foreign medics convicted of deliberately injecting 460 Libyan children with the HIV virus. Sixth Sense Productions, which helped raise funding for Oscar-nominated genocide drama "Hotel Rwanda", said the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor had signed over their life rights for the film project "The Benghazi Six". The medics, who were sentenced to death, were freed on July 24 after the European Union brokered a cooperation deal with Libya following years of complex legal and political battles. "The story of 'The Benghazi Six' is ... inspirational having the six medics survive what they survived in prison throughout the years and lived to see their freedom," said Sam Feuer, president of development and production at Sixth Sense. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 7 August, 2007: Fred Dean was dumbfounded when a voice on the other end of the telephone told him that the remains of his stillborn son buried in Libya 44 years ago had been returned to the U.S. "I asked him if he was for real. I didn't believe him," the 67-year-old retired Air Force airman said Monday. Air Force officials returned from the north African country in June with the remains of 72 Americans, which had been buried there anywhere from 30 to 50 years. They are believed to be family members of airmen once stationed at Wheelus Air Base outside Tripoli or elsewhere in the region. Wheelus served as a base for B-52 bombers from 1958 to 1972. Airmen stationed there were permitted to have their families with them. [AP]
Tuesday, 7 August, 2007: Libya is seeking to share on the River Nile water. Libya is not among the Nile Basin countries. The basin comprises Burundi, DR Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. "The cooperation is beneficial to all of us and has attracted other countries outside the basin such as Libya, even though the Council of Ministers felt that the time is not appropriate yet for Libya to join," Mr Gordon Mumbo told journalists at a sub-regional media workshop in Jinja this week. Mumbo is the Regional Project Manager for Confidence Building and Stakeholder Involvement under the Nile Basin Initiative. Mumbo said River Nile has been affected by climate changes and environmental degradation. [The Monitor]

( لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي على الساحة الأوربية ) : فعاليات وطنية قادمة

الساطور : ( مشاكل كثيرة! )

صحفي : ( وزراة الثقافة تستبعد صلاح عـجينة ونعيمة العجيلي وعمر عبود... )

For Whom The Deal Rocks  By : Ghoma

( حناجر صامتة رغم وفرةٍ في الكلمات ) بقلم : امارير

( اسنين دلال + نوض عليه احسسه ) شعر شعبي : عبدالكريم المالكي

Monday, 6 August, 2007: French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is vacationing in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, USA, defended on Sunday his actions in helping secure the release of six foreign medics who had been held prisoner in Libya for eight years. There were no political trade-off between an arms sale to Libya and the return of the medics, Sarkozy told reporters. Sarkozy said the arms deal was the product of 18 months of negotiations between Libya and the European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. The arms deal, reportedly valued at 405 million dollars, was announced soon after the medics flew home to Bulgaria on a French presidential plane. [Xinhua]
Monday, 6 August, 2007: Palestinian-born Ashraf Al-Hajouj, one of six medics arrested in 1999 on charges of infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV, has one more reason to be happy after tasting what freedom feels like. The mystery over the beautiful woman who was seen in Ashraf company days after his release has been unveiled. Her name is Olya, 30, business lady born in Pleven, now living and working in Sofia. Olya captured the heart of Ashraf during an accidental meeting after his arrival in Sofia. Ashaf was to fly to the Netherlands on Saturday, where his family lives, but claims to have firmly decided to settle down in Bulgaria. [SNA]
Monday, 6 August, 2007: India's demand for a seat in the UN Security Council received strong backing from Libyan leader Qadhafi when Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee called on him at his desert camp near the coastal town of Sirte. "Col. Qadhafi reiterated that India has a right to have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council," a statement issued by the foreign ministry said. According to Qadhafi, "the sky is the limit for cooperation between the two countries," it added. During the hour-long meeting on Sunday, Mukherjee handed over a letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inviting Qadhafi to visit India. [Hindustan Times]
Monday, 6 August, 2007: Palestinian doctor Ashraf Alhajouj called on Sunday for an investigation into how he and five Bulgarian nurses were tortured to confess that they deliberately infected hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. "I ask the Libyan people to open such a file to help us clear our name," he told reporters in Woerden, a picturesque town 40 minutes from Amsterdam, where his parents and four sisters live after leaving Libya in 2005. "It is not the end now that we are free. We must clear our name of this tragedy. We are as much victims as the children," the 38-year-old doctor said. Alhajouj and the nurses were freed on July 24 after more than eight years in jail, under a cooperation deal between Libya and the EU. [Reuters]
Monday, 6 August, 2007: Bulgarian officials were surprised to learn on Sunday that the relatives of the six medics, who returned to Sofia last month after eight years of imprisonment in Libya, are determined to seek compensations for the time spent behind bars. "I am surprised by these reports," Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev, who has been closely involved in the trial over the last year, commented for the Bulgarian national radio. Minister Chaushev reacted to a statement by the son one of the nurses, who demanded that Bulgaria pay EUR 100,000 in damages to each of the medics. "I owe nothing to the Bulgarian state. It is the state that owes me for abandoning my mother behind the bars of a Libyan jail for eight years and half," Ivaylo Nikolchovski, son of Snezhana Dimitrova, told the Bulgarian national radio. [SNA]
Monday, 6 August, 2007: BNP Paribas was selected as the strategic partner of Sahara Bank by the Central Bank of Libya recently. The Group thus becomes the first foreign bank to develop full service banking activities in Libya, in accordance with BNP Paribas’ strategy of becoming one of the top tier financial groups in the Mediterranean Basin. According to the terms of an agreement with the Government’s investment holding company, BNP Paribas will acquire 19% of the bank’s capital and will immediately take over its operational control. The amount of this transaction totals €145 m, representing 3.6 times its current book value. Terms of the takeover include an option to purchase additional shares for up to 51% of the capital over the next 3 to 5 years. [Al-Bawaba]

( كلّ "هانيبال" وأنتم بخير! ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

تعازي إلى آل اللواحي    تعزية إلى آل اكويدير

( يا برقـه! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( خمسة حكاوي (5) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( آخر مسمار في نعـش سلطة الشعب!! ) بقلم : عبدالرازق المنصوري

Sunday, 5 August, 2007: Libya said yesterday it was looking at relaxing restrictions on foreign and domestic trade, part of investor-friendly reforms which long-time leader Qadhafi has said are inevitable in the modern world. The government's economy committee proposed that restrictions on imports be freed up and eventually cancelled. Export barriers would also be removed, except for cement, steel and subsidised commodities. The committee, part of the economy ministry, is made up of experts who study policy and issue recommendations to the government. [Gulf News]
Sunday, 5 August, 2007: The French president was not directly involved in an arms deal with Libya this week, a senior executive at the European defense and aerospace group EADS and a presidential palace official said yesterday. France has denied the sale of anti-tank missiles and radio systems to Libya was linked to the release of a group of foreign medics jailed for infecting children with HIV. Commercial negotiations between MBDA and Libya had been going on for a long time and we never intervened to speed up their conclusion," Claude Gueant, secretary general at the French presidential palace, told the French daily Le Figaro. [Kuwait Times]

تعزية إلى آل اللواحي     تعازي إلى آل البعجة وآل جعفر
تعزية إلى آل طلوبة أبوزعكوك     تعازي إلى آل خنفر وآل الترجمان

( مقاصد اختلاف الدارين (2) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( سيف والنظام الليبي لا يعرفون أين هي مصالحهم! ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Saturday, 4 August, 2007: The Mossad helped free the medics sentenced to death in Libya, Bulgaria's intelligence chief said. Gen. Kirtcho Kirov told the "24 Tchassa" daily that Israel's intelligence agency was one of 20 countries' security services that were active in trying to release the six medics convicted in Libya for infecting children with HIV. [JTA/Cleveland Jewish News]
Saturday, 4 August, 2007: Libyan top official rejected claims that Libya intends to break off diplomatic and economic relations with Bulgaria after Bulgarian President Purvanov pardoned the six medics accused of deliberate HIV infection, Arab newspaper Asharq Alawsat said. A recent statement by Qadhafi’s son Seif al-Islam, which states that the release of the medics was related to weapon deals between France and Libya, failed to express Libya’s official position, the official said. The official also denied that Libyan authorities have fabricated the case. He said that Saif al-Islam had no official position in Libya, and therefore his claims were not bound Libya. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 4 August, 2007: A European contract for selling anti-tank missiles to Libya could lead to a bonanza for arms companies, as Tripoli looks to rebuild an obsolete military and sheds its status as a pariah with the West, analysts said. The arms deal, finalized by European defense group EADS, signals a new open-door policy for the North African nation, which has seen its military hobbled by years of international sanctions. With Western confidence renewed in Libya's mercurial leader Qadhafi, analysts predict oil-rich Libya will lure droves of arms manufacturers. EADS said Friday it has finalized a contract to supply Libya with anti-tank missiles. [AP]
Saturday, 4 August, 2007: In exchange for the release of six foreign medics from Libya last week, did French President Nicolas Sarkozy enter into a defense agreement with and promise an enticing weapons package to the regime of Libyan dictator - and notorious supporter of terrorism - Colonel Qadhafi? The strongman's son says the French leader did. Sarkozy says he did not ... German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the German daily Handelsblatt: "I would have certainly wished that France had informed and gotten its European partners on board with the offer to Libya...." Some German policy-makers have "criticized the French deal with Libya and recommended that German companies continue not to do business with Libya." [DW]

مفتاح لملوم : ( ما كان يجب أن يقال لمحمد بن غلبون )

( دار الغيـّاب ) شعر شعبي : جمعة عبدالرحيم بوخبينة

( نعـيق بوم ينذر بشؤم!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( الرهـان على مسلم المسـتـقبل!! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعـشة

( في المعنى... "سيميائية التعالقات النصية العجيبة" ) بقلم : محمد المالكي

( جمعية أصدقاء الكاتب ـ طبرق ) : نداء من اجل إنقاذ المواطن أحمد يوسف العبيدى

( قصص إنقلاب سيارات الضباط.. ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( ليبيا وطن ورجال وليست كعكة وسكاكين.. ) بقلم : عاشور الورفلي

خواطر إمرأة من زمن الحب : دروس خصوصية.. فى الحب

( أفيقوا... أيها الليبيون ) بقلم : مصطفى

Friday, 3 August, 2007: Bulgaria's government said Thursday it wants to divert $57 million owed by Libya to an international humanitarian fund for the African country following the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned for allegedly infecting Libyan children with HIV. The move would effectively write off Libya's debt to Bulgaria and transfer the outstanding obligation to the internationally administered fund. "With these funds, Bulgaria aims to help Libya in its efforts to modernize its medical infrastructure, to contribute to the treatment of the HIV-infected children and to financial aid to their families," the government press office said. [AP]
Friday, 3 August, 2007: Libya signed two contracts with French companies for anti-tank missiles and radio communication equipments worth $405m, the first with a European country since an embargo was lifted in 2004. The first contract worth US$230 million was for Milan missiles, and the second totaling US$175 million was for advanced Tetra communications and surveillance equipment for the Libyan police. "This is an important deal because it is the first that Libya signed with a Western country since sanctions imposed in the early 1990s," a Libyan official said. [RTT]

الساطور ( سيف القذافي : اعترافات مجرم )

( أبجديات منسية في العمل الوطني (4) ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

تعزية إلى آل أبوشعالة     تعازي إلى آل الوليد     تعزية إلى آل أبوزعكوك

Thursday, 2 August, 2007: Libya is set to take charge of a United Nations (UN) anti-racism committee in a move condemned by human rights groups who say the north African country's rights record disqualifies it from the post. Antoine Madelin of the International Federation of Human Rights Leagues said Libya's nomination was "not good news". "Libya is not known for its respect for human rights, including respect for conventions against racism," Madelin said. [IOL]
Thursday, 2 August, 2007: The British government denied Wednesday a deal linking the fate of a Libyan jailed over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and the release by Tripoli of six foreign medics, after comments by Qadhafi's son. In an interview with Le Monde, Saif al-Islam said that a deal with Britain that could see Al-Megrahi extradited home was key to Libya's decision to release the medics. But Britain's Foreign Office immediately denied there was any link. "There is no link between Mr. Megrahi and the release of the Bulgarian and Palestinian medics," a spokesman told AFP, adding that there is no extradition agreement between Britain and Libya. [AFP]
Thursday, 2 August, 2007: Negotiations over French arms supplies played a role in the release of the Bulgarian medics held in Libya. France has agreed to sell Libya anti-tank missiles as part of the military agreement reached last week by French President Sarkozy and Libyan leader Qadhafi. "We are going to buy rocket-propelled grenades of the Milan type worth around 100 million euros," Qadhafi's son Saif al-Islam was quoted as saying in an interview published in Thursday's issue of Le Monde. "There's also a project for a weapons factory," he added. [DW]
Thursday, 2 August, 2007: The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has suspended Libya’s al-Ittihad defender Mohamed Zubya, BBC reported. Zubya was sanctioned for attempting to punch assistant referee Peter Edibe during the controversial injury time of a Champions League game against FAR Rabat two weeks ago. Al-Ittihad's Serbian coach Branko Melnitch and two other officials were suspended for one match each for involvement in the incident. [Magarebia]

( ان رافقت رافق زين ) شعر شعبي : جمعة عبدالرحيم بوخبينة

الساطور : الوجوه المتعددة لسيف القذافي

( يا لها من قصة!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (9) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

كتاب ( حرب تشاد.. الكارثة الكارثة (3) ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

Wednesday, 1 August, 2007: French Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday that supplying Libya with a nuclear reactor for the desalination of sea water is only a "hypothesis". Kouchner made the announcement before the parliamentary foreign affairs commission as he was explaining the nature of the memorandum of understanding his country signed with Libya during the visit of President Sarkozy to Tripoli last week. The agreement was signed a day following the release of the six Bulgarian medics in Libya, in which France played a major role. [KUNA]
Wednesday, 1 August, 2007: A draft statement from the Arab League at the end of its Monday's emergency summit did not comment on Libya's request to cut relations with Bulgaria over its pardon of the six medics jailed for allegedly infecting more than 400 children with HIV. Libya's Foreign Minister did not attend the summit, but int'l press quoted diplomatic sources as saying Libya's absence would not affect Arab support for the country's request. [Magharebia]
Wednesday, 1 August, 2007: Libya adopted a UN nuclear terrorism convention obliging governments to hunt down and punish those who unlawfully possess atomic devices, official news agency JANA said on Tuesday. The accord, approved by the U.N. General Assembly in 2005, requires governments to criminalise and investigate offences related to nuclear terrorism, share information and transfer detainees to help investigations and prosecutions abroad. [Reuters]

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