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( رسالة لكتـّاب الداخل : من نحن : كتـّاب أم عوّالة ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

( الأعرابي خارج حضارة العالم ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Wednesday, 28 February, 2007: Repsol YPF said Tuesday it had discovered in Libya its largest ever oil field, which will double its production and reserves in that country, but that fourth-quarter profit fell 14 percent on lower output and higher exploration costs. The oil field, located in Libya's Murzuq basin, holds 474 million barrels of oil, Repsol said in statement. The discovery was made by Repsol Oil Operations, a joint venture between the Spanish-Argentine company and Libya's National Oil Co. Repsol produces about 250,000 barrels a day of crude oil in Libya. [AP]
Wednesday, 28 February, 2007: According to Phoenicia Group, the leading U.S.-Libyan diversified business group, which is a strategic partner to key U.S. and international companies in Libya, Libya is suffering from an acute shortage of oil drilling and work over rigs, significantly delaying exploration programs of oil majors prospecting in the North African country. Symptomatic of the wider global glut in rig availability, U.S. newcomers ExxonMobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum, and the former Oasis Group (Marathon Oil, ConocoPhillips, and Amerada Hess) are finding themselves struggling to secure rigs on schedule for their expanding operations in the country, from exploring new blocks to revamping existing unproductive fields. [PRN]
Wednesday, 28 February, 2007: The Libyan government has agreed to start the process towards the liquidation of the defunct Voice of the Mediterranean radio station. Senior diplomats told MaltaToday that in a meeting held in Tripoli last week and attended by Foreign Minister Michael Frendo, the Libyan government expressed its willingness to accept the Maltese government’s invitation to liquidate and sell the remaining assets belonging to the radio station, set up in the late 1970s as a joint-project between the two countries. [MaltaToday]

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : قرار الإستغناء عن 400.000 موظف

( استشهاد الحسين بين الحقائق والأوهام (3) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Tuesday, 27 February, 2007: Oil prices settled at their highest level in more than two months on Monday as snowy weather in the U.S. spurred expectations for strong oil demand. Shokri Ghanem (photo), the head of Libya's oil industry, said that he sees U.S. oil prices remaining close to $60 for the rest of 2007. "The price will hover around $60 per barrel," Dow Jones Newswires quoted him as saying from his office in Tripoli. [AP]
Tuesday, 27 February, 2007: Businessmen from Libya and Belgium have met in Tripoli, Libya, to discuss cooperation between the two sides. The meeting included Secretary of the Committee of Chambers of Commerce, Head of Libyan Businessmen Council, Head of the Libyan Belgian Chamber, a number of Libyan and Belgian businessmen, and the Ambassador of Belgium. [LJBC]

( الشيخ والقصعة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( حرب المواقع.. خطأ أم خطيئة؟! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

The Libyan Constitutional Union (13)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

( قصة وعبر وتساؤلات (2) ) بقلم : خالد الغول

Monday, 26 February, 2007: Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor in Libya accused of making false claims of torture have pleaded not guilty to charges of slander. They say they made false confessions, admitting to infecting the children, because investigators tortured them. A Libyan police officer and a doctor claim nearly $4m (£2m) each in compensation in damages. Both were acquitted of torture charges in 2005. Tensions were high in the courtroom for the hearing in the slander trial, says the BBC's Rana Jawad. "You should be ashamed of your crimes," said the Palestinian doctor. "You tortured us and now you are prosecuting us." Police officer Jomaa Mishri said the lawsuit was not about money but rather about regaining their dignity. [BBC]
Monday, 26 February, 2007: Thirty years after officially proclaiming itself socialist, Libya is gradually opening up its banking system with a string of privatisations and the establishment of foreign banks. After mending its ties with the West and shaking off sanctions that made it a pariah state for the best part of three decades, Qadhafi's Libya is jumping on the bandwagon of economic reform and globalisation. Neither he nor Seif al-Islam -- Qadhafi's son and heir apparent -- have publicly announced liberalism as the regime's new doctrine, but the first privatisation is already under way. In late January, the Central Bank of Libya announced its intention to sell a minority stake in one of Libya's five state-owned commercial banks -- Sahara Bank -- to a "leading international financial institution." And last week Seif al-Islam announced plans to privatise the country's mobile phone sector as part of a programme of wider economic reforms. [AFP]

( علاّمة هارفارد لإسعاف ليبيا ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( ليبيا الغد.. نحو فكر سياسي وطني بديل!؟ (3) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

مستجدات جوائز تبره 2007     2007 Tibra Awards Update

( القراءات القرآنية.. إشكالية النقد (3) ) بقلم : محمد مليطان

( خباوة ليبي.. أنشخـّر ومازلت انشخـّر!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الوطـن ... ) بقلم : د. فتحي العكاري

Sunday, 25 February, 2007: At least 19 people trying to migrate to Italy from northern Africa on a rubber dinghy died in the waters between Tunisia and Sicily, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. A group of 31 survivors were rescued from the dingy this week and told the authorities about the others who died during the trip. “Their bodies were thrown into the sea,” one of the survivors was quoted as saying in Lampedusa, Italy’s southernmost island. The causes of death were unclear and none of the bodies have yet been found. The group had set sail from Libya.
Sunday, 25 February, 2007: The Senior Presidential Assistant and chairman of the interim authority of Darfur, Minni Minawi, will leave next Wednesday 28 February for Libya to attend the Libyan celebrations marking establishment of the People's Rule, scheduled to be on March 2nd. Minawi is expected to hold talks with Libyan officials. He also might meet Darfur holdout leaders. He will be accompanied by the state minister at the Ministry of Federal Government and Secretary of Sudan Liberation Movement, Mustafa Tirab, the official SUNA reported. [ST]
Sunday, 25 February, 2007: The five Libya-jailed Bulgarian nurses will be found guilty on the accusations of slander against two Libyan officials, medics' lawyer Hary Haralambiev said on Saturday. The nurses will be pronounced guilty, because if the court acquits them, this will be a crushing argument against the Supreme Court, which will be thus forced to repeal the nurses and doctor's death sentences. "This new trial's fate is crystal clear. The nurses will be simply pronounced guilty. The end is already known," Haralambiev said. [SNA]
Sunday, 25 February, 2007: The Union of Youth Organizations in Slovakia will submit on Monday an open letter to Prime Minister Robert Fico demanding that he should make a public apology to the families of the medics sentenced to death in Libya, BNR reported citing a Slovak website. The Slovak Union of Youth Organizations have joined criticisms against the Prime Minister’s statements in Libya about the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor. According to the organizations, Fico’s calling them “perpetrators” was an international scandal. [FIA]
Sunday, 25 February, 2007: Libyan coast guards and specialised security services have from 1 to 17 February arrested 1092 illegal immigrants from different countries who wanted to access Europe through Libya's territorial waters, according to officials Thursday. [PANA]

( ماراثون تبذير المال العام.. هل هناك فساد في مجلس الثقافة؟ ) بقلم : عزالدين اللواج

( حكاوي ليبية (5) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( أعمى يسرق عيناً مفقوءة.. بل الله لم يختر العربية ) بقلم : أمارير

( من أنظمة الحكم السياسية (2) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( وقوع... المواقع ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

Libya and Arabstans: From Raw Materials to Theme Parks?   By : Ghoma

Saturday, 24 February, 2007: Libya will raise the wages of government employees and workers in state-owned companies up to 275 per cent, the son of leader Qadhafi, Seif el-Islam said Thursday. Qdhafi has repeatedly urged the government to improve the living conditions of the population and spread oil revenues more fairly. Seif al-Islam said the minimum monthly wage for civil servants would rise 110 percent from next month. The minimum stands at 200 Libyan dinars ($155). Salaries of Libyans working in state-owned oil companies will jump 275 per cent. [MEOL]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: Libya is planning to privatize its mobile phone sector next week as part of a program of wider economic reforms, the son of Libyan leader Qadhafi said Thursday. "The two mobile phone companies, Al Madar and Libyana, will go private as of Tuesday," Seif al-Islam said during the inauguration of a national council for economic development. State-owned Libyana and Al Madar have around 2.3 million users out of a 6 million inhabitants. [METimes]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: The Libyan Embassy in Ghana has denied fresh media reports carried on Peace FM of mass Ghanaian deaths in the Libyan desert. However, a press statement released Wednesday says the Embassy is "astonished" at the reports that over 100 Ghanaians have died in an accident. "Such false information could jeopardise the cordial relations between Libya and Ghana," the statement says. "Following thorough investigation into the so-called accident, it has been authoritatively established that no such accident occurred. [Statesman]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: The forthcoming African Nations Cup qualifier against Libya on March 24 is crucial, as it will make their path easier to get to the next round, Brave Warriors coach Ben Bamfuchile said yesterday. Bamfuchile yesterday told Nampa that the Namibia's Brave Warriors must beat Libya to be in good standing in the group. The group 10, in which Namibia is drawn, also involves Ethiopia and Congo Brazzaville. [The Namibian]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: Sudan and Chad pledged to redouble efforts to end border violence being fuelled by Darfur's conflict, concluding their third agreement in 12 months to end hostilities and respect each other's sovereignty. "The problem should be addressed not by the Kalashnikov, the rocket propelled grenade or the Toyota (battlewagon)," Libyan leader Qadhafi said. "It is forbidden for an African to take up arms against a fellow African," he added. [Reuters]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: Slovakia's president has sent a letter to Libyan leader Qadhafi in which, according to Slovak Prime Minister (PM) Robert Fico, who handed it to Qadhafi, the Libya-jailed medics are called "criminals". Fico made the statement in an interview for the Slovak National Radio. "I cannot believe it," Bulgarian Ambassador to Slovakia Ognyian Garkov commented. Later in the day, the Slovak PM apologized to his Bulgarian counterpart Sergey Stanishev about the misunderstanding, concerning his statement. In a phone call, Prime Minister Robert Fico explained that Slovak media did not provide direct quote but twisted his words. [SNA]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: The Secretary of the Libyan General People's Committee, Mohamed Rached, and British Senior Health Minister, Patricia Hewett, have held talks on the consolidation of ties between health institutions of the two countries. [PANA]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: Libya's Omar Askar Hospital, and the British Queen's Square Hospital, both specialised neurosurgery, have signed a twinning agreement in London. [PANA]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: The secretary for Co-operation at the Libyan general people's committee for Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Tahar Siala, has chaired a meeting with stakeholders to reactivate the Libyan national de-mining programme and land development project. [PANA]
Saturday, 24 February, 2007: Libyan authorities have been holding meetings dedicated to the setting up of a national wheat self- sufficiency programme, official sources said Friday. [PANA]

كتاب ( علي بن أبي طالب : فكره وثقافته ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (3)

( دموع القمر : قصائد شعرية مختارة (2) ) ترجمة : صلاح الحداد

( متـافـل ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

Friday, 23 February, 2007: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nation's atomic watchdog group, raises new questions about Iran's controversial nuclear research program and whether that rogue country has been receiving outside assistance with uranium enrichment. A report by the IAEA, released Thursday, points fingers at Libya as a supporting player in Iran's nuclear proliferation. The agency suggests that uranium particle contamination of the Iranian centrifuges is similar to that found in Libya more than two years ago. [NM]
Friday, 23 February, 2007: Slovakia is ready to offer medical treatment to more than 400 Libyan children allegedly infected with HIV in 1999, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said Thursday. After meeting his Libyan counterpart A. al-Mahmoudi in Tripoli, Fico said that the children should "arrive in Slovakia soon for a two-week medical treatment," Bratislava's TA3 TV reported. Fico, who traveled to Libya on Wednesday, said that the Libyan prime minister accepted his offer and that Slovakia would cover the costs of the treatment. The two officials also discussed the fate of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in a high-profile AIDS trial in Libya last year. [HT]
Friday, 23 February, 2007: The Libyan Economic Development Board (LEDB) was launched today at a glittering ceremony in Tripoli. The LEDB is a major policy result of Libya's National Economic Strategy (NES) project which began in 2005. The formation of the LEDB has been a result of a rigorous process of assessment and design led by the NES Libyan team, supported by the Monitor Group, the international strategy and economic consultancy. The inauguration of the LEDB is being led by Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi, Chairman of the Qadhafi Foundation for Development and Dr. al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, Libya's Prime Minister. [Business Wire]
Friday, 23 February, 2007: One of Darfur's main rebel factions complained it had not been invited to talks in Libya between Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and Darfur rebels who have rejected a shaky peace deal. The peace talks are aimed at trying to entice a rebel coalition, the National Redemption Front, to join a 2006 peace deal between Khartoum and one faction of the former rebel Sudan Liberation Movement. But the commander of a separate Darfur splinter group said he had not been informed of the talks in advance, and dismissed them as a charade. [Reuters]
Friday, 23 February, 2007: Speaking during a meeting with Dr. Ahmed Saeed Al Shareef, Chairman of the Libyan Free Zones Authority, Jamal Majid Bin Thaniyah, Vice-Chairman of Dubai World, said: "Dubai World, in its position as an expanding global holding company, is committed to contributing to the economic development of the region". Dr. Al Shareef said: "The main purpose of our visit is to learn from Dubai's experience in developing and operating free zones". "At the Misurata Free Zone we offer investors the standard "Five Freedoms" privileges, including tax and customs exemptions." The zone occupies 430 hectares. [Arabian Business]
Friday, 23 February, 2007: Can Harvard Business School competitiveness guru Michael Porter fix the Libyan economy? Since meeting one of Qadhafi's sons at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in 2004, Porter and a group of Western consultants have become deeply engaged in overhauling the petro-state. Qadhafi's son, Seif al Islam, is making a career of trying to reform what is by many measures one of the world's most backward economies. Now, thanks to his relationship with Porter and Monitor Group, a firm with which Porter is affiliated, a roadmap for restructuring is emerging ... Now the more difficult work begins -- making real changes that free up the private sector and improve the business environment. [Business Week]
Friday, 23 February, 2007: President of Sudan Omer Al-Bashir returned home Thursday after participation in the quartet Summit held in the Libyan capital of Tripoli to follow up implementation of Tripoli Declaration and Agreement signed between Sudan and Chad. In a statement to SUNA, Sudan's Foreign Minister Al-Sammani Al-Wasila said President Al-Bashir had attended quartet summit held at an initiative of Libyan leader Qadhafi and Eritrean President Afeworki to look into tensions in the Sudanese-Chadian relations, describing the visit to Libya as successful. [UPI]
Friday, 23 February, 2007: In a stark reminder of the perils some face when using the Internet to express themselves, Abdel Kareem Nabil, an Egyptian blogger has been sentenced to four years in prison after being convicted of insulting Islam and Egypt's president in his writings ... The press freedom group Reporters without Borders was quick to condemn the ruling. The group had previously labeled Egypt one of the 13 "Internet enemies" ... Other nations on the list include Cuba, China, Iran and Syria. The group noted that some countries are making progress, with Libya removed from the enemies list after it stopped censoring Internet traffic. [ECT]

تعازي إلى آل المسماري     تعازي إلى آل الشلطامي

( اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة ) : بيان بشأن منع المعتقلين السياسيين من الزيارة

( الرابطة الليبية ) : لمصلحة من يجري التضييق على حرية الرأي والتعبير؟

الساطور

( الأعرابي لا يعرف وطن ولا دولة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( فصل من رواية " لوّاي المشماشة " ) بقلم : محمد الأصفر

( المعارضة الليبية وحركة حماس.. بين الأعتراف أو التهميش ) بقلم : ليبيوس توباكتوس

( الخوف من البدايات! ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

Thursday, 22 February, 2007: OPEC, producer of 40 percent of the world's oil, doesn't need cut production further when it meets next month, said top oil officials from Libya and Algeria. Libya's Shokri Ghanem, who heads the state-owned National Oil Corp. said in a telephone interview from Tripoli today that "at this point, there does not seem any action is needed." OPEC's next meeting will be on March 15 in Vienna. The OPEC has announced reductions totaling 1.7 million barrels a day since October, seeking to support prices. [Bloomberg]
Thursday, 22 February, 2007: Libya's Ministery of Manpower Training has signed in Tripoli a technical cooperation agreement with the German Siemens Company. The agreement concerns advanced training in electronics, automatic control and communications. The agreement aims at establishing partnership to develop the High Center for Electronic Professions in Tripoli to become an electronic knowledge center to provide advanced electronic techniques. [LJBC]
Thursday, 22 February, 2007: Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) said it signed oil exploration deals with three consortia headed by Germany's Wintershall, Japan's Inpex and Canada's PetroCanada. The permits, awarded in December following a bidding round, involve a consortium of Wintershall as operator and MOECO (Mitsui Oil Exploration), a consortium of Inpex as operator and MOECO, and a consortium of PetroCanada as operator and Repsol, an NOC statement said. It said the deals were signed on February 19. [Reuters]
Thursday, 22 February, 2007: A Darfur rebel group announced the arrival of its leader to Tripoli in response of invitation from Libyan leader Qadhafi. A Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction led by Ahmed Abdelshafi said its leader has arrived in the Libyan capital Tripoli. Qadhafi invited the Darfur holdout rebel groups to listen to their points of view on the resolution of the conflict. According to the SLM, Abdelshafi's visit to Tripoli does not mean a change in the initial stance of the group: no peace talks before the reunification of all the factions of the SLM. [ST]
Thursday, 22 February, 2007: Chad President Idriss Deby arrived in Libya for talks aimed at bringing peace to the western Sudanese region of Darfur, the scene of one of the world's worst humanitarian crises. Violence in Darfur has spilled over into Chad, which accuses Sudan of supporting rebels launching cross-border attacks that have exacerbated ethnic tensions and triggered a flood of refugees. "We hope this crisis will find its appropriate solution," Deby was quoted as saying by Libyan state news agency Jana after he arrived. [Reuters]
Thursday, 22 February, 2007: The UK's BG has launched seismic work at its 100% owned blocks in Libya's Sirte Basin and says seismic at the Kufra Basin blocks it shares equally with Norway's Statoil will start next month. [EIG]

( القراءات القرآنية.. إشكالية النقد (2) ) بقلم : محمد مليطان

موقع ( ليبيا الوفاء ) : مذكرة تضامن ومناشدة للضغـط لإطلاق سراح الدكتور إدريس بوفايد ورفاقه http://www.libyaalwafa.com/idrees_abufyed/urgent_appeal_021607.htm

( مدينة زليتن تغـرق ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

( ومضـات ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( إلى أبناء الشعب الليبي : تـنبيه ودعوة للحذر ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيان حول الاعتقالات التعسفية الاخيرة

Wednesday, 21 February, 2007: Western majors chasing lucrative Libyan oil deals face a host of challenges in their quest to help raise output from big workhorse oilfields boasting Africa's largest reserves. The concerns - among them legal uncertainty and industrial constraints - are compounded by the possibility Libya may have other priorities. Libya has held three exploration licensing rounds since the end of sanctions. Multinationals are eyeing juicier deals with the OPEC member which they hope to negotiate bilaterally without competing in a bidding round. [FE]
Wednesday, 21 February, 2007: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Libya for talks on Tuesday with Darfur rebels to try to advance peace efforts in the western Sudanese region. The discussions will also be attended by Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhdafi, Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki and U.N. and African Union envoys, the official said. The official said he expected Qadhafi to try to persuade the National Redemption Front Darfur rebel group to join a peace deal reached between one rebel faction and Bashir's government in May 2005. [Reuters]

الساطور

( لقطات من مظاهرة الليبيين في لندن في ذكرى انتفاضة فبراير ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( لجنة العمل الوطني في المملكة المتحدة ) : بيان اعتصام لندن

( إعتقال الشرفاء في ليبيا شهـادة حية لزوال النظام ) بقلم : د. سعاد الفيتوري

كتاب ( علي بن أبي طالب : فكره وثقافته ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (2)

Tuesday, 20 February, 2007: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir will leave here for Libya on Tuesday morning to meet Darfur rebels, who failed to sign Abuja peace deal. Negotiations between the Sudanese government and Darfur rebels are to be held under the sponsorship of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, and to be attended by Eritrean President Isaias Afworki and UN and African Union envoys for Sudan's Darfur, the Sudan News Agency reported. [KUNA]

( الرقيب ) : اعتقالات بسبب التعبير عن الرأي

الساطور

( ما علاقة الشعب بجماهيرية القذافي؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الحق المبين فى عـقائد السنوسيين ) بقلم : محمد الصادق

تعازي إلى آل الزائدي     تعازي إلى آل المسعودي

( تكلموا!.. من أجـل مستقبل أفضل!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( في وداع الحضارة.. نحن فقط ، لا أحد سوانا ) بقلم : أمارير

Monday, 19 February, 2007: A UN report claiming that Arab countries trained al-Qaeda recruits in Somalia - and sent some of them to Lebanon to fight alongside Hizbullah - is probably false, a leading Israeli terrorism expert told YNet. According to the Times, a UN report said "hundreds of Islamist fighters were flown from Somalia to Syria and Libya for training." "I don't think ... Libya, mentioned by the report, would do it. It doesn't add up," Dr. Boaz Ganor said. [YNetNews]
Monday, 19 February, 2007: Libyan municipalities on Monday will name secretaries of their planning councils and of sectoral people's committees in line with the General People's Congress (GPC)'s directive of 26 March. The GPC is the country's highest legislative body. [PANA]
Monday, 19 February, 2007: Tunisia defeated Libya, 68-60, on Friday in the first leg of the joint qualifiers for the African Basketball Championship and the All African Games in Algeria. The return leg is scheduled for Feb. 24 in Tunisia. Sixteen teams will participate in the African Nations Championship and 12 will take part in the African Games in Algeria. [Magharebia]

( ليبيون في قاهـرة المُعزّ.. معرض الكتاب (5) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

محمد بن غلبون : ( تصحيح لبعض المعلومات الواردة فى مقالة رفائيل لوزون.. )

M. Ben Ghalboun: Corrections To Some Information In Luzon'S Article

( كذب وعـنطزة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

خواطر إمرأة من زمن الحب : الحلم الأول

( الديموقراطية كما يفهمها المناضل ادريس بوفايد!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله حسن

الجزيرة نت : ( لجنة حقوقية : ليبيا تعتـقـل ثلاثة معارضين )

( الاعتصام السلمي المرفوض.. والبديل الآتي ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( منظمة الأمل لحقوق الأنسان ـ السويد ) : مناشدة

( عندما طلب الخازوق استباحة بنغازي!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( اطري فبراير.. ) قصيدة صوتية : الأجدابي

خيري أبوشاقور : رسالة مفتوحة إلى السيّد سيف الأسلام القذافي

Sunday, 18 February, 2007: Libya hopes to remove the last irritants blocking normalization of relations with the U.S. "very, very soon," according to Libya's top foreign ministry official for North America. Ahmed Said al-Fituri, Libyan secretary for American affairs, is the highest-ranking Libyan official to visit Washington since the surprise announcement by longtime Libyan leader Qadhafi in late 2003 that he was giving up his WMDs and seeking better ties with the West. But full normalization -- including the naming of a U.S. ambassador to Tripoli and a possible visit by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the Libyan capital -- has been held up over U.S. concerns about Libya's human rights record. A number of regime critics have been jailed, and the U.S. and the EU have criticized the Qadhafi government's handling of the prosecution of a group of Bulgarian nurses convicted of infecting Libyan children with AIDS. [The Washington Times]
Sunday, 18 February, 2007: All the EU pressure and meddling with the Libya HIV trial won't lead to anything, Libya's former ambassador to London Mohammed Al-Zwai said. Europeans should stop pressuring Libya and start supporting the funds set up in Benghazi to help all the HIV-suffering children so they can find a way out of this dead-end street, Al-Zwai told AFP. [SNA]
Sunday, 18 February, 2007: The lawyer for five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya for infecting hundreds of children with HIV has appealed against their convictions. Othman Bizanti (photo) said he had lodged papers on their behalf on Saturday at the court where they had been tried in the capital, Tripoli. The lawyer for a Palestinian doctor also convicted of infecting the children lodged an appeal last week. Mr Bizanti said the Supreme Court should rule on the case by mid May. [BBC]
Sunday, 18 February, 2007: Malta's Foreign Minister Michael Frendo said relations between Malta and Libya to be as strong as ever and that the two countries would hold a meeting in April to discuss joint oil exploration in areas adjacent to the countries’ maritime borders. Frendo was speaking during a news conference following two days of discussions in Tripoli in the 24th meeting of the Malta-Libya Commission. The two sides also discussed illegal migration. [Independent]
Sunday, 18 February, 2007: Deep in the Libyan desert, four Canadian senators sat around a bonfire last week chatting global politics with their host, Qadhafi (photo). The former int'l pariah regularly ordered his officials to toss another log on the fire as he outlined his plans for improved relations with Canada. The unusual and unpublicized meeting marked the first official contact between the two countries since Stephen Harper's government took office. The Conservative Speaker of the Senate, Noël Kinsella, led the Canadian delegation, which also included Liberal David Smith, Progressive Conservative Nancy Ruth and Independent Marcel Prud'homme. [Global & Mail]

الساطور     المسحـان

( المقترب الإدراكي.. بين الصغير بفطرته والكبير بعاهته!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

في ذكرى رحيل الأستاذ عامر الدغيّس ( فبراير 1980م )

( موقع "جبهة الإنقاذ" ) : انتشار الدعم المركزي والأمن الداخلي في طرابلس
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( "أحلام مزعجة" كوابيس مزعجة ) بقلم : محمد منصور عجاج

( العصيان المدني في ليبيا ضرورة أم اختيار؟ ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( ماذا ننتـظر أيها الليبيون؟ ) بقلم : د. محمد نصر

( عـلـّمينا يا طرابلس... عـلـّمينا ما حيـينا!! ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( لجنة العمل الوطني في المملكة المتحدة ) : دعوة للإعتصام

Saturday, 17 February, 2007: Yemen has officially asked Libya to hand over a brother of a Shiite rebel leader whose followers are battling government forces in northern Yemen, the state news agency Saba reported Friday. The agency reports that Yahya al-Houthi, a member of the parliament, would be put on trial soon after he is extradited from Libya for "his leading role in the strife" in the northern province of Saada, Yemen. Authorities would ask the parliament to strip the MP al-Houthi of his parliamentary immunity ahead of prosecuting him, said the agency. [DPA]
Saturday, 17 February, 2007: Libya plans an $8 billion upgrade of its oil refineries with foreign investors' help and may launch a bidding round for gas exploration, its top energy official said said in remarks published on Thursday. "They need to be re-equipped at a requisite cost of not less than $8 billion," National Oil Corporation Chairman Shokri Ghanem said. NOC refines close to 380,000 bpd of crude in its refineries. About 60% of the products are exported, with Europe the principal destination, according to the US government Energy Info Administration. [Reuters]

( رباية الذايح ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي

( القراءات القرآنية.. إشكالية النقد (1) ) بقلم : محمد مليطان

( الكلب ما نبح والحيطة ما طاحت ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

( هـل سيولد مولود إسمه "الخيار السلمي غـير متاح"؟؟ ) بقلم : عاشور الورفلي

( مواطننا يشبه زمانه...؟؟!! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( مفاهـيم مغـلوطة ) بقلم : زكية محمد

( أشباه جحا... ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

Friday, 16 February, 2007: Libyan and Tunisian men’s basketball teams will face each other in Tripoli on Friday, in the first game of the joint qualifiers for the African Basketball Championship (Afrobasket 2007) and the All African Games (Algeria 2007). The next qualifier is scheduled for February 24th in Nabeul. Afrobasket 2007 will be held August 10th-26th in Angola. [Magharebia]
Friday, 16 February, 2007: Malasia's Ranhill's subsidiary, Amona Ranhill Consortium, is on the verge of implementing US$1.6 billion worth of housing projects in Benghazi and Tripoli in Libya. Ranhill said the subsidiary has now successfully entered into the second and third implementation contracts with the Housing and Utilities Project Execution Authority of Libya. In a statement today, Ranhill said it signed the general agreement with Libya in August last year. [Bernama]
Friday, 16 February, 2007: Libyan Daily "Al-Shams" has asked the EU to avoid involvement in the case between Bulgaria and Libya regarding the infection of Libyan children with HIV. [PANA]

( جماهـيرية المليون عـاطل ) بقلم : مصطفى البركي

( هـل يرضى "البيت الأبيض" عن العرب؟ ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( ليكن 17 فبراير... يوماً للوطن وللحقيقة ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيان بمناسبة ذكرى انتفاضة 17 فبراير

كتاب ( علي بن أبي طالب : فكره وثقافته ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (1)

( ماذا قدّم القائد الخازوق للشعب الليبي؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( رسالة إلى صديقي المسلم (5) ) بقلم : أمارير

Thursday, 15 February, 2007: The French parliament has suspended the voting on a draft bill for tax reductions for Libya as a sign of protest against the death sentences of the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, the online edition of Libya Today has announced. French MPs have demonstrated firmness in suspending the vote until the medics are released. Earlier the French parliament adopted a resolution appealing for the immediate release of the medics. [FIA]
Thursday, 15 February, 2007: The Maltese police said the Maltese company implicated in a large-scale investigation, code-named “Parabellum”, into the trafficking of weapons, was run by an Italian individual who has been arrested in Italy. On Monday, the Italian authorities announced they had interrupted an international arms trafficking deal that was to have operated between China, Malta and Libya, and which planned to supply hundreds of thousands of weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition to Iraqi insurgents. [Malta Independent]

الساطور

تعزية إلى آل الزائدي

( هزمنا وانتصرت القطط السمان ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي

الحياة الأردنية : لقاء مع الفنان الليبي محمد مخلوف

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : ممارسة الحق فى حرية الرأي والتعبير

د. فرج نجم : ( رحيل مجيد خدوري )

Wednesday, 14 February, 2007: 430 Eritrean nationals, including over 50 women and children, are currently detained by Libyan authorities and are facing imminent deportation to Eritrea. Reports suggest that the Libyan authorities may have beaten and raped or sexually abused some detainees, and some detainees may even have died in custody as a result of such torture or other ill-treatment. According to Amnesty International (AI), of the 430 detainees, 130 detainees, including several women and children, are detained at a detention centre in al-Marj, 1,000 km from Tripoli, while the remaining 300 are detained in Misratah, about 200km from Tripoli. [AI]
Wednesday, 14 February, 2007: Phoenicia Group Libya, the leading U.S.-Libyan diversified business and consultancy group, announced today Libu Capital S.A, its dedicated Libya- centered private equity firm offshoot, has secured $95,000,000 in commitments surpassing initial expectations and reaching its first close target for its $300,000,000 Tripoli-based Libya Fund. The planned capital for the Fund, Libya's first, was initially set at $100,000,000, later being upped to triple that amount due to investor enthusiasm and commitments from institutional investors, with most LP's expected to come from Libya, the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. [PRN]
Wednesday, 14 February, 2007: Italian authorities announced Tuesday they have uncovered an arms smuggling ring in which more than 600,000 weapons and millions of rounds of ammunition from Russia and China were apparently going to be funneled to Iraqi insurgents. Italian military police arrested four people across Italy on Monday in connection with the arms smuggling ring, Lt. Col. Rocco Amoruso said. Twelve others were arrested in connection with the drug ring. According to Amoruso, a weapons deal to send arms from China to Libya was in an advanced stage, and six AK47 assault rifles had already been sent to the north African country as samples. [AR]
Wednesday, 14 February, 2007: Libyan Special envoy Saad Mojber who is carrying a message from Libyan leader Col Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi conferred here Tuesday with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on expansion of mutual relations. According to the General Information and Press Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the meeting, the Libyan envoy called the current level of trade exchange between the two sides as insufficient and proposed that the issue be resolved during the upcoming visit of Iranian president to Tripoli. Mottaki, on his part, voiced the readiness of Iranian companies to participate in oil projects in Libya. [IRNA]
Wednesday, 14 February, 2007: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has not been invited to attend an Africa-France summit this week, marking a shift from the last meeting when he was welcomed, the French presidency said. Leaders from 48 African countries will be attending the two-day summit opening on Thursday in Cannes which is to focus on the theme of "Africa and the world balance". The gathering is seen as an opportunity for Chirac, who is expected to announce soon that he will not be running for a third term, to bid farewell to African leaders. Libya and Rwanda have decided not to send a representative to the gathering. [AFP]

نداء من الأمير محمد الحسن الرضا المهدي السنوسي إلى الشعب اللييى

( ليبيون في قاهـرة المُعزّ.. معرض الكتاب (4) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( حالة نفسية ) بقلم : سميـر بن عـلي

( القمار عـلى من يرأس الإتحاد الإفريقي! ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

( فتحي العريبي يضرب عن الطعام!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( أَصـدَاءُ دَرنـة ) بقلم : صلاح الدين الغزال

( الشرعية الثورية والشرعية الدستورية ) بقلم : د. خليل عبدالسلام

Tuesday, 13 February, 2007: At a meeting today in Brussels the EU foreign ministers agreed that Libya’s clear commitment to solving the AIDS trial against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor has to be demanded. France’s foreign minister raised the issue of the medics although it was not on today’s agenda. He asked for information about the EU Commission’s work on the case and stressed that it was a problem of the EU, which had to show that it could cope with the situation. Bulgarian foreign minister Ivaylo Kalfin said that the EU foreign ministers' conclusion was that the talks with Libya should be restored. [FIA]
Tuesday, 13 February, 2007: Gulf producers Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar have cut their retrospectively-quoted crude oil price formulas for January by about seven dollars a barrel, while Libya left all its crude grade prices unchanged, the Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) reported Monday. MEES said that Abu Dhabi cut its back-priced formulas for January by seven to $7.25 a barrel, lowering its main crudes from $50.95 to $54.85 a barrel. Oman lowered its benchmark Ministry of Gas-priced main crude by $7.29 a barrel for January to $50.99 a barrel, while Qatar lowered its two main crudes by $7.19 and $7.21 a barrel, respectively. [DPA]
Tuesday, 13 February, 2007: The International Workshop on linking the depressions of the Gulf of Sirte with the Mediterranean has begun in Tripoli with the participation of more than 170 researchers and specialists from Libya and the world. The participants will discuss more than 11 key themes dealing with study of deep swampy depressions below the sea level at the Central Zone in order to be used for developing this area economically and ecologically by linking it with the Mediterranean to fill these depressions and to create natural lakes. [LJBC]

( مختارات من ديوان الوالد والأبناء (3) ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

( جمعية المرأة الليبية ـ مانشستر ) : دعوة للمشاركة في منتدى للمرأة

تعزية إلى آل هويدي     تعزية إلى آل الثلثي

( قل موتوا بغيظكم.. ) بقلم : منير سالم

( أين تـذهـب أموال (الشكلاطة) (2) ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( ليبيون في قاهـرة المُعزّ.. معرض الكتاب (3) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

Monday, 12 February, 2007: The five Bulgarian nurses, sentenced to death for knowingly infecting with HIV hundreds of Libyan children, will be questioned on February 25. The nurses were in great distress after learning a new charge of slandering the police has been raised against them at the end of January. They were to be questioned on February 11, but the district court in Tripoli postponed the hearing at the request of Libyan lawyer Osman Bizanti. The nurses attended Sunday's court session, but did not testify. The slander charge came to punish the medics for complaining that were severely tortured into making confessions during their interrogation. [SNA]
Monday, 12 February, 2007: Libya has no plans to introducee entry visas for citizens of other Arab nations but will require work and residence permits to regulate its labour market to curb illegal immigration, its foreign minister said yesterday. “We have no intention of imposing visas. I do not know from where journalists were getting such information,” Abdel-Rahman Shalgam told reporters in Rabat following a meeting of officials from the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU). Public Security Minister Salah Rajab Al-Masmari said last month Libya would impose visas for visitors from Arab countries, including AMU states, triggering criticism by officials and media. [Reuters]
Monday, 12 February, 2007: Libya has declared a number of Sudanese diplomats as persona non grata and requested them to leave its territory. According to the Sudanese daily al-Ray al-Aam the Libyan authorities have ordered Sudan’s Consul General and other members of the embassy’s staff to leave the country within seven days. A Libyan source told the daily that this measure is not related to the recent deterioration in relations between the two countries. Sudanese workers claim that Sudan’s consulates are occupied by Sudanese security service officers. [ST]
Monday, 12 February, 2007: Yemeni authorities blocked communication links to the restive province of Saada on Sunday as government forces launched a major assault on Shiite rebel positions. Saada, which borders Saudi Arabia, has been the scene of a military standoff between government forces and armed followers of Shiite rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi for the past six weeks. Local media reports have recently quoted government officials as accusing Iran and Libya of financing the rebels. [DPA]

الساطور

( ما الذي يدور اليوم.. في ليبيا..؟ (2) ) بقلم : جمال الحاجي

عـبدالوهاب الهلالي : ( بيان صحفي : إستقالة )

تعزية إلى آل أبوشيبة

( خمسة هوامش لقصّة واحدة ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

كتاب جديد للدكتور علي محمد الصلابي : ( عـصر الدولة الزنكية )

( ليبيا الغد.. نحو فكر سياسي وطني بديل!؟ (2) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( رسالة إلى صديقي المسلم (4) ) بقلم : أمارير

( من ضوابط الأدب الإسلامي ) بقلم : زكريا عمر امبيق

Sunday, 11 February, 2007: Libya's Economy, Trade and Investment Minister, Ali Issaoui, and US deputy trade representative for North Africa, reviewed Tuesday in Tripoli prospects for the consolidation of economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries. [PANA]
Sunday, 11 February, 2007: Libya and Angola are set to overtake Nigeria as Africa's largest oil producer due to the increasing insurgency in the oil producing region of Niger-Delta. The Gulf Times reports that about 600,000 barrels per day already cut off from Nigerian oil production is set to increase as the April poll approaches. Nigeria could lose its status as Africa’s largest oil producer if companies and workers decide it is to dangerous to operate there. [Tribune]
Sunday, 11 February, 2007: Libyan Arab Airlines has signed up for the RAPID accounting system offered by Mercator, airline IT solutions provider for Emirates Group. [Khaleej Times]
Sunday, 11 February, 2007: Bulgarian Parliament expressed deepest concern and sorrow over the ongoing tragedy of the Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed in Libya, whose imprisonment mark the eighth year, Parliament Speaker Georgi Pirinski said Saturday. Pirinski said the Parliament stresses on speeding up Libyan judicial proceedings and procedures which should take into consideration evidence and proof of innocence of the Bulgarian nurses. [KUNA]
Sunday, 11 February, 2007: Noting that the nuclear non-proliferation treaty did not foresee black markets in nuclear material, US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice has said bringing down the proliferation network run by Pakistani scientist A Q Khan was an "important success". In her testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Rice emphasised the non-proliferation credentials of the Bush administration ... Rice also mentioned the detection of a shipment on way to Libya from North Korea and the Libyan decision to give up WMDs. [ZNews]

جديد موقع ( مجلة "الفضاء الثقافي" ) ( www.elfada.com )

Exhorting The Fox Against The Rabbit...!   By : Ghoma

( طفولة إسلامية تعـيسة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( مـابي مرض ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( ليبيون في قاهـرة المُعزّ.. معرض الكتاب (2) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( هـذه تـنجب وتطبخ.. وتـلك ماذا تـفـعـل؟ ) بقلم : خالد الغول

Saturday, 10 February, 2007: Libya is moving to modernise its primitive banks but faces an uphill task in a command economy where cash is king, firms struggle to get credit and reforms can fall prey to influential opponents. Conservatives who prospered under statist policies are likely to remain a brake on the pace of economic change even as foreign investors lured by Libya's oil and strategic position on Europe's southern flank show growing interest, experts say. Libya's central bank in January announced it had appointed Rothschild & Cie Bank to help it sell a minority stake in one of the ountry's state-owned commercial banks to a big international bank. [Reuters]
Saturday, 10 February, 2007: North Africa-focused private equity firm Tuareg Capital's Libya Fund has held a first closing on $30m. The target of the firm's inaugural fund is $100m. Tuareg Capital has also announced its strategic partnership with Capital Management House (CMH) of Bahrain. Tuareg Capital will partner and co-operate with CMH on investment opportunities in North Africa, particularly with regards to Islamic debt financing and other structured financing opportunities. CMH will also be a cornerstone investor in the Libya Fund. [AltAssets]
Saturday, 10 February, 2007: Caricature flags of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, who plays chess with the five Bulgarian nurses, were set on fire on Alexander Nevski Square in Sofia, Bulgaria, SNA reporter noticed. The flags were carried by the Bulgarian Commandos Union. More than 22,000 Bulgarians gathered for the rally in the capital's centre to support the five nurses, on the death row in Libya and to tell the world that the medics are innocent. [SNA]
Saturday, 10 February, 2007: Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, who is on a working visit to London, met with his British counterpart Tony Blair. Their talks focused on the fate of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya. Blair said that Great Britain would continue participating actively and using all possible mechanisms to achieve a favourable outcome of the trial. He assured Stanishev of Great Britain’s full support for the case. [FIA]
Saturday, 10 February, 2007: Thousands of Bulgarians are expected to gather in front of the National Palace of Culture to stage a major rally in support of the five nurses, sentenced to death in Libya. The initiative will mark the eighth anniversary since the unjust arrest of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor on charges of knowingly infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. It will be the highlight in a series of events to show unprecedented unity of the nation and support for the nurses. The rally will take place under the motto "You are not alone". [SNA]

تعزية إلى آل العموري     تعزية إلى آل الجدك     تعزية إلى آل اطريّـنة

( لا للرمضاء.. ولا للنار..؟ ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( لماذا الشعر المحكي؟ ) بقلم : عبدالباسط امزيريق

( قـضـية الساعـة ) بقلم : سميـر بن عـلي

Friday, 9 February, 2007: Bulgarians prepared an unprecedented shows of solidarity with five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya ahead of the eighth anniversary of their arrest, AFP reported. Prayers for the five nurses and a Palestinian doctor began Thursday in Sofia's mosque and were to continue Friday with masses at the Alexander Nevski Christian Orthodox cathedral, the Jewish Synagogue and the Catholic, Armenian and Evangelist churches in the capital. Bulgarian students were also planning to march to the Libyan embassy on Friday. [FIA]
Friday, 9 February, 2007: Winfield has been awarded a US$250,000 contract to service the NOC oil refinery located in Tobruk, Libya. Dr. Danilo Mancin, President of Winfield Libya branch, is managing the project and has engaged technical support from Tunisia. This contract fulfills Winfield Libya branch's Registration requirement to complete a contract in Libya within the first year of Registration. Winfield is now on the NOC's list of approved service providers. [CCNM]

تعازي إلى آل بويصير

( إعتذار بالملايين! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( غواية الحجاب ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

( كل غربال جديد... له تعليقه ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

( قصر كاباو ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

Thursday, 8 February, 2007: US oil giant ExxonMobil announced it had signed an agreement with Libya's National Oil Corporation to start exploration activity in the Sirte Basin off the Libyan coast. The agreement includes four blocks approximately 160 kilometers (100 miles) off the Libyan coast, which were awarded to ExxonMobil in the third round of licensing in December, the Texas-based oil firm said in a statement. "We are pleased that we were awarded a contract area for exploration," said Phil Goss, president and general manager of ExxonMobil Libya Limited. ExxonMobil said it was also in "the very early stages" of exploration in another area off Libya in the offshore Cyrenaica Basin, which was awarded to the company in 2005. [France24]
Thursday, 8 February, 2007: A war of words between Libya and Bulgaria is likely to delay efforts to free five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with HIV. Libya will find it hard to commute their sentences or free them in an atmosphere of mutual recrimination and when both sides display signs of aggrieved national pride, experts say. "If you want the problem solved this is not the way to do it," said Saad Djebbar, a London-based Algerian lawyer who is an expert on Libya. "It will complicate the process." The medics were convicted in December of deliberately infecting hundreds of children at a Libyan hospital in the 1990s. The Supreme Court is due to rule on an appeal shortly. [Reuters]
Thursday, 8 February, 2007: Libyan newspapers blamed Bulgarian intelligence and the Israeli intelligence Mossad for infecting of more than 400 Libyan children with HIV, by using the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, the Libyan daily Libya today reported. The campaign of Libyan media is held in response to a series of campaigns held in Europe in support of Bulgaria. [FIA]
Thursday, 8 February, 2007: Bulgarian secret services are involved in the infecting of more than 400 Libyan children with HIV in a hospital in the town of Benghazi, the Libyan daily al-Shams reports in its online edition. According to an article there, it was expected that Bulgaria and the European Union will try to exculpate the unheard crime with talks for human rights. According to the daily the problem is not linked to the nationality of the defendants. There should be people punished for this suffering, the daily comments. [FIA]
Thursday, 8 February, 2007: The U.K.'s Europe Minister Geoff Hoon said Tuesday that the Libyan AIDS case should not be linked to the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, Scotland. Releasing the six in exchange for the Libyan convict jailed for the bombing over Lockerbie has been mentioned as a possible solution. Hoon said London shares the public concern in Bulgaria about the medics held in Libya. "We have shown real solidarity with Bulgaria working for their release," he said. "As far as any connection with Lockerbie is concerned, we do not believe that these two issues should be mixed up," Hoon added. [AP]

( ما هو مستـقبل جماهيـرية الخازوق؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( ليبيون في قاهـرة المُعزّ.. معرض الكتاب (1) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( قراءة... لمعرض الكتاب الدولي ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

IHT: Hisham Matar: Seeing What We Want To See In Qadhafi

Wednesday, 7 February, 2007: The decision of Libya to introduce entry visas for the Maghreb countries will not help the building of the Arab Maghreb Union, according to Algeriàs Interior Minister Noureddine Zerhouni. "Libya is a sovereign state, free to make choices in case it considers them good for its security," Zerhouni added. His Libyan counterpart, Salah al-Masmari, announced the decision about the visas in recent days during a meeting with Arab colleagues in Tunis, stating it was made in an attempt to fight organised crime and Islamic extremism. Al-Masmari yesterday announced that the measure did not concern Tunis and Egypt. [ANSA]
Wednesday, 7 February, 2007: Libyan militant group Al Jamaa al-Islamiya al-Muqatila (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group - LIFG) has posted an internet message reaffirming its determination to fight the regime of Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. "The regime of Qadhafi, the apostate, pretends that Al Jamaa al-Islamiya al-Muqatila is on the path to reconciliation and review of its ideas and that the group will give up its armed jihad," the statement said. "On the contrary, we will continue the jihad against the regime which has monopolised power for more than 37 years." The statement was posted on a website usually used by al Qaeda and other jihadist groups. [ANSA]
Wednesday, 7 February, 2007: Libya is concerned about the capacity of oil services companies to catch up with the pace of exploration work -- now piling up as a result of the country's three recent bid rounds -- Libya's OPEC governor, Tarek Hassan-Beck, told International Oil Daily on Tuesday. [Energy Intelligence]

الساطور

( رسالة وفاء.. إلى صديق الحرية.. ) بقلم : جمال الحاجي

( إلى موفق الربيعى الليبي.. ) بقلم : جلال أحمد الوحيشي

( الشئ المهم الآن في قضية أطفالنا المحقونين!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

موقع ليبي جديد : موقع المعماريين الليبيين ( www.LibyanArchitects.com )

( الحديث بصوتٍ غير مسموع.. حديثٌ أحمق ) بقلم : أمارير

( رسالة إلى صديقي المفتون (3) ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

Tuesday, 6 February, 2007: The attorneys of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya together with a Palestinian doctor will be allowed to meet their lawyers at Tripoli's Judeyda prison after a long period in which all contact was forbidden, the Sofia news agency (SNA) reported on Monday. Georgi Gatev, Hari Haralambiev and Plamen Yalnazov will visit the medics to discuss defence strategy, Bulgaria's Ambassador to Libya Alexander Olshevski told SNA. [AKI]
Tuesday, 6 February, 2007: Indian oil minister Murli Deora said on Monday that GAIL India would develop city gas distribution projects in Libyan and Yemen cities. The minister, who had been to Libya and Yemen on a five-day visit, said the two countries were keen on the development of city gas distribution by Indian companies. Deora told FE that official teams from Libya and Yemen would soon visit India to study the CNG/PNG projects in Delhi and Mumbai. [FE]
Tuesday, 6 February, 2007: A Libyan plane carrying humanitarian aid and medical consignment including polio vaccines, arrived in Cotonou, Benin, late Sunday as part of a medical campaign launched by the Qadhafi Project for African Women, Children and Youth. Official sources said the shipment comprised 15,000 doses of vaccines, a sizeable quantity of medicines, mainly antibiotics, food supplies, tents, blankets, clothes and footwear for children and women. [AfriCast]

موقع ليبي جديد : موقع الشاعر الليبي صلاح عجينة ( www.agina.elfada.com )

تعزية إلى آل القطيط

موقع ليبي جديد : موقع الكاتب الليبي عبدالله مليطان ( www.mlitan.com )

( من أنظمة الحكم السياسية (1) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

فيلم جديد للسينمائي الليبي محمد مخلوف : صـوت الناس

The Neocolonial Model of Development   By : Ghoma

( دموع القمر : قصائد شعرية مختارة (1) ) ترجمة : صلاح الحداد

Monday, 5 February, 2007: It appears that the 52-year-old Libyan citizen Abdel Baset al-Megrahi (photo), who is serving a life sentence in a British prison since 2001 for being part of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, will become the most important figure in the talks for solving the issue of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentenced to death in Libya, the Libyan daily Libya Today reports. Citing a high-standing Libyan source, who wished not to be named, the daily reports secret negotiations being held between Libya and the US, with the participation of the UK, Italy and other countries from the EU, regarding the release of the Bulgarian nurses. [FIA]
Monday, 5 February, 2007: The five Bulgarian nurses, on a death row in Libya, have authorized lawyer Osman al-Bizanti to defend them in the civil trials brought against them by their torturers who were acquitted by the Supreme Court. The Libyan lawyer has been defending the nurses in the trial for deliberately infecting hundreds of children with HIV. Bizanti said that his colleagues from Bulgaria - Georgi Gatev and Hari Haralampiev -do not have access to the jailed medics yet. Lawyer Vladimir Sheitanov, who has been struggling to join the defence of the Bulgarians, is not constituted as such yet, the justice ministry said. [SNA]

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Sunday, 4 February, 2007: Arab interior ministers emphasised their commitment to fighting terrorism and promised security aid to Iraq and Lebanon. Ministers from the 16 of the 22 members of the Arab League present endorsed a new protocol in their struggle against terrorism. They also adopted new measures recommended by security forces covering anti-terrorist measures; border, port and airport security; technical steps and tourists' safety. But they turned down a Libyan proposal for a special anti-terrorism session. Illegal immigration was a major theme, and Libya announced that all foreigners entering Libya would soon need visas. [AFP]
Sunday, 4 February, 2007: Yemen ambassador to Libya Hussein Ali Hassan discussed on Thursday in Tripoli with Libyan Secretary of General Education Dr. Abdul Qader Mohammed Al Baghdadi aspects of mutual education cooperation between the two countries. The meeting dealt with means of activating the role of the Yemeni-Libyan Joint Committee in the light of the closing statement issued in the end of President Saleh's visit to Libya in June 2006. [SAPA]
Sunday, 4 February, 2007: The United Nations World Food Programme has condemned a kidnapping and armed attack on a WFP-contracted convoy in Eastern Chad early on Sunday (28 January). According to the Libyan company which leased the trucks to WFP, unknown gunmen attacked the convoy of 48 empty vehicles as it was returning from Eastern Chad to Khufra, South Libya. The convoy had delivered food assistance to some 220,000 people living in refugee camps in Eastern Chad. The driver was safely released on Thursday. [Medical-News-Today]

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

( اللجنة المنظمة ) : إعلان عـن تجمع واعتصام سلمي بميدان الشهداء بطرابلس

( الإصلاح "مكياج" للتوريث والفساد ) بقلم : د. علي الفرجاني

( جمعية المرأة الليبية ـ مانشستر ) : دعـوة

Saturday, 3 February, 2007: Qadhafi (photo) fails to secure the African Union (AU) chair ... With gifts of gold and cars for friends ahead of the election of the AU chair, the Brother Leader made doubly sure the race - won by Ghana - was going to be an interesting one. He closed the summit with a tirade against colonial and Western oppression but ended with some racist breast-thumping over how "black" was superior to "white". The African leaders did not fall for his enticements. That was clear from the way they handled the main concern of the summit, Sudan's support for militias in Darfur. In a series of rebukes of Sudan's President al-Bashir, chair of the AU Commission Alpha Konare got the ball rolling by insisting Khartoum stop its attacks on civilians. [IOL]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin on Friday expressed his country's support for the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya. "Their suffering should be put soonest to an end," Villepin said at a joint news conference with his Bulgarian counterpart, Sergei Stanishev. "We are confident that the Bulgarian nurses are not responsible for this problem," Villepin said. He said France would propose the issue for discussion at an upcoming meeting of EU foreign ministers. "France and the EU have one joint responsibility - to make justice prevail and stop this terrible misunderstanding," Villepin said. [IHT]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: Bulgaria's president called on Thursday for more efforts to help hundreds of Libyan children infected with HIV in a case in which five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor have been sentenced to death. The medics were found guilty of infecting the children. Speaking to the EU parliament, Georgi Parvanov said a "just solution" was needed. "We greatly appreciate the commitment and compassion of European institutions to the children," Parvanov said. However he added that "more active, more intensive action" was needed to boost an int'l fund set up to help ensure the victims received treatment they needed. [Reuters]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: The Central African Republic (CAR) signed a Libyan-brokered peace accord on Friday with two rebel groups, Libyan officials said. Libyan leader Qadhafi watched the signing in his home town of Sirte in Libya alongside CAR's President Francois Bozize. Under the deal, the government and the two rebel factions -- the Union of Democratic Forces for Unity (UFDR) and the People's Democratic Front -- agreed to stop hostilities and allow the rebels to integrate the ranks of government security and military forces or public service. [Reuters]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: Libya has signed a MOU with French nuclear group Areva to explore its deserts for deposits of uranium in the hope that it can help meet regional atomic power needs. The North African country's National Bureau for Research and Development said that studies would target "specific regions in Libya where uranium may be found." The statement didn't say whether the uranium, if found, would be used for domestic purposes or exported, but Areva said that that issues to do with mining and production were far to early to call. [MJO]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: Libya wants to further promote the friendly co-operative ties with Vietnam in all fields, particularly in trade, investment and labour, affirmed Libyan Secretary of Asian Affairs Mohammed Omar al-Barani. Al-Barani, who heads a delegation of the Libyan Foreign Ministry on a three-day visit to Vietnam, made the affirmation while talking with Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Dung in Ha Noi. Host and guest discussed measures to boost trade and economic co-operation between Vietnam and Libya. [VNA]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: French lawyer Emanuel Altit ranked as 'immoral bargaining' the latest offer of al-Qadhafi Foundation head Seif al-Islam on the trial of the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for intentional HIV infection in Libya. Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Qadhafi, said that the nurses would be set free if Europe provided compensation to the families of the infected children and released the Libyan imprisoned for the Lockerbie bombing. The aim of the offer was to pressure the Europeans, Altit told Focus news agency. In case the talks failed, Europe would be seen as the party that could not make a compromise, he said. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: China leads the world in technological and judicial controls over online dissent, with 52 people in Chinese jails for Internet-related offences at the end of last year, a media rights' group said on Friday. "China continues to be the world's most advanced country in Internet filtering," Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual report on media freedom" ... "China, the leading offender, is being copied by Vietnam, Syria, Tunisia, Libya and Iran, and more and more bloggers and cyber-dissidents are in jail," it said. At least four online dissidents are in jail in Vietnam, three in Syria and one each in Tunisia, Libya and Iran. [IANS]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: A trade protocol between Turkey and Libya has been signed by Turkish State Minister Kursad Tuzmen and Libyan Economy Minister Ali Abdullah el-Assawi. The Turkey-Libya 20th Phase Joint Economic Commission (KEK) protocol was signed in Tripoli on Thursday. The protocol seeks to prevent double taxation, promote investment and work for new agreements to liberalize mutual trade. To this end, Libya will waive contractors' debts that arose from customs taxes, tariffs and social security payments and will cancel commissions and the interests on bid bonds less than 40 million dinars. [Zaman]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: One hundred Egyptians were deported from Libya after they were detained on route to Italy by sea and charged of illegal immigration, the official MENA news agency reported on Friday. Adham Hilal, Egyptian Consul in the Libyan capital Tripoli, made the announcement and warned that all Egyptian youths should remain vigilant while travelling abroad in order not to be cheated by human smuggling gangs, according to MENA. There is no way for illegal immigration to Europe via Libya, Hilal added. [Xinhua]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: Building on its warm historical ties, Libya has declared its intention to forge a closer economic relationship with India. The visiting Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Murli Deora called on the Libyan President, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on Thursday night. Mr. Deora handed over a letter from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Col. Qadhafi. The Libyan leader stressed the need for further strengthening the relationship between Libya and India, and proposed frequent exchanges between the two countries at the "highest level." [The Hindu]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: Verenex Energy Inc. announces that testing continues at its first exploration well in Libya, A1-47/02 in Area 47 in the Ghadames Basin. The testing program could continue into mid-March. Interim testing results on one of several intervals to be tested are under review by Verenex and Libyan regulatory authorities, and on a preliminary basis, are encouraging. Verenex is a Canada-based, int'l oil and gas exploration and production company with a world-class exploration portfolio in Libya, where it operates and holds a 50% interest in the exploration and production sharing agreement for Area 47, and the Bay of Biscay offshore France. [CNW]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: 140 journalists from 30 countries signed a petition demanding the immediate release of the five Bulgarian medics and Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya. A total of 144 people signed the petition on Friday on the 53rd winter meeting of the Journalists' International Ski Club. Representatives of the media in France, Spain, Germany, Italy, the UK, Israel, the Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland, Slovenia, Romania, Argentina, Sweden, Russia, Bulgaria and Morocco have put their signatures on the petition. [SNA]
Saturday, 3 February, 2007: Approximately 90 students from the Middle East and North Africa who participated in the Middle East Partnership Initiative's (MEPI) 2006 Study of U.S. Institutes will convene in Cairo, Egypt, February 3-7 for additional training and to share their experiences and accomplishments since returning home from the six-week program last summer. In addition to hearing from prominent civic and business leaders and journalists from the region, the students will speak with U.S. Ambassador to Egypt Frank Ricciardone and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State J. Scott Carpenter. The young leaders hail from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the UAE and Yemen. During their programs in the U.S., they visited Washington, DC, before traveling to their host institutions: Georgetown University, the University of Delaware, Benedictine University, Montana State University, or Dickinson College. [U.S. Dept. Of State]

( زمن المفاجأة... ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( سيدي الداعية المغرور.. جولة أخيرة ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( في ذكرى رحيل "أيقونة الدراسات الإسلامية"! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( ليبيا مازالت بخير.. ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

معتصمون امام السفارة السعودية بلندن يدعون إلى إخلاء سبيل عبدالله ابوبكر

( يا شعب عابي!.. ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( ليبيا.. بين الوطنية والأستبضاع السياسي..؟؟!! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Libya Model for Disaster   By : Mohamed el-Jahmi

Friday, 2 February, 2007: Despite Col. Qadhafi's recent pro-democracy pretensions, his regime still keeps a very tight rein on news. Local journalists have very little room for manoeuvre and self-censorship is the rule. A Reporters Without Borders (RWB) delegation visited Libya for the first time in September 2006 at the invitation of the country’s journalists’ union. The visit showed the regime’s more relaxed attitude but the press freedom situation has hardly changed. The media are still government-controlled propaganda mouthpieces that put out “positive” news about the activities of the “brotherly leader,” Col. Qadhafi. No independent media-outlet exists. [RWB]
Friday, 2 February, 2007: The Libyan Ministry of Workforce, Training and Employment has requested illegal immigrants to leave the country by the end of February. It said in a statement issued here Tuesday that those leaving the country before the 28 February deadline would not have to pay outstanding taxes, while those failing the comply would pay all taxes previously incurred during their stay in Libya. The committee therefore urged all national and foreign business operators to immediately contact any employment office of the Workforce, Training and Employment Department across the country to sort out their legal work contracts. [Angop]
Friday, 2 February, 2007: Chairman of the Libyan parliamentary foreign committee Suleiman al-Shahumi called on Turkey to apologize to the Libyans for the period when Libya had been under Ottoman rule and he demanded compensations, the online edition of Asharq Al-Awsat reported. Al-Shahumi met with a Turkish delegation visiting Libya to discuss economic cooperation. [FIA]
Friday, 2 February, 2007: The Union of Muslims in Bulgaria urged on Thursday a fair trial for six medics who have been sentenced to death in Libya, the Sofia news agency reports. The group called the case against the medics "senseless" and said it went against Islamic values and sense of justice. "We believe that people who are dedicated to the most humane job are not capable to commit such a vicious crime," the group said in a statement, in which it also expressed sympathy for the children with the HIV virus, whom the medics have been charged of infecting. [AKI]
Friday, 2 February, 2007: A top al Qaeda militant labelled Libya's leadership "hateful infidels" over signs it may review the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death, according to a Web video posted on Thursday. "(Libya wants) to cajole the West and please its masters ... by dropping the case of this heinous crime," Abu Yahya al-Libi, believed to be an al Qaeda militant from Libya who escaped from a U.S. jail in Afghanistan in 2005, said in the video. "It is time for people to recognise these hateful infidels for what they are ... and not be fooled by their slogans," said Libi, denouncing Libyan leader Qadhafi as a "tyrant". [Reuters]
Friday, 2 February, 2007: Uganda has been drawn alongside Libya, Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Botswana, Gabon, Malta, Montenegro, Rwanda and Senegal in this year's Euro/Africa Zone IV Davis Cup. The event will take place in Yerevan, Armenia. Uganda Tennis Association official Dean Kibirige, who disclosed the development to Daily Monitor yesterday said that the format of play would stay as it has been in the previous editions. [The Monitor]

( أين تـذهـب أموال (الشكلاطة) (1) ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( إنقاذ الجبهة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( العلة ليست في "الجدد" ) بقلم : د. عبدالمنصف البوري

( الكذاب الملاطعـي ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

( العدالة الليبية في الميزان بمواجهة العقيد ) بقلم : عاشور الورفلي

( ما الذي يدور اليوم.. في ليبيا..؟ (1) ) بقلم : جمال الحاجي

Thursday, 1 February, 2007: Libya will soon require entry visas for all citizens from Arab countries in a bid to curb "terrorism" and illegal immigration, the Libyan interior minister said Wednesday. Salah Rajab, according to the AP, said the new steps would mean Arab citizens "without exception" would face visa rules already required of citizens of other nations. He added the move was meant to fight the infiltration of terrorists and illegal immigrants. [Al-Bawaba]
Thursday, 1 February, 2007: Bulgaria has launched a judicial enquiry against 11 Libyan police officers over allegations they tortured five Bulgarian nurses who have been sentenced to death in Libya. Nikolay Kokinov, from the Bulgarian prosecutors office, said the officers "might eventually be brought for trial for having forced the nurses to give false testimony". The nurses and one Palestinian doctor, who were convicted on the basis of their confessions, have been in jail since 1999, accused of deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV. [Al-Jazeera]
Thursday, 1 February, 2007: The Libyan authorities have not allowed lawyer Georgi Gatev to visit Bulgarian nurses in prison in Tripoli, Bulgarian ambassador to Tripoli Alexander Olshevski told Darik Radio. He stressed at the moment there was no dialog with Libya. Olshevski expressed his own opinion that “apparently Libya is not open to our bids for visits. And this happens in a crucial moment when the nurses need their lawyers.” He suggested the situation could be a response to the trial filed against nurses’ torturers in Bulgaria. [FIA]
Thursday, 1 February, 2007: Human rights NGO Amnesty International appealed for the freedom of the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian medic accused of intentional HIV infection in Libya. Amnesty said as quoted by Darik Radio that Libya denied the medics the right of a fair trial. The organisation pointed out that the evidence for intentional HIV infection is insufficient. Amnesty International said that it had sent a letter to Libyan justice minister Mustafa Mohamed Abd Ajleil expressing its concern over the death sentences. [Sofia Echo]

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