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( في ذكرى رحيله : من رسائل المرحوم عبدالرحيم صالح )

( رسالة إلى صديقي المسلم (3) ) بقلم : أمارير

( سيدي الداعية : دع الناس تعمل وتبدع ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( استشهاد الحسين بين الحقائق والأوهام (2) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Wednesday, 31 January, 2007: Libya have named Mohamed El Khemisy as their new national coach. The Libyan succeeds Abu Bakr Bany, who walked away from the job earlier this month after complaining about poor administration in the Libya Football Federation. The veteran coach has already had several spells in charge of Libya, the most recent coming in 2004. He becomes the third coach to take charge of the Greens since Libya's second appearance at the African Cup of Nations finals in Egypt last year. Following their early exit from the Nations Cup Egyptian, manager Mohsen Saleh took the job before being sacked for poor results. [BBC]
Wednesday, 31 January, 2007: Italy's prime minister said on Tuesday he had appealed to Libyan leader Qadhafi to spare the lives of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death for infecting hundreds of children with HIV. "I did this in a very heartfelt way because this is a problem that has been going on for eight years," Romano Prodi told reporters after meeting Qadhafi on Monday night during an African Union summit in Ethiopia. He said Qadhafi had replied "that there are still problems of reparations and compensation (to the families of the victims) but he would reflect on what I told him and we would talk about it again." [Africast]
Wednesday, 31 January, 2007: Tamoil, the Libyan firm selected to build and operate the Eldoret-Kampala Oil pipeline extension, was awarded the $90 million contract before due diligence had been done on its bona fides, The EastAfrican can exclusively reveal. The signing of the deal to give the Libyans the controversial tender was expected to take place over the weekend in Kampala. Controversially, it now emerges that while the decision to award the tender to the Libyan firm was taken in December, due diligence of the company and its bona fides did not take place until mid-January, in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. [NationMedia]
Wednesday, 31 January, 2007: Turkish contractors operating overseas started their education in the Middle East and have moved on to perfecting their knowledge in Libya, Turkish Minister of Trade Kursat Tuzmen said during an official visit to Libya on Tuesday. Tuzmen was addressing the 20th Turkey-Libya Joint Economic Commission. He recalled that Turkish companies have gained a considerable experience in infrastructure and other projects by working in the region. “At present, there are 59 contractors in Libya. Our adventure in this country started in the 1970s, and later created a sector which proved its capabilities worldwide," Tuzman said. [Zaman]
Wednesday, 31 January, 2007: The relatives of the infected with AIDS children resented the statement of the son of the Libyan Leader Qadhafi. Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi announced earlier there will be no executions. That was announced by the Chairman of the Association of the relatives of the infected children in Libya Idris Laga. According to the relatives if there were negotiations and agreements they had to be acquainted with it as a side of the trial. A press conference of Idris Laga is forthcoming with Egyptian journalists in Cairo. [News.bg]
Wednesday, 31 January, 2007: The binding of the Libya AIDS case with the Lockerbie case is an absurd”, Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivaylo Kalfin stated. Kalfin added that there were no grounds for comparing the two cases. Answering a question whether Bulgaria will manage to use the moment with the interrogation of the Bulgarian nurses in order to hear the point-of-view of Bulgaria, Kalfin stated: “The court in Libya cares from what they want to care about”. “the filling up of the relations with different cases from the main one in no case would help for the better approaching of the end of the case”. Kalfin pointed out that the future interrogation of the medics will have a negative effect on their psychology. [FIA]
Wednesday, 31 January, 2007: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has brought in 15 cars and two bags full of gold as a gift for African heads of states who participated in the 8th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU). Qadhafi’s 15 cars have already arrived at Bole Int'l Airport and have been issued permits to enter the country; however, the two bags of gold are kept in a room at the airport awaiting consent from Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. The Assembly of the AU is expected to discuss and pass several decisions on the crisis in Somalia and Darfur, in addition to other important issues, such as climate change in Africa. [Capital]

تعازي إلى آل العدولي

تعزية إلى آل عوينات

New Libyan Web Site : The Institute of Tamazight Studies (ITS)
www.itrane-university.net/its

( اعتصموا ينصركم الله ) بقلم : مصطفى البركي

( رجل لكلّ الفصول.. ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

Tuesday, 30 January, 2007: Libya has proposed a plan to release the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in an AIDS epidemic case in exchange for compensation, the son of Libyan President Mu'ammar Qadhafi told a Bulgarian newspaper Monday. "We have proposed a roadmap with solutions [satisfying] all parties: the parents, the Libyan government, the Bulgarian side and the EU," Qadhafi's son Seif al-Islam told the daily 24 Hours, adding that he had also discussed the plan with the foreign ministers of Germany and France. The plan anticipates "substantial compensation for the families of those affected," he added. [AFP]
Tuesday, 30 January, 2007: Five Bulgarian nurses condemned to death after being convicted of injecting Libyan children with HIV have been accused of slandering police, their lawyer told AFP. Othman al-Bizanti (photo) said the five face questioning on February 11 accused of "slander towards Libyan police officers" in relation to another case. Their lawyer met the nurses on Monday and said they were "in a bad psychological state" after being told of the slander accusation. During their trial, the nurses said their confessions had been extracted under torture during police interrogations. [AFP]
Tuesday, 30 January, 2007: A rebel leader in the Central African Republic welcomed moves towards national reconciliation after he last week held talks for the first time with President Francois Bozize. Abdoulaye Miskine, who met Bozize on January 25 in Libya, said in a statement sent from Tripoli that the talks had been "a step towards national reconciliation" and urged Libyan leader Qadhafi to go on "working for the happy outcome of a peace accord". [ST]
Tuesday, 30 January, 2007: Libya will settle the situation of foreign workers within the next few weeks, Secretary of Manpower has declared. Dr. Matouk Matouk said in a press conference that statistics show that 700,000 foreign labours are working in Libya, 36,000 of them work according to the law while 60,000 others pending a settlement. “Libyan businessmen should employ local workers. They should contact the Secretariat of Manpower to replace their foreign labours with local ones,” he said. He added that legal foreign workers will now carry green cards. [LJBC]
Tuesday, 30 January, 2007: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met separately Monday on the margins of the African Summit in Addis Ababa with Presidents of Algeria, Libya and Sudan. Abbas briefed his counterparts on the latest developments of the Palestinian Cause on the eve of Israeli government acts to change facts on the ground, stressing the necessity of resumption the peace process that could lead to an independent Palestinian state within 1967 borders and accordance with the Road Map, Arab Initiative and the UN resolutions. [WAFA]

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : المحكمة الجنائية الدولية ـ ما يجب معرفته

( أسرة وأصدقاء عبدالله ابوبكر ) : اعتصام في لندن للمطالبة بالافراج عنه

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (8)

( التعددية الثقافية في عصر العولمة (2) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

( ولديّ أقوال أخرى!! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Monday, 29 January, 2007: Chairman of the Qadhafi Foundation and Qadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam has sent letters to the families of the Libyan children infected with HIV assuring them of his "full support" in the AIDS trial against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death on charges of causing an AIDS epidemic in a hospital in Benghazi, the online edition of the Libyan daily Libya Today reports. The foundation and its leader will not yield to any pressure or to the threatening manners of Bulgaria and the EU, Seif al-Islam says in the letters. [FIA]
Monday, 29 January, 2007: Dozens of Bulgarians living in Italy gathered to protest against the death sentences of the Bulgarian nurses in Libya. Protesters in Rome showed their support for the nurses, chanting "Italian friend, help them" and "Qadhafi is a murderer". [SNA]
Monday, 29 January, 2007: India's Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Murli Deora will leave for Libya on a two-day visit on January 30 to take forward the bilateral ties, particularly in the field of commerce. Deora will meet Libyan Trade and Commerce Minister and the Chairman of National Oil Corporation. He will visit a refinery plant there whose modernisation is likely to be taken up by the Indian Oil. A Memorandum of Understanding is also likely to be signed. [ANI]

( هل أخطأ زارادشت؟ ) بقلم : أمارير

( في البدء كان الحب ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( صور من القتل السياسي باسم الدين!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( المعارضة البالتوكية (14) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Sunday, 28 January, 2007: Five Bulgarian nurses who were sentenced to death in Libya for deliberately infecting children with HIV will not be executed, the son of Libyan leader Qadhafi said Saturday. Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi (photo) guaranteed that the women would not be executed in an interview that was published in Bulgaria's 24 Chassa newspaper. The 33-year-old engineer runs the Qadhafi Foundation. The women and a Palestinian doctor have been held in Libya for the past eight years. The death sentences against the group were confirmed by a Libyan court shortly before Christmas 2006. [DPA]
Sunday, 28 January, 2007: The European Commission is working on a concrete plan for saving the Bulgarian nurses, Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin said in an interview for BNT. The International fund is not connected to a ransom for the nurses, he said. "If the death sentences are pronounced again, enthusiasm of the donators would drop," he added. "We cannot frighten Libya with int'l isolation. The more international pressure increases, the more Libya closes inside itself". [Regarding Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi's interview on Saturday] Kalfin said: "Unfortunately what the Qadhafi foundation says is not what the court and Libya say." [FIA]
Sunday, 28 January, 2007: The Egyptian government-owned Al-Ahram newspaper on Friday reported that Libya has suspended the transfer of $50 million to the African peacekeeping force in Darfur in a bid to press Sudan to withdraw its candidacy for the African Union presidency in the upcoming summit. Al-Ahram said that Libya blamed Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, for his negative attitude towards it, and to some of its neighbors. The Libyan leadership is very alarmed by the Sudanese support to the Chadian rebel leader Mahamat Nouri who had coordinated is the eighties the activities of the US supported Libyan opposition from Chad. [ST]
Sunday, 28 January, 2007: Two of the six medics sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with AIDS have requested the Egyptian lawyer Amin al Dib to join their defense again, the Libyan daily Libya Today reports. According to a correspondent of the daily in Cairo, the Bulgarian Deputy Minister of Justice Feim Chaushev has held a phone conversation with the lawyer, during which they discussed this option. But the Libyan defence attorney Othman al-Bizanti expressed discontent with the proposal, the daily reports. [FIA]

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (13) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( حضر إلينا في الوقت المناسب!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( منظمة الرّاية ) : نطالب الحكومة السعودية بالافراج عن الأخ عبدالله ابوبكر..

( رسالة إلى صديقي المفتون (2) ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

The Show Must Go On!   By : Ghoma

( الدنقلي .. شاعر وليس حاكياً ) بقلم : محمد مليطان

Saturday, 27 January, 2007: European Parliament's rapporteur for Bulgaria, Geoffrey Van Orden stated that the money, collected from the international fund for the infected with AIDS children in Libya, will be shared out after Libya releases the nurses and the Palestinian Doctor. The EU commission announced 120 Million Euro have been collected for the infected children. That was also confirmed by the European commissar of International affairs and Austrian Minister of foreign affairs Benita Ferrero-Waldner. She announced the money have been collected to treat the infected children and help their parents. [News.bg]
Saturday, 27 January, 2007: The African Union (AU) called on the European Union (EU) not to put under pressure Libya in its bid to free the six medics sentenced to death there. Last week European parliamentarians urged EU member states to consider revising their engagement policy with Libya unless the medics are released. "The AU is concerned by the threat implicit in (the) resolution passed by the European parliament which calls for a review of European Common Policy engagement with one of its member states if there is no positive review on its demand," the AU said. It called on the European parliament not to politicise the trial and the tragedy of the infected children and insisted that Libya's judicial system is left to do its job. [SNA]
Saturday, 27 January, 2007: During a meeting of the Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov with Ambassadors accredited to Bulgaria the Bulgarian President said that Bulgaria managed to achieve one of its most important goals – joining the EU, BNR reports. "Unfortunately we could not find a just solution to the problem with our sentenced compatriots, but this problem, which is a burden for my country, the Libyan country and for our International partners, will be solved with efforts and in bilateral plan and of course, within a multilateral dialogue," the President said. [FIA]
Saturday, 27 January, 2007: The Libyan press continues its crusade against the Bulgarian medics by publishing highly dubious reports. The Hungarian radical Green Party has expressed its support for Libya in the controversy over the death sentenced Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, the online edition of Libya Today reported. "We would like to express our full support for Libya and sympathy with the sick children and their families and to condemn the monstrous crime perpetrated against them," the article said, citing a telegram, received at the Libyan Embassy in Budapest. A day earlier Jana news agency reported that German Bundestag's Vice President Gerda Hasselfeldt has praised the justice and impartiality of the Libya courts and expressed her respect to the verdicts. The information, however, was officially denied by Berlin. [SNA]

( رسالة إلى صديقي المسلم (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

( الإسلامية تسود.. والعلمانية تدّخر الأرباح ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Friday, 26 January, 2007: The Community of Sahelian-Saharan States (CEN- SAD) heads of state conference opened behind closed doors Thursday in Sirte, central Libya under the chairmanship of the body's current chairman, Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. [PANA]
Friday, 26 January, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi held talks on Wednesday with some of the leaders of the African states comprising the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD). CEN-SAD, which held their summit in Sirte, was formed in 1998 to promote regional economic integration and has its headquarters in Tripoli. Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgam said "Libya will provide financial support to the the Africa Union force in Somalia." [Han]

( قادة.. ومواطنون.. واحوال.. (2) ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( الإخوان المسلمون ـ ليبيا ) : بيان صحفي

( استشهاد الحسين بين الحقائق والأوهام (1) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Thursday, 25 January, 2007: The Libyan foreign ministry criticised a EU parliament resolution last week calling on member states to reconsider their relations with Libya unless it releases six foreign medics it has sentenced to death, Bulgaria's news agency Novinite reported Wednesday. The ministry said it was "surprising that a statement to be released by European officials at such a level casts doubts over the fairness of the Libyan judiciary, calling on the executive authority in Libya to intervene, while Europe endorses the judiciary's independence around the world." [AKI]
Thursday, 25 January, 2007: Libya has been crowned the Arab indoor football champions after its opponent Egypt, abandoned the final match of the competition's third edition in Tripoli Saturday. The Egyptians, who needed a draw to win the tournament, refused to resume the game following an argument in the first half which ended 0-0. At full-time the referee awarded the match to the Libyans 2-0. Libya, thus finished first, with Lebanon second, and Morocco third. [Angop]
Thursday, 25 January, 2007: Vice President of German Bundestag Gerda Hasselfeldt arrived on Tuesday on a visit to Libya, the online edition of the Libyan Al Jamahiria daily writes. Hasselfeldt and the delegation arrived at the international airport in Tripoli late last night. They were met by diplomats from the German embassy in Tripoli and Libyan senior government officials. [FIA]

د. ادريس بوفايد : اعـتصام سلمي بطرابلس خلال الفترة القريبة المقبلة

تعازي إلى آل العقيلي والبنـّاني

( ليبيا... واتفاقية حضر التعذيب ) بقلم : علي يوسف زيو

( الشباب والشابات المحقونون بفيروس الأيدز ) : مناشدة

Wednesday, 24 January, 2007: At the end of its session today the Libyan Parliament came up with a declaration, stating their position regarding a number of Int'l problems and conflicts, the Libyan daily Libya Today reported. Libya’s position regarding the case of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with HIV is also mentioned in the declaration. According to the text, Tripoli stands firmly behind its position, that foreign secret services are responsible for infection in the Al Fateh hospital ... and the Libyan authorities will find out the special services of which country is responsible for the infection. [FIA]
Wednesday, 24 January, 2007: The leaders of Libya, Egypt and Algeria discussed developments in Iraq, the Middle East, Sudan and Somalia at a summit on Tuesday. Egyptian presidential spokesman Suleiman Awad told reporters Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak briefed Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika about talks he held last week with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. The summit also reviewed the situation in Iraq and the "dangerous escalation" in Beirut [referring to demonstrations in the Lebanese capital seeking to oust the government there]. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 24 January, 2007: A suit against the torturers of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced in Libya is to be filed by the end of the month. Some of the nurses’ relatives have already been questioned, Sofia City Prosecutor Nikolai Kokinov told press conference, a journalist of Focus Agency reports. According to Kokinov an intensive probe is under way – the police collect information and quiz people. The probe is under the control of Sofia City Prosecutor’s Office. Nikolai Kokinov specified that 11 people would be questioned during the check – some of them had already been interrogated. The probe is headed by Prosecutor Aksiniya Matosyan. [FIA]
Wednesday, 24 January, 2007: The session of General People's Congress of Libya is over, Jana agency announced, cited by BNR. The final declaration reads infecting Libyan children with AIDS is abominable crime unknown to the history of mankind. Members of Parliment [MPs] condemn the pressure on Libya, and insist that “the agents and the intelligences of the countries that are behind this horrible crime” should be disclosed. The declaration calls on the committed parties to fulfill their duties to the Fund for assisting the Libyan AIDS-infected children. [FIA]
Wednesday, 24 January, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi has affirmed the importance of funds saved from oil revenues, noting that his government in 2006 had some 13bn dinar ($10.4bn), pushing the total consolidated funds to 65bn dinar to date. Qadhafi said that before the creation of the public fund saving mechanism, annual oil revenue ended up being all spent, and that Libya's central bank reserves were meager. Qadhafi said 30 000 dinar will be allocated to each poor Libyan family, and the balance would be put in Economic and Social Development Fund, to be used to purchase shares in banks and companies in Libya on behalf of the families. [PanaPress]
Wednesday, 24 January, 2007: A man claiming to represent al-Qaeda in Australia has left a telephone message at an Arabic Australian newspaper threatening to kill its editor-in-chief and destroy its offices in Sydney and Melbourne. ASIO and NSW police are investigating the message, left for al-Furat editor-in-chief Hussein Khoshnow 10 days ago. Although this is the first time Mr Khoshnow has received a series of threats from someone claiming to be part of al-Qaeda in Australia, he has received emailed threats from a man calling himself Assad Abougila, apparently operating out of Libya, who claimed to represent al-Qaeda in Africa. [News-AU]

( حتى أنا ماعم بافهم يا جوليا بطرس ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( رسالة إلى صديقي المفتون (1) ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

( محطات ليبية (22) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( كائـن أحـمق .. كائـن ليـبي ) بقلم : أمارير

Tuesday, 23 January, 2007: Libya's parliament on Monday replaced the economy, finance and justice ministers, in a cabinet reshuffle which left the key post of foreign minister unchanged. Mustapha Abdeljelil replaced Ali al-Hasnawi as justice minister. The economy and trade portfolio went to Ali Ali Aissawi, who replaced Taeb Safi, and a newly-created post of gas, electricity and water minister went to Omran Abu Kraa. A former deputy prime minister, Mohammed Houij, took over as finance minister from Ahmad Munsi. The reshuffle by the People's Congress, which has been meeting since Saturday in Syrte, also scrapped the tourism ministry. [AFP]
Tuesday, 23 January, 2007: The move toward greater economic freedom worldwide stalled over the last year, according to the 13th annual Index of Economic Freedom, released today by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The 157 nations rated in the new Index received an average economic freedom score of 60.6 on a scale in which 100 represents ideal economic freedom. According to the study, the most economically free countries in the world are – in order – Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, the US, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, Switzerland, and Canada. The least free, it concluded, are – in descending order – Guinea-Bissau, Angola, Iran, Congo, Turkmenistan, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Libya, Cuba, and North Korea. [CalTrade]
Tuesday, 23 January, 2007: The European Union on Monday held out the prospect of better ties with Libya if six foreign medical workers, condemned to death in the country for infecting hundreds of children with HIV, were released quickly. Foreign ministers from the 27 EU states expressed "grave concern" about a verdict by Libya's criminal court last month that they described as unacceptable, saying it ignored strong evidence from world renowned experts. In a statement released after talks in Brussels, ministers called for a fair and prompt resolution to the case leading to an early release of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor. "In this context, the relations between the European Union and Libya can further develop." [Reuters]
Tuesday, 23 January, 2007: Strasbourg- The European Union is still talking with Libya on the release of Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus that causes AIDS, a senior EU official said Monday. European External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said the EU was also engaged in political consultations to provide help for children and their families infected by AIDS. Ferrero-Waldner said the EU had adopted a "twin-track approach" which focused on ending the plight of the nurses and easing the ordeal of the Libyan children. "The dialogue is still going on ... we have not reached the end of the road," she said, adding: "We regard this as a priority issue." [DPA]

تعزية إلى آل بن عمران وبن حريز

( في عرين الألم (2) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( لمن المقام الأول في سلطة الشعب المزعومه!!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( من أجل أن تورّث كلماتـُنا الحرية.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( مخاطر التوظيف السياسي للخطاب الديني!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( فصل من "شكشوكة" الأصفر ) بقلم : محمد الأصفر

Monday, 22 January, 2007: Libya will not agree to “unfair” European demands that it free six medics sentenced to death for infecting hundreds of children with HIV because this would mean interfering in the judiciary, Libya’s foreign minister said. “The independence of the Libyan judicial system is a red line, being part of our independence and sovereignty...” said Abdel-Rahman Shalgam. “No one in Libya can interfere in the work of the judicial system, not even [Qadhafi],” Shalgam, speaking to the Libyan People's Congress [Parliament,] said on Saturday. [Reuters]
Monday, 22 January, 2007: OPEC members want full compliance with existing output cutbacks to correct an oil price slide but if that fails an extraordinary meeting will be needed, Libya's top oil official Shokri Ghanem (photo) said. "Until now there is no agreement on an extraordinary meeting," Ghanem said in brief remarks to Reuters, referring to recent calls from some member countries for a meeting to shore up sagging prices. He added: "We think that commitments with the (existing) cuts will lead to achieving balance in the market, but if not then we have to hold an extraordinary meeting." [Reuters]
Monday, 22 January, 2007: Representatives of the Libyan cabinet stared secret talks with the families of the kids infected with AIDS aiming at quick solution of the case with the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, the Libyan daily Libya Today reports on its web edition. According to anonymous sources the talks started a few days ago in response to the European pressure over Libya. Representatives of the Association of the Infected Children are also taking part in the talks. According to the information the cabinet had proposed the families accept financial compensation and stop insisting on death sentences for the medics. [FIA]

تعزية إلى آل عطية   تعزية إلى آل الزروق

( في عرين الألم (1) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( القذافي.. الشياطين والتمثال ) ترجمة : أسعد العقيلي

( دعهم يقولون ما يريدون... ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Sunday, 21 January, 2007: Forty percent of all public sector employees in Libya are to lose their jobs under a $24 billion (18.5 billion euro) draft budget for 2007 presented to parliament. Speaking before the People's Congress in Sirte, east of Tripoli, Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi (photo) underlined the "necessity" to lay off some 400,000 civil servants out of a total state payroll of one million. He said that "three years' salary will be given to each public employee made redundant" and that credits of up to $43,000 will be provided for those who want to start their own businesses. Sixty percent of the budget, or more than $14 billion, would be for infrastructure improvements. [AFP]
Sunday, 21 January, 2007: Diplomats in Brussels said EU foreign ministers would discuss Monday a delicate path to avoid aggravating the situation with Libya and Five bulgarian medics sentenced to death. According to a draft statement, they will express "grave concerns" about the plight of the medics and call for a "positive, fair and prompt solution" to the case. At the same time, they are expected to hold out the prospect of benefits to Libya rather than tough steps. "The statement is also expected to include the idea that EU-Libya relations could further develop if there is a resolution of this case," a diplomat said, adding that the limited scale of current ties meant there was little to be gained by threatening to review relations. [SNA]
Sunday, 21 January, 2007: The release of the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, sentenced to death in Libya is not a matter of negotiations, the Bulgarian EU Commissioner on Consumer Protection Meglena Kuneva said, cited by Reuters. Kuneva said that in a comment on the proposal of Libya for annulment of the death sentences in return for financial compensation and the release of the Lockerby bomber, who is serving life sentence a British prison. [FIA]
Sunday, 21 January, 2007: Malta's MEP Simon Busuttil has called for humanitarian sense to prevail in the case of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya. Dr Busuttil was addressing the European Parliament plenary session meeting in Strasbourg on Wednesday, which was debating a motion for resolution on the recent conviction to death of six medics accused of having injected hundreds of Libyan children with HIV. Dr Busuttil warned that this case was sensitive and very emotional since there were victims on both sides. [Independent]

( "سلطة الشعب" في حجرة الإنعاش..؟؟!! ) بقلم : جمال أحمد الحاجي

( عـامٌ جديدٌ قد أهـل ) بقلم : عبدالحميد الكبتي

( أغنية حبّ إلى أصدقائي ) بقلم : علي الرقيعي

( ليبيا الغد.. نحو فكر سياسي وطني بديل!؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( مؤسسة القذافي للتـنمية ) : بيان صحفي

Saturday, 20 January, 2007: Calls by the EU Parliament for Libya to free medics sentenced to death for infecting hundreds of children with HIV will only worsen the prisoners' situation, a charity run by Qadhafi's son said on Friday. The parliament urged EU states on Thursday to review ties with Libya and step up pressure to secure the early release of the medics. "What the EU announced recently, that it will put pressure on Libya to free the Bulgarians, will have a negative influence on the situation" of the medics, said a statement from the Qadhafi Foundation headed by Saif al-Islam, Libyan leader Qadhafi's son and his most influential envoy. [Reuters]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said on Friday that the leaders of five Arab states are set to meet in Tripoli, Libya, next week to discuss the state of affairs in the Middle East and Africa. Leaders from Algeria, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and Sudan are expected to participate in the summit. No official date has been set for the meeting. [Stratfor]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: Libya is seeking help from Occidental Petroleum Corp. in an effort to increase the output of two of its oldest oil fields, Bloomberg News reports. Libya, which holds Africa’s largest crude-oil reserves, is also seeking the help of Austria's OMV AG to enhance the performance of its Nafoora and 103 A-D fields in the oil-rich central region of Sirte. The output of the two fields has declined, according to Bloomberg, since the U.S. withdrew its investments in 1986 from the North African state amid accusations that the country’s regime was supporting terrorism. The U.S. gradually began lifting sanctions after the country began a rapprochement with the West following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. [Los Angeles Times]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: A four-party meeting among representatives of Bulgaria. Libya, the EU and the U.S. on the case of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya was supposed to be held in Sofia in the following days, but was cancelled due to the absence of the Libyan representative, the Libyan daily Libya Today reports, citing a Bulgarian official representative. The reasons for the absence of the Libyan representative were not reported. [FIA]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: Tunisians and Libyans have been working to strengthen their commercial ties. Their recent efforts to create a stronger commercial framework occurred recently when their joint bilateral commission met in Tripoli. These efforts will have major implications upon their implementation, in particular for the hundreds of Tunisian companies in Libya and for the existing flow of trade between the two countries, estimated at more than $600 million just for the Tunisian in 2006. This trade value should be increased by the unofficial exports and other spending of Libyans within Tunisia for medical treatment. About 1.5 million Libyans traveled to Tunisia in 2006 for health-related treatment. [The North Africa Journal]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: Bulgarian medics in Libya are not well. "They are nervous and not in good health condition" said their relatives who were allowed to visit them. Mother of Cristiana Valcheva - Zorka Anachkova - pleaded the British government to make an exchange of the Libyan, sentenced for the terrorist act in Lockerby, so the nurses can go free. [News.bg]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: Families of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya said that British authorities needed to fulfill the requirement of Libyan leader Qadhafi for the exchange of a Libyan [who is serving a life sentence in Britain for the Lockerbie bombing] in return of the Bulgarian nurses. According to the mother of one of the nurses, Libya would not release the nurses sentenced to death without a ransom. The relatives of the nurses hoped that Bulgarian, EU and US institutions would contribute to the release of the sentenced. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: Foreign countries fighting New York [U.S.] City's effort to collect property taxes will get the chance to make their case to the Supreme Court. The justices said Friday they will review a lower court ruling allowing the city to sue countries that own property near the United Nations over unpaid taxes. New York City has singled out only a few countries with lawsuits. It has failed in attempts to collect taxes from other countries, including Hungary, Libya, Rwanda, Nigeria and Uganda. Turkey settled a lawsuit for $5 million. [AP]
Saturday, 20 January, 2007: A letter appealing for help by some Chinese citizens including Zheng Jianbo from Libya has been released by various web media recently. Zheng claimed in the letter that the Chinese Embassy in Libya didn't provide them any help during the two years when they were in trouble there. The Foreign Ministry found through verification that the letter didn't tell truth at all. The following is the real account: A department store leased by Mr. Wu, a Chinese businessman, caught fire in Tripoli in March 2005. In June, the Prosecutor's office in Libya issued a warrant to arrest Wu and other three including Zheng Jianbo, a welder in the building, for negligence in the fire accident. They were later released on bail. After being sentenced to one year of imprisonment for negligence in the fire accident by the court of Tripoli in February 2006, the four appealed to Libyan Supreme Court, which in November ordered a retrial of the case. In January 2007, the court of Tripoli decided to uphold the previous judgment. [Fmprc]

( نداء عاجل إلى المتـنبي ) بقلم : سعدون السويح

( رسالة إلى صديقي المسلم (1) ) بقلم : أمارير

( الجنون ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

احميدة بونقطة : أنغام شعبية

( الحالة العربية من المواجهة إلى الاستسلام ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( السيرة النبوية (33) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Friday, 19 January, 2007: The European Parliament urged the EU states to review ties with oil-rich Libya on Thursday unless it frees five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor facing the death penalty. The parliament resolution, a step up in European pressure on Tripoli to release the medics following Bulgaria's Jan. 1 entry into the EU, urged the bloc to review "the common policy of engagement with Libya in all relevant fields". Backed by all the assembly's political groups, it called on the EU executive and member states to put pressure on Libya to secure early release of the medics. "Libya should realise that her standing in the world and her relationship with the EU and its member states is at stake," Liberal lawmaker Annemie Neyts said. [Reuters]
Friday, 19 January, 2007: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico postponed his trip to Libya after a request by the Middle Eastern country, a government spokeswoman said Thursday. The two-day visit, scheduled to begin Saturday, was postponed until mid-February because the original dates would have coincided with the start of the parliamentary session in Libya, said spokeswoman Silvya Glendova. During his trip, Fico is to meet with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and discuss bilateral and economic relations. He will likely also discuss the fate of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in a high-profile AIDS trial in Libya last year, Glendova said. [AP]
Friday, 19 January, 2007: The secretary for Co-operation at the Libyan general people`s committee for External Relations, Mohamed Tahar Siala, has chaired a meeting with stakeholders to reactivate the Libyan national de-mining programme and land development project. The meeting held yesterday, examined the co-operation of prospects between project implementers and the Geneva international humanitarian de-mining centre in addition to co-operation with organisations and other int'l centres specialised in mine clearance. [Africast]
Friday, 19 January, 2007: A newly minted right-wing political formation called on Bulgaria's president to disclose details about his meeting with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi in 2005 and safeguard the security of the nurses there. The "New right-wing" political club expressed their wish in an open letter, addressed to President Georgi Parvanov. They suggested that the president may have been misled by his aides and the intelligence services. Parvanov and Qadhafi met at the end of May 2005, on the eve of a court session set to hear the medics' appeal of their death sentences. The Bulgarian president's visit was largely anticipated to benefit for finding a way out of the death-sentences deadlock and help for the release of the medics. [SNA]
Friday, 19 January, 2007: Libyan lawyer Osman Bizanti, who is on the defence team in the HIV trial, has pocketed more than BGN 3 M, a husband of one of the nurses said. "The Bulgarian state paid Bizanti BGN 3, 5 M, but my wife does not feel protected at all," Emil Uzunov, husband of Valya Chervenyashka, said shortly after his return from Tripoli. "The intergovernmental commission within the Justice Ministry has no idea what has been going on for the last eight years." He joined a meeting with Sofia mayor Boyko Borissov, where a fund was set up for bringing to justice the Bulgarian officials, responsible for the tragedy in Libya. [SNA]

جديد موقع "الشفافية" : استبيان     جديد مدوّنة "الأصفر" : عدد جديد من "الثقافة العربية"

( مغالطات تفسيرية.. ردّ على الأستاذ ابراهيم الغويل ) بقلم : عادل ابوبكر الطلحى

موقع ليبي جديد : الفضاء الثقافي     موقع ليبي جديد : ليبيون من أجل ليبيا

( ويبقى العقال لمن عقل ) بقلم : مصطفى الرعيض

( الطلاينة وصلوا ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

Thursday, 18 January, 2007: The European Union (EU) should consider revising its engagement policy with Libya unless it frees five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor facing the death sentence, European parliamentarians said. A draft resolution due to be voted on by the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Thursday notes that the long-running case now involved citizens of the EU since Bulgaria joined the bloc on Jan. 1. It calls on Libyan leader Qadhafi to bring about the early release of the medics and for the EU to take unspecified action to ensure this. [Reuters]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi Wednesday held talks in Tripoli with the secretary-general of the Arab League, Amr Mousa, according to officials. [PANA]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi on Wednesday pledged to continue to make every effort to win the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya for infecting children with HIV. "I will use every tool that seems necessary and useful to reach our goal, and our goal is to bring these people now jailed in Libya back to Bulgaria," Prodi told reporters during a visit in Sofia. "I've tried many options but to no avail," he said. "I have made a commitment to this cause and will continue my efforts and ... will try to coordinate even stronger international action." [AP]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: Libya is second, behind Egypt, in the overall standings of the 3rd Arab Futsal Championships which kicked off in Tripoli. On Tuesday, Tunisia defeated Lebanon, 8-7, but remained in 5th place due to losses to Libya and Egypt. Algeria is in last place, following 3 defeats by Lebanon, Morocco and Egypt. With one defeat by Libya and two victories over Algeria and Tunisia, Morocco is third. Six countries -- Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya and Tunisia -- are taking part in the tournament that will run through Saturday. [Magharebia]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: Phoenicia Group Libya LLC, a leading U.S-Libyan diversified business and consultancy group, announced today its intention to deploy iDirect VSAT terminals in Libya for the first time, to support clients across Libya with more reliable, efficient and cost-effective satellite communications technology. Al-Waha IT & Telecommunications, a subsidiary of the Phoenicia Group, provides DVB-RCS based turn-key integrated VSAT solutions; comprising systems and hardware procurement, installation, servicing and secure high-bandwidth dedicated Internet connectivity packages. The decision to switch technologies will translate into better service and reliability, according to a representative. [PRWeb]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: ESET Distribution Middle East, the regional business development center of ESET NOD32 Antivirus, today announced that it has signed three new distributors to promote its award-winning anti-virus software, ESET NOD32, in Libya, Syria and Sudan. ESET further strengthened its Middle East and Africa presence by appointing Anis Technology Center in Libya, Kassoumeh Digital Solutions in Syria and Franco Pinto in Sudan as its distributors. [CP]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: The Fisheries Ministers of Libya, Tunisia and Egypt and Maltàs foreign minister, alongside Italian Agriculture Minister Paolo De Castro, will take part in the international meeting on fisheries to be held in Mazara del Vallo ( Trapani, Italy ) on January 26. The initiative is part of the three-day 'Medi District' scheduled from January 24 in Mazara del Vallo where experts of the fisheries sector will discuss the situation with the European regulations and the future of the Mediterranean fisheries sector. [ANSA]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: US Ambassador to Bulgaria John Beyrle said on Tuesday that there is no link between the case involving five Bulgarian nurses, sentenced to death in Libya, and the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am plane over Lockerbie. Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin, Beyrle added that as an ally of Bulgaria, the US would do everything possible to free the nurses. For his part, Kalfin said it is unacceptable to discuss any deal involving exchanging the nurses for Libyan terrorist Abdelbast al-Megrahi, who is serving a life sentence in Britain for the Lockerbie bombing. [Balkan Times]
Thursday, 18 January, 2007: Vaccination against the Papillomavirus, which affects female genitalia, and new surgery techniques against urinary incontinence are the objectives of the mission to Libya of a delegation of gynecologists from the human reproduction and infertility therapy centre "Genesi" in Palermo, Italy. The delegation of will arrive to Tripoli on January 21 and will meet several officials from the Libyan Health Ministry to launch two epidemiological studies on women. The first project regards vaccination against HPV, Human papillomavirus, whose presence in the female genitalia causes tumoral or pretumoral alterations of the cervix. The second study regards urinary incontinence of women and new surgical techniques such as TVT (Tension-Free Vaginal Tape) which allows treatment of the disease through a mini intervention envisaging the insertion of a bandage inside the vagina to support the bladder. [ANSA]

د. ادريس بوفايد : شكر وتـقدير

( من يحكم ليبيا؟ القذاذفة أم الشعب!؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( الرابطة الليبية ) : قرار الحد الأدنى للأجور والحق في التمتع بثمرة الثروة الوطنية؟؟

( بلازما الحلم الأول في عام 2007 ) بقلم : سالم محمد

تعزية إلى آل بوغالية

Wednesday, 17 January, 2007: Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the Arab League has announced that Riyadh will host the organisation's next summit on March 28 and 29 in a bid to heal divisions in the region. Ahmed al-Qatan made the announcement Tuesday after a meeting on Monday with Arab League chief Amr Mussa, adding that foreign ministers would hold a preparatory meeting on March 26 also in the Saudi capital. Saudi Arabia is to send out invitations for the summit to the leaders of the Arab world, including Libyan leader Qadhafi, the ambassador said. [AFP]
Wednesday, 17 January, 2007: Executive director of the Qadhafi Foundation Saleh Abdel-Salam has confirmed Libya’s intention to start talks on the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, accused of deliberately infecting Libyan children with AIDS, for Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a Libyan convicted for the Lockerbie bombing in 1988, the online edition of the Libyan daily Libya Today reported. Saleh Abdel-Salam explained that the foundation, which is run by Seif al-Islam, son of the Libyan leader Qadhafi, would take part in the talks. [FIA]
Wednesday, 17 January, 2007: Verenex Energy Inc., a Calgary oil and gas company with int'l operations, has begun drilling its second exploration well in Libya and is testing its first well. The company said Tuesday the well in Libya‘s so-called Area 47 is expected to be drilled to a depth of about 3,600 metres and is the second of three minimum commitment wells under the company‘s contract. It‘s estimated it will take 85 days to drill the well. Meanwhile, Verenex has also begun completion and production testing at its first exploration well in Libya. [CP]
Wednesday, 17 January, 2007: A total of 1,230,068 trees including olives and other species have so far been planted throughout Libya under a massive campaign that began during the current farming season. According to the Libyan Ministry for Agriculture, the exercise was conducted in conjunction with 9,465 personnel of the national volunteer service from the various popular sectors. The number of forest trees planted in the project to promote plants in Jabal Al-Akhdhar (north-eastern Libya) reached 602,216 plants while 157,111 forest trees and 142,126 olive trees had been planted in the project to promote plants in Jabal Al-Gharbi (west). [PANA]
Wednesday, 17 January, 2007: The trial against the Bulgarian medics in Libya should and can be transferred to another Arab country, according to the former lawyer of the five sentenced to death nurses. "The Bulgarian state, the medics and their lawyers have no choice but to move the trial to another country," Vladimir Sheytanov told Darik News. "The move will lift the political pressure of Libya and prove the country to be honest and fair in its dealings with Bulgaria and the world. "No denouement can be expected in the trial at least for another half year," he said. [SNA]

( روح القمر ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( التعددية الثقافية في عصر العولمة (1) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

( هل فقدت الشخصية الليبية تسامحها؟! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

كتاب ( الأنساب العربية في ليبيا ) تأليف : محمد عبدالرازق منّاع (6)

( رسالة مفتوحة إلى ربيع شرير ) بقلم : أمارير

The Bankruptcy Of The Time   By : Ghoma

Tuesday, 16 January, 2007: Belgium’s Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht met with Libya’s ambassador in Brussels to express his protest against the death sentences on the Bulgarian medics, the Libyan daily Libya Today announced. In a statement of the Belgian Foreign Ministry, Karel De Gucht stressed that medics should be declared innocent and released immediately. “The charges and sentences ... will have a serious impact on the Libyan-European relations”, Belgium’s Foreign Minister said. The Libyan ambassador in Brussels Sifaui Hafnaui stated in an interview with Kuwait news agency KUNA that the “Belgian Foreign Minister pointed to the necessity of releasing the convicts”, but denied that Karel De Gucht had said that the death sentences could influence the Belgian-Libyan relations, as “some media claim”. [FIA]
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007: Bulgarians around Bulgaria are showing their support for five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya, pollsters said Monday. Lawmakers and top officials, including President Georgi Parvanov and Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev, started wearing ribbons with the colors of Bulgaria's national flag and a 'You are not alone' inscription as a sign of solidarity with the nurses. Civil groups organize daily protests, and the white-green-and-red ribbons could be seen in the streets, in shops, on cars and even in some schools. The AFIS polling agency, which surveyed 1,000 people across the country between Jan. 10-13. said Monday that some 39 percent of those asked have actively joined the solidarity campaign. [AP]
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico is scheduled to travel to Libya this weekend, a government's spokeswoman said Monday. During his visit, Fico will meet the country's leader Qadhafi, government spokeswoman Silvia Glendova said. But she refused to elaborate whether Fico will discuss the fate of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in a high-profile AIDS trial in Libya last year. "It remains to be seen whether the prime minister will raise that issue," Glendova said in a broadcast by Bratislava's TA3 TV. The nurses and a Palestinian doctor have been in jail since 1999 on charges that they intentionally spread HIV to more than 400 children at a hospital in Benghazi during what Libya claims was a botched experiment to find a cure for AIDS. Fifty children have died, and the rest have been treated in Europe. [AP]
Tuesday, 16 January, 2007: Rebels in Chad say they have seized a second town in the remote northeast as they resume low-intensity hit and run operations against the government. Government officials deny reports that Chadian soldiers have ceded any control to the rebels. The British-based Royal Institute of Int'l Affairs Africa Programs head, Alex Vines, says the rebels' growing proximity to Libya may have an impact on the two countries' relations. "I would imagine there will be more frenetic diplomatic activity. This region has a troubled history." [VOA]

( رثاء أحمد فؤاد شنيب ) بقلم : مفتاح السيّد الشريف

( قضاء ليبي بدون سيادة ) بقلم : عبدالرازق المنصوري

( قصة وعبر وتساؤلات (1) ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( احرقوا الكتاب الاخضر.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

تعزية إلى آل القبائلي

( من الذى حقن أطفال ليبيا بالأيدز؟ ) بقلم : علي يوسف زيو

( أسئلة إلى حماس؟! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

المحطة 3 : ( كـتـب )

Monday, 15 January, 2007: French aerospace group Dassault Aviation denied a press report that it was negotiating the sale of Rafale fighter jets to Libya. "To date, there is no negotiation on this matter between the Dassault company and the Libyan authorities," a company spokesman told AFP. "This type of matter belongs to the bilateral domain between the French and Libyan governments," he added. According to the Journal du Dimanche newspaper on Sunday quoting Libyan government sources, Libya plans to order between 13 and 18 French-made Rafale fighter jets as part of its plans to modernise its army. [AFP]
Monday, 15 January, 2007: Libya wants to order between 13 and 18 Rafale fighter jets from France in a deal worth as much as 2.5 billion euros ($3.24 billion), a French newspaper reported on Sunday. The weekly Journal du Dimanche, citing a source close to the Libyan government, said Libya had taken the decision to order the aircraft over an offer from BAE Systems to modernise its ageing Russian MiGs as well as competing offers from China and Russia. In 2004, the European Union lifted an arms embargo against Libya imposed in 1986. [Reuters]
Monday, 15 January, 2007: Libyan authorities have yet again mocked the feelings and hopes of the five Bulgarian nurses, jailed on accusations of creating a HIV pandemic, and their relatives and canceled another promised visit to the jail. After it was announced that a visit would be granted Sunday, the relatives spent more than an hour waiting in front of the prison doors and they weren't allowed in, without even an explanation. "We were just told that there wouldn't be a visit today and that's that," Zdravko Georgiev, husband of Kristiyana Valcheva, told Darik News. "They lied to us again, nothing has been organized as it should be yet." [SNA]
Monday, 15 January, 2007: The Secretary of GPC for Health and Environment has met in Tripoli with the delegation of US Cleveland Clinic Foundation. The meeting discussed prospects of bilateral medical cooperation between medical centers and hospitals in Libya and Cleveland Clinic, in addition to the possibility of developing medical centers and supplying them with medical equipments and cooperation in the fields of maintenance, operation, training technical and medical elements and exchanging expertise. [LJBC]
Monday, 15 January, 2007: The Senior Assistant of Sudan's President, Meni Arko Menawi, Sunday returned to Khartoum after an official visit to Libya, during which he met with the Libyan Leader Qadhafi. In a press statement upon his return at Khartoum Airport, Menawi said that he discussed during the visit the implementation of Darfur peace agreement and the political developments in Sudan. Menawi said that he reviewed with the Libyan Leader the efforts to make the parties which did not sign Darfur peace agreement to join the peace process. [SUNA]

( شهداء، وأحداث يناير.. دائماً فى الذاكرة (2) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( اقرارات الشفافية ومصداقية القذافي ) بقلم : د. عبدالمنصف البوري

جديد "تاوالت" : العمل الأمازيغي في ليبيا 2006 ـ www.tawalt.com

Sunday, 14 January, 2007: Libya has released 60 Al Qaida-aligned insurgents in a gesture of reconciliation to the Islamic opposition. Islamic sources said Libya has released 60 members of the Islamic Fighting Group, listed by the State Department as linked to Al Qaida. The sources said most of the insurgents had been sentenced in connection to the Islamic war against the regime of Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi in the 1990s. "Those released were hard-core insurgents as well as facilitators," an Islamic source said. "The release came in batches over the last few weeks." The sources said the insurgents had been imprisoned in a facility in Tripoli. [MENL]
Sunday, 14 January, 2007: Libya offered to free five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor on death row in exchange for a Libyan convicted in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. The offer was reported by KUNA, the Kuwaiti News Agency. The nurses and the doctor are charged with deliberately infecting 450 Libyan children with HIV. Under the offer, which KUNA said was sent to members of the European Union as well as the United States, the five nurses and the doctor would be freed in exchange for the release of Libyan Abdelbast al-Megrahii, who is serving a life sentence for his part in the 1988 bombing of Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. [Daily India]
Sunday, 14 January, 2007: Libya has granted the five jailed Bulgarian nurses a fourth visit by their relatives, Darik News reported. The relatives went to Libya for a week and were first promised everyday visits, but the local authorities then only allowed three visits instead. Relatives will now be allowed a visit to the prison on Sunday. Bulgaria's deputy Justice Minister Margarit Ganev has also arrived in Libya but still doesn't know when he would be allowed to meet the five prisoners. Bulgaria's deputy Justice Minister Margarit Ganev has also arrived in Libya but still doesn't know when he would be allowed to meet the five prisoners. [SNA]
Sunday, 14 January, 2007: Members of the defense team of the prisoner of war Saddam Hussein were honoured Thursday in the Libyan capital Tripoli at the initiative of Watassimu Foundation and The Graduate Studies Academy. The honour came in recognition of their efforts in Saddam Hussen's defense. The honoring was organized at the sidelines of the activities of the international seminar on the International Criminal Court, organized by the Academy with the participation of several scholars and researchers specialized in criminal and international law. All members of the defense team were awarded certificates of appreciation. [LJBC]
Sunday, 14 January, 2007: Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht has called for European sanctions against Libya in connection with the death sentence imposed on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor. The EU has denounced the Libyan court's decision to execute the health workers after finding them guilty of infecting 400 children with HIV. "I am shocked by this decision, it is a great disappointment," said EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini. Chief EU spokesman Johannes Laitenberger said there was no immediate decision against Libya, but added he "did not rule anything out." "The EU simply cannot accept this verdict," he said. [Expatica]

( شهداء، وأحداث يناير.. دائماً فى الذاكرة (1) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

أغنية : ( يا نجمة اتلالي في قلب السما.. )

( واو الناموس (2) ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

( نصب المشانق لليبيين لأول مرة منذ نهاية الإحتلال..!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Saturday, 13 January, 2007: US Ambassador to Bulgaria John Beyrle believed it is difficult to develop high-level relations with Libya while five Bulgarian medics are on a death row in Tripoli. Emerging after a meeting with Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev on Friday, the US diplomat was adamant the nurses must be set free and come home as soon as possible. [SNA]
Saturday, 13 January, 2007: Every time US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives on a visit in the Mideast, the question whether she will visit Libya as well is raised, the Libyan 'Libya Today' daily newspaper comments in its online edition. “Will the Secretary of State visit Libya, or will USA’s rage against the Arab state over court’s verdict in the case against the Bulgarian nurses, get the upper hand and prevent this historic visit?,” the edition asks. [FIA]
Saturday, 13 January, 2007: Linda McCathern, a Portland woman who drew international attention for her fight to gain the return of her twin daughters from Libya, died Tuesday after a sudden, unexpected illness. She married Ahmed Naas, a fellow [Libyan] student, in the early 1980s. They had twin girls in 1983. They divorced, and she gained custody, but he kidnapped the girls in 1988 and took them to Libya. McCathern won permission to visit Libya from Qadhafi in 1995. But before she could go, she was paralyzed in a rollover accident. [The Oregonian]
Saturday, 13 January, 2007: A workshop on the industrial use of biological waste, which was held in Tajoura, Libya, ended Friday with a recommendation to promote research. [PANA]
Saturday, 13 January, 2007: Libya plans to invest more than 120 billion CFA (530 CFA = $1US) francs on tourism, oil and agriculture in Benin, the presidency said in a statement Friday. [PANA]

( بيان سيء السمعة (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

( أوجه التشابه بين عمر المختار وصدام!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( كل عام واعضاء أمتنا التناسلية بخير..؟؟!! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Friday, 12 January, 2007: The Libyan government has given the green light for the use of foreign languages in addition to Arabic in forms intended for tourists, info on touristic sites as well as administrative formalities at ports of entry. The decree also covers the names of people carrying genuine Libyan values used through generations in line with local traditions and customs as well as names expressing the symbols of Arab Muslim civilisations. On the other hand, the decision bans the calling of newly-born babies by names having an anti-Islam connotation. [PANA]
Friday, 12 January, 2007: China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) has selected Wavefield Inseis for a new 3D seismic survey offshore Libya. Due to commence in Q1 2007, the 3D marine survey is expected to take one and a half months and will be acquired by Wavefield Inseis’ M/V Geowave Commander. Wavefield Inseis’ second offshore Libya contract win in less than one month, the survey for CNPC will cover 850 km2 and is located within block 17-4 of the Pelagian Basin, at a water depth of 200 to 400 metres. [OilVoice]
Friday, 12 January, 2007: Bulgaria expects five of its nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentenced to death in Libya for infecting children with HIV, to remain in jail for at least another year during an appeals process. Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin said he hoped the process would finish this year and, if not successful, Sofia would try to increase international pressure to free them. "We are doing everything possible to speed it up," Kalfin told Reuters in an interview on Thursday. "If there is anything that works in Libya, it is international pressure." [Reuters]

تعازي إلى آل شنيب     تعزية إلى آل كشلاف

( ما لكم وشيخ الشهداء... دعوه في علياءه ) بقلم : د. علي الفرجاني

( جدل ) : رئيس منظمة (جدل) يحاضر في الجامعات الالمانية

( قادة.. ومواطنون.. واحوال.. (1) ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

What Is All About...   By : Ghoma

Thursday, 11 January, 2007: Abdullah Salem al-Badri (photo), former chairman of Libyan National Oil Corporation, assumed Wednesday powers of Secretary General of the OPEC from acting OPEC chief Mohammed Barkindo. OPEC Abuja meeting mid December put an end to a three-year controversy over the nominee for senior position of the oil cartel. The tenure of former secretary general Alfaro Silva elapsed in 2003, since then OPEC failed to agree on his successor till Abuja meeting last month. [KUNA]
Thursday, 11 January, 2007: The Libyan general people's Committee has passed a decree setting 250 Libyan dinars (about US$200) as the minimum wage for employees of companies and institutions that are not paid from the public treasury. The decree issued Monday will be retroactive as of 1 January 2007. Last November, the Libyan general people's Committee had raised social pensions from 90 Libyan dinars to 130 dinars for people without dependants, 180 for two-member families and 220 for three- member families or above. [PANA]
Thursday, 11 January, 2007: Relatives and activists issued an emotional plea for the closure of the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, ahead of Thursday's fifth anniversary of the first arrivals of "war on terror" detainees. A tearful Zohra Zewawi stared into the distance, thankful she could at least be within a few kilometers (miles) of the controversial US detention center where her son is held without charges. Another of her sons, Taher Deghayes, a Libyan-born British national, insisted his 37-year-old brother Omar, who was captured in Pakistan in 2002, was innocent. [AFP]
Thursday, 11 January, 2007: Phoenicia Group Libya, the leading U.S.-Libyan diversified business and consultancy group, today announced acquisitions of several Libyan companies in key growth sectors in Libya and spearheading the establishment of Libya's first private equity fund. New acquisitions include Al-Itlala Healthcare Co, a medical services company; Akakus Catering Co, a full-service catering company for the oil and gas industry; Najla Co., a logistics and transportation company; United Libyan Construction Industries Co; which produces a variety of industrial goods; and Oea Oil Services Co., a local Libyan oil services company. The latest acquisitions bring the number of companies under the control of the Phoenicia Group to 17. [PRN]
Thursday, 11 January, 2007: Libyan leader, Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, current chairman of the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States, held talks Wednesday in Tripoli with Beninese president Yayi Boni, on preparations of the 8th ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) scheduled this month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and the 9th CEN-SAD conference in Libya. [PANA]
Thursday, 11 January, 2007: A U.S. presidential envoy criticized South Korea, Russia and other countries that hire North Korean workers, arguing the wages are being diverted to the government, possible for its nuclear arms development. In an opinion piece to the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, Jay Lefkowitz said Russia, the Czech Republic, Mongolia, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Libya and Angola are some of the countries that contract labor with N. Korea. [Yonhap]
Thursday, 11 January, 2007: Bulgaria's Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivaylo Kalfin reported to the ambassadors of the EU member states the Bulgarian position on our medics in Libya case. "I acquainted the ambassadors of the Bulgarian position and made it very clear what our country expects from the EU," Kalfin said. He said Bulgaria expects the EU to exercise a vigorous pressure on Libya for the release of the five Libya-jailed nurses. Kalfin also said Libya will be one of the points on the agenda on the next meeting of the European council. [SNA]

( موازنة مغلوطة ) بقلم : عادل ابوبكر الطلحي

( حكاوي ليبية (4) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( المؤتمر الوطني المعارضة الليبية ) : بيان حول خطاب معمر القذافي

( ستبقى مصر أم العرب ) بقلم : مصطفى البركي

Wednesday, 10 January, 2007: European Union presidency holder Germany vowed on Tuesday to try to ensure the release of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya. Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters she welcomed new entrants Romania and Bulgaria into the enlarged bloc and said the case of the Bulgarian nurses was a common cause of concern for Germany and the EU. "As far as the nurses are concerned, the Commission and the German presidency will do everything possible to influence Libya to ensure the nurses are released," Merkel said at a joint news conference with Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 10 January, 2007: The Libyan Authority for Tourism and the French Agency for tourism, observation, development and engineering (ODIT) concluded a contract Monday for the development of tourist investment zones in the coastal regions of Tobrouk (far northeastern part) and Sabratha (West). Libyan Secretary of Tourist Development, Dr Ali Fares Aweda, and the Director General of ODIT/France, Christian Mantei, signed the pact in the presence of the Libyan minister of Tourism, Ammar Latayef, and his French counterpart, L`on Bertrand. [Angop]
Wednesday, 10 January, 2007: A Libyan textile company has acquired a 60% stake in Tri-Star Apparels, giving it effective control over the only Ugandan firm exporting clothes to the US under the duty-free African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA). Sources close to the deal revealed that the Libyan Africa Portfolio (LAP) Textiles will form a partnership with the Government, which will retain a 30% stake, while Tri-Star will keep 10% shareholding. [New Vision]

تعازي إلى آل بن كاطو

( الوطن... وضريبة المواطنة ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (31) ـ الأخيرة

( صدام لم يسقط وحيداً ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( محطات ليبية (21) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( بنغازى تحتفي بالمفكر مصطفى كمال المهدوى ) بقلم : جلال أحمد الوحيشي

( الشرعية الثورية... قاعدة انقلابية!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( بغداد ) بقلم : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين

Tuesday, 9 January, 2007: Kuwaiti MPs have called on their government to sever diplomatic ties and stop aid to Arab countries that criticised the execution of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, whose forces invaded the emirate in 1990. In a special debate Monday, MPs strongly condemned Libya, which announced a three-day mourning period, and Yemen, in addition to some Arab political movements which "hailed Saddam as a hero and branded him a martyr". "Kuwait must take a position against (Libyan leader Mu'ammar) al-Qadhafi and the Yemeni president by severing diplomatic ties with them," Islamist MP Faisal al-Muslim said. [AFP]
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007: Kuwait on Monday criticized Libya for declaring three days of mourning after the hanging of Saddam Hussein, saying it was inappropriate. Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Sabah told reporters that Kuwait "regrets" that Libya honored the ousted Iraqi leader whose forces invaded Kuwait in 1990 and annexed it for seven months. He said the government had protested to the Libyan charge d'affaires but ties with Tripoli will not be affected. "We feel bitterness about the decision to fly flags at half-staff and to mourn the execution of a dictator who committed crimes against his people and his nation" the foreign minister said. [AP]
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007: The National Democratic Institute (NDI) for International Affairs in Washington, DC hosted a Sept. 27 panel discussion to examine the political debate currently taking place in Libya and the prospect of further political reform in the country. A four-member NDI delegation visited Libya from April 17 to 25, including the three panelists: NDI’s Robert Peri and Gérard Latulippe, and Michele Dunne of the Carnegie Endowment for Peace. They conducted an assessment of the country’s political system and gathered impressions of the state of Libyan civil society, as well as its media, judiciary system and economy. Although their results are published in a report available from NDI, their panel discussion was “off the record.” [WRM]
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007: Libya and Tunisia are thinking of building an oil refinery and pipelines with the help of int'l investors as the North African neighbours step up economic cooperation. "We are now thinking of an oil pipeline, a gas pipeline and we are thinking of constructing an oil refinery in the Al Skira region in Tunisia as a joint Libyan-Tunisian effort in addition to int'l investors," Libyan economy & trade minister Tayeb Safi said. Tunisia has only one oil refinery in the northern city of Bizerte with capacity of 30,000 bpd, and has said it plans to build another with capacity of 120,000 bpd to satisfy its growing economy. [Gulf News]
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007: Algerian Mourad Ouardi was appointed coach of Libya's Olympic Al Zaouia, Liberte daily reported on Monday. Ouardi will replace Tunisian coach Kamel Chebli, who was dismissed after a technical fault in the local league match against Al Hilal caused the team to lose. Ouardi's career includes Algeria's Olympic team and other Algerian clubs. [Magharebia]
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007: Vatican Radio has praised Libya's Colonel Qadhafi for allowing freedom of worship for Christians in his predominantly Islamic country. A January 8 broadcast on Vatican Radio called attention to Qadhafi's support for an inter-religious meeting held this past weekend in Tripoli. Archbishop Giovanni Martinelli, the apostolic administrator of Tripoli, was among the participants. Qadhafi issued a statement to the meeting in support of inter-religious respect and cooperation. The Libyan leader said: “The message of the Muslim faith and of the Christian faith must commit the two communities to a true dialogue that helps today’s society to rediscover the sense of God and an orientation that respects the rights of man.” [CWNews]
Tuesday, 9 January, 2007: The Libyan table tennis team is to participate in the first phase of the world U-18 tournament and the 16th African U-15 championship due in Tunis 11-14 January and 15-19 January respectively. The competitions of the world tournament will be officiated by 26 referees, organisers told a news conference yesterday. According to sources within the organising committee, the events will feature about 106 players representing 15 countries including Libya, host Tunisia, Morocco, Romania, Czech Republic, Algeria, Egypt, and Ghana. Others will be Cote d`Ivoire, Congo, South Africa, Nigeria, France, Belarus and Belgium. [Africast]

( التشجيع وأثره في بناء الشخصية الليبية ) بقلم : زكريا امبيق

تعزية إلى آل شنيب     تعزية إلى آل احنيش

( الجالية الليبية في المهجر هل من مجيب ) بقلم : حسين قرضاب

( لقد زال العجب ) بقلم : محمد نصر

كتاب ( الأنساب العربية في ليبيا ) تأليف : محمد عبدالرازق منّاع (5)

( ليبيا 2006 : ظواهر وأحداث (3) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( إنهم يتباكون على صدام وغداً على القذافي!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Monday, 8 January, 2007: "Libya's AIDS scapegoats" is how the Boston Globe calls the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, imprisoned in Libya on trumped-up charges of purposely infecting more than 400 children with HIV. The article points out that during the time of their arrest, Libyan leader Qadhafi's decisions to renounce WMDs and compensate victims of Libya's bombing of a jet plane over Lockerbie, have led to the reopening of diplomatic relations with the U.S. "Now the Bush administration should quietly use the influence it has with Tripoli to persuade it to free the five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor as quickly as possible." [SNA]
Monday, 8 January, 2007: The National Campaign for Vaccination to promote immunity against Polio kicked off in Libya under the supervision of the National Center for the Prevention of Infectious Diseases. Vaccination will include more than ( 740.000 ) children's from birth up to five years of age. The first round of this campaign will continue till the 11th of the current month, while the second round due to start on the 10th of February till the 15th of the same month. [LJBC]
Monday, 8 January, 2007: Nigeria is on course to be Africa's largest mobile market. With a mobile subscriber base of some 25 million at the end of September, it is closing in on its biggest rival for the title, South Africa according to a survey by GSM World Focus Online ... In September, Libya's number two operator became the first operator in north Africa (and the fourth on the continent) to launch 3G services. Libyana has reported a brisk take-up of its 3G service, which had 10,000 subscribers at the end of its first month. An operator spokesman suggested that the service had proved popular because of the country's poor internet penetration. [Vanguard]

( تضاد باقتضاب ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Sunday, 7 January, 2007: Europe faces stiff obstacles in its attempt to strike a deal with Libya over the lives of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death and the fate of hundreds of children infected with HIV ... "The EU is not in a position to exert effective pressure," said Oliver Miles, a former British ambassador to Libya and now deputy chairman of the Libya British Business Council. "The idea that if you kick Libya hard enough it would do what you want it to do is wrong." EU governments are continuing informal contacts with Tripoli and officials say they still have reasonable expectations that an understanding will be reached. [FT]
Sunday, 7 January, 2007: Responding to a question what the next actions for the trial in Libya will be, Bulgaria’s President Parvanov has said that int'l, national and diplomatic activities should be combined. According to President Parvanov after the death sentences were confirmed everything starts from scratch. “Int'l campaigns are also needed because saving Bulgarian nurses is a serious issue and it should not be bound with politics,” the President emphasized. [FIA]
Sunday, 7 January, 2007: The world's largest web search engine, Google, which lined up the international community in an appeal for the freedom of the Bulgarian medics, will continue its campaign. During the New Year holidays any results of search entry featuring "Libya" popped up along with an English-text message "Free the Bulgarian medics sentenced to death in Libya! They are innocent!" After January 1, however, the search was not active for Bulgaria. [SNA]
Sunday, 7 January, 2007: Russia hit back Jan. 6 at the U.S. after Washington had imposed sanctions on three Russian firms for exporting weapons to Libya and Iran, branding the U.S. action “illegal.” ”The U.S. are not for the first time trying to extend their national laws illegally to foreign countries, forcing them to work according to American rules,” the Russian foreign ministry said. Washington announced sanctions Friday against 24 foreign entities, including Russian, Chinese and North Korean firms, for allegedly selling banned weapons to Iran and Syria. [AFP]

كتاب ( الأنساب العربية في ليبيا ) تأليف : محمد عبدالرازق منّاع (4)

( بورتريه زلة ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( الإسلام في اللاوعي الغربي ) بقلم : عادل ابوبكر الطلحي

( الشيخ سعيد جربوع.. آخر رفيق لعمر المختار ) بقلم : فرج نجم

مجلة "ليبيا الحديثة" ـ نوفمبر1964م : ( دردشة مع الشاعر أحمد قنابة )

Saturday, 6 January, 2007: Light, sweet crude for February delivery dropped as low as $54.90 Friday - its lowest price in 19 months - before mounting a late rally and settling at $56.31. After sharp drops on Wednesday and Thursday, crude prices fell nearly 8 percent for the week, the biggest one-week drop since April 2005. Ministers of the OPEC are waiting to see whether the lower price trend continues before taking any further action, the chairman of Libya's National Oil Company (NOC) said. "We are concerned," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of the NOC, said. "We need to see if this trend continues as it has only been for two days so far." [AP]

( قد أعـذر من أنذر ) بقلم : الفساطوي

( اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة ) : بيان بشأن اختفاء معتقلين

( ليبيا 2006 : ظواهر وأحداث (2) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( نزول عيسي عليه السلام في الحديث!! (3) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

كتاب ( البيان بالقرآن ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (30)

Friday, 5 January, 2007: Libya has said it will build a statue of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, executed in Baghdad on Saturday. It would show him standing on the gallows with a Libyan resistance leader ( Omar al-Mukhtar ) who fought Italian occupation, executed in 1931, Libya's Jana news agency said. Libya declared three days of mourning after Saddam Hussein's death and cancelled public celebrations around the Eid religious holiday. He was sentenced to death after being convicted of crimes against humanity. [BBC]
Friday, 5 January, 2007: The Bulgarian civil organization “Recommendation 1726” released a declaration refuting all the claims in the Libyan Foreign Ministry’s Memo issued on Dec. 30, 2006. The organization, which was established in defense of five Bulgarian nurses who were sentenced to death, said Libya was trying to mislead the international community about the trial. “A dangerous international manipulation is underway. Bulgaria is the most affected by it because it concerns the fate of innocent people. Unless the manipulation is stopped, other foreigners could fall victims to it in Libya”, a representative of the organization said. The aim of “Recommendation 1726” is to reach political leaders, statesmen, international organizations [FIA]
Friday, 5 January, 2007: Forget windows, folders and boxes that pop up with text. When students in Libya and other developing countries get their $150 computers from the One Laptop Per Child project in 2007, their experience will be unlike anything on standard PCs. Because the students have no expectations for what PCs should be like, the laptop's creators started from scratch in designing a user interface they figured would be intuitive for children. The result is as unusual as -- but possibly even riskier than -- other much-debated aspects of the machine, such as its economics and distinctive hand-pulled mechanism for charging its battery. [AP]
Friday, 5 January, 2007: Washington welcomed the stunning defeat of the Islamists in Somalia, who'd swept to power seven months earlier with support from Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt and Eritrea. U.S. officials had accused them of sheltering at least three al-Qaida operatives and had alleged that they'd taken part in the attacks on two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998. The Bush administration publicly defended the military intervention by Christian-led Ethiopia, which considers itself a bulwark against Islamic fundamentalism in the Horn of Africa. [Mercury News]
Friday, 5 January, 2007: The Bulgharian Foreign Ministry confirmed that Libyan authorities have tightened access to five nurses held in the Judeyda prison. As of Wednesday evening, Bulgarian Deputy Justice Minister Margarit Ganev had not received permission from Tripoli to visit the prisoners. The nurses' families and defence lawyers say they are also awaiting word on visits. In light of the case, Bulgaria's National Association of General Practitioners called on the government Wednesday to withdraw all Bulgarian doctors and nurses currently working in Libya. It also made a similar proposal to other EU member states. [Balkan Times]

( أضواء على جمعية عمر المختار ) بقلم : علي يوسف زيو

( وفلت صدام من العدالة!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

تعازي إلى آل نشـّاد ولاجودة     تعزية إلى آل البصيصي

( فتاوى القذافي الدينية هل ورائها أغراض سياسية!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

موقع ليبي جديد : مدوّنة الأستاذ أحمد الفيتوري afaitouri.maktoobblog.com

موقع ليبي جديد : موقع "صور" الأستاذ أحمد الفيتوري
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( نكبة أمة بزعمائها ) بقلم : مصطفى الرعيض

( الطابـور ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( العهر في مدينتي.. يُباع بالمجان ) بقلم : أمارير

Thursday, 4 January, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi was using the five Bulgarian nurses accused of deliberate HIV infection to carry out his 'satanic plan' for vengeance over the West, Kuwaiti newspaper Al Waan said. The medics were hostages of Qadhafi's regime for eight years already. Libya's healthcare system was corrupt and far from international standards, the report said. Local authorities were manipulating the families of the HIV infected children, the publication claimed. Authorities were blaming the medics, instead of confessing their own guilt, it said. [Sofia Echo]
Thursday, 4 January, 2007: The floating book fair on board the ship (Logos II) has arrived in Al-Sha'ap harbour in Tripoli. The ship is hosted by Watassimou Association, and sponsored by the General People's Committee for Culture, at the outset of the activities of Tripoli, the capital of Islamic Culture for 2007. The floating book fair has 600,000 titles in various disciplines including dictionaries, medical sciences, social sciences, computer and children books. The ship is run by the German "Valuable Books for all Society" and has a staff off 210 from 40 nationalities. [LJBC]
Thursday, 4 January, 2007: The Association of the families of Libyan children infected with HIV condemned the Palestinian Authority for defending the ‘criminal’ Dr. Ashraf al Hajouj, who was sentenced to death along with five Bulgarian nurses for infecting Libyan children with HIV, the Libyan daily Libya Today reports in its online edition. A declaration, sent by the association to the media in Libya, reads that ‘The Palestinian people, who gave many victims in their battle against Israel, including Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and President Yasser Arafat, is now committing betrayal defending the criminal, who infected our children with HIV – Dr. Ashraf al Hajouj’. [FIA]
Thursday, 4 January, 2007: The Bulgarian embassy in Tripoli requested from Libyan authorities the visit of Deputy Justice Minister Margrit Ganev and his meeting with the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for intentional HIV infection. Ganev is to meet the five nurses in Judeida prison, Bulgarian National Radio reported. The visit is to take place in the coming days. After he meets the nurses, Ganev will also talk with their lawyer Osman Bizanti. [Sofia Echo]

( إلتفاتة على أعتاب عام جديد ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( ليبيا 2006 : ظواهر وأحداث (1) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Wednesday, 3 January, 2007: Bahrain's national soccer team will play a friendly against Libya in Dubai as part of their preparations for the upcoming 18th Gulf Cup from Jan. 17 to 30 in the UAE. Team manager Abdulaziz Al Ashraf said the Bahrain Football Association (BFA) managed to arrange the friendly match on Jan. 11 since Bahrain will be camping for over a week in Dubai from January 8 before heading for Abu Dhabi for the championship. Libya are replacing Kuwait who apologised for not being able to play Bahrain in a friendly match. [Gulf Daily News]
Wednesday, 3 January, 2007: Repsol YPF SA said it has discovered natural gas reserves with capacity for 1000 barrels of oil equivalent (boe) per day at the C1-NC210 exploration well in Libya. The oil and gas group said the well, located approximately 1000 km south of Tripoli, shows potential for several separate gas and oil bearing zones. Repsol YPF has a 35 pct stake in the project, while Woodside Petroleum, which operates the facility through its subsidiary Woodside Energy, holds 45 pct and a third partner, Hellenic Petroleum SA controls 20 pct. [AFX]
Wednesday, 3 January, 2007: Bulgarian Foreign Minister Ivailo Kalfin said in the town of Plovdiv that the EU had always had concrete commitments to Bulgarian medics in Libya, Focus Agency reports. We have had the EU’s whole support. I was assured the support would continue to be strong, Kalfin saidd. He added that Bulgaria did not need the mediation of any state, including an Arab state, for its contacts with Libya. “We insist on dialog with Libya”. He reminded about the format EU, USA and Libya and that Germany expressed readiness to join it. [FIA]
Wednesday, 3 January, 2007: “The hopes that public pressure can convince the Libyan side that the trial against the medics is unjust, are not very high”, Chetin Kazak, Member of Parliment (MP) from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and member of the delegation in Bulgaria-EU joint parliamentary committee, told FOCUS News Agency. According to him, Libya doesn’t yield to similar activities, which doesn’t mean that the pressure has to be suspended. [FIA]

Letters: Tuesday, 2 January, 2007 منكم واليكم : الثلاثاء، 2 يناير

تعزية إلى آل الحريري

( قصص قصيرة جدا ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

جديد موقع "جيل" : شخصيات العام وقائمة الوفاء www.jeel-libya.com

( بوركت ودامت أعيادك ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( دكتاتورية الصورة!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Tuesday, 2 January, 2007: Bulgarians are expecting an immediate dividend from membership of the European Union as their government launches a new push to free five nurses sentenced to death by a Libyan court last week. The nurses‘ plight has become a cause celêbre in the Balkan country, with some analysts seeing it as an early test of how seriously the country is regarded by its new peers in the EU. Bulgaria, along with neighbouring Romania, celebrated its historic entry into the EU at the same time it rang in the New Year, midnight on Sunday. [FT]

لقطات من ( احتفال الليبيين بلندن بعيد الأضحى المبارك ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( شهـيد الفوضى الخلاقه.. ) بقلم : عزالدين اللواج

( حول من أسموا أنفسهم كتاب وأدباء المواقع الاصلاحية ) بقلم : جلال الوحيشي

( صدام حسين مجرم... وليس أسير حرب ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

Monday, 1 January, 2007: Iraqi Foreign Ministry denounced the Libyan government announcement of a three day official mourning after the execution of Saddam Hussian. The Ministry said in a statement released Sunday that a memorandum was sent to the Arab League on the Libyan move. The statement said "Libya has interfered in the Iraqi internal affairs and judicial system, which is known for being just and fair." The statement also said "Saddam and his henchmen were allowed all legal privileges and rights to defend themselves," adding that "the court has listened to scores of witnesses during the defense hearings." The Iraqi government denounces the Libyan government's stand and considers it an intrusion in Iraq's internal affairs and disrespect for the law and the Iraqi judicial system, the statement added. [KUNA]

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