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كتاب ( الأنساب العربية في ليبيا ) تأليف : محمد عبدالرازق منّاع (7)

( محاربون... ولكن داخل غرف البالتوك!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( كل الليبيين سجناء رأي!؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

تعزية إلى آل الزني     تعزية إلى آل الجبالي والعلاقي
تعازي إلى آل بوجازية     تعازي إلى آل بوالعشة

( عندما يبرد فنجان القهوة.. ) بقلم : سالم محمد

كل عام وأنتم بخير بمناسبة عيد المولد النبوي الشريف

Saturday, 31 March, 2007: A used car dealer from Ohio is free on bail after spending more than two weeks in a southeastern Kentucky jail. Imad Ghani, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Libya, was held without bail in Whitley County Jail for 17 days on a misdemeanor charge of making terroristic threats. Police and Ghani's attorney said they agreed he had a dispute with a clerk at the truck stop over a pump. Police said he told the clerk that she would die soon. He was stopped later on Interstate 75 and charged. University of Kentucky law professor Bill Fortune said Ghani's confinement appears to run counter to the Kentucky Constitution. It requires anyone arrested to appear in court within 48 hours of being taken into custody. [AP]
Saturday, 31 March, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi said on Friday that it was a mistake to believe that Christianity was a universal faith alongside Islam. "There are serious mistakes -- among them the one saying that Jesus came as a messenger for people other than the sons of Israel," he told a mass prayer meeting in Niger. "Christianity is not a faith for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Qadhafi, who is seeking to expand his influence in Africa, said his arguments came from the Koran. "It is a mistake that another religion exists alongside Islam. There is only one religion which is Islam after Mohammed," he said in the sermon, which was broadcast live on Libyan state TV. "All those believers who do not follow Islam are losers," he added. [Reuters]
Saturday, 31 March, 2007: Libya and Britain have signed a memorandum of understanding to enhance scientific and technical co-operation between the two countries. The director of the Libyan national research and development Office and the head of the North Africa Department at the Foreign Office signed the accord Tuesday in Tripoli. British ambassador to Libya, Sir Vincent Fean and several experts from both countries attended the signing ceremony which is part of the recommendations of the Sixth Session of the Libyan-British follow-up committee. [PANA]
Saturday, 31 March, 2007: A Sudanese man armed with a knife hijacked a Sudan Airways plane from Libya yesterday and asked that it be flown to South Africa but the pilot convinced him to allow the plane to land in Khartoum. The hijacker was arrested by special forces after the aircraft landed in the Sudanese capital, a civil aviation authority official said. [Gulf News]
Saturday, 31 March, 2007: The General People’s Committee (GPC) has given the green light to release some Egyptian fishing boats, seized inside Libyan territorial waters. The GPC said the decision embodies the cordial relations between the people in Libya and Egypt. [LJBC]

( أطباء بلا ضمائر : من بنغازي إلى الدار الآخرة ) بقلم : سعيد العريبي

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

( وداعاً.. يا "مجيد" ) بقلم : محمد صالح بويصير

( جمعية المرأة الليبية ـ مانشستر ) : رحلة ترفيهية للفتيات ـ "ربيع بلادي"

( جمعية المرأة الليبية ـ مانشستر ) : دعـوة لحضور ندوة ـ "معـاً نتـطـوّر"

Friday, 30 March, 2007: Libya has pre-selected Arab Bank, Arab Banking Corp, BNP Paribas, HSBC, Societe Generale and Standard Chartered for the privatisation of the country's Sahara Bank. Sahara Bank has total assets of around $3.61 billion. The company is Libya's second largest commercial bank and is the first to be opened for investment to a foreign investor. The privatisation process will see Libya's Social Economic Development Fund sell a 19 percent stake in Sahara Bank to a strategic partner along with transfer of management control. [Reuters]
Friday, 30 March, 2007: Noticeably absent from the Arab summit was Libya, a snub by the Arab country led by the perpetually unconventional Col. Qadhafi. "The empty chair is an answer to this summit that there is no respect for it," Qadhafi told Al Jazeera. "Libya has turned its back to Arabs ... Libya is an African nation." Qadhafi's cold shoulder toward his neighbors – and his rebuff of the summit agenda as serving only the interest of the "American empire" – points to Libya's continued awkward return to the int'l community. [The Christian Science Monitor]

( مفهـوم «الحكم الجيد»!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( أمازيغي أنا ) بقلم : أمارير

( الأخ تايد الفاتح من سبتمبر العظيم ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

تعازي إلى آل عميش

موقع ليبي جديد : مدوّنة "الأنسان سؤال" www.humane2.net

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

Thursday, 29 March, 2007: United States Ambassador to Bulgaria John Beyrle said Wednesday he expected five Bulgarian nurses, who are fighting death sentences in Libya, to return home this year. "I am sure that the Libyans already realize that the relations they want to have with the U.S. and Europe are impossible as long as the nurses are in prison," Beyrle told a public meeting in Dobrich, Bulgaria. The U.S. has strongly backed Bulgaria's efforts to free the nurses. [BNN]
Thursday, 29 March, 2007: Libya is prepared to sell a majority stake in its oilfield- services company to a foreign partner such as Schlumberger or Halliburton. Jowfe Oil Technology, a unit of state-owned National Oil Corp. (NOC), "is up for grabs," Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of NOC, said by telephone yesterday. "Any interested company can apply. If a good company comes, like Schlumberger or Halliburton, it will be possible for them to have a majority stake." [Bloomberg]
Thursday, 29 March, 2007: Hillary Rodham Clinton receives thousands of invitations a year, but few are like the one that came late last year from an emissary of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. The former "Mad Dog of the Middle East" was hoping New York's junior senator would drop by to discuss Libya's relations with the U.S. Clinton declined, her spokesman said, but she wouldn't have been first to the party. Clinton's staff refused to discuss a visit. [NewsDay]

تعزية إلى آل العمامي

( البحرين : غـيوم خريفية برلمانية تـلبد ربيع الثـقافة ) بقلم : د. سعاد الفيتوري

تبرة : مستجدات جوائز تبرة 2007     Tibra: 2007 Tibra Awards Update

( قـف.. وفـكـّر ) بقلم : فدوى بويصير

( يتعاركوا الأرياح ويجي الكيد على الصاري ) بقلم : حسين قرضاب

Wednesday, 28 March, 2007: Libyan leader Mu'ammar Qadhafi said on Tuesday that he is boycotting this year's Arab summit because it would foment Islamic sectarianism and encourage further confrontation with Iran, AFP reported. "I will not take part in a summit that splits Islam in two and pits Sunni and Shia against each other," he said in an interview on Al-Jazeera television. "I will not take part in a summit that pits Arabs against the Fars (Iranians) ... to benefit the colonial (Western) powers," Qadhafi said. [Press TV]
Wednesday, 28 March, 2007: The European Union will rethink its policy concerning Libya to find a more efficient way of dealing with the case of the five Bulgarian nurses jailed in Tripoli. The Foreign Commission with the European Parliament adopted a change in its yearly report on human rights, urging for a new policy towards Libya. The author of the change - Bulgarian MEP Antoniya Parvanova announced for Darik News that the commission had accepted her suggestion. [SNA]
Wednesday, 28 March, 2007: Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry has asked Libya why it has banned from its ports numerous ships coming from the Balkan country. The official answer is expected next week, Darik News reported, quoting Svilen Kraychev, head of the Bulgarian Association of Ship Brokers and Agents (BASBA). Private companies that are members of the association have complained that their ships weren't allowed to dock in Libya. [SNA]
Wednesday, 28 March, 2007: ICANN announced in a press release that it has signed an accountability framework with the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) managers for .ly – Libya. The Accountability Framework program provides two mechanisms by which ccTLD managers can formalize their relationship with ICANN. The first is an Accountability Framework document that sets out the obligations of a ccTLD manager and ICANN. It also covers dispute resolution and termination and is designed for ccTLD managers requiring a formal document with ICANN. The second is an exchange of letters between ICANN and the ccTLD manager designed for those for whom a simple statement of commitment is more appropriate. [Ag-Ip]

الساطور

( المسير خلف فكرة تـقـليد الظل (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

( الحق غير القابل للصرف عند الأقوياء!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( عن الزعامة والقيادة أتحدث ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Tuesday, 27 March, 2007: The U.S. shouldn’t pursue full diplomatic relations with Libya until that country has fulfilled all its financial obligations to Americans, Sen. Frank Lautenberg said today. Libya hasn’t paid the survivors of the 1988 Pam Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, the New Jersey Democrat said. Libya also hasn’t paid victims of a 1986 bombing of a discotheque in Berlin, Lautenberg said. The U.S. State Department seeks $115 million for a new embassy in Tripoli and $1.15 million in economic and military aid to the country. In May 2006, the Bush administration said it wants to restore full diplomatic relations with Libya. [Courier News]
Tuesday, 27 March, 2007: Russia's Gazprom and Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) have signed a production sharing agreement for the right to carry out hydrocarbon exploration and production as part of Area N19 of Libya's Mediterranean Sea shelf, the Russian holding's press office reported. The signing took place during a Gazprom delegation's visit to Libya. Gazprom won a relevant hydrocarbon exploration and development tender on Dec. 20, 2006 receiving license for developing an oil field for a period of up to 30 years. Gazprom is planning to invest more than $200m in the project, which will become the Russian giant's second largest in Libya. [RBC]
Tuesday, 27 March, 2007: A year after it entered the Russian and European markets, the Qatari German Company for Medical Devices (QGMD) is now foraying into exports markets of Egypt and Libya. The company’s board of directors approved a proposal to enter into a product agreement with Egypt and Libya, said a news item posted on the Doha Securities Market (DSM) website. However, no other details were furnished by the company, promoted by Qatar Development Bank (formerly Qatar Industrial Development Bank). [Gulf Times]

( رحمة الميت أم تزوير التاريخ؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( هل أنا متأثر بسيد قطب!؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( المؤتمر الليبي للامازيغية ) : الأمازيغـية باقية بقاء الوطن..

( الأمانة يا مجموعة العمل! ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( العراق اليوم.. ليبيا غداً!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Monday, 26 March, 2007: Libya lifted themselves off the bottom of Group Ten of Nations Cup qualifying when beating Namibia 2-1 in Tripoli on Sunday. The Libyans' first win of the campaign took them second, level on points with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) whose clash with Ethiopia was postponed because of the fighting in Kinshasa. Salem El Rawany gave the hosts the perfect start when he scored after 12 minutes, and Tarek el-Taib (photo) grabbed the second shortly after the hour mark. [BBC]
Monday, 26 March, 2007: A Libyan court Sunday postponed for the second time the criminal defamation trial of six foreign medics accused of slandering three Libyan police agents and a Libyan doctor. The police officers and Libyan doctor were acquitted of torture charges in June 2005. Judge Salem Hamrouni delayed the trial until April 22. The prosecutor seeks the maximum six-year prison sentence and financial compensation from the accused medics. [Jurist News]
Monday, 26 March, 2007: Melding fashion and tradition, modernising through the use of traditional materials trying to follow what we are rather, than the latest look. This is the challenge accompanying the work of Rabia Ben Barka, the first female designer in Libya, who began working in her grandfather's textile factory before establishing herself - with sizeable difficulty - in a field unknown for a woman in an Arab country and is now aiming for the catwalks in Rome and Paris. "My style is trying to modernise using traditional fabrics. It is not always about following the fashion, it is rather following ourselves," Rabia told ANSAmed. She visited Rome a few days ago after taking part in the meeting of Arab and Italian business women in Milan. [ANSA]

تعازي إلى آل القدّاري

( زليتـن.. أدمنتـك عـشقاً ) بقلم : علي صالح الصاري

( الطائر الأسود ) بقلم : مصطفى الرعـيض

( البربر "إمازيغـن" ) بقلم : ماصر الجادوي

Sunday, 25 March, 2007: General Wesley Clark [American]: "...So I came back to see him [one of the Pentagon Generals] a few weeks later [after September 11 attacks], and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, “Are we still going to war with Iraq?” And he said, “Oh, it’s worse than that.” He reached over on his desk ... and he said: “This is a memo that describes how we’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.” I said, “Is it classified?” He said, “Yes, sir.” I said, “Well, don’t show it to me.” And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, “You remember that?” He said, “Sir, I didn’t show you that memo! I didn’t show it to you!” [Global Research]

تاوالت : ( مجموعة العمل : الحملة الدولية لمساندة الحقوق الأمازيغية في ليبيا )

تاوالت : القذافي والأمازيغ ـ سياسة العداء الصارخ www.tawalt.com

Mohammed Ben Ghalbon: The Right Of Return

( إلى أمّي ... مع حبّي ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

( نصوص : 4. هـدهـدة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Saturday, 24 March, 2007: The trade agreement between Bulgaria and Libya that was signed in 1999 and entered into force in 2003 was denounced by the Bulgarian Parliament on Friday, March 23. Energy Minister Rumen Ovcharov announced that Libya was deprived from its statute of most favoured trade partner. The case with the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death will have deep impact on the development of bilateral relations, he added. There are around 1000 Bulgarians working in Libya. Most of them are medical employees or engineering specialists. [NewsBG]
Saturday, 24 March, 2007: India and Libya on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on consultations which is expected to put existing ties between the two countries on a firm footing. The MoU was signed by visiting Libyan Minister of Asian Affairs Mohamed al-Burrani and Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs, N Ravi. With signing of the MoU, existing excellent and growing relations between the two countries would get a strong political underpinning, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said. [ZeeNews]
Saturday, 24 March, 2007: Bulgaria cannot accept Libya’s decision concerning the fate of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for intentional HIV infection in Libya, ambassador to the US Elena Poptodorova said. The decision disregarded facts proving the innocence of the Bulgarians, Poptodorova told the online publication Jurist Legal News and Research. Scientific research of Western virologists recently showed that the HIV infection the Bulgarians are blamed for, occurred in the town of Benghazi before the nurses started working there. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 24 March, 2007: The secretary-general of the charity association Watassimou, Dr Aisha Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, late Wednesday in Tripoli, launched a project to sensitise citizens against violence on women. The project, titled: `Yes a culture of the promotion of equality towards women`, was launched in collaboration with the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the Ministery of Social Affairs. The project seeks to encourage social sensitisation as well as the promotion of a pro-women culture that would prevent all forms of violence against them. [Angop]

تعزية إلى آل سلطان

كتاب ( علي بن أبي طالب ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (6) ـ الأخيرة

Friday, 23 March, 2007: Libya's General People's Committee (GPC) has banned smoking in public places; cinemas, public transportation, airports, hospitals and educational institutions. The GPC said it will launch an executive measures aiming at making sure of abiding by the ban of smoking in these places. It also prohibited advertising or promoting any kind of cigarettes. [LJBC]
Friday, 23 March, 2007: Following a first-of-its kind event in which Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi engaged in a free-form debate on democracy, the World Center for Green Book Studies today launched a groundbreaking Website as part of Libya's efforts to openly engage the international community on democracy and economic development in Libya. [Business Wire]
Friday, 23 March, 2007: A cracked spine has ruled South African cyclist Chris Willemse Jr (Team CSC/Marcello) out of the Tour of Libya. Willemse Jr was injured after falling in the final sprint to the finish line. Six riders, including Willemse and fellow South African Shaun Davel, were involved in a crash. The 860km Tour of Libya finishes on Friday, 23 March. [Super Cycling]
Friday, 23 March, 2007: Tunisian cyclist Aymen Baryami on Tuesday won the fourth leg of Libya`s first international cycling tour spanning 130 kilometres between Beni Welid and Museratha in 2 hours 24 minutes. Another Tunisian, Ayman Bel Hassan, arrived second with the same time, whereas the 3rd place was occupied by Syrian Fadi Cheikhouni. [Angop]
Friday, 23 March, 2007: Tourism investment in Libya has attracted more than 73 national and foreign investors last year, the General Board of Tourism reported. The Board said in a report that contracts have been made with 21 investors, and more than 42 projects are under study. The report revealed that the cost of tourism projects has reached 4,771,560,700 Dinar. [LJBC]
Friday, 23 March, 2007: The Alarab for Information Services organized on Wednesday a press conference in Carinthia Hotel in Tripoli during which preparations to launch "The Projet Libya 2007" fair, that will be held in Tripoli from the 5th to the 8th of November 2007, were announced. The press conference came under the auspices of The General People's Committee, and was attended by a considerable number of officials, ambassadors and reporters. [Alarab Online]

الساطور

( كلمات إضافية.. توجد في كل مكان ) بقلم : أمارير

( قائمة خوف المؤمن طويلة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة ) : السلطات الليبية تنتهك حقوق المعتـقلين

Thursday, 22 March, 2007: A source at the Manpower has refuted some news reports that a great number of foreigners left Libya. The source said that the arrival and departure of foreigners is as normal as before. “Between 15th February and 15th Mars, the arrival of foreigners at Tripoli Int'l Airport reached 23565 while the departure numbered at 16506. At Ras Ejder border, 21758 entered and 8112 left. At Emsaad, 36537 entered and 19854 left.” The source said. [LJBC]
Thursday, 22 March, 2007: Operator Statoil is preparing to shoot seismic in Libya. During the year, around 2,000 kilometres of 2D seismic will be gathered from the Kufra licence in the south-east of the country. This is the first time Statoil is shooting seismic in the country. Statoil was awarded operatorship for two land-based licences in Libya in the autumn of 2005. [Oil Voice]
Thursday, 22 March, 2007: Palm City Ltd and its shareholders, Corinthia Palace Hotel Co. Ltd. (CPHCL) from Malta and National Real Estate Company Ltd. (NREC) from Kuwait, signed in Tripoli a EUR 55 million seven-year Project Finance Facility. Palm City is the first international limited recourse project finance transaction in the Real Estate sector in Libya. [AmeInfo]

( الإعلام العربى وتحدى العولمة ) بقلم : عزالدين اللواج

( بمناسبة عيد المعلم.. تحية اجلال وعرفان ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Wednesday, 21 March, 2007: Libya increased exports of the fuel to Italy because of higher demand and prices, Libya's state-owned National Oil Corp (NOC) said. The North African nation exported 1 billion cubic feet a day of gas through a sub-sea pipeline to Italy "this winter,” 20% more than the previous winter, NOC said on its Web site. The statement cited Fuad Krekshi, the chairman of Eni North Africa BV, a joint venture between Italy's Eni Spa and NOC that operates the pipeline called Greenstream, which began sending gas to Italy in 2004. [Bloomberg]

( الجماهيري.. والحوليات المئوية ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( هل يدعو الله للنبي بالرحمة؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( آلهة ماخورة التأخير السّياسي : المجدوب في النار!! ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( ايران وامريكا : احتمالات المواجهة.. ) بقلم : د. سعاد الفيتوري

( هل حق العودة ليهود ليبيا فقط أم أنه كذلك للفلسطينيين؟ ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( القابلية للأستبداد!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Tuesday, 20 March, 2007: Dr. Zdravko Georgiev has announced he and the Bulgarian nurses in Libya do not mind the MEP nominations if this will help release them, BNR reports. The Initiative Committee for Defending the medics in Libya told Focus Agency some parties had already declared their readiness to include the nurses and Dr. Zdravko Georgiev in their MEP lists. [FIA]
Tuesday, 20 March, 2007: Libya has deported over 600 Nigerians for various offences in the past two weeks. The latest deportees, said to have been jailed for between 10 to 15 years by the Libyan authorities, arrived at the Murtala Mohammed In'l Airport, Lagos, following an agreement between the two countries that the deportees complete their jail terms in Nigeria. [Africa News]
Tuesday, 20 March, 2007: English and German researchers are in Libya to take part in a workshop focusing on the use of biotechnology in marine biology, organised by the centre of biotechnological research in Tajoura, east of Tripoli. The workshop is part of the scientific collaboration agreement signed between the Tajoura centre and various European universities, engineer Abd El Basset Abu Issa of the Tajoura centre said. [ANSA]
Tuesday, 20 March, 2007: Yemeni Minister of Foreign Affairs Abu Baker Al-Qirbi told Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper that Houthi loyalists are receiving financial and spiritual support from Arab Shi’ite institutions; however, he denied linking them to Hezbollah. Al-Qirbi indicated that Libya sympathizes with Houthis in Sa’ada. "Yahya Al-Houthi’s visits to Libya and his meetings with public leaders there indicate that they sympathize with Houthis," he added. [Yemen Times]

تعزية إلى آل نجم وقرقوم

الساطور

Libya : Why Go Nuclear..?  By : Salem Mohammed

( قـلـق (2) ـ الأخيرة ) بقلم : أمارير

( الرقيب ) : نداء من أجل إطلاق سراح السجين علي السوسي

( أمهات فى قلب الحدث ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Libya's "Model"..  By : Ghoma

( مالا يعرفه عني الكثيرون!؟ (2) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( إصلاح المستحيل.. (6) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

Monday, 19 March, 2007: The General Director of al-Ummah Bank has said that the bank has set up a new work plan to develop banking services by applying modern mechanism system in daily dealings with public and through the use of automatic machines. “Thousands of automatic withdrawal for paper currency will be distributed inside markets, public places, gas stations and branches in all parts of Libya, aiming at offering the best bank services,” he declared. [LJBC]
Monday, 19 March, 2007: An upsurge in anti-Western rhetoric is unlikely to scare foreign investors off Libya because Qadhafi has made clear his views will not block economic reform. The veteran ruler made stinging attacks on Western corporate "colonialism" in early March in speeches marking the 30th anniversary of his state of the masses system which bans elections and political parties. Qadhafi has long said he dislikes what he calls the pro-Western world economic order but argues Libya has no choice but to cooperate with it or risk economic disaster. [Reuters]
Monday, 19 March, 2007: 95 children have been tested positive for HIV in southern Kazakhstan since last summer. The children's parents do not have the virus. 21 health-care workers in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, are standing trial on charges of negligence and corruption. Kazakhstan is not the first country where large numbers of children have been infected with HIV at hospitals. In Romania, some 10,000 children tested positive for HIV in the early 1990s. In Libya in 1998, more than 400 children were found to have contracted HIV the town of Benghazi. In this politically charged case, the Libyan government accused five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian physician, of deliberately infecting the children. The six foreign health-care workers have been sentenced to death after a second trial; they are awaiting another appeal. [NPR]
Monday, 19 March, 2007: He is a Libyan but fights against the countries exporting oil. Lives in Switzerland but writes about the desert. Fights against hunting, speaks of vegetarians and supports the Kyoto Accords. Ibrahim Al Koni (photo), considered by many the Arab author most worthy for the Nobel Prize, has warned about the possible "curse of the oil" since the 1960s. "According to a Tuareg legend, one day the countries exporting oil will be swallowed by the vacuum of their wells," the Libyan writer said at a meeting organised by Arabic language and culture expert Isabella Camera D'Afflitto within the 18th edition of the Galassia Gutenberg currently underway in Naples, Itali. "Becoming rich with no efforts will certainly lead to depreciation of the moral values." This battle against oil and unrestrained economic development has caused many difficulties to Al Koni. [ANSA]

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (9)

The Libyan Constitutional Union (14)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

( بريرة.. العقل والنفس المفقودة!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( في الشأن الأمازيغي ) بقلم : أبوذر الليبي

Sunday, 18 March, 2007: A Yemeni official has stated that the suit filed by Allaw Bar Organization against Libyan leader Qadhafi aims to create dissension between brothers and serves only enemies of the Arab Nation. The source said the Allaw litigating against Qadhafi claiming his responsibility for planting 12 million mines in Yemen is totally baseless. [SABA]
Sunday, 18 March, 2007: Chair of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Rene van der Linden called Friday in Paris for the release of the five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor, who have been imprisoned in Libya since 1999. “We all know the Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor are not guilty and it is high time they were released,” he said. [FIA]
Sunday, 18 March, 2007: Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah on Saturday received an emissary from Libyan leader Qadhafi, his cousin Ahmed Qadhaf Eddam, KUNA reported. The envoy's visit came ahead of the Arab summit in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on March 28 and 29, which Libya has said it will boycott, saying that Arab states lack "seriousness." [AFP]
Sunday, 18 March, 2007: A delegation of the fishery productive district of Mazara del Vallo (Trapani), Sicily, Italy, will take part on April 1st in a mission to Libya aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two coasts of the Mediterranean in the shipbuilding, acquaculture, processing and sale of fish. In June a delegation of the District will visit Algiers. [ANSA]

( القذافي وموريتانيا ) بقلم : عبد المنصف البوري

جديد "تاوالت" : ( الأقرار بالإيمان.. دراسة مقارنة ) www.tawalt.com

( عـباقـرة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( وبدأت الفروع تـتـيـبـّس ) بقلم : مصطفى

( جاهـل وأولاده يعبثون.. إلى متى؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Saturday, 17 March, 2007: The Director of the Qadhafi Charity Foundation, Saleh Abdel Salam was dismissed, the online edition of the Libyan daily Libya today reported. According to the information the reason was ‘failure to deal with the negotiations with the Bulgarian Government on the issue with the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya’. The Bulgarian Government has sent a request for information on the dismissal of the Qadhafi Foundation's director. [FIA]
Saturday, 17 March, 2007: Col. Qadhafi still warns that the U.S. aims to colonize Libya and plunder its oil. But now he is moving to open the country's decrepit, closed economy to world markets, and has hired American consultants led by a Harvard business guru [Michael Porter] to guide the way. Col. Qadhafi has made clear that sharing power is not on his agenda. But opening the economy will inevitably risk change ... The government would privatize banks and other state firms. Tens of thousands of government workers would be encouraged to leave their jobs with promises of three years' salary and training to open businesses. The hope is to build up sectors like construction and tourism ... By any standard, Libya has a long way to go. [Washington Times]
Saturday, 17 March, 2007: A conference on school libraries recommended the establishment of a Library Department under the Libyan General People's Committee for Education. Participants at the two-day meeting, which ended Tuesday, said the Department should promote and oversee school libraries and education centres nationwide. They called for a radical change in the running of school libraries, and a strategic programme on the country's education development. [Angop]

( إصلاح المستحيل.. (5) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( قمم عربية.. بلا جدوى ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

Friday, 16 March, 2007: Libya will privatise its Madar phone network but foreign investors will get no stake in the firm, Libya's economic reform champion Saif al-Islam, a son of leader Qadhafi, said. "Madar company and the oil companies will be owned by Libyans and foreign investment will get no share in them," Saif al-Islam said in in a speech in Tripoli on Wednesday evening. Libya has previously said it plans to give Libyans stakes in some of its state-owned oil firms. [Reuters]
Friday, 16 March, 2007: China's biggest state-owned oil company is expanding with projects to build oil and gas pipelines in Libya and India, the company said yesterday. China National Petroleum Corp's (CNPC) Pipe-line Bureau started construction of 1,600-klms gas pipeline in India in January and has signed a contract for a 7.7-klms crude oil pipeline in Libya. [Gulf News]
Friday, 16 March, 2007: The chief executive of Italy's largest oil and natural gas company, Eni, said Eni is willing to participate in the next gas exploration bids in Libya. CEO Paolo Scaroni said the Italian group doesn't have a bid ready, but added "we'll participate for sure." Eni is Libya's biggest oil investor [19%] and has been present in the country since 1959. [Market Watch]
Friday, 16 March, 2007: Libyan lawyer of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya, Othman Byzanti said that if the nurses are found guilty in their second trial, where they face charges for slandering Libyan police, and receive the maximum penalty of three years in prison, they will have to serve the sentence, BNR reported. According to Byzanti, the Libyan court will not consider the facts that they have been in Libyan prison for more than eight years. [FIA]
Friday, 16 March, 2007: Cisco will operate the first network academy in Libya, the Secretariat of Manpower and Training has announced. According to an agreement reached with Cisco, another 10 branches of the new academy will be opened throughout Libya. The High Center for Computer Technology in Tripoli has been chosen as the headquarters for this academy. [LJBC]
Friday, 16 March, 2007: Al Qaeda suspect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has claimed he organized the September 11 attacks on the U.S. ... The admissions came in the transcript of a military hearing at the U.S. detention camp in Guantanamo, released on Wednesday. Released also transcripts of hearings for two others of the 14 detainees transferred last year, Ramzi bin al Shaibah, a Yemeni, and alleged senior al Qaeda figure Abu Faraj al Libi of Libya. [Reuters]
Friday, 16 March, 2007: Oil prices slipped below US$58 per barrel Thursday, after OPEC ministers said they would maintain crude production at existing levels, as expected. OPEC ministers, meeting in Vienna, believe the oil market has balance between supply and demand, officials said. "The market is stable, the market is healthy," said OPEC secretary general Abdalla Salem El-Badri of Libya. "We don't need to touch it this time." [AP]

الساطور

تعازي إلى آل الوافي

( معـنى الصلاة عـلى النبي ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

( مالا يعرفه عني الكثيرون!؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( الديمـقراطية التي نريد.. ) بقلم : أسعـد العـقـيلي

كتاب ( علي بن أبي طالب : فكره وثقافته ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (5)

Neanderthals Were Not Extinct  By : Ghoma

( بين لندن ومصراته.. رحلة للسائل والمجيب (3) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Thursday, 15 March, 2007: Libya's government denied on Wednesday a US accusation that it tortured detainees, saying its judiciary was independent and human rights were protected. "Libyan laws consider torture ... discrimination and slavery a crime. This guarantees the right to justice for all," said the foreign ministry. The US state department said in its annual report on human rights, published last week, that Libyan security personnel routinely tortured detainees. [Reuters]

الساطور

تعزية إلى آل ابصيص

( نحو خارطة طريق لمشاركة أوسع للمرأة العربية.. ) بقلم : د. سعاد الفيتوري

( انتهت اللعبة ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

Wednesday, 14 March, 2007: The United States said on Tuesday that it has no plan to help Libya with developing a nuclear power plant, although the Libyan government tried to seek U.S. assistance in this regard. "There's no formal pending nuclear cooperation agreement with Libya on nuclear power plants or any other nuclear issues," State Department deputy spokesman Tom Casey said at a briefing. "We are in discussions with the Libyans regarding a project to help them develop a nuclear medicine center, and that is the only thing you could use the word 'nuclear' in relation to past agreements," Casey said. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 14 March, 2007: The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) does not need to cut output at its meeting this week as the world market is balanced, head of Libya's National Oil Corporation said on Tuesday. Shukri Ghanem, who will represent Libya at the OPEC meeting in Vienna on Thursday, said that the upcoming meeting will focus on the situation of the world oil market this spring, summer and toward the year end. Ghanem said that currently there is no need for the oil cartel to reduce its production quota. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 14 March, 2007: Libya is working to deport Palestinians to the Gaza Strip, via Egypt, to avoid their permanent settlement in Libya, a newspaper report said Tuesday. Libya's official al-Jamahiriya daily said Tripoli intended to expel the Palestinians to abort "the conspiracy of liquidating the Palestinian cause and giving up the right of return of Palestinian refugees to their homes in return for Israel's acceptance of the Beirut initiative." Libya said it will boycott the Arab summit in Riyadh later this month amid unconfirmed reports the Arabs might amend the Arab initiative by removing an article that calls for the return of the Palestinian refugees to their original homes which they were forced to flee in 1948 when the state of Israel was created. [UPI]

( كيف يصلي الله وملائكته على النبي؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( ليبيا : الذاكرة المخفية ضد ايديولوجية العـسكر ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( تقاسيم على قرار مارس ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( عن ثـقافة الاستلاب.. واستلاب الثـقافة ) بقلم : أمارير

Tuesday, 13 March, 2007: The U.S. is close to reaching an agreement for cooperation on a nuclear power plant with Libya, a U.S. official said on Monday. Libya's official Jana news agency reported on Monday that an agreement between the two countries that would help Libya generate nuclear electricity would be signed shortly. The Jana report said the U.S.-Libya cooperation would include building a nuclear power plant, helping develop water desalination capacity, joint research and technical projects and training Libyan technicians in the United States. [PressTV]
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007: The first European Union (EU) police teams, including Italian agents, will arrive over the next days in the Libyan desert to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country, European Commission vice president and Justice, Freedom and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said in an interview with Il Messaggero daily. "Libya has finally accepted our proposal to launch operative collaboration" to combat illegal immigration, Frattini said. [ANSA]
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007: Britain has been negotiating what could be a major defense deal with Libya. British industry sources said that over the last year Defence Ministry officials briefed the Libyan regime of Col. Qadhafi on a range of advanced air and naval platforms. The sources said the ministry has also established a permanent presence in Tripoli. "We feel it is appropriate to demonstrate formal defense cooperation between the two countries," a ministry spokesman said. "Libya, like other sovereign countries, has legitimate security concerns." [MEOL]
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007: Libya has inaugurated a stock market with its headquarters in the capital, the official JANA news agency reported Monday. Announcing the decision last June to set up a stock exchange, Economy Minister Tayeb Essafi said it "became necessary to establish cooperation with world markets, and to reinforce investors' confidence in the Libyan economy." At the time he said the stock exchange would have its headquarters in Benghazi, 1,000 kms (620 miles) east of the capital. JANA's report did not explain the change of venue. [METimes]
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007: It may have passed unnoticed for a year, but that star-spangled banner flying from the roof of the Corinthia Bab-Africa Hotel in Tripoli, Libya, is no ordinary courtesy flag. It is a symbol of the fully-fledged US diplomatic mission that has established itself within the Maltese-owned hotel. Spread over two floors, the US embassy in Tripoli is recognised by the State Department in Washington as the official embassy in Libya. The re-establishment of US-Libya diplomatic ties and the opening of a US embassy in Tripoli are considered major political decisions at the White House. Few, however, expected to access the embassy through the lobby of the Corinthia Bab-Africa hotel. [MaltaToday]
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007: British Petroleum (BP) risks seeing a clutch of potentially lucrative gas blocks slip from its grasp during protracted negotiations with Libya because the terms it seeks are too aggressive, according to officials involved in the talks. As the country's autocratic leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi rails against international oil companies for stealing its resources, BP is struggling to convince Libyan officials and policy makers that the stakes it wants in gas blocks in the onshore Sirte and Ghadames basins are reasonable ... "The economics BP are offering are simply not attractive for us," a senior Libyan oil official familiar with the talks said. Qadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam, said recently the talks centered on the "largest gas field in the history of gas exploration", according to a report by the Middle East Economic Digest. [Energia]

الساطور

تعزية إلى آل كبلان

( نقطة البدء في الحوار السياسي.. مراجعات أم تراجعات..؟؟ ) بقلم : المهاجر

( ومن أحياها فكأنما أحيا الناس جميعاً ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Monday, 12 March, 2007: Libya on Sunday backtracked on a decision to ban women under 40 years old from leaving the country unless they were accompanied by a close male relative. A brief statement posted on the government website said the foreign ministry "denies any reports that it issued a ban on Libyan women under 40 from travelling without Mahram"-a word used to describe someone such as a father, brother or uncle. The official Al-Jamahiriya newspaper reported the ban on Wednesday, one day ahead of Int'l Women's Day. Sunday's statement said the story referred to "temporary regulations that are no longer valid, and which were issued to remedy negative aspects pertaining to Libyan girls travelling abroad." The foreign ministry said security measures "in no way tried to deprive our female citizens from travelling abroad, since there are already Libyan women pilots, judges, lawyers, journalists, politicians, and scientists." [AFP]
Monday, 12 March, 2007: A third Libyan has joined two others in complaining of defamation by five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death for infecting Libyan children with HIV, a court heard on Sunday. Police officer Osama Awedan has joined police colleague Juma Mishri and doctor Abdulmajid Alshoul in alleging they were falsely accused by the six of torturing them. Awedan is claiming seven million dinars in compensation for distress caused by the allegations. Mishri and Alshoul are claiming five million dinars each. Judge Salem Hamrouni adjourned the trial until March 25 to allow the defence to study prosecution documents. [Reuters]
Monday, 12 March, 2007: His name is Raffaello Fellah and he is the leader of Libya’s exiled Jewish community, which is commemorating the 40th anniversary since they were exiled from Libya. He has been living in Italy for the past 40 years and has integrated well into Italian political life. In 1999, he was just a few votes short of being elected an MEP, coming just behind Francesco Rutelli. Later on he missed becoming a senator by just 138 votes but this opened his eyes and he stopped supporting the Left and switched to the Right, which led to his break up with his friend Walter Veltroni, the mayor of Rome, but strengthened his friendship with Giulio Andreotti, the former prime minister, with whom he met Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi several times. The 40th anniversary of the exile was celebrated with songs and music in a Rome auditorium since the former Jewish community in Libya wants to extend the hand of peace to Libya. [Independent]
Monday, 12 March, 2007: German group Siemens is working on the final project for Libya's railway which is to link the capital with all parts of the country, a group representative said, quoted by the local media, on the occasion of the signing of a technical cooperation agreement with the General Peoplés Committee on labour force, education and employment. The agreement envisages, among others, a training programme for Libyan technical staff working in the microelectronic and telecommunications sectors. The project for a railway network offering connections with all parts of Libya will soon be presented to the authorities. [ANSA]
Monday, 12 March, 2007: Sudan's economic liberalisation is spurring huge foreign investment and spectacular growth, but observers warn uneven social redistribution could only add to the restive country's woes. The Sudanese government forecasts a whopping 13 percent growth rate in 2007, as economic indicators continue their exponential rise on the back of a booming oil industry established mainly in the south. The latest symbol of Sudan's new wealth is "Qadhafi's Egg", the nickname given by locals to a Libyan-funded hotel sprouting out of the Nile river bank in the shape of a bulging oval structure of concrete and steel. [AFP]
Monday, 12 March, 2007: Libya's Under Secretary of Culture and Information, Abdul Majeed El-Dursi was in Malta last week for a three-day visit during which he had talks with Culture Minister Francis Zammit Dimech and Foreign Minister Michael Frendo. Possibilities of co-operation in cultural exchange were discussed between Mr El-Dursi and Dr Zammit Dimech. Mr El-Dursi told The Sunday Times some fruitful ideas on how to expand co-operation between Libya and Malta in this field were agreed. "We intend to organise Malta days in Libya and Libya days in Malta, with reciprocal visits by folklore and music groups," he said. [Times Of Malta]
Monday, 12 March, 2007: Some 5,000 Jews who emigrated from Libya to Rome 40 years ago and who are today Italian citizens, will tell their story and celebrate 40 years of living in Italy with a special musical event, the show 'Grazie Italia. Ebrei di Libia 40 anni dopo. 1967- 2007' (Thank you, Italy. Libyan Jews 40 Years After. 1967-2007), to be performed tonight [March 6] in Rome at the Auditorium Parco della Musica. The initiative, organised by the association Bnei Sheva, the Jewish community in Rome and the Museum Or Shalom in Bat Yam, wishes to offer a trip through music and memory, aimed at awakening memories of a far-off land. The show intends to thank all those who worked to help this migration to take place. A video will present a series of interviews to Jews of Libyan origin, including also the testimony of an old Israeli lady, Iris Reuven, born and raised in Libya, who suspects that Qadhafi is the son of a woman of Jewish origin. [ANSA]

( البعض يسأل.. لماذا يتعرض الإسلام للهجوم؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الأنسان ) : تقييد سفر المرأة انتهـاك لحقوق الإنسان

( درس عظيم... و 38 عاما من الكذب!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( ليبيا كما يراها القذافي (1) ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( إصلاح المستحيل.. (4) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( ليبيا الغد.. نحو فكر سياسي وطني بديل!؟ (4) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( غريان وغزران.. حول أصول تسمية غريان وظهور المدينة ) بقلم : سالم محمد

( لهم اصلاحهم.. ولنا اصلاحنا ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( مؤسسة المنار ) : الليـبـيـون الأقـدمون...؟

( الفعاليات النسائية في بنغازي ) : بيان للرد على إجراء منع سفر الليبيات دون سن الاربعين

Sunday, 11 March, 2007: Abdel Kareem Nabil went to prison last week in Egypt. His crime? The 22-year-old former law student ran a blog that offended Islamic radicals and Egyptian political authorities ... Western governments and American presidents made Soviet and East European dissidents household names: Havel, Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov, Sharansky, Walesa ... Who has heard of Nabil's plight in Egypt or that of his countryman Ayman Nour? Who has heard of Fathi al-Jahmi (photo) in Libya, Anwar al-Bunni in Syria or, for that matter, Ahmad Batebi in Iran? [MySanAntonio]
Sunday, 11 March, 2007: The Secretariat of the General People’s Committee (GPC) has reported in its website that its decision banning Libyan women under the age of 40 from travelling abroad unless they are escorted by a close relative is a regulatory measure. “This measure aims at drafting the necessary regulations to avoid some negativity accompanied unnecessary Libyan girls travel who fell victims of criminal networks abroad.” GPC says. [LJBC]
Sunday, 11 March, 2007: Hari Haralambiev, Bulgarian lawyer of the five nurses sentenced to death in Libya, left Saturday for Tripoli, BNR reported. He will take part in a court sitting on Sunday in the defamation trial against the medics. A police officer, Juma Mishri, and a doctor, Abdulmajid Alshoul, are each claiming five million dinars (US$ 3.9 million) in compensation for distress they say was caused when the nurses gave testimony accusing them of torture in a 2005 court case. The two Libyans were acquitted of the torture charges in June 2005. [FIA]
Sunday, 11 March, 2007: Oman's Foreign Minister Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah received yesterday a copy of the credentials of Dr Younis Salim Al Ogaili Basha, appointed as the resident ambassador of Libya to the Sultanate. [Times Of Oman]
Sunday, 11 March, 2007: Libya's state run National Oil Corp. (NOC) has signed a contract with India's ONGC Videsh, as it moves to finalize awards from a recent bidding round. Separately, NOC subsidiary Agoco has made a 15,000 b/d oil discovery in the Ghadames Basin. [Oil Daily]

( شي لله... يا حكومة!!! ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

( القذافي يُـبقي ليبيا ملفوفة بأكاذيـبه ) ترجمة : مخضرم

( مجموعة العمل الليبي ) : حملة دولية لمساندة الحقوق الأمازيغـية في ليبيا

( تعليق على لقاء عيسى عبدالقيوم و د. خشيم ) بقلم : فدوى بويصير

( بين لندن ومصراته.. رحلة للسائل والمجيب (2) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

الساطور

( لا أصلح الله منـّا من يصالحكم ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

Qadhafi's Hypocritical Hortatory: Confused Or Janus?  By : Ghoma

Saturday, 10 March, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi has accused the U.S. and Britain of using Iraqi oil money to "destroy" Iraq. In a speech in Al-Qatrun oasis, in the southern part of the country, Qadhafi told the crowd to be prepared to defend the country against foreign invasion so the country "remains in our hands and so that a setback does not take place and foreign companies take (possession) of oil again." "Agents could come as they went to Iraq, destroyed their country and handed over Iraqi oil to U.S. companies," he said. "If this war was financed by the USA and Britain from their own treasury they would have gone bankrupt in the first month or year and they would have withdrawn. "But they are taking Iraqi oil and they are financing the war in order to occupy, destroy Iraq and slit the throats of the Iraqis." [UPI]
Saturday, 10 March, 2007: Bulgaria's prime minister brought up the matter of Bulgarian nurses' case at the Friday European Council (EC) summit. That has been the first discussion of the problem at such a high level. It comes as a result of the fact that the Council has been informed about the EU-Africa summit, which is to take place in December 2007. Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev said that Bulgaria supports the idea of holding such a forum but it would be more constructive if there are no "open problems", such as those of the "innocent medics, death-sentenced in Libya". German chancellor Angela Merkel, who is the chairwoman of the EC, as well as French President Chirac have expressed their solidarity to the Bulgarian cause. [SNA]
Saturday, 10 March, 2007: Mohamed Zeyani is a baby-faced 27-year-old with slicked-back hair. He is also a new phenomenon in Muammar al Qaddafi's Libya—an entrepreneur. With his 25-year-old brother Ali, Zeyani opened the Al Sahab Training Center three years ago in the up-and-coming Bin Ashour district of Tripoli. The center is now teaching English, computers, and business skills to about 130 employees of local companies and multinationals such as Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Italian oil giant ENI. "We chose the field of education because we felt there was a big need," Zeyani says as he looks in on classrooms crowded with women in head scarves and young men in suede jackets. His annual revenues have already doubled, to $1 million. [Businessweek]

تعزية إلى آل الغرياني

( ليبيا الوفاء ) : دعوة للأعتصام أمام السفارة الليبية بواشنطن

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الأنسان ) : فى ذكرى اليوم العالمي للمرأة

( عـلاج الايدز.. مقابل تسليم "الحوثي" ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

Friday, 9 March, 2007: As Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi inaugurated festivities on 2 March 2007 marking the 30 anniversary of his proclamation of the Jamahiriya, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) pointed out that there is still no news of Abdullah Ali Al-Sanussi Al-Darrat, a journalist who was arrested 34 years ago. "Six months after we visited Libya, nothing has changed," the press freedom organisation said. "The authorities still have not given us any information about Al-Darrat ... or about the murder of journalist Daif Al Ghazal (photo) in 2005. The detente in Libya's int'l relations has had no impact on its internal policies and it continues to be one of the world's most repressive regimes" ... Those responsible for the murder of Al Ghazal, whose mutilated body was found on 1 June 2005, have still not been arrested and tried. Prior to his death, Al Ghazal wrote articles that were extremely critical of the government and the Movement of Revolutionary Committees. [RWB]
Friday, 9 March, 2007: Exxon Mobil Corp. Chief Executive Rex Tillerson, seeking more access to Libya's vast oil fields, met with Col. Qadhafi in the North African nation last month. The meeting occurred less than a year after the U.S. ended its official designation of Libya as a sponsor of terrorism and is a sign of both the growing importance of the North African nation for U.S. oil companies and the rapid thaw of relations between the two nations. Exxon has a long history in Libya; it discovered the first oil field about 1960. It left the country in 1986. [WSJ]
Friday, 9 March, 2007: A senior Libyan official said death sentences handed down on five Bulgarian nurses by a Libyan court won't be carried out, Sofia media said. Suleiman Shahoumi, secretary of the Foreign Affairs Committee told a Bulgarian non-governmental organization in Tripoli last Friday that the nurses won't be executed even if the death sentences are upheld by a higher court, the Bulgarian news agency Focus reported Thursday. At a news conference in Sofia, Hristo Dunchev, member of the Science Council of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, said Shahoumi told him Libya will be seeking ways to send the nurses back to Bulgaria. [UPI]
Friday, 9 March, 2007: A Libyan newspaper sharply criticized a government decision that bans Libyan women from traveling abroad without a legal male guardian. The state-controlled al-Jamahiriya daily Wednesday described the decision as "stupid and stains the entire state with backwardness," adding it constitutes a clear violation of the most basic women's and human rights. The paper asked what type of male guardian female journalists, lawyers, businesswomen, pilots and university professors should have. It called for taking legal action against "anyone who permits or forbids a Libyan woman, as if this woman comes from the medieval times." [UPI]
Friday, 9 March, 2007: The US envoy to Sudan, Andrew Natsios, arrived in Tripoli on Thursday for talks on getting Libya involved in UN and AU efforts to end the four-year-old Darfur conflict. His trip follows a mission to Khartoum where he held talks with President al-Beshir, who is continuing to balk at proposals for UN troops to assist an AU force in attempting to pacify Darfur. "We believe that it should be one track of negotiations, the one of the UN and AU," Natsios said, announcing his trip to Tripoli to meet Libyan leader Qathafi. [MEOL]
Friday, 9 March, 2007: French Popular election candidate Nokolas Sarkozy says the case of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya is outrageous, French media report today. Mr. Sarkozy made this statement in a conference on women's right held in the French capital on Thursday. "The nurses have been in prison for years. They've become the scapegoats of a crime they have nothing to do with," Nikolas Sarkozy said. [NewsBG]
Friday, 9 March, 2007: An estimated 35,000 Egyptian workers in Libya have crossed the border back to Egypt in the last two weeks. The mass departure followed the imposition of new laws regulating the status of foreign workers. Returning labourers say their decision to leave was a result of the new regulations enforced by Libya's Ministry of Manpower under which they are required to pay monthly 25 Libyan dinars in income tax, 14 dinars for insurance, 15 dinars for an Arab identity card and 60 dinars for a work permit. The Libyan authorities, report the returnees, have launched a campaign that includes visits to the homes of workers to check they are in possession of health, insurance and tax certificates as well as an accredited labour contract. Should any of the papers be missing, the authorities demand the worker to leave. [Al-Ahram]

( تطرّف..؟ فليكن ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( الساعـدي السفاح.. ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

تعزية إلى آل بن جريد

( وما خفي كان أعظم!! ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( المسير خلف فكرة تـقـليد الظل (1) ) بقلم : أمارير

( القراءات القرآنية.. إشكالية النقد (5) ) بقلم : محمد مليطان

( تـقـليد حتى النخاع ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

Thursday, 8 March, 2007: Libya has banned women under the age of 40 from traveling abroad unless escorted by a male relative, the official Al Jamahiriya newspaper reported Wednesday. The paper, which condemned the measure as a "flagrant violation of women's rights," said it took effect Monday. The newspaper said women under the age of 40 would have to be accompanied by a "mahram," a word to describe someone such as a father, a brother, or an uncle. [METimes]
Thursday, 8 March, 2007: Mauritania has protested to Libya over comments by its leader Qadhdafi, in which he called Mauritanians "tribal" and said they were wasting their time with multi-party elections. Mauritania, an Islamic state which straddles Arab and black Africa, is holding elections this Sunday to select a civilian president to take over from a military junta which seized power in a bloodless 2005 coup. In a speech on Friday marking the 30th anniversary of his declaration of a Jamahiriyah or state of the masses, in which political parties are banned, Qadhafi said nations were wasting their time with multi-party politics. He mentioned Mauritania. [Reuters]
Thursday, 8 March, 2007: Libya's Al-Ittihad beat AS FNIS of Niger 4-1 on Monday in a Champions League encounter held over from the weekend. The first leg second round tie could not be played on Sunday as originally scheduled because the match officials from Chad did not arrive in time. The second leg in Niger will be played on the weekend of 16-18 March. [BBC]
Thursday, 8 March, 2007: Libyan security personnel routinely torture detainees, the U.S. State Department said in a report describing the country's human rights situation as poor. The trial in which six foreign medics were convicted of infecting Libyan children with HIV saw authorities limit the defendants' right to call witnesses, the report on Libya's 2006 rights record added. Qadhafi's government does not react publicly to foreign criticism of its rights record. [Mail & Guardian]
Thursday, 8 March, 2007: Libya began the first Arab Digital Culture Conference. University scholars, researchers and specialists from Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Morocco are attending the three-day event, which focuses on Arab culture, literature and mass media in the digital era. Participants will introduce their studies on the future development of Arab and Islamic Culture, internet crime, author's rights and electronic publication. [Magharebia]
Thursday, 8 March, 2007: U.S. special envoy to Sudan Andrew Natsios will hold talks with Libyan leader Qadhafi on resolving the crisis in Sudan's Darfur region. Natsios told reporters in Khartoum Wednesday he plans to fly to Tripoli later in the day to discuss a Libyan role in the peace process in Darfur. Libya has hosted several mini-summits to try to resolve the Darfur crisis. Natsios made his remarks after talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. [UPI]
Thursday, 8 March, 2007: Japanese former Minister of Technology and Sciences, a member of the ruling Party, is in Libya to boost relation between the two countries. The Japanese official met with the Secretary of Manpower, Training, and Employment on cooperation prospects where they discussed technical fields, particularly in training, employment and qualifying manpower. [LJBC]
Thursday, 8 March, 2007: The Libyan general people's committee has authorised three firms in the cement industry to import 4.5 million tonnes of cement to supply the local market. [PANA]

( إصلاح المستحيل.. (3) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( بين لندن ومصراته.. رحلة للسائل والمجيب (1) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( الشرق الأوسط الجديد ) ترجمة : بوزيد لهلالي

( الدين سياسة بدون معارضة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( خرج ولن يعود!!... لكن ربما يعود!!؟؟ ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Wednesday, 7 March, 2007: Libya is to build about 100 schools equipped with laboratories and computer hardware and give specialisation to more than 50,000 schoolteachers this year in computer technology. They will specialise and should be added to the 5,000 schoolteachers who are currently undergoing pedagogical training, and to the 3,000 others being reconverted. 3,400 computing rooms of a cost of 121,38 million dinars (1.250 dinar = 1US$) will be imported. [PANA]
Wednesday, 7 March, 2007: A tussle over economic policy between reformers and conservatives is unlikely to sink Libya's post-sanctions opening to private enterprise but may inject more uncertainty into the process than some investors can tolerate. Conservatives who thrived under statist policies are opposing reforms pushed by the modernising Saif al-Islam, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's prominent son, playing on long-held popular suspicions about capitalist exploitation, Libyans say. Reformers are confident they will eventually prevail. [Daily News]
Wednesday, 7 March, 2007: A report on human rights issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of State goes into the trial against the five Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor, who are sentenced to death in Libya over charges of knowingly infecting 426 Libyan children with AIDS. The report reads as follows: “Since 2000 six foreign medical personnel charged with deliberately infecting children in Benghazi with the HIV testified repeatedly that they had been tortured with electric shocks and beatings to extract confessions. The medical personnel also testified to two cases of rape. In June 2005 a court acquitted 10 security officials accused of torture. [FIA]
Wednesday, 7 March, 2007: Members of the general assembly of Arab and African NGOs support and trust the fairness of Libya’s judicial system in the case of the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for deliberate HIV infection. The medics are charged with the infection of more than 400 children. Bulgaria and the int'l community condemned the verdicts. They said that Libyan court neglected indisputable scientific evidence proving the innocence of the medics. All in evidence needed was presented during the trial, Libyan news agency Jana reported. [Sofia Echo]
Wednesday, 7 March, 2007: About 1867 prisoners have been freed from Rehabilitation Institutions in Libya. The inmates were released on Monday in execution of the Supreme Council of the Judiciary Board Decree. It also marks the 30th anniversary of the Declaration of People's Authority and the lapse of 19 years since the destruction of prisons and freeing their inmates. 668 prisoners are from African, Arab and Foreign nationalities, while 1199 are Libyans. [LJBC]

( من أنظمة الحكم السياسية (3) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

Tuesday, 6 March, 2007: The president of the African Union (AU) took aim at the continent's long-time rulers on Monday saying that the time had passed when leaders could expect to cling on to power for decades. "Everybody knows that the era of 'presidents for life' is over and everyone nowadays acknowledges that you have got to pass on the baton even if this has been difficult for certain people," Alpha Konare told reporters on the sidelines of a conference on democracy in Africa ... The longest-serving leader on the continent is Gabon's President Omar Bongo who has been in power since 1967, while Qadhafi has been in charge of Libya since 1969. [SAPA]
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007: Thousands of Egyptian workers left Libya for home last week after they were found to lack the necessary papers, a security source said on Sunday. Most returned from Libya by road, passing through Sallum crossing, the source said, estimating the total number of those who had left at 36 000. Last month, Libya hardened its stance against illegal immigrants in the country who were trying to reach Europe from there by sea. [AFP]
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007: The Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Monday denied as baseless reports that a political crisis took place between Egypt and Libya over the recent return of many Egyptian workers to homeland. But, the ministry said that during the coming few days "it would appear clearly whether there is a real problem over the increasing number of Egyptian workers returning from Libya." Egyptian authorities concerned are now counting the number of Egyptian returnees from and travelers to Libya over the recent period, Assistant Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Egyptian Expatriates Ambassador Mohamed Menesi told a news briefing. [KUNA]
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007: Canada's ultra-endurance runner Sandy McCallum is in Libya in north Africa to begin her second-last desert race on the way to the Guinness World Record book. McCallum, 43, begins the 190-kilometre Libyan Challenge on Tuesday. The race runs until Saturday. She and team member Tess Geddes hope to do the race in 50 hours. “This race is going to be a real challenge,” she said by e-mail during a brief stopover in Paris in her way to Libya. “It will be the first 100 mile non-stop race I will have done in the desert." [Edminton Journal]
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007: A Happy Valley (U.S.) businessman pleaded guilty in federal court today to traveling to Libya in early 2001 without U.S. government authorization. Tanveer Ahmad, a 56-year-old developer who holds dual citizenship in the U.S. and Pakistan, will be sentenced June 4 for violating Libyan Sanctions Regulations. The crime carries a punishment of up to 10 years imprisonment. But Ahmad's sentence is expected to be substantially less under the terms of a plea arrangement with the government. The plea calls for him to pay back $275,000 that he earned while working in Tripoli in violation of the sanctions, McDonald said. [The Oregonian]
Tuesday, 6 March, 2007: Libyan-Italian Chamber of Commerce organized Sunday in Tripoli a panel discussion on financing industrial, tourist, investment and import projects. The panel aims at promoting cooperation between the two countries. It was attended by the Deputy Secretary of GPC for Economy Trade and Investment, Secretary General of Joint Libyan-Italian Chamber of Commerce, economic activists from both countries and the Ambassador of Italy to Libya. [LJBC]

( تحريك حروف العـلّة.. أمّا بعـد ) بقلم : أمارير

( الشيخ والأرض ) بقلم : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين

( القراءات القرآنية.. إشكالية النقد (4) ) بقلم : محمد مليطان

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (14) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( رسالة إلى صديقي المفتون (4) ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

Monday, 5 March, 2007: Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Shalgam declared that Libya's "seat at the Arab summit in Saudi Arabia will be vacant." Shalgam dismissed speculations that the shift of summit venue from Egypt to Saudi Arabia had any relation to Tripoli's decision. "Our relations with Saudi are brotherly and good," Shalqam said. "But the Arab world is not serious," he said criticizing the way Arab countries manage their political affairs. "Iran has become the enemy (of Arab countries) not Israel. What nonsense this is," Shalqam noted. [Al-Bawaba]
Monday, 5 March, 2007: Philippine consulates in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Greece, Kenya, and Libya are all set for the holding of the overseas absentee voting (OAV) following their completion of the three-day seminar and training, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said yesterday. The DFA said the OAV is scheduled on April 11, which is part of the May 14 elections. Overseas Filipino workers will be voting for 12 senatorial candidates and a party-list group. [Tempo]
Monday, 5 March, 2007: The deadline given to foreign labours to settle their work and health conditions has been postponed, the Secretary of Manpower and Training has declared. Dr. Mautoq Mohammed Mautoq (photo) said all foreigners have to settle their situations by the end of March. Early this year, Dr. Mautoq warned people who employ foreigners, without any legal papers, of strict punishments and set February 2007 as deadline to settle their workers’ situations. [LJBC]
Monday, 5 March, 2007: “We are waiting for Libya’s permission for a video teleconferencing connection with the Bulgarian nurses”, Sofia’s city prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov said on Darik Radio. The National Investigation Service has enough resources to make the connection. We are preparing the questions to the accused in the torture case and will send them in a few days, Kokinov added. He explained that the accused were very unlikely to answer the questions, which would not be an obstacle in the case. [FIA]
Monday, 5 March, 2007: Bulgarian immigrants staged a demonstration Sunday in Athens in solidarity with five Bulgarian nurses and one Palestinian doctor who are facing a death penalty in Libya for allegedly infecting about 400 Libyan children with HIV. Holding banners reading "You are not alone," more than 300 demonstrators gathered at central Kotzia Square, demanding the release of the six medical workers, who deny infecting the children. [AP]
Monday, 5 March, 2007: After 20 years of isolation, Libya has become the destination of choice for hungry oil companies, scrambling to stake their claim on the North African country's relatively untrammeled energy resources. But as the race for concessions intensifies, int'l companies have been undercutting each other's bids to the barest limits of profitability, allowing the government to negotiate increasingly favorable production-sharing agreements with each successive licensing round. "It's a race for our black gold," the president of the National Oil Co., Shukri Ghanem, told AFP. "We are organizing it like the Olympic Games and may the best one win." [Daily Star]

تعازي إلى آل القندوز وآل مخلوف     تعازي إلى آل عون

( إصلاح المستحيل.. (2) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( جولة من مرافعـات دارين الحجوج ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( 2 مارس.. يوم الحداد في ليبيا ) بقلم : مصطفى

Libya : The Blind Advises The Deaf!   By : Ghoma

Sunday, 4 March, 2007: Libya said it will not take part in the Arab summit scheduled in Saudi Arabia in late March. Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalgam made the announcement after an Arab foreign ministers meeting at the Arab League (AL) headquarters in Cairo, MENA news agency reported. Shalgam cited "procedural mistakes" for not attending the summit, saying the last summit in Khartoum in March 2006 had decided to hold the next summit in Egypt. Egypt's Red Sea resort of Sharm El-Sheikh was chosen for the next summit. However, Saudi Arabia - the rotating chairman of the pan-Arab bloc in 2007 - announced later it would host the summit. [PTV]
Sunday, 4 March, 2007: A Yemeni rebel leader has rejected government accusations that rebels are receiving Iranian and Libyan support. "These are baseless allegations used repeatedly since the (1979) Islamic revolution in Iran," Yahya al-Houthi told Al Arabiya television. The exiled brother of rebel leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi was referring to accusations by a Yemeni ruling party official that Libya and Iranian religious institutions were backing the Shi'ite Muslim rebels fighting government forces. At least 105 soldiers and 90 rebels have died this year in sporadic clashes, according to officials who say the rebels want to install religious rule. [Reuters]
Sunday, 4 March, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi criticised the world financial system as a dictatorship based on fear; but said Libya's only pragmatic choice after sanctions was to accept the unfair reality of world trade. Speaking in a rare public debate with Western scholars, Qadhafi added Libya, whose press is state controlled, accepted the Internet and int'l satellite television because it showed Libyans what he called the weakness of Western democracy ... "Those who threaten you with military power or with the (U.N.) Security Council are the people who are controlling the world and if you go against the tide you might be destroyed," he added. [Reuters]

كتاب ( علي بن أبي طالب : فكره وثقافته ) تأليف : مصطفى كمال المهدوي (4)

( هل ستـنشب حرب أهـلية في ليبيا..؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( التماهي بين عـدم الفهم... وسوء الفهم!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( هل هناك فائدة من تقديم النصح الاستراتيجي للمعارضة الليبية؟ ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Saturday, 3 March, 2007: Col. Qadhafi (photo) had just spent two hours on Friday arguing that Libya's form of government was the truest democracy, when the call went out to a small group of foreign reporters for questions. This correspondent [Michael Slackman] asked how democracy was compatible with a system that puts so much power in one man's hands. Qadhafi’s aides looked alarmed. The question was not translated and the event was over. [New York Times]
Saturday, 3 March, 2007: Ignoring the recent criticism leveled by Libyan leader Qadhafi, the United States voiced desire Friday to develop its relations with Libya. The U.S. is developing its relations with Libya and exploring opportunities for bilateral cooperation, the U.S. Department of State Spokesman Sean McCormack said in a press briefing. The U.S. will go on with pushing the relations forward despite differences on the tempo of the relations, he pointed out. [KUNA]
Saturday, 3 March, 2007: Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi said in an unusual debate Friday it was time for his long-isolated nation to open up to the world and that one day Libya won't need him as leader. Still, he insisted that the ruling ideology he has entrenched in Libya for three decades is superior to Western democracy. The debate was a sign of the gradual change in the oil-rich country: Two Western intellectuals held a rare back-and-forth with a leader long vilified in the West. Qadhafi is still viewed as an eccentric autocrat even as Libya emerges from its pariah status. [AP]
Saturday, 3 March, 2007: A Yemeni ruling party official has accused Libya and Iranian religious institutions of backing Shi'ite Muslim rebels who are battling government forces in the north of the Sunni-dominated country. At least 105 soldiers and 90 rebels have died this year in sporadic but fierce clashes, according to government officials who say the rebels, led by Shi'ite leader Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, want to install religious rule. President Ali Abdullah Saleh said in January that some countries were supplying Houthi's group with weapons and financial support. [Reuters]
Saturday, 3 March, 2007: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has said Libya has not been given adequate compensation for its decision to renounce nuclear weapons in 2003. Speaking to the BBC, Colonel Qadhafi said the failure by the West to reward Libya meant Iran and North Korea were reluctant to follow Tripoli's lead. He insisted there would be no return to the confrontation of the past, however. Sanctions were lifted after Libya ended its nuclear weapons programme, and the US and UK have resumed diplomatic ties. Libya was also removed from the US list of state sponsors of terror, a major step towards international rehabilitation. [BBC]

( قرارات فوقيه جيدة.. ولكن!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

الساطور

( ليبيا الغد ) : 2 مارس.. إعلان قيام سلطة الفرد! ( www.libya-alghad.com )

( يوم تكريمي للمصراتي في طرابلس ) بقلم : صابر الفيتوري

TorkStar : ( Al-Satoor : Me and the Devil Blues )
torkstar.com/issue-two/art-feature-me-and-the-devil-blues/

( صخب صامت ) بقلم : حسن بوسيف

( إصلاح المستحيل.. (1) ) ترجمة وتعليق : مخضرم

( شنو ئـيصير... فى السبـيتار الكبير؟؟ ) بقلم : السيدة ستار

Friday, 2 March, 2007: For more than three decades, Libya has been an experiment in one man’s ideology. The result is a country with few functioning institutions, an unreliable legal system, inadequate schools and hospitals, and a population isolated and unprepared for modernity. That is the assessment of some of the government’s own consultants. Yet the leader, Col. Mu'ammar el-Qadhafi, will be holding a huge celebration on Friday to observe the 30th anniversary of the system that has led Libya to its current crisis. [New York Times]
Friday, 2 March, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi said on Thursday that the West was mobilising agents to undermine Libya's power and oil riches as he claimed it did in Iraq. In a nationally televised speech from Sebha, 1,000 klms (600 miles) south of the capital, he was speaking on the eve of Friday's 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Libyan Jamahiriyah, or State of the Masses. "You must watch out for colonial forces which spy on us and aim to steal our riches," he told the Libyan people. "The enemy does not launch a frontal attack but is mobilising its agents to achieve its interests and steal power away from us, as happened in Iraq," Qadhafi added. [AFP]
Friday, 2 March, 2007: Libyan authorities urged caution over the scope of an oil discovery announced by the Spanish-Argentine oil producer Repsol YPF. "Repsol was hasty in making such an announcement because the importance of the discovery, quantity of reserves and commercial prospects of the well are still at the evaluation and study stage," Libya's national oil company chief Shukri Ghanem said. Repsol on Tuesday announced a major oil field in Libya with capacity of 474 million barrels, and said it had sought permission to develop the resources. [MEOL]

الساطور

( ثرثرة على ضفاف الواقع الافتراضي ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

موقع ليبي جديد : ( موقع الشاعر الليبي عاشور الطويبي ( http://www.ashur-etwebi.com

موقع ليبي جديد : ( مدوّنة الكاتب الليبي عيسى عبدالقيوم ( http://essak.maktoobblog.com

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : تقرير حول قضية أطفال الأيدز

( رسالة إلى صديقي المسلم (6) ) بقلم : أمارير

( نحو نهاية النظام الرئاسي! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

Thursday, 1 March, 2007: Big lies are far more believable than small ones, as Hitler taught well. Two of the biggest and best examples today are the big lies about Libya and Venezuela. Libya's lie is that it is not a terrorist state but a partner for peace. Venezuela's lie is that it is not a rogue state but a social democracy for the poor. Neither could be further from the truth, but the world is distracted by real problems while Libya and Venezuela blitz their lies in the world's free media. Both are spending a lot of oil money to tell their lies to a busy world that largely believes them. This is because the world is open while Libya and Venezuela are closed. Qadhafi rules Libya with an iron fist while claiming that the people are in charge. Chavez does the same in Venezuela. While both silence domestic dissent with oil money, threats or violence, both present themselves to the world as working for the best interests of humankind. [PetroleumWorld]
Thursday, 1 March, 2007: Libyan authorities have appealed the court's decision to acquit Bulgarian doctor Zdravko Georgiev, husband of death-sentenced nurse Kristiyana Valcheva. Georgiev, who was first charged with causing a HIV epidemic together with his wife, four other nurses and a Palestinian doctor, was declared innocent when the other six were sentenced to death. Since then he hasn't been allowed to leave Libya and has been living in the Bulgarian embassy in Tripoli, where he is currently on a payroll as gardener. [SNA]
Thursday, 1 March, 2007: Libya celebrates three decades of leader Qadhafi's unique system of direct democracy on Friday with no sign modernising reforms being mooted for the economy will extend to the political realm. Critics say the Libya's Jamahiriyah or "state of the masses", the only government most Libyans have known, is a fig leaf for authoritarian rule and has kept the country poor. Admirers say the system, in which political parties are banned, guarantees ordinary people a direct say in ruling themselves and ensures political stability. [Reuters]
Thursday, 1 March, 2007: Michael Porter , the Lawrence University professor at the Harvard Business School, just returned from Libya where he is the chief consultant on economic reforms. Porter said that five years ago, the Qadhafis - Libya’s ruling family - contacted him and asked him to help modernize the economy. Despite the Qadhafis’ offer, Porter’s involvement remained minimal until a year and a half ago when he oversaw an initial assessment of the situation. “I don’t do much of the work myself, the consulting firms do that,” Porter said. And Porter is not the only Harvard professor involved in the reform efforts, as he has helped bring other figures from the University. University Distinguished Service Professor Joseph S. Nye traveled to Libya two weeks ago and met with Qadhafi to discuss opening the society to globalization. [The Crimson]
Thursday, 1 March, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi on Wednesday brought the U.S. to task for trying to impose its political system on other nations, saying that the world can't follow one model. Qadhafi made the remarks in an opening speech to a two-day seminar sponsored by the Libyan government in the small desert town of Sehba, some 700 km south of Tripoli, to mark the 30th anniversary of Libya's Jamahiriyah, or "state of the masses" system. He cited the election system, an epitome of the American-style political system, saying people in the rural areas in African nations don't even know what election means and therefore do not want it at all. [Xinhua]

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