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تعزية إلى آل المطردي والشاردة

( على أعتاب انعقاد المؤتمر الوطني الثاني للمعارضة الليبية (1) ) بقلم : عبدالباسط أبوحميدة

( معزوفة الإنكسار ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( هل جريمة القتل الجماعي من أعمال السيادة؟؟ ) بقلم : المحامي الشارف الغرياني

( رسالة إلى يهود ليبيا!؟ ) بقلم : سليم نصر الرقعي

( الأرتداد إلى التناقض المقيم...!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Thursday, 31 May, 2007: Tony Blair has continued his week-long tour of Africa, as he uses his final weeks as prime minister to draw attention to climate change, aid and fairer trade in Africa. Mr Blair will meet with leaders in Sierra Leone after holding "positive" talks with Libya's col. Qadhafi. The prime minister will also meet with leaders in Liberia and South Africa. The prime minister said the relations between Libya and the UK had been "transformed" during his tenure at Number 10. The two leaders agreed Scotland Yard officers will travel to Libya to investigate the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher, who was murdered outside the Libyan embassy in 1984. He also heard BP signed a £450 million exploration deal in a return to the country. [Politics]
Thursday, 31 May, 2007: Tony Blair met relatives of the 400 Libyan children who were allegedly deliberately infected with the HIV virus by five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor. The outgoing British prime minister, who is currently on a visit to Libya, said relatives had suffered a great tragedy and told them there was much sympathy for them in the UK, BBC reported. Libya's Jana news agency cited the head of the relatives' association, who said Tony Blair promised to bring the dispute to a just end and intensify efforts for securing support for the international fund for treating the sick children. [SNA]

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيان صحفي

( الحقيقة بعد صمت (1) ) بقلم : عاشور نصر الورفلي

Wednesday, 30 May, 2007: British Prime Minister Tony Blair hailed what he called Britain's transformed relations with once-isolated Libya after meeting Qadhafi on Tuesday and the two countries unveiled major energy and defense deals. Prime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi said Libya would buy British missiles and air defense systems, in what would be the largest UK defense sale to the former outcast state since an int'l arms embargo on Tripoli ended in 2004. British oil giant BP signed a major natural gas exploration agreement with Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation with an initial exploration commitment of at least $900 million. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 30 May, 2007: BP PLC has signed a 900 mln usd gas exploration and production agreement with Libya's state-owned National Oil Co. The deal, which marks BP's return to Libya after over 30 years, was signed by BP chief executive Tony Hayward and NOC chairman Shokri Ghanem, BP said in a statement released Tuesday night. Hayward considered the pact as the UK oil giant's 'single biggest exploration commitment'. Under the agreement, BP and partner, Libya Investment Corp, will explore around 54,000 square kilometres of the onshore Ghadames and offshore frontier Sirt basins, equivalent to more than 10 of BP's operated deepwater blocks in Angola. Successful exploration could lead to the drilling of around 20 appraisal wells. [AFX]
Wednesday, 30 May, 2007: A Spanish fishing boat was in a critical situation Tuesday off Malta with 26 African would-be immigrants aboard. The boat was reportedly running out of food and water while waiting for a solution. The MS Montfalco rescued the migrants on Libyan waters Saturday as their boat was about to sink. Libya refused to receive the Africans, as did Malta, the nearest EU country. The Spanish government said the Montfalco was sailing towards Spain, where the Africans, who were from Ivory Coast, were expected to solicit political asylum. [DPA]
Wednesday, 30 May, 2007: British Prime Minister Tony Blair held out the prospect on Tuesday that Iran, under international pressure over its nuclear programme, could follow Libya's example and transform its relations with the West. Change in Libya had produced huge possibilities for its future relations with Britain, the United States and Europe, Blair told a news conference on a visit to the once isolated North African state. Blair said Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi had shown personal and political courage in launching Libya on a programme of change. [Reuters]

تعازي إلى آل الفيتوري

سليم الرقعي : ( كلمة حق في حق الملك للأستاذ يوسف المجريسي )

( هجّان من غات ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

( عبدالحميد البكوش.. بدون رتوش ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( سيف الإسلام القذافي.. كيف نحمي شبابنا ) بقلم : حسين قرضاب

( لا حساب في أمة الحساب....؟! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Tueday, 29 May, 2007: When Muhammad al-Darsi got out of prison in Libya last year after serving time for militant activities, he had one goal: killing Americans in Iraq. A recruiter he found on the Internet arranged to meet him on in Damascus, Syria. Mr. Darsi, 24, said the recruiter told him he was not needed in Iraq. A team of militants from Iraq had traveled to Jordan, where they were preparing attacks on Americans and Jews, Mr. Darsi said. He was asked to join them and blow himself up in a crowd of tourists at Queen Alia Airport in Amman. "I agreed," Mr. Darsi said in a nine-page confession to Jordanian authorities after the plot was broken up. [NY Times]
Tueday, 29 May, 2007: Malta is not legally responsible to assist a group of illegal immigrants aboard a Spanish vessel called Mont Falco stranded in Libyan territorial waters, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Home Affairs Tonio Borg on Tuesday. Addressing a press conference, Dr Borg also spoke of another group of illegal immigrants who were rescued by a Maltese fishing boat in Libyan territorial waters on Saturday which was subsequently given assistance by Italian authorities. 26 illegal immigrants on the vessel Mont Falco were rescued in Libyan waters, 17 miles off Malta’s allocated rescue area, said Dr Borg. [MaltaMedia]

( رحل الفيتوري ولم يودّعه احد ) بقلم : المحامي الشارف الغرياني

ليالي ليبيا (1)     ليالي ليبيا (2)

( صاحبة الجلالة تتذكر صاحبة السعادة! ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

Monday, 28 May, 2007: Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor convicted of infecting about 400 Libyan children with HIV and facing the death penalty were cleared Sunday of defamation charges in a related case. The proceedings in the HIV case against the medics have generated international criticism of Libya, including from the United States and European Union. The medical workers were condemned to death in December at the end of a retrial. [AP]
Monday, 28 May, 2007: Libya on Sunday backed India's candidature for permanent seat in the UN Security Council as External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee met its leader Qadhafi. They explored ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, particularly in petroleum sector. During the hour-long meeting, the two leaders discussed the need for reform in the UN. Qadhafi said that India has a right to have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council. [NDTV]

( حملة التضامن البريطاني الليبي للحرية ) : بعض نشاطات الحملة

( الدهـر ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

( حكاوي ليبية (7) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( انريد ننشدك ) قصيدة شعبية : للشاعر حسين جادالله العمروني

Sunday, 27 May, 2007: Libya has agreed to postpone the execution of an Egyptian man who was due to die on Sunday, after Egypt asked Tripoli to allow more time in that and nine other cases, the Egyptian state news agency MENA said. Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit wrote to his Libyan counterpart, Abdel-Rahman Shalgam, asking Libya to postpone 10 executions to give more time for contact with the victims' families. Under Libyan law a death sentence can be commuted if the victims' relatives pardon the killer or accept compensation. [Reuters]
Sunday, 27 May, 2007: An Algerian Libyan commission of experts, topographers and Algerian diplomats will meet in Libya their counterparts to do the last alteration of border demarcation between Algeria and Libya, well informed sources told El Khabar. The rest of Algeria-Libya border demarcation process which still constitute a source of disagreement between the two countries is being finalised all along 300 kilometres north in Algeria-Libya-Niger line. The Final demarcation of Algeria-Libya borders will also be undertaken by the end of the year. [Elkhabar]
Sunday, 27 May, 2007: Leaders of African states will appeal to Libyan leader Qadhafi for a just solution to the trial against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya over accusations of having deliberately infected Libyan children with HIV, Vice President of the French Senate Michele Andre said in an special interview for RFI Bulgaria. "I think that some African leaders can join the initiative for the release of the medics," Michele Andre said. [FNA]

( الصحة... صحة الوجه ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( لا يزال الحال على أفضل ما يكون ) بقلم : أمارير

( سيمائية "نحو الجملة ونحو الخطاب".. (2) ) بقلم : محمد عبدالحميد المالكي

( أدباء آخر الزمان أو الخراب الجديد ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Saturday, 26 May, 2007: The families of Libyan children suffering from AIDS after a court ruled they were injected with HIV-tainted blood by foreign medics said on Thursday they will meet British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor are on death row in Libya after being convicted of infecting 438 children at a hospital in Benghazi, 56 of whom have since died. The families said Blair is to visit Libya next week as part of an African farewell tour before he leaves office June 27. They hoped a meeting would "relaunch the European initiative aimed at ending the drama and reaching a solution that satisfies all parties." [AFP]
Saturday, 26 May, 2007: Italian Juventus Football Club said that its 104.8 mln eur capital hike will run from May 28 to June 15, while rights to subscribe to the capital increase will be traded between May 28 and June 8. The recapitalisation, aimed at relaunching the club and cutting its debt, is guaranteed by HVB Group AG, Banca IMI SpA, and Banca del Piemonte SpA. IFIL SpA, which has a 60 pct stake, and Libyan Arab Investments Company SA, which has 7.5 pct, will subscribe pro rata to the recapitalisation. [AFX]
Saturday, 26 May, 2007: Negotiations on a $4 billion contract to develop South Pars (SP) phases 19-21 are currenly underway between Italy's Eni oil and gas company and Iran’s PetroPars. Eni is the fourth biggest oil company in Europe in terms of market value, and the company is eager to invest in the gas and oil projects of Nigeria, Libya, and Venezuela. [Tehran Times]

( عامان على مقتل الغزال وموسى أحمد والعدالة غائبة!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ليبيا ليست بمنأى عـن عـبثية الحروب الأهلية!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( ابن تيمية... والتنظير السياسي!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

الساطور : ( كلـّه منـّي )

( عن أحسن لص في المملكة! ) بقلم : الصادق النيهوم

( "بكوش" ليبيا قال كلمته ومضى!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Friday, 25 May, 2007: OPEC, which supplies about two-fifths of the world's oil, won't heed calls from consumers to increase output for the summer driving season, officials from Libya and Qatar said ... The 12-member Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries "doesn't see a need" to backtrack on decisions announced last year to reduce output by 1.7 million bpd, Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of Libya's National Oil Corp., said in a telephone interview. [Bloomberg]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: Libya condemns the terrorist acts of the al-Houthi rebels operating out of Sa’ada governorate in the north of Yemen, Libyan leader Qadhafi told President Ali Saleh in a letter received on Saturday. The letter was handed over by Libyan Leader Special Envoy and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Suleiman al-Shuhumi. Al-Shuhumi clarified Libya's position saying: “We are with the stability of Yemen with President Ali Abdullah Saleh...” [Yemen Observer]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee Thursday left for Cyprus, part of his four-nation tour that will also take him to Libya, Germany and Belgium ... The highlight of Mukherjee's tour is the landmark visit to Libya - a booming oil economy that is rapidly modernising itself - on Saturday. The three-day trip to Libya is being billed as the most important visit from India to Tripoli in the last 22 years since the visit of late Indira Gandhi. [IANS]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: Rome's main zoo has successfully bred several rare Egyptian tortoises whose parents were rescued from a smuggler's suitcase in 2005, officials said. On Oct. 26, 2005, Italian forest rangers working at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci airport became suspicious when they noticed a passenger on a flight from Libya waiting impatiently for his luggage. They stopped to check his bags, and inside found 275 of the rare tortoises, packed in a bag. [AP]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: Singapore and Libya have decided to to proceed with negotiations for agreements on Investment Guarantees and Avoidance of Double Taxation. Singapore's Foreign Ministry says the two countries are also discussing cooperation in developing and managing transport infrastructure projects. Foreign Minister George Yeo, who is in Libya, has had a series of meetings with Libya's leaders, including Dr Ali Al-Isawi, Secretary for Economy. [CNA]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: While everyone in Ethiopia argues about narrow political interests; the Eritrean government celebrates the 16th year occupation of the Ethiopian seaport - Asseb ... Ethnic Afar people are stuck in Eritrea and keep suffering in everyway ... We also know about Libya’s support for our enemies who are trying to cut apart our land. We already know about the various UN documents showing Egyptian and Libyan support for militant groups against Ethiopia. Visiting the Libyan government’s favorite website www.mathaba.net you will see many articles dedicated to the separatist rebel Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF). [Nazret]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: The season of asylum seekers arriving, or not arriving in Malta, has started with a vengeance. Illegal immigrants in search of freedom are learning what nightmares are if, that is, they survive the crossing ... Malta called on the EU to treat this humanitarian tragedy holistically. It called for diplomatic efforts by the EU that would include Libya, which is the point of departure for many of these journeys. Tripoli must make a contribution to the solution of the problem. These efforts have not worked, yet, and so need to be intensified. Libya has argued that its coastline is too long for it to guarantee the prevention of such crossings. [Times of Malta]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: The world’s fastest growing telecom market has pushed up India's tele-density from 13.09% in April 2006 to 18.7% by the end of April 2007. The tele-density was 18.31% in March 2007. Though the figure still remains very low compared to some developed markets like Italy (167), Switzerland (161), Sweden (159) and Singapore, India may have outpaced small countries such as Ghana (14), Kenya (14) and Libya (16) by now. [Indian Express]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: A purported al-Qaeda in Afghanistan commander claimed in an audiotape released early Friday that the terror group was willing to swap prisoners with the U.S., Britain and other countries. The audiotape was posted on a website commonly used by Islamic militants and it was accompanied by two still photos of a bearded man identified as Abu Laith al-Libi, a Libyan al-Qaeda operative believed to be behind a suicide bombing that killed 23 people outside the main U.S. base in Afghanistan during a February visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney. [AP]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: Libya to implement international bluefin tuna recovery plan. European Commissioner for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Joe Borg congratulates Libya on the decision. The recovery plan agreed by ICCAT represenst a realistic chance for the gradual recovery of bluefin tuna and, also importantly, for the sustainability of the fisheries, the fleets and the coastal communities involved. In the short term, the new measures will impose sacrifices on all those concerned, but these measures are essential to the rebuilding of bluefin tuna on which the future ecological, economic and social sustainability of these fisheries depends. [Mercapisca]
Friday, 25 May, 2007: Malta's labour spokesman for Home Affairs Gavin Gulia opened Tuesday’s debate in Parliament by saying that the opposition has not only been reactive but proactive in that it had proposed amendments to the Citizenship Act ... Before joining the EU, Malta built a barrier with Libya and the latter did not welcome such a position. Dr Gulia said that going to Libya has now become a problem ... At present we are not obliged to consult Schengen when a Libyan national applies for a visa and in normal cases such a visa is issued in just three days. This situation may change when joining the Schengen visa policy. [Malta Independent]

تعزية إلى آل قباج

تعازي إلى آل الفيتوري     تعازي إلى آل اسويسي     تعازي إلى آل الباجقني

( أوهام وتهافت ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( مواطن طموح.. وستة مليار احتمال..؟؟!! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( شموخ... وفي قفص الأتهام..!! ) بقلم : بوخزام العناني

Thursday, 24 May, 2007: Libya will announce details of its planned gas exploration bid round at the start of July, the chairperson of its National Oil Corporation (NOC) said. "We are specifying the conditions and preparing the blocks and at the start of July there will be an announcement about these blocks," Shokri Ghanem told Reuters. "The round will focus on the regions which we hope have big quantities of gas. We are in the final stages of determining the blocks." [IOL]
Thursday, 24 May, 2007: The UAE, with a predicted import bill of $149.1 billion in 2007, will lead the Arab nations that will collectively spend $632 billion on foreign purchases, according to a report by the Int'l Monetary Fund (IMF) ... The largest increase in imports, in percentage terms, will be Djibouti, an African country: 75 per cent. The second greatest increase, in turn, will come from Libya, which is increasing its production of oil, and will spend $24.9 million in products and services purchased abroad, against $15.6 billion last year, with growth of 60 per cent.
Thursday, 24 May, 2007: Kenya and Libya are set to sign bilateral agreements on air services cooperation, elimination of double taxation and economic cooperation. Libyan Minister for Africa Dr Ali Abdusalam said at a meeting with President Mwai Kibaki that the agreements would boost economic growth and development cooperation between Kenya and Libya. Kibaki pointed out that the agreements would also encourage the opening up of new investment opportunities. [PPS]
Thursday, 24 May, 2007: Corinthia Hotels is extending its presence in Libya with the addition of residential apartments, which aim to cater for the growing number of int'l businesses setting up offices in the capital city, Tripoli. The hotel group operates the only int'l hotel in the city, Corinthia Bab Africa. However, Corinthia feels there is a huge demand for longer-stay accommodation to provide for those based in the city for longer periods of time, as the American Embassy, for example, currently occupies 40 of the hotel's 300 rooms on a permanent basis. [ABTN]
Thursday, 24 May, 2007: Congolese writer, Kazadi Djodjo Richard, has published at the Kinshasa Commodore editing House, a book titled "Qadhafi, the Libyan president in action", where he describes the hidden side of the history of the Libyan leader. [PANA]

( العمل الإجتماعي.. ورقة أخرى! ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( مواقف ورجال (1) ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

مركز الدراسات الليبية : ( في طبائع الاستبداد : معـمر القذافي (2) )

Wednesday, 23 May, 2007: International Organization for Migration (IOM) in partnership with the Libyan Ministry of Justice is organizing a four-day workshop for 25 judges and high-ranking officials of GPC (ministries) dealing with migration issues. The workshop, which opened yesterday in the capital Tripoli, focuses on international migration law, on standards and principles relating to the international protection of migrants, and on international and regional cooperation. [IOM]
Wednesday, 23 May, 2007: Bulgaria's Prime Minister urged European governments Tuesday to pressure Libya to free six medics sentenced to death for allegedly infecting about 400 children with HIV. "Our main political instrument is the solidarity of our European partners," Sergei Stanishev said at a conference on Bulgarian media. "We expect support with very categoric answers from the European institutions and public opinion." [Herlad Tribune]

( هل هي صدفة سعيدة أم جسّ نبض للسلطة؟ ) ترجمة : مخضرم

The Saudi Myth: A Limp Among The Crippled?  By : Ghoma

Tuesday, 22 May, 2007: Total of 120 Bulgarian journalists called for building a modern regional AIDS centre in Libya. They voiced their appeal in a written statement at the third international meeting of the Bulgarian media in the country and abroad in the "Santa Maria Bambina" Institute in Rome. All multinational companies, which have a prosperous business, may help by financing such a project. The journalists believe that very soon they will inform their readers, listeners and spectators that the medics, jailed for over eight years now in Libya, are freed. [SNA]
Tuesday, 22 May, 2007: Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who has been keeping off foreign visits since his accident in April, will be travelling starting Wednesday. One of the most important aspects of the tour is his visit to Libya where an Indian Foreign Minister has not gone for over a decade. The visit and a possible meeting with Qadhafi is in line with India’s effort to increase economic engagement, particularly in the context of growing energy requirements. Besides Libya, he will be visiting Cyprus and Germany. [The Indian Express]

تعزية إلى آل باباي وانجومة     تعزية إلى آل عمير والحداد

( مات والي برقة .. فهل ماتت برقة!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( القذافي رجعي ) بقلم : ادرار نفوسة

حزب العدالة والديمقراطية الليبي (جدل) : شكر وتقدير

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الأنسان ) : السجون الليبية والمعايير الدولية لإدارة السجون

( رد على خطابي القذافي... ) بقلم : مصطفى البركي

( حكاوي ليبية (6) ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( بئس الأسم الفسوق بعد الأيمان ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

مركز الدراسات الليبية : ( في طبائع الاستبداد : معـمر القذافي (1) )

( زمن اللا.. حب ) شعر : ردينة مصطفى الفيلالي

( الريـاح ) : قصيدة للأستاذ عبدالحميد البكوش

Monday, 21 May, 2007: “Eight years and three months have passed since the illegal arrest of the Bulgarian nurses in Libya. The Libyan court rejected the testimonies of Libyans about the tortures on the nurses”, Vladimir Sheytanov, chairman of Recommendation 1726 civil movement in support of the release of the Bulgarian medics in Libya, says in a statement. “Yesterday the Libyan newspaper Al Jamahiriya recommended that Libya break off ties with Bulgaria since the country doesn't care for the lives of the HIV-infected Libyan children. If anyone is to blame for neglecting the danger of HIV infection, it is the Libyan officials ... Yesterday a non-governmental organization of the HIV-infected Libyan children made another attempt at reshaping the trilateral talks Between Bulgaria, Libya and the EU. It said the Bulgarians are guilty and Bulgaria has to apologize for the actions of the Bulgarian murderers”, Sheytanov says in his declaration. [FNA]
Monday, 21 May, 2007: The Executive Council of the UNESCO decided to select Tripoli, Libya, as headquarters for the Regional Center for the Joint Management of Groundwater Resources in African and Arab Homeland. The decision comes in appreciation of the pioneering role played by Libya, and its effective contributions in water resources' management fields at both International and Regional levels. The Council authorized, during its 176th session, held in Paris lately, the Director General of the Organization to sign the agreement regarding the implementation of this project with the concerned sides in Libya. The Center aims at promoting Int'l Cooperation, and contribution in effective management of joint groundwater resources in the AU countries. [LJBC]

ليالي ليبيا (1)

خواطر إمرأة من زمن الحب : حبّـك.. ذنب!!

( لا قطيع...لا ذئاب!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Sunday, 20 May, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi has said that the people of Darfur should be left alone to resolve the conflict in their region, according to a transcript of an address released by the BBC Friday. "In Darfur, and problems similar to Darfur, we leave the problem for the people of Darfur," Qadhafi told students at Oxford University. "We do not need to aggravate the situation. Intervention is aggravating the situation -- to the extent that there is a conflict between America and China because of the oil in Darfur. "So the problem is not only the Darfur people -- it belongs to the international community as well, because the Darfur conflict is aggravating, it is escalating, because some countries are willing to obtain that oil in Darfur." [AFP]

( هـل أتـاك حديث الـتـنحي ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( ابن تـيمية.. وتشيـيده للعـقل السلفي!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Saturday, 19 May, 2007: The EU and families of children who contracted AIDS are close to a deal to allow Bulgarian nurses convicted of having infected them to evade the death penalty, Libyan sources said Friday cited by AFP. Under the deal, the children would get top-quality medical care at international institutions and their families would receive financial compensation, they said. "The Europeans have proposed a compromise, which the families are currently studying with the Qadhafi Foundation. It is possible that a settlement will be reached very soon," Idriss Lagha, spokesman for the families, told AFP. "If the conditions are met, the Libyan Supreme Court, which must rule on the fate of the accused, will be able to consider that the 'diya' (blood money) was paid" and exercise clemency, he added. [FNA]
Saturday, 19 May, 2007: A Libyan special envoy said on Friday his country was not assisting Shiite rebels involved in fierce fighting with army troops in northern Yemen, the official Yemeni news agency Saba reported. "We stand with Yemen's stability, with the President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Yemeni regime against any sectarian rebellion that affects the stability of Yemen," Sulaiman al-Shahoumi, a special envoy of Libyan President Qadhafi, told Saba. The Libyan official arrived in Sana'a Thursday in a bid to ease a diplomatic crisis after reports on Libyan support to the followers of the outlawed 'Believing Youth' Shiite holding out in Saada, Yemen. [DPA]
Saturday, 19 May, 2007: The Air Force is looking for the families of 72 deceased Americans repatriated from a cemetery near a former American military base in Libya. In a surprising display of how relations between the U.S. and Libya have warmed, American military cargo planes were allowed to land in the country last March to transport the remains to Dover Air Force Base. The American dead are believed to be family members of airmen once stationed at Wheelus Air Base, home to B-52 bombers from 1958 to 1972. The remains, some of them nearly 50 years old, include 70 infants and two adults. Plans to reduce the size of the cemetery prompted the transfer. Air Force officials did not release information on the repatriation until now due to the State Dept’s concern over the fragile, yet improving relationship between the two countries. [Estripes]
Saturday, 19 May, 2007: Singapore's Foreign Affairs Minister George Yeo is making a four-day official visit to Libya from 19-22 May. The visit is at the invitation of his Libyan counterpart, Abdelrahman Shalgam. This is the first ministerial visit to Libya since Singapore established diplomatic relations with Libya on 3 March last year. Mr Yeo is accompanied by a business delegation and will be meeting the Libyan Cabinet, government officials as well as business leaders. After Libya, the Minister will make an official visit to Yemen. [NewsAsia]

جديد ( مركز الدراسات الليبية ) : القذافي وسياسة المتناقضات ـ للدكتور منصور عمر الكيخيا

( مناقشة جريمة أطفال الأيدز مرة أخرى!؟ (1) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

الساطور : ( الوصية )

( ماذا لو لم توجد إسرائيل؟!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( عقبال مائة عام ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Friday, 18 May, 2007: A Libyan special envoy arrived in Yemen on Thursday just days after Sanaa said it was recalling its ambassador to Tripoli, the official Saba news agency said. Suleiman Shuhumi brought a message from Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi for President Ali Abullah Saleh on the "brotherly relations" between the two countries and "ways of developing them," the report said. The agency did not provide any further details about the mission by Shuhumi, who heads the foreign affairs committee of the Libyan parliament. Shuhumi's trip comes after Sanaa, on May 11, recalled its ambassadors to Libya and Iran for consultations as a protest against what it claimed was their support for a deadly rebellion among Yemen's Zaidi minority. [AFP]
Friday, 18 May, 2007: The level of state-led censorship of the net is growing, a study of so-called internet filtering by the Open Net Initiative suggests. The study of thousands of websites across 120 Internet Service Providers found 25 of 41 countries surveyed showed evidence of content filtering. "In five years we have gone from a couple of states doing state-mandated net filtering to 25," said John Palfrey, at Harvard Law School. The survey found evidence of filtering in the following countries: Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Burma [Myanmar], China, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Jordan, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen. [BBC]
Friday, 18 May, 2007: Libya's Secretary of Electricity, Water and Gas, Omran Abu Kraa, has unveiled a five-year (2007-2012) grand plan to develop the country`s electricity power generation capacity at a cost of 14 billion Libyan dinars (about US$11.2 billion). Speaking late Tuesday at the opening of the 4th Arab conference on 'The development of human resources,' Abu Kraa said the plan includes raising the production capacities of the steam, gas and hybrid power plants to 7,000 megawatts in addition to promoting the power distribution, supply and control systems. [AfriCast]
Friday, 18 May, 2007: Libya and Russia are believed to be close to signing an arms agreement for the sale of Russian fighter aircraft and air-defence systems to Tripoli under a USD2.2 billion deal. The move would appear to dash French hopes of selling advanced military equipment to Libya. A Libyan delegation led by Abdul Rahman Assayd, an official in charge of Libya's military procurement programme, visited the Russian capital in early May to discuss the acquisition of 12 Su-30MK2 and 12 MiG-29SMT fighters as well as long and short-range air-defence systems and one or two Kilo-class (Type 636) diesel-electric submarines. [Janes]
Friday, 18 May, 2007: The Gorizia seat of the University of Trieste [Italy] and the Libyan University of El Maghreb signed today a memorandum of understanding to promote initiatives of didactic and scientific exchange via the two rectors of the universities, Francesco Peroni and Mohamed Edweeb, in the presence of Libyan Ambassador to Italy, Hsfez Gaddur. The signing of the agreement came at the end of a conference, titled 'Libya Between Italy and Africa in A Mediterranean Context', moderated by Ibrahim Magdud, director of the Libyan Academy. [Ansa]
Friday, 18 May, 2007: The mission of the European border control agency Frontex will begin in Libya "by the end of May". Interior Ministry Undersecretary Marcella Lucidi confirmed in Lampedusa that the first European technical mission 'accepted' by Libya will begin by the end of May, as announced months ago by European Commission Vice President Franco Frattini. Lucidi explained that the mission "will be under Italian lead" and will have the task to "monitor" the situation to understand what Libya's needs are in the control of the southern border. [Ansa]
Friday, 18 May, 2007: Ghana and Libya have pledged greater economic co-operation for their mutual benefit with Libya expressing interest in investing in palm and rubber plantations in Ghana. Consequently, the Ghana/Libya Joint Commission for Co-operation would be meeting in June this year in Libya. This was the outcome of bilateral talks between President Kufuor and the Libyan Leader Qadhafi, in Tripoli on Monday. Kufuor, accompanied by some senior government officials, was in Tripoli for a day’s official visit at the invitation of the Libyan Leader. [Ghanaian Chronicle]

( رقـادة ريـح (2) ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( عن الحديث برأس مقلوب ، والاستماع بأذنٍ من طين ) بقلم : أمارير

( انثيال ) بقلم : طاهر بن طاهر

( مأساة ثقافة.. ام مأساة وطن.. ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( لجنة العمل الوطني ) : دعوة لدعم العمل الوطني

( أغـنية قديمة ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

( رحمك الله يا حسين بي ) بقلم : عثمان العالم

( هل صحيح..؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

A Lucky Happenstance Or Real Power Drill...?  By : Ghoma

Thursday, 17 May, 2007: Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co Ltd said it has finalized an US$847 mln contract from the General Electricity Company of Libya to build power plants. Daewoo will build two 750-megawatt power plants, with one each in Misurata and Benghazi. The Misurata deal is valued at US$453 mln and construction is expected to be completed by Feb. 2011. The US$394 mln Benghazi plant will be completed by March 2010, it said. [XFN]

( هدرزة فى لندن (3) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( محاولة القذّافي إستغباء العالم بالإحتيال ) ترجمة مخضرم

( كيف تكـتـب برقية للـ"قايد"..!! ) بقلم : غـزلان

Wednesday, 16 May, 2007: Sofia Municipal Council (SMC) decided to relieve Libyan leader Qadhafi of Sofia honorary golden sign, a journalist of Focus News Agency reported. Qadhafi was awarded the honorary sign back in 1978 in accordance with a resolution adopted by Sofia City Council. SMC Chairman Vladimir Kisyov explained that it is the resolution that awards Qadhafi with the sign is cancelled. The sign itself cannot be taken away from the Libyan leader. [FNA]
Wednesday, 16 May, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi on Tuesday threatened to file a lawsuit against a Palestinian news agency that erroneously reported that he was in a coma. After a meeting in a banquet hall with Ghanaian President John Kufuor, Qadhafi's staff summoned reporters to a news conference. Qadhafi said the report that claimed he was comatose after a stroke on the Maan news agency's Web site was another slight on him by the Arab world. "The Arabs and those who control them are behind this. But we are going to sue this news agency," he said. "From now on, no one will lie and get away with it. They should face justice." [UPI]
Wednesday, 16 May, 2007: A battle for a U.N. Security Council seat traditionally reserved for an Arab state is heating up between Western-friendly Mauritania and America's old nemesis Libya. The Security Council recently removed sanctions imposed on Libya after the 1988 terror bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie. Libya also agreed to dismantle its nuclear program and is now seeking to cash in, launching a drive to gain one of the two-year seats on the council. America has concerns about the erratic behavior of Libya's leader Qadhafi, however, and has led a campaign to prevent Libya from obtaining a council seat. [The New York Sun]

فاضل المسعودي : مآتم وحفلات تأبين لفقيد ليبيا الكبير المرحوم عبدالحميد البكوش

( رقـادة ريـح (1) ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

Qadhafi Trying To Fool World...  By : Dr. Mansour O. El-Kikhia

Tuesday, 15 May, 2007: Hollywood will shoot a film production dedicated to the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya. The famous "Sixth Sense Productions" announced that they would make a movie that tells about the tragic fate of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor. Representatives of the future production are now in Bulgaria, where they meet with members of the nurses' families and officials from ‘You Are Not Alone' campaign. [News.bg]
Tuesday, 15 May, 2007: Libya today scoffed at rumours about Qadhafi's state of health after a report he was in a coma, and aired pictures of the veteran leader on state TV. A healthy-looking Qadhafi, the Arab world's longest serving leader, was shown greeting the wife of Minni Minawi, former Sudanese rebel leader and now a senior aide to President al-Beshir. State TV said the meeting took place today and showed a relaxed Qadhafi chatting with his guest. [News.au]
Tuesday, 15 May, 2007: WFP thanked the Government of Libya for facilitating the transport of 14,000 metric tons of cereals through its territory to Chad, where more than 200,000 Sudanese fleeing the conflict in neighbouring Darfur have taken refuge. In addition to assisting WFP in port operations, including customs clearance, port storage and other services, Libya has also provided highly subsidized fuel prices, free storage, escorts to the border and road repairs. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 15 May, 2007: Agreement in principle has been reached with Libya's National Oil Company (NOC) to supply Winfield with 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day for Winfield's proposed new oil refinery in the Port of Zarzis, tax free zone, Tunisia. Management of Winfield is to attend meetings this month with the NOC to formalize the feedstock arrangement. [24-7PR]

تعزية إلى آل الجبالي     تعزية إلى آل بن زيتون

( قل خيرا.. ولا تصمت ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( سيمائية "نحو الجملة ونحو الخطاب".. (1) ) بقلم : محمد عبدالحميد المالكي

( لماذا لا تتولى ( كونداليزا رايس ) موقع أمين عام الجامعة العربية؟! ) بقلم : صلاح عجينة

Monday, 14 May, 2007: High-ranking Libyan officials have reportedly conferred with representatives of France new president Nicolas Sarkozy, a staunch supporter of the five Bulgarian nurses. The meetings took place this week and focused on the trial of the Bulgarians, sentenced to death in Libya on charges of spreading HIV in a kids' hospital, the French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche reported. The source described the discussions as "positive". [SNA]
Monday, 14 May, 2007: The ambulance plane's Heliport was inaugurated at Al-Zawia Educational Hospital on Saturday with the landing of the first helicopter ambulance, equipped with intensive care unit and supplied with the up-to-date medical technology. The inaugural ceremony was attended by masses of the Basic People's Congresses of Al-Zawia Shabia and the Secretary of the Congress Affairs of the People's Congress for cities. [LJBC]
Monday, 14 May, 2007: France’s Supreme Masonic Council will send an open letter to Libya’s Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. The decision was made at the founding ceremony of the Int'l Federation of Independent Lodges and Free Masons “Orient Bulgaria”, a journalist of Focus News Agency reported. According to Marc Forestier, Deputy Chair of France’s Supreme Masonic Council, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi tries to trade with the five Bulgarian nurses using France. French diplomacy works very actively to resolve the issue, he added. [FIA]

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Human Right Watch ( HRW ) : Libya: Events of 2006

الساطور : ( مطبخ القذافي )

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (15) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( صياح الديك ، بصوت الدجاجة (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

( هدرزة فى لندن (2) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( محطات ليبية (24) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

Sunday, 13 May, 2007: Several Laredo [Texas, USA] teachers were honored Thursday night at the School Bell Awards, a recognition bestowed by the Laredo Chamber of Commerce (LCC). The award is presented to educators that are selected by their peers for their performance in and out of the classroom. Ten teachers were honored in a ceremony Thursday, which coincided with national Teacher Appreciation Week. LCC's Board Chair John Villarreal said the event was hosted by not only Paul Young and the LCC, but also the Texas A&M International University’s College of Education. School Bell Award winners were ... Kamel Shrek [ from Tripoli, Libya ] ( photo ), of Laredo's Martin High School ... [Laredo Times]
Sunday, 13 May, 2007: Algerian security forces arrested three Libyan Islamic militants planning to join al Qaeda's north African wing, Algeria's official news agency APS said on Saturday. Police also captured an Algerian Islamist who was preparing to accompany the three to strongholds of the Algeria-based al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the agency said. The capture, in the capital Algiers, was made possible by information provided by a former member of the group who had surrendered to the authorities on May 1. The Libyan militants, aged between 22 and 25, had been "recruited in Libya by extremist networks with international ramifications," APS said. [Reuters]
Sunday, 13 May, 2007: Libyan newspapers took French president-elect Sarkozy to task for saying after his victory that he would give his support to five Bulgarian nurses on death row. "Sarkozy should not have meddled in the affair of the Bulgarian nurses" condemned to death after being convicted of injecting Libyan children with HIV, said Al-Shams. "The blood of these children is not election merchandise," it said. Sarkozy said France would stand by the nurses "who have been locked up for eight years." Al-Jamahiriya said Sarkozy had no right "to treat the question of Libyan children sick with AIDS as if there were no more than 400 victims." [AFP]
Sunday, 13 May, 2007: At different times throughout the Middle East today, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, and Yemen will join the world in sending an urgent message: Child hunger has no place in the Middle East or the world. The campaign has also been organized to coincide with the celebration in over 50 countries of Mother’s Day. For this year’s annual walk, the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) together with its global partners, TNT and Unilever, have teamed up with celebrities, dignitaries, employees, NGO partners, family, friends and people affected by hunger themselves to “Fight Hunger and Walk the World.” [Arab News]

( العقل السلفي... من التفكير إلى التكفير!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Eulogies, Panegyric Orations, and Stocktaking!  By : Ghoma

( نجـّك لي يا عكازي .. حسين مازق في ذكرى رحيله ) بقلم : علي بن زيدان

Saturday, 12 May, 2007: US President George Bush has personally committed to the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor imprisoned in Libya. The assurance was given by US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns during his meeting with Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev in Zagreb. Stanishev and Burns discussed the forthcoming visit of President Bush to Bulgaria, scheduled for June 10 and 11, as well as bilateral economic ties. [SNA]
Saturday, 12 May, 2007: Sudan welcomed Saudi efforts yesterday to be a mediator in the Darfur conflict and expressed its appreciation for the role Libya plays in bringing peace to the troubled area. "Saudi Arabia has the biggest share in the humanitarian efforts in Darfur and there should be no misunderstanding between Arab countries over the way to bring a solution to the problem in Sudan's western region," said Dr Mustafa Osman Esmail, adviser of the Sudanese President. He told a press conference in Abu Dhabi yesterday that no one can deny the crucial role Libya has been playing to resolve the conflict. [SMC]
Saturday, 12 May, 2007: The father of a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya along with five Bulgarian nurses on charges of causing an AIDS outbreak requested Friday Bulgarian citrizenship for his son. Ahmed al Hadjudj arrived in Sofia with his daughter Dareen to join a prayer for the salvation of the medics. Ahmed al Hadjudj's son Ashraf al Hadjudj and five Bulgarian nurses are appealing death sentences that a Libyan court has handed them on charges of deliberaterly infecting more than 400 Libyan children with the HIV virus that causes AIDS. Libyan magistrates have neglected scientific evidence proving the medics are innocent. [BNN]

لقطات من ( المؤتمر الصحفي للمنظمات الحقوقية ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

لقطات من ( محاضرة الأستاذ فرج نجم بالملتقى الثقافي ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

لقطات من (مظاهرة "عيد العمال" ـ مانشستر ) تصوير : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( وادي التوت ) عدسة : جلال عثمان

( تركيا والشيزوفرينيا السوسيوثقافية!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

موقع ليبي جديد : ( ليبيا وطني ـ http://www.libya-wattani.com )

( عندما يصبح الدين دولة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Friday, 11 May, 2007: Yemen has recalled its ambassador in Libya over its suspected support to Shi'ite Muslim rebels, a state-run Web site said on Thursday. Yemeni officials have said they suspected Libya was supporting the rebels led by Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, who have been fighting government forces in the northern province of Saada since the beginning of 2007. "The decision to recall the ambassador ... came a day after popular demands for cutting Yemeni ties with Libya and to close its embassy in Sanaa over accusations of Libyan involvement in supporting the terrorist elements," the Web site of the ruling People's Congress Party said. [Reuters]
Friday, 11 May, 2007: In a worldwide survey of repressive regimes, 17 countries including Libya and North Korea are singled out by a human rights group as "the worst of the worst" for maltreatment of their citizens last year. Forty five countries were rated not free to some degree. The eight countries judged to have the worst records on political rights and civil liberties were Burma, Cuba, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Similarly branded for particularly repressive behavior were two territories, Chechnya and Tibet. Within these countries and territories "state control over daily life is pervasive and wide-ranging," said the report by Freedom House, a New York-based private democracy watchdog organization. [AP]
Friday, 11 May, 2007: Libyan authorities arrested 1,168 illegal migrants trying to reach Europe from the North African country last month, Libya's news agency Jana said. Libyan security forces also deported 1,962 would-be migrants of various nationalities during the same period, Jana said late on Wednesday. In the 1990s, Libya welcomed migrants from other African countries as it sought to draw cheap labour to help repair an economy laid low by economic sanctions. But in recent years it has changed its policy, under pressure from European governments alarmed at Libya's growing role as a jumping-off point for Africans seeking a job and a better life in Europe. [Reuters]

( الدعوة الي فتح باب الهجرة والتجنس بين الاقطار العربية ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( السعوديون يلعبون في حديقة القذافي الخلفية!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (11)

( رسالة مفتوحة ، محض شجارٍ مفتعل ) بقلم : أمارير

( وسـواس يـقـيـن ) بقلم : الحبيب الأمين

Thursday, 10 May, 2007: U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg, Robert Menendez, Hillary Clinton, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Mikulski, Norm Coleman, Chris Dodd, and Charles Schumer today sent a letter to Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte requesting information on his recent visit with Libyan Leader Qadhafi. The coalition of Senators sent a letter to Negroponte in April urging him to use his Libyan visit to press Qadhafi to settle outstanding acts of terrorism committed against Americans. The Senators are now requesting that the Deputy Secretary brief them on the results of his mission to Tripoli, Libya, and also provide them with a plan - by June 1 - on the specific actions the Bush Administration is taking to hold Libya accountable for past state-sponsored acts of terrorism against Americans. [AAP]
Thursday, 10 May, 2007: Libya on Wednesday urged African countries to step up progress towards political and economic integration as AU foreign ministers debated the issue behind closed doors and civil society groups warned against an 'unaccountable' United States of Africa. As African Union foreign ministers continued a three-day meeting in South Africa's third-largest city of Durban on integration, Libyan Foreign Minister Ali Traky told SABC that changing global relations necessitated a single African entity. Libya is at the forefront of a proposal for a unified African government with a continental head of state and cabinet. [DPA]

( هدرزة فى لندن (1) ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

( "أفريكوم" والقذافي.. غفير أم شيخ غفر ) بقلم : د. علي الفرجاني

Wednesday, 9 May, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi said Tuesday that a deal signed in Saudi Arabia last week to end tensions between Sudan and Chad was pointless, saying two similar agreements had already been signed in Libya. Qadhafi, engaged in a long-running diplomatic spat with Saudi Arabia, spoke following a meeting with Presidents Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and Idriss Deby Itno of Chad to discuss the situation in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur. "There are question marks over the reasons why the Riyadh accord was signed," Qadhafi said. [AFP]
Wednesday, 9 May, 2007: A three-way summit which groups leaders of Libya, Egypt and Chad is scheduled to be held at the Libyan capital of Tripoli later on Tuesday, the main agenda will be on the issues of Sudan's Darfur and the relations between Sudan and Chad, the Egyptian official MENA news agency reported. The tripartite meeting will be attended by Libyan leader Qadhafi, Egyptian President Mubarak and Chadian President Deby. Chad and Sudan will intensify their coordination to get rebels in Darfur to join the Abuja peace agreement. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 9 May, 2007: Australia's live animal trade has been expanded to Libya after the signing of an agreement between the two governments. The controversial practice of exporting livestock will now spread to eight Middle East nations. Agriculture Minister Peter McGauran said the agreement contained conditions ensuring the animals will be treated humanely. "The protocols contained within the memorandum of understanding which covers cattle, sheep and goats for slaughter and breeding, as well as horses and camels, will make sure the health and welfare of the exported animals remain at internationally acceptable levels," Mr McGauran. [AAP]
Wednesday, 9 May, 2007: Libya canceled an official visit to Sudan, Palestinian-owned daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported May 8, citing an anonymous source. The cancellation came May 7, the same day that Chad and Sudan signed an agreement in Saudi Arabia. According to the source, tensions between Sudan and Libya have been exacerbated by Sudanese and Chadian agreement brokered by Saudi Arabia. A Libyan emissary was to have visited Sudan to deliver message from Libyan ruler Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. [Start]

الساطور : ( الجزيرة )

ذكرى أحداث مايو 1984 Remembering May

في ذكرى أحداث مايو 1984 : لقاء "إذاعة الأنقاذ" مع الشهيد مجدي الشويهدي

( البداوة ليست فخراً ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( عبدالحميد البكوش.. نم قرير العين ) بقلم : سالم سالم

Tuesday, 8 May, 2007: The prime minister of Libya, El-Baghdádi Ali El-Mahmúdi, will pay a visit to Brazil late this month. According to information provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations, El-Mahmúdi will arrive in the Brazilian capital Brasília on May 30th. El-Mahmúdi is going to meet leading government officials. El-Mahmúd's trip, still according to Itamaraty, will have commercial purposes, focusing on economic partnerships. [ANBA]
Tuesday, 8 May, 2007: Libya and Liberia will sign Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) following discussions between President Ellen Johnson and Libyan leader Qadhafi in Tripoli. Among MoU are the renovation and operations by the Libyans of the Ducor Int'l hotel, the establishment of a new Libyan holding company and the operations of a rubber processing plant. The Libyans also want to build an institute for the disabled in Liberia. [The Analyst]
Tuesday, 8 May, 2007: The newly elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in his first solemn speech that it is his country's duty to support the five Bulgarian nurses on a death row in Libya. Half an hour after winning the presidency, Sarkozy assured Farnce will not leave the medics in the lurch before thousands of his supporters in Paris and millions around the world. "I want to tell everybody we are going to persecute the tyranny and dictatorship," he said. [SNA]
Tuesday, 8 May, 2007: Bulgarian Lawyer Hari Haralampiev told the Standart daily: "We insisted on half-a-year visas to be able to prepare the materials for the trial. We have been given single-entry visas for two days. The Libyan embassy answered none of our requests ... My patience is wearing thin. All procedural norms have been violated in this case. We have our argumentation that this trial could take a different course. We are convinced it could be for sure established that Nassia's and Ashraf's confessions were made under severe duress." [FIA}
Tuesday, 8 May, 2007: In his first speech after his victory at the presidential elections in France Nicola Sarkozy did not miss mentioning the fate of the Bulgarian nurses in Libya – a cause that seemed “dear” during his election campaign. There is however, something confusing – Sarkozy was speaking about the “Libyan nurses” ... Obviously, this a small mistake on behalf of the new French President who devoted the last days of his election campaign namely to the issue about the release of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya, and even managed to move their relatives stating: “If it’s necessary, I’ll go to Libya myself and bring them home”. [FIA]
Tuesday, 8 May, 2007: OMV Aktiengesellschaft, the leading oil and gas group in Central Europe, has made two oil discoveries yielding high quality oil in Block NC 200 in the Murzuq Basin, 1,000 km south of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The first discovery at well E1-NC 200 tested 589 barrels per day (bbl/d), the second discovery was encountered by well G1-NC 200. The well flowed 334 bbl/d. These are the first discoveries of commercial quantities of oil in this contract area, said an official spokesman. Appraisal of the discoveries is under way. [Trade Arabia]

الساطور : ( فيديو : مداخلة ) (2)

( الظلم في الوطن غربة.. ) بقلم : فدوى بويصير

( فطور عالخواء!!! ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( الملاحقة القانونية للقذافي واجبة ) بقلم : المحامي الشارف الغرياني

( الذكرى السنوية الأولى لفقيد الوطن السيد حسين مازق ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

Monday, 7 May, 2007: A court hearing a defamation trial will deliver a verdict on May 27 on five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been condemned to death for infecting Libyan children with HIV, a judge said on Sunday. Judge Salem Hamrouni told the court he would rule on May 27 on charges that the six criminally defamed three police officers and a doctor by falsely accusing them of torture. Prosecutors are seeking up to six years in jail and the plaintiffs demand millions of dollars in compensation. [IOL]

( من سنوات الغربة ) : قصيدة للأستاذ عبدالحميد البكوش

( أم السّعد ) : قصيدة للأستاذ عبدالحميد البكوش

( لماذا لم نكرّم الأستاذ البكوش عندما كان بيننا؟ ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( منظمات حقوقية ) : تخوف عـلى حياة ومصير نشطاء سياسيين ليبيين

Rights Organizations: Fear For The Lives Of Libyan Political Activists

( هلوسة ما بعدها هلوسة!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Sunday, 6 May, 2007: Libya's government has allocated 1.5 billion dinars ($1.19 billion) to modernise the fleets of the country's two state airlines and their management and services, it said on Friday. The spending decision was taken during a recent meeting of top government officials and state-owned bank senior managers, the government said in a statement. "The 1,500 million dinars would be spent in modernising the fleets of the Libyan Airline and Ifriquiya Airline and upgrade the management and the services the two companies provide," it added. [AOL]
Sunday, 6 May, 2007: More than $30 billion will be allocated for the development and renovation of the local infrastructures in Libya. The announcement was made by Libyan Prime Minister, Baghdadi Al Mahmoudi during a meeting held with the Slovakian Prime Minister, Al Jamahiriya reported. "Libya has a huge economical potential and a strong desire to renovate the country in all of its sectors", al Mahmoudi said. "We will concentrate on the construction of housing units, hospitals, roads in order to remodernize and give a new image to Libya." [ANSA]

تعازي إلى آل البكوش    تعزية إلى آل عبدالرؤوف

( ... بوطـبـق ...!! ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( تعليق على خبر "صحافيون ليبيون يطالبون..." ) بقلم : حسن الأمين

( ابن حنبل وتأسيسه للعقل السلفي!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( إذا إنتخبني الشعب الليبي.. ماذا سأفعل؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Saturday, 5 May, 2007: Russia’s state weapons exporter, Rosoboronexport, is elaborating a contract to sell weapons to Libya for a total worth of more than $2.2 billion. Libya which has purchased no armaments of Russia for over 15 years may emerge as one of ten top buyers now. The bulk of the acquisition will be formed by air defense systems, more powerful than needed for regional conflicts. The contract for weapons delivery to Libya could be sealed already this year, during the visit of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin to Tripoli. [kommersant]
Saturday, 5 May, 2007: Libya on Friday called on need of disarmament of nuclear arms and WMDs because they pose a great threat to international peace and security. Libyan charge d'affaires Dr. Mabrouk Milad, addressing the first meeting to review the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said Tripoli believed this meeting would mark a solid starting point towards a globe free of nuclear weapons. Milad said countries possessing nuclear arms and WMDs should disarm themselves immediately if they want to see a credible disarmament regime worldwide. [KUNA]
Saturday, 5 May, 2007: The Libyan government has designated three more peace monitors in the international monitoring team (IMT) to maximize its enforcement of the ceasefire between the Armed Forces and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The MILF website identified the three new IMT members as Col. Guima Marash of the Libyan Navy, Jamal Alhamadon and Salah Aburziza. Libya now has seven representatives to the IMT. [The Philippine Star]
Saturday, 5 May, 2007: International Organization for Migration (IOM), in partnership with the Libyan Ministry of Interior, the Waatasimu Charity Association and the US Embassy in Tripoli is organizing two three-day trafficking awareness workshops for fifty law enforcement officials and members of charity associations. The workshops, beginning on 5 May, will focus on int'l migration law and standards and principles of international protection and assistance. [IOM]

الساطور : ( فيديو : مداخلة ) (1)

( أرأيت نفوسة والأصيل يلفها.. ) بقلم : د. فرج نجم

( نادي الباروني ) : ذكرى تأسيس النادي وكأس المجاهد رمضان السويحلى

يوسف المجريسي : السيد عبدالحميد البكوش في صور

( من دفاتر المرأة العربية في الغرب ) بقلم : د. سعاد الفيتوري

( رحل الوفيّ ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( وداعا أستاذ عبدالحميد.. ) بقلم : جمعة القماطي

( القذافي .. وأوهام الزعامة!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( رحلوا.. وسيبقى التاريخ ) بقلم : عـيسى عبدالقيوم

Not Even A Case Of "If You Cannot Beat Them Join Them!"  By : Ghoma

Friday, 4 May, 2007: After being shortlisted for the Booker prize and the Guardian first book award, Hisham Matar (photo) has won the fourth Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje prize with his debut novel, In the Country of Men. This £10,000 award, which is open to fiction, non-fiction and poetry, is given to the book which "best evokes the spirit of a place", a condition that caused Matar some surprise in finding himself included on the shortlist at all. "It did strike me as ironic that [In the Country of Men] was shortlisted," he says, "and even more so that it won a prize for evoking a place, considering that I haven't been there for 28 years." The Libya he describes in the book has vanished now, he says, and has taken on a "dreamlike" quality. [The Guardian]
Friday, 4 May, 2007: Bulgarian lawyers will not be in the court room during the next hearing of the defamation trial against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, jailed in Libya in a travesty HIV trial. The Bulgarian defenders are unable to get visas after the hearing was postponed last Sunday for as early as May 6. Bulgarian lawyer Hari Haralampiev told Darik News that he and his colleague have prepared the defence but it will be presented by the Libyan lawyer Osman Bizanti (photo). [SNA]
Friday, 4 May, 2007: The relatives of the five Bulgarian nurses in Libyan prison cannot get in contact with them for more than a month now. This is new psychological pressure, Dr. Zdravko Georgiev said in a telephone interview from Tripoli for BNR. He stressed the nurses would be informed about Washington summit when the USA and EU said they would boost efforts for the release of the five and a Palestinian doctor who face death in Libya. He however said that all promises, declarations, letters and statements the medics had received yielded no results. [FIA]
Friday, 4 May, 2007: Libya is likely to close its embassy in Prague, probably in connection with the case of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya, the daily Pravo writes today. The article says further that the regime of Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has not sent any official document to Czech authorities until now, but diplomatic offices of other Arab countries were informed that the embassy in Prague would stop working by the end of June and that Czech agenda would be done by the Libyan ambassador in Vienna. Beside Czech Republic, Libya is to close its representations in Denmark and the Netherlands that strongly press for the release of the Bulgarian nurses. The embassy in Slovakia was originally also to be closed, but the decision was changed after Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico called the nurses guilty of spreading HIV virus. [FIA]

( تحية لسيادة العقيد!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( الرابطة الليبية ) : صحافة ليبيا فى اليوم العالمى لحرية الصحافة

( الحركة الطلابية والذاكرة الوطنية ) بقلم : صلاح المغيربي

( وداعا.. نزيل رقم "اثنين" ) بقلم : محمد صالح بويصير

( ساعـات ) بقلم : ياسين بوسيف ياسين

( عـلى مشارف الحدود بين المعلوم والمجهول ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Thursday, 3 May, 2007: Last weekend we witnessed yet another gathering of the impotent in Libya, spearheaded by the king of disingenuousness, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. New found friend of the West, friend of Sudan, Arab nationalist and African nationalist all rolled into one, no-one ever seems to question his motives, suitability or earnestness to resolve this crisis. No-one seems to ask about his interest in perpetuating instability in the region, his attempts to divide and buy off the rebel factions throughout the Abuja peace process (thus causing many of the problems we see now), his involvement in arming or training militia groups, his interests in the resources of Chad and Darfur, or indeed any of the other questions that need to be asked. [Sudan Tribune]
Thursday, 3 May, 2007: Bulgarians can make use of the members of European Parliament (MEP) elections in Bulgaria to send a message to Europe that it should aid the five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for intentional HIV infection in Libya, European politician Pat Cox said. Former European Parliament president, Cox said that since they are European citizens, the five nurses deserve solidarity and the support of the entire union. The situation in Libya is a major humanitarian crisis, Cox said. Its solution should focus on the nurses, as well as on the victims of the infection. Lawyers of the nurses have one final chance to appeal the verdicts before Libya’s Supreme Court. The procedure is expected to start in mid-May. [Sofia Echo]
Thursday, 3 May, 2007: Belkacem Lounes, president of the World Amazigh Congress, wrote an open letter to Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi in response to the latter's March 1 speech in which he denied the existence of a Berber or Amazigh people in North Africa. In his letter, dated April 10, Lounes protested Qadhafi's statements, saying that the 30 million Amazigh living today in North Africa cannot be ignored. He added that the Amazigh had played a central role in the fight against European colonialism, but that since independence they had been oppressed by the "internal colonialism" of pan-Arabism, which he labels an imperialist ideology. Lounes calls on the North African governments to commit to democracy and human rights. [Memri]
Thursday, 3 May, 2007: The African Group has endorsed Libya to become a Security Council non permanent member beginning of January next year, along with Burkina Faso, but the US is pushing for Mauritania instead, an African diplomat told KUNA. Libya and Burkina Faso are expected to replace Ghana and Congo whose two-year term in the council ends in late December. The Arab seat in the council rotates between Asia and North Africa. It is currently occupied by Qatar until the end of December. Libya missed its turn to become a council member in the nineties because it was under sanctions for the Lockerbie case. Egypt replaced it at that time. [KUNA]

( الناس والحق ) بقلم : محمد رحومة

تعزية إلى آل العريبي

Wednesday, 2 May, 2007: Coups, oppressive governments and outright murder of journalists were some of the reasons why press freedom continued to slip in 2006, a study released yesterday said. “Assaults on the media are inevitably followed by assaults on other democratic institutions,” said Jennifer Windsor, Freedom House’s executive director. The Washington, DC-based Freedom House advocates for spreading democracy. Its annual press freedom study rates countries as Free, Partly Free or Not Free. The study called Myanmar (also known as Burma), Cuba, Libya, North Korea, and Turkmenistan the worst-rated countries for press freedom. In Libya, for example, any criticism of leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi can bring a prison sentence. [7Days]
Wednesday, 2 May, 2007: The US Supreme Court refused to stop the Bush administration Tuesday from transferring a Guantanamo Bay detainee to his home country of Libya. Lawyers for the man argued he faces torture at the hands of the Libyan government if sent there. Abu Abdul Rauf Zalita says he married an Afghan citizen and that after the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, he and his pregnant wife fled to Pakistan where he was handed over to U.S. authorities for a bounty. The U.S. government classified him as an enemy combatant, saying Zalita was a member of a known terrorist organization and received weapons training from the group. The Supreme Court denied Zalita's application seeking an injunction to prevent the transfer. [The Guardian]
Wednesday, 2 May, 2007: AU affairs secretary in Libya Abdesselam Triki renewed Libya’s refusal to the setting of a US military base in Libya or elsewhere in Africa. He also expressed his country’s solidarity with Algeria against terrorist threats, reiterating viewpoints convergence between the two countries on Arab an African issues. Abdesselam Triki made clear, in an interview with Al Jazeera that «Tripoli refuses the setting up of a US military base for terrorism combating», stressing also President Qadhafi's recent statements on the issue. [Elkhabar]

( الحمار ونظرية السمع والطاعة!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الرسالة التي انتصرت الى الابد.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

تعزية إلى آل بوشعالة

( من تربيتنا السياسية ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

Tuesday, 1 May, 2007: Luc Montagnier, the co-discoverer of HIV as the cause of AIDS, reiterated his strong support for the five Bulgarian nurses, sentenced to death in Libya. There are no proofs to back the bogus charges of intentionally spreading HIV in a children's hospital in Benghazi, the world's leading expert told RAI 3 TV channel on Monday. He expressed the hope that the medics will soon be released. On the basis of case records and genomic analyses done in Europe ... some of the children had been infected even before the workers' arrival at the hospital. The HIV infections, the experts concluded, were caused by poor sanitary practices. [SNA]
Tuesday, 1 May, 2007: Kenya's President Mwai Kibaki has asked Libyan entrepreneurs to increase their investment in Kenya and deepen the existing economic ties between the two countries. Noting that Libya was part of the consortium that would finance the extension of the oil pipeline from Eldoret to Kampala, Kibaki said there were still other areas for investment in Kenya and the East African region as a whole. The President was speaking on Monday when he held discussions with the special envoy of Libyan leader Qadhafi, Mr. Haji Bashir. [KBC]
Tuesday, 1 May, 2007: For Sale: former ambassadorial villa on large grounds in Tripoli, Libya, that contain "a swimming pool with changing facilities, staff quarters and extensive garden space." Vacant since the U.S. withdrew diplomats, now returned, from Libya in 1980, and the site of numerous anti-American protests. The property is need of repair and "title issues" are still being worked out. Asking price: $1.5 million. [SI]
Tuesday, 1 May, 2007: Libya yesterday condemned the economic sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the West as unreasonable and called for dialogue. "Economic sanctions, political sanctions and other pressures will not realise the desired results," said Dr Saed Araibi Hifyanah, a special envoy of Libyan leader Qadhafi. He said Western powers should drop their policy of dominating the world. Speaking to journalists after meeting President Mugabe at in Harare, Dr Hifyanah said the West’s meddling in Iraq had been a disaster. [The Herald]

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