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( المحامى "الثور" يهز عصاه المصنوعة من ورق ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( سالم بن تـرّار ومسلسل العـار! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

الساطور : القذافي يخترف

( "القاعدة" في ليبيا!! (2) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

Friday, 30 November, 2007: The Libyan government is courting U.S. businesses to open trade and investment links as the country works to rejoin the international community. "Many companies from around the world are arriving in Libya now. The Libyan government does not want U.S. businesses to lose a good opportunity," Libya Economy, Trade and Investment Minister Ali Al-Esawi told a group of U.S. businessmen in Washington, November 13. He cited oil, tourism, communications and information technology as sectors of the Libyan economy that are eager for U.S. investment. Libya's ambassador to Washington, Ali Aujali, echoed the minister's appeal. "Now is time for the American companies to move forward. Strengthening our relations in economics and investment is very important to protect our political relations with the United States," he said. [USINFO]
Friday, 30 November, 2007: Tripoli is starting to to explore the potential for shopping centre development, according to a study and market visit by Retail Int'l. Simon Thomson, Principal of the UK-based consultancy, commented: “Following years of isolation, Libya is beginning to open up to western style commerce. There are many similarities to be found with the situation in the Arabian Gulf states of the 1970’s and the Eastern bloc countries in the 1990’s shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union.” Retail Int'l advises that there are a few franchised brands such as Mango that are just beginning to appear, although most merchandise is brought in ad hoc from suppliers in Malta, Cyprus, Turkey or Lebanon. The only attempts at organised retail (shopping centres) have not been successful to date, due to bad planning, lack of critical mass and poor location. Thomson concluded: "The opportunities, therefore, for the development of a chain of modern hypermarket-anchored community style shopping centres around the capital city’s suburbs are enormous." [Bi-Mi]
Friday, 30 November, 2007: "Any time you have a community that is erased, it's a tragedy not only for the community but for humanity." The opening line from the documentary "The Last Jews of Libya" begins a nostalgic visit to an ill-fated community of 25,000 people living between the Mediterranean Sea and North African desert at the dawn of World War II. It's a story we know too well -- pious, successful and family-oriented Jews living in coexistence with their neighbors suddenly become targets of racial hatred and are ultimately expelled or destroyed. Once in the U.S., the immigrants struggle to find their place within an American Jewish life rooted firmly in Eastern European culture. Told through the experiences of the Roumani family, the film, which airs Dec. 3 on the Sundance Channel, was inspired by a providential accident. Following the death of their mother, Elise Tammam Roumani, director Vivienne Roumani-Denn and her brother discovered her memoirs, handwritten on legal paper, stuffed under her bed. "It was really indescribable. Her presence became alive again but with a gift of all her life -- our lives, as if she were anticipating her first grandchild's question years later," Roumani-Denn said. [The Jewish Journal]
Friday, 30 November, 2007: Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin, deputy prime minister of Russia, yesterday said that he needs to promptly speak with his deputy, Sergei Storchak, who was arrested for alleged attempts to embezzle $43 million from the federal budget. According to the ministry, Storchak's arrest has disrupted talks on the repayment of Libya's debt to Russia, which stands at some $3.5 billion including interest. In fact, the arrest has put pressure on talks with three countries. A source at the Finance Ministry said the talks had been disrupted, which is especially bad in the case of Libya, in whose case talks reached the final stage. Another source at the ministry said the negotiations with Libya were problematic from the start. Libya refused to recognize the debt because in the early 1990s Russia joined UN economic sanctions against it. Tripoli authorities said that they had borrowed from the Soviet Union and refused to recognize Russia as its legal successor in the sphere of foreign debts. [Vremya Novostei]
Friday, 30 November, 2007: The visiting Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, N anis Valnakis, Wednesday held talks with top Libyan government officials on area s of co-operation between Greece and Libya, according to official sources here. His talks were with his Libyan counterpart, Mohamed Tahar Siala, and the Libya n cabinet minister in charge of foreign affairs Abderrahmane Chalgham. The two parties discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ex amined ways of promoting them. The Greek minister also congratulated Libya for its election to a UN Security Council seat, saying the election followed Libya's distinguished role and suppor t for world peace and security issues. [PANA]
( "قبض الريح" بقلم : محمد القزيري ) إعداد وتقديم : هشام بن غلبون

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

( قهوة ) شعر : حسن السوسي

( مخاض الملامح ) بقلم : حسام الوحيشي

Thursday, 29 November, 2007: Canadian oil company Petro-Canada (PCZ) will "very soon" be the fourth oil company to sign a revised oil contract for its Libyan assets, the company's assistant general manager in Libya said Wednesday. The revised contract, like the ones signed recently with the U.S.'s Occidental Corp., Austria's OMV AG and Italy's Eni SpA will reflect the current environment of oil prices that are higher than when the deals were done, as Libya joins other countries in restructuring contracts so they get a greater share of the revenues. "We expect to sign the agreement very soon," Petro-Canada's Tarek Hassan-Beck told reporters on the sidelines of an energy conference in London. " All contracts have to be converted to the new condition". [Dow Jones]
Thursday, 29 November, 2007: Palestinian-born doctor Ashraf Al-Hadjudj and just one of the five released nurses Valentina Siropolu attended the presentation of the new book "The Benghazi case - Bulgaria's diplomacy in action". Al-Hadjudj, who spent nearly eight years behind bars in Libya together with five nurses in a HIV trial, claims high-ranking politicians are standing in his way to sue Libya. "Libya turned us into scapegoats and now I want Libya to admit we are innocent," Ashraf Al-Hadjudj said in Sofia, where yet another book on the trial "The Benghazi case - Bulgaria's diplomacy in action" was presented. Last week the Dutch authorities advised Ashraf Al-Hadjudj not to send a complaint to the United Nations over fears it may strain bilateral relations. [SNA]
Thursday, 29 November, 2007: The second meeting of the Kazakhstan - Libya intergovernmental committee on trade-economic and culture-humanitarian cooperation will be held in Astana November 29 - 30, as reported by Erzhan Ashykbayev, the official representative for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, on traditional briefing in Astana, reports KZ-today. "While the committee is working, parties will discuss a number of questions of bilateral relations development in different spheres", - pointed out Erzhan Ashykbayev. Committee co-chair representing Kazakhstan is the RK Foreign Affairs Ministry vice Minister, Nurlan Ermekbayev. Libya will be represented by Libya Foreign Affairs Ministry vice Minister, Mukhammed al-Barrani. [Gazeta]
Thursday, 29 November, 2007: With its most extensive advertising campaign, Siemens AG wants people to remember the company's past -- but also to forget its past year. The German engineering conglomerate, still grappling with a massive corruption scandal that emerged last year, is hoping that the image campaign will shift the public's attention back to Siemens's technological prowess. The scandal triggered the departures of Siemens's chairman and chief executive, and last month, the company paid a €201 million fine in connection with bribes paid in Nigeria, Russia and Libya. [WSJ]
( تعقيب على... "لكي لا ننسي" ) بقلم : عبدالباسط أبوحميدة

( إقرأ معي : خمسون ومائة صحابي مُختـلق ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

الأعمال الكاملة للراحل عبدالله السعداوي.. قريبا في المكتبات

Wednesday, 28 November, 2007: Libya's economy is set to expand 8.8 percent in 2008 after expected growth of 6.8 percent in 2007, buoyed by growth in the country's oil and non-oil sectors, International Monetary Fund staff said on Tuesday. But IMF staff cautioned Libyan officials to contain government spending, especially when it comes to public-sector wage hikes. In a statement following annual economic consultations with authorities in Tripoli, IMF staff said the large increase in spending had pushed inflation sharply higher from lows in the first half of 2007 to about 11 percent in the third quarter. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 28 November, 2007: Libya's toughening of terms for its top foreign oil partners is a pragmatic move to protect its interests at a time of high prices rather a hardline campaign to minimise outside involvement in Africa's biggest oil reserves. Analysts say that while the north African OPEC member's move shows the new bargaining power conferred on resource owners by high prices, the deals themselves reflect little of the outright hostility to foreign investment shown by Venezuela and Iran. "Libya wants more share of the rent, and to that extent it reflects the changing balance of power. But Libya is not a good example of resource nationalism," said Jonathan Stern, director of gas research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 28 November, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi, who renounced WMDs in 2003 but recently defended landmines for weak states, has called for a ban on machineguns. Qadhafi made the appeal in a statement on his Web site, saying machineguns caused more deaths than some larger weapons. "I call for a ban to be imposed on a type of conventional weapons that can be used both for defensive and offensive purposes, namely machineguns," he said. Libya signed a 1997 convention banning anti-personnel mines but Qadhafi said last month weak nations should be allowed to acquire landmines for self-defence purposes. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 28 November, 2007: Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe, and Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi are likely to attend a European Union-Africa summit in Lisbon Dec. 8-9, a senior Portuguese official said. "Yes, I'm going," Portugal's Lusa news agency quoted Mugabe as saying in remarks made in Songo, Mozambique. U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown said today he ``will not'' attend the meeting because of Mugabe's presence. The summit is supposed to gather leaders of the 27 EU states and all 53 African countries in the Portuguese capital. Qadhafi is also planning to attend the meeting and will make an official visit to Portugal. [Bloomberg]
تعازي إلى آل بن حليم

( عـائدون ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( تاريخهم ليس فيه وطن ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الميزان الظالم : حقوق الشرق وحقوق الغرب في السياسة الغربية ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

Tuesday, 27 November, 2007: On Monday, Occidental Petroleum Corp. signed a "major development contract" to upgrade several of its existing petroleum operations in Libya. The new agreement is for 30 years and will see Occidental and the Libyan National Oil Corp. design and implement major field redevelopment and exploration programs in the Sirte Basin. The fields have approximately 2.5 billion barrels of recoverable high-quality oil reserves. Over the next five years, about $5 billion in capital investment is expected to be made to increase gross production to more than 300,000 barrels per day from the current level of around 100,000 bpd. [LA Business]
Tuesday, 27 November, 2007: Hyundai Engineering and Construction said on Monday, it won a $250 million order from Libya to build a gas turbine generator. The plant will be located in Sarir south of Benghazi. The project will take 36 months, a Hyundai official said. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 27 November, 2007: Tripoli is organizing, from the 25th of November to the 28th , a regional meeting on the fight against drugs and money bleaching via the mail. The meeting, on the initiative of the Libyan Authority against Drugs, the Universal Postal Union (UPI) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDC), attended by representatives of the UPI, experts from the UN and the Interpol and Arab specialists in fighting drugs and money bleaching. [Arab OnLine]
Tuesday, 27 November, 2007: Chairman of Revolutionary Youth Union Adnan Arbash discussed with his Libyan counterpart Abdul Hadi al-Huwaij means of enhancing prospects of youth cooperation between the two countries. During the meeting Sunday, Arbash stressed the importance of bolstering the youth cooperation between Syria and Libya through activating the role of the Arab youth organizations in the international circles. [SANA]
( الأسرة الليبية في خطر! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( معنى الوطن ) شعر : حسن السوسي

Monday, 26 November, 2007: Since the start of the Darfur conflict, Chad, Eritrea, and Libya have jockeyed for influence with the rebels and maintain considerable sway over Darfur’s rebel factions. These neighbouring states have strong interests in the political future of Sudan and the potential to undermine progress at the negotiating table if they feel their interests are not being met. Eritrea has hosted most of the rebel leadership at one time or another. Chad has openly supported various Darfur rebel factions since early 2006. Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has supported nearly all sides of the conflict at one time or another, and retains considerable influence through his ability to infuse the conflict with money and weapons. [The East African]
Monday, 26 November, 2007: The Draw for the Qualifying rounds of the 2010 World Cup South Africa has been made, with the draw for qualifying for the Africa Zone having been made in Durban on Sunday. Hosts South Africa have been Grouped in Group 4 with Nigeria, Guinea & Sierra Leone. Ghana are in Group 5, alongside Libya, Gabon and Lesotho. Cameroon are in Group 1 with Cape Verde Islands, Tanzania and Mauritius. Egypt, who are currently African Cup of Nations holders, are in Group 12 with Congo DR, Malawi and Djibouti. [WCL]
( لون أسود ) بقلم : محمد بعيو المصراتي

مأتم الفقيد المرحوم محمد القزيري... دعوة عامة إلى الجالية الليبية بلندن

( هل المؤتمر الوطني يملك تحقيق ذلك؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

أخبار ليبيا : "أخبار ليبيا" الأنجليزية

( "قراءة عاجلة في المقولات الخضر" بقلم : محمد القزيري ) إعداد وتقديم : هشام بن غلبون

( من منـّا المرتزق؟ ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( إسمي أويا... ) بقلم : حسام الوحيشي

( لنرفض العنف وسلوكه مبدئيا ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Sunday, 25 November, 2007: Libya's state-owned National Oil Company (NOC) said on Saturday it had signed agreements with U.S.- based firm Occidental and Austria oil and gas group OMV to revise previous accords. The agreements cut output shares of the two firms in oil operations and raise Libya's earnings and reserves. The agreements cut output shares of the two firms in oil operations and raise Libya's earnings and reserves. "This agreement came in as a result of NOC's negotiations to modify and improve accord conditions with international firms to increase national benefits," NOC said in a statement. [Reuters]
Sunday, 25 November, 2007: Libya outclassed Sudan's Olympic team 3-0 to pile pressure on Egypt, who face Saudi Arabia in the Pan Arab Games finale on Sunday. Haitham Al-Fazani scored the opener after 16 minutes. Ali Rahouma doubled the lead three minutes before the break when he headed home Al-Fazani's cross from the right. Ahmed Saad put the icing on the cake nine minutes past the hour mark, notching home on a rebound. Libya are temporarily on top of the five-team league with 10 points, three ahead of Egypt. The Pharaohs will win the gold medal if they beat Saudi Arabia with any margin due to their superior goal difference over Libya. [FilBilad]
Sunday, 25 November, 2007: World leaders and corporate benefactors jumped in to support the nonprofit project, called One Laptop Per Child (OLPC). Mr. Negroponte, a professor on leave from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, hopscotched the world collecting pledges from developing nations to buy the laptops in bulk ... Some potential buyers are having second thoughts about One Laptop Per Child. Officials in Libya, who had planned to buy up to 1.2 million of the laptops, became concerned that the machines lacked Windows, and that service, teacher training and future upgrades might become a problem. "The Intel machine is a lot better than the OLPC," says Mohamed Bani, who chairs Libya's technical advisory committee but doesn't have the final say on buying laptops. "I don't want my country to be a junkyard for these machines." [WSJ]
الساطور : القذافي إلى أوروبا

( الخديعـة (4) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

( الإمام مالك... وحرّية الرأي!! (2) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

رابطة المثقفين والكتّاب الليبيين : ( نعي الأستاذ حسن السوسي )

عيسى عبدالقيوم : ( الأستاذ محمد القزيري في ذمة الله ـ لقطات من مراسم الدفن )

Opposing Between Reform And... : The Question Is: What for?  By : Ghoma

Saturday, 24 November, 2007: Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Harandi met with his Libyan counterpart on the sidelines of the 5th Conference of Islamic States’ Culture Ministers in Tripoli. Harandi made reference to the fact that both countries have gone through revolutions and said that this common experience could help strengthen ties between the two countries. Harandi also stressed the need to establish cultural offices in both countries and proposed that Persian language courses be held in Libyan universities. [MNA]
Saturday, 24 November, 2007: The International Organistion of Migration (IOM) has launched an urgent appeal to secure three million Euros to assist 2,000 stranded illegal migrants in Libya next year. Many of the tens of thousands stranded illegal migrants who have been stranded in Libya have no means to return home. Since 2006, the IOM has assisted 1,300 stranded migrants to return home voluntary with reintegration assistance, including a 300 Euro support start-up grant for income generating activities to help them re-start their lives. [Afrol]
( أديب لم يكتب إلا للوطن : محمّد القزيّري.. مرّة أخرى ) بقلم : محمّد بن غلبون

( معسكرات التسفير الليبية ) ترجمة : محمد بن احميدة

( "القاعدة" في ليبيا!! (1) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( إنقلاب في مملكة النمل...؟؟؟ ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Friday, 23 November, 2007: Saudi Arabia and Libya were the source of about 60 percent of foreign fighters who entered Iraq in the past year to participate in the insurgency, The New York Times reported Thursday. US forces found documents and computers with information on the foreign fighters in a September raid on a tent camp near the town of Sinjar, close to the Syrian border, the Times said, citing senior US military officials. The documents included biographical sketches listing the hometowns of more than 700 fighters who were brought into Iraq since August 2006. Saudi Arabia is a longtime US ally in the region, while the U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Libya and removed it from its list of state sponsors of terrorism last year. The largest number of foreign fighters -- 305, or 41 percent -- came from Saudi Arabia. Libyans represented 137, or 18 percent, of the total foreign fighters, the senior US military officials, told the Times. [AFP]
Friday, 23 November, 2007: The Dutch authorities have stopped a Palestinian doctor from filing a complaint with the United Nations against Libya, after eight years of incarceration in the country. The doctor and five Bulgarian nurses, who were accused of infecting Libyan children with HIV, were released after a European diplomatic offensive earlier this year. Dr el-Hadjoudj says his trial was unfair and that he was tortured. However, Dutch authorities feared such a complaint would damage relations with Libya and Dr el Hadjoudj's lawyer says he was advised against filing the complaint. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has declined to comment on the matter. Dr el-Hadjoudj had applied for Dutch citizenship but his application has been rejected because he holds a Bulgarian passport. His parents have lived in the Netherlands since 2005. [Radio Netherlands]
Friday, 23 November, 2007: OPEC can do little to lower record-high oil prices as most members are pumping at full tilt and speculation and political tension are driving the market, OPEC member Libya said on Thursday. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets on Dec. 5 to set supply policy and is under pressure from consumer nations to raise output to lower prices from near $100 a barrel. "OPEC cannot do much," National Oil Corporation chairman Shokri Ghanem told Reuters by telephone, when asked what action OPEC will take at the meeting. "Most countries are producing what they can produce. They are responding to the needs of the market. I don't think OPEC will be able to do much more." [Reuters]
Friday, 23 November, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi, due to visit France for the first time in 34 years, has asked for a tent to be put up near his hotel so he can receive guests in Bedouin style, says a source close to the French presidency. Qadhafi has made "this request so that he can receive his guests in his Bedouin tent as he normally does and not to sleep in it" during the December visit, the source said. "Nothing has been fixed as yet, it is being considered by the French and Libyan protocol services," the source said. The official guest house is the Hotel Marigny, a stone's throw from the Elysee Palace, the official residence of the French president. Sarkozy has confirmed that he will receive the Libyan strongman in December. [The Age]
( الكفاح المسلح .. مرة أخرى! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( الإصلاح في ليبيا وشروط نجاحه المفقودة! ) بقلم : جمعة القماطي

( كفانا جرياً وراء السراب ) بقلم : د. محمد نصر

( لحظات من حياة رجل هرم ) شعر : عاشور الطويبي

( العطر الإسلامي الحلال ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Appeasing Qadhafi Is A Mistake  By : Mohammed el-Jahmi

Thursday, 22 November, 2007: Egypt were held to a goalless draw by Libya in the Pan Arab Games on Wednesday and missed a chance to snatch gold with one match to go. The Pharaohs now split summit with Libya on seven points each. Egypt will play a strong Saudi Arabia in the last game in Cairo on Sunday. On Saturday, Libya will have an easy encounter against the second-string Sudanese team, who were crushed 5-0 by the host nation. [FilBilad]
Thursday, 22 November, 2007: Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar Harandi is in Libya, heading the Iranian delegation to the 5th Conference of Islamic States Culture Ministers in Tripoli. The culture ministers of 57 countries are taking part in the conference, which is being held under the auspices of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). The gathering opened yesterday and runs until Nov. 23. [Tehran Times]
Thursday, 22 November, 2007: “The Last Jews of Libya,” regrettably, does not deliver on the full promise of its title. The viewer tunes in for an in-depth recounting of a little-known chapter in history, and instead gets one extended family’s saga of dislocation, emigration and exile. Vivienne Roumani-Denn, the middle-aged filmmaker daughter of the Roumani-Denn family, uses archival footage and other techniques to place her clan’s experience in the larger historical-political context. It’s a gallant effort, and she provides a fascinating glimpse of an era and a culture. Ultimately, the 50-minute “The Last Jews of Libya” is an above-average home movie. “The Last Jews of Libya” airs Dec. 3 on Sundance Channel. [Jewish News]
Thursday, 22 November, 2007: Libya plans to invest in the production of Wheat in Ukraine on a surface of 100.000 hectares, in order to provide for the totality of its requirements. This project aims at ensuring to Libya wheat self-sufficiency. This project was on the top of the talks held in Kiev between Seif al-Islam al-Qadhafi, the son of the Libyan Leader Qadhafi, and the Ukrainian Prime Minister. During the official visit to Kiev, Seif al-Islam also examined with Ukrainian officials in charge the possibility of an agreement to supply Kiev with Libyan oil. [Al-Arab]
Thursday, 22 November, 2007: The Secretary-General of the Italian Ministry for the Interior in charge of Immigration and Asylum, Marcella Lucidi, discussed on Monday in Tripoli with several senior Libyan officials the issue of co-operation between the two countries in the fields of security and the struggle against clandestine immigration. Mrs. Ludici and an Italian delegation met the Libyan Secretary General of the Public Safety, Omran Hmeid, in the presence of the Italian ambassador in Libya, Franseco Trupiano. This meeting made it possible to evoke the prospects for a common coordination in order to find radical solutions to illegal immigration. [Al-Arab]
Thursday, 22 November, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi will visit Spain next month after attending an EU-Africa summit in Lisbon, a Foreign Ministry source said. The source did not disclose details of Qadhafi's schedule during his Dec. 9-10 visit; but the conservative newspaper ABC said he would meet with Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and King Juan Carlos. It said he would also travel to Paris and Rome after the December 8-9 summit in the Portuguese capital. French President Sarkozy has invited Qadhafi to visit France before the end of the year, saying Tripoli's moves on issues like nuclear arms deserved diplomatic recognition. [The Daily Star]
Thursday, 22 November, 2007: The 10th conference of the Association of African Chemists rounded off in Benghazi, Northeastern Libya, Tuesday with the participants calling for support for actions aimed at finding solutions to environmental problems in Africa. [PANA]
( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيـان حول انعقاد المؤتمر

( عبدالسلام جلود.. الشخص الثاني ، حين يروي سيرة الشخص الأول ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

LLHR: Libyan Human Rights Defenders on Hunger Strike

موقع ليبي جديد : ليبيا ـ المنظور

Wednesday, 21 November, 2007: Exxon Mobil Corp. signed a deal to explore for oil and natural gas off the Libyan coast, further cementing ties with the oil-rich North African nation. Yesterday's agreement comes less than a year after Exxon Chief Executive Rex Tillerson met face-to-face with Libyan leader Qadhafi and less than two years after the U.S. ended its official designation of Libya as a sponsor of terrorism. Unlike previous exploration deals that Exxon has won in Libya, the latest deal was negotiated directly between the two, outside the auction process. [WSJ]
Wednesday, 21 November, 2007: Libya has launched its third conference on translation, organised by Libya’s Academy of Graduate Studies, the British Council and the Italian Institute in Tripoli. Present at the event were Dr. Saleh Ibrahim, Dean of the Academy of Graduate Studies; Mrs. Anna, Director of the British Council in Tripoli; Peter Rosily, Head of the Italian Institute in Tripoli; Mrs. Jennifer, Advisor at the US Embassy at Tripoli; Cultural Attaches of the Tunisian and Moroccan embassies in Tripoli; and a number of scholars, professors and students. [MEOL]
Wednesday, 21 November, 2007: Libya plans to spend 150 billion dinars ($123.4 billion) on public works including building schools and renewing water and sanitation systems over five years, the official Libyan news agency said on Tuesday. "The development programme includes a package of strategic projects in all fields, with an estimated budget of 150 billion dinars over five years," the agency, known as Jana, quoted a government statement as saying. There was no immediate indication of when the five year programme would start. [Reuters]
تعازي إلى آل الماجري     تعزية إلى آل بوراشد     تعزية إلى آل المقدمي

( هل يوجد شيء اسمه الأمن القومي العربي! (2) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( إنّ باريس لناظرها لقريبة ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( وتسأل هل من مزيد..؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( الشرعية الدينية مثل الشرعية الثورية ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( هل من عاقل يحدثني ) بقلم : سلـيمان الشـجاع

Tuesday, 20 November, 2007: Libya, whose Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi is the only leader absent from OPEC's heads of state summit this weekend, is to host the group's next such event in 2012, an official familiar with private talks said. Also, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have joined Kuwait in contributing $ 150 million-a-piece to a swelling, new Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries fund intended to invest in alternative energy and emissions reductions technologies. Their combined $450 million comes on top of $300 million announced Saturday by the summit's host, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Saturday, and in advance of U.N. climate change talks in Bali in two weeks' time. [Dow Jones]
Tuesday, 20 November, 2007: The government of Libya has executed 4 Nigerians, as 50 others languish in jail. An unnamed deportee who was repatriated recently alongside others revealed that they were still about 50 Nigerians in detention with 10 of them condemned to death while four were already executed. To draw home his argument, the man gave names of Malam Abdalla Nuhu, Noel Soba Chucks, Alhaji Musa, Mr. Alex Onyekachi Chinweze, Simon Emmanuel Abaka, and Jonahs Okafor Onyema as some of those Nigerians having death sentences hanging on their necks and who were refused deportation by Libyan government. [Leadership]
Tuesday, 20 November, 2007: There’s something missing in all the development projects we see and hear of. There are no recreational or sports centres for women. At least, I haven’t noticed any such plans. Maybe the planners want to surprise us. Libyan women, or at least many of them, would like a covered sports centre, run by women, to spend time in. Mothers especially, will appreciate a place where their children could also have a good time. Since billions are being spent anyway, why not splurge on a project that includes multiple sports activities for women? [TP]
( أيها الليبيون.. افسحوا الطريق لفطاحل الليبيرالية ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

المهاجر : ( إقرأ معي : كتاب "السلطان صلاح الدين الأيوبي" للدكتور علي الصلابي )

محمد بن احميدة : نداء للمساهمة في حملة لجنة التضامن مع سجناء الرأي في ليبيا

( الرد الواضح على أباطيل الفيتورى ) بقلم : بن عبدالله الفيتوري

( حَرَجْ ورداد... عيب وينزاد ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

Monday, 19 November, 2007: A last-gasp header from Omar Daoud grabbed Libya three precious points in the Pan-Arab Games after beating Saudi Arabia 2-1 on Sunday. The Saudis had a very quick start as Saoud Kariry opened the scoring in the 9th minute as he rose high to convert a corner kick after only nine minutes. Osama Al-Fazani cancelled the lead 15 minutes later connecting with a corner also. The Tunisian tactician had to bring in his ace Tarek Al-Tayeb to win the game. The Hilal playmaker crossed an excellent free kick on Daoud’s head to snatch the full points of the game. Libya joined Egypt on top of the standing with six points. [FilBilad]
Monday, 19 November, 2007: The Sultanate represented by the Ministry of Heritage and Culture is to take part in the fifth Islamic Conference of the Ministers of Culture in Tripoli, Libya from November 21-23. The Sultanate delegation will be led by Sheikh Hamad bin H. Al Ma'amari, undersecretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture for cultural affairs. The conference, held under the theme, ‘The cultural policies in the Islamic world - basics of the past and vision for the future’ is to discuss a number of issues related to Islamic culture. [TimesOfOman]
Monday, 19 November, 2007: Maltese Foreign Minister Michael Frendo, who visited Libya two days ago, has admitted that the agreement on double taxation needs to be revised. The Libyan news agency Panapress announced that Dr Frendo met the Secretary of the Popular Committee for Finances, Mohammed Haweij on Thursday. Dr Frendo assured his Libyan counterparts of Malta’s determination to promote its relations with Libya in many different sectors, in the interests of the two peoples. Dr Frendo also met the Secretary Assistant of General People’s Committee for Foreign Liaison and Int'l Cooperation Mohamed Tahar Siala. [Independent]
Monday, 19 November, 2007: The Sudanese government formally charged 28 jailed opposition leaders for the first time in four months. The charges included planning for a war against the nation, undertaking terrorist activity, planning to overthrow the government and the creation of camps for military training Originally security officials said that the sabotage plot leader Mubarak al-Fadil sought help from a neighboring Arab country and a "major world power". The two countries were believed to be Libya and the U.S. respectively. But then Sudanese officials denied any foreign involvement and upgraded charges against Al-Fadil to a full blown coup attempt. [ST]
Monday, 19 November, 2007: Libya targets tourism with the creation of 50,000 beds in the next decade and the allocation of $3 billion for the 2007-2010 period for the development of the sector, Libyan tourism minister Amamr Mabrouk el Tayef told ANSAmed. El Tayef was in Paeestum [Italy] to represent Libya, guest of honour at the tenth Mediterranean Archaeological Tourism Exchange. "We want to offer the tourists the best structures and services so that they can enjoy the beauties of our country," he added, pointing out that Tripoli plans to "use tourism for dialogue between the people, between East and West, between cultures". [AnsaMed]
د. فرج نجم : ( لقطات من "خريف هون 2007" )

( المعتقلون السياسيون تحت حكم القذافي ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( "خواطر طائشة.." بقلم : محمد القزيري ) إعداد وتقديم : هشام بن غلبون

( عندما يحاكيك المكان ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

الساطور : يا سلام عشـّفافية

( محطات ليبية (27) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( غـربة (2) ) ترجمة : صلاح الحداد

( أيهما يجدي.. الكفاح السلمي أم الكفاح المسلح؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Sunday, 18 November, 2007: Mauritanian President Sidi Ould Sheikh Abdallahi met Libyan leader Qadhafi on Saturday at the start of visit to Tripoli aimed at boosting relations after years of tension. The trip comes ahead of a European-African conference in Lisbon and aims to strengthen ties which cooled when Mauritania accused Libya of supporting attempts to destabilise the country. It is Abdallahi's first visit to Libya since his election in March, which concluded an 18-month process of democratisation in the country formerly run by a military junta, which was overturned in August 2005. Mauritania accused Libya and Burkina Faso in 2003 of backing a series of coups to overthrow then president Maaouiya Ould Taya. [AFP]
Sunday, 18 November, 2007: Around 50,000 employment opportunities will be provided to Sri Lankan workers by the Government of Libya next year on a request made by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister, Keheliya Rambukwella will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard with his Libyan counterpart in January next year. Discussions related to the program were held in Colombo on Thursday between Minister Rambukwella and Libyan Ambassador in Sri Lanka Essa Ahamed Emhemed Gssa. Sri Lankans will be offered employment in the fields of tourism, construction and trade. Jobs will also be available in Libyan ports and airports. [Sunday Observer]
Sunday, 18 November, 2007: A Wigan mother has flown to Libya in a bid to reclaim her kidnapped daughter. Sarah Taylor, 31, hopes to invoke Sharia Law to win back four-year-old Nadia. The little girl was snatched by her father seven months ago from her home in Wigan, Lancs [UK]. Her mother left London for Tripoli yesterday in the hope of convincing a judge that she should be with her under Sharia Law. The Inland Revenue officer will argue that under Islamic rules when marriages break-up, daughters must remain with their mothers until they marry. Mrs Taylor left Heathrow clutching Nadia's favourite pink doll and with her heart-filled with optimism. Mrs Taylor's ex-husband, Fawzi Abu-Arghub has vowed their daughter will never be allowed to return to Britain. [Manchester Evening News]
Sunday, 18 November, 2007: Libya's tourism secretary, Ammar Mabrouk El Tayef, speaking yesterday at the tenth edition of the Mediterranean Tourism Exchange in Paestum (Salerno)[Italy], commented on the news reported by various national dailies concerning the experiences of several Italian holidaymakers in Libya. "Libya is a country open to everyone, in which 2 million of a population of 6 million are foreigners. We are happy to welcome tourists from all over the world and mainly from Europe," El Tayef said at the conference Cultural Heritage and Tourism for Cooperation and Development. "In order to come to Italy I waited 12 days for the issuing of an entrance visa, while in order to enter Libya everyone needs a page in their passport in Arabic containing their personal data," El Tayef said. [AnsaMed]
تعازي إلى آل القزيري

( محمد حسين القزيّري (رحمه الله) ) نبذة بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( الإمام مالك... وحرّية الرأي!! (1) ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( السلاح : لك، وإلا فعـليك ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

Saturday, 17 November, 2007: Siemens AG paid 77 bribes totaling 12 million euros ($17.6 million) to officials in Nigeria, Libya and Russia, according to an Oct. 4 Munich court ruling that's been reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. The text wasn't made public at the time and Siemens wouldn't disclose the names of those who gave and took bribes, the newspaper said. The court concentrated on bribes between 2001 and 2004 connected with Reinhard Siekaczek, formerly a manager at the German company's telecommunications equipment division; Siekaczek has been indicted on embezzlement charges and is likely to face trial early in 2008, the Journal said. He's told prosecutors that he's aware of bribes paid with the knowledge of senior Siemens managers in countries other than the three named in the October ruling. [Bloomberg]
Saturday, 17 November, 2007: An investigation into allegations of corruption by Norsk Hydro ASA (NHY) at its former oil and gas operations in Libya will take months not weeks to conclude, a spokeswoman for Hydro said Friday. "The investigation (by Hydro) has started and will take a while. We're talking months rather than weeks," Inger Sethov said. "We don't comment at all on the details of those investigations while they are going on," she added. Hydro's investigation into consultancy payments made by the company in regard to its former Libyan oil and gas portfolio, now part of StatoilHydro ASA's assets, is being led by an external Norwegian law company. "We are conducting the investigation in close cooperation with StatoilHydro as well as Norwegian and U.S. authorities. We've been in dialogue with U.S authorities since this issue arose." [Dow Jones]
Saturday, 17 November, 2007: An Oklahoma City drilling company's first int'l foray will be in Qadhafi's Libya, another sign that U.S. investment is broadening in a nation once considered a pariah by the U.S.. Multinationals rushed into Libya when President Bush lifted restrictions that had barred oil companies from doing business there for nearly two decades. Companies like Bronco Drilling Co. now appear ready to take a chance as well. Hatem Fakhr, CEO of the Libyan company Challenger Ltd., said Friday that a deal with Bronco had been in the works for 'a number of months.' Bronco CEO Frank Harrison said the company wanted to enter the Middle East market and believes Libya -- despite its one-time enmity with the U.S. -- has great potential. [AP]
تعزية إلى آل الشريف

( العروبة.... رفعة وسموّ ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عـبدالله

( من عدالتنا الاجتماعية (4) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( ارفعوا ايديكم عن عائلتي ) بقلم : محمد ربيع ـ كباون

Friday, 16 November, 2007: More than 30 companies from all over the world, including majors, have qualified in Libya's first gas-focused exploration licensing round, the country's top energy official said. Libya is offering 41 blocks of gas-prone territory and will open bids in Tripoli on December 20, he said. 'About 67 companies were interested, but we did not qualify more than 30,' Shokri Ghanem, head of the National Oil Corp, said on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress in Rome. [Reuters]
Friday, 16 November, 2007: African Union envoy, Salim Ahmed Salim, today has stated that Darfur peace talks will remain in Libya denying implicitly what a UN official said in this respect to Reueters. Salim Ahmed Salim told reporters Thursday in Khartoum that the choice of the venue is determined jointly by the AU and UN chiefs adding that there is no reason to change it from Sirte. Darfur main rebel groups who rejected to participate in the ongoing peace process expressed their opposition to Libya as venue for the talks to end the four-year conflict in western Sudan. [ST]
Friday, 16 November, 2007: Malaysians intending to travel to Libya need to have Arabic translated version of their travel documents. Visitors including Malaysians who fail to produce the translated version of their passports will be denied entry into Libya based on a new ruling enforced on Sunday, Wisma Putra said in a statement. It said that the Libyan government had also revoked the English translation of the travel documents belonging to its own citizens. [Bernama]
Friday, 16 November, 2007: Libya plans to conclude the sale of a 65% stake in its European refining and marketing company, Tamoil, to U.S. private equity firm Colony Capital LLC before the end of the year, said Shokri Ghanem, head of Libya's state-owned National Oil Co.. "We are very committed to concluding this deal ... and hope to do so before the end of the year," Ghanem said on the sidelines of the World Energy Congress in Rome. The Libyan government agreed in June to sell a 65% stake in Tamoil to Colonyoil Co., an entity of Colony Capital, for EUR 2.6 billion. The Libyan government will retain a 35% stake in Tamoil. [Dow Jones]
( الذين باعـوا الإنسان باسم الله ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( هل يوجد شيء اسمه الأمن القومي العربي! (1) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( بيادق في رقعة الشطرنج ) بقلم : خيري بن طالب

( العـرب أولاً وثانياً وثالثاً ) بقلم : سلـيمان الشـجاع

( دعوة إلى مِيثَاق شرف إعلامي جديد ) بقلم : الصادق شكري

Thursday, 15 November, 2007: Hundreds of European tourists have been refused entry to Libya after an unannounced change to passport rules. From the evening of 11 November, visitors without an Arabic translation of their passports have been denied entry, even if they have valid visas. Switzerland has lodged a formal complaint to Libya after about 40 air passengers on board a Swiss carrier were denied entry to Tripoli on Sunday. The travellers were forced to return to Switzerland on the same plane later that evening. More than 170 passengers on board a charter flight run by France's Air Mediterranee had to do the same. [BBC]
Thursday, 15 November, 2007: Egyptian and Libyan police have arrested 171 Egyptian migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Italy, a security source said on Wednesday, intensifying a crackdown on illegal migration. Egyptian police arrested 137 migrants at sea on Tuesday morning after they set off from the Egyptian coastal city of Matrouh bound for Italy, the source said. Police were also searching for two men they suspect of organising the crossing, the source added. Libya arrested 34 Egyptians on Wednesday morning seeking to reach Italy and will deport them to Egypt, the source said. [Reuters]
Thursday, 15 November, 2007: A delegation of Libya headed by Muhammed Omar Al Barrani, chairman of the national committee for foreign contacts for the Asian region (holding a rank of deputy minister of foreign affairs), visited the exhibition "Oil and Gas of Turkmenistan - 2007" which is under way in Ashgabat on these days. According to the Turkmen State News Service (TDH), the guest will also have a number of meetings at the ministry of foreign affairs, ministry of trade and foreign economic relations of Turkmenistan as part of his visit. [Turkmenistan]
Thursday, 15 November, 2007: The president of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR), Rovnag Abdullayev, has received today a Libyan delegation led by Muhammad Omar al-Barrani, deputy foreign minister and co-chair of the Azerbaijan-Libya Commission. The delegation conducted meetings with representatives of governmental agencies and companies. [ABC]
الساطور : كيف صار..!؟

( صحفنا المحلية.. أزمة قــُرّاء أم أزمة ثقة!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Wednesday, 14 November, 2007: Libya wants to build on a thaw in relations with the United States by establishing a mechanism for the two countries to trade with each other, Tripoli's top trade official said on Tuesday. "The door is open to have the appropriate legal framework to cooperate with the United States," Libyan Secretary for Economy, Trade and Investment Ali Al-Essawi told Reuters on his first trip to the United States since the two countries began steps toward normalizing relations a few years ago. Although contact is still limited, Al-Essawi said he was optimistic of reaching a trade and investment framework. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 14 November, 2007: Libya on Tuesday confirmed it will turn away Western visitors to the north African nation unless they provide Arabic translations of their passports. "Libya will not reverse its decision, nor will it take into consideration the int'l reaction" and uproar triggered by the new restrictions, a Libyan official told AFP. "The West demands that we translate our passports into English and therefore we must act in kind. It is only normal," said the official. [AFP]
Wednesday, 14 November, 2007: Syrian Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri chaired Tuesday an expanded work meeting to discuss the outcome of the technical delegation's visit to Libya which expresses a joint desire to enlarge aspects of cooperation. Minister of Housing reviewed during the meeting the results of this visit and the technical meetings and signed agreements, adding that it shows the big cooperation between Syria and Libya particularly in housing, building, roads, bridges, and dams in addition to supervision and technical studies. [SANA]
Wednesday, 14 November, 2007: Libya has been unanimously elected member of the executive committee of Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) by African member countries, according to Libya's secretary in charge of European Affairs at the Libyan People's Committee for Foreign Relations, Abdelati Labidi. Labidi said the election of Libya was an indication of its outstanding place within the int'l community and Africa, its actions to work towards security and peace in the world and renewed recognition by the int'l community. [PANA]
Wednesday, 14 November, 2007: Thirty-one-year-old Abdel Baset al-Assady dreams of getting married. His proud family would stream into the home of his bride bearing trays of gold for her. But mostly, Assady just dreams of getting married. As it is, the single young Libyan man lives at home in the capital, Tripoli. He shares six whitewashed rooms with his mother, father, and five brothers and sisters. His siblings are all underemployed, unmarried and restless -- like him. "I want to get married now, and I believe this is the right time in my life," said Assady, who shows tiny white teeth when he smiles and tucks his head down when he laughs. "But I have to wait for cash, and marriage needs a sustainable job." Custom and changing economies are frustrating millions of young people in Libya, Egypt and other less prosperous parts of the Arab world. The oil wealth gurgling into Libya with the lifting of int'l sanctions has yet to trickle down to its people. With few prospects of advancement, many of the young are finding marriage a luxury they can't afford. [Washington Post]
تعزية إلى آل عقوب والخازمي

( الأعدقاء..!! دعوة مفتوحة لأعداء وخصوم التيار الجهادي في ليبيا ) بقلم : المهاجر

( أين يقع الخـلل؟ لا أصلاح بدون تحولات سياسية ضرورية.. ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( إعادة ترتيب أوراق المعارضة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( "الغولة الليبية" في المنفى!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Tuesday, 13 November, 2007: The Libyan government is denying entry to tourists if they don't have an Arabic translation of their passport - even if they have a valid visa, European officials and airliners said Monday. The sudden change in entry rules was revealed after planeloads of European tourists were forced to return home after touchdown in Libya. Tripoli has not officially announced the change and government officials could not be reached for comment Monday. The development reflects confusion in government policies, amid recent strides by Libya to promote itself as a lucrative tourist destination and to inch closer to a long-sought political goal of getting back into the West's good graces after years of ostracism. [AP]
Tuesday, 13 November, 2007: With the confirmation of Libya, all 48 African countries have confirmed they will take part in the World Expo 2010 Shanghai. [Shanghai Daily news]
Tuesday, 13 November, 2007: Under the patronage of the Libyan General People's Committee (GPC), Tripoli Int'l Fairground will host Projex Libya 2007. Projex Libya 2007 sets to take place from 10 to 13 December 2007 following a highly successful session in 2006. With the support and assistance of the GPC the project addresses Libya's immediate priorities in terms of technological needs for the country's national planning and future progress. [ArabOnLine]
Tuesday, 13 November, 2007: North Africa is to become one of the world's tourism hot spots. Libya and Algeria are the latest countries predicted to have the potential to share in the boom that neighbouring countries such as Morocco, Egypt and Tunisia are enjoying. This is the prediction from the World Travel Market Global Trend Report 2007 released today, and published in partnership with market intelligence company Euromonitor Int'l. Clement Wong, Euromonitor Int'l's Global Travel Research Manager, says: "There is an optimism that both Algeria and Libya can learn and benefit from the successes of Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt. [Market Wire]
تعازي إلى آل المنتصر

( قهوة ناقصة ) بقلم : محمد بعيو المصراتي

صفحات من كـتاب ( برقة الهادئة ) (3)

( لماذا هذه المكابرة في الحق الابلج؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Monday, 12 November, 2007: With the EU seeking to enlist Libya in the fight against irregular migration, migration observatory Fortress Europe is calling on the EU to suspend any form of migration cooperation with Malta’s southern neighbour. Efforts to involve Libya in next year’s Frontex sea patrols, it says, should be halted until the country provides guarantees on the human rights of migrants who will be returned to Libya. Without such guarantees, the organisation claims, Libyan involvement in the fight against irregular migration could “send thousands of refugees to their deaths”. In a damning report published at the end of October, Escape from Tripoli – Report on the Conditions of Migrants in Transit in Libya, the NGO highlights cases of torture and rape at Libyan detention centres, deportations to the Sahara, collective refoulements, racist attacks in Tripoli and the murder of migrants at police stations. [Independent]
Monday, 12 November, 2007: Kristiyana Valcheva, one of the five Bulgarian nurses who spent more than eight years in a Libyan jail accused of deliberately infecting children with the HIV, has launched her biography describing her ordeal in Sofia on Sunday. Ghost-written by Bulgarian reporter Mirolyuba Benatova and Marie-Therese Cuny, a French journalist who focuses on women's issues, the book portrays the events, which included a long imprisonment, torture and two trials, from Valcheva's own point of view. "This book is my life over the last 48 years. I am extremely candid and everything in it is the truth," Valcheva told reporters at the launch of the book, titled "Eight years as Qadhafi's hostage" in Bulgarian. [SNA]
الساطور : نحن لن نستسلم..

تعزية إلى آل بودربالة والحمر

( غـربة (1) ) ترجمة : صلاح الحداد

( من الذي أنصف المرأة؟ ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

( الإصلاحُ المنـتـظر والدكتاتورية الواقعة!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( في هذه نخـتلف مع يوسف المجريسي ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Sunday, 11 November, 2007: Italy and Libya are close to reaching a deal on compensation for Italy's colonisation of the country, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema told ANSA news agency Saturday after talks in Tripoli. After meeting with Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgham and leader Qadhafi, D'Alema said that a deal was "not yet completed" but "we agree on the principal and now only have to finalise the details". D'Alema told the Italian news agency from Tripoli that "a great step forward" had been taken, while recognising that negotiations had been "very complex" and involved "highly delicate" issues. He said a Libyan delegation would visit Rome next week to continue and hopefully finish the negotiations. [AFP]
Sunday, 11 November, 2007: Libya`s Tunisia coach of the senior football national team, The Greens, Faouzi Benzarti, has released the list of 22 players to participate in the finals of the Arab football championship scheduled for Egypt from 11 to 23 November. The Greens would play in Group 1 alongside the United Arab Emirates, Palestine and Egypt. Here is the list of selected players released on Wednesday: Goalkeepers: Samir Aboud, Muftah Ghazala and Oussama Senoussi. Defence: Walid Osman, Ali Al-Hassi, Oussama Al-Hamdi, Walid Sbaï, Omar Daoud and Younès Chibani. Midfielders: Mohamed Al-Magherbi, Walid Mhedeb, Mohamed Sanani, Khaled Hussein, Nadr Tarhouni, Tarek Tayeb, Riyad Al-Lafi, Ali Rhouma and Ahmed Saad. Strikers: Ahmed Al-Masli, Salem Raouani, Oussama Al-Fazani and Ahmed Zouei. [Angop]
Sunday, 11 November, 2007: French military suppliers believe Libyan President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi could sign a number of arms contracts when he visits France in early December 2007. Industry sources said Qadhafi could ink letters of intent to acquire Dassault Rafale fighter aircraft and Eurocopter Tiger combat helicopters within the framework of a defence pact signed by France and Libya in July. However, Dassault Aviation poured cold water on media reports that Libya would sign up for 13 of its new-generation fighters during Qadhafi's visit. [BP]
( من هنا.. إلى 2025 (2) ) بقلم : أسعـد العقيلي

الساطور : أيمن الظواهري يُعلن..

( من عدالتنا الاجتماعية (3) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( أبوحنيفة ضحية الفكر الـتـأثيمي!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( موقعة الشيوخ ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( العِمامة وثقافة الدستور ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

Saturday, 10 November, 2007: Despite UN-AU efforts to draw Sudan's JEM and SPA into the negotiations, they now say they will not attend the next month’s second round of talks in Libya unless the other rebel groups that were present at the first are barred. Meanwhile, some of them now threaten to boycott the December meeting if held in Libya because of Qadhafi’s comments that the Darfur crisis was a tribal matter which the Darfuris should deal with themselves. These are lame excuses. If the rebels were genuinely motivated by the suffering of their people, they would put aside their differences. Their refusal to do so shows where their priorities lie. Each group wants to be the only player in the game, with all that it means in terms of power - not to mention access to the vast flow of international aid for the Darfuris. [Arab News]
Saturday, 10 November, 2007: The Congolese and Libyan governments plan to sign new co-operation accords for two years (2007-2009) this week in Brazzaville, a source close to the Congolese Ministry of Co-operation, Humanitarian Action and Solidarity, told PANA Thursday. These accords will cover the areas of energy, mining, forestal economy, education, health, social affairs, defence, industrial development and promotion of the private sector. [PANA]
Saturday, 10 November, 2007: Improved relations between Libya and the United States have led the Al Qaida terror network to label Libyan leader Qadhafi an "enemy of Islam" and threaten the North African country with a wave of attacks. In a 28-minute audio tape released in early November, Ayman al-Zawahri, the No. 2 leader of Al Qaida, announced that a Libyan jihadist group was joining the global terror network: "The Islamic nation is witnessing a blessed step.... The brothers are escalating the confrontation against the enemies of Islam: Qadhafi and his masters, the Washington crusaders," the AP reported. On the same recording, a Libyan Al Qaida commander said Qadhafi is a tyrant who "is dragging the country to the swamp." [BP]
Saturday, 10 November, 2007: A Seminar on wealth sharing issue between government and Darfur rebels started yesterday Libya town of Sirt. Government delegation participating in seminar spokesman ambassador Abu Zad AL Hassan said an expert from Burundi has presented a lecture on the principle of hoe wealth is distributed and accumulated between the center and the states in contain country. Meanwhile according to spokesman an Australian lecturer has also focused on his cowry experience on this regard. Al Hassan assures that the participants have involved in positive deliberations. The seminar supposed to have concluded deliberation of the wealth distribution today and start deliberation on security issues tomorrow. [SMC]
Saturday, 10 November, 2007: Libya will be the guest of honour at the tenth edition of the Archaeological Tourism Exchange which will be held between Nov. 15 and 18 in Paestum (Salerno) [Italy]. The initiative, promoted by the Province of Salerno and the Tourism and Cultural Heritage Council of the Campania Region with the support of the Culture Ministry and the International Studies Centre for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, presented in Salerno today, aims to promote destinations and sites of the Mediterranean countries, create integrations between different cultures, favour the marketing of specific tourism products. [AnsaMed]
( كفانا حديث عن ظلم الإستعمار ) بقلم : فدوى صالح بويصير

صفحات من كتاب ( مدخل إلى المقام الليبي ) تأليف : السنوسي محمد

The Kids' Piggy-Bank and the Future Fund...?  By : Ghoma

( المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : تذكير وتحذير

المسحان : ( تحذير : ثعابين شرسة أمامك )

( سليمان دوغه.. أشبح وين رآيك! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( أسوار الرأسمالية العظيمة! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( ثروة البترول تـُموّلْ إعادة تلفيقْ القذافي ) ترجمة : صالح بوطلاق

Friday, 9 November, 2007: Five foreign banks have been shortlisted for the privatisation of Al-Wahda Bank, among them Societe Generale of France and Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo, the Libyan central bank said on Thursday. Also on the list are the Jordan-based Arab Bank, Bahrain's Arab Banking Corporation and the Moroccan Attijariwafa Bank group, it said. The privatisation, to be managed by Rothschild, will assign 19% of Al-Wahda's capital held by the major shareholder, Libya's public fund for social and economic development. The foreign partner chosen will have the chance of increasing its stake to 51 percent in the medium term, the central bank said. [AFP]
Friday, 9 November, 2007: Libya Oil Kenya Limited has officially launched its retail outlet brand OiLibya signing off the exit of Mobil outlets after it brought out ExxonMobil interest in the country. Under a sale agreement entered into in October last year Libya Oil Kenya, then Tamoil Kenya Limited, acquired Mobil Oil Kenya business in the country. However need for approval from various regulatory bodies and rebranding exercise had to delay the formal transition for over a year. "Today we are celebrating the start of operations of Libya Oil Kenya in this market. We are also formally unveiling the OiLibya brand," Libya Oil Kenya, managing director, Kamel Jarnaz said during the launch on Wednesday evening in Nairobi. [The Nation]
Friday, 9 November, 2007: Dubai's Emaar Properties expects to clinch a deal in three months to build a residential and industrial zone in Libya, with one of Libyan leader Qadhafi's sons, a Dubai newspaper reported on Thursday. Emaar, the largest Arab property developer by market value, said in June it was finalising a masterplan zone on proposals from three U.S. firms and a Singaporean company, describing the project as the biggest in its $100 billion portfolio. It has not said when the project would be completed or how much it would cost. The deadline for a deal on the 38,000 hectare (93,900 acres) project on the Libyan coast was extended in June by six months. [Reuters]
Friday, 9 November, 2007: The doctor and four of all five Bulgarian nurses, who spent more than eight years in prison in Libya for allegedly infecting Libyan children with HIV, described the years in Libya as ‘hell on Earth’ while speaking before a French Poarliamentary Committee today, AFP informed. According to the Palestinian doctor Ashraf al Hajdouj, who obtained Bulgarian nationality, their life has been ‘ruined’ and ‘broken’. The doctor tensely remembered the tortures by electric shocks and sexual violence. He added that he signed his confessions the last year to get out of ‘this particular hell’. [FIA]
لقطات من ( تسليم وثيقة تضامن مع الشعب الليبي إلى الأمم المتحدة ) عدسة : عمر الهوني

( انعكاسات.. ) بقلم : السنوسي بلاّلَه

( درويش يحل مشكلة الإسكان في ليبيا ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( علموا أولادكم التمرد والعصيان وبغض السلطان ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( مناصحة إلى الدكتور ايمن الظواهري ) بقلم : نعمان بن عثمان

Thursday, 8 November, 2007: At a recent air show in Tripoli, the sky was like a moving catalogue of the fastest, shiniest and latest in aerial technology. Dignitaries, Libyan air force pilots, techno geeks and hundreds of Libyan families are kicking the tires, so to speak. That's because they're buying. Or, rather, their brother leader - Qadhafi - is buying. "It's really for the leader and others to determine what they want, " says Adam Thomas with the British Ministry of Defense. He represents an array of companies that want to do business in Libya. [NPR]
Thursday, 8 November, 2007: Bulgaria's President Georgi Parvanov is starting on Wednesday the first ever official visit to Qatar, which comes nearly four months after the release of the Bulgarian medics from Libya, in which the Gulf State emir played a key though mysterious role. Parvanov will award his host the Emir Sheikh Hamad Al Thani with Bulgaria's highest state order Stara Planina in recognition of his contribution to the release of the six Bulgarian medics. [SNA]
( احترم نفسك يا عبدالله ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( متفرقات جمعـها دفتري (7) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( القاعدة؟.. من ستضرب في ليبيا؟.. النظام أم الشعب!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Wednesday, 7 November, 2007: Sen. Richard Lugar, the ranking Republican member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is calling for rapid Bush administration and Senate action to formally nominate and confirm a U.S. ambassador to Libya, a step he said would contribute to resolving once and for all the lingering disputes over Libya's financial settlements with the families of American victims of the Pan Am 103 airliner bombing in 1988 and the bombing of the La Belle discothèque in West Berlin in 1986. "We cannot allow that nation's success story to falter in any way," Lugar yesterday told a conference sponsored by the U.S.-Libya Business Association, meeting in Washington. Lugar recalled a meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi in Tripoli two years ago in which, he said, Qadhafi complained that "a great deal has been given up and not much has been attained." [US & World Report]
Wednesday, 7 November, 2007: Just a few years ago, the U.S. military was rarely seen in the oil-rich waters of West Africa's Gulf of Guinea. This year, it plans to be there every day. The strategic importance of Africa and its natural resources is on the rise, and the Defense Department last month created a new unified U.S. military command for the continent called Africom. The first American mission to Africa since that move began Monday when a Navy cruiser, the USS Fort McHenry, arrived in Senegal's capital to begin a half-year training exercise for African naval forces around the Gulf of Guinea. Regional powers including Libya, Nigeria and South Africa have expressed deep reservations, partly because they believe Africom could undermine their influence, analysts said. So far, only Liberia has publicly stated a willingness to host Africom, though even critics like Nigeria welcome the continuation of the U.S. training programs. [AP]
الساطور : من هم العملاء؟

عبدالباسط بواحميدة : آخر ما كتبه المرحوم الحـاج مصـطفى البـركي

Tuesday, 6 November, 2007: Darfur rebel groups, which rejected to attend the AU-UN mediated talks in Sirte, demanded to change the peace talks’ venue from Libya to South Africa. In a meeting held in Juba with the visiting US envoy to Sudan, Andrew Nastios Darfur rebel movements which are there since last month, requested to transfer the venue of the peace talks with Khartoum government to South Africa. According to a report published by the independent Al-Sahafa, the rebels suggested Ghana and Liberia besides South Africa. The different rebel groups said that Libya is not a neutral country in the four year conflict. [ST]
Tuesday, 6 November, 2007: Colony Capital LLC, the Los Angeles- based leveraged buyout firm, may abandon its 4 billion-euro ($5.8 billion) offer for Tamoil SA, Libya's state-owned oil refiner, people familiar with the situation said. Colony, run by Thomas Barrack, hasn't been given complete data on Tamoil's assets, liabilities and taxes, said the people, who declined to be identified because the talks are private. Tamoil owns refineries in Germany, Italy and Switzerland and more than 3,000 filling stations in Europe. Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has been selling government- controlled assets and seeking foreign investment since the U.S. and Britain ended about two decades of economic sanctions in 2004 after he agreed to stop supporting terrorists. The year before, he said state ownership of business had failed. [Bloomberg]
Tuesday, 6 November, 2007: Magna Holdings Int'l Limited group (MHIL) achieved financial close on a $16m seven-year Project Finance Facility for the Al Waddan Hotel in Tripoli, Libya. The hotel is held in a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) and is in joint venture with the Economic Social and Development Fund (ESDF), a Libyan investment government-backed fund. The Facility was arranged by the Mandated Lead Arrangers ABC International Bank plc (ABCIB) and Standard Bank Plc. ABC International Bank is also the Facility Agent and the Offshore Security Trustee. Gumhouriya Bank acts as Libyan Security Agent. The Al Waddan Hotel financing is the first international project finance transaction to achieve financial close in Libya [AMEinfo]
( صيد الخواطر الليبية (15) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( من عدالتنا الاجتماعية (2) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( تكتيكات نظام طرابلس الشيطانية!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( دعوة إلى إنهاء المشكل السياسي في ليبيا!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( من هنا.. إلى 2025 (1) ) بقلم : أسعـد العقيلي

( طريق و مسيرة ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Monday, 5 November, 2007: Sun Microsystems, Inc. has teamed up with SunGard Higher Education and Al Wasl to sponsor Education Libya 2007, that takes place from November 5-7 at the Tripoli Int'l Fairground. This will serve as an opportunity to demonstrate its solutions that assist in creating a Digital Campus environment in which people, processes and technology interact seamlessly to strengthen institutional performance. The goal of Education Libya 2007 is to doggedly aid in the building and development of the Higher Education and Training sector’s infrastructure. “Sun’s goal is to help schools and educational institutions in Libya implement and benefit from a true digital campus model, and to leverage an institutional IT environment with next-generation applications to lower costs and improve the learning environment. [Al-Bawaba]
Monday, 5 November, 2007: Morocco takes seriously a new threat made by Al-Qaeda number two Ayman al-Zawahiri, who called for holy war against North African leaders in an audiotape message, the interior minister said Sunday. "I believe the terrorist threat is permanent and we must be extremely vigilant of it," Benmoussa told AFP when asked about Zawahiri's message before a meeting with his French counterpart Alliot-Marie. Zawahiri called for a holy war against North African leaders and their French, Spanish and US allies in an audiotape message broadcast Saturday in which he announced a new Libyan arm of al-Qaeda. In the message released on the Internet, he also called on members of Mahmud Abbas's Fatah movement to overthrow the Palestinian president, saying he had turned the movement into an "annex of the CIA". [AFP]
Monday, 5 November, 2007: The Bishop of Tripoli, Mons. Martinelli, celebrated Sunday in the presence of Italian Ambassador Francesco Paolo Trupiano and numerous representatives of the Italian community the traditional mass for commemoration of the dead, served at the altar which towers above the crypt where Italo Balbo was buried in the Italian cemetery in the Libyan capital. The Hammangi Cemetery, where the remains of at least 8,600 compatriots rest, and defined for years as the "cemetery of shame" or "the forgotten cemetery", is recovering little by little its dignity thanks to a recovery project launched in July 2006. For years the cemetery has been a real outdoor dump, profaned by unknown hands which have uprooted the crosses, broken the stones, rummaged tombs searching for some gold chains, or just for the pleasure to profane. [ANSA]
Monday, 5 November, 2007: The new Eurafrica Merchant Bank will be based in Milan and will have an office in Tripoli to support the development of the Italian and Libyan companies in Africa through a new investment fund. The participants in the initiative - according to Il Sole 24 Ore daily - are Italy's Ambromobiliare and Libyan 'The Investment & Development' fund. The new investment fund, which will be created within the merchant bank, will have an initial capital of 50 million euro, which could be raised to almost double that sum. The basic project - the Italian economic daily writes - is to acquire minority stakes in African companies active in the sectors of energy, tourism, agriculture, food, industry, healthcare and infrastructure. [ANSA].
لجنة التضامن مع سجناء الرأى في ليبيا : تصريح صحفي

( عمليات إفساد للنساء والأطفال المسلمين في سويسرا ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( حديث الألوان ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( نقطة على السطر ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

Sunday, 4 November, 2007: Al-Qaida's No. 2 figure harshly criticized Libyan leader Qadhafi in a new audio tape Saturday, accusing him of being an enemy of Islam and threatening a wave of attacks against Libya because it improved relations with the U.S. In the 28-minute audio tape called "Unity of the Ranks," Ayman al-Zawahri also announced that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) was joining ranks with al-Qaida. "The Islamic nation is witnessing a blessed step ... The brothers are escalating the confrontation against the enemies of Islam: Qadhafi and his masters, the Washington crusaders," al-Zawahri said. The recording could not be independently verified, but it appeared on a Web site commonly used by insurgents and carried the logo of al-Qaida's media production house, as-Sahab. The recording also carried a message from Abu Laith al-Libi, a Libyan al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan who accused Qadhafi of decades of tyranny. "He is the tyranny of Libya and is dragging the country to the swamp," al-Libi said in the recording that also featured old video footage of him walking with masked gunmen. "After long years, he (Qadhafi) discovered suddenly that America is not an enemy ... and is turning Libya into another crusader base," said al-Libi, who has appeared in several recent al-Qaida videos. [AP]
Sunday, 4 November, 2007: Zell was in Libya last week to check out an expected boom from the energy-rich country's opening to big oil when an already-paid hotel room was not available, said Gary Garrabrant, chief executive of Equity International, a private equity firm affiliated with Zell. "We ended up having breakfast, drinking cappuccinos and telling stories for three and a half hours" in the dead of night before being ushered to a meeting with the Libyan energy minister, he told Reuters in an interview. Equity International is raising $500 million for its fourth investment fund and Libya, because of its location to Europe, oil wealth and tourism potential, is very much on the private equity firm's radar screen, Garrabrant said. [Turkish Daily News]
Sunday, 4 November, 2007: Penetrate a private Libyan home and an unexpected experience opens up. With good humour and low-key chaos, your hosts will cook simple, appetising, healthy food, unknowingly alternating original Bedouin recipes with Ottoman ones, then maybe weaving in a dish dating from an influx of Italian-Jewish merchants 400 years ago. One important legacy is pasta, the Libyan-Arab word for which is makarona and which has been transformed into imbakbka, macaroni cooked directly in a sauce. Seafood is a more obvious Mediterranean passion, while sheep’s head and low-fat camel-meat hail from the nomadic, Bedouin heart. This eclecticism is the result of a long trail of invaders. Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Ottomans and, most recently, Italian colonists, all threw something tasty into the pot. [Financial Times]
تعزية إلى آل الكراثي

الساطور : واكلها!

( السلف.. والرأي الأخر!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Saturday, 3 November, 2007: A leading UN human rights monitoring body on Friday urged Libya to stop all forms of torture, following reports that it was "systematic" in the country's jails. The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) said that it was also concerned about the testimony of recently released Palestinian doctor and Bulgarian nurses about ill-treatment during their eight years in Libyan jails. "In general, torture really does appear to practiced in Libya," said committee member Abdelfattah Amor, after an examination of the country's human rights record. The committee said in its concluding observations that it "remains concerned at continuing reports of systematic use of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, and the lack of information by (Libya) regarding these cases." Amor said the Libyans had supplied a "particularly succinct" report to the UN panel, which regularly cross-examines governments about their observance of the main international treaty protecting civil and political rights. "Libya obviously didn't want to cooperate with the UNHRC," Amor told journalists. [AFP]
Saturday, 3 November, 2007: The mercurial dictator of Libya has reinvented himself yet again. He has been a pariah of the West; a sponsor of terrorism; the maverick autocrat with his corps of female bodyguards; the man who comes to Brussels for a summit, erects his tent and puts his camels out to graze in the local park. Thirty years ago with his little Green Book and his "Third Universal Theory", he proposed himself as the Mao Zedong of the Middle East. But today Libya is in a different place. The worst of its diplomatic headaches are behind it – Lockerbie dealt with, the nuclear plants dismantled, the Bulgarian nurses ransomed – and the world is keen to do business. And now the ruler is trying on a new hat. Meet Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi: screenwriter. A series of impressionistic sketches he has written evoking his country as it was on the eve of invasion by Italy in September 1911 – placid, rustic, traditional – and then as it roused itself to fight to expel the foreigners, is to become the basis for a film costing at least $40m (£19.1m) which begins shooting in Libya next year. [Independent]
( إلى من لا يهـمه الأمر ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( العولمة أم الخولجة!!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( .. في مديح النظام الملكي ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

مؤسسة عبدالرحيم صالح : ( نشر كتاب اشعار عبدالرحيم صالح )

( من عدالتنا الاجتماعية (1) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( طرابلس تتخلص من صاروخ "طز"!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

صفحات من كـتاب ( برقة الهادئة ) (2)

Friday, 2 November, 2007: The Libya Afriqiyah Aviation Holding Company (LAAHC) has been established. The new company will be the main stakeholder in the Libyan aviation sector with a capital of LD1 billion. LAAHC is owned by the following companies; National Investment Company Libyan Foreign Investment Company, Economic and Social Development Fund and Libyan Africa Investment Portfolio. LAAHC would also be the mother company to Afriqiyah Airways, Libyan Airline, United Aviation Company, Libyan Company for Catering Services and Libyan Handling & Aircraft Maintenance Services. [AACO]
Friday, 2 November, 2007: Hilal playmaker Tarek Al-Taib is set to spearhead Libya in the Pan-Arab Games in Egypt next month. Hilal said that the Libya skipper was recalled to the team, which is set to start preparations for the Arab contest scheduled for November 13th. Al-Taib's recall means that Libya will be in full strength for the tournament, in which they will face UAE in the opening game. Libya will also tackle host nations Egypt, in addition to Palestine, who might be facing difficulties to enter the competition for political reasons. [FilBilad]
Friday, 2 November, 2007: A mum from Wigan, UK, is moving to Libya in a desperate bid to be reunited with her daughter. Sarah Taylor is selling her Hindley home in a last-ditch attempt to regain custody of her four year-old daughter Nadia Fawzi Abuarghub, who was abducted by her Libyan father and taken back to his home country in May. She has already written to Colonel Qadhafi to ask him to intervene in the case and is now hoping to convince a judge in Tripoli that under Sharia Law, Nadia should be returned to her. Sarah is hoping that the Islamic legal system, with its strict rules on child custody, will work in her favour and that her ex-husband Fawzi Abuarghub will no longer be able to keep Nadia from her. [WiganToday]
Friday, 2 November, 2007: Darfur rebels boycotting peace talks in Libya said yesterday they would meet envoys of an African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) mediation team but set conditions that gave little hope they would change their positions. Mediators had hoped to unite the rival rebel factions before peace talks opened in Libya last Saturday but negotiations began in the coastal Libyan town of Sirte with none of the key factions present. Yesterday the mediation team said it was sending delegations to the rebel leadership who did not attend. [BusinessDay]
Thursday, 1 November, 2007: With the fiasco of Libya clear for the whole world to see, the international community must now redouble its efforts to create a credible dynamic towards peace. If they are serious, this must mean that the talks are moved away from Libya – one of the perpetrators of this crisis – and re-situated in an African location such as Abuja. It should resist the temptation to stage the talks outside of the continent, since this will only give fuel to the Government of Sudan to allege colonial interference. [Sudan Tribune]
Thursday, 1 November, 2007: U.S. ExxonMobil said on Wednesday it hoped to establish a "significant" position in Libya after returning to the north African nation following a period of political instability. "We're back and we hope to establish a significant position there in the future," Kevin Biddle, vice president of the company's African operations, said. ExxonMobil, which is aiming to boost its African output by about 50 percent by the end of this decade, has earmarked Libya as one of its promising new markets on the continent. [Reuters]
Thursday, 1 November, 2007: No fewer than 155 Nigerians were deported from Libya yesterday for various offences. The deportees, who were brought in a chartered flight aboard Alburaq airliner, landed at the Hajj terminal of the airport, from where they were released by security operatives to go home. Vanguard gathered that while majority of the deportees were repatriated on immigration offences, some were sent home for criminal offences. [Vanguard]
Thursday, 1 November, 2007: Hertz says it is to open its first car rental location in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The news comes as Libya re-emerges into the wider world of commerce after a period of isolation and as more western airlines serve the country. Hertz will enter into a franchise agreement with Trans-Africa for the Import of Cars and Spare Parts (TAIC), a company that has operated in Libya for 20 years in the automotive industry. As well as downtown offices, Hertz will also open a location at Tripoli airport that will feature vehicles including four-wheel drives and other services such as Chauffeur Drive and hotel deliveries. [ABTN]
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