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( دعوة إلى مزيد من التدبّر ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي : ( دعوة للاعتصام )

الساطور : الإحتمالات الواردة

( قف يا خصمي المتهاوي ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

( إلى الوراء سر ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( ما الذي تـغـيّر في ليبيا.. حتى نعـود!! (2) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس الحاسي

Wednesday, 31 October, 2007: Italy and Libya are poised to sign a treaty designed to settle the question of compensation for Italy’s colonisation of the country, Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema reportedly said. "We have certain debts owed to Libya but we also have a fundamental interest in our links with this essential partner," ANSA news agency quoted D’Alema as saying. "The moment has arrived to take a further step and I hope that in a few days time we can announce an important accord between Italy and Libya." He said the accord would close "a sad chapter in history" but gave no details on the amount of compensation being offered. [AFP]
Wednesday, 31 October, 2007: A movie about the Italian occupation of Libya from 1911 to 1943 is being made by Syrian filmmaker Najdat Anzour with the help of Libya's president Qadhafi, who will finance the film and contribute to the screenplay. 'Dhulm: Years of Torment' will feature for the first time first-hand accounts by int'l and local witnesses of the Italian colonial period. In an interview with AKI , Anzour said that his film is not meant "to provoke" but instead "to recount a period of colonialism that has affected Libyans and Italians in a negative way." He said that the movie will be "a work of art" conceived to "open a new page, a way of healing old wounds." [AKI]
Wednesday, 31 October, 2007: Intel Corp and Microsoft Corp are supplying Libya's government with 150,000 rugged laptop computers that cost $200 to build and are designed to meet the needs of children in developing countries. Intel spokeswoman Agnes Kwan said in an interview on Tuesday night that Libya's education ministry ordered the equipment in August and shipments began last month. "So far it's going well. We're just a month into the deployment," Kwan told Reuters. The sale of the devices was reported by Libya's domestic press in August, she said, but Intel and Microsoft have yet to discuss it outside of that country. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 31 October, 2007: Global Oil Tools Inc, announces that its parent, The Lyamec Corporation (The Libyan American Corporation), a 1999 Texas based, and market development and private equities investment utilizing secondary securitization market entries of both regulated and non-regulated markets by the Securities and Exchange Commission, settled its dispute with Grifco International. Subsequently in August of 2006, a settlement plan and agreement was negotiated and finalized whereby ultimately Grifco International relinquished all of its interests in Global Oil Tools Inc to The Lyamec Corporation. [PRN]

تعزية إلى آل الجواشي

صفحات من كـتاب ( برقة الهادئة ) (1)

( في جماهيرية ( عظـّم الله أجركم ) العظمى! ) بقلم : عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين

( العنصرية القذافية في ليبيا ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( مستقبل برقة داخل سجون طرابلس!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( عودة المسيح عليه السلام بين الحقيقة والأوهام ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

Tuesday, 30 October, 2007: Has Libya truly renounced terrorism? About a year after its overture to Washington, the regime was discovered to be fomenting a terrorist plot in Saudi Arabia. And although the U.S. State Department had re-affirmed Libya as a sponsor of terrorism as recently as March 2006, only two months later Washington removed Libya from the list of terrorist states. Has Libya diligently tried to make restitution to victims of its terrorism? Hardly. It grudgingly agreed to compensate the families of it victims, and then unrepentantly dragged its feet in making payments. Libya has not even come close to changing its character--yet the Bush administration warmly opened its arms to the dictatorial regime. [The American Chronicle]
Tuesday, 30 October, 2007: Indocan Resources Inc. today announces that the Company has had meetings in London, England with Stock Charter Group and representatives of oil & gas concessions in Libya. We have authorized our potential Joint Venture partners to submit our bids for various hydrocarbon blocks in specific areas of Libya to be accepting bids in the next process coming in December. Libya has been conducting closed bid and lottery type bids for certain crude oil, natural gas, water and other mineral claims on a quarterly basis. [PRN]
Tuesday, 30 October, 2007: The Czech government empowered Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek to negotiate the settlement of Libya's debt to the Czech Republic, the weekly Euro reported. The cabinet did not make the decision public because the talks are held in a secret regime. Libya owes the Czech Republic and Slovakia more than $400m. Since the original debt to Czechoslovakia, which Slovaks refused to divide in the 2:1 ratio after the two nations separated in 1993, Prague has to hold the talks with Libya in unison with Bratislava, Euro said. [CTK]
Tuesday, 30 October, 2007: South Korea's Shinhan Construction said on Monday it had secured a 432.9 billion won order from Libya for a housing project. The project is to build bedrock facilities for houses for three years, the company told the Korea Exchange in a filing. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 30 October, 2007: Oil prices, which hit a record high above $93 a barrel on Monday, are being driven by speculation and political tension and there is little OPEC can do, OPEC member Libya said on Monday. The comments are the latest indicating that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is unlikely to raise supply further to lower prices, which touched an all-time peak of $93.20 on Monday. "Speculation and geopolitics are still ruling the market," National Oil Corporation chairman Shokri Ghanem told Reuters by telephone on a visit to London. "OPEC's role is very limited now." [Reuters]
Tuesday, 30 October, 2007: Some 95 companies from 25 countries will take part in the 2nd Air Show LAVEX-2007 that opens in Libya on Monday. Russia is represented at the show by the company Rosoboronexport. During three days, visitors will be able to see merits and advantages of the Mig-29 fighter and the Mi-35 multipurpose helicopter at the Russian exposition placed at the capital airport. Sukhoi, which for the first time takes part in the Libyan air show, demonstrates a model of the Su-30MK2 multipurpose fighter - - a new modification of the world known Su-30 fighter. It is intended for hitting air and ground targets in any meteorological conditions. It can carry air to air and air to surface rockets, correcting air bombs and other armaments. [Itar-Tass]
Tuesday, 30 October, 2007: Pakistan's Khan Research Laboratories, which was founded by nuclear scientist A Q Khan, had clandestinely supplied centrifuge components to a nuclear plant intended to be installed in Libya, a new book has claimed. While the centrifuge components were first sent from Kahuta in Pakistan to Vanderbijl Park in South Africa before forwarding them to Tripoli, the Libyans showed their visitors canisters at the Al Fallah storage facility in Tripoli that contained 1.7 tonne of UF6 gas from Pakistan, a gift to get the Libyan enrichment factory up and running, the book "Deception: Pakistan, the United States and the Global Nuclear Weapons Conspiracy" stated. The 586-page book is authored by investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark, who worked as staff writers and foreign correspondents for The Sunday Times before joining The Guardian. [PTI]

الساطور : أي سبله للخصويه

Mohamed Eljahmi’s Remarks at Amnesty Int'l Regional Conference

( كلمات قيلت للإصلاحيين.. ) بقلم : خالد الغول

الأتحاد الليبي : ملف حقوق الإنسان بين المماطلة والتسويف

( حرية التعبير في ذهن الإخوان المسلمين ) بقلم : خيري جمعة

Monday, 29 October, 2007: France has invited Libyan leader Qadhafi for a visit, the president's office said Sunday. The presidential Palace, however, did not confirm a newspaper report that the visit was set for December. However, a senior Libyan official said that December was set out in the invitation. Le Journal du Dimanche said the visit would take place either immediately before or immediately after a Dec. 8-9 summit in Portugal between the EU and AU heads of state. [AP]
Monday, 29 October, 2007: Crippled by the absence of key rebel leaders, a highly anticipated Darfur peace conference in Libya was effectively postponed Sunday to give rebel delegates time to prepare before direct negotiations with the Sudanese government. The United Nations and African Union peace mediators described a multiphase process of talks involving an initial ``consultation'' period ahead of ``substantial negotiations'' set to open in a few weeks. [AP]

تعزية إلى آل القروي والزلماط     تعزية إلى آل عقوب
تعازي إلى آل التليسي     تعزية إلى القلهود وصبحي

( ما الذي تغـيـّر في ليبيا.. حتى نعـود!! (1) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس الحاسي

( نوم العوافي ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( قتيل أنتَ في روما ) بقلم : محمد بعيو المصراتي

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (19) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

( ميثاق شرف صحفي بدون قانون!! أي مزحة هذه؟؟ ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Sunday, 28 October, 2007: A peace conference aimed at ending four years of bloodshed in Darfur opened Saturday, boycotted by the main rebel groups. Before the talks opened in the Libyan town of Sirte, Khartoum's minister of state for foreign affairs Al-Sammani al-Wasila al-Sammani told AFP said his government would announce a cease-fire in the devastated region. But the absence of most rebel groups has cast a pall over the AU-UN sponsored bid to end slaughter which is estimated to have killed 200,000 in four years and displaced two million. [China Post]
Sunday, 28 October, 2007: The consortium of State-owned Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) are scouting for a local partner to bid in the latest gas exploration auction round of Libya. The consortium that has qualified as financial investors needs a partner, who has qualified as an ‘operator’, in order to participate in the bidding round. The two State-owned companies are in talks with local companies. [Sify]
Sunday, 28 October, 2007: The United States on Friday strongly urged Darfur's key rebel groups to attend mediated peace talks in Libya this weekend and voiced impatience with rebels seen as blocking the political process. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the United States was working hard for "maximum attendance" at the peace talks in Libya, which two main Darfur rebel groups have said they will boycott. [Reuters]
Sunday, 28 October, 2007: French Agricultural Minister Michel Barnier will represent France in the Darfur peace negotiations scheduled to begin Saturday in the Libyan city of Syrte, the French foreign ministry said. "As the minister for foreign affairs Bernard Kouchner is currently visiting Asia, it is the agricultural minister, accompanied by foreign affairs officials, who will represent President Nicolas Sarkozy during the opening of the negotiations in Syrte," said the foreign ministry spokeswoman Pascale Andreani. Barnier is a former foreign minister 2004-5. [SD]

تعازي إلى آل البركي     تعازي إلى آل التليسي

مدوّنة عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين : "مازلت نا هو نا"     مدوّنـات ليبيّة أخرى

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي بولاية كاليفورنيا : إقتراح إلى المؤتمر الوطني الثاني

Libya: Between a Sisyphean Fate and Oblivion?  By : Ghoma

موقع "تاوالت" : ( ملف حقوق الأمازيغ في ليبيا لدى الأمم المتحدة )

Saturday, 27 October, 2007: Libya cut itself off from the world for a national day of mourning to mark the deportation of thousands of Libyans after the Italian invasion of 1911. Authorities called on Libyans to wear black, while all int'l communications as well as bus services, planes, trains, post and telephone networks were suspended from dawn until 6 pm. Libyans were told to cut all links to the outside world during the day of mourning, which commemorates the deportation of thousands of Libyans to Italian islands following the invasion of Libya in Oct. 1911. [AFP]
Saturday, 27 October, 2007: Darfur's two main rebel groups will not attend U.N.-African Union mediated peace talks in Libya, their leaders said on Friday, dashing any chance of an immediate deal to end 4-1/2 years of war in western Sudan. "We decided not to go," Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) chief negotiator Ahmed Tugod Lissan told Reuters. Lissan said the decision was made on Friday with the Sudan Liberation Army-Unity faction. [Reuters]
Saturday, 27 October, 2007: Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir returned to Khartoum Friday from Tripoli after winding up a one-day visit. Sudanese Presidential Advisor Mustafa Ismail said that al-Bashir held a meeting with Libyan leader Qadhafi on arrangements for the negotiations between the Sudanese government and rebel groups in Darfur. Some rebel factions, including Abdul Wahed Nour, the founder of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM), have announced their boycott of the Sirte negotiations while some others called for a postponement. [Xinhua]
Saturday, 27 October, 2007: Peter W. Nathan, President of PWN Exhibicon International LLC, will speak on "Marketing Face to Face Meetings and Opportunities in Cuba and Libya," in the University of Bridgeport. The event will take place at 11:00 am on November 14 at the Henry duPont III Tower Room in the Arnold Bernhard Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA. Nathan has organized numerous trade shows in Cuba and in Libya and has played an unofficial diplomatic role in reducing tensions between the US and Libya. [University Of Bridgeport]
Saturday, 27 October, 2007: The French ambassador to Malta Jean-Marc Rives has defended his government’s plans for furthering nuclear talks with Libya on the prospect of developing nuclear energy for the production of water, saying France will commit itself to a transparent process. Months after the French deal to share nuclear technology with Libya, in which Rives shied away from questions by the Maltese press, the ambassador addressed a parliamentary committee for foreign affairs, defending Libya as a country which has changed and which “today is not what it was yesterday”. [Malta Today]

( من الذي جعل أيامنا كلها حزناً وحداداً!! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( هل يجوز لبس الحداد في وجود ( ايني ENI ) .. ؟ ) بقلم : أسعـد العقيلي

( حسب نصيب مزالي من الحقيقة!! (2) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( الرسول... والرأي الأخر ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( التمسلف خيار أم فِرار ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

موقع ليبي جديد : موقع الشيخ عبدالسلام خليل

الساطور : ( حوادث سببها آل القذافي )

( لماذا يعود السيد المسيح؟ ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

Friday, 26 October, 2007: Libya and Russia plan to develop investment cooperation in oil and gas. Shukri Ghanem, chairman of the Libyan National Oil Co., and Ara Abramyan, the co-chairman of the Russia-Libya Business Council, held talks in Tripoli Wednesday, according to Itar-Tass news agency. The meeting, which covered prospects for cooperation between the two countries, also addressed what could be done in the oil and gas sector. Among the possibilities discussed was the idea of increasing Russia's investment in Libya's oil and gas market. [UPI]
Friday, 26 October, 2007: Canadian energy company Verenex has made its third oil discovery in Ghadames Basin in Libya, the OPEC member country's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Thursday. The find was made after drilling 9,900 feet in exploration well C1-47/02 in the Ghadames Basin 600 km (375 miles) south of Tripoli, NOC said. Verenex's first oil find this year was announced by NOC in February, with a second discovery made in July. [Reuters]
Friday, 26 October, 2007: In a visit to the regional office of the Arab Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Curitiba (southern Brazil), Libyan ambassador Salem Ezubedi spoke of Libya's willingness to increase economic, cultural and political relations. The Libyans are especially interested in the fields of foodstuffs and infrastructure. Ezubedi was received by the director at the Curitiba branch of the Arab Brazilian Chamber, Kamal Davi Curi. On the occasion, he highlighted the importance of the ties between Libya and Brazil. [Anba]
Friday, 26 October, 2007: Four Chadian rebel groups have sealed a peace agreement with the government, three weeks after negotiating the preliminary deal. Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi hosted the talks alongside the presidents of Chad and Sudan. The insurgent groups have waged an on-off rebellion against Chadian President Idriss Deby for years. The fighting was linked to the conflict plaguing the neighbouring Sudanese region of Darfur. [BCC]
Friday, 26 October, 2007: President Isaias Afwerki said that Eritrea supports the political process scheduled to be the focus of discussions in Libya Saturday towards resolving the Darfur issue. He made the remarks when he received Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, the Sudanese Presidential Assistant. The President also affirmed Eritrea's readiness, as part of the regional initiative, to play its due role in coordination with Libya, Chad, Egypt, the UN and the AU. [Shabait]
Friday, 26 October, 2007: Libya intends to consider bill "On 1932 to 1933 Holodomor in Ukraine" at next sitting of parliament. Foreign Affairs Secretary Suleiman Sasi Ash-Shahumi promised Ukrainian Ambassador Henadiy Latiy to raise this issue. Latiy admitted to importance of spreading truthful information about the 1932 to 1933 Holodomor in Ukraine and hoped the UNESCO states will support the resolution "On Holodomor in Ukraine". According to some data, the death toll of the Holodomor was 7 to 10 million people, 4 million of whom were children. The Holodomor was declared as the genocide against the Ukrainian nation by 11 states. [NRCU]

محمد مخلوف : ( ملاحظات وتوضيحات حول فيلم : " ليبيا : وطن من المنفی" )

( لا إصلاح لسلطة غير شرعية ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Thursday, 25 October, 2007: Int'l mediators are in an eleventh-hour scramble to find delegates willing to attend Darfur peace talks on Saturday after a string of boycott announcements by rebel movements. Diplomats from the UN and the AU are scouring relief camps in Darfur and Chad, looking for tribal elders, refugee leaders and the heads of women's groups, in an attempt to salvage the negotiations in Libya, according to officials familiar with the efforts. [The Guardian]
Thursday, 25 October, 2007: Libya has offered to host peace negotiations between the Philippine government and the secessionist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Libyan President Qadhafi was influential in the decision of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) to sign a peace agreement with the government in 1996. Eid Kabalu, MILF civil-military relations chief, said Libya’s desire to host the peace negotiations was relayed to them by former Libyan Ambassador to the Philippines Salem Adem. [NewsInfo]

تعازي إلى نادي الأهلي ومشجعيه وأسر ضحايا الأهمال

الساطور : ( الطريق الساحلي! )

( استدراك وتعقيب على الخواطر الليبية 14 ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( سيميائية صناعة نجومية "محترفو الالقاء".. ) بقلم : محمد عبدالحميد المالكي

( هل هي من المستحيلات حقاً يا مصطفى؟ ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( ماذا يدور في أذهان شعب الشرق؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

Wednesday, 24 October, 2007: A prominent Darfur rebel figure and five other smaller factions will not attend peace talks due to start this weekend in Libya, leaders said on Tuesday, casting doubt on prospects for a settlement. Ahmed Abdel Shafie told reporters at a Darfur rebel meeting in south Sudan's capital Juba that African Union and UN mediators had not heeded rebel requests for a delay to allow them to form a united position and agree on a delegation. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 24 October, 2007: HP today announced that is has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Middle Eastern system integrator Group (AOME), which is an independent group of companies headquartered in Bahrain, employs more than 450 people primarily in its offices in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Libya. The company specialises in SAP implementations. The deal will expand HP's market share into Libya and Qatar. [VNUNet]
Wednesday, 24 October, 2007: Libya will host a three-day conference on children and environmental hazards from 28 October in Benghazi to strengthen the role of information in the fight against envirnmental hazards through awareness creation programmes and cooperation among environmental bodies. The conference under the theme "Children at Risk" will bring together representatives of the Arab Council for Children and Development, the Arab Scouts Organization, Institute of Advanced Child Studies of Aïn Chams Univ., Univ. of Alexandria`s Faculty of Children`s Sports, Libyan universities and specialized people`s committees. [Angop]

تعزية إلى آل ناجعة     تعزية إلى آل الطيرة وبالتمر     تعزية إلى آل دريرة

( مصطفى البركى.. "الإنسان" الذي عرفته ) بقلم : عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين

( حوار ليبي (1) ) بقلم : سمير بن علي

( مزمارى لا تترك للخوف مجالا ) بقلم : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين

( أين الخلل؟.. في الشعب أم في النـُخب!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Tuesday, 23 October, 2007: Oil prices, trading near a record high of $90 a barrel, could hit $100 because of political tension and speculation, the top oil official of OPEC member Libya said on Monday. Oil touched an all-time high at $90.07 a barrel last week, supported by violence between Turkish soldiers and Kurdish guerrillas and a record low U.S. dollar. The price eased on Monday to $87. "If this speculation and geopolitics continues, I won't be surprised if it reaches $100," National Oil Corporation chairman Shokri Ghanem told Reuters by telephone. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 23 October, 2007: Libya has been asked to defend the African cause at the UNSC (Security Council) to which it was elected recently. The Chadian Foreign Minister Ahmat Allami made the call Monday when he held talks with his Libyan counterpart, Ali Triki. Allami said Libya should carry out a pioneering role at the UNSC by fulfilling the aspirations of the African people in terms of peace, stability and development. The two Ministers also discussed bilateral co-operation and explored ways of strengthening the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD). [PANA]

صفحات من كتاب ( ذكرياتي في نصف قرن ) ـ تأليف : الهادي المشيرقي

النص المكتوب لمقابلة "راديو صوت الأمل" مع الأستاذ عيسى عبدالقيوم

Monday, 22 October, 2007: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has defended the use of landmines by weak countries countering aggression by stronger adversaries, and said the Ottawa treaty banning anti-personnel mines should be amended or scrapped. Gaddafi, whose country began a two-year term on the UN Security Council this month, said in a statement: "Powerful countries do not need landmines to protect themselves. Mines are the means of self-defence of the weak countries." Eighty percent of states have signed the 1997 convention banning antipersonnel mines. Libya, along with 37 other nations including the United States, China and Russia, has not signed the treaty, the first global accord against antipersonnel mines. [Reuters]
Monday, 22 October, 2007: Sudan’s Security bureau began an internal investigation on the information it received regarding an alleged sabotage attempt thwarted last July. Originally Sudanese 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 United States respectively. But then Sudanese officials denied any foreign involvement and upgraded charges against Al-Fadil to a full blown coup attempt and said that political assassinations was part of the plot. However security officials who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity said al-Fadil had sought support from Libya. [ST]

تعازي إلى آل عبدالملك

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (14) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( كلمات.. في وداع الحاج مصطفى ) بقلم : أسعـد العقيلي

( مراجعات ليبية (2) : الحرية بالإبتزاز.. ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( دولة إسرائيل تستحق نوعاً من الإحترام!!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Sunday, 21 October, 2007: Suha Arafat, the widow of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, has denied reports that her new home in Malta is sponsored by the Libyan Government. In an interview with The Times on Saturday she said that such stories are attempts at character assassination and that she is actually living in a residence she is renting from a "well known Maltese family". International press claims, first reported in Malta by MaltaMedia, suggested that Qadhafi had decided to tend to Mrs Arafat and her daughter Zahwa with a security detail and a $1.5 million luxury condo in Malta. Contacted on Friday by The Times, Mrs Arafat laughed off the news, saying she would have had no problem confirming had it been true. [MaltaMedia]
Sunday, 21 October, 2007: Sudan's President Omar Al Bashir is to leave for Tripoli, Libya today to attend the signing of a peace agreement between the Chadian Government and the Opposition. The Press Secretary to the President, Mahjoub Fadul told SudanVision that the President would discuss with the Libyan President, Mu'ammar al Gadhafi, arrangements for the forthcoming peace negotiations between Sudan Government and Darfur Armed Movements on Oct. 27. [SMC]

( القرآن والرأي الآخر!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( الموت القادم من الشرق ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( سلام على شيخ المعارضين ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( الشريف يا قذافي بعمله وليس بحسبه ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الليبيون وظاهرة السب والشتم ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

الشاعر الليبي صلاح عجينة في اضراب... وحوار حول الأضراب

Saturday, 20 October, 2007: Some 95 companies from 25 countries are expected to attend the second Libyan Aviation Exhibition (LAVEX 2007), scheduled for 29-31 October in Tripoli. A conference on aviation sciences, due to take place on the sidelines of the exhibition, would be dedicated this year to the development of women's role in the air transport sector. Several European and Arab women's delegations will participate in the exhibition, in addition to experts from Germany, Greece, Canada, France, Morocco and Libya. The chairman of the parade committee said teams from Italy, France, Russia and Libya would perform air shows throughout the exhibition. Libyan pilots will take part in the show with Mig 21 and Mig 23 Sukhoy 22-type aircraft, M135 and M114 helicopters and "Samar Kit" training aircraft. [PANA]
Saturday, 20 October, 2007: Colonel Qadhafi will be grilled by the Cambridge Union Society in his tent in Libya. The controversial North African leader will be linked to the group via a live videosatellite transmission to the debating society's Bridge Street chambers. Qadhafi will talk about his views on solving the problems in the Middle East and will then be probed by the audience on Monday at 7.30pm. The move comes in the week that the man who headed the American investigation into the Lockerbie bombing revealed the political will to pursue those responsible may have been lost. Former FBI special agent Richard Marquise said the case is "pending" and investigators still hope new leads will arise. [Cambridge News Online]
Saturday, 20 October, 2007: Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) ASA said it has won a seabed exploration deal with an unnamed energy company worth up to $16 million. The deal is to determine the hydrocarbon content of potential reservoir structures offshore Libya using seabed-logging technology, EMGS said. 'This frontier exploration programme is expected to start before the year end,' the firm said. [ABCMoney]
Saturday, 20 October, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi expressed regret Friday over the divorce of French President Sarkozy and his wife Cecilia, whom he both described as friends, and said he wished he'd had a chance to try to patch things up between them. Cecilia Sarkozy visited to Libya in July and negotiated directly with Qadhafi in a successful mission to free five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed there on charges of infecting Libyan children with HIV virus. [AP]

تعازي إلى آل البركي     تعزية إلى آل بن خيلة     تعزية إلى آل بالنور

( حسب نصيب مزالي من الحقيقة!! (1) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( رسالةٌ الى رجلٍ مهم ) بقلم : أمارير

Friday, 19 October, 2007: The U.S. is working to renew a military relationship with Libya despite Tripoli's opposition to a U.S. presence on the continent to combat the migration of Islamic militants to the region. Officials said the Defense Department has initiated discussions with Libya to explore defense and military cooperation. They said U.S. commanders have visited Tripoli and discussed the prospect of training of and exercises with the Libyan military. Libya, however, has become a vociferous opponent of U.S. African Command, expected to begin full-scale operations in October 2008. Officials said Tripoli has urged Arab League and other African states to deny U.S. requests to host the command's headquarters. As a result, Washington has been considering keeping the headquarters of the new command in Germany. [World Tribune]
Friday, 19 October, 2007: Placing Libya on the United Nations Security Council is like "putting the cat in charge of the cream," charged Israel's Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman in New York in a telephone conversation with The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. Libya was one of five temporary members elected to the 15-member body, along with Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Croatia and Costa Rica. "There are a lot of questions and a lot of concerns," Gillerman said. Libya's Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam said, "The choice proves the renewed confidence in the pioneering role of Libya and the brother leader in serving the cause of peace and stability in the world." But Gillerman said he was not convinced that Libya had truly reformed. [Jerusalem Post]
Friday, 19 October, 2007: A cooperation agreement was signed on Monday in London between the Libyan Stock Exchange Market and London Stock Exchange. The agreement was signed by the Chairman of Administration and General Director of the Committee for Libyan Stock Exchange Market and the Director of the London Stock Exchange. The agreement provides for training teams from the Libyan Stock Exchange in Tripoli and in London to enable them to run the stock market operations. In addition there will be regular reviews of the Libyan regulations and systems, to modernise them from time to time, and for seminars and conferences. [BI-ME]
Friday, 19 October, 2007: Following the arraignment in court of a Libyan man after he allegedly beat his wife, the latter took the witness stand on Wednesday to testify during the compilation of evidence with regards to the case. Marthese Vella, testifying against her Libyan husband Khalifa Al-Ashtar, said that she was at home on Oct. 9 when she answered to the door bell to find her husband had returned a week earlier from visiting his family in Libya ... She said her husband had threatened her with her life and had even said he did not care if he were sent to prison. Vella, who spent almost 45 hours in hospital following the incident, said that she had married Al-Ashtar in 2003. The husband became violent after the birth of their daughter and beat his wife the first time simply for having forgotten to include cucumber in his sandwich, she said. Vella filed for separation in 2004 and in Septmber asked an immigration inspector for protection. [DI-VE]

( مراسم تشييع جنازة الحاج مصطفى البركي رحمه الله ) عدسة : عمر الهوني

Thursday, 18 October, 2007: A newly established Libyan sovereign wealth fund is starting to deploy its $40bn (£19bn, €28bn) capital on international markets as the oil-rich state showcases its rehabilitation in the global community. Following in the footsteps of the Gulf countries, the regime of Col. Qadhafi earlier this year allocated tens of billions of dollars that had been managed by the central bank to a new entity, the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which will now also receive a portion of the surplus oil revenues each year. “Because of sanctions our policy used to be to protect our assets and keep our funds in short-term deposits,” said Mohamed Layas, the LIA’s executive director, in an interview with the Financial Times. “After the embargo was lifted, it was a new era ... and we had a tremendous increase in oil revenues over the last five years.” [FT]
Thursday, 18 October, 2007: Relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing have reacted angrily to the news that Libya has won a seat on the UN Security Council just more than a year after the US removed the country from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Relatives in the US said their government should have done more to prevent Libya from getting a seat on the UN's most powerful body as they still believe the country to be responsible for the 1988 bombing of PanAm103 in which 270 people were killed. However, Dr Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora in the bombing, said he welcomed the move. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan convicted of the bombing, is serving his 27-year sentence in HMP Greenock. He was granted fresh leave to appeal in June after a three-year investigation by the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission which found six grounds on which the conviction may have been a miscarriage of justice. [The Herald]

تعازي إلى آل المشيرقي     تعازي إلى آل الشاعري

( مصطفى البركي : الرمز الوطني ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

( الحاج مصطفى البركي رحمه الله في صور ) عدسة : عمر الهوني

الساطور : ( الحاج مصطفى البركي : والجهاد ماض لا نقيل ولا نستقيل )

المسحان : ( فقيدنا الوطني المحب لليبيا وأهلها المرحوم الحاج مصطفى البركي )

Wednesday, 17 October, 2007: Libya has been elected to the UN Security Council, taking a step back towards global respectability after being considered a pariah state by the West for years. The US, which had used its influence to foil previous Libyan attempts in 1995 and 2000 to win a coveted seat on the powerful council, took no similar action this year. Libya, Vietnam and the West African state of Burkina Faso easily obtained a two-thirds majority on Tuesday after being endorsed by regional groupings to stand unopposed for the three non-permanent seats available for African and Asian nations. Also elected for two-year terms starting on January 1 were Croatia, which defeated the Czech Republic in a contested race for an East European seat, and Costa Rica, which beat off a challenge from the Dominican Republic for a Latin American place. [Al-Jazeera]
Wednesday, 17 October, 2007: Eni, the Italian oil group, has won a 25-year extension to its oil and gas contracts in Libya but will face tighter commercial terms under the new deal. The agreement, which Eni has billed as cementing its position as Libya's most important foreign-partner oil company, comes amid increasing interest among multinationals in tapping Libya's relatively unexplored oil and gas basins. Paolo Scaroni, chief executive of Eni, told the Financial Times that the increased competition for Libyan oil and gas reserves following the end of int'l sanctions had forced oil companies to accept tighter terms for oil and gas acreage. Under the new agreement, the expiry dates for concessions are set for 2042 for oil and 2047 for gas. [FT]
Wednesday, 17 October, 2007: Eni SpA, Italy's largest oil company, plans to jointly invest $28 billion with Libya to expand crude and natural-gas production in the North African country. The 10-year spending program will be evenly split between Eni and Libya's state-run National Oil Corp., Eni said in a statement today. Eni said it also agreed to extend existing contracts to receive oil from Libya through 2042 and natural gas through 2047. Libya, site of Africa's largest oil reserves, is seeking contracts with foreign companies to develop untapped fields as rising energy prices make it profitable to explore for new sources. The nation is becoming more attractive for investment after the U.S. in 2004 lifted economic sanctions that stunted expansion. [Bloomberg]
Wednesday, 17 October, 2007: Bahrain's national soccer team wrapped up their preparations for the 2010 World Cup qualifying playoff against Malaysia with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Libya in a friendly match last night at the Muharraq Club Stadium. Midfielder Salman Isa scored both goals for Bahrain who will play the Malaysians in a two-leg playoff, the first will be played on Sunday in Riffa and the second on October 28 in Kuala Lumpur. [Gulf Daily News]

( السؤال المهم الآن في قضية لكوربي!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

جمعية التكافل والمدرسة العربية الليبية ـ لندن : لقطات من حفلة عيد الفطر

جمعية الجالية الليبية ـ مانشستر : لقطات من حفلة عيد الفطر

( حول حرية الرأى والتعبير تحت حكم القذافي ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( عـصافير شرسة ) بقلم : محمد بعيو المصراتي

( حقـنا فى تـقرير المصير... أم ديموقراطية نهيق الحمير!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( ديموقراطيتهم.. وديموقراطيتنا ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

( مقاربة تاريخية ما بين الشيخ عمر المختار والشيخ أحمد ياسين..! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Tuesday, 16 October, 2007: Libya has agreed to take around 50 African immigrants who were rescued in the Mediterranean by a Spanish fishing boat, the vessel's owner told Spanish media Monday. "We can enter the port of Tripoli," Jose Lopez told the Spanish all-news TV channel CNN+. Among the would-be illegal immigrants seeking to reach Italy aboard a small vessel were five women and three children. Lopez said the situation on their boat was dire, as the immigrants had no food left when they were rescued on Saturday off the coast of Libya. [AFP]
Tuesday, 16 October, 2007: Libya has sent a plane-load of relief items to Sudan's flood-hit western Darfur region. The cargo plane ferrying the materials left Tripoli for Sudan Sunday morning. The relief materials, comprising 70 tonnes of foodstuffs and clothing items, were provided under the Libyan assistance and development fund in Africa. On Friday, another cargo plane left Benghazi with relief items comprising 450 tents and 200 emergency care kits for Sudan. Last week, Libya also sent relief materials to Burkina Faso, Chad and The Gambia. [PANA]
Tuesday, 16 October, 2007: German energy group RWE and Libyan partner National Oil Co. (NOC) said they have discovered a new oil well in the Sirte basin, some 700 km to the east of Tripoli. The well, located in the C1 NC-193 block, produced a flow of 393 barrels per day during a first test. RWE holds a 32 pct interest in the block, while NOC owns the remaining 68 pct. [AFX]
Tuesday, 16 October, 2007: Libya has returned to ex-queen Fatma Sherif a Tripoli mansion confiscated when Moamer Qadhafi overthrew her late husband king Idris Senussi in 1969, an official from the Qadhafi Foundation told AFP. The move is the latest in a quickening reform programme championed by Qadhafi's son, Seif al-Islam, who heads the Qadhafi Foundation, aimed at reversing the land confiscations championed by the regime in the years after the overthrow of the Western-backed monarchy. The decision means that British ambassador Sir Vincent Fean, who uses the building as his official residence, now has a new landlady. [FIA]

( ولـِمَ يصلحونها لكم..؟ ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( الكاتب المبدع، والداعية الضلالي ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( تشخر له وإلا أشخر له؟! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Broaching a Taboo: Qur'an's Recitation and Memorization Competitions...!  By : Ghoma

Monday, 15 October, 2007: EU relations with Libya must reflect the serious and ongoing human rights concerns in the country, says Amnesty International as EU Foreign Ministers prepare to give the European Commission a mandate to deepen relations with Libya. In a letter sent to EU Ministers (see www.amnesty-eu.org) Amnesty International recalled the concerns it presented in July when, following the release of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor, the EU signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Libyan government which made no reference to human rights principles. "The EU must resist the temptation of softening its standards and demands on account of the outcome of the medical workers case. On the contrary, if lessons are to be learned from this, it is that human rights must be at the forefront of any future engagements with Libya," said Dick Oosting, Director of Amnesty International’s EU Office. [Amnesty]
Monday, 15 October, 2007: Negotiations are underway between Spain and Libya to allow some 50 illegal immigrants rescued by a Spanish fishing boat in Libyan waters on Saturday morning to disembark. The migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa were rescued by the ‘Corisco’, based in Santa Pola, Alicante province. The boat flies under the Portuguese flag and is crewed by sailors from both Spain and Portugal. The Spanish Ambassador to Libya, Joaquín Pérez Villanueva, is heading the negotiations, although there was talk in the press that the secretary of state for foreign affairs could become involved if necessary, or even the Foreign Minister, Miguel Ángel Moratinos. [TS]
Monday, 15 October, 2007: Illizi province gendarmerie services confiscated 583 klg of narcotics including Kif smugglers tried to infiltrate to Libya after an exchange between two parties from an international smuggling network. Gendarmerie managed to confiscate the aforementioned quantity after an ambush set on October 11, but failed to trap the smugglers thought to belong to a large international network used to smuggle drugs all along the southern borders. [El-Khabar]

الساطور : ( الشعب الليبي إنجنّ )

( لو كان هناك ديمقراطيه لما حكمنا حمار مثلك ) بقلم : مصطفى البركي

( رجال التحوّل المنتـَظر! ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

Sunday, 14 October, 2007: More than 850 million people worldwide suffer from hunger, with sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia bearing the brunt of the scourge, a German aid organisation reported Friday. German Agro Action (DWHH) presented its Global Hunger Index 2007 which examined conditions in 115 developing countries, including the mortality rate of children under five, the number of small children who are undernourished and the percentage of hungry children among the population as a whole. It found that among the countries studied, Libya, Argentina and Lithuania did the best job ensuring their most vulnerable citizens were fed. The situation was worst in Eritrea, the DRC and Burundi. DWHH and Washington-based International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) prepared the report ahead of World Food Day on October 16. [AFP]
Sunday, 14 October, 2007: In what could be described as yet another boost for the cordial relationship between Libya and The Gambia was the donation of 30 tonnes of food items and clothing for the needy in the country. The items were loaded in a special cargo flight known as ST AQR Trans Attico Cargo which arrived at the Banjul international airport just few minutes after 10:00pm in a direct flight from Tripoli, Libya. It’s said that out of the 30 tonnes,15 tonnes is food items such as rice, cooking oil, flower and tomato paste, whilst the other 15 tonnes comprise of clothing for women, men and childrens' wear. [The Point]

تعزية إلى آل الصلابي     تعزية إلى آل القطعاني

( عـيد سعـيد ) بقلم : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين


( مبروك عيدك .. يا العزيز عليّه ) غناء : أحمد الشبلي

( يا لحباب ) غناء : أحمد الشبلي

( وداعاً أمي!.. وداعاً شهر رمضان! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( أخبار ليبيا ) : صندوق خيري لمناصرة "أخبار ليبيا"

Saturday, 13 October, 2007: The French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner has assured that the agreements in the defense signed between France and Libya in July 2007 contain no clause for military backup in case of aggression, Le Monde reports on its webpage. Contrary to what some say the agreements signed after the release of the Bulgarian medics do not include a military defense clause, Kouchner said during the Thursday debate in parliament. [FIA]
Saturday, 13 October, 2007: Lawyers for a Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airline bombing demanded access on Thursday to evidence from an unnamed foreign state which they believe could undermine the case against him. Maggie Scott, representing former Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, made the request at the first court hearing in the case since an independent commission decided in June that he should be granted a new appeal. Media reports had suggested the missing document, which has never been shown to the defence, was supplied to the prosecution by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and its disclosure could help clear Megrahi, serving a life sentence in a Scottish jail. [Reuters]
Saturday, 13 October, 2007: EU foreign ministers will on Monday discuss in a closed session a deal struck with Libya last July to secure the release of six medical workers. Ministers will also call on the European Commission to draft a mandate as a basis for further discussions about the EU’s relations with Libya. Agreement on the deal had been expected at earlier meetings of EU ministers but some member states insisted that the foreign ministers discuss the broader political situation in Libya, said an EU diplomat. In this context the thorny issue of human rights is expected to be raised. “The discussion will just be the ministers plus one [adviser] and that gives it a feeling that it’s still a delicate issue,” another diplomat said. But some member states, notably the UK and France, are keen to see relations with Libya progress with firms from both countries already active in pursuing deals with Tripoli. “We are positive and now that the Bulgarian medics issue is out of the way we can work on relations with Libya,” said a diplomat. [FIA]
Saturday, 13 October, 2007: The Love Ulster [an umbrella Northern Ireland unionist victims' group] march was called off last night in recognition of the Irish government's promise to assess ways of making diplomatic representations to Libya and the UN on IRA victims' calls for compensation from Colonel Qadhafi. The pledge was welcomed last night by victims' group Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR) which said this will put pressure on the British Government. So far London has resisted calls to approach Libya. FAIR director William Frazer said: "We are delighted with this commitment from the Irish government. [News Letter]
Saturday, 13 October, 2007: The Bank of Valletta was amongst the sponsors that helped the organisation of the ‘Malta National Day’ in Tripoli, Libya, earlier this month. This event offers the Maltese community in Libya to meet Libyan personalities from the economic, political and cultural spheres. This year, the guests for the day included Libyan entities engaged in commercial, banking, industrial, aviation, education and other services. Bank of Valletta has been providing services in Libya for the last 30 years. The aim of the bank’s offices in Tripoli is to promote bilateral investment between the two countries. This office is in a position to offer Maltese entrepreneurs updated information on the latest developments in Libya which may influence their line of business, said Charles Saliba, the bank’s manager in Libya. [MaltaStar]
Saturday, 13 October, 2007: A spokesman for the French presidency refused to comment Friday on a newspaper report that Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Cecilia are shortly to announce a divorce. Quoting "sources close to the Elysee," L'Est Republicain newspaper said on its Internet site that the couple's "separation and divorce" would be made public Friday. "Things should move quickly, with divorce papers filed rapidly at the courts in Nanterre (a suburb of Paris)," the newspaper said. Asked by AFP about the report, Elysee Palace spokesman David Martinon said: "I have no comment to make." Last week she failed to accompany Sarkozy on a visit to Bulgaria, where she was to have received an award for helping secure the release of nurses held in Libya. [AFP]

( مقاربة ما بين مفهومي الأصولية والأصولوية!!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

موقع ليبي جديد : ( "صوت الطليعة" ـ موقع الحركة الوطنية الليبية )

Laredo Morning News: Some Observe the Month of Ramadan

منيـر سالم : ( السبت 13 أكتوبر2007 يوم عـيد الفطر المبارك )

Othman el-Barrani's Eid al-Fitr Moon Sighting Page

Friday, 12 October, 2007: French parliamentarians set up a commission on Thursday to look into the release of Bulgarian medics in Libya earlier this year, following allegations of murky French dealing to secure their freedom. Opposition politicians want President Sarkozy's wife, Cecilia, and Libyan leader Qadhafi to give evidence, but both will almost certainly refuse to appear. Libya released the six Bulgarians, who had been held in prison for 8 years and convicted of deliberately infecting Libyan children with HIV, after securing a partnership deal with the EU. France was especially active in the final phase of the negotiations, with Cecilia flying to Tripoli in July to meet Gaddafi and returning to Europe with the freed nurses. Days later, Sarkozy flew to Libya and signed a missile deal and a memorandum of understanding for a nuclear energy accord. [Reuters]
Friday, 12 October, 2007: Bulgaria’s Cabinet decided the Libyan debt of $56.6 million to be used for overcoming of the HIV infection consequences in Libya’s town of Benghazi and relieve the suffering of the infected. Six Bulgarian medics were accused of deliberate HIV infection in a hospital in Benghazi. They were arrested and sentenced to death, but later their sentences were changed to life imprisonment. The medics were transferred to Bulgaria where President Georgi Purvanov pardoned them on June 24 2007. Bulgaria decided to remit Libya’s debt, dating back from the communist era, in favour of an international fund for support of the children infected in the Benghazi hospital. On October 11 2007, Bulgaria’s Cabinet officially announced the remission, confirmed in an agreement on September 3 with the Benghazi international fund. [Sofia Echo]

( وحدك لا شريك لك.. لبّيك! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( دولة الحقراء.. وقصص أخرى..!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( كيف تكتب برقية لـ"القايد".. و"رفاقه"!! (2) ) بقلم : غـزلان

( الجالية المتحدة ) : دعوة لحضور مؤتمر للدفاع عن حقوق اللاجئين و طالبي حق اللجوء

Thursday, 11 October, 2007: Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, will be celebrated in Libya on Friday, the Libyan Centre for Astronomical Studies announced. This year, depending on geography, Eid will be celebrated on Friday or Saturday. Libya uses certain astronomical calculations, and they have established the earlier of the two days. During Ramadan, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex between dawn and sundown each day, after which they break their fast in what is known as iftar. The month is also a time of solidarity and of giving. On Eid al-Fitr, there are special morning prayers followed by a day of feasting and merriment and with people visiting the homes of family and friends. [AFP]
Thursday, 11 October, 2007: EU foreign ministers will call next week for a quick start to talks with former pariah Libya on a cooperation agreement covering a wide area from trade to migration, according to draft documents seen on Wednesday. EU ties with Libya were stalled for years over charges that Libya supported terrorism but the 27-nation bloc announced in July it would boost ties after Libya freed Bulgarian medics accused of infecting Libyan children with HIV. "The EU and Libya should as soon as possible open discussions on an agreement which will include areas of mutual interest such as human rights, migration, among others," said a draft of a statement due to be adopted by EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Monday. [Reuters]
Thursday, 11 October, 2007: The European Union should maintain its ties with Tripoli, one of five Bulgarian nurses imprisoned for eight years in Libya, said Wednesday. "I believe relations must be maintained," Valentina Siropoulo told a press conference at the European parliament in Brussels. "It is a matter of a political relationship, a matter of striking a balance, balancing pluses and minuses." Siropoulo and the four other Bulgarian nurses were incarcerated along with a Palestinian doctor, in 1999 in Libya, where they were sentenced to death after being found guilty of infecting more than 400 children with HIV in a hospital in the city of Benghazi. [AFP]
Thursday, 11 October, 2007: Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor freed by Libya after more than eight years in prison for allegedly infecting children with HIV waived their right to seek redress from Libya upon their release, the doctor said Wednesday. "Yes, we signed such papers," Dr. Ashraf al-Hazouz told journalists at the European Parliament, where the group attended meetings with the assembly's political groups and president. Al-Hazouz did not elaborate on the nature of the documents, nor did he say who asked the group to sign them. He said they will not ask for financial compensation. The six were freed in July following intense diplomatic efforts by the European Commission and French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, Cecilia. [AP]
Thursday, 11 October, 2007: The French government today disclosed details of a defence agreement with Libya in July, confirming extracts previously leaked in the French press. The deal, signed following the release of six Bulgarian medics convicted of infecting Libyan children with HIV, covers the sale of military hardware and the training of Libyan special forces. The 11-point accord raises the possibility of selling Libya military vehicles of all types, ships, air defence and space systems as well as border and port surveillance equipment. It provides for the exchange of information and expertise, as well as the 'acquisition of various defence equipments and systems' and the 'protection of common investments in the area of defence'. The text also mentions the 'possibility of carrying out joint military manoeuvres' and the 'training of special military units, special forces and border patrol units'. The accord was leaked by French weekly Le Canard Enchaine at the end of August, at which time the government declined to comment. [AFX]
Thursday, 11 October, 2007: President Isaias Afwerki returned home today, concluding a two-day work visit to Libya at the invitation of the country's leader, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. In a meeting they held yesterday, Presidents Isaias and Qadhafi assessed relations between the two countries, especially the activities being carried out to further enhance relations in trade and investment, and in other domains. The two leaders also discussed ways of effectively implementing cooperation programs, and thereby strengthening bilateral relations. [Shabait]

جيل : ( كتاب جديد للسنوسي محمد : مدخل إلى المقام الليبي - دراسة في الأغنية الشعبية )

( ليلة قدر ) بقلم : محمد بعيو المصراتي

( مِن الأول.. ومِن الأخير ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( شاطيء العذاب ) بقلم : صلاح الدين الغزال

( لدغـنا من هذا الجحر مرارا..!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

Wednesday, 10 October, 2007: The conviction of Libyan intelligence officer Abdelsbaset al-Megrahi for the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988 - the deadliest terrorist attack ever mounted in the UK - will be overturned in an appeals process that begins with a procedural hearing on Thursday and gets under way in earnest next year, several leading experts closely connected to the case have told The Jerusalem Post. The overturning of Megrahi's conviction could revive the bombing investigators' original theory, widely believed by many of those close to the case, that Lockerbie was not a Libyan plot at all, but was, rather, carried out by Ahmed Jibril's PFLP-General Command, on behalf of Iran. [The Jerusalem Post]
Wednesday, 10 October, 2007: Libya and Vietnam, both viewed with repulsion at one time by Washington, are likely to be elected next week to the U.N. Security Council in a major boost for each country's standing on the world stage. Neither will face a contest. Libya and Burkina Faso have been endorsed by the African Union for the two Africa seats that will fall due for the period 2008-2009 and Vietnam is also unopposed for the one vacant Asia seat. The only problems they could face would be if they failed to win a two-thirds majority of the 192-state General Assembly in its Oct. 16 vote. But neither the U.S., which foiled two previous Libyan bids to join the Security Council, nor any other major country is expected to try to block them, diplomats said. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 10 October, 2007: the United States used to constantly criticize Libya not just for its state sponsorship of terrorism but also for its abysmal human rights record. That was before Colonel Qaddafi came clean on his nuclear aspirations and renounced his quest for the bomb. But human rights are still in short supply there. You just don't hear about their absence--Libya was scrubbed from this year's State Dept list of human rights offenders--ostensibly because Libya is now held up as a positive role model for other wannabe nuclear powers. A number of Iranian human rights activists fear a similar silence from Washington once (if?) Iran ever fully forswears its nuclear aspirations. [The Huffington Post]

الساطور : ( متقولهش... والنبي صحيح! )

تهاويم.. مدوّنة الكاتب الليبي عبدالعزيز الرواف     مدوّنـات ليبيّة أخرى

تعازي إلى آل الرقعي وآل الكوافي     تعزية إلى آل نشاد     تعزية إلى آل الجهاني

( مطلوق سراحك يا فوير! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( سيميائية.. "يحزنون" ) بقلم : محمد عبدالحميد المالكي

Tuesday, 9 October, 2007: Libyan leader Qadhafi (photo) said multiparty democracy is a sham promoted by governments that treat their people “like donkeys” and deny them real power, the official Libyan news agency Jana reported on Monday. Qadhafi added in a speech last week that Libya would never abandon its “state of the masses” system of rule by town hall meetings, which he has long predicted will be eventually embraced by governments around the world. “They talk about the alternation of power (from one party to another), Jana quoted Qaddafi, Libya’s ruler for 37 years, as saying. “What does that mean? It means that people are being ridden like donkeys,” Qadhafi said. [Daily Times]
Tuesday, 9 October, 2007: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Monday urged all rebel factions in Darfur to attend talks later this month in Libya with the government. Abul Gheit made the call during a meeting with representatives of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), MENA news agency reported. [Xinhua]
Tuesday, 9 October, 2007: From thousands of miles of pristine Mediterranean coastline, to sweeping desert sand dunes and ancient ruins that rival Greece and Italy, Libya has a lot to offer travelers looking for a rare off-the-beaten path destination-but obstacles remain. U.N. sanctions kept tourists from visiting this North African country for more than a decade. Now the former pariah state is slowly opening its doors as it tries to shed its rogue state status. [AP]
Tuesday, 9 October, 2007: The UK has warned rebel groups in Darfur they could be excluded from the peace process if they boycott talks in Libya later this month. U.K. Minister for Africa, Malloch Brown, said those who opted out "should understand the consequences". Some of the largest of more than a dozen rebel groups are threatening not to attend the peace talks. [BBC]

الساطور : ( مسلسل الفساد : مشروع بوكماش )

( أحلام يقظى ) شعر : جيلاني طريبشان

Monday, 8 October, 2007: The father of a Lockerbie bombing victim made an astonishing £500,000 offer to help free the Libyan accused of his daughter's murder. Jim Swire, whose daughter Flora died in the December 1988 atrocity, offered part of his compensation cash to lawyers trying to prove the innocence of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (photo), currently serving life in Greenock Prison. Swire told Scotland on Sunday he had unwittingly contributed to a miscarriage of justice by helping to persuade Libyan leader Colonel Qadhafi that Megrahi would receive a fair trial under the Scottish legal system. Swire revealed he is now actively campaigning for Megrahi's release. [The Scotsman]
Monday, 8 October, 2007: Egypt's Al-Ahly edged past Libya's Al-Ittihad 1-0 in Cairo on Sunday to reach the final of the African Champions League. The Egyptian club will now be looking to win their third consecutive title after they qualified for the final 1-0 on aggregate, after the two sides drew 0-0 in Libya two weeks ago. Al-Ittihad ended the game with 10 men after substitute Pierre Coulibaly was sent off in the 87th minute. The first leg of the final will be played in Sousse in Tunisia on the weekend of the 26-28 October and the second leg two weeks later in Cairo. [BBC]
Monday, 8 October, 2007: UN special envoy for Darfur Jan Eliason conducted series of meetings in Khartoum include foreign minister Dr. Lam Akol, and chief of National Intelligence and Security service NISS L.T General Salah Goash, before he left yesterday for Addis Ababa meeting of AU and UN representative and the Sudan neighboring countries scheduled Tuesday, where it focuses on arranging of Tripoli talks between Sudan government and Darfur rebels. Libya however announced that it has changed venue of talks from Tripoli to Sert town. [SMC]
Monday, 8 October, 2007: Malta's Saint James Hospital Group in conjunction with the Libyan government's Health Department has performed eight corneal transplants for Libyan patients in the Eye Hospitals of Tripoli and Benghazi. The operations were performed as part of a programme under the auspices of the Libyan National Committee for the Prevention of Blindness. The ophthalmic team, which was composed of consultant ophthalmologist Franco Mercieca and his assistants, Brian Bondin, Mark Debono and Mylene Finuliar performed three corneal transplants in Tripoli in mid-August this year, in addition to five in December last year. [ANSA]

( المستحيلات الثلاث ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

( التـنجيع : ظاهرة ثقافية ليبية سيئة ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( المفكر المبدع ، والداعية الضلالي ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

Sunday, 7 October, 2007: BNP Paribas has been chosen by Libya to become the strategic partner of Sahara Bank, the first privatized bank in Libya. After obtaining all authorizations required by regulation, BNP Paribas acquired 19% of Sahara Bank’s capital on September 18. This assumption of a shareholder interest is taking place in accordance with the agreement signed on July 25 with the Social Economic Development Fund, and will allow BNP Paribas to increase its holding to 51% of the share capital within three to five years. Consequently, the bank’s general shareholders’ meeting of September 18 elected a new board of directors and appointed Abdullatif Abdulhafiz El Kib as Chairman, Roger Decot, Vice Chairman, Claude Rufin, Chief Executive Officer and Mohammed Bakkal, Deputy Chief Executive Officer. [FM]
Sunday, 7 October, 2007: Tatarstan's TNG Group, a subsidiary of Tatneft, has formed the Tahara Petroleum Services Company joint venture with a Libyan company, the company told Interfax. The joint venture, which was formed in August 2007 in accordance with requirements stipulated in Libyan law, will provide seismic survey services, oil well studies, drilling and oil well maintenance a representative said. TNG Group has refused to give the name of its Libyan partner or the share allotment in the joint venture. TNG Group, a Tatneft subsidiary operating in Libya, won Tatneft's tender to provide seismic survey method 2D services. [New Eorope]
Sunday, 7 October, 2007: Darfur rebel leader Khalil Ibrahim said on Saturday he would not attend peace talks in Libya this month if more than two rival rebel groups are invited, casting further doubts over the peace process. Ibrahim, head of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), also said the joint U.N.-African Union mediation was slow and ill-prepared for the Oct. 27 talks. "The AU and U.N. mediation until now have failed to detail very precisely who will be invited to the peace talks," he said, adding that only one delegation from JEM and one from the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) should be allowed to attend. [Reuters]

Children of Libyans Are Foreigners in Their Birthplace?  By : Ghoma

( صيام و.. ( لشمانيا ) .. ) بقلم : أسعـد العقيلي

Saturday, 6 October, 2007: The improved ties President Bush promised Qadhafi for renouncing his nuclear ambitions have developed too slowly for U.S. companies eager to tap Africa's largest oil reserves -- and too fast for lawmakers wary of Libya's legacy of terrorism. American companies are losing business because European leaders engage Qadhafi while their U.S. counterparts have held back, said David Goldwyn, head of the U.S.-Libya Business Association, founded by Occidental Petroleum Corp. and other energy companies. Meanwhile, lawmakers from New York and New Jersey, whose constituents were among the victims of Libyan- sponsored terrorism, are blocking a new U.S. ambassador and embassy in Tripoli. [Bloomberg]
Saturday, 6 October, 2007: A defamation trial brought by Libyan President Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi against three newspapers in Niger opened on Friday. The court proceeded with the trial against one of the papers, L'Evenement, and delayed hearings for the other two until October 12. Qadhafi is suing the newspapers for publishing reports saying he funded the current Tuareg uprising in Niger's northeast uranium-rich desert, home to many of the fighters. [VOA]
Saturday, 6 October, 2007: A witness in the Lockerbie case has claimed he was offered $4 million (£2 million) by American investigators to lie to the trial judges. Edwin Bollier, head of the Swiss company MEBO that was said to have manufactured the timer used to detonate the Pan Am bomb, claims he was offered the money by the FBI at its Washington HQ in exchange for making a statement that supported the main line of inquiry - that Libya was responsible for the bombing. He has told Dr Hans Koechler, who was a UN observer during the trial of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi in the Netherlands, that he was offered a "new life" in the United States if he testified that the timer found in the plane wreckage had been supplied to Libya. "I rejected this and said this could not possibly be the case," he said. [The Scotsman]

( وقال فرعون ما أريكم إلا ما أرى!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( جياد الريح ) بقلم : علي الفزاني

( بوش على أريكة التحليل النفسي ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( النجاة بمحض الصدفة ) بقلم : أمارير

( أسرار جمعية سيف الأستخباراتية ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Friday, 5 October, 2007: Libya wants to enter U.S. markets and invest in its bourses in an attempt to ease ties with the world's super power after three decades of rupture, the Libyan foreign minister said in remarks published on Thursday. "The first agreement we seek with the U.S. is to maintain and encourage investments between both countries and to enter the American stock markets as well as the American markets in general," Mohammed Shalgam told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat. U.S.-Libyan ties have warmed since Libya gave up WMDs in 2003 but have been held back by the absence of final settlements of the 1986 bombing of a German disco and the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland. It has not reached any deal to pay compensation for U.S. victims of the La Belle disco bombing. Shalgam also said his country will give priority to U.S. companies which seek investments in Libya's oil fields. [Reuters]
Friday, 5 October, 2007: The chairman of newly created Norwegian energy group StatoilHydro, Eivind Reiten, announced on Thursday that he would resign amid an investigation of Norsk Hydro's oil dealings in Libya. "I have after careful consideration decided that it is right for me to stand down from my position as chairman of the board of StatoilHydro," Reiten said in a statement. He told a news conference that he felt it would be wrong to remain as chairman of a company that is now investigating activities by Norsk Hydro, where he is chief executive. StatoilHydro has come under investigation for deals that Norsk Hydro made with consultants in connection with petroleum operations in Libya. Statoil took over Norsk Hydro's oil and gas division to form StatoilHydro, which made its stock market debut only on Monday. [Reuters]
Friday, 5 October, 2007: A year after renewal of U.S.-Libyan diplomatic relations, scientists from technical agencies in both nations are moving forward on a range of collaborations. Activities include health care delivery, water management, seismic monitoring, solar power technology and science education. Nearly four years after Libya’s historic renunciation of WMD, the U.S. also is preparing to negotiate a framework science and technology cooperation agreement with Libya to facilitate new and ongoing collaborations. “I am happy that [U.S.-Libyan] relations have moved, maybe not very fast, but steadily,” Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali, charge d’affairs at the Libyan Embassy in Washington, said. “Technical cooperation is very important. Libya is a small country -- infrastructure is important, education is important, communication is important. American people, American companies, American media also, they can play a very important role.” [USInfo]
Friday, 5 October, 2007: The largest Libyan telecom operator Libyana Mobile Phone (LMP) started a DVB-H trial in Tripoli and selected ENENSYS Technologies solution for the complete transmission system. DVB-H architecture provided by ENENSYS includes DVB-H Head End, multiplex distribution, transmission means as well as DVB-H live analysis solution. Mohamed Ben Ayad , CTO & General Projects Manager at Libyana Mobile Phone, said: “Libyana Mobile Phone is leading the African operators to future technology and services in the telecom sector: that’s our company vision and mission”. Hassan Al Sharief , DVB-H Project Manager at Libyana Mobile Phone, said: “Our DVB-H trial is running really well. Such a trial in Tripoli and suburbs enables us to collect data about user experience, network coverage issues, and have confidence in our forthcoming network expansion plans.” [CP]

الإعلان عن تأسيس "المركز الليبي للثقافة وحقوق الإنسان"

Thursday, 4 October, 2007: The delimitation of maritime zones between Greece and Libya was discussed in a meeting on Tuesday between Deputy Foreign Minister Yiannis Valinakis and top Libyan diplomat Abd al-Rahman Shalgam, on the sidelines of the 62nd United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. Valinakis stated after the meeting that the two sides touched on a number of bilateral issues as well as issues concerning the EU-Libya relations, which have distinctly improved recently after a settlement reached in the Bulgarian nurses' case. [ANA]
Thursday, 4 October, 2007: Jafza International, the global free zone operations arm of Economic Zones World today (Oct 3) signed an agreement with Misurata Free Zone Authority (MFZ), Libya to explore the possibility of moving forward with the development and operations of the Misurata Economic Zone. Mrs. Salma Hareb, CEO Jafza and Economic Zones World signed the MOU with Dr. Muftah Azzuza, Chairman of the Board, Misurata Free Zone Authroity, during the meeting to discuss options for the development of the MFZ. [AMEInfo]
Thursday, 4 October, 2007: Four Chadian rebel groups initialled a peace agreement with the government on Wednesday at talks in Libya, a Chadian official said, but the leader of the main faction said there were many points left to resolve. "The contents are secret. An agreement should be officially signed very soon in a ceremony in Tripoli," a senior Chadian government official told Reuters. The EU assembles a peace force to deploy in the conflict zone in eastern Chad to help stem violence spreading from neighbouring Sudan's Darfur region. [Reuters]

الساطور : ( اجتماع موسّع! )

( عن أي عودة تتحدثون يا سادة يا كرام!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Wednesday, 3 October, 2007: Libyan financial authorities have decided to merge two of the country's main banks, Libya's Central Bank said. Tne move is part of a drive to reform the country's antiquated banking system. Al Oumma (Nation) Bank, Libya's biggest state-owned bank in terms of assets, and al Joumhouriya (Republic) Bank, the fifth largest state-owned bank, would form a single bank. 'The merger is part of a strategy being implemented by the Central Bank to restructure, develop and modernise the banking sector with the aim of improving banking services,' the Central Bank said. The merger operation would be completed early next year when the future bank would have a network of 143 branches employing 5,800 people. [Trade Arabia]
Wednesday, 3 October, 2007: Libya's foreign minister called on Monday for efforts to put an end to foreign occupation, which he said is "the worst form of terrorism." "Ending terrorism will require practical measures to eliminate its root causes," Abdurrahman Shalgam said at the general debate of the UN General Assembly. These measures include "effective action to promote human rights for all peoples, putting a stop to acts of aggression and the occupation of the lands of others, fighting poverty and encouraging democracy," he said. "Foreign occupation is the worst form of terrorism, since occupation forces subject entire peoples to measures which violate the most basic principles of human rights and commit crimes on a daily basis," he said. [Xinhua]
Wednesday, 3 October, 2007: Ittihad Libya advanced to round 16 of the Arab Champions League after beating Ahli Sanaa, 4-1 on Monday, in Tripoli. Ahmed Al-Mosli and Cobadja Coulibaly hit a brace each for the hosts while Ali Nunu scored Ahli Sanaa's consolation goal. The Libyan giants got through with a 4-1 aggregate as the first leg ended in a scoreless draw. The win comes as a big boost ahead of their CAF Champions League semi-final second leg clash against African Champions Ahli next Sunday in Cairo. [FilBalad]

( القذافي اليوم وليبيا غدوه! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

تعزية إلى آل الشكشوكي وآل الخوجة     تعازي إلى آل الفرجاني

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (13) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( صه ، يا عديم الرّجولة والأخلاق ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Tuesday, 2 October, 2007: The new Norwegian oil company StatoilHydro ASA, created by Statoil ASA's takeover of Norsk Hydro ASA's oil and gas division, began operations Monday. On its first day as a listed company, StatoilHydro announced it was calling an external investigation of contracts in Libya that it took over as part of the acquisition of Norsk Hydro's oil and gas unit. Norsk Hydro ASA said it had taken those contracts in 1999 as part of its acquisition of Saga Petroleum ASA. The company said its concerns were about a January 1999 agreement in which Saga agreed to pay considerable consultancy fees as part of acquiring the oil exploration acreage. Norsk Hydro said it had honored those agreements with payments totaling US$6.85 million (euro5.15 million) in 2000 and 2001, but rejected a US$900,000 (euro670,000) bill in August 2002 because it could not determine whether the agreement met its ethical standards. [AP]
Tuesday, 2 October, 2007: The international community should convene a summit in the coming years on reform of the Security Council, bringing together national leaders from across the world to break the impasse on the issue, a senior Libyan official told the General Assembly today. Libya's Foreign minister Abdurrahman Shalgam said the UN has achieved its goals in a number of areas on the reform agenda, but there has been an absence of progress towards reforming the Security Council despite intensive consultations. The summit should be held at the UN Office at Geneva within the framework of the next session of the General Assembly in 2008 "dedicated to the reform process and the expansion of the Security Council." ... Holding the meting in Geneva "will provide the opportunity for all world leaders to attend, to present constructive proposals and to participate in the decision-making process regarding this thorny issue," he said. [INM]
Tuesday, 2 October, 2007: Hyundai Engineering & Construction Co, South Korea's largest builder by market value, said Monday it has secured a 1.36 billion US dollar power plant deal from the General Electricity Co of Libya. Under the contract, Hyundai Engineering is required to build two power plants -- one in the western part of Tripoli and the other in Al Khalij, near Sirte. The company said it will take more than four years to complete the facilities, which will have a combined production capacity of 2,800 megawatts. Since its entry into Libya in 1980, Hyundai Engineering said it has secured 20 contracts worth 4.48 billion dollars. [Trading Markets]

Monday, 1 October, 2007: U.S. officials held a series of diplomatic and intelligence meetings this week with Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam and other top Libyan security and intelligence officers during the U.N. General Assembly. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Wednesday with Shalqam; Mutasim-Billah al-Qadhafi, Libya's national security adviser and a son of the Libyan leader; and Musa Kusa, the Libyan intelligence chief who was once barred from the United States because of his suspected links to terrorist activities. [The Washigton Post]
Monday, 1 October, 2007: The Bush administration will not stand in the way of Libya's bid to join the U.N. Security Council, senior U.S. officials said, paving the way for Tripoli's full diplomatic rehabilitation at the United Nations. The decision, which gives the government of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi a shot to serve on the 15-nation council for the first time in more than 30 years, has infuriated Libyan democracy advocates and some relatives of victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. For a government that was long considered an international pariah, sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council for its refusal to surrender Libyan suspects in the bombing, the new policy underscores a remarkable transition. The U.S. had waged a 15-year diplomatic campaign to bar Libya from serving on the Security Council. [The Washington Post]
Monday, 1 October, 2007: Ten African Union peacekeepers have been killed and 40 are missing after their base in Sudan's Darfur region was overrun by gunmen, less than a month before peace talks are due to take place in Libya. "Ten soldiers were killed, eight wounded of whom six have been evacuated to Khartoum and 40 are still missing," African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS) spokesman Noureddine Mezni told AFP. UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the killings and called on Darfur's warring sides to recommit to a settlement, citing peace talks slated for Libya on October 27 and preparations for a joint deployment of AU-UN troops. [AFP]
Monday, 1 October, 2007: Eight detainees were transferred from the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of Afghanistan and Middle Eastern governments, a Pentagon spokesman said today. Six detainees were transferred to Afghanistan, and one each to Libya and Yemen, said Navy Cmdr. Jeffrey Gordon, a Defense Department spokesman. Their identities were not released. “All detainees at Guantanamo are considered a threat to the United States — to include those transferred yesterday,” Gordon said. “As a condition of repatriation, nations accepting detainees must take steps to prevent the return to terrorism, as well as providing credible assurances of humane treatment.” [WP]

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