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موقع "ليبيا إيمال" : ( اوقفوا العنصرية ضد الامازيغ في ليبيا ) Libyaimal.com

( الرائد لا يكذب أهله! ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ماذا عن الرئيس القادم لمصر؟! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( حمّى عابرة ) بقلم : محمد بعيو المصراتي

محمد غريب : ( ملحمة التاريخ الليبي المعاصر.. خرائط الروح ـ رواية د. أحمد الفقيه )

( أتباع لم يخزوا قائدهم... جولة في حديث ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( نموذج وشكل الدولة التي يريد أن يقيمها دعاة السلفية ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( د. محمد بالروين : منطق المعرفة ومعرفة المنطق ) ترجمة : محمد الصيد

( فقـلنا لهم كونوا قردة خاسئين!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( جينولوجيا الكارثة المعرفية.. و(ما لدينا) منها في ليبيا! ) بقلم : محمد أحمد المالكي

( مراجعات ليبية (1) : 17 رمضان... ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( محطات ليبية (26) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

Sunday, 30 September, 2007: Libya has passed a decree approving a 25% salary increase for the national teaching staff in addition to 135 Libya dinars as housing allowances. [PANA]
Sunday, 30 September, 2007: Bulgarian prosecutors launched a probe into the reported sale of assets owned by state oil and gas drilling firm Bulgargeomin in Libya, chief prosecutor Boris Velchev said on Wednesday. The deal worth USD 900 000, selling Bulgargeomin equipment to a local company, was signed last month by its Libyan representative Nikola Gaganelov. Bulgargeomin has two exploration licences in Libya at Murzuk and Ghadames, which it has received back in 1986 and 1987, respectively. The economy ministry, which owns Bulgargeomin said it never authorised the deal and Gaganelov did not have the authority to sign the contract on his own. The investigation would be carried out by the Sofia City Prosecution, Velchev said. [FIA]
Sunday, 30 September, 2007: Brazilian oil company Petrobras and the state run National Oil Company (NOC) of Libya are negotiating cooperation. According to the ambassador of Brazil to Tripoli, Luciano Osorio Roza, there are possibilities for Petrobras to train professionals from the Arab company in Brazil in areas like geology and geophysics. Both companies have been improving their relations due to efforts made by both governments and also since Petrobras started operating in Libya, in 2005. At the time, the company won a tender for exploration of oil in the Arab country. Today, Petrobras has an office that occupies a whole floor in the largest business building in Tripoli and is executing seismic studies in search of the commodity, in offshore areas. Next year, according to ambassador Osorio, drilling should begin. [ANBA]
Sunday, 30 September, 2007: Sofia City Court will sit today on the case of Abdarzak Halfala, an officer from Libya's special services, charged with the death of a Bulgarian nurse in Tripoli back in 2000. The defendant will be tried in absentia in Bulgaria, Darik News reported. Nikolina Damyanova, one of the thousands of Bulgarian nurses working in Libya, was killed in a car crash, while riding in the car of the Libyan officer. The accident occurred in the capital Tripoli on November 17, 2000. Another Bulgarian, who was also in the car, witnessed the tragedy. The Libyan officer is believed to have caused the crash and suspicions have been lingering over the years as to the reasons for the accident. The Bulgarian's mother, who received the body of her daughter a week after her death, is positive that was a murder. [SNA]

Laredos: Kamel Shrek; Perfect Math Teacher Really Counts

( فرحنا أسابيع وبكينا عقود! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

"قورينا" في حوار مع كاتب المهجر عيسى عبدالقيوم

Saturday, 29 September, 2007: A trial in which Libyan leader Qadhafi has sued three Niger newspapers for libel over accounts that he funded a Tuareg uprising has been set for late next week. "The case against L'Evenement set to be heard this morning was put off until an October 5 because of a big movement of change in assigning judges," a legal source told AFP. The editor of the paper, Moussa Aksar, was in court for a hearing where the bench ruled that Qadhafi's other suits against L'Action and Le Canard Dechaine would also be heard next Friday. [AFP]
Saturday, 29 September, 2007: Bulgaria and Libya should get their relations back to normal, the foreign ministers of the two countries agreed at their first meeting after the release of the Bulgarian medics, the press office of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. In the past nine years the relations have been coated by the trial against the medics who were accused of infecting over 400 Libyan children with HIV. Foreign ministers Ivailo Kalfin and Abdel-Rahman Shalgam met Friday in New York within the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly. [FIA]
Saturday, 29 September, 2007: A major developer of natural resources - Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. - also known as Japex, will expand its operations in Libya, launching test drilling in new areas, media sources here reported Friday. Experimental drilling will cover two mining zones to which Japex acquired rights from the Libyan government in 2005, the Nikkei Shimbun said. The firm has performed seismic exploration in the 176-4 zone and concluded that there is a prospect for commercial production. Test drilling will start as soon as May 2008. [KUNA]

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( من قصص الصغار ) بقلم : أمارير

( طبخة بائتة منذ عقود!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

( اللي ما جت مع العروس!! زعمه اتجي مع بنـتها..؟؟ ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

( دعوة إلى إعتماد لغة الحوار ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

Friday, 28 September, 2007: Libya has made clear it wants US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to attend an October meeting it will host on Darfur but she was non-committal because of a heavy travel schedule, a US official said on Wednesday. US-Libyan ties have warmed since Libya gave up WMD in 2003 but have been held back by the absence of final settlements resolving the 1986 bombing of a German disco and the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Libya, implicated in both incidents, agreed to pay the families of the Lockerbie victims $10 million per victim but has not made the final payment. It has not paid compensation for US victims of the La Belle disco bombing. The US official said Washington had not set any conditions but would like to see some progress on these issues ahead of a visit by Rice. [Gulf News]
Friday, 28 September, 2007: Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) and the Arab Petroleum Investment Corporation (APICORP) has signed a US$38 million loan agreement in Bahrain with the Arab Drilling and Workover Company (ADWOC) in Libya. The purpose of the loan is to finance ADWOC's purchase of a land drilling rig and its associated accessories and equipment from National Oil Wells Varco Company. The agreement was signed by Mr. Omran Abukraa - General Manager of ADWOC, Mr. Souheil Badro - Head of the Arab World Division at ABC and Mr. Ahmad Bin Hamad Al Nuaimi - Chief Executive and General Manager of APICORP. [WAM]

How Far South Europe's Borders Go?  By : Ghoma

موقع ليبي جديد : موقع الكاتب الليبي د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه ( www.ahmedfagih.com )
New Libyan website: Libyan writer Dr. Ahmed Ibrahim Fagih ( www.fagih.org )

Thursday, 27 September, 2007: Based on the annual Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International released Wednesday, the Philippines ranks 131st out of the 180 nations studied, with a 2.5 rating, along with Burundi, Honduras, Iran, Libya, Nepal, and Yemen. The index score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as seen by business people and country analysts and ranges between zero, which is highly corrupt, and 10, which is very clean. In the top 10 of the least corrupt countries are: Denmark, Finland, and New Zealand, with a 9.4 rating, at no. 1; Singapore and Sweden, 9.3, no. 4; Iceland, 9.2, no. 6; Netherlands and Switzerland, 9.0, no. 7; Canada and Norway, 8.7, no. 9. [AFP]
Thursday, 27 September, 2007: The US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to meet today with the Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgam, the Israeli radio Reshet Dalet announced. The two will discuss the bilateral relations between Tripoli and Washington and their development during the last months. Rice is expected to pay a historical visit to Libya by the end of this year, the radiostation notes. [FIA]
Thursday, 27 September, 2007: Luc Montagnier, the French virologist credited with discovering HIV, vowed here Wednesday to shed light on the causes of a Libyan hospital AIDS outbreak and prove that the six Bulgarian medical workers blamed for it were innocent. "Our task is not finished yet. The Bulgarian medics are still accused by Libya of this crime. But I hope that we will be able to continue our scientific research and prove their innocence," Montagnier said. Five Bulgarian nurses and a doctor of Palestinian origin were released in July after spending eight and a half years in jail in Libya on charges of infecting more than 400 Libyan children with HIV-tainted blood in a hospital in the city of Benghazi. Fifty-six of the children have since died. [AFP]
Thursday, 27 September, 2007: German utility group RWE has made its second oil discovery this year in the Sirte Basin in Libya, National Oil Corp. (NOC) said on Monday. "This discovery was made at the exploration well A1-NC 195. The total production reached 1,981 barrels per day at a choke of 64/32 inches," NOC said in a statement posted on its Web site. RWE's first oil find in Sirte Basin in 2007 was announced by NOC in April. NOC has a 68 percent share and RWE owns 32 percent in each find, under an agreement between the two sides. [Reuters]
Thursday, 27 September, 2007: Preliminary proceedings were opened against the proxy of Bulgargeomin EAD (BEAD) in Libya Nikola Gaganelov over embezzling property owned by the company, the Prosecutor’s Office announced. On September 24th 2007 Bulgarian Minister of Economy Petar Dimitrov alarmed the Prosecutor’s Office about the illegal disposition of property of Bulgargeomin EAD in Libya. Earlier on Wednesday Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Boris Velchev said the case was a precedent. He added he had not gone into the details of the case yet. [FIA]
Thursday, 27 September, 2007: On September 24, 2007, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) submitted a petition to the Supreme Court asking it to intervene in the case of Libyan Guantanamo client Abdul Ra’ouf Al Qassim and prevent his transfer to Libya, where he would likely be tortured and possibly killed. According to CCR attorneys, the fact that Abdul Ra’ouf is detained at Guantanamo – and the U.S. government’s false and unsubstantiated allegations that he was associated with a group hostile to the Qadhafi regime – put him at grave risk of indefinite detention, torture, and death if forcibly returned to Libya. [CCR]

( فيلم جديد للسينمائي محمد مخلوف ) ـ العرض الأول على قناة الجزيرة : اليوم الأربعاء

الساطور : ( ارر.. اشش )

( إن الأعراب إذا دخلوا مدينة خربوها ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Wednesday, 26 September, 2007: Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak made a surprise five- hour visit to Libya and met with Libyan leader Qadhafi to discuss next month's peace talks between Sudan's government and Darfur rebels, the Middle East News Agency reported Tuesday. MENA quoted Egyptian presidential spokesman, Suleiman Awwad, as saying Mubarak and Qadhafi expressed their support for the Oct. 27 peace talks. Awwad also said Mubarak and Qadhafi talked about new restrictions placed on Egyptians who want to travel to Libya. [AP]
Wednesday, 26 September, 2007: Malaysia's Ranhill Bhd says the contract value to build 10,000 units of apartment in Libya has been revised substantially higher to accommodate upgrades made to the original design. The new deal is now worth RM4.21bil against RM1.49bil under the contract signed late last year. Ranhill told Bursa Malaysia yesterday the bigger contract was attributed to “major re-design of the project” requested by the client, Libyan Housing Board. The new contract has increased Ranhill's order book to RM15.2bil. [The Star]
Wednesday, 26 September, 2007: RWE Dea continues exploration success with a third oil discovery in the Sirte Basin. Following the two oil discovery wells in NC 193 concession, the first discovery in NC195 further strengthens RWE Dea’s oil position in Libya. The well A1-NC 195 drilled by the rig KCA Deutag T19 hit a structure containing two oil pools in Dahra Formation at a depth of 1353m and Beda formation at a depth of 1457m. Subsequent production tests successfully established an oil flow of 1981 bbls/d in total through a choke size of 32/64”. [Oil Voice]
Wednesday, 26 September, 2007: Nokia has opened a regional office in Egypt to serve the North East Africa region. Located in Cairo, the office will manage operational functions in Egypt, Libya and Sudan. The new office comes shortly after the firm opened its regional headquarters in Dubai, the launch of which was marked by CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo's first visit to the region. Kallasvuo said Nokia anticipates the Middle East and Africa region will be one of its strongest growing regions over the next three to four years, contributing almost a quarter of the global increase in subscriptions it expects to have over the next three years. Nokea has forecast a global market of four billion subscriptions in 2010, up from just over three billion at present. [AB]

( الانتشار المُوجع : تهديد إضافي لحقوق الإنسان ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( حق وباطل ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

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منوّعات ليبية ( من 1 إلى 20 ) ) أعدّها للنشر : السوكني

Tuesday, 25 September, 2007: Institutional memory is short, so just a flashback to the Qadhafi speech at Columbia University, New York. The sad thing is that while faculty fall all over themselves to bring repressive dictators to campus, many dissidents from the same countries are ignored. Columbia University has never invited chief Libyan democracy activist Fathi El-Jahmi (photo), for example (his mailing address for the last two and a half years would be Libya's state prison system). Likewise, Richard Bulliet, Columbia's point man to arrange giving a platform to Ahmadinejad, does not extend invitations to people like Mansour Osanlou, the head of the Islamic Republic's first independent trade union (his mailing address for the last 75 days has been Evin prison). [NRO]
Tuesday, 25 September, 2007: The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) is to press the UK Government to get behind the IRA victims' multi-billion dollar compensation case against Libya. The party is to meet Secretary of State Shaun Woodward to urge that diplomatic channels with Col Qadhafi are used to reach a settlement, in a similar fashion to the Lockerbie disaster. They will also be making clear their view that the U.S. has a responsibility to weigh in behind the victims – as it was as a result of US-UK foreign policy and conflict with Libya that Qadhafi supplied the IRA with money, weapons and training in the 80s. [NewsLetter]]
Tuesday, 25 September, 2007: Al-Ahly of Egypt stayed on course for a record third consecutive African Champions League title by forcing a 0-0 draw at Al-Ittihad of Libya in the semi-finals. Al-Hilal of Sudan scored twice within five minutes at home to snatch a 2-1 lead over Etoile Sahel of Tunisia in the other first leg match at the weekend in the race for the one-million-dollar first prize. Ahly survived an early scare before a 60,000 crowd in the Libyan capital to comfortably contain Ittihad and must be favoured to win the return match on October 7 at Cairo Stadium. Ittihad midfielder Walid Mhadeb poked the ball past veteran goalkeeper Essam al-Hadary after six minutes but defender Ahmed al-Sayed dashed back to clear it off the line. [AFP]

( هل ستفقد حماسها؟!! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( حقائق مهمة عن المعارضة.. ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (12) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( اخرسْ قليل الأدب ) بقلم : أبو أحمد

Dr. Mohamed Berween speech as scholar of the year 2006–07

Monday, 24 September, 2007: Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi, the president's second-born son, is clearly an emerging force for liberalization, experts say. But his country has a long way to go, and one free-thinking, Western-educated technocrat may not make a difference. Libya is ranked the third most repressive economy in the world by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group in the United States. "He is eager for reform and understands the need for Libya to diversify its economy," said Singh-Molares of the Monitor Group. "In that sense he's a visionary leader. He wants to make Libya something special. But the capacity of Libya to keep up with his vision is limited at this point." It is hard to gauge how much influence he wields in Tripoli and whether he is powerful enough to define policy. It is also difficult to know how popular this technocrat with an MBA is in Libya. "He's popular with the young elite because they can see the opportunities," Joffe said. "But he's unpopular with political Islam." [The New York Times]
Monday, 24 September, 2007: "Libyan waters, where there are not many fishing boats, attract Italian, French, Tunisian and Turkish fishermen because of the Atlantic red tuna, and they operate with boats under Libyan flags in order to fish under the Libyan quota," an expert specialised in the fishing of red tuna claims. According to a survey of France Press, the Libyan ship registers, in fact, show many Italian, French and Tunisian fishing boats which have passed under the Libyan flag. At the port of Marseille for example there are two old French tuna-fishing boats, Tuna Libya and la Ras Eten, which are under Libyan flag. At the port of Herault the fishing boats in the same situation are at least five. "These are French investments in Libyan fishing boats," port sources comment, "therefore they fish under the quotas reserved for Libya". [Ansa]
Monday, 24 September, 2007: Spokesperson of the Sudan Liberation Movement has said they are not intimidated by the threat of sanctions announced by the high level meeting on Darfur yesterday if they boycott peace negotiations in Libya at the end of October. Yahia Bolad, the spokesperson of the SLM told the Satellite TV al-Jazeera "We are not intimidated by threats of sanctions because our people have been subjected to sanctions for a long time. They are living in refugee camps; they are displaced and subjected to acts of killing and rape on a daily basis." Participants at the high-level meeting Friday urged all Darfur rebel groups to attend crucial peace talks with Khartoum scheduled in Libya next month or face sanctions. [ST]

( سرّ الشيطان ) بقلم : فـرج الفاخري

( الذين جعلوا القرآن عضين!! ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Sunday, 23 September, 2007: Participants at a UN-sponsored high-level meeting Friday urged Darfur rebel groups to attend crucial peace talks scheduled in Libya next month or face sanctions. "Participants confirmed their support for the (Libya) talks and expressed strong expectations that the negotiations would be inclusive and decisive, stressing that the parties should seize this opportunity to resolve the conflict," read a statement issued at the end of the one-day meeting. Sudanese Foreign Minister stressed the fact that "any party that does not participate in the (Tripoli) talks or obstruct the peace process will be faced with firm punitive measures." [AFP]
Sunday, 23 September, 2007: Speaking with a small group of journalists after his presentation in Cyrene, Qadhafi's son Saif al-Islam listened carefully to questions in Arabic and English, thinking before each answer. Although his handlers had announced that journalists should confine their questions to the ecotourism project, the queries inevitably got broader, having not been screened in advance. “What about democracy in Libya?” someone asked. “Of course we are going toward more democracy”. “But this project is not about democracy.” In recent years he has been an up-and-coming force in Libyan politics, and the country’s unofficial liaison with the West. His Qadhafi Foundation is brokering countless commercial deals and projects as Libya emerges from years of ostracism. He has expressed a degree of openness about the country’s problems that other Libyans - less connected and more nationalistic - dare not utter. [The New York Times]

( لبـّيـك يا تيريت ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

Saturday, 22 September, 2007: A new wave of religious freedom is sweeping across Libya, Christians say. "People are respecting us. They accept us. We are free," Catholic Bishop Giovanni Martinelli, the Apostolic Vicar of the capital, Tripoli, recently told Ecumenical News International (ENI). The 1969 revolution that brought Libyan leader Qadhfi to power led to church buildings being confiscated and then closed down. Catholics were allowed to keep only two churches, one in Tripoli and the other in Benghazi. But now there are Greek Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, and Anglican communities, said Bishop Martinelli, a Franciscan monk. Most worshippers are Africans, mainly illegal migrants, and Asians, and Martinelli now celebrates three services in different languages every Friday, whilst the Muslims go to their mosques. [CISA]
Saturday, 22 September, 2007: IRA Victims' campaigner Willie Frazer was confronted by neighbours as he picketed Martin McGuinness's home on the edge of the Bogside in Londonderry, UK. Mr Frazer and two other men, whose appearance stunned the Deputy First Minister's neighbours in Londonderry, also said he would picket the house of the First Minister, Ian Paisley, shortly to demand support for moves to make Libya compensate relatives of people killed by the IRA. Libya helped supply the IRA with guns and explosives and Mr Frazer believes it should compensate victims' relatives for their loss. "Libya has settled with other victims but he [McGuinness] wouldn't reply and he is in charge of victims with Gerry Kelly. [BT]
Saturday, 22 September, 2007: The lawsuits against the torturers of the Bulgarian nurses hinders good relations between the two countries according to Libya. Vice Minister External Affairs Feim Chaushev said three days before his visit to Tripoli in an interview with Darik Radio, that Tripoli did not pressure to end the cases against the Libyan officers in Bulgaria, but expressed an opinion. “There are no outstanding issues between Sofia and Tripoli as far as the Bulgarian nurses are concerned”, said Chaushev. He intended to ask what happened with the slander lawsuit which the Libyan officers brought against the nurses. “According to me, after this drama had ended, this suit should have been dropped. From a purely legal point of view I would like to get an answer to these questions,” he said. [Sofia Echo]

( بعد نجمة وهلال وتاج.. ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( ماذا تعـني العدالة والتنمية إسلاميا؟!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعـشة

Friday, 21 September, 2007: Despite its population of only 6m and the great wealth brought by having Africa's largest crude oil reserves, Libya has not markedly progressed. Free public services, plus hefty state subsidies on food and housing, scarcely mask such ills as low educational standards, dirty streets, skimpy wages and a level of youth unemployment that some put at 40%. Instead of producing good government, Libya's unique political system has created rule-by-committee on a scale so bewildering that the only effective institutions are reckoned by many weary Libyans to be the Qadhafi clan and the pervasive, nasty and capricious secret police. Yet Libya has lately been changing, in many ways for the better. Long scorned by Western nations for its involvement in terrorism, Mr Qadhafi's regime has slowly reingratiated itself. [The Economist]
Friday, 21 September, 2007: The second Economic Forum will be held in Tripoli, at Corinthia Bab Africa Hotel, from November 5 to 6, followed by a high-level meeting titled 'Investing in Libya, Strategies for Success' to be held on Nov. 7. The event is very important, considering the big economic development which Libya has planned for the next years, with investments in construction of airports, ports, schools, universities, hospitals, power stations, hotels and tourist sites to privatisation of a large number of public companies, creation of free zones and other important projects for modernisation, Italian Foreign Trade Institute (ICE) announced. [Ansa]

منوّعات ليبية ( من 1 إلى 15 ) ) أعدّها للنشر : السوكني

( أيام الكيش ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( نظرة إلى الذات... من نحن؟ ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

( لماذا تخشى السلطات الليبية جمال الحاجي؟ ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

( الفوضى الخلاقة ) بقلم : مصطفى المهدوي

( سريب... وافتراض ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( التجمّع الجمهوري ) : بيان بمناسبة مرور خمس سنوات على تأسيس التجمّع

Thursday, 20 September, 2007: The specialised educational services in Libya announced the return this year of the teaching of French which will be done, in a first phase, in ten schools before being gradually generalised in the coming years. The reintroduction of French comes on the reopening day of schools when 1.5 million school-goers in basic and lower secondary education resumed classes Sunday for the academic year 2007/2008. Sources close to the ministry of education said that all arrangements were made for the success of this school year. Repairs were also completed almost all schools, apart from four schools in Tripoli and one in Benghazi (1,050 km east of Tripoli) whose pupils were oriented towards the closest schools to their homes. [AeL]
Thursday, 20 September, 2007: Italian group Gengroup will finalise the first stage of a project for the construction of a thermodynamics cycle plant for solar energy production. The plant, which will also be used for desalination, will surge in the coastal area of Tripoli, the works of the Italian group, worth a total 15 million euro, have been already launched with the project stage which is expected to be concluded in the first half of 2008, which will then give way to the construction of the plant. Gengroup, according to an agreement signed with Libyan National Bureau for Research and Development, will also have to organise training courses for Libyan personnel. [Ansa]
Thursday, 20 September, 2007: "We obtained today a mandate to go forward with the supply of material to Libya for a system of electronic surveillance of its southern borders," Italian Interior Minister Giuliano Amato said at the end of the EU Interior Ministers meeting. Amato reminded that the EU had "promised" to Tripoli, as part of the solution of the case of the Bulgarian nurses, the commitment of aid for surveillance of Libya's southern border: "today we managed to obtain the mandate for the Commission in order to implement the agreement signed by European External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Libyàs Deputy Prime Minister Abdulati Elobeidi immediately after the solution of the case of the medics. [Ansa]
Thursday, 20 September, 2007: Petrobras, the Brazilian state-owned oil company, has been pre-approved to participate in bids for natural gas exploration in Libya. The news was disclosed yesterday by Gulf News, based on information published by the Financial Times. The Libyan government has recently approved a list of 50 foreign companies, including the world's leading multinationals in the sector, to explore natural gas in its territory. According to data supplied by the Libyan National Oil Co. (NOC) and disclosed by the newspaper, Libya has proven natural gas reserves of 1.5 trillion cubic metres. Currently, Libya produces 76.5 million cubic metres of gas per day, but the goal is to increase that output up to 107.6 million cubic metres. [Anba]
Thursday, 20 September, 2007: CAF Champions League debutants Ittihad of Libya suffered a double injury blow ahead of their crucial semi-final clash with holders Ahli on Sunday, Libyan media reported. Al-Shams newspaper said that midfielder Abdul-Nasser Slil collided with a teammate in training and is likely to miss both legs against the Egyptian champions. Moreover, key defender Mohamed Mouldi, who was injured during Ittihad's goalless draw with Yemen's Ahli Sana'a' in the Arab Champions League, is doubtful for the first leg game in Tripoli. [Filbalad]

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( كانوا يخططون لمحو الليبيين من وطنهم : أيام بالبو في ليبيا ) بقلم : وهبي البوري

( "اللا مفكر فيه".. من تقنيات محترفي الالقاء! ) بقلم : محمد عبدالحميد المالكي

( رمضان : ظرف زمان.. أم ظرف مكان؟!! ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Wednesday, 19 September, 2007: It's too early for OPEC, the supplier of more than 40 percent of the world's crude, to consider a further increase in output to combat record prices, Libya's top oil official said today. ``Right now we cannot see a trend for prices, they are fluctuating a lot,'' Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of Libya's state-run National Oil Corp., said today in a telephone interview from Tripoli. ``It is too early to say.'' Crude oil in New York rose to more than $81 a barrel for the first time today, on speculation rising demand will deplete stockpiles needed during the Northern Hemisphere winter. Prices have gained even after the OPEC said last week it would pump an additional 500,000 barrels of oil a day from November. [Bloomberg]
Wednesday, 19 September, 2007: A new wave of religious freedom is sweeping across Libya, say Christians in the north African country. This follows three decades during which, observers say, the tiny Christian community faced restrictions due to the overwhelmingly Muslim nation's hostile stance towards the West. [ENI]

منوّعات ليبية ( من 1 إلى 10 ) ) أعدّها للنشر : السوكني

( تاريخنا المُغـيّب ) بقلم : الفساطوي

( يتلونه حق تلاوته... ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

( السعادة من إسعاد الأخرين ) بقلم : فدوى بويصير

Bait and Switch: Reformists or Gullibles?  By : Ghoma

Tuesday, 18 September, 2007: In Mid May, after receiving a US report on potential terror attacks in Libya similar to those perpetrated in Algiers in April, Colonel Qadhafi met with his top security services aides. This American report mentioned the potential use of missiles targeting the Bab Al Azizia barrack, Qadhafi’s Headquarters in Tripoli. The report also mentioned that Al Qaeda members entered Libya through Algeria and Sudan. It provided a list of likely personalities targeted including security services heads, the CEO of the National Oil Co., Shukri Ghanem, the Prime Minister, Al Baghdadi Al Mahmoudi, the Interior Minister. Other targets included foreign companies, in particular Anglo-Saxon ones in the oil and gas sectors. [The Croissant]
Tuesday, 18 September, 2007: Libya's President Qadhafi filed a defamation lawsuit against three independent Niger newspapers for accusing him of backing the Tuareg rebellion in order to get more access to Niger's potential mineral and oil wealth. The court asked Qadhafi's lawyers to provide more information about how the Libyan leader was defamed by the journalists. Leonard Vincent with the Paris-based lobby group, Reporters Without Borders, says the delay increases his concern the trial will become more political. Vincent says a current Niger government restriction on coverage of the rebellion hurts the journalists' chances for a fair trial. [VOA]
Tuesday, 18 September, 2007: A total of 54 Algerians are jailed in Libya and the Algerian consulate in Tripoli is following their situation every day, according to foreign affairs minisry. A total of 115 Algerian prisoners were deported in March 2007 after a pardon order had been issued by the Qadhafi in september 2006, according to a release issued by the foreign affairs ministry. The Algerian prisoners were deported in collaboration and total coordination between diplomatic representations, Algerian consulate and Libyan authorities. The 54 remaining Algerian prisoners in Libya were not involved in the pardon order issued in 2006. [Echorouk]
Tuesday, 18 September, 2007: South Korea's Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co. said Tuesday it plans to build a five-star hotel in Libya by 2010. Daewoo Engineering & Construction said it will construct the hotel in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, following Monday's board approval to invest in Daewoo Tripoli Investment & Development Co., a joint venture with Economic & Social Development Fund (ESDF) of Libya. On May 15, Daewoo agreed to form the joint venture with ESDF for the project according to an agreement signed in 2000 between the South Korean builder and the Libyan government that involves reinvesting 25 per cent of outstanding bills from its work carried out in the country into local industry, the company said. [Asia Pulse]

المسحان : ( ذكرى كل شهداء ليبيا )         الساطور : ( السوق والمواطن )

NPR: Internal Reform Slow to Take Hold in Libya

( الدكتور مصطفى عبدالله "يشبح" فى عوج رقبته!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( لقاء مع السيد فوزي العرفية!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( القذافي وهدم ضريح شيخ الشهداء!!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Monday, 17 September, 2007: Libya, holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, is preparing to contract foreign companies to develop untapped fields after an increase in energy prices made it an economical means to raise output. After awarding more than 50 exploration permits in the past two years to more than 40 companies, the North African state will offer contracts starting next year for known fields that haven’t been developed because they are too small or too complex, the head of Libya’s oil industry said. About 300 such fields may add 4bn to 5bn barrels to the nation’s reserves, Shokri Ghanem, head of state-run National Oil Corp, said in an interview in Vienna on Thursday. [Gulf Times]
Monday, 17 September, 2007: Libya announced recently that it had approved more than 50 companies, including the world’s biggest multinationals, to make commercial bids to develop its gas reserves ... The two problems facing companies looking to develop gas reserves in Libya are the lack of an integrated gas infrastructure and the likely financial terms set by Libya. For years, Libya’s gas industry has suffered from underinvestment. Without adequate access to gas, it would be more difficult for companies to build commercially-viable liquefied natural gas export terminals and build marketing agreements ... Analysts say the most likely outcome will be for companies to get their foot in the door during the bidding rounds and then open up bilateral negotiations to smooth the deals – and the disputes. [FT]
Monday, 17 September, 2007: urkish businessmen have signed contracts worth more than $2.5 billion in the eight months since the Libyan government launched 200 large projects worth tens of billions of dollars, according to State Minister Kürşad Tüzmen. Tüzmen added that he expected the figure to exceed $4 billion by the end of the year. In an interview with the Anatolia news agency, Tüzmen commented, “Turkish firms completed their recruitment in Libya and now they are there again as experts,” referring to contractors that did billions of dollars of business in Libya some 20 to 30 years ago. [Zamen]
Monday, 17 September, 2007: Turkish company Rav and Lebanese Ccc have been selected for the construction of the airport of Sabha, in the Libyan desert (1,000 kilometres south of Tripoli), a project which will cost 250 million euro, Libyan publicTV announced today. The airport of Sabha will span on 700 hectares of land and will be built in two years. The new hub will have the capacity to welcome three million passengers a year, Libyan TV added. Libyan Transport Minister Mohamed Abou Ajila al-Mabrouk inaugurated the project yesterday. [ANSA]
Monday, 17 September, 2007: Libya's General People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and Int'l Cooperation has derided as "groundless" media claims regarding the restriction of Egyptians' entrance to Libya. The claim came during a meeting Monday between the committee's Mohamed al Taher and International Cooperation Minister Fayza Aboulnaga and Minister of Manpower, Aesha Abdel Hadi. Taher explained that his country took certain procedures regarding tourism visa to control the vast number entering Libya through land borders. [ANSA]

( نحو إعـلام مقاتل.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

الذكرى السادسة والسبعون لاستشهاد شيخ الشهداء عمر المختار

Sunday, 16 September, 2007: There have been dramatic changes by the government of Libya in recent years. After renouncing terrorism and handing over the prime suspect in the Lockerbie bombing, the Tripoli government handed over its nuclear weapons program to the United States in 2003. The moves helped end decades of international isolation. Internally, however, change in Libya has come much more slowly. There is talk of reform - but after 38 years in power, the regime of Col. Qadhafi appears ill-equipped or unwilling to open up completely to the outside world ... Saif al-Islam, Qadhafi's son, is taking the lead in efforts to modernize his country. In part, because he's positioning himself to be Libya's next leader, observers said. But the scope and pace of his proposed reforms still rest in the hands of one man. [NPR] more details
Sunday, 16 September, 2007: At least 35 international companies operating in the oil and gas sectors have been short-listed in bidding for gas exploration in 41 onshore blocs in Libya, said the Libyan National Oil Company (NOC) in its weekly release issued Thursday in Tripoli. The short-listed companies include Gaz de France, BP, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Total, Eni, Gazprom, Lukoil, Novatek, Chevron, Pan American Energy LLC, Sonatrach, Wintershall and Statoil. About a dozen contracts will be granted to explore 41 blocs onshore and in the Sirte Basin (North), Ghdamess (West), Murzuk (South) and Benghazi (north-east), on a total area of 72,500 square km, as part of the call for tenders published last July. [PANA]
Sunday, 16 September, 2007: A beaming Ted Turner studied the bright, penetrating portraits of Middle Easterners on display at an art gallery with special pride: They were photographed by his son Rhett. Rhett Turner traveled to Libya in 2004-05 and to Yemen earlier this year to shoot the ancient landscapes and friendly people for "An Ear to the Ground." The exhibit at Atlanta's Lowe Gallery opened Friday night and will run through Oct. 20. "The more we know about cultures we don't understand, the more we know they're a lot like us," Rhett Turner, 41, said. [AP]
Sunday, 16 September, 2007: The vaunted "$100 laptop" that Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers dreamed up for international schoolchildren is becoming a slightly more distant concept. Leaders of the nonprofit One Laptop Per Child that was spun out of MIT acknowledged Friday that the devices would cost $188 if mass production, expected to begin this fall, were to start now. One Laptop Per Child says it has commitments for at least 3 million of its rugged "XO" computers, though it won't disclose which countries are first in line. Among the nations that have shown interest are Brazil, Libya, Thailand and Uruguay. [AP]
Sunday, 16 September, 2007: Libya is determined to co-operate with the Zimbabwi in investment and trade, including providing fuel to the country, the head of the embassy has said. Speaking at a function held on Tuesday night in Harare to celibrate Libya's 38th anniversary of its revolution, Charge d'Affaires Mr Ali A. Imshaya said relations between the two countries dated back to Zimbabwe's liberation struggle when Libya played a significant role. "On this occasion, I would like to confirm that Libya is determined to enhance its co-operation with Zimbabwe in different areas, particularly in investment, trade and oil through Tamoil Co.," he said. [The Herald]

تعزية إلى آل بوحلالة

( المصلحون.. لا الإصلاح ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( من وحى شهر رمضان الكريم ) بقلم : ياسين ابوسيف ياسين

( من أنشطة "حملة التضامن البريطاني الليبي" ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( لا تذهب بعيداً ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( دعـوة إلى تفعـيل العقـل ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

The Libyan Constitutional Union (16)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

Saturday, 15 September, 2007: Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's son Seif al-Islam said in an interview for Spanish magazine Tiempo de Hoy that he had played a major role in the negotiations related to the release of Bulgarian medics who had been previously sentenced to life in prison in Libya. When asked about the role of the French president's wife Cecilia Sarkozy, he said that the French first lady had luck because many other top level officials had tried before her to release the medics. When asked what France offered more than the other countries, Saif al-Islam said the difference was hundreds of millions of euro in aid to Libyan healthcare system. [Sofia Echo]
Saturday, 15 September, 2007: Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir told reporters after meeting Italian Premier Romano Prodi that he was offering a cease-fire linked to the start of negotiations on Oct. 27, in Libya." A rebel leader, Abdulwahid Elnur, of the Sudan Liberation Movement, has refused to join the talks, saying negotiations should not start before a cease-fire and before the arrival of a U.N.-A.U. peacekeeping force. "How many cease-fires is al-Bashir going to offer?'' Elnur asked Friday, listing nearly a dozen he said Sudan's forces violated. Observers say some were also breached by the rebels. "No one on earth will make me go" to Libya, Elnur said. [AP]
Saturday, 15 September, 2007: The French Parliament will form in October a commission that will investigate the details round the negotiations with Libya for the Bulgarian medics' release. The commission is demanded by deputies - socialists and its purpose is to find out if the French side had taken any engagements to Tripoli. The ruling party of President Sarkozy agrees for the set up of the commission, but the state head opposed of the commission's intention to interrogate the first lady Cecilia Sarkozy. Nikola Sarkozy and members of his cabinet explained that France hasn't taken engagements with Libya as compensation for the medic's release. [News.Bg]
Saturday, 15 September, 2007: Qadhafi's son has unveiled a $3bn plan aimed at safeguarding Libya's archaeological sites and preventing the overdevelopment of its rugged Mediterranean coastline. What Saif al-Islam's initiative lacked in detail it made up for in sheer ambition. The "Green Mountain Sustainable Development Area" envisages a national park, eco-friendly hotels, organic farms and the restoration of archaeological sites that rival the Mediterranean's most famous. A bespectacled Saif al-Islam, bedecked in traditional Libyan robes, read a prepared speech in stilted English to a gathering of 200 dignitaries and journalists in Cyrene. "Our intention is to build a complete and sustainable social, cultural, economic and environmental system in which the needs of the present allow for the needs of future generations," said Saif al-Islam. [BBC]
Saturday, 15 September, 2007: A group of 29 illegal immigrants was rescued by a Frontex seacraft some 110 nautical miles south of Malta yesterday evening when the small boat they were in began to sink in Libyan waters. The immigrants were due to be brought in at Haywharf on board the Armed Forces of Malta patrol boat P52 early this morning. [TimesOfMalta]

( جورج دبليو بوش : تحليل استخباراتي! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( استوى الأمران ) بقلم : أمارير

Friday, 14 September, 2007: For the past quarter century, Libya has been constructing a massive public works project with a most unusual name — the Great Man-Made River Project. "It's the dream of all Libyans," said Dr. Ali Al Agab, one of the project's managers. "All Libyans have participated and paid from their pockets to execute this project for very good reasons." ... Skeptics have heaped criticism on the man-made river, which, according to one informed expert, cost at least $18 billion to build. Over the years, it was labeled everything from a ridiculous vanity project - which may lose as much as 30 percent of it water due to evaporation - to a possible cover for covert Libyan military activities. The government of Qadhafi's vigorously denies these charges. It continues to call its man-made river the eighth wonder of the world. [NPR]
Friday, 14 September, 2007: Italy has urged the EU to strengthen its ties with Libya. Italian Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Famiano Crucianelli, attending a meeting on the EU's Neighborhood Policy (ENP), said Libya should be helped to draw nearer to the Union through that very policy. The ENP aims to stop divisions forming between the EU and its new neighbours in Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. It also tries to foster development and stability in those areas. The time has come for Libya to enter fully into the ENP," said Crucianelli, noting that Libya is the only country on the Mediterranean rim that does not take part in the ENP. [TP]
Friday, 14 September, 2007: Qadhafi's son has launched an ambitious eco-tourism venture in an effort to take Libya away from its past "rogue state" reputation by hauling it on to the environmental bandwagon. The Green Mountain conservation area, on the Mediterranean coast, is the pet project of Saif al-Islam. "I love this area. I have been dreaming about this for a long time," he told journalists amid the spectacular Greek ruins of Cyrene ... Libya has escaped the mass tourism invasion of neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia, and this blank canvas for green tourism has architects salivating as they sketch visions for high-end hotels that blend into the rocky landscape, with solar panels on the roof to make them energy self-sufficient... [The Independent]


( نحن ضحايا التصفية الجسدية وضحايا مصطفى الحنين! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( التوريث السياسي ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

Thursday, 13 September, 2007: Libya began observing the holy month of Ramadan Wednesday, but most Mideast countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Iran said the monthlong fast would begin Thursday. According to the Islamic calendar, Ramadan begins with the sighting of the new moon, but with some countries using astronomical calculations and others relying on the naked eye, divergent starting times are often the result. Libya announced Tuesday that the moon had been sighted and the fast would start the next day. In Iraq, the Sunnis have said they will also start Thursday but the Shiites in the deeply divided country say they will start fasting Friday. [AP]
Thursday, 13 September, 2007: "When I talked to her two days ago ... she's crying, 'I can't get out of the country." That is Anne Snider's description of a phone call she got from her daughter, Noura Abdul Hamed (photo), on Tuesday. Noura (of Lansing, Michigan, USA) is a Libyan, on an adventure to discover her roots. A recent high school grad, she went to meet her biological father for the first time. He is Libyan by birth, and met her mom at LCC 20 years ago. To leave, she had to retrieve her Libyan passport. It had been taken for verification when she arrived. Snider says Noura told her they told she couldn't have it, and couldn't leave. She contacted U.S. Senator Carl Levin's office Wednesday. She'll call the consolate in Tripoli directly next. [WILX]
Thursday, 13 September, 2007: Saudi Arabia persuaded OPEC members to increase production for the first time in a year, seeking to reduce the record price of oil, over the objections of Iran, Qatar, Venezuela, Libya and Algeria. Saudi Arabia, the group's biggest exporter, wanted to boost supplies after crude gained 28 percent this year to $78 a barrel, said Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani. The 500,000 barrel- a-day increase will be on top of actual production, according to Kuwait's acting oil minister, Mohammed Abdullah al-Aleem. [Bloomberg]
Thursday, 13 September, 2007: Egypt and Libya contact Neighboring countries for resolving Darfur Problem. Head of AU department in the Libyan ministry of foreign affairs Dr. Ali Al Tiraki hails the collaboration between Libya and Egypt for resolving Darfur dispute. He told press that Egypt and Libya will contact neighboring countries such as Eritrea and Chad before holding of AU and UN mediated talks for solving Darfur problem scheduled in Libya on 27th of October. [SMC]

( كيف يثق الشعب في المعارضة؟ ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عبدالله

( زارع ُالشوك ِلا يجني العنبَ.. يا أبنَ أبيه ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( الخميس 13 سبتمبر 2007 أول أيام رمضان المبارك ) بقلم : منير سالم

( أهو.. جاكم ءرمضان ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

Wednesday, 12 September, 2007: A Saudi Arabian-backed plan to temper high oil prices by raising oil production at today's OPEC meeting in Vienna is meeting resistance from Venezuela, Algeria and Libya. Oil prices above $77 a barrel are a burden to consuming nations, prompting some Persian Gulf producers to discuss raising OPEC quotas by at least 500,000 barrels a day at the meeting today. The group's biggest producer, Saudi Arabia, proposed an increase, Iraq's oil minister said before the talks started. OPEC wants ``to make a statement that there is enough oil to be supplied and there could be more oil coming if the market needs it,'' Falah al-Jibury, an adviser to the Iraqi Oil Ministry, said in an interview in Vienna. [Bloomberg]
Wednesday, 12 September, 2007: The Secretary of the Libyan general people's committee for posts and telecommunications, Dr Mohamed Moammar al-Qadhafi, adopted the issuance of a new stamp to depict importance to the Qadhafi project for African women, childhood and youth. The general people's committee said Monday in Tripoli that the stamp issued on the occasion of the eighth anniversary of the commemoration of the declaration of the African Union (AU) Foundation, on 9 September, was put on sale Sunday in post offices. The Qadhafi project for African Youth, Childhood and Women was announced on 31 December 2005 and launched in 2006. [PANA]
Wednesday, 12 September, 2007: ONGC Videsh (OVL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), is eyeing more gas fields in Libya. The company is one of the 35 qualified bidders for the fourth round of auction in December second week. The auction is to develop 12 fields, totalling 72,500 square kilometres. This was announced by the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya last week. The other bidders are: Exxon Mobile, Gas de France, Pakistan Petroleum, BG Libya, ExxonMobil, Conoco and Shell. “As per our practice, we will confirm and announce participation in exploration and production activities only when we sign the memorandum of understanding,” said an OVL spokesperson. [Business Standard]

ST: Interview with ICC Counsel Dr. Hadi Shalluf

انفورماتسيون : ( السجن لدانماركي من أصل ليبي بسبب انتقاده للقذافي )

( عودة صلاح الشلوي وعودة أدريس بو فايد ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( أغنى أرض وأفقر شعب!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( دعوة لشيطان إنس ) بقلم : خالد الغول

Tuesday, 11 September, 2007: One of the registered counsels at the International Criminal Court (ICC) proposed the establishment of a special court to prosecute war crimes in Darfur. The French-Libyan born counsel Dr. Hadi Shalluf (photo) submitted a detailed proposal to the UN Secretary General and the permanent members of the UN Security Council. Despite being a proponent of the ICC, Shalluf told Sudan Tribune that he has reservations on the first permanent world court for war crimes. [ST] more details...
Tuesday, 11 September, 2007: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday defended Libya as the venue for crucial peace talks on Darfur despite its spotty human rights record. While saying it was his obligation to protect human rights, Ban said "there may be many understandings or, again, interpretations" but that he appreciated "Libya's flexibility and kind gesture to hold this meeting." "They have experience and they have know-how, and there are number of leaders of movements and groups residing in Libya. So that was one of the factors," Ban added. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 11 September, 2007: The son of Libyan leader Qadhafi unveiled an ambitious plan on Monday to protect ancient Greek ruins, conserve the country's pristine Mediterranean coastline and draw eco-tourists to this former pariah state. Seif al-Islam al-Qadhafi's plan is part of an attempt to dramatically change the image of Libya - to an ecologically friendly tourist destination - at a time when the country is nearing its long-sought political goal: getting into the West's good graces. The younger Qadhafi announced the project at a lavish ceremony inside a 2,200-year-old Greek gymnasium in the ruins of the ancient city of Cyrene (photo). [HT]
Tuesday, 11 September, 2007: Russia should return its lost positions in Libya, said famous public figure and entrepreneur Ara Abramyan, co-chairman of the Russian-Libyan Business Council. Abramyan is leading Russian businessmen’s delegation, which is currently in Tripoli on a visit. In his words, “now the key task is to prepare concrete treaties to be signed shortly.” “We have no political disagreements with Libya. We have problems, which should be solved in the near future,” he noted. “I think that Russia should restore its lost positions and add new fields of cooperation,” Abramyan stressed. [Itar-Tass]

( نجدة أنزور بثياب ليبية ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( حفنة ممكنة ، كنزٌ غـُمر في الطين ) بقلم : أمارير

( دكاكين السياسة ) بقلم : مصطفى المهدوي

( مستقبلهم إلى الخلف وإلى الوراء.. ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Monday, 10 September, 2007: Vincent Tchenguiz, the property tycoon, has signed a $20m deal with Col Qadhafi’s government which could help foreign defence and aerospace groups fulfil investment obligations taken on to secure multi-billion pound deals with Libya. Mr Tchenguiz’s Consensus Business Group is investing in a research centre with Imperial Innovations, the Aim-listed commercial arm of Imperial College, along with the Libyan government’s Technical Studies Research Centre. Defence and aerospace manufacturers which invest in the venture will obtain credits which will cancel out the “offset” obligations assumed in trade deals with the country. [FT]
Monday, 10 September, 2007: OPEC should keep its output unchanged at its meeting on Tuesday, the Libyan oil chief argued on Sunday, but he suggested the cartel was yet to find a consensus for its production policy. "I don't think there should be an output increase. I don't think the market needs that for the time being," Shukri Ghanem, head of Libya's National Oil Company (NOC), told reporters as he arrived in the Austrian capital Vienna. The 12 members of the producers' cartel are to meet formally on Tuesday to decide on their output policy amid rising pressure on them to sanction an increase in supplies to lower prices. [AFP]
Monday, 10 September, 2007: A top Libyan official started a round of meetings on Monday to expand cooperation with Singapore. Mahmoud Gebril, director-general of Libya's National Economic Development Board, was scheduled to call on Foreign Minister George Yeo and Minister of State for Trade and Industry Lee Yi Shyan. He will also have meetings with the Economic Development Board and other agencies during his stay until Wednesday, a statement said. Yeo visited Libya in May as part of the city-state's efforts to engage the Middle East and North Africa. [Earth Times]
Monday, 10 September, 2007: A Libyan Airline has announced plans to commence flights from Tripoli to Nairobi, Kenya, beginning next year. Afriqiyah Airways, which is a major airline in North Africa, announced that plans were at an advanced stage to commence the flight connecting Tripoli and East Africa. "We are at a very advanced stage on starting operations in Kenya. We are currently limited because of the number of aircraft we own," said the airline’s Operations Director, Captain Ahmed Bukshem. He said the airline could commence flights after October subject to delivery of new jets. Bukshem said the airline operates a fleet of six leased aircraft, but 23 new jets had been ordered. [The Standard]

( الضيف الكريم ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( أربعة شيوخ يردون...) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( نفاق وغـفلة ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( تركيا : النموذج الممتنع ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

APN: Can Media Owned by Qadhafi’s Son be Free?

Sunday, 9 September, 2007: Libya missed out on a place in next year's African Cup of Nations following a 1-1 away draw with DR Congo on Saturday. Galatasaray striker Shabani Nonda gave the hosts the lead five minutes before the break from the penalty spot after Mbala Mbuta was brought down inside the area. Khaled Hussein drew Libya level seven minutes after re-start when Khaled Hussein's shot went into the back of the net after he was set-up by Tarek Al-Tayeb (photo)'s neat pass. Libya finished third in Group J with eight points, one behind second-placed DR Congo and two adrift of leaders Namibia, who defeated Ethiopia 3-2 to secure passage to the Nations Cup. [Fil-Balad]
Sunday, 9 September, 2007: A little over three years after Pan Am Flight 103 blew up over Lockerbie, Republican presidential candidate Fred D. Thompson provided advice to a colleague about one of his law firm’s new clients: The man representing the two Libyan intelligence officials charged in the terrorist bombing. The colleague, John Culver, a partner at the Washington firm of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn began advising the two suspects' Libyan lawyer in Feb. 1992. The involvement of Mr. Thompson, who worked part-time for Arent Fox as a lawyer and lobbyist from 1991 until shortly before his election to the Senate in 1994, never became public. But Arent Fox’s chairman, Marc L. Fleischaker, confirmed that Thompson briefly provided Culver with advice about the suspects’ case, billing the firm for 3.3 hours of his time. [The New York Times]
Sunday, 9 September, 2007: The UN secretary general has held talks with Libyan leader Qadhafi, as part of a three-country tour aimed at pushing for an end to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region. Ban Ki-moon said on Saturday that Qadhafi had pledged to gather as many Darfur rebel groups as possible for talks with Khartoum to be held in Libya next month. "I'm very encouraged by his strong support for talks in Libya," Ban said after his half-hour meeting with Gaddafi. Ban was speaking near the town of Sirte, Qadhdafi's hometown, on the last leg of a three-country African tour aimed at paving the way for an agreement to end the Darfur conflict. He has already visited Chad and Sudan in the past week. [Al-Jazeera]

( من أصل الفساد في ليبيا؟... ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( جماهيرية إليك وحدك يا من..!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

تعازي إلى آل البرعصي     تعزية إلى آل المصراتي

( ثوابث القانون والدين.. حسب عقول المساكين ) بقلم : خالد الغول

( لا لسياسة الميز العنصري .. دعوة مفتوحة لمناصرة تيتريت ) بقلم : موحمد مادي

( حول الدستور الليبي القديم والمستقبلي! ) بقلم : جمعة القماطي

Saturday, 8 September, 2007: Two new private dailies, Oea and Cyrene, hit the Libyan newsstands on 20 August 2007. Does this, together with the recent launch of the private Libyan television channel Al-Libyah, herald the beginning of a change on the country's media scene? Both Oea and Cyrene are owned by Al-Ghad, the same company that owns Al-Libya. Al-Ghad belongs to Seif el-Islam al-Qadhafi, the son of Colonel Qadhafi. "Those who know the nature of Qadhafi's regime also know that they cannot be cheated by the 'reformist simulation' of Seif el-Islam," Farag Buasha (photo), a Libyan freelance journalist exiled in Germany told APN. "How can we pretend those outlets are not owned by the regime when they belong to Qadhafi's son?". According to Buasha, the colonel's son spends millions of dollars taken from public funds as he wishes. Buasha thinks the establishment of a free press ... in Libya is hopeless as long as Qadhafi's totalitarian regime remains in place. [APN]
Saturday, 8 September, 2007: Peace talks between the Sudanese government and Darfur rebels on ending over four and a half years of conflict are to start on 27 October in Tripoli, Libya, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said. "After consultations with the parties, chairperson of the AU [Africa Union] Alpha Konare and I have decided that the negotiations should begin in Libya on Saturday 27 October under the lead of the AU-UN special envoys who will continue to work in close coordination with the countries of the region," said Ban. He made the announcement after talks with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir at the end of a five-day mission to Sudan, which included a trip to South Sudan and the war-ravaged Darfur region. [UNIRIN]
Saturday, 8 September, 2007: Thirty-five companies, including major Western firms, have been pre-selected to tender for a dozen contracts to prospect 41 gas blocks in Libya, the north African country's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Friday. The tender process, which began in July, is the fourth hydrocarbon offer by Tripoli but the first for gas. Results of the tenders are due to be announced on December 9. The exploration blocks cover a total of 72,000 square kilometres (28,800 square miles), including offshore basins near Sirte, in north Libya, and southern Ghadames and Marzuq, and the eastern Cyrenaica region. Among the companies competing are Gaz de France, Britain's BP, ExxonMobil, Shell, Total, Eni (Italy), Russia's Gazprom, LUKOIL and NOVATEK, and the US Chevron and Pan American Energy LLC. [AFP]
Saturday, 8 September, 2007: Libyan Arab African Investment Company (LAAICO) has bought the majority of the stake (59.99%) of Hotel Abou Nawas Tunis, a large hotel situated at the centre of the Tunisian capital. It is the first investment in Tunisia of LAAICO, present in 25 African countries, where it owns hotels boasting a total 3,500 rooms in seaside resorts, city centres and national parks. Apart from the tourism sector, the Libyan company is active in different sectors such as industry, agriculture, trade and telecommunications. [ANSA]

PI: Qadhafi Gets More Than He Deserves

( ملاحظات حول المذكرة التى تناشد الأمم المتحدة ) بقلم : عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين

( رمية النرد الأخيرة لبوش الصغير! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعشة

( تيريت... شرارة ساطعة ) بقلم : فتحي بن خليفة

Friday, 7 September, 2007: Libya has imposed restrictions on Egyptian trying to enter the country, limiting access solely to those from the border towns and with tribal links, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. The sudden move by the government of Libyan leader Col. Qadhafi came just a few weeks after Egyptian workers clashed with locals in the western Libyan desert town Beni Walid. "The (new) instructions are that only those were born in Matrouh and have work contracts can enter into the Libyan territories," Hossam Zaki, spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, said in a statement, referring to the Egyptian province bordering Libya. [HT]
Friday, 7 September, 2007: Libya emerged yesterday as the surprise choice for full-scale peace talks next month between Darfur's rebel leaders and the Sudanese government. The talks, due to start on Oct. 27 and to be chaired jointly by the UN and the AU, were announced at the end of a four-day visit to Sudan by the UN secretary general. UN officials disclosed that Sudan's president, Omar al-Bashir, had unexpectedly proposed Tripoli as the best venue during a dinner on Monday night. Five other countries had offered to host the meeting. Mr Bashir had already cleared it with Libya's leader Qadhafi, and Alpha Oumar Konare, the chairman of the AU. [The Guardian]
Friday, 7 September, 2007: Repsol YPF SA and Union Fenosa SA have both been authorised to participate in bids for gas exploration projects in Libya, Cinco Dias reported citing a ruling by Libyan state oil group NOC's management committee. According to the report, Repsol is one of 35 oil companies which applied for clearance to bid for exploration contracts while Fenosa is one of 21 companies that can participate as investors in bidding consortia. Libya is expected to award 12 concessions over 41 blocks covering 72,500 square kilometres, the newspaper said. [AFX]

( لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة المتحدة ) : لقطات من ( مظاهرة لندن )

( لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة المتحدة ) : بيان المعتصمين

( حسن السوسي بين رجال السياسة ورجال الأعمال ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( مولى العيون رغيبه ) شعر شعبي : عبدالكريم المالكي

Thursday, 6 September, 2007: Libya struggling to define post-al-Qadhafi era: [Qadhafi] is well aware that the system is on its last legs. This is why he is allowing his son, Saif al-Islam, to cite the introduction of a Constitution. The proposed changes remain modest, and are principally intended to facilitate economic life - the establishment of a central bank, of "independent" media (Saif al-Islam has founded a press group,) and of a modern judiciary. But the son has specified that his father's authority remains a "red line." It is merely a matter of strengthening the Libyan system, of "direct democracy." So the establishment of political parties does not seem to be on the agendas. It remains to be seen whether the guide, 67, would accept a role as a mere "president" with symbolic powers, which some people would like to see him perform. And whether modern institutions can replace overnight the government by consensus constantly negotiated by the guide among the tribes, the old revolutionary guard, and young leaders hungry for change. [Le Figaro]
Thursday, 6 September, 2007: First Gulf Bank, a United Arab Emirates lender, said on Wednesday it has agreed with the Libyan government to set up a commercial bank in the north African oil producer. Libya, with a population of 5 million and the biggest holder of oil reserves in Africa, is moving to modernise its primitive banks but faces an uphill task in a command economy where cash is king, firms struggle to get credit and reforms can fall prey to influential opponents. First Gulf, the UAE's sixth-largest bank and third biggest in Abu Dhabi by market value, said it would own half of Gulf-Libyan Bank, with the Libyan government's Economic and Social Development Fund owning the other half, it said in a statement. Gulf-Libyan will have authorised capital of $400 million and paid-up capital of $200 million, it said. [Reuters]
Thursday, 6 September, 2007: German national Gerhard Wisser, one of two men arrested for allegedly breaching S. Africa's nuclear laws, was yesterday convicted of seven counts connected to the activities of the Abdul Khan network and its procurement efforts for Libya and Pakistan. Khan, a Pakistan national, in 2004 confessed to having been involved in a clandestine int'l network of nuclear weapons technology proliferation in Libya, Iran and North Korea. Wisser pleaded guilty to a number of charges linked to the Libyan and Pakistani nuclear weapons programme and was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment, suspended for five years. [Business Day]
Thursday, 6 September, 2007: Three Russian companies - Gazprom, Lukoil and Novatek - will participate in the fourth round of bidding for the right to operate oil fields in Libya, the National Oil Corporation (NOC) said Wednesday. In all, 35 companies have qualified for Bid Round 4, including Ukraine's Naftogaz, as well as Gas de France, ExxonMobil, Wintershall, Statoil, Sonatrach, OMV, Shell, BP, ENI, Chevron, Petronas, ONGC and RWE. The NOC also said it has approved a list of 21 companies that have qualified as "investor," including MOL, Hellinic Petroleum, Oil India, Japan Petroleum, Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsui Oil, Korea Gas, Nippon Oil, Centrica, E.On and Fenosa. Libya has the largest proven reserves of low-sulfur oil in Africa and, at 5.1 billion metric tons, the fifth-largest reserves among OPEC countries. [RIA Novosti]

( الحركة الوطنية الليبية ) : انقلاب سبتمبر... 38 عاما من القهر والهوان

( من الدكتاتورية المطلقة إلى شمولية الاصلاحيين ) بقلم : سالم محمد

Was the Quietness of 38th Anniversary Ominous?  By : Ghoma

Wednesday, 5 September, 2007: Libya and some OPEC countries have been supplying world markets in the past weeks with incremental oil supplies as customers have asked for more crude. "We in Libya have increased our production because some customers have asked for more oil. And I know some other OPEC countries are doing this as well," Shokri Ghanem, head of Libya's state-run National Oil Co. told Dow Jones Newswires by telephone from Tripoli. "There is enough oil in the market and this is why OPEC doesn't need to take any formal action" at the producer group's meeting on Sept. 11 in Vienna, he said. Libya has recently been producing about 1.75 million barrels a day. [Market Watch]
Wednesday, 5 September, 2007: French First Lady Cecilia Sarkozy said in an interview published Tuesday that her trip to Libya to secure the release of Bulgarian medics was a mission to "save lives" as the opposition stepped up calls for her to testify before an inquiry. In her first interview about her mission, Cecilia Sarkozy said she had "face-to-face talks, in English" with Libyan leader Qadhafi and held marathon negotiations for 50 hours with officials in Tripoli to win the release of the six medics. "I arrived there as a woman, as a mother, without necessarily dwelling on the complexity of international relations, but with the firm intention of saving lives," the wife of President Nicolas Sarkozy said in the interview with L'Est Republicain daily. [AFP]
Wednesday, 5 September, 2007: Libya Oil expects to buy a 50 per cent stake in Kenya's sole refinery owned by three oil marketers. Shell, BP plc and Chevron, have expressed their interest to cede their shareholding in the Kenya Petroleum Refineries citing low returns. The Kenyan government owns the remaining half of the refinery and is currently working on an upgrade to turn around the refinery at a cost of Sh17.5 billion. The Libyan firm, formerly Tamoil, says there have been no negotiations or contacts so far with the three oil marketers. [Business Daily]

Broadcast Computers: Interview with Mr. Braik Swaisi

لقطات من ( مظاهرة الليبيين في لندن في ذكرى الأنقلاب (2) ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( الإفلاس أو الإنفجار ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( "الجديد" في ذكرى الانقلاب ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( انقلاب سبتمبر.. نتاج الغفلة والخيانة والتآمر ) بقلم : ابراهيم صهد

( محكمة أمن الدولة : انتكاسة كبيرة لأحلام الانفراج.. ) بقلم : د. عبدالمجيد الصغيّر

Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: Two call girls have dropped assault charges against the nephew of Libyan leader Qadhafi, Britain's Crown Prosecution Service said Monday. The two women had alleged they were beaten up by Mohammed al-Sanussi, 26, at his London home on Nov. 17. The women said in court documents the attack occurred after they tried to leave when a dispute over money erupted. Sanussi was arrested after police went to the house. One of the women, Karen Etchebery, claimed she was followed shortly after going to police. Al-Sanussi's father, Abdullah, is the head of Libya's intelligence service and Qadhafi's brother-in-law. "I withdrew from the case because I was scared," she told the Sunday Times and the Daily Mail newspapers. [AP]
Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner met Libya's deputy foreign minister on Monday, the first high-level meeting since Tripoli freed a group of Bulgarian medics in July. Waldner, who worked for the release of the medics, would have a "brief meeting with the Libyan representative" Abdullati Elobeidi, said her spokeswoman. During that meeting "the question of further developments of the relationship could be brought up," the spokeswoman added. The meeting was not expected to last longer than 10 minutes. [AFP]
Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: Libya's deputy foreign minister Abdullati Ibrahim Elobeidi took part on Monday, as an observer, in a conference in Brussels on the European Union's policy with its neighbours, stretching from Ukraine and the Caucasus to northern Africa. [AFP]
Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: Bulgaria signed an official agreement on Monday to transfer Libya's communist-era debt to a fund for the victims of a Libyan Aids epidemic blamed on six Bulgarian medics who were released by Tripoli in July. Bulgarian Deputy Foreign Minister Feim Chaushev and the chairperson of the so-called Benghazi International Fund, Mark Pierini, signed the agreement a month after Sofia waived Libya's $56,6-million debt. Libya had stopped servicing its $20-million debt to Bulgaria in 1984 and had previously denied Bulgaria's claims for an accumulated $30,6-million interest. [IOL]
Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: Property department in the various municipalities in Libya on Sunday started distributing 100,000 title deeds to citizens, who have applied for houses, as part of festivities marking the 38th anniversary of the 1st September Libyan Revolution. The initiative is in line with Libya's national housing programme and will continue throughout September. Officials from the property department of Housing told the press that the first phase of the programme received 235,515 applications for houses between 2 April and 23 July this year. [AeL]
Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: The Vatican has appointed new ambassadors, called Papal nuncios, to Libya, Malta and the Philippines. Monsignor Tommaso Caputo, formerly the chief of protocol at the Vatican's State Secretariat, has been named Papal Nuncio to Malta and Libya. Caputo has also been promoted to Archbishop, and handed the titular, or symbolic, archdiocese of Otricoli, an ancient town in Italy's central Umbria region. [AKI]
Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: South Korea's power monopoly Korea Electric Power Corp. (KEPCO) said Monday it has signed a US$600,000 contract to advise the Libyan government on the country's future power demands. The contract signed in Tripoli Saturday calls for long-range forecasting for Libya's power grid demands and a plan to develop power plants in the North African country over the next ten months, KEPCO said in a regulatory filing. [Yonhap]
Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: Italy on Monday urged the European Union to strengthen ties with Libya, saying the climate had changed since the successful resolution of the jailed medics controversy earlier this summer. Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Famiano Crucianelli, attending a meeting on the EU's Neighbourhood Policy, said Libya should be helped to draw nearer to the Union through that very policy. The EU's neighbourhood Policy (ENP) aims to stop divisions forming between the expanded EU and its new neighbours in eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. It also tries to foster development and stability in those areas. [ANSA]

( برنامج "استوديو1" ـ مونت كارلو الدولية ) : لقاء مع المخرج الليبي محمد مخلوف

( مقاصد اختلاف الدارين (6) ـ الحلقة الأخيرة ) بقلم : د. عبدالحكيم الفيتوري

Tuesday, 4 September, 2007: Britain has become involved in a potentially damaging diplomatic imbroglio after a relative of Libyan dictator Colonel Qadhafi was prosecuted for assaulting two prostitutes at his London home. The case against Mohamed Al Sanussi, 26, collapsed after the two alleged victims withdrew their evidence ... He is the son of Abdullah Al Sanussi - Qadhafi's brother-in-law and a senior figure in Libyan security, who has been linked to the Lockerbie bombing and the downing of a French airliner over Africa. The sources claim that a letter which was sent by the Libyan Government in early July made representations asking for the case to be dropped. It is also understood that Libyan officials suggested a £450million gas deal, struck with BP in May, could be jeopardised by the case. The deal was announced during a visit by Tony Blair to Libya. The Foreign Office admitted that it passed the letter from the Libyans to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald, but refused to discuss its contents. [Daily Mail]
Monday, 3 September, 2007: Libya's al-Ittihad (photo/logo) defeated Tunisia's Etoile Sportive du Sahel 2-0 on Saturday to secure a berth in the African Champions League semi-finals. ES Sahel remain at the top of the Group A standings with 11 points, followed by al-Ittihad with 10 points. Algeria’s JS Kabylie managed only a 1-1 draw with FAR Rabat in Morocco and remained third in the group with 7 points. [Magharebia]
Monday, 3 September, 2007: The key piece of material evidence used by prosecutors to implicate Libya in the Lockerbie bombing has emerged as a probable fake. Nearly two decades after Pan Am flight 103 exploded over Scotland on 21 December, 1988, allegations of int'l political intrigue and shoddy investigative work are being levelled at the British government, the FBI and the Scottish police as one of the crucial witnesses, Swiss engineer Ulrich Lumpert, has apparently confessed that he lied about the origins of a crucial 'timer' - evidence. [The Guardian]

( لئن شكرتم لأزيدنكم ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( بدون خطاب!.. لأول مرة منذ الإنقلاب!!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (11) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( الأتحاد الليبي للمدافعين عن حقوق الإنسان ) : ملف حقوق الإنسان فى ذكرى انقلاب سبتمبر

لقطات من ( مظاهرة الليبيين في لندن في ذكرى الأنقلاب (1) ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( الفاتح 38 .. للكذب العظيم!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( مؤسسة المنار ) : وثائق تدحض أكاذيب القذافى

Sunday, 2 September, 2007: Libya commemorated 38 years of Qadhafi's rule on Saturday amid signs the north African nation is cautiously embarking on domestic reform to complement its rapprochment with the West. The usual anniversary banners paying homage to Qadhafi fluttered over the capital's streets alongside the huge photographs of the leader that are a permanent fixture on public buildings. State media also serialised extracts from Qadhafi's memoirs of the days leading up to his bloodless overthrow of King Idris on September 1, 1969. [AFP]
Sunday, 2 September, 2007: Libya has pardoned over two thousand prisoners to mark the 38th anniversary of president Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's seizure of power, state television reported on Friday. Beneficiaries include foreigners as well as Libyans who have all served at least half their sentences and demonstrated good behaviour, television reports said. Saturday is the anniversary of Qadhafi's September 1, 1969 overthrow of the Western-backed King Idris I. [Al-Jazira]

تعازي إلى آل بن خيال وساسي     تعزية إلى آل الخوجة

الساطور : 1 سبتمبر.. يوم حـِدَاد وطني 
Al-Sature: 1 September.. National Day of Mourning

المسحان : هدية للشعب الليبي في الذكرى سيئة السمعة

محمد بن احميدة : هدية الشعب الليبي للقائد بمناسبة أعياد الفاتح

موقع "ليبيا الغـد" : ( جماعة الوطنيين الديمقراطيين الليبية : محنتنا عارضة.. لا تلبث أن تزول )

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : ( بيان بمناسبة الذكرى الثامنة والثلاثين لتغييب الشرعية الدستورية )

Saturday, 1 September, 2007: A delegation of Britain's House of Commons, led by Daniel Kawczynski, is in Tripoli to participate in celebrations marking the 38th anniversary of Libya's 1st September Revolution. The delegation held talks Thursday in Tripoli with Soulieman Shehoumi, External Affairs Secretary to the General People's Congress. Both sides reviewed several areas of their bilateral relations, as well as many other issues of common interest. [LeMali]
Saturday, 1 September, 2007: The mayor of Italy's Tremiti Islands, Giuseppe Calabrese, will soon organise a new conference about the deported Libyans who from 1911 to 1942 were taken to the penal colonies of the Kingdom of Italy: apart from the Tremiti Islands, also to Ustica, Ponza, Favignana and Gaeta; Calabrese, who is preparing a RAI service on his recent visit in Tripoli in July, announced. The meeting - according to the mayor - could represent a further "approaching bridge" of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi with the Italian government. When I was in Tripoli - Calabrese said - Qadhafi promised me he will sooner or later return the visit. [ANSA]
Saturday, 1 September, 2007: Niger's main desert tour operator has cancelled all flights this 2007 season because of Tuareg unrest, it announced Thursday as President Mamadou Tandja asked Libya to help deal with the insurgency. Point Afrique, which in 2006 flew more than 4,500 people from France to the barren but beautiful Agadez region inhabited mainly by Tuareg nomads, "thinks it would be irresponsible" to go ahead. The season would normally run from October until March. Since February, however, a Tuareg rebel Movement of Nigeriens for Justice (MNJ) has launched an uprising, and similar unrest has broken out again this month in Mali. [AFP]

( ثوابت الدين وثوابت القانون ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( ليلة زفاف عزيزة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( إنها حقوق واجبة الأداء، لا يتم تسولها أو التصدق بها ) بقلم : هشام بن غلبون

لقطات من ( مخيم الأمل 2007 ، اللقاء الثانى عشر، 17-19 أغسطس 2007 )

لقطات من ( كارنيفال نوتنغ هيل، لندن ، 26ـ27 أغسطس 2007 ) تصوير : عمر الهوني

( لبنان : المعادلة الصائبة! ) بقلم : فرج ابوالعـشة

( الموضوع الحقيقي لقضية البلغاريات ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

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