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( الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا ) : بيان صحفي

( مطر مارس.. ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

في الذكرى الأولى لاعتقاله : ( فريد الزوي : بنيتي لن أخذلك أبداً )

Friday, 29 February, 2008: Libya has not changed, US and European testaments to the contrary notwithstanding. Brussels and Washington both hold Libya up as a success, either for engagement or the Bush doctrine. Turning a blind eye, however, to the falsity of reform is dangerous. Not only does Qadhafi continue to sponsor terror and violate human rights, he may at any time use the European injection of cash and technology to resurrect his weapons programs. Failure will not be limited to Libya, however. Rogues like Syria, Iran, and North Korea now understand that western demands are ephemeral and delay will pay ... Europe's willingness to prioritize commercial ties above any other consideration also undercuts int'l efforts to prosecute war crimes. As former Liberian President Charles Taylor awaits judgment in The Hague, the Special Court for Sierra Leone has uncovered evidence that Qadhafi trained and underwrote the forces that most victimized civilians. European willingness to exculpate such criminality for a cash payment makes a mockery of its human rights rhetoric. Even as European statesmen and company chairmen visit Tripoli to sign lucrative contracts, Fathi Eljhami, Libya's leading advocate of political reform, remains in solitary confinement, unacknowledged in Brussels. [AEI]
Friday, 29 February, 2008: Libya and the Barcelona process have been going nowhere. Why? Qadhafi is a fan of multinational groupings, whether Arab, Maghreb or African. Since the sanctions period, when he found support notably from South African President Nelson Mandela, he has turned increasingly to Africa, enthusiastically sponsoring the new African Union and the dream of a United States of Africa. For him Europe is Europe, and its proper partner is not Libya but Africa. To join the Barcelona process, Libya would have to accept a massive volume of matters already agreed that have little attraction for Qadhafi. He would have to sit down with Israel, which he might be willing to do at a price. More difficult is the commitment to forms of democracy incompatible with his own ideas of democracy in the Jamahiriya. It is one thing for the presidents of Egypt, Tunisia and Syria to swear they are committed to parliamentary democracy, quite another for Qadhafi, who professes to believe his system is different and better. In Addis Ababa on January 29 Qadhafi threatened that "if African unity is not achieved, then Libya will turn its back on Africa and reorient its foreign policy in other directions - Euro-Mediterranean or Arab-Mediterranean." Is Barcelona still in with a chance? I doubt it. [Daily Star]
Friday, 29 February, 2008: Polish Oil & Gas Company-Libya (POGC-Libya), a subsidiary of PGNiG, signed an exploration and production sharing agreement (EPSA) with the Libyan state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC). NOC also signed a production sharing agreement with PGNiG. The EPSA covers the area of License 113 within the Murzuq Basin. PGNiG acquired this license in December 2007, in the fourth round of the public tender for the exploration and production of natural gas in Libya. Block 113, with an area of 5,494 sqkm, is situated at the borderline between the Murzuq and Gadamesh basins. POGC-Libya will implement a minimum work program for the total amount of $108 million, including acquiring 3,000 km of 2D seismic, 1,500 sqkm of 3D seismic and drilling eight wells. Signing the EPSA with Libya is reportedly in line with PGNiG's exploration of hydrocarbon deposits outside Poland. It is also an element of the company's broader strategy. [Energy-Business]
Friday, 29 February, 2008: The European Commission announced its proposal to start negotiations on the first-ever framework accord with Libya on Wednesday, including a free trade agreement aimed at paving the way towards the country's WTO membership. Apart from trade, the framework mainly identifies energy and migration as fields of potential further cooperation. Libya is considered an important partner in restricting illegal migration from Africa and plays an important role in the EU's strategy to diversify its energy suppliers, given Libya's status as one of the world's largest oil-producers. Currently, the EU and Libya do not maintain diplomatic relations, with dealings taking place only in the context of the Union's neighbourhood policy, which includes 17 countries from North Africa, the Middle East, Russia and former Soviet Republics, and the Euro-Mediterranean partnership. External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner called the decision "historic", expressing her hope that it would create "solid and lasting" relations. She praised Libya's role as "an important player in the Mediterranean region and in Africa". The Commission will begin negotiations once the member states have given the go-ahead. [EurActive]
Friday, 29 February, 2008: More illegal migrants have embarked on dangerous sea crossings to Europe from Libya since Tripoli said it would expel undocumented foreigners, an official at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said. Last month the Libyan government said it had begun to deport illegal immigrants, a community of up to 2 million, mostly men from poor African states who are trying to reach Europe. They were welcomed to the oil-exporting desert country in the 1990s as a source of cheap labour, but officials and locals now blame the migrants for taking jobs from unemployed Libyans, while European governments are pressuring Tripoli to stem the flow of migrants north from its shores. Thousands of people cross the Mediterranean from Libya illegally every year, many of them in overcrowded, badly-equipped boats. They are often rescued at sea by passing boats or coastguard patrols. Since the expulsion plan was announced, the number of migrants setting out seems to have increased, said the IOM's chief of mission in Libya, Laurence Hart, on Thursday. [Reuters]
( الليبرالي ليس نماما.. لماذا؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( اغتيال مغنية.. وتخريب قمة دمشق!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( حكايات من داخل الخيمة (2) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

( الحق المبين فى عـقائد السنوسيين (4) ) بقلم : محمد الصادق

( الحقبة القذافية الأولى (2) ) بقلم : فاطمة محمود

اذاعة هولندا : دموع التساؤل في عيون الجهمي

Thursday, 28 February, 2008: Libya received almost 40 bln usd in oil revenues in 2007, slightly above the 2006 total, thanks to the rise in oil prices in 2006 and 2007, said Chokri Ghanem, president of the Libyan National Oil Co (NOC). Ghanem said 30 pct of the revenues is allocated to the costs of the state's running of the company, while the remaining 70 pct goes towards financing development projects. Libya is Africa's second-largest oil producing country, with 1.8 mln barrels per day, and has oil reserves estimated at 43 bln barrels, Ghanem said. Libya expects to double its production to attain about 3 mln bpd by 2010. [Forbes]
Thursday, 28 February, 2008: Libya's re-entry into the good graces of the West in 2003 was hailed by the U.S. as a foreign policy success story. Analysts say Washington was pointedly trying to show countries like Iran and North Korea that good things can happen to a country that gives up ambitions to get WMD and stops backing terrorism. But, as Libyan ambassador to the U.S. Ali Aujali tells VOA, his country is still waiting for its tangible thank-yous from Washington. "I think Libya is entitled, Libya deserves, better attention from the U.S. for what it did if we are really concerned about the proliferation about the weapons of mass destruction…The U.S. did not reward Libya for what it did. Libya did not get the reward that we were supposed to get," he said. Secretary Rice says she still wants to press ahead with a trip to Libya, but no visit has yet been announced. She also says she realizes that Libya would like some recognition for having changed its behavior. [VOA]
Thursday, 28 February, 2008: Lebanon's examining magistrate summoned Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to appear for questioning about a Lebanese cleric who went missing in Libya 30 years ago. Samih el-Haj summoned Qadhafi to report to the court in Beirut in April, the state-run Lebanese News Agency reported. The court is investigating what happened to Imam Moussa al- Sadr, chairman of Lebanon's Shiite Islamic Council, and two of his aides, who went missing on a visit to Libya in 1978. [Bloomberg]
Thursday, 28 February, 2008: The family of Isaac Oppong, a Ghanaian said to have been murdered in Libya by five of his compatriots, has granted a plea for clemency for the only surviving member of the killers. Clemency is crucial in sparing the life of Kwabena Kankam who is due for execution in Libya on Friday. His four accomplices have already paid the ultimate price. Relatives of the convict managed to secure the clemency on Tuesday at Dormaa Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo Region where the late Oppong’s family resides. Kwabena Kankam is said to have admitted to killing Isaac Oppong in what he called self-defence. It is not known yet if the Libyan authorities have been told of the desire of Isaac Oppong’s family to spare Kankam’s life. [MJO]
Thursday, 28 February, 2008: Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) ratified an exploration agreement with Exxon Mobil on Wednesday, setting terms by which the US supermajor will explore for hydrocarbons off the Libyan coast. Exxon will drill at least one exploration well in offshore Area 21 and committed to a minimum work programme involving 4,000 square kilometres of two-dimensional seismic surveying and 2,000 square kilometres of 3D surveying, NOC officials said. Exxon agreed to invest $97 million in the project and to pay a signature bonus of $72 million. It would pay a further $25 million to fund training programmes or scholarships for Libyan citizens during the exploration period and $3 million to improve schools in Libya. It follows similar deals in recent days between NOC and foreign firms that won concessions in December in Libya's first gas-focused exploration licensing round. [MEOL]
( من السياسة (3) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( صوت الأمل ) : حوار الأستاذ عبدالمنصف البوري والأستاذة فدوى بويصير

( بعد وزارات الداخلية .. الإعلام مطلوب لبيت الطاعة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : الأمم المتحدة وانتهاكات حقوق الإنسان فى ليبيا

( معالم غير واضحة ، لطريقٍ يسهل عبوره ) بقلم : أمارير

( الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : تأسيسه ونشأته (21) ) بقلم : محمد بن غلبون

Wednesday, 27 February, 2008: The European Commission will on Wednesday present proposals to strengthen the EU's relations with Libya, a spokeswoman said. The European Union resumed ties with Libya last year after Tripoli released six foreign medics accused of spreading the virus that causes AIDS to children. EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner will present the new proposals at the EU executive arm's weekly meeting on Wednesday. The medical personnel were incarcerated in Libya in 1999 after being convicted of infecting more than 400 children with HIV-tainted blood in a hospital in the northeast city of Benghazi. They were freed last July following a trip to Libya by Ferrero-Waldner and then French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy. To help secure their release, Ferrero-Waldner signed a memorandum of understanding with Tripoli offering to work towards improving relations. However EU-Libya ties remain slight despite the fact that European sanctions imposed over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing were lifted in 2004. The commission's new proposals will be studied by various working groups before being formally presented to the 27 EU member states. [AFP]
Wednesday, 27 February, 2008: Private investment firm Colony Capital LLC's deal to buy a controlling stake in Libya's European oil refining and marketing firm Tamoil is in trouble, a Libyan source said on Tuesday. Colony said last year it agreed to buy the stake, in a deal that valued the refiner at 4 billion euros ($5.9 billion), marking the second major foray by private equity into the European oil refining business in recent years. "I feel it will be very difficult," said the Libyan source, who declined to be identified by name. "We're almost at the end of the process and there are some substantial obstacles." The source did not specify why the deal was in trouble. Los Angeles-based Colony declined to comment. In June, Colony said in a statement that the sale also included Tamoil holding company Oilinvest and that the Libyan government would retain a 35 percent stake in the ongoing group. Separately, the Libyan National Oil Corporation said in a statement this week that ownership of Oilinvest has been transferred to the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), a sovereign wealth fund. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 27 February, 2008: The Secretary of the Libyan Tourism Board, Ammar Latayef, on Tuesday met his Egyptian counterpart, Amr Al-Izabi, in Tripoli to discuss cooperation in the tourism and cultural fields. The Egyptian delegation is in Libya under the framework of a tourist caravan comprising several experts and specialists of the ministries of tourism and interior , Egyptian Union of Chamber of Commerce, tourist companies and hotels, as well as artists and journalists. During their five-day stay, the caravan will be promoting tourist investment opportunities in Egypt. Some 450,000 Libyan tourists visited Egypt in 2007. [PANA]
Wednesday, 27 February, 2008: According to Balancing Act, South African wireless group Vodacom is close to signing a deal with Libya’s state investment vehicle Libya Africa Portfolio (LAP) Green to take over its recently purchased operations in Rwanda and Uganda. According to the Africa news specialist, a draft of the agreement suggests that Vodacom would take over a majority stake and have technical control, whilst LAP Green would remain a significant minority shareholder. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database LAP Green acquired a 69% stake in Uganda Telecom (UTL) in April 2007 and six months later acquired an 80% interest in Rwandatel for USD100 million, beating rival offers from the likes of Vodacom, Celtel (now part of the Zain Group), V-Tel Holdings of Jordan, Bit Map (Singapore) and Rwanda's R-Com. [TeleGeography]
الساطور : ( مؤسسة القذافي للتنمية )

( كلام .. والسلام ) بقلم : ناجي الفيتوري

( خطوة.. في الإتجاه الصحيح!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( صفات الله تعالى بين المعطلين والمشبهين (1) ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

Tuesday, 26 February, 2008: The Qadhafi Foundation denied a report by Human Rights Watch that it was holding a Libyan political prisoner whose health was deteriorating on Monday, as AFP was allowed to visit the detainee. HRW called at the end of January for the immediate and unconditional release of opposition figure Fathi al-Jahmi, 66, who has been held since 2004 after criticising the regime of Libya's leader Moamer Kadhafi. It said he was seriously ill and needed urgent medical treatment. But Salah Abdessalem of the Foundation, a charity headed by Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam, said he was "suprised" by the statement over Jahmi, who had already been in hospital for the past eight months. He was being given "all the medical assistance he needs", said Abdessalem. An AFP journalist who was authorised to visit Jahmi said the patient was isolated in a room of Tripoli General Hospital's cardiology ward, under the guard of three policemen. Smiling but visibly tired, he was circled by his wife and five children. "It's my state of health which concerns me right now. I want to go back to my family home," he said. "The (Kadhafi) Foundation has even proposed for the family to take charge of him and to continue his treatment at the family home but we have not received any response yet," said Abdessalem. [AFP]
Tuesday, 26 February, 2008: Libya's U.N. ambassador said on Monday he doubted his country, which sits on the Security Council, could support in its current form a proposed sanctions resolution against Iran over its nuclear program. "Really we cannot be supportive of further sanctions," Giadalla Ettalhi told reporters as he went into into a U.N. Security Council meeting on unrelated issues. Asked if Libya would vote "no" if the resolution went to a vote unchanged, Ettalhi said, "I think so." A Libyan contrary vote or abstention could not stop passage of the European-drafted resolution, which would be the 15-nation council's third imposing sanctions on Iran. But Western countries are keen for another unanimous 15-0 vote which they say would send a firmer signal to Tehran. To pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favor with no votes against by any of the permanent members -- the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 26 February, 2008: The European Union hopes to launch talks on closer political and economic ties with Libya this year as part of a drive to boost ties with key energy suppliers, an EU official said on Monday. The European Commission is expected on Wednesday to propose a mandate for it to conduct negotiations on behalf of the bloc in areas covering trade, economic cooperation and migration. The mandate has to be approved by the EU's 27 member states. "We want a substantial agreement covering the political, trade and cooperation," an EU official said, adding that the hope was to launch the talks this year. EU ties with Libya were stalled for years over charges that the Libyan government supported terrorism. But Brussels announced in July it would boost ties after Tripoli freed Bulgarian medics accused of infecting Libyan children with HIV. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 26 February, 2008: The Croatian president Stjepan Mesic met with the former British premier Tony Blair on Monday. Today Blair is a special official for peace in the Middle East. The meeting took place in the Libyan city Sirt. Mesic and Blair, who is also visiting Libya, met in the impressive congress centre in Sirt, the birth city of the Libyan leader Qadhafi. - We talked about the Middle East and the Middle East peace process, as well as what I am trying to do to make long lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians – said Tony Blair after talking to Mesic. - We agreed that this was a challenging task, and I recognize what Croatia has contributed in that sense – said the former British premier. - Croatia is interested in stopping global terrorism, and it is only possible to stop it if we solve regional crises, and the regional crisis in the Middle East is most important – said Mesic. He added that Tony Blair, the special Middle East peace quartet (USA, EU, Russia, UN) wants full success for his mission. During the day concerning the Middle East peace process, Blair talked to the Libyan leader Qadhafi about Libya’s role in the process. [Javno]
( حكايات من داخل الخيمة (1) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

( الحل الأمثل : الشركة العربية للفساد والأمن! ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( صياح الديك ، بصوت الدجاجة (5) ) بقلم : أمارير

Monday, 25 February, 2008: A group led by the son of Libyan leader Qadhafi said on Sunday that talks had begun with leaders of an Al-Qaeda linked group over the release of imprisoned rebel commanders. "The (Qadhafi) Foundation announces the opening of a dialogue with the leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) under the auspices of the president of the foundation, Seif al-Islam," a foundation statement said. Security officials were preparing to release a third of the prisoners, currently held in Libya, the foundation said. LIFG said in January 2007 it would continue to fight against Qadhafi's regime and in November announced links to Al-Qaeda. The group was led from central Asia by Abu Laith al-Libi, a top lieutenant of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, until his killing in early February in a US missile attack in the tribal northwest of Pakistan. LIFG was formed at the start of the 1990s in Afghanistan by Libyan militants who took up arms against Soviet forces. Their current stated aims are to overthrow Qadhafi's regime and establish an Islamic state. [AFP]
Monday, 25 February, 2008: A collection of works authored by Iranian-born Lebanese philosopher and prominent Shia religious leader Sayyid Musa Sadr has been rendered into Persian for the first time. The Tehran-based Imam Musa Sadr Cultural-Research Center -- led by Sadr’s daughter Hura -- is to publish four books of the 10-volume collection in the near future, the Mehr News Agency reported on Sunday. In August 1978 Sadr and two companions departed for Libya to meet with officials from Qadhafi’s government. Sadr and his companions were never heard from again. It is widely believed that he was killed by Qadhafi, but if this were the case, the motivation behind such an action is not clear. Libya has consistently denied responsibility, claiming that Sadr and his companions left Libya for Italy. Some others have reported that he remains secretly incarcerated in Libya. His disappearance continues to be a major source of dispute between Lebanon and Libya. [Tehran Times]
Monday, 25 February, 2008: Oil prices are likely to keep rising but the Organisation of the Petrol Exporting Countries (OPEC) has no plan to increase production for now, the head of Libya's National Oil Corp., Shokri Ghanem, said. "I believe the oil price will continue rising and this is because of speculation and political issues." "We are not thinking of adding further oil to the market. We are not thinking about any such measure but we are only waiting to see what happens," he added. Oil has averaged $93.02 per barrel this year, up nearly a third from the average in 2007 of $72.30. A recent spurt, partly fuelled by a dispute between OPEC member Venezuela and the U.S., has taken the price close to its all-time inflation-adjusted high reached in 1980. [Gulf News]
تعازي إلى آل ابوغولة    تعازي إلى آل الغرياني    تعازي إلى آل الزوي
تعزية إلى آل الصبيحي    تعازي إلى آل المجريسي

( إلى الفضاء هذه المرة ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (16)

الساطور : ( جولة في مركز القذافي للديمقراطية )

( سنة مفقوداً ومسجوناً فى ليبيا ) ترجمة : بوزيد لهلالي

( الرهان على أمريكا رهان قاصر وخاسر!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Amnesty International: One Year Missing And Imprisoned In Libya

( أربع حالات للشاعـر ) شعر : جيلاني طريبشان

( فرّاشيّة ) شعر : حسن السوسي     ( غناء ) شعر : عاشور الطويبي

Sunday, 24 February, 2008: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice says she still plans to visit Libya during the last 11 months of the Bush administration, and she does not expect easy discussions when she goes. After more than three decades of enmity between Moammar Gadhafi's Libya and the United States, Gadhafi renounced terrorism and his weapons of mass destruction programs and Libya was removed from the U.S. list of terror-exporting states in 2005. Full diplomatic relations were restored, although the United States has been unable to persuade the Senate to confirm an ambassador to head the embassy. "I still expect that I will go to Libya," Rice said Friday. "I expect that we'll continue to have to talk about difficult things: human rights, terrorism." Still, she told reporters at the State Department, "when you have a major strategic shift of the kind that Libya has made, you want there to be some affirmation of the importance of having done that." That is coming through increased participation in Libya by U.S. and European companies, she said. [IHT]
Sunday, 24 February, 2008: Reporters without Borders (RSF): The family of journalist Daif Ghazal, shot dead in 2005, said in July 2007 that a Tripoli court had sentenced three unnamed men to death in the case. The authorities gave no details of the trial or the killers’ motives. Ghazal, 32, vanished on 21 May 2005 and his mutilated body was found 10 days later in a suburb of Benghazi. He had written articles on a London-based website strongly criticising the Revolutionary Committees Movement, which are the backbone of the regime and which he once belonged to. The Qadhafi Foundation, after a 2006 visit by a Reporters Without Borders (RSF) fact-finding mission, promised to investigate the case of journalist Abdullah Ali al-Sanussi al-Darrat, who has not been seen since he was imprisoned without charge or trial in 1973. RSF still has no word of him. [RSF]
Sunday, 24 February, 2008: RON Barassi wants to make another pilgrimage to his father's war grave at Tobruk in Libya. The football great turns 72 on Wednesday and will launch a book about his life -- Ron Barassi: Icons of Australian Sport -- in which he documents the grief surrounding his father's death in World War II when Barassi was five years old. "My father's always been my hero and I'd love to go back to his grave," Barassi said. "I've only been there once and haven't been back for almost 25 years, so that's something I am planning to do." The most famous name in football said he still mourned the passing of his father, Ron Sr, almost 67 years ago. Barassi's trip to one of Tobruk's two Commonwealth cemeteries was in 1984 -- and it brought him to tears. "It is a very difficult place to get to. We had a five-hour cab ride to Tobruk. There were two Allied cemeteries there and we went to the closest one and found my Dad's grave. "I don't remember everything I said to him, but I know that I said, 'Dad, I love you'. I spent a fair bit of time crying." Barassi said he had investigated bringing his father's remains back to Australia, but had decided against it. "If he had anything to say about it, I reckon he would want to stay with his mates." The book will be available from Monday, March 3. [Herald Sun]
( اعترافات السهروردي المقتول ) شعر : محمد الشلطامي

( سلطة العقل! ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

( من قصص الصغار (6) ) بقلم : أمارير

( كلمات الأسبوع والتي وللأسف لم تقال ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

( خيانة القذافي وتحالفه مع اليهود بالدليل (3) ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Saturday, 23 February, 2008: At least 14 Libyans were arrested just over a year ago for planning a peaceful demonstration to mark the anniversary of the Benghazi events when security forces killed 12 demonstrators. Twelve of them now face unfair trials before a newly-created State Security Court. Two of them, Jum’a Boufayed and Abdelrahman al-Qateewy, have not been seen since they were arrested. On 1 February 2007, political activists Idriss Boufayed, Al-Mahdi Saleh Hmeed, Ahmed Youssef al-Obaidi and Bashir Qasem al-Hares, advertised the demonstration on news websites based outside Libya. They were arrested two weeks later, on 16 February 2007, along with Alaa al-Drissi and writers, Jamal al-Hajji and Farid Mohammed al-Zwai. Idriss Boufayed, an outspoken critic of Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi and secretary general of the Libyan organisation National Union of Reform, has been critical of the political situation within Libya and its human rights record. He was arrested on 16 February 2006at his family home in Gheryan. A few hours later, his brother Jum’a gave a media interview over the phone describing how a group of armed men had come to the family home. He said they had broken down the door when nobody answered, taking his brother away. [AI]   click here for more details
Saturday, 23 February, 2008: The U.S. restored diplomatic ties with Libya almost two years ago, but U.S. legislation last month to compensate terrorism victims has soured relations and stalled business between the former foes. U.S. officials and companies seeking to trade with Libya, as well as Libya's ambassador to Washington, said ties were increasingly strained and Tripoli felt it was not being rewarded for giving up its WMD program in 2003. "This legislation has damaged a lot -- our new relations -- unfortunately. It is a great setback," Libya's ambassador to the United States, Ali Aujali, told Reuters. "Libya is not getting what we deserve," he added. Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalgam, who visited Washington last month, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asking her to try to "correct" the latest legislation. Asked about the strains, Rice told reporters Friday that she wanted to improve ties but conceded there were differences with the former pariah state and she was concerned about the families of victims of terrorism. "We are on a completely different footing with Libya. We want to press relations forward and to move them forward," she said. [Reuters]
Saturday, 23 February, 2008: The eldest son of the Libyan leader has criticized Germany over its double standards towards selling weapons to different countries. Seif al-Islam, who is increasingly seen as the successor to his father Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, made the remarks Wednesday in a letter addressed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, posted on the website of his Qadhafi Foundation charity, AFP reported. Seif al-Islam said that while Germany refuses to grant licenses to export the simplest defense equipments and engines to Arab countries, including Libya, it is building two Dolphin-class submarines, which can be fitted with nuclear missiles, for Israel. He also said Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert had asked the Germans to speed up the process of building the two submarines during a visit last week to Berlin for talks with Merkel that according to Tel Aviv's officials focused on Iranian nuclear program. [Press-TV]
Saturday, 23 February, 2008: Libya is the preferred destination for Tunisian travellers, according to a recent report from the Tunisian National Tourism Bureau. In a study of Tunisian tourists who visited the Gulf, Europe and other Maghreb countries during 2006, the Bureau found that half of the 2.3 million travellers headed to Libya. Ever since the boom in the Tunisian economy, Tunisians have been bombarded with travel ads encouraging them to visit other countries. Millions may be travelling, but the majority of those trips are close to home. Tunisians are finding Libya to be a terrific and affordable destination. For shopping, that is. Only a six-hour drive away, the price of consumer goods or domestic appliances, such as furnishings, clothes, and cooking utensils, is much cheaper in Libya. Mourad Mrabet, who travelled from Tunisia to Tripoli to buy new car tires, told Magharebia that he was able to do it all in just one day, without having to stay at a hotel. "Most of the Tunisians who go to Libya do so for commercial purposes," said Chokri Ben Necir of the Tourist Writers' Association. "Don't forget that Tunisians are not required to have a visa to visit Libya. The factor of proximity is very important, as it enables them to use their own cars. In addition, there are similar habits and traditions and there is no language barrier." [Magharebia]
Saturday, 23 February, 2008: Belgian Foreign Affairs Minister, Karel De Guht, is scheduled to leave Brussels next Monday for an African tour that will take him to Libya, Chad and the Central African Republic, his spokesman said in a statement here. According to the statement, De Guht will hold talks in Tripoli with the Libyan political officials on the situation in Chad and Sudan's western Darfur region, where an estimated 200,000 people have been killed and over 2 million forced out of their homes by over four years of fighting. In N'Djamena, he will meet with President Idriss Deby on the European force (EUFOR-Chad/Central African Republic), which is now being deployed to protect the hordes of refugees at the border areas as well as humanitarian workers. Belgium is expected to build two military camps in N'Djamena and Abéché, both in Chad, as its contribution to the force, whose mandate is expected to start mid-March. [PANA]
Saturday, 23 February, 2008: International Hotel Investments (IHI) announces that it has signed a joint venture agreement with the Libyan Foreign Investment Company for the development of a 360 bedroom, five-star hotel in central Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city. The signing followed a site inspection by Prime Minister El-Baghdadi El-Mahmoudi during which IHI’s development plans were outlined in some detail. The agreement now paves the way for the preparation of construction, which is expected to commence this year. The hotel’s operation will be entrusted to IHI’s subsidiary, CHI Limited. The hotel is being constructed on a 7,000 square metre footprint on the water-front in central Benghazi. Part of the present site housed the former, historic, Al Jazira Hotel. The hotel’s 360 rooms will include a number of executive bedrooms, suites and a presidential suite. The hotel will offer extensive conference facilities, restaurants, business centre, a spa and underground parking for almost 100 cars. The Libyan Foreign Investment Company is a major investment arm of the Libyan government with extensive experience in hotel investments in the Middle East, Europe and other parts of the world. [LexisNexis]
( "وثيقة" تكميم الأفواه!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( مقام البيجو : اعتبار ذاكرة منبوذة ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( يدافعون عن السود والغجر! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Friday, 22 February, 2008: Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation ratified a gas-focused exploration accord with Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom on Thursday, detailing the firm's commitments, NOC said. Under the deal, Gazprom will undertake a three-dimensional seismic survey of 1,750 square kms in contract area 64 in the Ghadames Basin, it added. Gazprom will also carry out two-dimensional seismic survey of 1,500 square kms in the area and drill six wells, with a total investment of $110 million, said NOC, which will also receive $10 million as a bonus for the permit rights. Gazprom emerged as one of several foreign companies that won gas exploration permits early in December in Libya's first gas-focused exploration round. [Reuters]
Friday, 22 February, 2008: The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and NEPAD, Mr Akwasi Osei-Adjei, on Tuesday confirmed the execution of four Ghanaians in Libya.Two of them, who were convicted and sentenced to death in 1998 and 2002 for the murder of a Libyan and a Senegalese, respectively, were executed last Saturday, February 16, 2008. According to the minister, earlier on Jan. 22, 2008, two other Ghanaians had been executed for their involvement in the murder of the Libyan in question. Mr Osei-Adjei stated that although efforts were made by the government to secure a reprieve for the four Ghanaians, “these proved unsuccessful”. In a statement to Parliament, he explained that three of the executed Ghanaians, together with a Nigerian, were tried in a Libyan Criminal Court and found guilty on May 17, 1998. They were alleged to have tied up the Libyan in his workshop and bludgeoned him to death because of a dispute over a transaction in drugs. [MG]
Friday, 22 February, 2008: Secretary of the People's Committee for Foreign Liaison & Int'l Cooperation met, yesterday in Tripoli, with the Foreign Policy Advisor to the British Prime Minister. During the meeting, they discussed the current cooperation relations between Libya and Britain in the different areas and the means to strengthen these relations. During the meeting, attended by the European Affairs' Secretary at the Committee and the British Ambassador to Libya, they exchanged viewpoints on Kosovo's independence declaration. [LJBC]
Friday, 22 February, 2008: Early last year, the Kenyan government decided to give Libya exclusive rights over three lucrative projects. It all began in January when Ministry of Energy officials, led by Permanent Secretary Patrick Nyoike, went to Tripoli and signed a confidential MoU with Libya on Tamoil's involvement in the $45 million Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) project, $322 million upgrading of the oil refinery, and participation in the monthly Open Tender System (OTS) - all approved by the previous cabinet. Under Article 4 of the MoU, Tamoil was to have the majority shareholding in both the refinery and the LPG projects. "Tamoil expresses its interest in taking equity and will provide funds for the above mentioned projects, which demonstrate economic viability," the memorandum says in part. The Government appeared keen to allow Tripoli to make an entry into the local oil marketing scene in a fresh bid to end the stranglehold the western multinational oil companies have, for decades, had on the oil business ... Analysts viewed the move as likely to be rolling back on the privatisation agenda at a time when the Government is aggressively pursuing a privatisation programme. [Business Daily]
( نحو إصلاح المؤسسة السياسية القائمة!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ترجّـل الشيوعي الأخير ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Thursday, 21 February, 2008: The high-powered talks between Sri Lanka and Libya that took place in Tripoli, in August 2007 had not produced any worthwhile results so far. Libya has moved its embassy in Sri Lanka to India and hopes to appoint a cousul in Sri Lanka soon. Talks about economic cooperation, hiring of 100,000 Sri Lankans to work in Libya, the prospects for oil drilling and other crucial economic and trade aspects of the Sri Lnalkan-Libyan co-operation seemed to be on hold. Rohitha Bogollagama, Minister of Foreign Affairs undertook a visit to Libya accompanied by A. H. M. Fowzie, Minister of Petroleum, senior officials and business leaders last year and there were rosy prospects of a good trade and development agreement between the two countries. The high level team that met with the top political and official delegates in Libya seemed to have gone no where. Observers are now asking where we stand on that prospective inter-government deal. [Asiantribune]
Thursday, 21 February, 2008: Taiwan has opened a trade office in Libya, a move that will surely anger China which is worried about Taipei's launching ties with Beijing's allies, the Foreign Ministry announced Wednesday. The Foreign Ministry said the Taiwan Commercial Office in Tripoli began functioning in the capital of Libya on February 13. "The presence of this office will benefit the people of Libya and our overseas compatriots residing in the area, and will help promote substantive bilateral ties between Taiwan and Libya," the ministry said in a statement. Taiwan and Libya, both internationally isolated, made contacts in 2006 when Saif al-Qadhafi, son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, visited Taiwan. President Chen visited Libya in May 2006 and reported met with Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. Taiwan currently is recognized by only 23 mostly-small nations, but has exchanged representative offices and trade missions with major countries in the world. [Asia-Pacific News]
Thursday, 21 February, 2008: Libyan president Qadhafi have granted agricultural 30 tractors to Sierra Leone in an effort to revive the farming sector in that war-torn Western African Nation. The grant was made during a state visit to Libya by Sierra Leone's president Ernst Koroma earlier this week. Qadhafi said 15 of the tractors were to be freighted immediately to Free Twon. The Libyan leader also pledged to build 36 classrooms, to grant 10 scholarshis for higher educational pursuits, to rehabilitate the Islamic College in the Northern Magburaka town, to build a five star hotel, to develop the sectors of hydro power, air transport, sector, health, to provide a brand new ferry to ply the West African coast, and to stimulate investments among other things. President Koroma said he was visiting Libya on the request of Col. Qadhafi and he hoped this visit would further strengthen and enhance the ties between the two countries. He hopes the people of Sierra Leone would benefit from it. [Africa News]
Thursday, 21 February, 2008: Libya said on Tuesday it has begun putting in place a humanitarian air bridge to help the victims of fighting between government forces and rebels in Chad. The aid was being delivered by the Qadhafi Foundation, headed by Saif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. "An air bridge has been put in place by the Qadhafi Foundation aimed at delivering medical assistance to the victims of fighting in N'Djamena, particularly women and children," the Foundation's executive director Youssef Sawan said. Around 40 doctors and nurses with various specialties would be sent to N'Djamena to set up a field hospital, he said. Aid shipments, including 20 tons of pharmaceutical products, four ambulances as well as electricity generators, would also be sent to the Chadian capital in the next three days, he said. [News24]
Thursday, 21 February, 2008: New York oil prices struck a record 101.27 dollars a barrel Wednesday amid renewed global supply jitters, analysts said. Libya's oil chief Shukri Ghanem said that OPEC will wait to see if oil prices hold around record highs of 100 dollars before making any decision on whether to cut output. Ghanem told AFP that with prices at current levels, OPEC wanted to see if 100 dollars per barrel prove to be the ceiling or if they would begin to fall back. Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation, said that by then, OPEC members would have more information on the global economic situation. He said current price levels, "which have become very high," were at least as much due to financial speculation in the market as to geopolitical concerns. Earlier this month OPEC left its official daily output ceiling at 29.67 million barrels of oil, resisting calls from US President George W. Bush to increase supplies to help bring down prices. The price of New York crude had struck a then-record high of 100.09 dollars at the start of January. [AFP]
( هل آن أوان العفو عن فتحي الجهمي...؟ ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( الرابطة الليبية ) : اختفاء قسري..    ( لجنة التضامن ) : هكذا وبهذه السرعة..

( الراديكاليّة السلفيّة ، خيانةٌ مرفوعة الرأس (3) ) بقلم : أمارير

Wednesday, 20 February, 2008: Cold wave which swept across Libya over the past few days has brought with it heavy snowfalls since Monday in the region of Jabal Al-Akhdhar in the north-east, the first in 11 years, meteorological sources said in Tripoli. The sources said that these snowfalls, which were 25 cm high, covered roads, plains and mountains causing disruption in the traffic on the road. These snowfalls also affected the cities of Beidha, Lamlouda, Al-Abrag, Shahat, Al-Faydiya, Messa and Derna. [Afrik]
Wednesday, 20 February, 2008: Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) ratified gas-focused exploration accords with Royal Dutch Shell and Occidental Petroleum Corp on Tuesday, detailing the firms' commitments, NOC said. Under one deal, Shell will undertake a three-dimensional seismic survey over 1,750 square km in contract area 89 in the Sirte Basin, it said. Shell will also drill six wells, invest at least $95 million and pay NOC $103 million for permit rights, NOC said. The second deal commits Occidental, in alliance with the United Arab Emirates firm Liwa, to carry out a two-dimensional seismic survey over 2,000 square km and a 3D survey on 1,000 square km on contract block 103 in Sirte Basin. The alliance led by Occidental will drill three wells and invest a minimum of $70 million and pay $10 million for permit rights, NOC added. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 20 February, 2008: Libya has offered to help Sierra Leone in its post-war rescuscitation of the tourism industry and energy supply sector, the government said. A team of technical experts is due in Sierra Leone "within weeks ... to undertake feasibility studies in tourism and energy provision," a government statement said. The pledges, which include the introduction of flights between Freetown and Tripoli as well as to London by Libya's Afriqiya Airways, followed a weekend visit to Libya by President Ernest Bai Koroma. Tripoli has also offered to construct a five-star hotel, 30 schools and a prosthetics factory for the production of artificial limbs for mainly war-time amputees. Libya will dispatch a team of Swiss engineers to carry out a feasibility study to see how Libya can help increase the availability of electricity in the war-battered west African country. [AfricAsia]
Wednesday, 20 February, 2008: London-based private equity firm Klesch said on Tuesday it is to invest in an $8 billion project in Libya to build a 300,000 barrels per day oil refinery and a 725,000 tonne per year aluminium smelter. Chairman Gary Klesch told Reuters he could not disclose where the complex would be built, but the Libyan government would make an announcement "in due course." The industrial complex is due to be completed by 2011. Last May, Klesch bought an aluminium smelter in Vlissingen in the Netherlands from Alcan. Klesch's Libyan investment also illustrates private equity's increasing interest in emerging markets. Emerging market countries offer private equity groups higher growth than mature markets and buyout firms can often find local lenders willing to provide financing on more favouable terms than Western banks, which have become more risk-averse after the credit crunch. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 20 February, 2008: Eritrean nationals residing in Libya reiterated support to the on-going national development endeavors in the Homeland within the frame work of the Warsay-Yikaalo Development Campaign. The citizens also voiced their commitment to back up such endeavors in a meeting they held recently in Tripoli. Expressing readiness to safeguard the nation's sovereignty and step up national reconstruction efforts, they decided to contribute from 100 to 500 dollars each for the cause. The Eritrean Ambassador to Libya, Mr. Abdalla Mussa, gave briefings to meeting participants on the objective situation in the Homeland and the contributions of the Eritrean people at home and abroad. []
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( من السياسة (2) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

( الأنتخابات الأمريكية وأمل البشرية!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

مدوّنة ليبية جديدة : ( مدوّنة شعبان القلعي )     مدوّنات ليبية أخرى

( هل كثير على الليبى أن ينعم بثروة بلده؟ ) بقلم : فدوى بويصير

Tuesday, 19 February, 2008: BP Plc, Europe's second-biggest oil company, plans to spend $2 billion exploring for natural gas in Libya, a company executive said today. BP plans to start seismic studies to search for deposits in Libya this year after the government approved its work plan. The London-based company agreed to resume work in Libya last year, more than three decades after leaving the country. "It's a very large investment," said Peter Manoogian, a director of BP Exploration Libya Ltd., said today at the IP Week conference in London. "Our strategy for North Africa is gas. I'm very optimistic about offshore exploration." London-based BP is exploring for new reserves to maintain production. Its output fell 3 percent to 3.82 million barrels of oil equivalent a day last year, the second annual decline after a decade of expansion. [Bloomberg]
Tuesday, 19 February, 2008: Libya yesterday deported 150 Nigerians for allegedly violating immigration rules, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said. According to a statement from the NDLEA spokesman, Ofoyeju Mitchell, the deportees arrived the Murtala Mohammed Int'l Airport (MMIA), Lagos at about 2 pm yesterday and had been camped for six months before their deportation. Speaking during the arrival of the deportees, the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade, said it was unjustifiable for any Nigerian to be found in a refugee camp anywhere in the world, noting that the country has great potentials to be among the best 20 nations economically by the year 2020. [Daily Trust]
Tuesday, 19 February, 2008: India's Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., whose boilers and turbines produce about two-thirds of India's electricity, said it won a 6.5 billion rupee ($164 million) order to build a power plant in Libya. General Electricity Company of Libya placed the order for a 300 megawatt plant, New Delhi-based Bharat Heavy said in an e- mailed statement today. [Bloomberg]
الساطور : ( صور قديمة.. )

Times Online : Is Colonel Qadhafi a Frenchman?

أحمد العيان : ( قرأت لك : حقيقة أم أسطورة.. القذافي ابن طيار كورسيكي؟! )

مصعـب أبوزيد : ( الشعـب الليبي يسأل القذافي : من هم أخوالك؟ )

منظمة الأمل : بيان في ذكرى 17 فبراير وذكرى أعتقال د. أدريس ورفاقه

من أعمال الفنان "الساطور" في موقع ( ديفينت آرت )

حوار عـلى الورق : حوار مع الأستاذ أحـمد الفيتوري

( خيانة القذافي وتحالفه مع اليهود بالدليل (2) ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( محطات ليبية (28) ) بقلم : عبدالنبي ابوسيف ياسين

( خواطر في الغربة (5) ـ الأخيرة ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

Monday, 18 February, 2008: If Colonel Qadhafi was so eager to linger in Paris when he came last December, it was perhaps because the Libyan leader is half French. His father was an air force pilot from Corsica. That's him in the picture on the left. This extraordinary claim has surfaced over the past few days after a report by Bakchich, a French investigative news site. They looked into a legend which has long circulated in Vezzani, a village of 600 people in eastern Corsica. According to this, a Vezzani gendarme's son called Albert Preziosi was stationed in the Libyan desert with the Free French air force in 1941-42. He is said to have had an affair with a local woman at about the time that young Muammar would have been conceived. Not a shred of evidence exists to stand up the Qadhafi legend but the physical resemblance is so strong that it has persisted. Officially, the father of the Supreme Guide of the Revolution was Abu Meniar Al Qadhafi, a Bedouin goat breeder in the region of Syrte. His mother, a local tribeswoman, was named Aisha. The Italian occupation and the war destroyed all records of the couple, according the French investigators. Perhaps someone will end the mystery with a DNA check. In the meantime, some in Corsica are remembering that Qadhafi gave strong support to FNLC separatist guerrillas there in the 1970s. That is hardly evidence of filial attachment, since the colonel was handing out weapons and training to just about every terrorist outfit in those days. [Times Online]
Monday, 18 February, 2008: Libya agreed a deal with Norwegian fertilisers producer Yara International Asa on Sunday to develop the Libyan fertiliser industry. The joint venture deal was signed between Yara and with Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the government's investment arm the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA). The venture, in which Yara would own 50 percent and NOC and LIA hold 25 percent stake each, would initially upgrade and expand Libya's Marsa al Brigua fertiliser complex and set up new fertiliser plants in Libya at a future stage, NOC added. Brigua produces 700,000 tonnes of ammoniac and 900,000 tonnes of urea per year currently. The venture aims to increase sharply Brigua's output capacity and to export the expanded production, NOC said. Brigua lies about 600 km (400 miles) east of Tripoli. [Reuters]
Monday, 18 February, 2008: China's leading railway contractor has won the bids to build two major railways in Libya, which together are worth about 3.2 billion dinars (2.6 billion U.S. dollars), according to the company. The two contracts won by the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) are a west-to-east coastal railway from Khums to Sirt and a south-to-west railway that would facilitate iron ore transportation from southern city Sebha to Misurata as well as passenger transportation along the line. Construction of the 352-km-long coastal railway and the 800-km-long south-to-north railway has been initially set to begin in June this year. The coastal railway will take four years to complete, while the south-to-north railway will take three years. [Xinhua]
Monday, 18 February, 2008: Leader of Libya, Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi received on Sunday a written letter from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad including an invitation for him to participate in the Arab Summit due in Damascus at the end of March. The letter was conveyed by Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem during his meeting with Col. Al-Gaddafi in Tripoli. Talks during the meeting dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries and the importance of boosting Arab solidarity as well as making the next Arab Summit successful to push the Arab joint action forwards. In Algiers, President Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika of Algeria also received a written message from President al-Assad containing an invitation for him to attend the Arab forthcoming summit. The letter was handed to Bouteflika by Foreign Minister al-Moallem during their meeting in Algiers. [SANA]
( من قصص الصغار (5) ) بقلم : أمارير

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الساطور : ( 17 فبراير )

( الضحية.. بين مقصلة الجلاد وصمت الشهود ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( الحق المبين فى عـقائد السنوسيين (3) ) بقلم : محمد الصادق

( مشغول جداً! ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( الغفلة.. مع سبق الإصرار..!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

( كي لا يُولد الدستور ميتاً أو مشوهاً!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( وهل يكون مؤتمراً ثانيا أم آخراً؟!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

Sunday, 17 February, 2008: Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company has signed an agreement with the Libyan government to formally establish the Libyan-Qatari Real Estate and Tourism Company. The joint stock company will be based in Tripoli with a capital of 10 million Libyan dinars. A spokesman said the company's immediate focus would be to develop, build and operate utility services, tourist and industrial projects, and infrastructure and related activities in Libya. This will include purchasing and developing residential, commercial, and tourist real estate investment projects. The company will also be devoted to improving the infrastructure and quality-of-life of Libya's urban areas, by providing them with necessary services such as water desalinisation and treatment solutions, in addition to energy and power generation. [Gulf News]
Sunday, 17 February, 2008: Twenty-six men from Tamil Nadu, India, trapped in Libya after being duped by an agent, would be sent back, the external affairs ministry has reportedly informed Congress parliamentarian Sudarsana Natchiappan. Sources at the parliament member’s office told the media here that the ministry has informed Natchiappan, who represents Sivaganga constituency, that action has been initiated to repatriate the workers. The Indians worked for a private company, which allegedly paid them low wages and locked them up when they complained. One of the men managed to contact his family in Tamil Nadu and they approached the MP and the authorities for relief. The Libyan company has now agreed to pay the workers five months’ wages and provide them airfare to return home. [Thaindian]
Sunday, 17 February, 2008: Two Ghanaian men have been executed in Libya . The two, Kojo Blankson and Samuel Ayi Ayitevi were executed by firing squad in the earlier hours of Saturday February 16, 2008 in Benghazi, Libya, despite the Ghana government’s intervention for clemency. A news bulletin monitored on Citi FM on Saturday say the two who were convicted in 1998 for the murder of a Libyan businessman were executed with four other nationals including a Nigerian. The facts of the execution were narrated to Citi FM on phone by a Ghanaian woman resident in Libya. The woman who spoke in twi was not identified. The woman told Citi FM that there is a third Ghanaian waiting on death row in a Libyan prison. According to the woman, the man is due for execution in two weeks time. He has been on death row for two years. [MJOL]
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لجنة التضامن : هكذا تعامل السلطات الليبية أصحاب الرأي

( ابن الديكـتاتـور ـ  اليد الخفـية ) ترجمة : محمد بن احميدة

( الراديكاليّة السلفيّة ، خيانةٌ مرفوعة الرأس (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

( حرية الرأي والتعبير شرط أساسي .. ) بقلم : د. عبدالله جبريل

( مستقبل ليبيا بين يدي الفيلسوف جيرمي بنتام (3) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

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

Saturday, 16 February, 2008: The exploration of two so far unknown Roman ports, hidden in the coastal dunes of the beaches of Cyrenaica, east of Benghazi (Libya), has been launched. The research is conducted by an archaeological mission led by Sebastiano Tusa and carried out by the Superintendency of Sea in the region of Sicily in cooperation with universities of Suor Orsola Benincasa in Naples and Ias in Palermo, as well as the Department of Antiquities of Libya. "The work done was aimed at collecting useful data for the implementation of a project which targets the knowledge and the promotion of identified key cultural and tourism places in a full cooperation with the Libyan authorities," a note affirmed. The attention of the Italian scientists is particularly focused on the first port, nearby the agriculture village of Hamama, given the significant traces of stone structures emerging from the sand both at the coast and in the sea. It is probable that this is one of the most ancient ports used by the nearby Cyrene for its Mediterranean contacts and, first of all, with Rome from the period of the Empire. The site could be identified as Phykous, mentioned by Strabo in the same area. [ANSAmed]
Saturday, 16 February, 2008: The itinerary of the visit of Elmar Mammadyarov, the foreign minister of Azerbaijan to Libya, which will take place on 20-21 February is being devised, the embassy of Libya to Azerbaijan said on 15 February. The visit will be official and the minister is scheduled to meet with Abdulrahman Shalgam, the minister of foreign affairs of Libya, Ibrahim Omran, the minister of water and gas resources as well as Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, the country’s president. The development of bilateral relations and energy cooperation will be discussed during the talks. The Azerbaijani delegation will also include Rovnag Abdullayev, head of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan who will discuss the prospects of cooperation between the two countries on these issues, the Embassy said. [Trend News]
Saturday, 16 February, 2008: In mid-December, the Libyan National Oil Company announced results of the country’s fourth exploration and production bidding round, the first that has focused on natural gas. Of 13 bidders, 2 of the 4 acreage winners were Gazprom (Russia) and Sonatrach (Algeria), large national oil companies (NOCs) with huge gas reserves of their own. So why are they in Libya? The answer appears to be the strategic significance of Libya’s large reserves close to Europe, and a desire to prevent the international oil companies (IOCs) from gaining access to those reserves and competing with Russia and Algeria for gas sales into Europe ... Press reports in late December suggested that in an elegantly symmetrical political move, Putin could succeed Medvedev as Gazprom’s chairman. Regardless of whether this comes to pass, there’s no doubt that the ability of Gazprom’s chairman to plot how to further secure a major share of the world’s gas reserves is strategically important. Gazprom’s chief executive Alexei Miller manages day-to-day operations, but the real power in sanctioning deals and initiatives lies with the political control that is channeled through the chairman. Putin and Medvedev are extremely close allies, and their division of power will be figured out down to the last detail; both will continue playing major roles in Gazprom’s decision-making process. [ET]
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المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : بيان صحفي

الساطور : ( الخرياط (2) )

( وقرة... الحب!! ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( حبـّيتـك ) غـناء : أيمن الأعتر

( خريف البطريرك العربي!! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( خيانة القذافي وتحالفه مع اليهود بالدليل (1) ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Friday, 15 February, 2008: France sent munitions from Libya to Chad to help that country's army repel rebels who attacked the capital N'Djamena earlier this month, France's military said on Thursday. Chad's rebel groups have strongly criticised France for a "neo-colonialist" intervention, which they say propped up President Idriss Deby's 18-year-old regime during two days of street fighting in N'Djamena in which more than 160 people died. France, which has long-standing military cooperation agreements with Chad and more than 1 000 troops on the ground, has said its forces took no part in the fighting and that they focused on evacuating more than 700 foreign nationals. Defence Ministry spokesman Laurent Teisseire confirmed media reports that French planes had transported ammunition for Chad's Russian-built T-55 tanks from Libya to N'Djamena. "Chad says it called on Libya to supply it with munitions for this Soviet-era equipment. Within this framework, France put into effect its cooperation agreement with Chad with regard to logistics," Teisseire told reporters at a briefing in Paris. [IOL]
Friday, 15 February, 2008: Prysmian Cables & Systems, a world leading player in the energy and telecommunication cables market, has announced a major contract for the supply of telecommunication cables to Libya. The contract, with Libyan General Post and Telecommunications Company (GPTC), will involve the provision of a wide range of cable types into the network of the national carrier. The deal, which has an overall value of more than 35 million euro, will see Prysmian supplying cable for both underground and aerial deployment in various configurations based upon GPTC specifications. "We are extremely pleased to be continuing our long history of working with GPTC," commented Giovanni B. Scotti, director of Prysmian's global telecom business. Franco Carini, CEO of Prysmian Italy added: "We are currently nearing completion of a earlier contract for the delivery of more than 6000km of optical cable into the Libyan national network". [Al-Bawaba]
Friday, 15 February, 2008: French bank Societe Generale has reportedly pulled out from the tender for the purchase of 19% of Libyan state-owned bank Al-Wahda, in which also Intesa Sanpaolo is interested, AFP wrote today, citing sources close to the dossier. The French bank was shortlisted together with the Italian bank, Arab Bank, Arab Banking Corporation and Attijariwafa Bank. According to the sources, the other four presented a formal offer. The sources do not exclude that the decision to pull out stems from "the current situation", that is the loss of 7.5 billion posted by the bank due to both a huge fraud and the subprime crisis. [ANSAmed]
Friday, 15 February, 2008: Alex Salmond has insisted that the Lockerbie bomber must be excluded from a UK prisoner transfer agreement with Libya and serve his full sentence in Scotland. The First Minister of Scotland, speaking during a visit to Ireland, was responding to an assurance from Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, that it was up to Scottish ministers to decide the fate of the Libyan found guilty of the atrocity. Westminster has given repeated assurances that no deal has been done with Libya and that the fate of the Libyan agent Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi is up to the Scottish Executive. But SNP ministers continue to raise the issue, claiming that because he is not specifically excluded from the transfer agreement, any decision by ministers could be challenged in court in a judicial review. Megrahi is serving a life sentence in Greenock prison after being convicted in 2001 of killing 270 people in the Lockerbie bombing in 1988. [The Telegraph]
( خواطر في الغربة (4) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

( ثقافة الأغاني!؟ ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( متواليات ) بقلم : طاهر بن طاهر

( خطـّر علينا شرّ بعد انسينا ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( الإسلام والعَـلمانيّة ، لقاءٌ موشك الحدوث ) بقلم : أمارير

( كلمات في حق والدي ) بقلم : هند البركي

Thursday, 14 February, 2008: UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw has said "no deal" has been done with Libya for the transfer of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond had raised concerns after reports that a £450m deal between oil giant BP and Libya was linked to a transfer. In a letter to the Herald newspaper, Mr Straw said such a move would be a matter for the Scottish Government. Megrahi is serving life for killing 270 people in the 1988 bombing. He was convicted in 2001 of blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. Mr Salmond spoke out on the issue after a newspaper said Libya had ratified a contract with BP, after Westminster ministers drafted a prisoner transfer agreement that it claimed could cover Megrahi. The first minister described the report as "a very serious allegation". He pointed out Megrahi's case was under appeal and that the judicial process must be allowed to take its course. [BBC]
Thursday, 14 February, 2008: Arab Bank PLC has won a tender for 19% of the capital of Libya's Al-Wahda bank for EUR210 million, a source at Rothschild bank in charge of the privatization said Wednesday. Three other foreign banks had been left in competition after the troubled Societe Generale of France pulled out at the last minute. The three banks left in the bid apart from Amman-based Arab Bank were: Italy's Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, the Bahrain-based Arab Banking Corp. and Morocco's Attijariwafa Bank. The powerful Libyan Fund for Social and Economic Development held 73% of Al-Wahda Bank from which the 19% was being transferred. Winning the tender gives the Arab Bank the possibility of lifting its participation to 51% in the medium term, according to the Central Bank of Libya. Al-Wahda is Libya's fifth biggest bank in terms of assets, at EUR1.7 billion. It has 20% of the local market and 71 agencies throughout the North African country. Last September, in another banking privatization, the French bank BNP Paribas took over 19% of Libya's Sahara Bank. [AFP]
Thursday, 14 February, 2008: Several Danish newspapers reprinted on Wednesday a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed that caused bloody riots in the Islamic world two years ago. Three of Denmark's biggest dailies were among 17 that published the cartoon, vowing to defend freedom of expression a day after police foiled a plot to murder the cartoonist. The alleged murder plot was "deeply shocking and worrying" and "shows that there are fanatic Islamists who are ready to make good on their threats and there are people in this country who neither respect freedom of expression nor the law," an editorial read. It said the media should stand behind Jyllands-Posten. The caricature, which featured the prophet's head with a turban that looked like a bomb with a lit fuse, was one of 12 cartoons published in Sept. 2005 by Jyllands-Posten. The controversy sparked violent protests in a number of Muslim countries in Jan and Feb 2006 that culminated with the torching of Danish diplomatic offices in Damascus and Beirut and the death of dozens of people in Nigeria, Libya and Pakistan. [AFP]
( فلاشات من معرض القاهرة للكتاب (4) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

حملة التضامن : دعوة للأعتصام     لجنة التضامن : دعوة للتوقيع

Wednesday, 13 February, 2008: Algeria plans to ask Libya for information about 54 Algerians held in Libyan prisons including men on death row and convicts pardoned years ago but not freed, the official Algerian APS news agency reported on Tuesday. The agency said Algeria's government-backed National Consultative Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, responding to requests from the prisoners' families, had asked the foreign ministry to pursue the matter. The two nations have cordial diplomatic relations but no extradition treaty. APS said the 54 Algerians in Libyan jails had the right to consular help from the Algerian diplomatic service. A report on the 54, most of them detained for drugs offences and theft, will be presented to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the agency said without elaborating. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 13 February, 2008: Ten Ethiopian refugees are currently jailed in Libya and facing abuse. This fate follows a more traumatic crossing of the Sahara desert while running for their lives through Sudan. Some of them died during their journey and their women were raped. Upon reaching Libya, they did not get the same treatment Eritreans received. How can this be allowed to happen in Libya. This country paid billions of dollars to compensate the lives of Western victims after the Qaddafi sponsored terror attack in Lockerbie, Scotland? Is it not the same Libya we heard last week calling for a United Africa? What a shame! If we assume the Human Right Commission and other international organizations have not heard the plight of Ethiopians it is out there and they should contact the Libyan government to take immediate actions. [African Path]
Wednesday, 13 February, 2008: The global publishing, research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group (OBG) has signed an agreement with the General Peoples Committee (GPC) of Economy and Investment as its primary partner for the production of The Report: Libya 2008, OBG’s first guide on the country’s economy. Jana Treeck, OBG’s Country Director for Libya, said: “OBG is delighted to have the opportunity to produce the first annual economic review on Libya with the GPC of Economy, Trade and Investment as the primary partner. The report will survey all aspects of the rapidly growing Libyan economy and provide to the int'l business community targeted information, analysis and advice about business and investment opportunities.” Mark de Vries, OBG’s Editorial Manager Libya, will be coordinating the activities of the company’s editorial team to research and analyse economic performance and sectoral developments in the country. A team of specialized analysts will come to the country to research all the sectors in the economy that contribute to the GDP. [MEOL]
Wednesday, 13 February, 2008: Last December, President Nicolas Sarkozy of France and President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero of Spain rolled out the red carpet for Libyan leader Qadhafi, a man who just a few years ago was a pariah. That’s quite a haul for Qadhafi, who in 2003 renounced terrorism and his undisclosed nuclear weapons ambitions. And it’s quite a turnaround for Europe, which had blamed Libya for sponsoring several high-profile bombings and other mischief. Of course, energy is the aphrodisiac of the nascent love affair between Libya and the Europeans. Recent overtures from France and Spain, as well as previous ones from the U.K. and Italy, are driven by the lure of the North African country’s nearby and mostly unexplored sweet oil resources, which have a very low recovery cost. Libya, which holds Africa’s biggest oil reserves, is equally keen on attracting new foreign investment for its energy sector to increase production and exploration, develop its infrastructure, and diversify its economy. With only about a quarter of the country covered by agreements with oil companies, Libya already has the world’s eighth largest proven reserves with about 41.5 billion barrels of oil, according to Eni’s World Oil and Gas Review 2007. And the Libya National Oil Company hopes to double its proven reserves with exploration, and double its 2006 production (1.8 million barrels a day) by 2013. [ET]
Wednesday, 13 February, 2008: A plea for intervention has come the way of Nigeria's Senate President, Senator David Mark from the relatives of Nigerian prisoners in Libya. In a letter to the Senate President, the relatives solicited his to assistance in seeking reprieve for their incarcerated relatives in Tripoli, Libya. Operating under the platform of Association of Relatives and Friends of Nigerians in Libyan Prisons, the group said in the letter signed by Messrs Bayo Salami and Michael Anagulu that the plight of their loved ones was causing them incalculable pains and there was need for urgent legislative intervention. They cited recent media reports which indicated that about fifty Nigerians were currently suffering untold hardships in Libyan jails while eight had already been executed. The letter partly reads: "Sir, we are aware of the yearnings and aspirations of you and your members towards making every Nigerian citizen to be proud of his nationality. In as much as we do not agree with what they might have done that warranted their incarceration, we, however, suggest that they be released to Nigerian authorities for any disciplinary measures that may be needed." [This Day]
( زعماء العصر! : Chavez ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

( الثوريـون الشهـب ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

( أنا والسليكون وهـند!! ) بقلم : جلال عثمان

Tuesday, 12 February, 2008: Norwegian seabed logging service provider EMGS has been awarded a contract extension by an undisclosed energy major in Libya. The extension is worth over $7 million, more than the value of the initial contract. The work is to determine the hydrocarbon content of potential reservoir structures offshore Libya using advanced electromagnetic (EM) imaging technology. The initial contract value, announced in October 2007, was $6 million. The extension is worth over $7 million and up to a $10 million limit. Work has reportedly started and is expected to last until March 2008. Terje Eidesmo, CEO of EMGS, said: "This contract extension with a super major is significant for EM in general and for EMGS in particular. It reflects how energy companies are increasingly understanding that EM technology can significantly increase their exploration success rates, and it also confirms EMGS' position as the pioneer and world leader in this market." [EBR]
Tuesday, 12 February, 2008: The Prosecution continued its direct examination of Suwandi Camara, a Gambian who saw Taylor in Libya in the early 1990's seeking weapons and support and later served in Taylor's Special Security Service ("SSS"). The Prosecution put to Camara the judicially recognised fact that between 24 December 1989 and 17 August 1996 there was a conflict in Liberia. Camara confirmed that he heard about the conflict through the media and because his leader Dr. Manneh (or Koukoi Samba Sanyang) informed him. Dr. Manneh told him that Charles Taylor had started the war. Camara could not remember when the second time was but that it had been in Mahtaba. Dr. Manneh had introduced Taylor to Camara as the leader of the Liberians in Libya. Camara stated that Taylor was in Libya looking for support and weapons. Camara confirmed that he did not see Foday Sankoh again in Libya and that he never saw Taylor and Sankoh together. Prosecution Counsel asked Camara if he knew the names of the Liberians that left Libya for Burkina Faso but he said he did not know the group very well. He later learned that one of them was called Isaac Mussa, who was Vice President to Taylor. Camara stated that he could also not remember the names of those that left Libya with Sankoh. [All Africa]
الساطور : ( شرّ البليّة.. )

( درتك احجاب ئلعيني ) غـناء : ابراهيم الصافي

( من قصص الصغار (4) ) بقلم : أمارير

( من هو المختل عقليا بشهادة العالم؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( خواطر في الغربة (3) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

Monday, 11 February, 2008: Bahraini Islamic investment bank Gulf Finance House GFHB.BH has signed a memorandum of understanding with Libya on Sunday to build an economic zone for energy firms operating in the country, officials in Tripoli said. Gulf Finance, which invests according to Islamic principles, envisages a $3.8 billion investment in the zone, to be built 70 kilometres (43 miles) west of Libyan capital Tripoli. "The end-value of the development is estimated to be around $3.8 billion once it is completed," Gulf Finance House's Chairman Esam Janahi told the signing ceremony. The energy city would provide business infrastructure for oil and gas producers, refiners, and companies involved in shipping, energy trading and support services. "The project ... will help encourage more foreign investment, especially from the Gulf region," said Hammed Hadhari, head of Tripoli's government development arm, Economic and Social Development Fund. [Reuters]
Monday, 11 February, 2008: French government and military officials denied on Friday a newspaper report that French special forces supported the Chadian government in fighting rebels who attacked the capital last weekend. France's La Croix daily, citing diplomats and military sources, said members of the special operations command helped to drive back rebels in fighting around the capital N'Djamena. The newspaper said French soldiers also opened fire on rebels approaching the airport during an evacuation of foreigners, and said Paris persuaded Libya to send tank ammunition which enabled Deby's forces to defeat the rebels in the capital. During a visit to Mauritania, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner dismissed the report. "I have taken part in all of this crisis and I can say that there was no involvement of the French special forces," Kouchner said. [Reuters]
Monday, 11 February, 2008: The Rezidor Hotel Group announces three new hotels in EMEA - the Radisson Olympic Hotel, Minsk, Republic of Belarus (241 rooms), the Radisson Tripoli, Libya (333 rooms) and the Park Inn Weimar, Germany (194 rooms). All together, the properties add 768 rooms to the Rezidor system. The Radisson Olympic Hotel, Minsk is located in the capital of Belarus - 6,5 km from the railroad terminal and 40 km from the int'l airport ... The Radisson Tripoli in Libya is an existing hotel which will be renovated and welcome its first guests in September 2008. Located in the city centre the hotel is overlooking Al Fatah street and close to a number of diplomatic residences and villas. Tripoli's int'l airport is just a 30 minute drive away. The property will comprise 333 rooms, 3 restaurants including a rooftop restaurant, a 400 seat convention hall, 2 meeting rooms, a pool and a gym. The Park Inn Weimar in Germany, located in close proximity to the highway A4, is currently operating under the Quality Inn brand and will be converted into a Park Inn by the end of March 2008. [HE]
AI: Further Information On Health Concern ( Fathi el-Jahmi )

( الرابطة الليبية ) : انتهاكات خطيرة لصحة وسلامة فتحى الجهمى

( السيد المواطن فقط ، هو من يضع الدستور ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

Qadhafi & Sons, Inc., And Their Cartoonish Regime...!  By : Ghoma

Sunday, 10 February, 2008: Qadhafi's rather interesting children own and run everything. Qadhafi's only daughter Ayesha is one of the lawyers who served as defense counsel for Saddam Hussein. The eldest son, Mohammed, owns all the telecommunication companies in Libya. Another son, Mutasim-Billah, tried to mastermind an Egyptian backed coup attempt against his father. Qadhafi forgave him and he now is national security adviser and heads his very own closely monitored unit within the army. His son Hannibal was involved in a series of violent incidents throughout Europe, including charges for beating up his pregnant girlfriend. Anyway, boys will be boys and one of them is slated to run Libya…via elections, of course ... Shortly after the opening of diplomatic relations, Qadhafi issued an edict that all his opponents will be killed wherever they are. Nonetheless, he is already slated to be one of Condoleezza Rice’s new “moderate” friends. Well, if she can take tea with Holocaust denier terrorists such as Abbas, it is only logical that the welcome mat will be extended to Muammar. And, this leads me to ask again: Why do we say we are fighting a war for freedom and democracy when we encourage and abet these brutal thugs? [Family Security Matters]
Sunday, 10 February, 2008: Sharia is the body of Islamic law implemented in Muslim countries across the world including Libya and Sudan, although most modern Islamic nations operate a dual legal system with elements of secular law alongside it. All aspects of a Muslim's life are governed by sharia, which is derived from a combination of sources including the Koran, the Hadith - the sayings and conduct of the prophet Muhammad - and fatwas, the rulings of Islamic scholars. In a number of countries, sharia law is associated with draconian punishments for crimes such as theft, adultery or blasphemy, such as amputation of limbs, death by stoning or lashes. In Afghanistan, a student who downloaded a report on women's rights from the internet is facing the death penalty. In Saudi Arabia, a women who was raped was recently found guilty of being in the company of strangers in private and was sentenced to be lashed, though she was subsequently pardoned. Part of the controversy surrounding sharia arises because there have been centuries of dispute over how it should be interpreted and implemented. Critics say that because the law is largely determined by men, women can find themselves disadvantaged in areas such as marriage, divorce and inheritance. [The Telegraph]
تعازي إلى آل عبدالقادر    تعزية إلى آل عاشور    تعازي إلى آل الشيباني    تعزية إلى آل المشيطي

PI: Bush Should Honor A Pledge And Save A Libyan Dissident

( فلاشات من معرض القاهرة للكتاب (3) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( فتحي الجهمي عقله يزن بلد!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( من السياسة (1) ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

الساطور : ( كلنا فتحي الجهمي )

Saturday, 9 February, 2008: The Bank of Ghana (BOG) has disclosed that two new banks are to open up for business by next month; the two banks are Bank of Baroda based in India and Sahara Bank which traces its root to Libya. The Central Bank has already given them provisional licenses and they are only looking for office premises to work from. Commencement of their operations would mean that the Ghanaian banking industry will now be run by 25 major banks whose assets are GHC 7.79 billion (US$7.5 billion) as at last year. Though the industry is perceived by some stakeholders as already saturated, the BOG has considered the consolidated capital base held by the industry as too low and hence requires additional synergies to position it appropriately for the challenges of the global industry as well as those facing the local economy. [Public Agenda]
Saturday, 9 February, 2008: An international hotel investment group backed by Libya and Dubai has bought the historic Metropole Hotel from the British queen. The Crown Estate, which manages the monarch's vast and lucrative holdings, said Wednesday the 19th century luxury hotel in central London had been sold to a consortium led by Int'l Hotel Investments PLC for 130 million pounds (US$255 million; €175 million). Int'l Hotel Investments' major shareholders include the Libyan Foreign Investment Company and Istithmar Hotels, which is controlled by the government of Dubai. The Crown Estate manages a sprawling property portfolio, including urban areas, ancient forests, farms and huge swaths of British coastline - lands worth some 7 billion pounds (US$13.7 billion; €9.4 billion). Although technically the property of Queen Elizabeth II, the lands are managed independently and the revenue generated from their use or sale goes to the country's treasury. [IHT]
( المعارض الليبي خائن أو مختل عقليا! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( شرف حافي ) بقلم : محمد بعيو المصراتي

تعزية إلى آل المجدوب

( مستقبل ليبيا بين يدي الفيلسوف جيرمي بنتام (2) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

( جردة أفكار سنة منصرمة للعام الجديد! (6) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( الراديكاليّة السلفيّة ، خيانةٌ مرفوعة الرأس (1) ) بقلم : أمارير

Friday, 8 February, 2008: Western states, mesmerized by Qadhafi’s transformation, have been so eager to embrace Libya, they have ignored Libya’s gestures toward its Islamic friends and allies. On January 23, a bomb ripped through the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing at least 38 people and wounding another 225. Three days later, Associated Press, citing a local Sunni security chief, reported that “a son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi [was] behind [the] group of foreign and Iraqi fighters responsible” for the brutal attack. According to a former al Qaeda cohort who is now a police official in the Anbar province, the attacks were carried out by the Seifaddin Regiment, a group of terrorists supported by Seif al-Islam, the eldest son and likely heir of Muammar. It’s not surprising to see the younger Qadhafi’s name appear in relation to a terrorist attack in Iraq. Last year, in remarks that in the very least condone, if not promote, terrorist attacks as a political weapon, he warned Europe that the “only solution to contain radicalism is a rapid departure of Western troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and a solution to the Palestinian question.” If Qadhafi hates terrorism, why isn’t he doing more to curb the flow of Libyan terrorists into Iraq? Why hasn’t his son been locked up for sponsoring Iraqi terrorists? [The Trumpet]
Friday, 8 February, 2008: Libya and Indonesia signed a deal on Thursday for Libya to supply the world's most populous Muslim nation with crude oil for the next 20 years, the National Oil Corp said. Under the agreement, Tripoli will supply Jakarta with a minimum of 50,000 barrels per day, a figure rising to 200,000 bpd from 2013. "We want to ensure Libyan oil is exported to the Southeast Asian market," said NOC Chairman Shukri Ghanem, who added that his country also aimed to be involved in constructing a refinery in Indonesia to process Libyan crude. The accord was signed during a visit to Tripoli by Indonesia's energy and mining minister, Purnomo Yusgiantoro. OPEC member Libya is Africa's second largest oil producer with 1.7 million bpd. It has estimated reserves of 42 billion barrels and aims to reach a production level of three million bpd in 2010. [AFP]
Friday, 8 February, 2008: The General Electricity Company of Libya has signed up Doosan Heavy Industries to provide boilers for two oil-fired thermal power plants under construction in Al Khalij and western Tripoli. Doosan will supply four 350 MW boilers to each of the facilities. The combined value of the contracts is US $530 million. The Tripoli West power plant is being built on a site 20 km west of Tripoli, while the Al Khalij facility is located near Surt, Libya's administrative capital. In October, Hyundai Engineering and Construction (HDEC) said it had won the US $1.36 billion order to build the plants, which will have a joint capacity of 2,800 MW of electricity. The total construction period is 52 months. HDEC was also awarded a US$710 million contract to build the power generation facility for the new Shuaiba North power and desalination plant in Kuwait, in July last year. [AB]
Friday, 8 February, 2008: The Norwegian company TGS-NOPEC Geophysical Company is undertaking a large multi-client aeromagnetic study which will provide data for every petroliferous basin in Libya. The study is being jointly acquired with AGESCO and NAGECO, two Libyan companies, under an agreement with the National Oil Corporation of Libya. The program is designed to run in several phases. The first phase will cover all of offshore Libya and several onshore basins, for a total of 250,000 kilometers (15,5432 miles) in a regional grid. TGS will use multiple aircraft simultaneously to speed up data acquisition. The project's first phase is expected to take around six months, including both acquisition and processing of the data. Upon completion of the study, the data and interpretation will be used for geological evaluation of areas for bid rounds, and to complement existing work programs. The National Oil Corporation of Libya also plans to use the data in various research programs. [EC]
( دير الزور وإنقلاب عبدالناصر! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (17) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( محلل سياسي!.. طنجرة!.. والطلاق مرتان؟؟! ) بقلم : د. ولد البحر

Thursday, 7 February, 2008: In an expected move, Chad has accused Libya of backing rebel attempt to oust the President Idriss Deby while Tripoli was seen by many as fervent supporter of the current ruler. Chadian Prime Minister, Delwa Kassire Coumakoye, Wednesday accused Libya of supporting the rebels who launched an assault on Ndjamena last weekend from bases inside Sudan. Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi "helped in the arming of these people," Coumakoye said. "They were armed by Sudan and supported by Libya." He added. However during a press conference held with the visiting French Defence Minister Herve Morin the President Deby downplayed any differences with Libya. "Relations between Chad and Libya are excellent," he said. [ST]
Thursday, 7 February, 2008: The Libyan government is to receive an ATR 42MP Surveyor maritime patrol aircraft during 2009 under a €31 million ($46 million) deal with Alenia Aeronautica. The deal also includes pilots and system operators training, logistics support and spare parts. The aircraft will be similar in configuration to the five ATR-42MPs employed by Italian coast guard and customs services which are equipped with a Galileo Avionica airborne tactical observation and surveillance mission management system. The Nigerian air force also has ordered two ATR 42 MPs which are scheduled for delivery in 2009. [Flight]
Thursday, 7 February, 2008: Italy's Sirti is continuing to consolidate its position on the Libyan and Saudi Arabian markets, where it has already been operating with important orders since 2006. The Italian company specialising in plant engineering for telecomm. networks signed yesterday a contract with Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabiàs biggest crude oil producer, while on February 3 it signed an agreement with Libyan Post Telecomm. & Information Technology Company (LPTIC) in order to implement a digital terrestrial television network in the country, daily Finanza & Mercati announced. According to the daily, the worth of the contract with the Saudi party is still top secret, while in Libya the sum is said to be 12 million euro for the initial stage alone. Sirti won an international tender in which 10 companies took part. Now, it has six months to implement the network, which is supposed to provide a set of 50 programmes to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi and Sirt. [ANSAMed]
الساطور : ( كلكم خرياطه )

كتاب ( البديل السياسي في ليبيا ) تأليف : د. فتحي الفاضلي (15)

( خواطر في الغربة (2) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

كتاب جديد : ( ليبيا من الشرعية الدستورية الى الشرعية الثورية ) تأليف د. محمد المقريف

Wednesday, 6 February, 2008: Libyan Petroleum has bought U.S. Exxon Mobil in Tunisia and Morocco, Ali Chamekh, chairman of the board of directors of the company announced in a statement to the media. Exxon Mobil owns 20% of the hydrocarbon market in Tunisia and 10% in Morocco. In Tunisia it owns 380 petrol stations and two asphalt producing companies in Tunis and Sfax, an industrial city in the south. Libyan Petroleum is also expected to relaunch the production of engine oil and to build oil warehouses and refilling stations for aircraft and ships. The Libyan company already owns in Africa 1,027 stations and has a turnover of 5 billion dinars (1.3 billion euro). In a meeting with Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi, Chamekh discussed the possibility of further investments in the production, refining and distribution of crude oil and gas. [ANSAmed]
Wednesday, 6 February, 2008: A Uuniversity course on terrorism has attracted interest from students around the world - including Libya. The aim of the Salford [UK] course is to help train counter-terrorist and human rights campaigners with a blend of politics and ethical studies. Students from countries including Slovakia, China, and Libya - once regarded as a sponsor of state terrorism - have expressed an interest in the course, which starts in September. Course leader Christian Kaunert refused to say whether the student from Libya was being supported by Colonel Qadhafi's government - on the grounds of confidentiality. Libya was designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1979, and was blamed for the destruction of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie in December, 1988, killing 270 people. In 2003, it renounced terrorism. [MEN]
Wednesday, 6 February, 2008: The French parliamentary commission, which examined the rights and wrongs of the so-called "Affaire Libyenne", has published its final report online, assuring the public no financial or economic bargains were involved in the release of the Bulgarian medics. "The release of the prisoners have been secured without France or the EU conceding to any financial or economic bargains," the report concludes as cited by the online edition of the French newspaper Les Echos. The report describes the case as a humanitarian drama, stresses on the mobilization of the EU in the name of its resolution, deals with the role of France and Libya's position and the development in the relations between the two countries. The former French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy did not appear before the commission of inquiry despite strong calls by the opposition that she should be forced to explain the Elysee Palace alleged "trade-offs" with the Libyan government. [SNA]
Wednesday, 6 February, 2008: Relatives of 11 workers from Melur near Madurai, India, who went to Libya in search of greener pastures and are now being held captive there without food and employment, have appealed to the Central and State Governments to take action to have the men repatriated to India. In petitions sent to the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs and the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the relatives of these workers have alleged that Ganesan, an agent, of Vannanparaipatti, near Melur, had lured workers to go to Libya promising good jobs and employment. He had sent many workers from the area to Libya after collecting Rs 85,000 from each of them. Among them were Poompandi of Melur, Sudhakaran of Therkutheru, Ganesan and Bharath of Vannanparaipatti, Subramanian, Anandbabu and Karuppasamy of Sathaangalam. [NIP]
تعزية إلى آل حيدر والنجار

( من قصص الصغار (3) ) بقلم : أمارير

( خواطر مستوحاة من مكتبتي النجاح والفرجاني ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( الأخوان عندهم جمعيات لحقوق الإنسان! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Tuesday, 5 February, 2008: Libya and a Chinese company on Sunday signed two agreements for 3.2 billion Libyan dinars (1US$=1.15 Libyan dinars) under which the Chinese company would build two railway lines in the north African country. The implementation and management body of railway line projects in Libya and the Chinese Civil Engineering Company signed the agreements for the building of the Syrte-Muserata-Khoms in the centre of the country and Hicha-Municipalities in the south. The total value of the 352-Kilometre Syrte-Muserata-Khoms line is 2.2 billion Libyan dinars, excluding signs, markings and communication works. The project which is expected to take four years will comprise 26 stations, 55 bridges and 370 footbridges. The 810 Hicha-Municipalities line would cost one billion dinars, excluding signs and markings and communication works. [Pana]
Tuesday, 5 February, 2008: Libya has ratified a big natural gas exploration deal it signed with BP Plc last year, a company spokesman said on Monday. The spokesman said the $900 million deal was ratified on Jan 29. Under the bilaterally negotiated accord unveiled on May 29 2007, BP will drill 17 exploration wells across 54,000 square kms (13.3 million acres) with an initial exploration budget of $900 million. The move, the result of almost a year of talks and a cherished project of former BP Chief John Browne, sees the firm returning to Libya more than 30 years after its assets there were nationalised by Libyan leader Qadhafi in 1971. The acreage is in the onshore Ghadames and offshore frontier Sirte basins. BP will work with a Libyan partner, the Libyan government-backed Libyan Investment Corporation (LIC), which manages a series of official investment funds. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 5 February, 2008: A Libyan al-Qaeda commander who was killed last week in northwestern Pakistan had lived there for years and, despite a $200,000 U.S. bounty on his head, felt secure enough to meet officials and visit hospitals, according to officials and residents of this city. As he organized suicide bombings and other attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi found a comfortable refuge in Pakistan's border region, the sources said in interviews. He met openly with a Pakistani politician and a Libyan diplomat and called on foreign fighters recovering from their wounds. The Pakistani government contends it has been doing everything possible to capture al-Qaeda figures within its borders. But Libi, who was killed in a missile attack last week, moved unchallenged around the heart of Peshawar, a city of about 1.2 million people, underscoring how freely he and other al-Qaeda leaders have been able to operate in Pakistan. [The Washington Post]
الساطور : ( أشبحوا شنو جبتـلكم )

( الحقبة القذافية الأولى (1) ) بقلم : فاطمة محمود

( جردة أفكار سنة منصرمة للعام الجديد! (5) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( حزب الحفرة الكابوني (2) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( خواطر في الغربة (1) ) بقلم : عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

( نزلني أهني... بارك الله فيك..!! ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Who Will Hear Their Screams?  By : Ghoma

Monday, 4 February, 2008: Insurgents in Chad claim to have trapped the country's president in his palace, denying a report that Libya had brokered a cease-fire. A rebel spokesman says the government has suffered "heavy losses" and the army was "weakened." He said many soldiers were defecting to the rebel side. France says Chad's military, backed by tanks and helicopter gunships, has struggled to repel a rebel assault. But France's Defense Minister tells Europe-1 radio that Chad's president still has command over practically all of his army, adding what happens today will be very important. Rebels are battling back with assault weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. They have accused the president of corruption and are angry at him for not providing what they consider enough support to insurgents in Sudan's Darfur region. [AP]
Monday, 4 February, 2008: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi has urged all the members of the African Union (AU) to ratify a continental common defence pact, in order to create a 'machinery' that could quickly respond to regional crisis. The remarks were made at the closing ceremony of the 10th AU Summit Saturday. He said though the AU has a constitutive act which says the union has the right to interfere in other countries' affairs in difficult situations, such as wars, social problems and violations of human rights, the 53-member pan-African body does not have a 'machinery' to interfere. He urged the AU to put in place a defence minister and a machinery at the continental level, which could 'respond very quickly' to conflicts in Africa. 'There is a pact on non-aggression and common defence in Africa, but this pact has not been ratified by all member states,' said Qadhafi, calling upon the new AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping to urge AU member states to ratify and implement the pact. 'I hope this will be performed at the next summit in Egypt,' said Qadhafi. [Irish Sun]
Monday, 4 February, 2008: Government forces and rebels battled for control of N'Djamena for a second day on Sunday, leaving the streets of the Chadian capital littered with casualties. Fighting also raged in an area where some 420,000 refugees live near the border with Darfur. Chad and its former colonizer, France, accused Sudan of masterminding the coup attempt in the oil-rich Central African country. Sudan has repeatedly denied any involvement. The rebels currently fighting in the city are a coalition of three groups. The biggest is led by Mahamat Nouri, a former diplomat who defected 16 months ago. They others are led Timan Erdimi, a nephew of Deby who was his chief of staff and the third is a breakaway from Nouri's group headed by Adelwahid Aboud. They have long been fighting to overthrow Deby, whom they accuse of corruption. Deby, who came to power at the head of a rebellion in 1990, has won elections since, but none deemed free or fair. He brought a semblance of peace after three decades of civil war and an invasion by Libya, but has become increasingly isolated. [CP]
Monday, 4 February, 2008: The United States of Africa. It's one of few concrete plans African leaders agreed on as they struggled with issues of peacekeeping and political disputes at this week's continental summit. African leaders have been pushing for a continental government for years. And the plan continued to garner widespread support from the 40-odd delegations at the African Union summit that ended Saturday in Ethiopia's capital. Presidential candidates are already rumored. Libya's Qadhafi, a regional leader with a huge, oil-rich country and aspirations of global statesmanship, passionately argues for bringing Africa together immediately, and recently canvassed West Africa. While no immediate union came from this week's summit, Qadhafi did push successfully for a presidential committee that will lay out proposals at a Cairo summit in June. "I am satisfied," he told the Associated Press. "We have reached an agreement today." But when asked if he aspired to one day be president of the United States of Africa, Gadhafi simply laughed and walked away. [AP]
تعازي إلى آل هابيل

( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : بلاغ حول أشغال الاجتماع الثالث...

Sunday, 3 February, 2008: Libya's oil chief Shukri Ghanem downplayed fears on Saturday that oil cartel OPEC could decide to lower production at its March 5 meeting in Vienna. "I don't think much will happen (at the meeting). I think prices will stay between 85 and 90 dollars," Ghanem told AFP after an extraordinary meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries in the Austrian capital. He added he was happy with a price range between 82 and 90 dollars per barrel. Industry analysts have said OPEC could decide to lower production at a regular session in March to prevent a drop in oil prices in the event of a recession in the United States. But Ghanem said he remained optimistic: "I think it will be a soft landing rather than a recession." He also pointed out that Libya currently produces between 1.8 and 1.9 million barrels of oil per day and was aiming to up its production to three million barrels per day by 2012. [AFP]
Sunday, 3 February, 2008: Hundreds of rebels charged into Chad's capital aboard pickup trucks Saturday, clashing with government troops around the presidential palace in the most forceful attempt yet to oust President Idriss Deby. Libya's official news agency JANA reported that Chadian rebel leader Mahamat Nouri agreed to a ceasefire Saturday night after speaking to Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, who was appointed by the African Union to mediate in the crisis. The violence endangered a $300 million global aid operation supporting millions of people in the former French colony and also delayed the deployment of the EU's peacekeeping mission to both Chad and neighbouring Central African Republic. The rebels arrived after a three-day push across the desert from the eastern border with Sudan in about 250 pickups with mounted submachine guns. The rebels gathered outside N'Djamena overnight before 1,000 to 1,500 fighters entered early Saturday and spread through the city. [CP]
Sunday, 3 February, 2008: Libya is "deeply worried" about the crisis in Cha d, the Libyan Secretary for African Union Affairs, Dr. Ali Triki, announced Saturday. Triki, in a statement made available to PANA, noted that Libya had previously attempted to broker a national reconciliation in Chad, which led to several accords between p arties involved in the conflict. He said the accords were never implemented. The Libyan official noted that his country was "concerned" about the situation in Chad, adding that Tripoli would do its best to ensure that peace was achieve d there. Sources in Chad reported heavy fighting Saturday between the government forces and rebels near the presidential palace and the Army headquarters in N'Djamena, the capital. [PANA]
Sunday, 3 February, 2008: Scotland's first minister has asked for assurances that the Lockerbie bomber will be excluded from any prisoner transfer deal with Libya. Alex Salmond raised concerns that the Westminster government's position on the issue had changed. It was reported that the UK Government drafted a transfer agreement that could cover Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. But UK ministers have repeated that no transfer could go ahead without the agreement of the Scottish Government. Mr Salmond spoke out on the issue after the Financial Times reported that Libya had just ratified a £450m contract with oil giant BP, after Westminster ministers drafted a prisoner transfer agreement that it claimed could cover al-Megrahi. However BP has stressed that the £450m exploration contract, originally signed in May 2007, was a commercial. [BBC]
Sunday, 3 February, 2008: Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno insisted late Saturday that his forces were in control of the capital, despite claims that rebels had taken over, Libya's Jana news agency reported, AFP reported. Telephoned by Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, "President Deby reassured his brother leader as to developments in the situation, affirming that Chadian government forces were in control," Jana said. The agency added that Qadhafi, tasked by the African Union along with Congolese leader Denis Sassou Nguesso to find a negotiated solution to the crisis, had also contacted "other parties." [FIA]
تعزية إلى آل البيرة     تعزية إلى آل القاسمي

( ليس دفاعا عن المفتي.. بل عن الرشـْد! ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( سلطة الشعب.. نقائص وعيوب ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Saturday, 2 February, 2008: Human Rights Watch urged Libya to free a leading 66-year-old dissident it said urgently needed medical care after almost four years in detention without trial. "Fathi al-Jahmi (photo), a prominent Libyan political prisoner, is seriously ill and in urgent need of independent medical care," the New York-based rights group said in a statement dated January 30 and posted on its website. "He should be released immediately and allowed to see an independent doctor," Joe Stork, the group's acting Middle East director, was quoted as saying in the statement, which added that his detention broke both Libyan and international law. "Libya wants the world to think it's changed, but Fathi al-Jahmi's unlawful detention and systematic mistreatment are a disgrace for a country that wants acceptance by the world community," Stork said. [Reuters]
Saturday, 2 February, 2008: Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has recalled his ambassador to Libya after he castigated heads of state for their failure to fast-track the formation of a pan-African government, his office said Friday. Zambia's amdasasador to Libya, Mbita Chitala wrote an article which has been circulated at the ongoing African Union summit in Ethiopia where he backed Libyan leader Qadhafi's plans to set up a 15-member cabinet for the whole of the continent this year. "Mr Chitala advocates policies which are contrary to those of government and attacks the majority of African leaders for not adopting such policies and establishing a union government," presidential aide David Kombe said in a statement. The Zambian government has insisted that it can only support the formation of a single government for Africa after consulting thoroughly with citizens. "This article has caused untold embarrassment to the president and the government of Zambia," Kombe said. [AFP]
Saturday, 2 February, 2008: Zambia's amdasasador to Libya, Mbita Chitala wrote an article which has been circulated at the ongoing African Union summit, in which he said: The opposition to [Africa's] integration that was exhibited by Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa in Accra is regrettable as it was based on the false assumption that these three countries would on their own develop to be sub imperialist powers. It is gratifying that Liberia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Chad and Libya came strongly for immediate political unity. The rest remained look warm. It is no wonder the Africans in S. Africa and Kenya have already shown their leaders what they think of their acts in Accra. What is required as the first act is to agree on political integration by establishing the Federated Union of African States. This was the consensus that was reached after the transformation of the OAU into the AU on 9th September, 1999 at Sirte in Libya where all African Leaders committed themselves to the establishment of the United States of Africa (USA). "Those who want to move on a snails pace or are opposed to Africa’s political integration should be left out for now. Their own nationals will deal with them in due course." [ICT]
Saturday, 2 February, 2008: Libya's $100 billion sovereign wealth fund will avoid buying U.S. assets because of politically motivated restrictions on investments by Arab states, Libya's top oil official said. The fund will consider buying stocks, bonds, real estate and banks in countries from China and Indonesia to Europe and Latin America, Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of Libya's state-owned National Oil Corp., said in Bloomberg Television interview yesterday evening in Vienna. ``The only market which is unfortunately not a pleasant market is the United States,'' he said. ``It's a very active market, but it is full of politics and unpleasant actions. In Europe, politics is not very much interfering in trade.'' Libya current prime minister, Basghdadi Mahmudi, said in a December interview that Libya is preparing to invest more than $100 billion abroad, joining the UAE and other oil-rich Arab states searching for int'l investments. U.S. lawmakers, citing security concerns following the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, opposed DP World Ltd.'s ownership of six port terminals two years ago, forcing the Dubai- based company to sell them to American International Group Inc. [Bloomberg]
Saturday, 2 February, 2008: Plans to pipe gas from Libya to neighbouring Tunisia are in doubt, as Tripoli is understood to be re-evaluating its ability to enter into a long-term supply agreement, according to sources from both countries. A project to build a 266-kilometre-long gas pipeline between Melitah on Libya's west coast to Ghabes in southeast Tunisia is understood to have stalled because of questions over the availability of gas in Libya. "They completed a feasibility study, but now they are back to the beginning," says a source close to the project to build a 400MW power plant at Ghannouch in Tunisia. The Melitah-Ghabes pipeline would have provided some of the gas feedstock for the plant. "The Libyan government may not have enough gas to cover a long-term contract with Tunisia," says the source. "It has to prove that this project is economically efficient." [MEED]
الساطور : ( الخرياط (1) )

( من قصص الصغار (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

Friday, 1 February, 2008: Libya has ratified a contract with BP after the UK government drafted a prisoner transfer agreement that could cover the man serving a life sentence in Scotland for the Lockerbie bombing. The $900m (€600m, £450m) exploration contract was part of a package of bilateral agreements arranged by Tony Blair, former UK prime minister, on a state visit to Libya last year. But final ratification of BP’s deal had been left hanging for months, with Libyan negotiators saying they were angered that Mr Blair had left open the possibility of excluding Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, the Libyan jailed for his part in the 1988 attack, from a deal to repatriate Libyan prisoners held in British jails. The apparent turnround on the prisoner exchange transfer has caused much controversy in the Scottish parliament. Politicians there accuse London of ignoring Scottish legal procedures in order to smooth over relations with Libya. “The matter of Megrahi had delayed matters, not just for BP but all other commercial arrangements,” said Saad Djebbar, a London-based lawyer who has worked with the Libyans on the Lockerbie case. Earlier this week he said Tripoli had been waiting for a sign of “goodwill”. [FT]
Friday, 1 February, 2008: Authoritarian rulers are violating human rights around the world and getting away with it largely because the U.S., European and other established democracies accept their claims that merely holding elections makes them democratic, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. By failing to demand that offenders honour their citizens' civil and political rights and other requirements of true democracy, western democracies risk undermining human rights everywhere, the international rights watchdog said in its annual review ... Among countries listed as abusers were Chad, Colombia, Congo, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya, Iran, North Korea ... "It's now too easy for autocrats to get away with mounting a sham democracy," HRW said. "It seems Washington and European governments will accept even the most dubious election so long as the 'victor' is a strategic or commercial ally," HRW said. U.S. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said Thursday that he had not read the report. But promoting human rights, he said, is the "core" of U.S. foreign policy. [CP]
Friday, 1 February, 2008: A senior Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, described by Western authorities as one of Osama bin Laden's top six lieutenants, has been killed, U.S. officials and an al-Qaeda-linked Web site said on Thursday. The Web site said Abu Laith al-Libi had been killed in Pakistan, suggesting he may have died in a suspected U.S. missile strike that killed up to 13 foreign militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan border area this week. The prominence of the Libyan-born militant in al Qaeda was shown last year by his appearance in a video with the group's deputy leader. He was the first spokesman to announce bin Laden had survived the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001. A statement on the Al-Fajr Media Center, a Web site often used by Islamic militants, said Libi had been "martyred along with a group of his brothers on the territory of Pakistan." [Reuters]
Friday, 1 February, 2008: Libyan oil minister Shokri Ghanem said he expects the cartel will decide to leave production levels unchanged at tomorrow's meeting. Speaking to journalists here ahead of the group's extraordinary meeting tomorrow, his comments tie in with other OPEC officials who have said they see no need to change output. Yesterday, Saudi Arabian oil minister Ali al-Naimi, the de facto head of the group, said he thinks the market's fundamental supply/demand balance was 'very sound.' OPEC is set to meet tomorrow at 9.00 am GMT and is widely expected to leave production unchanged. The cartel meets again next month. All 27 analysts polled by Thomson Financial News expect the group to leave production unchanged. [Forbes]
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