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( أعداء السعادة والإنسانية والحياة ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( الجزيرة لم تعد تغمز في السعودية! ) ترجمة : رمضان جربوع

( جردة أفكار سنة منصرمة للعام الجديد! (4) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( القدس إسلامية.. لا قومية ولا عِرقية ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

عن كتاب ( الفنان علي الجهاني : ملامح مرحلة فنية ) بقلم : عبدالعزيز السوادي

( المستبد العادل والشرعية الثورية! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( مستقبل ليبيا بين يدي الفيلسوف جيرمي بنتام (1) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

AI: Fathi el-Jahmi Is Being Denied Adequate Medical Treatment

Thursday, 31 January, 2008: Israel's ambassador to the United Nations accused Libya on Wednesday of continuing to profess support for terrorism and suggested it was unworthy of its seat on the U.N. Security Council. After decades of isolation as a pariah of the West, Libya was elected to the council last year after the United States dropped its opposition. Libya kicked off its 2-year stint on the council by holding the rotating presidency for January. During a debate on the Middle East, Libya's U.N. ambassador, Giadalla Ettalhi, angered his Israeli counterpart by accusing the Jewish state of "ethnic cleansing" and rampant human rights violations in the Palestinian territories. Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman responded by referring to an article in the U.N. Charter, which says special attention should be paid to countries' contributions "to the maintenance of international peace" when electing them to the council. [Reuters]
Thursday, 31 January, 2008: The Ambassador of Libya, H.E. Dr Ali Mohammad Dukaly, has described the relationship between his country and The Gambia as great and cordial. The new Libyan envoy was speaking in an exclusive interview with The Point recently at his office at Fajara. According to the head of the Libyan mission to The Gambia the relations between two countries stretch back in history to the dim past, noting that the same was true for the whole of Africa. “But after the Libyan Al-Fatah revolution, Libyan foreign relations took on other aspects towards the strengthening of relations with other African countries, especially countries that try to work for African unity. But look at the history between Libya and Gambia. It was very strong over a long time. I would like to see it come back to the top again. After all, I am here to strengthen the relations,” he said. [The Point]
Thursday, 31 January, 2008: OPEC ministers hinted here Wednesday that they were unlikely to bow to US pressure for a hike in oil output to further cool crude prices that recently surged to record highs above 100 dollars. Oil kingpin Saudi Arabia voiced satisfaction at the present levels of crude supply and demand, while other key members of the OPEC said they did not believe there was a need to change output. The 13-member OPEC, which pumps about 40 percent of world oil, was to hold its latest production meeting in the Austrian capital on Friday. "The fundamentals are sound," Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Nuaimi told reporters on arrival in Vienna. Nuaimi spoke shortly after the oil ministers of influential OPEC members Algeria and Libya said they did not believe there was a need to change the group's official daily output of 29.67 million barrels at the upcoming get-together. "I don't think at this moment that we should take any action," Libya's oil chief Shukri Ghanem told reporters in Vienna on Wednesday. "I think we have to take a look at the market and then decide," he added. [AFP]
( من قصص الصغار (1) ) بقلم : أمارير

مؤسسة عبدالرحيم صالح : ( كيفية الحصول على ديوان عبدالرحيم صالح )

مجموعة من المستقلين : توصيات ومقترحات من حوار المستقلين بالمؤتمر

أحمد الفيتوري : هذا العالم عالمنا الذي امتدت خرائطه حتى طالت المريخ ودوللي

( في ذكرى رحيله : من رسائل المرحوم عبدالرحيم صالح (3) )

Wednesday, 30 January, 2008: Prisoner of conscience Fathi el-Jahmi is being denied adequate medical treatment for his diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary artery disease. His health is deteriorating, and without proper treatment his life may be in grave danger. He is in solitary confinement at an undisclosed location, believed to be an Internal Security Agency facility on the outskirts of Tripoli. People who have seen him have said that he barely had the strength to speak and appeared emaciated, but with swollen legs. He is held in conditions which may amount to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Libya is a state party to the Int'l Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment, both of which prohibit such treatment. He has been allowed only sporadic visits by his family; in 2007 he reportedly received no visits at all. He is apparently not allowed to receive mail ... [AI]   more details
Wednesday, 30 January, 2008: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi warned on Tuesday that he would turn his back on Africa if the continent's leaders again reject his proposals for closer unity at a summit in Addis Ababa later this week. "If unity is not achieved, then Libya will turn its back on Africa and reorient its foreign policy in other directions -- Euro-Mediterrannean or Arabo-Mediterranean," he told a news conference on the eve of his departure for Thursday's African Union summit. Qadhafi said Libya was also prepared to move its investments in African countries, which he said totalled more than five billion dollars, to Arab and Mediterranean states. "The Addis Ababa summit must mark a decisive step in the establishment of African unity," he said. "Anyone who blocks the unity project is part of a conspiracy to sell Africa to the highest bidder. [AFP]
Wednesday, 30 January, 2008: The U.N. Security Council ended a week of haggling on Tuesday and abandoned efforts to adopt a statement on the crisis in Gaza after Libya and the United States were unable to agree on the wording. The 15-nation council began discussions on a non-binding statement a week ago after Israel sealed all border crossings to the Gaza Strip, complicating the delivery of humanitarian aid to Gaza's 1.5 million people in what Israel said was a response to Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza. Diplomats told reporters that the council was hopelessly deadlocked due to irreconcilable Libyan and U.S. demands on the content and phrasing of the statement. Libya's ambassador to the United Nations, Giadalla Ettalhi, president of the council for the month of January, indicated that Tripoli blamed Washington for the deadlock. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 30 January, 2008: The out-going Libyan Ambassador in Ghana, Mr Mohammed Al Gamudi, on Tuesday warned that without Regional integration, Africans could not outlive the countless problems confronting them. “Only unity can solve the problems of Africa,” he stressed, when he paid a courtesy call on Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama, to bid him farewell after nearly five years of duty in Ghana. Mr Gamudi lauded Ghana for taking active stance with Libya on the unification agenda of the African Union (AU) and President John Agyekum Kufuor, in particular for bringing refreshing ideas on board as Chairman of the Pan African body to nurture the dream. President Kufuor’s tenure of office as Chairman ends at the 10th Ordinary Session of Heads of State and Government of the AU, which is underway in Ethiopia. [GNA]
Wednesday, 30 January, 2008: Following the announcement of their strategic partnership on October 4th 2007, BNP Paribas and Sahara Bank have congregated Sahara Bank Top 80 managers on January 24th 2008 to effectively kick off their partnership. A new organisation has been put in place to foster synergies between the two banking Groups. This new organisation will aim at accelerating business development through the creation of three business lines: Institutional Banking, Corporate Banking and Retail Banking. These business lines will work hand in hand with the Head of Network support & Banking operations (48 branches). Additionally, Sahara Bank functions which will more specifically benefit from BNP Paribas expertise will be reinforced with the creation of specialised support functions: Credit Risk, Bank Transformation (IT and Organization), and other Support Functions. Several business and operational measures are already undertaken. [The Financial]
( فلاشات من معرض القاهرة للكتاب (2) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( هل يجري تحويل "الجزيرة" إلى فوكس نيوز أخرى؟ ) ترجمة : رمضان جربوع

Tuesday, 29 January, 2008: The UN Security Council is expected to make a final decision about a statement on the situation in Gaza on Monday, after a long week of negotiations that failed to result in the necessary consensus. But whereas the United States had been the sole objector for most of the week, Friday the cards turned. This time the Libyan envoy stood out among the 15-member council as the only country unwilling to accept a new draft which now includes a condemnation of the Kassam attacks on Israel. For most of the week-long negotiations over a draft statement proposed by Libya, the current president of the council, which harshly condemned Israel for the "humanitarian crises" in Gaza and made no mention of attacks on Israel, the US refused to agree to a statement they called unbalanced. But Friday, after a long series of bargaining sessions, it was Libya's UN Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi who said he had to refer the latest text to Tripoli. [Jerusalem Post]
Tuesday, 29 January, 2008: Morocco and Libya are each presenting 2,000 titles at the Cairo International Book Fair, which runs through February 3rd in Egypt. The event features some 743 Arab and foreign publishers from 28 countries as well as international and regional institutions. Participating with three stands, Libya is presenting a variety of information from government agencies and academic institutions including the International Centre for Studies and Research of the Green Book. Morocco's stand is displaying 500 new books ranging from criticism, poetry and philosophical essays to historical, theological, and linguistic studies. Many of the Moroccan words have been translated into Arabic from Spanish, French and English. [Magharebia]
Tuesday, 29 January, 2008: Two Ghanaians have been executed in Libya for allegedly killing a citizen of that country. The Ghanaians, together with another compatriot and a Nigerian have been on death row since 2002 after being convicted of murder under Libyan Sharia law. Attempts to secure their release through the intervention of President John Agyekum Kufuor were not successful, as the Libyan authorities stuck to their guns that the convicts must face capital punishment. Deputy Minister of Information and National Orientation, Frank Agyekum said government did enough to secure the release of the executed Ghanaians. [Modern Ghana]
Tuesday, 29 January, 2008: The leader of Libya – Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi – has been trying to move the African Union headquarters from Finfinne (Addis Ababa) to Tripoli the last ten years. According to latest news stories about his government’s actions, he is not giving up on his futile attempt. Since the African Union summit is currently ongoing in Ethiopia, it is a good time for all Ethiopians to understand the background of this Libyan struggle ... AU capital can never be moved from its rightful place in Ethiopia and the common dream of having United States of Africa (USA) will not work with leaders like al-Qadhafi around. Al-Qadhafi is a strong reminder for all Africans that the biggest enemies of a Pan-African government are not the Europeans or the Americans. The biggest enemies are dictators inside Africa, like Libya's al-Qadhafi, who enjoy arming tribal insurgents all around the region, effectively restraining economic and political progress in many African countries. Worst of all, by destroying the peace of mind of our people who will be wrongly suspected of supporting these insurgents financed and armed by crazy people like al-Qadhafi. [Jimma Times]
الساطور : مسئول عراقي يتهم سيف الاسلام ...

( صياح الديك ، بصوت الدجاجة (4) ) بقلم : أمارير

( قصة مكتبة النجاح ) بقلم : د. فوزية بريون

ياسمين بوقعيقيص : ( الذكري السنوية الثالثة لوفاة المرحوم عـبدالرحيم صالح )

( كلام العاجزين ) بقلم : د. مصطفى عـبدالله

( خواطر حول المؤتمر الوطني الثاني ) بقلم : ابراهيم جبريل

( شتـّان بين النور والظلماء ) بقلم : عمر العقاد

( اطلبوا الموت ولو في الصين ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

Monday, 28 January, 2008: Repsol Exploration Murzuq SA has awarded Premium Drilling a $30-million contract offshore Libya. Premium will use the jackup WilForce. The five-month contract is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2008. WilForce is under construction at PPL Shipyard in Singapore, and is scheduled for delivery at the end of the first quarter of 2008. WilForce is Awilco Offshore's fifth newbuild jackup. It is capable of HP/HT drilling in water depths up to 375 ft (114 m). [AfriCast]
Monday, 28 January, 2008: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi Friday received in Tripoli a special envoy of Yemen's President, Ali Abdallah Salah, in connection with the latest developments in the Arab region. Both leaders had earlier spoken on telephone in their continuing consultations over the latest developments in the Arab region, especially on the situation in the Gaza strip, where Israel had imposed a blockade that has cut off fuel and other essential supplies to the Palestinian territory. [AfriquEnLigne]
Monday, 28 January, 2008: Cypriot minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou Marcoullis held a series of meetings with Libyan officials, during a visit to the country, where she signed a Memorandum of Understanding. As reported by CNA, Marcoullis, who is visiting Libya at the invitation of her counterpart Abdurrahman Shalgam, held meetings with Prime Minister El Baghdadi Mahmudi, General Secretary of the General Peoplés Congress Al-Zanati Mohamed Al-Zanati, Secretary for European Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Abdelati Alobidi and Secretary of the National Oil Corporation Shukri Ghanem. [Ansa]
Monday, 28 January, 2008: Malta and Libya have finally hammered out a search and rescue co-operation agreement in a concerted bid to reduce loss of life in the Mediterranean. The agreement aims to establish clear points of responsibility and demarcation as well as identify the correct contact details. A Libyan delegation met with senior Armed Forces of Malta officials in recent days and a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is expected to be formalised shortly. The Libyan eight-man delegation was headed by Tripoli Port's General Manager Mohammed Ahmed Rashid. Vanessa Fraser, director of the Defence Matters Directorate, is optimistic: "Through this agreement, both countries exchange information at once". [Times Of Malta]
( غزة غزة يا يهود.. جيش محمد سوف يعود ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( فلاشات من معرض القاهرة للكتاب (1) ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( أما آن.. لبرتقال ليبيا.. أن يُـزهر؟؟!! ) بقلم : بوخزام العناني

موقع ليبي جديد : ( A-Z نقد معرفي : منبر الدكتورعبدالحكيم الفيتوري )

Sunday, 27 January, 2008: A son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi is behind a group of foreign and Iraqi fighters responsible for this week's devastating explosion in northern Iraq, a security chief for Sunni tribesmen who rose up against al-Qaida said Saturday. At least 38 people were killed and 225 wounded last Wednesday when a huge blast destroyed about 50 buildings in a Mosul slum. The next day, a suicide bomber killed the provincial police chief and two other officers as they surveyed the blast site. Col. Jubair Rashid Naief, who also is a police official in Anbar province, said those attacks were carried out by the Seifaddin Regiment, made up of about 150 foreign and Iraqi fighters who slipped into the country several months ago from Syria. Naief said the regiment, which is working with al-Qaida in Iraq, was supported by Seif al-Islam Qadhafi, 36, the eldest son of the Libyan leader. "I am sure of what I am talking about, and it is documented," Naief said, adding that he was "100 percent sure" of the younger Qadhafi's role with the terror group. A man who answered the phone at Qadhafi's office in Tripoli said Qadhafi was not immediately available for comment on the accusation. [AP]
Sunday, 27 January, 2008: Libya is to host a five-way summit on Sunday with the leaders of Sudan, Chad, Egypt and Eritrea to discuss tensions between Khartoum and N'Djamena, a senior Sudanese foreign ministry official said. Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir will head to Libya on Sunday to join Libyan leader Mu'ammarr al-Qadhafi, Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Eritrean President Assaias Afeworki, said Sammani al-Wassila, secretary of state at the ministry. An Egyptian presidential source confirmed to AFP that Mubarak was to attend the summit, while sources in Libya said preparations were being made for the gathering. "The summit will examine state relations between Sudan and Chad after the repeated aggressions by (Chad) against different zones in (the western Sudanese region of) Darfur," Wassila told the official SUNA news agency. Libya's U.N. Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi said the statement reflects the interests of Arab nations generally, but not of Libya. [AFP]
Sunday, 27 January, 2008: The UN Security Council, despite negotiating for much of the week, failed to reach agreement late Friday night on a statement on the safety of people along the chaotic Gaza-Egypt border. Libya, whose ambassador holds this month's revolving council presidency, blocked a statement that would have expressed the body's "deep concern" over the issue. "The delegation of Libya decided to refer it back to the Arab group. And they've in turn referred it back to capitals," Britain's U.N. Ambassador John Sawers said. Until Friday the US had also been opposed, hoping to protect Israel from criticism in a statement originally proposed by Arab nations. In its latest version, the statement calls on all sides to talk and immediately end the violence, and would urge Israel to "minimize the impact of its actions" on the people of Gaza, including allowing humanitarian aid to reach struggling Palestinians living there. It also would condemn the daily rocket and mortar attacks against Israelis and "the terrorist rocket launches from Gaza." "When it comes to interests, you have to care about your own stance, not the reactions of the others," he said. The council plans to try again next week. [AP]
Sunday, 27 January, 2008: Libya will host a two-day conference on ‘Islamic financial services’ in Tripoli on the 23rd and 24th June 2008 which aims to study ways of attracting money from other sources than conventional bank organisations. The conference, organised by the Libyan Academy of Graduate Studies in cooperation with the High Centre for Administrative and Financial Professions in Tripoli, is seen as “part of the role that academic institutions in Libya play in aiming to find solutions to economic problems society faces,” one source at the Libyan Academy noted. By studying the local markets’ needs for Islamic services, the conference hopes to find new methods of generating money and promoting investments that will be beneficial to the Libyan economy. The conference will also be studying the challenges some Islamic financial institutions faced in other countries and analyse where similar problems might appear when applying them in Libya. The first part of the conference would focus on the need to introduce Islamic financial institutions to Libyan markets. In its second part, the conference would draw attention to methods of financing small initiatives and housing projects. The legal frame work that organises the work of those financial intuitions would be dealt with in the third part. The fourth part would focus on the experiences financial intuitions in other countries and their social and economic impact. [MEOL]
تعازي إلى آل المجريسي

( اشتقنا إليك فذكـّرنا ما معـنى "حبّ الوطن".. ) بقلم : حسن الأمين

( رفيق الصّبا ) شعر : حسن السوسي

( الفارق بين الإنسان والحيوان ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( والشِعرُ أيضاً ، أكتب لكم ) بقلم : أمارير

( جردة أفكار سنة منصرمة للعام الجديد! (3) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( هـيـئة المتابعة ـ المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية ) : بيان صحفي

Saturday, 26 January, 2008: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has "overstated accomplishments" of a program designed to employ nuclear scientists from the former Soviet Union who might otherwise pose a nuclear proliferation risk, the investigative branch of the U.S. Congress has found. In addition, the program has recently targeted Iraq and Libya to help these countries develop projects to expand the use of civilian nuclear power by becoming client states for sales of U.S. nuclear fuel and reprocessing services. This activity is outside the original scope of the Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention program, according to testimony Wednesday before a congressional subcommittee by Robert Robinson, managing director natural resources and environment, with the Government Accountability Office, GAO. [ENS]
Saturday, 26 January, 2008: Libyan Minister for African Affairs Dr Ali Treky has delivered a message to Rwanda's President Paul Kagame from his Libyan counterpart, Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. Prime Minister Bernard Makuza received the message on Wednesday on behalf of the President. "The message is about a framework of consultation and exchange of ideas on how to achieve the vision of having a United States of Africa (USA)," Treky said after meeting Makuza in Kimihurura, Rwanda. During last year's African Union (AU) heads of state summit held in Accra, Ghana, a group of leaders led by Qadhafi called for the immediate establishment of a single African government, foreign policy and army. Treky's visit comes ahead of the scheduled ninth AU heads of state summit due January 29 to February 3 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. [The New Times]
Saturday, 26 January, 2008: Canada on Wednesday bowed out of the United Nation's 2009 conference on racism in Durban, South Africa, saying it would likely "degenerate into ... expressions of intolerance and anti-Semitism." Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and Canadian Identity Jason Kenney said that, to his knowledge, Canada was the first country to announce it would not take part in the 2009 Durban Review Conference. Kenney said it was clear that forces that dominated the 2001 conference were still in control, noting that Libya had been elected president of the event's organizing committee, which also included Iran, a country that has advocated Israel's destruction. "Secretary of State Kenney and I had hoped that the preparatory process for the 2009 Durban Review Conference would remedy the mistakes of the past. Despite our efforts, we have concluded that it will not," Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier said in a statement. [AFP]
Saturday, 26 January, 2008: A Libyan delegation is meeting senior Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) officers for talks on Search-and-Rescue (SAR) co-operation between the two countries. The Libyan eight-man delegation is headed by Engineer Mohammed Ahmed Rashid, GM of Tripoli Port, accompanied by other engineers from the Libyan maritime authorities and military officers of the Libyan coast guard. The aim of the talks is to bring about an agreement on SAR co-operation in a number of operational and training fields. AFM spokesperson Major Ivan Consiglio said that much headway had been made in the last eleven months. AFM commander Carmel Vassallo augured that Libya would take up the offer to train their personnel in Malta on various aspects of SAR mission-planning and co-ordination, “considering the excellent spirit of goodwill, friendship and co-operation our country has with our Libyan neighbours, who have been very receptive to such offers.” [Malta Today]
( ليس بالرصاص وحده يموت العقيد ) بقلم : محمد عجاج

( أيام كنت مليونيراً!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( صيد الخواطر الليبية (16) ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

كتاب ( حرب تشاد.. الكارثة الكارثة (4) ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

Friday, 25 January, 2008: Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh telephoned his Libyan counterpart Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi Thursday to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, Yemen's state news agency Saba reported. The two leaders discussed 'the situation in Palestine in light of the aggression and massacres committed by Israel against the Palestinian people,' according to the agency. Saleh highlighted 'the need for coordinating the two countries' ranks to create an action by the Arabs to put pressure on Israel to stop its offensive and end the suffering of the Palestinian people.' On Monday, the Yemeni leader called on his fellow Arab leaders to hold an emergency summit to discuss the Israeli lockdown of the Gaza Strip. [DPA]
Friday, 25 January, 2008: The Kenyan government has received food and medicine from the Libyan Government, towards assisting people affected by post-election violence. A statement sent to the media from the Presidential Press Service (PPS) said President Kibaki thanked the Government of Libya for supporting Kenya in assisting those affected by post election violence. The President spoke today at State House Nairobi when he received a goodwill message from Libyan Leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi. Libya's goodwill message was delivered by special envoy Dr Ali Triki, Libya’s Secretary of African union Affairs. The PPS statement also says the Libyan Leader congratulated President Kibaki following his re-election for a second term. [Kenya Today]
Friday, 25 January, 2008: Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan met Thursday with Mohammed Siala, special envoy of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and Libya's deputy foreign minister. Tang said China-Libya friendly cooperative relations accorded with fundamental interests of the two peoples, and helped safeguard regional peace and stability. Tang hoped that the two nations would further increase mutually-beneficial cooperation in all areas, so as to push for the further development of bilateral ties. Tang noted that to strengthen cooperation with African nations was an important part of China's independent foreign policy of peace. China held sincere willingness to push for friendly relations with Africa, Tang said, adding that China had taken measures to cement the achievements of the Beijing summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum. Siala said Libya valued the relations with China, hoping that the two countries would deepen cooperation in various fields. [Xinhua]
Friday, 25 January, 2008: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and his Libya counterpart Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi have proposed that Kenya's President Kibaki and ODM leader Raila Odinga should share power. Qadhafi sent his minister for African Union Affairs Ali Teriki with the proposal to the Nairobi mediation talks being chaired by former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan. The Libyan delegation met the ODM team at Grand Regency Hotel and floated the power sharing proposal. The spokesman of the minister, Mr Abdul Mohammed, said a lot of ground was broken to enable the two teams from the Government and ODM to dialogue. President Museveni said President Kibaki agreed to share power with ODM leaders but only after a judicial commission of inquiry conducts investigations to establish the perpetrators of killings during post-elections violence. [Nation Media]
( ما حقيقة تقارير الشفافية بصحيفة الوطن الليبية ) بقلم : عمر العقاد

( شيء يحزّ في النفس : إلى الوطنيين في ليبيا ) بقلم : صلاح الدين الغزال

( لقد أهنت رجال بنغازي يا مفتي ) بقلم : زينب محمد

Thursday, 24 January, 2008: German energy firm RWE agreed to spend at least $76 million and drill two exploration wells in blocks it won access to in a gas bidding round last month, Libya's National Oil Corporation said on Wednesday. RWE was awarded permits to explore in the blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4 at area 58 in Cyrenica basin in the north African country's first gas-focused exploration licensing round since the lifting of international sanctions. RWE's share in the project agreement is 30 percent with the rest going to NOC, although the German firm's share will fall once commercial production begins and continue falling as it grows, NOC said. At a signing ceremony in the Libyan capital, RWE also agreed to pay a signature bonus of $5 million one month after the agreement was signed. [Reuters]
Thursday, 24 January, 2008: Libya's decision to expel its estimated one million illegal immigrants is seen by many of them as an empty threat. This is not the first time this North African country has threatened such a move. Benjamin is a Ghanaian domestic worker and watchman at a foreign company in the capital, Tripoli. He has been living in Libya for 15 years with no legal documents and says he has heard it all before. "Initially for the first day you'll be panicking. But after some time, you'll see that when things are normalised, you will continue with your work." The official line is that the immigrants are causing problems with what was described as "an impact on the economic, sanitary, social and security situation". Whilst some Libyans blame them for a rise in crime, Malian Omar Kamara thinks that expelling all illegal immigrants is not an economically viable option. "I don't think it's possible because Libyan people don't like to work," he says. [BBC]
Thursday, 24 January, 2008: Uganda's build-up to the 2010 South Africa World Cup and the Angloa Nations Cup starts in March with a match against Libya in Kampala. Uganda’s Cranes, grouped with Angola, Niger and Benin, begin their qualification campaign with a date against Niger on May 31. FUFA publicist Rogers Mulindwa explained that besides fine tuning the Cranes, the match is also part of efforts to restore relations with the Libyans. FUFA’s links with the Libyan football federation soured in 2005 after Uganda failed to account for a $50,000 grant from the North African state. Mulindwa also told FUFA’s weekly press conference yesterday that Express playmaker Joseph Kabagambe will miss the Red Eagles Confederation Cup match against Burundi’s Inter Stars. This follows a complaint from Rwanda’s ATRACO FC that Kabagambe is still contracted to them despite featuring for the Reds. [New Vision]
Thursday, 24 January, 2008: Russia's foreign minister has once again petitioned Libya to release the head of the Lukoil Overseas office, detained in late 2007. "I have sent yet another appeal to my Libyan counterpart. We believe that Libyan authorities, while continuing the investigation... could release Alexander Tsygankov on Russian Embassy guarantees," Sergei Lavrov told a news conference in Moscow on Wednesday. Tsygankov was arrested in Tripoli, the capital of Libya, in late November. No official charges were brought against him. A Russian business daily, Vedomosti, had previously quoted a Libyan official as saying that Tsygankov's arrest and the search of the company's offices were all connected to commercial espionage ahead of a December 9 tender for 12 gas fields in Libya. The Libyan official told the paper that his colleagues were investigating a confidential information leak regarding bids for the tender. A Foreign Ministry official said the main suspects were employees of Libya's national oil company. A Russian Embassy counselor in Tripoli said Tsygankov was "more of a witness in the case than a suspect." [RIA Novosti]
الساطور : خشيم في حالة صحية حرجة

جماعة الإخوان المسلمين - ليبيا : ( بيان : حصار غزة.. )

( الحق المبين فى عـقائد السنوسيين (2) ) بقلم : محمد الصادق

( من ذاكرة الماضى : زاوية سي بن عيسى.. ) بقلم : عثمان العالم

Wednesday, 23 January, 2008: A French parliamentary inquiry has established that Paris did not offer Libya military aid in exchange for the release of six foreign medics jailed on charges of infecting children with AIDS, its rapporteur said Tuesday. The commission of inquiry, tasked with shedding light on the high-profile operation to free the medics on July 24, adopted its conclusions on Tuesday and is to publish them in full early next month. But Axel Poniatowski, a ruling party deputy and the commission's rapporteur, said it had found there was no trade-off between their release and military contracts signed between Paris and Tripoli in the following days. The five Bulgarian nurses, who along with a Palestinian doctor spent eight years in jail on charges of infecting Libyan children with AIDS, were given a warm welcome at the French National Assembly on Tuesday. [AFP]
Wednesday, 23 January, 2008: Cypriot Minister of Foreign Affairs Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis will pay January 23, a working visit to Libya during which she will discuss with the Libyan government the Cyprus problem and the cooperation between Cyprus and Libya in the framework of various Mediterranean partnerships. Marcoullis and Libyan officials will sign a memorandum of understanding providing for further consultations between the two Foreign Ministries. Marcoullis will be received by the Libyan Prime Minister, the House President and will hold meetings, inter alia, with her Libyan counterpart and the Minister of Religious Affairs. [CNA]
Wednesday, 23 January, 2008: No statement about the blockade of the Gaza Strip was announced by the UN Security Council, after more than six hours of debate. The public session ended with Israel's representative taking this month's Council president, Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya, to task for using the word "genocide." Ettalhi's quote was that the Council should "protect them from attempts at genocide by the occupying authority, I'm sorry, I couldn't find anything to describe this." Afterwards, the Libyan ambassador was asked for his reaction to the Israeli's statement. I don't care what Israel says, was the response, but only what they do. On the use of the word genocide, there was no time to ask Ettalhi if, like some commentators, he would apply the word to some of the ethically-based killings in Kenya, or to the clan-based killings in Somalia. When questioned about his comments on Israel Tuesday, Ambassador Ettalhi said his statement on genocide had been very clear. [ICP]
Wednesday, 23 January, 2008: The Philippine government offered Nur Misuari freedom in exchange for exile in Libya, sources close to the jailed Moro leader told the online news site Mindanao Examiner. Misuari, leader of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), is facing rebellion charges after his followers tried, but failed to overrun a military base in Sulu province in 2001. Sources close to Misuari said he might be freed later this year on condition that he will go to exile in Libya. "There is an ongoing negotiation for Misuari to leave the country for good, to go to exile in Libya and never to return and all these in exchange for his freedom," the Mindanao Examiner reported. Seif al Islam, the son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and former Libyan ambassador to Manila Salem Adam visited Manila last year. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) earlier urged the Philippine government to free Misuari. Six of Misuari's followers were freed earlier this month. [GMANews]
Wednesday, 23 January, 2008: Syria and Libya signed yesterday the first minutes of cooperation in the field of industry in the framework of joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries. The minutes were signed by Industry Minister Adviser Ali Jouryeh and Libyan Manager of Development Administration at the Industrial Researches Center Mohammed Ahmeda. The minutes stipulate organization of a workshop in Libya in the field of textile industries in order to acquaint the Libyan side with Syrian textiles industries. The possibility of establishing joint industries in many industrial fields and utilizing the benefits of Libyan expertise in the field of iron and steel in order to develop the steel factory in Hamah is also included. [SANA]
تعـزية إلى آل اعطيوة

( الديموقراطية بين التحايل والمطلوب ) بقلم : عبدالمنصف البوري

( المثقف الليبي ، سيد حافي القدمين ) بقلم : أمارير

( الخديعـة (5) ) بقلم : صلاح الحداد

( جردة أفكار سنة منصرمة للعام الجديد! (2) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

( تجديف سياسي .. ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

Tuesday, 22 January, 2008: Libya asserted its right to carry out a massive wave of expulsions of illegal immigrants Friday in the face of criticism that such actions violated int'l law. Amnesty International (AI) on Friday criticized a Libyan decision to expel all its illegal immigrants, calling it arbitrary and a violation of int'l human rights law - eliciting an angry response from Tripoli. Mohamed El-Lamoushi, head of the information department at the prime minister's office, said that according to security reports, most of these immigrants are involved in gangs "attacking the citizens inside their homes, forging money, producing liquor ... and looking to immigrate to the Europe." "Based on these realities, we had to take these measures, though we will deal with them in a civilized way, dealing with them through their embassies," he said. [Dow Jones Newswires]
Tuesday, 22 January, 2008: The Libyan border customs have decided to impose a 1000 Euro deposit on every Algerian traveller wanting to cross into Libya, starting from this month. Previously, the required deposit to be paid by an Algerian national willing to enter Libya was set at only 300 Euros. The Libyan customs gave no reasons for this skyrocketing increase targeting mostly Algerian travellers. However, well-informed sources suggest that the Libyan decision is mainly aimed at checking the steady flow of illegal immigration into Libya. [Echorouk]
Tuesday, 22 January, 2008: The United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and Libya will offer Pakistan financial assistance of $130 million to construct New Balakot city planned for the survivors of 2005 earthquake, which flattened their NWFP town, a document says. The Libyan government (Qadhafi Foundation), Department for Int'l Development (DFID of UK) and the Saudi Fund have pledged to provide a sum of $130 million to materialise the Pakistan government’s plan, valuing Rs 12 billion. The PC-I of the project, which is to be completed in five years, has been sent to the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council for final approval. The Qadhafi Foundation will finance $25 million, the DFID $35 million and the Saudi Fund $70 million. The government of Pakistan will arrange $70 million through its Public Sector Development Programme. [Daily Times]
تعازي إلى آل اسنيدل   تعازي إلى آل امنينة

( الجُزر المعزولة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

صفحات من كـتاب ( برقة الهادئة ) (7)

( البغدادى المحمودى...هل حقا تفقد أحوال المخيمات؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( معاداة السامية ضد العرب ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

Monday, 21 January, 2008: Libya will make no exceptions in its drive to expel illegal immigrants and any recruitment of foreign labour in future must be done through legal channels. Libya said on Wednesday it had started deporting illegal immigrants - about two million - mostly men from poor African states who are trying to reach Europe. Tripoli is under pressure at home to tackle the problem of illegal immigrants whom officials and locals blame for spreading crime and taking jobs from unemployed young Libyans. Mohamed El-Lamoushi, head of the information department at the prime minister's office, told Reuters the move was an internal Libyan matter, adding that future recruitment would be carried out under accords Libya had recently signed with labour-exporting countries. "All the procedures (of expulsion) must be finished in one month and there will be no exceptions. Foreigners who want to enter Libya must have legal papers and documents," he said. [Reuters]
Monday, 21 January, 2008: The U.S. military on Sunday gave a summary of last year's operations against Sunni Islamist al Qaeda in Iraq. Following is key information released at a news conference by U.S. military spokesman Rear Admiral Greg Smith: Al Qaeda in Iraq carried out more than 4,500 attacks against civilians in 2007. The group killed 3,870 civilians and wounded nearly 18,000. Military operations against al Qaeda in Iraq resulted in the capture of 8,800 militants, while 2,400 were killed. Captured al Qaeda in Iraq documents showed 750 militants from 22 countries entered Iraq during the 12 months leading up to August 2007. The documents suggested 90 percent of the group's suicide bombers were foreigners. Just under half the foreign fighters entering Iraq come from Saudi Arabia, followed by Libya, Yemen, Syria, Tunisia and Morocco. [Reuters]
Monday, 21 January, 2008: FIFA president Sepp Blatter said a solution to the controversy over the timing of the African Nations Cup finals must be found. Blatter is keen for the tournament to conform with the international calendar and with most of the other continental championships, which are held every four years and during the off-season of the major club competitions. CAF has already set up its next three finals in 2010, 2012 and 2014 and late last year signed an eight-year extension to its marketing contract with French company Sport Five. The 2012 finals will be co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon and 2014 will be played in Libya. [Reuters]
Monday, 21 January, 2008: Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, currently attending the 33rd summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) held separate talks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Jordanian King Abdallah II. A Libyan official source noted that the talks, conducted on telephone, were aimed at enhancing the relations between Libya and the two countries. Qadhafi arrived in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Wednesday to attend the ECOWAS Summit on the invitation of the Burkinabe leader Blaise Compaore, current chair of this regional grouping. [PANA]
تعزية إلى آل أبوراوي    تعزية إلى آل المستيري

( خلفاء المسلمين وحقوق الانسان ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( حقوق الإنسان في ليبيا ) ترجمة : صالح بوطلاق

( ساركوزي وصديقاي وأنا ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

Sunday, 20 January, 2008: The Libyan Fund for Assistance and Development in Africa has donated items worth millions of dollars to the people of Sierra Leone through President Ernest Bai Koroma. The gifts were presented to the Sierra Leonean Government Thursday. The consignment, which included five tractors, 400 bags of rice, 200 bags of flour and medicines, were presented by the representative of the Libyan Embassy in Sierra Leone, Rajeb El-Harathi. Presenting the gifts, the envoy said the donation, notwithstanding the quantity, is an expression of the concern of the Libyan government and people of Libya towards the needs of the people of Sierra Leone. Mr. El-harathi said such gestures have been rendered to people of other countries in Africa, to address the needs of the deprived, especially orphans, the aged and the disadvantaged. [Panapress]
Sunday, 20 January, 2008: Norwegian-controlled Cyprus-registered offshore supply vessels operator Deep Sea Supply Plc said on Friday (18 January) that it has secured a two-year time charter for its new platform supply vessel Sea Bass from ENI Libya. The contract is valued at over US$19 million. Deep Sea Supply, headquartered in Arendal, Norway, operates a fleet of 16 offshore supply vessels and has a newbuilding programme of a further 15 vessels at shipyards in Norway, Singapore and India. [M2]
Sunday, 20 January, 2008: Libya on Friday defended plans to carry out a massive expulsion of illegal immigrants, rejecting criticism from a human-rights group that doing so would violate international law. Labor officials estimate there are 2 million foreigners in Libya and that only 60,000 of them have work permits and legal visas. Most are Africans who sneak through the deserts into Libya from Sudan, Chad and Niger. On Wednesday, the Libyan state news agency Jana said authorities were working on the "immediate deportation of all the illegal foreign residents," quoting a member of the national assembly. Amnesty International (AI) called on Libya "not to implement what appears to be a rushed decision as it would violate the rights of potentially hundreds of thousands of people, including women and children," it said in a statement Friday. [AZ Star Net]
Sunday, 20 January, 2008: The The UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) expressed concern Thursday over Libya's decision to immediately begin mass expulsions of illegal immigrants, mostly from African countries. The UNHCR is deeply concerned about the absence of guarantees for asylum seekers and refugees, who maybe among the immigrants facing deportation, UNHCR spokesperson in Cairo, Abeer Etefa, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur DPA. "Libya has neither the legislation nor the capacity to handle refugees residing there and counted as illegal immigrants," Etefa said. North African countries, especially Libya, are a hub for asylum seekers and migrants from sub-African countries, who are trying to reach Europe. Over two million illegal immigrants reside in Libya, according to official estimates. [Earth Times]
كتاب جديد للأستاذ السنوسي محمد : ( الفنان علي الجهاني : ملامح مرحلة فنية )

( المُسلمة لاجئة سياسية ) بقلم : الصادق النيهوم

Saturday, 19 January, 2008: Africa risks descending into tribalism unless it creates a continental government, Libyan leader Qadhafi said on Friday, days after Libya began deporting thousands of illegal African migrants. Against the backdrop of violent political unrest in Kenya, Qadhafi told West African heads of state at a summit in Burkina Faso that narrow nationalism would only lead to more conflict in the continent. "Africa is on the road to perdition and risks returning to the era of tribalism if she continues with the nation-state," he warned. The Libyan leader was attending the conference as the special guest of Burkinabe President Blaise Compaore. Qadhafi, who has ruled Libya since a 1969 revolution, said the violence in Darfur was a product of weakness of the Sudanese nation state. "If we remain at the stage of nation states, there will be many Darfurs in Africa," he said. [Reuters]
Saturday, 19 January, 2008: Libya's plan to deport up to two million illegal African migrants is forbidden under international law and some of those expelled risk torture back home, human rights group Amnesty International (AI) said on Friday. Libya said this week it had begun the expulsions and instructed housing authorities to destroy makeshift homes and other shelters on the outskirts of Tripoli and other Mediterranean coastal cities where the migrants hide from police raids. "We call on the Libyan authorities not to implement what appears to be a rushed decision as it would violate the rights of potentially hundreds of thousands of people, including women and children," Amnesty deputy programme director Philip Luther said in a statement. [Reuters]
Saturday, 19 January, 2008: With his country located in the northern tip of Africa, Qadhafi could miss the headlines when he showed up in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Leaders from 15 West African nations were having their yearly summit. Even the pro government Burkina Faso daily SIdwaya, usually cautious when it comes to dealing with official information did not fail to call him “the surprise guest”. Libyan businesses are thriving all over West Africa, thanks to his petrodollars. He has provided the Community of Saharo-Sahelian States with a strong financial arm. Paradoxically, while he was rubbing shoulders with African leaders, other headlines were on the African illegal migrants in Libya. News organisations reported that Libya has ordered the expulsion of all the illegal migrants. Many of these are from Sub Saharan Africa – at least one million, according to some estimates. Even though with Qadhafi, there’s always one surprise looming, many wondered how the announcement could be made just at the time when he was with his African peers. [The Nation]
Saturday, 19 January, 2008: Italy's Alenia Aeronautica has signed a contract with the Libyan Interiors Ministry, worth about EUR 31 millions, for the supply of one maritime patrol ATR-42MP aircraft. The contract includes pilots and systems operators training, logistic support and spare parts. The aircraft will be delivered during 2009 and will be used by the Libyan General Security agency for the control of the territorial waters and search & rescue and marine environment safeguard. The Libyan ATR-42MP will have a configuration similar to the aircrafts in service with the Italian Coast Guard and will be equipped with a mission system which includes, in addition to the research radar, also an electro-optical sensor and the capability of air-dropping equipment for sea rescue. This Lybian agreement follows the one signed in January 2006 for 10 AgustaWestland A109 Power helicopters, in a configuration custom made for frontiers control, for the value of about EUR 80 millions. [Epicos]
Saturday, 19 January, 2008: A federal grand jury on Wednesday indicted a former US lawmaker for his links to a charity that sent funds to an Afghanistan-based supporter of Al-Qaeda through banks in Pakistan. Former Republican representative Mark Deli Siljander was named in a 42-count indictment against the Missouri-based Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), charged with "engaging in prohibited financial transactions for the benefit of US-designated terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar," the US Dept. of Justice said. Hekmatyar is an Islamist rebel leader who received US aid in the 1980s to resist the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. IARA, which had earlier been an US Agency for Int'l Development (AID) contractor hired to work on relief projects in Mali, Africa, was closed in Oct. 2004 when the Treasury Dept. named it "a specially designated global terrorist organization." Other defendants include Mubarak Hamed, 51, a naturalized US citizen from Sudan; Ali Mohamed Bagegni, 53, a naturalized US citizen born in Libya; and Ahmad Mustafa, 55, a US resident and citizen of Iraq. [AFP]
الساطور : ثلاثيات

( ليبيا بالجميع وللجميع وفوق الجميع ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( كن فانيا ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( لـكي لا ننسى : مواقف شجاعة (5) ) بقلم : عـبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

Friday, 18 January, 2008: Libya would be violating international and domestic law if it goes ahead with plans to deport an estimated 1m illegal immigrants, Human Rights Watch says. The New York-based group said Libyan law prohibited deportation to countries where refugees may face persecution. A HRW spokesman told the BBC the Libyan leader may be reacting to pressure to stop Africans trying to reach Europe. The BBC's Rana Jawad in the capital, Tripoli, says illegal immigrants are the backbone of the country's economy. The EU has urged North African countries to help stop the northward flow of African migrants. Last month, Italy and Libya agreed to set up joint coastal patrols. The mass expulsion plan was announced just as Libyan leader Colonel Muamar Gadaffi arrived in Burkina Faso for the annual summit of West African states, which starts on Friday. The official news agency said there would be no exceptions to the government policy of repatriating unauthorised immigrants. "This news is very troubling," HRW's Fred Abrahams told the BBC's Network Africa programme. [BBC]
Friday, 18 January, 2008: A forged document, a communist-era agreement and a mysterious Egyptian are behind an international dilemma that could cause the Czech government to lose billions of crowns as the Finance Ministry struggles to negotiate the repayment of a debt owed by Libya. The troubles began last month, when a team of Finance Ministry representatives traveled to Tripoli to collect on a decades-old trade debt, which the Libyan government owed to Czechoslovakia in exchange for arms sold to Qadhafi’s authoritarian regime. Although the Finance Ministry currently refuses to disclose the exact sum, the Czech News Agency (CTK) estimates the debt to be worth 4.68 billion KC ($264.9 million). During their trip, the delegates expected to receive assurances regarding the debt’s repayment. Instead, they were surprised to learn the debt had pulled a vanishing act. According to a suspicious letter presented to the delegation by the Libyan government, the multi-billion-crown claim had been sold to an Egyptian investor who had already partially paid it off. [The Prague Post]
Friday, 18 January, 2008: Former Nigeria's Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has said that it was unfortunate that African leaders had not matched democracy with actions aimed at liberating the continent from underdevelopment. Speaking on Thursday in Abuja at the fifth Media Trust Dialogue, Nnamani said in spite of “democratic governments” in different parts of the continent, poverty was still pervasive in Africa ... “But for Libya, I cannot readily think of any African state that is under any clear dictatorship, yet very few so-called democratic nations, with their entire natural wealth, can compare with Libya on social infrastructure. “When we talk about good roads, potable water, hospital care and all the rest, all those are not really democracy dividends, they are indices of development,” he added. Nnamani said rather, democracy dividends included “freedom, equal opportunities, free, fair and credible elections, rule of law, due process and accountability. [Nigerian Tribune]
Friday, 18 January, 2008: President Bush will have the power to shield Iraq, but not other countries, from lawsuits filed by victims of state-sponsored terrorism, the House decided Wednesday night. The House modified language originally sponsored by Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, D-N.J., that led to a surprising veto by Bush of a sweeping defense bill last month. The revised bill includes a statement that Bush should encourage Iraq to settle any legitimate claims Americans have. Lautenberg had wanted to ensure that victims and survivors of state-sponsored terrorism could seek compensation in United States courts, and got broad support for his amendment last year. Lautenberg has also pushed the interests of the families of those killed in the 1988 explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, by sharply criticizing the State Department's improving relations with Libya. "My provision is critical to ensuring that American victims of terrorism get the justice they deserve and state sponsors of terrorism like Iran and Libya pay the price," Lautenberg said. [The Record]
تعـزية إلى آل الصاري

( زعماء العرب.. أخالكم متوجسين وجلين ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( المهدي المنتظر معمر القذافي ) بقلم : ادرار نفوسه

منوّعات شعبية : ثلاث ؤثلاث

( بناءا على ما كتب نعلمكم ما يلي ) بقلم : انفوسي

Thursday, 17 January, 2008: Political freedom is retreating in large parts of the world including Russia, Iran, Pakistan, Venezuela, and China, the independent Freedom House human rights organization reported on Wednesday. There were reversals in political rights and civil liberties in one-fifth of the world's countries in 2007, including some politically crucial states like Russia and Pakistan, Freedom House said in its annual global survey. "This year's results show a profoundly disturbing deterioration of freedom worldwide," said Arch Puddington, director of research at the U.S.-based Freedom House, a non-governmental democracy watchdog dating back three decades. The number of countries that Freedom House labelled as "free" in 2007 stood at 90, representing 46 percent of the global population, the report said ... China ranks just above what Freedom House called "the worst of the worst" countries in terms of political rights and civil liberties -- Cuba, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Libya, Sudan, Myanmar (the former Burma) and Somalia. [Reuters]
Thursday, 17 January, 2008: A US judge has ordered Libya and six intelligence officials to pay billions of dollars in damages to relatives of Americans killed in the 1989 suitcase bombing of a French airliner over Niger. US District Court Judge Henry Kennedy on Tuesday awarded more than six billion dollars (4.06 billion euros) to the estates of seven US victims, 44 immediate family members and the US firm that owned the DC-10 jet, court documents show. Basing his decision on US damages laws, Kennedy ordered Libya to pay more than 550 million dollars each to the US families. He also ordered the six Libyan intelligence officials to pay a total of three times that amount to the families. Each family member also was to be granted 20-104 million dollars depending on their relationship to victims, state of residence and local laws. The company that owned the aircraft that crashed, Interlease, was due to receive 120 million dollars. [AFP]
Thursday, 17 January, 2008: Libya said on Wednesday it had started deporting illegal immigrants, most from poor African states who were trying to reach Europe. "The authorities decided to start immediately the operation of gathering all foreigners living illegally in Libya and deporting them," the government said in a statement carried by the official news agency Jana. Tripoli is under pressure at home to tackle the problem of illegal immigrants whom officials and locals blame for spreading insecurity and taking jobs from unemployed Libyan youths. Italy and other European Union states want Libya to stem the flow of illegal migrants to the EU bloc. "It was decided to start immediately the operations of gathering and deporting all illegal migrants without exception," the Libyan statement added. Libyan officials estimate that illegal immigrants number up to two million, most of them from poor sub-Saharan states. [Reuters]
Thursday, 17 January, 2008: The Libyan Foreign Ministry Tuesday strongly condemned the Israeli raids on the Gaza Strip that killed 19 Palestinians earlier in the day. The ministry said in a statement that the massacres committed by the Israeli occupation forces in Gaza violated international law and the Charter of the UN, Libyan media reported Wednesday. Libya urged the international community to immediately take action to stop the massacres committed by Israel. Libya also called on all Palestinian parties to resume solidarity to fight Israel's incursions. According to an earlier report, Israeli forces backed by tanks and bulldozers killed 17 Palestinians and wounded 45 others in an incursion into Zeitoon neighborhood Tuesday in eastern Gaza City. [Xinhua]
Thursday, 17 January, 2008: The agreement on joint patrols between Libya and Italy should facilitate the participation of the former in the EU's own missions against illegal immigration in the Mediterranean, European Commission sources have told The Times. Italy and Libya agreed to carry out joint patrols inside Libyan territorial waters and its Search and Rescue area. The EU's operation will once again be coordinated by border control agency Frontex. "We have been talking to Libya over the possibility of participating in our joint patrols for a long time and till now we have not reached a conclusion. The Commission welcomes the recent deal struck between Libya and Italy," the sources said. "The relevant Commission departments are engaging with the Libyan authorities to explore the possibilities for cooperation on migration management and fighting illegal migration in particular. The Commission expects this cooperation to take concrete shape in 2008." [TimesOfMalta]
الساطور : انشالله صدقتوها!؟

( فكرة المنابر فكرة حسنة.. ولكن!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( بناءً على ما قيل ، نعلمكم بما يلي ) بقلم : أمارير

تعزية إلى آل الزيداني

Wednesday, 16 January, 2008: Intesa Sanpaolo CEO Corrado Passera said the Italian bank is participating in the privatisation of Wahda Bank, Libya's largest bank in terms of number of branches, the Finanza & Mercati daily reported. According to the newspaper, Intesa is close to concluding due diligence on Wahda and has about 6-7 bln eur of free capital. Passera said foreign operations represent 10-15 pct of Intesa's activities, a share which is due to increase. He also said that the bank will continue to focus on the Italian market and high-growth areas. Key areas for acquisitions are Ukraine, Turkey, but also Russia and Romania, the paper said, adding that Intesa wants also to expand its market share in Egypt, Slovenia, and Bosnia. [AFX]
Wednesday, 16 January, 2008: Vivienne Roumani-Deen’s slender documentary serves a double purpose in tracing the decline and disappearance of Libya’s Jewish population during the 20th century and in tracing her family’s odyssey as part of that community’s decline and dispersal. Based on recently discovered memoirs by her mother, Elise Roumani, Roumani-Deen traces the two stories from Libya’s position under Ottoman Turkish rule to its turnover to Italian colonial rule. The Italian period, particularly during the early years of Mussolini’s regime, signaled a new cosmopolitan awakening for the once-backward Libya and greater economic opportunities for the Roumani family and other Jews. With the creation of Israel after World War II, followed by Libyan independence afterwards, most Libyan Jews left their homeland for the Holy Land. Oddly, the Roumani family remained in Libya with the hope of economic and social stability. By the late 1950s, the inevitable was too clear to ignore and the family left for America. By the time of 1967's Six-Day War, the few hundred brave Jews who stayed in Libya were forced to leave under threat of violence. Today, Libya has no Jewish population. [FilmThreat]
Wednesday, 16 January, 2008: The 16th international conference, aimed at popularising the Jamahiriya (masses) ideals worldwide and the radical solutions it brings to problems affecting the world, opened here Monday with several professors, intellectuals, journalists and party leaders from Yemen, Mauritania, Comoros, Azerbaijan and Serbia participating. In his opening address, the director of the Green theatre, venue for the conference, Dr. Rajab Boudabous, reviewed the efforts made so far by his department to contribute to the search for solutions to the problems affecting the world and the serious political, economic and social challenges, based on the Jamahrya thoughts as presented by the Libyan leader Moammar Kadhafi in the Green Book/Third Universal Theory. The three-day conference is discussing, among other issues, direct democracy, theoretical origin, questions in popular direct democracy, practical application of direct democracy and "criticism on capitalist system and state capitalism". [Afriquenligne]
Wednesday, 16 January, 2008: The second meeting of an Evangelical Christian-Muslim Dialogue took place in Tripoli last week, and was heralded by participants as an important step forward in understanding between two faith traditions that have often been at loggerheads. The aim of the gathering in Libya, from 3-6 January, was to engage in conversation on the themes of “Human Nature and the Divine Presence.” The dialogue, which followed a November, 2006 gathering in Chicago, Illinois, USA, began with a welcome keynote address by Dr Muhammad Ahmed Sharif, Secretary General of the World Islamic Call Society, which hosted the interfaith event. Themes addressed in the three-day meeting included “Sin and Forgiveness in Islamic and Evangelical Christian Thought,” “Salvation and Atonement in Christianity and Islam,” “Religious Freedom and Persecution: Our Mutual Responsibilities,” “Women and the Family,” “Human Rights and the Dignity of the Children of Adam.” Other panels focused on citizenship and civic responsibility, racial justice, and the nature of worship. [Ekklesia]
( وكفر كافر من أهلها! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( لـكي لا ننسى : مواقف شجاعة (4) ) بقلم : عـبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

NRO: Libya, Fathi Eljahmi, and White House Credibility

New Statesman: Human Rights in Libya

Oh, Lost Honour!  Translated by : Salah Haddad

( تراجيديا العُمر ) شعر : جيلاني طريبشان

( حزب الحفرة الكابوني (1) ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

Tuesday, 15 January, 2008: For democracy well-wishers, 2004 in Libya was a fairly good year. After decades of stifling oppression, with public executions and missing prisoners, the country saw cracks of light. Qadhafi divided the ministry of interior and justice into separate bodies ... And in January 2005 the government abolished the notorious People’s Court, renowned for unfair political trials, and began to release some political prisoners ... Two-and-a-half years later, that criticism and the optimism it engendered are much harder to find. The People’s Court is gone but a new State Security Appeals Court took its place, holding sessions inside a prison of the Internal Security Agency. The country still has no free press and no independent organisations. Libyans continue to face arrest and torture for expressing peaceful criticism of the government and its undisputed leader, and in the past 18 months, three of those people have disappeared. The many promised reforms, such as a new penal code and code of criminal procedure, have not taken place. Human Rights Watch has not been allowed back into the country but Libyans tell me many of the critical debates have slowed or stopped. [New Statesman]
Tuesday, 15 January, 2008: The day before Libyan foreign minister Abdelrahman Shalgam visited Condoleezza Rice in Washington, Mohamed Eljahmi published a great commentary in the Washington Post about the plight of his brother, Libya’s most famous political prisoner. At a press conference the next day, State Department spokesman parried questions about the case. Now, Shalgam just back from his trip to Washinfgton and his meetings with the State Department, has conducted an al-Jazeera interview. His description of how the State Department raised the human rights issue shows either how empty White House and State Department rhetoric on the subject is and/or how dismissive the Libyan government is of the subject. (Host: He didn’t talk to you about Fathi Eljahmi? Shalqam: In a different manner. I was at luncheon with David Welch, who said, “This [Fathi case] is not worth anything.” I told him, “This human is receiving medical treatment.” It was neither in an official context nor the context of [human rights] talk, absolutely!) Given how the President once spoke of Fathi's case as a barometer of change in Libya and how, in Prague just last June, the President again promised to help free Fathi, someone should certainly (a) ask Condoleezza Rice why she did not raise Fathi's case and (b) ask David Welch whether Shalgam's remarks are accurate. After all, U.S. credibility is on the line. [NRO]
Tuesday, 15 January, 2008: Projex Libya, the int'l exhibition for Libya’s infrastructure and energy sectors, provided the global business community with a unique and effective platform to develop a relationship with those involved in implementing the country’s far-reaching development plans. Exhibitors at the 2007 event, many of whom achieved their set objectives, are already seeking to book space in the next show in order to further cement their position, and active interest is being expressed by new countries keen to position themselves in the market. The exhibition, which ran from Dec. 10 - 13 at the Tripoli Int'l Fairground, was officially opened by the country’s Prime Minister, HE Dr Al Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmudi who spoke of the importance of Projex Libya as an int'l technological showcase for products and expertise to support the country’s economic progress. [Al-Bawaba]
Tuesday, 15 January, 2008: Libya supports African Union (AU) mediation of Kenya's post-election standoff and has also donated food and pledged medical aid to displaced victims of the violence. Mr Hisham Ali Sharif, the charge de affaires at Libya's Embassy in Nairobi, said the Libyan leader, Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, had held telephone conversations with Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, President Kibaki and AU chairman, Mr John Kuffuor, who visited Kenya last week to mediate the polls' crisis. In a telephone conversation with The Standard, Hisham said Qadhafi appealed to Kibaki and Raila to accept AU and Kuffuor's mediation. "The leader (Qadhafi) believes Africans can best solve their problems," said Hisham, who added that the Libyan leader "was immensely concerned by the loss of lives and destruction of property in Kenya". He did not offer other details of the telephone conversations. [The East African Standard]
( لـكي لا ننسى : مواقف شجاعة (3) ) بقلم : عـبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

( مشاعر وخواطر.. عائد من الحج ) بقلم : أحمد بوقرين

( بَـلسَمُ الرُّوح ) شعر : صلاح الدين الغزال

( الأبن الأكبر والنجم الساطع والحلقة الأخيرة لمسلسـل عرس الدم ) بقلم : عمر العقاد

( لا سيف ولا معتصم.. أبناء ليبيا كثيرون ) بقلم : د. عبدالله جبريل

موقع "الشفافية ليبيا" : نتائج الاستبيان حول قضايا التغيير وإعادة بناء ليبيا الديمقراطية

تاوالت : الحركة الامازيغية الليبية في حّّل من احتفالات نظام القذافي بالسنة الامازيغية

تاوالت : الاحتفال بالسنة الامازيغية على طريقة العقيد القذافي واللجان الثورية

Monday, 14 January, 2008: Three former leaders of an Islamic charity were convicted Friday of duping the U.S. government into awarding their organization tax-exempt status by hiding the group's pro-jihad activities. Care Int'l Inc., which is now defunct, described its mission as helping war orphans, widows and refugees in Muslim nations. But prosecutors said the organization also distributed a newsletter promoting jihad and supported Muslim militants involved in armed conflicts around the world. Emadeddin Muntasser, the founder of Care International; Muhammed Mubayyid, the group's former treasurer; and Samir Al-Monla, the president of Care from 1996 to 1998, were charged with tax code violations, making false statements and conspiracy to defraud the United States. Muntasser, 43, owner of the Logan Furniture Co., was born in Libya and now lives in Braintree, MA. Mubayyid, 42, was born in Lebanon and now lives in Shrewsbury, MA. Al-Monla, 50, was born in Kuwait, now lives in Brookline and is a U.S. citizen. Their group, which was not affiliated with the well-known global relief organization CARE Int'l, raised $1.7 million in donations from 1993 to 2001. [AP]
Monday, 14 January, 2008: French President Nicolas Sarkozy defended on Tuesday his decisions to congratulate his Russian counterpart on an election victory and invite Libya's Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, both of which have drawn strong criticism. In a two-hour news conference attended by more than 500 journalists, Sarkozy covered a wide range of issues but on the diplomatic front, he stuck largely to defending his record after he came under fire last month over Qadhaf's five-day visit. "Honestly, the slightly ridiculous hullabaloo on the visit of Mr Qadhafi..." Sarkozy told reporters, referring to widespread criticism last month of his decision to invite Gaddafi, including from within his own government. Paris and Tripoli signed billions of euros in business deals during the visit, Gaddafi's first to Paris for 34 years, prompting rights groups and the opposition to accuse Sarkozy of putting contracts before human rights. Sarkozy, who met Qadhafi twice, said the Libyan leader was received warmly but denied he had been given particularly extravagant treatment. "There was no pomp, none. He stayed five days because he wanted to stay for five days before leaving for Spain. There was no particular pomp. There wasn't even a big state dinner, that is to say those dinners with 300 or 400 people," he said. [Reuters]
Monday, 14 January, 2008: Six days before South Carolina Republicans go to the polls, the spat between the Southerners who need to win that crucial primary -- former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee -- continues to get uglier and uglier, even as both men tread more lightly on the candidate who leads the most recent poll in that state, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. "Fred Thompson talks about putting America first, and yet he's the one who is a registered foreign agent, lobbied for foreign countries, was in a law firm that did lobbying work for Libya," Huckabee charged Sunday on CNN. Thompson Sunday acknowledged he was "in a law firm that did some lobbying work for Libya," but his involvement was minimal. [ABC]
Monday, 14 January, 2008: Half of the military budget of Malta is spent trying to deal with irregular immigrants as the number of people setting sail from Libya is continually increasing, reported the Guardian. It is believed that some million migrants have travelled to Libya, after crossing over the Sahara desert, since Libya has a reputation of being a centre for people smugglers, according to the Int'l Organisation for Migration (IOM). The IOM also pointed out that these migrants are expected to await spring, when the weather will be warmer and the seas calmer, before embarking on the journey towards Europe, with the preferred destinations being France and the UK. European Border authorities have started negotiations to start monitoring Libya’s vast desert borders, with the Italian Government striking an agreement last week to hold back the thousands who try to reach Italy. [DiVe]
( القذافي قتل والدتي ووالدي ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( القول الفصل في الحدث الهزل ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

( اهناك ناس تاجد في رفقهم راحه ) شعر شعبي : عامر عـبدالعزيز شيت

خواطر إمرأة من زمن الحب : حضور دائم

Sunday, 13 January, 2008: Up to a million migrants have gathered in Libya, from where they will attempt to sail across the Mediterranean for Europe and, ultimately, the UK. New estimates reveal that there are two million migrants massed in the North African country and that half of them plan to sail to the European mainland and travel on to Britain in the hope of building a new life. According to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), most have travelled from sub-Saharan states such as Ghana and Sierra Leone, attracted by Libya's reputation as a centre for people smugglers. Most are expected to wait until the spring, when the seas are calmer, before making the crossing on unseaworthy and crowded vessels. [The Observer]
Sunday, 13 January, 2008: A four-year investigation into a British businessman alleged to be a key player in a network selling nuclear weapons components appears to have been quietly dropped. Peter Griffin, an engineer who ran a lucrative export business from Dubai, was suspected of helping to supply Libya’s atomic weapons programme. He was a close friend and business associate of Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan’s “father” of the bomb, who has admitted helping North Korea, Iran and Libya to develop nuclear weapons. The Revenue and Customs inquiry into Griffin spanned a dozen countries and believed to have cost millions. Speaking in detail for the first time, Griffin said his lawyers had been informed two weeks ago that the case against him had been scrapped. [TimesOnLine]
Sunday, 13 January, 2008: Negotiations between Italy and Libya for a friendship and cooperation agreement that could put an end to the misunderstandings from the past "are not easy negotiations", but they "have not been interrupted" and continue, the head of the press office of Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Pasquale Ferrara, announced in the usual weekly briefing. Ferrara said that "a large part of the negotiated package is considered agreed", although, "suspended issues which are complex remain and continue to be object of negotiation." [ANSAmed]
تعزية إلى آل شريمة

( في ظلال الهجرة ) بقلم : د. محمد نصر

( قلم الوجد ) شعر : لطفي عبداللطيف

( جردة أفكار سنة منصرمة للعام الجديد! (1) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

Saturday, 12 January, 2008: The Russian Navy sent fuel tanker to dock in Libya, Middle East Newsline reported. The arrival of the Russian Navy's Ivan Bubnov was the first port call in Libya in nearly five years. "The visit of the vessel could be seen as a revival of contacts with Libya's navy in the interest of strengthening mutual understanding and building trust in the Mediterranean region," Capt. Igor Dygalo, the commander of Ivan Bubnov, said. Libya, which owes $3.5 billion to Moscow, was a major ally of the former Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s. Russia has sought to modernize Libya's defense and energy sectors. [World Tribune]
Saturday, 12 January, 2008: Few dictators in the world are sitting prettier in 2008 than Col. Qadhafi of Libya. In a region full of potentates and presidents-for-life, his reign is supreme. Having seized power in a 1969 coup, he has ruled his country for longer than any other Arab head of state. And now, as wintry January begins, the colonel has quietly completed his journey back in from the cold. For many years, of course, Libya resided on the US list of state sponsors of terrorism, accused-most notoriously-of masterminding the December 1988 Lockerbie bombing In 1981, Qadhafi was labeled by Newsweek as the "most dangerous man in the world." But in 2006 the US removed Libya from the list and opened an embassy in Tripoli, and in early January the Libyan foreign minister toured the White House, making the rapprochement official. What changed?... [CJonline]
Saturday, 12 January, 2008: There are plenty of examples of former U.S. enemies becoming friends or at least friendly. Germany and Japan from World War II, Russia and China from the Cold War, and Vietnam ... Libya is unique because it's still led by Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, whom President Reagan called "an enemy of the United States” who had made Libya "a synonym for barbarism,” after assorted Libya-backed terrorist attacks in the 1980s. The most spectacular was the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, that killed 270 people including 169 Americans ... Libya must finish the Lockerbie compensation, of which about $2 million per victim remains unpaid. Libya's record on human rights must improve. In each case, the United States should withhold fully normalizing relations until Libya follows through. [NewsOK]
Saturday, 12 January, 2008: The UN Security Council on Friday formally condemned a recent attack by Sudanese troops on a supply convoy of UN-African Union troops in west Darfur and threatened action against any party hampering the peace process. The 15-member council unanimously agreed on a non-binding statement in which it "condemns in the strongest terms the January 7 attack on the United Nations African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) on a UNAMID supply convoy." The text, read out by Libya's UN ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi, the council chair this month, expressed the council's readiness "to take action against any party that impedes the peace process, humanitarian aid or the deployment of UNAMID." [AFP]
Saturday, 12 January, 2008: Syria's Minister of Finance Dr. Mohammed al-Hussein and Libya's Secretary of Finance Muhammad Ali al-Howijj inked on Friday minutes of the Federal Ministerial Council's meeting and resolutions in addition to minutes of meeting of General Assemblies of the Arab Union Reinsurance Co. and Arab Federal Institution for Agricultural Development. " The Syrian-Libyan economic relations are good," Al-Hussein said, stressing that both sides are convinced that there are better possibilities for developing the economic relations in general. For his part, al-Howijj hailed such meetings that aim at activating what has been agreed upon at the meetings of the joint higher committee, including work of the federal corporations. [SANA]
( صفحات من كتاب "القذافي وسياسة التناقضات" ) تأليف : منصور عمر الكيخيا

( لهذا نكتب عن مأسى برقة وأحزانها؟! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( لـكي لا ننسى : مواقف شجاعة (2) ) بقلم : عـبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

( سيمفونية " حُب الوطن " ) بقلم : صلاح عبدالعزيز

Friday, 11 January, 2008: French Defence Minister Herve Morin said Thursday that he hoped France could conclude a controversial sale of the Rafale, high-tech fighter to Libya within six months, or before the summer. The sale of around 14 Rafale jet fighters, the most technologically advanced to come out of the French production line, created ripples here during last months visit by Libyan leader Mu'ammer al-Qadhafi. The sale, which is not firm yet, was part of a "memorandum of cooperation" in the defence sector that French sources said could lead to 4.5 billion Euros in contracts with Libya. Defence sources underlined that the agreements in December were the starting point for "exclusive negotiations" with Libya for a number of contracts. He said these negotiations normally last around six months and "if we could conclude before the summer that would be good". [KUNA]
Friday, 11 January, 2008: A huge Libyan government cargo jet landed in the Kingdom of Lesotho on Thursday with Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi's gift to the prime minister of four camels. Lesotho's foreign minister and another top government official were at the airport to receive the two adults and two calves, who were then whisked away to a secret destination. Four Libyan officials accompanying the camels refused to comment. Lesotho foreign ministry officials, who asked not to be named, said they were a present from Qadhafi to Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, who paid a state visit to Libya two years ago to establish diplomatic ties. [IOL]
Friday, 11 January, 2008: About 155 Nigerians deported from Libya, mostly ladies, arrived at the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Tuesday. Our correspondent reports that they were deported for various offences including fraud, lack of genuine documents and prostitution. Some of the deportees claimed they had been in detention for days before being flown home, accusing the Libyan authorities of hostility. Deportation of Nigerians from Libya has been a recurrent event over the years. [The Tide]
Friday, 11 January, 2008: Dr Ashraf had the right to present a claim for what he believed he deserved but he had to prove his innocence first, something which had not been done yet as the innocence of all the medics in Libya had not been proved yet legally, arabist Kiryak Tsonev said for FOCUS News Agency on the occasion of the claim made by the Dutch lawyer of Dr Ashraf al-Hadjudj for compensation of the eight years which he spent in a Libyan prison. The claim was presented in the UN Human Rights Committee. As far as he was informed there was no preliminary agreement preventing the medics from presenting claims for compensation. If any document was signed it was made under pressure and threats, Mr Tsonev pointed out. [FNA]
Friday, 11 January, 2008: Libya stopped the Security Council from criticizing Sudan yesterday and prevented the condemnation of a rocket attack against Israel, sparking criticism of its ability to function as a responsible member of the U.N.'s most important body. According to two senior Western diplomats, the Libyan ambassador to the UN, Giadalla Ettalhi, resisted in closed-door negotiations the adoption of a statement publicly criticizing Libya's ally, Sudan, and condemning an attack against Israel. Mr. Ettalhi, the diplomats said, must have been "well aware" that it would be expected to do this as one of his first acts as president of the Security Council. Mr. Ettalhi, citing diplomatic protocol, said he would not comment on internal council consultations. [The Sun]
( موقع جيل ) : قائمة جيل التكريمية وقائمة الوفاء لعام 2007

( موقع جيل ) : القائمة الأولية لتكريمية موقع جيل

( أفصح لكم عن حبي ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( قراءة ) شعر : محمد الفقيه صالح

Thursday, 10 January, 2008: A Palestinian doctor jailed for eight years in Libya along with five Bulgarian nurses for purportedly infecting children with the AIDS virus has filed a complaint with the U.N. charging he was tortured in captivity, his Dutch lawyer said Wednesday. Ashraf al-Hazouz and the Bulgarians have said their convictions were based on forced confessions. International medical groups and European governments had championed their cause, charging the medical workers were made scapegoats for unhealthy hospital conditions in Libya. Libyan authorities accused the workers of deliberately infecting more than 400 children with HIV. Lawyer Liesbeth Zegveld expressed hope Libya would formally admit wrongdoing and reach a financial settlement with al-Hazouz, but said the suit filed at the U.N. Human Rights Committee in Geneva on Tuesday was necessary. [AP]
Thursday, 10 January, 2008: China's second-largest telecoms gear maker, ZTE Corp, said on Thursday it has signed a deal with Libya Telecom & Technology to build Africa's first commercial WiMAX network. The network will cover eight major cities in Libya, including the country's capital Tripoli, and is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2008, ZTE said in a statement. ZTE signed a deal last year to provide WiMAX equipment to No. 3 U.S. wireless firm Sprint Nextel Corp, and has also built 21 commercial WiMAX network trials in other markets including Singapore, Thailand and Saudi Arabia, the statement added. [Reuters]
Thursday, 10 January, 2008: The Libyan ambassador who assumed the council presidency, Giadalla Ettalhi, let it be known that his government rejects any reference to 1701, citing the UN position that there is no definitive proof that the rocket fire emanated from Lebanon. Though Jerusalem has indicated a willingness to compromise on references to Lebanon in the document, it continues to insist that Resolution 1701 be cited in any censure. For its part, Tripoli seeks to include language condemning the Israel Air Force flights over southern Lebanon in any resolution, a position which Israel rejects. As president, Libya's ambassador to the UN is obliged to maintain contacts with all of the world body's member states, including Israel - with which it currently has no diplomatic relations. Diplomatic sources, however, doubted whether Libya would act so with reference to Israel. [Haartez]
Thursday, 10 January, 2008: An expected shortage of engineers and other oil personnel could affect Libya the most, a U.S. energy consultant said. The Middle Eastern country was expected to struggle to meet energy project deadlines as the industry experiences a shortage of engineers and project managers, reports the Cambridge Energy Research Associates, with offices in Washington. The county also could be hurt by rising costs of drilling and oil rigs. Libya and other Middle Eastern countries account for 20 percent of world energy projects, Med Basin Newsline reported Wednesday. "It's having an impact and that impact is going to increase over the next few years," said CERA analyst Candida Scott. "We are seeing projects being delayed simply because they can't get the equipment delivered on the timescale they used to." [UPI]
( حطه كله يا ونيسه!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( الملك إدريس.. والحاقدون عليه!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( .. وأنت لست حبيبتي ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( حول الإعلام الليبي ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Wednessday, 9 January, 2008: Austrian construction company Strabag SE said Tuesday it has received a 434 million euro ($638.7 million) order to modernize infrastructure in Libya. The project, commissioned by Libya's Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure, includes the construction of water supply and sewage networks, as well as the expansion of electricity and phone lines in Tajura, a community east of the capital Tripoli. The project also involves the complete reconstruction of street networks, including lighting. Construction is planned to take four years. "Until recently, our volume of orders in Africa was 205 million euros ($301.5 million)," Strabag Chief Executive Hans Peter Haselsteiner said. "With this new order and further promising projects we are pursuing, we are confident that we will soon cross the 1 billion euros (around $1.5 billion) threshold," he added. [Chron]
Wednessday, 9 January, 2008: Gulf Finance House's (GFH) bid to set up Energy City Libya (ECL) will help the country become an int'l energy hub. During a visit to Libya, GFH chairman Esam Janahi met Prime Minister Dr Al Mahmudi Al Baghdadi, Libyan National Oil Corporation (LNOC) president Chokri Ghanem and Libyan Social Development Fund president Hamad Al Hadhiri. "We are very impressed with the concept of ECL as presented to us by Mr Janahi," said Mr Ghanem. "We firmly believe ECL will help the country emerge as an int'l energy hub in addition to having a positive impact on the gross domestic product and creating jobs. Energy City Libya is aiming to become a full service energy business centre catering to the commercial, technical and human resource needs of the oil and gas industry, positioning it as the energy hub of region. [Gulf Daily News]
Wednessday, 9 January, 2008: Libya's abysmal human rights record under Colonel Qadhafi is well known. In the not-so-distant past, when Libya was seen as a foe of the west and a "state sponsor of terrorism", European and American politicians rightly excoriated Qadhafi for his violent repression of all dissent. Now their tune has changed. Western leaders are queuing up to court Libya, not only as an ally in counter-terrorism but also as a rich source of oil and defence contracts ... One can understand why the present US administration might be reluctant to make too much of a fuss about Libya's record on torture. Washington itself is not blameless in this area. After Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo, and the torture memos, Washington is hardly in a position to take the moral high ground. But the EU at least should not throw its principles out of the window as it moves to improve its relations with its Libyan neighbour. Serious progress on human rights must be an essential element of an improved EU relationship with Libya. Libyan cooperation on issues of terrorism, energy and immigration will be of dubious value if it depends on the EU ignoring torture and repression in Libya. [The Guardian]
Wednessday, 9 January, 2008: The findings of a French parliamentary inquiry into the release by Libya last year of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor are to be made public on January 22, one of its members said Tuesday. Axel Poniatowski, a member of the National Assembly who is the inquiry's rapporteur, said in a statement that publication of the final report "will be open to the press". The six medical workers, detained in Libya since 1999, were released July 24 after they were tried and convicted on charges of spreading AIDS among children in a Libyan hospital. President Sarkozy sent his then wife Cecilia to Libya in a French aircraft to collect the six under the limelight of int'l publicity, prompting the Socialist Party to call for an inquiry into the circumstances behind the operation. The inquiry got underway in October, and heard testimony from key Sarkozy aide Claude Gueant, but the former Mrs Sarkozy - now divorced - refused to participate. [TTC]
Wednessday, 9 January, 2008: ... The other country I'm dying to get to is Libya. This might be a bold prediction considering its bumpy past, but I think Libya will be one of those places you wished you'd got to before the other tourists did. And you know it'll be screwed once EasyJet starts daily flights to Tripoli. For now, though, you've got the challenge of getting around a country that's still extremely strict on tourists - but the upside is that you get some of the world's best-preserved Roman ruins (like Leptis Magna) virtually to yourself. [SMH]
( لـكي لا ننسى : مواقف شجاعة (1) ) بقلم : عـبدالونيس محمود الحاسي

محمد بن غلبون : شهادة الملك ادريس في حق الحاج محمد عثمان الصيد

( لقاء إذاعة صوت الأمل مع الأستاذ إبراهيم عبد العزبز صهّد )

Tuesday, 8 January, 2008: Libya's state oil company, NOC, and a UAE consortium have signed an agreement for the modernisation of a refinery in Libya for an investment of 2 billion usd. NOC and the Star consortium -- formed by the UAE companies TransAsia Gas Int'l and Star Petro Energy -- set up a joint venture for the modernisation and the expansion of the Ras Lanouf refinery, the petrochemical complex located 600 km to the east of Tripoli. The two sides signed a five-year contract to increase the refinery's output, which will rise to 220,000 barrels per day, said NOC president Shokri Ghanem, after the agreement was signed. [Forbes]
Tuesday, 8 January, 2008: Greek deputy Foreign minister Theodoros Kassimis met on Monday with visiting Libyan Alternate Foreign Minister Ali Elreshe, the ministry announced in a press release. As ANA reports, during their talks the two officials ascertained the "very good level of bilateral relations and the common volition for their further development." "Mr. Kassimis underlined the need for a speedy settlement of the age-long issue of Libyan debts to Greek companies and the possibilities of developing bilateral cooperation in the fields of investments, culture and tourism," the ministry announcement added. Ali Elreshe, on his part, "requested help for handling the problem of illegal immigration, a request to which Mr. Kassimis responded positively." [ANSAmed]
الساطور : فيروسات التخريب

( الشيء لله يا وحيشي ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

تعزية إلى آل الزاوي

حوار مع الصادق النيهوم (7) ـ الحلقة الأخيرة

( ليبيا الوفاء ) : بيان بشأن الذكرى الحادية والعشرين لقتلانا في حرب تشاد

( إلى المؤتمر الثاني القادم للمعارضة الليبية!؟ ) بقلم : جلال الوحيشي

( أحمد فؤاد شنيب.. عام عـلى الرحيل ) بقلم : محمد بويصير

( نحن امغير وكالة عيش!! ) بقلم : د. جاب الله موسى حسن

( الانتقال من النضال إلى السياسة ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

( نبـش الرفات ) شعر : صلاح الدين الغزال

Monday, 7 January, 2008: Croatian construction company Ingra, which has just concluded the construction works of two plants in Libya, expects to be commissioned more industrial projects in the production and processing fields in Libya, as well as in the other North African countries, the Zagreb office of the Italian Foreign Trade Institute (ICE) reports. Ingra has completed in Libya the building of two plants: a facility for fish processing and another for fish and poultry feedstuff production. The works' overall worth is 1.6 million euro. A total of 90% of the Croatian company's projects on foreign markets so far have been implemented in Algeria. [AnsaMed]
Monday, 7 January, 2008: A new deal between Italy and Libya could just be the breakthrough many have been expecting on the illegal immigration front because, for the first time, the Libyans are accepting to have a systematic joint patrol of their coast. The Italians will make available six Guardia di Finanza patrol boats, which are expected to be donated to the Libyans. The patrols will be carried out by mixed crews inside Libyan territorial waters. The dates when the patrols are likely to start still have to be released. However, a cautiously optimistic Home Affairs Minister Tonio Borg conceded that the deal could potentially be "a breakthrough". [Times of Malta]
Monday, 7 January, 2008: Libya's remarkable transformation from U.S. foe to friend is almost complete ... But amid the improvements, the U.S.-Libya relationship remain unsettled. Congress is holding up key elements of the rapprochement - money to open a new American embassy in Tripoli and a confirmation hearing for the new U.S. ambassador there - until Libya completes compensation payments for the downing of Pan Am 103 and a 1986 Berlin disco bombing. Underscoring the last remaining reservations, the State Department canceled a planned photo opportunity at the start of the Rice-Shalqam meeting after determining that only the presence of an official photographer was "appropriate" for the event. [AP]
( الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان ) : هـل تشارك "مؤسسة القذافى للتنمية"...؟

تعزية إلى آل الخضري     تعزية إلى آل المهلهل

The Washington Post : Exiles' Longing For Libya Is Tinged With Trepidation

( حدث ورأى ) بقلم : أبو أحمد

( وهل يبقى الحال على ما هو عليه؟ ) بقلم : فدوى بويصير

الفضاء الثقافي : ( أبرز الشخصيات الثقافية الليبية للعام 2007م )

( استقل.. سيدي القائد.. فالثورة لم تولد أصلا ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

HRW: EU – Libya Relations; Human Rights Conditions Required

Sunday, 6 January, 2008: We are all for forgiveness and second acts, but Libya’s sordid human rights record and continuing police state tactics should not be forgotten. Businesses - and their government backers - rushing to procure contracts with the oil-rich state would prefer to ignore what’s happening on the ground in Libya. President Bush and other democratic leaders cannot, and must keep pressing Tripoli for change ... Rehabilitating a pariah state is never easy or without distasteful aspects. Re-engagement must be carefully calibrated so long as Libya continues to operate outside international norms by jailing political prisoners, torturing detainees, ignoring the rule of law and refusing to pay settlement claims promised to families of victims of Lockerbie and the 1986 bombing in Berlin. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is right to withhold confirmation of the first American ambassador to Tripoli in decades until those claims are resolved. [The New York Times]
Sunday, 6 January, 2008: Despite a few improvements in the last years, the Libyan citizens are still suffering because of "serious violations" of human rights, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on the occasion of the visit to the U.S. of Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel Rahman Shalgam, who today will meet the U.S. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice. "We welcome with satisfaction the improved relations between Libya and the U.S., but they should not be achieved at the expense of political prisoners, torture victims and other Libyan citizens who suffer abuses," Sarah Leah Whitson, in charge of the Middle East and North Africa for HRW, affirmed. The relations, Whitson added, "can get a new impulse from the oil contracts and the efforts to fight terrorism, but they should include serious discussions of the improvement of human rights and the sovereignty of the law". [AnsaMed]
Sunday, 6 January, 2008: Libya's Foreign Ministry says that two Libyan diplomats kidnapped by gunmen Saturday in Somalia's lawless capital have been released. The official says no ransom money was paid and the two were released after efforts over the past few hours were exerted. He would not elaborate on what efforts took place and who was involved in their release. Gunmen had kidnapped the two - identified by the Foreign Ministry as Naji Gassouda and Fathi Boudiyah - earlier today in a busy market in Mogadishu. [The Canadian Press]
Sunday, 6 January, 2008: Libya said on Thursday it was uncomfortable with the idea of sanctions against Iran but vowed to be "constructive" in dealing with Tehran's nuclear program while chairing the U.N. Security Council this month. Libya took over the rotating presidency of the council this week after decades as a pariah of the West. It was elected to the 15-nation body along with four other countries in October for 2008-2009 after Washington decided not to oppose it. Among issues that may be discussed by the council this month are Western calls for a new round of sanctions against Iran, which has ignored repeated Security Council demands that it halt its nuclear enrichment program. "We will try to be constructive," Libya's U.N. Ambassador Giadalla Ettalhi told a news conference in English when asked how he would treat the issue of Iran. [Reuters]
Sunday, 6 January, 2008: Libya, which this month took up the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, is ready to mediate between the United States and Iran. The permanent Libyan representative, Gidalla Ettalhi, told the journalists at the UN headquarter that thanks to the "good relations" which Tripoli has both with Iran and the United States, Libya can "assume a position which enables it to understand better (than others) the two parties". The US welcomed the return of Libya within the international community. State Secretary Condoleezza Rice met today for the first time in Washington her Libyan colleague Abdel-Rahman Shalgam. [AnsaMed]
( من قتل الشريف..؟ ) بقلم : أسعد العقيلي

( القذافي يطالب بمحاسبة الملك عبد الله!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

صفحات من كـتاب ( برقة الهادئة ) (6)

( المشروعـية الدستورية ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

The Libyan Constitutional Union (17)   By : Mohammed Ben Ghalbon

Saturday, 5 January, 2008: Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalgam held talks with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today and later signed a U.S.-Libyan accord on science and technology partnerships. During his Washington visit, Shalqam is also scheduled to meet with the secretaries of homeland security and energy as well as the deputy defense secretary. In remarks after the signing, Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky talked about the "robust" new collaboration between Washington and Tripoli on issues ranging from earthquake research to disease control. "We hope this agreement will give our citizens even greater opportunities and incentives to work together" on other issues such as solar power and nanotechnology. [The Washington Post]
Saturday, 5 January, 2008: Major U.S. companies are jockeying for tens of billions of dollars in infrastructure and other big projects in oil-rich Libya, as ties between the former foes warm. Boeing Co, the top U.S. exporter, hopes to expand on an initial sale of three 737 airliners to Buraq Air, Libya's first private airline. Libyan Airlines, the state-owned carrier, "is a good prospect for future business, as their aging fleet will soon be in need of aircraft," said Peter Conte, a spokesman for Boeing commercial planes. Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier, joined Boeing and about 20 other U.S. companies last month on a trip to Libya sponsored by the U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce. Citing information-technology know-how and experience in putting together big jobs, Lockheed said it also could offer logistics, engineering and operation and maintenance services. [Reuters]
Saturday, 5 January, 2008: The EU has declared a “new era” in its relations with Libya. Counter-terrorism, energy, and migration are among the main areas of concern to Brussels. Human Rights Watch welcomes improved EU-Libya ties, but not at the expense of human rights. The “new era” should include a framework to address Libya’s dismal human rights record and to encourage desperately needed reform. In particular, EU–Libya agreements should establish clear human rights benchmarks to promote Libya’s compliance with international standards of free expression, free association, judicial independence, and other human rights norms ... This memorandum presents the most pressing human rights concerns in Libya today, as well as recommendations for human rights benchmarks the EU should establish ... ( for details click here ) [HRW]
Saturday, 5 January, 2008: Libya on Friday denied that discussions in Washington between its foreign minister and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice broached the topic of human rights. Rice and Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam met Thursday for the highest level talks between the two countries in Washington in 35 years. "There was absolutely no mention of the human rights situation in Libya during the discussions in Washington between the foreign minister and the U.S. foreign minister," Libya's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. It said the talks focused on bilateral relations and working towards peace in Sudan's embattled Darfur region. According to the U.S. State Department, however, Rice pressed Shalqam on the need for Libya to finish payments to the victim's families of the 1988 Pan Am airline bombing in 1988 as well as improve its human rights record if it is to fully enjoy the benefits of U.S. friendship. [AP]
Saturday, 5 January, 2008: The Libyan Civil Aviation Authority has informed all airlines that anyone wishing to enter Libya for tourism purposes has to carry an amount of money of not less than (1,000) one thousand US Dollars, or its equivalent in a convertible currency, to cover the cost of the stay. The regulation was circulated in a letter-circular to airlines who operate to Libya dated 1 January 2008. The provision is applicable to all those entering Libya for purely tourism purposes, whether individually or as part of a tourist group organised by a travel agency. Those entering Libya on a bona fide mission, to study, to visit residents or to join family members are exempted from this condition. These instructions come into force as from 7 January 2008. [Malta Star]
Saturday, 5 January, 2008: The Czech Finance Ministry this week filed a criminal complaint against an unknown perpetrator due to a possible fraud concerning the repayment of Libya's debt to the Czech Republic, ministry spokesman Ondrej Jakob said. Libya's debt for arms supplies from the time of the former Czechoslovakia amounts to several billion crowns. At the latest inter-governmental talks Libya produced a letter from 1997 that questions the existence of the debt. "A harm has been caused to the state by a fraudulent letter dated December 16, 1997, that says the Finance Ministry considers the claim settled," Jakob said. Czech Finance Minister Miroslav Kalousek said ealier the letter was a forgery. The original debt was about $165 million (about 3 billion crowns), but according to recent estimates, the debt plus interests has exceeded 4.5 billion crowns ($1=17.750 crowns), the daily Mlada fronta Dnes wrote earlier. [Ceske Noviny]
الساطور : قافـلة صيد سعـودية..     المسحان : ( When Abdul Meets Condi )

( المعارضـة الحلال!! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( إلتفاتة على أعتاب عام جديد ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( أكذوبة التعويضات الإيطالية ) بقلم : ابراهيم صهد

( فقدان الوعي والوطن والانتماء ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( لأمريكا شاعرها الرسمي! ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

Friday, 4 January, 2008: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has held talks with Libyan Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Shalgam - the first such formal meeting in 36 years. During the talks in Washington Mr Rice urged Libya to respect and promote human rights, her spokesman said. Mr Rice also said Tripoli should resolve outstanding claims by families of terror victims against Libya. "Secretary Rice urged Libya to move forward in resolving outstanding claims by families of terror victims against the Libyan government and raised human rights as an important agenda item for our bilateral relationship," a US statement issued after the talks said. [BBC]
Friday, 4 January, 2008: Malta should use its diplomatic channels to come to a joint patrol agreement with the Libyan Government similar to that which the latter signed with Italy last week. Labour MPs Leo Brincat, main spokesperson for foreign affairs, and Dr Gavin Gulia, main spokesperson for home affairs, said in a statement that UK paper The Guardian reported that Italian home affairs minister and the Libyan foreign minister had signed a deal which would provide for Italian boats to patrol Libyan waters accompanied by Libyan personnel to stop illegal immigrants. The Maltese Government should do like wise, said Mr Brincat and Dr Gulia. [Malta Star]
Friday, 4 January, 2008: Bombardier Inc. announced the sale of four aircraft to Libyan Airlines and the Spanish government in deals valued at about US$136 million. The Libyan carrier signed a firm order for two CRJ900 NextGen regional jets. The order is a conversion of the two options taken with its initial order for three CRJ900 aircraft in June. "With this order, we are continuing our fleet renewal program with state-of-the-art aircraft," stated Libyan Airlines chairman Tarek Arebi. With the order valued at US$76 million, 229 CRJ900 or NextGen aircraft are in service or have been ordered by 17 airlines around the world. [The Canadian Press]
Friday, 4 January, 2008: Israel and its allies planned to use Tripoli's current human rights record and its past - it was once considered a world pariah and subjected to council-imposed sanctions - in an effort to discredit an international conference on racism. As a result of rotation based on alphabetical order, Libya, which became a temporary member of the Security Council yesterday, immediately assumed the prestigious body's presidency ... Israel and its supporters in America cited Libya's chairmanship of a U.N.committee planning the anti-racism conference — convened to follow up on a similar conference held in 2001 at Durban, South Africa — in order to alert Western countries of the perils of funding and attending the event. [The New York Sun]
Friday, 4 January, 2008: Oil prices dipped today after jumping to a lifetime high of $100 the day before amid expectations of thinning US stockpiles, the falling dollar and geopolitical risks. US light crude for February delivery slipped fell 41 cents to $99.21 a barrel today. US crude traded a single lot at $100 a barrel yesterday, with gains fuelled by new-year fund buying and violence in Nigeria and Algeria. Oil prices climbed 57 per cent in 2007, and many fund managers are preparing for another year of volatile and rising prices. Gold also hit a record high yesterday. Despite oil rocketing to $100, the White House said it would not open up the nation's emergency crude reserves to bring down prices while Libya and Qatar said OPEC was powerless to halt the rally. [Reuters]
( لماذا نرد على الطاعنين؟ ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

"Libya's Inconvenient Truth"   By: Mohamed Eljahmi

Human Rights Watch: "Libya: Serious Abuses Persist"

( مقاطع ما قبل الرحيل الأخير ) شعر : جيلاني طريبشان

Thursday, 3 January, 2008: Despite some improvements in recent years, Libyan citizens still suffer serious human rights abuses (HRW), Human Rights Watch said today ahead of a visit to the U.S. by Libya’s foreign minister. Human Rights Watch cited the absence of a free press, the ban on independent organizations, the torture of detainees, and the continued incarceration of political prisoners. Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Shalgam is meeting his US counterpart, Condoleezza Rice, in Washington on January 3, 2008. Relations between the United States and oil-rich Libya have warmed, centering on business ties and counterterrorism, since Libya renounced terrorism and its weapons of mass destruction programs. The countries resumed full diplomatic relations in 2006 after a 27-year hiatus. “We welcome improved relations between Libya and the US, but not at the expense of political prisoners, torture victims, and other Libyans who suffer abuse,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, HRW’s Middle East and N. Africa director. “The relationship may be driven by oil contracts and counterterrorism efforts, but it should include serious talk on improving human rights and the rule of law.” [HRW]
Thursday, 3 January, 2008: Tomorrow, Libyan Foreign Minister Abdel-Rahman Shalqam is to meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Their sit-down will come nearly seven months after President Bush declared himself a "dissident president" and promised active support for dissidents around the world. "I asked Secretary Rice," Bush said during a speech in Prague, "to send a directive to every U.S. ambassador in an un-free nation: Seek out and meet with activists for democracy. Seek out those who demand human rights." Nothing of the sort happened. In fact, in its embrace of Tripoli, the Foreign Service has built a wall of silence around human rights concerns. More than a year and a half ago the State Department removed Libya from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, confirming Libya's status change from pariah to example. "Libya is an important model to point to as we press for changes in policy by other countries," a department statement declared. But if Libya is a model, human rights advocacy and reform will be casualties. [The Washington Post]
Thursday, 3 January, 2008: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will likely urge Libya to free political prisoners and pursue democratic reform when she receives her Libyan counterpart in Washington on Thursday, her spokesman said. "There's still a lot to be done with respect to instituting basic freedoms within Libya," spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Wednesday ahead of talks here with Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelrahman Mohammed Shalgam. But he said he did not know if Rice would raise the case of Fathi al-Jahmi, who has been held since 2004 after publicly calling for democracy, criticizing Libyan leader Qadhafi's regime and meeting with a foreign official. "I would expect that the secretary is going to talk about the importance of basic principles of human rights and democracy in Libya, including freeing political dissidents," he said. [AFP]
Thursday, 3 January, 2008: The Israeli mission to the United Nations protested on Wednesday the stinging absence of kidnapped Israeli soldiers Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev from a briefing held on December 21st. Ambassador Dan Gillerman issued a letter to newly instated Security Council President Giadalla Ettalhi of Libya on his first day in office and questioned why the abducted soldiers were ignored in a briefing titled ' Situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question.' "Though the briefing rightfully informed the Council that the 'Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is spending his nineteenth month in captivity in Gaza,' it neglected to mention that Corporal Shalit has been denied any contact with the outside world. [YnetNews]
( عينك ... ميزانك ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

( وثيقة ردّ "بقايا الجبهة".. ) بقلم : محمد قدري الخوجة

( جيل 57 بدايات الواقعية الليبية ـ مقاربة تاريخية ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

كلمة السيّد محمد عثمان الصيد في الذكرى الخمسين لأستقلال ليبيا

Kamel Shrek: To The Libyan Community And Tibra Friends

Wednesday, 2 January, 2008: Libya has assumed the presidency of the U.N. Security Council, another step in Tripoli's move to renew diplomatic ties with the West. Libya takes over the presidency of the 15-nation body from Italy, and will serve in that role through the end of the month. In October, the U.N. General Assembly elected Libya, Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Croatia and Costa Rica as non-permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. They will serve two-year terms beginning Tuesday. Libya - long criticized in the West for state-sponsored terrorism - has been seeking reconciliation with Europe and the U.S. since renouncing terrorism and nuclear weapons in 2003. Western governments began lifting sanctions against Libya a year later. [VOA]
Wednesday, 2 January, 2008: Libyan leader Qadhafi met Egyptian President Mubarak on Tuesday to discuss the situation in Sudan's western region of Darfur, MENA news agency reported. "The two leaders discussed the situation in Darfur, in particular after the deployment of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping mission," MENA said. Qadhafi's visit comes a day after the new AU-UN force took over peacekeeping in Darfur from an AU mission which has failed to stem nearly five years of violence. Earlier this month, Qadhafi criticised the "internationalisation" of the conflict which he said would sort itself out if the region's people were left alone. [AFP]
Wednesday, 2 January, 2008: The call of Libya’s Saif al-Islam al-Qadhafi to leaders of the Bangsamoro people to unite and work as one in resolving the Mindanao conflict provides a ray of hope in 2008. Saif al-Islam, son of Col. Mu'ammar al-Qhadafi, made this call on Dec. 13 in a meeting in Makati City [the philippines] with officials of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and leaders of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). However, the MILF, which has 12,500 fully armed fighters, sees "a very grim year for the peace process after the Arroyo administration reneged on the consensus points on ancestral domain, which the two parties have jointly "crafted, agreed, and signed since December 2004." An unnamed MILF leader said it was "unlikely" the peace talks will be completed this year. [Manila Bulletin]
Wednesday, 2 January, 2008: Iranian Government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham said Tuesday that clarification of the fate of the prominent Lebanese Shiite cleric, Imam Moussa Sadr is on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Talking to reporters during his weekly press briefing, he added that following up the case of Imam Sadr is on the agenda of vice-president for legal affairs. The Iranian-born cleric Imam Musa Sadr was abducted on August 31, 1978 during an official visit to Libya at the invitation of the then Libyan government. Asked whether the fate of Imam Sadr was discussed with Libyan officials during the recent visit to Libya of First Vice-President Parviz Davoudi, Elham said, political issues of mutual interest, including the fate of Imam Sadr were reviewed by the two sides. Elham further stressed that all issues could be settled through dialogue. [IRNA]
تعازي إلى آل الصيد

فاضل المسعودي : ( وفاة رئيس الحكومة الليبية السابق محمد عثمان الصيد )

( حقول الحب ) بقلم : رضوان أبوشويشة

( هرم المعرفة عند شعوبنا ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( سريب حب ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

Tuesday, 1 January, 2008: Norway's leading financial newspaper has reported that the 'consultant' paid hefty sums by Norwegian petroleum company Hydro was in fact a Libyan intelligence agent. On October 1, the day Norway's petroleum giants Hydro and Statoil merged, Hydro warned that their Libyan consultant deals from the early 2000s were under investigation. Financial daily Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported Monday that the consultant who received USD 6.85 million was in reality Libyan agent Abdurrazag Gammudi, who worked for intelligence chief Musa Kusa, also known as the 'Envoy of Death'. Gammudi had aided Saga's entry into Libya in the late 1990s and Hydro discovered the murky business after purchasing Saga. [Aftenposten]
Tuesday, 1 January, 2008: Vietnam, Burkina Faso, Libya, Costa Rica and Croatia will join the 15-member UN Security Council as non-permanent members for a two-year term on Tuesday. They will replace Qatar, Congo, Ghana, Peru and Slovakia, which had completed their two-year term. This will be the first time that Vietnam and Croatia will be serving on the Council. The Council has five veto-wielding permanent members and ten non-permanent members who are elected by the 192-member assembly for a two-year term on regional basis. Five of the non-permanent members retire each year. Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama and S. Africa are due to complete their term by next year-end. This will the second term on the Council for Libya and Burkina Faso which had earlier been members in 1976-77 and 1984-85 respectively. For Costa Rica, it will be the third term. [PTI]
Tuesday, 1 January, 2008: Ernst & Young, one of the world's leading professional services firms, has announced the launch of its Libya operations and the establishment of its new office in Tripoli. The firm is now the first of the Big 4 professional firms to have wholly-owned offices in all countries of Middle East and North Africa. This move highlights the firm's commitment to the economic expansion and vitality of the new and open Libyan economy. Leading the firm's efforts in establishing the Tripoli office and stressing its commitment to the growth of the local economy, Fouad Alaeddin, Managing Partner of E&Y in the Middle East said: "Libya is actively responding to its environment and continues to open up to international business. Through our global and local knowledge, we hope to act as catalysts, instigating positive change in the local business landscape. [AB]
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