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د. فتحي الفاضلي : ضحية الإرهاب.. الأستاذ محمد فرج حمّي

جيل : إحتكاكات بين ثوريين وحقوقيين ليبيين في تجمع مدني بالمغرب

بوزيد لهلالي : نداء العودة وتضميد الجراح

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : إلى الدبوس

بشير أحمد يوسف : شيء من الحياء يا هذا (3)

منظمة الأمل لحقوق الإنسان : بيان صحفي

عمر الكدي : كرامة الوطن أم كرامة الرئيس؟

Thursday, 31 July, 2008: MT. PLEASANT, S.C., July 30, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Administration Asks Congress to Leave out U.K. Citizens In Anti-Terrorism Settlement with Libya. Ill Omen for Cuban Americans, Others. MT. PLEASANT, S.C., July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ignoring a long history of anti-terrorism cooperation between the U.S. and the U.K., over two centuries of legal precedent under the Alien Tort Statute, and the express will of Congress under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the State Department has submitted to Congress draft legislation that would grant Libya complete immunity for past alleged acts of terrorism without the complete resolution of all plaintiffs' actions currently pending in U.S. courts. This last minute proposal was first reported yesterday evening in an article posted on The Hill website. [Market Watch] More
Thursday, 31 July, 2008: Libya has released two Swiss citizens who had been held for 11 days after the arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Qaddafi, the youngest son of the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi. Mr. Qaddafi and his wife were arrested on July 15 after two employees accused them of mistreatment. They were allowed to return to Libya after posting bail two days later. The two Swiss citizens were detained on July 19, accused of violating Libyan immigration laws. The Swiss government ordered Swiss companies to close offices in Libya and warned Swiss citizens not to travel there. [New York Times]
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Thursday, 31 July, 2008: Libya has resumed its oil shipments to Switzerland. A tanker carrying 80,000 tonnes of crude is en route to the Italian port of Genoa. The shipments were halted last week in protest against the arrest of the son of Libyan President Muammar Khadafi in Geneva. Swiss ships were barred from entering Libyan ports and the Libyan ambassador to Bern was recalled for consultations. Two Swiss working in Libya were arrested. They have since been released but are not allowed to leave the country. Hannibal Khadafi and his wife arrested on charges of abusing their servants. According to the Libyan authorities, they were badly treated during the two nights they spent in a police cell. [Radio Netherlands]
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Thursday, 31 July, 2008: MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) - The prime ministers of Russia and Libya will meet in Moscow on Thursday for talks likely to centre on Moscow's hopes of rich contracts, including a share in a planned pipeline taking Libyan gas to Europe. Libya, a major oil and gas exporter, has become an attractive market for both Russia and the West since 2003, when the U.N. Security Council lifted sanctions against the country viewed for decades as a pariah by Western countries. A Russian government spokesman said Vladimir Putin and Libya's al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi would discuss "coordination of efforts to carry out agreements reached at the April summit in Tripoli." Putin, who was then Russian president, and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi oversaw in April the signing of a deal under which Moscow agreed to cancel $4.5 billion of Tripoli's debt in exchange for a promise of lucrative contracts for Russian firms. [Reuters]
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Thursday, 31 July, 2008: Valletta - A long-standing issue between Libya and Malta over oil exploration in disputed waters could be decided by the autumn following talks in Tripoli Wednesday. Libyan leader Moamar Gaddafi held a meeting with Maltese President Eddie Fenech Adami to try to strike a long-awaited deal. After the meeting, Maltese officials told reporters in Tripoli that there was a 'commitment' for political decisions to be taken on this issue and that a joint commission is due to meet in October. Malta has been seeking an agreement for joint exploration in the Mediterranean sea, on the lines of a similar agreement with Tunisia. The tension came to a head in the 1980s when a Libyan gunboat stopped an Italian oil rig commissioned by Malta from drilling in the Medina Bank, one of the disputed areas. That issue was later decided by the Int'l Court of Justice. [M&C]
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Thursday, 31 July, 2008: LONDON, July 30 (Reuters) - The sharp drop in oil prices from a record high earlier this month is probably temporary, but it would be worrying if it continued, the top oil official for OPEC member Libya said on Wednesday. Oil has slid from a record high of $147.27 a barrel on July 11 to around $121, pressured by signs that costly fuel and an economic slowdown are curbing demand, especially in the United States. "We are noticing it is down sharply, but so far we still think that it is only temporary, it will rebound," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation, told Reuters by telephone. [The Guardian]
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Thursday, 31 July, 2008: WASHINGTON, July 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Jim Kreindler, Chairman of Plaintiffs' Committee, Families of Pan Am 103 and Robert Bredhoff, Mario Mirabelli, Jacob Stein, Counsel for La Belle Disco Bombing Victims today issued the following joint statement: "We wholeheartedly support the proposed bipartisan legislation that will immediately lead to full payments of the money Libya owes to 268 families of Pan Am 103 victims and 93 families of La Belle disco bombing victims. This legislation will immediately bring to a close a 20 year ordeal that the Pan Am 103 and La Belle families have endured to obtain compensation from Libya. "The legislation will also lead to fair comparable recoveries for all legitimate U.S. claimants with suits against Libya. All U.S. plaintiffs with legitimate claims will obtain fair compensation under the legislation's program. "If this legislation does not pass, the efforts of the 400 U.S. claimants to finally recover the compensation long due from Libya would be sacrificed, all for the unfounded hopes of recovery by non-U.S. citizens." SOURCE Kreindler & Kreindler LLP; Patton Boggs LLP; and Stein ... [Market Watch]
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Thursday, 31 July, 2008: The plastic arts’ paintings acquired an artistic taste during the steady independence period that prevailed in the Arab region in the mid-twentieth century.The first artistic forum was established in Tripoli in 1960 by a group of amateurs and art lovers. The artist Ali Qana for instance, established the Plastic Arts Department in Tripoli. He participated in the graduation of a number of artists whether in art or architecture departments. The emerging generations in that time had an elevated artistic rank thanks to their continued and tireless production in Tripoli. From the artists that belong to this generation, one mentions: Youssef Fatis, Abdul Razeq El-Reyani, Afaf El-Somali, Al-Fakheri and Mohammad Ebeiyah. One cannot also forget pioneer letters artists, notably Omar Al-Gheriyani and Omar Armis. Regarding the plastic artists in the city of Benghazi, few key names of those who established the principles of beauty and art in this great city may be referred to such as Hassan bin Dardaf, Ahmad Abu Dhraa, Mohammad Esteita, Asmahan Al-Fergani ... [Alarab Online]
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Thursday, 31 July, 2008: Nairobi, Kenya - Libya is seeking to invest US$8billion in Africa's most profitable ventures, mainly in the oil, gas, air transport, tourism and the construction of oil refineries, among others, to help spur Africa's economic development, officials said. Libya Africa Portfolio Fund for Investment (LAP) President Bashir Saleh said in Nairobi on Tuesday the Libyan government agency was looking to expand its operations within the African continent in its efforts to create viable economic opportunities. "Our strategy is to invest in African countries. We have become a major investor in Africa. We believe in added value for raw materials in Africa," the Libyan official said. LAP, which recently acquired the Grand Regency Hotel in Kenya for US$45 million, said it was ready to face investigators over its bid for the hotel and insisted that it acquired the property in a clean and transparent transaction which met all requirements. [PANA]
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الإجدابي : حسن لقطع     السلفيوم : إيدك.. وحديدك     باي باي..غوط عمران

فرانس 24 : ليبيا تستأنف تصدير النفط الي سويسرا

المغربية : حقوقيون ينتفضون ضد المنسق العام.. ووفد ليبي اعترض على ممثل الرابطة

الرابطة الليبية : الأمين العام والناطق الرسمى ضحيتا اعتداءات من اللجان الثورية

السياسة : وقفة "عزّ أخرى" لماليء الدنيا وشاغل الناس

الرابطة الليبية : البيان الختامي الصادر عن اجتماع مكتب التنسيقية المغاربية

عيسى محمد : قوائم دائرة الهجرة النرويجية

سليم الرقعي : إستح على شيبتك يا شيخ محمد عريبي!؟

عبدالله الشبلي : سيف القذافى والحقيقة الغائبة

Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: Marco Island’s Mercedes Farhat (photo) is making history as the first woman to swim for Libya in the Olympics. Her dad, Kamal, is her coach. She is able to swim for Libya because her father was born there. She will try to e-mail us as often as possible. Readers will get to read items in the Eagle and go online to marconews.com. Her e-mails will be posted on our Web site as they are received. We left our house at noon on July 22 and drove to the Miami Airport. Our plane left at 4 p.m. and we flew to Rome. We were going to go see the Coliseum because we had a six-hour layover, but they wouldn’t let us leave without taking our luggage with us so we decided to take a nap instead. We then flew to Tripoli, the capital of Libya, where my dad’s family met us at the airport. They were all so nice and even with the language barrier made it clear that they were happy we were there. We checked into our hotel and I looked out the window of our room and could see the roof of the next door house ... [Naples News] More
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: [Malta's] President Eddie Fenech Adami leaves Malta on Wednesday, July 30, for an official visit to Libya on the invitation of Col. Muammar Al Gaddafi. The President will hold official talks with Col. Gaddafi and will meet Dr Baghadadi Al Mahmoudi, Secretary of the General People’s Congress. Accompanying the President are Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Tonio Borg and the Minister for Social Policy John Dalli. The President and his delegation return to Malta on Thursday. [Di-Ve] More
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: U.S. Congress and the State Department are inching closer to a resolution in the battle over compensation from Libya for terrorism victims. A draft bill is circulating on Capitol Hill that would recognize a universal settlement brokered between the Libyan and U.S. governments for relatives of terrorism victims. The legislation could be introduced this week. Aides to one of the main champions for terrorism victims, Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), have been working on the bill. Talks between the State Department and the Libyan government have been ongoing since the spring. Hundreds of millions of dollars in court settlements are still owed by Libya to terrorism attack victims, according to their attorneys. [The Hill] More
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: BERN, Switzerland: The Swiss Foreign Ministry says Libya has released two Swiss citizens who had been detained amid a diplomatic row over the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi's son. The ministry says a Libyan judge ordered the men freed on bail on Tuesday and that the men are now in the Swiss embassy in Tripoli. The two were detained after Swiss authorities arrested Hannibal Gadhafi and his wife in Geneva earlier this month. The couple were later released and returned to Libya. The episode prompted a series of diplomatic recriminations that included Libya halting its oil shipments to Switzerland. The Swiss Foreign Ministry says efforts to ease the tension between the two countries continue. [IHT] More
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, July 29 (Reuters) - Libya's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday advised its citizens not to travel to Switzerland as it feared "repressive measures" after a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was arrested in Geneva. A row erupted between energy-importing Switzerland and OPEC member Libya after over the arrest on July 15 of Hannibal Gaddafi, who together with his wife was charged with ill-treatment of two domestic employees. Gaddafi and his wife, who were freed on bail pending any trial after two days in detention, deny the charges, his lawyer has said. "Given the arbitrary measures of the Swiss authorities against Arab and Libyan citizens, the lack of respect towards them and their humiliation ... the (ministry) advises Libyan citizens not to travel to Switzerland to avoid such repressive measures," the ministry said... [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi has sent a stern message to the Kenya Government that the Grand Regency Hotel belongs to his country, despite efforts to repossess it. Gaddafi fought back on a week when investigations that would determine the fate of the sale started taking shape. The Libyan leader sent a top government delegation with his verbatim message that was read to both President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga. "The hotel is sold, gone and file closed!" were Gaddafi’s words to Kenya delivered by his right-hand man, Mr Bashir Saleh Bashir, the Libyan Head of Public Service. Mr Bashir later in a press conference at the Grand Regency Hotel’s Shaba Room, repeated the stern message... [The Standard] More
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: Libya's U.S.-trained oil minister, Shakri Ghaman, says Libya expects to be producing 2 million barrels of oil a day by the end of 2008, and is on target to reach 3 million b/d by 2012. The fact that 3 million barrels was Libya's peak production 30 years ago is an indication of the damage done by two decades of U.S. sanctions, imposed after a Pan Am plane sabotaged by Libyan agents crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland. By 2004, once a compensation deal for the victims of Lockerbie had been put in place, Washington began to lift the sanctions. By then, Libyan oil production, due to the country's aging installations and its having to buy replacement parts for production machinery at black market rates, was down to 266,000 b/d. With global energy demand going sky high, watch for Tripoli ... to become the next global boom town. [WPR] More
Wednesday, 30 July, 2008: CAIRO: A free trade zone will be established on the Egypt-Libya border for industrial, trade and tourist projects, reported the local press. Procedures for setting up the zone will be discussed during a visit to Egypt by a Libyan delegation next month, said Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieldin, who is currently visiting Tripoli. While in Cairo, the Libyan delegation will discuss means to facilitate trade between the two countries, Mohieldin said following a meeting with Secretary of the General People's Committee for Finance Mohamed Ali Huwaj. Libyan investments in Egypt jumped 32 percent from 2004 to 2008, Mohieldin said. Press reports also indicated that an Egyptian-Libyan business council will be established to promote mutual investments and settle any disputes between the business leaders in the two countries. The establishment of the council will be officially announced in September... [Daily Star Egypt] More
موسى 1274 : كيف تنقذ نفسك من الغرق في بحر ليبيا!!

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : أصبح الليل.. الباب الدوار

الجزيرة : 500 امرأة تصاب بسرطان الثدي سنوياً بليبيا     جدل حول مستقبل اللجان الثورية

د. عـبدالله جبريل : نهاية عصر اللجان الثورية

إيلاف : دفاعاً عن ابن القذافي

فيلادلفيا : من حكماء مدينة درنة     الأجدابي : الحكومة.. لا تصنع شعبا!!

القدس العربي : آريا؟ عن السجن وتعويض المعتقلين السابقين

أمين الغرياني : المصداقية أولاً

الساطور : "ليبيا الغد" وأخطبوط التآمر على الشعب الليبي

العرب اونلاين : سيف الإسلام القذافى : المحاكم الثورية غير شرعية .. وتختلف عن اللجان الثورية

Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: GENEVA - Switzerland and Libya are planning talks to resolve a crisis triggered by the arrest of Libyan leader Moamer Gadhafi's son in Geneva for alleged assault, the Swiss foreign ministry said Monday. The foreign affairs department is working "really hard to resolve the crisis", a ministry spokesman told the Swiss news agency ATS. The negotiations "will last as long as necessary," he said. The spokesman said two Swiss citizens detained by Libya in a tit-for-tat move were now being held in better conditions. "They are tired, but psychologically and physically their condition is not a concern," the spokesman said. Their lawyer, who has met them three times, has been able to provide them with medicine, food and personal items, the news agency said. Swiss President Pascal Couchepin said Saturday he was ready to meet Gadhafi in a bid to ease tensions after the arrest of his son Hannibal, 32, and his wife in a Geneva hotel on July 15. [AFP] More
Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: Tripoli , Libya - Lebanon's former President Amin Gemayel visited Libya and met with the Libyan President Moammar Gaddafi to discuss the Lebanese situation. After the meeting on Sunday , Gemayel addressed reporters and called for Lebanese unity in order to face the Israeli problem. He said that solidarity will lead to the solutions to several issues in Lebanon, such as regaining the occupied land. Gemayel also said, “Libya is a state that is dear to Lebanon,” and added. “This visit was necessary to discuss all Arab matters, including the Lebanese situation , with Commander Gaddafi.” Gemayel expressed concern over the way the Palestinian cause is dealt with in the Arab world and in Lebanon. “Consultations and coordination are needed in order to formulate a solid Arab strategy on the Palestinian issue and relations with the West,” Gemayel said Gemayel also called for a common defense strategy in order to face Israel. [Ya Libnan] More
Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: July 28 (Bloomberg) -- Verenex Energy Inc., the Canadian explorer that operates in North Africa and France, made a seventh oil find in Libya's western region of Ghadames. The exploration well, called 4/47 -1A, tested at flow-rates between 1,399 and 1,535 barrels a day, Libya's state-run National Oil Corp. said in a statement today on its Web Site. Under a 30-year production-sharing agreement signed in 2005 by Verenex, Indonesia's PT Medco Energi International and Libya, the two foreign companies will take 13.7 percent of any output and the North African state 86.3 percent. Verenex is the operator of the concession. Medco in February said all six wells drilled in so-called area 47 had found oil, and that the concession held potential reserves of 1 billion barrels with a potential daily output of 75,000 barrels a day. Libya's 41.5 billion barrels in proven oil reserves are Africa's largest. The nation is a member of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, pumping more than 1.7 million barrels a day in June. [Bloomberg] More
Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: Switzerland and Libya will continue negotiations to resolve the ongoing diplomatic crisis between the two countries without the assistance of a third-party mediator. Jean-Philippe Jeannerat, a spokesman for the Swiss foreign ministry, on Monday said talks were continuing with the "greatest discretion". Over the weekend, Swiss President Pascal Couchepin said France and Italy had both formally offered to help resolve the crisis, which began with the arrest of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal in Geneva on July 15. Two Swiss citizens are being held in Libyan custody on immigration violations but consular officials in Tripoli have thus far been unable to visit, Jeannerat said. Both were arrested on Saturday one week ago. While they are described as being tired, both are mentally and physically not in a worrying state... [Swissinfo] More
Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: UN, July 28 (Reuters) - Libya and South Africa, trying to block the International Criminal Court from indicting Sudan's leader for genocide, want the U.N. Security Council to prevent such a move in a resolution extending the mandate of international peacekeepers in Darfur. The U.N. Security Council was meeting on Monday to discuss the Libyan and South Africa proposals, which have the support of China and Russia, after the ICC's chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, asked the court's judges to issue a warrant for Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir's arrest. Moreno-Ocampo accused the Sudanese leader of orchestrating a campaign of genocide that has killed 35,000 people outright, at least another 100,000 through "slow death" and forced 2.5 million from their homes. The court, based in The Hague, is not expected to make a decision on Moreno-Ocampo's recommendation for several months. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: Tripoli - The Libyan authorities have seized 50kg of heroin in a record haul, the interior ministry said in a statement on Monday. Heroin of "pure quality" was seized in the Al-Wahat region in the east of the country, the ministry said. It did not specify if any arrests were made. The statement said that the amount was the largest ever seized in a North African country and the second largest recorded in Libya. Efforts are being made "to eradicate the epidemic" in Libya where illegal narcotics are considered "weapons of mass destruction," the statement said, without elaborating. Drug trafficking carries the death penalty in Libya, a key transit route for drugs that come mainly from Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. Last week the authorities announced they had seized one tonne of hashish in the southeastern region of Tazerbo. [News24] More
Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: For the third consecutive year Al Shabab wins the AL-Fateh Cup competition to become the second team in Libyan Basketball history to make this achievement after Al Madina Back in 1997,98,99. The Final game was played in Solaiman Al-Darat arena in Benghazi in front of almost a 3000 Ahli Benghazi supporters who saw their team take the advantage in the first quarter building a 5 point lead ending it 19-14 for them. the second quarter was close , Ahli Benghazi kept their lead and Al Shabab kept trailing , six points from free throw line from Al Shabab player mohammed Issa decreased the difference to one point , half time ended 35-34 for Ahli Benghazi. Both teams exchanged the lead in the third quarter for 8 times. [BIA] More
Tuesday, 29 July, 2008: The Transparency Verification Committee (TVC) released on Tuesday its long awaited report on the transparency affidavits presented by Libyan public officials and senior personalities in the private sector. The affidavits included information related to income and property. The TVC said in its report that only 157 cases have been found to be with improper practices out of 4287 cases. According to TVC, those who presented their affidavits were 4287 people divided into four groups: Those selected by the General People's Congress, 96 people; holders of leadership positions including military officers, security apparatuses and similar organizations, 249; Secretaries of GPCs and CEOs of various institutes and companies, 2719 people; and those who were made available to the TVC by the state, 1223 people. The affidavits with irregularities include 10 people from the first group, 37 from the second group, 85 from the third group and 25 form the fourth group. [Tripoli Post] More
طارق القزيري : الحقيقة

نداء القذافي : المحكمة الثورية الدائمة     نداء القذافي : قضايا

جبهة التبو لإنقاذ ليبيا : خطاب سيف الإسلام القذافي محاولة مفضوحة لتبرير جرائم شنيعة

الإتصال الخارجي : تحذير المواطنين من السفر إلى سويسرا

الشرق الأوسط : جبهة التبو تدعو الجامعة العربية للتدخل للحيلولة دون ظهور دارفور أخرى بليبيا

أويا : ‮‮لجان لتضميد الجراح     ‮‮نداء لليبيين بالخارج‮

إيلاف : العنجهية والتخلف : القذافي وعائلته ولجانه الثورية نموذجا

ادرار نفوسه : الإليكترون القطري

د. مصطفى عبدالله : إلى ... أسير الوهم

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : سيف.. آخر من يشارك شعبنا بؤسه وشقاؤه!!

Monday, 28 July, 2008: Tripoli-- According to the Libyan Ministry of Public Security, 263 traffic accidents have been reported last week all over the country. These accidents have caused the death of 60 people and seriously injuring 143 others. The accidents occurred during the period between 19 and 26 July 2008. The causes of accidents include high speed, recluse driving, using cell phones while driving and breaking traffic laws and regulations. Car accidents in Libya are becoming a national problem that is affecting the lives of Libyans and leading to social, economic and psychological consequences... [The Tripoli Post] More
Monday, 28 July, 2008: Tripoli, Libya - The chairman of the Gadhafi Foundation for Development (FKD), Dr Seif Ul-Islam Mouammar Kadhafi, on Thursday called for the promotion of reconciliation and national dialogue in Libya. Dr Kadhafi was speaking at a meeting organised in Tripoli on the theme "The Real ity for Everybody's Libya". In his speech, broadcast live by Libyan television, Dr Kadhafi acknowledged that there were human rights abuses and violations in Libya, and asked what trigged the violence and counter-violence experienced in the 1970s to 90s. He said these abuses and violations were perpetrated in a complex and sensitive climate, both at the domestic and global levels, "considering the establishment of parties like the Bath Party, the Communist Party, the Muslim Brotherhood Movement and the armed Libyan group driven by external forces". [PANA] More
Monday, 28 July, 2008: ROME (Reuters) - A Nigerian migrant's account of how his two children were thrown overboard after dying of thirst on their voyage to Italy has added fuel to a debate on whether illegal immigration is out of control. The father and 74 other migrants were rescued on Saturday after setting sail from Libya a week ago. They were picked up by the Italian coastguard a day after the government declared a state of emergency over illegal immigration. "The night we left Libya, the youngest one ... died in my arms and we were forced to throw him in the sea," the 30-year-old Nigerian said in comments carried in newspapers on Sunday, though an Ansa news agency report later said police had noted contradictions over some details of his story. A day later, his three-year-old daughter also died, he said. "She wanted water and something to eat." [Reuters] More
Monday, 28 July, 2008: ... I remembered this story when I visited Santa Maria Degli Angeli Church in the old city of Tripoli to see the famous building and enjoy the scenes of its beauties. The building, which has been restored as a part of a project of renovating the Old City of Tripoli which was set by a special committee to protect the local heritage, was built in 1615 and its original stones were brought from Malta, until today the first altar with its Maltese stones can be seen in one of the church’s rooms. The Church was extended in 1703 during the rule of Mohammad Sagezly. In 1829 it was renovated by the Christian community. In 1970, after the Italians went out of Libya, it was closed. In 2002 the Libyan authorities decided to re-open it as an art gallery as the building had been eroding. On 9 May 2007, under the patronage of the World Islamic Call Society (W.I.C.S), and in a spirit of ecumenism, Santa Maria Church was rededicated as the bishop allowed it to be given to the Anglican community in Libya. [Alarab On Line] More
Monday, 28 July, 2008: Up to 35 Somali immigrants trying to reach Europe illegally from Libya have perished at sea in horrific conditions on Saturday. Men, women and children died of hunger and thirst after the boat broke down and drifted for at least three days before being sunk. The immigrants who boarded the boat From Libya were Somalis, sources said. They reportedly included several women, all of whom perished on the way. The living and the dead were floating over the shark-infested sea between Libya and Italy Some of late immigrants died before one day while others had progressively lost the strength to throw the corpses overboard at sea. "When we came closer to the drifting boat, what we saw was like a vision of hell," said Libyan coast guard official.. 'Cold-blooded trade' The deaths are the latest in a long series of disasters at sea. [Mareeg] More
Monday, 28 July, 2008: GENEVA, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The Swiss government is trying to find ways to resolve a crisis with Libya triggered by the temporary arrest of one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons in Geneva last week, the official Swissinfo news website reported Friday. The Swiss cabinet held an extraordinary meeting on Friday to discuss the unilateral measures taken by the Libyan authorities. However, no decision was made about possible retaliatory steps against Libya, according to the report. Tripoli still refuses to grant access to two Swiss citizens detained in a crowded prison cell for violating immigration rules, according to a Swiss Foreign Ministry spokesman. The other 40 or so Swiss expatriates in Libya are said to be safe. [Xinhua] More
Monday, 28 July, 2008: Asante Kotoko of Ghana went through to the group stage of the Confederation Cup after a last-minute penalty gave them a 4-3 aggregate victory over Libya's Al Ittihad. Kotoko won their fourth round, second-leg match 3-1 at home, in a pulsating contest watched by 40,000 fans. Kotoko took control of the game, going 2-0 ahead, but Al Ittihad drew level, meaning a penalty shootout was looming. But an Al Ittihad defender handled in the penalty area, and Eric Bekoe scored from the spot, for his second goal. [BBC] More
Monday, 28 July, 2008: On Wednesday evening the remains of three Libyan martyrs who died fighting for the liberation of Palestine arrived in Tripoli International Airport. An official red carpet and heroes reception was held for martyrs attended by senior officials and the families and relatives of the martyrs. The martyrs, Ali Ibrahim Nwaidhah, Khalid Mohammed Al-Ma'alul and Said A'araibi Khalifa, all participated in military operations against Israeli occupation of Palestine and scirificed their lives defending a noble cause. The senior officials and relatives and many others received the three coffins which were covered by the green Libyan flag with roses and prayers and chants that expressed the pride of everyone as a result of these heroes' sacrifice. [The Tripoli Post] More
تعازي إلى آل البشتي

الساطور : نداء القذافي

موقع ليبي جديد : نداء القذافي

بشير أحمد يوسف : شيء من الحياء يا هذا (2)

حسين قرضاب : سيف الإسلام القذافي.. المهم والأهم

عـيسى عبدالقيوم : القضية شخصية والإتهام جماهيري

د. محمد المقريف : القذافي واللجان الثورية... الأصل والصورة (6)

د. سامي العربي : صفحة الماضي يمكن ويجب أن تطوى.. ولكن ليس بهذه السهولة

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : رسالة إلى سفير ليبيا في بيرن

يوسف المجريسي : عـشاق العـصا

أحمد مسعود القبائلي : بيان عام     ليبي : معلومات عن العقيد التهامي خالد

فرج بوالعَـشّة : تلاقح الحضارات.. السؤال المستدام!!

رمضان جربوع : الزعيم جمال عبدالناصر، الذي كاد أن يكون..

يونس الهمّالي : دليلك في بريطانيا 2009/2008

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : الحقيقة كما يعرفها الشعب الليبي

د. أحمد المنصور : رسالة مفتوحة إلى د. سيف الإسلام

م. الورفلي : الذي فعله الأديب ابراهيم الكوني ولم يفعله الفقي!!

سليم الرقعي : أهـذه مصالحـة!.. أم مسرحـية سخـيفة!؟

Sunday, 27 July, 2008: PARIS, July 26 (Xinhua) -- France is calling on Libya to avoid any further escalation in its simmering conflict with Switzerland over a court case filed against one of the sons of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the French foreign ministry has announced. Speaking during a regular press briefing Friday, French foreign ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier said: "Based on the merits of the ongoing dispute between Libya and Switzerland, France does not wish to comment on the rulings of the judicial system of a third State." Nevertheless, the spokesman added that France was "following this situation in a very careful manner. To us, it seems very important to express our concerns over the possibility of an escalation to the Libyan authorities." "We hope that the Libyan authorities will become aware of the need to avoid an escalation..." [Xinhua] More
Sunday, 27 July, 2008: Tensions between Switzerland and Libya are continuing to escalate as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi enacts a number of retaliatory measures to protest the recent arrest of his son and wife in Geneva. The son, Hannibal Gadhafi and his wife were arrested July 15 charged with abusing two of their domestic servants. Lisa Schlein reports for VOA from Geneva. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's youngest son, 32-year-old Hannibal, and his pregnant wife Aline were staying in a luxury hotel when they were arrested. A Magistrate in Geneva charged them with inflicting physical injuries and using threats and force against two of their staff. The couple left Switzerland after paying a bail totaling $1.5 million. Since returning home, the Swiss government has felt the heat of Colonel Gadhafi's anger. He has issued a series of reprisal measures." [VOA] More
Sunday, 27 July, 2008: The Libyan market is a virgin market that is growing at about 8% per annum according to World Bank estimates. Where in the developed world can you achieve such growth figures? Certainly not in the US or the UK." I read two very interesting BBC reports about returning diasporas over the last couple of months. Poland, the report said, which had been for years hemorrhaging citizens to the higher paying European Union countries, was for the first time in years experiencing a reversal of this trend as its standard of living and rates of pay rose sharply recently. Meanwhile, the other article reported that Syria was changing its legislation to attract its diaspora back. It was offering economic incentives, exemptions from military service and had set up a special ministry to encourage its diaspora to return. In October 2007 I wrote a piece about the Libyan Diaspora the thrust of which was in its title: 'Libyans Abroad: come home we need you'.... [The Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 27 July, 2008: GENEVA (AFP) — Swiss President Pascal Couchepin has said he is ready to meet Libyan leader Moaemer Kadhafi in a bid to ease bilateral tensions after Kadhafi's son was arrested in a Geneva hotel. Libya on Thursday said it would halt fuel supplies to its key oil customer Switzerland over the arrest of Hannibal Kadhafi, 32, and his wife in a Geneva hotel last week for allegedly assaulting members of their staff. Both have been freed on bail. Two Swiss nationals have also been detained in Libya on alleged immigration offences. The Swiss foreign ministry has described the arrests as "dubious". Couchepin told Swiss daily Blick, in an interview that appeared on Saturday, that he was "seriously worried" by the row. "As president, I will do whatever can be useful for our country," he said when asked if he would be willing to meet Kadhafi. [AFP] More
Sunday, 27 July, 2008: Employing strategies redolent of a new Great Game, Russia has stepped up its diplomatic and trade activities in the Middle East and North Africa in a bid to enhance its geopolitical clout and gain access to, and at least partial control over, the region’s oil and gas reserves. Among the former global superpower’s tactics: linking arms deals and debt-forgiveness to energy deals. The strategy has been most apparent in former client states of the ­Soviet Union including Libya, Iraq and Syria, although by no means limited to such countries. Moreover, Moscow has not shied away from courting the authoritarian regimes of countries such as Iran, Syria and Libya that are or have been shunned by the US... [The National] More
Sunday, 27 July, 2008: LOS ANGELES - Libya wanted to build one. Some fear Iran and North Korea still do. But a man in the Los Angeles suburb of Hawthorne has actually done it. Built his own atom bomb, that is. Sort of. Robert Wilhite has reproduced "Fat Man," the atomic bomb that the United States dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, 63 years ago. The devastation from that blast - coupled with that from another bomb dropped a few days earlier over Hiroshima - prompted Japan to surrender, ending World War II. Instead of a steel-clad, 5-ton teardrop packed with plutonium, Wilhite's bomb is 135 pounds of molded poplar, mahogany, and airplane-grade spruce plywood. It's more a thing of beauty than an instrument of horror. [Los Angeles Times] More
Sunday, 27 July, 2008: July 25, 2008 (UNITED NATIONS) — The Chinese and Libyan delegations at the UN Security Council are pushing for including a paragraph referencing the possibility of suspending indictment of the Sudanese president by the International Criminal Court (ICC). U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad (R) and British Permanent Representative to the U.N. John Sawers vote during a meeting of the Security Council at the United Nations July 11, 2008 in New York City (AFP) The Inner City Press website reporter at the UN reported that Libya wanted to include a paragraph that mentions the possibility of invoking Article 16 of the ICC Statue regarding the authority of the UNSC to suspend its work on a case. The inclusion was going to be in a resolution extending the mandate of UN-African Union. [Sudan Tribune] More
Sunday, 27 July, 2008: Khartoum - Chairman of the association of Eureopen- Arab Jurists and Advocates, Prof Al-Hadi Shalluf, has called on the Security Council to withdraw Darfur file from the international criminal court, denoting that the withdraw will be on final basis and not a suspension for six month or a year. Shalluf. A formed of the ICC and present chairman of the Association of European –Arab Jurists and Advocates, made his demand in the wake of Ocampo''s recent report. He described the decision of the prosecutor general as having more bent on the political rather that the legal aspect, which , he added, is regrettable, indicating that the court centers on prosecution of Africans while turning a blind eye to the atrocities perpetrated in Iraq, Palestine... [SMC] More
ليبيا المستقبل : التسجيل الكامل لخطاب سيف الإسلام القذافي

صوت العراق : يا حكام العرب.. علـّموا أولادكم التربية والأصول

ميدل إيست اونلاين : هل يكون سيف الإسلام القذافي رجل المستقبل في ليبيا؟

سالم بن عمار : خيرى أبو شاقور ومقالة السوء

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : بيان حول خطاب سيف القذافي

تعازي إلى آل بن عمران     تعازي إلى آل الفورتيه وطرينه     تعازي إلى آل الحصني

الشرق الأوسط : سيف الإسلام يدافع عن اللجان الثورية

محمد قدري الخوجة : نعم للحقيقة من أجل ليبيا الجميع

الخليج : اعترافات غير مسبوقة لنجل القذافي     الحياة : هـنـيـبعـل الثاني

سويس انفو : سويسرا تدفع ثمن صراعات داخلية في ليبيا

عارفين اطروحك يا زيف القذافي : "كذاب.. كذاب"

الساطور : ألعب غيرها يا وكواك

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : سيف قال كل شيء ما عـدا الحقيقة!!

Saturday, 26 July, 2008: Middle East expert Reinhard Schulze says Libya's actions towards Switzerland are a measure of the Gaddafi family's importance and of national pride. The professor of Islamic studies at Bern University believes the political crisis between Switzerland and Libya – triggered by the arrest in Geneva on July 15 of a son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi - is likely to continue for some weeks. The Swiss foreign ministry has expressed concern about the detention of two Swiss nationals in Libya. Tripoli also ordered the closure of Swiss companies in Libya and ceased issuing travel visas for Swiss citizens. There are about 40 Swiss expatriates – most of them have dual nationality - in Libya. Tripoli wants an official apology. [Swiss Info] More
Saturday, 26 July, 2008: (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 25 - A telegram to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to call for respect of the rights of the Italians repatriated from Libya and to ask for a meeting at the Italian government with a delegation of the association was sent by president of Association of Italians Repatriated from Libya (AIRL), Giovanna Ortu, after yesterday the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, announced the forthcoming signing of an agreement with Italy for compensations amounting to billions and the prime minister confirmed that Rome and Tripoli are working `hard' to reach an agreement "by August 31". "In merit of Your statements on the forthcoming closing of the legal dispute with Libya with the same willingness which You have expressed last week to the Libyan prime minister and foreign minister, and from our modest position, we ask for equal dignity, certain that this time a delegation of the association will be granted a short meeting," the telegram reads. [ANSAmed] More
Saturday, 26 July, 2008: (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 25 - August 31, 2008: this will be the date by which Italy and Libya might sign an historical agreement which should end for good the tough controversy between Rome and Tripoli on the colonial past. The announcement came from Silvio Berlusconi, who has taken since long the delicate matter in his own hands, an issue which has been dragging on for over ten years: "We are working hard and with strong will to sign a friendship deal by August 31", he explained to the journalists yesterday evening. Just a short while before, the Libyan regime caused the Italian diplomacy to fibrillate, by announcing that the agreement was almost ready and above all that it was a "billionaire" agreement. In a television appearance in Libya, the influential son of Colonel Gaddafi, Saif el Islam, said that "in the next few weeks" a deal worth "billions" would be signed, without specifying in which currency. The agreement envisages also the construction by Italy of an imposing coastal motorway which will run across the entire territory of Libya. [ANSAmed] More
Saturday, 26 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, Libya: The eldest son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Italy will pay billions to compensate the country for three decades of colonial rule, the state-run news agency reported Friday. Addressing government and security officials in a speech on Thursday, Seif al-Islam Gadhafi described the Italian-Libyan deal as historic and said it would be signed soon, the JANA news agency reported. He said "billions" will be given to the oil-rich nation in the form of infrastructure projects, educational scholarships and work to clear land mines that Tripoli says are leftover from the period of Italian rule, from 1911 to 1943. On Thursday, Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said his country was aiming to sign what he described as "a friendship treaty" with Libya by Aug. 31. The two countries have been trying to negotiate such a deal for several years. Tripoli has demanded a goodwill gesture like building a highway or a hospital. [IHT] More
Saturday, 26 July, 2008: The leader of Tuareg rebels Mr. Brahim Agg Bahanga has expressed his satisfaction concerning the results achieved during the last talks in Algeria. In an interview with El Khabar, the same speaker added that Mali has not made any concession, which would pave the way to an agreement, while denying that Libya is behind the rebel movement in this region. Mr. Bahanga has indicated that a war is ongoing between his belligerents, and the terrorist groups harboring in northern Mali. El Khabar: you met recently with representatives of the Malian Government in Algeria, for 4 days, the press has reported that no progress has been made, what happened during the negotiations backed by Algeria? Mr. Bahanga: the negotiations took a long time, but unfortunately we have not reached any substantial result, because the Malian Government has not made any concession. The main of our claims was the creation of status of the region of Kidal... [El Khabar] More
Saturday, 26 July, 2008: Brazil's Embrapa (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) is interested in participating in an agricultural project in Libya, an Arab country located in North Africa. According to the coordinator at Embrapa-Africa, Cláudio Bragantini, the unit, based in Accra, Ghana, is seeking to contact the Libyan government. Embrapa wishes to offer Brazilian technology to The Great Man-Made River, a project for an artificial river in the desert, along which agricultural plantations are developed. The river, according to Bragantini, has 10,000 hectares of irrigation pivots, and brings water from arid regions to Tripoli, capital of the Arab country. "We possess tropical technology, and I am certain that we can be of assistance to them," claims Bragantini. Brazil is a global leader in tropical technology, as a result of the effort it has made to develop agriculture in its semiarid lands, which are similar to those found in the Arab countries. [Brazzil Mag] More
صوت العراق : سويسرا تنصف كرامة إمراة عربية     إيلاف : قادتـُهم وزعماؤنا

قدس برس : أبو العشة : الأزمة بين جنيف وطرابلس مدخل لتسليط الضوء على حقوق الإنسان

صقر بلال : الغثيان

الفونشه : يا سلام سلـّمولي عليه

بشير أحمد يوسف : شيء من الحياء يا هذا (1)

Ghoma: The ‘Great Man’ Theory: The Americanization of History...!

بوزيد لهلالي : البترول سلعة استراتيجية

عبدالمنصف البوري : شخصنة العلاقات السياسية

السلفيوم : احتفالية توقيع ديوان "غناوي علم"     الرّغـّاطة في مؤسّساتنا!!

سليم الرقعي : نعم!.. فلنسلم قادتنا لمحكمة الجنايات الدولية!؟

محيط : "حصاد الذاكرة".. مواقف تستحق التأمل مع الفقيه

الإسلام اليوم : "ليبيا وأمريكا تناقشان التعويضات المتبادلة بأبوظبي

طارق القزيري : طريد السلطتين.. الوزير الفلسطيني المستقيل إبراهيم أبراش

وكالة الصحافة الفرنسية : ليبيا تعلن وقف امداد سويسرا بالنفط

Friday, 25 July, 2008: Two Swiss nationals arrested last weekend by Libyan police have been charged with immigration offences and remanded in custody, the Swiss foreign ministry said last night. The two unnamed Swiss, one of whom is an employee of the engineering group ABB, were detained as part of what the Swiss authorities say is a retaliatory campaign by Tripoli for the arrest in Geneva last week on assault charges of Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Muammer Gaddafi, the Libyan leader. [FT] More
Friday, 25 July, 2008: Not since Napoleon's army occupied the country in 1798 has Switzerland had so much trouble from a foreign power. A nation accustomed to being a peacemaker or onlooker in international conflicts is now in a political imbroglio of unprecedented proportions, sparked by the arrest of Col. Mummar el-Gaddafi's son Hannibal in Geneva last week. Hannibal, 32, and his pregnant wife Aline were arrested on July 15 after the staff of a five-star hotel notified the police that the couple was beating two servants who were part of their entourage. Questioned by the police, a Tunisian woman and a Moroccan man confirmed that the Gaddafis had repeatedly struck them, causing visible bruises and other bodily injuries. Two days later, the Gaddafis were released on $500,000 bail and, pending further investigation by the Geneva prosecutors, returned to Libya. [Time] More
Friday, 25 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, July 24 (Reuters) - Libya will try police and prison officials over the mass killing of detainees in a Tripoli jail 12 years ago, state leader Muammar Gaddafi's influential son said on Thursday. Human rights activists at home and abroad said the killing of up to 1,400 political prisoners by government forces in a few hours in 1996 at Abu Salim prison showed Libya's grim human rights record. "Preliminary genuine investigations of what really happened at Abu Salim prison have been completed and the case will move to the state prosecutor's office and then to court for trial," Saif al Islam Gaddafi told a gathering of top police and government officials. It was the first time in 12 years that the Abu Salim massacre has been discussed in public openly. "Disproportionate force was used in the case of Abu Salim. Mistakes have been made in handling the case," said Saif, whose speech was broadcast live by Libyan state television. [Reuters] More
Friday, 25 July, 2008: TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya and the United States have resumed talks on compensation for the relatives of US victims of Libyan terrorist attacks and Libyan victims of US air raids, the daily Oya said on Thursday. The US State Department has denied that the talks also involve compensation for Libyan victims of the American military response to Libyan attacks. Talks are being held in Abu Dhabi according to Oya, a paper close to Seif al-Islam, eldest son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, and are led by David Welch, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, and Libya's deputy Foreign Minister Abdelaati Laabidi. This is the third round after earlier talks in London when, according to the US State Department, "both parties affirmed their desire to work together to resolve all outstanding claims in good faith and expeditiously. [AFP] More
Friday, 25 July, 2008: ABB has confirmed Libyan authorities have shut down its local branch and have detained one of its Swiss employees. The incident follows the arrest of one of Libyan President Muammar al-Gaddafi’s sons in Switzerland on 15 July 2008. Motassim Bilal ‘Hannibal’ al-Gaddafi, 32, and his wife were arrested after allegedly abusing and assaulting the staff of a Geneva hotel. They were released on bail two days later. ABB said its Tripoli office had been “temporarily closed” and one of its staff is being held in custody. The automation developer is working with the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs to resolve the issue. In retaliation to the arrest, the North African state has recalled their Swiss-based diplomats, ceased the issuing of visas to Swiss citizens and reduced the number of flights between the countries. [Robot and Automation] More
Friday, 25 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, July 24 - African Press Organization (APO) - Today [Sweden] appointed Anne Marie Dierauer as Ambassador in Tripoli (Libya). Anne Marie Dierauer is currently Head of Human Resources at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. She has previously worked at the Ministry of Justice, the National Board of Health and Welfare, in the private sector in Sweden and internationally, and at the former National Tax Board and Ministry of Trade. Anne Marie Dierauer will take up her position in January 2009. [WordPress] More
Friday, 25 July, 2008: ROME, JULY 24 - "With Libya we had signed an agreement which envisaged the offering of six patrol boats which are still at the Italian ports. We hope they could soon be operating," Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi wished during a news conference at the Italian Government with Maltese Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi in which they discussed "the important problem" of the illegal immigration. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 25 July, 2008: Libya and Italy will soon seal a deal worth "billions" to compensate for the European country's three-decade colonial rule, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's influential son said. "In the next weeks, Libya will sign a deal with Italy on compensation for the colonial period. This deal...amounts to billions," Saif al Islam told an official gathering in Tripoli. Saif did not specify a currency when he mentioned the figure of billions. The accord involves several projects including a motorway across Libya, education and clearing mines dating back to the colonial era, he said a speech broadcast on state television. In Rome, an Italian foreign ministry spokesman said the signing of the accord was not imminent. "The negotiations are at a good point but some important aspects have not yet been defined," he said. Italy, which ruled Libya from 1911 to 1943, has had difficult relations with Gaddafi since he took power in 1969. In 1970, Gaddafi expelled Italian residents and confiscated their property. But ties have warmed in recent years and Rome, as Libya's main diplomatic interlocutor and trading partner in Europe, backed Tripoli's drive to mend fences... [Times of Malta] More
النبأ : ليبيا.. محاولات خجولة للإصلاح تحت خيمة النظام السلطوي

العربية : طرابلس سحبت بعثتها من جنيف..وجنيف اتهمتها بـ "الانتقام"

وكالة الصحافة الفرنسية : تظاهرة احتجاج في طرابلس     سويسرا ترسل وفدا الى ليبيا

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : تطور الأزمة بين سويسرا والقذافي

د. محمد المقريف : القذافي واللجان الثورية... الأصل والصورة (5)

مجاهد البوسيفي : مانديلا الآخر

عيسى عبدالقيوم : صحيفة الوطن.. الدعوة ينقصها العنوان!

Khaeri Aboushagor: Libyan Women and Hijab (2)

Thursday, 24 July, 2008: LIBYA: Libya should withdraw deposits in Swiss banks if the Swiss government fails to apologise for the arrest of a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gadafy, an influential Libyan political group said yesterday. The Revolutionary Committees Movement, a group of Col Gadafy followers who help manage the Jamahiriya, or state of the masses political system, made the call in protest at the arrest last week in Geneva of Hannibal Gadafy. "We are loyal to the revolution ... We are ready to defend the leader and his family," shouted a crowd of more than 200 demonstrators who staged a protest organised by the committees outside the Swiss embassy in Tripoli. Mr Gadafy was released on bail after he and his wife were charged with ill-treatment of two domestic employees. Mr Gadafy denied the charges, his lawyer has said. [Irish Times] More
Thursday, 24 July, 2008: TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libya on Wednesday threatened key oil client Switzerland with reprisals over last week's detention in Geneva of Hannibal, a son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, as Bern said Tripoli has already taken retaliatory steps. On the same day that a protest against the arrest was staged in the Libyan capital, the Swiss foreign ministry disclosed Libya has been retaliating since July 17, the day Hannibal was released on bail. Libya's envoy in Switzerland has been recalled and the Libyan authorities suspended the issuing of visas to Swiss citizens, the ministry said. Air links between Switzerland and Libya have been reduced, two Swiss nationals have been in police custody since Saturday and Swiss businesses in Libya have received closure orders, it added. Libya has also shut the local offices of Swiss food group Nestle... [AFP] More
Thursday, 24 July, 2008: LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) - Kenya wants a private sector stake in an oil refinery split between India's Essar Oil (ESRO.BO: Quote, Profile, Research) and Libya, the country's energy minister said on Wednesday. Essar Oil Ltd, India's second largest private oil firm, earlier this year said it had agreed to buy a 50-percent stake in Kenya Petroleum from Shell (RDSa.L: Quote, Profile, Research), BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and Chevron (CVX.N: Quote, Profile, Research). "Libya also expressed interest in purchasing 50 percent," Kiraitu Murungi told Reuters on the sidelines of a business forum in London. "Libya did not participate in the competitive process (for the refinery) but they have offered very attractive terms, not to the previous shareholders but to the government," Murungi said. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 24 July, 2008: One Ghanaian is reportedly dead and 150 others are in a fix after their attempt to cross the high seas into Italy ended abortively. The stranded travellers who have been placing calls to Joy FM’s newsrooms, say they went through the desert and spent two weeks in Libya in an attempt cross the high seas to Italy unnoticed. However, luck eluded them and were arrested by the Libyan navy on the high seas. They described their present condition in Libyan detention as appalling and dehumanizing. Not knowing what could possibly happen to them, they have been sending distress calls and appealing to officials in Ghana to come to their aid, since efforts to get support from Ghana’s Embassy in Libya have not been successful. [JOL] More
Thursday, 24 July, 2008: GENEVA (Thomson Financial) - Switzerland's oil industry Wednesday brushed off a threat from Tripoli to suspend Libyan oil exports to the country amid a row over the arrest in Geneva of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son. "Libya would be punishing itself," the head of the Swiss Petroleum Association Rolf Hartel told Agence France-Presse. "Economically it would make no sense." He said Switzerland had four-and-a-half months of reserves of petrol, diesel and fuel oil and three months of kerosene, and could easily acquire oil products from other countries within days. He also noted that one of the two Swiss oil refineries, at Collombey, was owned by Libyan company Tamoil, which also runs 320 filling stations in the country. An official of one of Libya's revolutionary committees told AFP Wednesday [QuamNet] More
Thursday, 24 July, 2008: GENEVA (AP) - Switzerland warned its citizens Wednesday not to travel to Libya, saying the North African nation has been retaliating ever since Swiss police arrested the youngest son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for allegedly beating two of his servants. Libya has recalled some of its diplomats in Switzerland, suspended the issuing of visas for Swiss citizens, cut down the number of flights to Switzerland and has detained two Swiss nationals on various charges, the Swiss Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ''Swiss companies in Libya have received orders to close, and some company offices have been sealed,'' it added. Electrical engineering company ABB Ltd. said one of its employees was among the two Swiss nationals detained in Libya. The company's office in Tripoli has been temporarily closed. [AP] More
Thursday, 24 July, 2008: GENEVA, July 23 (UPI) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi is feuding with Switzerland following the arrest of his son and daughter-in-law there, Swiss officials say. The Libyan government has recalled some of its diplomats from Switzerland and demanded Swiss companies shutter their operations in the Middle East nation, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. Relations between Libya and Switzerland became strained when Gadhafi's youngest son, Hannibal, 32, and his wife Aline, who is nine months pregnant, were arrested in Switzerland for allegedly assaulting two of their staff members with a belt and coat hanger, the British newspaper said. Among other things, Tripoli has also reduced flights between the countries and stopped processing visa requests from Swiss citizens. Amid the row, Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey has advised Swiss citizens not to travel to Libya after two Swiss nationals were detained there. [UPI] More
Thursday, 24 July, 2008: CALGARY, July 23 /CNW/ - Verenex Energy Inc. ("Verenex" or the "Company") (TSX - VNX) is pleased to provide an update of its operational activities in Libya which continue to deliver excellent results. The Company remains on track to drill 11 to 12 exploration wells in Area 47 in 2008 utilizing two drilling rigs under long term contracts, which would increase the number of wells drilled by Verenex to 19 to 20 by year end 2008. Since the Company's first quarter results were released in early May 2008, three wells were drilled and cased, including the Company's second and third new field wildcat ("NFW") exploration wells B1 and C1-47/04 in Block 4 in the northern part of Area 47 and a third appraisal well A4-47/02 on the A1-47/02 oil discovery in Block 2 in the south. This increases the total number of drilled and cased wells to 13. A 14th well G1-47/02 is currently drilling. Flow testing of the A1-47/04 well, the Company's first NFW exploration well in Block 4, was recently successfully completed and detailed results will be released following review and approval... [CNW] More
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الخبر : السجناء الجزائريون في ليبيا يضربون    دنيا الوطن : ليبيا تنفذ تهديدات ابنة القذافي

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : تحت التعـذيب النفسي والعصبي في سويسرا ـ وثيقة

منظمة الأمل : رسالة شكر وتقدير بخصوص قرار مجلس أدارة الهجرة السويدي

جليانه : مشروعات قوانين     قورينا : نريد خدمات لا سيارات     جـيل : ليبيا أولاً

بوزيد لهلالي : مداهمة في هوتيل نيلسون بجنيف

Wednesday, 23 July, 2008: UNITED NATIONS (AFP) — Israel's outgoing UN envoy Dan Gillerman on Tuesday excoriated Libya, the lone Arab member of the Security Council, and urged moderates in the Arab and Muslim world to isolate extremists. In a farewell speech to the 15-member council, Gillerman said, clearly referring to Libya: "We do have a member here whose main aim is to block any reasonable resolution, is to block any mention of terror and to block any condemnation of terror." "That reality should be thought out when we next come to elect a member to the Security Council," the Israeli ambassador said during an open debate on the Middle East. "The standards should be higher, the consideration should be deeper." His comments brought an acerbic rejoinder from Libyan deputy ambassador Attia Mubarak, who said: "Instead of providing us what he said about the conduct of Libya he (Gillerman) should improve the conduct of his country which is based on terrorism." "We thank God that this is the last statement made by (him) in this council," ... [AFP] More
Wednesday, 23 July, 2008: LONDON, July 22 -- Repsol-YPF SA, OMV AG, and Total SA will take a lower share of oil production in their Libyan production licenses as a major revision term in their new extended contracts signed with Libya's National Oil Corp. The onshore contracts cover the Murzuq basin in Libya to 2032 with NOC and the new regime has come into effect as oil prices continue to soar. Repsol-YPF, OMV, and Total will receive 13% of the oil produced for NC-115 and 12% for NC-186, adjusting them to the new oil price scenario. The blocks produce 300,000 b/d and this will rise to a plateau level of 380,000 b/d. Repsol-YPF operates NC-115 and NC-186 contracts, which lie 700 km south of Tripoli and hold remaining proved reserves of 765 million bbl of oil. The NC-115 license will continue for another 15 years and different fields in block NC-186 will see another 5-9 years duration of production. The companies will pay $1 billion in a signature bonus... [Oil and Gas] More
Wednesday, 23 July, 2008: Tripoli - Libyan officials have seized 1,5 kilograms of heroin in Tripoli and arrested three foreign workers, while more than one ton of hashish has been found buried in sand in the Sahara, the interior ministry said on Tuesday. Crimes involving drugs can be punishable by death in the north African country. The ministry's anti-drug office gave no details about the hashish discovery and did not say whether anyone had been arrested. In the heroin case, the statement did not give the nationalities of those arrested. [IOL] More
Wednesday, 23 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, July 22 (Reuters) - Libya's government is planning to expand cement production to 15 million tonnes by 2011 from 8 million, a government official told Reuters on Tuesday. The Tripoli government awarded licences to four foreign companies -- out of 24 applicants -- earlier this month to set up cement-related operations to exploit natural resources including iron ore, lime and clay, said Khalifa Ahmed al Badr, head of the state-owned National Mining Corporation. "These natural resource sites are offered for exploitation by investors via tenders on the same way as we do with oil and gas because we give a priority to develop the cement industry," he told Reuters. Badr did not name the four foreign firms which won the licences to operate in Libya but said these companies have to form partnerships with Libyan firms... [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 23 July, 2008: The 58 Algerians detained in Libyan prisons, facing death and life sentences, said they are to launch an open-ended hunger strike as by next Saturday, while requiring the intervention of Algerian Authorities to save them from “hell.” The prisoners have launched an S.O.S to Minister Delegate for Maghreb and African Issues Abdelkader Messahel while calling on him urging Ministry of Foreign Affairs intervening as soon as possible to put an end to their sufferings, through implementing the agreement sealed with Libya. The agreement stipulates to extradite Algerian prisoners to their country and pursue serving their sentences in Algerian prisons. In this context, prisoner A.R told El Khabar, in a phone call from his cell: “an Algerian prisoner, called Ben Messaoud Abdelhamid, is struggling death and likely to be the ninth man to die here under the eyes of Algerian and Libyan authorities.” A.R said all the Algerian prisoners are intended launching an open-ended hunger strike, next Saturday 26 July, as a last attempt to force authorities resolving their crisis. [El Khabar] More
Wednesday, 23 July, 2008: Libya and Portugal have signed two new agreements to increase co-operation in the oil and gas industry and for the expansion of bilateral trade, according to the Libyan state news agency JANA. The accords include a framework agreement to promote collaboration in oil and gas exploration, drilling, distribution, refining and other downstream activities. JANA said that the two countries have also signed a memorandum of understanding that sets out the terms for investment by the Libyan Investment Corporation (LIC) in tourism, real estate and petrochemical sectors in Portugal and other places. [Red Orbit] More

الساطور : والنبي جديّات؟؟!!

ادرار نفوسه : وللتنحي أبواب أخرى!

صاحب الزرع : موّجت كبدي الله يموّج كبدك

د. مصطفى عبدالله : نهـب ونهـم

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : حراك سياسى أم نستلجيا فكرية؟!

سليم الرقعي : هل أنا أعـارض القذافي أم أعـارض النظام!؟

Tuesday, 22 July, 2008: MANAMA: Fee income from its Libyan energy project and a strong performance from its Venture Capital business helped Gulf Finance House (GFH) post impressive results for the second quarter of the year. Profit rose 41 per cent to $104 million for the three months compared to the same period last year and that saw half year results improve by 51pc from the first half of last year to $220m. The results continue the trend of strong earnings growth established in the first quarter and demonstrate the success of the bank's strategy to diversify its sources of revenue to provide long term sustainability and further develop its foundation for growth, said GFH chairman Esam Janahi. The revenues for the second quarter were derived mainly from fees earned from its latest economic infrastructure project, Energy City Libya, and a strong contribution from the bank's Venture Capital business whose latest project Cemena was launched during the second quarter. [Gulf Daily] More
Tuesday, 22 July, 2008: July 20, 2008 (KHARTOUM) – Sudan and Libya agreed to work together in order to counter the prosecution of president al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) and to settle Darfur crisis. Muammar Gadhafi The Vice-President, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, returned to the country on Sunday evening after a short visit to Libya during which he discussed with the Libyan leader ways to counter charges against the Sudanese president by the ICC prosecutor. Sudanese government is seeking to raise enough support within the UN Security Council, of which Libya is currently a non-permanent member, to block the eventual issuance of an arrest warrant for president Omer al-Bashir. The Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked pre-trial judges on Monday to issue arrest warrants for Sudanese president Omar Hassan Al-Bashir. [Sudan Tribune] More
Tuesday, 22 July, 2008: OMV, Central Europe’s leading oil and gas group, has signed agreements with Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) for renewal of key oil blocks in the Murzuq basin and extending the oil contracts till 2032. The oil blocks - NC115 and NC186 - are located onshore Libya, some 700 km south of Tripoli. NC115 block is being developed jointly by Repsol, which has 40 per cent stake and Total with 30 per cent stake. In Block NC186, Repsol holds 32 per cent, while OMV and Total possess 24 per cent each besides StatoilHydro with 20 per ceent stake. The original EPSA contracts signed in 1994 and 1997 have been converted to the EPSA IV contractual frame-work, which is now a standard in Libya, reflecting the changes... [Tehran Times] More
Tuesday, 22 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, JULY 21 - The Libyan Investment Institute and the Portuguese Economy and Innovation Ministry have signed a memorandum of understanding for the identification of common projects in Portugal and other countries. The news was reported by Libyan news agency Jana, specifying that the signature took place on the occasion of a visit to Libya of Portuguese Prime Minister José Socrates. The two countries plan to launch joint investments in the sectors of tourism, real estate, oil and petrochemical industry, especially in the field of distribution, marketing and warehousing of petroleum by-products. Socrates met Col Gaddafi and expressed to him the desire of his country to "consolidate and develop the cooperation... [ANSAmed] More
Tuesday, 22 July, 2008: Sofia. Five new cases of kids infected with AIDS have been registered in Benghazi, Libya, after the Bulgarian medics were released almost a year ago, Darik radio reports. The new speaker of the Family Association of HIV/AIDS Children of Benghazi Ibrahim Oreibi announced on Darik radio that all 460 families have received one million dollars blood money. 300 of the children have started medical treatment in Italy and France, and a new hospital was built in Benghazi. Oreibi explained that the treatment of the children abroad costs Libya about 1,5 million dinars a month. Oreibi also said that Libya only wants the children to recover and that the Bulgarian medics are not of Libya's concern. [Focus] More
Tuesday, 22 July, 2008: BYALA SLATINA: One year after regaining their freedom, five Bulgarian nurses and a doctor who spent eight years of their lives in a Libyan jail, much of it on death row, are still haunted by their torture and feel abandoned. "I want to look to the future. But the nightmare where I am kidnapped, strangled, or bitten by black dogs haunts me and I cry in my sleep," says Valya Chervenyashka, who has returned to her job as a hospital nurse in the small northwestern town of Byala Slatina. Chervenyashka and five other Bulgarian medical workers were twice sentenced to death in Libya on charges of having "knowingly" infected 438 Libyan children with AIDS-tainted blood at a hospital in the northeastern city of Benghazi. [Daily Star] More
موقع ليبي جديد : صور أخرى لـ"جهاد الليبيين في فلسطين"

مراسل طبرق : طبرق تطير على أجنحة من ورق

المراكشية : القذافي ومراكش!!     الأجدابي : متى يبدأ القصاص..!؟

عبدالمعز الغلباني : محمود كريم.. فنان ليبي لم يحب الضجيج

د. محمد المقريف : القذافي واللجان الثورية... الأصل والصورة (4)

عمر الكدي : اتحاد ساركوزي الغامض

ردينه مصطفى الفيلالي : تراتـيل المساء

منوّعات شعبية : اليوم أهجري وتباعدي واتغللـّي

الباكور : كلمة المرحوم الأستاذ عبدالمولى دغمان رئيس الجامعة الليبية ـ بنغازي ـ 1968/6/2

مجموعة من الوطنيين الليبيين : البدء في التحضير لرفع قضية ضد رأس وأركان الحكم

العربية : عائشة القذافي تهدد سويسرا بعد اعتقال شقيقها

Monday, 21 July, 2008: An agreement between Kenya and Libya last year sought to protect Libyan oil firm’s interest in the Kenya Petroleum Refineries (KPR) for ten years. But last week, Energy minister Kiraitu Murungi told Parliament that the Libyan company, Tamoil, did not participate in the bids for the 50 per cent shareholding caused by the divestiture of three European multinationals – Shell International Petroleum, BP Africa and Chevron Global Energy Incorporated. The Government owns 50 per cent of the KPR and invited bids for the remaining stake last year. Murungi said Essar Group, an Indian Company, won the bid to buy half of KPR and accused the Treasury of delaying the conclusion of the purchase. [The Standard] More
Monday, 21 July, 2008: There has been a new twist in the control and ownership of the long anticipated Eldoret-Kampala oil pipeline, with sources confirming to The EastAfrican that contrary to the original plan, Uganda will now only take half of 24.5 per cent stake it was supposed to take in the venture. Long accused of dragging its feet and reluctance to meet its part of the bargain in the project, it has emerged that Kampala is now only ready to finance land acquisition for the project. But Energy minister Daudi Migereko who declined to comment on government’s commitment to its equity obligations told The EastAfrican last week that Kampala maintains a “carried interest” in the 358km pipeline project despite the budget providing for mainly land acquisition this financial year. “We have decided that the project will be developed by the private investor but the government will maintain a carried interest,” said Mr Migereko. [The East African] More
Monday, 21 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, July 20 (Reuters) - OPEC-member Libya and Portugal have signed two accords to boost cooperation in the oil and gas industry and allow the north African country to carry out investments inside and outside Portugal, Libya's official news agency Jana said. The two countries signed a framework agreement and a memorandum of understanding on Saturday in Tripoli during a visit by Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, Jana said. The framework agreement seeks to encourage cooperation in oil and natural gas, especially in areas of exploration, drilling, distribution, refinery and oil supply, Jana said. The agreement also aims to boost bilateral trade and invited Portuguese companies to carry out projects in Libya in sectors such as housing, renewable energy, water purification, sanitation and tourism. [Reuters] More
Monday, 21 July, 2008: There is an infectious air of optimism in Libya as the country braces itself for growth now that it has firmly shaken off pariah status and is open to international investment. A vast array of opportunities are there for the taking and one of Malta's principal multi-national companies, the Maltese-Libyan Corinthia Group of Companies, is among the leading pack of investors, pouring not only funds but generating confidence and employment in the North African country. Corinthia Group has been doing business in Libya for 30 years, ample time for it to gain the necessary experience to be able to read the economic forecast. "As Europe and the US struggle, Libya is about to witness tremendous development"... [Times of Malta] More
Monday, 21 July, 2008: Libya is not just refusing to take part in Frontex's Mediterranean patrol missions, but is also opposing a recently-enacted EU law aimed at harmonising the way member states should treat illegal immigrants. The Return Directive, sanctioned by the European Parliament last month, sets minimum standards on how to deal with illegal immigrants. Its main provision states that they cannot be detained for more than 18 months and that they should be returned to their country of origin. Libya has, however, threatened to take measures against the EU if the new law is applied. In a communiqué, it called on the Union to amend the new rules which it claims mean African migrants are treated as criminals. [Times of Malta] More
Monday, 21 July, 2008: Four foreigners have been arrested by the police after having been found in possession of drugs in Paceville last night. The police said one of those arrested was a 25-year-old Ethiopian resident in Marsa, who was in possession of cannabis which was ready for trafficking. Also arrested was a 31-year-old Libyan resident in Siggiewi, who was with him. Two 17-year-old French students were arrested after being found smoking cannabis. [Times of Malta] More
د. فتحي الفاضلي : أوسمة على صدر الوطن (8)

تعازي إلى آل القرقوري     تعازي إلى آل المدني

رمضان جربوع : عن الزعيم عنترة هتلر الشدّاد من بني عبس الجرمان

د. يونس فنوش : حكايات شعبية من إيطاليا (2)

جليانه : عيب.. العيب!!    فيلادلفيا : قدرنا في هذا الوطن أن نعلـّى من شأن مفسدينا

اللجنة الإعلامية للمؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : معاناة بلا حدود

رفيق : الأخوان المسلمون ـ ليبيا.. من فوق حجاب.. ومن تحت خراب

الساطور : صرخة ابن طبرق

ابن طبرق : صرخة إلى منظمات حقوق الأنسان الليبية والدولية

تامر الزيّات : ( مافيا الصعاليك : وماذا الآن يا سيادة العـقيد؟ )

ف. س. : نفي تعرّض هانيبال القذافي للخدم بجنيف

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : الفساد هو سيد الموقف!!

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : العاملة التونسية تكذب

Sunday, 20 July, 2008: France and Libya have signed another nuclear cooperation agreement. The two countries signed the nuclear cooperation agreement at a meetingin Paris on July 8. Officials said the agreement outlined long-term cooperation in atomic energy. "This followed up on the agreement signed in 2007," an official said. An official communique said the latest agreement would draft a legal framework for nuclear cooperation. [It] reiterated the commitment of Paris and Tripoli to int'l security and nuclearnon-proliferation. [MENL] More
Sunday, 20 July, 2008: Bulgaria's Council of Minister approved Thursday a draft bill to provide social security and health benefits to the five nurse, and two doctors, for the eight years that they spent in prison in Libya on charges of infecting 400 children with HIV. Thus, the time that the five Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor Ashraf, who was granted Bulgarian citizenship later, spent in captivity would be considered years of service, and will be counted towards their retirement pensions. [Novinite] More
تعازي إلى آل فركاش وآل المسماري

القدس العربي : ليبيا تعلن عن ملكيتها لقناة الساعة.. قذاف الدم رئيسا

Ghoma: The Family-Run-State (3)

عبدالمنصف البوري : الاستثمارات الليبية الخارجية.. (2)

الساطور : اعتقال نجل القذافي..

أسعد العقيلي : رائع.. فلنذهب جميعاً إلى القضاء

Saturday, 19 July, 2008: PARIS, July 17 (Reuters) - French oil major Total said on Thursday it had signed an agreement with the Libyan National Oil Corporation to renew its contracts on two blocks in the Murzuq basin. Total said the agreement involves its stakes in the Repsol-operated blocks NC115 and NC186. Total has a 30 percent equity share in NC115 alongside Repsol, which owns 40 percent while OMV holds 30 percent. In Block NC186, Total owns 24 percent. Repsol has 32 percent, OMV has 24 percent and StatoilHydro has 20 percent. The agreement provides for an extension of the contracts to 2032, by 15 years for block NC115 and by 10 years for block NC186, as well as a 5-year extension of the exploration period on both blocks. [The Guardian] More
Saturday, 19 July, 2008: July 18 (Bloomberg) -- Petroleum Projects & Technical Consultations Co., or Petrojet, and Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries, or Enppi, won a $1.4 billion contract to expand Libya's natural-gas distribution network. The two Egyptian state-run companies will extend Libya's gas pipeline network by 1,000 klms (620 miles), the Egyptian Oil Ministry said today in a statement on its Web site. The contract is part of a Libyan project to link 500,000 homes to the gas network in five years... [Bloomberg] More
Saturday, 19 July, 2008: PALERMO, JULY 18 - Sicilian, Maltese and Libyan companies and universities will launch together productive activities and programmes of scientific research, professional education and international cooperation, with the common objective to develop profitable cooperation relations between these Mediterranean economies. It is the first result of a business mission in Tripoli, headed by Professor Vincenzo Liguori, from the Faculty of Engineering of Univ. of Palermo, organised by consortium Med Europe Export of Confindustria Sicilia, in cooperation with government agency Malta Enterprise. [ANSAmed] More
Saturday, 19 July, 2008: What do authoritarian regimes like China, Libya, Russia, Vietnam, and a democracy like South Africa have in common? Their representatives voted against an arms embargo on Robert Mugabe's regime in Zimbabwe during the recent U.N. Security Council meeting in New York. The South African vote, which will allow Mr. Mugabe's generals to go on procuring weapons they need to complete the destruction of their domestic opponents, is as shocking as it is hypocritical. After all, the South African government claims to have a foreign policy with a strong moral dimension. [New York Sun] More
سليم الرقعي : إسم هانيبال أصله حنه بعل!؟

وكالة الصحافة الفرنسية : اعتقال نجل القذافي في جنيف بتهمة ضرب خدمه

كتاب جديد : "التاريخ السياسي ومستقبل المجتمع المدني في ليبيا"ـ تأليف : ابراهيم عميش

أبوبكر ارميلة : القرار السياسي وأزمة الحريات فى الوطن العربي

Friday, 18 July, 2008: (AGI) - Geneva, 17 July - The detention of Hannibal Gheddafi, son of the Libyan President, and his wife lasted just one night. The Gheddafis, arrested yesterday evening accused of mistreating two staff of the hotel in Geneva where they were staying, were released after the payment of bail of 309,000 euro. The most serious charges were made against Colonel Gheddafi's daughter-in-law, 9 months' pregnant and admitted today to the University of Geneva hospital. The two employees of the Hotel Presidente Wilson, a Moroccan man and a Tunisian woman showed the injuries to the judge but the Gheddafis' lawyers denied any responsibility. The Swiss Foreign Ministry chose not to comment on events. [AGI] More
Friday, 18 July, 2008: A son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has been arrested by Swiss police after being accused of assaulting staff at a Geneva hotel, Swiss media reported Thursday. Hannibal Kadhafi, 32, was arrested at the five star Hotel President Wilson on Tuesday after two maids accused him of hitting them, Radio Suisse Romande reported. Judicial authorities could not be reached on Thursday morning to confirm the reports and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs declined to comment. Swiss daily Le Matin said that Hannibal, the fourth son of the Libyan leader, had been accused of inflicting bodily wounds and threatening behaviour, along with his wife who was not been detained. Two of Hannibal's bodyguards have also been held.... [AFP] More
Friday, 18 July, 2008: Four of Europe's biggest energy groups yesterday rewrote two large oil field contracts with Libya, agreeing to significantly worse terms for the right to keep working there. Total of France, StatoilHydro of Norway, Spain's Repsol and Austria's OMV agreed to pay a $1bn signing bonus for the contracts, which extend their stakes in the projects for another 10-15 years to 2032. The onshore fields, which lie 700km south of Tripoli, produce 300,000 barrels a day, with output expected to rise to 380,000 b/d in 2012. The two contracts cover block NC115, in which Total and OMV have 30 per cent stakes and Repsol the remaining 40 per cent. In the other block, Total and OMV each hold a 24 per cent stake, Repsol has 32 per cent stake... [FT] More
Friday, 18 July, 2008: OSLO, July 17 (Reuters) - Norwegian fertiliser group Yara (YAR.OL: Quote, Profile, Research) has agreed to form a joint venture with Libya's National Oil Corporation for the production and marketing of mineral fertiliser, Yara said on Thursday. The venture will upgrade and operate plants in Libya and explore an expansion of capacity, Yara International ASA said in a statement. For the National Oil Corporation (NOC) of Libya the venture is part of a strategy to attract foreign investment and expertise with the aim of diversifying the country's economy, NOC's chairman Shokri Ghanem said in the statement. Yara will own 50 percent of the venture and the National Oil Corporation (NOC) and the Libya Investment Authority will own the other half, Yara said. A Yara executive declined to say how much the company will pay... [Reuters] More
Friday, 18 July, 2008: ROME - Italy and Libya pledged Thursday to settle all outstanding disagreements "as quickly as possible," the Italian government said in a statement. The agreement came at a meeting in Rome between Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and his Libyan counterpart Baghdadi Mahmoudi. Berlusconi also called for the rapid implementation of a December 2007 accord on joint maritime patrols to fight illegal immigration. The accord was among issues discussed when Berlusconi met Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi last month. Under the deal, Italian naval vessels were to patrol off the Libyan coast with Libyan sailors on board, but the agreement has yet to be implemented and thousands continue to make the perilous voyage. Italian shores, especially the small island of Lampedusa south of Sicily, are a favourite destination for those making the crossing from Libya and other parts of North Africa in the hope of a new life in Europe. [AFP] More
Friday, 18 July, 2008: As of 2010, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts will be represented in Libya as well. A management contract has just been signed with the owning company, the Bank of Commerce & Development, Libya’s oldest and largest privately held bank, for an urban resort hotel with over 500 units in Tripoli. Mövenpick Hotel Diar Assalam will be situated in the most upmarket residential district of Tripoli as part of a multipurpose development whose planned features include a commercial centre and a yacht club. “It is an honour for us to cooperate with one of the leading hotel chains in the Middle East”, says Jamal T. Abdulmalek, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Bank of Commerce & Development. [FTN] More
Friday, 18 July, 2008: (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 17 - Silvio Berlusconi claims he has succeeded where French President has failed: bringing the Libyan government in a European country. "After this meeting I will have a very pleasant meeting with Libyàs prime minister and foreign minister," the Italian prime minister said at a conference on the Mediterranean. "I underline it also because this gives us superiority over Sarkozy who did not manage to have the Libyan government as guest of the Euro-Mediterranean summit." [ANSAMed] More
فرج بوالعَـشّة : تلاقح الحضارات.. صدمة الحداثة!!

الإجدابي : هذا أنا     جليانه : بعد تضييق الخناق على رجل الأعمال عبدالعزيز بورويله

Soundzine: Al Sature - Featured Artist   

Khaeri Aboushagor: Join the debate: Libyan Women and Hijab (1)

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : يافطات سيارات وصراخ

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : الجريمة لا تفيد والعدالة لا تنام!!

د. مصطفى عبدالله : السيّد... من صدق الوعد

تعازي إلى آل الميلادي

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : رحلة عنوانها التحدي

Thursday, 17 July, 2008: HOUSTON - Oil services company Natco Group Inc. said Wednesday it has received a $24.9 million contract to provide membrane technology for an oil field off the Libyan coast. As part of the deal awarded in May, the company will supply a Cynara membrane system to capture carbon dioxide for re-injection into Bouri, Libya's largest offshore oil field. Shares fell 27 cents to $46.64 in after-hours trading. [AP] More
Thursday, 17 July, 2008: CAIRO, July 16 (Xinhua) -- Egypt and its western neighbor Libya are keen on boosting bilateral cooperation in the fields of electricity and energy, the Egyptian state MENA news agency reported Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Egyptian Minister of Electricity and Energy Hassan Younes and visiting Secretary of Libya's General People's Committee for Electricity, Water and Gas Umran Abu-Kra'aa held talks on this issue. The two sides discussed details to set up a joint ad hoc committee to draw up an executive plan for establishing a 1,300 megawatt power station in Libya, said the report. They also underlined the importance of establishing a power linkage between the two countries and organizing more training sessions. [Xinhua] More
Thursday, 17 July, 2008: (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 16 - "We must insist that Libya allows the implementation of the agreement signed with the Italian government", Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said, answering during question time in Parliament, to a point of order raised by the Lega party and remarking that "only through agreements" with other countries "we will stop illegal immigration". The Interior Minister explained that currently Italy "has bilateral agreements with 30 states, 14 of which facing the Mediterranean. And there are ongoing negotiations for a further 14 agreements, including Lebanon, Syria, Turkey, Ghana... [ANSAMed] More
Thursday, 17 July, 2008: MOSCOW, July 16 (RIA Novosti) - Tatneft, one of Russia's top 10 oil producers, announced Wednesday plans to drill exploratory oil wells in Libya and Syria. Tatneft, which is based in Tatarstan in the Volga River area and accounts for more than 80% of the republic's oil output, plans to boost its crude production outside the republic by 60% to 315,000 metric tons (2.3 million barrels). It is carrying out geological prospecting at four blocks in Libya and one block in Syria. "In Syria, six exploratory wells are planned, two of which have already been drilled. In Libya, the plan is to drill four oil wells this year," Tatneft said in a statement. Tatneft received the right to develop three oil fields in Libya with reserves of over 1 bln metric tons (7 bln barrels) of oil in Dec. 2006. Prior to that, the company had signed a contract with Libya.... [RIA Novosti] More
عمر الكدي : الطربوش، القبعـة، والحجاب

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : بيان حول الاجتماع المشترك..

مجاهد البوسيفي : المعارضة العربية

د. محمد المقريف : القذافي واللجان الثورية... الأصل والصورة (3)

الصادق شكري : هدرزة في السياسة والتاريخ ( الجزء الثالث ـ 10 )

Wednesday, 16 July, 2008: July 15 (Bloomberg) -- Libya, North Africa's largest oil producer, will cut output by 5.7 percent because of pipeline maintenance, trimming supplies at a time of near-record prices. The repairs will shut down 100,000 barrels a day of production this week, Shokri Ghanem, the country's top oil official, said in telephone interview today. Libya has already idled Total SA's 75,000 barrel-a-day al-Jurf field after a drilling accident in May. Lower production from Libya will lessen the impact of a 200,000 barrel-a-day production increase announced by Saudi Arabia in June in an attempt to reduce prices that reached a record $147.27 in New York last week. Iraq said today it had cut oil exports because of domestic demand and power shortages. ``Saudi Arabia's oil supply increase has already gone to Asia and these barrels are probably aimed at Europe,'' said Ehsan Ul-Haq, head of research at Vienna-based consultancy JBC Energy GmbH. [Bloomberg] More
Wednesday, 16 July, 2008: MARLTON, N.J. & TRIPOLI, Libya, Jul 15, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hill Int'l, the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that it has received a contract from the Libyan Organization for the Development of Administrative Centers to provide pre-construction and design management services on behalf of the Libyan Ministry for Higher Education in connection with 27 new university campuses across Libya. The one-year contract has an estimated value to Hill of approximately $11.5 million. The $5 billion program is expected to be completed by December 2011. The campuses will range in size and diversity, accommodating 2,500 to 13,500 students in various regions throughout the country. The design of each campus is unique, respecting each location's history, culture and environment. "This is an extremely significant development effort for Libya," said Raouf S. Ghali, President of Hill's Project Management Group (International). "We are honored to have been selected for such an important assignment". [Business Wire] More
Wednesday, 16 July, 2008: Foreign Affairs minister Moses Wetangula has been asked to clarify the bilateral arrangement between Kenya and Libya over the sale of Grand Regency Hotel. The Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Trade, Planning and Tourism investigating the controversial sale grilled Wetangula and Foreign Affairs PS Thuita Mwangi. The two were summoned to explain the details of the agreement between Kenya and Libya in the controversial sale. Sources privy to the meeting held at Parliament Buildings said Wetangula told the committee that the Libyan government owned the Libya Arab African Investment Company. STATE agencies He also said the sale was between the Central Bank of Kenya and the company, both agencies of Libyan and Kenyan governments. Sources close to the committee said it sought details on the government-to-government purchase of the five-star hotel. The minister was to clarify how the sale may have affected diplomatic relations between Kenya and Libya following the public outcry over the transaction. [The Standard] More
Wednesday, 16 July, 2008: Kiev, 14 July: The Ukrainian national oil and gas company, Naftohaz Ukrayiny, has denied having lost oil and gas deposits in Libya, the company's press centre said. Naftohaz Ukrayiny recalled that it signed a memorandum on cooperation with the National Oil Company of Libya on 14 October 2003. In October 2003, having extensively analyzed geological information, Naftohaz Ukrayiny selected four oil and gas territories as priority and started preparing a programme of investment into the Libyan oil and gas industry. The two companies signed a production sharing agreement in 2004. Two of the four sectors mentioned in the 2004 agreement were handed over later on to other companies as a result of a repeat tender, the third sector was handed over to the National Oil Company of Libya and the fourth sector remained in Naftohaz Ukrayiny's possession. Naftohaz Ukrayiny invested 100,000 dollars in the purchase of the tender documentation for the Libyan project. Since Naftohaz Ukrayiny carried no exploration works whatsoever, the statement that it had allegedly invested about 16m dollars in the exploration of Libyan deposits was incorrect. [BBC MFSU] More
Wednesday, 16 July, 2008: Ghana's male junior hockey team, the Black Sticks, scored their highest goal in int'l hockey after humiliating hapless Libya 17-0 on Saturday at the July 11-19 African under-21 Hockey Championship in Cairo, Egypt. Defender Daniel Ababio who scored all his goals from penalty corners banged in five, the same as Nicholas Hanson as Richard Adjei, Emmanuel Morrison, scored goals apiece. Stocky striker Lesley Barnor, Shadrack Baah, and Gideon Abbey all scored one each as Ghana joined Egypt and South Africa at the top on six points. The impressive Ghanaians who had also beaten tough customers Kenya 3-2 in their opening game on Friday were ruthless as they equaled South African's score line against the same side on Friday. Only two teams qualifies for the junior World Cup. [Accra Daily Mail] More
Wednesday, 16 July, 2008: (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 15 - Libya's Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmoudi will be in Rome tomorrow, on a private visit on July 16-17, to take part in the launch of the Medicea foundation on invitation of its chairman, Senator Giuseppe Pisanu, a statement of the Peoplés Office of Great Socialist Peoplés Libyan Arab Jamahiriya reads. On the occasion of his stay in Rome the Libyan prime minister will meet informally representatives of the Italian political and business world who follow with particular interest the positive development of the relations between Libya and Italy, the statement adds. [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 16 July, 2008: July 15, 2008 (ADDIS ABABA) — Libyan petroleum dealer OiLibya this month bought the retail business of Royal Dutch/Shell RD.AS SHEL.L in Ethiopia and Djibouti for an undisclosed price, a Shell official said on Tuesday. "OiLibya has formally entered the Ethiopian market, after signing an agreement on July 10, 2008, to acquire 100 percent of Shell’s Ethiopia and Djibouti petroleum retail business," Shell Ethiopia official Bahru Temesgen told Reuters. He declined to reveal the amount of money OiLibya, owned by Libyan holding company Libyan African Portfolio (LAP) Greenco, paid. OiLibya has bought other retail petroleum dealers in Africa, including taking over ExxonMobil’s (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research)’s business in Kenya. Bahru said the sale was consistent with Shell’s global strategy to focus on oil exploration and get out of retail business. Shell’s operation in Ethiopia started in 1929 and had built 200 retail service stations across Ethiopia and was covering about 30 percent of Ethiopia’s petroleum needs, Bahru said. [Reuters] More
د. علي الصلابي : السيرة النبوية (46)

السلفيوم : هل سيختفى "ذكور" ليبيا؟!     الباكور : دوريات ليبية

د. مصطفى عبدالله : نعم للتداول.. لا للتطاول

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : كتاب "سقوط دولة أمير المؤمنين" (2)

د. فتحي الفاضلي : كتاب "البديل السياسي في ليبيا" (18)

Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: MADRID, July 14 (Reuters) - Spanish contruction firm Sacyr Vallehermoso (SVO.MC: Quote, Profile, Research) said on Monday it had signed three outline building deals in Libya worth 600 million euros through its subisidiary Svlidco. The contracts involve the construction of public service networks to provide gas, drinking water and telephone services and pavements in the cities of Bengazhi and El Beda. Svlidco, which is 60 percent owned by Sacyr and 40 percent owned by the Libyan government, hopes to sign the final contracts within six to eight months, said the builder in a statement. (Reporting by Sarah Morris) [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: The Star Consortium comprising of the Al Ghurair Investments’ subsidiary TransAsia Gas Int'l and ETA Ascon Star Group’s Star Petro Energy, have successfully concluded a deal with the National Oil Company (NOC) of Libya to set up a joint venture company to own and upgrade its Ras Lanuf refinery. The companies had signed a Joint Venture framework agreement in February earlier this year confirming their intentions to form the Joint Venture Company which has now been concluded after signing of the Shareholders Agreement. The shareholder agreement was signed by Dr. Shukri Ghanem, Chairman of the NOC of Libya, and Abdullah Ahmad Al Ghurair, Chairman Al Ghurair Investments and Star Consortium. [Al Bawaba] More
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: TRIPOLI, July 14 (Reuters) - Libya called on the European Union to revise new rules against illegal immigration on Monday, saying it would urge African Union members to take action if the EU stuck by measures that treated African migrants as criminals. EU ministers have backed French proposals for a European pact to stem illegal immigration and attract highly skilled job-seekers, weeks after the EU decided illegal immigrants could be detained for up to 18 months and face a 5-year re-entry ban. "Africa will not accept any law based on repression and in dealing with African migrants, including children and disabled people, as criminals," Libya's Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Libyan news agency Jana. "If they insist to keep the stand unchanged, Libya will consult with other African Union members to study this (EU) law and its repercussions and take a unified position on the move," the ministry said. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Monday it has signed a deal worth $2.5 billion with United Arab Emirates firms to upgrade a Libyan oil refinery. The Star Consortium of TransAsia Gas International and Star Petro Energy signed the 50-50 joint venture agreement with NOC in Tripoli covering a two-stage improvement of the 220,000-barrel per day Ras Lanuf export refinery, NOC added. TransAsia Gas International and Star Petro Energy are both affiliates of the Ghurair group controlled by the Al Ghurair family. The deal followed a memorandum of understanding on January 7 between the two sides, NOC said. NOC officials forecast the upgrades would start on September this year and take three years to complete. The site at Ras Lanuf includes a refining plant that produces naphtha, kerosene, light gas oil and heavy gas oil, and other units producing ethylene and polyethylene, according to its Web site. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: Damascus, Quds Press Service - The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has praised the position of the Libyan leader, Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, that refused to attend the Paris summit to declare the Union for the Mediterranean, saying that this is an advanced position that understands the core message of this gathering as an attempt to incorporate Israel into the fabric of the region and from the window after all attempts to let it go through the doors had failed. In exclusive statements to Quds Press, Muhammad Nazzal, member of the Political Bureau of the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, valued the stance of the Libyan leader that refuses to attend the summit of the Union for the Mediterranean, saying: "We value any position against normalization with Israel. We consider the position of the Libyan leader, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi, to be a correct position because he refused to get involved in the Union." [BBC Monitoring Middle East] More
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: The 10-page application for an arrest warrant against President Bashir of Sudan, for committing genocide, is a remarkable document. For five years, the international community has minced its way around the slaughter, pretending not to notice, but the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, is blunt about what has happened: Al Bashir’s conduct simultaneously constitutes genocide against the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic groups, crimes against humanity and war crimes….The prosecution is aware of the incarceration of officers who refused to comply with Al Bashir’s orders to commit genocide….Al Bashir specifically and purposefully targeted civilians who were not participants to any conflict with the intent to destroy them, as a group….Girls as young as five years old have been raped. A third of the rapes are of children….They use rape to kill the will, the spirit, and life itself…. [New York Times] More
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: More and more prominent terrorists are defecting from the cause. The Egyptian theologian Dr. Fadl is the best known, but many others are likewise reconsidering. Experts see it as a delayed reaction to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Noman Benotman walks into a restaurant on Park Lane, the exclusive, minimalist sort of place that is currently all the rage in London. People in business suits converse in hushed tones at nearby tables. Benotman, wearing an orange polo shirt and a gray checked blazer, fits in perfectly. Benotman, a 41-year-old man from Libya, was once a jihadist. He fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and it was in those days, which some would later romanticize as heroic, that he met Osama bin Laden. Benotman says that he was once adept at using an AK-47, and that he remembers making out the faces of Soviet helicopter pilots before shooting them down. After the Soviet army withdrew in disgrace from Kabul and Kandahar, Benotman returned to his native Libya, where he became one of the leaders.... [Spiegel] More
Tuesday, 15 July, 2008: The Bulgarian medics, who were released almost an year ago from a prison in Libya, insist on holding meetings with the Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev and the President of the country Georgi Parvanov, BTV reports. After their meeting with the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice they said that the promises, made by the Bulgarian state, haven’t been kept. According to the information the medics would be in front of the Council of Ministers and Presidency building in Sofia in the day of their liberation – July 24th at 9.45 am and will wait there until they receive the meetings they want. [Focus] More
منوّعات شعبية : نبّي انتوب راد الله عليّا

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : بحثة العنز عالموس!!

الساطور : البعجة وقورينا يواجهان دعوى قضائية..

الصادق شكري : هدرزة في السياسة والتاريخ ( الجزء الثالث ـ 9 )

محمد مخلوف : من يخاف الرقابة ؟ ـ فيلم تسجيلي

سليمان الشجاع : نعم للمتوسط.. لا لمصر والعرب

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : الليبيون دون أهل الذمة!

Monday, 14 July, 2008: The proposed idea of the unification of Africa into one state is one brilliant idea amongst many but the source of the idea remained widely questionable. For centuries, the world’s second largest and most populous continent after Asia, Africa, has been and continued to be rubbed of its resources. The successful division of the African continent by the West has largely continued to maintain its proposed “disunity”. Africa is divided into (more than) seven (former) colonies; France, Britain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and the U.S.. The main reason behind the idea of division is believed to be for economic gains by those (former) colonies. Although the continent is believed to be overtly free today, there are still covert colonial activities everywhere on the continent. Governments are covertly controlled or influenced by their former colonies. The division of the continent also divides the mind of the continent and it inhabitants. [New Liberian] More
Monday, 14 July, 2008: Astonishingly the United States House of Representatives – as reported by the Tripoli Post in the last week of May - passed a bill authorizing the Federal US government to sue OPEC (Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) in US courts for alleged price-fixing. The reasoning and logic behind this move is that the present record-high world crude oil prices are caused purely by OPEC artificially inflating world prices by suppressing supply. However, only recently at the signing of yet another one of many exploration agreements in Tripoli, Libya's head of National Oil Corporation (NOC), Shukri Ghanem reaffirmed that Libya's oil production is continuing to increase and would reach 2 million barrels per day by the end of 2008. And that Libya was still on course to reach the 3 million barrels per day target by 2012. Moreover, he told reporters that Libya 'is producing 3 billion Cubic meters of gas daily which it is seeking to double by 2012-2013 to 7 billion'. [The Tripoli Post] More
Monday, 14 July, 2008: VIENNA — The head of OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries) warned on Thursday that oil prices would experience an “unlimited” increase in the event of a military conflict involving Iran because the group’s members would be unable to make up the lost production. “We really cannot replace Iran’s production — it’s not feasible to replace it,” Abdalla Salem el-Badri, the OPEC secretary general, said in an interview. Iran, the second-largest producing country in OPEC after Saudi Arabia, produces about four million barrels of oil a day out of the daily worldwide production of close to 87 million barrels. ... “The prices would go unlimited,” Mr. Badri said during the interview, referring to the effect of a military conflict. “I can’t give you a number.” Iran has insisted that its nuclear program is for purely peaceful purposes. Mr. Badri, a former oil executive who has headed the oil industry in Libya and served as deputy prime minister of that country, called for a peaceful solution, and he hinted that an additional conflict in the Middle East besides the continuing conflict in Iraq would be severe and long-lasting. [NYTimes] More
Monday, 14 July, 2008: (Reuters) - Leaders of 43 countries from the European Union and the Mediterranean region met in Paris on Sunday for a first summit of the Union for the Mediterranean, an initiative launched by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The project is aimed at breathing new life into the existing Euro-Mediterranean partnership, known as the Barcelona process, and will create a more equal dialogue between the wealthy EU and the poorer states that line the Mediterranean. Below are key facts about the summit and the project. Membership of the project is open to all states that border the Mediterranean, all members of the European Union, and some others. They represent a total of nearly one billion people. The organisers said the following countries attended: Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Britain, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Palestinian Authority, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey. The only national leaders who were invited but did not attend were Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, a vocal critic of the project and whose country did not send an envoy at all, and the kings of Jordan and Morocco, who both said they could not come for personal reasons. [Reuters] More
Monday, 14 July, 2008: Former Tunisian President Habib Bourgeiba famously defined the Maghreb as the region in which couscous was the staple food, which would mean that the rice based diet of eastern Libya classes it with Egypt which Bourgeiba aimed to exclude with his food-centric political geography. But if Libya is cut in half by the Bourgeiba-Couscous line, east and west are united by pasta. This is no doubt due to the years of Italian occupation, although Libyans have come up with their own adaptations like Makrona Mbakbka, which would look odd on an Italian restaurant's menu. Such is its popularity that some Libyans will assure you that pasta hasn't just gone native, but that it is native. There's quite an elaborate story to prove this, with George Kurdahi (host of the Arab world's "Who Want's To Be a Millionaire", therefore font of all knowledge personified) correcting a contestant by informing him that it's Libya, not Italy, that is the original home of pasta. This isn't as crazy as it sounds. There are local varieties of pasta which owe nothing to Italian influence, like Rishda (super-thin noodles) and various types of She'riya (small pasta shapes used in soups) which crop up regularly in medieval Arab cookbooks, and are still North African favorites today. [Tripoli Post] More
Monday, 14 July, 2008: Libyan club side Al-Ittihad on Friday night defeated their Ghanaian counterparts, Asante Kotoko of Kumasi 2-1 in their first leg fourth round CAF Confederations Cup encounter played in Tripoli. The Porcupine Warriors had to finish the encounter without their influential captain Emmanuel Kuffour, as he was red-carded for a dangerous challenge early in the second half. Kotoko shocked the home team as early as the 20 minute, when striker Kwabena Yaro finished off a delightful move involving Emmanuel Osei kuffour and Harrison Afful. The visiting West African team went into the tunnel the happier side after they dominated the half, and the 1-0 advantage was undoubtedly a fair result at that point. But at the start of the second period, things went horribly wrong for the visitors. Emmanuel Kuffour’s senseless tackle was promptly punished by the referee on the 52nd minute as he was sent off. [Goal] More
تعازي إلى آل جبريل

د. مصطفى عبدالله : إنفضـّوا من حولك.. وتركوك قائما

ابن طبرق : ( فيديو : انفجار فى المدخل الغربي لمدينة طبرق )

سليم الرقعي : وحدة الأفارقة الإندماجية شئ مستحيل!؟

ابن طبرق : انفجار فى المدخل الغربي لمدينة طبرق

Sunday, 13 July, 2008: Tripoli: General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, ended his two-day visit to Libya yesterday with a visit to this coastal town of Tubruk, 1,500 km east of Tripoli. Shaikh Mohammad and his entourage were received at the Tubruk air base by the chairman of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, Saif Al Islam Gaddafi and a number of local officials. Saif Al Islam later held a luncheon in his honour. Shaikh Mohammad was later seen-off by Saif Al Islam and a number of Libyan officials. [Gulf News] More
Sunday, 13 July, 2008: While thousands of Africans risk their lives crossing to Europe every year, many from other parts of the continent stay on in North Africa because they have simply run out of money. In Libya, undocumented migrants scratch out a living doing the jobs nobody else wants to do. Amr El Kahky, in Tripoli, reports on the migrants who got stuck on the road to a better life. [Al-Jazeera] More
Sunday, 13 July, 2008: HARARE (AFP) - President Robert Mugabe's government was triumphant Saturday at the failure of a UN bid to impose fresh sanctions on Zimbabwe as Britain pledged to return to the Security Council if political violence continued. Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown would discuss further measures with EU partners next week, a spokesman for the premier said in a statement. "We will continue to stand firmly for human rights and democracy and will return to the Security Council in the absence of early progress on mediation, humanitarian access and an end to violence," the statement added. Mugabe's government, meanwhile, thanked those countries that opposed the US draft resolution aimed at imposing an assets freeze and travel ban on Mugabe and 13 of his closest allies. ... China and Russia on Friday vetoed the US draft while South Africa, Libya and Vietnam voted against the resolution. Indonesia abstained. [AFP] More
سالم بن عمار : الأستاذ العكاري وإيمان العجائز

رمضان جربوع : الطريق إلي جهنم مفروش... بالزعماء!

مخيم أمل : دعوة للمشاركة في مخيم أمل 2008     Amal Camp 2008

د. مصطفى عبدالله : الحياة أمل

د. محمد المقريف : القذافي واللجان الثورية... الأصل والصورة (2)

عيسى عبدالقيوم : حلم على مفترق جيلين

فيلادلفيا : أوائل قسم اللغات.. بجامعة عمر المختارـ درنه

أمال منير : إمتحان هام بمادة الديمقراطية بالكتاب الأخضر

Saturday, 12 July, 2008: WASHINGTON, July 10 (KUNA) -- A senior State Department official said on Thursday that the United States hopes to fully normalize its relationship with Libya by the end of the term of President George W. Bush in January 2009. "We would like to close down the second term of this Presidencys time in office having the US-Libyan relationship on very solid ground", said Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs David Welch. He added that the US looks forward to normalize all aspects of its relationship with Libya, not only diplomatic one. "There is a sincere commitment on each side to fix the problems of the past", said Welch. The US official was speaking at an event by the National US-Arab Chamber of Commerce where Chief of Mission of the Libyan Embassy in Washington Ambassador Ali Aujali was presented "the Ambassador of the year Award". Welch noted that in spite of the "estrangement" in the past decades, this bilateral relationship "has evolved and changed considerably". One of the last pending issues between the two countries is the settlement for American families of the victims who died in the 1988 bombing. [KUNA] More
Saturday, 12 July, 2008: ARKHANGELSK, Russia, July 11 (Reuters) - Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) is planning a joint venture in Libya to build electricity capacity, the firm said on Friday. "We will jointly work in the electricity sphere. We will build new power generating capacity," Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told journalists in the northwestern Russian city of Arkhangelsk. He declined to name a timeframe or volumes. The world's largest gas producer and supplier of a quarter of Europe's gas also said it could buy additional volumes of oil and gas from the North African state. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 12 July, 2008: The Libyan embassy in Nairobi has finally admitted that its government bought Nairobi’s Grand Regency Hotel. Once the facts are laid bare that the deal was fraudulent, illegal and scandalous, the chargé d’áffaires must be held to account. Can Kenya tolerate a foreign mission or country that is proud of such contracts? At the moment, parallel investigations have been set in motion by a Cabinet sub-committee, police on the instruction of the Attorney-General and a parliamentary select committee. The Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, by law, is mandated to carry out its own investigations. [Nation] More
Saturday, 12 July, 2008: Eight years after Kenya re-opened diplomatic ties on restricted terms with Libya, the man President Moi kept at bay is raiding the country, and running rings around its leaders. Libya is taking over strategic institutions and threatening to bring down the political class in a series of shadowy deals. Last week, it emerged Kenya’s Treasury has cleared Libya Oil Holdings Ltd, a company registered in Mauritius to buy 50 per cent of the Kenya Petroleum Oil Refineries from Chevron, Shell and BP at a price of $10 million. Libya features prominently in the controversial sale of the Grand Regency Hotel, with its diplomats sometimes suggesting their government is not involved and other times saying it is. All this is said to be happening in line with an agreement President Kibaki signed with Libya, which gives the country "treatment of a more favoured country". In January last year, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy, Patrick Nyoike, on behalf of the Government, signed a memorandum of understanding with Tamoil Africa Holdings, under which Libya was to undertake several projects in Kenya. They included the $300 million Kenya Petroleum Refinery Ltd upgrade project, construction of a $60 million liquefied petroleum gas import storage and distribution facility in Mombasa. [East Standard] More
Saturday, 12 July, 2008: Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi Thursday in Tripoli received the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Miguel Angel Moratinos, who brought to him two messages from King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister José Luis Zapatero expressing their satisfaction over the relations between the two countries. In their messages, the two Spanish leaders also expressed their will to consolidate and promote relations between the two countries in different fields, official Libyan sources told PANA. The King of Spain also told the Libyan leader about his intention to visit Libya soon, with a view to further enhancing relations between the two [PANA] More
Saturday, 12 July, 2008: Frontex has admitted that its patrols in the Mediterranean are not the answer to Malta's illegal immigration problem because Libya continues to resist cooperation. Statistics seen by The Times show that, despite having been in operation for six months, the Frontex mission - the biggest that it has coordinated off Malta's shores - has not prevented the number of illegal immigrants from soaring. Last year, in the first six months, 769 illegal immigrants landed on Maltese shores. This year, the number had already reached 896 by June 30, an increase of 16 per cent. Asked whether these statistics prove that the EU's mission is not working, a spokesman for Frontex, the EU border security agency, admitted that the operation is not Malta's solution to illegal immigration. Without mentioning Libya by name, he insisted that cooperation by countries from where the illegal immigrants leave is crucial. "The number of people arriving in Malta will not decrease automatically thanks to this joint operation as this takes place in international waters... [Times of Malta] More
Saturday, 12 July, 2008: General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces arrived in Tripoli on Thursday on a two-day visit to Libya during which, he will hold talks with the Leader of the Libyan Revolution Colonel Muammar Al Qaddafi and senior officials on ways to boost bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries. Sheikh Mohammed is being accompanied by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister, HE Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority and Mohammed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, Under Secretary of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court. Sheikh Mohammed was received at the airport by Major General Mohammed Al Kharoubi, Member of the Leadership of the Libyan Revolution. [Inside The Gulf] More
Saturday, 12 July, 2008: A while ago, the assistant editor of Destiny, a South African women’s magazine, emailed me asking for help in finding information on successful Libyan women online. Unsurprisingly she had found very little, since what information there is about Libyan women does not fit the criteria of ‘successful’. While women like Ibtisam Ben Amer, who recently ranked 28 on Forbes’ list of most powerful Arab businesswomen, would by most standards be termed successful, the typical Libyan woman is more often represented with the usual connotations of backwardness and oppression attached, as in this picture from a Swiss magazine, which depicts a woman wearing a “traditional” farashiya. As Berger has said, photographs are always much more than mechanical records, they bear witness to a unique choice being made. This one is no exception. The woman walking towards the camera hides most of her face and looks apprehensive, almost escaping what is behind her, cut off from the crowd by the bar of a shadow. [Mideast Youth] More
محيط : أمريكا تسعى لتطبيع علاقاتها مع ليبيا قبل رحيل بوش

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : حركات تحرير أم جماعات تكفير؟!

فرج بوالعَـشّة : تلاقح الحضارات.. ومع ذلك فهي تدور..!

Friday, 11 July, 2008: LONDON — Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller and Libya's top oil official discussed the construction of a pipeline across the Mediterranean to pump Libyan gas to Europe. "We had a discussion, a question, about our participation in the biggest pipeline from Libya to Europe," Miller said via the phone of Shokri Ghanem, Libya's top oil official, after the two held talks Wednesday. The undersea pipeline could also involve Italian energy major Eni, media reports have said. Gazprom and Eni formed a strategic partnership in 2006, which allowed for energy asset swaps, including those that Eni has in Libya. The two companies have previously said the deal also involved pipelines. Libya exports around 8 billion cubic meters of gas per year to southern Sicily via the Greenstream pipeline, which is owned fifty-fifty by Eni and Libya's National Oil Corporation. Miller did not give details on the volumes or timing of the potential second pipeline. [Moscow Times] More
Friday, 11 July, 2008: VALLETTA (Reuters) - Three women, one pregnant, died and 183 migrants were rescued from small boats by Malta's armed forces on Thursday, the largest influx of migrants so far this year. The armed forces said the migrants were taken to Malta by four Maltese patrol boats and an Italian naval vessel after they were located by patrols or fishermen in waters between Libya and Malta. They said the three women were found in the sea by a trawler which rescued 25 migrants. It was the largest number of migrants to arrive on Malta this year. The island has seen 25-50 people arrive almost daily, raising complaints from some residents that the densely populated island of 400,000 people cannot take in more. [Reuters] More
Friday, 11 July, 2008: Qatar-based real estate company follows Masraf Al Rayan in move into potentially lucrative North African country which is opening up to foreign investors. Barwa Real Estate, through its international arm, Barwa International, said that that it is in the process of entering into investments and real estate projects in Libya. The projects will include villas, residential compounds and offices, as well as four-star hotel covering an area of 3000 square meters. Barwa already has interests in North Africa through Barwa Egypt Real Estate, Gulf Company for Urban Development, which it owns 100 per cent of, Gulf Construction Company in which it has an undisclosed share and Qatamiyah Residential City. It was set up in 2005, has over 1100 staff and was created by Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Company. [CPI Financial] More
Friday, 11 July, 2008: (ANSAmed) - PARIS, JULY 10 - Paris and Tripoli officially signed a cooperation agreement for the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, concluded in July 2007 by President Sarkozy during his visit to Tripoli after the release of the Bulgarian nurses and the Palestinian doctor (accused of infecting with HIV more than 400 Libyan children) and repeated on the occasion of the controversial visit to Paris in December of colonel Gaddafi. The document was signed by the French secretary of state for cooperation Alain Joyandet and Libyàs European Affairs Minister Abdelaati el Obeidi. The framework agreement "defines the legal conditions for the cooperation in the development of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and refers particularly to the training of the staff, research, development of the use of nuclear energy and exloration". [AnsaMed] More
Friday, 11 July, 2008: (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JULY 10 - The only unjustified absence from the summit in Paris which will launch the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) will be Libya because the remaining 44 countries from the two coasts of the Mediterranean will be represented: from Mauritania to Turkey for the South, from Portugal to Lithuania for the North, the Euro-Mediterranean leaders have answered to the appeal of French President Nicolas Sarkozy and on Sunday will greet the birth of the new partnership and will attend the handshake between Israel and the Palestinian National Authority, together for the occasion. Sarkozy has arranged things so that on July 13 not only the birth of the Union is celebrated but also the dress rehearsal for the reconciliation in the Middle East: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will sit next to PNA President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) and also Syrian President Bashar al Assad will return for the first time on the table of int'l diplomacy after the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. [AnsaMed] More
Friday, 11 July, 2008: Libya has "put in blue" a revised version of a UN Security Council draft resolution calling for the cessation of Israeli settlements and an end to attacks against civilians. Putting a resolution "in blue" signals to the council that the sponsor of the resolution is ready for a vote, and that the drafting period is over. Like the original, the revised document calls for "an immediate and complete end" to the building and expansion of West Bank settlements, and to "all attacks against civilians," and reaffirms a commitment to a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Though it does not appear on this week's council schedule, the draft could be taken up later this week. The revised text makes note of "the importance of achieving a just, comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East" based on all relevant resolutions. [Jerusalem Post] More
الصادق شكري : هدرزة في السياسة والتاريخ ( الجزء الثالث ـ 8 )

أغنية شادي الجبل : لو كان ريح العون يهديه الله

السلفيوم : المرأة بين الشعر العامي والفصيح     جليانه : عزيز ظلمني

عـمر الكدي : القذافي يطلـّق إفريقيا ويخطب ود البدو

أمانة التعليم : كشف بأسماء الطلبة الأوائل ـ الشهادة الثانوية 2008

د. محمد المقريف : القذافي واللجان الثورية... الأصل والصورة (1)

Thursday, 10 July, 2008: Tripoli, Libya: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi warned Wednesday of a backlash from terrorists if Muslim countries in North Africa accept a proposal for a partnership with Europe. Gadhafi reiterated his refusal of a suggestion by French President Nicolas Sarkozy to set up a strategic bloc that unites Mediterranean countries of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, saying it might increase terrorism in the already volatile Middle East. A partnership with Europe "will deepen the problem of illegal immigration and terrorism in the region," Gadhafi told reporters at his residence in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Gadhafi also repeated his refusal to attend an inaugural summit of the Mediterranean Union being held in Paris on Sunday. The union is Sarkozy's project and will bring together countries on both sides of the volatile Mediterranean rim. But other EU countries have already scaled back his ambitious vision for the new bloc. [AP] More
Thursday, 10 July, 2008: SOFIA (AFP) — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was awarded Bulgaria's highest honour Wednesday for her role in obtaining the release a year ago of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor jailed in Libya. At a ceremony in the Coat of Arms Hall of the Bulgarian president's compound, President Georgy Parvanov decorated Rice with the Stara Planina First Class Medal. The US top diplomat had made an "outstanding contribution" to diplomatic efforts that led to the release of the six medics in July 2007, Parvanov said. "This has been a clear case of international solidarity and we're deeply grateful" to all the allies involved, notably the EU and the US, the president said. Rice, who also met with the medics at the ceremony, said she was "really very honoured and very moved to be granted this honour by Bulgaria." [AFP] More
Thursday, 10 July, 2008: July 10 (Bloomberg) -- OAO Gazprom, Russia's state- controlled energy company, offered to buy all oil and gas available for export from Libya, threatening to grab greater control of Europe's energy supplies. Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller made the proposal to Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Qaddafi during a visit to Tripoli yesterday, the Moscow-based company said in a statement. Libya exported about 1.53 million barrels of oil a day in 2006, almost enough to supply Italy. Gazprom considers the country its priority partner in North Africa and said it registered a unit called Gazprom Libya in Tripoli. Less than a month ago the company opened its first African office in neighboring Algeria. Russia, the world's largest producer of natural gas, is seeking to lead closer coordination among nations that produce the fuel. ``The Libyan side positively evaluated Gazprom's proposal to buy all future volumes of gas, oil and liquefied natural gas... [Bloomberg] More
Thursday, 10 July, 2008: Tripoli, Libya - The Libyan general people's committee has adopted several memoranda of understanding (MOU), agreements and minutes of meetings of joint commissions signed with some countries, official sources revealed here Tuesday. The general people's committee, at its meeting here Monday, endorsed the draft MOU signed with Canada for cooperation in the field of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It also adopted several agreements signed during the visit in December 2007 of the Libyan revolutionary leader Mouammar Kadhafi to France, namely: cooperation agreements in the field of security, the fight against organised crime, cooperation in the field of animal health, electricity, water, gas, agriculture and maritime fishing. The committee also adopted the minutes of the meetings of the first session of the supreme joint Libya-Mauritania commission and a framework agreement between Tripoli and Nouakchott. [PANA] More
Thursday, 10 July, 2008: Great Jamahiriya and France signed Tuesday cooperation accord on peaceful use of nuclear energy. The accord was signed at the French Foreign Ministry headquarters in Paris by Secretary of European Affairs at GPC for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation and the French State Minister for Cooperation . The accord provides for French Libyan cooperation in several fields of peaceful use of nuclear energy including electric energy, water desalination by nuclear reactors, exploring uranium and its investment and training in the fields of peaceful nuclear energy. It also provides for carrying our basic researches and developing applications of nuclear energy in medicine, agriculture, industry , in addition to prevention from radiations and environment's protection and other related areas. [LJBC] More
Thursday, 10 July, 2008: The Libyan beach soccer squad on Monday beat the United Arab Emirates 5-3 to win the maiden edition of the Arab Cup competition organized at the port of Alem in the province of the Red Sea in Egypt. The Egyptian team won the third position after beating Oman 8-2. The Libyan squad eliminated Oman in semi-final while the United Arab Emirates beat Egypt. Eight teams - Libya, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Kuwait, Algeria, Morocco, Yemen and Oman - participated in the maiden tournament. [PANA] More
الصادق شكري : هدرزة في السياسة والتاريخ ( الجزء الثالث ـ 7 )

الموثق التاريخي : (من وثائق الخارجية الامريكية : 3. السفارة الامريكية تقيـّم اداء حكومة فكيني )

الساطور : بدون تعليق

الإجدابي : الأم سرتـيّة     السلفيوم : عين واحدة وأسلاك كثيرة

صقر بلال : رسالة مفتوحة.. من عموم الليبيين إلى معمر!

د. علي الصلابي : السيرة النبوية (45)

سليم الرقعي : يقولون عن الجماعة الليبية المقاتلة!؟

العالم الأمازيغي : مذكرة أمازيغ أدرار نفوسه الى العقيد معمر القذافي

Wednesday, 9 July, 2008: The Libyan Government has no role in disgraced Finance Minister Amos Kimunya’s resignation, its embassy announced. The embassy insisted it bought the Grand Regency Hotel legally but acknowledged the Tripoli Government was unhappy with the adverse publicity generated by the controversial sale leading to Kimunya’s fall. Hisham Ali Sharif, the Charge de Affaires at the Libyan Nairobi embassy, who left for Libya as the hotel affair unfolded, returned to Nairobi on Monday. He arrived armed with a press statement from the Libyan Government, restating Tripoli’s purchase of the hotel amid reports the Libyan Government had protested to the Government over the damage caused to Libya’s investments by adverse publicity. "We do not know what happened," Hisham said, reacting to Kimunya’s capitulation and added that, "We (Libyans) are not happy with what is going on," referring to the raging debate. Meanwhile diplomatic sources in Nairobi indicated the Libyans piled pressure on President Kibaki for a fast resolution to the hotel controversy. [Standard] More
Wednesday, 9 July, 2008: Even before the Black Stars’ planned demolition of the Libyan plot in Tripoli, Ghana’s sole survivors in club football - Kumasi Asante Kotoko, have a scheme of their own to carve a niche in the North African country. The Stars have a World Cup 2010 qualifier with the Greens of Libya in September. The Libyans suffered an ego-battering 0-3 drubbing earlier in Kumasi. Yesterday, a high-riding, buoyant-looking Kotoko armada after annexing the Onetouch Premiership title left Accra for Tripoli to engage A1 Ittihad, arguably one of Libya’s finest sides in club football, on Friday. More than half the number of players making up the Libyan national team play for Ittihad, but chief coach Bashiru Hayford who earlier spoke to Times Sports believe Kotoko possess enough clout to scale the challenge. ... The Ghanaian champions were declined visas yesterday as officials insisted that the team would only be offered ‘the green light’ at the entry points in Tripoli. [PFM] More
Wednesday, 9 July, 2008: DOHA: Masraf Al Rayan has received approval from the Qatar Central Bank to open a representative office in Libya. The bank is also seeking permission to open branches in Libya and establish joint investment companies with the Libyan partners, said a spokesman. “The opening of this representative office, which was previously approved by the bank’s board of directors, is the first step in the process of commencing commercial and investment banking activities as per the local laws and regulations for such offices in Libya,” he said. However, the spokesman did not specify when the representative office would be opened and whether it has already applied to Libyan authorities for opening a branch. The announcement comes three weeks after the bank said it was entering Omani market to pick a 20% stake in a yet to be established National Mass Housing Company with an authorised capital of Omani riyal 50mn. [Gulf Times] More
Wednesday, 9 July, 2008: Madrid, Jul 8 (Prensa Latina) The Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos traveled to Mauritania, the first part of a tour that also includes Algeria, Tunes and Libya. The chief of the Spanish diplomacy has scheduled to meet his counterpart Cheij El Avia Uld Mohamed Juna in Nuakchot and other members of the government of Prime Minister Yahya Uld Ahmed El Waghev. The issues of the agenda will include problems of immigration to Spain from the north of Africa, the situation in the Western Sahara and economic relations between the two countries. Moratinos will later travel to Algeria, Tunes and Libya and on Friday will move to Morocco to join the delegation that will come along with the Spanish government president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on his official visit. [Prensa Latina] More
Wednesday, 9 July, 2008: Six men were arraigned in Court on Tuesday after that their boat was intercepted by the AFM in Maltese waters on Monday and escorted into Wied il-Buni, Birzebbuga. Abdul Salem Mohamed Ab Xlifa Selwa, 30, from Libya, pleaded not guilty to trafficking human beings and conspiring to commit a crime in Malta. Magistrate Consuelo Scerri Herrera, presiding over the Court, ordered that the man should be remanded in custody. On their part, Hamed Hamis Nader, Nema Hamis Badux, Mohamed Ubusaneb, Subhi Atija Ranem Junis and Mohamed Al Fithjani – all Egyptian nationals – were charged with entering Malta illegally and without a passport. They admitted the charges and were all sentenced for one month imprisonment. [DI-VE] More
Wednesday, 9 July, 2008: DUBLIN, Ireland--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/237f8b/libyan_arab_jamahi) has announced the addition of the "Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Industry Investment Opportunities, Analysis and Forecasts to 2012" report to their offering. This profile is the essential source for top-level industry data and information relating to the Exploration & Production industry in Libya. It provides asset level information relating to the active and planned oil and gas fields and exploration blocks in Libya. The profiles of the major companies operating in the upstream industry of Libya are also included in the report. The latest news and deals pertaining to the sector are also provided and analyzed. Scope: - Updated information relating to all active and planned exploration blocks. - Provides historical and forecast data and information for all the major operating and planned crude oil and natural gas fields. - Details operators and equity partners of oil and gas. [Business Wire] More
تعازي إلى آل مازن

ليبيا إيمال : قضية الحكم الذاتي للمناطق الأمازيغية تطرح بالبرلمان الأوربي

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : الجهاد..هل هو الغزو المقدس؟

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : صورة تهزم سكان مدينة القبة!!

موسى عـبدالكريم : الأمن الوطني الليبي عـلى ظهـر يـخت

الصادق شكري : هدرزة في السياسة والتاريخ ( الجزء الثالث ـ 6 )

د. أحمد منصور : دولة للأوباش.. للحراس.. أم لكل الناس

Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: MILAN (Thomson Financial) - Impregilo SpA said it has finalised contracts to build three university centres in Libya after the Libyan government cleared construction of the buildings. Impregilo said 'initial' authorisation covered the three buildings for a total of around 400 million euros. In March, Impregilo said it was waiting to finalise a 523 million euro contract to build universities in Libya. Impregilo said work will start on the three centres in the next few months and is expected to be completed in 2011. The contracts were signed by Impregilo Lidco, which is 60 percent owned by Impregilo and 40 percent by Libyan Development Co, and ODAC (Organisation for Development of the Administrative Centres), Impregilo said. [Thomson Financial News] More
Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Eritrean refugees marched in Addis Ababa on Monday demanding the African Union (AU) stop Egypt and Libya deporting Eritreans who they said faced possible execution if sent home. Egypt deported up to 1,000 Eritrean asylum seekers last month in its biggest forced return of probable refugees for decades, despite activists' concern they might face torture. Waving Eritrean flags, a group of about 500 Eritrean refugees marched through pouring rain to the Egyptian, Libyan and U.S. embassies in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, headquarters of the African Union. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: NAIROBI (AFP) — The sale of a luxury Kenyan hotel to a company reported to be Libyan, which has sparked national outrage, was clean and the government was aware of it, Libyan officials told Kenyan television on Monday. "I want to affirm that this deal was very clean and everybody in the Kenyan government knew about this," Libya's ambassador to Kenya, Hesham Ali Shariff, told Kenya Television Network (KTN). The sale of Nairobi's Grand Regency hotel to a company called Libyan Arab African Investment Kenya Limited (LAAIKL), sparked a row that resulted in parliament carrying a vote of no-confidence [AFP] More
Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: Relatives of a Rockland man killed during a 1985 terrorist attack in Rome say they will not be bullied by Libya. That is how the Buonocore family views recent threats by the North African nation to cut oil production because of suits seeking compensation for losses due to terrorism. "We will fight on," said 72-year-old Cecile Buonocore, whose son John Buonocore III was killed at Rome's Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport in an attack orchestrated by Libya and Syria. "There's a lot of families involved and we're all going to help in any way we can to hold Muammar Qaddafi responsible for this," she said. [Delaware Online] More
Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: Bratislava, July 7 (TASR-SLOVAKIA) - The visit of Libyan Prime Minister Bagdadi Ali al-Mahmudi to Slovakia, originally scheduled for July 10-11, has been postponed, Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Jan Skoda told SLOVAKIA on Monday, adding that it was Libyan side that asked for the change. During his trip to Slovakia, al-Mahmudi was scheduled to meet Prime Minister Robert Fico, and to sign agreements on preventing double taxation and the protection of investments. The Libyan premier was to be accompanied by a large group of entrepreneurs interested in investing in Slovakia. [TASR] More
Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: Amid the deepening controversy, the buyers of the Grand Regency Hotel Monday came out with a pledge to make the hotel the most prestigious in East Africa. In a statement, the Libyan Arab African Investment Company said that the firm was a wholly owned subsidiary of Libya Africa Portfolio, a sovereign fund of the State of Libya. The chairman of the company, Mr Bashir Saleh, also promised to create more employment opportunities for Kenyans through the hotel. The chairman said the purchase of the hotel at USD$45 million (Sh2.9 billion) was done with utmost professionalism. “This is the first Government-to-Government collaboration in development between Kenya and Libya in line with the memorandum of understanding signed. [Nation] More
Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Mario Staggl, a Liechtenstein investment adviser indicted in a tax-evasion probe of UBS AG, has for years helped scandal-tainted clients manage money stashed around the world. Staggl told German prosecutors he set up companies for a consultant in South Africa who later pleaded guilty to trying to help Libya obtain nuclear bomb-making equipment and provided similar services to an engineer being tried in Germany on related charges. He helped manage offshore assets for the family of a London politician accused by U.K. authorities of hiding money to avoid $80 million in penalties. [Bloomberg] More
Tuesday, 8 July, 2008: Al-Qaeda has been defeated in Iraq and Lebanon. They failed to make a serious presence in Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. They and their Taliban cousins have been expunged from 75% of Afghanistan. al-Qaeda has been pushed into its final, small sanctuary inside the tribal areas of Pakistan where it is surrounded by 100,000 Pakistani troops to the south and 100,000 US-NATO and Afghan forces to the north. And today we learn al-Qaeda is surrendering its efforts in Libya after 13 years of trying to overthrow that OPEC nation: Jailed leaders of Libya’s main Islamist militant group are talking to the government about abandoning their armed struggle, a former senior member of the organisation said. [The Strata Sphere] More
الموثق التاريخي : (من وثائق الخارجية الامريكية : السفارة الامريكية تقيّم المعارضة.. للنظام الملكي) (2)

الموثق التاريخي : (من وثائق الخارجية الامريكية : السفارة الامريكية تقيّم المعارضة.. للنظام الملكي) (1)

الإجدابي : حول حادث اختطاف المحامي ضو المنصوري     قصص ليست لوجه الله‬

منظمة الأمل : رسالة شكر الى الحكومة السويدية ومجلس الهجرة السويدي

منظمة الأمل : رسالة د. عبدالحفيظ بن سريتي إلى مجلس إدارة الهجرة السويدي

الساطور : بدون تعليق     الحرّ : الحريّة لمحمود شمّام

د. فتحي العكاري : الاعجاز فى ايمان العجائز

سليم الرقعي : أنتم من إعتدى على محرابي أولاً!؟

Monday, 7 July, 2008: Jailed leaders of Libya's main Islamist militant group are talking to the government about abandoning their armed struggle, a former senior member of the organisation said in remarks published on Sunday. Noaman Othmane said the al Qaeda-linked Fighting Islamic Group in Libya (FIGL), which aims to overthrow the government of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and set up purist Islamic rule, is "practically defunct", pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat reported. Speaking after a visit to imprisoned members of the group in Tripoli's Abu Salim prison last week, Othmane said the men would soon reach "new convictions that condemn armed violence after Libyan security had offered facilities for dialogue and the revision of thinking", the newspaper reported. The FIGL announced its presence in 1995, vowing to topple Gaddafi. [Reuters] More
Monday, 7 July, 2008: Djibouti (HAN) - First Lady Azeb Mesfin is elected president of the Organization of African First Ladies (OAFLA). According to a press release issued by National Coalition for Women Against HIV/AIDS (NCWH), the first lady was elected on the OAFLA General Assembly held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from June 29 to July 1, 2008. With the election of Azeb, the secretariat for OAFLA will now move to Addis Ababa from Lusaka. The outgoing First Lady of Zambia served as president for the last two years. First Lady of Libya, Madam Safia Gadaffi, was elected vice president, the release added. OALFA was established on 8th July 2002 as a result of the Geneva special meeting attended by 37 African First Ladies, it was learnt. [HAN] More
Monday, 7 July, 2008: Bank of Valletta was one of the many international participants in the 37th edition of the Tripoli International Fair. The Tripoli Int'l Fair is considered one of the major events in the Libyan calendar and brings together entities from the industrial, agricultural and commercial sectors from an average of 35 countries. Charles Saliba, manager at Bank of Valletta’s representative office in Libya, and Joe Esposito, executive head of Bank of Valletta’s Trade Finance Centre in Malta, had the opportunity to participate in this event and have various one to one networking meetings with representatives of companies visiting the fair. Speaking about this experience Mr Saliba said, “BOV has been doing business in Libya for 30 years and for the past six years has established a permanent presence in this country through its Tripoli offices. [Independent] More
Monday, 7 July, 2008: If beauty - as it has been said for thousands of years - is in the eyes of the beholder, then the city planners of the past three decades for Gharian must have been completely blind. Arguably the fourth largest city in Libya, with a population of 397,000 (2006, foreigners 5%), it is devoid of any buildings with intrinsic identity, or even any beautifying projects. The only buildings with some interesting features are probably two recently built mosques. One is eye-catching with its green glasswork and the other with its two domes. The rest of the town is a sprawling haphazard mix of administration buildings, state housing, schools and rows of nondescript shops, all of which were originally built in an ugly seventies style. Run down buildings have been left to deteriorate even more; apartment buildings abandoned at second or third floor level (the building contractor probably unpaid), an unfinished bathroom equipment (sinks, baths, w.c’s) factory in Burshada and the list could go on. This imposes a question on any mind: where did the state funding for this town go? [Tripoli Post] More
Monday, 7 July, 2008: Reports from Libya say that up to 15 Somali immigrants died on a desert area close to Libyan Border with Sudan officials told Shabelle. The immigrants were reported to have died for hunger and thirsty after they spent more than 10 days walking in hot desert areas. The immigrants left from Sudan to Libya to precede their journey to get to in Europe to get better life. The immigrants have declared that the vehicle they were traveling to Libya has got flawed at out-of-the-way area. Some of the survivors told Shabelle English service that they are in the worst life condition because their skin has changed for hunger. "I originally left from Kenya to Sudan, from Sudan to Libya, from Libya to Italy it was very difficult journey, almighty Allah I survived" Hassan Nor survivor said. Somali immigrants face different challenges in their journeys to Europe. [Shabelle Network] More
Monday, 7 July, 2008: General Assembly of Arab Yemen-Libya Holding Company approved on Sunday final finical account of 2007. The assembly discussed activities of the company of last year and its investment and trade achievements as well as its future projects. It also discussed a report presented by the board chairman of the company Abdul-Karim al-Dhabin on its activities . The report said that the company achieved growth at YR 251 million last year compared to YR 101 million in 2006 at an increase of 150%. Incoming period, the company would announce a package of investment projects in different governorates, al-Dhabin said. [Saba] More
ابراهيم صهّد : ذكريات مع جاب الله مطر (8)

د. يونس فنوش : نظرات نقدية في الشعـر الشعبي (5)

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : الذين سبقوا المحامي ضو المنصوري

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : عـلي الصلابي... عـلى طريقة "إللى إعـقبه خوه ما ذل" !!

المؤتمر الليبي للأمازيغية : القذافي يتضاءل أمام الباروني

د. فتحي الفاضلي : اعمل.. ودع غيرك يعمل

أويا : قوة الجموع في‮ ‬مقابل جماعات القوة‮‬     اجدابيا نت : من سيرة الثأر بالمعروف ‬

منظمة الأمل لحقوق الأنسان : السويد تقرّر إيقاف الترحيل الي ليبيا

ليلى الهوني : لكم الله يا ليبيين     مصطفى علي : عفى الله عمّا سلف!

مفتاح الدرناوي : حزمة كرناف

الساطور : ( فيديو : ليالي ليبية في كان.. على حسابكم )

Baghdad Back To The Middle Ages...!    By : Ghoma

Sunday, 6 July, 2008: TRIPOLI – The UN refugee agency has recently signed an agreement with three organizations aimed at ensuring the protection needs of refugees and asylum seekers in Libya. This is in line with UNHCR's responsibility to advocate for better protection of refugees in the context of mixed asylum and migration flows. "This is certainly a good step forward," said UNHCR's top protection official, Erika Feller, who in June completed signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the International Organization for Peace, Care and Relief (IOPCR), the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) and the Italian Council for Refugees (CIR). "Although refugees and migrants often use the same routes and means of transport they do have different protection needs. The increasing cooperation between UNHCR and Libya, and this agreement, is an acknowledgement of this situation and sets out practical ways of working together," said Feller. [Reuters] More
Sunday, 6 July, 2008: ISLAMABAD - Pakistan gave centrifuges to North Korea in a 2000 shipment supervised by the army during the rule of President Pervez Musharraf, nuclear scientist A Q Khan said Friday. Khan told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that the uranium enrichment equipment was sent from Pakistan in a North Korean plane that was loaded under the supervision of Pakistani security officials. His claims contradict his 2004 confession that he was solely responsible for spreading nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya - and Pakistan's repeated denials its army or government knew about Khan's nuclear proliferation activities. Khan said the army had "complete knowledge" of the shipment of used P-1 centrifuges to North Korea and that it must have been sent with the consent of Musharraf, the then-army chief who took power in a 1999 coup. [AP] More
Sunday, 6 July, 2008: The second half of 1988 witnessed the destruction in flight of two civilian airliners. On July 3, Iran Airbus 665 was shot down by a US Navy ship over the Persian Gulf. On Dec. 21, Pan Am 103 exploded over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. According to the official version of history, the downing of the Iranian jetliner was a tragic mistake while the obliteration of Pan Am 103 was an act of terrorism blamed on two Libyan agents. Over the last two decades, there have been persistent allegations that Tehran had ordered the bombing of Pan Am 103 in revenge for the shot down of their Airliner by the USS Vincennes. To mark the 20th anniversary of these two tragedies, Dr Ludwig De Braeckeleer is running a series of articles that document the intelligence and evidence collected about these two events. [Ohmy News] More
Sunday, 6 July, 2008: Marsaxlokk, Malta - Mediterranean tuna ranches are feeling the pinch after the European Union moved to prevent the depletion of fish stocks. "For 2008, we will probably process only 500 tons," said Saviour Caruana, a co-owner of Fish and Fish, a bluefin tuna ranch with a capacity of 1 200 tons. "I had given a deposit of €500 000 (about R6-million) to one fisherman for his catch in 2008, but because the EU closed the fishing season earlier he didn't even catch a single tuna," Caruana said. "Some fishermen will go bankrupt, and this is not good for us and the 26 people we employ on the farm." ... On Monday, the Italian tugboat Cesare Rustico brought 142 tons of bluefin caught off the coast of Libya between late May and mid-June to Fish and Fish, located two nautical miles from Marsaxlokk, eastern Malta. [AFP] More
تعازي إلى آل السنوسي     تعازي إلى آل بوالغرباوية     تعازي إلى آل الديباني

رمضان جربوع : لا تصدقوا أبداً أننا نجحنا في شيء

الكرامة : اعتقال السيد عماد الشيباني تعسفا     اختفاء السيد علي الطلحي بعد ترحيله

د. الهادي شلوف : نقابة محاماة ليبيا.. تحية..

فرج الفاخري : كنز المعارضة المنشود

فرج بوالعَـشّة : الانقلاب الكسمولوجي

صلاح الحدّاد : رواية "الخـديعـة" (8)

الصادق شكري : هدرزة في السياسة والتاريخ ( الجزء الثالث ـ 5 )

أويا : كل المحاولات المبذولة لتطوير المصفاة باءت بالفشل‮!‬     إمارة طالبان!‬

سريب : العلاقة بين الإصلاح الاقتصادي والإصلاح السياسي!     وسادتي‬

Saturday, 5 July, 2008: Some Somali illegal immigrants who were imprisoned in Libya have been released. The 65 prisoner who were released were among 280 Somali illegal immigrants who were in Libyan jail for the last five months. The prisoners are said to have been freed after paying $800 per person. According to Hussein Igal Dhore who among those who paid the money [$800] who was released said that, the money was taken by the Transitional Federal Government [TFG] of Somalia's ambassador to Libya. He added that even though the Libyan government has released the prisoners, the Somali embassy is taking the money from the detainees and as a result those who were unable to pay the 800 dollars are still in custody. [Shabelle Media Network] More
Saturday, 5 July, 2008: A former Grand regency Hotel receiver manager Hezekiah Gichohi Friday moved to the high court to demand his remuneration of over 34 million shillings. Gichohi through his advocate Kibe Mungai argues that he has a right of lien over the Grand regency hotel and that the sale and transfer of the hotel was done fraudulently and through a conspiracy between Uhuru Highway Development LTD, Central Bank of Kenya and Libyan Arab African Investment Co. K Ltd (LAAI). Judge Alnashir Visram ordered the Libyan Arab African Investment Co. K Ltd from selling, charging, transferring or otherwise interfering with the ownership of the hotel. He also certified the matter as urgent and ordered Kibe Mungai to file further affidavit. [KBC] More
Saturday, 5 July, 2008: Political uncertainty, deals with militants, judges movement, army's falling morale, and AQ Khan's so-called network about the alleged selling of nukes technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea raises new concerns among the world leaders about the possible theft of Pakistan's nuclear assets by religious extremists which might be resulted in real threat to the United States and the West. However, Pakistani officials have assured time and again over the safety of its nuclear weapons. Sharing his views with the US Senate, Stephen P Cohen, Senior Fellow at Foreign Policy, told that Pakistan's nuclear capabilities present at least four challenges to American policy: ... [The American Chronicle] More
Saturday, 5 July, 2008: Al Ittihad managed to beat Al Ahli Tripoli in the final game to clinch their 17th league title in club history. the game was played in Nelson Mandela Gym. in Zwara , Although it was not a high score game but it was exciting, Al Ittihad managed to take the lead only in the forth quarter. the first two quarters was too close both teams could not build more than a two point lead but in the final seconds of the second quarter Al Ahli Tripoli stole the ball and gave it to Khalid Al Dersi who scored a three point shot at the buzzer to give Al Ahli Tripoli a 5 point lead (28-23). In the third quarter Al Ittihad took control of the game , cutting down Al Ahli Tripoli lead but it was the forth quarter that saw Al Ittihad crushing Al Ahli Tripoli and building a 15 point lead to end the game (58-43). [Basketball in Africa] More
الحياة : مبارك والقذافي يشهدان توقيع اتفاق... 10 بلايين دولار     ليبيا الغد : كاريكاتير

اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة : بيان حول تطورات ملف مجزرة سجن ابوسليم

د. فتحي العكاري : الكلمة أمانة

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : لو تحدث جميع الليبيين

الرابطة الليبية : الإختطاف سلاح المافيات     المنظمة الليبية : بيان صحفى

العربية : ‬قيادي في "الجماعة المقاتلة" : بن لادن اعتبر العمليات بليبيا ضد الإسلام

المصري اليوم : القذافي يلتقي "القذاذفة" في الفيوم

Friday, 4 July, 2008: Embattled Finance minister Amos Kimunya Thursday said he was still in office as MPs and other Kenyans continued demanding his resignation. “I am serving the nation,” Mr Kimunya told the Nation in a telephone interview. MPs lead a protest march in Nairobi demanding that Mr Amos Kimunya resigns. But later in the day, MPs who have been calling for the formation of an opposition led a protest march in Nairobi as another group of demonstrators marched through the streets of Mombasa to demand that the minister resigns or be sacked over his role ... On Thursday, Government spokesman Alfred Mutua issued a statement saying the move was taken to protect the property. Dr Mutua said the caveat was called for by “the enormity of the matter concerning the Grand Regency Hotel” and was meant to protect the property until issues related to the sale are concluded. He said the Government would ensure “good relations with Libya” are not affected. [Nation] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: Libya is planning an oil refinery and a natural gas pipeline in Egypt, helping boost investment in its Arab neighbour to $10 billion in the next two years, its prime minister said. "We have now about $2 billion (of investments) and we expect that within a period of two years maximum this will reach $10 billion," al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi told a news conference. "It was agreed that an oil refinery will be built west of Alexandria with Libyan funding and it will be used for Libyan crude," he added. The refinery would have a capacity of 250,000 barrels per day, Mahmoudi said, without giving further details. Plans also included a natural gas pipeline between the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria and the Libyan city of Tobruk. [Reuters] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: Malta’s new oil exploration licence to Heritage Oil Corporation has encountered protest from Libya’s national oil corporation, despite ongoing talks between the two countries over joint exploration. Although last May foreign minister Tonio Borg announced a “long-awaited breakthrough” in the pipeline on the Malta-Libya dispute, Heritage Oil was last February informed by the National Oil Corporation of Libya that its licence area lies within the Libyan continental shelf. The Canadian oil company said in its annual report that it received a letter from the chairman of the National Oil Corporation of Libya on 28 February, stating that its licence area lies within the Libyan continental shelf, and a portion of this area has already been licensed to Sirte Oil Company. The letter also demanded that Heritage Oil refrain from any activities in the area and asserted the Libyan government’s right to invoke Libyan and int'l law to protect its rights in the area. [Malta Today] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: Israel was dumped from third to fifth position in the Middle-East & Africa (MEA) penetration rankings in Q1 2008 as both the Seychelles and Qatar overtook it to line up behind the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which have held the top two places for the last year. If the second quarter even came close to matching the first in the UAE, then that market will have finished June with a penetration rate in excess of 200%, the rate having stood at 192.5% at the end of March. The ownership in Bahrain was more than 20pp behind, at 172.2%, although in the last two quarters at least, the rate has been growing noticeably quicker than in the UAE. The rate in Qatar and the Seychelles has been progressing much more steadily, but both overtook Israel as penetration fell for the first time ever from 127.1% to 126.3% in Q1 08. Four other markets - Kuwait, Reunion, Saudi Arabia and Libya - boasted penetration rates in excess of 100% at the end of March 2008. Libya became the first mainland African market to join this elite club in the quarter. [Cellular News] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: Malawi and Libya are considering resuming diplomatic relationships after presidents Bingu Wa Mutharika and Muammar Ghaddafi met earlier this week in Egypt , where they both attended the African Union summit. Speaking in an interview on Monday to the country’s state broadcaster –Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Mutharika said the Southern African country would review its relationship with Libya. The Malawi president cleared the mist hovering the two country’s relationship saying the Southern African country did not end its relationship with Libya. The Malawi leader said his government had only made a decision to have bilateral relations with Libya on non-residential basis, owing to financial limitations. [Africa News] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: [...] There is no difference between torture in Zimbabwe and Libya. Non-governmental human rights organizations are illegal in Libya. The only ones permitted to operate are those run by Gadhafi's children, and these seem more interested in securing loot than rights. Mugabe is selfish and senile, but Gadhafi is vain and evil. Nothing seems to anger him more than seeing people happy, and to that end a cloak of misery and sadness descends upon anything he touches. Libya is wealthy, compared to Zimbabwe, yet no one dares to ask where the wealth has gone, and we are talking about billions, if not trillions, of dollars. Inflation makes little difference when there is nothing to buy, and one does not make enough to survive in the first place. Libyan economic health is declining at a time when oil prices are at record highs. And, periodically, the dictator removes public support for one program or another. Yet, Gadhafi has become the darling of the West, while Mugabe is the ogre. The developed countries need to cease this false indignation and keep their traps shut unless they are willing to condemn all dictators alike, not only those they dislike. [San Antonio Express-News] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: Egypt and Libya discussed today about establishing a joint fishing company and an industrial zone, government spokesman Magdi Radi said. The Egyptian-Libyan committee, which convened in Cairo under Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Secretary of Libyàs General Peoplés Committee al-Baghdadi al-Mamudi, also tackled means of boosting bilateral cooperation in the investment and trade domains and removing obstacles facing businessmen of the two sides, he said. Trade volume between Libya and Egypt stood at USD 500 million and Libyan investments in Egypt are estimated at USD 2 billion, he said. The committee also addressed ways of enhancing cooperation in the agricultural and food security domains as well as energy, electricity and oil sectors, he concluded as Mena news agency reported. [AnsaMed] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: CAIRO, July 3 (KUNA) - Visiting LibyanPrime Minister al-Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi said here Thursday Libya would boost its investments in Egypt up to USD 10 billion within a couple of years' time. The Libyan premier was speaking to reporters following a meeting between Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his visiting Libyan counterpart Muammar Gaddafi. A strategic agreement was reached between both sides during the meeting on further promoting and bolstering bilateral cooperation by means of carrying out several joint ventures and boosting Libyan investments in Egypt, he said. Egypt will provide a set of facilities to Libyan investors, particularly in the agricultural domain, he said, adding that agreement was reached on linking Egypt and Libya through a group of infrastructure projects in order to spur and encourage two-way trade, especially in the area of roads and air, sea and overland transport and a natural gas pipeline. A joint oil refinery will be set up in west Alexandria in Egypt with Libyan financing. It will be used in refining Libyan oil, he added. They also agreed to enter joint food security ventures in Africa, mainly Sudan, Uganda and others where water is available for growing such cereals as wheat, barely and rice, the Libyan premier noted. [KUNA] More
Friday, 4 July, 2008: Bangkok, Jul 3: Thailand will open an embassy in Tripoli soon and awaits the opening of a Libyan embassy in Bangkok, Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama said here today. During a meeting with the visiting Libyan Secretary for Asian Affairs, Mohamed Omar Al Barani, Mr Pattama spoke of the need for strengthening bilateral diplomatic and economic ties between the two countries. The Thai Foreign Minister also explained the government’s handling of the separatist insurgency in the country’s southern Muslim-majority border region. Mr Al Barani voiced Libya’s support for Thai government policies to tackle the insurgency, according to a statement by the Thai Foreign Ministry. [New Kerala] More
أويا : جلسة طارئة‮ ‬للمؤتمر العام لنقابة المحامين بطرابلس

الصادق شكري : هدرزة في السياسة والتاريخ ( الجزء الثالث ـ 4 )

الإتحاد الليبي للمدافعين : ناشط حقوقي يتعرض للخطف

سليم الرقعي : وماذا لو مات سيف الإسلام القذافي صباح الغد!؟

عيسى عبدالقيوم : دعوة لإستضافة القاعدة فى ليبيا

د. محمد بالروين : من اللاوعي.. الى الوعي السياسي

اللجنة الإعلامية : ندوة لجنة العمل الوطني     ليبيا إيمال : كتاب "الإسلام السياسي والحداثة"

الأجدابي : بيت الشنعة     قورينا : بخصوص حادثة اعتداء على أحد المحامين

عبدالمنصف البوري : الاستثمارات الليبية الخارجية.. (1)

السلفيوم : ‮ ذكاء الليبيين     أويا : ‮ المنصوري : قضيتي‮ ‬بين أيدي‮ ‬الجهات المختصة

Thursday, 3 July, 2008: South Korean builder Seokwang Construction Co Ltd said on Thursday it had won a 493 billion won ($475.5 million) order to build houses in Libya. Seokwang said in a filing to the Korea Exchange that it had secured the deal from SMI-Hyundai Corporation Ltd. ($1=1036.7 Won) [Reuters] More
Thursday, 3 July, 2008: Kenya's parliament Wednesday passed a motion of no-confidence against Finance Minister Amos Kimunya over claims of corruption involving the sale of a luxury hotel in Nairobi to Libyan investors. MPs were almost unanimous in condemning Kimunya, of President Mwai Kibaki's Party of National Unity (PNU), and calling for him to resign. However, the final decision now lies with Kibaki. The political editor of The Daily Nation, Emman Omari, said Kibaki would have little choice but to remove Kimunya if he refuses to resign. The issue is the latest problem for Kenya's grand coalition government, which was formed this year to end months of brutal violence following the disputed December presidential elections. [The Earth Times] More
Thursday, 3 July, 2008: Malawi President Binguwa Mutharika has clarified what he termed as a "misconception" surrounding his country’s diplomatic ties with Libya. This followed Malawi’s decision to close its mission in Tripoli after which Libya followed suit by closing its embassy in Lilongwe. Dr. Mutharika told a press conference in Lilongwe Wednesday that he held talks with his Libyan counterpart, Muammar Kadhafi, on the side-lines of the just-ended African Union summit in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheik. "There was, I think, a misconception that we had broken off diplomatic ties with Libya; it’s not true," he said. [Afrik] More
Thursday, 3 July, 2008: No Libyan diplomat has been recalled contrary to remarks made in parliament by Ikolomani MP Bonny Khalwale. The Nation established that the Libyan Charge de Affairs Mr Hirsham M is on annual leave while his deputy, Mr A Mabruk is still in office. The envoy, Mr Hirsham, confirmed from Tripoli that he is away seeking treatment. He left before the controversial sale of Grand Regency Hotel caused public uproar. Mr Mabruk, who on Monday led the Nation team to the 13th floor of the hotel where a meeting between the investors and officials of Central Bank of Kenya was going on, is in offic. [The Nation] More
Thursday, 3 July, 2008: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is not expected in Paris on July 13 to attend the heads of state and government summit to officially launch President Nicolas Sarkozy's proposed Union for the Mediterranean (UPM), according to official sources. "The Libyan leader will not attend the inaugural summit on July13... This does not really call for grief," according to sources within the French presidential palace. While presiding over the official opening ceremony of a mini-Arab summit in Tripoli on June 10, Col. Gaddafi had forcefully rejected the proposed UPM, describing it as an attempt to undermine Arab and African unity. In a tersely-worded speech, President Gaddafi said that the original project of his friend, President Nicolas Sarkozy, had been watered down after running into vehement opposition... [People's daily] More
Thursday, 3 July, 2008: The national indoor soccer team (futsal) will on Thursday face Hungary in Castro Marim city, Portugal, in their debut encounter at the 4th edition of the World Futsal Championship, for the group B. The competition begins this Wednesday with the matches between Libya and Georgia (serie A) and Hungary and Croatia (group B). ... Portugal will face Libya (group A). [Angola Press Agency] More
ناجي الفيتوري : حشّمتونا

مجاهد البوسيفي : خريف الكولا

تعازي إلى آل الكيخيا     تعازي إلى آل مادي ـ رحيل شاعر الأمازيغ

لجنة التضامن : حملة جديدة لمنظمة العفو الدولية

ابراهيم صهّد : حرب يونيو/ حزيران 1967 (9)

صوت العراق : ‮ توضيح     اجدابيا نت : ‮ محطات     جيل : ‮ اعتصام بطرابلس

The Audicity Of Confusion: Qaddafi and the Kurdistan Question?    By : Ghoma

Wednesday, 2 July, 2008: Al Qaeda's growing north Africa network plans to attack U.S. interests seeking control of the region's energy riches, its Algerian-based leader said in remarks published on Tuesday. The network of militants from Mauritania to Libya sees U.S. interests as legitimate targets because Washington backed the region's "criminal" governments and stole Algerian oil, the New York Times quoted Abdelmalek Droukdel as saying. "We found America building military bases in the south of our country and conducting military exercises, and plundering our oil and planning to get our gas," Droukdel, also known as Abou Mossab Abdelouadoud, was quoted as saying. "Therefore, it became our right and our duty to ... declare clearly the American interests are legitimate targets." [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 2 July, 2008: Kenya's finance minister is under intense pressure to resign over the controversial sale to a Libyan firm of a five-star hotel regarded as a symbol of the rampant corruption of the Daniel arap Moi era. Scores of protesters, including 10 MPs, marched to the Grand Regency hotel in central Nairobi yesterday, demanding that Amos Kimunya step down or be sacked. After months of denials, Kimunya was forced to admit last week that the luxury hotel had been sold for 2.9bn Kenyan shillings (£23m) - a price that critics say is less than half the market value. The deal has caused outrage in Kenya, and raised the spectre of another high-level corruption scandal. It has raised questions about the involvement of President Mwai Kibaki, who has repeatedly pledged to stamp out graft. Kimunya is one of Kibaki's staunchest allies. [The Guardian] More
فرانس برس : ‮ خطف محام ليبي ناشط في حقوق الانسان

د. فتحي العكاري : معالم التيسير في برامج التعليم النموذجي (3)

الساطور : قرب ننكلب     الحرّ : تساقط وريقات الخريف

فيلادلفيا : ‮درنة.. لم ينجح أحد!!     جليانا : من سرق قصائد الليبيين     الإجدابي : الملكة نجوى

صوت العراق : ‮ مسعود البرازني ومهرّج طرابلس وتمثال صدام !!

طارق القزيري : خط أحمر فاقع في زيمبابوي

محمد بن احميدة : عفى الله عمّا سلف؟!

موقع ليبي جديد : مدوّنة "د. منصور عمر الكيخيا"   مدوّنات ليبية أخرى

د. مصطفى عبدالله : لأجل تلك الإبتسامه

Tuesday, 1 July, 2008: The controversial sale of the Grand Regency Hotel to Libyans was part of a bilateral trade agreement that President Kibaki and the Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi signed a year ago, it has emerged. A confidential memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by the two leaders and seen by the Business Daily indicates that Libya had expressed interest in six key deals most of which had been sealed by the time the row over the hotel sale broke out last week. Analysts said the structure of the agreement on promotion and protection of investment, which also granted Libya the most favoured trading partner status, offers the Arab nation a head-start in any competition for investment opportunities in Kenya. [BDAfrica] More
Tuesday, 1 July, 2008: Manama: Libya has withdrawn its support to the Cairo Document on satellite channels and will ask the Arab Information Ministers to follow its example, the head of the Libyan Journalists Syndicate said on Monday. "I have just been informed about the decision by Information Minister Nouri Al Humaidi and we now look forward to the other ministers in the Arab League adopting a similar attitude," Ashoor Tlissi told Gulf News. Arab countries in February adopted the document that imposes regulations on Arab satellite television and bars offending their leaders or national and religious symbols. Qatar was the only country not to vote in favour of the document that stipulates that satellite channels should not "damage social harmony". [Gulf News] More
Tuesday, 1 July, 2008: SINGAPORE, Jun 30, 2008 (Thomson Financial via COMTEX) Boustead Singapore said Monday its wholly-owned subsidiary Salcon Pte Ltd won a S$175 million contract to build a major water infrastructure system in Libya. Salcon will hold a 65 percent stake in the project, which it is jointly implementing with local partners, it said. The contract involves the construction and upgrading of water and wastewater infrastructure in Tarhunah, a 731-hectare township located about 80 kilometers southeast of Tripoli. The project is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2011. ($1=S$1.35) [Trading Markets] More
Tuesday, 1 July, 2008: Anyone who has filled a gas tank lately knows that the cost of daily life has become much higher and more burdensome. With oil edging above $140 a barrel, gasoline prices are already well beyond the previous record highs of 1981. Then, supply disruptions were temporary, and occasionally deliberately induced. Today, demand is outpacing supply as tensions rise in the Middle East, rebels cut Nigerian oil output and Libya hints that it may trim production. Worse, the market does not really work, because half of the world's population has access to subsidized oil, and therefore little reason to change its habits. Oil could reach $200 a barrel by 2010, putting the cost of operating an automobile beyond the reach ... [Globe and Mail] More
Tuesday, 1 July, 2008: The dispute between Italy and Libya should be closed with a gesture of reconciliation, this is the intention of the Italian government repeated this morning by Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, who confirmed the statement which Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made on Friday in Sirte at a meeting with colonel Muammar Gaddafi. "We want to confirm the idea which Berlusconi repeated to Gaddafi on Friday and definitively end the dispute with Libya with a gesture of reconciliation," Frattini said. [ANSAmed] More
Tuesday, 1 July, 2008: We need to help Libya with a mechanism of satellite control of its borders in the desert and I believe we can do it together, even with EU funding," Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said upon his arrival to the Euro-Med conference in Milan. The Foreign Minister also expressed his hopes for "finally obtaining green light from Libya for the joint patrols of the Mediterranean borders with Libyan personnel on Italian vessels". "We want to confirm with Libya also the idea reiterated by Berlusconi during his meeting with Gaddafi last Friday that is finally closing the dispute with a gesture of reconciliation," Frattini said. "With these three things we will help manage the migration flows that come mostly through the Libyan ports." [ANSAmed] More
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