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On The Proposed Draft Of The Constitution..?  By : Ghoma

( لا تحملوا المعارضة الليبية ما لا تطيق!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( لماذا لم نستطع ان نحكم أنفسنا بأنفسنا؟ ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

منظمة الأمل لحقوق الأنسان : ( بيان بشأن وفاة مواطن ليبي تحت التعذيب )

الشرق الأوسط : حقوقيون ومعارضون يطالبون السويد بكشف ملابسات ترحيل معارض

( مجرّد رأي : 1. الخلفية العسكرية والممارسة السياسية ) بقلم : ابراهيم قدورة

( أنتم جميعا خارج اللعـبة ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

أغـنية محمد صدقي : ( في قـلبي رماني )

( الجماهيرية.. 39 عاما من العبودية ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

شعر شعبي : ( الشاعر نصيب السكوري )

Saturday, 31 May, 2008: Text of a joint statement by the United States and Libya on terrorism compensation : Representatives of the United States and Libya met in London May 28-29 to begin negotiations on a claims settlement agreement. Both parties affirmed their desire to work together to resolve all outstanding claims in good faith and expeditiously through the establishment of a fair compensation mechanism. In this context, both parties reiterated their commitment to further develop bilateral cooperation. They affirmed their mutual cooperation to combat terrorism. They also recognized the 2003 historic and courageous decision taken by Leader Qadhafi (Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi) to renounce weapons of mass destruction. [AP] More details
Saturday, 31 May, 2008: The Pakistani scientist blamed for running a rogue network that sold nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya has recanted his confession, telling ABC News the Pakistani government and President Perez Musharraf forced him to be a "scapegoat" for the "national interest." "I don't stand by that," Dr. A.Q. Khan told ABC News in a 35-minute phone interview from his home in Islamabad, where he has been detained since "confessing" that he ran the nuclear network on his own, without the knowledge of the Pakistani government. The interview will be broadcast Friday on "World News With Charles Gibson." People were asking a lot of questions, so I said, 'OK. Let me give an answer,'" Khan told ABC News early Friday, Pakistan time. As to his widely publicized confession, Khan said he was told by Musharraf that it would get the United States "off our backs" and that he was promised he would be quickly pardoned. "Those people who were supposed to know knew it," Khan said about his activities. [ABC] More details
Saturday, 31 May, 2008: A stunning new report from UltimateJohnMcCain.com connects the dots between McCain and the terrorist Libyan regime of Muammar al-Qadhafi. According to the report, McCain's newest media adviser is Mike Hudome, who recently took over for Mark McKinnon when McKinnon decided he didn't want to run against Obama. Hudome is married to Randa Fahmy Hudome, a lobbyist who "began working for the Qadhafi government at a time when it was officially designated by the U.S. State Department as a state sponsor of terrorism." During Bush's first term, Fahmy Hudome served as international policy adviser to then-Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham. In May of 2004, she became a member of the department's external advisory board and landed a sweet $1.47 million consulting agreement with the Libyan government to "strengthen Libyan interests." This conflict of interest only got uglier, as Fahmy Hudome became instrumental in drumming up Arab-American support for Bush's reelection bid. [The Huffington Post] More details
Saturday, 31 May, 2008: Many Somalis are flocking into Libya in order to cross over to Italy although many have died in the Libyan coast in the past. There has been an increase in the number of Somalis flocking into the Libyan capital, Tripoli. Those arriving in this country are coming from different regions of Somalia, many of them fleeing from the fighting in Mogadishu. Somali immigrants are said to have been robbed, some killed and others raped by Darfur rebels when crossing the deserts of Sudan and Libya. Somali immigrants have been flocking into the country for two reasons. One, due to the tense relations between the Libyan president, Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi and the Italian government; the Libyan leader has stopped crackdown of illegal immigrants along its coast which has encouraged the flocking in of Somali immigrants. [Mareeg] More details
Saturday, 31 May, 2008: Malasia's Protasco Berhad on Thursday said its 60 per cent owned subsidiary, HCM Arabia Sdn Bhd, has won a LYD29.5 million (US$25 mln) road maintenance contract in Libya. Libya's Dept of Roads and Bridges awarded the contract to HCM Arabia for the maintenance of the 88 km Tarhuna Ben Waled Road, Protasco said in a statement to Bursa Malaysia on May 29. The duration of the contract is 17 months and work on the project is expected to commence in July 2008. [Asia Pulse] More details
الساطور : امشوا خرّبوا عليهم

( إنهم يفتقدوننا ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( فزع الضحايا من إعادة تأهيل ليبيا ) ترجمة : بوزيد لهلالي

( لجنة التضامن ) : بيان بشأن اطلاق سراح جمعة بوفايد

Friday, 30 May, 2008: Senior U.S. and Libyan officials are meeting in London this week to try to reach a deal on compensation cases from the Lockerbie air disaster and other 1980s incidents, a Bush administration official said on Thursday. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs David Welch is leading the U.S. delegation in the talks, said the official, who declined to be named. At a meeting in London two months ago Libya presented what a U.S. official called a "comprehensive" deal to resolve a string of compensation cases which have soured relations between the former foes. They include cases arising from the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie and the 1986 bombing of a West Berlin disco. Libya, which was implicated in both incidents, agreed to pay the families of the Lockerbie victims $10 million per victim but has not made the final payment. It has not reached any deal to pay compensation for the German disco bombing. The U.S. restored diplomatic ties with Libya two years ago after Tripoli gave up its WMD program in 2003. [Reuters] More details
Friday, 30 May, 2008: In a major breakthrough for the state-run Oil India Limited (OIL) in securing oil and gas assets abroad, the company and its partners have entered into an agreement with National Oil Corporation of Libya for four exploration blocks in that country that are estimated to hold two trillion cubic metres (tcm) of gas reserves. According to an official spokesman here, a consortia of OIL, Algeria’s Sonatrach and Indian Oil Corporation, signed exploration and production sharing agreement with the National Oil Corporation of Libya. The agreement covers contract area (95/96) blocks 2/1, 2 and 4 in Ghadames basin, which the consortium won in the public bid round 4 for gas exploration, held in December 2007. [The Hindu] More details
Friday, 30 May, 2008: The Libyan government has freed a political prisoner after he was arrested 15 months ago, U.S.-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday. Human rights groups had feared Jum'a Boufayed might be killed after was arrested along with 13 Libyan political activists in February last year. The group had planned to stage a peaceful demonstration against what they called police brutality but were detained before the protest could take place. "This (release) is excellent news because for more than a year we feared Jum'a Boufayed might be dead," HRW added in a statement. Boufayed was freed on Tuesday. But medical student Abd al-Rahman al-Qotaiwi was still missing, HRW said. Of the remaining group of 13 detained in February last year, 11 are on trial and one man, Boufayed's brother Idriss, has been freed. Idriss has cancer and has been described as a key organiser of last year's planned protest, HRW said. [Reuters] More details
Friday, 30 May, 2008: China Oilfield Services Ltd., a unit of the nation's third-largest oil producer, started an onshore well drilling operation in Libya as it seeks increased income from overseas. Construction of a second drilling rig to be used in Libya will soon be completed, Chief Executive Officer Yuan Guangyu said in a statement posted on the Beijing-based company's Web site yesterday. Yuan didn't give any further details on the timing or of the company's investment. China Oilfield also signed a well cementing and drilling fluids contract with China Petroleum Ocean Engineering Co., it said in a separate statement yesterday. Ocean Engineering is a unit of China National Petroleum Corp., the country's biggest oil company. [Bloomberg] More details
Friday, 30 May, 2008: Libya is getting the backing of Ukraine to build nuclear reactors. Mustafa Adam-Noble looks at the implications of an oil-rich country going nuclear and the possible impact on Libyan people. A honeymoon is rapidly emerging between Libya and the Ukraine. Viktor Yushchenko, the Ukrainian President, has declared his intention to help Libya develop its use of "peaceful" nuclear energy. According to Afrique En Ligne, an online African magazine, bilateral economic projects have been emphasised by Yushschenko. They include the granting of a Libyan contract to a Ukrainian oil and gas company in return for the use of Ukrainian agricultural land by Libya. The Ukraine has also offered to build roads and railways in the North African country and has recently supplied Libya with an Antonov AN-124-100, the world's largest cargo plane. Such a large scale of political and economic bartering and investment is bound to raise a few eyebrows. [Fahamu] More details
( شعب الله المستعجل! ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

( لا تحملوا (الأخ العقيد) ما لا يطيق!!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Thursday, 29 May, 2008: Libya is back in business with the West, able to exploit its oil and gas riches, after years of isolation. But as Lucy Ash reports, some are disappointed there has been little impact on the North African country's human rights record. Shuaib Alabied (photo) cuddles his baby daughter but looks distracted. The former car salesman from Tripoli is seeking asylum in Britain after fleeing Libya with his pregnant wife last year. He is a Berber, racially different from the Arabs who rule Libya and he once belonged to the Amazighian Party which campaigns for cultural autonomy. The party - like all political groupings in Libya - is banned by the state. In September 2006, Shuaib was arrested at his garage, taken to the police station and ordered to name other members of his party. "The officer said to me: 'We have ways of making you talk'," says Shuaib. "They told me someone called Washi was coming." Washi was a plain clothes officer in the Ain Zara prison in the capital run by Libya's security service. He says he slapped him, dragged him into a cell and subjected him to a brutal rape. Shuaib's claim is supported by evidence supplied by the Medical Commission for Victims of Torture. He was kept in a dirty cell for three and a half months. When he was eventually freed, he was determined to get out of Libya. So he fled across the desert to Tunisia and then via Turkey reached the UK with his wife. [BBC] More details
Thursday, 29 May, 2008: The Libyan senior national team yesterday defeated the Liberian Lone Star in an international friendly that was played in the Libyan Capital, Tripoli. The match was in continuation of preparations by both countries ahead of their Angola 2010 Nations Cup qualifier matches scheduled to take place over the weekend. Liberia, parading their red, white and blue jersey began the match with a very good pace thus having better ball coordination until the Libyans welcomed the visitors with a stoning 1-0 lead. Even though Libya won the match, but Liberia ball coordination on the pitch was impressive as compared to previous encounters. The match, which was played in Tripoli saw Liberia conceding two early goals in the first half of the match, while the rest of the two goals came in the second half of the match. [The Inquirer] More details
Thursday, 29 May, 2008: Memorandum of Understanding in Culture and Information was signed Tuesday evening in Tripoli between Jamahiriya and Burundi. This memorandum, signed by Libya's Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Relations Minister in Burundi, provides for developing cooperation in the areas of culture, arts, exchange of Radio and TV programs that reflect social and cultural aspects of life in both countries. It also provides for exchange of theatre and musical bands and organizing TV festivals in the two countries, in addition to holding cultural weeks, fairs and different cultural manifestations. [LJBC] More details
Thursday, 29 May, 2008: The ministers responsible for fishing of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia will take part as of tomorrow in Mazara del Vallo in the second session of the international event Medi District 2008, which will be open until May 31 and is organised by Distretto Produttivo della Pesca - COSVAP, within the 'European Maritime Day'. The initiative will take place at the Kempinski Hotel: it will open at 0930 local time with the plenary meeting of the Mediterranean fishing observatory, chaired by coordinator of the observatory Giuseppe Pernice. The morning's highlight will be the signing of a twinning accord between the Benghazi Chamber of Commerce (Libya) and the Trapani Chamber of Commerce with the aim of allowing the enterprises of Trapanìs Distretto to use the free trade zone of Benghazi. The activities will continue at 1400 local time in Palermo, at the D'Orleans palace, where president of the Sicily region, Raffaele Lombardo, will receive the the ministers. [AnsaMed] More details
Thursday, 29 May, 2008: The State University of Milan, the University of Brescia and the Academy of Graduate Studies in Janzur (Libya) have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at reforming the Libyan penal code currently in force. The project for joint research will have the purpose to propose ideas of reform of the Libyan penal code, which is inspired by the old Italian penal code, in the part concerning trade and company crimes, as well as to study a regulation for the so-called computer crimes, given the large development of the sector in Libya. The contents of the agreement were announced by the vice president of Milan-based Italian-Libyan Judicial Studies association, Paolo Greco, who, in order to reach this objective, has worked with the president of the Association, Prof. Luca Liparia and Prof. Mohamed R. Bara. [AnsaMed] More details
الساطور : منبر قورينا السياسي

( دستور جماهيرية "الهايك" ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

منبر قورينا السياسي : مشروع قانون بشأن منظمات المجتمع المدني

منبر قورينا السياسي : مشروع قانون الصحافة والمطبوعات

( الدستور: تدوين حقوق أم ممارستها؟ (3) ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

مؤسسة المنار : دستور ليبيا لعام 1951 في متناول ابناء الشعـب

Wednesday, 28 May, 2008: Libya, holder of Africa's largest oil reserves, lowered the official selling prices for exports of seven out of 11 crude types loading in June. Export prices for Es Sider, Sharara, Amna, Abu Attifel, Mellitah, Bouri and Al-Jurf fell by 10 to 20 cents compared with May, according to a notice on the Web site of state-run National Oil. The prices for Brega, Zueitina, Sirtica and Sarir were unchanged. Libya wants to increase oil production to 3 million barrels a day by 2013, from 1.74 million barrels a day now. [Bloomberg]
Wednesday, 28 May, 2008: Libya's state-owned Cement African Company has awarded China National Building Material Co. a deal to build a cement factory at a cost of 116.5 mln dinars ($98.8 mln), Libyan state media said on Tuesday. Under the deal, the factory would be built in 24 months at Wadi al Chaati area, state news agency Jana reported. With an annual output capacity of 1.0 million tonnes of clinker, the factory would be "one of the finest state-of-the-art cement factories in the world", it added. The Libyan state-owned Economic and Social Development Fund will own 40 percent of the plant, said Jana, without giving further details. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 28 May, 2008: Libya on Tuesday sent 30 tonnes of humanitarian relief to drought-stricken Niger, one of several African states struggling to cope with a surge in global food prices, Libyan state media said. Libya also sent a team of doctors and pharmacists to distribute the aid, which includes medicine, clothes and tents, and provide health care to the poor in the Sahelian country, one of the world's top producers of uranium. Oil-exporting Libya is one of the main sources of aid to its neighbour Niger, an arid country on the southern fringe of the Sahara. One in five children die before their fifth birthday in Niger, and aid agencies fear rising world prices for basic foods like rice could put decent nutrition beyond the reach of millions of people. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 28 May, 2008: Hungarian oil and gas firm MOL on Tuesday said it has signed an agreement with the Libyan Investment Agency to invest in third countries. A company official said the firm was keen to take advantage of a desire among regional national oil companies (NOC) to expand abroad. "Regional NOCs would like to go international and we have the expertise and connections to help," Ferenc Farkas, vice president of portfolio development at MOL, told Reuters. He declined to give details on what the Libyan cooperation agreement covers. Libya's state-owned National Oil Corporation has been signing a spate of deals with foreign energy firms to help develop its oil and gas reserves. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 28 May, 2008: The Central Committee of the Nur Misuari-led Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) has acknowledged sending two "official" representatives to a meeting with other MNLF factions in Tripoli, Libya, but says they have yet to decide if it would adopt the May 18 “Tripoli Declaration on Unity and Reconciliation of the MNLF Leadership.” On May 17 to 18, the Libyan government initiated a "unity meeting" among the fractious MNLF in Tripoli, Libya. Misuari, out on bail since April 25, did not go to Libya but sent two representatives – his spiritual Adviser Shariff Zain Jali and Samsula Adju of Sulu. Leaders of various alliances from among the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) met in Tripoli, Libya, on May 18 with an agreement among the MNLF to "form a transition leadership and unification committee" that would include Nur Misuari. But Jali and Adju, officials of MIsuari's MNLF says, were "not authorize" to sign that Declaration forming a committee a transition leaders and unification committee which will be composed of Misuari, Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema, Dr. Parouk Hussni, Mujahab Hashim, Isnaji Alvarez and Sulu-Basilan Rep. Yusop-Jikiri. [Daily Times]
Wednesday, 28 May, 2008: National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), the UAE's biggest lender, on Tuesday said it has received the approval of the Central Bank of Libya to open a representative office there. "The development comes in line with the bank's strategy to expand regionally and internationally, especially in North Africa as the region offers attractive opportunities for banking industry," said Qamber Ali Al Mulla, senior general manager of NBAD's international banking division. "NBAD will open the representative office in the last quarter of 2008 and this is just the beginning of our strategic initiative for North Africa where we intend to expand in the near future," he said. "The main objective of the representative office is to provide advisory services, boost trade between UAE and Libyan companies, and facilitate business dealings between the two countries," Al Mulla said. [Gulf News]
الساطور : ( الميثاق الوطني )     المسحان : ( تسـتـور )

( إن الله وملائكته يصلون على النبي ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( أدلة لوكربي وسط المتاهة ) ترجمة : رمضان جربوع

المؤتمر الليبي للامازيغية : بيان حول زيارة القذافي وكلمته في جبل نفوسه

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : ( المطلوب دستور للبلاد يكرس المشروعية وسيادة القانون )

اللجنة التأسيسية لجمعية العدالة لحقوق الإنسان : ( تأجيل اجتماع جمعية المؤسسين )

سليمان : ( قرأت لك : مسودة الميثاق الوطني للدولة الليبية "الدستور" )

( الرد على صاحب المناظرة التاريخية "الشيخان العيساوي والزاوي.." ) بقلم : المحمودي

رجال اعمال ليبيون : رسالة مفتوحة الى د. سيف الاسلام القذافى

عزالدين اللواج : انطلاق فعـاليات منبر قورينا السياسي

فتحي بن خليفة : الأمازيغ والفلسفة (3)

Tuesday, 27 May, 2008: Libya plans to boost its oil production to two million barrels per day this year and is targeting three million bpd in 2012, the Libyan National Oil Corporation chairman said on Monday. 'Production will rise to 2 million barrels per day this year and the plan is to reach almost 3 million barrels in 2012,' Shukri Ghanem said, quoted by the official news agency JANA. He also said Libya's natural gas output was running at 3.5 billion cubic metres, with that amount to be doubled by 2013. The NOC has 'opened the door to investment in the oil sector on the basis of two principles -- total transparency and non-discrimination between oil companies, whatever their nationality: Arab, European, Asian or American,' he said. [Thomson Financial]
Tuesday, 27 May, 2008: Two unlicensed pure-seiner fishing vessels owned by Azzopardi Fisheries have been charged in Libya with illegal import and swapping identity, after allegedly changing flag from Bolivian to Libyan in Malta, and taking the place of two separate vessels which are licensed by international authorities to fish for bluefin tuna. The Abdi Baba and Cevahir were impounded in the Libyan port of Al Khums in the past weeks, after sailing from Malta on 4 May. Both now face criminal charges for shipping irregularities, although MaltaToday is informed that the official inquiry into the case, conducted by Libyan authorities, may drag on for years. On Wednesday, MaltaToday revealed that Abdi Baba and Cevahir had been purchased from Turkey by AJD Tuna Ltd, a subsidiary of Azzopardi Fisheries, in partnership with French associates. They then sailed to Malta under the Bolivian flag and entered the Grand Harbour on 21 April. [Malta Today]
Monnday, 26 May, 2008: Singapore and Libya have inked an agreement that will see the Republic share its experience in developing small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) with the North African country. The agreement was signed in Libya on May 11 between the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE) and the National Economic Development Board (NEDB) of Libya, just three days after SM Goh Chok Tong made his first visit to Libya. To start the ball rolling, the SCE - a two-year-old government agency formed by the Trade and Industry and Foreign Affairs ministries - will work with the National University of Singapore Extension to further strengthen SME development efforts in Libya. The NUS Extension, the continuing education arm of Singapore's oldest local university, will conduct courses for its Libyan audience in areas such as financing models, human resource and technology development, the SCE said in a news release yesterday. [Business Times Online]
Tuesday, 27 May, 2008: The Liberian Sr National football squad the Lone Stars yesterday left for Tripoli for Tuesday's international friendly match against Libya. The Lone Star scheduled friendly against Morocco will not take place as planned. The Libyan National team also had an international friendly against Togo called off. This was due to the turmoil in the Togo camp about the head coach. Both teams looking for a replacement game facilitated this unplanned friendly. The Libyan FA sent a Charter to Morocco for the Lone Star team to ensure the tie take place in a reasonable time. Both teams have the opening matches of the joint Nations Cup / World Cup qualifiers this weekend. The Sr National team of Liberia touched down in Tripoli on Sunday. [Liberian Soccer]
Tuesday, 27 May, 2008: A former Siemens manager has gone on trial for his alleged role in a corruption scandal involving bribes to win overseas contracts. Reinhardt Siekaczek, 57 told a Munich court how he set up a number of slush funds to disguise the payments. He is charged with 58 counts of breach of trust, but is not accused of paying the bribes or benefiting from them. The scandal emerged in 2007 and has sparked probes in several countries. A number of current and former senior Siemens executives have been arrested since November 2006. The firm was fined 201m euros ($317m; £159.9m) by a Munich court last October over bribes its telecoms unit paid to government officials in Nigeria, Libya and Russia. After carrying out its own investigation, Siemens has acknowledged suspicious payments worth some 1.3bn euros. A former Siemens manager has gone on trial for his alleged role in a corruption scandal involving bribes to win overseas contracts. [BBC]
تعازي إلى آل فحيمة

( ما حدث ينم عن التخبط والحيرة والإرتباك!!؟؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( نظرات نقدية في الشعـر الشعبي (2)) بقلم : د. يونس فنوش

( ليبيا الخير.. عنوان أخترته لوطني ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( دردشة حول خطاب الهيكلية (2) ) بقلم : عبدالله الشبلي

( لمن سيكون المستقبل؟ ) بقلم : د. فتحي العكاري

مركز الدراسات الليبية : ( صور تاريخية نادرة لزلزال المرج )

Monday, 26 May, 2008: Early one morning in February 1991, Mr. Kanyotu found himself with a difficult assignment. His friends in the CIA had called with an urgent and unusual request. They had with them 600 Libyan dissidents they wanted sequestered in Kenya before they could be flown to a safe haven out of the reach of mercurial Libyan leader Qadhafi. As Nairobi slept, two US Air Force jets taxied at the far end of the apron. Unmarked buses from the Kenya Army were in place to transport the delicate human cargo. Before dawn, the Libyan exiles were sound asleep in their new, but temporary, Kenyan home. A Libyan commando force assembled near the Entebbe Airport in Uganda, ready to strike once the exact location of the secret camp holding Libyan dissidents in Kenya was established. Qadhafi’s first option was lightning air strike to bomb the camp. The other was to bring in a commando squad by land, raid the place and capture some of the dissidents. To keep him off-scent, Mr Kanyotu and the CIA put up several decoys that kept the Libyan intelligence operatives on a wild goose chase. Meanwhile, the Americans found a permanent refuge for the dissidents, and before the Libyan forces could strike they were secretly flown out of Kenya under cover of darkness. [Daily Nation]
Monday, 26 May, 2008: A consortium led by Algeria's Sonatrach state energy conglomerate signed an accord with Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) on Sunday to explore a permit area in Libya, Sonatrach said. The agreement, signed in Libya by NOC and Sonatrach International Petroleum Exploration and Production (SIPEX), India's Oil India Ltd and the Indian Oil Corporation , provides for exploration and production sharing at block 95/96 in the Ghadames basin near the Algerian-Libyan border, Sonatrach said in a statement on its website. SIPEX, the operator, is a unit of Sonatrach. The block was awarded to Sonatrach in December 2007 in Libya's first gas-focused licensing round. Libya wants to become a major gas producer and aims to increase production to 3 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) by 2010, with a potential for 3.8 bcfd by 2015, compared with 2.7 bcfd now. [Reuters]
Monday, 26 May, 2008: study ranks the United States 97th out of 140 countries according to how peaceful they were domestically and how they interacted with the outside world. The United States was still ahead of foe Iran which ranked 105th. It, however, lagged Belarus, Cuba, South Korea, Chile, Libya and others which were listed as more peaceful. Israel ranked 136th out of 140 according to the "Global Peace Index". The index was launched under the auspices of the Institute for Economics and Peace, a new think tank that looks at the relationship between economics, business and peace. The index looks at 24 indicators of external and internal measures of peace, including UN deployments overseas and levels of violent crime, respect for human rights, the number of soldiers killed overseas and arms sales. The Group of Eight major economic powers were a mixed bag. Japan ranked fifth, Canada 11th, Germany 14th, Italy 28th, France 36th and Britain 49th. Russia was near the bottom at 131st, the only one in the group below the United States. [Ynet]
الساطور : ( لجنة الدستور )

جديد ( المحطة 3 ـ كتب )

( ليبيا.. الإسلاميون والسلطة : بدايات خجولة لنهايات غامضة ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( أنت ضعيف.. أنت عميل ) بقلم : أحمد الفيتوري

( 25 مايو 1996.. إحدى فواجعنا التي لا تــُنسى ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

( الجيل الذي انحرف بالصراع ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( التعليم.. التعليم.. قبل فوات الأوان ) بقلم : ابراهيم صهد

Sunday, 25 May, 2008: Oil prices, which on Wednesday hit a record high above $130 a barrel, will probably rise even further, the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said. "It will go higher," Shokri Ghanem, head of NOC, told Reuters. "Even if OPEC can produce more, it will not affect the price." Oil hit a record high of $130.47 on Wednesday and is widely predicted to continue its climb. The price could hit $200 within the next two years, Goldman Sachs said earlier this month. Ghanem, said that OPEC would not lower prices, noted that the Saudi statement on Friday did not stop prices from rising. He also questioned whether OPEC was able to boost supply further. "I don't think OPEC can do anything," he said. The Libyan official also said that his country's production was not affected by a power outage last week. A sandstorm on May 13 caused a power outage at the Al-Baidha oilfield and at wells of the Tibisti field, the Jana news service said on Monday. [Reuters]
Sunday, 25 May, 2008: The former president of Somalia, Dr Abdiqasim Salad Hasan, has said he has spoken to Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi on the release of many Somalis held in Libyan jails. The former Somali president said that he had spoken and written to the Libyan leader asking him to free Somalis held in his country's jails. Abdiqasim Salad Hasan stated he has good relations with the Libyan leader, adding that he [Al-Qadhafi] would deport them. The former president also asked the Tanzanian government to release Somalis held in its jails. Abdiqasim Salad Hasan, the former president of the TNG government, who held a press conference at his residence later, said that this was not the first intrusion into his residence. He also pointed out that weapons taken away from his residence during a previous raid had not been returned. [MOLAW]
Sunday, 25 May, 2008: Nur Misuari, the founder of the Moro National Liberation Front and “Maas” (old wise man) to many Filipino Muslims of the Bangsamoro movement, has been restored to his preeminent place in the MNLF. This happened in Tripoli, Libya, in the presence of the Philippine Government’s Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Secretary Jesus Dureza, under the auspices of Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi - son of the Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi and chairman of the Qadhafi International Charity and Development Foundation. The Foundation has been a generous donor to Mindanao Development projects for many years. Libya has been a good friend of the Philippines since the Marcos regime. [Manila Times]
Sunday, 25 May, 2008: The general assembly of the Arab center for studies of arid zones and dry Lands choose Libya to the presidency of the executive board of the centre for two years at the conclusion of its meeting in Damascus. The General Assembly of the Center has decided the strategic work for the next ten years and its plan work for next year, also decided the conventions that have been held between its 8th and 29th sessions and the achievement in the field of agricultural research to develop the cultivation of palms and others. [LJBC]
Sunday, 25 May, 2008: Al-Mabrouk Oil, the Libyan unit of Total SA, bought a floating production platform from Exmar NV for a field that was shut in a month ago because of a drilling accident, Libya's state-oil company said. Al-Mabrouk had been operating the platform, called Farwa, on a lease from Exmar to pump oil from the al-Jurf field, National Oil Corp. (NOC) said on its Web site. It didn't give a purchase price or say whether the transaction was related to the accident. Al-Jurf was producing 45,000 barrels a day of oil. National Oil Chairman Shokri Ghanem said two days ago that production from the field may take another two months to resume. [Bloomberg]
الساطور : ( إزالة لغرض التطوير )

تعازي إلى آل الهوني

( زلزال المرج.. ذكريات وحكايات ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ثروة الليبيين لغيرهم..!! ) بقلم : موسى عبدالكريم

المثقفون الأحرار بمدينة بنغازي : إلى كل من يهتم بالمثقف الليبي

مونتي كارلو : هزة ارضية بقوة 4,2 درجات تضرب مدينة المرج

( الإسلام ، نحن والآخرون (2) ) بقلم : أمارير

On The Constitution?  By : Ghoma

تاوالت : ملف عمرو خليفة النامي المغيب قسراً

( قراءة فى فيلم "مصطفى البركى.. رجل من ليبيا" ) بقلم : أحمد المنفي

( نعم للرهان ولا للعبودية ) بقلم : عبدالله عبدالرحيم

( لماذا نكثت الدولة الليبية بوعودها وتمتنع عـن دفع حقوقي وأتعابي .. ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

Saturday, 24 May, 2008: The Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) has announced that an explosion resulted of natural causes occurred in the gas pipeline linking Al-Jabal and Ziltan more than a week ago and interrupted the flow of gas. The explosion did not cause any loss of life, the Libyan news agency JANA reported on 19 May. NOC said maintenance experts at the site undertook necessary measures to restore the pipeline, which was closed until maintenance is completed. Meanwhile, NOC also reported that in another incident in this case caused by a sandstorm, power shortage occurred in Al-Baidha oil field of Arabian Gulf Co. and the other occurred in the oil field of Fiba oil company's Tibisti wells. [African Path]
Saturday, 24 May, 2008: Switzerland destroyed nuclear arms plans seized as evidence in a case linking a Swiss family to Libya's now-abandoned atomic program. But President Pascal Couchepin stressed Friday it was to prevent them from falling into terrorists' hands. The documents formed part of a case against three members of the Tinner family who are suspected of involvement in the nuclear smuggling ring of Abdul Qadeer Khan, a key figure in Pakistan's atomic weapons program. Khan has admitted selling nuclear arms technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea. Couchepin said federal prosecutors discovered that the information contained in the files could be "explosive" for Switzerland's national security. [BC]
Saturday, 24 May, 2008: New Chipolopolo coach Herve Renard saw his lads threw a lead twice in Libya. Zambia took the lead in the first half courtesy of Emmanuel Mayuka goal but the arabs equalised to make it 1-1. Young Arrows' winger Lyainga Chiwanki then put Zambia ahead with a debut goal and again the Copperbullets allowed the Libyians to equalise. Zambia leaves for Iran today where they are expected to play another friendly on Suday. [The Zambian]
( إلإتحاد الليبي للمدافعين ) : الذكرى الأولى لرحيل الناشط الحقوقي حسين الفيتورى

( الكابـوس ) بقلم : ميلاد السوقي

Friday, 23 May, 2008: Houston [USA] Mayor Bill White, Rice University, the University of Houston (UH) and AECOM Technology Corp. today announced a collaborative program to train Libyan engineers to build and maintain homes, roads and water systems in their homeland. The initiative is part of a $50 billion-plus capital-improvement program managed by AECOM and the Libyan Housing and Infrastructure Board (HIB) to modernize urban housing and water systems for major Libyan cities. The project is being led from AECOM's Houston and Tripoli offices. "The City of Houston is excited and honored to host the Libyan engineers over the next year as part of this program," White said at a news conference at Rice University, where he welcomed three senior HIB executives who will be living in Houston for a year. "Our city will play an integral role in the sustainability of Libyan housing and infrastructure as the HIB professionals study our public agencies and learn from our top research universities." The initiative will include a civil and environmental engineering training program for HIB employees who are currently managing various parts of Libya's national infrastructure and housing. [EurekAlert]
Friday, 23 May, 2008: Malta's Foreign Minister Tonio Borg told Parliament that the current situation between Malta and Libya on oil exploration in the waters between the two countries was promising and he expected the long-awaited breakthrough to happen. Dr Borg was answering a series of supplementary parliamentary questions by Opposition leader Alfred Sant and Labour MP Joe Mizzi. In answer to the original question by Noel Farrugia (MLP), Dr Borg said the mixed commission between Malta and Libya was expected to meet later this year. Mr Mizzi asked if oil exploration was on the agenda. Replying in the affirmative, Dr Borg said the issue had been dragging on for too long and it was time for concrete progress. The matter had also been raised in a meeting last April and it had been agreed to move from general issues to more specific ones, such as joint exploration. With Libya, the government was discussing particular options in search of agreement. [Times of Malta]
Friday, 23 May, 2008: Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will soon meet with Muammar al-Qadhafi, the Libyan leader who tried to block the appointment of a minister over a T-shirt deemed offensive to Muslims. "We are setting up a meeting with Qadhafi, I can confirm that the prime minister intends to meet him," Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters on Thursday. Italy is OPEC member Libya's main European trade partner and Italian oil company ENI holds stakes in pipeline, natural gas and oil projects in Libya. Libya is also a major launching point for thousands of Africans who cross the Mediterranean every year to land on Italian shores as illegal immigrants. With many Italians blaming them for crime, Berlusconi launched some tough measures on Wednesday such as making illegal immigration a jailable offence. Earlier this month, Libya threatened to suspend cooperation on immigration after Berlusconi appointed Roberto Calderoli who, at the height of a 2006 row over Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, sported a T-shirt showing an offending cartoon. [Reuters]
Friday, 23 May, 2008: Libyam Finance Minister discussed with the Tunisian Finance Minister aspects of bilateral integration between the two countries and the means to promote it. During the meeting held yesterday in the Tunisian capital, the two sides stressed the importance of the rising levels of trade and economic exchange in customs and joint investment . The meeting comes on the margin of the preparatory committee meeting for the 21st session of the Libyan -Tunisian Joint Executive Committee due to begin tomorrow in Tunis. [LJBC]
Friday, 23 May, 2008: Sudan intends to reveal the names of countries that provided the support for the rebel attack on the capital last week, a Sudanese official said today. The speaker of the Sudanese national assembly Ahmed Ibrahim Al-Taher said that the Chad along with other countries provided the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) with military help in their attack. Al-Taher said in statements reported by the daily Al-Rayaam said that severing relations with Chad was a “natural reaction” but ruled out a declaration of war. Sudanese officials have persistently hinted at the involvement of Libya and to a lesser extent France in the deadly attack near Khartoum. One source in Khartoum speaking to Sudan Tribune on condition of anonymity said there are unconfirmed reports being circulated at the highest levels of government speaking of Libyan planes dropping off JEM fighters and weapons near the Jebel Uwainat area located at the border triangle of Libya-Egypt-Sudan. [ST]
( الدستور: تدوين حقوق أم ممارستها؟ (2) ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

( فصل الخطاب في بيان مخالفة فلم الرسالة للصواب (4) ) بقلم : المحمودي

( عـركة ... دونكم ) بقلم : السيّدة ستار

Dr Fathi Akkari : The Love of Libya (3)

Thursday, 22 May, 2008: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has promised Libya's leader Muammar al-Qadhafi to bolster economic and military ties with Tripoli. Putin and Qaddafi spoke on the phone and agreed to continue "the useful confidential dialogue between the two countries and noted mutual interest in boosting cooperation in both civil and military spheres," a statement said on Tuesday according to AFP. Putin "stressed the need to realize the accords cinched during the recent Russo-Libyan summit and affirmed that as prime minister, he intended to give it all due attention," it added. Libya has had its debt -- estimated at $4.5 billion -- to the Soviet Union waived in return for important contracts to Russian companies. [PressTV]
Thursday, 22 May, 2008: A joint Master's degree in oncology offered by the University of Palermo and a project in the agriculture sector of the University of Reggio Calabria: the scientific and teaching projects between Italy and Libya are on the go. In fact, these days the management of the new Italian-Libyan foundation, comprising three Sicilian universities (Palermo, Messina and Catania), the Mediterranean University of Reggio Calabria and the Libyan Academy, convened in Tripoli (Libya) to officially open the activities. "It was a satisfactory meeting in which a clear willingness of collaboration between the four Italian institutions and Libya emerged," rector of the University of Palermo Giuseppe Silvestri, who is also chairman of the foundation, said. The project for the foundation was created in 2004 with the aim of channelling the relations between the research and higher education institutions in Libya and Italy within a stable and structured normative framework. [AnsaMed]
Thursday, 22 May, 2008: Libya is launching a huge domestic investment programme - some $150 billion in urban planning and infrastructure projects - is not a novelty, but new information is quantifying the allocation for Tripolì's investments abroad in the next years: $100 billion. So revealed a meeting organised at Assolombarda on the opportunities for Italian firms in Libya. As Libyan Ambassador Hafed Gaddur stated, "The cooperation between Italy and Libya must come back to more profitable and extend to other sectors outside the ones in which it is centred today: our strong investments will attract many foreign operators, but we need above all an industry based on the small and medium-sized enterprises", a specialty of "made in Italy". "The interest in this meeting, in which a highly qualified Libyan delegation took part, represents a signal of easing tensions after the recent diplomatic turbulences, but also an important opportunity for business for both sides," Giuseppe Castelli, deputy chairman for internationalisation of association of Confindustria of Milan and province, added. [AnsaMed]
Thursday, 22 May, 2008: Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality has been retained by the Government of Libya to provide expert advice on shaping the future of its tourism industry through the master planning of 300km of virgin Mediterranean coast line. The Al Birdi Coastal Development Project represents a fundamental step change in Libya's recognition of the importance that tourism can play in its national economy. Despite being the fourth largest country in Africa, Libya only attracts 0.6 million international tourists, 10% of its neighbouring countries tourism arrivals (Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt). The opportunity now exists to sensitively and imaginatively create a new hub for tourism in the north-east of the country towards the Egyptian border. The 300km stretch of coastline includes some dramatic scenery with coastal inlets, sandy beaches and cliff top views and what can be described as a blank canvas to design and implement the most significant tourism developments in Libya. Working in partnership with local Government representatives and an appointed Master Planner, Cushman & Wakefield Hospitality will advise on the most appropriate tourism products and infrastructure requirements along this stretch of coastline and the test the feasibility of any recommendations. This initial phase of study is due to be completed by the end of 2008. [Hotels]
مدوّنة ليبية جديدة : ( ناجي الفيتوري : بنغازي )     مدوّنات ليبية أخرى

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : ( بيان حول قرارات القذافي بخصوص إلغاء التعليم )

( من هو السويسري جان زقلير؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( نظرات نقدية في الشعـر الشعبي (1)) بقلم : د. يونس فنوش

Wednesday, 21 May, 2008: Abu Dhabi's First Gulf Bank FBG.AD said on Tuesday its Libyan affiliate had won approval to start operations in the North African country. "The Central Bank of Libya announced today that it had granted the First Gulf Libyan Bank (FGLB), owned equally between First Gulf Bank and the Economic and Social Fund of Libya, the approval...to start its operations in Libya," the lender said in a statement. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 21 May, 2008: Libya's air transport sector is being reshaped through government investment, mergers and privatisation in a series of moves aimed at throwing off the yoke of a quarter century of economic sanctions against the country. Five years after the re-admittance of Libya into the international community, the country is still feeling the effects of the long years of embargo, and bitterness persists over sanctions that appeared specifically targeted at the air transport sector, effectively isolating Libya from the rest of the world. But a $4.8 billion government investment in airport and airspace infrastructure and a planned merger and privatisation of its airlines aims to ­revitalise the industry and bring the country back up to international standards. The first steps to resolve the anomaly of two state-owned airlines - Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways - have now been taken. Both airlines, together with business jet operator United Aviation and the handling, maintenance and catering companies, have been grouped under an umbrella organisation, Libyan African Aviation Holding Company, created to oversee a co-ordinated development of Libya's air transport sector. [Flight International]
Wednesday, 21 May, 2008: UAE investments in Libya have doubled in just two months, reaching more than one billion dollars (Dh3.67 bn), making the Emirates one of the largest investors in a country that is undergoing a radical redevelopment programme. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Presidential Affairs and board chairman of the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), signed an agreement yesterday with Hamed Al Hadairi, the chairman of the Economic and Social Development Fund (ESDF) in Libya to form a joint venture company worth $600 million. The newly created company, called UAE-Libyan Holding Company, will predominantly invest in property, tourism, and energy projects in Libya. [The National]
Wednesday, 21 May, 2008: Malta's Foreign Minister Tonio Borg told Parliament this evening that the current situation between Malta and Libya on oil exploration in the waters between the two countries was promising and he expected the long-awaited breakthrough on joint exploration to happen. Dr Borg was answering a series of supplementary parliamentary questions by Opposition leader Alfred Sant and Labour MP Joe Mizzi. He said matter had been raised at a meeting last month and it had been agreed to move from general issues to more specific ones, such as joint exploration. Dr Sant said it seemed that the major issue was whether there should be bilateral or multilateral agreement. In the past the government had been of the opinion that Malta’s interests would not be best served by a multilateral agreement, for various reasons. In 1985 the International Court of Justice had decided on a demarcation line just north of the median line between Malta and Libya, to the latter’s advantage. The areas to the east of that demarcation were disputed by Libya and Italy, while the situation west of the line was more complicated because even Tunisia was disputing. [Times Of Malta]
Wednesday, 21 May, 2008: Marco Island’s Mercedes Farhat will be the first female to swim for Libya in the XXIX Olympiad in Beijing. Opening ceremonies are Aug. 8. Farhat will be representing Libya, her father Kamal’s home country. He goes as her coach. An outstanding Lely high school swimmer, going to the state championships all four years in high school, Farhat knows she will not be in the medal running. However, her swimming sets a precedent for a country where there is no organized ladies swim team. When Farhat competed in the World Championships in April she and only three Libya men took part. The Olympic adventure started three years ago when her dad made the suggestion. Her dad, also a U.S. Citizen, left Libya about 30 years ago, but does have family there. His sister, Turya Farhat, recently became a Libya Olympic Committee member. Mercedes Farhat, who was born in Strongsville, Ohio, obtained dual citizenship to allow her to compete. In getting her citizenship she had to take on a Libyan first name, Asmhan. [Marco News]
( خطاب بوش اليوم يثير السخرية والإشمئزاز معاً!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( إسلام ضد الإسلام : شريعة من ورق ) بقلم : الصادق النيهوم

Tuesday, 20 May, 2008: India's ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) plans to relinquish its onshore exploration block in Ghadames basin, Libya, in favour of the National Oil Company (NOC), as OVL and its partner Turkish Petroleum Overseas Company (TPOC) felt that the prospects were not very attractive commercially. Sources said that in Block NC 188, while OVL holds 49 per cent stake, TPOC, subsidiary of Turkish national oil company, held the remaining 51 per cent participating interest (PI) and is the operator. “After finishing the work programme commitments, the two partners have agreed to relinquish the asset as they felt that the block does not hold significant potential,” sources told Business Line. After completing the seismic surveys in the area, two exploratory wells were drilled in Block NC-188 which were plugged and abandoned as dry wells. Subsequently, the exploration phase of the block has been extended till June 11, 2009. [The Hindu Business Line]
Tuesday, 20 May, 2008: Morocco's state-owned phosphate facility Office Cherifien des Phosphate (OCP) and Libya Africa Investment Portfolio (LAIP) signed on Sunday a one-billion U.S. dollar memorandum to build three phosphate derivatives plants, the official MAP news agency reported. The plants will respectively produce phosphoric acid, ammonium hydroxide and fertilizers, the report said. The first plant, worth 350 million U.S. dollars, will be built in the phosphate-rich region of Jorf Lasfar, Morocco; the second one worth 500 million U.S. dollars will be built in Libya; and the third designed to produce fertilizers will be constructed in one of the two countries on common consent. The plants are expected to produce one million tons of phosphoric acids, 800,000 tons of ammonium dioxide and one million tons of fertilizers. The Jorf Phosphate Hub includes ten units that produce 2.5 million tons of fertilizers. This production is due to attain ten million tons by 2015. [Xinhua]
Tuesday, 20 May, 2008: Libya leader Qadhafi has expressed regret at what he called the failure of Arab unity, saying that a community living in the same space should defend the interest of its members. At a meeting with representatives from the region of Djabal Gharbi, about 200 km South-west of Tripoli, at the weekend, Col. Qadhafi said a new world map was taking shape in vast spaces "based on geographic and demographic consideration, rather than on national, linguistic, religious or racial ones". He added that Arab countries should merge into a genuine political grouping to defend their interests on the world stage. "The phase of nationalist, linguistic, religious or racial unity is over and has given way to a new phase taking demography fully into account and based on the belief that the destiny of any community living in the same space is unique, regardless of colour, race, language or religion. ''The European Union (and) the United States are a testimony to that," he said in his address to representatives of the youth, women and local government from the Djabal Gharbi region. [Pana]
Tuesday, 20 May, 2008: Libya's al-Jurf oilfield, where 45,000 barrels a day of production have been halted for almost a month, may need two more months to resume output because well repairs are more difficult than expected, Libya's top oil official said. "It's a big damage," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of state-run National Oil Corp., said today by telephone from Tripoli. "It will take a month or two. The whole field should stay shut for safety reasons." Ghanem said May 9 he hoped the offshore field, operated by Total SA of France, could be restarted within six weeks. Output was shut in after equipment drilling the B-18 gas- injection well ran off course and damaged the B-12 production well, Total spokesman Kevin Church said by telephone, adding that operations should resume in "several weeks." Gas injection helps increase the yield of the oilfield. The al-Jurf deposit is located 100 kilometers (62 miles) off western Libya at a depth of 90 meters (295 feet). National Oil has a 50 percent stake, Total holds 37.5 percent and Wintershall AG, a unit of BASF SE, owns 12.5 percent. [Bloomberg]
تعازي إلى آل ادغيم

موقع ليبي جديد : ( صحيفة "قورينا" )

( الإعلام ورحلة البحث عـن الإستقلال ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

( مملكة الشر والقضايا العربية ) بقلم : سليمان الشجاع

( الرهان..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( السيرة النبوية (41) ) بقلم : د. علي محمد الصلابي

Monday, 19 May, 2008: A senior Sudanese official today accused an “international power” of helping a Darfur rebel group in its attack on the capital. The Sudanese defense minister Abdel-Rahim Hussein told the state radio that the country helped Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) fighters avoid government troops by providing them with satellite intelligence. Khartoum has been furious at France for hosting leader of Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) Abdel-Wahid Al-Nur. Hussein also accused a regional bank of funding the operation believed by many to be Libyan owned. However the manager of the Libyan Sahel-Saharan bank in Sudan Mahmoud Hassan who spoke to the daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat denied any involvement in the rebel attack. [ST]
Monday, 19 May, 2008: Libya hosts the 1st world scientific symposium on Energy and the climate changes in the countries bordering the Mediterranean and North Africa with the participation of experts and specialists from universities and research centers from Libya, Egypt, Morocco, France, Britain, Germany and Sweden. The seminar will be held during the period from 20th to 22nd of this month with the cooperation of the National Oil Corporation, the General People's Committee for transport hosted by the National Centre for Meteorology. [LJBC]
تعزية إلى آل الحاسي

( حكاية الفرسان الثلاثة ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( لجنة التضامن ) : حملة منظمة العفو من أجل اطلاق سراح المناضل بوفايد ورفاقه

الساطور : ( استاذ أحمد عمره ما قصّر )

سليم الرقعي : ( رسالة صوتية إلى معمر القذافي )

( رجاها طايل ) غناء : عبدالقادر الحبيب

( دردشة حول خطاب الهيكلية (1) ) بقلم : عبدالله الشبلي

Sunday, 18 May, 2008: Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi decided to exonerate Algerians from paying the 1000 Euros entry tax to Libya. The two counties agreed to put an end to the crisis resulting in Tripoli decision to impose a visa for the entry of foreigners including Maghrebans. Libyan PM Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi unveiled that all the constraints to the movement of persons and commercial exchanges will be lifted alluding to the entry tax to the Libyan territories. Al-Mahmoudi said that the two governments are resolved to lift all the obstacles impeding cooperation between the two countries. He said that he bares a message to president Bouteflika from Qadhafi concerning cooperation strengthening between the two countries. Algerian PM Abdelaziz Belkhadem in his opening statement, called the Maghrebans tacitly to stop linking the Maghreban edifice to the West Sahara conflict. “We have to increase efforts to achieve the Maghreb Arab Union (MAU) project," he said. [El-Khabar]
Sunday, 18 May, 2008: The Libyan authorities have broken up a drug network and seized hashish, heroin and cocaine as well as alcohol, the interior ministry said in a statement on Saturday. "A group of people were arrested for importing and trafficking in drugs and other narcotics," the ministry said, without saying how many people were detained. The authorities seized 200 kilos (440 pounds) of hashish as well as 500 grams of heroin and cocaine and an unspecified quantity of alcohol. The consumption of alcohol, banned by Islam, is strictly prohibited in Libya. Drug trafficking carries the death penalty. In July the authorities destroyed 12 tonnes of hashish and 42 000 narcotic pills, which the ministry had said was enough to kill more than 30 000 people. Libya is a key transit route for drugs that come mainly from Egypt, Morocco and Turkey. [Sapa/AFP]
Sunday, 18 May, 2008: A European Union-led patrol mission against illegal immigration in the Mediterranean began on Saturday, May 17. The mission is scheduled to last 23 weeks in a bid to assist and possibly halt the voyage of hundreds of fleeing Africans reaching Europe by boat. Malta, Italy, France and Germany will be the main EU states participating in the operation contributing various naval and aeronautic assets to cover the region, particularly the strait between southern Italy, Malta and Libya. The start of this year's mission was postponed by almost a month following initial disagreement over who should take final responsibility for illegal immigrants saved in the search and rescue area off Libya. The North African country has once again refused to participate in the Frontex mission. On Friday, a group of 28 would-be illegal immigrants were brought ashore to Malta after their boat capsized some 65 nautical miles off the island. [DW-World]
Sunday, 18 May, 2008: The European Union executive will lay out its vision next week for a EU-Mediterranean Union but leave open where it will be based and who will head the initiative on the European side. Time is running out for the EU to finalise the project if it is to be launched by France, the bloc's next president, at a summit in Paris on July 13. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has scaled back his original plans for the union, meant to enhance political and economic ties, after Germany voiced fears it would split the EU and divert funds from elsewhere. A proposal due to be adopted by the European Commission next week will endorse establishing a new secretariat, but is expected to state that this could be located "either in the EU or in a Mediterranean partner country", according to a preliminary draft seen by Reuters. The draft also stresses that the project should encompass all 27 EU states and members and observers of an existing Euro-Mediterranean partnership. The latter are Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, the Palestinian Authority, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Albania, as well as Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Monaco. [Reuters]
Sunday, 18 May, 2008: The Libyan media this week echoed the holding of the ninth conference of the Organisation of the African Trade Union Unity (OATUU) in Libya and the meeting of the leaders of African workers' unions with Libyan leader Qadahfi who re-iterated the need for African unity. Citing the meeting between Qadhafi and unions' leaders in Tripoli, the daily "Al-Jamahiriya" called for the unity of the African continent. The same paper published extracts from the speech delivered to the African labou runion leaders by Qadhafi saying, "if Africa fails to proclaim a unified entity grouping 50 states, it will remain for ever underdeveloped and will even be re-colonised". "Al-Shams" on its part wrote on the food security this week in Libya. The paper links the price hike to speculation and use of food crops in fuel production but also due to drought caused to climate change. "Al-Zahf Al-Akhdar" published a speech by Qadhafi in 1978 with some extracts where he was speaking about disregard for agriculture in Libya and its negative impact on arable lands and production as well as a warning against agricultural policy that was damaging the soil and decreasing production. The Libyan leader had also cautioned against a full trade liberalisation and its misuse by the population. [PANA]
( هل التشريعات الليبية متمشية مع المعايير..؟؟ ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

( توريث العار..!! ) بقلم : صقر بلال

فتحي بن خليفة : الأمازيغ والفلسفة (2)

( من الخصيان المدني إلى العصيان المسلح ) بقلم : يوسف المجريسي

( الدرر البهية في بيان بعـض فضائل شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية (1) ) بقلم : المحمودي

Libya And Italy: A Storm In A Teacup, Or There's More To It?  By : Ghoma

Saturday, 17 May, 2008: Recently, Libyan strongman Qadhafi wrote a letter to President Bush, asking: Where are we going with our relationship? Five years ago, the Bush administration helped persuade Libya -- for decades one of the world's leading sponsors of terrorism -- to scrap its nuclear ambitions and dismantle its terror infrastructure. According to Libyan diplomats who have seen the letter, sent in early March, Col. Qadhafi is threatening to freeze Libya's rapprochement with the U.S. amid feelings that Washington didn't follow through with the economic and political incentives that were promised. Particularly galling to Tripoli: A new law, passed by Congress in January, that lets American victims of state-sponsored terrorism seize Libyan assets in the U.S., as well as the assets of companies doing business with Tripoli. That law is seen as a new form of economic sanctions. Indeed, in recent weeks, lawyers representing victims of Libyan-linked attacks -- particularly the 1986 bombing of the La Belle disco in Berlin -- have started placing liens on the assets of companies and individuals doing business with Libya. Among the firms targeted are ExxonMobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp., attorneys say. "We were supposed to be the model, but what did we actually gain?" asks Abdulati al-Obidi, a former Libyan prime minister who led much of the negotiations with the U.S. [WSJ]
Saturday, 17 May, 2008: Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi accused Europe of deliberately provoking the drowning of illegal African migrants as they attempt to reach Europe by sea, the official JANA news agency reported on Friday. "Dozens (of migrants) die and hundreds drown or are drowned deliberately," the official Libyan news agency quoted Qadhafi as saying during a meeting on Thursday with African Union leaders. "Europe is trying to defend itself and is doing everything to prevent the migrants from reaching its shores," Kadhafi said without mentioning any one European nation. He claimed that Europeans were "overturning" boats full of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea during what he alleged were fake rescue operations. "This tragedy is real. A war is being waged in the Mediterranean against the Africans," Qadhafi said. The Italian interior ministry recently said that 16,482 illegal immigrants landed in Italy last year, adding that they probably came from Libya. [AFP]
سليم الرقعي : ( يا وطنـّا )

الساطور : ( في انتظار الذي يأتي ولا يأتي )

محمد بن احميدة : ( منظمة العفو الدولية ـ هولندا ـ تكرّم المناضل ادريس بوفايد )

( فلترتفع الأصوات مع اللواج والبعجة ) بقلم : د. عبدالله جبريل

( قراءة متأنية للدكتور فتحي البعجة ) بقلم : عمر العقاد

( درنة الليبية ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

( تلاقح الحضارات! (2) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

Friday, 16 May, 2008: The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) welcomes the Libyan government's help to maintain ceasefire in Mindanao, the Philippines, but is skeptical over Libyan peace monitors in taking the International Monitoring Team's (IMT) lead role. MILF deputy chair for political affairs Ghazali Jaafar said the IMT Terms of Reference (TOR) explicitly provided that the IMT shall be headed by Malaysia, but other countries and international organizations, as may be agreed by both the MILF and the Government of the Philippines, shall be invited to participate in the team. MILF deputy chair for information Khaled Musa accused Secretary Norberto Gonzales and Secretary Jesus Dureza of bad faith "for trying to secure the nods of our Libyan brothers on board the IMT in full force without following the TOR of the IMT." "This is sowing intrigues and darkness among the direct players in the peace talks. This is unacceptable; it will not work," Musa said. [Sun Star]
Friday, 16 May, 2008: The Secretary General of the CEN-SAD Community (the Community of Sahel-Saharan states), Mohammed Al-Madani Al-Azhari, examined in Tripoli with the British government special envoy to Sudan, Michael O' Neil, the latest developments in Sudan. Mr. Al-Azhari, in this context, informed the British official about the viewpoint of the CEN-SAD regarding the “serious” events occurring in Sudan; he also noted the CEN-SAD “categorical refusal of the internationalization of the African problems ". The Secretary General of the CEN-SAD stressed that the regional group has elected Leader Qadhafi to find the adequate solutions to end the insecurity in Sudan. On his part, the British government’s special envoy in Sudan highlighted, during the meeting, the essential role of Leader Qadhafi and Libya in the examination of the adequate solutions to the problems which are slowing down the process of development in some areas in the African continent. [AlArab OnLine]
Friday, 16 May, 2008: Libyan authorities have arrested 240 illegal immigrants and are preparing to repatriate them, the interior ministry said on Thursday. Those detained in operations around the country were of various nationalities, a statement said without giving details. With 1,770 kilometres, Libya is a popular jumping off point for people seeking to reach Europe from elsewhere in Africa. Malta and the Italian island of Lampedusa are only a few hundred kilometres away. The Italian interior ministry recently said 16,482 illegal immigrants landed in Italy last year, adding that they probably came from Libya. In December, Tripoli and Rome signed an accord to cooperate in the battle against illegal immigration, which includes joint sea patrols. [Reuters]
Friday, 16 May, 2008: The Libyan Government has again deported Nigerians residing in the North African country for crimes ranging from incomplete immigration documents to other illicit activities. One hundred and sixty three Nigerian were forcefully brought back into the country yesterday through the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos. Many of the deportees, who wore sad, forlorn faces, were women and children. They reluctantly walked through immigration and other security checks raining curses on Libyan authorities who deported them. One of the deportees who identified herself as Joy, told newsmen that she was working as a hairdresser and she was in shop when she was arrested and taken to deportation camp. With tears in her eyes, she said that the job she was doing was a legitimate one and wondered why Libyan government arrested her, describing government's action as unfair, but admitted that her immigration documents were yet to be regularised. [This Day]
( قبل فوات الأوان ) بقلم : عـبدالمنصف البوري

( ليبيا إلى أين؟ بل انت إلى أين؟ ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

( الإستراتيجية الشاملة لنصرة النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم ) بقلم : د. علي الصلابي

( فايزة الباشا والوثيقة الخضراء ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

( هل العرب على شفا عصر التنوير؟ ) تقرير : عمر الكدي

Thursday, 15 May, 2008: Libya's Central Bank on Tuesday launched repurchase agreements for the first time as part of reforming the country's banking system. "The Central Bank reached accords today with the country's main banks to launch repurchase agreements. Such agreements did not exist in the banking system before and they are new. The repurchases rate are fixed at 4.25 percent for now," Ali Ramadane Chnebech, the bank's research department chief, said. "The Central Bank would have a new tool to manage in an indirect way the liquidity of the banking system," he told Reuters by telephone from the Central Bank's headquarters in Tripoli. The Central Bank started also an electronic auction trading system on 91-day treasury bills and hiked the rate for certificates of deposits to 2.25 percent from 1.75 percent. "The RTGS (Real Time Gross Settlement) auction system is also new. It replaced the old system of papers. It allows rapid access to the market by banks and permits the central bank to mop up liquidity when the need arises," Chnebech added. [Reuters]
Thursday, 15 May, 2008: The Togolese national football team is to lock horns 25 May in Tripoli with Libya in an international friendly tie which will count for their preparations for the joint 2010 World Cup/African Cup finals, sources close to the Togolese Football Federation (FTF) told PANA. The Togolese team, preparing for its first match against Zambia, will test its players who did not participate in the last Nations cup finals in Ghana. The Togolese will play with a young team led by Skipper and Arsenal star Emmanuel Adebayor. Frenchman Henri Stambouli, approached to coach the Togolese team, is yet to sign his contract with Togolese officials. [Pana]
Thursday, 15 May, 2008: A Sudanese official today accused foreign countries besides Chad of providing support to Darfur rebel assault on the capital. The director of political affairs at the ruling National Congress Party Mandoor Al-Mahdi told the daily Al-Hayat newspaper that a “neighboring country” and a “Western intelligence agency” were involved in Saturday’s assault by Darfur Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Some political analysts speaking to Sudan Tribune said that the Chadian government does not have the means to provide the amount of support that enabled them to reach the capital and suggested that Libya has something to do with it. “The Libyans were slow in condemning the attack. Al-Bashir [Sudan president] exchanged calls with the Egyptians, Saudis and even the Jordanians and Syrians but not with Al-Qadhafi [Libyan president]. ” one analyst told Sudan Tribune. “I find that very strange” he added. Some reports have mentioned that Libya is not happy with Sudan’s support to rebel leader Mohamed Nouri, from the Qura’an tribe, opposed to Chadian president Idriss Deby. Libya also played a key role to foil the February coup, believed to be backed by Sudan, against Deby. [ST]
Thursday, 15 May, 2008: Countries such as China whose land can not feed their public started to buy fields from other countries. The most popular fields are in Ukraine. Ukraine lent the field of 200 thousand hectares to Libya for sowing wheat. One investment company purchased a field of 30 thousand hectares in Ukraine. China is worried about feeding its rapidly increasing population from Siberia region of Russia. [Sabah]
Thursday, 15 May, 2008: Muammar al-Qadhafi's Libyan government ran a training camp in the 1980s that prepared Charles Taylor's troops to seize power in the West African nation of Liberia, a key witness at Taylor's war crimes trial testified Wednesday. Moses Blah, who served as vice president under Taylor after he rose to power in Liberia, is the highest-ranking witness to testify against his former boss since the trial began early this year in the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone. Blah's testimony was the strongest link yet in the prosecution's case against Taylor that Qadhafi had a hand in his rise to power and also linked the Libyan leader to other bloody African insurgencies. Taylor has pleaded not guilty to charges that include murder, rape, torture and enlisting child soldiers during the 10-year civil war in neighboring Sierra Leone that ended in 2002. Prosecutors allege he orchestrated the atrocities from his presidential power base in Monrovia. Blah said he was among about 180 rebels recruited by Taylor and flown to Libya in the late 1980s to undergo months of military training. The fighters learned to use AK-47 assault rifles and surface-to-air missiles at a military camp near Tripoli, he said. Rebels from countries including Gambia, the Philippines and Sierra Leone were also at the camp, Blah said. Among them was Sam Bockarie, one of the Sierra Leone rebels who Taylor is accused of supporting. "Bockarie called him 'chief,'" Blah said. Taylor's forces entered Liberia late in 1989, triggering a civil war that lasted years and left thousands dead. After Taylor grabbed power in Liberia, Qadhafi sent Taylor's regime a shipment of crude oil to sell so the proceeds could be used to buy "military hardware," Blah said. [AP]
تعازي إلى آل الجهاني

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : ( بيان صحفي : اجتماع المكتب الدائم )

( ليبيا ومجلس الأمن ودروس الأخلاق الزائفة ) ترجمة : رمضان جربوع

Wednesday, 14 May, 2008: Immigration officials in the northern Nigerian city of Kano said Tuesday they have arrested a suspected human trafficker with 21 victims, some of them teenagers, bound for Libya. "Our men on Monday apprehended a man suspected to be a human trafficker with 21 victims, 16 of them girls, between the ages of 16 and 30 at a motor park in the city heading for Libya," Oemi Bio Ockiya, head of the Kano immigration authorities, said while presenting those arrested to reporters. Ockiya said the suspected trafficker, a Nigerian national and a resident of Libya, Samuel Osagie, told the victims' parents he was taking them to Libya ostensibly to work as maids and labourers. Each of the trafficked persons was to pay Osagie a fee of $1,272. Ockiya said the 16 girls in the group had arranged with Osagie to pay their fees out of the money they would earn once in Europe, their final destination. Ockiya said that the money would come from prostitution. [AfricAsia]
Wednesday, 14 May, 2008: Forty-seven illegal migrants died of starvation and cold after the engine of rickety boat transporting them from Libya to Italy broke down, a Tunisian newspaper reported on Monday. Sixteeen other migrants, who survived the tragedy, dumped the 47 bodies on the Mediterranean sea in a bid to prevent the boat from sinking, the weekly Assabah el Ousboue said, quoting security officials who had been briefed by survivors. The wind pushed the damaged boat towards Tunisia's shore where coastguard rescued the 16 would-be migrants. The migrants left the coastal Libyan city of Zawara last week. Three corpses, believed to be those of the dead migrants, washed up near the coast village of Bekalta, some 250 km (150 miles) southeast of Tunis. Last year, nearly 20,000 migrants arrived in Italy by boat from North Africa. At least 471 were reported dead or missing after hazardous journeys, according to the United Nations and migrant defence groups. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 14 May, 2008: Former Liberian president Moses Blah is due to testify in an open session of the ongoing trial against Charles Taylor in the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague, the court announced in a press statement on Tuesday. Moses Blah served as Liberia's vice president under Charles Taylor, and became president in August of 2003, following Taylor's departure from the country. Blah was trained in Libya in the 1980s and was among the founders of the National Patriotic Front of Liberia (NPFL), a rebel group that initiated and participated in the Liberian Civil War. Blah is expected to testify about the relations between Libya and Liberia during Taylor's presidency. Libya was allegedly responsible for providing Taylor with weapons and ammunition, later used to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity. [MandC]
تاوالت : ( ذاكرة الظل ـ للمخرج ؤمادي يفتتح مهرجان مكناس الدولي )

فتحية حسين مازق : ( في الذكري الثانية لرحيلك يا أبي )

( الدستور: تدوين حقوق أم ممارستها؟ (1) ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

لجين عبدالمولى دغمان : ( السيّد حسين مازق.. في الذكرى الثانية لرحيله )

Tuesday, 13 May, 2008: Nigeria is prepared to receive 314 Nigerians detained as illegal immigrants from Libya, Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Ojo Maduekwe said Monday in Abuja. 'The Nigerian mission in Libya has screened and issued emergency travel certificates to them, while pursuing a permit for the Libyan plane to land in Nigeria,' he said. Maduekwe said that the first returnees would arrive Wednesday, while the second group would land Thursday in Nigeria. 'This is a fallout of an inter-ministerial body set up by the Nigerian government to look into cases of deportation of Nigerians from Libya,' he said. Many Nigerians who migrated into Libya in the past with the hope of traveling to Europe had been deported by Tripoli after serving jail terms in Libya. [MandC]
Tuesday, 13 May, 2008: The Libyan government on Monday agreed to send 25 ceasefire monitors for the ceasefire between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), a top government adviser said. National Security Adviser Sec. Norberto Gonzales, who is currently in Tripoli, Libya, told Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Secretary Jesus Dureza that the Libyan government will send an initial four peacekeepers for the Mindanao ceasefire. The four will join six other Libyan peackeepers already in Iligan City currently assigned to the International Monitoring Team (IMT) site there. They will complete the 10-member contingent the country committed in 2004, Dureza said. "We welcome this good news. We thank this gesture of faith to our peace process, and we continue to hope for Libya's participation in the IMT," Dureza told ABS-CBN News. [ABS-CBN]
Tuesday, 13 May, 2008: The Brazilian minister of Foreign Trade, Celso Amorim, is on a visit today (12) in Libya, an Arab country located in North Africa. According to information supplied by the press advisory at the Itamaraty (Brazilian foreign office), the minister's schedule includes a meeting with the Libyan ministers of Foreign Affairs, Abderrahman Chalgam, and of Public Works, Abuzeid Omar Dorda. Minister Celso Amorim also has appointments scheduled with Brazilian businessmen operating in Libya. According to the Itamaraty, Brazilian service supplier companies are responsible for large infrastructure projects in Libya. Brazilian oil company Petrobras, which is present in Tripoli since 2005, is conducting offshore oil bloc research. [Anba]
Tuesday, 13 May, 2008: Parliament Speaker Yahya al-Ra'ei received here on Sunday an invitation from the Secretary of the General Peoples Congress Muftah Kaiba to visit Libya. The invitation was handed over to al-Ra'ei during his meeting with the foreign affairs secretary of the Libyan General People Congress (GPC) Suleiman Ash-shahumi. The visit would include holding talks over the bilateral relation between the parliament and the Libyan GPC and exchanging views over the Arab, local and global issues of common concerns. [Saba]
الساطور : ( بلا مضايقات! )

( صاحب الثلاث جوازات سفر.. أين الصور؟ ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

مصطفى البتير : ( أرسمها دونك يا رسّام )

( مافيا الصعاليك : هل ستصبح ليبيا دولة كليبتوقراطية؟ ) بقلم : تامر الزيات

فتحي بن خليفة : الأمازيغ والفلسفة (1)

( ادريس وجمال وفتحي في هامبورغ ) بقلم : محمد بن احميدة

( قصة فتحي الجهمي على ضوء رسائله.. (2) ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

Monday, 12 May, 2008: Libya is re-examining some of the agreements with ENI, following the Calderoli case, a representative of the Libyan National Oil Corporation (NOC) said, according to reports from the online edition of the Wall Street Journal. "The agreements with ENI are being revised. The Libyan government is very angry for what is happening in Italy with Calderoli", the top manager of the NOC said. The chairman of the NOC, Shokri Ghanem, did not confirm neither denied that Libya is revising the deals with ENI and added only that "there are many angry people for what is happening in Italy". ENI did not make comments on the matter. [ANSAmed]
Monday, 12 May, 2008: Kuwait's Investors Holding plans to set up a $2 billion investment firm with the Libyan government and offer half the new company to foreign investors, the company said on Sunday. Investors has signed a memorandum of understanding with Libya to create the firm, with each holding 25 percent and the remainder sold to strategic investors, the company said in a statement on the Kuwait bourse website. He said both sides would be targeting institutional investors in several countries in the Middle East in a private placement for which details had still to be decided. The new company will undertake several large projects, including energy investments in Libya and other countries in North Africa and the Middle East. Investors said a committee would look at potential deals in tourism, real estate, financial services, transport and telecommunications. [Reuters]
Monday, 12 May, 2008: Libya has approved the Philippine government’s request to lead the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in lieu of Malaysia, which has started its gradual pull out from the multi-national peacekeeping contingent overseeing the ceasefire in the troubled south. The Malaysian-led IMT, composed of police and military personnel from Malaysia, Brunei, Libya, and a rehabilitation expert from Japan, has been monitoring the ceasefire between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) since 2003. Dr. Hadji Salem Adam, special envoy to Mindanao of the Qadhafi International Charity and Development Foundation (QICDF), told The STAR in an email from Tripoli that they have accepted the proposal of the Philippine government to lead the IMT, whose total pull out from Mindanao might lead to renewed hostilities between the military and the MILF. The GICDF, chaired by Saiful Al-Islam Al-Gaddafi, is Libya’s conduit for humanitarian and peace-building projects in poor Muslim communities in foreign countries. [Philstar]
Monday, 12 May, 2008: Yemen and Libya discussed Saturday cooperation and ways of reinforcing them. During a meting between Yemen's minister of foreign affairs Abu Bakr al-Qirbi and Libya's secretary of foreign affairs Suleiman Ash-shahumi, the two dealt also with the latest developments in Lebanon. [Saba]
Monday, 12 May, 2008: Libya’s special security forces Thursday arrested, in southern Gatroun, 157 people of different nationalities while they were attempting to illegally migrate to Europe. The office of Committee for Public Security said that all necessary humanitarian aid and assistance were given to the arrested persons, adding that arrangements had been made to repatriate them to their respective countries at the expense of Libya. But the committee warned against the dangers of illegal immigration, including the risk of loss of lives. [Afrik]
( تاللهِ إن كِدت لتردين.. ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( الحالة الليبية.. ) بقلم : اسعد العقيلي

حوار "صفحة الإنقاذ" مع الأمين العام للجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا

( الأولويات..!! ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( هل انتهى الحلم الأمريكي؟ ) بقلم : طارق القزيري

Sunday, 11 May, 2008: Libya's foreign ministry calls on all Lebanese leaders for calm and restraint and move toward a comprehensive political dialogue. This political dialogue as the only way to reach a lasting and just solutions to all issues of contention, according to the Arab initiative, and to assist the Secretary-General of the League. The ministry realized in a statement issued about the serious events taking place in Lebanon, that the responsibility of containing the crisis and its dangers rests on the Lebanese leadership. [LJBC]
Sunday, 11 May, 2008: Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi on Thursday received the president of the African Basketball Association and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, Alain Kara in Tripoli, Libyan officials said. Kara's visit is part of the preparations for the organisation of the African basketball cup taking place in Libya in 2009 as part of activities marking the 40th anniversary of Libya's 1 September Revolution and 10th anniversary of the Sirte Declaration establishing the African Union (AU) on 9 September 1999. [PanaPress]
Sunday, 11 May, 2008: Any guide to doing business in Libya would not be complete without emphasising the need for perseverance. South Korean contractors are some of the most adept at sticking it out in Libya. They, like anyone else venturing into this tough market, hope that with time things will change, bureaucratic processes will become more transparent and the rules of the game will become clearer. For now, though, they continue to suffer the peculiarities of Libya. As MEED has previously reported, non-payment is one of the most difficult problems with which contractors have to contend. The General Electricity Company of Libya (Gecol) is one of the worst transgressors. While the budget for the Al-Khaleej steam project has been allocated, Gecol has not managed to secure funds from the government for the Tripoli West project. [MEED]
Sunday, 11 May, 2008: Security errors at Heathrow's Terminal 5 have allowed hundreds of foreign passengers to walk into Britain unchecked. Confusion at the terminal has led to overseas passengers being treated as domestic arrivals, who are taken through the airport without passing through immigration or customs controls. In one case, passengers arriving on a British Airways flight from Libya were able to leave Heathrow without ever showing their passports. The Immigration Service Union claims six passengers from the Tripoli flight have never been found, although the Home Office insists all the passengers were traced. [Telegraph]
تعازي إلى آل السنوسي

الساطور : ( بعد اللقاقه هذي كلها )

( الأخ الهايك قائد ثورة الهايك من سبتمبر! ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

صفحات من كتاب ( بدايات الصحافة الليبية ) تأليف : عبدالعزبز الصويعي (6)

( يسألونك عن الدستور ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Dr Fathi Akkari : The Love of Libya (2)

Saturday, 10 May, 2008: Libya on Friday accepted an apology from a newly appointed Italian minister from an anti-immigrant party who wore a T-shirt that offended Muslims in 2006, and withdrew previous threats of "repercussions" against Italy. Roberto Calderoli of the Northern League was named this week as a member of the new government of Silvio Berlusconi, who was installed as prime minister for a third term. A statement from the Libyan embassy in Rome said Libya noted "with satisfaction" the "public statement of regret" by Calderoli and, after further contacts with the Italian authorities, considered that "the case is closed". Berlusconi, facing a diplomatic clash -- and possible energy sanctions -- after Libya made clear its anger at his choice of minister, said earlier he was "confident we will be able to clarify and calm down the situation with Libya". [Reuters]
Saturday, 10 May, 2008: Because the Fulbright Program has awarded thousands of grants to scientists from the Muslim world, the Fulbright Academy of Science & Technology (FAST) has a program specifically designed to enhance relationships between Muslim scientists and scientists in the United States. This year, FAST has been focusing on Libya, a country which for many years had no diplomatic relations with the USA. The FAST science diplomacy initiative with Libya began in February, when 20 Libyan scientists attended the Academy's Third Annual Conference, held at Northeastern University in Boston. A special half-day program was led by David Nothmann, a senior manager at Monsanto and President of the FAST Board of Directors; Khalifa Tamer, President of the Libyan Students Union-USA; and William Lawrence, Manager of the Muslim World Science Partnership Program in the US Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science. [Newswise]
Saturday, 10 May, 2008: French Minister for Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Development, Brice Hortefeur, yesterday underlined his government’s commitment to make immigration a top priority when France assumes the presidency of the EU in July. Hortefeur also confirmed that Sarkozy’s government is forging ahead with its plans to build a nuclear reactor in Libya – the country of origin for most of the boat people apprehended in the central Mediterranean – raising questions over France’s ability to broker any meaningful agreement with the Qadhafi regime. Emerging from a discussion with Justice Minister Carm Mifsud Bonnici and AFM Commander in Chief Carmelo Vassallo at the Auberge D’Aragon yesterday, Hortefeur explained that the French presidency would push for greater awareness of immigration among all 27 EU member states. [Malta Today]
Saturday, 10 May, 2008: A group of 16 global telcos is to build a high-bandwidth submarine cable system to link Europe, the Middle East and India. The 15,000km Europe India Gateway (EIG) optical fibre cable system will cost around $700m. EIG is expected to be up and running by the second quarter of 2010, and will connect three continents. The 16 companies investing in the project are AT&T, Bharti Airtel, BT, Cable &Wireless, Djibouti Telecom, Du Gibtelecom, IAM, Libyan Post Telecom and Information Technology Company, MTN Group, Omantel, PT Comunicacoes, Saudi Telecom, Telecom Egypt, Telkom SA and Verizon Business. Thirteen 'landings' are planned in the UK, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates and India. The EIG will also provide seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. Bandwidth of up to 3.84Tbps will be achieved using dense wavelength division multiplexing to support video, data and voice services. [VNU Net]
( شمال إفريقيا في اليوم العالمي للصحافة ) تقرير : عمر الكدي

( ذكرى عصيّة على النسيان.. السيد حسين مازق في ذكراه الثانية ) بقلم : بوخزام العناني

( تلاقح الحضارات! (1) ) بقلم : فرج بوالعَـشّة

موقع "الإنقاذ" : ( ملف خاص عن معركة باب العزيزية الخالدة )

Friday, 9 May, 2008: Libyan leader Qadhafi accused a "corrupt" government of failing to manage the country's oil wealth and ordered it to hand out oil money directly to the country's 5 million people. Western diplomats said the call, on Wednesday, appeared aimed at putting pressure on the government to speed up reforms to improve the living standard of the population. In March, Qadhafi urged a sweeping reform of the government bureaucracy, saying most of the cabinet system should be dismantled to free Libyans from red tape and protect the budget from corruption. The government has yet to implement the changes. "This may come as a shock for people to accept but such a surgical operation is what is needed to reach a healthy situation," Qadhafi told a gathering of government officials and teachers. The text of his speech was carried by the official news agency Jana. [Reuters]
Friday, 9 May, 2008: Libya on Thursday told Italy it would no longer help protect Italian shores from waves of illegal African migrants because Rome and other European Union states had failed to come up with promised support. The move was announced shortly after Silvio Berlusconi took an oath to serve as prime minister - his third time leading Italy's government - and heralded potentially stormy relations between diplomatic and economic allies Rome and Tripoli. "Libya is no longer responsible for protecting Italian coasts from illegal migrants .... because the Italian side did not make good on its commitment to provide support for Libya," the Libyan Interior Ministry said in a statement faxed to Reuters. Italy is OPEC member Libya's main European trade partner and Italian oil company ENI holds stakes in pipeline, natural gas and oil projects in Libya. [Reuters]
Friday, 9 May, 2008: Oil prices, which this week hit a record high near $123 a barrel, will probably rise even further, the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Wednesday. Libya and fellow members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have blamed factors other than supply and demand for oil's record run. U.S. crude hit a record $122.73 on Tuesday. "I think it will go higher," Shokri Ghanem, head of NOC, told Reuters in a telephone interview. "It is the same old story - speculation and geopolitics." Oil has risen from below $20 in early 2002 and is widely predicted to continue its climb. The price could hit $200 within the next two years driven by poor supply growth, Goldman Sachs said this week. [Reuters]
Friday, 9 May, 2008: Libya has signed a deal with the British arm of General Dynamics to equip the country's mechanized Elite Brigade with a tactical communications and data system plus technical and training support. It's Britain's first major defense deal with the North African state since an arms embargo was lifted by European countries and others in 2004. General Dynamics UK puts the value of the deal at $165 million. However, analysts reckon that price tag could be just the tip of the iceberg if Libya eventually opts to equip other elements of its armed forces with the same equipment. General Dynamics UK is the supplier of the Bowman tactical communications and data system to the British Army, and has exported similar capabilities to the Netherlands and Romania. Unlike the Bowman kit, though, the system destined for Libya has been designed without the use of U.S. technology and is completely free from U.S. export licensing restrictions. Although the U.S. government is normalizing relations with Libya, it still retains a ban on selling weapons. [Defence News]
Friday, 9 May, 2008: The Libyan population could increase from 5.3 million to 8 million in 2030, according to a survey conducted by the Libyan urban planning office published by the Libyan paper "Oya" in its Wednesday issue. To meet the needs of the populations at this date, it will be necessary, according to the survey, to build a broad-based environmental and social infrastructure and create 1.6 million jobs. The findings of the survey, conducted in collaboration with the United Nations Programme for Human Settlements (UN-Habitat), highlighted that the exported products, mainly oil, supported the growth of the Libyan economy, adding that although oil, the country’s main foreign currency earner, only provided a small number of jobs for Libyans. Oil products represent 90 per cent of total local production while hydrocarbon products account for 95 per cent of exports. [Pana Press]
Friday, 9 May, 2008: Verenex Energy Inc., Calgary, Canada, contemplates the southern part of Area 47 in Libya's Ghadames basin as the core for an initial production phase of up to 50,000 barrels per day (bpd) of oil by early 2010. Two engineering firms are performing front-end engineering and design work on gathering, pipeline, and processing facilities. The company plans to incorporate the information into a commerciality application planned for early in the third quarter. Since the company's initial discovery on the block in 2006 in Silurian Lower Acacus, it tested five other discoveries in 2007 and is preparing to test an apparent discovery at the A1-47/04 wildcat drilled in early 2008. Besides Lower Acacus, various of the wells have tested oil from the Middle Acacus, Ordovician Memouniat, and Devonian Aouinet Ouenine formations. [Oil & Gas Journal]
الساطور : ( رابطة الأدباء والكتاب تعلن استجابتها.. )

Remembering May 1984 ذكرى أحداث مايو

في ذكرى أحداث مايو 1984 : لقاء "إذاعة الأنقاذ" مع الشهيد مجدي الشويهدي

( سيف الإسلام وإشكاليات تحرير الإعلام ) بقلم : د. عبدالله جبريل

( رشاد الهوني.. انه الباقي.. ما دامت الصحف ) بقلم : رجب الشلطامي

( عن ذكرى اليوم العالمي لحرية الصحافة.. ) بقلم : السنوسي بلاّلَه

( من اّفات السياسة ) بقلم : د. محمد بالروين

Thursday, 8 May, 2008: Libya's al-Jurf offshore oil field, where 45,000 barrels a day of production has been shut in for two weeks because of well damage, may need another six weeks to resume output, Libya's top oil official said. ``It will take at least four, five, maybe six weeks to resume production,'' Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's state- run National Oil Corp., said in a telephone interview today from Tripoli. ``A well is damaged and the whole field should stay shut for safety reasons.'' Ghanem on April 30 said he hoped the field, operated by Total SA of France, could be restarted within three weeks. The well sustained damage during drilling, he said. Al-Jurf is located 100 kilometers (62 miles) off western Libya at a depth of 90 meters (295 feet). National Oil has a 50 percent stake, Total 37.5 percent and Wintershall AG, a unit of BASF SE, 12.5 percent. [Bloomberg]
Thursday, 8 May, 2008: The Egyptian government and Libya are currently holding discussions regarding the establishing of agricultural projects in Siwa and East of Owaynat (700 Km north of Cairo), said Libya's ambassador to Egypt, Kadaf El Dam. According to independent newspaper Al Alam El Yom, Kadaf El Dam said during his inspection to a Libyan farm with investments of 2 billion Egyptian pounds (some 242 million euro). The farm is located in 6th of October city (one of Cairo's suburbs) and the production of wheat is expected to reach 25,000 tonnes. Libya seeks to increase its investments in the Egyptian land especially in the agricultural sector. The escalating worldwide food crisis requires an increase in food production, said Kadaf El Dam. [ANSAmed]
Thursday, 8 May, 2008: Ashraf al-Hadjudj, the Palestinian doctor with Bulgarian residency, who was sentenced to death by the Libyan Court along with the Bulgarian nurses, has became a father of a boy on Tuesday, May 6. The name of the baby is Rayan, which means ‘door to heaven'. I am very happy, I wish to my wife and child good life and luck, Ashraf said. The doctor was asked how he accepts the sign of the fate considering that 4 years ago the medics were sentenced to death by the Libyan judge system. This is one big slap for Libya's justice. Four years ago six innocent people were sentenced to death by them, and today a new life appeared. It's obvious that God is holding everything in His hands, Ashraf commented. [News.bg]
Thursday, 8 May, 2008: Libya needs an extra 40,000 hotel rooms as it faces a massive influx of foreign businessmen and tourists after trade sanctions were lifted about four years ago. And Ong Beng Seng's Hotel Properties Ltd is said to be one of the companies in talks on hotel projects to help meet the demand. Libya now has only 12,000 hotel rooms. 'The country has 2,000 miles of coastline and white beaches - and not a single beach resort,' said Louis Tay, deputy regional director for the Middle East, Africa and South-east Asia at Surbana Int'l Consultants. He is part of a 20-strong business delegation in Libya accompanying an official trip by Singapore's Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan. [Hotels]
الساطور : ( أحمد قذاف الدم )

( الظلم.. سنوات العذاب.. صفحات من جذور الصراع ) بقلم : د. فتحي الفاضلي

( الإسلام السياسي : هل من جديد؟ ) بقلم : مجاهد البوسيفي

( مع البائس "أمارير" مرة أخرى ) بقلم : سالم بن عمار

( لمن أعطيت صوتي في الإنتخابات المحلية!؟ ) بقلم : سليم الرقعي

( ما يحق للنبي.. لا يحق لعبد النبي ) بقلم : فوزي عبدالحميد / المحامي

What Caused It: Arabs' Failures or Zionism's Successes?  By : Ghoma

Wednesday, 7 May, 2008: In a worldwide survey, a democracy watchdog organization said 90 countries respect a broad array of basic human rights and political freedom while 103 countries fail to some degree to observe standards of liberal democracy. Eight countries were judged by Freedom House, the New York-based organization, to have the most repressive regimes. They were Cuba, Libya, Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Two restive territories, Chechnya and Tibet, "whose inhabitants suffer intense repression," the organization said, were placed in the lowest category, as well. [YNetNews/AP]
Wednesday, 7 May, 2008: A Libyan health staff will be trained in Pisa as regards the laparoscopic, vascular surgery, organ transplantation surgery (kidney, pancreas, liver), pancreas surgery, and in the field of new surgery technologies and in the robotic surgery. This is the result of an agreement signed between University Hospital Company of Pisa (UHC) and Libya. A central role in the project will have ENDOCAS, the new centre par excellence for computer-assisted surgery, financed by the Ministry of Universities and Research and by the Tuscany region, created after the cooperation between the University of Pisa, the National Research Council (NRC) and Sant' Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, issued to the hospital of Cisanello. [AnsaMed]
Wednesday, 7 May, 2008: Singapore's Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong arrives in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Monday for an official visit at the invitation of the Libyan government. Singapore imported S$35 million (US$25.7 million) worth of machinery and petroleum crude from Libya in 2007, and exported S$58 million worth of goods, including machine parts, tools and jewellery, to Libya. [Reuters]
Wednesday, 7 May, 2008: Benin's President Yayi Boni arrived in Tripoli on Monday at the head of a high-powered delegation for a visit to Libya. The delegation accompanying Boni includes Minister of Higher Education, Mathurin Nogo and Miniter of Finance, Pascal Irenee Koupaki. [PanaPress]
Wednesday, 7 May, 2008: Italy will take note of foreign concerns after Libya warned against appointing a far-right lawmaker as minister, but it will not accept interference in its internal affairs, the incoming Italian foreign minister said. A Libyan charity chaired by Qadhafi's son warned on Saturday of "catastrophic repercussions" to bilateral ties if Roberto Calderoli — known for his anti-Islam rhetoric — becomes reforms minister in Berlusconi's government. The comments threatened to create a diplomatic spat and sparked an bipartisan outcry in Italy, where both right-wing and leftist lawmakers criticised Libya for unwelcome meddling. "It is upto us to understand the worries of governments and friendly people and listen to their advice," Franco Frattini, who is expected to become Italy's next foreign minister, said in an interview with La Repubblica daily yesterday. [Reuters]
( إشتباك الإرادات.. على هامش التعقبات لبيان الصلابي ) بقلم : محمد عمر حسين

( فصل الخطاب في بيان مخالفة فلم الرسالة للصواب (3) ) بقلم : المحمودي

( هـاذي حياتي ) بقلم : جلال عثمان

( هـنـيّـة ) شعر شعبي : عبدالله علي العباسي

Tuesday, 6 May, 2008: Nearly 20 years after the terror bombing aboard Pan Am Flight 103 killed 189 Americans, the Bush administration is trying to resolve a bitter dispute between U.S. terror victims and Libya -- while still boosting oil supplies. The victims' families say Libya, which admitted its involvement in the attack, hasn't fully compensated them for the bombing. And the relatives accuse the administration of letting the north African nation off the hook by trying to ease limits on investment in Libya before the full payments are made. The Bush administration wants to give Libya a waiver on a law that allows terror victims to sue the country as well as the U.S. companies that are eager to do business with Libya. The law has halted billions of dollars in contracts between U.S. companies and Libya and slowed exploration for new oil supplies because of questions about liability. "Are we willing to trade the blood of Americans for oil?" Kara Weipz, president of Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, told CNN. "If Libya is really serious about their commitments to the victims, why don't they just do what they are supposed to do?" [CNN]
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008: Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) today announced that it has been awarded a contract by LTT (Libya Telecom and Technology), the national Internet Service Provider in Libya, to deploy the first commercial WIMAX network based on the 802.16e-2005 WiMAX standard, in Libya. LTT plans to launch the commercial service on the network in September 2008. The new network will support voice over IP (VoIP) and high-speed internet access, enabling the delivery of advanced broadband multimedia services, such as video streaming, through a variety of end-user including modems and WiMAX terminals. It will also accommodate stationary, nomadic and mobile applications and complement the carrier's existing fixed-based broadband services. Under the agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will provide a complete WiMAX infrastructure solution, including the radio access network, microwave backhaul and IP routers and will deploy around 120 sites in a first phase. LTT has an aggressive schedule for additional deployments. [PRN]
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008: German utility group RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research) has made a new oil discovery in the Libyan Sirte Basin, the third since April last year, Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Monday. "This discovery was made at the exploration well B1-NC 195 at Area 195 in Sirte Basin about 800 kms (500 miles) east of Tripoli and 100 kms south of Ras Lanuf," it said in a statement. Tests showed oil output was at 204 barrels per day (bpd) at a choke point of 52/64 on its Dahra formation and 840 bpd at a choke point of 32/64 on its Beda formation, it said the statement posted on its website. RWE's first oil find in Sirte Basin in 2007 was announced by NOC in April. Its second discovery came in in September last year also in the Sirte Basin, according to a NOC's statement. [Reuters]
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008: Repsol YPF SA. has declined to comment on whether it is looking to abandon a $10 billion natural gas project in Iran after a report in Saturday's Expansion said the oil giant could face sanctions from the United States if the project goes ahead. According to the Spanish daily, Repsol YPF and European peer Royal Dutch Shell have until the end of May to tell Iran whether they wish to participate. Separately, Repsol YPF declined to comment on a report in El Economista today which said the group is re-negotiating its oil contracts in Libya. The Libyan government wishes to increase its control in the groups that exploit the country's oil wells to 72 percent from its current 50:50 percent controlled share with Repsol YPF. [Thomson Financial]
Tuesday, 6 May, 2008: While the agenda of the Italian-Libyan political relations sees as order of the day the tensions on the hypothesis that a ministry would go to Northern League member Roberto Calderoli, the latest available economic data show that the trade between the two countries enjoys an excellent health. In 2007 Tripoli confirmed itself again as the first provider of Italy in the Mediterranean, a total 42.7% of the imports to Italy from the region arrive from Libya, for a record value of over 14 billion euro (up 16.8%). As regards the imported goods, there are mostly mineral fuels. The figures are revealed by a research of the Chamber of Commerce of Milan on the import-export between Italy and 13 Mediterranean countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Malta, Turkey, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Jordan) made on ISTAT data at December 2007. In the period under study, exports to the North African country increased (up 10.7%) for a value equal to 1.6 billion euro, which places Libya at the sixth place among the Italian outlet markets in the area. [ANSAmed]
تعازي إلى آل الأشهب     تعازي إلى آل بالتمر

الساطور : ( كراكوز )

( المصالحة في بلاد العرب! ) بقلم : عمر الكدي

( الإسلام ، نحن والآخرون (1) ) بقلم : أمارير

Monday, 5 May, 2008: Italy's foreign minister attacked Libya's warning against appointing a far-right lawmaker to a ministerial post as "intolerable" interference in internal affairs, adding to a growing political outcry over the issue. Italian lawmakers have been angered by a Libyan charity's warning of "catastrophic repercussions" to bilateral ties if Roberto Calderoli -- a maverick lawmaker known for his anti-Islamic rhetoric -- becomes reforms minister as expected. "I find the interference of a foreign country on the formation of the Italian government intolerable," outgoing Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema told Italian television. The issue now risks becoming the first diplomatic headache for Silvio Berlusconi's new government. Italy is OPEC member Libya's main European trade partner and Italian oil company ENI holds stakes in pipeline, natural gas and oil projects in Libya. [Reuters]
Monday, 5 May, 2008: Silvio Berlusconi is facing a row with the Muslim world over his plans to appoint a member of the far-Right to his cabinet. Roberto Calderoli, 52, a senior member of the Northern League, enraged Muslims two years ago during the row over a set of Danish cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed. He appeared on television wearing a T-shirt printed with one of the cartoons. The Italian consulate in Libya was set on fire and 11 people died in riots. Despite the controversies, which forced him to resign as a minister for reform in 2006, Mr Calderoli is likely to get another job when Mr Berlusconi picks his cabinet because of the strong results obtained by the Northern League in the general election. Saif al-Qadhafi, the son of the Libyan leader, said the appointment would have "catastrophic consequences" for trade between Italy and Libya. [Telegraph]
Monday, 5 May, 2008: Algerian prisoners detained in Libya have started a hunger strike until next Thursday. Yet, a representative of prisoners said two prisoners, namely: T.Z and A.A have sewed their mouths to protest the rejection of the Libyan Justice implementing the amnesty issued by the Libyan leader Qadhafi. 60 Algerian prisoners detained all along the penitential institutions in Libya have started a hunger strike Saturday amid fears that they would use dangerous protest practices, mostly after that two prisoners have sewed their mouths with needle and thread. However, the prison direction has transferred immediately the first hurt prisoner to hospital, but as soon as being brought back to prison he sewed his mouth again, a representative of prisoners told El Khabar, adding that the second hurt prisoner has not been discovered until yesterday. [El-Khabar]
Monday, 5 May, 2008: Viktor Yushchenko, Ukraine's president, says his country is ready to cooperate with Libya in the military field, as regards space research and the peaceful use of nuclear energy. In a message from President Yushchenko to Colonel Muammar al-Qadhafi, the Libyan le ader, he reiterated Ukraine's willingness to launch joint projects with Libya in Africa and to initiate cooperation in the military and technical fields. "The people of Ukraine are in a position to satisfy the needs of the Libyan side. Ukraine is also ready to implement fully the proposals and to show great interest to cooperation, especially with the Libya-Africa Portfolio for investment, and benefit from its experience in the creation of common interest projects on the African continent," he said. An official Libyan source affirmed that President Yushchenko said priority should also be given to bilateral economic projects as well as to the establishment of a common industrial base. [Panapress]
Monday, 5 May, 2008: Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong will be the most senior Singapore leader to visit Libya in his first trip to the country from today to Thursday, at the invitation of the Libyan Government. The official visit will strengthen Singapore's political and economic relations with Libya, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement yesterday. Mr Goh is scheduled to meet key Libyan leaders and senior officials. He will also witness the signing of Memorandums of Understanding between the Singapore Business Federation and the Libyan Businessmen Council, as well as companies from both countries. The visit will complete Mr Goh's recent series of visits to the Maghreb countries, namely Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. [TodayOnline]
( ايطاليا هي المجرمة في حق الشعب الليبي ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

( ألا فلنفرغ سجوننا وليصبح "صبح" من جديد! ) بقلم : رمضان جربوع

صفحات من كتاب ( بدايات الصحافة الليبية ) تأليف : عبدالعزبز الصويعي (5)

( دع هبل فى منامه (2) ) بقلم : أبو أحمد

صفحات من كـتاب ( برقة الهادئة ) (8)

الحزب الليبرالي الليبي ( ح . ل . ل ) : بيان

Sunday, 4 May, 2008: Libya will invest $155 million to build a trans-Saharan highway in Niger under accords signed between the neighbours, whose ties had been strained by a Tuareg revolt, officials said. Prime ministers from the two countries agreed to expand cooperation during talks in Niger's capital Niamey on Friday. The deals signed also foresaw Libyan investments in shoe and textile manufacturing and an irrigation project in Niger. Relations between Niamey and Tripoli had cooled after Niger accused northern neighbour Libya last year of supporting a rebellion by Tuareg-led rebels in Niger's northern, uranium-producing region of Agadez. [Reuters]
Sunday, 4 May, 2008: US President George W. Bush denounced governments which muzzle the media and imprison journalists, pointing out China as "the world's top jailer for journalists," followed by Cuba. "Just and open societies protect and rely on the freedom of the press," Bush said in a statement marking World Press Freedom Day, which falls on Saturday. Bush cited Belarus, Myanmar, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Iran, Libya, N. Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe for repressive anti-free speech laws and for often imprisoning media workers. "We call on all governments to guarantee the inalienable rights of their people, including, consistent with Article 19 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the right to freedom of speech and the press," he said. [AFP]
Sunday, 4 May, 2008: Insurgents attacked an army convoy in northern Mali Saturday, violating a cease-fire and sparking a fire fight that left five people dead, a military official and area residents said. It was the first major clash since the ethnic Tuareg rebels and the government signed a cease-fire a month ago. Libya had brokered that deal in an attempt to restore peace to a region that has been plagued by raids, kidnappings and clashes for more than a year. On Saturday morning, a group of armed men attacked an army supply vehicle outside of the town of Tessalit, a regional army official said. He said four attackers and one soldier died in the fighting. [AP]
Sunday, 4 May, 2008: Robert L. Vesco, the fugitive financier who spent most of his life eluding American justice, might even have managed to die on the sly ... If Mr. Vesco indeed eluded the American authorities until his final day, it was the fitting end to his nearly four decades on the run. He was wanted for, among other things, bilking some $200 million from credulous investors in the 1970s, making an illegal contribution to Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 presidential campaign and trying to arrange a deal during the Carter administration to let Libya buy American planes in exchange for bribes to United States officials. Mr. Vesco, who was sentenced to a long prison term in Cuba in 1996 and was wanted in the U.S., died on Nov. 23, from lung cancer, say people close to him. If so, it was never reported publicly by the Cuban authorities, who said Friday that they considered him a “nonissue.” American officials said Friday they knew nothing about his death. [The New York Times]
Sunday, 4 May, 2008: Malta, Italy, France and Germany are at loggerheads over who should be responsible for illegal immigrants saved in Libya's search and rescue area during the next EU anti-immigration patrol mission, Nautilus III. Various attempts during the past days by Frontex and the European Commission to launch the mission have failed, The Times has learnt. "We will be holding a technical meeting early next week to try to get everyone together and solve the outstanding problems. "However, we can only try to facilitate things where it comes to technical matters. The dispute is also of a political nature and there, we can't intervene," a spokesman for Frontex said yesterday. Nautilus III - a six-month long anti-immigration EU patrol mission covering the Sicily-Malta-Libya strait, was scheduled to start on April 22 but was postponed at the 11th hour. [Times Of Malta]
Sunday, 4 May, 2008: A bomb rigged to a motorcycle blew up amid a crowd of worshippers leaving Friday prayers at a mosque in a rebel stronghold of northern Yemen, killing at least 18 people and wounding about four dozen. The attack occurred in Saada, a city in a Shiite Muslim area on the border with Saudi Arabia where a rebellion by members of the al-Zaydi sect erupted in 2004. Thousands have died in violence between the rebels and the government. Government officials blamed the bombing on rebel leader Abdel-Malek al-Hawthi and said six people had been arrested in Saada. Many officials in Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and in Yemen's government suspect Iran and Libya support al-Hawthi. Sunni governments in the region suspect Shiite Iran is trying to increase its influence by supporting Shiite groups like the militias in Iraq and Hezbollah in Lebanon. [AP]
تعزية إلى آل بوسفيطة

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الأنسان : ( ليبيا : صحافة بدون حرية )

( الترجمة العربية للدستور الألماني ) تقديم : محمد بن احميدة

( على هامش ذكرى يوم العمال العالمي ) بقلم : السنوسي بلاّلَه

( لـو كان شاعرنا حيا.. ماذا سيقول يا ترى؟ ) بقلم : الشارف الغرياني المحامي

The UN Security Council And The West's Sham Moralizing!  By : Ghoma

( فك معضلة التنحي بالاستفتاء أو التنحية ) بقلم : ادرار نفوسه

( أساطير نورنبارغ.. حكايات من الريف الألماني ) بقلم : عيسى عبدالقيوم

Saturday, 3 May, 2008: The opaque nature of Libya's domestic politics often leaves analysts scratching their heads, but all agree on one central point: after almost four decades at the helm, Qadhafi remains in complete control. Troubles in the 1990s with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) - comprised of returning Libyan "Afghans" seeking to overthrow Qadhafi and establish an Islamist state - look to be at an end. The government just released 90 LIFG members from jail following the group's decision to renounce violence and accept Qadhafi's leadership. "It recognized that it can't beat the regime," says George Joffe of the UK's Cambridge University. Qaddafi used the army to crush the group, based in Libya's northeast, after it tried to assassinate him in the mid-1990s. Qadhafi's wish to stamp out Islamist militancy was also a driving factor behind Libya's rapprochement with the US early this decade, and Washington complied in 2001 by freezing LIFG assets, later designating the group a terrorist organization. Qadhafi combines this tight internal grip with an idiosyncratic approach to reform. In March, he launched yet another wild scheme when he called for the dismantling of government and the direct payment of oil revenues to Libyan families each month ... The policy announcement may also be a power balancing exercise between two of Qadhafi's sons -- the globe-trotting Seif al-Islam, who in recent years has been tasked with presenting the face of a kinder, gentler Libya to the West, and the younger, more conservative Muatassim, who acts as national security adviser and will oversee the latest changes. [EnergyIntel]
Saturday, 3 May, 2008: Libya’s Foreign Minister Abdulrahman Shalgham was received on Friday by his Cuban counterpart Felipe Perez Roque at the venue of the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana. Prior to the beginning of official talks between the two diplomats, Perez Roque recalled that Cuba and Libya have always had solidarity and cooperation relations. He also thanked Libya for its support of Cuba in the struggle against the almost-fifty-year-old US economic blockade of the Caribbean nation. Earlier in the morning, Shalgham and his accompanying delegation laid a floral wreath in front of the monument dedicated to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti. Shalgham arrived in Cuba on Wednesday at the invitation of his Cuban counterpart. [RCA]
Saturday, 3 May, 2008: Libya's Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmudi arrived Friday in Niger's capital Niamey where he will co-preside a meeting of the commission overseeing cooperation between the two countries. The commission is supposed to define priority areas for cooperation between Niger and Libya. The meeting is also expected to lead to a thaw in relations between the two neighbours. The two countries fell out in 2007 after demonstrations were organised in Niger, with the backing of the Niamey authorities, to denounce Libya's alleged support for Niger's Tuareg rebels. Libya's leader Qadhafi brought libel suits against Niger newspapers that evoked alleged Libyan funding for Niger's Tuareg rebels, the Movement of Niger People for Justice (MNJ). [MEonline]
Saturday, 3 May, 2008: Libya and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed a cooperation agreement on air transportation and a MOU allowing the UAE to have air links to some Libyan airports. The agreement, signed by the head of the Libyan Office for Civil Aviation, Mohamed Shleibak, and the Emirati Ambassador to Libya, Abdallah M'Hamdi, compels both countries to accept each other's carriers. Under the agreement, the UAE will accredit Libyan airlines (Libyan Arab Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways) while Libya will do the same for Emirati airlines (Etihad Airways, Emirat Airways, Ras Khaima Airways and Arabian Airways). [PanaPress]
Saturday, 3 May, 2008: The son of Libyan leader Qadhafi warned Italy on Friday that the nomination of right wing MP Roberto Calderoli to a ministerial post would have "disastrous consequences" for Rome-Tripoli ties. Calderoli was a minister in the previous centre-right government of Silvio Berlusconi when he sparked deadly riots in the former Italian colony after appearing on television wearing a T-shirt bearing a caricature of the Prophet Mohammed. "If he becomes a minister, that will have disastrous consequences for relations between Italy and Libya," Qadhafi's son Seif Al-Islam said in a statement released by the influential Qadhafi Foundation over which he presides. The statement recalled the February 2006 Benghazi riots which killed 11 people and injured 69, saying Calderoli "is seen as the real killer of the Libyans who were killed" in the riots. [AFP]
جلال عثمان : ( قناة "الحرّة" : الدستور في ليبيا )

( ليبيا في حاجة إلى قانون إجراءات جنائي جديد.. ) بقلم : د. الهادي شلوف

Dr Fathi Akkari : The Love of Libya (1)

( كذب وسرقة عيني عينك ) بقلم : بوزيد لهلالي

Friday, 2 May, 2008: Arab states are not giving enough money to the Palestinian cause, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday, and urged them to open up their purse strings. "I think that states that have resources ought to be looking not for how little they can do but how much they can do," the top US diplomat said, a day before a series of meetings in the British capital on the stalled Middle East peace process and aid to the Palestinian territories. She did not specify which countries could do more, but a senior State Department official, who asked not to be named, said she was referring to Kuwait, Qatar and Libya. "It is extremely important that people pay their pledges," Rice said, speaking on the plane while en route to London. [AFP]
Friday, 2 May, 2008: Libya’s place on the U.N. Security Council never promised to be a smooth ride, but the North African nation’s brashness since joining the council last year has become a major headache for the world body. Tripoli has sided with Western countries on the crucial issue of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, but Libya’s representative has shown no hesitance in speaking out on issues having to do with the Middle East. After months of simmering tensions over Libya’s aggressive posturing, matters came to a head last week when several Western envoys took the unusual step of walking out of a Security Council session after the Libyan envoy compared the situation in Gaza to Nazi concentration camps. Israel’s U.N. ambassador, Dan Gillerman, warned that this was a result of opening the Security Council to a “terrorist state,” a swipe at Washington’s decision last year to lift its decades-long opposition to Libya’s candidacy to a council seat ... “This sometimes feels like 30 years ago, in the heyday of the anti-Israel mantra,” a Western diplomat said. “But the Libyans are much more subtle and constructive on Iran, and this is really important, including for Israel.” [Forward]
Friday, 2 May, 2008: Worldwide, the environment for journalists grew more hostile last year, extending a six-year downturn, researchers reported Tuesday. Setbacks for press freedom outnumbered advances 2-to-1 across the globe, although the Internet and blogs helped slow the decline, particularly in Iran, reported Freedom House, a nonprofit organization that released the report in advance of World Press Freedom Day on Saturday. Still, the U.S.-backed country was not listed among the worst countries for press freedom. The worst-rated country was North Korea, while Burma was second with a worsening crackdown in the media. Cuba, Libya, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Zimbabwe and Equatorial Guinea were also among the worst-rated. [AFP]
Friday, 2 May, 2008: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has systematically condemned Israel for "collective punishment" in Gaza, undermining its stated agenda of promoting human rights universally, according to a report released this week by the Jerusalem-based watchdog NGO Monitor ... "This report shows, yet again, that any claim of even-handedness by HRW is hollow," said NGO Monitor's executive director, Bar-Ilan University Prof. Gerald Steinberg. "Their exclusive condemnation of Israel is discriminatory, and should end immediately. HRW's continued disproportionate focus on Israel is not only an injustice, but it also allows some of the worst human rights abusers in the Middle East, countries like Syria and Libya, to escape serious scrutiny." [Jerusalem Post]
Friday, 2 May, 2008: Libya's Al Nasr could not stay undefeated in Arab Club Championships. The new group that the team advanced to brought Libyan team the first upset. Orthodox beat Al Nasr as the latter tasted the first loss in the tournament. Orthodox won almost every aspect of the game including the opening quarter. The hosts opened the game with 23:18 and the second quarter was the break in the game. Orthodox pushed the tempo and increased to 46:32 at the half time. Before the Final period it became clear that the team from Libya would not recover. Orthodox played their game supporting by the fans and enjoyed 69:55 after the three periods played. It was not a big deal to lead the game to 89:73 win in the final stanza. [Basketball In Africa]
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Thursday, 1 May, 2008: Libya stands by its U.N. envoy's comparison of the plight of Palestinians in Gaza to the Holocaust and deplores a walkout by Western diplomats in protest at the comments, official Libyan media reported on Wednesday. Libya's Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of France, Belgium and Britain and the U.S. charge d'affaires and asked them to explain the April 23 walkout at the U.N. Security Council. Western U.N. envoys walked out of a Council discussion that day after a Libyan diplomat likened the plight of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to the Nazi Holocaust. "The Libyan representative was right to express the stance of his country," Jana quoted Abdelatti Abidi, head of the ministry's European Affairs department, as saying. U.S. envoy to the U.N. Alejandro Wolff said the Libyan remarks "reflect a degree of historical ignorance and moral insensitivity". Six million Jews were murdered by Nazi Germany in the Holocaust during World War II. [Reuters]
Thursday, 1 May, 2008: Since the U.S. rescinded Libya's designation as a state sponsor of terrorism in June 2006, Libya has continued to cooperate closely with the U.S. and the int'l community on counterterrorism efforts. Since renouncing terrorism in 2003, Libya has endeavored to show its commitment to the War on Terror, a report on terrorism, issued by the US Department of state reads. The report continues: On November 3, Egyptian cleric and AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced a merger between AQ and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). In an audiotape, al-Zawahiri urged AQ fighters to topple the government of Libya, describing Libyan leader Qadhafi as an "enemy of Islam" and criticizing Qadhafi's 2003 decision to renounce WMD and terrorism. According to press accounts, LIFG maintained a limited presence in eastern Libya and has facilitated the transfer of foreign fighters to join insurgents fighting U.S.-led forces in Iraq. A number of U.S. court cases seeking compensation from Libya for its past support for terrorism remained unresolved. Libyan officials are engaging with the courts and, at USG urging, are continuing settlement talks with the claimants, including the families of the victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and the 1986 bombing of the La Belle nightclub in Berlin. [FIA]
Thursday, 1 May, 2008: Libya has offered to hand over US$5 million to Sao Tome and Principe to co-fund the country’s State Budget for the current year, the Sao Tome prime minister said Tuesday. Patrice Trovoada made the statement on state television station TVS on summarising his recent tour of several African and European countries during which he went to Tripoli, Libya, at the invitation of his Libyan counterpart. Libya’s willingness to co-fund the Sao Tome state budget comes after a Sao Tome diplomatic offensive in relation to its cooperation partners with a view to garnering financial support to re-launch the archipelago’s economy. The Sao Tome state budget, which has estimated expenditure of US$86 million for this year, is due to be discussed in the country’s parliament for approval over the next few days. [MacauHub]
Thursday, 1 May, 2008: Italian oil and gas major Eni will offer Russian gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) upstream assets outside Italy worth $350 million as part of their deal to swap assets, Eni Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni said on Tuesday. The asset swap is part of 2006 strategic partnership between Gazprom and Eni, Europe's fourth-biggest oil company by market value. "We have decided to focus (Gazprom's) investment opportunities in the upstream sector and not in Italy," Scaroni told a news conference after Eni's shareholder assembly. He added that the assets to be offered to Gazprom would be worth $350 million. Scaroni said this month his group would offer Gazprom a stake in the Elephant oil field in Libya, but the deal required approval from Tripoli. He told the news conference, "The first asset is Elephant in Libya, in which we hold 33 percent and are thinking of ceding a third to Gazprom. "If this asset is enough, considering the value, ... then the deal is done. Otherwise we will look at other assets in Libya or elsewhere." [Reuters]
Thursday, 1 May, 2008: Libya aims to choose which companies are eligible to bid to become a partner at its Azzawiya refinery project within a month, Shokri Ghanem, chairman of the country's National Oil Corp., said today. Libya wants a partner to help it double the processing capacity at the 120,000-barrel-a-day oil refinery by forming a joint venture in which partners will hold stakes. Ghanem spoke today while attending a conference in London. The overall process of pre-qualifying bidders and choosing winners will take about two months, Ghanem said in Rome on April 19. Six international companies are interested in the project, Ghanem said on April 19, adding that he expected three to be short- listed before a final decision is made. [Bloomberg]
Thursday, 1 May, 2008: The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is ready to meet if necessary, but has no plans to do so, Libya's top oil official said on Wednesday, adding oil prices would rise higher still. "Before September, there may be a meeting. They could meet, but at this moment, there's no plan to do so, but of course, we stand ready for a meeting between now and September," Shokri Ghanem, head of Libya's National Oil Corporation, told reporters. Oil prices hit a record of $119.93 on Monday and would continue to rise, Ghanem said. "The price is going to go higher, but I cannot put numbers on it." [Reuters]
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