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علي البوسيفي : لماذا الآن يا سليم الرقعي     المنصوري : جماعة التجمع الإسلامى الليبي : نحن هنا

Ghoma : Boondoggles Continue: Tripoli Subway.. (2)

العرب : تكريم 50 مبدعا ليبيا بجائزة الفاتح     أويا : تسهيل عودة مجموعة جديدة من المواطنين المقيمين بالخارج

طارق القزيري : صاحبة (أنا وأزواجي الأربعة) : "فوجئت بضخامة الهمجية ونحتاج لصدمة"

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : العرب.. عام جديد ولا جديد     رمضان جربوع : سياسات فجخرات..

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (14)

من أعمال الفنان الليبي الساطور

فوزي عبدالحميد : هل (ذبّاح) من الأسماء الحسنى؟

صفحات من كتاب ( الأصوات المهمّشة ) ـ تأليف : د. علي عبداللطيف احميدة (2)

صالح الزكرة : موت الضمير وضياع المدينة .. ومافيا طيب الشريف     عبدالله بن عبدالله : فروخ البيض الفاسد

أحمد القبائلي : حرب أهلية في ليبيا     أحد الرفاق : هل يمهد فرج تنتوش لنهب القسم المالي؟

عراجين : مقاربات نصية للوحات عادل جربوع

صفحات من كتاب ( محطات من تاريخ ليبيا ) ـ مذكرات محمد عثمان الصيد (3)

البوابة : هانيبال والين يتورطان ثانية!

السنوسي بلاّله : الدساتير.. بين التعديل والإستبدال (1)

أسعد العقيلي : "ليبيا الغد" بين اباطيل صالح ابراهيم.. وحقائق التهامي خالد

Daily Mail : Gaddafi's Playboy Son Attacked Model Wife In £4,000 Claridge's

تحالف تمدّن الليبي : رسالة تهنئة وتعاطف للسفير الأمريكي بطرابلس ليبيا

Thursday, 31 December, 2009: While some relatives of the 14 men who died as they were trying to illegally cross the Libyan border from Egypt accused security forces of opening fire on their sons, others are claiming that it was a mine explosion that resulted in the tragic event. Thirty-one men were trying to enter Libya through the Egyptian desert last week when -- according to one survivor -- they were fired upon at Sidi Barrani near the Libyan border. On top of the dead, 11 were injured. Six others managed to escape and find their way past the Libyan checkpoints. Some suggested that a mine explosion took the lives of their loved ones and are convinced that the accident occurred outside Egyptian territory, as the dead bodies were sent back to the country from Tobruk hospital in Libya. However, one survivor strongly refuted the account. [LA Times Blogs] More
Thursday, 31 December, 2009: The Irish Government secretly forged trade links with Libya in the 1970s while privately acknowledging the north African state was arming the IRA, newly-released files revealed today. Confidential documents uncover moves to keep business deals with Colonel Gaddafi's regime under wraps because of the reaction they would have sparked both in Ireland and Britain. Senior officials argued it was better to remain friendly with Libya than to risk losing lucrative contracts for the likes of Aer Lingus, according to the files, just released into the National Archives in Dublin. The then State-owned airliner contacted the newly-elected Fine Gael/Labour coalition in April 1973 over concerns about a contract to help train and manage Libyan Arab Airlines. A number of Cabinet ministers were asked to sign off on talks towards a deal before Aer Lingus bosses travelled to Tripoli. [Independent] More
Thursday, 31 December, 2009: A RETIRED Scots police officer hopes to come face to face with the men suspected of murdering his colleague as she protected the Libyan Embassy. PC Yvonne Fletcher was gunned down as she stood guard outside the embassy in central London in April 1984. She was on duty at a protest against Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi when her killer fired the fatal shot from inside the building. Her mother Queenie, 76, has called on Col Gaddafi to send her killer to the UK to stand trial in London courts. And yesterday her daughter's colleague, John Murray, 54, from Aberdeen, revealed that he plans to visit Libya to grill the main suspects. [Scotsman] More
Thursday, 31 December, 2009: Tripoli, Libya - Pakistan is organising a single country exhibition in Libya at International Fair Ground, Tripoli, Libya from 10th January to 13th January 2010. According to Pakistan Embassy Officials in Tripoli as many as 65 companies from Pakistan along with four others from Pakistan Business Community in Libya are displaying their goods at the exhibition. This is second such exhibition in Libya. Earlier similar exhibition was held in 2007. This, however, is first such exhibition regarding its scale and reach. Pakistan Embassy officials claim the exhibition is quite in line with the directives from the President and the Prime Minister who had visited Libya recently and had specifically asked for establishing extensive trade relations with Libya. [Pak Observer] More
سليم الرقعي : دعوة للعقيد القذافي أن يتنحي طواعية وبإرادته الحرة!؟

عبيد أحمد الرقيق : لماذا اختفت مادة التربية الوطنية في مدارسنا؟!

ص. : فصل المهير والمالكي من ادارة المركز العالمي لدراسات الكتاب الاخضر

Stuff-NZ : Gaddafi Son Flies In For Hunting, Fishing

علي يوسف زيو : ذكريات فى ظل استقلال ليبيا

محمد بن احميدة : دور موقع ليبيا اليوم في حملة التضليل ضد جمال الحاجي

Wednesday, 30 December, 2009: An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) has won top honors in the 1st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Qur’an Reading Competition organized by the Filipino Muslim Consultative Council (FMCC) in Tripoli, Libya. Philippine Labor Attache Nasser Mustafa assigned in Libya said that various ASEAN expatriates working or living in the Muslim country participated in the Qur’anic tilt conducted at the Dhat El-Emad five-tower complex in Tripoli by the Mediterranean Sea. Mustafa said Abdul Hassan Mahmud (Philippines) won first place and 2,000 Libyan dinar (LD); Jamaloden Ambulodto (Philippines), second place with LD1,500; and Ali Wardana (Indonesia), third place and LD1,000 (US$1=1.3 LD). The rest of the contestants from the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia got LD100 as consolation prizes. FMCC, chaired by Atty. Haznor L. Mangondaya, organized the competition. [MB] More
Wednesday, 30 December, 2009: The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) has issued a decision to create a Vietnamese labour management board, under the Vietnamese Embassy in Libya. The board will be tasked with conducting research into Libya’s market and its policies on foreign labourers, then proposing policies and management models to the Department for Overseas Labour Management, under MoLISA to bring Vietnamese labourers to Libya. The board will also inspect conditions and solicit contracts for Vietnamese labour, monitor the legal status of Libya’s businesses, suggest measures to develop relations and deploy cooperative activities with Libya in the fields of labour and social affairs. The Vietnamese labour management board will also guide businesses on approaching the market. [VOV News] More
Wednesday, 30 December, 2009: The playboy son of Colonel Gaddafi was at the centre of a police inquiry last night over claims he attacked his wife in a top London hotel on Christmas Day. Moutassim Gaddafi - known as Hannibal - was staying with his wife, the model Aline Skaf, 29, and their children in a luxury suite at Claridge's when the fight broke out. Police were called to the family's £4,000-a-night suite at 1.30am after hotel staff heard a woman's screams for help. But when officers arrived they found the Libyan despot's 33-year-old son locked in the room with his wife - with his bodyguards blocking their way. Three of the security staff were arrested at the scene for obstructing police officers. Mr Gaddafi, however, was able to slip away after calling the Libyan ambassador, who informed officers that he had diplomatic immunity. The Porsche-loving playboy and notorious hell-raiser was then whisked away in an embassy car. A witness at the five-star hotel described hearing terrified screams: 'I saw staff trying to get into the room where a woman was screaming. But these security guards wouldn't let them through. [Daily Mail] More
Wednesday, 30 December, 2009: An earthquake registering a magnitude of 4.8 struck just off the Libyan coast, in a location approximately 350km south of Malta, although it appears that it has had no significant consequences. The earthquake struck at around 1209h local time. Its epicentre was in a location 32km northwest of the port of Misurata, 170km to the east of Tripoli and approximately 350km south of Malta, at a depth of 10km. Maltese company Medserv, a logistical and support services company serving the oil and gas sector, has a significant base in Misurata, which supports drilling operations in offshore Libya. However, CEO Godwin Borg told www.di-ve.com that although people at the base felt the earthquake, no one sustained any injury and no damage appeared to have been caused. [DI-VE] More
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قورينا : شباب نادي الباروني في مانشستر يقومون بزيارة للجماهيرية     فيلادلفيا : وفد شبابي ليبي أمريكي يزور درنه

ليلى الهوني : ما هذا يا هذا!؟

د. علي الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (22)

حمد الضبع : الفتنة الكبرى     الساطور : أين جمال الحاجي؟!

د. مصطفى عبدالله : قطر... بدون نظرية ولا كتاب أخضر

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : اطلقوا سراح جمال الحاجى

محمد سحيم : قالت لي فتاة     د. فتحي الفاضلي : البديل السياسي في ليبيا (24)

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : وشهد شاهد من أهلها!!

Tuesday, 29 December, 2009: CALGARY - Pure Technologies Ltd. (TSXV:PUR) announced Monday is is close to a $30-million-plus deal to sell a pipeline monitoring system to Libya's Great Man-Made River Authority. Pure said it has received a letter of intent from the authority and expects the deal to go ahead pending completion of "the normal review process and final documentation." Under the proposal, Pure will supply its patented SoundPrint AFO fibre-optic monitoring system, capable of monitoring up to 960 kilometres of the authority's pre-stressed concrete pipeline transmission network. The authority is currently monitoring approximately 350 kilometres of the network following a contract awarded to Pure in September 2007. Equipment deliveries are commence prior to current year-end and are expected to continue through 2011. [Canadian Press] More
Tuesday, 29 December, 2009: A son of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi arrived in Christchurch by private jet yesterday before heading to Queenstown. A group, believed to include Saif al Islam al Gaddafi, boarded a chartered Air New Zealand Dash-8 aircraft at Christchurch Airport after arriving in a Libyan Airbus. London-based Saif Gaddafi, who is the second son of the North African ruler, was involved the controversial release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi this year. However, the private jet carrying Saif Gaddafi was not the same aircraft that ferried the bomber from Scotland to the Libyan capital Tripoli in August. A witness said Saif Gaddafi, 37, arrived in Christchurch about 9.20am yesterday on an A340 aircraft before flying on to Queenstown. [Stuff] More
Tuesday, 29 December, 2009: DAMASCUS, Syria, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi arrived in Damascus to meet with Syrian officials ahead of a planned summit for the Arab League in Tripoli. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem met the Libyan leader in Damascus to discuss the agenda for the next Arab summit. Moallem and Gadhafi agreed that the summit should focus on Arab interests through the pursuit of common goals, the official Syrian Arab News Agency reports. Iraq was scheduled to host the next regular meeting of the Arab League. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the 2009 summit in Doha, Qatar, called on Tripoli to host the 2010 summit because of security concerns. [UPI] More
د. محمد أحمد مصطفى : رداً على كاتب "عبث الفساد في جامعة عمر المختار"

صفحات من كتاب ( محطات من تاريخ ليبيا ) ـ مذكرات محمد عثمان الصيد (2)

مواطن : الفوضى في ليبيا.. شكري غانم مثالا     عبدالله بن عبدالله : علم من أعلام برقة يُبشـّر الطغاة بالجنة..

ك. : إزالة لغرض التطهير لمستشفى الخضراء     عبدالقادر جادالله : ضاع كلام.. من c.v المجني عليه النائب العام..!!

فوزي عبدالحميد : أكبر فضيحة في ليبيا

عيسى عبدالقيوم : الخطوط الحمراء.. متحركة رغم وهم ثباتها     د. مصطفى الزائدي : رسوم ومآذن

قورينا : درنة أولى محطات الشباب الليبيين المقيمين بأمريكا خلال زيارتهم     أرامل شهداء الواجب يطالبن بالقصاص

الشرق الأوسط : المؤتمرات الشعبية تبدأ اليوم مناقشة تعيين نجل القذافي     الإجدابي : بنية غنَّاوة العَـلَم

ع. الفيتوري : الرد على شبهة الأخطاء اللغوية في القرآن الكريم (2)

Monday, 28 December, 2009: Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's jet, the same plane which ferried the Lockerbie bomber from Scotland to Libya's capital Tripoli in August, is expected to fly into Christchurch today from Jakarta. The Libyan leader's London-based son and heir apparent, Saif al Islam al Gaddafi, is believed to be on board and due to fly straight on to Queenstown on a smaller aircraft for a private holiday. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed yesterday a member of Gaddafi's family had been given a visitor's visa for New Zealand. "We know that a member of the family was planning to come to New Zealand, but the arrival date is yet to be confirmed," a ministry spokesman said. "In terms of entry into the country they have gone through all the usual processes and they met all the requirements for that." Aviation sources heard it was Gaddafi's son who was on board for the private visit and that his father's plane will land sometime today. [Stuff] More
Monday, 28 December, 2009: ROME, Dec 26 (IPS) - Lake Chad was bigger than Israel less than 50 years ago. Today its surface area is less than a tenth of its earlier size, amid forecasts the lake could disappear altogether within 20 years. Climate change and overuse have put one of Africa's mightiest lakes in mortal danger, and the livelihoods of the 30 million people who depend on its waters is hanging by a thread as a result. An unprecedented crisis is looming that would create fresh hunger in a region already suffering grave food insecurity, and pose a massive threat to peace and stability, experts say. "If Lake Chad dries up, 30 million people will have no means of a livelihood, and that is a big security problem because of growing competition for smaller quantities of water," Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, executive secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) tells IPS in Rome. ..... Four more countries, the Central African Republic, Algeria, Sudan and Libya, share the lake's hydrological basin and are therefore affected by its fortunes. [IPS News] More
ميميس أوزرو : الذكرى السنوية للهجوم الهمجي والمتخلف على يفرن

الصيّاد : ادريس بوسيف : كنت سكرتيراً للملك     قورينا : وصول وفد شبابي من الليبيين المقيمين في أمريكا

السلفيوم : "البرانى" مواطن بحكم القانون    مواطنون.. لا أهل وطن     جليانه : هل اخطأ الليبيون فهم القائد؟!

طارق القزيري : الحسينيات بإيران : هل يرتد سلاح الجمهورية الإسلامية عليها؟

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : الشيخ وإطلالة عام جديد

فرج بوالعَـشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (7)

علي الخليفي : عاشوراء الأحزان والخذلان

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (13)

رمضان جربوع : سنظل نحبك يا وطن

أم ملاك : حق أيتام الشهداء.. هل ينتهى بحفنة من مال؟     د. علي المرابط : عبث الفساد بجامعة عمر المختار

لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : مناشدة     مجموعة "اماريرن" : مجلّة المستقلة ، تاسغولت أنسيمال

       يا اللي عليك انرايف..     افراح اولاد على فى ليبيا

رفيق : هل أكلت الدواجن "آية الرجم" فقط؟!     الساطور : فيديو : قصيدة "كونه ضاع ضاع" : الإجدابي

Ghoma : Boondoggles Continue: Tripoli Subway.. (1)

Sunday, 27 December, 2009: Libya voted against the resolution of the UN Security Council imposing sanctions against Eritrea, saying "the path adopted in the resolution is not realistic but hasty. "Sanctions are not the appropriate means of sorting out the existing problem. Rather, it will aggravate the situation prevailing in the horn of Africa," according to Libya's permanent delegate to the UN, Abderrahmane Chalgham. The UN Security Council on Wednesday ordered sanctions against Eritrea for supporting the Chabaab Islamist insurgents in Somalia and plans to place embargo on arms deliveries to Eritrea, the freezing of assets and the banning of trips for Eritrean officials. [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 27 December, 2009: The Head of Political Bureau of Hamas Movement Khaled Meshaal arrived in Tripoli December 20 for a visit which he described as part of consultations with brothers in the Libya. Upon arriving in Tripoli, Meshaal said he was "keen to consult" the Leader of the Revolution Muammar Gaddafi about developments "on more than one level." Meshaal, who lives in exile in Syria, expressed his happiness to be in Jamahiriya and voiced his appreciation of Gaddafi principled stance and his historical support of the Palestinian people and their just cause. Meshaal held talks with Saif Al-Islam Al-Gaddafi in Tripoli who then invited him to attend a wedding party at one of Tripoli's hotels. There Meshaal made a speech in which he thanked the Libyan people and government for their continuous support of the Palestinian struggle for liberation. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 27 December, 2009: Libya's LAP Greencom is competing with India's Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. And Angola's Unitel to acquire Zamtel, Zambia's fixed-line telephone operator, a government official said on Wednesday. The three companies have already submitted bids. The planned sale would make Zamtel the latest state owned fixed line operator being exited by African governments, as Nigeria's Nitel is in a process of being privatised. In April, Mali's government rejected a bid for state-owned Sotelma. The submission of offers for Zamtel marks the start of the final process which has been criticised by opposition politicians, who say Zambians should hold a bigger stake in the company. Zamtel's revenue for the year to end-December was $100 million. It is Zambia's only licensed fixed-line provider of voice and data communications. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 27 December, 2009: LIBYAN artist and ceramicist Hadia Gana if one of about 30 artists from the Mediterranean region are currently participating in one of the leading art events in the world, the 25th Alexandria Biennale for Mediterranean countries, in Egypt that opened on December 17 and will last until the end of January. In the beginning this important event was targeted each of its editions to travel in a different Mediterranean country until it was finally settled to always organise it in the city of Alexandria for its historical heritage as the old capital of Egypt in ancient times. The first edition of Alexandria Biennial, entitled 'The First Biennial for the Arts of Mediterranean Countries' was inaugurated on July 26, 1955. [Tripoli Post] More
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أ. ع. بوشناف : ما بين الليبراليه والديمقراطيه     علي مختار : إلى الغرياني.. بلاش بلعطه على الحقائق   

عبدالله بن عبدالله : نادي الباروني وصل يا رجاله     أحد منتسبي حركة اللجان الثورية : ما ضرّ القائد إن كانت أمه يهودية

إبراهيم قويدر : ممارسات غير وطنية

هيومن رايتس ووتش : ليبيا : يجب إخلاء سبيل الناشط الحقوقي البارز [جمال الحاجي]

الإنقاذ : كلمة الأستاذ إبراهيم صهد الأمين العام للجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا في الذكرى الـ58 لإستقلال ليبيا

د. علي الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (21)

سالم بن عمار : هل تجوز الرشوة بعد أن عمت في بلادنا؟

Saturday, 26 December, 2009: Libya’s foreign ministry says Switzerland is to blame for escalating a row between the two countries and has issued a list of 27 points to make its case. Among the most irksome items for the North African regime: photos leaked to the press of leader Moammar Gaddafi’s son, Hannibal, during his brief 2008 arrest in Geneva. Talk of military action to free two Swiss businessmen held in Libya for more than 500 days also made the list. As a senator in May 2009, Didier Burkhalter, who has since become interior minister, suggested the Swiss military could forcibly liberate the Swiss businessmen. Libya has accused the men who work for Swiss firms of visa and business violations. A court sentenced them to 16 months in jail. The Swiss widely believe the charges are trumped up and that the businessmen, who are confined to the Swiss embassy in Tripoli, are being punished as proxies for offending the Gaddafi family’s honour. [Swiss Info] More
Saturday, 26 December, 2009: The role played by Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al Islam, in gaining the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset Ali Al Megrahi, and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's state visit to Washington accompanied by his son, Jamal, suggest that dynastic successions are underway in both countries. They are not alone. Mubarak and Gaddafi, along with Tunisia's Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali and Abdul Aziz Bouteflika of Algeria, are among the world's oldest and longest-serving heads of state. All four face the ticklish problem of succession, and speculation has been mounting for some time of possible attempts to keep power in the family. That solution is becoming pretty commonplace, from the Aliyevs of Azerbaijan to the Kims of North Korea to the Assads in Syria. Dynastic succession safeguards the immediate and frequently extensive interests of the ruling family as well as those of the wider political and business elite. But the possibility of near simultaneous successions in North Africa is striking nonetheless. [Gulf News] More
وقفات مع شيخ الفنانين حسن عريبي : إليها

24 ديسمبر 2009م : عيد الإستقلال

الحوار المتمدّن : حملة من اجل ايقاف عمليات الترحيل القسري وعمليات اعتقال اللاجئين الليبيين في مراكز الحجز السويدية

ليلى الهوني : في ذكرى استقلال ليبيا : هدرزة بنت ليبيا

        حمد الضبع : الجزيرة : الرأي والرأي الأوّل مكرّر     الساطور : 24 ديسمبر 1951 : عيد الاستقلال

( ليبيا يا نغماً في خاطري ) كلمات : مصطفى الهنقاري ـ غناء : محمد نجم

مركز التوثيق الليبي : حتى لاننسى : ذكرى إستقلال ليبيا

Friday, 25 December, 2009: Tripoli - The third wife of the grandfather of US President Barack Obama was in 'good health' after undergoing medical checkups in the Libyan capital Tripoli, state-run television reported Thursday. Kenyan citizen Sarah Ogwel Obama, aged 87, arrived in Tripoli earlier this week and was received by Libyan leader Moammer Gaddafi, who holds the rotating position of chairman of the African Union. The US president is not a blood relation of his grandfather's spouse. [M & C] More
Friday, 25 December, 2009: (New York) - Libyan authorities should immediately release and drop all charges against Jamal el-Haji, a political prisoner arrested on December 9, 2009, for publicly criticizing human rights violations in Libya, Human Rights Watch said today. The case highlights the need to reform oppressive criminal laws curtailing free expression, Human Rights Watch said. The detention stems from a five-page complaint that el-Haji, writer and rights advocate, sent to the Justice Secretary on May 24 about violations of his basic rights while he was in custody, from 2007 to 2009, including torture and inhumane conditions, and a travel ban on international travel since his release. He also criticized Libya's lack of judicial independence, the interference of the security services in the judiciary, and the arbitrary detention of hundreds of persons. [Alertnet] More
Friday, 25 December, 2009: Marriage between relatives in Libya is one of the main causes of hereditary diseases, the Secretary of the People's Committee of the Libyan Association for Disabled People, Dr. Najib Cherif, said. Speaking in an interview with PANA outside a conference on the role of genetics in minimizing risks of handicaps, Cherif said statistics published by centres for the disabled people revealed that most of the handicaps had hereditary origins due to social links and traditions of the Libyan society based on a tribal and clan system. “Thanks to new technologies and medical discoveries, hereditary diseases can be cured by treating genes causing the handicap and by identifying and preventing them,” Cherif said. [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 25 December, 2009: Libya granted Comoros a financial aid of US$ 100,000 for the organisation of legislative elections in the country on Sunday, an official source in Moroni told PANA Wednesday. The cheque was delivered to the Comoran government by Libyan Chargé d'Affaires in Moroni, Hussein Al Mizdaoui, during a ceremony at the country's Foreign Relations Ministry. "This contribution is aimed at supporting the great efforts that have been made in the organisation of the last elections," Mizdaoui said. [Afrique Jet] More
جمعية المحافظة على راية الإستقلال : في الذكرى 58 للإستقلال المجيد

صالح سعيد الواحي : جبننا أمر عجيب .. في 24 ديسمبر 2009 ذكرى الاستقلال

سمير الكردي : مازلت نا هو نا...

مهدي التمامي : نحو قدسنة الأدب

علاء الدرسي : زيارة موفقة و تقرير عادل

ع. الفيتوري : الرد على شبهة الأخطاء اللغوية في القرآن الكريم (1)

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : اللؤلؤة ولعنة النفط

المؤتمر : إعلان من الموقع الإلكتروني للمؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية

صديق : صور لبعض الطلبة سجناء سجن الجديدة ـ طرابلس ـ سنة 1976م

سليم الرقعي : هل إدريس السنوسي كان صنيعة الإنجليز!؟

ليبيا هوت : خطاب إستقلال ليبيا بصوت الملك ادريس و لجنة الستين

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : إبنى سيف بالسيف!!

University Readers : The Job Interview Manual; By : Dr. Jaballa Hasan

د. مصطفى عبدالله : تيميشوارا.. سقوط الديكتاتور

موسى عبدالكريم : الطيب الصافي وشيء من "النقاء والطهارة من الثورية"

د. سعاد الفيتوري : الذل للأحياء موت

Thursday, 24 December, 2009: Harare City Council has no capacity to collect garbage from households despite collecting monthly refuse charges from the people, town clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi has said. Dr Mahachi made the remarks during a review meeting of the Cabinet taskforce on cholera on Monday as the Libyan government donated a consignment of drugs and water treatment chemicals to mitigate the spread and recurrence of cholera. He said council was owed US$30 million in unpaid refuse fees because residents were protesting the non-delivery of the service. Libyan Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Taher Elmagrahe said the drugs and chemicals were part of the US$850 000 assistance package by the people of Libya to Zimbabwe. The drugs and chemicals would be distributed to all health centres across the country. [Herald] More
Thursday, 24 December, 2009: CAIRO, Dec 23 (KUNA) -- The 22nd Arab summit will be held in the Libyan capital Tripoli on March 27-28, the Arab League declared on Wednesday. The league said in a statement that the Secretary General Amr Moussa held consultation talks with Libyan President Colonel Moammar Al-Gadhafi and other Libyan leaders on the planned summit to be held in Libya, the chairman of the planned top-level meeting. Moussa visited Libya, earlier Wednesday, as part of the preparations for the summit. [KUNA] More
Thursday, 24 December, 2009: LUANDA, Dec 22 (Reuters) - OPEC will urge its members to comply more strictly with its oil output curbs, the head of Libya's OPEC delegation Shokri Ghanem told reporters on Tuesday. He was speaking at the end of OPEC's meeting which agreed to keep the curbs in place. [Reuters] More
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Amnesty USA - Northeast Regional : Tribute to Fathi Eljahmi :   Part 1     Part 2

من أغاني الأطفال الليبية : يا عريفتي

غرياني : إلى (أبومحمد) وتعليقه الساذج على برقه ونفطها!     عبدالسلام ضو : الخبير عون وزمرة النفعيين

أنصار الدستور الليبي : بيان الى الأمة الليبية بمناسبة عيد الاستقلال المجيد

عيسى عبدالقيوم : حقوق الإنسان تهمة ندفعها أو ثقافة نحتاجها

أبو محمد : عن بعض النقاط الواردة في مقال لماذا أعربت (برقة)     مواطن ليبي : رسالة إلي مستشار الأمن الوطني

الرابطة الليبية : تغطية قناة الجزيرة للشأن العام الليبي والراي والرأي الآخر؟

عبدالله بن عبدالله : أعلام طرابلس     سليم الرقعي : الفصول الثلاثة للأخ "أبو الشرعية الثورية"!؟

نادي الباروني : عقد رعاية مع مجموعة المجريسي للخدمات والأعمال التجارية

Wednesday, 23 December, 2009: GENEVA, Dec 22 (Reuters) - A son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is suing Geneva authorities and a city newspaper for a published police photograph following his arrest in the Swiss city last year on charges of mistreating domestic employees. Hannibal Gaddafi demanded damages for the "illegal invasion" of privacy and harm done to his reputation for the leaked police photo on the Tribune de Geneve's front page on Sept 4, 2009. He filed a civil suit against Geneva cantonal authorities, the paper and an unnamed journalist on Dec. 17, a statement from Geneva's judiciary said. No further details would be released. Gaddafi and his pregnant wife Aline were briefly arrested in July 2008 in their luxury Geneva lakeside hotel on charges of mistreating two domestic employees. The charges were later dropped as part of an out-of-court settlement. Libya cut oil supplies to Switzerland and withdrew more than $5 billion in assets from Swiss banks after the arrests, which sparked a diplomatic row which is still festering. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 23 December, 2009: A Belarusian military delegation led by minister of defense Yury Zhadobin is paying an official visit to Tripoli. Belarus and Libya signed a protocol on cooperation in defense affairs on December 16. According to the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Defense, the visit took place on December 14–16. Yury Zhadobin and secretary of the Libyan General Interim Committee for Defense (defense minister) Abu Bakr Yunis Jaber held negotiations in Tripoli. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi also accepted the Belarusian defense minister. We remind that Muammar Gaddafi visited Minsk in November 2008. Muammar Gaddafi became Libya’s leader in 1969 and established the regime based on people’s committees and meetings. In March 1977, he proclaimed Libya Jamahiriya (government by the masses). [Charter 97] More
Wednesday, 23 December, 2009: Families of Lockerbie bombing victims gather in Washington, knowing that the only man convicted of the crime has been released from prison for health reasons and had almost £2 million in a bank account at the time Pan Am Flight 103 went down. The holidays are always a difficult time for the families of the victims of Pam Am Flight 103. It was only four days before Christmas – 21 years ago Monday – that a bomb aboard the transcontinental flight detonated over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. But this year is especially tough. Four months ago, the only person to be held legally responsible for the 1988 terrorist attack was released from prison on grounds that he was terminally ill. Then, two days ago, the families learned that the bomber had nearly £2 million in a personal bank account at the time of the attack. [CSMonitor] More
Wednesday, 23 December, 2009: The appeal hearings of two Swiss businessmen sentenced earlier this month to 16 months in jail by a Libyan court have been put off to next year. The Swiss section of the human rights organisation, Amnesty International, quoted “reliable sources” as saying the proceedings due to take place in Tripoli on Tuesday were cancelled. The delay will allow the defendants, Max Göldi and Rachid Hamdani, to seek access to their court files, according to Amnesty. The Swiss foreign ministry said neither of the two defendants had left the embassy to appear in court. Göldi and Hamdani, convicted of visa irregularities and tax evasion, have spent much of their time in the Swiss embassy in Tripoli ever since being prevented from leaving Libya in July 2008. They also face further charges of doing business illegally in Libya. [Swiss Info] More
Wednesday, 23 December, 2009: A Libyan national who has been under restriction for the past six years in the United Kingdom on terrorism charges has won his long court battle against the UK Home Office and Security Services. Faraj Hassan told Press TV over phone on Monday that his solicitors tried hard and finally succeed in convincing a High Court judge that he is not a terrorist threat to the United Kingdom. "They couldn't manage to fight this case. All the allegations they had against me were based on suspicions," he said. Hassan, 28, was arrested in 2002 shortly after he entered Britain. He spent 15 months in detention without trial before eventually being charged in 2003 under the UK Terrorism Act. He has been subject to a control order ever since. "After spending months in detention I was told that they wanted to extradite me to Italy. I fought this case for approximately five years," Hassan said. [Press TV] More
Wednesday, 23 December, 2009: TRIPOLI - LIBYAN leader Moamer Kadhafi received the third wife of the grandfather of US President Barack Obama on Tuesday, Libyan state media reported. Mrs Sarah Obama, who the US leader refers to as his granny even though she is not a blood relation, came to Libya to congratulate Mr Kadhafi on his efforts to unify the African continent, the official JANA news agency said. She told the Libyan leader she had come 'to tell him of her pride as an African citizen in the efforts he has made to unify the African continent and his humanitarian initiatives for Africans,' JANA said. Mrs Sarah Obama lives in western Kenya. Mr Kadhafi is the current chairman of the African Union and has been an outspoken supporter of greater unity within the bloc. [AFP] More
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        حمد الضبع : عندما تتحدث القرود     الساطور : صقع عليه يا حنّه

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مؤمن الساكت : ملحمة الكره والحقد

Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: A girl from Greater Manchester who was abducted by her father and taken to Libya has been reunited with her mother after two years apart. Six-year-old Nadia Fawzi is now with her mother Sarah Taylor, from Wigan, who had moved to Libya to find her. Nadia's father, Fawzi Abu Arghub, abducted her under the pretence he was taking her to a party. He boarded a plane with her to his home country. Ms Taylor said: "I am overjoyed to be reunited with Nadia after two years." Following the abduction, Ms Taylor left her job and moved to Libya to find her daughter. She was awarded custody by the Libyan courts, but Mr Abu Arghub refused to disclose the whereabouts of their daughter. Ms Taylor and Nadia were finally reunited in the Libyan capital Tripoli earlier. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: London: The Lockerbie bomber had a secret fortune of nearly £2 million (Dh11.8 million) in a Swiss bank account before his conviction eight years ago, it was revealed on Sunday. Abdul Basset Ali Mohammad Al Megrahi was said by the Libyan government to be a low-ranking airline worker. Yet he had a bank balance of £1.8 million when he was found guilty of the murder of 270 people in the Pan Am bombing, which happened above the Scottish town of Lockerbie 21 years ago yesterday. The disclosure dramatically weakened claims by the 57-year-old Libyan and his supporters that he was not responsible for Britain's worst act of mass murder. Scottish prosecutors admitted on Sunday they refused to grant bail to terminally-ill Al Megrahi in November last year because of concerns he might try to gain access to the money. [Gulf News]
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Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: The two Swiss businessmen sentenced earlier this month to 16 months in jail by a Libyan court, are to leave the embassy on Tuesday to attend an appeal hearing. The two men did not attend the original trial, at which they were convicted of visa irregularities and tax evasion. Their lawyer, Salah Zahaf, told the AFP news agency on Monday that they would go to the court in person, and would return to the embassy afterwards. He did not say whether they had been given any guarantees that they would not be arrested. The two, Max Göldi and Rachid Hamdani, have spent much of their time in the Swiss embassy in Tripoli since they were prevented from leaving Libya in July 2008, shortly after one of the sons of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi, was detained by police in Geneva, along with his wife, on charges of mistreating two servants. Göldi and Hamdani face further charges of doing business illegally in Libya. [Swiss Info]
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Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: KAMPALA, Uganda, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Uganda rejects any suggestion that Libya is moving to take a sizable share of Uganda's oil reserves, a Foreign Ministry official said. Ugandan news Web site Vision during the weekend ran an article suggesting Libya was pursuing a deal with Italian energy company Eni, which is attempting to take Ugandan interests away from Heritage Oil. Heritage Oil agreed in November to sell 50 percent of its stake in two blocks in the oil-rich Lake Albert region of Uganda. The Eni deal would make Libya one of the largest shareholders of Uganda oil assets. Sam Kutesa, the Uganda foreign affairs minister, rejected the allegation that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi was after Ugandan oil. [UPI]
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Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: The Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) are eyeing to hold the resumption of peace talks in Tripoli, Libya, tentatively set for January 11- 15, 2010, to finalize the drafting of a new organic act for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). Secretary Annabelle T. Abaya of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and Prof. Nur Misuari, MNLF founding chairman, met Thursday at the Indonesian Embassy in Makati City to move forward the tripartite meeting reviewing the implementation of the 1996 Final Peace Agreement (FPA) between GRP and MNLF. Lawyer Randolp Parcasio, one of MNLF's legal counsels and staunch ally of the MNLF leader, described the meeting as frank and cordial, which was hosted and facilitated by the Indonesia-chaired Peace Committee for Southern Philippines (PCSP). [Manila Bulletin]
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Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: Tunisian club CS Sfaxien came away with the UNAF Winners' Cup on Sunday (December 20th) after a goalless draw with visitors Ahly Benghazi of Libya. CS Sfaxien garnered $150,000 as a result of the match in the second round of the championship finals, which was decided in their favour thanks to the away-goal rule. "The match was tough, because we played it with a lot of tension in the air," CS Sfaxien assistant coach Mahmoud Masmoudi said after the clash. "Even though we didn't manage to score any goals, we still won the title." A 1-1 draw last Friday in Libya gave the Sfaxiens the upper hand going into the return leg. [Magharebia]
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Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: (New York, December 18, 2009) - Libya's Internal Security agency should comply immediately with judicial orders ordering the release of the 330 prisoners the agency is detaining without any legal basis, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch raised the subject with Libyan security officials following a news conference on human rights abuses in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, on December 12, 2009. The continued detention of prisoners who have been acquitted or whose sentences have expired was one subject of the discussions. "Both Libya's justice secretary and the head of its internal security agency have confirmed to us that there is no legal basis to hold these people," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. "The security forces are basically trying to substitute their own judgment for that of the country's courts." In a meeting with Human Rights Watch on December 12, the head of internal security, Colonel Al-Tohamy Khaled, confirmed that his agency was detaining 330 prisoners whose sentences had ended or who had been acquitted in Abu Salim prison. [Alertnet]
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Tuesday, 22 December, 2009: Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- It hasn’t been a good year for the traditional Swiss way of doing things. The country faced foreign challenges to its banking secrecy laws, spats with France and Poland over the arrest of film director Roman Polanski, and an ongoing diplomatic row with Libya over the arrest of leader Muammar Qaddafi’s son. Then came the Nov. 29 referendum that approved a ban on the building of minarets, which has triggered a debate about the nation’s 700-year-old history of direct voting on single issues. “Switzerland got slapped in the face many times this year,” said Michael Hermann, a political scientist at the University of Zurich. “Once the country thought there is some time to breathe, the next problem popped up, calling the Swiss way of doing business and politics into question.” [Bloomberg]
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فوزي عبدالحميد : دعارة سياسية     عاشور الورفلي : العود أحمد

فرج بوالعَـشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (6)

رمضان جربوع : السدّ في وجه الإعاقة

طارق القزيري : بين كلاب شرطة امستردام وأنياب الأزمة الاقتصادية

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (12)

سالم اقنان : في ذكرى تغييب الأستاذ منصور الكيخيا

Monday, 21 December, 2009: Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi today finishes the fourth of the three months he supposedly had to live when Scottish authorities released him from prison on "compassionate grounds." It was said at the time that Megrahi suffered from terminal prostate cancer so that sending him home to Libya was the humanitarian thing to do. Never mind that Megrahi had served only eight years in the deaths of 270 innocents. Never mind that freeing him had the stench of a big-oil deal worked out between Libya and the government of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. In the face of international outrage, Libya showed televised pictures of Megrahi in a hospital bed looking very, very sick indeed. The countdown began: 90 days, 89 days, 88 days, 87 days - all the way down to zero. And still there was no word that Megrahi had departed this mortal coil. Now, surprise, surprise, the evidence mounts that, far from dying, he may not even be very sick. [NY Daily News] More
Monday, 21 December, 2009: The first non-visa flight from Turkey to Libya took place over the weekend, weeks after the two countries announced that they had mutually abolished visa requirements, opening a new era in once-strained ties. Officials from Libyan Airlines, speaking with the Anatolia news agency, said they had started the non-visa flights as of Saturday with a flight from İstanbul to Tripoli. Noting that they haven’t yet received any official notification concerning implementation of the decision on visa abolishment, the same officials, said that they decided to carry out the implementation after receiving verbal permission from authorities. Passport holders who have a sworn translation of their identity card in Arabic can make use of non-visa flights, they said, adding that those passport holders should make sure they have $1,000 in cash... [Today.s Zaman] More
Monday, 21 December, 2009: Bethlehem – Ma’an – Senior Hamas official Khalid Mash’al arrived in Libya on Sunday for talks with leader Muammar Ghaddafi, the country’s state news agency announced. Mash’al visited Yemen and Iran over the past several days in a series of trips in part related to efforts to reunite Hamas with rival Palestinian party Fatah, which controls the West Bank and most of the institutions of the Palestinian Authority (PA). Libya is also thought to enjoy friendly relations with Fatah and the PA. Upon arriving in Tripoli, Mash’al said he was “keen to consult” Ghaddafi about developments “on more than level”... [Maan News] More
Monday, 21 December, 2009: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomed today the strong call made by its affiliates in Libya, the Libyan Journalists and Media Workers' Association, for new legislation to guarantee freedom of information, enhance the status of journalists and increase transparency and open government. The two-day seminar in Tripoli on 16 and 17 of December was opened by IFJ President Jim Boumelha, Vice-President Younes M'jahed and Omar Faruk, President of the IFJ regional group, the Federation of African Journalists, and was attended by scores of Libyan journalists, academics and media leaders. "As a first visit ever of IFJ officials to Libya, we were buoyed by the strength and determination of Libyan journalists and their Association to surface from their isolation and play a full role in the work of the IFJ"... [IFJ] More
رجب الشلطامي : وسقطت بيافرا     د. مصطفى الزائدي : استقلال القضاء في مهب ليفني

محمد سحيم : عيش خلي الشعب ايعيش

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : بيان بشأن المؤتمر الثاني للجبهة     مشروع عمل وطني

المؤتمر الوطني : رسالة مفتوحة إلى وزيرة خارجيّة أمريكا حول سجن المناضل الليبي جمال الحاجّي

الساطور : فيديو : قصيدة للشاعر المناضل الإجدابي

د. صالح امجاور : لماذا أعربت (برقة) المحتقنة عن مناصرتها وتأييدها لتوريث سيف الاسلام؟!

ليلى الهوني : آه يا ليبيا المبيوعة!

مهدي التمامي : حنجرة رقمية لعبدالكافي

محمّد قدري الخوجة : عودة بعد سنين عجاف!

Sunday, 20 December, 2009: Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset al-Megrahi's health is deteriorating, according to a Libyan hospital source. Megrahi was sentenced to life imprisonment for the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am passenger jet, which claimed the lives of 270 people. The Libyan was controversially released from jail in August on compassionate grounds after being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. Now Tripoli Medical Centre has released a statement saying Megrahi's condition has worsened and the cancer has spread throughout his body. The 57-year-old arrived at the hospital on Saturday coughing and vomiting. [Fox News] More
Sunday, 20 December, 2009: GENEVA - The trial of one of the Swiss businessmen in Libya on charges of alleged illegal business activities has been postponed until January 2, the Swiss foreign ministry said Saturday. Max Goeldi's trial had been due to take place on Saturday but was postponed for an unknown reason, Swiss foreign ministry spokesman Erik Reumann told the Swiss news agency ATS. Goeldi and Rashid Hamdani, who were due to go on trial this weekend according to their lawyer, have already been sentenced to 16-month jail terms for overstaying visas and are at the centre of a diplomatic row between Bern and Tripoli. [AFP] More
Sunday, 20 December, 2009: Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gadaffi plans to buy up to 10% shares in Eni, the Italian company that on Friday signed a deal with Heritage to take over its oil fields in Uganda. That would make Libya the second biggest shareholder of the company after the Italian state, which has a 30% stake. Libya already owns 2% of Eni. Heritage, the operator of two of Uganda’s largest oil fields, on Friday signed a sales and purchase agreement to sell its interests to Eni for $1.5b, formalising a preliminary agreement made on November 23. Gadaffi has, on three occasions in the past year, announced his interest in Eni. [Vision] More
Sunday, 20 December, 2009: Libya and Belarus signed on Wednesday in Tripoli a protocol of cooperation in defense matters as part of the efforts of the two countries to strengthen bilateral relations. Lieutenant General Aboubaker Yunis Jaber, Secretary of the General Interim Defense Committee, signed the protocol on the Libyan side and Minister of Defence Lieutenant General Yuri Zhadobin of Belarus. The agreement came after two days of talks last week during which meetings were held to discuss cooperation between the two countries in various fields. General Jaber said the visit by the Belarusian delegation reflected a desire by the two countries to push relations between the two countries towards further progress. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 20 December, 2009: LUANDA (Reuters) - OPEC needs to comply more closely with its oil output targets as the market is oversupplied, the head of Libya's National Oil Corporation said on Saturday ahead of its meeting to set policy. The producer group agreed last year to curb supply by 4.2 million barrels per day (bpd) as recession eroded demand. But compliance with the accord has slipped to 60 percent from 80 percent earlier this year, alongside a rally in oil prices and signs of economic recovery. "The market is oversupplied and therefore we will call for more compliance," Libya's Shokri Ghanem told Reuters by telephone from Tripoli. "We have to comply first and then watch the market." The comments underline the concern of some in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries about ample supply, even though oil has rallied to around $73 a barrel, up from below $33 in December 2008. [Reuters] More
صفحات من كتاب ( الأصوات المهمّشة ) ـ تأليف : د. علي عبداللطيف احميدة (1)

مركز التوثيق الليبي : حتى لا ننسى : ذكرى إختطاف منصور الكيخيا (3)

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : مزمارى يعزف لطمة..     صلاح عبدالعزيز : حتى أنت يا بروتس..

موسى عبدالكريم : عدالة بمواصفات خاصة!

الحاج اشعيب : مازال ما عرفناش البير وغطاه     كشكول : كشكول (1)

امرايف : جانا العيد وعيدنا.. لكن حيه ازعل قايدنا!!     طلبة : المكتب الشعبي الليبي واشنطون وتهديد الطلبة

Ghoma : Jamahiriya's Syndrome : White Elephant Projects..?

NCLO : Open Letter To Secretary Clinton Regarding Imprisonment of Jamal Al Hajji

Saturday, 19 December, 2009: GENEVA, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Two Swiss businessmen already sentenced to 16 months in prison in Libya for immigration offences face trials this weekend on charges of illegal economic activity, Amnesty International said on Friday. The two men were denied permission to leave Libya in July 2008 after the arrest in Geneva of a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on charges -- which were later dropped -- of mistreating two domestic employees. "According to information we have from their lawyer and families, one of the Swiss will be tried on Saturday and the other on Sunday for a second accusation, illegal economic activities and tax fraud," Manon Schick of Amnesty International's Swiss section told Reuters. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 19 December, 2009: Several months after the leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) issued "corrective studies" delegitimizing the killing of civilians under the pretext of jihad, al-Qaeda leaders have still not issued a response to what appears to be one of the most serious challenges to their ideology to date. A recent video by al-Qaeda's number two Ayman al-Zawahiri made no mention of the studies, and instead blasted US and Arab leaders for their alleged support for Israel. The studies, entitled "Corrective Studies on the Doctrine of Jihad, Hesba and Ruling" were authored by several of the group's most important and known leaders, some of whom spent several years in Afghanistan and had direct contact with al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and his top aides. [Magharebia] More
Saturday, 19 December, 2009: Libya’s ambassador to the United Nations, Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham, has moved, at least temporarily, to an Englewood mansion owned by the Arab country. The move drew criticism from the city’s mayor, as well as from the Libyan’s neighbor, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. “The Libyan flag is flying in Englewood and I am not happy about this, nor is the rabbi who lives next door,” Mayor Michael Wildes told The Jewish Standard. Shalgham’s New York residence is undergoing renovations. Boteach, a columnist for this paper, led a protest this summer when Libyan leader Col. Muammar Kaddafi was reportedly planning to stay at the house during the opening session of the United Nations. He filed a suit against Libya for damage allegedly caused by the renovations. The Libyan mission in New York did not respond to the Standard’s requests for comments. [NJ Jewish Standard] More
Saturday, 19 December, 2009: The Libyan revolutionary leader Colonel Mouamar Gaddafi said on Wednesday during the third session of the Libyan Council for Planning that the power is exclusively in the hands of the people. "Nobody can take it away from them," said the Libyan leader, brandishing the example of Libya to the world as a country where the power is really in the hands of the people. According to the Libyan leader, the Libyan Council for Planning must insist on the importance of letting the people exercise power in view of the fact that the people have the ultimate responsibility to make decisions on the questions that concern them directly. [Afrique Jet] More
اجدابيا نت : إمغلية العقوري : محاكم الحزن     أحمد يوسف عقيلة : انتحال     قورينا : فائزة الباشا : مجتمع محافظ

سليم الرقعي : جان جاك روسو.. والديموقراطية الشعبية المباشره!؟

ميدل ايست اونلاين : أكاديمي ليبي بارز : لا مبرر لبقاء أي معارض في الخارج     الخميس غرة محرم في ليبيا

د. محمد بوقعيقيص : حصيلة جمع التبرعات الأخيرة

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : أربعون عاما من الدم والدموع!!

صفحات من كتاب ( محطات من تاريخ ليبيا ) ـ مذكرات محمد عثمان الصيد (1)

الساطور : عائشة القدافي في غرفة الولادة

أمارير : كتاب "حوار ممكن الحدوث.. الإسلام، كيف فهمناه ولماذا؟"

فتحي العريبي : الأديب الفخم خليفة التليسي في صورتين

Friday, 18 December, 2009: Credit Suisse moved almost $2bn through the US financial system for up to 20 years on behalf of customers from Iran, Sudan and Libya, violating US sanctions, US law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. The Swiss bank, which is to pay $536m (€369m, £328m) in penalties to settle the claims, acknowledged responsibility for its conduct as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with US and New York prosecutors. Robert Morgenthau, the Manhattan district attorney, who is also investigating other European banks for possible similar violations, said: “The message to other banks involved in similar practices should be clear: if you are engaged in sanction-busting misconduct, you should self-report, clean up your shop and give us a full accounting.” [FT] More
Friday, 18 December, 2009: The Corrective Studies, a new ethical code for jihad released in September by the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), is unlikely to have much of an impact on the current level of violence and the tactics al-Qaida and the Taliban use in Afghanistan and Pakistan. While attacking their central position on jihad, the document is more likely to have a strategic rather than tactical affect on current war efforts and Islamic extremism. Ostensibly based on the religious conviction of war hardened terrorists, the 417-page document says that jihad should be governed by a moral code, which forbids targeting women, children, the elderly as well as certain professions including priests, messengers and traders. It also prohibits maltreatment of prisoners of war and body mutilation – ethics the authors say would distinguish Muslim jihad from other wars. Question of legitimacy : However, at the forefront, the new code of ethics faces questions of legitimacy, as it was created over a two-year period of intense negotiations between the imprisoned leaders of the LIFG and the country’s security authorities, led by Saif al Islam al Gadhafi, the son of General Muammar Ghaddafi. [ISN] More
التضامن لحقوق الأنسان : التضامن تنال عضوية الفيدرالية الأورومتوسطية

عاشور نصر الورفلي : تقرير هيومن رايتس كان رداً وليس تقريراً

ليبيا هوت : ذكرى إسقاط طائرة الخطوط الجوية الليبية رحلة 1103

البسباسي : كشافيته يفتح أبواب الجحيم على غرفة تغيير في البالتوك

TSU : Qaddafi; Libya's Blood Thirsty Dictator

Thursday, 17 December, 2009: Amnesty International is greatly concerned that Max Goeldi and Rachid Hamdani, two Swiss nationals now reportedly accused of commercial and tax offences, may not receive fair trials. Both men have been prevented from leaving Libya since July 2008. On 30 November 2009, Libya's Partial Irregular Migration Court sentenced them to 16 months' imprisonment and fined them for allegedly breaching immigration regulations by working in Libya without possessing the correct visas. Amnesty International opposes imprisonment as a sanction for alleged immigration offences and is urging Libyan authorities to set aside these sentences. The two men, who are effectively confined to the Swiss Embassy in Tripoli, are now expected to stand trial later this week on tax and commercial charges. According to the information available to Amnesty International, the Libyan authorities have not yet communicated the charges to the two men or their lawyers in writing, suggesting that they may not be allowed sufficient time to prepare their defence. [Amnesty USA] More
Thursday, 17 December, 2009: Libya is a challenging market which offers enormous opportunities for British exporters of goods and services and Libyans are keen to establish strong commercial links with the UK. Many prominent Libyan decision-makers have received a British education and English is widely used in business. The Libyan market re-opened in 1999 following the restoration of diplomatic relations and the suspension of UN and EU sanctions. Visible UK exports to Libya in 2008 were worth £280m and the first 6 months of 2009 showed a 60% increase compared to the same period in 2008. Antoine Sreih, Chief Executive Officer of Europe Arab Bank said ‘I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work in partnership with the MEA (Middle East Association) on this important initiative. Our parent company Arab Bank has a 19% share of Al Wahda Bank and as Wahda’s Chairman I am working closely with their Board of Directors to strengthen the Bank’s capabilities to serve the needs of the growing number of European companies and individuals wishing to transact with Libya.” [Global Arab Network] More
Thursday, 17 December, 2009: TRIPOLI - The Libyan Trademark Office announced that starting January 1, 2010, a certified copy of home (country of origin) or foreign registration certificate of the trademark is required upon filing the application in Libya, according to Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property. The required documents for filing trademark applications in Libya are: - Power of Attorney of the applicant duly legalized by the Libyan consulate in the applicant’s home country. - Commercial Extract of the applicant’s company or Certificate of Incorporation duly legalized by the Libyan consulate in the applicant’s home country. - Certified copy of the home or foreign registration certificate of the trademark. - 15 prints of the trademark. - Certified copy of the priority document if the priority is to be claimed. [Ag-ip News] More
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رمضان جربوع : مصدرو الفساد‮ : ‬الشركات المفسدة مثالا

طارق القزيري : منصب المفتي بين المطلب الشرعي والرفض الحقوقي

عبدالسلام الورفلي : الأستاذ جاب الله موسى حسن وثبات الرجال الذي يزعج القذافي والمنافقين

أحمد العريبي : أيام سبها الثقافية

فوزي عبدالحميد : النظام الليبي خطف أولادي

ليبيا ايمال : بيان للرأي العام حول ملابسات حادث وفاة المناضل الليبي الامازيغي إمحمد الحمراني

الإنقاذ : لقاء مع الأمين العام للجبهة الأستاذ إبراهيم صهد

محمد مصراتي : المكتبة الليبية الإلكترونية

Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: Reporting from Tripoli, Libya - A nation the West once considered a major sponsor of terrorism may have pulled off a groundbreaking coup against Al Qaeda: coaxing a group once strongly allied with Osama bin Laden to renounce its onetime partner as un-Islamic. Libya's government is trumpeting its success in persuading leaders and foot soldiers of the extremist Libyan Islamic Fighting Group to reject Al Qaeda's brand of violence. The decision, recounted by former members of the group and Libyan officials, offers a unique example of reconciliation between a government and a violent Islamic group once devoted to overthrowing it. "The government learned to sit with people who were opposed to them and have dialogue and understand them," said Abubakir Armela, a leader of the group who returned from exile in 2005. The effort also provides lessons that might be applied in other countries where local insurgents have joined forces with Al Qaeda, including Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Morocco and Algeria. [Los Angeles Times] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: TRIPOLI - The International Organisation for Migration repatriated on Tuesday 160 Ethiopian migrants who had been stranded in Libya without travel documents. "The 160 migrants boarded a chartered aircraft in the southern Libyan town of Sebha on Tuesday for a five-hour flight to Addis Abeba," where they were met and assisted by IOM staff, the organisation said. "This group of stranded migrants, like so many others, realised they had no future in Libya and wanted to return home but couldn't because they had no money or documentation," said the IOM's Tripoli chief of mission Laurence Hart. The IOM gave each migrant 400 euros (around 585 dollars) when they landed in Addis Abeba to help them "start income-generating activities" as part of its voluntary repatriation programme, the organisation said. [AFP] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: NEW YORK, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Jewish Committee urged the European Union to press for an independent investigation into the death of a leading Libyan human rights advocate, Fathi al-Jahmi, as it begins negotiations with the Libyan government over a framework agreement. AJC's Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights (JBI) wrote to Catherine Ashton, the EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, calling for "a prompt, impartial and effective investigation" as a "pre-condition" for any successful outcome to the negotiations. Mr. al-Jahmi was arrested and imprisoned in 2002 following a series of interviews in which he publicly called for Libya's democratization. On May 3, following a sudden, severe deterioration in his health, he fell into a coma and on May 5 was transferred to a hospital in Jordan for treatment, where he then died. [PRNewswire] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: The Lockerbie bomber appeared to have gone missing last night after he could not be reached at his home or in hospital. Libyan officials could say nothing about the whereabouts of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, and his Scottish monitors could not contact him by telephone. They will try again to speak to him today but if they fail to reach him, the Scottish Government could face a new crisis. Under the terms of his release from jail, the bomber cannot change his address or leave Tripoli, and must keep in regular communication with East Renfrewshire Council. Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic and relatives of the 270 people who died in the 1988 bombing expressed anger about al-Megrahi’s disappearance. Richard Baker, Labour’s justice spokesman in the Scottish Parliament, said the whole affair was turning into a shambles and putting Scotland’s reputation at risk. [Times Online] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: Tunis - As part of Day 1 matches of the under 19 African Football Union (UNAF) championship currently underway in Libya, Tunisia beat Libya 3-0 on Monday. On its part, Algeria defeated Morocco 3-1, on the same day. The tournament which gathers 4 Maghrebi teams (Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco) will run until December 22, 2009. On Day 2 of the event, scheduled for December 17, Tunisia will play against Algeria, and Morocco will face Libya. Day 3 (December 20) will oppose Tunisia to Morocco and Libya to Algeria. [Tunisia Online News] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: RABAT, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Libya is keeping its exchange rate unchanged, a senior central bank official said on Tuesday, denying media reports it planned to strengthen its dinar currency. "The central bank has no plan to change the Libyan dinar exchange rate," the official, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters by telephone. The Libyan dinar has, since 2002, been kept stable at a rate of 1.2 to the U.S. dollar. A Libyan Internet news site had reported Libya planned to strengthen the currency's value to 0.6 dinar to the dollar. Economists in Libya say the dinar is, in effect, pegged to a basket of currencies, with the U.S. dollar accounting for 44 percent, the euro 34 percent, sterling 11 percent and the Japanese yen 11 percent. [AFX] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: More than 110 local and international companies specialising in construction, architecture and land investment began an exhibition in Tripoli on Monday. The stands of the exhibition on 'Libyan Construction' comprises of prototypes of cutting edge equipment used in the field of construction, building materials, steel frames, plumbing supplies, reinforced concrete industries, cements and other products. The exhibition 'Architecture and real estate investment" presents blueprints of tourist and land investment projects. [Afrique Jet] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: The first meeting of the council for secretaries of the Gaddafi Development Foundation (FKD) opened on Monday in Tripoli with officials from Libya's humanitarian organisations and other countries of the world in attendance. The American thinker, Benjamin Baber, who is the director of the organisation, 'Civ World'; Richard Robert, the 1993 Nobel Prize winner in Medicine; José de Venecia, the former speaker of Philippine parliament, the Libyan thinker, Dr Ali Sallabi; Tching Huan Kua, the Korean peace activist and also chairman of 'Universal Peace Foundation', Hernando De Soto, the Peruvian economist and chairman of the Liberty and Democracy Institute, took part in the opening ceremony. [Afrique Jet] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: (ANSAmed) - ROME, DECEMBER 15 - A framework agreement has been signed in Tripoli to give the go-ahead for cooperation between Italy's State Railway company, Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), and Libyan Railways in providing support services for the construction of Libyas railway network, said FS in a statement which noted that the agreement follows a memorandum of understanding signed last July by managing director of the Railways Group, Mauro Moretti, and President of Libyan Railways, Mohamed Rashid. The FS Groups involvement in Libya, said the statement, comes as part of the close relationship between Rome and Tripoli, with Italy as one of the country's biggest trading partners. The agreement includes a series of areas of cooperation, which will each be the subject of a commercial contract. FS will handle the training of personnel, it will supervise the engineering projects for the construction of the railway network. [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 16 December, 2009: Accra, Dec. 15, GNA - Libya on Tuesday expressed solidarity with Ghana when it donated office equipment and furniture worth 250,000 dollars to the Foreign Affairs Ministry following a fire on October 21 that left the Ministry in ruins. The items the Libyans gave were 70 computers complete with printers and work stations, 70 office tables and chairs, a set of executive furniture, 50 metal and wooden cabinets, four fax machines, four photocopiers and one PABX system supporting 24 telephone lines. Other items were 50 air conditioners, a set of conference room furniture, a set of reception area furniture, 35 arm chairs, various stationery and cloak hangers. Mr Salem Abdulkarim, Libya's Acting Ambassador in Ghana who led a delegation from Libya to present the items, said the donation was to strengthen the bonds of friendship between both countries. [Accra Mail] More
سليمان الشجاع : بالليبي الفصيح

د. الهادي شلوف : أزمة دبي في غياب المراقبة القانونية

جلال الوحيشي : سلطة القيادات الشعبية.. أم سلطة الشعب!؟

المصري : من عجائب وغرائب الرئيس الليبى معمر القذافى

ليلى الهوني : الحرية للمناضل جمال الحاجي     TSU : Libya : 40 Years of Blood & Tears

المحمودي : الجهوية التي رأيت

Tuesday, 15 December, 2009: A human rights organisation says Libya has set December 22 as the date it will hear an appeal by two Swiss nationals held in Tripoli. The two men, who work for Swiss companies, have been detained since July 2008. On December 2, they were sentenced to 16 months in prison by a Libyan court for visa irregularities and tax evasion. The hearing date was given to Human Rights Watch (HRW) when a delegation from the organisation visited Max Göldi and Rachid Hamdani at the Swiss embassy in Tripoli during the past two weeks. However, there are doubts the hearing will go ahead since both men will have to be present in court. HRW expressed its concern about this condition since Libya used a similar pretext in September to lure Göldi and Hamdani out of the embassy, and kidnap them. The human rights body also said the Swiss are facing charges of illegal business dealings. This second case could go to court on Dec. 18 or 19. [Swiss Info] More
Tuesday, 15 December, 2009: The Obama administration is prepared to consider selling at least non-lethal arms to Vietnam and Libya, both one-time U.S. foes, as security ties with each of them grow, a top Pentagon official said on Monday. With Vietnam, whose defense minister is to meet U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon on Tuesday, "we're in the infancy of the process now," Vice Admiral Jeffrey Wieringa, head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, told the annual Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in Washington. Wieringa said a country like Vietnam with its long coastline might be interested in maritime patrol aircraft or a coastal radar system. "The first thing that would happen would be potentially ... English language training" for Vietnamese military officers, he said. The next might be the U.S. International Military Education & Training program, which provides free training to officers from allied and friendly nations. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 15 December, 2009: Libya has received another extension of the deadline to eliminate its stockpile of chemical warfare materials, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced Friday (see GSN, Oct. 21). Tripoli is believed to hold about 25 metric tons of a sulfur-mustard mixture stored in bulk containers. Libya in 2004 joined the Chemical Weapons Convention, which originally required the state to eliminate the chemical arsenal by April 2007. Member nations to the convention in 2006 gave Libya its first deadline extension, allowing the nation until the end of 2010 to finish off the banned materials. The new final deadline is May 15, 2011. As of late October, construction of Libya's chemical-material destruction plant was not believed to have started. Representatives from 122 of the 188 CWC states met in The Hague, Netherlands, for their annual meeting from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. They approved the appointment of Turkish diplomat Ahmet Üzümcü as the next OPCW director general and signed off on the agency's 2010 budget of $109 million (see GSN, Dec. 3; Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons release, Dec. 11). [Global Security Newswire] More
Tuesday, 15 December, 2009: 'I am writing from the other side of the ocean to inform you that after my graduation I won't be returning" wrote Saudi student Layla (a pseudonym) to her family, in a letter published in the Saudi newspaper Okaz. "I've been freed from my apprehensions and dismays and enjoy being separated from the [Middle] Eastern man; do I surprise you with the audacity to stop keeping tribal customs?" Her voice, the voice of a free woman in an adopted country, joins a growing group of brave Saudi women activists who dare to dissent against one of the world's most repressive regimes. Layla describes her journey through literature that focused on a question seemingly trivial to readers on this side of the ocean: What value, if any, do I have in this world as a woman? Books banned in her native Saudi Arabia helped provide her with some answers. Al-Neehum, a Libyan exile and critic of Arab culture, was adopted to be Layla's first teacher: "Equality between men and women is impossible in any society that doesn't allow for equal earning opportunities," he wrote. [Jerusalkem Post] More
تعازي إلى آل بن حليم    موعد صلاة الجنازة وقبول التعازي

تحالف تمدّن الليبي : بيان بشأن المؤتمر الصحفي لمنظمة الهيومن رايتس ووتش

علي الخليفي : ما تبقى من أرضِ الزهرِ والحِناء     ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : الشيخ والدهر

د. سيبتموس : لقد أخطأت يا محامي الشيطان     الحيران : إسمعوا وأطيعوا     سلمان جمال : إلى الحيران

التحالف الوطنى الليبي : فى الذكرى السادسة عشر لتغييب المناضل منصور رشيد الكيخيا

د. فتحي الفاضلي : الرحم الذي ولد منه العنف     موسى عبدالكريم : محاولة لحجب الحقيقة

ارينا : فندق إيطالي يقاضي نجل الرئيس القذافي

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : آدم وحواء

د. علي الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (20)

فتحي العريبي : شخبط شخابيط .. لخبط لخابيط

Monday, 14 December, 2009: Rifts within Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime were laid bare at the weekend when Government agents cut short an unprecedented press conference on Libya’s human rights record that was supported by his reform-minded son. The launch of a hard-hitting report by Human Rights Watch was arranged with the help of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the colonel’s second son and heir apparent. Never before had a Western NGO been allowed to stage such an event in Tripoli, and Libyans whose relatives had been killed, imprisoned or “disappeared” by the regime seized the chance to tell their harrowing stories. Government hardliners went to considerable lengths to undermine the event. The Times was the only Western newspaper allowed into Libya to cover it. The relatives of some victims were prevented from travelling from Benghazi, Libya’s second city, to attend. Security agents infiltrated the press conference in a Tripoli hotel, photographed those present, then brought the proceedings to an end by shouting down the speakers. [Times Online] More
Monday, 14 December, 2009: LONDON - Capitulating after a long battle, shareholders of Verenex Energy Inc. on Friday approved a deal to sell the small Canadian oil company to the Libyan government, at a deep discount, for roughly $340 million. The shareholder vote is the last big hurdle to concluding a case that has put a black eye on Libya's business dealings and helps explain the North African state's oil-production woes. Verenex had agreed to sell itself to China's state-run China National Petroleum Corp. CNPC had agreed to pay 10 Canadian dollars for every Verenex share, or C$499 million (about US$475 million). Under Verenex's contract to explore oil, the Libyan government had the right to match any offer at the same price. But Libya ignored that and pressured Verenex into selling itself to the country's sovereign wealth fund at a 29% discount relative to the CNPC deal. Shareholders struggled for a way to rescue the higher sale price. But in early autumn, Verenex's board agreed to sell all of the company's outstanding shares to the Libyan Investment Authority. [WSJ] More
Monday, 14 December, 2009: WAM TRIPOLI, Dec 13th, 2009: The UAE is taking part in the first edition of the Conference on Mental Disability, organized by the Arab Association for Mental Disability. The conference, which starts today, was opened today in presence of Sheikha Jameela Bint Mohammed Al-Qassimi, the honorary head of the Association and chairman of the Shah City for Humanitarian Services. The event is held under the patronage of Libya's Dr. Aisha Muammar Al-Ghaddafi, Secretary-General of Watassemo Charity ?Association and United Nations Development Program National ?Goodwill Ambassador for Libya. ? The 3-day conference is held on the Arab Day for People of Special Needs, on which the UN-designated International Day of Persons with Disabilities is also marked. [WAM] More
Monday, 14 December, 2009: Genoa, Dec 13 (IANS/AKI) A hotel in the northern Italian port city of Genoa is taking legal action against Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi’s footballer son Al-Saadi for leaving an upaid bill of 300,000 euros. Italian media reports said the hotel has asked a local court to order Al-Saadi to settle his bill, which he allegedly ran up during a month-long stay at the hotel’s luxury suite in 2007. Al-Saadi, 35, is currently a striker for Genoa’s Sampdoria and is the first Libyan footballer to play in Italy’s Serie A. He joined Sampdoria during season 2006-2007, without playing a single match. He joined UEFA Champions League qualifiers Udinese Calcio in 2005-06, playing only ten minutes in an end of season league match against Cagliari Calcio. He signed for then-Italian Serie A team Perugia in 2003, playing only one match before failing a drug test. [Thaindian] More
Monday, 14 December, 2009: (MENAFN - Qatar News Agency)  South Korean exports to Libya are expected to reach a record high this year, led by brisk sales of automobiles and construction equipment, a trade promotion agency said Sunday. According to the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), South Korea''s shipments to the Arab country amounted to US$976 million in the first 10 months of the year, up 63 percent from a year earlier. The figure also topped last year''s total exports of $820 million to Libya, it said, adding that annual exports to the country are likely to top $1.1 billion, South Koreas news agency (YONHAP) reported. Exports of automobiles led the robust sales reaching $430 million in the first 10 months of the year. The reading accounted for 43 percent of the total. Sales of construction equipment in Libya also surged as a slew of South Korean companies won massive construction projects, it said. [Menfan] More
Monday, 14 December, 2009: Three days after Switzerland voted to ban minarets on mosques, enraging the Muslim world, a Libyan court has sentenced two Swiss businessmen to 16 months in prison for violating immigration laws. That could be a coincidence, but I doubt it. It is much more likely to be Colonel Gaddafi’s latest act of vengeance against a country that has seriously upset him. Indeed the saga shows why last summer’s search for proof that the British and/or Scottish governments released the Lockerbie bomber to protect commercial interests in Libya was futile. There was no need for an explicit quid pro quo. Libya’s treatment of Switzerland makes it abundantly clear what happens to countries that cross its oil-rich regime. Had Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi died in a Scottish prison, Britain would have paid a price. Max Goeldi and Rachid Hamdani’s misfortunes began in July last year when Gaddafi’s son, Hannibal, and his pregnant daughter-in-law were arrested in a Geneva hotel and charged with beating their servants. [Times Online] More
فرج بوالعَشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (5)

إيمال : مناشدة انسانية الى جميع الجهات الوطنية والدولية.. بشأن المواطن معمر أحمد الاسحاقي الورفلي

ابراهيم صهّد : ليس تسييسا لمناسبة ولكن تخريبا للشعائر

Ali Hussein : Tragedy of the River Euphrates

فوزي عبدالحميد : تصادم النصوص المقدسة مع العقل

مركز التوثيق الليبي : حتى لا ننسى : ذكرى إختطاف منصور الكيخيا (2)

هيومن رايتس ووتش : ليبيا : جزر منعزلة من التحسُّن في ظل الأجواء القمعية

إبراهيم قويدر : ماذا جنينا من العولمة والتكنولوجيا؟!     د. مصطفى الزائدي : وباء الإعلام

الحوار : حملة للمطالبة بالإفراج الفوري عن المناضل الليبي جمال الحاجي

Sunday, 13 December, 2009: TRIPOLI, Libya, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- The human rights record of Libya shows some limited improvement but repressive laws and abuse remain a problem, an international group says. A report released by Human Rights Watch Saturday says journalists have been allowed some freedom to write openly about sensitive subjects, but threats of lawsuits and prosecutions still stifle free speech in the country. Libya's Justice Ministry has proposed revisions to the country's penal code reducing some penalties. They still retain laws that criminalize political speech, the report says. Because of this, private newspapers and journalists for Web sites based abroad continue to refrain from direct criticism of the Libyan government, Human Rights Watch says. [UPI] More
Sunday, 13 December, 2009: TRIPOLI, Libya - A leading human rights group said Saturday that Libyan dissidents continue to face arbitrary detention and unfair trials, despite a limited expansion of freedoms since the country began to shed its pariah status several years ago. The New York-based Human Rights Watch released a report on the country during a rare news conference inside Libya for an international rights group. In attendance were relatives of political detainees, and the event was covered by Libyan journalists, reflecting a growing tolerance of public discussion by the government. The country's rights record, however, remains poor despite Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's steps to bring it out of isolation, the rights group said. In a stunning turnaround, Gadhafi announced in 2003 that he was abandoning his program for weapons of mass destruction, renouncing terrorism and compensating victims of the 1986 La Belle disco bombing in Berlin and the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland. [AP] More
Sunday, 13 December, 2009: The General People's Committee (GPC) gave the Atomic Energy Organization (AEP) the go ahead to negotiate offers that have been made by various countries to develop nuclear energy in Libya. Libya is intended to move to nuclear power generation and desalination of sea waters to meet the increase in demands in the country as it is embarked on huge development spending. The GPC charged the Supreme Energy Council on during its meeting on Wednesday to set up the necessary strategy to generate and provide energy from the different available resources and determine the cost and feasibility of available alternative resources. With regards to the agriculture sector the GPC charged the Secretariat of to comprehensively assess the agricultural projects that have been established so far as to review their efficiency around the country. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 13 December, 2009: SANA'A, Dec. 12 (Saba)- Chairman of the Yemen Council for Peace and Solidarity (YCPS) Hasan Macki headed Saturday to the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on top of a delegation to attend the 23rd meeting of the Arab Solidarity Committees to start on Monday. Upon departure, Macki told Saba that the Yemeni delegation will clarify current situations in Yemen to the meeting and the country's efforts being exerted to confront rebellion, terrorism and destruction actions in Saada governorate. He also noted that they will review cooperation of Yemen with world countries with respect to counter-terrorism work to strengthen peace and stability in the region, in addition to discussing a number of related issues to the situations in the Arab region. [Saba News] More
تعازي إلى آل القنيّن     تعازي إلى آل بالخير

FreeIzzat.org : Free Ezzat     Website: www.FreeIzzat.org

العجيلي سركس : جاب الله.. موسى.. غير الحسن.. ورقصات الشتاوه التي تطرب القائد!

إذاعة هولندا : اعتقال الحاجي يلقي بظلاله على زيارة الهيومن رايتس لليبيا

نداء صبري عياد : إصلاح العباد قبل إصلاح البلاد

جمعية حقوق الإنسان بمؤسسة القذافي للتنمية : التقرير السنوي

محمد الصيد : العيد وإفلاس العقيد

محمد نور الدين : كوهين ليبيا

نادي الباروني : الجالية الليبية بمانشستر وحفل المعايدة

سالم بن عمار : لا.. ما عُرفوا بالغدر ولا الخداع يا سيد عبد النبي

أمارير : عن الصوت الحافي

Saturday, 12 December, 2009: VENICE, Italy (Dow Jones)--OAO Gazprom (OGZPY, GAZP.RS) Vice President Alexander Medvedev said Friday he expects talks to acquire a stake in Libya's "Elephant" oil field from Italy's Eni SpA (E) to close by early next year. The talks were first announced in April 2008. The possible sale of a stake in the field, which yielded 140,000 barrels a day in 2007, was part of an accord that the two companies signed in 2006 to cement their ties. "We are close to closing talks" on the Elephant field, Medvedev said. "There are only technical aspects to finish up." He said he expected the talks to end in late 2009 or early 2010. Medvedev was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a ceremony celebrating the 40th anniversary of Gazprom and Eni's business relationship. When asked, Medvedev said he didn't see a repeat of the winter gas crisis between Russia and Ukraine. [WSJ] More
Saturday, 12 December, 2009: Libya is marking another step forward in its quest for international respectability by hosting the country's first press conference by a human rights organisation scrutinising leader Muammar Gaddafi's record. Human Rights Watch (HRW), which is based in New York, is to unveil its latest report on Libya in Tripoli tomorrowon Saturday, with the support of Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the Libyan leader's second son and likely heir. HRW's 2006 report described how Libyans were denied freedom of expression and dozens of people were in prison for criticising the country's leadership. The new report focuses on areas of limited progress, such as freedom of expression, as well as those that remain severely restricted, such as freedom of association. HRW will highlight how the country's feared internal security agency is responsible for systematic human rights abuses, including detentions of political prisoners, disappearances and deaths in custody. [Guardian] More
Saturday, 12 December, 2009: A meeting by the Committee of Ten (C-10) nations chosen by the African Union (AU) to pursue ways of getting Africa into the ‘permanence’ of the UN Security Council is currently underway in the Libyan Capital of Tripoli. Chaired by President Ernest Bai Koroma, the committee is deliberating on matters pertaining to pending reports (interim and supplementary) submitted by C 10 Permanent Representatives in New York on the Question of the Equitable Representation on and Increase in the Membership of the Security Council and other related matters. The leaders would also be briefed on the Committee of Ten Foreign Ministers meeting held in Kampala on the 20th of October 2009 during the AU Special Summit on Refugees, Returnees, Returnees and Displaced Persons in Africa. [Cocorioko] More
سليم الرقعي : من أجل الحرّية!؟

عبدالمنصف البوري : صوت العقل وعبث الأنظمة

إذاعة هولندا : السلطات الليبية تعتقل الناشط الحقوقي جمال الحاجي

الساطور : الذكرى السادسة عشر لاختفاء المناضل منصور الكيخيا

المسحان : في ذكرى اختطافه.. أين منصور؟

ابراهيم قراده : في ذكرى الكيخيا.. المحيشي لا بواكي له     رسالة إلى وزير الداخلية المغربي     نبذة عن حياة المحيشي

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (11)

مركز التوثيق الليبي : حتى لا ننسى : ذكرى إختطاف منصور الكيخيا (1)

د. مصطفى عبدالله : فلنقل "لا"... ونرى ما سيحدث

عبدالنبي أبوسيف ياسين : لا.. ولو كان عمر بن عبدالعزيز (الثاني!)

Friday, 11 December, 2009: TRIPOLI - A foundation run by Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam catalogued an array of cases of torture, wrongful imprisonment and other abuses in a report for 2009 published on Thursday. The Kadhafi Foundation's report also sharply criticised the continuing domination of the print and broadcast media by the state. The few non-state media are all controlled by a publishing company run by the younger Kadhafi. The report recorded "several flagrant violations" of human rights in Libya during the year, including "cases of torture and ill-treatment" as well as a number of "blatant and premeditated breaches of the law." The report, distributed to the press, condemned "all forms of torture" and called for the lifting of the "immunity granted by laws of exception to employees of various state agencies." It also called for a full liberalisation of the media in Libya. [AFP] More
Friday, 11 December, 2009: DOHA (Zawya Dow Jones)--Libya's top oil official said Tuesday the Libya Investment Authority, or LIA, expects Verenex Energy Inc. (VNX.T) shareholders to approve a buyout bid this week. "Regarding the buyout by LIA, the LIA Chairman [Muhammad Layas] will be joining the shareholders when they meet, but he does not expect any problems," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of the National Oil Co., told Zawya Dow Jones. "Layas expects it to be smooth sailing," he added. Shareholders of Verenex, a Canadian oil and gas exploration company, are scheduled to vote Friday on whether to approve the Libyan government's buyout offer. Meanwhile, Ghanem said he expects the global economy to improve in 2010. "The worst is behind us," he said. "Despite short-term problems, the world economy will be better in 2010 than this year," Ghanem said. [WSJ] More
Friday, 11 December, 2009: Libya has commenced deportation of no fewer than 640 Nigerians for various immigration related offences, the Nigerian Immigration Services (NIS) has said. The deportees lamented their tales of woe in the hands of Libyan security officials . According to the spokesman of NIS, Bashir Bala at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, said deportees who were young men and women were air lifted aboard a chartered Air Memphis aircraft, which arrived MIA about 11.15 hours with the first batch numbering 161 comprising 73 males and 87 females. He said another batch of males and female of 160 persons also arrived Tuesday Libyan authorities between August and September of this year deported over 1064 Nigerians, comprising of both male and female. [Daily Champion] More
Friday, 11 December, 2009: Tunis - In order to boost the presence of Tunisian products on the Libyan market and to encourage trade cooperation between Maghreb businessmen, Tunisia is taking part from December 5 to 11 at the second Maghreb Industrial and Agricultural fair at the International Exhibition Hall in Tripoli (Libya). The Tunisian participation is organized by the Exports Promotion Centre. Aiming at enhancing the visibility of Tunisian enterprises abroad, 23 public and private companies operating in mechanical and electrical industries, agriculture, services, construction, international trade, air transport, banks, food processing, building and construction materials and tourism are representing Tunisia at the event. [Tunisia Online News] More
Friday, 11 December, 2009: Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has said he had no fresh information on the Lockerbie bomber's state of health. Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi was granted compassionate release earlier this year after he was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer. But more than three months have now passed since the Libyan was released from prison. Mr MacAskill told MSPs he did not have the latest report on the bomber's health. [Kilmarnock Standard] More
Friday, 11 December, 2009: One by one, the international oil companies (IOCs) that rushed into Libya to participate in the country's first two hotly contested Epsa-4 bid rounds in 2005 are preparing to pull out as their five-year exploration licenses approach expiry. But despite the tricky year operators have endured in Libya, it is geology, rather than political interference by Tripoli, that is the key factor behind their departure (PIW Jun.8,p4). Discoveries on acreage awarded in those rounds have been rare, with only Canadian independent Verenex -- now set to be acquired by the state Libyan Investment Authority -- bucking the general trend of dry holes and small, subcommercial finds. "If over the next two to three years we don't see any serious exploration success, quite a few companies will be moving out of Libya," Repsol YPF's Libya country chief Felix Castaneda told a recent conference. [Energy Intel] More
Friday, 11 December, 2009: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI - One hundred young Libyans who are descendents of the fighters in the resistance movement against Italian colonialisation have been granted scholarships for Italy by the Peoplés General Congress (the Libyan parliament). The scholarships are part of Italy's payment of compensation to Libya for damages during the colonial period provided for by the Friendship, Partnership and Cooperation Treaty signed in Benghazi on 30 August 2008 by Silvio Berlusconi and Muammar Gaddafi. In addition to belonging to a family of the 'mujahiddin' (the name of the Libyan resistance fighters), other requirements for the scholarships included a university degree or a diploma from an institute recognized by the Libyan government in one of the following subjects: engineering sciences, medical sciences, documentation, archive studies, computer and information technology, agrarian sciences, hard sciences or the Italian language. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 11 December, 2009: Travellers from 12 countries around the world, including Cuba, Iran and Syria, are automatically singled out for extra screening at airports in America unless they have been specifically cleared, according to a leaked document from the Homeland Security department. The disclosure is among more embarrassing and sensitive information to have reached the public after guidelines issued to security officers at airports were posted online. The breach has led to five transport officials from the Transportation Security Administration which posted the document being suspended from duties while an investigation is carried out, the Guardian reports. The information disclosed in the document includes those countries whose citizens are singled out for automatic additional screening. In addition to Cuba, Iran and Syria, they are: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. [Telegraph] More
تعازي إلى آل الغرياني     تعازي إلى آل كرموس     تعازي إلى آل عصمان     تعازي إلى آل أبوتوته

الرابطة الليبية : هل سلمت مصر داعية حقوق الإنسان الليبى منصور الكيخيا الى ليبيا؟

صلاح عبدالعزيز : حوار مع رئيس جمعية ضحايا التعذيب بتونس

مجموعة تاويزا للعمل الامازيغي الليبي : بيان     الحركة الامازيغية الليبية : بيان بخصوص مقال المدعو عبدالرزاق سالم مادي

عبدالله بن عبدالله : رداً على مقال "لمـاذا هذا الصمت يا طرابلس"

حسن المنصوري : المرحوم محمد سالم عاشور افحيمه في ذكراه

اعتصام لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : الجزء الأول     الجزء الثاني

لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : لقطات من اعتصام اللجنة     بيان المعتصمين

عبدالرزاق سالم مادي : توضيح بشأن أخينا أمحمد الحمراني     الدينالي : البوسيفي وأصحاب يوم الخميس

فوزي عبدالحميد : شروط عودة الحرية إلى بلادنا

Thursday, 10 December, 2009: Libya has deported 325 Nigerians back to their home country accusing them of breaching immigration rules, police said Wednesday. "On Monday, 164 Nigerians were in from Libya in a chartered flight while another 161 arrived on Tuesday," a senior police officer at Lagos international airport told AFP. He said the deportees were accused of living in Libya without valid residence and work permits. Hundreds of Nigerians use north Africa as a transit route to Europe and America. [AFP] More
Thursday, 10 December, 2009: KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 9 (Bernama) -- Malaysia and Libya plan to sign a new air services agreement (ASA), which will pave the way for expanded services on routes and create significant new opportunities between airlines in the two countries. The establishment of the ASA was initialled, during consultations earlier last week in Tripoli, by a Malaysian delegation led by Datuk Seri Zakaria Bahari, Secretary General of the Ministry of Transport, and a Libyan delegation headed by Mohamed M. Shlebi, Director General of Libyan Civil Aviation Authority. The Malaysian delegation was joined by Malaysia's Ambassador to Libya, Mohd Zulkephli Mohd Noor and officers from the Transport Ministry and Attorney General Chambers. [Bernama] More
Thursday, 10 December, 2009: The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (Libya) began participating in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) General Data Dissemination System (GDDS) on December 7, 2009 marking a major step forward in the development of its statistical system. Comprehensive information on Libyan statistical production and dissemination practices now appears on the IMF’s Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board. To mark the occasion, Hon. Farhat Omer Bengdara, Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, noted: “Libya is committed to use the IMF’s General Data Dissemination System as a general framework to continue developing the national statistical system consistent with best international practices. The participation of Libya in the GDDS will also lead to the production and dissemination of more reliable and timely statistics.” [Allafrica] More
Thursday, 10 December, 2009: Medical emigration from developing to developed countries is a well established phenomenon of substantial importance. Though Libya is classified as an upper-middle income country, it has been affected by this trend. This study was undertaken to identify some of the possible reasons behind the emigration of Libyan doctors and factors that might motivate them to return.FindingsSeventy-four completed questionnaires were analysed. Median age of the respondents was 43 years (33-60) and median duration of stay outside Libya was 15 years (6-29). Most of the participants were resident in Europe (66%). The desire to further their education and research was the main reason given by 88% of the respondents for leaving Libya, while 50% of them gave that as the main reason for staying abroad. One-third of the respondents (31%) cited economic factors as the main reason for not returning. None of the respondents ruled out returning to Libya, and about half of them stated that they definitely or probably will return to Libya. 58% ranked reform of the Libyan health system as the most important reason that could induce them to return to Libya. [7th Space] More
المؤتمر الليبي للأمازيغية : رسالة إلى أعضاء وفد منظمة مراقبة حقوق الإنسان

عمر الهوني : لقطات من "محاضرة الدكتور سول كيلي والدكتور فرج نجم عن تكوين الجيش السنوسي ومشاركته في الحرب"

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : لماذا هذا الصمت يا طرابلس؟!

مركز التوثيق الليبي : صوت الشعب

عاطف الأطرش : تأملات في ميلاد نضال

Wednesday, 9 December, 2009: GENEVA, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The top United Nations human rights official called on Tuesday for Libya to release two Swiss businessmen saying their "unfair" detention since July 2008 seemed linked to a diplomatic row. The two men, sentenced last week to 16 months in prison in Libya for immigration offences, appear to be "victims of a state-level dispute" between Libya and Switzerland, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. Rachid Hamdani, a Swiss construction company employee and Max Goeldi, Libya head of Swiss-Swedish electrical engineering group ABB, were denied permission to leave Libya days after the arrest in Geneva of a son of leader Muammar Gaddafi on charges later dropped of mistreating two domestic employees. "I think that the detention of the two Swiss businessmen appears to be a violation because they were detained and held in custody for a very long time before the government of Libya announced that they're now subject to judicial proceedings," Pillay told a news conference. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 9 December, 2009: OTTAWA (Dow Jones)--Verenex Energy Inc. (VNX.T) said Thursday it entered into an agreement to be bought by Libya's sovereign wealth fund for C$7.09 per share. Verenex is a Calgary-based oil and gas exploration company with petroleum assets in Libya's Ghadames Basin. The company's shares rose 3.4% to C$7.03 in recent trading in Toronto. Verenex's board determined that the Libya Investment Authority's offer "represents the best alternative reasonably available," according to a company release. Company shareholders will vote on the deal on Dec. 11. Seventy-five percent of shareholders must approve the deal and it must also receive court and regulatory approval. The company's largest shareholder, Vermilion Resources Ltd., holding 45.2% of outstanding shares, agreed to vote its shares in favor of the deal, and so have Verenex's board members and executive officers, according to the release. [WSJ] More
Wednesday, 9 December, 2009: ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Etisalat expects to be awarded Libya's third GSM licence later this month and is eyeing majority stakes in Lebanon's telecom companies, its international investments head said on Tuesday. "We believe ours is the best bid and we are confident of being awarded the third licence in Libya," Jamal al Jarwan told reporters on the sidelines of a MEED conference. A decision would be taken by the Libya before the end of this year, he said. Etisalat, which operates in 18 markets including the United Arab Emirates, will pursue its acquisition strategy overseas in 2010 to take advantage of lower valuations he said. Among the markets it is eyeing are Lebanon and Morocco. "We are waiting for privatisation in Lebanon and would like to take a majority stake in one of the existing two operators there," he said. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 9 December, 2009: The Scottish Parliament inquiry into the release of the Lockerbie bomber is to be closed. Holyrood's justice committee has been investigating the decision to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, on compassionate grounds. MSPs on the cross-party committee have decided not to take any further evidence, although they will still publish a report, due next year. Megrahi is the only man convicted for the atrocity, which killed 270 people. The inquiry has already heard from Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who insisted the medical advice surrounding the release which was given had been clear. MSPs, who were considering whether there were further issues to pursue surrounding the release of the Libyan in August, decided to bring the inquiry to an end. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 9 December, 2009: (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, DECEMBER 8 - Servicom, the Tunisian group specialised in the telecommunications sector, will open Servicom Industries offices in Libya. It will work in research, manufacturing and marketing of geo-positioning and navigation equipment. Servicom, as of November 30, closed its financial year, announcing turnover of 8.8 million euros, compared to 6 million for last year. [ANSAmed] More
جمال الحاجي : كلام في توقيت مشبوه

فرج بوالعَشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (4)

فتحي العريبي : متحف الصورة الليبية 2010

سليم الرقعي : تحرير العيد من قبضة العقيد!؟

صوت العراق : ملك الملوك ينتصر للإسلام

Tuesday, 8 December, 2009: A computer-generated image has been created of a girl from Greater Manchester who was abducted by her father and taken to Libya in 2007. The family of six-year-old Nadia Fawzi hope that the image of how she could look now may help reunite her with her mother, who last saw her two years ago. Since her disappearance Sarah Taylor, from Wigan, has moved to the country in an attempt to find her daughter. Nadia's father is in custody in Libya but refuses to say where the girl is. Libyan Fawzi Abu Arghub abducted the little girl under the pretence he was taking her to a party. Instead he boarded a plane to his home country and left Nadia in the care of someone else. Ms Taylor, who is divorced from Nadia's father, left her civil service job, sold her house and left her friends and family behind to move closer to where she believes her daughter to be. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 8 December, 2009: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Directors welcomed Libya’s solid macroeconomic performance and the important progress in implementing structural reforms, particularly in the financial sector. The impact of the global crisis on Libya has been limited to declines in oil revenue, and non-oil growth has remained buoyant. Libya’s medium-term outlook continues to be favorable. Directors underscored the importance of further efforts to address excess liquidity, improve public financial management, and advance structural reforms that would support the authorities’ aim to diversify the economy away from oil and promote the role of the private sector. IMF Directors noted that the authorities’ overall fiscal stance strikes an appropriate balance between short- and long-term considerations, and that the small decline in public expenditure planned for 2009 is a clear break with the large increases in recent years. They encouraged stronger efforts to improve the quality and composition of expenditure, and limit the growth of current expenditure. Directors welcomed the authorities’ decision to postpone the implementation of the Wealth Distribution Program. [Global Arab Network] More
Tuesday, 8 December, 2009: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI - The tenth session of the Egypt-Libya Joint High Commission to re-launch cooperation between the two countries ended with resolutions to double trade between Libya and Egypt, abolish customs duties and regularise the flow of Egyptian workers in Egypt. The details emerged at the meeting between the prime ministers of Egypt and Libya, Ahmad Nazif and Al-Baghdadi Ali Al-Mahmudi. Last Saturday Libya and Egypt consolidated their cooperation with the signing of 3 executive programmes, 4 memorandums of understanding and one industrial accord. The next session of the Egypt-Libya Joint High Commission, according to the final document signed in Tripoli, will be held in Cairo in February and will focus on the creation of industrial and free trade zones, with all the necessary services. [ANSAmed] More
د. فتحي العكاري : تطوير التعليم العالي فى ليبيا

رفيق : أحلال عليكم.. وحرام على السويسريين؟!

رمضان جربوع : الموجبات والخيارات في اقتصاد الإصلاح

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : الشيخ والقمر     نادي الباروني : نشاطات شهر نوفمبر

السنوسي عبدالكريم : شاعر ليبي يرمي بحسام الزليطني المحمودي في مزبلة التاريخ

المختار : الحرس القديم!     خيري : إلى طارق     الساطور : معمّر رزالا

عيسى عبدالقيوم : لِما بعد إنقشاع غبارها

علي زيو : الاصلاح والتوريث.. شركة ليبية ذات مسؤلية محدودة

د. فتحي الفاضلي : من ضحايا الارهاب : معسكر السابع من ابريل (2)

أمارير : كتاب "المعرفة" ـ الجزء الثاني

Monday, 7 December, 2009: Having long touted neutrality and moderation in world affairs, Switzerland is now being accused of fanning the flames of religious extremism by voting in a referendum to outlaw the building of mosque minarets. Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi, long accused of supporting militant groups throughout the Middle East, says the Swiss are now supporting terrorism, at least indirectly. The famously long-winded Kadafi spoke for 78 minutes this weekend on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of his rule, according to Libyan television, which carried the speech live. Kadafi said the vote late last month will help Osama bin Laden recruit associates. "Switzerland has done the so-called Al Qaeda, or the terrorists, the biggest favor," he said. [LA Times] More
Monday, 7 December, 2009: MIAMI, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. banker Allen Stanford went to great lengths to hide his failing financial condition as fraud investigators closed in, records and interviews indicate. Court filings and interviews with a dozen staff members by The Miami Herald revealed Stanford -- who faces money-laundering and fraud charges in what authorities say was a $7 billion financial scam -- burned records in the Virgin Islands, flew to Libya to convince leaders to prop up his failing empire and bought two Caribbean islands then "flipped" them to inflate his bank's assets, the newspaper reported Sunday. "He was desperate," Jonas Hagg, a longtime Fort Lauderdale executive chef who lived on Stanford's yacht, told the newspaper. [UPI] More
تعازي إلى آل باله     تعازي إلى آل أبو خبينه

الجزيرة : في الذكرى الـ17 : مطالبات بحل لغز سقوط طائرة ليبية

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (10)

سليمان عبدالله : معمر سليمان وتزوير عقيدة القرون المفضلة!! (5) ـ الأخيرة

د. مصطفى الزائدي : لعلها لعنة القذافي..

طارق القزيري : الحرية بلا قيم.. بسبب أمن العقوبة

ناجي الفيتوري : تراب حامي

ابراهيم قويدر : القدوة الحسنة

د. سيبتموس : اخرسوا أيها العملاء     المصراتي : الرقعي دفن البوسيفي في مقابر النسيان

نصر سعيد عقوب : غياب الثقة

فتحي بن خليفة : شوفولكم حل معاهم

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : الشيخان صبحي والمصراتي وشخصيات اخرى

صفحات من كتاب (برقة الهادئة) (15)

د. علي الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (19)

Sunday, 6 December, 2009: CAIRO (Zawya Dow Jones)--Libya's top oil official said Saturday his country aimed to boost crude oil production capacity to 3 million barrels a day by 2017, five years later than originally planned. "Our plan was to try to reach 3 million barrels per day by 2012 but because of the market conditions and as well as budget constrains we plan to reach this target by 2017. We currently have a production capacity of 2 million barrels a day," Shokri Ghanem told reporters in Cairo. [WSJ] More
Sunday, 6 December, 2009: TUNISIAONLINENEWS- In a bit to expand its network, the Tunisian “GTT” company established through its new department “Ferries”, a regular passenger shipping between Tunisia and Libya through the “Car Ferry Habib”. “GTT Company” is specialized in providing services specifically designed for business transport, logistics and transit. The line will start work on December 11, 2009. Three regular departures from Sfax are provided each week as well as shuttles from Tunis to Sfax. Prices vary between 40 and 440 dinars depending on the service. [Tunisia Online News] More
جبهة التبو لإنقاذ ليبيا : مذكرة سرية     لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : دعوة للتظاهر

طارق القزيري : "التوك شو" المصري : سلطة صاعدة.. تعايش فوضى البدايات

فرج بوالعَشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (3)

سالم بن عمار : معمر سليمان يبرر السرقة بعد أن استمرأ الكذب!

Saturday, 5 December, 2009: GENEVA — Two Swiss businessmen held in Libya amid a diplomatic spat between Bern and Tripoli are to appeal against a 16-month prison sentence imposed by a Libyan court, sources said Friday. Max Goldi, a senior manager at the Swedish-Swiss engineering giant ABB, and Rashid Hamdani, who works for a small construction firm, were detained in Libya after Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Hannibal and his wife were briefly arrested in Geneva in July 2008. Hamdani's wife told the Swiss ATS news agency that he had instructed his Libyan lawyer to appeal, while ABB said in a statement it had done the same for Goldi. The two, who are currently holed up in the Swiss embassy, were sentenced to prison and a fine of 2,000 dinars (1,100 euros) on Monday for overstaying their visas and face a further trial for alleged tax offences, according to Libyan officials. They were detained in Libya after Kadhafi's son and daughter-in-law were arrested in July 2008 after two servants complained he had mistreated them in a Geneva hotel, sparking a diplomatic row between Bern and Tripoli. [AFP] More
Saturday, 5 December, 2009: Rome, 4 Dec. (AKI) - Italian archaeologists have discovered the remains of an ancient Roman city submerged off the coast of Libya. The remains of the city date back to the 2nd century A.D. and were found by archaeologists and experts from Sicily and the University Suor Orsola Benincasa of Naples, involved in the ArCoLibia archaeology project. The discovery took place on the Cape of Ras Eteen on the western side of Libya's Gulf of Bumbah, as archaeologists were searching the area for shipwrecks and the remains of ancient ports. Archaeologists instead found walls, streets, and the remains of buildings and ancient tombs. After a careful analysis, the experts realised the area extended for over a hectare. Experts also said that the city could have been destroyed by a strong tsunami after an earthquake which struck the eastern coastal region of Cyrenaica in 365 A.D. According to a statement released by Sicilian authorities, the city flourished through the manufacture of imperial dye, a purple pigment used to colour the clothing of the Roman elite. [AKI] More
Saturday, 5 December, 2009: LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Libya's National Oil Co. lifted its December official selling price for its Zueitina and Abu Attifel crudes by five cents but kept prices for its Sirtica grade unchanged from November, a trading source said Friday. Es Sharara, Amna, Sarir and Mellitah grades, calculated against Brent, where earlier raised by five cents, a trade source said Thursday, while prices for benchmark Es Sider and Brega crudes were left unchanged. Among grades measured against Urals, Bouri was raised by five cents, while Al-Jurf was rolled over from November, the trader said Friday. Libyan December term crude prices are quoted as follows as a differential to dated Brent (in dollars a barrel): GRADE DEC NOV Zueitina +0.20 +0.15 Sirtica -0.30 -0.30 Abu Attifel +0.35 +0.30 Es Sider -0.05 -0.05 Brega +0.30 +0.30 Es Sharara +0.65 +0.60 Amna -0.60 -0.65 Sarir -0.85 -0.90 Mellitah +0.65 +0.60 Libyan December prices for Bouri oil and Al-Jurf oil as an average against Russian Urals (basis CIF Augusta, Mediterranean) are quoted as follows (in dollars a barrel): GRADE DEC NOV Bouri -1.70 -1.75 Al-Jurf +0.05 +0.05. [Easy Bourse] More
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سليم الرقعي : مش هذا موضوعنا يا أخ البوسيفي!؟

علي البوسيفي : سليم الرقعي ( يا قرّة عين الديمقراطيين )

فتحي العريبي : تعاقبت الأقفال .. والباب واحد

ليلى الهوني : ليبيا ليست في حاجة إلى "سوبرمان"

معمر سليمان : الغضنفر الزائر.. والطاوس المعجب

علي الخليفي : تنامون حتى يموت الصباح

جمال الحاجي : بيان إلى الرأي العام الليبي

رمضان جربوع : للذين يحبون الوطن فقط

سليم الرقعي : رأي وتوضيح أخير بشأن إنتقادي لصحيفة ليبيا اليوم

سليمان عبدالله : علي الخليفي.. كفاك مزايدة.. كفاك افتراءً

أبو سليمان إبراهيم : الإشفاق بما في المحمودي من الشقاق والنفاق (1)

نادي الباروني : الأمسية التربوية وعلاقتها بالأسرة

غادة التواتي : الأضحى عـيد أم أزمة؟

زعيمة بنت الوطن : عودة

المحمودي : سرقات طالب العلم الأشعري (معمر سليمان) (2)

Friday, 4 December, 2009: Tripoli/Geneva - A Libyan organization called Thursday for an economic boycott of Switzerland and urged Muslims to withdraw any assets they have from banks in the Alpine country, in response to the referendum passed this week banning minarets. The latest censure from Libya, from the World Islamic Call Association, follows several similar condemnations from groups in the authoritarian regime, though none had demanded specific sanctions. Reports had earlier indicated Libya would place two Swiss men on trial, for a second time, for allegedly violating the country's economic laws. [M&C] More
Friday, 4 December, 2009: TRIPOLI - US petroleum company Hess has discovered new gas deposits in the Gulf of Sirte off the Libyan coast, Libya's National Oil Corp (NOC) said on Thursday. Tests carried out by the company indicate an output of "27 million cubic feet (756,000 cubic metres) of good quality gas," a statement said. Hess confirmed the report on its website saying it had "carried out a successful test of its discovery well A1-54/01 offshore Libya in the Mediterranean Sea." The discovery was made by Hess Libya Exploration Limited which holds a 100 percent working interest in the well as part of an exploration and production sharing agreement with NOC, it said. Libya is Africa's third-largest oil producer after Nigeria and Angola at 1.7 million barrels of oil a day and has estimated reserves of 42 billion barrels. It is also seeking to develop its natural gas production, with proven reserves estimated at 1.540 billion cubic metres, according to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries. [AFP] More
Friday, 4 December, 2009: As anticipated, the fourth ministerial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which was held in Sharm al-Shaykh (Egypt), November 8-9, reflected wall-to-wall praise for Sino-African "cooperation" in general and particularly for the positive Chinese role in Africa. China announced its readiness to pour more money into Africa, planning more projects and increased presence with "no strings attached." Yet it is precisely this emphatic divorce between economics and politics in Chinese external activities, or between economic aid and political aid, which has triggered unprecedented criticism not heard of before from some African leaders. In recent years China's Africa policy has attracted fire from many quarters outside the African continent—governments, NGOs, the media and academics. [Jamestown] More
Friday, 4 December, 2009: Vice President Dr Mohamed Waheed has today met with Libyan Ambassador to the Maldives Ibrahim Elabed Mukhtar Henitish, and Director General of the Muslim World League Regional Office Abdu Mohamed Aseen. Speaking at two separate meetings held at the President’s Office this afternoon, the Vice President gave a warm welcome to both dignitaries. He thanked the Libyan government and the Muslim World League for their continued support and assistance to the Maldives. In the meeting with Libyan Ambassador Ibrahim Elabed Mukhtar Henitish, the Vice President and Ambassador Henitish discussed ways of further strengthening the relations that exist between the Maldives and Libya. [Isria] More
Friday, 4 December, 2009: LUXEMBOURG - The European Union high court on Thursday voided EU decisions that froze the funds of a Libyan and a Tunisian, saying their rights of defence against charges of having links to terrorism had been violated. The high court ruling in favour of Chafiq Ayadi, a Tunisian living in Ireland, and Farj Hassan Faraj, a Libyan living in Britain, echoed a 2008 ruling by the same court that undid the seizure of assets of another terrorist suspect. In its latest ruling, the Court of Justice of the European Union found the rights of Ayadi and Hassan to "effective judicial review" of the cases against them and their rights to property had been violated. The EU drafted a list of suspected terrorists in compliance with a U.N. Security Council resolution and put Ayadi on it in October 2001 and Hassan in November 2004. [CP] More
Friday, 4 December, 2009: A Libyan teenager who threatened to follow an employee of the Refugee Reception and Integration Office home and burn down her house after his request for accommodation was refused has had his sentence adjourned. Hisham Ali Saad (aged 19) became frustrated and overwhelmed at the asylum system following his arrival in Ireland alone a year ago after his brother was shot dead during an anti-Gadaffi protest in Libya. Saad, with an address at Cliffview Accommodation Centre, Coast Road, Donegal, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a threat to kill or cause serious harm at the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, Lower Mount Street on July 15, 2008. Judge Tony Hunt told Saad: “You are not going to help your case for asylum by behaving in this way. One wonders what would happen to someone in Libya acting in this way.” [Examiner] More
Friday, 4 December, 2009: (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, DECEMBER 3 - Libya is participating in the capital of 324 Egyptian companies, and economic cooperation between the two countries concerns a number of investment plans, including the creation of a trade and industry centre in the area which runs from Marsa Matrouh, in Egypt, to Tobruk in Libya. A tourist area will also be set up in the area between Sidi Abdel Rahman in Egypt and Ein Ghazala in Libya, and a fishing joint venture to guarantee food security. These issues and more will be discussed during a two day meeting of the Libyan/Egyptian ministerial board that will open tomorrow in Tripoli, with groundwork starting yesterday. Cairos press reported that the meeting will focus on the various aspects of Libyan/Egyptian cooperation, but also on the common intention of regularising the position of Egyptian workers in Libya. Talks will also concern plans ratified during the previous inter-ministerial meeting, including some which involve oil and electricity. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 4 December, 2009: Amnesty International Switzerland has launched a "solidarity" campaign for the two Swiss businessmen held in Libya. The humanitarian group has invited the public to send cards of support to Rachid Hamdani and Max Gold in Tripoli. The pair were sentenced to 16-months in jail on Wednesday on charges related to immigration offences. "See you in Switzerland / Auf bald in der Schweiz", says the web card to the two hostages who have been held for more than 500 days in Libya. Sympathizers can sign a personal message to both men and also symbolically light a candle. However, Amnesty said that the campaign was not designed as a direct message aimed at Libyan authorities. The two men were arrested in July 2008, in wake of the Hannibal Gaddafi affair in Geneva. The son of the Libyan leader and his wife were detained on suspicion of assaulting hotel staff but were released and the charges dropped. [Swisster] More
مجاهد البوسيفي : العدو الأول لمصر

ؤسّان : محمد الجهمي : سيف القذافي له يد في قتل فتحي الجهمي

أحمد شلادي : بيان وتوضيح

عبدالمنصف البوري : من برلين الى بنغازى .. هل سقط جدار الخوف فى ليبيا ايضا ؟

فتحي بن خليفة : الديكتاتور العادل     فوزي عبدالحميد : الفرطاسة تفخر بشعر بنت خالتها!

بين الصالحين : ليبيا الولادة

عبدالله الشبلي : من حكايا التيار الإسلامي (12)

سليمان دوغة : بن حميدة وآخرون.. متسلقون فوق أكتاف النضال

Thursday, 3 December, 2009: Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz hinted Wednesday that a Libyan court ruling on two Swiss businessmen kept in Libya for 16 months in a diplomatic spat might make it easier to resolve the standoff. Swiss officials have always felt that the plight of the two, which stemmed from the arrest in Geneva last year of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son, was largely determined by arbitrary measures. But Merz, who unsuccessfully sought a political deal with the Libyan government in the summer, said in a radio interview that the sentencing by a court on Tuesday introduced a more tangible legal charge. The rule of law "introduces an obligation and always opens ways of ending an arrest or a judicial procedure with judicial means, and that wasn't the case until now," Merz told Swiss radio RSR. Libya sentenced the two Swiss businessmen to a 16-month prison sentence and a fine of 2,000 dinars (1,100 euros) each for overstaying their visas, a Libyan justice official said Tuesday. [AFP] More
Thursday, 3 December, 2009: HOUSTON, Dec. 2 -- Hess Corp.’s Libyan subsidiary has drillstem-tested gas and condensate at a discovery well it drilled in 2008 in the Mediterranean east of Tripoli, Libya. The A1-54/01 discovery well on the Arous Al-Bahar prospect encountered hydrocarbons in several intervals with a combined gross section of 500 ft in 2008 (OGJ Online, Dec. 17, 2008). Hess reentered the well and perforated a 300-ft carbonate interval. The well, in the nonproducing offshore extension of the Sirte basin, flowed at a rate of 27 MMscfd of good quality gas and 533 b/d of condensate on a 52/64-in. choke on a drillstem test. After completing tests, the Stena Forth sixth-generation dynamically positioned drill ship is to return to finish drilling the A2-54/01 appraisal well 7 miles northwest of the discovery well. Well A1-54/01 is in 2,807 ft of water 35 miles off Libya. Hess Libya Exploration Ltd. holds 100% working interest in Area 54, operated under an exploration and production-sharing agreement with National Oil Corp. [OGJ] More
Thursday, 3 December, 2009: THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, facing a Sierra Leone war crimes tribunal, says Taiwan and Libya contributed to his 1997 presidential campaign. "In 1996-1997, I received money from Taiwan and Libya," Taylor reportedly told the court Tuesday, asserting the Taiwanese government gave him $1 million, allegedly delivered through the country's embassy in the Ivory Coast. In testimony published on his Web site, Taylor also reportedly told prosecutors for the U.N. Special Court for Sierra Leone in The Hague that Taiwan gave him the money for "public relations reasons. "They developed an interest in me," the Web site quoted Taylor as saying. "They were concerned that China will block their interest in Liberia. It was like a form of PR for them because they were concerned that diplomatic support will continue after I became president." [UPI] More
Thursday, 3 December, 2009: The Lockerbie bomber wore a white shellsuit to hide the fact he was wearing body armour when he was released from a Scottish prison. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi wore the casual clothing as he boarded a flight from Glasgow to Libya in August. He later swapped his shellsuit and baseball cap for a formal grey suit before landing in Tripoli. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill revealed the security measure to a committee of MSPs. The Scottish Parliament's Justice Committee is investigating the way Megrahi's compassionate release in August was handled. Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, was released after eight years in prison for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Dumfries and Galloway in 1988, which resulted in the death of 270 people. The committee heard that a bomb-proof vehicle was needed to transport the Libyan to the airport. Mr MacAskill told the committee: "The release of Mr al-Megrahi from Greenock prison to Glasgow airport resulted in the Scottish Prison Service requiring to acquire, I think, a vehicle that was bomb-proof to avoid roadside devices. [BBC] More
عيسى عبدالقيوم : معجزة عيد اللحم

سالم بن عمار : علاج مجاني في أمريكا لبعض أمراض الأطفال

لغبر النفوسي : نحن لا نخاف الكراهية، ولا أكاذيب الشيوخ     عبدالله عبدالرحيم : لا فض فوك يا أستاذ سليم

الحاج شعيب : تقصقيص فى السياسة

Wednesday, 2 December, 2009: Zurich - A Libyan court sentenced two Swiss businessmen to 16 months in prison for violation of residency laws, just two days after a vote in Switzerland to ban the construction of minarets sparked criticism in the Muslim world. In addition to the prison sentence, the court fined the pair 2,000 dinars ($1,600) each. The men -- Max Goeldi, the country head in Libya for a Swiss engineering group, and Rachid Hamdani -- have been detained in the country since July 2008, when Geneva police arrested Moammar Gadhafi's son Hannibal for allegedly beating two servants. Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz traveled to Tripoli in August to apologize for the arrest in the hope of securing the men's release. Instead, Libya said last month it planned to try the men for tax and immigration irregularities. The Libyan Embassy in Bern didn't respond to calls seeking comment. The Swiss Foreign Ministry said the two men are in the Swiss Embassy in Tripoli and were tried and convicted in absentia. A spokesman for the ministry had no further comment on the affair. [WSJ] More
Wednesday, 2 December, 2009: Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) is to provide Al-Madar Al-Jadid, Libya's leading mobile operator with a convergent charging and billing solution that will enable its mobile subscribers to enjoy benefits such as flexible tariffs and full control of costs, bonuses and rewards. Ericsson will also supply related systems integration services. Abdulkhalek Ashuor, General Manager of Al-Madar Al-Jadid, says: "We've worked with Ericsson since 1995 and we trust that their competence in the revenue-management area and experience of delivering complex convergent charging and billing projects will allow us to enhance our service offering to our customers at an efficient cost and with faster time to market. We are looking forward to introducing this new and flexible platform". Rafiah Ibrahim, President of Ericsson in Northern Africa, says: "Ericsson's innovative solution enables service providers to control their revenue streams. Millions of subscribers are charged and billed through our solutions and now we are delighted that Libyan users will benefit as well." [CNN] More
Wednesday, 2 December, 2009: (London) - Darfur rebel groups announced today the arrival of 55 commanders to Libya to attend a unity meeting they plan to hold there. The Sudan Liberation Movement Revolutionary Forces (SLM-RF) said today the purpose of this meeting is to develop a comprehensive strategy with all categories of the people of Darfur before to take part in the peace process in Doha. The group which is composed of some factions is established on August 30 in Tripoli with the support of the Libyan government. The Kufra meeting aims to reunite more groups who had resolved to meet inside Darfur before to unite. However some groups such as the SLM of Ahmed Abdelshafi reject the idea and insist on the need to be inside Darfur near their troops and supporters. [Sudan Tribune] More
Wednesday, 2 December, 2009: (ANSAmed) The first private press agency in Libya is to be launched in mid-December after 40 years of absolute monopoly by the official government agency Jana. The news was announced by Soleiman Dougha, director of the Libyan company El Ghad (the tomorrow), set up about two years ago with the patronage of the son of Libyan leader Gaddafi, Seif Al Islam. The news was reported today by the pan-Arab daily published in London, Asharq al Awsat. Quoting Seif al Islam, Soleiman announced that the new agency would be called Libya Press. The project aims to deal with domestic issues in Libya and to write in a professional, truthful and objective way. The company will set up a training centre for journalists with the collaboration of the satellite channel, Al Jazeera, and the BBC, in order to create a journalistic set up that is able to follow all the development in the country. [ANSAmed] More
شهد و رمزي العبيردي : مراحب

كراسي : العدد 57 ـ ديسمبر 2009     مأرب برس : ناقة الزعيم الليبي تغادر صنعاء بطائرة خاصة

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : كبش العيد امنزل دمعه.. نموذج النكتة السياسية العصرية

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : جوائز عربية وعالمية.. ‬يغيب عنها الليبيون‮.. ‬لماذا؟

Tuesday, 1 December, 2009: Tripoli, Libya (AHN) - On Monday Libyan health officials reported the country's first death due to swine flu. Authorities say the victim was a 40-year-old pregnant woman. Reportedly the woman experienced side effects common with the Influenza A (H1N1) virus that ranged from shortness of breath to a dry cough and fever. In addition, Saudi Arabian authorities reported five deaths in their country. It is believed the deaths were all from pilgrims during this year's Hajj. Fears were running rampant that the waves and influx of people would spell a health catastrophe. But the Governor of the Mecca region, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, told the state-run SPA news agency that only 73 cases, including the five who died, have tested positive... [AHN] More
Tuesday, 1 December, 2009: One shining spring day three years ago, on my way home from work, I found a bulldozer, a couple of African workers and a makeshift construction bureau parked on my street. The time had finally come for new asphalt, pavement and lighting. I asked the project manager how long it would take to finish the work. He said no more than two months. The street, just outside the city centre, is less than 1.5 kilometres long, and it is the main mobile phone market in Tripoli. Well, the manager was wrong, and I am sure he knows why. The bulldozer, the workers and the bureau have long since disappeared, but the job is still unfinished. The street now is much worse than it was three years ago. The old lights are gone and it’s been dug up on both sides and in the middle as well. With the rainy season starting in earnest, we are bracing for some long, very muddy walks ahead. Welcome to infrastructure development, the Libyan way. The idea is simple: nothing is supposed to finish, and if it ever does, it should neither be on time nor budget. A few months after the asphalting stopped, a utility company came along with a new project to revamp the water and sewage networks. They dug up whatever remained of the street, buried some pipes, and, by the end of summer, they left. [The National] More
Tuesday, 1 December, 2009: Tripoli - Afriqiyah Airways is better than its Web site suggests. Founded in 2001 as the airline of Africa (with a hub here, in the inconvenient-to-everywhere hermit state of Libya), it owns a fleet of Airbuses that still give off that nose-singeing, chemical-rich, new-plane smell. It is emphatically not Air Afrique, the West African carrier that went bust in 2002, that nearly shares Afriqiyah's name, and that became known for its eccentric service and proud defiance of its own timetables. Instead, the airline of Muammar al Qadhafi is sleek, attractive, and reliable. The seats -- green, the color of Libya's flag -- are clean, and have the usual movies, music, and games, all on an in-flight entertainment screen so jauntily functional that it looks almost as if they installed one of those MIT Hundred-Dollar-Laptops in the back of every seat. I would say that Afriqiyah resembles any other first-rate airline, except that one day earlier, on another more established airline, I had an experience Afriqiyah has taken great care to prevent. It was not an experience I wish to repeat. [The Atlantic] More
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