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المحمودي : بيان بطلان إدعاء المنهجية العلمية عند (حكيم) (2)

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : في وداع أبي تمام ( تيسير بن موسى )

رمضان جربوع : فرنسا ميشلان المطـّاط وساركوزي النطـّاط!

رفيق : خدعوك فقالوا : انتصرنا

موسى عبدالكريم : نيابة الصحافة ترحب بكم!

عبدالله الشبلي : إنتصار الروح على المادة     فرج بوالعشة : ومع ذلك انتصرت حماس..!!

Saturday, 31 January, 2009: Jan. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi may be chosen as the new chairman of the African Union when heads of state gather for a summit in Ethiopia next week, said analysts including Kenneth Mpyisi of the Institute for Security Studies. Qaddafi is “the leading candidate” to replace Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete, Mpyisi said in an interview yesterday from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. The choice of Qaddafi, who has previously proposed the creation of a United States of Africa, may spur cooperation between the continent’s 53 economies, said Desire Assogbavi, an African Union political analyst for Oxfam International. “Having Gaddafi in this position would be an accelerator for integration.” [Bloomberg] More
Saturday, 31 January, 2009: A son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi emerged from talks with Swiss officials Friday saying he hopes to resolve a dispute soon that has strained relations between the two countries. It involves the incarceration of his brother in Switzerland last year and two Swiss citizens who have not been allowed to leave Libya. Seif al-Islam Gadhafi said that by the time he leaves Sunday, he hopes to have an agreement in which the Swiss government would say his brother's incarceration last July was "inappropriate and unnecessary." And he promised Swiss authorities that "as soon as possible" he would resolve the problem of the two Swiss citizens who have not been allowed to leave Libya. [AP] More
Saturday, 31 January, 2009: Tax services in Libya recorded revenues estimated at some 3,382 million Libyan dinars (1.3 Libyan dinars=1 US dollar) in 2008, up by 1,017 million dinars compared to projections of the budget, a report of the Libyan tax office said. According the report quoted by the Oyia newspaper, revenues recorded a 43% increase as compared to the 2007 results. This success, it said, was due to successful efforts between 2006 and 2007 by the Libyan tax office to reduce tax evasions. [PANA] More
Saturday, 31 January, 2009: Political opposition websites in North African countries, particularly in Tunisia, Libya and Mauritania, are becoming a primary target of hackers. This new phenomenon of defacing opposition and dissident websites emerged first in Tunisia, where at least 14 websites and blogs were targeted between 2007 and 2008, and seems to be spreading across the region as a result of the attempt to muzzle free speech both online and offline. Even though it is not clear yet who is behind these hacking attacks, North African opposition leaders and owners of the targeted websites all agree that their regimes are behind this new way of cracking down on oppositional activities online. [Global Voices Online] More
Saturday, 31 January, 2009: (ANSAmed) - Gene Cretz, the American ambassador to Libya since December 27, who fills the role which had been left un-appointed for 36 years, said in an interview with ANSA that the standardisation of US-Libyan relations, a process launched during the Bush years, could be fully re-launched by Barack Obamàs new administration. Cretz has already met with the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, and said that "it is time to turn the page, and reinitiate cooperation on all levels, in economics, culture, oil, and military affairs, we need to set the right tone so that decent American goods arrive in Libya where Libya is requesting them". The route to the reopening of diplomatic relationships between Washington and Tripoli has been eased along recently with the adoption of the 'Compensation Claims Package' established by the Compensation Fund, which Libya has provided for the American victims of terrorism. Cretz reported... [ANSAmed] More
Saturday, 31 January, 2009: Libya is emerging as an exciting prospect for property investors according to the first publicly available official report into residential and commercial real estate. The report says the country is emerging from years of isolation with an economy that is functioning well now that international sanctions have been removed. [Property Wire] More
فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : يخربون بيوتهم بأيديهم وأيدي الأمريكان!

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : حكم القذافي : طغيان في الداخل وانبطاح في الخارج

( مقارنة بين تأثير المسلمين واليهود في العالم ) ـ ترجمة : محمد الصّيد

محمد قدري الخوجة : ذكريات بالتوكيّة

جليانه : قصة غريبة عجيبة..     السلفيوم : فتوى.. بجواز تقديم الرشوة     فيلادلفيا : الساحل الشرقي يغرق بالقمامة

Friday, 30 January, 2009: Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey and one of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's sons, Seif al-Islam, met on Thursday to try to resolve a six-month row between their countries, her ministry said. The 45-minute meeting on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos was the highest level encounter since the standoff erupted over the arrest of another of Kadhafi's sons in a Geneva hotel last July. A spokesman for the Swiss foreign ministry described the talks as "positive" and said they would continue. He declined to give further details. A source close to the affair said the two could meet again... [AFP] More
Friday, 30 January, 2009: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Giving details of its investments in Africa in 2008 on the sidelines of the Africa Union Commission summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Libya has organised a fair depicting the investments. At the fair, Libyan companies are showing off their products and where they could be found in various parts of Africa. A poster placed at the fair gives precise details on the volume of Libyan investments in Africa which began in 1991 with a financial allocation of 31,867,585 Lybian dinars (1,250 dinars Libyan = 1 US dollar) to reach, in 2008, 1 billion 93 million 847 thousand 722 dinars. [PANA] More
Friday, 30 January, 2009: It is always pleasing to hear Muammar Qaddafi coming forward with a new idea. He is the joker in the pack of Middle Eastern leaders, appearing in the most unexpected places. He looks at things with fresh eyes. Unfortunately, his ideas are not always the most practical. Now he is putting forward the idea that Jews and Arabs in our country should live together in one joint state, to be called Isratine ("The one-state solution," Views, Jan. 23) That is a fetching, if not altogether original idea. Qaddafi has always been a great unifier. In 1972, early in his 40-year rule, he initiated the idea of the union of Libya, Egypt and Syria into one state. In 1974, he started work toward a union of Libya and Tunisia. He also proposed the creation of a big Saharan Islamic State. After these failures, one would have to be a very determined optimist to believe in the union of Israel and Palestine. [IHT] More
Friday, 30 January, 2009: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JANUARY 29 - It is a place of transit for illegal migrants escaping to Europe, but it is also a place for irregular residents, stuck waiting to climb aboard ships in the hope of a better future. This is Libya, where illegal immigration involves anything from half a million to a million and a half people, according to latest estimates. According to the last census, carried out in 2006, the population of Libya is 5,673,031, almost 70% concentrated along the coast. It is reckoned however, that up to 25% of the population is made up of irregular migrants coming mainly from Africa, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh, Syria, and the Philippines. The uncertainty about the number is due to both the size of the borders, and legislation which until 2005 allowed people coming from Arab countries to arrive without a visa. [ANSAmed] More
مجاهد البوسيفي : في وداع رئيس

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : من مشاهير الشعراء الشعبيين فى ليبيا (9)

د. فتحي العكاري : شلال الابداع فى رسومات فتحي الشويهدى

الإجدابي : إلى أين ذهبت ثروة ليبيا؟ ومن المستفيد؟

موسى عبدالكريم : القذافي وتأميم شركات النفط الأجنبية

Thursday, 29 January, 2009: In recent days, Washington has experienced a media blitz by the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, including an op-ed in the New York Times and his first US videoconference in months. In the wake of the Obama transition, the "Guide of the Revolution" is reaching out to the new administration, using his stance towards Israel as the bait. Libyan, Israeli and American relations form a fateful mix, with Libyan-Israeli relations seeing an improvement as a result of US-Libyan rapprochement. Despite some positive developments, the nature of Libya's moves towards Israel suggests the limits of the transformative power...[The Guardian]More
Thursday, 29 January, 2009: Tamale, Jan. 28, GNA - The Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA), in collaboration with the Libyan Government, is providing free tractor services to farmers in the Northern Region to help boost agricultural production. The project was initiated by President Muamar Gaddafi of Libya, in fulfilment of a promise he made in Cotonou, Benin in July last year that he would help ensure food security in Africa. Mr. Adel Alkish, Project Coordinator of the "Green Programme", who briefed the press in Tamale on Wednesday about the initiative, said the programme was to be replicated in all African countries. [Ghana Web] More
Thursday, 29 January, 2009: MSPs expressed "deep unease" in parliament last week as revelations regarding the appeal process stirred fears that the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, may be sent to back to Libya, abandoning his upcoming appeal. Claims over secret discussions involving the governments at Holyrood and Westminster, and Libyan officials regarding the possible prisoner transfer of Abdelbaset al Megrahi, have prompted real concerns amongst campaigners and family members of those who died in the bombings. Mr Megrahi, who suffers from advanced prostate cancer, is currently awaiting his second appeal after the Scottish criminal cases review commission found he may have suffered a miscarriage of justice. [The Journal] More
Thursday, 29 January, 2009: Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi and the Chadian President, Idriss Déby, Tuesday had talks bothering on the ongoing preparations of the next ordinary summit of the African Union, to be held from 1 to 3 February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, an official Libyan source said. The discussions were also about the issue of coordinating the positions of the countries of the Community of the Sahelian-Saharan States for the creation of a federal African government. [PANA] More
Thursday, 29 January, 2009: Sixty Turkish firms are set to participate at an international trade fair in Tripoli, Libya, in April. The fair offers an important opportunity for Turkish firms to boost trade volume and explore different areas of investment in Libya. [World Bulletin] More
Thursday, 29 January, 2009: Italian fishing boats must respect Libyàs protected fishing area (ZPE) and the country's laws regarding access to its waters, reads a note from the Fishing and Agriculture department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Woodland Policies. The note was sent to relevant associations and published on the website of the Federcoopesca-Confcooperative associations. In fact, the Libyan authorities have remarked that since 2007,Italian boats have been fishing more and more in regulated or forbidden areas.[ANSAmed]More
تعازي إلى آل بوبيضة والطشاني

د. محمد المقريف : انقلاب بقيادة مخبر ( الجزء 3 ـ الحلقة 5 )

فتحي العريبي : حقيقة مراسلاتي مع الأستاذ فوزي العرفية/المحامي

المحمودي : بيان بطلان إدعاء المنهجية العلمية عند (حكيم) (1)

ابراهيم عبدالعزيز صهّد : حول وثيقة 24 ديسمبر والمطلب الدستوري

Wednesday, 28 January, 2009: Libya believes $100 a barrel is a fair price for crude, and the nation won’t rule out nationalizing its oil industry in response to current lower prices, the Libyan ambassador to the U.S. said in Houston today. In a luncheon speech to the Bilateral US-Arab Chamber of Commerce, Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali said his north African nation is open for business and needs investors in the energy sector as well as expertise on infrastructure projects, such as highways, hospitals and hotels. But in an interview after his speech, Aujali said he could not guarantee that Libya would not nationalize energy interests. [Chron] More
Wednesday, 28 January, 2009: The Brazilian minister of Development, Industry and Trade, Michel Jorge on Monday held talks with a number of senior Libyan officials on consolidation of relations between the two countries. He also delivered a message from Brazilian President Lula da Silva to Libyan Secretary of the General People's Committee in charge of Foreign Relations and International Cooperation, Abderrahmane Chalgham, for the Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi. Jorge and Chalghan also had talks on cooperation. [PANA] More
Wednesday, 28 January, 2009: (ANSAmed) - CATANIA, JANUARY 27- Implementing joint study programmes open to students of the two countries, research projects and scientific missions on shared topics are some of the activities proposed by the Foundation. Professor Antonio Pioletti, head of the Foundation's executive board added, "There is mainly a will to deepen awareness in the educational, cultural, research, artitic, and scientific sectors". He also underlined "the strategic role of the university to create stable and profitable long lasting ties able to positively influence political relations together with spreading Arabic language. [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 28 January, 2009: ISTANBUL, Jan 26, 2009 (Asia Pulse Data Source via COMTEX) -- Turkish Airlines (THY) is starting direct flights to and from Benghazi, the second largest city in Libya, in the coming weeks. The national airline of Turkey operates a network of scheduled services to more than 100 international and domestic cities, serving nearly 150 airports in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. [TMCNet] More
Wednesday, 28 January, 2009: It is rapidly becoming a truism that all the Middle East problems are so intertwined that they must be all negotiated into tolerance and disarmament at more or less the same time - not sequentially as before. Still, it is better in an analysis such as this to single out Iran, because if Iran can be got right then a lot of the other dominoes will be easier to fit into place. It is Iran that Israel fears most. It is Iran that has much influence on Hamas. It is Iran that can contribute significantly to peace in Iraq and the Lebanon. And to discuss Iran we must talk about Libya. Libya only a few years ago had many of the same problems as Iran today. Not only was it on the cusp of producing nuclear weapons it was a terrorist state...[Khaleej Times] More
Wednesday, 28 January, 2009: (20 Dec. 2008) - Sand dunes in the Marzuq Sand Sea, southwest Libya are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 18 crewmember on the International Space Station. This detailed view, taken from low Earth orbit, shows classic large and small sand masses of the Central Sahara where wind is a more powerful land-forming agent than water. "Draa" dunes (from the Arabic for "arm") are very large masses of sand and appear here as the broad network of yellow-orange sand masses (the image covers a region approx. 9.4 klms wide), with smooth-floored, almost sand-free basins between them. [SpaceRef] More
رفيق : اللي اتديره العمشه ياكلوه ضناها     الساطور : بدون تعليق

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : من جديد نواصل مسيرتنا

حسام الوحيشي : امراجع

موقع جيل : بيـان صحفي

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : عودة صفحة الجبهة

علي الخليفي : وهم الانتصار وانتصار الوهم

Tuesday, 27 January, 2009: Libya Telecom & Technology, Libya's only internet service provider, is launching a major commercial wireless network that it claims will be among the most advanced in the world, reports the BBC. The effort, known as WiMax, has only been unrolled at a grand scale within a handful of countries. WiMax coverage in Libya will commence with 18 cities, and include a mobile access feature. WiMax enables users with USB-ready laptops to connect to the 'net within 30 miles of any WiMax tower. The new network will be able to support 300,000 subscribers, with business clients taking priority next week. [Marketing VOX] More
Tuesday, 27 January, 2009: The latest round of talks aimed at mending strained bilateral relations between Switzerland and Libya appear to have made little progress. A senior foreign ministry official said the negotiations had been difficult, but dialogue would continue at an unspecified date. He dismissed speculation that Switzerland was considering retaliatory measures if Libya remained in breach of an investment protection accord.A diplomatic delegation travelled to Tripoli last week trying to defuse tensions over the temporary detention of a son of Libyan leader Gaddafi, in Geneva last July after complaints of mistreatment made by household staff.[Swiss Info] More
Tuesday, 27 January, 2009: Tokyo, Jan 27, 2009 (AsiaPulse via COMTEX) Mitsubishi Corp. (TSE:8058) on Wednesday will sign a memorandum of understanding to begin joint R&D of reusable energy sources with Libya's Al Fateh University. Under the agreement, the Japanese trading company will support research into reusable energy by Libya's largest university, supplying test materials and sending specialists to Al Fateh from 2009 to 2011. The first initiative between the two will involve field-tests of solar power generation.[Trading Markets]More
Tuesday, 27 January, 2009: Algeria has rejected a Libyan proposal stipulates including Libyan prisoners involved in terror cases in the bilateral deal sealed last year between the two countries to exchange prisoners involved in common law offence, well informed source told El Khabar. The same source said the proposal of Libya reflects that the latter tends to procrastinate finishing the exchange prisoners deal signed in 2008, while insisting on including in the deal Libyan prisoners involved in terror cases detained in Algeria. El Khabar source further indicated that Algeria has asked Tripoli about the fate of wanted prisoners in case Algeria handed them over, as whether they are to be released once they reach Libya, they are to be retried or to be imprisoned as continuation to Algerian Justice’s decisions. However, Libya has not provided Algeria any response yet. [El Khabar] More
Tuesday, 27 January, 2009: The fourth international conference for the treatment of tumours on Sunday called for the early diagnosis of cancer and for better access, by women, to diagnosis in public and private hospitals in Libya. The recommendations, made at the just ended three-day meeting in Sabratha, also highlighted the need to establish national cartography centres in all regions of Libya to assist cancer patients and provide competent staff to who will attend to the patients with modern facilities. The Sabratha conference, which was held from 22 to 25 January, was attended by doctors, international consultants and experts from the U.S., Great Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Finland, Poland, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Jordan and Libya. [PANA] More
Tuesday, 27 January, 2009: Jovan Vejnovic, the Croatian ambassador to Libya, allegedly used his diplomatic status during the last two years to smuggle 18 thousand dollars worth of alcohol into Libya, not for the purpose of the embassy, writes Jutarnji List, but for the Libya branch of the Croatian company Crosco. Libya, located in Northern Africa, under the lead of Muammar al-Gaddafi, strictly bans the consummation, import and sale of alcohol. Vejnovic is allegedly under internal investigation by the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,which compiled document on his transactions,and informed the Croatian president Stjepan Mesic about them. However, the president does not consider the offence to be enough reason to recall the ambassador for. [Javno] More
فتحي بن خليفة : وأنتم، أيها الليبيون.. من يبكيكم؟؟

الكيّس الفطن : ما الذي يرجوه القذافي من باراك أوباما؟؟

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : رسائل وصلتني من فتحي العريبي

سليم الرقعي : رأي في تقديم القذافي لمحكمة الجنايات الدولية!؟

( رسالة مفتوحة إلى باراك حسين أوباما ) ـ ترجمة : محمد الصّيد

موقع ليبي جديد : ( موقع فرج الفاخري الشخصي : كان ياما كان )

Monday, 26 January, 2009: (Reuters) - Libya said on Sunday the Union for the Mediterranean, launched last year to help stabilize and develop the region, was dead because of Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Arabs and Israelis agreed in November to help run the union of 43 countries, which was first proposed by France and aims to boost ties between rich Europe and the poor south. Proponents say the grouping would lead to concrete projects to further economic development, food, water and energy security and protect the Mediterranean environment. But the Libyan presidency of the Maghreb Arab Union (UMA) of north African countries said Israel's Gaza offensive was the only recognizable "project" since the union was formed. [Reuters] More
Monday, 26 January, 2009: As Zimbabwe issued a new 100 trillion dollar note this month, Mr Mugabe tried to avert economic catastrophe by making contact with Libya and Iran - two countries with large oil reserves and a history of bad relations with the West. Mr Mugabe has long shown himself impervious to the suffering caused by his country's almost total economic collapse, which was precipitated by the seizure of white-owned farms in the late 1990s. Yet the additional hardship caused by sanctions has struck directly at Zimbabwe's political elite - and threatened to undermine the veteran president. Now the collapse of power sharing talks between Mr Mugabe and Zimbabwe's opposition has made his need for money all the more urgent. [Telegraph] More
Monday, 26 January, 2009: Libyan African Union (AU) Affairs Secretary, Dr Ali Triki, has declared that the report of the African Union Commission (AUC) on the formation of an African federal govt has "exhaustively responded" to issues related to the opportunity and the way to proclaim it. The report is to be submitted to the AU summit slated for 1 February in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, which hosts the headquarters of the organisation. At the 11th AU summit held in July in Charm El Cheikh, Egypt, African leaders called on the AU Commission's President to prepare an exhaustive report on all issues related to the formation of a continental government. [PANA] More
Monday, 26 January, 2009: Libya has donated two generator sets to Guinea, which has been struggling to meet its electricity demands. The generators, which cost US$2 million dollars, have a capacity of 800 kva each, Radio Guinea reported on Saturday. The broadcast said they were delivered on Friday by Libyan ambassador to Guinea, Dr. Grioma Alzarzour, to the ruling National Council for Democracy and Development (CNDD). The Guinean capital, Conakry, and the country's six regional capitals do not have regular supplies of electricity because of outdated generating units. [PANA] More
Monday, 26 January, 2009: LIBYA. A new report 'Tripoli Residential and Office Real Estate 2009' shows the extent to which Libya is emerging from years of isolation into one of the Middle East's most exciting prospects. This is the first publicly-available report to cover the residential and office markets in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, with information current at November 2008. It profiles 19 districts of the cities, with sales and rental price brackets, indicative price growth over 2007-2008 and area descriptions. It also profiles more than 25 upcoming real estate projects in the city, highlighting the key local and international players active in the market, and is an essential resource for investors, developers, suppliers, architects and consultants. [BI-MI] More
Monday, 26 January, 2009: Corruption isn't solely a matter of petty officials and small-time pay-offs. Nation-states play the game too--for much higher stakes. On July 24, 2007, the European Union, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his sometimes estranged wife, Cécilia Ciganer-Albéniz Sarkozy, playing prominent roles, secured the release of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor wrongly incarcerated in Libya for over nine years. The six medical workers were charged in February 1999 with deliberately infecting 438 children with HIV-tainted blood in a Benghazi hospital. Expert medical testimony and numerous diplomatic initiatives failed to secure their freedom, and they were eventually sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment. Suddenly released, the six medical workers flew to Sofia on a French presidential jet. [Forbes] More
تعازي إلى آل الشيخ     تعازي إلى آل بن صريتي

عيسى عبدالقيوم : هل سنعلق طويلاً فى قاعة الإمتحانات؟!

د. فتحي الفاضلي : ارحل عن سماء مواقعنا..

فرج بوالعشة : غزة بين قمتين..!

محمد الصادق : بعض مناقب السنوسية الجهادية

رمضان جربوع : نتغاضى ونصفح؟.. أم في ذلك تجاوز؟

بانوراما ليبيا : تخصيص ميدان البركة لاحدى الشركات الاستثمارية!!

طارق القزيري : هوامش على رصاص مصبوب

Sunday, 25 January, 2009: TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi said Tripoli could nationalise foreign oil firms operating in the country unless prices rise to 100 dollars a barrel, the state news agency JANA reported on Saturday. "There have been calls for the nationalisation of the oil and gas industry," he said at a dinner on Friday night for visiting King Juan Carlos of Spain. "We hope this will not happen. We hope oil prices will rise to a reasonable level," he said. "A price which stabilises at around 100 dollars ... is a reasonable target price." Libyan newspapers have been calling for the sector to be nationalised... [AFP] More
Sunday, 25 January, 2009: Central Bank Governor Njuguna Ndung’u deliberately deceived institutions and the public in all aspects of the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel. The Cockar report says the Governor denied other parties (local or foreign), the opportunity to bid for the hotel. The CBK eventually sold the hotel to the Libyan African Investment Company (Laico) at Sh2.9 billion, an offer which then Finance Minister Amos Kimunya said was ‘too good’ to refuse. The commission, however, established that Prof Ndung’u had no acceptable reason for his determination to sell the hotel to Laico only. The hotel has since been renamed... [East Standard] More
Sunday, 25 January, 2009: Israel has Libya to “thank” for Saturday's hazy weather. Southeasterly winds transported large amounts of sand from the Libyan desert to the skies over Israel this weekend, reducing visibility and causing health concerns for some with respiratory problems. A huge sandstorm in Libya pushed the sand into the upper atmosphere, where it was blown across the Mediterranean by the wind. Weather forecasters said that such sandstorms were more common at the end of the winter – not the middle, which is what the season calls for. “So far,” meteorologist Nachum Alik said, “it's been a very dry winter.” [Israel National News] More
Sunday, 25 January, 2009: The Libyan leader, Muammar al Gaddafi, has welcomed King Juan Carlos to his country in the ruins of his Tripoli residence which was bombed by the United States in 1986. Gaddafi showed the King the damage caused to the building which Libya has kept as a monument to the attack ordered by Ronald Regan 23 years ago. The King wrote in the visitors’ book ‘With an affectionate greeting, and very pleased to be in Libya for the first time’. King Juan Carlos offered what he described as the prestige of Spanish companies to help in the modernisation of Libya. He then dined as guest of honour, with Gaddafi... [Typically Spanish] More
المحامي الشارف الغرياني : حصار قبلي مقيت بمدينة درنه

إيلاف : القماطي لـ "إيلاف" : فلسطين ليست أولويّة للعقيد ودعوته مجرّد مزايدة

فرانس 24 : ما العمل بسجناء غوانتانامو؟ ـ شارك فيها : د. الهادي شلوف

سالم بن عمار : وقفات مع شطحات شلوف وأشباهه

جلال عثمان : الليبية الفضائية.. ندبة في جبين الوطن!!

The New York Times : Letters : Qaddafi’s Solution : A State of ‘Isratine’

المحمودي : قراءة متأنية في عقلية المحامي الفاشل!!

Saturday, 24 January, 2009: TRIPOLI, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Spain's King Juan Carlos visited Libya on Friday with business leaders seeking deals in the north African country opening up after years of sanctions. Tripoli has hosted a string of European leaders since Libya renounced banned weapons programmes and agreed to settle compensation claims for bombings and attacks for which it was blamed by the West. Growing oil income has given Libya the resources to rebuild roads, railways, ports, industrial areas, schools and hospitals that fell into disrepair during its long diplomatic isolation. Spain's government maintained links with Libya even when Tripoli's relations with the West reached their low point and will be hoping for an important role. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 24 January, 2009: HOUSTON -- On Wednesday Libya's President Muammar Gaddafi made a bad week for ConocoPhillips even worse. Talking with Georgetown University students via satellite, he said, according to Reuters, that oil prices ($43/barrel Wednesday) were "unbearable" and that Libyan oil "maybe should be owned by national companies or the public sector at this point, in order to control the oil prices, the oil production or maybe to stop it." "We may refuse to sell it at this very low price," he added. ConocoPhillips (nyse: COP - news - people ) operates the Waha concession, Libya's biggest collection of fields. [Forbes] More
Saturday, 24 January, 2009: On Jan. 22 China Railway Construction Corp announced it had signed a US$ 805m contract to build a further 172 km of the planned Libyan rail network. Work on the line from Tripoli to Ras Ejder on the Tunisian border is scheduled to take 54 months. In 2008 CRCC was awarded contracts worth 3·2bn dinars to construct a 352 km line between Al Khums and Surt by 2013, and a line running 800 km from iron ore deposits at Wadi Shati near Sabha to the port of Misratah by 2012. Last August Russian Railways formally began work on US$4·5bn contract to build a 554 km section parallel to the coast. [Railway Gazette] More
Saturday, 24 January, 2009: One major topic of discussion in the Arab world is President Barack Obama, but the discussion is heavily influenced by the Gaza war. Obama's silence on the war before his inauguration, and his vague pronouncements and lack of action since, have already caused disappointment in the Arab world. Al Jazeera reports. Commentator Randa Takieddine, writing in Lebanon's al Hayat, reflects the hopes for Obama tenure that have been tempered by a recognition of American realpolitik: It is time for the western world, led by the new American president, to pressure Israel to abandon settlements and its policy of occupying and repressing Palestinians. The Gaza war showed the true barbaric image of the Israeli forces. [US News] More
Saturday, 24 January, 2009: The League of Al Fateh Births 1969, a Libyan international organisation with headquarters in Geneve, Switzerland, has set up a branch in Malta. Other branches have already been set up in Bellarus, Egypt and Tunisia. Founded by Libyan Leader Col. Mu’Ammar El Gaddafi himself in April last year, the league enlists persons who were born on Sept. 1, 1969, the date of the Great First of September Revolution in Libya and which is known in Libya as Al Fateh – the opening, the start of development and progress. Al Fateh Births 1969 League has the aim of militating against war and promulgating peace. [Times Of Malta] More
Saturday, 24 January, 2009: When one of the world's most colorful autocrats says or does something that seems irrational, it's tempting to dismiss him as "erratic"-even as a madman. Libyan leader Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi loves to spring surprises, but he's not irrational, and he's certainly not crazy. Take, for example, his recent threat to "nationalize" foreign oil companies now operating in Libya. Two Qaddafi-controlled state-run newspapers recently began floating the idea, a plan that would be catastrophic for foreign companies facing state expropriation of assets. In a speech delivered live via satellite to students in Washington last Wednesday (Jan. 21), Qaddafi brought the issue to a full boil by broaching the subject directly. [Foreign Policy] More
Saturday, 24 January, 2009: Libya has once again called on the US for extradition of its nine citizens who have been in custody in Guantanamo prison since 2002. "In Libya, we are very worried that we do not have precise information about nine Libyan prisoners held in Guantanamo jail. We have announced several times that these inmates should be extradited to Libya," executive director of the Human Rights Association of the Qaddafi Foundation, Saleh Abdoul Salam Saleh, told reporters. He said that his association has asked the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to help in handing over the nine Gitmo prisoners to Libya. [Press TV] More
Saturday, 24 January, 2009: The inflation rate in Libya accelerated to an average 10.4 percent in 2008 from 6.2 percent the previous year, the Libyan central bank said. Consumer prices rose only 1.4 percent in 2006 and 3.0 percent in 2005. Last year's sharp rise stemmed chiefly from a leap in food prices, which surged 25.1 percent in the first half of the year, the general information committee said. Libya posted negative inflation rates at the end of the 1990s but since the U.N. ended its embargo in 2003, after 11 years, consumer demand has risen sharply in this wealthy oil-producing nation which imports around 90% of its food... [Middle East Online] More
بوزيد لهلالي : وكالة "وج" للأنباء

علي الخليفي : كـُرّ وأنت حُرّ

The Boston Globe : Not Buying Libya's Ruse

The New York Times : Qadhafi : The One-State Solution

د. الهادي شلوف : لماذا يتغيّر العالم يومياً من حولنا ولا يتغيّر حال وعقل العرب

Friday, 23 January, 2009: CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Call it, if you will, classic Moammar Gadhafi. The Libyan leader's mention of the possibility of nationalizing the oil sector in response to current low oil prices is merely his unique way of calling attention to the difficulties producers face because of the global economic meltdown, some analysts say. The comments - during a televised address he gave on Wednesday to students at Georgetown University in Washington - are also unlikely to deter oil companies from pursuing new opportunities in Libya, which is rapidly beginning to flex its muscles after decades long U.S. sanctions were lifted in 2004. "Gadhafi never expresses his thoughts in a conventional manner," Saad Djebbar, a Libya expert. [AP] More
Friday, 23 January, 2009: Libya's only internet service provider is launching its first commercial wireless network which it says is one of the most advanced in the world. The state-owned firm said only a handful of countries have rolled out the advanced internet connection known as WiMax on such a wide scale. Libya Telecom and Technology aims to start with WiMax coverage, including a mobile feature, in 18 cities. Africa is seen as a potentially huge market for WiMax technology. The network is meant to be cost effective in the long run and does not depend on often poor conventional wire infrastructure. [BBC] More
Friday, 23 January, 2009: TRIPOLI (AFP) — Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, who applauded Barack Obama's election, has said the United States under the new president is a "new America." "Today, America is a different America," Kadhafi said on Wednesday in a video link-up with students at Washington's Georgetown University, according to extracts published on Thursday by the state news agency Jana. Kadhafi, who for years was Washington's bete noire, underscored what he said was the "need to give an historic world opportunity to President Obama and the new America ... to permit the new America to be a state that is loving." [AFP] More
Friday, 23 January, 2009: Al-Ittihad Football Club on Wednesday beat Al-Ahli 2-1 in the Tripoli derby on Day 12 of Libya's first division championship match played at the 11 June Stadium in Tripoli. The victory moves Al-Ittihad one step up the ladder to second place with 27 points behind rivals Al-Ahli which have 29 points. [PANA] More
Friday, 23 January, 2009: Paris - The commercial network WiMax mobile (high speed wireless internet) as installed by the French group Alcatel-Lucent for 60 million dollars has been inaugurated today in Libya. With a capacity of 300 thousand users, the network covers 18 Libyan cities, and will allow connections to be established within a range of 50 kilometres, also whilst the user is on the move, according to the project director, Mahmoud Ettir. According to the Franco-American multinational, the new network will support VOIP calls and high speed internet access, allowing access to many broadband multimedia services. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 23 January, 2009: Why is the United Arab Emirates so much more prosperous than Libya? These two ArabMuslim states have relatively small populations and lots of oil. Both are ruled by autocrats. Yet Libya population 6.1 million and the U.A.E. population 5.4 million could scarcely be more different in terms of their economic development. Libya’s G.D.P., measured by purchasing power parity, is $74.5 billion or $12,300 per capita, while the U.A.E.’s is more than double that, $190.2 billion or $ 55,2000 per capita, fifthhighest in the world and third in the Middle East, after Qatar and Kuwait. Libya’s exports in 2005 were valued at $29.4 billion the U.A.E.’s were at $117.2. Libya’s rate of unemployment was more than 30 percent... [Energy Tribune] More
نداء صبري عيّاد : أنتم الصامدون.. ونحن الصامتون

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : من مشاهير الشعراء الشعبيين فى ليبيا (8)

محمد قدري الخوجة : سرّيّ للغاية!!

الإجدابي : هل يساعد الرئيس الـ 44 للولايات المتحدة الشعب الليبي..

Thursday, 22 January, 2009: Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi proposed on Wednesday that Israelis and Palestinians should join in a single democratic state that he has called "Isratine." Gadhafi said the single-state solution is in Israel's interests because it would always face strife in the Middle East. He said that he supported the right of Jews to remain, but said that the world should give up on a solution that involves separate states. "If you want to preserve this group, the Jews as an ethnic group, Palestine is not really the right place. The Middle East is a sea of Arabs," he said. "Take them to Alaska or Honolulu or the Hawaiian islands." [JPost] More
Thursday, 22 January, 2009: WASHINGTON: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has a seemingly unthinkable suggestion for new U.S. President Barack Obama: give Osama bin Laden a chance to make peace. Gadhafi, who is known for outspoken comments, told an audience of Georgetown University students by videoconference Wednesday that bin Laden has shown signs that he is open to dialogue. He recommended that Obama seek an opening with the terrorist leader who is considered enemy number one in the United States for ordering the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. "I think Osama bin Laden is a person who can be given a chance..." [IHT] More
Thursday, 22 January, 2009: Swiss delegation has arrived in Libya in the latest bid to mend relations between the two countries, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday. The Swiss have given no details about the delegation, except to say that it is made up of a number of diplomats.It is scheduled to remain in Libya until Thursday. Swiss- Libyan relations have been strained since July, when one of Moammar Gaddafi's sons, Hannibal, and Hannibal's wife were arrested by Geneva police over complaints of mistreatment made by two of their staff while at a hotel in the city. Charges against them were dropped in September. [Swiss Info] More
Thursday, 22 January, 2009: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Wednesday his country and other oil exporters were looking into nationalizing foreign firms due to low oil prices and suggested Tripoli might not stick to OPEC production quotas. Speaking via a satellite link from Libya to students at Georgetown University in Washington, he called the current price of oil "unbearable." Oil was around $44 a barrel on Wednesday, less than a third of the price in July of $147. "We would not adhere to OPEC's regulations because our livelihood depends on oil," Gaddafi said, without providing any details. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 22 January, 2009: (ANSAmed) - Tripoli, Jan. 21 - Italians are the most numerous tourists in Libya. In the month of December there were 1,751 Italians who spent an average 13 nights in the North African country, visiting ancient archaeological sites, the Green Mountains and the Sahara, with its dunes and rock paintings. Coming in second were the English with 1,200 tourists, then the French, Spanish, Dutch and Belgians. The numbers are still small, but very significant for a land which has only been open to tourism for a few years, after a long period of isolation due to the embargo by the international community. [ANSAmed] More
Thursday, 22 January, 2009: Washington [MENL] -- Libya and the United States have signed a secret defense agreement. Libyan opposition sources said the two countries signed a defense cooperation accord during the last week of the administration of U.S. President George Bush. The sources said the memorandum of understanding wassigned by Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Peter Verga. "The MoU is meant to cover defense contacts and cooperation," an opposition source said. [MENL] More
فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : هل نسى المصوراتي المشانق العلنية؟!

عيسى عبدالقيوم : لتكن ذات المعايير يرحمكم الله

خالد الغول : خبيبي اليهودي اعرف عدوك الحقيقي

منوعات شعبية : زمزامات (10)

Wednesday, 21 January, 2009: MILAN (Reuters) - UniCredit SpA's (CRDI.MI) governance committee met for just over two hours on Tuesday, a first step towards a board reshuffle that could replace the chairman and give Libya a seat at Italy's number-two bank. Participants declined to comment after the meeting. UniCredit said in a statement that the panel discussed guidelines for setting criteria to name board members. The committee agreed unanimously on the need to arrive at a final decision in a short period of time. It asked its chairman to contact shareholders so that the panel could submit a proposal to the board at a Feb. 12 meeting. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 21 January, 2009: Gaborone - The Libyan Government, through their embassy in Gaborone, has pledged a primary school in the Kweneng District, which is to be built in Mmopane Village, Block 1. The Ministry of Local Government, together with the Kweneng District Council, last Friday handed over land to the Libyan embassy where the school is to be built. The occasion was attended by among others; Charge de Affaire, Libyan Embassy Mr Mohamed Eleyan, Dr Ramadan Ben Hassan, the project manager... [ROB] More
Wednesday, 21 January, 2009: Benghazi, Libya - The composite index of the Libyan Stock Exchange ended trading Sunday showing a fall of 3.87 points, 0.38 per cent from the previous sessions which had remained stable at 786.13 points. The value of the transactions was 534,740 Libyan dinars (1.300 dinars = US$ 1) in 4,158 shares. The transactions were valid for the Sahara Bank, Al-Wihda Bank and Libyan Trade and Development Bank. Securities at the Al-Wihda Bank recorded a progression of 4.8 per cent of its value to set at 18,79 dinars whereas the securities of the Sahara Bank and Libyan Trade and Developement Bank respectively showed a fall of 1.82 and 2.44 per cent to be sold at 16,19 and 12 dinars per security. [PANA] More
Wednesday, 21 January, 2009: Madrid, Jan. 20 - King Juan Carlos will be in Libya on Thursday Jan. 22, as a part of his first official visit to the country, accompanied by a delegation of Spanish entrepreneurs interested in local business opportunities in the gas and energy sectors. The Spanish Head of State, sources from the Foreign Ministry inform, will be in Libya on the invitation of leader Muammar Gaddaffi, whose last visit to Spain was in December of 2007. Spain has been the third most important client for Libya for the last twenty years, with an import volume of 11%, after Italy and Germany; while Spanish export volume to the North African country has left a lot to be desired. In fact, during his visit to Spain, Gaddaffi stressed the necessity for Libya "to attract European investment to create multi-tiered development, employment and to reduce poverty".[ANSAmed] More
منكم وإليكم : الثلاثاء 20 يناير Letters : Tuesday, 20 January, 2009

المحامي الشارف الغرياني : أمريكا تمنع السلاح عن حماس..     د. فتحي العكاري : من غرناطة الى غزة

نادي الباروني الرياضي الإجتماعي : النادي ومحنة غزة (1)

يفرن : مالم يظهره شريط طارق مادي

طارق القزيري : عدنا.. بدون غزة

عاشور الورفلي : ما هذه مصر..     الرابطة الليبية : لا للسطو والقرصنة على الأنترنت..

فتحي العريبي : وجهان لعملة واحدة

Tuesday, 20 January, 2009: (Reuters) - Libya's Basic People Congresses (LBPCs), the country's top executive and legislative bodies, should vote to nationalise foreign oil firms when they meet in the next few days, Libya's main state newspaper said on Monday."We should move fast to take back our oil from foreign companies," said al Jamahiriya daily, which is widely seen as the mouthpiece of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's backers in the government bureaucracy. "It is an opportunity for the Libyans who will meet at their Basic People Congresses in the next few days. Our oil is our wealth which requires that we control it and not leave it as a tool at the hands of foreign firms," it added. A similar report was carried by Al Chams, founded by Gaddafi. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 20 January, 2009: Relations between Uganda and Libya are still strong, a statement from the foreign affairs ministry has said. “Relations, especially between President Yoweri Museveni and the leader of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Col. Muammar Gadaffi, remain strong,” the statement issued yesterday read. Citing high level exchange of visits and the increasing Libyan investments in Uganda, the statement shows that the two countries continue to work closely in the energy, banking, real estate sectors, and religious and cultural cooperation. Libya’s economic interests in Uganda are significant. [New Vision] More
Tuesday, 20 January, 2009: Just two weeks after his visit and controversial position on Guinea's military junta, presidential envoy, former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) jetted off over the weekend to Libya and is also expected to visit Chad and Sudan. A reliable source told LEADERSHIP that while Babangida's visit to Libya is to explore areas of mutually beneficial partnership between the two countries his trips to Chad and Sudan are to further facilitate resolution of the lingering crises in the two African states. [Leadership] More
Tuesday, 20 January, 2009: Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: The government is looking into Libya to expand markets for Indonesian products. "Libya has opened itself and improved its relations with the US. The country has become a potential market for Indonesia," National Export Development Agency chief, Bachrul Chairi told Tempo yesterday. Bachrul said that Libya has offered Indonesia an infrastructure project worth US$ 500 billion for the next five years. "Construction, telecommunications, and transportation companies have a chance of getting contracts there,"he said. Moreover,Libya needs manpower to operate the infrastructure projects.[Tempo] More
Tuesday, 20 January, 2009: The development strategy adopted by Libya in the sector of tourism for 2008/2012, which aims at attracting 1,5 million tourists, seems to be on the right track in view of the excellent results recorded lately by this sector in spite of the global economic crisis, an evaluation meeting of the Libyan General Office of Tourism and Craft Industry concluded. This strategy which aims at transforming Libya into one of the principal tourist destinations in the world rests on 3 axes: The preparation and the protection of the sector, the increase of reception capacities and a programme for the promotion and the advertising... [Alarab Online] More
Tuesday, 20 January, 2009: The United Nations Representative to Libya, Brian Gleeson, Sunday announced that the Kadhafi Development Foundation (KDF) has been accredited a UN non-governmental organisation (NGO). In a joint press conference held here with KDF Executive Director, Dr. Youssef Sawani, Glesson, who is also the Libyan Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (PNUD), decalred that the accreditation, which makes KDF the first libyan foundation to have such a status, would facilitate wider information exchange and a better coordination of activities between the UN and KDF. [PANA] More
تعازي إلى آل بن غزي     تعازي إلى آل اعبيدالله

رمضان جربوع : المصالحات القبلية ترسيخ للتخلف..     سليم الرقعي : شهر "أين الثروة"!؟

رفيق : غزة.. رمز المذلـّة وهزيمة فكر الإسلاميين     د. فتحي الفاضلي : وهل يلام الشهيد..!

Monday, 19 January, 2009: Zambian President Rupiah Banda leads the country’s delegation Sunday to Libya for a two-day State visit, State House chief analyst for press and public relations, Dickson Jere, announced here in a statement. Jere did not disclose the issues that will be discussed during the visit but only stated that President Banda was expected to hold bilateral talks with the Liby an leader Muammer Kadhafi. Banda will be accompanied by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Kabinga Pande, and Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane. This is President Banda’s first official visit to Libya since he was elected President in November. [PANA] More
Monday, 19 January, 2009: Kalamazoo, Michigan - Performance poet to open Frostic Series: All readings will begin at 8 p.m. at Western Michigan University's Little Theatre. The events are free. Feb. 19: Khaled Mattawa, a poet who was born in Libya and emigrated to the United States 30 years ago. Mattawa's most recent publication is ``Amorisco.'' March 12: Francine Prose, the author of the 2001 novel ``Blue Angel,'' which was a finalist for a National Book Award. March 24: Arnie Johnston, a professor and former chairman of WMU's English department. His latest work, ``The Witching Voice: A Novel About Robert Burns,'' will be released Jan. 25. [MLive] More
فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : وأختلط الحابل بالنابل (الجلاد العربي وأسرائيل)!

صقر بلال : ديمقراطية الخط الأحمر     ليبيا جيل : Support Your Gaza

المحمودي : محمد الصادق!! وجنايته على الإمام الطاهر الزاوي

د. مصطفى عبدالله : قمة الدوحة... قمة الحد الأدني أم قمة "العمش ولا العمى"

فيلادلفيا : محمد الأصفر : قاص المدينة المفتوحة

الأتحاد الليبي : انتهاكات جديدة لحرية الرأي والكلمة فى ليبيا

عبدالحكيم الطاهر زائد : كاد المريب أن يقول خذوني

Sunday, 18 January, 2009: The Sheikh of the mosque Zaouiet Sidi Nasr of Tripoli, Libya, Sadek Salama Friday denounced the silence of Arab regimes and of the rest of the world in the face of the Israeli massacre in the Gaza Strip as well as the shameful complicity of some Arabs. In his sermon, Salama, condemned the Arab countries for refusing to participate in the extraordinary Arab summit of Doha, Qatar, scheduled to find means to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip. He said the objective of the Riyadh summit, in Saudi Arabia, was to torpedo the Doha meeting, adding that its results are not equal to the expectations of Arabs. [PANA] More
Sunday, 18 January, 2009: An article carried by the Libyan Arabic language news paper OEA in December quoting the Libyan Investment Promotion Board (LIPB) reported that an increased number of investment projects, and specifically tourism projects were being executed in Libya. The report explains how foreign investment in Libya in general had increased as a result of the investment promotion law No. (5) of 1997 (and subsequent important amendments) and the take-off of the Libyan Investment Promotion Board's activities in the year 2000. The Board reported that it had successfully promoted a total of 82 investment projects. [Tripoli Post] More
Ghoma: The Catatonic of Arab Politics

محمد الصّيد : لا عزة للعرب بدون راية الإسلام

منتدى ليبيا للتنمية البشرية والسياسية : بيان صحفي

د. الهادي شلوف : لكم الله يا أطفال وعجائز غزة، لأنّ من يحكمكم لم يُدرك قانون الطبيعة؟

سالم بن عمار : هل من معتصمٍ ينتصر لأيمن الزروق؟

سالم محمد : ليبيا مفازة الكدر وزبد البحر

أغنية : أهجري وتباعدي واتغلـّي

Saturday, 17 January, 2009: London, Jan. 16 (24-7PressRelease) A London-based Eye of Libya Limited launched a new website for UK and International customers - eyeoflibya.com. The site aimed at helping anyone wish to visit and discover Libya. Holidays and touring ideas will be regularly updated to ensure that guests looking for a holiday in Libya will be well served. The website will also suggest new modules and hotels with which customers can further customise or extend their tours. The company take care of everything from start to finish, including Libyan visa preparations, transport, guides and hotel reservations. [24-7PressRelease] More
Saturday, 17 January, 2009: A delegation from the foreign ministry will go to Libya next week to try to settle differences between the two countries over the so-called Gaddafi affair. A foreign ministry spokesman announced on Friday that the mission would leave on Wednesday and stay in Tripoli until Thursday. He gave no details about the composition of the delegation, except to say that it would not include Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey. Relations have been strained since July, when one of Moammar Gaddafi's sons, Hannibal, and Hannibal's wife were arrested by Geneva police over complaints of mistreatment made by two of their staff while at a hotel in the city. Charges against them were dropped in September. [Swiss Info] More
Saturday, 17 January, 2009: As President Bush is packing, a review of his legacy is starting in earnest. Much of it is troubling at best, and all too often, it is profoundly regrettable. However, he deserves kudos for the way his administration dealt with Libya. Even more important: It suggests steps the next administration should consider in dealing with other rogue states. In 2003, Libya ended its support of terrorism, compensated the victims of a previous attack, and, most importantly, dramatically announced that it was voluntarily dismantling its nascent nuclear program and other weapons of mass destruction programs. Indeed, Libya's centrifuges and mustard gas tanks, as well as some SCUD missiles, were loaded onto a U.S. ship and removed. [TPM] More
Saturday, 17 January, 2009: MOSCOW, January 16 (Itar-Tass) - Russia in several years will have naval bases for its warships at the Socorta Island (Yemen), in Tartus (Syria) and Tripoli (Libya), Itar-Tass was told at the General Naval Staff of Russia on Friday. “The political decision on this issue has been made. It is difficult to say now how much time will be needed to create bases of our Navy in these countries, but it is undoubted that it will be done in several years. Otherwise it will be impossible to fulfil the task of the regular presence of our Navy in remote sea areas for the protection of Russia’s national interests, both from the economic and military-technical viewpoints,” an official of the General Naval Staff stressed. [Itar-Tass] More
Saturday, 17 January, 2009: Iran's Vice-President met with the secretary of Libya's General People's Committee in Tripoli to deliver a message from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the African country's Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. During the meeting, the Iranian envoy submitted the Libyan official the message of the Iranian president which pertained to the developments in the Gaza Strip and the Zionists' genocidal efforts to exterminate the Palestinian nation in Gaza. The envoy also conveyed greetings of President Ahmadinejad to the Libyan Leader and his wishes to Libyan people of further progress and prosperity. [Fars News] More
Saturday, 17 January, 2009: The government, stopped a Kampala planned meeting of cultural leaders under the patronage of Col. Muammar Gadaffi because the Libyan leader was trying to pursue his agenda of creating a United States of Africa through the back door, Saturday Monitor can reveal. It has also been established that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also flatly turned down pleas from traditional institutions in Uganda for government to reconsider it's decision and allow the meeting to go ahead this weekend. The government on Tuesday stopped the meeting which was scheduled to be held in Kampala under the umbrella 'Forum of African Traditional Leaders' launched by Gadaffi in October last year. The government said the meeting would engage traditional leaders in politics which is unconstitutional. The meeting had attracted an estimated 200 kings. [The Monitor] More
Saturday, 17 January, 2009: DOHA, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Arab leaders who have arrived in Doha began holding an emergency meeting on Friday as scheduled despite it did not reach the quorum of two thirds of the 22-member Arab League to hold such a summit. The meeting began after the Friday prayer. About 12 or 13 leaders of the Arab countries, such as Lebanon, Syria, Libya, and Sudan, attended the meeting, though regional heavyweights Egypt and Saudi Arabia refused to attend. According to al-Jazeera, leaders of Palestinian factions, including Hamas, also showed up in the meeting. [Xinhua] More
Saturday, 17 January, 2009: (ANSAmed) - MOSCOW, JANUARY 16- The spokesperson for the head of the Russian Navy, Igor Digalo, has denied news circulating that Moscow intends to build naval bases in Syria, Libya, and Yemen. "These statements do not represent the official position of the Defence Ministry or the Navy, and therefore are not reliable", said Digalo, cited by Interfax. The news was released by state agencies Itar-Tass and Ria Novosti, citing an anonymous official of the General Staff of the Navy. Both agencies then spoke with the vice-chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Anatoli Nogovitsin, according to whom "it is premature to indicate a country for certain". "It is still early to speak about the location of such bases". [ANSAmed] More
ليبيا : طارق امحمد عيسى مادى : تعليق على أحداث يفرن

(إلغاء مظاهرات في رام الله لعدم وجود متظاهرين) ترجمة : طارق القزيري

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : غزة... رمز العزة     صلاح الغزال : نزيف غزة     فرج بوالعشة : وامعـتصماه..

القوى الفاعلة بجامعة 7 أكتوبر : شكوى ضد أمين جامعة 7 أكتوبر

ليبيا : طارق امحمد عيسى مادى : تعليق على أحداث يفرن

Friday, 16 January, 2009: There is no secret deal being worked out to allow the Lockerbie bomber to return to Libya, Alex Salmond has said. The First Minister confirmed that officials from Holyrood met a delegation from Tripoli last year but said the meeting was "purely factual". Since then there had been no contact between the two countries on the issue, and no application had been made for the return of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi. The Scottish Executive also pointed out that a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, which was signed by Tony Blair in controversial circumstances, had not yet been ratified in Westminster. [The Telegraph] More
Friday, 16 January, 2009: Australia's Woodside Energy, a subsidiary of Woodside Petroleum Ltd (WPL.AX), has made a new oil discovery in the Ghadames Basin in Libya, the north African country's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Thursday. The discovery was in wildcat exploration well F1-NC210, about 900 km (560 miles) south of the capital Tripoli, NOC said in a statement on its website. The flow was through a choke size of 32/64ths of an inch, with oil flowing at 280 barrels per day from a depth of 3,820 feet, the statement added. The discovery was the fourth find by Woodside Energy since it won a permit in 2003 to explore... [Reuters] More
Friday, 16 January, 2009: (Reuters) - Italian oil and gas group Eni SpA may be charged additional corporate income tax of up to 4 percent of profit as a result of a friendship treaty between Italy and Libya. The treaty, signed in August last year, foresees the payment to Libya of about 900 million euros ($1.18 billion) in the four years from 2009 to 2012. A portion of the revenues generated from Eni's additional income tax would help cover these payments. The tax is part of a bill that is going through the approval process in Italy's lower house of parliament. Listed Italian oil and gas companies with a market value of more than 20 billion euros ($26 billion) "will have to pay an additional corporate income tax of 4 percent of pretax profit... [The Guardian] More
Friday, 16 January, 2009: The merger of three Libyan credit institutions into a single investment bank in Tunisia is considered quite probably in the Tunisian economic environment. In this way a financial hub capable of supporting projects in both countries would be created. The banks involved in the project, according to rumours, are the North Africa Investment Bank,the Al Ulbaf Int'l Bank and the Banque Tuniso-Libyenne.[ANSAmed] More
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رفيق : عجاج سيدي أولمرت

المحمودي : الصوارم الحداد في نحور أهل الكفر والإلحاد (2)

د. عبدالله جبريل : هل نرى عما قريب : جمعية المختلفين مع الكتاب الأخضر

Thursday, 15 January, 2009: Official talks are being held in secret which could result in the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing dropping his appeal and being freed from Greenock Prison and sent back to Libya under a diplomatic deal. The Herald can reveal today that senior civil servants from both the Westminster and Holyrood administrations have met a delegation from Tripoli to discuss how to resolve the impasse over Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi. It is understood an agreement could be reached within months which would see him serve the remainder of his 27-year sentence with his family in Libya. [The Herald] More
Thursday, 15 January, 2009: Rabat, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The United States could develop a military relationship with its former enemy Libya if a Libyan old guard does not stand in the way of improving ties, the first U.S. ambassador to Tripoli in 36 years said on Wednesday. The arrival of Ambassador Gene Cretz in Tripoli last month capped a decade of cautious engagement between the U.S. and Libya, whose leader Muammar Gaddafi sought for years to thwart American interests. Relations took a leap forward in 2003 when Libya renounced banned weapons programmes and again last year when both sides agreed to settle compensation claims for attacks including the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing, which the West blamed on Libya. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 15 January, 2009: What was thought to be the last great drugs haul of the year was yesterday confirmed to be nothing but 30 kilogrammes of common soap stored in three cardboard boxes. Rupert Busuttil, 34, from Marsa, Carmelo Borg, 31, from St Paul’s Bay, Marvin Debono, 22, from Mtarfa, and Paul Azzopardi, 39, from Valletta are being charged with conspiring to deal in 30 kilogrammes of cannabis which was imported from Libya on a sailing boat called Jolly Roger. Mr Borg and Mr Azzopardi were accused of leaving for Libya together with a Libyan national on the Jolly Roger on 23 December and returning on 27 December. [Independent] More
Thursday, 15 January, 2009: Tripoli, Libya - Popular poet Ali Kilani Mohamed has been appointed secretary of the General Board of Radio and Television of the Libyan Jamahiriya, replacing Abdallah Mansour who has held the position for several years. The Board oversees the Al-Jamahiriya, Al-Mounawaa, Al-Hidaya, Al-Badil and Al- Chababiya television channels, as well as the Al-Jamahiriya radio station. Before his appointment, Mohammed, nicknamed the "Poet of the Revolution", was the manager of an arts production company. [PANA] More
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موسى عبدالكريم : تكميم الأفواه وكسر الأقلام     ليبيا الغد : معارك غزة.. العطاء والتخاذل

علاء ماضي : الإخوان المسلمين وبيان سيف الأخير

د. فتحي العكاري : رحلة الابداع للفنان بشير حمودة

الأتحاد الليبي : مطالبة بالكشف عن حقيقة وفاة    The Libyan Union: Request for Inquiry

The Institute of Tamazight Studies (ITS): Happy New Amazigh Year 2959

Wednsday, 14 January, 2009: (Reuters) - Libya has earned $5.4 billion in additional oil revenues from changes of contracts with four foreign companies last year, state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Tuesday. "The changes of deals with four companies yielded 2.4 billion extra earnings to the Libyan side for the period between the beginning of 2008 until the end of September," it said in a report assessing annual results from the oil sector for 2008. The report, on the NOC Website, named the companies with which the deals dating back to the 1970s had been revised as Italian oil and gas compnay ENI (ENI.MI), Petro-Canada (PCA.TO) and two consortiums led respectively by U.S. Occidental (OXY.N) and Spain's Repsol (REP.MC). [Reuters] More
Wednsday, 14 January, 2009: Georgetown - An official in Guyana's government says Libya is preparing to open an embassy in the South American nation. Liz Harper is the director general of Guyana's foreign ministry. She said Tuesday a Libyan delegation is expected to travel to Guyana later this month to launch an embassy in the capital, Georgetown. Guyana's official news agency, GINA, says President Bharrat Jagdeo is in official visit to the North African country and has held several trade meetings with officials in Moammar Gadhafi's government. The Georgetown embassy would serve as Libya's regional contact with the Caribbean Community. [IHT] More
Wednsday, 14 January, 2009: TURIN, Italy, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Shareholder foundations at UniCredit SpA (CRDI.MI) think the size of the Italian bank's board should remain unchanged after Libya became the No. 2 shareholder, a source close to a foundation said on Tuesday. A nominating committee is expected to lay out criteria next Tuesday for dividing up the 23 seats on the board of Italy's second-biggest bank, Il Messaggero newspaper said. A UniCredit spokesman could not confirm the date. The three biggest Italian shareholders at UniCredit -- foundations Cariverona, CRT and Carimonte -- met on Monday. CRT's chairman said they discussed the number of directors at the bank and its units ahead of the next shareholder assembly. [Reuters] More
Wednsday, 14 January, 2009: Jan. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Egypt and Libya will jointly invest $6 billion in a new refinery, expanding another and building 500 gas stations, the Egyptian Oil Ministry said in a statement on its website today. Ali Al Shamekh, chairman of Libya Oil Holdings Ltd, a unit of the Libyan Investment Authority, met Egyptian Oil Minister Sameh Fahmy on Monday to discuss details of the plan, the statement said. The new refinery will be able to process 250,000 barrels of oil a day, according to the ministry. Libya also agreed to set up a new facility in the Assiut Petroleum Refining Co., one of Egypt’s nine existing refineries. [Bloomberg] More
Wednsday, 14 January, 2009: Uganda has stopped a planned meeting of African traditional rulers led by Libya's leader Muammar Gaddafi, saying it would be too political. The group had planned to discuss Col Gaddafi's plans for African unity, such as a single currency and army. This contravened Uganda's constitution, which bans traditional leaders from politics, an official said. The forum was launched last year, when more than 200 African kings and rulers named Col Gaddafi "king of kings". Senior foreign ministry official James Mugume issued a statement saying that having traditional rulers discuss political issues without a mandate from their governments could lead to instability, reports the New Vision newspaper. [BBC] More
Wednsday, 14 January, 2009: The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies came under fire last week by a former World Bank executive for planning to host controversial Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi at an upcoming video lecture. In an open letter to CCAS director and School of Foreign Service Professor Michael Hudson, Hafed Al-Ghwell, the former manager of the Public Diplomacy and Information Center at the World Bank Group in D.C. and current director at the Dubai School of Government, argues that the lecture will legitimize the past actions of al-Qaddafi — including public hangings, forced exiles, home demolitions and abuse, according to Al-Ghwell. Al-Qaddafi has conducted open interviews with western media networks... [The Hoya] More
المعلق السياسي ـ الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : تصريح القذافي الهزيل

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : أما آن لهذا النفاق أن يُطرد من بلادنا؟!

الرابطة الليبية : هل يفتح باب التعويضات لتورط ليبيا فى انتهاكات خطيرة..؟

Tuesday, 13 January, 2009: Libya's oil head said Monday that an early Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meeting and an additional reduction of production by the cartel can't be ruled out if the oil markets fail to stabilize. When asked if a meeting could be convened before a scheduled gathering in March, Shokri Ghanem, head of Libya's National Oil Co., told Dow Jones Newswires by telephone: "We may see, why not? But there's nothing official." Coming after similar comments by Iran, Ghanem's statements are more guarded than last week when he said OPEC wasn't considering holding an extraordinary meeting next month. [Dow Jones] More
Tuesday, 13 January, 2009: Nordana has expanded its service to Libya with the inclusion of calls to the Port of Misurata beginning in February. The Port of Misurata will be called on all sailings to Libya with a frequency of 17 to 18 days. This new port call will begin with the voyage of the M.S. Silkeborg loading in Houston on Jan. 31, Jacksonville on Feb. 5, and Baltimore on Feb. 8. The ship is scheduled to arrive at Misurata on Feb. 26. Nordana has been operating regular ro/ro and breakbulk service from the US. into North Africa for more than 50 years. When trade relations re-opened between the U.S. and Libya in 2004 after a lapse of almost 20 years, Nordana was the first carrier to return with regular, direct service. Nordana also serves the Libyan ports of Benghazi, Marsa El Brega and Tripoli to accommodate customer cargo needs. [Break Bulk] More
Tuesday, 13 January, 2009: Canada's Verenex petroleum firm has discovered new oil and gas deposits in the Ghadames basin around 180 kilometres (110 miles) southwest of Tripoli, Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) said on Monday. Preliminary results from a test well drilled in Bloc H1-47/02 indicate a potential daily output of 300,000 cubic metres (10,500,000 cubic feet) of gas, the NOC said. The Verenex website said it was the Canadian company's tenth discovery in Area 47 since drilling began in September 2006 and that the tests indicated it would also yield 1,315 barrels per day (gross) of light sweet crude oil. The NOC said Verenex will own 13.7 percent of the latest discovery and the balance of 86.3 percent will be held by the NOC. [AFP] More
Tuesday, 13 January, 2009: (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, Jan. 12 - The first meeting was held in Tunis on the banking partnership project between Tunisia and Libya. The two delegations, headed by the chairmen of the two central banks, reviewed the prospects of financial and banking cooperation, dwelling among other things on currency exchange and the possibility to create a unified Tunisian-Libyan banking card. The central bank chairmen, Taoufik Baccar (Tunisia) and Farhat Bengdara (Libya), agreed to intensify the meetings, examine the various bilateral conventions and develop cooperation between the banks of the two countries. [ANSAmed] More
M. E.: Mohamed Eljahmi’s Remarks At The Winsor School’s 4th Annual Jamnesty

الحقيقي : شيش باني يا باني

فتحي العريبي : صهيل خيول الريح

عيسى عبدالقيوم : إلتفاتة على أعتاب عام جديد (2)

سليم الرقعي : إنتهى عصر المزايدات يا سيادة العقيد!؟

محمد قدري الخوجة : ديمقراطية "الجبهة..!!"

السيدة ستار : يا سيدى الفقي ... إكتبلي

Monday, 12 January, 2009: Libya Tourism Office Secretary Ammar Latayef on Sunday in Tripoli met with a delegation of British tour operators on possible cooperation prospects between the two in the tourism sector. The talks focused on cooperation on joint investment in tourist projects, preservation and restoration of archaeological sites and the promotion of craft industry and museums. Latayef explained that the British delegation was considering how to develop tourism and preserve archaeological sites in Libya, in cooperation with the private sector and tourist businesses in the country. One of the projects being planned is to increase the capacity of Libya's hotels to 50,000 beds. [PANA] More
Monday, 12 January, 2009: Dow Jones - The state-run Libyan Investment Authority will disclose details about its investment strategy in coming months to allay concerns in the U.S. and European about its intentions, the fund's Executive Director Mohamed Layas said Sunday. The Libyan state investment vehicle, or sovereign wealth fund, will also open a London office this year after months of consideration and is eyeing investments in some distressed banking and real estate assets in the U.S. and Europe, Layas said, declining to provide specifics. "We will soon publish a report soon about our investments and intentions." [Dow Jones] More
Monday, 12 January, 2009: After a long period without formal relations, the U.S. has an ambassador in Libya once more. Gene Cretz received his official credentials Sunday and discusses the job ahead of him. Listen [NPR] More
Monday, 12 January, 2009: From thousands of kilometres of pristine Mediterranean coastline, to sweeping desert sand dunes and ancient ruins that rival Greece and Italy, Libya has a lot to offer travellers looking for a rare off-the-beaten path destination but obstacles remain. UN sanctions kept tourists from visiting this North African country for more than a decade. Now the former pariah state best known for its eccentric leader, Moammar Gadhafi, is slowly opening its doors as it tries to shed its rogue state status. A new airport is in the works for the capital of Tripoli. The national airline, Afriqiyah Airways, is buying new Airbus planes. [Daily Trust] More
Monday, 12 January, 2009: Businesses in Tripoli were shut while school children gathered in the city centre Thursday as protests continued across Libya against the Israeli ground, air and sea attacks on Gaza, which have left over 700 dead and thousands injured. Libyans have been staging daily demonstrations across the country since the attacks started with an air bombardment 13 days ago, an action which Israel said was aimed at stopping Hamas from firing rockets into the southern part of the Jewish state. [Afrik] More
Monday, 12 January, 2009: This week's highlight was the derby game between the rivals Ittihad and Ahli Tripoli , Ittihad enters this game as the league leaders while Ahli Tripoli struggling in the fifth place looking to improve their position. Ahli started the game perfectly dominating the defense and the offense while Ittihad players lacked concentration as they missed many open shots and lost the ball many times the first quarter ended 20-17 for Ahli. Ittihad looked more confident in the second quarter as Ali Al msellati entered in the second quarter and scored valuable points including a three point shot in the last seconds to tie the game 33-33 as the first half ended. In the third quarter Ahli players could not keep up the pace as they missed more than 7 three point shots , Ittihad took the lead ending the third quarter 57-51 for them. [Basket In Africa] More
Monday, 12 January, 2009: WASHINGTON (MENL) - Al Qaida appears to have restored its operational presence in Libya, a report said. The Jamestown Foundation asserted that Al Qaida was forming cells inLibya with local Islamists. In a report, the foundation said the Al Qaida network could be preparing an attack in Libya. "With the number of youths being drawn to the jihadist ideology, it seems only a matter of time before one of these cells manages to slip the government's attention and carry out an attack inside Libya," the report,titled "The Changing Face of the Jihadist Movement in Libya," said. [Middle East News Line] More
Monday, 12 January, 2009: Mariah Carey is available for parties - provided you have the green. One of the sons of Libyan strongman Moammar Khadafy paid Miss Mimi a small fortune to sing at his New Year’s Eve party in St. Barths, according to sources. Our spies initially said the host was Saif Khadafy. Turns out that Saif, who’s been instrumental in the compensation of past terrorism victims and is often called “the new face of Libya,” was not on St. Barths but rather in Asia. According to several party guests, the Nikki Beach bash was hosted by Saif’s younger brother, Moatessem-Billah Khadafy, a lieutenant colonel in his father’s army. Moatessem, who with his brother, Saadi, reportedly recruited Enrique Iglesias to perform at their 2006 New Year’s bash on St. Barths, is said to have paid Carey as much as $1 million to sing. [New York Daily Daily News] More
تعازي إلى آل الجهاني     تعازي إلى آل القعود     تعازي إلى آل كلا     تعازي إلى آل الميهوب

علي الخليفي : الانتصارات الالهية وحركات الكوسة

رفيق : فدمّرناها تدميرا

المحمودي : علي الصلابي.. وجنايته على تاريخ الأباء والأجداد

بانوراما ليبيا : موقع الكتروني يقوم بسرقة تحقيق صحفي وينشره

سالم بن عمار : أما آن لهذا العدوّ أن يُطرد من بلادنا؟

د. الهادي شلوف : هل يجب على الحاكم مسئولية حماية المواطن..

Sunday, 11 January, 2009: Benazir Bhutto as prime minister objected to sales to Iran but the army overruled her and the supplies continued. Islamabad had a troika system in which the executive authority of the prime minister was greatly diluted if not usurped Author Chakma has written easily the most up to date and informative book on the subject laconically expressed in its title. Pakistan is a product of the Second Nuclear Age. The first Nuclear Age had two active players - the US and the USSR - with Britain, France and China playing marginal roles. It was Cold War with known bounds of fear growing out of nuclear weapons. [Daily Times] More
Sunday, 11 January, 2009: The U.N. refugee agency is appealing to European Union countries to make sure that people seeking asylum are given a fair hearing of their claims for international protection. The UNHCR says it is concerned about the treatment of the growing number of Africans arriving by sea in Mediterranean countries. U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 67,000 people made the crossing to Europe by sea last year. It says more than half arrived in Italy and Malta alone, mostly after transiting Libya. [VOA] More
Sunday, 11 January, 2009: Last week, a Libyan company called Sin Wan managed successfully to open its first retailing store which is solemnly dedicated for Calliope mark. The new store is available in the heart of Tripoli city, along the First of September Street. The store is so far said to be the first and only available store in Libya with women dresses bearing Calliope mark. "We are the only one with the calliope mark products and the Libyan store joins a series of other seven hundred outlets in the world," boasted the store manager. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 11 January, 2009: Barely two months since opening up its doors to the public, today, the General Manager of the First Gulf Libyan Bank Dr. Salem Bessaoud, is assuring the Tripoli Post that all he can see is the promising future for the Libyan financial sector and the value FGLB aims to add. "We are happy to be part of the developing process of the Libyan economy and we believe banking competition is a contributory factor to this fast growing economy,"revealed Dr.Bessaoud in an interview that he granted to the Tripoli Post. [Tripoli Post] More
محمد بعيو المصراتي : كلب باراك أوباما

( لماذا يكرهون الغرب.. ) ـ ترجمة : محمد الصّيد     ( إيهام الذات.. ) ـ ترجمة : رمضان جربوع

الشرق الأوسط : المعارضة تبدأ إجراءات مقاضاة القذافي     إذاعة هولندا : المعارضة تلجأ إلى المحكمة الدولية

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سعيد العريبي : درس في الكرامة

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : من مشاهير الشعراء الشعبيين فى ليبيا (7)

Saturday, 10 January, 2009: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has accused Arab leaders of a "cowardly" response to Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, urged them to let their citizens join Palestinian fighters as volunteers, state media said Friday. "I call on Arabs to open the door for volunteers to fight alongside the Palestinians," said Gaddafi in a one-line statement carried by state news agency Jana. The maverick Libyan leader did not say whether he would specifically ask Egypt, the only country with a border with Gaza, to let would-be Arab combatants into the Palestinian enclave. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 10 January, 2009: UK-based bank Lloyds TSB has agreed to pay a $350m penalty to US authorities over financial transfers that violated US sanctions. The US Justice Department said Lloyds TSB had acknowledged "criminal conduct" and agreed to forfeit the funds in return for an end to its investigation. Prosecutors said the bank faked records so clients in Iran, Libya and Sudan could do business with US institutions. Lloyds TSB said that it had cooperated fully with the probe. [BBC] More
Saturday, 10 January, 2009: MANILA, Philippines - Philippine Ambassador to Libya Bayani Magibin will take over as the new Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesperson starting Saturday. He replaces assistant secretary Claro Cristobal. In a phone interview with GMANews.TV, Cristobal said change in assignments is normal within the department and said he will be delegated to another assignment. "I wish to express my gratitude for all your support and cooperation and kindly request you to also kindly extend the same to my successor, Ambassador Bayani Mangibin," Cristobal said in a text message to reporters. [GMA News] More
Saturday, 10 January, 2009: MUMBAI: Simplex Projects Ltd has informed BSE on Friday that it has been awarded from Government of Libya, as Public Works Contract, for execution of 2,000 housing units, service buildings and related infrastructure on turnkey basis in Ghira, Libya. The total estimated value of the project is approximately Rs 2,000 crore, which is to be completed within [36 months]. This is the first overseas project awarded to the company, which further enhances the order book. [The Hindu Business Line] More
Saturday, 10 January, 2009: Sierra Leone People’s Democratic League (PDL) is baffled by renewed assumptions that Libya supported the guerrilla campaign initiated by former Revolutionary United Front (RUF) led by Foday Sankoh. Normally it is never the policy of the PDL to argue on statements that are meant to serve individual self ego. But the fact that we in the PDL believe Brother Muammar Qathafi’s visit to West Africa, particularly to Sierra Leone is part of our call for the Libyan leader to extend his country’s goodwill assistance to our people, and we believe he is in Sierra Leone to see for himself and get first hand inf. [Vanguard] More
Saturday, 10 January, 2009: Tripoli - The Libyan General Office of Communications here Thursday issued a decree stipulating that telephone calls from Libya to Palestinian territories be free of charge, starting 8 January to 28 February. The measure came as a sign of solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza which is stricken since 27 December, 2008, by air, sea and land raids by the Israeli army which had killed until now, more than 765 and wounded 3,100, of which majority are women and children, according to Palestinian sources. [PANA] More
فرج بوالعشة : في الحديث عن فضاء إعلامي مسؤول

عمر الهوني : لقطات من مظاهرة لندن

Ghoma: War Or Massacre?

عيسى عبدالقيوم : إلتفاتة على أعتاب عام جديد (1)

د. مصطفى عبدالله : يا أمّة سخرت من خنوعها الأمم

Friday, 9 January, 2009: The UN Security Council has called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza that Arab nations hope will put an end to Israel's 14-day assault on the territory. The resolution, passed on Thursday with 14 votes in favour and only the US abstaining, "stresses the urgency of and calls for an immediate, durable and fully respected ceasefire, leading to the full withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza". The resolution also called for arrangements in Gaza to prevent arms smuggling to Palestinian fighters... [Aljazeera] More
Friday, 9 January, 2009: Libya´s current membership of the UN Security Council should allow it to play a leading role among Arab and African states in diplomatic efforts to block the arrest and trial of Sudan´s president, Omar al- Bashir. The ICC´s Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo has called on judges to issue a warrant for the arrest of al-Bashir, who is accused of personally ordering genocide and other war crimes. However, the Arab League and the African Union (AU) have both called for the case to be suspended. [PR-Inside] More
Friday, 9 January, 2009: Geneva authorities have rejected calls by Libya to apologise over the handling of the arrest of one of Moammar Gaddafi's sons in 2008. "We have found that the rule of law was respected, that international conventions were not violated and in the final analysis, there was perhaps a problem of a lack of tact," the cantonal government president, David Hiler, said on Wednesday. He added that the Geneva police would not be made scapegoats in the case and negotiations between the two countries needed to take place at state level. Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife were arrested in July over complaints of mistreatment by two of their staff while at a hotel in Geneva. Charges against them were dropped in September. [SwissInfo] More
Friday, 9 January, 2009: At the invitation of the Libyan Football Federation, Maltese referees have been appointed to control important matches in the Libyan League. On December 26, 2008, FIFA referee Marco Borg assisted by Ingmar Spiteri and Alan Camilleri (FIFA assistant referees) controlled the key encounter between Al Ahly Tripoli and Al Medina in Tripoli. Al Ahli won a keen encounter 1-0. Mr Borg had a very good match and was complimented on his control. The Libyan Football Federation has now requested the Malta FA to appoint referees for another important encounter between Al Nassr and Al Ahly Benghazi. [Independent] More
عمر الكدي : غزة.. حرب الانتخابات..     د. فتحي الفاضلي : كلاب أمام أسيادكم..

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : بيان حول العدوان على غزة

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : أضربه نسّيه حقه!

محمد الصادق : بعض مناقب الملك إدريس السنوسي الجهادية (2)

Thursday, 8 January, 2009: A proposed joint venture in Libya between two energy giants, Italy's Eni and Russia's Gazprom, is posing an immediate headache for the first U.S. ambassador to take up residence in Tripoli in 36 years. Ambassador Gene A. Cretz took his post last month in the Libyan capital, at a time when U.S. oil companies are battling to re-establish a presence in the oil-rich North African nation. Mr. Cretz, a 58-year-old career diplomat, said before departing that serving as ambassador was "a chance to reintroduce America to Libya and a chance to reintroduce Libya to America." [The Washington Times] More
Thursday, 8 January, 2009: London - OPEC is not considering holding an extraordinary meeting next month, Libya’s envoy to the oil producers’ cartel told AFP on Wednesday, contradicting Iran which said OPEC would meet in Kuwait in February. “So far we are not talking about another meeting,” said Libya’s OPEC represen-tative, Shukri Ghanem. Iranian OPEC delegate Mohammad Ali Khatibi had on Monday said that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would hold an extraordinary meeting next month. [Pak Observer] More
Thursday, 8 January, 2009: UN, January 7, updated -- With Gaza smoldering from 12 days of bombardment, the UN Security Council's meeting resumed on Wednesday morning. Libya late Tuesday said it would be calling for a vote for its draft resolution. But Western members of the Council were promoting the idea of a non-binding Presidential Statement, to give more time to what can be called the Egypto - Sarkozy proposal, announced Tuesday in Cairo. Inner City Press obtained a copy of the draft Presidential Statement. [ICP] More
Thursday, 8 January, 2009: MUMBAI, Jan 7 (Reuters) - Indian engineering and construction firm Punj Lloyd (PUJL.BO) said on Wednesday it has won two contracts worth a total 11.55 billion rupees ($238 million). They include a 10.5 billion rupee project to upgrade infrastructure at a township in Libya, jointly won with a local firm. The project is to be completed in four years. The company has also won a 1.05 billion rupee deal to build an oil and gas pipeline in western India for explorer Cairn India (CAIL.BO). [Reuters] More
رفيق : حماس : مـِن "الأسلام هو الحل".. إلى "الأستسلام هو الحل"

المحمودي : الصوارم الحداد في نحور أهل الكفر والإلحاد (1)

عيسى عبدالقيوم : على وقع تفاقم مأساة غزة.. مانشستر ترفع صوتها

جلال الوحيشي : الميثاق الوطنى لليبيا الغد..     نصر عقوب : يجب معالجة د. شلوف..

عادل الطرابلسي : ظلم المحمودي للدكتور الصلابي.. تساؤلات ونصائح

سالم بن عمار : شلوف : تمخض الجبل فولد فأرا

Wednesday, 7 January, 2009: Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi said Monday in Bamako, the Malian capital, that the Federal African Government, due to be announced at the next ordinary summit of the African Union (AU) in February in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, would either be an extended government involving all member states of the organisation, or a limited one. Addressing the press at the end of his visit to Mali, Kadhafi said the Federal African Government must not be limited only to the posts of ministers of foreign affairs... [PANA] More
Wednesday, 7 January, 2009: Libya threatened Sunday to sever its ties with the Czech Republic over its definition of the Israeli operation in Gaza as "defensive" rather then "offensive." The Gaddafi Association, headed by Muammar al-Gaddafi's son said it had called on the Libyan authorities to sever all ties with the Czech Republic unless in retracts its statement. [YNetNews] More
Wednesday, 7 January, 2009: On Jan. 20, the Obama administration will inherit quite a few international allies of questionable loyalty and lucidity, including Moammar Gadhafi. Among the tasks awaiting the new president and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, is cleaning up a deal made by the current administration with the longtime Libyan dictator. Five years ago Gadhafi formally renounced terrorism and declared he was abandoning his country's pursuit of nuclear weapons. He also agreed to pay settlements to the families of the victims of terrorist attacks sponsored by his country, including the 1988 bombing... [The Virginian-Pilot] More
طارق القزيري : هوامش على نزيف غزّاوي

المحامي الشارف الغرياني : سيف القذافى.. معاقبة الصغار والتغاضي عن الكبار

كيف يفكـّر الطغاة (3) ـ ترجمة : محمد الصّيد

Mansour O. el-Kikhia: Gaza's Violent Cycle Once Again Reignited

Tuesday, 6 January, 2009: Bamako, Mali – The Malian and Libyan leader s on Monday held discussions in Bamako on security and peace issues within the Community of Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) and forming an African federal government. President Amadou Toumani Touré met his Libyan counterpart Mouammar Kadhafi, who was visiting Mali as part of a West African tour, to review ongoing preparations for the next African Union summit this month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, devoted to putting in place a continental government, official sources said. The Libyan leader left the Malian capital on Monday afternoon for Tripoli. [PANA] More
Tuesday, 6 January, 2009: New York, Jan 5 (ANI): Pop and R&B singer Mariah Carey has been paid one million dollars to sing at the New Year’’s Eve party of Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafis son. The host of the party, Saif, 36, is said to have spent the huge amount just to hear Carey, 38, sing three or four of her songs at the Nikki Beach Club on Caribbean island of St Barts. But Careys representative has, on the other hand, denied knowledge of any payment being made to the singer. Timbaland and Jay-Z also performed at the party, where Carey, 38, was seen putting pregnancy rumours to rest by drinking champagne and eating oysters. [ANI] More
Tuesday, 6 January, 2009: Efforts to assist and facilitate trade promotion between Malta and Libya have been intensified, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said. It said in a statement that the commercial section of Malta’s Embassy in Tripoli, which was also the representative office of Malta Enterprise in Libya, last year intensified its efforts to strengthen its network and activities at a time when the Libyan economy was passing through great changes. This offered good prospects of an expansion of two-way trade and investment between Malta and Libya, the ministry said. It said that besides a number of fact finding missions to various Libyan cities, the office coordinated the participation of Maltese companies to a number of fairs... [Times Of Malta] More
تعازي إلى آل الجلـّي

الرابطة الليبية : العدوان على غزة..     سليم الرقعي : هل أنتم مستعدون!؟

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : موقف القذافي المتخاذل من الحرب على غزة

بوزيد لهلالي : نحن أمة لا تقرأ التاريخ!!

د. علي الصلابي : غزة.. إدارة الصراع وفقه المقاومة..!!

د. محمد نصر : لتتجه المظاهرات نحو القصور     علي الخليفي : مثقفو العازة

تاوالت : إحراق جزء من بيت "عيسى بوجناح"..     قورينا : السّتر أم الفضيحة؟‮!!‬

د. الهادي شلوف : يجب محاكمة اسماعيل هنية ومشعل على ما حلّ بغزة..

Monday, 5 January, 2009: Monrovia - Libyan leader Colonel Muammer Gaddafi Saturday paid a courtesy call on Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf during a transit stopover at the Roberts International Airport in Harbel, Margibi County. At a brief airport ceremony, Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf, welcomed the Libyan leader and expressed hope that his visit will help strengthen the already strong bond of friendship between the two countries. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Johnson Sirleaf and Colonel Gaddafi later discussed a wide range of issues including bilateral relations between the two countries... [All Africa] More
Monday, 5 January, 2009: The United States thwarted an effort by Libya on Saturday to persuade the U.N. Security Council to call for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza after Israel launched a ground invasion, diplomats said. French U.N. Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert, currently Security Council president, told reporters after a closed-door session "there was no agreement, but there (were) serious convergences to express serious concern" about the crisis. The "convergences" of opinions among council members included the need for an immediate and permanent cease-fire and easing the humanitarian crisis Gazans are in, Ripert said. [IHT] More
Monday, 5 January, 2009: TRIPOLI (AFP) — Egyptian authorities denied permission for Seif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, to fly into El-Arish airport to reach the Rafah crossing to Gaza, the Kadhafi Foundation said late Sunday. Seif al-Islam wanted to visit the embattled Gaza Strip via the Rafah terminal "to express his support for the Palestinian people," according to an official from the Foundation, which the leader's son heads. He contacted the Egyptian authorities on Saturday seeking clearance to land at El-Arish but they turned him down because of "fears for his safety," the Foundation official told AFP. [AFP] More
Monday, 5 January, 2009: Conakry, Guinea - The Libyan leader, Muammar Kadhafi Saturday began an official visit to Guinea. On arrival here, Kadhafi was met by the self-proclaimed Guinean Presdident, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara. After airport ceremonies, including a parade review, the two leaders went into a closed-door meeting, details of which were not revealed. The meeting lasted more than 30 minutes... [PANA] More
رمضان جربوع : عن العدالة الجغرافية وكوارث العواصم!

ميدل ايست اونلاين : احمد ابراهيم : كل ما يختلف مع الكتاب الاخضر خطأ

عمر الهوني : لقطات من مظاهرة لندن ـ أمام السفارة المصرية

د. محمد بالروين : من الذات المفقودة ... الى الانتماء

Sudan Tribune: Ex-ICC Defense Counsel on Darfur Threatened by Arab Lawyer

موحمد ؤمادي : قضايانا والشخصنة

فتحي العريبي : لقطة ورد غطاها : (5) الباب "يفوّت" جمل

Sunday, 4 January, 2009: Conakry (AFP) — Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi on Saturday met with Guinea's new military leaders who seized power in a bloodless coup on December 23 for two hours behind closed doors. No official statement was made after the meeting but a source close to the Guinean junta told AFP that the Libyan leader promised to lobby on the new regime's behalf with the international community which has condemned the coup. "Kadhafi promised us that he would be our spokesman for the international community to help lighten the sanctions against Guinea which does not need that (sanctions) at the moment," the source said. He added that the Libyan leader had promised to "support and help (the junta) in its work... [AFP] More
Sunday, 4 January, 2009: Finance Minister, Dr Ezra Suruma, has named President Yoweri Museveni among other bigwigs who oversaw the sale of Uganda Telecom Limited’s shares to Libya in 2006 at a price which MPs now say was below market value. “H.E. the President met the Chief Executive of Ucom, the 51 per cent owners of UTL on Feb. 26, 2006. The meeting was attended by the [Ministry of Finance – Privatisation] Hon. Lukia Chekamondo and Investment Minister, Hon. Prof. Ssemakula Kiwanuka, the Principal Private [Secretary to the President] Amelia Kyambadde and the Secretary to the Treasury, Chris Kassami,” Dr Suruma’s states in documents submitted to an investigating committee. Dr Suruma named the President... [The Monitor]More
Sunday, 4 January, 2009: On one Sunday night in March 2008, a bustle of activity caught the attention of guests at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Several light skinned visitors sprinkled across the lobby, and across the hallway. A crowd then moved in and the flash of cameras followed the procession, stopping at intervals. It was the grand entry of the leader of the Libyan Revolution, Col. Muammar Gadaffi. Earlier Col. Gadaffi, who travels in princely style, flew four planes into Entebbe, with his own “mini-government” of Libyan officials. Besides an advance party, more than 180 members of his delegation were in Kampala. Col. Gadaffi was in town to commission one of the largest mosques in Sub-Saharan Africa (named after him)... [The Monitor] More
Sunday, 4 January, 2009: UN, Jan 3 (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council held a special meeting on Saturday after Israel launched a ground operation in Gaza. The meeting began at 7 p.m. EST/2400 GMT. Council diplomats said the 15 members would debate a statement drafted by Libya, the only Arab member of the Security Council, that would express "serious concern at the escalation of the situation in Gaza, in particular, after the launching of the Israeli ground offensive." It also called on all parties to "to observe an immediate cease-fire" and to "stop immediately all military activities." Israel launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip earlier on Saturday, sending tanks and infantry into battle with Hamas fighters... [Reuters] More
Sunday, 4 January, 2009: The organs of 50 British National Health Service donors have been given to foreign patients who have paid about £75,000 each for private transplant operations in the past two years, freedom of information documents show. The liver transplants took place at NHS hospitals, despite severe shortages that mean many British patients die while waiting for an organ that could save their lives. The documents disclose that 40 patients from Greece and Cyprus received liver transplants in the UK paid for by their governments. Donated livers were also given to people from non-European Union countries including Libya, the United Arab Emirates, China and Israel. The surgeons who carry out the transplants receive a share of the operation fee - believed to be about £20,000 - as all the work is done privately in NHS hospitals. [Times Online] More
Sunday, 4 January, 2009: (CNSNews) – Israel’s ongoing offensive against Hamas in the Gaza Strip is exposing deep divisions in the Arab world and between Arab governments and Iran, Hamas’ chief sponsor. In the firing line is Egypt, a country that borders Gaza; is a key ally of Hamas’ rival, Palestinian Authority (P.A.) chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction; and has long played an important – if not exactly neutral – mediation role between Israel and the Palestinians. President Hosni Mubarak’s government has been strongly condemned this week for refusing to open border crossings with Gaza – apart from allowing a small number of wounded Palestinians to leave and limited aid to enter. [CNS] More
تعازي إلى آل القماطي     تعازي إلى آل الحطاب

بانوراما ليبيا : نقابة المحامين تنفي تسليمها بيان للخارجية بشأن طرد السفير الامريكى

أبوأحمد : للجبن وجوه كالحة

عيسى عبدالقيوم : سيف الإسلام القذافي.. إعتزلَ السياسة أم عَزل بعضها؟!

محمد قدري الخوجة : نعم لوثيقة 24 ديسمبر!!

المحمودي : إدريس السنوسي.. وجنايته على جهاد الآباء والأجداد!! (3)

Saturday, 3 January, 2009: The Civil Society Movement of Sierra Leone has appealed to the Libyan Leader Col. Ghadafi to apologize to Sierra Leoneans for "inflicting suffering to the country in their 11 years civil war" when he embarked on a four-day state visit in the country. The Libyan leader arrived on Wednesday afternoon with a high power security network and will be there till next year 2009. He will be received by host President Ernest Bai Koroma and will be staying in his tent in Rogbere town some 65 miles off Freetown. The Libyan leader is accused of supporting one of the world’s most feared rebels groups. [Africa News] More
Saturday, 3 January, 2009: Freetown, Sierra Leone - Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Kadhafi has called on Sierra Leoneans to continue the push for unity in the African continent so that progress and development can take place. Kadhafi said Africa was one continent, so there should be no need for segregation, adding that division should not have a place in the continent. Addressing members of Sierra Leonean parliamentarians here during a special session 1 January, he described Sierra Leone as his second home, saying his visit was necessitated by the passion he had for the country and his belief that it was his second home. [PANA] More
كل عام وأنتم بخير

تعازي إلى آل الغناي     تعازي إلى آل عامر

محمد مبروك بوقعيقيص : مذكرة بخصوص وجود اسمي على وثيقة 24 ديسمبر

فاطمه عبدالسلام بويصير : غزة في ليلة عيد 2009

Friday, 2 January, 2009: The UN Security Council has declined to issue a resolution censuring the Israeli blitz on Gaza despite global calls for an end to the assault. The draft resolution put forth by Libya, representing the 22 nations in the Arab League, was swiftly rejected in the course of an emergency session held on Wednesday, AP reported. The US, a permanent UNSC member holding veto power, has been quick to remove the circulated draft on accounts that it was 'unbalanced' as it did not condemn the Palestinian Hamas. The Palestinian UN observer, Riyad Mansour said that the Arab nations need to work continually to pass a mandatory resolution "that would condemn the crimes committed by Israel and stop the military aggression... [Indy Media] More
Friday, 2 January, 2009: Libya and Tunisia are being added to Oasis Overland’s Middle East adventures for 2009. The classic Istanbul to Cairo route will be extended making it possible to join a trip from Istanbul on the border of Europe and Asia and travel through Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia to arrive in the capital, Tunis, 58 days later. History abounds in these countries and highlights along the way include the ancient Greek city of Cyrene, the Nabataean stronghold of Petra and the Romans’ most eastern outpost at Palmyra. Crac de Chevaliers, a Crusader Castle is also found in Syria, Moses final resting place is at Mount Nebo. Libya, Egypt and Turkey hold World War I and II battlegrounds... [Travel Bite] More
باب نت : القذافي يتحدث عن العدوان الإسرائيلي على غزة

قورينا : أحوال مبكية

د. فتحي الفاضلي : أوسمة على صدر الوطن (9)

فوزي عبدالحميد/المحامي : عندما كان الدين سياسة

منوّعات شعبية : زمزامات 9

نادي الباروني : نادي الباروني الرياضي الإجتماعي يرحب ببطل أفريقيا

الساطور : حديث الخرياط القدافي حول مجزرة غزة

رفيق : من "خيبر خيبر يا يهود" إلى "شعفه وتوبه يا يهود"!

منظمة الأمل : بيان صحفى بخصوص أحداث يفرن

Ghoma: A Pair of Shoes for a Tattered Country!

Thursday, 1 January, 2009: (AFP) - The UN Security Council Wednesday began consultations on a draft resolution on the Gaza conflict that Libya is expected to propose on behalf of a group of Arab countries, diplomats said. Even if the 15 council members reach a unanimous decision, the measure is unlikely to be adopted Wednesday, given procedural rules requiring 24 hours before a resolution can be passed, the diplomats said. The council could hold a new, foreign minister-level meeting in the coming days. [AFP] More
Thursday, 1 January, 2009: TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has called on Arab states to take a firm stand and boycott Israel because of its onslaught on the Gaza Strip, the official JANA news agency reported on Wednesday. Speaking to foreign ministers of the five North African Maghreb states in Tripoli late on Tuesday ahead of an Arab League meeting in Cairo on Wednesday, Kadhafi also branded a league peace plan a "plot" and a "masquerade." The league adopted a Saudi proposal in 2002 which called on Israel to withdraw from territory it occupied in 1967, in return for diplomatic relations with Arab states. [AFP] More
Thursday, 1 January, 2009: Libya yesterday donated 1,000 tonnes of tar worth Sh1 billion to help Zanzibar rehabilitate its roads. The donation, to be used in Unguja and Pemba islands, was handed over by the deputy Libyan ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Mohammed Sasi. Hundreds of Zanzibar residents witnessed the function held at Kibele in South Unguja. "Tanzania and Libya have had long term relations... [The Citizen] More
Thursday, 1 January, 2009: Libya, the only Arab country in the UN Security Council, is to present to the Council a draft resolution that would condemn Israel for its ongoing attacks on the Gaza Strip. [Xinhua] More
Thursday, 1 January, 2009: Harare - LIBYA yesterday joined other countries that have rendered support to the ongoing fight against cholera after it seconded nine medical experts and donated a planeload of drugs and water treatment chemicals. The consignment was received by the Minister of State for Policy Implementation, Cde Webster Shamu; Agricultural Engineering ... Minister Dr Joseph Made; Libyan charge d'affaires to Zimbabwe Mr Amara Albatal, Civil Protection Unit director Mr Madzudzo Pawadyira and senior officials... [The Herald] More
Thursday, 1 January, 2009: Geneva - In July, employees at a Geneva hotel decided to call the police to complain about the treatment of two servants at the hands of their foreign bosses, setting in motion a chain of events that would cast a dark cloud over Switzerland's relations with Libya. The foreign bosses who were allegedly beating their servants were Hannibal, 32, and his pregnant wife, the son and daughter-in-law of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. A subsequent arrest and two-day detention of the couple, who were released back home on 500,000 dollars bail, angered the Libyan leadership and first family. [eFluxMedia] More
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