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سالم بن عمار : المدعو "شجاع" يطعن في علي رضى الله عنه!

منصف عبدالرحمن : وجوب التمسك بالكتاب والسنة عند السنوسي الكبير (2)

ابراهيم عمّيش : الفساد.. وحجب الإصلاح الديمقراطي في ليبيا (1)

بلال الليبي : صفاقة الملحدين الليبيين وعظمة الرسول

معمر سليمان : الحق المذبوب.. والكاهن ذو الأساجيع

سليم الرقعي : لابد أن يكون للديموقراطيين الإسلاميين فكرهم وإتحادهم وحزبهم!

مواطن حذر جداً : جمال الحاجي والتساؤل المشروع .. هل للرجل حقا ما يخفيه؟

محيط : القذافي يلغي زيارته إلى إسبانيا     بي بي سي : القذافي يلغي زيارة الى كندا

محيط : ليبيا تقترح حل الجامعة العربية     ذهب مغشوش يغزو السوق الليبي

CNN : Libya Is More Than Gadhafi

سعيد العريبي : هفوة أخرى من هفوات مركز الجهاد

صلاح الحدّاد : مستقبل ليبيا بين يدي الإخوان المسلمين (4)

د. علي محمد الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (14)

Wednesday, 30 September, 2009: Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has made a surprise appearance on the Venezuelan island of Margarita, going on a shopping spree with his entourage. Col Gaddafi wandered around shops in the island's luxury Sambil arcade, buying jewellery and digital cameras. He also posed for photographs with excited shop workers. Col Gaddafi is in Venezuela for a summit of South American and African leaders, where he has denounced the "imperialism" of wealthy nations. "It was all so totally unexpected," Carlos Morales, who works at Star PC in the Sambil shopping centre, told the BBC. Mr Morales said the Libyan leader was accompanied by an entourage of about 25 people, including friends and security guards. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 30 September, 2009: House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters yesterday vowed to confront the Chinese government over the planned cremation of the bodies of 30 Nigerians who died under questionable circumstances in China. The Committee also condemned the inhuman treatment given to Nigerian immigrants in Libya as 150 Nigerians were deported from the North African country on allegations that they entered Libya without official travel documents and settled there as illegal aliens. House Committee on Diaspora , had in the wake of these developments summoned the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, to explain what the Nigerian Embassies have been doing to ameliorate the plight of Nigerians. [This Day] More
Wednesday, 30 September, 2009: ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Libya aims to privatise part of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and will open the sector to competition by selling bank licences to help diversify its economy away from oil, its central bank governor said on Monday. OPEC member Libya, home to Africa's largest proven oil reserves, has seen revenue grow as it emerges from decades of Western sanctions, but the government is struggling to reform a highly centralised banking system, which is widely seen as an obstacle to private investment and growth. "There will be bidding next year for two to three licences for new banks," Farhat Omar Bin Guidara told reporters on the sidelines of a central bank governors meeting in Abu Dhabi. The tender process would be open to international banks, who would not need a local partner, he said. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 30 September, 2009: UNITED NATIONS, Sep 29 (IPS) - Addressing his monthly press conference Tuesday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon refused to back a Western endorsement of a premature election victory for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, implicitly criticised Libyan Leader Muammar el-Qaddafi for denigrating the U.N. charter, and faulted Iran for lack of transparency in its nuclear programme. Asked why he was not quick to denounce Qaddafi for ripping the U.N. Charter during his address to the General Assembly last week, Ban struck back. The charter is the very foundation of the United Nations, and a symbol of its legitimacy, he said. "Any behaviour to denigrate this charter is unacceptable," he told reporters. [IPS] More
BT : How Crazed Gaddafi Rant Turned UN Into A Circus     CNN : Moammar Gadhafi Talks..

سليمان الشجاع : هيمنة الأعراق باسم الأديان

المحمودي : التبكيت الجلي لعلي الخليفي

SNL : Col Gadhafi Speaks To The UN     Al-Jazeera Intl : M. Eljahmi On Megrahi's Release

نادي الباروني : الجالية الليبية تحتفل بعيد الفطر المبارك بمدينة مانشستر

مهدي التمامي : جائزة ضمير العالم     فتحي العريبي : الكاتبة الليبية التي تكتب ذاتها بذاتها

Tuesday, 29 September, 2009: PORLAMAR, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi signed a declaration Monday night decrying what they call attempts by powerful Western countries to equate struggles against colonialism with terrorism. In the declaration, Venezuela and Libya "reject intentions to link the legitimate struggle of the people for liberty and self-determination" with terrorism, but also adds that they "reiterate the importance of countering terrorism in all its forms." Neither of the two leaders commented publicly on the document. It does not specifically name any Western country, but Gadhafi mentioned both the United States and Britain during a speech after the signing. [AP] More
Tuesday, 29 September, 2009: (CNN) - On Wednesday, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi spoke before the U.N. General Assembly for the first time in his 40-year rule -- apparently making up for lost time with a nearly 100-minute speech, which dramatically exceeded the allotted 15 minutes. Gadhafi stuck to his usual enthusiastic manner of delivery, without relying on teleprompters. In some instances he became visibly overheated, ad-libbing and saying things he probably wouldn't have said had he stuck to a speechwriter's text. Gadhafi's advisors should have helped him prepare a speech that would have been more appealing to the American people. In it, he should have addressed Libya's improving relationship with the U.S., including several business developments and diplomatic exchanges, as well as Libya's changing economy... [CNN] More
Tuesday, 29 September, 2009: The White House declined to comment on a letter that an Illinois Republican send to President Obama demanding that he cancel funding for two $200,000 State Department grants to groups belonging to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi's children. Rep. Mark Kirk wrote the letter after the State Department notified the House Appropriations Committee on Sept. 15 of its intent to provide the foundation belonging to the Libyan dictator’s son, Saif, with a $200,000 and an additional $200,000 to Wa’ettasmeno UNDP Foundation run by his daughter, Aisha. “Last month, when Scotland freed Abel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, Gadhafi greeted him with a hero’s welcome.” [Newsmax] More
Tuesday, 29 September, 2009: As I watched Muammar al-Qaddafi walk into the meeting room at the Council on Foreign Relations, I remembered my shoes getting stolen. The first (and only other) time I saw the Libyan leader was in N’Djamena, Chad, in 1999. Libya had arranged for a plane to take journalists from Cairo to Chad’s capital for the day to cover a speech he was giving. Tens of thousands of people gathered to watch him speak and security was very tight. The media area was right in front of the stage, but we had to take our shoes off as it was also an area where people were going to pray. Once he finished his speech, the security was gone in the blink of an eye. We suddenly heard gunshots, people were running all around - and there went my pair of shoes. My cameraman’s shoes were also gone. Bad luck didn’t end there; it suddenly started to rain. We walked with wet, dirty socks until one of the locals guided us to a place where we could buy new Chadian shoes. [World Focus] More
حكيم : نزق الجهل .. عند عبد الفحل

فوزي عبدالحميد : قام والده بتسليمه!

العربية : فتوى ببطلان إعلان عيد الفطر في ليبيا.. وصومه قضاء     العربية : خطاب القذافي يصيب مترجمه بالانهيار

نداء صبري عياد : صيحات أجيال مضت.. بنيران دم جديد

محمد نور الدين : أمجاد زائفة بأموال منهوبة

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : بيان بخصوص زيارة القذافي إلى الأمم المتحدة

لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد :    رسالة إلى المؤتمر    رسالة إلى "ألفا" والقوى الوطنية

صدى الوطن : عندما يتقمّص الثوري البدائي دور "المهدي المنتظر"!     صوت العراق : الإرهابي يُلقي خطاباً هزلياً فارغاً في الأمم المتحدة

محمد بن احميدة : على نخبك يا أفريقيا

د. فتحي الفاضلي : سقط من خطاب العقيد.. سهوا

Monday, 28 September, 2009: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has denied any deal was done to secure the release of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds by Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill. Megrahi has terminal cancer and is said not to have long to live. In a TV interview with Al Jazeera Colonel Gaddafi said no deal was done and that he now considers the matter to be closed. He said: "This problem ended. It is not possible anymore to talk about clearing Libya or not - whatever happened, the problem is over. "Abdelbasset was the only person who had the right to appeal to the European Court, but as I said because of his illness and release it seems that there is no need for an appeal." [BBC] More
Monday, 28 September, 2009: Days after sitting down with Libyan strongman Moammar Khadafy, a Colorado peace activist says it's time to let go of the anger over the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing. Lisa Gibson, whose brother was killed in the 1988 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, met with the kooky leader in New York on Wednesday. The chat drew instant ire from others who lost relatives in the attack. "I don't think they fully understand the heart of what I'm trying to do, but I respect that they have a difference of opinion," said Gibson who was 18 when her 20-year old brother was killed. Gibson presented Khadafy with a Cross pen and a card telling him that she'd been praying for him. "The people of Libya have suffered as much as we have over the years because of sanctions and isolation from the world," she told the Daily News on Saturday. [NY Daily News] More
Monday, 28 September, 2009: GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Ok, hang onto your seats for this one. Here is a simple question -- do you want your tax dollars given to a charity run by, ready for this, the family of Libyan dictator Moammar Qadaffi? No, you don't" Well, President Obama's administration wants to hand over $400,000 to a Libyan charity run by the Gadhafi family. That idea is not going over big with some members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. Earlier, Illinois Congressman Mark Kirk went "On the Record" (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) VAN SUSTEREN: Congressman, first, I have to wish you a happy birthday. REP. MARK KIRK, R - ILL.: Thank you very much. VAN SUSTEREN: It's a big one. KIRK: It's 50, that's right. [FOX News] More
أمارير : حوارٌ ممكن الحدوث

مسرحية الزعيم القذافي    عدّ الموت يا بوعين سوده

Times Online : Gaddafi Interpreter 'Collapsed During UN Speech'

محمد علي محمود : السَيدة العلياء فاطمة ادريس السَنوسي

نصر سعيد عقوب : إيضاح الحجة لهيئة الشيخ علي بلحاج المحتجة

جمعية الجالية الليبية : لقطات من احتفال الجالية الليبية بمانشستر بعيد الفطر المبارك

خيري أبوشاقور : شاردات وواردات (2)

مطرود : سوق الثلاثاء "للعائلات فقط"    ع. المصراتي : ليس دفاعاً عن نادى الباروني!!    عبدالسلام ميلاد : جحدر الصحافة!!

طارق القزيري : حركة كفاية : من مقاومة "التزوير" إلى مقاومة "التشفير"

Sunday, 27 September, 2009: The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has held a meeting with relatives of the victims of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. In an upcoming interview with CNN, Col Gaddafi said he had offered his "condolences" during the meeting. Libya has already formally accepted responsibility for the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 and paid reparations. But many US families were angered by the Libyan welcome given to the man convicted for the attack after he was released on compassionate grounds. Abdelbasset Ali al-Megrahi, who has terminal prostate cancer, was freed from a Scottish prison last month. During the pre-recorded interview with CNN, which is to be broadcast on Sunday, Col Gaddafi told the US network that terrorism was "a common enemy to all of us". He compared the Lockerbie bombing to the US bombing raid on Libya in 1986, which killed around 40 people including Col Gaddafi's adopted daughter, Hannah. [BBC] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: Switzerland and Libya reached a low in their relations on Friday as the Swiss government announced that two of its citizens were being held in Libya. The information came two days after President Hans-Rudolf Merz met with Libya’s leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, in New York in an unsuccessful effort to defuse tensions. Relations were damaged last year by the arrest of the Libyan leader’s son Hannibal, who was accused of beating two servants at a Geneva hotel. The two Swiss citizens, both businessmen, have been prevented from leaving Libya for more than a year but are now being held “for their own security,” because there is a “threat that Switzerland might free them militarily,” the Swiss Foreign Ministry quoted a Libyan letter as saying. [NY Times] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: PORLAMAR, Venezuela — Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, both traditional foes of the United States and Western powers, will sign eight cooperation agreements on Monday, state media said. The accords will be signed in Caracas, according to Venezuela's ABN news agency. Venezuelan Ambassador to Tripoli Afif Tajeldine said five agreements have already been signed with Libya, Venezuela's top African ally, but he did not provide the figures or domain involved. "Libya is the gateway to Africa for us because it is a country well-known for its socialist policies that plays an important and strategic role for us," he added. Kadhafi was on Venezuela's scenic Isla Margarita, where a two-day summit began Saturday, bringing together nine South American presidents and some 20 African leaders. Chavez's other high-profile guests at the Caribbean resort destination included Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe and the Democratic Republic of Congo's Joseph Kabila. [AFP] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: Excerpts from Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon's interview Thursday with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. On his first visit to New York: I haven't seen anything in New York because of the strict security measures. Very tight security measures. On Libyan-American relations: They are fine. We are having good relations…We are cooperating together in the fight against terror. There are people who want to get rid of this problem one way or the other. Some say let's have a solution even if it leads to a catastrophe tomorrow, they don't care. I'm thinking about a long-term and ever-lasting solution. On fighting nuclear weapons: We are also cooperating together in the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons. As you know, Libya took the initiative in discarding the WMD program, despite the fact that Libya wasn't rewarded for this initiative. Because of that, other countries weren't encouraged to follow the example of Libya. They say to us: what did you gain for giving up your program? You weren't rewarded? On Lockerbie: As a case, the Lockerbie question: I would say it's come to an end, legally, politically, financially, it is all over. That's a fact. I understand their actions (the protests in America). I see them in their perspective. I comprehend that. [WSJ] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: GENEVA - Switzerland wants Libya's approval to send a delegation to seek the release of two Swiss businessmen prevented from leaving the North African country, the foreign minister said Saturday. The delegation's mandate would be to "seek the release of the two Swiss," Micheline Calmy-Rey told TSR television. "That is the priority," she said, adding that she had not been given any update on the two businessmen and that the delegation would not head to Libya until Tripoli gives the green light. Calmy-Rey said a recent deal signed between the two countries aimed at ending a diplomatic stand-off after the arrest of one of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's sons would not take effect without the businessmen's release. The two businessmen, accused of immigration offences, have been prevented from leaving Libya for more than a year following the arrest of Kadhafi's son and his wife in a luxury Geneva hotel in July last year. [AFP] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: EDINBURGH - The news the other day wafted poisonously along the tartan and whiskey shops that dominate the tourist-attracting Royal Mile here. One of Scotland’s best-known brands, Harris Tweed Hebrides, had decided to “de-Scottishify” the image of the brand, one of its executives had told the newspapers, so as not to alienate American consumers angry about the release of the Lockerbie bomber. The next day, the company’s chief executive, Ian Angus Mackenzie, hastily backtracked, dismissing the idea as “daft.” But the uneasiness did not go away. Scots are very touchy these days about the decision to free the bomber, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, and very worried about their international reputation. Mr. Megrahi, the only person ever convicted in connection with the explosion of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie. [NY Times] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 25 - Under the title of 'We're Defending Europé, the 70-minute audio-documentary by Roman Herzog, which has been previewed in Rome, concerns itself with the subject of immigration, and of repelling immigrants in particular. The documentary develops around a fixed image - an interior shot of a container used for transporting "repulsed" migrants, accompanied migrants' voices as they head to Libyàs detention camps. The voices of the service personnel are also to be heard, as are those of Libyàs civic society and of members of non-governmental organisations. The German reporter, who works for German public networks, explains how "the ban on filming allowed us to explore the truth in depth. They would never have let us enter some of these camps with a television camera. Of crucial importance was the journalistic visa supplied to me by German radio: this opened a lot of doors. But this didn't prevent me from being accompanied wherever I went by security officers and teams filming my work". [ANSAmed] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: The resignation of Libya’s top energy official is a setback for foreign oil companies that saw him as an ally in an insular, unpredictable north African country whose leader once threatened full-scale nationalisation. Yet such a move remains unlikely as Libya is just beginning to reap the benefits of foreign investment and expertise that it spent years trying to lure, analysts say. Mystery over the timing and the reasons for Shokri Ghanem’s departure from National Oil Corporation (NOC) only underlined the opaque decision-making process that made him so useful to international oil companies (IOCs). As if to underline the risks, Libya scuppered the sale of Canadian oil exploration firm Verenex to China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) by blocking the deal and forcing its own purchase of Verenex at a lower price. Verenex put itself up for sale after striking oil in the desert country’s concession Block 47. NOC had been contractually obliged to match CNPC’s offer and analysts said the Verenex debacle probably helped to trigger Ghanem’s resignation. [Gulf Times] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: PORLAMAR, Venezuela (AFP) - With key energy accords on the table at the second South America-Africa (ASA) summit here, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi upped the ante Saturday with calls for the creation of a "NATO of the South" by 2011. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has long sought to improve relations among non-Western nations, opened the meeting in the locked-down scenic resort of Isla Margarita, where Venezuelan military have set up checkpoints and banned all weapons. The summit, following a first meeting in 2006 in Nigeria, is being attended by 30 heads of state and representatives from a further 30 nations. "Our union will contribute to a balanced world, "said Chavez, while praising his "brother" Kadhafi, who earlier this week lashed out at Western powers in a damning address to the UN General Assembly. The Libyan leader, who in his rambling 95-minute speech at the United Nations called on the Security Council to be renamed the "Terror Council," said he was pushing for the creation of a "NATO of the South" by 2011 to counter the military bloc of the United States and European powers. [AFP] More
Sunday, 27 September, 2009: Lawrence Cannon, the Foreign Affairs Minister, right, says he will give Muammar Gaddafino opportunity next week to avoid an official scolding from the Canadian government --promising to "greet" the Libyan dictator as he gets off his plane in Newfoundland. Mr. Gaddafi's handlers have been trolling the province for scores of cars and a place to pitch the Libyan leader's Bedouin tent after his plane stops in Newfoundland on Tuesday to refuel. "I won't say there is a good chance we'll meet up," Mr. Cannon said yesterday. "We will meet up." Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked that Mr. Cannon, who is currently at the United Nations, personally express Canada's outrage over the hero's welcome Libya gave to freed Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi last month. "Diplomatically, I'll be there to greet his plane when he lands," Mr. Cannon said. [Canada] More
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فرانس 24 : الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة : ضيوف محرجون وملفات ساخنة :   الجزء الأول     الجزء الثاني

علي زيو : نصر بدون حرب     موقع ليبي جديد : خلاص Enough Gaddafi

ليبيا الوطن : صور المظاهرة أمام مقر الأمم المتحدة

رفيق : فتوى جديدة : الإسلام المؤقت!!     الساطور : توّ انقولوله

د. علي محمد الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (13)

عيسى عبدالقيوم : إصلاح العالم هل هو مهمة ليبية؟!     عاشور الورفلي : لا تعلقوا الجواهر..

المحمودي : الكشّاف عمّا في كلام المبتور من الكذب والتدليس وإيراد الضعاف (1)

Mohamed Eljahmi : Legitimizing Qaddafi     Libyan Anti Ghadafy Protest At UN  

عمر الهوني : لقطات من "اللقاء التشاوري بعد اعتصام نيويورك لتقييم الاعتصام ودراسة العمل المستقبلي"

عمر الهوني : لقطات من "اعتصام الليبيين أمام مبنى الأمم المتحدة ـ نيويورك"

Saturday, 26 September, 2009: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi met with two family members of victims of the 1998 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, one of the family members told USA TODAY on Friday. "I came (to the meeting) offering a tangible expression of goodwill and authentic caring for the Libyan people and for him, when everyone else has come out in opposition," said Lisa Gibson, 39, a Colorado Springs attorney, who attended the meeting Wednesday night at the Libyan Mission to the U.N. in New York. Her brother died when the flight from London to New York blew up over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. Kenneth Gibson, 20, was a specialist in the Army and was returning to the USA for Christmas, she said. "At least he (Gadhafi) knows there are a few family members that have a desire to move forward," she said. [USA Today] More
Saturday, 26 September, 2009: BEDFORD, N.Y. (AP) — An elaborate tent for Moammar Gadhafi that prompted stop-work orders and public indignation has been taken down at Donald Trump's suburban estate. The white-topped tent — lined with a tapestry of camels and palm trees and outfitted with leather couches and coffee tables — was no longer visible on Friday at the bucolic property. "We hear they're leaving today. That would be welcome news," said Bedford Town Supervisor Lee Roberts. The tent had been pitched for a second time Thursday, one day after being dismantled when town officials declared it an illegal use of a residence. Roberts said the town won't go to court "as long as there is no move toward re-erecting the tent." Late Thursday night, Bedford Town attorney Joel Sachs, escorted by two police officers, moved onto the property and handed fresh stop-work orders and criminal summonses to representatives of the landowner... [Newsday] More
Saturday, 26 September, 2009: Xinhua - Canada will voice its concerns regarding Libya's treatment of released Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi when leader Moammar Gadhafi visits , a government official said Thursday. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will stop in the eastern Canadian city of St. John's, capital of Newfoundland province after he leaves the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City, Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for the prime minister's office, said in a statement. Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon has been ordered by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to meet Gadhafi to "voice Canada's strong disapproval over the hero's welcome organized for Abdel Baset al-Megrahi," Soudas said. She stressed that Gadhafi's visit is not an official one as transatlantic flights often stop to refuel in Newfoundland. It's also unclear whether Gadhafi will agree to the planed meeting. Al-Megrahi, the only person to be convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, was released from a Scottish prison in August on compassionate grounds. [Xinhuanet] More
Saturday, 26 September, 2009: GENEVA - Switzerland and Libya reached a new low point in their relations Friday as the Swiss government announced that two of its citizens are being held at an undisclosed location in the Arab country. The information came two days after Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz met with Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in New York in an unsuccessful effort to defuse tensions between the two countries, which were badly damaged by last year's arrest in Switzerland of the Libyan leader's son Hannibal. The treatment of the two Swiss citizens in Libya has subjected Merz to calls for him to resign. For more than a year, Switzerland has known that two of its businessmen have been prevented from leaving Libya. But they are now being held "for their own security" because there is a "threat that Switzerland might free them militarily," the Swiss Foreign Ministry quoted a Libyan letter as saying. The plight of the businessmen has enraged Switzerland, which has publicly apologized for the arrest of Hannibal Gadhafi and subjected itself to possible compensation claims. [AP] More
Saturday, 26 September, 2009: NEW YORK, Sept 24 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said it is rethinking a decision to give $2.5 million in aid to Libya, including to foundations run by the Libyan leader's sons, after lawmakers on Thursday asked it to cancel the plan. In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, two U.S. lawmakers said they were unwilling to give the aid because of the warm reception Tripoli recently gave a Libyan official convicted of involvement in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. They also accused Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi of showing "flagrant disrespect" for the 270 victims of the bombing during his visit to New York this week to attend the U.N. General Assembly. "The celebration that President (Gaddafi) recently held in honor of ... the only man convicted in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, showed just how little remorse (he) has for the terrorist attacks that killed 270 civilians," Rep. Nita Lowey and Rep. Kay Granger wrote in a letter obtained by Reuters. Lowey, a New York Democrat, chairs the influential House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee that oversees funding for the State Department and U.S. foreign assistance. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 26 September, 2009: A day after delivering a rambling, 95-minute speech before the U.N. General Assembly -- during which he spewed invective and seemed to revel in his own histrionics -- Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi had arrived before the Council on Foreign Relations, the Manhattan bastion of America's foreign policy and business elite. For Gaddafi, it was a coming-out party of sorts. He was visiting the United States for the first time since he took power four decades ago. And he was offering an hour of his time for unscripted questions. His answers, spoken through an interpreter, seemed unscripted as well. He scolded a questioner from Human Rights Watch for not understanding his Third Universal Theory of society. He called accusations that his country once supported terrorism a "fallacy." And he denied involvement in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. [Washington Post] More
جيتي ايماجز : لقطات من مظاهرات ضد القذافي أمام الأمم المتحدة

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : الرئيس الأمريكى يبتسم     ابراهيم قويدر : لقد ولّى زمن الحجر الفكري!!     

سالم بن عمار : مأساة إمارة الأحواز المحتلة!     فرج بوالعَـشّة : الإمبريالية وثقافة المقاومة

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معمر سليمان : رثاء نجوم الثريا.. شهداء منفى أبي سليم

CNY : Anti-Libya Protests At The U.N.     CSM : No Tent For You! New Yorkers Tell Qaddafi

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Friday, 25 September, 2009: Libya's Moammar Gadhafi said Thursday, in a rare appearance before a U.S. audience, that he evolved from a firebrand revolutionary into a seasoned ruler over four decades in power, contributing to his decision six years ago to dismantle his country's weapons of mass destruction. Gadhafi, one of the world's most enigmatic leaders, struck an almost professorial tone, in contrast to his rambling, antics-filled speech to the U.N. General Assembly the day before. Clad in a black suit and a transparent black robe, he fielded questions for an hour Thursday at the Council on Foreign Relations, a prestigious think tank. The Libyan leader's first ever visit to the U.S. has drawn curiosity as well as condemnation and derision after Wednesday's theatrical appearance at the General Assembly in which he denounced the U.N. Security Council... [AP] More
Friday, 25 September, 2009: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will stop in St. John's, N.L. after leaving the UN General Assembly meeting in New York City, the prime minister's office has said. Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon has been asked to meet with Gadhafi while he's on Canadian soil, to voice concerns regarding Libya's treatment of the Lockerbie bomber. "Prime Minister Harper has asked Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon to go to St. John's and meet the Libyan leader," Dimitri Soudas, a spokesperson for the prime minister's office, said in a statement. "Minister Cannon will voice Canada's strong disapproval over the hero's welcome organized for AbdelBaset al-Megrahi,the man responsible for the Lockerbie terrorist bombing." Soudas underlined that it's not an official visit, and that transatlantic flights often stop to refuel in Newfoundland... [CTV] More
Friday, 25 September, 2009: A day after losing his tent and complaining of jet leg, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi yesterday skipped a summit meeting of the UN body he has dubbed the “Terror Council”. The Libyan leader was the only one of the 15 Security Council statesmen to miss the meeting, which was chaired by President Obama. His no-show came as a relief to Mr Obama and Gordon Brown, who were spared having to shake his hand. A diplomatic source said that the notoriously unpredictable “Brother Leader of the Libyan Revolution” had decided on Wednesday to give the Security Council a miss after he delivered a long speech to the 192-nation General Assembly, in which he complained of jet lag. He did reappear last night at the Council on Foreign Relations, a high-powered American foreign policy association. In his address he denied that Libya ever had a hand in the Lockerbie bombing. Colonel Gaddafi has had trouble finding somewhere to stay in New York because of the outcry sparked by the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber, AbdelBaset al-Megrahi. [Times Online] More
Friday, 25 September, 2009: The British oil company BP hopes to start drilling for oil in Libya in 2010. BP is currently in the final stages of finalizing its preparations for drilling on its site on the coast of Libya. The British oil and gas company BP is in the final stages of its seismic underground investigations in the huge Sirte basin west of the city of Bengazi in north Libya. "We are coming to the end of the offshore seismic work, and then there is more ongoing seismic work on shore," Robert Wine, a spokesperson for BP, told The Media Line. "We will then analyze the seismic [result] and work out the prospects for the first well to be drilled, that will be sometime next year," Wine said. "The agreement we signed back in 2007 was an exploration commitment of $900 million, although we said at the time that it would probably be slightly more around $1.2 billion"... [Media Line] More
سليم الرقعي : القذافي يتباكى على غياب العدالة والديموقراطيه!

حكيم : الكهل الشبق والدمية الخرساء (10)

الرأي : القذافي يشن هجوما شرسا على مجلس الأمن     رويترز : مجلس الشيوخ الأمريكي يوبخ ليبيا أثناء خطاب القذافي

ليلى الهوني : أنقذنا يا مثلث برمودا

C.R.I.M.E. Report : WANTED to Confront Qaddafi at the UN     AC360 : Gadhafi Tent Controversy

The Guardian : Gaddafi Getting Away With Murder     Britain's Realpolitik Relations With Libya

فائزة عبدالونيس المنصوري : لسنا مرتزقة ولا صعاليك

Thursday, 24 September, 2009: WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Even as Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi spoke on Wednesday at the United Nations in New York, his government was being rebuked on the floor of the U.S. Senate. The Senate approved a resolution condemning the "lavish" welcome home ceremony Libya gave last month for the convicted Lockerbie bomber, Libyan agent Abdel Basset al-Megrahi -- and demanded that Libya apologize for the celebration. But Gaddafi, at the U.N. General Assembly in New York, continued his rambling speech blasting the U.N. Security Council and calling for $7.77 trillion in compensation to Africa from its past colonial masters. He was talking when Senator Charles Schumer rose in the Senate in Washington to take a few minutes to introduce the resolution, and he was still talking long after Schumer finished and the Senate passed the resolution on a voice vote. The resolution also condemned the release of Megrahi... [Reuters] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi told the United Nations today to abolish the Security Council, its most powerful body, saying the five permanent members had created a “terror council” to punish small nations. In a speech that lasted more than 90 minutes and touched on dozens of topics, Qaddafi tried to rip in two a pocket-sized copy of the UN Charter, charging that the council’s existence violated the provision that all UN members be treated equally. He called for power to go to the General Assembly, whose rotating presidency this year is held by Libyan diplomat Ali Treki. “The Security Council since its establishment did not provide us with security but on the contrary provides us with terror and sanctions,” he said. “It was used against us. It should not be called a security council, it should be called a terror council.” [Bloomberg] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: Not in my backyard. That's the message a handful of New York-area communities gave to Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi in response to his search for a place to pitch his Bedouin tent while in the United States. President Qaddafi is here to speak at the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday – his first visit to the US and the UN in his 40-year presidency. Why a tent? When traveling internationally, Qaddafi prefers to stay in his traditional Bedouin-style tent, supposedly to honor his roots. He has previously set up camp in Italy and France. According to National Geographic: "The Bedouin, considered to be among the first Arab groups, are seen as Arab culture's purest representatives, although they now make up less than 10 percent of the modern Arab population. [Christian Science Monitor] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: Maybe he just woke up on the wrong side of the tent, or with no tent at all. A cranky Moammar Khadafy, delivering his first-ever speech to the United Nations, offered up a rambling diatribe that had the delegates who remained in the half-empty chamber snoozing in their seats. The windy despot spoke for 98 minutes - about five times longer than his allotted 20 minutes - and touched on everything from John F. Kennedy's assassination (he thinks it should be re-investigated) to his proposal to move the U.N. out of New York (to reduce jet lag for people like him). "I was sleeping," a delegate from Africa said of the Libyan laughingstock. "It was not respectful. It was too long a speech." Khadafy - a one-time patron of terrorists with an appalling human rights record - blasted the international body for failing to prevent or stop some 65 wars since its founding in 1945. "It should not be called the Security Council, it should be called the 'terror council'," the Libyan dictator said, referring to the Council's five permanent members and the veto power. [NY Daily News] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: A married couple - the wife Ethiopian, the husband Eritrean - tell how they came be to imprisoned after fleeing to Libya as refugees. Jonathan Miller reports. Here’s an African love story. Adebe married her childhood sweetheart, Daniel, in Addis Ababa when she was 22. The trouble was, although Daniel was born in Ethiopia, he was of Eritrean stock, and when the two countries went to war, he was deported to Asmara, the Eritrean capital, where he was forced to join the army. Adebe couldn’t bear the separation and fled to Sudan. When Daniel heard she was there, he deserted and escaped and joined his wife in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum. It was hard there so after a few months, they decided to try to make it to Europe. It took them two weeks to cross the Sahara desert to Libya, the launchpad for boats to Italy. [Channel l4] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: Autograph hunters should try to get close to the red carpet if they want a token to remember from Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, arguably the most talked-about of all the heads of state who are due to arrive in New York for the annual gab-fest that is the UN General Assembly today. That would not be the red carpet rolled out from the main entrance of the UN building on First Avenue – the whole area is off limits to tourists – but the one carefully draping the steps to the Libyan Mission on East 48th Street. You are bound to see Colonel Gaddafi at some point, because he will be sleeping there. This is not quite what the Libyan leader, who is on his first ever visit to UN HQ and indeed to the United States, was expecting. But nothing has been more trying for his diplomatic representatives here than finding the proper accommodation for the Libyan leader to lay his head. The truth is, no one in America seems very happy to have him sleeping close to hand. That is especially true after the release of Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi from prison in Scotland. [The Independent] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 21 - "Italy intercepts African migrants and asylum-seekers on boats and without assessing if they can be considered refugees or if they are in need of protection, sends them forcefully to Libya where many are held in inhumane and degrading conditions and are subject to abuse". So said Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a report entitled, Thrown out and crushed", which was issued today. "The reality is that Italy is sending these individuals into abusive situations," said Bill Frelick, HRW's policy director and author of the report. "The migrants that were imprisoned in Libya categorically reported brutal treatment, overcrowding, and poor sanitary conditions." "The Italians," continued the HRW report, "use force to transfer the migrants from their boats onto Libyan ships or they bring them directly to Libya, where the authorities imprison them immediately. Some of these operations are coordinated by Frontex, the EU agency for external border control. Italy's policy constitutes an open violation of non refoulement... [ANSAmed] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: UN - President Barack Obama urged world leaders on Wednesday to tackle climate change, nonproliferation and other urgent problems, while casting aside the U.N.’s reputation for endless debate and stalemate fueled by historical political grievances. Then, as if on cue, Libyan President Muammar Qadhafi seemed to illustrate Obama’s point by delivering a rambling one-hour, 36-minute address in which he compared the U.N. Security Council with Al Qaeda terrorists, speculated that a drug company or the military may have created the swine flu virus and called for a U.N. investigation into a variety of assassinations, including John F. Kennedy’s. In his first-ever speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Obama took credit for reversing what he suggested was the contempt the Bush administration had for multilateral institutions. [Politico] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: The crowds, signs and chants drew attention to a litany of causes outside the United Nations building this morning as the General Assembly was called into session. Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi received most of the attention including a group of demonstrators representing the families of the victims of Pan Am 103. Many of those in the group had children or other family members attending Syracuse University when the terrorists struck the plane on which they were returning home for Christmas after a semester abroad. Kathleen Flynn's son J.P. Flynn was a junior at Colgate University overseas with the Syracuse University study abroad program. She was right in the middle of the demonstration in the Dag Hammerskold Plaza outside the United Nations building. She was part of the group wanting to bring attention to Colonel Qadhafi's past. Flynn said, "the United Nations is supposedly the organization that brings world powers together in peace and harmony and you have a brutal dictator addressing the assembly. There's something skewed..." [CNYCentral] More
Thursday, 24 September, 2009: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi today attacked the United Nations, branding the Security Council the "terror council". He was addressing the UN in New York as those affected by terrorist attacks protested at his his presence outside. The Libyan leader lambasted the UN's "inequality" and inability to prevent some 65 wars breaking out since being founded in 1945. His words came as relatives of victims of the Lockerbie bombing gathered on the roads leading to the UN compound to demonstrate against his appearance in front of the general assembly. They were joined by those affected by the September 11 attacks in New York and family members of victims of IRA violence in Northern Ireland. As they united in their condemnation of Gaddafi, the man himself used the opportunity of speaking to world leaders to hit out at the UN's structure. He said Libya did not accept, acknowledge or recognise the UN charter and criticised the make-up of the Security Council. Dressed in brown robes with a large shiny black badge of Africa attached, Gaddafi read from hand-written notes contained in a yellow folder. [Times Of Malta] More
LHRS : Libya at the UN General Assembly

الإجدابي : يالعاصية عالسلامات (قصيدة)

عبدالله السعداوي : الجلاد

عبدالكريم القماطي : فيروس الايدز أرحم من فيروس د. أبوظهير بمركز الامراض الساريه

جورنال ليبيا : رمضان فى المهجر ـ ليبيا     ميدل ايست اونلاين : الشيخ القطعاني ينتقد اعلان السبت اول ايام العيد في ليبيا

المحمودي : التنكيل بسيء السمعة إنتصارا لأمنا سودة بنت زمعة

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : فتوى بيضة الديك!

Wednesday, 23 September, 2009: Donald Trump may have inadvertently rented property in a ritzy New York suburb to loathed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has spent weeks trying to find a place to pitch his trademark tent while in town for the United Nations General Assembly meeting. Doors all over the metropolitan area have been slammed in the face of the Libyan dictator, but Trump says he rented part of a large property he owns in Westchester County to a group of Middle Easterners who may be associated with Gaddafi. "We have business partners and associates all over the world. The property was leased on a short-term basis to Middle Eastern partners who may or may not have a relationship to Mr. Gaddafi. [ABC] More
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009: DUP MPs Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds have held talks in London with Libyan officials. They are hoping to travel to Tripoli soon to meet Colonel Gaddafi to press the Libyan leader to pay compensation to the victims of IRA violence. Jeffrey Donaldson described Tuesday's meeting as "positive" and said more discussions are planned. Libya helped arm the IRA and victims have said that the north African country should now compensate them. Out-of-court deals have been agreed by Libya with three American victims of IRA atrocities. But more than 100 UK IRA victims, who had been pursuing similar claims through the US courts, were excluded from those deals. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009: ROME, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The European Union should demand that Italy stop forcing African migrant boats back to Libya, where would-be asylum seekers are consigned to inhumane camps, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Monday. Under a deal with Tripoli, Italy has been intercepting migrant boats in international waters since May and returning them, without screening for asylum applications, to Libya, which has not signed international treaties on refugees. The United Nations says three-quarters of irregular migrants arriving by sea in Italy last year applied for asylum, and half of them were accepted. Many were from war-torn Somalia or repressive states like Eritrea. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009: NEW YORK – Feeling the heat of growing U.S. resentment over Libyan strongman Col. Muammar Gadhafi's visit to the United Nations, President Barack Obama is moving quickly to keep his distance from the mercurial leader. There will be numerous opportunities for the two to meet this week, such as a lunch and dinner hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for visiting VIPs, including Gadhafi and Obama. U.N. sources admit the two will be kept at some distance, making it as difficult as possible for them to cross paths at the receptions. That didn't work at last summer's G-20 Summit in Italy, where Gadhafi sought out Obama for a brief photo op. Obama is also hosting his own lunch for African heads of state on Tuesday and a gala dinner at the Metropolitan Opera House for U.N. VIP's Wednesday. [WND] More
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has authorized sending a team of top MI6 counter-intelligence officers and a squad of SAS soldiers to Libya after President Muammar Gadhafi asked for help, insisting he is now "a prime target” for al-Qaida because of his support for the war on terror, according to a report from Joseph Farah's G2 Bulletin. The startling claim by the man who Britain was instrumental removing from the list of pariah nation-leaders was made at a secret meeting in the Travellers Club in London. The club long has been a favorite meeting place for the senior officers of Britain's intelligence community. Situated within walking distance of the Ministry of Defense, Foreign Office and Downing Street, it is comfortable and discreet, a place where sensitive matters can be shared over one of the finest steaks in London. [WND] More
Wednesday, 23 September, 2009: A VISIT to Libya’s President Muammar Gaddafi almost landed the King of the AbaThembu, King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, in an Mthatha jail yesterday. It took some deft pleading by the king’s lawyer to persuade a Mthatha High Court judge not to revoke Dalindyebo’s bail after the king failed to appear before the court last month. The king has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, kidnapping, arson and extortion in the trial, which started in 2005, for alleged crimes dating back to 1995. Dalindyebo is accused of ordering one of his subjects, Saziso Wofa, to be beaten up. Wofa later died of his injuries. He is also accused of ordering the kidnapping of a mother along with her children after the woman’s husband failed to pay a fine Dalindyebo had given him. [Dispatch] More
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سليم الرقعي : ماذا يحدث لو مات حسني مبارك غداً!؟

حكيم : الكهل الشبق والدمية الخرساء (9)

د. فتحي الفاضلي : كتاب "البديل السياسي في ليبيا" (23)

يونس الهمالي بنينه : المذابح التي أرتكبها الإيطاليون..

محمد بوقعيقيص : ساعدونا ساعدكم الله     الساطور : مبردك يا عميرينه!

التضامن : التضامن تُقدم قائمة تتضمن 10 ضحايا إلى الفريق الأممي     معلومات عن الضحايا

د. علي محمد الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (12)

Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: Libya's "Brotherly Leader" Moammar Khadafy will be invading midtown Manhattan this week surrounded by a gang of fetching "gun girls." The dictator's pistol-packin' posse of 40 to 50 women bodyguards -- sometimes called his "Amazon Guard" -- will be part of his massive 150-member traveling traveling entourage for the UN General Assembly session, U.S. officials said. Along with live weapons, the guards will bring their bad-girl reputation. In 2003, the women -- smartly outfitted in form-fitting desert camouflage uniforms and blue berets -- caused a pushing-and-shoving ruckus when Khadafy got in a shouting match with Saudi Arabians at an Arab summit. The bodyguards also formed a menacing circle around Khadafy in Rome last June after 900 Italian women unleashed a chorus of boos in response to his admonition not to drive without their husbands' permission. For this week's visit -- his first to the U.S. -- Khadafy stirred up American anger in advance by arm-twisting Britains to win freedom for the Lockerbie bomber and giving the terrorist a hero's welcome in Libya. [NY Daily News] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: Libyan officials posed as Dutch diplomats to try to find Colonel Gaddafi a place to stay this week on his first visit to the US. The envoys, including one calling himself Ronald, approached a property agent on the Upper East Side of New York to inquire about renting the Barclay Mansion, a six-storey townhouse on East 78th Street. Jason Haber, who has a master’s degree from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, realised the ruse and the deal did not go through. “When someone says they are representing the Dutch, you accept that at face value,” Mr Haber told The Times. “After a few conversations, the accents did not match. When the e-mails started it became quite clear. The e-mails had a Libyan Embassy address.” Related Links Gaddafi's son had help from MI6's former chief Gaddafi heir's PhD offers hope of democracy Colonel Gaddafi, the world’s longest-serving leader, was due to arrive in New York last night for his first visit to the annual UN General Assembly. [Times Online] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: When it comes to carrying out original research, few PhD students have access to one of the world’s most prestigious corporate consultancies, with advisers including the former head of the Secret Intelligence Service. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi used Monitor Group to carry out a survey and interviews with the leaders of non-governmental organisations to provide the empirical data for his thesis at the London School of Economics. Senior advisers at Monitor Group include Sir Richard Dearlove, who was recruited in 2005, the year after he retired as head of MI6. Sir Richard was well known to the Libyans because Colonel Gaddafi had chosen British intelligence as the go-between when he decided to surrender his country’s nuclear programme. The company also employs Sir Mark Allen, another former MI6 agent and a senior adviser to BP. Sir Mark lobbied Jack Straw just before the Justice Secretary abandoned efforts to exclude the Lockerbie bomber from a prisoner transfer deal. [Times Online] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: The Prime Minister will meet the Libyan leader at the United Nations in New York on Thursday, their first meeting since the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Details of the meeting emerged as new figures suggested that by the end of this year, Britain will have had its "best year ever" for arms exports to Libya. According to the Liberal Democrats, in the first quarter of 2009, equipment worth £9.4 million was supplied to Libya, compared with £14.4 million for the whole of 2008. Equipment supplied so far this year includes artillery computers and military communications equipment. The figures, obtained from the Foreign Office’s strategic export controls reports, show that the biggest year for arms sales was 2005, but the Liberal Democrats claimed the £39.5 million first-quarter figures for that year were distorted by the one-off sale of military transport aircraft. "If Gordon Brown hadn’t noticed, Colonel Gaddafi still runs a brutal, human rights-suppressing authoritarian regime," Ed Davey, the Lib Dem foreign affairs spokesman said. [The Telegraph] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: More links between Northern Ireland security personnel and Libya have been disclosed by the BBC. It is understood retired PSNI officers are to travel to the country in October to help tackle drug trafficking. They will be working alongside officers from the London Metropolitan Police. Five officers in total will travel. The news follows Friday's revelations that current PSNI officers had travelled to the north African country to help train its police force. During the troubles, Libya supplied guns and explosives which the IRA used to kill police officers. 'Experience practitioners' The group of retired officers are part of a programme organised by NI-CO, a non profit public body which falls under the remit of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: MOSCOW, Sept 21 (Reuters) - United Company RUSAL, the world's largest aluminium producer, had been in talks with Libyan Investment Authority over the possibility of selling it a 10 percent stake, Britain's The Times daily reported on Monday. RUSAL, controlled by Russian magnate Oleg Deripaska, said on Friday it had secured another extension on restructuring billions of dollars of debts to foreign and domestic banks. [ID:nLI262829] The Times said there had been "active" discussions over a possible stake sell to LIA. "However, RUSAL became frustrated at the lack of progress and the slow speed at which officials in Tripoli operated and has walked away," the paper said, without revealng its sources. It added that the LIA was unavailable for comment. "In the framework of restructuring its debts, RUSAL has been in contact with various financial organisations and investments funds, and is considering various options in terms of attracting capital, including a possible IPO," RUSAL spokeswoman Vera Kurochkina told Reuters. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: WASHINGTON- Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gabriela Shalev is planning on remaining in the General Assembly hall to listen to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's address at the upcoming General Assembly in New York. "If he says something that does not ring well in Israeli ears, I will get up and leave the hall," Shalev promised Ynet on Monday. Following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision not to sit in the hall during US President Barack Obama's speech in order to avoid being photographed next to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Ambassador Shalev was chosen to be Israel's representative during the address. "It shall not be that someone's presence in the GA hall will prevent Israel's delegation to the UN from being at the opening panel when the US president speaks. The prime minister's considerations were manifold, but we will be there and we will respect the US president," explained Shalev. [YNetNews] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: America has vowed to draw a line under the release of the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing and work to repair shattered transatlantic relations. Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill’s decision to free Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi sparked fury among American leaders, but a US State Department official has said the Obama administration recognises Scotland’s right to decide its own affairs. Fears had been raised over a possible US boycott of Scottish produce, but State Department spokesman Ian Kelly promised that there would be no knee-jerk reaction against the country. He said the US had “very deep and abiding ties with Scotland”, and there could be no lasting discord over the Scottish Government’s decision to release the terminally-ill Libyan on compassionate grounds. Asked whether there was any “diplomatic price for the Scottish Government to pay”, he said: “We are very close allies, and I don’t think we’re looking to punish anybody, per se. There’s no tit-for-tat here.” [Herald Scotland] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The families of Americans killed in the bombing of a jetliner over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 will protest Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi’s visit to New York this week. His United Nations counterparts may be more welcoming. Qaddafi, who speaks at the UN tomorrow, has cemented ties with countries that shunned him for three decades and are now lured by Africa’s biggest oil reserves and a 150 billion-dinar ($123 billion), five-year government infrastructure-investment plan. “With fewer and fewer sizable oil patches left, oil companies have incentives to acquire acreage wherever they can,” said Geoff Porter, the chief Africa and Middle East analyst for the Eurasia Group, a New York-based firm that analyzes political risks. For oil companies, doing business with a former pariah state “is worth it,” he said. More than 40 foreign oil companies are working in Libya, including London-based BP Plc, Eni SpA of Rome, Irving, Texas- based Exxon Mobil Corp. and Occidental Petroleum Corp., which has headquarters in Los Angeles. [Bloomberg] More
Tuesday, 22 September, 2009: [JURIST] Italy systematically forces migrants to return to Libya where they face human rights abuses without screening them for possible asylum claims, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report found that Italy often intercepts migrants traveling by boat from Libya and fails to screen migrants for potential refugee status before returning the migrants to Libya. This policy, according to the report, violates a number of international agreements and norms including Article 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights [text] and the principle of non-refoulement [CW backgrounder]. Some of those interviewed for the report accused Italian troops of using excessive force, confiscating personal items and documents, and failing to offer food to the migrants. Upon being returned to Libya, the report found that migrants often face prolonged confinement and abuse. The report recommends that Libya overhaul its refugee detention system and investigate claims of abuse. [Jurist] More
علي زيو : مذبحة ابوسليم.. واحتراق القلوب     فتحي العريبي : وتأتي الرياح على ليبيا

أمارير : الإسلام ، نحن و الآخرون (4)

اميس انتمورا : قيامة المسيح

د. مصطفى عبدالله : هذا هو عيدكم

Monday, 21 September, 2009: LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Gordon Brown will greet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi at the United Nations on Thursday in their first meeting since the release of the Lockerbie bomber, The Daily Telegraph reported on Monday. Britain's relations with Libya are under the spotlight after the early release last month of a Libyan agent convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing in which 270 people were killed. The Daily Telegraph said Brown would use the meeting in New York to highlight Gaddafi's 2003 decision to scrap Libya's nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, leading to closer ties with Western nations. Britain denies pressing the Scottish government to free Abdel Basset al-Megrahi Megrahi, terminally ill with prostate cancer, to help improve business ties with Libya, which has Africa's largest oil reserves, in a move that angered Washington and victims' families. [Washington Post] More
Monday, 21 September, 2009: The UK is on course to achieve record arms sales to Libya this year, the Liberal Democrats claimed today. Foreign affairs spokesman Edward Davey said the British people had been left "ashamed" by the Government's actions on the international stage. In a keynote speech at the party's conference in Bournemouth, Mr Davey condemned Gordon Brown for his actions to support Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gadaffi's regime. Despite tensions between the UK and Libya being raised by the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, Mr Davey said sales of military equipment were booming. He said: "My research team calculate that by the end of this year, Britain is set to have had its best year ever for arms exports to Libya. "It is one thing rebuilding relations with a previously rogue regime. [The Scotsman] More
Monday, 21 September, 2009: A politically incorrect pooch delivered a stream of consciousness protest Saturday as Libyan officials rolled out the red carpet for dictator Moammar Khadafy. Maggie the dog was out for a walk when she responded to the pomp by taking a pee on the lush rug outside the Libyan Mission - a gesture appreciated by many New Yorkers with little use for the notorious colonel. "The dog had excellent taste," said Mark Birnbaum, 57, a Mission neighbor who watched the whole thing. "She's a sweetheart." Aggravated Libyan officials were forced to cut away a section of the carpet that stretched across the E. 48th St. sidewalk from the curbs to the steps. Khadafy stirred up American anger in advance of his first U.S. trip by arm-twisting Scottish officials to win freedom for the Lockerbie bomber - and then giving the terrorist a hero's welcome in Libya. [NY Daily News] More
Monday, 21 September, 2009: Agents for Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi were met with a strong-arm from a real-estate broker they approached to rent a posh townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side for his visit to the city this week. The broker, with characteristic New York chutzpah, told them to take a hike back to the desert. "They kept asking, 'What would be the price? What would be the price?' I thought about it and said, 'Why don't you send Megrahi back to Scotland, and then maybe we can work something out.' They hung up on me immediately," said Jason Haber, a broker for Prudential Douglas Elliman. Haber was referring to convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who was released from prison in Scotland last month with terminal cancer and greeted with a hero's welcome in Tripoli that Qaddafi orchestrated. Uproar over the release has made it hard for Qaddafi to find a place to set up his Bedouin tent while in town for the U.N. General Assembly. [Fox News] More
Monday, 21 September, 2009: Libya’s civil service is undergoing a radical transformation, Much of this change is being driven from within, yet assisted by skills imported from the west. The Libyan government is keen to reform its public sector by improving efficiency and stamping out corruption. In 2007, the country’s National Economic Development Board asked for proposals to help modernise the civil service of about 800,000 staff by developing a two-stage leadership programme for selected upper and middle-management Libyans. It turned to the executive education arm of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Libya is keen to modernise its public sector and increase its international profile Francis Terry, professor of public management and co-director of the course, says: “They are seeking agents of change and gave us a clear brief as to what they wanted: innovation, leadership and learning from best international practice.” [FT] More
Monday, 21 September, 2009: Muslim leaders yesterday jumped to the defence of Prince Kassim Nakibinge Kakungulu, said to have received money from the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, to dent President Museveni’s authority. Speaking at his residence in Kibuli, Prince Nakibinge, the titular head of Muslims, said there was a conspiracy to tarnish his name and rubbished intelligence leads that he could have picked the cash which Buganda Kingdom allegedly used to finance the recent deadly riots in Kampala and neighbouring towns. “A government-owned newspaper claimed that I travelled to Libya to get money which was used to cause chaos. I have the evidence to show it was a nullity. I have evidence to the contrary,” Prince Nakibinge told Muslims at Idd el-fitr celebrations to mark the end of Ramadhan. He added: “People sit down and concoct stories. I have been slow to come up with a statement because even those who have been quoted in the story have not come up with a statement. This mistake was not created by the press, but it was a deliberate move by security agencies.” [Monitor] More

أتقدم إلى كافة الأخوة الليبيين والأخوات الليبيات بأجمل التهاني وأطيب التمنيات بمناسبة عيد الفطرالمبارك أعاده الله علينا جميعاً بالخير والسعادة.  ابراهيم سعيد اغنيوه


تهاني العيد

جمعية الجالية الليبية ـ مانشستر : دعوة لحضور حفلة العيد

نادي الباروني : إختتام المسابقة القرآنية الرمضانية الأولى

ابراهيم عمّيش : نشأة التيارات والأحزاب السياسية فى ليبيا (9)

محمد بن غلبون : وماذا بعد الأربعين إلا التوريث؟

المحمودي : خواطر في ظلال العيد

الحاج شعيب : هدرزه مع الحاجة

Sunday, 20 September, 2009: LONDON -- Verenex Energy Inc. said it has reached a tentative agreement to sell itself to the Libyan government for about $316 million, or about 30% less than originally envisaged, setting up a possible battle with the Canadian company's shareholders. After months of delay, Verenex said the Libyan Investment Authority, the country's sovereign wealth fund, will buy all its outstanding stock for C$7.09 a share, subject to shareholder approval. The offer is significantly lower than the C$10 a share (US$9.28) that Libya's National Oil Co. said in March it would pay for Calgary-based Verenex, whose operations are focused in the North Africa country. Verenex shares closed Friday up about 1% at C$6.60 on the Toronto Stock Exchange. While the size of the Verenex deal is small by oil-industry standards, the takeover battle for the company has been a much bigger test case for how Libya, with the world's eight-biggest proven crude reserves, honors contracts with foreign companies. The investment authority's proposed offer, which Verenex said its board has approved, underlines the hard bargain the Libyan government forced on the company... [WSJ] More
Sunday, 20 September, 2009: Scotland's chief prosecutor has denounced convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi for posting the first of hundreds of documents onto his Web site. Megrahi - who is terminally ill with cancer - says the documents will prove his innocence in the 1988 attack that killed 270 people. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only man convicted of bombing Pan-Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, posted the 353-pages of legal arguments on the Internet Friday. The documents come from an appeal against his 2001 conviction, which was dropped just before he was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds last month. He is dying of prostate cancer. One of his Scottish lawyers, Tony Kelly, says this first batch of documents is what would have been submitted if an appeal had gone forward. They relate to the identification process and other evidence the prosecution had used to link Megrahi to the bombing... [VOA] More
Sunday, 20 September, 2009: TRIPOLI, Libya (FinalCall.com) - It would take a large book to chronicle where Libya has been in the last 40 years since the September 1, 1969 revolution and another book on the last 10 years on how billions of petro dollars have been spent to keep the African Union working towards a United States of Africa. It all started after the African Nations (most of them) decided in a meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, that if the UN did not lift sanctions on Libya (which included a international no-fly zone), they would fly their planes to Libya in violation of the sanctions and to protest what they perceived as unjust sanctions against a Nation and its people. The Nation of Libya has helped the African Nations in these modern times as no other European nation or America has helped Africa. Bro. Muammar Gadhafi, who had not attended a OAU meeting in years, decided to attend the July, 1999 OAU meeting in Algeria. One of his reasons for attending was word had circulated in international circles that Algeria was on the verge of becoming a failed state. [Final Call] More
Sunday, 20 September, 2009: Cairo - Libyans celebrated the first day of the Eid al-Fitr feast that marks the end of Ramadan on Saturday, at least a day earlier than most of the world's Muslims, Egypt's official MENA news agency reported. Based on the astronomical calculations of religious authorities in their countries, most of the rest of the world's 1 billion Muslims expect to celebrate the holiday on Sunday. Celebrations do not officially begin until religious authorities in each country spot the crescent moon on the evening of the 29th day of the Muslim lunar month of Ramadan. At dawn the following morning, observant Muslims traditionally pray together and return home for a morning meal, their first in a month. This year, Libya, for the second year running, also started Ramadan a day before most other predominantly Muslim countries. Religious authorities in Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Iran and Morocco have said their calculations indicate the holiday will begin on Monday, extending the month of fasting to 30 days. [M&C] More
Sunday, 20 September, 2009: What is the connection between the handing back to Libya of the alleged "Lockerbie bomber", Adelbasset Ali Al-Megrahi, and the possibility that in six years' time Britain's lights may not be going out after all? One reason, of course. that the British Government was pleased to see Megrahi back in Libya was that his pending appeal, now dropped, would have reopened the embarrassing tale of how he was politically framed for the Lockerbie bombing, as a diversion from the real story of how Pan Am 103 was blown up by Palestinian terrorists acting on behalf of the Iranian government, in revenge for the downing of an Iranian airliner by a US warship. Another reason, however, why the British Government has been so keen to make friends with Libya, going back to Tony Blair's visits to Gaddafi in 2004 and 2007, is its awareness that within six years we face an unprecedented energy crisis. For several years I have been warning that by 2015 we shall lose 40 per cent (20 gigawatts) of our generating capacity, through the closure of eight ageing nuclear power stations and nine coal and oil-fired plants under an EU pollution directive. [The Telegraph] More
Sunday, 20 September, 2009: UN, September 19 -- In a surreal press conference on September 18, the new Libyan president of the UN General Assembly Ali Abdussalam Treki veered from refusing to answer a question about his country's recent proposal to cut Switzerland into three parts because it is not on the Assembly's agenda to favoring the criminalization of homosexuality despite a General Assembly vote to the contrary only last year. Video here, from Minute 29:53. Inner City Press asked Treki, twice, about Libyan President Qaddafi's letter to the UN proposing the dismemberment of Switzerland, reportedly due to Qaddafi's son being arrested in the country for abusing domestic workers. Video here, from Minute 7:20. Treki answered that "I am not going to answer questions out of my capacity as chairman of the General Assembly's Sixth Forth session." Video here from 11:45. But when Treki was asked about the vote in the General Assembly last year urging the decriminalization of homosexuality, he was not as restrained or diplomatic. He said "that matter is very sensitive, very touchy. As a Muslim, I am not in favor of that... it is not accepted by the majority of countries." This last would seem to contradict the vote in the General Assembly last year. [Inner City Press] More
Sunday, 20 September, 2009: BRITAIN has been secretly training Libyan security officers in the methods used by terrorists to make bombs. At least 20 Libyan police officers have attended explosives training courses at a specialist counter-terrorism school in Wiltshire. They were taught how terrorists obtain, handle and use explosives and the electronic components of bomb-making, and how they construct improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The training was approved in advance by the Ministry of Defence and the Home Office. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the former Libyan security officer, was convicted of using an IED to bring down a Pan Am jumbo jet over Lockerbie in 1988, killing 270 people. He was released from a Scottish prison last month. Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, said the bomb training raised serious questions about the government’s motives. “It is time ministers came clean and we had a full explanation of what our relationship now is with Libya and the ways in which we are co-operating,” he said. It emerged yesterday that British police have been training their Libyan counterparts in leadership and forensic techniques. Members of the SAS have also also been training Libyan troops over the past six months. [Times Online] More
Sunday, 20 September, 2009: Life used to be so simple. Once, I knew that there were a couple of places in the UK where I was not welcome – Swindon, Weston-super-Mare, a Chinese restaurant in Burford. All these places got a little angry when I'd written something impolite about them. Apparently Weston-super-Mare even burnt an effigy of me, which was pretty special. Now, however, things have moved up a level. I was supposed to be going to Libya this week for a flying visit. It's a country that I've always wanted to go to. It ticks all my boxes – hardly any tourists, hot, elicits a little sucking of the teeth when you tell people that you're going there and, most importantly, has some of the most fabulous Roman ruins in the world. For years I've dreamt of going to Leptis Magna and everything was arranged until ... the Libyan embassy refused me a visa. I was persona non grata in Libya. I went back to check. Did they mean that I, personally, was persona non grata or just Brits in general after the recent Scottish fiasco? They confirmed that it was me personally. The reason given, according to my visa guy, was that they had Googled me and not been happy with stuff I'd written about Syria and the secret police there. I was flabbergasted. There can be nobody who loves Syria more than I do. It's one of my favourite countries in the world. But it's difficult not to write about the secret police when they assign a man to travel with you everywhere and constantly take photographs of everything you're doing. [The Independent] More
عبدالله بن عبدالله : "نادى الباروني" بين الحقيقة والخيال

جبهة التبو : رسالة إلى الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة     المؤتمر : رسالة إلى لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد

الحياة : "المراجعات" ضربة جديدة لـ "القاعدة"     أويا : مع الشاعر عبد المولى البغدادي     أويا : علي القبلاوي : 45 سنة لم يغادر الركح

عاشور الورفلي : رد على مذكرة الصعاليك

د. الهادي شلوف : الرئيس الأوغندي يتهم القذافي

ألفا : تحية اجلال ووفاء     لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : نداء : تبرّعوا

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه‮ : رحيل الفنان على القبلاوي

أ ف ب : المقرحي ينشر ملف استئنافه     اليوم السابع : القذافى يجدد دعوته لقيام الدولة الفاطمية     الشروق : دكتوراه للقذافى الابن

Abdelbaset Ali Al-Megrahi : My Story     Othman el-Barrani's Eid al-Fitr Moon Sighting Page

القدس العربي : ملامح مرحلة ما بعد الإستقلال     الجيران : مجلة امريكية ترشح "أبو يحيى الليبي" خليفة بن لادن!

Mohamed Eljahmi : Remarks at Englewood, NJ's 9/11 Memorial Services

صلاح الحدّاد : مستقبل ليبيا بين يدي الإخوان المسلمين (3)

حكيم : الكهل الشبق والدمية الخرساء (8)

Saturday, 19 September, 2009: Ian Paisley Junior has defended approving a secondment request for PSNI officers to train Libyan police. Earlier his DUP party colleague, Nigel Dodds, said whoever approved the move was "living on a different planet". During the Troubles, Libya supplied guns and explosives which the IRA used to kill police officers. Mr Paisley said if his colleague had been aware of the background he would not have made the comments and there were benefits to the UK from the move. "In an adult world you don't have to be a genius to work out why it would be useful to have a senior officer, who has got intelligence skills, to look at Libya and to examine that country and to look at the facts that surround that country and to bring that information back to us," he said. [BBC] More
Saturday, 19 September, 2009: The training programme, which was approved by Jacqui Smith when she was home secretary, began shortly after Tony Blair met the Libyan leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, in 2007. It has been described as an "insult to the memory of Yvonne Fletcher" and a "stab in the back" for officers. The disclosure came days after the Police Federation accused the Government of "selling its soul for trade deals" with Libya after allegedly agreeing that the gunman who shot Pc Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy 25 years ago would not be tried in Britain. It was understood that Pc Fletcher's own force, the Metropolitan Police, was among those thought to have sent officers to Libya, along with at least one officer from Northern Ireland, where dozens of civilians were killed by IRA bombs made with Libyan-supplied Semtex. [The Telegraph] More
Saturday, 19 September, 2009: LONDON -- Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the recently released Libyan agent convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, has released documents detailing arguments he would have used in an appeal to overturn his conviction. Mr. Al-Megrahi dropped his appeal last month, which removed one legal hurdle to him being transferred to a prison in his homeland. Days later, Scotland released Mr. Al-Megrahi, who is terminally ill with cancer, on compassionate grounds. On Friday, Mr. Al-Megrahi published a previously unreleased 298-page legal brief on a purpose-built Web site that lays out the grounds on which his attorneys believed the prosecution's case had been weak and that "no reasonable jury" could have reached the conclusion it did. The documents released Friday were part of an appeals court hearing that took place earlier this year, but hadn't previously been made public. Mr. Al-Megrahi was sentenced in 2001 to a minimum of 27 years in prison for his involvement in blowing up a New York-bound Pan Am airliner in December 1988. [WSJ] More
Saturday, 19 September, 2009: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi will make his debut at the United Nations General Assembly later this month, after many years in the diplomatic wilderness. Mr. Gadhafi is everywhere in Tripoli. It's something most Libyans seem used to. The Colonel has been celebrating 40 years of his revolution, in tribute ... after tribute .... to himself. There is the young army officer who seized power in a coup, and backed revolutionary and terrorist groups worldwide. There is Gadhafi the philosopher, author of the Islamo-socialist "Third Universal Theory." At the many concerts celebrating his time in power, there are references to his efforts to foster Arab Unity ...attempts that failed. And references to his call for a United Africa ..... And to the backing he has received by no less a moral authority than Nobel Laureate Nelson Mandela [VOA] More
ابن جبل نفوسة : ما هكذا يا د. إبراهيم تورد الإبل..!!

حركة التجمع الإسلامي : ليبيا : مذبحة بوسليم

فوزي عبدالحميد : المتناقضات في شخصية مهبول بكتابه!

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : من مشاهير الشعراء الشعبيين فى ليبيا (19)

فرج بوالعَـشّة : كبلنغ وهنده المُتخيلة..!!

التجمع الجمهوري : بيان بمناسبة الذكرى السابعة لتأسيس التجمّع

خالد الغول : أيها الشعب : غظهم بالعيد     طارق القزيري : فتاوى الاعتدال 

Friday, 18 September, 2009: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 15 (Xinhua) -- Veteran Libyan diplomat Ali Abdussalam Treki took office of president of the UN General Assembly (GA) on Tuesday as the 64th session opened here in the UN headquarters in New York. Treki, who has been Libya's Secretary (Minister) of African Union Affairs since 2004, was elected by acclamation on June 10 at a plenary meeting of the 192-member body. He replaced Miguel D'Escoto Brockmann, former Foreign Minister of Nicaragua, who left office on Monday. In his speech when chairing the first plenary meeting, Treki said during his one-year presidency, the General Assembly will continue to push forward the reform of the United Nations, in particular the reform of the Security Council. Anti-poverty, climate change, the global financial and economic crisis, non-proliferation and disarmament will also top the agenda of the 64th session of the General Assembly, he added. [Xinhua] More
Friday, 18 September, 2009: MANILA – Twenty one Filipino construction workers who complained of contract violations in their employment in Libya arrived in Manila Thursday afternoon. The overseas Filipino workers arrived on board Qatar Airlines flight QR 646 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1. The repatriation of the skilled workers was facilitated by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). OWWA Administrator Carmelita Dimzon said the workers’ plane fares were paid by OWWA and subject to reimbursement by their recruitment agency Aquagem International Manpower. OWWA is also providing airport assistance, temporary accommodation at the OWWA halfway house and travel fares when they finally proceed to their respective provinces. Edwin Besin and Zusimo Giducos, the group’s spokespersons said their employer, Cifex World Libyan and recruiter Aquagem International Manpower and Sharikat Al Saedi International Manpower Agency violated their contracts when they were made to work for more than 12 hours instead of 8 hours. [ABS-CBN] More
Friday, 18 September, 2009: UNITED NATIONS, Sep 17 (IPS) - Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, the newly-anointed president of the 192-member U.N. General Assembly, hails from a country with a mostly radical and far-reaching political agenda. Libya's unpredictable leader, Muammar el-Qaddafi, has campaigned for the creation of a United States of Africa and called for a veto-wielding permanent seat for the 53-member African Union (AU) in the Security Council. Addressing the General Assembly after he was formally inducted Tuesday as president of the U.N.'s highest policymaking body, Treki reiterated some of the political precepts of his leader who currently chairs the AU, one of the world's most influential bodies representing an entire continent. "Embargoes and blockades are fruitless," Treki said. "They exacerbate antagonism and rebellion, while undermining respect for the will of the international community. Their only effect is on the population." And in an implicit dig at Israel, he pronounced that "state terrorism is the harshest form of terrorism". [IPS] More
Friday, 18 September, 2009: Hell Week approaches, at least for New Yorkers. The United Nations General Assembly has begun, and city traffic already is seizing up like a drain clogged with minor dignitaries. By next week, when the orgy of posturing known as the General Debate begins, the really big names will be in town: Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, Hu Jintao, Hugo Chávez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Muammar Kaddafi, to cite a few. For an interminable three or four days, these statesmen, tyrants, and terrorists will grip and grin and gridlock Manhattan. But which is which? There are people in this world who would put any one of those names into any one of those categories. The one who fits all three without question, however, is Mr. Kaddafi. The Libyan is so bizarrely eccentric that one of my editors likes to call him the Michael Jackson of global politics. There's always some story connected to him about camels or tents, his nubile bodyguards, and his comic-opera costumes. In 1988 he even wore a single white glove to an Arab summit in Algiers. [Newsweek] More
Friday, 18 September, 2009: (ANSAmed) Twenty seven Algerians released from detention a few days ago in Libya were tortured during the imprisonment. The statement was made in Algiers by Farouk Ksentini, the president of the government's national commission on human rights. "Unfortunately, the 26 Algerians suffered acts of torture", Ksentini told the press. "These practices are not humane and we ask that they stop", he added. The group of Algerian prisoners were released after long negotiations with the Algerian authorities while "another 30 Algerians", according to Ksentini, "are still in prison in Libya." Most of the detainees are accused of theft and drug trafficking. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 18 September, 2009: ARCHBISHOP Desmond Tutu, the Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and former shadow Scottish secretary Sir Teddy Taylor have written to the United Nations calling for a public inquiry into the Lockerbie atrocity. The letter to the UN General Assembly has also been signed by Jim Swire, who lost his daughter Flora on the Pan Am flight, and Professor Robert Black, one of the architects of the Scottish court that convicted Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi of the bombing. Both Dr Swire and Prof Black believe Megrahi is innocent. The letter, which has 19 names, sets out the areas that the investigation should cover, from the destruction of the plane to the trail at Kamp van Zeist. The letter states: "In light of the abandonment of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi's second appeal against conviction for the bombing of Pan American flight 103 over Lockerbie with the loss of 270 people we, the undersigned, hereby formally submit that the General Assembly of the United Nations Organisation institute a full public inquiry. [The Scotsman] More
تعازي إلى آل الذيب الشيخي     تعازي إلى آل القبلاوي   

نادي الباروني : مأدبة إفطار برعاية النادي     فوز فريق النادي في أول مباريات الدوري

ناجي الفيتوري : وقـّعوا     المؤتمر : رسالة إلى منظمة العفو     الأنقاذ : القذافي ينكأ جراحنا

الذكرى الثامنة والسبعون لاستشهاد شيخ الشهداء عمر المختار

بانوراما ليبيا : احتجاج بعض الشخصيات الليبية على مذكرة حملت توقيعاتهم زوراً

أنصار الدستور : مشروع مقدم إلى مجلس مدينة نيويورك     منصف البورى : تحية عز وفخر

اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة : بيان حول تعيين قاضي     فتحي العريبي : رمضان في بنغازي (4)

Thursday, 17 September, 2009: The Police Federation, which represents 140,000 officers, said it was “shocked, appalled and disgusted” that the Government agreed to the Libyan demands. The policewoman was shot as she patrolled a demonstration outside the Libyan embassy in 1984 but no-one has ever been charged with her murder. Ministers have now been accused of agreeing a secret deal with Libya which means that suspects will not be tried in this country. Paul McKeever, the chairman of the Police Federation, yesterday wrote to the Prime Minister complaining over the deal – agreed with the Libyans three years ago. “This is an absolute disgrace,” he wrote. “Pc Fletcher was gunned down in cold blood 25 years ago by a cowardly and callous killer who managed to flee to Libya. “Now we discover your government rolled over three years ago, abandoning any attempt to bring Yvonne's killer to face the UK courts and justice. [The Telegraph] More
Thursday, 17 September, 2009: The son of the Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has called for greater democracy in global governance, writing in his doctoral dissertation. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said the current system of global governance was "highly undemocratic". He hit out at undemocratic states whose governments were "authoritarian, abusive and unrepresentative". His father Muammar Gaddafi came to power in a coup in 1969 and has ruled Libya for 40 years. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 37, continues to play a prominent role within the Libyan political landscape. He reportedly helped negotiate the release by the Scottish government of the dying Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds. [BBC] More
Thursday, 17 September, 2009: Tensions between Switzerland and Libya over two Swiss businessmen detained in Tripoli have been further fuelled by Swiss efforts to restore peace in Chad. Diplomats in Bern have been trying for months to promote peace in the central African country, much to the irritation of Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi, who is against any interference in a region he considers his domain. Several opponents of Chad President Idriss Deby met in Geneva last week at the invitation of Switzerland. One of them agreed to speak to swissinfo.ch on condition of anonymity. "We are willing to speak to the Swiss. But we have not yet given our opinion on the possibility of opening negotiations with the regime in N'Djamena. [Swiss Info] More
قدس برس : حقوقي ليبي : الأمن الداخلي يضغط على أسر ضحايا أبو سليم     العربية : سيف الإسلام والمعتصم بالله.. صراع الاخوة

موسى عبدالكريم : جرائم القذافي     الأنقاذ : أرقام خرافية لتعويض إفريقيا

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : مذكرة إلى الدورة الرابعة والستين للجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة

التضامن لحقوق الأنسان : المطالبة بنشر أسماء ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم

محمد بن احميدة : ملك ملوك الفلكلور

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه‮ : الصرصور في الزنزانة

عيسى عبدالقيوم : نريدها دون كراهية أو إكراه

Wednesday, 16 September, 2009: A memorandum of understanding between Britain and Libya was agreed by Alan Johnson, the then Health Secretary last year. Discussions over the deal are ongoing but it is expected to lead to Libyan doctors being sent to Britain for specialist training in the coming months. Andy Burnham, the new Health Secretary, held talks over the programme in Tripoli in June. Ministers are accused of offering special treatment to Muammar Gaddafi to secure lucrative oil deals. Earlier this week it emerged that Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, had agreed another deal which means that the murderer of PC Yvonne Fletcher will not be tried in Britain. Although no suspect has yet been identified, the Police Federation have complained about the decision. Yesterday, Sir Paul Stephenson, the head of the Metropolitan Police, insisted that his officers were continuing to investigate the murder of PC Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy in 1984. [The Telegraph] More
Wednesday, 16 September, 2009: Veteran Libyan diplomat Ali Treki took the helm of the U.N. General Assembly, calling for stepped up efforts to achieve Mideast peace, close the widening gap between rich and poor, and eliminate nuclear weapons. In his address Tuesday to the opening of the assembly's 64th session, the former foreign minister and U.N. ambassador also called on all 192 member states to take part in the search for solutions to the global economic crisis, to address the roots of terrorism and keep working to reform the United Nations. "We must put an end to wars and to their causes and consequences," Treki said. "Dialogue and mutual understanding are the way to resolve our problems. Embargoes and blockades are fruitless: they exacerbate antagonism and rebellion, while undermining respect for the international community." The year-long presidency of the General Assembly rotates by region and Treki, who is currently Libya's minister of African Union affairs, was elected in June. He said the current session, which ends in September 2010, will focus on efforts to achieve U.N. development goals, including cutting extreme poverty by half and ensuring universal primary education by 2015, on achieving peace and security, and on promoting a dialogue among civilizations. [AP] More
Wednesday, 16 September, 2009: ALGIERS, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of Libya's state oil company NOC, is no longer in the post, a senior source in the Libyan parliament said. Asked about media reports that Ghanem had resigned, the source in the General People's Congress, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: "He is gone." Ghanem's departure is likely to be viewed as a setback by foreign oil majors, including BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and ExxonMobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) which have invested millions of dollars in Libya and regarded the reform-minded Ghanem as a reliable partner. Ghanem could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday, and the NOC has made no official statement about his departure from the post. The only official reference to a change in management at NOC was a statement on the company's internet site about a Sept. 9 meeting with a visiting German delegation which referred to Azzam al Messallati as the acting chairman. [Reuters] More
الطاهر محمد : مقابلة د. ادريس بوفايد مع جريدة "لو كورييه" السويسرية

عبدالله السعداوي : ظل الوالي

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : نداء استغاثة من قبائل التبو في ليبيا

د. علي محمد الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (11)

Tuesday, 15 September, 2009: VIENNA -- Wienerberger AG, the world's largest brick manufacturer, said Monday it has signed an agreement with Libya's state investment authority that will let the North African fund acquire up to 10 percent of its shares. Wienerberger said the move was part of a capital increase aimed at raising at least euro335.8 million ($489.5 million) by issuing nearly 33.6 million new shares. It said the Libyan Investment Authority has agreed not to acquire more than 15 percent of the Vienna-based company without the consent of Wienerberger's board. "LIA is a long-term investor and holds interests in a variety of international industrial enterprises," Wienerberger said in a statement. Wienerberger CEO Heimo Scheuch said the capital increase is intended to help the company "regain financial flexibility" and better position itself for an anticipated recovery in the still-slumping European and U.S. housing and construction markets. [Forbes] More
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009: A deal was struck with Libya three years ago ensuring any suspects accused of killing Pc Yvonne Fletcher would be tried in Libya, it has emerged. The agreement that if there is a trial, it will not take place in Britain, has been confirmed by the Foreign Office. The Police Federation criticised the deal, but Pc Fletcher's family says it has been informed and consulted. The 25-year-old was shot dead in 1984 by a gunman believed to be inside Libya's embassy in London. No suspect has ever been identified. Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation, said he was "shocked, appalled and disgusted" that the UK agreed to the arrangement. The chairman, who represents 140,000 officers in England and Wales, added that the timing of the deal suggested the UK government was prepared to "sell its soul" for trade deals. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009: A motion calling for compensation from Libya for IRA victims has been backed by all parties, except Sinn Fein. The motion, tabled by DUP MLAs Jeffrey Donaldson and Nigel Dodds, was debated in the Assembly on Monday. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said he supported the right to seek compensation, but said this motion was unfair and partisan. Mr Donaldson denied that. He said it was an attempt to get behind victims, both Catholic and Protestant. The motion called on the UK government to put pressure on Libya to award compensation. It is understood the legal team engaged in the campaign for compensation from Libya for IRA victims have taken hundreds of enquiries. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009: LONDON -- Libya seems intent to prove that it is not about to go down the route well-worn by Moscow of creating mayhem for its foreign energy partners. A $10 billion investment program to upgrade and raise production at its "technically, financially and economically proven productive" oil fields, will only involve foreign companies who are already active in Libya, the country's Jana news agency said over the weekend. This seems to go back on the government's previous stance that the heads of energy joint ventures should only be Libyan firms. "It’s a way of soothing investors who may have been concerned that operational control could be eroded," says Samuel Ciszuk, energy analyst at IHS Global Insight in London, "and political pressures." In the past few weeks a number of political developments have put Libya in the spotlight: there was the controversial welcome-home of cancer-stricken Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, souring relations with Britain and the United States. [Forbes] More
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009: ALGIERS, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Libya's NOC state oil firm has named Azzam al Messallati as the company's acting chairman, apparently confirming media reports veteran chairman Shokri Ghanem had left the post. Ghanem's departure is likely to be viewed as a setback by foreign oil majors, including BP (BP.L: Quote, Profile, Research) and ExxonMobil (XOM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) which have invested millions of dollars in Libya and regarded the reform-minded Ghanem as a reliable partner. The company made no direct announcement about Ghanem leaving his job, but in a statement on its Internet site about a Sept. 9 meeting with a delegation from Germany utility RWE (RWEG.DE: Quote, Profile, Research), it referred to al Messallati as NOC's acting chairman. Until now, al Messallatti's official title had been member of the NOC administrative board but he was also Ghanem's de facto number two in the company. In the statement posted on its Internet site about the Sept. 9 meeting, NOC said only that "Libya's National Oil Corporation acting chairman Azzam al Messallati met German energy group RWE's deputy chairman." [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 15 September, 2009: Tensions have eased between Morocco and Libya after a diplomatic incident prompted Morocco's withdrawal from Libya's recent 40th anniversary celebrations. The Moroccan delegation was surprised by the presence of Polisario Front leader Mohamed Abdelaziz among the assembled dignitaries at the First of September Revolution ceremonies. Prime Minister Abbas El Fassi departed immediately after the discovery on September 1st, accompanied by other political leaders and a Royal Armed Forces brigade that had attended to participate in a military parade. Libya responded publicly, stressing that what took place was an oversight of protocol. According to a memorandum issued September 5th by the People's Committee for Foreign Liaison and International Co-operation, "Mohammed Abdelaziz was present in the country to take part in the African Union summit, held in Tripoli on August 31st, 2009, concerning the resolution of disputes, as the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic is a member of the AU... [But the] SADR was not invited to the celebrations." [Magharebia] More
معمر سليمان : شذى الأزهار.. ومستهل الأنوار

حكيم : الكهل الشبق والدمية الخرساء (7)

سالم بن عمار : جريمة التدهور الصحي في بلادنا

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : رسالة إلى فهمي هويدي

المحمودي : حوار بين (أمارير) و (جورج) (4)

ابراهيم عمّيش : نشأة التيارات والأحزاب السياسية فى ليبيا (8)

يونس الهمالي بنينه : لا تراجع إلاّ إلى البحر

علي زيو : مظاهرة نيويورك.. وعشاق العدالة

د. مصطفى عبدالله : وقفة مع النفس     د. مصطفى الزائدي : عيد وأعياد

رفيق : حجر يدمّرون و حجر يرمّمون

Monday, 14 September, 2009: Britain's Foreign Office took the unusual step Sunday of denying a newspaper report that diplomats had reached a secret agreement with Libya that would prevent the killer of a British policewoman from being tried in Britain. A spokesman who asked not to be identified because of departmental policy said there was no truth to The Sunday Times' claim that a secret deal reached three years ago meant the killer of policewoman Yvonne Fletcher would never face trial in Britain. The issue is sensitive because the British government's dealings with Libya have been under intense scrutiny since the release last month of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, who is terminally ill with cancer. Policewoman Fletcher was shot dead outside the Libyan embassy in London 25 years ago. The newspaper said her family had not been told of the secret agreement. The foreign office said the letters between British and Libyan diplomats cited by the newspaper simply establish that under Libyan law there was, at the time, no provision that would allow a Libyan to be extradited to face trial in other countries. That means a trial inside Libya would be the only option. [AP] More
Monday, 14 September, 2009: Twenty Nigerians on death row in Libya may not be executed after all – if the country’s leader, Muamar Ghadafi, heeds an order by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR) to suspend their execution. It is yet uncertain if Ghadafi, who is also the chairman of the African Union (AU), would obey the order, which was based on the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights. The ACHPR, based in Banjul, The Gambia, is an organ of the AU charged with overseeing member-countries compliance with their legal obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Recently, the Chairperson of House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, alerted Nigerians on the plight of Nigerians on death row in Libya. Subsequently, a petition was filed by a Nigerian-based NGO, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), through its solicitor Mr Femi Falana to ACHPR seeking to stop their execution. [This Day Online] More
Monday, 14 September, 2009: THE bombing of the Pan Am jumbo over Lockerbie 20 years ago remains the biggest crime handled by British police. Ironically, the case was investigated by its smallest force, the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary. All 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 residents of Lockerbie were killed when Semtex supplied by Libya's Colonel Muammar Gaddafi exploded in a Samsonite suitcase planted there on an earlier leg of the flight. I didn't know anyone on board, but one of the victims, Paul Jeffreys, had performed with friends of mine. Newly married, Jeffreys was off to New York on his honeymoon. You'll have heard Jeffreys' music; that's him playing bass on the 1975 Cockney Rebel hit Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile). There were another 269 stories as tragic as his that night. [Herald Sun] More
Monday, 14 September, 2009: TRIPOLI - Tinbit Belachew never meant to end up in Libya. Jobless for years, he played pool and read police thrillers in his hometown of Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, before his father’s death last year jolted him into illegal migration. With US$800 (Dh2,900) in his pocket to pay smugglers, Mr Belachew, 32, set out for Italy in an overloaded lorry rumbling across the Sahara. Fate brought him instead to Libya – a state once shunned by the West – that is a magnet for migrants and is now struggling to change as part of cultivating ties with Europe. For three decades after seizing power in 1969, Muammer Qadafi, the Libyan leader, supported a wide array of militant groups, behaviour that resulted in the United Sates and UK cutting relations and sanctions being piled on the country. [The National] More
Monday, 14 September, 2009: THE government has been accused of "misleading" the family of murdered policewoman Yvonne Fletcher over whether her killer could face justice in Britain. The Foreign Office has apparently conceded that any trial for the shooting – which took place outside the Libyan embassy in London 25 years ago – will take place in Libya. It was reported that the agreement was struck three years ago, when dealADVERTISEMENTs worth hundreds of millions of pounds were being negotiated with Tripoli. Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Libya, said ministers had never disclosed the deal. "I think they deliberately misled us," he said. "I find it extraordinary that the Foreign Office have tried to mislead myself and the Fletcher family." Queenie Fletcher, Yvonne's mother, said she had not been informed of a deal. But Yvonne's sister Heather reportedly insisted the family had known that any trial would probably happen in Libya. [Scotsman] More
Monday, 14 September, 2009: (UMCI News Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The Libyan General Posts and Telecommunications Company (GPTC) on Thursday signed four contracts in the field of telecommunications, official sources told PANA in Tripoli. The agreements were signed in Tripoli in the presence of the GPTC Secretary, Dr Mohamed Mouamamr Kadhafi and the Secretary of the Libyan General People's Committee for education and scientific research, Abdelkebir Fakhri. The first contract signed with Chinese Huawei and ZTE communication is for the execution of a project for the extension of fixed wireless telephony of a capacity of 800,000 lines in Libya. Using the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, which offers multiple access, the wireless telephony project offers telephone calls services (Voice calls), fax, voice messages (VMS), Medium speed Internet of 70 kbps, prepaid services and the automatic prog ramming of subscribers. [TMCNet]
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تعازي إلى آل السفاقسي     تعازي إلى آل الغدامسي  

الساطور : هانيبال

الشبكة العربية لمعلومات حقوق الإنسان : ليبيا : 40 عام تحت سيطرة العقيد

نادي الباروني : إستعدادات النادي للموسم الرياضي (2010/2009)

نصر سعيد عقوب : قراءة في فكر الشيخين الصلابي وبلحاج "المراجعات الليبية"

BBC : The Potential Impact Of The Lockerbie Bomber's Release On Trade

اميس انتمورا : اخلاقيات الحوار

عاطف الأطرش : افتتاح مركز بنغازي التجاري‮‮

سليم الرقعي : المراجعات يجب أن تكون لصالح الأمة لا لصالح السلطة!؟

ك. ك. : فيلم هندي في جامعة 7 أكتوبر     محمد بن احميدة : الرد الثاني على سجين سابق

أحمد القبائلي : يا قاتل الروح وين تروح؟     محمد بوقعيقيص : هل أتممت متطلبات السفر والاقامة؟        

فرج بوالعَـشّة : كامو الغريب وجزائره الفرنسية..!!

Sunday, 13 September, 2009: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The health of the terminally ill Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has deteriorated markedly in the past day, his brother and doctors said on Saturday. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland and allowed to return home last month on the grounds that he has prostate cancer and does not have long to live. The United States, and opposition parties in Britain, criticized the decision to release the man who was sentenced to life in prison in 2001 for his part in blowing up Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in December 1988, killing 270 people. "He is at a special ward at Tripoli Medical Center. His condition has deteriorated rapidly since yesterday. He is unable to speak to anyone," his brother Abdenasser Megrahi told Reuters inside the center. [Reuters] More
Sunday, 13 September, 2009: THE murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan embassy in London was one of the most shocking police killings of the past 25 years. Fletcher, 25 and engaged to be married, was gunned down in broad daylight as she helped to police a peaceful protest of Libyan exiles outside the embassy in St James’s Square, London, in 1984. As she lay dying from a stomach wound, the gunman continued firing his machinegun from one of the embassy’s upstairs windows, injuring a further 10 demonstrators and police. Fletcher died soon afterwards at Westminster hospital. Her fiancé, another police officer who was at the demonstration, was by her side. For millions the image of her policewoman’s hat, left lying in the road during the subsequent 11-day police siege, was a poignant reminder of the brutality of the regime of Muammar Gadaffi, the Libyan president. There was further outrage when Margaret Thatcher bowed to Gadaffi’s threats to staff at the British embassy in Tripoli and allowed the 30 Libyan diplomats from the embassy in London to fly home. [Times Online] More
Sunday, 13 September, 2009: LONDON (Dow Jones)--BP PLC (BP) said Friday it told the U.K. government in late 2007 it was concerned that a delay in concluding a prisoner transfer agreement with the Libyan government might hurt a big oil deal it had just signed with the North African state. The U.K. oil company's contact with the government on the matter casts further doubt over the U.K. government's claims that the recent release of convicted Lockerbie bomber, Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, was unrelated to U.K. oil or trade interests in Libya. The revelation also renews questions about BP's sway with the U.K.'s governing Labour Party that dates back to former prime minister Tony Blair, who stepped down in June 2007. Critics have sometimes dubbed the company "Blair Petroleum" due to a relationship involving officials who have worked for both the Labour Party and BP at different times. Al-Megrahi, the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing of a Pan-Am flight that killed 270 people, was released from prison in August by the Scottish government. [WSJ] More
Sunday, 13 September, 2009: As news about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hotel choice during the United Nations General Assembly continues to stir up controversy in the Big Apple, the Newark Star-Ledger this morning reports that now Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi planning to stay in a Manhattan hotel as well. Gadhafi's pick? The swanky Pierre Hotel, which faces Central Park and recently reopened after a two-year, $100 million renovation, according to the Star-Ledger, citing NYPD sources. The U.N. meeting starts Tuesday, although Gadhafi isn't expected in New York until next week. (Gadhafi, however, probably be there long enough to dine at Le Caprice, the restaurant based on London's legendary Le Caprice expected to open next month). As luxurious as the revamped hotel must be, the Pierre wasn't Gadhafi's first choice. [USA Today] More
Sunday, 13 September, 2009: The demand for compensation from the Libyan government for victims of IRA actions, in which it is claimed Libyan armaments were used, and the British government’s role in this are the cause of some controversy in Belfast. Interestingly, little of this controversy has focused on the inappropriateness of any British government making or supporting such a demand of any other government, given Downing Street’s war crimes in Ireland. I would certainly support compensation for all victims. This has to include the victims of British state violence and collusion. On Monday morning I spoke to Downing Street and to the British Secretary of State Shaun Woodward about this. I told them there could be no hierarchy of victims, that all victims deserve compensation and that Mr Brown’s position is totally inconsistent. No-one should be surprised by the hypocritical stance of successive British governments on this issue. [Belfast Media] More
Sunday, 13 September, 2009: An architect who grew up near Lockerbie and now works in Tripoli has called on his fellow Scots to put the tragedy behind them and invest in Libya. Gary Wright, the director of North Africa for Edinburgh-based architecture practice RMJM, said the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi had enabled Libyans to move on and focus on the future. He highlighted the wealth of opportunities for Scots firms willing to invest in the region. Wright was 17 when Pan Am flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bomb and crashed into the Dumfriesshire town killing 270 people. He said that Libya’s high level of public expenditure meant it could be a lucrative market for Scottish companies. Business leaders have backed Wright’s claims, saying that Scotland’s strength in the oil services sector — which makes up around 85% of Libya’s industry — means it is well placed to cash in on opportunities in the region. While many are reticent about publicly greeting the release of the convicted bomber as a boost for companies working in the region, some business chiefs have privately acknowledged that political goodwill towards Scotland may be “no bad thing” for Scots companies. [Times Online] More
د. علي محمد الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (10)

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : بيان صحفي حول مطالبة المجلس الإسلامي الشيعي..

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : حكومة بلا صحافة وصحافة بلا حكومة

حكيم : الكهل الشبق والدمية الخرساء (6)

المحمودي : فصل الخطاب في بيان ما بيني وبين المرتد (حكيم) من الخلاف (2)

ليلى الهوني : واحد + واحد = اثنان     فتحي العريبي : رمضان في بنغازي (3)

سالم بن عمار : ردود على بعض الأخوة وبعض المتحاملين     LLHR : Letter To Prime Minister Brown

محمد مليطان : دراسة علمية حديثة مثيرة للجدل

Saturday, 12 September, 2009: (Bloomberg) - Libya formed a “very small part” of a phone call between Gordon Brown and Barack Obama yesterday, a spokesman for the U.K. prime minister said, when asked about differences in the British and U.S. accounts of the conversation. Brown first raised the subject of Libya during the call, the first between the two leaders since Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was freed by the Scottish government three weeks ago, Simon Lewis told reporters in London. Opposition parties accused Brown of offering an expurgated account of the exchange after his office released a statement that only mentioned Afghanistan and the economy. In a statement released soon afterwards, the U.S. government said Obama told Brown of his “disappointment” over the release of al-Megrahi. “The call was a long and productive one; a very small part of it was about the disappointment expressed by the president,” Lewis said. [Bloomberg] More
Saturday, 12 September, 2009: For the past six months Britain’s elite troops have been schooling soldiers working for Col Muammar Gaddafi’s regime, which for years provided Republican terrorists with the Semtex explosive, machine-guns and anti-aircraft missiles used against British troops during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Sources within the SAS have expressed distaste at the agreement, which they believe could be connected to the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Britain’s relationship with Libya has been under the spotlight since Abdelbaset al Megrahi was freed from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds last month after being diagnosed as suffering from terminal prostate cancer and given three months to live. Gordon Brown has faced claims that his Government helped engineer Megrahi’s release. [The Telegraph] More
Saturday, 12 September, 2009: The vast ballroom at the Dorchester - one of Europe's most exclusive hotels - was filled with London's oil aristocracy, sipping fruit juice from the dry bar. It was a lavish affair. A mountain of fruit covered a huge table, while the queue for the buffet - an Arabic feast - snaked across the room. We were there at the invitation of the Libyan People's Bureau to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Colonel Gaddafi's military coup. The occasion also symbolised the thriving trade relationship between Britain and the former pariah state, which renounced its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in 2003 and accepted "the hand of friendship" from then Prime Minister Tony Blair, in a summit hosted by the Libyan leader in a tent in the desert just outside Tripoli a year later. [BBC] More
Saturday, 12 September, 2009: East Worthing and Shoreham MP, Tim Loughton, is asking local people who lost relatives in North Africa during the Second World War if they would like him to check on their graves at Tobruk when he visits Libya on a forthcoming parliamentary trip. Later this month East Worthing and Shoreham MP, Tim Loughton, will be part of a cross-party parliamentary delegation visiting Libya. Organised by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the delegation will meet various political and business leaders to promote better relations between Libya and the British parliamentarians at this sensitive time. In addition, Tim and his colleagues will be visiting the war cemetery at Tobruk which was the scene of fierce fighting during the Second World War where they will lay a wreath and be part of a commemoration cemetery. [Politics] More
الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : بيان حول تعيين "قاض" للتحقيق في مجزرة سجن بوسليم

سوّاح : القذافي.. حليمه وكناينها العشره

معمر سليمان : ملك ملوك درب التبانة.. أمارير     عبدالله الشبلي : من حكايا التيار الإسلامى (11)

ناجي الفيتوري : ورقة خاسرة     صالح البرعصي : عذرا موظفي جليانة             

Friday, 11 September, 2009: (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. State Department official visited Libya yesterday to discuss relations strained by the homecoming given to the convicted Lockerbie bomber released by Scotland. Jeffrey Feltman, the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, is the most senior Obama administration official to visit Tripoli since Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi was freed last month from a Scottish prison and returned to Libya, sparking a protest by U.S. officials and families of the victims in the Lockerbie bombing. Feltman discussed a “wide range” of issues with Libyan officials, including “the role that the Libyan government can play to promote peace and stability in the region,” State Department spokesman Edgar Vasquez said. Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi is due to visit New York in two weeks to address the United Nations General Assembly for the first time. Libya has hosted talks among rebel groups from Sudan’s Darfur region, and Qaddafi is chairman of the African Union. The country also is a current member of the UN Security Council. [Bloomberg] More
Friday, 11 September, 2009: Yesterday we reported on a Libya reception at the Willard Hotel Wednesday, and wondered who from the U.S. government might dare show up in the wake of the Al-Megrahi controversy. POLITICO's Ken Vogel poked around, and discovered that not everybody in the U.S. government wants to pile on Libya. Here's his report: Not for Rep. Solomon Ortiz (D-Texas) the Libya-bashing that followed Scotland’s release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the terrorist convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, and the hero’s welcome he received when he returned to Libya. Ortiz has a track record with the North African nation. He was among four members of Congress who traveled to Libya in 2004 before the U.S. restored diplomatic relations with the north African nation for the first time since 1972. And on Wednesday, he wrote Libyan Ambassador Ali Suleiman Aujali that “restoring diplomatic ties after such a prolonged period of animosity is not an easy process. [Politico] More
Friday, 11 September, 2009: MPs are to question Justice Secretary Jack Straw about the controversial release of the Lockerbie bomber. The Commons Justice Committee said Mr Straw had "questions to answer" over discussions between the UK and Libya over the case of Abdelbaset Al Megrahi. The decision to release Megrahi was taken by the Scottish government and No 10 insists it did not intervene at all. But opposition parties have called for an inquiry to determine whether the UK had any influence on the decision. 'Changed mind' : When Mr Straw appears before the Committee next month, MPs are likely to focus on why the justice secretary changed his mind over whether Megrahi should be included in a prisoner transfer agreement. [BBC] More
Friday, 11 September, 2009: Outraged Irish Americans have hit back at claims that they should be made pay compensation to IRA victims. A senior minister in the Libyan Government has said that Irish Americans should be brought to court for sending money to the IRA. European affairs minister Abdulati Alobidi said that any action against Libya by the families of IRA victims should also include Irish Americans. "It's a pity Reagan didn't get Gadafy the first time," stormed New Yorker and second-generation Irish American Scott Hughes, 42. "What kind of leadership is there in Libya that they're looking to blame Irish Americans?" "The blame lies with themselves, they're the people who blew people out of the sky and went on the rampage killing people." Meanwhile, Alobidi said Libya would not make any settlement with the families of IRA victims. [Irish Central] More
Friday, 11 September, 2009: PRISTINA, Kosovo -- The leader of the New Kosovo Alliance party, Bexhet Pacolli, has met with Libyan leader Muammar al Gaddafi, in his continuing effort to lobby for international recognition of Kosovo's independence, local media reported Thursday (September 10th). In Tripoli, Pacolli, a powerful businessman, asked Gaddafi to consider establishing lines of co-operation between Kosovo and Libya. It may be a tough sell however, given the solid ties between Serbia and Libya, local media noted. Pacolli says his lobbying efforts have resulted in recognition by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the Maldives, the Dominican Republic and other countries. [SE Times] More
Friday, 11 September, 2009: RABAT, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Libya would invest 12.1 billion dinars ($9.92 billion) to develop 24 oilwells the government described as "technically, financially and economically proven productive fields", state news agency Jana said on Thursday. Only state-owned National Oil Corporation (NOC), its subsidiaries and current foreign partners would take part in the development oil scheme, Jana added, quoting an official statement issued after a cabinet meeting. "No new parties would be allowed to participate in that plan," said Jana, monitored in Rabat. The statement named what it called main oilfields among the 24 wells involved in the development programme as Waha-Jalou North field which would see its production capacity up by 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) and Nafoura-Oujlaa-Khleej field to add 130,000 bpd of output capacity. Development investment in both fields would cost 2.9 billion dinars, it added. [Reuters] More
منكم وإليكم : الخميس 10 سبتسمبر Letters : Thursday, 10 September, 2009

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : نبذة تاريخيّة عن إعداد دستور1951

محمد نور الدين : المعارضة الجادة.. والمعارضة الأخرى

الغد : الجماعة الاسلامية المقاتلة : الخروج على الحاكم حرام     جيل : مدخل إلى المقام الليبي

محمد بن احميدة : رد على تعليق "سجين سابق" بعنوان "عين زارة والحقيقة"

ح. ح. : أسئلة آمل من أصحابها التكرم مشكورين بالإجابة

أمارير : رسالة سريعة

القدس العربي : خالد مطاوع في عمله الشعري الجديد 'موريسكو'

سليم الرقعي : ماذا أنصح سيف الإسلام لو كنت إصلاحياً!؟

المؤتمر الليبي للامازيغية : كلمة إلى الشعب الليبي : الجزء الأول     الجزء الثاني

المؤتمر الليبي للامازيغية : كلمة إلى الشعب الليبي

Ghoma : The Marvels Of Forty Years In The Wilderness..?

Mohamed Eljahmi : How 'Compassionate' Libya Treats Its Prisoners...

Thursday, 10 September, 2009: The furore over the return of the convicted Lockerbie bomber to Libya has scuppered any chance of doing business in the country for several years, company bosses have warned. “It’s a grade-A ****-up,” the chief executive of a large UK manufacturer said. Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds by the Scottish Executive last month and the British Government has been dogged by questions over its role in the bomber’s release ever since. Jack Straw, the Justice Secretary, has acknowledged that his decision to lobby the Scottish Executive to return al-Megrahi to Libya was driven in part by the Government’s desire to open doors for British businesses in the country. However, the chief executives of leading British exporters have said that the “whiff of scandal” surrounding the al-Megrahi affair will make doing business in Libya difficult. The chief executive of a large UK company said: “Gordon Brown has really messed this up. I’ve spent two years working on a deal with the Libyans, but you can kiss that goodbye now. [Times Online] More
Thursday, 10 September, 2009: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A dying Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing and freed on compassionate grounds despite U.S. objections was met by African parliamentary deputies on Wednesday in an apparent public show of support. The United States and domestic critics expressed anger over the release by Scottish authorities of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi and what many saw as his hero's welcome in Tripoli. Scottish and British authorities have denied accusations they bowed to Libyan pressure for fear of losing commercial contracts. Megrahi, suffering prostate cancer, was released last month on the grounds that he has three months or less to live. Any public appearances are likely to stir further anger in Britain and the United States. Megrahi was moved on his wheelchair from his hospital bed room to a conference room at Tripoli Medical Centre where African parliament members greeted him, eyewitnesses said. [NY Times] More
Thursday, 10 September, 2009: TEHRAN – The Libyan ambassador to Tehran, Saad Mujber, held talks on Wednesday with Expediency Council Chairman Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani. The two sides discussed ties and problems facing the Islamic world particularly the Palestine issue. Rafsanjani said cooperation and adoption of a common approach between Iran and Libya can help ease the sufferings of the Palestinian people. He also called for unity among Muslim countries in the face of common enemies. Elsewhere in his talks, he pointed to the history of relations between Iran and Libya since the Islamic Revolution, saying, “It was highly appreciable that Libya sided with the Islamic Republic of Iran during Iraq’s imposed war (against Iran).” Rafsanjani, a former president, also said, “There are good opportunities for cooperation between Iran and Libya in Africa.” [Tehran Times] More
Thursday, 10 September, 2009: THERE can be few more odious ruling families in the world than the Gaddafis of Libya. The decision by the Scottish government to release on compassionate grounds one Abdulbaset al-Megrahi, the convicted terrorist who killed 270 innocent people in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, was shocking and has shocked people in Scotland, Britain, the US, which lost 170 dead that day, and around theworld. Al-Megrahi has terminal prostate cancer but is well enough to be writing his memoirs. The hero's welcome he received in Libya, not least from Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son and heir, Seif Gaddafi, was in every sense an obscenity. The Scottish government has suffered a severe drop in the polls as a result of its gross moral lapse. Its decision indicates a provincial government bereft of principles. The British government has been accused of complicity in the release, but there is no firm evidence to contradict its claim that it did not campaign for such an outcome. Our own former deputy prime minister, Tim Fischer, now ambassador to the Vatican, was incongruously sent by the Rudd government to Libya to attend the 40th anniversary celebrations of Gaddafi's rule. [The Australian] More
Thursday, 10 September, 2009: The fight for Libyan compensation for IRA victims will be taken to US President Barack Obama, campaigners vowed last night. Willie Frazer, from Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR), is leading a delegation to Washington to lobby powerful senators and congressmen for support. Since Gordon Brown was forced into agreeing to help the families of IRA victims by setting up a team to support families trying to negotiate with the Libyan government, American politicians have contacted FAIR to offer their support. It follows initial lobbying meetings two years ago but the trail went cold after the group was told it must bring the British Government on side first. Now Mr Frazer will head back to the States to enlist formal support and will attempt to push the case as far as the President. He told the Belfast Telegraph: “A number of senators and congressmen said we had to get our own government on board and then they would help. [Belfast Telegraph] More
ابراهيم قويدر : نحن أمة لا تحكمها حكومة

بوشعالة : رجال دين للإيجار.. سالم الشيخي نموذجا     نادي الباروني : دعوة إلى إفطار جماعي

الأجدابي : خصيمي قاضي..     عاطف الأطرش : موائد الرحمن في قلب بنغازي‮‮

صلاح الحدّاد : مستقبل ليبيا بين يدي الإخوان المسلمين (2)

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه‮ : كرامات كاتب من أهل الله

علي زيو : مظاهرة نيويورك أكبر فرصة لليبيين للتعبير عن مشاعرهم تجاه السلطة الظالمة

محمد بن احميدة : سجن عين زارة والقاضي الخضار وكذبة المئتين

Wednesday, 9 September, 2009: A senior Libyan diplomat has said there was "surprise" that the issue of compensation for victims of the IRA has been raised again. Libya provided arms and explosives to the IRA in the 1980s. Speaking on Al-Jazeera TV Abd al-Ati al-Ubaydi said the British government had been told some time ago that it "was not open for discussion." He said "domestic political pressures" on Gordon Brown had led to the compensation issue being raised again. Libya has paid compensation to US victims of Libya-backed terrorism. Last year Gordon Brown wrote to the UK victims' lawyer saying it would not be "appropriate" for the government to push Libya to compensate them. However, on Sunday he said a government unit was being set up to help them. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 9 September, 2009: CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — China's CNPC International Ltd. is pulling out of a $499 million Canadian ($462 million) deal to buy Verenex Energy Inc. The deal has been stymied for months by the apparent desire of Libya's state-owned oil company to snap up the Calgary-based explorer at a lower price. Verenex said Tuesday that it has been unable to get the necessary approval from Libyan authorities for the sale, which would have involved CNPC paying $10 Canadian ($9.26) per share to buy all of Verenex, and $47 million Canadian ($43 million) to Libya's National Oil Corp. Verenex has operations in Libya's Area-47, a region estimated to hold roughly 2.15 billion barrels in crude oil reserves. [AP] More
Wednesday, 9 September, 2009: VIENNA, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Libya's Shokri Ghanem is not expected to attend OPEC's meeting in Vienna because he has tendered his resignation as chairman of Libya's National Oil Corp, industry sources said on Tuesday. The reason for Ghanem's offer to resign was not clear. It followed a dispute between Libya and Canada's Verenex Energy Inc. (VNX.TO) over Verenex's proposed sale to China. Verenex said on Tuesday Libya refused to approve the deal. Talks between Libya, holder of Africa's largest oil reserves, and foreign oil companies over investment in its energy industry have been protracted. "I do not completely exclude the possibility that he won't be back," said an industry source. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 9 September, 2009: LONDON, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The British government approved exports of water cannons to Libya even though some feared the gear could be used to repress civilians, documents indicate. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's U.K. Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2008 says the government was warned that, in the wake of civilian deaths during riots in Benghazi, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi could use the water cannons as tools for internal repression, but the equipment sale was nonetheless approved, The Times of London reported. The sales were part of an $8.3 million shipment to Libya in 2007 that also included armored all-wheel-drive vehicles. The approvals also came as British oil company BP, with the help of the British government, was negotiating a lucrative oil deal with Libya, The Times noted. [UPI] More
تعازي إلى آل أبوشاقور     تعازي إلى آل التراغني

لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : مناشدة للمساهمة المادية     تدشين موقع اللجنة الاكتروني

الرابطة الليبية ـ الفيدرالية الدولية : بيان صحفى مشترك

حكيم : الكهل الشبق والدمية الخرساء (5)

د. فتحي الفاضلي : برقية تهنئة من يتامى الثورة

رفيق : أيها الاسلاميون الجبناء : لماذا لا تستشهدون وتذهبون أنتم أيضاً إلى الجنة التي وعدتم الشباب المسكين بها؟

Tuesday, 8 September, 2009: Links between the IRA and Libya can be traced back to 1972 when the country's leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi first praised the group as allies in a struggle against Western imperialism. Gaddafi later helped provide the IRA with the weaponry they needed to wage an armed campaign which lasted more than 30 years and claimed more than 1,000 lives. It is not known when the first arms shipments began, but the relationship became public knowledge in March 1973 when the Irish Navy boarded a ship called the Claudia, off the coast of County Waterford. They found five tonnes of weaponry supplied by the Libyan government. Veteran IRA man Joe Cahill was also on board. The IRA's relationship with Tripoli intensified in the 1980s, particularly after 1986 when American planes, stationed in the UK, took part in a bombing raid on Libya. [BBC] More
Tuesday, 8 September, 2009: Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, who recently released the Lockerbie bomber, has a brother who is a senior energy-industry executive and who has worked at firms that have pitched for oil business in Libya. The Scottish government, which has said that it made full disclosure of facts relevant to the decision, didn't disclose this relationship, and opposition politicians on Monday criticized this. Over the years, Allan MacAskill has worked for several companies that sought oil business in Libya. Allan MacAskill says he didn't work on any of his employers' Libyan oil proposals, and added that he has never discussed the Lockerbie case with his younger brother Kenny. Mr. MacAskill is business development director at a firm that develops offshore wind farms, SeaEnergy Renewables. Kenny MacAskill last month prompted an international uproar with his decision to release Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. [WSJ] More
Tuesday, 8 September, 2009: LONDON - Britain's government released a man from a house arrest program only weeks before it would have been forced to disclose intelligence to justify his detention, his lawyer said Monday. The 29-year-old man - a Libyan-British dual national identified only as A.F. - had been put under a "control order" program, which allows the government to tell terror suspects where they can live and when they can leave their homes, in June 2006. But he was never told exactly why, and sued to have the government disclose information critical to his right to a fair trial, according to his attorney Carl Richmond. "In the more than three years since the control order was imposed on A.F., the essence of the case against him has remained entirely undisclosed," Richmond said. "It has merely been said that there is a reasonable suspicion that he has engaged in some form of terrorism related activity." The man's release came as he prepared for a legal hearing at which Home Secretary Alan Johnson would have been forced to reveal the information the government used to justify his house arrest. [AP] More
Tuesday, 8 September, 2009: If you were dictator of a small oil-rich country whose military aspirations had been thwarted by a world superpower, you can still have your rockets and drive them too. Or at least, if you are Mumar Qaddafi , you can have a Libyan Rocket. Indeed, the Libyan government has engaged Tesco TS S.p.A., an Italian design and engineering firm, to bring the Leader's concepts to reality. "The dominant styling concept is the rocket shape resulting from the Leader’s futuristic vision," according to Dominico Morali, c.e.o. of Tesco TS. The future, according to the Leader, apparently involves cars with pointy front and rear ends and a rather heavy handed profile view. According to a press release from the company: "The Rocket was developed in eight months, and in just 4 months from styling choice, by the Turin based Italian company Tesco TS S.p.A. Tesco TS, in cooperation with the Libyan Investment & Development Company (LIDCO), received the task to design, develop and build two prototypes following the Leader’s guidelines. [Examiner] More
Tuesday, 8 September, 2009: (ANSAmed) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 7 - Saif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, told Sky TV that Tripoli opposes the compensation requested by the families of victims of Northern Ireland's pro-independence IRA, which Libya has supplied with weapons and explosives in the past, a request supported also by the government in London yesterday, adding that this is a "legal" issue. "They have their lawyers and we have our lawyers," said Gaddafìs son in an interview. When asked if the first response by Libya is a "no", Saif al-Islam said "certainly", specifying that "whoever knocks on our door can go to court". The statements by the son of the Libyan leader, according to the BBC, have resulted in moderate optimism among the families of the IRA victims, who said that it is a "positive sign of confrontation" referring to the appeals in court.(ANSAmed). [ANSAmed] More
Tuesday, 8 September, 2009: TRIPOLI - With three weeks left before he heads to New York for a UN summit, US officials are warning Libya’s flamboyant leader, Muammar Qadafi, not to try American patience. In the Libyan capital, Tripoli, sparkling with lights marking 40 years since Mr Qadafi toppled the country’s pro-western monarchy, many see his New York trip as evidence that the former diplomatic outcast is back on the world stage and mending ties with Washington. “Libyans are very enthusiastic about it,” said Mustafa Fetouri, a political analyst and professor of business management at Tripoli’s Academy of Graduate Studies. “They view it as a big victory for Qadafi, and for Libya.” “All Libyans are happy that Libya is opening to the world, especially to America,” said Emad Bensaleh, 27, a dentist, while sipping a fruit cocktail at a cafe in Ben Achour, an up-and-coming Tripoli neighbourhood. “Just the fact that Qadafi can give a speech in New York, you really see the countries drawing closer together.” On September 23, Mr Qadafi will address the UN General Assembly, presided over by Ali Abdessalam Treki, a Libyan diplomat. But with the United States holding the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council and with the US president, Barack Obama, chairing a summit on nuclear weapons sparks could fly. [The National] More
ابن المجاهد : إلى د. فرج نجم : بخصوص المجاهد محمد مصطفى بوحريكة

فوزي عبدالحميد : طلب العفو والمغفرة من الظالم (الشماته)!     محمد بعيو المصراتي : أولاد شارعنا (4)

أبو سليمان إبراهيم : المحمودي يمدح سياسة إبراهيم اغنيوة     د. مصطفى الزائدي : الإشتراكية هي الحل

ابراهيم سالم بوكر : الكلمة     أبو علي : المقاتلة والتهاني

خالد الغول : رد عالماشي.. وفي عجالة أيضا

بانوراما : الجماعة الإسلامية المقاتلة : نقدم اعتذارنا عن جميع ما صدر منا في حقكم

Monday, 7 September, 2009: LOCKERBIE, Scotland -- Nestled amid rolling hills dotted with grazing sheep, this small town whose name instantly recalls Britain's worst terrorist attack is trying to move on. Not that anyone here thought it would be easy. Twenty years after Pan Am Flight 103 exploded 31,000 feet above Lockerbie, residents are still finding debris. A few months ago, a yellow Pan Am life jacket was discovered in the branches of a 40-foot pine tree. The town's name was hauled back into the headlines last month when Scotland's justice secretary released Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the former Libyan intelligence agent who is the only person convicted in the 1988 bombing, which killed 270 people. He was freed from a Scottish prison Aug. 20. "People here don't like to talk about it," said Ian Nicholson, a 40-year-old manager, who, like everyone over a certain age, can recall with amazing lucidity the horrifying details of that night. "This has brought it all back. People are judging us, judging Scotland, for the decision of one man." [Washington Post] More
Monday, 7 September, 2009: In Britain's Sunday Telegraph, the British reporter, Andrew Alderson claims that Libya paid three doctors to give the Scottish government medical evidence that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, 57, the convicted Lockerbie killer had only two or three months to live. In fact, other doctors, according to Alderson's report, said in June that Megrahi who suffers from prostate cancer could have nine months - or more - to live. But the three doctors whom Libya allegedly paid had their diagnoses included in the sealed files that Scotland refuses to open to the public, citing "privacy concerns.' Alderson reports: "Professor Karol Sikora, one of the examining doctors and the medical director of CancerPartnersUK in London, told The Sunday Telegraph: "The figure of three months was suggested as being helpful [by the Libyans]. [Sikora said] "To start with I said it was impossible to do that [give a three-month life expectancy estimate] but, when I looked at it, it looked as though it could be done - you could actually say that." He said that he and a second doctor, a Libyan, had legitimately then estimated Megrahi's life expectancy as "about three months". A third doctor would say only that he had a short time to live." [Huffington Post] More
Monday, 7 September, 2009: DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones)--The Libyan Government has not announced the resignation of the country's top oil official and the Chairman of National Oil Corporation, Shokri Ghanem, so it's business as usual, said Libya's OPEC Governor, Ahmed Elghaber, Sunday. "Nothing has been officially announced about his resignation, whether he wants to stay or go it's a personal decision," Elghaber told Zawya Dow Jones in a telephone interview. "He is still the top oil official and there is no replacement as of yet," he added. Ghanem, who was unavailable when contacted by Zawya Dow Jones, will be in Vienna this week and will still be heading the (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) mission when ministers meet on Sept. 9. Earlier, Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) reported Ghanem tendered his resignation as chairman of Libya's NOC to prime minister Baghdadi Mahmudi, citing an official in Tripoli who declined to be identified. Ghanem was prime minister of the North African country between 2003 and 2006, and is the nation's top oil official. [WSJ] More
Monday, 7 September, 2009: Libyan promise a "misunderstanding" The Libyan government says it never promised that it would allow two Swiss nationals to leave Libya by the end of August. In an interview with the NZZ am Sonntag newspaper, deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim said Switzerland's expectation to see the two men come home was likely based on a "misunderstanding". "Our prime minister promised to undertake some action before the end of August," Kaim told the newspaper. He said Libya kept its word by allowing the state prosecutor to meet twice with the Swiss businessmen, who have taken refuge at the Swiss embassy in Tripoli. However, the government cannot force the hand of the prosecutor, Kaim said, adding that he hoped a decision would be taken soon in favour of the two Swiss. On August 20, Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz went to Tripoli where he signed an accord and apologised for the 2008 arrest in Geneva of the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. [Swiss Info] More
Monday, 7 September, 2009: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya will begin an investigation this month into violence at a Tripoli prison 13 years ago that left more than 1,000 people dead, the judge investigating the case said on Sunday. Human rights activists say Islamist militants and political prisoners were massacred by government forces at Abu Salim prison in June 1996 in an example of Libya's grim record on human rights. The case remained taboo in Libya until last year when the reformist son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, said police and prison officials at Abu Salim would be put on trial over the affair. "We need to clear up this question concerning Libya's past," said Mohammed Bashir al-Khadhar, a veteran judge and adviser to Libya's General People's Congress, or parliament. "Today I am preparing to convene other judges to swear before me to help with this investigation," he told Reuters. He said he wanted rapid results and would begin work by the end of this month. Khadhar said he held many documents about the incident, in which he said up to 1,200 people died, including more than 200 guards, at the prison run by the country's internal security agency. [Reuters] More
Monday, 7 September, 2009: Col Gaddafi hoped for a warm embrace from the president, telegraphing that he was no longer an international pariah. The best Col Gaddafi can now hope for is fleeting exchange edge on the edge of an extraordinary United Nations Security Council meeting that both leaders are expected to attend. "I assume that at some point they'll run into each other," White House deputy spokesman Bill Burton said last week, "But there's no scheduled meeting and no plans to schedule one." Col Gaddafi has been showered with honours by the international community for the 40th anniversary of his revolution. He is also President of the UN General Assembly and will be holding the gavel as President Obama makes his own first addresses to the world body. A few days later, Mr Gaddafi will take his place around the horseshoe table of the UN Security Council with Mr Obama presiding. It's the first time a US president will have attended a Council meeting, signalling the Obama administration's resolve to use the UN rather than the go it alone approach of recent years. [Telegraph] More
Monday, 7 September, 2009: In the uproar unleashed in the wake of Libya's hero's welcome for convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, ... ... released from a Scottish prison last month, Washington lobbying powerhouse the Livingston Group, LLC has dropped Libya as a client, according to an email sent to associates by Livingston partner Lauri Fitz-Pegado. "The Livingston Group resigned yesterday from representing the GOL," a September 4 2009 email from Fitz Pegado to associates said, as seen by Politico. "Please share this information as appropriate." Former Louisiana Republican and House Appropriations Committee chairman and Livingston Group founding partner Robert Livingston Jr. was himself an active lobbyist on the account, along with five other of the firms' lobbyists, which was worth $1.2 million in 2008, according to records, and as much as $2.4 million this year, according to Newsweek. In 2008, the Livingston Group recorded initiating over 1,000 contacts with U.S. officials on behalf of its Libyan client, according to records it filed with the Justice Department and made digitally available by the Sunlight Foundation and ProPublica. [Politico] More
Monday, 7 September, 2009: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has pledged to support compensation claims made against Libya by victims of IRA bombings, after reports he declined to press Libya's leader on the issue. Brown said he cared "desperately" about victims of IRA bombings and their families, after a Sunday newspaper claimed Brown would not press leader Moamer Gaddafi for compensation because he feared upsetting oil-rich Libya. "I desperately care about what has happened to those people who have been victims of IRA terrorism," Brown said at a press conference in Berlin. Campaigners say Libya shipped Semtex explosives to IRA republican bombers fighting to end British rule of Northern Ireland in the 1980s and 1990s. Brown said he would provide "dedicated" Foreign Office staff to assist victims and their lawyers in their fight for compensation. Diplomats at the British embassy in Tripoli would also accompany and advise the group when they travelled to Libya in coming weeks to seek direct talks with Gaddafi on the issue, he said. [SBS] More
محمد قدري الخوجة : أكاذيب وهمية بأصواتهم!!     بن جوّاد : بريد برقة ـ 18 سبتمبر 1931م

أمارير : وجه التشابه بين حكيم، الفقيه وأهل السير (2)

ليبي : قاطعوا صفحة اغنيوة     ولد الشيخ : هل حصلنا على تعويض ايطالي ..؟

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : من مشاهير الشعراء الشعبيين فى ليبيا (18)

الصديق الجعراني : بكل صراحة حديث عن... جمعية الصداقة الليبيبة الامريكية

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : نداء للتوقيع على مذكرة     مذكرة إلى ممثلي المجتمع الدولي

ابراهيم عمّيش : نشأة التيارات والأحزاب السياسية فى ليبيا (7)

Sunday, 6 September, 2009: LONDON - In an admission likely to prolong the controversy over the release of the only man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, Britain’s justice minister told an interviewer that trade deals, especially in oil, had been a “very big part” of Britain’s decision to include the bomber in a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya. In an interview published Saturday by The Daily Telegraph, Jack Straw, the justice minister and a senior member of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet, said trade deals with Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s government in Libya weighed heavily in his decision to abandon his opposition to the release of the bomber, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. Asked by a Telegraph reporter whether trade and oil were part of the cabinet decision to include Mr. Megrahi in a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, Mr. Straw replied: “Yes, it was a very big part of that. I’m unapologetic about that. Libya was a rogue state. We wanted to bring it back into the fold and trade is an essential part of it - and subsequently there was the BP deal.” [NY Times] More
Sunday, 6 September, 2009: GORDON BROWN personally vetoed an attempt to force Colonel Muammar Gadaffi to compensate IRA bomb victims because it might have jeopardised British oil deals with Libya. Documents passed to The Sunday Times reveal how the prime minister took a close interest in a campaign to secure payouts for the 2,500 families of those blown up by the Libyan-supplied Semtex explosive used by republican bombers. However, Brown refused to help the victims because of government concerns that putting pressure on Gadaffi might lead to Libya withdrawing co-operation over trade and the war against Islamic terrorism. The documents will cause embarrassment for Brown as he faces new questions over the early release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi. In a further damaging twist, Jack Straw, the justice secretary, was last night accused by the Tories of misleading the public over the prime minister’s role in talks about the decision to free the terminally ill Libyan terrorist. [Times Online] More
Sunday, 6 September, 2009: Libyan arms dealers will arrive in London this week amid mounting evidence that the government is intent on increasing weapons trading with Muammar Gaddafi's regime following the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Senior Libyan officials are to attend the Defence Equipment and Systems International conference, the world's largest arms fair, which starts on Tuesday. There will be a protest at the event against arms trading with Libya, fuelled by controversy over the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber. The Libyan embassy and the British government have refused to name individuals in the delegation or to say how big it will be, but protesters believe it will be the largest contingent of Libyan arms dealers ever to visit Britain. Kaye Stearman, spokeswoman for the Campaign Against Arms Trade, has accused the UK government of unethical behaviour by trading with a regime accused of human rights abuses. "Surely the least we should demand is to stop UK arms companies from trading with this rich and dangerous country," she said. [The Guardian] More
Sunday, 6 September, 2009: The off-the-wall threat that Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy made to wipe Switzerland off the map is the just latest bizarre pronouncement from the "Flake of Araby." Almost from the moment Khadafy ousted Libya's pro-Western King Idris, he has played the flamboyant fool on the world stage. Although it would be easy to dismiss Khadafy as a daffy dictator, he has shown himself to be a lethal loon who has used his oil-rich country's money to support terrorists and spread his madness. "I would see him as a very crafty person, rather than a madman, who has tried to play a large role in the Middle East without success," Princeton Lyman of the Council on Foreign Relations told the Daily News. Born in a tent, and the son of a Bedouin herdsman, Khadafy was a 27-year-old military captain when he led the 1969 coup that brought him into power. [NY Daily News] More
Sunday, 6 September, 2009: The life expectancy of Megrahi was crucial because, under Scottish rules, prisoners can be freed on compassionate grounds only if they are considered to have this amount of time, or less, to live. Megrahi is suffering from terminal prostate cancer. Two of the three doctors commissioned by the Libyans provided the required three-month estimates, while the third also indicated that the prisoner had a short time to live. This contrasted with findings of doctors in June and July who had concluded that Megrahi had up to 10 months to live, which would have prevented his release. Professor Karol Sikora, one of the examining doctors and the medical director of CancerPartnersUK in London, told The Sunday Telegraph: “The figure of three months was suggested as being helpful [by the Libyans]. [The Telegraph] More
Sunday, 6 September, 2009: The Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the military coup which brought him to power in 1969. David Willey, who first visited Libya seven years before Gaddafi took over, witnessed the festivities. It could stand comparison with any Cecil B DeMille Hollywood production - a lavish one-night seafront spectacle costing millions and ending with an apocalyptic firework display in the steamy heat of an African summer night. Imagine a monster Bedouin tent, the sort that the nomadic Libyan tribesmen from whom Colonel Gaddafi claims descent call home during their journeys through the unending desert wastes of the Sahara. The colonel still likes to take a tent with him to stay in when he travels abroad. A sort of home from home. And a useful place for meeting and greeting foreign dignitaries. The flaps of the plastic and steel mock-up mega-tent opened to reveal a stage larger than that of La Scala opera house in Milan or the Bolshoi theatre in Moscow. [BBC] More
تعازي إلى آل الساعدي

سالم بن عمار : الكاهن الشبح (حكيم) يتهاوى!     مؤسسة المنار : صرح من صروح العلم

محمد نور الدين : السفاح والأربعون جلاد     فتحي العريبي : رمضان في بنغازي (2)

سليم نصر الرقعي : إحتفالات القذافي مجرد جعجعة فاضية     سؤال كبير في ذكرى الإنقلاب!؟

عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي : كلمة بمناسبة الذكرى التاسعة والستين لتأسيس الجيش الليبي

زعيمة بنت الوطن : في الذكرى الأربعين.. لنكبة الليبيين!

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه‮ : في هجاء البشر ومديح الذباب

حكيم : الكهل الشبق والدمية الخرساء (4)

د. مصطفى عبدالله : إنتهى عهد الثورة

Saturday, 5 September, 2009: TRIPOLI, Libya (CNN) -- Libya pressured the British government to include convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset al Megrahi in a 2007 prisoner release agreement tied to trade deals between the two countries, a son of Libya's leader told CNN on Friday. Britain refused to include al Megrahi in any deal, however, angering the Libyans, who initially told the British that all deals were off, said Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the second-eldest son of Libya's leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi. The agreement was eventually signed late in the year. Gadhafi, who was involved in the negotiations for the prisoner release deal, accompanied al Megrahi back to Libya last month after he was freed from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. Al Megrahi was released because he suffers from terminal prostate cancer. [CNN] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Doctors have moved the man convicted over the 1988 Lockerbie bombing out of an emergency care unit at a Libyan hospital but he remains under close observation, a hospital source told Reuters on Friday. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland last month on the grounds that he has prostate cancer and does not have long to live. The United States, and opposition parties in Britain, have criticized the decision to release him. A Libyan official said earlier this week Megrahi had been admitted to an emergency unit at the Tripoli Medical Center and that his condition was poor. "Mr Megrahi is out of the emergency room and intensive care but is under close observation by a team of doctors," the hospital source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters on Friday. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: A top Libyan official once expelled from Britain for plotting the deaths of exiled dissidents rode to the defence of the British Government over Lockerbie yesterday. In one of the few interviews he has given, Musa Kusa, the Libyan Foreign Minister and long-time member of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s inner circle, told The Times that he was astonished by the controversy over the release of Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber. “Where is the human rights, the compassion and mercy? The man is on the verge of death,” Mr Kusa said in a midnight conversation in his plush, chilled office in the centre of baking Tripoli. He flatly denied any link between al-Megrahi’s release and British commercial interests in his oil-rich state and said that Libya was grateful to the British and Scottish governments for their humanity. [Times Online] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: A DUP MP has met representatives of the Foreign Office to discuss taking some innocent victims to Libya for a meeting with the authorities there. Jeffrey Donaldson said the government had a moral obligation to the victims "of IRA terrorists who were armed and trained by Colonel Gadaffi's regime". Mr Donaldson was accompanied by Labour MP Andrew MacKinlay at the talks. He said he hoped to meet with the Libyan Embassy in London as a prelude to victims possibly going to Libya. "We are moving further down the line towards a delegation of victims going to Libya to have face-to-face talks about the culpability of that country. "Without the help, both financial and in terms of training and arms supplies, of the Libyan authorities, the Provisional IRA would not have been able to wage their campaign of terror and crime on anything like the scale that we witnessed for 35 years," Mr Donaldson said. [BBC] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: One got a glorious homecoming. The other was left to rot. Bill Frelick on the paradoxes of justice, Libya-style - and the perils of pretending Gaddafi has changed his stripes. The Scottish justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, cited "compassion" as the reason for releasing Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi after he served only eight years of a minimum 27-year sentence for the murder of 270 people on Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Megrahi may make a cameo appearance as Libya celebrates at the 40th anniversary of Col. Muammar Gaddafi's coup this week - a festive event featuring military parades and fireworks. The image of the returning Megrahi kissing Gaddafi's hand stands in marked contrast to my memory of another terminally ill Libyan who was denied such a homecoming. In April, I sat with two of my Human Rights Watch colleagues at the bedside of a terribly frail Fathi Al-Jahmi, Libya's most famous political dissident, in an isolated, guarded room in a Tripoli hospital. We had no doubt that we were seeing a man on his deathbed. Al-Jahmi did not have the strength to lift his hand or to speak beyond a faint whisper. His body was riddled with bedsores, his tongue was parched dry as sand - but his eyes still darted in fear at the sight of his minders. [HRW] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: Libyan Islamist fighters who once tried to assassinate Muammar Gadaffi are about to publicly spurn violence in a move that is intended to weaken al-Qaida by undermining the religious rationale for waging jihad against Muslim regimes and killing innocent civilians. Behind bars in Tripoli's Abusalim prison the top leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group have written a 420-page book which Arab and western governments hope will strike a new blow in the ideological war against Osama bin Laden. The move is doubly significant because Libyans have long played a key role in al-Qaida. The brother of one key bin Laden aide and Islamic scholar, Abu Yahya al-Libi, is one of the authors of the LIFG recantation document, entitled Corrective Studies in Understanding Jihad. It is to be published in Arabic later this month after leading Muslim clerics, including Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi, approved the text. The Libyan exercise is similar to one in Egypt in 2007 when an influential imprisoned jihadi thinker, Sayid Imam al-Sharif, published a book "revising" the concept of "takfir" – allowing "apostates" to be killed. [Guardian] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: Before the hullabaloo over the celebrations in Libya passes away, it is worth making a small but intriguing point. As noted earlier this week, one of the few western leaders to turn up was Silvio Berlusconi (though his government stressed it was to celebrate, not Colonel Gaddafi's seizure of power, God forbid!, but the first anniversary of a co-operation treaty with Libya). The conventional explanation of Berlusconi's chumminess with Gaddafi (you may recall he had the colonel over for a high-profile visit in June) is that he has no alternative. The media tycoon returned to office last year mainly because of a promise to crack down on crime and clandestine immigration. And if clandestine migrants from Libya continue to land on Italy's southern shorelines and islands, he will be accused of failing to deliver. In May, for the first time, Tripoli agreed to take back migrants intercepted by the Italians in international waters (controversially, because they do not have a chance to apply for asylum). Libya's agreement was a direct outcome of the co-operation treaty mentioned earlier and signed in August 2008 after a diplomatic operation handled personally by Berlusconi. [Guardian] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: Tripoli's makeover is really only one street deep. Behind the white-washed avenues and carnival lights lie the same jumbled streets of shattered pavements where pedestrians vie for space with cars and street-hawkers. All this under a warm, stale drizzle that falls from the city's relentless air conditioners. In the absence of shopping malls, neighbourhoods are still defined by trade. On Kanady Street the business is car accessories and business is good. "For a Libyan, 70 per cent of the money you spend on a car goes on buying the car," Khaled explains. "The rest is to pimp it up," he says with a smile, pleased with his up-to-the-minute English. Kanady's crumbling shop-fronts in their dozens belie the stock that sits inside: the latest woofers, tweeters and speakers the size of coffins boasting bass lines that can shake foundations. Leather headrests with flat-screen TVs, in-car game consoles and digital alarms. Libyans who can afford to buy one spend a lot of time in their cars, the engineering student explains. The Islamic People's Republic is a dry state and, in the absence of bars, clubs or cafés where girls and boys can mix, cruising and listening to music is what passes for fun. "Sometimes for hours," says Khaled, 25. There's another reason though. Thanks to price controls, petrol is cheap – as little as 10p a litre. [Independent] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: NEW DELHI, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- State-run explorer Oil India Ltd. said it would begin drilling in Libya starting in October to tap an estimated 70 trillion cubic feet of reserves. Oil India announced it plans to acquire stakes in several domestic oil blocks while using surplus cash reserves to finance investments in developments in South America, Africa and Australia. T.K. Ananth Kumar, the financial director at Oil India, said in August his company has set aside millions of dollars worth of capital for exploration and production projects in foreign markets. As part of its push abroad, Oil India, along with its Algerian partners at Sonatrach and the Indian Oil Corp., announced it has entered into a lucrative deal with the National Oil Corp. of Libya for four exploration blocks, the Indo-Asian News Service reports. "We will drill four wells in Libya by 2010-11," said Oil India Executive Director for Corporate Affairs Narendra Bhalla. "We are hoping to begin onshore drilling in Libya by October by digging the first of the four wells." [UPI] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: NIAMEY — Niger's main Tuareg rebel Movement of Nigeriens for Justice has deposed its president Agaly Alambo because he spends more time in a Tripoli hotel than on the ground, the MNJ said on its website Wednesday. "The MNJ's fighters, officers and political leaders decide and order that Agaly Alambo is no longer president of the MNJ," said a statement dated September 1 and signed by chief of staff general Amoumoune Kalakouwa. The decision was taken on August 31, the movement said, accusing Alambo of having "cut himself off completely from the situation on the ground so he could set himself up in Tripoli." "From his hotel room in Tripoli, Alambo takes decisions and makes undertakings without ever consulting ... the movement." Pending the naming of a replacement, the MNJ will be led by a board consisting of Kalakouwa, other MNJ officers and political leaders. The rebels called on splinter movements the Nigerian Patriotic Front (FPN) and the Front of Forces for a Recovery (FFR) to "regroup into one sole organisation with a view to negotiations" with Niger's government. [AFP] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: LONDON: British oil major BP Plc told the UK government two years ago that slow progress in concluding a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya threatened a multi-billion dollar exploration deal it was negotiating. BP, Europe’s second-largest oil company, said on Friday its advice did not refer specifically to the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie airliner bombing, whose release from a Scottish jail last month prompted criticism of Britain. Libyan Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, terminally ill with prostate cancer, was flown home to Libya last month after Scotland’s justice secretary released him on compassionate grounds. The British government has denied it put pressure on Scotland’s devolved government over Megrahi in the interest of better ties with Libya and its leader Muammar Gaddafi. Megrahi’s release and the joyous welcome he received in Tripoli angered the American government and U.S. relatives of the 270 people killed when Pan Am flight 103 blew up over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. “BP did bring to the attention of the UK Government in late 2007 our concerns about the slow progress in concluding a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya,” the company said. [The Peninsula] More
Saturday, 5 September, 2009: The Justice Secretary said he was unapologetic about including Abdelbaset al Megrahi in the agreement, citing a multi-million-pound oil deal signed by BP and Libya six weeks later. The admission directly contradicts Gordon Brown's insistence only days ago that oil deals were not a factor in the prisoner's release. In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Mr Straw also suggested that Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish justice minister, released the terminally-ill bomber on compassionate grounds earlier than the British Government would have done. Mr Brown has been accused of putting Britain’s trade interests before justice for the Lockerbie victims. Earlier this week, the outcry forced him to say: “There was no conspiracy, no cover-up, no double dealing, no deal on oil, no attempt to instruct Scottish ministers, no private assurances.” Megrahi, who is suffering from prostate cancer, was freed last month by the Scottish Executive on compassionate grounds after it was said he was only months from death. Last night it emerged he has been moved out of intensive care. [Telegraph] More
لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : لقطات من "معرض لوحات تعبيرية لفضح النظام القمعي"

د. علي محمد الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (9)

محمد مبروك بوقعيقيص : ليبيا لن تتحرر بالكلام.. بل بالجهد الفاعل والمال

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : أوجه التكامل والتباين بين الإستبداد والطغيان

فرج بوالعَـشّة : القذافي وطيبة الليبيين الساذجة..!! (2)

د. فتحي الفاضلي : من ضحايا الارهاب : الشهيد ابراهيم الفاضلي

CBS : Letterman : Muammar Qaddafi Top Ten

Friday, 4 September, 2009: TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya denied reports Wednesday that the only man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was taken to intensive care after his illness from terminal prostate cancer worsened. A Foreign Ministry spokesman, Mohammad Seyala, said Abdel Baset al-Megrahi has actually been moved to a special VIP wing of the hospital in Libya's capital, Tripoli, where he is being treated. "Al-Megrahi is not in a dangerous situation and is receiving full treatment from a team of Libyan doctors," said Seyala. Al-Megrahi's family said earlier Wednesday that doctors informed them that their relative was moved to intensive care but they had not been allowed to visit him in the unit. They spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of government reaction. Seyala said the family has not been allowed to visit al-Megrahi in the VIP wing. [AP] More
Friday, 4 September, 2009: A Libyan motion calling for the dismemberment of Switzerland was rejected by the United Nations about a month ago, a UN spokesman said on Thursday. Farhan Haq told the Swiss news agency that Libya had submitted the proposal for discussion by the General Assembly, but it was thrown out by the committee responsible for setting the assembly's agenda, since it contradicted the principles of the UN charter. According to the charter, no member country can threaten the existence or sovereignty of another. The document was therefore never circulated or published. Swiss parliamentarian Christa Markwalder had told a Swiss public television news programme on Wednesday that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi intended to present the proposal to the United Nations General Assembly, which he is due to address on Sept. 23. [Swiss Info] More
Friday, 4 September, 2009: Adding more heat to the boiling controversy in the US and UK over Britain's recent release to Libya of the only man ever convicted in the Lockerbie bombing, the senior FBI agent in the case has told The Jerusalem Post he believes Libya's Col. Muammar Gaddafi must have personally sanctioned the atrocity. In a telephone interview from the United States, Richard Marquise, a 31-year FBI veteran who led the US task force probing the December 1988 blast which destroyed Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, with the loss of 270 lives, said it was unthinkable in a regime such as Libya for that kind of major terrorist attack to have been authorized without Gaddafi's approval. "If you were a senior minister, would you do this without telling the boss? I doubt it," said Marquise. "I have to think [Gaddafi] knew something was going to happen, something that the US would be pissed about, and he said OK." [Jerusalem Post] More
Friday, 4 September, 2009: All Col. Moammar Khadafy needs is an extended pinkie. He certainly has real-life guests to rival the fictional villains assembled by Dr. Evil in the "Austin Powers" movies. Where Dr. Evil has No. 2 and Frau Farbissina, the Libyan dictator has president-by-terror Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe and president-by-genocide Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, who is under indictment for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. To top it off, the guest list at the celebration of Khadafy's 40th year in power includes the man known in Somalia as "the father of piracy," Mohammed Abdi Afweyne. In attending the four-day extravaganza, Afweyne reportedly took a break from exacting ransom for a ship held hostage off the Somali coast. In May, the supposedly reformed Khadafy said that such piracy is not piracy at all, but "self-defense" against "greedy Western nations." "It is defending the Somalia children's food," Khadafy said. [NY Daily News] More
Friday, 4 September, 2009: TRIPOLI (UPI) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko met with Libyan officials to discuss the terms of oil and gas deals amid changes in Kiev's energy ties with Moscow. Tymoshenko met with representatives from Libyan oil companies in Tripoli to discuss bilateral efforts in the energy sector. The Ukrainian premier in July said Kiev was interested in using Ukrainian and Libyan funds to construct a new oil refinery in her country. The move comes amid changes in the tense energy relationship between Kiev and Moscow. Russian gas giant Gazprom briefly cut gas supplies to Ukraine following a bitter January row over gas debts. Tymoshenko following a meeting in Poland with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said her country would pay only for the amount of gas it consumes, not a predetermined volume. [UPI] More
Friday, 4 September, 2009: There were no heads of major Western states present at Colonel Moammar Gadhafi’s typically extravagant celebrations of his coming to power 40 years ago on September 1. But Libya’s dictator will not care: He adores the maverick role he has enjoyed on the world stage since being relieved of the pariah status in the West through the 2003 deal in which he agreed to give up putative plans to gain a nuclear capability in return for investment in his country’s vast hydrocarbon reserves. Gadhafi can now berate the European Parliament, entertain Tony Blairs and Silvio Berlusconis in his tent and hold forth in the glare of the world’s media on anything from women’s rights to the ills of capitalism. The showboating aside, the fact that most of the world’s major oil companies are now again operating in Libya means he can also do real diplomatic business, such as wringing money out of Italy in the form of “reparations” for colonial-era injury, being represented on the UN Security Council and, most recently, securing the release from a Scottish jail of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, convicted in the 1988 Pan-Am bombing over Lockerbie. [Daily Star] More
الحاج شعيب : سهراية الحاج شعيب فى رمضان

بلال الليبي : إلى الحيارى من قومي..

السليني : سيُـهزم الجمع ويولون الدبُر

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : لنشارك جميعا في مظاهرة نيويورك

الإتحاد الليبي : ملف حقوق الإنسان في ليبيا : مسيرة أربعة عقود

علي الخليفي : الكهل المسحور.. الفقيه السفيه والسفيه الفقيه

المحمودي : فصل الخطاب في بيان ما بيني وبين المرتد (حكيم) من الخلاف (1)

الصابر : مذكرة أهالي مؤتمر القلعة بخصوص النزاع على الحدود

مثقفون ومعارضون ليبيون يوجهون التحية لروائي اسباني    قدس برس : معارض ليبي : القيادة الليبية تستخدم النفط وسيلة للابتزاز

عادل الزاوي : لقطات من اعتصام منظمة العفو الدولية ـ برلين ـ ألمانيا

Ghoma : 40 Years Of Dictatorship And The Count Goes On..!

Mohamed Eljahmi's Remarks At The Anti-Qadhafi Rally In Englwood, NJ

Anti-Qadhafi Rally in Engelwood, NJ : Photos : David Margueles

Thursday, 3 September, 2009: When Abdel Baset al-Megrahi landed in Tripoli following his release from Scotland last week, the world saw a single event in two very different ways. Through the prism of the Western media, Americans saw a terrorist being given a hero's welcome by a country eager to celebrate mass murder. Libyans saw a dying man-believed to be innocent by his countrymen and many others world-wide-being embraced by his family. The misperception of both the circumstances that led to Mr. Megrahi's release and the reception he received upon his arrival in Libya has reopened painful wounds for the families of those lost in the Lockerbie tragedy. It's also threatened to derail years of progress and newly restored relations between Libya and the West. While many take Mr. Megrahi's guilt for granted, there is a large and growing body of evidence that casts serious doubt on his conviction and suggests that an innocent man may have been languishing in prison. This is a view shared by many observers—not only in Tripoli, but in Edinburgh... [WSJ] More
Thursday, 3 September, 2009: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The terminally-ill Libyan convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing has been moved into the emergency room of a hospital in Tripoli, a Libyan official source told Reuters on Wednesday. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was released from prison in Scotland last month on the grounds that he has prostate cancer and does not have long to live. The United States, and opposition parties in Britain, have criticized the decision to release him. "He has been admitted to the emergency room in the hospital. He is in a bad way. He is unable to speak to anyone," the Libyan official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. There were no further details on Megrahi's condition. A spokesman for Tripoli Medical Center, the hospital in the Libyan capital where Megrahi has been undergoing treatment for several days, said the patient was too ill to speak to reporters. "Because of the treatment he is receiving, his immune system is very weak and he cannot speak to anyone today," said Omar Senoussi, head of media relations at the hospital. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 3 September, 2009: TRIPOLI, Libya - Libya appointed a British judge to an arbitration panel set up with Switzerland to examine the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi's son in Geneva last year, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. The independent panel is meant to defuse tension between the two countries over the arrest of Hannibal Gadhafi and his wife on July 15, 2008, in a luxury hotel for allegedly beating up two of their servants. The two were released on bail three days later and returned to Libya. But tension between the two countries has continued, especially over Libya's detention of two Swiss businessmen for alleged immigration violations a day after Gadhafi returned home. Swiss President Hans-Rudolf Merz made a trip to Libya about two weeks ago where he and Libyan Prime Minister al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi commissioned the arbitration panel to review Gadhafi's arrest and possibly recommend compensation. Libya's Foreign Ministry released a statement on its Web site saying Saad Gabar, a British judge of Algerian descent, was named to the three-member panel on Tuesday. Of the other two judges, one is to be named by Libya and the other independently. [AP] More
Thursday, 3 September, 2009: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 2 -- As Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi prepares to make his first trip to the United States since taking power 40 years ago, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged him Wednesday not to gloat over the release of a Libyan secret service agent convicted in the Lockerbie jetliner bombing. Scottish authorities last month released Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in connection with the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people, 189 of them Americans. He is dying of cancer, and authorities said they released him for humanitarian reasons. His case has long been a priority for Libyan officials, and Megrahi was greeted by cheering crowds when he arrived in Tripoli, Libya's capital. "It goes without saying that virtually every American has been offended by the reception accorded to Mr. Megrahi in Libya upon his return from the U.K.," U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice told reporters. "This is a very raw and sensitive subject for all Americans." [Washington Post] More
Thursday, 3 September, 2009: A Moroccan delegation has left Libya in protest over the invitation of members of a Western Sahara separtist movement to the 40th anniversary of the Libyan revolution, Moroccan officials have said. The delegation, led by prime minister Abbas El Fassi, left the festivities on Wednesday after realising the president of the Polisario Front (SADR) and his delegation, which seek independence for the Western Sahara, were present, the Moroccan official news agency MAP said. A contingent of the Moroccan Royal Armed Forces (FAR), which was supposed to take part in a military parade during the festivities, also cancelled its participation and left the place. [Aljazeera] More
Thursday, 3 September, 2009: Eight Libyan aircraft have spent more than 30 years trapped in the United States, and there’s no sign the aircraft are getting out anytime soon. Libya bought eight C-130 cargo aircraft back in the 1970s, but as relations between the United States and Libya deteriorated, the U.S. government put a hold on the arms sales, including the C-130s. Since that time, the aircraft have been rusting away under the Georgia sun. The aircraft have even become something of a local tourist attraction, a visual reminder of the state of U.S.-Libyan relations. Officially, they still belong to Libya, so they can’t be disposed of, but after three decades of neglect, it’s also somewhat unlikely they will ever fly again. [WIRED] More
NYT : No "Hero’s Welcome"   HP : Gaddafi's "Green Revolution"     الأخبار : القذافي.. قائد استعراضات خارج الزمن

مركز التوثيق الليبي : ليبيا.. الكارثة!

اميس انتمورا : لكنها لا تصنع زوبعة!!     أمارير : رمضان

مجاهد البوسيفي : أربعون سنة حكم     د. مصطفى عبدالله : يوم الرثاء العظيم

قنطرة : القذافي.. عالم من التناقضات   هـ.ر.دبليو : يجب إحياء ذكرى الثورة بمراعاة الحقوق     بي بي سي : في الذكرى الـ 40

مركز الدراسات الليبية ـ اكسفورد : في ذكرى 40 عاماً على نكبة الشعب الليبي

Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: LONDON - With anger still boiling on both sides of the Atlantic over the freeing of the only man convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing, the British and Scottish governments, eager to blunt allegations that they rode roughshod over the life sentence passed by a Scottish court and the rights of the Lockerbie victims, released a thick file of hitherto confidential documents on the case on Tuesday. In themselves, the documents, including letters between the two governments, records of discussions with Libyan officials and copies of medical documents and prison records, seemed unlikely to still the controversy over the Scottish government’s decision on Aug. 20 to release Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. [NY Tmes] More
Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: Libya is hosting a special session of the African Union Assembly in an effort to resolve conflicts on the continent. AU chairman and Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi told the heads of states gathered for the meeting one of the greatest dangers facing the war-torn region is the presence of Israel. Colonel Gadhafi opened the session by saying conflicts such as that in Sudan's Darfur region are internal matters, and that much of the history of African countries involve infighting over power. The Libyan leader said the African Union could help parties negotiate a solution, but that the wars pose no real danger. [VOA] More
Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: In my graduate class on Arab politics, we would often puzzle over decisions autocratic leaders have made that did not seem to make sense, either in moral or strategic terms. It was often tempting to take the intellectually lazy route and think they were simply crazy or stupid. In order to make the discussion more productive, the professor would suggest that we assume the leaders are at least as smart as ourselves. In recent weeks, the only person convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing was released to Libyan soil, where he received a jubilant welcome organized by Libyan leader Col. Muammar el Kadafi. Unfortunately, many observers have dismissed Mr. Kadafi's behavior as his "usual mischief-making," as if the capricious and enigmatic behavior were just an inexplicable character flaw. The truth is that Mr. Kadafi, who celebrates 40 years in power today, may be better understood as the careful orchestrator of confusion. [Baltimore Sun] More
Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: Libya is demanding that Britain give details of its alleged role in a plot to kill Colonel Gaddafi in exchange for help to solve a 25-year-old murder. Pc Yvonne Fletcher was shot dead while on duty in London in 1984 by a gunman believed to be inside Libya's Embassy. The killer reportedly fled to Libya and the UK has long sought his hand over. But Libyan minister Mohammed Siala says he is "waiting for some information" about an attempt on Col Gaddafi's life in return for helping with the case. The comments by Libya's secretary for international co-operation come as the Westminster and Scottish governments are due to publish a series of letters relating to release of the Lockerbie bomber. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: Here is an elegant solution to the quandary over where to house Libyan strongman Moammar Khadafy when he visits the United Nations this month: Quarter him with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Why not? They're already in bed. Theirs has been a discreet relationship, conducted in private and lubricated by oil, an affair of convenience between a madman with blood on his hands, and a craven hypocrite with a price tag. Such are the charitable conclusions to be drawn from the revelation that the British government in 2007 bent to a Khadafy demand and removed what would have been a huge obstacle to the release last month of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the Libyan spy convicted of blowing Pan Am Flight 103 out of the air over Scotland. Khadafy wanted the return home of a national hero, while British Petroleum was pleading for permission to explore for oil and gas in Libya. [NY Daily News] More
Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: The freed Libyan bomber did not act on his own. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi did not just wake up one day and decide to bomb Pan Am 103. He must have been following orders. And in Libya, such an order could come from only one person, Moammar Khadafy. Khadafy is at least as guilty as the bomber in the killing of 270 innocents, 189 of them Americans. When Khadafy visits New York this month, we should just fold his tent and take him directly to the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan. But we won't. Never mind that he said in a 2003 letter to the United Nations that his country, meaning him, "accepts responsibility for the actions of its officials." The letter, on file at the United Nations on First Ave., also promised Libya would not support or "acquiesce" to terrorism. Just like Libya privately promised the bomber's return home would be private and "low-key." [NY Daily News] More
Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: The uproar provoked by the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the former intelligence officer convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, today forced into the open largely forgotten issues that have bedevilled Britain's relations with Libya in the past. Some, such as the help Muammar Gaddafi gave to the IRA, were considered officially closed. Some, such as MI6's alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate Gaddafi, were not taken seriously. Others, notably the search for the killer of PC Yvonne Fletcher, were submerged by the drive for warmer relations with Libya and the prospect of lucrative business deals. "Given the sensitivity over Megrahi everything is now coming under the magnifying glass," a British official said today, adding that none of the issues was new, and, as far as London was concerned, none was linked. [The Guardian] More
Wednesday, 2 September, 2009: Switzerland's president faced growing pressure to resign Tuesday, as the government failed to secure the release of two citizens detained in Libya since the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi's son in Geneva last year. Figures across the political spectrum accused President Hans-Rudolf Merz of bungling negotiations with Libya as the deadline for the men's release passed at midnight. "This is clearly a debacle, because promises were made and not kept," lawmaker Kathy Ricklin of the centrist Christian Democrats told state-owned radio DRS. "I think he should finish his presidential year, but then I expect his party to make a change." Her view was mild compare to calls from the nationalist People's Party and the left-wing Social Democrats for Merz's immediate resignation. Switzerland's largest-selling newspaper Blick mocked the president by declaring "Merz loses face," which the president himself said would happen if he couldn't free the men by Sept. 1. The president's office responded by saying Merz had no intention of resigning and lashed out at Libya for failing to keep its side of a bargain brokered last month to restore normal relations. [Columbia Missourian] More
التحالف الوطنى الليبي : الذكرى الأربعون لمأساة سبتمبر

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : أربعة عقود مضت.. وماذا بعد..؟!

ليبيا الغد : لابد لليبيا من ربيع..   كراسي : العدد 54     NRO : Extremely Happy     BBC : Gaddafi Celebrates

الساطور : 40     المسحان : 40     مُراد : عندما يحكم الدين.. ويلٌ للمواطنين

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : بيان بمناسبة مرور أربعين سنة على انقلاب سبتمبر

حكيم : تداعيات لهو الكهل بالدمية     د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه‮ : سوانح ادبية وفنية

المشاركون في الاعتصام امام السفارة الليبية في برلين : بيان صحفي

Tuesday, 1 September, 2009: Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi is Tuesday celebrating forty years of his ascension to power. Colonel Moammar Ghadafi addresses a special AU session in Tripoli, 31 Aug 2009 But despite western boycott to show displeasure with the recent heroic welcome given Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, all is reportedly set for the week-long celebration. The main streets of the capital, Tripoli have reportedly been cleaned up and decorated with green flags and giant posters of Gaddafi dressed in flamboyant uniforms. The celebration comes a day after Gaddafi hosted an extraordinary meeting of African heads of state and government to tackle conflicts across the continent. Sami Zaptia, an economist and a Libyan newspaper columnist said that the ceremonies begin early Tuesday at the city's town centre. [VOA] More
Tuesday, 1 September, 2009: TRIPOLI, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Libya on Monday dismissed speculation that it had swung oil deals in Britain's favour on an understanding that the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing would be released. Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was freed from prison in Scotland on compassionate grounds and sent home to Libya to a rapturous reception that angered the U.S. government and relatives of the 270 people who died in the downing of a Pan Am jumbo jet. The British oil giant BP (BP.L) won access to some of Libya's biggest and most promising exploration areas in 2007 after the north African country emerged from years of harsh sanctions. But the British government has denied media reports suggesting that it sought to have Scottish authorities free Megrahi in order to ease diplomatic and commercial ties with Libya. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 1 September, 2009: ENGLEWOOD, N.J. - A judge on Monday ordered a halt to work being done outside a mansion where Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi wanted to stay during his first U.S. visit and pitch a ceremonial Bedouin-style tent to entertain guests. Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes had sought to stop all renovations to prevent Gadhafi from staying at the 5-acre estate when he visits the United Nations in September. Bergen County Superior Court Judge Peter Doyne gave the city a partial legal victory, ordering a halt to work on the estate's pool and lengthy driveway. Wildes said he was happy with the ruling because it leaves the grounds unsuitable for a head of state. He said that's the only way to assure the Libyans keep their promise last week that Gadhafi won't travel to New Jersey, which lost dozens of residents in an airplane bombing widely believed to have been the work of Libyan intelligence. [AP] More
Tuesday, 1 September, 2009: Two Swiss businessmen held as part of a spat with Switzerland over the arrest last year of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son must pay a fine before being released, a senior Libyan official said Monday. The comments by Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaiym were Libya's first mention of a fine and appeared to pose a roadblock in a diplomatic dispute that had seemed to be nearing a conclusion. "Libya's general prosecutor visited the two a couple of days ago to make sure they were fine and told them they will go back home as soon as they pay the fine," Kaiym said. He did not disclose the amount. Swiss-Libyan relations soured after Geneva police briefly detained Hannibal Gadhafi and his wife on July 25, 2008 in a luxury hotel for allegedly beating up two of their servants. The servants later withdrew their complaint after receiving compensation from an undisclosed source. [ETaiwan News] More
Tuesday, 1 September, 2009: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's $65 billion sovereign wealth fund aims to buy into European utilities, drugmakers and other companies with technology that may be useful for the country, the head of the Libyan Investment Authority said. The fund, which holds around 60 percent of its assets in cash, is in talks to buy stakes in major European companies, LIA chief executive Mohammed Layas told Reuters in an interview. "We bought utilities and think it's a promising sector, and pharma as well. We are seeking even to have joint ventures with them in Libya -- we need to bring their technology here," he said. "We still feel Europe is the major partner... Our trade is 90 percent with Europe and that applies to investment." The LIA was set up in 2006 to manage Libya's fast-growing surplus oil revenue and oversee the assets of the Libyan Foreign Investment Company (LAFICO) and Oilinvest. Funds have been channelled mostly towards investments in European countries, such as Italy, which count among Libya's biggest trading partners. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 1 September, 2009: If anything, the superlatives will be even greater as Beijing 2008 did not boast the world's largest tent, 1,000 camels, Toureg nomads or 40 hot air balloons. Performers are being flown in from all over the planet, from dancers and fireworks specialists to a brass band from Wales. The giant tent, and the stage within it, longer than a football pitch, are being built by a British special events company, Atlantic Enterprise. The director is a Frenchman and the party is being put together by a public relations company run by the British government's one-time favourite ad-man. "Everything is bespoke for this event," said Atlantic's managing director, Shane McCarthy. "Nothing like this has ever been done before." Organisers are expecting 300,000 Libyans to watch the show being put on next Tuesday to mark the anniversary live, with more on television. After congregating in Libya's capital Tripoli, newly whitewashed and decorated with Gaddafi posters, hundreds of VIP guests will enjoy an evening buffet. [Telegraph] More
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