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       الليبي : الخوجة وسياسة اقلام بحبر الدولار     محمد بن احميدة : إبشري يا برن     الساطور : تصرفات شاذة

بومهراس : الفنان النايخ علي الريشي     ابوالعتاهية الليبي : تحيا سويسرا     الصاروخ : الشيخ سالم الشيخي          

سويس انفو : ميرتس وليبيا في الكاريكاتور     أزمة تنتظر حلا     النسخة العربية للاتفاق بين سويسرا وليبيا ـ 2009

نادي الباروني : بطولة النادي المصغرة لتنس الطاولة

سالم بن عمار : من لأخواتنا المطلقات في بلادنا؟

فتحي ازواري : إلي كل ليبي (1)     د. مصطفى الزائدي : المبحوح يغتال الموساد

رفيق : القذافي كذاب لأنه متديّن.. والكذب في الدين حلال

د. علي الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (31)

Sunday, 28 February, 2010: The Roman and Greek ruins running along the coast from Tunisia to Egypt are among the best in the world, writes Renagh Holohan. If there is any one thing that will upset the majority of holidaymakers on a cruise it is undoubtedly the absence of alcohol. And that is exactly what occurred on a trip I took last November. The ship then ran out of tonic. But that’s another story, so let me start at the beginning. Hardly anyone goes to Libya. So when we spotted a small ship cruise around North Africa that called to several Libyan ports, curiosity took hold and off we went. Libya is different to other destinations... [Irish Times] More
Sunday, 28 February, 2010: The Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi on Friday received the leaders of several African countries who called on him in Benghazi after taking part Thursday's festivities in the city marking the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Mohamed. The Libyan leader met the Presidents of Guinea-Bissau, Malam Bacai, Central African Republic, François Bozizé and Sao Tomé, Fradique de Menzez and the Prime Ministers of Lesotho, Pakilita Mosisisili and of Somalia, Omar AbdelRachid, an official Libyan source said. The source added that the meetings made it possible to review the process of the African Union (AU... [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 28 February, 2010: The news that the Lockerbie bomber is not dying of cancer after all does not come as a great surprise. I thought the fix was in at the time - with his “compassionate release” a smokescreen to conceal a cynical quid pro quo that had been worked out between the British Government and Colonel Gaddafi — and so it has proved to be. Yes, yes, I know he was released by Kenny MacAskill, the Scottish Justice Secretary, but I suspect he was just doing the bidding of his countryman in Downing Street. A friend of mine lost his sister on Pan Am Flight 103 and I remember speaking to him when the release of Ali Al Megrahi was first proposed last August. He was unequivocal. He didn’t believe any compassion should be extended to Megrahi. He thought he should serve out his sentence. [Telegraph] More
تعازي إلى آل الشريف     محمود خليفة دخيل : شكر على تعازي

حملة التضامن : لقطات من الإعتصام أمام مركز الهجرة ـ مانشسترـ 24 فبراير 2010

علي أبوشنة الغرياني : لماذا هذا الحب وهذا الحنين للعهد الملكي ؟ (1)

د. محمد المقريف : صفحات من تاريخ النظام الانقلابي في ليبيا (2)

الشاب بكر : جديد توّه دارن لنظار

أبو أحمد : نسمات من مدينة الطـُهْر

بعيو المصراتي : الفرجة المسرحية في التظاهرات الاجتماعية الليبية

د. سعاد الفيتوري : الشتم للنبلاء كمال

ليلى الهوني : ما المطلوب في ليبيا اليوم؟

د. مصطفى عبدالله : مهما تعلّى وتعالى فإنّه سوف يقع

سالم الساحلي : جماعات التكفير (المحمودي نموذجا)

محرم محمد : الخيط الرفيع بين التخوين وحرية التعبير

Saturday, 27 February, 2010: PARIS — The Swiss government reacted blandly on Friday to the latest rhetorical sally from the eccentric Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, who called on Thursday for a “jihad” against Switzerland. The two countries have been sparring since the Swiss arrested one of Colonel Qaddafi’s sons and his wife in 2008 on suspicion of beating their servants. On Thursday, in a rambling address in Benghazi, Libya, before a gathering to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, Colonel Qaddafi called for jihad, or a holy war, against Switzerland because of its ban on new minarets for mosques and urged Muslims to boycott Swiss products and ban Swiss planes and ships. “Those who destroy God’s mosques deserve to be attacked through jihad, and if Switzerland was on our borders, we would fight it,” Colonel Qaddafi was quoted as saying by Libya’s official news agency. [New York Times] More
Saturday, 27 February, 2010: A top UN official has condemned as "inadmissible" Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's call for a jihad, or holy war, against Switzerland. "Such declarations on the part of the head of state are inadmissible in international relations," said Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the UN chief in Geneva. Col Gaddafi criticised a Swiss vote against the building of minarets and urged Muslims to boycott the country. Libya and Switzerland are embroiled in a long-running diplomatic row. The dispute dates back to 2008, when one of Mr Gaddafi's sons was arrested in Geneva, accused of assaulting two servants. A Swiss foreign ministry spokesman declined to comment on the jihad call. [BBC] More
Saturday, 27 February, 2010: There is no doubting the European Union’s economic strength but its foreign policy role may not be forceful enough to help Switzerland prevail in its row with Libya. The Swiss-Libyan diplomatic row became pan-European last week when Tripoli said it would stop issuing entry visas to most EU citizens, in retaliation for a Swiss imposition of visa restrictions on some top Libyans. Libya, with its all-or-nothing approach, is very difficult to negotiate with, as John Hamilton, contributing editor of African Energy, told swissinfo.ch. “By showing the people they’re negotiating with that they are always prepared to raise the stakes, Libya has become a very dangerous player at the game of diplomatic poker,” Hamilton said. [Swiss Info] More
Saturday, 27 February, 2010: The Libyan leader, Moammar Gaddafi, on Thursday said Prophet Mohammed did not advocate Shiism, Sunnism or confession and stressed that the Koran banned all confessions. Gaddafi, in a speech delivered during the commemoration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed, strongly criticized those who advocate that religion is Shiit or Sunnit, describing this as invention and practice out of Islam. He said whoever intended to make Muslims different had nothing to do with Islam, adding that the propaganda for confessions was a departure from Islam and a destruction of the Islamic faith. [Afrique Jet] More
الليبي : إعتذار إلى الأخ عبدو الليبي     الساطور : القذافي في بنغازي

الصاروخ : مطعم سليم الرقعي للوجبات السريعة     محمد بن احميدة : الديكتاتور القذافي وجهاده الوهمي

د. سالم الناصري : هل فعلا يوجد جهة عليا تقوم بتدريب الأطباء الليبيين والليبييات وأعدادهم الأعداد الممتاز (3)

سليم الرقعي : "الميلود" وذكريات الطفولة!؟

د. محمد بوقعيقيص : رسالة إلى رؤساء وملوك الدول العربية

أبوذر الليبي : آية الكرسي والعفاريت

أحمد الصفراني : طموحات القذافي فى البيت الأبيض

خليفة سالم كعبار : نادي أهل طرابلس نادي الخزي والعار

حمد الضبع : أيها المنافقون ... صلاتكم خلف الزنديق باطلة

مركز التوثيق الليبي : تأريخ ما أهمله التاريخ

Friday, 26 February, 2010: BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi called on Thursday for a "jihad" or armed struggle against Switzerland, saying it was an infidel state that was destroying mosques. "Any Muslim in any part of the world who works with Switzerland is an apostate, is against (the Prophet) Mohammad, God and the Koran," Gaddafi said during a meeting in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi to mark the Prophet's birthday. "The masses of Muslims must go to all airports in the Islamic world and prevent any Swiss plane landing, to all harbors and prevent any Swiss ships docking, inspect all shops and markets to stop any Swiss goods being sold," Gaddafi said. The Swiss Foreign Ministry said it had no comment on Gaddafi's remarks. Libya's relations with Switzerland broke down in 2008 when a son of Gaddafi was arrested in a Geneva hotel and charged with abusing domestic servants. [Reuters] More
Friday, 26 February, 2010: Lagos — Athletics coach, Tony Osheku says he is completely overwhelmed by the reception he received on assumption of office as head coach of the Libya Amateur Athletic Federation. The USA-trained Osheku who is unarguably Nigeria's most successful track and field coach in the 1990s and early 2000 late last year got a renewable one year deal to take charge of Libya 's top athletes and prepare them for next year's IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea and London 's 2012 Olympic Games a year later. On February 9, the coach was presented a huge cake right on the track of the main stadium in Tripoli after the morning training session to mark his birthday with the vice president of the Libya Amateur Athletic Federation spearheading the celebration party 'I am grateful to God that Libya have recognised my worth and have decided to give me this job. They want me to give seminars to their coaches and I'm also in charge of the technical areas. [Daily Champion] More
Friday, 26 February, 2010: The tremendous growth in Libya’s construction sector since 2003, when UN sanctions were lifted, was blunted in 2009 by the global recession. After seeing year–on-year (y-o-y) growth as high as 28% in 2007, industry value real growth fell into negative territory at -1.18% for 2009. According to new report, The sector still remains relatively small – valued at just US$3.84bn – but growth is expected to return in 2010 with sector value rising to US$6.12bn by 2014. Total capital investment as a percentage of GDP is set to remain constant over the forecast period at 8.58%. Libya Infrastructure Report 2010 issued by Business Monitor International stated that major projects have continued to focus on Libya’s utilities sector as foreign companies have entered the country with the aim of improving infrastructure in relation to energy. A joint venture between Russia's Technopromexport and Libya African Investment Portfolio announced a fund of US$6.73bn for power projects in Africa, including a 1250km, 400kV transmission line in Libya. [Global Arab Network] More
Friday, 26 February, 2010: The fifth forum of the Social People's League of Grand Sahara Tribes opened here on Wednesday with hundreds of traditional rulers and representatives of tribes and communities from over 23 countries bordering the Sahara desert participating, PANA reported from here. At the opening ceremony of the three-day meeting, the secretary of the forum of the Arab-African organizations, Riffaa Al-Madhani, on behalf of the consultative commission of the league, recalled that the meeting was a response to the call made by the Libyan leader, Mouammar Kadhafi, upon all tribes of the Grand Sahara to pray together on the occasion of the Maouloud (celebration of the birth of Prophet Mohammed). [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 26 February, 2010: Brussels - Switzerland's behaviour over a visa row with Libya puts the future of the European Union's border-free Schengen area at risk, the Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said on Thursday. The tit-for-tat confrontation dates back to July 2008, when police in Geneva questioned Gaddafi's son, Hannibal, and his wife following a complaint that they had abused domestic staff at their hotel. Soon after, Libya prevented two Swiss businessmen from leaving the country, and subsequently tried them on visa violations. This week one of them was sentenced to four months in prison, while the other was permitted to escape through Tunisia. In the last weeks Switzerland placed 180 Libyan officials, including Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi, on a Schengen "black list" to prevent them from entering the territory of all the 25 countries that take part in the system. Maroni stressed that the Swiss were wrong to resort to Schengen instruments, as Libya reacted saying it would deny visas to all EU citizens. The policy, however, was not applied uniformly, as some Italians were allowed to enter. [Earth Times] More
Friday, 26 February, 2010: A new land deal allowing South African farmers to produce livestock, milk and fruit in Libya has been put on hold pending the finalisation of an investment protection agreement between the two countries. "We were happy with the opportunities we were offered in Libya, but the problem now is that the investment protection agreement between the South African and Libyan governments has not been ratified, so we are not fully protected if we go there," Theo de Jager, Deputy President of farmers union Agri SA said on Thursday. He said the union was in the process of selecting farmers to take up a multi-million hectare land deal signed with the Congo Republic last year. [IOL] More
كل عام وأنتم بخير

تعازي إلى آل الفاندي     تعازي إلى آل القمودي

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : بيان حول مقاضاة نظام القذافي عن مذبحة سجن بوسليم

طرابلسي : أخبار العائلة المالكة     عبدالله بن عبدالله : أنا المحمودى     ع. بوشناف : ديمقراطية الاسد

فوزي عبدالحميد : معالم الذكاء

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي ـ السويد : دعوة للمشاركة في إعتصام اللجنة يوم 7 ابريل

Thursday, 25 February, 2010: TRIPOLI, Feb 24 (Reuters) - Swiss businessman Max Goeldi has said he is being treated well in the Libyan jail he was taken to after a standoff between Libya and Switzerland escalated into a Europe-wide row, his lawyer said on Wednesday. Goeldi had been sheltering in the Swiss embassy in Tripoli but on Monday, a few hours after Libya surrounded the building with police and demanded his surrender, he emerged and was driven away to prison. Lucrative business ties between European firms and Libya's booming economy are at stake in a row which took on a Europe-wide dimension this month when Tripoli banned citizens of most European countries from entering the country. Lawyer Salah Zahaf said he had visited his client at the Ain Zara prison on the outskirts of Tripoli. He is starting a four-month sentence after a Libyan court found him guilty of immigration violations. "He is happy in the prison, he is in good condition.". [Reuters] More
Thursday, 25 February, 2010: BEIRUT: Lebanon should boycott the Arab League summit in Libya and should assume its responsibilities, demanded the Higher National Committee to follow up on the case of Imam Musa Sadr on Wednesday. The committee held a meeting presided over by vice president of the Higher Shiite Council, Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan, after which it concluded that Lebanon should not participate in the summit that will be held in Libya next month. Sadr, an Iranian Lebanese religious leader who founded the Movement of the Deprived (Amal), went missing along with two of his companions after departing from Tripoli, Libya, in 1978, to meet with government officials. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was indicted in August 2008 by the Lebanese government for the Imam’s disappearance but has constantly denied any involvement in the case. Six other Libyans were also indicted. [Daily Star] More
تحالف تمدّن الليبي : نظرة في الإصلاح والمصالحة

بعيو المصراتي : المرأة ودورها في تاريخ المسرح الليبي

Amnesty : Libya: Swiss Businessman Held On Politically Motivated Charges

المواطن : هكذا يتدرب شبابنا في جيش القذافي

أبو الحسن : كبش العيد و مجزرة ابوسليم     عمرو النايلي : القائد والمعارضه الوهنه

علاء الدرسي : ليبيا الحريّة : أهالي بوسليم في مقر القيادات الشعبية يواجهون بنظرات حادة

الحياة : محمود شمام : النفط شوّه المشهد الثقافي السعودي لعقود طويلة!

معمر سليمان : تقدمة المحاكمة بين المحمودي وحكيم

المحمودي : حوار بين (أمارير) و (جورج) (7)

Wednesday, 24 February, 2010: Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reports Palestinian president met Libyan senior officials during visit, but not with president. North African country slated to host Hamas delegation in Arab summit next month Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi avoided meeting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas while the latter was visiting Tripoli despite his explicit requests, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi reported Tuesday. According to the report, Abbas met with Libyan officials on Sunday in an attempt to reach a decision on the makeup of the Palestinian delegation to an Arab summit, which has been scheduled to take place in the country at the end of March. The talks failed when the Libyan leadership did not change its decision to allow Hamas representatives to attend the summit, to which Abbas objects. [Ynetnews] More
Wednesday, 24 February, 2010: A Palestinian official affiliated to Fatah on Tuesday denied differences between President Mahmoud Abbas and Libya over inviting Fatah's bitter rival, Hamas, to an Arab League (AL) summit slated for March in Tripoli. "The reports about differences in the structure of the Palestinian delegation to the summit are unfounded," Jamal Muhissen, a member of the Central Committee of Abbas's Fatah party, told Xinhua. On Tuesday, the London-based al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper reported that Abbas, who visited Libya on Saturday, failed to agree with Tripoli on the composition of the Palestinian delegation to the summit. Following the disagreement, the report said, Libya still kept the door open for inviting Hamas, which routed pro-Abbas security forces and seized the Gaza Strip in 2007, to attend the summit. Abbas did not meet Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi during his visit to Tripoli. [People] More
Wednesday, 24 February, 2010: (ANSAmed) - ALGIERS, FEBRUARY 23 - Algiers today expressed "its unconditional solidarity with Tripoli" and asked for "a solution to the dispute over the free movement of people who oppose Switzerland" to be found, said spokesperson for the Algerian Foreign Ministry. "Algeria is following developments in the controversy between the Arab Jamahirya Libya and Switzerland over the free movement of people" said a statement issued by the APS agency. It also calls for "a solution to this dispute based on respect for international law and the habits and customs of relations between sovereign States". [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 24 February, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, FEBRUARY 23 - "It was a good thing that Switzerland listened to our requests in the interest of their two citizens and that it ceased hiding them in the Embassy," Libyan Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa said, according to the JANA press agency, in an exclusive press conference for the Libyan press body, after the two Swiss men held in Libya since summer 2008 who have been sheltering at the Swiss Embassy, left the diplomatic headquarters. In regard to this, JANA dedicates an article with a triumphant headline: "Switzerland gave in, they listened to our warning and have released the accused Swiss man to the justice police." It quotes the minister, according to whom "finally the condemned Swiss man will now be able to make use of his right to appeal to the Supreme Court, but the important thing for us Libyans is to have underlined our desire to apply the law." [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 24 February, 2010: The row between Tripoli and Berne started in July 2008 when two Swiss men were barred from leaving Libya after police in Geneva angered Tripoli by arresting a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi on charges of abusing two domestic helpers. Kuwait will seek to help defuse the diplomatic tension between Libya and Switzerland, the Kuwaiti foreign minister has said. Shaikh Mohammad Al Sabah who started on Monday a European tour of Portugal, Britain, Luxemburg and Belgium, will also visit Libya for discussions that include the Arab summit to be hosted by Tripoli next month as well as the diplomatic row between Tripoli and Geneva. "The visit to Libya is highly significant because it comes amid preparations for the annual summit," Shaikh Mohammad said. "But, there is also the standoff between Switzerland and Libya and its effect on the Libyan-European relations. I will take up this issue during my stops in Europe and will brief the Libyan foreign minister on the outcome of the meetings with European officials," Shaikh Mohammad was quoted as telling Kuwaiti media prior to his departure. [Gulf News] More
Wednesday, 24 February, 2010: Amnesty International has called on the Libyan authorities to immediately release a Swiss businessman convicted of politically motivated immigration charges and to lift a travel ban imposed on him as a diplomatic row between the two countries continued. Max Goeldi left the Swiss embassy in Tripoli on Monday to begin serving a four month prison sentence for breaching immigration regulations. The move comes amid a dispute that began with the arrest in Switzerland in 2008 of the son of Libyan leader Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi accused of abusing domestic staff, who later withdrew their complaint. "Max Goeldi is a pawn in the diplomatic row between Switzerland and Libya. He has not been able to go home to his family since July 2008, when the row between the two countries started and has clearly been targeted because of his nationality. We consider him a prisoner of conscience - imprisoned for being from the wrong place at the wrong time," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, deputy director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa programme. [Amnesty USA] More
رمضان جربوع : لن تفلس أمريكا ونظل أغنياء!

عيسى عبدالقيوم : عُمانيون فى بلاد الإنجليز(2)

محمّد قدري الخوجة : متفرّقات سرّيّة للغاية!

خليفة محمد : بالتوكيات     أبو تمام : الليبي بـ 1000 دينار؟ يا بلاش     فوزي : سالم بن عمار قبح الله وجهه

أبو صهيب الليبي : تصريح صحفي بخصوص مداخلة القذافي أمام مؤتمر الشعب العام

SBS Dateline : The Gaddafi Interview     Watch     Transcript

حسن المنصوري : جورجيا وجرجينا

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : لا حكومة ديمقراطية، دون وسائل اعلام حرة

د. فتحي الفاضلي : حركة مسجد القصر: الجزء الثاني : يوم الزينة.. وبراءة الشهداء

Tuesday, 23 February, 2010: (Bloomberg) -- Libya plans to invest 5 billion pounds ($8 billion) in the U.K., an official from the Libyan Investment Authority said, six months after Britain released Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. “We have plans to invest 5 billion pounds in Britain,” Rajab Layas told Prime Minister Gordon Brown during a conference in London. The LIA didn’t respond to an e-mail requesting more information. Al-Megrahi was freed by Scotland’s devolved government to return to Libya on compassionate grounds in August because he was dying of cancer, igniting fury in the U.S. and Britain. He was jailed in 2001 for the 1988 killing of 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. [Businessweek] More
Tuesday, 23 February, 2010: Seriously Ill? Head for Libya. Why Libya, you might ask? Very simple, actually. Abdelbaset Ali Mohamed al-Megrahi was convicted, in 2001, of 270 counts of murder for the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 in mid-air. Two-hundred-fifty-nine passengers and crew, 190 of them American, along with eleven Scots on the ground, were killed in the terrorist attack. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in a Scottish prison. In August 2009, Megrahi was released on "compassionate" grounds by Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill. Megrahi, the world was told, was suffering from fatal prostate cancer, had no more than three months to live according to an examining oncologist, Karol Sikora, and should be allowed to die at home. [Huffington Post] More
Tuesday, 23 February, 2010: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Several dozen Libyan police surrounded the Swiss embassy in Tripoli on Monday after issuing an ultimatum for Switzerland to hand over two of its nationals who have been sheltering there, a Reuters reporter said. The reporter, who was at the scene, said he saw one of the Swiss men, Rachid Hamdani, come out of the embassy building and climb into a car driven by Libyan officials. [New York Times] More
Tuesday, 23 February, 2010: The Secretary for Cooperation at the Libyan General People's Committee for External Relations and International Cooperation, Mohamed Tahar Siala, has deplored the delay in raising the level of bilateral economic relations between Libya and the United States. Siala spoke during the Libyan-American economic forum held in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, Sunday. He recalled that the framework for the resumption of cooperation between Libya and the US was established in 2008, following the visit to Libya of then U.S. Deputy Sec retary of State John Negroponte, and was founded on the principle of the mutual willingness to promote economic relations between the two parties. [Afrique Jet] More
Tuesday, 23 February, 2010: Ministers were facing further questions over the decision to free the Lockerbie bomber last night as it emerged Libya is due to invest £5billion in the UK following the release. Rajab Layas, of the state-controlled Libyan Investment Authority, yesterday told a conference in London hosted by Gordon Brown that Colonel Gadaffi's regime was planning a major investment in Britain in the coming months. The Tripoli regime currently spends about £400million a year on British goods Mr Layas did not link the huge deal to the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from a Scottish jail last year. But critics last night said the timing raised new questions about Megrahi's release. Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski, chairman of the Commons all [Mail on Sunday] More
Tuesday, 23 February, 2010: Six months after the Lockerbie bomber flew home from a Scottish jail to a rapturous Tripoli welcome, a very different reception is taking place in the Libyan capital this week: the first U.S. government-sponsored trade mission to this country in some 37 years. Libya has been shut off from the U.S. for decades — starting in 1981, when President Ronald Reagan banned Americans from traveling to the country because of Libya's support for terrorist organizations, and then through subsequent U.S. sanctions. But on Saturday, Feb. 20, 25 American executives arrived in Libya to see if they can do business. U.S. Commerce Department officials set up two large cardboard signs decorated with the American flag in the lobby of Tripoli's swank Corinthia Hotel. Little U.S. and Libyan flags intertwined in a display on a welcome desk, alongside brochures explaining to Libyans what each of the American companies produces. [Time] More
الحياة : إسلامي ليبي ينتقد رفض طرابلس إطلاق سجناء "المقاتلة"     السلفيوم : التلوث بالنفايات الصلبة بمدينة طبرق

مدوّنة بعيو المصراتي : الفضاء الرابع     مدوّنات ليبية أخرى

أبو أحمد : الخلل... والردع الذاتي

علي حميدة : مرحب

أخيراً بان المستور وفاض التنور.. الزواري هو بن خليفة

ليلى الهوني : اعتذار     د. مصطفى الزائدي : كذب بنظام الدفع المسبق   

علاء الدرسي : اعتصام أهالي ضحايا بوسليم يوم السبت 20/2/2010     لقطات من الاعتصام  

وام : شركات امريكية تبحث فرص الاستثمار في ليبيا

Khaeri Aboushagor : A Salute to Al Ahli (Trablus)

وفاء البوعيسى : لا تروقني العضوية في مكافحة الذباب

د. محمد المقريف : صفحات من تاريخ النظام الانقلابي في ليبيا (1)

محمود أفندى : شقلباط!

Monday, 22 February, 2010: The Libyan government has been sounding off lately about boosting the profile of its oil and gas market, but it's questionable whether international companies will ignore the government's missteps in the industry - not to mention the recent lackluster energy finds - and keep injecting money into the North African country. The head of Libya's National Oil Corp., Shokri Ghanem, has his eye on expanding gas exploration and production in a bid to raise exports to Europe, as well as privatizing oil refineries and the petrochemical sector, according to an interview he gave this month to the Oxford Business Group. Once an international outcast, Libya now wants foreigners to take a greater stake in the oil market. [Arab News] More
Monday, 22 February, 2010: BEIRUT: Lebanese President Michel Sleiman on Saturday urged Libya to disclose the fate of a Lebanese imam who disappeared almost 32 years ago. “Where are Imam Moussa al-Sadr and his companions? We need to answer this question,” Sleiman said during an interview with reporters. Iranian-born Lebanese Imam Moussa al-Sadr, together with his two companions Mohammad Yaqoub and Abbas Badreddine, disappeared without trace during an official trip to Libya in August 1978. The Lebanese widely blame Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi for ordering the men’s disappearance, but Tripoli has denied the allegations. Libya has claimed Sadr, who was also the spiritual and political leader of the Movement of the Deprived (Amal) in Lebanon, had already left for Italy before going missing. [Daily Star] More
Monday, 22 February, 2010: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi doesn’t dish out apologies. That aside, he owes one over a diplomatic row that needed not occur. After all, at issue is just a family nutter. That’s Hannibal, one of Colonel Gaddafi’s sons. Ironically, he’s named after one of the most disciplined, tactful and greatest generals of the ancient world. Hannibal even managed to persuade elephants to cross the Alps to the horror of Roman soldiers. If Hannibal the general terrified parts of ancient Europe with military genius, Hannibal Gaddafi has irritated parts of the continent with a spoiled kid antics. Coincidentally, Switzerland, a most synonymous with the Alps, has had the latest longest row with Libya, courtesy of Hannibal. Last week, Libya drugged other European nations into the argument, via Switzerland. [Nation] More
Monday, 22 February, 2010: Libya’s decision to deny entry to citizens from the European Union’s Schengen area in a long-running battle with Switzerland was uncalled for, the European Commission said in a statement, but would not give any explanations as to what it meant or what would happen next. No official explanation was given for Tripoli’s actions either, but according to press reports it followed Switzerland’s decision to ban more than 180 Libyan officials from its territory. Switzerland is one of the 25 members of the border-free Schengen zone which allows free travel by EU citizens between the member countries without visas. “The European Commission deplores the unilateral and disproportionate decision by Libyan authorities to suspend the delivery of visas to EU Schengen countries’ citizens. The Commission also regrets that travelers who legally obtained visas before the suspension measure were refused entry when arriving in Libya,” said the EU’s new Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmstrom. [New Europe] More
Monday, 22 February, 2010: AFP - Libya has returned the passport of one of two Swiss businessmen detained in its standoff with Switzerland but has not given him an exit visa, Amnesty International said Saturday. Rashid Hamdani -- who has been stranded in Libya with fellow businessman Max Goeldi for 19 months -- retrieved his Swiss and Tunisian passports last weekend, Amnesty spokeswoman Manon Schick told AFP. "He does not have an exit visa," said Schick, citing Hamdani's wife. A Libyan court had dropped the last legal charges retained against Hamdani, alleging illegal business activities, a week earlier. [France 24] More
Monday, 22 February, 2010: Libya continues to occupy first place, above Nigeria, Angola and Gabon, in the updated Upstream Business Environment rating, with a comfortable margin over its nearest rival of three points according to the latest Libya Oil & Gas Report - Libya Oil And Gas Report Q1 2010. It adds that the country's score benefits from its proven oil reserves and a region-topping oil reserves-to-production ratio (RPR). The competitive landscape features numerous non-state companies, while licensing terms are generally good. However, country risk factors undermine some of the hydrocarbons-specific strength, the report says. The country is in the middle of the league table in the Downstream Business Environment rating, with a few high scores but near-term progress up the rankings unlikely. [Tripoli Post] More
ن. ع. : الحاج شاركنى يظهر من جديد فى بنغازي!!

د. مصطفى عبدالله : زمن النشور

عبدالعظيم الليبي : وما خفى كان أعظم يا فتحي بن خليفة

نادي الباروني : تهنئة من القلب لعشّاق وجمهور نادي الأهلي الطرابلسي

سليم الرقعي : الأساس الواهي الذي إستندت عليه "البوعيسي" في هجومها عليّ!؟

Sunday, 21 February, 2010: A top Swiss diplomat has met his Libyan and German counterparts in Berlin to resolve a diplomatic row over visa suspensions, Swiss media reported Friday. The Swiss Foreign Ministry said it is "working on a solution" to the visa spat that has resulted in high-ranking Libyans being barred from traveling to Europe and citizens from 25 European nations from visiting Libya. Ministry spokesman Adrian Sollberger declined to elaborate, citing the sensitivity of the negotiations. Swiss radio SF1 reported that Permanent Secretary Michael Ambuehl arrived at the German Foreign Ministry on Friday afternoon. [Businessweek] More
Sunday, 21 February, 2010: Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal prostate cancer, no longer receives hospital treatment after ending the course of chemotherapy that he had been given after returning to his homeland last August. Professor Karol Sikora, the London-based doctor who examined Megrahi and predicted he would be dead by last October, admitted this weekend that the fact the bomber is still alive might be "difficult" for the families of the 270 victims of the attack. The latest disclosure will incense many of the relatives of those who died in the bomb blast in December 1988 when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded in mid air over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 243 passengers, 16 crew and 11 people on the ground. [Telegraph] More
Sunday, 21 February, 2010: Royal ratcatcher Rentokil has revealed that the Libyan government continues to drag its heels over its pest control bill. The British firm has been helping Libya to clear up a dangerous rodent infestation in capital city Tripoli, and has also helped keep a lid on a worrying outbreak of bubonic plague in Tobruk. Although Rentokil maintained that its contract with the North African country is proving to be 'very successful', it admitted that payments continue to be 'delayed'. 'It's a difficult situation,' said chief executive Alan Brown. 'In terms of business culture they are different to what we are used to.' [Daily Mail] More
تعازي إلى آل البسكري ودخيل     تعازي إلى آل غنيم والسمين     تعازي إلى آل العكشي 

همّام عبدالهادي : تأوهات في ذكرى أحداث فبراير

منظمة العفو الدولية : اعتقال الإعلاميين لفترة وجيزة يعكس زيادة في الاعتداء على حرية التعبير في ليبيا

محمد مصراتي : تبًا لكم.. واحدًا واحدًا

فتحي بن خليفة : أنا حكيم..

مركز التوثيق الليبي : أغنية : سلام يا بلادي

هشام بن غلبون : هجرة اليهود إلى فلسطين وقصة الوطن البديل

الجزيرة : المطالبة العربية للمستعمر بالاعتذار ـ شارك فيها : د. الهادي شلوف

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : مقاطع من كتاب الصحراء

Saturday, 20 February, 2010: ROME (Reuters) - Switzerland and Libya are ready to end a row which has stopped Europeans entering Libya, but some conditions still must be met, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said on Wednesday after meeting his Libyan counterpart. Officials said on Monday that Libya had stopped issuing entry visas to 25 European nations in response to a Swiss entry ban on scores of Libyan officials, including Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family. That was the latest twist in a long-running dispute between Switzerland and Libya, sparked by the brief arrest of Gaddafi's son Hannibal in Geneva in 2008. The visa ban on "Schengen" countries widened that spat to affect most of western Europe. Frattini said Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey told him by telephone on Tuesday evening that Switzerland was ready to scrap the travel ban on 186 Libyans provided that Tripoli releases two Swiss businessmen... [Reuters] More
Saturday, 20 February, 2010: SYDNEY - Libya agreed to compensate Lockerbie relatives to resolve a diplomatic row, not because Tripoli was behind the 1988 bombing, Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi has said in a television interview. "This is a peaceful settlement to resolve the problems between us," Kadhafi told Australian television channel SBS's Dateline programme, to be aired on Sunday. He said Tripoli had agreed to the settlement to abide by a court ruling that found Libya guilty of the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie that killed 270 people. "We, at the end, accepted the judgement that was made, even though it is not a legal judgement but a political one," Kadhafi said in a transcript... [AFP] More
Saturday, 20 February, 2010: In mid January 2010, there was a concerted plan to deport Eritreans from Libyan detention centres back to Eritrea; there is no doubt that the Eritrean Embassy orchestrated this new horrifying development. This fact was made public at the time thanks to the cooperative work of Eritreans in Tripoli and in diaspora and with the help of all international humanitarian organizations, journalists and interested individuals. This well-organized fight against the hidden agenda brought some change and the plan was held on standby for a while, but not, unfortunately, abandoned. According to Radio Erena (http://www.erena.org/), an independent radio station broadcasting Eritrean programmes from Paris, twelve Eritreans have now been kidnapped from among sixty-seven Eritrean detainees and they were sent back to Eritrea on 2nd February 2010... [Asmarino] More
Saturday, 20 February, 2010: The chair of the Libyan national committee against desertification, Dr. Bechir Nouri, has been elected vice-chair of the commission in charge of implementing the UN convention against desertification, official sources told PANA here on Thursday. A source close to the Libyan National Committee against Desertification, a branch of the Libyan General People's Committee (ministry) for Agriculture and Animal and Sea Resources, said the decision was taken during a recent meeting in Argentina, attended by state parties to the convention. According to the source, Libya has been chosen to show gratitude to the North African country for the pivotal role it plays in consolidating the implementation of the UN convention against desertification. The first meeting of the UN commission will be held in March as a prelude to the conference of the countries who are signatories to the convention slated for late 2010. [Afrique Jet] More
Saturday, 20 February, 2010: The Libyan leader, Mouamar Gaddafi, on Thursday received Syria's vice-president, Farouk Charaa, who is on a visit to Libya as part of a tour of North Africa. A Libyan official source says that during the meeting, he conveyed to Gaddafi a message from President Bachar Al-Assad on issues of common interest. Observers say the message may also have dealt with the preparations for the next Arab League summit scheduled for 28-29 March in Libya. [Afrique Jet] More
Saturday, 20 February, 2010: BEIRUT- Following its weekly meeting in Qoreitem on Thursday, the Future bloc issued a statement that participating in March’s Arab League Summit in Libya is very important considering the delicate regional and Arab situation and its repercussions on Lebanon. Several Shia figures, including Speaker Nabih Berri, called for Lebanon to boycott the summit on Wednesday, accusing Libya of being behind the 1978 disappearance of Shia leader Imam Moussa Sadr. [iLoubnan] More
محمد ابراهيم سالم : نظام الخدمات الامنية القذرة

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (704)     ذبّاح : رفيق الزنديق يخلط بين الحب والزنا!!

علي الخليفي : من أطلق النار على عبدالله     عيسى عبدالقيوم : عُمانيون فى بلاد الإنجليز.. (1)

حملة التضامن : صور المظاهرة الوطنية أمام سفارة نظام الطاغية القذافي ـ 17 فبراير 2010

المحمودي : وقفة مع مقال "موحمد ؤمادي" الأخير

Amnesty : Brief Arrest of Media Workers Reflects Increase in Attacks on Freedom

ليبيا إيمال : الإعلان عن مسابقة تافسوت الثقافية     قورينا : صحيفة الديلي تلغراف تعتذر للمعتصم القذافي

معمر سليمان : قوافل الحجج.. وطلائع الأدلة (7)

وفاء البوعيسى : واصلي انهمارك يا أوراق التوت

ابراهيم عبدالعزيز صهّد : هيكل والافتراء على التاريخ (9)

Friday, 19 February, 2010: Swiss Foreign Ministry officials plan to meet with their Libyan counterparts in Madrid on Thursday (February 18th) in hopes of resolving a dispute over reciprocal restrictions on visas. The Swiss foreign minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, "is currently conducting discussions with a number of senior EU officials. In this context, Rey will meet Thursday with Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Miguel Angel Moratinos and his Libyan counterpart, Moussa Koussa," ministry spokesperson Adrian Sollberger said in a message to AFP. Spain is assuming the rotating EU presidency for the first half of 2010. The Switzerland-Libya spat was caused by the July 2008 arrest of Hannibal Kadhafi, a son of the Libyan leader, in Geneva on suspicion of beating his servants. The incident has developed into a clash between Tripoli and the countries of the Schengen area stemming from reciprocal restrictions on issuing visas. The disagreement has prevented Libyans from travelling to Europe and halted travel to Libya for citizens from 25 European nations. [Magharebia] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa met with President Michel Suleiman at the Baabda palace : Following the meeting Moussa said that Lebanon will participate in March’s Arab League Summit in Libya, The National News Agency (NNA) reported Moussa added that the level of Lebanon’s representation will depend on the internal Lebanese situation. “There is enough time to discuss the issue,” said Moussa. “Lebanon’s participation in the upcoming Arab Summit is necessary, since it is a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council,” he added. Moussa touched on the issue of the 1978 disappearance in Libya of Shiite leader Imam Moussa Sadr ( founder of the Amal movement ), saying that the issue, while very sensitive to some Lebanese, should not be discussed in the media. Amal Movement leader , Speaker Nabih Berri, called for boycotting the summit saying that Libya remains responsible for Sadr’s disappearance. [Ya Libnan] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: TRIPOLI - The Head of the Privatization and Investment Board of Libya called Thursday on European Union investors to invest in the North African country. Dr. Jamal Al Nuesri Al Lammouchi, General Secretary of the Directive Committee of the General Board of Privatization and Investment, called on European investors to attend an international summit in Tripoli. The event is set to take place on 30th to 31st of March 2010, under the slogan "A land of challenges and untapped opportunities." It is organized by EUROCONVENTION, with local support from SKY ITR and co-organized under the auspices of General Board of Privatization and Investment. "I take this opportunity to invite you to participate and to contribute to the Summit's objectives in order to experience what strides Great Jamahiriya has made in the last years in terms of economic development and the positive and changing climate for investments, improved laws with easy access to exploit opportunities," said Lammouchi. [Middle East Online] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: African Championship of Nations - Libyan national soccer team Coach, Serbian Branco Ivankovic, has called up 22 players to take part in a training session in readiness for the qualifiers of the next African Championship of Nations (CHAN), a tournament meant for local players, PANA reported from here. Libya will play Algeria for the qualifiers due to start March. The four-day training session will start 19 February in Tripoli, capital of Libya. Following are the players invited to camp. Samir Aboud, Abdelaziz Belrich, Abdelhakim Soudani, Marouan Mabrouk, Mohamed Zabiyeh, Ali Rhouma, Oussama Chtiheh, Ahmed Saad, Mohamed Al-Magherbi, Ahmed Taourghi, Mohamed Tdjani, Ali Slama, Abderrahmane Al-Ammami, Idriss Al-Kataani, Abdallah Chérif, Mansour Mouftah, Mohamed Nachnouch, Tahar Al-Baraassi, Tarek Katit, Khaled Al-Dilawi et Faisal Al-Bedri. [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: Libya is a growing market which offers enormous opportunities for British exporters of goods and services and Libyan firms are keen to establish strong commercial links with the UK. Many prominent Libyan decision-makers have received a British education and English is widely used in business. As UKTI points out in a recent briefing, “change is in the air in Libya” today, the business climate is becoming much more attractive, the private sector is growing and the field for foreign investors is improving. Spending on the country’s infrastructure is high with major projects for residential housing, roads, railways, telecommunications and irrigation to name but a few. Libya has been classified by the World Bank as an “upper-middle-income developing country”. Income obtained from oil and gas exports has enabled Libya to maintain a large public sector with extensive public investment in health, education, agriculture and non-oil related industries. [Global Arab Network] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: The Turkish and Libyan transportation ministers met in Ankara on Tuesday. Turkey's Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim had a meeting with Muhammad Ali Zidane, the secretary of the General People's Committee of Libya for Communications, at his office in Ankara. "We have decided to increase flights to Libya," Yildirim said during the meeting. Yildirim said Turkish Airlines (THY) flights to Tripoli and Benghazi were not sufficient, and they therefore decided to increase flights. Minister Yildirim accompanied Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during his visit to Libya on November 23-25, 2009. Yildirim said two countries signed a number of agreements, protocols and memoranda of understanding during Erdogan's visit, and one of the most important agreements was the removal of visa procedures. [World Bulletin] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: February 16, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Engineer Stephen Juma, an undersecretary in the ministry of telecommunications and postal services, of the Juba based regional government of South Sudan, has confirmed the sale of Gemtel to a Libyan telecom company Ugandan Telecom announced this week the Libyan Arab Investment Portfolio (LAP) Green Networks signed an agreement to buy a stake of 80 per cent of Gemtel on January 16. The dealwas signed by Abdulbaset Elazzabi, the managing director of LAP Green Networks and Augustus Ceaser Mulenga, I-Telecom’s CEO and proprietor of Gemtel. The official attending a follow up meeting on communication gateway with authorities from federal ministry of telecommunication and postal services said the sale is in line with decision to own separate gateway with the same country code number +249. [Sudan Tribune] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: (ANSAmed) - MADRID, FEBRUARY 18 - "There is the willingness to find a solution" between Libya and Switzerland, although "there are still some difficulties", said Spain's Foreign Minister, Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country has the rotating Presidency of the EU, following a meeting this morning in Madrid with the Foreign Ministers of Tripoli and Berne, Mousa Kousa and Micheline Calmy Rey. In a brief press conference Moratinos said that he had seen first the Swiss Minister and then the Libyan one, followed by "a tri-lateral meeting" where "willingness was shown by the two sides to find a definitive solution to the row" which exploded once more after Tripolìs decision to deny entry visas to Schengen countries. Moratinos said that there had been "progress". But, he added, "I will not deny the difficulties, it is a difficult situation between the Swiss and Libyan authorities". Talks will resume later today, but without the Swiss Minister, who "has to leave Madrid". Calmy Rey "will leave a delegation which will continue the conversations", said the Spanish Minister. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: The Libyan government has been sounding off lately about boosting the profile of its oil and gas market, but it’s questionable whether international companies will ignore the government’s missteps in the industry -- not to mention the recent lackluster energy finds -- and keep injecting money into the North African country. The head of Libya’s National Oil Corp., Shokri Ghanem, has his eye on expanding gas exploration and production in a bid to raise exports to Europe, as well as privatizing oil refineries and the petrochemical sector, according to an interview he gave this month to the Oxford Business Group. Once an international outcast for its penchant for terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, Libya now wants foreigners to take a greater stake in the oil market and in turn encourage local firms to play a larger role as well. [Minyanville News] More
Friday, 19 February, 2010: Negotiations to resolve a long-running dispute between Switzerland and Libya that this week entangled the rest of Europe will reportedly continue in Berlin on Friday. Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline-Calmy Rey held talks with her Libyan counterpart Mousa Kousa in Madrid on Thursday, days after Tripoli blocked visas to citizens of the 25-nation Schengen Area. Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos tried to take a positive tone. "There has been progress and overall a will to find a solution, but I cannot hide the difficulty, the difficult situation which Libyan and Swiss authorities are in at the moment," Moratinos told a news conference. Spain holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union. [Swiss Info] More
أبو الحسن : خواطر من ذكرى فبراير

LHRS: Urgent Action: Detention of 4 Jornalists in Benghazi

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : بيان : في الذكرى الرابعة لإنتفاضة فبراير 2006

موسى عبدالكريم : بنغازى وانتفاضة 17 فبراير     إبراهيم قويدر : دولة ليبيا

ؤسان : لقاء مع الفنان المبدع الساطور     السلفيوم : النائب العام يوضح حقيقة ما نشر عن إقالة المحامي العام

الساطور : 17 فبراير 2006.. يوم شهداء بنغازي

سليم الرقعي : إنتفاضة 17 فبراير كانت ضد العقيد القذافي!؟

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي ـ السويد : بيان بشأن ذكرى انتفاضة 17 فبراير

المسحان : بنغازي.. 17 فبراير 2006.. لن نغفر ولن ننسى

Thursday, 18 February, 2010: GENEVA - The Swiss and Libyan foreign ministers will meet in Madrid Thursday to try to resolve a row over Bern's travel ban on 186 Libyans, including Moamer Kadhafi, Switzerland's foreign ministry said. Micheline Calmy-Rey and Libya's Moussa Koussa will meet in presence of their Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos, whose country holds the European Union presidency, a ministry spokesman said late Wednesday. Spain confirmed the meeting but did not specify a time. Libya has been embroiled in a diplomatic row with Switzerland since July 2008 after the brief arrest in Geneva of Kadhafi's son Hannibal when two hotel workers complained he had mistreated them. The dispute escalated when Libya detained two Swiss businessmen. [AFP] More
Thursday, 18 February, 2010: The African Development Bank (AfDB) on February 11th announced a grant to Libya to bolster the country's exports and promote regional economic integration. "Libya, which is the richest African country in terms of natural resources, has huge potential to make the difference in the region, the continent and even beyond," AfDB operations chief Aloysius Ordu told PANA. The bank also hopes this $744,000 grant will encourage Libya to engage in more trade, which will benefit its neighbours, Ordu said. Funds will be used to restructure the Libyan Centre for the Development of Exports (LCDE) and create a strategic plan for its existing export and business development services. Centre employees will also receive administrative and leadership skills training so that they can better assist small- and medium-sized enterprises. [Magharebia] More
Thursday, 18 February, 2010: Four Radio Benghazi journalists who worked on a programme that specialises in covering corruption were arrested yesterday evening outside the station in Benghazi (650 km east of Tripoli) and were released at midday today. Their arrests come amid a general crackdown by the Libyan authorities on news media, especially independent news websites. “We firmly condemn these arrests and the campaign that has been waged since the start of the year against Libyan media that dare to criticise abuses in the system,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities began to lift the lid on fundamental freedoms, including press freedom and free expression, in 2007, but now they have gone into reverse.” The press freedom organisation added: “We urge the Libyan authorities to stop harassing journalists and to unblock the independent websites that have been inaccessible for more than a month.” [From The Old] More
Thursday, 18 February, 2010: (ANSAmed) - Brussels, Feb. 17 - Libyàs decision to stop issuing visas to citizens of the Schengen countries will be on the agenda of the meeting of EU Foreign Ministers on Monday. This news was confirmed by the spokesman of High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton. The spokesman explained that Ashton herself has proposed to place the issue on the meeting's agenda. In answer to a question, Lutz Gullner added that Ashton may speak with the Swiss authorities "today". Also confirmed the meeting on Thursday of the so-called Visas group, a group of EU and non-EU experts from Schengen countries and the European Commission, to assess the situation. [ANSAmed] More
Thursday, 18 February, 2010: ROME/GENEVA - Italy and Malta urged Switzerland on Wednesday to resolve a diplomatic spat with Libya, while the government in Bern said it was not changing its visa policy. The row has seen the authorities in Tripoli deny Schengen-zone passport holders entry into the North African country after Libyans faced restrictions on entering Europe. The call to the Swiss came in a statement following a three-way meeting in Rome involving Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, Malta's Tonio Borg and their Libyan counterpart, Mousa Kousa. After the meeting, Frattini spoke with Swiss Foreign Minister Michele Calmy-Rey, their second phone call in two days. A statement from Rome said the conversation involved a "useful exchange of views" on the matter and contacts would continue. [Arab News] More
Thursday, 18 February, 2010: Rome - Geneva and Tripoli have indicated they are ready to compromise in a dispute that has barred Libyans from travelling to Switzerland and citizens from 25 European nations from visiting Libya, an Italian official said on Wednesday. Italy - with large oil, gas and other business interests in Libya - wants to end the travel obstacles, which kept some Italian businessmen waiting for hours at Tripoli airport this week or forced them to fly back to Italy. Italian Foreign Minister Frattini met in Rome on Wednesday with foreign ministers from Libya and Malta, another European Union (EU) nation with well-established trade with Tripoli. "The Libyans have consulted with us and they are willing to reach a deal quickly with Switzerland," if the Swiss "cancel the [travel] black list" of 186 names, including Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Frattini told Italian TV. [News 24] More
(بنغازي) غناء : فوزي الزاوي

طارق القزيري : ليبيا والدور الإقليمي الممكن والممتنع

سليم الرقعي : هذه هي حقيقة الرسالتين الصوتيتين للسيدة الهوني!؟

ليلى الهوني : إلى المدعو سليم الرقعي (2)

رفيق : أمة متقدمة تحتفل بالحب.. وأمة متخلفة تقتل من يحب

الليبو : الدرباك عيسى عبدالقيوم     بومهراس : ألعب غيرها يا عيسى

عبيد أحمد الرقيق : الدكتور مسعود!!

محمّد قدري الخوجة : لو عـُرف السّبب لبطل العجب!

سالم بن عمار : تأملات فيما صدر عن (القطعاني) من شطحات (3)

الطاهر الزاوي : الأم : قصيدة باللهجة العامية للشاعر طارق الصيد الصقري

محمود أفندى : استراحة محارب..

Temehu : Libya's Online Museum

Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: The European Commission has condemned Libya's decision to stop issuing visas to the many Europeans whose countries are in the Schengen border-free zone. The commission says it "deplores the unilateral and disproportionate" Libyan decision and the nations affected will consider an "appropriate reaction". Libya's move came after Switzerland allegedly blacklisted 188 high-ranking Libyans, denying them entry permits. The Swiss ban is said to include Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and his family. Switzerland is in the 25-nation Schengen zone - European countries that have abolished mutual border controls. Ordered back : Reports say Libya's visa ban is already in force at Tripoli's main airport. [BBC] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: Feb. 16 (Bloomberg) -- Four Italians are being detained at Tripoli’s airport in a visa dispute between Libya and the European Union, la Repubblica reported, without saying where it got the information. Libyan authorities blocked entrance for 40 Italian citizens between Feb. 14 and Feb. 15, Repubblica said. Some of those Italians have since returned home and others have “managed to enter Libya,” the daily reported, without saying why the remaining four are still being detained. [Businessweek] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: DUBAI—The Central Bank of Libya Tuesday invited foreign banks to submit applications to set up subsidiaries in the country as the former pariah state continues to open up its economy to the outside world. "An important part of Libya's financial-sector reform strategy is to allow foreign banks to operate in the country," the bank said in an emailed statement. The central bank would issue two licenses to foreign banks "who would have an ownership of up to 49% in the new banks with full management control", it said. The remaining 51% would be owned by domestic investors. Banks wanting to apply for a license must have a Tier 1 capital of more than $2 billion and a credit rating of at least Baa2... [WSJ] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: He's a long-serving, unpredictable dictator. He's invaded countries, sponsored terrorism, trained insurgents, and tried to develop nuclear weapons. His recent debut UN speech went 75 minutes over his allotted time, highlighted several conspiracy theories, and called for President Obama to be installed as president for life. He recently said that civil society has no place in his country - even as a panel headed by his son was preparing a new law legalizing nongovernmental organizations. Welcome to the world of Libyan leader Muammar el-Gaddafi. "The last time I saw him, at an Arab summit in Cairo, he arrived in a white limousine surrounded by gun-girls - his very own Kalashnikov-toting brunettes running beside his car - and then walked immediately and deliberately towards the conference lavatory, pretending to confuse it with the assembly entrance," Robert Fisk wrote in a 2000 profile in The Independent. [Huffington Post] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: AMMAN (JT) –– Jordan on Tuesday expressed keenness to put all its expertise at the disposal of Libya during the North African country’s preparations to host the Arab summit next month, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported from Tripoli. Conveying a message from His Majesty King Abdullah to Libyan President Muammar Qadhafi, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh underlined King Abdullah’s commitment to coordinate with the Libyan leadership prior to the upcoming high-profile meeting, underlining the “deep ties Jordan and Libya enjoy”. He cited the King’s hopes that the summit will succeed in leading to coordinated Arab action that is capable of influencing the regional and international arenas.[Jordan Times]More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: LET'S rewind to August. And a moment during the Megrahi debate when you could actually hear the tumbleweed rolling through Kenny MacAskill's head. It came when Labour MSP Ken Macintosh asked what happens if the Lockerbie bomber failed to show up for the monthly video conference that was part of his release terms. The following silence felt like an Ice Age, before the Justice Secretary replied: "I have returned him to Libya to die." There then followed a second silence, broken only by that tumbleweed rolling from ear to ear. The question had made perfect sense. The answer, like most of MacAskill's contribution to the issue, made none - and today, it comes back to haunt him as: a) Megrahi is no longer turning up for video conferences, and b) Megrahi is still alive. Our Government's "compassion" for a man convicted of killing 270 innocents is now extended to him being allowed to check in once every two weeks by phone. [The Sun] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: DUBAI (Reuters) - Bahrain's Ahli United Bank will acquire 40 percent of the Libya's United Bank for Commerce & Investment, according to a statement from the Kuwait bourse on Tuesday. Ahli United Bank received the approval of each of the central banks of Bahrain and Libya to acquire 40 percent of the bank by increasing its capital, the note said. UBCI was founded in 2007 through the merger of three national banks in Libya, according to the bank's website. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: (ANSAmed) - PARIS - The countries of the European Union cannot be hostages of a bilateral controversy, said Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini during a joint press conference with his French counterpart Bernard Kouchner today in Paris. "I will repeat my appeal to Libya and also to Switzerland for flexibility in resolving their bilateral problem, so that the rest of Europe is not held hostage", Frattini said. "It is a problem which affects us all, I believe that Europe will be able to address this matter on Monday at a Foreign Ministerial level to resolve or help to resolve the matter, which affects French, Italian, and Belgian citizens who have nothing to do with this bilateral issue", he added. "We have shown solidarity in trying to help Switzerland solve this major problem with Libya, but frankly, if someone stirs up a reaction from Libya, and I will say to the Libyans to keep calm, Switzerland must also do its bit". [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: Tripoli/Rome - Twenty-two Italian citizens were allowed into Libya Tuesday, with 55 being rejected, as their foreign minister placed blame on Switzerland for the troubles. Of the four Italian nationals detained at the Tripoli airport on Monday amid escalating tensions between European countries and the North African oil-producer, three have been allowed to enter Libya, a Foreign Ministry official told the German Press Agency dpa. The fourth returned to Italy, while 19 other Italian nationals who subsequently arrived at Tripoli airport were allowed to enter Libya, she said. But another 55 Italian travelers who arrived over the course of Tuesday were denied entry to Tripoli, the official added. Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has said Switzerland, which earlier this year operationally joined the Schengen zone of free movement for people in Europe, was abusing the agreement. [Earth Times] More
Wednesday, 17 February, 2010: Italy has accused Switzerland of holding hostage all the members of Europe’s Schengen countries. This comes after Libya stopped issuing visas to citizens from the 25 European nations covered by the Schengen pact — some of which are not in the European Union, such as Switzerland. Officials said it was in retaliation for a Swiss ban on a select group of high-placed Libyans. Italy’s foreign minister told Euronews Switzerland misused the Schengen agreement: “The Swiss mustn’t use Schengen for aims which have nothing to do with Schengen. We know very well that Switzerland has just entered Schengen but before taking a decision that can rebound on countries that are completely uninvolved, they should hold consultations. And Switzerland didn’t consult us.” [Euro News] More
عيسى عبدالقيوم : لعنة الليبو.. محمد مادي نموذجاً

أمارير : صديقي محمد مادي ، لا تحزن فإن الله معنا

فوزي عبدالحميد : حروب القذافي بأبناء ليبيا

مخيّم "أمل" 2010     Amal Camp 2010

د. محمد بوقعيقيص : خلاص الوطن وإنهاء دويلة الحقراء (2)

مركز التوثيق الليبي : عائلة الدكتاتور الماجنة.. حصاد الصور

Tuesday, 16 February, 2010: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya has suspended the issuing of entry visas to European citizens apart from British nationals, an official at the country's main international airport said on Monday. Asked by Reuters to confirm reports of the move, the official, who did not want to be identified, said: "This is right. This decision has been taken. No visas for Europeans, except Britain." No explanation was given for the suspension, and there was no immediate confirmation from the Libyan government. Italy's foreign ministry confirmed the measure and said it was in retaliation for Switzerland's recent decision to publish a blacklist of 180 Libyans banned from entering the country. Libya has been locked for months in a diplomatic row with Switzerland over the prosecution of two Swiss businessmen who had been working in the North African country. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 16 February, 2010: A large and high profile US trade delegation due to arrive in Libya in February is signaling a further thawing of Libyan-American relations. Representatives from 25 American companies will accompany Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale during the US government’s first trade mission to Libya since the renewal of bilateral relations three years ago. “Libya’s government is making efforts to diversify the economy and encourage private-sector participation in new manufacturing and service activities,” Lamb-Hale said in a statement released by the US department of commerce. “As Libya moves forward with its transition, it holds potentially rich trade opportunities in almost every sector of the economy.” US exports to Libya in 2008 totaled $720 million, according to the department’s figures. The US embassy in Libya said that participating companies include The Boeing Company, Electrolux International, Harley Davidson Motor Company and Northrop Grumman. [Jerusalem Post] More
Tuesday, 16 February, 2010: The terrorist who helped bomb Pan Am flight 103 is still alive - and free - in Libya nearly six months after Scotland released the mass murderer from prison on 'compassionate' grounds. Scottish officials had said Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi would die within three months from prostate cancer when they announced they would set him free. But nearly six months later, al-Megrahi is still calling in about twice a month from Libya to authorities in Scotland as part of the terms of his release. "It has almost become comical," said Bert Ammerman who lost his brother in the bombing. "I have to laugh that he has to phone in that he is following his probation terms. This is a complete insult. Shame on Scotland. Shame on the White House." [NBC] More
Tuesday, 16 February, 2010: About 1,005 Swine Flu cases, including one fatality, have been reported in Libya, according to the Secretary of the Libyan General People's Committee for Health and Environment, Mohamed Hijazi. Speaking on Sunday in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, at a meeting of the Libyan High Commission to control the swine flu pandemic, Hijazi stressed that the figure was considered modest compared to other countries worldwide, noting that the result was due to the preventive measures implemented by Libya since the outbreak of the disease. Hijazi, who is the Chairman of the High Commission, emphasised the need to continue to immunize the people against the disease, stressing the key role of the media in raising awareness on the A/H1N1 virus and in promoting the immunization campaign. [Afrique Jet] More
Tuesday, 16 February, 2010: (ANSA) - Tripoli, February 15 - A total of 22 Italians are currently blocked at the international airport in Tripoli following Libya's decision to suspend all entry visas issued in the Schengen area, the Italian consul general told ANSA by phone Monday evening. Francesca Tardioli said that 40 Italians arrived Sunday night, when Libya began denying entry, and while some were finally allowed to enter the country before the ban took effect, three Italians were repatriated to Italy. ''We are giving our assistance and trying to resolve individual situations on a case-by-case basis,'' Tardioli added. The consul general has been at the airport since Sunday night. The Italian foreign ministry on Monday advised Italians not to travel to Libya until the situation has been resolved. [ANSA] More
Tuesday, 16 February, 2010: Foreign Minister Tonio Borg has been in touch with Libyan European Affairs Minister Obeidi and had also asked the European Commission to intervene after Libya suspended the granting of entry visas to Schengen area travellers, including those from Malta, because of a dispute with Switzerland. The Foreign Ministry said 19 Maltese were stopped at Tripoli airport and refused entry to Libya. Libya has been locked for months in a diplomatic row with Switzerland over the prosecution of two Swiss businessmen who had been working in the North African country. However the Maltese Foreign Ministry said this afternoon that the dispute erupted after Switzerland objected to the granting of Schengen visas to 180 Libyan nationals, including some VIPs. This means that full Schengen visas cannot be issued to these persons by any country which is part of the Schengen Visa System. The Foreign Ministry said it was urging Maltese travellers to consult the Libyan Embassy in Malta prior to travelling to Libya. [Times of Malta] More
Tuesday, 16 February, 2010: Kyiv, February 15 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in a telephone conversation has congratulated Viktor Yanukovych on his election as president of Ukraine. Yanukovych's official Web site reported this on Monday. "Your victory shows that you enjoy the confidence of the people. Libya and Ukraine have great potential for cooperation. We hope to attract Ukrainian investments into the economy of Libya. Our countries are friends, partners and allies," Gaddafi said. In turn, Yanukovych thanked for the greetings and invited Gaddafi to attend the inauguration ceremony scheduled for Feb. 25. [Kyiv Post] More
الليبي : موقع ليبيا موش وطننا     الساطور : قوللهم أنا معارضة..

أمارير : كتاب للأطفال : (اماوال ن امودار/ قاموس الحيوانات)

فرج بوالعَـشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (13)

سليم الرقعي : كلمة ـ ربما أخيرة ـ للسيدة الهوني!؟

د. محمد المقريف : ليبيا من الشرعية الدستورية الى الشرعية الثورية

محمود أفندى : ماذا لو لم تحتل ايطاليا ليبيا؟

موحمد ؤمادي : أتركونا وشأننا يا عباد الله

د. مصطفى عبدالله : تحية لمن تسبق أفعالهم أقوالهم

Monday, 15 February, 2010: A girl who spent almost three years in Libya after being abducted in Wigan by her father is back in the UK. Nadia Fawzi, aged six, flew into Manchester Airport with her mother Sarah Taylor, 34, on Sunday afternoon. Her father, Fawzi Abu Arghub, took her out of the UK in May 2007 under the pretence he was attending a party. Ms Taylor was reunited with Nadia in December after British Embassy staff tracked her down. Her grandparents said they were "ecstatic" at her return. There were emotional scenes at the airport as Nadia's extended family, including grandmother Dot, greeted the pair. Speaking minutes after reuniting her daughter with her family Ms Taylor said: "I've really had a lot of support here and I can't ask for much more. "I just did it - I got there in the end." [BBC] More
Monday, 15 February, 2010: Tripoli - Muammar Gaddafi and his family are among 188 Libyan figures barred from visiting Switzerland, according to a decision made by Bern amid a diplomatic row, a Libyan newspaper said on Sunday. The private daily Oea, which is close to the Libyan leader's prominent son Seif al-Islam, carried the report quoting an unidentified "high-ranking" official. "Swiss authorities have taken a decision prohibiting 188 Libyan figures from entering Switzerland," the official was quoted as saying on Oea's website. The report said among those blacklisted were lawmakers, people from the prime minister's office and "military, security and economic officials". There was no immediate reaction from Switzerland. [News24] More
Monday, 15 February, 2010: The market value of the shares of the companies quoted on the Libyan bourse at the end of the week, reached 2,461,146,771 Libyan dinars, an increase of 77,771,000 dinars, as indicated on Saturday by the weekly bullet in of the Libyan financial market (1.26 Libyan dinar = US$ 1). According to the bulletin, the composite index of the Libyan Bourse ended the week on the rise with 52.93 points, reaching its highest level at 1172.62 points. A total of 164,387 shares were exchanged during the five sessions of quotations during the week for a total value of 2,197,856 Libyan dinars in 161 transactions. In comparison with the prices of the companies quoted during the week (10 registered institutions on the Libyan financial market), it appears that six companies recorded an increase in their values while two dropped and two others remained unchanged. [Afrique Jet] More
Monday, 15 February, 2010: The Engineer in chief, Saadi Muammar Gaddafi, appealed to all Libyans; in particular businessmen and experts, to promote, take advantage and contribute to the programmes and projects, planned in the region of Zwarah, the free Ras Jedir, so as to work together for a better future for Libya. During a press conference, Saadi Muammar Gaddafi said, "Following the agreement of Leader Muammar Gaddafi, and under the auspices of Doctor Engineer Saif Islam, the draft law for the Free economic zone was presented before the Peoples' Committees, which showed their agreement to the establishment of the regulation that will rule the dealings of the Free economic zone, stretching from Western Mellitah, to Ras Jdir. He added, "This law consists in regulations and commandments that will govern the economic zone..." [Alarab Online] More
Monday, 15 February, 2010: KHARTOUM – The Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi discussed today Darfur crisis with the former South African President Thabo Mbeki who is the chairman of the African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) on Darfur. Mbeki, accompanied by former Burundi President Pierre Buyoya, who is a committee member, is touring a number of African countries to get their support for a roadmap he proposed to resolve the seven year conflict in Darfur that was endorsed by the AU. He was in Kenya and Egypt last week for the same purpose. Both men presented “a detailed report to the Libyan leader on the committee’s work to bring about peace in Darfur in the context of its keenness to consult Al- Gaddafi who sponsors peace and security in the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (Cen-Sad)”. [Sudan Tribune] More
Monday, 15 February, 2010: An Egyptian book on the Kadhafi revolution garnered the attention of Libyan bloggers this week, as did Libya's approaching turn to host the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 2014. Blogger Salim Elragihe discusses "The Leader Shaves His Hair", a book by Egyptian writer Idriss Ali about Mubarak's regime that includes sections on life in Libya just after Kadhafi's 1969 coup. The book is now banned in Libya for arousing "many enraged reactions in cultural, literary and rightist circles", the blogger writes. "The novel highlights the regime of Libyan President Moamer Kadhafi, the oldest of Arab and African rulers. Idriss Ali gives an account of the years he spent in Libya between 1976 and 1980, i.e. 'the period of revolutionary eruption,' which included acts of public terrorism and political executions in Libya," Elragihe writes as he sums up Ali's more inflammatory passages. [Magharebia] More
( حبـّيتـك ) غـناء : أيمن الأعتر

علي الخليفي : من أثينا إلى بنغازي

د. الهادي شلوف : نصيحة أخوية إلى السيدة الهوني والسيد الرقعي

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (21)

ليلى الهوني : إلى المدعو سليم الرقعي (1)

أويا : عبدالحفيظ العدل : ما هكذا الصحافة يا مهير     الإجدابي : أبوبكر الحبوني : الصراع بين سيف الإسلام والحرس القديم

حملة التضامن : دعوة للإعتصام أمام سفارة نظام القذافي بلندن ـ الإربعاء 17 فبراير

د. مصطفى الزائدي : أوهام السلام     رمضان جربوع : أين ذهبت يا وطن؟

محمد المغبوب : أحلام العام الجديد..

عادل الزاوي : رد على مقالة سليم الرقعي

أحمد الورفلي : شهادة لله وإلى المحترمة السيدة ليلي الهوني

الساطور : فيديو : شعر شعبي : أفكار.. معاناة شعب ونكبة وطن

Sunday, 14 February, 2010: NIGERIA beat Libya 31-27 in its second match at the ongoing Africa Handball Nations Cup to brighten its chance of making it to the knockout stage of the competition. The Nigerians played their first game on Wednesday recording a 27-27 draw against Congo DR who would equally be looking for a victory against Libya in their last group game. The Nigerians would now have to lift their game against Tunisia in their last group game to earn a respectable scoreline and qualify for the preliminary stage. [Guardian] More
Sunday, 14 February, 2010: At a time when Libyans are looking for jobs at any price, foreign companies which get lucrative contracts in Libya do not abide by law and employ Libyan workers. When they rarely do forein companies act very slow and do not provide training incentives to the needy Libyan youth for work. In this way they are not serving the national strategy of economic reform and instead they create more voices that call for stopping the new trends. According to Hassen Al-Kasseh, director of employment and labor, Al-Kasseh, the Department of Control and Professional Security has found that foreign companies had breached the law which makes it mandatory for them to employ a percentage of their workforce from local resources.[Tripoli Post]More
Sunday, 14 February, 2010: Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas plans to boycott the Arab League summit planned for March 27 if Hamas political bureau chief Khaled Meshal attends, according to a report Saturday on Al-Jazeera. According to the report, senior PA officials said they have received information that Libya, which is hosting the summit, is planning a bid to have the two leaders sign a reconciliation agreement. The report adds that Abbas is wary of Egypt's response to such a reconciliation effort. Egypt has been mediating reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas that have thus far been unsuccessful. Abbas has notified Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan that he objects to meeting the Hamas chief unless he signs the reconciliation deal mediated by Egypt. [Haaretz] More
Sunday, 14 February, 2010: International efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons will be given a new lease on life this month, because France has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council. As Council president, France, which shares America’s views about the need to strengthen sanctions on Iran’s government, can raise the matter, something that China eschewed during its tenure in January as Council leader. But, even were a revived Franco-American effort to succeed in getting the UN organ to endorse targeted penalties to hamstring the financial underpinnings of the Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian elites, the proposed measures appear to be too modest. They arguably add little to three prior sanction resolutions that ban the export of nuclear and ballistic-missile technology and conventional arms... [Khaleej Times] More
محمد نور الدين : توحيد المعارضة

سليم الرقعي : مرحباً بعدالة القضاء البريطاني!؟

ليلى الهوني : تحذير إلى المدعو سليم الرقعي

د. علي الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (30)

الجزيرة : خالد المهير : ماذا بقي لمشروع سيف الإسلام القذافي؟

الصياد : عبدالباسط إبراهيم الحمري : عبد المولى والدراسة بالخارج

عبدالله الشبلي : من حكايا التيار الإسلامي (13)

Saturday, 13 February, 2010: LONDON (Dow Jones)--The financial crisis has set in motion a dramatic change in the U.K.'s key export markets, with Libya, Ukraine and Romania on the way to replacing more traditional destinations as the trading partners of choice, a study released Friday finds. A report by Leeds University Business School, commissioned by U.K. Trade and Investment, found that, by 2014, Sweden would be the only western European country to make it into the ranks of the 20 most attractive trading partners for U.K. businesses. The study highlights the extent to which emerging markets are likely to take on the trade baton, as high debt and unemployment weigh on industrialized nations' growth prospects. [WSJ] More
Saturday, 13 February, 2010: Barely a week after receiving over 1000 Dates plants from Libya. The government of Libya has once again ferried in a special cargo plane of eight tractors to Botswana under the Green revolution programme whose aim is to assist African countries in agricultural development. According to the Libyan Ambassador to Botswana, the tractors will be used wherever they will be needed in Botswana as determined by the ministry of Agriculture. The Libyan Envoy said his embassy and the ministry of Agriculture are yet to map ways of using the tractors. The tractors will be housed at the Libyan Embassy awaiting instruction of where and how they will be used. [Mmegi] More
Saturday, 13 February, 2010: Christian Bodgren who is currently crossing the Sahara arrived from Egypt in Libya only to find that his dream to cross Libya on camel is in reality something different. Ripley Davenport who is planning a Mongolia crossing is testing his expedition trailer; hauling 230 kg. Christian and his camels arrived in the Egyptian border town of Soloum under police escort. Then the military ordered him not to camp in the town, but 4 km from the Libyan border. The road to the border was on a very steep mountain, which was crowded with heavy loaded trucks and not easy to walk with camels, said Christian. [Explorers Web] More
Saturday, 13 February, 2010: Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has received in his home village of Kanilai, some 120 kilometres south-east of Banjul, Mohammed Almadani Al Azhari, Libya's special envoy who delivered a message from Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, sources told PANA in Dakar on Thursday. After meeting President Jammeh, Al Azhari, who is also the Secretary General of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD), told reporters that their discussions centred on a number of issues including security. [Afrique Jet] More
Saturday, 13 February, 2010: The Union of Arab Banks will hold a workshop under the theme Islamic Finance from 14 to 18 February in Tripoli geared towards training executives of Islamic banks on their products and transactions. The workshop will also tackle many other issues, including foundations of Islamic finance, legal requirements, products and the legal monitoring of services provided by Islamic banks. The meeting, according to the organisers, targets agents of Islamic banks, supervisors of Islamic financial services, the staff of the legal department, investment and financing of banking transactions. [Afrique Jet] More
Saturday, 13 February, 2010: LOS ANGELES – International efforts to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons will be given a new lease on life this month, because France has assumed the presidency of the United Nations Security Council. As Council president, France, which shares America’s views about the need to strengthen sanctions on Iran’s government, can raise the matter, something that China eschewed during its tenure in January as Council leader. But, even were a revived Franco-American effort to succeed in getting the UN organ to endorse targeted penalties to hamstring the financial underpinnings of the Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian elites, the proposed measures appear to be too modest. [Project Syndicate] More
تعازي إلى آل بن مولاهم والباروني     تعازي إلى آل بن غربية والطرابلسي

The Economist : The African Union; Get still more serious

يونس الهمالي : بمناسبة الذكرى الـ47 للزلزال الذي كاد أن يقضي على مدينة المرج

محمد بن احميدة : طرد "البيوتي دوك" مصطفى الزائدي من أمانة الاتحاد الدولي لأطباء التجميل

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (702)     مجدي : لا تعودوا فالعود ليس احمد

محمد مصراتي : مجتمعنا الاسلامي والمحافظ يقتلُ الابداع ويهمشُ حرية الرأي

علي يوسف زيو : مذبحة ابوسليم.. واحتراق القلوب (4)

د. فتحي العكاري : المبروك عبد العزيز الجربي.. شاعر من بلادي

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : كيف تصبح ديكتاتورا ناجحا؟!

فرج بوالعَـشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (12)

محمّد قدري الخوجة : رحلة العمر.. رحلة العودة إلى أرض الوطن (2)

Friday, 12 February, 2010: (Reuters) - A Libyan appeal court on Thursday reduced a jail sentence handed down on Swiss businessman Max Goeldi for visa offences to four months from 16 months, his lawyer said. A second Swiss man who had earlier been cleared of the charges against him, Rachid Hamdani, was likely to have his passport returned on Thursday so he could return home, said lawyer Salah Zahaf, who represents both men. Zahaf said he hoped that Libya's Prosecutor General would choose not to implement Goeldi's reduced prison sentence and instead allow him to return home too. The two men have for the past 18 months been at the centre of a tense diplomatic dispute between Switzerland and oil exporter Libya. [Reuters] More
Friday, 12 February, 2010: Towne Lifting and Testing, a family-owned company based in Hull, may be small in UK terms but is getting big in Libya, writes Andrew Bounds. After five years subcontracting for a British company, it is now seeking to establish a permanent office in the country with Libyan staff. TLT first worked in Libya when Lloyd's Register, which assures the safety of ships and other assets, asked it to inspect and test oil and gas facilities there. Towne, which provides lifting and securing equipment, won a contract with the state oil company. Chris Towne, the managing director, said the company had never encountered cultural problems in its work. "The Libyans are lovely people," he said. "I have lads out there now...." [FT] More
Friday, 12 February, 2010: The Libyan Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi is one of the most divisive figures in modern global relations. The self-proclaimed ideological leader of Arab nationalism and proponent of Islamic Socialism, Gaddafi has, for four decades, been absolute ruler of Libya, a country where basic civil liberties are virtually nonexistent and opposition not tolerated. Seemingly erratic and entirely unpredictable, Gaddafi has been at loggerheads with the West for much of his reign, implicated in subversion and terrorist activities throughout the Arab world and beyond, and regarded as a patron and financier of international terrorism. In the unedifying history of Anglo-Libyan relations, the 1984 killing of Police Constable Yvonne Fletcher outside the Libyan Embassy in London and the bombing in 1988 of Pan Am Flight 103 have certainly not helped matters. Of late, however, Gaddafi has sought a more open relationship with the countries...[Global Arab Network] More
Friday, 12 February, 2010: Libya will this year import 500,000 gas cylinders to off set the deficit recorded in its local market and meet the country's growing need , the administrative and financial director of the Libyan Company for the Commercialization of Oil Products, Briga, Omar Chamekh Mohamed, announced here. The first delivery of this order, which represents 75% of the needs of the local market, is expected in February, Mohamed said in an interview published Wednesday by the Al-Chams newspaper. Mohamed disclosed that his company had signed another contract with the Libyan e lectricity company, Al-Rabita, to buy all its production of gas cylinders, provided the supply will not be low 7,000 cylinders per month. The Libyan market is affected by a deficit of gas cylinders which brought about a rise in prices negotiated between 150 and 160 Libyan dinars per unit (about US $ 120), while the price of the cylinder was 17 dinars and 40 dinars from distributors. [African Manager] More
الساطور : بدون تعليق     فرحات خليفة احبيل : نادى البارونى ونصيحة قانونية

فوزي عبدالحميد : خطاب القذافي يسقط القضاء في ليبيا

السياسي الليبي : المجعب يهدد أسرة الحاج حسين علي القاضي ـ درنة     الليبو : بيان بخصوص الفنان الساطور

إبراهيم قويدر : بضعة أيام

عصام عبدالمولى لنقي : شكر على تعازي

التضامن : مطالبة السلطات الليبية بالإفراج الفوري عن مئات المعتقلين

Thursday, 11 February, 2010: TRIPOLI, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Oil producer Libya plans to increase budget spending by 32 percent to a record 58 billion dinars ($46.6 billion) this year, a government spokesman said on Wednesday. The government did not give a reason for the increase but some other energy exporting countries have been ramping up public spending to try to prevent the fall in world oil and gas prices from curbing economic growth. Government spokesman Mohamed Bayou said the spending figure was contained in a 2010 budget law being prepared by the General People's Committee, as the government is known. Last year's budget spending was 44 billion dinars. Bayou said the government in Libya, home to Africa's biggest proven oil reserves, continued to subsidise some consumer goods and that it was committed to continuing investment in infrastructure and public services. "The budget for this year will be about 58 billion Libyan dinars," Bayou told Reuters after a session of the General People's Committee. "This is the biggest budget." [Reuters] More
Thursday, 11 February, 2010: Gaeta, Italy - Italy on Wednesday delivered to Libya another three coastal patrol boats as part of a controversial Rome-Tripoli pact to stem illegal immigration across the Mediterranean. The handover, which took place at a ceremony at the port of Gaeta south of Rome, brings to six the number of Italian vessels delivered to the North African nation since the accord came into effect in May 2008. "Italy and Libya alone cannot carry the burden of a migration problem that touches the whole of Europe," Italian Interior Minister Roberto Maroni said, speaking at the ceremony. Maroni said the European Commission, the EU's executive, "has not done much to date," on the issue. "In recent days I travelled to Ghana and Niger to sign bilateral accords and it is the first time these countries sign such agreements (on immigration). [Earth Times] More
Thursday, 11 February, 2010: WHO: The Libyan Ambassador to the United States Ali Suleiman Aujali and Physicians for Peace. WHAT: Ali Suleiman Aujali, who became ambassador in January 2009, will speak about the state of Libya today - from health care, to politics, to culture - at the Physicians for Peace Distinguished Speaker Luncheon. Tickets $30.00 by reservation only, by February 22, at www.physiciansforpeace.org. WHERE: The Ted Constant Convocation Center, Old Dominion University. WHEN: Luncheon: Friday, February 26 / 11:45 a.m. registration, 12:00 noon program begins. Pre-event interviews with Ambassador Aujali: Friday, February 26 / 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. / By appointment only. [Read Media] More
Thursday, 11 February, 2010: The third edition of the Libyan food fair, tagged "Libya Food Expo 2010", ended on Wednesday as participants expressed mixed feelings, with those who were pleased with the promotion of their products pitched against others who were disappointed by the low level of turn-out, saying the event was a flop. "The exhibition enabled me to promote products, including pasta made by our company," said Salah Al-Merghani, in charge of the stand of the national mill company in Benghazi (1,050 kms east of Tripoli). The public relations officer of Madhagh, a meat products company, expressed satisfaction, saying that his products gained more awareness among the larger public. On the other hand, the supervisor of the stand of the Turkish biscuit producing company, Arçelik Gulmriut, said the event was a flop because the public, especially professionals, did not participate in large numbers. [Afrique Jet] More
Thursday, 11 February, 2010: At total of 3,687 youth were given jobs in local and foreign companies by the monitoring committee of Libya's National Youth Employment Programme, the Department of Employment and Labour disclosed. During its monitoring campaign, the committee listed 23,152 job opportunities, said Hassen Al-Kasseh, director of employment and labour, in an interview published in the electronic version of the Oyia newspaper. According to Al-Kasseh, the Department of control and professional security found out that foreign companies had breached the law which makes it mandatory for them to employ a percentage of their workforce from local resources. He said there were 9,536 of such breaches since the campaign was launched on 1 January. Most of the cases were related to the employment of foreigners in breach of official provisions. Libyan law makes it mandatory for foreign companies to recruit 30 per cent of their staff among Libyan nationals. [Afrique Jet] More
Thursday, 11 February, 2010: MUSCAT - Oman Hockey Association and Libya Hockey Association have started working out a module to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual exchanges in the field of hockey. The visiting Libya Hockey Association president Mansour Mohammed Al Harris had a detailed meeting with the Oman Hockey Association chairman Dawood Ali Al Raisi and other OHA office-bearers yesterday according to reliable sources. The Libyan official will leave today after a further round of discussion with the OHA officials. Since Libya is also a member of the Arab Hockey Federation, the visit holds more importance. He has also promised to send teams from Libya to play teams-based in Oman. [Times of Oman] More
الليبي : من أمتى السفاح القاتل أصبح كاتب؟؟

الدكتور سالم عون أبوسريويل الراجحي : شكر على تعازي

ليبي مهتم : على من قرأ الدكتور مناع الفاتحة؟     علي البوسيفي : أما والله لو علم الملاحدة لما خلقوا لما هجعوا وناموا

سليم الرقعي : تحذير "الترهوني" من مطبات "ليلى الهوني"!؟

أبو أحمد : رشفة من فنجان قهوة (3)

خليفة مفتاح شنش : نادي العسّاسين.. والنجاح بطعم التفاح (2)     خيرالله خيرالله : نادي الباروني يكشف المستور

خالد المهير : المسماري يرفض مشاركة ابن الطيب في أمسية بالقاهرة

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (20)

Wednesday, 10 February, 2010: (GIN)—Libyan leader, Moummar Gaddafi, speaking at the recently concluded African Union summit in Ethiopia, called on President Barack Obama to end all U.S.-sponsored wars around the world. The Libyan leader singled out Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine as battles which were unjust. “The war against Iraq and Afghanistan is not profitable for America and as a matter of fact, (these wars) were lost as soon as they began. America is today involved in the Iraqi quagmire and is also lost in the Afghan mountains and has achieved none of its objectives and this represents very complicated situations inherited by Obama,” Gaddhafi observed. The Libyan leader, whose term as head of the AU was expiring, handed over the AU mantle to president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika. Also at the summit, the African Union unveiled its new flag—a dark green background symbolising hope, and stars to represent member states. [Frost Illustrated] More
Wednesday, 10 February, 2010: The reign of Libya's Moammar el Gadaffi as Chairman of the African Union has ended in a petulant whimper rather than in a big bang for African unity as the Colonel had promised. He flounced out of the AU summit in Addis Ababa on 1 February after failing to cajole his fellow leaders into giving him a second, unconstitutional term as Chairman. Offers of oil largesse to his usual supporters and then attempts to split the votes of a rival candidate all ran into the ground. Libyan diplomats candidly admitted that the AU was no nearer to his promised union government than it was when Gadaffi took over a year ago. Instead, Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika took over on 1 February with a call for food security across the continent and practical measures to eliminate childhood malnutrition – the cause of physical stunting and mental underdevelopment for perhaps a third of Africa's infants – within five years. [Afrika] More
Wednesday, 10 February, 2010: Succession is a burning issue in most Arab countries and Libya is no exception. Although there is no sign that Colonel Gaddafi is about to relinquish power, he is 68 and hasn’t yet publicly nominated a successor. The issue is complicated because, technically, Libya has no head of state. Gaddafi is the Leader of the Revolution, and it’s hard to see how anyone could follow him in this role, so he would have to be made head of state before anyone could take his place. But this would run contrary to his revolutionary principles, and when the regime’s own Green March newspaper printed an article saying as much a few years ago the editor was sacked. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the leader’s second son, is generally viewed as the most likely man for the job. In October, for the first time, the Colonel gave a possible clue to his wishes by making a surprise announcement proposing that Saif should be given a key official post in the Libyan government. ‘Saif al-Islam is a faithful man and loves Libya,’ he said. [LRB] More
Wednesday, 10 February, 2010: The Libyan leader, Mouamar Gaddafi, on Monday held talks on telephone with the president of Sudan, Omar Hassan Al-Bashir and that of Chad, Idriss Deby, as the two presidents met in a historic summit in Khartoum to cement peace efforts. According to official sources, the Sudanese and Chadian presidents told the Libyan leader that their meeting in Khartoum during the visit of President Deby crowns his initiative since 2008 to restore normal relations between the two neighbours. The two presidents assured Gaddafi that all measures they had taken towards peace were within the framework of his peace efforts in particular and the Community of the Sahelo-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) in general. [Afrique Jet] More
Wednesday, 10 February, 2010: Manama - Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri has called for the boycott of the Arab summit next month in Libya, a country that Shias blame for the disappearance of top scholar Imam Musa Sadr 31 years ago. "I personally stand with the boycott, but only President Michel Suleiman can decide on Lebanon's participation in Libya's Arab League Summit," Berri said on Wednesday following a meeting with the Lebanese president. "I do not decide for him, and His Excellency the President knows very well that there is a Lebanese court ruling against Libya and Libyan leaders. His Excellency of course respects the Lebanese judiciary and the feelings of the Lebanese people," he said. Berri was referring to a 2008 Lebanese prosecutor's charging of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi and six other Libyan officials in the disappearance of Sadr and his two companions. [Abna] More
Wednesday, 10 February, 2010: When Frontex started, haltingly, four years ago, it was presented as an essential guardian in discouraging the huge surge of illegal immigration across the central Mediterranean, stemming mainly from Libya. Malta was a keen supporter of this initiative. A crucial prerequisite to the success of Frontex operations was always hoped to be the cooperation of Libya. Ideally, in order to act as a serious disincentive to illegal immigrants, Frontex operations were to be carried out jointly with the Libyan authorities and as close to the known Libyan ports of illegal immigrant embarkation as possible. That operational scenario never got off the ground. Tripoli refused to cooperate and the European Union was reluctant to press the issue. While Frontex would claim that the presence of their maritime and air military assets in the central Mediterranean helped to deter many would-be illegal immigrants from using that particular route... [Times of Malta] More
منصف عبدالرحمن : وجوب التمسك بالكتاب والسنة عند السنوسي الكبير(3)

محمّد قدري الخوجة : تحية وتقدير للخطـّاط أحمد صبري زائد وتصحيح لخطأ جوهريّ

مصطفى بن عامر : عبء الساطور الثقيل على المعارضة     الساطور : القزم مصطفى الزايدي يدعو إلى تصفية المعارضين

علي الفزاني : القذافي.. والخيار الشمشوني!

نداء صبري عياد : تساقط أوراق الخريف خارج الوطن

صفحات من كتاب "سقوط دولة أمير المؤمنين" ـ تأليف : فوزي عبدالحميد (4)

Tuesday, 9 February, 2010: Libyan teenager who threatened to follow an employee of the Refugee Reception and Integration Office home and burn down her house after his request for accommodation was refused has been given a partly suspended sentence. Hisham Ali Saad (aged 19) became frustrated and overwhelmed at the asylum system following his arrival in Ireland alone in 2008 after his brother was shot dead during an anti-Gadaffi protest in Libya. Saad, with an address at Cliffview Accommodation Centre, Coast Road, Donegal, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to making a threat to kill or cause serious harm at the Office of the Refugee Applications Commissioner, Lower Mount Street on July 15, 2008. Judge Tony Hunt told Saad at the initial sentence hearing last December : “You are not going to help your case for asylum by behaving in this way. One wonders what would happen to someone in Libya acting in this way.” [IOL] More
Tuesday, 9 February, 2010: Libya's Tamoil, working with Polish multimillionaire businessman Jan Kulczyk, has plans to become a strategic investor in oil producer Lotos, ‘Parkiet’ found out. However, these plans may be thwarted by Polish investors, as the Treasury may prefer to sell stake in the Gdańsk-based company to Polish Oil and gas Company (PGNiG) or PKN Orlen, crude oil refiner, which it controls, wnp.pl reports. Treasury officials said recently that the preferred strategic investor in Lotos is a company with a strong position in oil exploration. Tamoil, owned by Libyan shareholders, is not experienced in oil exploration and primarily deals with fuel production and trade, wnp.pl informs. [Polish Market] More
Tuesday, 9 February, 2010: Douglas left the Federation without informing the people or his colleagues that he was going off on a selfish mission at taxpayers’ expense. This is nothing new as this ‘Greedy Cook’ is only interested in his own pocket. Douglas went all the way to Africa to ensure that the Bank of Libya comes to this Federation having failed from his previous secret trips to Estonia and Latvia, two major money laundering nations in Europe. The revelations about Lex Consulting with its questionable finances and Middle East connections has put the now exposed Prime Minister of this Federation under a thick cloud of suspicion. He needs some means to escape the disastrous consequences that could arise from the IRS and FBI investigations that have been requested by the concerned citizens of this Federation. The trump card in Denzil Douglas’ scheme now appears to be the Bank of Libya. Very few Arab/Muslim nations have or tolerate a Bank of Libya on their soil. [Pam Democrat] More
Tuesday, 9 February, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, FEBRUARY 8 - Information and culture are the key words of a new project passed by the General Peoplés Committee, the Libyan cabinet, which will establish an 'Africa information centre'. The centre, explained a statement issued to the press, will "register national literary, artistic and intellectual programmes and protect them from plagiarism and piracy to safeguard intellectual property rights". The new group will also act as a promoter of "services" for the public and for events such as conferences and exhibits that will be chaired by important personalities in the world of culture and journalism. [ANSAmed] More
تعازي إلى آل الزليطني     تعازي إلى آل باقي     تعازي إلى آل الشهيبي     تعازي إلى آل السنوسي  

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : على الأجهزة الأمنية احترام احكام القضاء

الجزيرة : خالد المهير : ليبيون يشككون في تحقيقات بوسليم

فرج بوالعَـشّة : تحية للمستشار مصطفى عبد الجليل... ولكن!!

الأصدقاء : موّال للفنان فوزي المزداوي : إلى الصديق العزيز علي الترهوني : العزاء واحد

علاء الدرسي : اعتصام أهالي ضحايا بوسليم يوم السبت 6/2/2010     علاء الدرسي : لقطات من الاعتصام  

الحوار المتمدن : حملة تضامن مع أهالي ضحايا مجزرة سجن أبو سليم ـ ليبيا

سالم بن عمار : تأملات فيما صدر عن (القطعاني) من شطحات (2)

د. مصطفى الزائدي : في الكونجرس دعوات للقتل

ادرار نفوسه : إنقاذ المعارضة أولا، لأن إنقاذ الوطن أهم

محمد بن غلبون : ملحق لمقال "هجرة اليهود من ليبيا كما وردت في الوثائق"

Enough! : Interview with Hisham Matar     Hisham Matar on Learning that his Farther might be Alive

Monday, 8 February, 2010: TRIPOLI, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A Libyan court has found Rachid Hamdani, one of two Swiss businessmen whose convictions for breaking immigration rules have strained ties between Libya and Switzerland, not guilty on charges of violating business rules, his lawyer said on Sunday. "He is free to leave Libya if there is no appeal," lawyer Salah Zahaf told reporters. The cases of Hamdi, who works for a construction company, and Max Goeldi have unsettled some of the foreign investors who flocked to Libya after the oil producer emerged from international isolation. A Libyan judge on Saturday fined Goeldi, the head of Libyan operations for Swiss-Swedish engineering firm ABB (ABBN.VX), 1,000 dinars ($800) on the same charge. Lawyers were considering an appeal. [Reuters] More
Monday, 8 February, 2010: African Union summits rarely escape a Muammar Gaddafi lecture on his pet project: the United States of Africa. Gaddafi’s United States of Africa: Would you buy a used camel from this son of the desert? The Libyan leader’s harping on the need for common government is derided by some as a plot for hegemony. The idea of continental unity, though, is not new and neither is the cynicism. In a sense, Gaddafi is unwittingly summoning us to our etymological roots. The original meaning of the word “Africa” may be unclear, but, in ancient times, it referred only to the north coast of the continent, replacing the Greek word “Libya,” to refer to the land of the Berbers. It only encompassed the whole continent from the end of the first century BC. As it did so, it was slowly divorced from North Africa and soon confined to the region that, in less politically correct times, was also called Black Africa. [The East African] More
Monday, 8 February, 2010: Soft drinks companies, Japanese electronics groups and oil barons have all invested in the film industry in the past after falling under Hollywood’s spell. Saadi Gaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammer, can now be added to that list. Mr Gaddafi has just financed his first film, which stars a pair of Oscar winners, Adrien Brody and Forest Whitaker. The Experiment, a re-make of a German thriller, will be released this year ...... Mr Gaddafi is the main equity backer of Natural Selection, one of the producers of The Experiment, which has $100m to spend on film investments. He is one of a handful of Middle Eastern investors entering an industry that is desperate for new funding. The private equity groups and hedge funds that have dominated film investing in recent years have beaten a hasty retreat following the financial crisis, leaving Hollywood anxious to find new sources of capital. [Financial Times] More
Monday, 8 February, 2010: The 14th session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union convened in Addis Ababa from January 31 to February 2 made some significant decisions that will help Africa realise its vision of a united continent. But certain impediments cannot go unnoticed. The theme of the assembly was Information and Communication Technologies in Africa: Challenges and Prospects for Development; but other key issues that cut across the continent such as peace, security and related matters - international justice, governance and human rights - were also discussed. Indeed, these were big-ticket items at the 2009 AU summit in Tripoli, Libya which declared 2010 the Year for Peace and Security in Africa. However, discussions on unconstitutional changes in government and the possibility of giving criminal jurisdiction to the African Court of Human Rights and Justice — in the context of the up coming review conference of the Rome Treaty from May 31-June 11 in Kampala and the recent indictment of Sudan’s President Omar Bashir — were pushed to the June 2010 Summit . [The East African] More
Monday, 8 February, 2010: Libya is a genuinely non-Arab country that was illegally detached from its correct place, e.g. that of a province of the Ottoman Caliphate. The event took place 81 years after Algeria was separated from the Ottoman Caliphate, and 113 years after Egypt was invaded by Napoleon. Not only these events consist in sheer breach of every concept of International Right but they also generated the phenomenon of Islamic Terrorism, which is totally due to colonial manipulations and involvement related to the illegal occupation or fake "liberation" (or "independence") of the said countries. Libya, like Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Niger, Chad, Western Sahara and Mauritania, is a Hamitic Berber country that is totally unrelated to Semitic and/or Arabic past. The Phoenician – Carthaginian presence on the Libyan coastland represents a merely marginal phenomenon of the wider area that remained predominantly Hamitic during the Antiquity. [Buzzle] More
Monday, 8 February, 2010: In two previous articles, titled "Libya, as Part of the Berber Nation, Must Withdraw from the Arab League. Report Submitted to UNESCO" and "Stop the Cultural Genocide Carried out Against the Berber Nation of Libya by the Qadhafi Regime", I republished parts of a comprehensive Report on the Berber character of Libya, a non-Arabic country that is forced by the Freemasonic regimes of Paris, London and Washington to carry out racist pan-Arabist campaigns in order to thus contribute to the colonial capitals´ most advanced machination, namely the fake Arab nation. With the present article, I complete the republication of the Report which was elaborated by the Tamazgha Foundation, represented by Mr. Masin Aferkal (founder) and Tawalt Foundation, represented by Mr. Madi Mohammed (founder), Mr. Amnay (Secretary), Mr. Mohammed Rabi Ashor (spokesperson). (http://www.tawalt.com/united_nations/The-Berbers-of-Libya2004.pdf). This Report demonstrates the need for immediate overthrowing of the grotesque, vulgar and cruel regime of Tripoli. In the beginning of this article, the Table of Contents is available for readers who did not have the chance to go through the previous parts. [American Chronicle] More
الصادق النيهوم : قواعد الإسلام ليست خمساً

د. علي الصلابي : الإيمان بالله جل جلاله (29)

رمضان جربوع : عندما تصب دلاؤنا في حياض الغير

علي الخليفي : ندهتكم يا صُلاح بلادي

الساطور : عاشت ليبيا حرّة

نادي الباروني : تغطية زيارة النادي لأرض الوطن (3)

Sunday, 7 February, 2010: Libya is stepping up its gas exploration and production with a view to increasing exports to Europe, according to Shokri Ghanem, Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC). Ghanem said that the move to intensify activity within the gas segment was in line with new energy policies which many European countries were adopting and followed a series of promising gas explorations, most notably in the Gulf of Sirte. "Even if companies are still at the exploration phase, we can already gauge that a number of significant discoveries have taken place following the last-bid round, both offshore and onshore"... [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 7 February, 2010: The first Libyan-Portuguese Fair, Lipo-Expo 2010 on trade, industry, building and education, will take place from 15 to 18 February in Tripoli, the organizers told PANA on Friday. Organized by the Libyan exhibition company, Al-Saraya Expo, the Fair is sponsored by the international Fair of Lisbon and the international Fair of Tripoli on the initiative of the Libyan Bureau of the People (embassy) to Portugal and the Portuguese ambassador to Libya. The fair seeks to promote the relations and partnership between businessmen from the two countries. [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 7 February, 2010: The Libyan government has announced that it hasn't been officially notified about a lower level of Lebanese representation at the Arab League summit in Libya next month. Government spokesman Mohammed Baayo told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat that Libya was keen on making the summit a success. He added that Tripoli supported any positive Arab effort to achieve unity. "Until now, we haven't received any information if President Michel Suleiman will participate in the summit or not," Baayo told Asharq al-Awsat. Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday said that only Suleiman can decide on Lebanon's participation in the Arab summit, but stressed that he "personally" favors that Lebanon lowers its level of participation. [Naharnet] More
عيسى عبدالقيوم : الإستحقاق مصري.. والعودة جزائرية.. والسؤال ليبي

أعضاء لجنة ادارة شركة الودان لنقل الركاب : رئيس مجلس ادارة شركة الودان لنقل الركاب يختلس 20 مليون دينار

أمارير : مجلة للأطفال : (تاموسني - توراري / معرفة - لعب) (2)

المحمودي : إيراد الدلائل والبراهين على صدق نبوءة خاتم الأنبياء والمرسلين (19)

سحيم : يا بيت جدي

محمد نور الدين : زلزال ليبيا وزلزال هايتي

موسى عبدالكريم : السلاح قبل الحياة الكريمة في ليبيا!

الجزيرة : خالد المهير : ليبيا تتجاهل حقوق السجناء

فوزي عبدالحميد : لماذا الكذب على الناس؟

Ghoma : 'Development' Peacocks : Skyscrapers in the Desert!

Saturday, 6 February, 2010: State-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) bought 4 million barrels of West African crude oil for April loading and 1 million barrels of Libyan crude for March lifting via tenders on Thursday, trade sources said. India's largest refiner bought one Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), made up of 1 million barrels each of Nigerian Yoho and Equatorial Guinean Zafiro, from oil trader Vitol, traders said. From the same seller, IOC took a VLCC made up of 1 million barrels each of Nigerian Erha and Escravos crude oil grades, they said. All 4 million barrels were for April loading but no price details were available. [Money Control] More
Saturday, 6 February, 2010: As I promised in an earlier article, I herewith republish a comprehensive Report on the Berber character of Libya, a non-Arabic country that is forced by the Freemasonic regimes of Paris, London and Washington to stay within the unrepresentative and fallacious Arab League that is one of the most advanced machinations geared by the colonial powers of the West in order to promote the evilness of Islamic Terrorism. In a forthcoming article, I will republish further parts of the Report which was elaborated by the Tamazgha Foundation, represented by Mr. Masin Aferkal (founder) and Tawalt Foundation, represented by Mr. Madi Mohammed (founder), Mr. Amnay (Secretary), Mr. Mohammed Rabi Ashor (spokesperson). This Report demonstrates the need for immediate overthrowing of the grotesque, vulgar and cruel regime of Tripoli. [American Chronicle] More
Saturday, 6 February, 2010: KENNY MACASKILLl made a string of blunders over his decision to free the Lockerbie bomber, said a hard-hitting report yesterday. A cross-party MSPs' committee said the justice secretary: Was wrong to accept a single doctor's view that Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi had only three months to live. Shouldn't have visited him in Greenock prison. Failed to take fully into account the gravity of Megrahi's crime and length of sentence. Megrahi, who has terminal cancer, was freed on compassionate grounds on August 20, despite being convicted of blowing up Pan Am Flight 103 and killing 270 people in 1988. He was greeted as a hero in his native Libya. [Daily Record] More
Saturday, 6 February, 2010: Cairo - Egyptian security forces have seized a book that apparently criticises the Libyan regime, and have arrested its publisher, media reports said on Friday. The book, The Leader Is Cutting his Hair, was seized on Monday during the Cairo Book Fair during a raid by state security to seize all copies, Daily News Egypt reported. A rights group said the publisher could face criminal charges. The writer, Idris Ali, is a Nubian writer who lived in Libya from 1976-1980, lawyer Ahmed Ezzat, from the Association for Freedom of Thought and Expression, was quoted as saying. "The book is about the repressive regime in Libya, (Muammar) Gaddafi's dictatorship," Ezzat said. [News 24] More
Saturday, 6 February, 2010: When will Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi wake up and smell the coffee? This week, he was rebuking African leaders (some of whom are beneficiaries of his generous baksheesh). In Gadaffi’s wisdom, or lack of it, their failure to endorse his second term as the AU chairman had everything to do with their political ignorance. The leader of the Libyan Jamahiriya was essentially raving that he had parted with a tidy sum trying to put the AU house in order, only to be kicked in the mouth by ungrateful recipients of his largesse. A piqued Gaddafi is reported to have said that he would henceforth devote his high-octane pursuits to the Arab League. In the same breath, he let out a burst of vain gloriousness... [Nation] More
Saturday, 6 February, 2010: There is no basis to form a United States of Africa (USA) when there is no unity among the various governments on the continent, stated the newly elected Africa Union Chairman Dr. Bingu wa Mutharika. He said it was "nonsense" to pursue that dream adding his predecessor Muammar Gaddafi pushed it too far. “Why should we create one Africa when in our countries and our regional groupings we are not united? Libya is pushing these matters too much,” the Malawian president told the local press upon his arrival from the AU Summit in Ethiopia. He added: “We all know why Gaddafi wants the formation of OAU now; it is because he wants to be the first leader. Some of us don’t like other things but we choose to be silent deliberately. We just look at other things when we know they are nonsense.” [Africa News] More
د. علي الترهوني : شكر على تعازي

علي البوسيفي : يا دكتور إبراهيم إغنيوه : إِلَى رَبِّكَ يَوْمَئِذٍ الْمَسَاقُ

منتدى المختار الثقافي : دعوة لحضور ندوة     س. ك. : كلمة في الصميم بخصوص نادى الباروني

هيومن رايتس ووتش : ليبيا : يجب وضع حد لحجب المواقع الإلكترونية المستقلة

عزالدين الشريف : المعارضة ترد على عناصر أمنية من نظام القذافي بلندن

مركز التوثيق الليبي : "باندة" عشّاق وإخوان سيف الإصلاح المزّيف!

علي يوسف زيو : مذبحة ابوسليم ... واحتراق القلوب (3)

Friday, 5 February, 2010: The prime minister of St. Kitts says Libya will build a commercial bank on the island to finance developments in the eastern Caribbean. Denzil Douglas says the Libyan Investment Bank also will help diversify the local economy. A statement released Thursday says Libya officials are in St. Lucia to talk about opening an embassy in the eastern Caribbean. The North African country led by Moammar Gadhafi has sought to strengthen ties with Latin America and the Caribbean. Libya wants to build an oil refinery in the Dominican Republic and has pledged to help Guyana's agriculture sector. [Businessweek] More
Friday, 5 February, 2010: It was "inappropriate" for the justice secretary to visit the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing in prison, an inquiry into the case has said. Kenny MacAskill made the decision to release terminally-ill Abdelbaset al-Megrahi from Greenock Prison on compassionate grounds. The probe by Holyrood's justice committee expressed concern about other aspects leading up to the release. The Scottish government said Mr MacAskill had followed "due process". Megrahi, who has cancer, was the only man convicted for the murder of 270 people in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie on 21 December, 1988. [BBC] More
Friday, 5 February, 2010: The consortium of Oil India Ltd (OIL) and IndianOil (IOC) has launched the much awaited drilling campaign in five onshore blocks in Libya in January. IOC and OIL own 50 per cent interest each in all the blocks with OIL being the operator. The consortium acquired the five exploratory blocks in Area 86 and 102 during bidding rounds in 2004 and 2005, respectively. “We have launched the drilling campaign in Libya, last month,” Mr B.M. Bansal, Director (business development) of IOC told Business Line. Non-operating interests. While comments were not available from OIL, the company Chairman, Mr N.M. Borah, had earlier announced completion of seismic data acquisition and interpretation and plans to launch a four-well drilling programme in the contiguous blocks in September-October 2009. Apart from the five blocks, OIL-IOC combine also acquired non-operating interests in four more blocks in Area 95 and 96 in 2008. [The Hindu Business Line] More
Friday, 5 February, 2010: The Libya African Investments Portfolio (LAP), the investment arm of the Libyan government, has bought an 80% stake in Southern Sudan’s telecommunications operator, Gemtel. The deal was sealed last week through LAP Green Networks, the telecommunications arm of LAP. LAP’s top executives were in the region a few weeks ago to explore new investments. In East Africa, LAP has stakes in uganda telecom and Rwanda’s Rwandatel. A statement from uganda telecom said Salva Kiir, the vice president of Sudan, Khaled Kagigi, the vice chairman and chief executive officer of LAP, and Ceasor Mulenga, the chief executive of Gemtel, signed the share purchase agreement. The acquisition of Gemtel brings to five the telecommunication companies owned by LAP Green. The firms include Sahelcom & Sonitel (Niger), GreenN (Ivory Coast), Rwandatel (Rwanda) and uganda telecom (Uganda). The statement said LAP Green has also been shortlisted to buy a 75% stake in Zambia Telecommunications (Zamtel). Zamtel is Zambia’s lone fixed line operator. [New Vision] More
Friday, 5 February, 2010: ALGIERS (Reuters) - OPEC member Libya is in talks with Ukraine about exporting oil to the former Soviet state, Libya's NOC state oil company said on Thursday. Ukraine's ambassador to Libya met Shokri Ghanem, Libya's top oil official, to talk about a direct oil supply deal, NOC said on its internet site http://.noclibya.com.ly. Most of the world's oil is bought on the open market or from traders but some consumer countries, seeking to ensure a secure supply, conclude direct deals with oil producing countries. A Libyan minister said last November the country was in talks with the Turkish government about direct oil export deals. Libya produces about 1.85 million barrels of crude oil per day. [The Africa Report] More
Friday, 5 February, 2010: Secretary-General Amr Moussa intervened in a dust-up between Beirut and Tripoli over a threat to boycott the March summit for the Arab League. Nabih Berri, the Lebanese speaker of Parliament, called for a boycott of the Arab League summit in Libya because Beirut believes Tripoli played a role in the disappearance of Shiite scholar Imam Musa Sadr more than 30 years ago. "I personally stand with the boycott, but only President Michel Suleiman can decide on Lebanon's participation in Libya's Arab League Summit," the speaker said. Moussa is speaking with Beirut on the issue, noting a Lebanese boycott would create a similar reaction in the Shiite community, Gulf News reports. [UPI] More
Friday, 5 February, 2010: The third phase of the prevention and sensitization campaign against drugs organised by the Libyan Association Fighting Narcotics and Psychotrops, was launched on Wednesday in schools. The campaign, conducted by the association which depends on the Kadhafi Foundation for Development (FKD), targets 22 basic, primary and lower secondary schools. The campaign's programme is on education on risks of spreading serious diseases such as Hepatitis and AIDS by drug users. [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 5 February, 2010: UK Ambassador in Libya, Sir Vincent Fean said here on Wednesday he was very pleased about the level of cooperation between his country and Libya, PANA reported from here. Speaking in a press briefing after receiving a British delegation on visit in the Libyan capital as part of a cooperation agreement in the field of justice, Fean underscored "the excellence" of bilateral ties between the two countries and said these are the results of "privileged relations between Libyan leader Mouammar Gaddafi and the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown." [Afrique Jet] More
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د. فتحي العكاري : العمارة الخضراء هي عمارة المستقبل

سليم الرقعي : نظام القذافي غير قابل للإصلاح ولا الإنفتاح!؟

الإتحاد الدستوري الليبي : هجرة اليهود من ليبيا كما وردت في الوثائق

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : قمة عربية ثقافية

Thursday, 4 February, 2010: BRUSSELS - A North Korean-flagged and Libyan-owned cargo ship was hijacked on Wednesday south of the Yemeni coast, the EU's anti-piracy naval force said. The pirate attack happened in the Gulf of Aden north of the internationally recommended transit corridor, the European Union Naval Force (NAVFOR) said. "There are no reports of the composition or nationalities of the M/V RIM (general cargo vessel) that has now altered course and is heading towards the Somali Basin," the NAVFOR statement said. The Libyan authorities also confirmed the capture of a cargo ship they said belonged to a "private company." Contacted by AFP, an official at the Libyan National Company for Maritime Transport, said "the ship owner has lost contact with their crew since 10:00 am (0800 GMT)." "The ship had sailed from Romania," said the official, adding that they were unable to specify the number of people on board, the nature of the cargo. [AFP] More
Thursday, 4 February, 2010: The tremendous growth in Libya's construction sector since 2003, when UN sanctions were lifted, was blunted in 2009 by the global recession. After seeing year-on-year (y-o-y) growth as high as 28% in 2007, industry value real growth fell into negative territory at -1.18% for 2009. The sector still remains relatively small - valued at just US$3.84bn - but growth is expected to return in 2010 with sector value rising to US$6.12bn by 2014. Total capital investment as a percentage of GDP is set to remain constant over the forecast period at 8.58%. Major projects have continued to focus on Libya's utilities sector as foreign companies have entered the country with the aim of improving infrastructure in relation to energy. A joint venture between Russia's Technopromexport and Libya African Investment Portfolio announced a fund of US$6.73bn for power projects in Africa, including a 1250km, 400kV transmission line in Libya. [Official Wire] More
Thursday, 4 February, 2010: Sirte, Libya - Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak met with Libyan leader Moammer Gaddafi in Libya Wednesday to discuss "developments in Arab and regional issues," Libya's state JANA news agency reported. Egypt's official media quoted Mubarak's spokesman, Suleiman Awad, as saying the two also discussed the next summit of the Arab League, scheduled to be held in Libya on March 27. Mubarak was received at Sirte airport by the general co-ordinator of Egyptian-Libyan relations Ahmed Qazaf al-Dam and al-Boghdadi al-Mahmoudi, the current secretary of the People's Committee. Mubarak headed a delegation of senior officials, including Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, Minister of Information Anas al-Fiqi and Egypt's Intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman. [Earth Times] More
Thursday, 4 February, 2010: The New York Times posted a chart today listing the credit ratings of several dozen countries as well as all 50 states, as determined by Standard & Poor’s. At A-, California still has the worst credit rating of all 50 states. Illinois comes closest to California with an A+ rating. Countries in the Times’ chart with the same A- rating as California include Estonia, Libya and Poland. That’s better than Thailand and Greece (BBB+) but not as strong as Botswana, the Czech Republic and Israel (A). California officials are often quick to point out that the state has never defaulted on repaying its bond debt. An A rating is assigned to entities with a “strong capacity to meet debts but somewhat more susceptible to adverse changes in economic conditions.” [From The Capitol] More
Thursday, 4 February, 2010: Berri Opposes Lebanon's Participation in Libya's Arab Summit Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday said that only President Michel Suleiman can decide on Lebanon's participation in Libya's Arab League Summit, but stressed that he "personally" favors that Lebanon boycotts the summit. Berri defended his proposal for the establishment of a committee to abolish political sectarianism. He said Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir "is right by saying that abolishing political sectarianism could fuel sectarian strife." "But most of the people who are committed to sectarianism are very distant from religion," Berri added. [Nahar Net] More
Thursday, 4 February, 2010: WABAG is to deliver a treatment plant to Ghadames in Libya for what is the world's largest drinking water pipeline project. The entire Great Man Made River Project (GMMRP) consists of a roughly 3,500 km-long network of over man-sized pipes, which are to conduct deep-lying fossil groundwater from the well fields of the Sahara Desert to Libya's coastal regions. The WABAG plant will provide the optimum processing of the water for the long transport and thus also prevent pipe corrosion. The order has a value of EUR 2.5 million. These fresh water reserves are several thousand years old and contain large quantities of hydrogen sulphide, iron and manganese. WABAG is to supply the Ghadames well field with a treatment plant that is matched to the special parameters of this raw water. The objective is to prevent damage to the pipelines and control systems, while simultaneously securing the quality standards for drinking water. [Water Online] More
Thursday, 4 February, 2010: An article entitled ‘Eritrea: News from Libya and UK’, http://asmarino.com/news/528-eritrea-news-from-libya-and-uk posted on Asmarino, Assenna and other Eritrean websites needs to be read in realistic terms. It would appear to state, as if it were something new, that UNHCR finally has access to detainees in Libyan detention centres; this is nothing new. They have had access to some of the prisons, such as Misrata, for years and to all the others for months. Access is not the issue, action, or the lack of action, is the real problem. If they have access, why do they not use their mandate to provide protection to the detainees, namely by taking the vital step of ensuring that all detainees are registered? Human Rights Concern – Eritrea (HRCE) have been appealing for many months that the detainees be registered. While they are not registered, they have no rights and protection. It must be known to outside authorities that you actually exist. If you do not exist on paper, then anything can be done to you, especially in detention... [Asmarino] More
Thursday, 4 February, 2010: The Special Envoy of the President of the Republic for Arab matters Ambassador Sotos Zackheos visited Libya between 30 January and 2 February 2010. In the framework of his visit, Mr Zackheos had meetings with the Minister for Industy, Economy and Trade Mr Muhammad Ali Al Huwayj, the Libyan Chief of External Security Organization Mr Abu Zaid Dorda and the Deputy Foreign Minister Mr Mohammed Siala. During the meetings, the firm position of principles of Libya on the Cyprus problem and the mutual wish for the further enhancement and upgrading of bilateral relations between the two countries was reaffirmed. [ISRIA] More
الساطور : نادي الباروني يستلم 25 ألف استرليني من استخبارات الدجال

الحيران : الجنة وما أدراك ما الجنة     دكتور صاحب ضمير : موت جماعي بمستشفى 2 مارس

سالم بن عمار : تأملات فيما صدر عن (القطعاني) من شطحات (1)

حملة التضامن : دعوة للإعتصام أمام سفارة نظام القذافي بلندن     من نشاطات الحملة

محمد مليطان : الإثارة الرمزية في الفضائيات الملتحية

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : المهندس عبدالمجيد القعود     عبدالسلام الزغيبي : هل يعيش الكاتب من قلمه؟

الجزيرة : حملة بليبيا ضد حجب الإنترنت     رويترز : ليبيا تعطل تولي سيف الاسلام القذافي دورا حكوميا بارزا

لجنة العمل الوطنى فى المملكه المتحده : عناصر أمنية من نظام القذافي تلتقي ببعض أعضاء الجالية بلندن

مواطن ليبي : غات.. أين هؤلاء الآن؟ بعد تسع وثلاثين سنة؟

Wednesday, 3 February, 2010: Johannesburg - AFRICAN leaders displayed rare courage at the African Union (AU) meeting this weekend when they thwarted an attempt by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to extend his chairmanship of the organisation for a second term. The row over the possible extension of Gaddafi's chairmanship almost prevented the AU from focusing on the continent's main challenges - ramping up efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and addressing the ever pressing political crises and armed conflicts that afflict the continent, notably those in Somalia, Guinea, Madagascar, Niger and Côte d'Ivoire. Libya, for all its idiosyncrasies, is one of Africa's heavyweights and among the minority of member countries that bear the bulk of the AU's financial burden. The organisation's budget is estimated at 170m a year... [Business Day] More
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, delivered a rambling rebuke of fellow African heads of state Sunday after they chose to replace him as chairman of the African Union and failed to endorse his push for the creation of a United States of Africa. “I do not believe we can achieve something concrete in the coming future,” said Colonel Qaddafi, before introducing President Bingu wa Mutharika of Malawi as his successor at the African Union’s annual summit meeting, held in Addis Ababa. “The political elite of our continent lacks political awareness and political determination. The world is changing into 7 or 10 countries, and we are not even aware of it.” South Africa, Ethiopia and Nigeria were among the countries opposing Colonel Qaddafi’s attempts to form a continental government. [New York Times] More
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010: Libya Amateur Athletic Federation has engaged Nigerian track and field coach, Tony Osheku, as its head coach for one year with an option to renew yearly depending on performance. The deal, which was sealed last year, will see Osheku taking charge of Libya‘s preparation for next year‘s IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu,South Korea and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. He will also be in charge of all technical matters at the federation. Osheku will also be in charge of preparing Libya‘s number one athletics star, quartermiler, Mohamed Khouaja, for the two important events. Osheku‘s brief is to turn the 45.3 runner into a world class sub 45 seconds runner the same way she turned Falilat Ogunkoya into a world class quartermiler,Olympic medallist and African 400m record holder. [The Punch] More
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010: Bloggers in Libya recently tackled a variety of topics, including the social cost of tribalism and the controversial decision to block access to YouTube by domestic internet subscribers. Blogger Naji launches an attack on those he considers new extremists for clinging to the mentality of tribalism. "Europe and the West have completed their exploration of the moon and are starting to look to Mars and Saturn, while we're still immersed in tribalism", he writes. "This state of affairs has affected civilisation and blocked the educated class and scientific competency through this tribal and familial prejudice. Even if my cousin is ignorant, and I know it between me and myself, he's better than anyone else..." [Magharebia] More
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010: MUSCAT: The Omani Centre for Investment Promotion and Export Development (Ociped) yesterday announced its participation in the Infrastructure Libya Exhibition scheduled from March 8-11 at the Tripoli International Fair Ground, Libya. The exhibition is the only specialist international exhibition addressing Libya’s fast growing infrastructure demand. The event is organised alongside the Oil and Gas Libya. The Ociped market study on 32 Omani products in Libya conducted last year revealed that Oman’s market share in Libya’s imports has immense potential to increase. [Times of Oman] More
Wednesday, 3 February, 2010: The number of foreign businesses working in Libya has grown during the past five years, because of good opportunities and Libya's international political rehabilitation. However, doing business in Libya remains subject to the risk of arbitrary political interference, including from the family of the Libyan leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. Switzerland spat. The dispute between Libya and Switzerland that erupted in mid-2008 when Libya retaliated against an incident involving one of Qadhafi's sons, has not yet entirely subsided. In July 2008, one of Qadhafi's sons, Hannibal, was briefly arrested in Geneva along with his wife, on charges of assaulting and threatening two of their staff. Libya took a range of retaliatory measures, for example temporarily canceling deliveries of oil to Switzerland and withdrawing money from Swiss banks. [Forbes] More
محمّد قدري الخوجة : رحلة العمر.. (1)     نادي الباروني : الباروني يكرّم أبنائه

محمد الزاوي : كلمة حق بخصوص الدكتورة سعاد الطيف الفيتوري     ابن الوطن : بائعو الهوى على طريق الاصلاح

إبراهيم قويدر : القيادة المفقودة     عيسى عبدالقيوم : حول المفاهيم الإجتماعية

British Libyan Solidarity Campaign : Call for Protest - 17 February, 2010

علاء الدرسي : اعتصام أهالي ضحايا بوسليم يوم السبت 30/1/2010     علاء الدرسي : لقطات من الاعتصام  

صحفي منصف : إلى المدلّس الذي رمز إلى اسمه بـ"إخواني سابق"     سيف الواعر : حول المكتب الثقافي لندن

مركز التوثيق الليبي : ليبيا : الحرية الآن     د. مصطفى الزائدي : تسريبات من دافوس

الهدهد : سليمان دوغا : لسيف الإسلام القذافي مستقبلان إمّا أن يحكم ليبيا أو يختار منفاه

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة المتحدة : لقطات من اجتماع عناصر أمنيه بالجالية الليبية فى لندن

علي البوسيفي : مراجعات الجماعة الليبية المقاتلة.. صفعة قوية لأبناء الحكومة.. وإنبطاح المعارضة

Tuesday, 2 February, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Libya's $1.8 billion arms deal with Russia comes amid a major rearmament program by the leading North African states, although it is dwarfed by Algeria's $7.5 billion arrangement with Moscow in 2006. The most contentious weapons system that Moammar Gadhafi's regime will acquire in the deal announced in Moscow Saturday is the S-300PMU2 air-defense missile, one of the most advanced in the world. If Russia has in fact agreed to sell this to the Libyans, Iran, Israel and the United States -- an unlikely trio -- are likely to be extremely miffed. The Russians agreed to sell Iran the S-300 in 2007 but buckled under intense U.S. and Israeli pressure, not to mention the prospect, with U.S. approval, of some tasty arms deals with Saudi Arabia. [UPI] More
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi who failed to win a second term as African Union chairman now eyes a similar post at the League of Arab states. At a press conference Gaddafi called at midnight, he told reporters he is now preparing to take over chairmanship of the Arab League. Gaddafi tried to explain his importance in African affairs stating that Libya is going to host three summits to link the African continent with the Middle East, Europe and Latin America. At the end of this year Libya is scheduled to host the Afro-Arab summit. The Libyan leader is also to host the Africa-European Union summit. Another summit is the Afro-Latin summit set for 2011. But, a European diplomat said: “This is Gaddafi’s attempt to shift the power of the continental organisation to Tripoli.” An East African Foreign Minister said Gaddafi’s failure to win another term as AU chairman is a relief for the continental body. “He may continue meddling here and there but I don’t think that would help both Africa and his country’’ he added. [Nation] More
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010: TEHRAN (FNA)- Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi underlined the importance of cooperation between Tehran and Tripoli, and described Libya as a second home to the Iranian people. Qadhafi made the remarks in a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on the sidelines of the 14th summit of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday. Tehran and Tripoli resumed consolidation of their ties after a visit by Mottaki to the country in mid January. Qadhafi termed Mottaki's earlier visit to his country as "important" and "constructive", and expressed regret that he had not been able to meet with Mottaki during his trip to Tripoli. Mottaki, for his part, hailed the new era of all-out expansion in Tehran-Tripoli relations and cooperation, and said endorsement and implementation of the cooperation agreements discussed during his recent visit to the African country, specially in the economic and infrastructural fields, would help develop the bilateral relations between the two states. [Fars News] More
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010: Libya, or Benghazi to be precise, is the destination the Bangladesh government is looking at to nab the fugitive killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. "We have specific information about the fugitives and are working to bring them back to face justice,' Bangladesh law minister Shafique Ahmed said. He added that diplomatic channels were working overtime to ensure the arrest and extradition of the absconding Mujib killers. Once brought back, they would face the gallows in Bangladesh. Out of the 12 convicted for Mujib's killing, five were sent to the gallows on Thursday, while one, Aziz Pasha, died in Zimbabwe in 2002. Rest of the six are absconding. Sources said the Bangladesh government did not have the exact locations of at least four fugitives, though they were believed to be holed up in Libya or Pakistan. [Times of India] More
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010: LONDON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Jack Straw, the former British justice secretary, denied a Freedom of Information request from lawmakers examining links to the Lockerbie bomber and Libyan oil. Straw faced criticism during the weekend for allegedly covering up the details of conversations he had with a lobbyist for supermajor BP over Libyan oil deals reached before the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Magrahi. Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill on Aug. 20 released Magrahi, the lone suspect in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, on compassionate terms as the former Libyan intelligence officer suffers from terminal cancer. Allegations have surfaced that a 2007 bilateral prisoner transfer agreement between the British government and Tripoli was linked to oil contracts and the Magrahi release. [UPI] More
Tuesday, 2 February, 2010: RABAT (Reuters) - Libya's powerful old guard appears to be holding up the appointment of Muammar Gaddafi's western-leaning son to a top government role, leaving prospects for reform in the north African country as murky as ever. Libya has emerged from years of diplomatic isolation and begun to cooperate with the West on security and migration. Companies like BP and Exxon Mobil re spending billions of dollars to tap Africa's biggest proven oil reserves. But establishment conservatives remain deeply suspicious of foreign interference and hopes have dimmed that the end of sanctions would mean greater political openness, deeper trade ties and a transparent business environment. [Reuters] More
رمضان جربوع : الأغنياء والفقراء.. عندما تتسع الهوّة!

سليم الرقعي : يا سي لافندي

Monday, 1 February, 2010: Hamdani's case, along with that of countryman Max Goeldi, head of Libya operations for Swiss-Swedish engineering firm ABB, caused a diplomatic row between Libya and Switzerland. It also unsettled foreign investors who flocked to Libya after the oil producer emerged from international isolation. "I can confirm (Hamdani's acquittal)," a spokesman for the foreign ministry said. He declined to make any further comments. Salah Zahaf, the Libyan lawyer representing Hamdani and Goeldi said: "The court ruled that Hamdani is innocent of the charge of entering Libya illegally and has therefore decided to cancel the 16-month sentence." But the lawyer said the court had ruled Hamdani still would stand trial on a second charge, of violating business rules. [Reuters] More
Monday, 1 February, 2010: Libya’s main legislative body has approved a law setting up a free trade zone on the country’s Mediterranean coast, Saadi Gaddafi, a son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, told Reuters on Sunday. “After the agreement of the leader (Muammar) Gaddafi... the idea of the law of the special economic zone was presented to the Basic People’s Congresses, which in their turn demonstrated their agreement on establishing this law,” Gaddafi, a businessman who is likely to be head of the zone’s management board, said in an interview. [Next] More
Monday, 1 February, 2010: ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Malawi's president has been elected as leader of the African Union, a position held by the eccentric dictator Moammar Gadhafi of Libya for the last year. Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutharika was selected by the continental body at its annual summit Sunday. The chairmanship of the African Union is a rotating position held by heads of state for one year and gives the holder some influence over the continent's politics but carries no real power. The AU's chairmanship rotates among Africa's regions, with North Africa chairing for the past year. Meetings to select the chairman are held in private. The leader is usually nominated and then chosen by consensus. [Washington Post] More
Monday, 1 February, 2010: In March 1990, when Libyan novelist Hisham Matar was studying architecture at Goldsmiths College, London, his parents were, as he describes it, in a "mellow" phase of their lives and living in Cairo. Whenever he rang them, they talked, "to my great delight", about long walks, lazy lunches, reading books together. Hisham first gathered something was wrong when a Libyan contemporary at Goldsmiths shrank when he saw Hisham "as if ashamed" and asked: "Is your father OK?" He replied that his father was fine. The friend put his hand on Hisham's arm and said: "Whatever happens, know I am here for you." Hisham rang the family home in a panic. His mother was judiciously vague on the telephone, saying only that he and his brother should come home soon. He remembers the sight of his mother in the airport's arrivals lounge. [The Guardian] More
Monday, 1 February, 2010: Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi has stepped down as chairman of the 53-nation African Union, but not without firing a few verbal broadsides at the organization. Mr. Gadhafi chastised his fellow heads of state for refusing to go along with his plan for a "United States of Africa." All was calm on the surface. Africa's heads of state went into a conference room and emerged 20 minutes later to say Malawi's President Bingu wa Mutarika would assume the rotating African Union chairmanship for the coming year. But that announcement hid a furious behind-the-scenes battle for control of the continental organization that witnesses say nearly broke out in fisticuffs the night before. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had hoped to stay on for a second term to see through his plan for greater political and economic unification. [VOA News] More
Monday, 1 February, 2010: The first Indian chef to receive a Michelin-star, Vineet Bhatia, is set to open a restaurant in Libyan capital Tripoli. Due to open in May, the outlet will join Bhatia’s growing number of restaurants across the Arab world, with his name currently attached to outlets in Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. "It will be stand-alone unit outside the city centre,” said Bhatia. “The menu will be quite laid back and relaxed as it will be a large restaurant, with more of a Mediterranean feel." [Hotelier Middle East] More
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