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أبوعلي : لقطات من اعتصام التضامن مع أهالي شهداء سجن أبوسليم ـ برمنجهام ـ 31 يوليو 2010

نجيب الحمري : لقطات من الاعتصام بمدينة مانشستر تضامنا مع أهالى ضحايا ابوسليم ـ 31 يوليو 2010

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن الثانية عشر مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 31 يوليو 2010

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (727)

الساطور : يهودي يطلب في الإيجار!!

فوزي عبدالحميد : مُعارض بعد التقاعد!!

علي الخليفي : ليلة القبض على البشارة

صالح سعيد الواحي : بخٍ بخٍ : يا موكب الحرائر..!!

ليبيا تنفتح مجددا على اليهود الذين غادروها

محمد الأصفر : الكتاب الليبي يحلق في سماء الشام

أحمد بركات : إجراء عملية قسطرة فى القلب للدكتور ابراهيم قويدر

د. محمد بالروين : من مفهوم المؤسسات السياسية (2)

Saturday, 31 July, 2010: A U.S. Senate hearing over the release of the Libyan spy, Abdel Basset al-Megrahi scheduled for Thursday was postponed after "key witnesses" failed to appear before the U.S. Congress. The hearing sought to question BP boss and other prominent English and Scottish leaders over the reasons behind the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. The U.S. suspects that a petrol deal could have influenced the spy’s release. This affair, which comes in the backdrop of the BP oil spill, has contributed to recent deteriorating relations between London and Washington. The U.S. Senate plans to launch an investigation into the affair. Did Oil giant BP put pressure on British authorities for the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi... [Afrik News] More
Saturday, 31 July, 2010: At first glance, we seem to have reached a major divergence in terms of the world community's approach towards Iran. The European Union and Canada have both adopted a set of harsh new sanctions against Tehran that bring their policies much closer into conformity with the U.S. stance. The EU, Iran's largest trading and investment partner, has frozen ties with the financial and banking sectors and has enacted a blanket "ban on new investment, technical assistance and technology transfers to Iran's huge gas and oil industry, particularly for refining and liquefied natural gas" (as Agence-France Press describes it). But the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced that "China does not agree with the EU's unilateral sanctions against Iran.". India is also not enthusiastic about imposing sanctions above and beyond what the UN has already imposed. [Global Security] More
Saturday, 31 July, 2010: TRIPOLI — A Libyan Jewish community leader who visited his birthplace for the first time since being forced to flee in 1967 said on Friday it felt like he was living a dream. Raphael Luzon, who was driven out after the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and now lives in London, visited his birthplace of Benghazi, 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) east of Tripoli, with his sister and 83-year-old mother. "We visited Benghazi and met our loved ones amid tears and great longing for friends we have never forgotten," Luzon told AFP. It felt like he was "in a dream." Luzon, who also met several Libyan officials during the visit, said he regretted not having had the chance to hold talks with the country's leader Moamer Kadhafi. Libya's Jewish population, numbering tens of thousands, shrunk after the founding of the state of Israel in 1948. Most of the estimated 7,000 remaining Jews were evacuated after the 1967 war following anti-Jewish riots. [AFP] More
Saturday, 31 July, 2010: BP's lobbying of the UK government over a prisoner deal with Libya is under investigation by the US Senate. But while the oil giant had to disclose its lobbying efforts in the US, it didn't have to in the EU or the UK. A hearing on the issue was originally scheduled for July 29, but that has been postponed. One of the senators involved, Robert Menendez, said BP and British officials had stonewalled the investigation and some key witnesses had refused to appear. The US Senate foreign relations committee, which wants to find out whether BP's lobbying British officials played a role in the early release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi last year, is unlikely to garner any useful information coming from the European Union's official lobbying register. While BP's lobbying practices in the US are logged into a mandatory register that is publicly available and updated regularly, no comparable database exists in the EU or in Britain. [DW] More
Saturday, 31 July, 2010: The true face of Libyan “humanitarianism” reared its ugly head again this week at the unlikely venue of the African Heads of State Summit in Uganda. Only two weeks after sending a ship of supplies to Gaza, ostensibly out of “humanitarian” concern for the curious Palestinian suffering under Israel’s alleged tyranny, Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi showed his personal understanding of compassion at the international conference, attended by about 30 African leaders, when he slapped an aide in public. Gaddafi engaged in this act, which appeared to be completely normal behaviour on his part, when his protocol people brought him to the wrong conference building at a luxury resort outside of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, where the summit was held from July 25 to July 27. According to the Kenyan newspaper The Nation, Gaddafi had climbed halfway up the incorrect venue’s staircase before being informed of his error by a Ugandan presidential guard. [Front Page Mag] More
Saturday, 31 July, 2010: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's proven crude oil reserves rose to 46 billion barrels in the first half of this year after adding 612 million barrels from new fields, local daily Oea said on Friday, quoting the country's top oil official. OPEC member Libya has the biggest crude oil reserves in Africa. "Libya's oil reserves will increase further in next months because the exploration efforts in the first half accounted for 40 percent of the hydrocarbons search programme for the year," Oea quoted Shokri Ghanem as saying. "We expect the discovery of 20 additional oilfields this year," said Ghanem who is the chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation (NOC) and top energy official of his country which does not have an oil minister. [Reuters] More
رئيس الجالية اليهودية الليبية يزور طرابلس بعد غياب اربعة عقود

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (12)

محمّد قدري الخوجة : العقيد خليفة حفتر (4)

د. سعاد الفيتوري : أم الشهيد

سليم الرقعي : الشعب.. كيف ومتي يثور ضد جلاده!؟

تعازي إلى آل ارحيمة

د. مصطفى عبدالله : التدليس على الشعب لا يعرف الكلل

خيرية الغرياني : واجب علينا نصبروا يا عيني

أولاد ؟ بنات ؟

رمضان جربوع : الشرطة العربية، من خدمة للشعوب إلى عُسس للسلاطين

الفيتورى مفتاح الفيتورى : التسعون مليار للحرب الباردة أم للقهر والحصار؟

يحي اليفرني : رد على "محمد سعيد القشاط" فى كتابه المعنون "مذكرات عون سوف" (3)

Friday, 30 July, 2010: The US senator, who is to chair a rescheduled congressional inquiry into the Lockerbie bomber release, has said he may send investigators to Britain. In an interview for the BBC's Newsnight programme, Senator Robert Menendez said he wanted to take up offers from some witnesses to be questioned in the UK. Scots Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and former UK Justice Secretary Jack Straw refused to testify in the US. BP's outgoing chief executive Tony Hayward also declined to appear. Mr Menendez has rescheduled the hearing for September and issued fresh invitations to all potential witnesses. [BBC] More
Friday, 30 July, 2010: A high-ranking North Korean official visited Libya from June 8 to 10, the foreign ministry confirmed Thursday. Kim Young-joon, vice minister of North Korea’s foreign ministry, paid a visit to the African nation around the time a South Korean intelligence agent was arrested, questioned and ordered to leave Libya. Libya deported the South Korean agent, whose name has not been made public due to the sensitive nature of his work, on June 15 for allegedly spying on intelligence related to North Korea and the defense industry. Kim Young-sun, spokesman of Seoul’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, declined to give details on the nature of the North Korean official’s visit or who he met with during the three-day trip. [Korea Times] More
Friday, 30 July, 2010: A Korean legislator, who recently traveled to Libya to resolve espionage allegations, said Wednesday the incident won't lead to severance of the two countries' relations, according to Yonhap News Agency. Rep. Lee Sang-deuk of the ruling Grand National Party who is an elder brother of President Lee Myung-bak, said he flew to Libya as a special presidential envoy "for the sake of national interest." "I tried to convince the Libyan government and clarify the situation," Lee said. "I got the sense that our bilateral relations wouldn't break." On June 18, Libya deported an agent from the National Intelligence Service on charges of spying on the country's leader, Muammar al-Qaddafi, and his family. After Seoul raised issue with the expulsion, Libya shut down its economic cooperation bureau in Seoul, which had served as a de facto embassy. Lee told Yonhap that "Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi came to see me on three occasions, without prior appointments," adding, “I told him that (the agent) wasn't engaged in any spying activities." [Korea Times] More
مؤسسة المنار : من أرشيف "المنار" : ليبيا تدخّر كنوزها في أراضيها

إبراهيم قويدر : الحجاب المكشوف : مدينتي بلا صحيفة

ولد الشيخ : ضحايا اكذوبة دور ليبيا في الحرب على الأرهاب     شهود : يا منافق يا ولد الشيخ

فرج بوالعَـشّة : الاستشراق كشكل من أشكال العصاب التوهمي

موحمد ؤمادي : تاريخ الخط المغربي في جبل نفوسة

عزالدين الفيتوري : بعد هكذا فساد     م. م. : لماذا اختيرت الشناقة هدى بن عامر للرقابة الشعبية

بشير العربي : الثورة في شهر رمضان!!؟؟     عزالدين الشبو : د. حكيم الطبيب يعلن طلاقه من بوعجيلة البسكرى

Thursday, 29 July, 2010: ROME (Dow Jones)--Eni SpA (E) is about to start renegotiations of its long-term natural gas contracts with Libya and will soon begin the same with Algeria, said Chief Executive Paolo Scaroni Wednesday as spot prices of the fossil fuel remain low. Renegotiation "windows" are allowing the Italian oil and gas company to take this step, said Scaroni on a conference call to comment on the company's second-quarter results. Eni isn't only renegotiating the price in these long-term contracts, but also the take-or-pay conditions, he said. The Rome-based company earlier this year renegotiated its long-term gas contracts with Russia's OAO Gazprom (GAZP.RS). The next renegotiation "window" with Gazprom is in January 2012, said Scaroni. [Wall Street Journal] More
Thursday, 29 July, 2010: When the Libyan terrorist known as the Lockerbie bomber was released from a Scottish prison last August, the episode carried a foul odor. Nearly a year later, like a fish rotting in the summer sun, the stench has only worsened. OPPOSING VIEW: A good-faith decision Scottish authorities cited "compassion" for their decision to spring Abdel Baset Ali Megrahi, the only person convicted in the terrorist bombing that brought down Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. Never mind that he showed no compassion toward his 270 victims, including 189 Americans, many of them students on their way home for Christmas. Doctors said Megrahi, 57, was suffering from terminal prostate cancer and had less than three months to live. Well, guess what? Megrahi is very much alive and living free in Libya. It's enough to give humanitarianism a bad name. [USA Today] More
Thursday, 29 July, 2010: A South Korean agent who was deported from Libya in June on spying charges was apparently accused of seeking information about the likely successor to Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi -- an extremely sensitive subject in the North African country. A South Korean diplomat on Wednesday said Qaddafi's second son is the most likely successor, but there is talk that his fourth son is also emerging as a strong candidate. "To my knowledge, our staff member tried to contact officials close to the fourth son and ended up being misunderstood by Libyan authorities." Just like North Korea, Libya is highly likely to see a hereditary transfer of power. The source said the agent who was deported was not fluent in Arabic and gathered information with a South Korean interpreter who lives there. It appears the Libyan authorities arrested a South Korean missionary and a farm owner in the process of investigating the case, the source said. [Chosun] More
Thursday, 29 July, 2010: Some 2,300 people in Libya die every year in road accide nts, making it the top cause of mortality in the country, the managing director of the Department in charge of road traffic in Libya, Tahar Al-Mahmoudi, said on W ednesday. He said the age bracket of victims is 15-45 years. Al-Mahmoudi called for the setting up of a security institution on road accident based on citizen's consciousness. [Afrique Jet] More
Thursday, 29 July, 2010: Experts in water purification meet in Libya - Experts and specialists in the field of water purificati on, representing 12 countries, began a workshop here Wednesday on "the appropriate techniques for the purification of waste water in Libya", PANA reported from the Libyan capital. During the workshop, participants are expected to find solutions to the management and cleaning of the sewage treatment plants in the country. Opening the workshop, the Libyan Popular General Secretary of Basic Infrastructure Services, Maatoug Mohamed Maatoug, called for a maximum use of all water resources in the country, including waste water, adding that Libya was ranked fifth of the poorest countries which do not have good water purification in spite of the country's efforts to promote and preserve good water resources. [Afrique Jet] More
Thursday, 29 July, 2010: Dubai-based carrier Emirates has announced that it is increasing capacity on its Tripoli route due to rising demand from passengers. From August 1, Emirates will offer a total of 3,612 seats per week between Tripoli and Dubai representing an increase of nine percent in passenger capacity. “Demand for our services to Libya has been steadily building so the addition of the A340-500 will not only increase capacity but will also enhance the customer experience when travelling on this route,” said Haitham Al Battawy, Emirates manager Libya. [Arabian Business] More
سالم بن عمار : فيلم (احتلال 101) والمخرج الليبي الفذ عبد الله عميش!

المحمودي : الرد على المبطلين.. ضوابط ومحاذير

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (8)

جلال الوحيشي : الأحاديث القدسية.. أحاديث الإفتراء!؟

محمد بن احميدة : من يتناسى ماضيه، ليس له مستقبل

عيسى عبدالقيوم : لماذا أنا

محمد الأصفر : أرز مبوّخ

مركز التوثيق الليبي : أين تذهب أرزاق وثروات شعب "جماهيرية الفردوس الأرضي"؟!

محمد نور الدين : هل عميد الحكام العرب في طريقه إلى تل أبيب؟

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (13)

فوزي عبدالحميد : إلى الدكتور عبد الباسط المخبر

Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: Washington - A senator said Tuesday that he was postponing this week's hearing on the release of the man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland because of "stonewalling" by British and Scottish officials who declined to testify. "They would prefer to sweep this under the rug," said Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat who was to chair Thursday's Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. The committee is looking into whether British-based oil company BP had sought Abdel Baset al-Megrahi's release to help get a $900 million exploration agreement with Libya off the ground. BP acknowledged that it had urged the British government to sign a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya, but stressed it didn't specify his case. [AP] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: A South Korean agent was deported from Libya for spying on June 18, a diplomatic source here said Tuesday. The National Intelligence Service official, identified as Jun, had been held since earlier that month. Libya also arrested a South Korean missionary and a farmer for assisting him, and withdrew three staff at its economic cooperation bureau in Seoul, which serves as the de facto embassy. The government sent a negotiation team to Libya on July 20, but it has made little progress. Tripoli is demanding an official apology and assurances that this will not happen again, according to sources. "Jun was engaged in tasks like collecting information about North Korea and the defense industry, but Libya says that was not routine," the diplomatic source said. Press reports in the Middle East said Jun tried to find information about the country's leader Mammar al-Qaddafi and his family. "This is a misunderstanding on the part of Libyan authorities," the source said. [Chosun] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: (Reuters) - Scotland's most senior politician said on Wednesday there was no conspiracy in his country's decision to release the Lockerbie bomber following U.S. questions over oil company BP's influence on the process. Alex Salmond, who heads the government in Scotland's dissolved assembly, was responding to U.S. lawmakers' concerns that BP (BP.L)(BP.N) may have had a hand in Scottish authorities' release last year of a Libyan convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Here is a timeline of British-Libyan relations in the last 25 years: April 1984 - Shots fired from Libyan embassy in London kill a policewoman guarding demonstrators protesting against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. -- Britain cuts diplomatic ties on April 22. Dec 21, 1988 - Pan Am flight 103 from London to New York is blown up over Lockerbie killing 270 people. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: KAMPALA, July 27 (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday his dream of a United States of Africa was still alive and this week's African Union summit was another step towards that objective. Gaddafi has been pushing for an African unity government for years, saying it is the only way Africa can develop without Western interference, but many African states say the idea is impractical and would encroach on their sovereignty. Like previous African summits, this week's gathering in the Ugandan capital Kampala discussed steps towards creating an African government, but the issue was overshadowed by chaos in Somalia and an international arrest warrant for Sudan's president. "I am satisfied that Africa is going along its historic and right road," Gaddafi told a small group of reporters in Kampala at the end of the summit. "One day it will become similar to the United States of America." [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: Russia holds a strong position on Libya's weapons market, a department head for Russia's state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport said. Sergei Kornyev, the department head of Russia's Air Force special equipment and services, made the announcement after the Farnsborough Air Show outside London ended on Sunday. "We confirm the signing of contracts of delivery for six training Yak-130 fighters and Mi helicopters to Libya," Kornyev said, adding: "We are looking at this market with optimism and are not planning on giving up our strong positions [on it]." Russia's Irkut signed through Rosoboronexport a contract for the delivery of six Yak-130s to Libya. Under the contract, the first two fighters will be delivered in 2011, and the remaining four in 2012. [Rian] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: CAIRO: Three Libyan journalists have had communiques filed against them for their work on corruption, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) said on Tuesday. The pan-Arabic rights group said the charges “came as a result of reporting on social issues in which they revealed financial and administrative corruption” in the North African country. Bu Ateniy Beverages’ in Benghazi, filed a lawsuit against both journalists, Atef Al-Atrash and Khalid Mohair accusing them of defaming the company. The journalists had published articles in a number of e-newspapers where they criticized what they described as facts of financial and administrative corruption in the company, in addition to revealing of expired materials in stock. In related news, journalist Mohamed Suraiti was surprised that press prosecution chief of Benghazi, informed him that he was summoned in Tripoli for investigation regarding the case filed against him for publishing articles in Jeel newspaper, AlJazeera.net and some electronic newspapers in which he exposed sexual harassment incidents at Benghazi Care House. [Bikyamasr] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: All was going well just before the flamboyant Libyan leader, Col. Muammar Gadaffi, reached the security checkpoint at the venue of the ongoing 15th Ordinary Session of the African Union heads of state summit in Munyonyo on Sunday. Riding in a four-wheeled electronic cart, Col. Gadaffi had arrived shortly after the Senegalese, South African and Zambian presidents. He chose to ride the cart instead of walking. His burly security men had marched along in a security ring around the slow moving cart, shouting in Arabic as they approached the Ugandan Presidential Guard Brigade cordon, possibly demanding that they be allowed to pass through. But President Museveni’s guards stood their ground. Undaunted, they allowed Col. Gadaffi to get past them with just four of his men. And this is what kicked off the drama which then unfolded. Some of Gadaffi’s guards tried to force their way through but were firmly resisted by the uncompromising Ugandan security personnel. [Monitor] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: Libyan company LAP Green Network announced it was interested in purchasing a majority stake in Serbia's landline operator Telekom Srbija , IntelliNews reported. The company's CEO Abdulbaset Elazzabi met with Serbian PM Mirko Cvetkovic to discuss the potential acquisition of the telecom. LAP Green Network is a provider of total communication solutions, operating in six African countries and the acquisition of Telekom Srbija would be the company's first investment outside Africa. LAP Green Network is part of Libya - Africa Investment Portfolio (LAP) that was incorporated in 2006 as a Libyan foreign investment vehicle primarily focusing on contributing to the development of African countries. According to earlier reports, Germany's Deutsche Telekom , Egypt's Orascom Telekom, China Telecom, the United Arab Emirates-based Etisalat, Turkey's Turk Telekom , and Spain's Telefonica have all expressed interest in the Serbian telecom. [Balkans] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: Libya deported a South Korean intelligence agent working at the Korean Embassy in the African nation last month for allegedly gathering information related to North Korea and the arms industry, a diplomatic source said Tuesday. South Korea’s relations with Libya has been put to the test due to the deportation of the agent, as the Libyan government also pulled out three staffers working at the Economic Cooperation Bureau of Libya based in Seoul in protest. The bureau has halted consular services since June, making it difficult for South Koreans to get a visa to enter the African nation. A government official said on condition of anonymity that Libya suspected the agent had been involved in several espionage activities with regard to North Korea and the arms industry. The intelligence official returned to Seoul May 18. Some speculate the espionage case might have influenced the Libyan government to take two Koreans into custody recently. [Korea Times] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: India today clarified that the temporary ban is only with regard to those cases where Emigration Clearance is required and sought from the Protectors of Emigrants, for employment in Libya. The ENCR passport holders or the persons visiting on any visa other than employment visa where requirement of Emigration Clearance does not exist, do not fall in this category of temporary ban for visiting Libya. India had taken the step due to non-payment of salary and non conforming to contract conditions by Libyan companies and agents to Indian workers. The Protector General of Emigrants/Registering Authority that the Protectors of Emigrants will clear emigration cases only in respect of the cases attested up to 30-06-2010 by the Embassy of India,Tripoli (Libya), following which there will be no further emigration clearance granted to any worker, including nurses, for employment in Libya until further orders. [Frontier India] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: ROME, July 26 (KUNA) -- Italy voiced concern Monday over British Petroleum's (BP) off-shore drilling in the Gulf of Sirt, Libya, calling for the involvement of the Union of the Mediterranean to avoid an environmental disaster like the one in the Gulf of Mexico in the US. BP's drilling in the Libyan territorial waters "is an issue that clearly concerns the entire Meditarranean basin," foreign minister Franco Frattini was quoted by the Italian TV channels from Brussels where he was taking part in a meeting of the EU's foreign ministers. He called for involvement of the Union of the Mediterranean in this issue. Frattini said there should be "guarantees over the use of safe technology." The BP drilling should not be restricted to an issue of "bilateral relations," said Frattini because it concerns Libya as well as Malta, Tunisia and all other countries overlooking the Mediterranean. [Kuna] More
Wednesday, 28 July, 2010: "Significant lessons" have been learned in relations with Scotland after the row over the Lockerbie bomber's release, the UK government has said. The coalition government is also looking for more "positive relations" with Edinburgh after the fallout over Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi's release. The comments came in a response to a Scottish select committee report into relations between the administrations. Megrahi was released on compassionate grounds last year. Related stories His release, on the basis of medical evidence indicating he only had three months to live, followed rising tensions between Scotland and Westminster over Megrahi. [BBC] More
تروا نتمورا : رداً على الهجمة على بعض رموز المعارضة
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رجب الشلطامي : من الذاكرة الليبية

محمّد قدري الخوجة : العقيد خليفة حفتر (3)

ولد الشيخ : تدنيس المصاحف في الجماهيرية

إبراهيم قويدر : الحجاب المكشوف : تقوى الله

عبد الحق : عملاء الأمن الليبي في أوروبا

شعبان معيو : أدعوكم للهدرزة عبر غرفة الحوار السياسي

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (726)

Tuesday, 27 July, 2010: LONDON - American officials were dead-set against the release of the Lockerbie bomber and warned Scottish authorities that scenes of jubilation in Tripoli over his return would upset victims' families, a newly released document showed Monday. The Aug. 12, 2009 letter from Richard LeBaron, the charge d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy in London, to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond sets out the views of the American government as Scotland grappled with whether to release Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the only person convicted in the bombing attack on Pan Am Flight 103. "The United States maintains its view that in light of the scope of Megrahi's crime, its heinous nature, and its continuing and devastating impact on the victims and their families, it would be most appropriate for Megrahi to remain imprisoned for the entirety of his sentence," the letter says, declaring the U.S was not willing to support his release on either compassionate grounds or under a prisoner transfer agreement. [AP] More
Tuesday, 27 July, 2010: SEOUL, Jul 26 - Libya has suspended diplomatic operations in South Korea, officials said Monday, amid reports of worsening relations over the arrest of a Christian pastor and Seoul media coverage of Tripoli. The foreign ministry confirmed Libya has closed its de facto embassy, an economic cooperation office, in Seoul and said Korean businessmen must now travel to other countries to get visas. The ministry gave no reason for the move. "There has been no formal notice that Libya will close its economic cooperation bureau here but we understand that operations there are temporarily suspended," spokesman Kim Young-Sun told a briefing. Seoul and Tripoli have built strong economic ties since establishing diplomatic relations in 1980, with South Korean firms winning a series of massive civil engineering contracts there. [Capital News] More
Tuesday, 27 July, 2010: The State Department has taken the unusual step of releasing confidential diplomatic correspondence to push back on claims in a British newspaper report Sunday that Washington had secretly approved the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber last year. A July 25 Sunday Times article, “Revealed: U.S. double-talk on Lockerbie,” cited excerpts from an Aug. 12, 2009, letter from a U.S. diplomat to a Scottish minister to argue the U.S. had begrudgingly approved Scotland’s release in August on grounds of compassion of Abdulbasset Al-Megrahi, the Libyan intelligence official convicted of involvement in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, in which 270 people were killed. The Sunday Times report said U.S. charge d’affairs Richard LeBaron had written Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond to express a U.S. preference that if Al-Megrahi must be released, it be done on grounds of compassion, rather than included in a UK-Libya prisoner transfer agreement. [Politico] More
جريدتي : حوار مع د. ابراهيم قويدر

د. احمودة خليفة : أبوزيد.. ونظارته السوداء

فرج بوالعَـشّة : العرب بين تركيا وإيران.. ما الموقف؟!

أحمد أبو الخير : القذافي يتحدث لإسعاد الليبيين ويجرهم بالسلاسل للجنة..

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : بيان بخصوص اعتزام القذافي إهدار تسعين مليار دولار

نادي الباروني : شباب الباروني يشارك إخوانه

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (11)

سليم الرقعي : سلطة الشعب!.. وُلدت مُعاقة بل ميتة! (4)

Monday, 26 July, 2010: LONDON - A coming Senate hearing in Washington has set off a new round of political disavowals by British and Scottish officials who laid the groundwork for last year’s release of the former Libyan intelligence agent convicted in the 1988 Lockerbie bombing. Officials most closely involved in the release have denied suggestions that Britain’s eagerness for oil deals with Libya was a factor — an issue given new momentum by accusations that the beleaguered oil giant BP also played a major role. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is to hold a hearing on Thursday focusing on BP’s role, although no official involved in freeing the Libyan, Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, has agreed to travel to Washington to testify. From the moment last August that the Scottish government released Mr. Megrahi, citing his advanced prostate cancer and medical advice that he was likely to die within three months, the case has generated more controversy in the United States than in Britain. [New York Times] More
Monday, 26 July, 2010: A senior Libyan minister was entertained by Prince Andrew at St James's Palace as David Cameron prepared to hold talks with Barack Obama over the Lockerbie bomber, it emerged yesterday. The official, a key figure in Colonel Gaddafi's cabinet, led a delegation of Libyans who also held talks with a Tory defence minister and with senior Scotland Yard counter terrorism officers. Abdel-Fatah Yunis al- Obeidi also met a Foreign Office minister during his UK trip. Last night the Government faced demands to explain why the Libyans had been given the 'red carpet treatment' as Mr Cameron was trying to appease the U.S. president over the controversial release last August of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Cancer-stricken Megrahi was supposedly three months from death when he was freed by Scottish ministers on ' compassionate' grounds. But he has since made an extraordinary recovery and his life is no longer in imminent danger. [Daily Mail] More
Monday, 26 July, 2010: Syria (Damascus) – Syrian Minister of Finance Mohammed al-Hussein said on Sunday the 1st Syrian-Libyan Investment Forum represents the beginning of a series of economic activities and efforts by both countries to activate the role of private sector in investment and trade exchange. Speaking at the opening of the forum titled "Investment, Way of Development & Integration", al-Hussein stressed the Syrian government's readiness to eliminate custom tariffs on Libyan goods and facilitate their flow into Syria. The Minister called upon the Syrian state companies working in Libya to study Libya's investment atmosphere and make joint investments that will benefit both countries. He underscored the importance of signing agreements on bank transfers, customs and transport, calling for using Libya's geographical location as a gate for Syria to Africa and Syria's position as a gate for Libyan businessmen to Asia. [Global Arab Network] More
Monday, 26 July, 2010: In all the renewed controversy over the release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing (Unthinkable? Bush testifies to Chilcot, 24 July), a vital point seems to have been missed. Under the terms of the US-UK "initiative" under which Megrahi was convicted, he was required to serve his sentence in the UK. The initiative was accepted by Libya and approved by UN security council resolution 1192. For that reason Megrahi could never have been transferred to serve the rest of his sentence in Libya under the prisoner transfer agreement (PTA) negotiated by the Blair government with Libya, regardless of whether Megrahi was included in or excluded from its scope. It's difficult to understand how the PTA came to be signed when it could never have been used to transfer Megrahi, the only Libyan then in UK custody. If BP was pressing for Megrahi to be transferred under the PTA, why was it not told that this was ruled out by the terms of the original agreement? Why didn't Alex Salmond and Kenny MacAskill point this out to Tony Blair..? [The Guardian] More
Monday, 26 July, 2010: THE US Government told Scottish officials that the Lockerbie bomber’s release on compassionate grounds was "far preferable" to his transfer back to a Libyan jail, it was revealed yesterday. Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond said yesterday day that while America "didn’t want" Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to be released, they would rather see him freed on account of his terminal cancer, than under the prisoner transfer agreement between Britain and Libya. Megrahi is the only person convicted of the 1988 bombing in which 270 people were killed. He was released in August last year after doctors said he was dying of prostate cancer and had three months to live – prompting fury in the US. Last week, President Barack Obama told a White House press conference that the US had been "surprised, disappointed and angry" about Megrahi being released. Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/bombers-release-preferable-for-us-126134.html#ixzz0ukTAna2J [Irish Examiner] More
Monday, 26 July, 2010: KAMPALA: African countries are divided about whether they should arrest Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir on suspicion of genocide, diplomats at a summit told Reuters on Sunday. Bashir was indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes in Darfur last year. This month the court added genocide to the charges, accusing him of orchestrating murders, rapes, and torture in the troubled western region. A draft of a resolution to be passed at the African Union (AU) meeting in Ugandan capital Kampala, seen by Reuters on Saturday, contained two contentious clauses that have triggered horse-trading behind the scenes at the event. But both paragraphs were removed after arguments that went on until 3 a.m. on Sunday, AU and Western diplomats said. The first clause advised African countries not to arrest Bashir if he visited their nations — even if they had signed up to the ICC as 30 African countries have. [Arab News] More
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Johann Hari : Oil, Blood Money, and Blair's Last Scandal

Ghoma : Approaches to Development (5)

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن الحادية عشر مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 24 يوليو 2010

أبو علي : تضامناً مع أهلنا في ليبيا ـ برمنجهام ـ بريطانيا

عماد الجابري : وقفة تضامنية مع أهالى شهداء مجزرة ابوسليم ـ ليفربول ـ بريطانيا

رفيق : خدعوك فقالوا أنّ الإسلام دين تسامح!!

محمد المغبوب : خلط أوراق الإستثمارت الخارجية

سليم الكاسح : رحلة عمر "قدري الخوجة" الحقيرة

لأول مرة جامعة ليبية تدخل التصنيف العالمي للجامعات

Sunday, 25 July, 2010: The terraced house just around the corner from the American embassy in London looks like most in the affluent street. Tall and elegant, only the shiny brass plaque gives a clue to what lies beyond the black front door. The name reads Dalia Advisory Limited, a company established by Libyan businessmen just a week after the country's officials were told the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was being considered for release on compassionate grounds. Dalia Advisory is in fact a "front" for the Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), a sovereign wealth fund with £80 billion, to invest in Britain and beyond. The Georgian town house, bought for £6 million, is, ironically, only a few yards from the US Embassy in Grosvenor Square. Senior business sources have told The Sunday Telegraph that had Megrahi died in a British jail, the LIA would have taken its vast sums elsewhere. "If Megrahi had perished in Scotland, we would have become a pariah state as far as the Libyans were concerned," said one source. [The Telegraph] More
Sunday, 25 July, 2010: The Conservative Party has received a six-figure donation from a company owned by Palestinian millionaires who were developing Libya’s vast offshore oilfields, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The business figures, who were well-known in the Middle East, built the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and reportedly had close links with the Palestine Liberation Organisation. They previously hired senior Labour figures as “consultants” but began donating money to the Conservatives shortly before the election. The money was donated by a small British firm owned by one of their Middle Eastern holding companies. During his first official visit to America this week, David Cameron was under intense pressure over BP’s oil contracts in Libya and the possible link to the release of the Lockerbie bomber. The Prime Minister has refused to criticise the oil giant – or call for a suspension of its drilling in Libya – to the irritation of some senior American politicians. [The Telegraph] More
Sunday, 25 July, 2010: Two Koreans are detained in Libya for proselytization, which is illegal in the Islam country, the local JoongAng Ilbo newspaper said on Saturday, citing a diplomatic source. One of them, a Christian missionary, identified as Koh, has been detained since about a month ago, while another, identified as Joo, was arrested last week, it said. The diplomatic source said Koh was a well-known figure in the Korean community in Tripoli, the nation’s capital. Joo, a businessman who owns a farm there, has been known to finance Koh’s missionary work, it said. The news didn’t elaborate on whether and when the two will be subject to judicial hearing for their reported violation of the local law. [Korea Times] More
Sunday, 25 July, 2010: The sixth annual edition of Telecommunication and Information Technologies Exhibition, TAQNYA, in Tripoli has registered success and the official organizer, the Libyan General Telecommunication Authority, has seen this year more expansion in the sector. The exhibition was organized by TAQNYA under the auspices of The General Telecommunication Authority of Libya. The opening ceremony of the four-day exhibition took place on Tuesday 20 July and was headed by Dr. Mohammed Muammar Gaddafi, the Secretary of the General Telecommunication Authority. The main goal of the exhibition is to create a yearly meeting point for the ICT community, also to provide the services and equipment providers an opportunity to meet their targeted clients. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 25 July, 2010: A specialist who examined the Lockerbie bomber revealed yesterday that he warned the Scottish Government that the cancer which won the Libyan his freedom would not kill him within three months. The warning, revealed to The Sunday Express by Professor Jonathan Waxman of the Hammersmith Hospital, London, heaps further pressure on Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to justify the decision to release terrorist Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi on compassionate grounds 11 months ago. Professor Waxman, one of the world’s leading oncologists, was one of the three highly-regarded doctors paid by Colonel Gaddafi’s Libyan regime to examine al-Megrahi in Greenock Prison last year. His evidence was submitted to Scottish authorities but ignored in favour of a prediction that he had only three months to live. [Express] More
Sunday, 25 July, 2010: AMERICA launched secret “deal in the desert” talks with Libya six years before the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Four US Senators are demanding an inquiry into last year’s release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi amid accusations that it paved the way for lucrative oil deals for Britain. It has now emerged that one of America’s most senior spies tried to broker a “trade for terrorist” swap with Colonel Gaddafi in 2003, just two years into the bomber’s sentence. The revelation has fuelled pressure on the Senate to widen its current inquiry into al-Megrahi’s release. Stephen Kappes, a former deputy director of the CIA, was the driving force behind negotiations to end Libya’s diplomatic isolation. Mr Kappes had secret meetings with the Libyan leader in 2003, accompanied by MI6 agent Sir Mark Allen. [Express] More
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الساطور : هراء الكافوردي     مواطن : من وراء رسائل المقاطعة؟

القذافى يضع 90 مليار دولار تحت تصرف أفريقيا

فوزي عبدالحميد : من تكون يا قذافي أنت واولادك؟!

د. محمد بالروين : من مفهوم المؤسسات السياسية (1)

Saturday, 24 July, 2010: BP will start deep-water drilling off the coast of Libya within weeks in spite of concerns about the UK group’s environmental and safety record after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster. The move comes as BP faces increased scrutiny over its acquisition of rights to a big oil and gas field off the African coast three years ago, a subject that overshadowed the visit of David Cameron, UK prime minister, to Washington this week. BP oil well near LibyaAt 1,700 metres below sea-level in Libya’s Gulf of Sirte, the well will be 200 metres deeper than the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico which triggered the worst US offshore oil spill disaster when the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 people. “Drilling will start within a few weeks,” BP confirmed. [Financial Times] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: Scotland’s government will not be providing any new documents on the release of the Libyan man convicted of bombing Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988 to a Senate panel investigating the matter, it said in a statement on Wednesday night. The Scottish government also declined a request from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to have Scotland’s justice secretary, Kenny MacAskill, appear next week at a hearing that will look into allegations that BP might have lobbied for the return of Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi to Libya in order to secure an oil contract with the Libyan government. BP denies that it lobbied for Mr. Megrahi’s release but said that it did press for a prisoner transfer agreement to be completed. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond wrote in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that his government, which has authority over justice matters and made the decision to release Mr. Megrahi last year, had already published all of the relevant documents under its control. [New York Times] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: Three freshmen lawmakers from New York are sending a letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, insisting his government, along with an American observer, investigate the circumstances under which the U.K. released a Libyan terrorist last year. Democratic Reps. Dan Maffei and Mike McMahon, and Republican Rep. Chris Lee are circulating a letter among House lawmakers that asks Cameron to “conduct a full investigation into the details surrounding the conclusion of a prisoner-transfer agreement between the United Kingdom and Libya” that allowed Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, who was convicted of blowing up a Pan American airliner whose passengers were mostly American, to return to his home country. Cameron has thus far dodged ordering an investigation because he said he opposed al-Megrahi’s release from prison for the 1988 bombing, which killed 270. [Politico] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: The experiment of Libya's dialogue with the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) did not gather as much media attention as some participants probably hoped it would. However, this does not diminish the importance of the outcome. The Libyan state opened the door to absorbing jihadists who renounce the use of violence as a means for change and to reintegrating them into society. Despite the many shortcomings of this experiment, it undoubtedly remains one of the pioneering approaches that deserve examination, in order to measure the extent of its success in turning the page of struggles between Arab governments and armed Islamist groups. [Magharebia] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: NDJAMENA — Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi put 90 billion dollars at the disposal of Africa during summit talks on creating a "United States of Africa", Senegal's President Abdoulaye Wade said Friday. "We were having a discussion to define a common stance on progress to a United States of Africa," Wade said during the lunch break at the meeting. "We raised the economic issue and particularly the projects to be achieved in African countries. To do this, Mr Kadhafi put 90 billion dollars (70.1 billion euros) at the disposal of Africa," he said. "Now, it's a question of defining the mechanism by which we should use this money. I propose a fund in partnership with the private sector," Wade said on the sidelines of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) summit. [AFP] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: PARIS (Reuters) - French defence company Dassault Aviation is in talks with Libya over the sale of 14 Rafale fighter jets, in a deal that could be concluded before August 11, French business daily La Tribune said on Friday. A Dassault Aviation spokesman could not immediately be reached to comment on the report. The Rafale multirole combat aircraft is a flagship programme for the French defence industry but has had problems attracting export buyers. French defence companies Dassault Aviation and Thales and European group MBDA have been in Tripoli for two weeks to negotiate big arms contracts, the paper said, citing a number of sources. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: Jacques Villeneuve has distanced himself from reports that the son of controversial Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is an investor in his new team. The former world champion released a statement on his website confirming a link-up with Italy-based Durango. "There are a number of rumours circulating at the moment and I wanted to clarify a few things before this gets out of hand," said Villeneuve. Villeneuve Racing will attempt to join the F1 starting grid in 2011. Canadian Villeneuve, 39, added: "The team will be a joint venture with Durango, and based out of Italy. To be clear, right now all the money comes from corporate sponsorship and not from personal investors." [BBC] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: The parents of Jatinder Singh, one of the 700 Indians, allegedly stranded in Libya, show his photographs at their home in Batala. According to the family members, 700 Indians are stuck in Libya after they went there for work. The men have hardly any money and their travel documents and passports are with an Indonesian housing company for which they worked in Libya. [Gulf Times] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: Could your life be worth more to your government than a few pence added to BP's share price? At first, this will sound like a strange question. But sometimes there is a news story that lays out the priorities that drive our governments once the doors are closed and the cameras are switched off. The story of the attempt to trade the Lockerbie bomber for oil is one of those moments. Let's start in the deserts of Iraq - because the Lockerbie deal might just reveal what really happened there. Many people were perplexed by Tony Blair's decision to back George W. Bush's invasion, which has led to the deaths of 1.2 million people. Blair said he was motivated by opposition to two things - terrorism and tyranny. [Daily Mail] More
Saturday, 24 July, 2010: Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi yesterday ruled out an independent inquiry into the army's behaviour during a rescue operation in which 27 migrants were sent back to Libya over the weekend. Fifty-five Somalis rescued from a sinking dinghy on Sunday were divided into two groups on the high seas with 28 being brought to Malta and the rest taken to Libya. The army said those who boarded the Libyan boat did so voluntarily but the claim was disputed by migrants who spoke to The Times. The decision to divide the group raised concern among humanitarian organisations because Libya is not a signatory to the Geneva Convention, which protects the rights of asylum seekers. When asked yesterday, the Prime Minister said he was convinced that the rights of the migrants sent back to Libya were safeguarded. "The army behaved according to established rules and procedures and if this weren't the case, I would have taken action but from what I have been told by the army they observed all procedures and protocol," Dr Gonzi said. [Times of Malta] More
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د. محمد العماري الفيتوري : تساؤلات حول مفهوم حقوق الانسان

الساطور : جمال الحاجي     مُراد : سلمان العودة اللعين ..

فرج بوالعَـشّة : هل الحاجي نصر ورفلي جديد؟!

طالب مسحوق : سرقة مخصصات التأمين الطبي في ماليزيا

محمّد قدري الخوجة : العقيد خليفة حفتر (2)

امساكية شهر رمضان المبارك ـ بنغازي     امساكية شهر رمضان المبارك ـ طرابلس

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (7)

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : اقتراح للقمة العربية الثقافية

Friday, 23 July, 2010: New York (CNN) -- The eruption of new controversy over the release last August of a Libyan man convicted in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, is a "media firestorm" that threatens to distract Washington from more pressing issues, says analyst Fareed Zakaria. Controversy over the move cast a shadow over British Prime Minister David Cameron's visit this week and was a topic at the press conference Cameron and President Obama held. Zakaria told CNN there are still legitimate questions to be explored on the release of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi, including the role of BP in lobbying the British government for the resolution of issues with Libya. The Libyan, who was reported to be suffering from prostate cancer, is still alive even though he was released on compassionate grounds because he reportedly only had three months to live. [CNN] More
Friday, 23 July, 2010: BP faced a new outcry Thursday about whether the Scottish and British governments sought to smooth BP's oil exploration contract talks with Libya by releasing prisoners, including the man convicted of bombing the Pan Am plane that went down over Lockerbie, Scotland, in 1988. The bombing killed 270 people, including 189 Americans. With the approach of the first anniversary of the Lockerbie bomber's release from a Scottish prison, several factors are feeding the new uproar, including new assertions by BP and the British government. U.S. senators from New York and New Jersey urged the company to shelve plans to drill offshore from Libya and called on the British government to demand the return of the Lockerbie bomber. "Both the British and United States have vowed to fight a war on terror, and if one of the worst terrorists in history, responsible for more deaths than all but a handful of people, can be released for a few coins, or pounds, what does it say to other terrorists?" said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). " 'Commit this kind of act and we'll take care of you, too.' " [Washington Post] More
Friday, 23 July, 2010: Libya has granted an amnesty for the undocumented foreign workers asking all of them to obtain residence visas by August 15. Failing to do so, however, will lead to their detention and subsequently deportation from the country, said a letter of Bangladesh embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. The Daily Star has obtained a copy of the letter. The Libyan authorities took the decision in a meeting with embassies of the countries that send labourers including Bangladesh, Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Chad, Somalia, Nigeria, Male and Turkey. Libya, which hired some 35,000 Bangladeshi workers since 2009, has taken the initiative as part of its efforts to bring the foreign workers sector under a discipline, the letter said. The issue is significant for Bangladesh, as there are a "notable number" of Bangladeshi workers having no residency visas required to work in the African country. An estimated 90,000 Bangladeshi workers are working in Libya. [The Daily Star] More
Friday, 23 July, 2010: ATHENS: Greece, struggling to beat recession and slash huge debts, will hold ministerial meetings with Libya in October to explore investment and trade accords, the Greek foreign ministry said on Thursday. “Tripoli wishes and seeks the participation of Greek businesses in the Libyan economy through cooperation in the fields of industry, manufacture and agricultural products,” deputy foreign minister Spyros Kouvelis said. Kouvelis, who completed an official visit to Libya at the head of a large business delegation, added that the two countries would also work together on archaeology, tourism and on building an undersea telecommunications cable. “Greek expertise has been sought on excavation issues and the restoration of old cities,” the ministry said. Talks were also held on energy cooperation with possible exports of Libyan liquid and compressed natural gas, and an undersea electricity link, it said. [The News] More
Friday, 23 July, 2010: Libya’s General Telecommunications Authority (GTA) has refused to grant approval to any of the companies which entered bids for a fixed and mobile telecoms licence, Turkcell has revealed. A full year after Turkcell and its UAE-based rival Etisalat lodged bids with the GTA, the GTA has decided that neither of the proposals were satisfactory. It is not known whether the GTA will renew its attempts to hold a new tender. [Telegeography] More
Friday, 23 July, 2010: As BP's business interests in Libya have come under scrutiny in the United States following the Gulf oil leak, Channel 4 News analysis reveals how more Libyan oil is exported to the US than the UK. Yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron told Channel 4 News' Gary Gibbon that he was not prepared to launch an immediate inquiry into the links between BP and the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi. It follows the prime minister's meeting with four US Senators who are calling for an investigation into claims of a link with last year's release of the Libyan national. The senators want to investigate the oil group's discussions with the UK government in 2007 as it expanded its business interests in Libya. In May of that year, the company signed an exploration and production agreement with Libya’s National Oil company worth a minimum of $900m. [Channel 4] More
Friday, 23 July, 2010: A vessel registered under the Georgian flag, crewed by Azerbaijanis, Ukrainians and Georgians, has been detained in Libya. The Vasilius was damaged during a storm but it is damage to the cargo of construction materials that is reported to be the reason for the detention. The Georgian side is trying to help the crew. Meanwhile, another vessel flying the Georgian flag, the Jasmine, has been detained in Italy. The owner of the ship is an Italian citizen, while the crew are Georgian. The vessel was carrying 2,700 tonnes of wheat and the administration imposed a 3,600 euro fine for overloading and technical malfunctions. The fine was paid, but the crew complains the owner of the ship has not paid their salaries for six months and now owes them EUR 100,000. They are being helped by an international organization for sailors' rights. [News] More
Friday, 23 July, 2010: Scottish ministers have declined a request to attend a U.S. Senate hearing into the circumstances surrounding the release of the Lockerbie bomber, a spokesman for the Scottish government said Thursday. BP PLC said that CEO Tony Hayward was also asked to attend the hearing but had not made a decision about the invitation. The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations wrote to the Scottish administration inviting Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and the Scottish Prison Service's medical chief, Andrew Fraser, to attend the hearing in Washington on July 29. Sen. Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, wrote to First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond, saying that the invitation was to help the senators better understand why Scotland decided to free Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi from jail last year and send him home to Libya. [Town Hall] More
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يونس الهمالي بنينه : تنصيب أو حاكم إيطالي لطرابلس

إبراهيم قويدر : وقفات قبل منحدر "اتحاد الدول العربية"!

مدريد 85 : هنا العظمى!.. جثامة الثوريين..     الطاهر الزاوي : السفينة الرثة تحمل السم الناقع

أميس انتمورا : ( الحيران : الجريمة والدين .. غياب الدولة )

Thursday, 22 July, 2010: Scotland’s First Minister is admitting officials knew Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi could live longer than the three-month prognosis he was given when he was freed from prison on compassionate grounds. Minister Alex Salmond told the BBC today that he had no regrets over freeing the only man convicted of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103. And in a letter obtained by the Daily News, Salmond says everyone knew Megrahi’s lifespan could be longer. He remains alive, 11 months after he was welcomed home as a hero in Libya. The terrorist attack killed 270 people, including 189 Americans. “There was a recognition at the time that he could die sooner or live longer,” Salmond wrote to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which is holding a hearing on the matter next week. [New York Daily News] More
Thursday, 22 July, 2010: There was much talk of the special relationship between the UK and the US this week; both David Cameron, UK prime minister, and Barack Obama, the US president, kept mentioning it at the White House. But the more intriguing relationship is that between BP and Libya. There is no evidence that the oil company directly lobbied the British government for the release of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the Lockerbie bomber, but it admits to backing a prisoner transfer deal with Libya in 2007. Two years later, Mr Megrahi was home and BP had its offshore drilling rights. Crude oil indeed. Even if Mr Megrahi had been released in a direct quid pro quo for BP obtaining the contract, rather than on dubious health grounds, no law would have been broken. Had BP bribed Libyan officials with hard cash, it would have been in trouble under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, but commercial realpolitik is not illegal. [Finantial Times] More
Thursday, 22 July, 2010: EFFORTS TO strike a $2 billion compensation deal with Libya for supplying arms and explosives to the IRA will not be stalled by the controversy over the early release of Lockerbie bomber Abdelbasset al-Megrahi, according to DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson. Questions have been raised as to whether al-Megrahi’s release could threaten the potential Libyan deal over supplying the IRA. Any compensation deal is likely to require the explicit or implicit support of the US administration such are the diplomatic sensitivities between Washington and London over claims that al-Megrahi was released to facilitate BP oil deals with Libya. But Mr Donaldson moved yesterday to dampen any suggestions that the compensation deal might be jeopardised by the controversy. “Gradual progress is being made towards obtaining financial redress for those who suffered as the result of Libya supplying the IRA terror campaign,” said Mr Donaldson, who is part of a group, supported by the British foreign office, in negotiations with Col Gadafy’s administration in Tripoli. [Irish Times] More
Thursday, 22 July, 2010: There is a limitless supply of suckers in the world of investing. Will Libya soon become a victim of Greece’s slick salesmanship? Or, is Libya the sovereign Warren Buffett snapping up shares at the most opportune time? During my investment banking days, one of my roles was to meet with sell-side salesman to evaluate the prospects of a deal. The first prong of my framework was what I call the Bullshit Test. Promoters (i.e., Wall Street speak for “salesman”) came into our office dressed in expensive clothes. They came into our office wielding a shiny prospectus with sexy graphs and financial models. They came into our office high on their own hype and believed their story with an overwhelming conviction. However, as my boss taught me, only a very small percentage of those salesman were pitching something that would actually result in a winning investment. Therefore, when I smelled bullshit, we kindly took a pass on the “opportunity”. [Wall Street Cheat Sheet] More
Thursday, 22 July, 2010: LONDON, July 21 (KUNA) -- Libya's relations with Britain have been flourishing across the board since the controversy over the release of the Lockerbie bomber, one of Tripoli's senior ministers said Wednesday. Libya was "delighted" at Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's return home from a Scottish prison last August and still insists he is innocent of the murder of 270 people on Pan Am 103, said Abdel-Fatah Yunis al-Obeidi, the Libyan secretary general for public security. Obeidi, whose rank is that of a cabinet minister, hinted that Prime Minister David Cameron's comment that Megrahi's release had been a "mistake" - fuelling the domestic and international row about the circumstances of the decision - was made under US pressure. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian newspaper on a visit to London, Obeidi said he was certain the former intelligence agent was innocent. "Libya is delighted by his return and has always viewed him as a political hostage and never acknowledged him as a prisoner," he said. [KUNA] More
Thursday, 22 July, 2010: Migrants rescued at sea and transferred to a Libyan coastguard vessel in a joint operation with the Armed Forces of Malta over the weekend could have been misled and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees doubts whether they had actually volunteered to do so. The 27 immigrants transferred to the Libyan ship formed part of a group of 55 Somalis, who were on board a dinghy that was sinking on Saturday. The other 28 migrants, including a pregnant woman and a child, were transferred to the AFM patrol boat during a rescue operation, arriving in Malta on Sunday. Migrant sources said that on board the Libyan vessel there were Italian-speaking people, and that could have possibly misled the immigrants to believe they could be heading for Italy if they boarded. In a statement after the incident, the AFM gave no details on how the group of migrants was divided but the matter raised eyebrows among humanitarian organisations because Libya is not a signatory to the Geneva Convention that safeguards the rights of asylum seekers. [Time of Malta] More
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محمد مصراتي : أغنية المسافر للمسافر

ناجى الفيتورى : خوف الأعمى وطمعه

أحمد عبدالمولى قرزة : حذار من اللعب بحقوق ضحايا بوسليم

صلاح سالم سليمان : البيضاء تزُف ثلاثة من شهدائها!!

عيسى عبدالقيوم : التنوع الثقافي مصدر للقوة ، وتمظهر للمدنية

Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: July 20 (Reuters) - Last year's release of a Libyan convicted of the Lockerbie bombing and what role BP Plc had in his case cast a shadow on British Prime Minister David Cameron's talks with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. BP (BP.L) (BP.N) has drawn close scrutiny from U.S. politicians, angry over oil pollution in the Gulf of Mexico following the explosion and leak at one of the company's offshore wells. Below are some questions and answers about the case. WHO IS ABDEL BASSET AL-MEGRAHI? Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi was the only person convicted of the Dec. 21, 1988 mid-air bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people, most of them Americans. Megrahi was found to have played a "prominent part in planning and in perpetrating" the bombing of the London to New York flight and was convicted of the murder of the 259 people aboard and 11 people on the ground killed by falling debris. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: SEOUL July 20 (Reuters) - Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co Ltd (000720.KS: Quote) said on Tuesday it had won a 1.5 trillion won ($1.24 billion) order to build a power plant in Libya. Hyundai Engineering said in a filing to the Korea Exchange it had won the contract from the government of Libya. ($1=1213.8 Won) [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: David Cameron bowed to pressure for a review of the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber yesterday as the affair cast a shadow over talks with President Barack Obama at the White House. The Prime Minister resisted calls by US politicians for a full-scale inquiry but asked the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell to review whether the Government should release any secret documents relating to BP's alleged role in the return of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi to Libya. Mr Cameron was caught in the crossfire between American politicians, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who want an inquiry, and BP, which allegedly lobbied for Megrahi to be sent back to Libya to help the oil giant land a £550m oil exploration deal in his home country. Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/david-cameron-bows-to-us-on-libya-probe-14881804.html#ixzz0uHNdeReB [Belfast Telegraph] More
Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: NEW DELHI: The overseas Indian affairs ministry on Tuesday said that it would not issue any emigration clearances for employment in Libya following complaints of non-payment of salary to Indians working in various companies in the African country. Protector General of Emigrants, which processes emigration applications, will not issue any clearance to Libya, a statement issued by the ministry said. The ministry said the decision was also taken following reports that Libyan companies have put non-conforming contract conditions for Indian workers. "There will be no further emigration clearance granted to any worker, including nurses, for employment in Libya until further orders,'' it said. However, emigration applications filed up to June 30 and attested by the Indian embassy in Tripoli will be considered for clearance, it added. [Times of India] More
Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: The sisters slumped against the bulkhead of the Boeing 747, pretending they were dead. As five terrorists sprayed the darkened cabin with gunfire and lobbed grenades, someone opened an over-wing exit two rows ahead. Gargi and Giatri Dave, 10- and 13-year-olds traveling home to California alone after visiting family in India, clambered over the seat backs to the open portal. Gargi stopped, daunted by the two-story drop to the tarmac. Giatri pushed her through, then jumped herself, injuring both feet. Gargi had landed on her head, and as she slipped in and out of consciousness, her hobbled sister dragged her under the plane, clear of the fusillade fired by the gunmen angry that their hijacking had gone awry. In the 24 years since the Libyan-backed terror attack on Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan, Gargi has suffered headaches, flashbacks, memory loss and learning problems. Both sisters still bear the psychological scars of the 16-hour siege during which a fellow American was summarily executed before their eyes. Nineteen other passengers died and more than 120 were injured in the chaotic moments before the terrorists were captured. [Los Angeles Times] More
Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: Johannesburg — PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma yesterday paid a one-day visit to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The visit was an attempt by SA to garner continent-wide support to strengthen multilateral institutions such as the African Union (AU). Presidential spokesman Zizi Kodwa said yesterday no agreement would be signed. "This visit is more concerned about strengthening the organs of the AU and how to speed up the process of regional integration," Mr Kodwa said. International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane accompanied Mr Zuma on the visit. SA exports foods, including nuts and vegetables, and manufactured goods to Libya. Mr Gaddafi has been one of the key proponents of a United States of Africa modelled along the lines of the US. During a meeting of African ministers at the AU's headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in February, Libya again called for efforts to be stepped up to make a United States of Africa a reality. [Business Day] More
Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: Libya's Muslim Brotherhood on July 5th unveiled a page on social networking website Facebook. Libyan attorney and right activist Abdessalam El Mesmari told Magharebia that the step is "late on the part of the Muslim Brotherhood" and aims to "fill an online media gap... to introduce their ideas... as a political group with a political Islam-based line of thinking". "The huge number of daily Facebook visitors is appealing to those who want to promote their ideas and vision, be they public figures such as media men, writers, or poets, or physical entities such as corporations, rights institutions and NGOs, or even heads of states, parties and political associations," El Mesmari added. Blogger and rights activist Ghaida Touati said the page was the Brotherhood's attempt to "promote its ideas to attract proponents... at a time when the loyalty of the Libyan political scene is being divided into what is known as the 'old guard' and the 'new guard'". [Magharebia] More
Wednesday, 21 July, 2010: The Libyan authorities have released most of the detainees of Misrata and other detention centres into the streets of different cities. This may sound like good news but they have nothing with which to survive. They have no money, no food, no employment, no shelter, no medical treatment, nothing. Many are suffering the ill-effects of beatings, starvation, torture, dehydration and the like. These remain untreated. They have been issued with a permit valid for three months only which allows them to reside in these unfamiliar streets with no residence. What will happen after three months? Their details are on file. They can still be deported. In the meantime, how do they survive? They have no means of transport. Those who had some money hired taxis to take them to Tripoli or Misrata, from Sebha town, but upon arrival at the checkpoint between towns they were turned back. In fact, their cards only permit them to live in Sebha where there is no one to help them. [Asmarino] More
ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (12)

عزالدين اللواج : عندما يضطرب القوميون العرب

فارس : فضائح أبناء سفراء ومسئولي الجماهيرية

هشام بن غلبون : الشاطر سيف.. و"خرطوش فَردُو"

د. مصطفى الزائدي : طربوش الوزير

محمد الأصفر : حزب الأحلام .. فصل من رواية جديدة

فوزي عبدالحميد : عبدالباسط المخبر وعبدالقطوس وصرمان ...

الحيران : الجريمة والدين     ساره : ص.غ على غرار ص.ش

Tuesday, 20 July, 2010: (Reuters) - The British government said it had no plans to re-examine a prisoner transfer agreement with Libya after oil company BP confirmed it had lobbied its predecessor on the issue. U.S. politicians angry with BP over a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico want to know if the company played a role in securing the release of a Libyan convicted of the 1988 bombing of a U.S. airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. Scottish authorities, who have broad legal powers, released Libyan intelligence officer Abdel Basset al-Megrahi last year because they believed he had only three months to live. Megrahi is still alive and living in Tripoli. "To be absolutely clear, the release of Megrahi was a decision based upon compassionate grounds and was unrelated to discussions with Libya regarding prisoner transfers.." [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 20 July, 2010: ALGIERS, July 19 (Reuters) - Libya has told a Sudanese rebel leader staying on its territory he must do nothing to jeopardise peace talks in Sudan, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi says in an interview to be broadcast later on Monday. Gaddafi has come under pressure from Sudan's government to expel Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the Darfur region's rebel Justice and Equality Movement, given refuge in Libya in May. "He (Ibrahim) has stayed in Libya and all our brothers in Sudan and Chad are right to be sensitive about that," Gaddafi said in an interview with the France 24 television station and radio stations RFI and Monte Carlo. "We told him that, to serve peace and to lay down arms, it's forbidden for him to issue orders from Libya or make any comments," Gaddafi said in a recording of the interview provided to Reuters. [Reuters] More
سامي محمود : عاتبيني

المحمودي : الإسلام.. شبهات وردود (7)

محمد بشير : وقفة تضامن ـ توليدو ـ الولايات المتحدة     عماد الجابري : وقفة تضامن ـ ليفربول ـ بريطانيا

مركز التوثيق الليبي : من أوراق فتاة ليبية (5) ـ الأخيرة

ع . : عن أي غد لليبيا تتحدثون أخي سيف الإسلام

أسيا ابراهيم معمر : شبابنا ببريطانيا بين تاشيرة الطالب والجريمه!!

ولد الشيخ : دعوة ملحة للتخلي عن مصطلح المعارضة

جلال الوحيشي : وقف الاقتتال بتدبر القرآن

م. : المرغني جمعه ورحلة تعزيز الشبهات الأخلاقيه في اسطنبول

محمد سيف النصر : النظام.. وسياسة ردود الافعال

Monday, 19 July, 2010: A Tory MP has made a fresh call for a full public inquiry into the release of the only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing. The chairman of Westminster's all-party group on Libya, Daniel Kawczynski, has written to the prime minister. He urged David Cameron to hold Scottish ministers to account for their decision to allow Abdelbaset al-Megrahi home to Libya on compassionate grounds. The Scottish government said an inquiry had already been held. Megrahi was released by Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill in August on the grounds he was suffering from terminal prostate cancer and was said to have as little as three months to live. [BBC] More
Monday, 19 July, 2010: Maltese and Libyan patrol boats shared out 55 migrants found on a dinghy some 44 miles south of Malta yesterday. 28 migrants, including a baby, were brought to Malta at 4 a.m. this morning by AFM patrol boat P-52 while another 27 were taken from the sinking dinghy to a Libyan vessel which intercepted the migrants at the same time as the Maltese patrol craft. The migrants brought to Malta were 22 men, five women and the baby. They were the first migrant arrivals this year. The baby along with the mother were taken to Mater Dei Hospital. The AFM said the boat was heading North and taking in water when its Rescue and Coordination Centre (RCC) received a distress call yesterday morning. [Time of Malta] More
تعازي إلى آل حريشة

محمّد قدري الخوجة : العقيد خليفة حفتر (1)

رابطة الليبيين في واشنطن لمؤازرة أهالي شهداء مجزرة سجن بوسليم : صور الاعتصام ـ 17 يوليو 2010

عاطف الأطرش : الملتقى الأول للجمعية الوطنية للتنمية الاجتماعية بمدينة بنغازي

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن العاشرة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 17 يوليو 2010

إبراهيم قويدر : تقرير موجز حول "القانون رقم 12 لعام 2010 بشأن علاقات العمل" (3)

عبد الحكيم خالد : المؤامرة الثلاثية     محمد علي : رد عـلى متابع دليل فساد المدرسة الليبية في جلاسكو

رمضان جربوع : استخبارات العربان، ترِكة استعمار

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (725)

Sunday, 18 July, 2010: FOREIGN Secretary William Hague is to hold talks with US senators in a bid to dampen claims in Washington that the release of the Lockerbie bomber was linked to oil deals with Libya. The US state department confirmed yesterday that Hague will speak directly with senators on Capitol Hill in the hope of defusing the row over the affair. The move comes after four senators announced last week they wanted a full investigation into allegations that Megrahi's release had been a factor in a lucrative deal to allow BP to begin drilling for oil off the Libyan coast. Their hearing has been called for 29 July and senators are set to make clear this week who they want to call for evidence. Along with BP executives and State Department officials, UK and Scottish ministers including Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and former Justice Secretary Jack Straw could be among those asked to attend. [The Scotsman] More
Sunday, 18 July, 2010: Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke to Egypt's intelligence chief on Thursday, thanking him for Cairo's cooperation in preventing the Libya-sponsored aid ship from breaking the Gaza blockade. Speaking with the director General Intelligence Services, Minister Omar Suleiman, Lieberman said that the between the two countries led to positive results and that the situation was resolved without necessitating the use of force and without any injuries. Lieberman also updated Suleiman on Israel's new policy regarding Gaza, and the two agreed to meet during Suleiman's next visit to Israel, when Lieberman will present him with new information. The phone conversation between the two top officials came as the London-based A-Sharq al-Awsat reported that a deal had been struck between Israeli and Egyptian officials, enabling the ship to change course and dock peacefully at an Egyptian port. [Haaretz] More
Sunday, 18 July, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - A Libyan humanitarian aid caravan, accompanied by several Libyan doctors, leaves the country by the land for Gaza Strip on Monday, the second attempt in week by Libyan charities to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza. The caravan, whose preparations took one month, involves 20 vehicles carrying 1,000 tonnes of food, medical equipment, clothes, tents, office equipment and books, the coordinator of the Libyan Permanent Civil Committee Supporting the Palestinian People, Nouri Ben Othmane, said on Friday. The Libyan charity, the Kadhafi Foundation for Development (FKD), last week sent a shipload of humanitarian items in an attempt to break the blockade, but the Israelis prevented it from entering Gaza and its warships diverted the ship's course to Egypt. [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 18 July, 2010: Sixth annual telecoms trade show to hold in Libya next Wednesday - The sixth edition of the annual telecommunications and information technologies trade show, tagged "Taqnya", will take place next week at the Tripoli International Fair under the auspices of the Libyan General Office of telecommunications. According to organizers, the event, running from Wednesday to Saturday, will bring together 60 local and International business figures, including companies operating in the mobile and landline telephone sectors. In recent years, the telecommunications sector in Libya has experienced a rapid development, notably with the promotion of the mobile telephony. The mobile operators, Libyana and Al-Madar al-Jadid, have, by 2009, a total of 9.5 million subscribers in addition to the 417,000 subscribers who access Internet services in the country. [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 18 July, 2010: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee says it will probe the role BP played in freeing convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. Megrahi, the only person who has been convicted of the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing that killed 270 people in 1988, was released last August from a Scottish prison. It has since come to light that BP may have lobbied for his release in order to secure a $900 million deal to drill in the Gulf of Sidra. BP has admitted that it lobbied the British government in late 2007 on a prisoner transfer agreement. "BP told the UK government that we were concerned about the slow progress that was being made in concluding a Prisoner Transfer Agreement with Libya," the company said in a statement yesterday. "We were aware that this could have a negative impact on UK commercial interests, including the ratification by the Libyan government of BP's exploration agreement." The oil giant says it was not involved in discussions about Megrahi specifically, however. [Mother Jones] More
Sunday, 18 July, 2010: (CNN) -- A top Libyan oil official on Friday denied allegations of an agreement to free the Lockerbie bomber in exchange for bolstered BP commercial interests in the country. Britain and Libya had sparred over whether Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi should be included in a prisoner transfer agreement the two nations were negotiating. Under the agreement, Libyan prisoners in Britain would be transferred to Libya to serve out their sentences. British officials and BP said the oil company's interests -- mainly, seeking a huge deal to drill for oil in Libya -- were a consideration in those talks. In the end, al Megrahi was included in the transfer agreement, but he was never transferred to a Libyan jail. Instead, he was freed on what officials in Scotland said were humanitarian grounds separate from the agreement. [CNN] More
المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : تصريح صحفى بشأن دور شركة بى بى البريطانية

ليلى الهوني : سيف القذافي وعُقدة الشُهرة

محمد ابراهيم زكري : في مواجهة التيار.. واستباقا للطوفان

سليم الرقعي : سلطة الشعب!.. وُلدت مُعاقة بل ميتة! (3)

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (6)

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : أين المفر!!

ضيف عبدالله الغزال : الخبيث من يُحلـّـل بيع أم الخبائث في فنادقنا

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : رد على قصيدة الشاعر عبدالرحمن بونخيله

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : رسالة الامين العام للجبهة لبعض اعضاء الكونجرس الامريكي

نادي الباروني : دوري شهداء الوطن ونداء إلى إتحاد الكرة الليبي

فرج بوالعَـشّة : الاستشراق كقوة ناعمة

Saturday, 17 July, 2010: You know, typically, I wouldn't dream of suggesting that the Tea Party movement is a group of people who have taken their internalized anger at losing a presidential election and created a witless, paranoid movement centered around the idea that America is experiencing bona fide, big government tyranny. But then you get to Friday, July 16, 2010, and you find that they're angry that a Democratic senator wants to find out if BP played a role in the early release of Libyan Lockerbie terrorist Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi. Here's how this tracks. For some months now, the Tea Party has mounted a quixotic effort to "recall" Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.). Menendez, on the other hand, has been living his life, and this week, he joined Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) as a cosigner of a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:... [Huffington Post] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The head of Libya's Football Federation says it has signed a 4-year contract with Brazilian coach Marcos Paqueta to lead the national team. Salah al-Arabi said Friday that Paqueta will take charge on July 25. His main challenge will be to secure Libya's qualification for the African Cup of Nations in 2012. The 51-year-old Paqueta coached Saudi Arabia at the 2006 World Cup. He has also managed club sides in the Middle East and his native Brazil, and coached Brazil's under-17 and under-20 teams to world titles in 2003. Libya is currently No. 96 in the FIFA rankings. The country failed to qualify for this year's African Cup of Nations or the World Cup in South Africa. Libya will host the African continental tournament for the second time in 2013. [USA Today] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: The end of Qadhafi's rule is not in sight, but when it comes, Libya's government will likely endure. Muammar al-Qadhafi, 67, has led Libya since 1969, making him the longest-serving current national leader in the Arab world and in Africa. He is the architect of Libya's eccentric political system, and is unchallenged in his control of the country. He appears to be in good health, and lives safely, so it is likely that he can continue to lead Libya for some time--perhaps 10 years or more. Nonetheless, it is always possible that a sudden deterioration in health or his death could occur. As the likelihood of this grows, so too will speculation about the outlook for Libya after Qadhafi. [Forbes] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: Luanda - 1º de Agosto are to play on Friday, in Luanda, Libya's Al Hittiad a first-leg match of the last eliminatory stage of access to the African confederation cup, ANGOP was informed. The two teams are to play again between August 30 and September 01. In an interview to the state-run Angola National Radio (RNA) sports channel, Radio 5, 1º de Agosto coach, Ljubinko Drulovic, said the team have been working to oppose the visiting team and conquer a score that enable to guarantee the eliminatory in Luanda. 1º de Agosto will experiment some difficulties for the fact that the team’s new reinforcements will not participate in this game. Meanwhile, Petro de Luanda are to play against Tunisia's Sfaxien on Saturday for the same competition. [Angop] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: July 15 (Reuters) - BP Plc (BP.L: Quote) is soon to start deepwater drilling offshore Libya. Here are some facts about BP's involvement in the North African country. * BP signed an exploration and production agreement with Libya's National Oil Corporation in 2007, after the lifting of international sanctions removed legal barriers to doing business there. * At the time, BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward said the $900 million deal with Libya was its largest single exploration commitment. * The deal called for BP and its Libyan partner, the Libya Investment Corporation, to explore an area of around 54,000 square kilometres of the onshore Ghadames and offshore Sirte basins. The North Ghadames acreage is the size of Kuwait and the area in the Sirte basin the size of Belgium. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: Libyan leader's son reportedly claims Israel agreed funds transfer. A Libyan organization is planning to funnel $50 million into the Gaza Strip, Reuters reported Thursday. Quoting Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son, the report said that an agreement had been reached with Israel to allow for the transfer of funds and construction materials into the Strip. "We go the grapes, so why kill the vineyard guard?" Reuters quoted him as saying, citing a report from London-based paper a-Sharq al-Awsat. Gaddafi junior went on to say that the funds would be transferred in coordination with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees, in order to "rebuild Gaza and transfer humanitarian aid and construction materials, without any objection on the part of the Israeli government." The comments came a day after Libyan-backed ship Amalthea, carrying cargo for the Gaza Strip, docked at the Egyptian port of el-Arish, and did not try to break the naval blockade and sail for Gaza. [Jerusalem Post] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: TRIPOLI -- We take off from İstanbul. Our plane quickly climbs, and we reach 10,400 meters in the air. Once we depart Turkey’s airspace, we enter Greek airspace. Then we enter Italy and Malta’s airspace before entering that of Libya. Our plane lands at the airport in the Libyan capital. Libya is a country that borders the Mediterranean to the north. Most of the cities are along the Mediterranean coast. Few people live in the southern part of the country, which is basically a desert. Nearly the entire population lives in coastal areas in the north. Libya is one of the biggest countries in North Africa in terms of land, with its surface area totaling 1,759,000 square kilometers. Its population is 6 million. Its capital is Tripoli. Omar Mukhtar’s country Libya is Omar Mukhtar’s country. He is one of the first people who come to mind when someone says Libya. People still talk about and remember how he and his comrades showed tremendous resistance to the Italians. [Today's Zaman] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: Tony Blair was flown to Libya for secret talks with Colonel Gaddafi just days after denying he was an adviser to the dictator. Mr Blair was 'entertained as a brother', a senior Libyan government source has revealed. He told the Daily Mail that the former prime minister had offered Gaddafi, with whom he is on first-name terms, 'a great deal of invaluable advice'. They discussed a wide range of international and domestic issues, including lucrative investment opportunities. The meeting, in Tripoli last month, came shortly after Mr Blair's spokesman flatly denied that he had any 'formal or informal', 'paid or unpaid' advisory role to Gaddafi. [Daily Mail] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: The growing controversy over BP's role in the decision to release the Lockerbie bomber is threatening to overshadow David Cameron's first visit to Washington as Prime Minister. US President Barack Obama is expected to raise the issue when they meet at the White House on Tuesday. It comes just days after a powerful senate committee announced it wants to question BP executives at a hearing into the affair in 10 days' time. Mr Cameron is set to reiterate that BP's Libyan oil contracts were not behind the release of Abdulbaset al-Megrahi by the Scottish government on compassionate grounds. A British diplomat said: "I am sure the fact that senators have said they want a hearing means they will touch upon it." Senior BP executives are to be called to Washington later this month to appear before a senate committee scrutinising any role the oil giant played in the controversial release of the former Libyan spy. [The Telegraph] More
Saturday, 17 July, 2010: July 16 (Bloomberg) -- British Ambassador to the U.S. Nigel Sheinwald rejected suggestions that the release last year of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset Al-Megrahi and BP Plc’s commercial interests were linked. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee said yesterday it will hold a hearing on July 29 into the circumstances of Al- Megrahi’s release to Libya. Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said the panel will ask officials from London- based BP, Europe’s second-biggest energy company by market value, to testify. Sheinwald wrote yesterday to complain before Prime Minister David Cameron’s scheduled meeting in Washington with President Barack Obama next week. The row over Libya follows Obama’s criticism of BP over the Gulf of Mexico oil leak. “I am troubled by the claims made in the press that Megrahi was released because of an oil deal involving BP, and that the medical evidence supporting his release was paid for by the Libyan government,” Sheinwald wrote in a letter to Senator John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. He said these were “inaccuracies” that were “harmful to the U.K.” [Businessweek] More
سعد فرج البرقاوي : سيف الكذاب ابن الكذاب حقق هدفه من تسيير السفينة وهو الاتصال بالاسرائيليين

أحمد القبائلي : كيف يحكم القذافي ليبيا (1)

فرانس 24 : البشير : دارفور وابعاد الاتهامات الجديدة

الساطور : بدون تعليق     مُراد : بدون تعليق

محمد نور الدين : عتاب قارئ

عيسى عبدالقيوم : مانشستر تستمع لتاريخ القصة الليبية

Friday, 16 July, 2010: BP tells Fox News it stands by its statement released earlier today regarding the oil giant's lobbying of the British government concerning Libya. The statement admitted that BP had been "...concerned about the slow progress of the prisoner transfer agreement with Libya" and the "negative impact" that would have on the "....ratification by the Libyan government of BP's exploration agreement..." with the country. A spokesperson for BP , however, denied to Fox that pressure applied to the British government was specifically linked to the release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. "Definitely not....absolutely not," BP's Sheila Williams told Fox News. Ms. Williams added that BP had "no comment" to the demands by congressmen that profits from the Libyan deal should be frozen for the duration of the Gulf oil spill clean up. [Fox] More
Friday, 16 July, 2010: July 15 (Bloomberg) -- U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said there was no link between the Scottish government’s decision to free jailed Libyan Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al- Megrahi and activities undertaken by BP Plc in Libya. There is “no link between the Scottish executive’s decision to release Megrahi” and BP, Cameron’s spokesman Steve Field told reporters in London today. [Bloomberg] More
Friday, 16 July, 2010: The British Ambassador in Washington denied suggestions from a group of US senators this week that Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber who was released by the Scottish Executive on compassionate grounds last year, was set free in order to help British petroleum giant BP secure a $900 million oil exploration deal with Libya. “I am troubled by the claims made in the press that Megrahi was released because of an oil deal involving BP, and that the medical evidence supporting his release was paid for by the Libyan government. Both of these allegations are untrue,” Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald wrote today in a letter to Senators John Kerry D-MA, Kristen Gillibrand D-NY, Frank Lautenberg D-NJ, Robert Menendez D-NJ, and Chuck Schumer D-NY. [ABC] More
Friday, 16 July, 2010: Israel ducked a sea clash with a Libyan-backed aid ship bound for Gaza with a combination of diplomacy and deterrence, applying some lessons from the fatal intercept of a Turkish ship that left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead and increased Israel's international isolation. The Libyan sponsors of the Amalthea ship, after meeting Israeli navy ships and establishing radio contact with Israeli officers on Tuesday, decided to sail to the port of Al Arish in Egypt rather than confronting the Israeli navy. Analysts said that Israel's stepped-up use of intermediaries helped convince Libya to change course of the aid ship, which was backed by a charity headed by the son of ruler Muammar Qaddafi. "It wasn’t the Israeli knee-jerk response of using force to solve every problem, says Gershon Baskin, codirector of the Israeli Palestinian Center for Research and Information. "They finally used their brains instead of muscles.'' [Christian Science Monitor] More
الرابطة الليبية : مجزرة بوسليم ومجزرة قرية "فاطمة" بالأرجنتين.. التشابه والإختلاف

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : شكر وامتنان

أبو العتاهية : عجوز كبيرة مْكرمشة بنغازي

مؤسسة المنار : من أرشيف "المنار" : الدبّوسية

فيلادلفيا : محمد فتح الله اسويسى : وقفة عزّ ( السلطان )

فوزي عبد الحميد : نادي الباروني والساعدي والمتضرّر والقائد القرد ..

Thursday, 15 July, 2010: EL-ARISH, Egypt, July 14 (Xinhua) -- A Libyan-commissioned aid ship bound for the Gaza Strip arrived in the Egyptian port of El- Arish late Wednesday. Gamal Abdel Maqsoud, the port's director, told Xinhua late Wednesday night that the Libyan ship was still some 500 meters from the pier and was waiting for the permission from Libyan leader to dock at the port. A vessel from the port had been sent to tow it upon its arrival. The ship carries some 2,000 tons of medical and food aid, including 500 tons of flour, 255 tons of wheat, 200 tons of edible oil, 45 tons of milk and 28 huge pallets containing medicine, he said. About 20 people, including 12 crew members of different nationalities and eight Libyan activists were on board, the port official added. Osama El-Sergany, head of the Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) branch in El-Arish, said the ERC is prepared to unload the shipment and take it by trucks to Gaza. [Xinhuanet] More
Thursday, 15 July, 2010: The four senators from New York and New Jersey, already seeking an investigation into the Lockerbie bomber's release from prison last year, kept the pressure up Wednesday by calling on BP to suspend its oil drilling plans in Libya until it can be determined whether the oil giant played any role in his release in exchange for a contract. Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's release last year from a Scottish prison on "compassionate" grounds after doctors estimated he had only three months to live has come under suspicion following a report that the cancer-stricken Libyan could live another decade. At a news conference Wednesday, Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Charles Schumer of New York, both Democrats, called any profits BP might make from drilling off the coast of Libya "blood money." The four senators, including Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J, said they would hold hearings into the matter but conceded the evidence is circumstantial. [Fox News] More
Thursday, 15 July, 2010: (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday she would look into a request by U.S. lawmakers that the State Department investigate whether oil company BP Plc had a hand in the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi. According to media reports, London-based oil company BP lobbied the British government to support the prison transfer, which may have encouraged Libya to finalize an offshore drilling deal with BP. Megrahi, convicted in connection with the 1988 bombing of a U.S. airliner over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people, was released last August on compassionate grounds after doctors said the 57-year-old convict was near death. Nearly a year later, Megrahi, an alleged Libyan intelligence officer, is still alive. "I have received the letter and we will obviously look into it," Clinton said in response to a reporter's question, referring to a letter from Democratic Senators Robert Menendez, Frank Lautenberg, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 15 July, 2010: Why is a Libyan-run ship now attempting to run the Israeli blockade of Gaza port, bearing food that Israel regularly lets through its own port, after inspecting it? The Intelligence and Terror Information Center, in Israel, believes it has figured out why. Like the ship loaded in Turkey, radical Muslim demagogues challenge the embargo not for humanitarian purposes – by definition, radical Muslims are inhumane. Of course, one reason is to gain for Hamas the ability to bring in heavy weapons for waging war. That is far from humane. More importantly, the ship sponsors challenge the embargo to ride the wave of ensuing publicity to gain Muslim popularity. Turkey’s Erdogan succeeded in doing so. Now Gaddafi is trying the same (IMRA, 7/14/10). [Examiner] More
Thursday, 15 July, 2010: In an MI5 report on the interrogation of Omar Deghayes, a Libyan-born British resident held by the Americans at Bagram airbase north of Kabul, an officer wrote to his superiors in London: "Deghayes was brought to the interview room manacled and hooded. When the hood was removed, Deghayes looked pale and shaky." After offering water and asking Deghayes whether he felt well enough to continue, the officers introduced themselves as Paul and Martin, "and explained the role of MI5". They warned Deghayes that he was facing a long period of incarceration in US hands and that they would not consider helping him unless he told them everything they wanted to know. Deghayes was mumbling and incoherent at times but the officers told him they knew he was lying when he answered questions about links with jihadist organisations in Libya. [Guardian] More
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د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (10)

رفيق : إذا كان الزنا حراماً .. فماذا نفعل بهذا الحديث الشريف الذي يُحلـّله ؟!

مركز التوثيق الليبي : اليوم خمرُ.. وليبيا الغد.. أمرُ

مدريد 85 : هنا العظمى!     أبو البراء : نصيحة لشباب الاخوان قبل فوات الاوان

أسير سابق : تحية للأخت شريفة الفسي     المتضرر : مهزلة مؤتمر الاطباء الليبيين

Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: The Israeli military says it has begun efforts to try to stop a Libyan aid ship from reaching Gaza. The navy has made contact with the vessel, but its commandos have not boarded the ship, a spokeswoman said. The Amalthea is expected to reach Gaza's territorial waters on Wednesday, Palestinian and Israeli reports said. The Moldovan-flagged ship, chartered by a charity run by the son of Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi, left a Greek port on Saturday. The executive director of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, told Reuters news agency by telephone from Tripoli that the ship was "still heading to Gaza and there has been no decision to change course". He added: "The ship has received an ultimatum from the Israelis that we have to leave the area by tonight. We are not going to do that." [BBC] More
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: A Libyan aid ship originally destined for Gaza last night appeared to sidestep a direct confrontation with the Israeli military, after reports it was being diverted to Egypt. srael had warned it would try to board the ship, just six weeks after its commandos killed nine activists on a Turkish flotilla trying to reach the Palestinian territory. Israeli commanders relayed a message to the MV Almathea, chartered by a charity run by the son of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, ordering it to change course or face interception. The freight, carrying 2,000 tons of food and medicine and 15 activists, last night appeared to heed Israel’s demands, with reports from Egyptian and Israeli officials claiming it was now sailing towards the Egyptian port of El Arish. An Egyptian official said the ship sought and received permission to sail to El Arish. [Telegraph] More
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: The United States urged Libya on Tuesday to avoid confrontation with Israel over a Libyan ship heading for the blockaded Gaza Strip with aid supplies for Palestinians. The State Department also criticized Israel's demolition of several Palestinian buildings in East Jerusalem. Hoping to avoid a repeat of the fatal clash between Israeli commandos and Turkish activists in May, the United States is urging Libya to submit a Gaza-bound boatload of food and medicine to Israeli inspection. A Libyan-chartered ship with 2,000 tons of aid supplies is reportedly heading for the Gaza coast, despite a radioed warning from the Israeli navy to change course. The Moldovan-flagged vessel is said to be carrying 14 activists affiliated with a charity run by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's son, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi. [VOA] More
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: ALGIERS (Reuters) - Two people were killed and two others injured in a fire at a Libyan fertiliser complex in which Norway's Yara International holds a 50 percent stake, Yara and Libyan state energy firm NOC said on Tuesday. The fire on Sunday broke out during maintenance work on a heat exchanger at the complex in the city of El Brega, NOC said in a statement on its internet site noc.ly/. "The other plants of the complex have not been affected by the incident and continue to operate normally," it said. Torgeir Kvidal, a spokesman for Yara, confirmed that two people had been killed at the plant and two injured. Asked when production would restart at the unit he said: "I do not expect any long stoppage but it is too early to be very precise." Early last year Yara sealed a joint venture deal worth $225 million with Libya to upgrade the complex, which produces urea and ammonia. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: Egypt and Libya has signed an employment cooperation agreement. The deal was signed by Libya's secretary for labor and training al-Amin Mansour and Egyptian Manpower Minister Aisha Abdel-Hadi. The agreement aims to establish an electronic link between the Egyptian ministry and the Libyan authority, designed to regulate the flow of Egyptian workers to Libya and curb brokerage in both countries in regard to employment. Abdel-Hadi also held a meeting with representatives from the Egyptian community in Tripoli. The Minister posted the Egyptian expatriates on the outcome of her talks with Libyan officials on the conditions of the Egyptian workers in Libya. She also listened to problems facing the Egyptian laborers working in the country. Abdel-Hadi called on the Egyptian workers to cooperate with Libyan authorities to legalize their status and address any problem that they might face there. [Global Arab Network] More
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: Libyan revolutionary leader Mouammar Kadhafi on Monday telephoned president Yoweri Museveni of Uganda to console him and Ugandans on the death of scores of people in two bomb attacks carried out on Sunday evening in Kampala, the country's capital city. About 70 people were killed and dozens of others injured in the bomb attacks in two restaurants while football fans were watching the 2010 World cup final between Spain and the Netherlands. Libyan official sources said president Museveni thanked the Libyan leader for his solidarity after the telephone conversation between them. The sources said the Ugandan president vowed to arrest those who are behind the double terrorist attack and added: "We shall track them down, as we know where they came from. These terrorist attacks unveil the criminal spirit and terrorism I have been talking about for now several years.” [Afrique Jet] More
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: In yet another case of Nepali workers facing death and depravation abroad, some 108 Nepalis who reached South eastern African nation Libya to work as semi-skilled workers are compelled to live a hellish life after they lost their jobs following the sudden closure of the company that employed them, the online edition of Kantipur Daily reported. The Nepali workers, who reached Libya through the Kathmandu based Dhaulagiri Manpower Company about a year ago, are currently living in a makeshift shelter situated some 30 kilometers away from capital Tripoli. The manpower company had charged each Nepali workers Rs 1,20,000 promising them of jobs fetching them lucrative monthly salaries -- $250 for semi-skilled workers and $500 for skilled workers. The Nepali workers hail from 40 districts across the country. [Nepal News] More
Wednesday, 14 July, 2010: The captain of the Libyan-sponsored Gaza-bound aid ship on Tuesday told Israel Navy officials that he plans to sail to the Egyptian port of El-Arish and not attempt to break the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. Speaking with Israeli authorities by radio, the captain of the Al-Amal assured them that he is in charge of the vessel and that the activists aboard will obey his orders. One of the activists' leaders, a Libyan national, also said that, despite the group's desire to sail to Gaza, it will accept their captain's decision. Israel Navy officials continue to track the aid ship, saying they will only know the Al-Amal's true course at around 4 A.M. when it nears the coast. Just before midnight, the ship's crew said they were stuck because of engine trouble. In a recording played on Israel Radio, a crew member said he did not know how long it would take to repair the main engine and resume their journey. [Haaretz] More
د. مصطفى الزائدي : أوكتافيا وحرية التعبير!!

الباكور : ( محمد السيفاط بوفروه : صَخْرَه قديمَه ثابْتَه بَنْغازى )

شريفة الفسيّ : أسرى الحرب التشادية الليبية العائدون من الخارج يطالبون الدولة الليبية بمستحقاتهم

نصر سعيد عقوب : الأستاذ محمد مخلوف والرأي الآخر

Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: Activists aboard the Libyan aid ship headed for Gaza plan to arrive at their destination Wednesday, AFP news agency reported Monday. The website of the charity funding the ship, headed by Saif al-Islam Gadaffi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddaffi, stated that "the crew on board the ship maintains a positive mood." The aim of the Libyan backed aid ship the Amalthea is to sail directly to Gaza, Youssef Sawani, executive director of Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation, which has mounted the operation, said last Sunday in an interview with Army Radio. In response to these comments Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Army Radio on Sunday that "no ship of any kind will be allowed to arrive at Gaza." "I hope that common sense will prevail," said Lieberman. "They can deliver aid for Gaza to [Egyptian port] El-Arish or Ashdod." [Jerusale Post] More
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: The continued existence of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi is whipping up a frenzy of outrage today, with the State Department calling the fact that he is alive an “affront,” and senators demanding his re-imprisonment — and even a probe of BP’s role in setting him free. Megrahi, the only killer ever convicted in the 1988 bombing that claimed the lives of 270 — including 189 Americans — was freed from prison in Scotland last August on “compassionate” grounds that he had just three months to live. Eleven months later, the outrage at the fact of his continued life grows. New York’s and New Jersey’s senators were already on a mission to find out what went wrong, and today the State Department weighed in, with spokesman P.J. Crowley saying U.S. officials — who opposed Megrahi’s freedom last year — were just as angry. [New York daily News] More
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: The IDF is preparing for the forceful interdiction of a Libyan sponsored ship allegedly headed for the Gaza Strip, despite lingering criticism over the handling of the interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla on May 31 in which nine people were killed, military sources told Haaretz yesterday. An internal military probe into the incident released yesterday found only professional mistakes in planning and carrying out the operation against the Mavi Marmara. The Libyan ship could come within range of the Gaza-shore tonight, but at this stage it is still unclear whether its captain will opt to head for the Sinai port of El Arish, where it will instead aim for Gaza. In its official log the ship has El Arish as its destination. The same military sources said yesterday that the report by Maj. Gen. (res. ) Giora Eiland's internal military probe was acceptable to the Israel Defense Forces' General Staff. [Haaretz] More
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: Libya, a one-time global pariah whose leader's son is sponsoring an aid boat to Gaza this week, has seen dramatic economic progress since the lifting of sanctions for funding terrorism, nuclear proliferation. Is this a model for Iran and North Korea? From shiny new Hyundais cruising the capital’s wide palm-lined boulevards to cranes dotting the Mediterranean skyline, the long-time pariah is getting a modern face. Seven years after the international community formally lifted the stringent sanctions it had imposed for state-sponsored terrorism, Libya has not only found its feet but is attracting international investment as well. “There was huge interest by British and European countries in getting back, but the rewards in terms of contracts were quite slow in coming,” says Sir Richard Dalton, who was serving as British ambassador to Libya in 1999 when the sanctions were initially suspended. “[There’s] now on the economic side a pretty unstoppable momentum... It’s the place to be,” says Dalton, now an analyst at Chatham House in London. [Christian Science Monitor] More
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: If you happen to be running an authoritarian regime which practices torture, routinely locks up dissidents and muzzles the press, there a few causes better than Palestinian solidarity to polish up your public image. One might say that it's a political form of money laundering; just as one would wash shady banknotes through an offshore bank, so can the most bloodstained of reputations can be cleansed just by engaging in a publicity stunt billed as a humanitarian gift to Gaza's Palestinians. Or so the Libyans seem to think, anyway. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Africa's longest-serving dictator Muammar Gaddafi, has announced that his charitable foundation is dispatching a ship to Gaza carrying 2,000 tons of humanitarian aid. "Now we are helping the people of Gaza who are suffering," said one of the volunteers preparing the ship. Not really. 2,000 tons is in fact a paltry amount, equivalent to about one day's worth of the aid that crosses from Israel into Gaza with clockwork regularity each week. In Gaza, there is actually no shortage of the foodstuffs which the ship is carrying. [Huffington Post] More
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: Bangladesh is set to propose the Libyan embassy in Dhaka to send the visa information of Libya-bound Bangladeshi workers to the immigration at Hazrat Shahjalal (R) International Airport to check visa forgery. "We will propose setting up a mechanism so that the Libyan embassy in Dhaka can forward the visa numbers of Bangladeshi workers online. This information will be provided to manpower bureau and the immigration at the airport," said Nurul Islam, director of the Bureau of Manpower Employment and Training (BMET). A Libyan delegation comprised of officials from technical education and immigration is expected to visit Bangladesh July 14. Early this year, Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain led a delegation to Libya where both the countries agreed to work together to improve the labour migration management. [The Daily Star] More
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The call of Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi for the inclusion of Ukraine into the Non-Aligned Movement and the Libyan-Sudanese relations made the headlines of the dailies here this past week. The issue of water and latent wars caused by the scarcity of the precious liquid was also on the front burner of Libyan newspapers. Echoing the call of Kadhafi to the Non-Aligned Movement, Libya confirmed that Ukraine is a non-aligned country, based on the Ukrainian Parliament's decision last Thursday to ban the country's accession to the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) or to any other political-military bloc. The newspapers reported the charge of the Libyan leader urging "the Non-Aligned Movement to accept Ukraine as a non-aligned member of the movement "following the decision of the Ukrainian Parliament. [Afrique Jet] More
Tuesday, 13 July, 2010: Minister of Defence Dragan Sutanovac met on Friday with a delegation from Libya, led by Chief of the Libyan Ground Forces Staff Brigadier General Shaban Al-Mahdi Abugarad. They agreed that the relations between their countries have been traditionally good and that the cooperation in the defence sector is successful, which is a basis for further cooperation in other areas. Their main topic of discussion was the improvement of bilateral military cooperation, primarily in military education, as well as in the military-economic and military-medical sectors. Apart from its interest in educating its officers at the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade, Libya is also eager to cooperate on the renovation of a military hospital in Libya and exchange experts with Serbia. It is also interested in Serbia’s military industry. The visit of the Libyan delegation resulted from Minister Sutanovac’s recent visit to Tripoli, when the two countries signed an agreement on military-technical cooperation. [Balkans] More
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عبدالمنصف البوري : مذبحة سجن بوسليم .. حلول لإنقاذ ماء الوجه

معمر سليمان : دعوات للتفكير

محمد سيف النصر : الاخوان (المسلمون) ـ ليبيا ومواقف الخزى والعار

الصديق الجعراني : التظاهرات في العواصم الاجنبية

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : أبكي.. لا.. فالبكاء ليس من شيم الرجال!!

مركز التوثيق الليبي : من أوراق فتاة ليبية (4)

فوزي عبد الحميد : إلى الأخ (يا عويشه من باب الله)!

مركز الدراسات الليبية ـ اكسفورد : كتاب جديد : "مأساة ليبيا ومسؤولية القذافي" ـ تأليف : محمد يوسف المقريف

Monday, 12 July, 2010: TRIPOLI: A Libyan aid ship stayed on course for the besieged Gaza Strip on Sunday despite Israeli warnings that it will be intercepted at sea, said an organiser on board the boat. “We are heading for Gaza. We will not change direction,” Mashallah Zwei, a representative of the Gaddafi Foundation, a Libyan charity, told. Zwei insisted the foundation was not seeking “a confrontation or a provocation,” when asked about the risks of a repeat of an Israeli naval raid on an aid flotilla on May 31 that killed nine Turks. “For the time being our only thought is delivering the aid to Gaza,” he said. “We are supported by the international community, who, we hope, will help us reach our goal.” Zwei said the boat was currently “close to Crete” and would likely reach Gaza in about two days. [Daily Times] More
Monday, 12 July, 2010: One of the great joys of travelling is when you have your preconceptions about a place blown away. Rightly or wrongly, we all form an opinion of a country before we visit. Libya conjures up images of a ranting leader, strict religious code, manic markets, hidden women and dusty landscapes. And lots of sand. A North African wasteland, with a bad rep internationally. Not much fun, really. But I'd never been there before - which is as good a reason as any to go somewhere... And, one by one, my ideas about this amazing country were dispelled. (Except for the sand - 90 per cent of Africa's fourthlargest country is desert...) First off - the ranting leader... there aren't many countries as defined by the man in charge as Libya is. But although there are plenty of billboards proclaiming Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi's great achievements of the last 40 years and his vision for the future of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, there was no evidence of epic Castro-like speeches on state TV. [The Mirror] More
Monday, 12 July, 2010: It was supposed be a heartfelt gesture of compassion, but the Scottish government's release of the Lockerbie bomber last year now looks more like a travesty of justice. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, a Libyan national, was convicted and sentenced to life in 2001 for planting the bomb that destroyed Pan Am Flight 103 on Dec. 21, 1988, over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people. Incarcerated in the nation where the crime took place, Al-Megrahi appealed twice but had not proved his case when he halted his efforts prior to his release. The Scottish government controversially set al-Megrahi free in August 2009, citing compassion due to a diagnosis of terminal prostate cancer. At the time, Scotland, in response to a fierce rush of complaints over the release of a jailed terrorist, was quick to allege that a "firm consensus" of medical experts stood behind the prognosis that he had scant months of life remaining. [Calgary Herald] More
Monday, 12 July, 2010: The Philippine Embassy in Libya is set to repatriate the remains of a Filipino worker killed in Tripoli on Monday, almost a month after he was stabbed dead supposedly in relation to his work in the Dutch Embassy there. Anthony Atenaja, an all-around assistant at the Embassy of the Royal Netherlands in Libya for several years until his death, was attacked by a Libyan assailant on June 16 while he was about to buy lunch, Vice Consul Jose Garcia III of the Philippine Embassy told GMANews.TV. Co-employees rushed Atenaja, 30, to a nearby hospital but he was declared dead on arrival. “A suspect is in the custody of Libyan authorities but investigations are still ongoing to determine if he really was the suspect and the motives behind the killing," said Garcia. [GMA News] More
Monday, 12 July, 2010: An Italian judge has ordered Saadi Gaddafi, the third son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, to pay a €392,000 (£328,000) hotel bill he failed to settle. Gaddafi was taken to court by the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Rapallo, near Portofino, after staying for about 40 days in early 2008, accompanied by secretaries, bodyguards, a personal trainer, a driver and a dog trainer. The party left without paying the bill but did leave behind a black sports utility vehicle, which is still parked at the hotel, local media reported. At the time, Gaddafi was winding up his career as a professional footballer in Italy. After signing in 2003 for Serie A side Perugia, Gaddafi joined Udinese in 2005 and Sampdoria in 2006, playing in a total of two matches in Italy and failing a drugs test. When not in training, he made the Italian gossip columns when he reportedly crashed a yacht into a harbour wall in Sardinia. He is now reportedly forging a new career as a film mogul. [Guardian] More
Monday, 12 July, 2010: Former MK Dr. Azmi Bishara (Balad) was reported on Sunday to have arrived Saturday night in Libya for a meeting with Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The two were said to have discussed issues pertaining to the Arab world and the Palestinian struggle. While Bishara was reportedly in Libya, the Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill on Sunday that would suspend his government pension benefits. The proposed bill will suspend any pension or salary payments normally due to Knesset members if they are under investigation or indicted for a felony, punishable by five years imprisonment or more, committed during their tenure, and they seek to evade justice by refusing to appear before a court or investigators. Knesset and former Knesset members’ payments would only be reinstated upon their appearance in court or compliance with the investigator’s requests. [Jerusalem Post] More
Monday, 12 July, 2010: Three years after a major falling out between former allies Col Muammar Gaddafi and President Yoweri Museveni, the Libyan leader is making a grand return to Kampala, thanks to intense diplomatic manoeuvring to bring the estranged comrades back to the same table. Gaddafi will be attending the Fifteenth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of African Heads of State that starts on July 25. Libya has already booked two hotels in Kampala to accommodate its delegation for two weeks starting July 16, further confirming the impending arrival of Gaddafi, who last visited Kampala in March 2008. That visit ended abruptly when Gaddafi left Kampala in a huff in the wee hours of the morning, without even notifying his host as diplomatic etiquette required. Speaking off the record, diplomatic sources said it has not been easy to reconcile the two men, known for their strong wills, but finally, pragmatism has prevailed and there is now an understanding that the two needed each other. [The East African] More
Monday, 12 July, 2010: Israel on Sunday vowed to prevent a Libyan aid ship from running the Gaza blockade after it appeared to be heading for the besieged enclave despite a flurry of diplomatic efforts to divert it to Egypt. “Israel will not let the boat reach Gaza,” minister without portfolio Yossi Peled told Israel’s public radio a day after the 92-meter freighter Amalthea set sail from the Greek port of Lavrio. Allowing vessels to reach the Hamas-run Gaza Strip without being checked would have “very serious consequences” for Israel’s security, he said. There was confusion over the ship’s destination on Sunday – with organizers saying it was staying the course for Gaza, despite diplomatic reassurances from Greece that it was headed for the Egyptian port of El-Arish. “We are heading for Gaza. We will not change direction,” Mashallah Zwei, a representative of the Gadhafi Foundation, a Libyan charity, told AFP by satellite phone from on board the Amalthea. [AFP] More
بالقاسم محمد أرحيم : إلى الأخ فوزي العرفية المحامي

محمد بن احميدة : أسئلة إلى رمضان جربوع تنتظر منه الإجابة

فرج بوالعَـشّة : جريمة معلن عنها

مجلس أمناء جمعية الجالية الليبية بمدينة مانشستر : اعلان بخصوص تأجيل انتخابات مجلس الامناء

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن التاسعة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 10 يوليو 2010

نجيب الحمري : لقطات من الاعتصام بمدينة مانشستر تضامنا مع أهالى ضحايا ابوسليم ـ 10 يوليو 2010

سليم الرقعي : رحلات للوطن أم لأغراض مشبوهة!؟

موقع ليبي جديد : رابطة أهالي وأصدقاء ضحايا أبوسليم بالمهجر

Sunday, 11 July, 2010: The ship dispatched to sail to Gaza by Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, the son of the Libyan leader, is now expected to dock at the Egyptian port of El-Arish and not try to break the Israeli naval blockade on Gaza, senior diplomatic sources in Jerusalem said yesterday. The developments follow intensive Israeli efforts in recent days. Nonetheless, Al Jazeera television reported last night that the ship, the Al-Amal, had not changed course and was expected to dock in the Gaza Strip within the next day or two. The ship's captain also denied any plan to proceed to El-Arish. Yesterday evening, the Greek foreign ministry said the ship was headed for the Egyptian port and not Gaza, saying the matter had been verified with the Libyan ambassador in Athens and a shipping representative. [Haaretz] More
Sunday, 11 July, 2010: Britain’s ambassador to America is denying claims that a doctor paid by Libya had any role in freeing the cancer-stricken Lockerbie plane bomber. Abdel Baset Al-Megrahi, the only person ever convicted in the 1988 downing of Pan Am Flight 103, was freed from a Scottish prison on “compassionate” grounds last August after a Scottish court accepted a diagnosis that Al-Megrahi’s prostate cancer left him with just three months to live. The bombing killed 270 people, including 189 Americans, many from the New York metro area. But the terrorist who got a hero’s welcome back to Libya remains alive 11 months later, reportedly living in luxury, and a doctor surfaced last week in the British press saying the Libyans paid him for the diagnosis. Dr. Karol Sikora told the Sunday Times Al-Megrahi could live for a decade. [New York Daily News] More
Sunday, 11 July, 2010: RIO DE JANEIRO, July 9 (Xinhua) -- Marcos Paqueta signed a four-year contract on Friday to be the head coach of the Libyan national soccer team. The Brazilian was brought in to reform the entire structure of the country's soccer bases with the hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Paqueta will have to begin quickly as Libya play Mozambique on September 8 for the African Cup qualification. The coach was personally selected by the country's inherited leader Mohamed Mucimir Ghadafi, who chose Paqueta for his impressive work with Saudi Arabia. Paqueta took Saudi Arabia to the 2006 World Cup Finals and won impressive titles of the under-17 and under-20 teams in 2003. [Xinhuanet] More
Sunday, 11 July, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The Libyan newspaper, Oyia, has denied rumours making the rounds that Libya planned to destabilize Sudan and accused several Sudanese pro-government newspapers of misinterpreting the position adopted by Tripoli regarding the problem in Darfur. According to the paper, the rumour became rife because Libya is accommodating the leader of the Movement for Equality and Justice (JEM), Khalil Brahim, who was expelled by Chad in June. The Doha peace talks between the Sudanese government and JEM have been suspended and the rebel movement has accused the Sudanese army of attacking one of its positions. The Khartoum government has revalidated the international arrest warrant issued against Brahim for an attack perpetrated by his movement against the city of Oum Dourman in May 2008. [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 11 July, 2010: BELGRADE -- Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Šutanovac met in Belgrade on Friday with a delegation of the Libyan armed forces. They discussed fostering bilateral military cooperation, primarily in the domain of military education and military-economic and military-medical cooperation. The Libyan side showed great interest in advancing the education of its officers at the Military Academy and the Military Medical Academy in Belgrade, cooperation in the reconstruction of a military hospital in Libya, as well as the exchange of experts and military products. The meeting underlined the traditionally friendly relations between the two countries and the two nations and their very successful cooperation in the domain of defense, according to a statement given to the Tanjug news agency. [Tanjug] More
Sunday, 11 July, 2010: A tremor measuring 4 on the Richter scale was felt on July 8, just off the coast of Libya. This is the latest in a sudden spate of tremors between Malta and Libya. A tremor of 2.4 Ml was detected on July 3, while tremors measuring 3 and 2.5 Ml were registered on June 28 and 29. Earthquakes frequently occur in close relation to each other, in terms of time and location. However, most small tremors cause very little damage or none at all. [Di-Ve] More
Sunday, 11 July, 2010: Bringing together Senior representatives from The National Oil Corporation in Libya, Libyan affiliate companies, International Oil Companies, Service Providers and experts from Libya and internationally, the Libya Gas summit delivered real insight into the challenges and opportunities for Libya, an update on the global gas situation, a rare view of emerging technological and commercial practices and dynamic discussions surrounding the real possibilities for gas monetization and integration across the value chain. The inaugural Libya Gas Summit took place from the 28th-30th of June 2010 at the Westin Excelsior Hotel in Rome with the official support of the National Oil Corporation Libya lead by H.E. Dr Shokri Ghanem. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 11 July, 2010: JERUSALEM: Intense diplomatic efforts have likely prevented a Libyan aid ship from trying to breach Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, the foreign ministry said yesterday. Israel's foreign minister held talks with his counterparts in Greece, where the boat is currently anchored, and with Moldova, whose flag it flies. Israel also asked Egypt to allow the boat to dock in one of its ports instead of going to Gaza. "Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman spoke several times in recent days with the foreign minist ers of Greece and Moldova and reached understandings with them about dealing with the Libyan ship," a ministry statement said. The foreign ministry believes that due to these talks, the ship will not reach Gaza," the statement added. The Greek foreign ministry confirmed it was in contact with Israel over the boat but would not elaborate. [Kuwait Times] More
سعد فرج البرقاوي : لتذهب غزة إلى الجحيم .. لأنّ برقة أولى بالمعونات

نادي الباروني : نشاطات شهر يونيو 2010     محمّد قدري الخوجة : رحلة العمر (12)

علي الخليفي : الإسلام والبدو (3)

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (5)

نجيب الحمري : زيف الإسلام والإصلاح

يحي اليفرني : رد على "محمد سعيد القشاط" فى كتابه المعنون "مذكرات عون سوف" (2)

المحمودي : الإسلام.. شبهات وردود (6)

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : استمرار سياسة القمع والإستبداد وتصفية المعارضين السياسيين في ليبيا

مؤسسة القذافي العالمية : حول انطلاق سفينة الأمل ومبادرة غزّه

فتحي بن خليفة : إختطاف البغدادي

محمد بشير : وقفة تضامن مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة سجن بوسليم ـ توليدو ـ أوهايو ـ الأحد 4 يوليو 2010

Saturday, 10 July, 2010: Israel on Friday has requested the UN step up efforts in preventing the Gaza-bound Lybian ship from setting sail from Greece Friday. In an in an official letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gabriela Shalev requested the international community use its power to halt the humanitarian aid ship, funded by an organization headed by the son of Lybian leader Muammar Gaddafi. "Israel calls upon the international community to exert its influence on the government of Libya to demonstrate responsibility and prevent the ship from departing to the Gaza Strip," the envoy requested. "Israel reserves the right under international law to prevent this ship from violating the existing naval blockade on the Gaza Strip," Shalev told Ban Ki Moon. [Jerusalem Post] More
Saturday, 10 July, 2010: A Libyan charity organization headed by the son of Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi announced that it will send an aid boat to the region in order to break the blockade on the Gaza Strip. The boat, called Hope, is slated to set sail Friday from Greece carrying thousands of tons of medical equipment and food. [AFP] More
Saturday, 10 July, 2010: GOVERNMENT has postponed the hand over of assets of the privatised Zambia Telecommunications company limited (ZAMTEL) to new owners LAP Green of Libya. Finance ministry spokesperson Chileshe Kandeta said the handover that was scheduled to take place at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning headquarters has been postponed to a date to be announced later. [Post Zambia] More
Saturday, 10 July, 2010: Libya will send a 20-truck humanitarian aid convoy to the Gaza Strip next Monday. This came in a statement today by the General Coordinator of the Jamahiriya National Standing Committee for the Support of the People of Palestine Nouri Ben Othman. Accoridng to the official, the cargo will specifically comprise flour and cereals, dates, clothing and blankets, medical equipment and medicines, school bags and stationery, and also fresh water and juices. Arriving on the convoy will be a team of medical workers. [RUVR] More
Saturday, 10 July, 2010: ATHENS: A charity headed by the second son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is sending an aid boat from Greece to Gaza on Friday to break the Israeli “siege”, the organisers said. The Moldova-flagged cargo ship Amalthea will depart from Lavrio, some 60 kilometres (37 miles) southeast of Athens, the vessel’s agents said. The 92-metre (302-foot) freighter has a 12-man crew and will carry up to nine passengers, a representative of Piraeus-based agents Alpha Shipping said. “The ship is expected to sail this evening”, he told. But a member of crew later said the departure could be delayed for Saturday. “We expect to reach Gaza in four or five days without stopping”, crew member Oussama Almahamid from Syria told. “It all depends on the weather, there are strong winds at the moment”, he added. [Daily Times] More
Saturday, 10 July, 2010: The President of the Republic has received in two separate audiences a special envoy from the Libyan guide, Muamar Khaddafi and that of the President of Benin, Boni Yayi. The Libyan leader’s special envoy, Abdel-Hakim Elmahdi Alshirif was bearer of Muamar Khaddafi’s invitation to President Paul Biya to attend the Africa-Arab summit in October and the Africa – Europe summit in November. Both summits are scheduled to take place in Libya. President Paul Biya later received in audience the special envoy of the President of Benin, that country’s Minister of Defence, Issifou Kogui N’douro. The special envoy from Benin was bearer of a seal message from President Boni Yayi of Benin to President Paul Biya of Cameroon. [CRTV] More
تعازي إلى آل جعودة     محي الدين اليازجي : شكر على تعازي

رمضان جربوع : كارثة بوسليم، هل من حل؟

محمد نور الدين : عملاء الفكر وعملاء الحكم

فيلم وثائقي : الصادق النيهوم.. سيّد الكلمات (2)

اميس انتمورا : د. الهادي شلوف.. جدلية الحق والقوة

الراصد الصحفي : محمد المنقوش.. واموال الشعب الليبي المنهوبة

ليبيا الوفاء : بلادي إن قضيت فسامحيني.. قصيدة رثاء ومواساة لشهداء بوسليم

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (11)

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : المسرح وتوظيف التراث الشعبي

ادرار نفوسه : بوسليم تاريخ لن ينسى ولم ينته بعد

Friday, 9 July, 2010: TRIPOLI, July 8 (Reuters) - Libya denied allegations from human rights groups on Thursday that it was mistreating a group of Eritrean migrants who had been turned back at sea by Italian patrols and handed over to Libya. Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg has said he had information the migrants were subjected to violence by Libyan police, leaving several of them seriously injured. Libya says there are 400 refugees in total. Of them, 245 have been turned back by Italian patrols and handed over to Libya -- a case that has caused a political row in Italy. [ID:nLDE6651R3] "There are about 400 illegal migrants from Eritrea being held in detention centres in Libya and they are treated as temporary guests," Libya's official Jana news agency quoted a foreign ministry statement as saying. [Reuters] More
Friday, 9 July, 2010: TRIPOLI, July 8 (Reuters) - Two newspapers allied to a reform-minded son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were back on newsstands on Thursday after a six-month absence that had been seen as a sign the reformist camp was losing influence. The Oea and Quryna newspapers have helped promote a reform agenda pushed by Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam, a man viewed by many as a possible successor to his father but who is locked in a turf war with a conservative old guard. Analysts say that since the print editions of the titles were suspended in January -- a decision the papers' managers said they were forced to take by official pressure -- Saif al-Islam has been able to consolidate his power base. International rights groups have praised the two newspapers for testing the limits of press freedom in Libya by publishing stories about official corruption. Staff had continued to publish them online after the print editions stopped. [Reuters] More
Friday, 9 July, 2010: Britain has launched a fresh bid to get Libya to co-operate fully over the killing of Pc Yvonne Fletcher. New Foreign Secretary William Hague has raised the case with Libyan foreign minister Musa Kusa. The Foreign Office is treating it as a “priority” as the Lib-Con coalition reassesses its strategy towards the country. The Government is urging Tripoli to allow Metropolitan police to return to Libya to pursue their investigations into the shooting of the 25-year-old officer outside the Libyan embassy in London in 1984. A Whitehall source told the Standard: “We have made it clear to the Libyan government that this is one of our key priorities. [This is London] More
Friday, 9 July, 2010: Scientific framework of teaching statistics - A two-day training workshop on statistics and updating international forms began Wednesday in Tripoli with several Libyan experts in attendance. Participants came from the Libyan Statistics Centre, the Directorate for Planning in Education, Basic Education, the Department of Planning and Finance as well as the National Committee for Education, Culture and Science. The theme of the workshop is related to the scientific framework of teaching statistics and types of international classification in teaching to build the capacity of the staff of education statistics. Organized by the Libyan National Committee for Education, Culture and Science, in collaboration with the UNESCO Statistics Institute, the workshop aims to promote the procedures of using international classifications. [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 9 July, 2010: (ANSAmed) - PERUGIA, JULY 8 - Tomorrow, ninety Libyan university degree-holders will begin linguistic-cultural training at the University for Foreigners in Perugia. They will study Italian language for three months before signing up for specialised and doctorate studies programmes in their relative disciplines in several Italian educational institutions. Making use of scholarships that were granted by the North African country, the Libyan students will receive free lodgings at the institutes during their stay in Perugia and will also be granted special rates for meals and services. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 9 July, 2010: LIBYAN dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's eldest son sits on the board of the satellite company used by Australia's newest mobile telecommunications carrier, a company that is ''vigorously targeting'' contracts with the Department of Defence. Dr Muhammad Muammar El Gadhafi is a board member of Thuraya, which owns and operates the satellite services that Indigo Telecom will use to transmit voice and data calls. The United Arab Emirates-based Thuraya also makes handsets used by satellite phone customers. Speaking at Indigo's launch in Brisbane yesterday, chief executive David Ruddiman said the satellite services would cover the parts of central Australia that Telstra's Next G network did not reach. Optus has been using the Thuraya satellite network for satellite customers in remote areas since 2008. [The Age] More
د. الهادي شلوف : متى سيدرك العرب أن القوة هي التي تصنع الحق وليس العكس؟

الليبيون : لقاء مع عزالدين الشريف رئيس حملة التضامن حول حق العودة للمعارضة الليبية إلي الوطن

فوزي عبد الحميد : إلى الطبيب مصطفي الزائدي

نادي الباروني : دعوة لحضور أمسية ثقافية

Thursday, 8 July, 2010: Several U.S. senators are calling on the British government to conduct a "full investigation" into whether the Lockerbie bomber was released from prison last year on "fraudulent medical evidence," following a report that the cancer-stricken Libyan could live another decade. All four senators from New York and New Jersey wrote a letter Wednesday to Nigel Sheinwald, British ambassador to the United States, urging the U.K. government to determine if "inappropriate considerations" led to Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's release. "There is clear reason to believe that this terrorist was released based on false information about his health," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a written statement. "This is especially galling to those of us who believed he shouldn't have been released, even if it had been true that his death was imminent." [Fox News] More
Thursday, 8 July, 2010: Russia will modernize about 200 T-72 main battle tanks for the Libyan Army over the next few years, a Russian defense industry source said on Wednesday. "A 1.3-bln euro [military-technical cooperation] deal signed between Russia and Libya this year includes the modernization of about 200 T-72 tanks which have been in service with the Libyan Army since the Soviet era," the source close to negotiations told RIA Novosti. Moscow and Tripoli have been involved in talks on the modernization of the T-72 tanks since 2006 as part of renewed efforts to revive bilateral military-technical cooperation. Libya was one of the largest buyers of Russian-made armaments in the second half of the 20th century. [Rian] More
Thursday, 8 July, 2010: New wastewater treatment solutions are being offered in Libya to treat water near a hospital. WPL has teamed up with local distributors El Zulal to develop the solutions for a hospital near Ubari in an attempt to produce cleaner water for its patients. They have provided the clinic with a HiPAF (High Performance Aerated Filter) plant as a replacement for an older system, which no longer functioned effectively. In addition to the HiPAF, the companies have installed a Sand Filter system "to meet the hospital's needs" and produce treated water for over 600 members of staff and patients. WPL also confirmed that the wastewater systems have been designed to meet World Health Organisation irrigation standards. [Envirotech] More
Thursday, 8 July, 2010: For the past two years the EU and Libya have been working on the terms of a bilateral framework agreement aimed at greater cooperation on a range of issues including security, social and economic development and the battle against illegal migration. It sounds fairly 21st century on paper, but Amnesty International says in working more closely with a country known for its dark-age human rights record, the European Union would essentially be turning a blind eye to some of the abject horrors of day-to-day life in Libya. And as such contravening one of the very principles it upholds. In a recent report entitled 'Libya of Tomorrow: What Hope for Human Rights,' Amnesty lays a slate of violations at Tripoli's door - women flogged for adultery, amputations as a consequence of theft, and the death penalty for free speech - and calls, unreservedly on the EU not to ignore the country's dire track record at the expense of national interests. [Dw-World] More
Thursday, 8 July, 2010: Rural bank - The Libyan rural bank has granted some 427.55 million Libyan dinars (1.300 Libyan dinars = US$1) to some 92,300 rural folks as as part of its 2010-2012 plan for rural areas, it said on Tuesday. The three-year plan aims at attaining the objectives of the bank as well as contributing to the socio-economic development of the country's villages, isolated rural areas and regions in Libya, it said. The support is for initiatives of individuals and families in a bid to get them involved in profit-generating activities to contribute to sustainable development and create clean job opportunities. The objectives of the three-year plan are also to recover loans and grant new ones to those who had already benefited. A source from the Libyan rural bank says that 180 million dinars came from the general budget of the bank and 247.55 million dinars came from recovered instalments. [Afrique Jet] More
Thursday, 8 July, 2010: (ANSA) - Rome, July 7 - Libyan authorities have agreed a deal to allow a group of Eritreans in immigration detention, reportedly turned away from Italian shores last year, to remain in the North African country, sources said on Wednesday The 245 migrants and asylum seekers have been at the centre of a row in Italy over allegations they have been abused in Libyan custody and reports that Tripoli plans to send them back to Eritrea. But sources at the Tripoli office of the International Organization for Migration said the Libyan government had worked out an arrangement that would allow the group to stay. They said Libyan Public Security Minister Younis Al Obeidi had announced the Eritreans would be given a residence visa in exchange for work. The accord will result in the Eritreans being released from the prison where they are currently being held and given "socially useful work in different municipalities of Libya," [ANSA] More
إبراهيم قويدر : تقرير موجز حول "القانون رقم 12 لعام 2010 بشأن علاقات العمل" (2)

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (9)

محمد بن واصل : أعمال جديدة لتخليد جريمة مجزرة أبوسليم

بونجامه : هل عدم الإقبال على فعاليات المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية دلالة على نهايته؟

سليم الرقعي : سلطة الشعب!.. وُلدت مُعاقة بل ميتة! (2)

فرج بوالعَشّة : الشرق المشرقن في المخيال الكولونيالي!

د. مصطفى الزائدي : تأمـلات في عالم ما بعد الرأسمالية

Wednesday, 7 July, 2010: President Lee Myung-bak will send a ruling party lawmaker to Libya as his special envoy this week to promote bilateral relations and support South Korean firms trying to win construction orders from the African nation, the foreign ministry said Monday. Rep. Lee Sang-deuk, a six-term lawmaker who is also a brother of President Lee, will make a week-long trip to Libya from Tuesday as a special presidential envoy to mark 30 years of relations between the two countries, the ministry said in a statement. The lawmaker plans to meet with Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi to deliver a message from President Lee in which he hopes to strengthen friendly ties between their nations and asks for help in getting South Korean companies participate in infrastructure projects in the country, the ministry said. [Business Ghana] More
Wednesday, 7 July, 2010: TEHRAN (FNA) - Secretary of Iran's Expediency Council Mohsen Rezae'i in a meeting with Libyan Ambassador to Tehran Sa'd Mojber underlined Tehran's resolve to boost cooperation and bolster relations with Tripoli. "Current conditions have created a proper capacity for strengthening relations between Tehran and Tripoli," Rezae'i said, stressing that start of cooperation in economic, energy, construction and trade fields can consolidate Iran-Libya relations to a good extent. Tehran and Tripoli resumed consolidation of their ties after a visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki to the country in mid January and his meeting with Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. During the meeting in January, Qadhafi underlined the importance of cooperation between Tehran and Tripoli, and described Libya as a second home to the Iranian people. [Fars News] More
Wednesday, 7 July, 2010: The IOM mission in Tripoli and the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF) yesterday signed an agreement to fund IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return Centre in the Janzour district of the Libyan capital Tripoli. The 63,000 euros donation will cover the overall costs of running the centre until the end of the year. "This is an important development," says Laurence Hart, IOM's Chief of Mission in Libya. "For the first time, a leading Libyan international NGO is backing IOM's efforts to provide comprehensive return and reintegration assistance to stranded migrants." GICDF Executive Director Youssef Sawani said the Foundation shared IOM's commitment to provide often desperate migrants with the option of voluntary return. [Relief Web] More
Wednesday, 7 July, 2010: (ANSAmed) - STRASBOURG, JULY 6 - Human Rights Commissioner of the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg, has asked for the Italian government to help provide information on the destiny of 250 Eritreans in Libya. With two letters sent on July 2 to Foreign Minister Franco Frattini and Interior Minister Roberto Maroni - whose text was made public today - Hammarberg asked the Italian government to ''collaborate to clarify the situation with the Libyan government''. Since June 30, 250 Eritreans have been held at the Braq detention centre, 80km from Seba in the south of Libya, where they were transferred from the detention centre for migrants in Misurata. The group was deported on three trucks as a ''punishment'' following the revolt that broke out the day before between the prisoners, who did not want to provide their identity to diplomats from their country, because they feared being subject to forced repatriations. [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 7 July, 2010: ROME, July 6 (Reuters) - Italy's opposition accused the government on Tuesday of turning a blind eye to the fate of 245 Eritrean refugees who were turned back at sea by Italian patrols and are now held in Libya in "inhumane conditions". Human rights groups have appealed to the Rome government, which last year began deporting migrants intercepted at sea under a new deal with Libya, to offer asylum to the Eritreans, saying many were ill-treated while in detention. "What's happening to these Eritrean citizens is shameful," said Paolo Ferrero of the Communist Refoundation party. "It's the umpteenth example of how the government is effectively denying the right to asylum." The government was summoned to explain itself in parliament on Wednesday at the request of opposition parties. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 7 July, 2010: RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced today that it has signed a contract with the German GeoConsultants Group (3G) to be its distributor in Libya and Tunisia. John Ahlrichs, Vice President of RapidEye commented, “We are very pleased to have 3G join our global distributor network as our first distributor in Africa. We know their extensive consulting experience and their understanding of the North African market will prove invaluable in developing wide area mapping and monitoring opportunities in these diverse North African nations.” Karem Ben Khaled, Executive Director at 3G said, “We are very excited to become RapidEye's distributor. To our customers in Libya and Tunisia, the RapidEye satellite system provides unique capabilities and benefits for environmental and especially agricultural monitoring, but also for the rapid and accurate topographic mapping for very large areas.” [Geo Place] More
بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (724)

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : تقرير حول ندوة المؤتمر بمناسبة الذكرى 14 لجريمة مذبحة سجن أبي سليم

تعازي إلى آل اليازجي     تعازي إلى آل عسكر     تعازي إلى آل الساحلي والشرفاية     تعازي إلى آل عبدو اسماعيل

جمال الحاجي : رسالة إلى أعضاء تجمع أنصار الحرية

مركز التوثيق الليبي : إلى إخوان ليبيا.. الشعب ينتظر موقفكم من فتاوى زيف الإسلام

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي ـ السويد : بيان صحفي

Tuesday, 6 July, 2010: Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Co, said he will recommend buying a stake in BP to the Libyan Investment Authority, or LIA, the North African state's sovereign wealth fund. BP shares are down about 48 per cent since April 20, when an explosion on Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig -- leased by BP for its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico -- killed 11 workers and triggered one of the worst oil spill disasters the US has ever seen. "BP is interesting now with the price lower by half, and I still have trust in BP. I will recommend it to the LIA," Mr Ghanem said in a telephone interview. "It's a good opportunity for bargain hunters." [The Australian] More
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010: More than 100 Niger nationals jailed in Libya were extradited to their home country on Monday, the Niger government said, with at least another 150 due to follow. "A first group of 111 Nigeriens, including a woman, who were detained in Libya, arrived on Monday from Tripoli at around 1:35 pm," a communication ministry official told AFP. They arrived in the capital Niamey on board a plane which also carried Niger Interior Minister Ousmane Cisse and Justice Minister Abdoulaye Djibo, who were returning from a visit to the neighbouring country. Another group of 207 detainees was due from the Libyan city of Sebha in the coming hours, the ministry official said. [Times Live] More
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010: Three Egyptian companies are complaining that Libyan authorities have set excessively difficult conditions on Egyptian laborers seeking permits to work in the North African republic, company officials say. The conditions, company officials add, threaten to affect a tender they won two years ago to build a power station in Libya worth some LE150 million. Conditions set by Libyan authorities reportedly include the acquisition of numerous permits from various Libyan state agencies at very high fees, which had not been included in initial feasibility studies for the project. Under the new conditions, the cost per worker incurred by the companies in question has risen from 15 Libyan dinars to 60 dinars per day. [Almasry Alyoum] More
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010: Brdo pri Kranju, 5 July (STA) - Slovenia and Libya signed an agreement on abolishing visas for diplomatic and service passport holders on Monday as part of efforts to facilitate economic cooperation, especially in construction, health care and tourism. [STA] More
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JULY 5 - Three years on from the implementation of a programme for the redistribution of oil proceeds aiming to help the lowest earning Libyan families, the Libyan newspaper Al Jamouhirija has published figures and statistics illustrating what it calls ''a positive balance''. 230,815 Libyan families have benefited from the ''Programme of redistribution of oil proceeds'' since its launch in 2006, as part of the special Fund for Economic and Social Development that has provided financial assistance based on investment packages that have reached 10 billion 280 million and 24 thousand Libyan dinars (around 6.3 billion euros). The figures were expressed by the secretary of the Fund, Hamed Hdiri. [ANSAmed] More
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010: If Tripoli is your first sight of Libya, prepare to be dazzled. Literally. The Bride of the Sea, as she is evocatively known to Tripolines, is stunningly white – an unforgettable feature of arrival here for as long as anyone can remember. Try this traveller’s view from 700 years ago: ‘When we approached, we were blinded by the brilliance of the buildings, from which the burning rays of the sun were reflected. I was convinced that rightly is Tripoli called the White City.’ Gleaming, Tripoli rises before you, staring out across the Mediterranean with insouciance and swagger, sweltering under a shameless sun just as she has for the three millennia since the seafaring Phoenicians established a trading post here. For centuries, this was the most important terminus of the slave trade routes of Tripolitania – the Roman province of the Three Cities – that penetrated across the desert deep into sub-Saharan Africa. Tripoli was linked to the outside world through this wretched trade. [BA High Life] More
جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : في ذكرى تأسيس الجبهة

ليبي : نحن شعب جبان

محمد بن احميدة : لا مصلحة لرأس النظام في الكشف طواعية عن تفاصيل جريمته

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : اتركوني.. أريد أن أكتب عن برقة!!

ولد الشيخ : حقيقة سلمان العودة

فوزي عبدالحميد : إلى : زكري .. وقويدر.. وسيف.. والشاطر.. والسفير المتقاعد

جلال الكوافي : ماذا ينقص الليبيين حتى يكونوا كالخليجيين؟!

د. الهادي شلوف : سوف لن يكون هناك غد لليبيا دون عقاب مرتكبي جرائم القتل والتعذيب

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن الثامنة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 3 يوليو 2010

Monday, 5 July, 2010: LONDON: The Lockerbie bomber, who has outlived the three-month prognosis that led to his release on sympathetic grounds, could survive 10 years or longer, the cancer specialist who examined the Libyan last year has said. Suffering from terminal cancer, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi of Libya was assessed last year by Prof Karol Shikora who predicted he would be dead within three months of his release from prison. Shikora now says it is "embarrassing" that the convicted killer has outlived his prognosis by so long. Other doctors involved in Megrahi's case said they did not believe he was close to death when he was released on compassionate grounds in August last year. [Times of India] More
Monday, 5 July, 2010: The Libyan doctor who operated on Ruben, the Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of May’s air crash near Tripoli, has been given a Dutch royal honour. The surgeon, Sedig Bendala, has been made a Knight of the Order of Orange Nassau. He received the distinction in Tripoli from the Dutch foreign ministry’s director general. The nine-year-old boy who survived the crash on 12 May was among 104 people on board the plane. After he was rescued from the wreckage, he was taken to a hospital in Tripoli, where doctor Bendala performed the surgery. The surgeon also accompanied Ruben on his way back to the Netherlands. Seventy Dutch nationals died in the crash. The crash was commemorated in Tripoli on Saturday. [RNW] More
محمد ابراهيم زكري : دعوة الى ثورة في الثورة     س. ص. : جمل سقطت من البيان الأول للثورة ببنغازي       

سعد فرج البرقاوي : إلى سليمان دوغه : لماذا فوجئت بتجاهل الناس ورفضهم لصحافتك؟

ل. ت. : الاستاذ عبدالرحمن خليفة الشاطر ينجح ..     الساطور : كل قطرة دم بشرياني

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (4)

إبراهيم قويدر : الحجاب المكشوف : الغضب

شريفة الفسيّ : أهالي ضحايا بوسليم ومرور أربعة عشر سنة من الألم ولا من مجيب

مواقع ليبية جديدة :   ليبيا الغد     ليبيا برس

لجنة احياء ذكرى مجزرة سجن ابوسليم : الدعوة إلى إعلان يوم 29 يونيو من كل عام يوم حداد وطني

محمد أبو ستة : سلامك يجي سلامين

مركز التوثيق الليبي : مجزرة بوسليم.. جريمة بلا عقاب

Sunday, 4 July, 2010: The World Cup has obsessed Libyan bloggers in recent days, just as it has mesmerised people all over the globe. Some members of the blogosphere have refused to be distracted, however, from day-to-day concerns such as traffic accidents and violent streets. Blogger Gringo, who has dedicated all of his time to watching football's biggest event, said that Africa's participation has been "disappointing". "In each tournament, we repeat the following," he wrote. "Bravo Cameroon, they were strong foes for this or that team...Nigeria embarrassed this or that team...Oh, how wonderful the Algerians are." [Magharebia] More
Sunday, 4 July, 2010: Huge infrastructure development plans, a young, growing population and innovative ideas for tourism make Libya one of the world's fastest-growing new markets. Elizabeth Broomhall looks at the risks and opportunities in the country. As football fans direct their attention to the south of the African continent, shrewd investors and business people around the globe are, this year, focusing on its north. One country in particular, for all its previous issues of sanctions and conflict, is now emerging as one of the most competitive markets in the world for construction contract wins. [Arabian Business] More
تعازي إلى آل عزوز

الباكور : ( د. عمرو النامي : بنغازى تبقى لا تقْهرْ )

رابطة أهالي وأصدقاء ضحايا أبوسليم ـ بالمهجر : بيان للناس

فرج الزاوي : مثقف إصلاحي برتبة بلعوط

Ghoma : Approaches to Development (4)

Amnesty : 200 Eritreans in Libya at risk of forced return

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي ـ السويد : بيان المعتصمين أمام السفارة الليبية بستوكهولم

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (10)

نادي الباروني : كأس شهداء الوطن للبولينج

يحي القلعاوي اليفرني : رد على "محمد سعيد القشاط" فى كتابه المعنون "مذكرات عون سوف" (1)

محمد نور الدين : ثقافة الذبح

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : إن الله والتاريخ على ما نقول شهداء!!

Saturday, 3 July, 2010: Libyan authorities should immediately stop apparent efforts to deport a group of 245 Eritreans, some of whom have been severely beaten by guards, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said that Libya should grant the United Nations refugee agency immediate access to the group, who were recently transported from the Misrata detention center to another detention center at al-Biraq, north of Sabha town. "It's bad enough that Libya is brutalizing these detainees," said Bill Frelick, Refugee Program director at Human Rights Watch. "But deporting hundreds back to Eritrea, knowing full well that they could face torture and ill-treatment at home, would be a flagrant violation of Libya's legal obligations." The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has recommended that host governments refrain from forcibly returning even rejected asylum seekers to Eritrea because of the risk that returned Eritreans will be subjected to detention and torture. [Human Rights Watch] More
Saturday, 3 July, 2010: The latest Libya Oil & Gas Report forecasts that the country will account for 7.74% of African regional oil demand by 2014, while providing 15.82% of supply. African regional oil use of 2.98mn barrels per day (b/d) in 2001 rose to an estimated 3.60mn b/d in 2009. It should average 3.67mn b/d in 2010 and then rise to around 4.14mn b/d by 2014. Regional oil production was 7.84mn b/d in 2001, and in 2009 averaged an estimated 9.69mn b/d. It is set to rise to 11.79mn b/d by 2014. Oil exports are growing steadily, because demand growth is lagging behind the pace of supply expansion. In 2001, the region was exporting an average of 4.86mn b/d. This total had risen to an estimated 6.08mn b/d in 2009 and is forecast to reach 7.66mn b/d by 2014. Angola has the greatest production growth potential, with Nigerian exports set to soar if it can resolve recent quasi-political issues. In terms of natural gas, the region in 2009 consumed an estimated 122.9bn cubic metres (bcm), with demand of 175.9bcm forecast for 2014. Production of an estimated 242.6bcm in 2009 should reach 391.9bcm in 2014, which implies net exports rising from 120bcm in 2009 to 216bcm in 2014. In 2009, Libya consumed an estimated 5.44% of the region's gas, with its market share forecast at 4.49% by 2014. It contributed 7.42% to estimated 2009 regional gas production and by 2014 will account for 8.93% of supply. [Official Wire] More
Saturday, 3 July, 2010: Harare - DYNAMOS' trip to Libya was hanging in the balance last night after the Harare side failed to get confirmation of their air tickets and tour itinerary from the hosts, Al Ittihad. DeMbare, who had devoted much of their energies in preparation for this trip the whole of this week, are scheduled to fly out of the country today. The Harare giants were earlier this month invited by Ittihad on an all-expenses-paid-for trip to help the Libyan giants in their preparations for the Confederation Cup. Dynamos had also hoped to use the game as part of their preparations for the Champions League mini-league tournament set to begin in two weeks' time with a home match against holders TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo. But after spending the better part of the afternoon chasing after officials at the Libyan embassy and trying to link with their agent in the United Kingdom, Dynamos team manager Nyika Chifamba said they were not sure if the trip was going to materialise as they had not received any communication from Ittihad. [The Herald] More
Saturday, 3 July, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - Mr. Salah Eddine Al-Arbi was Thursday appointed president of the Libyan Football Federation (FLF) following the re-organization of the country's sports associations in which members retained their positions. The eight other members of the FLF are Ibrahim Jemal, Ahmed Abdelmajid, Mohamed Moussa Al-Noukaa, Nabil Musbah Abdelhalim, Issa Abdazllah Younes, Ali Khalifa Boukrasa, Souad Al-Chibani and Muftah Akoueidar. The other associations affected in the re-organization were squash, gymnastic, shooting, judo, swimming, volleyball and sailing. [Afrique Jet] More
Saturday, 3 July, 2010: July 1, 2010 (KHARTOUM) - The Libyan ambassador to Khartoum disclosed that the Sudanese government never made a request to expel the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Khalil Ibrahim who has been residing in Libya since last May. Ibrahim has been forced to stay in Tripoli after Chad denied him entry and destroyed his passports bringing a long standing relations between JEM and Ndjamena to a low point. The militarily powerful group used Chad as a transit point to enter Darfur and a logistical base. The Sudan government at the most senior levels has been publicly and privately urging Libya to expel the JEM leader and also citing an arrest warrant circulated by the Interpol for extraditing him over his role in the 2008 attack on the Sudanese twin capital city of Omdurman. [Sudan Tribune] More
مراد : اخرس يا سليمان عبدالقادر.. يا قليل الأدب يا جبان

نداء صبري عياد : الشعب الليبي رهينة الألاعيب السياسية

مسرحية ليبية : سوبر ستار

حسن البوسيفي : الذكرى 41 للثورة .. هل ستكون سنة للشفافية المطلقة؟

جمعية الجالية الليبية ـ مانشستر : دعوة لحضور اجتماع

Friday, 2 July, 2010: LONDON (Reuters) - BP Plc for the Libyan well and says it has prepared extensively for the operation. "Just like with any deepwater exploration activity, we have undertaken extensive, rigorous and detailed preparations with our contractors and by ourselves for this drilling," Nicholas said. "The investigation is still ongoing into exactly what happened in the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. But any of the lessons coming out of those investigations will be applied to all of our operations worldwide." BP signed the exploration and production agreement with Libya's National Oil Corp in 2007, after the lifting of international sanctions on Libya removed legal barriers to doing business in the North African country. Libya has said it is happy for the drilling to go ahead. "If you have an air crash you don't stop air travel in the whole world," said Shokri Ghanem, NOC chairman, last month. He said the spill in the Gulf was "exaggerated somewhat." [ABC] More
Friday, 2 July, 2010: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya has set the end of July as the deadline for awarding two new joint-venture banking licences for which foreigners have been allowed to bid for the first time, a central bank official said. The six banks shortlisted for the licences are HSBC, Standard Chartered, UniCredit, Mashreq Bank, National Bank of Dubai and Qatar Islamic Bank. "The committee (to choose the winning bids) has started ... studying the applications from the six banks and will finish its work by the end of July," said the central bank official, who did not want to be identified. The licences will allow the winning foreign bidders to own 49 percent of the new banks, with Libyan partners holding the rest of the equity. All Libya's banks were state-owned for decades but in the past few years the sector has started to open up as part of tentative steps by the government to reform the economy. Libya has sold minority stakes in three of its existing banks to foreign investors keen to gain access to Libya's immense wealth from oil exports. In the latest deal, Portugal's Banco Espirito Santo said in April it had bought a 40 percent stake in Aman Bank. [Reuters] More
Friday, 2 July, 2010: Bangladesh - The Government has decided to appoint former secretary ABM Nur Uz Zaman, as the next Ambassador of Bangladesh to Libya. Zaman belongs to the 1981 batch of BCS (Information) Cadre. During his distinguished career, he served in different ministries of the Government of Bangladesh in various capacities. He was a counselor (Political) of Bangladesh Embassy in Berlin from 1999 to 2003 and held various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on deputation from 1995 to 1999. Nur Uz Zaman did his Post-graduate degree in Economics from the University of Dhaka. He is married and blessed with one daughter. [Nation] More
Friday, 2 July, 2010: Investigators have so far found no evidence that mechanical failure caused an Airbus aircraft to crash in Libya this month killing 103 people, a Libyan commission studying the crash said. The Airbus A330 operated by Libya's Afriqiyah Airways crashed on May 12 as it prepared to land at Tripoli airport after a flight from Johannesburg, killing everyone on board except a nine-year-old Dutch boy. "There is no sign indicating a technical failure in the plane before the incident, according to data recovered up until now from the two black boxes," commission chief Naji Dhaw said in a statement setting out investigators' preliminary conclusions that was seen by reporters today. Dhaw told reporters the investigation was continuing into why the almost new aircraft crashed, and it could be some time before his commission was ready to present its final conclusions. The commission of investigation also ruled out an explosion or fire on board the plane before the crash and said there was no evidence it was caused by an act of terrorism. [SABC] More
سليم الرقعي : ملذوع!؟

مراد علي : رد على مقالة علي الخليفي

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : احتكار قناة الجزيرة لتغطية كاس العالم

محمد بن احميدة : نعم للتحقيق الدولي المحايد في أبشع جريمة عرفتها ليبيا

فوزي عبدالحميد : نقيب المحامين الليبيين يشارك في طردهم!

فرج بوالعَشّة : ألاعيب ولد بوه

الساطور : رسوم الساطور في بنغازي

Thursday, 1 July, 2010: MOSCOW, June 30 (UPI) -- Russian oil company Gazprom Neft is in talks with oil executives in Libya to help develop the Elephant oil field, directors of the company said. Boris Zilbermints, the deputy chief executive of Gazprom Neft, said his company is exploring various business opportunities in oil-rich Libya, Russia's state-owned news agency RIA Novosti reports. "We are planning to join the Elephant in late summer but we don't plan to invest much, except the entrance fee because the project has already been launched," he said. "We are currently negotiating with several other asset owners in Libya." [UPI] More
Thursday, 1 July, 2010: One of the firms forced to close its business in Libya as part of Tripoli’s economic measures against Switzerland, is suing Libya in the Geneva courts. An exclusive report in the Geneva-based Le Temps newspaper on Wednesday says the small high tech firm, which wants to remain anonymous, has had SFr11.6 million ($10.7 million) of Libyan assets frozen by the courts pending a judgement. The company, which was given 45 days to wind up its business and leave the country, is suing the Libyan government for about SFr7 million for unpaid bills and breach of contract, the newspaper says. The money is being held in the branches of three foreign banks in Geneva, it adds. The paper quotes the lawyer of the plaintiffs as saying that the only recourse open to companies who suffered as a result of the actions of the Libyan regime is to get official Libyan assets seized wherever they may be. [Swiss Info] More
Thursday, 1 July, 2010: Over the past two weeks about 280 detainees in Misrata prison have been forced to fill in repatriation forms given to the prison authorities by the Eritrean Embassy in Libya. Those who refused to co-operate have been physically abused, some kept in solitary confinement, and some without food and water. As if this torture and flagrant abuse of human rights were not enough the guards have taken to beating up the remaining detainees and ordered them to remain in their cells. On Tuesday 29 June 2010, out of fear, all the detainees came out into the prison compound and refused to be separated fearing that they will be deported. Over 150 Special Forces called ‘Ranger’ have joined the guards in beating up these helpless detainees. [Asmarino] More
Thursday, 1 July, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JUNE 30 - Most likely following a revolt, some 250 Eritreans, who were locked in a detention centre for immigrants in Misurata, in Libya, have this morning been loaded by the public security forces onto a container truck which has transported towards the south of the country. The news was leaked from the community of Eritreans who live between Tripoli and Misurata. The 250 people, explain the co-nationals in contact with them, ''fear they will be repatriated and have launched an appeal to the international community not to abandon them.'' The reason for their deportation is said to be a revolt that erupted yesterday evening in the detention centre in Misurata, a coastal city some 210 km east of Tripoli, where for some weeks now the Eritreans have been showing signs of restlessness due, explains their spokesman from Tripoli, ''to the closure of the city's UNHCR office, whose officials periodically visited the Misurata centre and gave them information and reassurance.'' [ANSAmed] More
Thursday, 1 July, 2010: GNMTC and STX France are pleased to confirm the signature of a contract for the construction of a new cruise ship. This signature follows the letter of intent signed on June 4th, 2010. The 139,400 ton vessel will be 333 meter long by 38 meter wide and include 1,739 passenger cabins and 732 crew cabins. Delivery of this ship is scheduled for December 2012. Founded in 1975, GNMTC is a Libyan State owned company which operates a fleet of 24 vessels specialized in the transport of crude oil, oil products and LPG, all over the world. In order to expand its activity, GNMTC enters the cruise industry. STX France is delighted to comprise a new client who intends to diversify in the cruise sector and who is confident in the Saint-Nazaire know-how to build his cruise ship. [BYM] More
Thursday, 1 July, 2010: Q: What has become of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the Libyan terrorist who was released from a Scottish prison due to his terminal prostate cancer? He was convicted of plotting the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people in 1988. He was released in August 2009 and received as a hero in Libya. At that time, he was estimated to have three months to live. A: Abdel Baset al-Megrahi is still alive, and in April, he celebrated his 58th birthday at a Libyan mansion, according to the New York Daily News. The Daily News also reported that al-Megrahi blocked the public release of his medical records in late March, and the London Sunday Telegraph reported in September that the Libyan government had paid for the medical evidence that helped al-Megrahi to be released. [AJC] More
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