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عيسى عبدالقيوم : ندوة مانشستر فى ذكري مأساة أبوسليم

لجنة احياء ذكرى مجزرة سجن ابوسليم : تسجيل الندوة التي نظمتها اللجنة في واشنطون دي سي ـ 29 يونيو 2010

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة تضامن مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 29 يونيو 2010

التجمع الجمهوري : بيان صحفي : الإنحناء لهاتيك الأمهات والزوجات والأخوات والبنات

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي ـ السويد : صور اعتصام اللجنة في الذكرى 14 لمجزرة ابوسليم

علاء الدرسي ـ ليبيا الحرية : بيان لرابطة أهالي ضحايا سجن "أبوسليم" في الذكرى الرابعة عشر للمذبحة

علاء الدرسي ـ ليبيا الحرية : أهالي ضحايا مذبحة سجن بوسليم يحيون الذكرى السنوية الرابعة عشر للمذبحة

أشرف محفوظ : غابوا اللي يسقوك

عمر الهوني : الوقفة التضامنية مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ لندن ـ 29 يونيو 2010

تعازي إلى آل العدلوني

د. الهادي شلوف : هل أخطأ الفلسطينيون الحساب حول قيام دولتهم؟

ليلى الهوني : وقفة إحياء وتضامن

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (723)

السيفاو المنير : قضية ابو سليم.. هذا لا يكفي

Wednesday, 30 June, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The five-member committee of the Arab League, at the close of its proceedings on Monday in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, adopted the vision relating to the promotion of the League of Arab States (LEA) and its major organs within the framework of a Union of the League of Arab countries to promote common Arab action. The summit was attended by the Libyan revolutionary leader, Mouamar Kadhafi, cha irman of the Arab League summit, the Emir of Qatar, Cheikh Hamed Ben Khalifa Al Tahni, the president of Egypt, Hosni Moubarak, the president of Yemen, Ali Abdallah Salah, the president of Iraq, Jalal Talibani and the secretary-general of LEA, Amr Moussa. It also adopted the proposal regarding the transformation of the secretariat of LEA into an Arab Union Commission, chaired by a secretary-general or chairman of the commission. [Afrique Jet] More
Wednesday, 30 June, 2010: Students and other Libyans interested in distance learning can now benefit from a website set up by housewife and mother of nine Saada Lasfer. The Study Desk website, which launched this month, will initially offer almost-free lessons and educational support for high school students before branching off into university-level studies. Lasfer has hired teachers to explain the lessons, assign homework, run exams and evaluate students' work. Students can also pose discussion questions to teachers. Lasfer told Magharebia she created the website so she could complete her own studies despite her family obligations. While seeking to continue her education, she was surprised when her research turned up little in the way of Libyan teaching materials online. "I felt some sort of responsibility… for my country Libya," she said, "and I wanted to take on this responsibility proudly, in spite of my limited experience and means". [Magharebia] More
Wednesday, 30 June, 2010: The finance delegation of the Swiss parliament has agreed to release supplementary credit to cover legal procedures in the dispute with Libya. The delegation’s chairman, Hans Altherr, confirmed a report carried by German-language radio on Tuesday, that an extra SFr1.7 million ($1.6 million) would be released. The money is to pay the Swiss share of the costs of the tribunal to decide on the legality of the brief 2008 arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader, and his wife. Altherr told the Swiss News Agency that the delegation had been split down the middle over the allocation, and the chairman had the casting vote. He said the delegation had “practically no other choice”. Although he personally found the costs “relatively high”, he said he did not expect any more demands. The financial delegation has six members, drawn equally from the finance commissions of the two chambers of parliament. [Swiss Info] More
Wednesday, 30 June, 2010: Sudanese foreign ministry reaffirmed that the Sudanese Libyan relations are firm and deep-rooted pointing out that what has been announced by the ministry of interior over the closure of Sudan-Libya border effective Thursday is purely an administrative procedures. The foreign ministry spokesman, Muawiya Osman Khalid said what had been done is precautionary measures to prevent any moves between the two countries by the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM). Khalid added that the Sudan has previously informed Libyan government of the border closure decision through diplomatic channels. He affirmed that Libya is a peace partner. In an answer to a question about JEM's demand that the venue of Doha Forum should be changed, Khalid said the Sudan's position is firm and pointing out that the Doha Forum will remain the only forum. In a comment on the proposals to turn the Arab League into an Arab Union, the spokesman said such ideas are sound as they represent different visions and that will help bring about a measure of consensus. [Sudan Vision Daily] More
Wednesday, 30 June, 2010: ROME - Libya has big plans to expand its gas production, which could prove a boon for European countries. “By 2025, the EU will need to find more than 300 billion cubic metres [a year] of extra gas to import,” Paolo Scaroni, the chief executive of the Italian energy conglomerate Eni, told the Libya Gas conference in Rome yesterday. Significant demand would come as older European coal-fired and nuclear power plants were replaced with facilities running on natural gas, Mr Scaroni said. European gas production was expected to fall. The EU is likely to seek more of the fuel from Libya and other North African producers to meet growing gas needs as it also tries to reduce dependence on Russian imports. But the domestic gas requirements of those countries are also expected to rise. Libya is now using more than half of its 3.9 million cubic metres a year of gas production domestically, mainly in its power and petrochemical sectors, said Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of the state-owned National Oil Company (NOC). [The National] More
Wednesday, 30 June, 2010: Although few seem to have noticed, the Arab League met in Libya during the past days and announced a series of restructuring measures at the Monday close of its powwow. We hear the snickering. To be sure, if we were to set out to catalogue the achievements of the Arab League, we could still make other plans for the afternoon. Yes, we’ve heard the comparisons, how European Union powers the UK, France and Germany together barely exceed the land mass of Egypt, leaving aside the much larger states such as Libya, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. But a comparison between the EU and the Arab League is unfair to both. The Arab League has important roles to play, and we need to reinvent it. Three major changes leap immediately to mind; first, the league must evolve from being a foreign-policy tool for Egypt. Having headquarters in Cairo is fine, but we need a leader of the Arab League who does not view the post as secondary to the Egyptian political game. [Daily Star] More
إبراهيم قويدر : تقرير موجز حول "القانون رقم 12 لعام 2010 بشأن علاقات العمل" (1)

محمّد قدري الخوجة : من لوحات الخطاط .. (2)

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (8)

جلال الكوافي : موظفو الجامعة.. فرح مع وقف التنفيذ

د. مصطفى الزائدي : في سجونهم ثعابين

منظمة العفو الدولية : المنظمة تحث ليبيا على إجراء تحقيق وافٍ في أعمال القتل التي وقعت في السجن عام 1996

Amnesty International : Libya urged to thoroughly investigate 1996 mass prison killings

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (3)

حملة التضامن : من نشاط الحملة تضامنا مع أهالي ضحايا مجزرة أبوسليم ـ 28 يونيو 2010

المسحان : معتقل بوسليم 1996 : جريمة لا يغفر لها

سعد فرج البرقاوي : هل أصبح محمد ربّ السلفيين؟!

عيسى عبدالقيوم : الوصايا العشر

صقور ليبيا الحرّة : نداء للتضامن مع أسر شهداء سجن أبو سليم

رابطة أهالي شهداء سجن أبوسليم : دعوة للتضامن والحضور

LASF : The Libyan-American Scholarship Fund, Unlocking Opportunity!

سليم الرقعي : مذبحة "بوسليم" جريمة قتل جماعي متعمدة!؟

جمعية عمر المختار لحقوق الانسان : من شهداء بوسليم : الشهيد إدريس عبد العالي ماضي

جمعية عمر المختار لحقوق الانسان : من شهداء بوسليم : الشهيد عبدالوهاب عبد الجليل ماضي

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : جريمة بوسليم : المطلوب.. اعتذار رسمي للشعـب الليبي

القوى الوطنية الليبية على الساحة البريطانية : دعوة للحضور والمشاركة في الذكرى الرابعة عشر لمذبحة سجن بوسليم

Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: KHARTOUM - Sudan will close its border crossings with Libya next month as it ramps up security on the frontier in response to banditry, the interior ministry said on Monday. Interior Minister Ibrahim Mahmud Hamid issued the order with the "aim of reorganising" police along the border, according to a statement on the ministry's website. Passage on a highway to the boundary "has become subjected to threats and attacks from rebels and outlaws who commit robberies and extortion," the statement said. "The decision will be enforced starting on the first of July 2010 and until other directives are issued," it said. Libya's border with Sudan passes through the troubled Darfur region, where the United Nations estimates 300,000 people have died in a war that started in 2003 when ethnic rebels revolted against the Arab-dominated government. [AFP] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: CAIRO, June 28 (Xinhua) - Leaders of five Arab League countries opened a meeting on Monday in the Libyan capital of Tripoli with the aim of discussing steps to develop the joint action of the pan-Arab body, including a proposal to establish a union of Arab states. The summit opened in a closed session brought together Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Iraqi President Jalal Talabani, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, plus Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa. The five countries comprise a pentagonal committee assigned by the previous Arab summit to look into an initiative proposed by Yemen to replace the current pan-Arab body with an Arab union. Libya, currently holding the rotating presidency of the Arab League, called for the meeting to prepare a draft document on developing the joint Arab action, which will be referred to an extraordinary Arab summit, slated for October in Libya, for approval. [Xinhua] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: Amnesty International has called on the Libyan government to thoroughly investigate the killing of up to 1,200 inmates of Abu Salim Prison in Tripoli on 29 June 1996, to bring those responsible to justice and to provide adequate reparation for families. The Libyan authorities, who only acknowledged in 2004 that any disturbances had occurred at all, have claimed that the deaths took place during an exchange of fire between guards and prisoners following an escape attempt. However, former prisoners say guards fired indiscriminately at prisoners who were out of their cells during a riot sparked by appalling prison conditions on 28 June. The next morning there was an explosion and shooting was heard for about two hours,former prisoners say. Colonel Mu'ammar al-Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, described the incident as a "tragedy" in 2004 to an Amnesty International delegation visiting the country. Since 2008, the families of the victims have repeatedly called on the authorities to reveal the truth about why their relatives were killed. [Amnesty] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: The Desert Is Not Silent, an exhibition of ancient and contemporary Libyan art, was opened in Moscow on Monday by the son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who heads the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation (GICDF), brought to Russian capital a sophisticated mix of archeological artifacts from several Libyan museums and contemporary masterpieces by the modern artists including Saif al-Islam himself. "Welcome to the desert, since the exhibition came from the desert that never keeps silent," al-Islam said. "You can see here all the colors of the Libyan desert." Gaddafi focuses on such opposing images as peaceful landscapes of the Libyan desert and the Islamic intifada. His art ranges from Arabian horses and tigers to portraits of his father. [RIAN] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: Kampala - The Libyan government through its investment arm, the Libya Investment Portfolio (LAP) will construct a coffee processing plant in Uganda, LAP officials have said. The multi-million dollar project expected to start in August this year will have a capacity of 15,000 tonnes per day; the biggest so far in Uganda. The plant is expected to be complete in 2011. This follows the signing of an agreement by the President of LAP, Mr Oktay Pirgon, with the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) last week following weeks of negotiations. "Uganda will no longer export green coffee beans, but processed coffee into the European market. It's the first deal of its kind in this country in which Uganda will directly export more quantities of processed coffee into the European market," Oktay explained. [East African Business Week] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: MANHATTAN - There was no guard on the 18th-story window from which the 2-year-old son of Libyan diplomat fell, authorities told the New York Post Sunday. A city law requires owners to install window guards in any unit where a child less than 10 years old lives. The Buildings Department issued a violation to the building’s owner., marking the 23rd violation for the building over the last few years. Ebrahim Abuwari, the son of Mohamed Abuwari, second secretary-general of the Libyan delegation to the United Nations, survived after plunging three stories through a window screen Saturday. He miraculously landed on his feet on a 15th-floor terrace in the building on East 46th St. “They had a screen up, because [Ebrahim] had allergies,” building resident Gloria Gentile, 81, told the Post. “Every year, we get notices in the mail saying, ‘Do you want window guards?’ I tell people, ‘Get guards now—especially if you have children.’” [DNA Info] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: JAIPUR: A month after TOI reported the harrowing condition of the 16 Rajasthani workers at the labour camps in Libya, the men are expected to return home on July 5. The workers have got their passports, and visas and clearance from the Libyan government. The TOI story ‘16 men from state ill-treated in Libya, claim relatives’ published on May 21 had reported about the ill-treatment meted out to the Rajasthani workers by their employers in Libya. Their relatives were running from pillar to post to seek their repatriation as they could not be contacted for over four months. These 16 workers belong to Dausa and Karauli districts. Following the report, Dausa MP, Kirorilal Meena, and district collector Lalchand Aswal had contacted the state government and Ministry of External Affairs to seek assistance. [Times of India] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: GENEVA: Switzerland hatched at least four plans to smuggle two of its citizens prevented from leaving Libya out of the country, a newspaper reported on Saturday. “Several sources confirm that the Swiss authorities went further than just thinking about it, issuing military orders at least twice,” the daily Tribune de Geneve said, without being more precise on its sources. Businessmen Rachid Hamdani and Max Goeldi were blocked from leaving Libyan territory in a tit-for-tat action after the brief arrest in Switzerland of one of Libyan leader Moamer Qaddafi’s sons in July 2008. In September 2009, they were taken from the Swiss embassy, where they were staying, by Libyan officials to a secret location where they were held until November. [Daily Times] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: BRUSSELS - Italy said on Thursday Libya may renege on a deal to control the flow of illegal immigrants because of a visa spat with Switzerland that has escalated into a Europe-wide row. Tripoli has stopped issuing visas to citizens of the Schengen passport-free zone that includes most of the European Union as well as Switzerland, in retaliation for a decision by Berne to bar entry to some Libyans including the country's leader Moammar Gadhafi and his family. Italy, which has close business links with Libya, has accused Switzerland of misusing the Schengen agreement and taking its members "hostage" by slapping the ban, which had forced other states to bar travel by Libyans as well. Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of European Union interior ministers, Italy's Roberto Maroni said the row put the Schengen zone at risk and could further strain relations with Libya. [Vancouver Sun] More
Tuesday, 29 June, 2010: Remagen, Germany,, Jun 28, 2010 (M2 PRESSWIRE via COMTEX) -- German specialist provider of telecommunications and broadcast solutions, atrexx Ltd. & Co. KG, has teamed up with Microsoft and iDirect to provide a remote communications solution for VAOS Ltd., a major provider of comprehensive construction and maintenance services to the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, employing a workforce of some 1200 specialists. VAOS' main branch offices are located in Malta, Austria and Libya, with a number of smaller offices based in the middle of the Sahara desert - often hundreds of miles apart. "Provision of communications infrastructure in remote locations is a constant challenge for the oil and gas industry", Jean-Claude Bisenius, Managing Director of atrexx explains. [TMC Net] More
المحمودي : سنريهم آياتنا في الآفاق وفي أنفسهم حتى يتبين لهم أنه الحق (2)

جمال الحاجي : تحية تقدير لبواسل ليبيا على مشاركة إخوانهم بالداخل

الباكور : ( عبدالرحمن بونخيلة : بنغازي )

د. خالد المبروك الناجح : من واجبي أن أُعْلِم ، و من حقِّي أن أُنْصَف

اتارام : رسوم متحركة من إخراج الرسام الليبي موحمد ؤمادي

Sunday Times : Age of the Iron Fist Is Over, Says Gadaffi Jr

محيط : نجل القذافي : ليبيا لم تعد تحتاج إلى "قائد عظيم"

أبوعلي : مجزرة ابوسليم.. أين أهل طرابلس وغرب ليبيا

عمر الهوني : الوقفة التضامنية مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ لندن ـ 26 يونيو 2010

علي الخليفي : الإسلام والبدو   (1)     (2)

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة السويدية : شاركوا معنا من أجل التضامن مع أهالي الشهداء

فوزي عبدالحميد : هل هذا ليبي؟!

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : لا ينخدع إلا من يريد أن ينخدع!!

لجنة إحياء ذكرى مجزرة سجن أبوسليم : بيان "مظاهرة التضامن مع أهالي الشهداء" في الذكرى الرابعة عشر

لجنة إحياء ذكرى مجزرة سجن أبوسليم : لقطات من "مظاهرة التضامن مع أهالي الشهداء" ـ واشنطن دي سي ـ 26 يونيو 2010

Monday, 28 June, 2010: Libya will allow BP to begin drilling in its offshore deepwater region next month, despite the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the head of Libya's National Oil Co. said Sunday. Shokri Ghanem, who serves as Libya's de facto oil minister, said the April explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, and the subsequent spill, were "tragic," but the oil industry is also moving into "new frontiers." "An accident will not stop us from digging in this new frontier," Ghanem said. "Life must go on, but we will learn a lot of lessons." Ghanem's comments are the latest confirmation by the OPEC nation that it was planning to honor the contract it signed with BP in 2007 to drill in the Libyan deepwater region of the Mediterranean Sea. [Businessweek] More
Monday, 28 June, 2010: THE son of Muammar Gaddafi, the man who has ruled Libya with an iron fist for more than 40 years, has declared the country no longer needs a "great leader". Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, 38, a champion of reform who is widely seen as a potential successor to his father, said the time for "military regimes, kings, crown princes" had passed. "The future is for managers -- people will elect managers and not have kings or great leaders," he said on the outskirts of Rome. "People should be free to elect their own leaders. The future is for democracy. There is no other way for Libya." He warned that his country could face "very serious trouble" if it failed to adopt a more liberal approach to relations with the West. Dressed in a T-shirt, jeans and running shoes, he outlined his vision of a tolerant, 21st-century state enriched by tourism. "I would like to make Libya the Vienna of North Africa," he said, referring to his favourite European city. Luxury hotels were already being built, he added. [The Australian] More
Monday, 28 June, 2010: SANA'A, June 27 (Saba) - President Ali Abdullah Saleh headed on Sunday to the Libyan capital Tripoli to take part in a pentagonal committee emerged from the 22nd Arab summit to be kicked off on 28 June The committee will bring together Presidents of Yemen, Libya, Egypt, Iraq and Qatar in addition to the Secretary General of the Arab League. The leaders will consider the initiatives of establishing an Arab states union and improving the Arab joint action. The committee will review issues pertaining to triggering the Arab joint action on the light of Yemen's initiative to found an Arab Union as well as the ideas of the Libyan president in this regard. [SABA] More
Monday, 28 June, 2010: Libya has been in the news a lot lately, but for the wrong reasons. Once tagged a state sponsor of terrorism by Western powers, notably the United States of America and the United Kingdom, Libya would earn a comeback to the international community, after Muammar Gaddafi startlingly turned over to The Hague two Libyan intelligence officials implicated in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988; renounced the pursuit of nuclear weapons; closed down terrorist training sites, once littered across his country; and compensated the families of the victims of the aforesaid Pan Am Flight 103 air disaster that killed 270 people – 259 aboard the plane and 11 on the ground. Sadly, while Gaddafi appears to have improved Libya's foreign policy significantly, Libya's leaders still have a dark side: the unwarranted arrests and executions, mainly over trumped-up charges, of many foreign nationals residing in Libya. One such victim is Henry Kwadwo Djaba, Jr. – and his family wants some answers. [Modern Ghana] More
Monday, 28 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JUNE 25 - The need to boost cooperation between Tunisia and Libya in all sectors was stressed in a meeting in Tripoli, on the occasion of the fourth international agriculture and fisheries fair in Libya, ''Agro-Libya 2010''. According to the secretary-general of the Libyan People's Committee for Agriculture, Animal and Maritime Resources, Taoufik Ismael, bilateral cooperation has led to very good results. It could be a model to be copied by the countries of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU). Youssef Gachout, vice president of the Union of Tunisian farmers, has placed the focus on the political will that animates the leaders of the two countries, and the bonds that unite the two peoples. The Tunisian agency for the promotion of agricultural investments has announced that 25 plots of land have been prepared in Tunisia. [ANSAmed] More
Monday, 28 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - BELGRADE - JUNE 25 - Libyan premier Baghdadi al-Mahmudi yesterday in Tripoli visiting Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac, reports radio B92. According to a MoD statement issued in Belgrade, Mahmudi said that Serbia was his country's major partner in Southeastern Europe and the Serbian companies will work on infrastructure projects in Libya, such as railway, electricity distribution, airport and road construction. The Libyan prime minister was also quoted as saying that in addition to a military hospital, Libya is also very interested in a rehabilitation center whose construction would also be entrusted to Serbian companies. Mahmudi stressed the importance of the Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation that Serbia and Libya signed on Wednesday, assessing there is room for cooperation in other areas as well and there are to obstacles for Serbia in his country. [ANSAmed] More
Monday, 28 June, 2010: KARACHI, June 27 (APP): A high powered Libyan Labour Ministry’s Technical delegation is visiting Pakistan from July 1 to explore opportunities and look into ways and means to expand bilateral cooperation between Libya and Pakistan in the fields of Oil Exploration, Higher Education, Engineering and Medical Studies. According to a report reaching, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Libya Jamil Ahmed Khan, while addressing an impressive gathering of Pakistani expatriates in Tripoli on Sunday said the delegation leaving for Pakistan on a 4-day visit. He said the purpose of their visit is to examine and make the master plan for selection and deployment of Pakistanis in various fields, particularly vocational side and highly educated categories. [APP] More
Monday, 28 June, 2010: CAIRO, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani arrived at capital of Libya Tripoli on Sunday evening to participate in the five-party Arab summit slated on Monday, official Jana news agency reported. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi welcomed President Talabani in front of his residence, which was subject to the U.S. bombing raids in 1986, said the report. President Talabani said "We are honored once again to visit Libya, and we saw the American brutal colonial aggression." The Iraqi president was accompanied by his Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Interior Minister Jawad Bolani and his senior advisers. Talabani will participate in the summit on Monday along with Libyan leader Gaddafi, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. [Xinhua] More
فرج بوالعَشّة : الهراء المتموح..!!

Enough! : Demonstration for Abu Salim Prison Massacre Victims

الساطور : التجهيز لتأسيس نادي للإخوان المسلمين

يونس الهمالي بنينه : داخل الخنادق مع الجنود الإيطاليين

السنوسي بلاله : حقوق الإنسان في ليبيا بين عام وعام.. هل من تغيُّر أو تطوّر؟

مركز التوثيق الليبي : مجزرة بوسليم ـ ملصقات "حملة صوت الحرية"

Sunday, 27 June, 2010: June 26, 2010 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese government said today that the leader of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) currently residing in Libya will be asked to leave shortly upon direct orders from Muammar Gaddafi. The pro-government Sudanese Media Center (SMC) website quoted the director of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) Mohamed Atta Al-Moula Abbas as saying that Libyan authorities confirmed that they have prohibited Ibrahim from making any media statement "against Sudan" until he leaves the country. The Sudanese spy chief said that Khartoum is monitoring with the Libyan government the progress of expelling the Darfur rebel leader in line with Gaddafi’s instructions. [Sudan Tribune] More
Sunday, 27 June, 2010: The powerful emotions that stick in Gargi Davé's heart and mind from the hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 nearly a quarter-century ago mix the horrific with the unexpectedly kind, the blessing of survival with the resolve not to be victimized again. When armed terrorists stormed the plane on the tarmac in Karachi, Pakistan, early on Sept. 5, 1986, Davé was 10 years old, flying with her 13-year-old sister from India to the United States. The two girls narrowly escaped a deadly fusillade. Today, the California sisters, along with several other passengers from Flight 73, are locked in a legal struggle with the law firm that represented them in the battle to win damages from the government of Libya, which funded the hijackers. [Mercury News] More
Sunday, 27 June, 2010: Tripoli, 26 June (AKI) - The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said late Friday that the Libyan government is allowing it to resume operations almost three weeks after the north African country said it was expelling the agency without offering an explanation. The relief organisation however said it will not be permitted to expand its operations. "While it is able to re-start work, its operations will be restricted to only its current caseload in a country that is a key transit point for migrants from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East," Geneva-based UNHCR said late Friday in a written statement. Libya on 8 June said it would expel the UNHCR. Though it didn't give reasons for the move, in recent days authorities have accused the organisation's staff of serious misconduct, including the taking of bribes and sexual favours in exchange for the granting of refugee status to immigrants, accusations UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards called "unsubstantiated." [AKI] More
Sunday, 27 June, 2010: MUSCAT: A delegation from the National Council for Economic Development in the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya will pay a four-day visit to the Sultanate today to review the Sultanate’s experience in the field of the environmental management systems, solid waste, wastewater areas, water resources management, aflaj (water channels) and others. The Libyan delegation will be led by Dr Ahmed Bahseer Saad, director-general of the Public Authority for Environment in the Western Region. The programme of the Libyan delegation’s visit will include meetings with a number of officials and meetings with the specialists from the Directorate General of Health Surveillance, wastewater and the Directorate General of Water Resources Management at the Regional Municipalities and Water Resources Ministry. [Times of Oman] More
آل دهيميش : تهنئة لشريف حسن دهيميش

سيدة متزوجة من ويلز : ردا على مقالة (من سيدة ليبية إلى الطبيبة بالديار الانجليزية)

عبدالباسط أبوحميدة : خواطر من حقبة سوداء

مـُراد : عندما تمزج ( القومجيين + الإسلاميين ) تكون النتيجة = خراء

اللجنة المشرفة : كونوا معنا يوم السبت .. من أجل التضامن مع أهالي شهداء بوسليم

كتاب "مذكرات المجاهد عون بن سوف"

جلال الكوافي : راقد الريح يموت مرتين

ليلى الهوني : نداء : في الذكرى 14 لمجزرة سجن أبو سليم

Saturday, 26 June, 2010: GENEVA - The UN refugee agency said Friday that it has been allowed to resume part of its work in Libya after after talks with Libyan authorities over Tripoli's decision to expel the agency. However Adrian Edwards, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, said more talks were pending over the agency's future in the country, and that the development did not suggest that the issue has been resolved. He also said the agency has asked Tripoli to substantiate claims made earlier that one of its representative had offered refugee status in exchange for sex. "UNHCR has had constructive discussions this week at the senior level with the government of Libya about the future of our operations in that country," said Edwards. "Following from these discussions, our activities for the existing caseload will resume," he added. [AFP] More
Saturday, 26 June, 2010: Ten days after the second of two Swiss businessmen held in Libya returned home, a political spat continues on the domestic front. Numerous allegations, rumours and statements have been made over the government’s handling of the crisis with Libya, but it remains difficult to identify possible mistakes by government ministers. It all began shortly after Max Göldi landed in Switzerland accompanied by Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, following four months’ imprisonment in Tripoli. According to sources in the federal administration, the government or individual cabinet members had planned or considered a secret mission by special army forces to repatriate the Swiss hostages in Tripoli. What’s more, these sources said not all the cabinet members had been briefed about the extent of the plans in time. [Swiss Info] More
Saturday, 26 June, 2010: His Excellency Ambassador Alhaji Abu Bakarr Jalloh of the Republic of Sierra Leone to the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya presented his letter of credence to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs General People’s Congress and the Secretary of African Affairs at the General People’s Congress for Foreign Liaison and International Cooperation in charge on the 23rd June 2010. During the presentation, Ambassador Jalloh expressed his honour and gratitude for being the second Sierra Leonean after the war to present his letter of credence as an Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Sierra Leone, to the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. [Sierra Express Media] More
كتاب "محطات من تاريخ ليبيا" ـ مذكرات محمد عثمان الصيد

إبراهيم قويدر : الحجاب المكشوف : سمة التواضع

عيسى عبدالقيوم : إضاءات المشهد السياسي الليبي

Friday, 25 June, 2010: TRIPOLI - Libya on Thursday justified its closure of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office in a statement that included claims its representative had offered refugee status in exchange for sex. The foreign ministry said in a statement that it had received several complaints of "abuse" by the UNHCR representative, who was not named, "contrary to the humanitarian activity of the organisation." Concretely, it accused the representative of "taking bribes" from immigrants and of "sexually exploiting women in exchange for the granting of refugee status." The statement provided no further details on these allegations. On June 8, the UNHCR announced that Libyan authorities had ordered it to shut its office and leave the country. Libya confirmed that, saying it was not a signatory to the Geneva Convention on refugees and therefore did not recognise the agency's office in Tripoli. [AFP] More
Friday, 25 June, 2010: TRIPOLI - Libya on Thursday dismissed a report by Amnesty International on rights abuse that said the North African country was stalling on reform, saying it did not reflect reality. The foreign ministry also invited Amnesty, which issued a critical report of Libya's human rights record on Wednesday based on findings made during a visit in May 2009, to send over a new fact-finding team. Libya "rejects and denounces the false information contained in the (Amnesty) report which do not reflect the real situation of human rights in the country," the foreign ministry said in a statement. Libya invites Amnesty "to visit and see the reality on the ground," the statement said, adding that the organisation's report showed that its authors have failed "to understand the political system in Libya." On Wednesday, Amnesty said in a report that Libya's international acceptance is not being matched by reforms to improve the former pariah state's human rights record. [AFP] More
Friday, 25 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JUNE 24 - The new Italian ambassador to Tripoli, Vincenzo Schioppa, has taken up his post in Libya after spending the last two years in Rome. Yesterday he presented his credentials to the Secretary of the General People's Congress (the Libyan Parliament) which accepted them without waiting the usual time provided for technical reasons for this type of procedure. Schioppa is replacing Francesco Paolo Trupiano, who was in Tripoli for 5 years and 7 months, during which Italy and Libya signed a 'Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership Treaty' in July 2008 regulating relations between the two countries in many sectors. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 25 June, 2010: Switzerland and Libya have confirmed their picks for the arbitration tribunal looking into the 2008 arrest of Hannibal Gaddafi in Geneva. Elisabeth Wilmshurst, a British expert on international law, will represent Switzerland’s side, as the foreign ministry told the Swiss News Agency on Thursday. Meanwhile, Libya has chosen Indian attorney Sreenivasa Pammaraju Rao. The two countries now have 30 days to nominate a chairman for the court, which will investigate the arrest of the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi. Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife were detained in Geneva on suspicion of beating their servants. Once a chairman has been named, the tribunal will have 60 days to settle the case. [Swiss Info] More
آل الفقيه : تهنئة لنجلاء احمد الفقيه     مخلص : تنويه بخصوص ميدان ديبون (ديبون سيركل) ومظاهرة واشنطن

امرأة مكلومة : انقذوني.. من سيدة ليبية الى الطبيبة بالديار الانجليزية     الساطور : بدون تعليق

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : عالم بلا حروب

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (2)

منظمة العفو الدولية : "ليبيا الغد" : أي أمل لحقوق الإنسان؟

Amnesty : 'Libya of tomorrow': What hope for human rights

Thursday, 24 June, 2010: Amnesty International (AI) published a report on Wednesday detailing continued human rights abuses in Libya, despite the country's efforts to play a greater international role. In the report, "Libya of tomorrow: What hope for human rights?" AI says that among the human rights violations, many are committed by security forces, particularly the Internal Security Agency (ISA). In their press release, AI describes the ISA as apparently having “unchecked powers to arrest, detain, and interrogate individuals suspected of dissent or of terrorism-related activities." The report finds that migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers face arrest, indefinite detention, and abuse in Libya. Libya has not signed the U.N. Convention on Refugees and beginning this month, officials told the U.N. high commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to leave the country, leaving this group vulnerable. In Libya, according to the report, the death penalty can be imposed for peacefully exercising rights to freedom of expression and association. During Amnesty's visit to the country in 2009, they found that 50 percent of the 506 prisoners on death row are foreigners. [The Epoch Times] More
Thursday, 24 June, 2010: (Source: Info-Prod Research (Middle East) ) - According to ANBA: The Libyan Arab Foreign Investment Company (Lafico), the sovereign fund of Libya, is still studying investment opportunities in Brazil. Representatives of the fund have been to Brazil several times in recent years to analyse partnerships in the production of food in irrigated areas in the Northeast. According to the Infrastructure and Integrated Development director at the Sao Francisco and Parnaaba Valley Development Company (Codevasf), Clementino Coelho Souza, the negotiation channel was opened in 2003, during the first trip of president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to the Arab world. "Libya has money and wants to guarantee area for production of food and export. The country is arriving as a potential partner for the development of the model created by the government of Brazil for integration of areas for irrigation," said Souza. The director explained that the government of Brazil, through the Codevasf and in partnership with the World Bank, has sought development of a program in which areas on the Sao Francisco River Basin that are appropriate for irrigation will be confiscated, a concession will be developed and a contract signed with national and foreign companies. [I Stock Analyst] More
Thursday, 24 June, 2010: Sheikh Soleiman El Ouda, a Saudi cleric and one-time Salafist, made his first-ever trip to Libya this month to spread his message of moderation. The sheikh's visit could signal Libya's openness to moderate trends in Islam and deal a blow to al-Qaeda and similar groups seeking Maghreb footholds, said several Libyans contacted by Magharebia in the wake of the trip. "I believe El Ouda's visit blocked the way for extremists, and especially al-Qaeda's supporters," teacher Naji Salah said of the visit by the sheikh, who spent five years in jail for extremism but embraced moderation, non-violence and intellectual reform after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Soleiman El Ouda visited Libya for the first time at the invitation of Seif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi. In his week-long visit that began on June 1st, he stopped in many districts and met hundreds of people. [Magharebia] More
Thursday, 24 June, 2010: LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Libya's National Oil Co. has raised its July official selling price for its benchmark Es sider crude oil grade, raising it to a discount of 80 cents to Dated Brent compared to a discount of $1.20 in June, a trading source said Wednesday. Amna crude prices are cut, Abu Attifel and Sirtica are left uncharged while other grades are raised between 15-45 cents. For crudes calculated as an average against Russian Urals, Bouri is raised by 20 cents from June while Al-Jurf values are raised by 5 cents, the trader said. Libyan July crude prices are quoted as follows as a differential to dated Brent (in dollars a barrel): GRADE July June : Es sider -0.80 -1.20 - Brega -0.15 -0.50 - Es Sharara +0.55 +0.10 - Zueitina -0.05 -0.40 - Sirtica -0.70 -0.70 - Abu Attifel +0.90 +0.90 - Amna 0.00 -0.05 - Sarir -0.35 -0.50 - Mellitah +0.50 +0.05 . [Automated Trader] More
Thursday, 24 June, 2010: Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac and Minister of Defense and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Libya, General Abu Bakr Yunis Jaber, signed in Tripoli the Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation between the two countries. Sutanovac said that Serbia and Libya have great opportunities for cooperation and that the signing of the agreement represents the beginning of a new era of relations between the two countries. The visit of the Serbian Minister of Defense is the first after 25 years, and it ensued after the agreement on the leader of the Revolution. Mummer Gaddafi and Serbian President Boris Tadic and it opens a new door between the two sides for cooperation in military field, confirmed Jaber. The document envisages opportunities for cooperation in the field of military education and health care, as well as the military-technical level. Sutanovac said that he will discuss with the Libyan Prime Minister possibilities for cooperation in the field of railway, as well as in marketing of agricultural products to Libya. [Radio Srbija] More
Thursday, 24 June, 2010: Miami, FL (PRWEB) June 23, 2010 -- WIL Lines, a worldwide logistics integrator with offices throughout the US, Africa, Middle East and Europe, recently opened its Libyan office in the capital, Tripoli. Since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with the U.S. in 2004, Libya’s economy has opened significantly. Foreign businesses are finding it easier to do business there and the profits to be made are significant. The country has one of the highest GDPs in the world and is a major importer of dry foods and other foodstuffs. Though Libya is practically an untapped market welcoming new, foreign business and investments, it is still a challenging market. Luckily, WIL Lines’ agents have made a career out of operating in challenging markets in Africa the Middle East hard-to-reach ports with complex operational regulations. “The Tripoli office uniquely positions WIL Lines as an American company with direct connections to Libya,” says Maurice Mrad, President. “We can assure our customers that we have trusted partners in Libya, because at the other end of the shipping route is another WIL Lines office.” [PR Web] More
Thursday, 24 June, 2010: Cairo – Ma’an – A quintuple Arab League summit will be held in Libya next week at the request of President Muammar Qaddafi in light of the "dangerous" situation in the region, Arab League chief Amr Moussa said Tuesday. Qaddafi is the rotating president of the regional body. Then an emergency Arab League summit will be held in October to develop a mechanism for joint Arab activities, and to discuss Moussa’s proposal to establish an Arab League neighborhood union. “The emergency summit in Libya will mark the beginning of a regular Arab League summit every six months and an economic summit every two years," Moussa asserted during a meeting in the Arab League headquarters between member countries’ ministers of information. He said Arab countries should organize the homefront in order to face the current political, security, and economic challenges related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. [Maan News] More
Thursday, 24 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 23 - Lashes doled out for adulterous behaviour, imprisonment for an unlimited amount of time, violence against migrants, asylum seekers and refugees and forced disappearances of dissidents are all examples of how rights in Libya continue to feel the effects of a lack of reform and security forces remain above the law, enjoying impunity for their actions, according to an Amnesty International report, "Tomorrow's Libya: what hope human rights?". "If Libya would like to be credible at the international level, authorities must ensure that no one is above the law and that everyone, including the most vulnerable and the emarginated, are protected by the law. Repression of dissent must cease," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, the deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme of Amnesty International. The latter added that human rights violations continue to be committed by security forces, especially the Agency for Internal Security (ASI), which seems to enjoy unimpeded power to arrest, imprison and interrogate. [ANSAmed] More
يونس الهمالي بنينه : الوضع الخطير في البحر المتوسط

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (722)

محمد مرشان : الجوبه بعيده

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (7)

سليم الرقعي : لأي نوع من المعارضين ينتمي فرج الفاخري!؟ (2)

سمير بن علي : روح حقبة     محمّد قدري الخوجة : رحلة العمر (11)

Wednesday, 23 June, 2010: LONDON (Reuters) - The boss of Libya's National Oil Corporation said he was happy to allow BP to continue drilling in his country, despite the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which he said was "exaggerated somewhat". Shokri Ghanem told a conference in London on Tuesday that he had been asked if Libya would continue to allow the British oil giant to drill in its waters, to which he responded he would. "In a way, while it is a real tragedy, in another way, it is also exaggerated somewhat," he said of the blown out well which a government panel estimates is gushing up to 60,000 barrels per day. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010: Human rights observance in Libya is failing to keep pace with the country's improved international image, with abuses rife and state security forces enjoying impunity for their actions, Amnesty International reports today. Britain, the US and other countries are accused of turning a blind eye to "gross" domestic excesses committed by Muammar Gaddafi's regime, as they rush to co-operate over counter-terrorism and invest in the oil-rich north African country. Floggings used as punishment for adultery, indefinite detentions and abuses of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, as well as the legacy of unresolved cases of enforced disappearances of dissidents are documented in a 135-page report. [The Guardian] More
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010: MADRID - Spain says Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will visit Libya this week because Moammar Gadhafi wants to thank his government for helping mediate a two-year dispute between Libya and Switzerland. Zapatero's office said Tuesday he'll travel Thursday to Tripoli and meet with Gadhafi and Libya's foreign minister. Earlier this month Libya and Switzerland struck a deal to end the dispute, which began with the detention of Gadhafi's son Hannibal and his wife for allegedly beating their servants in a Swiss hotel in 2008. Libya arrested two Swiss businessmen and tried them for violating residency laws and operating a business illegally. One was acquitted and allowed to leave in February. The other returned June 13 after the countries ended the spat. [Metro News] More
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010: Debenhams is considering opening shops in Libya and Morocco, as the department store seeks out new countries to drive its international sales growth. It is thought that Debenhams, which has 170 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, has held talks with potential franchise partners that operate in the two countries. The department store typically uses franchisees to open shops overseas. But a timeframe for launching in Libya and Morocco is unclear. UK retailers are increasingly seeking to enter new international markets, which present faster growth opportunities than the mature and saturated UK market. If Debenhams does open in Libya, which is still run by Colonel Gadaffi, it will follow rivals Marks & Spencer, Bhs and Monsoon into the country. Libya has a rising middle class and vibrant retail economy. [The Independent] More
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - Tripoli - June 22 - Antrodoco, a small village with no more than 2,800 residents, immersed in the Valle del Velino, a valley between Lazio and Abruzzo, has made the front pages in the Libyan newspapers recently. "Gaddafi saves Italian village from unemployment", were the headlines in Al Manara. "The leader of the Revolution meets with Maurizio Farina, the mayor of Antrodoco", wrote Jana and reported other newspapers. The news has to do with an historic visit, at least for the people of Antrodoco, which is taking place in Tripoli. A delegation from the small mountain village of central Italy is in Libya on an invitation from the Libyan leader, who several of them met when he went to the G8 in Aquila in July last year. This was followed by a series of visits from the Libyan Ambassador in Italy, Hafed Gaddur, to Antrodoco and now this visit. Business, according to several newspapers, will be discussed, including "the restructuring of the Baths of Antrodoco". [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 23 June, 2010: President Doris Leuthard has said the Swiss authorities acted correctly in considering plans for a military operation to free two Swiss hostages detained in Libya. But questions remain unanswered concerning which cabinet ministers knew what and when. Speaking at a news conference to quash rumours circulating about the planned rescue mission, Leuthard said the foreign and defence ministries had been commissioned to report on the planned mission. The cabinet discussed the plans on March 22 and concluded that it was “right that the agencies responsible envisaged such action while hostages had been taken”. But the plans were never acted upon. [Swiss Info] More
تاوالت : ( كتاب الشهر : تاريخ المغرب الكبير )

أ. : هل "غطـّت" قناة الجزيرة زيارة أمير قطر لإسرائيل؟!

د. احمودة خليفة : جولة قلم بين الدستور والصنم

المحمودي : الإسلام.. شبهات وردود (5)

نادي الباروني : المجلس الوطني للشباب يلتقي بأبناء النادي

د. مصطفى الزائدي : حروف.. وكلمات في مشهد الغد

سعد فرج البرقاوي : لعنة الله عليك يا سلمان العودة يا كذاب

الباكور : ( د. علي الساحلي : هنا بنغازي )

فيلادلفيا : ( محمد فتح الله اسويسى : وقفة عزّ )

محمد بن احميدة : هديتي إلى أمهاتنا في إعتصامات بوسليم في بنغازي

حملة التضامن : من نشاط الحملة تضامنا مع أهالي ضحايا مجزرة أبوسليم ـ لندن ـ 20 يونيو 2010

محمد نور الدين : العجز والفجور

الشرق الأوسط : تساؤلات حول اختفاء المعتصم القذافي وتخليه عن مهمة مستشار الأمن القومي

Tuesday, 22 June, 2010: Switzerland considered sending in commandos or spies to free two of its citizens who were unjustly detained in Libya for more than a year, the country's president revealed today. President Doris Leuthard condemned leaks to the media reporting that Swiss special forces or secret intelligence agents could have been deployed to take on Muammar Gaddafi's security forces – a surprise for those who may confuse the country's famous neutrality with a reluctance to use force when necessary. "That the relevant authorities considered the possible use of security forces in a hostage situation is correct and cannot be criticised," Leuthard said in confirmation of extraordinary claims about ways to end the so-called "Gaddafi affair". [The Guardian] More
Tuesday, 22 June, 2010: CAIRO, June 21 (Saba)- Pentagonal summit of the member states in the Arab Committee to Activate Joint Arab Work is to be held next Monday in Tripoli capital of Libya. The meeting will be held at senior leadership of member states of Libya, Yemen, Iraq, Egypt and Qatar in addition to secretary general of the League of Arab. Head of the AL secretary General Hisham Yusif told media that the meeting would be the first to prepare the document of improving the joint Arab work to be then presented to the extraordinary Arab summit t that would be held in Libya in coming October. President Ali Abdullah Saleh will head the Yemeni delegation in the summit, Foreign Minister Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said. “The summit will discuss issues related to the joint Arab work activation based on Yemen initiative to establish the Arab Union, and the ideas proposed by the Libyan president Moa’amar al-Qadhafi,” said al-Qirbi. [Sapa] More
Tuesday, 22 June, 2010: The National Congress Party Secretariat of Darfur called on the Libyan Government to pressure the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) and to make its Chairman, Khalil who had been there, get onboard Doha Talks. According to the Sudanese Center website, the Secretariat Rapportuer, Alfudol Abdallah Fudol, said if Libya had wanted to make JEM join the talks it surely could as it had many pressures means, given its historical ties with the various Darfur movements and JEM in particular. He noted that JEM had better adopt the peaceful option instead of threatening to use military ones beyond its capability, particularly after the dwindle of its position in the battlefield, alluding to its defeat at Jebel Moon. [Sudan Vision Daily] More
Tuesday, 22 June, 2010: Russia's former Prime Minister, academician Yevgeni Primakov rendered cooperation for the release of the Bulgarian nurses from Libyan prison, emerged yesterday when Bulgaria's President, Georgi Parvanov decorated Primakov with an honorary degree. The President said that while the drama with the imprisoned Bulgarian medics was at its peak, Yevgeni Primakov was one of the diplomats the Bulgarian state was in constant contact with, seeking frequent consultations. For nine years Primakov has been the chair of the Trade and Industry Chamber of Russia. "The Bulgarian-Russian joint energy projects meet the requirements of the European national interest and I think it is high time this was understood. I am optimistic about this recent debate," Parvanov said in the National Palace of Culture yesterday, at the presentation of Primakov's book "The World without Russia?" [Standart News] More
Tuesday, 22 June, 2010: ZURICH - Switzerland's President Doris Leuthard on Monday condemned leaks to the media over plans to smuggle two Swiss nationals out of Libya, where they were detained. "Unfortunately, in the last week, due to indiscretion in various media, reports about planned action to free the two Swiss hostages ended up being made public," Leuthard said. "The Federal Council strongly condemns such indiscretion, which fall under the criminal code," she said, stressing that the information was of "utmost secrecy." The Tribune de Geneve daily reported Saturday that Switzerland considered plans to smuggle Max Goeldi and Rachid Hamdani, who had been blocked from leaving Libya, out of the country with the help of the Swiss army. The two businessmen were blocked from leaving Libya in a tit-for-tat action after the brief arrest in Switzerland of one of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's sons in July 2008. [Middle East Online] More
Tuesday, 22 June, 2010: Excavation and construction will kick off in the coming weeks on Medina Tower in Libya, a mix use development on the main boulevard in the heart of Tripoli, jointly owned and developed by Mediterranean Investments Holding p.l.c. (MIH), International Hotel Investments p.l.c. (IHI) and their Libyan partners, the Economic Development and Real Estate Investment Company (EDREICO). Estimated at a total cost of €300 million, the development will consist of residential, office, retail and leisure accommodation within a self-contained ‘vertical town’ that is expected to become the market leader in its environment by establishing itself as a neighbourhood-serving commercial centre that is also a vibrant arts, cultural and entertainment centre. Details of the project were announced this afternoon by Corinthia Group Chairman Alfred Pisani, MIH director Joseph Fenech and the Managing Director for Medina Tower Joint Stock Company Reuben Xuereb during a press conference. [Times of Malta] More
آل بدر : شكر على تعازي     تعازي إلى آل الصالح

نجيب الحمري : لقطات من الاعتصام بمدينة مانشستر تضامنا مع أهالى ضحايا ابوسليم ـ 19 يونيو 2010

صلاح الحداد : ألسنة اللهب (1)

فرج الفاخري : لأي نوع من المجتمعات ينتمي الليبيون؟ (4)

فرج بوالعَشّة : علاقة القضية الوطنية الليبية بالقضايا العربية والإسلامية

جمال الحاجي : لا للتعميم ...

فوزي عبدالحميد : مؤامرة كبيرة.. خطف أبنائي ونشر صور فاضحة لإبني القاصر

بعيو المصراتي : رحيل الصمت : الفنان محمد أبورونية

Monday, 21 June, 2010: Colonel Gaddafi has reportedly "adopted" the tiny town of Antrodoco after discovering it by chance last year when he travelled to Italy for the G8 summit in the earthquake-hit city of L'Aquila. Nervous of driving through tunnels possibly weakened by the powerful quake on the motorway which connects Rome with L'Aquila, he instead instructed his entourage to take a winding back route through the mountains. He stopped for a break in Antrodoco and was reportedly bowled over by the locals' hospitality and warmth. After posing for group photographs and hugging villagers, he was quoted by La Repubblica as telling them: "You have entered my heart and I won't forget you." The Libyan leader subsequently sent several envoys to the village, including his ambassador to Rome, Hafed Gaddur. The mayor of the town of 2,800 people, Maurizio Faina, told them that it suffered from high unemployment and complained of a lack of tourism in the area. [Telegraph] More
Monday, 21 June, 2010: Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- Libya has derided Switzerland's announcement of its intention to file a lawsuit against the African nation because of its detention of Swiss citizen, Max Goeldie, and his colleague before allowing them recently to return home from Tripoli. A prominent Libyan official told Asharq Al-Awsat that the agreement that Libya and Switzerland signed through European mediation effort did not entail any legal pursuit of Libya. It is to be recalled that a crisis erupted between Libya and Switzerland in the summer of 2008 when Swiss authorities detained Hannibal al-Gaddafi, one of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi sons, in Geneva. High-level consultations took place between Libya and Switzerland through European countries, settling the crisis a few days ago in a way that seemed as a final end to the crisis between the two countries. [Asharq Al-Awsat] More
Monday, 21 June, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya - His life as a militant began with a call to holy war. It ended inside a prison in his native Libya. In between, Sami al Saadi orchestrated attacks against Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy, moved in Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, and befriended Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. Released from prison in March after he renounced violence, Saadi and other top leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group are now waging an ideological battle to deradicalize extremists and discredit Al Qaeda. “Let’s leave Libya’s dark chapter behind us,’’ Khadafy’s son Saif al-Islam said the day Saadi was set free. Libya, itself a former sponsor of terrorism, has joined a small but growing number of Arab and African nations that are using religion-based rehabilitation programs to isolate Al Qaeda and inoculate Muslims against bin Laden’s narrative. [Boston] More
Monday, 21 June, 2010: The South African families of those who died in an air crash in Libya are closer to reclaiming their remains after the establishment of a DNA base, Trimega Laboratories said. “The database can now be used to cross-match DNA samples received from family members of the victims so that the bodies recovered can be identified genetically and repatriated by the Libyan authorities,” it said in a statement. “The cross-matching process can be carried out in less than a week but relies on the process in obtaining DNA samples from close relatives.” Trimega is a South African-headed and UK-based company which compiled the database. [Times] More
Monday, 21 June, 2010: Manama: A mini Arab summit will be held in Libya in September, a Kuwaiti daily has said. The summit will bring together the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Qatari Emir Shaikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani, Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, Al Dar newspaper reported on Sunday. The meeting will be fully dedicated to discussing Arab reconciliations, the paper said, quoting sources in Egypt it did not name. The Arab League is headquartered in Cairo. Libya, the chair of the Arab summit that it hosted in March, had initially sought to hold an extraordinary summit, but changed its plans under the onslaught of the complexities it would have to face, the paper said. [Gulf News] More
هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن السابعة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 19 يونيو 2010

أسعد العقيلي : مظاهرة التضامن مع عائلات ضحايا مجزرة بوسليم ـ جنيف ـ 19 يونيو 2010

عمر الهوني : الوقفة التضامنية مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ لندن ـ 19 يونيو 2010

إبراهيم قويدر : الفقراء في بلادي

مُراد : لماذا لا تفوز "خير أمة" بكأس العالم؟!

الساطور : دوري كأس شهداء الوطن!!

الطاهر الزاوي : سلمان العوده على خطى طنطاوي بعد ان أفل نجمه

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : لماذا قام القذافى بتشويه الدين الإسلامي!؟

UNE: North African Scholar Ali Ahmida Publishes 2nd Edition of Book on Roots of Modern Libya

Sunday, 20 June, 2010: GENEVA: Switzerland hatched at least four plans to smuggle two of its citizens prevented from leaving Libya out of the country, a newspaper reported on Saturday. “Several sources confirm that the Swiss authorities went further than just thinking about it, issuing military orders at least twice,” the daily Tribune de Geneve said, without being more precise on its sources. Businessmen Rachid Hamdani and Max Goeldi were blocked from leaving Libyan territory in a tit-for-tat action after the brief arrest in Switzerland of one of Libyan leader Moamer Qaddafi’s sons in July 2008. In September 2009, they were taken from the Swiss embassy, where they were staying, by Libyan officials to a secret location where they were held until November. [Daily Times] More
Sunday, 20 June, 2010: Tunis, Tunisia - Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali on Friday received messages from the Libyan leader, Mouamar Kadhafi, on three summits to be hosted by Libya. The messages were delivered by the secretary of the Libyan general people's committee for Health and Environment, Mohamed Mahmoud Hijazi, Tunisian official sources said. The Libyan envoy at the end of the meeting with the Tunisian leader said three messages he delivered were invitations to attend the Arab extraordinary summit and the African-Arab summit, planned for 9 September and 10 October respectively this year in Sirte, Central Libya, as well as the African-European summit due for November in the Libyan capital, Tripoli. [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 20 June, 2010: Egyptian Health Minister Hatem el-Gabali and his Libyan counterpart Mohammed Hegazi signed the minutes that call for sending 600 Egyptian doctors to Libya as a first batch to meet the country's health needs. As per the minutes, Egypt is to supply Libya with efficient medical cadres to work in three hospitals to be opened in September. It is worth noting, that Egypt investments implemented in the health service field during reached approx. LE 2.5 billion, of which LE1.7 billion were implemented by the Egyptian government and economic agencies accounting for 70.8 percent of total investments allocated for this program. Egypt spends 3.7 percent of its gross domestic product on health including treatment costs 22 percent incurred by citizens and the rest by the state. [Global Arab Network] More
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بن ساسي : الإخوان المسلمون على درب نادى البارونى!!

نادي الباروني : دوري كأس شهداء الوطن

السلفيوم : ( عبدالحميد بطاو : مراسم الجوع )

سالم بن عمار : هل نجحت إيران في زرع عملائها بيننا؟

الجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا : إعلان من موقع الجبهة

فوزي عبدالحميد : ثلاث ملاحظات

ليلى الهوني : ماذا تتوقعون من سيف القذافي؟

Saturday, 19 June, 2010: June 17, 2010 - Sea Shepherd's helicopter reconnaissance flight this morning found two fishing vessels. One was engaged in transferring bluefin tuna into one of the two nets being towed by the other vessel. The bluefin fishery vessels were inside waters claimed by Libya and about 42 miles off the coast of North Africa. At 1300 hours, the Steve Irwin came upon the Italian vessel Cesare Rustico towing two cages; one contained about 800 fish (the other was empty). The Captain of the Cesare Rustico said when questioned that the tuna were caught on the morning of the 14th by the Libyan vessel Tagreft. When we replied that the number of tuna in the cage exceeded the quota for the Tagreft, the Captain said the cage also included tuna from seven other Libyan seiners. [Yuba Net] More
Saturday, 19 June, 2010: Swiss and Libyan officials have made progress in their discussions on the deal to repair country relations that was signed earlier this week. The talks in the Spanish capital Madrid came as legal action against Libya over its detention of two Swiss citizens during the diplomatic spat was mooted in Switzerland. The last of the two hostages, Swiss businessman Max Göldi, arrived back in Switzerland on Monday after almost two years in detention. A Spanish official was reported by the Swiss news agency as saying that Switzerland and Libya had agreed their members of an international arbitration tribunal to look into the circumstances of the arrest in Geneva in 2008 of Hannibal Gaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader, Moammar Gaddafi. [Swiss Info] More
Saturday, 19 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 18 - "EU member States that send back immigrants to Libya in cooperation with Frontex should be stopped, if the person in question runs a serious risk of being sentenced to death, of being tortured or of suffering other sentences or degrading cruel treatment". This is one of the messages of the resolution that was approved yesterday in Strasburg by the European Parliament. The Euro-Mps also expressed their "deep concerns" about the recent closing of the UNHCR office in Tripoli. The Assembly in Strasburg urges the Libyan authorities to ratify the Geneva Convention on refugees as soon as possible, and to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to carry out its activities in Libya, including the creation of a national asylum system. [ANSAmed] More
Saturday, 19 June, 2010: HSBC Holdings plc's HSBC Bank Middle East Ltd. has agreed to sell its 48.9% shareholding in British Arab Commercial Bank PLC to Libyan Foreign Bank for £56.7 million, or about $82.8 million, in cash, according to a Form 6-K filed June 18. HSBC Holdings had been in discussions about reorganizing its British Arab Commercial Bank shareholding since 2009. The transaction — expected to complete in the fourth quarter, subject to regulatory and other approvals — will make Libyan Foreign Bank the majority shareholder in British Arab Commercial Bank with a shareholding of 75.2%. Currently, Libyan Foreign Bank owns a 26.29% stake in British Arab Commercial Bank, according to British Arab Commercial Bank's website. [SNL] More
Saturday, 19 June, 2010: GENEVA: Switzerland is examining if it can prosecute Libya in an international court over the "kidnapping" of two Swiss nationals, Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey said in remarks published Friday. "We are examining at the moment, whether we can bring a case to the international courts against the kidnapping of the two Swiss in autumn 2009. "After all, they were isolated for almost eight weeks," she said in an interview with 20 minutes. She added that Switzerland would also put forward the point to a court that would be established according to an action plan signed between the two countries aimed at resolving their dispute and normalizing relations. Two Swiss businessmen Rachid Hamdani and Max Goeldi were blocked from leaving Libyan territory in a tit-for-tat action after the brief arrest of one of Moammar Qaddafi's son in July 2008. [The Daily News Egypt] More
Saturday, 19 June, 2010: Tripoli — Respect for human rights has been taking a big blow in Libya as it continues to stall on reform, despite the country's efforts to play a greater international role, Amnesty International has warned in a new report. The report entitled "Libya of Tomorrow": What Hope for Human Rights? Documents floggings used as punishment for adultery, indefinite detentions and abuses of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as well as the legacy of unresolved cases of enforced disappearances of dissidents. Meanwhile, the security forces remain immune from the consequences of their actions. "If Libya is to have any international credibility, the authorities must ensure that no-one is above the law and that everyone, including the most vulnerable and marginalized, is protected by the law. The repression of dissent must end," said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, Deputy Director at Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa programme. [Catholic Information Service for Africa] More
سليم الرقعي : سلطة الشعب!.. وُلدت مُعاقة بل ميتة! (1)

الراصد الصحفي : السمسرة السياسية

د. يونس فنوش : دراسات نقدية في الشعر الشعبي

العاقل : سرقة ثورة وإستباحة وطن!!     عارف الخير : ليس دفاعاً عن أحمد إبراهيم

ضابط سابق : إلى معمر المهزوم ... فى وادى الدوم

لجنة التضامن مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة سجن بوسليم : اعلان عن وقفة تضامن جديدة بمانشستر

مركز التوثيق الليبي : العالم يتضامن مع عائلات ضحايا مجزرة بوسليم

Friday, 18 June, 2010: GENEVA, June 17 (Reuters) - Switzerland paid 1.5 million Swiss francs ($1.33 million) into a German bank account as part of a deal which secured Libya's release of a Swiss businessman held for nearly two years, the Swiss foreign ministry said on Thursday. The funds will be transferred to Libya as compensation if a Geneva criminal inquiry fails to find who leaked a mug shot of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal, arrested in the Swiss city in July 2008. The photo appeared in a Geneva paper. Max Goeldi, head of Libya operations for the Swiss engineering firm ABB (ABBN.VX), flew home this week, after Swiss foreign minister Micheline Calmy-Rey signed a deal in Tripoli that both sides said was aimed at ending their diplomatic row. "So far, no money has been handed over to Libya. The plan of action foresees compensation in the event that the culprit in the ongoing Geneva criminal investigation cannot be found," a Swiss foreign ministry spokesman told Reuters. [Reuters] More
Friday, 18 June, 2010: The latest sign of this is the government's decision to close the offices of the UN High Commission for Refugees in Tripoli, saying it was illegal, and thus denying migrants and asylum seekers a lifeline if they run into trouble in their efforts to make the treacherous coastal journey to Europe. Continue reading the main story Although the closure sparked protests from rights groups, the European Union's response was more muted, saying it was regrettable but understandable. "There's a certain fear in the country that with the presence of the UNHCR, more refugees are being attracted to Libya," Adrianus Koetsenruijter, the EU ambassador accredited to Libya, told the BBC on a recent visit to Tripoli. "And [this is] thereby causing a bigger problem inside the country," he said, adding he hoped the refugee agency would be able to operate there again. Just days after the closure, the EU signed a $60m (£40.5m) financial and technical co-operation pact with Libya, as a prelude to a wider deal expected to be sealed by the end of the year. [BBC] More
Friday, 18 June, 2010: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's government is to allow nearly 300 prisoners from the neighbouring country of Niger to return home, a senior Libyan prison official said on Thursday. Libya has come under criticism from some international organisations who say it hands out harsh treatment to citizens of other African countries who end up in detention there, either as prisoners or illegal immigrants. Oil producer Libya earlier this month signed an agreement on judicial cooperation with the military junta running Niger, which is a major exporter of uranium. The Libyan prison official said of the 276 prisoners to be handed over to the Niger authorities later on Thursday, 198 were convicted criminals and 78 were awaiting trial. He said Niger's justice minister was in the Libyan capital to receive the freed prisoners. "They will be handed over to the minister today," the prison official told reporters. [Reuters] More
Friday, 18 June, 2010: [Turkish] State Minister Zafer Caglayan will meet Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi, and Secretary of the General People's Committee for Economy, Trade & Investment Muhammad Ali al-Huwayz. Caglayan will also have a meeting with Turkish businessmen working in Libya. [World Bulletin] More
Friday, 18 June, 2010: In a resolution on Libya, the European Parliament strongly condemns the reported execution of 18 people in that country last month and reiterates its total opposition to the death penalty. It also calls on Member States not to deport migrants to Libya if they risk execution there. According to a Libyan newspaper report, says the resolution, 18 people, including nationals of Chad, Egypt and Nigeria, were executed in Tripoli and Benghazi on 30 May after being convicted of premeditated murder. Their identities have not been made public by the Libyan authorities. Parliament reiterates "its longstanding opposition to the death penalty in all cases and under all circumstances". It "strongly condemns the execution of the 18 people on 30 May 2010 and expresses its condolences and its solidarity with the families of the deceased", and "asks Libya to disclose the names of the 18 people executed, including those of the foreign nationals". It also urges Libya "to make progress towards a moratorium on executions". [European Parliament] More
Friday, 18 June, 2010: Business ties between Britain and Libya have developed at great speed since the oil-rich North African nation came in from the diplomatic cold. The thawing of relations has led to a surge in trade, with Libyan now considered a major business partner for a number of well-known British companies. Indeed, several families of the victims of the Lockerbie atrocity argued last year that the release of the bomber, Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi, was linked to improving business ties, rather than because Megrahi was dying of cancer. He is still alive. According to UK Trade and Investment, the government body that promotes trade between Britain and other countries, British exports to Libya were worth £423m in 2009 – 51 per cent more than in 2008. The organisation says "many well-known companies are active in the Libyan market", including Marks & Spencer and Rentokil. The Libya British Business Council, which encourages trade between the two nations, lists Barclays, HSBC, BP and the law firm Denton Wilde Sapte among its council members. [Independent] More
Friday, 18 June, 2010: The normalisation of business ties between Switzerland and Libya could still take many months despite the release of Swiss businessman Max Göldi this week. Swiss exports to Libya have plunged 45 per cent and imports from the African state have fared even worse – down by more than three-quarters. Libyan oil supplies have also plummeted while banks have seen massive withdrawals. These are the economic consequences of a diplomatic fallout between the two countries that followed the arrest of Hannibal Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, in Geneva in 2008. In March of this year Libya announced a “total trade boycott” of Swiss goods, particularly industrial goods and medicines. However, trade between the two countries was already limited compared with the total volume of exports of both states. [Swiss Info] More
Friday, 18 June, 2010: TRIPOLI, LIBYA - (Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - Italtel, a leading company in the development and integration of products and services for Next Generation IP/NGN Networks, will be unveiling a new suite of managed services based on Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and Italtel solutions specifically designed for enterprises during the Cisco Expo 2010 Libya, which is taking place in Tripoli on 22 and 23 June, 2010. The initiative builds on Italtel's recent successes in the Italian market and throughout Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and will allow Italtel, a gold sponsor of Cisco Expo 2010 Libya, to play a key role as a Cisco Gold Certified Partner delivering managed service solutions for Service Providers. [Market Wire] More
يونس الهمالي بنينه : "أهلاً.. أنا جوني.. الخطوط الأمامية"

صلاح عبدالعزيز : هيكل.. واحتضار عبدالناصر

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (8)     نجمة الصحراء (9)

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا   :   نـداء     صور تعبّر عن معاناة التبو

مصر الجديدة : السلطات الليبية تمنع نشر كتاب "زمن اللخبطة" ‏للدكتور قويدر

Thursday, 17 June, 2010: During a spat with Tripoli, Switzerland’s refusal to grant top Libyans visas for most of Europe was appropriate, Spain’s foreign minister has said. In an interview with the Neue Zürcher Zeitung newspaper published on Wednesday, Miguel Ángel Moratinos said the visa ban Switzerland imposed in November 2009 on around 150 prominent Libyans to keep them out of Europe’s 25-country Schengen Zone conformed to treaties on border security. As a member of the zone, Switzerland has a right to appeal against visas issued by a member state, since once inside the bloc, travellers are essentially free to move between countries without systematic passport checks at borders. “Switzerland didn’t do anything other than this,” the foreign minister said. “It saw a threat to national security.” [Swiss Info] More
Thursday, 17 June, 2010: WAM ABU DHABI, June 14th, 2010: President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan has received an invitation from Colonel Muammar Al-Qaddafi, Leader of the Libyan Revolution, to the Second Extraordinary Arab-African scheduled on October 10th. in Libya. The invitation was delivered to H.H Sheikh Khalifa by Abdul Hafeez Mahmoud Al-Zulaytini, Qaddafi's Special Envoy and Secretary of the General People's Committee for Finance '&' Planning at Al-Bateen Palace. Sheikh Khalifa asked the Libyan envoy to convey greetings to the Libyan leader and expressed his best wishes of continuous prosperity and progress for the Libyan people. [WAM] More
Thursday, 17 June, 2010: Tripoli/BERN: Switzerland wants to regularise its relationship with Tripoli, the country’s foreign minister said yesterday, hours after bringing home a businessman who had been blocked from leaving Libya since July 2008. “The work is not over. We want to normalise the bilateral relations” with Libya,” said Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, adding that all issues surrounding regularising Swiss-Libyan relations would be addressed. Goeldi and another Swiss businessman had been blocked from leaving Libyan territory in a tit-for-tat row after the brief arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi and his pregnant wife in July 2008. Goeldi was this year sentenced to jail for visa offences and imprisoned for around four months. [The Peninsula] More
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رفيق : لماذا يصمت الليبيون في الداخل؟ .. ويرضون بحكم القذافي الظالم؟!

م. ش. : سنمار والقيود أمنية     الساطور : معاً نكمل المشوار     

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Amal : Amal camp 2010

سالم الشريف : صور عمر الهونى

Mohamed Ayad Kurer : The Loss Of An Innocent Young Life; When Do We Learn?

Wednesday, 16 June, 2010: A Swiss businessman Max Göldi who had been held in a Libyan jail since July 2008, following the arrest of Hannibal, son of Muammar Gaddafi, was released on Monday in Tripoli. Meanwhile, the Libyan leader has threatened to open the borders of his country to Europe bound African migrants if the European Community does not fund a project to secure his country’s borders. The "kidnapping" of Max Göldi, a Swiss businessman, has been brought to an end in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Held in Tripoli in connection with a case involving Hannibal Gaddafi in Switzerland, Mr. Göldi landed at the Zurich airport in his home country after spending nearly two years in captivity. [Afrik] More
Wednesday, 16 June, 2010: The Libyan ambassador said Iran is an influential and powerful country in the region and the Islamic world and called for opening a new chapter in Tehran-Tripoli ties. Larijani also said Iran seeks close ties with all Islamic states including Libya. “The Islamic Republic’s principled policy is establishing close ties with all Islamic states,” Larijani told the ambassador. The senior lawmaker also pointed to Iran-Libya relations, saying Tehran sees no obstacles in the way of expanding ties with Libya in all areas. [Tehran Times] More
Wednesday, 16 June, 2010: The Libyan government is backing a new London hedge fund with hundreds of millions of dollars, as the Arab state seeks to diversify its economy away from oil and train a generation of investment professionals in the ways of the financial markets. FM Capital Partners has been hiring staff at its offices in Knightsbridge, has applied for registration with the Financial Services Authority and plans to launch later in the summer. The hedge fund will be run by the former Merrill Lynch and Bear Stearns trader Frederic Marino, with a board that includes luminaries from Libyan diplomacy and its sovereign wealth funds . [Independent] More
Wednesday, 16 June, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - Libya and Serbia on Monday signed a cooperation memorandum of agreement in Tripoli in the areas of education, teaching and scientific research. The document, signed by the secretary of the Libyan general people's committee for Scientific Research, Dr. Abdelkabir Fakhri and the Serbian Minister of Education, Zarbo Obradovic, calls for the encouragement of all activities likely to contribute to cooperation in the education and scientific sectors, the promotion of exchanges from experts, in addition to their participation in cultural, technical and scientific events. [Afrique Jet] More
Amnesty : Swiss Businessman Held in Libya Returns Home

محمد بن احميدة : كلمات كاذبة للقائد الأممي

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : أهلا بكازي روما     صلاح الدين الغزال : صاحِبة الجلاَلة

يوتيوب : قناة إسرائيلية تسخر من معمر بن رازال بن تمام القذافي

منظمة العفو الدولية : فليُسمح للمفوضية السامية لشؤون اللاجئين بالعودة إلى ليبيا

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (6)

حسام الوحيشي : أم بسيسي والأربعين "لوك"

فوزي عبدالحميد : تحرير ليبيا من حصار القذافي أولاً

الساطور : بدون تعليق!

ابراهيم عبدالعزيز صهّد : المعادلة القذرة في مسلسل التعويضات

د. فتحي العكاري : إبراهيم الأسطى عمر.. الشاعر الإنسان

إبراهيم قويدر : التخلف البريدي

Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: BERN - A Swiss businessman who returned home Monday after being held for two years in Libya insisted he was an innocent victim of a diplomatic spat, as Bern said it wanted to repair relations with Tripoli. Sporting a grey beard and grey hair, Max Goeldi told reporters at a packed news conference in the Swiss capital that he was tired but happy to be reunited with his family. "It is a moment that is full of emotion," said the 54-year-old, whose voice trembled and who appeared to have suffered during his long stay and detention in Libya. He had touched down in Zurich in the early hours of the morning where he was greeted by family members. "I'm a victim of a dispute which I have nothing to do with," said Goeldi. [Montreal Gazette] More
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones)--Libya wants assurances from BP PLC (BP.LN) after its handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill but will allow it to start deep-water drilling in the Mediterranean, the country's top oil official said Monday. "At this point we're not suspending anything and we're going to drill pretty soon and some of the work will be in deep water," Shokri Ghanem, the head of Libya's National Oil Co., or NOC, told Zawya Dow Jones in a phone interview. "But they are taking precautions and what happened in the Gulf of Mexico will be a learning process." BP and its Libyan partner, the Libya Investment Corp., or LIC, in May 2007 signed an exploration and production deal with NOC worth at least $900 million for the onshore Ghadames and offshore Sirt areas. A spokeswoman in London for the British oil major didn't respond to questions from Zawya. [WSJ] More
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: MILAN (MF-Dow Jones)--Talks with the Central Bank of Libya on the two banking licenses that will be assigned in future months are ongoing, UniCredit SpA (UCG.MI) chairman Dieter Rampl said Monday on the sidelines of an event. "Talks are ongoing," Rampl said. In April the Central Bank of Libya said that six international banks--including Italy's UniCredit SpA, HSBC Holdings PLC (HBC) and Emirates NBD PJSC (EMIRATES.DFM)--will be able to submit an offer to get one of two banking licenses made available by the government. The other three banks selected are Mashreqbank (MASQ.DFM), Qatar Islamic Bank (QIBK.DO) and Standard Chartered PLC (STAN.LN). The foreign banks will have an ownership of up to 49% in the new banks and full management control, the central bank said earlier, adding that the remaining 51% would be owned by domestic investors. Libyan investors have acquired an around 5% stake of UniCredit in 2009. [WSJ] More
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: Leading British politicians have been running to defend BP from unwarranted American attack and “bashing Britain.” First we stole their tea. Now we disparage their oil. The nerve. Leading the charge was London Mayor Boris Johnson who said there is “something worrying about the anti-British rhetoric that seems to be permeating from America.” Next up was Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who, in a thinly veiled attack against President Obama, said, “I don’t frankly think we will reach a solution to stopping release of oil into the ocean any quicker by allowing this to spiral into a tit for tat political diplomatic spat.” The biggest critic was Lord Tebbit, a former Thatcher Cabinet Minister, who called Obama’s attitude toward BP “despicable.” [Algemeiner] More
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi, in two separate arrangements on Sunday in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, received the Ugandan President, Yuweri Museveni, and the leader of the ruling military Council in Niger, Salou Djibo. According to an official Libyan source, the Libyan leader and President Museveni to discuss ongoing preparations for the next AU summit, scheduled to take place in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. On their part, Kadhafi and Djibo, the Chairman of the ruling Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CRSD) in Niger, met over the consolidation of the AU and the Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD) during which they reviewed preparations for the next CEN-SAD summit to be held in the Chadian capital, N'Djamena. [Afrique Jet] More
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: Contrary to reports last week, businessman and former PAOK soccer club president Giorgos Batatoudis, wanted by Greek authorities since March 2009 after being sentenced to 10 years in prison for embezzlement, has not been arrested in Libya, sources told Sunday’s Kathimerini. Greek authorities simply established his whereabouts because he went to the local consulate to renew his passport. Batatoudis was found guilty of selling the TV rights to PAOK games between 2001 and 2006 to a company he owned for about a third of the market value. [Ekathimerini] More
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: Disoriented pilots who failed to follow basic safety procedures are believed to have caused last month's crash of a Libyan airliner that killed 103 people, according to people familiar with the investigation. Preliminary data gathered by an international team of investigators, these people said, indicate the pilots lost control of the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 after breaking off their landing approach to Tripoli and starting to climb away from the airport. The accident, at the end of a flight from Johannesburg, is prompting Airbus to step up efforts to devise foolproof automated ground-collision avoidance systems... [WSJ] More
Tuesday, 15 June, 2010: Turkish Petroleum Overseas Company (TPOC), a wholly-owned subsidary of Turkiye Petrolleri Anonim Ortakligi (TPAO), is the 100 % holder and operator in Area 147/3-4, Murzuq Basin, Libya. TPOC was awarded the concession in the EPSA IV Bid Round II in 2005. The first five exploration wells (A1-, B1-, C1-, D1-, E1-147/3) drilled in the concession resulted as oil discoveries. Firstly, workover and production test operations have been completed in the C1-147/3 exploration well. [EPMag] More
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سليم الرقعي : لأي نوع من المعارضين ينتمي فرج الفاخري!؟ (1)

خدعـوك فقالوا غـزة محاصرة .. المحاصرة هي برقة ـ ليبيا !!

كتاب "نقاش" ـ تأليف : الصادق النيهوم

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رجب الشلطامي : الهبرة والعظم     محمّد قدري الخوجة : رحلة العمر .. (10)

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محمد نور الدين : إخوان ليبيا.. وإخوان مصر

سالم الشريف : المحمودى متمحمط

رابطة الليبيين بواشنطن لمناصرة أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم : وقفة التضامن ـ السبت 12/6/2010

فرج بوالعَشّة : نظرية الاستغاثة بالباب العالي!

فرج الفاخري : لأي نوع من المجتمعات ينتمي الليبيون؟ (3)

Monday, 14 June, 2010: Switzerland and Libya appeared Sunday to have finally resolved their fierce and bizarre dispute, which began two years ago when the Swiss arrested a son and daughter-in-law of the Libyan leader, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, on suspicion of beating their servants. The Swiss foreign minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey, announced Sunday in Tripoli that she had secured the release and return to Switzerland of a businessman, Max Göldi, and that bilateral relations would return to normal. Mr. Göldi was barred from leaving Libya in July 2008, within days after the Swiss authorities had arrested Colonel Qaddafi’s son Hannibal el-Qaddafi and his wife at a luxury hotel in Geneva. They were acting on complaints by employees traveling with the couple that they had been beaten. The charges were soon dropped after compensation was paid anonymously to the employees, and Ms. Calmy-Rey apologized for the publication of photographs of Colonel Qaddafi’s son after his arrest. [New York Times] More
Monday, 14 June, 2010: A Swiss businessman, held in a Libyan jail for four months, has arrived back in Zurich. Max Goeldi was at the centre of a long-running diplomatic row between the two countries. He and another Swiss businessman were held after the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was arrested in Switzerland in 2008. Correspondents say Mr Goeldi's release may allow a line to be drawn under the two-year-long row. He boarded a plane back to Switzerland on Sunday following his release from jail on 10 June. Travelling with Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, he landed at Zurich in the early hours of Monday morning. [BBC] More
Monday, 14 June, 2010: A number of Libyan civil organization have decided to undertake relief convoys to Gaza by sea and land as part of the Libyan people's efforts to end the three-year blockade imposed by the Israeli occupying forces on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. The organizations agreed in a meeting held in Tripoli on Wednesday that the Libyan people would participate in the international efforts that are taking place everywhere and gaining strength against the criminal Israeli policy. Among those who took part in the meeting were the Revolutionary Committee's Liaison Office, trade unions, syndicates, the Red Crescent and the National Commission for the Support of the Palestinian People. [Tripoli Post] More
سالم بن عمار : من قائد في عصابة إلى نور الإسلام

حملة التضامن البريطاني الليبي للحرية وحقوق الأنسان : من نشاطات الحملة : 29/5/2010 ـ 6/6/2010

أمل : لقطات من : مخيم "أمل" 2010 Amal Camp الدورة الرابعة عشر : 4 ـ 6 يونيه 2010

عمر الهوني : الوقفة التضامنية مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ لندن ـ 12 يونيو 2010

نجيب الحمري : لقطات من الاعتصام بمدينة مانشستر تضامنا مع أهالى ضحايا ابوسليم ـ 12 يونيو 2010

علاء الدرسي : صور "إعتصام أهالي ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم" ـ 12/6/2010"

علاء الدرسي : فيديو "إعتصام أهالي ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم" ـ 12/6/2010

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن السادسة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 12 يونيو 2010

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : سحب داكنة تنذر بشر مستطير!!

Sunday, 13 June, 2010: Tripoli — Swiss businessman Max Goeldi, freed two days ago after four months in jail for visa offences, has been given his passport and will be given permission to leave Libya on Sunday, his lawyer told AFP on Saturday. "The prosecutor-general gave us Max Goeldi's passport. We completed all the procedures so that he can obtain his exit visa on Sunday," Salah Zahaf said. Goeldi has been at the centre of a diplomatic row between Libya and Switzerland, ignited after the brief arrest in Geneva of a son of Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in July 2008. Goeldi and another Swiss national, Rashid Hamdani, were detained after Hannibal Kadhafi and his pregnant wife were held by Swiss police after two of their domestic staff charged they had been mistreated by the couple at a Geneva hotel. Goeldi and Hamdani were held for 53 days and then released, but were then barred from leaving the country. [AFP] More
Sunday, 13 June, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - A Libyan official on Satu rday stressed the need for the review and the teaching of the General History of Africa saying European historians and writers have shaped an image of Africa based on exclusion, and invented pretexts scorning anything which is non-European. The Libyan secretary of the popular general committee for Education and Scientific Research, Dr Abdelkebir Fakhri said this at the opening the regional conference on the "Pedagogic use of the General History of Africa (GHA) in African schools" in Tripoli. Dr Fakhri stressed that although Africa is the cradle of mankind, its achievements and real contribution to universal civilization have been in the best of cases toned down or ignored. According to him, Europe committed one of the biggest crimes in history when it invaded Africa and exploited its natural resources. [Afrique Jet] More
Sunday, 13 June, 2010: The Libyan leader Muammar Gadaffi is to pay up to £2 billion to victims of Irish terrorism for his role in supplying shiploads of explosives to the IRA. About £800m will go directly to victims of the violence. First in line will be the 147 families of those caught in atrocities in which Semtex, the plastic explosive supplied by Libya, was used. Libya’s insistence that it will not acknowledge specific liability means the thousands of others affected by the Troubles will come forward for a share of the cash. A trade deal between Britain and Libya is also expected to be part of the historic settlement. Gadaffi is seeking to present the payment as a goodwill gesture and is not expected to admit liability. Semtex supplied by Gadaffi’s regime was used by the IRA in at least 10 atrocities, including the bombing of Harrods in 1983 and Enniskillen in 1987. The Real IRA used it at Omagh in 1998, killing 29 people and injuring 220. I [Times Online] More
Sunday, 13 June, 2010: Exmed UK Ltd and the Libyan private company Refaq have signed a partnership agreement to work together to serve the medical service sector for international and local Oil and Gas companies operating in Libya. The purpose of this Partnership is to bring international standard and high quality medical support and training for organisations and companies operating in Libya. Exmed UK Ltd is an independent British provider of specialist medical support and training for companies, media, and international humanitarian organisations operating in remote and hostile environments while Refaq is a Libyan private medical service company which provides medical services to international and local oil and gas companies operating in Libya. This partnership was negotiated and facilitated by SOC Libya. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 13 June, 2010: Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin took part in the ceremonial opening of a rail welding plant in Ras Lanuf on June 11. It was built on a turnkey basis by welding equipment specialist Pskovelectrosvar, and will support RZD's €2·2bn four-year contract signed in April 2008 for construction of the 554 km Surt - Benghazi railway. The Ras Lanuf site has administrative and production buildings as well as staff rest facilities. It is expected to operate for 10 years, with the capacity to produce 500 km of long welded rail per year to Russian and international standards for use both within Libya and on future North African rail projects. [Railway Gazette] More
Sunday, 13 June, 2010: DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/b85a49/libya_a_politica) has announced the addition of the "Libya - A Political Risk Forecast" country profile to their offering. This 60-page report forecasts the climate for international business under three most likely regime scenarios in the country over the next 18 months and over the next five years. Data includes Political Risk Forecasts for Turmoil, Financial Transfer, Export Markets and Direct Investment for both forecast periods. A Political Risk Services Country Report helps you evaluate the international business climate. They are the perfect starting point before you invest, alerting you to potential risks in the future. Revised annually with updates issued as warranted, these reports follow a standard format that includes both the details and executive summaries. They include political and economic risk forecasts, 10-year time series for 52 economic and social variables, as well as giving you independent risk ratings that help you assess the risks of doing business in a country. Key Topics Covered: Highlights (summary of the report), Current Data (10-year time series for key economic & social data), Comment & Analysis (on recent developments), Forecast Scenarios (Most Likely, Second Most Likely, and Third Most Likely Five-Year Regime Scenarios & Probabilities). [Businesswire] More
بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (721)

محمد الأصفر : لقاء روائي ليبي جزائري

الخطاب الماي : رثاء المرحوم المزداوي

سليم الرقعي : وقفات ومراجعات ومناصحات ضرورية للمعارضة الليبية!؟ (2)

تعازي إلى آل الخوجة     تعازي إلى آل التاورغي     تعازي إلى آل الحاج

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : إعلان عن عقد ندوات بمناسبة الذكرى 14 لمذبحة سجن أبوسليم

الجزيرة : ( خالد المهير : حي الأكراد الليبي بؤس وعوز )     فيلادلفيا : ( رافع القاضي : صندوق الإذلال )

د. يونس فنوش : كتاب جديد : الوطن في شعر حسين لحلافي

لجنة إحياء ذكرى مجزرة "سجن أبوسليم" : مظاهرة التضامن مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة "سجن أبوسليم"

نادي الباروني : مباركة ومشاركة إحتفالية : صعود نادي دارنس لدوري الأضواء

د. محمد الحاج : المجاهدة فاطمة الحاج في ذمة الله

السيفاو المنير : رسالة من الداخل إلى رمز المعارضة الليبية

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : أستاذ بلا تلاميذ.. حول رحيل د. وهبي البوري

صالح العجيلي : إحترام إسم الخالق (الله) واجب مقدس

المؤتمر الليبي للأمازيغية : بيان حول تقوّلات الفاشي القذافي في لقائه بفعاليات مغربية

لجنة التضامن : اعلان عن وقفة تضامن جديدة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة سجن بوسليم بمانشستر

د. الهادي شلوف : أليس كان أولى بك أيها الشيخ أن تعطي دراهمك لفقراء غزة؟

Saturday, 12 June, 2010: In 2004, Africa was selected for the first time to host the South Africa World Cup. The competition was between South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. In May of that year, South Africa won the bid. From its beginning in 1930, world soccer's governing body, FIFA, has rotated the South Africa World Cup between its member football associations from continent to continent. In practice, that meant the World Cup was held mostly in Europe and Latin America. In 2002, Asia hosted the World Cup for the first time, and it was hosted jointly (also a first) by South Korea and Japan. In 2004, Africa was selected (for the first time) as the continent to host the World Cup, and the competition was between South Africa, Morocco, Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia. [The Christian Science Monitor] More
Saturday, 12 June, 2010: UNITED NATIONS - JOSEPH Deiss, a former Swiss president and foreign minister, was Friday elected president of the next UN General Assembly. Mr Deiss, who was elected by acclamation, is to take up his post in September, succeeding Ali Triki, a former Libyan foreign minister. The 192-member Assembly elects a president annually, and the post rotates among the five geographic groups. Mr Deiss had been picked as the candidate of the assembly's Western European and Others group, which is in line to assume the presidency. He was president of his country in 2002 when it joined the United Nations. [Straits Times] More
Saturday, 12 June, 2010: Mr Blair has multiplied his engagements since resigning from his post of British Prime Minister, on 27 June 2007, raking in revenues of more than 30 million dollars for counselling (J.P. Morgan and Zurich Finantial) and lectures (Yale University). He concluded a partnership this week with a Silicon Valley investment fund, Khosla Ventures (which is also one of Wikipedia’s chief financiers). Moreover, in an interview given to the Daily Mail on 5 June 2010, Saif al-Islam Khadafi divulged that Mr. Blair also worked for the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund and had become a close friend of his father’s, Guide of the Revolution Muammar al-Gaddafi. If this allegation is correct, it raises several questions as to Mr. Blair’s policies when he was Prime Minister and to the contracts granted by Libya to Shell and British Petroleum. [Voltaire Net] More
Saturday, 12 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JUNE 11 - After yesterday's release of the Swiss citizen Max Goeldi, who had been held in a Libyan prison for four months for breaking immigration laws, today a meeting has been scheduled between Prime Minister Bagdadi Ali Al Mahmoudi and a "high-level Swiss delegation". The goal of this meeting is to try and end the "problem between Libya and Switzerland", 'Qurina', the newspaper owned by one of the sons of Libyan leader Gaddafi, reports. Max Goeldi has been in Libya since July 2008, when he came to the country as 'chief operations' of a Swiss company, ABB. His legal issues started when Hannibal Gaddafi and his wife were arrested in Geneva for "maltreating" two servants. The arrest triggered a diplomatic crisis between the two countries. [ANSAmed] More
Saturday, 12 June, 2010: The Libyan government has agreed to revive air link with Pakistan, which is likely to materialise in coming months. A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of Pakistan ambassador to Libya Jamil Ahmed Khan with Dr Mohamed M Shlaibik, Minister of Libyan Civil Aviation Authority in Tripoli. The issue of revival of air link was discussed during the visit of President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani to Libya in their meetings with Pakistani community last year. Speaking on the phone from Tripoli yesterday, Jamil Ahmed Khan said the revival of this link, which was terminated in April 2006, would help PIA to overcome financial problem. [Gulf Times] More
Saturday, 12 June, 2010: BRUSSELS, June 11 (KUNA) -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstram issued a joint statement here today welcoming the release of Swiss businessman Max Goeldi by Libya. "We hope that Mr Goeldi will be able to return very soon to Switzerland, to join his family and return to a normal life. His prompt return to his home country would be an important step on the way towards the resolution of the bilateral crisis between Libya and Switzerland," said the statement. "We are convinced that dialogue and positive gestures by both sides are key to resolving bilateral disputes," added the statement. [KUNA] More
مركز التوثيق الليبي : من أوراق فتاة ليبية (3)

فوزي عبدالحميد : وحصار ليبيا 40 عاما.. يا دكتور؟

أمارير : بل (القرآن) هو الحلّ (2)

إبراهيم قويدر : خلط.. تضارب.. وعدم وضوح! بقانون "علاقات العمل"

شريفة الفسيّ : مصلحة التخطيط العمرانى فى بنغازى تعانى مركزية الترشيح

Amnesty : Allow UNHCR back into Libya

د. محمد بالروين : من الإرث الدستوري (4)

Friday, 11 June, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya — Libya released on Thursday a Swiss businessman held for nearly two years at the center of a diplomatic row, a prison official and the man's lawyer said. Max Goeldi is one of two Swiss businessmen detained and convicted of violating residency laws after Swiss police arrested Hannibal Gadhafi, son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, and his wife in summer of 2008. The couple was detained for two days for allegedly beating their maid in a Geneva hotel. The incident soured relations and Libya took measures to protest, including suspending visas for Swiss citizens, withdrawing funds from Swiss banks, stopping crude oil shipments and reducing flights to Switzerland. The Swiss Foreign Ministry declined to comment on the release. The two Swiss businessmen were arrested soon afterward in July 2008. [AP] More
Friday, 11 June, 2010: The Libyan government's decision to expel the United Nations refugee agency from the country leaves thousands of refugees and asylum-seekers without any protection, Amnesty International has warned. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced on Tuesday that it had been ordered to leave Libya. Amnesty International has appealed to the country's leader, Colonel M'uammar al-Gaddafi, to rescind the decision. The move comes days after the start of negotiations between Libya and the European Union (EU) about the control of irregular migration, among other issues. "The timing of this move could not have been more significant given the negotiations between Libya and the EU," said Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui, deputy director of Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa programme. [Amnesty] More
Friday, 11 June, 2010: TRIPOLI - Libya and Greece have signed an accord that paves the way for "strategic cooperation" between the two countries during the Greek premier's visit to the oil-rich country, Libyan media reported on Thursday. The memorandum of understanding envisages cooperation" in the areas of investment, energy, tourism, food production, finance and renewable energy, Libya's official JANA news agency said. It also calls for joint investment in oil, gas, food and pharmaceuticals. Greece is in the throws of a severe economic crisis and Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoudi said during a visit to Athens in May that Tripoli stood ready to help the stricken country overcome its difficulties, while strengthening cooperation in energy. [AFP] More
Friday, 11 June, 2010: TRIPOLI, June 10 (Reuters) - Libya's grain harvest this season is 300,000 tonnes, down slightly on the previous crop because of poor rainfall, an agriculture ministry official told Reuters. "Production for the 2009-2010 agricultural season is 300,000 tonnes of wheat and barley," said the ministry official, who did not want to be identified. "Climate changes ... negatively affected production this year." The official said the 2008-2009 harvest was 330,000 tonnes, of which 180,000 tonnes was wheat and 150,000 tonnes barley. Libya's grain-growing season runs from November to May. The size of Libya's domestic grains harvest can influence how much foreign wheat the North African oil producer has to import each year. An adviser to Libya's agriculture ministry said in April that annual imports were usually about 1.5 million tonnes and that he expected a similar figure this year. [Reuters] More
Friday, 11 June, 2010: RABAT - The ink was barely dry on a trade deal signed last month between the United States and Libya when Tripoli marked the occasion with a long-awaited bonus: visas for US tourists after five years of blockade. The United States is pursuing tourism as part of strengthening relations with Libya, while tour operators catering to Americans are gearing up for a new market. Analysts say that while Libya is keen to engage with the US, the country’s government remains wary of too much openness too fast. Welcoming US tourists “is a sign of goodwill”, said Dirk Vandewalle, a Libya expert and associate professor of government at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. “The Libyans are giving ground on this to further their other interests.” US-Libyan relations went downhill after the country’s leader, Muammar Qadafi, took power in a bloodless coup in 1969 that toppled Libya’s pro-western monarchy. Banning political parties, Mr Qadafi reorganised Libya as a system of popular committees with himself as “Brother Leader and Guide of the Revolution”. [The National] More
Friday, 11 June, 2010: Coming out of an infamous father's shadow is difficult at the best of times, but especially so when your surname is Gaddafi and you're frequently tipped as the next ruler of Libya. The crude caricature of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the so-called "Brother Leader", as tribal warrior turned unsmiling despot is certainly one which has dominated the entire life of his second son, Saif al-Islam. Despite recent reforms, which have seen his oil-rich state largely ditching its pariah status, many in Britain still associate it with past horrors. These have ranged from the funding of IRA terrorism and the Lockerbie bombing abroad, to human rights violations at home. Intriguing then, that Saif should have mentioned a "special relationship" between his country and the UK when I interviewed him in London last week. The affable 37-year-old's clean cut, corporate image could not have been more different from the desert chic look still adopted by his father. Instead of flowing robes and revolutionary stubble, Saif wore a can-do designer suit and described London as the place to live up to it. [Guardian] More
Friday, 11 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 10 - The Tripoli office of the UN High Commission for refugees (UNHCR) will remain closed for now, but talks can begin later. This is according to Libyàs ambassador to Italy, Hafed Gaddur, who was answering requests put forward by some, including Italy's Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, for negotiations to be opened with the UN agency. "We have already made our statement," Gaddur added during the presentation at the Senate today of 'The leader's journey. Muammar Gheddafi in Italy'. The statement reasserts the position of the Libyan authorities, who believe that the UNHCR office in Tripoli operated in an "illegal" manner. [ANSAmed] More
Friday, 11 June, 2010: WAM Abu Dhabi, 10th June 2010 (WAM): The second round of negotiations between UAE and Libya concerning double taxation avoidance on income concluded with an initial agreement at Abu Dhabi today. As part of the Ministry of Finance's efforts to enhance UAE's international financial relationships, the initial agreement was signed by Khalid Ali Al Bustani, Executive Director of International Financial Relations Sector at UAE Ministry of Finance and Al Mahdi Hassan Al Warshfany, Deputy Director General of Libyan Tax Authority. Younis Haji Al Khoori, Director General of MoF, praised the effort made by the Ministry's team to conclude the negotiations. He confirmed that the agreement aims to strengthen cooperation and partnership between UAE and Libya and avoid double taxation - not imposing tax more than once on the same profits for individuals and business. It also facilitates capital and investment transfer between the two countries. [WAM] More
العوكلي عطيه : أعيان طرابلس مؤدبون يا عبد الرحمن أحمد النايب

معارض متابع : ملاحظات على الصور التي ينشرها عمر الهوني

رابطة المثقفين والكتّاب الليبيين : نعي د. وهبي البوري

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : مجزرة في المياه المفتوحة

ؤسان : الدكتور ادريس بوفايد ، رجل شجاع من ليبيا

Thursday, 10 June, 2010: TRIPOLI - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou discussed the strengthening of ties with Libya on Wednesday, after Tripoli offered to help his country emerge from a serious economic crisis, media reports said. Papandreou began an official visit by meeting Libyan counterpart Baghdadi Mahmoudi, before discussing ways of "strengthening cooperation between the two countries" with Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi, the JANA news agency reported. Mahmoudi said during a visit to Athens in May that Libya stood ready to help Greece emerge from its current economic woes. "We have the political will to support Greece and help it get out of the difficult period that it is going through," he had said, adding that Libya was "ready to cooperate with Greece on green energy, power generation and tourism as well as increase Libyan investments in Greece." [AFP] More
Thursday, 10 June, 2010: The consequence of the latest fiasco between Libya and Switzerland, in which Tripoli denied entry to Swiss citizens after its own officials were blacklisted from entering Schengen countries, points to a more serious problem in the oil-rich North African nation. This has not been the only diplomatic row between the two states. They have been piling up, and now Tripoli has severed all economic ties with Bern. This sent a chilling message to potential investors in Libya: if things go awry, you can find yourself in no-man’s land with few laws to protect you. However, the country has some of the best laws to protect foreign investors in th region. Tripoli might not need Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), given its huge pile of foreign reserves (which amounts to $24,000 per citizen). But we have to remember that FDI is not only about capital alone. It’s also about transparency, economic diversification, knowledge transfer, and sharing more economic activity with the private sector. [The National] More
Thursday, 10 June, 2010: British and European leaders are questioning Tony Blair's role as Middle East peace envoy following reports about the former British prime minister's business links to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the Middle East. Some have criticized Mr. Blair's past consulting deals in the Middle East, such as with Kuwait, and with the South Korean oil company UI Energy Corp., as cashing in on his connections as prime minister. And two recent articles in London's Daily Mail and the Telegraph have suggested Mr. Blair has business interests in Libya, indirectly linking him to a tourism company with multimillion-dollar deals in Tripoli and to the Gadhafi regime. While these reports have not been substantiated, they are enough to cause some disquiet among members of the European Parliament, according to Scottish member Struan Stevenson. [Washington Times] More
Thursday, 10 June, 2010: In a recent speech, Libyan leader Mu'ammar Al-Qadhafi said that the Muslims, who currently constitute a minority in Europe, would become a majority and would "inherit the continent," despite attempts by the new imperialism to eradicate the Muslims from the world. Al-Qadhafi told heads of delegations of the Islamic People's Leadership and of Muslims from the Balkans[1] – including scholars, sheikhs, young people, and women's rights activists – that Turkey's joining the European Union would be a Trojan horse. Following are excerpts from his remarks:[2] The New Imperialism Is Trying to Eradicate Islam : "We are proud of Europe's Islam and Muslims, particularly in the Balkans, because of the Muslim presence in the heart of the Christian continent – which once attacked Islam on its own lands, in the Middle East and in nearby North Africa, and tried to eradicate Islam from the face of the earth with the Crusades and during the era of the new imperialism. [MEMRI] More
Thursday, 10 June, 2010: GENEVA, June 9 (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Wednesday it wants to talk with Libya about resuming work in the country after the authorities last week told the agency it must cease operations. The Libyan Foreign Ministry late on Tuesday said the presence of an UNHCR office in the capital Tripoli was illegal and accused the agency of unlawful activities. "We are seeking open, constructive dialogue with Libya to dispel any misunderstandings which we hope would lead to consensus to resume our work," spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said. The Geneva-based agency, headed by High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres, would be making no further comment at this stage, she added. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 10 June, 2010: (ANSA) - Berlin, June 8 - Italy on Tuesday urged Libya to allow the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR to keep its office in Tripoli open. "We have asked Libya to start negotiations for a deal to grant the UN organisation's office diplomatic immunity and allow it to work," Foreign Minister Franco Frattini told reporters on a visit to Germany. In Geneva, UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming said Tripoli told the agency to shut its office last week but gave no deadline or explanation. Voicing "deep regret", she said "let's hope a solution can be found". "This creates a void for thousands of refugees and asylum seekers already present (in Libya) and for those who will continue to arrive". Fleming pointed out that Libya did not have its own system for processing asylum requests and recalled that Tripoli was not a signatory to the UN's 1951 Refugee Convention.[ANSA] More
ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (8)

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (5)

فرج الفاخري : لأي نوع من المجتمعات ينتمي الليبيون؟ (2)

المحمودي : الرضا المهدي السنوسي.. مواقف وأحداث

حسام الوحيشي : أفخاذ الكلام

سمير بن علي : على أحمد باكثير

عبدالونيس محمود الحاسي : وقفة إلى جانب ابراهيم صهّد

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : لماذا اختطف نظام طرابلس الزعيم الشيعي موسى الصدر؟!

Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: GENEVA, June 8 (Reuters) - Libya has ordered the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR to close its operations there, putting the future of more than 12,000 refugees and asylum seekers at risk, a UNHCR spokeswoman said on Tuesday. The expulsion has taken on added gravity because of the Italian policy of pushing back refugees who are fleeing North Africa and the Middle East out of Italian waters into Libya, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming said. Libya has not signed the 1951 convention on refugees and does not have a domestic asylum system so the UNHCR has been helping the authorities determine whether people arriving are refugees or other migrants, she told a briefing. "This will leave a huge vacuum for the thousands of refugees and asylum seekers who are there already and of course those who continue to arrive steadily. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: June 8 (Bloomberg) -- Libya Oil Holding Co. offered to buy some of Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s downstream business in Africa for $2 billion, said Faissal Werfelli, a legal adviser in Tunisia to Europe’s largest oil company by market value. Shell’s operations in South Africa are excluded from the proposed deal, Werfelli said in an interview in Tunis yesterday. Libya’s Alrahila Oil Services and the Vitol Group have also expressed interest in buying Shell’s downstream assets, he said. “Sale is our preferred option but we can’t comment on potential buyers,” David Williams, a Hague-based spokesman for Shell, said by phone today. The company said April 1 it wants to sell most of its downstream operations in 21 African countries. Shell values its assets in Tunisia at about $140 million, said Werfelli, adding that the company will announce the buyer by mid-June. Shell has been operating in Tunisia since 1928, according to its website. [Businessweek] More
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: George Papandreou will travel to Libya today for talks with Muammer Gaddafi on possible investments in Greece as ­Athens struggles with its debt crisis. The Greek prime minister will discuss potential investments by Libya’s sovereign wealth fund and its state-owned energy groups with the country’s leader, officials said. Mr Papandreou hopes to revive a family friendship with Colonel Gaddafi that flourished while his father, Andreas, was prime minister during the 1980s. “These are exploratory talks, nothing will be signed on this visit . . . but it opens the way ahead,” one Greek official said. The Greek delegation is counting on a warm welcome in Tripoli following an invitation extended during a visit to Athens last month by Ali Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi, the Libyan prime minister. Mr Mahmudi said Libya planned to spend as much as €200bn ($239bn, £165bn) on “a huge leap in development ... and our relations with Greece will also see a huge development”. [Financial Times] More
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - Libya and the European Union (UE) on Tuesday began the seventh round of talks related to the signing of a framework-agreement for the promotion of dialogue and cooperation between both parties in the political, economic and social fields. Several experts and specialists from different sectors as well as experts and delegates of the EU and the 27 member countries of the organisation are attending the session in Tripoli, the Libyan capital. Participants will be divided into three working groups -- the first of which will be in charge of political dialogue, sectoral cooperation and all political issues. The second group will deal with cooperation in the fields of culture, broadcasting, capacity building and cooperation at regional levels through labour, social policies, equal opportunities, transportation, cooperation in the fields of industrial policy, tourism, archaeology, sciences, technology and consumer protection policy, taxes and statistics. [Afrique Jet] More
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: The Libyan Investment Authority has bought a 3.01 per cent stake in Pearson, the educational publisher and owner of the Financial Times, in the sovereign wealth fund’s most prominent investment to date in a UK-listed company. Pearson announced the stake on Monday after the LIA, which was already on its register with a slightly smaller holding, took its stake a fraction above the 3 per cent level at which it must be disclosed. At Monday night’s closing price of 917.5p, the stake is worth £224m ($324m), and makes the LIA Pearson’s third-largest shareholder after Legal & General and Threadneedle. Tripoli, which last year marked the 40th anniversary of the coup which brought Muammer Gaddafi to power, set up the LIA in 2006, three years after UN sanctions had been lifted, to diversify the North African country’s dependence on its oil wealth. The fact it was set up so recently has sheltered the LIA from some of the losses suffered by other Middle Eastern funds. [Financial Times] More
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: June 8, 5:02 p.m.: Police say Eltawmi's family is now offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the killer's capture. Maplewood police have released this computer-generated composite sketch of the man they suspect gunned down Ahmed Eltawmi, 50, owner of the Delmar Loop restaurant Gyro House outside his Maplewood apartment complex on Friday night. (For more on the incident, including the Loop community's touching response, click over to Ian Froeb's post on Gut Check.) Police say the man is 22-26 years-old, about 5' 8"-5' 10' tall and weights 150-170 lbs. They also suspect that he is left-handed. He was last seen wearing a white do-rag, white t-shirt, and blue jeans. Have a tip? Call the Major Case Squad at 314-646-3632. CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest. ​Denise Hollinshed of the Post-Dispatch penned an excellent piece on Eltawmi's life and death over the weekend. Here's an excerpt: Eltawmi migrated to the United States in 1983 from Libya, said his uncle, Ali Raffa, 66, of Ladue. Eltawmi had been in business in the Loop for at least 20 years. His parents are deceased; he was not married and had no children. [River Front Times] More
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, JUNE 8 - The new submarine fibre optic cable that will start in mid 2011, which will connect Libya and Greece, is called 'Silphium'. So announced the Libya International Telecommunication Company (LITC) and Oteglobe, a subsidiary of the Greek telephony company Ote. The new cable, the cost of which could reach 25 million euros, will connect the two Mediterranean countries, passing via the stations of Derna and Chania. The entire investment will be financed by the LITC. [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 9 June, 2010: Abu Dhabi UAE (RIA Novosti) Jun 09, 2010 Algeria and Libya are ready to buy Russian Pantsir-S1 short-range air defense systems, deputy head of the Russian Military-Technical Cooperation Service Vyacheslav Dzirkaln said on Wednesday. "The new system has shown high efficiency. Algeria and Libya have shown interest. Syria has already bought these systems in the past," Dzirkaln said, adding that other potential customers were likely to appear. Earlier in March the Russian press said Algeria was planning to buy 40 Pantsir-S1s for $500 million. Several Russian papers also reported that Russia had signed a $734-million contract with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2000 on purchasing 50 Pantsir-S1s. Dzirkaln confirmed the reports and said Russia would finish delivering the Pantsir-S1's to the UAE this year. [Space War] More
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تاوالت : مطبوعات تاوالت مجاناً     أويا : رائد القصة الليبية في ذمة الله

محمد نور الدين : العرب بين الدجال والحكواتي

عبدالمنصف البوري : قراءة في العلاقات الامريكية مع "نظام" القذافي

د. مصطفى الزائدي : المرتدون أحجام وأوهام

سعد فرج : شيوخ الإخوان القوّادين.. في خدمة القذافي اللعين

Tuesday, 8 June, 2010: LAST YEAR when the report came that some Nigerians in their scores were awaiting the hangman's noose in Libya, while a responsible government would have made good efforts at intervening for stay of execution or embark on plea bargain for lesser punishment, the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Ministry under the ex-minister Chief Ojo Maduekwe was busy faulting the report, claiming no Nigerian was on death row in the North Africa country. The chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa told Sunday Independent last week that the Federal Government through its foreign ministry had earlier denied that there were Nigerians on death row in Libya. [Daily Independent] More
Tuesday, 8 June, 2010: A Delmar Loop area business owner is putting up a $10,000 reward for the information that convicts the killer of Loop restaurant owner Ahmed Eltawmi, The award was announced shortly after 2pm Monday. Eltawmi was shot to death outside his Maplewood apartment, possibly during a robbery attempt. The 50 year old immigrant from Libya, had owned the Gyro House for the last 16 years, and had managed another Loop restaurant before that. The Major Case Squad has released a composite sketch of the suspect Squad Deputy Commander Charles Milano tells KMOX they have gotten quite a few tips from the Crimestoppers hotline, and are following up on them and other leads today. [KMOX] More
Tuesday, 8 June, 2010: A dinghy carrying some 20 migrants was intercepted this afternoon by a Libyan patrol boat and is expected to be sent back to Libya, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. The migrants early this morning had twice phoned relatives in Italy, using a satellite phone, saying their dinghy was sinking. The migrants on board included a seven-month old baby and three women. A freighter sent to to the area - at the edge of Libyan waters - found no trace of the boat. A search by an AFM aircraft also proved negative. [Times of Malta] More
Tuesday, 8 June, 2010: International banks are rushing to Libya to secure a foothold in an oil-rich economy until recently almost completed untouched by foreign lenders. Two international groups announced acquisitions of private banks in Libya this spring, and the central bank is set to auction two new banking licences to foreign groups to operate on a standalone basis. UK banks HSBC and Standard Chartered, Italy’s UniCredit, and Gulf lenders Emirates NBD, Mashreqbank, and Qatar Islamic Bank passed the pre-qualification stage in the auction and were provided with application packages in April. These must be returned to the central bank by June 15. [Euromoney] More
Tuesday, 8 June, 2010: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Voyages to Antiquity's itinerary titled, "Carthage Is To Be Deleted," provides travelers holding American passports an exceptional opportunity to visit and explore the wonders of Libya, now that the country has entered into a groundbreaking trade and investment agreement lifting all visa restrictions on U.S. citizens. This itinerary provides international passengers the perfect opportunity to experience an unforgettable voyage of discovery throughout North Africa, including Libya, Sicily and Tunisia, and we are pleased that now includes Americans," said Mitchell J. Schlesinger, director of sales and marketing for Voyages to Antiquity. [PR Newswire] More
Tuesday, 8 June, 2010: A two-day seminar on the health insurance sector in the Arab region began here Sunday. It is organised by General Arab Insurance Federation in cooperation with African Insurance Company and Jordanian Society for Health Insurance. Insurance companies from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other countries are participating. The theme is: 'Cooperation and Coordination between Insurance Companies and Treatment Service Providers for the Success of Health Insurance.' Fatima Mohammed Al Awadhi, deputy director general of the Health Insurance Authority, is leading the UAE delegation. [Irish Sun] More
تعازي إلى آل شرمدّو

فرج بوالعَـشّة : هل انتفت قيمة إسرائيل الاستراتيجية ؟! (4)

جبالي : زغرتي يا ليبية و زغرتي يا فلسطينية     الساطور : اللعنة!!

عاطف الأطرش : ما هي القصة يا نقابة المعلمين؟!

عيسى عبدالقيوم : حديث مع ليبيي أسطول الحرية

تامر الزيات : المواطن عبد الحكيم والشيخ فوزي وعربدة الصعاليك

الراصد الصحفي : حديث السفير الأمريكي بليبيا في مؤسسة كارنيغى للسلام الدولي حول العلاقات الليبية الأمريكية

KPLR (U.S.A) : Ahmed El Tawmi Killed Friday Night

فتحي المهدوي : وقفة في مدينة ليدز تضامنا مع أهالى شهداء بوسليم ـ السبت 5 يونيو 2010

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (720)     صالح : صحيفة محلية تتحول لصحيفة عائلة

وفاء البوعيسي : لست بالتي تهذي

Monday, 7 June, 2010: DUBAI (Zawya Dow Jones)--The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, will likely keep its production quota unchanged when it next meets in October, Libya's top oil official said Sunday. "So far we can't take any action. Prices have gone to $87/bbl, then down to $67/bbl, and then to the $70s so the market is fluctuating and we have to wait to see whether its a real trend or not," Shokri Ghanem, chairman or Libya's National Oil Co., or NOC, told Zawya Dow Jones by telephone. He added that volatility in the oil market is being driven by numerous factors including the value of the U.S. dollar, geopolitics and even the price of other commodities. U.S. crude for July delivery fell $3.10, or 4.15% to settle at $71.51 a barrel Friday on disappointing U.S. employment data and fresh fears about Europe's bank problems spreading. [WSJ] More
Monday, 7 June, 2010: Niger, a northwest African country ruled by a military junta, has signed a judicial cooperation deal with Libya, where 12 of its citizens await execution, Reuters gathered on Sunday. Under the agreement, the two desert states, Libya exporting oil and Niger uranium, will help each other gather evidence from those accused, witnesses and experts. ”The council of ministers has examined and approved by decree a judicial convention covering criminal law between Niger and Libya,” Reuters quoted a statement broadcast on Niger‘s national television. Niger hopes its citizens who have been convicted and sentenced to death in Libya will be spared execution. [The Punch] More
Monday, 7 June, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - Pakistan is exploring a multi million dollars opportunity in education sector in Libya. Pakistan Ambassador to Libya Mr. Jamil Ahmed Khan, talking to a fact finding delegation from Pakistan to extend the reach of certain school chains in Pakistan to Libya said that given the opportunity, scope and bright prospects for such an exploit could become Pakistan’s best multi million dollars industry in Libya’ Talking to the delegation about his earlier visits to Libyan Minister of Education he said the minister had appreciated any such cooperation in the field of education and training between two brotherly countries. The Minister of Education told Pakistan Ambassador that any English Medium school system in Libya would be welcomed and would have a great chance to establish its branches all over Libya. [Pak Observer] More
محمد بن احميدة : بوسليم في مظاهرة المدرسين بمدينة هامبورج

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن رقم 5 مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 5 يونيو 2010

نجيب الحمري : لقطات من الاعتصام بمدينة لفربول تضامنا مع أهالى ضحايا ابوسليم ـ 5 يونيو 2010

عمر الهوني : الوقفة التضامنية مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ لندن ـ 5 يونيو 2010

محمد ربيع : هذيان وفاء البوعـيسى

سعد فرج : حيه عليك يا اسرائيل حيه .. الدراونه داروا مظاهرة صاخبة وهدّدوا بالقضاء عليك!!

إبراهيم قويدر : الحجاب المكشوف : نفق الصراع

نادي الباروني : من نشاطات نادي الباروني لشهر مايو 2010

C-SPAN : U.S. Ambassador to Libya on U.S.-Libya Relations

خلاص! : موسيقى : ياسر : إبن ثابت     Enough! : Music : Yassir : Ibn Thabit

Sunday, 6 June, 2010: JOHANNESBURG (Dow Jones)--Zambia has accepted a $257 million bid for majority control of fixed-line phone company Zambia Telecommunications Co. from Libya's LAP Green Networks, the Zambia Development Agency said Saturday. The successful offer for 75% of Zamtel beat out bids from groups led by Angola's Unitel Corp. (UNTL) and Russia's Vimpel Communications (VIP). The government will retain a 25% stake. "The government of Zambia has today paved the way for completing the most significant privatization in the history of Zambia," said Situmbeko Musokotwane, minister of finance and national planning. Musokotwane said LAP GreenN has the resources and track record in African telecommunications to turn Zamtel around and revitalize the market so that more people in the country have access to affordable services such as high-speed Internet access. The ZDA said LAP GreenN, in addition to the purchase price, will provide about $127 million for the expansion of the existing and new networks in the country. [WSJ] More
Sunday, 6 June, 2010: A leading investment group in Sharjah will take a 40 per cent stake in a joint venture it is setting up in Libya for aluminium and glass fittings, according to the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI). Hussain Mohammed Al Mahmoudi, SCCI Director- General, told Emirates Business that the joint venture between Sharjah's Al Sharif Investment Group and two Libyan partners – Libyan Social and Economic Development Fund and Libyan Investment Portfolio – was the result of an official visit organised by the chamber for businessmen to several north and central African countries, including Libya, at the end of April. The two Libyan partners will hold 35 per cent and 25 per cent stakes respectively, Al Mahmoudi said. As per the agreement, the management of the project will be solely under the Emarati side, he added. The joint venture is for aluminium and glass production, manufactory and fitting. It will be based in Libya and any surplus will be exported to neighbouring Arab and African countries. [Business24-7] More
Sunday, 6 June, 2010: In a Daily Mail exclusive published this morning, Saif Gaddafi, son of Libyan Leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has described Tony Blair as ‘a family friend’ and that he is now a consultant to state owned Libyan Investment Authority (LIA), which manages Libya’s huge oil money. This revelation chimes badly with the fact that Mr Blair is the ‘quartet’s’ Special Envoy to the Middle East, the vanity project given him by those who owed him, after he was forced from power in the UK, a tarnished character. With Israel currently the focus of widescale international opprobrium after its assault on the aid ship, Mavi Marmara off Gaza, Mr Blair’s prioritising of his personal cash register hardly comes as a surprise. Said Gaddafi is quoted as saying: ‘Many people are unhappy with him (Blair) because of Iraq. It’s much easier to deal with the LIA than the Middle East. Tony Blair has the right earn money. It’s a good thing to be a businessman. The LIA is ready to talk to anybody who wants to do business in Libya’. [Forargyll] More
Sunday, 6 June, 2010: ONE of Tony Blair’s former ministers has called on David Cameron to put a stop to the former PM’s globetrotting role as Middle East peace envoy. Labour MP Kate Hoey said he was not achieving anything in the region and questioned why public money was being spent on subsidising his sun- tanning trips. Former sports minister Ms Hoey, 63, made her comments during a debate about Gaza on Radio 4’s Any Questions programme on Friday. She said: “I probably shouldn’t say this as a Labour MP, but it does raise the question why we are still paying my previous leader, Tony Blair, to be some kind of peace envoy because I’m not quite sure what he’s doing. “I remember the razzmatazz when he left being Prime Minister and he became this great peace envoy. I imagine he’s paid for it and I imagine one of the things the new coalition government is going to do is sack him.” [Daily Express] More
عبد السلام الزغيبي : العرب بين تركيا وايران

عيسى عبدالقيوم : حركة القبيلة على الرُكح السياسي

وفاء البوعيسي : أعداء النهار

أبو هشام العربي : اردوغان يفضح النظام الرسمى العربى

محمد نور الدين : القذافي يتنصّل من جرائمه

تحالف تمدّن الليبي : ليبيا.. بين التنحي ومخطط التوريث الداهم

فرانس 24 : تداعيات الهجوم الإسرائيلي على "أسطول الحرية" ـ د. الهادي شلوف

فرج الفاخري : لأي نوع من المجتمعات ينتمي الليبيون؟ (1)

محمد عبدالمولى : الصادق شكري والملك ادريس السنوسي : جا يبّي ايكحّلها عماها!

فرج بوالعَـشّة : ما حاجة ليبيا لعودة الملكية؟!

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : من كتاب المراثي

Saturday, 5 June, 2010: The sons of a Swansea woman who was among the 103 people killed in last month's Libya plane disaster have paid tribute to her. Priscilla Savathree Collick, 53, from Waunarlwydd, a South African national, was on board the Afriqiyah Airways jet. Her sons Sean, 24, and Kieran, 14, said she was as a "loving, kind hearted person who always looked after others." The tribute has been made following the formal identification of Mrs Collick's body. The Airbus 330 crashed after missing the runway at Tripoli airport as it flew in from South Africa on 12 May. In a statement, issued through South Wales Police, Sean said: "I will miss my mum for many reasons; loving the laughs that we had and also the fun that only my mum could provide. [BBC] More
Saturday, 5 June, 2010: June 3, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — The Libyan government today formally announced that it has no intention of handing over a Darfur rebel leader to Sudan to face charges related to a 2008 attack he launched on the capital. The leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) Khalil Ibrahim has been residing in the Libyan capital following the surprising refusal by Chadian authorities to let him in and forced him to return to Tripoli after destroying his passport. Chad has been a hub for JEM fighters and political officers through which they entered to their bases inside Darfur. However, a recent thaw in relations between Sudan and its Western neighbor created the unexpected situation for JEM. [Sudan Tribune] More
Saturday, 5 June, 2010: Tony Blair has become an adviser to Colonel Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator's son has sensationally claimed. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi said the former prime minister has secured a consultancy role with a state fund that manages the country's £65billion of oil wealth. In an exclusive interview, Saif described Mr Blair as a 'personal family friend' of the Libyan leader and said he had visited the country 'many, many times' since leaving Downing Street three years ago. If true, the claims will plunge Mr Blair - now a Middle East peace envoy - into a fresh row over potential conflicts of interest between his public and private roles. His business affairs have attracted widespread controversy because they are deliberately shrouded in secrecy. Last night, families of the 270 Lockerbie victims accused Mr Blair of breaking bread with people who 'have blood on their hands'. [Daily Mail] More
Saturday, 5 June, 2010: Human rights campaigner group Amnesty International has condemned the reported execution of 18 people in Libya. The 18, some from Chad, Egypt and Nigeria, were executed on Sunday in Tripoli and Benghazi, Libyan media reported. Amnesty International said they feared the accused had not had fair trials. The people were convicted of murder and executed by firing squad, the Libyan Cerene newspaper said. "In Libya we fear that death sentences are handed down after proceedings which fail to satisfy international standards for fair trial," a statement from the organisation said. Foreign nationals are at a disadvantage in the Libyan legal system, Amnesty said. [BBC] More
Saturday, 5 June, 2010: Travel to Libya might be more difficult than it sounds, despite recent easing of visa restrictions for U.S. travelers. The Libyan government recently announced it will begin issuing visas, although how it will be done makes it "impractical to plan a trip," said Kristina Tuohey, a regional director for San Francisco-based tour operator Geographic Expeditions, which deals in faraway destinations. "Currently, the government is only issuing 'visas-on-arrival' and will only notify travelers that their visa has been approved one week before their scheduled arrival," Tuohey said. "This means that you would need to plan your trip and book your air tickets long before you would know whether the government is going to approve your visa." The U.S. State Department site (travel.state.gov) has not updated its travel information for Libya since January. [SF Gate] More
Saturday, 5 June, 2010: After a five-year hiatus, Travcoa, a tour operator based in El Segundo that specializes in personalized luxury trips, will return to Libya in September with six journeys. For years the company has kept a wait list of clients eager to see the North African country, spokesman Perry Lungmus said. Each 13-day trip, titled "Libya: The Forbidden Sahara," is limited to 18 participants. Prices start at $6,995 per person, based on double occupancy. The itinerary takes travelers from Tripoli to the ancient Greek and Roman ruins of Sabratha, Apollonia and Leptis Magna. Many buildings and striking mosaics of the Roman harbor of Leptis Magna remain intact, and the site was deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. [LA Times] More
Saturday, 5 June, 2010: The government has started preparations for the safe return of more than one hundred Nepalese citizens inhumanely held in Libya from the past nine months by the company that employed them, according to a report that appeared in Nagarik Daily. The report said that Nepal's Embassy in Cairo, Egypt informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kathmandu following its visit to the company in Libya that Nepalese workers there need to be immediately rescued. The Embassy officials had reached such a conclusion after visiting Libya where they held discussions with Nepali workers, the employer company and the Libyan authorities. The field visit by Nepalese embassy officials showed that some 108 Nepali workers who had reached Libya in search of lucrative job offers through Dhaulagiri Manpower in Kathmandu nine months ago were held captive by their own company. [Nepal News] More
Saturday, 5 June, 2010: LAGOS—A civil society group, the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, yesterday petitioned President Goodluck Jonathan over the execution of some Nigerians on death row in Libya. Thee group wants the President “to urgently seek extraordinary session of the African Union Assembly to discuss the execution of Nigerians and other Africans in Libya in order to proffer durable solutions to the reccuring problem.” SERAP, in the petition by its Executive Director, Mr. Adetokunbo Mumuni, said: “we are seriously concerned about the execution of 18 persons including nationals of Nigeria, following purported conviction for murder. The number of Nigerians executed is yet unknown but more than 200 people are reportedly currently on death row in Libya. [Vanguard] More
نشطاء الحق الأمازيغي الليبي : بيان رقم (2) بخصوص القمّة العربيّة ـ طرابلس 2010 ـ والقمّة الاستثنائيّة ذات العام

سليم الرقعي : وقفات ومراجعات ومناصحات ضرورية للمعارضة الليبية!؟ (1)

بوغرّاف : نشد باللهي اني كنت غالط     الساطور : القذافي يطالب بطمس اللغة الامازيغية

عمر الكدي : تلك البلاد

المحمودي : الإسلام.. شبهات وردود (3)

مركز التوثيق الليبي : من أوراق فتاة ليبية (2)

Friday, 4 June, 2010: The crew of a Libyan-owned cargo ship disarmed their sleeping Somali captors yesterday, killing five of them to regain control of their vessel that had been hijacked almost three months earlier, officials said. A sixth pirate managed to lock himself in a room and call other pirates before the crew took him hostage. The EU anti-piracy force sent the closest warship to provide assistance. A group of pirates on another hijacked vessel tried to block the warship, but when the warship's helicopter approached the pirates changed course. The MV Rim was seized on 3 February in the Gulf of Aden. [Guardian] More
Friday, 4 June, 2010: The hit parade of the world’s worst human rights violators is out, and it reads like a rap sheet of the usual suspects. The “worst of the worst,” as Washington-based human rights watchdog Freedom House calls them, is comprised of nine countries and one territory: Burma, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tibet (under Chinese jurisdiction). What Freedom House calls “shameful” is that one of those “worst” – Libya – was just elected to the United Nations’ premier human rights organization, the Human Rights Council. Moreover, three countries on the organization’s expanded list of countries with only slightly better human-rights records – China, Cuba, and Saudi Arabia – are already members. [CSMonitor] More
Friday, 4 June, 2010: Authorities in Libya have banned its national sports teams from competing against Algeria and Egypt. Libyan football teams must also request state authorisation before playing teams from other Arab countries. The authorisation is required to ensure "good sportsmanship", but no reason was given for the Algeria and Egypt ban. But the BBC's Rana Jawad in Libya says many believe the ban is linked to last year's violence at a World Cup play-off match between Algeria and Egypt. The new regulations were outlined in a letter dated 25 May, which was made available to the media on Wednesday. [BBC] More
Friday, 4 June, 2010: A South African has been asked to lead the investigation into the DNA testing on the 103 victims who died in the Libyan airplane crash last month. The London-based company Trimega Laboratories, which is owned by South Africa's Avi Lasarow, has been asked by the Libyan government to conduct the testing. Trimega will carry out forensic work on the remains of the 103 passengers who were aboard the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330-200 which crashed just before landing. Thirteen of the passengers were South African and 70 were Dutch. Other citizens were from Libya, including 11 crew members; a Zimbabwean; and citizens from Austria, Germany, France and Britain. [IOL] More
Friday, 4 June, 2010: (ANSAMed) - BEIRUT, JUNE 3 - The press in the Arab world needs an "intifada" to obtain freedom and democracy. This is how Gisele Khoury, president of the SKeyes Foundation for freedom of press and culture, welcomed the two winners - a Libyan and an Egyptian woman - to Beirut for the fifth edition of the Samir Kassir prize. Named after the Lebanese journalist and intellectual assassinated in Beirut in 2005 and Khoury's husband, the prize is funded by the EU and this year it had a record number of participants (150) from 18 countries in the Middle East, the Gulf and North Africa. The prize for the best opinion article went to Libyan Mustafa Fetouri, author of a critical piece on the building industry in his country, which was published in English in the UAE newspaper, The National. [ANSAMed] More
فرج بوالعَـشّة : "سي" عمر المختار شيخ المقاومة الجهادية (19)

جنقولا : سفن إرهاب.. وليست سفن سلام     بنت بنغازي : احلم يا قذافي     حلومة : من صهيونيات الاستاذ الخوجة

فاعل خير : إلى الأخ نصر يعقوب     عبدالله بن عبدالله : 1200 شهيد     منعم شريف : جمال المدن ليلا        

د. فوزية بريون : الشلطامي شاعر القضية

محمّد قدري الخوجة : من لوحات الخطاط .. (1)

بوغرّاف : رد أمازيغ ليبيا على القذافي

دي برس : القذافي : الامازيغ قبائل قديمة اندثرت     الصيّاد : عبدالعزيز الرواف : بيننا وبينكم

سالم الشاردة : الأستاذ ابراهيم صهد .. مشنوق ؤ خاطره في الحلوى!

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : رسالة الامين العام للجبهة للسيد رجب اردوغان

ليبي : محامـُـون مهنتهم الضراط !

الكرداش : أين هم الآن؟ (2)     أبوالعتاهية الليبي : فرّق تسُد     الساطور

University of New England : Political Scientist Ali Ahmida Named Ludcke Chair..

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : تصريح صحفي حول احتفاء "غرفة التجارة الأمريكية العربية الوطنية" بالمدعو موسى كوسا

Thursday, 3 June, 2010: A Tripoli-based attorney has denied reports that proceedings in Libya’s criminal justice system often fail to meet international standards. Mohammed Tumi, managing partner of the Tumi law firm, said, despite criticism, Libya’s judiciary system is not biased against foreign nationals. “I strongly believe that the Libyan judiciary system is one of the best judiciary systems in the world. Whoever is stating that the Libyan judiciary system is not fair and is not just, I believe is not saying the truth. From an experience point of view, as Tumi law firm, every single day we file against government bodies and we are treated fairly before the court. And, we won so many judgments in favor of foreign companies,” he said. Amnesty International said foreign nationals are at a disadvantage in the Libyan legal system. This comes after the rights group condemned the reported execution of 18 foreigners over the weekend. It also expressed fear that the accused did not have fair trials. Amnesty International said foreign nationals are at a disadvantage in the Libyan legal system. [VOA] More
Thursday, 3 June, 2010: LONDON, June 2 - PRNewswire - The Libyan government has instructed UK-based Trimega Laboratories to coordinate DNA analysis and carry out forensic work on the remains of the passengers who died when Afriqiyah Airways Flight 771 from Johannesburg crash-landed at Tripoli Airport (on 12.5.10). All but one of the 104 people onboard the Airbus A330-200 perished - with 70 of the dead originating from Holland, along with a number of Libyans, South Africans, Zimbabweans, Austrians, Germans, French and one British citizen. Assisted by UK Trade & Investment and under the personal supervision of the head of forensics for the Libyan Ministry of Justice, samples have been transported by a private medical aircraft to Trimega's laboratory in Manchester. Trimega will now perform DNA tests, matching the results with the genotypes of the bodies recovered to ensure their identities are accurately confirmed without delay. [Prnewswire] More
Thursday, 3 June, 2010: Jun 02, 2010 – High profile ministers from the National Oil Corporation Libya and leading international gas experts will gather to discuss the strategies and opportunities to drive Libya’s gas market forward. Quoted as having the largest gas reserves in Africa, Libya Gas will focus upon the huge expansion plans to grow the industry and bring it to the forefront as being one of the world’s leading gas suppliers. Leading NOC and nternational speakers include: - H.E. Dr Shukri Ghanem, Chairman, National Oil Corporation Libya. - Dr Omar A Abdelkarim, Member of the Management Committee for Exploration & Production, NOC Libya. - Abulkassem Shengeer, Exploration Manager, NOC Libya. [Prlog] More
Thursday, 3 June, 2010: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said that the Amazigh (Berbers) were "ancient tribes who lived in North Africa and that they no longer exist," the Libyan agency Jana reported Wednesday. The Amazigh tribes "have disappeared and no longer exist," said the Libyan leader, saying the origin of the Amazigh was Arab, during a meeting with a delegation of journalists and intellectuals. He also believed it was "pointless to try (to use) the language of these tribes which have disappeared," criticizing the use of that language in "some radios," in allusion to the Moroccan media. "Whoever wants to use it at home is free but this must end," he said describing the people's demands for recognition of Amazigh identity and language of "propaganda of the colonizer and its agents as the (world) Congress of Amazigh. In Libya, Amazigh, "free men" in Berber, represent 10% of the population live and particularly on the heights of mountains west of Tripoli. [Ennaharonline] More
Thursday, 3 June, 2010: WAM Tripoli, 2nd Jun 2010 (WAM) -- Mohammed Abu Al-Qasim Al-Zuwayy, Secretary of the General People's Congress in Libya, has received a letter from Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair, Speaker of UAE Federal National Council, confirming his acceptance of the invitation sent to him by the speaker of the Libyan parliament to visit Libya and discuss the current state of relations between the two houses. The letter was delivered to Al Zuwayy by Acting Charge d' affairs at UAE Embassy in Libya Salem Ibrahim bin Ahmed Al Naqbi. [WAM] More
Thursday, 3 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JUNE 2 - "We must deepen the cultural horizons between Italy and Libya", said Libyàs Minister of Culture Nuri Daw El Hemedi while opening the "Italian Week" in Tripoli. The event started yesterday with a concert of Italian Bel Canto with artists of the Puccini Festival Foundation. The event was organised by the Italian embassy in Tripoli in collaboration with the Libyan cultural and archaeological organisation, in the context of the celebration of the Italian 'Republic Day'. It was made possible by contributions of the main Italian companies active in Libya, including Finmeccanica, Eni, Unicredit Group and Alitalia. The Libyan minister said, in a preliminary meeting with the Italian ambassador to Libya, Francesco Paolo Trupiano, that he is "pleased with the positive development of bilateral diplomatic relations" between the countries. He confirmed "the profound interest of the Libyan people in Italian culture and language". [ANSAmed] More
Amnesty International : Libya executes 18 by firing squad

ليبي مهتم : اتجاهات ليبية معاكسة     رفيق غربة : إلى فرج الفاخري    

عبدالرحمن النايب : رسالة الى الفاخري     حسين علي : آخر هزائم العرب

الصديق الجعراني : نجاح ليبيا في حل ملفات الخارج .. وتخبطها في حل اهم الملفات الداخلية

فوزي عبدالحميد : إلى منظمة الهايك الليبية : تبكون على فلسطين وتتجاهلون مذابح أبناء شعبكم!

ليبيا ايمال : بيان عن الحركة الامازيغية حول تصريحات القذافي العنصرية

فرج الفاخري : أتفق معك.. ولكن..!

إبراهيم قويدر : بيت الطاعة أم بيت الشموخ والحرية

د. مصطفى الزائدي : شعارات وبكائيات ومنهج للتغيير

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (4)

Wednesday, 2 June, 2010: Eighteen persons including nationals of Nigeria, Chad and Egypt have been executed after being convicted of premeditated murder, a Libyan newspaper, Cerene, has reported. The number of Nigerians killed in the executions done last Sunday has not been ascertained.Of the 18, 14 were executed in the capital, Tripoli, Cerene reported, while the four other executions were carried out in Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city. Their identities have not been made public by Libyan authorities. More than 200 people are currently on death row in Libya, the Cerene report said. They are believed to include a large number of foreign nationals against whom the death penalty appears to be used disproportionately.They are also often allegedly not provided with interpretation or translation assistance during legal proceedings, which are conducted in Arabic, or given access to their own government’s consular representatives. [This Day Online] More
Wednesday, 2 June, 2010: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi held the United States responsible for an attack by Israeli forces against a Gaza-bound aid fleet, that left several activists killed and injured. "The responsibility for this heinous crime does not fall on the Israelis, but on the United States and the poor American taxpayers who are funding this colonial entity," Gaddafi was quoted by state- run Jana news agency as saying in a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama. On Monday morning, Israeli naval forces attacked the Freedom Flotilla, killing at least nine and wounding dozens. The forces also seized the ships and vessels and prevented the fleet from reaching the Gaza Strip. "The warships that killed scores of unarmed civilians, peace advocates would not have done so if they were not supported by the U.S. 6th Fleet," he said, in reference to the U.S. naval force stationed in the Italian city of Gaeta and operating in the Mediterranean Sea. [People Daily] More
Wednesday, 2 June, 2010: GENEVA, June 1 (KUNA) -- Libya strongly criticized on Tuesday the Human Rights Council for its positions towards the Palestinian resistance and the unbalanced comparison with the Israeli aggression. In its speech before the HRC Libya said, "We see with great concern to the unbalanced and inaccurate compare between Israeli forces and the resistance of the Palestinian people to defend themselves for their rights of liberation, which is protected by laws and international conventions." Libya described the comparison between Israeli forces and Palestinian resistance as "a double standard advocated by the Human Rights Council." Libya called for the necessity of the HRC for establishing a protect for Palestinian people from Israeli occupation crimes, and but an end the injustice siege on Gaza". [KUNA] More
Wednesday, 2 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JUNE 1 - The topic last night in Tripoli was the distance between North and South in Italy and in the world. The event took place in a round futuristic building that is the seat of Libyàs 'Thought Academy'. An unexpected place where the circular environment reflects the will to "disseminate philosophical thought through exchange and knowledge", according to Mahdi M. Imberesh, the Director of the Centre, a philosopher and former minister of Culture. The problems of southern Italy were also explained by a young Italian writer, Francesco Ronchi, who last February published through Alfredo Guida Editore, with Gianni Pittella, a PD euroMP, the case-book "Domani a Mezzogiorno". Ronchìs historical dissemination on southern Italy and its values raised much interest in the audience. [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 2 June, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, JUNE 1 - Computer literacy for the masses, a Libyan Centre for Electronic Development, the introduction within 5 years of "e-government, e-management, e-learning, e-training, e-democracy" to create North Africàs first "e-generation". Such is the purpose of the first International Conference on the electronic society that opened up today in Tripoli with the presence of various international experts of the sector. The conference, named "Moving to computer literacy for the masses", is promoted by Seif Al Islam Gheddafi, son of Libyàs Leader and president of the Foundation named after his father. Italy is the only European country to attend the meeting through its expert, Renata Pavlov, advisor for international affairs to Minister for Public Administration Renato Brunetta. [ANSAmed] More
Wednesday, 2 June, 2010: June 1 (Reuters) - An unpredictable succession, suspicion of foreign influence, diplomatic rows, policy uncertainty and the lingering threat of social unrest all pose potential risks for investors in oil producer Libya. Here are some key factors to watch. UNCERTAIN SUCCESSION: Muammar Gaddafi has led Libya for over 40 years, longer than any living African leader. He is in his late 60s, but there is no framework for his succession and he has carefully avoided designating a successor. Analysts say the veteran leader appears to be in good health but that, when he dies, years of instability could follow as competing clans and relatives struggle for supremacy. The liberal-leaning Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who took a central role in ending Libya's stand-off with the West, has the highest profile among Gaddafi's sons but lacks any official role and Libya experts say he has little support from the army, whose endorsement is seen as vital if he is to hold power. Two other sons, Mutassim and Khamis, are both thought to have stronger power bases in the military. Their policy views, including on the economy and outside investment, remain unknown but Libya watchers see Mutassim -- Libya's National Security Adviser -- as close to the old guard that opposes many of the reforms proposed by Saif al-Islam. [Reuters] More
الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : مظاهرة ليبيين أمام جامعة لندن : لا للعنف .. نعم لحرية الرأي والتعبير

Tuesday, 1 June, 2010: The Libyan foreign minister - linked to the Lockerbie bombing and an attack on a disco in Berlin that killed American soldiers and expelled from Britain for plotting to kill Libyan dissidents - will be honored this week in Washington by U.S. and Arab business executives. Musa Kousa is scheduled to discuss a recent Commerce Department mission to Libya and the new U.S.-Libyan trade framework agreement when he attends a reception in his honor sponsored by the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce on Thursday at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Mr. Kousa's terrorist background extends to the 1980s when he was accused of sending hit men around the world to kill critics of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. In London, he was known as the "envoy of death" when he was the head of the Libyan diplomatic mission to Britain. [Washington Times] More
Tuesday, 1 June, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya - Saif al-Islam al-Gadhafi relaxed in an opulent suite in a swank new hotel where, just two hours earlier, he had defied Libyan hard-liners by announcing the release of 214 Islamist militants in an effort at national reconciliation. The broad-shouldered 37-year-old has no official position in government. His power comes from one source: his father, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. Like so many of the younger Gadhafi's initiatives in this North African nation, the releases brought into question just how much change his father and his influential clique will tolerate. After all, those freed included the leaders of a group that tried on three occasions to kill the Libyan leader. Saif Gadhafi, the leader's second-eldest son, is widely considered a possible successor to his 68-year-old father, who has ruled Libya for more than 40 years. He is competing with two brothers for the leadership, but many Libyans say he is the favorite. [AZ Central] More
Tuesday, 1 June, 2010: Speaking at the first Turkish-Libyan business forum in Istanbul, Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergun stated that Turkey and Libya should ink a trade agreement (FTA) in order to foster mutual trade relations, Zaman reported. He said the inking of the FTA will open several opportunities for both countries. We have benefited much in trade with countries with whom Turkey has previously signed FTAs. It is crucial that we seal an FTA with our Libyan friends in the shortest time possible, added Ergun. He mentioned that the current level of €2 billion in mutual trade volume between Turkey and Libya does not represent the actual potential. The government aims to increase trade volume with Libya to €10 billion in the next five years. [Neurope] More
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