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سعد فرج : ليبيون جبناء يتظاهرون دعماً للفلسطينيين، ولا يتظاهرون دعماً لأهالي ضحايا بوسليم!

ليبي متشمّت : أيها الفلسطينيون .. الله لا اتغيّب عليكم بلاء

عيسى عبدالقيوم : إعتداء إسرائيلي بربري على حملة الحرية

صلاح الربيعي : إلى صباح الشلوي : هل استعمال اكريم الشعر ينقض الوضوء؟

علي زيو : مذبحة ابوسليم.. واحتراق القلوب (6)

د. الهادي شلوف : هل انتقل الصراع على توريث السلطة في ليبيا إلى بريطانيا؟

د. فتحي العكاري : الهيئة الكونية للبحوث الاستراتيجية

عاطف الأطرش : حوار مع الأخ فرج حميد، أحد أفراد أسرة ليبية طلبت التنازل عن الجنسية الليبية

فوزي عبدالحميد : كاتب (ما شافش حاجة)!

نصر سعيد عقوب : بين الدكتور الصلابي والدكتور جاب الله موسى

محمد بن احميدة : الدعوة إلى المزيد من الوقفات من أجل ضحايا بوسليم

ادريس العمامي : الدعاء بالشفاء لإبننا وائل الشبلي

م. المسلاتي : سيف الإسلام يسرق أراضي الجبل الأخضر

مفتاح : سيف القذافي يُتاجر في ثروة ليبيا السمكية ويُساهم في تدميرها    NG: The Global Fish Crisis

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : لسيف الزيف أقول...     ناجي الفيتوري : صلعة سيف         

مخيّم "أمل" 2010     Amal Camp 2010

الإجدابي : آهِ .. يا أبا القاسم المزداوي لوْ نلغي سلطة َ الغياب!!     إيمال : وداعاً (تندميرا) تين إند ميرا

عمر الكدي : أرفق بحالك     د. محمد بالروين : من الإرث الدستوري (3)

د. مصطفى عبدالله : لماذا الخوف من تعدّد الأراء؟

Monday, 31 May, 2010: TRIPOLI, May 30 (Xinhua) -- An investigation committee said Sunday that no evidence has been found to indicate that a technical failure was behind an air crash in Libya that killed 103 people this month, local Quryna newspaper reported. According to a preliminary report published by the newspaper, the investigation team also did not find any evidence that the crash was caused by a terrorist attack. An Airbus A-330 operated by Libya's Afriqiyah Airways crashed on landing on May 12 at Tripoli airport after completing a more than seven-hour flight across the African continent from Johannesburg, South Africa, killing 103 people with a nine-year- old Dutch boy as a sole survivor. "According to the data recovered so far from the two black boxes, there is no sign of any technical failure before the crash, " the investigation committee chief Naji Ramadan Dhaw said in the report. The report said that the pilots were highly qualified to fly this type of planes and they had already operated more than one flight on this route while the authorizations for the crew were valid. [Xinhuanet] More
Monday, 31 May, 2010: The challenge for Saif Al Islam Gaddafi now is to focus on the nation's respectability and its future prospects It looked, for a while, just like the bad old days: a handful of angry demonstrators on one side of a London street, shouting and waving placards as a larger group of men on the other pavement lobbed back Arabic insults over the heads of the watching policemen. But the past was swiftly banished when Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al Islam Al Gaddafi, began to speak from the podium in a university lecture hall packed with businessmen, diplomats and students. Saif, 37, is the face of a modern, reforming Libya, emerging from its past to become a dazzling centre for western investment, with a reinvigorated energy industry, billions of dollars in cash reserves, a re-opened US Embassy and even plans for mass tourism. Gaddafi junior has no formal position in the Jamihiriya, the "state of the masses", but he is an energetic champion of change who has a finger in most pies in Libya, as well as jet-setting friends such as Britain's Lord Mandelson. It is widely assumed that he will one day succeed his father, although he insists he is a democrat for whom dynastic rule ended with the 1969 revolution. [Gulf News] More
تعازي إلى آل الحاجي    تعازي إلى آل الغيثي    تعازي إلى آل المسوري

مركز التوثيق الليبي : ومن حب "الإصلاح" ما قتل!

نجيب الحمري : لقطات من الاعتصام بمدينة مانشستر تضامنا مع أهالى ضحايا ابوسليم ـ 29 مايو 2010

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن الرابعة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 29 مايو 2010

فرج الفاخري : العودة لموقع ليبيا وطننا

الفرزدق : أسرار من الصحراء تكشف الأم اليهودية للطاغية    The Secret of the Sands : Arab Chief's Jewish Mother

صلاح عبدالعزيز : محاضرة : حظر بناء المآذن.. نظرة إستشرافية

د. الهادي شلوف : دعوة إلى إنشاء محكمة جنائية خاصة بقضية المبحوح

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : نداء من أجل إنقاذ أبناء قبائل التبو من الإبادة البشرية

عمر الهوني : مظاهرة المعارضين الليبيين بمناسبة إلقاء سيف القذافي لمحاضرة في كلية لندن للاقتصاد

بعيو المصراتي : مسرح ومسرحيون ومقاهي (4)

Sunday, 30 May, 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 Gaddafi, 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 de-radicalize extremists and discredit al-Qaeda. "Let's leave Libya's dark chapter behind us," Gaddafi'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 from bin Laden's narrative. Scores of militants have been released under the program, and U.S. officials say they are watching to see whether such models can serve as a blueprint for combating extremism at a time when al-Qaeda remains a long-term strategic threat. [Washington Post] More
Sunday, 30 May, 2010: MARLTON, N.J. and TRIPOLI, Libya, May 28, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Hill International , the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today that Paul Donohue, P.E. has joined the firm as Vice President in charge of the company's project management operations in Libya. He is based in Hill's Tripoli, Libya office. Donohue has over 32 years of engineering, construction and project management experience. Prior to joining Hill, he was CEO and Managing Director of ARESCO. Before that, Donohue was Projects Director and Area Manager for Contrack International. Before that, he spent 25 years in various positions with Bechtel Corp., most recently as Program Manager. Donohue earned his B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and he is a registered professional engineer in Massachusetts, Mississippi and New Hampshire. "Paul has exceptional construction management experience in the Middle East, North Africa and other diverse regions of the world," said Raouf S. Ghali, President of Hill's Project Management Group (International). "I am confident that he will successfully manage and grow our Libyan operations," Ghali added. [Market Watch] More
Sunday, 30 May, 2010: Following the meeting of the Joint Cooperation Commission between Libya and Mauritania, Libya is reportedly ready to invest in telecommunications in Mauritania, with particular interest in mobile and fixed telephony. Libya is also interested in investing in the areas of fishing and mines, particularly in the iron industry and tourism, for which it will construct a large hotel in Nouakchott. The governor of the Central Bank of Mauritania, Sid'Ahmed Oukld Rais, has been reported saying that that Libya has already cancelled Mauritania's debt with it and rescheduled the interests on the debt. The interests has been estimated at being about US$ 100 million, which is 50 per cent of the total debt, estimated at US$ 200 million. According to Rais, Libya has decided to grant Mauritania a budget support of US$50 million over two years for the construction of a hospital and the University of Al-Fateh in Mauritania. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 30 May, 2010: TARABULUS, May 29 (Saba) - President of Libya Muammar Gaddafi affirmed on Saturday Libya's support to Yemen's security, stability, unity and development. This came during a meeting gathered the Libyan leader and the commander of the Republican Guard and Special Forces, Ahmed Ali Abdullah Saleh, who conveyed a letter from President Ali Abdullah Saleh to Gaddafi. The letter dealt with the Arab, regional and international developments of common concern, and the results of the recent Arab summit held in the Libyan city of Surt, in addition to the brotherly relations between Yemen and Libya and means of boosting them in all fields so as to serve the common interests of the two brotherly peoples. In the meeting, the two sides discussed a number of issues relating to the brotherly relations and areas of bilateral cooperation, especially between the armed forces in the two countries. [Saba] More
ابراهيم عبدالعزيز صهّد : وقفات مع أحاديث هيكل.. (1)

السيفاو المنير : إلى سيادة سيف الإسلام بخصوص غزوة لندن

عبدالله بن عبدالله : كفى يأهل العَشر الأواخر كفى!!

أحمد : محاضرة سيف في لندن : تقرير وفيديو

المحمودي : الإسلام.. شبهات وردود (2)

أسعد العقيلي : ديمقراطية (الغد) .. وأنصارها

د. محمد بوقعيقيص : مناشدة وتوضيح

عبد السلام الزغيبي : المسلسل التركي.. دخل بيتنا وأستقر فيه!

محمد الأصفر : الرابح يبقى وحيدا

Saturday, 29 May, 2010: Libya reform champion faces family battle By Roula Khalaf in London Published: May 26 2010 23:17 | Last updated: May 26 2010 23:17 Reforms in Libya often go one step forward and three steps back, frustrating foreign investors as much as the country’s 6m people. But ask Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader and champion of reform, and he confidently predicts that all the right moves are on the way. Restrictions on visas for foreigners will be removed, the notorious unpredictability of state decision-making will be replaced by the rule of law – and his own version of representative democracy will prevail. “I’m always winning battles,” he tells the Financial Times. “Which one didn’t I win?” Saif, 38, has inherited Colonel Muammer Gaddafi’s plain-talking style – and many say he hopes to inherit his father’s rule too. He may well have genuine intentions to transform an oil-rich but shambolic country into a modern and accountable state. [Financial times] More
Saturday, 29 May, 2010: (Reuters) - Oil exporter Libya is making up for years of stagnation by spending billions of dollars on construction projects, creating lucrative opportunities for contractors bold enough to risk Libya's unpredictable business climate. Following is a selection of some of the biggest projects underway in Libya outside oil and gas: TRANSPORT -- Russian state-owned firm Russian Railways signed a 2.2 million euro ($2.8 million) contract in April 2008 to build a high-speed railway along Libya's Mediterranean coast between Sirte and Benghazi, a distance of about 500 km (310 miles). In the same year, China Railway Construction Corporation Ltd was awarded a contract worth $2.6 billion to build two sections of railway. Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht, with a Libyan joint venture partner, is building a 24 km stretch of ring road around Tripoli. [Reuters] More
Saturday, 29 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, MAY 27 - The start-up of new measures fight irregular immigration set up by Rome and Tripoli has led to "a transition phase" where "there are as yet no new alternative routes to Libya", even if there are rumours of a new route across Israel, 'obviously very dangerous and not susceptible for use on a large scale''. Tracing this picture of the situation is a privileged observer, Laurence Hart, Representative of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) which operates throughout the Libyan territory. Hart - who had the opportunity of an exchange of information with the delegation of the Parliamentary Committee for Schengen-Europol led by Margherita Boniver on a visit to Tripoli - says that "it is clear that rejections have aggravated the problem of overcrowding in the centres". However, the IOM exponent said he is convinced that "violations of human rights by Libya in the irregular-refugee centres, alleged by various International organisations do not respond to a strategy of the Libyan Government, but are linked to the problem of overcrowding and to what is at times "a not very rational management'" of the centres. [ANSAmed] More
نصر سعيد عقوب : الصلابي وداعية النعرات الجاهلية

من الصديقات : إلى هديل بن عمران : أجمل تهانينا

سليم الرقعي : الجهمي كان يدعو إلى ديموقراطية محكومة بالعلم والإيمان!

س. احنيش : إلى الجالية الليبية في بريطانيا : لا تتخاذلوا و لا تجروا وراء سراب..     الساطور : احترس!

مجموعة من الليبيين : 94 عائلة ليبية تناشدكم رفع الظلم عنها     م. ز. : فرضيات سرّ غموض سقوط طائرة الأفريقية

الراصد الصحفي : استطلاع للرأى بخصوص حالة الاعتداء التى تعرض لها معارضين ليبيين أمام كلية العلوم الاقتصادية بلندن

فوزي عبدالحميد : 40 عاما.. زواج المريض بالميت

Friday, 28 May, 2010: (Reuters) - At the marina under construction so yachts can moor off Muammar Gaddafi's hometown, the floodlights are switched on even though the mid-morning sun is beating down. Lights are often left on through the day at Libya's airports, along roads and on construction sites, because this is a country with money to burn: it has about $150 billion in foreign reserves, or $24,000 for every citizen. Libya is using the cash pile it built up from exporting oil and gas to fund a frenzy of economic development. Foreign businessmen are rushing in to the boom, which is undimmed by the slowdown affecting the rest of the world. But there is a catch. Libya may have stopped being an international pariah, renounced banned weapons programs and dropped the brand of Socialism set out in the "Green Book" written by its leader Gaddafi, but it can still be volatile and unpredictable. It has few clear rules and, analysts say, decision-making often depends on which of Gaddafi's children is in favor: the reform-minded Saif al-Islam, his brother Mutassim, who has ties to the old guard, or one of six other siblings. [Reuters] More
Friday, 28 May, 2010: Libya has welcomed the return of a selection of ancient relics, which have been put on display in Tripoli Museum. The items were taken by two British soldiers in the 1950s, when Libya was a British protectorate. The items - some of which are up to 2,500 years old - were returned to the land of their origin by the soldiers' families. Libya sees their return as a significant step in its efforts to piece together its historical legacy. Items returned include the bronze prow of a Greek ship - a piece found above the waterline at the ship's front that is often presented in films as a figurine. Colonial souvenirs Juma Anag, the former head of Libya's archaeology department, said the prow was found by the two British soldiers during a diving excursion off the coast of the Libyan city, Benghazi. Mr Anag, who kick-started the process to have the latest items returned, said one of the soldiers had since died and his colleague seemed to want a clear conscience. [BBC] More
Friday, 28 May, 2010: May 26, 2010 (KHARTOUM) – Libya dispatched a delegation led by Major General Abu-Baker Younis Jabber, described as a member of the legacy revolutionary council, to participate in the inauguration ceremony of president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir on Thursday. On Monday the Sudanese presidential adviser Mustafa Osman Ismail confirmed that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi will be present at the ceremony in his capacity as the rotating president of the Arab League. There was no official explanation for the last minute change. Relations between the two countries appeared to be going through a silent crisis in the wake of the presence of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) leader Khalil Ibrahim in Libya after he was expelled from Chad last week. Khartoum dispatched a number of its officials to Tripoli over the last week and several phone calls were exchanged between Bashir and Gaddafi in an apparent bid to have the latter oust the rebel chief. [Sudan Tribune] More
Friday, 28 May, 2010: The Libyan government has enlisted the help of Dutch forensic experts to identify victims from the recent plane crash that claimed the lives of two Zimbabweans in Tripoli. The Dutch are renowned experts in disaster identification techniques, when it comes to indentifying badly mangled bodies from either plane or automobile accidents. Two Zimbabweans, Barney Mwela and Zenzeni Moyo, were on board the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 which broke up after coming down short of the runway in Tripoli two weeks ago. The duo was traveling separately to London via Tripoli, having boarded the doomed plane in Johannesburg, South Africa. Michael Mwela, Barney's father, last week told SW Radio Africa that his son, a former mechanic with the CMED, will be buried in Redcliff, once his remains are repatriated from Tripoli. Barney had been on a two-week break in Zimbabwe. [SW Radio Africa] More
Friday, 28 May, 2010: The body of a Dutch woman was first from the 103 people killed in a Libyan plane crash on May 12 to be repatriated on Thursday, the official JANA news agency reported. "The remains of a Dutch woman were repatriated to Amsterdam" on board a KLM flight, it said. "The rest of the bodies will be repatriated from Saturday," it added, citing officials. It did not report why it took two weeks before any remains of the victims were sent home. Most of the people who died when an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 flight from Johannesburg in South Africa disintegrated on landing at Tripoli were from the Netherlands. Other victims' nationalities included Austrian, Belgian, British, French, German, Libyan, South African and Zimbabwean. [Times Live] More
Friday, 28 May, 2010: Once more to the colourful family of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who are fast establishing themselves as Guggenheim-esque patrons of the arts. When last we caught up with this intriguing dynasty, Beyoncé was taking a bit of flak for accepting $2m to perform at a private party in the Bahamas for Hannibal Gaddafi – arguably the Libyan leader's least appealing child, what with the repeated allegations of domestic violence and servant beating and hotel suite wrecking, all waved away with a flash of his diplomatic passport. But our business today is with Hannibal's brother, Saadi, a former professional footballer of sorts. Though the latter achieved the great distinction of being made captain of the Libyan national side, he was less prominent at club level. And yet, despite playing 10 minutes of football in four years, Saadi still managed to sign for no fewer than three Serie A sides – so you must make of that what you will, remembering that Italy's a lovely country in many other ways. Alas, retirement comes to even the most dedicated of professionals, and rather than make the expected transition to Gillette Soccer Saturday team, Saadi has decided to invest in Hollywood movies, kicking off with a cool $100m investment in a movie fund, whose first production will be a remake of a German thriller called Isolation. "I don't judge people based on their background," Saadi's new Jewish business partner tells The Wrap. [The Guardian] More
Friday, 28 May, 2010: Al-Masry Al-Youm has learned that Egypt and Libya are discussing a proposal by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi to mediate in the current Nile water crisis between Egypt and Sudan on the one hand, and upstream Nile Basin states on the other. Sources said that Qaddafi's intervention represented a bid to bring the disputing parties back to negotiations, resolve outstanding issues and prepare for the establishment of a high commission for basin countries. In an attempt to ease the tense atmosphere, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak sent a message of congratulations to Ethiopian cabinet minister Meles Zenawi, who was re-elected Prime Minister on Sunday. Mubarak is expected to hold extensive meetings with Nile Basin leaders next Monday on the sidelines of the French-African summit. [Almasry Alyoum] More
Friday, 28 May, 2010: As Libya positions itself as the new Gateway to Africa, there are real opportunities for UK construction and built environment companies to target a slice of the imminent construction boom. The Government there has recently announced its next £36 billion spend on infrastructure and housing, and details will be revealed at the SECBE Libya Business Development Briefing on 11th June in London. The Libyan construction sector is hungry for British expertise but ambitious plans are sometimes slow to develop because of a lack of experience throughout the supply chain. However, Libya is genuinely looking to the UK for help and support with companies such as AMEC, Mott MacDonald, Mace and Parsons Brinckerhoff already winning work. There are over 170 UK companies trading in Libya, including major retailers such Marks & Spencer and Next. The fourth most attractive export market for UK companies; Libya has seen the volume of British exports grow each year – in 2009 alone, there was a 51 per cent increase. With plans to open up the financial sector to foreign participation as part of a strategy to make Tripoli an international financial hub for the region, doing business in Libya looks to become much easier in the near future [British Builder] More
إبراهيم عمّيش : فى ذكراه : عبد الحميد البكوش إستعرض تاريخ ليبيا

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : نداء

لجنة العمل الوطني ـ السويد : شاركوا معنا من أجل التضامن مع أهالي الشهداء

حملة التضامن : الحملة تستمر في نشاطاتها تضامنا مع أسر ضحايا جريمة سجن أبو سليم 22 مايو 2010م

ميدل ايست اونلاين : واشنطن بوست : سيف الإسلام يقود التغيير في ليبيا

عرب نت : سيف الإسلام القذافي : الديمقراطية هي مستقبل ليبيا

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : تواطؤ رجال الدين مع الإرهاب!!

سالم الساحلي : عقيدة الجنّاونيّ

الساطور : واحد في لندن والآخر في ليبيا

ضابط سابق : عندما يسود الظلم والظلام .. رد على مقالة السقيفة

Thursday, 27 May, 2010: TRIPOLI, LIBYA -- Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi 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 Gaddafi. Like so many of the younger Gaddafi'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 Gaddafi, 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, not least because of his commitment to political freedoms and free-market reforms. [Washington Post] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: One man was injured during scuffles between pro- and anti-Libyan government groups last night outside a London School of Economics building during a speech by the son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi. Police were called to the incident, in Lincoln's Inn Fields, after angry exchanges between the placecard waving demonstrators and a pro-Libyan government group. No arrests were made. The injured man was treated by ambulance officials, but was not taken to hospital. The demonstrators were protesting at the presence of Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, the eldest son of the Libyan leader, who received a PhD from the LSE in 2009. His charitable foundation gave the University's Global Governance Research Unit a grant of £1.5m in July last year. Dr Gaddafi, who is seen as the heir apprarent to his father and has been at the forefront of attempts to forge closer relations between the West and his country, said in his speech that he believed democracy was the best system for Libya in the future. [This is London] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: The United States has said Russia and China, Iran's allies, had agreed to a draft resolution that would expand U.N. sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt nuclear enrichment. Tehran has said its nuclear work is peaceful. "It will create difficulties but it is not going to kill them," Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation, said. "We had sanctions for 20 years. What did it do to us? Not very much." Sanctions on Libya were lifted in 2004 after Tripoli renounced banned weapons programs and agreed to pay compensation to the families of those killed in the 1988 bombing of a U.S. airliner over the Scottish town of Lockerbie. The draft sanctions on Iran, which have also been backed by Britain, France and Germany, will hit Iran's banking and other industries. They include international inspection of vessels suspected of carrying cargo related to Iran's nuclear or missile programs. "I don't think this is a prudent policy," he said, urging diplomacy. "Countries can live through difficulties," he added. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: Afrol News, 26 May - As the construction sector is on a low in most of the world, an imminent construction boom in Libya is attracting international attention. Housing, businesses and infrastructure worth US$ 52 billion is to be built. When Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi makes plans, he makes big plans. But now, a number of very big plans are to be realised at the same time, making upcoming investments in constructions totalling the record sum of US$ 52 billion (euro 43 billion). The Gadaffi regime plans to invest massively in housing and urban development in the capital Tripoli and other Libyan cities. Further, a large tourism development scheme is underway at several sites along the Mediterranean coast. Also businesses are to get their part, with plans to make Tripoli "an international financial hub for the region" by 2012. Bank and office towers are to shoot up in Tripoli. [Afrol] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: New pot of money for infrastructure and housing projects comes on top of £66bn announced in 2009 The Libyan government has announced it will spend £36bn on new infrastructure and housing projects under a plan to position itself as the “gateway to Africa”. The UK government-sponsored South East Centre for the Built Environment is holding a briefing for UK firms on how to break into Libya and details of the spending plans on 11 June. The new pot of money comes on top of the £66bn it said in 2009 it would spend up until 2012 on infrastructure and housing. A recent UK Trade & Investment study identified Libya as “potentially the fourth most attractive overseas market for UK exports by 2012-2014”. John Ellis, SECBE’s Business Development Director: “Skills such as design, project management, contracting and specialists in niche services are especially in demand. There is a strong Libyan desire to start manufacturing building materials locally too. We have already built up outstanding market intelligence and an excellent network of key contacts, to give companies a real inside track.” [Building] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: An agreement between Turkey and Libya to prevent double taxation is still pending signature because of disputes on the duration of exemption for Turkish contractors in Libya. Libya wants tax exemptions on the earnings of Turkish contractors in the country to be capped at three months; however, Turkey has strongly objected to this demand, arguing that it is not in accordance with international standards and is not long enough to protect contractors from double taxation. Turkey insists on a limit of at least six months. Turkish officials, speaking to the Anatolia news agency on condition of anonymity, said the exemption period is usually 12 months and that it would be almost impossible for Turkish contractors to complete their projects in three months. [Today's Zaman] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, MAY 26 - Libya has asked to be put on the same level as other countries in the region of the North Africa which obtain a Schengen visa within 48 working hours, whilst in Tripoli it is necessary to wait up to 10 days. A "pressing" request in this sense has been put forward today by the Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister and interlocutor with the EU, Abdelati al-Obeidi, to Margherita Boniver, president of the Schengen-Europol and immigration parliamentary committee, who is today in Libya leading a delegation. Boniver pointed out that Italy had "repeatedly" insisted on equalising the treatment of Libya with that of its neighbours, but that it had not yet obtained the necessary unanimity, as regards Schengen, to satisfy Libyàs legitimate ambitions. The meeting with the Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister, said Boniver, gave Tripoli the opportunity to urge Italy to extend the recent agreement on issuing of visas for diplomatic passports, recently signed by the Foreign Ministers, Franco Frattini and Musa Kusa, also to other categories, such as students and ill people who require appropriate care. [ANSAmed] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: Dr Maggie Kigozi, the executive director of the Uganda Investment Authority, has asked Libyans to invest in oil exploration and drilling. While meeting the Libyan Ambassador to Uganda, Mr Abdalla Bujeldain and the visiting Chairman of Libya’s Tropical Bank, Dr Bait El-maal, in Kampala early this week, Ms Kigozi said the newly-discovered oil deposits in western Uganda present opportunities that need to be exploited by the likes of Libya who not only have the resources but also the necessary technology. She said the country has the necessary experience and expertise to manage the country’s virgin petroleum sector. “We are looking for more capacity to explore oil, build refinery for oil by-products, so our petroleum sector is looking at you and how you can guide with your experience,”Ms Kigozi told the Libyans. Mr El-Baait and Mr Bujeldain said Libya can change the face of Uganda’s petroleum given its experience and expertise in this field but stressed that protocol should be followed to actualise such programmes. [Monitor] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: ISLAMABAD, May 26 (APP): Pakistan and Libya emphasised on further improving bilateral trade and commercial relations by taking advantage of new business opportunities. Chairman (Minister) of Privatization and Investment Board of Libya Dr. Gamal M. Lamushi and Pakistan’s Ambassador to Libya Jamil Ahmed Khan discussed the whole gamut of relations in a meeting in Tripoli. Talking to APP, Jamil Ahmed informed that Pakistani business community would get new lucrative opportunities in Libya in sectors of textiles, leather, petrochemicals, minerals and food processing. The Libyan Minister offered lucrative projects to Pakistani business community with meager investment by taking over industries undergoing privatization in Libya. The Libyan Minister agreed to receive Pakistani business community for the first hand inspection of Libyan industries under privatization which could be given to them on attractive rates. [APP] More
Thursday, 27 May, 2010: Libyan carrier Buraq Air has again selected A J Walter Aviation www.ajw-aviation.com, the leading independent complete aircraft spares support specialist, to provide power-by-the-hour support for an additional two B737- 400 aircraft in its fleet. This three year deal is a further vote of confidence in AJW who already supports the airline’s two B737-800 aircraft with more on order. Founded in 2001 Buraq Air was the first private airline in Libya based at Tripoli International Airport with scheduled services to Europe, North Africa and the Middle-East. It also operates passenger and cargo charter services and flights in support of the oil industry. The name of the airline comes from the buraq, a creature on which the prophet Muhammad is supposed to have flown. This new contract once again underlines the outstanding value for money and excellent customer service embodied within AJW PBH arrangements. [AMT] More
عمر الهوني : تعرّض المعتصمين في لندن للإعتداء من قبل عناصر موالية لسيف القذافي

عمر الهوني : إعتصام بمناسبة إلقاء سيف القذافي لمحاضرة في كلية لندن للإقتصاد ـ 2010/5/25

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : تصريح صحفي

ادرار نفوسه : في ذكرى رحيل شعلة النضال فتحي الجهمي : الحاجة إلى "محمد البرادعي" ليبي

ميدي 1 : لقاء مع الأمين العام للجبهة الوطنية لإنقاذ ليبيا

ناجي الفيتوري : شَذَر مذَر

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : تصريح صحفي

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : الكاتب الذي أحبّ الفجر

مركز التوثيق الليبي : من أوراق فتاة ليبية (1)

عمر الكدي : لو أنك     د. مصطفى الزائدي : آخر الخيارات

د. فتحي العكاري : عبد الله محمد سكته.. أنموذج للوطنية

منظمة الأمل : بيان بشأن جرائم النظام الليبي ضد ابناء قبائل التبو

Wednesday, 26 May, 2010: LONDON - The only man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, released last year from a British prison on compassionate grounds, is alive but very sick, the son of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said Tuesday. Abdel Baset al-Megrahi has "very serious health troubles," Saif al-Islam Gadhafi said. "He has cancer at a very advanced stage; that is all I know about his condition," Gadhafi said during a question session after a speech at the London School of Economics. "Two facts: Number one, he's in Libya, and number two, he's very sick." Al-Megrahi, who has prostate cancer, was convicted in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 270 people. He was freed from a Scottish prison in August on compassionate grounds because he was terminally ill, and he returned to Libya. Doctors gave him only three months to live when he was released. [AP] More
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010: Libya Expeditions, a tour operator and travel adventure specialist in Libya, reports that, effective immediately, visas are being approved for U.S. citizens for travel to Libya. A groundbreaking trade and investment agreement inked between Libya and the U.S. is lifting all visa restrictions on U.S. citizens traveling to the country. The tourism move comes just after the two countries signed a trade and investment agreement that seeks to provide the opportunity for both countries to study and discuss any issue of common interest, including trade relations, and the study of any difficulties that may face their bilateral trade relations and providing solution as well. Libya was on the U.S. State Sponsors of Terrorism list until its removal in 2007 after it abandoned its weapons of mass destruction program in 2003. [Travel Agent Central] More
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The Secretary of the Libyan General People's Congress (GPC) for Foreign Affairs, Chehoumi Suleiman, met Sunday in Tripoli with an Italian parliamentary delegation comprising members of the Parliamentary Friendship Group of the two countries, PANA reported. The two sides discussed ways of developing relations between the GPC, the highest legislative body in Libya, and the Italian Parliament to help promote cooperation and friendship between the two countries. The visit of the Italian delegation is part of efforts to activate the Treaty of friendship, partnership and cooperation between Libya and Italy, signed in August 2008 in Benghazi. Under the Treaty, the two countries will turn a new leaf and open up prospects of friendship, cooperation and partnership between them. [Afrique Jet] More
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010: Saif Gadhafi answers your questions : Saif Gadhafi is the son of controversial Libyan president, Moammar Gadhafi. An architect, he graduated from the London School of Economics with a PhD in 2009. Saif Gadhafi is the son of controversial Libyan president, Moammar Gadhafi. An architect, he graduated from the London School of Economics with a PhD in 2009. Despite occupying no official position in the government of Libya, Saif is seen as a powerful player both in the country and abroad. He has performed in numerous public relations and diplomatic roles for his father. Although he has been mentioned as a possible successor to his father, he says that Libya's future lies in direct democracy. He also played a central role in efforts to release the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, even accompanying the terminally ill Megrahi back to Tripoli when he was released on compassionate grounds. [CNN] More
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010: Rome, 25 May (AKI) - A two day mission to Libya by members of the Italian parliament's Schengen commission will focus on the issue of illegal immigration to Europe from the Mediterranean. On arrival in the North African country on Wednesday, the parliamentary delegation will hold talks with top Libyan officials. The delegation will on Thursday visit an immigrant holding centre and meet the International Organisation for Migration's representative Laurence Hart. "This is an extremely high-profile visit, politically and institutionally," the commission's president and ruling conservative People of Freedom party MP Margherita Boniver told Adnkronos International (AKI). She is heading the six-member delegation. [AKI] More
Wednesday, 26 May, 2010: Eni SpA cut its stake in the GreenStream BV venture to 50 percent after it sold 25 percent to the Libyan National Oil Corporation, GreenStream BV said on its website. Greenstream BV was established to transport natural gas from the Libyan coast to Italy through a pipeline. [Bloomberg] More
أحمد : محاضرة سيف في لندن، أرجو التظاهر أمام الجامعة     الساطور : بدون تعليق!

محمد : وقائع محددة وخطيرة للغاية قام بها الأخ سليمان الشحومي

فرج بوالعَـشّة : إلى "مواطن ليبي قذافي" (2)

عمر الهوني : وقفة إحتجاج امام سفارة النظام بلندن ، تضامنا مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم ـ 22 مايو 2010

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : آخر جرائم نظام القذافي

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (719)

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (3)

منصف عبدالرحمن : وجوب التمسك بالكتاب والسنة عند السنوسي الكبير (5)

Tuesday, 25 May, 2010: Crosco Integrated Drilling & Well Services Co. Ltd. has reported the ongoing and successful provision of drilling services for Total E&P Libye in Libya. Drilling services are being provided with Crosco 3000 HP drilling rig National 801 (National 1625 UDBE) on wildcat well A1-42/4 in Area 42 on Block 4, Jabal Akhdar Uplift, Cyrenaica Platform. In addition to the drilling services being provided for Total, Crosco is also providing maintenance and spare-part management services on an offshore Libyan production platform, according to Vlado Lescan, Crosco's Libya general manager. [OGJ] More
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010: Libyan Bilqasim Abdulhalmid Almokhtar was given a six month jail term suspended for a year after he admitted in court today to having threatened four police officers and damaging a police car in St George’s Street St Julians yesterday at about 3 a.m. He will be deported after paying for the damages made to the car. In a separate arraignment, another two Libyan men were charged over their involvement in a fight in the same street two hours later. Eman Issa Yacoub and Fthi Emhmed Abdul Salam Zuwmh were charged with assaulting and threatening police, breaching the peace, disobeying police and being drunk in public. [Times of Malta] More
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010: WAM Tripoli, 24th May 2010 (WAM) -- UAE Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan has invited Musa Mohammed Kusa, Secretary of the People's Committee for External Liaison and International Co-operation in Libya, to participate in the conference on Horizons of Cooperation between the Arab World and Pacific Islands to be held in Abu Dhabi from June 23 to 24. An invitation in this respect was delivered by UAE Ambassador to Libya Abdullah Al Hamadi to the Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab World Affairs, Omran Ibrahim, during a meeting here today. The meeting reviewed bilateral ties and a number of issues of mutual interest. [WAM] More
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, MAY 24 - The lawyers of suspected human traffickers on trial in Libya have accused the police, today during the third hearing, of having "used physical and psychological torture" against people accused and have asked for the "immediate release of our clients due to a lack of proof". So reports Libyan daily newspaper Oea, the only newspaper that is following the maxi trial, which sees almost 500 people accused of "facilitating illegal immigration and the trading of human beings in the country." Out of the 490 people on trial, there are civilians as well as "servicemen, policemen and members of the Navy." A special court, the Court for National Security, is passing judgement on the accused. At the end of the hearing, which several of the victims' families attended, the Prosecutor said that all the accused would remain in prison until the next hearing. [ANSAmed] More
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010: LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) - OPEC is very worried about the fall in oil prices and is watching developments in the market closely, but it is too early to say if OPEC needs to take any action, Libya's top oil official said on Monday. Shokri Ghanem, the chairman of Libya's National Oil Corporation, was speaking by telephone as oil traded just above $70 a barrel, close to the bottom of the $70-$80 range many in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries have said they prefer. "We are really concerned. We are following the market and concerned," Ghanem said. But he echoed the sentiment of other OPEC officials in saying it was too early to tell if the group, which pumps more than a third of the world's oil, needed to take any action as a result of the fall in prices. "We have to wait for a trend to be established," he said. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 25 May, 2010: Moorings with new multi-purpose floating pontoons by Ingemar, under the 'Made in Italy' trademark, 'land' on the African continent bringing new life to two Mediterranean tourist ports in Algeria and Libya. Ingemar's international reputation was the decisive factor in acquiring these two important commissions, as well as the fact that the two port constructors have worked well with Ingemar in the past on the marinas of Novigrad and Hammamet. Port de Peche de Stora (Algeria). The asignment at Stora is to enlarge the existing fishing port by building an inner basin for both professional and sporting fishing boats, as well as creating an external basin for tourist yachts. This initiative is the result of previous cooperation between Ingemar and INGRA of Zagabria (Croatia), which has for some time been operating in Algeria. [BYM News] More
علاء الدرسي : لقطات من "إعتصام أهالي ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم ـ 22/5/2010"

علاء الدرسي : اعتصام أهالي ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم ـ السبت 22/5/2010

محمد بن احميدة : وقفة إحتجاج أمام مقر شركة اكسون موبيل بهامبورج

عوض الشاعري : وداعاً أبا القاسم

جليانا : فريحة المريمي : الطفل مُعاذ النائلي يستنجد بأمين اللجنة الشعبية للصحة

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : على الحكومة الليبية الإلتزام بتعهداتها للمجتمع الدولى

سالم بن عمار : محاضرة : مساهمات الإسلام في الحضارة ـ Islam's Contributions in Civilization

حملة التضامن : بعض شباب الحملة يخرجون تضامنا مع أسر ضحايا جريمة سجن أبو سليم ـ 21 مايو 2010م

عيسى عبدالقيوم : مع البغدادي من مانشستر ـ مقابلة

متابع : دليل فساد المدرسة الليبية في جلاسكو : محضر اجتماع رقم (1) لأولیاء الأمور بالمدرسة

رابطة الليبيين بواشنطن لمؤازرة أهالي شهداء مجزرة سجن بوسليم : لقطات من "إعتصام الرابطة"

رابطة الليبيين بواشنطن لمؤازرة أهالي شهداء مجزرة سجن بوسليم : مذكرة موجهة إلى قناة الجزيرة

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : الحملة الوطنية لملاحقة مرتكبي مذبحة سـجن بوسليم

الراصد الصحفي : "مجتمع مدني" من منظور إستبدادي

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : الدم مقابل السلاح!!

نجيب الحمري : لقطات من الاعتصام بمدينة مانشستر تضامنا مع أهالى ضحايا ابوسليم ـ 22 مايو 2010

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن الثالثة مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر ـ 22 مايو 2010

Monday, 24 May, 2010: May 23 (Bloomberg) -- Libya, holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, reduced the official selling price for exports of Es Sider crude in June to a discount of 120 cents to Dated Brent, data posted on Libyan National Oil Corp.’s website show. Libya priced Es Sider at a discount of 70 cents to Dated Brent in May. Following is a table of June prices of all Libyan crude grades. The oil is priced in relation to Dated Brent and Russia’s Urals in the Mediterranean. [Businessweek] More
Monday, 24 May, 2010: The Knesset's House Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Monday morning on Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari's request to harm the immunity of Arab members of Knesset who went to Libya recently and revoke other parliamentary privileges. The National Union lawmaker said his Arab colleagues exaggerated in making the trip and have been working for a long time to exploit Israel's democracy. He claims the trip was the straw that broke the camel's back and the same democracy has to protect itself, adding that the hearing will be the litmus test of the Knesset's right-wing coalition. [Israel National News] More
محمد الأصفر : رواق السلفيوم يحتفي بالتشكيل الجامعي

رفيق : خدعوك فقالوا أنّ الإسلام كرّم المرأة!

عمر الكدي : على بعد خطوتين من قبر أمي

فوزي عبدالحميد : منظمات المجتمع المدني وطنية

محمد سيف النصر : (بنغازى وعبث الكوازى) ... مرة أخيرة

الساطور : في ذكرى المناضل فتحي الجهمي

المدرسة العربية (الليبية) ـ لندن   :   النشرة الإخبارية     لقطات مصوّرة ـ نهاية إلإمتحانات

د. محمد بالروين : من الإرث الدستوري (2)

وفاء البوعيسي : حدس وفاء البوعيسي

المحمودي : الإسلام.. شبهات وردود (1)

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : حول رحيل الاديبين ابوالقاسم المزداوي ويوسف بالريش

Sunday, 23 May, 2010: WASHINGTON (JTA) -- B'nai B'rith International called on the United Nations' Secretary General to rebuke the Libyan envoy, who currently leads the General Assembly, for likening Israel to Nazis. Ali Abdussalam Treki’s "comments are an outrage, a blight upon the United Nations and his high office, and an impediment to historical truth and to peace," B’nai B’rith President Dennis Glick and Executive Vice President Daniel Mariaschin wrote Tuesday in a letter to Ban Ki-moon. Treki, elected last June to the General Assemby presidency for a one-year term, told Syrian television recently that Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Hamas terrorist group, "is worse than the camps of the Nazis in the past." [JTA] More
Sunday, 23 May, 2010: A look at world's deadliest air disasters By The Associated Press (AP) – 19 hours ago A look at some of the world's deadliest air disasters: May 12, 2010: Afriqiyah Airways plane en route to Tripoli, Libya, from Johannesburg, South Africa, crashes into the desert less than a mile from the runway, killing 103 people. April 10, 2010: The plane of Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashes outside the western Russian city of Smolensk, killing all 96 aboard. June 30, 2009: Yemenia Airbus 310 en route to the Comoros Islands crashes into the Indian Ocean with 153 people on board. June 1, 2009: Air France Airbus A330 runs into thunderstorms and crashes into Atlantic Ocean en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, killing 228 people on board. Feb. 19, 2003: Iranian Revolutionary Guard military plane crashes into a mountain. 275 dead. [AP] More
Sunday, 23 May, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya, May 20 (UPI) -- Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset Ali al-Megrahi is still alive nine months after the Scottish government released him on compassionate grounds, it was revealed. Scottish Justice Minister Kenny MacAskill on Aug. 20 released Megrahi, the lone suspect in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, on compassionate terms as the former Libyan intelligence officer suffers from terminal cancer. Allegations surfaced last year that the Megrahi release was part of a prisoner transfer agreement between the British government and Tripoli. Oil was raised as a key issue as well. The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 killed 259 people on board and 11 people on the ground. [UPI] More
Sunday, 23 May, 2010: With 500,000 pre-stressed concrete cylinder pipes (PCCP) running some 4,000 kilometres through the Sahara Desert, the Great Man Made River Project is the largest PCCP project in the world. But monitoring a pipeline that will eventually carry six million cubic metres of water per day from well fields deep in the Sahara to population centres on Libya’s northern coast has been the job of Calgary-based Pure Technologies for the past decade. Using its SoundPrint acoustic fibre optic (AFO) system, Pure Technologies monitors the nearly $20 billion pipeline for deterioration, allowing the Great Man Made River Authority (GMMRA) to take preventative measures before a section of the pipeline fails. Mike Wrigglesworth, Pure Technologies’ vice president for Europe and Africa explained that the pre-stressed wires in the project’s four-meter diameter concrete piping corrode over time and break, which is exactly what his monitoring equipment listens for. [Journal of Commerce] More
سالم الساحلي : الإباضية في ليبيا

منظمة العفو الدولية : لا عدالة لمنتقد الحكومة الليبية الراحل بعد مضي عام

Amnesty International : No Justice For Late Libyan Government Critic, One Year On

Patrick Short : In Memory of Fathi Eljahmi

الصادق فاروق كويري : صفحات من كتابي عن التنوع البيولوجي في العالم (2)

طاهر المتموح : صوت معارض من أهل ( السقيفة )     فرج الترهوني : العيْطة الكذابة..!

إيناس العمامي : إلى سيف القذافي : جمعية جمال زوبية هل هي من مشاريع ليبيا الغد؟

جمال الزوبيه : أليست الشفافية والديمقراطية والعقلانية هي الحل لكل المصائب التي نُعاني منها؟

Saturday, 22 May, 2010: Oh yeah: Let's get some of that sweet dictator cash! Saadi Gaddaf, the 36 year-old son of Libyan president (and three-time winner winner of Dictator of the Year) Muammar Gaddafi, has invested $100 million into a movie production fund. In 2008, Matthew Beckerman, the head of the production fund Natural Selection, was looking for some funding. He had already raised around $20 million but, whoops! the economy collapsed! So he found cash in a place sheltered from the whims of the market: Muammar Gaddafi's oil-enriched offspring. Some people might have thought twice about partnering with a Gaddafi. But Beckerman tells the Wrap: Iinitially when people hear it, they get concerned. But it's money at a time when there's very little equity out there. [Gawker] More
Saturday, 22 May, 2010: ATHENS: Libya stands ready to help Greece emerge from its debt crisis and beef up cooperation in the energy sector, Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Mahmoud said Friday in Athens. “We have the political will to support Greece and help it get out of the difficult period that it is going through,” he said after talks with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou. Mahmoud, who arrived in Athens on Thursday, said his country “is ready to cooperate with Greece on green energy, power generation and tourism as well as increase Libyan investments in Greece.” Eager to soften the blow of unpopular austerity cuts on its recession-hit economy, Greece is casting a wide net for investors in China, the Arab world and even old rival Turkey. [afp] [Daily Times] More
Saturday, 22 May, 2010: Libyan Zeiad Mohammed Abuzoda was this morning jailed for 18 months suspended for two years after pleading guilty to seriously injuring his girlfriend Krasimira Dimitrova yesterday. Mr Abuzoda, who was hysterical and nervous and cried during the court hearing said he had lots of problems because he loved his girlfriend but she loved somebody else. Police inspector Edmond Cuschieri told the court that the accused cut Ms Dimitrova’s finger with a corned beef container, which he presented in court, because he believed that if she bled it meant that she was cheating on him. He also scratched her face. Mr Abuzoda, who owns a clothes shop in Libya, also pleaded guilty to threatening Ms Dimitrova with a knife and assaulting three police officers. Magistrate Antonio Mizzi put the girl under a protection order for three years. [Times of Malta] More
Saturday, 22 May, 2010: May 19, 2010 (KHARTOUM) — Khalil Ibrahim, leader of the rebel Justice and Equality Movement returned Wednesday evening to Tripoli after Chad’s refusal to allow him entry to join his troops in the troubled region of Darfur. JEM leader Khalil IbrahimFollowing his arrival today morning to Ndjamena on a Libyan Afriqiyah airlines plane from Tripoli, the Chadian authorities bared Khalil from entering into the country and confiscated Chadian passports he and his aides had in their possession. The move put out the deterioration of JEM relations with a country that had been considered for longtime as the main supporter of the rebel group. Sources close to the Chadian presidency said the rebel group snubbed proposals brokered by President Idriss Deby to facilitate the conclusion of a peace deal. [Sudan Tribune] More
Saturday, 22 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - ATHENS, MAY 21 - Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou has met his Libyan counterpart Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmudi in Athens today, during the latter's official visit to Greece. The meeting included talks on matters such as cooperation, especially in the energy sector, renewable energy sources, construction and tourism. "We are most satisfied that the international community has recognised the important role played by Libya and is on good terms with her" Papandreou said, recalling the traditionally good relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, the Libyan Prime Minister referred to Papandreou as a "friend and brother" stressing the close relations between Libya and Greece. "In Libya," Ali al-Mahmudi noted, "we have a clear political line as regards cooperation with Greece and we are equally clear about helping her to overcome the financial crisis". Al-Mahmudi has invited Papandreou to Tripoli for the signing of economic agreements. [ANSAmed] More
Saturday, 22 May, 2010: Amnesty International has again called on the Libyan authorities to investigate the decline in health and eventual death of one of the country's most prominent government critics. Prisoner of conscience Fathi el-Jahmi died on 21 May 2009 after being unlawfully detained for more than five years, with the precise cause of his death never revealed by the Libyan authorities, despite repeated requests from Amnesty International. "Fathi el-Jahmi crossed the line in Libya by directly criticizing Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi - his detention and untimely death serve as a cautionary tale for those in Libya urging reform," said Hassiba Hadj-Sahraoui, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa deputy director. [Amnesty] More
سالم دبنون الواعر : شكر على تعازي

عبد السلام الزغيبي : الوضوح والغموض في الكتابة

المدرسة العربية (الليبية) ـ لندن   :   النشرة الإخبارية     لقطات مصوّرة ـ نهاية إلإمتحانات

لجنة التضامن مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم   :   وقفة تضامن بـليدز     وقفة تضامن بـلندن     وقفة تضامن بـمانشستر

Ghoma : Approaches to Development (3)

إبراهيم قويدر : العلمانية الإسلامية

الجزيرة : جدل لدعم ليبيا للمجتمع المدني العربي     الجزيرة : الإفراج عن صحفية ليبية

الراصد الصحفي : من الأمن "الوطني" إلى "أمن الحارسات"

مركز التوثيق الليبي : الفاشية بين دموع أمهات الآرجنتين وأمهات ليبيا

Friday, 21 May, 2010: WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The U.S. and Libya signed a pact Thursday to facilitate trade and investment between the two nations, marking the latest step in the thaw of past hostilities. A year and a half after restoring full normalization of ties, trade officials from the U.S. and Libya signed a trade and investment framework agreement in Tripoli. "The TIFA is the latest step in a joint effort by the United States and Libya to broaden and deepen our bilateral relations," the U.S. Trade Representative's office said in a statement. The U.S. has similar agreements with dozens of countries, which provide a forum for cooperation on issues like market access and labor standards. But the deal with Libya is significant, coming less than six years after the U.S. lifted sanctions that had been in place since the early 1980s. [WSJ] More
Friday, 21 May, 2010: WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man has been indicted on charges of illegally exporting controlled computer equipment to Libya. Fifty-nine-year-old Mohammed El-Gamal of Raleigh was indicted by a Washington grand jury and arrested Wednesday in Raleigh. He was released on $1 million cash bond and agreed to surrender his passport. The four-count indictment alleges that El-Gamal exported or tried to export computer equipment, including items controlled for national security and anti-terrorism reasons, to Libya in 2006. El-Gamal's arraignment is set for May 27 in U.S. District Court in Washington. [The Sun News] More
Friday, 21 May, 2010: Over 16 people from Rajasthan are languishing at labour camps in Libya and are being ill-treated, their relatives said here on Thursday. Most of them belong to the villages of Dausa and Karauli, and their relatives here have been running from pillar to post seeking their repatriation as they could not be contacted for the past four months. Dausa MP Kirorilal Meena and district collector Lalchand Aswal have already contacted the external affairs ministry in New Delhi seeking assistance in the matter. According to sources, fourteen persons from Dausa and two from Karauli had gone to Libya for work through an agent in Jaipur. A few days back, one of the workers informed his family that the employers had seized their documents and they were being ill-treated due to which they were unable to return to India. [Times of India] More
Friday, 21 May, 2010: Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergün stated on Thursday that Turkey and Libya should sign a free trade agreement (FTA) in order to foster mutual trade relations. Ergün was speaking at the first Turkish-Libyan business forum in Istanbul. “Signing an FTA brings about remarkable opportunities for both parties. 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.” Industry and Trade Minister Ergün said on Thursday countries without manufacturing strength and without the capacity to produce were experiencing problems. “We believe that the current level of $2 billion in mutual trade volume between Turkey and Libya does not represent the actual potential. [Todays Zaman] More
Friday, 21 May, 2010: Libya's controversial leader, Muammar Al-Gaddafi was on Wednesday declared the winner of the 2009 African Leader of the Year Award by African Renaissance Coalition. The event was held in Lagos, along with the presentation of a book titled, "Diplomatic Face-off, Libya Versus Nigeria, from conflict to reconciliation", with the proper presentation of the award to hold in Libya this July. Gaddafi, hero or villain? The organisers say the award was initiated to promote good leadership and challenge other African leaders "by commending governments of countries where there is a semblance of good governance", but the choice of Mr. Gaddafi could spark criticisms from some Nigerians following a recent diplomatic row between Nigeria and Libya over comments made by Mr. Gaddafi. Mr. Gaddafi is also generally regarded as a dictator after spending 41 years in power, since overthrowing King Idris I in a bloodless coup in 1969. [Next] More
Friday, 21 May, 2010: In September 2009, Libyan leader Muammar Ghadaffi celebrated the 40th anniversary of his revolution and installation as the country's ruler. Although he has no official position as head of state, preferring the title of 'Brother Leader' or 'Leader of the Revolution', Ghadaffi has remained in power virtually unchallenged since 1969. Although Ghadaffi is in his late 60s and questions are inevitably being asked about who will succeed him, Ghadaffi has made no references to the topic and has not indicated any potential lines of succession. Whoever does succeed him will inherit a highly personalised political system, which for decades has been centred on Ghadaffi himself. The new ruler will face the problem of trying to fill the political void left by Ghadaffi while trying to ensure Libya's political system remains cohesive and supportive. [Janes] More
LLHR/FIDH : Libya Must Protect and Promote Human Rights

ياسين أبوسيف ياسين : رد على الرسالة التي وردت على لسان السيد الكريم سالم اكريم

د. فتحي العكاري : طوبي للغرباء     محمّد قدري الخوجة : رحلة العمر.. (9)

حملة التضامن : بعض شباب الحملة يخرجون أمام مبنى البي بي سي بمانشستر تضامنا مع أسر ضحايا أبو سليم

Impact XIX : The People vs. Qaddafi and “CYRENAICA”

فرج بوالعَشّة : "حزب" عزرائيل لخلاص ليبيا

        عيسى عبد المجيد منصور : كلام واضح     نصر القذافي : يا شارب اللبن مرجوعك للمي

د. مصطفى الزائدي : تجارة آخر زمان     رمضان جربوع : محاضرة سيف الإسلام القذافي

Thursday, 20 May, 2010: May 19 (Bloomberg) -- “Black-box” flight recorders from the Airbus SAS plane that crashed in Libya last week killing 103 people will be released to experts in Paris for analysis. Cockpit voice and data recorders from the Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 are to be transferred to France’s BEA air-accident investigation branch tomorrow, said Daw Najy, who is leading the crash probe for Libya’s Civil Aviation Authority. “We’re hoping the read-out of the boxes can begin tomorrow afternoon,” Najy said in a telephone interview from Tripoli, where the twin-engine wide-body plane crashed early on May 12 during its final approach after a flight from Johannesburg. The move to send the black boxes to Paris came after French and U.S. crash investigators revealed they were still waiting for the recorders to be released so that information could be extracted and used to shed more light on the accident. [Businessweek] More
Thursday, 20 May, 2010: DYING Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi is the longest-surviving murderer to be granted compassionate release, it was revealed last night. Cancer-stricken Megrahi continues to thrive NINE MONTHS after he was freed when medics gave him just 12 weeks to live. But his fortune was last night branded an insult to his 270 victims by some furious relatives. As the convicted killer lapped up a life of luxury with his family in Libya, American Susan Cohen, 72, claimed his release was struck to please the country's leader Colonel Gaddafi and help oil deals. Susan, who lost 20-year-old daughter Theo in the 1988 atrocity, said: "Of course he's alive, it's no surprise. People can live with prostate cancer for years. "All this compassion stuff is nonsense - it has nothing to do with him dying of cancer. [The Sun] More
Thursday, 20 May, 2010: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya will list the state-owned Abu-Kammash petrochemical complex on the stock market, an official said, the latest step to open up an economy that is attracting growing interest from foreign investors. After decades of Socialist policies and international isolation, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has begun tentative economic liberalisation in his oil exporting country, including a programme to sell state enterprises. Gamal Lamushe, chairman of the Libyan Investment and Privatisation Board, said companies scheduled for partial privatisation this year also included a state-owned manufacturer of electronic equipment and a public works company. He told Reuters in an interview that a 10 percent stake in the Libyan Iron and Steel Company would be floated on the Libyan Stock Market. The sell-off was announced last year but with no details of the amount to be offered. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 20 May, 2010: VICENZA, Italy - The U.S. Army Africa commanding general recently made a historic trip to Libya to discuss the emerging relationship between the U.S. Army and Libya's land forces. In early May, Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III visited Tripoli, where he held talks with key Libyan military leaders. The visit indicates the U.S. Army’s commitment toward building a cooperative relationship with Libya’s land forces and increasing regional security. Garrett’s visit was coordinated through the U.S. Embassy Tripoli and U.S. Ambassador Gene Cretz greeted Garrett at Mitiga International Airport. “We are gradually opening a dialog that has not existed between our land forces in a long time,” Garrett said. “Times have changed and relationships must change too.” The general’s first stop was the headquarters of the North African Regional Capability (NARC) to meet Maj. Gen. Ahmid Auwn, Libya's chief of staff for Army Mechanized Units and Executive Director of the NARC. The NARC is part of the African Standby Force, which consists of five regional brigade-size commands that can support the African Union during times of crisis. Libyan willingness to open a dialogue with the U.S. Army is in an important part of increasing regional cooperation. [USA Army Africa] More
Thursday, 20 May, 2010: Libya is to send a technical delegation to Malta to continue talks on the delineation of the continental shelf between the two countries, Foreign Minister Tonio Borg said in parliament today. Replying to a parliamentary question, he said the issue had been under discussion between the two countries for the past 23 years both at a political and technical level. Since the issue was a sensitive one, Dr Borg said he could not give further details. He confirmed, however, that Malta had made 'concrete proposals' to both Libya and Italy. The issue has been rumbling since 1980s when Libya sent a gunboat and a submarine to stop an oil rig from exploring a section of the Medina Bank 68 miles south of Malta. Part of the median line was established by the International Court of Justice in 1985 in a decision which was viewed by many as being detrimental to Malta. However other sections of the sea border between Malta, Libya and Tunisia have still not been properly delineated, causing problems regarding the granting of acreage for oil exploration. [Times of Malta] More
Thursday, 20 May, 2010: Johannesburg - The local managers of Afriquiyah Airways on Tuesday were still waiting to hear what caused last week's plane crash in Libya which left 103 people dead. Aviareps' manager Charmaine Thome said they had not heard anything yet, but investigators were still busy with the painstaking task of trying to figure out what caused the crash in the final minutes of a flight from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport to Tripoli last Wednesday. Only a young Dutch boy, Ruben van Assouw, survived. According to the airline there were 13 South Africans on board. Relatives had travelled to Tripoli to help identify remains and arrange for repatriation. Associated Press reported that Naji Dhou, the head of the Libyan committee investigating the crash, said preliminary results indicated the plane had diverted about four degrees from the runway and landed about 400m in front of it. [SAPA] More
ابن ليبيا : رسالة إلى المناضل محمد بن احميدة ـ ألمانيا     الساطور : الشيباني خط أحمر!

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : مذبحة طرابلس!!

صابر المصراتي : رسالة إلى الأستاذ عبد اللطيف سالم بن رجب

سليم الرقعي : الخطوط الحمراء على حرية التعبير.. (3)

صفحات من كتاب "خراريف ليبية" ـ تأليف : أحمد يوسف عقيلة

Wednesday, 19 May, 2010: A lawyer representing a Swiss businessman imprisoned in Tripoli says his client, Max Göldi, should be freed by Libyan authorities on June 12. Göldi was sentenced to four months jail in February on charges of immigration violations, although he had spent time in prison between July and September, 2008. The prison term has been widely considered retribution for the 2008 detention in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi, a son of the Libyan leader. Gaddafi and his pregnant wife were charged with abusing their domestic staff at a luxury city hotel. The charges were dropped. Göldi’s lawyer, Salah Zahaf, said on Tuesday that only eight of the 58 days the Swiss manager had served in jail in 2008 would count toward the four-month sentence handed down. “He must only stay another 25 days in jail,” Zahaf noted, although he could not say whether Göldi would be allowed to leave the country upon release. [Swiss Info] More
Wednesday, 19 May, 2010: TRIPOLI (Reuters) - OPEC members will watch the market before deciding on any action over the drop in oil prices, Libya's top energy official told Reuters. Shokri Ghanem, the head of Libya's NOC state energy firm and its representative to the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, said part of the reason for the fall in prices was members' failure to fully comply with output quotas. Asked about how OPEC would respond to the fall in prices, Ghanem told Reuters by telephone late on Monday: "We are still looking at the market before taking any decision." "The oil market is in a state of fluctuation. Two weeks ago the price of a barrel was $87 and today it is down by $15. This is a big fluctuation," he said. He said there were several reasons, including the strengthening of the dollar, demand for oil in the second quarter, and speculation on other commodities. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 19 May, 2010: What an insult, a dire humiliation and a dismal disgrace to the essence, core and spirit of global human rights institutions, groups and efforts when a terroristic, fanatical, fundamentalist, and dictatorial country like Libya is elected by a majority of its fellow UN members to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council. Unquestionably, May 13, 2010 will be remembered as a sad, bleak and shocking day for human rights activists and their efforts all over the world. This day will go in history as a real shame for the UN because human rights values and principles were all slaughtered and downtrodden when in a secret ballot Libya received 155 votes and will henceforth serve a three year term on the UN Human Rights Council. It is worth mentioning that to get elected onto the UN Human Rights Council each country requires 97 votes. There are a total of 192 countries that make up the United Nations. Libya with the support of Arab, Muslim and African members paved its way to the Human Rights Council that actually negates all human rights values with its notorious and savage and anti-human rights record. [Global Politician] More
Wednesday, 19 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, MAY 18 - The TAP press agency reports that Tunisian investments in Libya are estimated at 176 million dollars. They concern the sectors of the pharmaceutical industry, food and agriculture, construction materials and public works. The principal investors are the Investment and real estate services Group (38.5 million dollars), the Slama Frere company which produces vegetable oils (9.4 million dollars), Carthago which is a ceramics company (5.9 million dollars) and the International company of services and investments in the sector of construction materials (8.9 million dollars). Currently underway are important joint projects that concern the sectors of hydrocarbons, electricity and infrastructure. TAP also reports that as regards bilateral trade, in 2009 it reached 2,000 million dinars (some 1,033 million euros). (ANSAmed). [ANSAmed] More
د. محمد بالروين : من الإرث الدستوري (1)

صالح محمد البرعصي : إجتماع طاريء وإعلان عن مزاد علني

شاهد عيان من مانشستر : شاهد عيان علي ما حدث فى إجتماع الجالية الليبية

الكاشف : عادل الزاوى.. والحقيقه اخيراً

إيناس العمامي : شكراً للسيد الريشي بخصوص جمعية الأخ زوبية

جمال الزوبية : هل الديمقراطية سيئة لدرجة أننا نخاف منها هنا في المهجر؟

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (2)

التضامن : بيان صحفي بخصوص انتخاب ليبيا ..    LHRS: The Election of Libya to the UNHRC

د. احمودة خليفة : أحجار الرأي

Tuesday, 18 May, 2010: General Insurance Corporation may have to pay $25 million, or Rs 120 crore, as its share of claim arising out of the crash of an aircraft of Afriqiyah Airways, a Libyan airline. A company executive said GIC's share in the reinsurance programme would be around five per cent. "The crash will lead to a hull loss of $ 100 million (insurance cover of Airbus 330). This will result in a hit of $5 million under the hull policy. The claim arising from liabilities is not known yet," said a senior executive. The claim would arise from both hull and liability covers taken by the airline. The reinsurer expects total insurance cover to be around $500 million. The airline has not yet estimated or lodged any claim. The executive added that the payout towards passenger liability varied from one country to another. For example, an American gets $5-7 million and a European $3-4 million. [Rediff] More
Tuesday, 18 May, 2010: Libya and Tunisia must work together to increase bilateral trade and investment, ministers from both countries said last week in Tunis. Tunisian Development Minister Mohamed Nouri Jouini and Libyan Secretary of the People's General Committee of Finances Abdelhafidh Zelitni co-chaired the May 10th-11th meeting, which focussed on ways to reinforce existing bilateral trade agreements. Tunisian Trade Minister Reda Ben Mesbah called on both countries to adopt the latest resolutions to develop trade and investment, while searching for additional ways to co-ordinate their economies. "The Future Horizons Committee…will investigate all means of pushing forward economic, trade, industrial and investment ties, and will "[lay] the foundations for an effective partnership", the minister added. [Magharebia] More
Tuesday, 18 May, 2010: A row has broken out in Libya following the departure of Ruben, the nine-year-old Dutch boy who survived last Wednesday’s crash of Afriqiyah Airways’ flight 771 at Tripoli airport. The media company owned by Seif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, complained on Sunday that the doctors of the El Khadra hospital had attacked one of its photographers the day before. It said Mabruka Mansur, who wanted to photograph Ruben as he left the hospital, had been so harshly handled by the doctors that he ended up with a broken wrist and a dislocated shoulder. The media company called this an attack on press freedom. It is also indignant because Western photographers were permitted to take photographs of the boy. Uproar There has also been uproar in the Netherlands over press coverage of Ruben, who was filmed, photographed and interviewed while a patient in the El Khadra hospital. Dutch daily newspaper De Telegraaf has received most of the criticism. [RNW] More
Tuesday, 18 May, 2010: GABORONE - The Libyan Fund for Investment Promotion through its Botswana embassy has donated 500 school bags to the Masiela Trust Fund. Handing over the donation last Friday, the acting charge d affaires at the embassy, Mr Mohmoud Ameer said as one of the oldest embassies in Botswana, they are committed to invest the funds finances to help in providing material assistance in a bid to build dignity amongst the citizens. He said that they have witnessed the continued growth of development between the two countries which have long shared the same common values and interests. Mr Ameer said the good gesture they have displayed to Masiela was built on the framework of further strengthening economic developments. He said the government of Libya has established offices in most African countries for humanitarian purposes. [The Government of Botswana] More
شريفة الفسيّ : واقعنا بين التنظير والتطبيق

محمد بن احميدة : الشموع أقوى من السواطير والجواسيس

جلال البسيوني : وقفة تضامن مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ ألاباما ـ أمريكا

سالم الشريف : هل ستسقط خلية المحمودى كما سقطت خلية المانيا؟

"شنطة سفر" ـ غناء : ناصر المزداوي

جورنال ليبيا : من أجل العدالة ـ ليبيا

رمضان جربوع : قلة الحيلة وتأثيرها.. اللجان مثالا

جمال الزوبيه : هل هي ارادة الله بأن تتزامن الأحداث ليحصل المقصود؟

الللا فاطمة : مختطفون

محمد بشير : وقفة تضامن مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ توليدو ـ أوهايو

هشام بن غلبون : وقفة التضامن الثانية مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم ـ مانشستر

( المتعاون : جون قريشم ) ـ مراجعة : صلاح الحداد

Monday, 17 May, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya - Dutch and American crash investigators helped search for clues Sunday in the debris field of the airliner that slammed into the desert short of an airport runway in Libya's capital last week. Libyan authorities, meanwhile, determined that one of those found dead among the shattered wreckage was not a passenger but a Libyan airport worker who responded to the scene and died of a heart attack. The new information, however, did not alter the official casualty count from Wednesday's crash. All but one of the 104 people on board the flight from South Africa to the Libyan capital died. The sole survivor, 9-year-old Ruben van Assouw of the Netherlands, returned home Saturday without his parents and 11-year-old brother, who perished in the disaster. Most of those on board the Afriqiyah Airways jetliner were Dutch tourists. [AP] More
Monday, 17 May, 2010: Pretoria - The remains of three of the South Africans who died last week in the plane crash in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, have been identified. Dayanand Naidoo, head of consular services at the department of international relations and co-operation, confirmed on Sunday that three of the South African victims of the Airbus A330-200 which crashed last Wednesday have been identified. He was unable to provide any details regarding their identities. He did say the families of these three victims are currently in Tripoli. According to Naidoo it's still unclear when the remains will be repatriated to South Africa. Blood samples : Meanwhile, DNA samples, dental records and fingerprints belonging to the rest of the 11 South African victims are being collected and will be sent to Tripoli this week. [News 24] More
Monday, 17 May, 2010: Earlier this month, Saif al Islam Qadafi repeated his call for better governance in Libya, and his position favouring the first new constitution since his father led a revolution that toppled the monarchy in 1969. “We need to change our society,” Mr Qadafi told a packed auditorium at the American University in Cairo. “We need to reinvent our country.” He criticised the formal government structure, ineffective local governments, the lack of independent media, and the non-existence of civil society. It’s not the first time Mr Qadafi has expressed such a critical view of the situation in Libya, but he seems to have taken a more practical view. Democracy has a long way to go in the whole region, not just in his country. In another departure from his usual style, he gave a deeper analysis of Libya’s problems, blaming the colonial period and the political structures that emerged after independence. Like most oil-rich states, Libya redistributes the revenues generated from oil. In this analysis, Libya is at the top of the list of oil-dependent countries where the state-owned oil industry generates 96 per cent of GDP. [The National] More
Monday, 17 May, 2010: The Libyan government wants to establish a 'multiversity' as part of the country's plan to become an educational hub for its own students and for those from other parts of Africa. The Libyan National Economic Development Board will host a two-day seminar in Tripoli in late June with the UK's International Unit where academics can develop the concept and discuss roles and responsibilities, finances and partnership agreements. Long-term strategic partnerships with international universities and the Libyan government will be the key to this hub. The unit says the Libyan government is keen to assure the venture's long-term success and so it will provide financial support, both in facilities as well as assuring project profitability for partners. The unit sets out the background to the initiative in a briefing paper. This explains the Libyan board was established in 2007 by the General People's Committee with the task of overseeing Libya's economic development activities. This included its $150 billion development programme to develop human and institutional capacity, and to improve the nation's business environment in order to achieve long‐term sustainable growth. [University World News] More
Monday, 17 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - MAY 13 - Libyàs Transport Minister, Mohammed Zidane, has today ensured that his country will provide the utmost collaboration with technicians and analysts to the international commission investigating yesterday's air disaster at Tripoli airport. "We will provide all necessary collaboration to the technicians and analysts from the Commission, in order to understand the cause of the accident as soon as possible," Zidane said. Aside from the Libyans, the international commission consists of experts from France, the United States, South Africa and Holland. The Minister also displayed to the press the two black boxes from the aircraft, saying that they were "in good condition". Meanwhile, Ruben van Assow, the young Dutch child who was the sole survivor of the crash, in which he lost his parents and elder brother, is in a stable condition. Ruben has undergone surgery for multiple fractures he sustained in the accident. [ANSAmed] More
Monday, 17 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - MAY 12 - Libya is not only oil, but also houses, streets and railways: this fact is underlined in the figures released during the start of "Libya Build 2010", the event that also brings Italian small and medium-sized building companies to Libya. Several government sources confirm that most of Libyàs economic activities are centred around the construction sector, for what has been called in the local media the "urban renaissance", for which 19 new urban areas are being built across Libya. According to some government reports, 53,530 houses will be built in Tripoli alone, with an estimated value of 514,239,756 Libyan dinars (around 309 million euros). Around 3,100 houses have already been completed. According to the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) office in Tripoli, Libya spent more than 19 billion dollars on development projects in the first half of 2009, on a budget of around 39.2 billion dollars for the whole year. The development projects that are currently in progress in the country will cost around 60 billion euros. Libya is Africàs fourth-largest country with 1,850 km of Mediterranean coastline and a population of more than 6 million. [ANSAmed] More
Monday, 17 May, 2010: May 13, 2010 – New York – AJC called today’s election of Libya to the UN Human Rights Council “a travesty for the protection of human rights.” “Libya should be the subject of a UN Human Rights Council investigation, not an active member,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “Libya’s uncontested election demonstrates yet again the current Council’s blithe disregard for consistently upholding the human rights clauses of the UN Charter.” Libya has a long record of violating the most basic human rights of its own citizens, incarcerating those who oppose the government and banning a free press. The tragic imprisonment and death last year of Fathi Eljahmi, a prominent Libyan dissident and democratic activist, is one example of Libya’s disgraceful behavior. [AJC] More
Monday, 17 May, 2010: In secret ballot, the United Nations General Assembly has just elected Libya's dictatorship to one of the 47 seats on the U.N. Human Rights Council. Where in the makings of this travesty was oddly quiet U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice? For that matter, where was Rice when the misogynist rulers of Iran, murderers last year of peaceful protester Neda Soltan, won a seat last month--by acclamation, no less--on the U.N.'s commission for women's rights? Where was Rice when Libya's candidate won the presidency last year of the current General Assembly? At a U.N. so lacking in moral compass that all this counts for business as usual, the U.S. made no fuss. Washington went with the flow. In the calculus of the Obama administration all this may rate as mere diplomatic horse-trading. Apparently in the latest round of U.N. seat-filling, the State Department quietly succeeded in derailing Iran's bid for a seat on the Human Rights Council. [Forbes] More
حملة التضامن : نشاطات الحملة أمام السفارة وفي ركن الخطباء بلندن ـ الأحد 9 مايو 2010م

بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (718)

عيسى عبدالقيوم : الوقفة التضامنية الثانية لأهالي مانشستر

( بيان الإدعاء العام الألماني : القبض بتهمة التجسس ) ترجمة : محمد بن احميدة

فرج بوالعَـشّة : إلى "مواطن ليبي قذافي" (1)

نادي الباروني : نشاطات النادي لشهر أبريل 2010

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : في ذكرى الراحل العظيم حسين مازق

د. أحمد ابراهيم الفقيه : فيلسوف النهضة

إبراهيم قويدر : الحجاب المكشوف : حق المواطنة

الراصد الصحفي : سلطة بلا انسانية

اللجنة الليبية للحقيقة والعدالة : بيان حول انتخاب ليبيا فى مجلس حقوق الإنسان

Sunday, 16 May, 2010: With hardly a whisper of protest by the United States, the UN General Assembly yesterday bestowed a seat in the world body's Human Rights Council to Moammar Khadafy's Libya. Which is worse? That the vote was a landslide for Libyan membership? Or that America failed to raise a voice in condemnation? We'll pick silence by the U.S. because it showed a disturbingly tolerant attitude by the globe's primary hope for moral leadership. The assembly gave 155 of 188 ballots to a country where speaking your mind can be a capital offense, while also electing other tyrannies - Angola, Qatar, Mauritania and Malaysia - by even larger margins. [New York Dailynews] More
Sunday, 16 May, 2010: The African Nations Cup will be played in odd years from 2013, the Confederation of African Football has confirmed. The decision was confirmed as the CAF Executive Committee met in Cairo. It means there will now be tournaments in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. Libya, originally due to host the 2014 tournament, will remain host for the 2013 edition. [Espn] More
Sunday, 16 May, 2010: Tripoli, May 15 (AFP) The Libyan plane that crashed on landing in Tripoli, killing more than 100 people did not catch fire before hitting the ground, commission of inquiry chief Neji Dhaou said today. "We have not found debris detached from the plane or evidence of fire before the accident," he said during a meeting of the commission with Libya's prosecutor general, quoted by the official news agency JANA. "The fire broke out 400 metres (yards) from the initial impact with the ground," he said. He said the plane's two black boxes would be sent to France, Britain or the United States for analysis, while his team would start to hear testimony from witnesses and awaited a report from an Alitalia pilot readying to take off at the time of Wednesday's crash. [PTI] More
Sunday, 16 May, 2010: An accomplished Durban-born novelist on her way to sign a book deal in London and a former resident of the city were among 103 people killed instantly when their connecting flight from Joburg disintegrated on landing at Tripoli airport in Libya on Wednesday. The ill-fated Afriqiyah Airways A330-200 Airbus crashed as it landed. An eight-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor. At least 10 South Africans were on board. European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek described the child's survival as "truly a miracle". Last June, a 12-year-old girl was the sole survivor of a Yemeni plane crash off the Comoros. [IOL] More
Sunday, 16 May, 2010: A teacher, a retired manager, a cabin crew trainer and an award-winning writer. Five seconds was the difference between a safe landing and the crash that killed these and 99 other passengers on Afriqiyah Airways flight 771 at Tripoli airport last week. Nine-year-old Dutch boy Ruben van Assouw was the sole survivor of the carnage that also left two Britons dead. The plane had been due to stop over on its way from Johannesburg to London. Afriqiyah Airways, born in 2001, is owned by the Libyan government and promotes itself as a cheap way to get to Africa from Europe. It is popular with backpackers and independent travellers and boasts: "We connect Africa to the world." But last week's accident underlined how far Africa has to go to shake off its reputation as the most dangerous place to fly in the world. [The Guardian] More
تعازي إلى آل دبنون الورفلي     تعازي إلى آل البيجو وآل شاكير     تعازي إلى آل ملاطم

الجزيرة : ألمانيا توقف ليبييْن بشبهة التجسس

جمال الزوبيه : توضيح واعتذار     الساطور

الرابطة الليبية لحقوق الإنسان : الحكومة الليبية وعضوية مجلس حقوق الإنسان؟

عضو من الجالية ـ مانشستر : سمير بن علي والجالي "المزيف" وممارسة الاستبداد     محمد المبروك مسعود : كلمة لابد منها

ع. الادريسي : غاندى الساطور مهاتما والمعارضة    ابن جالية مانشستر : جمال زوبية واللجنةالتحضيرية على نهج اللجان الثورية

د. الهادي شلوف : الشعب الليبي لا يلوم إلا نفسه

عيسى عبدالقيوم : مع هيكل / فرع ليبيا (2)

Ghoma : Approaches to Development (2)

د. علي محمد الصلابي : فقه القدوم على الله تعالى (1)

المحمودي : الدرر البهية في بيان بعـض فضائل شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية (3)

Saturday, 15 May, 2010: "We have explained to Ruben exactly what happened," said a statement from the boy's aunt and uncle read out to media in Tripoli. "He knows that his parents and his brother are dead." The statement said the boy was doing well under the circumstances and had seen the flowers and messages of support sent to him. "The time ahead will be a difficult period for us," the statement said. "We hope that the media will respect our privacy." The boy, from the southern city of Tilburg, is recovering in a Tripoli hospital after surgery on his smashed legs. He had been returning from a safari holiday in South Africa with his parents and 11-year-old brother, all of whom died when an Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 from Johannesburg disintegrated on landing on Wednesday. Dutch officials also confirmed he will return home on Saturday, accompanied by his aunt and uncle. [The Telegraph] More
Saturday, 15 May, 2010: The United Nations General Assembly voted to put Libya on the Human Rights Council. Among the 14 countries elected Thursday with Libya for as many seats on the 47-member body were Uganda, Mauritania, Malaysia, Qatar, Spain and Switzerland. The new members will serve three-year terms. Libya had the fewest number of votes with 155 among the 192 General Assembly members. Iran had withdrawn its candidacy last month after the United States and other assembly members expressed the opinion that the Islamic Republic did not have a good enough human rights record to serve on the council. B’nai B’rith International had urged the assembly to prevent Libya from sitting on the council in a letter earlier this week. [Jewish Times] More
Saturday, 15 May, 2010: Tributes have been paid to a British man who was among those killed in a plane crash at Libya's Tripoli airport. Nigel Peter, 47, was one of two Britons killed in the crash on Wednesday, in which 103 people died. Mr Peter, a joint British-South African national who worked for an air charter firm, was a "compassionate" and "committed" man, said a colleague. A South African who lived in Wales also died, as did a second unnamed Briton. A Dutch boy, nine, was the sole survivor. The second British national to have died in the Afriqiyah Airways crash - which happened as the plane arrived in Tripoli from Johannesburg, South Africa - has not yet been named. [BBC] More
Saturday, 15 May, 2010: Libyan Foreign Minister Mousa Kousa said here Friday that Libya is willing to strengthen cooperation with China on issues like energy, trade and African development aid. He told Xinhua at the on-going fourth China-Arab Cooperation Forum that China-Libyan cooperation has "great potential." Africa especially needs foreign aid and assistance to develop infrastructure and improve people's livelihoods, he said. The foreign minister said China has done a great deal to help Africa. It is Kousa's first visit to China since he was appointed Libyan foreign minister in March last year. Kousa is the co-chairman of this year's two-day forum, themed "Deepening All-Round Cooperation for Common Development." [CRI] More
Saturday, 15 May, 2010: German authorities said Friday they had taken into custody two Libyans on charges of espionage. Federal prosecutors said the two men, identified only as 42-year-old Adel Ab. and 46-year-old Adel Al., were suspected of obtaining information on exiled Libyan opposition groups since 2007 in Germany and in other European nations. The purpose of their activities was apparently "to weaken exiled opposition movements to the point of obliteration," prosecutors said in a statement. The two was arrested in Berlin on Thursday, they added. [Expatica] More
Saturday, 15 May, 2010: PARIS, May 12 (Reuters) - European authorities have carried out regular on-the-spot inspections of Afriqiyah aircraft -- including the Airbus jetliner which crashed on Wednesday -- without reporting significant problems, safety officials said. The checks include three recent inspections carried out on the crashed plane, an almost brand-new Airbus A330 (EAD.PA). Libyan officials said the plane operated by local airline Afriqiyah had crashed while attempting to land at Tripoli, killing 103 passengers and crew on Wednesday [ID:nLDE64B0MI]. Afriqiyah is not on a European blacklist of airlines considered unsafe but is subject to routine checks on foreign carriers carried out under an EU-sponsored safety scheme known as Safety Assessment for Foreign Aircraft programme (SAFA). [Reuters] More
تعازي إلى آل الشواشي     تعازي إلى أهالي ضحايا الطائرة

رمضان الجبو : من هم الضباط الأحرار بالثورة الليبية     الجالي الحقيقي : إلى الشرفاء من الجالية فقط

Amnesty : Libyan Arab Jamahiriya : Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review

لجنة التضامن مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة سجن بوسليم : إعلان عن وقفة التضامن الثانية بمدينة مانشستر

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : تطورات أحداث جريمة مقتل المواطن التبوي

سمير بن علي : تنبيه شخصى من سمير بن على

فتحية حسين مازق : في ذكراك الرابعة يا أبي

سامية حسين مازق : في الذكرى الرابعة لرحيل صاحب القلب الطيب والأب الحنون

الجمعية الليبية للدفاع عن دستور دولة الاستقلال : بيان صحفي

Friday, 14 May, 2010: UN - There was a little the American ambassador here, Susan Rice, could do today to stop the General Assembly from voting Libya and other known rights abusers for a seat on the Human Rights Council, but instead of expressing outrage, she chose to praise the United Nations’s least praiseworthy body. Ms. Rice couldn’t even bring herself to condemn Libya’s specific human rights record or even tell reporters how America voted in the General Assembly, where 155 of the 192 members deemed the Colonel Gadhafi tyranny fit to sit in judgment of other countries’ human rights record. The game, it turns out, was rigged, 14 countries having run for 14 available seats on the 47-member Geneva-based rights body. They were all pre-selected by regional groups, some of which include a plurality of countries that care little about human rights violations. [New York Sun] More
Friday, 14 May, 2010: JOHANNESBURG - A South African novelist was among those killed in the crash of a Libyan airliner, her publisher confirmed Thursday. In a statement on its website, South African publisher 30 Degrees South said Bree O'Mara, who lived in the eastern city of Durban, had been flying to London to sign a British publishing deal for her second novel. A Dutch boy was the only survivor of Wednesday's crash in the Libyan capital that killed 103 people. The Johannesburg daily The Citizen and 30 Degrees South co-sponsor a contest for unpublished writers that O'Mara won in 2007 for "Home Affairs", her first novel. South African readers vote for the winner based on synopses of unpublished work. O'Mara, 42, also held Irish citizenship. [AP] More
Friday, 14 May, 2010: Officials say the boy underwent surgery for fractures on both legs after being pulled from the debris of the Afriqiyah Airways plane. He is the only survivor. The Dutch Foreign Ministry has not confirmed his identity. However, a Netherlands newspaper, the Brabants Dagblad says he may be a nine-year-old from the southern city of Tilburg who was in South Africa on a safari with his parents and brothers. More than half of the passengers, 62, were vacationers from the Netherlands who were traveling home from South Africa. Travelers from nearly 10 other countries were on the Johannesburg-to-Tripoli flight. Most had plans to travel on to Europe. The A-330 Airbus crashed on Wednesday as it was approaching Tripoli airport. The plane was carrying 93 passengers and 11 crew. [VOA News] More
Friday, 14 May, 2010: Johannesburg - Pilots commenting on one of the most heavily used zones by airline pilots - "PPRUNE" - Professional Pilots Rumour Network - say there was no large scale fire prior to the Airbus 330's crash on Wednesday. Most believe the airport is dangerous, and made more so recently by the failure of ground-based Instrument systems. Tripoli does not have Instrument Landing Systems or ILS, and one of its main landing beacons also failed before the crash. A NOTAM or Notice to Airmen was published before the accident outlining that the runway was difficult to see at dawn and dusk. OR Tambo and Cape Town International both have ILS, but Lanseria does not. One pilot write : "Am in Tripoli now, and I was here yesterday at time of occurrence - so far its clear that: "Accident site has been heavily contaminated by hundreds of people wondering around, moving wreckage, picking up evidence, etc. (look at videos and pictures and if you have ever done an accident investigation you know what I mean) [Business Day] More
Friday, 14 May, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The Libyan General Office for Waqfs (religious good) and Zakat and the Egyptian ministry of Waqfs on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Tripoli on Waqfs and Islamic Affairs. The document was signed by the deputy secretary of the Libyan Office for Waqfs, Cheikh Doukali, and the first deputy secretary of the Egyptian ministry of Waqfs and religious affairs, Cheikh Chowki Abdelatif. The MOU focuses on the activation of cooperation in the domain of appeal for Islamic preaching, sharing of printed documents, expertises and preachers and readers of the Holy Koran. Mr Abdelatif reaffirmed the need to develop the good ties that link the two countries to include the broadest perspectives through the implementation of measure s for the activation of programmes for the cooperation agreement signed between the two countries in the domain of Waqfs and Islamic Affairs. [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 14 May, 2010: Families of several Dutch passengers killed in a Libyan plane crash in Tripoli arrived in the city on Thursday, official Libyan Jana news agency reported. An Afriqiyah Airways plane crashed early on Wednesday on landing at Tripoli airport, killing 103 people, most of them Dutch, while a boy of the same nationality was the sole survivor of the crash. The relatives of the passengers were accompanied by the Dutch Foreign Ministry's secretary general, a forensic medicine team, and a number of Dutch aviation safety experts, the report said. Earlier on Wednesday, the ministry said that information from travel agencies, the airline, and customs authorities in Johannesburg, from where the plane took off, showed that 70 Dutch passengers were aboard the ill-fated flight. "Thirty-eight of the victims were traveling with Stip (travel agency) and 24 with Kras (travel agency). Nine Dutch people had booked their flights themselves," a statement by the ministry said, noting that the nine people include the family of the nine-year- old boy Ruben, the sole survivor. [Xinhua] More
أويا : اسماء طاقم الطائرة المتحطمة

الاقتصادية : قائد الطائرة الليبية ابلغ عن خلل طائرته قبل سقوطها

د. فتحي العكاري : عبدالرازق شقلوف.. من فرسان الاستقلال والدولة

رويترز : تحطم طائرة ليبية ومقتل 103 ونجاة طفل هولندي

طالب : ماذا وراء قرارات السيد أمين التعليم الغير معلنة     ايناس العمامي : جمال زوبية يتحدث عن الجالية ومتناسياً الجمعية

زيزي الصغيرة : إهداء إلى عمى الساطور     محمد القيلوشي : شكرا بن احميده.. هذا هو العمل الصحيح           

أحمد عبدالله الصفراني : مذكرات فدائي ليبي (3)

ادرار نـ فساطو : كش ملك يا جاهل (3)     عبد الله بن عبد الله : عبد الله بن عبد الله يسأل والمحمودى يجيب (2)

لجنة إحياء ذكرى مجزرة "سجن أبوسليم" : اعلان عن مظاهرة بواشنطن دي سي

اللجنة التحضيرية لتأسيس المجلس الاجتماعي الليبي ببريطانيا : إعلان عام

حملة التضامن : دعوة لحضورالإجتماع الأول مع ممثلي إدارة الهجرة

Thursday, 13 May, 2010: TRIPOLI, Libya - A 10-year-old Dutch boy lay in a hospital bed, head bandaged, skin pale and legs shattered - the lone "miracle" survivor of a plane crash Wednesday that killed 103 people in the Libyan capital. Most victims were Dutch tourists returning from vacation in South Africa. Little was known about the dark-haired boy, who was rushed to a hospital in Tripoli where he underwent surgery for multiple fractures in both legs. The barely conscious child muttered "Holland! Holland!" after he was found, a Dutch official said. Libyan TV footage showed the boy, one eye bruised and swollen closed, breathing through an oxygen mask with multiple intravenous lines connected to his body and a monitor at his bedside. Doctors later said he was out of danger. [Mercury news] More
Thursday, 13 May, 2010: UNITED NATIONS, May 12 - There are only 14 candidates for the 14 seats on the Human Rights Council up for election on May 13. Despite opposition from some groups and requests by others, this almost certainly means that each of the 14 candidates, including Libya and Angola, will get elected to three year terms on the HRC, a body which last year converted a draft condemning the Sri Lankan government's murder of civilians into a final resolution praising the government. In Libya, political opponents are imprisoned and disappear. In Angola, poor people are summarily evicted to make way for projects, while oil revenue continues to disappear. There are only two examples. The one contested race that loomed for May 13 involved Iran running for a seat. The country withdrew, however, in exchange for a spot on the UN Commission on the Status of Women. [Inner City Press] More
Thursday, 13 May, 2010: Several Libyan companies and tourist agencies will parti cipate in the Mediterranean Tourism Show of Tunis in the Tunisian capital from 2 0 -22 May, the Libyan General Authority for tourism and handicrafts said in Tripol i on Tuesday. Libyan tour operators will work in the pavilion reserved for Libya to highlight the country's potential in the field of tourism through paintings and photograph s of sites of ancient civilizations as well as aspects of Saharan tourism. The Libyan tourism stakeholders will exhibit plans adopted by the Libyan General Office for Tourism and Handicrafts for the consolidation of tourism projects in the country alongside exhibitions of crafts that represent fame, wealth and cult u ral diversity. They will also hold a series of meetings with tourism professionals and other co mpanies operating in the tourism field to promote the sector and its potential. [African Manager] More
Thursday, 13 May, 2010: Two Britons were among 103 people who died when an Airbus passenger plane crashed in Libya, killing all those on board save a Dutch child, Afriqiyah Airlines said. The plane operated by the Libyan carrier had flown from Johannesburg and crashed short of the runway at Tripoli airport before disintegrating. There were 93 passengers and 11 crew on the Airbus A330 flight 8U771. Afriqiyah Airways said 58 Dutch passengers, six South Africans, two Britons, two Libyans, two Austrians, one German, one French national and one Zimbabwean were on board. The nationalities of 19 other passengers have not yet been confirmed but the airline said the 11 crew were all Libyan. The 10-year-old boy who survived the crash was taken to a hospital in Tripoli where he underwent surgery for multiple fractures in both legs. Doctors later said he is out of danger. [Loughborough Echo] More
الإذاعي أحمد المقصبي : بيان

بوخزام العناني : السيد حسين مازق في ذكراه الرابعة

بوخزام العناني : نبذة عن حياة السيد حسين مازق     أشريف السعيطي : ومازلت يا مازق عليهم غالي

الراصد الصحفي : عبدالله السنوسى : التهديد بالعودة للعنف

صالح سعيد الواحي : مواساة     د. مصطفى الزائدي : مزحة براون..وحزب الأغبياء

د. الهادي شلوف : دعوة عاجلة إلى اجتماع عاجل للمعارضة الليبية

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : محاكمة أولاً... دستور ثانياً!!

Wednesday, 12 May, 2010: TRIPOLI, May 11 (Reuters) - Officials from the European Union and Libya said they were on track to sign their first cooperation pact this year, cementing ties that bring EU countries lucrative trade and help control illegal immigration. The EU lifted sanctions on energy exporter Libya in 2004 after the country's leader, Muammar Gaddafi, renounced illegal weapons programmes, but the bloc still has no formal relations and no representative mission in Libya. Diplomatic ties suffered a setback earlier this year when Tripoli, angered that Switzerland was barring entry to senior Libyans including members of Gaddafi's family, stopped issuing visas to most Europeans, but that row has since been resolved. The so-called Association Agreement under negotiation between Libya and the EU will create a legal framework which could eventually lead to free trade and more cooperation on stemming the flow of illegal migrants from Africa to Europe. "Some chapters related to trade are still under discussion and probably the agreement will be signed before the end of this year," Mohamed Siala, Secretary for Cooperation at the Libyan Foreign Ministry, told Reuters. [Reuters] More
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010: Once upon a time, the United Nations was about protecting human rights and Eleanor Roosevelt was the chairman of its premier human rights agency, the Human Rights Commission. This week, the U.N.’s top human rights body, renamed the Human Rights Council, is poised to add Libya to its membership. Libya will be elected by the U.N. General Assembly through a secret ballot in a process that champions geographic and religious loyalties over anything remotely resembling the actual protection of human rights. The Obama administration is making no moves to call for the defeat of Libya or any of the other soon-to-be human rights specialists now running for a seat. And yet, the 2009 State Department Human Rights Report says that in Libya there is routine torture and abuse of detainees, legally-sanctioned amputations and flogging, sentencing of political opposition members without trial, indefinite detention of women and girls “suspected of violating moral codes,” homosexuality is criminalized, and their president claims that “the Christian Bible and the Jewish Torah are forgeries.” [Fox News] More
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010: DOHA (Zawya Dow Jones)--The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would call for an emergency meeting if crude oil prices drop as low as $60 a barrel, Libya's top oil official said Tuesday. "At $60 a barrel we would have to call an emergency meeting and at $100 a barrel we would take action," Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya's National Oil Co. told Zawya Dow Jones. Ghanem added that oil prices remain volatile and would have to settle around the $60 or $100 a barrel mark to justify any action from the oil producing group. "We don't think it will go to $60--the volatility is causing prices to go up and down erratically," he said. "Now that the crisis is resolving we are not worried but we are always concerned about the erratic movements in the market." Crude fell Tuesday in Asia as the euro weakened against the U.S. dollar after a nearly $1 trillion rescue package for the euro-zone economies that boosted oil Monday failed to lift prices. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in June were down 51 cents at $76.29 a barrel at 0759 GMT. [WSJ] More
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010: May 11, 2010 -- New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris in his national commentary on the CBS radio network, reminds listeners of the forgotten refugees, the one million Jews who were forced to leave their homes in Arab countries after Israel declared independence 62 years ago. LISTEN. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary. The full text of this week's commentary follows: "These refugees shouldn't be forgotten. Their story is critical to understanding the Arab-Israeli conflict." All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary. The full text of this week's commentary follows: How many refugee populations did the Arab-Israeli conflict create? The answer usually given is, "One, the Palestinians." Yes, the Arab world launched the first war against Israel 62 years ago this week. War creates refugees. But the real answer is two. [AJC] More
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010: KATHMANDU, May 12: Ninety-four Nepali laborers working for a company in the north African country of Libya have appealed to the Nepal government for immediate rescue, saying they are being forced to work in miserable conditions. The plight of the workers came to light after the Nepali Embassy in Cairo, Egypt wrote to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) here Tuesday, informing the government about the matter. "We have been informed that the workers have been working as bonded labor and have been deprived of their basic salary for as many as nine months," said a senior MoFA official, preferring anonymity. The workers, in a joint appeal sent to the Department of Employment Promotion on April 25 through the embassy, said they were duped by their agents who promised them work at CKG, a multi-national company with expertise in carrying out projects of a civil and mechanical nature. But they ended up being associated with Gorkhas Construction Pvt Ltd in Libya, according to a letter in the possession of Republica. The former company is already in the process of closing down, according to them. [Republica] More
Wednesday, 12 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, MAY 11 - "Libya Build 2010" is about to get underway in Tripoli. The seventh edition of the "International Fair for construction and building" will run from May 16 to 20. "There will 60 Italian companies taking part in the collective organised by the Italian Trade Commission (ICE) and 20 of these have found space independently at the fair," explained Umberto Bonito, the director of the ICE office in Tripoli. "It is mainly Italian SMEs," said Bonito, "who are coming into the Libyan market for the first time, many of which are in consortiums that will be in Tripoli from next Saturday to present their products and services." The consortiums present include Federlegno, Unindustria Treviso, Vicenza Qualità, Evaet from Novara and Promos from Milan. The sectors that will be present at the fair are: construction, engineering, architecture, electrical and mechanical systems, interiors and decoration, technologies for water and the environment, air conditioning, glass, wood, metal, marble, machinery of processing marble, bathrooms and ceramics, gardens. [ANSAmed] More
المتوسط اونلاين : النشيد الليبي : فقر وفساد وقومية!

محمد الأصفر : حيوانات النيهوم وقروده في طبعة جديدة

ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (7)

عزالدين اللواج : الجنس والدين والسياسة

أحمد القبائلي : حرب الارجنتين القذرة واهالي ضحايا سجن ابوسليم (2)

بوغرّاف : الشُخ المحمودي (قدس الله سره)

خيري أبوشاقور : تعليق على محاضرة الدكتور عارف النايض

صفحات من كتاب (كيف يحكم القذافي ليبيا) ـ تأليف : فوزي عبدالحميد (1)

سليم الرقعي : الخطوط الحمراء على حرية التعبير.. (2)

Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Libya, holder of Africa’s largest oil reserves, is reviewing a proposed national resource law to boost transparency in exploration deals and include areas like natural gas and refineries, the country’s top oil official said. “The previous law doesn’t have gas, this law will encompass gas and downstream,” Shokri Ghanem, chairman of Libya’s National Oil Corp., said in an interview in Doha, Qatar, today. “It will also emphasize that oil and gas blocks should be awarded through a bidding process. It emphasizes transparency and competitiveness.” The new bill, to be debated in parliament in two to three months, will not affect existing agreements with the North African country’s partners, Ghanem said. Libya is in the final stage of talks with Dow Chemical Co. over a 50-50 joint venture ethylene plant in Ras Lanuf and is currently evaluating offers from foreign companies to take a stake in the Zawia refinery, he said. [Businessweek] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: DOHA, May 10 (Reuters) - Swiss-registered firms involved in Libya's energy projects can be replaced with little disruption to its upstream developments, Tripoli's top oil official said on Monday. Libya slapped a trade embargo on Switzerland in March as tensions between the two escalated following the arrest of leader Muammar Gaddafi's son Hannibal in 2008 on charges -- later dropped -- of mistreating two domestic staff. "There are plenty of companies who can replace those firms," Libya's Shokri Ghanem told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference. He did not specify if this meant the Libyan authorities would require international oil companies operating oil and gas permits to replace Swiss-registered companies with other firms. Firms registered in Switzerland which are working on Libyan projects include Transocean Ltd.(RIG.N), Noble Corp (NE.N) and Foster Wheeler (FWLT.O). Transocean said last month Tripoli's embargo could prevent Russia's Gazprom (GAZP.MM) from deploying a Transocean rig to drill in Libya. [Reuters] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: Arab MKs have announced that they will boycott a Knesset hearing on the demand to remove the immunity from those of them who traveled to Libya to meet with its leader, Muammar Gaddafi. The announcement was made by MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al), who took part in the delegation. Chairman of the Knesset committee to hold the hearing, MK Yariv Levin (Likud) said he had decided to hold it anyway "in order to set clear red lines on the behavior of these MKs". [YNet News] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: Geneva, May 10, 2010 — A coalition 30 non-governmental organizations, including many from Africa as well as Libyan victim groups, today appealed to the U.S. and E.U. representatives at the UN to block Libya’s from winning a seat on the UN Human Rights Council, in elections to be held this Thursday at the General Assembly in New York. (See full text below.) The human rights groups sent letters to U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice and Spanish Ambassador Juan Antonio Yáñez-Barnuevo, whose country holds the rotating presidency of the EU, asking them “to lead a campaign to ensure that the Libyan regime of Col. Moammar Qaddafi — one of the world’s most brutal and longest-running tyrannies — will be kept off the UN Human Rights Council” in the upcoming election. “To see Libyan dictator Col. Moammar Qaddafi judge others on human rights will turn the U.N. council into a joke,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, the Geneva-based human rights monitoring group that circulated the appeal. [UN Watch.] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: Libyans are giving mixed reviews to a call by Saif al-Islam al-Kadhafi to draft a constitution, with some voicing support and others scepticism. The younger Kadhafi, whose father has ruled Libya for over 40 years, is widely seen as one of Libya's most prominent advocates of openness. He made his call for a constitution on May 5th while speaking at the American University in Cairo (AUC). "The constitution is vitally important to realise prosperity in Libya. Therefore, the country has to speed up its steps towards reforming its administrative system," he said. "We have to seriously and extensively review our way of government," he added. "This is the first priority." There has been no constitution in Libya since the proclamation of the "people's authority", which according to the elder Kadhafi's Green Book bans the setting up of parties or the election of law-makers or a president under the rationale that "the people" alone should govern themselves. [Magharebia] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: The energy supply group, Sonatrach International Petrole um, Exploration and Production (SIPEX), in association with the Libyan National O il Company (NOC), has announced a new oil deposit in the basin of Ghadames, loca t ed 340 km south of Tripoli, the Libyan capital. The new oil deposit, discovered by SIPEX, a subsidiary of Sonatrach, on the expl oration well C1-65/02 located on Block 65, had an oil flow of 8.55 m3/h during t h e first test, according to a statement posted on the NOC website. This is the second discovery made in Block 65, awarded to Sonatrach by the NOC s ince March 2005 on the basis of a contract stating that both parties will explor e and share the oil production at the rate of 75 per cent for the NOC and 25 per c ent for SIPEX. Second largest oil producer in Africa, with 1.7 million barrels per day, Libya h as oil reserves estimated today at 42 billion barrels. Libya, which plans to double its production to 3 million barrels per day in 2010 , could have much more crude, because only a quarter of the territory is covered. [African Manager] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Crude oil demand will gain this year and prices may rise to more than $85 a barrel as markets shrug off concern a debt crisis in Greece may spread to other European nations and slow growth, OPEC ministers said. “By bailing out Greece, its bailing out the future of Europe,” Algeria’s oil minister Chakib Khelil said today at a conference in Doha, Qatar. “Prices should go back to $80 to $85 a barrel.” Libya’s National Oil Corp. Chairman Shokri Ghanem said “prices could reach $85, $87, even higher” after the European Union rescue package. Oil rose for the first time in a week today after EU governments and the International Monetary Fund agreed to an emergency lending mechanism of about 720 billion euros ($928 billion). Crude for June delivery rose as much as 4.5 percent to $78.51 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange and traded at $76.17 at 13:10 p.m. in New York. While the Greek debt crisis may have a “psychological” impact on crude markets, it will have no impact on fundamentals as supplies remain sufficient, Qatar’s Oil Minister Abdullah al- Attiyah said in Doha. [Businessweek] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI, MAY 10 - The first trial against those assisting illegal immigration began today in Libya. For the first time in the country, almost 500 people have been accused with "facilitating illegal immigration and human trafficking in the country". This was reported by the only non-government-run newspaper in Libya, 'Oea', which is also the only daily allowed to follow the debate. According to reports from a local source to ANSA, the 490 people who have been accused include not only civilians, but also "soldiers, public security agents and members of the navy". A special tribunal, the Court for National Security, will judge the people who are to stand trial, since - explained the source - the case has to do with "actions that have put national security in jeopardy". The accused have been divided into groups of 30 and will stand trial daily.(ANSAmed). [ANSAmed] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - TRIPOLI MAY 10 - Entry visas to Libya to be issued by shorter procedures so as to enable "millions of tourists" to visit the country. This was proposed by Seif Al Islam Gaddafi, son of the Libyan leader and President of the Charitable Association entitled to him, as reported by local newspapers, including Qurina, belonging to his editorial group, Al Ghad (Tomorrow). Seif, it reports, wants to facilitate entry to Libya by people from many countries "to improve Libyàs image in the world". "An image which is set in the '80s'', said Seif. "If we can attract tourists to Libya", he continued, "they will be the best witnesses of the new Jamahirija". At present, to enter Libya, a passport, valid For at least six months upon arrival in the country, is Needed, along with a whole free page, which must be stamped With the Arabic translation of personal data, without which, even with a visa, one runs the risk of being rejected at the border. (ANSAmed). [ANSAmed] More
Tuesday, 11 May, 2010: DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/8e184b/libya_oil_and_gas) has announced the addition of the "Libya Oil and Gas Report Q2 2010" report to their offering. “Libya Oil and Gas Report Q2 2010” Libya Oil and Gas Report provides industry professionals and strategists, corporate analysts, oil and gas associations, government departments and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on Libya's oil and gas industry. The latest Libya Oil & Gas Report from BMI forecasts that the country will account for 7.74% of African regional oil demand by 2014, while providing 16.07% of supply. African regional oil use of 2.93mn barrels per day (b/d) in 2001 rose to an estimated 3.57mn b/d in 2009. It should average 3.63mn b/d in 2010 and then rise to around 4.08mn b/d by 2014. Regional oil production was 7.77mn b/d in 2001, and in 2009 averaged an estimated 9.64mn b/d. It is set to rise to 11.83mn b/d by 2014. Oil exports are growing steadily, because demand growth is lagging the pace of supply expansion. In 2001, the region was exporting an average 4.83mn b/d. This total had risen to an estimated 6.07mn b/d in 2009 and is forecast to reach 7.75mn b/d by 2014. [Business Wire] More
سوا : الأهلي المصري يثأر من الاتحاد الليبي بثلاثة أهداف مقابل لاشيء

د. احمودة خليفة : مكائد السياسيين و نار الدين

ناجي الفيتوري : على قدمين وساق

الساطور : لا للتوريث

محمد بن احميدة : بوسليم في عيد ميلاد ميناء هامبورج

فرج بوالعَـشّة : هل انتفت قيمة إسرائيل الاستراتيجية ؟! (3)

مُراد : كان عباك على بن غزّي ... يا اقعادك في الحوش اتهزّي!     رندا : الساطور وعقدة البازين

هل ساهم المسلمون في صنع الكمبيوتر؟ : سالم بن عمار

محمّد قدري الخوجة : كشف الأكاذيب وتعرية المضللين.. مقتل احواس

كتاب "ليبيا.. هذا الإسم في جذوره التاريخية" ـ تأليف : محمد مصطفى بازامه

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : بيان في الذكرى السنوية لمعركة معسكر باب العزيزية

عوض الشاعري : فوبيا النباح

هشام بن غلبون : "وقفة تضامن مع أهالي شهداء مجزرة بوسليم" ـ مانشستر

معمر سليمان : المنبوذي وفرقة إسعافه

جمال الزوبيه : رد على الأختين الفاضلتين زنوبة وايناس العمامي والأخ الجالي الحقيقي

Monday, 10 May, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Libya, Adrianus Koetsenrujter said here on Saturday that a seventh round of talks between the EU and Libya has been scheduled for 8 and 9 June in the Libyan capital and will lead to the signing of a framework agreement for cooperation and partnership by late 2010. Speaking during a press conference on the eve of the commemoration of the Europe Day, celebrated 9 May every year, Koetsenrujter, who is also the EU Ambassador to Tunisia, announced, within this framework, the signing by the Libyan Secretary for European Affairs, Adelati Labidi, the headquarters agreement for the forthcoming opening of an office of the EU delegation in Tripoli. [Afrique Jet] More
Monday, 10 May, 2010: Whatever the case, Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi is raging like a Spanish bull. Not only has he declared a jihad on Switzerland, he has also cut ties with Libya's bilateral and trade partner. What went wrong? Rewind 40 years to when Switzerland set its neutral eye on Libya. It didn't mind the eyebrows it raised with its European and US partners, it was on the prowl for petroleum. Even the 1982 embargo on Libyan petrol did not stop Switzerland from trading with Libya. The relationship was thriving. Until Gaddafi's son Hannibal was arrested in Geneva, in July 2008, for assaulting his two servants at a Swiss hotel. Hannibal and his wife were in Geneva for the birth of their child. The news didn't go down well with Gaddafi. He was angry when the Geneva police dared to take the accusations of servants so seriously that they defiled the Gaddafi honour by arresting his Hannibal. [Times Live] More
Monday, 10 May, 2010: JOHANNESBURG — Shehab Ahmed scored three minutes into stoppage time to give Al-Ahly of Egypt a 3-0 triumph over Al-Ittihad of Libya Sunday and a dramatic entry to the African Champions League group draw. Ahly, title holders a record six times and widely regarded as the most powerful African football club, squeezed through 3-2 on aggregate having lost 2-0 in Tripoli two weeks ago. The first leg of the final round qualifier was marred by claims that Libyan supporters blinded the Ahly goalkeeper with a laser beam and Egyptian defender Wael Gomaa needed stitches when struck by a rock leaving the pitch. Ittihad, whose best Champions League showing was reaching the 2007 semi-finals where they lost to Ahly, held the 'Red Devils' goalless at the 74,000-seat Cairo Stadium until the hour mark when Emad Moteab struck. [AFP] More
Monday, 10 May, 2010: Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - A two- day meeting began in the Libyan capital, Tripoli , on Saturday to review the condition of migrant African communities in Europe and ways to promote their contribution to the building of African Unity. Delegates from African associations and organisations on African immigrants in E urope are attending the meeting under the theme: "A dignified life in Europe or a blessed return to Africa." It is organised by the Forum of Arab and African org a nisations. The meeting will also review the establishment of a mechanism for the study and census of African immigrants. Participants are from France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Norway, Italy, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Bulgaria and Turkey. [Pana Press] More
تعازي إلى آل ارحومة     تعازي إلى آل الواعر

جستين تي في : نقل حي لمباراة الاتحاد الليبي والأهلي المصري ـ الأحد 9 مايو 2010

عيد سعيد لكلّ الأمّهات : فوزي المزداوي : يا ودّادة : Happy Mother's Day

عيسى عبدالقيوم : تضامناً مع رابطة ضحايا بوسليم.. مانشستر تنظم وقفة أهلية

عمر الهوني : لقطات من "وقفة إحتجاج امام سفارة النظام بلندن ، تضامنا مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة سجن بوسليم ـ 8 مايو 2010"

عمر الهوني : لقطات من "وقفة إحتجاج امام سفارة النظام بلندن ، تضامنا مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة سجن بوسليم ـ 1 مايو 2010"

الراصد الصحفي : رسائل سياسية متناقضة : سيف القذافي فى الجامعة الامريكية بالقاهرة

سالم الشريف : المحمودي القميء     وطني : الملحق الإعلامي في الأردن.. وخوك حمد

خديجة بسيكري : لن أرتدي الحجاب

أويا : ما الضمانات يا سيف الإسلام؟     قورينا : مؤتمر ثالث للأطباء الليبيين العاملين بالخارج

د. الهادي شلوف : رأي الشخصي حول ترشيح ليبيا لعضوية مجلس حقوق الإنسان

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة السويدية : رسالة شكر وتقدير

إيناس العمامي : جمال زوبية والجالي والجالية الليبية بمانشستر

ف. : حينما يُعـطى الأمر لغير أهله .. (عبدالكبير) الفاخرى نموذجاً

علي ونيس : المملكة الليبية ـ حكايات من الحكم الملكي

Remembering May 1984 ذكرى أحداث مايو

ليلى الهوني : في ذكرى معركة باب العزيزية.. الفخر والألم

الإنقاذ : ملف خاص عن معركة باب العزيزية الخالدة ـ مايو 1984

أبو أيوب الأثري : تبيان الجهل والبهتان في رد السعيطي على ملاحظات كهلان (8)

Sunday, 9 May, 2010: Grenada is seeking debt relief from Libya and assistance to repay a number of loans to the Export-Import Bank of the Republic of China in Taiwan, Finance Minister Nizam Burke has announced. He said that negotiations have begun between the Tillman Thomas administration and the Libyan government in Tripoli. The Export-Import Bank issued a formal demand notice to the Thomas government last year, threatening to pursue all legal avenues to recover the outstanding US$26 million. Burke told reporters that they are currently in discussions with Libya with respect to the Taiwanese debt, seeking some relief. He added that they've had very good discussions with Libya and that these negotiations are at a fairly advanced stage. [Tripoli Post] More
Sunday, 9 May, 2010: For the sake of correcting the defectives of the old tax law, to reach tax justice, and to encourage local as well as foreign investors to do business in Libya, a new income tax law has been issued on 28th of January, 2010 listed under number (7) of the year 2010. The new laws has come into force as from 28/04/2010, the date of its publishing in Moudawant Al-Tashri'at ( The Official Gazette ) no. 4 of 2010. This new tax law has a number of advantages which include the following: First: Introducing many incentives to encourage investment and production and to achieve positive results in the field of tax outcome by: A) Decreasing the tax rates of the different specific taxes imposed on the income of individuals as follows: on gross salary brackets of LYD12000 or LYD1000 per month the tax rate is 5 percent; on gross salary brackets of over LYD12000 or over LYD1000 per month, the tax rate is 10 percent. [Tripoli Post] More
بوجناح : الطير اللي يغني وجناحه يرد عليه (717)

UN Watch : Mohamed Eljahmi Address to the UN Press Corps and Diplomats

محمد بن احميدة : كذاب بلا حدود

( رجاها طايل ) غناء : عبدالقادر الحبيب

مركز التوثيق الليبي : قصيدة شعبية للشاعر محمد الشلطامي

رمضان جربوع : السياسات والعبثيات

السنوسي بلاله : قراءة في كتاب "السنوسية" (2)

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : تصريح صحفي حول ترشيح ليبيا لعضوية مجلس حقوق الإنسان

Saturday, 8 May, 2010: One hundred and five Nigerians were deported from Libya on Thursday for alleged various immigration and travel offences they committed in the North African country. Our correspondent saw many of the deportees walking along the airport road, looking for taxis to take them to their various destinations. The deportees, who were brought into the country through the international wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Lagos, arrived very late in the evening. They were brought into the country in a chartered aircraft marked Air Memphis with registration number AAW-5012. Officials of the Nigerian Immigration Service at the MMIA said the 105 deportees represented the third batch brought into the country from Libya in the last three days. [The Punch] More
Saturday, 8 May, 2010: Al Ahly of Egypt must overcome a 2-0 deficit at home to Al Ittihad of Libya this weekend to avoid being knocked out of the African Champions League. Defeat would mean Al Ahly, who are six-time African champions, missing out on playing in the group stages for the second successive year. Last year they lost in the final knockout round on away goals after two draws against Kano Pillars of Nigeria. The Cairo giants struggled to make any impact in the first leg of this tie. Ahly were especially weak in defence in the first game, allowing Ittihad defender Younes Al Chibani and striker Ahmed Zuway to score two vital goals. The Libyans are hoping to improve on a best showing of losing narrowly to Ahly in the semi-finals of the Champions League three years ago. [BBC] More
Saturday, 8 May, 2010: Libyan oil company National Oil Corporation (NOC) is considering a plan to invest in the construction of two oil refineries in Indonesia, company chairman Shokri Ghanem says. Ghanem told reporters in Jakarta on Thursday that his company wanted to become a stakeholder in the project as well as a future supplier of crude oil for the refineries. The two refineries will be located in Bojanegara, Banten province, and another in Balongan, West Java. The combined investment value for the two refineries is estimated at US$13 billion. “We could come to a conclusion and an agreement soon to work together here in Indonesia,” Ghanem said after meeting Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Darwin Zahedy Saleh at the latter’s office. Director General for Oil and Gas Evita Herawati Legowo said that each of the refineries would have a production capacity of 300,000 barrels per day. [The Jakarta Post] More
Saturday, 8 May, 2010: ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday conferred the Hilal-I-Pakistan upon UN General Assembly President Dr Ali Abdussalam Treki. At a ceremony in the Aiwan-e-Sadar, Dr Ali was recognized for meritorious services to Pakistan and his dynamic leadership of the UNGA. The citation on the occasion read, “Dr Treki played a pivotal role in developing friendly relations between Pakistan and Libya since the second Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) summit at Lahore in 1974, when he accompanied Colonel Muammar Qaddafi to Pakistan”. According to the statement, Dr Treki had been instrumental in expanding economic cooperation between the two brotherly countries in his capacity as co-chairman of the Pakistan-Libya Joint Economic Commission. [APP] More
Saturday, 8 May, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The ninth session of the joint Libyan-Ghanaian committee completed its work on Thursday in Tripoli, the Libyan capital, with the signing of a series of agreements. Signed by the Secretary of the Libyan General People's Committee for External Relations and International Cooperation, Moussa Koussa, and Ghana's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Alhaji Muhammed Mumuni, the agreement covers the consolidation of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the fields of energy, agriculture, animal and sea resources and joint investment. They also signed to cooperate in diplomacy, education, scientific research and employment. [Afrique Jet] More
Saturday, 8 May, 2010: (CN) - A federal judge in Los Angeles sent back to state court a dispute between a law firm and two passengers of a Pan Am flight hijacked by Libyan terrorists in 1986. Gargi and Giatri Davé were aboard Pan Am Flight 73 on Sept. 5, 186 when it was hijacked by Libyan terrorists. When Pakistani stormed the plane, the hijackers turned their guns on the 380 passengers, killing 20 and injuring 120 before they were taken into custody. Crowell & Moring formed the Pan Am Flight 73 Liaison Group in 2005 to sue the Libyans on behalf of hijacking victims, including the Daves. The Davés joined a group of 186 passengers who agreed to let Crowell & Moring litigate their claims for a percentage of any amount won. Before Crowell & Moring could secure an award, the United States and Libya entered a bilateral agreement to settle all terrorism-related claims. As a result, Crowell & Moring and the liaison group had to dismiss the Pan Am lawsuit. [Court House News] More
Saturday, 8 May, 2010: Last May, Fathi Eljahmi returned to his native Libya in a body bag, shipped home in the cargo hold of a commercial jetliner. The 58-year-old political dissident had been tortured and imprisoned by the regime of Moammar Khadafy, the pockmarked military leader who has ruled the country for more than 40 years. Arrested in 2002 for the crime of advocating democracy, Eljahmi was placed in solitary confinement and denied medical treatment. Briefly released in 2004 after personal intervention from then-Sen. Joe Biden, he was imprisoned two weeks later after meeting with a small delegation from the U.S. Embassy. Libyan officials eventually let Eljahmi receive medical treatment in Jordan, but by then it was too late. [New York Daily News] More
Saturday, 8 May, 2010: On May 5, Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev signed a decree appointing Agasalim Shukurov ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Libya, AzerTAj state news agency reported. Upon another decree, President conferred diplomatic rank of ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary upon Agasalim Shukurov. [Trend] More
UN Watch : Joint Civil Society Appeal to Oppose Election of Libya to The UNHR Council

جمال الحاجي : مشروع تجمع أنصار الحرية

إبراهيم قويدر : الحجاب المكشوف : الحوثيون

المحمودي : مفاهيم يجب أن تُصحح حول (مذبحة أبي سليم)

جمعية الجالية الليبية ـ مانشستر : دعوة لتجديد العضوية

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : الفقر قنبلة غير موقوتة!!

الجبهة الوطنية لأنقاذ ليبيا : مذكرة إلى الجمعية العامة للأمم المتحدة

The National Front for the Salvation of Libya : Letter to the UN General Assembly

Friday, 7 May, 2010: On his Facebook page, Mohammad Eljahmi, brother of the late Libyan dissident Fathi Eljahmi, raises a good point regarding the Boston City Council's divestment resolution regarding Arizona after its immigration bill. As Eljahmi notes, "Pathetic. They salivate on business from Libya, China and Saudi Arabia but want to cripple an American state." He has a point. [National Review] More
Friday, 7 May, 2010: Benghazi, Libya - The Libyan stock market on Wednesday closed trading up by 32.34 points, or 2.33%, compared to the previous day, ending trading at 1,421.36 points. The overall value of transactions was 768.132 Libyan dinars (1.280 Libyan dinars = US$1) focusing on the trade of 64,071 shares for 53 transactions. Quotations focused on the securities of the Trade and Development Bank, Al-Jamho uriya Bank, Al-Wihda Bank, Sahara Bank, Libyan Insurance and the Libyan brokerag e company. Transactions in the banking sector constituted 64.88% of the overall operations at the stock market, while those in the insurance and financial service sectors w ere 16.32% and 18.80% respectively. [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 7 May, 2010: Tripoli, Libya - The iron and steel industry in Libya is a victim of very low prices, which have made the sector record huge losses, Oyia newspaper reported on Wednesday. The price for a tonne of iron in Libya remains the lowest in the region although the prices of raw material for iron have increased by 80%, the managing director of Libyan general company of iron and steel, Mahmoud Fteissi said. He said all countries had increased their iron prices, except Libya whose prices have remained fixed. In addition, Mr Fteissi said, his institution over 2009 financial year recorded loss of 158 million Libyan dinars (1.280 Libyan dinar = US$1). The industrialist said the debt included money owed by state institutions and the government department in charge of public finance. [Afrique Jet] More
Friday, 7 May, 2010: MISNA reports that 149 migrants who tried to reach the northern shore of Libya, from Mali, without the proper documents were left abandoned on the runway of Bamako airport. They had been held a few months in Libyan jails says ‘Le Républicain’ which recounts the abuse suffered by the migrants and the poor hygienic and nutritional conditions they were forced to endure. Speaking to the Mali based paper, the spokesman of the group, Satigui Sidibé, claimed that some of them had been detained since last December and that the decision to expel them was taken after the death of two migrants who could not get adequate cures for their illnesses. Another 150 migrants from Mali are still being detained for having illegally entered Libya. [Eurasia Review.] More
Friday, 7 May, 2010: Noman Benotman, a former top tier member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and a mujahadeen who fought along with Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, has helped broker "reconciliation" between members of his former group and the Libyan government. Benotman's strategy has been to intellectually challenge the Islamic narrative bin Laden and his fellow travelers push. And there is some evidence Benotman and others who concur with his approach have been effective. Recently, I visited Libya as a guest of the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Foundation and met Benotman, and a number of the Islamic clerics who were working to bring about not only reconciliation between Gaddafi's government and jailed Islamists but who were trying to export to other countries in the region an alternative reading of key Islamic principles that they feel bin Laden, al Zawahiri and others are manipulating. [Palestine Note] More
Friday, 7 May, 2010: CAIRO: “Bringing democracy to this part of the world may be difficult,” a frank Saif Al-Islam Qaddafi said, “but there are serious problems with the way democracy has been applied abroad,” he continued. Qaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, visited Cairo Wednesday to give a lecture on “The Past, Present and Future of Libya,” to a vast audience at the American University in Cairo. A skeptically-charged atmosphere prevailed amongst the AUC community at the Bassily Auditorium during the brief moments of anticipation surrounding the Libyan leader’s son’s arrival. The audience also included Libyan expatriates residing in Cairo, and diplomats. The lecture began by addressing a long sought answer regarding Libya’s position on democracy, and was followed by a lengthy question-answer session led by the university Provost Lisa Anderson. [The Daily News Egypt] More
رويترز : سيف الاسلام القذافي يدعو الى دستور ليبي

Freedom House: Call for Action to Thwart Bid by Libya.. to Join UNHR Council

فوزي عبدالحميد : 3 مايو.. اليوم العالمي للنفاق

عبدالله الشبلي : من حكايـا التيار الإسلامى (16)

د. مصطفى الزائدي : أدب المحمول     محمّد قدري الخوجة : رحلة العمر.. (8)

لجنة التضامن مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة سجن بوسليم ـ المملكة السويدية : إعلان التأسيس

لجنة العمل الوطني الليبي في المملكة السويدية : تصريح صحفي

عيسى عبدالقيوم : حديث الصحافة فى يوم عيدها

محمد ربيع : كل يوم سبت هو يوم أبوسليم

منظمة العفو الدولية : ليبيا : الحادثة الأخيرة تسلط الضوء على ضرورة إجراء تحقيقات في أعمال القتل في سجن أبوسليم

Thursday, 6 May, 2010: (Reuters) - Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the Libyan leader's liberal-leaning son, Wednesday said a constitution is vital to Libya's prosperity and the country should speed up reforms of its opaque administrative system. Analysts say Islam, who took a central role in ending Libya's long stand-off with West, has unsettled the country's old guard with proposals for political and economic liberalization. "We need a constitution. You cannot run a country without having a constitution, without basic laws. It's a must," Gaddafi told a conference in Cairo. Libya has no formal constitution and on paper is ruled according to a system of grass-roots socialism set out in Muammar Gaddafi's "Green Book," which outlines his philosophy. [Reuters] More
Thursday, 6 May, 2010: May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Libya plans to ease visa restrictions for many countries as it seeks to attract tourists and diversify its economy away from oil, said Saif al-Islam al-Qaddafi, the son of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi. “Right now it is very difficult to get a visa,” Qaddafi said in an address at the American University in Cairo today. “But soon, very, very soon, it will be very easy for many people around the world to visit Libya.” The North African state in March lifted a temporary visa ban on visitors from 25 European countries that was imposed during a dispute with Switzerland, sparked by the July 2008 arrest of Qaddafi’s other son Hannibal on charges he mistreated two servants. He was released on bail, though Libya detained two Swiss businessmen. In February, one of the businessmen was freed, while Max Goeldi of ABB Ltd., the world’s biggest builder of power grids, remains in custody. [Businessweek] More
Thursday, 6 May, 2010: LIBYA is wasting its resources on women who prefer to get married and stay at home rather than work, according to Muammar Gaddafi's son. "Women don't face any kind of discrimination in Libya. Women and men are equal," Seif al-Islam Gaddafi told students, academics and dignitaries at the American University in Cairo. "Women are very powerful in Libyan society. They are in the army, they are pilots... women are taking part in every company, any ministry," he told the packed auditorium, adding "they can drive" in a dig at Saudi Arabia, with which Libya had tense relations for years. "The problem in Libya is that they waste the resources of the society . . . the state spends a lot of money to educate women and then they get married and stay at home. "This is the problem in Libya - the women." [Herald Sun] More
Thursday, 6 May, 2010: Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi says he is prepared to intervene personally to bring an end to Switzerland’s row with Libya. Berlusconi made the pledge during a meeting on Wednesday in Rome with this year’s Swiss president Doris Leuthard, Leuthard told Swiss public television. “Italy wants to assist Switzerland and Max Göldi”, Leuthard said, referring to the Swiss businessman serving a four-month prison sentence in Tripoli on visa violation charges. “[But] it will be Libyan leader Moammar Ghadafi who will take the decision [on Göldi’s release],” she added. Göldi, an employee of ABB, was first detained shortly after the brief 2008 arrest in Geneva of Hannibal Gaddafi, one of leader Moammar Gaddafi’s sons. Hannibal was arrested on charges he and his wife abused their domestic staff at a Geneva hotel. Leuthard and Berlusconi also discussed Italy’s tax amnesty, which ended on April 30, and affected Swiss banks in Ticino. [Swiss Info] More
Thursday, 6 May, 2010: Six Ghanaians have been placed on death row by authorities in Libya for crimes that the police in that have failed to establish. They were arrested at different locations in that country somewhere last year and were slated to visit the death chair last week. Similarly, another Ghanaian was arrested in February this year and since then nothing has been heard about him, sparking speculation that he might have been executed by the Libyan authorities. The latest arrest has caused panic among the Ghanaian community in that country as arbitrary arrest and prosecution is becoming too much for foreigners, especially Ghanaians and their Nigerian counterparts. Those on the death row, The Enquirer newspaper gathered, are Alhaji Sulemana Mohammed, Mustapha Mohammed and Kofi Ntim. The rest are Kofi Boateng, popularly known as ‘Obolo,’ a native of Konongo in the Ashanti Region, Kojo Monnie, a native of Takoradi in the Western Region and Kwabena Kankam, also known as Mustapha Mammoud Abubakar. [Peace FM] More
Thursday, 6 May, 2010: Benghazi, Libya - The Libyan stock market on Tuesday closed trading down by 3.57 points, or 0.26%, compared to the previous day when it closed at 1,389.02 points. The overall value of transactions was 109,218 Libyan dinars (1.280 Libyan dinar= US$1) focusing on trading of 7,072 shares in 29 financial transactions. Quotations focused on the securities of the Trade and Development Bank, Al-Jamhouriya Bank, Al-Wihda Bank, Libyan Insurance, United Insurance and the Libyan brokerage company. Transactions in the banking sector were 65.59% of the overall operations at the stock market while those in the insurance and financial services constituted 32.11% and 2.30% respectively. [Afrique Jet] More
Thursday, 6 May, 2010: Those of us who write about terrorism learn to exercise caution in the face of breaking news. So, even though Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Pakistan, reportedly implicated himself in the failed Times Square car bombing, it is too soon to rush to judgment on vital questions such as his motives, the role of al-Qaida, and the efficacy of U.S. measures. Yet even with this caution, one thing seems clear: There is a growing danger of attacks on U.S. soil by groups affiliated with, but not formally part of, al-Qaida. Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, usually known as TTP, claimed it was behind the Times Square attempt, though for now this is impossible to verify. But we do know that al-Qaida of the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, was behind the failed Christmas Day attempt to bomb a U.S. airline. [Slate] More
Thursday, 6 May, 2010: New York, May 4, 2010 — Two UN watchdog organizations today urged the United Nations General Assembly to reject five candidates for the United Nations Human Rights Council–- Libya, as well as Angola, Malaysia, Mauritania, and Qatar. In a May 13 election among the UN General Assembly membership, 14 of the 47 seats on the Council will be filled as part of the annual rotation of membership. Member States must receive at least 97 affirmative votes in order to be elected. Each regional group is allotted a number of spaces, and individual countries in those groups can declare themselves to be candidates for those seats. In a report issued today at the United Nations in New York, UN Watch and Freedom House express particular concern for the lack of qualified candidates from the Africa regional group. “At a time when the ranks of African democracies are growing, it sends a terrible message to the world that a notorious human rights abuser such as Libya appears uncontested on the ballot.” [Scoop] More
تعازي إلى آل بريون وآل نشنوش

المدى : القذافي.. سيرة حياة كارثية!

مركز التوثيق الليبي : من "عصرالجماهير" إلى "عصر السواطير" ؟

الصديق الجعراني : وقفة مع الاصلاح     عبدالرحمن الطرابلسي : المحمودي الذي عرفت

عمران محمد بورويس : نظرة نقدية في نظامنا القضائي

فرج بوالعَـشّة : هل انتفت قيمة إسرائيل الاستراتيجية ؟! (2)

صقور ليبيا الحرة : دعوة للتضامن مع أسر شهداء أبو سليم     جالي حقيقي : إلى الجالية الليبية بمانشستر

Wednesday, 5 May, 2010: Western Australia's Neptune Marine has gained more work for its overseas arm to complement a recent Gorgon-related deal. Australian-Maritime-College Neptune’s UK operation in Aberdeen will manage a range of hydrographic survey and positioning services for a new oil field development project off Libya. These will include rig and vessel-positioning services for an initial three well drilling program with an option for an additional three wells. Meanwhile, added to the Gorgon works announced in January, Neptune gained a Boskalis Australia deal to provide diving equipment and personnel for port construction works. [Lloyds List DCN] More
Wednesday, 5 May, 2010: Turkish logistics supplier Balnak has opened a second international office in North Africa. The company has established an office in Tripoli, Libya following an earlier expansion to Egypt. Balnak intends to develop Turkish-Libyan traffic as well as third-party logistics deliveries to Libya. The targets for Balnak’s expansion are those Turkish companies involved in Libyan trade, which is worth some USD30 billion annually, that require a “reliable business partner in Libya,” says Umut Hasan Demirkol, Balnak ocean freight and project manager. Balnak will provide international project cargo, port handling, Customs clearance and inland transportation in Libya. [Heavy Lift PFI]
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Wednesday, 5 May, 2010: BMI's North Africa Telecommunications Report has been significantly expanded this quarter. From three countries it has now growth to four, as Libya has been added to our existing analysis of the telecoms markets of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. Libya is something of a mysterious market. The country in general is notoriously difficult to glean solid data from, but BMI has been able to form a reasonably good picture of the telecoms market there, in particular, the mobile segment. Libya's mobile market has received a lot of attention recently thanks to the government's plans to list up to 40% of the two state-owned mobile operators. The plans amount to a gradual, partial privatisation, but may do more to boost the stock exchange than to boost levels of liberalisation. [PR Insiade]
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محمد مصراتي : محطات المقهور

الساطور : بدون تعليق!     مراد : الدين والانترنت

محمد الأصفر : النحت من دون غبار

منصف عبدالرحمن : وقفات مع مقالات المحمودى (6)

السنوسي بلاله : قراءة في كتاب "السنوسية" (1)

علاء الدرسي : متابعة بالفيديو لاعتصام أهالي ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم ـ السبت 1/5/2010

علاء الدرسي : اعتصام أهالي ضحايا مذبحة بوسليم ـ السبت 1/5/2010

محمد بن احميدة : في اليوم العالمي للصحافة

بيكاسا : لقطات من اعتصام رابطة الليبيين بواشنطن لمؤازرة أهالي شهداء سجن بوسليم

جبهة التبو لانقاذ ليبيا : بيان حول المؤتمر الموسع لقيادات الجبهة

Tuesday, 4 May, 2010: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was quoted on Monday as saying that Switzerland is behaving like a criminal organisation and it is involved in money laundering, assassinations and terrorism. In the latest instalment of a long-running dispute between the two nations, Gaddafi called Switzerland a "mafia" state and repeated a previous call for it to be divided up among France, Italy and Germany, according to the interview published by German news weekly Der Spiegel. "Switzerland is a state that stands apart from the world community," the respected Hamburg-based magazine quoted him as saying. Gaddafi said Switzerland was a haven for large scale money laundering where laws allowing assisted suicide are used as a cover for the assassination of rich foreigners with Swiss bank accounts. [Sydney Morning Herald] More
Tuesday, 4 May, 2010: Libya has begun the repatriation of hundreds of Nigerien Touareg rebels. The fighters are a faction of Niger's Touareg rebels who launched an uprising in 2007. They laid down their weapons in Libya, a country that they used as a base but also acted as mediator to end the conflict in the uranium-rich nation. rebels The latest move is a sign of progress in pacifying Niger's north after two years of revolt. Over the last 48 hours, 386 rebels have been flown back to the town of Agadez, in northern Niger, state television reported. "We are happy to see that these young men who took up arms have returned home to take part in building their country," Abba Malam Boukar, the governor of the Agadez region – home to rich deposit of uranium and centre of tough violence -said. The rebels launched their armed struggle calling for better representation for the nomadic Tuareg people and a greater share of the minerals mined in their Agadez region, Reuters said. [Africa News] More
قورينا : الشلوي يروي قصة تورطه مع الجماعات الإسلامية المقاتلة في جبال الجزائر

الطاهر الزاوي : مالك ومال الجبال الرواسي أيها الجرد الاجرب نعمان بن عثمان

أحمد القبائلي : حرب الارجنتين القذرة واهالي ضحايا سجن ابوسليم (1)

رابطة الليبيين بواشنطن لمؤازرة أهالي شهداء سجن بوسليم : إعتصام

عبدالسلام الزغيبي : أثينا 725 ق.م ... أثينا 2010

ناجي الفيتوري : ماضي     ياسين ابوسيف ياسين : نجمة الصحراء (6)

عاطف الأطرش : شركة بوعطني تقوم ببيع المواد الخام للتشاركيات

Monday, 3 May, 2010: (ANSAmed) - GENOA, APRIL 28 - The goal of the day that will focus on Libya, organised on May 4 at the Chamber of Commerce of Genoa by the Italian Trade Commission (ICE), the Liguria Region and Liguria International, is to zoom in on the main characteristics of the Libyan economic system and to respond to specific questions of entrepreneurs who are already interested in the country. A statement issued by ICE reads that the director of the Italian Trade Commission office in Tripoli, Umberto Bonito, and representatives of Sace and Simest will speak during the event. A second initiative has been scheduled in Libya, the statement continues. [ANSAmed] More
Monday, 3 May, 2010: This week's visit to Libya by an Israeli Arab delegation signifies a loss of both political and moral orientation. The group, which included representatives of all Arab political parties, sectors and communities, exposed the depth of political confusion among those who pretend to represent Israel's Arab citizens. The visit did nothing to gain respect for either the delegation members or their constituency. These members despise each other no less than they despise Avigdor Lieberman and his ilk in the Zionist parties, in some cases even more so. But wonder of wonders, all of a sudden they all came together to fly off and enjoy the hospitality of none other than Muammar Gadhafi, the man who more than anyone else represents the ugly side of the Arab regimes, the tribal autocracy. [Haaretz] More
بعيو المصراتي : مسرح ومسرحيون ومقاهي (3)

محمد بن احميدة : بوسليم في يوم العمل العالمي ـ ألمانيا

د. جاب الله موسى حسن : القذافى كاذب بالفطرة.. وسيف يكذب كما يتنفس!!

ادرار نـ فساطو : كش ملك يا جاهل     عبد الله بن عبد الله : عبد الله بن عبد الله يسأل والمحمودى يجيب

لجنة التضامن مع أسر ضحايا مذبحة سجن بوسليم بالمملكة المتحدة : إعتصام أمام سفارة نظام القذافي بلندن

حملة التضامن : من نشاطات الحملة ـ الأحد 25 ابريل 2010م

Amnesty : Libya: Recent Incident Highlights Need For Investigations Into The Abu Salim Prison Killings

الشرفة : القيادي السابق بالجماعة الليبية الإسلامية المقاتلة : بن لادن يفتقد الولاية الشرعية لشن "جهاد في الغرب"

الشرفة : القيادي السابق بالجماعة الليبية الإسلامية المقاتلة يشكك في منطق بن لادن

Sunday, 2 May, 2010: Libyan revolutionary leader Moamer Gaddafi called in a German magazine interview published Saturday for Switzerland to be "dissolved," charging that it was a rogue state at odds with the international community. The Libyan leader has been noted for unusual statements since he seized power in a coup in 1969. He has been in a clinch with Switzerland since his son Hannibal was briefly detained by Geneva police in 2008. "I am calling for the state structures of Switzerland to be dissolved," he told the weekly Der Speigel. The Hamburg magazine released the interview to other media in advance of publication. "Switzerland conducts money laundering on grand scale... [Times Live] More
Sunday, 2 May, 2010: HE grieving sister of one of the Lockerbie bomber's victims last night vowed to confront the freed killer - and FORGIVE him. But lawyer Lisa Gibson is locked in a desperate race against time as Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi lies close to dying of prostate cancer. She wants Megrahi to know how much she misses her brother Kenneth, one of the 270 who died when Flight 103 was blown up, BUT also that she won't judge him. Single Lisa, 39, below, of Colorado Springs, told us: "After Megrahi was convicted, I wrote and told him only God knows if he is responsible. "Going to see him is the next stage in the process, to let him know how hard it's been without Kenneth and offer my forgiveness." [News of the World] More
Sunday, 2 May, 2010: he former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the outgone Primate of the Anglican Church, Archbishop Peter Akinola, said that Gaddafi’s statement should not be dismissed with the wave of the hand; rather, that the import of the statement be examined critically. Against the background of disturbances in parts of the country over time and the attendant impunity enjoyed by the perpetrators, the religious leader said that the comments credited to Gaddafi were indeed “divine.” Akinola explained that he, just like other people, had dismissed Gaddafi’s comment as one coming from an undesirable quarter. That however, on deep reflection over it for a week, he discovered that the comment deserved a second thought! [Nigeria World] More
ولد الشيخ : إغلاق قنوات مجموعة الليبو في اليوتيوب

الساطور : نحن ما ننسوا اخوتنا ..     المنشار : فيلم "الوهم الكبير" ـ بطولة : سيف / دوغة

فرج بوالعَـشّة : إلى جابر عصفور

المؤتمر الوطني للمعارضة الليبية : إعلان عن عقد ندوات في ذكرى مذبحة بوسليم

إبراهيم قويدر : النفاق

Saturday, 1 May, 2010: Hysteria gripped the right wing in the Knesset after an Arab delegation of MKs and dignitaries visited Libya. The chairman of the Knesset House Committee, Yariv Levin (Likud), hastened to adopt MK Michael Ben Ari's (National Union) request to consider denying the MKs parliamentary immunity. MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi) suggested that the law be enacted preventing people who have visited an enemy state over the past seven years from becoming candidates. In other words, he wants to prevent these MKs from running for the next Knesset. The tongues of Habayit Hayehudi and National Union, two parties that could unite under the name "the Racist Union," were abruptly unleashed as though they were dealing with an unparalleled act of treason. [Haaretz] More
Saturday, 1 May, 2010: United Nations staff, aware that the joke about electing Libya to chair the Human Rights Council a few years back has become bit stale, have come up with a new one. This one starts, 'Have you heard the one about Iran’s election to the UN Women Rights Council?’ Iran, having lost the battle for a place on the Human Rights Council, managed instead this week to get onto the 'Commission on the Status of Women'(CSW ) a body dedicated ‘exclusively to promote gender equality and advancement of women'. Iran was 'elected' by acclaim, meaning no-one voted, but no-one opposed membership in a classic UN stitch up by the Asian bloc. A campaign by women's rights champions inside and outside Iran calling on the UN not to take this step fell on deaf ears. [Sky News] More
Saturday, 1 May, 2010: Rentokil’s pest control business saw sales rise by 2pc to £102.5m with strong performances from North America although Europe was weaker. Pest control’s performance - along with cost-cutting measures - lifted Rentokil’s pre-tax profits to £16m compared to £3m the previous year, despite sales dipping 4.3pc to £607.3m. Part of the decline was due to the non-payment of a £4m bill from Libya. Last year, Rentokil struck a £24m rat extermination contract with Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But yesterday, Rentokil said although a settlement had been reached with Libya, there had been a delay in receiving payment. Weighing on the company was Rentokil’s parcel delivery arm, City Link, which made a loss of £4.4m. [The Telegraph] More
Saturday, 1 May, 2010: SECRETARY to the Cabinet Dr Joshua Kanganja has said Mufumbwe MMD parliamentary candidate Mulondwe Muzungu resigned his position as ambassador to Libya when he filed his nominations to contest the seat. In an interview on Wednesday, Dr Kanganja said Muzungu would not continue in office regardless of the outcome of the results in the Mufumbwe by-election. “He is not continuing in office. He resigned before he lodged his papers, before he came back. Well, he has to come back. Can you just ship your family because you have gone for an election? He has to pack his goods and come back," said Dr Kanganja when asked about Muzungu’s position in the diplomatic service. Dr Kanganja said Muzungu’s return would depend more on how his belongings would be transported back into the country as well as money. [Post Zambia] More
Saturday, 1 May, 2010: There were no hard feelings with Malta's position with regard to the Frontex operation and the EU understood Malta’s position, EU Immigration Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said yesterday. Addressing a news conference she said she still believed that the new rules of engagement were in Malta’s interest and that the country was very welcome to change its position whenever it wanted. Ms Malmstrom said there was a clear demand for clearer rules of engagement but denied that her visit was related to Malta’s decision not to take part in Frontex. She said that last year’s pilot project with Malta was very successful and she would now be looking into having this on a permanent basis, encouraging other countries to participate. Libya, she said, was an important partner in all this and she wrote to the Libyan foreign minister to see how this country could be reengaged and give its long term commitment to alleviate the burden of illegal migration... [Times of Malta] More
Saturday, 1 May, 2010: LONDON -- Men in Iceland and women in Cyprus have the lowest risk of dying worldwide, a new study says. In a survey from 1970 to 2010, researchers found a widening gap between countries with the highest and lowest premature death rates in adults aged 15 to 60. The study was published Friday in the medical journal, Lancet. The findings are in contrast to the trends in child and maternal mortality, where rates are mostly dropping worldwide. Health officials have long thought if child deaths were decreasing and health systems were improving, adult deaths would similarly decline. But that's not what researchers found... [WDSU] More
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