Tuesday 26 September 2017
(AL Jazeera 07/16/13)
Executive council meets in Nigerian capital to review progress made in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. The African Union executive council is meeting in the Nigerian capital to take stock of progress made in the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. The conference, which opened in Abuja on Friday, will also address challenges encountered in the campaign against the three diseases. "It is timely that we review the implementation of the various declarations and plans of action adopted in the course of the last decade," Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Tedros Ghebreyesus told the conference, according to the African Union's website. Ghebreyesus said Ethiopia was proposing to establish an "African Centre for Diseases Control and Prevention (African–CDC) or Health Commission for Africa...
(Libya Herald 07/15/13)
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has been criticised by acting Army Chief of Staff, Salem Gnaidi, for not making more efforts to build the Libyan army. “The government of Ali Zeidan does not want a national army,” said Gnaidi, speaking yesterday on Libya Awalan TV station. He said that instead it was trying to build up a new body parallel to the army, called the National Guard. The government, however, last week repealed a resolution made a month ago to set up a National Guard. It is expected that the General National Congress (GNC) will make a new law to establish a similar security force. “I have been asked by Ziedan,” Gnaidi said, “not to interfere in establishing the National Guard.”...
(Libya Herald 07/15/13)
Oil production and export remain at a standstill for the Zuetina Oil Company, as protests at the oil fields and export terminal enter a third week. “Workers are still protesting in both the fields and at the port,” a spokesperson for Zuetina told the Libya Herald today. “Even if the port workers don’t protest, there will be no exports because the strikes in the fields have stopped production.” He said that disgruntled employees were seeking to remove the current management. The strikers, however, say their demands also include holiday pay and wage increases to reflect the high-risk nature of their jobs. “About six months ago we had the same strike,” one protestor said, “and the company asked us to wait...
(Malta Independent Online 07/15/13)
Council members of the Libyan-Maltese Chamber of Commerce (Malta side) lead by President Anthony Micallef, yesterday paid a visit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs George Vella where details were given on the meetings held recently in Tripoli by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat and the high level delegation that accompanied him. In particular, the Chamber praised the fact that the Maltese government involved Libya in the talks held last week on immigration issues with European Union officials, referring to the talks held between European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Sadiq Abdulkarim Abdulrahmanin at Castille. "This has shown that relations between Malta and Libya are high on the agenda of the government," the Chamber said. Last...
(Malta Today 07/15/13)
Cooperation with Libya important but the signing of Geneva convention is essential, says AD. Alternattiva Demokratika chairperson Arnold Cassola has called on the Maltese government to encourage the Libyan government to subscribe to the Geneva Convention on the Rights of the Refugee. "It is positive that Prime Minister Muscat stated, 'I'm glad to see that we share the same views on Libya as a part of the solution on migration. It's unprecedented to have Libya open to discussions and looking north in finding a solution together. We will convey a message to Libya that the EU is ready to cooperate and help it on training, infrastructure and controlling its borders'," Cassola said in a statement. "However, no mention seems to...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/13)
TRIPOLI, July 15 (Reuters) - Operations at Libya's eastern Zueitina port have resumed but so far only oil stored at the terminal is being exported as oilfields remain shut down by striking workers, an engineer said on Monday. "Export operations resumed as of noon (1000 GMT) and we started to export what was stored at the port," the engineer at the terminal, who declined to be named, told Reuters by phone. "Workers at the fields have still refused to start work, however due to the power cuts in some cities and because it is Ramadan, some have agreed to produce only gas. Others have not decided yet." Workers at Zueitina Oil Company last month halted operations at several oilfields and...
(Alarabiya.net 07/15/13)
Car enthusiasts were able to catch a glimpse of classic cars in Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi, as collectors showed off their vintage vehicles. Mercedes, Fords and Chevrolets were among the models being showcased by Libyan owners. The show was held by the Libya Classic Car Club which organizes the annual event. “It includes a number of classic cars, owned by Libyans, they’re shown here to show its historical importance, the maintenance and they take part in these shows every year,’’ said club member Nabeil Anwar. The vehicles on show were manufactured before 1982, with one of the oldest cars being a Ford made in 1925. Most of the owners have invested a lot of time and money to restore...
(AFP (eng) 07/15/13)
African leaders called for increased funding Monday to contain HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as a continental health summit opened in Nigeria's capital. Among the 10 heads of state in attendance was Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Nigeria is a member of the ICC and has a legal obligation to arrest Bashir but defended the invitation by saying it did not have the authority to bar him from an African Union summit. UN Population Fund executive director Babatunde Osotimehin pointed to key gains made against the diseases over the last decade. In 2001, "HIV treatment in Africa was almost non-existent. Just 11 years later,...
(Sunday Independent 07/15/13)
This week Nelson Mandela celebrates his 95th birthday. Thebe Ikalafeng reflects on this man's. vision for Africa, and how he created an enabling environment for Thabo Mbeki to express our identity on the continent. Throughout its history, South Africa has had a dichotomous relationship and identity with “Africa”. Apartheid South Africa was the pariah that united Africans against the last white rule – the final frontier in the decolonisation of Africa. Post-apartheid, fellow Africans have flooded the most industrialised and wealthiest sub-Saharan African nation in search of a better life, and an expectation of “payback” for the years of support during the apartheid years. But they have not always been met with an expected embrace, mainly because of the perception...
(Libya Herald 07/13/13)
Malta has staged a telling demonstration of its anger at the continuing flow of migrants, by threatening to flying a planeload of freshly-landed boat people back to Libya, the major departure point for EU-bound migrants. The threat by Maltese PM Joseph Muscat was abandoned after an emergency intervention by the European Court of Human Rights, which said the “push-back” would be illegal. Four years ago Italy was likewise told that it could not deport migrants immediately to the last country they had left. Under European law, everyone arriving on EU territory is entitled to file an asylum request and no one can be deported until that request has been properly processed. However, Muscat, pointing out that Malta had received more...
(Voice of America 07/13/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Libya Herald 07/12/13)
Tripoli, Since he was appointed in June 2011, the EU’s special representative for the southern Mediterranean, Bernadino Leon says he has often told Libyans that his own country, Spain was itself subject to the best part of 40 years of dictatorship. What he tends to emphasise less is that it took seven years, including one failed coup d’étât, before Spain actually emerged as a stable and secure democracy. As he explained last week to the Libya Herald on his latest visit here, this gives him what he describes as “a strategic patience” when watching the Libyan political evolution. “ This is a transition” he said, “and transition is something that you can describe as the new forces, the new structures...
(Libya Herald 07/12/13)
Security in Benghazi throughout Ramadan has been boosted by additional army patrols working with city police stations and military intelligence. The Benghazi Joint Security room has organised round the clock surveillance of the city’s streets by some 25 patrols, said spokesman Mohamed Hejazi. With each patrol numbering five men, at any one time there will be at least 125 troops deployed around the city. The task will be carried out by troops from the Army’s Special Forces No 1, commanded by Colonel Wanis Abu-Khamadah. Hejazi called on the people of Benghazi to cooperate with the special forces as they patrolled the city’s famously-crowded Ramadan evening streets, to ensure everyone’s comfort and the stability of the city. The extra patrols have...
(Libya Herald 07/12/13)
Germany is looking to help Libya ensure its nuclear facilities are completely safe, after meetings between the countries on securing radioactive material. The German Society for Reactor Safety (GRS) is offering to share its experience in securing and making safe radioactive sources with the Libyan Atomic Energy Establishment (AEE). For over a year the GRS and the AEE have been discussing cooperation on the safety of Libya’s nuclear facilities, such as the 1980s Russian-made 10MW research reactor at the Libyan Nuclear Research Centre in Tajoura. No formal agreement has yet been made, however, according to a spokesperson for the German embassy in Tripoli. “The goal of our cooperation with Libya in this field is to increase the protection of the...
(Al Ahram Weekly 07/12/13)
A mass protest movement similar to the Egyptian Tamarod movement is now petitioning for change in Libya, writes Kamal Abdallah in Tripoli. It did not take long for Egypt’s second revolution on 30 June to send shockwaves westward into Libya. Many of the political, economic and strategic threads of the political situations in both countries are closely interwoven, which is why Libya is directly affected by events in Egypt — “for better or for worse,” as some political analysts observe — in spite of the considerable differences between the two countries. However, prospects for a peaceful movement of any sort in Libya seem farfetched at the moment. Weapons of every sort are ubiquitous, and militias are everywhere. Yet, the success...
(Voice of America 07/12/13)
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND — The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is calling on African nations to boost their private sectors to advance intra-regional trade. UNCTAD’s new report on the Economic Development in Africa 2013 says reducing trade barriers alone is not enough to turn regional trade into a winning enterprise. In a newly published report, the UN Conference on Trade and Development says African governments must boost private industry and entrepreneurs if they are to compete successfully with foreign firms unencumbered by trade barriers. The report says Africa has a lot to do to catch up with the world's other intra-regional trading blocs. It notes that trade among African nations was low, just 11.3 percent of total trade in...
(Libya Herald 07/12/13)
Last week DCA Mine Action and St. Barbara Foundation carried out a large controlled explosion in a disused Army base in Azizia. The demolition destroyed around 600 kgs of explosives left over from the 2011 revolution, and included a 2000 lb NATO bomb which was discovered by DCA in the Salahaddin district of Tripoli. Work was conducted in coordination with the Libya Mine Action Centre, which provided technical support throughout. The bomb had landed in a residential area in Tripoli and was assessed by DCA in previous months to confirm it posed no immediate danger to houses in the area. It was declared ‘safe to move’ by DCA’s Senior Technical Advisor – Peter Le Seuer, who was responsible for moving...
(Alarabiya.net 07/11/13)
The Libyan city of Benghazi witnessed on June 8 bloody clashes between angry protesters and members of the Libya Shield brigade militia. Clashes killed 31 and injured more than 100. A similar clash with Ansar al-Sharia militia – although not as violent as this one – occurred last year as well. But protests this time come for political, regional and tribal reasons.Tensions arose after the announcement Cyrenaica would be a federal region within the Libyan state, helping ignite the clash in Benghazi. The news regarding Cyrenaica was met by sharp political and regional criticism. The political scene has thus become more complicated than before, reflecting the amount of tension reigning over Benghazi against the Libya Shield brigade, which citizens request...
(News24 07/11/13)
Valletta - Maltese Premier Joseph Muscat invited a senior Libyan official to talks with EU President Herman Van Rompuy on Thursday in a bid to get the North African nation's help in stemming the flow of migrant arrivals. Muscat co-ordinated a last-minute meeting with Libyan Deputy Prime Minister Sadiq Abdulkarim Abdulrahman during an official visit to Valletta by Van Rompuy. "We managed to break new ground in seeing a long-term solution which we concurred lies in the south. Libya is not part of the problem but must be part of the solution," the Maltese premier said. Van Rompuy said more surveillance, as well as ways to tackle "the root causes of migration such as poverty, conflict and trafficking," were discussed...
(Libya Herald 07/11/13)
The Interior Ministry, closed for a week after the premises were besieged by militiamen, was yesterday back under government control. The complex of buildings on Tripoli’s Airport Road was secured on Tuesday night. The ministerial committee in charge of implementing the GNC’s resolution to rid Tripoli of armed militias, headed by Electricity Minister Ali Mohammed Muhairiq, apparently reached an agreement with the militia. Armed men besieged the Ministry on 2 July and remained there for three days, barricading the entrance with sand. The demands of the militiamen were unclear, but some had said they would remain until the Libyan authorities dismantled the Supreme Security Committee (SSC). Regaining control of the Ministry came just one day after the release of three...

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