Wednesday 22 November 2017
(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...
(Bloomberg 07/11/13)
OPEC crude oil production in June dropped by 370,000 barrels a day, or 1.2 percent, mainly because of worsening supply disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Iraq, according to the International Energy Agency. The 12 members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped 30.61 million barrels a day last month compared with 30.98 million barrels in May, the Paris-based IEA said today in its monthly oil-market report. That level still exceeds a target of 30 million that the group reaffirmed at its last meeting on May 31. “Mounting civil unrest by oil workers in Libya led to shut-ins of oil fields and export terminals while oil theft activity in Nigeria inflicted further damage to oil infrastructure,” the IEA said. “Iraq...
(Libya Herald 07/11/13)
The second Libya Forum – Oil, Gas and Sustainable Growth will take place on 16 – 18 September 2013, in Tripoli, Libya, with the official endorsement and full support of Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC), organisers CWC Group report. Nurri Berruien, Chairman of the NOC confirmed to the organisers that senior figures from the NOC will be participating in the Forum both as speakers and session chairs. “NOC Libya looks forward to meeting with international oil and gas industry representatives as well as existing and potential investors during this important gathering”, the NOC head said. The Forum is quickly being recognised by the industry as a premier meeting for top level Ministry and NOC representatives, high ranking officials from international...
(Voice of America 07/11/13)
LONDON — Malta has been forced to cancel the forced return of dozens of Somali migrants to Libya, after an emergency ruling by the European Court of Human Rights. The EU has criticized the attempted repatriation, but Malta has accused its European partners of a lack of solidarity. It comes after the Pope visited an Italian island earlier this week that's received thousands of migrants. Tired, hungry and dehydrated, 68 migrants who'd set sail from Libya were rescued by Maltese patrol boats Wednesday 50 kilometers off the coastline, after their vessel lost power. It's the second migrant boat to arrive in as many days. Maltese authorities had intended to send two planes back to Libya carrying 45 Somali migrants who...
(Ventures-Africa 07/11/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – African business leader and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu joins President Goodluck Jonathan as part of a high powered delegation accompanying the Nigerian leader on a state visit to China from 11 to 12 July 2013. The visit, which will include a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping, will have Mr Elumelu and other business leaders, including Folorunso Alakija, Femi Otedola and Oba Otudeko, representing Nigeria’s business interests, thus emphasising President Jonathan’s commitment to leveraging the private sector to drive both development and trade and investment links between China and Africa. Speaking at the investment forum, which attracted over 700 potential investors, their Nigerian counterparts and several governors as well as the Ministers for Trade and Investment, Aviation...
(Libya Herald 07/10/13)
Speaking at Sunday’s press conference, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said that the government needs more money quickly in order to be able meet its committments. The government, he said, had numerous commitments including those of political dissedents under the Qaddafi regime, the towns destroyed during the Revolution, the internally and externally displaced, the training and arming of the army, the security of Libya’s southern borders, rape victums, the councils, sewage works etc. With regards to rearming the army, we need to purchase new advanced weapons from abroad because the army’s old weapons were either destroyed or pilfered by Libyans, said Zeidan. To this end, the Prime Minister said that he hoped that the GNC would provide more finance quickly or...
(Libya Herald 07/10/13)
“O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint…Ramadan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting…” (The Holy Quran, Chapter 2, verses 183 and 185). Ramadan, the ninth and most holy month of the Islamic Lunar calendar, begins with the sighting of the crescent moon. The importance of this month and the need to determine the precise time of its onset led to considerable advances in the fields of...
(BBC News Africa 07/10/13)
Malta has cancelled flights it had booked to return migrants to Libya, after an emergency intervention by the European Court of Human Rights. The government had planned to send back people who had arrived by boat, but said it would abide by the ECHR order. Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said more than 400 migrants had arrived in the past week. Malta last week called for assistance from the European Union to help cope with the influx. Some 291 people were rescued from a single drifting boat last week. It is thought they had departed from Libya but many of them came originally from Eritrea. Another 68 people were brought in by Maltese patrol boats on Wednesday. Mr Muscat said the...

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