09 Jun 2004 - 22 Jul 2022
Thursday, 20 July, 2006, 16:48 ( 14:48 GMT )
Here in the United States our history is always conveniently overlooked when we decide it is our right to judge and rule others.
The Bush administration officials have used the Libyan example as an important card to play during their negotiations with other potential nuclear countries such as North Korea and Iran.
Now it is about time for the US and Britain to keep their promises and reward Libya for a crutial move at the world level.
In Africa, wars, hunger, poverty, human rights, corruption, AIDS and other major developmental obstacles are the core sources of the problem that need to be dealt with in any security arrangement; and without which any agenda could face failure.
What has led these world leaders to come to Libya is not really because they are inherently greedy and they cannot resist any opportunity to get an extra buck by whatever means, as the Western media continuously labels them in its extensive but superficial reporting.
The decision on 13 December 2004 by France's Council of State, the country's highest administrative court, to stop broadcast of Al-Manar television represents a misguided policy and could, in the long run, hurt French-Arab and Islamic relations.
Arafat did what no other could have hoped to do. He gave his people hope. But here, in the United States, his epithet was a twisted knot of half-truths and flagrant lies. While Arafat was alive no one in the Media here dared attack him. They needed Arafat to sell soap.
Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was so accommodating of Christians that according to the two earliest Islamic historians, Ibn e Saad and Ibn Hisham, the Prophet even allowed a delegation of 60 Byzantine Christians from Najran in Yemen to worship in his own mosque in Madinah.
I feel that Libya is not using all its potential to the full. Although the country is opening up and foreign investors are not only interested, but really putting their thrust and the money to invest in a number of projects, particularly in the oil and tourism industries, there is still a lot to be done and quick, otherwise it would lose the momentum.
Observing the destruction of Iraq both in terms of human lives and of its infrastructure by two of the most powerful states, namely the United States and Great Britain, makes one question the real reason behind such rampage of an Arab and Islamic country.
Chirac's visit to Libya is an historic event, because it comes at a time when the world in general is observing more or less uncertainty about the future.
Do not let the talk of hidden bank accounts, money, corruption nor what he gave to his wife and family diminish Yasser Arafat's role or contribution to the struggle of the Palestinian people, and as a part of the total global fight for freedom, justice equality and liberation.
In order to facilitate and promote foreign investment in the country, the General People Committee recently sent out a memo to departments that are dealing with foreign investors stressing that they should make get rid of the red tape and the too much paper work involved in processing these investors' applications and registration.
I have been traveling to Libya since 1975 and I must start to say that during all this time I have always had a warm welcome by the inhabitants whether they were farmers, fishermen, businessmen, managers or executives in fact I have always felt very much at home here in Libya.
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