February 1st to 5th, 2010

– Untouched by War, in Iraq (28/01/2010) – New York Times

The New York Times offers a report about the iraqien village of Halaichiya, in the south of Iraq.
This village is completely separated from the rest of the country. Its particularity is that people from Halaichiya have never seen some American soldiers and Halaichiya is totally outside the war and unaffected by it.
This is rare in Iraq, where the war began since 2003. In spite of not suffering the consequences of the war, the village is in a deep loneliness. People are not concerned by the politics and do not have proper infrastructures such as roads and school.


– Fresh border clashes on Saudi-Yemen border as Yemen rejects rebel’s truce offer (31/01/2010) – Gulf News

The border between Yemen and Saudi Arabia is destabilized by the presence of rebel Shiite.
The Yemeni government refused to make peace with the Al Houthi group as long as they do not stop attacking Saudi Arabia. Indeed, for Sana’a, the non aggression is a sine qua non condition to establish a cease-fire.
Besides, according to the Yemeni government, Al Houthi has his own strategy and Sana’a cannot trust this group.
This is creating tensions between these two countries of the peninsula, knowing that 100 Saudi soldiers are dead since November 2009.


– Sudan’s elections: divorced from hope (02/02/2010) – The Guardian

The author provides here is disappointment concerning the presidential election in Sudan
The presidential election will take place in April 2010 and it is a first step toward democracy. Nevertheless, the political scene in Sudan shows that the majority of candidates are politicians knows by the population. There is no candidate who would mark a turning point in the Sudanese politics.
Though, the exception is called Kamel Idris: he is a rare independent candidate who began his career in the NGO field. But people accused of having no political experience.
The euphoria about preparations for presidential elections is restrained by the Sudanese political landscape that does not revitalized.

– Rachid: 2010 to be « hard year » for Egypt economy (31/01/2010) – Al Masry Al Ayoum

Trade and Industry Minister Mohamed Rachid is pessimistic about the Egyptian economy. According to some prognostics, the current year would be hard.
The economical crisis has an impact on the country and 2010 is not sensed as a better year.
The World Economic Forum that gathered in Davos, Switzerland, was the occasion for Minister Rachid to criticized “industrialized countries for exploiting the issue of climate change to impose carbon taxes on imports from developing countries “.