February 8 to 12, 2010

– North Yemen calm after truce (12/2/2010) – Al Jazeera.net

Shia Houhi rebels finally agreed to the six conditions of the cease-fire presented by the Yemeni government. Western pressure has President Ali Abdullah Saleh to find a quick solution to the problems of Yemen. He chose to tackle the rebellion in the north, before addressing tougher problems as the secessionist movement in the South. Under the agreement reached between the warring parties, Sanaa offer the rebel positions in a committee overseeing the truce.

– Iraq: the Ba’athist hunt continues (Irak : la chasse au baassistes se poursuit)(12/2/2010) – Blog of Georges Malbrunot, Le Figaro

Two Sunnis candidates were excluded from upcoming the presidential elections of 7 March, on the pretext that they have kept in touch with the Baath Party, former party of Saddam Hussein. The current President, Nour al-Maliki, disappointed the United States, which put him in place, by its lack of efforts for national reconciliation. But he also disappoints Iraqis by the few services rendered to the population. The party of the secular Shiite and former prime minister Iyad Allawi could take advantage of this loss of speed.

– Gaddafi rearms (Kaddafi se réarme) (11/2/2010) – Jeune Afrique

Russia resumes business with Tripoli. A contract of 1.3 billion euros has been concluded on the sale of weapons of all kinds including an air defense system which has already attracted the interest of the United States, Israel, Iran and Saudi Arabia. On the day the the contract was signed in Moscow, the Russian oil company Tafnet was offered exploitation of new deposits discovered in the Ghadames basin, in partnership with the national Libyan company NOC.

– Assad: We will stand by Lebanon if attacked by Israel (8/2/2010) – Haaretz

The « war of words” continues between Syria and Israel. Sunday, President Bashar Al-Assad met with the head of the Lebanese Parliament Nabih Berri. During their talks, the Syrian President assured that his country would stand alongside Lebanon in case of an Israeli attack on southern Lebanon or Syria. Benjamin Netanyahu appeared unwilling to feed the tension and reiterated earlier this week the will of Israel to reach a negotiated peace, but without preconditions, with its northern neighbor.