March 1st to 5, 2010

– Armenian Genocide: new tension between the U.S. and Ankara (Génocide arménien : coup de froid entre les USA et Ankara), (05/03/2010) – Le Figaro

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved Thursday, March 4 on a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide by Turkey in 1915. But, Ankara contests this decision, which then recalled its ambassador to the United States. Turkey does not recognize the Armenian genocide and it is an ally of the United States. However, this event will contribute to create tensions between these two states.

– Jordan does not owe Israel a drop of water, (05/03/2010) –Jordantimes.com

The issue of water, a priority in the Middle East, is both a source of conflict and cooperation. Jordan receives its whole share of water, set by a treaty with Israel. However, to meet people’s needs of water, new projects are established with Syria. The Jordanian Minister of Water and Irrigation Mohammad Najjar answers to some local media which have said that the Kingdom was not receiving its share of water, or that it had water debt to Israel.

– Palestiniens and Israelis : clash in Jerusalem (Palestiniens et Israéliens s’affrontent dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem), (05/03/2010), Le Monde

In February 28, 2010, Netanyahu made a statement on including some places, the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, in the Israeli historical heritage. So, it will be include in a restoration program. Now the Cave of the Patriarchs, known to Muslims as the Ibrahim Mosque, is a religious site in Judaism and Islam. This statement has therefore provoked the anger of Palestinians, who went on the Esplanade of the Mosques. Therefore, violence began between Jewish and Muslims who want to protect their religious heritage.

– Arab foreign ministers discuss Mideast issues, (04/03/2010),Kuwaitimes.com

During the 133rd session of the Arab League’s Council of Arab foreign ministers, was established a list of priority topics to deal with. The issue of peace in the Middle East is a crucial issue and the occupation of islands in the Gulf by Iran as well. In preparation for a meeting in Libya, in March, it is important to establish an efficient communication between the various governments of the Arab world and to promote cooperation.

– Les « femmes-mulets » de Ceuta,  (02/03/2010) – France24

This is a report on Moroccan women in Ceuta, on the border between Morocco and Spain, known for trade and smuggling. The Moroccan women daily cross the border to make illegal trade of goods, which sometimes causes the death of some of them. (Only available in French)