April 5 to 9, 2010

– Why is it still stuck (8/4/2010) – The Economist

Back among the respectable powers since 2005, Libya sees now European and American money that abounds on its markets. Still the egocentric and unpredictability nature of the irremovable Muammar Gaddafi hampers real foreign investments in the country. As for the population, it receives free public services, but it does not enjoy real freedom. The reformers are far from reaching their goal in Libya.

– Sudan: Omar al-Bashir stands alone (Soudan : Omar el-Béchir fait cavalier seul) (7/4/2010) – Afrik.com

Tensions are growing in Sudan. Opposition parties accuse Omar el Bashir’s political party to try to cheat in order to win the election. Thereby, opposition parties decided to boycott the election and that created a climate of insecurity. Threats of expulsion by the head of state pushed Veronique de Keyser, head of the EU observer mission in Sudan, to question the presence of the mission.

– Omar al-Bashir, the symbol of a bloody and authoritarian regime (Omar Al-Bachir ,le symbole d’un régime sanglant et autoritaire) (6/4/2010) – Le Monde

A few days before elections in Sudan, Jean-Philippe Remy, correspondent of Le Monde in Nairobi, gives a description of President Omar al-Bashir, a simple military put in power in 1989 in Sudan because he seemed easy to manipulate. More than twenty years and many atrocities after, the man is still at the head of the Sudanese state.

– I.M.F. Says West Bank Economic Growth Is Imperiled by Israel and Arab States (7/4/2010) – New York Times

The IMF is preparing a report on the Palestinian economy, complimenting the West Bank and highlights the importance of donations from Western countries, particularly European. However, the IMF has doubts about growth rates, which would be threatened by Israel and the Arab States.

– Nasrallah, Hezbollah and the murder of Rafik Hariri (Nasrallah, le Hezbollah et l’assassinat de Rafic Hariri) (5/4/2010) – Nouvelles d’Orient, the blog of Alain Gresh (Le Monde diplomatique)

Alain Gresh underlines the reaction of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Al Manar channel addressing rumors on the involvement of the movement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. According to the Lebanese press, a number of members of the movement had indeed been interviewed by the international criminal tribunal established by the United Nations. Nasrallah says he wants to continue to cooperate with the international investigation committee, unless “the Committee continues to encourage leaks designed to mislead public opinion ».