May 3 to 7, 2010

– Weary cast back to produce Middle East peace (7/5/2010) – Financial Times

Tobias Buck, FT correspondent in Jerusalem, expresses its doubts about projected resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians under American auspices. On one hand, these negotiations will be conducted indirectly, through the U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, which represents a step backwards compared to previous cycles. On the other hand the participation of each party responds to purely strategic choices where they seem both reluctant to find a real solution. It can be nonetheless considered as a slim hope.

–  Worldwide Web Goes Truly Global urls with Arabic (7/5/2010) – The Guardian

The web addresses are now available in Arabic. Egypt announced its intention to merge the first new sites in Arabic as a domain “.misr” (misr « is the Arabic name for Egypt). It will soon be followed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Half of Internet users have a non-Latin language as mother tongue and the Worldwide web decides to open itself to them gradually.

– 8th FEMIP Conference – Energy: New Challenges for the Mediterranean(7/5/2010) – FEMIP

FEMIP announces a conference on energy in the Mediterranean that will be held on Monday, May 10th in Valencia (Spain). The aim is to sensitize policy makers, partners and financial investors of the importance of the issue of energy in the Mediterranean, as well as the high potential of this region in terms of renewable energy. It will be followed by a ministerial conference on the Mediterranean Solar Plan organized in the same city on May 11 and 12 by the Spanish Presidency of the EU.

–  Arab Israeli called for a boycott of Israeli products (6/5/2010) – RFI

Like Palestinians of the West Bank, Palestinians of Israel, or Arab Israelis, are also joining the boycott of products coming from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The announcement will be launched in the newspapers of the Israeli Arab community and concerns some 600 products. The Palestinians in Israel represent 20% of the Israeli population and a market of about 2 million consumers.

– Egyptian President Returns to Cairo, and to Public Eye (6/5/2010) – New York Times

President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak returned to Cairo after two months of convalescence in the resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh where he was resting after an operation. Mubarak had not appeared as usual on May 1, which gave rise to speculation about his state of health. He saved the situation on Thursday by giving an half hour speech aimed to silence speculations by the population. He addressed the protests that shook the country last month, making it a « healthy phenomenon, » while warning he would not allow Egypt to sink into chaos.

– The U.S. renewed sanctions against Syria (4/5/2010) – Le Monde

The United States decided to renew sanctions against Syria. President Obama recognized that the government of Bashar al-Assad has made progress in stopping the infiltration of foreign fighters in Iraq, but he underlines that Syria continues on the other hand to support terrorist organizations and seeks to acquire weapons of mass destruction. Israeli President Shimon Peres had recently accused Syria of providing long-range Scud missiles to Hezbollah.