03/09/2010

August 30 to September 3, 2010

– Immigration: « Libya is not a problem » (Immigration : «La Libye n’est plus un problème») (3/9/2010) – Le Figaro

These are the words of the French State Secretary for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche, who was in Tripoli for a meeting of the Mediterranean countries of the 5 +5. Libya has made real efforts to control sub-Saharan immigration where it was a major transitional area before. According to him, and to Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, this improvement could partly justify the $ 5 billion requested this week by the guide of the Libyan Revolution to the EU.

– Syrian-Saudi efforts to extend « the truce before the indictment » (Des efforts syro-saoudiens pour prolonger « la trêve d’avant l’acte d’accusation »)(3/9/2010) –L’Orient le Jour

Syria and Saudi Arabia are putting pressure on French and American authorities, as they are the main instigators of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. According to the two countries, the prosecution of members of Hezbollah by the court may have negative consequences on the stability of Lebanon. The attorney of the Tribunal Daniel Bellemare declared that the indictment would not be delivered in September, but « as soon as possible ».

– Gamal Mubarak and the Discord in Egypt’s Ruling Elite (1/9/2010) – Arab Reform Bulletin

Will Gamal Mubarak be the NDP candidate for the next presidential elections in 2011? The son of the current President will have to maneuver between the conservative old guard of the party and the neo-liberal ambitions of the young guard to which he is currently affiliated. The army aims for its part at a balanced relationship between the two camps. But the trend to equilibrium is likely to favor the old guard, with whom Gamal will therefore certainly have to count.

– Kuwait shows a surplus of 22.5 billion (Le Koweït affiche un excédent budgétaire de 22,5 milliards de dollars)(30/8/2010) – RFI

For the eleventh consecutive year, Kuwait has a budget surplus. 95% oil-related, the revenues of the small country have this year reached 61.5 billion dollars. This result is due to a prudent fiscal policy based on an assessment of the price of oil at $ 35 a barrel. But the barrel is now selling at more than the double.