September 6 to 10, 2010

– Demographic time bomb (Bombe à retardement démographique) (9/9/2010) –Jeune Afrique

Tobias Buck highlights the projected demographic developments in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the growing of two opposed communities, the ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Arab-Israelis. They nevertheless share a common point: they are one as the other the poorest and excluded fringes from the Israeli population. This true « demographic time bomb » therefore requires bold policy solutions.

– “Collaborator!” – a charge that has plagued Egypt (8/9/2010) – Guardian(Comment is free)

Under occupation by foreign powers throughout its history, Egypt has only been released  in 1952. For this reason, the accusation of collaboration with a foreign power has always worked very well in contemporary Egypt. However, critics of Mohammed El Baradei are struggling to make that accusation credible hitting the virtual and real support provided to him by the Egyptian people in urgent demand for change.

– The statements by Saad Hariri confirm the new Syrian influence in Lebanon (Les déclarations de Saad Hariri confirment la nouvelle influence de la Syrie au Liban) (8/9/2010) – Le Monde

Saad Hariri has issued statements in the pan-Arab daily Al Sharq Al Awsat that illustrate the new Syrian influence in Lebanon. It is no more directly exercised as before the assassination of Rafik Hariri, but through the Hezbollah. Saudi Arabia, a longtime ally of the Hariri clan in Lebanon, is trying for its part to move Syria out of Iran’s shadow, which requires better relations with its Lebanese neighbor.

– New Syrian Brotherhood Leader: Continuity or Change? (8/9/2010) – Arab Reform Bulletin

The appointment of the new General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria, Mohammed al-Riyadh Shaqfih could cause a change of attitude vis-à-vis the government. Different analysis criteria suggest that initially, the new leader will keep the moderate stance of his predecessor. But little attention from the regime to national problems, and a lack of openness let to the opposition could lead the Brotherhood to adopt a more radical stance.