October 11 to 15, 2010

– Does Egypt need international election observers? (14/10/2010) – Al Masry Al Youm

Moqbel Shaker, Vice Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission in Egypt, denies the usefulness to the country of foreign observers in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. According to Michele Dunne, his arguments are easily refutable whether the interference in domestic affairs, the rejection by the Egyptian population itself or the fact that foreign observation missions are designed for new countries.

– The Maghreb, new hunting ground for Turkish companies (Le Maghreb, nouveau terrain de chasse des entreprises turques) (10/14/2010) – Jeune Afrique

Given the state of stagnation of the process of its accession to the European Union, Turkey seems to have turned resolutely towards the Arab countries. The Maghreb countries, Algeria especially, have therefore more and more Turkish products arriving on their markets. This increased presence of Turkish products tenses up the Maghreb countries, which undergo pressure Turkey to establish a market increasingly free, but which also consider Turkey as a direct competitor on the European market.

– Israel Minister’s Talk Exposes Rivalry With Netanyahu (13/10/2010) – NY Times

While the country is engaged in direct negotiations with the Palestinians, an internal struggle divides the Israeli right. Benjamin Netanyahu is afraid of losing the leadership of the right facing the repeated blows of his Foreign Affairs Minister, Avigdor Lieberman. Opposed to the current process, and too little diplomat, the latter is often replaced to represent the interests outside Israel. In return, Mr. Lieberman seems to have greater influence over the Prime Minister. This influence is for instance evidenced by the oath of loyalty to a Jewish and democratic state that is now mandatory for all foreign nationals applying for Israeli citizenship, or also by the recognition of the Jewish character of Israel asked to the Palestinian Authority.

– Can the OECD stand up to Israel? (12/10/2010) – The Guardian

Sam Bahour and Charles Shamas, two volunteers from the Right to enter campaign are emphasizing the delicate situation in which the powers of the OECD are putting themselves by accepting the next tourism meeting to be located in Jerusalem the next week. They underline the particular situation of the touristic sites located within the Occupied Palestinian Territories, often taken by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism as part of Israeli cultural heritage. The authors wonder if the OECD and its member states will condone such practices.