December 20 to December 24, 2010

– Iraq gets a new government
22/12/2010 – El Jazeera

The Iraqi parliament has approved this Wednesday, December 22, 2010 the government formed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after nine months of deadlock since the elections in March 2010. This cabinet was formed to meet the religious and political balance, and may for these reasons, encounter difficulties in the exercise of power.

– The Gulf monarchies face the Iranian threat (Les monarchies du Golfe face à la menace iranienne)
22/12/2010 – El Watan

A Forum organized under the Euro-Arab dialogue was convened last week in Paris. The six countries forming the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) were present to discuss security and economic prosperity in the region. The main discussion was about the Iranian threat and ways to secure a region that sells much of its oil and gas and a maritime area (the Strait of Hormuz) through which nearly 20% of oil produced worldwide pass daily.

– The United States should penalize Israel (Les Etats-Unis devraient pénaliser Israël)
19/12/2010 – La Libre

Human Rights Watch released a report this Sunday, December 19, 2010, in which he urges the U.S. government to financially penalize Israel for its continued colonization and systematic discrimination made against the Palestinian population in terms of basic services.

Combined energies (Energies conjuguées)
20/12/2010 – Jeune Afrique

In default of political unity in the Maghreb, many cooperation projects emerge between Tunisia, Libya and Algeria in the energy field. Libya has proposed a partnership with Tunisia to construct an oil refinery in southern Tunisia. On the other hand, an agreement has been concluded between Tunisia and Algeria in the fields of Algerian LPG supply, electrical interconnection and oil exploration.