November 29 to December 3, 2010

Wikileaks: Arab fears of Iran (Wikileaks : La peur des pays arabes face à l’Iran) (28/11/2010 – Le Monde)

Recent Wikileaks revelations disclosed the double discourse of Gulf countries as far as Iranian nuclear file is concerned. While they have publicly affirmed their opposition to military strikes against Iran, released documents show that they perceive the Islamic Republic as a threat to their aspiration for regional leadership and that they would like to get rid of it. The Arab allies of the United States fear being replaced in the U.S. system in case of a nuclearized Iran.

Demonstration agains an international inquiry on Western Sahara(Manifestation contre une enquête internationale sur le Sahara occidental) (28/10/2010 – Jeune Afrique)

On November 28, 2010, a huge demonstration was organized in Casablanca to the appeal of political parties represented in Moroccan Parliament. The event was intended to denounce European interference and in particular the European Parliament’s call for an international investigation on the dismantling of a protest camp in Western Sahara.

Gaza govt: WikiLeaks exposé confirms our claims (1/12/2010 – Maan news)

According to a diplomatic cable revealed by Wikileaks, Israel would have had consultations with Egypt and the Palestinian Authority before launching its offensive “Cast Lead” against Gaza. Ehud Barak asked them to take control of Gaza after Hamas defeated but the proposal was rejected. The cable also discloses that Israel has maintained a dialogue with them throughout the operation. Hamas said Tuesday that they were not surprised by this revelation, while the PLO and Mahmoud Abbas denied knowledge of an impending war in Gaza before its launch.

Bombing, international inquiry, special tribunal and rumours in Lebanon(Attentat, enquête internationale, tribunal spécial et rumeurs au Liban) (1/12/2010 – La Libre Belgique)

Emilie Sueur, Journal correspondent in Beirut, recounts events in Lebanon since Rafic Hariri assassination the 14th of February 2010. After popular demonstrations and Syrian troops withdrawal, a Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) was established by the UN in order to determine responsibilities in this assassination.  While Syria was first singled out, suspicions blame today the Hezbollah. The upcoming publication of the indictment causes a stir in Lebanon and could provoke a confrontation between Hezbollah and the current Prime Minister Saad Hariri, son of assassinated former prime minister.

The Middle East’s World Cup (2/12/2010 – Gulf Times)

Qatar and the whole Middle-East celebrate the nomination of Qatar as the host of the 2022 World Cup.The autor sees this nomination as a epochal event for his country and the whole Middle-East because the World Cup ushers in change and alters the course of history as did the last world cup hosted by South Africa. The first World Cup in the Middle East will have a similar effect and could act as a salve on the scars left by violent conflicts and turmoil. It would give the region a new face, a new identity. Now half the battle has been won which in itself is a great achievement. In the final analysis, it’s the other half that is really going to matter.

Jordan, the new EU outpost in the Middle-East (La Jordanie, nouveau poste avancé de l’Union Européenne au Moyen-Orient) (3/12/2010 – Nouvelle Europe)

On October 26, 2010, Jordan acceded, after Morocco, to the advanced status with the European Union, a milestone not only for Jordan-EU relations, but also for the Union’s role in the region. In the area of cooperation, the Jordanian monarchy, as the Moroccan one, has always serves as a model pupil and this relationship remains beneficial to both parties. It permits the EU to reposition itself in the region through this steady partner with a strategic geographic position. Jordan then, hopes to welcome more investment and receive support in cases of Palestinian expulsion from occupied territories to their territory.