January 21 to January 28, 2011

– Secretary General of the UfM resigns (Le patron de l’UPM démissionne)
26/01/2011 – RFI

The secretary general of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Jordanian Ahmad Massa’deh, submitted his resignation on Wednesday. Unofficially, it is suggested that Ahmad Massa’deh would have a more political than technical view of UPM and permanent political blockages prevented him from achieving these ambitions.

Yemen protests: Thousands call on president to leave
27/01/2011 – BBC News

Members of the Yemeni opposition and youth activists organized anti-government protests calling for economic reforms and an end to corruption in several places of the capital, Sanaa. These uprisings were inspired by the Tunisian revolution which ended the reign of Ben Ali. Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, ally of the West in its fight against terrorism, has been in power since 1978.

– The candidate of Hezbollah Najib Mikati was appointed Prime Minister (Le candidat du Hezbollah Najib Mikati a été désigné Premier ministre)
26/01/2011 – France 24

Najib Mikati, the candidate backed by Hezbollah, was appointed Prime minister by Lebanese President Michel Suleiman. He is charged with forming a new government.The 14 March camp, including his predecessor Saad Hariri, expressed their anger and denounced a « coup » by Hezbollah. Now with the majority in parliament, Hezbollah controls the government and the cards to stop all cooperation of Lebanon with the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

– Social networks stifled, the rebellion continues in the Egyptian street (Les réseaux sociaux étouffés, la révolte égyptienne continue dans la rue)
26/01/2011 – Jeune Afrique

Anti-government protests, in part inspired by the events in Tunisia, take place in Egypt causing violent clashes with police in several cities, including Cairo and Suez. Protesters call for resignation of President Moubarak. Egyptian government outlawed the demonstrations and made numerous arrests. Twitter and Facebook, through which calls at the rally transited, were blocked in the country. But the government has not achieved its objectives as on Twitter, the information still continue to flow.

– Is Morocco really so different from Tunisia? (Le Maroc est-il vraiment si différent de la Tunisie?)
24/01/2011 – L’Expansion

The possibility of a contagion of Tunisian revolution made big headlines in recent days. Morocco seems immune to these risks. Yet the country’s situation has many similarities with its neighbors. This article highlights an economy hit by the crisis and severe inequality, high poverty rates, low literacy rates, pervasive corruption and a press that, although freer than in the rest of Maghreb, can’t express on specific topics. Morocco seeks to guard against contagion by various actions, such as building a stock of grain to block the rise in prices.