February 21 to 25, 2011

– A old discontent (Un mécontentement qui ne date pas d’hier) 23/2/2011 – The National (The Courier International)

Structural problems in Yemen are much more serious according to James Spencer that the insurrection of the Houthis in the north, the rebellion of the Movement of the South or the murderous operations of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: demographic growth is increasing, the population is in majority made of young people and underemployed, and a rapid decline in resources. The problem of qat cultivation illustrates well the complex situation of the country.

– Europe’s Ties with Libya Questioned 22/2/2011 – Wall Street Journal

The response of the EU and its member states to what is happening in Libya came, but is still criticized for having been late. The WSJ raises questions about the reasons for this delay, and questions thus Europe’s interests in Libya. Europe has not hesitated to get highly implicated in business with Qaddafi in recent years. First of all Italy is completely dependent on Libya’s oil supply but benefits also greatly from Libyan petrodollars. England has for its part recently released the alleged perpetrator of the Lockerbie bombing in exchange for a lucrative contract for BP.

– Jordanians demand changes 21/2/2011- Al Jazeera (opinion)

If they do not seek regime change, Jordanians demand sweeping reforms. First targeted is the executive power of the King which is according to them too extended. For now, King Abdullah seemed willing to meet the aspirations of the people leaving demonstrations occur, and dismissing the former government. But the Jordanians will not be satisfied by this kind of cosmetic reforms. The peace treaty with Israel is one of the policies challenged by the population.

– Netanyahu should view U.S. veto at the UN as a warning 21/2/2011 –Haaretz

The United States finally vetoed the draft resolution proposed by the Palestinian Authority to make the settlements illegal, despite the 14 other Security Council members voted in favor. An editorial in Haaretz noted that this vote shows the isolation of the Netanyahu government, and embarrasses the United States revealing it as two-faced. Netanyahu should better consider this resolution as a warning and impose a new moratorium on the settlement if he does not want to end up in a dangerous position considering the current democratic movements in the Arab world.