11/02/2011

February 7 to February 11, 2011

– Gas Concern in Israel (Inquiétude gazière en Israël)
07/02/2011 – La Libre

Israel and Jordan will be deprived for two weeks of their natural gas supplies from Egypt because of an explosion at a gas terminal in the Sinai that supplies both countries. The origin of the explosion remains unclear. Although Israel is dependent on the Egyptian gas for more than 40% of its electricity, the country has other energy reserves. But the explosion on Saturday Israel especially worried because it illustrates the vulnerability of which the national energy supply is now suffering. Either the supply is likely to be paralyzed by rising attacks against gas infrastructure in El-Arish. Or new political and economic leaders of Egypt could want, if not cancel the contract, at least improving the terms of the agreement in a way to correct what is considered as « a humiliating surrender » to Israel.

–  In Egypt, nothing is decided yet (En Egypte, rien n’est joué)
08/02/2011 – Le Monde diplomatique

The satellite TV Al-Arabiya issued a surprising news: former interior minister, the man responsible for years of repression, arrests and torture in Egypt, Habib Al-Adly, is suspected to be behind the attack against the Church in Alexandria last December 31. It seems that the authority wanted to stir up divisions between Muslims and Christians to be able to present itself as the guarantor of stability. Today, the regime is tottering, but the police power remains in place. The opening of a dialogue with the opposition and the promise of reforms aimed at dividing the opposition and divert attention from the demonstrators. The official newspaper is gradually getting free and is taking up the cause of the demonstrators. Concerning the army, it refused to participate in repression, but is not with the demonstrators. It tries today like Mubarak to stop the movement and ensure a « quiet » transition which amounts to maintain the same regime without Mubarak. Many voices in Europe are worried about this open situatiand feel that the danger does not come from the maintening of the system, but from the Muslim Brotherhood. For their part, the west powers urge President Mubarak to leave after having given him unwavering support for 3 decades. This way of deciding for other people is typical of a colonial vision, the voice of the Egyptian people has no place.

– Where is the Union for the Mediterranean? (Où est passée l’Union pour la Méditerranée ?)
07/02/2011 – Le Monde

For the author, the silence of the Union for the Mediterranean to the liberation movements in the Arab world is incomprehensible. It is against the founding spirit of this union, of which the goal is clear : through economic success, allowing the emergence of pluralistic societies and mutual tolerance.

– Robert Fisk: As Mubarak clings on… What now for Egypt?
11/02/2011 – The Independant

Contrary to expectations, the Egyptian president, who reportedly left Cairo, has not relinquished power. His speech on February 10, 2011 and his determination to remain in power until presidential elections in September 2011 reinforced the anger and determination of the demonstrators to obtain the fall of Mubarak and all the power structure.

Egyptian Revolution : Mabourak has resigned (Révolution égyptienne : Moubarak a démissionné)
11/02/2011 – Jeune Afrique

Hosni Mubarak has formally resigned from the Egyptian presidency. The announcement was made by Vice-President Omar Suleiman on Egyptian national television. He decided to return its powers to the Egyptian army.