April 18-22, 2011

Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq 19/04/2011 – The Independent

The oil issue resurfaced in the analysis of the intervention in Iraq in 2003. Secret memos published in the United Kingdom demonstrate that discussions between world’s largest oil companies and government ministers took place since 2002 to determine plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves.

Syria lifts the state of emergency(L’état d’urgence levé en Syrie) 19/04/2011 –Le Figaro

On Tuesday, the Syrian government approved a bill to repeal the emergency law, in force since 1963, restricting freedom of assembly. In a press release issued before the announcement of the lifting of emergency rule, the Syrian Interior Ministry asked citizens to refrain from manifesting by reminding the government’s determination to continue the fight against armed revolt.

Libya: “the sending of counsellors is a sign that the conflict will last longer than planned (Libye: «L’envoi de conseillers est un signe que le conflit va durer plus longtemps que prévu»”) 21/04/2011 – Libération

To break the stalemate in Libya, members of the NATO coalition announced the dispatch of military advisers which should help the rebels to organise themselves. This choice is interpreted and explained by Bastien Irondelle, expert in European security and defence policies.

Rivals hold protests in Yemen 22/04/2011 – Al Jazeera

The President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh accepted this morning the Gulf Cooperation Council plan « in the context of the Yemeni Constitution » which determines that the 5 year mandate’s term will expire in 2013. Yemenis took to the streets to demonstrate against the GCC   plan and to ask for the immediate resignation of President Saleh in this « last chance Friday. »

European countries envisage recognising a Palestinian state(Les pays européens songent à reconnaître un Etat palestinien)
22/04/2011 – La Libre Belgique

In order to respond to the current paralysis of the negotiations and to revive the peace process on the basis of clear and known international settings, European countries are planning to carry Palestinian aspirations and recognize a Palestinian state, even in the absence of an agreement between the two parties.