May 16 to 20, 2011

Israel/Palestine: Here comes your nonviolent resistance
17/05/2011 – The Economist

We’ve asked the Palestinians to lay down their arms. We’ve told them their lack of a state is their own fault; if only they would embrace non-violence, a reasonable and unprejudiced world would see the merit of their claims. Over the weekend, tens of thousands of them did just that, and it seems likely to continue.

The failed tribute to the Egyptian revolution (L’hommage raté à la révolution égyptienne)
17/05/2011 – Courrier international

For the first time in its history, the Festival de Cannes has designated an invited country to its 64th edition. On May 18, Egyptian cinema will be honored, especially through the collective film 18 Days that evokes the recent revolution in the country. But the choice of invited filmmakers causes debate in Egypt.

Security forces fire on Cairo ‘Nakba’ rally
16/05/2011 – Al Jazeera

Using rubber bullets, tear gas, and live ammunition, Egyptian security forces clashed with pro-Palestine demonstrators outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo. More than 350 people were injured in the protest, organized on the anniversary of Israel’s independence in 1948.

Wanted : Qaddafi and co
19/05/2011 – Council on Foreign Relations

Allegations that the Libyan regime is authorizing the murder of civilians in a crackdown on anti-government rebels moved the International Criminal Court (ICC) to issue arrest warrants for Qaddafi, his son, and Libya’s intelligence chief. The ICC cited « direct evidence » demonstrating how civilians were attacked at home, and how the government used snipers and heavy artillery to target civilians. But it remains unclear whether the warrants will ever be enforced and, beyond that, what effect they will have on the conflict in Libya.

Did Obama’s big speech offer any hope for Palestine?
19/05/2011 – Electronic Intifada

In this article, Ali Abunimah exposes his skepticism after the much anticipated speech of President Obama on US policy in the Middle East and North Africa. While President Barack Obama laid out in a little bit more detail a US “vision” of what “peace” would look like, Ali Abunimah considers there was precious little new. Moreover, the speech affirmed that the United States will not take any effective action to advance its vision of a two-state solution.