May 2 to 6, 2011

Special from Yemen: Saleh’s failure to sign sends power transfer deal further into doubt
02/05/2011 – Al Masry al Youm

A deal to end three months of anti-government protests in Yemen appears to be on the brink of collapse after the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, refused to sign it, plunging the Arab state into further turmoil. The pact, brokered by the Gulf Co-operation Council, would have made Saleh, who has been in power for 33 years, the third ruler to be thrown out in the Arab spring.

– Tensions Rise as Hamas Refuses to Take Sides in Syria
02/05/2011 – New York Times

Relations between the Palestinian group Hamas, which is based in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and the Syrian authorities have been strained in recent weeks, mostly as a result of the antigovernment uprising there, with reports growing that Hamas is looking for another home. Al Hayat, the London-based pan-Arab newspaper, reported Saturday that Hamas’s political wing was decamping to Doha, the capital of Qatar, but Hamas officials in Syria and beyond it denied it. Similar reports circulated on Monday and denials were again issued.

Nine hurt in student demo in Algiers
02/05/2011 – Middle East online

Clashes erupted in Algeria Monday between security forces and hundreds of students demanding political change, leaving at least nine people injured, including three policemen, AFP journalists saw. The students had planned to meet at Algiers’ central post office, which is a landmark in the capital, and march on government buildings about two kilometres away, but police also turned out in their hundreds.

Syrian troops ‘begin withdrawal’ from Deraa
05/05/2011 – Al Jazeera

According to reports, Syrian army units began a « gradual withdrawal » from Deraa, the southern city that has been under military siege for more than a week. Military officials claim the army has completed its mission to remove elements of terrorist groups and restore security.

Tunisia: Sidi Bouzid, a hundred days after … (Tunisie : Sidi Bouzid, cent jours après…)

02/05/2011 – Jeune Afrique

Proud of the new status of their city, people of Sidi Bouzid revel in their victory over dictatorship. But they do not relax their vigilance and look forward to the first measures designed to boost local development.