June 13 to 17, 2011


Bahrain in the shadow of the Libya War
13/06/2011 – Open democracy

Support by the Arab League for the military operations in Libya has been an effective diplomatic means for Saudi Arabia and the GCC to redirect interest in internal Arab states of affairs away from the Arabian Peninsula and onto North Africa. The strategy seems to work nicely: the silence surrounding Bahrain has been deafening.

Uprising against the Assad Regime in Syria: is this a second Libya?
10/06/2011 – Qantara

In his essay, Radwan Ziadeh, founder and director of the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies and an activist during the « Damascus Spring », discusses several possible scenarios for the outcome of the conflict between the Syrian regime and the protest movement.

Yemen: Peace is not a slogan
11/06/2011 – Guardian

Yemen’s popular youth revolution faced a unique set of circumstances among the contemporary revolutions of the Arab spring: a despotic regime; armed tribes; and an al-Qaida presence under the official auspices of the regime. But faced with all this, the youth insisted on achieving a comprehensive transformation by peaceful means. And millions of Yemenis responded to this invitation, descending on protest squares across the country.

Saudi Arabia’s Silent Battle to Halt History
14/06/2011 – Spiegel Online

Saudi Arabia’s rulers are doing their utmost to resist the tide of history. The wealthy Arab country wants peace and stability within its society and in the region. But even the ultraconservative kingdom has not remained untouched by the unrest in the Arab world.

Responding to Syria’s Aggression
13/06/2011 – Council on Foreign Relations

A U.N. human rights report accused the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of breaching « the most fundamental rights »  in its violent crackdown on anti-government protesters, killing over a thousand people and detaining at least ten thousand.The Syrian regime’s intensifying crackdown on protesters has alarmed some countries in the region and stirred international concern, but there is little consensus about how to curb the violence and little appetite for military intervention.