June 6 to 10, 2011


Yemen, and the trouble with ‘democratic transition’
07/06/2011 – Guardian

The US said on Monday that it wants to see an orderly, peaceful and democratic transition of power in Yemen. But, as one tweeter pointed out, that is not quite the same thing as saying it wants a transition to democracy. The US has always viewed Yemen as a security problem and very little else – a view reinforced by media scares about al-Qaida taking over – but beyond providing military and economic aid it has very little influence on the ground. It is therefore relying on one of the world’s least democratic countries, Saudi Arabia, to help manage this transition.

Libya : Gaddafi and the weapon of illegal immigration to Europe (Libye : Kaddafi et l’arme de l’immigration clandestine vers l’Europe)
07/06/2011 – Jeune Afrique

With the international coalition that hardens its strikes every day, the Qaddafi regime does not hesitate to open the floodgates of illegal immigration into Europe. Hence an increase in wrecks and disappearances at sea.

The people vs the president
08/06/2011 – The Independent

Syria’s revolt against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad is turning into an armed insurrection, with previously peaceful demonstrators taking up arms to fight their own army of Alawi militiamen who have been killing and torturing those resisting the regime’s rule. Even more serious for Assad’s still-powerful supporters, there is growing evidence that individual Syrian soldiers are revolting against his forces. The whole edifice of Assad’s Alawi dictatorship is now in the gravest of danger.

In Tunisia, October 23 gets everyone to agree … or almost (En Tunisie, le 23 octobre met tout le monde d’accord… ou presque)
09/06/2011 – Le Monde

The Tunisian Prime Minister of the transitional government, Beji Caid Essebsi officially announced the postponement of elections of the Constituent Assembly on 23 October 2011. Justifying this choice by the need to organize a free and independent ballot for these first elections of the post Ben Ali, Mr. Essebsi has thus ended a debate that runs for several weeks in Tunisia. Not without first reaching a consensus with all political parties.