01/07/2011

June 27 to July 1st, 2011

Arab world: one is never better served than by himself (Monde arabe : on n’est jamais mieux servi que par soi-même)

July 1, 2011 – Jeune Afrique

While the entire region is shaken by revolutions, some are reviving the idea of ​​Arab unity. Rather than Nasser’s pan-Arabism, they prefer the more realistic view of an Arab solidarity and more specifically the creation of an Arab development bank on the European model of the EBRD. The idea was launched by the Qatari prime minister, Hamad bin Jassem, in a speech at the Center for Islamic Studies in Oxford. This could be a solution to economic difficulties that have pushed so many people to take streets in the Arab world.

 

Washington Okays Attack on Unarmed U.S. Ship

June 30, 2011 – Foreign Policy in Focus

Stephen Zunes points out the lack of foundation of the arguments raised by the White House to support the proposed action by Israel against the international flotilla in its way to Gaza. Secretary of State Clinton called the flotilla an action of provocation « by entering into Israeli waters and creating a situation in which the Israelis have the right to defend themselves ». On the contrary it is a harmless action, non-violent and more importantly aiming the waters of Gaza, not in Israeli waters.

 

The Moroccan exception in the context of the Arab revolutions (L’exception marocaine’ dans le contexte des révolutions arabes)

June 30, 2011 – El Pais

In an article published in El Pais, Khadija Mohsen-Finan examines the reforms introduced by the new constitution project. Since Hassan II, the alternation was introduced in Morocco, without any lowering of the king’s authority. The draft constitution presented by Mohamed VI on June 17 and submitted to a referendum in this Friday is again leaving most of his prerogatives to the king.

 

Indictments issued in Hariri death probe

June 30, 2011 – Al Jazeera Français

The Special Court of the United Nations issued indictments to four Hezbollah members in the probe on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. This decision comes as the new Prime Minister Najib Mikati has just set up a new government. The instability is therefore threatening Lebanon again, while the region is currently shaken by numerous crises.

 

Syria’s opposition meeting was a PR exercise

June 28, 2011 – The Guardian (Comment is free)

Fadwa al Hatem considers the meeting of the Syrian opposition, which was held at the Semiramis Hotel in Damascus with the approval by the regime as an empty formula. She stressed, however, some positive statements issued during the day, even if the parties themselves doubted on the possibility of initiating any dialogue with the government. The Syrian concludes by stating that the country’s future would be written in the streets and not in a hotel room.