August 22 to 26, 2011

–          Springtime in Sinai – The Economist, 27/08/2011

Following the August 18 bombings around the Egyptian border, the Israeli government is about to allow a redeployment of troops in the Sinai. Until now the Camp David agreement had ruled out any Egyptian military presence in the peninsula. But the growing insecurity in the Sinai since the departure of Mubarak, Israel now consents to a redeployment of Egyptian forces, despite the risk of an imminent change of regime in Cairo.

–          Mauritania: postponement of parliamentary and local elections on an unknown date (Mauritanie : report des élections parlementaires et locales à une date inconnue) – Jeune Afrique, 26/08/2011

Following a request coming from the opposition, the Mauritanian Interior Ministry announced the postponement of elections for the Senate, legislative and municipal due to be held on September 25 and October 16 in the country. The situation in Mauritania is tense since the election, declared fraudulent by the opposition, of President Mohammed Ould Abdel Laziz. The opposition demanded discussions leading to elections in order to restore trust between political partners.

–          Alger puts its condition to recognize the NTC: The rebels must commit against Al Qaeda (Alger pose sa condition pour reconnaitre le CNT : Les rebelles doivent s’engager contre Al Qaïda ) –  Dernières nouvelles d’Algérie, 25/08/2011

The fact that Algiers has raised its conditions to recognize the NTC, does not bode well for relations between the two countries. The relations between the Algerian government and the NTC are cold since the beginning of the Libyan insurgency, Libyan rebels accusing the Algerian regime to provide Qaddafi’s army with weapons of and to adopt a conciliatory diplomatic attitude towards the Libyan former leader.

–          Israel’s exclusive Revolution – Alternet, 24/08/2011

The protest in Israel for more social justice is decrypted by Joseph Dana and Max Blumenthal in terms of its relations with the Palestinian issue. The protesters refuse to link their struggle for social justice to that of the occupation which they believe is exclusively a safety issue. Moreover the « movement of July 14 » has approved the participation of settlers from of Ariel. The tent demonstrations would be more of a movement to mark the revival of the Zionist left.

–          UN Tribunal: A Prosecutor’s « Tunnel Vision » – Al Akhbar English, 24/08/2011

Omar Nashabe analyzes the news of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) where the indictment was made public on August 17th. By analyzing how the charge is written, it may be suggested that it is politically motivated, and therefore lacking of impartiality. Dealing with the Hezbollah terrorist organization, the attorney for the STL, Daniel Bellemare, has exceeded the international interpretations on the subject. Therefore, it is likely for the trial to lead to an indictment of the Secretary General of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, as head of the organization.