November 7 to 11, 2011

–         Six militants killed in Yemen clashesCNN-  07/11/ 2011

Six suspected terror militants were killed Sunday night in clashes that continued with Yemeni troops for more than four hours, local security officials in Abyan, Yemen, told CNN. »The clashes with the militants that are not taking place continuously and in one location. The militants prefer fighting a gorilla war and that is why random attacks are taking place in Abyan, » said a security official in Zinjibar, Abyan, who asked to remain anonymous, as he is not authorized to talk to media.

–          Palestinian Bid for U.N. Membership Faces Near-Certain DefeatNew York Times – 09/11/2011

The Palestinian bid to become a full member of the United Nations headed toward certain failure on Tuesday after the Security Council’s membership committee deadlocked on the issue, according to a draft report by the committee. There was little likelihood from the beginning that the attempt would be successful, because the United States had vowed to veto it. “It is not over yet,” said Saeb Erekat, a close aide to Mr. Abbas in Ramallah, noting that the Palestinian Authority was weighing its options. “We may put the motion to a vote in the Security Council, and if we fail we can try again and again and again.”

–          Syria: eight months of revolt brought the economy to its knees ( Syrie : huit mois de révolte ont mis l’économie à genoux)- Le Monde- 10/11/2011

The Syrian economy has been hit hard by nearly eight months of repression of the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad and the Western economic sanctions to pressure the regime to stop its violence. The European Union and the United States has imposed severe trade sanctions on the Syrian regime to denounce the repression, which has made more than 3500 civilian deaths according to the UN.

–          Hamas support on the wane amid crackdowns on political dissentThe Guardian– 10/11/2011

Hamas has been enjoying a surge in popularity following the swap of the captured Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, for the release of more than a 1,000 Palestinian prisoners last month. But the huge rallies to welcome the prisoners back masked growing disillusionment with the armed Islamist movement’s five-year rule amid rising dissatisfaction at corruption, suppression of political opposition and, above all, its claim that violent resistance to Israeli occupation is more important than jobs.

–         Syria and Iran: Which Will Save the Other?Dar Alhayat- 10/11/2011

The West is deploying pressures to bring the file of the Syrian “security solution” and the Iranian nuclear file back to the Security Council. In the first case, the superpowers are exploiting Damascus’ thwarting of the Arab initiative, while in the second, they are relying on what was revealed by the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding “a nuclear warhead” project which Tehran has been trying to complete. Any intervention in Syria will not necessarily topple the regime, but will definitely topple the country’s unity for a long period of time. On the other hand, any attack against Iran will firstly cast its shadows over Israel and impose its catastrophic results on the Arabs.