02/03/2012

February 27 to March 1

In recent years Qatar has adopted a regional mediator role. But last year, especially since the Libyan crisis, Doha has left this role to become a real actor. In Libya, it has given support to the opposition to Gaddafi. Today it actively supports the active opponents to the regime of Bashar al Assad. Contrary to its role as mediator, the new policy is not appreciated by eveybody. Patrick Seale describes the strengths used by the emirate: strategic position between Iran and Saudi Arabia, wealth and intelligence of the leaders, the media arm of Al Jazeera, its wealth in natural gas and oil and the many international friends with which the ruling family keeps close ties.

 

More than 300 Palestinian prisoners have decided to boycott the Israeli courts to protest against the persistent Israeli practice of administrative detention. Organizations of human rights such as B’tselem condemn a substantial increase in the number of administrative detentions in 2011, a practice contrary to human rights as far as the Israeli authorities keep the Palestinians in detention without evidence or trial. Under security reasons, the Palestinians detainees are mainly political prisoners.

 

Through a critique of the controversial columnist Caroline Fourest, Alain Gresh handles here the broader subject of misinformation about the crisis in Syria. If the regime of Bashar al-Assad leads an effective propaganda, the opposition itself and its support do not hesitate either to spread false information. The route is difficult for journalists seeking the truth.

 

After showing an image of openness to seduce the electorate, Ennahda gradually shows a different face. Frida Dahmani underlines how the party leadership has clearly stated that the application of Sharia law would be the ultimate and essential goal of all reforms. But sensitivities are different in the party, which lead to the delaying of the party Congress, the time for some dissensions to diminish. And the party and the state are so similar that the dissensions of the party became a state weakness. «