23rd – 27th July

On Monday a wave of deadly attacks shook at least 13 cities in Iraq, killing at least 100 people and dozens of others injured. The coordinated nature of the violence and the focus on multiple targets has indicated that al-Qaeda in Iraq, the militant group responsible for hundreds of deaths in the country in recent years, may be behind these attacks.

Sixteen months ago, since the beginning of the Syrian revolution, Lebanon government has followed a strict policy of neutrality, abstaining in all resolutions of the Arab League. This policy of “naé bel nafess” (literally “distancing”) is consensual, both Lebanese political parties fear an internal overflow of Syrian civil war.

The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe calls on European governments to renounce laws and measures that focus specifically on Muslims and to prohibit discrimination on religion or convictions in all areas.

In recent weeks, the revolt against the President Bashar al-Assad has been transformed from an armed uprising in the remote provinces in a battle for control of the two main cities, Alep and the capital city Damascus, which were the main bases supporting the regime. Activists say that thousands of soldiers were sent to Alep, where clashes were reported in the city for the sixth consecutive day.

The number of Israeli settlers in occupied West Bank has surpassed the 350,000 for the first time, after increasing more than 15,500 in last year alone. The new population data for the colonies were granted by the eminent leader of the settlers as evidence that their presence is an “irreversible fact”.