2nd – 6th July
- Corpses mutilated by Syrian army found in trash bins, activists say – Haaretz – 04/07/2012
In the city of Douma, Syrians have recovered mutilated corpses and devastated body parts sifted through trash. According to activists, “death squads” have swept the anti-government districts after the Assad’s army drove out the rebel fighters. France and the UK said that they will push for the United Nations if Syria transition plan does not work.
- Palestinian call for Arafat death probe backed by Tunis – Al-Ahram – 05/07/2012
Tunisia officially backs a Palestinian call for an international investigation about the death of Yasser Arafat, after a report showing that the iconic leader may have been poisoned. Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Malki, stated that such an enquiry could finally “close the file” on Arafat’s mysterious death. Tunisian government has called for the Arab League to convene.
- Iran “can destroy US bases minutes after attack” – Gulf News – 05/07/2012
Iranian media said Iran has threatened to destroy the U.S. military bases across Middle East and to attack Israel within minutes, after Israel has hinted to be prepared for such attacks if diplomacy fails to secure a halt to dispute Iranian nuclear energy program.
- Libya elections: Muslim Brotherhood set to lead government – The Telegraph – 05/07/2012
The Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies are confident they can join, like their counterparts in Tunisia and Egypt, at the helm of leadership. Do they may lead Libyan the government after the country’s first free elections that take place, after five decades, on the next Saturday?
- A new Gaullist moment in the Arab world? (Un nouveau moment gaulliste dans le monde arabe ?) – Le Monde – 06/07/2012
After certain prudence during the Tunisian revolution, the French foreign policy supported the aspirations of people’s uprising in Tunisia and elsewhere. France took the lead in the case of Libya and has maintained its position audaciously on the Syrian revolution. Since one year and half, France was able to accumulate political capital and a significant influence in the Arab world through its support for Arab revolts.