27th – 31st August

Accused of a “passive” or “wait and see” foreign policy and urged to take initiatives while France is holding since 1st August the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, French President François Hollande decided to take this issue by asking the opposition to form a provisional government of the new Syria, ensuring that Paris’ government will recognize it.

Iran’s foreign minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, urged delegates at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) developing nations summit, on last Sunday, to oppose sanctions imposed by the Western states on Iran to punish it for developing its nuclear activities. Iran welcomed delegates from the group of developing countries to the meeting, proving that Western nations haven’t isolated it from the rest of the world.

French prosecutors opened a murder investigation into the death of the veteran Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, died in a military hospital near Paris in 2004. It was stated at that time that Arafat died of liver cirrhosis, but his medical files have never been released by France. Conspiracy theories suggesting that he was murdered by Israeli intelligence or other enemies have swirled around the Middle East for the last eight years.

In Tunisia, the issue of recent appointments in the public media has not yet faded. New controversies has developed concerning the warrant decided by the criminal division of the Tunis court against Sami Fehri, patron of Ettounsiya chain, and then regarding the documents published by the website BusinessNews attesting to the establishment by Minister advisor to the head of government, Lotfi Zitoun, of a company in the UK, Azzaytoona Television LTD, which is behind the television Zitouna TV, close to ruling Islamist party, Ennahda.

Despite threat of an Israeli or US military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities, according to a report published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has doubled the number of uranium enrichment centrifuges in an underground bunker. Otherwise, an Iranian lawmaker said that this report was politically motivated.