24th – 28th September

The BBC has been ordered by an American court to surrender (unused) footage filmed for a documentary about former Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, to American victims of suicide bombings in Israel. This ruling raises questions about the ability of the American justice system to seize material held by media organisations outside the United States.

The emir of Qatar called for an Arab intervention force to be sent to Syria to halt the escalating conflict. Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thanial-Thani told the UN General Assembly that, because of the failure of international efforts to end the war, “it is better for Arab countries to intervene out of their humanitarian, political and military duties and do what is necessary to stop the bloodshed”.

On Wednesday Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, took the podium at the UN General Assembly in New York, a day after U.S. President, Barack Obama, said the United States will “do what it must” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. As the Iranian President spoke, protesters took to the streets outside the UN building demanding Iran’s UN seat be taken away from the Islamic Republic.

On the second day of debate about the government’s action plan, the members returned to the load to hold account Ahmed Ouyahia, i.e. the outgoing Prime Minister. Many were critical of the government’s approach. Relatives of Ouyahia also called the passage of their boss before the Assembly, so that he could defend his work.

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has requested at the UN General Assembly to decide on a “clear red line” to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Illustrating his remarks with a drawing schematically representing a bomb, he said that the Islamic Republic had reached a dangerous threshold of 70% of its uranium enrichment.