07/09/2012

3rd – 7th September

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that “the clearer the red line drawn before Iran by the international community, the smaller the chance of a conflict”. At a meeting with Israeli and American war veterans, Netanyahu repeated his stance that the international community is not showing enough decisiveness or resolve vis-à-vis Iran’s nuclear program.

Algerian President, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Tuesday proceeded to the appointment of the new members of the government of Andelmalek Sellal, which replaced Ahmed Ouyahia as Prime Minister. The surprise of this government is the final departure, after nearly 20 years, of Boubekeur Benbouzid and the return of Amar Ghoul, Amara Benyounes and Anbdelmadjid Tebboune.

A documentary, broadcasted by Al Jazeera, revealed that the Institute of Lausanne, which analysed biological samples Arafat’s personal effects given to his widow, had discovered “an abnormal amount of polonium”. The judges, who investigate on the theory of a possible poisoning of Yasser Arafat, asked to go to Ramallah, where is buried the former Palestinian leader and where the French police will conduct sampling.

The British government has supplied the security forces of Bahrain with weapons and British advisers have been co-opted into the reform process. The Ministry of Defence has therefore subsidized Bahraini military training with at least £ 380,000 in the past three years. But for a government committed to boosting ties with a “key defence ally”, this will be seen as a small price to pay.

The Syrian conflict has caused that more than 228,000 people fled to neighbouring countries, according to the UNHCR: nearly 25,000 Syrians have taken refuge in the Zaatari (Jordan) refugee camp from the war in their homeland. Here they live in pervasive frustration, wearing surgical masks against the swirling dust as officials scramble to provide food and water.