08/03/2013

4th – 8th March

The separate bus lines for Palestinians workers that went into operation in the West Bank recall racial segregation in the United States and are bringing Israel closer to apartheid. The bus segregation is one more component of Israel’s annexation of the territories, another characteristic of a regime based on the separation of residence, movement and laws. Israel has forgotten that International law forbids an occupying power from building road networks intended for its own citizens and not the inhabitants of the occupied territory.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that the number of Syrians who have fled their war-ravaged country and are seeking assistance has now topped the one million mark. This number has increased « dramatically » since the beginning of the year. “We are doing everything we can to help, but the international humanitarian response capacity is dangerously stretched. This tragedy has to be stopped” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres.

Human rights groups have issued an appeal to the Saudi authorities to stop the planned execution of seven men who were due to die for their part in an armed robbery. Saudi authorities regularly order death sentence for rape and murder. Without a written legal code, judges in Saudi Sharia courts have wide flexibility to impose verdicts and sentences. »It is high time for the Saudis – Middle East director of Human Right Watch said – to stop executing child offenders and start observing their obligations under international human rights law ».

Experience of living and studying abroad for young students has become in recent years an imperative for a successful integration into the world of work. Morocco is increasingly becoming a destination for sub-Saharan students for whom mobility in the Mediterranean is an opportunity not to be missed. There are more than eight thousand students coming from Senegal, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, mainly from African francophone countries and they represent the 80% of foreign students of Morocco.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died on March 5, was long perceived as a hero in the Middle East and Arab world – until he expressed his support for the regimes targeted by the wave of revolutions that swept the region in 2011. It was in particular his response to the 2009 Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip, which he qualified as “genocide”, that initially earned him admiration among Arabs in the region. But Chavez’s loyalty toward his Arab allies ended up tarnishing his reputation in the region when the Arab Spring erupted in 2011. By deciding to side with the government, and not the people rebelling, Chavez significantly altered his image among Arab populations.