18th – 24th may
- A guide to Iran’s elite eight presidential candidates – 05/23/2013 – Foreign Policy
Iran’s Guardian Council confirmed the list of approved candidates for Iran’s June 14 presidential elections and with it the suspicions of many that this will be a less-than-exciting election season. In whittling down 686 presidential hopefuls to just eight finalists, the Council arguably left off the two most interesting contenders: former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s hand-picked successor Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.
- Report 2013: World increasingly dangerous for refugees and migrants – 05/23/2013 – Amnesty International
Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its annual assessment of the world’s human rights. « Too many governments are abusing human rights in the name of immigration control – going well beyond legitimate border control measures».
- The Assad regime will participate in the peace conference on Syria – 05/24/2013 – Le Monde (Le régime d’Assad participera à la conférence de paix sur la Syrie)
The Syrian government has agreed on its participation at the international conference on Syria, announced the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This conference, proposed by Russia and United States, seeks to negotiate a political solution to the civil war in Syria, which has killed more than 80,000 people.
- Lebanon. Between Tripoli and Qousseir an occult connection – 05/24/2013 – L’Orient-Le Jour (Entre Tripoli et Qousseir, un lien occulte)
Since more than five days, 17 dead and 150 injuries, Tripoli has immersed in a war that does not want to say his name. What is happening in Tripoli is not a trivial brawl or a knee-jerk reaction, but one of the episodes of the inexorable war taking place in Syria.
- African Union (AU), what have you done in your 50 years? – 05/24/2013 – Jeune Afrique (Union africaine, qu’as-tu fait de tes 50 ans ?)
Drawing lessons from past failures, the African Union (AU) now seems to focus on economic development to promote the cohesion of the continent. « Officially, the African Union is carried by people. But fifty years after his birth, I am sorry to say that the people have nothing to do with it » says the Senegalese Pape Ibrahima Kane, of the Open Society Foundation.