18th – 24th may

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.

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 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.

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.

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.