27th april – 3rd may

A month and a half of the Iranian presidential election, scheduled on June 14th, it is unclear if the two reformist former presidents Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1989-1997) and Mohammad Khatami (1997-2005) are going to run for the presidential race. Instead, Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaie, very close friend of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he has not announced his candidacy yet.

The so-called Arab Spring generated a wave of hope among those fighting or advocating for democratization of the Arab world’s authoritarian regimes. Now, following the leadership changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and with a brutal civil war raging in Syria and increasingly fraught conditions in Bahrain, Sudan, Jordan and Iraq, there is much talk of a major shift – and hope for improvement – in both the nature and prospects of the Arab state.

Reading of the text of the new Tunisian Constitution, we can understand why the experts in public law that were asked to endorse, they refused to do so. “The Constitution proposed is unacceptable”, writes Abdelwahab Meddeb. « This text is perverse, talkative, confused ».  It is also more ideological than legal. If passed, it will be the ruin of regression and the way open to theocracy and archaic fence.

The coalition of the Syrian opposition meets to appoint a new president because Moaz Ahmed al-Khatib had resigned in protest against the inertia of the international community to the dramatic crisis in his country. George Sabra has agreed to act as interim President and, during this interview, he launched another appeal to the international community to intervene.

Habib Kazdaghli, Dean of the Faculty of Manouba University, who had been accused of slapping a Salafist student, on March 2012, in his office in the faculty of Manouba, was discharged by the Tunisian justice this Thursday, May 2th. The complainant, a student wearing the full-face veil, the niqab, was condemned with another Salafist militant, to two months suspended sentence for violating the property of others and injury to an officer in the exercise of its functions.