6th – 13th September

Le Maroc, terre d’élection de l’anthropologie – 8/09/2013 – Centre Jacques-Berque (CJB) pour le développement des sciences humaines et sociales au Maroc

For nearly a century, Morocco was a chosen land of anthropology. Jacques Berque, Paul Pascon, Clifford Geertz, Ernest Gellner, Georges Lapassade, Abdallah Hammoudi are names that resonate not only in Morocco but also on the other side of the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, where they are considered important contributors to their discipline.

Sinai Tribal Leader Rejects Gaza Buffer Zone – 9/09/2013 – Al-Monitor

Continuous explosions conducted by the Egyptian army have been reducing Egyptian homes near the Gaza border to rubble. These explosions pulverize the homes, while some of the debris even reaches the wall separating the Egyptian and Palestinian sections of Rafah. The purpose of these explosions is to destroy the underground tunnels connecting the two parts of Rafah.

A Plea for Caution From Russia – 11/09/2013 – The New York Times

Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies. Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

Syrie : heure de vérité pour la diplomatie du « niet ! » – 11/09/2013 –Le Monde

Russia obtained inexpensively the suspension of the project to strike the regime in Damascus. They continue to oppose any military action, whatever could be the terms of an agreement reached with Bashar Al-Assad on the destruction of large stockpiles of chemical weapons. Vladimir Putin has won time and given a new reprieve to its Syrian ally.

Egypt: Nothing was inevitable – 13/09/2013 – Al Ahram

Some believe, or pretend, current developments that seem to abort the revolution were inevitable and unavoidable, and thus exploring the reasons for the present situation and highlighting mistakes is a waste of time. But I believe this is incorrect because it confuses the intent to abort the revolution (which undoubtedly is the goal of some parties since the first day) with the ability to do so. It was a very weak trend at first, but has gained strength because of mistakes, not caused by miscalculation but no doubt by the arrogance, greed and intransigence of the Muslim Brotherhood primarily, and others.