21st-28th February

Bouteflika à nouveau candidat : il n’a pas encore de dauphin incontestable – 25/02/2014 – Le Nouvel Observateur

He is apparently exhausted by a cerebrovascular accident stroke that he suffered last spring and forced him to a long hospitalization in France. He is unable to get up and even to deliver a speech: Abdul Aziz Bouteflika is now struggling for staying in power in Algeria at any cost, as during the last 14 years.


© AFP. The Algerian President, Abdul Aziz Bouteflika, is running for the next presidentiel election in April, despite of his deteriorating health.

Queue for food in Syria’s Yarmouk camp shows desperation of refugees – 26/02/2014 – The Guardian

It is a vision of unimaginable desolation: a crowd of men, women and children stretching as far as the eye can see into the war-devastated landscape of Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus.

26 doodvonnissen in Egypte om beramen aanslagen – 26/02/2014 – De Volkskrant

An Egyptian Court of Justice condemned to death 26 people for allegedly planning attacks against ships in the Suez Canal. Sources in the Egyptian court confirmed the information.

Ecoutes, purges, affaires : tout comprendre de la crise en Turquie – 27/02/2014 – Le Monde

The «AKP system» that Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been building around his Islamic-oriented party that he rules alone for 12 years, is wobbling. The Gülen confrery, allied with AKP since it came to power in 2002, has now declared war on the government in 2013.

L’arme démographique de l’Iran – 27/02/2014 – Orient XXI

It is a real turning point that the Supreme Leader is asking to the Iranian leaders. He advocates that Iran must end its birth control practices, introduced by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989, and now promotes a population policy. Largely unnoticed abroad, this shift is in line with the regime’s strategy of asserting its own regional ambitions.

Armed groups on rise in Anbar – 27/02/2014 – Al Monitor

The escalation of the Anbar crisis, including both the developments on the ground and the political repercussions, has resulted in some Iraqis adopting a hostile position toward the State and its institutions, creating a tribal and sectarian bias among the citizens.

UN Security Council approves Yemen sanctions – 27/02/2014 – Asharq al-Awsat

The UN Security Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to impose sanction on individuals judged to be obstructing Yemen’s political transition. Security Council Resolution 2140 grants authority to freeze assets and impose travel bans on individuals for the period of one year, and will be monitored by an independent committee of the Security Council.