31st-7th February

Le patrimoine syrien en ruine – 04/02/2014 – Courrier International

Syria is ravaged by a war that is not only killing generations of Syrians but also eradicating all around them, including sites that have stood since the dawn of civilization. Across Syria, where a seemingly unstoppable war is about to enter a third year, a heritage built over 5,000 years or more is being steadily buried under rubble.

© Photo Alamy-Photo AFP/Jalal al-Halabi. Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo, before and after repeated bombings.

Iran nuclear talks could benefit from shift in Israel – 05/02/2014 – Al Monitor

Since the election of President Hassan Rouhani last summer, however, Rouhani and his foreign minister, Mohammed Javad Zarif, have changed the Islamic Republic’s discourse in a way that is making members of Israel’s military and intelligence establishment take notice, if not yet acknowledged publicly by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahou and his supporters in the US Congress.

Bahreïn : le dialogue est mort, vive le dialogue – 05/02/2014 – Orient XXI

Near three years after the uprising of the Pearl Roundabout, the crown prince of Bahrain Salman bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, has created a sensation when he received all the political actors, including the Shia opposition.

Egypte wacht harde strijd om steeds schaarser water – 06/02/2014 – De Morgen

Strong dependence on crops that need a lot of water, a large hydropower plant in the Nile Basin and the rising groundwater levels in historical monuments are pressing issues for the next Egyptian President. Whether that is a citizen or soldier is.

Syrie : début de l’évacuation de civils à Homs – 07/02/2014 – Le Monde

A first autobus has evacuated on Friday 7th February, many civilians who were blocked since more than a year and half in the besieged districts of Homs, in the center of Syria. According to a Syrian NGO, “about twenty civilians, in particular old people, have left the Old City by bus”.