20th-27th June

Imagining a remapped Middle-East – 24/06/2014 – Courrier international

With the war in Syria and Iraq, the global conflict between Sunnis and Shias, the Middle-East region is on the verge of implosion. The New York Tmes has imagined a map with the future borders of 14 countries instead of 5 nowadays.

Why an Isis caliphate is no more than a pipe dream – 25/06/2014 – The Telegraph

The caliphate seems to be back in fashion. The institution is a millennium old, though the last caliphate was abolished in 1924, when the secular republic of Turkey snuffed out the final vestiges of the Ottoman Empire. A century on, the Iraqi djihadist group ISIS wants to resurrect the caliphate across the Fertile Crescent, that beautiful but war-studded arc of land stretching from the Red Sea to the Persian Gulf. Medieval aims, through modern means. Can they do it?

Moroccan women protest PM’s « stay at home » comments  – 25/06/2014 – France 24

About 200 Moroccan women took to the streets Tuesday demanding Islamist Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane resign after he urged women to stay at home and look after their families.


© AFP. Moroccan women take to the streets in Rabat, protesting against the statements made by the Islamist Prime Minister.

Libyan elections: low turnout marks bid to end political crisis – 26/06/2014 – BBC

Voting has ended in a Libyan general election marred by low turnout and deadly violence. The election is seen as a last chance to end the anarchy that has gripped the country since the 2011 overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Officials said about 630,000 people voted, fewer than half of those eligible.

Qatar wants to build the biggest mosque in Europe in Barcelona – 26/06/2014 – Jeune Afrique

The Cheikh Tamim ben Hamad al-Thani of Qatar would like to build the biggest mosque in Europe at Barcelona, in place of La Monumental that has welcomed the last corrida in 2011, because of the ban of bullfighting in Catalonia.

Yemen brings WTO membership to 160 – 27/06/2014 – National Yemen

On 26 June 2014, Yemen became the 160th WTO member, closing the 13th-year long chapter of negotiating its accessions terms with WTO member countries. “I am delighted to welcome the Republic of Yemen as the 160th member of the WTO”, DG Azevêdo  declared. “This is great news for Yemen’s economy and therefore for the people of Yemen”.