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The unity government of Fatah and Hamas take the oath – 02/06/2014 – De Morgen
For the first time since the division within the Palestinian population seven years ago, a new unity government between Hamas and Fatah has seen the light. The cabinet of experts, led by the current Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, have taken the oath today in Ramallah, with the blessing of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. The 17 Ministers of the transitional government must clear the road by the end of the year in order to allow the repeatedly delayed elections. The experts in the new cabinet don’t belong to the moderate Fatah of Abbas nor of the more radical Hamas.
Graffiti flourishes on the streets of Sana’a – 03/06/2014 – Yemen Times
Graffiti is an art form as ancient as Sana’a’s iconic Old City, but in recent years the art form has spread in Yemen. Artists use the city’s walls not only to display their talents but to voice their political grievances.
Chlorine attack in Syria: evidences embarrass the West – 04/06/2014 – Le Monde
Less than a year after the Assad regime chemical attack in the outskirts of Damascus (about 1 500 dead) on the 21st of August, 2013, there are new formal evidences that the Syrian loyalist forces have repeatedly used other chemical weapons against the population, since October 2013 and until now.
© Video capture Le Monde/Sabiel Network. Alleged chemical attacks in Syria have recently emerged. Some evidences have been found in France, but they need to be confirmed.
Is Ahmadinehad plotting a comeback ? – 04/06/2014 – Al Monitor
On June 3, former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made his first major speech since leaving office last year. He praised Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who died 25 years ago on June 4, and said that Iran’s enemies have not yet realized that Iranians would defend the Iranian revolution “until the last breath”. Ahmadinejad, however, did not speak about the one thing that has been a source of speculation: his political return.
Tunisia affected by the Libyan implosion – 04/06/2014 – Orient XXI
Four months after an unprecedented constitutional and political advance in the Arab world, the political and social climate has not changed so much in Tunisia. The Tunisian or foreign investors hesitate over further involvement and the worsening of the Libyan crisis don’t help to. The political leaders are discreet on the matter, but trade-unions and employers don’t dissimulate their oppositions on the economic policy to wage. Moreover, 10 billion of dollars are missing this year.
Syria and Egypt’s tale of two polls could end in the same old story – 05/06/2014 – The Guardian
Voting hours were extended in both Damascus and Cairo. But internationally, the contrast between the two elections could hardly be greater. The US, Britain and France all rushed to congratulate Sisi when the final results were published on Tuesday – though they did pay lip service to worries about human rights and accountability. The United Nations, to its credit, sounded much cooler.