25th July-01st August

My brother, the suicide bomber: why British men go to Syria -26/07/2014- The Guardian

Waheed was an ordinary boy who played football and loved sci-fi movies. This year, he blew himself up in Aleppo. Abu Jamal left to join the jihadis. Tauqir is an aid worker who can never come home. This is the story of Britons risking their lives in Syria, and the families left behind.

UAE and Qatar compete as Saudi Arabia looks on -28/07/2014- Al Monitor

The Gulf states have become the most stable and influential force in the Arab world, with the decline of the Egyptian role, the spread of turmoil and chaos in Syria and Iraq and Algeria’s retreat on itself after the « black decade » of the 1990s. Because of political stability and increasing oil revenues, the Gulf States have accumulated financial wealth that has strengthened their political, economic and media influence in the region.

Huge blaze out of control in Tripoli battle as Libya slides into chaos -28/07/2014- Asharq al-Awsat

A huge fuel depot in Libya’s capital burned out of control on Monday, set ablaze in fighting between rival militias that has driven the country to chaos three years after the NATO-backed revolt that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.

© AFP Photo/Mohamed Elbofisi. Libyan firefighters dousing a huge blaze at an oil tank started by clashes around Tripoli airport, on July 28, 2014.

The storage faith of the caliphate in the history of Islam -31/07/2014- Orient XXI

The leader of the Islamic State, Abou Bakr Al-Baghdadi, demanded the allegiance of each Muslim of the caliphate proclaimed on the 29th of June in Mosul. But what is this caliphate- « the succession »- referring to ? History of this term and its meaning can help to speculate on the message the Islamic State wishes to bring to the oumma, the religious community.

Israel’s « Iron Dome » was the target of Chinese -31/07/2014- Le Figaro

They call themselves the «Comment Crew». This group of hackers, working for the Chinese army, are said to got hold of the plans of the Israeli missile defence system, « The Iron Drome ». This has been revealed this week on the blog of cybercrime expert Brian Krebs.

Israel, after having received ammunition of the U.S, is determined to destroy all Gaza tunnels  -31/07/2014- L’Orient Le Jour

After a particulary bloody day, Israel showed no signs of respite in its war against Hamas in Gaza. Israel mobilized 16.000 additional reservists and announced its determination to destroy every tunnel under Gaza’s borders, dug by the Palestinian fighters.