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ISIS is dead, long live the Islamic State – 30/06/2014 – Foreign Policy

On the first night of Ramadan, the spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) announced a step that he described as “a dream that lives in the depths of every Muslim believer”:the re-establishment of the Caliphate (…) the announcement by the group, which is now calling itself simply the Islamic State (IS) will accelerate the backlash against it in Iraq. The IS has worked with other insurgent factions, such as the ex-Baathists in the JRTN (Army of the Men of the Naqshbandi Order), in its recent offensive in Iraq – but has no intention of power-sharing in the captured areas.

Quand Paris balance entre Alger et Rabat – 30/06/2014 – Orient XXI

The diplomatic crisis between France and Morocco is still ongoing. The number of incidents is increasing every day, even if Paris keeps saying that they are “isolated” events. The relations are getting worse whereas when Mohamed VI came to power 15 years ago, they were goods. The Moroccan leaders are increasingly worried about François Hollande’s rapprochement to Abdel Aziz Bouteflika. They are asking: what Algeria is gaining from its cooperation in Mali, Tunisia and Libya?

Les réfugiés syriens bientôt plus d’un tiers de la population du Liban  – 03/07/2014 – L’Orient Le Jour

The Syrian refugees will represent over one-third of the population in Lebanon in late 2014, according to a UN report, warning against a burden that is more and more unsustainable for the economy. This report on Lebanon published on Thursday in Beyrouth claims that the country will welcome 1,500,000 refugees for a total population of 4 millions. According to this report, 53% of the refugees are children.

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© AFP. Yehia is the millionth Syrian refugee in Lebanon. 

Hamas denies link to murders of Israeli students – 03/07/2014 – Al Monitor

Palestinians and Israelis have been living in uncertainty in the past three weeks following the murders of three Israeli teens settlers and Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir. The discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli settlers has opened the door to further speculation as to what actually happened, for Israel insists Hamas was responsible, while Hamas continues to deny involvement.

Libya declares oil crisis over – 03/07/2014 – Al Jazeera English

Libya’s acting Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni said the government has reached a deal with a rebel leader controlling oil ports to hand over the last two terminals and end a blockade that crippled the OPEC nation’s petroleum industry. “We have successfully reached an agreement to solve the oil crisis. We have received today Ras Lanuf and Es Sider oil ports thankfully without the use of force” Thinni said at Ras Lanuf terminal in eastern Libya.

Le Maroc renforce le rôle des jeunes dans la démocratie – 03/07/2014 – Magharebia

National and international organizations have been recently brought together in Rabat, Morocco, to help the young Moroccans to vote in the next Moroccan elections. From the 25th to the 28th of June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the National Council of Human Rights (NCHR) and the association “Jeunes pour jeunes” have held a meeting in Rabat to elaborate strategies aiming to encourage the young people to get involved in the democratic system.

Berlin, 1933, and Jerusalem, 2014: when racist thugs are on the prowl – 04/07/2014 – Courrier International

The murder of three young Israelis has sparked scenes of hunting Arabs in the streets of Jerusalem. Calls for murder, even genocide, on the social networks have been fueled by incendiary statements by politicians quoting the Bible.