8th-15th of August

50 years ago, the Palestine Liberation Organization was born– 12/08/2014- OrientXXI

May 28, 1964: Fifty years ago, King Hussein of Jordan inaugurated in Jerusalem, still under Arab sovereignty, the inaugural congress of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Despite its limitations, this congress marked the beginning of the Palestinian politics, after the collapse of the resistance movements in 1948-1949.

Iraq : Nouri Al-Maliki, the end of the reign for the authoritarian Prime Minister-12/08/201AFrancetvinfo

« We came to the conclusion that Maliki is no longer able to preserve the unity of Iraq, but Ayatollah Ali Sistani (head of Iraqi Shia clergy ed) remains hopeful, » an Iranian official told Reuters on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. Put at the head of the country by the United States and backed up by Iran, Nouri Al-Malii lost his support and the hope for reconciliation of the Iraqi population during the current crisis.

Jean-Pierre Filiu : « The Islamic State acts like a steamroller» – 08/08/2014-Le Figaro

 The international community has not demonstrated strategic anticipation, did not produce sound intelligence and did not understand the true goals of the jihadists. Western countries spend their time waiting for the next move or trying to fill the gaps! Today, for example, they do not realize how Gaza is a  sounding board for the Islamists of the Islamic State. There is now a real threat to world peace.

Pro- or against Erdogan, objectivity on Turkey is necessary, also for the VRT– 14/08/2014-De Morgen

Why would Erdogan put its delicate peace process with the Kurdish separatist PKK and its lucrative relationships with the Northern Iraqi Kurds (also IS-victims) at stake in order to support IS? Where can we find those questions and contradictions in the media? In our opinion, something is going wrong concerning the news about Turkey. It seems as if the clichés are making the news.

How Rabat’s Mawazine music festival is signalling progress for the city– 13/08/2014-The Guardian

The capital enjoys the growing success of Mawazine, its cultural dynamic and the touristic and business opportunities it provides, while the festival is able to flourish at the heart of a city [that is] both modern and full of great historical heritage,” Azzouzi concludes. “Mawazine and Rabat have a unique relationship, where each develops in harmony with the other.


© Official Website. The 13th edition of the popular Mawazine festival in Rabat was, again, a big success. The free festival, headlining popular music groups from all over the world, takes place every year from the 30th of May until the 7th of June. 

Pakistan braces for day of protests– 14/08/2014- Al Jazeera English

Pakistan’s Punjab province is set for a day of protests, as opposition leader Imran Khan and anti-government cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri lead thousands of supporters in a march calling for the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign. Marchers departed from Lahore on Thursday morning, also Pakistan’s independence day, and are traveling up the main highway to the capital Islamabad, where they plan to hold a sit-in until their demands are met.