Press Review 17th – 24th October

Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters – 19/10/2014 – Washington Post

In Denmark, not one returned fighter has been locked up. Instead, taking the view that discrimination at home is as criminal as Islamic State recruiting, officials here are providing free psychological counseling while finding returnees jobs and spots in schools and universities. Officials credit a new effort to reach out to a radical mosque with stanching the flow of recruits.


Oman’s uncertain future – 21/10/2014 – Al Monitor

Even as many Arab states have succumbed to sectarian violence and political tumult, the Sultanate of Oman has stood out as a beacon of tranquility and tolerance. Oman’s stability is largely attributed to the popularity of its leader, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said. The sultan of Oman’s health crisis will have implications for the Gulf nation and its unique foreign policy.


Pakistani Ahmadi’s have to choose between death and banishment – 21/10/2014 – MO*Magazine

Pakistan is the only country where Ahmadi’s are prosecuted by law, but the discrimination and voilence against the Islamic sect also rises in other muslim countries. ‘Staying in Pakistan wasn’t possible anymore’, testifies an Ahmadi who now lives in the US.


Syria: Narine Afrine, the woman who defies the group of the « Islamic state » – 21/10/2014 – Le Point

Head of the units in charge of protecting Kobane from the jihadists, the story of the fighter Narine Afrine illustrates the important role given to women by the Kurds. Her name is on everyone’s lips, but no one knows her real face. Yet her influence is present from Syria to Iraq where Kurdish fighters are facing the jihadists of the Islamic State (EI).


Tunisia, a new hope for the Arab Spring – 23/10/2014 – OrientXXI

Tunisia is still facing a serious economic and social crisis, it struggles to overcome the abuses of the jihadists and the Tunisians have little clarity on the legislative and presidential elections in October and November 2014. Despite the difficulties of the post-revolutionary period, Tunisia continues to embody the hopes of the Arab Spring. How to explain this optimism?


© Reuters/Rodi Said | Des femmes combattantes de l’YPG, branche armée du principal parti politique kurde en Syrie, à Qamishli (nord-est).