21/11/2014

Press Review 14th – 21st November

Europe did little to help Syrians, now it wants to do less – 16/11/2014 – Your Middle East

When the Arab Spring first kicked in, the EU’s “democracy promotion” was put to test. Years after words still haven’t matched actions. As the conflict in Syria escalated, Brussels did not mobilize its resources to help bring an end to the conflict, nor did it organize a humane migration scheme. In his opening statement, Jean-Claude Juncker, the new president of the European Commission, noted in regard to the Middle East that the EU “cannot be satisfied with how our common foreign policy is working at the moment.”

Therapy through theater in Lebanon – 17/11/2014 – OrientXXI

Zeïna Daccache is the pioneer of the dramatherapy in Lebanon. With a technique that uses theater for psychotherapeutic means, she got herself in the spotlight with the staging of prisoners from Roumieh and Baabda. Today, in Tripoli, a city distroyed by the Syrian crisis, she prepares a new piece with Lebanese women and Syrian refugees. An occasion to reunite two worlds and to put the suffering into words.

Still frame from video posted by ISIS on Al Hayat TV, which alleges to show Briton named Abdul Rakib Amin on 22 June 2014 British citizen Abdul Rakib Amin appeared in an Islamic State recruitment video in June

Still frame from video posted by ISIS on Al Hayat TV, which alleges to show Briton named Abdul Rakib Amin on 22 June 2014
British citizen Abdul Rakib Amin appeared in an Islamic State recruitment video in June

No place like home: What to do when jihadists return – 18/11/2014 – BBC News

Over 15,000 foreign jihadists from 80 countries are believed to be fighting alongside militants in Syria, the US intelligence agency CIA says.Analysts have drawn parallels between the current conflict and the Afghanistan war of the 1980s. Some countries try to stop the flow, others turn a blind eye, but all face the same problem: what to do when the jihadists return home?

How safe is Kabul? – 19/11-2014 – MO*Magazine 
Safety is a relative and broad concept, especially in Afghanistan. That’s why Belgium offers protection for most Afghan refugees. Still, our country has sent youngsters, although in a trickle, back to Kabul, because it’s a “safe region”. But how safe is the return to the Afghan capital? Tine Danckaers sized up the situation in Kabul and talked with Afghan ministers and members of the parliament, international NGO’s and expats.

Uncertain succession for Oman – 20/11/2014 – OrientXXI

Oman has served as a mediator between the United States and Iran and plays a diplomatic role in the region. That’s why many capitals are concerned – a worry shared by the population – about the health of sultan Qabous ibn Said. He doesn’t have any direct descandants, what can make the procedure of appointing a new monarch very complicated. The young civil society that emerged during the “Omani spring” of 2011 and 2012, is ready to agree to a renewed authoritarian model, which has reached its limits a long time ago.