Press review 21st – 28th November

Europe Takes Stronger Measures, Albeit Symbolic, to Condemn Israeli Policies – 22/11/2014 – New York Times

European nations, Israel’s largest trading partners and a historical bastion of support, are taking stronger measures to support Palestinian sovereignty and condemn what many see as aggressive, expansionist Israeli policies. After years of mounting frustrations widely expressed but rarely acted on, politicians from Britain, France, Spain and Sweden have embraced symbolic steps to pressure Israel into a more accommodating stance toward the Palestinians.

Sikhs-minority in Pakistan is the object of discrimination
– 23/11/2013 – Dewereldmorgen

The small sihk-minority from the North of Pakistan suffers hard under the Islamic fundamentalism. The sikhs escape to cities as Peshawar, but the government is not motivated to help them. Balwan Singh is a man of 84 years old with a grocery in Peshawar. He is a sihk, a small minority group of about forthy thousand in the whole country. Still he feels a strong connection with Pakistan, because Guru Nanak, the founder of the sikh-religion, was born here.

Netanyahu’s government vote a project strengthening the « Jewish » character Israel
– 24/11/2014 – France 24

The government of Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday approved a bill that strengthens the Jewish character of the State of Israel. His opponents fear that this text will weaken the democratic foundations of the country and the rights of its Arab minority. On Wednesday the Knesset will begin discussing the bill that no longer defines Israel as a « Jewish and democratic » state but as « the national state of the Jewish people ».

Presidential bipolarization in Tunisia, a risk for democracy
– 26/11/2014 – OrientXXI

In the last part of 2014, Tunisia has been living to the rhythm of elections. Three elections in three months: the parliamentary elections on October 26th, the first round of the presidential election on November 23rd and a second round scheduled for late December. This new round will allow to Tunisian citizens to decide between two candidates that received the majority of votes among the twenty-two running: Beji Caid Essebsi, with 39.46% of votes and Moncef Marzouki, 33.43%. The battle between these two figures, who embody the polarization of Tunisian political life, will be tough.

The Taliban’s psychiatrist
– 26/11/2014 – BBC News

In the late 1990s the Taliban controlled Afghanistan, but the fighting that brought them to power left many militants struggling with the psychological effects of war. One doctor recognised the problem and, although he disagreed with the Taliban’s ideology, agreed to treat them.