Press Review 20th – 27th December

To Essebsi’s blind lovers- -19/12/2014- Nawaat

Those who consider Essebsi as the 2011 successful political transition architect are wrong. Same are people thinking he merely countered Ennahdha ascent, while operating behind the scenes in anticipation of his come back from 2011 to nowadays. This paper is not willing to accuse anyone or spread conspiracy theories, but one should acknowledge a sly old fox’s attributes. In the end, here is not the big issue, politics will be politics, and it’s fair enough

Morocco, French journalists under influence – 22/12/2014 – OrientXXI

French journalists receiving money from Morocco elites : this is the most scandalous revelation of the mysterious “Chris Coleman” twitter. An anonymous whisteblower is hiding under this pseudonym, and sometimes nicknamed “the Morrocan Snowden”. Among hundreds of documents displayed on Facebook since early October, then on Twitter, tens unveil the relationships between 4 French journalists and a Morrocan newsapper head, very close to power.

Germany’s burgeoning anti-immigrant rallies – 22/12/2014 – Al Jazeera English

A movement called Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) continues to grow in popularity, drawing thousands of people to a series of Monday evening marches in the city of Dresden. On December 15, an estimated 15,000 people took part in PEGIDA’s march against parallelgesellschaft – a German term used to describe immigrant communities that maintain their cultural norms and don’t integrate in local society- and for their alleged « right to preserve and protect our Christian-Jewish dominated West culture ». The Dresden demonstrations have so far remained violence-free, but many are worried by the increase of public display of right-wing ideas at demonstrations in the past few months.

Israeli election could end in Arab-free Knesset – 22/12/2014 – Middle East Eye

According to some analysts the election due on 17 March might be the most crucial general election for Israel’s large Palestinian Arab minority. The background to the election was a political crisis triggered by Netanyahu’s recent efforts to introduce legislation defining Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. Netanyahu’s right-wing government has also succeeded in raising the electoral threshold for the next parliament, passing a law in March that raised it from 2 per cent to 3.25 per cent.The measure means that, unless they forge alliances, the three small Arab-dominated parties in the current Knesset – Balad, United Arab List and Hadash – may fail to win a single seat between them.

Tunisians fear the return of the Ben Ali era after Essebsi’s victory – 23/12/2014 – al-akhbar

Tunisia’s presidential vote has been hailed as a landmark, but some veterans of the 2011 revolution fear the victory of an 88-year-old former minister of the old guard will bring back repression.For his opponents, Beji Caid Essebsi’s win in Sunday’s runoff against incumbent Moncef Marzouki soured what was seen as the culmination of the transition to democracy in the nation that sparked uprisings across the Arab world.