Press Review January 23rd-30th
The new strong man of Yemen, Abd Al-Malik Al-Houthi, proclaims himself from the February 2011 revolution’s ideals, while completing the change of power ratio that permitted revolutionaries to be successful. In a country threatened to blow apart for sectarian or even regionalist’s purposes, he strongly declared to be against Al‒Qaida. To the country’s challenges also correspond its rich and powerful neighbours’ high stakes.
The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan went to East Africa this week, starting with Ethiopia then Djibouti, and Somalia. In the meantime he assisted Saudi Arabia King Abdallah’s funerals. Ankara’s passion for Africa is quite recent, and breaks with the traditional Turkish foreign policy.
Four female campaigners have been awarded damages in a groundbreaking case in an Israeli court, after their local municipality refused to remove illegal and threatening signs demanding women wear “modest” clothing in public.
The case marks the first time that campaigners against gender segregation in Israel’s ultra-orthodox Jewish communities have persuaded a court to rule against the so-called “modesty signs” – despite the fact that they were deemed unlawful by the attorney general two years ago.
The Islamic State Organisation (ISO) did not emerge spontaneously. Al-Qaida and, a little earlier Ansar Al-Islam appear in its genealogy tree. In this filiation lies the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s DNA, and its obsession to foil the Iranian influence, especially in Iraq. Turkey also took part in the rising of the ISO. This movement now threatens to turn against its instigators.
On Wednesday, it looked like an old battle in Lebanon and Israel might be reignited. By Thursday, it looked like tensions had declined. In a statement labelled Communiqué No. 1 (implying that there would be others tied to the event), the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah claimed responsibility for an attack on an Israeli convoy on Wednesday morning, in the Shebaa Farms area, a disputed Israeli-occupied tract of land at the junction of Israel, Syria, and Lebanon. The attack left at least two Israelis dead, and seven wounded. Ensuing clashes between the two sides also killed a U.N. peacekeeper and threatened to blow open a front that had largely been dormant since the devastating war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006.