Press Review March 13th- March 20th

What’s distracting us from the Syrian conflict?  – March 16th – Al Jazeera
Syrians are suffering, and four years later, there has not been one adamant attempt to stop it.

On the fourth anniversary of the Syrian Uprising, I am reminded of a story I once heard from my late Damascene Sufi teacher, Shaikh Bashir al-Bani. The story is about a man who was trying to concentrate on his tawaf, or circumambulating the Ka’ba during Hajj (pilgrimage).

Shale gas ignites the south of Algeria  – March 16th – OrientXXI 

More than two months of mobilization against shale gas, and the people of In Salah, supported by a coalition of opposition parties is not declining. In front, the government of Abdelaziz Bouteflika, put in difficulty, shows a firm attitude and refuses dialogue. A top standoff risk amid energy crisis.

Iran’s advances create alarm in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf – March 17th – The Guardian

Arabs believe Baghdad, Damascus, Beirut and Sana’a are in effect under Iranian control – and power may shift further if US sanctions are eased.

The commanders of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have been working overtime recently, flaunting their achievements across the Middle East and flexing muscles as international negotiations over the country’s nuclear programme enter their critical and perhaps final phase.

Elections for nothing in Israel? : one horizon, the pursuit of the occupation – March 17th – OrientXXI

Israelis appoint their members this Tuesday, March 17th, following the dissolution of Parliament by Netanyahu. The latter, who thought easily win the election, is in a difficult position in the polls. But whatever the future prime minister, the policy of colonization and occupation of Palestinian territories remain unchanged.

The ‘Jasmine revolution’ may be the only success story of the Arab spring but jihadi recruitment networks continue to blight Tunisia’s development

Tunisia is often described as the only success story of the Arab spring. Its “Jasmine revolution” in 2011 unseated a corrupt dictator relatively peacefully and ushered in a transition to democratic elections and habits. But the small north African country also has a serious jihadi problem – as was grimly illustrated by Wednesday’s bloody Tunis museum attack.