By Mattijs Messely, MEDEA Institute. The arms deal, with a total value of approximately 200 million dollar, that was agreed upon recently by Iran and Iraq is certainly remarkable because of how fast the deal was closed and the obscurity that surrounds it. Observers say to be surprised by the pace of current affairs and the new turn of events this means for some major events in the Middle-East.
Bouteflika à nouveau candidat : il n’a pas encore de dauphin incontestable – 25/02/2014 - Le Nouvel Observateur
He is apparently exhausted by a cerebrovascular accident stroke that he suffered last spring and forced him to a long hospitalization in France. He is unable to get up and even to deliver a speech: Abdul Aziz Bouteflika is now struggling for staying in power in Algeria at any cost, as during the last 14 years.
Le Liban se dote d’un nouveau gouvernement - 15/02/2014 - Le Monde
Lebanon has got on 15th February a government based on a political compromise, after more than one month of blockage by the two factions. “After ten months of efforts, patience […] a government protecting the national interest is born”, said the new Prime minister, Tammam Salam, announcing the list of the 24 ministers.