Press review

The weekly press review is devoted to the Euro-Arab relations. Besides, an editorial is both the occasion of a review of the international media on a topic related to the Mediterranean, and the opportunity to react and take a stand towards this subject.

  • 2014123030/12/2014
    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,...
  • 2014121919/12/2014
    Press Review 13th – 19th December
    The Battlefield of Egyptian Universities – 16/12/2014 – OrientXXI Since the beginning of October, Egyptian universities have become the favourite target of the government repression. With laws which have become the more and more strict, students can now be accused of terrorism and thus be tried by military courts. However, the demonstrations continue, while the...
  • 2014121212/12/2014
    Press review 5th – 12th December
    Germany struggles to cope with asylum surge – 9/12/2012 – BBC News Germany receives more refugees and asylum seekers than any other EU country, especially from the Middle East. Numbers have risen sharply in recent years. The government estimates that up to 200,000 people will seek asylum in Germany this year. Financially, refugees are the...
  • 2014120505/12/2014
    Press review 29th November – 5th December
    Who will save the migrants from the Mediterranean cemetry? – 29/11/2014 – Rue89 By giving up on Mare Nostrum, Europe is turning its back on the biggest humanitarian operation launched in the Mediterranea, which has allowed to save more than 150 000 people. With Triton, the priority is again border control.   Syrian refugees in...
  • 2014112828/11/2014
    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...
  • 2014112121/11/2014
    Press Review 14th – 21st November
    Europe did little to help Syrians, now it wants to do less – 16/11/2014 – Your Middle East When the Arab Spring first kicked in, the EU’s “democracy promotion” was put to test. Years after words still haven’t matched actions. As the conflict in Syria escalated, Brussels did not mobilize its resources to help bring...
  • 2014103131/10/2014
    Press Review 24th – 31st October
    What’s the appeal of a caliphate? –  25/10/2014 – BBC Magazine In June the leader of the group of the Islamic State declared the creation of a caliphate stretching across parts of Syria and Iraq – Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi named himself the caliph or leader. Edward Stourton examines the historical parallels and asks what is a...
  • 2014102424/10/2014
    Press Review 17th – 24th October
    Denmark tries a soft-handed approach to returned Islamist fighters – 19/10/2014 – Washington Post In Denmark, not one returned fighter has been locked up. Instead, taking the view that discrimination at home is as criminal as Islamic State recruiting, officials here are providing free psychological counseling while finding returnees jobs and spots in schools and...
  • 2014101717/10/2014
    Press Review 10th – 17th October
    Ecological awareness grows in Istanbul – 14/10/2014 – MO*Magazine Ecological awareness has raised in Istanbul the last few years. That is the conclusion of a group involved people, one year after the uprising in the Turkish Gezi park, which begun as an action to save a park and merged into protests against the gouvernment in...
  • 2014100909/10/2014
    Press Review 3rd – 10th October
        Sweden recognize the « State of Palestine » – 10/06/2014 – MENA Post On Friday, October 3rd 2014, Sweden, through its Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, made ​​a historic announcement, declaring that it would recognize the « State of Palestine ». This declaration coincides with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. After having voted for the “observer status”...
  • 2014100303/10/2014
    Press Review 26th September – 3rd October
    Pakistani labor market stays tightly closed for women – 26/09/2014 – MO*Magazine Only one woman out of five has a payed job in Pakistan. In the tribal nord the proportion is even more skewed, because women are supposed the stay indoors. Fifteen years ago, she got her doctor’s degree. But now Saleema Bibi is forty,...
  • 2014092626/09/2014
    Press Review 19th – 26th September
    Turkey’s new Internet law contradicts its EU ambitions – 22/09/2014 – Al Monitor The Turkish state has equipped itself with even more authority to monitor its Internet users, contradicting its new government’s re-energized EU drive in a potential blow to democratic rights of free speech and privacy. In fact the Parliament approved a government-sponsored bill...
  • 2014091919/09/2014
    Press Review 12th – 19th September
      The Institutionalization of Tunisia’s Revolution – 15/09/2014 – OrientXXI After three and a half years of an interim government, Tunisian voters in the coming weeks will be called to elect the heads of the new institutions,including the President of the Republic. Elected officials will have to face security, economic and social challenges of particular...
  • 2014091212/09/2014
    Press Review 5th – 12th September
    Islamic banking draws new interest from the West – 7/09/2014 – Al Monitor Western societies and institutions increasingly look to Islamic financial regulations in their desire to renew themselves. Islamic banking could provide an alternate financial model to market systems negatively impacted by the 2008 financial crisis.   Misrata militia take power in Libya  –...
  • 2014090606/09/2014
    Press Review 29th August – 5 September
      Mediterranean youngsters address the issue of citizenship 1/09/2014 – Magharebia The Euro-Mediterranean Forum ended on August 31st at Biougra, in Morocco. This one-week event was organized near Agadir and it brought together young people from the entire region. This meeting was intended primarily to develop new practices for the citizenship and to promote cultural...
  • 2014082929/08/2014
    Press Review 22nd -29th August
    Defending the Human Right Defenders  23/08/2014 Muftah Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) new report on Egypt’s “Rab’a Massacre” and the mass killing of protestors in July and August of 2013 has earned the organization a tsunami of criticism in the Egyptian media. Among the accusations lobbied at the group, critics cite funding from the Gulf, failure...
  • 2014082222/08/2014
    15th-22nd August
    Linking Violence In Solidarity: Ferguson, Gaza, and the US State -18/08/2014- Jadaliyya Palestinians have reacted to police brutality in Ferguson by providing advice on how to avoid the side effects of tear gas and expressing support for demonstrators there. Residents of Ferguson, in turn, have held signs reading “Free Gaza” alongside placards that state. This...
  • 2014081818/08/2014
    8th-15th of August
    50 years ago, the Palestine Liberation Organization was born– 12/08/2014- OrientXXI May 28, 1964: Fifty years ago, King Hussein of Jordan inaugurated in Jerusalem, still under Arab sovereignty, the inaugural congress of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Despite its limitations, this congress marked the beginning of the Palestinian politics, after the collapse of the resistance...
  • 2014080808/08/2014
    1st-8th of August
    Nightmare in Gaza-03/08/2014-Truthout The media constantly intone that Hamas is dedicated to the destruction of Israel. In reality, Hamas leaders have repeatedly made it clear that Hamas would accept a two-state settlement in accord with the international consensus that has been blocked by the U.S. and Israel for 40 years. ISIS brings its war to...
  • 2014073131/07/2014
    25th July-01st August
    My brother, the suicide bomber: why British men go to Syria -26/07/2014- The Guardian Waheed was an ordinary boy who played football and loved sci-fi movies. This year, he blew himself up in Aleppo. Abu Jamal left to join the jihadis. Tauqir is an aid worker who can never come home. This is the story...
  • 2014072525/07/2014
    18th-25th July
    Israel revives the Palestine it tried to crush -22/07/2014- MO* Magazine When the bodies of the three Israeli settlers- of which two teenagers Aftali Frenkel and Gilad Shaar, both aged 16 and Eyal Yifrach, 19 years of age- were found back on the 30th of June near Hebron in the southern West Bank, Israel was...
  • 2014071818/07/2014
    11th-18th July
    Who is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ? -14/07/2014- Al-Monitor Afghan sources have provided new information on the elusive leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also now known as Caliph Ibrahim. According to these accounts, Baghdadi spent several years in Afghanistan working with the Arab jihadist community and the Taliban. Israel-Gaza : why the story...
  • 2014071111/07/2014
    4th-11th July
    Tunisia: meeting of Libya neighboring States on 13th and 14th of July in Hammamet – 07/07/2014 – Huffington Post Maghreb Tunisia should welcome on the 13th and 14th of July an international meeting with the Foreign Affairs ministers of the Libya neighboring States, aiming at considering how to support this country facing chaos, has announced on...
  • 2014070404/07/2014
    27th June-4th July
    ISIS is dead, long live the Islamic State – 30/06/2014 – Foreign Policy On the first night of Ramadan, the spokesman for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) announced a step that he described as “a dream that lives in the depths of every Muslim believer”:the re-establishment of the Caliphate (…) the announcement by...
  • 2014062727/06/2014
    20th-27th June
    Imagining a remapped Middle-East – 24/06/2014 – Courrier international With the war in Syria and Iraq, the global conflict between Sunnis and Shias, the Middle-East region is on the verge of implosion. The New York Tmes has imagined a map with the future borders of 14 countries instead of 5 nowadays. Why an Isis caliphate is...
  • 2014061919/06/2014
    13th-20th June
    In Baghdad, Sunnis are waiting anxiously – 17/06/2014 – Le Figaro As numerous Iraqi Sunnis, Omar considers that the jihadis are “liberators” from a Shia oppression symbolized by Nuri al-Maliki and his militias, in particular those from the Assaib al-Haq brigade. “Anyway we have no choice because if we lose this battle, the Sunni presence in...
  • 2014061313/06/2014
    6th-13th June
    For the first time, Americans and Iranians are discussing together – 09/06/2014 – Le Monde For the first time representatives from the US and Iran will be officially holding talks on Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th of June in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss the controversial Iranian nuclear program. The Iranians have announced on Saturday this surprise...
  • 2014060606/06/2014
    30th May-6th June
    The unity government of Fatah and Hamas take the oath – 02/06/2014 – De Morgen For the first time since the division within the Palestinian population seven years ago, a new unity government between Hamas and Fatah has seen the light. The cabinet of experts, led by the current Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, have taken the oath...
  • 2014052828/05/2014
    23th-30th May
    Libya’s Maiteeq wins congress confidence vote after milita threats – 25/05/2014 – The Guardian Libya’s new prime minister Ahmed Maiteeq won a vote of confidence from parliament on Sunday in defiance of a renegade former army general who has challenged the assembly’s legitimacy. Maiteeq, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood which is opposed by anti-Islamist forces in...
  • 2014052323/05/2014
    16th-23th May
    Libye : the comeback of Haftar, the general who wants to erradicate Islamists – 19/05/2014 – Le Nouvel Observateur The militia of Zentan managed on Sunday to occupy some areas. The militias, which were positioned for months on strategic locations around Tripoli, have been waiting for months for the slightest opportunity to return to the capital of...
  • 2014051616/05/2014
    9th-16th May
    Ngo’s ask Palestine to join the International Criminal Court – 10/05/2014 – Mo* Magazine Seventeen human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have asked the Palestinian Authority to become a member of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This would enable the Court to judge war crimes and crimes against humanity committed on Palestinian...
  • 2014050909/05/2014
    03rd-09th May
    Sultan Qaboos, absolute monarch without Crown Prince -05/05/2014- Courrier international Sultan Qaboos, in power for the past 44 years, has no designated successor. An activist-journalist, who went to prison after the events of 2011 and who is now living in exile, fears power struggles after his death.  © Mohammed Mahjoub / Photo AFP. Sultan of...
  • 2014043030/04/2014
    25th April-2nd May
    Syrian rebels who received first US missiles of war see shipment as « an important first step » – 28/04/2014 – The Washington Post Under the leadership of a young, battle-hardened rebel commander, the men entrusted with the first American missiles to be delivered to the Syrian war are engaged in an ambitious effort to forge a new,...
  • 2014042525/04/2014
    18th-25th April
    Hostages in Syria: what we know about their captivity and their release – 20/04/2014 – Le Monde Following the excitement of reunion, the first testimonies show a glimpse of these ten long months in captivity. Their lips are slowly loosening: those of the former hostages who speak of their captivity, and some of the French authorities...
  • 2014041818/04/2014
    11th-18th April
    Iraqi secularists under attack ahead of elections – 11/04/2014 – Al Monitor Kadhem al-Haeri, a cleric who has close ties with the Islamic Dawa Party and the Iranian regime, issued a fatwa March 30 banning the election of secular candidates in the upcoming elections. Large banners were hung in many areas of Baghdad and included a...
  • 2014041111/04/2014
    4th-11th April
    Relative Calm in Parts of Syria is Deceptive – 05/04/2014 – The New York Times The change of atmosphere here in the Syrian capital is unmistakable. The boom of shelling no longer dominates the days and nights. Tensions over security are draining from the city like air from a balloon. Checkpoints remain ubiquitous but sentries are...
  • 2014040404/04/2014
    28th March-4th April
    The US is paying the cost of supporting the House of Saud as cracks begin to appear – 29/03/2014 – The Independent President Obama flew to Saudi Arabia to patch up relations with King Abdullah at the end of last week in his first visit in five years. The alliance had been strained by Saudi anger...
  • 2014032828/03/2014
    21st-28th March
    Syria: rebels go on the offensive thanks to new weapons – 25/03/2014 – Le Figaro A rebel attack was expected from the southern part, via Jordan, thanks to the logistical support of Saudi Arabia. However, after losing in Yabrud and in the Krak des Chevaliers last week, the response of the anti-Assad finally came from the...
  • 2014032121/03/2014
    15th-21st March
    Obama and Abbas to meet White House – Asharq al-Awsat – 17/03/2014 US President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are scheduled to meet in Washington on Monday to discuss a number of issues related to the Palestinian–Israeli peace process. © REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque Syrian army captures strategic border town – Al Jazeera – 17/03/2014...
  • 2014031010/03/2014
    1st-7th March 2014
    In full carnage, Damascus prepares the reelection of Assad – The East the day – 07/03/2014 After three years of bloody conflict, leaving more than 140,000 dead, the destruction of entire neighborhoods and millions of refugees on the roads, Assad prepares discreetly his reelection. The Syrian president has announced nothing about his desire to seek...
  • 2014022828/02/2014
    21st-28th February
    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...
  • 2014022121/02/2014
    14th-21st February
    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,...
  • 2014021414/02/2014
    7th-14th February
    A Genève, les négociations sur la Syrie s’enlisent – 11/02/2014 – Le Monde For the second round of negotiations at Geneva, Switzerland, peace talks between the Syrian government and the political opposition are not making significant progress. Both have recognized that they have failed, but place the responsibility on the other part. © AFP/Philippe Desmazes. The...
  • 2014021010/02/2014
    31st-7th February
    Le patrimoine syrien en ruine – 04/02/2014 – Courrier International Syria is ravaged by a war that is not only killing generations of Syrians but also eradicating all around them, including sites that have stood since the dawn of civilization. Across Syria, where a seemingly unstoppable war is about to enter a third year, a heritage...
  • 2014013131/01/2014
    27th – 31st January
    Egypt in Year Three – 24/01/2014 – The Nation January 25, 2011, was a transformative moment for Egypt. Thousands of protesters flooded the streets to call for the downfall of Hosni Mubarak’s sclerotic regime, confronting the notorious security forces on National Police Day and sparking a mass uprising that reverberated around the world. Turkey faces a ‘war’...
  • 2014012424/01/2014
    17th- 24th January
    Fronde d’Oman contre l’Arabie Saoudite – 22/01/2014– Orient XXI Unlike Saudi Arabia, locked into its hostility toward Iran, Oman has always been able to maintain good neighboring policy with the Islamic Republic. While Riyadh sees Shia Iran as a dangerous political and religious rival to its own hegemony in the Gulf, Muscat sees it as...
  • 2014011717/01/2014
    10th- 17th January
    Le “grand jeu” de l’Arabie saoudite pour étouffer les « printemps arabes » – 14/01/2014– Le Monde January 14th, 2011, Ben Ali flew out to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; unaware that he would spend the next three years in exile, boring as hell. Paris didn’t want him and neither did any other Arab country. Arrestation of pro-Morsi demonstrator in...
  • 2014011010/01/2014
    6th-10th January
    Egypt’s unsustainable crackdown – 08/01/2014 – European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) As Egypt prepares for a constitutional referendum next week, protests by supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood continue to sweep the country. More clashes are expected today as the Brotherhood has called for new demonstrations. The decision to declare the Muslim Brotherhood to be a...
  • 2014010303/01/2014
    December 20th until January 3rd
    Égypte dorénavant sous le coup de la loi anti-terroriste – 26/12/2013– Jeune Afrique Suspected of being responsible for the deadly attack on December 24 against the police, the Muslim Brotherhood have been qualified as a « terrorist organization » by the Egyptian authorities. The brotherhood of former President Mohamed Morsi is now under the purview of the anti-terrorist...