Press reviews 2008

  • 2008121212/12/2008
    Opposition Turkey / Cyprus on the energy issue
    Press review – week from December 8 to 12, 2008 Information concerning the succession of incidents opposing ships of the Turkish Navy and oil exploration vessels chartered by the Cypriot government has been related very sparingly throughout the month of November. Very little information has filtered about the interventions themselves. It is the Cypriot EU...
  • 2008120505/12/2008
    The postponed vote on the deepening of EU/ Israel relations
    Press review- week from December 1 to 5, 2008 This week, the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni visited Brussels in the framework of the submission to the European Parliament of a proposal to strengthen the relationship between the EU and Israel. However, while the vote was scheduled on Thursday, MEPs voted to postpone the vote of...
  • 2008112828/11/2008
    The Blue card
    Press review – week from November 24 to 28, 2008 If the Financial Times and the European Union press stressed the vote last Thursday at the EU parliament of the initiative of the commission on the « blue card » sort of European « green card », many national newspapers, which had explained the initiative in 2007 and early 2008...
  • 2008111414/11/2008
    Building of a Museum of tolerance in Jerusalem
    Press review – Week from November 10 to 14, 2008 On February 2007, Le Monde diplomatique had dedicated an article to Simon- Wiesenthal Center’s project of building a museum of tolerance, right on Mamillah former Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. Despite the government and the town council’s authorization to build the museum, Muslim figures had protested against...
  • 2008110707/11/2008
    Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Union for the Mediterranean
    Press review : Week from November 3-7, 2008 Le Monde already announced it last Friday: the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Union for the Mediterranean in Marseille on November 3 and 4 would not be easy. The French newspaper depicts an Arab world upset by the consecutive brakes set by Israel against the participation...
  • 2008103131/10/2008
    U.S. raid in the village of al-Soukkariya in Syria
    Press review – week from October 27 to 31, 2008 Sunday October 26, the U.S. military conducted a helicopter raid in the Syrian village of al-Soukkariya, near the Iraqi border. The Syrian government immediately denounced the incursion, calling it a « terrorist act » and accusing the United States to have killed eight innocent civilians. The U.S....
  • 2008101717/10/2008
    Plenum of the EMPA and the situation in Israel/Palestine
    Press review : week from October 13 to 17, 2008 Very few commented by the press, the Plenary Assembly of the Parliamentary Association for Euro-Mediterranean took place on the shores of the Dead Sea last weekend. As announced, the theme this year was the aftermath of the summit on July 13 last and the current...
  • 2008101717/10/2008
    Assemblée plénière de l’APEM et la situation en Israël/Palestine
    Revue de presse : semaine du 13 au 17 octobre 2008 Très peu commentée par la presse, l’Assemblée plénière de l’Association parlementaire Euro-Méditerranéenne a eu lieu sur les bords de la Mer Morte le weekend dernier. Comme annoncé, le thème fut cette année les suites du sommet du 13 juillet dernier ainsi que la situation...
  • 2008101010/10/2008
    New Turkish strikes against the PKK in Northern Iraq
    Press review : week from October 6 to 10, 2008   Friday, the PKK has led an attack against barracks located a few kilometers from the Iraqi border and killed 17 soldiers serving in the base. This event and another attack in Diyarbakir on Wednesday push Ankara to strengthen its anti-terrorist crackdown. Let’s have a...
  • 2008100202/10/2008
    October 2: International Day of Non-Violence
    Press review : week from 29/9 to 02/10/2008 On October 2, 1869 in India was born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. This little man would change the face of India, but also the world by leaving to humanity a wonderful example: the example of non-violence. Sixty years after his death, this legacy is still alive and yesterday,...
  • 2008092626/09/2008
    Attack against the Israeli pacifist Zeev Sternhell
    Press review – week from September 22th to 26th, 2008   Le Monde, Sept. 25 begins its article on the facts as such: « The Israeli historian Zeev Sternhell, a professor of political science at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, known for his strong opposition to the construction of settlements in the West Bank, was slightly injured,...
  • 2008091919/09/2008
    Election of Tzipi Livni at the head of Kadima
    Press review – week from September 15th to 19th, 2008 As expected, but with only a short advance, Tzipi Livni was elected Wednesday night to lead the Kadima party. The information was put in evidence in the international press the following day. This election is controversial in many aspects: the short victory of Livni on Mofaz,...
  • 2008090505/09/2008
    Ramadan, 1429
    Press review – week 1st to 5 september 2008 Since the beginning of the week, the month of Ramadan began for Muslims. For the uninitiated it represents only the fast, even the fasting himself. Ramadan stays unknown in our Western societies. In reality, Ramadan is the 9th month of the Muslim calendar and recalls the...
  • 2008082929/08/2008
    Operation Free Gaza
    Press review : week August 25-29, 2008 An operation known as Free Gaza has been established to force the blockade imposed on the Gaza Strip by Israel. A team of international activists, including Palestinians and one Israeli, tried and succeeded in rallying the Gaza Strip by sea Saturday, August 23. According to Israel’s own admission,...
  • 2008081515/08/2008
    Lebanon and Syria established diplomatic relations
    Press review, August 11 to 15, 2008 While Palestinians are mourning for the champion of their national cause, the poet Mahmoud Darwish, the current Middle East is marked by another important fact: the establishment of diplomatic relations between Lebanon and Syria. First, Le Figaro offers a retrospective of what was the relationship between the two countries...
  • 2008080808/08/2008
    Coup d’Etat in Mauritania
    Press review – 8 August 2008 Throughout the week the world and press have been mostly focused on Beijing, where the very commented Olympic Games are opening. Yet another event has made the front page of many newspapers these days. Wednesday, August 6 the government of Mauritanian President Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdullahi was overthrown by four...
  • 2008062020/06/2008
    Climate of peace in the Middle East without Washington
    A climate of peace seems to prevail on the Middle Eastern scene, without the assistance of the USA. Some have already announced a failure while others attribute this success partly to the absence of Washington in the negotiations. Absent due to elections, American power has left empty his mediator’s position. In this role, she has...