Press reviews 2009

  • 2009121818/12/2009
    December 14 to 18, 2009
    - Mahmoud Abbas prolongé à la tête de l’Autorité palestinienne (Mahmoud Abbas prolonged at the head of the Palestinian Authority) (17/12/2009) – Le Monde The central council of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) has prolonged, this Wednesday, the mandate of the President of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. The length of the mandate is undetermined, but President...
  • 2009121111/12/2009
    Dubai at Risk
    Stars strolling down corridors of five-star hotels at last week’s 2009 Dubai film festival is usually a common sight in Dubai, known for its glitter and financial attractiveness. The impressive décor to which one is accustomed hides, however, one of the most ravaging financial crises of the 21st century. (Brunei fm world, 10/12/2009). The first...
  • 2009121111/12/2009
    December 7 to 11, 2009
    - La confiance par 122 voix sur 124 présents Hariri : « Les divergences ne doivent pas aboutir à une cassure nationale » (Confidence by 122 votes of 124 present Hariri: « Differences should not lead to a national split)  » (11/12/2009) -L’Orient le Jour The Coalition Government set up by Saad Hariri received the confidence of...
  • 2009120404/12/2009
    November 30 to December 4, 2009
    - Thinking through Arab Unity, by Prince Khalid al-Faisal (02/12/2009) – The Guardian In an effort to re-establish Arab economic and social unity in the region, Kuwait will host the Fikr8 gathering of the Arab Thought Foundation. Recently overshadowed by the global economic downturn, questions of Arab economic unity and regional initiatives will be re-established at the heart...
  • 2009112727/11/2009
    November 23 to 27, 2009
    - Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announces the Iraqi Gov YouTube Channel(27/11/2009) The government and the National Information Center of Iraq established an Iraqi channel on You Tube to present its message to all the people in the workd and especially the Iraqis in the country and abroad. This new medium is primarily used by the Iraqi...
  • 2009111313/11/2009
    November 9 to 13, 2009
    - Nicolas Sarkozy souhaite faire d’’importantes suggestions’ à Mahmoud Abbas (Nicolas Sarkozy wishes to make ‘important suggestions’ to Mahmoud Abbas) (12/11/2009) – Le Monde French President Nicolas Sarkozy contacted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to present important suggestions regarding a quick recovery of the peace process in the Near East. A peace conference in Moscow appears to have...
  • 2009110606/11/2009
    November 2 to 6, 2009
    -  Abbas: I’ll not seek re-election (6/11/2009) – Al-Jazeera English Milestone at the end of this week in the Arab media, Mahmoud Abbas announce that will not be candidate for the elections he called next January. The President of the Palestinian Authority said « he had had enough after years of frustration fighting for an independent homeland. » He...
  • 2009103030/10/2009
    October 25 to 30, 2009
    - « Tunisie : arrestation d’un journaliste de l’opposition » (Tunisia : arrest of opposition journalist) (29/10/2009) – Le Monde Tunisian Journalist and critique of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s government, Taoufik Ben Brik , was arrested on Tuesday allegedly accused of attaking a woman in the past week. Legitimate arrest? Premeditated action as a warning for opposition...
  • 2009102323/10/2009
    October 19 to 23, 2009
    - « La Syrie veut ‘réviser’ l’accord d’association avec l’UE avant la signature »(Syria wishes to ‘revise the association agreement with the EU before signing) (22/10/2009) -Libération The Association Agreement between the EU and Syria was confronted with yet another obstacle, which has postponed its signing sine die, although the EU had agreed to carry this...
  • 2009100202/10/2009
    Tensions over the Iranian nuclear issue
    (Press review – week from September 28 to October 2, 2009) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has persistently defended Iran’s nuclear rights and has, according to Tehran Times, threatened to withdraw Iran from the Non Proliferation Treaty thus jeopardizing any hope of improvement in settling tensions surrounding the issue of Iranian nuclear capability.  Indeed, questions remain over the...
  • 2009092525/09/2009
    IVth Games of the Francophonie in Beirut
    (Press review – week from September 21 to 25, 2009) Sunday the Sixth games of the Francophonie will be launched and will take place this year in Beirut from September 27 to October 6. The website of Games(http://jeux.francophonie.org/ ) announce the participation of more than 3,000 nationals of over 70 French-speaking countries. Established in 1987 and...
  • 2009091818/09/2009
    Egypt mediation and Goldstone report
    (Press review – week from September 14 to 18, 2009) The week was rich in events related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some of them made some noise, some did not. We learned that on the one hand Hamas and Fatah have been able to find a common ground through Egyptian mediation, and secondly Egypt also...
  • 2009091111/09/2009
    Construction of 455 new housing units in West Bank settlements
    (Press review – week from September 7 to 11, 2009) The Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak announced on Monday that the Israeli government authorized the construction of 455 new homes in West Bank settlements. Le Monde was detailing earlier this week the settlements which would benefit from this decision: 161 new housing units will be...
  • 2009090404/09/2009
    Qaddafi, 40 years in power
    (Press review – week from August 31 to September 4, 2009) Colonel Muammar Qaddafi celebrated this week its fortieth year in power. The ceremonies were magnificent in Tripoli but marked by the absence of the European leaders. In the review of the international press this week, we will come back on these events and on...
  • 2009082121/08/2009
    Mubarak’s visit in Washington
    and Netanyahu’s « step » on settlements   (Press review – week from August 17 to 21, 2009) This week President Obama met his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Hosni Mubarak. The meeting happens in a context of U.S. pressure for the resumption of the peace process, calling for Israel to freeze settlements in the West Bank and East...
  • 2009081414/08/2009
    Ankara deals with the Kurdish issue
    (Press review – week from August 10 to 14, 2009) Le Monde and Le Figaro announced it this week, the head of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan is getting ready to publish this Saturday 15 August from the prison island of Imrali, « a roadmap » to conclude a lasting peace between the Turkish government and the Kurds. The...
  • 2009081414/08/2009
    Ankara deals with the Kurdish issue
    Press review – week from August 10 to 14, 2009 Le Monde and Le Figaro announced it this week, the head of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan is getting ready to publish this Saturday 15 August from the prison island of Imrali, « a roadmap » to conclude a lasting peace between the Turkish government and the Kurds. The...
  • 2009080707/08/2009
    Sixth Congress of Fatah
    Press review – week from August 3 to 7, 2009 Tuesday, Fatah has begun its sixth Congress since creation, the last was held in 1989. 2350 delegates were expected at the meeting which has the purpose to review the structures and strategies of the organization created five decades ago by Yasser Arafat. Under U.S. pressure, Israel has granted...
  • 2009073131/07/2009
    George Mitchell’s Middle East Tour
    Press review – week from July 27 to 31, 2009   This week US Middle East envoy George Mitchell  toured widely in the region visiting one after another Israeli, Syrian, Egyptian and Palestinian authorities. During his visit to Damascus, George Mitchell said that President Obama had decided to work for a « comprehensive peace in the...
  • 2009072424/07/2009
    Muhammad VI : ten years of reign
    Press review – week from July 20 to 24, 2009 Having acceded to the throne following the death of his father on 23 July 1999, the king of Morocco Muhammad VI is preparing to celebrate its ten years of reign on 30 July. The son of Hassan II undertook to pursue the policy of openness...
  • 2009071010/07/2009
    Statement by Joe Biden – Russian-American summit – G8
    Press review – week from July 6 to 10, 2009 Last week was marked by the international community’s equivocation over how to deal with the Iranian regime. Statement by Joe Biden (5 / 7) Past Sunday, Joe Biden said during an interview on the American channel CNN that the United States « can not dictate to a...
  • 2009070303/07/2009
    Renewal of the Union for the Mediterranean
    Press review – week from June 29 to July 3, 2009 On June 25th, the first ministerial meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean on Sustainable Development was held in Paris. For many participants in this meeting, it was a « revival » of the process of UM even if the union still faces enormous challenges. A...
  • 2009062626/06/2009
    Nonviolent action against the blockade of Gaza
    Press review – week from June 22 to 26, 2009   Newspapers are now diverted from Gaza after the end of Operation Cast Lead, yet time has not stopped and the month of June saw the second anniversary of the arrival of Hamas to power in the Gaza strip, as highlights La Libre Belgique. Recalling its...
  • 2009061919/06/2009
    Impact of the Iranian elections in the Middle East
    Press review – Week from June 15 to 19, 2009 After President Obama’s speech in Cairo presenting the new U.S. policy in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu delivered last Sunday at Bar Ilan University a speech on the Israeli intentions in the region, provoking mitigated international reactions. But this speech took place in...
  • 2009061212/06/2009
    Legislative elections in Lebanon
    Press review – Week from June 8 to 12, 2009 On Sunday June 7th, Lebanon voted for the legislative elections in a context of heightened regional tensions particularly since summer of 2006, in a country that had seen a reshaping of the Lebanese political landscape with the emergence of movements in response to the attack...
  • 2009060505/06/2009
    Barack Obama’s speech in Cairo
    Press review- Week from June 1 to 5, 2009 On Wednesday, President Obama began his Middle Eastern « tour », starting with Riyadh before going to Cairo for a speech « to the Muslim peoples.” The new American president’s task is to end the tensions and misunderstandings between Muslims and Americans that have punctuated the mandates of G....
  • 2009052929/05/2009
    Opening of a French military base in Abu Dhabi
    Press review- week  from May 25 to 29, 2009 On May 26th, Nicolas Sarkozy opened a military base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Taking into account the old Franco-Emirati cooperation in the field of defense, this step is not surprising. However, the permanent French settlement in the Gulf is something innovative and responds to...
  • 2009052020/05/2009
    Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit in Washington
    Press review – week from May 18 to 20, 2009 The Israeli-American meeting between the two newly elected leaders, Benjamin Netanyahu and Barack Obama took place last Monday at the White House. The outcome of the meeting did not go against the forecasts: the two men both remained in their positions. Many media had announced...
  • 2009051515/05/2009
    The Pope’s Visit to the Middle East
    Press review – week from May 11 to 15, 2009 The Pope’s visit in three steps (Jordan, Israel, Palestinian Authority) was expected after the recent tensions between on the one hand a part of the Muslim world after Regensburg’s speech in 2006 and on the other hand the Jewish community following the scandal of the...
  • 2009050808/05/2009
    Mass slaughter of pigs in Egypt
    Press review – week from May 4 to 8, 2009 First victims of influenza A in Egypt: pigs. If what was initially called « swine flu » has not been contracted by any Egyptian and that contamination of the virus from pigs to humans has been refuted by the scientific community, the Egyptian authorities have launched a...
  • 2009043030/04/2009
    American visit to Lebanon before June elections
    Press review – Week from April 27 to 30, 2009 The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did an unexpected visit to Lebanon last Saturday in Beirut to ensure that the policy changes of the new American administration will not mean any abandonment of Lebanon, reports Le Figaro. She particularly emphasized that Barack Obama’s decision...
  • 2009042424/04/2009
    Scandal around Ahmadinejad’s speech in Geneva
    Press review – week from April 20 to 24, 2009 The conference against racism in Durban in 2001 had led to divisions between the participants on issues such as the assimilation of Zionism with racism desired by the Arab countries, the question of gender equality and the rights of homosexuals among other matters. Since then,...
  • 2009041717/04/2009
    Arrests in Egypt of Hezbollah members
    Press review – Week from April 13 to 17, 2009 As confirmed by Le Monde, on April 8th, the counsel for the Egyptian state announced the dismantlement of a Hezbollah cell in Egypt, accusing Hassan Nasrallah of « recruiting members for the movement (…) to conduct acts of aggression (in Egypt).  » Since then, attacks against Hezbollah, especially in...
  • 2009041010/04/2009
    Presidential elections in Algeria
    Press review – week from April 6 to 10, 2009 On April 9th 2009, Algerian citizens were called to the polls for the presidential elections to which Abdelaziz Bouteflika- president since 1999 and who had voted an amendment in 2008 allowing himself to stand for the 3rd consecutive time- was candidate. These elections’ results were expected...
  • 2009040303/04/2009
    Paris Forum 2009
    Press review – Week from March 30 to April 3, 2009 On March 27, 28 and 29 was held the Paris Forum 2009 in the UNESCO headquarters in Paris under the patronage of  N. Sarkozy and J. M. Barroso. Launched in 2004, the Forum deals each year with a Euro-Mediterranean theme, in the continuation of the...
  • 2009032727/03/2009
    Labor joins Netanyahu’s government
    Press review – week from March 23 to 27, 2009 Following the recent elections in Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu was appointed by President Peres to form a coalition government. After the refusal of Tzipi Livni, leader of Kadima party that had won -in terms of votes- the elections, the Likud leader had proposed that Ehud Barak,the...
  • 2009031212/03/2009
    Barack Obama’s new policy of dialogue
    Press review – week from March 9 to 12, 2009 Gerald Papy stresses in La Libre Belgique on Monday the changes to come in the Middle East policy of the new American administration: possibility of dialogue with moderate Taliban to fight Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Iran’s invitation to a conference on the Afghanistan in late March,...
  • 2009030606/03/2009
    Russell tribunal, donors conference, H.Clinton in Israel
    Press review – week from March 2 to 6, 2009 This week was marked by several events related to the Middle Eastern since it witnessed the launch of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine on Wednesday after the conference of donors for the reconstruction of Palestine in Sharm El-Sheikh on Monday, while the New U.S. Secretary...
  • 2009022727/02/2009
    Reform of the civil status form in Lebanon
    Press review – week from February 23 to 27, 2009 At a time when religion has a growing place in the Middle East and in a country characterized by a community fragmentation, a circular issued by the Interior Minister Ziad Baroud on February 11th allows Lebanese citizens not to record his religious confession, to delete...
  • 2009022020/02/2009
    Mauritania in Paris to convince the international community
    Press review – week from February 16 to 20, 2009 On February 20th, the military junta in Mauritania has presented its proposal to end the crisis, in Paris. The High State Council, set up by the junta since the 6th of August coup, which had ousted the democratically elected President Sidi Cheikh Abdellahi Oud now...
  • 2009021313/02/2009
    Legislative elections in Israel
    Press review – week from February 9 to 13, 2009 Last Tuesday, the Israeli elections have destabilized a little more the political arena of the Hebrew State. The results gave victory to Kadima party led by Tzipi Livni by one seat before Likud of Benjamin Netanyahu, but the latter seems most likely to form a...
  • 2009020606/02/2009
    Provincial elections in Iraq
    Press review – week from February 2 to 6, 2009 Last Saturday the Iraqi provincial elections took place. In 2005, the last elections had been marked by outbreaks of violence. This year, to many analysts it has been a « successful test » for the new Iraqi democracy. For Le Figaro, the elections constituted a « viability test » of...
  • 2009013030/01/2009
    Turkey, the key to balanced Europe and Middle East
    Press review 30/1/2009 During the clashes in Gaza, Turkey, a key- country thanks to its Muslim population, its position as an ally of Israel and the USA at the doorstep of the EU, has been one of the first to denounce the Israeli offensive on Gaza. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, talking of the...
  • 2009012323/01/2009
    Which role for Europe in the Middle East under the Obama era?
    Press review – week from January 19 to 23, 2009 While it seems urgent to reach new agreements in the Middle East after the war that Israel led against Hamas, leaving Gaza battered and the Palestinian Authority very weakened, the world is embroiled in a new momentum with the arrival of Barack Obama at the...
  • 2009011616/01/2009
    The conflict in Gaza, law and justice
    Press review – week from January 12 to 16, 2009 Sending Israel before a court of justice for war crimes is the goal of a growing number of civil society associations, journalists and politicians in the world. The Jordan Times reports that Jordanian human rights watchdogs, NGOs and international law experts have decided to press ahead...
  • 2009010909/01/2009
    Iran and the conflict in Gaza
    Press review – week from Jan.5 to 9, 2009 The American and Israeli press echoed the involvement of Iran, so often regarded as the greatest Eastern threat by those two countries, in the confrontations in Gaza. By contrast, Europe seems less worried or at least less talkative about the Iran role to Gaza. In the...
  • 2009010202/01/2009
    Regional implications of the conflict in Gaza
    Press review – week from Dec.30, 2008 to Jan.02, 2009 At the start of Operation “Cast Lead”, Israel did not seem to care much about the impact it could have on regional balances and its relations with its Middle Eastern neighbours with whom the Hebrew state had maintained peaceful relations. Putting Egypt in an uncomfortable...