Press reviews 2011

  • 2011121616/12/2011
    December 12 to 16, 2011
    –         The results of the crackdown in Syria amounted to 5 000 dead according to the UN ( Le bilan de la répression en Syrie s’élève à 5 000 morts selon l’ONU ) – Le Monde – 12/12/2011 « Probably more » of 5000 people were killed in the repression of demonstrations in Syria, according to...
  • 2011120909/12/2011
    December 5 to 9, 2011
    –          Israel fears the force of Arab Spring power shift – The Independent –  07/12/2011 With Islamists poised to take power in Egypt, Israel is watching its neighbour with trepidation, fearful of the consequences for a three-decades-old peace accord. Preliminary results put the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist parties ahead of their liberal...
  • 2011112525/11/2011
    November 21 to 25, 2011
    –          Yemeni President Saleh signs deal on ceding power – BBC– 23/11/2011 Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh has signed a deal under which he will step down after months of unrest. Under the plan, he will transfer his powers to his deputy ahead of an early election and in return will get immunity...
  • 2011111818/11/2011
    November 14 to 18, 2011
    –          Libyan factions in deadly clashes near Zawiya – BBC – 14/11/2011 Several days of fighting between rival factions near the Libyan coastal city of Zawiya have left at least seven people dead, reports say. The BBC’s Karen Allen in Libya says rival communities have been fighting for an area previously controlled by Gaddafi loyalists. The...
  • 2011111111/11/2011
    November 7 to 11, 2011
    –         Six militants killed in Yemen clashes– CNN-  07/11/ 2011 Six suspected terror militants were killed Sunday night in clashes that continued with Yemeni troops for more than four hours, local security officials in Abyan, Yemen, told CNN. »The clashes with the militants that are not taking place continuously and in one location. The militants prefer...
  • 2011110404/11/2011
    October 31 to November 4, 2011
    –          Euphoria Turns to Discontent as Egypt’s Revolution Stalls – The New York Times  – 01/11/2011 More than eight months after President Hosni Mubarak was toppled, the euphoria of Egypt’s political spring has surrendered to a season of discontent. There is widespread gloom that Egypt is again stagnating, its economy heading toward a cliff, while...
  • 2011102828/10/2011
    October 24 to 28, 2011
    –          Nahda to reach out to Tunisian secular rivals – The Financial Times – 25/10/2011 Tunisia’s Islamist party and the big winner in the country’s first democratic election has started reaching out to secular rivals as it vows to work on building a stable democratic state. Mr Ferjani said Nahda wants to secure the position of...
  • 2011102121/10/2011
    October 17 to 21, 2011
    –        Pro-Assad Rally Shows Syrian Government Can Still Command Support – The New York Times– 19/10/2011 Large crowds of Syrians rallied in the northern city of Aleppo on Wednesday in support of the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Mr. Assad and his government still command support from a substantial part of the population...
  • 2011101414/10/2011
    October 10 to 14, 2011
    –          Tunisia Salafists vs. ‘Persepolis’: Pressure generates apology – Middle East Online – 10/10/2011 The head of a private TV channel in Tunisia under fire from Islamists for airing part of a film they deemed blasphemous, apologised Tuesday amid fears of post-revolution Islamist upheaval.  « I apologise, » Nessma TV president Nebil Karoui said on Monastir...
  • 2011100707/10/2011
    October 3 to 7, 2011
    –          Is the Impasse in Yemen Leading to “Sudanization”? – Dar Al Hayat-03/10/2011 It does not seem that the balance of power in Yemen has tipped in favor of any particular side. While it is indeed tilting in favor of the regime in the military institution, it is angling in favor of its...
  • 2011093030/09/2011
    September 26 to 30, 2011
    –          Libyan Islamists must have share in power, warns leader The Guardian– 27/09/2011 Libya’s Islamist groups « will not allow » secular politicians to exclude or marginalize them in the intensifying battle for power in the post-Gaddafi era. « We must resist attempts by some Libyan politicians to exclude some of the participants in the...
  • 2011092323/09/2011
    September 19 to 23, 2011
    –          Europe to step up pressure on Assad The Financial Times – 21/09/2011 European Union governments banned European businesses from making new investments in Syria’s oil industry and added several new entities and two individuals to a sanctions list on Wednesday. The sanctions, which will take effect on Saturday if formally approved in writing by...
  • 2011091616/09/2011
    September 12 to 16, 2011
    –          Syrian opposition forms national council, Financial Times, 16/09/2011 While the revolt begins its seventh month, 140 opposition members, 70 from the outside, 70 from the inside, gather in a national council to bring the Syrian claims on the international stage, but also to support the ‘revolutionary spirit in Syria. –          When French diplomats praised...
  • 2011090909/09/2011
    September 5 to 9, 2011
    – Egyptians protest against military rule, Al Jazeera English, 9/9/2011 Protestors have pulled down a protective wall around the Israeli embassy in Cairo after the military rulers said they would respond harshly to protestors. A lot of protestors got out in the streets after the denunciations of the preacher during Muslim’s weekly prayer sermon. –...
  • 2011090202/09/2011
    August 29 to September 2, 2011
    –                     Turkey downgrades ties with Israel –  Al Jazeera, 2/9/2011 The Turkish Foreign Minister informs the UN that Turkey has downgraded diplomatic ties with Israel and suspended military co-operation between the countries ahead of the anticipated official release of a United Nations report into the 2010 flotilla raid.   –                     EU steps up Syria sanctions...
  • 2011082626/08/2011
    August 22 to 26, 2011
    –          Springtime in Sinai – The Economist, 27/08/2011 Following the August 18 bombings around the Egyptian border, the Israeli government is about to allow a redeployment of troops in the Sinai. Until now the Camp David agreement had ruled out any Egyptian military presence in the peninsula. But the growing insecurity in the Sinai since...
  • 2011081919/08/2011
    August 15 to 19, 2011
    –          One man’s stand against an Israel Settlement – The Independent, 18/08/2011 Mr Ayid inherited 25 dunams (6.25 acres) from his father, but seven years ago a platoon of Israeli soldiers and paramilitary border police arrived, sealing off 1.5 acres of his property that lay within the expanded municipal boundary of Jerusalem. He watched in...
  • 2011081212/08/2011
    August 8 to 12, 2011
    –          Israel’s new settlement plans irk US and EU Al Jazeera – 11/08/2011 The White House on Thursday urged Israel and the Palestinians to avoid any actions that jeopardize efforts to restart stalled peace talks while EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Friday expressed her « deep regret » over Israel’s approval of more new settler homes in...
  • 2011072929/07/2011
    July 25 to 29, 2011
    - Bahrain’s king approves « new reforms », 29/07/2011 - Al Jazeera: The king of Bahrain, King Hamad bin Isa, has agreed to parliamentary reforms following demonstrations in March, which were suppressed by the government. According to the Bahraini king, the approval of reforms “reflects the determination to rise above the latest incidents”. These reforms grant greater powers of scrutiny to the elected lower house, while the upper house, appointed by the royal elite, will preserve its dominance.
  • 2011072222/07/2011
    July 18 to 22, 2011
    – Israel et le Liban au cœur d’un vaste bras de fer énergétique (Energy tensions between Israel and Lebanon) 19/07/2011 – Le Monde Tensions between Israel and Lebanon, which had up to now remained around the « Blue Line » since the conflict in 2006, has now stretched to maritime borders. At the heart of this antagonism are the...
  • 2011071515/07/2011
    July 10 to 15, 2011
    Israel is unable to cope with non-violent Palestinian activism 14/7/2011 – Mondoweiss Abir Kopty highlights the inappropriate reactions of Israel against non-violent initiatives undertaken by the Palestinians and their supporters: flotilla, flytille, BDS campaign, weekly demonstrations against the wall, campaigning for the recognition of a Palestinian state… According to her, responding so, Israel is “banging...
  • 2011070808/07/2011
    July 4 to 8, 2011
      – A hundred pro-Palestinian activists blocked at Roissy and Geneva (Une centaine de militants pro-palestiniens bloqués à Roissy et à Genève) 08/07/2011 – Le Monde Israeli authorities are working to prevent the arrival in Tel Aviv of a hundred pro-palestinian supporters by discouraging airlines to allow them to embark for the Jewish state. These activists were denied registration on their flight because their names are on a list of « undesirables » sent by Israel. Several organizations supporting the Palestinians had called on their supporters to...
  • 2011070101/07/2011
    June 27 to July 1st, 2011
    Arab world: one is never better served than by himself (Monde arabe : on n’est jamais mieux servi que par soi-même) July 1, 2011 – Jeune Afrique While the entire region is shaken by revolutions, some are reviving the idea of ​​Arab unity. Rather than Nasser’s pan-Arabism, they prefer the more realistic view of an Arab...
  • 2011062424/06/2011
    June 19 to 24, 2011
    – Free, but unemployed in Tunisia 22/06/2011 – New York Times In Sidi Bouzid, where Mohamed Bouazizi immolated on December 17, many other young persons holding a university degree also attempted to suicide. For them the only current winner of the revolution is the police. For others there is not yet job or career opportunities...
  • 2011061717/06/2011
    June 13 to 17, 2011
      – Bahrain in the shadow of the Libya War 13/06/2011 – Open democracy Support by the Arab League for the military operations in Libya has been an effective diplomatic means for Saudi Arabia and the GCC to redirect interest in internal Arab states of affairs away from the Arabian Peninsula and onto North Africa....
  • 2011061010/06/2011
    June 6 to 10, 2011
      – Yemen, and the trouble with ‘democratic transition’ 07/06/2011 – Guardian The US said on Monday that it wants to see an orderly, peaceful and democratic transition of power in Yemen. But, as one tweeter pointed out, that is not quite the same thing as saying it wants a transition to democracy. The US...
  • 2011052727/05/2011
    May 23 to 27, 2011
      – Egypt to open Rafah border permanently 25/05/2011 – Al Jazeera Egypt announced it will permanently open its Rafah border crossing this Saturday, relaxing a four-year blockade on the Gaza Strip. Officials in Cairo said the gesture marked an effort « to end the status of the Palestinian division and achieve national reconciliation. » – Arab democracies...
  • 2011052020/05/2011
    May 16 to 20, 2011
    – Israel/Palestine: Here comes your nonviolent resistance 17/05/2011 – The Economist We’ve asked the Palestinians to lay down their arms. We’ve told them their lack of a state is their own fault; if only they would embrace non-violence, a reasonable and unprejudiced world would see the merit of their claims. Over the weekend, tens of...
  • 2011051313/05/2011
    May 9 to 13,2011
    – Thousands gather in Egypt’s Tahrir Square 13/05/2011 – Al Jazeera Thousands of activists congregated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square to rally against sectarian strife and express solidarity for Palestinian unity. Some demonstrators have called for a march to neighboring Gaza over the weekend to protest the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories. – Taking Airport,...
  • 2011050606/05/2011
    May 2 to 6, 2011
    – Special from Yemen: Saleh’s failure to sign sends power transfer deal further into doubt 02/05/2011 – Al Masry al Youm A deal to end three months of anti-government protests in Yemen appears to be on the brink of collapse after the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, refused to sign it, plunging the Arab state into...
  • 2011042929/04/2011
    April 25 to 29, 2011
    – Egypt FM: Gaza border crossing to be permanently opened 28/04/2011 – Haaretz Egypt FM informed Al-Jazeera that preparations are already underway to permanently open the Rafah border between Egypt and Gaza, allowing goods and people to enter and exit Gaza without Israeli control. This announcement shows that there is a significant change in Egyptian policy towards...
  • 2011042222/04/2011
    April 18-22, 2011
    –Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq 19/04/2011 – The Independent The oil issue resurfaced in the analysis of the intervention in Iraq in 2003. Secret memos published in the United Kingdom demonstrate that discussions between world’s largest oil companies and government ministers took place since 2002 to determine plans to exploit...
  • 2011041515/04/2011
    April 11 to 15, 2011
    – Egyptian protesters increasingly disillusioned with army 11/04/2011 – Los Angeles Times The Egyptian military is learning a dangerous political truth: A revolution unfinished turns bitter and its heroes can be quickly recast as villains. Soldiers were swooned over two months ago when they rolled into Cairo’s Tahrir Square and stood guard over protesters rallying to...
  • 2011040808/04/2011
    April 4 to 8, 2011
    – Gulf States Seek Saleh’s Departure as Part of Yemen Accord 07/04/2011 – Bloomberg The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council is set to broker an agreement between the Saleh regime and Yemeni opposition groups that would involve the president’s withdrawal from power. Daily anti-government protests continued across Yemen, with new clashes in Taiz that left one dead. – Bahrain...
  • 2011040101/04/2011
    March 28 to April 1, 2011
    –Learning all the wrong lessons in Jordan 30/03/2011 – Al Jazeera The Jordanian government, a close ally of the United States, drew the wrong lessons of the revolutions that are sweeping the Arab world. Instead of opening, the government repressed peaceful movements that ask for reform and democratic freedoms, thus creating more anger and frustration....
  • 2011032525/03/2011
    March 21 to 25, 2011
    – Syria braces for ‘day of dignity’ rallies 25/03/2011 – Al Jazeera Syrian authorities prepared for more protests following a week of demonstrations that left dozens dead. Despite several proposals of reform from the Assad regime, including a possible end to emergency law and the institution of political parties, activists are calling for rallies at mosques after...
  • 2011031818/03/2011
    March 14 to 18, 2011
    Bahrain’s regime talks softly while bringing the big guns in 15/03/2011 – The Guardian Since the beginning of the uprising in Bahrain, the regime has pursued a strategy that combines a conciliatory speech to violent repression. The government says it is open to dialogue with the demonstrators. According to the author, to mobilize people in favor...
  • 2011031111/03/2011
    March 7 to 11, 2011
    – Kuwait faces a major anti-government demonstration (Le Koweit confronté à une importante manifestation anti-gouvernementale) 09/03/2011 – RFI The Emirate of Kuwait has lived on March 8 a major demonstration of political discontent. In front of a government building in the square of the capital, named for the occasion « Change Square », a thousand Kuwaitis gathered to demand...
  • 2011030404/03/2011
    February 28 to March 4, 2011
    – Tense face-to-face in Bahrain (Face-à-face tendu à Bahreïn) 01/03/2011 – Le Monde diplomatique Since February 14, 2011, the Kingdom of Bahrain has been shaken by political and social protests. After a crackdown by the army, an uneasy calm has prevailed since March 17 without the demonstrators have been waived. Since its emancipation of Persian and British...
  • 2011022525/02/2011
    February 21 to 25, 2011
    – A old discontent (Un mécontentement qui ne date pas d’hier) 23/2/2011 – The National (The Courier International) Structural problems in Yemen are much more serious according to James Spencer that the insurrection of the Houthis in the north, the rebellion of the Movement of the South or the murderous operations of al Qaeda in the Arabian...
  • 2011021818/02/2011
    February 14 to February 18, 2011
    – Palestinian cabinet resigns 14/02/2011 – Al Jazeera The Palestinian government headed by Salem Fayyad resigned on Monday and he was renamed by President Mahmoud Abbas to form a new government. The resignation comes at a time of profound change in the Arab world and following the publication of Palestine Papers that greatly weakened Fatah. – The Shiite...
  • 2011021111/02/2011
    February 7 to February 11, 2011
    – Gas Concern in Israel (Inquiétude gazière en Israël) 07/02/2011 – La Libre Israel and Jordan will be deprived for two weeks of their natural gas supplies from Egypt because of an explosion at a gas terminal in the Sinai that supplies both countries. The origin of the explosion remains unclear. Although Israel is dependent on the...
  • 2011020404/02/2011
    January 31 to February 4, 2011
    – Change of prime minister in Jordan (Changement de premier ministre en Jordanie) 02/02/2011 – L’Humanité The Hashemite monarch plays prudence against popular protest and sacrifices his head of government to replace him by Marouf Bakhit, his former military advisor, in charge to conduct « real political reforms ».
  • 2011012828/01/2011
    January 21 to January 28, 2011
    – Secretary General of the UfM resigns (Le patron de l’UPM démissionne) 26/01/2011 – RFI The secretary general of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Jordanian Ahmad Massa’deh, submitted his resignation on Wednesday. Unofficially, it is suggested that Ahmad Massa’deh would have a more political than technical view of UPM and permanent political blockages prevented him from...
  • 2011012121/01/2011
    January 17 to January 21, 2011
    – In Algiers, the protest is being politicized (À Alger, la contestation commence à se politiser) 18/01/2011 – Le Figaro Lifting of emergency rule, restoration of freedoms and fight against corruption were added to the demands of Algerian demonstrators. But as in Tunis, the Algerian regime continues to shake the Islamist threat to justify his iron fist....
  • 2011011414/01/2011
    January 10 to January 14, 2011
    – Youth rises (La jeunesse se soulève) 10/01/2011 – La Libre This article analyzes in detail the uprisings and their reasons for being in Tunisia and Algeria. Unemployment, lack of employment and future prospects but also the Tunisian regime’s contempt for its people has fueled the indignation of Tunisians while in Algeria, the sharp rise in prices...
  • 2011010707/01/2011
    January 3 to January 7, 2011
    – After the attack, Alexandria fears the blaze (Après l’attentat, Alexandrie craint l’embrasement) 02/01/2011 – Jeune Afrique Egypt fears an escalation of sectarian tensions after the bombing that killed 21 people at a Coptic church in Alexandria. Authorities treat the attack as an attempt to destabilize the country and focus on the track of al-Qaida. Indeed, an...