Press Review 2012

  • 2012112020/11/2012
    8th – 15th November
     Getting the US elections out of proportion –  openDemocracy – 09/11/2012 As in the rest of the world, the Arabic medias, in the previous days of American elections, are largely dealing with their possible results and their international consequences. Without wanting to belittle the US political, economic and military influence in Middle-East situation, Salam Al-Kawakibi underlines that...
  • 2012110909/11/2012
    31th October – 7th November
      Tunisia’s Challenges  – The New York Times – 31/10/2012 Approximately two years after the jasmines revolution, Tunisia is in front of the difficult duty to write a constitution. The ambiguous attitude of Ennahda, the moderate islamist party, that oscillates between the declaration of the respect for democratic liberal values and the opening to the ultraconservative Islamist party, provokes...
  • 2012092828/09/2012
    24th – 28th September
    American court orders BBC hand over Arafat documentary footage – The Independent – 24/09/2012 The BBC has been ordered by an American court to surrender (unused) footage filmed for a documentary about former Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, to American victims of suicide bombings in Israel. This ruling raises questions about the ability of the American...
  • 2012092121/09/2012
    17th – 21st September
    Towns in rebel-controlled Syria experiment with self-government – The Washington Post – 17/09/2012 The leaders of the council governing Souran, a town in rebel-controlled Syria, decided to hold an impromptu meeting to explain the workings of the government set up to replace the Baath Party and the security officials who ran the region with an...
  • 2012091414/09/2012
    10th – 14th September
    IAEA demands immediate access to suspected Iranian nuclear weapons site – Haaretz – 10/09/2012 Yukiya Amano, director general of UN’s nuclear watchdog, pressed Iran to grant his inspectors immediate access to the Parchin military site, where they believe the government of Tehran may have conducted explosives tests relevant to the development of nuclear weapons. Belkhadem...
  • 2012090707/09/2012
    3rd – 7th September
     Netanyahu: Chance of conflict with Iran depends on how clearly “red line” is drawn  – Haaretz – 03/09/2012 Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said that “the clearer the red line drawn before Iran by the international community, the smaller the chance of a conflict”. At a meeting with Israeli and American war veterans, Netanyahu repeated...
  • 2012083131/08/2012
    27th – 31st August
    Syria: Holland wants a provisional government (Syrie : Hollande veut un gouvernement provisoire) – Le Figaro – 27/08/2012 Accused of a “passive” or “wait and see” foreign policy and urged to take initiatives while France is holding since 1st August the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council, French President François Hollande decided to take...
  • 2012082424/08/2012
    20th – 24th August
    Libya arrests Gaddafi loyalists over car bombings – The Guardian – 20/08/2012 Libyan security officials have arrested 32 members of an organised network of Gaddafi loyalists linked to bombing attacks in Tripoli on the eve of the anniversary of the fall of the city to rebel fighters. Three car bombs exploded near the Ministry of...
  • 2012081010/08/2012
    6th – 10th August
    Egypt’s army threatens ‘revenge’ after Sinai attack – The Telegraph – 06/08/2012 The Egyptian army has promised “revenge” after armed Islamists have killed 16 soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula and then have launched an attack on Israel that failed. The gunmen, who were wearing bulletproof vests, were intercepted and killed by Israeli forces near the...
  • 2012080303/08/2012
    30th July – 3rd August
    The Moroccan social project, a model for the Arab world (Le projet social marocain, un modèle pour le monde arabe) – Le Monde – 30/07/2012 Building a social project for an entire country is not easy and, until 2000, Morocco did not have any rational approach in this regard. The social initiatives were conducted without...
  • 2012072727/07/2012
    23rd – 27th July
    At least 100 killed in Iraq in wave of attacks tied to al-Qaeda – The Washington Post – 23/07/2012 On Monday a wave of deadly attacks shook at least 13 cities in Iraq, killing at least 100 people and dozens of others injured. The coordinated nature of the violence and the focus on multiple targets...
  • 2012072020/07/2012
    16th – 20th July
    Israel security services uncover Palestinian cell that planned to kidnap IDF soldiers – Haaretz – 16/07/2012 Israel security services together with IDF and Israel police uncovered a terrorist cell that planned to kidnap an IDF soldier as a bargaining chip. The terrorist cell was led by Rajab Salach Saladin, a 52-year-old resident of the West...
  • 2012071313/07/2012
    9th – 13th July
    Saudi protest crackdown leaves two dead – Al Jazeera – 09/07/2012 Saudi Arabia has largely escaped the kind of protests that have toppled since last year four Arab heads of state and have shook other governments. However, the Saudi government announced that on Monday two men have been killed after protests in a Shia Muslim...
  • 2012070606/07/2012
    2nd – 6th July
    Corpses mutilated by Syrian army found in trash bins, activists say – Haaretz – 04/07/2012 In the city of Douma, Syrians have recovered mutilated corpses and devastated body parts sifted through trash. According to activists, “death squads” have swept the anti-government districts after the Assad’s army drove out the rebel fighters. France and the UK...
  • 2012062929/06/2012
    22th – 29th June
    Lebanon overtaken by the Syrian conflict (Le Liban rattrapé par le conflit syrien) – Reuters – 25/06/2012 We can consider that the political line based on the “dissociation” advocated by the Lebanese Prime Minister, Nagib Mikati, for over a year threatens to shatter because Lebanon is caught up in recent days by the conflict taking...
  • 2012062222/06/2012
    18th – 22th June
    Mutual determination to further strengthen the partnership (Détermination mutuelle à renforcer davantage les relations de partenariat) – Le Matin – 19/06/2012 The “Forum d’investissement et de coopération entrepreneuriale Espagne-Maroc” is another step in strengthening relations between Morocco and Spain: it has as main objective to promote the development of investment projects and cooperation between the...
  • 2012061515/06/2012
    11th – 15th June
    Iraq and Iran cuddle up in OPEC, but for how long? – Reuters – 13/06/2012 Historical rivals, Iraq and Iran are becoming closer to the OPEC policy, providing a counterweight to the Arab Gulf led by Saudi Arabia, which have long dominated the cartel. But cordial relations could be severely tested later this year when...
  • 2012060808/06/2012
    4th – 8th June
    Egypt presidential elections dogged by turmoil, uncertainty – Al-Ahram – 05/06/2012 In lead-up to this month’s presidential runoff vote, Egypt’s political scene is thrown into further confusion by the controversial Mubarak trial verdicts and ensuing protests that followed. The current wave of protests, according to Hassan Abu-Taleb, political analyst and editor-in-chief of Ahram’s Al-Taqreer Al-Strategy,...
  • 2012032323/03/2012
    March 19 to 23, 2012
    Reflections on ideology after the arab spring Jadaliyya – 21/03/2012 With the uprising of the arab spring, we witnessed popular mobilization on a whole new level, but phrased in terms that seemed to fall between liberalism, leftism, and Islamism, but perhaps having had nothing to do with ideologies in the first place. Maybe the compulsion...
  • 2012030909/03/2012
    March 5 to 9
    The Auschwitz complex The Economist – 06/03/2012 Mr Netanyahu thinks the Zionist mission was to give the Jewish people control over their destiny. No people has control over its destiny when it is at war with its neighbours. But in any case, that is only one way of thinking of the Zionist mission. Another mission...
  • 2012030202/03/2012
    February 27 to March 1
    Deciphering the enigma Qatar – Gulf News – 2/3/2012 In recent years Qatar has adopted a regional mediator role. But last year, especially since the Libyan crisis, Doha has left this role to become a real actor. In Libya, it has given support to the opposition to Gaddafi. Today it actively supports the active opponents...
  • 2012021717/02/2012
    February 13 to 17, 2012
    Saudi Arabia: the death penalty for tweeting? (Arabie Saoudite: la peine de mort pour avoir twitté?) Jeune Afrique – 15/02/2012 Saudi journalist Hamza Kashgari could pay dearly the fact he addressed directly the Prophet via Twitter. Considered blasphemous, his tweets on 4 February 2012 have raised the ire of thousands of Muslims, compelling him to...
  • 2012021010/02/2012
    February 6 to 10
    EU threatens new sanctions on Syria The Independent – 8/02/2012 The European Union will impose harsher sanctions on Syria, a senior EU official said today, as Russia tried to broker talks between the vice president and the opposition to calm violence. In Brussels, a senior EU official said the bloc will soon impose harsher sanctions...
  • 2012020303/02/2012
    30 January to 3 February
    Israel’s military leaders warn against Iran attack – The Independent – 2/2/2012 Many senior members of the Israeli army warned against premature action against Iran, as the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are defending. According to them, Israel has not quite evaluated the consequences of such action, which may include adverse...
  • 2012012727/01/2012
    January 23 to 27, 2012
    –         ‘Persepolis’ trial resumes in tense climate in Tunisia – Al Masry Al Youm – 24/01/2012 The trial of the director of Tunisia’s Nessma television, accused of « insulting sacred values » for showing the Franco-Iranian film « Persepolis, » briefly resumed Monday in a tense climate in Tunis. « I am sorry to be here today, this is...
  • 2012012020/01/2012
    January 16 to 20, 2012
    –          Diplomats seek UN Syria consensus – Financial Times – 17/001/2012 Senior diplomats will meet at the United Nations on Tuesday to hammer out a Security Council consensus on Syria, in the latest effort to stop the bloodshed that has made a mockery of a three-week Arab peace mission to the country. After another 12...
  • 2012011313/01/2012
    January 9 to 13, 2012
    –         Turkey warns against a « civil war » in Syria ( La Turquie met en garde contre une « guerre civile » en Syrie) – Le Monde – 09/01/2012 The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned on Monday 9 January, against a »civil war, a race war, a religion and communities war. » « This must stop, » Erdogan said...
  • 2012010606/01/2012
    January 2 to 6, 2012
    –          Egyptians Vote in Final Round of Parliamentary Elections – New York Times – 03/01/2012 The Muslim Brotherhood worked to stretch its lead Tuesday as Egyptians returned to the polls in the final phase of the first parliamentary elections since the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak and prosecutors asked a court to...