Presse review 2010

  • 2010122424/12/2010
    December 20 to December 24, 2010
    – Iraq gets a new government 22/12/2010 – El Jazeera The Iraqi parliament has approved this Wednesday, December 22, 2010 the government formed by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki after nine months of deadlock since the elections in March 2010. This cabinet was formed to meet the religious and political balance, and may for these reasons, encounter difficulties...
  • 2010121717/12/2010
    December 13 to December 17, 2010
    – Barzani worried Iraq by asking the Kurdish self-determination (13/12/2010) – RFI The claim of a right to self-determination, on December 11, 2010, launched by the President of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan and KDP leader Massoud Barzani worries Iraqi politicians. Some Arab deputies allege a betrayal of the leader while others see a way to...
  • 2010121010/12/2010
    December 6 to 10, 2010
    – Maghreb free trade zone: the reservations of Algeria (Zone maghrébine de libre échange : les réserves de l’Algérie ) (9/12/2010) – El Watan Algeria has expressed reservations about joining the Maghreb free trade area to be launched in 2011. The proposal to extend the agreement on the free movement of persons has not been welcomed by...
  • 2010120303/12/2010
    November 29 to December 3, 2010
    –Wikileaks: Arab fears of Iran (Wikileaks : La peur des pays arabes face à l’Iran) (28/11/2010 – Le Monde) Recent Wikileaks revelations disclosed the double discourse of Gulf countries as far as Iranian nuclear file is concerned. While they have publicly affirmed their opposition to military strikes against Iran, released documents show that they perceive...
  • 2010112626/11/2010
    November 22 to 26, 2010
    – Hezbollah involved in the assassination of Hariri (Le Hezbollah serait impliqué dans l’assassinat d’Hariri) 23/11/2010 – Le Soir According to Le Soir, the International Independent Investigation Commission of the UN has found evidence pointing the involvement of Hezbollah in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. A review of telephone calls...
  • 2010111919/11/2010
    November 15 to 19, 2010
    – Israeli official: Palestinians trying to foil settlement freeze deal (16/11/2010) – Haaretz The article discusses the opposition of the Palestinian Authority to U.S. settlement freeze plan, proposed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Authority considers that (political and military) incentives are far too favorable to Israel and will not enable peace negotiations progress, by further...
  • 2010111212/11/2010
    November 8 to 12, 2010
    – Mediterranean summit postponed for second time due to peace talks deadlock (11/11/2010) – Al Masry Al Youm Originally planned for November 21, the summit of the Union for the Mediterranean has been postponed for the second time – he had already been postponed in June following the events of the flotilla. This decision was taken in...
  • 2010110505/11/2010
    November 1 to 5, 2010
    – The End of Christianity in the Middle East? (2 November 2010) – Foreign Policy The eve of the Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day in Iraq was marked by a tragic incident on Sunday evening, in which 53 people were killed by a suicide attack against a Chaldean church in central Baghdad. The suicide bombers,...
  • 2010102929/10/2010
    October 25 to 29, 2010
    – New controversy over the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (Nouvelle polémique autour du Tribunal spécial sur le Liban)  (28/10/2010) – RFI On the occasion of the visit of the President of the Lebanese Parliament, Nabih Berri on Thursday in France, Nicolas Sarkozy reaffirmed his support to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) created by the United Nations....
  • 2010102222/10/2010
    October 18 to 22, 2010
    – Egyptian government fears a Facebook revolution (Le gouvernement égyptien craint une révolution par Facebook) (21/10/2010) – Guardian According to Osama Diab, the government’s threat to Facebook is a sign of a growing restriction of freedom of expression carried out by a regime feeling increasingly threatened. The possibility of banning Facebook in Egypt was raised during...
  • 2010101515/10/2010
    October 11 to 15, 2010
    – Does Egypt need international election observers? (14/10/2010) – Al Masry Al Youm Moqbel Shaker, Vice Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission in Egypt, denies the usefulness to the country of foreign observers in the forthcoming parliamentary elections. According to Michele Dunne, his arguments are easily refutable whether the interference in domestic affairs, the rejection by...
  • 2010100808/10/2010
    October 4 to 8, 2010
    –Experts are preparing the second UfM summit (Des experts préparent le second sommet de l’UPM) L’Expression (03/10/2010) While the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Union for the Mediterranean should be held, if all goes well in November, experts from the Institute of economic forecasting in the Mediterranean world (IPEMed), which do not...
  • 2010100101/10/2010
    September 27 – October 1, 2010
    –Yemen’s Children of War: Tomorrow’s Fighters? Time (29/09/2010) A six-year-long war in northern Yemen has created a generation of children who know of no other way of life except war. These displaced children who have witnessed horrors are often really violent. Other problems are related child labor and trafficking, exposure to land mines and unexploded...
  • 2010092424/09/2010
    September 20 to 24, 2010
    – Last call for the freeze / The Desperate Have Nothing to Lose (24/9/2010) –Haaretz Yossi Sarid highlights the challenges of September 26 when the moratorium on settlements building in the West Bank will end. He said that if Benjamin Netanyahu is not able to extend the freeze on settlements, it will not do more in...
  • 2010091717/09/2010
    13 to 17 September, 2010
    – “Black September », between Amman and the PLO, the corner is offically turned (« Septembre Noir » entre Amman et l’OLP, une page officiellement tournée) (17/09/10)  – L’Orient le jour Forty years after the bloody « Black September », named after the clashes between Palestinian militants and the Jordanian Army, the corner is officially turned between Amman and...
  • 2010091010/09/2010
    September 6 to 10, 2010
    – Demographic time bomb (Bombe à retardement démographique) (9/9/2010) –Jeune Afrique Tobias Buck highlights the projected demographic developments in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and the growing of two opposed communities, the ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Arab-Israelis. They nevertheless share a common point: they are one as the other the poorest and excluded fringes from...
  • 2010090303/09/2010
    August 30 to September 3, 2010
    – Immigration: « Libya is not a problem » (Immigration : «La Libye n’est plus un problème») (3/9/2010) – Le Figaro These are the words of the French State Secretary for European Affairs, Pierre Lellouche, who was in Tripoli for a meeting of the Mediterranean countries of the 5 +5. Libya has made real efforts to control sub-Saharan immigration...
  • 2010082727/08/2010
    August 23 to 27, 2010
    – Hot wind of crackdown on Algerian summer (Vent chaud de répression sur l’été algérien)(24/8/2010) – Babelmed Ghania Khelifi denounces in her article an increasingly strict attitude of the Algerian government on religious observance but also its denial of freedom of expression. Surprisingly, two workers were arrested for drinking water at the beginning of this month of...
  • 2010082020/08/2010
    August 16 to 20, 2010
    – Israelis and Palestinians to Resume Talks, Officials Say (20/8/2010) – New York Times The NY Times announces the forthcoming resumption of direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis, under the auspices of the Quartet (UN, EU, USA and Russia). American diplomacy and the tireless efforts of the Special Envoy for the Middle East George Mitchell seem to...
  • 2010081313/08/2010
    August 9 to 13, 2010
    – Saudi regulator lifts BlackBerry ban (09//08/10) The Financial Times Saudi Arabia’s telecommunications regulator said on Tuesday that it was allowing the three mobile network operators in the kingdom to continue to operate Research in Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry instant messaging service. However, the Saudi authorities wish to access and monitor the BlackBerry messaging service – an encrypted...
  • 2010080606/08/2010
    August 2 to 6, 2010
    – Inventing the sub French, the dangerous game of Nicolas Sarkozy. (Inventer des sous-français, jeu dangereux de Nicolas Sarkozy) (01/08/2010) –Rue89 In his statement of July 30 in Grenoble, advocating removing French citizenship to « any person of foreign origin who has voluntarily impaired the life of a police officer, a military police or any person holding...
  • 2010073030/07/2010
    July 26 to 30, 2010
    – A hot summer in the Middle East (Part I & Part II) (Un Eté chaud au Proche-Orient) (28-30/7/2010) – Nouvelles d’Orient, blog du Diplo Alain Gresh gives a analysis on current hot issues this summer in the Middle East. In the first part he describes the situations in Afghanistan following the leak of information on Wikileaks, in Iraq,...
  • 2010072323/07/2010
    July 19 to 23, 2010
    – Arab guilty of rape after consensual sex with Jew (21/7/2010) – The Guardian Sabbar Kashur, 30, Palestinian, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for having, according to the court, committed a rape by deception. He indeed had a relationship with a Jew who did believe he was Jewish. Gideon Levy in Haaretz responds by asking...
  • 2010070909/07/2010
    July 5 to 9, 2010
    – The new paths of Turkish foreign policy: confusion or reorientation? (Les nouveaux chemins de la politique étrangère turque : égarement ou réorientation ? )(3/7/2010) – OVIPOT (Observatoire de la vie politique turque) While the country has turned to Europe and the United States for years to the detriment of its eastern neighbors, the Turkish ambitious...
  • 2010070202/07/2010
    June 28 to July 2, 2010
    – Egypt worst Arab state on rule-of-law index, (28/06/2010), Almasry Alyoum According to the International Justice Project (IJP)’s latest rule-of-law index, Egypt has ranked last of all the Arab states.  In terms of government accountability, security and stability, government transparency and corruption, Egypt has progress to make. – Lieberman: Absolutely no chance for a Palestinian state within next...
  • 2010062525/06/2010
    June 21 to June 25, 2010
    – Interview of Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, (21/06/2010), Réalité In this interview, conducted by Azza Turki for Tunisian weekly « Reality », Charles-Ferdinand Nothomb, vice president of European Movement International (EMI), provides his opinion about the North-South dialogue. Mettre PDF – avec lien – East Jerusalem Building Plan Advances, (21/06/2010), NewYork Times The demolition plans are cruising in Jerusalem. They concern...
  • 2010061818/06/2010
    June 14 to June 18, 2010
    – The desunity of Mediterranean (La Méditerranée en état de désunion), (14/06/2010), Le Monde Andrea Canino, President of the Mediterranean-ECOMED Business Council, presents the Union for the Mediterranean’s main challenges today. The disunity of the Mediterranean is due to several factors but the major challenge is to boost regional cooperation in choosing the best solution which...
  • 2010061111/06/2010
    June 7 to 11, 2010
    – Spain seeks EU backing on plan to lift Israeli blockade of Gaza (10/06/2010) – The Guardian The Spanish Presidency represented by Miguel Angel Moratinos, along with Lady Ashton, will raise the issue of Gaza during the meeting of EU Foreign Affairs Ministers on Monday. The EU members appear divided on the issue; some advocate to follow...
  • 2010060404/06/2010
    May 31 to June 4, 2010
    – “End the siege on Gaza now” say MEPs visiting the territory, (31/05/2010), Europarl, European Parliment web site The visit of the European Parliament’s delegation in Gaza, in May 2010, prompted MEPs to support the end of the siege on Gaza. Members of Parliament are in favor of a EU political action as well as a...
  • 2010052828/05/2010
    May 24 to 28, 2010
    – Obama unveils new security strategy (27/05/2010) – Al Jazeera President Obama is about to unveil a new security strategy. It abandons certain terms from the last security document drafted by the Bush administration as « global war against terrorism » or references to « Islamic extremism » and prefers that of a « war against a specific network, Al Qaeda...
  • 2010052121/05/2010
    May 17 to 21, 2010
    – Palestinian nonviolence relies on global non-silence, (21/05/2010), The Guardian The nonviolence resistance in Palestine has always existed even if there is no a great leader of this movement as Gandhi was for India. Nonviolence is a means of resistance which has unfortunately not been respected by Israel. The Palestinian nonviolent resisters have always been the...
  • 2010051212/05/2010
    May 10 to 12, 2010
    – Lieberman dismisses Arab threat to boycott Mediterranean summit(11/5/2010) – Haaretz The Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman announced he would attend the Mediterranean Summit on June 8 in Barcelona, despite the threat of an Arab boycott in case of his presence. According to Haaretz, European diplomats see this as a stronger Arab position against Israel. Indeed,...
  • 2010050707/05/2010
    May 3 to 7, 2010
    – Weary cast back to produce Middle East peace (7/5/2010) – Financial Times Tobias Buck, FT correspondent in Jerusalem, expresses its doubts about projected resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians under American auspices. On one hand, these negotiations will be conducted indirectly, through the U.S. special envoy George Mitchell, which represents a step backwards compared to...
  • 2010043030/04/2010
    April 26 to 30, 2010
    – Tehran courts UN members from Brazil to Bosnia on nuclear issue, (30/04/2010), Gulf News The Iranian president is adopting a new diplomatic strategy regarding the nuclear issue. Knowing that great powers and the United Nations are ready to punish Iran, Ahmadinejad opens a debate about which countries have the right to possess nuclear technology. The...
  • 2010042323/04/2010
    April 19 to 23, 2010
    – Iran unveils ‘ultra-speed and smart’ vessel in war games, (23/04/2010), Arabnews.com The Iranian Revolutionary Guard has offered a demonstration of its military forces during an exercise in the Hormuz Strait, which is a strategic point in the oil route. In this period,during when leaders such as Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy are concerned about the...
  • 2010041616/04/2010
    April 12 to 16, 2010
    – In Yemen, the tragedies associated with early marriage emphasize their destructive effect (Au Yémen, des drames liés aux mariages précoces soulignent leur effet dévastateur ) (15/4/2010) – Le Monde The death of a 13 year old girl following sexual assault on April 2 last week was followed by the hospitalization of a 11 year old girl...
  • 2010040909/04/2010
    April 5 to 9, 2010
    – Why is it still stuck (8/4/2010) – The Economist Back among the respectable powers since 2005, Libya sees now European and American money that abounds on its markets. Still the egocentric and unpredictability nature of the irremovable Muammar Gaddafi hampers real foreign investments in the country. As for the population, it receives free public services, but...
  • 2010040202/04/2010
    March 29 to April 2nd, 2010
    – Morocco : key partner of EU, (Le Maroc un partenaire «essentiel» de l’UE), (01/04/2010), Le Matin At a meeting in Brussels, Philippe Etienne, France’s Permanent Representative to the EU compliments the kingdom, an “essential” partner of the European Union. Morocco has an important role in the Euro-Mediterranean relations and cooperates in several areas with Europe. On...
  • 2010032626/03/2010
    March 22 to 26, 2010
    – Netanyahu will have to choose (Netanyahou devra choisir) (26/3/2010) – La Libre Belgique Netanyahu thinks he made a step forward a « middle ground » between U.S. demands and requirements of his national electorate. Yet this is not the opinion of the White House for which the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama brought nothing new. Prime Minister of...
  • 2010031919/03/2010
    March 15 to 19, 2010
    – Egypt worried about Moubarak’s absence (L’Egypte s’inquiète de l’absence de Moubarak), (16/03/2010), L’Express After a surgery in Germany, President Mubarak’s absence has greatly concerned Egyptians. Despite publication of numerous press releases, a feeling of suspense has invaded the country to the point that Cairo Stock Exchange recorded a significant decline. The Head of State’s health...
  • 2010031212/03/2010
    March 8 to 12, 2010
    – Sweden labels mass killing of Armenians ‘genocide’ (12/3/2010) – Hürriyet(English) from AP Only a week after the same measure passed in the American Congress, the Swedish Parliament adopted a law labeling as genocide the massacre of Armenians by the Ottomans in the early twentieth century. Since then Turkey recalled its ambassador in Stockholm and canceled the visit...
  • 2010030505/03/2010
    March 1st to 5, 2010
    – Armenian Genocide: new tension between the U.S. and Ankara (Génocide arménien : coup de froid entre les USA et Ankara), (05/03/2010) – Le Figaro The Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives approved Thursday, March 4 on a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide by Turkey in 1915. But, Ankara contests this decision, which then...
  • 2010022626/02/2010
    February 22 to 26, 2010
    – More Israeli names new Dubai suspects game list (26/2/2010) – Gulf News Other Israelis were informed that their identities had been misused in the assassination of Hamas military leader, Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh in Dubai. An updated list of twenty-six suspects has indeed been established by the police of the emirate, including twelve English, six Irishmen, four French,...
  • 2010021919/02/2010
    February 15 to 19, 2010
    – Ankara is expanding its role in the Middle East (Ankara étend son rôle au Proche-Orient)  (18/02/2010) – Le Figaro Turkey takes a new turn in its diplomatic relations with countries in the region. It arises as a mediator in conflicts, in particular through the Palestinian cause. The image of Ankara has changed again; moreover, its goal...
  • 2010021212/02/2010
    February 8 to 12, 2010
    – North Yemen calm after truce (12/2/2010) – Al Jazeera.net Shia Houhi rebels finally agreed to the six conditions of the cease-fire presented by the Yemeni government. Western pressure has President Ali Abdullah Saleh to find a quick solution to the problems of Yemen. He chose to tackle the rebellion in the north, before addressing tougher problems...
  • 2010020505/02/2010
    February 1st to 5th, 2010
    – Untouched by War, in Iraq (28/01/2010) – New York Times The New York Times offers a report about the iraqien village of Halaichiya, in the south of Iraq. This village is completely separated from the rest of the country. Its particularity is that people from Halaichiya have never seen some American soldiers and Halaichiya is totally...
  • 2010012929/01/2010
    January 25 to 29, 2010
    –  « My brothers think about weapons, not toys » (29/1/2010) – The Guardian(Video) The Guardian does a report on the aftermath of the war of last winter in Gaza on children. Even today, traces of the events are present in children nightmares, emotions, games and schooling. Osama Damo, from Save the Children, highlights the danger of mental problems...
  • 2010012222/01/2010
    January 18 to 22, 2010
    –  Obama admits U.S. underestimated Israeli-Palestinian deadlock(22/1/2010) – The Guardian Barack Obama acknowledged in an interview with Time magazine that his administration had underestimated the political obstacles to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The American President thought he could pressure the Israeli government to stop the settlements, but could not get major concessions. According to him, both sides...
  • 2010011515/01/2010
    January 11 to 15, 2010
    –  The El Baradei effect on Egyptian Politics (13/1/2010) – Al Masry Al Youm Mohamed El Baradei’s statement, on December 6 about the conditions of his candidacy to the upcoming presidential elections in Egypt has not only shaken the government but has also recalled the difficulties encountered by the opposition in recent years. The former Director...