Editorial 2017

  • 2017021515/02/2017
    A tumultuous visit for Charles Michel in Israel
    by Chloé de Radzitzky Last Monday, the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel left for a visit of three days in Israel. Were scheduled: official visits with Benyamin Netanyahu and Reuven Rivlin; meetings with potential investors, as well as visits of projects supported by the Belgian Cooperation. Everything would have taken place without incident if the Israeli president had not denounced in a press release, the meeting between Charles Michel and two Israeli organizations, B' tselem and Breaking the silence, opposing the colonization[1]. Netanyahu declared: " the Belgian government has to decide if he wants to change direction or to continue on an anti-Israeli line "[2]. This statement echoes the ambiguous position that the Kingdom maintains towards Israel.
  • 2017013131/01/2017
    Six years after: the Egyptian Revolution
    By Chloé de Radzitzky It has been now six years since Egyptians mobilized in Cairo and in other cities of Egypt to denounce the poor economic conditions; and police violence committed by the Mubarak regime. These uprisings occurred ten days after the beginning of the Tunisian revolution, and were quickly transformed into a revolution demanding the fall of the regime. Egyptian president Al Sissi pronounced a speech for this occasion in which he congratulates the direction took by his country[1]. He asked the young people having participated in the revolution that the country "needed their efforts to continue to move forward on the path of the reform, the construction and the development "[2]. However, as during the previous anniversaries of the uprising, the president required the police to be present in the streets of Cairo to avoid any demonstrations.
  • 2017012424/01/2017
    Perspective on the Paris Peace Conference
    By Chloé de Radzitzky The Paris Middle East peace conference was held on January 15th. This event is a new stage in the history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while the peace process between Israel and Palestine has been frozen since 2014[1]. More than seventy countries met to affirm their commitment to the two-state solution. This conference was organized by the French president François Hollande. It aimed at keeping alive the two-state solution, the solution of reference for the international community. It is however necessary to question the relevance of this solution as well as about the utility of the conference. Indeed, many are sceptical as for the relevance of the conference of Paris as well as critic of the two-state solution. Indeed, this solution lays at the basis of all peace initiatives between the Israelis and the Palestinians, initiatives which never bring the peace.
  • 2017011717/01/2017
    The iranian political landscape shakes after the death of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani
    By Chloé de Radzitzky Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died in 82 years Sunday, January 8th of a heart attack in a hospital of Tehran[1]. Millions of citizens gathered last Tuesday to accompany the Iranian former president in his last home[2]. His death represents an upheaval in the Iranian political scene inhabited by factional tensions between the radicals and the reformist and moderate. To understand this change, it is necessary to re-place this character within the official and unofficial networks of the power.