Editorial 2015

  • 2015073131/07/2015
    Turkey faces its demons
    Iran and the members of the Security Council plus Germany (P5 + 1) agreed, after 12 years of chaotic negotiations; they have clinched a landmark deal on the Iranian nuclear issue. John Kerry and Javid Zarif reached a compromise to solve the nuclear impasse. The conclusion of this agreement is a success: for Obama, currently mired in the Middle East, for Iran, which will run back into the community of nations. Moreover, it is also a success for the members of the P5 + 1 who negotiated for 12 years an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. This very precise and technical agreement allows Iran to develop its civilian nuclear industry and escape the sanctions, but at the same time, it blocks at least for ten years any will of military nuclear program for Iran.
  • 2015072323/07/2015
    Iran: agreement reached
    Iran and the members of the Security Council plus Germany (P5 + 1) agreed, after 12 years of chaotic negotiations; they have clinched a landmark deal on the Iranian nuclear issue. John Kerry and Javid Zarif reached a compromise to solve the nuclear impasse. The conclusion of this agreement is a success: for Obama, currently mired in the Middle East, for Iran, which will run back into the community of nations. Moreover, it is also a success for the members of the P5 + 1 who negotiated for 12 years an agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue. This very precise and technical agreement allows Iran to develop its civilian nuclear industry and escape the sanctions, but at the same time, it blocks at least for ten years any will of military nuclear program for Iran.
  • 2015070202/07/2015
    Attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France
    The last attacks, which have struck Kuwait, Tunisia and France nearly simultaneously, reminds us that Daesh is still dangerous and its operational capabilities are always present both in the Middle East and in Europe. In Tunisia the attack hit the tourism sector in Sousse on a beach by making 38 dead and 39 wounded according to the latest report of the Tunisian authorities. The attack was perpetrate by a Tunisian student of 23 years identified by Tunisian security forces as Seifeddine Rezgui. The latter opened fire on tourists along the beach in front of the Imperial Marhaba hotel. This attack followed the bombing of the Bardo Museum perpetrated March 18, 2015.
  • 2015063030/06/2015
    Wikileaks and the Saudi diplomacy
    On June 19th, WikiLeaks launched "the Saudi cables" operation by publishing nearly 60,000 documents from the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These documents, which are mostly Arabic notes send to Saudi embassies worldwide, reveal much about the kingdom diplomacy.
  • 2015061919/06/2015
    HERITAGE, A WAR VICTIM
    Tensions, geopolitical upheavals and crises that plague the Middle East in recent times have not spared men and women of these areas. But there are also more discreet victims. These victims, if they could speak, would probably say much more about the events they have been through in centuries.
  • 2015060404/06/2015
    Syrian conflict and Drugs
    Yesterday, along the Jordanian-Syrian border Jordanian security forces have neutralized two vehicles and killed their occupants, who were trying to smuggle in Jordan. Police have made a major drug bust (the captagon) and also discovered a large cache of weapons.
  • 2015050808/05/2015
    The European Union and the migratory tragedies in the Mediterranean
    The 15th of March, 2015, marked the fourth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. Monstrosities that have occurred since the beginning of the conflict were unimaginable, and thought to be halted by those who claimed all along that this was unacceptable and must be stopped. They have gone on, however, increasingly unnoticed and in the background of other conflicts. As the war has moved on to Iraq and yonder, we watch from afar, startled by the horror flooding many innocent civilians. Distracted by the horror of ISIS, we forget that beheadings are still a daily occurrence on Syrian ground. The conflict floats on, unabated.
  • 2015032727/03/2015
    Syria’s Last Breaths
    The 15th of March, 2015, marked the fourth anniversary of the Syrian conflict. Monstrosities that have occurred since the beginning of the conflict were unimaginable, and thought to be halted by those who claimed all along that this was unacceptable and must be stopped. They have gone on, however, increasingly unnoticed and in the background of other conflicts. As the war has moved on to Iraq and yonder, we watch from afar, startled by the horror flooding many innocent civilians. Distracted by the horror of ISIS, we forget that beheadings are still a daily occurrence on Syrian ground. The conflict floats on, unabated.
  • 2015022424/02/2015
    Intelligent approach toward radicalisation: balancing between repressive, preventive and sensitised policies
    Marjon Goetinck In this post-Charlie era we are being flooded by the horror and uprising of the Islamic State, the tragic terror attacks in Brussels, Paris and Copenhagen and the problems regarding the radicalisation of young muslims. It is without a doubt a complex societal fact that young muslims are willing to turn their backs against their country to join the ranges of the extremely violent IS. Belgium is coping with an estimated 380 Syria- and Iraq fighters, towering high above the European average. The one in a million question in various parlementary hearings as well as the media is: why do youngsters radicalise and what can the government and society do about phenomenon?
  • 2015021717/02/2015
    How efficient are the tactics used by the Islamic State?
    By Yasmine Sadri When considering the threat posed by the Islamic state it is important to analyze their tactics and the influence they are having on a world scale. We know that the use of propaganda has long been present in war. Jihadist rebel group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) believes it is called upon by legitimization from Allah to establish a caliphate. Because of this legitimacy they have allowed their propaganda to be rawer, more graphically violent and deranged.
  • 2015021313/02/2015
    The European Union and the challenges with fighting terrorism: the boundaries of cooperation
    By Barbara Gianessi When European Union's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, paid a high profile visit to Turkey last week she raised the hopes of those who urge for a renewed relationship between the EU and Turkey. This meeting, just one month after Mogherini’s appointment, was interpreted as a demonstration of good-will to enhance EU partnership with Ankara, which for a long time has been in a state of inertia. During her visit, Ms. Mogherini called for a stronger “alignment on foreign policy” with Turkey, stressing the importance of a closer cooperation in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) militants and on EU sanctions against Russia.