To follow up on the last post about Israel – Mr Netanyahu, as expected, won the election – but not entirely as expected – as he came out more weakened and reliant on other parties than ever before. Continue reading
With the help of election translation services pollsters suggest Benjamin Netanyahu will comfortably win next weeks elections on Tuesday. He promised no Jewish settlements in the West Bank will be removed if he wins – the failure to remove these settlements could prove problematic for the Israeli and Palestinian peace making process as it is both a sensitive geographical area and a prerequisite for Palestinian cooperation. Continue reading
Some forty thousand people have been killed in the space of 30 years of insurgency and counterinsurgency involving the Turks and the Kurds. Last week in Paris, if you recall, three women activists were shot down dead in an execution style which gave rise to an enormous amount of protests and demonstrations around the world.
The leader of Syria, President Assad, has made a speech in which he has labelled his opponents as “puppets of the West”. The speech has been heavily criticised by the US government who have perceived it as an attempt by Assad to maintain his power in the country. In the speech, President Assad spoke of his proposed peace plan, however his proposals have been seen as being “detached from reality” by the US state department. Continue reading
In regards to Syria’s situation, it is interesting to quote how the Lebanese expert Nadīm Šaḥāda said in one of his articles: he denounces the lack of a clear declaration from the part of the international community towards the Syrian regime and as a consequence the transmission of a wrong message. That is that the regime government has carte blanche to establish his supremacy over Syria again. Continue reading
Yesterday NATO approved the deployment of Patriot anti-missile batteries along the border of Turkey. The decision came after concerns and fears Syria would use chemical weapons against bordering Turkey.
Intelligence gathered by NATO suggested Damascus was thinking of using ballistic missiles armed with chemical warheads. Continue reading
As everybody knows, classical methods of democratization as soft powers (conditionality, incentives, and economic sanctions) were never used in this area. According to the author, the widespread idea that the exportation of democratic values is the only way to fight Arab authoritarian regimes, is less convincing than the one of the auto-democratization; although according to some sceptics who are experts in the plotting theory, the American administration, Israel and their secret services (who are the real inciters of the Arab spring) are reconfiguring the MENA region. Continue reading
Further European Reactions…
The Moroccan expert Abd al-Raḥīm al-Maṣlūḥī, proposes another essay (in the Arabic language with an English translation) in which he commences to ask if Europe, who is defined as a “lessons giver”, is still careless about the issue of political reform in the countries on the southern bank of the Mediterranean. Al-Maṣlūḥī delves into a series of questions about the European Union’s means; he wonders if they are able to achieve the projections of the post-authoritarian agenda in the Arabic world and if Europe will succeed to gain a role in the management of that agenda. Continue reading
On the 6th of November, Obama won his famous second term in office. And the world reckoned and revelled. And celebrated. Well at least most of it.
But what does the Middle East think of Obama’s re-election? For one we know that Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the two countries the US is staunch allies with, have largely not reacted especially positively to his re-election. Elaph, the daily newspaper in Saudi Arabia, wrote: “The US has chosen the more experienced president, who seems more rational than his rival Mitt Romney, who seemed to fantasize about rekindling the dream of an American empire…What is important to us as Arabs is Middle Eastern foreign policy. In this regard, there will be nothing new under the sun, we already have much experience with Obama and he has nothing new to offer us,” wrote a Palestinian correspondent. Continue reading
The European Reaction as Seen by the Arabs
The Moroccan expert Abd al-Raḥīm al-Maṣlūḥī, proposes another essay to discuss in which he commences to ask if Europe, which is defined as a “lessons giver”, is still careless about the issue of political reform in the countries on the southern bank of the Mediterranean. Al-Maṣlūḥī delves into a series of questions about the European Union’s intentions; he wonders if they are able to achieve the projections of the post-authoritarian agenda in the Arabic world and if Europe will succeed to gain a role in the management of that agenda. Continue reading