Pourquoi le Maghreb soutient Bachar Al-Assad par Akram Belkaïd PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 16:43

 Réuni sous le « haut patronage » du président Béji Caïd Essebsi, le Conseil des ministres arabes de l’intérieur adopte un texte qui condamne les « pratiques et actes terroristes » du Hezbollah, accusé de vouloir« déstabiliser certains pays arabes ». Cette mise en cause frontale résulte d’une intense pression des représentants des six monarchies du Conseil de coopération du Golfe (CCG), qui avaient déjà adopté un texte dans ce sens le même jour. Ils entendent dénoncer le soutien militaire du parti libanais au régime de M. Bachar Al-Assad et l’isoler sur le plan diplomatique.

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Exclusion of Arab parliamentarians from the Knesset by OMRI BOEHM PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 April 2016 11:43

L'article a était écrit en anglais pour le journal hebdomadaire allemand Die Zeit. L'article fut publié et traduit en allemand par Michael Adrian, dans Die Zeit N° 14 du 23 mars 2016, page 42. NDLR

In Jerusalem's Knesset are also some Arab MPs. Supposedly, they deny "Israel's existence as a Jewish state". Now the government wants to take action against them. Written by OMRI BOEHM

The Israeli government intends these days a law to bring through parliament, with which it would be possible to exclude Arab parliamentarians from the Knesset. No major media coverage took place in the Western media. Apparently it might be acceptable that a government threatened or hit by terrorists accesses unconventional means to protect the country...Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced in September at the UN General Assembly, the Palestinians "felt no longer 'on the Oslo agreement" tied ". Abbas' statement proves in retrospect to be significant. "In times of universal deceit," to George Orwell once said, "is the utterance of truth calls for revolutionary action": Although everyone for years know that the Oslo process is dead...

It was no accident that the violence in the region less than a week after Abbas' wake-up call reached an extent where many thought it to a third Intifada.. In this context, US Secretary of State Kerry warned that the two-state solution will be virtually obsolete - he even spoke of "apartheid". A few weeks ago, the influential New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman stated then flush, "end of the show" ... you all have buried the two-state solution.... "A year ago, such a statement would have been unthinkable. Abbas' rejection of Oslo marked a new phase in the Arab-Israeli conflict, the moment at which the discussion of the two-state illusions began to shift to a One-State politic.

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Syria – a Study in International Cynicism by Amir Taheri PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 January 2016 13:14

an 8th, 2016 by Amir Taheri for Asharq al-Awsat


The UN's proposed peace talks are hardly the result of a genuine desire to stop the killings. Instead, they are meant to create the illusion that the international community has now reached a consensus on Syria. This is patently untrue

Opinion: Syria – a Study in International Cynicism

If all goes well, the latest diplomatic maneuver on Syria will take place sometime this month. However, what one can expect from the forthcoming session, which is unanimously endorsed by the United Nations Security Council, is far from certain.

The first thing to know about the proposed diplomatic exercise is that it is only tangentially related to Syria if at all. The real purpose of the exercise lies elsewhere.

This is instantly clear from the very first step proposed by the Security Council resolution: to install a ceasefire in the war-torn country. Usually, when the Security Council decides on a ceasefire it is fixed for almost immediate establishment. Over the past 70 years of its existence the UN has declared dozens of ceasefires, all coming into effect instantly.

This time, however, the Security Council envisages a ceasefire produced by unspecified talks at an unspecified date. Worse still, at least half of those involved in Syria’s multi-layered war are excluded even from talks on a ceasefire.

A Versailles, la guerre a perdu la paix - 20 juillet 2015 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 July 2015 17:25
20 juillet 2015
Extrait du « Manuel d’histoire critique »

A Versailles, la guerre a perdu la paix

Le troisième programme d’aide imposé à la Grèce dans la nuit du 12 au 13 juillet 2015 a été qualifié de « nouveau traité de Versailles » par l’ancien ministre des finances Yánis Varoufákis, lors du débat parlementaire précédant son adoption.

Ce traité, signé le 28 juin 1919, fait l’objet d’un traitement très différent suivant les pays, explique le « Manuel d’histoire critique » du « Monde diplomatique ». Tandis que les manuels scolaires allemands insistent sur la dureté des sanctions infligées à Berlin, les livres de classe britanniques soulignent la position revancharde de la France ; en Russie, on retient surtout que la nouvelle République soviétique ne faisait pas partie des invités. Complémentaires, ces interprétations témoignent de l’influence de la mémoire nationale sur la construction du récit historique.

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Jun 30, 2015 Putin’s Plans For New Quartet To Defeat Islamic State PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 June 2015 15:43

Syrian foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem paid a surprise visit to Moscow on Monday and was greeted, upon arrival, by both President Putin and Russian  Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. What was the purpose of this visit?

We believe it has to do with the continued expansion of Islamic State (IS) which has made new gains against Assad’s Army in north west, central and southern Syria.

President Putin seems to be one of few foreign leaders to truly appreciate the danger presented to regional, and international, security by IS.

Putin re-iterated his support for the Assad regime, ‘politically, economically and militarily’, but firmly linked it with the fight against IS, warning that all regional actors need to ‘pool their efforts’ in fighting ‘this evil’.

Russia has always been seen as the key to a peaceful resolution of the Syrian crisis, which has claimed over 220,000 lives, but has stood firm on its insistence that Assad’s resignation is not a necessary pre-condition to a negotiated settlement.

Russia is now refocusing the main emphasis away from the survival of the Assad regime and onto IS as the most pressing danger; Putin called on major regional powers, Saudi Arabia and Turkey, to put aside their campaign against President Assad and join forces with the regime against IS. The suggestion is that a new coalition to combat the extremists should be formed pitting Riyadh and Damascus, probably along with Ankara and Amman, against IS.

The Russian news agency reported that early discussions on the matter had been fruitful which suggests that preliminary talks had been held with the main players (Riyadh, Ankara and Amman).  It seems likely that Mouallem was summoned to Moscow after, rather than before,  formal requests to embark on negotiations with the Assad regime in a bid to collaborate against IS had been received.

Riyadh, Ankara and Amman appear to be reluctantly coming round to Putin’s view that IS cannot be effectively that countered without  the participation of the Syrian regime.

Last Wednesday, Evgeny Lukyanov the Secretary of the Russian Security Council said at a news conference that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries ‘should pray for Bashar al-Assad… If Assad’s regime collapses, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be the next targets for the Islamic State’. He warned that there are at least 5000 Saudi nationals among the ranks of IS who ‘only know how to murder’ and who would one day come home.  How prescient those words proved to be two days later when a Saudi national blew himself up in a Shiite mosque in Kuwait, killing at least 27 people. The attack was claimed by IS.

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