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Egypte : l’étonnante posture du Qatar

Par Mehdi Karimi – 27 juillet 2013

Affiches au Caire montrant le logo de la chaîne qatarie Al-Jazeera avec une main sanglante. « Une balle peut tuer un homme » dit l’affiche « mais une caméra mensongère peut tuer une nation ».  Crédit photo : Kelly McEvers/NPR

Affiche au Caire montrant le logo de la chaîne qatarie Al-Jazeera avec une main sanglante. « Une balle peut tuer un homme » dit l’affiche « mais une caméra mensongère peut tuer une nation ». Crédit photo : Kelly McEvers/NPR

La destitution du président égyptien Mohamed Morsi, et la mise à l’écart des Frères musulmans, semblent remettre en cause la récente accession au pouvoir de cet acteur majeur de l’islam politique. Avec lui, l’un de ses principaux sponsors, le Qatar, a essuyé un revers de taille dans sa stratégie régionale de soutien aux partis politiques affiliés aux Frères et montés en puissance dans le sillage des soulèvements populaires. Pourtant, Doha a choisi de prendre acte du nouvel équilibre des forces en Egypte, de reconnaître la nouvelle présidence intérimaire et de renouveler son engagement à soutenir le pays dans la grave crise économique qu’il traverse. Une réaction déconcertante alors que les nouveaux maîtres du Caire disposent, à présent, des faveurs du puissant rival saoudien. Continue reading

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Human Rights and Syria: An Original Position for the Gulf?

Commentary by Riccardo Dugulin – 26 March 2012

Source: informeuropa.it

On February 29, the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted by an overwhelming majority a resolution condemning the flagrant violations of human rights in Syria. Regardless of the fact that the HRC cannot generate legally binding resolutions, the move of the council must be read as a major step forward in the international push to limit Bashar al-Assad’s ability to further wage war on his own population. Kuwait, Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been instrumental in drafting and garnering support for the resolution. The Syrian crisis represents the first event in Middle Eastern recent history in which local Arab powers, along with Turkey, openly take a position and lead the way in denouncing crimes committed by an Arab government against its own population through a UN resolution. Continue reading

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Qatar’s Trailblazing Diplomacy

Commentary by Bart Hesseling – 21 November 2011

Sheikh Hamad, right, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani at the Arab League summit, Damascus, March 2008 (© Hussein Malla/AP Images)

The incredible diplomatic activity of the tiny peninsula nation of Qatar heralds a major shift of power, as the old power brokers in the Middle East are either embroiled in revolutionary fervour or too nervous about upsetting the regional system, fragile as it is. Qatar has no such qualms and has thrown its full weight behind the forces of change. On the diplomatic front, after having pushed the Arab states into an unprecedented UN-backed coalition with NATO that proved crucial in ousting Qaddafi, Qatar is now spearheading the Arab League’s moves to put maximum pressure on the regime in Syria. Continue reading

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Interview: Anthony Shadid on the Political Reconfiguration of the Middle East (Part I)

 Interview – 7 November 2011

Anthony Shadid

Anthony Shadid is the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times. Before joining the Times, Mr. Shadid served as the Baghdad bureau chief of The Washington Post. Over a fifteen-year career, he has reported from most countries in the Middle East and broader Arab world. Anthony Shadid was awarded the Pulitzer Prize twice, in 2004 and 2010, for his coverage of the war in Iraq. In 2007, he was a finalist for the same prize for his coverage in Lebanon. Anthony Shadid is also the author of two books, “Legacy of the Prophet: Despots, Democrats and the New Politics of Islam,” (2000) and “Night Draws Near: Iraq’s People in the Shadow of America’s War” (2005). This interview was conducted by Shereen Dbouk in Beirut on the 2nd of November, 2011. Continue reading

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