Palestine – Spray Can Resistance

Since September 2000 and the beginning of the second intifada (the Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip) the Israeli government has been building a wall surrounding the occupied Palestinian territories. "It stands three time the height of the Berlin Wall and will eventually run for over 700Km - the…

Erbil to Baghdad – Iraq under rubble

The official proclamation of the defeat of the Islamic State (ISIS) was loudly celebrated throughout Iraq and in western countries but a place untouched by such optimism is Mosul and its surrounding cities, which are now mountains of post-war rubble. Despite the celebrations following the so called liberation of ISIS controlled areas and international community…

Des divergences croissantes au sein du groupe d’Astana sur la Syrie

Ce post est la version francaise, publiee par lemonde-arabe.fr, de l'article original poste sur ce blog. Alors que l’Etat islamique est sur le point d’être défait, Russes, Iraniens et Turcs affichent leurs dissensions au grand jour. Au cours des trois dernières semaines, les forces syriennes, appuyées par l’armée de l’air russe, ont bombardé de manière…

Will the Astana Group fail Syria’s people?

For the past three weeks, the Syrian Army, supported by Russian air force, has been increasingly and intensively shelling cities and towns on or near the Aleppo-Damascus Highway (M5), especially Ma’arat an-Numman and Khan Sheikhoun towns and surroundings, in what constitutes the most serious escalation in Idlib since the agreement reached by Moscow and Ankara…

Quelles perspectives pour l’humanitaire en Irak post-Etat islamique ?

Certaines zones du pays, qui n’a pas totalement réduit à néant l’EI, sont aujourd’hui délaissées par l’aide internationale. La version francaise de mon article sur l'Etat Islamique en Iraq et l'impact pour les organisations humanitaire, publie par lemonde-arabe.fr ici: https://lemonde-arabe.fr/25/02/2019/perspectives-humanitaire-irak-post-etat-islamique/ Le 6 février dernier, le président américain, Donald Trump, s’est adressé aux représentants de la…

The Islamic State in the Levant after the Caliphate – Perspectives and impact on humanitarian organizations

While the Islamic State (IS) is losing the last few square kilometers of what was at some point the Caliphate, the group, yet weakened as a proto-state, is not defeated and still poses a significant threat to the stability of Iraq and Syria, especially considering the political and economic volatility of both countries. While humanitarian…

Yemen – How will the UN save the Hodeidah agreement

This article has been published in French on the website lemonde-arabe.fr: https://lemonde-arabe.fr/06/02/2019/yemen-comment-lonu-sauvera-t-elle-laccord-dhodeida/ January 30th, Martin Griffiths is wrapping up his third trip of the month to Yemen and the United Nations Special Envoy is urging the country's warring sides again to withdraw their troops from the port city of Hodeidah, a lifeline for millions of…

What’s Next in the Middle East in 2019

• ISIS, which is loosing its last stronghold in Syria, probably realizes that controlling new territory is not sustainable in the short term. ISIS will seek to exploit Sunni grievances, societal instability, and stretched security forces to regain territory in Iraq and Syria in the long term. At some point, ISIS will likely resume external…