Noticias

‘Gifted’ journalists

04 Mayo 2013
Qatar
Fuente: 
The Peninsula

Newspapers in Qatar are young compared with other countries in the region or the Arab world as a whole, but not so young that they cannot attempt bold and critical stories.

But, sadly, a culture of gifts, cash handouts and free overseas trips has taken root, which is spoiling journalists, and the newspapers seem to be turning a blind eye to the malaise as that helps them multiply their advertising revenues.

Court jails supporters of black-clad Egypt protest group

03 Mayo 2013
Egipto
Fuente: 
Aswat Masriya

Six men were jailed by a Cairo court on Thursday in the first ruling against a little-known group opposed to Islamist President Mohamed Mursi that the government has accused of participating in "terrorist acts".

State security prosecution last month ordered the detention of the men it said were Black Bloc members on accusations that the group seeks the destruction of the country, Egyptian state news agency MENA reported at the time.

Iran FIL Front completes candidates list to run for Council elections

03 Mayo 2013
Irán
Fuente: 
Press TV
Head of an Iranian principlist group, Asadollah Badamchian, says the group has finalized a list of 31 hopefuls to take part in the upcoming city and village council elections for the capital, Tehran.

Badamchian said Wednesday that the Followers of Imam and Leadership Front has wrapped up its list and is in talks with another principlist group, the Perseverance Front. 

On April 22, Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said 302,165 hopefuls have registered for the fourth council elections. 

Coalition of Five set to nominate would-be candidate: Pour-Mohammadi

03 Mayo 2013
Irán
Fuente: 
Press TV

Hopeful Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said he and his allies in the Coalition of Five are to make up their minds about their pick in the coming days. 

The Coalition of Five brings together former interior minister, Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi; deputy speakers of Iran Majlis, Mohammad Reza Bahonar and Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard; head of Tehran Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Mines, Yahya Al-e Es’haq; and former foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki. 

UAE moving towards ‘100% electorate’ system: Sharjah Ruler

03 Mayo 2013
Emiratos Árabes Unidos
Fuente: 
Gulf News

The UAE is progressing steadily because of the unity and synergy among the Emirates’ rulers, said His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

In an interview with Sharjah TV, Dr Shaikh Sultan criticised those who would like to make a lot of noise about the UAE “just for the sake of talking”, without realising what has been achieved in this country since the federation.

Benkirane demande à Chabat de retirer ses ministres du gouvernement

03 Mayo 2013
Marruecos
Fuente: 
Lakome

La majorité gouvernementale est au bord de l'implosion. La réunion organisée hier a été interrompue suite à des clashs entre Abdelilah Benkirane et Hamid Chabat.

La réunion de la majorité gouvernementale qui a eu lieu jeudi a été interrompue avant même que ne soit discuté l'ordre du jour. Une source présente lors de la réunion a déclaré à Lakome qu'Abdelilah Benkirane et Hamid Chabat se sont lancés dans une joute verbale lors de laquelle le chef du gouvernement a demandé au secrétaire général du parti de l'Istiqlal de retirer ses ministres du gouvernement.

Al-Joumhouri announces return to dialogue sessions between parties

02 Mayo 2013
Túnez
Fuente: 
Agence Tunis Afrique Presse

Al-Joumhouri Party Secretary-General Maya Jribi said, on Thursday, that her party had decided to return to the dialogue sessions in Dar Dhiafa in Carthage, after consultations, on Wednesday, with the Ennahdha movement, having allowed to clarify the positions on the political regime to be adopted…

Source: http://www.tap.info.tn/en/index.php/parties/7884-al-joumhouri-announces-...

Kuwait ‘Partly Free’ In Freedom House Review. Parliamentary Crisis Affects Rating

02 Mayo 2013
Kuwait
Fuente: 
Arab Times

KUWAIT CITY, May 1, (Agencies): Kuwait was rated ‘Partly Free’ in the Freedom in the World 2013 Report released Wednesday by the Freedom House.

Freedom House, a non-profit organization, evaluates press freedom in various countries all over the world every year, rating each country from 1 to 7 for political rights (PR) and civil liberties (CL) with 1 as the ‘most free’ and 7 the ‘least free’. 

Opposition Leader’s ‘Assault’ Turns Into Albania Poll Issue

02 Mayo 2013
Albania
Fuente: 
Balkan Insight

Albania’s parliament on Monday approved an investigation into claims that opposition leader Edi Rama assaulted the Albanian ambassador to the OSCE, after a speech at the Political Academy in Vienna on April 24.

The committee backed by the ruling Democrats and their junior allies in parliament was approved by 71 votes in favour while opposition MPs boycotted the vote.

The parliamentary probe, the third against Edi Rama in one decade, will try to determine whether the opposition leader damaged Albania’s standing in the West through his behavior.

Six ministers to change in Egypt cabinet reshuffle-state paper

02 Mayo 2013
Egipto
Fuente: 
Aswat Masriya

A limited cabinet reshuffle will see six ministers replaced in Egypt, state newspaper al-Ahram said on Thursday, citing government sources.

The new ministers, who could swear oath on Tuesday, are expected to be those of justice, legal and prosecution affairs, culture, agriculture, planning and international cooperation, and one of the economic portfolio ministries, al-Ahram said, without naming the candidates.

Khatami declines call to run for presidency

01 Mayo 2013
Irán
Fuente: 
Radio Zamaneh

Entekhab website reported today April 30 that former President Mohammad Khatami will not be running in the June presidential elections.

After weeks of speculations on whether the senior reformist figure would run in the elections and repeated endorsements by various progressive organizations, Entekhab website reports that Mohammad Khatami announced today that in view of the many restrictions laid against him by the government, he will not run in the elections.

New hearing in UAE trial over 'political plot'

01 Mayo 2013
Emiratos Árabes Unidos
Fuente: 
Al Ahram

The trial of 94 UAE Islamist dissidents accused of plotting to seize power in the Gulf state resumed on Tuesday, as rights groups urged Britain to pressure the visiting Emirati president on their behalf.

Only 86 defendants, including 13 women, were present at the top state security court in the United Arab Emirates, WAM state news agency reported. The rest are being tried in absentia.

The women defendants have been on bail since the trial began on March 4. The hearing was adjourned until Monday after the court panel heard defence testimony.

Yisrael Beytenu electoral reform bill sparks uproar

01 Mayo 2013
Israel
Fuente: 
The Jerusalem Post

Opposition parties panned a Yisrael Beytenu proposal for electoral reform Wednesday night.

The legislation proposed by Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu) increases the election threshold to four percent, limits the number of ministers including the prime minister to 19 and deputy ministers to four.

Egypt judges advise against appeal to oust president Mursi

01 Mayo 2013
Egipto
Fuente: 
Aswat Masriya

State commissioners of Egypt's administrative court recommended rejecting a case to oust President Mohamed Mursi, saying that it does not fall under the legal jurisdiction of the State Council on Wedensday.

A lawsuit had been filed demanding the dismissal of Mursi from his presidential post on the basis that “he did not commit to his sworn vows of maintaining the country’s stability and security during crisis.”

the house of representatives (parliament) is the only entity that can take legal action against the president

Bahrain: Amnesty renews call to free jailed teachers' union chief

01 Mayo 2013
Bahréin
Fuente: 
BBC

Rights group Amnesty International has renewed its call for the release of the jailed president of the Bahrain Teachers Association, Mahdi Abu Dheeb.

Mr Abu Dheeb was convicted by a military court of plotting to overthrow the government during unrest that swept Bahrain in 2011.

His original 10-year sentence was subsequently reduced to five on appeal.

Amnesty has described Mr Abu Dheeb as a "prisoner of conscience".

The Tamarod campaign gathers in Tahrir

01 Mayo 2013
Egipto
Fuente: 
Daily News Egypt

The Tamarod campaign called on Wednesday for a public gathering in Tahrir Square to collect signatures to withdraw confidence from President Mohamed Morsi.

On its Facebook page, the campaign announced that the gathering is set to take place on Wednesday at 5 pm. The campaign called on citizens to join the gathering and support their calls for withdrawing confidence from Morsi and holding early presidential elections.

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