- From Al Safir Arabi
In their haunted capitol, Iraqis largely confront their demons on their own now; the American army is gone, and with it the interest of the world's media and even most of the Arab press. But violent death is everywhere and increasing once again. Here, a lyrical account from Al Safir Al Arabi by Omar al-Jaffal.
Five days of every week, I must spend away from home. Five days in which the fear inside me grows and multiplies; fear that I will be murdered in a sectarian killing, that I will die in a car bombing, that I will be gunned down in some street carnival of machine gun bullets.
- From Mediapart
Yulia Tymoshenko, blonde-braided Aryan princess of Ukraine's 'revolutions.' Imprisoned, we are told, for political reasons, and released to breathless Western coverage and Ukrainian indifference following the crowd-coup last week. But not long before the unrest in Kiev began, France's Mediapart told a different story, of a 'businesswoman' turned politician who set up offshore companies to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from Ukraine's taxpayers.
The government in Kiev has hired an army of international lawyers.
- From El Khabar
By most accounts, Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is a ruin of a man following last year's stroke: never speaking in public and only reanimated for occasional 'conferences' with foreign leaders via televised trickery and the magic of multiple camera angles. And yet, he has apparently decided to have himself elected again in April's ballot.
Forgive me any typos; I have an injured hand and my brain is in even worse shape than the one Bouteflika was using when he came up with the bright idea of running for office yet again.
- From Rue89
On Ukraine, writes Rue 89's Daniel Schneidermann, the foreign press got a lot of things totally wrong. But to date, he says, we don't even know what they got right.
And suddenly, all of the world's cameras were focused on the prisoner with the golden braids. Every news agency cocked its ear to the voice of Yulia Timoshenko. Having defeated the oligarchs all by herself, Goldilocks was leaving her prison-hospital.
- From Carta Capital
How is the attempt to use the 'Egypt Method' in Venezuela resounding on the rest of the continent? In neighboring Brazil, leftist parliamentary deputy Jean Wyllys writes that many of his colleagues are inclined to defend Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro uncritically, while much of the press falsely caricatures him as a dictator.
If the columns of newspapers have all turned into cheerleaders either for or (in most cases) against Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, imagine how polarized the debate has gotten on the social networks.
- From El Tiempo
The street protests shaking Venezuela are part of a conscious strategy to force president Nicolas Maduro from power, and are directed by the faction which lost the last presidential election, writes opposition politician Leopoldo Puchi. Himself an opponent of Maduro, Puchi writes in El Tiempo that he is troubled at the protests' apparent disregard for democratic legitimacy.
That Venezuelans should demonstrate against insecurity or the economic problems the country is facing is normal.