Reporters Without Borders condemned an appeal court ruling yesterday upholding a two-month prison sentence for defamation against editor of the daily El Watan, Omar Belhouchet, and journalist Chawki Amari. In another case, a journalist on the daily Echourouk El Youmi was sentenced to pay four million dinars almost 40, euros in damages for a number of defamation cases. Neither should fines imposed threaten a journalist or their media's financial integrity", it said. The appeal court in Jijel, kms east of Algiers on 4 March upheld a two-month prison sentence imposed on 27 May against Omar Belhouchet and Chawki Amari of the daily El Watan in a libel case brought by the region's prefect, which had been adjourned from 26 February. The paper's lawyer, Zoubeir Soudani told Reporters Without Borders that there had been several procedural irregularities but the judges had refused to take into account his objections. He said he would appeal to the Supreme Court.

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While there is a broad range of Arabic language media outlets reporting stories from and about the Middle East, there is currently no affordable and reliable means for English speakers to gain access to this content. As a result, many English speaking businesspersons, students, journalists and others who have an interest in the affairs of the region are largely unaware of what the Middle East media is covering and how they are covering these stories.

Through this effort, we hope to address at least one element of a global disconnect that continues to threaten a wide spectrum of socio-political and economic relationships, both here in the region and beyond. On November 24, a piece by Abdessalam Sakia in the Algerian newspaper Echourouk el-Youmi said: "Morocco has lost its bid to return to the dark continent through the Arab-African summit which is being currently held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, after the four influential countries in the dark continent were able to impose their agenda on the Africans and the Arabs who are attending the summit.

The Saharan news website Sumoud reported that Morocco attempted to push through an idea aimed at excluding the Polisario from the summit but the supporters of the Polisario rejected the idea strongly and decided to consolidate its membership in the African Union and treat it as a founding partner and urged Morocco to accept the fait accompli. The Polisario gets joint support from the chair of the Arab League, Mauritania, and the chair of the African Union, Chad, as well as clear and declared Algerian and South African stances.

The minister said the "union might be established without Oman. On November 19, an editorial by Dr. Hadi Salehi-Esfahani, professor of economics at the University of Illinois, wrote in the Iranian business newspaper Donya-ye Eqtesad: "Donald Trump's election as US President was unexpected and extremely disconcerting for many people.

This concern was also greatly reflected in Iran; especially since Trump described the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA as the "worst deal in history," and has promised to annul the agreement as soon as he begins his presidency, and to impose much harsher sanctions on Iran's economy.

Under the circumstances, we face three key questions. How practical is Trump's promise? Up to the level that it is practical, what effects will it have on Iran's economy?

And finally, if there are substantial and potentially negative effects, how can they be dealt with? As far as the first question is concerned, it has to be said that Trump's action in annulling the JCPOA and the imposition of new sanctions, depend greatly on how far other countries will come on board with such policies. On November 26, a commentary by Hasan Hanizadeh in the reformist Arman-e Emruz said: "Recently, much to the wonder of international observers, US Congress approved the bill to renew the 10 year sanctions on Iran so as to prevent the United States from fulfilling its obligations to Iran in the future.

Emphasis by Donald Trump, the new US president-elect, during his election campaign that he will tear up the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA if he wins the election, has provoked a great deal of concern throughout the international community. Even though these kinds of remarks are for domestic consumption and for propaganda, if the JCPOA is ignored by the United States and the new president specifically, it will be considered a violation of international rules by the United States.

In spite of these speculations, the JCPOA is basically not a bilateral agreement but an international one, which has been registered at the UN as an official document. This agreement enjoys extensive international support because in addition to the United States, two other countries that have the right to veto in the UN, namely Russia and China, have also signed it.

The one-sided violation of the agreement by the United States is considered blatant violation of international regulations because it proves that Washington reacts to international events under the effect of influential Zionist movements. Nonetheless, it seems that some of the countries that have signed the nuclear agreement are influenced by Washington's policies.

On November 23, an interview with Masoud Edrisi, Iran's former ambassador to Lebanon, in the reformist E'temad said: "Internal and external political developments have always gone hand in hand in Lebanon, and have influenced one another. Reports about the condition of internal politics in this country is not so encouraging, and yesterday Saad Hariri, the newly appointed prime minister of Lebanon, announced that one cannot expect his government to be formed and start working so soon.

At the same time, in the past 48 hours, news have been heard to the effect that internal talks between the different political parties and groups have reached a deadlock in forming a cabinet; news that suggest although the political crisis has apparently reached its end with the appointment of the president and the prime minister, but the last Herculean feat, which is forming a cabinet, still remains to be done.

In such conditions yesterday the Governor of Mecca as the second Saudi official, after Michel Aoun's appointment to presidency, arrived in Beirut, and in his meeting with him and the prime minister emphasised the importance of improving relations between Saudi Arabia and Lebanon. The dispute became public as a result of a course that started after October 31, during which the new mandate tried to dissociate itself from Hezbollah, even if only in form, while supported by the Lebanese Forces and the Future Movement.

The speaker thus announced that he will not be part of a cabinet where the head of the Marada movement is not represented through one of the following three important portfolios that were determined by Franjieh: the energy, public works, or communication ministries. Without obtaining one of these three, he [i.

On November 24, the Libyan news agency WAL reported: "The information centre of the Solid Structure Operations Room has confirmed that it has taken control of 25 houses of those in which the remnants of the ISIL were barricaded in the remaining part of Al-Jizah al-Bahariyyah, the last stronghold of the organization in Sirte.

Moreover, the information centre has published photographs of the return to schools in Al-Suwawah region in eastern Sirte, and the return of normal life to the western, southern, and eastern suburbs of Sirte and the beginning of studies in many of the schools of these suburbs.

On another track, the US Africa Command USAfricom announced in a statement, published yesterday, 23 November , on its website that it had launched some 29 air strikes targeting locations and motorized vehicles of the ISIL in Sirte. USAfricom said that it destroyed these locations and motorized vehicles on 22 November The statement explains that the total number of the US air strikes has risen to air strikes since the launching of the operations in August He added: "I take the opportunity of this joyous occasion to express our pride in Palestine, president and leadership and people, in the close friendly relations between our two countries and two peoples.

We aspire to see more growth and development in these relations that will bring benefit to our two peoples and two countries. Hence, some have lost their reservations because they could not board their planes on time, while others had to rebook their tickets and try several times before managing to leave.

Qusay earned exile in France through the United Nations, and received his visa after a long wait. Co-Founder: Nicholas Noe. All rights reserved Mideastwire.


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The first firm is due to be installed in Tiaret province and meant to produce VLL four whhel drive vehicles, as part of the implementation of the memorandum of understanding sealed between the government, Aabar and Germany based Dailmer, Deutz and MTU groups in The second firm is to be installed in the locality of Oued Hamimine, in Constantine eastern province, and meant to produce engines, the source added, noting that it is the third agreements that Aabar Group seals with the Algerian government, highlighting the will of the Emarati Group to participate in the development of mechanic industry in the North African nation. Elsewhere, another Algeria -UAE-German industrial and commercial memorandum of understanding was sealed to modernize and extend the platform of the production of commercial vehicles in Rouiba locality, eastern Algiers. The memorandum is meant to create an Algerian-UAE joint venture in partnership with the German Dailmer, for the manufacturing of commercial vehicles of Mercedes-Benz. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.


Middle East Press welcomes Mubarak exit

It is the second-largest daily Arabophone newspaper after El Khabar. The newspaper used to publish a series of weekly articles in English from July 24 to August 20, Participants had to read the articles then answer the two asked questions on the newspaper's website, the British Council's website, or the Facebook page. The prizes were granted to five winners and were awarded in September in a ceremony held at the UK Ambassador's Residence in Algiers in presence of prominent personalities. In a fall trial, the leader of neighbouring Libya , Muammar Gaddafi , took the unprecedented step of suing the paper in an Algerian court for defamation. The court decided on October 31 that Ech Chorouk's reporting of Qadhafi's attempts to induce Algerian Tuaregs to separatism had slandered the Libyan leader, and suspended the paper for two months. The editor and the responsible reporter were both sentenced to six months in jail.

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