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La Stampa - Italy | 08/02/2013

Arab Spring will bear fruit eventually

Tunisia's ruling party Ennahda rejected Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali's initiative for dissolving the government and forming a cabinet of technocrats on Thursday. Jebali's proposal can nonetheless be seen as a positive sight, the liberal daily La Stampa : "It's true that the Arab Spring is taking its time to bear fruit. ... But besides the advance of the Islamists and the setback suffered by the democrats there are also some positive signs in the countries where the revolts broke out. The mass protests in Tunis, Sidi Bouzid and Monastir, for example, which have forced government circles to take action. ... Revolutions break out and then start stalling, history has shown this. The French Revolution took 82 years, including two years of the Jacobin reign of terror, two coups and a long phase of restoration before it became an example for democracy."

La Stampa - Italy | 16/01/2013

Syria conflict can't be solved with diplomacy

At least 80 people died and more than 160 were injured on Tuesday as a result of two explosions at Aleppo University. The international community is simply pinning its hopes on a diplomatic solution to the conflict even though such a solution is increasingly remote, the liberal daily La Stampa complains: "Even if Russia 'temporarily' discontinued the activities of its consulate in the economic metropolis Aleppo, Moscow still opposes any 'external' initiative, including the petition of 57 states to set up an International Criminal Court investigation into the war crimes in Syria. ... The world is merely looking on passively while the fighting in Syria rages on incessantly - in the hopes that sooner or later a UN mission put together by [UN Special Envoy for Syria] Brahimi will bring the Syrian tragedy to a close with the words 'The End'. But all the diplomatic efforts have been in vain, also because the rebels of the first phase are increasingly being replaced by fundamentalists and Assad can still count on the unlimited support of Tehran."

La Stampa - Italy | 14/01/2013

Dangerous power struggle over Mubarak trial

The trial against Egyptian ex-president Hosni Mubarak is to start from scratch again, a court of appeals in Cairo ruled on Sunday, granting the appeals of both the defence and the prosecution. The liberal daily La Stampa fears that the retrial will be exploited politically: "After two months of fierce confrontation between the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and the opposition, culminating in the adoption of the new controversial constitution, Egypt is now preparing for the umpteenth election campaign in its young 'democratic' life [the parliamentary elections in the spring]. … [President Mohamed] Mursi's supporters could take advantage of the retrial. Right from the outset they exploited the anger of the people at the 'lenient' sentence and as a result they have been at loggerheads with the prosecution for months. But the opposition, disappointed with those who were once its fellow campaigners, may call for new protests and call everything into question again, in particular the new order which the Muslim Brothers have imposed on the country and which is all too reminiscent of the old one."

La Stampa - Italy | 09/08/2012

Mursi in a tight spot

In the battle against militant Islamists in the north of the Sinai Peninsula not even President Mohammed Mursi's steely resolve will eliminate the problem in Sinai, writes the liberal daily La Stampa: "Now that Mubarak's problematic legacy has pushed him into the trenches, Egypt's new President Mursi is showing his iron fist, but it's clear that the situation worries him. The first Islamist head of state of the Arab Republic of Egypt is in a predicament: he must fight an enemy who justifies his battle with the Koran and probably maintains relations with the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. But at the same time the situation is forcing him into an embarrassing but necessary collaboration with Israel. … Mursi may be able to manoeuvre his way out of this tight spot by presenting himself as the commander-in-chief. But this won't solve the Sinai problem because according to the Egyptian intelligence service around 2000 jihadists are active there."

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