Political and social events from the Middle East. The program is recorded under live conditions with exclusive reports and interviews, hosted by Tom Burges Watson. Watch the show on FRANCE 24 Tuesdays at 6.40 pm Paris time.
Water wars between Egypt and Ethiopia recede slightly after talks reassuring Cairo that it will not be left high and dry. Next, Israel's Prime Minister says he can't afford to make the trip to Mandela's memorial service, but is this the real reason? Finally, we discover dark and foreboding paintings by Syrian artists taking refuge in Lebanon.
A re-drafted Egyptian constitution is set to go to referendum, but supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi continue to protest, highlighting deep divisions. Also, the United Nation’s refugee agency raises concern about the plight of 1.1 million Syrian children living as refugees. Finally, resistance is growing in Israel as the government plans to eject 40,000 Bedouin Arabs from their homes in the Negev desert.
After years of diplomatic deadlock, a long-awaited nuclear deal has been struck between Iran and six world powers. We look at the possible implications. Next, we find out how cannabis growers in Lebanon are taking advantage of the Syrian conflict. Finally, we check out a Franco-Arab film festival that's in full swing, just outside Paris.
This week, as François Hollande makes a historic visit to the Holy Land, we take a look at how previous French presidents have viewed the region. We also bring you a report on the Palestinian territories' first planned city, Rawabi. Finally, we examine Amnesty International's criticism of the Qatari treatment of construction workers ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
We look at the failure to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear ambitions. Iran's foreign minister blames France for scuppering the deal. Next, we find out why there are calls for Egypt's army chief, General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, to stand in next year's presidential elections. Finally, Hamas gets its very first spokeswoman: a 23-year-old trilingual journalist and single mother.