La notizia di Mohammed el Baradei, ex capo dell’AIEA, che scende in campo in politica ha innescato reazioni in Egitto. E che reazioni. Quelle, soprattutto, dei circoli filogovernativi. El Baradei potrebbe essere un candidato serio alle presidenziali del 2011.
Sul Financial Times, Heba Saleh dal Cairo.
Osama Saraya, the editor-in-chief of Al Ahram, the main government newspaper, accused Mr ElBaradei of “bearing a grudge towards his country”, and said he represented foreign interests “opposed to the Egyptian reform experiment”.
The editor of another government newspaper said Mr ElBaradei had opposed Egyptian and Arab interests at the IAEA, and suggested that he had helped the US to invade Iraq in order to secure another term as head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog.
Mofid Shehab, a government minister, was quoted as saying that Mr ElBaradei, would be “wrong” if he considered running for president because he had spent a long time abroad and lacked political and party experience.
“I believe these attacks are a kind of pre-emptive strike,” said Amr El Shobaki, a political analyst at the Al Ahram Centre for Political and Strategic Studies in Cairo. “ElBaradei is a distinguished international figure who is also a son of the Egyptian state who has worked in the foreign service. This disturbs because he represents a rational and moderate alternative.”
La crisi calcistica tra Algeria ed Egitto non è ancora finita, a quanto sembra. Si è spostata dal calcio ai telefonini, visto che è possibile una vendita del’operatore algerino Djezzi da parte di Orascom, la società telefonica egiziana detenuta dal tycoon Naguib Sawiris. Dopo gli scontri attorno alle partite di calcio, a rimetterci c’era stata proprio la Djezzi, di proprietà di Orascom, che a sua volta, invece, sponsorizzava la nazionale algerina.
C’è anche l’Italia, e la critica non è tenera.
Last week, thanks to the energetic chairmanship of Sweden’s Carl Bildt, these ministers agreed a comprehensive statement of policy on Palestine and Israel. It was not quite as good as it should have been. Acting seemingly on instruction from Israel’s foreign ministry, Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania fought to dilute the original text. But what survived was still pretty good.