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CAR: Lull in the streets of Bangui, patrolled by the French army

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

 

Following the deployment of French troops in the CAR capital, Bangui residents have started to take to the streets on Saturday morning after spending 48 hours holed up in their house terrorized by the violence that left more than 300 dead according to the Red Cross.

According to AFP journalists, armored patrols of the French army were visible in the city, where armed men were less likely than pre days , cédents.

According to residents interviewed by telephone, only sporadic automatic weapons fire punctuated the night incommensurate with the two previous nights. No report of possible victims of the shooting were not available early Saturday morning.

"The presence of French reassures"

Upon lifting of the curfew to 6:00 (0500 GMT), the inhabitants began to walk along the boulevards of the capital, totally deserted the previous two days, for open trade. In some neighborhoods, "a small activity has resumed. Women traders are donuts, porridge, "has told a resident.

"The presence of French reassuring" for his part had commented another yesterday. Friday, December 6, Central Speaker ruled that only African forces and the French presidential security were allowed to patrol in Bangui.

Several people have also sought refuge in the vicinity of the airport, where the French army and the African force have their bases.

With AFP

EDUCATION: Ranking Pisa: the Champion Education inequality

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

 

The poor performance of France in 2012 ranked Pisa (Programme for International Student Assessment) of the OECD are not a surprise. "You'll see in December, we will have new studies Pisa. France wins totally in the performance of his students. Over ten years, it becomes dramatic, "had advanced the Minister of Education, Vincent Peillon, October 10, on the set of Grand Journal de Canal Plus.

The Minister was right. In the new edition, published Tuesday, December 3, the classification that assesses the skills of 15 years in the areas of reading, mathematics and science, France was , demoted to 25th place of the 65 participating countries or economies.

Increasingly inequality

In the previous Pisa in 2009, in which 75 countries and economies participated, France then occupied the 22nd place in the overall ranking, not far from Germany, which now leads to 16th. 

The "performance" of French students in mathematics decreased notably 16 points between 2003 (511) and 2012 (495), which passed the nine countries France whose performance is higher than the OECD average for countries whose performance is in the average of the OECD.

More alarming, the French education system favor the gap between "very good" and "very bad" students. "In France, the system Education is more unequal than it was nine years ago. In other words, when you belong to a disadvantaged background, today there is less chance of success in France in 2003, "the study says. In addition, according to the OECD, students from immigrant families are at least twice more likely to fail at school in France.

Left and right, we refer the death poor performance responsibility. Laurent Wauquier former UMP minister of Higher Education, there are two reasons to downgrade France. "First, we try to treat all children in exactly the same way. […] The results of single college made the massacre and those we need to stimulate and those that need support. " Then "dropping takes place today in France especially at the primary level," said he said Tuesday on BFMTV and RMC.

"The education bill 10 years right"

The former UMP minister of Education Luc Chatel has also scathing against the Ayrault government. "When teachers are selected at a higher level requirement was better results. The government is doing the opposite: the last competition to recruit 60,000 additional posts, we lowered the bar was recruited students 8/20, "Has he said on France 2.

"The criticism Tuesday by Luc Chatel against the current government are perfectly intolerable and displaced under bankruptcy […]", do you reply to the Party socialist. "France has received the education bill 10 years in power right. The results of our education system, assessed by the Pisa test between 2009 and May 2012, show how the majority has abandoned the previous e education, "said the PS in a statement.

Vincent Peillon, who called the results "disturbing" and "unacceptable," but wanted to keep his optimism. "The time has come to gather around […] of our teachers", "our school has significant strengths" and results "remain positive", has he found requesting that "we do not fall into lamentation."

With AFP and Reuters

SYRIA: The United States will destroy sea part of the Syrian chemical arsenal

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

 

Part of the Syrian chemical arsenal, particularly products considered "priority" will be destroyed at sea on a vessel owned in the United States, announced the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Saturday, November 30. "The Director General (OPCW) said that the disposal operations (CW, Ed) will be carried out at sea on a ship of the United States using the hydrolysis technique, "said the organization based in The Hague in a statement. "A ship is currently being modified to accommodate the operations and support operations OPCW verification," she has said.

On November 15, the Executive Council of the OPCW had adopted a roadmap for the destruction of the Syrian chemical arsenal by the mid-2014, with a plan detailing possible methods destruction of these weapons from Syria, on land or at sea But despite the consensus on the destruction of the Syrian chemical arsenal out of the country at war, no country has so far accepted , it takes place on its soil.

Under the agreement, the most dangerous Syrian weapons must be transported out of the country at war before December 31. The majority of chemical weapons and other precursors used in the composition of toxic products, with the exception of the isopropanol can be used in the manufacture of sarin, must be removed from of country by 5 February 2014. Production facilities declared by the scheme will be destroyed between 15 December and 15 March 2014, according to the organization.

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UNITED STATES: New Jersey: a loop after a mall shooting

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

 

New shooting in the United States. A mall in New Jersey was completed on the evening of Monday, November 4 in Paramus, after a gunman opened fire without casualties.

Several witnesses reported shots at 9:20 p.m. [2:20 GMT Tuesday], CNN reported. American police are looking for a man dressed in black who might be the shooter.

The suspect still wanted

Many shops rushed to close their curtains, but according to officials in Bergen County, interviewed by CNN, the suspect has not been arrested in the mall "Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall", located twenty miles from downtown New York.

Employees and traders panic rushed outside the center after the incident, which reminded them of the tragedy of September in Nairobi, carried ,. e by Islamist Shebab At least 67 people were killed in the upscale mall Westgate.

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SAUDI ARABIA: Women Driving: Saudi women to run the emancipation

Friday, October 25th, 2013

 

"Driving is a choice." Behind this lies a banal slogan fight is far from it: the Saudi militant million for the right to drive. The women are so called Wahhabi kingdom, Saturday, Oct. 26, to drive to challenge the political and religious authorities of the country in the world where they are deprived of this right.

"On October 26, the women in Saudi Arabia say they are determined (…) and that this issue must be resolved," he told AFP Manal Al Sharif icon Women movement to drive for two years now. On 17 May 2011, the Saudi 32 years, computer consultant, was posting a YouTube video of her driving a car. This weapon is earned him taste the Saudi jails for nine days and revive an old fight over 20 years.

It all began in November 1990, during the war in the Gulf. While women of the U.S. military lead on military bases in the kingdom, 47 Saudi decided to organize a convoy through the streets of Riyadh, said CNN. Immediately arrested, some even lose their job. In a country steeped in patriarchal and religious traditions, Islam is then waved to give a societal taboo law. In 1991, the Grand Mufti of the Kingdom and issues a fatwa prohibiting women from driving. The reason? Leave them alone in vehicles must lead to the "diversity" and thus the "social chaos."

"The fact that a woman driving a car is a source of many evils and unfortunate consequences. This leads in particular to meet men when they are not on their guard. This encourages them to commit grave sins, because where such activity is prohibited, "asserted while Sheikh Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Baz, the Washington Post reports. Following the recommendations of the highest religious authority, Prince Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud al-then Minister of the Interior issues a decree endorsing the fatwa. Women's driving becomes illegal.

A promising mobilization

On the eve of the operation "driving is a choice," the mobilization is already waiting for you. "More than 50 videos showing women being drive" have been uploaded since the launch of the campaign on social networks, said Manal Al Sharif, who now lives in Dubai ,. An online petition launched in early September collected 16,000 signatures before being blocked two weeks later, said the Middle East Online website.

Saturday, October 26, no parade of women driving is expected, the law banning any gathering. Each activist who received the precious abroad is invited to drive individually and post photos and videos on social networks.

Faced with the unprecedented media coverage of the movement, a hundred religious has already Risposte gathering in front of the royal palace in Jeddah on Tuesday 22 October. Last month, the Conservative Sheikh Saleh al-Luhaydan protested by advancing either religious arguments but pseudo-medical. "The conduct automatically affects the ovaries and pelvis back, he has advanced the sabq.org site. This is why children born to women who drive regularly suffer from physical disorders to varying degrees. "

A first step to extract more rights

Given the hypocrisy of Saudi society, thirty three female members of the influential Advisory Council Majlis al-Shura, named in January by King Abdullah, decided to act. Dr. Al-Shalan Latifah, Dr. Haya Al-Manee and Dr. Mona Al-Mushait thus filed an appeal on 10 October to lift the de facto ban on women driving, recalls the USA Today website.

This recommendation does lead one day to a royal decree? This is the wish of Saudi who believe that only the king can reform society. "The king said that this is the company to decide. But this is impossible, the religious will never agree. It is for him to decide because it is a political issue, "the indignant blogger Tamador Al Yami on the site" Madame Le Figaro ".

But the Wahhabi kingdom, women's rights have always aroused great controversy. In the 1960s, the opening of the first girls' schools had raised such a storm of protest, including radical clerics that King Saud had to send the army to the protected. Although some argue that "society is not ready", Saudi Arabia carries shy but many advances in recent years. In 2009, King Abdullah has opened the first coeducational university, the University of Science and Technology. In September 2011, the king granted them the right to vote and representation in the municipal elections of 2015. And in recent months, domestic violence is now prohibited by law. Small steps to some, but not for such a giant conservative regime.

Obtain the right to drive, the first step towards the emancipation? Manal Al-Sharif believes hard as iron. Saudi women dream of "a more important right", that "to be considered major" and no longer depend on the permission of a male guardian - father, brother or husband - to travel, work or even get married. A long struggle which should nevertheless lead. Saudi Arabia signed the UN convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Sooner or later, it will ratify.

SYRIA: Friends of Syria want to unite the Syrian opposition to Geneva II

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 

This is a crucial meeting. Friends of Syria meet Tuesday, October 22 in London to try to convince the Syrian that the future international conference in Geneva on political transition in Syria, scheduled for November 23 opposition is only possible way to achieve peace. The "Eleven of London" - Germany, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, United States, France, Britain, Italy, Jordan, Qatar and Turkey are particularly insist that the opposition has " united and strong. "

The exiled opponents of the Syrian National Coalition (CNS), the main interlocutors of the "Friends of Syria" will be represented by President Ahmad Jarba, elected in July, with particular Mostafa Sabbah his unfortunate opponent in the election, says does one Western diplomatic source. The delegation should represent a broad spectrum of the Coalition, "beyond the current leadership."

The political solution to end the crisis

After giving up military strikes against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and passed a resolution at the UN in late September providing for the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, proposed Moscow, Western and Arab countries now advocate "political solution" as the only way out of the crisis. It is the purpose of the Geneva-2.

Originally scheduled for June, was postponed due to differences over the fate of President Assad and the involvement of Iran. It should bring together leaders of the regime and the opposition to form a provisional government, with the full executive powers and defense, and to end a conflict that killed more than 115,000 died two and a half years.

On the British side, one does not wish to leave the regime of Bashar al-Assad appear to be the only possible alternative to the jihadist groups fighting on the ground and some of which are related to Al-Qaeda. The Coalition has spent too much time in internal discussions, the officials complain that note that, under the authority of Mr. Jarba, progress has been made.

"We hope that the opposition will united to the conference. It is important that it is united and strong to influence the outcome ", said Friday the spokesman of French Foreign Ministry Romain Nadal, hoping that the Coalition will" play a major role. " "For us, this is a legitimate political interlocutor. We work with them to prepare, "he has said.

The Syrian National Coalition sets conditions

To sit at the negotiating table in Switzerland, the Syrian National Coalition noted that the express condition was that "Bashar al-Assad and his clique in power no longer participate in the political life in Syria in the transition period and in the future. " A condition that Bashar al-Assad has already raised an objection of inadmissibility. In an interview Monday, October 21 at the TV station Al Mayadine, the Syrian president said his side he saw in his hand "no obstacle" , that it is seeking a new term in the presidential election still officially held in Syria in 2014.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said it will be difficult to deal Bashar al-Assad, bolstered by its recent military successes and the divisions more open in the opposition. In addition, on the ground, the Syrian National Coalition appears discredited after the defection in recent days 70 rebel groups in southern Syria.

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FRANCE: The French Parliament adopted narrowly draft pension reform

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

 

The proposed pension reform Ayrault government, including key measures are progressive lengthening of the contribution period to 43 years and the introduction of a hardship account was voted Tuesday, October 15 at the National Assembly in the first reading. The bill "guarantees future and justice of the pension system" was adopted by 270 votes against 249. "We take the torch of social conquests past and we reconnect with the ambition of a cohesion model that forged the identity of our country," said Minister of Foreign Affairs social, Marisol Touraine.

But the allies of the Socialist Party have been lacking. Only the Socialist Group voted for this bill and did not fill up his troops with 17 of its members abstained. The absolute majority of 289 MPs is therefore not achieved, which is extremely rare for a text of this magnitude.

Described as a "historic mistake" reform

The Left Front has voted against an "anti-social" text, the UMP and also IDUs, for different reasons, accusing the government of "deceit" and "denial" with this re , as not returning including the legal age of retirement, maintained at 62 years.  

The formal vote in the Chamber took place while thousands of protesters in front of the Palais Bourbon in Paris and elsewhere in France, challenged again qualified reform "historic mistake."

The bill will then be discussed in the Senate on October 28, the government's goal is to permanently adopt the reform before the end of the year.

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FRENCH HERITAGE: The oldest cinema in the world rising from the ashes in La Ciotat

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

 

Behind its facade art deco yellow ocher is a monument in the history of Seventh Art reopens its doors on Wednesday, October 9 at La Ciotat, a half hour's drive from Marseille. Eden Theatre can indeed boast of being the oldest cinema in the world, with projections from the last years of the nineteenth century.

It is more precisely on 21 March 1899 the Eden Theatre hosts its first screening. Nearly 250 spectators médusésy then discovered the first films of Louis and Auguste Lumiere, less than four years after "the first public screening of film history" in the sumptuous family in Lyon.

A mythical time that makes the Eden Theatre oldest halls, sisters who disappeared over time. If she escaped this doom, thanks to the determination of a handful of Ciotadens refusing to see him die "a popular room where half the city ​​met the other half ", likes to tell the laughing eye, Michel Cornille, President of the Association" Lights of Eden ".

Tourism asset

Formerly the show and theater district, the Eden Theatre was forced to close its doors in 1995, after years of financial problems. It will take six million renovation to give new life to this legendary venue built on the seafront of La Ciotat. The building has been renovated respecting its identity inspired by the Italian theaters. The wooden structure that threatened to collapse has been strengthened, carpet éliméea been replaced by black oak flooring while E. were installed on the floor chairs in vintage velvet.

"In this beautiful place that tells a story," the Marseille architect André Stern has developed a set design depicting the transition from photography to the moving image, while at the Outside, the building will become the night locomotive - a tribute to the film of the Lumière brothers' Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat ", which had caused so much terror into the public - with a show on the front of the Seventh Art. 

Tourist attraction for the town of 35,000 inhabitants, the population triples in the summer, Eden "is not only a mausoleum in cinematic history," said Jean- François Chougnet, president of Marseille-Provence 2013, but a cinema in its own right after the highlight of the opening will be managed by a private operator ,. An operator who makes "his partner, his display," according to Mr. Cornille, because "with its 166 seats, it may be difficult to survive economically."

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AUSTRIA: Austrian Legislative: the ruling coalition threatened by the Greens and the extreme right

Monday, September 30th, 2013

 

Around 6.4 million Austrians vote Sunday, September 29 to elect 183 members of their National Council, the lower house of Parliament. The ruling coalition, consisting of the Social Democrats of the SPÖ and the conservative ÖVP, should be re-elected for five years, according to the latest polls which credits about 50% of the vote (28% to 22-23% for SPÖ and ÖVP).

But rushed on the left by the Greens and their right by two Eurosceptic parties, the two major training center should nevertheless reap the worst score in history. They could even beings forced to deal with a third party. Despite favorable economic performance, the two traditional allies pay the price of many corruption scandals and infighting that prevented the vote of some reforms, such as education.

Euroscepticism strength

The extreme right, represented by the FPÖ (Freedom Party) is credited with it 20% of the vote. The training promotes the breakup of the euro area and promises to improve pensions, to establish a minimum wage, while denouncing the bailout countries of southern Europe. Activists have for their FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache, a cult of personality. "Love your neighbor. To me, it means our Austrians ", claim the campaign posters. Some members of the conservative party ÖVP would even be willing to ally with the FPÖ to create a right-wing coalition, however improbable, since a configuration would involve leaving the euro area.

At this traditional party adds a newcomer, the Austro-Canadian Frank Stronach, 81, and founder of the automotive supplier Magna. The billionaire has created a party in his name, hostile to the euro, immigration and Islam. Nearly 10% of voters would be willing to vote for it, so that despite the personal rivalry between Heinz-Christian Strache and Frank Stronach, an alliance between the two movements is not eurosceptic excluded.

To a coalition with the Greens?

The composition of the future coalition government would then depend on the scores of two small parties, the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) founded by the late Jörg Haider in a split the FPÖ in 2005, and the Neos Liberal Party. They are credited with nearly 4% of the vote.

If ever these formations are entering the National Council, the team led by the Social Democrat Werner Faymann could turn to the Greens to form a unique tripartite coalition in Austria. Environmentalists, credited with 15% of votes were in fact marked points in leading an anti-corruption campaign.

Preliminary official results will be available from 17:30 GMT.

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IRAN: Hassan Rohani wants to resolve the Iranian nuclear issue "in the coming months"

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

 

"A resolution is needed in a reasonable time [on the Iranian nuclear issue, Ed]." In an interview with the U.S. newspaper "The Washington Post" and published Wednesday, September 25, Iranian President Hassan Rohani has continued to multiply goodwill gestures on the issue of nucleating , Iranian area that plagues Tehran's relations with the West for eight years.

"The only way forward is to effectively implement a short time frame in the negotiations and to respect it. It is a decision of my government, this speed is essential to resolve the nuclear […] folder. Three months would be the choice for Iran, but if it is six months, is also satisfactory. It is a matter of months, not years, "continued the Iranian president, pledging to transparency" if the West recognizes the rights of Iran. "

Towards normalization of US-Iran relations?

Such an agreement, he noted, would normalize relations between Tehran and Washington, which cut diplomatic ties since 1980. "If Mr. Obama and I were to meet, we would look both to the future prospects and hopes for the future, said the Iranian president "Washington Post". Notes, letters and exchanges we go in this direction. We need a starting point. I think it is the nuclear "folder.

At the forum of the United Nations Tuesday, Hassan Rohani had assured his country was ready to cooperate both bilaterally and multilaterally and added want to resolve this issue " , as soon as possible "," in the interest of all. " "Iran is definitely not a threat to the world," he had said.

However, if the President takes towards Westerners less bellicose than his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tone, it has provided virtually nothing to change the Iranian official line on this e , thorny nuclear issue, reiterating that his country is not seeking to develop nuclear weapons, as the suspect in the Security Council.

Historic meeting of foreign ministers

On Thursday, the foreign ministers of the five countries of the Security Council, which joins the head of German diplomacy (P5 +1), must meet their Iranian counterpart. An unprecedented meeting on this issue, approached with caution by Western diplomats. "There is some optimism to the United Nations on the issue of Iran's nuclear, but cautious optimism, notes Emmanuel Saint-Martin, FRANCE 24 correspondent in New York. For example, a Western diplomat told us awful lot of gestures and signals were sent [by Tehran, Ed], but for now, nothing changed really substance. "

According to the journalist, world diplomacy relies heavily on the meeting. "We hope the west side, learn more about Iran's intentions, what really are its objectives. One issue within three to six months, as determined by Hassan Rohani, is a very ambitious goal to scale that are Iranian-Western relations. It must be remembered that the P5 +1 negotiating on this issue since 2006. For now, we know, without any result. "

Hassan Rohani, he displayed an unwavering determination to approach this historic meeting: "One of the objectives of this meeting with the P5 +1 is to prove to each other that a solution the nuclear issue is a real concern. If we succeed, I can guarantee you that it can be resolved very quickly. " With news