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ENVIRONMENT: "historic" agreement between Palestinians and Israelis to save the Dead Sea

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

 

It never ceases to fall. Each year, the Dead Sea sees its lower level of one meter. Old bathing facilities are now far from the shore. At this rate the Dead Sea has completely disappeared in 2050.

To save her, a historic agreement was signed Monday, Dec. 9 in Washington between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan. The project is to pump salt water in the Red Sea and the Dead Sea route. Objective: 200 million cubic meters per year. "We had a report in 2012 which considered that it was feasible, but now that we have the agreement, there remains the problem of funding. Who will be the main donor? We do not know yet, "raises Pierre Berthelot, scholar of water.

Strong symbol

Another part of the project, the construction of a desalination plant in Aqaba, in southern Jordan. The agreement, obtained after eleven years of negotiations, will allow a better distribution of water in the region. But it is also a powerful symbol. The Palestinians and Israelis who find common ground.

"This agreement was signed with the blessing of Prime Minister Netanyahu but also that I know by King Abdullah and President Abbas. They show us that when leaders really want to reach an agreement that is possible to achieve, "said Silvan Shalom, Israel's Minister of Water and Energy. His Palestinian counterpart, Shaddad Attili, also welcomed the news. "We showed that we could work together in spite of our political problems," he said, at a time when Palestinians and Israelis are trying to revive the process peace under the aegis of the United States.

Environmental threats

Israela agreed to sell 20 to 30 million cubic meters of desalinated water each additional year to the Palestinian Authority. The latter accused the Hebrew aggravate shortages State.

Several environmental advocacy organizations have warned against the possible adverse effects of the arrival of water from the Red Sea on the fragile ecosystem of the Dead Sea .

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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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WEATHER: Massive evacuations in Vietnam with the approach of Typhoon Haiyan

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

 

More than 200,000 people were evacuated in Vietnam with the approach of Super Typhoon Haiyan must hit the country on Sunday, two days after sweeping the central Philippines where he made many victims.

The typhoon, the most powerful ever to have products on the planet with winds reaching peaks of 315 km / hour, could have done about 1,200 deaths, according to the local Red Cross.

"This is an estimate. Others (the authorities) must make a precise count "casualties caused by this storm with waves and winds incredible force said Saturday AFP the secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross Gwendolyn Pang.

In Vietnam, it should touch the ground in the center of the country Sunday morning. The authorities began mass evacuations in at least four coastal provinces, according to the official news website VnExpress.

"More than 200,000 people were evacuated to shelters, some shelters are overcrowded," said he added.

Some 170,000 soldiers were mobilized to participate in rescue operations after the arrival of the typhoon.

Many schools were closed and people living in coastal communities most vulnerable to the storm have been moved to places higher up . Images of state media showed women, children and elderly crammed into shelters.

Haiyan, considered the strongest typhoon of 2013 and one of the most powerful ever to hit land for decades, should have lost some of its strength when it hit Vietnam.

But it remains in the category of super typhoon, with a potential "serious developments," said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at an emergency meeting Friday. Some 6.5 million Vietnamese could be affected

Central Vietnam has recently been hit by two typhoons, Wutip and Nari, which caused flooding and damaged hundreds of thousands of homes. 

"Haiyan two or three times more powerful than Wutip or Nari and should do more damage," he told AFP Michael Annear, representing the Red Cross in Vietnam.

The Red Cross reported that about 6.5 million Vietnamese people could be affected by the typhoon.

The national carrier Vietnam Airlines has warned that some flights may be delayed or canceled Sunday.

All ships were recalled in ports and authorities ordered hydroelectric dams to enhance security "to limit the human and material consequences," according a statement posted on the government website. 

The extent of damage caused by Haiyan Philippines was still unknown Saturday as the worst affected areas were cut off from the world, electricity networks and phone had been destroyed.

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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.

RWANDA: Attack against Habyarimana South Africa remains deaf to the requests of the French judge

Friday, October 18th, 2013

 

According to Radio France Internationale (RFI), the French anti-terrorism judge Marc Trévidic wrote in March 2012, a letter rogatory in order to examine the general Kayumba Nyamwasa on the circumstances of the attack on April 6, 1994 during which President Juvenal Habyarimana was killed.

According to informed sources, this commission was passed in April 2012 in the Chancery and sent a month later to the South African authorities have never given only , suite. 

In July, the former chief of staff of the Rwandan army, now in exile in South Africa, had told RFI hold information that may involve the current Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the attack and he was ready to talk to a French judge.

Read the article exclusive Sonia Rolley on the RFI website.

The Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW acclaimed even by Taliban

Saturday, October 12th, 2013

International reactions have increased since the award, Friday, October 11, the Nobel Peace Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). This award is especially welcomed by the Western powers, as it highlights the perilous work of the OPCW in Syria. This award also reinforces the process of dismantling , Lement the Syrian chemical arsenal, pursuant to a resolution of the Security Council of the UN. Thus, President Francois Hollande said that the price was a "consecration" for France. "The Nobel Prize is a dedication to all that France, not only France, has been engaged for several weeks to denounce the use of chemical weapons and dispose of in a near future, "said the head of state during a business visit to Nanterre. French President assured that Paris "fully supports the OPCW in its essential mission to destroy the Syrian arsenal." La France "will fully support its action, and the promotion of international cooperation in the peaceful uses of chemistry. " "A core mission," the U.S. side, Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the decision, welcoming the "essential mission" , conducted by the organization in Syria, in order to eliminate chemical weapons. "The world will never forget the death of over a thousand innocent Syrians killed in a senseless attack with chemical weapons on 21 August," insisted John Kerry in a statement. The award of the Nobel Peace Prize to the OPCW reminder of the dangers of such weapons, said on his part the Secretary General of the UN Ban Ki-moon. "This award comes almost 100 years after the first attack with chemical weapons, and 50 days after a shocking use of these weapons in Syria. Far from being relics of the past, chemical weapons are an obvious danger, and always far, "he said in a statement. This award has even reacted to Pakistan, where the Pakistani Taliban "rejoice" that the young activist for the right to education for women, Malala Yousafzai has not won the Nobel Peace Prize, said Friday their spokesman. The day before, they had denounced the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament to the girl in Swat, they had tried to kill, accusing him of "working against Islam

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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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SYRIA - REPORT: Advanced Jihad in Syria: Turkey closes border post

Friday, September 20th, 2013

 

The crossfire between rebels and jihadis the Free Syrian Army (SLA) are perfectly audible from Turkish territory. Concerned about the progress of jihadists linked to Al-Qaeda near its doors Ankara decided to close Thursday and until further notice the border post of Oncüpinar a strategic crossing point with Syria close to Azaz. This small town located 30 km northwest of Aleppo is controlled from Wednesday by fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (EIIL).

Turkish side, a line of trucks carrying humanitarian aid to Syria, extends for several kilometers. This is also where dozens of Syrian families are worried about their families back home. "I do not know what happens on the other side, there are problems with the fighters, but I'm not one of them so I do not know," ty moigne a man interviewed by FRANCE 24 carefully.

But off the record, refugees do not mince words. They accuse the Islamists have become their new tormentors extremists. Shared by Abu Ahmed, a Syrian smuggler who has since received dozens of calls Thursday inhabitants of the town of Azaz opinion. People who want to flee the fighting between moderate the Free Syrian Army and the jihadists who now gaining ground troops.

Reinforcements sent by ASL

According to ASL, is literally besieged Azaz, jihadists have set up checkpoints around the city. The people are terrified, trapped and can not leave the city to cross the border illegally.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said that the situation was calm in the city and announced the dispatch of reinforcements ASL site. "The Tawheed Brigade will seek to calm the situation," he told AFP a spokesman for the unit which is one of the big components of the ASL. "We will make every effort to resolve the dispute and find a formula would satisfy all parties," he added.

Sending Tawheed Brigade was made at the request of the Battalion of the storm from the north, also under the ASL, based in the city.

According to activists, the jihadist Azaz assault began with an attack against the hospital in the city where they would remove a German physician. Another version says that the incident began when soldiers of the Battalion of the storm north escorting a German journalist prevented jihadists to remove.

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CENTRAL: Report on Central: "What we are experiencing is worse than anything"

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

 

Already shaky before - - Since the overthrow of President François Bozizé and installing the power of ex-rebels Seleka, the state apparatus has almost disappeared in Central Africa. Many of the 25,000 fighters Seleka coalition no longer obey their immediate superiors, who cut strongholds across the country.

Friday, September 13, the president of Central Michel Djotodia transition came to power at the head of the Seleka on March 24, announced in Bangui the immediate dissolution of the rebel alliance . He had already ordered several times publicly disarmament and cantonment of combatants of the former rebels. In Bangui, it was even forbidden to participate in any operation policing.

These announcement effects had not hitherto had little results. If observers noted a slight improvement in the situation in Bangui, there is nothing in the province. Fighters - "uncontrolled" according to the authorities - committing abuses, violence and looting repeatedly against the population, as could be seen Stephen Huver and Boris Heger. FRANCE 24, they took the road to Bossangoa (250 km northwest of Bangui) on 11 September.

The two journalists were accompanying a convoy on the road, under military escort FOMAC Force (interposition of Central Africa). They crossed dozens of deserted villages while since more than a week, civilians are directly targeted by both sides who oppose. Along the way, they crossed vigilante groups who harass government troops.

Civilians referred

At 50 kilometers from Bossangoa, in 11, the convoy discovered the horror in a burned a few hours earlier village. In total, six people were killed with machetes. According to the Presidency, the abuses of this type are made by supporters of the former president who prey on people of Muslim faith. Michel Djotodia being the first Muslim president of an overwhelmingly Christian country.

The continuing conflict fueling tensions between Christians and Muslims, raising fears of sectarian war. Each community now has its dead and wounded. More than 6,000 Christians dare not leave the diocese of Bossangoa. The sanitary conditions are extremely precarious: a single water point, two latrines, no drugs. Father Frederic Tonfio, vicar general of Bossangoa is exceeded: "That's unheard of. There were riots, rebellions, but what we are experiencing is worse than anything. "

The 8 and 9 September, clashes between forces of the new regime and supporters of General Bozizé had a hundred dead near this location, on a non-final balance provided by the pre , residence. According to the NGO Doctors Without Borders (MSF), the "atrocities were committed by both sides in the conflict."