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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.

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CINEMA: Georges Lautner, director of "Flingueurs Tontons" died

Sunday, November 24th, 2013

 

He died at the age of 87 years. Georges Lautner, popular and prolific filmmaker, director of the cult film "Les Tontons gunslingers" and many successes of Jean -Paul Belmondo, died Friday, Nov. 22 following a long illness.

With forty films to his credit in sixty-year career of "Barbouzes" to "Cop or Hood" through the "The Professional", Georges Lautner turned with the greatest: Jean-Paul Belmondo, to whom he gave some of his greatest triumphs, Bernard Blier, Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Jean Yanne, Mireille Darc …

Born in Nice January 24, 1926, Georges Lautner had discovered as a child the world of dark rooms by her mother, actress Renée Saint-Cyr, who later appeared in several of his films. He began studying law before making his first steps in cinema from 1949, as assistant director.

Ratings success

He signed his first film in 1958, "La Vie en Rose buttons". Then, in 1960, he directed "Sink or Swim", Bernard Blier, marking the beginning of a long collaboration with the actor.

In 1961, he met the popular success with "The Black Monocle" thriller that allows Paul Meurisse shine in French secret agent. Two years later, Georges Lautner knows the consecration with "Les Tontons gunslingers" comedy driven by cults replicas screenwriter Michel Audiard.

Incorrigible ratings success to each of his television appearances, the film with Bernard Blier, Lino Ventura, Francis Blanche, Jean Lefebvre and Robert Dalban celebrates 50 years Wednesday its theatrical release. "I never understood the miracle of the Tontons gunslingers + + through the ages," said the filmmaker, who is annoyed by this success, having other ambitions.

Close-ups and tight fit

Adept closeups, Georges Lautner knew also give rhythm to his films with a tight fit. "Michel Audiard said that he was the king of editors," recalls Remy Julienne, who performed stunts in many of his films. "He had the knowledge of popular cinema."

After the "Tonton", the duo Lautner / Audiard then connects the audience success between comedies and thrillers franchouillard gangsters, which appear in turn Lino Ventura, Jean Lefebvre, Francis White, Mireille Darc and Jean-Pierre Marielle: "The Great Spy Chase" (1964), "Do not get angry" (1966), "The Suitcase" (1973) …

In the late 1970s, Georges Lautner made two darker movies with Alain Delon ("Breasts ice" and "Death of a rotten") before rotate who would become his great friend Jean-Paul Belmondo: "Cop or Hood" (1978), "The guignolo" (1980), "The Professional" (1981), a huge commercial success in musical theme signed Ennio Morricone, or yet "Happy Easter". 

In the 80s, the success is rare even if it still meets the public in 1986 with "The Murdered House" with Patrick Bruel. In 1992, "Bebel" which will play the hero of the last film by Georges Lautner, "Strangers in the house."

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The dream of "Yellow Dogs" Iranian murdered in Brooklyn

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

 

They fled Iran to go after their dream rock. Invited in 2010 by the SXSW festival in Texas, the Soroush and Arash Farazmand (guitarist and drummer respectively) brothers had decided not to return home. The musicians had sought asylum in the United States and began to make a name in the grunge bars in Brooklyn.

In Iran, where rock is an "illegal activity" deemed contrary to religion, Yellow Dogs [Yellow Dog Ed] occurred in garages and basements for underground concerts . But the United States, post-punk their sound weird and exotic words were warmly welcomed. Prominently in Rolling Stone, they were invited to play all over the country with the other two members of their group: Siavash Karampour singer and bassist Koory Mirz. There are three weeks, the entire group produced the famous Brooklyn Bowl. On its website, the club described the Yellow Dogs as a "roaring life, spirit, tension and imagination" group.

Monday, November 11th in the morning, the two brothers were found dead, shot to death, along with their roommate and Iranian musician and songwriter Ali Eskandarian, 35. Their killer, Ali Akbar Mohammadi Rafie, a former member of another Iranian group, the Free Keys, has committed suicide shortly after the incident.

Shot dead in their apartment

According to the spokesman for the police, John J. McCarthy, interviewed by the New York Times, Rafie accessed the apartment through the roof. He had placed his gun in a guitar case. It was first shot Ali Eskandarian through a lounge window. Then in the chest Soroush, 27, who was lying in bed. Then came the turn of Arash, 28, shot in the head while he was on his computer.

Another resident of the apartment, the Iranian street-artist Sasan Sadeghpourosko, was shot twice in the shoulder and elbow, but survived. Rafie smashed the door of another apartment in the building, finding himself born in born with Pooya Hosseini, also a musician. The latter fought with him and escaped unharmed. Rafie is then returned to the roof of the building where he was shot in the head.

Salehezadeh Ali, who was the manager of the group and lived in the same block, told Reuters they had cut off contact with Rafie after he e , ty excluded Free Keys for stealing money. "When he was fired from his own group, we almost severed all ties with him. We were not really friends with him, "said Ali Salehezadeh in a telephone interview from Brazil. Himself had trouble finding a possible motive for the killings. "I do not know if it is right for them, for us, or for revenge because a member of the Free Keys live with us."

"Good boys"

Bassist and singer Koory Mirz Siavash Karampour were not there at the time of the attack. Monday, they posted a message on the group's Facebook page to announce the news, thanking their fans for the many messages of condolence still kept coming Tuesday.

Brian Kiernan Devine Jr., a member of a film crew who made a documentary about the group, said he was "shattered" by the news. "This is the youth group of the warmest, sincere and idealistic we had the chance to know artists. They managed to escape from Iran, were granted political asylum in New York to pursue their creative dreams (…) All this to be slaughtered in their beds. It is incomprehensible. This is madness. "

Yanira Lantigua, cashier of a local grocery store where young people would do their errands, calls "lovely and quiet boys who have never had a cross word." Monday, around 1 am, she heard the police helicopters flying over the area. It made him a shock to learn that she knew the victims. "They came to buy sandwiches and coffee as recently as a few days ago," she tells FRANCE 24. "The brothers were inseparable. They were really good boys. "

Alireza Tabiban an Iranian expatriate based in Austin, Texas, who had met and had seen them twice in concert, describes them as "very cool boys who just wanted to play their music and have fun. "He added that his family and friends in Tehran would be horrified by the details of this story. "There are not many murders by firearms [in Iran], since it is illegal to possess weapons," he told FRANCE 24. Mehdi Saharkhiz, an Observer FRANCE 24 who met the group in 2010 and spoke of them with passion, tweeted Monday: "This is hell. I still can not believe it. "

Slaughtered on the rise

The Yellow Dogs had built a solid fan club in the United States and beyond. The last member of the group to be granted asylum in the United States had received his papers there are only a few months. The rockers were planning a tour of Europe and Turkey, where they hoped to happen to their family and friends. "Our parents have never seen us play!" Confided Soroush Farazmand in April 2012 in an interview with eMusic.

Before leaving Iran, the group formed in 2006 in Tehran appeared in a documentary about the underground music scene of the Iranian capital, "Persian Cats". The film won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in 2009. That same year, in a CNN report, Siavash Karampour judged its affiliates as "closer than [his] brothers."

In the last interview that Soroush Farazmand gave before being killed, he explained to Vice magazine: "We have decided to live in Brooklyn because it's a place where we can grow. "Their apartment 318 East Williamsburg became a gathering place for artists and Iranian musicians.

"It was a small group of punk underground from Iran who was turning heads," explains Ali Salehezadeh their manager in an interview with Reuters. "They always said, 'If you want to get there, we must do so in New York,'" he relates. "But they have not been so lucky."

Adapted by Steven Jambot in Paris.

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.

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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GUINEA: Parliamentary elections postponed to 28 September in Guinea

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 

The parliamentary elections in Guinea Tuesday were postponed to September 28 to allow to make "adjustments" after consultations with the political class Guinea, announced Saturday night a UN official.

The announcement was made at a press conference in the capital, Conakry, by Djinnit, Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN for Africa west. Also present were leaders of the opposition, including former prime ministers Diallo and Sidya Toure, and the presidential majority, which Saloum Cisse and Kiridi Bangoura.  

The decision was welcomed in the room with applause and shouts of joy, a sign of easing the situation as a few hours earlier, majority and opposition were divided on the question of a postponement.

At the end of "consultations" between the Guinean politicians and representatives of the international community, including the UN, "it was agreed that an exceptional period of four days is given to the INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) to make final adjustments before the vote, "said Mr. Djinnit also "facilitator" international in this case.

"On behalf of the facilitator and the international community, I am pleased to announce the Guinean and Guinean that all stakeholders in the electoral process have endorsed this commitment. We are convinced that this agreement, nothing can hinder the holding of parliamentary elections in conditions free, transparent, and inclusive Saturday, September 28, 2013 in Guinea and abroad " has he said.

He urged "all relevant national authorities to take the steps necessary for the immediate implementation of this agreement."

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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."

UNITED STATES: New York City: Anthony Weiner again embroiled in a sex scandal

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

 

Anthony Weiner was caught in compromising revelations again. Two years after a previous sex scandal that forced him to resign from Congress, the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York had to explain Tuesday after publication message and pornographic photos he sent to a young woman of 22 years.

The politician, aged 48, admitted in a press conference that he has maintained the correspondence on the Internet under the pseudonym "Carlos Danger". According to him, these developments are covered by the confessions of two years ago: "I said that new posts and new photos would surface and that is what happened today."

In 2011, Anthony Weiner was forced to abandon the policy following the release of a photo on Twitter by mistake he had admitted, a student, and showing close-in slip. A few months later, he would have started a new virtual relationship with a young woman whose identity has not been revealed.

"As I said before, the things I did were wrong and they hurt my wife. Our marriage has faced challenges that went well beyond my resignation from Congress, "apologized the Democratic candidate.

At his side, his wife Huma, a former associate of Hillary Clinton, once again brought him his support: "Anthony has made terrible mistakes before his resignation Congress, but also after. I love him, I forgave him. I believe in him and as we have always said, we move on. "

Following this new scandal, the newspaper "New York Times" and three of his opponents in the election, November 5, at the head of the mayor of New York asked him to withdraw his candidature. In response, Anthony Weiner said he intends to continue his campaign. "All this is behind me," is it justified.

According to a survey released last week, is currently in the best position for the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York, the primary of which is scheduled for 10 September, but the case could make him losing the confidence of voters.

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