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A victory not so easy to Michelle Bachelet

Saturday, November 16th, 2013


In his last campaign rally in Santiago Thursday, Michelle Bachelet danced cumbia, mambo and hummed songs of historical Chilean left. An atmosphere worthy of a victory tonight as the former president … [2006 - 2010] seems assured of a return to the palace of La Moneda, the outcome of the election presidential election, the first round will be held Sunday, November 17.

Four years after leaving the reins of the country-party center-right National Renovation (RN) Sebastián Piñera, Michelle Bachelet, 62, enjoys a popularity , indisputable, which exceeds that of Nueva Mayoría [New Majority], the coalition of the left which she defends the colors. According to the Institute CEP, it inherits 47% of the vote, far ahead of the candidate of the right Evelyn Matthei, supported by Alianza, credited as 14%. Some studies even predict his victory in the first round …

"The mother of all Chileans"

Chileans have never stopped plebiscite that they have dubbed the "mother of all Chileans" for his spontaneity and natural touch. The first woman president in the country's history has left office with a peak popularity more than 80%, but could not imagine in 2010 for a second consecutive term, according to the Chilean Constitution. Michelle Bachelet was then flown to New York to head UN Women, an organization that defends the rights of women worldwide.

During the past three years, Chileans have continued to watch his back, highly publicized in March. Strengthened by its international stature, the new candidate is then told ready to "take the challenge" of another term, by giving priority to "overcome ined Galite in Chile. "

Over the past twenty years, the country has experienced a period of growth and prosperity, fueled by the extraction of copper, has risen to the ranks of developed countries. But his rise was accompanied by an unequal distribution of wealth.  

Reduce inequalities Protests have increased in the country under the mandate Piñera to require changes in the economic and political model: students demanding free education , workers demanding reforms to the Labour Code and a better wage. Officials, such as postal workers or garbage collectors have even launched strikes to pressure the government a few days before the election.

For now, only the program Michelle Bachelet seems to meet all these expectations. On the social level, the candidate promised to reform higher education, providing free , and putting an end to private schools, but also to open kindergartens and schools. To achieve this, it will allocate annually 1.5 to 2% of GDP.

In terms of health, the applicant, a doctor by training, plans to legalize abortion in cases of rape or risk to the mother or the unborn child - a practice totally banned in several countries in Latin America. It also promises four billion dollars for the construction of new hospitals, clinics and physician recruitment. And further agrees to open a national debate on the right to gay marriage.

On the fiscal side, she wants to gradually increase the tax on companies with 20 to 25% and end the Fondo de Utilidades Tributables (FUT), a mechanism that allows some companies to re reduce their tax bill. It also intends to terminate the opportunity for companies to defer indefinitely the payment of tax on reinvested profits, a measure adopted in 1984 under Pinochet.

Constitutional reform, but if the voice seems wide open for access to the presidency, paths lead to the various reforms ahead sown institutional barriers, as it was the case for Sebastian Piñera.

At issue: the de1980 Constitution, in force since the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. If it has been amended several times, the text remains unchanged, including the electoral system, which does not favor the party out on top. C ' Therefore, the revision of the Constitution has become a major theme of the campaign, offered by almost all new candidates. To achieve this, some propose to go through a constituent assembly, while Michelle Bachelet prefer consider parliamentary channels.

In this case, the favorite of the election requires a two-thirds majority in both Houses of Parliament. But all observers agree that this challenge is far from won. Aware of the issue, the daughter of General Bachelet, died in custody during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990), focused on mobilizing voters, both Presidential the laws, which take place on the same day, "because I need a Congress able to take the plunge for the changes Chile a need, "she warned.

SPY: Listening Merkel: Snowden prepared to testify from Russia

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013


In the case of listening to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Edward Snowden could be heard in Russia, but former U.S. intelligence refugee consultant in Russia prefer testify before Congress in the United States, announced Friday, November 1 lawyer and a German MEP.

Wanted by Washington after his revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) for which he worked, Edward Snowden can not go to Germany for fear of losing his refugee status, but can testify without leaving Russia, told his Russian lawyer Anatoly Koutcherena. 

Berlin "ready to listen Snowden"

"Under international agreements, Snowden may testify in Russia, but the German authorities to decide. Snowden did not go to Germany. This is impossible because it does not have the right to cross the Russian border. If he does, he may lose his refugee status, "said the lawyer in the Echo of Moscow radio.

His revelations have provoked strong reactions in Europe, especially in Germany, where information about the alleged spy cell phone Chancellor Angela Merkel came as a shock.

Following his meeting with U.S. fugitive in Russia, in an undisclosed location, the German MEP Hans-Christian Ströbele told Berlin that the launcher preferred alert rerait testify before the U.S. Congress. But the American has also expressed willingness to testify before the German parliament, according Ströbele. Berlin said he was "willing to listen" Snowden said for its part, the German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich.

"The U.S. government will cease its harmful behavior"

Office Ströbele released Friday a photo of his meeting with Snowden and added that the American had forwarded a letter to the German government, the Bundestag (lower house of the German Parliament) and parquet. "I am confident that with the support of the international community, the U.S. government cease its harmful behavior (to me)," he has written in this letter. "I look forward to speaking with you in your country when the situation will be resolved, has he added.

Interviewed by the first German television channel ARD, the deputy Ströbele said the American had "showed that he knew a lot […]. It is ready in principle to help clear "business, has he added.

"The meeting went well," observed the Russian lawyer stating that the German deputy asked if he could Snowden including "witness" ,. espionage in an alleged mobile phone Angela Merkel "It's Putin to decide"

Snowden "is ready to cooperate with everyone, you see, there is no prohibition. It is itself decides who to contact and when, "the lawyer added, quoted by the Interfax news agency.

"It's Putin to decide"

The Kremlin declined to comment Friday, though Putin was asked in the past as long as Edward Snowden continues his revelations could "harm the United States" and if he remained in Russia. "It is not a matter for the Kremlin," said the spokesman of the President, Dmitry Peskov.

Questioned by AFP, the independent analyst Pavel Felgenhauer, for his part felt that the U.S. was under the control of fugitive Russian special services and its flexibility was limited e by the Kremlin. "It's Putin to decide what Snowden has the right to say. He asked to Snowden as long as they do not harm America, but there is that Putin knows what the parameters are, "he says.

According to his lawyer, Edward Snowden has adapted to life in Russia, he goes to the museum and the theater, and found work in Russia must deal from Friday a recognized website, whose name was not revealed.

In an interview with German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung published Saturday, Mr. Snowden said he did not regret making his revelations, while conceding that which cost him more in his current situation was "not to have regular contact with his family and loved ones."

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FRANCE: Book Price: MEPs vote anti-Amazon legislation

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


It will now be impossible for operators such as Amazon, to accumulate a 5% discount on books with free shipping. The decision was adopted unanimously Thursday, October 3 by members.

The right and left have denounced in unison that "dumping" and adopted the text submitted by the UMP, as amended by the Government. It will now go to the Senate.  

These costs offered free by Amazon, which owns 70% of the market for online sales transport are considered as unfair competition by traditional bookstores, already in poor condition financially , re.

Amazon practice "strategy of dumping, selling at a loss," he denounced during the debate the Minister of Culture, Aurélie Filippetti. "The evidence is that they do not practice in this free country, where there is no single price of the book. […] Once they are in a dominant position and have crushed our network of booksellers, they ascend the price, "she said.

The bill inserts in the Lang Law of 1981 the price of one book, a paragraph stating that, in the case of a book shipped to the buyer, the seller may not receive both a 5% discount and free shipping.

France has one of the densest networks of libraries in the world, with some 3500 traditional bookstores (including 600 to 800 "independent" does not belong to an e , publisher, distributor, chain or a large surface area) against just 1,000 in Britain. 

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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."


LITERATURE: The author of "Fifty Shades of Grey" among the best paid in the world

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013


The British novelist E.L. James, author of the trilogy of "soft porn" entitled "Fifty Shades of Grey", made a sensational debut in the annual list of the highest paid writers in the world established by the magazine American Forbes.

With an estimated $ 95 million between June 2012 and June 2013 sales revenues of this erotic saga mocked by some as the "mum porn" (literally the e erotica for mothers), EL James and ahead of regulars classification as James Patterson, Danielle Steel and Stephen King. 

On its website, Forbes said on Monday that the e-book format has played a key role in this success as a planetary smash allowing readers / readers to buy this book to re , sulphurous reputation in a very discreet and devour away from prying eyes.


FRANCE - SOCIAL: A new plan for departures scheduled at Air France

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


Air France-KLM, engaged in a major restructuring since 2012, Wednesday to inform the representatives of a new voluntary redundancy plan, Phase 2 Transform 2015 which has already led removing 5,600 positions within the airline.

The CEO of the Franco-Dutch group, Alexander Juniac, warned Friday that further staff reductions would be announced to unions on Wednesday during a central works council ( CEC).

"We have an order of magnitude of the potential redundancy at Air France," he said, stating that "these measures are difficult." But, he said, none will be "forced". They take the form of voluntary redundancy plans, part-time and unpaid leave.

Trade unions have welcomed the announcement of no surprise that further restructuring was expected in September. For Beatrice Lestic, secretary general of the CFDT, "there is no real surprise on this announcement here." "We expect to have the encryption overstaffed," she told AFP. "Most of the measures will be detailed more in September at the CEC on 4 October," she said. However, she noted that, under Transform 2015, an agreement was signed with the direction "with a commitment to the company not to use forced departures."

"I think we'll be on relatively high levels as management expects numerical departures from 2,500 to 3,000 people," said for his part Didier Fauverte, secretary general of the CGT Air France. He recalled that a voluntary departure plan had been implemented two years before the agreement on Transform 2015. "In the space of four years, we will have lost between 12 and 15,000 people. It's getting a lot, "he judged.

Weakness of short and medium haul

"From an operational point of view, particularly in the ports, as it becomes more tense. There are fewer people in contact with the passengers, "he said, adding not be" convinced that the savings are in the right place. "

The first phase of Transform 2015 has already resulted between June 2011 and June 2013 a decline in enrollment of 5.3%, or 5,600 people. The numbers have increased from 106,300 to 100,700 employees, including temporary workers.

Transform 2015 is intended to achieve in three years two billion euros in savings, in part due to additional economic efficiency by 20% and reduce debt to 4 , 5 billion at end 2014 against 6.5 billion in January 2012.

In spring, however, the management had warned that the plan would be amplified, the group still suffering from the weakness of short and medium-haul network at Air France and cargo for the whole group . Network short and medium-haul KLM will, he spared by the new measures.

The short and medium-haul Air France, affected by competition from low-cost airlines, recorded last year 800 million against 700 million loss in 2011.

In the cargo business, the Group will further reduce its capacity, leaving more and more cargo aircraft in favor of cargo hold.

Restructuring implementation for a year and a half at Air France has yet resulted in significant improvement in earnings in the second quarter of 2013. From April to June, the group divided by five net loss, less than 163 million euros.

At the same time, it has generated an operating profit of 79 million euros against a loss of 79 million a year earlier, which "for a second quarter, is the first five years, "said the CEO.

THE FRANCE 24 INTERVIEW: Thein Sein: "There is no ethnic cleansing in Burma"

Saturday, July 20th, 2013


In an exclusive interview with FRANCE 24, Burmese President Thein Sein has denied reports that communal violence between Buddhists and Muslims in Burma had soured in recent months to the point of represent an "ethnic cleansing".

"This is information made from scratch, it is a smear operation conducted against the government," insisted the head of state, the first Burmese president to visit France. "Contrary to what is said, the government was able to contain the violence and the situation is back to normal in the country."

Organizations defending human rights strongly denounce the repression exercised against Muslims in Burma, in particular against the stateless Rohingya minority, a community considered the most persecuted in the world. The European Parliament has called on June 13 to the end of "persecution" against the Muslims, citing arrests, arbitrary detention, torture, rape, destruction of property or places worship.

"Less than 100 political prisoners in Burma"

Asked about the release of political prisoners, announced Monday, July 15 during a visit to London, Thein Sein said that since his election in 2011, thousands of prisoners were recovered freedom. "I think now there are less than 100 political prisoners in the country. If they are because of their belief or political position, then they will be released, "he promised.

A position which illustrates the transition to democracy that Thein Sein meant to embody. The President has also initiated reforms since coming to power. But the international community, these reforms could be hampered by the military, present in the Burmese Parliament. A fear that Thein Sein responded by ensuring that the military posed no threat. "The soldiers obey orders. They resist any change due to the democratic process, "said one who has himself been a senior member of the military in the past. The military junta in power in Burma for more than 20 years, has officially left the place in 2011 to civilian rule, after a rigged election by the international community.

As for the future presidential election to be held in 2015, the president finally said he had nothing to say on the potential application of the Nobel Peace Aung San Suu Kyi , released in 2010 Burmese jails. Thein Sein also ensures failing personally prepared for this election.

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FOOTBALL: Blueberries in the final of World Cup Under 20 years

Thursday, July 11th, 2013


The France team under 20 years accessed for the first time in the World Cup final in his age category, beating Ghana 2-1 with and a doubling of Florian Thauvin Wednesday in Bursa, and is just one step of a historic success for the tricolor football.

"Generation 93" has succeeded where all its glorious predecessors had failed and have been faithful to the rendezvous before his arrival e in Turkey. It now remains for him to get rid Saturday in Istanbul, the winner of the other semifinal between Uruguay and Iraq to enter his name in the history and add to the showcase the French Football Federation the only trophy still missing men.

Blueberries, jostled by a Ghanaian training they dominated the first round (3-1) were able to make a difference on two personal exploits Thauvin (43rd, 74th, 2nd and third goals of the tournament), canceling the Assifuah equalization (47th). But big blow: they will happen in the final defender Samuel Umtiti, warned twice and expelled late in the game (80th).

Criticized after the first phase more than sluggish, even disturbing (1 win, 1 draw, 1 defeat), France and brilliant individuals have suddenly awakened es to show up to their rank, with a nice breath of fresh air to a French football in the trough of the wave from the misadventures of A in the qualifications of the World-2014 and during the recent tour of South America, signed by two stinging defeats against Uruguay (1-0) and Brazil (3-0). 

After Turkey (4-1) and Uzbekistan (4-0), Ghanaians, deprived of their central hinge Attamah-Lartey and attacking midfielder Odjer, could do nothing against , the French machine that not much seems to deviate from its goal to leave Turkey with the supreme title.

A coronation would have the appearance of a bright contrast to Pierre Mankowski, who FFF refused to continue the adventure with "Generation 93", entrusting the fate of Willy Hopes sagnol.  The hero Thauvin

From the beginning of the match, the difference of class and talent was clearly visible between the two teams, France is providing several opportunities including a shot against the post Bahebeck ( 6) while the defense, especially the solid hinge Zouma-Umtiti, did not leave the poor Ghanaian attackers breathe.

But the African team proved in the eighth and quarter-final unsuspected mental resources that blueberries may have a bit undervalued, making himself surprise after the break with a shot beautiful Assifuah (47), author of the fifth embodiment in this World Cup. 

The provision of any captain Paul Pogba has not helped Blueberries, which could drink the cup without two decisive Alphonse Areola parades on a free kick Acheampong (49th) and a head 'Anaba (51).

As for the other leader-between game, Geoffrey Kondogbia, he quickly seemed dull and physically did not have his usual influence.

It did not count on Florian Thauvin, the hero of the semi-final. Lethargic in the first match, the French striker has proved by his double and acceleration he had regained all his senses at the right time. Saturday, Blueberries have great need of his services to definitely go down in history.


EGYPT: Thirty pro-Morsi killed by fire from the Egyptian army

Monday, July 8th, 2013


At least 34 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were killed by the Egyptian army at the headquarters of the Republican Guard in Cairo, Monday, July 8 , according to an official of the Ministry of Health was quoted by the AP agency. The Egyptian official, Khaled el-Kathib, also reported nearly 300 injured.

The Egyptian army confirmed it had fired, denouncing the attack on a "terrorist group" who allegedly tried to enter at dawn in the ba , BUILDING Republican Guard. The soldiers say their side an officer was killed and 40 others wounded in the attack.

The Salafist Al Nour Party, which had supported the military coup of July 3, immediately announced his retirement from political wrangling over the composition of a transitional government, denouncing a "massacre" committed by the army.


Pro-Morsi protesters, joined by AFP confirmed that the Egyptian army had attacked their gathering with live ammunition and tear gas. "J 'I saw with my own eyes people over whom they shot, "said one of them. He added that the police had then continued many protesters.

"There are many casualties but we do not have the exact number," confirmed another protester. "They want to leave the protesters" who said Sunday that they would continue their sit-in "for an indefinite period," he said. Last Friday, the same place four Islamists were killed in firefights with the army.

The Muslim Brotherhood supporters mobilized en masse for more than 10 days in different parts of Cairo to defend the "legitimacy" of the former Head of State, first democratically elected president in the history of the country in May 2012.

Wednesday night, the arméea filed Mohamed Morsi after demonstrations on an unprecedented scale in Egypt. The security forces then launched a campaign of arrests against the powerful Brotherhood, imprisoning several of its executives.

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