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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."

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Honduras: the victory of the presidential right is "final"

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

 

"Irreversible". The electoral court ruled: the victory of Juan Orlando Hernandez, the right candidate for the presidency of Honduras, is "irreversible" and the result "no call" . "The result is final. The figures we have given reflect a trend that is irreversible. The results will not vary, "thus affirmed Monday, November 25 the presiding judge, David Matmoros, which however did not want to officially declare a winner. This statement came after counting 67% of ballots, giving the candidate to lead with 34.08% of the vote against 28.92% for his rival left, Xiomara Castro.

A verdict expected to cut short the post-election debates. Sunday, the candidate of the National Party (right) and his main opponent have plunged the country into uncertainty proclaim their respective victory. Monday, trends continued to be published in the dropper by the electoral authorities. Face to official figures, the opposing sides are sticking to their guns, refusing in advance to deal with the opposite camp. If the Left Party continues to denounce fraud, the candidate of the right claimed victory. "This victory is the result decided by the Honduran people at the polls, it is negotiating with anyone," said Monday Juan Orlando Hernandez told reporters. The left denounces fraud Xiomara Castro, 54, who did not hesitate to declare Sunday evening "President of Honduras" denounces fraud. , Monday, she left her husband speak, fallen former President Manuel Zelaya. "The polls have spoken to a profound change in our country (…) We do not want any negotiation," said Manuel Zelaya, echoing statements by Juan Orlando Hernandez. Manuel Zelaya provides "does not recognize" the results of the TSE. Xiomara Castro's party, Freedom and overhaul (Free) said, without providing details about a fifth of votes is concerned with "a series of irregularities" , including the transmission of information to the TSE. For their part, representatives of some 800 foreign observers deployed Sunday to ensure transparency in the election have so far not reported fraud. A country with weak institutions The post-election situation raised fears of renewed tensions in this small, poor countries with fragile institutions, four years after the military coup that overthrew Zelaya. Elected in 2005 on behalf of the Liberal Party (center-right), the latter was ousted in 2009 when the right, the business community and the army had wanted to end the left turn policy. Manuel Zelaya today hope the same mass mobilization in 2009 and calls down the street: "If necessary, we take to the streets to defend our rights as we have always done, "he warned. Monday, November 25, calm reigned in the streets of Tegucigalpa and other major cities of the country's president and other strategic areas of the capital were under close surveillance and military police. With AFP dispatches

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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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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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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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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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

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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UK: Syria: Cameron "humiliated" by the non Parliament, according to the British press

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

 

This is a comemorative to the British Prime Minister. Following the rejection by the House of Commons by 285 votes against 272 of the motion by the Conservative David Cameron defending the principle of military intervention in Syria, the British press does not mince words against the occupant of 10 Downing Street. All newspapers almost evoke Friday, August 30 the "humiliation" and "weakening".

The same side of newspapers considered close to the majority, the criticism comes. "The weakening of Cameron" title and the "Daily Mail". "In a city night, the Tory rebellion forced the Prime Minister to give up military strike Syria … and plunged into a deep political crisis," it said.

"The Sun" does not hesitate to share to make a play on words "Cam down / Calm down" ("Cameron lowered / Calm"). Prime Minister humiliated by the refusal of the parliamentary military strikes, we can read in the best-selling tabloid in Britain. On scathingly, columnist Tom Newton-Dunn believes that "prime ministers do not just lose the vote about the war, which actually leads to an unknown political future. Mr Cameron can survive this, but his authority will never be the same. "

"Who runs the country?"

The tabloid "The Mirror" refers him "a historic parliamentary defeat." Like many other titles in the British press, he felt that the Prime Minister was "humiliated" and that this vote will leave traces in the party.

As for the "Times" newspaper center-right, he did not hesitate to call the vote a "disaster" and as "Cameron humiliated by the strike vote on Syria" . "David Cameron last night suffered the worst humiliation of his mandate after the parliamentarians asked to approve a military strike against the Syrian regime, rejected any notion of support and this project, even mitigated, "said the daily.

More to the left, the "Guardian" opens its edition on the blow to the authority of David Cameron. Citing a "unprecedented failure" for the head of government that "misjudged his party," the newspaper insists on winning a parliament "often die nigré has fulfilled its mission "

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Finally, the political editor of the BBC's public channel television Ross Hawkins questioned David Cameron's ability to retain its "credibility" in the international silver medal win s this political snub. "In Britain and elsewhere, people will ask: Who runs the country?".

A question that the Minister of Finance George Osborne did not respond. Asked Friday, August 30 by BBC Radio 4, he mentions "a review of national consciousness" about the role of Britain in "the world." "The question is whether Britain wants to play a major role in the defense of the international system," he said.

UNITED STATES: Manning trial: the government requires at least 60 years in prison

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

 

"No less than 60 years in prison," this is what required the U.S. government Monday, August 19 against Bradley Manning, accused of being the cause disclosure of confidential information in the context of WikiLeaks.

A sentence that serves as an example. The military prosecutor Joe Morrow asked the judge Denise Lind "to send a message to all the soldiers who would consider stealing classified information", sending the young American six decades derriè , re bars and imposing a penalty of $ 100 000 fine.

"Rot in jail"

"We must ensure that we do not ever see such a circus," said the prosecutor, convinced that the "betrayal" of the soldier, "initiated determined to exploit the loopholes of imperfect system "had permanently damaged the diplomatic relations of the United States.

Private First Class U.S. Army admitted transmitted some 700,000 confidential documents to the website WikiLeaks, which published them in 2010. Manning pleaded guilty to a dozen charges that brought him to incur a minimum of 20 years in prison, but Judge Denise Lind was also found guilty of acts of espionage and deceit. He himself late last week "doing harm to people and the United States."

"The government wants him to rot in prison," blasted his side's lawyer David Coombs, noting that the accusation "was only interested in the punishment" and not , the "very smart" reinsertion of an accused "young", "humanist", "naive certainly, but well-intentioned."

His lawyer pleads innocence

"At this point, it really and truly believed that this information would make a difference, and he did not think it would harm the United States," pleaded the civil lawyer . "He deeply believed that this could put an end to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as naive as can be its position, it was sincere."

Considering its "youth", his "emotional health" and "the purity of his intentions," the lawyer asked the judge to punish Lind client, of course, but to a sentence that gives him the "opportunity to live […] maybe find love, get married, have children and watch their children grow." 

While the lawyer tried to convince him that "the long-term impact" of the leak was limited and that "many countries had already forgotten" the military prosecutor insisted on the "destructive" side of the behavior of the soldier, who chose "knowingly" to be an intelligence analyst in Iraq and had "abused his position of trust" .

"No excuses," the prosecutor

"When you betray your country, you do not deserve the mercy of the court," he said in this final indictment, "there is no excuse." The prosecutor has swept all the mitigating circumstances of mental fragility, difficult childhood and sexual identity disorders Manning.

After two and a half months of trial by court martial, the judge Denise Lind will begin its deliberations late Tuesday morning.

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