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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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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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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.

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.

CHINA: A car caught fire in Tiananmen Square, three dead

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

 

Three people died, Monday, October 28, at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, after a burning car crashed into several tourists, reported the news agency China .

"The driver of the jeep and two passengers were killed," said the official news agency. On an official account of microblogging, the Chinese police said the car left the road on the north side of the square, breaking through security and then caught fire, injuring "many" tourists and police.

Censorship

Photographs posted - and quickly erased by the services of censorship - showed a burning vehicle topped with a thick column of smoke before the famou ber portrait of Mao at the entrance to the Forbidden City, which overlooks the north side of Tiananmen.

Two reporters from AFP reported being arrested and their equipment confiscated while trying to get close to Tiananmen square that represents political power in China. 

Thousands of people were killed in the crash of the pro-democracy movement in 1989 near the famous Tiananmen Square, where the Communist Party sent tanks to armed e to end seven weeks of protests. Important security forces are permanently stationed since the vast esplanade where also the entrance to the Forbidden City, the Mausoleum of Mao and the People's Palace.

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

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

 

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

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

The political solution to end the crisis

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

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

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

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

The Syrian National Coalition sets conditions

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

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

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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.

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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SYRIA: Damascus and Moscow suggest a better control of Syrian chemical weapons

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

 

A few hours after Moscow's proposal that called Damascus to its chemical weapons under international control, Syria welcomed the request of his Russian ally.

"Minister Lavrov put forward an initiative related to chemical weapons. I declare Syria welcomes Russia's initiative, based on the concerns of Russian leaders on the lives of our citizens and the security of our country, "said Walid Moallem, the Minister the Syrian Foreign Affairs, quoted by Russian news agencies. He also praised the "wisdom of Russian leaders who are trying to prevent U.S. aggression against our people."

The United States, skeptical of the initiative said, through a spokesman of the State Department, they would "carefully consider the Russian statement […] to understand exactly what the Russians offer. "

For his part, Laurent Fabius, the French foreign minister, said that the Russian proposal was "acceptable". "The proposal of Sergei Lavrov, deserves careful examination," said Laurent Fabius claiming that the Syrian president "agrees promptly to bring under control International and let them destroy all of its chemical "arsenal, and requesting a referral to the International Criminal Court to be tried for the authors of the chemical attack of August 21 in the re region of Damascus.

"Destroy" chemical arsenal

Russia had proposed to Syria, Monday, September 9, to place its stockpiles of chemical weapons under international control and destroy them, hoping that this proposal could prevent military action against Damascus regime. 

"We call on the Syrian leadership to not only take place under international control its stockpile of chemical weapons, and then to destroy, but to fully join the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons chemicals ", said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

Sergei Lavrov had spoken while his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of State John Kerry, had also formulated earlier, the same proposal Bashar al-Assad: "Obviously he [Assad] might restore its entire chemical weapons to the international community in the coming week, to everything, without de lai (…) But he is not ready to do, and he can not do ", said John Kerry.

Jen Psaki, spokesman for the State Department had then insisted on the "rhetorical" nature of the remark of John Kerry, saying it can not be interpreted Tee design as an ultimatum or an offer to negotiate at a "brutal dictator" and untrustworthy.

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