/2019

  • Lebanese forces clash with Hezbollah and Amal supporters | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/lebanese-forces-clash-hezbollah-amal-supporters-191217054514226.html

    Lebanese forces clash with Hezbollah and Amal supporters

    J’ai eu un hoquet en lisant ce titre ! Pour un lecteur normalement constitué au Liban, les « Forces libanaises » c’edst avant tout (en anglais comme en français et en arabe aussi) le parti de notre bon « docteur » Geagea ! Maladresse ou bien prédiction autoréalisatrice ? (Je sais @kassem je vois le mal partout !)

    #liban

  • More than 600 Pakistani girls ’sold as brides’ to China | Pakistan News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/600-pakistani-girls-sold-brides-china-191205054627426.html

    More than 600 poor Pakistani girls and women were sold as brides to Chinese men over a period of nearly two years, according to investigations by authorities in the South Asian nation of 200 million people.

    A list of 629 girls and women, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the country’s poor and vulnerable.

    The list gives the most concrete figure yet for the number of women caught up in the trafficking schemes since 2018.

    First 16 victims of UK truck tragedy arrive back in Vietnam

    But since the time it was put together in June, investigators’ aggressive drive against the networks has largely ground to a halt.

    Officials with knowledge of the investigations say that is because of pressure from government officials fearful of hurting Pakistan’s lucrative ties to Beijing.

    The biggest case against traffickers has fallen apart. In October, a court in Faisalabad acquitted 31 Chinese nationals charged in connection with trafficking.

    Several of the women who had initially been interviewed by police refused to testify because they were either threatened or bribed into silence, according to a court official and a police investigator familiar with the case.

  • From Zagreb to Bihać (Video): Croatian Police Kidnapped Nigerian Students and Transferred them to BiH!

    On November 12, two Nigerian students arrived in Pula to participate in the World Intercollegiate Championship. After the competition, on November 17, they arrived in Zagreb. They were stopped on the street and arrested by the police. Then they were taken to a forest near Velika Kladuša and under threat of weapons, forced to cross into the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Eighteen-year-old student Abia Uchenna Alexandro from Nigeria arrived in Croatia on November 12 this year to participate in the fifth World Intercollegiate Championship in Pula. He represented the Federal University of Technology Owerri in a table tennis competition. After completing the competition, together with four other colleagues, he returned to Zagreb from where he was scheduled to fly to Istanbul on November 18.

    After arriving in Zagreb, with his colleague Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, he settled into a hostel and went out for a walk in the city.

    – On entering the tram we were stopped by the police. They took us to the police station. We tried to explain who we were and that our documents were in the hostel. They did not pay attention to what we were saying, Kenneth Chinedu told Eboh Žurnal.

    WALK, OR I’LL SHOOT

    – We don’t know what time it was, but it was dark ... They took us out of the station and put us in a van. They drove us to an unknown place. Two police officers told us ‘you are going to Bosnia’. I’ve never been to Bosnia. I came by plane to Zagreb, I told them I didn’t know Bosnia. They told us no, you are going to Bosnia. After a while, the van stopped and we were pushed into the bushes. I refused to go into the woods, then the cop told me if I didn’t move he was going to shoot me, says Eboha Kenneth.

    In an interview with Žurnal, Nigerian students said they were scared and did not know what to do. The migrants, who were forced by Croatian police, together with them, to cross over to the territory of BiH through the forest, took them to a camp in Velika Kladuša.

    – Our passports and all belongings remained in Zagreb. I managed to call a colleague from the camp, who was with us in the competition, to send us passports. We don’t know what to do, the visa for Croatia expires today, says Kenneth Chinedu.

    The Miral Camp is managed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM). Žurnal was briefly explained that, following the confirmation from the competition organizers that they were indeed students with duly issued visas, they had informed the organization “Your Rights” in Sarajevo which would take over their case.

    The organization did not respond to calls from the Žurnal’s journalists.

    FILMED BY CROATIAN TV

    The Inter-University Sports Committee, the organizer of the Pula World Cup, says it has been informed of the case. Speaking to Žurnal, Committee Representative Alberto Tanghetti said that there were a total of five participants from Nigeria, four students and a professor, and that they all had regularly isdued visas.

    – These two students were in the competition, they had a Croatian visa, return plane tickets from Zagreb to Istanbul and from Istanbul to Lagos. So they had a visa to come to the competition, they had their return tickets ... At the competition, they were filmed by Croatian television. On Sunday 17/11, they traveled to Zagreb because they had a flight to Istanbul on Monday. Seven days later, I received a call from the camp, informing me that they have two Nigerian students taken by the Croatian police to BiH. I don’t understand how it happened because the police in Pula were informed that they were here, Thanghetti says.

    They said that they will call the University of Pula, inform the Croatian MUP and see how they can help students.

    Vidéo:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvFYJAZK8Lk&feature=emb_logo

    https://zurnal.info/novost/22588/croatian-police-kidnapped-nigerian-students-and-transferred-them-to-bih
    #migrerrance #migrations #Croatie #Bosnie #étudiants #université #études #renvois #expulsions

    • Croatia ’wrongly deports’ Nigerian table tennis players to Bosnia

      Two students visiting Croatia say they were wrongly suspected of undocumented migration and kicked out of the country.

      Croatian police have deported two Nigerian table-tennis players to Bosnia and Herzegovina, claiming they were in the country illegally, despite the pair having arrived in Croatia with valid visas.

      Abie Uchenna Alexandra and Kenneth Chinedu, students from Owerri Technical University in Nigeria, arrived in Zagreb on November 12 to participate in the sport’s World University Championships in Pula, according to Hina, the government-owned national news agency.

      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/croatia-wrongly-deports-nigerian-table-tennis-players-bosnia-191204183710

    • Hrvatska policija kidnapovala nigerijske studente i prebacila ih u BiH!

      Dvojica studenata iz Nigerije 12. novembra doputovali su u Pulu kako bi učestvovali na Svjetskom međusveučilišnom prvenstvu. Nakon završetka takmičenja, 17. novembra, doputovali su u Zagreb. Na ulici ih je zaustavila i privela policija. Odvezli su ih u šumu u blizini Velike Kladuše i pod prijetnjom oružjem natjerali da pređu na teritoriju Bosne i Hercegovine.

      Osamnaestogodišnji student Abia Uchenna Alexandro iz Nigerije doputovao je 12. novembra ove godine u Hrvatsku da bi učestvovao na petom Svjetskom međusveučilišnom prvenstvu u Puli. Predstavljao je Federalni univerzitet tehnologija Owerri na takmičenju iz stonog tenisa. Nakon završetka takmičenja, zajedno sa jos četiri kolege, vratio se u Zagreb odakle je trebao 18. novembra letjeti za Istanbul.

      Nakon dolaska u Zagreb, sa kolegom Eboh Kenneth Chinedu, smjestio se u hostel i izašao u šetnju gradom.

      – Na ulasku u tramvaj zaustavila nas je policija. Odvezli su nas u policijsku stanicu. Pokušali smo im objasniti ko smo i da su nam dokumenti u hostelu. Nisu obraćali pažnju na ono što govorimo, kaže za Žurnal Eboh Kenneth Chinedu.

      HODAJ ILI ĆU PUCATI

      – Ne znamo koliko je sati bilo, ali bio je mrak... Izveli su nas iz stanice i stavili u kombi. Odvezli su nas na nepoznato mjesto. Dvojica policajaca su nam rekli idete u Bosnu. Ja nikada nisam bio u Bosni. Došao sam avionom u Zagreb, rekao sam im da ne znam Bosnu. Rekli su nam ne, vi idete u Bosnu. Nakon nekog vremena kombi je stao i gurnuli su nas u žbunje. Odbio sam ići u šumu, onda mi je policajac rekao ako se ne pomjerim da će me upucati, kaže Eboha Kenneth.

      U razgovoru za Žurnal nigerijski studenti kazu da su bili preplašeni i da nisu znali šta da rade. Migranti, koje je Hrvatska policija zajedno s njima natjerala da kroz šumu pređu na teritoriju BiH, su ih odveli u kamp u Velikoj Kladuši.

      – Naši pasoši i sve stvari su ostale u Zagrebu. Uspio sam iz kampa pozvati kolegu koji je zajedno sa nama bio na takmičenju da nam pošalje pasoše. Ne znamo šta da radimo, viza za Hrvatsku nam ističe danas, kaže Kenneth Chinedu.

      Kampom Miral upravlja Međunarodna organizacija za migracije IOM. Za Žurnal su samo kratko rekli da su o slučaju nigerijskih studenata, nakon što su dobili potvrdu od organizatora takmičenja da su oni stvarno studenti sa uredno izdatim vizama, obavijestili organizaciju Vaša prava iz Sarajeva koja će preuzeti njihov slučaj.

      Iz ove organizacije nisu odgovarali na pozive iz redakcije Žurnala.

      SNIMALA IH HRVATSKA TELEVIZIJA

      Iz Međusveučilišnog sportskog komiteta, organizatora svjetskog prvenstva u Puli, tvrde da su obaviješteni o slučaju. U razgovoru za Žurnal predstavnik Komiteta Alberto Tanghetti kaže da je bilo ukupno pet učesnika iz Nigerije, četiri studenta i profesor, te da su svi imali uredne vize.

      – Ta dva studenta su bila na takmičenju, imali su hrvatsku vizu, povratne avionske karte iz Zagreba za Istanbul i iz Istanbula za Lagos. Znači, imali su vizu da dođu na takmičenje, imali su povratne karte... Na takmičenju ih je snimala hrvatska televizija. U nedjelju 17. 11 putovali su u Zagreb jer su u ponedjeljak imali let za istanbul. Sedam dana kasnije primio sam poziv iz kampa da se kod njih nalaze dvojica studenata iz Nigerije koje je hrvatska policija odvela u BiH. Ne razumijem kako se to desilo jer je policija u Puli bila obaviještena da su tu, kaže Thanghetti.

      Iz ove organizacije kazu da ce nazvati Univerzitet u Puli, obavijestiti MUP Hrvatske i vidjeti kako mogu pomoći studentima.

      https://zurnal.info/novost/22587/hrvatska-policija-kidnapovala-nigerijske-studente-i-prebacila-ih-u-bih

  • Jamil Mouawad “on the dichotomy of the revolution versus counter-revolution and the need to go beyond it”

    Lebanon: Protesters cautious after clashes with sectarian groups | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/lebanon-protesters-cautious-clashes-sectarian-groups-191127143058987.html

    Some, however, argue if the anti-government protesters aim for a truly united Lebanese movement, they ought to consider what they have to offer the young Lebanese coming out in support of Hezbollah and Amal.

    “There is a kind of discourse that is very dichotomous: us and them, we are civilised, we want to bring about a new country, we know how to protest. While they are thugs, and mobs. It’s very pejorative, reducing their whole identity to them riding around on mopeds causing tension,” said Jamil Mouawad, a politics lecturer at the American University of Beirut.

    “The superficial reading is that they’re counter-revolutionaries, sent by parties to beat up protesters and push forward a counter-revolution; but that’s not the main cause. They consider the road closures an act of aggression against their mobility as these are the main routes of access to their neighbourhoods. The more protesters are closing roads, the more they are irritated.”

    Rather than reacting to aggression from sectarian supporters, protesters should attempt a dialogue, said Mouawad.

    “I don’t see that protesters have opened any channels to reach out to these people, other than the chants saying ’all of us’.”

    #Liban #protestations #division #contre-révolution

  • UN experts call Morsi’s death in Egypt ’arbitrary killing’ | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/experts-call-morsi-death-egypt-arbitrary-killing-191108184704797.html

    Led by special rapporteur Agnes Callamard and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the human rights experts explicitly called out Sisi’s government for rights violations in jails describing them as “intentional”.

    Morsi spent nearly six years in solitary confinement where the panel said he “was denied life-saving and ongoing care for his diabetes and high blood pressure”.

    Morsi’s son Abdullah dies of heart attack in Cairo hospital

    The experts noted Friday that “authorities were warned repeatedly” about his deteriorating health to the “point of killing him”.

    “There is no evidence they (authorities) acted to address these concerns, even though the consequences were foreseeable,” the statement added.

    Egyptian authorities have not yet commented on the panel’s findings.

    #crime_d'Etat #Egypte #frères_musulmans

  • محمد رمضان يسابق الزمن ويصدر أغنية « عايزينها فوضى » قبيل مظاهرات مرتقبة ضد السيسي- (فيديو) | القدس العربي
    https://www.alquds.co.uk/%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF-%D8%B1%D9%85%D8%B6%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%8A%D8%B3%D8%A7


    https://youtu.be/SKvWevmBHHk

    « Ce qu’ils veulent, c’est le bordel ! » : la star (très macho) Mohammed Ramadan vole au secours de Sissi avec cette dernière vidéo !

    #égypte

  • In rare protests, Egyptians demand President el-Sisi’s removal | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/egypt-thousands-streets-demanding-sisi-resignation-190920205701643.html

    L’Egypte se réveille-t-elle? En tout cas, al-Jazeera (Qatar) y croit...

    Thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched in cities across Egypt on Friday, demanding the resignation of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.

    Videos posted on social media showed demonstrators chanting “rise up, fear not, Sisi must go” and “the people demand the regime’s fall” late on Friday.

    Protests were reported in the capital Cairo, the second-biggest city of Alexandria and Suez.

    Officers in civilian uniforms confronted the demonstrators who tried approaching Cairo’s Tahrir Square, where mass protests started in 2011 which toppled Hosni Mubarak.

    Al Jazeera is banned from reporting from inside Egypt, but there were several reports of arrests made in the capital, and tear gas being used on demonstrators.

    • Behind the #Johannesburg riots: How did they happen?

      The latest outbreak of mob violence and xenophobia was allegedly orchestrated by members of the All Truck Drivers Forum (ATDF), which held mass meetings that went into last weekend in different parts of Gauteng.

      The Mail & Guardian has reliably learned that intelligence agencies — which sent a briefing note last week Friday to the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster (JCPS), chaired by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula — have been investigating the forum’s involvement.

      The cluster consists of the ministries of police, home affairs, state security, justice and constitutional development, as well as the National Prosecuting Authority.

      High-ranking security officials have also discussed the political motivations behind the flare-up in violence, with theories that the violence was part of a campaign to embarrass and ultimately destabilise the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa.

      Despite the intelligence and warnings, these parts of the cluster failed to prevent the violent attacks and the burning and looting of shops in Jeppestown on Sunday night and into Monday morning.

      On Monday, the violence spread to parts of central Johannesburg and Alexandra, as well as Boksburg and Thokoza on the East Rand. Shops, cars and other buildings were set on fire. More than 400 arrests have been made since.

      In parts of KwaZulu-Natal, freight trucks were attacked and set alight.
      Drivers found to be foreign nationals were also assaulted.

      ATDF, which purports to represent only South African truck drivers, has dismissed the intelligence, saying that its organisation is anti-violence. Its spokesperson, Sipho Zungu, said on Thursday: “When this latest violence started on Monday we were in court, so there is no way this was us. ATDF has never even had a strike, let alone [engaged in] violence [and] looting. The nation is being misled here.

      “What needs to be clarified is that ATDF is fighting for all truck drivers in the country, no matter if they work or not.” He went on to add: “The reality is that South African truck drivers no longer have jobs, and we have been engaging truck owners and government that they must get rid of foreign truck drivers.”

      This kind of sentiment, and existing tensions, were worsened by political rhetoric around access to healthcare and unemployment before the elections. It reached boiling point last month, when police operations in Johannesburg to find fake goods were thwarted by shopkeepers, who pelted law-enforcement authorities with rocks, forcing a retreat.

      Public reaction to this took on a xenophobic tinge, with some South Africans blaming foreign nationals for a host of problems — from the proliferation of drugs and fake goods, to crime and filth in inner-city Johannesburg.

      Information shared with the JCPS cluster last Friday indicated that meetings to discuss strategy and co-ordinate attacks on foreign nationals were to scheduled to take place this past weekend. The meetings were to be held at venues in different parts of Gauteng, including the Mzimhlophe grounds in Soweto, Alexandra at Pan taxi rank, Randburg taxi rank, Ezibayeni in Hillbrow and Part Two, Diepsloot.

      Foreign nationals also held their own meetings over the weekend, and discussed how to protect themselves against potential attacks.

      The M&G understands that the government was concerned that foreign nationals could retaliate violently, which might escalate matters. A source in the JCPS cluster said: “If action was taken and those meetings disrupted, what happened on Sunday evening would not have happened.”

      Now, Police Minister Bheki Cele has been forced to react after the fact. He has focused on the hostels this week and has had several meetings with iinduna to try to quell the unrest.

      Cele’s office announced he would also be hosting imbizo, to be attended by residents, as well as local, provincial and national politicians, at the Jeppe hostel on Sunday.

      Cele’s spokesperson, Lirandzu Themba, said: “Izinduna who met with Minister Cele have assured the Gauteng Saps [South African Police Service] management that hostel dwellers have been urged to refrain from acts of violence leading up to the imbizo, planned for Sunday.”

      Themba also said Cele had briefed Ramaphosa on the latest situation in Johannesburg on Monday, after a visit to Jeppe hostel. “There was a Cabinet meeting where this issue was discussed and brought to the attention of all ministers, including those in the JCPS cluster.”

      “The JCPS cluster and various operational structures have been meeting and engaging continuously during the past weeks — and in some instances on a daily basis,” she said.

      News of the imbizo has not been well received by all in the hostel. Nduna Manyathela Mvelase, who met with Cele during his visit, said: “It’s almost as if they are saying ‘It’s the hostels and the Zulu people that are responsible for this.’”

      “It was unfortunate that a fire started not too far from here on Sunday and people died. At the same time, some criminals took advantage of that fire, and now it looks as if this started here,” he said. “This started in Pretoria and there are no hostels there … All our children are unemployed and on drugs.”

      The government and the presidency’s slowness to get a handle on the situation has prompted severe criticism from observers, as well as heads of state across the continent.

      Two former government officials expressed surprise that the JCPS had not met by Wednesday or made any public statements.

      One said: “By now you should have been seeing all the different ministers visible on the ground … The fact that Nigeria’s president [Muhammadu Buhari] was even tweeting disinformation [that Nigerians were killed in the violence] means there could have been no information from our government to affected embassies.

      “When government is this silent it becomes easy for the situation to escalate,” he added.

      Department of international relations and co-operation (Dirco) spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Wednesday that the department would try and secure meetings with consulates and high commissions of affected nationalities by today.

      “Dirco has not received any official complaint or inquiry from an embassy. However, we are maintaining regular contact with the diplomatic corps to update them on government’s measures and interventions to deal with the spate of violence,” he said.

      Johan Burger, a senior research er at the Institute for Security Studies, said he was extremely disappointed that Ramaphosa had remained silent about the attacks until Wednesday.

      “I say, very reluctantly, that South Africa is at fault in terms of how it handled this issue from the top. I’m extremely disappointed that it took so long to say something,” Burger said. “He should have spoken to his security cluster ministers and asked what was happening and given instruction and direction.”

      A senior government official suggested Ramaphosa was being let down by his Cabinet, particularly in the JCPS cluster, which met for the first time on Wednesday. “Not once in the former president’s tenure would so much time pass before security cluster ministers meet and strategise. Not once.”

      The Nigerian government took a harsh tone this week, saying it would not tolerate any more attacks on its citizens, and deployed envoys to meet Ramaphosa, whose public statement condemning the attacks was issued only on Tuesday, to discuss the situation.

      On Wednesday the Nigerian presidency announced that Nigerian airline Air Peace airlines would send an aircraft today to evacuate any of its citizens who wished to leave South Africa. Yesterday, South Africa shut down its embassy in Lagos and several South African businesses in that country were attacked and looted.

      https://mg.co.za/article/2019-09-06-00-behind-the-johannesburg-riots-how-did-they-happen

    • South African Riots Over ‘Xenophobia’ Prompt Backlash Across Africa

      Pop stars have announced a #boycott. Air Tanzania has suspended flights to Johannesburg. #Madagascar and Zambia are refusing to send their soccer teams. Nigeria has recalled its ambassador and pulled out of a major economic forum.

      South Africa is facing a backlash after rioters in and around Johannesburg targeted immigrants from other African countries this week, torching their shops and leading to at least 10 deaths. Now, angry citizens and governments across the continent are lashing out at South Africa and its businesses, denouncing what they call “xenophobia.”

      Africans across the continent once rallied behind South Africans in their struggle to defeat the apartheid government, which was finally replaced in elections held 25 years ago. Now, some Africans find themselves in the unfamiliar position of protesting the actions of the same communities in South Africa that they once stood with in solidarity.

      “The only time we’ve seen this type of cooperation of African countries in terms of backlash,” said Tunde Leye, a partner at the Nigerian political research firm SBM Intelligence, “was in terms of support of the anti-apartheid movement.”
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      The current level of political solidarity on the continent, he said, was “almost unprecedented.”

      The riots, and the retaliatory measures, could not come at a more inopportune time for regional cooperation. This week, African leaders are meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss the African Continental Free Trade Area, an agreement made this year that sets the stage for the creation of the largest free-trade area in the world. It would join Africa’s more than one billion consumers into a single market.

      The conflict, while not likely to imperil the free trade agreement, could at least slow its implementation, which is expected to take years, African analysts said.

      Nigeria’s government, angry that its citizens have been victimized in the South African riots, has pulled out of the Cape Town meeting.

      Nigeria is the continent’s largest economy, and South Africa is the second-largest. Both countries were already reluctant participants in the accord, which is supposed to help knock down the many barriers to trade among African countries.

      Anti-immigrant sentiment is a longstanding issue in South Africa, where the legacies of colonialism and apartheid run deep, and a political shift has not delivered meaningful change to many poor South Africans. Immigrants from countries like Nigeria, Mozambique, Somalia and Zimbabwe are often regarded by South Africans as competitors for jobs and social services.

      In South Africa, attacks on foreigners have become common, and they surged beginning Sunday when rioters stormed neighborhoods in and around Johannesburg, lighting fires and breaking into shops.

      At least 10 people have died in the riots, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a video address on Thursday, in which he also condemned the violence.

      “There can be no excuse for the attacks on the homes and businesses of foreign nationals,” he said. “Equally, there is no justification for the looting and destruction of businesses owned by South Africans.”

      In Gauteng, the province that includes Johannesburg, authorities have arrested at least 423 people, said Colonel Lungelo Dlamini, a police spokesman. On Thursday, he said that many shops owned by foreigners remained closed and that more shopping centers in the eastern part of the province “are being targeted.”

      Police seized guns, he said, not just from South Africans, but also from at least two foreign nationals.
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      The rolling backlash has united broad swaths of the continent. Two popular Nigerian musicians, Burna Boy and Tiwa Savage, said they were boycotting South Africa. Burna Boy was set to headline the Afropunk festival in Johannesburg in December, alongside artists like Solange Knowles. Tiwa Savage had an appearance in South Africa scheduled for mid-September.

      On Tuesday and Wednesday, protesters rushed and sometimes looted South African-owned businesses in Nigeria and Zambia, including Shoprite supermarkets. The company closed stores. The South African telecommunications giant MTN did the same.

      On Thursday, the protests spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where demonstrators outside of the South African Embassy in Kinshasa held signs that read “Don’t kill our brothers” and “No xenophobia.” In Lubumbashi, they broke windows at the South African Consulate.

      Nigeria recalled its ambassador to South Africa. South Africa has shuttered its diplomatic missions in Nigeria, citing threats.

      The clashes cast a cloud over the World Economic Forum in Africa, which began in Cape Town on Wednesday. Leaders were set to discuss the free trade pact, an agreement signed by 54 countries that supporters have said could reshape economic relationships on the continent.

      The accord has the potential to bolster intra-African trade by 52 percent by 2022, according to the United Nations. Right now, intra-African trade accounts for just 16 percent of the continent’s trade volume. It can be cheaper to ship something from Nigeria to Europe, and then to Senegal, rather than directly from Nigeria to Senegal. This is a major barrier to regional development, economists say.

      Still, a host of challenges await before the pact is put in place.

      African analysts differed on whether Nigeria’s decision to skip the Cape Town meeting would have any effect in the long term.

      Gilbert Khadiagala, a Kenyan professor of international relations at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, said Nigeria’s move was little more than “grandstanding,” and that would not impede the trade agreement.

      But Mr. Leye, of SBM Intelligence in Nigeria, said that in his view, Nigeria’s boycott of the Forum “will have an impact in terms of the pace of implementation.”

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/05/world/africa/south-africa-xenophobia-riots.html
      #Zambie

    • Refugees and police clash at Cape Town protest against xenophobia

      Around 100 people were arrested on October 30 as part of an operation to disperse a group of refugees and asylum seekers who had staged a prolonged sit-in near the United Nations refugee agency in Cape Town, South African police said.

      Local media showed footage of police firing water cannon into the crowd of protesters and arresting some of them. The South African Police Service (SAPS) said in a statement that they evicted around 300 people from the area in accordance with a court order.

      The refugees and asylum seekers have been camping outside the offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for weeks, asking to be moved out of South Africa, where they say they do not feel safe after a wave of xenophobic violence.

      The refugees want to be repatriated to their home countries or moved elsewhere after a spate of deadly riots and attacks in September, which killed at least 10 people and left many foreigners afraid to live in the country.

      https://www.euronews.com/2019/10/30/refugees-and-police-clash-at-cape-town-protest-against-xenophobia

  • Dozens wounded, detained in West Papua crackdown: Witnesses | Indonesia News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/dozens-wounded-detained-west-papua-crackdown-witnesses-190824054023914.ht

    Jakarta, Indonesia - Several demonstrators have been injured and dozens detained as Indonesian authorities crack down on separatist protests in the West Papua region, according to witnesses, but the police strongly deny anyone was wounded.

    A family member of one of the injured protesters, who asked not to be identified for security reasons, confirmed to Al Jazeera on Friday that a relative was injured during the protests in Fakfak Regency, West Papua province.

    Rights groups Amnesty International Indonesia and Human Rights Watch also confirmed to Al Jazeera that there were several reports of injuries in Fakfak.

    #Papouasie #manifestation #violences_policières

  • Iran says Britain might release seized Grace 1 oil tanker soon | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/iran-britain-release-seized-grace-1-oil-tanker-190813090313160.html

    Iran’s port authority has said the United Kingdom might free its seized oil tanker after some documents were exchanged that would help secure its release.

    British Royal Marines last month stopped and seized the vessel off the shore of Gibraltar on suspicion it carried Iranian crude oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    “Britain is interested in releasing Iran’s oil tanker Grace 1 … following the exchange of some documents, we hope the release will take place soon,” Jalal Eslami, the deputy head of Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

    “The vessel was seized based on false allegations ... it has not been freed yet.”

    But a senior official in Gibraltar, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied the report, calling it “untrue”, according to The Associated Press news agency. Reuters news agency also quoted an unnamed top Gibraltarian government source as saying that that report was not correct.

    #je_te_tiens, tu_me_tiens... #iran

  • L’Irak contre une participation d’Israël à une « mission de sécurité » dans le Golfe
    Par Le Figaro avec AFP Publié le 12/08/2019
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/l-irak-contre-une-participation-d-israel-a-une-mission-de-securite-dans-le-

    (...) Lundi, Mohammed Ali al-Hakim a souligné sur Twitter que l’Irak « refusait toute participation de forces de l’entité sioniste dans une quelconque force militaire pour sécuriser la navigation dans le Golfe ». « Les Etats du Golfe peuvent ensemble assurer la sécurité de la navigation dans le Golfe », a-t-il estimé, ajoutant que « l’Irak œuvrait à faire baisser les tensions dans notre région par la voie de négociations sereines ». Il a jugé que « la présence de forces occidentales dans la région ferait monter la tension ». (...)

    • Zarif: US arms sales make Gulf into ’tinderbox ready to blow up’

      Iran’s foreign minister warns against arms race after Saudi Arabia and UAE spent more than $100bn on weaponry.
      12 août 2019
      https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/08/zarif-arms-sales-gulf-tinderbox-ready-blow-190812101726183.html

      Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif has warned against an arms race in the Middle East, saying recent US weapons sales have turned the Gulf region into a “tinderbox ready to blow up”.

      In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera on Monday, Zarif said more warships in the Gulf would only lead to more insecurity.

      “The US [sold] $50bn worth of weapons to the region last year. Some of the countries in the region with less than a third of our population spend $87bn on military procurement,” Zarif told Al Jazeera in Qatar’s capital, Doha.

      “Let’s make a comparison; Iran spent last year $16bn on all its military with almost one million people in the army. The UAE with a total population of one million spent $22bn, Saudi Arabia spent $87bn,” he continued.

      “If you are talking about threats coming from the region, the threats are coming from the US and its allies who are pouring weapons in the region, making it a tinderbox ready to blow up.”

      #golfe_persique

  • Dangereux précédent : Israël démolit des habitations palestiniennes en périphérie de Jérusalem-Est
    Par Hanadi Qawasmi - WADI HUMMUS, Cisjordanie occupée
    Date de publication : Lundi 22 juillet 2019

    Les Palestiniens de Wadi Hummus possédaient tous les permis nécessaires pour construire leur maison dans les zones relevant de la juridiction de l’Autorité palestinienne. Aujourd’hui, l’armée israélienne envoie les bulldozers

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/dangereux-precedent-israel-demolit-des-habitations-palestiniennes-en-

    Des bulldozers israéliens rejoints par des centaines de soldats et de policiers ont commencé à démolir des habitations palestiniennes à la périphérie de Jérusalem-Est, malgré les protestations locales et les critiques internationales.

    Les forces israéliennes se sont rendues ce lundi dans le village palestinien de Sur Baher pour démolir une dizaine d’habitations dans le quartier de Wadi Hummus, près du mur de séparation israélien.

    La Cour suprême israélienne a tranché en faveur de l’armée le mois dernier et a fixé lundi comme date limite pour démolir les habitations.

    Les forces israéliennes ont coupé à travers une section de fil barbelé de la barrière à Sur Baher sous le couvert de l’obscurité tôt ce lundi et ont commencé à évacuer les habitants.

    Des projecteurs ont illuminé la zone alors que des dizaines de véhicules amenaient les forces de sécurité casquées dans le village.

    Dès les premières lueurs de l’aube, les pelleteuses ont commencé à détruire une maison de deux étages tandis que les soldats investissaient un bâtiment inachevé de plusieurs étages à proximité, rapporte l’agence de presse Reuters.
    (...)
    D’après les accords d’Oslo, Israël ne devrait pas avoir son mot à dire sur la construction ou non d’habitations dans les zones A et B. Cependant, une décision de l’armée israélienne de 2011 a décrété qu’Israël pouvait désormais démolir des bâtiments dans les zones administrées par l’Autorité Palestinienne. Wadi Hummus est le premier cas.

    L’Organisation de libération de la Palestine (OLP) a publié un communiqué accusant la cour israélienne de vouloir « créer un précédent pour permettre aux forces d’occupation israéliennes de démolir de nombreux bâtiments palestiniens situés à proximité » du mur.

    #Colonialisme_de_peuplement

  • Nelson Mandela’s grandson slams ’Israeli apartheid’
    7 juillet 2019 | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/07/nelson-mandela-grandson-slams-israeli-apartheid-190707053146087.html

    London, United Kingdom - The grandson of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has delivered a damning condemnation of “Israeli apartheid”, in a high-profile expression of solidarity between South Africans and Palestinians.

    Zwelivelile Mandela, an MP of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), made the comments on Saturday at the Palestine Expo, an annual event in London aimed at showcasing Palestinian history, heritage and culture. Last year, it attracted 15,000 visitors.

    Addressing a large audience, Mandela said that the Nation-State Law passed in 2018 declaring Israel to be the historical homeland of the Jewish people “confirmed what we have always known to be the true character and reality of Israel: Israel is an apartheid state”.

  • L’ex-président égyptien Mohamed Morsi meurt après un malaise au tribunal
    https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/06/17/l-ancien-president-egyptien-mohamed-morsi-meurt-pendant-une-comparution-au-t

    Mohamed Morsi purgeait plusieurs peines de prison, dont une de vingt ans pour avoir ordonné le meurtre de manifestants en 2012 et une pour espionnage au profit du Qatar, avec lequel il aurait partagé des documents confidentiels.

    Il comparaissait lundi dans une autre affaire d’espionnage en raison de contacts jugés suspects avec le Hamas palestinien. Le Qatar héberge le guide spirituel des Frères musulmans et le Hamas est une émanation de la confrérie.

    Les accusations donnent une idée du sérieux des charges. Au risque de choquer, je dis ici que c’est un Allende égyptien qui est mort. Et ceux qui penseront qu’il était un abominable suppôt des atroces Frères musulmans se font les complices de cette abominable injustice. Entre Morsi etSissi, c’est tout de même facile de choisir (quand on n’est pas Egyptien, c’est la seule nuance que j’accepte).

    triste #égypte

    • La fin du témoignage d’Abdelbari Atouane

      هذهِ قصّة لِقائي مرّتين بالرّئيس الرّاحل محمد مرسي.. الأُولى في أنقرة والثّانية في قصر الاتحاديّة في القاهرة.. إنّها شهادة أوثّقها للتّاريخ دون أيّ رتوش.. وأعرف أنّها ستُغضِب الكثيرين | رأي اليوم
      https://www.raialyoum.com/index.php/%d9%87%d8%b0%d9%87-%d9%82%d8%b5%d8%a9-%d9%84%d9%82%d8%a7%d8%a6%d9%8a-%d9%

      لم أكُن عُضوًا في حركة “الأخوان المسلمين” ولكنّي ما زلت أعتقد أنُ الرئيس مرسي والكَثير من زملائه، تعرّض لظُلمٍ كبيرٍ باعتقاله، وإهانته أمام القضاء بملابس السّجن، بينما من نهَبوا مِصر وأموالها، وارتكبوا الجرائم، وبطَشوا بالشّعب طُلقاء، الرّجل اجتهد وأخطأ وأصاب، ولا اتّفق معه في الكثير من سياساته، ولكنّه لا يستحق هذه المُعاملة القاسية التي تتعارض مع كُل قِيَم العدالة وحُقوق الإنسان.
      أُدرِك جيّدًا أنّ هذا الكلام لن يُرضِي الكثيرين، وربّما يُعَزّز مكانتي على قائِمة الممنوعين من دُخول مِصر، ولكن كلمة الحق يجِب أن تُقال، ومهما كان الثّمن.
      رَحِم الله الفقيد وأدخله نعيم جنّاته، وكُل العزاء لأُسرَتِه ومُحبّيه، وإنّا لله وإنّا إليه راجِعون

    • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/mohamed-morsi-death-world-reaction-190617162635604.html
      Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division, called Morsi’s death “terrible but entirely predictable”, given the government’s failure to allow him adequate medical care.

      “What we have been documenting for the past several years is the fact that he has been in the worst conditions. Every time he appeared before the judge, he requested private medical care and medical treatment,” Whitson told Al Jazeera.

      "He was been deprived of adequate food and medicine. The Egyptian government had known very clearly about his declining medical state. He had lost a great deal of weight and had also fainted in court a number of times.

      “He was kept in the solitary confinement with no access to television, email or any communication with friends and family,” Whitson said, arguing that there would not be a credible independent investigation on Morsi’s death “because their [Egyptian government] job and role is to absolve themselves of wrongdoing ever”.

    • En mémoire du Président Mohammad Morsi
      Abdel Bari Atwan - 18 juin 2019 – Raï al-Yaoum – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine – Lotfallah
      http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/en-memoire-du-president-mohammad-morsi

      (...) Je n’ai jamais été partisan des Frères musulmans. Mais je persiste à croire que le président Morsi, comme beaucoup de ses collègues, a été soumis à une injustice flagrante en étant emprisonné, traîné et humilié devant les tribunaux, tandis que les personnes qui ont pillé le pays, persécuté et commis des crimes contre son peuple sont en liberté. Il a fait de son mieux, il a commis des erreurs mais fait aussi des choses justes. Je suis en désaccord avec beaucoup de ses politiques, mais il n’a jamais mérité les durs et cruels traitements auxquels il a été soumis, qui violent toutes les normes de la justice et des droits de l’homme.

      Je suis bien conscient que cela va déplaire à beaucoup de monde. Cela pourrait bien faire en sorte que je reste définitivement sur cette liste noire des voyageurs interdits de visite en Égypte. Mais la vérité doit être dite.

  • UK maritime group warns of incident in the Gulf of Oman | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/06/uk-maritime-group-warns-incident-gulf-oman-190613054602630.html

    A United Kingdom maritime safety group is warning that an unspecified incident has taken place in the Gulf of Oman and is urging “extreme caution” amid heightened United States-Iran tensions.

    The UK’s Maritime Trade Operations, which is run by the British navy, put out the alert early on Thursday. It did not elaborate further, but said it was investigating the incident.

    Joshua Frey, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said his command was “aware” of a reported incident in the area.

    “We are working on getting details,” Frey told The Associated Press.

    Iranian media reported, without offering any evidence, that there had been an explosion in the area targeting oil tankers.

  • Libya : Flight data places mysterious planes in Haftar territory | News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/05/libya-flight-data-places-mysterious-planes-haftar-territory-1905272058198

    Satellite images and flight data show two Russian-made Ilyushin 76 aircraft registered to a joint Emirati-Kazakh company called Reem Travel made several trips between Egypt, Israel, and Jordan before landing at military bases controlled by Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) in early April, just as it attempted to seize the capital.

    Flight transponders appear to have been turned off while flying into the war-torn North African country. Libya is currently under an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations after years of fighting.

    Video published by Haftar’s forces shows one of the cargo planes - with the registration number UP-I7645 - after landing at LNA’s Tamanhant military base in southern Libya. It had taken off from Benghazi in the east, Haftar’s stronghold.

    Sans surprise, la version arabe met l’accent sur la collaboration avec Israël : https://www.aljazeera.net/news/politics/2019/5/27/%D8%AD%D9%81%D8%AA%D8%B1-%D8%AA%D8%AD%D9%82%D9%8A%D9%82-%D8%B7%D8%A7%D8%A

    #libye #mercenaires

  • 6,000 Palestinian children jailed by Israel since 2015: NGO | Palestine News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/6000-palestinian-children-jailed-israel-2015-ngo-190405162640479.html

    At least 6,000 Palestinian children have been detained by Israeli authorities since 2015, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association.

    In a statement issued on Friday to mark Palestinian Children’s Day, the NGO said 98 percent of the children held had been subjected to psychological and/or physical abuse while in Israeli custody.

    #enfants #Palestine #sionisme

  • #Yazidis to accept ISIL rape survivors, but not their children | ISIS/ISIL News | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/yazidis-accept-survivors-isil-rape-children-190428164100751.html

    Ali Khedhir Ilyas, a Yazidi official, said on Sunday the council encourages the women to return with their children, no matter the parentage, but added that they “cannot force the families to accept” those born of rape.

    Human Rights Watch has condemned the council’s Saturday decision.

    “Shame on the community” tweeted Belkis Wille, the group’s senior Iraq and Qatar researcher.

    “So many women taken captive by ISIS fighters who later gave birth to children from rape have told me how painful it was for them to give their children to orphanages or to the fighters’ families before they were able to return home to their community,” she wrote.

    #Irak #enfants

  • Les diplomates français et européens armés arrêtés par la Tunisie seraient des espions - Sputnik France
    https://fr.sputniknews.com/afrique/201904231040854679-diplomates-francais-agents-secrets-arretes-tunisi


    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/04/armed-men-crossing-libya-alleged-french-spies-190423174812673.html

    Les « 13 diplomates français armés » arrêtés le 14 avril à Ras Jedir, à la frontière entre la Libye et la Tunisie, n’étaient pas des « membres du détachement qui assure la sécurité de l’Ambassadrice de France à Tripoli », tel que l’a précisé l’ambassade de France à Tunis. En effet, selon une source « bien placée au palais présidentiel de Carthage », citée par Radio France international (RFI), il s’agit de membres des services de renseignement français. La même source a affirmé à RFI que les « onze citoyens européens munis de passeports diplomatiques », arrêtés à bord de deux zodiacs par la marine tunisienne près des côtes de l’île de Djerba, étaient également des agents de renseignement.