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Venezuela will strip six zeros from its currency, the bolivar, due to hyperinflation which has stripped it of its value and led to “dollarization” of the economy, the Central Bank announced Thursday (August 5th). of Venezuela (BCV). “From 1is October, the digital bolivar will enter into force when a new monetary scale is applied which removes six zeros from the national currency ?, writes BCV in a press release.

Read also Venezuela: the crisis explained in 3 charts

In thirteen years, the bolivar will have lost fourteen zeros. Former President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013) had abolished three in 2008. His successor and current president, Nicolas Maduro, had abolished five in August 2018.

In Venezuela, most transactions are done in dollars, while inflation was over 250% between January and May. It had reached 400,000% in 2018, nearly 10,000% in 2019 and 3,000% in 2020. Once a rich oil country, Venezuela has seen its GDP fall by 80% since 2013 and 65% of households live in poverty. .

New tickets printed

The country will print new banknotes to accompany the measure as these have almost disappeared from circulation in the country. Most exchanges that are not made in dollars are done digitally (card payments, bank transfers or transfers).

This decision aims to “Facilitate” the use of money, bringing it back to “A simpler monetary scale”, adds the press release. According to BCV, “This change of monetary scale, which is based on the deepening and development of the digital economy, is a historical fact at a time when the country begins an economic recovery after a crisis caused by the brutal attack on our economy and our currency and the criminal and financial economic blockade ?.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also In Venezuela, a life of shortages: “Maduro sent us back to the Middle Ages”

The government regularly invokes the international sanctions imposed since 2019, in particular by the United States, in an attempt to oust President Maduro from power, even though the crisis has lasted for more than eight years.

Long before the announcement of this measure, the street had already partially adopted the new suppression of zeros, since prices were often announced or written in thousands and not in millions for practical reasons.

Formerly a major player in the world oil market, Venezuela, which produced up to 3.3 million barrels per day, is now at just over 500,000.

Read also: A coffee worth 2 million bolivars … Venezuela sinks into hyperinflation

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Venezuela will strip six zeros from its currency, the bolivar, due to hyperinflation which has stripped it of its value and led to “dollarization” of the economy, the Central Bank announced Thursday (August 5th). of Venezuela (BCV). “From 1is October, the digital bolivar will enter into force when a new monetary scale is applied which removes six zeros from the national currency ?, writes BCV in a press release.

Read also Venezuela: the crisis explained in 3 charts

In thirteen years, the bolivar will have lost fourteen zeros. Former President Hugo Chavez (1999-2013) had abolished three in 2008. His successor and current president, Nicolas Maduro, had abolished five in August 2018.

In Venezuela, most transactions are done in dollars, while inflation was over 250% between January and May. It had reached 400,000% in 2018, nearly 10,000% in 2019 and 3,000% in 2020. Once a rich oil country, Venezuela has seen its GDP fall by 80% since 2013 and 65% of households live in poverty. .

New tickets printed

The country will print new banknotes to accompany the measure as these have almost disappeared from circulation in the country. Most exchanges that are not made in dollars are done digitally (card payments, bank transfers or transfers).

This decision aims to “Facilitate” the use of money, bringing it back to “A simpler monetary scale”, adds the press release. According to BCV, “This change of monetary scale, which is based on the deepening and development of the digital economy, is a historical fact at a time when the country begins an economic recovery after a crisis caused by the brutal attack on our economy and our currency and the criminal and financial economic blockade ?.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also In Venezuela, a life of shortages: “Maduro sent us back to the Middle Ages”

The government regularly invokes the international sanctions imposed since 2019, in particular by the United States, in an attempt to oust President Maduro from power, even though the crisis has lasted for more than eight years.

Long before the announcement of this measure, the street had already partially adopted the new suppression of zeros, since prices were often announced or written in thousands and not in millions for practical reasons.

Formerly a major player in the world oil market, Venezuela, which produced up to 3.3 million barrels per day, is now at just over 500,000.

Read also: A coffee worth 2 million bolivars … Venezuela sinks into hyperinflation

The World with AFP

[date_timestamp] => 1628182785 ) [1] => Array ( [title] => a dozen civilians killed by suspected jihadists in the north of the country [link] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/a-dozen-civilians-killed-by-suspected-jihadists-in-the-north-of-the-country/ [comments] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/a-dozen-civilians-killed-by-suspected-jihadists-in-the-north-of-the-country/#respond [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Susan Hally ) [pubdate] => Thu, 05 Aug 2021 16:20:45 +0000 [category] => InternationalcivilianscountrydozenjihadistskilledNorthsuspected [guid] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/a-dozen-civilians-killed-by-suspected-jihadists-in-the-north-of-the-country/ [description] => A Burkinabe soldier in a village in the Sahel region, in March 2019. LUC GNAGO... [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>

A dozen civilians were killed by suspected jihadists on the evening of Wednesday August 4 in several villages in northern Burkina Faso, security and local sources reported Thursday to AFP. “On Wednesday evening, unidentified armed individuals carried out a series of attacks in the north, killing ten people among the local populations”, said a security source.

A regional head of the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP, civilian auxiliaries) confirmed these attacks committed in the Sahel and Center-North regions. “Several bodies were found” in hamlets and villages “Of the municipality of Markoye after the passage of armed individuals”, explained in particular this person in charge of the VDP. He claimed that these attacks also targeted the VDPs, one of whom was killed.

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Created in December 2019, the VDPs work alongside the army for surveillance, information and protection missions after a fourteen-day military training. They also act as trackers and are often engaged in fighting at the cost of heavy losses, with more than 200 dead in their ranks since 2020, according to an AFP count.

More than 1,500 dead since 2015

The attacks affected the villages of Badnoogo and Bassian, the hamlets of Tokabangou and Gadba, in the Sahel region, not far from the border with Niger, as well as the commune of Pensa, in the Center-North region. ” Concessions [propriétés] were set on fire by the attackers ?, also told a resident to AFP.

Burkina Faso has been facing regular and deadly jihadist attacks since 2015, particularly in the northern and eastern regions close to Mali and Niger, also confronted with the murderous actions of terrorists. These attacks, often coupled with ambushes and attributed to jihadist groups affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda, killed more than 1,500 and forced more than 1.3 million people to flee their homes.

Read also In Burkina Faso, anger is mounting among the population at the increase in attacks

At the end of July, a Burkinabé soldier and ” Several dozens “ jihadists had been killed during an army operation aimed at securing the Madjoari area in eastern Burkina Faso, according to the Burkinabe army staff. At least ten people, including seven VDPs, were also killed in mid-July in an attack in the north of the country.

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A dozen civilians were killed by suspected jihadists on the evening of Wednesday August 4 in several villages in northern Burkina Faso, security and local sources reported Thursday to AFP. “On Wednesday evening, unidentified armed individuals carried out a series of attacks in the north, killing ten people among the local populations”, said a security source.

A regional head of the Volunteers for the Defense of the Fatherland (VDP, civilian auxiliaries) confirmed these attacks committed in the Sahel and Center-North regions. “Several bodies were found” in hamlets and villages “Of the municipality of Markoye after the passage of armed individuals”, explained in particular this person in charge of the VDP. He claimed that these attacks also targeted the VDPs, one of whom was killed.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also In eastern Burkina Faso, villages trapped by jihadists

Created in December 2019, the VDPs work alongside the army for surveillance, information and protection missions after a fourteen-day military training. They also act as trackers and are often engaged in fighting at the cost of heavy losses, with more than 200 dead in their ranks since 2020, according to an AFP count.

More than 1,500 dead since 2015

The attacks affected the villages of Badnoogo and Bassian, the hamlets of Tokabangou and Gadba, in the Sahel region, not far from the border with Niger, as well as the commune of Pensa, in the Center-North region. ” Concessions [propriétés] were set on fire by the attackers ?, also told a resident to AFP.

Burkina Faso has been facing regular and deadly jihadist attacks since 2015, particularly in the northern and eastern regions close to Mali and Niger, also confronted with the murderous actions of terrorists. These attacks, often coupled with ambushes and attributed to jihadist groups affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group and al-Qaeda, killed more than 1,500 and forced more than 1.3 million people to flee their homes.

Read also In Burkina Faso, anger is mounting among the population at the increase in attacks

At the end of July, a Burkinabé soldier and ” Several dozens “ jihadists had been killed during an army operation aimed at securing the Madjoari area in eastern Burkina Faso, according to the Burkinabe army staff. At least ten people, including seven VDPs, were also killed in mid-July in an attack in the north of the country.

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[date_timestamp] => 1628180445 ) [2] => Array ( [title] => Former prime minister Salam Fayyad polishes return to Palestinian politics [link] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/former-prime-minister-salam-fayyad-polishes-return-to-palestinian-politics/ [comments] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/former-prime-minister-salam-fayyad-polishes-return-to-palestinian-politics/#respond [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Susan Hally ) [pubdate] => Thu, 05 Aug 2021 13:35:07 +0000 [category] => Middle EastFayyadMinisterPalestinianpolishespoliticsPrimereturnSalam [guid] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/former-prime-minister-salam-fayyad-polishes-return-to-palestinian-politics/ [description] => Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad speaks with the Associated Press in Ramallah, West Bank, January... [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>

Online from the United States where he teaches, Salam Fayyad has ” a little flexibility In his schedule. Above all, he wants to ensure that his message gets through to a Western audience, he, the technocrat once acclaimed by the Americans and the international community. The former prime minister, rather popular at the time, does not hide it: he would like ” take part in the conversation ?Within the Palestinian Authority (PA), in full slump for years and seriously adrift since the death of an opponent, Nizar Banat, probably tortured to death by the Palestinian security forces on June 24. The protests that followed were severely repressed.

After a long absence from the political scene since his resignation in 2013, the former official of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) returned to the game in March, presenting a list in the legislative elections then scheduled for May. The polls predicted him enough to pass narrowly the electoral threshold, set at 1.5%.

Read also the archive (2013) Salam Fayyad’s departure deprives Palestine of assets

End of April, warning shot: the ballot is postponed sine die. Officially because the holding of the elections was not “guaranteed” in Jerusalem, subject to the goodwill of the Israelis who occupy the city; much more likely because Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas saw it as a threat to his retention in power, he who has not appeared at the polls since 2005.

Peace through unity

« The answer now is not: ?Reschedule elections tomorrow!? Cause it won’t happen Says Mr. Fayyad. Instead, this pragmatist is trying to find his place on the Palestinian political scene by working for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, enemy brothers since the bloody tear of 2007 following which the Islamist movement took control of Gaza. At the end of June, he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and then spent three days in Gaza with Hamas leaders. What feed the rumors on his account: we already saw him prime minister of a government of national unity. ” There was never any question of me taking on this role », Assures the person, who formerly had set up a party baptized “Third way”, neither Fatah nor Hamas and whose relations with the president have not always been in good shape.

Read also the archive (2007) Mahmoud Abbas tries to deal with crisis after Hamas coup

He first advocated peace through the economy. Between 2007 and 2013, Prime Minister, he imposed his trademark, renamed since the « fayyadisme ». Its policy is to equip the Palestinian Authority with the finery of a modern state, in order to prove that it can function as a country and then attempt to negotiate its independence in the framework of peace talks with the Israelis.

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Online from the United States where he teaches, Salam Fayyad has ” a little flexibility In his schedule. Above all, he wants to ensure that his message gets through to a Western audience, he, the technocrat once acclaimed by the Americans and the international community. The former prime minister, rather popular at the time, does not hide it: he would like ” take part in the conversation ?Within the Palestinian Authority (PA), in full slump for years and seriously adrift since the death of an opponent, Nizar Banat, probably tortured to death by the Palestinian security forces on June 24. The protests that followed were severely repressed.

After a long absence from the political scene since his resignation in 2013, the former official of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) returned to the game in March, presenting a list in the legislative elections then scheduled for May. The polls predicted him enough to pass narrowly the electoral threshold, set at 1.5%.

Read also the archive (2013) Salam Fayyad’s departure deprives Palestine of assets

End of April, warning shot: the ballot is postponed sine die. Officially because the holding of the elections was not “guaranteed” in Jerusalem, subject to the goodwill of the Israelis who occupy the city; much more likely because Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas saw it as a threat to his retention in power, he who has not appeared at the polls since 2005.

Peace through unity

« The answer now is not: ?Reschedule elections tomorrow!? Cause it won’t happen Says Mr. Fayyad. Instead, this pragmatist is trying to find his place on the Palestinian political scene by working for reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, enemy brothers since the bloody tear of 2007 following which the Islamist movement took control of Gaza. At the end of June, he met Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and then spent three days in Gaza with Hamas leaders. What feed the rumors on his account: we already saw him prime minister of a government of national unity. ” There was never any question of me taking on this role », Assures the person, who formerly had set up a party baptized “Third way”, neither Fatah nor Hamas and whose relations with the president have not always been in good shape.

Read also the archive (2007) Mahmoud Abbas tries to deal with crisis after Hamas coup

He first advocated peace through the economy. Between 2007 and 2013, Prime Minister, he imposed his trademark, renamed since the « fayyadisme ». Its policy is to equip the Palestinian Authority with the finery of a modern state, in order to prove that it can function as a country and then attempt to negotiate its independence in the framework of peace talks with the Israelis.

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[date_timestamp] => 1628170507 ) [3] => Array ( [title] => With ?Kukum?, Canada faces the Amerindian drama [link] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/with-kukum-canada-faces-the-amerindian-drama/ [comments] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/with-kukum-canada-faces-the-amerindian-drama/#respond [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Susan Hally ) [pubdate] => Thu, 05 Aug 2021 13:17:46 +0000 [category] => InternationalAmerindianCanadadramafacesKukum [guid] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/with-kukum-canada-faces-the-amerindian-drama/ [description] => FRED PÉAULT Kukum is the story of “The innue Atlantis”, the story of a vanished... [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>

Kukum is the story of “The innue Atlantis”, the story of a vanished kingdom. That of an ancestral territory submerged, in the proper sense, by the waters of hydraulic dams built on the rivers of northern Quebec by the colonists, that of a culture erased by the “progress” brought by these same colonists. His memory still haunts his survivors today, these Native communities now reduced to living in ?reserves? or to being damaged in large Quebec cities. The book also relentlessly stings the bad conscience of Canadians, guilty of this “Cultural genocide” – recognized by the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, in June -, who has never obtained redress.

Read also Canada unveils plan to end violence against Indigenous women

Forced sedentarization

Kukum (?Grandmother?, in the Innu language) is first of all a touching love story between Almanda, the author’s own great-grandmother, Michel Jean, a young orphan of Irish origin born in 1877, and Thomas Simeon, a “Indian with copper skin” that she saw one day appear on the Péribonka River. By marrying him, she adopts her culture, learns about an ancient language and knowledge, discovers a life of freedom, that of the first peoples of the continent, listening to the cycles of nature, which face winter. in the remote forest of Passes-Dangereuses and settle in the summer in their camp on the shores of Lake Pekuakami (Lake Saint-Jean) to sell the hides and furs of hunted animals to the Hudson’s Bay Company.

But if Almanda blends into this new world, she also witnesses its slow destruction. Over the course of the story, elements emerge which will gradually disrupt, then eradicate, a way of life and a culture. Deforestation that scares game away. The logging, these thousands of tree trunks intended for the pulp mills which invade the rivers and cut off overnight access to the ancestral territory, transforming this nomadic people into unhappy and bitter sedentary people. The know-how of the elders which is forgotten, the Innu language which is lost, the alcohol in which a people is drowning.

A broken culture

?After our land, they took away the only thing we had left, our children. “ Almanda tells of one of the worst enterprises of the Canadian settlers, which will last almost until the end of the XXe century: indigenous children torn from their families to be sent to religious boarding schools. The discovery on May 28 of the bones of 215 Aboriginal children buried in a mass grave at one of these ?Indian? residential schools in British Columbia rekindled the sorrow of these communities. ?They have whitewashed our morals, but who can forget who he really is? Not me “, concludes Michel Jean, an Innu himself, the custodian of the history of his people.

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Kukum is the story of “The innue Atlantis”, the story of a vanished kingdom. That of an ancestral territory submerged, in the proper sense, by the waters of hydraulic dams built on the rivers of northern Quebec by the colonists, that of a culture erased by the “progress” brought by these same colonists. His memory still haunts his survivors today, these Native communities now reduced to living in ?reserves? or to being damaged in large Quebec cities. The book also relentlessly stings the bad conscience of Canadians, guilty of this “Cultural genocide” – recognized by the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, in June -, who has never obtained redress.

Read also Canada unveils plan to end violence against Indigenous women

Forced sedentarization

Kukum (?Grandmother?, in the Innu language) is first of all a touching love story between Almanda, the author’s own great-grandmother, Michel Jean, a young orphan of Irish origin born in 1877, and Thomas Simeon, a “Indian with copper skin” that she saw one day appear on the Péribonka River. By marrying him, she adopts her culture, learns about an ancient language and knowledge, discovers a life of freedom, that of the first peoples of the continent, listening to the cycles of nature, which face winter. in the remote forest of Passes-Dangereuses and settle in the summer in their camp on the shores of Lake Pekuakami (Lake Saint-Jean) to sell the hides and furs of hunted animals to the Hudson’s Bay Company.

But if Almanda blends into this new world, she also witnesses its slow destruction. Over the course of the story, elements emerge which will gradually disrupt, then eradicate, a way of life and a culture. Deforestation that scares game away. The logging, these thousands of tree trunks intended for the pulp mills which invade the rivers and cut off overnight access to the ancestral territory, transforming this nomadic people into unhappy and bitter sedentary people. The know-how of the elders which is forgotten, the Innu language which is lost, the alcohol in which a people is drowning.

A broken culture

?After our land, they took away the only thing we had left, our children. “ Almanda tells of one of the worst enterprises of the Canadian settlers, which will last almost until the end of the XXe century: indigenous children torn from their families to be sent to religious boarding schools. The discovery on May 28 of the bones of 215 Aboriginal children buried in a mass grave at one of these ?Indian? residential schools in British Columbia rekindled the sorrow of these communities. ?They have whitewashed our morals, but who can forget who he really is? Not me “, concludes Michel Jean, an Innu himself, the custodian of the history of his people.

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At least 482 migrants crossed the Channel on Wednesday (August 4th) to reach the English coast, the British Home Office announced on Thursday. This is the highest daily figure recorded so far. The previous one dated July 19, with 430 arrivals in one day.

Although the ministry does not communicate a cumulative balance sheet, according to the count of the British press agency PA, more than 10,000 people have crossed the Strait, one of the busiest in the world, since the start of the year. , aboard small boats, which is much more than during the whole of last year (more than 8,000).

French authorities intercepted eight crossings on Wednesday, preventing 246 people from reaching the UK, according to the UK Home Office. According to Commander Dan O’Mahoney, in charge of the “clandestine threat” in the Channel, “These figures are unacceptable, which is why we are acting on all fronts”. “The police are dismantling the smuggling gangs”, and “Joint work with the French has made it possible to double the number of police officers on French beaches”, he added.

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Reform of the British asylum system

The question is regularly the source of friction between London and Paris, but the United Kingdom pledged, at the end of July, to pay 62.7 million euros to France in 2021-2022 to finance the reinforcement. the presence of French law enforcement on the coasts.

The British Parliament began before the summer recess to pass Home Secretary Priti Patel’s reform of the asylum system, marking a tightening promised under Brexit. Presented by the Minister as “Fair but firm”, but denounced by associations for the defense of human rights, this reform, which aims to discourage illegal immigration, plans to treat asylum seekers differently depending on whether they have arrived in the country legally or illegally.

Concretely, the bill plans to increase to four years, from six months currently, the prison sentence incurred by migrants who seek to enter the country illegally, and to increase the maximum sentence incurred by smugglers to prison. for life – against fourteen years’ imprisonment at present.

Read the op-ed: “It is no longer possible to consider migrants as subhumans who can be left to die at sea”

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At least 482 migrants crossed the Channel on Wednesday (August 4th) to reach the English coast, the British Home Office announced on Thursday. This is the highest daily figure recorded so far. The previous one dated July 19, with 430 arrivals in one day.

Although the ministry does not communicate a cumulative balance sheet, according to the count of the British press agency PA, more than 10,000 people have crossed the Strait, one of the busiest in the world, since the start of the year. , aboard small boats, which is much more than during the whole of last year (more than 8,000).

French authorities intercepted eight crossings on Wednesday, preventing 246 people from reaching the UK, according to the UK Home Office. According to Commander Dan O’Mahoney, in charge of the “clandestine threat” in the Channel, “These figures are unacceptable, which is why we are acting on all fronts”. “The police are dismantling the smuggling gangs”, and “Joint work with the French has made it possible to double the number of police officers on French beaches”, he added.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also La Manche, the other sea where migrants’ dreams are drowned

Reform of the British asylum system

The question is regularly the source of friction between London and Paris, but the United Kingdom pledged, at the end of July, to pay 62.7 million euros to France in 2021-2022 to finance the reinforcement. the presence of French law enforcement on the coasts.

The British Parliament began before the summer recess to pass Home Secretary Priti Patel’s reform of the asylum system, marking a tightening promised under Brexit. Presented by the Minister as “Fair but firm”, but denounced by associations for the defense of human rights, this reform, which aims to discourage illegal immigration, plans to treat asylum seekers differently depending on whether they have arrived in the country legally or illegally.

Concretely, the bill plans to increase to four years, from six months currently, the prison sentence incurred by migrants who seek to enter the country illegally, and to increase the maximum sentence incurred by smugglers to prison. for life – against fourteen years’ imprisonment at present.

Read the op-ed: “It is no longer possible to consider migrants as subhumans who can be left to die at sea”

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Only 10% of humanitarian aid currently reaches Tigray, where famine threatens hundreds of thousands of civilians, deplored Wednesday, August 4, in Addis Ababa, Samantha Power, the director of the American International Aid Agency ( Usaid). Tigray has been at the heart of a serious humanitarian crisis for several months, according to the United Nations, while international aid is struggling to reach this region of northern Ethiopia due to numerous delays and administrative obstacles.

?Between mid-July and August 2, according to the United Nations, what was needed was 1,500 trucks. [d?aide humanitaire] and the number of trucks which have been driven and have been able to pass is 153. This is 10% of the needs ?said Mme Power at a press conference, stressing that “Access remains deeply worrying”. ?The roads must be safe. And so this is a call to all parties to allow unhindered humanitarian access, she added. We are not seeing the changes we were hoping for. “

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For his part, the head of UN humanitarian operations, Martin Griffiths, said that to meet the needs on the ground, 100 trucks would have to enter Tigray daily. Some 5.2 million people – or more than 90% of Tigray’s population – live on foreign aid, according to the UN.

Ethnic cleansing

Tigray plunged into violence in November, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the army to the region to remove local authorities from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), he said. attack on military camps by Tigrayan forces. Nobel Peace Prize 2019, Mr. Abiy quickly declared victory after the capture by Ethiopian soldiers of the Tigrayan capital, Makalé, with the help of neighboring Eritrea.

The Tigrayan forces nevertheless continued their struggle and recaptured Makalé and several other towns in Tigray in June. After a ceasefire decreed by Abiy Ahmed and the withdrawal of Ethiopian soldiers, the Tigrayan forces continued their offensive towards the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by these hostilities.

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Mme Power called on the Tigrayan authorities to “Immediately withdraw their forces” from the Amhara and Afar regions. “For aid to reach all those in need in Tigray, then ALL parties must cease hostilities, she tweeted Tuesday night. There is no military solution to this conflict. “ Mme Power reiterated Washington’s demand for Amhara forces to withdraw from western Tigray, as well as Eritrean forces to support the Ethiopian army.

The United States sees Ethiopia as a vital partner in the volatile Horn of Africa region, but the Biden administration has openly criticized the war in Tigray. In March, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced acts of ethnic cleansing in western Tigray. And in May, he announced visa restrictions on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials accused of fueling the conflict.

Two NGOs suspended

According to the Ethiopian prime minister, the ceasefire decreed in June was intended to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, but NGOs say access is more difficult than ever. The situation worsened further this week when the government of Mr. Abiy suspended two NGOs present in Tigray, accusing them of ” disinformation “.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) “Spread disinformation on social media and other platforms, outside the mandate and purposes for which these organizations have been authorized to operate”Ethiopian authorities said on Wednesday.

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A decision condemned by Washington, the United States ambassador to the UN judging this suspension “Unacceptable”. ?I know the work of MSF and NRC well, and they are respected internationally. Ethiopia must reconsider this decision ?Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Twitter.

Jan Egeland, secretary general of the NRC, has regularly issued stern warnings about the crisis on Twitter, as in February: ?In forty years of humanitarian work, I have rarely seen so many obstacles to the delivery of aid. “

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Only 10% of humanitarian aid currently reaches Tigray, where famine threatens hundreds of thousands of civilians, deplored Wednesday, August 4, in Addis Ababa, Samantha Power, the director of the American International Aid Agency ( Usaid). Tigray has been at the heart of a serious humanitarian crisis for several months, according to the United Nations, while international aid is struggling to reach this region of northern Ethiopia due to numerous delays and administrative obstacles.

?Between mid-July and August 2, according to the United Nations, what was needed was 1,500 trucks. [d?aide humanitaire] and the number of trucks which have been driven and have been able to pass is 153. This is 10% of the needs ?said Mme Power at a press conference, stressing that “Access remains deeply worrying”. ?The roads must be safe. And so this is a call to all parties to allow unhindered humanitarian access, she added. We are not seeing the changes we were hoping for. “

Read also In Ethiopia, the youth are called to take up arms to slow the advance of the Tigray rebels

For his part, the head of UN humanitarian operations, Martin Griffiths, said that to meet the needs on the ground, 100 trucks would have to enter Tigray daily. Some 5.2 million people – or more than 90% of Tigray’s population – live on foreign aid, according to the UN.

Ethnic cleansing

Tigray plunged into violence in November, when Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed sent the army to the region to remove local authorities from the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), he said. attack on military camps by Tigrayan forces. Nobel Peace Prize 2019, Mr. Abiy quickly declared victory after the capture by Ethiopian soldiers of the Tigrayan capital, Makalé, with the help of neighboring Eritrea.

The Tigrayan forces nevertheless continued their struggle and recaptured Makalé and several other towns in Tigray in June. After a ceasefire decreed by Abiy Ahmed and the withdrawal of Ethiopian soldiers, the Tigrayan forces continued their offensive towards the neighboring regions of Amhara and Afar. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by these hostilities.

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Mme Power called on the Tigrayan authorities to “Immediately withdraw their forces” from the Amhara and Afar regions. “For aid to reach all those in need in Tigray, then ALL parties must cease hostilities, she tweeted Tuesday night. There is no military solution to this conflict. “ Mme Power reiterated Washington’s demand for Amhara forces to withdraw from western Tigray, as well as Eritrean forces to support the Ethiopian army.

The United States sees Ethiopia as a vital partner in the volatile Horn of Africa region, but the Biden administration has openly criticized the war in Tigray. In March, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken denounced acts of ethnic cleansing in western Tigray. And in May, he announced visa restrictions on Ethiopian and Eritrean officials accused of fueling the conflict.

Two NGOs suspended

According to the Ethiopian prime minister, the ceasefire decreed in June was intended to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid, but NGOs say access is more difficult than ever. The situation worsened further this week when the government of Mr. Abiy suspended two NGOs present in Tigray, accusing them of ” disinformation “.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) “Spread disinformation on social media and other platforms, outside the mandate and purposes for which these organizations have been authorized to operate”Ethiopian authorities said on Wednesday.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Faced with humanitarian chaos in Tigray, NGOs are prevented from working

A decision condemned by Washington, the United States ambassador to the UN judging this suspension “Unacceptable”. ?I know the work of MSF and NRC well, and they are respected internationally. Ethiopia must reconsider this decision ?Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Twitter.

Jan Egeland, secretary general of the NRC, has regularly issued stern warnings about the crisis on Twitter, as in February: ?In forty years of humanitarian work, I have rarely seen so many obstacles to the delivery of aid. “

The World with AFP

[date_timestamp] => 1628162151 ) [6] => Array ( [title] => Hundreds of fires still rage in Greece and Turkey [link] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/hundreds-of-fires-still-rage-in-greece-and-turkey/ [comments] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/hundreds-of-fires-still-rage-in-greece-and-turkey/#respond [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Susan Hally ) [pubdate] => Thu, 05 Aug 2021 11:07:53 +0000 [category] => EuropefiresGreeceHundredsrageTurkey [guid] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/hundreds-of-fires-still-rage-in-greece-and-turkey/ [description] => The extreme heat wave that has raged for more than a week in the eastern... [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>

The extreme heat wave that has raged for more than a week in the eastern Mediterranean basin is not weakening, fueling unprecedented fires in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy and Albania.

As the evacuations of thousands of residents and tourists continue, the flames devastating Greece on Thursday August 5 are particularly close to historic sites in Olympia and the island of Euboea. In Turkey, a thermal power station is in danger of catching fire. These fires, which could recur, or even intensify, in the decades to come, are linked to climate change, according to scientists.

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  • In Greece, the protected archaeological site of Olympia, the island of Euboea is set ablaze

A plane dumps water on the blazes near the village of ancient Olympia, western Greece, on August 5.

In the western Peloponnese, after battling the flames overnight, firefighters seem to have managed to preserve the archaeological site of Olympia, who now appears to be out of danger, said on ANT1 television Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni.

Large forces were deployed near the village of ancient Olympia, to protect the site of the first Olympic Games in antiquity. More than 170 firefighters, aided by fifty vehicles and six helicopters and water bombers, were still fighting, assisted by reinforcements from the army.

After having burned twenty houses, “The fire front is now heading towards the Lala area”, a mountainous forest area, northeast of the ancient site, said the prefect, Nektarios Farmakis, interviewed by the Greek news agency ANA on Thursday morning. The village of ancient Olympia, usually crowded with tourists at this time of year, along with six other nearby towns, had been evacuated the day before.

Equivalent forces were deployed on the immense Evia island, some 200 kilometers east of Athens, the scene of a violent and uncontrolled fire. The fire broke out on Tuesday in mountainous and wooded terrain, dried up by the scorching temperatures of the last few days.

Hundreds of houses burned down, as well as more than 25,000 hectares of pine forest, according to initial estimates. About 90 people were evacuated by sea on Wednesday from Rovies beach in the northwest of the island by the Greek coast guard.

According to Giannis Tsapourniotis, the mayor of a village in Evia, Mantoudi, the fire of great virulence is evolving on four fronts, one of which is moving uncontrollably west of the monastery of Saint David, evacuated from force Wednesday. Thursday morning, the wind strengthened and the air resources were struggling to fly over the fires, because visibility is limited due to the thick smoke. Two additional villages were evacuated in the morning, reports the ANA.

Firefighters said Thursday morning that they had had to manage 92 forest fires in the last twenty-four hours in Greece, out of the 118 counted Wednesday evening by the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias. “We are making a titanic effort on several fronts”, he said during a press briefing.

Another fire was in progress Messinia, in the south of the Peloponnesus, where six towns were evacuated as a precaution, according to firefighters.

  • Evacuations in Turkey, flames at the gates of a thermal power plant

The fire near the Kemerkoy thermal power plant, near the Aegean city of Milas, on August 4, 2021.

Turkish rescuers began on Thursday to evacuate hundreds of residents by sea, as a fire approached dangerously a thermal power plant, which stores thousands of tons of coal. At the sound of evacuation alarms, the inhabitants piled up the few things they had been able to save from their homes on board the coast guard boats, mobilized in the port of Oren, not far from the town of Milas, near which is the central.

The local authorities assured that the hydrogen tanks, used to cool the power station which runs on fuel and coal, had been emptied and filled with water as a precaution. “But there is a risk that the fire will spread to the thousands of tons of coal that are inside”, a regional official, Osman Gurun, worried to journalists.

Images, posted online Wednesday by the mayor of Milas, Muhammet Tokat, showed a sharp fire at the doors of the plant. “The plant is in the process of total evacuation”, he tweeted. ?You’ve been begging and warning you for days. The fire surrounded the plant “, he had written during the day, asking “That a water bomber plane be sent here urgently”.

The fire was first brought under control on Wednesday thanks to two water bombers sent by Spain and helicopters, which had dumped water on the wooded peaks and nearby residential areas. The flames had left again in the afternoon.

The opposition criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for failing to maintain his fleet of water bombers, and for having been slow to accept international aid. The Turkish head of state, who was giving a live television interview on Wednesday evening when the announcement of the evacuation fell, admitted that the central “Risked being destroyed by fire”.

More than 180 fires have ravaged forests and farmland, as well as inhabited areas on Turkey’s Mediterranean coasts since last Wednesday. The fires, which have already killed eight people, have also seriously affected tourist sites, which had recently been able to resume their activities after months of restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the European Union’s satellite monitoring service, the “Radiative power” fires in Turkey have reached an intensity ” unprecedented “ since 2003. Turkish Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said temperatures in the Aegean city of Marmaris reached an all-time high of 45.5 ° C this week.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters

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The extreme heat wave that has raged for more than a week in the eastern Mediterranean basin is not weakening, fueling unprecedented fires in Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy and Albania.

As the evacuations of thousands of residents and tourists continue, the flames devastating Greece on Thursday August 5 are particularly close to historic sites in Olympia and the island of Euboea. In Turkey, a thermal power station is in danger of catching fire. These fires, which could recur, or even intensify, in the decades to come, are linked to climate change, according to scientists.

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  • In Greece, the protected archaeological site of Olympia, the island of Euboea is set ablaze

A plane dumps water on the blazes near the village of ancient Olympia, western Greece, on August 5.

In the western Peloponnese, after battling the flames overnight, firefighters seem to have managed to preserve the archaeological site of Olympia, who now appears to be out of danger, said on ANT1 television Greek Minister of Culture and Sports Lina Mendoni.

Large forces were deployed near the village of ancient Olympia, to protect the site of the first Olympic Games in antiquity. More than 170 firefighters, aided by fifty vehicles and six helicopters and water bombers, were still fighting, assisted by reinforcements from the army.

After having burned twenty houses, “The fire front is now heading towards the Lala area”, a mountainous forest area, northeast of the ancient site, said the prefect, Nektarios Farmakis, interviewed by the Greek news agency ANA on Thursday morning. The village of ancient Olympia, usually crowded with tourists at this time of year, along with six other nearby towns, had been evacuated the day before.

Equivalent forces were deployed on the immense Evia island, some 200 kilometers east of Athens, the scene of a violent and uncontrolled fire. The fire broke out on Tuesday in mountainous and wooded terrain, dried up by the scorching temperatures of the last few days.

Hundreds of houses burned down, as well as more than 25,000 hectares of pine forest, according to initial estimates. About 90 people were evacuated by sea on Wednesday from Rovies beach in the northwest of the island by the Greek coast guard.

According to Giannis Tsapourniotis, the mayor of a village in Evia, Mantoudi, the fire of great virulence is evolving on four fronts, one of which is moving uncontrollably west of the monastery of Saint David, evacuated from force Wednesday. Thursday morning, the wind strengthened and the air resources were struggling to fly over the fires, because visibility is limited due to the thick smoke. Two additional villages were evacuated in the morning, reports the ANA.

Firefighters said Thursday morning that they had had to manage 92 forest fires in the last twenty-four hours in Greece, out of the 118 counted Wednesday evening by the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection, Nikos Hardalias. “We are making a titanic effort on several fronts”, he said during a press briefing.

Another fire was in progress Messinia, in the south of the Peloponnesus, where six towns were evacuated as a precaution, according to firefighters.

  • Evacuations in Turkey, flames at the gates of a thermal power plant

The fire near the Kemerkoy thermal power plant, near the Aegean city of Milas, on August 4, 2021.

Turkish rescuers began on Thursday to evacuate hundreds of residents by sea, as a fire approached dangerously a thermal power plant, which stores thousands of tons of coal. At the sound of evacuation alarms, the inhabitants piled up the few things they had been able to save from their homes on board the coast guard boats, mobilized in the port of Oren, not far from the town of Milas, near which is the central.

The local authorities assured that the hydrogen tanks, used to cool the power station which runs on fuel and coal, had been emptied and filled with water as a precaution. “But there is a risk that the fire will spread to the thousands of tons of coal that are inside”, a regional official, Osman Gurun, worried to journalists.

Images, posted online Wednesday by the mayor of Milas, Muhammet Tokat, showed a sharp fire at the doors of the plant. “The plant is in the process of total evacuation”, he tweeted. ?You’ve been begging and warning you for days. The fire surrounded the plant “, he had written during the day, asking “That a water bomber plane be sent here urgently”.

The fire was first brought under control on Wednesday thanks to two water bombers sent by Spain and helicopters, which had dumped water on the wooded peaks and nearby residential areas. The flames had left again in the afternoon.

The opposition criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for failing to maintain his fleet of water bombers, and for having been slow to accept international aid. The Turkish head of state, who was giving a live television interview on Wednesday evening when the announcement of the evacuation fell, admitted that the central “Risked being destroyed by fire”.

More than 180 fires have ravaged forests and farmland, as well as inhabited areas on Turkey’s Mediterranean coasts since last Wednesday. The fires, which have already killed eight people, have also seriously affected tourist sites, which had recently been able to resume their activities after months of restrictions linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the European Union’s satellite monitoring service, the “Radiative power” fires in Turkey have reached an intensity ” unprecedented “ since 2003. Turkish Agriculture Minister Bekir Pakdemirli said temperatures in the Aegean city of Marmaris reached an all-time high of 45.5 ° C this week.

Le Monde with AFP and Reuters

[date_timestamp] => 1628161673 ) [7] => Array ( [title] => Russia blocks sites linked to opponent Mikhail Khodorkovsky, ahead of parliamentary elections [link] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/russia-blocks-sites-linked-to-opponent-mikhail-khodorkovsky-ahead-of-parliamentary-elections/ [comments] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/russia-blocks-sites-linked-to-opponent-mikhail-khodorkovsky-ahead-of-parliamentary-elections/#respond [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Susan Hally ) [pubdate] => Thu, 05 Aug 2021 10:15:00 +0000 [category] => InternationalaheadblockselectionsKhodorkovskylinkedMikhailopponentparliamentaryRussiasites [guid] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/russia-blocks-sites-linked-to-opponent-mikhail-khodorkovsky-ahead-of-parliamentary-elections/ [description] => Mikhail Khodorkovsky, during his second trial, October 14, 2010, in Moscow. TATYANA MAKEYEVA / REUTERS... [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>

Following the repression of Alexey Navalny and his relatives, it is Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s turn to bear the brunt of the turn of the screw led by the Russian regime against his opponents. Authorities have blocked access to the websites of two media outlets and a rights organization linked to the ex-oligarch in exile, the latter said on the night of Wednesday August 4 to Thursday August 5.

?After all the organizations of [l?opposant Alexeï] Navalny were declared “extremists”, the authorities also blocked MBKh Average, Open Media and the organization of legal aid ? Pravozachita Otkritki, a affirmé, on Twitter, this longtime opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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On Thursday morning, the sites of the two media could only be accessed from Russia through a VPN, a virtual private network, while the site of the rights organization appeared to no longer exist. Russian media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor told Interfax news agency it carried out the blocking at the request of the attorney general.

“The authorities do not want media projects that take a critical look at what is happening in the country”, wrote the account ofOpen Media, on Twitter. The site explained that it received a five-year grant from Mr. Khodorkovsky in 2017. “We have, with the investor, decided to stop the work, because the risks for the project staff are too great”, said the media.

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A law to exclude opponents from legislative elections

Many independent media and power-critical groups were recently banned in Russia, amid growing repression of the opposition, ahead of the parliamentary elections in September. A law, recently passed by the deputies, should lead to the exclusion from the ballot of the majority of the detractors of the power in place, in particular the partisans of the imprisoned opponent Alexeï Navalny, pet peeve of the Kremlin.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia organization was classified “Unwanted” in 2017, after which it dissolved itself in 2019. It then opened another structure of the same name, which was never registered by the Ministry of Justice. The latter in turn dissolved itself in May 2021, for fear of legal action against its members.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is an oligarch who spent ten years in prison, following his arrest, in 2003. Pardoned in 2013, he went into exile in Europe, where he founded several movements in opposition to Vladimir Putin.

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Following the repression of Alexey Navalny and his relatives, it is Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s turn to bear the brunt of the turn of the screw led by the Russian regime against his opponents. Authorities have blocked access to the websites of two media outlets and a rights organization linked to the ex-oligarch in exile, the latter said on the night of Wednesday August 4 to Thursday August 5.

?After all the organizations of [l?opposant Alexeï] Navalny were declared “extremists”, the authorities also blocked MBKh Average, Open Media and the organization of legal aid ? Pravozachita Otkritki, a affirmé, on Twitter, this longtime opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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On Thursday morning, the sites of the two media could only be accessed from Russia through a VPN, a virtual private network, while the site of the rights organization appeared to no longer exist. Russian media regulatory agency Roskomnadzor told Interfax news agency it carried out the blocking at the request of the attorney general.

“The authorities do not want media projects that take a critical look at what is happening in the country”, wrote the account ofOpen Media, on Twitter. The site explained that it received a five-year grant from Mr. Khodorkovsky in 2017. “We have, with the investor, decided to stop the work, because the risks for the project staff are too great”, said the media.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Russia attacks independent media

A law to exclude opponents from legislative elections

Many independent media and power-critical groups were recently banned in Russia, amid growing repression of the opposition, ahead of the parliamentary elections in September. A law, recently passed by the deputies, should lead to the exclusion from the ballot of the majority of the detractors of the power in place, in particular the partisans of the imprisoned opponent Alexeï Navalny, pet peeve of the Kremlin.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s Open Russia organization was classified “Unwanted” in 2017, after which it dissolved itself in 2019. It then opened another structure of the same name, which was never registered by the Ministry of Justice. The latter in turn dissolved itself in May 2021, for fear of legal action against its members.

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is an oligarch who spent ten years in prison, following his arrest, in 2003. Pardoned in 2013, he went into exile in Europe, where he founded several movements in opposition to Vladimir Putin.

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[date_timestamp] => 1628158500 ) [8] => Array ( [title] => Growing Turkish influence in Sahel sparks concern [link] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/growing-turkish-influence-in-sahel-sparks-concern/ [comments] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/growing-turkish-influence-in-sahel-sparks-concern/#respond [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Susan Hally ) [pubdate] => Thu, 05 Aug 2021 10:06:47 +0000 [category] => EuropeconcerngrowinginfluenceSahelsparksTurkish [guid] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/growing-turkish-influence-in-sahel-sparks-concern/ [description] => Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (left) and then Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta hold a... [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>

What ambitions does Turkey have in the Sahel? The question is increasingly tormenting France and the foreign powers established in this strategic area south of the Sahara, straddling five countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad). “Until now, Turkish interests in the Sahel seemed mainly of an economic nature”, Hannah Armstrong recalls, in a note published on July 27 by the NGO International Crisis Group (ICG). But Ankara’s recent rapprochements with certain Sahelian capitals could be a game-changer.

A first threshold was crossed in the military field in July 2020 with the signing of a bilateral defense agreement between Niger and Turkey. This cooperation, the details of which have been kept secret, would include sending Turkish soldiers to Niger to train and support Nigerian forces in their fight against the terrorist organization Boko Haram, while helping them secure the borders with Mali. and Burkina Faso. An agreement that “Lays the foundations for direct operational support” in the fight against terrorism, according to the ICG analyst.

Opposition between Paris and Ankara

At the same time, Turkish political influence has spread to neighboring Mali. In August 2020, after the coup d’état that deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta known as ?IBK?, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu was the first senior foreign official to meet with the putschists. “It caused a lot of ink to flow, observe Hannah Armstrong. Some saw this visit as a sign of Turkish support for the coup d’état, itself perceived as an attack on the French interests represented by ?IBK? ?. Whether founded or not, these allegations are a “Turning”, says the researcher.

Until then, the opposition between Paris and Ankara has mainly been played out in the Mediterranean, but it is not excluded that these rivalries are now more acute south of the Sahara. In front of the deputies, on January 12, the French Minister of Defense Florence Parly did not hesitate to quote Turkey as one of the countries which “Sought to impose themselves, to infiltrate the interstices and always to discredit us”. The Sahel, she added, has become “An issue of influence between the great powers”. And France is in a difficult situation there.

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Despite nine years of intervention by “Serval” and then “Barkhane” forces in Mali, jihadist attacks have spread to Burkina Faso and Niger. To get out of this quagmire, Emmanuel Macron announced on June 10 a “Deep transformation” the French presence, with, in particular, the reduction of at least 40% of the troops deployed (5,100 soldiers at present), the accelerated training of the Sahelian armed forces and the internationalization of the fight against terrorism. ?This change in strategy leaves space and creates opportunities for emerging players like Turkey. It is not without risk, analyse Hannah Armstrong. We must prevent new external rivalries from interfering in the conflicts of the Sahel and further aggravating the militarization of space. ”

“Ideological aims”

At the moment, Ankara’s influence is mainly concentrated “In the fields of health care, access to water and education”, notes the researcher. Development aid allocated to the countries of the Sahel was around $ 61 million between 2014 and 2019, far behind the 8 billion injected by the European Union over the same period. But Turkey is also investing in road, airport and hospital infrastructure. The amount of trade with Mali also increased tenfold between 2003 and 2019, from $ 5 million to $ 57 million.

Some do not hesitate to draw a parallel with the policy already pursued by Turkey in the Horn of Africa. In 2011, Ankara had indeed provided humanitarian aid to Somalia, then in the throes of famine. Six years later, Turkey’s largest overseas military training camp was built in Mogadishu, and ties firmly forged with influential religious figures.

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“Turkey’s rivals often suggest that its presence in African Muslim countries testifies to ideological aims, with the more specific objective of improving prospects for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists”, notes the ICG. A conviction shared at the Palais-Bourbon. In a report on Operation Barkhane published in April, MEPs stressed “President Erdogan’s desire to appear as the new leader of the Sunni Muslim countries”, recalling that in the Sahel, ?The Gulf countries are also gradually strengthening their economic and cultural presence?.

Two competitive religious trends

On the terrain of the South Sahara, two currents in fact compete with each other, through actions mainly carried out by NGOs and civil society: on the one hand, the Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia and, on the other hand, an Islam close to the Muslim Brotherhood, anchored in the field policy inspired by Turkey and its Qatari ally.

Construction of mosques and madrasas, invitations to pilgrimages and religious training abroad? Each doctrine strives to extend its influence. According to the ICG, this religious link promoted by Ankara appeals to Sahelians: ?Many of them have welcomed Turkey as a major international player, with whom they have more in common than Europe, Russia or China. “

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Also the Turkish-Sahelian affinities continue to strengthen. In April, following Ankara’s announcement to allocate $ 5 million to the G5 Sahel joint counterterrorism force, a delegation from the representative body of the Sahelian states visited Ankara where it was able, according to a press release published on April 10, “ tour the main companies in the Turkish defense sector ?, in order to acquire equipment for his strength. Before noting that this mission marked “A decisive turning point in the consolidation of the diversification of cooperation between the G5 Sahel and this partner of choice”.

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What ambitions does Turkey have in the Sahel? The question is increasingly tormenting France and the foreign powers established in this strategic area south of the Sahara, straddling five countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Chad). “Until now, Turkish interests in the Sahel seemed mainly of an economic nature”, Hannah Armstrong recalls, in a note published on July 27 by the NGO International Crisis Group (ICG). But Ankara’s recent rapprochements with certain Sahelian capitals could be a game-changer.

A first threshold was crossed in the military field in July 2020 with the signing of a bilateral defense agreement between Niger and Turkey. This cooperation, the details of which have been kept secret, would include sending Turkish soldiers to Niger to train and support Nigerian forces in their fight against the terrorist organization Boko Haram, while helping them secure the borders with Mali. and Burkina Faso. An agreement that “Lays the foundations for direct operational support” in the fight against terrorism, according to the ICG analyst.

Opposition between Paris and Ankara

At the same time, Turkish political influence has spread to neighboring Mali. In August 2020, after the coup d’état that deposed President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta known as ?IBK?, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu was the first senior foreign official to meet with the putschists. “It caused a lot of ink to flow, observe Hannah Armstrong. Some saw this visit as a sign of Turkish support for the coup d’état, itself perceived as an attack on the French interests represented by ?IBK? ?. Whether founded or not, these allegations are a “Turning”, says the researcher.

Until then, the opposition between Paris and Ankara has mainly been played out in the Mediterranean, but it is not excluded that these rivalries are now more acute south of the Sahara. In front of the deputies, on January 12, the French Minister of Defense Florence Parly did not hesitate to quote Turkey as one of the countries which “Sought to impose themselves, to infiltrate the interstices and always to discredit us”. The Sahel, she added, has become “An issue of influence between the great powers”. And France is in a difficult situation there.

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Despite nine years of intervention by “Serval” and then “Barkhane” forces in Mali, jihadist attacks have spread to Burkina Faso and Niger. To get out of this quagmire, Emmanuel Macron announced on June 10 a “Deep transformation” the French presence, with, in particular, the reduction of at least 40% of the troops deployed (5,100 soldiers at present), the accelerated training of the Sahelian armed forces and the internationalization of the fight against terrorism. ?This change in strategy leaves space and creates opportunities for emerging players like Turkey. It is not without risk, analyse Hannah Armstrong. We must prevent new external rivalries from interfering in the conflicts of the Sahel and further aggravating the militarization of space. ”

“Ideological aims”

At the moment, Ankara’s influence is mainly concentrated “In the fields of health care, access to water and education”, notes the researcher. Development aid allocated to the countries of the Sahel was around $ 61 million between 2014 and 2019, far behind the 8 billion injected by the European Union over the same period. But Turkey is also investing in road, airport and hospital infrastructure. The amount of trade with Mali also increased tenfold between 2003 and 2019, from $ 5 million to $ 57 million.

Some do not hesitate to draw a parallel with the policy already pursued by Turkey in the Horn of Africa. In 2011, Ankara had indeed provided humanitarian aid to Somalia, then in the throes of famine. Six years later, Turkey’s largest overseas military training camp was built in Mogadishu, and ties firmly forged with influential religious figures.

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“Turkey’s rivals often suggest that its presence in African Muslim countries testifies to ideological aims, with the more specific objective of improving prospects for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists”, notes the ICG. A conviction shared at the Palais-Bourbon. In a report on Operation Barkhane published in April, MEPs stressed “President Erdogan’s desire to appear as the new leader of the Sunni Muslim countries”, recalling that in the Sahel, ?The Gulf countries are also gradually strengthening their economic and cultural presence?.

Two competitive religious trends

On the terrain of the South Sahara, two currents in fact compete with each other, through actions mainly carried out by NGOs and civil society: on the one hand, the Wahhabism of Saudi Arabia and, on the other hand, an Islam close to the Muslim Brotherhood, anchored in the field policy inspired by Turkey and its Qatari ally.

Construction of mosques and madrasas, invitations to pilgrimages and religious training abroad? Each doctrine strives to extend its influence. According to the ICG, this religious link promoted by Ankara appeals to Sahelians: ?Many of them have welcomed Turkey as a major international player, with whom they have more in common than Europe, Russia or China. “

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Also the Turkish-Sahelian affinities continue to strengthen. In April, following Ankara’s announcement to allocate $ 5 million to the G5 Sahel joint counterterrorism force, a delegation from the representative body of the Sahelian states visited Ankara where it was able, according to a press release published on April 10, “ tour the main companies in the Turkish defense sector ?, in order to acquire equipment for his strength. Before noting that this mission marked “A decisive turning point in the consolidation of the diversification of cooperation between the G5 Sahel and this partner of choice”.

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The images bring back painful memories in China: entire cities confined, villages barricaded, canceled flights, long queues to test millions of inhabitants … On Wednesday August 4, the country even announced a tightening of the conditions of exit from the territory. However, he is far from reliving the disaster of the very first months of the Covid-19 epidemic: since the discovery of an outbreak in Nanjing on July 21, China has recorded around 600 cases of local transmission. This is the highest figure since the end of the first wave for China, in April 2020. But, for the moment, no serious cases have been reported: it is the paradox, these particularly strict measures are applied when the threat is lower. Thanks to a well-underway vaccination campaign, with 1.68 billion doses administered, or about 60% of the population covered, most of the cases detected in recent weeks are mild. What to raise the question, in the medium term, of the approach of zero tolerance vis-a-vis the virus.

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For now, the reverse is happening. Visiting Nanjing, Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chunlan deplored a “Ideological laxity” at the origin of the new leaks in the prevention system, and urged: ?We cannot relax for a single moment. “ In the capital of Henan, Zhengzhou, the director of the city’s health commission, was fired following the appearance of a small outbreak linked to an airport. Entire cities, like Yangzhou, 1.5 million inhabitants, are confined as at the worst hours of the first wave: in this city of Jiangsu where cases have appeared in playrooms frequented by elderly, more vulnerable people, only one person per household is allowed to go out for shopping.

“Sanitary wall”

As elsewhere in the world, it is the Delta variant which has slipped into the interstices of the Chinese ?health wall?. Built after the first wave, it is based first and foremost on the virtual closure of borders: visas are issued in small quantities and travelers subject to two to three weeks of quarantine in specific hotels. In the country, then, the population is traced thanks to big data, and when an outbreak emerges, the reactivity is immediate: in the least case, the local authorities take drastic measures, which are not released until a few weeks after the last transmission. . So far, the system has worked relatively well. Infections have indeed taken place in the framework of the care of travelers arriving from abroad and at the most porous borders of China, with Russia, to the north, or with Burma, to the south, for example, but each time they have been contained.

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The images bring back painful memories in China: entire cities confined, villages barricaded, canceled flights, long queues to test millions of inhabitants … On Wednesday August 4, the country even announced a tightening of the conditions of exit from the territory. However, he is far from reliving the disaster of the very first months of the Covid-19 epidemic: since the discovery of an outbreak in Nanjing on July 21, China has recorded around 600 cases of local transmission. This is the highest figure since the end of the first wave for China, in April 2020. But, for the moment, no serious cases have been reported: it is the paradox, these particularly strict measures are applied when the threat is lower. Thanks to a well-underway vaccination campaign, with 1.68 billion doses administered, or about 60% of the population covered, most of the cases detected in recent weeks are mild. What to raise the question, in the medium term, of the approach of zero tolerance vis-a-vis the virus.

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For now, the reverse is happening. Visiting Nanjing, Deputy Prime Minister Sun Chunlan deplored a “Ideological laxity” at the origin of the new leaks in the prevention system, and urged: ?We cannot relax for a single moment. “ In the capital of Henan, Zhengzhou, the director of the city’s health commission, was fired following the appearance of a small outbreak linked to an airport. Entire cities, like Yangzhou, 1.5 million inhabitants, are confined as at the worst hours of the first wave: in this city of Jiangsu where cases have appeared in playrooms frequented by elderly, more vulnerable people, only one person per household is allowed to go out for shopping.

“Sanitary wall”

As elsewhere in the world, it is the Delta variant which has slipped into the interstices of the Chinese ?health wall?. Built after the first wave, it is based first and foremost on the virtual closure of borders: visas are issued in small quantities and travelers subject to two to three weeks of quarantine in specific hotels. In the country, then, the population is traced thanks to big data, and when an outbreak emerges, the reactivity is immediate: in the least case, the local authorities take drastic measures, which are not released until a few weeks after the last transmission. . So far, the system has worked relatively well. Infections have indeed taken place in the framework of the care of travelers arriving from abroad and at the most porous borders of China, with Russia, to the north, or with Burma, to the south, for example, but each time they have been contained.

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