Month: November 2017
Numerous states expressed their indignations further the shock report of CNN showing migrants sold at auction in Libya. Auctions which regularly take place in the country by traffickers of human beings made numerous associations react all around the world. The call to demonstrate was strongly relieved on the social networks.
The United Nation Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres denounced on Monday a “inhuman” situation by the recent revelations of slaves in Libya. According to him, the people responsible for these acts could be brought to justice for possible crimes against humanity.
Ahmed Metig, the Vice-Prime Minister of the Libyan government of national union (GNU) announced the opening of an investigation. He had already released a statement on Facebook to express “his dissatisfaction” as for the reappearance of the trade of slaves in the suburb of Tripoli.
The call back of ambassadors
Burkina Faso called back on Monday its ambassador in Tripoli, declared on November 20th Minister of Foreign Affairs Burkinabe, Alpha Barry. The Democratic Republic of Congo took a similar decision, by calling back its ambassador in Libya on Tuesday. Kinshasa wants to know “the real situation” in Libya and to proceed “a mission of repatriation” if the Congoleses are concerned.
This report caused the indignation of African leaders. The current president of the African Union (UA), the Guinean Alpha Condé, and the Senegalese government in particular deeply reacted to the situation. The president of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou let know that the subject would be treated in the agenda of the next summit of African Union – European Union of November 29th and 30th in Abidjan.
Sabrina Slimani, IEJ 3F
Today, a video showing a North Korean soldier fleeing across the border to South Korea while being shot by his former comrades, was released by the United Nations Command Wednesday. North Korea, a country deeply marked by the Kim Jong-un’s dictatorship, sees more and more of its citizens trying to cross the frontier.
The security footage released on November 13, with a wide shot of a military vehicle speeding down a street on the North Korean side of the demilitarized zone. Second step, the soldier forces the guard post ahead the bridge. Then, we can see the defecting soldier getting out from the driver’s side of the vehicle and starting to run. Four North Korean soldiers appear in frame near the vehicle.
Sylvain PASTORELLI – IEJ3F groupe 1
If France fails to keep its deficit below the 3% of GDP ceiling for 2017 and 2018, it will not be able to remove itself from the excessive deficit procedure next year.
Effectively the draft of 2018 budget presented by Bercy risks non-compliance with the European budgetary rules.
According to the 1992 Maastricht Treaty and the introduction of Monetary Economic Union, signatory countries must comply with a rule that the general government deficit must not exceed 3% of the GDP.
As promised, the government is still hoping to meet its target of reducing it to 2.9% of GDP from 3.4% in 2017. But this is done with painful adjustments in public expenditure, such as the 5 euro decrease in personal housing allowance and includes the financing of the overruns of French soldiers’ external operations in the army budget.
When he arrived to the financial ministry, Bruno Le Maire had to raise the bar after the Court of Auditors revealed an underestimation of public spending in the budget of the previous government under François Hollande.
This new complication will have an impact on the popularity of the French president, which has been in continuous decline since his election in May 2017.
Julien Moreau, IEJ 3F-G1
A military aircraft was scuffed in the Pacific Ocean, in the southest of Okinawa in Japan. The C2-A Greyhound transport plane was carrying 11 passengers from Marine Corps Air Station in Japan, to an American aircraft carrier when it crashed into the Philippine Sea around 2:45 p.m. Japan Standard Time, the Navy said. A Navy public affairs officer told CNN the plane was on approach to the carrier, but didn’t know how far away it was from the ship.
Eight people have been rescued and are in good condition aboard the carrier. Currently, US and Japanese ships and planes are searching the three other shipwrecks. The names of those who were onboard are being withheld except for their next of kin.
The cause of the crash isn’t really known, but an engine trouble may have caused the crash, according to an initial statement from the US Navy 7th Fleet.
This accident follows in the latest of a string of troubling incidents facing the Navy in waters off East Asia this year, among which two were fatal. The last two collisions were unavoidable and included the deaths of 17 sailors.
A previous report claims that the US Navy over seeks its soldiers, and doesn’t maintain correctly the equipment.
Pauline POURCHAIRE 3F G1
A radioactive cloud appeared on 29th of September in France. Until now, nobody knew the original source of this radioactive event. But this Monday, 20th of November, we can finally put a name on its creator : Russia. Indeed, the Russian meteorology agency, Rosguidromet, recognized a very high concentration of ruthenium 106 in the end of September.
Apparently, the highest concentration of ruthenium 106 was recorded in the middle of Arguaïach city, 30 kilometers from the nuclear station Mayak. Mayak was affected by one the worst nuclear accidents in 1957, when a waste storage facility blew up. But this time, the radiation which appears in Europe’s sky, isn’t dangerous for the health of people.
Do we have to be worried about radiation in Russia? Since the beginning of the month, high concentrations of ruthenium 106 was recorded 936 times. But what is this substance? A product of splitting atoms in a reactor which is also used in some medical treatments. Nothing to really worry about if there are just a few radioactive clouds in the air. However, Russia’s Greenpeace asks Rosatom nuclear company to open an investigation to be sure that the country didn’t cover an explosion or a nuclear accident.
Julia SOLANS, IEJ 3F Groupe 1
The director of “Toy Story” and art director of Walt Disney Animation Studios, John Lasseter, has been accused of inappropriate behavior with his collaborators. He is taking a six-month leave of absence in the wake of complaints about his professional behavior.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Lasseter announced the news on Tuesday in a staff memo, where he admitted to “missteps” and behavior that left employees feeling “disrespected or uncomfortable”.
“I’ve recently had a number of difficult conversations that have been very painful for me. It’s never easy to face your missteps, but it’s the only way to learn from them,” he writes in the memo.
Among women who accuse the director is the writer and actor Rashida Jones, who co-wrote the upcoming Toy Story 4, and left the project after “The Lasseter” made an unwanted advance towards her.
However, the legendary art director, is the latest big name caught up by the wave of sexual scandals which have broken out in Hollywood since the begenning of Weinstein’s affair.
The throughline in most of these stories, other then powerful men abusing that power, is the entertainment industry’s quick-snap reaction to cut ties with the individuals in question.
After the current allegations against Lasseter, it would be difficult to restore a culture of trust between him and the company, given the long-standing nature of the allegations.
That fact practically ensures that the Lasseter news will engulf coverage of Pixar’s latest film, Coco, which is scheduled to open on Thanksgiving.
There have been no announcements about formal investigations into Lasseter’s behavior.
Audrey LEGRAIS, IEJ 3F G1
“The more I’d screamed, the more he would hit,” says the second alleged victim of Tariq Ramadan testifies
This is the first time she has spoken on television. After Henda Ayari, she is the second French woman to file a rape complaint against the controversial Islamologist. Here is her testimony.
The facts go back to 2009. The victim, who converted to Islam two years earlier, first came into contact with Tariq Ramadan on social networks. The exchanges were “cordial, polite, professional and religious”.
On October 9, the partially disabled young woman met Ramadan for the first time at a hotel in the city where he gave a lecture. The Islamologist convinced her to go up to his room, to talk quietly. “He was behind my back and when I turned around, it was not the same person I had in front of me,” says the victim.
At this time, the violences started.
“It was beatings, sexual violence, despicable words, unspeakable vulgarity. I’d scream for help, I’d yell “no,” and the more I’d scream, the more he would hit.”
The testimony of Henda Ayari, the first woman to publicly accuse the Islamologist of rape, decided to file a complaint. Tariq Ramadan denies the facts and denounces “a conspiracy”. His lawyers, several times solicited, did not wish to react.
Najim Medini, IEJ 3F groupe 1