Algeria Television Fri, 28 Jan 2022 12:06:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Algeria Television 32 32 Tunisia turns to domestic banks to fund national budget due to lack of foreign loans Thu, 27 Jan 2022 12:21:13 +0000

The Tunisian government is putting increasing pressure on local financial institutions to fund the 2022 national budget as the country struggles to secure foreign loans to fill the project’s $2.8 billion budget shortfall.

The decision is revealed by Ahmed El Karm, a board member of the Tunisia-based independent think tank, the Arab Institute of Business Leaders. [Arab Institute of Business Executive]Business news reports.

“There is a lot of pressure on managers of financial institutions to fund the state,” El Karm said in a Facebook post.

The Tunisian government last month passed a 2022 national budget of around TD 47.166 billion (about $16.4 billion), including a deficit of $2.8 billion.
The State’s contribution to the budget is 38.6 billion DT.

The North African country is facing economic stress due to the pandemic which has affected the economy. The state turned to friendly foreign countries to help fund the budget, but only Algeria answered the call with $300 million in the form of a loan.

Saudi Arabia has also agreed to back the budget with $500 million, but on the condition that Tunisia meets International Monetary Fund (IMF) requirements for a restructuring plan.

The North African country has been hesitant to take out a line of credit from the Washington-based institution, but talks have taken place between the two parties and an agreement is expected by the end of the first quarter of this year. year.

]]> Coronavirus-ravaged Iran finds brief respite with mass vaccination Thu, 27 Jan 2022 06:15:49 +0000

LONDON: US envoy to Yemen Tim Lenderking met with senior UK and Gulf officials in London, as part of his first tour of 2022 to reinvigorate peace efforts in coordination with the UN.
In talks with UK Middle East and North Africa Minister James Cleverly, the two sides stressed that they were “committed to working together to advance a lasting resolution to the conflict in Yemen, help stabilize the economy and support urgent measures to alleviate the humanitarian crisis”. .”
The US envoy also participated in a Quint meeting hosted by the UK to discuss the situation in Yemen with senior officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Britain, as well as with UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg.

Lenderking was in Riyadh, the United Arab Emirates and Oman last week, where he focused on the urgent need for de-escalation and the protection of all civilians, bringing the parties together to support an inclusive peace process led by the UN and doing more to solve economic problems. stability, humanitarian access and fuel shortages, a State Department spokesperson told Arab News.
His visit comes as the Iran-backed Houthi militia has stepped up cross-border attacks on populated areas of Saudi Arabia and attempted to strike the UAE capital twice in the past two weeks. The Houthis also continued their brutal offensive against Yemen’s Marib province, which has been home to millions of internally displaced people who have fled fighting since the conflict began in 2014.
The United States has repeatedly pledged to continue working with partners in the region, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, to help them defend against these deplorable Houthi attacks, the department said. of state.

However, growing calls from regional allies are pressuring US President Joe Biden’s administration to re-list the Houthis as a terrorist organization a year after reversing a last-minute government decision. former President Donald Trump to nominate the militia.
“We will continue to work with our allies and partners in the region, particularly to promote accountability for the Houthis, the Houthi leaders who are behind these terrorist attacks,” the State Department said.
He added that the new designation of the Houthis as an “international terrorist organization” is “under review” and that the United States should implement additional measures, including sanctions, to hold Houthi leaders accountable.
But when asked by Arab News about the possibility of the Biden administration putting the militia back up for sale, he said, “The United States remains committed to improving the humanitarian situation in Yemen and should fully consider the humanitarian implications.”
State Department spokesman Ned Price also said he would not give in to naming Houthi leaders and entities involved in military offensives that threaten civilians and regional stability and perpetuate conflict, who are responsible for some of the human rights violations or violations of international law. humanitarian law.
“When you talk about the humanitarian crisis, there is one actor who is primarily responsible for the suffering of the Yemeni people, the widespread suffering of the Yemeni people. And it’s the Houthis,” Price told reporters at a press briefing.
He added that they are using all appropriate tools to hold the Houthis to account.
The State Department reiterated US condemnation of Houthi attacks on Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and said it remained committed to resolving the Yemeni conflict.
“Helping advance a lasting resolution that ends the conflict in Yemen, improves the lives of Yemenis, and creates space for Yemenis to collectively determine their own future remains a top U.S. foreign policy priority,” he said. declared.

Zinedine Zidane: What happened to 7 players who were backed to follow in his footsteps? Wed, 26 Jan 2022 14:04:23 +0000

While there will only ever be one Zidane, that hasn’t stopped promising young players from being compared to legend over the years.

Several players have been dubbed ‘the next Zidane’, but that’s a compliment that comes with a lot of expectation. The French icon has left a legacy in the world of football that seems almost impossible to match.

The Frenchman’s trophy cabinet includes a World Cup, Champions League and French and Spanish league titles. And the list of individual attacking midfielder accolades is probably long enough to write a book.

Let’s take a look at seven players who have been compared to legend and how their careers have unfolded.

Mourad Meghni:

After impressive performances for France at the U-17 World Cup, Meghni was given the nickname ‘little Zidane’, also due to his Algerian heritage.

The youngster moved to Italy even before making his senior debut at Cannes, moving to Bologna in hopes of playing first-team football.

But after failing to play with consistency, he was transferred to Lazio. Although the main honor of his career was the 2009 Coppa Italia, he remained an unused substitute.

Meghni moved to Qatar in 2011 where he changed clubs three times before finally returning to Algeria in 2015. He played for CS Constantine for two years before retiring in 2017.

Bruno Cheyrou:

Bruno Cheyrou

When Cheyrou signed for Liverpool in 2002, Gerard Houllier was quick to compare the youngster to Zidane.

Houllier said at the time: “Bruno has the same kind of touch and style that Zidane has. There are a lot of similarities between the two when they are on the ball.
“The difference is that Zidane is 30 and has a wealth of experience while Bruno is 24 and playing abroad for the first time.”

But after 48 disappointing performances for the Merseyside club, Houllier was sacked and the midfielder soon followed him out the door.

After two loan spells in Ligue 1 and a brief stint in Turkey, the midfielder ended his career in the French top flight, never having lived up to the high expectations set for him.

Antoine Le Tallec:

Antoine Le Tallec

Yet another youngster signed by Houllier after impressing at the U-17 World Cup for France, Le Tallec has also been dubbed Zidane’s successor to the throne.

Le Tallec signed for Liverpool in 2001 from Le Havre with his cousin, but the pair were immediately loaned to the French club for two seasons.

On his return to England, Houllier tried to play down expectations: “It will be better for him and Florent to play in the reserves this season so they can get used to English football.
“But in the future, they will both be seen as important recruits. It’s only a matter of time, I can promise you that.

But the striker only scored once in 32 appearances for the Reds, and after a series of unsuccessful loans to various French clubs he was permanently sold to Le Mans in 2008.

Over the next decade, Le Tallec was sold six more times, failing to perform regularly for either club. He finally retired in May 2021 at the age of 36, after a largely disappointing 20-year career.

Yoann Gourcuff :

Yoann Gourcuff

Comparisons with Zidane were inevitable for Gourcuff due to their similar styles of play. The playmaker’s impressive performances for Rennes earned him a move to AC Milan.

Due to Kaka playing his position, the youngster naturally struggled to earn a consistent spot in the starting XI. But Carlo Ancelotti and Paolo Maldini’s public criticism of the midfielder’s attitude didn’t help the situation either.

Gourcuff returned to Bordeaux and regained the form that eluded him in Milan, winning Ligue 1 Player of the Year and further comparisons to Zizou. But after a poor World Cup campaign in 2010, his attitude has again come under scrutiny.

The midfielder was sold to Lyon for €22m but like his move to Milan, his form and condition had once again let him down.

Eventually, in 2018, Gourcuff ended up at Dijon, but due to injuries he would only make eight appearances for the club before leaving a year later.

In October 2020, Gourcuff’s father confirmed that the midfielder had retired from playing.

Samir Nasri:

Samir Nasri

Moving on to a name that the majority of football fans will recognize, Nasri has also been compared to Zidane in his youth.

Following the pattern of impressing for France’s U-17s, team manager Philippe Bergeroo said: “His ease in possession reminds me of Zidane.”
Former Marseille manager Albert Emon also compared the youngster to the French legend saying: “Nasri has the same ability to read the game as Zizou.”

Nasri, however, didn’t want the weight of expectation that came with the comparisons, explaining, “I think people were too quick to make the comparison. I was 17 and starting out when I heard people call me the future Zidane. I was shocked but quickly let go of it all.

Nasri has shown throughout his career that he is undoubtedly a very talented player, spells at Arsenal and Manchester City have left the midfielder with a respectable trophy cabinet. But overall, it’s probably fair to say that Nasri failed to live up to the extreme expectations that were set for him early in his career.

Nasri would eventually end his career at Anderlecht in 2019, but his last campaign was marred by injuries and the midfielder was released at the end of the season. In September 2021, Nasri confirmed he had retired following his release by Anderlecht.

Adel Taarabt:

Adel Taarabt

Taarabt signed for Tottenham on loan aged just 17 after being promised first-team football by the north London club. After just two appearances for Spurs, the deal became permanent.

Harry Redknapp spoke about the youngster saying: “When he came here they called him the next Zidane. He’s not in the same league as Zidane yet because he was a genius, but one day he might to be up there because he has that ability.

But after making just 15 appearances for the club over the next 3 years, Taarabt was finally sold to QPR in 2010. The attacking midfielder made 164 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals and registering 42 assists. These are by no means bad numbers, but playing in the Championship for five years was a far cry from his early expectations.

Taarabt would eventually spend time at Fulham, AC Milan, Benfica and Genoa, but failed to match the form he had enjoyed in the Championship.

In the 2019/20 season, Taarabt surprisingly established himself as Benfica’s regular starter as a defensive midfielder. He still remains at Benfica to this day and has made 12 appearances so far in the 2021/22 campaign.

Karim Benzema :

Karim Benzema

After Benzema grabbed the world’s attention with a goal against Manchester United in a Champions League knockout tie, an article in Bleacher Report described him as “France’s best hope to make us forget Zinedine Zidane”.


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While the striker’s style might not be as eye-catching as the French icon, Benzema’s collection of trophies speaks for itself. Four Champions League winners’ medals and a stack of league and cup titles, the striker enjoyed huge success at Lyon and Real Madrid.

The only stain on the striker’s international career was his exile from the national team due to a blackmail scandal. Benzema didn’t make an appearance for Les Bleus between 2015 and 2021 but coach Didier Deschamps eventually recalled the striker for Euro 2020.

Despite his exile, Benzema still managed to reach fifth place on the list of France’s all-time top scorers.

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The market for African projects at a turning point Wed, 26 Jan 2022 11:56:45 +0000 As the pandemic has hit African economies hard, the IMF predicts a strong recovery that will catalyze increased investment in projects

With $2.4 billion in major projects planned or underway, including approximately $1.1 billion in projects in progress, Africa offers substantial opportunities for project companies and investors.

The continent is home to many high-growth emerging markets with growing populations and large infrastructure needs. The G20 Global Infrastructure Outlook program estimates that Africa needs around $6 billion in infrastructure investment between 2018 and 2040.

But Africa’s project plans also have many challenges to overcome, from political instability to poor infrastructure and lack of funding. The G20 estimates that Africa’s infrastructure needs face an investment gap of around $1.7 billion.

Covid-19 added to the challenges. The World Bank estimates that amid the Covid-19 crisis, Africa’s economy contracted in 2020 by -3.4% to $2.36 billion.

With government priorities focused on health care, there was less bandwidth to develop infrastructure. Travel restrictions meant that clients and private sector contractors found it difficult, if not impossible, to recruit staff locally. Equipment imports have also become more time-consuming and expensive.

Africa’s population is expected to reach around 1.35 billion in 2022, up from 605 million in 1990

But Africa is poised for a strong recovery, with the IMF predicting real GDP growth of 4% in 2022. This rebound is expected to spur increased project investment.

Population growth stimulates investment in infrastructure; in 2021, Africa’s population grew by 2.4%, according to the IMF, and this is expected to continue.

The five largest project markets on the continent – ​​Egypt, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Algeria – account for more than half of all projects on the continent.

Several of the “big five” economies are major exporters of oil and gas, and project activity often follows global oil price trends.

On a regional basis, North Africa accounts for more than 30% of the value of all projects in Africa, with approximately $711.9 billion worth of projects planned or underway.

Africa has recorded an average of about $85.7 billion per year in project contract awards since 2011, although the value of awards has varied significantly from year to year. The pandemic led to a 21% decline in rewards in 2020 to $91.9 billion. It was still the fifth busiest year in Africa for the awards in the past decade.

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Cumulative climate change mitigation market 2022-2030 will total $48 trillion, new report says Wed, 26 Jan 2022 08:09:00 +0000

Market share of global warming mitigation and adaptation in the United States and China

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• The 2022-2030 cumulative market without the electric vehicle market would total $32.2 trillion.
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‘Eat to Extinction’ is a celebration of rare foods and a warning of the future Tue, 25 Jan 2022 10:00:02 +0000

But above all, Saladino wants to highlight the treasures that we risk losing. In Venezuela, he floats a chocolate bar made from rare criollo under the reader’s nose. In Colorado, he tastes a bowl of blue corn porridge cooked with foraged medicinal bear root. The focus is on “landrace” foods, those adapted to thrive in specific locations and passed down from generation to generation. On the Orkney Islands, north of Scotland, Saladino encounters barley that bends rather than breaks in the high winds of the region and thrives in sandy, alkaline soil. In an Anatolian village, he tries Kavilca wheat, a grain first domesticated by Neolithic farmers. In Tanzania, he watches Hadza hunter-gatherers work with birds to locate a nest of African bees, from which they scoop handfuls of melting liquid.

Credit…Artur Tixilsky

Saladino proves that one path to a reader’s sustained attention is through their stomach. Dwelling on local and individual stories is also a way to counterbalance the macabre pessimism that can grip a person when faced with over 350 pages of evidence about our ongoing ecological crisis. The book is explicitly and passionately educational, but it opts for carrots over sticks. Look at all these earthly wonders! Saladino is crying. We cannot let them perish!

Take, for example, murnong – a root that was once used by hunter-gatherers in Australia’s Western Desert, before 19th-century settlers launched an assault on the abundant tubers. First came the sheep, which searched thousands of miles of land. Next come invasive plant species, which have supplanted the native murnong. Finally, in 1859, rabbits arrived in Australia to complete the job. Recent efforts to revive the succulent and nutritious root have come about through Indigenous community gardens.

But reviving an almost extinct plant is only the first step. As local foods disappear, culinary traditions dissolve with them. A few hundred years ago, a traveler may have noticed that the loaves became noticeably flatter as she traveled north through Europe. Warmer southern climates were better suited to cereals with a high gluten content, which results in more airy bread. The darker, colder climates of the north were more conducive to grains like rye and oats, which found their way into flatbreads, baked crackers, and bannocks – “soft, round flatbreads cooked over a fire” . Innovations such as chemical fertilizers have made it possible to grow modern wheats in previously unsuitable climates. Why stick to traditional baking methods when it’s cheap and easy to buy evenly moist bread almost anywhere?

What is true for cereal crops is also true for livestock. Saladino visits a hjallur on the Faroe Islands – a hut with ‘walls’ of wooden slats designed to allow winds to rush inside, where sheep carcasses hang in various stages of fermentation. This method was developed out of necessity. With no trees on the island, and therefore no firewood, the early Faroese could not preserve meat with smoke or by boiling salted water in salt. A hjallur ingeniously captured salt where it lived: in the gusts of sea air. When Saladino tastes a piece of fermented mutton, he detects “just a hint” of rot. “For us, it’s a great feeling,” explains a resident. “It’s a twisted taste but a good taste.”

Malawi’s flame lit at CAN: New Frame Tue, 25 Jan 2022 08:01:08 +0000

Malawi shed their underdog label and defied Covid-19 complications, a coaching reshuffle and squad discontent to reach the knockout stages of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon ). It is the first time in the country’s history that his side have made it this far, and it is only his third appearance at the continental showpiece.

The Flames, as Malawi are affectionately known, qualified as a top-four third after picking up four points by beating Zimbabwe and drawing with tournament favorites Senegal. They will face Morocco in the Round of 16 at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium on January 25 in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Reaching the knockout stages is a remarkable feat for the Flames considering they are a lowly team with no big name players. The team was mainly drawn from the Malawi national league as well as the two top tiers of football in South Africa.

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The preparation for Malawi’s appearance at the AFCON was characterized by a coaching bet reminiscent of what happened before the 1984 tournament held in Ivory Coast. But this time around, the decision proved to be a masterstroke that inspired Malawi.

Prior to the Flames’ first Afcon appearance in 1984, the Football Association of Malawi (FAM) sacked local manager Henry Moyo shortly after securing qualification and signed Scotsman Danny McLennan. He picked his own team and dropped star striker Lawrence Waya, which saw Malawi lose to Ghana and Algeria before drawing with Nigeria to crash out in the group stage.

It happened again in December 2021 when FAM demoted local coach Meck Mwase after helping the Flames book their ticket to Cameroon. He was replaced by Romanian technical director Mario Marinică as interim coach.

Mwase, a former Jomo Cosmos defender, may have guided Malawi to the Afcon final, but the team’s performance in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers sealed his fate. Marinică was brought in as technical director to offer more support to Mwase, but the latter was demoted 25 days after the Romanian’s appointment. The FAM revealed they made the decision because it “became very clear that the team had technical and tactical shortcomings”.

New coach, new approach

Marinică took over and wasted no time in diagnosing the faults of the Flames and Malawian football in general. In his report, Marinică observed that “the system of recruiting players is done … randomly and in a very sentimental way. Physically, most players are short of key positions such as central defense and goalkeeper.

Marinică then embarked on his own scouting mission, which allowed little-known players such as Civil Sporting Club defender Lawrence Chaziya, Silver Strikers midfielder Zebron Kalima and goalkeeper Charles Thom to to be called.

The Romanian also brushed aside the Flames’ short-passing game and told his proteges to adopt more direct and fast-paced football. Additionally, he dismantled the starting 11 that clinched the Afcon spot.

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“We know it’s a challenge, but that’s what we’re here for. We looked at the squad that made it to the World Cup qualifiers, analyzed their performance and noted that something needed to be changed in order for us to have players we can rely on in the Afcon final,” said Marinica said.

When the Flames began their 10-day pre-Afcon training in Saudi Arabia, reports of a player uprising emerged amid claims that some were unhappy with the training methods and the game. attitude of their trainer. Marinică, much like McLennan did when he knocked out Waya in 1984, ended up dropping his favorite players. Gone are Flames playmaker Gerald Phiri, second-choice goalkeeper Bright Munthali, Stain Davies and Phillip Ndlovu from Afcon’s latest 23-man squad. They were relegated to the reserve list.

The Flames plunged into more trouble as Covid-19 hit the squad hard, affecting Marinică and six players, including first-choice striker Gabadinho Mhango and right-back Stanley Sanudi, on the eve of the Champions League game. opening against Guinea.

The turnaround

Marinică’s absence presented Mwase with a chance to take charge of the games against Guinea and Zimbabwe which provided the turnaround as Mhango came back to score a brace in the 2-1 win over Zimbabwe.

The inexperienced players brought a positive work ethic and healthy competition to the team. It became clear there were no longer any invincibles in the team, which showed remarkable defensive discipline to hold off Senegal in a game in which the Flames saw penalty calls ignored after the video assistant referee reviewed a foul on left-back Gomezgani Chirwa in the box.

Back home, Malawian support for the Flames, ranked 129th in the world, grew with every game. Fans took to the streets on January 14 after the 2-1 win over Zimbabwe chanting “Siine koma Gabadinho, telling those who wanted to listen that they can’t be blamed for the nightly celebrations because it was Mhango and his two goals that caused it.

Soon individuals and companies began pledging the team. Property companies Hills and Associates and Sulsdec Green Villages rewarded Thom with land in Lilongwe, and ICT company Sparc Systems gave him $1,200 (around R18,000) for winning the man of the match award at the of the game against Senegal.

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Sparcs Systems managing director Wisely Phiri told media that the company was proud to be associated with the exploits of the 22-year-old goalkeeper, who replaced the injured Ernest Kakhobwe in the game against Senegal.

“Football is more than just a sport. It plays a role in international development by putting the country on the map and bringing positive change to our young people. We wish the best for our team. They must know that the whole country is behind them,” said Phiri. Humbly, Thom said in reaction that “the greatest recognition should go to the whole team for the efforts made to achieve these results.”

Earlier, Hills and Associates also rewarded striker Mhango with land in Lilongwe worth $5,625 for scoring those two goals against Zimbabwe. Additionally, in recognition of their impressive performance, the company has offered the rest of the players a 40% discount on any pitch they wish to purchase.

A poultry and animal feed company, Kelfoods, also offered every player on the team a one-year supply of eggs if they beat Senegal. President Lazarus Chakwera has pledged to reward each player with $1,200 if the Flames beat Senegal. The FAM promised a similar amount to each player if the team made it to the last 16. Usually, Flames players earn half that amount for a win.

Renewed passion

The Afcon helped ignite a spark in Mhango, who struggled at his club Orlando Pirates but shone in the Afcon for the Flames. “It’s history in the making,” he said.

“There are more things coming from Malawi. The next thing for us will be [qualifying for] world Cup. Personally, the year 2021 has not been good in terms of performance. A lot happened and I needed to pull up my socks. As a team, I know people put us [as] outsiders, but we’ll show them what we can do.

“My ambition is to see Malawian players, including myself, playing abroad. At the end of the tournament, I can expect four or five players to play in Europe. , we have to show a fighting spirit whether we win or lose because the whole world is watching. We have to prove that we have talent in Malawi.

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Ahead of the meeting with Morocco in the round of 16 on Tuesday, January 25, the stakes are so high for the Flames and the players, according to vice-captain John Banda, that they are ready to die with their boots on.

“The Morocco game is the biggest game of our lives and we’re looking forward to it. We respect Morocco, but don’t fear them. We faced them twice in the AFCON three years ago and I I played both games. With a good game plan, they are a beatable team,” Banda said.

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Eric Zemmour: Reconquista and French Inquisition Mon, 24 Jan 2022 21:05:00 +0000

With presidential and legislative elections fast approaching, France is facing substantial and unprecedented change at home. Right-wing discourse, whose roots were strengthened under the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy between 2007 and 2012, has gained popularity in the country. At the time, Sarkozy raised the question of French “national identity” in reference to “immigration”. He even created the Ministry of Immigration, Integration, National Identity and Co-development, abolished in 2010. Since then, the discourse of right-wing French politicians, media and extremists has become entangled in matters of national identity and immigration.

However, the left bloc is still trapped in the post-April 2002 moment due to the Jean-Marie Le Pen factor. Le Pen, who was president of the National Rally (RN) from 1972 to 2011, imploded the political establishment of the French Fifth Republic. In 2002, he eliminated the candidate of the Socialist Party (PS) and former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin and faced outgoing President Jacques Chirac in a second round. Two decades later, the Le Pen dynasty has become the de facto politically visible family in France as their xenophobic message continues to resonate in the bourgeois milieu of the largest cities and rural towns. To some extent, Sarkozy rehabilitated the national identity narrative, using it as an electoral tactic to “contain” Le Pen, who has led the RN since 2001, in the 2007 presidential election. As a result, Le Pen came out strong in the 2007 election. In 2017, she reached the final as her father did in 2002 and faced current President Emmanuel Macron in a runoff.

Radicalization of the right

Right-wing and far-right parties in France have radicalized the whole theme of national identity and immigration. They make a mockery of the integration progress made by successive socialist governments in the 1980s and mid-1990s for millions of immigrants, especially Arabs and Muslims. Now there is Eric Zemmour, the controversial journalist leading the Reconquete! (Reconquer!), like the rising star of the xenophobic circus in France. Zemmour is known for his anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant rhetoric and is expected to run in the next election. Zemmour wants to reclaim what he vehemently calls “the Christian values ​​of France”. This is why he preferred to choose a name for his party that rhymes with “Reconquista”, a term used to define the centuries-old Christian efforts to eliminate the existence of Muslims during the period of Al-Andalus in the Iberian Peninsula.

Zemmour’s speech confirms the political situation of Islamophobic discourse on the French right. So, in Macron’s cabinet, there are super warmongering and anti-Muslim voices like the interior and education ministers. The arrogant mainstream media uses the character of Zemmour to remove sociological and cultural context from complex issues of immigration and religion. However, the critical issue must be approached with wise public policy and not fall victim to the pointless and senseless political debates of ignorant politicians.

Zemmour’s popularity in right-wing and far-right circles is a reflection of the failed immigration policy of Macron and his predecessors. In particular, amid the Benalla affair, the Yellow Vest protests and the mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis, the French leader has implemented surprisingly sweeping changes in policies relating to immigration and Islam. Today, like his far-right opponents, he is ready to domesticate French Muslims in the name of the sacrosanct principles of secularism of the French Republic.

“I’m more hostile”

Zemmour, on the other hand, stands firmly against his far-right rival Le Pen. He was convicted of incitement to racial hatred. He is an outspoken proponent of the alternate grand conspiracy theory. His political models are inspired by Napoleon Bonaparte and General Charles De Gaulle. He is a sworn enemy of RN extremists. He made provocative historical comments on several issues including Vichy France, the common name for the French state led by Marshal Philippe Pétain during World War II, which collaborated with the Nazis during the German occupation of France in 1940 and 1944. Jews,” he said.

It may seem interesting that Zemmour himself is a son of Jewish parents born in Algeria during the period of French colonization. One wonders how far he would go to continue his provocation against his fellow French Jews. Yet the question of national identity in politics that French right-wing and far-right parties use in ongoing debates challenges the very foundation of France’s values ​​of “universalism”.

Conservative parties, like those on the far right, deliberately adhere to Zemmour’s dystopian discourse that Muslims in France are the main cause of suburban insecurity and that they have anti-French, anti-Christian and anti-French sentiments. -Jews. For example, Valérie Pecresse, who is president of Soyons Libres (SL) and a republican candidate in the next elections, instead of fighting Zemmour’s insane message, legitimizes her anti-Muslim and anti-immigration message on television and radio. Do the imperatives of the presidential campaign in the first round impose it? The question will be answered on the night of April 10, 2022.

Zemmour’s sheer audacity helped legitimize far-right discourse among the public. His hateful speech is becoming more and more politically acceptable and his opinions in the mainstream media often become catchy headlines and punchlines.

The Armenian vote

On his first foreign visit as a declared presidential candidate, Zemmour visited Armenia, which he considers a Christian nation in the middle of an “Islamic ocean”. He was accompanied by a Christian fanatic and influential politician, Philippe de Villiers, who is the brother of General Pierre de Villiers, former military chief of staff of Macron, beloved general of the Yellow Vests fringe and nostalgic for the Franco-Algeria. and the deceived voters of Le Pen. Zemmour visited the monastery of Khor Virap, located near the Turkish border. He described the location as a historic clash between Christianity and Islam. “It is the great confrontation between Christianity and Islam that is reborn today,” he said.

France is home to a large Armenian diaspora, which represents a serious political and financial lobby in France and an important Christian electoral bloc. They conventionally vote for the right-wing Republicans (LR) party. Thus, devoted French Christian voters show empathy towards their Christian co-religionists from the East.

Armenia becomes the Mecca of right-wing and far-right French candidates. A few days after the visit, Pecresse also made a pilgrimage to Armenia. This symbolic visit is a gesture of political campaign because it charms its right-wing practicing Catholic voters and appeals to bourgeois families and the Parisian elite.

Currently, according to the polls, Zemmour is far behind Macron, Pecresse and Le Pen. Will it end up having an electoral impact in the next two crucial elections? His tag is already being fixed. The campaign strategies of the right and the far right (national and regional stereotypes and scapegoating of Muslims) are already shaping French politics.

Like former US President Donald Trump, Zemmour has exploited the media to win over anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant voters who support his agenda. However, what he has done so far is send France back to its shameful times, when even rejecters and racists do not see each other. The controversial 63-year-old candidate has created a ‘Trumpisation’ of the ongoing political process in France due to his hostile rhetoric against people with disabilities, Islam and immigration. In a word: it is the modern inquisition.

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The Philanthropy Engineer – Tablet Magazine Mon, 24 Jan 2022 05:07:33 +0000

Philanthropists today are more likely to be pilloried than praised, their actions scrutinized for clues of ill-gotten gains rather than examples of goodwill. Previous generations of philanthropists, especially those who moved into the orbit of American Jewry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, had it much easier. Glory rather than “gotcha” covered their tracks.

Jacob Henry Schiff was arguably the most famous and certainly the best known of the lot. Upon learning of his disappearance in 1920, at the age of 73, people wept in the streets; Lower East Side shops, “immersed in darkness”, waved mourning banners and closed their doors on the Tuesday morning of his funeral, while thousands of people thronged the streets in front of Temple Emanu-El in New York , where they took place.

Another 2,000 in the pews – those lucky enough to get an “admission card” – sat reverently throughout the tightly scripted service, touched by its dignity and restraint. “No one present at this Temple funeral will ever forget it,” recalled one of them.

The press made sure of it. In headlines and editorials, Schiff’s passing was widely covered by newspapers as varied as The New York Times and the Jewish Daily. The official document highlighted “the magnitude of his achievements” in the financial and philanthropic sectors of the modern world, before concluding that “Mr. Schiff will be remembered as a great banker, but above all we believe he will be remembered and loved as a great and wise philanthropist.

The Yiddish newspaper, in turn, was true to form. A tad reluctant in its assessment, the left-leaning daily insisted it was not the late man’s philanthropy, “the amount of his cheques”, that was worthy of praise – after all, he correctly noted. title, “philanthropy is nothing more than a way to pay back pennies on the dollar” – but his personality: that of a true “idealist” who was very proud of his Jewish identity.

Schiff’s financial acumen, his acumen, fueled his enormous success as head of Kuhn, Loeb, an internationally renowned investment bank. Convinced of the importance of connecting the east coast to the west coast, the Atlantic to the Pacific, Schiff financed most of the American railroads as well as the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. and United States Rubber Co., which placed him in the company of and in league with such plutocrats as JP Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie. The financier’s reach also extended overseas, allowing it to issue a series of loans in Japan when, in the early 20th century, it was at war with Russia, and to profit from hearings, and sometimes even supper, with kings, emperors and their consorts, a who’s who of notabilities.

From where Schiff sat, there was only one way for the Jews of America to go: to be unhyphenated Americans.

Despite all his association, Schiff never lost sight of or cut himself off from the common man, in whose welfare he took a personal interest. Dressed in his usual attire – a frock coat and top hat, a flower affixed to his lapel – he made it a point every Sunday morning to visit residents of Montefiore Home and Hospital in the Bronx; to greet the many supplicants who have found their way to his house or office; attending and actively participating in an endless series of meetings; and to answer the thousands of letters that demanded his attention.

Through his fiscal success and his deep concern for the welfare of his co-religionists, this “engineer of philanthropy,” as one admirer put it, has gone on to shape the modern American Jewish landscape, which would have been quite different… less complete, guardian and stable – if not for its benefits. Name a contemporary Jewish organization — the American Jewish Committee, say, or the Hebrew Free Loan Society, the Jewish Theological Seminary, or the Jewish Publication Society — and chances are Schiff had a hand in forming and maintaining it. .

Secular institutions, especially those that disseminated knowledge, including the Semitic Museum at Harvard, the Library of Congress, and the New York Public Library, were also recipients of his largesse, as were the Tuskegee Institute, the Cross -Red and the Henry Street Settlement. , whose efforts to improve the welfare of the poor had “a grip on his heart and mind.”

Despite the many demands on his time and resources, Schiff lived a full life, balancing the responsibilities of philanthropy with the business press and reconciling the two endeavors with his personal affinity for walking, which he did daily, and the bicycle, which he practiced when spending time in his country house. Although he said he preferred “old things”, especially cars to automobiles – “his horses slowly gave way to the faster motor”, recalled a puzzled colleague – Schiff had an adventurous spirit, pushing him to ride in a zeppelin on one occasion and to travel to Europe on 20 others. He also crossed the American continent five times and visited Palestine, Egypt, Algeria and Japan, where he and his wife, Theresa, spent eight weeks in 1907.

While traveling in the Far East, Schiff wrote lively, detailed and often amusing letters at home, which his wife then compiled into a book and presented to her husband as a “surprise” on the occasion of his 60th anniversary. Printed on “Japan paper”, its title page rendered in fake Japanese letters, a copy of Our trip to Japan now resides in the American Jewish Archives, along with a large complement of Schiff’s papers.

In his travelogue, Schiff brings to life the people he and his wife met along the way, including the mikado, who, in thanks for the financier’s support, awarded him the Order of the Rising Sun; the food they consumed, distinguishing between “Western” cuisine, which Schiff and his party members favored, and “foreign-style” cuisine, which they did not prefer; the sites they’ve visited, the “trinkets” they’ve purchased, and the intricacies of etiquette. In one instance, while sitting on the floor on low cushions at an indefinitely ceremonial luncheon, Schiff recounted jumping at the chance (and his feet) to toast his hosts, ostensibly to answer, but in reality, to stretch a little.

How could man make and absorb so much? Perhaps the key lay in the to-do lists he compiled on a “little tablet”, which he “methodically worked through until the slate was wiped clean”, his family recalls.

But not on the Sabbath day.

Schiff had grown up in an Orthodox Jewish home in Frankfurt, Germany, but once in the New World he became a member of New York’s two major Reform synagogues, Temple Emanu-El and Temple Beth-El. “No Jew,” he liked to say, perhaps thinking to himself, “could be a good Reform Jew if he had not once been an Orthodox Jew.” Synthesizing the ideology of the former with many of the ritual practices of the latter, Schiff reserved Friday evenings for his family and refrained from working on Saturdays, instead spending his mornings at Temple Beth-El, which he walked to from his home. “sumptuous”. at the corner of 78th Street and Fifth Avenue.

During the rest of the week, Schiff would have recited his morning prayers as well as grace after meals and kept kosher. For the majority. His grandson, Edward MM Warburg, noting that Schiff had his own “ground rules,” said there were “glaring exceptions” to his grandfather’s dietary practices: “lobster and bacon somehow slipped under the wire! »

A model citizen and good Jew, Schiff was not without flaws, the most publicly noticed of which was his short lock. Even Cyrus Adler, Schiff’s longtime friend and future biographer, acknowledged the “quick-wittedness” of his subject. [and] momentary insistence on his own judgement,” in an otherwise glowing “sketch” he published shortly after his death.

Over the years, Schiff has met many Jewish luminaries, from Israel Zangwill, who recall having “more than once collided with [Schiff’s] conceptions or preconceptions,” to Solomon Schechter, president of the Jewish Theological Seminary. “These two strong natures … sometimes clashed,” Adler recounted, referring to Schiff and Schechter, “but they were both great men, and their differences ended in a laugh, Mr. Schiff saying ‘we we are both Cohanim (priests) and priests traditionally”. the philanthropist-priest, hastened to add his biographer, never held a grudge for long and, after reflection, often returned to the point of view of another , conceding that, yes, he could be “rushed.”

Sometimes, however, America’s “most important Jew” stuck to his guns. In 1916, after having read in The New York Times of an incendiary commencement address given at the Jewish Theological Seminary by Mordecai Kaplan, then one of the leading figures of American Jewry, Schiff took considerable offense. What made him see red was Kaplan’s denunciation of the perspective that “it is more important to be a good American than to be a good Jew, or that we should be Americans in public, Jews in private,” a position he vehemently rejected. as “junk music hall patriotism”. Although Kaplan said his intention was not to single out the philanthropist, known publicly to have endorsed this position, the latter refused to be appeased.

It wasn’t just that Kaplan’s remarks offended Schiff the wrong way, hurting his self-love. No ordinary tiff, the tension between the two pivoted and went to the very heart of competing notions of how American Jewry saw itself. From where Schiff sat, there was only one way for the Jews of America to go: to be unhyphenated Americans. Anything that strayed from that notion, that placed as much or perhaps even more emphasis on Jewish national identity, on the distinctiveness of one’s co-religionists, diminished the pedigree of being, or becoming, an American. , and should not be tolerated.

By his own admission, “not a Jew by race, but a Jew by faith,” Schiff has repeatedly expressed his unreserved love for the United States. When at last he was back on American soil after his trip to Japan, he spoke lyrically of the New World and its inhabitants, the “millions who are driven out of the narrowness of the Old World, [who] transform the North American wilderness into God’s paradise, a haven of peace.

He counted himself among them, prompting Louis Marshall, another longtime colleague and friend, to remark that Schiff was “as much an American as if he had come on the Mayflower”.

Blues’ Faulk not looking forward to Canada Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:48:57 +0000

Blues defenseman Justin Faulk clearly doesn’t want to play games in Canada right now. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/NHLI via Getty Images)

Blame Canada.

That was the message from St. Louis Blues defenseman Justin Faulk, who wasn’t too happy to end his team’s trip with games in Vancouver and Calgary on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

“I’m not looking forward to going to Canada at all. But we’ll play a few hockey games and get it over with, and then we’ll come back,” Faulk said Thursday.

Faulk also indicated that the majority of the Blues will be “on vacation,” possibly referring to the All-Star break. St. Louis hosts the Winnipeg Jets on Jan. 29 before the start of the break.

Prompt by a follow-up, Faulk balked at the strict COVID-19 testing measures required when crossing the Canadian border.

“I mean, it just seems like things are going a little differently up there than they are here. I like where we are in this country, so we’ll go with that.

Clearly, the impending West Coast swing over the Canadian border was no distraction for Faulk, as the Blues cruised to a 5-0 victory over expansion Seattle Kraken on Friday, while his club had 65% of the expected goals when he was on the ice at

The 29-year-old Minnesota native is having a great season, scoring five goals and 11 assists in 34 games. He’s a key contributor on the St. Louis blue line, averaging nearly 23 minutes of ice time per night while boasting an impressive plus-23 rating.

We could all use a vacation, I suppose. Here’s hoping the rest of the road trip isn’t a total pain for Faulk and the Blues.

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