Head of the separatist polisario front, Brahim Ghali, has been again accused of the embezzlement of humanitarian assistance donated by Spanish NGOs to the Sahraoui population sequestered in the Tindouf camps. FORSATIN (Forum of support for autonomists of Tindouf) indicated that Spanish civil society is currently collecting donations to be shipped to the Tindouf camps, but doubted that the assistance would reach the Tindouf camps populations that are living in appalling conditions. The Forum recalled that the embezzlement of human assistance is common practice in Tindouf, where the population is forced to buy commodities that should be distributed for free. The money gleaned from the embezzlement lines up the pockets of the separatists, on top of whom their leader Brahim Ghali who is leading a luxury life, spoiling his wife and children. FORSATIN, which also denounces Ghali’s maneuvers to blackmail his opponents, including involving them in alleged sex scandals, points out that Ghali, his family and entourage are illegally amassing fortune at the expense of the Tindouf camps populations.
May 29, 2020 18:00 UTC
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May 29, 2020 17:03 UTC
A study published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, coinciding with International Day of UN Peacekeepers, has shown the number of peacekeeping personnel is shrinking despite the complexity and prevalence of conflict worldwide. At the end of last year there were 61 multilateral peace operations in the world with 137,781 personnel deployed. The three biggest multilateral peace operations in 2019 were the African Union Mission in Somalia, the UN Mission in South Sudan and the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, led by Nato. Of the 23 uniformed personnel killed in peacekeeping last year, all but one was killed in the Mali mission. While the peacekeeping mission in Mali suffered a high number of hostile deaths, there were relatively few in other UN peace operations.
May 29, 2020 16:52 UTC
The suffering of the Arab Union for Land Transport is not unique, and the Arab failure and neglect towards joint Arab action institutions is not limited to not paying their dues for these institutions. First: The financial capacity of many Arab countries is weak due to the inter-Arab wars that destroyed Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen and the depletion of the capabilities of other Arab parties. Second: The decline in political enthusiasm towards joint Arab action. National priority is no longer of much importance for many Arab parties, especially after the absence of major Arab countries in managing joint Arab action and their keenness on the Arab League institutions and strengthening their roles. READ: Coronavirus cases rise in Gaza, Gulf states, North AfricaThe Arab joint action organisations and institutions’ loss of their financial capabilities and their impoverishment is not inconsequential, nor is the suspension of their activities.
May 29, 2020 16:30 UTC
2020 May 29 18:36Port of Marseille Fos to constuct a new international ferry terminalHaving secured a favourable recommendation from the inquiry commissioner to build the new Cap Janet international terminal in late 2019, the Port of Marseille Fos selected Eurovia Méditerranée, GTM Sud, Isolbat, and Snef to carry out the work, the company said in its release. A new international terminal for passengers to and from North Africa Every year, the Port of Marseille Fos caters for around 500,000 passengers travelling to and from North Africa. In order to improve the accessibility and passenger reception conditions, the Port of Marseille Fos and Aix-Marseille Provence Metropolis, in partnership with the government, and regional and département authorities, will group all these operations on the Cap Janet site. The new international ferry terminal will provide direct access from the A55 motorway - just after the Port's Gate 4. Work is expected to start at the end of the summer, and the terminal should be ready for operation in 2022.
May 29, 2020 15:33 UTC
Speaker of the House of Representative (HoR), the Libyan east-based parliament, has met with leaders of militias of self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA) led by retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar, in a clear rejection of the latter. HoR said on its facebook account on Wednesday that Aguila Saleh Issa met with Abdulrazek Al-Nadori, Saqr Geroushi, Mohammed El-Senussi and Khairi Al-Tamimi in Al-Qubah, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports. The militia leaders have been fighting on the side of Haftar in his campaign to seize capital Tripoli from the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA). Haftar, backed by the UAE, Egypt, France, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Jordan, launched early April last year a military offensive in a bid to unseat the GNA. Issa, who sees himself as the “Supreme Commander of Armed forces” in reference to the LNA, plans to appoint Al-Nadori as the successor of Haftar, to lead the militias, MEMO notes.
May 29, 2020 14:48 UTC
In recent weeks, there has been wide speculation that budget retailer, Mr Price, was making moves to buy a part of troubled South African retailer giant, Edcon Limited. But the recent impact of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has taken a huge toll on the country’s largest retailer. In a recent report, Edcon announced that between March 15 and April 29, it had lost R2-billion in sales and had filed for voluntary business rescue, even though analysts say it may not yield much money for creditors. Edcon Limited is South Africa’s largest retailer with subsidiaries which include Jet and Edgar. The company, however, anticipates that sales will be depressed for some time during the “Covid-19 risk-adjusted strategy” phase, which may last several months.
May 29, 2020 14:37 UTC
Mohsen Marzouk, candidate at last year presidential elections in Tunisia and leader of Machrouu Tounes has received death threats from foreign spy services, a party member has revealed. Fadhel Mahfoudh, former chairman of Tunis bar and member of the opposition party, said on Facebook that Marzouk has been warned by domestic security forces to watch out because foreign secret services are planning to harm him. Mahfoudh did not name what countries are involved but Marzouk recently took aim at Turkey’s influence in the North African country through the speaker of the parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, who Marzouk said has become Turkey’s ambassador and protector of its interests in Tunisia. Turkey has asked Tunisia to endorse its military intervention in Libya on the side of the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) in its resistance to UAE-backed rebel forces led by retired Gen. Khalifa Haftar but Tunis publicly refused to endorse the intervention. Marzouk said he refused to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in 2017 at the request of the Turkish leader.
May 29, 2020 14:26 UTC
Multinational carmaker, Nissan has said it will carry out a global restructuring after posting its worst performance since 2009 – a $6.2 billion net loss and an operating loss of $376 million for its fiscal year ended March 31. This is compared to an operating profit of $2.9 billion for its previous fiscal year. Worldwide sales of vehicles between January and April dropped by 31.1 percent in comparison with the same period last year, the company said. It plans to slash the number of models from 69 to about 55 over the next few years, focusing instead on electric vehicles and sports cars. The company is part of a three-group alliance with Renault and Mitsubishi, which is restructuring global operations to enable them to work more closely and reduce costs.
May 29, 2020 14:26 UTC
analysisAs AngloGold Ashanti battles to contain the coronavirus outbreak at its Mponeng Mine in North West, residents of Wedela, an area close to the mine, have expressed their fear over the potential spread of the virus into the community. The streets of Wedela in North West are relatively quiet except for a couple of people walking down the road. At a tuckshop, a sign is displayed, advertising herbal male enhancing supplements, but there are no customers today. A sign advertising herbal male enhancement supplements behind store owner January. (Photo: Shiraaz Mohamed)Wedela is a small mining community surrounded by some of the richest mines in the world, including the AngloGold Ashanti Mponeng Mine.
May 29, 2020 14:15 UTC
COVID-19 pandemic offers Africa’s aquaculture sector an opportunityThe ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused seafood prices in Africa to jump, both due to increased supply chain complications and due to inflation. While a negative in the short-term, that increase in price could eventually benefit local aquaculture operations in several countries, according to Skretting Managing Director for Asia and Africa Rob Kiers. For Skretting, whose African operations include locations in Zambia, Nigeria, and Egypt, the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to paralyze its business in the region. He cited the example of Zambia, where the company recently halted production, as there have been export restrictions that are not directly related to COVID-19. This trend has resulted in people having difficulty accessing a sufficient fish supply in the interim.
May 29, 2020 13:52 UTC
President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a visit to the hospital in early May as part of an official government assessment of the province’s Covid-19 preparedness. “Such 3D modelling is definitely the way to go, especially in terms of facilitating clash detection,” Stagman points out. Construction of the 65,000 m² hospital commenced in January 2015, employing 1,800 workers, of which 1,100 were local community members. This included ensuring that the final design complied with the latest requirements and regulations from the Department of Health. “There were a lot of design iterations, which posed a particular challenge for the professional team in terms of coordination,” highlights Stagman.
May 29, 2020 13:52 UTC
The informal sector – difficult to assessA sector particularly difficult to both assess—and address—and which will inevitably represent a very complicated part of the response, is the informal sector. READ MORE Coronavirus: Nigeria’s informal economy hit hardBut until that day happens, its workers will be impacted by the ongoing crisis. That spoke volumes about the government and private sector’s weakened ability to create jobs, but it also added to the growing competitiveness amongst the informal workers. In short, the informal sector is headed in a “downward spiral of its own”, where it will be unable to abide by safety regulations prohibiting work. READ MORE Coronavirus: Ramaphosa ramps up economic relief measures as pandemic growsCollaborating with businesses and “high net worth individuals (HNWI)” is an opportunity not worth missing.
May 29, 2020 12:11 UTC
Reading Time: 2 minutesComprehensive efforts for the development and advocacy for economic reforms in the MENA region are being driven by a first-of-its-kind cooperation between Executive Magazine and the Regional Office Middle East and North Africa of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF MENA). On May 21, Executive Magazine and FNF MENA agreed to launch their cooperation by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the Mediterranean Economic Roadmap (MER) project. Executive Magazine is committed to delivering quality and critical journalism to address pressing issues in the MENA region. Dirk Kunze, regional director of FNF MENA, expressed his enthusiasm about this initiative saying that it feeds into the foundation’s overarching strategic mission to promote regional cooperation. For further inquiry contact Yara Asmar, FNF Regional Strategy Manager Email: [email protected], Phone #: +961 70214186
May 29, 2020 11:26 UTC
Abderrahman El Youssoufi, the former leader of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP), who served as Prime Minister from 1998 to 2002, died this Friday morning at the age of 96 following a long illness, according to local media. El Youssoufi, an emblematic figure of the Moroccan left, passed away at a Casablanca Hospital where he was admitted to intensive care. Born in 1924 in Tangier, El Youssoufi engaged at an early age in political life by joining the Istiqlal party in Casablanca during the colonial era (1944-1949). Afterwards, he moved to France where he studied law and contributed to the efforts aiming at organizing Morocco’s working class. After completing his studies, El Youssoufi returned to his hometown where he became a lawyer.
May 29, 2020 11:15 UTC