Reuters: Political protests turn rough in Burkina Faso

eboPolice in Ouagadougou fire tear gas at thousands protesting 27-year president’s attempt to hold power for another term.

Police fired teargas at rock-throwing protesters after tens of thousands marched through Burkina Faso’s capital calling for President Blaise Compaore, already in power for 27 years, to scrap plans to change term limits to stay in power.

An early morning march on Tuesday through the heart of Ouagadougou was peaceful but clashes erupted later as protesters tried to advance towards the National Assembly.

Tuesday marked the start of a civil disobedience campaign by opposition parties after the government asked the National Assembly to order a referendum on changing the constitution to let Compaore seek re-election next year rather than step down.

Former colonial power France, which uses Burkina Faso as a base for its Special Forces soldiers operating across West Africa, urged Compaore to abide by an African Union charter stipulating that leaders should not change the law to try to stay in power.

« The people have decided to start a general popular resistance. The first grievance is to get the withdrawal, pure and simple, of this legal project, » Zephirin Diabre, head of the opposition delegation, told the crowd of demonstrators.

Protesters chanted « Step aside! » and « Don’t touch Article 37″, referring to the clause in the constitution that now bars Compaore, in power for 27 years, from running again next year.

Others carried banners comparing Compaore to Ebola, the virus that has killed nearly 5,000 people in the nearby states of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.

« We must disinfect ourselves, » one read.Ebo 2

There was no immediate figure for arrests or casualties, though Red Cross workers and emergency personnel took charge of some protesters injured during the demonstration.

Government sounds warning

In a statement issued late on Tuesday, the government congratulated the opposition leadership for what it said were largely peaceful demonstrations across the country. It said marchers in some towns had deviated from planned routes, however, leading to misbehaviour.

« The government calls upon the sense of responsibility and restraint in order to avoid any act that might compromise the peace and stability our country holds so dear, » the statement said.

Protesters in Ouagadougou who marched towards the National Assembly, where the law will be debated on Thursday, were blocked by security forces who fired volleys of teargas and used water cannons.

They responded by burning tyres and throwing rocks. A pocket of demonstrators gathered in a downtown square pledging to hold out until Compaore shelved his plan, but were peacefully dispersed by police in the early evening.

« It’s provocation. They [the authorities] want to set the country on fire, » said a young protester. « Even if Blaise Compaore burns the country down, he will depart all the same. »

Demonstrators in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso’s second biggest town, 330km to the southwest of the capital, pulled down a statue of Compaore, a witness said.

(Vidéo) Amara (le Gros), le nouveau ministre de la sécurité de Dramane Ouattara, prend la parole

Entretien avec Bernard Doza

Entretien avec Bernard Doza

Madame Dagri Diabaté, Médaillons joyeusement! M. Frindéthié

médaillesQue lis-je? « Un envoyé d’Obama chez Dagri Diabaté » ? Allez ! Médaillez-le-nous donc, Madame-la médailleuse-en-chef ! Et s’il est de passage avec sa femme, ses enfants et son petit chien, médaillez-nous toute la smalah ! A-t-il une limousine ? Une canne ? Un chapeau ? Médaillez-nous tout ça ! Allez chercher dans votre besace, Madame-la-médailleuse-en-chef, ces petites bimbeloteries clinquantes que les fonderies du Dramanistan produisent en quantité plus abondante que les emplois promis depuis l’avènement de la boucherie, et accrochez-les à la poitrine de tous ceux qui font honneur à votre dictature de venir la soutenir. Et si la pacotille que vous leur faites pendre au buste ne leur suffit pas, conduisez-les à Jacqueville par le pont que, depuis Houphouët, depuis Yacé, depuis Bédié, depuis Guéi et depuis Gbagbo, le messie Dramane Allah-san a enfin offert aux Alladians, conduisez-les-y entre deux haies de cocotiers médaillés, les habiller du Kita et des armoiries ancestrales du peuple alladian. Ils le méritent bien, de toute façon. N’est-ce pas la foire aux médailles, aux kitas et aux babioles ? De Soro à Bartolone, chacun a droit à son bijou. Allez ! Médaillez-nous du monde ! Qui osera affirmer, après avoir accepté votre pacotille, que votre rattrapocratie, c’est du toc. Allez ! Médaillez joyeusement !

The Racialization of the Response to Ebola and the Ideological Search for a Cure, M. Frindéthié

Ebola vaccineWith Ebola going global, the international race to develop a vaccine against the deadly disease has also intensified. Formerly restricted to a few poor African countries, the Ebola epidemics had received negligible attention from the main pharmaceutical conglomerates who saw very little if any benefit at all to be gained from developing a cure against the disease. However, as the latest Ebola outbreak seems to indicate that no frontier can remain invulnerable from the fatal virus, there has emerged a sudden awakening for self-reflection and unexpected awareness of “universal brotherhood.” Last week, officials of the WHO (World Health Organization) have hinted that an upcoming report on their response to the Ebola outbreak might reveal laxity and bias. Now, with the understanding that the racialization of the response to Ebola could be detrimental to people of all races and places, major pharmaceutical multinationals are working to come up with their own cures against the disease.

Paradoxically, in the scramble to develop a vaccine, old East vs. West unhealthy rivalries could impede progress. To wit, though significant progress toward a vaccine has been made by such countries as China and Russia, and though Cuba had sent hundreds of doctors to Liberia and Sierra Leone long before the West’s arousal, it is still the West’s efforts that are widely reported. What is needed in the fight against the global disease that Ebola has become is a global, concerted effort, not ideological posturing.

 

On Russia and the fight against Ebola: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-scientists-develop-new-vaccine-to-fight-ebola-virus/505967.html

On China and the fight against Ebola: http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/569570/20141015/ebola-china-vaccine-mortality-rate-who-virus.htm#.VEheo_4tDIU

On Cuba and the fight against Ebola: http://www.smh.com.au/world/who-cares-about-ebolahit-west-africa-cuba-does-and-its-sending-doctors-20141023-11aebn.html

On Canada and the fight against Ebola: http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/13157/20141019/cure-for-ebola-found-canada-to-ship-800-vials-of-experimental-vaccine-china-claims-to-have-found-cure.htm

« Côte d’Ivoire: la loi des vainqueurs » le rapport complet d’Amnesty International

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http://www.amnesty.org/fr/library/asset/AFR31/001/2013/en/028f70d7-8f37-4a40-ad71-71c9e8369a41/afr310012013fr.pdf

Côte d’Ivoire : Attention ! Poudrière Identitaire, M. Frindéthié

Depuis l’installation martiale d’Alassane Dramane Ouattara au Palais Présidentiel d’Abidjan par les troupes françaises, nous n’avons pas cessé d’interpeller le monde sur les dérives identitaires de son régime. Convaincu qu’il jouit d’une immunité internationale, Alassane Dramane Ouattara encourage personnellement une politique d’épurement ethnique qu’il théorise sans apologie aucune comme « politique de rattrapage ethnique ». Cette politique hitlérienne de purification déguisée en des termes si peu adroits – devrait-on s’en étonner ? – Ouattara la justifie de ce que, de tous les temps, les Nordistes auraient été mis en marge de la société ivoirienne. Ah ! Si mensonge avariait bouche !

Dans son application la moins monstrueuse, la « politique de rattrapage ethnique » de Ouattara consiste à épurer aussi bien les entreprises de l’Etat que les entreprises privées, les associations culturelles, les associations sportives et les organisations non gouvernementales des ressortissants des régions où le président Gbagbo a enregistré une majorité de votes pendant les dernières élections présidentielles, afin de les remplacer par des ressortissants du Nord, où Ouattara a enregistré des scores suspicieusement immesurés. Ainsi, des milliers de travailleurs sudistes sont-ils allés augmenter la pléthore de chômeurs occasionnée par la guerre importée de Ouattara, alors que des milliers de Nordistes les remplaçaient ou décrochaient des contrats publics sans en démontrer les compétences nécessaires.

Dans son application la plus barbare, la « politique de rattrapage ethnique » consiste à laisser faire l’escadron de la mort et les milices armées de Ouattara, de tourner le dos de l’indifférence pendant qu’ils assassinent et commettent des horreurs de toutes sortes sur les populations du Sud. Ainsi, ne se passe-t-il pas un seul jour sans que des civils non armés soient criblés  de balles dans le silence de l’impunité.

Aujourd’hui, la politique d’épurement ethnique de Ouattara semble avoir réussi à pousser la colère des souffre-douleurs à son paroxysme. Les nombreux foyers de tensions qui ont surgi ces derniers mois sont l’évidence que les populations du Sud ont décidé de ne plus se résigner à la mort que leur offre Ouattara. La Côte d’Ivoire est d’autant plus assise sur une poudrière identitaire que Ouattara n’a aucune intention de réviser sa politique ethnocentrique.

Pendant l’épuration nazie, alors que montaient des hauts fourneaux d’Auschwitz les fumées chargées d’effluves de souffrance, de nombreuses populations des villages environnants prétendaient ne rien sentir ni ne rien voir. Aujourd’hui aussi, en Côte d’Ivoire, nombreux sont ceux qui, bénéficiaires de la politique d’épuration ethnique de Ouattara, prétendent ne rien voir ni ne rien entendre … jusqu’au moment inévitable.

Le Vieux Ménékré: « Quand un brigand prend le pouvoir, les voleurs sont en fête »

http://flashafricatv.net/index.php?action=show_page&id_page=1&lang=fr&id_video=218

Putin accuses US of undermining global stability

PutinMOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin of Russia said Friday that the world is becoming an increasingly dangerous place because of U.S. attempts to enforce its will on other countries and that his nation will not comply.

In an emotional speech before international political experts, Putin unleashed scathing criticism of the United States for what he called its disregard of international law and unilateral use of force.

If the United State fails to abandon its « desire of eternal domination, » then « hopes for peaceful and stable development will be illusory, and today’s upheavals will herald the collapse of global world order, » Putin said during a meeting that lasted about three hours in the Black Sea resort of Sochi.

His voice strained with anger, Putin accused the U.S. and its allies of trying to « tailor the world exclusively to their needs » since the end of the Cold War, using economic pressure and military force and often supporting extremist groups to achieve their goals.

He cited the wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria as examples of flawed moves that have led to chaos and left Washington and its allies « fighting against the results of their own policy. »

« They are throwing their might to remove the risks they have created themselves, and they are paying an ever increasing price, » Putin said.

« Unilateral diktat and attempts to enforce their own cliche on others bring opposite result: escalation of conflicts instead of their settlement, widening area of chaos in place of stable sovereign states, support for dubious elements from open neo-Nazis to Islamic radicals instead of democracy. »

He said that Russia has been cold-shouldered by the West, despite its eagerness to cooperate.

The U.S. and the European Union imposed tough sanctions on Russia after it annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea populated mostly by Russian speakers, and allegedly armed rebels fighting for independence in eastern Ukraine.

Putin also has maintained support for President Bashar Assad of Syria in a civil war that has helped destabilize the Middle East. The U.S. has demanded that the Syrian leader step down.

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki reacted to Putin’s speech by saying the U.S. « does not seek confrontation with Russia, but we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which security in Europe and North America rest. »

 She said there may be disagreements, « but we remain committed to upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. »

Psaki also told reporters that the U.S. has been able to work with Russia on a range of issues and hopes to engage with Moscow again on areas of mutual concern.

In Ukraine, Putin said, the West has ignored Russia’s legitimate interests in its neighbor and supported the ouster of Ukraine’s former Russian-leaning president.

He accused the West of breaking its promises, citing a February phone conversation with President Barack Obama just hours before protesters in Kiev drove Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych out of office.

Putin denied allegations that Russia wants to split Ukraine, but he said the rebel regions should be allowed to hold local elections as they plan on Nov. 2, not in December as the Ukrainian government wants.

He said the withdrawal of forces under the cease-fire deal should create conditions for gradually rebuilding ties between the central authorities and the rebel regions.

The Russian leader is well known for having said that the breakup of the Soviet Union was « the greatest geopolitical catastrophe » of the 20th century.

But Putin denied allegations that Russia wants to rebuild the Soviet empire.

Evoking the archetypal image of the Russian bear, Putin warned that his nation will firmly stand its ground to defend its vital interests.

« The bear is the master of the taiga (a subarctic forest). It’s not going to move to other climate zones, » he said. « But it’s not going to give up its taiga to anyone. »

« Russia is not demanding some special, exclusive place in the world, » he said. « While respecting interests of others, we simply want our interests to be taken into account, too, and our position to be respected. »

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AP correspondent Matt Lee contributed from Washington.

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