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  • L'Europe accueille des réfugiés ukrainiens mais d'autres, moins


    Europe welcomes Ukrainian refugees but others, less so



    Video L'Europe accueille des réfugiés ukrainiens mais d'autres, moins

    African residents in Ukraine wait at the platform inside the Lviv railway station on Sunday in Lviv in western Ukraine.

    Bernat Armangue/AP

    BARCELONA, Spain — They file into neighboring countries by the hundreds of thousands — refugees from Ukraine clutching children in one arm, belongings in the other. And they're being heartily welcomed, by leaders of countries like Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova and Romania.

    But while the hospitality has been applauded, it has also highlighted stark differences in treatment given to migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa, particularly Syrians who came in 2015. Some of the language from these leaders has been disturbing to them, and deeply hurtful.

    "These are not the refugees we are used to... these people are Europeans," Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov told journalists earlier this week, of the Ukrainians. "These people are intelligent, they are educated people. ... This is not the refugee wave we have been used to, people we were not sure about their identity, people with unclear pasts, who could have been even terrorists..."

    "In other words," he added, "there is not a single European country now which is afraid of the current wave of refugees."

    Syrian journalist Okba Mohammad says that statement "mixes racism and Islamophobia."

    Mohammad fled his hometown of Daraa in 2018. He now lives in Spain, and with other Syrian refugees founded the first bilingual magazine in Arabic and Spanish. He said he wasn't surprised by the remarks from Petkov and others.

    Mohammad described a sense of déjà vu as he followed events in Ukraine. Like thousands of Ukrainians, he also had to shelter underground to protect himself from Russian bombs. He also struggled to board an overcrowded bus to flee his town. He also was separated from his family at the border.

    "A refugee is a refugee, whether European, African or Asian," Mohammad said.

    When it comes to Ukraine, the change in tone of some of Europe's most extreme anti-migration leaders has been striking — from "We aren't going to let anyone in" to "We're letting everyone in."

    Those comments were made only three months apart by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. In the first, in December, he was addressing migrants and refugees from the Middle East and Africa seeking to enter Europe via Hungary. In the second, this week, he was addressing people from Ukraine.

    And it's not just politicians. Some journalists are also being criticized for how they are reporting on and describing Ukrainian refugees. "These are prosperous, middle-class people," an Al Jazeera English television presenter said. "These are not obviously refugees trying to get away from areas in the Middles East... in North Africa. They look like any European family that you would live next door to."

    The channel issued an apology saying the comments were insensitive and irresponsible.

    Refugees fleeing conflict from Ukraine arrive at Zahony, Hungary on Sunday.

    Anna Szilagyi/AP

    CBS News also apologized after one of its correspondents said the conflict in Kyiv wasn't "like Iraq or Afghanistan that has seen conflict raging for decades. This is a relatively civilized, relatively European" city.

    When over a million people crossed into Europe in 2015, support for refugees fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan was much greater. Of course, there were also moments of hostility — such as when a Hungarian camerawoman was filmed kicking and possibly tripping migrants along the country's border with Serbia.

    Still, back then, Germany's chancellor, Angela Merkel, famously said "Wir schaffen das" or "We can do it," and the Swedish prime minister urged citizens to "open your hearts" to refugees.

    Volunteers gathered on Greek beaches to rescue exhausted families crossing on flimsy boats from Turkey. In Germany, they were greeted with applause at train and bus stations.

    But the warm welcome soon ended after EU nations disagreed over how to share responsibility, with the main pushback coming from Central and Eastern European countries like Hungary and Poland. One by one, governments across Europe toughened migration and asylum policies, doubling down on border surveillance, earning the nickname of "Fortress Europe."

    Just last week, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees denounced the increasing "violence and serious human rights violations" across European borders, specifically pointing the finger at Greece.

    And last year hundreds of people, mainly from Iraq and Syria but also from Africa, were left stranded in a no man's land between Poland and Belarus as the EU accused Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko of luring thousands of foreigners to its borders in retaliation for sanctions. At the time, Poland blocked access to aid groups and journalists. More than 15 people died in the cold.

    Meanwhile, in the Mediterranean, the European Union has been heavily criticized for funding Libya to intercept migrants trying to reach its shores, helping to return them to abusive — and often deadly — detention centers.

    "There is no way to avoid questions around the deeply embedded racism of European migration policies when we see how different the reactions of national governments and EU elites are to the people trying to reach Europe," Lena Karamanidou, an independent migration and asylum researcher in Greece, wrote on Twitter.

    Refugees fleeing the fighting in neighboring Ukraine arrive at Przemysl, Poland on Saturday.


    Jeff Crisp, a former head of policy, development and evaluation at UNHCR, agreed that race and religion influenced treatment of refugees. Like many, he was struck by the double standard.

    "Countries that had been really negative on the refugee issue and have made it very difficult for the EU to develop coherent refugee policy over the last decade, suddenly come forward with a much more positive response," Crisp noted.

    Much of Orban's opposition to migration is based on his belief that to "preserve cultural homogeneity and ethnic homogeneity," Hungary should not accept refugees from different cultures and different religions.

    Members of Poland's conservative nationalist ruling party have also consistently echoed Orban's thinking on migration to protect Poland's identity as a Christian nation and guarantee its security, they say, arguing that large Muslim populations could raise the risk of terror threats.

    But none of these arguments has been applied to their Ukrainian neighbors, with whom they share historical and cultural ties. Parts of Ukraine today were once also parts of Poland and Hungary. Over 1 million Ukrainians live and work in Poland and hundreds of thousands more are scattered across Europe. Some 150,000 ethnic Hungarians also live in Western Ukraine, many of whom have Hungarian passports.

    "It is not completely unnatural for people to feel more comfortable with people who come from nearby, who speak the (similar) language or have a (similar) culture," Crisp said.

    But as more and more people scrambled to flee as Russia advanced, several reports emerged of non-white residents of Ukraine, including Nigerians, Indians and Lebanese, getting stuck at the border with Poland. Unlike Ukrainians, many non-Europeans need visas to get into neighboring countries. Embassies from around the world were scrambling to assist their citizens struggling to get through chaotic border crossings out of Ukraine.

    Videos shared on social media posted under the hashtag #AfricansinUkraine allegedly showed African students being held back from boarding trains out of Ukraine — to make space for Ukrainians.

    In Poland, Ruchir Kataria, an Indian volunteer, told the Associated Press on Sunday that his compatriots got stuck on the Ukrainian side of the border crossing leading into Medyka, Poland. In Ukraine, they were initially told to go to Romania hundreds of kilometers away, he said, after they had already made long journeys on foot to the border, not eating for three days. Finally, on Monday they got through.

    The United Nations Refugee Agency has urged "receiving countries (to) continue to welcome all those fleeing conflict and insecurity — irrespective of nationality and color.

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  • Here’s where Russian oligarchs and their families own property in NYC

    Voici où les oligarques russes et leurs familles possèdent des biens à New York

    American policy makers, including some senators — like Republican Roger Wicker of Mississippi — are calling for the full “Navalny 35” list of Vladimir Putin cronies to be officially sanctioned by the US.

    That’s a list of the top individual alleged “key enablers” of Putin’s kleptocracy, compiled by Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny, who survived a near-fatal nerve agent poisoning by Putin thugs after he exposed the extent of the dictator’s corruption and money laundering — including the construction of a billion dollar presidential palace — and who is still speaking out even from prison during a kangaroo court hearing.

    After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US has now sanctioned Putin and some of his cronies — but not all. And the UK, Canada and more than 15 other countries have already agreed to ban Russian private planes from flying over “democratic skies.” Still, many prominent oligarchs have not been touched and are still enjoying their private planes and megayachts — although that could change.

    Several Russian oligarchs own property in New York City.
    Several Russian oligarchs own property in New York City.
    New York Post

    Sanctions don’t just hurt oligarchs’ pocketbooks. The travel bans also hurt their worldwide standing.

    “The oligarchs are deeply concerned about travel bans because they undermine their reputations and philanthropy, which they use to bolster their public image,” said Louise Shelley, director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University.

    At the top of the Navalny 35 list is Roman Abramovich, the billionaire oligarch and British soccer club owner known as “Putin’s banker.”

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    Many on the “Navalny 35” list — compiled by Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny — have residencies in New York City.

    Abramovich, worth more than $13.8 billion, recently nabbed citizenship in Portugal. In late 2017, Abramovich transferred $92 million worth of New York City property to his ex-wife, Dasha Zhukova — just before a 2018 round of sanctions was announced. Those sanctions penalized people close to Putin and were intended “to counter and deter malign Russian activities” that harm democracy around the globe.

    Oligarchs’ ability to transfer wealth to others is another loophole that can’t be ignored, Shelley said. “This ability of politically exposed people to transfer property to friends and family is a way to get around the law, and we need legislation to address it,” she contended.

    On Friday, UK members of parliament named Abramovich one of the “key enablers” of the Putin regime — something Abramovich has in the past denied. He has also been effectively barred from entering the UK, where he owns a $170 million mansion near Kensington Palace as well as the Chelsea soccer club. (He handed the “stewardship and care” – or direct control – of the club to a group of trustees on Saturday.)

    He also owns a $600 million megayacht, Solaris, which boasts its own missile detection system; his other megayacht, Eclipse, was spotted docked in the tiny island of Saint Martin earlier this week, sources tell The Post. Meanwhile, UK prime minister Boris Johnson mistakenly said last week that Abramovich was already on the UK’s sanctions list; British foreign secretary Liz Truss then said the country wasn’t ruling out adding him in the future, according to reports.

    Billionaire Roman Abramovich is considered one of the top enablers of Putin's regime.
    Billionaire Roman Abramovich is considered one of the top enablers of Putin’s regime.
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    Paul Massaro, a US Congressional counter-corruption and foreign policy adviser, claims that Abramovich and others in Putin’s orbit are in the Russian dictator’s wallet – “acting on behalf of the Russian state to infiltrate Western society and push Putin’s agenda.”

    “They are part of the Russian governing apparatus and we don’t even see it, but they are infiltrating their way in to subvert democracy,” he contends. “They are his arms abroad – and they are in our system. We have come to rely on them for raw materials, and as the people running Russian state-owned or influenced companies. But they are appendages of the Russian state.”

    One Russian political activist, Ilya Zaslavskiy, calls them “kremligarchs” because “oligarchs implies some independence, which they do not have.”

    Many of these so-called oligarchs own property in New York. But it’s difficult to connect them to their holdings because they have been successful in hiding their identities behind multiple layers of anonymous shell companies and trusts, thanks to the fact that the real estate industry has managed to nab “temporary exemptions’’ — for two decades — from American anti-money laundering laws since the Patriot Act of 2002.

    “The people sanctioned this week — by this point eight years after the first sanctions — don’t have traceable property in their names in the United States, which makes it difficult to seize,” said Tom Firestone, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Levin, who specializes in transnational investigations and co-chairs the firm’s white-collar and internal investigations practice.

    Global Witness, a non profit investigating the secret offshore world, says there is at least $12 trillion hidden in offshore accounts. That includes trillions of dollars allegedly stolen from the people of Russia and used, in part, to strengthen Putin’s autocracy at home while destabilizing — and even invading — democracies abroad.

    Here are the Oligarchs of New York:

    Roman Abramovich
    Estimated Worth: $13.8 billion

    Not currently on a US sanctions list. Owns two yachts and owns the Chelsea soccer club in Britain. Known as Putin’s banker. Shortly before an earlier sanctions round in 2018, Abramovich transferred $92.3 million worth of real estate to his ex-wife, Dasha Zhukova, who is on the board of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Shed.

    Zhukova, now married to shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, is also a New York real estate developer. She is currently building “Ray Harlem,” a 21-story new-construction building with 222 apartments that will also house the National Black Theater, at 2033 Fifth Avenue at 125th St. In addition, she is founder of Moscow’s Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Garage magazine and the digital platform Artsy.

    Abramovich transferred about $92 million in New York City property to his ex-wife Daria Zhukova in 2017.
    Abramovich transferred about $92 million in New York City property to his ex-wife Dasha Zhukova in 2017.
    Photo by Alexander Fyodorov/Epsilon/Getty Images

    Zhukova has condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on her museum’s Instagram site, stating that they have “decided to stop work on all exhibitions until the human and political tragedy that is unfolding in Ukraine has ceased. We cannot support the illusion of normality when such events are taking place.” Zhukova declined to comment on her ex-husband’s status, however, and whether or not she agrees with policy makers who want family members of sanctioned oligarchs to also be deprived of illicit wealth and its accouterments — property, yachts, art, jets and jewels — obtained and retained thanks to direct ties to dirty deals and dictators.

    In a statement, she told the Post: “The brutal and horrific invasion taken by Russia against Ukraine is shameful. As someone born in Russia, I unequivocally condemn these acts of war, and I stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people as well as with the millions of Russians who feel the same way.”


    • *9, 11, 13 East 75th St. ($74 million)
    • *15 East 75th St. ($16.5 million)
    • *215 E. 73rd St., fourth floor ($900,000)
    • *Ownership of the three properties above all was transferred to Zhukova.
    Abramovich is connected to several homes on  East 75th St in Manhattan.
    Abramovich is connected to several homes on East 75th St. in Manhattan.

    Oleg Deripaska
    Estimated Worth: $4.1 billion

    On a US sanctions list: Barred from entering the United States. Began as a metals broker, trading aluminum. US officials say Deripaska is close to Putin and the Russian mob and is wanted for murder, money laundering, bribery and racketeering.

    The US froze his assets but let his business partner’s ex-wife, Dasha Zhukova, live in his East 64th Street mansion for a time. She is no longer there. His companies were taken off the sanctions list when he reduced his ownership (but allegedly not his control) to under 50% His partners include Abramovich and Len Blavatnik.

    In 2000, Deripaska founded Rusal — a partnership between Sibirsky Aluminium and Abramovich’s Millhouse Capital. By 2007, Rusal merged with SUAL Group, which is owned by sanctioned oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and his partner and friend, the Ukrainian born American and British citizen, Len Blavatnik. Deripaska’s ex-wife Polina Yumasheva is the daughter of the late Boris Yeltsin’s right hand, Valentin Yumashev.

    Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has been barred from entering the US as part of sanctions against him.
    Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska has been barred from entering the US as part of sanctions against him.
    Photo by Alexander ShcherbakTASS via Getty Images
    Oleg Deripaska owns a home at 11 E. 64th St. in Manhattan.
    Oleg Deripaska owns a home at 11 E. 64th St. in Manhattan.


    • *11 E. 64th St. (bought for $42.5 million in 2008) It’s the former home of Alec Wildenstein and Jocelyn Wildenstein.
    • *12 Gay St $4.5 million, once raided by the FBI in October 2021
    • *The ownership of the above two properties was transferred to relatives of Deripaska.

    Len Blavatnik
    Estimated worth: $34.2 billion

    Not on a US sanctions list. His yacht is named after his birthplace, Odessa. One of the world’s richest men — said to be the richest in Britain, where he also has citizenship and a knighthood from the queen — Blavatnik is a metals and energy tycoon who also owns Warner Music. He has given controversial donations to the Council on Foreign Relations, the Hudson Institute, Harvard, Yale and Oxford, which now has the Blavatnik School of Government, to name a few.

    Len Blavatnik, one of the world's richest people, has not been sanctioned.
    Len Blavatnik, one of the world’s richest people, has not been sanctioned.
    Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images

    When he gave $12 million most recently to CFR, 56 high-profile members, including Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, wrote an explosive letter to the group’s head, Richard Haas, urging him to return the money. He “acquired his initial wealth by way of highly questionable transactions in tandem with the regimes of [ex-Kazakhstan president] Nursultan Nazarbayev and Vladimir Putin,” according to the September 2019 letter, obtained by The Post: “Blavatnik protected that wealth in part through strategic alliances with security personnel and practices that would surely be considered criminal in any democracy.”

    Blavatnik declined to comment at the time, Haas did not address the allegations against Blavatnik. Instead, he touted Blavatnik’s other donations, to Harvard, Yale and Oxford: “We are proud to find ourselves in such distinguished company,” he said.
    In the past, Blavatnik’s spokesman told the Post that Blavatnik has not spoken to Putin since 2000 and “plays no role in Russian politics.”

    Blavatnik made his first fortune buying up ex-Soviet state natural resources and companies as the Soviet empire collapsed. His empire now extends to property, film, music, biotech and hotels around the world. In 2013, the Russian government paid Blavatnik $7.5 billion for his share in TNK-BP, a Russian oil company. (His partners were sanctioned oligarchs Viktor Vekselberg and the founders of the EU and US sanctioned Alfa-Bank: Mikhail Fridman, German Khan and Alexei Kuzmichev.)


    • 2 E. 63rd St., a 75 foot-wide townhouse, the former New York Academy of Sciences, 2005 purchase, $31.25 million After buying the New York Academy of Sciences building, Blavatnik launched the Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists, established by the Blavatnik Family Foundation in 2007, and administered by the New York Academy of Sciences
    • 15 E. 64th St., a $51 million purchase in 2007. The seller was Edgar Bronfman. After buying Bronfman’s townhouse, Blavatnik bought his company, Warner Music, for $3.3 billion.
    Blavatnik purchased 19 E. 64th St. in 2007 for $51 million.
    Blavatnik purchased 19 E. 64th St. in 2007 for $51 million.
    Blavatnik purchased 2 E. 63rd St. in 2005 for $31.25 million.
    Blavatnik purchased 2 E. 63rd St. in 2005 for $31.25 million.

    Alexei Kuzmichev
    Estimated worth: $5.8 billion

    Not on a US sanctions list. Kuzmichev is a co-founder of the Alfa Bank, Russia’s largest private bank and the fourth largest in that country. Alfa is on US and EU sanctions lists. He co-controls Alfa Group and LetterOne — which has interests in banking telecom and natural resources — with sanctioned oligarchs Mikhail Fridman and German Khan. The trio have been partners since 1989. They were part of the oil consortium TNK-BP with Blavatnik and Vekselberg.

    Alexey Kuzmichev is the co-founder of the Alfa Bank.
    Alexey Kuzmichev is the co-founder of the Alfa Bank.
    Kuzmichev paid $42 million for 33 E. 74th St. in 2016.
    Kuzmichev paid $42 million for 33 E. 74th St. in 2016.


    Eugene Shvidler
    Estimated net worth: $1.7 billion

    Not on a US sanctions list. Oil tycoon and childhood friend and partner of Roman Abramovich; Shvidler is chairman of Abramovich’s Millhouse and Highland Gold Mining.

    Eugene Shvidler
    Billionaire Eugene Shvidler (right) is a close associated of Abramovich (left).
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    Shvidler purchased a 785 Fifth Avenue apartment in 2018.
    Shvidler purchased a 785 Fifth Avenue apartment in 2018.


    Dmitry Rybolovlev
    Estimated net worth: $6.7 billion

    Not on a US sanctions list. Rybololev is a fertilizer oligarch and president of the Monaco Football Club. He made his fortune thanks to his ties to Putin, said Russian political activist IIlya Zaslavsky, who has written extensively on oligarchs.

    In 2008, Rybololev famously paid $95 million for Donald Trump’s Palm Beach mansion at 515 N. Country Road — $13 million more than the most expensive home sale ever in Palm Beach at the time. (Trump had paid just $41 million for the house four years earlier, in 2004.)

    Dmitry Rybololev reportedly made his fertilizer industry fortune thanks to help from Putin.
    Dmitry Rybolovlev reportedly made his fertilizer industry fortune thanks to help from Putin.
    Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images
    Rybololev paid $88 million for an apartment at 15 Central Park West.
    Rybololev paid $88 million for an apartment at 15 Central Park West.

    Rybololev also owned a battery factory in North Carolina: It went through a name change — from “Alevo” to “Innolith’’ after its assets were sold and it was reformed after a bankruptcy — but the Alevo leadership and Russian ties are still in place, Russia watchers say. It helps power the US electric grid and policy experts have reportedly said that its Russian links are a threat to national security.


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  • Introducing the world’s first gas-powered flying car -TELE HAITI

    Flying cars have long been the stuff of futuristic fantasies, but we could someday really join George Jetson in commuting to work in dual-capacity aircraft-cars, at least if this company gets its way.Klein Vision, a Slovakian aviation company, recently unveiled the “AirCar,” a gasoline-powered flying car that has passed the European Union’s tests for airworthiness.

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    WATCH: This car can transform into an airplane in just two minutes!

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    It took a team of 8 highly skilled specialists and over 100,000 manhours to convert design drawings into mathematical models with CFD analysis calculations, wind tunnel testing, 1:1 design prototype powered by electric 15KW engine to 1000kg 2-seat dual-mode prototype powered by 1.6L BMW engine that achieved the crucial certification milestone.

     AirCar certification opens the door for mass production of very efficient flying cars. It is official and the final confirmation of our ability to change mid-distance travel forever,” said Professor Stefan Klein, the inventor, leader of the development team and the test pilot. “50 years ago, the car was the epitome of freedom,” says Anton Zajac, the project cofounder. “AirCar expands those frontiers, by taking us into the next dimension; where road meets sky.”

    “Professor Stefan Klein is the world leader in the development of user-friendly Flying Cars. His latest (fifth) version is the pinnacle achievement in the new category of flying cars.




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  • La Corée du Nord a lancé dimanche son plus puissant missile depuis 2017 -TELE HAITI


    La Corée du Nord a effectué un nouveau tir de missile dimanche, le plus puissant depuis 2017 selon son voisin du Sud. Alors que Pyongyang intensifie ses essais, Séoul redoute que Kim Jong-un mette à exécution sa menace de reprendre ses essais nucléaires ou de missiles balistiques intercontinentaux.

    La Corée du Nord a procédé, dimanche 30 janvier, à son septième tir d’essai d’armement de l’année, qui pourrait être, selon son voisin du Sud, son plus puissant missile depuis 2017. La dernière fois que la Corée du Nord avait effectué autant de tirs en si peu de temps remonte à 2019, après l’échec de négociations entre son leader, Kim Jong-un, et le président américain de l’époque, Donald Trump.

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  • Russia not done yet! Ukraine invasion could only be the START - 'NATO countries next!' Tele Haiti

    Russia — In the early years of Vladimir Putin’s tenure as Russia’s leader, the country’s military was a hollowed-out but nuclear-armed shell.

    It struggled to keep submarines afloat in the Arctic and an outgunned insurgency at bay in Chechnya. Senior officers sometimes lived in moldy, rat-infested tenements. And instead of socks, poorly trained soldiers often wrapped their feet in swaths of cloth, the way their Soviet and Tsarist predecessors had.

    Two decades later, it is a far different fighting force that has massed near the border with Ukraine. Under Putin’s leadership, it has been overhauled into a modern sophisticated army, able to deploy quickly and with lethal effect in conventional conflicts, military analysts said. It features precision-guided weaponry, a newly streamlined command structure and well-fed and professional soldiers. And they still have the nuclear weapons.

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    The modernized military has emerged as a key tool of Putin’s foreign policy: capturing Crimea, intervening in Syria, keeping the peace between Armenia and Azerbaijan and, just this month, propping up a Russia-friendly leader in Kazakhstan. Now it is in the middle of its most ambitious — and most ominous — operation yet: using threats and potentially, many fear, force, to bring Ukraine back into Moscow’s sphere of influence.

    “The mobility of the military, its preparedness and its equipment are what allow Russia to pressure Ukraine and to pressure the West,” said Pavel Luzin, a Russian security analyst. “Nuclear weapons are not enough.”

    Without firing a shot, Putin has forced the Biden administration to shelve other foreign policy priorities and contend with Kremlin grievances the White House has long dismissed — in particular reversing Ukraine’s Westward lean in the post-Soviet period.

    GORKY, January 27. /TASS/. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) failed to keep its previously voiced promises regarding its non-expansion to the east and moved to the Russian state borders, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said.

    "They promised not to expand NATO, but didn’t keep the promise," Medvedev said speaking with Russian media outlets, including TASS news agency. "They say that ‘we did not sign anything.’ But we all know well who and when granted to whom such promises, such assurances."

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  • Union of West African States Would Benefit All Black People - TELE HAITI

    The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) is a regional group of fifteen countries, founded in 1975. Its mission is to promote economic integration in all fields of economic activity, including transport, telecommunications, energy, agriculture, natural resources, commerce, monetary and financial questions, social and cultural matters. The member states are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

    According to Desire Ouedraogo, the president of the ECOWAS Commission, the organization’s  intermediate goal is to realize the 2020 vision of moving from an “ECOWAS of states to an ECOWAS of people’’ within a single prosperous economic space in which the people transact business and live in dignity and peace under the rule of law and good governance.

    Based on the stated objective, we have outlined several ways in which ECOWAS could transform itself into a global superpower for the interest of African people at home and in the Diaspora.

    Unite to Create a Black Superpower

     Nigerian author Chinweizu in his Black Power Pan-Africanism (BPPA) Manifesto wrote: “A Black superpower in Africa is the key factor for restoring global respect and self-respect to the Black race; therefore, building this superpower is our paramount project. For, as Marcus Garvey taught us, A race without authority and power is a race without respect.”

    With a population of over 300 million people and a geographical land mass of almost 2 million square miles, a political union of ECOWAS member states or  “The New Songhai Republic” would have as many people as the United States and a larger land mass than the European Union or India.

    Another Black superpower could also be created out of the territory and population of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with 277 million people and a land mass larger than the entire United States – including all territories.

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  • Coup d’Etat en Guinée : Condamnation de l'Union africaine et de la CEDEAO - TELE HAITI

    Burkina Faso: un nouveau "client" à la merci de la CEDEAO?

    près la Guinée de Mamadi Doumbouya et le Mali d’Assimi Goïta, le gendarme CEDEAO s’offre un nouveau "client". Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, chef du putsch qui a renversé le Président Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, pourrait subir les foudres de ses homologues ouest-africains. Avec des risques de sanctions en cas de transition déraisonnable.
    Du boulot, la Communauté économique des États de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (CEDEAO) en a eu au cours de l’année 2021. En 2022, elle est bien partie pour en avoir davantage et risque de sombrer dans le burn-out institutionnel. Le coup d’État militaire qui a renversé le Président Roch Marc Christian Kaboré au Burkina Faso entre le 22 et le 24 janvier va encore mobiliser les chefs d’État et de gouvernement ouest-africains contre le Mouvement patriotique pour la sauvegarde et la restauration (MPSR).
    Dirigée par le lieutenant-colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, la junte au pouvoir a suspendu la Constitution, dissous les institutions et annoncé un "retour à l’ordre constitutionnel" dans un "délai raisonnable". Mais en attendant, le nouveau pouvoir militaire du Burkina Faso, à l’instar de ses "collègues" de Guinée et du Mali, devra faire face à l’organisation établie à Abuja.
    "La CEDEAO condamne le coup d’État. [Elle] note, malgré les appels de la communauté régionale et internationale au calme et au respect de la légalité constitutionnelle, que la situation au Burkina Faso est caractérisée par un coup d’État militaire ce lundi 24 janvier 2022, suite à la démission du Président Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, obtenue sous la menace, l’intimidation et la pression des militaires après deux jours de mutinerie. La CEDEAO condamne fermement ce coup de force des militaires qui marque un recul démocratique majeur pour le Burkina Faso", lit-on dans une déclaration publiée le 25 janvier 2022 et signée par le président de la Commission, l’Ivoirien Jean-Claude Kassi Brou.
    Le président en exercice de l'UA Félix Tshisekedi et le président de la commission Moussa Faki Mahamat ont invité le Conseil de paix et de sécurité de l'Union africaine à se réunir d'urgence pour examiner la nouvelle situation en Guinée et prendre les mesures appropriées aux circonstances.
    La CEDEAO exige le respect de l'intégrité physique du président Alpha condé et sa libération immédiate et sans condition, demande aux forces de défense et de sécurité de demeurer dans une posture républicaine et exige le retour à l'ordre constitutionnel sous peine de sanction
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  • 2 Dead, Homes Damaged as Earthquakes Hit Southern Haiti - TELE HAITI

    Two moderate earthquakes have shaken southwest Haiti, killing two people, injuring dozens of schoolchildren and damaging hundreds of homes

    day, killing two people, injuring dozens of students and damaging hundreds of homes as it created panic in a region that was rocked by a powerful tremor that killed more than 2,000 last summer.

    A magnitude 5.3 quake at 8:16 a.m. (1316 GMT) was followed by a magnitude 5.1 quake nearly an hour later. Both were centered on Haiti's southern peninsula, west of the capital, Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It said both occurred about 10 kilometers (6 miles) below the surface.

    Haiti's civil protection agency said at least two people died and dozens of schoolchildren were injured, adding that 50 people between the ages of 15 and 23 were in a state of shock and taken to the hospital. Officials said 191 homes were destroyed and 591 were damaged in one region.

    Yves Bossé, an elected official for the southern department of Nippes, told The Associated Press that one person died when the earthquake caused a landslide at a sand mine. He said homes were cracked and businesses shut down for the day.

    “People are scared to go back into their homes,” he said.

    Sylvera Guillame, director of Haiti’s civil protection agency for the country’s southern region, told AP that schools in the area closed and sent children home as a precaution.

    Prime Minister Ariel Henry offered his condolences to the victims and said his administration would fully support those affected.

    A magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwest Haiti on Aug. 14, killing more than 2,200 people and damaging or destroying some 137,500 homes.

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  • Burkina Faso president reportedly detained by soldiers Tele Haiti

    Burkina Faso's military seizes power in a coup, detains president and dissolves government


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    Why are coups making a comeback in Africa?


    Mutinous soldiers announce overthrow of Burkina Faso president

    Military officers have ousted the president of Burkina Faso, a group of soldiers announced Monday on state television, after steering a 36-hour uprising that toppled the third West African head of state in eight months.A decision made with the sole purpose of allowing our country to get back on the right track,” said Capt. Sidsoré Kader Ouedraogo, flanked by 13 men in camouflage gear.


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  • John Joel Joseph detained in killing of Haitian president - TELE HAITI

    Jamaica arrests ex-Haiti senator sought in leader's slaying

    Haiti’s National Police says Jamaican authorities have arrested a former senator who is a prominent suspect in the July 7 killing of President Jovenel Moïse


    “One more suspect has been apprehended. One more opportunity to shed light on my husband’s murder,” tweeted Martine Moïse, who was injured in the shooting. “In Haiti or elsewhere, the tracking of the wanted must continue so that all the sponsors and perpetrators of this heinous crime are punished.”


     Joseph paid in cash for rental cars used by the attackers and had met with other suspects ahead of the killing, including Christian Emmanuel Sanon, a Haitian businessman and evangelical pastor who had expressed desire to lead his country. Associates have suggested that Sanon was duped by the true masterminds of the assassination. He was arrested shortly after the killing.


    Moise was shot dead when assassins armed with assault rifles stormed his private residence in the hills above Port-au-Prince on July 7, sparking a major man hunt and investigations across several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.


    Days after Moise murder the then-National Police Chief Leon Charles said Joseph was a key player in the plot, alleging he supplied weapons and planned meetings, and that police were searching for him.




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  • Charnette Frederic, Irvington council member, builds bridges through Leadership and Vision --Tele Haiti

    Charnette Frederic, Irvington city council, Cazale
    Charnette Frederic, 2nd Vice President of the Township of Irvington, New Jersey. Courtesy photo.

    By Larisa Karr

    Growing up in the quaint village of Cazale, Haiti, Charnette Frederic’s parents always put education first for their family. Later, when she gave birth to her son in Irvington, New Jersey, she sought to put his education needs first too. Watch video

    Little did Frederic know that would lead to her entering politics and then becoming the first Haitian-American woman elected to office in New Jersey. As a council member and second vice president in Irvington, Frederic now spends much of her time educating Haitian-Americans in Irvington about resources available. She also teaches city officials about the needs and power of her vibrant community.

    “My biggest accomplishment as the only Haitian-American on the council has been to encourage people to work together for the betterment of our community,” said Frederic, 42. “You have immigrants coming in that I constantly try to support, especially with the language issue.”

    Recently, Frederic’s efforts to drive voter turnout, reduce insurance burdens on taxi drivers and create an environmentally sustainable city have cemented her reputation as a bridge-builder. Particularly, between the immigrant community made up of mostly Haitian-Americans and city officials.

    “She’s a dominant star in bringing people together,” said Irvington Mayor Tony Vauss. “She calls me on behalf of her constituents and she’s constantly connecting them with people in the administration through the different departments they need to be in contact with.”

    Lessons in determination  

    Frederic began developing knowledge of immigrants’ needs when she immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 17 from Cazale. Her mountain village, about 45 miles north of Port-au-Prince, is known for its Polish settlers

    Growing up, Frederic’s family instilled a love of education at a young age, she said. Her parents, Marie Charite Orelien and Joseph Orelien, sent her to strict schools in Port-au-Prince where failing a class meant expulsion. That level of rigor taught Frederic the importance of determination, a trait she would carry with her when she moved to Irvington in 1996.

    In the working-class township, Haitians make up about 14.1% of Irvington’s 54,233 residents. From that established enclave, Frederic faced new challenges — chiefly, completing her education.

    “My dad did not like the Irvington school system and he made me apply to the community college, despite having limited English,” Frederic said. “Because I had excelled in math and science in Haiti, I received strong grades in both of these fields.”

    And despite the language barrier, Frederic became a math tutor by her second semester at Essex County College. She earned an associate’s degree in biology and two years later, Frederic graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s in biology and chemistry.  

    Later, Frederic earned a master’s in health care administration from Seton Hall University, where she is now pursuing a doctorate in biochemistry. She began to use her scientific background to actively pursue making Irvington an environmentally-friendly city. 

    While working toward her advanced degrees, Frederic also married Joseph Betissan Frederic and gave birth to her only son Ben. She also learned to navigate life as an immigrant, including becoming fluent in English and accessing various systems, offices and information.

    It was after attending the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University that Frederic learned more about local government and its impact on citizens’ day-to-day lives, especially those of immigrant backgrounds. She decided to run for a board of education seat, in 2009 and 2010. Frederic was unsuccessful then, but did not rule out another run in the future.

    Charnette Frederic, center, frequently brings Irvington’s Haitian-Americans together for annual events. Photo courtesy of Charnette Frederic.

    “A friend on the council”

    In 2012, an opportunity opened on the city council, and Frederic successfully ran. 

    “I wanted to be the voice to help out other Haitians whose first stop was Irvington,” Frederic said. “I was able to change certain laws to give Haitian-Americans more opportunities and remind them that they have a friend on the council.”

    Recently, when drivers with the Irvington Taxi Committee complained about insurance prices, Frederic helped amend an ordinance to lower their insurance rates. In the lead-up to the November elections, even though she was not on the ballot, Frederic encouraged the community to be civically engaged. She took to Haitian radio to instruct residents in Creole how to properly complete voting ballots. 

    “It’s so amazing when you can speak to someone in Creole and be able to use it to help others,” Frederic said. “It’s really important that we provide that kind of support by letting them know that it’s OK to feel welcome and it’s OK to speak Creole. [Being] able to connect with people is priceless.”

    Through her eponymous nonprofit civic organization, Frederic also organizes a Haitian Independence Day celebration, brings Haitian-American artists to Irvington for Haitian Flag Day, and otherwise highlights the talent and creativity of Haitian-Americans.

    “Anytime I’m holding an event, like a clothing drive, she is always there to support financially and brings other council members to our events,” said James Louis, who works with the Haitian-American Civic Association. “This is not just for me and the organization, but this is the testimony from everybody I’ve talked to within the community.” 

    Besides lifting up Haitian-Americans, Frederic has also focused on making Irvington part of the Sustainable Jersey program. In 2014, the city became bronze certified, a designation awarded to cities that implement sustainability measures, and she was named a Sustainability Hero.

    Her current focus is on educating residents about the impact of lead paint on children and how to remediate such structures and promoting health and wellness in the township. 

    Balancing city council, her full-time job and a family can be overwhelming and she sometimes feels like giving up, Frederic said. But, remembering the residents in need renews her determination.

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  • 2021 Expanded Child Tax Credit: Who Qualifies, Payment Schedule & More - TELE HAITI


    Small Japanese child on a picnic blanket eating fruit with his family in the background.

    Millions of parents in the U.S. have already benefited from the temporarily expanded advance Child Tax Credit payment through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

    On July 15, payments rolled out for the largest child tax credit in history. Most families have automatically received monthly payments up to $250 or $300 per child per month since July.

    Families have seen tangible results from this add-in to Congress’ third coronavirus stimulus package, which provides relief from lost jobs and financial instability stemming from the coronavirus crisis. The expanded child tax credit could help struggling families buy groceries, new shoes for school, offset the cost of childcare expenses and more.

    Let’s go over the details of the child tax credit, including what you can do if you haven’t yet seen the payments in your bank account or mailbox.

    What is it?

    The enhanced child tax credit increased from $2,000 to $3,000 per child 17 and under (and $3,600 for kids under age six) for the 2021 tax year. The expansion also:

    • Temporarily allows 17-year-old children to qualify for the credit.
    • Removes the requirement that households must earn at least $2,500 to receive the credit.
    • Makes the credit fully refundable (meaning families can receive the full credit even if their tax liability is zero).
    • Allows families to receive up to half the credit through monthly payments from July to December 2021 (families can claim the remaining amount on their 2021 tax return).

    Who qualifies? And how much child tax credit will you receive?

    This income-based expansion reflects the adjusted gross income (AGI) on your most recently filed tax return. It phases out for individuals who earn $75,000 or more annually, $112,500 for heads-of-households, and $150,000 for married couples filing jointly. The maximum families can receive is $3,600 for children below age six and $3,000 for kids six through 17 years old.

    For each additional $1,000 of AGI, the credit is reduced by $50 per child. In other words, individuals who earn $95,000 and couples earning $170,000 will not be eligible for the expanded relief.

    However, families who have an AGI of $200,000 (or $400,000 if filing jointly) may qualify for the standard child tax credit of $2,000 per child.

    2021 Child Tax Credit Calculation

    To find out if and how much of the credit you may receive, read our step-by-step guide.

    Image shows a visual depiction of how to calculate the amount of child tax credit a person could receive based on the ages of their children and their AGI. If single and making $75,000.00 AGI or less, head of household making $112,500.00 AGI or less, or married filing jointly and making $150,000.00 AGI or less -- families can receive is $3,600 for children below age six and $3,000 for kids six through 17 years old. For each additional $1,000 of AGI, the credit is reduced by $50 per child.

    For additional information on the child tax credit, visit the IRS website.

    Child Tax Credit Payments

    The IRS has already made two rounds of payments, sent on July 15 and August 13. Four more payments have been scheduled for September 15, October 15, November 15, and December 15.

    Payment Number Payment Date
    1st Payment (already paid) July 15, 2021
    2nd Payment (already paid) August 13, 2021
    3rd Payment September 15, 2021
    4th Payment October 15, 2021
    5th Payment November 15, 2021
    6th Payment December 15, 2021

    Why haven’t I received my September Child Tax Credit?

    If you haven’t received your payments, or if your payments are delayed, you can use the Child Tax Credit Update Portal to track pending payments that haven’t yet hit your bank account. You must create an account through the IRS to view the portal using a username or account.

    If the “Processed Payments” section of the Update Portal says your payment was delivered, you may need to update your address and banking information.

    Will the IRS continue sending Child Tax Credit payments next year?

    So far, payments won’t continue into 2022 and are set to expire on December 31. However, President Biden wants to extend it to 2025 and turn it into a permanent fully refundable child tax credit through the American Families Plan. U.S. Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts has also introduced legislation called the Building an Economy for Families Act.

    Ally customers: Look for the deposit labeled “CHILDCTC” to identify the payments when they land in your bank account.

    Impact of the Tax Credit

    The expanded child tax credit aims to give financially struggling parents, and families and communities of color, some relief from the impacts of the pandemic.

    The Effects on Families and Communities of Color

    The pandemic forced millions out of the workforce. School closures made some parents choose between working or educating their children, and lack of childcare made working at home nearly impossible for others. The expanded child tax credit aims to provide aid to families in these circumstances who may have lost income and struggled to stay afloat.

    This portion of the COVID-19 relief package provides financial assistance for the families of more than 93% of children across the country. In addition, it reaches the lowest-income families that have not previously qualified for the credit due to being below the income floor to file a tax return.

    The expanded credit also aims to reduce child poverty, which disproportionately affects children of color. By providing $300 monthly for each child under six and $250 for those six and up, the United States is tackling the problem. Families have reported using the money for:

    • Household supplies and necessities
    • Childcare or school-related expenses
    • Home repairs, utility bills
    • Saving for the future

    The positive effects of these funds provide more than just immediate relief. Underserved and underprivileged kids have a greater chance of graduating high school, going to college, and staying away from harmful substances. In addition, an additional $3,000 per year for a child under five can result in approximately 19% greater income in adulthood.

    Relief for Parents and Families

    As families continue to navigate the stress of the pandemic, The American Rescue Plan and its expanded advance Child Tax Credits, has offered a small yet impactful wave of relief and will continue to do so over the next few months.

    Families, we’re here to help you make the most of every dollar. Explore Ally Bank’s Online Savings Account.

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  • NATO: Nous serons unis pour imposer des sanctions" contre la Russie - TELE HAITI

    À partir du moment où l’on s’assied à la table des négociations avec des revendications sur lesquelles il est hors de question de faire la moindre concession alors que la partie opposée les juge inacceptables, il est alors extrêmement compliqué de s’entendre… Et c’est ce qui est arrivé cette semaine avec les discussions qu’a eues la Russie avec les États-Unis et l’Otan au sujet des garanties « juridiques » sur sa sécurité qu’elle réclame.

    Le dialogue avec l’Otan et les États-Unis étant dans une impasse, la Russie menace d’agir.

    Les pourparlers cette semaine entre la Russie, l'Otan et les États-Unis sur la crise ukrainienne n’ont pas permis de surmonter les désaccords, a estimé le Kremlin jeudi. Moscou a également mis en garde Washington contre un projet de sanctions visant Vladimir Poutine.

    Des sanctions contre Poutine, une "limite"

    L'adoption de sanctions américaines contre le président russe Vladimir Poutine en cas d'agression de l'Ukraine "franchirait une limite", a dénoncé jeudi le Kremlin après la présentation d'un projet en ce sens.

    "Des sanctions contre un chef d'État, c'est une mesure qui franchirait une limite, ce serait équivalent à une rupture des relations", a dénoncé le porte-parole de la présidence russe, Dmitri Peskov.




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  • Nicaragua's Ortega secures fourth term, U.S. threatens sanctions

     Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortegaclinched a fourth consecutive term, results showed on Monday, after jailing political rivals ahead of a vote that prompted threats of sanctions from the United States and international calls for free elections.

    Nicaragua's Supreme Electoral Council said that with nearly all the ballots counted, a preliminary tally had Ortega's Sandinista alliance winning with about 76% of votes.


    In the months leading up to Sunday's election, Western and many Latin American nations had expressed deep concern about the fairness of the vote as Ortega detained opponents and business leaders and criminalized dissent.

    Election observers from the European Union and the Organization of American States were not allowed to scrutinize the process and journalists were barred from entering Nicaragua.


    U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said his country will work with other democratic governments and was ready to use a range of tools, including possible sanctions, visa restrictions and coordinated actions against those it said were complicit in supporting the Nicaragua government's "undemocratic acts."

    Democrats in the U.S. Congress pushed for President Joe Biden to back the so-called Renacer Act that aims to intensify pressure on Ortega and pursue greater regional cooperation to boost democratic institutions.


    A statement by all 27 EU members accused Ortega of "systematic incarceration, harassment and intimidation" of opponents, journalists and activists.

    The elections "complete the conversion of Nicaragua into an autocratic regime," the EU said. Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Spain and Britain called for detained opposition leaders to be freed.

    "Elections were neither free, nor fair, nor competitive," said Jose Manuel Albares, Spain's foreign minister.

    In a speech that lasted more than an hour on Monday evening, Ortega fired back against the United States and Europe, labeling them "Yankee imperialists."

    "They wanted to be at the head of the Supreme Electoral Council... counting the votes of the Nicaraguans," Ortega said, addressing supporters from Revolution Square in Managua. "That won't happen again in Nicaragua. Never again, never again."

    Of his jailed opponents, Ortega said, "They are not Nicaraguans, they have no homeland."Cuba, Venezuela and Russia all offered Ortega their backing.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said U.S. calls for countries not to recognize the outcome were "unacceptable."

    Argentina's foreign ministry said it was concerned over the arrest of opposition leaders, but said it maintained its diplomatic tradition of "non-interference in internal matters in other nations."

    Mexico's foreign ministry said it would not comment on the election until official results were posted. Mexico maintained a critical view of Ortega's jailing of opponents but backed non-intervention in Nicaragua's affairs, a Mexican official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.


    Ortega's victory consolidates the increasingly repressive political model he has built in recent years along with his wife, Vice President Rosario Murillo.

    A former Marxist rebel who helped topple the right-wing Somoza family dictatorship in the late 1970s, Ortega says he is defending Nicaragua against unscrupulous adversaries bent on ousting him with the aid of foreign powers. His government has passed a series of laws that make it easy to prosecute opponents for crimes such as "betraying the homeland."

    Just five little-known candidates of mostly small parties allied to Ortega's Sandinistas were allowed to run against him.

    "Most people I know decided not to vote, they say it's madness," said Naomi, an opponent of the government from the eastern port of Bluefields, who declined to give her last name for fear of reprisals.

    "What they're doing here is a joke."

    Nicaragua's electoral authority said turnout was 65%.

    In the 1980s, Ortega served a single term as president before being voted out. He returned to the top job in 2007.

    After initially delivering solid economic growth and attracting private investment, Ortega's government changed course in response to 2018 anti-government protests. More than 300 people were killed during the ensuing crackdown.

    Tens of thousands of Nicaraguans have since fled the country. Many of them gathered in neighboring Costa Rica on Sunday in a show of defiance against Ortega.

    Prolonged discontent is expected to fuel more emigration to Costa Rica and the United States, where record numbers of Nicaraguans have been apprehended at the border this year.

    Rights activist Haydee Castillo, who was arrested in 2018 and now lives in the United States, called the election "a farce."

    "He has not conceded anything despite the resolutions and declarations that the international community has made," Castillo said.

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  • Le problème Poutine

    Vladimir Poutine a engagé l’OTAN dans des négociations cruciales qui pourraient déboucher sur la guerre si elles échouaient. Ces négociations commencent officiellement aujourd’hui.

    Poutine demande entre autres aux États-Unis et à leurs alliés de cesser d’admettre dans l’OTAN des pays qui faisaient partie de la sphère d’influence de l’Union soviétique. Il vise en particulier l’Ukraine. En cas de refus, ses troupes pourraient envahir une partie de l’Ukraine.

    Une adhésion de l’Ukraine à l’OTAN menacerait directement le dispositif militaire vital de la Russie.

    Mais le vrai problème n’est pas là.

    Le fond du problème est que Poutine s’est transformé en dictateur. Qu’il appuie des dictateurs qui cherchent à empêcher l’avènement de la démocratie. Les exemples récents de la Biélorussie et du Kazakhstan sont révélateurs à cet égard.

    De même, Poutine a approfondi la relation entre la Chine et la Russie, sans jamais critiquer la dérive totalitaire de Xi Jinping.

    En comparaison, l’attitude des États-Unis, qui est loin d’être irréprochable, va plutôt dans le sens d’un soutien aux droits de la personne et à la démocratie.

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    Russie démocratique

    Si Poutine n’était pas un dictateur, il y a fort à parier qu’il n’aurait pas soutenu autant des dictatures et qu’il n’aurait pas dressé contre lui plusieurs des anciens pays satellites de l’URSS.

    Au contraire, une Russie démocratique serait probablement parvenue à retisser des liens amicaux avec tous les pays d’Europe de l’Est et avec l’Ukraine. Comme la France et l’Allemagne sont parvenues à se réconcilier.

    Or, la population ukrainienne construit une démocratie. Une démocratie qui face à la dictature russe constitue une vitrine gênante des avantages de la démocratie.

    Dans les circonstances, Poutine a intérêt à déstabiliser l’Ukraine. Il pourrait poursuivre son découpage et conquérir la partie du territoire qui s’étend entre la Crimée et le Donbass. Un territoire plus facile à contrôler que l’ensemble de l’Ukraine.


    Les négociations se poursuivent, mais il y a lieu d’être pessimiste.

    D’abord, parce que les demandes de la Russie ont été rendues publiques par le gouvernement russe. Or, normalement, la règle consiste à ne pas rendre publiques de telles demandes afin d’éviter d’exciter les passions populaires.

    Ensuite, parce que la Russie est opposée à l’Occident. C’est un abus de vocabulaire : la Russie fait partie de l’Occident. Penser autrement tend à dépeindre les intérêts russes et ceux des pays de l’OTAN comme mutuellement exclusifs.

    Enfin, parce que les États-Unis sont en ce moment faibles et que leurs alliés européens sont divisés. Poutine a donc beau jeu.

    La crise actuelle n’a pas de solution viable autre que le statu quo.

    Mais à plus long terme, pour sortir de la confrontation, la Russie devra devenir une démocratie et recevoir de l’aide des États-Unis et de leurs alliés.


    Pour le moment, Poutine y fait obstacle. Tout comme les dinosaures à la tête de l’OTAN.

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  • Le Canada possède l’un des passeports les plus puissants au monde - TELE haiti

    Le Canada possède l’un des passeports les plus puissants au monde

    Agence QMI


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    Les Canadiens peuvent maintenant voyager dans plus de 180 pays sans avoir besoin d’un visa, selon le dernier classement Henley Passport sur les passeports les plus puissants, qui conclut à un écart de plus en plus important entre les citoyens des différents pays quant à la liberté de voyager.

    Les résultats de l’indice Henley Passport, créé il y a 17 ans, montrent que le nombre de destinations accessibles sans visa préalable a considérablement augmenté au cours des dernières années. En 2006, un individu pouvait visiter en moyenne 57 pays sans visa, alors qu’aujourd’hui ce chiffre est de 107.


    Les détenteurs de passeport canadien, eux, peuvent se rendre dans 185 destinations sans visa. Le pays se retrouve, donc, en septième position de l’indice tout juste derrière les États-Unis.

    Cependant, cette augmentation illustre une disparité de plus en plus grande entre le niveau de liberté de voyage des pays du nord par rapport aux pays du sud. En effet, les citoyens des pays les plus riches peuvent voyager sans visa dans plus de 180 pays dans le monde alors que ce chiffre atteint difficilement 50 dans les pays les plus pauvres.

    Impacts de la pandémie

    De plus, le rapport Henley sur la mobilité mondiale fait état d’une augmentation des inégalités causées en partie par la COVID-19 et de l’accès difficile aux vaccins.

    «La santé et le statut vaccinal d'un individu ont autant d'influence sur la mobilité que l'accès sans visa de son passeport. Le fait de résider dans la "mauvaise" nation peut avoir un impact considérable sur l'accès aux services commerciaux, médicaux et de santé, et rendre impossible tout voyage pour certains», a mentionné le Dr Andreas Brauchlin, spécialiste en cardiologie et en médecine interne de renommée internationale et membre du conseil consultatif de l'Office médical de la famille SIP en Suisse.

    «L’ouverture des canaux de migration est essentielle au redressement post-pandémie», a pour sa part estimé le président de Henley & Partners et inventeur du concept d’indice de passeport, Dr Christian H. Kaelin.

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  • Le Nicaragua rompt avec Taïwan au profit de Pékin -TELE HAITI

    Le Nicaragua rompt avec Taïwan au profit de Pékin

    En se rapprochant de la Chine, le régime sandiniste espère bénéficier d’une protection, notamment à l’ONU.



    Nouveau coup dur pour Taïwan : l’île a perdu l’un de ses rares soutiens diplomatiques vendredi 10 décembre, quand le Nicaragua a annoncé reconnaître Pékin, et non plus Taipei. « La République populaire de Chine est le seul gouvernement légitime qui représente l’ensemble de la Chine, et Taïwan est une partie inaliénable du territoire chinois », a déclaré le ministre des affaires extérieures nicaraguayen, Denis Moncada, dans la soirée de jeudi (au Nicaragua). Le gouvernement du président Daniel Ortega « rompt à partir d’aujourd’hui les relations diplomatiques avec Taïwan et cesse tout type de contact ou relation officiels », a-t-il ajouté. Ces dernières années, la Chine a accentué la pression pour isoler Taïwan, île indépendante dont Pékin revendique la souveraineté. Après l’abandon du Nicaragua, Taïwan n’est plus reconnu officiellement que par 13 Etats et le Vatican.

    Lire le décryptage : Article réservé à nos abonnés Les Etats-Unis face au dilemme de la défense de Taïwan

    Peu après l’annonce de Managua, la presse d’Etat chinoise a publié des images du fils du président Nicaraguayen, Laureano Ortega Murillo, en compagnie du vice-ministre des affaires étrangères, Ma Zhaoxu, lors d’une rencontre à Tianjin, ville portuaire située à l’est de Pékin. La présidente de Taïwan, Tsai Ing-wen, dont la dernière venue au Nicaragua remonte à 2017, a fait part de sa déception sur Twitter : « Aujourd’hui, le Nicaragua a mis fin à ses relations diplomatiques avec Taïwan. Je voudrais souligner que, quel soit le niveau de pression externe, rien ne viendra ébranler notre engagement pour la liberté, les droits humains et l’Etat de droit, et le partenariat avec la communauté internationale diplomatique comme force pour le bien. »

    Les autorités taïwanaises étaient toutefois peu regardantes sur la situation des droits humains au Nicaragua. Le 7 novembre, la réélection de Daniel Ortega, avec 75 % des voix, à un quatrième mandat consécutif, a provoqué une volée de critiques de la communauté internationale. En tête, Washington et Bruxelles, qui n’ont pas reconnu le résultat des élections présidentielle et législatives, annonçant une future vague de sanctions contre le régime du couple présidentiel. L’ancien guérillero sandiniste et son épouse, Rosario Murillo, sa vice-présidente, ont remporté un scrutin présidentiel sans concurrent, après l’arrestation de sept candidats de l’opposition.

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    « Isolé sur le plan international »

    « Isolé sur le plan international, Ortega cherche le soutien politique et économique de Pékin mais aussi de Moscou, explique le sociologue et politologue Oscar René Vargas. En s’alliant à deux grandes puissances contre Washington, il espère bénéficier d’une protection, notamment au sein des Nations unies. » Le tout alors que Managua a récemment annoncé sa sortie, d’ici à novembre 2023, de l’Organisation des Etats américains (OEA), qui menaçait d’exclure le Nicaragua de ses rangs au nom de sa charte démocratique.


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  • China’s New Friends in Central AmericA EL SALVADOR- TELE HAITI


    Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele speaks during a deployment ceremony in Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador, Dec. 15, 2021.


    Impoverished, underdeveloped El Salvador signed a one-year, $1.2 million contract in March with the Washington law firm Arnold & Porter. The K Street lobbyists were supposed to provide to the country “strategic advice and outreach in support of relations with the United States and multilateral institutions.” Former State Department official Tom Shannon is one of the registered foreign agents on the account.

    Almost 10 months later, even the skilled Mr. Shannon hasn’t been able to shine the tarnished image of Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele inside the Beltway. The trouble is that while the former American diplomat has been breaking a sweat for the cause on the D.C. lunch and cocktail circuit, Mr. Bukele has been courting China and playing footsie with transnational criminal organizations.

    On Dec. 8 the U.S. Treasury announced that it has uncovered “covert negotiations” between the Bukele government and criminal networks engaged in “drug trafficking, kidnapping, human smuggling, sex trafficking, murder, assassinations, racketeering, blackmail, extortion, and immigration offenses.”

    Treasury said Mr. Bukele’s government paid “financial incentives” to the criminals to hold down “gang violence and the number of confirmed homicides.” The press release said “gang leadership also agreed to provide political support” to the pro-Bukele “Nuevas Ideas political party” in elections. Nice client.



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  • Nicaragua seizes former Taiwan embassy to give it to China TELE HAITI

    US, EU slap new sanctions on Nicaraguan officials before Ortega's inauguration

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    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Nicaraguan government has seized the former embassy and diplomatic offices of Taiwan, saying they belong to China.

    President Daniel Ortega’s government broke off relations with Taiwan this month, saying it would recognize only the mainland government. 

    Before departing, Taiwanese diplomats attempted to donate the properties to the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Managua. 

    But Ortega's government said late Sunday that any such donation would be invalid and that the building in an upscale Managua neighborhood belongs to China. 

    The Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the attempted donation was a “manuever and subterfuge to take what doesn’t belong to them.”

    Taiwan's Foreign Relations Ministry condemned the “gravely illegal actions of the Ortega regime,” saying the Nicaraguan government had violated standard procedures by giving Taiwanese diplomats just two weeks to get out of the country.

    It said Taiwan “also condemns the arbitrary obstruction by the Nicaraguan government of the symbolic sale of its property to the Nicaraguan Catholic church.”

    Msgr. Carlos Avilés, vicar of the archdiocese of Managua, told the La Prensa newspaper that a Taiwanese diplomat had offered the church the property, saying, “I told him there was no problem, but the transfer was still in the legal process.”

    The Central American country said in early December it would officially recognize only China, which claims self-ruled Taiwan as part of its territory.

    “There is only one China,” the Nicaraguan government said in a statement announcing the change. “The People’s Republic of China is the only legitimate government that represents all China, and Taiwan is an inalienable part of the Chinese territory.”

    The move increased Taiwan’s diplomatic isolation on the international stage, even as the island has stepped up official exchanges with countries such as Lithuania and Slovakia, which do not formally recognize Taiwan as a country. Now, Taiwan has 14 formal diplomatic allies remaining.


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  • How China Got Rich - - TELE HAITI



    How China Got Rich | Business Documentary from 2019 Over 40 years China has been transformed out of all recognition, the scale of its growth and the sheer speed of change has been astonishing. The country has seen the largest lifting of people out of poverty that has ever taken place in human history, and today China is a global force, predicted to become the world’s biggest economy in a couple of decades. So how did an impoverished and backward communist country become an engine of global capitalism? What actually happened 40 years ago to set China on the road to prosperity? Michael Wood talks to the people who were there; the men and women who had been sent to be ‘re-educated ‘on farms and in factories; the farmers who defied the government and broke with communism; the woman has given the very first private business certificate; and the US technical advisor sent to China by the UN to kickstart the change. He travels across the country to meet China’s highest-ranking female diplomat and the people who worked with Premier Deng Xiaoping. The film mixes these testimonies with a fascinating archive of the Chinese leader meeting President Carter in Washington and on fact-finding missions in Japan and Singapore. Interviews too with Deng’s biographer, Professor Ezra Vogel from Harvard University and Ambassador James Stapleton-Roy who lifts the lid on the intensive work behind the scenes which led to the US recognizing the People’s Republic of China in 1979. The second part of the film looks at the results of those initiatives in today’s China, visiting high-tech global giants Tencent and Alibaba and China’s top universities Tsinghua and SUStech. We visit a high-speed rail workshop and the world’s fastest-growing container port; we interview the American lawyer who set up the first Chinese deals for multinationals including Exon Mobile and Roche Pharmaceuticals. Finally, we ask Robert Daly the Director of the Kissinger Institute on China and Ambassador Roy where they think China is heading, and if political reform will be on the agenda any time soon. China’s decision to open up to the world 40 years ago has been called ‘the most important event of modern world history’, and it is one in which America played a crucial role. Today China is a major player, flexing its muscles on the global stage. In this film, Michael Wood tracks the beginning of their meteoric rise, looks at the extraordinary scale of present-day developments and asks both Chinese and US experts for clues to the future. With extraordinary access to key witnesses, this timely and important film tells the story of How China Got Rich.
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  • China's competition for living space | -- TELE HAITI



    More than 60 percent of China's population of 1.4 billion currently lives in cities. Within a decade, the share of urban dwellers is expected to increase to 75 percent. Construction is booming and competition for residential land is fierce. But the right to live in a city in China is conditional. Authorities want their modern cities to be peopled with well-educated, highly-qualified or politically well-connected residents.



    As a result, certain standards have to be met to be eligible for a modern, urban home. Only members of China's political classes and the financially successful have a hope of qualifying. Yet more than half of the people who live in cities are so-called "migrant workers." They come from rural communities and have no official rights to settle in cities. They are there to work. With no proper rights, they are merely tolerated while they serve as merchants, servants, waitstaff, cleaners, construction workers and tradespeople. But while they are indispensable to daily life in the cities, they are unable to afford their exorbitant rents. This documentary looks at how and where these workers live, and asks whether middle and working class Chinese even figure in the official vision of shiny, high-tech cities. The filmmakers also look at what happens to those who oppose official plans, or stand in the way of the building boom.

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  • Au Venezuela, l’opposition remporte une victoire historique - TELE HAITI

    Au Venezuela, l’opposition remporte une victoire historique sur les terres d’Hugo Chavez

    Inconnu ou presque il y a quelques semaines, l’opposant Sergio Garrido, élu régional, a remporté une victoire confortable, en recueillant 55,36 % des suffrages, contre 41,27 % pour Jorge Arreaza, le candidat du pouvoir.

    Le Monde avec AFP

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    Le vainqueur de l’élection du nouveau gouverneur de l’Etat du Barinas, Sergio Garrido, dimanche 9 janvier 2022.

    Des décennies de mainmise de la famille Chavez sur le poste de gouverneur de l’Etat du Barinas ont pris fin dimanche 9 janvier. L’opposition vénézuélienne a remporté une victoire historique lors de l’élection pour ce poste tenu depuis 1998 par la famille de l’ancien président vénézuélien dans cet Etat stratégique, au terme d’un scrutin qui a vu le pouvoir tout faire pour arracher la victoire, après une première élection annulée par la justice en novembre 2021.

    Inconnu ou presque il y a quelques semaines, l’opposant Sergio Garrido, élu régional, avait remplacé au pied levé le candidat d’opposition, Freddy Superlano, qui était en tête des suffrages quand la justice avait annulé le vote et l’avait déclaré inéligible. Selon les résultats annoncés en soirée par le Conseil national électoral, Sergio Garrido a remporté une victoire confortable, en recueillant 55,36 % des suffrages, contre 41,27 % pour Jorge Arreaza, le candidat du pouvoir.

    La dynastie Chavez avait commencé avec le père du président, Hugo de los Reyes Chavez (1998-2008) et s’était poursuivie avec ses frères Adan (2008-2016) et Argenis (2017-2021). « Nous n’avons pas réussi l’objectif » de gagner, a écrit dimanche soir M. Arreaza, ancien gendre de Chavez, sur son compte Twitter, avant même l’annonce des résultats. Ancien vice-président du Venezuela et ex-ministre des affaires étrangères, Jorge Arreaza, poids lourd du chavisme, avait été parachuté dans cet Etat de l’ouest du pays pour remplacer le gouverneur sortant Argenis Chavez, qui avait renoncé à se représenter après le premier scrutin.

    Opposition divisée

    « Le noble peuple de Barinas a remporté la victoire », s’est quant à lui réjoui sur Twitter Sergio Garrido, propulsé gouverneur. « Avec l’union et la force de chacun d’entre vous, nous avons réussi… réussi à vaincre les obstacles et les adversités malgré tout ce que nous avons dû affronter. » Divisée lors des élections du 21 novembre, l’opposition avait subi, au niveau national, une cinglante défaite face au pouvoir, qui avait remporté 19 des 23 Etats et la mairie de Caracas.

    Outre l’aspect symbolique de la victoire contre les Chavez, l’opposition remporte une région-clé pour le président Nicolas Maduro, successeur de Chavez, avec ses plaines agricoles, ses réserves pétrolières et sa situation proche de la frontière colombienne où sévissent guérillas et narcotrafiquants. Pendant la campagne, Garrido avait critiqué « le détournement » des ressources de l’Etat pour favoriser le candidat du pouvoir. Et dimanche, il a dénoncé l’arrestation « injustifiée » de deux militants à Barrancas.

    L’Agence France-Presse n’a pas pu confirmer ces arrestations. Le scrutin était encadré par un important dispositif sécuritaire, avec quelque 25 000 agents des forces de l’ordre dont 15 000 militaires. En novembre, tandis que les résultats étaient publiés pour les autres Etats, ceux du Barinas avaient été retardés pendant des jours, puis finalement suspendus, alors que, après le dépouillement de 90 % des bulletins, Freddy Superlano menait avec 37,60 % des voix, contre 37,21 % pour Argenis Chavez. L’opposition avait dénoncé un « bidouillage ».

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    Le pouvoir vénézuélien a mobilisé sa machine électorale pour le nouveau scrutin et envoyé ministres et hauts fonctionnaires dans la région pour battre le pavé aux côtés de M. Arreaza. Barinas est, comme le reste du pays, empêtré dans une crise économique qui a fait chuter le PIB par habitant de ce pays producteur de pétrole au niveau de celui d’Haïti. Avant le scrutin, le directeur de l’institut Delphos, Felix Seijas, estimait que « le gouvernement fai[sai]t tout ce qu’il p[ouvai]t pour gagner le Barinas » alors que l’opposition veut organiser un référendum pour tenter de destituer le président, Nicolas Maduro. L’opposition pourrait tenter de profiter de ce coup d’éclat pour lancer une campagne en faveur du référendum.

    Le Monde avec AFP

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    Vue aérienne de la plage de Punta Cana, en République Dominicaine, le 7 janvier 2022

    Vue aérienne de la plage de Punta Cana, en République Dominicaine, le 7 janvier 2022 - Erika SANTELICES © 2019 AFP

    Le pays, un des rares à avoir gardé ses frontières ouvertes depuis le début de la pandémie, s'organise désormais pour faire face à la hausse des cas positifs, avec des zones isolées pour les touristes dans les grands complexes hôteliers.

    Zones isolées gardées par des agents de sécurité: les hôtels de République dominicaine ont transformé une partie de leurs installations pour leurs clients positifs au Covid-19, et protéger une industrie touristique vitale pour l'économie et convalescente après le choc de la pandémie.

    5 millions de touristes en 2021, le double de 2020

    Le pays, avec ses plages paradisiaques et ses complexes hôteliers, destination de millions de personnes et de bateaux de croisière du monde entier, est l'un des rares pays à avoir gardé ses frontières ouvertes depuis le début de la pandémie.


    Près de 5 millions de touristes ont visité la République dominicaine en 2021, deux fois plus qu'en 2020.


    La destination a ainsi retrouvé plus des trois-quart (77%) des visiteurs de 2019 (6,4 millions de visiteurs) et accueilli 728.000 touristes en décembre, un chiffre qualifié d'historique par les autorités.

    Une politique que le pays entend poursuivre malgré l'apparition du variant Omicron et un nombre de cas qui a explosé. Vendredi, le pays a recensé 5968 positifs, un record, alors qu'il y a un mois, le nombre de cas par jour avoisinait 300. Au total, le pays de 11 millions d'habitants a enregistré 444.985 cas depuis le début de la pandémie. Les autorités soulignent que le nombre de décès reste faible.

    Dans la province de La Altagracia, qui comprend la célèbre station balnéaire de Punta Cana, le nombre de cas explose.

    "Mon fils de cinq ans était positif, nous avons prévenu l'hôtel et ils nous ont transférés dans une zone pour le confinement", confie sous couvert de l'anonymat à l'AFP un touriste chilien d'une quarantaine d'années séjournant dans un hôtel cinq étoiles.

    Au début, un seul bâtiment était réservé aux cas positifs mais au fil des jours, un autre bloc a été ouvert, selon lui. "Les chambres sont gardées par des gardiens. Nous pensons qu'ils avaient beaucoup de gens" atteints par le virus, estime-t-il.

    Les autorités et les hôtels refusent de communiquer sur le sujet sans doute par peur d'impacter négativement le secteur. Et il est impossible de savoir combien de touristes sont confinés dans ces zones. Seule confidence d'un grande chaîne hôtelière, les prix facturés sont "dérisoires".

    Un Etat trop "complaisant"?

    Le président dominicain Luis Abinader ne semble pas vouloir changer son fusil d'épaule. "Revenir en arrière est impossible. Nous prenons toutes les mesures pour nous assurer que nous pouvons avoir un pays avec une santé sûre", a-t-il déclaré la semaine dernière, soulignant qu'il entendait pouvoir en même temps préserver l'économie.

    "Nous avons réussi à nous redresser et à prendre soin du tourisme, de l'économie, de l'emploi, des devises et de l'espoir, atteignant un nombre record de touristes et plus de 250.000 emplois dans le secteur du tourisme", s'est-il félicité lors d'une conférence de presse.

    Pourtant, des critiques apparaissent. Le président du Collège dominicain des médecins, Senen Caba, a reproché à l'État d'être "permissif" et "très complaisant".

    Le Sénat a approuvé mercredi une résolution demandant au ministère de la Santé d'exiger des tests PCR et des preuves de vaccination de toutes les personnes visitant le pays.

    "Nous ne pouvons pas recevoir tous ceux qui le souhaitent sans aucun type de protocole", a lancé le sénateur Yvan Lorenzo dans l'hémicycle.

    Joel Santos, homme d'affaires, hôtelier et conseiller touristique, assure au contraire que ce sont les mesures prises par le gouvernement qui ont permis la croissance annoncée.

    Par exemple, un bateau de croisière a accosté cette semaine à Puerto Plata, au nord du pays, avec 146 infectés, pour la plupart des membres d'équipage. Les autorités ont assuré qu'aucun malade ne descendrait du navire, selon la presse locale.

    Pour Joel Santos, "le tourisme, c'est la confiance transmise (...) aux pays qui envoient des touristes qui ont constaté que la République dominicaine prenait son processus au sérieux".

    J.B. avec AFP
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  • Moscow Blasts U.S. After Antony Blinken Questions Russian Troops in Kazakhstan - TELE HAITI

    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday criticized comments from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who on Friday questioned the country's recent decision to send troops to Kazakhstan.

    Kazakhstan asked Russia to send troops as the nation faces unrest and violent protests sparked by a hike in gas prices.

    On Friday, Blinken told reporters that officials have "questions about the nature" of Kazakhstan's request, and added that it would seem that the "Kazakh authorities and government certainly have the capacity to deal appropriately with protests—to do so in a way that respects the rights of protesters while maintaining law and order."

    "One lesson of recent history is that once Russians are in your house, it's sometimes very difficult to get them to leave," Blinken added.

    Reuters reported Saturday that the Russia's foreign ministry called Blinken's comment "typically offensive."

    "If Antony Blinken loves history lessons so much, then he should take the following into account: when Americans are in your house, it can be difficult to stay alive and not be robbed or raped," the foreign ministry said on the social media platform Telegram, according to Reuters. "We are taught this not only by the recent past but by all 300 years of American statehood."

    On Wednesday, Russia and other nations in the post-Soviet Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) agreed to send peacekeeping troops to Kazakhstan in the wake of the unrest. In addition to Russia and Kazakhstan, the alliance also includes Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

    Russia Blasts Blinken for Questioning Troops
    Russia's foreign ministry on Saturday criticized comments from U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who on Friday questioned the country's decision to send troops to Kazakhstan. Above, protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty on January 5, 2022.AFP

    As the protests grew more violent, with dozens of protesters and police officers killed, Kazakhstan's president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, declared a two-week state of emergency on Wednesday. That day, protestors broke into the presidential residence and the mayor's office in the city of Almaty.

    On Friday, Tokayev instructed security forces to shoot to kill civilians involved in the anti-government protests, calling the demonstrators "bandits," "terrorists" and "militants."

    "I have given the order to law enforcement and the army to shoot to kill without warning," the president stated. "Those who don't surrender will be eliminated."

    On Friday, Kazakhstan's interior ministry said that security forces had killed 26 protesters, while dozens had been wounded and more than 3,800 people had been detained. Eighteen law enforcement officers had been reported killed, and over 700 injured.

    The U.S. State Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment on Saturday afternoon.

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  • Russie, Chine, USA : le choc des empires -- TELE HAITI



    Jusqu’où ira Vladimir Poutine en Ukraine ? Accusé de préparer l'invasion de cette ex-république soviétique désormais pro-occidentale, le chef du Kremlin souffle le chaud et le froid sur ses intentions. Tout en refusant d’exclure formellement une invasion, le président russe juge « positive » la perspective des négociations avec les États-Unis en janvier prochain.  Après des mois de tensions croissantes entre Moscou, l’Otan et l’Occident, l'invasion de l'Ukraine par les russes semble en effet imminente. Les images de chars alignés et les milliers de soldats russes dans dans la zone laissent en effet peu de doutes. Mais Moscou nie toute intention belliqueuse et affirme que certains soldats sont rentrés.  Pendant ce temps-là, en Chine, le parti communiste a fait adopté un texte dithyrambique sur ses cent ans d'existence, présentées comme « l’épopée la plus magnifique de l’histoire de la nation chinoise sur des millénaires ». Le président Xi Jinping a profité de cette résolution pour se présenter en héritier incontestable du régime, avec le renforcement à vie de son pouvoir.  L'armée chinoise effectue en tout cas des « patrouilles de préparation au combat » autour de Taiwan. Et l'île revendiquée par Pékin pourrait vite devenir une véritable poudrière, malgré les mises en garde américaine. La Lituanie, elle, fait déjà face à des tensions diplomatiques avec la Chine. En cause : la décision de Vilnius d’autoriser l'ouverture d'une ambassade taïwanaise de facto sur son territoire. Enfin, l'Afghanistan, souvent appelé « cimetière des Empires » depuis que les américains, comme les russes et les britanniques avant eux ont échoués. Et la situation dans ce pays est plus que dramatique depuis le départ des troupes US en août dernier. La crise alimentaire que traverse actuellement le pays est décrite comme l'une des pires au monde. Plus de la moitié de la population y est confrontée à la faim, soit plus de 22 millions de personnes. Pour tenter d'échapper à la misère, certains n'hésitent pas à tout vendre, y compris... leurs enfants. Alors, quel est le véritable projet de Poutine en Ukraine ? Peut-on éviter que la situation à Taiwan explose ? L'Afghanistan peut-elle encore se relever ?
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  • Sergueï Lavrov, La Grande Interview. Jan 6, 2022 - TELE HAITI

    Les discussions pour tenter de désamorcer la crise explosive qui se joue autour de l'Ukraine ont repris lundi à Genève entre les États-Unis et la Russie. Dimanche, le vice-ministre russe des Affaires étrangères avait déclaré avoir eu une première discussion "compliquée" et "sérieuse" avec son homologue américaine.


    Les points de vue restent antagonistes entre Washington et Moscou. Les discussions ont repris, lundi 10 janvier, après un premier entretien difficile dimanche soir, à Genève, pour tenter de désamorcer la crise explosive qui se joue autour de l'Ukraine.

    "La discussion a été compliquée, elle ne pouvait pas être simple", a dit le vice-ministre russe, Sergueï Riabkov, cité par l'agence Interfax, après un dîner de travail de deux heures avec la secrétaire d'État adjointe américaine, Wendy Sherman. Sergueï Riabkov a qualifié la discussion de "sérieuse".

    Les États-Unis et la Russie se sont fermement positionnés avant ces négociations. Washington a prévenu d'un risque de "confrontation" et Moscou a exclu toute concession.

    Durant le dîner de travail, Wendy Sherman "a souligné le soutien des États-Unis aux principes internationaux de souveraineté, d'intégrité territoriale, et à la liberté des pays souverains de choisir leurs propres alliances", selon un communiqué du département d'État américain. Elle a indiqué à Sergeï Riabkov que Washington "accueillerait favorablement tout progrès diplomatique".

    Quelques heures avant ce dîner, Sergueï Riabkov s'était dit "déçu des signaux venant ces derniers jours de Washington, mais aussi de Bruxelles", où sont basés l'Union européenne (UE) et l'Otan, selon les agences russes.

    Une responsabilité renvoyée

    Cette rencontre lance une semaine diplomatique intense. Outre les discussions américano-russes en Suisse lundi, une réunion Otan-Russie est prévue, mercredi, à Bruxelles, puis une rencontre, jeudi, à Vienne, de l'Organisation pour la sécurité et la coopération en Europe (OSCE), pour inclure les Européens, qui redoutent d'être marginalisés.

    "Il y a une voie de dialogue et de diplomatie pour essayer de résoudre certains de ces différends", avait estimé, dimanche, Antony Blinken sur la chaîne américaine CNN. "L'autre voie est celle de la confrontation et de conséquences massives pour la Russie si elle renouvelle son agression de l'Ukraine. Nous sommes sur le point de voir quelle voie le président (russe Vladimir) Poutine est prêt à emprunter."

    Les Occidentaux et Kiev accusent les Russes d'avoir massé près de 100 000 soldats à la frontière ukrainienne en vue d'une potentielle invasion, et ont menacé Vladimir Poutine de sanctions "massives" et sans précédent s'il attaquait à nouveau l'Ukraine. Ces sanctions pourraient aller jusqu'à couper la Russie des rouages de la finance mondiale ou empêcher l'entrée en fonction du gazoduc Nord Stream 2 cher au Kremlin.


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