Caricaturist Djamel Noun threatened by staff of state-owned TV station

first_img  Reporters Without Borders today voiced its concern about the recurrence of cases in which individuals or groups react to press criticism by threatening journalists with impunity, this time caricaturist Djamel Noun of the Arab-language daily El Youm, who went into hiding for three days after being threatened by employees of the state-owned ENTV television station on 7 August over a cartoon lampooning its method of recruiting women (see Drawing).”This is the second time in a month that citizens decide to take justice into their own hands by threatening a journalist”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “This serious incident furthers the collapse in the rule of law and shows that the notion of press freedom is without meaning in Algeria”, Ménard said. “The organisation is concerned at the repeated use by citizens of intimidation towards journalists and calls on the Algerian authorities to quickly put an end to this climate of impunity”, he added.When Noun resurfaced on 10 August after three days in hiding, he said he had been forced to change his place of residence because of the threats by the ENTV employees. “Everyone heard them say they knew where I lived and that they had decided to ‘finish’ with me”, Noun said, referring to their protest outside the newspaper on 7 August. He also claimed that, at the behest of television employees union president Djamel Mâafa, the TV station had begun a smear campaign against him, calling him a “terrorist”and likening him to GIA chief Antar Zouabri.The 7 August protest began at about 4 pm, when several dozen ENTV employees gathered outside El Youm’s offices at the Tahar-Djaout press centre in Algiers. The agitated protesters tried to force their way into the newspaper’s offices and, after spurning an invitation to send in a three-member delegation, they began to insult its journalists and threaten Noun. They told journalists present that they would “ransack everything” if they managed to get inside, and that they would prosecute the newspaper’s editors.Previously, the newspaper was ordered to pay 210,000 Dinars (2,789 Euros) in damages on 30 July 2002 as a result of an ENTV libel lawsuit over an article alleging improprieties in the TV station’s financial management. News Follow the news on Algeria News to go further AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa April 29, 2021 Find out more May 12, 2021 Find out more Organisation August 14, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Caricaturist Djamel Noun threatened by staff of state-owned TV station Newscenter_img Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News RSF_en May 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

College hosts State Department summer program

first_imgAs conflicts around the globe erupted over the summer, Saint Mary’s College hosted the Global Women Leaders Institute as part of a U.S. Department of State “Study of the U.S. Institute” (SUSI), which focused on understanding the U.S.’s role abroad and fostering a new generation of leaders.This past July, the College welcomed 20 undergraduate women from Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Iraq and Jordan, as well as four Saint Mary’s students, to share educational opportunities and personal encounters that may be applied in their home countries, director of media relations Gwen O’Brien said.The SUSI grant, which completed the last leg of its three-year cycle this past summer, brought in young women from diverse fields of study, Mana Derakhshani, associate director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) and the academic director of the Institute, said. The students’ range of academic interests were consistent with last year’s participants, Derakhshani said.The SUSI offered sessions on cultural identity, intercultural skills, gender and culture, women and peace movements, U.S. women’s history, women and political representation in the U.S. and globally and women’s economic empowerment, O’Brien said.The various political dynamics of the home countries of this year’s attendees show the appeal of the SUSI, Derakhshani said.“What they all have in common, is that they are emerging democracies trying to figure out how to transition from more traditional forms of leadership,” Derakhshani said. “This is a crucial time in all these regions for women to have a voice in public discourse and be ready for public service.”Derakhshani said the women who partake in the SUSI do so to gain new know-how that will enhance their leadership back home. Derakhshani said she helped her colleague, Martha Smith, design the leadership part of the curriculum.“They create a network of support and resources for each other,” Derakhshani said. “Finally, through learning about women’s issues in the U.S. and globally, they become more aware of ways they can advocate for themselves and women everywhere.”During the five-week program, the women traveled to Washington to visit the U.S. Institute of Peace; Chicago, to attend a seminar at the University of Chicago Law School; Detroit, for a seminar on Arab-American women’s leadership; and Indianapolis, where they met with the Secretary of State, O’Brien said.“These institutes are part of the Department of State’s soft diplomacy efforts around the world, because they bring to the U.S. young leaders and scholars to learn about the U.S., meet Americans, and develop their own skills,” Derakhshani said. “The SUSI on women’s leadership were an initiative of Hillary Clinton when she was Secretary of State, so they are relatively recent.”Closer to their temporary home, the women volunteered at South Bend agencies that are partners with the College, working at St. Margaret’s house, the Center for the Homeless, Chiara Home and more, O’Brien said.On a hyper-local level, Derakhshani said the SUSI helps women approach political change in their home counties while enriching the educational experience of the four Saint Mary’s students who took the course.“Through the presence of these young women on campus, and through their interaction with Saint Mary’s students, the SUSI contributes to the internationalization of the College,” Derakhshani said. “It dovetails beautifully with intercultural competence and global learning outcomes of the new Sophia Program.”Derakshani said the award of the State Department grant improves Saint Mary’s national reputation and increases the College’s visibility.“Through its participation in this program, the College gains recognition for its intercultural and global focus as well as its expertise in developing women’s leadership,” Derakhshani said.This summer’s participants worked in groups to develop specific action plans they intend to implement at home, Derakhshani said.“One of the most intriguing action plan was the Jordanians’ project to start a taxi company with women cab drivers,” Derakhshani said. “This is particularly important activism not only to break the stereotype of gender specific jobs or trade, but to provide safe transportation to young women who are often victim of sexual harassment in the street and on public transportation, and who are not allowed, or do not feel safe, riding by themselves in cab driven by men.”Tags: Global Women Leaders Institute, State Department, SUSIlast_img read more

SOUTHCOM Commander Stresses Regional Cooperation During Trip to Central America

first_imgBy Antonio Ordoñez/Diálogo January 31, 2019 U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, commander of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded his first trip to Central America since assuming command in November 2018. Adm. Faller visited the countries of the Northern Triangle, where he met with Honduran, Guatemalan, and Salvadoran leaders, and stopped by several military sites, January 21-25. The objective of his visit was to reaffirm the continuous commitment of the United States in support of partner nations and their security forces. The visit also enabled officials to address different regional security cooperation issues, and coordinate operations to counter narcotrafficking and related crimes. “Honduras and its immediate neighbors, Guatemala and El Salvador, are among the first partners I will visit,” said Adm. Faller during a press conference in Honduras. “One of my first priorities was to travel to the region to meet with key partners, listen to their concerns, understand their perspectives regarding security challenges, and hear their ideas on how we can effectively work together to address those challenges.” Enduring friendship with Honduras During his first stop, in Honduras, Adm. Faller met with Honduran Minister of Defense Fredy Santiago Díaz and Army Major General René Orlando Ponce Fonseca, chairman of the Honduran Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also met with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the government palace. During his stay, he visited the National Police Special Forces Directorate in Tegucigalpa, whose units fight organized crime. He also spent time with SOUTHCOM’s Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base. Faller not only praised both countries’ enduring friendship and the achievements of Honduran security forces, but also their collaboration during the Enduring Promise 2018 mission aboard hospital ship USNS Comfort, an 11-week-long humanitarian assistance mission that concluded in Honduras. The ship also made stops in Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru. During Adm. Faller’s visit, the Honduran military leadership announced that the country would host the SOUTHCOM-sponsored Central American Security Conference 2019, in May. “At SOUTHCOM, we are confident we can advance together toward countering those challenges,” said Adm. Faller. “We have witnessed the unwavering dedication and important contributions of our security partners in Honduras, and more importantly, we’ve witnessed the professionalism with which the Honduran military conducts operations and continues to work toward a more secure nation for the citizens it serves.” Close collaboration with Guatemala In Guatemala, Adm. Faller met with Army Major General Luis Miguel Ralda Moreno, Guatemalan minister of defense, and other national security leaders to address narcotrafficking, disaster response, and human rights, among other issues. In addition, he visited Huehuetenango department to meet with Interagency Task Force Tecún Umán, which safeguards the border with Mexico. “We dealt with general issues, the fight against narcotrafficking, immigration, humanitarian disaster assistance, and combined training and exercises to improve force capabilities,” Maj. Gen. Ralda told Diálogo. “Adm. Faller came in person to see the situation in Guatemala. He came to see that Guatemalans are good, peaceful people, and that the Army is an institution devoted to serving Guatemalans, an institution that the people recognize and appreciate.” As part of the efforts to counter organized crime, SOUTHCOM’s commander visited the Guatemalan Army’s Naval Special Force Command. This unit executes maritime drug interdiction and rescue operations. “He visited to acknowledge our heroes who work day after day at sea to prevent the transfer of drugs and arms to the north or south, and to see the rather precarious conditions they encounter at sea,” said Maj. Gen. Ralda. “It was a first approach, and he said he is fully prepared to cooperate.” Solid commitment to El Salvador Adm. Faller ended his trip in El Salvador, where he exchanged knowledge and ideas with Minister of Defense David Munguía Payés and other members of the Salvadoran Armed Force. He concluded his weeklong visit with an affirmation of the trust and cooperation that exist among partner nations in the region. “El Salvador has an important role in the fight against transnational crime, narcotrafficking, and human trafficking,” said Adm. Faller in a press release from the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador. “We recognize the collaboration we’ve had, and we stress the importance of continuing to have a strong relationship to fight together for the security and prosperity of both countries.” The trip was an opportunity for SOUTHCOM’s commander to get to know the leaders of partner nations that contribute to regional peace, and show the enduring support of the United States. “We know partnerships work; we know partnerships between friends who trust each other work best, [they] respect and support each other,” said Adm. Faller. “That’s why I’m here, to continue our enduring promise as both a partner and a friend, ready to continue our collaborative work in support of peace, security, and the stability that we all value.”last_img read more

Lead changes in Modified feature are fast, furious at Arlington’s Josh Wren Memorial

first_imgARLINGTON, Minn. (July 16) – Kelly Shryock was the winner after five lead changes in Satur­day’s Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified Josh Wren Memorial main event at Arlington Race­way.Already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, Shryock earned $1,000 for a victory that was illuminated by a lightning display that eventually brought an early conclusion to the race program.The first race leader was Dan Menk, who took what became a commanding lead before a lap yel­low was thrown for Adam Hensel, who slipped off the track and went into the work area.Three restarts followed before Brandon Beckendorf was scored the leader for one lap, then went too high and off the track, causing another yellow.Menk returned to the front spot for the ensuing restart. Shryock had moved through the field from his eighth place start, got around Menk to take the lead and stayed in front to the checkers.Nick Helmbrecht passed Menk for second with five laps left. Beckendorf raced back to fourth and Tim Pessek rounded out the top five.Prior to the feature, fans released balloons in memory of Wren, who died last year of colon cancer at the age of 24. He’d raced go-karts and later Modifieds at Arlington, and was a long-time crew­man for his father Jerry.Feature results – 1. Kelly Shryock; 2. Nick Helmbrecht; 3. Dan Menk; 4. Brandon Beckendorf; 5. Tim Pessek; 6. Adam Hensel; 7. Jerry Wren; 8. Paul Stone; 9. Chad Porter; 10. Josh Larsen; 11. Jeff Coon; 12. Mark Weinzetl; 13. Trent Loverude; 14. Robert Theuringer; 15. Clint Hatlestad; 16. Tyler Limoges; 17. Jeff Maasch; 18. Travis Schurmann.last_img read more