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          Il Qatar esce dall'Opec: lo strappo di Doha è l'ultima sfida a Riad      Cache   Translate Page      

Lo strappo di Doha è di quelli destinati a lasciare il segno su più versanti: su quello della partita petrolifera, ma anche sul piano più strettamente geopolitico e nello scontro intersunnita. Dal primo gennaio 2019 il Qatar uscirà dall'Opec. La decisione di ritirarsi dall'organizzazione dei Paesi esportatori di petrolio è stata annunciata dal ministro dell'Energia Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi: "Il Qatar ha deciso di ritirare la sua membership dall'Opec a partire dal gennaio 2019", dichiara al-Kaabi in conferenza stampa a Doha, aggiungendo che all'Opec è già stata comunicata la decisione. Intanto in avvio di giornata si registra un rimbalzo sostenuto per i prezzi del greggio. Sui mercati asiatici i future sul Light crude Wti (West Texas Intermediate) crescono a 53,5 dollari, quelli sul Brent a 62,16 dollari. A trainare il rimbalzo, dopo i recenti crolli, la notizia che Russia e Arabia Saudita sono d'accordo nell'estendere fino al 2019 il loro accordo per gestire il mercato petrolifero.

Ufficialmente il Qatar ha spiegato di volersi concentrare sul gas naturale liquefatto, di cui è il maggior fornitore con quasi il 30% della produzione mondiale. Ma le motivazioni "tecniche" lasciano il tempo che trovano, perché ben altre, e più corpose, sono le motivazioni che hanno spinto il Qatar a questa decisione. A rimarcarlo è l'autorevole Financial Times, secondo cui la decisione segue un peggioramento dei rapporti di Doha con i suoi vicini.

La "Guerra delle petromonarchie" ha una data di inizio, 5 giugno 2017: Arabia Saudita, Emirati Arabi Uniti, Bahrein ed Egitto annunciano la rottura delle relazioni diplomatiche con Doha, ritirando i propri ambasciatori e imponendo l'espulsione dei cittadini del Qatar. E questo dopo che il Qatar aveva respinto la lista di 13 condizioni imposta dal "fronte dei Quattro" per l'abolizione delle sanzioni contro Doha definendola "irrealistica". Tra le richieste avanzate dal fronte guidato da Riad figuravano quella di chiudere la tv Al Jazeera, interrompere i rapporti con l'Iran e con la Fratellanza musulmana, rinunciare ad una base militare turca. Una lista che andava ben oltre le accuse iniziali di sostenere il terrorismo e che impone di fatto all'emirato una limitazione della sua sovranità. La mossa ha visto anche la chiusura dello spazio aereo, che per i Paesi del Golfo ha implicato l'interdizione delle acque territoriali. Riad ha inoltre chiuso il proprio confine terrestre con il Qatar impedendo di fatto qualsiasi transito di merci. Alle misure hanno aderito tra gli altri anche Eritrea, Mauritania, Maldive, Senegal, il governo yemenita del presidente Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi e l'esecutivo libico non riconosciuto di Al Baida. Giordania, Gibuti, Ciad, Niger hanno declassato invece le proprie rappresentanze diplomatiche. E lo scontro si veste anche di guerra di religione con l'Arabia Saudita che vieta ai qatarini di entrare nella più sacra delle moschee, quella della Kaaba alla Mecca. L'accusa mossa al Qatar, in sintonia con la dottrina-Trump, è di supportare al-Qaeda, i Fratelli musulmani e, più recentemente, anche gruppi filo-iraniani. Questa strumentalizzazione del termine non è certamente nuova. È sufficiente ricordare l'esempio eclatante di quando Saddam Hussein fu accusato di finanziare il terrorismo internazionale per giustificare e legittimare l'intervento in Iraq.

Al fianco del Qatar si schiera il "Sultano di Ankara": nella notte dell'8 giugno, il presidente Recep Tayyp Erdogan ha controfirmato la legge che gli permette di inviare soldati turchi e addestratori nell'emirato, un primo contingente di 5 mila uomini che potrebbe salire a 15 mila. Il sostegno di Ankara a Doha si spiega soprattutto esaminando il versante economico: secondo le cifre pubblicate dai media gli investimenti qatarini in Turchia ammontano a 1,5 miliardi di dollari. Compagnie turche hanno ottenuto contratti per più di 13 miliardi di dollari per i progetti in vista della Coppa del Mondo di calcio prevista nel 2022. La Turchia, inoltre, ha già aperto una base militare in Qatar e presto verrà stabilito anche un comando divisionale congiunto a Doha. Tra le 13 richieste-ultimatum c'è anche la chiusura della base turca. Anche questa richiesta suona come inaccettabile. Non solo per Doha ma soprattutto per Ankara. Aperta l'anno scorso dopo l'accordo del 2014 fra l'emiro Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani e il presidente turco Erdogan, la base militare turca dista 30 chilometri da Doha. Prima della crisi accoglieva 300 soldati i turchi. Ma il ponte aereo in corso dovrebbe portare in tempi molto brevi il loro numero fino a 5mila militari, con l'appoggio anche di aerei e navi da guerra. Soprattutto, ai Sauditi non sono mai piaciute le "relazioni normali" che il Qatar tradizionalmente intrattiene con l'Iran: relazioni basate su solidi interessi economici comuni, a cominciare dallo sfruttamento congiunto del giacimento gasifero di South Pars/North Dome, il più grande del mondo". Il Golfo – rimarca Eleonora Ardemagni, in un documentato report per l'ISPI - complice la rivalità storica tra sauditi e iraniani e quella intra-sunnita tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, è stato ed è il primo artefice, il demiurgo -seppure per vie indirette- dell'attuale disordine mediorientale: attraverso i suoi proxies, esso ha partecipato allo scardinamento dell'ordine regionale. Un processo aggravato dalle linee rosse disattese (Stati Uniti in Siria) oppure dagli ambigui interventi militari (Russia in Siria) delle potenze internazionali. Perché molto di ciò che accade oggi in Siria, Iraq, Yemen, Libia, Egitto, dipende primariamente dalle scelte politiche di Arabia Saudita, Iran, Qatar ed Emirati Arabi Uniti....". Geopolitica, affari, e non solo. Quel che è già evidente, - riflette Rami Khouri, tra i più autorevoli giornalisti libanesi - è la determinazione di alcuni Paesi arabi, guidati dall'Arabia Saudita, a ricorrere alla guerra economica e militare, a tattiche di deprivazione alimentare e ad altri mezzi pur di mantenere il mondo arabo nella sua fatiscente condizione attuale. È questa la reale minaccia che pende sui cittadini e le società del mondo arabo. Anche se lo spazio politico per esprimere simili opinioni, nella regione e altrove, si fa sempre più esiguo". E quello spazio rischia di chiudersi completamente se alle macerie siriane si aggiungessero quelle provocate da una nuova Guerra del Golfo.

Di certo, il Qatar vede ormai il suo futuro al di fuori dell'Opec, dominato dall'Arabia Saudita, il maggior produttore dell'organizzazione con oltre 11 milioni di barili al giorno. Le "crisi passano", ma vi sono cicatrici che "durano nel tempo" come la controversia economica e diplomatica che, da oltre un anno, vede opposte Doha e Arabia Saudita È quanto aveva sottolineato l'emiro del Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani nell'annuale discorso alla nazione, lo scorso 6 novembre, rivolgendosi anche alle nazioni alleate di Riyadh nell'area e chiedendo loro di rispettare la sovranità del proprio Paese e "non interferire" negli affari interni. "La storia ci insegna – aveva sostenuto nel suo discorso al-Thani - che le crisi passano, ma una loro cattiva gestione si lascia alle spalle effetti che poi durano nel tempo". "È davvero deplorevole - ha proseguito l'emiro del Qatar - che il perpetrarsi della crisi mostri in tutta la sua portata il fallimento del Consiglio di cooperazione dei Paesi del Golfo (Gcc) nel raggiungere i propri obiettivi e nel soddisfare le aspirazioni del nostro popolo". Egli ha quindi voluto rassicurare i cittadini, sostenendo che la nazione non ha subito effetti negativi dal boicottaggio e continuerà a mantenere il primato mondiale nell'esportazione di idrocarburi. "Il blocco - ha detto - non ha provocato alcuna ripercussione sulla vendita del nostro petrolio e del gas naturale". Lo Stato, ha concluso l'emiro, "è entusiasta di adempiere a tutti i suoi obblighi derivanti dai contratti in essere" e ne ha firmati altri "a lungo termine, l'ultimo dei quali con Petro China", gigante cinese dell'energia.

Le mosse di Doha sono monitorate con particolare attenzione dall'Italia. E la ragione è molto prosaica, e si lega fortemente alla "diplomazia degli affari" che va oltre il pur fondamentale settore energetico. Al Qatar, infatti, piace tanto lo "shopping" italiano. Tra i colpi messi a segno c'è quello in Sardegna dove la Qatar Airways si è presa il 49% di Meridiana. Nel 2011 gli Al-Thani, la dinastia che regna il Paese, hanno acquisito l'Hotel Gallia a Milano, nel 2012 il fondo sovrano ha praticamente rilevato la Costa Smeralda. Nello stesso anno, attraverso la "Mayhoola for investment", i reali del Qatar hanno comprato la maison Valentino per 700 milioni di euro. E più di recente la stessa QIA, che ha comprato Porta Nuova, è entrata con un investimento di 165 milioni nel capitale di Inalca, la società del gruppo Cremonini, insieme al Fondo Strategico italiano. In Italia hanno comprato alcuni dei più prestigiosi alberghi di Firenze: acquisiti il Four Season, all'interno del Palazzo della Gherardesca, che fa tuttora parte della Compagnia italiana alberghi. A Milano, il Qatar Investment Authority si è concentrato sulle sedi delle banche come il palazzo di via Santa Margherita che ospita gli uffici di Credit Suisse. Oltre ad aver partecipato a un fondo costruito ad hoc per valorizzare un portafoglio di filiali di Deutsche Bank. Alberghi, maison di moda, compagne aeree, palazzi. E non solo. Lo shopping dello Sceicco Al-Thani. investe anche un settore alquanto delicato: quello degli armamenti. In poco più di un anno l'Italia ha venduto a Doha sette navi da guerra Fincantieri per 4 miliardi di euro, 28 elicotteri NH 90 (ex Agusta Westland) per 3 miliardi di euro, inoltre è stata siglata un'intesa da oltre 6 miliardi di euro per 24 caccia Typhoon del consorzio Eurofighter, di cui Leonardo-Finmeccanica ha una quota del 36%. E anche i nostri produttori agricoli hanno registrato un aumento dell'export, con un volume di esportazioni quadruplicato negli ultimi 10 anni e certificato dall'ultimo accordo siglato da Coldiretti con l'emirato per la distribuzione dei prodotti italiani.

"I rapporti tra Italia e Qatar – ha recentemente detto all'Adnkronos l'ambasciatore a Doha, Pasquale Salzano - sono veramente ottimi, nell'ultimo anno abbiamo aumentato di circa l'11% il nostro interscambio. Nell'emirato c'è una grande richiesta di Italia, presente in modo massiccio già con i grandi gruppi, come Salini Impregilo, Saipem, Eni, Fincantieri, Rizzani de Eccher, Leonardo, che riguarda le piccole e medie imprese, l'artigianato, i prodotti di lusso e dell'agroalimentare, senz'altro una novità per le dimensioni nelle quali ci viene richiesto".

Nella disputa tra Arabia Saudita e Qatar, Roma tifa per Doha. E per il suo shopping miliardario.


          UN appeals for record $4 billion to help the people of Yemen      Cache   Translate Page      

The UN appealed Tuesday for $4 billion to cover humanitarian needs in Yemen in 2019 – its largest country appeal ever – and announced its first appeal related to Venezuela, calling for $738 million to help those who have fled the country’s economic meltdown and health crisis.

 

The UN appeal to help some 2.2 million Venezuelans living in neighbouring South American countries was one of 31 humanitarian response plans released for 2019 by the UN’s emergency aid coordination body, OCHA, in an overall $21.9 billion donor funding request.

 

The total price tag is swollen by Yemen, where the UN’s call to help 15 million people is the largest country appeal in the UN’s history. The equivalent appeal for aid within Syria was $3.64 billion in 2018, while costs for Syrian refugees across multiple countries was an additional $5.6 billion.

 

Intensifying conflict and displacement, hunger, irregular imports, and a macro-economic crunch have driven 24 million people – nearly 80 percent of Yemen’s population – into need, and half of those may require food assistance in the months ahead, according to the UN.

 

UN aid chief Mark Lowcock said “the extreme edge could get taken off the suffering” in Yemen if peace talks and the military outlook improve, but the UN planning is looking at “what the situation will actually be, rather than wishful thinking”.

 

Vittorio Infante, humanitarian advocacy advisor for the NGO Islamic Relief, said that given the scale of Yemen’s humanitarian crisis, especially in the province of Hodeidah where recent fighting has made conditions worse, the UN’s record ask was merited.

 

“$4 billion is a lot of money, but this pales in comparison to the dire need in Yemen, where [the majority] of the population are relying on humanitarian aid to survive,” Infante told IRIN.

 

“Our staff in Hodeidah are helping people with literally nothing left because they have sold all their belongings just to make sure that their families are fed. However, as long as this conflict continues, this amount will merely be a plaster on a fragile humanitarian situation.”

 

The Venezuelan appeal, meanwhile, is set to help Colombia and other host countries, but it does not cover needs inside Venezuela, where the government resists any labelling of events as a humanitarian crisis.

 

A UN-managed emergency fund released $9.2 million to UN agencies to step up humanitarian-related responses within Venezuela in November.

 

“People describe what’s going on in different ways,” Lowcock told IRIN, referring to Venezuela’s reluctance to term it a humanitarian crisis, adding that inside the country the UN is only “trying to scale up our support” and expand its “normal activity”.

 

Mixed picture

In Geneva to launch the package, dubbed the Global Humanitarian Overview, Lowcock said the UN and its NGO and governmental partners had drawn up plans to help 93.6 million people in 2019 – about one in 70 of the world population. The number of people in need and the value of total appeals would be about the same as in 2018, reaching a price tag of around $25 billion once Syria’s plan was completed, he said.

 

Syria’s response plan is as yet uncosted. Lowcock said finishing it was delayed until February while the UN attempts to gather fresh data on needs inside the country. The update will require Syrian government flexibility on in-country surveys and access to boost the credibility and data behind funding requests – a measure demanded by donors on which Lowcock has been seeking Damascus’ cooperation.

 

According to OCHA, a number of situations around the world have eased this year, including in Burundi, Iraq, and Somalia. Others have improved and no longer require emergency plans: Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and Senegal.

 

But some situations have worsened. in Cameroon, the number of people in need has jumped 77 percent thanks to a brewing civil war, while Afghanistan’s appeal, due in part to conflict and drought, is 41 percent higher.

 

A third category contains countries where the situation remains serious but relatively unchanged: the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and South Sudan.

 

 

UN-coordinated humanitarian response plans are a compendium of projects from UN agencies and NGOs on the assistance they will provide, such as supplying food, running clinics, providing clean water, and setting up shelter.

 

Even though they are presented as meeting only the highest priority needs, the plans are, on average, only 56 percent funded in 2018. Some emergencies struggle to capture donor interest (Haiti got only 11.2 percent of the requested funding), while others, like Afghanistan and Iraq, which command greater international attention, tend to do better.

 

Separately on Monday, the International Committee of the Red Cross announced its 2019 emergency appeal, for 2.1 billion Swiss Francs, for which Syria, South Sudan, and Iraq are the largest country operations.

(TOP PHOTO: Displaced families from Hodeidah receive UNHCR assistance in Bajil district, Hodeidah province, Yemen. CREDIT: Haitham al-Akhali/UNHCR)

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          Comment on Politicians Empower Islam by Jay Wizzy      Cache   Translate Page      
Integrity is important & a result of the will for justice, truth, love, human rights, ecology, friendliness, global imperialism, English, health, beauty, cultivation of ecological best quality basics, support for self-realization & freedom from religion. Truth is there are Africans enslaved today from Saudi Arabia to UAE to Lebanon, Kuwait, Yemen, Oman, Bahrain to north-Sudan, Libya, Algeria to Mauritania, Somalia, Niger & elsewhere in emulation of unjust Muhammad. We need to create a global government to free them.
          Saudi Crown Prince Visits Algeria Without Meeting President      Cache   Translate Page      
Algeria’s President Abdelaziz Bouteflika called off a meeting with visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday because of ill health, the national news agency APS reported.

It said the 81-year-old president, whose health has been fragile since he suffered a stroke in 2013 and is rarely seen in public, was “in bed with heavy flu”.

Bouteflika postponed a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in February 2017 and was last seen on Algerian television on November 1 laying a wreath at the country’s independence war memorial.


Prince Mohammed, who has been making his first foreign tour since the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, held talks instead with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, Algeria’s presidency said.

The visit would focus on “partnerships and investment projects”, the Algerian presidency said before the prince arrived in Algiers late Sunday on a flight from Mauritania.

Like a previous stop in Tunis, the crown prince’s visit has drawn criticism from political and academic circles in Algeria over the Saudi-led war in Yemen and Washington Post columnist Khashoggi’s grisly murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.


          UN chief pushes sides to be constructive in Western Sahara talks      Cache   Translate Page      
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday urged all parties meeting in Geneva this week to discuss the Western Sahara dispute to be constructive and impose no conditions for formal talks. Morocco, the Polisario Front, Algeria and Mauritania are taking part in two days of roundtable discussion with a UN envoy starting Wednesday to try to r ...
          Turkish Airlines offers free Istanbul stopover to passengers from Doha      Cache   Translate Page      

Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, has launched a unique Istanbul stopover package, enabling transit passengers from Doha to take advantage of a free night’s stay in the city.  

The unique offer from Turkish Airlines allows passengers travelling from Doha through Istanbul to experience a taste of Turkey for free. Turkish Airlines will give passengers the chance to turn a layover into stayover by offering four and five star hotel accommodation at no charge to those transiting through Istanbul to numerous destinations around the world, including Europe, North Africa, America (USA, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Panama, Cuba, Venezuela), Cyprus, Mauritania, Ghana and Ethiopia and of course combine any of those wonderful places with a quick magical trip to Istanbul too.

Mr. Mehmed Zingal, General Manager of Turkish Airlines in Qatar, said: “We want to provide our passengers who are traveling from Qatar with an opportunity to experience Turkish hospitality and other attractions that the beautiful city of Istanbul has to offer. We are confident that our passengers will benefit from our service and will make the most out of it”.

Passengers connecting through Istanbul from Doha with a layover of more than 20 hours can enjoy a free hotel stay based on their tickets. Economy-class passengers who choose to stopover in Istanbul will get a complimentary night’s stay at a four-star hotel, while business class passengers receive two nights in a five-star property in Taksim. Passengers should complete the booking process beforehand in order to receive their vouchers for the accommodation. The stopover package provides free accommodation only for round-trip passengers through Turkish Airlines and can be used on both, the outbound or inbound journey, while visa fees, cost of travel around the city and between the airport and hotel are borne by the passenger.

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          El diálogo sobre el Sáhara se reabre seis años después, ¿qué podemos esperar?      Cache   Translate Page      
Las partes enfrentadas desde hace cuatro décadas celebran en Ginebra una mesa redonda promovida por la ONU con Argelia y Mauritania como países observadores
          5 de diciembre inicia mesa redonda para intentar abrir negociaciones sobre el futuro del Sahara Occidental      Cache   Translate Page      

*Fuente: Por un Sahara Libre. 04 de diciembre de 2018
PUSL.- El enviado de la ONU, Horst Köhler, convocó a Marruecos, el Frente Polisario, Argelia y Mauritania para una “mesa redonda inicial” este miércoles y jueves (5 y 6), en Ginebra, con el objetivo de reanudar las negociaciones sobre el territorio del Sáhara Occidental. Esta será la primera reunión desde 2012.
En la carta invitación de Horst Köhler, se puede leer que “ha llegado el momento de iniciar un nuevo capítulo en el proceso político”. El actual enviado personal del Secretario General de la ONU, Antonio Guterres, dice querer encontrar una salida para el último territorio del continente africano que carece de status postcolonial y está por ello en la lista de territorios no autónomos de la ONU.
El Frente Polisario, que en 1976 proclamó una República Árabe Saharaui Democrática (RASD) sobre los 266.000 km2 de ese territorio desértico, reivindica el respeto del acuerdo de alto el fuego firmado en 1991 que prevé la organización de un referéndum de autodeterminación. Este referéndum estaba previsto por las Naciones Unidas en el marco de la solución del conflicto que surgió tras la salida de los colonos españoles en 1975 cuando Marruecos invadió, anexó y ocupó el Sáhara Occidental e inició el genocidio de la población civil que incluyó el bombardeo de los civiles con fósforo blanco y Napalm.
Marruecos controla actualmente el 80% del Sáhara Occidental, un área que cuenta con cerca de mil kilómetros de costa atlántica de abundante pesca y un subsuelo rico en fosfatos y otros minerales. Los colonos marroquíes en el territorio son atraídos con salarios y regalías superiores al Reino de Marruecos y se les anima a actuar como una extensión de las fuerzas de ocupación y represión sobre la población saharaui.
Rabat que no respetó nunca la base del alto el fuego que firmó en 1991 y que sigue violando los derechos humanos de la población saharaui, rechaza cualquier solución que no sea la del territorio administrado como una autonomía bajo su soberanía.
Cientos de miles de refugiados saharauis viven en campos cerca de la ciudad argelina de Tinduf, a unos 1.800 kilómetros al suroeste de Argel, cerca de la frontera con Marruecos, desde 1975, en medio de un desierto inhóspito.
El último ciclo de negociaciones fue promovido por la ONU en marzo de 2012 y llevó a un estancamiento debido a la intransigencia de Marruecos en respetar la propuesta que firmó en 1991, a pesar de las sucesivas cesiones del Frente Polisario, representante legítimo del pueblo Saharaui ante la ONU y las instituciones internacionales.
El ex presidente alemán, Horst Köhler, se reunió varias veces, por separado, con las dos partes del conflicto, Marruecos y Frente Polisario, así como con España que sigue siendo administrador in jure del territorio y los países vecinos Mauritania y Argelia.
Los esfuerzos de Köhler juntarán ahora en la mesa de negociaciones a Marruecos y al Frente Polisario, así como a Argelia y Mauritania, que participarán como “países observadores”. Marruecos se niega a reconocer el Frente Polisario y sigue su campaña de propaganda afirmando que el conflicto es con Argelia y por lo tanto considera a su vecino una “parte activa” de las discusiones y no como “observador”.
En una nota divulgada por la ONU esta reunión se presenta como el “primer paso de un proceso renovado de negociaciones” para una “solución justa, duradera y mutuamente aceptable que permita la autodeterminación del pueblo del Sáhara Occidental”. La agenda de trabajo de esta reunión consiste en la discusión y análisis de la “situación actual, integración regional y próximas etapas del proceso político”. Köhler pretende así no poner “mucha presión y expectativas” en esta primera sesión, en la que se espera conseguir desbloquear el estancamiento político del proceso. Las repetidas declaraciones de Marruecos sin embargo son claras “o plan de autonomía o nada”.

          Call for fisheries experts for the Joint Scientific Committee under the EU- Mauritania Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement      Cache   Translate Page      
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreements (SFPAs) aim to create a partnership to promote sustainable fisheries, based on the best available scientific advice. In this context a Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) of highly qualified scientific experts needs to be established under the EU-Mauritania SFPA in order to ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific advice available.
          Senate to Hear New Testimony on Khashoggi Killing, Yemen Peace Talks Set to Convene, Qatar to Leave OPEC, Netanyahu Faces New Political and Legal Challenge      Cache   Translate Page      
MBS’ Mixed Reception at the G20 Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) continued his tour of Arab countries after attending the G20 summit in Argentina last week in an effort to restore his international reputation amid condemnation for his suspected role in ordering the murder of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. After a brief stop in Mauritania, MBS arrived in Algeria on Sunday for two days of meetings that will focus on “Algerian-Saudi investments and trade relations, especially in the oil and petrochemical sectors,” Reuters reports. Algeria maintains comfortable relations with many of the Middle East’s feuding players, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar and Turkey. The visit to Algiers follows stops in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt and Tunisia on the way to Buenos Aires; though MBS has tried to polish his image with shows of regional support, he was greeted by crowds of protesters in Tunis.…
          Progress made on EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership      Cache   Translate Page      
An extraordinary Joint Committee, held at the initiative of the EU, took place in Nouakchott, Mauritania, on 15-16 November in the framework of the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the EU and Mauritania. The Parties reviewed the implementation of EU support for the Mauritanian fisheries sector, introduced new fishing opportunities for EU trawlers, and discussed the MACAPEL investment project.
          Report of the 2016 Meeting of the Joint Scientific Committee to the EU-Mauritania Fisheries Partnership Agreement      Cache   Translate Page      
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          The European Parliament voted the new EU-Mauritania fisheries deal      Cache   Translate Page      
On 10 May, during its plenary session, the European Parliament voted to give its final consent to the new Protocol to the Fisheries Partnership Agreement between the European Union and Mauritania.
          Business Game Changers Radio with Sarah Westall: On the Brink of WWIII - Why the U.S. is in Syria and How it Dominates Militarily with Space Technology      Cache   Translate Page      
EpisodeWorld War III is building up in the Middle East as 20 countries participate in a military “exercise” dubbed “Northern Thunder”. The exercise includes 350,000 soldiers, 20 thousand tanks, 2450 warplanes, and 460 military helicopters supplied by Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Senegal, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, the Maldives, Morocco, Pakistan, Chad, Tunisia, Comoro Islands, Djibouti, Malaysia, Egypt, Mauritania, and Mauritius. While this is occurring, Turkey has been bom ...
          Nye samtaler for Vest-Sahara      Cache   Translate Page      
FN er vert for de første fredssamtalene om Vest-Sahara siden 2012. Onsdag samlet FNs Vest-Sahara-utsending, frigjøringsbevegelsen Polisarios, samt utenriksministrene fra Marokko, Algerie og Mauritania rundt bordet. Samtalene avsluttes torsdag.
          UN Hosts Meeting of Regional Envoys Over Western Sahara      Cache   Translate Page      
The U.N. secretary-general's envoy for Western Sahara is meeting with foreign ministers from Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania plus leaders of the Polisario Front over the future of the Morocco-annexed territory. U.N. envoy Horst Koehler, a former German president, hosted a "round-table" discussion among the attendees at the first U.N.-hosted talks on the territory in six years, after meeting with them bilaterally earlier Wednesday. The U.N. says the two-day meeting is a first step toward a renewed negotiations process aiming to "provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara." Morocco annexed the former Spanish colony in 1975 and fought the pro-independence Polisario Front until a U.N.-brokered cease-fire in 1991. Morocco has proposed wide-ranging autonomy for Western Sahara, while the Polisario Front wants a referendum on the territory's future.
          Comment on Australia’s Current Affair runs Islamic dawah, claims Australians converting to Islam in record numbers by Jay Wizzy      Cache   Translate Page      
What about clitodirectomy? Are these female converts letting their clit cut off like unjust Muhammad commanded to? Where is the ambition for justice, love, truth & freedom from religion, where the passion for justice for atheists & other non-Muhammadists tortured, oppressed, mass-murdered & imprisoned by Muhammadist organisations, where the passion to free African slaves enslaved today from racist Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Yemen, Lebanon & so on to Mauritania. Justice, truth, love, friendliness, human rights, ecology, freedom from religion, liberation, global imperialism, these are values that must take a more important role in our life.
          Cabildo Fuerteventura recibe a una delegación de Nouadhibou encabezada por el alcalde de la ciudad mauritana      Cache   Translate Page      


El presidente del Cabildo de Fuerteventura, Marcial Morales, recibió la semana pasada a una delegación de Nouadhibou, encabezada por el alcalde de la ciudad de Mauritania, Chassem Bellali. El encuentro, que se celebró en la sede de la Corporación insular, contó con la asistencia de la consejera de Participación, María Luisa Ramos, la directora de Servicios Sociales de Nouadhibou, Khadijetou Ahmed, y el coordinador de Cooperación internacional, Brahim Ahmed Mahmoud.



Durante el encuentro se abordó la posibilidad de iniciar trabajos de cooperación con la ciudad mauritana dentro de los programas de cooperación internacional que tiene el Cabildo de Fuerteventura. De hecho, la Corporación insular coopera desde el año pasado con la Asociación Rosa del Desierto, que lleva a cabo proyectos de fomento de la salud en los barrios más deprimidos de Nouadhibou.

          Fuerteventura.- Puerto del Rosario se suma a la solicitud de financiación europea MAC para mejorar los destinos de cruceros en la Macaronesia       Cache   Translate Page      



ü  Puerto del Rosario ,capital de Fuerteventura se suma al Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas, la Cámara Municipal de Funchal, Puertos de Azores y el Ministerio de Turismo de Cabo Verde para trabajar en líneas comunes

ü   La aceptación de este proyecto compartido por estos 5 destinos urbanos, que requiere una financiación de 1.264.000 euros hasta el 2021, se conocerá el primer trimestre del 2019

La concejalía de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Puerto del Rosario se  ha sumado al  Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas de G.C., la Cámara Municipal de Funchal, Puertos de Azores y el Ministerio de Turismo de Cabo Verde, en el proyecto ‘Red de destinos turísticos de cruceros de la Macaronesia’, que opta a financiación europea dentro del Programa Operativo de Cooperación Territorial INTERREG V-A Madeira-Azores-Canarias (MAC) 2014-2020.

Estos cinco destinos optan a una financiación del 85% del total del presupuesto previsto, 1.264.000 euros a invertir hasta el 2021 en iniciativas que permitan mejorar los servicios y la atención a los turistas de cruceros. La resolución de esta propuesta se conocerá durante el primer trimestre de 2019.

La Concejala de Turismo del Ayuntamiento de Puerto del Rosario, Paloma Hernández, señaló  que “se ha establecido una línea de cooperación entre instituciones, entidades y ciudades que responden a unos mismos intereses como destino de turismo de cruceros, una dinámica que esperamos continuar en otras iniciativas”

El objetivo general del proyecto busca crear una red única entre ciudades receptoras de cruceros que permita mejorar la gestión de los destinos turísticos, así como la competitividad empresarial y la sostenibilidad económica bajo el marco de la cooperación mutua, la innovación y la promoción.

Entre las acciones específicas se contempla un observatorio que desarrolle informes, cuantifique y valore la calidad de la demanda y la oferta turística de cruceros en las ciudades;  mejorar la especialización de las empresas y entidades públicas y privadas, vinculadas al sector de turismo de cruceros y consolidar estrategias de cooperación entre los distintos agentes que operan.

En esta segunda convocatoria MAC se han presentado un total de 178 proyectos En los que participan 1.081 entidades europeas del espacio de cooperación: 264 de Madeira, 221 de Azores y 596 de Canarias, además de 348 entidades de los terceros países, Cabo Verde, Mauritania y Senegal.



          Comment on Bluetooth pairing for car and iPhone, Audi GSM phone system by Jean-Louis      Cache   Translate Page      
Hi, I intoduce me: Jean-Louis 48 year old from Corsica . Corsica is an Island in mediterranéa near Sardegna and Sicilia. It was "recently" bought by Louis XIV (17 century) but we still feel Corsicans since several hundred centuries after several wars and try to asserce us ( by mauritanians, romans, genois, etc.. ;-)) . But let speak about our common problem now. I dont whant to annoy you ! I Recenttly bought a beautifull 2005 4F C6 - 3.0 quattro TDI A6 full option :-). I think I have a phone problem that seem to be not to different compared to all that I read here... SO her is my problem . if somebody can help it would be great ! :-) I have ’"Audi Bluetooth car phone " concept genuine from factory. its bluetooth with motorola bluetooth hand fre and sim dédicated place in the armrest to insert a sim in my 2005 A6. It was certainly a top level thing in 2005 but now.. with the Andoid phones and Iphone, its just.... boring and I just cannot suucced in pairing several android phones (my actual is a galaxy S2). the android phone see the audi BT but when entering 1234 pin, MMI just tell me to reinter it in the phone and.. that dont work. Anybody succed to pai his phone (if removing fenuine Motorola and sim holder and cradle , please tell me!) But maybe there is a way to simply desactivate genuine motorola phone to let the bluetooth free to be pared with other phone ? Thanks in advance for your answer. If needed, you can also joinme at this special email adress pairingaudiBT [ AROB A Z ] santoni [DO T POI NT] info . (this is a dédicated adress and no matter spam. If I get the answer from anybody, I will make a spécial page and post on many forum cause at this time and after several weeks of reserch at dont get that working and I'm forced to have a second phone number with its own SIM in the armrest . Forced to redirerect calls when entering the car and recall them when leaving A6 ! Not very practical !! Cheers, Jean-Louis (sorry for bad english :-( )
          Western Mediterranean countries adopt roadmap to develop sustainable blue economy in the region      Cache   Translate Page      
Ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries, at the presence of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, have adopted a declaration to strengthen maritime regional cooperation under the WestMED initiative. This initiative promotes the sustainable blue economy in the Western Mediterranean, and involves 10 countries from in and outside of the EU (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia).


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