Investigative journalist’s car bombed in Corsica

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says RSF_en FranceEurope – Central Asia News June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders condemns the bombing of journalist Enrico Porsia’s car in the early hours of today outside the house in Conca, near the southern Corsican town of Porto-Vecchio, where he is staying while on vacation. The explosion caused considerable damage to the car but no injuries.An Italian national who was once a member of the Red Brigades, Porsia has political asylum in France. He works as a journalist based in the Corsican city of Bastia and is in charge of investigative reporting for the Amnistia news website (www.amnistia.net).“Intimidation attempts of this sort are very cowardly and are indicative of the criminal mentality of the individuals or organisation responsible,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope the authorities will investigate this case with the necessary thoroughness.”Porsia told Reporters Without Borders he did not know if the bombing was the working of “local small-time criminals, Corsican nationalists or a more organised group.” But he added that he was convinced that it was linked to the land development and zoning stories he had been covering for more than a year.“I have written several stories, especially about Corsica’s sustainable development plan, in which I question the actions of the head of the Corsican government, Ange Santini, and the head of the Corsican parliament, Camille de Rocca Serra,” he said. “It seems some people have taking advantage of the plan to get land rezoned for building that should not have been.”Regarding the bomb itself, Porsia said: “It went off in the middle of the night. At first I thought there was a storm. Then I went to the window and I saw it was my car. I had received no direct threat. I had of course been given friendly advice but I had never been the target of an attack of this kind.”Porsia added: “They won’t scare me. The journalist will not abandon his pen and the man will not abandon his village.”The prosecutor’s office in the Corsican capital of Ajaccio has put the Porto-Vecchio police in charge of the investigation. No group has claimed the bombing and it is not yet known what kind of explosive was used. Receive email alerts News to go furthercenter_img News Organisation Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Follow the news on France August 26, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigative journalist’s car bombed in Corsica May 10, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Short, sharp shock

first_imgRowena Mason meets up with Clare Short before her Union address to discuss her views on Tony’s war Clare Short has always been audaciously ambitious. Her main aim since resigning from the Cabinet over Blair’s stance on Iraq: only the total global eradication of abject poverty, which, she claims, is “completely feasible given today’s technological advances.” But Short’s overall message is a bleak one. She foresees “extremely troubling times for the post-Iraq War world ahead,” yet her commitment to challenging past mistakes and working towards their correction is indomitable. This dark, untidy, earnest woman apologises several times for her despondent subject matter, but she is determined to convey to me her fears that a chaotic, disordered Iraq in a bitterly divided Middle East is not receiving the reconstructive help that it deserves. Short is adamant that not only was the West shockingly unprepared for the rebuilding of war-torn Iraq, but that its current state of disarray would have been avoidable if the UN had been permitted to play a greater role. “The tragedy is, for the Middle East, for all of us,” she adds personally, “that Tony Blair could have dealt with the war properly, through the right channels, and he chose not to.” Only with a UN resolution would Short have supported the war, and she maintains that an adequate argument for regime change would have convinced the Security Council of the need for removing Saddam and averted the current climate of international division. Ms Short is clearly eager to rouse public opinion into condemnation of Blair’s persistent deceptions over Iraq with her intermittent calls for his resignation. However, she is nevertheless willing to excuse his “economies with accuracy” as naivety and misjudgement of his own persuasive powers. I press her on whether she thinks he can win the next election on the proviso that spin died with Alistair Campbell’s political career and she looks at me sceptically, as if I share her party leader’s spurious optimism. “Tony Blair has recalled Peter Mandelson, the inventor of spin, since Alistair left,” she says indicatively. “They’ve said it before and they’ll say it again, but to be honest, I’m not sure Tony Blair knows how to give up spin. He’s never been without it.” Short even damningly compares the manufactured, orchestrated performances of Conservative and Labour leaders at the party conferences in recent weeks, demonstrating that Blair need not worry about having to resurrect spin when it is so clearly alive and performing. At her own admission, Clare Short never quite fitted into Blair’s cautious and restrained Cabinet. An anomalous fiery proponent of conviction politics in the self-disciplined camp of the New Labour Army, she has courted controversy at every turn, but won respect for her allegiance to ideology rather than electability. Repeatedly asked whether these principles were compromised by her decision to stay in government during a war she classified as illegal, Short’s answer is always the same: she remained in order to make as much difference as possible to the humanitarian reconstruction of the post-war country. Devoted to her old Labour values, she is sure to propagate those views at the expense of her party and its leader if necessary. As Minister for International Development, Short made great headway in raising Blair’s awareness of the need for “stabilising and uniting the global economy;” it was her influence which led the Prime Minister to describe Africa as “a scar on the conscience of the world.” Settling world debt and eliminating poverty are undoubtedly elusive long-term pursuits, but Short deems that there is one political situation which must be resolved before other world tensions may be alleviated. She passionately believes that the “overwhelming, glaring” priority on the foreign front is the separation of Israel and Palestine into independent states. She dismisses arguments that the situation has reached impasse with emotive calls to “stop the young from turning their buddies into bombs.” I ask her how she would best assuage the anger of Moslems who believe that their faithis being victimised by the US She hesitates a moment before clarifying, “The question is not one of religion, but injustice. Islamic and Christian teachings alike oppose war. The way to appease such accusations is to settle the Israel-Palestine dispute.” Such straightforward judgments come naturally to Clare Short, whose tendency to speak frankly has led to a history of resignations: in 1988, over the renewal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act and in 1991 over the first Gulf War. Now she is serious about Tony Blair taking her cue and bowing down with the same dignity that she managed to retain for herself. “Tony loves adulation,” she says, as at last a glimmer of wry humour crosses her face. “He will find scrutiny unpleasant and if he hangs on, he will face a cynical and unhappy election.” In fact, she tells me that “it is the only way for Labour to correct its errors,” a fundamentally necessary sacrifice for the good of the party. Short is convinced that the public climate is ripe for rebellion. “The people are disgruntled, it is a time of change,” she says hopefully. With the same motivating force she used to detail her grand visions for a fairer world, she reiterates that the collective power of the people is the best way in which to achieve such political movement. Clare wants public dissention to make Blair go gracefully, but although she is not a woman to be gainsaid, her aspirations may again prove too ambitious for the actuality.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

The Role Our Global Supply Chain Plays in Dell’s 2030 Vision

first_imgAlmost one year ago, Dell Technologies introduced the 2030 Progress Made Real goals – reflecting our core purpose as a company to drive human progress and create a positive and lasting impact on humankind and the planet.Progress Made Real has four core goals: advancing sustainability, cultivating inclusion, transforming lives with technology, and upholding ethics and privacy. It was a different world a year ago, but changing times do not change our focus. In fact, today’s challenges have only reinforced the enormous difference we can make by simply doing the right thing.The supply chain plays a critical role in Dell Technologies’ vision for progress. We embed sustainability and ethical practices in everything we do. Whether it’s protecting our planet, supporting the well-being of our team members, partners and suppliers, or providing a safe working environment where people can thrive, social and environmental responsibility is a paramount focus for our supply chain. Dell Technologies’ 2019 Supply Chain Sustainability Progress Report highlights this commitment.We are committed to creating a supply chain that values transparency, collaborative leadership, innovation, and empowerment. What are some of the ways we accomplish those goals? By implementing ethical recruitment practices; by utilizing audits and regular training to enhance the health, safety and knowledge of labor rights of our team; and by performing onsite consultations with both factory management and workers at supplier locations to highlight and resolve issues.These efforts are paying off on environmental issues, too. We are reducing our supply chain’s impact on the planet, including by limiting greenhouse gas emissions and partnering with our suppliers to save freshwater. In 2019, over 275,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions were reduced through energy consumption reduction projects at our supplier factories. And our supply chain saved nearly 30 million meters of freshwater and reduced wastewater discharge by 26.2 million meters.The guiding principles of our supply chain have been especially important as we address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. From the onset of COVID-19, we partnered with the Global Facilities and Environmental, Health and Safety teams to develop preventative safety protocols across all Dell Technologies sites. We are also partnering with suppliers to do the same for their facilities. These safety protocols were implemented early to protect our on-site heroes working tirelessly to keep technology flowing for the world in need.The bottom line: Our supply chain plays a vital role in making Dell Technologies’ 2030 Progress Made Real vision a reality.last_img read more

10 reasons you’re not rich yet

first_imgby: Jocelyn Black Hodes, Daily WorthAs a financial advisor, I have spent many years helping other people overcome financial stumbling blocks so they can become rich. Ironically, the one person I have had the most trouble helping is myself.Being “rich” can mean different things to different people, but I believe it means having the financial freedom to achieve your goals and live the life you want. I am great at giving advice; I am not always so great at taking my own advice (know anyone like that?). So, when it came to helping my clients understand why they weren’t rich yet, the easy part was explaining the culprits, because I was all too familiar with most of them.Regardless of our upbringing, education, profession or lifestyle, most of us are not where we want to be financially and our reasons are probably more similar than different. The good news is that it is never too late to become rich if you, like me, are ready to own up to the reasons you’re not and do something about it.Want to know why you aren’t rich yet? Keep reading. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Britain, France agree joint unit to fight migrant traffickers

first_imgThe interior ministers of France and Britain on Sunday signed an agreement creating a new joint police intelligence unit to combat migrant traffickers and reduce the “unsustainable” numbers crossing the Channel illegally. France’s new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and his British counterpart Priti Patel met on Sunday in Calais in northern France, a region where migrants have traditionally gathered in a bid to find a way to get to Britain.”We signed a new agreement to create a joint intelligence cell which will crack down on gangs behind vile people smuggling operation,” Patel wrote on Twitter after the meeting. “Together, we must strengthen our security cooperation, in particular in fight against the illegal crossings of the English Channel by migrants risking their lives,” Darmanin wrote on Twitter as he hosted Patel.In 2019, 2,758 migrants were rescued by the French and British authorities while trying to make the crossing — four times more than in 2018, according to French officials.The coronavirus pandemic has reinforced the trend, with the reduced number of trucks going through the Channel Tunnel leading migrants to opt for small boats instead. French emergency services rescued 21 migrants in three operations on Saturday after their bids to reach Britain floundered in the Channel, officials said.Darmanin said he had told Patel that more resources were needed to combat the migrant trafficking.”The British government has done a lot to protect the coast but we still need more resources both in terms of equipment and human resources.” Topics :center_img She said they had discussed “the unsustainable levels of illegal migration across the Channel.”The Franco-British unit will allow services to share intelligence quickly and will consist of six British and six French police officers based in Coquelles outside Calais, Darmanin told reporters.Traffickers “are those who take advantage of the human distress of people who want to cross the English Channel and who, no doubt, are not being punished sufficiently at the moment,” said Darmanin.Channel crossing attempts have increased over the last year despite the danger of heavy maritime traffic, strong currents and low water temperatures.last_img read more

Pretrial conference set for Decatur County inmate death

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – A pretrial conference is scheduled for a lawsuit aimed at the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department.M. Shane Satterfield, 38, died in March while serving a two-week sentence for drunken driving.His mother, Lynn Brewsaugh, filed a suit alleging the sheriff and jail staff acted with “callousness or reckless indifference” to the inmate’s failing medical condition.The conference is set for January 28 at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in Indianapolis, the Greensburg Daily News reports.A recent state inspection found the jail to be understaffed and overcrowded.last_img read more