Iran’s embassy in London protests media hype in UK

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Iran's embassy in London protests media hype in UK

Iran’s embassy in London in a letter to the Office of Communications, known as ‘Ofcom’ objected to the media hype by some Persian-language media in Britain during the recent unrests in Iran.

An informed source at the embassy told IRNA on Thursday that the letter pointed to the clear violation of domestic law in Britain as well as international laws by some UK-based Persian-language media have tried in recent days to persuade Iranian protesters for a riot and armed conflict.

The letter asked to stop unhealthy news making by such media with the aim to protect professional dissemination of information and take necessary measures.

Iran’s Ambassador to Britain Hamid Baeedinejad wrote on his Twitter account on Thursday that in these days all are talking about the negative dimensions of Iran’s street protests, but this positive point of the developments were ignored that people, generally, did not support violent move and in spite of a great deal of economical and social demands were not eager to follow them through violent acts.

Iranian people marched in the streets on Wednesday and Thursday, January 3-4, to condemn recent unrests and interferences of aliens in Iran’s domestic affairs.


Source  :  Iran-Daily

Tehran complains to Ofcom over UK media propaganda over Iran events

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Tehran complains to Ofcom over UK media propaganda over Iran events

Tehran has complained to the UK media regulator, Ofcom, about a propaganda campaign launched by some British media outlets, in defiance of Britain’s own law, with the aim of fueling the recent wave of unrest in some areas in Iran.

According to, in a letter of complaint to Ofcom, Iran’s Embassy in London denounced the propaganda campaign launched by UK-based Persian-language broadcasters covering the recent riots in Iran, IRNA reported, citing an informed source within the diplomatic mission as saying on Thursday.

The letter, the source said, pointed out that the outlets had acted in clear contravention of the British and international media regulations by trying to incite the protesters in Iran to resort to riot and armed violence.

It further called for an end to such pernicious media practices as a means of protecting the principles of professional broadcasting.

Last Thursday, some towns and cities in Iran witnessed peaceful protests against recent price hikes and the overall economic conditions.

The protests soon took a violent turn as rioters, who were later revealed to have received the support of foreign intelligence agencies, entered the fray and started to cause violence.

Upon calls by Iranian authorities, the original protesters soon left the streets to make it easier for security and law enforcement forces to deal with the vandals and rioters.

The situation has now returned to normal in most parts of the country.

Since Wednesday, people have also come out in force across the country in support of the Islamic establishment and in condemnation of the violence and riotous elements.

On his Twitter page, Hamid Baeidinejad, the Iranian envoy to UK, said “every one talked about the negative aspects of the street protests in Iran, but the positive aspect went unnoticed.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said people are free to criticize and hold protests to express their views according to law, but the manner of expressing criticism must help improve Iran’s conditions.

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani has said certain countries are waging a “proxy war” against the Islamic Republic via social media and the Internet.

He said Britain, along with the US and Saudi Arabia, are behind the recent riots in Iran.


Source  :  Iran-Daily

Two held in Egyptian anti-gay crackdown are freed on bail

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Two people detained in Egypt in October after allegedly waving a rainbow flag, a symbol of same-sex rights, at a concert have been freed on bail, a lawyer representing them and a human rights NGO said on Tuesday.

Sarah Hegazy, 28, and Ahmed Alaa, 21, were released and fined LE 2,000 ($113) each, lawyer Amr Mohamed said.

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information also reported their release on its Twitter account. It was unclear when their trial would resume.

Hegazy and Alaa were among dozens of people detained in the conservative Muslim country last year on charges that included “promoting sexual deviancy.” The crackdown was a response to a rare show of public support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Egypt.

At a September 22 concert packed with 30,000 people and headlined by Mashrou’ Leila, a Lebanese alternative rock band whose lead singer is openly gay, a small group of concertgoers raised a rainbow flag.

Local media said homosexuals were receiving foreign funding, and hosted callers who compared their threat to Islamic State.

Egypt, a key Western ally in the Middle East, has been under fire internationally for its human rights record.

Police, state-aligned media and the religious establishment all regard it as a public duty to combat the spread of homosexuality.


Source :  Egypt Independent

Army kills 2 takfirists, demolishes hideouts in Sinai

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In cooperation with the Egyptian Air Forces, Egypt’s Third Field Army killed two high-risk takfirists (those who abide by an extremist Islamic ideology) and arrested another two in Central Sinai over the past few days said the official spokesperson of the Armed Forces Tamer al-Refai, on Thursday.

Refai added that the army demolished two hideouts used by the takfirists, and confiscated a 4×4 vehicle and a motorcycle.

In an unrelated confiscation, the army also seized a store containing large quantity of drugs, Refai added.

The statement indicates that the Third Field Army continues efforts to eliminate takfirist and criminal gangs in Central Sinai.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source  :  Egypt Independent

Egypt denies requesting exclusion of Sudan from Ethiopian dam negotiations

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The spokesperson for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Ahmed Abu Zeid denied the claims circulating on Ethiopian news media, that Egypt requested the exclusion of Sudan from negotiations on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

The Ethiopian ‘AddisFortune’ newspaper published a report on Sunday claiming that officials from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa had rejected an Egyptian proposal to exclude Sudan from negotiations, and said that direct negotiation between Egypt and Ethiopia continues, seeking an agreement on the controversial dam.

The Sudanese Ministry of Water Resources responded on Tuesday, saying a request to exclude Khartoum from negotiations is illegal if true.

Saifuddin Hamad, an official of the Sudanese Water Resources Ministry and a member of the negotiating committee for the dam, responded by saying that Sudan has not received any official notification of Egypt’s request for the exclusion of Sudan.

Meanwhile, commenting on the Ethiopian newspaper’s report, former Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed al-Oraby claimed that Addis Ababa seeks to take advantage of any crisis to pressure other parties.

“Ethiopia depends on leaking rumors to the media, and then denying it through officials, but after Addis Ababa has reached the desired result,” he said.

In a statement to Al-Masry Al-Youm, he made clear his expectation that the crisis will deepen and enter more difficulties due to Ethiopia and Sudan’s resolute stances.

Oraby also expected Ethiopia to reject Egypt’s proposal for the World Bank to mediate the negotiations.

During Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry’s December 26 visit to Ethiopia, Egypt submitted a proposal requesting introducing the World Bank as a neutral mediator in negotiations.

The proposal was conveyed in a letter from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to Ethiopian Prime Minister Haile Meriam Desaline, and Egypt awaits the response of both Addis Ababa and Khartoum on the proposal, according to an Abu Zeid press statement on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Egyptian MP and Chairman of the African Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, Sayyed Fleifel, labelled the Ethiopian papers’ claims “questionable,” accusing Qatar of influencing Sudanese and Ethiopian media.

MP and African Affairs Committee member Hatem Pachat accused Ethiopia of attempting to trigger a rift between Egypt and Sudan, to disrupt the current negotiating climate and to harm Egypt’s reputation.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm


Source  :  Egypt Independent

Cameroun – CAN 2019/Chantier du stade de Japoma: Les ouvriers grévistes sommés de reprendre le travail au plus tard vendredi

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Dans un communiqué, l’entreprise turque Yenigûn Construction industry, maître d’œuvre du chantier de construction du stade de football de Japoma, informe que ceux des employés absents de leur poste le 5 janvier prochain, seront considérés comme démissionnaires.

Les ouvriers grévistes  du chantier de construction du stade de football de Japoma, dans l’arrondissement de  Douala 3e ,ont jusqu’à vendredi pour reprendre le service. C’est du moins une décision des responsables de la société turque, Yenigûn Construction industry,  après le mouvement d’humeur entamé par ces travailleurs, dans la matinée de mercredi, 3 janvier dernier,  sur le site du chantier. Dans un communiqué, ils affirment que les ouvriers qui seront absents de leur poste  au plus tard, le vendredi, 5 janvier 2018, seront considérés comme démissionnaires.

En effet, ces employés, plus d’une centaine,  ont manifesté pour revendiquer la revalorisation de leur salaire et les  meilleures conditions de travail. Ils accusent leur employeur  d’avoir bafoué  le code de travail en vigueur au Cameroun.    « Même l’argent de poche des employés turcs et d’autres nationalités dépasse notre salaire. Ceci sans compter leurs salaires qui peuvent être évalués à près de  900 000 FCFA.  L’hôpital c’est pour les employés blancs jusqu’aux médicaments. Nous les noirs on nous fait les consultations et les premiers soins. Ensuite ils nous donnent nos ordonnances pour que nous puissions acheter les médicaments à nos frais  », souligne un employé sous anonymat.  De son côté, l’un des responsables accuse ces ouvriers  de vouloir bénéficier du même traitement que ceux qui travaillent dans les autres stades en chantier alors qu’ils n’ont pas le même contrat.

En attendant l’issue de ce bras de fer entres les ouvriers et leur employeur, les forces de maintien de l’ordre veillent au grain sur le site. Ce stade dont la livraison est annoncée  pour octobre 2018, est l’un des sites retenus dans le cadre de l’organisation de la Coupe d’Afrique des Nations qu’abritera le Cameroun en 2019. D’une capacité de 50 000 places, le stade de Japoma sera également pourvu, à terme, de deux terrains d’entraînements avec gradins, d’un gymnase couvert de 2 000 places assises, d’une piscine olympique de 8 couloirs avec 1 000 places assises, etc. Son coût est évalué  à près  de 200 milliards de F Cfa.  Ce conflit  est survenu  à la veille de la  mission d’inspection de la Confédération  africaine  de  football (CAF) au Cameroun,  annoncée du 11 au 28 janvier 2017.

Marie Louise SIMO



Cameroun: Le président Paul Biya dépêche le Premier ministre Philemon Yang à Douala pour présider la cérémonie d’inauguration du siège d’une Base logistique continentale.

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Philemon Yang, Premier Ministre P. M.
Cette base est une initiative des pays membres de l’Union Africaine qui date de 13 ans et dont l’objectif est la réalisation des différentes missions de maintien de paix.

 Selon un Communiqué du Secrétaire général des services du Premier ministre, ce dernier sera en visite à Douala sur haute instruction du chef de l’Etat.

Le Chef du gouvernement, Philemon Yang, représentant personnel du président de la République, préside ce vendredi 05 janvier 2018 à partir de 11h à la Cour d’honneur de la Base aérienne 201 de Douala, la cérémonie d’inauguration de la base logistique continentale de la force africaine en attente.

Cette base logistique est une initiative des pays membres de l’Union Africaine qui date de 13 ans et dont l’objectif est la lutte contre l’insécurité et la réalisation d’autres missions de maintien de paix.

32 bureaux administratifs, une salle de réunion, un bâtiment d’escadron, un groupement de moyen opérationnel et bien d’autres équipements et matériels militaires constituent les installations de cette base logistique qui va permettre à l’Union Africaine d’être moins dépendante de l’ONU et des autres organisations internationales dans ses opérations humanitaires et de maintiens de paix.