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Madrid will host the NATO summit in 2022, to be held in Spain for the first time in 25 years
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Madrid will host the NATO summit in 2022, to be held in Spain for the first time in 25 years

Spain will host the next summit of NATO leaders, to be held in 2022 in Madrid. The general secretary of the Alliance, Jens Stoltenberg, affirmed this Monday that the election of the Spanish capital - where a summit has not been held for 25 years - is "a recognition of the importance of Spain", a country that he described as a "strong" and "committed" ally.In a joint appearance with the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, Stoltenberg affirmed that the decision to celebrate it in Madrid is not only due to the fact that it is the 40th anniversary since the entry of Spain into the Alliance, but also in recognition of the "important role" you have in the organization.Asked about the tension...
“An Endless War” by Jean-Pierre Perrin, in the heart of Syrian darkness
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“An Endless War” by Jean-Pierre Perrin, in the heart of Syrian darkness

Endless warJean-Pierre PerrinRivages Noir, 304 p., 20 €Without preamble, Joan-Manuel, overwhelmed by the abuse and torture suffered, sets out towards the Turkish border and freedom. One step after another, all in pain, he sets the pace. The narratives of two other protagonists follow in canon, including Jean Pierre Perrin, a great reporter and specialist in the Middle East, mingling the voices with that of the first, in this novel.→ READ. In ten years, the war in Syria has killed nearly 500,000 peopleOne is on the trail of a former Nazi criminal, the other is looking for an American kidnapped in Iraq. In pursuit of ghosts or in search of redemption, the three men have this war in common. The intimate trajectories of their journey crisscross and mark out, between ficti...
In Iraq, artist Dhikra Sarsam commits to human rights
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In Iraq, artist Dhikra Sarsam commits to human rights

She arrives on her bike, despite the stifling heat that crushes Baghdad this May afternoon. Dhikra Sarsam always travels on two wheels, even when the thermometer flirts with 50 C˚. The “Bourj Babel Foundation for the Development of Arts and Media”, of which she is co-director, is located in one of the old buildings along the Tigris River, near the historic center of Baghdad.Behind the thick wooden gate, colorful works of art and posters of civil rights protests adorn the wall. Artistic engagement and political activism go hand in hand, as in Dhikra Sarsam. Born in Baghdad, graduated in visual arts from the Institute of Fine Arts in the capital, she began her activism with her fellow students.→ READ. In Iraq, Pope Francis' appeal against the "plague of corruption"In 20...
This is how the crisis at the border was experienced: "If it is not for the Army, they pass us by"
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This is how the crisis at the border was experienced: "If it is not for the Army, they pass us by"

The deployment of the Legion settles the situation in a few hours despite not being its competence Some soldiers surround Moroccan teenagers.EFE ALBERTO ROJAS Special Envoy Ceuta Updated Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 22:48Direct witness Moroccan teenagers, leaving Ceuta: "Mohamed VI is corrupt" Political crisis Night of tension in Ceuta: soldiers, civil guards and police, hand in hand at the border A legionnaire with ax sideburns grins and points from the sand. Ahead is a group of Moroccan teenagers perched on knife-sharp rocks about 20 meters from the shore. The young people make the gesture of victory in front of the soldier who looks at them calmly. "They think I'm going to get tired before they do. They don't know that until my sergeant gives me orders to leave, I can be here three...
Al Sistani – Al Tayeb: an important meeting between Shiites and Sunnis is preparing
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Al Sistani – Al Tayeb: an important meeting between Shiites and Sunnis is preparing

The image is one that will remain from Pope Francis' trip to Iraq: on March 6, in Nadjaf (150 km south of Baghdad), he spoke for 50 minutes behind closed doors with the great Ayatollah Ali Al Sistani, nonagenarian in the black turban and major authority for the Iraqi Shiites, who see in him a source of imitation (marja-e-taqlid). On the plane that brought him back to Rome two days later, Francis was full of praise for this « sage » Muslim, "A man of God", confident that this interview had made him "Good for the soul".→ READ. Pope's journey: in Nadjaf, an already historic meeting between Francis and Ayatollah Ali Al SistaniNow Ayatollah Al Sistani could soon meet another major religious authority, internal to the Muslim world this time: Ahmed Al Tayeb, the grand imam of A...
Al Qaeda still on the rise 10 years after the hunt for Osama bin Laden
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Al Qaeda still on the rise 10 years after the hunt for Osama bin Laden

The terrorist network grows in the heat of the withdrawal of the United States from AfghanistanObama and Biden in the 'Situation Room'.PETER SOUZA / CASA BLANCA LLUS MIQUEL HURTADO Tehern Updated Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 22:43Middle east The 'true' story of bin Laden's death Withdrawal Spain will leave Afghanistan in September following Joe Biden's announcement to withdraw troops on 9/11 A decade after the murder of Osama bin Laden. From the vindication of Barack Obama as a tough president, from the celebrations in front of the White House to the shout of "USA! USA!" and from the chants of victory against terrorism, Al Qaeda, the network led by the Saudi billionaire turned jihadist militant, is still alive. And it grows. Neither the successive blows against the organization's legs in...
Reporting: an increasingly mined terrain for the world’s eyes and ears
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Reporting: an increasingly mined terrain for the world’s eyes and ears

Armed groups, state censorship and the paper crisis hinder the work of special envoysJournalists cover a 2011 Libyan government bombing.REUTERSUpdated Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 02:26Analysis Intensive care for reporters Exteriors Laya asks Burkina Faso to "investigate" the murder of the two Spanish journalists and not go "unpunished" Sam Mendick, a reporter for the Associated Press agency, had the misfortune to have to give a story that no one wants to give. Two Spanish journalists and an Irish activist had been killed in southern Burkina Faso. His account from the capital, Ouagadougou, with the elements he had on hand at the time, already included witness testimony, government statements and a small contribution from an expert analyst in the area. Mendick rolled his eyes where David Beri...
Joe Biden places China at the center of the 21st century ‘Axis of Evil’
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Joe Biden places China at the center of the 21st century ‘Axis of Evil’

"Xi Jinping and other autocrats believe that democracy does not work in the 21st century," he warns, using a rhetoric typical of the Cold War.Joe Biden with Vice President Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi.AFPJoe Biden, the president everyone took for a transitional character, has launched the biggest plan to reform America since Ronald Reagan. Biden wants to carry out the largest expansion of the Welfare State in five decades and has recovered a rhetoric typical of the Cold War - or of the era of the Axis of Evil that led to the invasion of Iraq - against the other great world power: China.Those are the axes of the traditional speech of the first 100 days in office that the president gave on Wednesday night - early this Thursday in Spain - before the United States Congress. Although Biden ...
Covid-19: at least 23 dead in hospital fire in Iraq
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Covid-19: at least 23 dead in hospital fire in Iraq

Arab country having recorded the most Covid-19 contaminations, Iraq experienced an additional drama in the night from Saturday to Sunday. As Iraq's health care system has been in disrepair for decades and many doctors have migrated through four decades of repeated wars, a hospital building in the capital has caught fire.→ LAST JUNE. Covid-19, Iraq disarmed by the scale of the pandemicThey are oxygen cylinders " stored without respecting security conditions "Which are at the origin of the disaster, explained medical sources to AFP. In the middle of the night, when dozens of relatives were at the bedside of " thirty patients in this intensive care unit "Of the Ibn al-Khatib hospital, reserved for the most serious cases in Baghdad, flames have gained the floors, reported a...