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Coal-Fired Power Is Declining Thanks to a Slowdown in India and China

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 22:36
2019 could end with a deceleration in overall carbon emissions.

Idées reçues sur l'Allemagne, par Claire Demesmay





Claire Demesmay, Idées reçues sur l'Allemagne. Un modèle en question, Le Cavalier Bleu, Paris, 2018
Spécialiste reconnue de l'Allemagne, des relations franco-allemandes et des questions européennes, Claire Demesmay (directrice du programme franco-allemand de l’Institut allemand de politique étrangère à Berlin – DGAP) nous offre ici un panorama précieux de la République Fédérale au présent.
Comme le veut l’esprit de la collection, l'objectif consiste à revenir sur quelques perceptions fréquemment reprises, pour démêler ce qui tient du fantasme, de la réalité, ou d’une évolution plus subtile. On apprend beaucoup dans ce travail, qui explore les domaines politique, culturel, économiques et sociaux, ou relatifs à l’action extérieure.
Oui, l'ancienne RDA et sa disparition ont laissé des traces, le déclassement existe à l’est, la marginalisation guette et l’extrême droite en profite. Mais pas nécessairement de la façon dont on le dit vu de France ou d’ailleurs. Oui, la Chancelière a été fragilisée par la crise des réfugiés. Mais elle est toujours là, et sa stabilité au pouvoir ferait pâlir d’envie bien des présidents français. Oui, Berlin est central dans l’imaginaire allemand, mais les entités régionales sont fortes.
De la minorité turque à la Bundeswehr en passant par la place de la musique classique, du marché du travail à la question énergétique, cet ouvrage fait redécouvrir l'Allemagne, insuffisamment connue en France, où la crainte obscurcit encore le regard.
La relation franco-allemande connaît des difficultés, qui chaque fois inquiètent, mais devraient être abordées avec la sérénité d’une meilleure compréhension de la nouvelle République de Berlin, post-réunification. Ce travail y aide grandement.

Courage of terrorism survivors underlines ‘urgency’ of UN Investigative Team’s work in Iraq

UN News Centre - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 21:33
The leader of the special UN Investigation Team probing crimes committed by ISIL terrorists in Iraq, said on Tuesday that the courage being demonstrated by survivors coming forward “serves to underline the urgency” they need to carry on with their work.

China Bids to Lead World Agency Protecting Intellectual Property 

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 21:00
“Why would you want to put the fox in charge of the henhouse?” says one American expert.

Guterres underscores UN role in achieving a free, secure Internet

UN News Centre - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 20:19
Unless countries work together to address gaps in digital access, as well as related social and political divisions, this generation will be remembered as the one that “ruined the early promise of the Internet”, the UN Secretary-General has warned.

Kashmiri Businesses Can Finally Use the Internet Again—but at a Steep Cost

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 19:53
New rules force companies to give up their privacy and steer clear of social networks and Wi-Fi if they want their internet back. Regular citizens still have no access, 113 days into a digital blackout.

Lutte contre le terrorisme, une aubaine pour les dirigeants nigérians

Le Monde Diplomatique - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 19:28
Deuxième puissance économique d'Afrique, le Nigeria doit faire face aux attaques de la secte Boko Haram. En moins de dix ans, plus de quarante mille personnes ont été tuées ; la moitié sont tombées sous les balles des forces de sécurité chargées de combattre les djihadistes. Dans un pays que les États (...) / , , , , , , , , , , , , - 2019/12

Empowering people living with HIV ‘will end the epidemic’, says AIDS agency chief

UN News Centre - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 18:40
When people living with HIV actively participate in their own care, new infections decline and more affected people access treatment, according to a new report launched on Tuesday by UNAIDS, the United Nations agency leading the fight against the disease.

Navy Secretary Clashed With Trump Long Before Gallagher

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 18:34
Spencer’s ouster followed months of tensions with the White House over cost overruns and other issues.

Diplomats Who Testified in Impeachment Inquiry Get Lifeline Through Legal Fund

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 18:27
Donors across the United States have provided more than a quarter of a million dollars so far.

Dans le chaudron du pouvoir iranien

Le Monde Diplomatique - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 17:26
La crise issue de l'élection présidentielle iranienne du 12 juin, avec les fraudes, les manifestations, les morts et la violente répression des opposants, illustre les profondes divisions au sein même des élites gouvernantes, et pourrait déboucher sur des surenchères nationalistes vis-à-vis de (...) / , , , , , - 2009/07

UN chief hails ‘positive developments’ towards ending political crisis in Bolivia

UN News Centre - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 17:25
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has welcomed recent steps towards a peaceful resolution to the political turmoil in Bolivia.

New Oil Finds Could Mean a Tripling of Guyana’s GDP

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 17:16
Here’s how the country can avoid the resource curse.

Trump Battled the Navy. Here Are the Casualties.

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 16:05
Ten takeaways from the biggest civil-military crisis (so far) of the Trump administration.

Quand la société dit «<small class="fine"> </small>non<small class="fine"> </small>»

Le Monde Diplomatique - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 15:01
C'est de France qu'est venu le premier coup de semonce sérieux contre l'avancée d'une mondialisation dont, en Europe, la Commission de Bruxelles et la plupart des gouvernements se sont faits les prosélytes. Le « fil rouge » du mouvement social de décembre 1995 — le refus de se laisser dépouiller (...) / , , , - 1996/01

Judge Paves Way for Impeachment Net to Widen

Foreign Policy - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 11:38
A Federal court ruling means former White House counsel Donald McGahn could testify, and so might John Bolton

UN emissions report: World on course for more than 3 degree spike, even if climate commitments are met

UN News Centre - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 09:10
Even if countries meet commitments made under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the world is heading for a 3.2 degrees Celsius global temperature rise over pre-industrial levels, leading to even wider-ranging and more destructive climate impacts, warns a report from the UN Environment Programme, released on Tuesday. 

The Oligarchs Who Lost Ukraine and Won Washington

Foreign Affairs - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 06:00

A congressional impeachment inquiry seeks to determine whether U.S. President Donald Trump extorted a foreign leader, withholding a coveted White House meeting and U.S. military aid in order to promulgate a Russian-inspired conspiracy theory and smear his chief opponent in the 2020 election. The United States’ gravest constitutional crisis since Watergate is not just about preserving the integrity of U.S. democratic institutions from the president’s abuse of power, however. It is an episode in a broader geopolitical struggle between the defenders of democracy and the forces of oligarchic authoritarianism, from Kyiv’s Maidan to Hong Kong’s Mong Kok. In this wider global conflict, Trump and his surrogates have consistently aligned themselves with the forces of oligarchic authoritarianism—in Russia, Turkey, Hungary, and other countries, too. Nowhere is this clearer than in Ukraine.


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Algeria Faces the Unknown—Finally

Foreign Affairs - Tue, 26/11/2019 - 06:00

What if an election is held and no one votes? This question now confronts Algeria, where the government of interim President Abdelkader Bensalah has scheduled a presidential election for December 12. Yet the election risks ending as an exercise in absurdity: nearly all Algerian political and civil organizations have refused to endorse the five official candidates and have called upon Algerians to refrain from voting. The failure of this election will, paradoxically, mark the success of the country’s democratic aspirations, as expressed through a phenomenon that has dominated the Algerian political landscape since late February: le hirak.


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Guterres holds ‘focused and frank’ informal discussions over future of Cyprus

UN News Centre - Mon, 25/11/2019 - 23:17
The UN Secretary-General held “focused and frank” informal talks with the leaders of the Greek and Turkish Cypriot communities on Monday in order to “take stock of efforts” to finally reach a settlement over the divided Mediterranean island.

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