Operation Barkhane, a disappointment seen from Mali

On February 2, 2013, Mamadou Touré was one of the thousands of Malians who gathered on avenue de l’Indépendance in Bamako to give a dignified welcome to François Hollande, the « sauveur ». A few days earlier, at the request of the Malian authorities, France launched Operation Serval to stop the jihadist advance. Eight years later, the enthusiasm has disappeared in this Bamako thirty-something. “I didn’t think we would be there yet in 2021. Still dead and occupied territories”, he confides.

→ ANALYSIS. France in Mali, a battle of seven years

Even if he admits his disenchantment, he will not participate in the demonstration on January 20 – Day of the Malian Army Day – against “French imperialism”. For the organizers of this rally, Barkhane is seen as an occupying force.

« For us, Barkhane is a failure ”, asserts Adama Ben Diarra, nicknamed Ben the Brain, recognizable by his communist cap still screwed on his head. The latter regrets that, “Despite its latest generation military resources, it cannot rout 3,000 people who ride motorcycles”.

Barkhane less efficient than Serval

Now a member of the National Transitional Council – the transitional parliament created by the putschists after the resignation of President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta – Adama Ben Diarra makes his voice heard there to ask Russia to supplant France in the country.

→ READ. Barkhane, the time of questioning

As Modibo Galy Cissé, a doctoral student at Leiden University in the Netherlands, who frequently conducts surveys in the north as in central Mali, points out, the populations maintain that Barkhane is less efficient than Serval.

« Since Barkhane, terrorist groups reorganized before expanding their area of ​​action. Today, they operate in the center of the country and are steadily gaining ground, as evidenced by attacks further south ”, he analyzes. In Gao, the gateway to northern Mali, Barkhane only has one base. It provides regular patrols in the area but not very dissuasive, according to a teacher in the city who requested anonymity.

« Barkhane is carrying out strikes in certain areas in order to calm the ardor of his detractors, specifies the researcher. But it rarely brings aid to the armies of the Sahel attacked by terrorists, despite its sophisticated air resources. »

“We continue to suffer”

In fact, a certain mistrust of foreign forces has developed in recent years among the local population. Barkhane is very often compared to the UN force (Minusma) to underline its ineffectiveness. « Eight years after the start of the French intervention, we continue to suffer ”, laments the teacher.

→ ANALYSIS. The future of Operation Barkhane in question

However, the inhabitants of Gao do not ask for the departure of the French force: Barkhane also carries out social, health and economic interventions for the benefit of the population. This inhabitant himself claims to have benefited from it. “But you have to know the right intermediaries”, he specifies.


In Douentza, in the center of the country, Barkhane has been at the heart of discussions since she carried out an air raid on January 3 that left several dead, civilians gathered for a wedding according to villagers. A thesis rejected by the Malian army and the French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly, affirming on Sunday January 10 on France Inter that France had “Hired two fighter planes which eliminated dozens of jihadists”, and that he “There was no marriage, no wives, no children”.

→ READ. Mali: doubts around a deadly strike by “Barkhane”

The controversy has not stopped swelling since, strengthening the camp of those who wish to see Barkhane leave this area, known to be a “Lair” terrorists, explains a national of this locality. This controversy shows, in his eyes, the need to dialogue with armed groups to find a lasting solution to the crisis. Malians have already expressed in 2019 their willingness to negotiate with terrorists during the inclusive national dialogue. France has always opposed it.


Disappointed, presidential candidate Ana Gomes demarcates herself from José Sócrates – Nacional

Presidential candidate Ana Gomes was invited by Manuel Luís Goucha this Monday, January 11th. The conversation started with emotion in the voice when remembering her husband, Ambassador António Franco, who died in July 2020. He was largely responsible for Ana Gomes, 66 years old, to advance to the race to the Palace of Belém.

One of the great flags of the former MEP has been the fight against corruption. “We cannot be tolerant of corruption. And that is where I want to make a difference. Not only in Justice, but in the government under the presidency of the Republic and all democratic institutions,” he defended.

Manuel Luís Goucha wanted to know which politician most disappointed her, in a clear allusion to José Sócrates, with whom Ana Gomes was associated by André Ventura and a lot on social networks. The candidate refused proximity and did not hide her disillusionment with the former socialist prime minister.

“Socrates disillusioned me. But, if you remember, I never supported Socrates. Notably in the internal strife of the PS. When he was elected Secretary-General I did not support Socrates and immediately left the leadership of the party where I was responsible for International Relations. “, he demarcated himself, however not refusing “some qualities”. “There was a lot that I learned a little bit by little, which left me perplexed: soon the stories of the course taken on Sunday, of those unspeakable houses”, he said.

“I did not know half the mass at that time, as most Portuguese, socialists and socialists did not know, namely that he lived on a friend’s account and that there was a story that the mother was rich and that that would explain a lot“, Ana Gomes also mentioned, without forgetting the alleged “links and corruption schemes between Socrates and BES”.


“The Swiss vote is a disappointment”

The cross : A majority of Swiss cantons rejected the “Responsible Companies” initiative, which provided for the strengthening of the responsibility of large companies for human rights or environmental violations committed by their subsidiaries and suppliers. Are you disappointed with this result?

Nayla Ajaltouni: This is of course a great disappointment given the stakes and the energy deployed by the broad coalition created by Swiss NGOs for several years. The victory of the “yes” would have been a big step in a country which is seen as an El Dorado for business, and which is home to the headquarters of companies like Nestlé and Glencore, which operate in sectors that are very at risk in terms of violations. fundamental rights.

In France, it took five years to develop, convince and lead to the vote of the law on the duty of vigilance in 2017. Our Swiss friends had to fight against the same fallacious arguments of the employers’ representatives, which scared small and medium-sized businesses. companies by pretending they were threatened by the proposal.

However, the rejection by a majority of cantons is counterbalanced by the fact that a majority of the popular vote (50.7%) was in favor of the initiative. This represents a victory for civil society, whose work of influence is gradually bearing fruit all over the world. The idea of ​​making multinationals accountable for the social and environmental impacts of their activities is progressing.

The popular initiative proposed to allow those injured by a subsidiary or supplier of a multinational to take legal action in Switzerland for redress. Is this compatible with the sovereignty of States?

N. A. : This respect for sovereignty is a false argument. Like the French law on the duty of vigilance, the Swiss initiative aimed to ensure that the legal reality catch up with the economic reality of actors who no longer act, for a long time, in a single territory. By considering the transnational nature of a company’s activities, it is a question of making up for a delay in the law. Self-regulation by companies is not enough, we need to impose laws with sanctions.

One of the arguments of opponents to the text was that of the risk of a loss of competitiveness for Switzerland. Can a single country play the role of precursor in a globalized economy?

N. A. : It is time to reverse the burden of proof: for years, civil society has documented the recurring social and environmental dramas linked to the impact of the economic activity of multinationals, but the business world has been unable to demonstrate a link between regulation and loss of competitiveness.

We obviously have to act more globally, by fighting, at European level, against powerful economic lobbies which hinder attempts at regulation. Europe is not an abstract body, it is made up of States which must initiate virtuous dynamics. When France, with its political and economic weight, votes, under pressure from civil society, the law on the duty of vigilance, and it receives the reinforcement of initiatives in other countries, then we have weight to negotiate, at European and international level, the strengthening of laws.

What conclusions can we draw from the law on the duty of vigilance, three years after its adoption?

N. A. : It laid down the fundamental principle of being able to hold the parent company liable for violations committed, including by suppliers abroad. The Swiss initiative was all the more interesting as it retained a turnover criterion, broader than that of a workforce of 5,000 employees chosen by France to determine whether a company is subject to the duty of vigilance.

The French State does not publish the list of companies affected by the law and has not set up a body responsible for monitoring its implementation. In 2019, NGOs analyzed the vigilance plans published by several sectors, including banks and the agrifood industry: they were far from the requirements of the law, and lacking in risk mapping, which is essential.

The French government cannot shirk its responsibility while work is underway at European level and an ambitious directive on the duty of vigilance of multinationals is awaited. The next step is the adoption, in January 2021, of the report on the duty of vigilance presented by the Dutch MEP Lara Wolters. European civil society is very active in ensuring that multinationals are really held accountable in court for violations of fundamental rights.


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“Last class”: This action brought Rapid coach Kühbauer to the Weißglut – Bundesliga

The spectacular 3: 4 between WAC and Rapid Vienna is still a topic in Austrian football two days later. Last had Sky published a video in which you could see how WAC goalie Alexander Kofler loudly expressed his displeasure with referee Stefan Ebner (“Violent fuss in the video: WAC goalie Kofler complains about referee performance”).

“Unfortunately, people very quickly forget …”

The mood in the Lavant Valley was generally very heated. Even during the game, borderline calls could be heard on TV from the stands.

Rapid coach Didi Kühbauer was stunned by some of the statements and scenes in the game. The Burgenlander is “deeply disappointed” about the behavior of his ex-club. “I didn’t take a penalty. Unfortunately, people very quickly forget that I did a good job here and brought the club a lot of money,” Didi Kühbauer told Kronen newspaper.

One scene stuck in the mind of the former WAC coach. The battered Ullmann had voluntarily played the ball out before Wolfsbergs Novak promptly initiated an offensive action by the Carinthians: “That is left behind,” complained Kühbauer. Furthermore reports the Kronethat Kühbauer sought a conversation with WAC captain Michael Liendl after the game to talk about this action.

Contract extension? Kühbauer would be ready to talk

The rapid trainer’s contract expires in summer 2021. The current results and the development of the team clearly indicate that Rapid will probably offer the Burgenland an extension. And Kühbauer does not seem averse to an extension of his contract: “Of course I am ready to talk because this group is good for me, because this club is everything to me and because this is my club, where I always wanted to be. That I and the The coaching team put together such a good team is all the more beautiful, “emphasized Kühbauer Sky.

Rapid on the way to Norway

Didi Kühbauer is currently on the way to Norway with his protégés, where they will face Molde FK in the Europa League on Thursday. On the first day of the match the Hütteldorfer suffered a narrow defeat against Arsenal. Molde won away against Dundalk.

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from Ligaportal, Photo: Gerhard Pulsinger


The audience smashed to smithereens the victory of the 91-year-old siege in the show “Voice. 60 +”

Dina Ivanovna Yudina from St. Petersburg won the superfinal of the third season of the project.  Photo: MAXIM LEE

Dina Ivanovna Yudina from St. Petersburg won the superfinal of the third season of the project. Photo: MAXIM LEE

There is a scandal in the quietest and kindest show of our TV “Voice.60 +” Former employee of the scientific library Dina Ivanovna Yudina from St. Petersburg won the superfinal of the third season of the project of hereditary professional artist Pyotr Tarenkov with a difference of 60 to 40 percent. Which did not suit very many. The spectators began to be indignant, they say, the grandmother was taken out of pity. “KP” collects the most eloquent responses on the topic, left by people in social networks.

“Soon, 100-year-old grandmothers will be brought to Golos.60 +, absurd. By age with respect, but there were more worthy vocalists. “

“With all due respect to my grandmother: Pyotr Tarenkov is the winner! You’re lying! Do not take the people for fools. We hear and see everything. Can not be so!”

“I consider it unfair as always, of course, you respect your age, but a competition is a competition. The best voices, as always, are in the background. Another disappointment … “

“Well, of course, the winner is Peter. And this is undeniable, with all due respect to Dina. Played along obviously. “

“Again they play on people’s feelings. Why interfere with voices (real voices!) And age, the 75th anniversary of Victory, peacefulness? The man has definitely won. Dina has more health. “

“They pressed on pity, but it’s not professional, of course, Tarenkov is the winner!”

“Shouldn’t the organizers think over a new system of rewarding the finalists of the project, including the age, gender aspects of the participants, as well as the preferences of mentors and spectators, but the main prize should, of course, be awarded for the vote.”

“Many of the participants in this contest were much stronger in song performance than the winner, with all due respect to her. It remains a mystery why her mentor pushed it. An unpleasant aftertaste from another injustice remained in my soul. I wonder how the winner herself reacted to her victory? “

“Hmmm … what’s the name of the program? Like the Voice. But this old woman doesn’t have it at all! May God grant her long life, but there were really talented people, and this woman did not even cause any emotions! We need to make a program, as they say, “Voice. Age”. Anyway, they voted for her out of respect and pity. Something wheezes to himself. So any grandmother at the table can drink and start singing, not knowing at all. “

“No need to say here, they say, well done, at this age! The show is kind of about how people sing, gifted with voices! I have no words”

“A mixed impression of the final. I liked the knockouts very much, it was an interesting stage. But the final stage, or “the cherry on the cake”, leaves questions about the voice, age, vocal data …. “

“Maybe introduce the Audience Choice Award? Already in several reviews such a proposal appears. And if, judging by the name of the project, in the center of everything there really is a voice multiplied by skills and craftsmanship, then all the same it is worth not forgetting about it “

“They took the victory away from a talented person. Peter is the best in every way! In the days of his youth, mediocrity did not finish the choral school … The project is called “Voice”, not “Age”. The strongest must win! Very sorry…”

Dear readers, what do you think – Dina Yudina won the project “Voice.60 +” deservedly? Or should the victory have been given to the professional artist Pyotr Tarenkov, who is 31 years younger than his rival?


After disappointment with Apple Watch and iPad keynote: New iPhones may be shortly before presentation | 28.09.20

Anyone who was looking forward to the presentation of a new iPhone model should have followed Apple’s latest keynote with disappointment. But fans and investors may not have to wait too long before they can keep an eye on the new Apple smartphone.

Usually Apple presents the new members of the iPhone family in September. But this year the coronavirus has messed up the timing of the iCompany: At the September keynote, fans and investors waited in vain for the iPhone 12. But now there could be a new specific date for the launch of the new flagships.

iPhone-Event am 13. Oktober?

As AppleInsider reports, the tech giant from Cupertino may be aiming for October 13, 2020 for its second fall event. The portal, which cites a source at a Dutch network operator, assumes that pre-orders could start just three days later, on October 16, and the new devices would then be available in stores from October 23.

Apple expert Job Prosser also leaked an iPhone keynote on October 13:

Prosser also goes into more detail and expects the “iPhone 12 mini” and the “iPhone 12 Max” to be available in stores at the start of sales on October 23rd.

Pro models expected later

Apple fans will probably have to wait even longer for Apple’s new flagships, the Pro models. Although Prosser assumes that the iCompany will present all iPhone 12 models as part of the second keynote, according to his information, advance sales for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max will not start until a few weeks later.

The delays – especially with the more expensive flagships – could have a negative impact on Apple’s fourth quarter results. In this quarter of the year, the company usually performs strongly – due to the Christmas business.

Finanzen.at editors