Terror in France: “Definitely an Islamist attack”

Dhe beheading of a teacher on Friday near a school in the suburbs of Paris caused great consternation in France. According to the prosecutor, the perpetrator is an 18-year-old Russian of Chechen origin who lived as a refugee in France.

The attacker Abdullah A., who was shot dead by the police near the crime scene northwest of Paris, has not yet been prosecuted in France or recorded for radicalization.

In connection with the attack, nine people were taken into police custody as of Saturday. Among the arrested were the grandparents, parents and a 17-year-old brother of the assassin, said the anti-terrorist prosecutor of France.

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The father of a student who is said to have argued with the 47-year-old history teacher about his lessons was also taken into custody. The man had complained on the Internet that the teacher had shown his students naked Mohammed cartoons. The half-sister of the arrested person is said to have moved to Syria for the Islamic State (IS) jihadist militia.

Macron gave a short speech at the scene

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke on Friday evening near the crime scene in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine of a “clearly Islamist terrorist attack”. “One of our fellow citizens was murdered today because he was teaching, because he taught students the freedom of expression, the freedom to believe and not to believe,” said a visibly ailing Macron. “I call on all of our compatriots to stand together, to be united,” said President Macron at the scene. “You won’t get away with it,” he said, referring to violence and terrorists.

President Emmanuel Macron visited the crime scene near Paris on Friday evening

President Emmanuel Macron visited the crime scene near Paris on Friday evening

The teacher was reportedly assaulted and beheaded on the street on Friday afternoon. The anti-terror prosecutor took over the investigation. The alleged perpetrator, who, according to witnesses, shouted “Allahu akbar” (“God is great”) after the crime, was picked up by police in nearby Éragny and shot a short time later. Investigators reported that he was armed with a knife, had a soft gun with plastic bullets and refused to put down his weapons.

The class was about freedom of expression

There is speculation in France about the motive for the crime. The history teacher is said to have shown Mohammed cartoons in class on the subject of freedom of expression. There was also displeasure at the school; the teacher had been threatened, reported Franceinfo. The father of a 13-year-old told France Inter that the teacher asked Muslim students if they wanted to leave the room before showing the pictures. The teacher was not “condescending or disrespectful”.

It was not clear whether the alleged perpetrator was connected to the school. The broadcaster BFM reported on a video that the father of a schoolboy is said to have published on YouTube earlier this month. The video is also said to have been about the Mohammed cartoons.

The police secured the crime scene on Friday evening

The police secured the crime scene on Friday evening

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“Islamism is waging a war against us: we have to force it out of our country,” responded right wing politician Marine Le Pen on Twitter. Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer wrote on the net of an attack on the republic: “Our unity and determination are the only answer to the enormity of Islamist terrorism.” To attack a teacher means to attack all French citizens and freedom, wrote the President of the National Assembly , Richard Ferrand, on Twitter.

The crime scene is in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

The crime scene is in the suburb of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine

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Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen also condemned the fatal attack. “We must never allow ourselves to be intimidated by terror, extremism and violence,” Maas wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Von der Leyen emphasized the importance of teachers in democracy.

Again and again Islamist attacks in France

Only a few weeks ago there was a knife attack in front of the former editorial building of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” in Paris. Two people were injured – here too, the investigators assume a terrorist background. There was a fatal attack on the editorial staff of “Charlie Hebdo” in January 2015, in which a total of 17 people were killed. At the beginning of the trial against the alleged helpers of the terror series, the magazine had published cartoons of Mohammed again and was threatened with massive threats. The perpetrator of the knife attack stated that he could not bear this.

The trial in Paris has been running since the beginning of September, and you can only enter the Palace of Justice under high security conditions. A verdict is expected in November. The editorial staff of “Charlie Hebdo” expressed their condolences to the relatives of the killed teacher.

A man was beheaded in an Islamist-motivated attack in 2015. A 35-year-old was overwhelmed while trying to cause explosions in an industrial gas plant in Saint-Quentin-Fallavier near Lyon. He had previously beheaded his employer and stuck his head with two Islamist flags on the factory fence.

France has been rocked by Islamist attacks for years – more than 250 people died. Therefore, people are almost always aware of the threat of terrorism. The French government has made the fight against terrorism a top priority and continues to warn that the risk of terrorist attacks is very high.

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Greece: The myth of Atlantis comes to life on Santorini

Dhe earth trembles. A dull rumble and a cloud of ash herald something ominous. A huge explosion follows, which rips apart the top of a volcano with a deafening bang. Lava rock the size of a truck flies towards the viewer, glowing red streams, murderously hot, roll over the land, into the bubbling sea.

What follows are tidal waves as high as a house, which sweep over the sea at breakneck speed. Instinctively you raise your arms to protect yourself from the elemental forces, that’s how realistically you experience the apocalypse today, which destroyed all life on Thera three and a half thousand years ago.

Thera – that’s what Santorini was once called. For a year now, an Atlantis museum has been welcoming visitors to the Greek Aegean island, which it claims to be the first in the world. It is equipped with the finest high-tech.

The Atlantis Museum explains Thera

In a cinema with 3D film material, visitors sit on hydraulically operated chairs and can enjoy even more: water splashes out of the armrests. When entering the “Lost Atlantis Experience”, as the museum calls all of its illusionary magic, you have to make your way over virtually glowing lava rocks.

Watch out, it splashes: water shoots from armrests during the screenings in the museum cinema, which illustrate elemental forces for visitors

Quelle: Lost Atlantis Experience Museum/Thanasis Damopoulos

At the end of the Feuerstraße you will find a touchscreen on which you can follow Plato’s life. The world-famous Greek philosopher reported on Atlantis for the first time around 360 BC in his late works “Kritias” and “Timaeus”.

A few meters further, Plato comes to life. As a projection, it answers questions from museum visitors. Shortly afterwards you stand in front of rotating holograms that trace the geological development of Santorini from prehistoric times to the present in three dimensions.

The viewer learns about research results from 1989. According to this, Thera looked surprisingly similar to Plato’s Atlantis image 3600 years ago: a hill surrounded by rings of seawater and earth. On the upper floor, a huge Atlantis diorama provides insights into the daily life of the residents.

At the end of the exhibition there is a reality check: Plato’s descriptions are compared with the reality of Santorini using examples.

After the beach to the archaeological site of Akrotiri

The similarities with Atlantis have not stopped Giorgos Koukoulas since he came to the island 13 years ago. In 2012 he wrote a novella with “Atlantis will never go down”. Seven years later his dream of a museum came true, which he and five friends had planned and financed himself; today he is its director.

Promises a multimedia historical experience with holograms and 3-D films: the Lost Atlantis Experience Museum on Santorini in Greece

Promises a multimedia historical experience with holograms and 3-D films: the Lost Atlantis Experience Museum

Quelle: Lost Atlantis Experience Museum/Thanasis Damopoulos

“Plato wanted to embed his idea of ​​an ideal state in a real environment,” he is sure. “With its highly developed culture, its geological features and its dramatic history, it is very obvious that Santorini and the surrounding islands are the origin of Atlantis.”

If one goes in search of evidence that supports this thesis, a holiday on Santorini can also be a journey of discovery outside the museum. The first stop is the archaeological site of Akrotiri.

The place Oia is picturesquely located on the steep coast of Santorini in Greece

Blue church domes, white cube houses: the place Oia is picturesquely located on the cliffs of Santorini

Source: Getty Images / Sylvain Sonnet

Bathers who relax in intense sunshine in the 20 degree warm water on Red Beach until the end of October like to combine their beach stay with a walk through the nearby archaeological site, where a city reached the height of its culture in the Bronze Age three and a half thousand years ago. Plato saw Atlantis sink in his work through earthquakes and floods, Akrotiri was also destroyed by an earthquake around 1620 BC.

A society as described by Plato

In 1967 the excavations began in Akrotiri – which will drag on for many years. However, the work has been very insightful so far. The roughly two hectare part of the archaeological site that has been exposed so far provides information about a society as outlined by Plato as a “great and wonderful empire” in his works.

Santorini (Greece): At Red Beach with its imposing red rocks, bathers can relax in the sun until the end of October

At Red Beach with its imposing red rocks, bathers can relax in the sun until the end of October

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Wall paintings show a civilization shaped by trade and seafaring, which at that time was far ahead of its time. Currently they are hidden from visitors, but mostly still in the museum’s magazine. Particularly noticeable is the frieze found in the so-called West House with an armada of ships, which comes very close to Plato’s description of “The largest port teeming with ships and merchants”.

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The location of the Cycladic island of Santorini and a reconstruction of Atlantis

When walking through the alleys of the 3600-year-old city, one can hardly stop being amazed at the techniques that people already had at their disposal. Houses up to three floors high, cantilevered stairs, sewers, cobblestone streets, bathtubs and toilets in the buildings illustrate the prosperity in the city, which is so well preserved under volcanic ash, that is otherwise only found in Pompeii or Herculaneum. Plato had also reported on canals and bathhouses in his “Kritias” dialogue.

When hiking on Santorini you can see the stones

Unlike in Italy, no human remains have been found in Akrotiri so far. Archaeologists suspect that in the face of increasing earthquakes, people saved themselves on their ships from the great volcanic devastation. It is unlikely that they could escape the lava flows and sea waves up to 30 meters high.

Museum guide Eugenia Liodaki considers another explanation: “The residents of Thera were used to earthquakes. Perhaps they only evacuated the city temporarily. ”Bed frames in front of the uncovered houses indicate that clean-up work began after the earthquake. Obviously, the population was not ready to give up the prosperity achieved through trade and seafaring and the fertile soil of volcanic origin.

There was also plenty of building material on the island. Once again there are parallels to Plato’s Atlantis, whose inhabitants built “towers and gates” from it. “The stones for it,” he wrote, were “partly white, partly black, partly red” – typical stone colors for a volcanic island.

Atlantis or Santorini?  Museum visitors can find out how similar the islands are - with a touchscreen and insights from Plato

Atlantis or Santorini? Museum visitors can find out how similar the islands are – with a touchscreen and insights from Plato

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On a hike from Oia in the north of Santorini to the island’s capital Fira, the black and white layers of rock on the cliffs can easily be made out. The cliffs themselves are covered with a sea of ​​whitewashed houses as if they were snow-covered.

The color contrasts are the black volcanic pebbles of many island beaches, the most beautiful Santorini can be found near Perivolos. Imposing red rocks can be found on Red Beach or on the way from Oia down to the port of Ammoudi.

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Holidaymaker in Lindos on the island of Rhodes (Greece)

So far, however, archaeologists have not come across traces of the Temple of Poseidon, whose location Plato established in the center of Atlantis. The islands of Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni are located in the middle of the crater, which is now filled with seawater, the remaining rim of which Santorini is semicircular. Some of the hot springs praised by Plato bubble there.

If you sit on a restaurant terrace in Oia or Imerovigli with a glass of local Assyrtiko wine on a mild autumn evening, the islands enchant you in the light of the setting sun. Myth and reality slowly merge in front of the orange, then deep red horizon, which inevitably stimulates the imagination.

Santorin in the Aegean Sea (Greece)

Source: WORLD infographic

Tips and information

Getting there: From Berlin, for example, with the Greek airline Aegean, stopover in Athens. Lufthansa flies non-stop from Frankfurt, and Condor from Düsseldorf. For entry by sea, air and land, there is an online registration requirement due to Covid-19. An online form (“Passenger Locator Form”) on the travel.gov.gr website must be completed at least 24 hours before departure for Greece.

Accommodation: From the “Mystique Hotel Santorini” in Oia you can enjoy a spectacular view of the crater, a night in a double room costs from around 320 euros, depending on the season and the offer (mystique.gr); It is cheaper to stay in the “Heliotopos Boutique Hotel” in Imerovigli, double rooms from 165 euros (hotel.heliotopos.net); The “Istoria” is located directly on the beach of Perivolos near the archaeological site of Akrotiri and the Atlantis Museum, double rooms from 260 euros (istoriahotel.gr).

Lost Atlantis Experience Museum: The museum is located in Megalochori in the south of the island; admission is normally 12 euros, children from 6 to 12 years pay 6 euros. Due to Corona, you have to register and inquire about opening times (lost-atlantis.com). Closing time in the low season from November to the end of April.

Akrotiri archaeological site: The archaeological site of Akrotiri is open daily, entrance fee 12 euros (santorin.gr/akrotiri.php).

Information desk: discovergreece.com/de

Participation in the trip was supported by Marketing Greece. You can find our standards of transparency and journalistic independence at axelspringer.de/unabhaengigkeit.

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Unexpected surprises about the star “Betelgeuse” – thought and art – East and West

Astronomers from the Australian National University recently revealed that the star known as “Betelgeuse” is closer to Earth than we previously thought, and that its size is smaller than what researchers had long suspected..

It is worth noting that this star is one of the brightest stars in the sky, but it has appeared to fade since late last year, and scientists at the time suggested that this transformation was an indication of an imminent explosion..

The researchers later found that what appeared to be a fading out was, in fact, nothing but a cloud of dust that covered the star, so monitoring of its “natural pulses” was no longer available as before..

But this explosion will not happen to us, because it is likely at the present time that it will take about 100 years before the explosion takes place.

A researcher at the Australian National University, Dermeth Joyce, confirmed that this large star is still witnessing helium burning in its core, and therefore, the end is still far away by our human time scales..

According to the British “Sky News” website, this study predicts the possible date of this star’s entry into the stage known in the science of “supernova.”“.

What is meant by a “supernova” is the final stage in the evolution of a star’s life, that is, when a huge explosion takes place and it throws the atmosphere towards space.

The “Betelge” is one of the largest stars that can be seen with the naked eye, and it is the tenth brightest star in the sky during the night time.

And this prominent star, as scientists see, is slowly approaching its end, and this matter is what makes it swell, as a result of the interactions that take place in its core.

Although this star is closer to our planet than we thought, the explosion will not cause any damage to the planet, but that phenomenon will be visible during the day, and it will shine in a shape similar to a half of the moon for about a year, according to estimates by scientists from the University of California.

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Poland, WWII bomb explodes underwater: removal operations were underway

It was found in 2019 in the Piast channel – LaPresse /CorriereTv
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A British World War II bomb weighing 5 tons exploded underwater while being secured by navy demolition specialists in Poland. Fortunately, no one was injured during the operation. The 5.4-ton Tallboy bomb was found in September 2019, in the Piast canal: it is one of the largest used by the Allies in the conflict, it was designed by the British engineer Barnes Wallis.

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The saxophonist Pharoah Sanders turns eighty

All saxophonists want to sing. Or tell stories with your instrument. Pharoah Sanders always wanted to scream when he played. Not with wide eyes like the person tormented by fear in Edvard Munch’s famous painting. Not even with the impotent fury of a “Sangue” roaring Othello. And certainly not like Riccardo in the desperate love duet with Amelia in Verdi’s masked ball. Pharoah Sanders wanted to scream with his saxophone like the preachers in the Baptist churches of Old Alabama – from the bottom of his soul, going straight to the heart of a troubled church, even if his vision of spiritual orientation sprang from the suras of the Koran.

The great John Coltrane must have felt this irrepressible energy when he heard Pharoah Sanders in New York’s Village Gate in 1964 and offered him a place in his own group a little later. For another tenor saxophonist next to you? Could that go well? It turned into an overwhelming natural event. Coltrane’s spiritual stream of sound caused Pharoah Sanders to swell into a real storm surge with his overblowing attacks, detached from all earthly saxophone tones, which can be heard on many albums together between 1965 and 1967. These include the recording of the century “Ascension” and the spectacular recordings “Meditations”, “Kulu Sé Mama ”and“ Live at the Village Vanguard Again! ”As well as the album“ Om ”, which was only released after Coltrane’s untimely death.

Amorphous noise impulses

Ascension – Ascension: What had been called melody in jazz up to then could no longer be spoken of here with Pharoah Sanders’ expressive harmonics and language-like multiple sounds. These were acoustic explosions in which the splinters of sound flew through the air like the colors of a wild action painting splashing in all directions. In Coltrane’s forward storming collective of musicians that left all the conventions of jazz behind, Sanders was by far the most rebellious. Fixed pitches, basic rhythmic patterns, harmonic relationships, motivic work, form progressions that are still comprehensible? Even the most sensitive phonograph of an experienced ethnomusicologist could not have forced these amorphous noise impulses into any notation system.

After Coltrane’s death, Pharoah Sanders continued his uncompromising art of expression in the band of Alice Coltrane, in the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra of Michael Mantler and Carla Bley as well as in his own ensembles integrated his music. This mantra-like ethno-jazz was not only extremely successful in the alternative scene of the time. In 1969, Sanders achieved something like squaring the circle with the composition “The Creator Has a Masterplan” from the album “Karma”: free jazz for everyone, avant-garde music that became a commercial hit. Even Louis Armstrong included the master plan in his repertoire, Santana honed his guitar runs with it, and a trip-hop version of it was still released thirty years later. A new recording with Sanders himself and the organist Joey De Francesco was nominated for a Grammy last year.

Pharoah Sanders from Little Rock, Arkansas, with music and art studies in Oakland and a permanent residence in New York’s center of jazz since the 1960s, has always cited blues and gospel music as sources of his style. Even if not much of it seems to be recognizable in the extreme noise level, they have remained the basis and superstructure of his music. After all, the myriads of nuances from the blues shaped jazz. They were banned from classical music. Pharoah Sanders has always given them asylum. Today he can celebrate his eightieth birthday – as vital as ever.

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“What was that explosion there?”, “Be careful”, “Explosion in Paris”

This Wednesday, September 30 around noon, a strong explosion was heard in the French capital and in several municipalities of Île de France. Internet users then took to their social networks to express their concern. “What was that explosion there?” “,” Can someone explain to me? “,” Explosion at 11:55 heard in Paris “,” Obviously, an explosion was heard throughout Paris and even beyond. Be careful, do not stay too close to windows and, above all, only relay confirmed information, ”write the French on Twitter.

And the alleged explosion was so loud that it even interrupted the players at Roland Garros for a few seconds.

It was only a few minutes later that the police prefecture wanted to reassure French citizens by giving some details about this famous noise. “A very loud noise was heard in Paris and the Paris region.” There is no explosion, it is a fighter jet that has crossed the wall of sound, ”police said, urging Parisians not to“ clutter the emergency lines ”.

According to RTL France information relayed by Jeanmarcmorandini, a Rafale should have taken off urgently from Saint-Dizier, in Haute-Marne, after air traffic controllers lost contact with a civilian aircraft. “As part of the air security mission, they sent this plane urgently to verify that it was not a threat,” said RTL France.

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A new fire in Beirut burns all the help of the Red Cross

A fire in the port of Beirut on Thursday caused the city to relive the nightmare of the August 4 explosion. A huge black smoke mushroom rose to the sky over the Lebanese capital in the middle of the afternoon and for hours darkened the lives of residents traumatized by the tragedy that left 192 dead and destroyed half the city.

Civil Defense teams and military helicopters worked tirelessly to try to control the fire and put out the flames that emerged from two warehouses. The regional director of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Fabrizio Carboni, reported that one kept thousands of food rations and half a million liters of cooking oil. “Our humanitarian operation runs the risk of suffering an interruption,” Carboni lamented through social networks.

Lebanon’s attorney general, Ghassan Oueidat, ordered an “immediate” investigation to clarify the causes of the “sudden fire” and insisted that the results should be announced “as soon as possible” due to “the seriousness of the situation.” People do not trust the words of the Prosecutor’s Office because little more than a month after the explosion, the causes or culprits are still unknown. On August 4, they set a period of five days to clarify what happened, but they did not comply with it and the population continues to await answers and justice. Something similar happened with the reaction of the president, Michel Aoun, who made a statement similar to that of early August and assured that the cause of the fire could be “sabotage or an accident.”

“We don’t know what happened”

“We were working and, suddenly, there were shouts to tell us to get out,” one of the workers who were in the area explained to the AFP agency. “Welding work was going on and then the flames started. We don’t know what happened, “he added. The acting director of the port, Bassem al-Kaissi, noted on Lebanese television that “it all started with the oil drums, before spreading to the tires. Maybe it’s due to the heat, maybe it’s a mistake, although it’s too early to tell.

This Thursday was the second fire of the last week in the port area and Al-Kaissi announced that from now on “flammable materials may not be imported or stored without the prior permission of all the relevant authorities.” It failed to reassure a population that has been in shock for five weeks.

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the pictures show a scary fireball! (videos)

“An explosion occurred early Friday (…) in a warehouse containing neutralized mortar shells, belonging to the armed forces,” said the spokesman in a statement.

The explosion took place in an uninhabited area of ​​Zarqa, 25 km east of Amman, where several bases and ammunition depots are located.

Images posted on social media showed a huge fireball rising through the night, followed by the sound of several explosions.

“There are currently no victims to be deplored,” said spokesman Amjad Al-Adaileh in this statement.

According to preliminary elements of investigation, a short circuit would be at the origin of this explosion.

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Theo Bücker stays in Beirut

Dhe employees finished work punctually at 5:00 a.m. – Theo Bücker is grateful for this to this day. The office of the football academy of the former Bundesliga professional in Lebanon was at the port of the capital. When huge amounts of the highly explosive chemical ammonium nitrate detonated there on August 4th, shortly after six o’clock in the evening, the pressure wave devastated large parts of the city. The soccer academy office is also having a hard time.

“Everything is gone. No more pencil, no more phone, everything is gone, ”says 72-year-old Bücker, who was in Germany during the explosion. “Everyone would have been dead, no one would have got out of there. You get really awesome when I think about how often I’ve been on the road at the port. ”Shortly after the detonation, his partner at the academy said on the phone:“ From today on we will celebrate our birthday every day. ”

Bücker once ran across the square for Borussia Dortmund, MSV Duisburg and Schalke 04. As a midfielder, he was famous and feared because of his fitness. For some time now, Bücker has also needed perseverance in Lebanon. Because the many crises in the country do not leave his soccer school for young players without a trace.

At the end of the 1970s, the Sauerland resident moved to Saudi Arabia with his foster father Dettmar Cramer, first as a player and later as a coach. Since then he has lived in the Arab world for most of his life. He came to Lebanon 20 years ago. Here he was the coach of top division teams, and national coach until players deliberately lost games for money. He now runs the Athletico SC soccer academy with partners, which aims to develop local talent. And he coaches the second division club FC Jounieh.

Hard times

But the country demands a lot from its people. There is corruption. And for months, Lebanon has been experiencing perhaps the worst economic crisis in its history. The Lebanese pound has crashed and prices are skyrocketing. Because the country is running out of foreign currency, people are only allowed to withdraw dollars to a very limited extent. Many have slipped into poverty. First the corona pandemic exacerbated the situation, then the explosion.


Bücker does not waste any thought on returning to Germany: “My home is here. I am now more Arab than German. “
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The football academy is feeling this. Initially, the five French coaches disappeared because they could no longer be paid in dollars. All foreigners in local football are gone, says Bücker. “I’m still the only one.” Then many of the around 1200 players at the academy with multiple locations stayed at home because of Corona, for which their parents usually pay 150 dollars a month in contributions. A sum that only better-off families can afford.

“Football is everything to me”

No complaints can be heard from Bücker. He knows that he is one of the better off in this country. At 72, his body looks so wiry and fit, as if it could run up again at any time. He is married to a Lebanese woman, he looks out to sea from his house, he goes to play golf. And he is still on the pitch with the young players: “Football is everything to me.”

That evening he admonished one of the boys in a friendly, fatherly tone because he was last absent from training. “I was not satisfied,” says Bücker. “We need you.” Then he shows them on the ball how to warm up properly. “You have to move and control the ball,” he calls out to them.

Bücker wasted no thought on returning to Germany. Life in Lebanon is easier than in Germany, even now after the explosion, he says. The idea of ​​spending the rest of his life in the rainy Sauerland had made his hair stand on end before. He is often asked when he is coming back to Germany, says Bücker and takes a short break from art. “Then I answer: Maybe 14 days over Christmas. My home is here. I am now more Arab than German. “

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“Wounded Beirut and all of Lebanon salute France’s fraternal enthusiasm”

TRIBUNE – After the double explosion that ravaged Beirut on August 4, France’s immediate support for the land of the Cedars and its concern, shown by the French head of state himself, warmed the heart and offered hope for the bereaved and overwhelmed Lebanese, underlines the President of the Lebanese Republic.

By MICHEL AOUN

An aerial view shows the massive damage to grain elevators in the Port of Beirut and the area surrounding it, August 5, 2020.
An aerial view shows the massive damage to grain elevators in the Port of Beirut and the area surrounding it, August 5, 2020. -/AFP

After the double explosion that ravaged Beirut on August 4, France’s immediate support for the land of the Cedars and its concern, shown by the French head of state himself, warmed the heart and offered hope to the bereaved and overwhelmed Lebanese, underlines the President of the Lebanese Republic.

Once again, France deserves the gratitude of Lebanon and its people. In a single movement, it is all of France, President Emmanuel Macron in the lead, who flew to the aid of devastated Beirut and its bruised and shocked population. This is evidenced by both the massive humanitarian aid delivered the day after the tragic explosion and the participation of French experts, alongside Lebanese teams and other international specialists, in the judicial and technical investigation.

It is also largely thanks to France, respectful of our sovereignty, concerned about our unity and our well-being, that an international conference of donors dedicated to

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