human rights – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 10:26:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://mariosechi.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-40-120x120.png human rights – Mario Sechi http://mariosechi.net/ 32 32 Today in History – The Journal https://mariosechi.net/today-in-history-the-journal/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 16:43:13 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/today-in-history-the-journal/ Today in History Today is Wednesday, March 9, the 68th day of 2022. There are 297 days left in the year. Today’s highlight in the story: On March 9, 1933, Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its “hundred days” of enacting New Deal legislation. To this date : In 1796, […]]]>

Today in History

Today is Wednesday, March 9, the 68th day of 2022. There are 297 days left in the year.

Today’s highlight in the story:

On March 9, 1933, Congress, called into special session by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, began its “hundred days” of enacting New Deal legislation.

To this date :

In 1796, the future Emperor of the French, Napoleon Bonaparte, married Joséphine de Beauharnais (boh-ahr-NAY’). (The couple later divorced.)

In 1841, the United States Supreme Court, in United States v. The Amistad, ruled 7 to 1 in favor of a group of illegally enslaved Africans who were captured off the US coast after taking over a Spanish schooner, La Amistad; the judges ruled that the Africans should be released.

In 1862, during the Civil War, the battleships USS Monitor and CSS Virginia (formerly USS Merrimac) battled for five hours to a draw at Hampton Roads, Virginia.

In 1916, over 400 Mexican raiders led by Pancho Villa (VEE’-uh) attacked Columbus, New Mexico, killing 18 Americans. During World War I, Germany declared war on Portugal.

In 1945, during World War II, American B-29 bombers began launching incendiary bomb attacks on Tokyo, killing an estimated 100,000.

In 1964, the United States Supreme Court, in New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, raised the standard for public officials to prove they had been defamed in their official capacity by news outlets.

In 1976, a cable car at the Italian ski resort of Cavalese fell about 700 feet to the ground when a support line snapped, killing 43 people.

In 1987 Chrysler Corp. announced that it had agreed to buy financially troubled American Motors Corp.

In 1989, the Senate rejected President George H. W. Bush’s nomination of John Tower for Secretary of Defense by a vote of 53 to 47. (The next day Bush appealed to Wyoming Rep. Dick Cheney, which later won unanimous Senate approval.)

In 1997, gangsta rapper The Notorious BIG (Christopher Wallace) was killed in a still unsolved drive-by shooting in Los Angeles; he was 24 years old.

In 2000, John McCain suspended his presidential campaign, granting the Republican nomination to George W. Bush. Bill Bradley has ended his presidential bid, conceding the Democratic nomination to Vice President Al Gore.

In 2020, global stock markets and oil prices plunged, reflecting growing concern over the impact of the coronavirus. An alarmingly sharp slide at Wall Street’s opening bell triggered the first automatic stop in trading in more than two decades; Dow Jones Industrialists finished nearly 8% lower.

A decade ago: A massive international mission to end the Syrian crisis stumbled before it began as the opposition rejected UN envoy Kofi Annan’s calls for dialogue with President Bashar Assad as useless and out of touch after a year of violence. Lindsey Vonn of the United States won the World Cup giant slalom race in Are, Sweden to clinch her fourth overall title.

Five years ago: Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney urged Iraq and the nations of the world not to let the Islamic State extremist group ‘get away with genocide’, saying at a UN meeting that what was “shocking” was not just the brutality of the group, but the “passivity”. response from the nations of the world.

A year ago: Buckingham Palace said allegations of racism made earlier in the week by Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, were ‘concerning’ and would be addressed privately by the Royal Family. Longtime NBC and CBS correspondent and television anchor Roger Mudd has died at his home in Virginia at the age of 93.

Today’s birthdays: Former Conservative-NY Sen. James L. Buckley turns 99. Actor Joyce Van Patten is 88 years old. Country singer Mickey Gilley is 86 years old. Actor Trish Van Devere is 81 years old. Singer-musician John Cale (The Velvet Underground) is 80. Singer Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere and the Raiders) is 80. Former ABC presenter Charles Gibson is 79. Rock musician Robin Trower is 77 years old. Singer Jeffrey Osborne is 74 years old. Country musician Jimmie Fadden (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) is 74. Actor Jaime Lyn Bauer is 73 years old. Magazine editor Michael Kinsley is 71. TV presenter Faith Daniels is 65. Actor Linda Fiorentino is 64 years old. Actor Tom Almonds is 63 years old. Actor-director Lonny Price is 63 years old. Country musician Rusty Hendrix (Confederate Railroad) 62. Actress Juliette Binoche is 58. Rock musician Robert Sledge (Ben Folds Five) is 54 years old. Rock musician Shannon Leto (30 Seconds to Mars) is 52 years old. Rapper C-Murder (AKA C-Miller) is 51 years old. Actor Emmanuel Lewis is 51. Actor Jean Louisa Kelly is 50. Actor Kerr Smith is 50 years old. Actor Oscar Isaac is 43 years old. an Jordan Klepper (TV: “The Daily Show”) is 43 years old. Rapper Chingy is 42 years old. Actor Matthew Gray Gubler is 42 years old. Rock musician Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory) is 41 years old. NHL defenseman Brent Burns is 37 years old. Actor Brittany Snow is 36. Rapper Bow Wow is 35. Rapper YG is 32 years old. Actor Cierra Ramirez is 27 years old. American gymnast Sunisa Lee, Olympic gold medalist, is 19 years old.

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EU continues to train Libyan partners despite migrant abuse https://mariosechi.net/eu-continues-to-train-libyan-partners-despite-migrant-abuse/ Tue, 25 Jan 2022 07:42:28 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/eu-continues-to-train-libyan-partners-despite-migrant-abuse/ By RENATA BRITO, FRANK JORDANS and LORNE COOK BRUSSELS (AP) — A confidential European Union military report calls for the continuation of a controversial EU program to train and equip the Libyan coastguard and navy despite growing concerns over their treatment of migrants , an increasing number of deaths at sea and the pursuit the […]]]>

By RENATA BRITO, FRANK JORDANS and LORNE COOK

BRUSSELS (AP) — A confidential European Union military report calls for the continuation of a controversial EU program to train and equip the Libyan coastguard and navy despite growing concerns over their treatment of migrants , an increasing number of deaths at sea and the pursuit the absence of any central authority in the North African nation.

The report, distributed to EU officials this month and obtained by The Associated Press, offers rare insight into Europe’s determination to support Libya in the interception and return of tens of thousands of men, women and children in Libya, where they face unbearable abuse.

Compiled by Italian Navy Rear Admiral Stefano Turchetto, Head of the EU Arms Embargo Monitoring Mission, or Operation Irini, the report acknowledges the “excessive use of force” by the Libyan authorities, adding that EU training is “no longer fully followed”.

Hundreds of thousands of migrants hoping to reach Europe have crossed into Libya, where a lucrative trafficking and smuggling trade has flourished in a country without a functioning government, fragmented for years between rival administrations to the east and east. west, each supported by armed groups. and foreign governments.

The EU report acknowledges that the “political stalemate” in Libya has hampered Europe’s training agenda, noting that the country’s internal divisions make it difficult to garner political support to enforce “standards appropriate behaviour… consistent with human rights, especially when dealing with irregular migrants.”

The European Commission and the EU’s External Action Service – the foreign ministry equivalent of the 27-nation bloc – declined to comment on the report. But spokesman Peter Stano confirmed that the EU was committed to training coastguard personnel and boosting Libya’s capacity to manage a large search and rescue area in the Mediterranean.

The EU training program “remains firm on the table to increase the capacity of Libyan authorities to save lives at sea”, Stano said.

Criticisms of European migration policies have multiplied. At least three petitions have been filed with the International Criminal Court demanding that Libyan and European officials, as well as traffickers, militiamen and others be investigated for crimes against humanity. A UN investigation published in October also found evidence that abuses in Libya may constitute crimes against humanity.

Last week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on countries to “re-examine policies that support the interception at sea and the return of refugees and migrants to Libya”.

Stano dismissed those criticisms. “When it comes to migration, our goal is to save people’s lives, protect those in need, and fight human trafficking and migrant smuggling,” Stano said.

Human rights defenders and asylum seekers disagree.

“The Europeans pretend to show the right face,” said a Cameroonian who arrived in Libya in 2016 with her child, thinking she would find work. Instead, she was trafficked and forced into prostitution after being separated from her daughter. The AP does not identify victims of sexual violence.

In 2018, she boarded a smugglers’ boat bound for Europe, but her group was arrested by Libyan authorities and taken to the notorious Tajoura detention center where the detainees were beaten and abused. She was only released after a friend paid the guards a $700 ransom.

“They call it saving lives? How does it save lives when those lives are tortured after being saved?” the woman asked.

Asked about detention centers in Libya, Stano said the EU’s position was clear: “They are unacceptable. The current system of arbitrary detention must end.”

But despite these claims, nothing has changed on the ground. Last month, the Libyan government appointed Mohammed Al-Khoja, a militia leader implicated in abuses against migrants, to head the Department for Combating Irregular Migration, which oversees detention centers.

“The same people tasked with busting the traffic are the traffickers themselves,” said Violeta Moreno-Lax, founder of the immigration law program at Queen Mary University of London.

The EU report noted the “excessive use of physical force” by a Libyan patrol during the September 15 interception of a wooden boat with around 20 migrants off the coast of Libya.

Libyan forces used tactics “never seen before and inconsistent with (EU) training…as well as international regulations”, the report said. He provided no further details on what exactly happened.

A spokesman for the Libyan Coast Guard did not respond to AP requests for comment on the incident or the EU report. In the past, interior ministry and Libyan coast guard officials have said they are doing their best with limited resources in a country plagued by years of civil war.

In response to questions from the AP, Frontex, the European coast and border guard agency that documented the September 15 interception, said it had filed a “serious incident report” but could not. disclose the details.

Ozlem Demirel, a member of Germany’s Left Party in the European Parliament, said the report offered “further evidence that there should be no cooperation with this force”.

“The fact that Irini is even looking for further training is, in my opinion, outrageous,” he said.

The violent tactics employed by the Libyan authorities at sea have been widely documented for years. Last week, activists aboard a volunteer rescue vessel reported seeing a Libyan patrol boat “shoot a person who had jumped into the water”.

Some €455 million ($516 million) has been allocated to Libya since 2015 through the EU Trust Fund for Africa, substantial amounts of which have been used to fund migration and border management .

However, colossal sums have been diverted to networks of militias and traffickers who exploit migrants, according to a 2019 PA survey. Members of the Coast Guard are also complicit, returning migrants intercepted at sea to detention centers under deals with militias or demanding payments to let others go.

EU money, much of which transits through Italy, has been used to train staff and refurbish boats for the Libyan authorities. The Libyan Coast Guard has also received satellite phones and uniforms and will receive three new patrol boats over the next two years.

To intercept the small boats of migrants unfit to navigate in the Mediterranean, the Libyan authorities also rely on surveillance gathered and shared by drones, planes and European radars. But even then, the political chaos in the country often has an impact on search and rescue operations.

Irregular migration from North Africa to Italy and Malta increased in 2021 after a decline in 2020 largely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Crossings in the central Mediterranean accounted for a third of all reported illegal border crossings into Europe, according to Frontex.

But as starts increased, so did interceptions. Last year, the Libyan Coast Guard picked up and returned to Libya more than 32,000 migrants, nearly triple the number in 2020.

Yet despite all the equipment and training provided to Libya to save lives, more than 1,500 people died or went missing last year, the highest death toll since 2017.

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Brito reported from Barcelona, ​​Spain. Jordans reported from Berlin.


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HRF Gifts 4.25 BTC to Bitcoin Projects https://mariosechi.net/hrf-gifts-4-25-btc-to-bitcoin-projects/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/hrf-gifts-4-25-btc-to-bitcoin-projects/ The Human Rights Foundation has announced its latest round of bitcoin grants, totaling 4.25 BTC, offered to developers, educators, and activists dedicated to improving the bitcoin ecosystem around the world. The 425 million satoshis will be given to 10 different recipients, each working on a different aspect of Bitcoin, including Lightning, Bitcoin Core, education, translation, […]]]>

The Human Rights Foundation has announced its latest round of bitcoin grants, totaling 4.25 BTC, offered to developers, educators, and activists dedicated to improving the bitcoin ecosystem around the world.

The 425 million satoshis will be given to 10 different recipients, each working on a different aspect of Bitcoin, including Lightning, Bitcoin Core, education, translation, and wallet development. Special consideration is also given to people using Bitcoin in authoritarian countries to help spread information about how the technology works and can empower those in need of financial freedom.

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Bitcoin Requires Positive Freedom – Bitcoin Magazine: Bitcoin News, Articles, Charts, and Guides https://mariosechi.net/bitcoin-requires-positive-freedom-bitcoin-magazine-bitcoin-news-articles-charts-and-guides/ Tue, 30 Nov 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/bitcoin-requires-positive-freedom-bitcoin-magazine-bitcoin-news-articles-charts-and-guides/ Negative freedom (also known as liberal freedom) is freedom from interference. There may be a master (king, central authority, government, etc.), but as long as the master is benevolent and does not interfere, you are considered free. To guarantee negative freedom, you need positive freedoms, but not for the same reasons that liberal thinkers understood […]]]>

Negative freedom (also known as liberal freedom) is freedom from interference. There may be a master (king, central authority, government, etc.), but as long as the master is benevolent and does not interfere, you are considered free.

To guarantee negative freedom, you need positive freedoms, but not for the same reasons that liberal thinkers understood them. Defining freedom only in the liberal sense highlights the pitfalls that can be used arbitrarily. To overcome this difficult situation, Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit propose a third alternative conception of freedom: freedom as non-domination.

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Articles implicating Chinese DNA research are withdrawn https://mariosechi.net/articles-implicating-chinese-dna-research-are-withdrawn/ Thu, 09 Sep 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/articles-implicating-chinese-dna-research-are-withdrawn/ Two respected scientific journals withdrew two articles that relied on DNA samples from Uyghurs in western China after questions were asked whether the subjects had given their full consent. Both studies were published in 2019 by the International Journal of Legal Medicine and Human Genetics, both owned by academic publisher Springer Nature. They listed numerous […]]]>


Two respected scientific journals withdrew two articles that relied on DNA samples from Uyghurs in western China after questions were asked whether the subjects had given their full consent.

Both studies were published in 2019 by the International Journal of Legal Medicine and Human Genetics, both owned by academic publisher Springer Nature. They listed numerous perpetrators, including Li Caixia, chief forensic scientist at China’s Ministry of Public Security. The International Journal of Legal Medicine published its retraction Tuesday, and human genetics released his statement August 30.

The two studies were the focus of a 2019 New York Times article that described how Chinese researchers analyzed DNA samples from hundreds of Uyghurs for a process called DNA phenotyping, which attempts to recreate the characteristics of a person, including face and waistline, relying on DNA samples only.

Retractions are rare in the academic world. Scientists say the withdrawal of the articles indicates broader failures in consent procedures and the need for further scrutiny involving vulnerable groups such as oppressed minorities. The Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim minority living in the Xinjiang region, have been massively imprisoned in internment camps and live under close surveillance.

For years, several scientists have argued that it would be impossible to verify that members of the minority group voluntarily donated blood samples for research, especially when Chinese police officials were involved. Many Uyghurs told The Times they had been called in en masse to donate blood samples to the government under the guise of a free health check. They said they had no choice but to comply.

The International Journal of Legal Medicine and Human Genetics both said there were concerns about “ethics and consent procedures” after the articles were published.

In similar language, the newspapers said they had “requested supporting documents from the authors, including the application form submitted to the ethics committee and proof of ethics approval.”

“The documents provided by the authors contain insufficient information on the scope of the study for us to remain confident that the protocols comply with our editorial policies or comply with international ethical standards,” the journals wrote.

Notes published in the International Journal of Legal Medicine and Human Genetics indicate that Dr. Li, a scientist at China’s Ministry of Public Security, challenged the retractions on behalf of the other authors. None of the authors responded to The Times for comment.

Yves Moreau, an engineering professor at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, who has led a multi-year campaign for the removal of articles based on Uyghur DNA, said he contacted five academic journals to ask these articles be withdrawn. Four of them have been retracted so far, which Professor Moreau described as “only scratching the surface”.

He previously analyzed 529 Chinese studies involving genetic research and found that of those published between 2011 and 2018, about half had a co-author from the police, military or the judiciary.

“These lines are very clear,” said Professor Moreau. “You can’t say, ‘I didn’t know, I didn’t know, and I have no influence.'”

In 2018, Dr Li told Nature, the scientific journal, that the studies had been approved by the Institute of Forensic Science and that “all individuals have provided written informed consent.”

“We are ordinary medical examiners who perform forensic research according to the ethical standards of scientific research,” she wrote.

In May 2020, the US government placed Dr. Li’s Institute of Forensic Sciences on a blacklist that restricts its access to American technology. The United States said the institute was “complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, arbitrary mass detention, forced labor and high-tech surveillance” against Muslim minorities in the country. Xinjiang.

Springer Nature before retracted an article from 2019 who examined DNA samples from China’s ethnic male minorities, including Uyghurs. Three of the perpetrators were from the criminal department of the police in Karamay, a city in Xinjiang. In 2019, the US government blacklisted the Karamay Police, along with other police services, for rights violations in the region.

According to this note, also published in the International Journal of Legal Medicine, the article had been retracted by one of the authors for ethical reasons. “The corresponding author informed the editor that contrary to the ethics statement contained in the article, the study was undertaken without the approval of their institutional ethics committee,” he said.


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The myth of “Zionism is racism” resuscitated in New York Times news articles, including one “extremely strange” https://mariosechi.net/the-myth-of-zionism-is-racism-resuscitated-in-new-york-times-news-articles-including-one-extremely-strange/ Wed, 25 Aug 2021 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/the-myth-of-zionism-is-racism-resuscitated-in-new-york-times-news-articles-including-one-extremely-strange/ The headquarters of the New York Times. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. Press articles from New York Times increasingly report the Israeli-Arab conflict through the frame “Zionism is racism”. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once described this lie as the “big red lie” – “the last great horror of the Hitler-Stalin era”. In 1991, even the New York […]]]>


The headquarters of the New York Times. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Press articles from New York Times increasingly report the Israeli-Arab conflict through the frame “Zionism is racism”.

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan once described this lie as the “big red lie” – “the last great horror of the Hitler-Stalin era”. In 1991, even the New York Times editorialists denounced him, as expressed in a now repealed UN resolution, as “shameful”.

Yet it is off again. Monday one Times press article began, “MOUNT GERIZIM, West Bank – In the occupied and largely separated West Bank …” American readers of the newspaper will choose “segregated” as a reference toBrown v Council of Education schools, the separated and unequal era of Jim Crow.

Tuesday another Times press article, which, like the first, bore the signature of Times Jerusalem bureau chief Patrick Kingsley paraphrased Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, director of Al Aqsa Mosque: “The de facto policy change is part of a larger set of offenses against Palestinian dignity in the occupied territories, he said. Then came a direct quote: “This is the reality that prevails, not only at the Aqsa Mosque, but also at the checkpoints and other places in Palestine,” he said. “We are constantly faced with racist discrimination and violations of our human rights. “

Once again, the reference to “constant racist discrimination” will not be lost on an American public of progressives. Times readers educated to be anti-racist following the police murder of George Floyd. You could say it’s just a quote, not the Times itself, but the Times chooses which quotes to use and whether to frame them with context and fact-checking to give readers a sense of reality. And a model is a model.

Racism and segregation are wrong. The application of this American framework to Israel is also flawed: clumsy, misguided and inaccurate, as are similar efforts to view Israel and the Palestinians through the prism of South Africa and apartheid. Those who apply it often do it one way; they are not asking, for example, why it is not “discrimination” for Ben & Jerry’s to refuse to sell ice cream to Jewish residents of the West Bank.

The second article, on Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, has additional flaws. He said, “For many Palestinians, the change is provocative and unfair. They believe that Muslims have already made a big concession to the Western Wall, which is now mainly used by Jewish worshipers although it is also important to Muslims. In 1967, Israel even razed an Arab quarter next to the wall to create more space for Jewish prayer.

Why was there “an Arab quarter” next to the wall? This Times the article does not explain, but the online version at least hyperlink to a Times 1971 article this explains, “Since the Middle Ages, according to archaeological evidence, the 25 acres of the Jewish Quarter within the walls were central to Jewish piety and Orthodox culture in the holy city of King David. There were over 50 synagogues in this overcrowded space, with a population of 16,000 Jews at the turn of the century… The fall of the Jewish Quarter to Arabs on May 28, 1948, “was the darkest event of the war. independence of Israel, ‘wrote Mayor Teddy Kollek years later. From then until 1967, medieval synagogues and seedy dwellings in the Jewish Quarter lay under the rubble of war artillery. Squatters have started to settle. Arab families gradually came to regard the neighborhood as their home.

This is not the only notable omission of context. Yair Rosenberg, Senior Writer at Tablet magazine, highlighted on Twitter: “Extremely weird New York Times article about Jews praying at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem which nowhere mentions that the Temple Mount is * the holiest site in all of Judaism. * The whole story is meaningless if you omit this essential fact ! He added: “The article explicitly says that the Temple Mount / Haram al-Sharif is the third holiest site in Islam. It was a deliberate choice to put aside the fact that this is the holiest site in Judaism. The Times should correct and add some basic religious context to the article.

Professor at Brandeis University and former State Department official Yehudah Mirsky, wrote, “All @Yair_Rosenberg written in this thread – about Jerusalem, journalistic practice and more – is true. And his call the Times‘extremely bizarre’ omission here is, say, very, very polite.

It is New York Times coverage of Israel these days: omitting the critical context while trying to impose an irrelevant and inaccurate interpretive framework.

Ira Stoll was editor of the Forward and North American editor of the Jerusalem Post. His media review, a regular feature film by Algemeiner, can be found here.



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Italian writer sheds light on new motives, Regeni murder suspects say case served to destroy Cairo-Rome relations https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-sheds-light-on-new-motives-regeni-murder-suspects-say-case-served-to-destroy-cairo-rome-relations/ Sun, 14 Feb 2021 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-sheds-light-on-new-motives-regeni-murder-suspects-say-case-served-to-destroy-cairo-rome-relations/ CAIRO – February 14, 2021: Leopoldo Salmaso, Italian doctor and political author, has accused security officials in Rome and London of planning and executing the assassination of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016 for reasons policies. Salmaso, in an article he wrote in ComeDonChisciotte, claimed that the turbulence following the murder of […]]]>


CAIRO – February 14, 2021: Leopoldo Salmaso, Italian doctor and political author, has accused security officials in Rome and London of planning and executing the assassination of Italian doctoral student Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016 for reasons policies.

Salmaso, in an article he wrote in ComeDonChisciotte, claimed that the turbulence following the murder of Regeni was only aimed at destroying the good relations between Egypt and Italy and harming the common economic interests of the two countries.

Salmazo believes that the whole Regeni affair was done in order to reschedule energy sources in the Mediterranean, or in the direct sense, in order to deprive Italy of the great opportunities for cooperation in the gas sector.

The author claims that Regeni had been trained in the United States in institutions related to intelligence before going to Cairo. He was also trained at Oxford Analytica, which the writer calls a multinational spy company.

Salmaso said Regeni in Cairo is looking for opposition figures who seek to destabilize the Egyptian state after the June 2013 revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood term. The author added that an Egyptian citizen reported the case to security authorities after questioning Regeni’s intentions.

Salmaso also believes Regeni’s assassins were the ones who sent him, as they believed he had been exposed to Egyptian security authorities.

The author also believes that Regeni’s mother played a role in covering up the truth about her son’s murder by preventing Egyptian security authorities from having her laptop from her Cairo residence as evidence.

Conflicting conclusions

In November, the Italian prosecution in Rome said five people belonging to the security authorities are suspected in the case of the murder of the Italian student, but the Egyptian prosecution considers the suspicions to be “unfounded”.

Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral student, disappeared in early 2016 in the Egyptian capital; he was found dead in February of the same year, his body showing signs of torture. The perpetrators of the crime have not yet been brought to justice despite judicial cooperation between Egypt and Italy.

The Egyptian prosecution said in a joint statement from the two prosecutions that Regeni was the victim of a robbery gang, saying he could find his things in the apartment of one of the gang members.

However, he claimed that Regeni’s murderer is still unknown to the Egyptian side.

The Rome prosecution, for its part, decided to close the investigation after discovering that five people belonging to the security authorities were suspect in the case, a conclusion with which the Egyptian prosecution says it does not agree.

“The Egyptian prosecution service, despite its understanding and appreciation of Italian legal procedures. However, he has complete reservations about this suspicion and does not approve of it, as it is not based on solid evidence, ”the statement read.

The Egyptian prosecution says it understands the independent decisions that the Rome prosecution will take on the basis of this conclusion.

According to the findings of the Egyptian prosecution, the gang of thieves that victimized Regeni had committed similar crimes using false documents claiming they were part of an Egyptian security authority.

“The Egyptian public prosecutor will deal with this incident in this way,” the statement added.

The Egyptian prosecution has indicated that it will “temporarily close” the investigations into the case and that it will assign the search and investigation services to undertake the procedures required to find the perpetrator.

He added that the Rome prosecutor’s office accepts the Egyptian side’s decision.

“Finally, the two parties have shown their commitment to continue judicial cooperation between them and to submit all the information that must be obtained around the incident to find out the truth,” the statement said.

“The two prosecutors affirm that judicial cooperation between them has been and will remain at the highest level in all judicial areas,” the statement added.

No basis for filing a file

A month later, the Egyptian prosecutor announced that there was currently no basis to initiate criminal proceedings for the murder, kidnapping and incident of physical torture of Regeni.

The public prosecutor instructed the investigative bodies to continue their work to identify the culprit (s) and dropped the charges against four officers and a police officer affiliated with the National Security Agency.

In addition, the criminal case of robbery was dropped due to the death of the defendants.

The prosecution opened an investigation on February 3, 2016 when citizens found the victim’s body on the desert road from Cairo to Alexandria. The investigations lasted nearly five years

During these years, the prosecution determined the events from his disappearance until the discovery of the body as well as the details of his stay in Egypt. During this time, he traveled to and from Egypt on several occasions, having destinations in Italy, Turkey and Israel.

Investigations also identified his Egyptian and non-Egyptian knowledge. This is in addition to his efforts in the context of scientific research he was conducting on unions, labor movements and independent unions, in particular the union of street vendors and irregular workers under the aegis of the American University in Cairo ( AUC).

Investigations have also closely delineated his activities in the final days before his disappearance and on the day of his disappearance until the body was found.

The prosecution arranged for the autopsy to take place to determine the cause of death. Also, his clothes; objects from which the body lay; data on the victim’s phone SIM card; SIM cards that were present where he last visited and where the body was found; and, the contents of the surveillance cameras located at the place where he disappeared were analyzed.

In addition, the prosecution gathered the testimonies of nearly 120 witnesses and requested investigations from the security agencies. These inquiries indicated that the victim – in the course of carrying out scientific research – was in contact with a number of members of independent trade unions and street vendors as well as members of various political groups.

The victim was present in the sites where they met and criticized in his conversations with them the behavior of certain political groups in the country and the way they handle political mobility. He expressed concern about the danger such groups pose to the stability of Egypt. Investigations proved the victim’s discussions with pedestrian vendors about the system in force in Egypt and that he claimed they could change the status quo as has happened in other countries.

The prosecution inspected the victim’s residence in Egypt and found that her parents had recovered all of her personal belongings, including her laptop, just after the news of her death was announced.

for judicial cooperation, the Egyptian Public Prosecutor’s Office informed the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Rome of the updates of the investigation. This was done through 15 bilateral meetings between investigative teams from each country’s prosecution service. He also sent his Italian counterpart some requests – out of five communications – as these would help the investigation.

However, the Italian public prosecutor’s office did not respond to some of these requests, such as the dispatch of Regeni’s laptop and the testimonies of witnesses questioned by the Italian authorities, without indicating “good enough” reasons. The excuse was that Italy pledged not to disclose information it acquired from other states to Egypt or any other state. Since the Egyptian Public Prosecutor’s Office is the original entity responsible for the investigation, such an act does not meet the standards of international judicial cooperation, the statement released on Wednesday said.

On the other hand, the Egyptian public prosecutor received requests from their Italian counterparts – on four communications – and responded to most of them, with the exception of extracting the identity of all those present. and moving between five underground metro stations in Cairo using mobile phone service. suppliers as well as to provide the names of all foreigners who have been arrested or arrested by the police since the evening of the same day he disappeared and until the body was found. Indeed, such measures would violate the privacy of Egyptians and international human rights law.

The prosecution requested legal aid from the United Kingdom to obtain information from the University of Cambridge on the nature of the investigation carried out by the victim and the reasons for his trip to Egypt. The Egyptian public prosecutor also wanted to know the testimonies of the supervisors who supervised the research and the sources of funding. The prosecution also requested Kenyan legal aid to obtain the testimony of a witness in Kenya, who claimed to have heard Regeni speak with an Egyptian officer. Yet none of these states approved without stating the reasons.


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Italian writer pays honor to France in protest https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-pays-honor-to-france-in-protest/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-pays-honor-to-france-in-protest/ ROME The Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias personally presented his Legion of Honor to the French Embassy in Italy on Monday, in protest against the decoration of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with the same award. Augias, 85, refused to “share this honor” with al-Sisi, who was decorated with the Grand Cross during his […]]]>


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The Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias personally presented his Legion of Honor to the French Embassy in Italy on Monday, in protest against the decoration of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with the same award.

Augias, 85, refused to “share this honor” with al-Sisi, who was decorated with the Grand Cross during his state visit to France last week.

“In my opinion, President (Emmanuel) Macron should not have awarded the Legion of Honor to a head of state who has objectively been an accomplice to atrocious criminals”, wrote Augias in a letter published by the Italian daily La Repubblica.

This gesture reflects the outrage of the Italian public as the Egyptian secret service is suspected of being responsible for the kidnapping, torture and murder of Italian researcher Giulio Regeni.

Regeni, a 28-year-old doctoral student studying in Egypt, disappeared on January 25, 2016, on the fifth anniversary of a popular uprising that forced President Hosni Mubarak to step down after 30 years in power. Nine days later, his body was found on a highway.

While Egyptian authorities deny any involvement in the student’s death, observers say signs of torture on Regeni’s body were similar to those caused by Egyptian police torture.

His mother, who has since fought to uncover the truth about her son’s death, said she only recognized the body through the tip of her nose.

After years of investigations by Italian prosecutors, despite a lack of cooperation from Cairo, the Rome public prosecutor’s office called on December 10 for the trial of four Egyptian officers, including a general.

“The fairness measure has been exceeded or even exaggerated,” Augias wrote. “The assassination of Giulio Regeni represents for us Italians a bloody wound, an affront, and I would have expected from President Macron a gesture of understanding if not of fraternity, in the name of the Europe that we are trying together, so difficult to build. “

After the discovery of Regeni’s body, Italy temporarily recalled its ambassador to Egypt. But since then Rome has gradually reestablished its relations with Cairo despite protests from the student’s family.

Roberto Fico, the president of the Italian Chamber of Deputies, declared after Augias’ gesture: “Europe must be united… especially when fundamental rights are at stake.

Riccardo Noury, spokesperson for Amnesty International in Italy, said he hoped that other Italian personalities decorated with the Legion of Honor would “form a long line” outside the French embassy to imitate the protest of Augias.

The UK-based human rights watchdog has been actively demanding the truth for Regeni and the release of Patrick Zaky, an Egyptian student at the University of Bologna who has also been jailed in Cairo since last February.

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Italian writer renders Legion of Honor to protest Sisi’s prize in Egypt https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-renders-legion-of-honor-to-protest-sisis-prize-in-egypt/ Mon, 14 Dec 2020 08:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/italian-writer-renders-legion-of-honor-to-protest-sisis-prize-in-egypt/ Published on: 12/14/2020 – 15:25Amended: 12/14/2020 – 15:29 Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias returned his Legion of Honor to protest against France’s decision to award the same prize to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, described by Augias as “an accomplice of atrocious criminals”. Symbolic act “On Monday, December 14, I will go to the […]]]>


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Italian journalist and writer Corrado Augias returned his Legion of Honor to protest against France’s decision to award the same prize to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, described by Augias as “an accomplice of atrocious criminals”.

Symbolic act

“On Monday, December 14, I will go to the French Embassy to award the Legion of Honor. A gesture as serious as it is purely symbolic. I feel that I owe this act to the deep emotional and emotional bond that I have with France, ”he wrote in a letter published in the liberal left-wing daily La Repubblica.

“In my opinion, President Emmanuel Macron should not have given the Legion of Honor to a Head of State who objectively became an accomplice to atrocious criminals,” he wrote to Augias in the letter

“I say this for the memory of poor Giulio Regeni, but also for France, for the importance that this distinction still represents, two centuries after its institution”, added Augias, who received the medal in 2007.

Giulio Regeni kidnapped

In January 2016, Giulio Regeni, 28, an Italian student, was kidnapped by unknown assailants and his body found tortured and horribly mutilated a few days later in the suburbs of Cairo.

The case poisons relations between Cairo and Rome, Italy regularly accusing the Egyptian authorities of not cooperating and even offering false leads to Italian investigators.

Italy has temporarily recalled its ambassador. She is now preparing to try four Egyptian officers, including a general.

Frenchman Macron presented the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor to President Sissi, on an official visit to France, last week, a distinction that sparked outrage on social media due to the repression of human rights in Egypt, according to humanitarian NGOs.

Augias, 85, has also produced television programs on culture and was an MEP from 1994 to 1999.


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George Clooney’s marriage to Amal Alamuddin to be celebrated by Italian writer and former mayor of Rome Walter Veltroni https://mariosechi.net/george-clooneys-marriage-to-amal-alamuddin-to-be-celebrated-by-italian-writer-and-former-mayor-of-rome-walter-veltroni/ Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:00:00 +0000 https://mariosechi.net/george-clooneys-marriage-to-amal-alamuddin-to-be-celebrated-by-italian-writer-and-former-mayor-of-rome-walter-veltroni/ The wedding countdown is on as he prepares to walk down the aisle with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin this weekend. And George Clooney has hired Walter Veltroni – an Italian writer and former mayor of Rome – as an officiant to preside over the much-anticipated ceremony in Venice, reported People. The 59-year-old is a good […]]]>


The wedding countdown is on as he prepares to walk down the aisle with his fiancee Amal Alamuddin this weekend.

And George Clooney has hired Walter Veltroni – an Italian writer and former mayor of Rome – as an officiant to preside over the much-anticipated ceremony in Venice, reported People.

The 59-year-old is a good friend of the Hollywood star. They were both honored in 2007 for their human rights activism in Darfur.

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Master of ceremonies: George Clooney enlisted Italian writer and politician Walter Veltroni to officiate on his upcoming marriage to Amal Alamuddin, the two friends pictured here in 2008

George compared the former politician to President Barack Obama, and it’s interesting that Veltroni wrote the preface to the Italian version of the Commander-in-Chief’s 2006 book The Boldness of Hope.

The news of the officiant is just the latest wedding information to come to light as the couple’s big day approaches.

Last week, Giorgio Armani announced during his Emporio Armani show during Milan Fashion Week that he was dressing the 53-year-old star for his nuptials at the end of September.

Innovative: The Hollywood star compared the former mayor of Rome to President Barack Obama, the duo pictured here in Italy in 2009

Innovative: The Hollywood star compared the former mayor of Rome to President Barack Obama, the duo pictured here in Italy in 2009

Big day: engaged couple set to walk down aisle this weekend in Venice, Italy

Big day: engaged couple set to walk down aisle this weekend in Venice, Italy

“George chose and was fitted with an Armani suit for his wedding,” said the Italian fashion designer according to People, who obtained his information from Italian television reporters on the show.

An Armani designer was spotted visiting the Oceans’ Eleven actor at his home on Lake Como in Italy earlier this month. And on Monday, the star’s assistant was seen at Armani’s headquarters in Milan.

In addition, the Kentucky native has worn the iconic Italian designer clothes for many years at big awards ceremonies like the Oscars.

Dressed: Last week, during his Milan Emporio Armani show, Giorgio Armani announced that he was dressing George Clooney for his wedding;  here both are pictured in 2007

Dressed: Last week, during his Milan Emporio Armani show, Giorgio Armani announced that he was dressing George Clooney for his wedding; here both are pictured in 2007

Wednesday Us weekly reported that George only wanted a few dozen guests to attend his wedding on September 27.

“He only wanted 60 real friends and family,” a source told the publication, “adding that his Ocean’s Eleven co-star Matt Damon and his wife Luciana as well as his best friend Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford have made the cut.

But it’s still unclear if Brad Pitt and his wife Angelina Jolie will be among the guests.

On September 26, George, 53, and Amal, 36, are reportedly hosting a “casual” dinner at the Cipriani Hotel where suites start at $ 1,490 a night.

The next morning, the couple plan to don an evening outfit and head to the Aman Canal Grande Venice hotel to be married at 11 a.m., according to the website.

Luxury: the Cipriani hotel in Venice, Italy, where a dinner is planned the day before the wedding

Luxury: the Cipriani hotel in Venice, Italy, where a dinner is planned the day before the wedding

Waterfront Paradise: The nuptials set to take place at the 24-room seven-star Aman Canal Grande in Palazzo Papadopoli, which offers rooms ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 3,200 a night

Waterfront Paradise: The nuptials set to take place at the 24-room seven-star Aman Canal Grande in Palazzo Papadopoli, which offers rooms ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 3,200 a night

Built in 1550, the 24-room seven-star Aman Canal Grande in Palazzo Papadopoli offers rooms ranging from £ 1,000 to £ 3,200 a night and offers some of the best views in the city.

“Everything is very classy,” said the source who added that Amal’s younger sister Tala would be the bride’s bridesmaid while George’s friend Gerber was expected to be her witness.

Reports that the wedding party will feast on Italian and Lebanese dishes – Amal was born in Beirut while opera singer Andrea Bocelli will perform.

Perhaps more remarkably, although Clooney is worth $ 180 million, Amal’s family would have “paid for most” of the lavish wedding, according to the insider.

As for the wedding dress, Amal was apparently spotted at the headquarters of Alexander McQueen, the fashion label that created Kate Middleton’s wedding dress.

The British human rights lawyer spent an hour and a half in the firm’s offices in Clerkenwell, east London, with her mother, respected journalist Baria Alamuddin.

Her Turn: Clooney stepped onto the podium at the Celebrity Fight Night charity event to accept an award

Her Turn: Clooney stepped onto the podium at the Celebrity Fight Night charity event to accept an award

Meanwhile, Rande was seen loading more than 50 cases of tequila onto a private jet in Los Angeles on Monday.

TMZ report that Cindy Crawford’s husband was seen loading cases of Casamigos tequila, the brand owned by him and his business partner George.

A few weeks ago, during an appearance at Celebrity Fight Night in Florence, Italy, George opened up about his nuptials with Amal, who sat in the audience as he accepted an award.

“I would just like to tell my future bride Amal that I love you very much and look forward to being your husband,” he said.

A witness said E! New: “She seemed so touched and upset and at that point they looked at each other and it was like there was no one else in the room.”

It was during the same speech George blurted out that his next nuptials will actually be in Venice, not Lake Como as previously suspected.

“I met my future bride in Italy and I will soon be getting married in Italy, in a few weeks. In Venice, everywhere, ”revealed the 53-year-old.

The star took his blushing future bride as a date at the Black Tie Gala, which was held on September 7 in support of the Andres Bocelli Foundation and the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center.

“I can’t wait to be your husband”: George Clooney spoke about his fiancée Amal Alamuddin at an event in Florence, Italy


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