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Advertisement What were the greatest challanges you faced during the film?Since we obtained the financing for the film from the Venice Biennale College Cinema program, which happened in fall 2015, we had to shoot the film in February 2016 to present it in September 2016 at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival. That’s a very quick turnaround for a feature film, and this was our first one! The great thing about this program is that its wonderful team helped us in every step to make the best piece that we could. We are eternally thankful to them and at La Faena we recommend this program every time we can. In addition to the timing, shooting in Venezuela during times of scarcity of food and medicines was also challenging, a situation that continues to worsen today.What appeal do you think your film will have for audiences?For Venezuelans abroad the film could bring nostalgic memories and a reaffirmation of the fact that a beautiful country is suffering for the greed of a few in power. For non-Venezuelan audiences it’s a window to truth with a magic realism glass. Although the context of the film is important, the story of a father fighting for his family is rather universal and appealing.What inspired you to become a creator?I started playing the drums since I was 10 years old. That form of instant expression mesmerized me. I had many bands in Venezuela including one called Rawayana that I had to leave to come study film production at York University in 2011. I kept making music videos for them and I kept falling in love with the medium. The kind of work that I did for them was more towards comedy but, as much as I love doing that, I also wanted to explore themes and forms that could talk about my country and being able to create La Faena with Jorge, and to make La Soledad, was a great way to ignite that endeavor.What are you working on next?Jorge and I are working on his next feature film. We are co-writing again and we are very excited about it. Jorge is currently in Mexico at the Cine Qua Non Lab polishing the script. The project recently won a prize by French TV Channel ARTE at the Buenos Aires Lab (BAL) for it’s development. Jorge also went through the TIFF Talent Lab with it. We are also developing a VR piece on a kidnapping experience I had back home. You can read about our projects at www.lafaenafilms.comWhat’s the best advice you could give someone new to filmmaking?It might sound cliché but I need to remind this to myself almost everyday. It’s something Oscar Ruiz Navia told Jorge and Jorge told me. Filmmaking is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s about endurance, not speed.What are your top 3 favourite films of all time?Araya by Margot Benacerraf; C’est arrivé près de chez vous by Benoît Poelvoorde, Rémy Belvaux and André Bonzel; La Haine by Mathieu Kassovitz.If you had to describe your film in three words, what would they be?Hunger never forgets.If you could reshoot any film made in the past 20 years, which one would you choose and how would you change it?I wouldn’t dare to say that other people’s work would be better this or that way, so I’ll say La Soledad by Jorge Thielen Armand. I think we’d both appreciate going back in time with what we know now and try to implement it to our own film and make it better.Who are your mentors? (and why)Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles for introducing me to cinema and the power of story. Javier Melero and Isaac Bencid for believing in my work and for guiding me towards my goals. Gionatan Sicilia for showing me what “creative process” really means. The whole Biennale College Cinema team for trusting us with their reputation and invaluable advises. I can also say that working along side Jorge Thielen Armand has been an amazingly rich experience for me. He is a incredibly driven and talented filmmaker and I am honoured to continue to work with him in La Faena..SOCIAL MEDIA LINKSIMDB: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3648103/FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/rodrigo.michelangeliTWITTER: https://twitter.com/romichelangeliINSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/romichelangeli/VIMEO: https://vimeo.com/romichelangeliLINKEDIN: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodrigomichelangeli/.BIO:Rodrigo Michelangeli is a Venezuelan Producer based in Toronto. He is theProducer, co-writer, and Cinematographer of LA SOLEDAD (2016), which wassupported by La Biennale di Venezia’s College Cinema program and isscheduled for theatrical release in Venezuela in June 2017. His shortexperimental documentary about student protests in Venezuela, BULLETSOF PEACE (2014) premiered at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Jayu Human RightsFilm Festival..Rodrigo obtained a BFA in Film Production from Toronto’s York University andsubsequently co-produced and was co-cinematographer of the shortdocumentary THE CHANGING PLACE OF MAKING (Montreal InternationalFestival du Nouveau Cinema, Grand Prize Winner IAFOR Documentary FilmAward)..As a Cinematographer Rodrigo has worked in several projects including thedocufiction LEFTOVER, which won the 2014 Toronto Film Critics AssociationAward; THE VILLAGE GREEN, a digital series financed by CanalPlay; and otherCanadian and international pieces. He is an alumni of the RIDM talent lab andBerlinale Talents..He was recently awarded the ARTE International Prix at the Buenos Aires Lab(2017), a production lab organized by BAFICI, for Jorge Thielen Armand’ssophomore feature film LA SOLEDAD SYNOPSIS: A vivid and intimate account of the Venezuelan crisis told through the real-life struggle of a young father trying to save his family from the demolition of their home. Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement What was the inspiration for your film?When I met Jorge Thielen Armand, the director of the film, in Toronto late 2014, we clicked because we had a common goal: to tell stories in our country, Venezuela, while pushing our own boundaries of what we understood as cinema. His inspiration came from an idea he had to make a documentary about his Great-Grandparent’s house in Caracas. He wanted to revisit his childhood while exploring our country’s current situation through the house’s present state. After watching films by Colombian filmmakers Oscar Ruiz Navia and Juan Arango, who have mastered the art of working with non-actors, Jorge wanted to fit his initial idea into that “hybrid” scheme; in between documentary and fiction. I really liked the idea and offered to co-write the script with him, which involved a research demo shoot to Caracas and long writing hours in our kitchens in Toronto. Twitter read more
Bluesfest 2018 will feature headliners Foo Fighters and Shawn Mendes, as well as local acts like The Town Cryers and The Bank Street Bonbons, organizers will announce Tuesday.Tickets for the annual festival, which will take place at Lebreton Flats Park from July 5-15, go on sale Friday, Feb. 16, with pre-sale tickets available starting the day before at 10 a.m.Attendance options include day passes, three or five-show passes, full-festival wristbands and VIP tickets. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Here are the artists expected to take the stage this year:Foo FightersDave Matthews BandShawn MendesBryan AdamsBeckRae SremmurdRise AgainstBrett EldredgeThree Days GraceSturgill SimpsonJethro TullZeds DeadThe War on DrugsShaggyColin JamesPassengerMachine Gun KellyThe StrumbellasHansonKimbraA.J. CroceJessie ReyezCourtney BarnettBROCKHAMPTONChromeoSt. Paul & The Broken BonesOh WonderGhostface KillahLighthouseNaughty By NatureM. WardGreta Van FleetKeys N KratesGrandtheftYaejiBenjamin BookerNonameDear RougeKodie ShaneLauvBeth HartThe Spencer Lee BandChelsea CutlerNick Lowe with Los StraitjacketsLarkin PoeRL BoyceThe Julian Taylor BandFortunate OnesJupiter & OkwessAndrew “Jr. Boy” JonesMolly TuttleThe Suitcase JunketSweet CrudeJohn NémethHat Fitz & CaraSteve HillThe Texas HornsThe SplitMonkeyJunkRed YoungLiza AnneMr. SippBob Long IIIThe Lachy Doley GroupAnthony GeraciAlanna Sterling & The SilversAmos the TransparentAndrew CassaraAndrew WainesAnimal ConfessionAspects & Rita CarterBlack IrishBrock ZemanCatriona SturtonCity FideliaCody CoyoteGravenHer HarbourHevveJoe McDonald & The Walkin’ HawksJw-JonesKimberly SunstrumKrystal Jyl and the JacksleMeowMorris ObgowuOkiesRay Montford GroupRiver City JunctionStone Age ManTAPASTara ShannonThe Angelina Hunter TrioThe Bank Street BonbonsThe PepTidesThe Town CryersVicki Brittle Twitter RBC Bluesfest organizers announced Tuesday that the Foo Fighters would be headlining the 2018 festival. (consequenceofsound.com) Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement read more
Last night, what I’d like to dub the party of the festival was over on the main floor at Soho House, where stars Keira Knightley and Dominic West were on hand as Grey Goose hosted the premiere after-party for Colette. Walking into the room, guests were transported to a different time thanks to a soundtrack of 1930s jazz music – exclusively by female artists, of course, given the film’s feminist protagonist. Keira looked as elegant as ever in Chanel, perched on a couch in a reserved area, where she sat sipping water for the first hour of the evening. Dominic stayed close but was happy to chat with fellow partygoers who approached.Then something happened at 9:30 pm…I caught Keira accepting a cocktail as the DJ started to run the tunes through the decades. A shift was felt in the room, and I can only describe the feeling in the air as prom night – this idea that it’s now or never, we only have tonight. It was the last of a series of A-list events hosted by Grey Goose, and suddenly everyone started to let their hair down, literally. Keira took the barrettes out of her locks, threw it into a topknot, got off the couch and got down, down, down, clutching her drink while moving to the beat. The room erupted into a full-on dance party, started by Dominic, who took off his suit jacket and started shimmying along to songs like “Twist and Shout.” Watching the stars belt out tunes and dance like no one is watching well past the end of their fete was the breakthrough scene I never knew I needed and a party, a moment, a feeling that will stay with me forever.Keira chatted with castmate Denise Gough. Photo: © Stefanie Keenan / Getty Images for Grey Goose Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Earlier in the evening it was another night, another Nicole Kidman hang – this time at the internationally acclaimed Serpentine Pavilion, which arrived in Toronto just in time for TIFF. With this architectural wonder as the backdrop, Westbank and Focus Features toasted the A-lister’s second festival film, Boy Erased , ahead of its premiere. In complete contrast to her look the night prior, Nicole showed up in a slinky black asymmetrical dress with long sleeves and a deep side slit, her long blonde locks pulled back in an appropriately conceptual pony. Ever the class act, the 51-year-old gracefully made her way over to chat with her much-younger castmates, listening to each and every one as if they were the only people in the room.Nicole Kidman traded her cream suit for a sultry black dress. Photo: © GP Images/Getty ImagesOver at Bisha Hotel’s Mister C Bar Room, Hollywood’s pretty young things were on-site celebratingAssassination Nation before hitting the red carpet at the premiere. As star Suki Waterhouse made her entrance, the DJ turned the tunes up, up, up and blasted “This Is How We Do It,” as if it were her up-to-bat song. She was joined by co-stars Odessa Young, Hari Nef, Suki, Bella Thorne and singer Abra. Playing on the theme of the satirical teen thriller, guests sipped appropriately crimson-hued CÎROC “Assassinator” cocktails from female servers in red PVC trench coats.Colman Domingo, Abra, Hari Nef, Suki Waterhouse, Odessa Young and Sam Levinson. Photo: © Getty Images for ICONINKTo end the night, CÎROC and Tequila Don Julio toasted the cast of Green Book at RBC House. Mahershala Ali was the first to arrive and immediately began to engage with partygoers on his way to his booth. He and co-stars Viggo Mortensen and Linda Cardellini hung close to their reserved areas but obliged fans with photos and chats. Notable guest appearances included actor Michael Shannon, TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey and singer Fefe Dobson. After that, it was back to Soho House for a night cap, where Dominic West was still getting his groove on, this time on the second floor, before heading back to his hotel for a much-deserved rest.By Jen Kirsch Twitter read more
APTN National NewsManitoba chiefs are accusing Aboriginal Affairs of bullying God’s Lake First Nation into signing a funding agreement under duress.Chief Gilbert Andrews was given the new contribution agreement Feb. 27.He was to sign and send it back to the federal government by March 5.APTN’s Ntawnis Piapot has the story.
APTN National NewsIt isn’t just APTN that is celebrating Aboriginal History Month. Canada’s national ballet school is as well.This week, dozens of dancers took to the streets of Toronto for a suprise flash mob, set to the sounds of a Tribe Called Red.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.
APTN National NewsFor 15 years, Leon Jourdain served as chief and councillor of the Lac La Croix First Nation – an Anishinabe community in northwest Ontario.But perhaps his most high profile political job was as leader of the grand council of Treaty 3.While he was grand chief, Jourdain led a fight against the controversial First Nations Governance Act.He also lobbied to have Indigenous voices included in the international softwood lumber dispute.But after facing an accusation of sexual assault in 2004, he stepped down as grand chief.That charge was eventually dropped and Jourdain is suing the Ontario Provincial Police and Crown over how the case was handled.“When you mention sexual assault, people think the worst,” said Jourdain. “But I want to tell people out there that was an alleged kiss on the cheek.”After a decade out of the public eye Jourdain is back and setting his sights on the top spot at the Assembly of First Nations.APTN’s Tim Fontaine has more on the candidate from Ontario, which is part of a special APTN broadcast at 4 p.m., EST. read more
The Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Outside Winnipeg’s convention centre, a sacred fire is burning.Inside the building, chiefs from across the country are meeting to elect a new national leader for the Assembly of First Nations amid questions on whether the organization is still a relevant voice for Aboriginalpeople.As the assembly prepares for some soul-searching over the next three days, many say it will take a monumental shift to regain the support of the next generation.“The grassroots have said we need a voice,” said Grand Chief David Harper, head of host organization Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, which represents northern Manitoba First Nations. “There is going to be a lot of restructuring that needs to take place. That’s something the next national chief will have to do.”There aren’t many vying for the job that came open following the resignation of former national chief Shawn Atleo. When Atleo ran for re-election in 2012, he faced seven other competitors. This year, there are three names on the ballot.Perry Bellegarde, chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, is chasing the top job, along with Ghislain Picard, regional chief for Quebec and Labrador. Picard became interim national chief following Atleo’s resignation. Leon Jourdain, chief of the Lac La Croix First Nation in northwestern Ontario, is also running.While supporters of the AFN say it is still a vital lobbying group, others point to the short list of those running for national chief as a symptom of the need for change.“The AFN has already lost much of the support of the grassroots,” said Niigaan Sinclair, assistant Native studies professor at the University of Manitoba. “It’s continuing to lose the support of chiefs now. For the most part, all of the young chiefs and aspiring leaders who are coming up … they see no interest in working at that level.”The next generation of First Nations leaders are interested in the environment, jobs and employment and violence against women, he said. While part of the AFN gathering will be devoted to missing and murdered Indigenous women, Sinclair said the grassroots don’t see chiefs addressing their concerns.One of the few things detractors and supporters of the AFN seem to agree on – the organization needs to wean itself off federal financial support. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, head of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said the AFN is a colonial construction set up by the federal government and fed by its dollars.“Empowerment is not something that governments fund for indigenous people,” said Nepinak, who has organized an alternative national Aboriginal group called Treaty Alliance.“A lot of our initiatives … (are) done on the backs of people who have job titles to do something other than what we’re doing right now. It’s only through great resilience that we’re getting through these difficult times.”Treaty Alliance participants come from all walks of life, Nepinak said. Many are not part of Aboriginal politics, but the group comes together “when it needs to protect treaty rights for the future generations.”“It’s growing in strength,” Nepinak said.Cameron Alexis, the AFN’s Alberta regional chief, said the organization is still vital as a lobby group for First Nations interests. The question is how to keep it that way.“There is no doubt, young people want change.”Chiefs are to discuss restructuring the organization, including how it could survive without federal financial support, he said.“Do we move in another direction similar to what happened with our brother and sister tribes in the States, where they put in their own source revenue to support their national voice?” Alexis said. “That will be part of the discussion on restructuring and how we set a path forward.” read more
APTN National News25 years ago, shots rang out on the Mohawk territory of Kanehsatake and Indigenous resistance in Canada would never be the same.The Mohawk resistance of 1990 lasted 78 days, and over the course of this summer, APTN National News will be looking back on the key dates of the so called Oka crisis in the words of the people who were there.APTN’s Tom Fennario starts with The Mohawks of Kanehsatake, the SQ and the start of a long hot email@example.com
BERLIN – Police evacuated part of a terminal at Germany’s busiest airport Tuesday after a security official mistakenly allowed a French family that hadn’t completed required security checks into a secure area.Federal police stopped flights from boarding and kept passengers out of area A of Frankfurt Airport’s Terminal 1 for about two hours because of concerns that at least one person had entered without being properly screened.Police tweeted that the midday evacuation was prompted by a security assistant mistakenly allowing the French family of four into the secure area even though they were supposed to be subjected to a secondary screening.The family was located, questioned and allowed to continue on its journey, the police added.The terminal resumed operating as normal about two hours after the partial evacuation was imposed.Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, said around 7,000 passengers were affected by flight delays and cancellations and that it had booked 2,000 hotel rooms as a precaution in case people couldn’t be put on later aircraft.It said also that some flights had to leave Frankfurt empty so that they would be at their destination airports at the right time to keep on schedule.It gave no estimate of the cost to the airline. read more
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The microwave ate my homework? Reusable notebooks where writing disappears with heat are among the basic school supplies raising their game against gadgets like iPads.Also hot in the paper aisle this year: Decorative tape, creative journals and scented pencils in smells like bacon and pickle.“There’s an explosion of innovation and fun” in school supplies, said Scott Bayles, vice-president of stationery at Walmart. He noted that people are looking for ways to relieve stress through creative expression, and that’s trickling down to kids.Companies that make school supplies have figured out how to get parents to spend more by offering innovations on the basics, said Marshal Cohen, chief industry adviser at The NPD Group. At Staples, for example, a pack of 72 basic No. 2 pencils costs about $15.49, or 21 cents each, while a pack of five scented pencils runs $7.99, or $1.60 each.Overall, stores expect a healthy back-to-school shopping season, fueled by a strong economy and high consumer confidence. Deloitte forecasts that back-to-school spending will increase 2.2 per cent to $27.6 billion this year, with the average spending per household rising slightly to $510 from $501 last year. That includes $112 on school supplies, up from $104.Here are four trends:— NEW KINDS OF NOTEBOOKS AND PENS: The Rocketbook Wave notebook that runs about $25 works like a traditional pen and paper version. But when pages are full, you can scan them with the app and send the contents to the cloud. If you used the Pilot FriXion pen, you can erase the notes by heating it in the microwave, and then reuse it. Using only the Pilot FriXion pen works in a similar way. You can make corrections on a page by heating the ink in the microwave or by rubbing the eraser tip to cause friction. Put it in the freezer and the ink will reappear.Bullet journals that adults have adopted over the past few years are making their way to the back-to-school aisles. The notebooks become a mix between a diary, a wish list and a to-do list, and can help keep track of homework, school projects and school events. Events can be marked by an “O” bullet, while tasks can be a dot.— DECORATIVE TAPE: Adhesive tape including Japanese paper called washi has been growing in popularity, and the trend has moved into school supplies. Kids are using the tape to decorate their notebooks, pens and pencils and other items, says Kaleigh Sands, a Staples spokeswoman.“It’s customizable,” Sands said, noting that kids want to personalize their own items.— SCENTS AND Colours: Elmer’s has been expanding beyond its famous white school glue to purple, pink and blue glitter glue and even a slime starter kit. Retailers are also widening their arrays of scented pencils. Walmart has added such smells as bacon, grass, onion, mud and pickle. Target’s scented pencils feature such smells as cola and jelly doughnut.— LLAMAS VS. UNICORNS: Rainbow unicorns are seeing a bit of competition. Llamas are in demand for decoration on backpacks and other school supplies. Dayna Isom Johnson, a trend expert at Etsy, said the search results for unicorns have more than doubled in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year. They’re still way ahead, but the interest is llamas is growing — search results for them more than tripled in that same time frame.“It might be time for something new to come along,” Johnson added.___Follow Anne D’Innocenzio: http://twitter.com/ADInnocenzio read more
FRANKFURT – The European Central Bank said Thursday it is staying on course to wrap up its 2.5 trillion euro ($2.85 trillion) stimulus program at year end — even as risks from trade protectionism, Italian populist policies and a possible disorderly Brexit loom ever larger.The central bank for the 19 countries that use the euro left its key interest rates and the end-date for its stimulus program unchanged at its meeting in Frankfurt, Germany.President Mario Draghi said at a news conference that recent economic indicators suggested the eurozone economy was seeing somewhat weaker momentum from high levels last year.“Is this enough of a change to make us change the baseline scenario?” he said. “The answer is no.”The economy has slowed in the face of a range of risks: from the possibility that Britain might leave the European Union without an exit deal in March 2019, to increasing trade protectionism and Italy’s dispute with EU authorities over its spending plans.Those factors, however, remain mostly risks for now — things that could damage the economy but haven’t actually happened yet, or not to such a degree that it would force the central bank to abandon its plans and prolong its support for the economy.The ECB is sticking to its plan to end in December its stimulus program, under which it buys 15 billion euros a month to lower borrowing rates and help the economy. It says it will keep interest rate benchmarks at record lows at least “through the summer” of 2019.Draghi said it “would really take an extraordinary amount of lack of preparation” for Britain to fall out of the EU without a deal. Talks between the British government and the EU remain difficult and no final deal has been reached.He warned that if there is no deal as Britain’s exit date approaches, companies will have to prepare on the assumption there will be no deal. That could lead to unease in financial markets, he said.A no-deal Brexit could hurt trade between Britain and its largest business partner, the EU, and disrupt the movement of goods and parts for businesses.Meanwhile, Italy’s public spending plans could trigger a re-emergence of the eurozone’s debt crisis — if bond investors start thinking the country is too risky. And a trade war between the U.S. and China could hurt global trade, dealing collateral damage to export-dependent Europe.Draghi said he was confident an agreement will be found over Italy’s budget, which was rejected by the EU executive over the proposal to sharply increase the deficit.He said failure to do so could “mean that households will have to pay more for borrowing, and so will banks.” He urged both sides to show “good common sense.”By bringing the bond purchases to an end, the ECB is following the same path as the U.S. Federal Reserve in withdrawing stimulus deployed to overcome the persistent effects of the global financial crisis and Great Recession a decade ago.Yet just as it seemed the coast was clear, with the European economy growing and unemployment falling, the new risks have appeared and growth has slowed, to a quarterly rate of 0.4 per cent in the second quarter, from 0.7 per cent at the end of last year.And while headline inflation has hit 2.1 per cent, the underlying rate that excludes volatile items like fuel and food remains much lower at 0.9 per cent. The ECB says it is confident the headline inflation rate will remain sustainably near its goal of just under 2 per cent.Even as it phases out the bond purchases, the bank is continuing other means of support for the economy, meaning monetary policy remains loose and interest rates should remain low. The ECB has said it will keep buying new bonds as the old ones it has bought are paid off, maintaining the equivalent level of stimulus by keeping borrowing rates down.Meanwhile, it has made clear it will keep its key interest rates at current ultra-low levels until “at least through the summer of 2019.” Right now, the central bank’s benchmark for lending to banks that need ready cash is zero and the rate for deposits it takes from banks that have excess money is minus 0.4 per cent. That negative rate aims to pushing banks to lend the money, not let it pile up. read more
The youths then vandalized the bus, causing approximately $5,000 worth of damage before abandoning the bus outside of town, where it was later located by police. The bus was returned to the school district before the first day of school.These youth look like they had a good time and we are convinced they spoke to others about this incident,” said Cst. Neustaeter. “If you or someone you know has information about what happened or who these youth are, please contact the Fort St John RCMP. Incidents like this can become very dangerous, placing youths lives at risk.”If you have information about this incident or can assist in identifying the suspects, please contact Cst Cullen with the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca The photos have been removed due to suspects being identified as young offenders. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking for suspects that stole a school bus just before the start of the school year.In a release this afternoon, Constable Chad Neustaeter with the Fort St. John RCMP said that Mounties are asking for the public’s help in identifying five suspects that allegedly took a school bus from the School District 60 transportation parking lot in Fort St John at around midnight on August 26th.Surveillance footage obtained from the bus’ onboard camera identified two female youth and three males. read more
Bhopal: CPI contestant from Begusarai in Bihar, Kanhaiya Kumar would be campaigning for Congress’ Bhopal nominee Digvijaya Singh, who is pitted against Hindutva leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur of the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh.Addressing a gathering at the CPI office here, Singh called himself an “admirer” of the former JNUSU president, and said that he was happy that Kumar would campaign for him on May 8-9. Singh also sought to dispel perception that Kumar’s arrival might rake up “Tukde-Tukde” controversy in the poll season, as Thakur is viewed as a polarising figure. He blamed the BJP and the RSS for “defaming” Kumar in the 2016 Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) sloganeering controversy. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”I am an admirer and a supporter of Kanhaiya Kumar. He has become an ideologue. I openly support him. I told my party that the RJD has made a big mistake (by fielding its candidate in Begusarai). This seat (Begusarai) should have been allotted to the CPI,” Singh said. Kumar is contesting his maiden election against Union minister Giriraj Singh of the BJP in Begusarai. “I challenge if anybody comes out saying that they (Kanhaiya and his associates) had raised the ‘Tukde-Tukde’ slogan (on the JNU campus in 2016). It was the work of the BJP and the RSS to defame Kumar and others who are fighting against fundamentalism,” he alleged. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadSingh claimed that “separation” of the Congress and Left parties was responsible for his party’s defeat in 2014 general elections. “I believe that we (Congress) won again after UPA-I era because the Left was with us, but we got separated on a petty issue. The control over social and economic policies that existed during the UPA-I government (because of Left allies) was missing during the tenure of the UPA-II government, which was the reason for the Congress’ defeat (in 2014),” he said. Singh also took a dig at his political detractors in Madhya Pradesh Congress. “After the Congress’ defeat in the 2003 (assembly polls), it was said that my presence in the state would slash the party’s vote share. However, I witnessed that the BJP was winning and the RSS becoming powerful over years whereas the Congress remaining a silent spectator. This is the reason I decided to become active again,” the former chief minister said. He hailed the “help” extended by CPI leaders in defeating the BJP in the assembly elections held last year. The contest for Bhopal, a BJP bastion since 1989, has become high profile since the saffron party fielded Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon bomb blast case. Bhopal goes to polls on May 12 in the sixth phase of ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Voting for all the 29 Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh would be held in four phases from April 29 to May 19. read more
Rabat – A new leaked video shows a police officer from the Polisario Front military group describing the suffering of the Sahrawi people living in the Tindouf camps in Algeria.He calls upon international human rights organizations to take action against “human rights abuses in the camps.”The video was released by Laayoune TV on YouTube on Saturday. It shows a police officer, who has been working for the Polisario Front, dressed in his uniform, openly denouncing “human rights” abuses in the Tindouf camps. “I have been working with the military groups of Polisario Front since 2007. And I want to tell the International human rights organizations that we are being abused by the Polisario Front,” police officer Khatri Weld Saleh weld Elouali.“International human rights organizations should visit the camps to survey the injustice, arrests, and the abuse that the Sahrawi people are experiencing, in addition to their suffering from the high temperature and the scarcity of potable water,” he explained.He goes on to say that only the Polisario leaders and authorities benefit from humanitarian aid, whereas “only suffering is left for us.”“These elite [the Polisario leaders and authorities] own luxury houses in Europe and other countries,” he added. read more
Casablanca – On November 4th, Moroccan NGO Forum Anfa, launched its first awareness raising campaign called “I am Moroccan, I am African” dedicated to combat hate speech and racism against sub-Saharan Africans. El Mehdi Ezzouate, president of the forum, told a press conference that “this initiative came as a response to a series of unpleasant incidents of racism and hate crimes perpetrated against our African brothers.” “We are united here, civil society actors, artists, journalists, students and academia to openly say we are against any type of racism or discrimination not only towards our brothers coming from Sub-Saharan Africa, but towards any type of hate speech that might touch the dignity of Moroccan citizens and migrants alike,” stressed Ezzouate.The forum president, who enthusiastically seeks to exemplify the fraternal inter-African relations between Moroccan citizens and sub-Saharan Africans, emphasized that “these acts of racism are everywhere in the world and racism has no nationality, color, religion, race or borders.” He pointed out that Moroccans firmly condemn these irresponsible acts, which according to him are “isolated and not deeply rooted in the Moroccan culture.” El Mehdi Ezzouate, president of Forum Anfa explaining the campaign ‘ I am Moroccan, I am African” to a press conference held in Sheraton hotel in Casablanca on Nov 4Rayhane El Habto Mawahibi, a member of the forum executive board, highlighted five key principles that guide the actions of the organization: tolerance, brotherhood, peace, solidarity and co-existence. Rayhane said that the “#African_Selfie is “just the beginning before the launch of a larger scale campaign to combat racism and hate speech in Morocco”. When asked about the selfie campaign, the forum president announced his organization’s intention to create a think tank committee made of Moroccans and sub-Saharan Africans to brainstorm effective mechanisms to inclusively develop practical and measurable programs to integrate sub-Saharan Africans in Moroccan society and raise awareness regarding any form of discrimination.Abiola Hamid, president of the Nigerian Forum for Youth Policy and Development and Adeola Austin Oyinlade, lawyer and human rights activist from Nigeria sent a recorded message of solidarity to Forum Anfa in support of their efforts to combat racism. “From Nigeria, we express our solidarity to you our Moroccan brothers and sisters on your “NO TO DISCRIMINATION” campaign. Africa must unite against all types of racism and hate speech and promote tolerance, coexistence and unity. We are all Africans.”A group of African delegates who took part in the United Nations first Global Forum on Youth Policies in Baku, sent in a message of solidarity and support to Moroccans for the campaign initiative and say No to all forms of discrimination.Migration policy & integrationBilaly Dicko from Mali and president of the “Union Pour la Prise de Conscience” told Morocco World News that “Moroccans today are conscious that racism exists in Morocco and such initiatives like “I am Moroccan, I am African” demonstrate the level of awareness and engagement of civil society here to combat such practices.” Dicko added that “It will be unfair not to mention the efforts made by Moroccan authorities to ensure a better integration of migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa.” “These efforts go in line with the migration policy launched by Morocco’s King Mohammed VI,” he added.In September of 2013, Morocco launched a new migration and asylum system that would adhere to international standards, examine cases individually and offer legal status to some undocumented migrants estimated at about 20,000.Education & Awareness“To make the migration policy work on the ground, civil society should work hand in hand with policy makers to raise awareness through education and behavior change communication campaigns,” Dicko said. Badiane Moustapha, a Senegalese cultural animator in private Moroccan schools where he teaches African culture to Moroccan students, said that a strategy needs to be developed to expand African cultural education to public schools. “Tolerance and cultural coexistence doesn’t come solely by campaigning, it starts with education at school and home,” explained Moustapha.Role of Culture & Entertainment EducationSamba Soumbathe Soumbounou, another participant from Mauritania and a student on cultural mediation at the faculty of Mohammedia, called on the press conference attendees to be vigilant and aware of stereotypes, misconceptions and media influences on public perceptions of sub-Saharan Africans. He said that real integration is only possible through a mutual cultural rapprochement between Moroccans and sub-Saharan African migrants. “I myself make an effort to speak Darija (Moroccan Arabic) and understand the Moroccan culture; Moroccans also need to come to us and try to understand our culture, values, and way of thinking in order for us to find together a common ground for co-existence,” said Samba.Moroccan singer Huda Saad and TV presenter Rachid El Idrissi joined in the campaign to say no to racism.Commenting on the role of artists in combating racism, Moroccan singer Huda Saad told the audience that “the artist can play a crucial role in spreading messages of peace and tolerance through his/her work and can influence behavior since he/she is more close to the public.” For his part, Rachid Fekkak, a Moroccan actor and producer, highlighted the importance of entertainment education. He called for the promotion of African culture through arts and cinema, as well as including fusion works between Moroccan and African Musicians in major Moroccan festivals.Inclusive representation and media diversityRachid El Idrissi, TV presenter and producer, stressed the importance of ensuring an inclusive representation of diversity in media. “Our Audiovisual media policy should also include migrants like other international channels who include Arabs, people of different faiths and color, etc. sub-Saharan Africans need to have a voice in the media; we need to get to know them better and not see them as a threat,” he said. El Idrissi called upon Africans living in Morocco “to stop grouping in isolated clans and try to integrate into our society and avoid falling in the same trap as some Moroccans who are living abroad who were unable to effectively integrate into their host societies.”Kisito Ndour, a Senegalese journalist and editor in chief of AufaitMaroc.com, highlighted the importance of educating kids to reject stereotypical images about sub-Saharan Africans. Ndour recently published an article titled “You can call me black, Azzi, but don’t call me Ebola.” “Kids are the ones who will transmit tolerance values to the upcoming young generation. Parents need to explain to their kids that sub-Saharan Africans are also human beings and should not be seen as a threat as it is portrayed to them via biased media, especially after the outcry of the Ebola crisis,” emphasized Ndour.Ndour believes “there are efforts made by the Moroccan media to raise awareness about racism in Morocco especially after the murder of a Senegalese migrant Charles Ndour, but more should be done to communicate the other image and success stories of sub-Saharan Africans who positively contribute to the Moroccan society.” On migration policy, Ndour “commended the efforts of offering legal status to migrants but acknowledged that Morocco could not host all those migrants, many whom are begging today in the streets of major capitals.” Ndour insists that “Morocco needs to control its incoming migration for the benefit of Moroccans and for the migrants themselves.”Anti-Racism Legislation?Moroccan activist and founder of the Women’s Solidarity Association, Aicha Ech-Chenna signs the manifest of tolerance launched by Forum Anfa to combat racism. Photo Credit: Khalid Alaoui – Source AufaitMaroc.comIn 2013 the Authenticity and Modernity Party (known as PAM) presented an anti-racism draft law to parliament following a series of incidents including violent crimes and discrimination related to renting houses to sub-Saharan Africans. The law, which has not yet been discussed or passed by parliament, is an important step towards protecting the rights of migrants in Morocco, but needs to be accompanied by other measures to change people’s behavior and attitudes towards sub-Saharan Africans. As stated by Global Opus Prize winner, Moroccan activist and founder of the Women’s Solidarity Association, Aicha Ech-Chenna “It is not enough to say I am Moroccan, I’m African. We have to accept Sub-Saharans as they are, with their religions, Christians or Muslims…We do not need to ask them to convert or change to accept them, we all have an African Identity”.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. 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Rabat – The Moroccan authorities evacuated on Tuesday a group of illegal migrants who were living in very precarious conditions in the Gourougou forest (near the Moroccan northeastern city of Nador), the interior ministry announced.The operation took place in good conditions with the collaboration of the local administrative authorities and security services, under the supervision of the general prosecutor’s office.The operation also helped liberate several migrants, especially children and women, who were forcibly held in this forest by networks of human traffickers, says the source. The interior ministry goes on that similar operations will be conducted to evacuate all locations squatted by migrants who plan to illegally migrate to Europe.
Taroudant – Like any country in the world, Morocco has rapidly developed and has renovated its cities which, until the beginning of the 20th century were mostly rural with limited buildings and facilities.These photos will take the reader in a nostalgic trip back to the beginning of the last century when some big Moroccan cities were partially agricultural fields.The photos also features some of the big buildings from the colonial period that are still in good conditions and are being used for the same services they were offered at the time. The following photos offer a majestic feel of what Moroccan cities looked like several decades ago, long before any urban or architectural development. Some places are hardly recognizable today.Casablanca Bourgonne NeighborhoodCasablanca Mers Sultan 1912Casablanca- Ain diabEl-jadida – Poste OfficeFez- Bab Boujloud, the entrance to Fes El BaliKenitra- Train StationMarrakech- Jamaa Elfna SquareMarrakech- Post OfficeMeknes – Train StationMeknes- Mohamed V StreetMohamédia – Le Parc RestorantOujda – Train StationOujda- Clémenceau SquareRabat beachRabat- formerly Appeal Court, but actually serves as the headquarter of the ParliamentRabat Post office 1920 read more