« One United People » axé sur la réinstallation des réfugiés en…

first_img« One United People » axé sur la réinstallation des réfugiés en prélude aux conférences de l’ONU Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Advocacy Peace & Justice, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Events Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Refugees Migration & Resettlement Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries a organisé un débat intitulé «  One United People: A Dialogue on Refugee Resettlement and Faithful Welcome » en prélude aux deux sommets prévus la semaine prochaine qui traiteront des vastes mouvements de réfugiés et de migrants. Photo : Lynette Wilson[Episcopal News Service] Sur les 21,3 millions de refugiés dans le monde aujourd’hui, il est probable que seulement 1 % soit réinstallé. C’est une loterie à très faible probabilité.Le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés estime qu’en 2017, 1,19 million de réfugiés devront être réinstallés. La semaine prochaine, au cours d’un sommet historique des chefs d’État et de gouvernement, il sera demandé aux pays d’accueillir ces réfugiés.« En 2015, un peu plus de 100 000 réfugiés ont bénéficié d’une réinstallation », déclare le 14 septembre Karen Koning AbuZayd, conseilllère spéciale auprès de l’ONU. « Ce chiffre peut sembler satisfaisant mais maintenant il nous faut le multiplier par 10. L’écart est considérable. L’ambition est forte ».Karen Koning AbuZayd intervient lors du débat du 14 septembre intitulé « One United People: A Dialogue on Refugee Resettlement and Faithful Welcome » organisé par Episcopal Migration Ministries. Photo : Lynette WilsonKaren AbuZayd, conseillère auprès du Secrétaire général de l’ONU pour le sommet de la semaine prochaine, est intervenue devant plus de 60 personnes – des dirigeants de l’ONU, des professionnels de la réinstallation des réfugiés, d’anciens réfugiés ainsi que des sympathisants et militants – réunis le 14 septembre à l’Episcopal Church Center à New York pour « One United People: A Dialogue on Refugee Resettlement and Faithful Welcome » [Un seul peuple uni : dialogue sur la réinstallation des réfugiés et l’accueil dans la foi], un débat organisé par Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). La conférence était diffusée par webcast et sera ultérieurement disponible en ligne ici.One United People a précédé deux conférences des Nations Unies programmées pour la semaine prochaine. Le lundi 19 septembre, l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU accueillera la première réunion des chefs d’État et de gouvernement qui traitera des grands mouvements de réfugiés et de migrants, avec pour objectif de rapprocher les pays à travers une approche plus humaine et plus coordonnée.Puis, le mardi 20 septembre, le Président Barack Obama accueillera le Leaders’ Summit on Refugees [Sommet des Dirigeants sur la question des réfugiés], co-organisé avec le Canada, l’Éthiopie, l’Allemagne, la Jordanie, le Mexique et la Suède. Lors du Sommet des Dirigeants, les gouvernements seront appelés à renforcer leurs engagements pour la réinstallation des réfugiés.« La réinstallation ne s’arrête pas lorsque le réfugié arrive dans un nouveau pays. À maints égards, c’est juste le point de départ » explique Karen AbuZayd.Ce sont les communautés de foi, particulièrement aux États-Unis, qui, ajoute-t-elle, mènent à bien le travail de réinstallation.Maher Shakir, au centre, ancien réfugié irakien, partage son expérience lors du panel du 14 septembre sur la réinstallation des réfugiés. Jay Subedi, à gauche, ancien réfugié du Bhutan, et Akram Hussein, à droite, lui aussi venu d’Irak, ont également fait part de leurs expériences. Photo : Lynette WilsonAu cours du débat, les sept membres du panel, (professionnels de la réinstallation, sympathisants et défenseurs des réfugiés et anciens réfugiés) ont fait part de leurs expériences personnelles et professionnelles. Ce que les anciens réfugiés veulent que les gens comprennent, c’est que personne ne part de chez soi sans bonne raison.« Personne ne veut partir de chez soi. La seule raison pour laquelle les gens partent de chez eux c’est parce que leur maison est en feu », affirme Abdul Saboor, ancien réfugié d’Afghanistan qui vit maintenant à Syracuse (État de New York), où il est étudiant et travaille pour InterFaith Works Center for New Americans (le centre interconfessionnel pour les nouveaux américains).Episcopal Migration Ministries, le ministère de l’église pour la réinstallation des réfugiés, collabore avec 30 correspondants dans 26 diocèses qui apportent une aide directe aux nouveaux arrivants. Le ministère propose également aux congrégations des moyens pour participer à la réinstallation des réfugiés dans leur communauté et encourage les Épiscopaliens à rejoindre le réseau Episcopal Public Policy Network et à militer en faveur de politiques qui protègent les droits des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile.Toutefois, le nombre de réfugiés n’est pas le seul critère. Dans le monde entier, les guerres et les persécutions ont forcé au total 65,3 millions de personnes hors de chez elles, soit quatre fois plus qu’il y a dix ans, et le record de personnes déplacées depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale.Le sommet intervient non seulement à un moment où le nombre de réfugiés atteint un chiffre record, mais également à une période de discrimination et de violence accrues à l’encontre des immigrés et des migrants. La crise des réfugiés a attisé les mouvements nationalistes à travers l’Europe, où la crainte du terrorisme et la xénophobie secouent la société et conduisent les gouvernements à prendre des mesures restrictives. La même chose est en partie vraie aux États-Unis où des États ont adopté des dispositions législatives visant à interdire les réfugiés dans leur État ou à affaiblir le programme de réinstallation du gouvernement fédéral des États-Unis.Allison Duvall, responsable des relations et de l’engagement de l’église au sein d’EMM, a animé le 14 septembre le panel où des professionnels de la réinstallation, des sympathisants et des défenseurs des réfugiés et d’anciens réfugiés ont partagé leurs expériences personnelles et professionnelles. Photo : Lynette Wilson« Nous sommes rassemblés ici aujourd’hui… en prélude et en soutien aux intentions et objectifs du sommet. Face à cette « crise de solidarité », l’Église épiscopale se mobilise pour répondre à cette crise de notre temps » déclare Allison Duvall, responsable des relations et de l’engagement de l’église au sein d’EMM. «Nous sommes solidaires des objectifs du sommet, des nations du monde qui accueillent des réfugiés, de celles qui promulguent ou développent leurs programmes de réinstallation, grâce à des communautés qui souhaitent la bienvenue à leurs nouveaux voisins par le biais de la réinstallation et, ce qui est plus important encore, nous sommes solidaires des réfugiés eux-mêmes ».Un réfugié passe en moyenne un quart de siècle dans un camp de réfugiés avant sa réinstallation ; l’UNHCR est responsable de 16,1 millions de réfugiés, dont la majorité vivent en Afrique et au Moyen-Orient. (Les autres 5,1 millions sont des réfugiés palestiniens enregistrés par l’Office de secours et de travaux des Nations Unies).L’Église épiscopale prévoit de tenir les États membres de l’ONU responsables de leur engagement et de militer en faveur du renforcement des engagements des pays pour la réinstallation des réfugiés, déclare Lacy Broemel, analyste de la politique de l’église sur la question des réfugiés et de l’immigration.Une délégation d’observateurs représentant l’Évêque Primat Michael Curry assistera au sommet le 19 septembre lorsque les États membres doivent adopter un cadre de travail global et des protocoles pour une migration sûre, ordonnée et régulière, en prélude à l’appel que feront les dirigeants aux pays afin que ceux-ci augmentent le nombre de réfugiés qu’ils réinstallent.Tandis qu’Episcopal Migration Ministries collabore avec des correspondants dans des communautés à travers tous les États-Unis, l’Église épiscopale et les Épiscopaliens défendent les droits des réfugiés au niveau national par le biais du travail effectué par son bureau des relations gouvernementales à Washington DC et du réseau Episcopal Public Policy Network.« Aux États-Unis, les Épiscopaliens font pression sur le Congrès et l’administration [du président] pour un financement renforcé permettant aux réfugiés de prospérer dans leurs nouvelles communautés et militent pour des politiques justes et humanitaires permettant d’accueillir les réfugiés et les migrants » explique Lacy Broemel, qui travaille à Washington DC. « Nous nous efforçons de sensibiliser nos voisins et amis sur les conditions auxquelles les réfugiés sont confrontés et mettons l’accent sur l’impératif moral que les réfugiés viennent aux États-Unis ».L’Église épiscopale œuvre à la réinstallation des réfugiés aux États-Unis depuis les années 1930. Episcopal Migration Ministries est l’un des neuf organismes qui travaillent en partenariat avec le Département d’État pour accueillir et réinstaller les réfugiés ; on prévoit cette année l’arrivée de 85 000 réfugiés ou nouveaux Américains.Le travail et le soutien de l’Église épiscopale aux initiatives en faveur des réfugiés s’étendent au-delà des frontières des États-Unis.Dans le Diocèse Épiscopal-Anglican d’El Salvador, Cristosal intervient dans le Triangle nord de l’Amérique Centrale pour apporter une protection d’urgence et une représentation juridique aux victimes de déplacements forcés et faciliter la réinstallation au niveau régional. La Convocation des Églises épiscopales en Europe est impliquée dans plusieurs ministères et partenariats de soutien aux réfugiés. À l’Église épiscopale de St Paul-dans-les-murs de Rome (Italie), le Centre de réfugiés Joel Nafuma offre des repas, des emplois et de la formation linguistique ainsi qu’un espace de réunion aux réfugiés, dont la plupart viennent d’Afrique et du Moyen-Orient. En France, l’Église épiscopale œuvre depuis 2007, à la réinstallation, et l’aide à l’intégration de réfugiés irakiens, et également maintenant de réfugiés syriens, par l’entremise de l’Association d’entraide aux minorités d’Orient.– Lynette Wilson est rédacteur et journaliste de l’Episcopal News Service. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing de Lynette WilsonPosted Sep 15, 2016 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

first_imgA REAL HERO – Simon Pereira Shorey was honored by the City Council at the Oct. 18 meeting for aid he brought to a shooting victim on Bergen Avenue in September. Shorey, an organizer for Jersey City’s Community Emergency Response Team, saw a man stumble and fall as the result of a shooting and ran to the man’s aid. The victim would have died had Shorey not provided assistance. Municipal elections are Nov. 7Jersey City voters will go to the polls on Nov. 7 to choose between two candidates for mayor and a wide range of candidates for City Council. There are 34 people are running for council seats, seven seeking the three at-large seats and 27 seeking ward seats.Polls will be open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.Even if your name is not on the voter list at the polling place, you have the right to vote with a provisional ballot. Your provisional ballot will be counted only after the elections official has confirmed you are a registered voter and you did not vote anywhere else in that election.Mayor Steven Fulop is seeking his second four-year term, and is opposed by Bill Matsikoudis, who served as corporation counsel (city attorney) to Fulop’s predecessor, Jerramiah Healy.Fulop was elected mayor in 2013 after serving for two terms as the city’s Ward E councilman. He has announced that he will not seek a third term if he wins this year.Fulop currently has six allies on the nine-member City Council. This could change with the election, since even the at-large seats currently are in his camp face serious opposition.Councilman Frank Gajewski, who represents Ward A, is not seeking re-election, but Ward C Councilman Michael Boggiano and Ward D Councilman Michael Yun are seeking new terms.Running with Matsikoudis is a partial slate of council candidates. This includes Esther Wintner, who is running at large. Wintner has served as president of Civic JC, a group often critical of Fulop. Also running at large on this ticket is Dr. Michael A. Winds, an administrator with the Jersey City public schools. Esmeralda Trinidad, who is also running at large, is a former vice chairperson of the Jersey City Democratic Organization. This team also has Rick Johnson, a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church who helped re-establish the Linden Avenue Block Association, running in Ward A.Councilman Chris Gadsen, a vice principal at Lincoln High School, is running for reelection in Ward B. Carmen Vega, who is running in Ward D, works at Meadowview Psychiatric Hospital in Secaucus. Jake Hudnut, who is running in Ward E, is a recent city public defender. Yolanda Dortch-Amiker, who is running in Ward F, is a retired Army staff sergeant and combat veteran and founder of multiple non-profits helping veterans, ex-cons and victims of abuse.Mayor Fulop has also fielded a partial ticket of running mates.His three at-large candidates include Council President Rolando Lavarro, Councilwoman and pastor Joyce Watterman, and Councilman Daniel Rivera, an emergency medical technician.First-time candidate Moriah ‘Mo’ Kinberg , a former campaign manager for the NJ Work Environment Council ,will be running on this ticket in Ward D. Also running on this ticket are Ward F Councilman Jermaine Robinson and Ward A council candidate Denise Ridley, a marketing professional. Mira Prinz-Arey, a community activist, will run in Ward B.Running as independents for at large seats are Brian Lane, who ran for council in 2011, and former Assemblyman Sean Connors. In Ward A, Joe Conte, former Democratic chair in Jersey City is running for council as an independent. Jessica Hellinger, a real estate professional, is running in Ward B. Rekha Nandwani, a grass roots activist, is running in Ward C, as is John Hanussak, a member of the city’s Rapid Response team, and A. Janet Chevres, a business analyst.In Ward D, Rafael Torres, retired firefighter, and Carmen Vega, a former Jersey City Puerto Rican Day Parade president, are running for council.In Ward E, the candidates are: Rebecca Symes, formerly general counsel for real-estate investment firm Dixon Advisory, who worked for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand; James Solomon, at teacher at New Jersey City University and Hudson County Community College; Michael Billy Bisogno, a community activist; Madeleine Giansanti Cag, an attorney, and Nickolas Grillo, a community activist.In Ward F, Tyrone Ballon, a terminal supervisor/dispatcher for the PATH system, Dennis Burgess, who runs a boot camp as Master Sup, and Michael Griffin, a café owner, are running. Grand jury indicts four cops over June 4 pursuitOn Nov. 2 a Hudson County grand jury returned an indictment against four Jersey City police officers related to the events surrounding a vehicular police pursuit on June 4.Lt. Keith Ludwig has been charged with aggravated assault and official misconduct. Police officers MD Khan and Eric Kosinski face weapons charges as well as charges for attempted murder, aggravated assault and other charges related to the alleged beating of an innocent bystander.Officer Francisco Rodriguez faces charges of aggravated assault, weapons charges, and official misconduct.On June 4, shortly after 11 p.m., Jersey City police officers attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of Ocean and Cator avenues in Jersey City. The driver allegedly fled the area in the vehicle and was pursued by police officers. The fleeing driver, Leo C. Pinkston, 48, of Jersey City, was involved in several automobile crashes. The first crash occurred as he attempted to drive between two lanes of traffic on Tonnelle Avenue. During the pursuit, multiple shots were fired at the suspect by Jersey City police officers.Several blocks later, Pinkston crashed his vehicle into another vehicle being driven on Tonnelle Avenue. This led to a collision with a utility pole causing a fire and injuring the male driver of the second vehicle. A video showed an innocent bystander apparently being assaulted.A Hudson County Grand Jury previously returned an indictment against Pinkston on Aug. 23. Local officials say Trump tax plan will hurt NJ homeowners and othersDonald Trump issued a release this week applauding the House Ways and Means Committee for introducing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which the Trump says is an important step toward providing massive tax relief for the American people.“My tax reform priorities have been the same since day one: bringing tax cuts for hardworking, middle-income Americans; eliminating unfair loopholes and deductions; and slashing business taxes so employers can create jobs, raise wages, and dominate their competition around the world. The policies of my administration have already helped to drive the stock market to all-time highs and the unemployment rate to a 16-year low. Economic confidence is skyrocketing and our GDP grew 3 percent yet again this quarter,” Trump said.Representatives Albio Sires and Bill Pascrell, who represent different portions of Hudson County, blasted the plan.“As I’ve said before, this Republican tax plan prioritizes the wealthy and corporations over working American families while adding $1.5 trillion to our national deficit over the next decade,” Sires said.” Tax reform should be a bipartisan effort to simplify the tax code in a way that is fair and stimulating for the economy, not a one-sided plan crafted behind closed doors. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminates numerous deductions that millions of middle class families use every year to pay for cuts in the corporate tax rate, massive tax breaks for the wealthy and the delayed repeal of the estate tax. Particularly devastating for New Jersey is the partial repeal of the state and local tax deduction which has been part of the tax code for over 100 years and is used by many New Jersey families. The local property tax would be capped at $10,000 and the deduction of state incomes would be eliminated. On top of this, mortgage interest deductions for new homebuyers would be cut in half, capping the deductible interest to the first $500,000 worth of home loans.”The bill also does away with a standard deduction for the elderly as well as deductions for student-loan interest, medical expenses, and property losses.“Republicans are so fixated on rigging the tax code to benefit corporations and the top one percent, and they are perfectly content to sacrifice middle-class families in that endeavor,” Pascrell said. “And that’s exactly what their tax bill does. There is nothing in this tax bill that will boost wages, economic growth, or bring jobs back from overseas. Drafted behind closed doors by Republican leaders, this bill is being rushed through with no hearings and no input from Democrats…eliminating most of the state and local tax deduction for individuals is a terrible idea and will hit New Jersey like a ton of bricks.”‘Great War’ documentary will screen Saturday, Nov. 4 in WNYIn commemoration of Veterans Day and the centennial year of America’s entry into World War 1, The West New York Free Public Library and the West New York Museum at 425 W. 60th St. will present a screening of the PBS documentary “The Great War” on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 10 a.m.This feature length documentary explores how, where, when, and why World War I began, and concludes with President Wilson’s historic April 2, 1917 address to Congress, asking for a declaration of war.Also part of the presentation will be multiple displays and light refreshments.NJ Transit looks to expand light rail capacityWith the platform expansion at Exchange Place in Jersey City now complete, NJ Transit is ready to operate the longer “extended’’ cars on the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail (HBLR) trains during the busy peak periods.The platforms at Exchange Place are now 190 feet in length, an increase of 25 feet from the previous length.Work began last spring and finished in September and cost approximately $2.7 million.The extended cars contain 102 seats, providing a 50-percent increase in seating capacity from the 68 seats in a traditional light rail vehicle. The extended cars also allow for additional customer standing room.As more extended cars are delivered, they will be used during morning and afternoon peak periods, improving the service, comfort and quality for the 50,000-55,000 average weekday riders.The roll out of extended vehicles was completed on Newark Light Rail in September 2017 and is now being introduced during the peak periods on the HBLR. St. John’s Lutheran holds Christmas bazaarA Christmas bazaar and flea market will be held on Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 155 North St. in Jersey City in the upstairs gym. Vendors interested in renting a table please call or text (201) 214-5300.center_img ×A REAL HERO – Simon Pereira Shorey was honored by the City Council at the Oct. 18 meeting for aid he brought to a shooting victim on Bergen Avenue in September. Shorey, an organizer for Jersey City’s Community Emergency Response Team, saw a man stumble and fall as the result of a shooting and ran to the man’s aid. The victim would have died had Shorey not provided assistance.last_img read more

Syria in the crosshairs

first_imgThe numbers tell a story of desperation.A recent United Nations report said that more than 100,000 refugees fled the violence in Syria in August, the most of any month since hostilities began early last year between Bashar Assad’s government and rebel forces. Some estimates put last month’s death toll at 5,000. Both sides have been accused of war crimes in a conflict that has taken more than 20,000 lives, including many civilians.Early last week, the United Nations’ new envoy to the war-torn country, Lakhdar Brahimi, called his mission to end the crisis “nearly impossible.”As outside officials struggle to find a way to stop the violence, one scholar offered his perspective on the conflict during a discussion last Thursday sponsored by Harvard University, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.Repeating a refrain from recent weeks, Murhaf Jouejati, a professor of Middle East studies at the National Defense University and a member of the Syrian National Council, a coalition of exiled opposition groups based in Turkey, called the situation in Syria a “catastrophe of huge proportions” and one of “unprecedented brutality.”A Syrian native and a specialist on Middle East affairs, Jouejati described the chaos on the ground, including, he said, the government’s recent use of airstrikes against civilians. “Imagine you go to a bakery in the morning hoping to buy a loaf of bread, and you are attacked by an F-14.”Still, although some analysts believe that Assad’s well-armed troops will be difficult to defeat, Jouejati insisted that the regime is close to collapse. He cited as evidence of the government’s slippage: approximately 80,000 members of the opposition forces, largely composed of former Syrian soldiers who refused to fire on civilians; the high-ranking military officials who have defected from the regime to the rebels; and the nation’s skyrocketing inflation and unemployment rates.According to Jouejati, the greatest blow to the government came in July when a blast killed four of Assad’s top security chiefs. That attack, he said, had “a debilitating effect on the regime.”But when it came to offering the crowd that jammed a meeting room in Harvard’s Knafel Building a solution to the crisis, Jouejati was less clear. Answering his own question, “Where do we go from here?” he responded with, “Only Allah knows.”He imagined two polar extremes, but acknowledged that anything in between could happen. He said the best-case scenario would mean the collapse of the Assad regime, the emergence of a transitional government, and ultimately a civil and democratic state. The worst-case scenario, he said, would find the country shattered along ethnic and sectarian lines.“What happens to Syria is a function of what the international community does now,” said Jouejati, who warned that Assad isn’t concerned with sanctions, international courts, or condemnation. “Assad is firmly determined that Syria is his family farm, and he is determined that if he is going to go down, he is going to take down with him the rest of the country.”That mindset, Jouejati said, has led to a lack of political will on either side, with Assad refusing to compromise, and the rebels refusing to negotiate with a leader who has “blood on his hands.”Jouejati insisted that some leaders in the Syrian regime are “good apples,” and that those uninvolved in the violence could negotiate with the rebels and play an important part in a transitional government. He also called for a no-fly zone and a protected area for refugees, created with the help of an international coalition.“I think there could be the emergence of a concert of nations in which there was a distribution of tasks, in which every country is comfortable with its own task,” said Jouejati, adding that many in the Syrian opposition want better weapons, not massive military interventions.Jouejati added that simply the threat of the use of force from the United States and other countries could help deter Assad. He recalled the words of U.S. Sen. John McCain, who in March threatened to use American “airpower” to stop the regime’s attacks.“The same day,” said Jouejati, “four military generals defected. The same day the Syrian pound went from 50 to the dollar to 73 to the dollar. That is because Sen. McCain used the threat of the use of force, and that threat was enough.”He also condemned China, Iran, and Russia for sending military aid to support Assad. “The government of Russia is a partner in mass murder, and let history show that,” Jouejati said.Above all, he called for “human decency.”“We have a civilian population bombed by MiG-23s when they line up for bread, and we are still debating: ‘Should we do this? Should we do that?’ What happened to the words ‘never again’? What happened to human solidarity? How many thousands of Syrians have to die before we take a decision on what to do?”last_img read more

Freddie Ljungberg fires warning to Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City

first_img Comment Alexandre Lacazette has been dropped for Arsenal’s last two Premier League games (Getty Images)Freddie Ljungberg has warned Alexandre Lacazette that he may spend more time on the bench following Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City on Sunday.The Gunners were hammered at home to the Premier League champions as Kevin De Bruyne’s double, plus Raheem Sterling’s goal, gave City a 3-0 lead by half time.Lacazette, meanwhile, was dropped for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over West Ham last Monday and was left on the bench once again for City’s visit to the Emirates Stadium.And Ljungberg claims playing both Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang makes his side ‘vulnerable defensively’.ADVERTISEMENT‘Of course you need to have balance in your team,’ Ljungberg told beIN Sports. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 15 Dec 2019 8:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Freddie Ljungberg fires warning to Alexandre Lacazette after Arsenal’s defeat to Manchester City Lacazette was left on the bench as Arsenal were beaten by Man City (Getty)‘With Lacazette and Auba we tried in the first two games I was here.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We looked vulnerable defensively.‘But of course, they are both great players, that’s why I wanted them both on the pitch, but we became very vulnerable defensively.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘So we took the route against West Ham where we changed it and played one of them and then had more defensive organisation.‘And we played extremely well against West Ham and won that game very, very clearly.‘Of course when you play against Man City it’s a big step up and especially you need your organisation.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

UCLA’s swoon results in a No. 2 seed in West

first_imgTwenty-six years later, that same player called Weber State athletic director Jerry Graybeal and recommended Randy Rahe for the Wildcats’ vacant men’s basketball coaching position. That player, now in his fourth season as UCLA’s coach, is Ben Howland, who remains very much in touch with his Weber State roots. So when the NCAA Tournament selection committee matched No. 2 seed UCLA and No. 15 Weber State in first round of the West regional Thursday in Sacramento (tipoff is tentatively scheduled for 4:25 p.m.), Howland admitted seeing the irony of the matchup, even if he didn’t see any humor in it. “I’m happy for (Rahe), and in some way, doing the right thing may end up biting me from behind here,” said Howland, who graduated from the Ogden, Utah, school in 1979. “I hope not. I’ve known Randy for probably 15 years. He’s very good.” The Bruins (26-5) lost the top seed in the West with its first-round loss to California in the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. Instead, Kansas is the West’s top seed. But UCLA faces several potentially juicy meetings along the road to Atlanta, site of the Final Four. UCLA opens against Howland’s alma mater, and if it wins would play the winner of No. 7 seed Indiana vs. No. 10 seed Gonzaga. Not only did Howland begin his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Gonzaga, but the Bruins rallied from 17points down to beat the Bulldogs in the regional semifinals last March. And there is also a possible Sweet 16 meeting in San Jose with Howland’s other favorite team, No. 3 seed Pittsburgh, where he coached before taking over at UCLA. “I’m not surprised by it. I don’t chuckle, but I’m not surprised by it,” Howland said. “CBS is paying a lot of money to telecast the NCAA Tournament, about $700 to $800 million a year over the lifetime of the deal … so, of course, if good TV is available, it’s going to be more commanding to viewership.” More pressing than the connect-the-dots lineage of Howland’s basketball career is the mindset of his Bruins, whose confidence remains shaken after dropping their past two games to non-NCAA Tournament participants Washington and Cal. “I would say 90 percent (is the confidence level),” Bruins sophomore Alfred Aboya said. “We need just a couple more days to boost it to 100 percent.” Aboya said UCLA’s confidence was “really low” after the Pac-10 tournament loss, and Howland began to rebuild it during Saturday’s practice. Arron Afflalo, UCLA’s All-American guard, said Howland altered his practice setup of starters against reserves. Afflalo and point guard Darren Collison were on one side, and power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and wing Josh Shipp on the other. Getting a win in the tournament will build confidence, but the Bruins face a Weber State team that has improved dramatically from the beginning of the season and a program known for pulling first-round upsets. The Wildcats (20-11), who won the Big Sky Tournament title with 10 new players, are well-versed in NCAA upset lore. As a 14th seed, they defeated North Carolina in 1999 and Michigan State in 1995. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img LOS ANGELES – Back in the late 1970s, when Kim Zahnow was a Weber State cheerleader, a basketball player fancied her, and eventually the two were married. Online Extra: College Basketball Brackets | Printable Brackets last_img read more