After Western Sahara, the Covid-19 triggers a new quarrel between Rabat and Madrid

Spain’s Foreign Minister José Manuel Albares in Riga, Latvia on December 1, 2021. GINTS IVUSKANS / AFP Morocco’s deliberate choice to repatriate some of its nationals stranded in Europe because of Covid-19 via Portugal rather than Spain triggered, Tuesday, December 21, a new diplomatic pass between Rabat and Madrid. On December 13, the Moroccan government … Read more

Belarus responds to sanctions by banning Western food products

Thousands of migrants, mainly from the Middle East, are massed on the border between Poland and Belarus. OKSANA MANCHUK / AP Belarus announced Tuesday, December 7, to ban food imports from several Western countries, in retaliation for new economic sanctions against Minsk, which is accused of fueling a vast migration crisis on the Polish-Belarusian border … Read more

22.5 degrees in December: new record heat in Western Canada

After sparking global concerns by suffocating this summer under a historic heat dome, a region in western Canada has endured yet another record rise in mercury this week … to 22.5 ° C. This temperature was recorded in Penticton, in central British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada which has suffered repeated extreme weather events … Read more

In western Uganda, the shattered lives of thousands of climate-displaced

Victims of the May 2020 floods in Muhokya camp in western Uganda on October 5, 2021. THE WORLD Madina Kabatuku, feet in the water, shovel in hand in the middle of a desolate landscape, digs with the energy of despair to erect a cordon of earth and thwart what seems inevitable. Soon his house will … Read more

“Western agriculture has already experienced a genetic revolution whose promises have not been kept”

Lhe “new GMOs” are, for a few more months, at the heart of a discreet but intense battle, the outcome of which could have a major impact on agribusiness, the environment and the health of Europeans. It is first played out in speeches and words. In October, in his presentation of the France 2030 plan, … Read more

Macrogrid research: Big value in connecting America’s eastern and western power grids

Journal References: Aaron Bloom, Josh Novacheck, Gregory L Brinkman, James D Mccalley, Armando L. Figueroa-Acevedo, Ali Jahanbani Ardakani, Hussam Nosair, Abhinav Venkatraman, Jay Caspary, Dale Osborn, Jessica Lau. The Value of Increased HVDC Capacity Between Eastern and Western U.S. Grids: The Interconnections Seam Study. IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 2021; 1 DOI: 10.1109/TPWRS.2021.3115092 Armando L. … Read more

Several cities in western Canada paralyzed by torrential rains

A submerged building in Abbotsford, British Columbia, after torrential rains hit the Canadian province on November 15, 2021. JENNIFER GAUTHIER / REUTERS Thousands of people evacuated and without electricity, hundreds more stranded in their vehicles, an oil pipeline stopped: torrential rains caused flooding and landslides, paralyzing several cities in British Columbia on Monday, November 15 … Read more

Ethiopia: “Western chancelleries have some responsibility for the abuses committed by the regime”

Tribune. After a year of fighting in Ethiopia, the responsibility of the Ethiopian government in engaging the entire country in civil war is more evident than ever. On October 11, two years to the day after he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and a week after his inauguration by the “elected” Parliament in June, … Read more

Western Sahara “is not to be negotiated”, reaffirms King Mohammed VI of Morocco

Exhibition dedicated to the “Green March”, in Rabat, November 6, 2021. MOSA’AB ELSHAMY / AP The pass of arms continues between Morocco and Algeria which have severed their diplomatic relations, and which oppose the Western Sahara. Mohammed VI, the King of Morocco, affirmed, Saturday, November 6, that this disputed territory between his country and the … Read more

Western Sahara: the risk of an escalation between Morocco and Algeria

An Algerian soldier patrols along the border with Morocco near the Moroccan city of Oujda on November 3, 2021. FADEL SENNA / AFP The incident testifies to the critical turn taken by an Algerian-Moroccan crisis which threatens every day more the strategic balance in the Western Maghreb. Algiers promised on Wednesday 3 November that the … Read more