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The Olympic Stadium of the Tokyo Games, July 22, 2021.

Five years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, eleven African countries (Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, Burundi, Niger, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) left South America with medals. Kenya offered itself the biggest harvest with thirteen awards, six of which were gold.

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This year in Tokyo, the continent’s main chances of winning medals lie in athletics, where Kenyans and Ethiopians are among the top specialists in the world, but also in boxing, martial arts and swimming. Here are some athletes that will have to be followed closely during this Olympic fortnight.

Players of the Nigerian men's basketball team on July 10 in Las Vegas.

Nigeria took over from Angola at the top of the African men’s basketball hierarchy. The D’Tigers, who will participate in their third consecutive Olympics, clearly displayed their ambitions by beating the United States in a friendly match in Las Vegas (90-87) on July 10.

Placed in a difficult group, with Germany, Australia and Italy, the Nigerians, however, have some arguments to advance. The backbone of the selection is mostly made up of players playing in the American NBA, including Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves) and the talented – but fragile because regularly injured – Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons) or in the best European championships (Spain, Italy).

The team, a mixture of youth and experience, has been coached since February 2020 by the American Mike Brown (51), the former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. With him, Nigeria has reached a milestone and the Tokyo scene could be the confirmation.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Wimbledon tournament, July 5, 2021.

Eighth finalist at Roland Garros, then quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, but also winner of the Birmingham tournament – his first title on the WTA circuit – Ons Jabeur (26) is going through a prosperous period. The player from Tunisia, who now occupies the 23e world rank, represents a real hope for a medal for his country. In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, she had failed to pass the first round.

Since then, Ons Jabeur has improved a lot in his game, but also mentally. The Tunisian repeats over and over again her intention to join the world top 10 by the end of the year. His latest results were obtained on Parisian clay and on English turf. The hard surface of the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge at the Enschede Marathon, the Netherlands on April 18, 2021.

Of course, Eliud Kipchoge (36) is five years older than when he won the gold medal in the marathon in Rio in 2 h 8 min 44 s. But time does not seem to have (too) a hold on the performance of the athlete from Kenya, a specialist in long distance races.

The proof ? His victory, in April, at the Enschede marathon (Netherlands), where the 2016 Olympic champion silenced all skeptics with a time (2 h 4 min 30 s) better than that achieved in Brazil. His disappointing performance in October 2020 in London, where the Kenyan had only obtained a modest eighth place, seems to be a distant memory.

In Tokyo, he will be a candidate for his own succession. Eliud Kipchoge, who is a real star in his country, has never stopped forcing himself to intensive training – he runs an average of 250 kilometers per week – and leads an almost monastic life, made up of reading, sleeping and frugal and almost always identical meals. A recipe that has already proven itself.

Algerian karateka Lamya Matoub (right) in Madrid, November 10, 2018.

Eliminated during the karate qualifying tournament, a discipline that will make its appearance this year at the Olympics, she should not have been present in Tokyo. But Lamya Matoub (29) was drafted by invitation – because she is one of the three best African sportsmen of the year – and she represents one of the main chances of medals for Algeria.

Born in France, where she works as a school teacher, she finally decided to represent her country of origin, with some success so far. She was notably world champion in 2017 in Wroclaw (Poland), in the 68 kg category, and also won the gold medal at the 2015 African Games and the 2018 African Karate Championships.

Results that make her one of the main candidates for Olympic gold. A goal perfectly assumed by the athlete, who has repeatedly ensured that she was aiming for the top step of the podium.

South African swimmer Chad le Clos in Gwangju, South Korea on July 26, 2019.

Once again, Chad le Clos will be one of the many swimmers to be expected in Tokyo. At 29, the athlete born in South Africa already has an Olympic record that says a lot about his status.

In 2012, in London, when he was only 20 years old, Chad le Clos had achieved a resounding performance by winning gold in the 200-meter freestyle, ahead of the American Michael Phelps. Four years later, he left Brazil with two silver medals (200 meters freestyle and 100 meters) around his neck.

Since then, the athlete has won several significant titles, including that of world champion in the 200 meters freestyle in 2017. By trying – why not – to approach, or even to break the Olympic record still held by Michael Phelps in 2008 in Beijing (1 min 42 s 96).

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The Olympic Stadium of the Tokyo Games, July 22, 2021.

Five years ago, in Rio de Janeiro, eleven African countries (Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ethiopia, Côte d’Ivoire, Algeria, Burundi, Niger, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco) left South America with medals. Kenya offered itself the biggest harvest with thirteen awards, six of which were gold.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also Uncertain and unprecedented summer Olympics, under the sign of Covid-19

This year in Tokyo, the continent’s main chances of winning medals lie in athletics, where Kenyans and Ethiopians are among the top specialists in the world, but also in boxing, martial arts and swimming. Here are some athletes that will have to be followed closely during this Olympic fortnight.

Players of the Nigerian men's basketball team on July 10 in Las Vegas.

Nigeria took over from Angola at the top of the African men’s basketball hierarchy. The D’Tigers, who will participate in their third consecutive Olympics, clearly displayed their ambitions by beating the United States in a friendly match in Las Vegas (90-87) on July 10.

Placed in a difficult group, with Germany, Australia and Italy, the Nigerians, however, have some arguments to advance. The backbone of the selection is mostly made up of players playing in the American NBA, including Precious Achiuwa (Miami Heat), Josh Okogie (Minnesota Timberwolves) and the talented – but fragile because regularly injured – Jahlil Okafor (Detroit Pistons) or in the best European championships (Spain, Italy).

The team, a mixture of youth and experience, has been coached since February 2020 by the American Mike Brown (51), the former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. With him, Nigeria has reached a milestone and the Tokyo scene could be the confirmation.

Tunisian Ons Jabeur at the Wimbledon tournament, July 5, 2021.

Eighth finalist at Roland Garros, then quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, but also winner of the Birmingham tournament – his first title on the WTA circuit – Ons Jabeur (26) is going through a prosperous period. The player from Tunisia, who now occupies the 23e world rank, represents a real hope for a medal for his country. In 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, she had failed to pass the first round.

Since then, Ons Jabeur has improved a lot in his game, but also mentally. The Tunisian repeats over and over again her intention to join the world top 10 by the end of the year. His latest results were obtained on Parisian clay and on English turf. The hard surface of the Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo shouldn’t be an insurmountable obstacle.

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge at the Enschede Marathon, the Netherlands on April 18, 2021.

Of course, Eliud Kipchoge (36) is five years older than when he won the gold medal in the marathon in Rio in 2 h 8 min 44 s. But time does not seem to have (too) a hold on the performance of the athlete from Kenya, a specialist in long distance races.

The proof ? His victory, in April, at the Enschede marathon (Netherlands), where the 2016 Olympic champion silenced all skeptics with a time (2 h 4 min 30 s) better than that achieved in Brazil. His disappointing performance in October 2020 in London, where the Kenyan had only obtained a modest eighth place, seems to be a distant memory.

In Tokyo, he will be a candidate for his own succession. Eliud Kipchoge, who is a real star in his country, has never stopped forcing himself to intensive training – he runs an average of 250 kilometers per week – and leads an almost monastic life, made up of reading, sleeping and frugal and almost always identical meals. A recipe that has already proven itself.

Algerian karateka Lamya Matoub (right) in Madrid, November 10, 2018.

Eliminated during the karate qualifying tournament, a discipline that will make its appearance this year at the Olympics, she should not have been present in Tokyo. But Lamya Matoub (29) was drafted by invitation – because she is one of the three best African sportsmen of the year – and she represents one of the main chances of medals for Algeria.

Born in France, where she works as a school teacher, she finally decided to represent her country of origin, with some success so far. She was notably world champion in 2017 in Wroclaw (Poland), in the 68 kg category, and also won the gold medal at the 2015 African Games and the 2018 African Karate Championships.

Results that make her one of the main candidates for Olympic gold. A goal perfectly assumed by the athlete, who has repeatedly ensured that she was aiming for the top step of the podium.

South African swimmer Chad le Clos in Gwangju, South Korea on July 26, 2019.

Once again, Chad le Clos will be one of the many swimmers to be expected in Tokyo. At 29, the athlete born in South Africa already has an Olympic record that says a lot about his status.

In 2012, in London, when he was only 20 years old, Chad le Clos had achieved a resounding performance by winning gold in the 200-meter freestyle, ahead of the American Michael Phelps. Four years later, he left Brazil with two silver medals (200 meters freestyle and 100 meters) around his neck.

Since then, the athlete has won several significant titles, including that of world champion in the 200 meters freestyle in 2017. By trying – why not – to approach, or even to break the Olympic record still held by Michael Phelps in 2008 in Beijing (1 min 42 s 96).

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Ask ?Kiki? Caron for her memories of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the silver medalist, French star at the time, will tell you a little about swimming, and a lot about Japan. ?I almost caused a diplomatic incident! “, remembers Christine by her first name, then 16 years old. In question, an intrusion into the lodge of a “To be untouchable”, there: Emperor Hirohito, at the National Olympic Stadium, during the athletics events.

?I wanted to see Bob Hayes’ 100 meters [champion olympique et ancien recordman du monde de la discipline] and I was afraid of missing it, so I ran to get into a lodge. “ Without knowing who it belonged to. ?There was security already, of course, but maybe not as much as it is now. Guards eventually took me out. “

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Two decades after the Second World War, the atmosphere in the Olympic Village is “The party permanently” and a form of recklessness, assures Jacqueline Gaugey-Brisepierre, 75 years old. The Frenchwoman then took part in artistic gymnastics competitions. For the opening of its first Summer Games, Japan wanted ?An astonishing and grandiose ceremony?. The gymnast still has in mind, ” like it was yesterday “, this Olympic flame. To wear it, a young man born on August 6, 1945, the day of the bombing of Hiroshima by the American air force. In the air, “Five air force planes traced the five Olympic rings”.

“Equipment that did not exist in France”

For the first time, the Games, in which officially no professional athlete participates, have the right to be broadcast on mondovision television. ” Every day, remembers Kiki Caron, 73 years old today. A postal bag of letters was waiting for me at the entrance to the Olympic Village. ” The high school student is enjoying life and the twist in the Olympic Village. ?There was a sort of nightclub. A very good-natured atmosphere. When I finished my tests, I was allowed to go. “ Between athletes, discussions are often held in English. ?We understood each other. “

The French delegation has several points of reference, such as the presence on site of journalist Georges de Caunes, famous voice of the ORTF, responsible for publishing for the occasion a mini-newspaper for the Blues. And that “Of French cooks [leur] making food “, also recalls the former judoka Jacques Le Berre, 83 years old. At the time, the French teams were still largely male; 120 men, 22 women. All countries combined, there are barely 13% of women among all participants.

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Ask ?Kiki? Caron for her memories of the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and the silver medalist, French star at the time, will tell you a little about swimming, and a lot about Japan. ?I almost caused a diplomatic incident! “, remembers Christine by her first name, then 16 years old. In question, an intrusion into the lodge of a “To be untouchable”, there: Emperor Hirohito, at the National Olympic Stadium, during the athletics events.

?I wanted to see Bob Hayes’ 100 meters [champion olympique et ancien recordman du monde de la discipline] and I was afraid of missing it, so I ran to get into a lodge. “ Without knowing who it belonged to. ?There was security already, of course, but maybe not as much as it is now. Guards eventually took me out. “

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also The cult of Olympism, Japan’s revenge on history

Two decades after the Second World War, the atmosphere in the Olympic Village is “The party permanently” and a form of recklessness, assures Jacqueline Gaugey-Brisepierre, 75 years old. The Frenchwoman then took part in artistic gymnastics competitions. For the opening of its first Summer Games, Japan wanted ?An astonishing and grandiose ceremony?. The gymnast still has in mind, ” like it was yesterday “, this Olympic flame. To wear it, a young man born on August 6, 1945, the day of the bombing of Hiroshima by the American air force. In the air, “Five air force planes traced the five Olympic rings”.

“Equipment that did not exist in France”

For the first time, the Games, in which officially no professional athlete participates, have the right to be broadcast on mondovision television. ” Every day, remembers Kiki Caron, 73 years old today. A postal bag of letters was waiting for me at the entrance to the Olympic Village. ” The high school student is enjoying life and the twist in the Olympic Village. ?There was a sort of nightclub. A very good-natured atmosphere. When I finished my tests, I was allowed to go. “ Between athletes, discussions are often held in English. ?We understood each other. “

The French delegation has several points of reference, such as the presence on site of journalist Georges de Caunes, famous voice of the ORTF, responsible for publishing for the occasion a mini-newspaper for the Blues. And that “Of French cooks [leur] making food “, also recalls the former judoka Jacques Le Berre, 83 years old. At the time, the French teams were still largely male; 120 men, 22 women. All countries combined, there are barely 13% of women among all participants.

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Screening of ?Journey to Kenya? in the garden of the Sudan Film Factory in Khartoum, July 18, 2021. Under the Al-Bashir regime, when cinemas had closed their doors, many people gathered to watch films as a group: ?We played with the wolves,? says Tallal Afifi ironically.

In the basements of the Al-Wahda cinema (“unity” in Arabic), Tallal Afifi unrolls film strips covered with dust. In the half-light, he stumbles over old account books and shattered boxes of tickets. Outside, the big screen is stained with gray stains, a few rusty chairs still stand on the stands, converted in places into warehouses of bananas and corn cobs for neighboring grocery stores. For the founder of the Sudan Film Factory, an association that tries to revive film culture in Sudan, the ruins of Al-Wahda are the allegory of an industry “Buried alive”.

Episode 8 In South Sudan, Juba cinema has gone through the tumultuous history of the young country

Inaugurated in 1974, this open-air theater in the Kober district, in the north of Khartoum, screened Sudanese, Chinese, Korean and Egyptian films. During this golden age, the 16 cinemas in the capital could accommodate more than 40,000 spectators per evening. ?Even football didn’t attract so many people. Cinema was part of everyday life, mixing social classes. People met here, argued, flirted, talked about business, before and after the session ?, says the former film critic, a glimmer of nostalgia in his eyes.

“The cinema was considered a threat”

At the time of independence in 1956, Sudan was one of the pioneers of cinema in Africa. Avant-garde Gadallah Gubara made the first African color film in 1955, The Song of Khartoum, a prelude to many Sudanese feature films screened in the following years in the sixty cinemas of the unified Sudan, before the industry fell into disrepair.

Already, under the dictatorship of Gaafar Nimeiry (1969-1985), film productions were tightly controlled by the authorities. “The censors were scrupulous, in the name of preserving community sensitivities”, recalls Tallal Afifi. But the worst was to come. After a brief democratic episode, the military-Islamist coup of 1989, which marked the advent of the reign of Omar Al-Bashir and the National Congress Party, has definitely brought down the curtain on the Sudanese film scene.

Episode 1 Ivory Coast: in Abidjan, on the trail of old cinemas

?Like all artistic events, the cinema was considered a threat. Bringing the masses together outside of political meetings was not to the taste of the authorities ?, explains the founder of the Sudan Film Factory. The establishment of a night curfew from 1989 to 1995 signed the death sentence for open-air theaters, which closed one after the other. Distributors and producers ended up completely deserting the country from 1997 when, another coup de grace, American and European economic sanctions were imposed on the Islamist regime for its policy deemed complacent with regard to terrorism.

“Sudan has lived thirty years of isolation”, asserts Suleiman Ibrahim, a 65-year-old filmmaker trained in Moscow in the 1970s. Most of the directors of his generation went into exile. For those who, like him, have stayed, “The pressure of the regime on our shoulders was enormous, we were constantly in the sights of the security services”, he recalls.

For two years, the renewal

Suleiman Ibrahim’s mustache and his facetious demeanor are not unknown to European moviegoers. With three others “Comrades in misfortune”, they tried to rehabilitate the old cinema in the Thawra district, in the north of Khartoum, without ever obtaining the necessary authorizations. Their futile struggle was immortalized in the film Talking about Trees, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari, who won the award for best documentary at the Berlin film festival in 2019. As a symbol, it is a film about cinema that has revived the machine.

Great paradox of this stammering awakening, Sudanese films applauded by foreign critics are not shown in Sudan

For two years, a renewal has been at work. Some movies like Khartoum Offside by Marwa Zein, or more recently You will die at 20, by Amjad Abu Alala, have toured international festivals, winning numerous awards. ” These films once again put the country in the spotlight, arousing the curiosity of audiences abroad ?, welcomes Tallal Afifi who participated in the production of Amjad Abu Alala’s film.

Tallal Afifi holds old damaged films in his hands, at the Al-Wahda cinema, in Khartoum, Sudan, on July 15, 2021: ?It's sad isn't it?  These tapes were happiness and joy for the people.  Today they are reduced to dust.

For a whole generation of young filmmakers who have cut their teeth more or less clandestinely over the past ten years, the popular uprising that began in December 2018 – leading to the fall of the Al-Bashir regime a few months later – opened a new space of freedoms. «

It was a happy coincidence. It was not the actual revolution that encouraged film production. Most of the directors had already started shooting with the means at hand since the Internet boom. But current events have made it possible to take a new look at these films, giving them depth ?, says Tallal Afifi.

Great paradox of this stammering awakening, Sudanese films applauded by foreign critics are not shown in Sudan. For Tallal Afifi, this is one of the major challenges to be taken up. At 43, this passionate dream of arousing a new popular craze for the seventh art. Invited to the ?Filmfest? in Munich in 2008, he was inspired by the Iraqi documentary Life after the Fall by Kasim Abid who won the first prize. ?I recognized the Sudan there, with its dictatorship, its two rivers, its religions which kill each other. I said to myself that if this director could shoot with a handheld camera and win a prize, we too had our chance », He explains.

Episode 2 In northern Nigeria, the conservative Kannywood cinema

Returning to Khartoum after a brief year of exile in Cairo, he set up the Sudan Film Factory in 2009, with the support of the Goethe Institute. His association, which organizes an independent film festival, has already provided training to more than 300 students in various film professions. This July day, in the premises of the association, located in a villa in a wealthy district of the capital, a hundred people came to attend the screening of two Sudanese films. Sitting in the middle of the garden on rows of plastic chairs, spectators wear the mask. Another hard blow, the Covid-19 epidemic has slowed the pace of projections.

“It’s resourcefulness”

At the end of the screening, Ibrahim Muhammad, one of the directors, performs the show, narrating the film’s background and answering the spectators’ questions. ?In Sudan, you have to produce your films on your own. There is no institution capable of financing them. It’s resourcefulness, we train friends in sound recording », says the filmmaker, who started filming six years ago and has now created a small independent production company.

?Interest in Sudanese cinema is growing, but this needs to be translated into investments. We need money to develop local production companies, but especially infrastructure. We are sorely lacking professional studios ?, he concludes.

Due to a lack of resources, this new Sudanese scene makes more of short films or documentaries. International sanctions, about to be lifted, still make it difficult to purchase spare parts or software updates. Some make the trip by plane to Dubai or Saudi Arabia, their hard drives in their pockets.

Episode 5 Thomas Sankara’s cinema continues to make Burkinabés dream

Since the fall of Al-Bashir, Ibrahim Muhammad has become optimistic. ?We have lived thirty years of emptiness; thirty years of destruction of art; thirty years of brainwashing. The cinema is now seen as haram, inappropriate, useless. We, the directors, play an important role in unraveling everything that the old regime put in place. We can change the looks ?, he hopes, before adding that the revolution “Is still incomplete”.

This young director had his equipment confiscated while he was covering the peaceful sit-in which was installed in front of the army headquarters in April 2019. He deplores the presence of many generals of the previous regime in the instances of transition. ?For months, everyone improvised as a director. Art was everywhere. We have so many hidden stories to reveal, to put into pictures ?, he dreams. For this new generation of lovers of the seventh art, Sudanese cinema has started up again and nothing will be able to stop it.

African cinemas

The World Africa and his correspondents went to meet African cinemas. Those of a lost golden age as in Ivory Coast or Algeria where, a few decades ago, we thronged in the dark rooms to discover the latest action films or rediscover the classics of national creation.

“Cinemas did not survive the switch from analog to digital” of the early 2000s, regrets the Ivorian film critic Yacouba Sangaré. There as elsewhere, the seventh art had to take side roads to continue to reach its audience. Video stores – from VHS tapes to DVDs – have nurtured a generation of moviegoers.

Some today are trying to revive mythical venues and their demanding programming, as in Morocco or Burkina Faso. Others see in the series a new mode of fertile creation. From fans of the Tangier film library to the conservative cinema of Kannywood, in northern Nigeria, they make African cinema today.

Episode 1 Ivory Coast: in Abidjan, on the trail of the cinemas of yesteryear
Episode 2 In northern Nigeria, the conservative Kannywood cinema
Episode 3 Isabelle Kabano, Rwanda on edge
Episode 4 In Cameroon, the purchase of four local films by Netflix gives hope to the cinema sector
Episode 5 Thomas Sankara’s cinema continues to make Burkinabés dream
Episode 6 The Tangier cinematheque wants to restore the taste of the seventh art to Moroccans
Episode 7 In Algeria, the impossible rehabilitation of cinemas
Episode 8 In South Sudan, Juba cinema has gone through the tumultuous history of the young country
Episode 9 In Sudan, cinema in search of a new lease of life after the revolution

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Screening of ?Journey to Kenya? in the garden of the Sudan Film Factory in Khartoum, July 18, 2021. Under the Al-Bashir regime, when cinemas had closed their doors, many people gathered to watch films as a group: ?We played with the wolves,? says Tallal Afifi ironically.

In the basements of the Al-Wahda cinema (“unity” in Arabic), Tallal Afifi unrolls film strips covered with dust. In the half-light, he stumbles over old account books and shattered boxes of tickets. Outside, the big screen is stained with gray stains, a few rusty chairs still stand on the stands, converted in places into warehouses of bananas and corn cobs for neighboring grocery stores. For the founder of the Sudan Film Factory, an association that tries to revive film culture in Sudan, the ruins of Al-Wahda are the allegory of an industry “Buried alive”.

Episode 8 In South Sudan, Juba cinema has gone through the tumultuous history of the young country

Inaugurated in 1974, this open-air theater in the Kober district, in the north of Khartoum, screened Sudanese, Chinese, Korean and Egyptian films. During this golden age, the 16 cinemas in the capital could accommodate more than 40,000 spectators per evening. ?Even football didn’t attract so many people. Cinema was part of everyday life, mixing social classes. People met here, argued, flirted, talked about business, before and after the session ?, says the former film critic, a glimmer of nostalgia in his eyes.

“The cinema was considered a threat”

At the time of independence in 1956, Sudan was one of the pioneers of cinema in Africa. Avant-garde Gadallah Gubara made the first African color film in 1955, The Song of Khartoum, a prelude to many Sudanese feature films screened in the following years in the sixty cinemas of the unified Sudan, before the industry fell into disrepair.

Already, under the dictatorship of Gaafar Nimeiry (1969-1985), film productions were tightly controlled by the authorities. “The censors were scrupulous, in the name of preserving community sensitivities”, recalls Tallal Afifi. But the worst was to come. After a brief democratic episode, the military-Islamist coup of 1989, which marked the advent of the reign of Omar Al-Bashir and the National Congress Party, has definitely brought down the curtain on the Sudanese film scene.

Episode 1 Ivory Coast: in Abidjan, on the trail of old cinemas

?Like all artistic events, the cinema was considered a threat. Bringing the masses together outside of political meetings was not to the taste of the authorities ?, explains the founder of the Sudan Film Factory. The establishment of a night curfew from 1989 to 1995 signed the death sentence for open-air theaters, which closed one after the other. Distributors and producers ended up completely deserting the country from 1997 when, another coup de grace, American and European economic sanctions were imposed on the Islamist regime for its policy deemed complacent with regard to terrorism.

“Sudan has lived thirty years of isolation”, asserts Suleiman Ibrahim, a 65-year-old filmmaker trained in Moscow in the 1970s. Most of the directors of his generation went into exile. For those who, like him, have stayed, “The pressure of the regime on our shoulders was enormous, we were constantly in the sights of the security services”, he recalls.

For two years, the renewal

Suleiman Ibrahim’s mustache and his facetious demeanor are not unknown to European moviegoers. With three others “Comrades in misfortune”, they tried to rehabilitate the old cinema in the Thawra district, in the north of Khartoum, without ever obtaining the necessary authorizations. Their futile struggle was immortalized in the film Talking about Trees, directed by Suhaib Gasmelbari, who won the award for best documentary at the Berlin film festival in 2019. As a symbol, it is a film about cinema that has revived the machine.

Great paradox of this stammering awakening, Sudanese films applauded by foreign critics are not shown in Sudan

For two years, a renewal has been at work. Some movies like Khartoum Offside by Marwa Zein, or more recently You will die at 20, by Amjad Abu Alala, have toured international festivals, winning numerous awards. ” These films once again put the country in the spotlight, arousing the curiosity of audiences abroad ?, welcomes Tallal Afifi who participated in the production of Amjad Abu Alala’s film.

Tallal Afifi holds old damaged films in his hands, at the Al-Wahda cinema, in Khartoum, Sudan, on July 15, 2021: ?It's sad isn't it?  These tapes were happiness and joy for the people.  Today they are reduced to dust.

For a whole generation of young filmmakers who have cut their teeth more or less clandestinely over the past ten years, the popular uprising that began in December 2018 – leading to the fall of the Al-Bashir regime a few months later – opened a new space of freedoms. «

It was a happy coincidence. It was not the actual revolution that encouraged film production. Most of the directors had already started shooting with the means at hand since the Internet boom. But current events have made it possible to take a new look at these films, giving them depth ?, says Tallal Afifi.

Great paradox of this stammering awakening, Sudanese films applauded by foreign critics are not shown in Sudan. For Tallal Afifi, this is one of the major challenges to be taken up. At 43, this passionate dream of arousing a new popular craze for the seventh art. Invited to the ?Filmfest? in Munich in 2008, he was inspired by the Iraqi documentary Life after the Fall by Kasim Abid who won the first prize. ?I recognized the Sudan there, with its dictatorship, its two rivers, its religions which kill each other. I said to myself that if this director could shoot with a handheld camera and win a prize, we too had our chance », He explains.

Episode 2 In northern Nigeria, the conservative Kannywood cinema

Returning to Khartoum after a brief year of exile in Cairo, he set up the Sudan Film Factory in 2009, with the support of the Goethe Institute. His association, which organizes an independent film festival, has already provided training to more than 300 students in various film professions. This July day, in the premises of the association, located in a villa in a wealthy district of the capital, a hundred people came to attend the screening of two Sudanese films. Sitting in the middle of the garden on rows of plastic chairs, spectators wear the mask. Another hard blow, the Covid-19 epidemic has slowed the pace of projections.

“It’s resourcefulness”

At the end of the screening, Ibrahim Muhammad, one of the directors, performs the show, narrating the film’s background and answering the spectators’ questions. ?In Sudan, you have to produce your films on your own. There is no institution capable of financing them. It’s resourcefulness, we train friends in sound recording », says the filmmaker, who started filming six years ago and has now created a small independent production company.

?Interest in Sudanese cinema is growing, but this needs to be translated into investments. We need money to develop local production companies, but especially infrastructure. We are sorely lacking professional studios ?, he concludes.

Due to a lack of resources, this new Sudanese scene makes more of short films or documentaries. International sanctions, about to be lifted, still make it difficult to purchase spare parts or software updates. Some make the trip by plane to Dubai or Saudi Arabia, their hard drives in their pockets.

Episode 5 Thomas Sankara’s cinema continues to make Burkinabés dream

Since the fall of Al-Bashir, Ibrahim Muhammad has become optimistic. ?We have lived thirty years of emptiness; thirty years of destruction of art; thirty years of brainwashing. The cinema is now seen as haram, inappropriate, useless. We, the directors, play an important role in unraveling everything that the old regime put in place. We can change the looks ?, he hopes, before adding that the revolution “Is still incomplete”.

This young director had his equipment confiscated while he was covering the peaceful sit-in which was installed in front of the army headquarters in April 2019. He deplores the presence of many generals of the previous regime in the instances of transition. ?For months, everyone improvised as a director. Art was everywhere. We have so many hidden stories to reveal, to put into pictures ?, he dreams. For this new generation of lovers of the seventh art, Sudanese cinema has started up again and nothing will be able to stop it.

African cinemas

The World Africa and his correspondents went to meet African cinemas. Those of a lost golden age as in Ivory Coast or Algeria where, a few decades ago, we thronged in the dark rooms to discover the latest action films or rediscover the classics of national creation.

“Cinemas did not survive the switch from analog to digital” of the early 2000s, regrets the Ivorian film critic Yacouba Sangaré. There as elsewhere, the seventh art had to take side roads to continue to reach its audience. Video stores – from VHS tapes to DVDs – have nurtured a generation of moviegoers.

Some today are trying to revive mythical venues and their demanding programming, as in Morocco or Burkina Faso. Others see in the series a new mode of fertile creation. From fans of the Tangier film library to the conservative cinema of Kannywood, in northern Nigeria, they make African cinema today.

Episode 1 Ivory Coast: in Abidjan, on the trail of the cinemas of yesteryear
Episode 2 In northern Nigeria, the conservative Kannywood cinema
Episode 3 Isabelle Kabano, Rwanda on edge
Episode 4 In Cameroon, the purchase of four local films by Netflix gives hope to the cinema sector
Episode 5 Thomas Sankara’s cinema continues to make Burkinabés dream
Episode 6 The Tangier cinematheque wants to restore the taste of the seventh art to Moroccans
Episode 7 In Algeria, the impossible rehabilitation of cinemas
Episode 8 In South Sudan, Juba cinema has gone through the tumultuous history of the young country
Episode 9 In Sudan, cinema in search of a new lease of life after the revolution

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Asked to the Japanese Parliament a few weeks ago on the reason for maintaining the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games despite the risks associated with the Covid-19 health crisis, Yoshihide Suga launched into a vibrant account of the joy that ‘he had felt a teenager during the 1964 Games. Eluding the question, the Prime Minister played on the image of these Olympics which remain for the Japanese a pivotal moment in their history: their country, defeated and humiliated at the end of the World War II, raised its head and recovered its honor by renewing its “Global simultaneity”, in the words of the philosopher Kojin Karatani.

It was tempting for the leaders of the beginning of the XXIe century of seeking to resuscitate this almost unanimous euphoria to celebrate the « Japan is back » launched in 2013 by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, proclaiming the end of a long period of stagnation in the Archipelago. Tokyo applied for the 2016 Olympics in 2009, but they went to Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Abe returned to the charge a few months after the triple disaster of March 2011 (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant). This time it was a question of turning the page on these disasters. Tokyo won the Games but the Covid-19 epidemic was to shatter the ideal scenario imagined to give way to the fear of a new wave of contamination thanks to the event. The magic of the Games no longer worked.

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The Olympic Games, during which internationalism and chauvinism are disputed, were the high mass where for more than a century the special relationship with the West of the first Asian country to be modernized has been played out. A complex relationship, in which conflicting feelings of threat and admiration, inferiority and pride become entangled.

Two editions of the Olympic Games punctuated this path: Berlin in 1936 and Tokyo in 1964. In Berlin, the Japanese felt they had taken a step forward in their quest for equality with the West. The prowess of a country emerging from feudalism – which had risked being dismembered like China and had become in half a century a state which the imperialist powers had to take into account – certainly had something to satisfy the Japanese national pride. But this newcomer lacked one last gesture to be equal to them: the rejection in 1919 of his proposal to include the equality of races in the charter of the League of Nations, which the victors of the Great War (of which Japan was a part) were being drafted, had been felt like a snub.

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Asked to the Japanese Parliament a few weeks ago on the reason for maintaining the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games despite the risks associated with the Covid-19 health crisis, Yoshihide Suga launched into a vibrant account of the joy that ‘he had felt a teenager during the 1964 Games. Eluding the question, the Prime Minister played on the image of these Olympics which remain for the Japanese a pivotal moment in their history: their country, defeated and humiliated at the end of the World War II, raised its head and recovered its honor by renewing its “Global simultaneity”, in the words of the philosopher Kojin Karatani.

It was tempting for the leaders of the beginning of the XXIe century of seeking to resuscitate this almost unanimous euphoria to celebrate the « Japan is back » launched in 2013 by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, proclaiming the end of a long period of stagnation in the Archipelago. Tokyo applied for the 2016 Olympics in 2009, but they went to Rio de Janeiro. Mr. Abe returned to the charge a few months after the triple disaster of March 2011 (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident at the Fukushima plant). This time it was a question of turning the page on these disasters. Tokyo won the Games but the Covid-19 epidemic was to shatter the ideal scenario imagined to give way to the fear of a new wave of contamination thanks to the event. The magic of the Games no longer worked.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also The Tokyo Olympics, behind closed doors and under a state of emergency

The Olympic Games, during which internationalism and chauvinism are disputed, were the high mass where for more than a century the special relationship with the West of the first Asian country to be modernized has been played out. A complex relationship, in which conflicting feelings of threat and admiration, inferiority and pride become entangled.

Two editions of the Olympic Games punctuated this path: Berlin in 1936 and Tokyo in 1964. In Berlin, the Japanese felt they had taken a step forward in their quest for equality with the West. The prowess of a country emerging from feudalism – which had risked being dismembered like China and had become in half a century a state which the imperialist powers had to take into account – certainly had something to satisfy the Japanese national pride. But this newcomer lacked one last gesture to be equal to them: the rejection in 1919 of his proposal to include the equality of races in the charter of the League of Nations, which the victors of the Great War (of which Japan was a part) were being drafted, had been felt like a snub.

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After a scene of looting in the Bara shopping center in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, July 15, 2021

The riots and looting that bloodied South Africa have left 276 dead, the government announced on Wednesday (July 21), revising upwards a previous death toll of 215.

?Since the unrest broke out, 234 related deaths have been recorded in Kwazulu-Natal [est] nowadays “Presidential Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said in a statement, reporting 42 deaths in Gauteng province, which includes the country’s two main cities, Johannesburg and Pretoria, the capital.

The police opened 168 murder investigations. Some of the deaths are due to jostling, falling objects and building fires.

“Mop-up operations”

The unrest erupted in Kwazulu-Natal on July 9, initially taking the form of riots following the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of justice. They then spread, against a background of endemic unemployment and new restrictions against the Covid-19, reaching Johannesburg, to calm down at the beginning of the week.

Read also In South Africa, violence has affected more than 40,000 businesses

The “Stability” returned to the two affected provinces, assured the minister, specifying that the police were carrying out “Sweeping operations to prevent any opportunistic action”. Six people, including a former public radio presenter, were arrested and prosecuted for inciting violence. Thousands more have been arrested for looting.

Economically, the government estimates that the violence will cost the economy 50 billion rand, or $ 3.4 billion, with the two affected regions accounting for half of the national GDP (gross domestic product).

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After a scene of looting in the Bara shopping center in Soweto, southwest of Johannesburg, July 15, 2021

The riots and looting that bloodied South Africa have left 276 dead, the government announced on Wednesday (July 21), revising upwards a previous death toll of 215.

?Since the unrest broke out, 234 related deaths have been recorded in Kwazulu-Natal [est] nowadays “Presidential Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said in a statement, reporting 42 deaths in Gauteng province, which includes the country’s two main cities, Johannesburg and Pretoria, the capital.

The police opened 168 murder investigations. Some of the deaths are due to jostling, falling objects and building fires.

“Mop-up operations”

The unrest erupted in Kwazulu-Natal on July 9, initially taking the form of riots following the incarceration of former President Jacob Zuma for contempt of justice. They then spread, against a background of endemic unemployment and new restrictions against the Covid-19, reaching Johannesburg, to calm down at the beginning of the week.

Read also In South Africa, violence has affected more than 40,000 businesses

The “Stability” returned to the two affected provinces, assured the minister, specifying that the police were carrying out “Sweeping operations to prevent any opportunistic action”. Six people, including a former public radio presenter, were arrested and prosecuted for inciting violence. Thousands more have been arrested for looting.

Economically, the government estimates that the violence will cost the economy 50 billion rand, or $ 3.4 billion, with the two affected regions accounting for half of the national GDP (gross domestic product).

The World with AFP

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The Madagascan prosecutor’s office announced that it had foiled an assassination attempt on the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, and arrested several people “Foreign and Malagasy”. Among these arrested people are two French, according to diplomatic sources.

“Several foreign and Malagasy nationals were arrested Tuesday as part of an investigation for endangering state security”, declared Wednesday evening to the press the Attorney General, Berthine Razafiarivony, who did not give further details, for the time being, concerning the motivations.

“According to the material evidence in our possession, these individuals have devised a plan to eliminate and neutralize various Malagasy personalities including the head of state, said the prosecutor. At this stage of the investigation, which continues, the general prosecutor’s office ensures that all light will be shed on this case. “

Read also In Madagascar, social discontent against the rise in the cost of living and corruption is mounting

The Malagasy Taratra agency, under the supervision of the Ministry of Communication, informed that the two French arrested, Philippe F. and Paul R., would be retired former officers.

During the celebration of Madagascar’s independence day on June 26, the gendarmerie had already announced that it had foiled an assassination attempt on the Secretary of State in charge of the gendarmerie, the president’s right-hand man, General Richard Ravalomanana .

One of the poorest countries in the world, Madagascar has experienced many serious political crises for twenty years. The big island has been virtually locked down since the Covid-19 pandemic, and famine is raging in a region in the south of the country.

Read also In Madagascar, famine victims massively leave the south of the island

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The Madagascan prosecutor’s office announced that it had foiled an assassination attempt on the President of the Republic of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, and arrested several people “Foreign and Malagasy”. Among these arrested people are two French, according to diplomatic sources.

“Several foreign and Malagasy nationals were arrested Tuesday as part of an investigation for endangering state security”, declared Wednesday evening to the press the Attorney General, Berthine Razafiarivony, who did not give further details, for the time being, concerning the motivations.

“According to the material evidence in our possession, these individuals have devised a plan to eliminate and neutralize various Malagasy personalities including the head of state, said the prosecutor. At this stage of the investigation, which continues, the general prosecutor’s office ensures that all light will be shed on this case. “

Read also In Madagascar, social discontent against the rise in the cost of living and corruption is mounting

The Malagasy Taratra agency, under the supervision of the Ministry of Communication, informed that the two French arrested, Philippe F. and Paul R., would be retired former officers.

During the celebration of Madagascar’s independence day on June 26, the gendarmerie had already announced that it had foiled an assassination attempt on the Secretary of State in charge of the gendarmerie, the president’s right-hand man, General Richard Ravalomanana .

One of the poorest countries in the world, Madagascar has experienced many serious political crises for twenty years. The big island has been virtually locked down since the Covid-19 pandemic, and famine is raging in a region in the south of the country.

Read also In Madagascar, famine victims massively leave the south of the island

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Summit on the financing of African economies in Paris, May 18, 2021.

Tribune. During the summit on the financing of African economies held in Paris on May 18, for the first time, heads of state and heads of international organizations made support for the African economy a top priority. African entrepreneurship as an engine for stronger and more inclusive growth.

Actors on the ground in Africa, as company founder and investor respectively, we are delighted with this recognition at the highest level. In order for these declarations to lead to concrete support for young African companies, we propose that the alliance for entrepreneurship in Africa, announced at the end of the summit, be supplemented by the establishment of a fund to finance priming.

Read also Between resilience and exceptional shock, the African economy facing the Covid-19 pandemic

Indeed, any entrepreneurial project is initiated by a form of financing that the entrepreneur brings together quickly to bring his business to life. It is generally his own money, that of his relatives or, in mature economies, that which comes from actors dedicated to these very early phases of the life of the company (business angels, incubator grants, etc.).

Because of the maturity stage of African economies, these seed resources are lacking, which explains the stagnation of many viable projects that could have given rise to prosperous businesses that create lasting jobs. This is why we are calling for the creation of a fund to support very young companies which have started to prove themselves and to demonstrate their potential, even if they are still very risky.

Public utility

It is difficult to overstate the multiple benefits of the African entrepreneurial revolution. For twenty years, a whole generation of start-ups, VSEs and SMEs has emerged which have demonstrated their public utility. A large number of these companies, because they meet the essential needs of their customers (food, accommodation, treatment, training, etc.), contribute to the resolution of social or societal issues.

Whether it is agrifood units structuring supply chains with farmers and running small factories to bring processed local products to urban customers (yoghurts, bread, rice, fruit juices, etc.), private clinics , companies offering access to electricity in rural areas, construction companies or private schools, these companies, while pursuing their commercial objectives, create jobs, opportunities for their suppliers and a supply of reliable local products.

Read also “The excessive risk perception associated with Africa is one of the obstacles to its development”

In addition, entrepreneurs play an essential role in the great African transformation underway, this long cycle of economic progress, sometimes chaotic, and demographic transition, often atypical, which gives rise to the emergence of a working middle class. The African entrepreneurial revolution is a long-term phenomenon, on which heads of state are right to bet.

Of course, African and international public actors did not wait for this summit to implement measures to support African entrepreneurship, on essential levels: vocational training policy, investment in infrastructure, facilitation and digitization of procedures. administrative …

A unique opportunity

But much remains to be done, including the fight against fiscal arbitrariness and against late payments … from the administrations themselves. For the past ten years, the public authorities have also provided support for private initiatives to finance African SMEs.

The alliance for entrepreneurship in Africa represents a unique opportunity to go further, particularly in terms of business financing, a brake constantly cited by entrepreneurs. In particular, the seed financing fund that we are calling for would be inspired by the successful experience of a few actors in the field and would set itself the objective of financing, in five years, 500 companies in at least 20 African countries. (including fragile countries that are often neglected, especially in the Sahel), for amounts per company of between 20,000 and 100,000 euros.

Read the editorial: Getting Africa out of the debt trap

This fund would target both technological start-ups and more ?traditional? companies in the upstream phase (agrifood processing, services to individuals and companies, transport, training, medical practices, light manufacturing, pharmacy, etc. .).

It would also affect many talented women entrepreneurs, as it is true that, unfortunately, they are seldom found in the small circle of large companies. Funding could take the form of honor loans.

Business leaders would be selected and supported by specialized teams independent of public administrations, ill-equipped to interact with very small structures. Over a three-year horizon, we can expect that half of the companies supported will have reached an initial maturity, which can then be part of a long-term development trajectory, and use other financing and development tools. support such as the SME funds already mentioned.

The economic upheavals linked to the pandemic invite us to reinvent our development support strategies. On paper, political and economic leaders have taken the measure of the urgency to support entrepreneurs. Solutions are known, all that remains is to bring them to life, on a large scale.

Bagore Bathily is founder and CEO of Laiterie du berger (Senegalese SME in the fresh dairy products sector) and president of Enablis Senegal (network of entrepreneurs).

Jérémy Hajdenberg is DGA of Investisseurs et Partenaires (a company specializing in the financing and support of African entrepreneurs) and author, with Jean-Michel Severino, ofEntrepreneurial Africa (ed. Odile Jacob, 2016).

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Summit on the financing of African economies in Paris, May 18, 2021.

Tribune. During the summit on the financing of African economies held in Paris on May 18, for the first time, heads of state and heads of international organizations made support for the African economy a top priority. African entrepreneurship as an engine for stronger and more inclusive growth.

Actors on the ground in Africa, as company founder and investor respectively, we are delighted with this recognition at the highest level. In order for these declarations to lead to concrete support for young African companies, we propose that the alliance for entrepreneurship in Africa, announced at the end of the summit, be supplemented by the establishment of a fund to finance priming.

Read also Between resilience and exceptional shock, the African economy facing the Covid-19 pandemic

Indeed, any entrepreneurial project is initiated by a form of financing that the entrepreneur brings together quickly to bring his business to life. It is generally his own money, that of his relatives or, in mature economies, that which comes from actors dedicated to these very early phases of the life of the company (business angels, incubator grants, etc.).

Because of the maturity stage of African economies, these seed resources are lacking, which explains the stagnation of many viable projects that could have given rise to prosperous businesses that create lasting jobs. This is why we are calling for the creation of a fund to support very young companies which have started to prove themselves and to demonstrate their potential, even if they are still very risky.

Public utility

It is difficult to overstate the multiple benefits of the African entrepreneurial revolution. For twenty years, a whole generation of start-ups, VSEs and SMEs has emerged which have demonstrated their public utility. A large number of these companies, because they meet the essential needs of their customers (food, accommodation, treatment, training, etc.), contribute to the resolution of social or societal issues.

Whether it is agrifood units structuring supply chains with farmers and running small factories to bring processed local products to urban customers (yoghurts, bread, rice, fruit juices, etc.), private clinics , companies offering access to electricity in rural areas, construction companies or private schools, these companies, while pursuing their commercial objectives, create jobs, opportunities for their suppliers and a supply of reliable local products.

Read also “The excessive risk perception associated with Africa is one of the obstacles to its development”

In addition, entrepreneurs play an essential role in the great African transformation underway, this long cycle of economic progress, sometimes chaotic, and demographic transition, often atypical, which gives rise to the emergence of a working middle class. The African entrepreneurial revolution is a long-term phenomenon, on which heads of state are right to bet.

Of course, African and international public actors did not wait for this summit to implement measures to support African entrepreneurship, on essential levels: vocational training policy, investment in infrastructure, facilitation and digitization of procedures. administrative …

A unique opportunity

But much remains to be done, including the fight against fiscal arbitrariness and against late payments … from the administrations themselves. For the past ten years, the public authorities have also provided support for private initiatives to finance African SMEs.

The alliance for entrepreneurship in Africa represents a unique opportunity to go further, particularly in terms of business financing, a brake constantly cited by entrepreneurs. In particular, the seed financing fund that we are calling for would be inspired by the successful experience of a few actors in the field and would set itself the objective of financing, in five years, 500 companies in at least 20 African countries. (including fragile countries that are often neglected, especially in the Sahel), for amounts per company of between 20,000 and 100,000 euros.

Read the editorial: Getting Africa out of the debt trap

This fund would target both technological start-ups and more ?traditional? companies in the upstream phase (agrifood processing, services to individuals and companies, transport, training, medical practices, light manufacturing, pharmacy, etc. .).

It would also affect many talented women entrepreneurs, as it is true that, unfortunately, they are seldom found in the small circle of large companies. Funding could take the form of honor loans.

Business leaders would be selected and supported by specialized teams independent of public administrations, ill-equipped to interact with very small structures. Over a three-year horizon, we can expect that half of the companies supported will have reached an initial maturity, which can then be part of a long-term development trajectory, and use other financing and development tools. support such as the SME funds already mentioned.

The economic upheavals linked to the pandemic invite us to reinvent our development support strategies. On paper, political and economic leaders have taken the measure of the urgency to support entrepreneurs. Solutions are known, all that remains is to bring them to life, on a large scale.

Bagore Bathily is founder and CEO of Laiterie du berger (Senegalese SME in the fresh dairy products sector) and president of Enablis Senegal (network of entrepreneurs).

Jérémy Hajdenberg is DGA of Investisseurs et Partenaires (a company specializing in the financing and support of African entrepreneurs) and author, with Jean-Michel Severino, ofEntrepreneurial Africa (ed. Odile Jacob, 2016).

[date_timestamp] => 1626957384 ) [7] => Array ( [title] => NSO Group at the heart of Israel?s ?soft power? [link] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/nso-group-at-the-heart-of-israels-soft-power/ [comments] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/nso-group-at-the-heart-of-israels-soft-power/#respond [dc] => Array ( [creator] => Susan Hally ) [pubdate] => Thu, 22 Jul 2021 11:46:01 +0000 [category] => Middle EastgroupheartIsraelsNSOpowersoft [guid] => https://nysenewsupdates.com/nso-group-at-the-heart-of-israels-soft-power/ [description] => By Louis Imbert Posted today at 1:00 p.m. Reserved for our subscribers InvestigationThe company behind... [content] => Array ( [encoded] =>

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Posted today at 1:00 p.m.

Browsing the list of targets for Pegasus surveillance software, a service provided by the Israeli company NSO Group to a dozen states in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, is to follow a story of Israeli diplomacy. These data, vast but still partial, shared by the organization Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International with seventeen media, including The world, have accompanied the all-out expansion of Israeli ?soft power? for a decade. They constitute a dark side, discreet but assumed.

Founded in 2009, when former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came back to power (2009-2021), NSO benefited from Israel’s expansion of diplomatic relations. One moment is emblematic: July 2017. Mr. Netanyahu welcomes Narendra Modi to Tel Aviv. This is the first time that a head of the Indian government has visited the country in twenty-five years of diplomatic relations. Mr. Modi is a choice catch in Mr. Netanyahu’s effort to diversify Israel’s alliances.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a campaign poster for Likud, Mr. Netanyahu's party, in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2019.

Powerful, ultranationalist, authoritarian and populist, the Indian signifies the opening to Israel of a booming market, and does not seek to dwell on the occupation of the Palestinian territories or on the question of human rights. man. Shortly after the two men posed for photographers with their feet in the water in the Mediterranean, India tested Pegasus spyware for the first time. Since then, it has continued to use it, less against potential terrorists than against opponents, journalists and human rights defenders.

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The service provided by NSO weighs little against the traditional arms contracts that Israel and India negotiate in 2017, covering missiles and air defense systems, and valued at 1.7 billion euros. But Mr. Netanyahu says so, he who sought in 2009 to promote research and teaching in cybersecurity, and to better integrate it into the defense organs: ?Cyber ??is a serious threat and a very lucrative business. “

Globally, “Of the 5 to 7 billion euros that the military exports of Israeli companies represent annually [comme IAI, Elbit et Rafael], cyber occupies only a modest portion: barely 3% to 4% “, says Eitay Mack, lawyer and expert on Israeli arms exports, who is campaigning for more transparency in this area.

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By Louis Imbert

Posted today at 1:00 p.m.

Browsing the list of targets for Pegasus surveillance software, a service provided by the Israeli company NSO Group to a dozen states in the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia, is to follow a story of Israeli diplomacy. These data, vast but still partial, shared by the organization Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International with seventeen media, including The world, have accompanied the all-out expansion of Israeli ?soft power? for a decade. They constitute a dark side, discreet but assumed.

Founded in 2009, when former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came back to power (2009-2021), NSO benefited from Israel’s expansion of diplomatic relations. One moment is emblematic: July 2017. Mr. Netanyahu welcomes Narendra Modi to Tel Aviv. This is the first time that a head of the Indian government has visited the country in twenty-five years of diplomatic relations. Mr. Modi is a choice catch in Mr. Netanyahu’s effort to diversify Israel’s alliances.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a campaign poster for Likud, Mr. Netanyahu's party, in Tel Aviv on July 28, 2019.

Powerful, ultranationalist, authoritarian and populist, the Indian signifies the opening to Israel of a booming market, and does not seek to dwell on the occupation of the Palestinian territories or on the question of human rights. man. Shortly after the two men posed for photographers with their feet in the water in the Mediterranean, India tested Pegasus spyware for the first time. Since then, it has continued to use it, less against potential terrorists than against opponents, journalists and human rights defenders.

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The service provided by NSO weighs little against the traditional arms contracts that Israel and India negotiate in 2017, covering missiles and air defense systems, and valued at 1.7 billion euros. But Mr. Netanyahu says so, he who sought in 2009 to promote research and teaching in cybersecurity, and to better integrate it into the defense organs: ?Cyber ??is a serious threat and a very lucrative business. “

Globally, “Of the 5 to 7 billion euros that the military exports of Israeli companies represent annually [comme IAI, Elbit et Rafael], cyber occupies only a modest portion: barely 3% to 4% “, says Eitay Mack, lawyer and expert on Israeli arms exports, who is campaigning for more transparency in this area.

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Posted today at 1:01 p.m., updated at 1:05 p.m.

Much to the despair of intelligence agencies, the Dalai Lama has still not given in to the temptation to buy a smartphone. Which makes the 86-year-old man particularly difficult to spy on. But those close to him, including his emissary in New Delhi Tempa Tsering, his private secretary Tenzin Taklha or his advisers Tenzin Taklha and Chhimey Rigzen can be watched very closely. In all, nearly twenty Tibetan activists, politicians and religious in exile appear in the list of numbers selected by an Indian security service, user of the Pegasus spyware, for potential piracy. They are part of a database of 50,000 issues, consulted by the organization Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International before being shared with seventeen media, including The world, united within the “Pegasus Project”.

According to our investigation, certain relatives of the Dalai Lama were first selected for possible surveillance from the end of November 2017, when former US President Barack Obama, who had just arrived from China, meets the Tibetan spiritual leader in New Delhi. Lobsang Sangay appeared on the list later, in mid-2018, when he was president of the Tibetan administration in exile and increased trips to India and abroad. Two other candidates for this post are also included, including Penpa Tsering, finally elected in May 2021.

Lobsang Sangay, president of the Tibetan administration in exile from 2011 to 2021, in Dharamsala (India), March 10, 2020.

Without being able to examine their phones, it is not possible to say whether they were indeed infected by this spyware, one of the most sophisticated on the planet, capable of sucking all the contents of a phone. – e-mails, secure messaging, photos, address books, diary? and to recover geolocation data without anything indicating that the device has been hacked. This selection suggests, however, that the cordial understanding between New Delhi and the Tibetan community, which has taken refuge on Indian soil for over sixty years, is imbued with mistrust.

Dharamsala, nid d’espions

It reveals, as never before, the suspicion of the Indian state vis-à-vis the Tibetan community, suspected of being infiltrated by Chinese spies, as well as its strategic importance at a time when the tension between the two countries the most populous in Asia continues to climb.

New Delhi believes it has reason to be wary. As recently as August 2020, a Chinese national suspected of being a spy paying Buddhist monks for information about the Dalai Lama’s bodyguard was arrested in India. The first breach in the relationship between India and the Tibetan community opened in 2011, when the XVIIe karmapa, the third highest dignitary in the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, had been suspected by New Delhi of being a Chinese spy. A suspicion that was officially lifted a year later, the dignitary having been cleared by Indian justice, but that did not remove all doubts. The karmapa obtained a passport from Dominica in 2018 and regularly experiences difficulties in obtaining Indian visas.

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By Julien Bouissou

Posted today at 1:01 p.m., updated at 1:05 p.m.

Much to the despair of intelligence agencies, the Dalai Lama has still not given in to the temptation to buy a smartphone. Which makes the 86-year-old man particularly difficult to spy on. But those close to him, including his emissary in New Delhi Tempa Tsering, his private secretary Tenzin Taklha or his advisers Tenzin Taklha and Chhimey Rigzen can be watched very closely. In all, nearly twenty Tibetan activists, politicians and religious in exile appear in the list of numbers selected by an Indian security service, user of the Pegasus spyware, for potential piracy. They are part of a database of 50,000 issues, consulted by the organization Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International before being shared with seventeen media, including The world, united within the “Pegasus Project”.

According to our investigation, certain relatives of the Dalai Lama were first selected for possible surveillance from the end of November 2017, when former US President Barack Obama, who had just arrived from China, meets the Tibetan spiritual leader in New Delhi. Lobsang Sangay appeared on the list later, in mid-2018, when he was president of the Tibetan administration in exile and increased trips to India and abroad. Two other candidates for this post are also included, including Penpa Tsering, finally elected in May 2021.

Lobsang Sangay, president of the Tibetan administration in exile from 2011 to 2021, in Dharamsala (India), March 10, 2020.

Without being able to examine their phones, it is not possible to say whether they were indeed infected by this spyware, one of the most sophisticated on the planet, capable of sucking all the contents of a phone. – e-mails, secure messaging, photos, address books, diary? and to recover geolocation data without anything indicating that the device has been hacked. This selection suggests, however, that the cordial understanding between New Delhi and the Tibetan community, which has taken refuge on Indian soil for over sixty years, is imbued with mistrust.

Dharamsala, nid d’espions

It reveals, as never before, the suspicion of the Indian state vis-à-vis the Tibetan community, suspected of being infiltrated by Chinese spies, as well as its strategic importance at a time when the tension between the two countries the most populous in Asia continues to climb.

New Delhi believes it has reason to be wary. As recently as August 2020, a Chinese national suspected of being a spy paying Buddhist monks for information about the Dalai Lama’s bodyguard was arrested in India. The first breach in the relationship between India and the Tibetan community opened in 2011, when the XVIIe karmapa, the third highest dignitary in the schools of Tibetan Buddhism, had been suspected by New Delhi of being a Chinese spy. A suspicion that was officially lifted a year later, the dignitary having been cleared by Indian justice, but that did not remove all doubts. The karmapa obtained a passport from Dominica in 2018 and regularly experiences difficulties in obtaining Indian visas.

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Their life was hanging by a thread. After sixty-one days of hunger strike, some of the 475 undocumented migrants who occupy several places in Brussels, including the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Béguinage church in the city center, have started to eat again, Wednesday July 21. “The hunger strike is suspended, but not over”, declares Tarik, one of the spokespersons for the union of undocumented migrants for regularization. Because the content of the agreement, negotiated between a delegation of personalities – lawyers, activists – chosen by undocumented migrants, and Sammy Mahdi, the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration (CD&V, Flemish Christian Democrat) , is rather vague.

Moreover, the Secretary of State considers that there was no real agreement. “He remained on his line, no collective regularization, but an individual examination of the files”, explains Sieghild Lacoere, his spokesperson. According to Sammy Mahdi, undocumented migrants can simply submit an individual request and follow the usual route for regularization. The review would be expedited, but nothing more. “I am grateful that people have stopped their hunger strike”, did he declare. The Secretary of State considers that he has convinced the undocumented migrants that only “The existing procedures are human”.

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So much for appearances. But behind the scenes, it seems that Sammy Mahdi has let loose a little more ballast. The satisfaction of some of the supporters of undocumented migrants is an indicator. Alexis Deswaef is a lawyer, he was a member of the delegation that met the Secretary of State on Wednesday morning. ?The discussion was very open with Sammy Mahdi, he said. This climate of confidence and the information received make it possible to put an end to this humanitarian crisis. “

Case-by-case assessment

What are these elements? At the moment, they are not public. Several sources evoke a treatment of the files of the hunger strikers by the administration without the preliminary examination of the admissibility of the request on which many undocumented migrants are breaking their teeth. Then the officials would assess the applicants’ situations on a case-by-case basis, with a certain leniency for those who have worked and lived in Belgium for a long time.

This “agreement” which does not speak its name does not win the unanimity of the strikers. If the occupants of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Béguinage church suspended their hunger strike, those of the two free universities of Brussels, the French-speaking (ULB) and the Dutch-speaking (VUB), were more reluctant and no ‘had, Wednesday evening, not yet decided to stop their action. The undocumented migrants, since the beginning of their movement, demand that a real policy of regularization – with clear criteria – be put in place.

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Their life was hanging by a thread. After sixty-one days of hunger strike, some of the 475 undocumented migrants who occupy several places in Brussels, including the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Béguinage church in the city center, have started to eat again, Wednesday July 21. “The hunger strike is suspended, but not over”, declares Tarik, one of the spokespersons for the union of undocumented migrants for regularization. Because the content of the agreement, negotiated between a delegation of personalities – lawyers, activists – chosen by undocumented migrants, and Sammy Mahdi, the Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration (CD&V, Flemish Christian Democrat) , is rather vague.

Moreover, the Secretary of State considers that there was no real agreement. “He remained on his line, no collective regularization, but an individual examination of the files”, explains Sieghild Lacoere, his spokesperson. According to Sammy Mahdi, undocumented migrants can simply submit an individual request and follow the usual route for regularization. The review would be expedited, but nothing more. “I am grateful that people have stopped their hunger strike”, did he declare. The Secretary of State considers that he has convinced the undocumented migrants that only “The existing procedures are human”.

Article reserved for our subscribers Read also The Belgian government remains deaf to the plight of undocumented migrants on hunger strike

So much for appearances. But behind the scenes, it seems that Sammy Mahdi has let loose a little more ballast. The satisfaction of some of the supporters of undocumented migrants is an indicator. Alexis Deswaef is a lawyer, he was a member of the delegation that met the Secretary of State on Wednesday morning. ?The discussion was very open with Sammy Mahdi, he said. This climate of confidence and the information received make it possible to put an end to this humanitarian crisis. “

Case-by-case assessment

What are these elements? At the moment, they are not public. Several sources evoke a treatment of the files of the hunger strikers by the administration without the preliminary examination of the admissibility of the request on which many undocumented migrants are breaking their teeth. Then the officials would assess the applicants’ situations on a case-by-case basis, with a certain leniency for those who have worked and lived in Belgium for a long time.

This “agreement” which does not speak its name does not win the unanimity of the strikers. If the occupants of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Béguinage church suspended their hunger strike, those of the two free universities of Brussels, the French-speaking (ULB) and the Dutch-speaking (VUB), were more reluctant and no ‘had, Wednesday evening, not yet decided to stop their action. The undocumented migrants, since the beginning of their movement, demand that a real policy of regularization – with clear criteria – be put in place.

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