Face aux provocations auxquelles se sont adonnées des milices du « polisario » dans la zone tampon de Guergarate au Sahara Marocain, « Le Maroc a décidé d’agir, dans le respect de ses attributions, en vertu de ses devoirs et en parfaite conformité avec la légalité internationale », a indiqué vendredi le ministère des Affaires étrangères dans un communiqué.
Après s’être astreint à la plus grande retenue, face à ces provocations , «le Maroc n’a eu d’autre choix que d’assumer ses responsabilités afin de mettre un terme à la situation de blocage générée par ces agissements et restaurer la libre circulation civile et commerciale », a souligné le ministère dans le communiqué.
Le «polisario» et ses milices, qui se sont introduits dans la zone depuis le 21 octobre 2020, y ont mené des actes de banditisme, bloqué la circulation des personnes et des biens sur cet axe routier et harcelé continuellement les Observateurs militaires de la Minurso (troupes de l’ONU) rappelle le ministère, relevant que ces agissements documentés constituent de véritables actes prémédités de déstabilisation qui altèrent le statut de la zone. Ils violent les accords militaires et représentent une menace réelle à la pérennité du cessez-le-feu.
Ces actes sapent les chances de toute relance du processus politique souhaitée par la Communauté internationale, a martelé le ministère. Il constate que depuis 2016, le « polisario » a multiplié ces agissements dangereux et intolérables dans cette zone tampon. Ils sont en violation des accords militaires, au mépris des rappels à l’ordre lancés par le Secrétaire Général de l’ONU et en transgression des résolutions du Conseil de Sécurité.
Le Maroc avait régulièrement informé le Secrétaire Général de l’ONU de ces développements gravissimes. Il avait également pris à témoin les membres du Conseil de Sécurité et la Minurso, ainsi que plusieurs États voisins.
Cependant, les appels de la Minurso et du Secrétaire Général de l’ONU, ainsi que les interventions de plusieurs membres du Conseil de Sécurité sont malheureusement restés vains, a déploré le ministère, soulignant que «le Maroc a donc décidé d’agir, dans le respect de ses attributions, en vertu de ses devoirs et en parfaite conformité avec la légalité internationale». Le « polisario » en assume, seul, l’entière responsabilité et les pleines conséquences, a conclu le ministère.
L’opération menée s’est déroulée de manière pacifique
L’opération menée par les Forces Armées Royales afin de restaurer la libre-circulation au passage d’El Guergarate, s’est déroulée « de manière pacifique, sans accrochage ni menace pour la sécurité des civils », a affirmé le ministère
Cette opération, visant à mettre un terme définitif aux agissements inacceptables du «polisario», intervient après avoir donné toute sa chance à une solution diplomatique à travers les bons offices des Nations Unies, affirme le ministère.
En 2016 et 2017, les contacts entre le Roi du Maroc, et le Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies avaient permis un premier dénouement. Toutefois, le «polisario» a poursuivi ses actes de provocation et d’intrusions illégales dans cette zone.
Après l’intrusion du 21 octobre 2020, et tout en soutenant l’action du Secrétaire Général, le Roi avait affirmé dans une lettre à M. Guterres: «Le statu quo ne peut plus se prolonger. Si cette situation perdure, le Royaume du Maroc, dans le respect de ses attributions, en vertu de ses responsabilité est en parfaite conformité avec la légalité internationale, se réserve le droit d’agir, au moment et de la manière qu’il jugera nécessaire, afin de sauvegarder le statut de la zone, de rétablir la libre-circulation et de préserver la dignité des Marocains», rappelle le ministère .
Le passage d’El Guerguerat entre le Maroc et la Mauritanie est à présent complètement sécurisé par la mise en place d’un cordon de sécurité par les Forces Armées Royales (FAR).
Unlikely things that have happened in 2020
2020 has been a challenging year. Several things have happened, and it seems like a never-ending dream. The year began on a good note, but a few weeks into it, everything changed. A pandemic like one not witnessed in decades hit the world. The odds of winning a lottery are higher than the ending of strange occurrences this year.
This year has been full of unprecedented times. The new normal, as everyone likes to call it, is full of unlikely things. The world has shifted to home, and it's a year full of challenges and unparalleled courage.
Here are some unlikely things that have changed the course of the world forever this year.
The odds of winning a lottery is higher than pandemic ending
A novel coronavirus pandemic took the world in its clutch. It spread out across continents like wildfire, and several nations have collapsed because of the chaos created by this virus.
We lost a significant part of their population in this pandemic, and several countries went into a complete lockdown where people work from home. There was a severe restriction on movement, and only essential activities were allowed. The entire globe right now is fighting with this deadly virus and mourning the loss of their loved ones.
Coronavirus infection started in Wuhan in China and reached all places across the world via humans. It has caused a challenge for medical workers, as several cases are being reported each day.
This virus causes-
- Breathing problems
- Loss of smell
- Dry cough and several other symptoms.
People with comorbid conditions have lost their life fighting with this virus. Truly said, the odds of winning a lottery are higher this year than the chances of this pandemic ending.
At the beginning of this year, there was an outbreak of wildfires in the Australian subcontinent. This was one of the worst fire seasons Australia has ever seen. The flames destroyed 47 million acres of land. Houses of people were displaced, and several reports have shown that at least 35 people lost their lives in these deadly wildfires.
Death of legends
The world mourned the death of several legends that have had a remarkable impact in several fields.
- We lost Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in California. He was regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
- This year we also goodbye to Alex Trebek. She was regarded as the best game show host of all time. Alex passed away from pancreatic cancer.
- The wonderful James bond actor Sean Connery was also another legend we lost this year.
- The black panther, Hero Chad Boseman, lost his battle with colon cancer. It was a massive loss for the Marvel universe and for the community who he always inspired.
- We lost several Bollywood celebrities that include Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, and Sushant Singh Rajput. It has been a tough year for Bollywood.
Oil prices reached a negative
For the first time in several years, oil prices reached a negative. This has been the highest fall of predicted crude oil prices. The coronavirus pandemic changed several world economies, and the low demand seriously impacted the oil sector, which was always in high demand.
The stock market crash of 2020
The stock market crashed like never before. The pandemic caused a global recession in all economies around the globe. The single point drop was the worst the world has ever seen, and several major businesses and economies close down because of the never-ending pandemic.
Massive black lives matter protest
The death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the United States triggered a series of protests. The protests aimed to fight racial injustice and to promote the end of police brutality.
Central Beirut explosion
Hundreds of people died in an explosion in Lebanon. Beirut saw a heartbreaking blast that left the entire city in rubble. The blast was heard miles away from the side, and it destroyed the whole town in its wake.
Cancellation of 2020 Olympics
The 2020 Olympic games were cancelled for the coronavirus pandemic. Tokyo was all set to host this year's Olympic Games, but the rising number of cases caused the Olympic games' shift to the summer of 2021.
An invasion of crop-destroying locusts was seen in the South Asian subcontinent, predominantly in India and Pakistan. Enormous, aggressive swarms of insects invaded extensive farmlands and destroyed crops.
The world has seen several bizarre events in 2020. It is a year that has tested our resilience and given us a long time of suffering. We hope that the world sees collective peace and recovers from 2020.
All you need to know before travelling to Azerbaijan
Are you thinking of an attractive tourist destination? Azerbaijan is absolutely far from the first destination that will come to your mind. Surprisingly it is an excellent tourist destination rich in cultural and geographical gems. This country is located between the great former empires and the old silk road, and it has advanced rapidly in recent years due to its oil supply, writes Abhirup Banerjee.
Popularly known as the "land of fire," this country, the former Soviet republic, is a study in contrasts. Its capital, Baku, is reinvigorate modern, and it is filled with modern architecture, dreamy Caspian Sea landscapes, and ski resorts.
Since the country gained independence from the Soviet Union, its official language is Azerbaijani, mostly known as Azeri-Turkic. It is part of the southwestern Turkic languages. Besides, the Latin alphabet is also used in Azerbaijan. While some people use Russia in Baku, English is mostly spoken by younger people, especially in places frequently visited by western tourists.
When to travel
The ideal time to travel to Azerbaijan depends on the region you want to explore because the climatic conditions vary with the country's various locations. You should visit the lowland areas near the Caspian Sea with clear skies and greenery abounding every day.
The wintertime is pretty mild, while the summer is scorching and wet. The hottest period is between July and August. It is an ideal time for you to head to the Mountains, which are often relatively accessible. The best month to travel to Baku is October. You should visit Azerbaijan in January and February if you are a ski fanatic.
Tourist from the eligible countries should complete their Azerbaijan online visa application before departing for Azerbaijan. Only a few states can get a Visa on arrival, and even travelers from these countries are encouraged to submit their online applications to avoid waiting in line at the airport.
Unlike the traditional visa application method, evisa applicants are not required to go to a diplomatic mission to present their documents and again collect the approved visa. Instead, the process is online, and you can complete them from any place 24 hours a day.
It is easy to get a big chain hotel in big cities, and the standards are relatively high. It may also be challenging to get cheaper accommodation, and the youth hotels as these are relatively rare.
The official currency here is Manat. You can use credit cards at large hotels, restaurants, and banks in Baku, which cater to travelers though cash payment is always the preferred method. Ensure that you only use notes that are in good condition as others may be rejected. There are no problems with ATMs, and various international cards are accepted here, although it is still recommended that you carry US dollar notes or Euros with you to exchange as you need to.
Food and drinks
Snacks are very significant in the local culture, and they are influenced by many places like Georgia, Turkey, Iran, and many more. Many dishes are grown at home due to the varied climates, such as spices and vegetables. The seafood snacks are prevalent near the Caspian Sea, and the yogurt makes a frequent appearance in soups. Most dishes are paired with a piece of baklava or black tea.
Azerbaijan is considered a safe country to travel with deficient levels of crime. You should still exercise your average degree of common sense and caution, especially during late night. Refer to your country's travel and safety advice recommendations.
Bus: There is a well-designed road network in the country with many mini-buses and buses traveling between Baku and other areas. They're relatively affordable. You must pay the driver in cash, and no schedule is followed.
Metro: There is a metro system that works smoothly and cost-effective method of transportation. You can catch a train every few minutes or the day except 1-6h.
Train: The rail network in this country is quite extensive. The trains are relatively slow, and it is recommended that you stick to road travel.
Taxis: taxis in this country are purple, and they must have a meter installed. Ensure that you agree on the price before to avoid scammers. The taxis are available in and out of the capital, but we are relatively more expensive outside the city.
You will enjoy your trip to Azerbaijan. This country may not be the most conventional destination, but it has human, geographical, and cultural surprises around every corner.
Abhirup Banerjee is an experienced content writer. He is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where he shares his valuable travel tips with the audience.
How Brexit will affect online gambling and casinos
Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that the United Kingdom’s population voted in a referendum in 2016 to leave the European Union. Many gamblers and punters have been worried about the potential consequences of this for their gambling, especially considering the importance of Gibraltar for regulation and licensing. In this article, we will take a look at how Brexit will affect online gambling and casinos.
Gibraltar is the location for many gambling companies’ head offices. The decision to make Gibraltar the head office location is straightforward for any company that can afford to have it there.
Firstly, there is a considerable amount of people who work in the gambling industry. This means that there is a solid number of workers who are specifically qualified to work at gambling companies.
The other reason and the most attractive is the taxation rate. Gambling companies are taxed a lot less in Gibraltar and it is their technique to avoid paying too much.
Gibraltar is still a part of the United Kingdom and the population of Gibraltar continues to vote heavily in favour of staying a part of the United Kingdom, so it is unlikely that this will change any time soon. However, Brexit could lead to several issues.
The Spanish government could choose to end the free movement between Spain and the little rock. The importance of this can not be understated: more than half of gambling company employees in Gibraltar commute from Spain every day. This could easily lead to bookmakers being forced to change location for their headquarters. Many of the best online casino options in Ireland are operated by companies based in Gibraltar; Betvictor, Bet365, Boylesports etc and these companies could seek to move location elsewhere.
Whether the taxation rate stays the same is very difficult to predict. Depending on Spain’s position, there could be reason to increase the taxation rate or even possibly decrease it.
If gambling companies are forced to relocate, then the two effects that gamblers are likely to experience are a small number of gambling companies declaring bankruptcy and potentially less profitable offers as companies will be less likely to offer them. Equally, gambling companies could potentially move to another tax haven.
Regulation and licensing
Luckily for British gamblers, the UK has always been separated from the rest of the EU for everything related to regulation and licensing, whether it be sports betting, online casinos or anything else. For example, in the UK, you can sign up to an online casino with just proof of address and a photo of legal identification, but in several EU countries like France, you need a letter to be sent to your home to start your account.
In this respect, very little is likely to change when it comes to the regulation and licensing that gambling companies must respect. If anything, it is probable that the British and the European companies will continue to differ more and more, and then almost any interaction between UK gambling companies and EU gambling companies will become impossible.
This is unlikely to impact any gamblers in a way that they will notice. If the European Union becomes stricter about gambling and the US keeps the position on gambling they currently have, the UK could become one of the best places for all forms of gambling in the world.
Potential other exits
One possible consequence of Brexit could be that it becomes an example to other countries. If a country with the influence and the economy of the UK can leave the EU and do well, then other countries are likely to follow suit.
If this does happen, then each country is likely to have their own legislation and licensing for gambling. This should not have a massive effect on British punters; however, it makes any coordination between gambling companies of different countries to be a lot trickier. It also means that only national gambling companies will be available, but the UK does already have a decent amount of companies operating already.
It is very difficult to say with any kind of certainty what will happen to the gambling industry after Brexit. Gibraltar will be probably the most affected, and it could potentially lose many companies who would leave as Gibraltar would no longer be such an effective region to run a gambling company from.
For the average gambler, not much will change in the short term as licensing has always been particular to the UK, which is an advantage. In the long term, there could be reduced competitivity as well as a decrease in promotions, but this is still to be seen.