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Libyan political dialogue forum in Tunisia: appointment of radicals to leadership positions will lead to a new crisis in the country​

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On November 9, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum ​ started in Tunis. It is organized by the United Nations Support​ Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), led by American diplomat Stephanie Williams. The Forum participants are tasked with reaching an agreement that will restore the unity of the country and schedule General elections. In addition, the Forum participants need to choose a new head of the Presidential Council and a Prime Minister who will lead the country until new elections are held.

On November 9, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum ​ started in Tunis. It is organized by the United Nations Support​ Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), led by American diplomat Stephanie Williams. The Forum participants are tasked with reaching an agreement that will restore the unity of the country and schedule General elections. In addition, the Forum participants need to choose a new head of the Presidential Council and a Prime Minister who will lead the country until new elections are held.

​At the moment, there is little news from the Forum. Since the UN requires participants to limit communication with the outside world as much as possible. The incoming information allows us to conclude that at the moment the Forum participants are far from unified positions. Libya 24 TV channel reported on Tuesday that during the talks at the Forum in Tunis, differences were revealed regarding the representation of regions in the dialogue, despite Stephanie Williams ‚ attempt to defuse the situation and calm the participants. The problem is the basic approach of the organizers. The UN is trying to impose ready-made solutions on Libyans, instead of allowing them to decide their own fate. In this regard, in Tripoli, there are already demonstrations by militias who are dissatisfied with the Forum (https://www.jana-ly.co/%d8%a8%d8%a7%d8%af%d9%8a-%d9%8a%d8%a4%d8%ac%d8%ac-%d8%aa%d8%b8%d8%a7%d9%87%d8%b1%d8%a7%d8%aa-%d8%b7%d8%b1%d8%a7%d8%a8%d9%84%d8%b3-%d8%b6%d8%af-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%ad%d9%88%d8%a7%d8%b1-%d8%a7%d9%84%d8%b3/).

It should be recalled that from the very beginning, ​ Libyan and international experts had questions about the selection of forum participants (https://www.libyaherald.com/2020/10/26/unsmils-libyan-political-dialogue-forum-lpdf-participant-list-receiving-criticism/). ​ There are 75 participants, all of whom have been approved by UNSMIL. The principal requirement was that participants should not hold public office at the time of the event. As a result, out of 75 participants, 13 were delegated by the House of representatives, 13 by the High Council of State, and 49 were selected by UNSMIL itself as representatives of civil society. In this regard, when the list of participants was announced, there were accusations that the participants had not significant political influence in Libya itself and could not represent the interests of Libyans. For example, it was reported that the absence of representatives of the city of Tarhouna, which, according to the source, is home to more than a third of the population of Libya and which is one of the largest Libyan cities, is causing discontent. At the same time, it is reported that a disproportionately large number of participants represent the interests of Misrata. In addition, the Supreme Council of Sheikhs and Notables of Libya has already expressed concern that 45 participants in the political dialogue Forum were associated with the Muslim Brotherhood (https://thearabweekly.com/libyan-tribes-wary-about-brotherhoods-dominance-tunis-talks).

In this regard, the Deputies of the House of representatives made a joint statement on November 10, in which they stated that they would not approve of the mechanism for selecting participants in the dialogue.

Against this background, the Forum participants do not agree on who will take key positions in the new government of Libya.

Al-Jamahiriya News Agency, citing its own sources, reports that a large number of Forum participants insist on a complete restructuring of the Executive branch of government, the transfer of the post of head of the Presidential Council to Aguila Saleh and the choice of a Prime Minister from the Western region. Fayez Sarraj and his representatives took the position that he would remain as head of the Presidential Council when appointing the Prime Minister from the East and his Deputy from the South. Other configurations are also discussed. At the moment, it is difficult to talk about a coordinated position even on the list of candidates for the positions of members of the Government and the Presidential Council of Libya.

The Forum may not lead to a compromise, but the procedure developed by Stephanie Williams allows to make it declaratively and appoint a new government that will be considered „recognized by the UN“. In this regard, it is highly likely that the names of the head of the Presidential Council and the Prime Minister will be announced within the next 10 days.

This very prospect raises doubts that the leading domestic political players will agree with the directive imposition of the new leadership of Libya by the UN. Anyone who is de facto appointed by the UN will be illegitimate in the eyes of most Libyans. In addition, due to the wide representation of members of the Muslim Brotherhood organization at the forum, there is a danger of radical political players coming to key positions.

The most destructive could be considered a figure of the Minister of interior in the Government of National Accord ​ Fathi Bashagha​ . He is one of the likely candidates for the post of Prime Minister. If he comes to power, there is a high probability of a new political or even military crisis. This is due to the fact that he has open conflict with Tripoli gangs. For example, a few days ago, Al-Marsad published a statement from the Tripoli Protection Force controlled by the Presidential Council, which reported that „Fathi Bashagha works as if he is the head of Government or the Minister of foreign Affairs. Travels from country to country, using his official position to get a „new post“. ​

In addition, his subordinates are accused of corruption and various crimes, links with the Muslim Brotherhood and radical Salafists. A few months ago, he was suspended from his post because his subordinates had took part in the shooting of peaceful demonstrators in Tripoli who opposed the deterioration of the quality of life.

In this regard, even if the Libyan military on both sides will comply with the signed ceasefire agreement, if Bashagha comes to power at the head of the Government, it is likely that the hot phase of the conflict in Western Libya will return in the form of a war between gangs. This, in turn, can put an end to all the results of the political process currently taking place in Libya. The entry of Fathi Bashagha, as well as any other controversial candidate, would be acceptable if it were a question of winning the Libyan General election, but when it comes to the appointment following the procedure, the controversial points of which were indicated above, there are unjustified risks.

The logical way out of this situation, allowing a real, rather than a declarative political process in Libya and preparing the ground for elections and the appointment of a permanent Libyan government, is to refuse to appoint controversial and radical candidates, which will allow achieving stability. Both Libyans themselves and foreign actors, especially the European Union, are interested in appointing a technocratic leadership. In this case, Libya will be able to overcome the difficult transition period and organize General elections, which will finally elect a government that fully represents the interests of society.

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Aurora James, Founder of the 15 Percent Pledge, Signs With UTA – WWD

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Aurora James — the fashion designer, creative director and founder of the 15 Percent Pledge — has signed with United Talent Agency.

The 38-year-old, a Toronto-native based in New York, is the founder of Brother Vellies, the luxury accessories brand worn by the likes of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Beyoncé, Meghan Markle, Rihanna and Zendaya. Launched in 2013, the fashion line is handmade by artisans who utilize traditional African designs.

“Aurora is a visionary whose creativity and passion are transcending boundaries and shaping culture,” Darnell Strom, UTA’s partner and head of culture and leadership, told WWD in a statement. “We are excited to work with Aurora and expand her influence across multiple verticals.”

In 2020, following the murder of George Floyd, sparking the Black Lives Matter movement, James created the 15 Percent Pledge — a nonprofit that encourages retailers to pledge at least 15 percent of their shelf space to Black-owned businesses, while offering consulting services. In the first year about 30 companies, including Sephora and Macy’s Inc., have signed the pledge, shifting nearly $10 billion of revenue to Black-owned businesses, according to the organization.

Recognized for her work and activism, James has received the Council of Fashion Designers of America Founder’s Award, CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize, British Fashion Award, as well as two CFDA Emerging Talent nominations and a CFDA American Accessories Designer of the Year nomination. She also made Time’s 2021 100 list of most influential people.

At UTA, she joins a roster of clients that include Timothée Chalamet, Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell, Tiffany Haddish, Ben Stiller, Paris Hilton and Jessica Alba, as well as content creators Emma Chamberlain, Bretman Rock and the D’Amelio family. In the world of fashion, the agency represents British Vogue’s Edward Enninful and model Gisele Bündchen.





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Wegfall von Corona-Test für 2G: EU-Staaten wollen Regeln für Einreise lockern

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Wegfall von Corona-Test für 2G

EU-Staaten wollen Regeln für Einreise lockern

Die Omikron-Variante dominiert ganz Europa. Deshalb ist aus Sicht der Mitgliedsstaaten ein verpflichtender Test für Geimpfte und Genese auf Reisen durch die EU nicht mehr sinnvoll. In einer Erklärung verweisen sie darauf, dass „Europa insgesamt grenzenlos mobil bleiben“ soll.

Die Mitgliedstaaten wollen das Reisen für Bürger mit einem gültigen Corona-Zertifikat innerhalb der EU einfacher gestalten. Sie sprachen sich dafür aus, dass Geimpfte oder Genesene keinen zusätzlichen Corona-Test für die Einreise in ein anderes EU-Land brauchen. Derzeit verlangt etwa Italien für die Einreise von vollständig Geimpften oder Genesenen noch einen zusätzlichen negativen Corona-Test.

„Reisende, die im Besitz eines gültigen digitalen Corona-Zertifikats der EU sind, sollten keinen zusätzlichen Einschränkungen bei der Reisefreiheit unterworfen sein“, hieß es in einer Erklärung der 27 Mitgliedstaaten. Dies kommt allerdings nur einer Empfehlung gleich, da die einzelnen EU-Länder bei der Gesundheitspolitik weitgehend selbst das Sagen haben.

Es sei wichtig, dass „wir in Europa insgesamt grenzenlos mobil bleiben“, sagte die deutsche Europa-Staatssekretärin Anna Lührmann am Rande des Ministerrats in Brüssel. Die EU-Kommission rief die Mitgliedsländer auf, den Beschluss umzusetzen, da die Omikron-Variante inzwischen in ganz Europa dominierend sei. Deshalb seien zusätzliche Auflagen nicht mehr gerechtfertigt, da sie „Reisen in der ganzen EU erschwerten“, erklärte die Kommission.

Ab dem 1. Februar gelten EU-Bürger in der Regel nur noch dann als vollständig geimpft, wenn ihre letzte Dosis höchstens 270 Tage – also rund neun Monate – zurückliegt. Ansonsten wird für ein gültiges Corona-Zertifikat eine Booster-Impfung nötig. Auch in Deutschland tritt diese Regel zum Monatswechsel in Kraft. Nach Angaben des europäischen Zentrums für die Prävention und die Kontrolle von Krankheiten (ECDC) sind inzwischen im Schnitt fast 70 Prozent der Europäer vollständig geimpft.



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Wirbelsäule, Oberschenkel, Knie: Bernal kämpft nach Horror-Crash um Karriere

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Wirbelsäule, Oberschenkel, Knie

Bernal kämpft nach Horror-Crash um Karriere

Bei einem offenbar ungebremsten Zusammenstoß mit einem stehenden Bus verletzt sich der kolumbianische Radsport-Star Egan Bernal schwer. Nach mehreren Operationen entscheiden nun die kommenden Tage, welche Auswirkungen der Unfall auf seine Laufbahn hat.

Gebrochene Wirbelsäule, gebrochener Oberschenkel, offener Bruch der Kniescheibe: Das medizinische Bulletin nach dem schweren Sturz von Radprofi Egan Bernal liest sich wie ein Report des Schreckens und verdeutlicht auch jedem Laien, dass der frühere Sieger der Tour de France um die Fortsetzung seiner Karriere kämpft. Nach mehreren Operationen kam in der Nacht zu Dienstag immerhin eine leichte Entwarnung der Clinica Universidad de La Sabana nördlich von Bogotá. Bernal sei stabil, alles Weitere werden die kommenden 72 Stunden zeigen.

„Gute Besserung Champ“, schrieb der deutsche Radprofi Simon Geschke auf Twitter und reihte sich damit in die weltweit enorme Anteilnahme in der Radsportszene ein. „Mein Freund, ich wünsche dir eine schnelle Genesung. Du bist ein Champion und du wirst es noch einmal beweisen“, schrieb der zweimalige spanische Tour-Sieger Alberto Contador. „Egan, ich freue mich darauf, wieder mit dir Rennen zu fahren“, sagte der dreimalige Weltmeister Peter Sagan.

Auch Kolumbiens Präsident Iván Duque wünschte dem Radsport-Star eine schnelle Genesung. Seit Bernal 2019 als erster Südamerikaner die Tour gewann, ist er ein Nationalheld. Die Fahrervereinigung CPA mahnte, dass Bernals Unfall einmal mehr zeige, wie riskant der Sport ist und wie viel noch für die Sicherheit getan werden müsse.

Trainingskollegen stehen entsetzt daneben

Allein die Bilder nach dem Crash sorgen für Gänsehaut. Bernals Rad liegt völlig zerstört auf einer Straße nahe seiner Geburtsstadt Bogotá, sein Oberschenkel ist unnatürlich verformt, seine Trainingskollegen stehen entsetzt daneben, und ein roter Bus hat einen enormen Blechschaden am Heck. Bernal war am Montag mit seinem Zeitfahrrad in den stehenden Bus geknallt. Spekulation bleibt, ob es eine Unachtsamkeit des Giro-Siegers war, die zu dem folgenschweren Aufprall führte.

Bernal liegt nun für mindestens drei Tage auf der Intensivstation. Nach der Operation an den Brustwirbeln teilte die Klinik mit, dass die Funktionalität und die neurologische Unversehrtheit erhalten werden konnte. Die Folgen für sein Leben und seine Karriere sind noch überhaupt nicht absehbar. Dass Bernal in diesem Jahr noch einmal bei einem Rennen zu sehen ist, klingt zumindest unwahrscheinlich. Sein Team Ineos schrieb am Nachmittag bei Twitter, Bernals Zustand sei stabil, auf der Intensivstation würden seine weiteren Verletzungen behandelt.

Der Unfall erinnert an den schweren Crash des früheren Ineos-Fahrers Chris Froome. Der viermalige Tour-Sieger war im Juni 2019 bei der Dauphiné bei der Streckenbesichtigung des Einzelzeitfahrens von einer Windböe erfasst und gegen eine Hauswand geschleudert worden. Froome hatte dabei unter anderem einen komplizierten Oberschenkelbruch erlitten und konnte bis heute nicht wieder sein früheres Leistungsniveau erreichen. Ob dieses Schicksal auch Bernal droht, ist völlig offen. Der 25-Jährige dürfte zumindest davon profitieren, dass er zum Zeitpunkt seines Unfalls fast zehn Jahre jünger war als Froome.



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