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RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today accused the Moroccan authorities of “administrative manipulation” after two Norwegian journalists were turned back on their arrival on 24 October at El Aaiún airport in Moroccan-controlled Western Sahara because they did not have press visas.Anne Torhild Nilsen and Radmund Steinsvag had requested visas at the Moroccan embassy in Oslo in January without getting a response. Instead of openly refusing to give journalists visas, the Moroccan authorities often sit on applications indefinitely.“These two journalists, who are known for their coverage of Western Sahara, have once again been the victims of the Moroccan government’s bad faith,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Any pretext will do in order to obstruct their work. They were prevented from working more than a year ago when making a documentary about the human right situation in the region.”When contacted by Reporters Without Borders, the Moroccan embassy in Oslo said it sent their visa applications to Rabat and was still waiting for a reply. The embassy said the decision whether to issue a visa to a journalist “depends on many criteria” but did not say what they were.Nilsen and Steinsvag arrived in El Aaiún, the capital of Western Sahara, on a flight from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands but were stopped by immigration officials, who checked with their superiors and then told them to return to Las Palmas on the same plane and submit a visa request there. The plane’s departure was delayed until the two journalists had reboarded.Nilsen said: “The Moroccan ploy of not responding to journalists’ visa requests is very clever. There is little you can do when they do not respond. We cannot denounce them because they have not told us were are banned from entering Morocco. A definitive ‘no’ would clearly show that impartial observers are not welcome and that the regime has things to hide.” to go further October 25, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two Norwegian journalists turned back on arrival in El Aaiún News Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists April 15, 2021 Find out more
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Galactic | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 2/9/19 | Photos: Ken Spielman Load remaining images Load remaining images On Saturday, February 9th, Galactic and The Motet closed their trio of east coast shows together at the Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, New York. Galactic, on the heels of releasing their 10th studio album Already Ready Already, headlined the show following an opening set from The Motet, who also released an album last month, Death or Devotion.Produced by the band’s own Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, Galactic’s newest album features Erica Falls, Princess Shaw, Miss Charm Taylor, David Shaw (The Revivalists), Nahko, and Boyfriend. Already Ready Already hears Galactic taking a more contemporary approach, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Crescent City funk roots.EXCLUSIVE: Stanton Moore Talks Galactic’s New Album, Buying Tipitina’s, & “Playing Like You Own The Place”Since The Motet’s inception in 1998, the funk collective has released eight full-length albums and toured the country relentlessly, playing hundreds and hundreds of shows from coast-to-coast. Death Or Devotion, however, marks the first Motet studio effort in which newer members Lyle Divinsky, Drew Sayers, and Parris Fleming were all involved with all aspects of the upcoming record, from writing to recording and, finally, mastering and preparing for release. The Motet’s new record marks the band’s first release since 2016’s Totem.Thus, the celebration mode was in full effect on Saturday night, with both bands mixing their new material in with their fan-favorite oldies. In between the two sets, High & Mighty Brass Band led a second line through the crowd. The headlining performance featured back-and-forth saxophone solos between Ben Ellman and his cousin, Lucas Ellman, and in-and-out performances by the one-and-only Erica Falls. The High & Mighty Brass Band once again returned to the stage to close the show with a serious bang.Thanks to photographer Ken Spielman, you can enjoy the photos below.The Motet | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 2/9/19 | Photos: Ken Spielman
“If I had the right, I would keep Arsene until he wants because until he cannot perform his activity as a manager, it is a gift for any club to have a coach like Arsene Wenger.” Arsenal are not expected to have either midfielder Jack Wilshere (ankle) or forward Danny Welbeck (knee) available against West Ham. Forward Sanchez will also not be involved following an extended break after helping Chile win the Copa America. Press Association Arsenal are just one player short of being ready to dominate Europe, according to shareholder Alisher Usmanov. The Gunners beat Chelsea to win the FA Community Shield at Wembley last weekend, and will begin their challenge for the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League at home to West Ham on Sunday. Manager Arsene Wenger moved to strengthen the squad with the £10million summer addition of veteran goalkeeper Petr Cech, and Arsenal continue to be linked with a big-money bid for Real Madrid’s France international forward Karim Benzema. Usmanov, whose Red & White Holdings group own just over 30 per cent of the club’s parent company, believes should Wenger bring in another top target, then he would have assembled a squad capable of challenging the best across Europe. “If there aren’t (any) severe injuries, he’s got a great chance to compete with teams like Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. The championship will be decided between these four teams,” Usmanov said in an interview with CNN. “With the team that Arsene has put together, except for one position, I think it’s a club that’s ready to successfully fight for European cups.” While Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez intends to keep Benzema as part of his plans for next season, it appears the 27-year-old – who did not travel with the Spanish side to the Audi Cup in Munich – looks set to be on the periphery of the team led by Cristiano Ronaldo and Wales forward Gareth Bale. Arsenal, though, would have to again dig deep into the Emirates Stadium reserves , with Benzema likely to command a fee of around £40million, not to mention his hefty wage packet which would be expected to put him among the top earners at the club. Following improved transfer activity in recent seasons, with the purchases of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, Wenger has received the backing of the Arsenal Supporters Trust in a member’s survey. Usmanov, yet to be included on the Arsenal board, believes the 65-year-old Frenchman put his own reputation on the line to help the club move forwards with relocation from Highbury in 2006, which saw almost a decade pass before successive FA Cup triumphs. “Arsene had a very, very difficult position when club shareholders didn’t want to put their money into constructing the new stadium, a nd because of this he lost five years, maybe the best of his career, without a trophy. In reality, 10 years,” Usmanov said.