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Haiti: “When justice does not do its job, politics takes all the place”

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On the front page of the press, this Wednesday, September 15, the threat of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners to start a hunger strike, to protest against their conditions of detention in Israel. The dismissal, by the Haitian Prime Minister, of a prosecutor who threatened him with indictment. The State of the European Union Discourse. The entry into force of the vaccination obligation for caregivers in France. And the opinion (which we would have done without) of Nicki Minaj on the vaccine against the Covid-19.

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On the front page of the press, the tension in Israeli prisons, where hundreds of Palestinian detainees are preparing to go on hunger strike.

According to the Jerusalem Post, these prisoners say they want to protest, from next Friday, against the hardening of their conditions of detention imposed by the Israeli prison services, after the spectacular escape last week of six Palestinian detainees – four of whom have since been found . The newspaper expresses its fear that the hunger strike will further exacerbate tensions in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated yesterday in solidarity with the prisoners. According to the French daily Humanity, the escape of the six prisoners could “serve as a trigger for a large-scale movement inside and outside Israeli prisons”, in a context where the government of the far-right Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, ” categorically refuses any real relaunch of the peace process “and where the Palestinian political class is” widely contested and increasingly isolated “.

In Haiti, Prime Minister Ariel Henry yesterday sacked the prosecutor who threatened him with indictment, in the investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. The Washington Post is alarmed by the “new uncertainties” created by this dismissal, in a country already “shaken by gang violence and the consequences of the earthquake” which killed more than 2,000 people last month. “The developments in Port-au-Prince suggest the existence of a fierce struggle for power between rival factions, to fill the political vacuum left by the murder of Jovenel Moïse”, regrets the newspaper. “Just a month after the earthquake, the disaster is no longer in the news. The country has left out the essentials to devote its attention to a small political battle. An internal battle, for the control of power ”. “On the side of friendly countries, we no longer hear about the Moïse affair. No more news from Colombia (several nationals of which were arrested for the murder of the president). The sleuths of the United States of America have never made a declaration ”. Haitian newspaper The Nouvelliste does not hide its bitterness: “When justice does not or cannot do its job, politics takes all the place”.

Also this morning in the press, the State of the Union address, which the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen is due to deliver today. On this occasion, Le Figaro paints the portrait, very dependent, of the one who has ruled Europe for two years. An official who would “still not have found her place in the subtle European balances”, according to the newspaper, which reports “many criticisms against her” – attacks in which Le Figaro recognizes “a part of sexism”. “There is no chemistry. Neither in the Commission, nor in the European Parliament, nor among the Member States ”, testifies one interlocutor. “It was the result of a raffle”, criticizes another, referring to the way in which France and Germany would have imposed it on MEPs. Not very pleasant either, Opinion criticizes, him, the health report of the Commission version von der Leyen, which would struggle to “learn the lessons of the pandemic”, and whose proposal to create an Authority of preparation and reaction in the event of health emergency, “strong risk to disappoint expectations “: the newspaper predicts that with” only 6 billion euros of budget over six years “,” the new authority should hardly meet the multiple missions which must be entrusted to it “.

In France, the compulsory vaccination of caregivers against Covid-19 comes into force today – a measure denounced by some of them. As sanctions must begin to fall against unvaccinated caregivers, Humanity evokes “hospitals destabilized” by the vaccination obligation. A climate of mistrust that the newspaper puts mainly on account of “successive budgetary restrictions (which would have deprived the establishments) of vital resources: nearly 9 billion euros since 2005”. Opinion refers to “ultra-minority situations” “which should not prevent the firm application of the rule”. “The magnifying glass effect,” the newspaper believes, “cannot make you lose sight of the essential: when exercising a medical or paramedical profession, it is inadmissible to adopt a behavior which knowingly increases the risk of harming health of its patients or to contribute to the delusions of scientific relativism, by confusing clinical trials and Facebook discussion groups ”.

In the family “delusions on vaccination and social networks”, always, I ask the American rapper Nicki Minaj, who explained her absence at the Met Gala in New York, by her refusal to be vaccinated – a refusal that she justified by the fact that she had not yet had time to do her “own research” and by the dark story of a friend of one of her cousins, who ended up with swollen testicles and became powerless to cause of vaccination. An outing greeted with a mixture of hilarity and dismay by The Daily Star. In a rather untranslatable play on words, referring to the male genitals, the British tabloid headlines this morning: “We are as surprised as you by this info but … Nicki tells a lot of salads”. And I remain polite …

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