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Algerian journalist detained in growing crackdown

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Algerian authorities arrested a prominent journalist and a Berber linguist this week as part of what appears to be a growing crackdown on dissent in the Kabylie region.

Both are accused of belonging to the Kabyle Autonomy Movement, a group supporting the Kabyle minority that the Algerian government considers a terrorist organization. They deny the accusations.

They are among dozens of people detained in recent weeks in what activists see as an effort by the authorities to both suppress separatist sentiment and snuff out any remaining opposition stemming from the Hirak pro-democracy movement that helped oust Algeria’s long-serving president in 2019.

The journalist detained, Mohamed Mouloudj of French-language daily Liberte, was arrested Sunday in his Algiers home, and ordered Tuesday to remain in custody in pre-trial detention. He is accused of disseminating false information, attacking national unity, and membership in a terrorist organization, according to his family.

“Mohamed is an Algerian patriot who cannot harm a fly,” his wife Louisa Mouloudj posted on his Facebook page. She said the accusations against him are designed “to punish him for his ideas.”

Another local reporter in the Kabylie region, the traditional home of Berbers east of Algiers, was arrested last week in circumstances that remain unclear.

A leading Berber cultural figure, writer and linguist Abdenour Abdeslam, was also arrested Sunday and accused of belonging to a terrorist organization. He was given preliminary charges and ordered held in pre-trial detention. Six other people have been arrested in recent days and handed the same charge.

The government has not publicly commented on the arrests.

The Kabyle Autonomy Movement, known as MAK, is an unrecognized separatist movement in Algeria which has been campaigning since 2003 for the independence of the Kabylie region. While its existence was long tolerated, the government declared it a terrorist organization under a new law this year. Another organization, Rachad, allegedly Islamist, was given the same label.

Algerian authorities accused MAK of being responsible for fires that ravaged Kabylie last month and killed more than 178 people, according to local officials. Since the fires, dozens of people accused of being members of MAK have been arrested and placed in preventive detention.

MAK leader Ferhat Mehenni, who lives in exile in France, rejects the terrorist label, saying the group is “campaigning peacefully for the independence of the Kabyle people.” In a statement, he said Algerian authorities “have changed the law to give themselves the means to legally dismantle the movement.”

Meanwhile, an academic and Hirak activist, Fodhil Boumala, was put in preventive detention Tuesday and his home was searched, according to his lawyer Mustapha Bouchachi. The reason for the arrest is unclear.

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Falcons auction in the Gulf continues to set records

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The prices of falcons in Saudi Arabia continue to set records, as three falcons were sold for 261,000 Saudi riyals (69,585) on Sunday evening, as part of the activities of the thirteenth night of the Saudi Falcons Club auction.

The Saudi Press Agency “SPA” reported the details, where the first falcon, a Shaheen chick, was sold for 60,000 riyals, while the second falcon was sold for 87 thousand riyals, and the third falcon was sold for 114,000 Saudi riyals.

It is noteworthy that the most expensive falcon in the Kingdom was bought by Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs in the UAE, for a sum of one million and 750 thousand Saudi riyals (about 466,000 US dollars).

He explained that its price amounted to one million and 750,000 Saudi riyals (about 466,000 US dollars), noting that “this falcon distinguished itself in its kind farm where it grew up.

The Kingdom in particular and the Gulf states in general attach great importance to raising falcons. Saudi Arabia organizes several exhibitions for it, and the falcon market generates millions of dollars annually.

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The global “economic paralysis” catastrophe is monitored from space by NASA

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The US space agency “NASA” has captured unique images, which, according to experts, are considered a dangerous indicator of the current global economic paralysis in international supply chains.

The ASTER instrument, which is dedicated to measuring radiation of reflection and thermal emissions installed on a NASA satellite in space, captured a unique picture indicating the disruption of global supply chains, a frightening international economic indicator, according to experts.
The image taken shows more than 70 ships waiting to dock and unloading cargo in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, which caused the supply chain crisis to not be able to unload the cargo.

According to the scientific magazine “scitechdaily”, the increasing demand for goods in general and consumer goods in particular, in conjunction with the lack of employment, bad weather and the disruption of the supply chain group due to the Corona virus crisis, is contributing to the accumulation of cargo ships in ports around the world.

In its report, the magazine noted that the problem of the accumulation of ships around the ports is not limited to the ports of Los Angeles, but rather spreads in many American ports, such as the ports of New York, New Jersey, Georgia and Texas.

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About 900,000 dollars, the price of the end of a romantic relationship in the Emirates between a young man and a girl older than him

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The UAE courts witnessed mutual accusations between a young man and a girl whose romantic relationship ended, demanding that he return a sum of money amounting to 3,319,000 dirhams (896,130 dollars).
In the details of the case, the girl claimed that the young man received from her a sum of 3 million and 319 thousand dirhams, which he had promised her to marry.

A young man took the legal oath before the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance, denying the fact that he had received the amount, and told the court: “The girl was the one who was chasing him for marriage, because she was older than him and did not get married,” according to the local newspaper, Al Bayan.

The girl demanded the court to compel the defendant to take an oath, to prove her right, since she did not take any official documents from him, proving her right to the money she gave him, as a debt, thinking that the relationship between them will end in marriage.

The girl added that she got to know the young man through the conversation program, and he illusioned her that he has an important position, and works in several projects and auctions of used vehicles, and he asked her to lend him an amount, with the aim of investing him in the field of real estate, and she gave him her bank card, and transferred sums of money through Exchange companies, the total amounted to 3 million and 310 thousand dirhams.

Looking into the case, the defendant admitted that he knew the complainant, and was communicating with her with the intention of marriage, and that he told her that he did not want to continue with her, because he was married to another, and that she was older than him, pointing out that the complainant was the one who owed him a sum of money, then returned it to him through the exchange And he denies receiving any money.

He pointed out that the complainant was the one who handed him her bank card, on the grounds that she was traveling, so that he could return the amount from her, denying the validity of receiving the amount of one million and one hundred and eighty thousand dirhams from the complainant’s account.

For its part, the court clarified in the merits of its ruling that the complainant based her claim on the fact that she withdrew cash from her personal account and handed it over to the defendant as a loan, and that she transferred amounts through exchange companies, and the defendant took the money using her credit card.

The court indicated that it is not sufficient merely to transfer funds from the complainant in favor of the defendant, to say that there is a loan or debt between the two parties to the dispute, because the transfer fact in itself is nothing more than a mere transfer of funds, but it does not benefit from the fact that it is the transaction under which the funds were transferred. Accordingly, the court ruled to dismiss the case, while obligating the complainant to pay fees and expenses.

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