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Azerbaïdjan-France: Quand M. Hollande, le Président Français partait en voyage d’affaires// When my President is on a business trip


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AFP reported that the court, on the 5th of September,was going to hear an unprecedented defamation lawsuit by Azerbaijan against two French journalists in a case that critics describe as an attempt by the ex-Soviet republic to “export its censorship to France.”

The case opens a day after a media investigation revealed that Azerbaijan has allegedly been using a a 2.8-billion-dollar slush fund to buy political influence in Europe and boost the country’s international image.
A French court began hearing a lawsuit by Azerbaijan’s government against two French journalists it accuses of defamation, in a case described by the defendants and media freedom activists as an attempt by Azerbaijani authorities to export censorship beyond the country’s borders.
The lawsuit against the two television journalists has been slammed by the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) as “an act of intimidation highlighting the Azerbaijani government’s contempt for free speech.”
This is the first time a foreign government has brought a defamation suit against journalists before a French court, according to RSF.
Investigative journalist and television host Elise Lucet and journalist and film-maker Laurent Richard are accused of defaming the Azerbaijani government by referring to it as a “dictatorship” when the former Soviet republic received a visit from then French president Francois Hollande two years ago and the reporting was titled: Mon président est en voyage d’affaires (When my President is on a business trip).The journalists were at the time working on a programme for France 2 television called “Cash Investigation” about the background to Hollande’s trip.
Richard was arrested and later released in Azerbaijan at the end of his reporting trip to cover Hollande’s visit to the oil-rich country of 10 million people in in the South Caucasus region.

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Eurovision 2017: Our favorites. Will France obtain another good result same as last year?


France and the United Kingdom automatically qualifies for the Grand Final alongside the other Big Five countries – Italy, Spain, Germany .Host country Ukraine also qualifies.

And we start of course with Italy the absolute favorite of this year but as Francesco Gabbani from Italy is the favourite to win Eurovision 2017 with his rather unique track Occidentalis Karma, in which he dances alongside an ape. Surrealistic  but with a nice outcome! The track is already a viral smash in Italy where it went gold within a week, double platinum within the month . Occidentalis Karma achieved 50 million YouTube views making it the most viewed Eurovision song ever on the site, and it hasn’t even been performed at the contest yet.

PORTUGAL has chosen Salvador Sobral to represent them at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest  and now he’s made the final after the first semi-final last Tuesday.

Portugal have never won Eurovision before, but since their performance tonight, they’ve shot up to second favourites in the betting. They might just win the whole thing this weekend.

The 27-year-old singer competed on the third series of Idolos, Portugal’s version of Pop Idol in 2009.It seems that talent runs in Salavdor’s family as his sister, Luísa Sobral, also competed in the Portuguese contest coming third in the first season.

Salvador Sobral entered a national competition to become the artist that would represent Portugal in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The show, Festival da Canção 2017, was organised by Portuguese broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal and involved two semi finals followed by a grand final on March 5.

Our third favorite isLucie Jones for the United  Kingdom. Lucie found fame on The X Factor before establishing herself as a musical theatre actress with roles in Les Miserables, We Will Rock You, Legally Blonde: The Musical, RENT and Ghost: The Musical. Her song is called Never Give Up On You and was co-written by Emmelie de Forest, who won Eurovision 2013 for Denmark.

“There is nothing else like Eurovision in the world!” she said. “A music competition that brings together people from all over the world is an incredible thing and to be part of such a wonderful event will be a true highlight of not just my career but my life.”

For UK’s online magazine the Guardian Lucie will probably not win because of British politics.

In part that’s because of the annoying irony that mere months after we voted for Brexit, the UK entry is called Never Give Up on You. The song is, if you think about it, Theresa May turned through 180 degrees: Lucie’s message to Europe is Brexit doesn’t mean Brexit. That won’t wash in Extremadura or Wrocław.

My guess is that Eurovision audiences in Kiev won’t buy this inversion. Instead, they’ll boo Britain for Brexiting and make the UK into this year’s Russia.

Historically, Russia existed in Eurovision to be booed – for human rights abuses, for seizing Crimea and for having a president who takes off his top for photoshoots.

La France est bien sûr aussi un favori cette année-là. French entry Alma studied a business degree and began writing music while at college abroad. She eventually moved to Paris, where she began work on a debut album, to be released this month.

Following the huge success of Amir, France’s representative in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest (6th place), France 2 and France 4 have joined forces once again in 2017. The upcoming young talent Alma will fly the flag for France in Kyiv this Saturday with her song Requiem which was written and composed by Nazim Khaled.

Whilst she deals with universal themes including love and even death, Alma brings a very personal approach. The poetic and dreamlike Requiem tells of Alma’s quest for never-ending love and showcases her unique voice.

Bulgaria this year is represented by Kristian Kostov is a 17-year-old singer who was born in Moscow, Russia, to a Bulgarian father and Kazakh mother. He moved to his native Bulgaria to take part in the country’s version of X Factor, finishing second in the competition in 2016.

He’s released two hit singles to date in Bulgaria, including a collaboration with rappers Pavell & Venci Venc’ on the particularly popular Vdigam Level.

The video, which seems to have taken inspiration from Woodkid’s “Iron”, has a Game of Thrones vibe, which is fitting given the series’ focus on redemption and strife.

Bulgaria’s song main character is a youngster who is facing a world full of darkness that he is living in and is searching for an oasis of light for him and the people he is willing to fight for.  Country’s project this year is dedicated to all young people, urging them to define themselves and fight for the values they believe in according to Wiwibloggs.

For the rest of the top 10 this year we predict Armenia, Sweden, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Romania, Israel or Belgium. 

Armenia’s entry Fly With Me was composed by Lilith and Levon Navasardyan, who are known to Eurovision fans for Aram MP3’s Not Alone from the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Mika’s Love (Junior Eurovision 2015) and Iveta Mukuchyan’s LoveWave from last year.

According to AMPTV, both the music and lyrics were inspired by this year’s slogan for the Eurovision Song Contest; Celebrate Diversity. Featuring folk and traditional rhythms and elements not only from Armenia, but also from Europe, Africa and even Asia, Fly With Me showcases the beauty of diversity and proves that our stories and voices are the vivid colours of this world.

Sweden will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with his soulful pop  song “I Can’t Go On” written by David Kreuger, Hamed “K-One” Pirouzpanah and Robin Stjernberg. The song will be performed by Robin Bengtsson.

Sweden has participated in Eurovision since 1958, and with six victories and six spots in the top five, it is one of the most successful countries to date.

Joci Pápai, a Hungarian Roma, has won the Hungarian national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, A Dal 2017, with the song Origo and will thus represent Hungary in Kyiv this saturday after he passed last night’s semi-final.

The song tries to mix authentic gypsy music with contemporary pop, hipster styles. That’s something positive for a country which hates diversity and racist attack on its Roma minority are very often.

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Odds eurovision 2017: caption @eurovisionword.com
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Eurovision odds 2017 Caption @eurovisionword.com
  • Other Eurovision topics and links and sources:

Eurovision World

Wiwibloggs.com

Esctoday.com

INFE Network

OGAE Eurovision Fan clubs

Following its third straight elimination this evening, San Marino has suggested that it won’t be returning to the contest.

Eurovision : la France a une stratégie pour gagner avec Alma

Eurovision 2017 : une demande en mariage en direct ! &Qui est Alma, la chanteuse qui va représenter la France à l’Eurovision 2017 ?

Who is Cyprus’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry? Hovig to perform Gravity in the FINAL

https://www.thesun.co.uk/topic/eurovision-2017/

http://metro.co.uk/tag/eurovision-song-contest/

 

 

Why everything about the way we report on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is wrong


Why everything about the way we report on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is wrong – http://wp.me/p6N1ln-mi

Every time we tweet, retweet, write a blog post, or publish an article about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, we become unwilling combatants in a decades long war that, if we’re being honest with ourselves, we know very little about. The so-called ‘frozen conflict’ (a cleverly configured yet analytically useless oxymoron if there ever was one) is less about the contested territory that spawned it, and more about deflecting attention away from two illiberal regimes that have grown disparagingly repressive and inattentive to the needs of their people. In this sense, the attention we give it, void any meaningful details about the conditions on the front, or developments leading to its resolution, end up boosting, in one way or another, these regime’s efforts to one-up each other in the world of social media and world opinion.

Both the Azerbaijani and Armenian governments have spent enormous sums on building up their armed forces, while their economies have grown increasingly fragile, and their populations despondent about the status quo. Azerbaijan has squandered more than $20 billion on defense spending over the last decade. By some accounts, its annual spending is greater than Armenia’s entire state budget. Meanwhile, Armenia has been forced to accept  Russian military assistance and military bases on their territory in order to keep up with their neighbor in the vain hope that a Russian presence will act as a deterrent. Each side is locked into a dangerous and illusory game that spending more, or acquiring the latest technology, will give them the edge over the other. It won’t.

Armenia-Azerbaijan Karabakh Conflict Escalates, Casualties Reported


Armenia and Azerbaijan reported that the Karabakh conflict is turning violent and accused each other of conducting offensive warfare.

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