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La Question de l’Indépendance et les Droits des Minorités


L’organisation des Nations unies a été fondée en 1945, au lendemain de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, pour fournir une base de dialogue à tous les pays et éviter les guerres. À la base, il y a avait 51 pays fondateurs, dont la France. Aujourd’hui, l’ONU compte 193 membres. Le dernier État à avoir intégré l’institution est le Soudan du Sud, en 2011. Il n’y a désormais plus que quatre États sur la planète reconnus par l’ONU, mais qui n’en sont pas membres : la Palestine, le Vatican, les Îles Cook et une île du Pacifique sud.

Dans le monde actuel, les Etats multiethniques sont la norme et la majorité. La définition traditionnelle de l’Etat-nation selon laquelle un groupe national distinct correspondait à une unité territoriale n’a jamais été exactement respectée en pratique, mais, de nos jours, la mondialisation et les déplacements croissants à travers les frontières la rende totalement dépassée. Cependant des cultures majoritaires ou dominantes dans les différents pays du monde cherchent encore à imposer leur identité aux autres groupes avec lesquels elles partagent un territoire.

L’opinion dominante aujourd’hui notamment à l’ONU est que les minorités, par principe, ne peuvent pas réclamer le droit à l’autodétermination. Toutefois, certains auteurs considèrent, en revanche, que le principe d’autodétermination pourrait s’appliquer aux minorités, bien qu’ils ne donnent pas d’indication claire sur le mode de réalisation de ce principe.  Continue reading La Question de l’Indépendance et les Droits des Minorités

Mediterranée Notre Mer à Tous & d’autres Documentaires de Yann Arthus-Bertrand// Mediterranean Sea: the sea of us all & other Documentaries by Yann Arthus-Bertrand


Après ses documentaires « Vu du ciel », « Home » ou encore « Planète océan » ou le nouveau “Human“, voici le film évènement de Yann Arthus-Bertrand réalisé avec Michael Pitiot sorti il y a quelques années en arrière.

Continue reading Mediterranée Notre Mer à Tous & d’autres Documentaires de Yann Arthus-Bertrand// Mediterranean Sea: the sea of us all & other Documentaries by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Palestine sous les Yeux de Banksy// Palestine through the Eyes of Banksy (En/Fr post)


Banksy is an anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity. Banksy is the pseudonym of a “guerrilla” street artist known for his controversial, and often politically themed, stenciled pieces.Their satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique.

banksy soldier palestine
Credit: banksy.co.uk

Banksy’s works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.Banksy’s work grew out of the Bristol underground scene, which involved collaborations between artists and musicians. Banksy says that they were inspired by 3D, a graffiti artist who later became a founding member of the English musical group Massive Attack.

banksy cattie gaza
Credit: Banksy.co.uk

Most of his fans didn’t really want to know who he is for years.His work not only includes many powerful, often controversial images, but they may also be found throughout the Internet as viral images. In 2015, he decided to travel to Palestine and the West Bank, where he stenciled nine images on the Bethlehem Wall. These images were an instant hit and virally exploded in the Internet.

banksy gaza art children
credit: banksy.co.uk

Back in 2015, the mysterious British street artist published a video on his official website in which he unveils his new works in Gaza city and raised awareness of the living conditions of its inhabitants.

Continue reading Palestine sous les Yeux de Banksy// Palestine through the Eyes of Banksy (En/Fr post)

A selection of the best wines in the Eastern Mediterranean.


(Une sélection des meilleurs vins en Méditerranée de l’Est)

  • Greece

Agiorgitiko: This grape produces lush, velvety reds with black-cherry flavors.

Agiorgitiko, which is the most widely planted grape in Greece, is most easily comparable to Cabernet Sauvignon, as it has similar dark fruit flavors of prunes and plums, and the same heavy tannins that dry your mouth out and beg for the wine to be drunk alongside meat. It’s also due to this similarity that you can often find the two grapes blended together. It’s a powerful and bold red wine that fans of this style will love, which is what makes it go so well with the heavier meat dishes.

  • Turkey

Öküzgözü: is a grape variety and a Turkish wine produced from this grape. “It’s called ‘bull’s eye’ because it’s a big, round, dark grape.

The grape is one of the two native grape varieties of Elazığ province, located on the Anatolian plateau at the north of the Taurus Mountains. Öküzgözü makes bright, fruit-driven red wines. These grapes make a full-bodied, intense red wine that marries well with food and can benefit from time spent in cellar.

  • Lebanon

Ixsir red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon Variety):Plenty of fruit with licquorice on the finish – and yet, it is dry with elegance, enveloped in fine, soft oak, and finishing very long.

This (unusual) red blend of Caladoc, Syrah, Tempranillo made with the help of St-Emilion’s Hubert de Boüard (of Château Angélus) from vines grown at an altitude of 1,000 metres is refined and elegant, a pronounced streak of freshness giving verve and definition to the blackcurrant fruit, while the tannins are polished to a fine sheen. 90/100: The Wine Gang

  • Egypt

According to the Oxford Companion to Wine, today Egypt produces about half a million gallons of wine a year (about as much as England). This is a remarkable amount of wine, especially considering that 75% of Egypt’s population are (mostly) non-drinking Muslims.

There are only a very few modern Egyptian wines in production. Egypt’s climate is simply too hot and dry to support viticulture on any scale. Although vines are famously fond of dry conditions, they need a certain amount of water for respiration and photosynthesis. Beyond that, water makes up a significant part of the grapes which are, after all, the entire point of viticulture. The famously fertile Nile Delta (one of the world’s largest river deltas) is the only part of Egypt where viticulture is a practical enterprise. The delta is formed as the Nile River fans out before draining into the Mediterranean. It stretches westwards along the coast from Port Said to Alexandria (home of the Muscat of Alexandria grape), and thus benefits from the cooling effects of the nearby sea.

Grand Marquis: This wine needs food like red meats because of its power.

Sometimes sweet or simple red , smooth, easy, middle of the road, clear, vanilla, silky, short finish, well integrated, diluted like a Crystal Light packet, blackberry jam, Egyptian version of table wine, low sugar, low tannins.

  • Cyprus

Marathevtiko: its grapes can give rich wines with soft tannins and aromas of cherries and black chocolate. With proper care it offers an excellent wine with great body, intense color and a pleasant bouquet. The characteristics of this wine rank it among the most high-quality varieties of our country with prospects of development. Specifically, it is characterized by a scent of freshly cut grass, vanilla, berries and wood.

Maratheftiko does not have hermaphrodite flowers like many cultivated grape varieties and requires co-planting with other varieties in order to achieve fertilisation and fruit development. This exceptional variety was grown amongst other grape varieties and was used in winemaking only to improve the colour and body of wines made from the local Mavro. Maratheftiko still represents only 3% of cultivated vineyards on the island but has become extremely popular among Cypriot winemakers and wine enthusiasts.

  • Palestine

Taybeh wine.(source)

Nadim Khoury, a Palestinian who is known for establishing Taybeh Brewery, has also opened a winery in the West Bank Christian majority village of Taybeh. Using 21 indigenous varieties of grapes, the wines produced were quick to gain visitors’ praise.Khoury admits that Israeli restrictions has made it difficult to do business, his shipments for example, including his wine-making equipment, have been delayed because of Israeli checkpoint inspections.The family behind the wine and beer says they are carrying out “peaceful resistance” by investing in their homeland and staying put.A wine festival is now held annually in the town.

Nadim Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied, elegant and complex wine that exhibits flavors of local spices and ripe cherry. Its equilibrated acidity and persistent tannins allow this wine to age effortlessly for years. Nadim Merlot is a well-balanced, medium-bodied and aromatic wine. The nose and palate exhibit intense aromas of fresh herbs combined with hints of cherry and a background of earth. Its maturity and smooth tannins allows for immediate enjoyment of this wine.