Axel Witsel’s first-half strike saw Borussia Dortmund restore their six-point advantage at the Bundesliga summit with a 1-0 victory over RB Leipzig. In their first match after the mid-season break, leaders Dortmund responded to Bayern Munich’s 3-1 win over Hoffenheim on Friday with a battling win over fourth-placed Leipzig. Belgium international Witsel drilled a shot in off the underside of the crossbar in the 19th minute, and that proved enough for Lucien Favre’s side to triumph in the injury-enforced absence of Marco Reus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Timo Werner and Marcel Sabitzer were unable to pounce on opportunities to equalise and Dortmund – who introduced Christian Pulisic in the 76th minute for his first appearance since signing for Chelsea – could pull nine points clear with their next match against Hannover coming 24 hours before Bayern face Stuttgart. Dayot Upamecano and Ibrahima Konate did well to keep Mario Gotze and Maximilian Philipp at bay respectively in the opening 15 minutes, but Leipzig’s defence was soon undone. Raphael Guerreiro’s corner was flicked on by Lukasz Piszczek and Witsel, who also scored in the reverse fixture earlier this season, took a touch before firing home with assistance from the frame of the goal.200 – Lukas #Piszczek will today start a #Bundesliga game as captain for Borussia Dortmund for the first time – making his 200th appearance in Dortmund’s starting XI in the Bundesliga. Honour. @BlackYellow #RBLBVB pic.twitter.com/yJjtDnGQfx— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) January 19, 2019Abdou Diallo headed narrowly wide before half-time and Philipp was denied by a great save from Peter Gulacsi eight minutes into the second period.At the other end, Roman Burki slipped as Thomas Delaney passed back to him and the goalkeeper sent the ball straight to Werner. He lunged in with a tackle that dispossessed the Leipzig striker, who felt he had been fouled, and Yussuf Poulsen was unable to get an effort away on the follow-up.Burki looked far more assured when he kept out Sabitzer, before substitute Paco Alcacer saw his 90th-minute effort bounce down off the bar and stay out.Matheus Cunha headed narrowly wide in stoppage time as Leipzig’s unbeaten home Bundesliga run ended after a club-record 10 matches. read more
October 12, 2019
By Asmaa BahadiRabat – The World Economic Forum (WEF) announced on March 16 its annual list of Young Global Leaders. This year, 121 artists, business entrepreneurs, scientists, government leaders and social activists under the age of 40 made the cut. The 2016 Forum of Young Global Leaders will take place March 20-30 in Davos Klosters, Switzerland. Each year the WEF nominates “leaders from all walks of life” to participate in the five-year YGL program. This year, more than half of the Young Global Leaders are women.Khadija Idrissi Janati is an entrepreneur, civil society and political activist and the only Moroccan on the list.Idrissi Janati graduated from Al Akhawayn University in 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and International Relations. She is the founder and CEO of KMK Group, a communication, public relations, media and digital marketing company. KMK Group made All Growth Network’s 2012 “Arabia 500” list of fastest-growing Arab companies.In addition to running her own business, Idrissi Janati is a member of several NGOs as well as Moroccan and regional associations focusing on women’s economic empowerment through entrepreneurship and mentoring.Idrissi Janati is also engaged in politics as a member of the National Council of the National Rally of Independents (RNI) and a member of the party’s regional office in Casablanca as well at the RNI’s Regional Women’s Committee. She was a candidate in the 2015 local elections.Idrissi Janati has participated in several international programs that aim to develop the leadership skills of women entrepreneurs, such as the Future Women in the Mediterranean (FAM) program at Sciences Po Paris and the Global Ambassadors Program 2016 hosted by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.In September 2014, US President Barack Obama received Idrissi Janati at the “Obama Initiative Standing with Civil Society,” in recognition of her contribution to civil society work in Morocco. In March 2015, she was named a “New Leader for Tomorrow ” by the Crans Montana Forum.
October 6, 2019
The Security Council, meeting at the level of Heads of State and Government, today unanimously adopted resolutions calling on all States to reinforce the battle against terrorism and to strengthen the Council’s role in preventing conflict, particularly in Africa.In Resolution 1624, adopted at what was officially called the Security Council Summit on Threats to Peace and Security, the leaders condemned “in the strongest terms all acts of terrorism irrespective of their motivation, whenever and by whomsoever committed, as one of the most serious threats to peace and security.”They reaffirmed “the imperative to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.”They called upon all States to adopt all necessary measures, including prohibiting by law incitement to commit terrorist acts, denying safe haven to anyone thus involved, and cooperation to strengthen security of international borders and combat fraudulent travel documents.The resolution also calls upon all States to continue international efforts to enhance dialogue and broaden understanding among civilizations in an effort to prevent indiscriminate targeting of different religions and cultures and to ensure that measures taken comply with all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights law, refugee law, and humanitarian law.In Council Resolution 1625 on conflict prevention, the leaders called for a raft of measures ranging from preventive-diplomacy initiatives, regional mediation and early warnings of potential conflict to promoting fairness and transparency of electoral processes and acting against illegal exploitation and trafficking of natural resources.”We must be at the forefront of the fight against terrorism,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said, calling on the international community to complete a comprehensive convention that outlaws terrorism in all its forms.He called the need to prevent conflict in Africa a “crucial issue,” adding: “I consider it thoroughly appropriate that at this summit, you have reflected the priority it deserves – as is the case in the daily work of the Security Council.”Following Mr. Annan, President Benjamin William Mkapa of Tanzania said it was important that the Council address not only the threats but also their underlying causes. “We need to agree on, and pursue an effective strategy that will address the root causes and underlying conditions of terrorism and conflict,” he added.Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin said today’s session underlined the fundamental importance of the UN and its Security Council as the headquarters for the international anti-terrorist front, and declared his country’s readiness to take practical steps to strengthen the UN’s central role in ensuring international security and stability.Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis stressed that “actions to combat terrorism and the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms are not mutually exclusive,” and he called for a more comprehensive concept of collective security and strengthening the UN.Speaking next, United States President George W. Bush stressed the “solemn obligation to stop terrorism at its early stages” including freezing terrorists’ assets, denying them freedom of movement and preventing them from acquiring weapons, including weapons of mass destruction. “The United States will continue to work with and through the Security Council to help all nations meet these commitments,” he said.President Nestor Kirchner of Argentina said tackling terrorism required a legitimate international response that entailed looking at the problem in a broader perspective rather than unilaterally. There should be a closer relationship between preserving human rights and combating terrorism, he added.Echoing the need to address both symptoms and root causes, Chinese President Hu Jintao said the Council should devise a comprehensive strategy that included prevention, peace restoration, peacekeeping and post-conflict reconstruction. As terrorism posed a serious threat to global peace and security, the international community should act in strict accordance with the UN Charter, he added.Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika condemned all manifestations of terrorism, calling on all states to work together under UN authority to combat it. He called for an agreed definition of terrorism that recognized the legitimate struggle for self-determination.Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom said terrorism would not be defeated until the Council’s determination was as complete as the terrorists’, until its defence of freedom was as absolute as their fanaticism and until its passion for democracy was as great as their passion for tyranny. “They play on our divisions. They exploit our hesitations. This is our weakness. And they know it,” he said.Benin’s President Mathieu Kerekou said combating terrorism required a scrupulous respect for the sovereignty of States and international law, and the protection of human rights and international humanitarian law. On conflict prevention, he said the Council could establish a regular evaluation of risk situations around the world, so as to appraise existing threats. Africa required specific attention, he concluded.President Traian Basescu of Romania noted that “global anti-terrorism can be sustained only by action taken at the Security Council level. It has to be a UN undertaking as a whole,” he added.Echoing the theme of combating both symptoms and causes, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said repression alone will not defeat terrorism. “We must prevent terror from breeding in hotbeds of hopelessness,” he declared. “In combating irrational violence, the best means at our disposal are the promotion of a culture of dialogue, the promotion of development and the unyielding protection of human rights.”In similar vein, French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin called for “resolute action on everything that fuels terrorism – the inequalities, the persistence of violence, injustices and conflicts, the lack of understanding among cultures,” since force alone “does not answer peoples’ frustrations, it does not address the roots of evil.”For his part, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said he found it appalling that a few countries are still blocking a common definition of terrorism. “Let me be very clear,” he declared. “Terrorism can never be justified. Terrorism is never a legitimate weapon. The targeting and deliberate killing of civilians is unacceptable. Full stop.”Speaking for Japan, Foreign Minister Nobutaka Machimura said the Security Council must play a key role in addressing anti-terrorism and conflict prevention in Africa and needed to be reformed to reflect today’s reality.Wrapping up the session and speaking in her national capacity, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines, which holds this month’s Council presidency, said the US was the natural leader in the war on terror since it remained the biggest victim of terrorism in the present era and was the best equipped to fight it. She called on the Council’s Counter-Terrorism Committee to coordinate intelligence with the US.