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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes transfer demand to Manchester United board



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes transfer demand to Manchester United board

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged the Manchester United hierarchy to open their chequebook, amid the club’s transfer stalemate this summer.

The United boss has sent a firm message to Ed Woodward and the Glazer family when speaking about the need to improve his squad, on the eve of tonight’s Europa League semi-final versus Sevilla.

Solskjaer is a huge admirer of Jadon Sancho, who is United’s top summer priority, but the club have so far been reluctant to meet Borussia Dortmund’s asking price. United’s stance has prompted the German club to say Sancho is not for sale, but Solskjaer is eager to improve his squad with additions of the highest calibre.

“It’s a race. You can see teams building. We’re always looking at the squad and player logistics,” he said.

“It is definitely about quality – and it is going to cost money to get in players who are better than the ones we already have.

“We’re just working as normal and sticking to a plan. Qualifying for the Champions League brings us a harder schedule, but it also gives us more motivation to be in with the best and challenging. That will make these players better.

“Champions League makes us more sporting and financially attractive, so that’s another factor.”

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Solskjaer is under no illusions that United have a long way to go if they’re to challenge Liverpool and Man City for the league title next season.

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He has spent around £170million so far on Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Daniel James, Harry Maguire and Bruno Fernandes and has seen success in those signings.

“We still have a way to go to get to the level of the teams at the top of the Premier League,” he added, with United finishing third in the Premier League in 2019/20. “They are too far ahead of us.

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“We are still growing, getting better of course, but we are not the finished article. Nowhere near.

“You need to plan ahead. It is not just about 11, 12, or 13 players. You have to have 19, 20, 21 or 22 that you really rely on because if you play every three days for a full year it’s going to be mentally and physically difficult.

“We are always working towards having a competitive squad and the challenge for us now is to take the next step.

“That means winning trophies and keep trying to close the gap to the top two teams.

“And we have also got to make sure that the teams who finished below us in the table stay behind us.”

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Politics, according to thinker Arduini



Politics, according to thinker Arduini

“(…) Politics ennobles and expresses the feeling of citizenship.” (Father Juvenal Arduini, sociologist and professor)

A wonderful being, endowed with extraordinary wisdom, he knew how to put the talents of the spirit at the service of the world, public affairs, rejected in the division of earthly goods, bestowed by nature or produced by human labor. His name was Juvenal Arduini. Priest, writer, sociologist, professor, incendiary tribune. I enjoyed the privilege of a long coexistence, very fruitful for me in terms of benefits, with this wonderful master. Once, while paying my respects to him, I told him that I consider him the Brazilian father of Lebre. Refresh the concept. Today I am fully convinced – looking at the parts of his apostolic work and the writings that came out from his brilliant pen, and the teachings conveyed in his civilly impartial speech – that it is quite reasonable to also proclaim that the aforementioned Father Lebret, the famous thinker, was the French Juvenal Arduino.

Remembering a character who occupied such an important place in intellectual life, endowed with enviable humanistic and spiritual gifts, a very dear friend, my comrade, I allow myself to replace, with noticeable benefit for the reader, during these periods of tense articulation aimed at holding presidential elections, which have a great meaning for all of us, my commentary in words taken from the vast and valuable work left by the master. These are energetic, timely, and relevant thoughts, as we shall see later.

Let’s. Here is what Juvenal said: “During elections (…) it is appropriate to think about politics. The word “politics” comes from the Greek “poleteia”. “Polis” means a city, a locality. And “polites” is a citizen. It turns out that initially politics ennobles and expresses a sense of citizenship.

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Politics is a highly social phenomenon and contributes to the development of society as a whole. Politics means unification, coexistence and union. Politics exists to bring people together, to integrate groups and nations to respond to social challenges. True politics encourages essential socialization and eliminates bitter feuds between people, organizations and parties.

Politics is organically connected with the people. He is called to serve the people, and not to subordinate them to petty interests. The Brazilian constitution was bold and clear when it came to the relationship between the government and the people. Article 1, paragraph 1, of the Constitution proclaims: “All power proceeds from the people, who exercise it through elected representatives or directly in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.” There is a lapidary constitutional declaration that elevates the modern nation. Power comes from the people. And this is also carried out by the people through voters or directly. Power is in the people, it remains in the people. The people can give functions to politicians, but do not transfer power to them. Strictly speaking, power belongs to the people, not to the rulers. There are politicians who act as if they hold the power that belongs to the people. This is the usurpation of the people’s power.

There are many types of policies. Humanized, social, ethical and purposeful policy towards the population. Prostituted, corrupt and perverted politics. Authoritarian, tyrannical politics and submissive, slave politics. There is a serious policy that meets the needs of the population, and a corrupt policy that appropriates the resources that belong to the poor. (…) “Political reality itself is a human, social, cultural and historical value. A sound policy is necessary for society. This is not about canceling the policy, but about cleaning it up. It is necessary to save the political potential of the people. There is an urgent need to establish (…) a policy of justice, not poverty. (…) The politics of ethics (…) The politics of life, not death. Politics must be devoted to the cry of suffering humanity and historical responsibility.”

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Libyan Prime Minister Claims ‘Political Suicide by Coup’ – Middle East Monitor



Libyan Prime Minister Claims 'Political Suicide by Coup' - Middle East Monitor

Abdel Hamid Dbeibeh, prime minister of Libya’s recognized government, announced what he called “the political suicide of the coup project.”

Dbeibe’s comments follow clashes in the capital, Tripoli, between government of national unity troops and paramilitaries linked to the fictitious Tobruk parliament, which has elected Fathi Bashaga as its new prime minister.

A few hours earlier, Bashaga had arrived in the city to take office.

Dbeibe refused to hand over power, except for a government elected under the guidelines of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, affirming: “Without elections, there is no future.”

The United Nations (UN) is facilitating negotiations in Cairo to reach consensus on a constitutional basis for holding “as soon as possible” legislative and executive elections in the North African nation.

Dbeibeh agreed to open a security corridor for Bashagi to leave the capital “for the simple reason that one drop of Libyan blood is more important than any greed or authority.”

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“The government continues to fulfill its responsibilities as the only guarantee for future elections in Libya,” the prime minister repeated. “The government will remain that way until the election.”

At the time, Dbeibeh assured foreign diplomats that the security situation in Tripoli was “stable” and that work could continue as usual.

On Tuesday evening (17), Bashaga called a press conference in the eastern city of Sirte, where he said he had left the capital to prevent casualties.

“We don’t move forces or use weapons; we were going to arrive alone without an escort,” Bashaga said. “We don’t want bloodshed; it is impossible for me to take power through massacre. We will keep on fighting until we reach our goal; however peacefully.

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Bashaga claimed to have driven into Tripoli in two civilian vehicles. The stalemate has persisted since March, when the congress in Tobruk chose him to remove Dbeibeh.

“I have the right, as prime minister, elected by the legislature, to go to the capital,” he repeated. “The government will begin its work tomorrow, headquartered in Sirte, and we will go to Tripoli if we are sure that our arrival will not shed a single drop of blood.”

On Twitter, Bashaga accused the government of national unity of “using force” to prevent a transfer of power. “Although we entered the capital without the use of violence or force of arms, welcomed by the people of Tripoli, we were surprised by the dangerous military escalation of groups associated with the government, whose mandate has expired.”

The Deputy Prime Minister added: “Threatening the security of civilians is a crime under the law, and we cannot contribute to the infringement of the security of the capital and its inhabitants.”

This was reported to the agency by a source in the 444th brigade of the Libyan army. Anadolu that their commander accompanied Bashaga, leading him out of the city. “The position of the brigade regarding the outbreak of conflict is clear: we reject any bloodshed or instability in the country.”

Libya is contested by two separate governments and there are fears of a return to civil war.

The UN hopes that a general election will help end the conflict that has plagued the country since 2011, when long-lived dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted by popular uprising and outside interference.

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Lula and Janja’s wedding: everything is a secret



Lula and Janja's wedding: everything is a secret

Almost no one confirms or denies whether they are going to São Paulo tonight (18) for the most talked about wedding in the political world of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and sociologist Rosangela Silva in Janju.

In an effort to make the ceremony intimate and personal without the appearance of a major political event, guests were advised not to talk about it, and the location was not previously disclosed. Even among the political circle closest to the ex-president – and the pre-election one – it is not known exactly who is on the list and who is excluded.

The ceremony is scheduled for 19:00 at the party house in Sao Paulo. OUR the exact location was not printed on the invitation – the idea was to tell the guests the address a few hours before the ceremony via QRCode.

The details were gradually revealed by the press – the former president and PT claimed that this was a personal matter for Lula and Janja.

Approximately 150 guests are expected to attend the party, including politicians, family members, entertainers, friends and employees of the bride and groom and PT. According to Folha de S. Pauloone of the couple’s criteria for closing the cherished list was considering people who are close to both of them.

The complete list is a mystery even to the closest circle. Among PT members, some say they “neither confirm nor deny”. Those close to him say that there is hope of knowing exactly who was summoned, and this, as the legend goes, is known to very few.

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The political environment should include longtime friends and prominent people from the campaign, such as former President Dilma Rousseff (PT); former ministers Aloisio Mercadante (PT), Fernando Haddad (PT) and Franklin Martins; Senator Jacques Wagner (PT-BA) and former governors Wellington Diaz (PT-PI) and Benedita da Silva (PT-RJ).

Allies should also include ex-governor Geraldo Alkmin (PSB-SP), preliminary vice presidential candidate on the list with Lula, and MP Marcelo Freixo (PSB-RJ), preliminary candidate for Rio’s government.

Other figures around PT such as Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) and Senators Randolph Rodriguez (Rede-AP) and Omar Aziz (PSD-AM) were not named.

Musicians Chico Buarque, Gilberto Gil, Daniela Mercury and Martinho da Vila should be present among the artists, but without confirmation by the report.

According to interlocutors heard UOL, caution was the couple’s request. The invitation also suggested that guests should “stay away from mobile phones” during the celebration, which is scheduled to last until 9:00 pm.

With the consent of Janja, Universa, UOL, there are some details about the bride’s dressstylist’s signature Hey A rock. Reviewer Alberto bombig stated that Lula and Janja plan to spend the wedding day separately. PT will go alone to a hotel in the south of Sao Paulo and see only his partner at the ceremony.

From vigil to the altar

Gianya and Lula started their relationship in late 2017 but only made it public in 2019 when PT was imprisoned in Curitiba. The sociologist was one of those most present at the picket in front of the federal police in the state capital of Parana. She helped coordinate this and was one of the few people allowed to visit Lulu. Today he is the central figure of the campaign.

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On the campaign trail since April, the former president has spent the rest of the week getting back to his marriage.

The couple are due to spend their honeymoon in Sao Paulo with no travel but no place, and the foreign agenda should resume next week with a trip to Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.

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