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About Hafida
Hafida Benyacoub is a seasoned journalist-reporter, translator, digital trainer, fixer, and photographer with a rich background in journalism and communication. Fluent in French, English, Spanish, and Italian, Benyacoub has built a career that spans various facets of media and content creation. After initially working for international companies in Europe, she transitioned to journalism in 2013, reporting from Brussels on Belgian and EU institutions for a British digital media outlet. Her work has been pivotal in covering a wide array of subjects, including international relations, politics, technology, health, and more.

Benyacoub's reporting has been instrumental in providing insights into significant global and regional events. She has covered the US Capitol invasion on January 6, 2021, offering detailed accounts of the protests and their implications for American democracy. Her investigative work into the applications of AI, such as ChatGPT, has revealed innovative 'meta' use cases. In the realm of international politics, she has shed light on the political dynamics of Northern Cyprus, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the strategic partnerships between Iraq and EU/NATO. Her journalism has also touched on the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development's (EBRD) investments in Ukraine, the Belgian military's NATO exercises, and the digital transformation in the Central Republic of Congo.

Beyond her reporting, Benyacoub has developed two media platforms: a tourism-focused outlet at www.traveltopcountrymag.com and redaconewsmedia. Since the onset of COVID-19, she has independently worked for digital media in the UK, Belgium, and other international outlets, covering diverse topics such as health, economy, transport, cybersecurity, intelligence, environment, food, and EU relations with foreign countries including Africa, the Middle East, China, and Vietnam. Additionally, she has leveraged her multilingual skills to moderate debates primarily in French and English, further establishing her as a versatile and influential voice in the field of journalism and media.
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US: Virginia, the first South state abolished death penalty

24 Mar 2023  |  Medium
Virginia has become the first Southern state to abolish the death penalty, with Governor Ralph Northam signing the bill on March 24th. This historic move makes Virginia the 23rd state to repeal capital punishment, and it coincides with the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Virginia's decision is significant due to its deep-rooted history with the death penalty, which has been entwined with slavery, lynching, and racial segregation. The state has executed more individuals than any other jurisdiction in the US, except for Texas. The repeal is seen as a step towards racial healing and a fairer criminal legal system, reflecting the nationwide decline of the death penalty. Now, a person can travel from Maine to the Virginia-Tennessee border without entering a state that practices capital punishment.


24 Jun 2022  |  podcasters.spotify.com
Belgian soldiers from the 1/3 Bataillon de Lanciers, after a four-month deployment in Romania, are returning to Belgium this week and will be replaced by Dutch military personnel. The detachment, consisting of approximately 300 men and women from 9 different units, was integrated within the 27 Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins (France) to form the NATO 'spearhead' battalion. They trained with partner nations to enhance interoperability and participated in several major international exercises in Romania.

The Funeral Director in Schaerbeek

24 Jun 2022  |  podcasters.spotify.com
Belgian soldiers from the 1/3 Bataillon de Lanciers based in Marche-en-Famenne are returning to Belgium this week after a four-month deployment in Romania. They will be replaced by Dutch military personnel. The complete detachment consisted of approximately 300 men and women from 9 different units, integrated within the 27 Bataillon de Chasseurs Alpins (France) to form the NATO spearhead battalion. They trained with partner nations to enhance interoperability and participated in several major international exercises in Romania.

3 Advanced (and Unique) ChatGPT Uses You’ve Likely Not Seen Before

18 May 2021  |  Medium
The article discusses three innovative and less common applications of ChatGPT that the author has discovered through extensive experimentation over a period of ten months. These applications are described as 'meta' use cases, suggesting that they are about the ChatGPT system itself or its broader implications, rather than everyday tasks or questions. The author likely provides insights into how these uses can enhance productivity, creativity, or understanding of AI. However, without specific details on the use cases, it is not possible to provide a more detailed summary.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development allowed $65 million loan to Ukraine’s Datagroup to boost its digital growth

11 May 2021  |  Medium
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has approved a $65 million loan to support the digital growth of Datagroup, a leading Ukrainian fibre infrastructure and digital services provider. The loan will primarily finance Datagroup's acquisition of Volia, a top pay-TV and cable broadband service provider, aiming to enhance competitiveness in the telecommunications sector. The merger is backed by Horizon Capital, which manages funds with significant assets and has a long-standing presence in the region. EBRD and Horizon Capital officials expressed their belief in the transformative power of technology and the potential for this merger to attract further investments, modernize infrastructure, and improve services for Ukrainian consumers. Datagroup also plans to expand its internship program and increase training and employment opportunities for young people in Ukraine.

US: Protesters invaded Capitol to claim the victory of Trump

06 Jan 2021  |  Medium
The article reports on the events of January 6, 2021, when protesters in support of then-President Donald Trump invaded the US Capitol. The incident occurred as the victory of President-elect Joe Biden was being confirmed with the election of two Democratic senators, Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, from Georgia. The protesters breached the Capitol, with some entering offices and one sitting in the Senate Chamber. A woman was shot during the chaos and was transported to the hospital. Law enforcement found an explosive device on the premises. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence called for the protesters to go home, and a curfew was imposed by the mayor of Washington DC at 6pm to restore order.

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council set in January 2021; António COSTA, Prime Minister presented priorities

02 Dec 2020  |  Medium
The article discusses a virtual bilateral meeting and press conference held by Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa and the president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, where they presented the priorities of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council. The main focus was on the EU budget, which has not been agreed upon due to opposition from Hungary and Poland to the multi-year economic recovery plan. Costa emphasized the need for a stable Europe and the urgency of getting the EU budget voted on before December 31, 2020. The article also touches on the challenges faced by the German Presidency during the COVID-19 pandemic and the perceived lack of European solidarity during the crisis.

Trump Still Advocates for the Continuation of His Presidency

24 Nov 2020  |  Medium
Donald Trump continues to assert his position on the presidency while preparing for the traditional White House Thanksgiving event with Melania Trump. He reassured Americans about vaccine progress and stock market performance in a brief press conference. Last week, Trump expressed frustration over alleged corruption and conspiracy, giving the floor to his campaign attorney Sidney Powell. Despite these claims, the remaining vote counts indicated no change in the outcome, with Joe Biden moving forward with his transition, appointing John Kerry as a special climate envoy, signaling the importance of climate issues and the Paris Agreement.

Cyprus: The president of the Republic, M Nicos Anastasiades congrates Mr Ersin Tatar the new leader of community of the Turkish-Cypriot

19 Oct 2020  |  Medium
The article discusses the election of Ersin Tatar as the 5th President of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus and the response from the Cypriot President, Nicos Anastasiades, who has promised a one-on-one meeting for discussion. It provides a brief history of the Cyprus Dispute, mentioning the 1983 declaration of independence by Turkish Cypriots and the subsequent lack of international recognition, except by Turkey. The United Nations' Annan Plan, a proposal for the unification of Cyprus, is explained, including its final revision which proposed a confederation of two states. The article notes that international organizations, including the European Union, do not recognize Northern Cyprus as a separate state. It ends by posing the question of whether Cyprus can set an example for peaceful coexistence between its Greek and Turkish communities.

Diabetes: Researchers from UCL and Inserm have discovered that bacteria in our 'second brain' play a major role

06 Oct 2020  |  Medium
Researchers Patrice Cani from UCLouvain and Claude Knauf from Inserm, along with their team members Anne Abot and Eve Wemelle, have discovered a significant role of gut bacteria in modifying lipid production, which affects the communication between the intestine and the brain, potentially improving diabetes and intestinal inflammations. They observed a deficiency of a specific bioactive lipid in diabetic mice and found that this lipid can reduce intestinal inflammation. Their findings could have a broad impact on the population, with one in two people in Belgium being overweight and at risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.

IRAQ: Fuad Hussein, the Foreign Minister Iraqi visited Brussels for a strong partnership and cooperation

18 Sep 2020  |  Medium
Iraqi Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein visited Brussels to strengthen partnerships with the European Union and NATO, focusing on security, trade, economy, and COVID-19 measures. The visit included discussions with international leaders, including the High Representative of the European Council and the Secretary General of NATO. The EU has been a significant contributor to Iraq's reconstruction post-ISIS, and NATO continues to support Iraq's security forces. Both sides emphasized the importance of continuing reforms in Iraq. The article also touches on Iraq's cultural heritage and the potential for increased trade and tourism as the country progresses towards peace and stability.

CONGO RDC: global challenges Building Digital Societies

15 Jul 2020  |  Medium
The article discusses a webinar focused on the challenges and opportunities of building digital societies in the Central Republic of Congo. Key speakers included Mr. John Omo from the African Telecommunications Union, Mr. Jean-Jacques Massima-Landji, Mr. Daniel Schapiro from SES Networks, and Mr. Amir Cohen from Gilat Telecom. They discussed the National digital plan 2019–2024 of the Congo, which aims to enhance infrastructure, content, applications, and governance to propel the country into the digital era. The plan also emphasizes the importance of digital technology in education, culture, security, and economic performance. The speakers highlighted the need for regional cooperation to overcome reliance on neighboring countries for fiber access and the importance of transitioning to 5G to ensure widespread connectivity and support various sectors including industry, community, and education.

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