• Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 : Passengers’ Mobile Phones Ring But Not Answered

    The mystery surrounding the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has deepened with the Chinese media reporting that several of the passengers’ mobile phones were connecting when called by relatives, but the calls were not picked up.

    #wtf cc : @opironet

  • The Face Behind Bitcoin - Newsweek

    He’s wearing a rumpled T-shirt, old blue jeans and white gym socks, without shoes, like he has left the house in a hurry. His hair is unkempt, and he has the thousand-mile stare of someone who has gone weeks without sleep.

    He stands not with defiance, but with the slackness of a person who has waged battle for a long time and now faces a grave loss.

    Two police officers from the Temple City, Calif., sheriff’s department flank him, looking puzzled. “So, what is it you want to ask this man about?” one of them asks me. “He thinks if he talks to you he’s going to get into trouble.”

    “I don’t think he’s in any trouble,” I say. “I would like to ask him about Bitcoin. This man is Satoshi Nakamoto.”

    #Bitcoin #Satochi_Nakamoto

  • Newsweek prétend avoir identifié et rencontré Satoshi Nakamoto, le créateur de #bitcoin.

    The Face Behind Bitcoin

    “I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it,” he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. “It’s been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection.”

    Nakamoto refused to say any more, and the police made it clear our conversation was over.

  • A long walk

    #Shannon_Jensen has a terrific work in Newsweek Int’l 3 September 2012 issue from South Sudan. Jensen travelled in the country June-July this year, and photographed shoes belonging to refugees who had travelled by foot across the border from Sudan’s Blue Nile state over to neighbouring South Sudan to escape Khartoum government’s military campaign against Southern liberation movement.

    Newsweek has dedicated four pages for the series showing overall 18 pairs of shoes. The photos are accompanied by a short text providing background, written solely by the photographer*.

    “How to represent a journey in an image?” asks Jensen in the opening sentence of the piece titled ‘A Long Walk’. I think she found a pretty good way to do just that. The idea and its execution reminded me little of Alejandro Cartagena’s Car Poolers.

    Le site de la photographe :

    #Sud_Soudan #migration #réfugiés #chaussures #photographie #photoreportage #marche #parcours_migratoire

    cc @albertocampiphoto

  • Two Numbers: When the Money’s Gone - Newsweek

    The prospect of public sector pension cuts has raised plenty of anxiety lately about retirement. We all know Americans probably aren’t as saving as much as they should, but how bad could it be?
    A lot worse than you might imagine. Thirty million Americans between the ages of 50 and 64, one half of the population nearing retirement, have no retirement savings at all, according to an analysis by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School. That means no pension plan, no 401(k), no IRA.

    For those nearing retirement with savings, the prospects aren’t that much better. Fifteen million or so Americans - and these are the most prepared for retirement in their age group of 50- to 64-year-olds - have average retirement savings of $140,654. Typically financial planners advise 10 times your income at retirement to maintain your living standard. That would imply an annual income ahead of retirement of around $14,000, but in fact, the annual income of Americans approaching retirement in this category is more than $50,000. That suggests many with retirement savings will still experience a sharp drop in living standards upon once they stop working.

    What has really hurt Americans nearing retirement is the Great Recession and its aftermath. As some lost jobs, they also lost retirement contributions and turned to their retirement accounts to make ends meet. While the labor market has been slowly improving, many of those who do land new jobs are not finding employment with the same benefits they once had. “If you lose a couple years in accumulating retirement savings, say five years before you retire, you can never catch up,” said Teresa Ghilarducci, director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis. The retirement savings crisis may turn out to be a lot closer than we think.

    Some 30 million Americans between the age of 50 and 64 have no savings

  • « La chute de la France », l’article-cliché du magazine Newsweek - France Info

    Accumulation de stéréotypes, affirmations fausses, une journaliste de Newsweek installée à Paris depuis 10 ans a publié un article sur la situation économique de la France ce week-end. Pays qui « meurt doucement », où le litre de lait est à six euros et où les couches pour bébé sont gratuites.

    L’attaque de l’article de Newsweek se passe de commentaire. Elle donne une vision de la France arriérée, très éloignée de la réalité, qui a fait sourire les internautes ce week-end. Un « French bashing » qui tourne au bidonnage. Même si la journaliste, Janine di Giovanni, prévient « c’est une exagération », elle compare la situation économique actuelle à 1685 et la révocation de l’Edit de Nantes. Les huguenots n’étant plus protégés, raconte Janine di Giovanni, sont partis par centaines de milliers, « une fuite des cerveaux » en somme. Le rapport avec 2014 ? « Depuis l’arrivée de François Hollande, les taxes et les contributions à la Sécurité sociale ont grimpé en flèche », et les hommes d’affaires, entrepreneurs et inventeurs « quittent la France pour développer leur talents ailleurs ».

    Et la métaphore des huguenots se poursuit. Pour Janine di Giovanni, une Britannique qui vit en France depuis 10 ans, la France décline depuis deux ans. Et ce, à cause de la main « lourde » du socialisme. « C’est incroyablement difficile de démarrer une petite entreprise quand vous ne pouvez pas renvoyer les salariés inutiles et en employer de nouveaux ». Comme les huguenots (les revoilà), « les jeunes diplômés ne voient pas leur futur et prévoient de fuir vers Londres »....

    Article newsweek >

    #journalisme (?)

  • Si on en croit Newsweek, la France, c’est la Corée du Nord, et tout le monde est forcé de se sauver, comme les protestants après la révocations de l’Édit de Nantes. Et encore mieux, l’article reprend l’affirmation de George Bush disant qu’en Français il n’existait pas de mot pour entrepreneur, même si bon, c’est un mot français.

    “Do you see that man in the corner? I’m going to kill him. He’s ruined my life!”
    This angry outburst came from a lawyer friend who is leaving France to move to Britain to escape the 70 percent tax he pays. He says he is working like a dog for nothing – to hand out money to the profligate state. The man he was pointing to, in a swanky Japanese restaurant in the Sixth Arrondissement, is Pierre Moscovici, the much-loathed minister of finance. Moscovici was looking very happy with himself. Does he realize Rome is burning?

  • Today In Gay History October 10: Trans Union Soilder, Newsweek’s Queer People and OUTRAGE

    1915: Albert D. J. Cashier (born Jennie Irene Hodgers, was an Irish-born immigrant who served as a male soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Cashier returned to Belvidere, Illinois for a time where he lived as a man, vote in elections and later claimed a veteran’s pension. On May 5, 1911, Cashier was moved to the Soldier and Sailors home in Quincy, Illinois. He lived there as a man until his mind deteriorated and was moved to the Watertown State Hospital for the Insane in March 1913. Attendants at the Watertown State Hospital discovered that he was female-bodied when giving him a bath, at which point he was forced to wear a dress.

    Albert Cashier died on October 10, 1915. He was buried in the uniform he had kept intact all those years and his tombstone was inscribed “Albert D. J. Cashier,

  • Mass Surveillance in America: A Timeline of Loosening Laws and Practices

    1978 Surveillance court created
    After a post-Watergate Senate investigation documented abuses of government surveillance, Congress passes the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, to regulate how the government can monitor suspected spies or terrorists in the U.S. The law establishes a secret court that issues warrants for electronic surveillance or physical searches of a “foreign power” or “agents of a foreign power” (broadly defined in the law). The government doesn’t have to demonstrate probable cause of a crime, just that the “purpose of the surveillance is to obtain foreign intelligence information.”

    The court’s sessions and opinions are classified. The only information we have is a yearly report to the Senate documenting the number of “applications” made by the government. Since 1978, the court has approved thousands of applications – and rejected just 11.

    Oct. 2001 Patriot Act passed
    In the wake of 9/11, Congress passes the sweeping USA Patriot Act. One provision, section 215, allows the FBI to ask the FISA court to compel the sharing of books, business documents, tax records, library check-out lists – actually, “any tangible thing” – as part of a foreign intelligence or international terrorism investigation. The required material can include purely domestic records.

    Oct. 2003 ‘Vacuum-cleaner surveillance’ of the Internet
    AT&T technician Mark Klein discovers what he believes to be newly installed NSA data-mining equipment in a “secret room” at a company facility in San Francisco. Klein, who several years later goes public with his story to support a lawsuit against the company, believes the equipment enables “vacuum-cleaner surveillance of all the data crossing the Internet – whether that be peoples’ e-mail, web surfing or any other data.”

    March 2004 Ashcroft hospital showdown
    In what would become one of the most famous moments of the Bush Administration, presidential aides Andrew Card and Alberto Gonzales show up at the hospital bed of John Ashcroft. Their purpose? To convince the seriously ill attorney general to sign off on the extension of a secret domestic spying program. Ashcroft refuses, believing the warrantless program to be illegal.

    The hospital showdown was first reported by the New York Times, but two years later Newsweek provided more detail, describing a program that sounds similar to the one the Guardian revealed this week. The NSA, Newsweek reported citing anonymous sources, collected without court approval vast quantities of phone and email metadata “with cooperation from some of the country’s largest telecommunications companies” from “tens of millions of average Americans.” The magazine says the program itself began in September 2001 and was shut down in March 2004 after the hospital incident. But Newsweek also raises the possibility that Bush may have found new justification to continue some of the activity.

    Dec. 2005 Warrantless wiretapping revealed
    The Times, over the objections of the Bush Administration, reveals that since 2002 the government “monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants.” The program involves actually listening in on phone calls and reading emails without seeking permission from the FISA Court.

    Jan. 2006 Bush defends wiretapping
    President Bush defends what he calls the “terrorist surveillance program” in a speech in Kansas. He says the program only looks at calls in which one end of the communication is overseas.

    March 2006 Patriot Act renewed
    The Senate and House pass legislation to renew the USA Patriot Act with broad bipartisan support and President Bush signs it into law. It includes a few new protections for records required to be produced under the controversial section 215.

    May 2006 Mass collection of call data revealed
    USA Today reports that the NSA has been collecting data since 2001 on phone records of “tens of millions of Americans” through three major phone companies, Verizon, AT&T, and BellSouth (though the companies level of involvement is later disputed.) The data collected does not include content of calls but rather data like phone numbers for analyzing communication patterns.

    As with the wiretapping program revealed by the Times, the NSA data collection occurs without warrants, according to USA Today. Unlike the wiretapping program, the NSA data collection was not limited to international communications.

    2006 Court authorizes collection of call data
    The mass data collection reported by the Guardian this week apparently was first authorized by the FISA court in 2006, though exactly when is not clear. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate intelligence committee, said Thursday, “As far as I know, this is the exact three-month renewal of what has been in place for the past seven years.” Similarly, the Washington Post quoted an anonymous “expert in this aspect of the law” who said the document published by the Guardian appears to be a “routine renewal” of an order first issued in 2006.

    It’s not clear whether these orders represent court approval of the previously warrantless data collection that USA Today described.

    Jan. 2007 Bush admin says surveillance now operating with court approval
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announces that the FISA court has allowed the government to target international communications that start or end in the U.S., as long as one person is “a member or agent of al Qaeda or an associated terrorist organization.” Gonzalez says the government is ending the “terrorist surveillance program,” and bringing such cases under FISA approval.

    Aug. 2007 Congress expands surveillance powers
    The FISA court reportedly changes its stance and puts more limits on the Bush administration’s surveillance (the details of the court’s move are still not known.) In response, Congress quickly passes, and President Bush signs, a stopgap law, the Protect America Act.

    In many cases, the government can now get blanket surveillance warrants without naming specific individuals as targets. To do that, the government needs to show that they’re not intentionally targeting people in the U.S., even if domestic communications are swept up in the process.

    Sept. 2007 Prism begins

    The FBI and the NSA get access to user data from Microsoft under a top-secret program known as Prism, according to an NSA PowerPoint briefing published by the Washington Post and the Guardian this week. In subsequent years, the government reportedly gets data from eight other companies including Apple and Google. “The extent and nature of the data collected from each company varies,” according to the Guardian.

    July 2008 Congress renews broader surveillance powers
    Congress follows up the Protect America Act with another law, the FISA Amendments Act, extending the government’s expanded spying powers for another four years. The law now approaches the kind of warrantless wiretapping that occurred earlier in Bush administration. Senator Obama votes for the act.

    The act also gives immunity to telecom companies for their participation in warrantless wiretapping.

    April 2009 NSA ‘overcollects’
    The New York Times reports that for several months, the NSA had gotten ahold of domestic communications it wasn’t supposed to. The Times says it was likely the result of “technical problems in the NSA’s ability” to distinguish between domestic and overseas communications. The Justice Department says the problems have been resolved.

    Feb. 2010 Controversial Patriot Act provision extended
    President Obama signs a temporary one-year extension of elements of the Patriot Act that were set to expire — including Section 215, which grants the government broad powers to seize records.

    May 2011 Patriot Act renewed, again
    The House and Senate pass legislation to extend the overall Patriot Act. President Obama, who is in Europe as the law is set to expire, directs the bill to be signed with an “autopen” machine in his stead. It’s the first time in history a U.S. president has done so.

    March 2012 Senators warn cryptically of overreach
    In a letter to the attorney general, Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mark Udall, D-Colo., write, “We believe most Americans would be stunned to learn the details” of how the government has interpreted Section 215 of the Patriot Act. Because the program is classified, the senators offer no further details.

    July 2012 Court finds unconstitutional surveillance
    According to a declassified statement by Wyden, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held on at least one occasion that information collection carried out by the government was unconstitutional. But the details of that episode, including when it happened, have never been revealed.

    Dec. 2012 Broad powers again extended
    Congress extends the FISA Amendments Act another five years, and Obama signs it into law. Sens. Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Oregon Democrats, offer amendments requiring more disclosure about the law’s impact. The proposals fail.

    April 2013 Verizon order issued
    As the Guardian revealed this week, Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Judge Roger Vinson issues a secret court order directing Verizon Business Network Services to turn over “metadata” — including the time, duration and location of phone calls, though not what was said on the calls — to the NSA for all calls over the next three months. Verizon is ordered to deliver the records “on an ongoing daily basis.” The Wall Street Journal reports this week that AT&T and Sprint have similar arrangements.

    The Verizon order cites Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which allows the FBI to request a court order that requires a business to turn over “any tangible things (including books, records, papers, documents, and other items)” relevant to an international spying or terrorism investigation. In 2012, the government asked for 212 such orders, and the court approved them all.

    June 2013 Congress and White House respond
    Following the publication of the Guardian’s story about the Verizon order, Sens. Feinstein and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., the chair and vice of the Senate intelligence committee, hold a news conference to dismiss criticism of the order. “This is nothing particularly new,” Chambliss says. “This has been going on for seven years under the auspices of the FISA authority, and every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this.”

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper acknowledges the collection of phone metadata but says the information acquired is “subject to strict restrictions on handling” and that “only a very small fraction of the records are ever reviewed.” Clapper alsoissues a statement saying that the collection under the Prism program was justified under the FISA Amendments of 2008, and that it is not “intentionally targeting” any American or person in the U.S.

    Statements from the tech companies reportedly taking part in the Prism program variously disavow knowledge of the program and merely state in broad terms they

  • @bp314
    de la question démographique, suite aux réflexions de sur

    Paul Samuelson, un des plus grands économistes keynésiens de l’après-guerre, s’enthousiasmait de cet arithmétique dans un article de Newsweek de 1967.

    « La beauté de la Sécurité Sociale, c’est son déséquilibre actuariel. Tous ceux qui atteignent l’âge de la retraite obtiennent des pensions qui excèdent largement ce qu’ils ont payé – dix fois plus que leurs cotisations (ou cinq fois plus, une fois comptabilisées les cotisations de leurs employeurs) !

    Comment est-ce possible ? Cela vient du fait que le produit national croit à un taux d’intérêt composé, et qu’on peut s’attendre à ce que cela continue aussi longtemps que porte notre regard. Il y a toujours plus de jeunes que de vieux dans une population croissante.

    Et plus important, avec des revenus réels croissant de 3% par an, la base fiscale sur laquelle repose les pensions est toujours plus grande que les cotisations jadis payées par la génération désormais à la retraite.

    La Sécurité Sociale est repose fermement sur ce qu’on a appelé la huitième merveille du monde – les intérêts composés. Une nation en croissance est le plus grand jeu de Ponzi jamais conçu. »

    Dommage, l’auteur manque un peu d’imagination (il est quand même sérieux : il ne nous évoque même pas la blague des retraites par capitalisation)

    Le problème, c’est qu’il est devenu une banalité (et une évidence) que les charges sociales plombent le marché du travail. Il est donc totalement impossible de leur faire suivre une telle évolution sans faire exploser le chômage et couler le pays. Reste la baisse des pensions et le report de l’âge de la retraite (70,6 ans suggère le Comité d’orientation des retraites !), ce qui constituera les premiers formes de défaut du système sur ses promesses intenables. Autre option, financer le choc démographique par la dette publique, ce qui, d’après mon billet précédent, ajoutera au moins 100 points de PIB à la dette publique de 2040. Enfin, certains préconisent l’accueil de millions d’immigrés afin d’empêcher la hausse du ratio de dépendance… Faîtes votre choix !

    Oui, il est clair que des deuils vont devoir être faits.
    On voit bien qu’il n’y a plus d’espoir de croissance économique, sauf à se faire aider encore plus par le reste du monde, mais que ce soit faisant venir des immigrés pour bosser chez nous ou en délocalisant nos usines pour faire bosser les autres à notre place, le schéma colonial ne semble plus trop viable.
    L’accroissement de la dette ne pouvant plus s’envisager sur les marchés privés tant nous sommes endettés, on ne pourra payer les retraites qu’en réémettant de la monnaie, donc en dévaluant notre monnaie, et donc en voyant notre niveau de vie redescendre au niveau des pays en voie de développement. Cool, on va pouvoir redevenir compétitifs au boulot, même si on pourra plus se payer d’essence..
    Mais oui la mutation va être costaud..

    La croissance des revenus, du pouvoir d’achat, ce sont des promesses qui ne pourront être tenues. Va falloir envisager des renoncements. Je parlais de deuils à faire. Autant que ce ne soit que des deuils matériels, par ceux qui en ont les moyens. Sinon on va effectivement reparler de #thanatocratie.

    • D’après l’observatoire des retraites, le taux de cotisation pour les retraites représentait 26% du salaire brut en 2007 (source). En appliquant une hausse des salaires de 1% par an et une hausse de 3% des cotisations, on obtient l’évolution suivante du taux de prélèvement moyen au titre des retraites d’ici 2040. C’est-à-dire un passage à 50% du salaire brut !

      Avec l’accroissement demandé par le PS de la durée de cotisation à 44 ans aujourd’hui et sans doute 47 d’ici 2025 dans un contexte de chômage de masse, on peut en gros dire que les actifs d’aujourd’hui ont perdu le droit à une retraite future tout en conservant l’obligation de financer les pensions des actuels retraités.

      Il n’est donc plus question de parler d’un mécanisme de solidarité nationale, les cotisants ayant de facto perdu le droit à bénéficier de ladite solidarité.

      Etant admis que les retraites ne sont plus un acquis social des actifs, reste à savoir combien de temps encore les actuels retraités pourront faire financer leurs pensions par un secteur productif encouragé à aller s’installer à l’étranger, hors de portée des prélèvements sociaux.

  • Project MUSE - Cartographie dans les médias / Cartography in the media (1983)

    Cartographie dans les médias / Cartography in the media

    Majella J. Gauthier

    Les cartes et les diagrammes dans les médias - Approche théorique d’un savoir-faire graphique : étude de quelques produits graphiques des hebdomadaires nord-américains, Newsweek et Time - Essai d’évaluation des cartes dans les médias du Royaume-Uni - Un bilan des images graphiques (diagrammes et cartes) dans la presse française : 1980-1986 - La cartographie journalistique - Notes sur la cartographie dans Newsweek Magazine - La cartographie peut-elle être « sexy » ? - Nouvelles orientations cartographiques du magazine de la National Geographic Society - La remémorisation et le rappel des cartes et autres graphiques - Table ronde sur l . . . show more

    #bibliographie #cartographie #infographie #journaux

  • Petroplus : Roger Tamraz, un candidat à la réputation de cow-boy assumée

    Roger Tamraz, l’homme des hélicoptères...

    Né au Caire en 1940 de parents libanais, Roger Edward Tamraz a connu des heures de gloire. De son cartable, il extirpe un article de Newsweek le présentant, à 34 ans, comme le modèle de l’homme d’affaires arabe moderne. Puis des extraits d’un livre soulignant ses services rendus à la CIA.

    Son premier coup d’éclat remonte à 1967. Fraîchement diplômé de Harvard, il participe au sauvetage de la banque libanaise Intra. Il y gagne une image de virtuose de la finance, et se lie alors à Amine Gemayel. Quand celui-ci devient président du Liban, M.Tamraz avance dans sa roue.

    Au début des années 1970, il prend le contrôle des chantiers navals de La Ciotat, près de Marseille. En 1973, il lance un grand projet d’oléoduc. Dans les années 1980, il met la main sur l’Hôtel Meurice, le Prince-de-Galles et le Café de la Paix. Puis il rachète plusieurs raffineries européennes et les réunit au sein de TamOil, avant de revendre le tout. En 1988, sa fortune est estimée à 1,3 milliard de francs (200 millions d’euros).

    Voir entre autres compléments : Picard Élizabeth, 1996, << Liban. La matrice historique >>, in Jean Christophe Rufin et François Jean, Économie des guerres civiles, Paris, Hachette, p. 62-103.(visiblement introuvable sur internet, dommage)

  • Petit récapitulatif de ces étranges « disparitions » de milliards de dollars américains dans des régions à forte teneur en combattants et mercenaires plus ou moins islamistes :

    – au moins 8 à 10 milliards de dollars « perdus » dans la « reconstruction » en Irak :

    – 1 milliard « perdu » en Afghanistan :

    – 34 milliards « perdus » en Afghanistan et en Irak :

    – 6 milliards d’USAID à l’Égypte « mal utilisés » :

    – 18 milliards d’argent du pétrole « perdus » en Iraq depuis l’invasion américaine :

    – 6,6 milliards de dollars perdus « en cash » en Iraq :

    – des millions de dollars « donnés » par erreur aux Talibans :
    et ici :

    – Newsweek découvre que 14 milliards de dollars sont très officiellement partis dans des contrats du Pentagone à des entreprises appartenant directement à des membres des pétromonarchies du Golfe :

    Pour rappel, l’argent ne se « perd » pas : il change simplement de mains. Pour ma part, forte suspicion de noircissement d’argent :'argent

    • Pour l’estimation, je ne fais pas de total, parce qu’il y a des chances que des sommes se recoupent, et surtout parce que ma liste n’est pas exhaustive (c’est seulement ce que j’ai vu passer, et qui relève de commissions d’enquête plus ou moins officielles) ; mais grosso modo, dans les cas que je relève, les pourcentages évoqués tournent souvent autour de 10%.

      Je n’intègre pas non plus d’autres sources de détournements possibles, comme par exemple les milliards de dollars dépensés à la va-vite pour le « bailout » de 750 milliards de dollars (on évoque des dizaines de milliards d’argent détourné, et des conditions de distribution manquant totalement de transparence – la transparence, comme le manque de transparence, pouvant inquiéter, c’est comme on veut, les marchés).

      Mais surtout, pour ma part, je vois plutôt le problème de l’échelle par rapport à ceux qui reçoivent cet argent. Et là, ça représente des sommes juste colossales pour n’importe quel groupe politique, mafieux, mercenaire, jihadiste… qui reçoit le fric en dehors de tout bon de commande officiel.

      Imaginons un pays comme le Liban, gros comme deux départements français, où atterriraient quelques milliards de dollars parfaitement occultes pour financer un camp politique (3 milliards de dollars depuis 2005 pour le 14 Mars, dénonce Nasrallah ; 500 millions de dollars de programme américain reconnus ouvertement contre le Hezbollah, mais personne ne sait comment a été distribué l’argent) et (surtout ?) des groupes jihadistes armés, entraînés et très bien financés. Comment ce pays peut-il tout simplement espérer survivre, si des groupes politico-mafieux et sectaires reçoivent plus d’argent américain que l’État ne dispose de moyens propres ?

    • Intéressant récapitulatif...Je ne trouve pas les sommes « acceptables » conrairement à VC, même si elles sont menues par rapport au cout global des guerres. Elles enrichissent des canailles qui vivent des tueries, et donc les facilitent, les encouragent ; Des marchands d’ame et des entreprises sans doute qui profitent des reconstructions sous la « pax americana » qui impose les reconstructeurs...Et les financiers naturellement.

  • A New Chapter - Newsweek and The Daily Beast
    Dec 24, 2012

    Sometimes, change isn’t just good, it’s necessary.

    The issue in your hand is the last edition of Newsweek in print. The next, in the first week of January, will be on your iPad or Kindle or phone. By late February, you will see the full evolution of the spanking-new, all-digital Newsweek Global, currently in development.

    Here’s a video tribute to Newsweek’s esteemed history, 80 years of informing, exposing, explaining, enlightening, and trailblazing.

    It’s been a turbulent two-year journey, culminating in our decision to leave print and take the leap into a digital future. In 2010 the 92-year-old audio tycoon Sidney Harman bought a moribund Newsweek from the Washington Post Co. for a dollar in a quixotic bid to save a legendary magazine. Shortly after, the incurable old romantic asked The Daily Beast, the news site I founded with Barry Diller’s IAC in 2008, for its hand in marriage. And it’s been a blast.

    #media #presse #internet #newsweek

  • Will Pot Barons Cash In on Legalization? - Newsweek and The Daily Beast

    Colorado is not the world’s only experiment in free-market pot, but it’s the most sophisticated, pushing beyond the Netherlands’ confusing ban on wholesale and California’s hazy nonprofit status. Denver’s former city attorney has called it California “on steroids.”

    #chanvre #drogue via @opironet

  • Newsweek, 80 ans, abandonne le papier pour le numérique

    Après 80 ans dans les kiosques, l’hebdomadaire américain Newsweek va abandonner le support papier pour le tout numérique. Sa rédactrice en chef, Tina Brown, annonce la disparition du format historique pour le tout dernier numéro de l’année, le 31 décembre.
    #presse #tablette

  • Important : Newsweek fait cette semaine une très dangereuse Une avec un article de propagande néoconservatrice : Ayaan Hirsi Ali, The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World

    We hear so often about Muslims as victims of abuse in the West and combatants in the Arab Spring’s fight against tyranny. But, in fact, a wholly different kind of war is underway—an unrecognized battle costing thousands of lives. Christians are being killed in the Islamic world because of their religion. It is a rising genocide that ought to provoke global alarm.

    Jadaliyya en publie un démontage tout à fait passionnant : Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s War

    And then she moves on. The fact that 2003 is hardly an arbitrary date is not so much as acknowledged. Here we find yet another example of the almost unbelievable gall exhibited by neo-cons, as part of the larger forgetting of the war on Iraq in the US. That Hirsi Ali—who was, like her neo-con colleagues, a vocal supporter of the war—can avoid not only accepting responsibility for the shattering of Iraqi society, but can actually use this shattering to advance her own hideous Islamophobic arguments, is simply obscene. Just as she fails to acknowledge that the attacks on pro-Coptic protesters in Egypt need to be understood within the larger framework of SCAF’s systematic attacks on all protesters, so she refuses to acknowledge that the thousands of Christians who have fled from Iraq are part of the 1.5 million Iraqis who have been made refugees by the war she supported.

    Évidemment, malgré tous les démontages que publient déjà nombre de blogs sur la planète, ce thème néo-conservateur nuisible et dangereux arrivera très prochainement en Europe. Puisque, comme chacun le sait, « nous » sommes la civilisation qui sait le mieux protéger ses minorités.

  • Les gens sont en train de craquer | Didier Lestrade (Minorités)

    Les médias ne cessent de faire remonter un sentiment mondial d’incompréhension et de colère qui prend, chaque jour davantage, plus d’ampleur. Newsweek titre sur un monde devenu mad mad mad mad (quatre fois à la suite) et autour de moi les gens craquent. Dans mon entourage, je n’ai pas vu depuis très longtemps une telle multiplication de déprimes et de problèmes psys graves et même à l’époque dure du sida, je ne crois pas avoir été le témoin de tant de bipolarité, de schizophrénie, de mal être. À trois mois des élections, les gens craquent car le réveillon est passé, le Triple A tombe, comme prévu, et désormais plus rien ne peut cacher les difficultés de l’année qui se présente. Ça va être catastrophique. Source : Minorités

  • The Margaret Thatcher Movie We Don’t Need | Mostly Water

    The Iron Lady just opened in London where, let’s hope, it generates some serious critique. The critical silence in the United States has been astounding, only made worse by the praise, not just for the film but for its subject, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played in the movie by Meryl Streep.

    Newsweek’s holiday double issue slapped Streep as Thatcher on its cover, hailing “The New Thatcher Era.” The feature story in summary reads: “Margaret Thatcher was the infamous Iron Lady the Brits love to hate. This month’s bio starring Meryl Streep proves she was right all along.”

    Streep’s already winning awards and accolades, and Oscars are probably on the way. People are saying the film’s no whitewash because it shows the former Prime Minister in her dotage, fighting dementia — three decades after she came to power. Director Phyllida Lloyd has described the treatment as operatic. Streep’s called it revealing. The two collaborated before on the musical Mamma Mia! The truth is, in Lloyd’s hands Thatcher’s iron isn’t just rusty, it’s melted down and depoliticized, made feminist enough to root for and ultimately sad enough for some to sniffle at. The Iron Lady is Thatcher — The ABBA Version. It’s the last thing we need, ever, and especially at this point.


    I don’t remember if Lloyd’s Lady quotes the real lady’s most famous phrase: “There is No Alternative.” Certainly TINA deserves star billing. Thatcher’s quip about globalized capitalism has defined our epoch. People can debate the successes and failures of “the Thatcher era” all they like. One thing’s for certain: we don’t need a new one, because the old one’s still here. The consequences of the [policies] Thatcher pioneered and made respectable — deregulation, privatization and globalization — can be measured in public costs and private profits on both sides of the Atlantic. More damning, even, is the enduring cultural habit of denial (looking away) and the political practice of silence — shutting the problem people up.

    Grow the gap between government and the governed and you get what we have: a burnt-out world driven by the super-super-rich where some are stealing others blind and billions are alienated or angry, sure that government has nothing to offer but a bash on the head.

  • En 1984 Apple se payait tout l’espace publicitaire de Newsweek. Le résultat, une publicité de 39 pages.

    Apple bought all of the advertising space in November/December special election issue of Newsweek in 1984, and devoted it all to Macintosh. Below you can see all 39 pages of the advertisement, as well as Newsweek’s front cover.

  • ’Obama sold special bombs to Israel’ - Ynetnews (via @angryarab),7340,L-4126503,00.html

    The upcoming issue of Newsweek, which is set to hit newsstands on Monday, claims that two years ago US President Barack Obama secretly approved the transfer of 55 “bunker-busters”, a form of deep-penetrating bombs, to Israel. The country had been requesting the bombs since the time of the Bush administration, the Daily Beast website reported on Friday.

  • Pentagon Billions Are Flowing to Middle East Dictators - Newsweek

    Officially, the U.S. does not pay other governments for rights to military bases. The logic is straightforward: funneling money to the treasuries of foreign dictators cannot form the foundation of genuine strategic alliances. Yet, to fight wars in Iraq and Afghanistan while staring down the mullahs in Iran, over the last decade the Pentagon has come to rely in an unprecedented way on a web of bases across the Middle East. And a NEWSWEEK investigation of Pentagon contracting practices in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Bahrain has uncovered more than $14 billion paid mostly in sole-source contracts to companies controlled by ruling families across the Persian Gulf. The revelation raises a fundamental question: are U.S. taxpayer dollars enriching the ruling potentates of friendly regimes just as the youthful protesters and the Arab Spring have brought a new push for democracy across the region?

    Take a look at Abu Dhabi. The wealthiest of the United Arab Emirates, it hosts a U.S. Air Force base at Al Dhafra, which is a vital refueling hub in the region. As is the case in most Gulf states, Abu Dhabi is ruled by a single family that dominates both government and business. Here it is the Nahyan family, and the emir is 63-year-old Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is known for his interest in camel racing, is worth $15 billion, and controls the country’s national oil company, ADNOC. As it turns out, every drop of fuel America buys for its planes at Al Dhafra—more than 200 million gallons a year, costing $5.2 billion since 2005—is purchased from the Al Nahyan–-controlled ADNOC.

    La valse des milliards distribués hors contrôle par les États-Unis continue.


  • Dans le reportage que lui consacre Newsweek, Mahmoud Abbas raconte comment, le 17 février, Obama lui a téléphoné pendant une heure pour le convaincre de ne pas proposer de résolution au Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU, condamnant la continuation de la colonisation israélienne. Et comment Obama l’a clairement menacé d’une « liste des sanctions ».

    Palestinian Leader Mahmoud Abbas’s Frustration with Obama - Newsweek

    On the evening of Feb. 17, Abbas got a phone call to his office in Ramallah. President Obama was on the line with a request. In the preceding weeks, Arab protesters in the region had toppled two longtime autocrats, including one of America’s closest Arab friends, Hosni Mubarak. Demonstrations raged in Libya and Yemen, and would soon spread to Syria. In Washington, officials worried that the protesters would eventually focus on America’s relationship with some of these dictators and on its support for Israel. Obama’s cautious steps seemed to be preventing the dreaded scenes of protesters burning American flags. But a U.N. Security Council resolution initiated by Palestinians and scheduled to be debated the next day threatened to remind Arabs of the very thing they hate most about America.

    The resolution demanded that Israel “immediately and completely cease all settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territory,” a position Obama long supported. In fact, Palestinians say they lifted the language straight from public remarks made by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But it put Obama in a bind. Members of his Democratic Party felt they’d paid a price in the midterm elections a few months earlier for Obama’s tough stand with Netanyahu in the preceding year. An American veto might mitigate the damage. But it would also remind the Arab demonstrators how uncritical America’s support for Israel can often be.

    So for 55 minutes on the phone, Obama first reasoned with and then pressured Abbas to withdraw the resolution. “He said it’s better for you and for us and for our relations,” says Abbas. Then the American president politely made what Abbas describes as a “list of sanctions” Palestinians would endure if the vote went ahead. Among other things, he warned that Congress would not approve the $475 million in aid America gives the Palestinians.

    Attention, la phrase « Members of his Democratic Party felt they’d paid a price in the midterm elections a few months earlier for Obama’s tough stand with Netanyahu in the preceding year. » fait un petit peu peur.

    #israël #palestine