Jeremy Hunt demands urgent inspections of chicken factories | World news | The Guardian (v @the_ecologist)
Jeremy Hunt demands urgent inspections of chicken factories | World news | The Guardian (v @the_ecologist)
Israel using flechette shells in Gaza | World | The Guardian
The Israeli military is using flechette shells, which spray out thousands of tiny and potentially lethal metal darts, in its military operation in Gaza.
Six flechette shells were fired towards the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, on 17 July, according to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights. Nahla Khalil Najjar, 37, suffered injuries to her chest, it said. PCHR provided a picture of flechettes taken by a fieldworker last week.
The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) did not deny using the shells in the conflict. “As a rule, the IDF only employs weapons that have been determined lawful under international law, and in a manner which fully conforms with the laws of armed conflict,” a spokesperson said in response to a request for specific comment on the deployment of flechettes.
traduction en français :
Israël utilise des obus à fléchettes contre les civils de Gaza
Un groupe palestinien de droits de l’homme accuse l’armée israélienne d’utiliser des obus à fléchettes qui projettent des milliers de fléchettes potentiellement mortelles
Harriet Sherwood à Jérusalem
Le Guardian, dimanche 20 juillet 2014, 12h40
’Death and horror’ in Gaza as thousands flee Israeli bombardment | World | The Guardian
The fiercest fighting of the 13-day war in Gaza erupted on Sunday as Israel dramatically widened its ground offensive, sending tanks and troops into urban areas and causing thousands of panicked civilians to flee.
The Palestinian government has described the attack on Gaza’s Shujai’iya neighbourhood, in which at least 60 people were killed, as a “war crime” which required immediate international intervention.
It came as the Israeli military announced that 13 soldiers had been killed in an attack by Palestinian militants in Gaza. No more details were immediately available.
100 images of Migration Competition in association with the Guardian Newspaper
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Droit à l’oubli : ne pas oublier l’État de droit ! | La Quadrature du Net
Cette exemple est complètement en phase avec ce que danah boyd appelle « l’effondrement de contexte » : la construction de l’identité ne dépend plus seulement de celui/celle qui se construit une identité, mais bien de l’ensemble de l’équipe qui intervient sur son profil/mur/article...
Alors que l’entreprise américaine a reçu plus de 70.000 requêtes, (1000 par jour en moyenne), des médias d’envergure tels que The Guardian et la BBC se sont vus notifier le désindexation de certains de leurs articles la semaine dernière. Le cas de la BBC est particulièrement intéressant car il concerne M. Stan O’Neal, l’ancien directeur de la banque d’investissement Merrill Lynch, soupçonné d’avoir fait des investissements imprudents ayant provoqué l’écroulement du géant de la finance. Or, il s’est avéré que la requête ne vienne pas de M. O’Neal, mais d’un lecteur qui revendiquait le déférencement de son commentaire en bas de l’article. Un cas de ce type remet en question l’importance et la responsabilité de l’expression publique et montre les potentielles dérives d’un système mal conçu, qui confère des pouvoirs de censure à un organe privé, alors qu’ils devraient être l’apanage d’une autorité judiciaire.
Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children. The second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. Journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children !”
Witness to a shelling: first-hand account of deadly strike on Gaza port | World | The Guardian
The first projectile hit the sea wall of Gaza City’s little harbour just after four o’clock. As the smoke from the explosion thinned, four figures could be seen running, ragged silhouettes, legs pumping furiously along the wall. Even from a distance of 200 metres, it was obvious that three of them were children.
Jumping off the harbour wall, they turned on to the beach, attempting to cross the short distance to the safety of the Al-Deira hotel, base for many of the journalists covering the Gaza conflict.
Smoke billows from a beach shack following an Israeli military strike
It was there that the second shell hit the beach, those firing apparently adjusting their fire to target the fleeing survivors. As it exploded, journalists standing by the terrace wall shouted: “They are only children.
– gaza port shelling Smoke billows from a beach shack following the in Gaza City which killed four children. Photograph: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images”
Et la reprise sur le site d’IMEMC :
Israeli Naval Ships Attack Children on Gaza Beach, Killing Four -
International Middle East Media Center
An Israeli naval ship fired multiple artillery shells at children on a beach in Gaza City Wednesday, killing four children between the ages of 9 and 11, and wounding a number of other children.
Child injured in Gaza beach attack (image by Ma’an)
Reporters for AFP and the Guardian witnessed the attack, which took place near a hotel where the few foreign journalists in Gaza are staying.
The children were identified as Ahed Atef Bakir, 10, Zakariya Ahed Bakir, 10, Mohammad Ramiz Bakir, 11, and Ismail Mahmoud Bakir, 9. Neighbors report that they were brothers and cousins, helping their father/uncle with a fishing boat.
Peter Beaumont of the Guardian witnessed the shelling of the children, and said that after the first shell struck, and survivors were rushing for cover, Israeli naval forces fired a second shell at the survivors.
He described the attack as follows: “The retaining wall of Gaza’s harbour sticks out into the Mediterranean about 100 metres from the terrace of al-Deira hotel, base to many of the journalists covering the conflict in Gaza. The first of the artillery shells came in a little after 4pm on Wednesday as I was writing on the hotel’s terrace.
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Et pendant que le journaliste du Guardian assiste en direct au meurtre de quatre enfants, Valérie Amos est préoccupée.
Centre d’actualités de l’ONU - Gaza : Valerie Amos préoccupée par le grand nombre de victimes civils, dont des enfants
16 juillet 2014 – La Secrétaire générale adjointe des Nations Unies aux affaires humanitaires, Valerie Amos, a exprimé mercredi sa préoccupation concernant la situation à Gaza, où l’offensive israélienne fait de plus en plus de victimes. Selon les estimations, au 15 juillet, 194 Palestiniens ont été tués dans des attaques israéliennes, dont 149 civils.
Oui, la difficulté de mettre en mots ces massacres pour les « inners »... Comme le titre de Politis la semaine dernière, évoquant une « Colère qui monte »... Comme si ce stade n’avait pas déjà été dépassé depuis quelques dizaines d’années...
Uzbekistan’s feuding first family and the mystery of the president’s missing daughter
Gulnara Karimova, once the favoured daughter and presumed successor to her father’s autocratic mantle, told the Guardian in December that her sister and mother were engaged in a plot to turn her father against her. In February, her Twitter account, an extraordinary – if at times only semi-coherent – peephole into what was really happening at the centre of power and inside her troubled family, vanished.
And Karimova, who was once everywhere in Uzbekistan, recording pop songs, appearing at fashion events with western celebrities and even launching her own jewellery line, completely disappeared.
Soviet Ghosts : an Empire in decay - in pictures | Books | The Guardian
The countries of the former Eastern bloc are full of abandoned monuments to the glory of the Soviet Union. Risking arrest and radiation, photographer Rebecca Litchfield took a road trip through the ruined hospitals, barracks, prisons and spy stations to produce a haunting ghost story in bricks and mortar
Pour tous les amateurs…
Sur le Guardian, une galerie de 9 photos
Sur le site de l’auteure (vente en ligne du livre, £19,95)
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Leninplatz -> Platz der Vereinten Nationen, Berlin
La piscine dans ►http://www.theguardian.com/culture/gallery/2014/jul/10/soviet-ghosts-an-empire-in-decay-in-pictures se trouve á Wünsdorf
2012 . WÜNSDORF . DAS HAUS DER OFFIZIERE
Lately, there’s been some good rumbling about the dearth of stories that include characters of color (a New York Times critique, a “Top 10 Guide” in The Guardian, 30 Classics on The Griot) . As a father with a young daughter who’s been asking those difficult questions about her place in the world and how she sees herself […]
Ikea funds went to Romanian secret police in communist era | World | The Guardian
Qu’il est sympathique, le fondateur d’Ikea !
Ikea funds went to Romanian secret police in communist era
Secret police files reveal six-figure payments to Ceausescu’s henchmen, as retailer denies knowingly paying Securitate
Running scared of Israel the #BBC makes one Israeli life worth 1000 Palestinian lives
These all strongly, and rightly, expressed the broadcaster’s empathy with the fact that something terrible had happened. But when has the BBC ever expressed this level of concern for the deaths of Palestinian teenagers? The question matters because consistent empathic bias has the effect of humanising Israelis for the public and dehumanising Palestinians. This is an extremely lethal form of media propaganda with real consequences for human suffering.
A Guardian editorial noted that the killings ’had shocked [Israel] to the core’. Western leaders had also expressed solidarity - an outpouring of concern that contrasted with the reaction to Palestinian deaths, which ’so often pass with barely a murmur’. But that was all the Guardian editors had to say.
The missing, ugly reality is that over the last 13 years, on average, one Palestinian child has been killed by Israel every 3 days. Since the outbreak of the second Intifada in September 2000, 1,523 Palestinian children have been killed by Israel’s occupation forces. Over the same time period, 129 Israeli children have been killed.
NHS cancer care could switch to private contracts in £700m plans | Society | The Guardian
Cancer care in the NHS could be privatised for the first time in the health service’s biggest ever outsourcing of services worth over £1.2bn.
A host of private healthcare firms have already expressed interest in securing a £689m, 10-year contract to provide cancer care at four NHS GP-led clinical commissioning group areas in Staffordshire.
The four CCGs involved, which care for 767,000 patients, are also seeking bidders for a separate £535m contract to provide end-of-life care. Together the contracts are worth £1.22bn, much more than the previous record high of £500m, secured by Richard Branson’s Virgin Care for providing various health services in Surrey.
Virgin, Care UK, Ramsay Health and other private firms, many of which have increased their role in providing NHS care amid an expansion of competition driven by the coalition’s NHS shake-up, have attended briefings run by the charity Macmillan Cancer Support, which is advising the four CCGs on the cancer contract.
Christina McAnea, head of health at the union Unison, expressed grave concerns about the plans. “This is by far the biggest procurement process in the NHS and is a dangerous experiment. We are talking about £1bn of taxpayers’ money and contracts lasting 10 years in vital cancer services and end-of-life care,” she said.
“CCGs are potentially handing over all decision-making on cancer and end-of-life care to private companies. This is much bigger than just asking private companies to provide a service: this is asking them to design the whole system. With profit as the main driving force, how can it not lead to problems?”
While an NHS organisation could bid for the contracts, the four CCGs said they were open to the successful bidder being an independent.....
Berlin, 1933 and Jerusalem, 2014: When racist thugs are on the prowl - The gangs of Jewish ruffians man-hunting for Arabs are a manifestation of the dangerous evil that will surely triumph if good men continue to do nothing.
By Chemi Shalev | Jul. 2, 2014 | Haaretz
several parts of Berlin a large number of people, most of whom appeared to be Jews, were openly attacked in the streets and knocked down. Some of them were seriously wounded. The police could do no more than pick up the injured and take them off to hospital,” the Guardian reported. “Jews were beaten by the brown shirts until blood ran down their heads and faces” the Manchester Guardian noted. “Before my eyes, storm troopers, drooling like hysterical beasts, chase a man in broad daylight while whipping him,” Walter Gyssling wrote in his diary.
I know: you were outraged before you even finished the paragraph above. “How dare he compare isolated incidents here and there to Nazi Germany,” you are thinking to yourself. “This is an outrageous trivialization of the Holocaust.”
You are right, of course. My intention is not to draw any parallel whatsoever. Both my parents lost their families during World War II, and I need no convincing that the Holocaust is a crime so unique in its evil totality that it stands by itself even in the annals of other premeditated genocides.
But I am a Jew, and there are scenes of the Holocaust that are indelibly etched in my mind, even though I was not alive at the time. And when I saw the videos and pictures of gangs of right-wing Jewish racists running through the streets of Jerusalem, chanting “Death to the Arabs,” hunting for random Arabs, picking them out by their appearance or by their accents, chasing them in broad daylight, “drooling like hysterical beasts” and then beating them up before the police could arrive - the historical association was automatic. It was the first thing that jumped into my mind. It should have been, I think, the first thing that jumped into any Jew’s mind.
Water supply key to outcome of conflicts in Iraq and Syria, experts warn | Environment | The Guardian
Rivers, canals, dams, sewage and desalination plants are now all military targets in the semi-arid region that regularly experiences extreme water shortages, says Michael Stephen, deputy director of the Royal United Services Institute thinktank in Qatar, speaking from Baghdad.
“Control of water supplies gives strategic control over both cities and countryside. We are seeing a battle for control of water. Water is now the major strategic objective of all groups in Iraq. It’s life or death. If you control water in Iraq you have a grip on Baghdad, and you can cause major problems. Water is essential in this conflict,” he said.
John Bercow, le président de la Chambre des communes du Royaume-Uni, dans une tribune au Guardian, estime que l’avenir de la démocratie est électronique. Il demande que les votes de la Chambre des communes s’électronisent et, à la tête d’une commission pour la démocratie électronique, souligne pourtant que l’enjeu ne peut s’arrêter à cela. Pour lui, l’électronique est un moyen d’ouvrir la démocratie représentative. L’enjeu à venir est plus d’amener les gens à utiliser et à bien utiliser les outils de participation démocratique qui seront construits demain. “Le défi est un défi politique et social plutôt que technologique.”
What is the origin of the name #al-Qaida? | Books | The Guardian
In October last year, an item appeared on an authoritative Russian studies website that soon had the science-fiction community buzzing with speculative excitement. It asserted that #Isaac_Asimov's 1951 classic Foundation was translated into Arabic under the title “al-Qaida”. And it seemed to have the evidence to back up its claims.
The Arabic word qaida - ordinarily meaning “base” or “foundation” - is also used for “groundwork” and “basis”. It is employed in the sense of a military or naval base, and for chemical formulae and geometry: the base of a pyramid, for example. Lane, the best Arab-English lexicon, gives these senses: foundation, basis of a house; the supporting columns or poles of a structure; the lower parts of clouds extending across a horizon; a universal or general rule or canon. With the coming of the computer age, it has gained the further meaning of “database”: qaida ma’lumat (information base).
Scandal of Europe’s 11m empty homes | Society | The Guardian
More than 11m homes lie empty across Europe – enough to house all of the continent’s homeless twice over – according to figures collated by the Guardian from across the EU.
Peru now has a ‘licence to kill’ environmental protestors | Une façon radicale de calmer la contestation
“We continue considering this law as one that grants the armed forces as well as the national police a licence to kill,” Quispe told the Guardian. “It permits a high degree of impunity. During the repression of social protests, police officers and soldiers who cause injuries or deaths will now be exempt from criminal responsibility.”
No, #soccer is not invading America. It’s been here all along
Despite these types of troll-y click-bait articles being a dime a dozen each and every World Cup cycle, #Jeff_Winkler’s piece in the #Guardian, “‘Soccer’ is a virus invading America,” deserves special condemnation for how off the mark it is despite its boilerplate ‘ironic not ironic’ facade. This is the kind of trope, built largely […]
Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists | Environment | The Guardian
West Africa #ebola epidemic is ’out of control’ | Global development | The Guardian
The ebola epidemic in west Africa is “out of control” and will be contained only if politicians, religious leaders and aid agencies urgently improve their response to the unprecedented outbreak, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has warned.
The disease, which is continuing to spread through Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, has so far claimed 350 lives, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Comment le Pentagone finance la recherche en sciences sociales aux EU en vue de prévenir de futures insurrections en réponse au futur "choc environnemental, énergétique et économique"...
Atlanta’s food deserts leave its poorest citizens stranded and struggling | Cities | The Guardian
In most of the world’s densely packed urban areas, you can pick up fresh produce at a stall on the way home from work or buy bread, meat and staples at the cornershop across the street. But in sprawling metro Atlanta, where the model is megamarkets surrounded by mega parking lots, few of us have the option of a quick dash to the store.