L’Europe et le dégoût du “citoyen”
Citation et commentaire du 21 mai 2013 – contribution de dedefensa.org
L’Europe et le dégoût du “citoyen”
Citation et commentaire du 21 mai 2013 – contribution de dedefensa.org
Justice et religion :
Religious politics in Israel: Who’s a Jew? | The Economist
An old religious argument once again rears its angry head
May 18th 2013
WHEN is a Jew not a Jew? When he’s a Karaite. Or so says Israel’s chief rabbinate, which, after 65 years of relative harmony with an ancient Jewish sect, is reopening an old and bitter schism. In recent months, rabbis working for Israel’s ministry of religion have deemed Karaite marriages invalid, fined their butchers for claiming to be kosher, and demanded that Karaites marrying Orthodox Jewish women should convert, sometimes having to undergo tavila, or baptism. “We are already Jews,” protests Moshe Firrouz, a computer engineer who heads the Karaites’ Council of Sages. “The rabbinate is denying us our religious freedom.”
The chief rabbinate, Israel’s state religious authority, reluctantly began legitimising their marriages again after a recent order by Israel’s Supreme Court , but it continues to argue that since Karaite rites are not Jewish, Karaites have lesser Jewish rights, too. “Israel is a Jewish state and Jews have superior rights,” says the chief rabbinate’s spokesman. “But the Karaites are not Jewish.”
Women of the Wall member is targeted in ’Torah tag’ attack
By Michael Omer-Man|Published May 20, 2013
A board member of the Women of the Wall group woke to find hateful graffiti, reminiscent of ‘price tag’ attacks, on her Jerusalem home Monday morning.
The graffiti, which says “Torah Tag” and “Women of the Wall are wicked,” was spray painted on the apartment building where long-time board member of Women of the Wall Peggy Cider lives.
Earlier this month, thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews came out to protest against Women of the Wall at the Western Wall, following a favorable court ruling that affirmed their right to pray as they wish at the Western Wall.
Les ultra-orthodoxes juifs disent “non” au service militaire
« Laissez-nous éduquer nos enfants comme nous le faisons depuis des générations, a insisté le rabbin Moshe Shternboch dans les colonnes du “Jerusalem Post”. Vous pouvez voter des budgets et vos décrets mais nous continuerons, sans en tenir compte . »
The Gospel according to Sand: We are not Jews
Today, this confusion in defining a “Jewish people” manifests as confusion in justifying a Jewish state, Sand asserts, presenting what he sees as the “cardinal claim” of the State of Israel: “It defines itself as a Jewish state, or as the state of the Jewish people across the world, but is not capable of defining who is a Jew.”
Et ça rend fou ....
By Michael Omer-Man|Published May 20, 2013
Israeli man kills four at bank, reportedly after being denied credit
An Israeli man killed four others and himself after being denied credit by a bank in the southern Israeli city of Be’er Sheva Monday, Israeli media is reporting.
According to initial reports, the man asked the bank to extend his line of credit after an ATM did not give him any money. The man was described as a former IDF officer and later a Border Police officer.
Al Jazeera management orders Joseph Massad article pulled in act of pro-Israel censorship | The Electronic Intifada
Le dernier article de Joseph Massad sur Al-Jazeera english retiré.
Although Qatar-based Al Jazeera receives much criticism, and often deserved for reflecting Qatar’s foreign policy, the censorship of Massad’s article for political reasons is unprecedented because the English-language website had, until now, enjoyed complete editorial independence.
It is well understood that Al Jazeera’s red lines have always been criticism of Qatar or its Emir, and yet, Massad has even published several articles on Al Jazeera English that harshly criticized both Qatari foreign policy (See here, here and here) and the Emir himself without ever being censored.
And Massad has written plenty of articles that have enraged Zionists.
This indicates, without doubt, that the decision to remove Massad’s article today was taken at the highest level.
But why would this happen now?
One reasonable interpretation would be that the removal of Massad’s article reflects a tightening of the editorial line as the Qatar-based network launches its new channel, Al Jazeera America, which will rely – for access to cable systems, and “mainstream” credibility – on forging good relations with US elites.
An illustration of what this process might look like was on display when Ehab Al Shihabi, executive director of Al Jazeera’s international operations and the official responsible for setting up Al Jazeera America, recently visited Chicago – which will be home to a major Al Jazeera bureau.
Qatar and Israel
The withdrawal of Joseph Massad’s article from AJE today only proves this about Qatari foreign policy: that the Emir basically cater to Zionists in order to get close to the US government and to stay a step ahead of Saudi flirtations with House of Saud. The prostration of Qatari rule before Zionists should be taken into consideration when examining the Qatari role in the Arab counter-revolution especially in Syria.
La face cachée du Qatar
Au programme de l’Esprit d’actu, un entretien avec Jacques-Marie Bourget,co-auteur avec Nicolas Beau de l’ouvrage « Le Vilain Petit Qatar – Cet ami qui nous veut du mal ». Un livre qui dévoile la face cachée de cette richissime
Al Jazeera roiled by US manager’s decision to censor Joseph Massad article | The Electronic Intifada
L’article a été republié.
“[Al-Jazeera] will be the voice of Main Street,” Al Shihabi recently said of the nascent US-based Al Jazeera offshoot.
Clearly, in Al Shihabi’s eyes, Massad’s searing, well-researched criticism of Zionism was not going to fly in the American mainstream.
Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write - The H Security : News and Features
toujours plus de big brother : les communications Skype espionnées par Microsoft sous prétexte de chasse au spam/phishing... Avec (bien entendu !) obligation d’accès aux logs pour les services gouvernementaux américains
Germany fears return of European jihadists in Syria | World news | The Guardian
Up to 700 Europeans are fighting the Assad regime in Syria mainly as militant Islamists, the German government hassaid, warning that the militants could return as “homegrown terrorists” and calling for a controversial new policy that would temporarily bar them from re-entering Europe.
Freshly venture-backed European Internet companies want your talent, and they are going to remarkable lengths to get it—but not always legally.
For some, shortcuts aren’t (or haven’t yet been) required: Alicia Navarro, founder and chief executive of affiliate marketing startup Skimlinks, told Slashdot: “Interestingly, getting visas for non-EU residents has not been a problem for us. At least, not yet. We currently have five people here on a visa and it’s mainly a time- and money-consuming process. We’ve had only one case where we couldn’t bring the person in we wanted to. That was for a six-month internship with a Romanian national.”
Romania is in the European Union, but its citizens still need a visa to work in the U.K.
Tomgram : David Vine, Baseworld Profiteering | TomDispatch
...after an extensive examination of government spending data and contracts, I estimate that the Pentagon has dispersed around $385 billion to private companies for work done outside the U.S. since late 2001, mainly in that baseworld. That’s nearly double the entire State Department budget over the same period, and because Pentagon and government accounting practices are so poor, the true total may be significantly higher.
... an analysis of Pentagon spending reveals a troubling pattern: the majority of benefits have gone to a relatively small group of private contractors. In total, almost a third of the $385 billion has flowed into the coffers of just 10 top contractors, including scandal-prone companies like KBR, the former subsidiary of Halliburton, and oil giant BP.
The use of contractors accelerated following the Cold War’s end, part of a larger trend toward the privatization of formerly public services.
Contractors are hardly alone in raking in the dollars from the Pentagon’s baseworld. Pentagon officials, military personnel, members of Congress, and lobbyists, among others, have all benefited — financially, politically, and professionally — from the giant overseas presence. In particular, contractors have spread the love by making millions in campaign contributions to members of Congress. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, military contractors and their employees gave more than $27 million in election donations in 2012 alone, and have donated almost $200 million since 1990.
Most of these have gone to members of the armed services and appropriations committees in the Senate and House of Representatives. These, of course, have primary authority over awarding military dollars. For the 2012 elections, for example, DynCorp International’s political action committee donated $10,000 to both the chair and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and made additional donations to 33 other members of the House and Senate armed services committees and 16 members of the two appropriations committees.
Je me demandais d’où le Akhbar avait tiré une phrase délirante de Benjamin Netanyahu. Il s’agit d’une interview de Glenn Beck du 17 novembre 2006.
NETANYAHU: Iran is Germany, and it’s 1938, except that this Nazi regime that is in Iran, that’s a religious kind of fanaticism, but it wants to dominate the world, annihilate the Jews, but also annihilate America. Remember, we’re the small Satan. You’re the big Satan.
NETANYAHU: We’re just the first way station en route to you. So there is this fundament fanaticism that is there. It’s a messianic cult. It’s a religious messianic cult that believes in the Apocalypse, and they believe they have to expedite the Apocalypse to bring the collapse of the West.
BECK: See, nobody is saying — why isn’t George Bush saying this? Why is it nut jobs like me who is saying this? Why isn’t the media bringing this stuff out?
Amazon staff go on strike in Germany
Workers at two sites walk out demanding to be paid German hourly minimum rate for retail and mail-order sector
In #Louisiana, 1 person in 55 is behind bars (1619 by 100k population): http://i.imgur.com/216yIMy.jpg
World record by far, by an utterly corrupt system : ►http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2012/05/louisiana_is_the_worlds_prison.html - and the #USA have the worst incarceration rate in the world ranked by country: 25% of the world’s inmates from only 5% of the world’s population ! #prison
The EU: Israel’s Faithful Brother in Arms
As is often the case, this undisguised cooperation between the EU and Israeli military companies went fully unchallenged – let alone noticed – in the European media. Not even the rather conspicuous fact that the EU-sponsored conference occurred simultaneously with Israel’s devastating Gaza assault in which Israel used the equipment of both Elbit and IAI.
The same inability, or unwillingness, by the European media to report such collaboration, let alone deplore it, manifested itself even more prominently in January 2009. A day after Israel’s 22-day long assault on the Gaza Strip, the leaders of six European states, including the UK, France, and Italy, arrived in Israel for a gala dinner, voicing their support for Israel. The dinner was hosted by Israel’s then-prime minister Ehud Olmert. The European leaders vowed, of all things, to stop the flow of arms to Hamas. Meanwhile, the Israeli strikes on Gaza would kill 926 civilians.
As a trading and co-sponsoring partner, Elbit is among the most disagreeable of all the Israeli military companies. Being at the very core of Israel’s breaches of international law, Elbit is deeply involved in Israel’s drone programs that have targeted and killed scores of civilians, including children. The former president and chief executive of Elbit proclaimed that the company is “the backbone” of Israel’s drone operations. Elbit also provides surveillance equipment to the illegal wall Israel has built in the West Bank. Besides being an instrumental partner of the Israeli air force, it is also sells equipment to the Israeli navy.
The EU also funnels funds to Elbit through allocating EU-taxpayers’ money to the company under the umbrella of scientific research. Indeed, another barely publicized yet lucrative form of EU-Israeli cooperation that directly benefits Israel’s private military sector are scientific research subsidies. David Cronin, who has put together a pioneering compendium on the EU’s complicity in Israel’s illegalities, estimates that by the year 2013, Israel will have received EU research grants for more than €500 million. Israel currently takes part in over 800 schemes with European universities and corporations.
IPS – Rich Countries Drag Feet at Climate Talks | Inter Press Service
“World leaders are acting like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” — Union of Concerned Scientists’ Alden Meyer"
UXBRIDGE, Canada, May 7 2013 (IPS) - Another week of international climate negotiations ended in Bonn, Germany last Friday, but there was little mid-level bureaucrats could do when world leaders remain in thrall to the fossil fuel industry, say environmentalists.
“The main barrier to confronting the climate crisis isn’t lack of knowledge about the problem, nor is it the lack of cost-effective solutions,” said Alden Meyer, director of strategy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
“It’s the lack of political will by most world leaders to confront the special interests that have worked long and hard to block the path to a sustainable low-carbon future.
ZCommunications | An Ordinary Radical by Verena Stressing | ZNet Article
However, the biggest demonstration recently has been against gay marriage or marriage equality (marriage pour tous), an utterly ridiculous spectacle and public display of homophobia. To me, this was a symbol of the myth that the French are traditionally left. I once read somewhere that this myth was invented by the Parisian Bohème and was really only spread by the media until it became a globally accepted cliché. I can easily believe that. In reality, France is very much still an elitist country, where basically the entire political class is recruited from a handful of elite schools, and where the social class you come from is decisive for your career. I can see that every day at my work place. It is also an extremely hierarchical and still very sexist society, despite the fact that for example many more women work than, say, in Germany. To me, “liberté, égalite, fraternité” is really just a slogan at this point, the France of the majority is the #France of the catholic schools, the elite universities, the bourgeoisie and the conservative voting country side.
Austerity policies heighten national divisions in Europe - World Socialist Web Site
Austerity policies heighten national divisions in Europe
By Stefan Steinberg
6 May 2013
In recent weeks, debate has been raging in political circles and the media over the merits of implementing austerity measures in Europe. The background to the polemics is the rapidly worsening economic crisis in Europe and the emergence of mass opposition to austerity policies in Europe.
The Italian election in February was the most recent and clearest expression of the mounting hostility to austerity. The unelected technocrat regime of Mario Monti, which had carried out a series of swingeing spending cuts at the behest of the EU and the banks, suffered a devastating defeat. The right-wing populist comedian Beppo Grillo was the initial beneficiary of the broad anti-government sentiment, which exposed the alienation of millions not only from the Monti government, but all of the established parties.
ECB indicates south Europeans can endure more austerity – The European Sting | Les #faisans!
According to a European Central Bank report which was published yesterday, the average household in south European countries like Cyprus, Greece, Spain and Italy possess more net wealth than their peers in the north (net wealth is defined as the difference between total assets and total liabilities). The obvious conclusion is that they can endure more austerity and shock therapy measures. For example the study finds that the mean net wealth of a Cypriot household is €670,900, of a Spanish one €291,400, of an Italian € 275,200, in comparison to only €195,200 in Germany, in the Netherlands € 170,200 and in Finland just €161,500. The authors of the report note that, “The data for Cyprus appear not to be comparable with those for other euro area countries in a number of dimensions and should therefore be interpreted with caution. However, once the above mentioned factors are accounted for, the net wealth figures for Cyprus appear less of an outlier”.
Hallucinant ! pour financer l’austérité, ils n’ont qu’à taper dans leur (riche) patrimoine.
Comme celui-ci a de grandes chances d’être essentiellement immobilier, ça va permettre aux (pauvres) nordiques de pouvoir se procurer des pieds-à-terre au soleil.
Par ailleurs, la comparaison entre moyenne (671 k€) et médiane (267 k€) à Chypre montre que la distribution est très dissymétrique.
Nikolaus Gansterer | Drawing a Hypothesis : The Bottom Line « The Drawing Center »
Un projet carto-artistique ouf mais super auquel j’ai (modestement) participé
In advance of the third program in The Drawing Center’s Drafts series, Curatorial Assistant Nova Benway speaks with Vienna-based artist Nikolaus Gansterer about the generative potential of diagrams.
For years I have had a strong fascination with diagrams (in German “Schaubilder”) and I was questioning how these relational visual artifacts—graphic forms visualizing complex associations—could be comprehended from an artistic point of view. In an intensive exchange with artists and scientists, I developed new forms of narratives and hypotheses by tracing the speculative potential of diagrams. Based on a discursive process, I sent my drawings to various interpreters with a request for a written interpretation (which I call “micrology”), so that in return I could react to their texts with diagrammatic drawings and models. In 2011 a publication resulted from this five-year exchange of figures of thought and figures of speech, describing, from various angles, the reflexive and dynamic character of diagrams.
Brendan Simms: Can Angela Merkel forge a United States of #europe? - Comment - Comment - London Evening Standard
Tags : #allemagne europe
Free Bradley Manning, Blowing the Whistle on War Crime is no Crime
The Medium of Treason
The Bradley Manning Case: Agency or Misconduct in a Digital Society?
An intervention @ Urban Spree Gallery (S/U Warschauer Straße, Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin), 5 May 2013, starts at 17, free entry.
with: Birgitta Jónsdóttir (Iceland), Andy Müller Maguhn (Germany), John Goetz (USA), N
Moderated by Diani Barreto (USA), Introduced by Tatiana Bazzichelli.
This event is organised by the reSource transmedial culture berlin of the transmediale festival in partnership with re:publica.
With the kind support of the www.freebradleymanning.net initiative Berlin
How a German Elementary School Taught Sex Ed [Graphic] - Lindsay Abrams - The Atlantic
Actual studies have proven that six-year-olds’ imaginations can be just as graphic as the images in Wo kommst du her?, only less anatomically accurate:
That’s from a 2012 study that asked children in the U.S., the Netherlands, England, and Sweden to draw pictures explaining where babies come from. The Dutch boy who drew the above picture did better than most — American kids got nowhere near as close to understanding what was going on, and invariably invoked God in their explanations. One U.S. boy said, “I think [babies] are made by a mom and a dad, but I am not sure how; maybe during special time when they are alone.”
A philosophical critique of EU politics | #europe | DW.DE | 27.04.2013
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl - the architect of German reunification - admitted he would never have won a referendum on the adoption of the euro in his country and said he acted “like a dictator” to see the common currency introduced.
Refugees Liberation Bus Tour - Starts in Karlsruhe: 26-28.4. April till 08.June 2013 in Baden Württemberg and Schwaben Bayern | The VOICE Refugee Forum Germany - Flüchtlinge und Asyl in #Deutschland
The Tour is expected to scandalize the situation of #Refugees which involves forced accommodation in Lager, deportation, Restriction to freedom of movement (Residentzpflicht), Police brutality, racial profiling, discriminating mechanism through horrible packet food supplies and other forms of unjust control directed at further #persecution of Refugees in this modern Century.
The Tour is planned through Lagers in Baden Württemberg and Schwaben Bayern from April 26th to end up with a demo in Stuttgart on June 8th..
BIlan sécuritaire du WE du Grand Prix de Formule 1 :
–8000 policiers déployés,
–1000 Molotov, 137 pneus, 72 extincteurs saisis (d’après le chef de la police)
–deux jeunes filles arrêtées soupçonnées de préparer une attaque contre le circuit.
“The danger facing the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council concerns each and everyone of us and demands that we be united,” he said at a consultative meeting of GCC interior ministers in Manama, the BNA reported.