country:united states

  • At detention center, immigrants kept indoors for years

    Standing amid the noticeable stench from a nearby toxic waste site, scores of Unitarian Universalists joined hundreds of others outside the #Northwest_Detention_Center in #Tacoma, Wash., on Saturday, April 5, to protest U.S. immigration policy. They rallied as part of a national day of action to stop the record number of deportations by the Obama administration.

    #détention #rétention #migration #USA #migration #détention_administrative #manifestation

  • A rising number of children are dying from U.S. explosives littering Afghan land - The Washington Post

    As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, it is leaving behind a deadly legacy: about 800 square miles of land littered with undetonated grenades, rockets and mortar shells.

    The military has vacated scores of firing ranges pocked with the explosives. Dozens of children have been killed or wounded as they have stumbled upon the ordnance at the sites, which are often poorly marked. Casualties are likely to increase sharply; the U.S. military has removed the munitions from only 3 percent of the territory covered by its sprawling ranges, officials said.

    Clearing the rest of the contaminated land — which in total is twice as big as New York City — could take two to five years. U.S. military officials say they intend to clean up the ranges. But because of a lack of planning, officials say, funding has not yet been approved for the monumental effort, which is expected to cost $250 million.

    “Unfortunately, the thinking was: ‘ We’re at war and we don’t have time for this ,’ ” said Maj. Michael Fuller, the head of the U.S. Army’s Mine Action Center at Bagram Airfield, referring to the planning.


    “If the Americans believe in human rights, how can they let this happen?”

    #enfants #droits_humains #crimes #Etats-Unis

  • Photos, videos show Syrian rebels with US weapons

    A rebel fighter crawls on the ground near the village of Kessab and the border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia, on March 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Amr Radwan al-Homsi) A rebel fighter crawls on the ground near the village of Kessab and the border crossing with Turkey, in the northwestern province of Latakia, on March 23, 2014. (Photo: AFP - Amr Radwan al-Homsi)

    Online videos show Syrian rebels using what appear to be US anti-tank rockets, weapons experts say, the first significant American-built armaments in the country’s civil war. They would signal a further internationalization of the conflict, with new rockets suspected from Russia and drones from Iran also spotted being used by government (...)

    #syria #Top_News

  • How NATO Helped Start the Crisis in Ukraine

    This video lays out NATO expansion and the associated betrayal of Russia in one simple video. If Ukraine and Russia fall into a shooting war, the US public will be partially to blame for ignoring...

  • Russian jet’s passes near U.S. ship in Black Sea ’provocative’ : Pentagon | Reuters

    A Russian fighter aircraft made repeated low-altitude, close-range passes near a U.S. ship in the Black Sea over the weekend, the Pentagon said on Monday, condemning the action at a time of heightened U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine.

    “This provocative and unprofessional Russian action is inconsistent with their national protocols and previous agreements on the professional interaction between our militaries,” said Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman.

    Warren said a Russian Su-24 aircraft, or Fencer, made 12 passes at low altitude near the USS Donald Cook, a destroyer that has been in the Black Sea since April 10. It appeared to be unarmed, he told reporters.

    The incident lasted 90 minutes and took place on Saturday evening while the U.S. ship was conducting a patrol in international waters in the western Black Sea, Warren said. The ship is now in a Romanian port.

    • Le USS Donald Cook est donc aujourd’hui à Constanța et accueille le président roumain Traian Băsescu et qui énumère les zones de tension où la Russie est impliquée autour de la Mer Noire, nouveau "lac russe" :

      Haut-Karabakh, Abkhazie, Ossétie du Sud, Transnistrie, et maintenant Crimée

      Президент Румынии Т.Бэсеску : « Россия несет ответственность за Нагорный Карабах » — Haqqin

      «Кнопка решения всех замороженных конфликтов на постсоветском пространстве находится в Москве, при этом она может в зависимости от своих интересов как очень быстро разрешить их, так и взорвать - по очереди или все одновременно», - заявил президент Румынии Траян Бэсеску в ходе пресс-конференции на борту ракетного эсминца ВМС США USS Donald Cook, находящегося в румынском порту Констанца, передает  румынское информационное агентство Mediafax.

    • Après l’Azerbaïdjan, même nouvelle de source iranienne

      PressTV - US to send new warship to Black Sea : Romania

      As tensions grow between Ukraine and Russia, Romanian President Traian Basescu says the US will send another warship to the Black Sea after its guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook leaves.

      Speaking to reporters in the port of Constanta on Monday, the Romanian president added that USS Donald Cook arrived in the Black Sea last week to carry out exercises aimed at improving interoperability, increasing readiness and boosting relations.

      Basescu noted that a French vessel is also in Romania’s Constanta Port to show support.

      The USS Donald Cook, which is a multi-mission ballistic missile-capable destroyer, crossed Turkey’s Bosphorus Strait on April 10 and entered the Black Sea, with sources within the Russian military saying the move is part of a systematic build-up of naval forces by NATO allies in the region.

      The USS Donald Cook joined guided-missile USS Truxtun last month for joint military exercises with the Romanian and Bulgarian navies in the Black Sea.

  • #Iraq shuts infamous #Abu_Ghraib prison

    Iraq has closed Abu Ghraib prison, made infamous by Saddam Hussein’s regime and US occupation forces, due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year, the justice ministry said Tuesday. The country is suffering a protracted surge in violence that has claimed more than 2,550 lives so far this year, and the area west of Baghdad where the prison is located is particularly insecure. read more


    • Je me demandais s’il allait y avoir confirmation chez nous de la visite d’un officiel de la CIA en Ukraine. Rien hier soir en tout cas, juste le fait qu’il y a des pro-russes, contre des pro-européens, et que les derniers sont honnêtes quand les premiers sont manipulés.

      Bon. Rien de nouveau. N’empêche que des gens très bien chez nous prennent tout cela pour argent comptant, et les discussions avec eux sont difficiles...

      «“We don’t normally comment on the CIA director’s travel but given the extraordinary circumstances in this case and the false claims being leveled by the Russians at the CIA we can confirm that the director was in Kiev as part of a trip to Europe,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. [...] “Senior level visits of intelligence officials are a standard means of fostering mutually beneficial security cooperation including U.S.-Russian intelligence collaboration going back to the beginnings of the post-Cold War era,” Carney said. “U.S. and Russian intelligence officials have met over the years. To imply that U.S. officials meeting with their counterparts is anything other than in the same spirit is absurd,” he said.»

      Le mot (“absurde”) a également arrêté Durden, qui développe trois paragraphes sur l’esprit de la chose. Là aussi, cela vaut citation...

      «You know what’s absurd? Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Or YouTube clips “proving” an Assad chemical weapons attack... which was organized and executed by NATO member Turkey with the blessing of rht US. Or the same CIA director showing up in a Kiev hotel under a fake name. Or for Interfax to have more credibility than US media outlets.

      »You know what isn’t absurd? Speculation that just like the CIA organized the overthrow of the Yanukovich regime, which has been confirmed courtesy of the Russian secret services leaking Victoria Nuland’s very inconveient recording, so the recent escalation in east Ukraine is indeed the work of the CIA.

      »You know what won’t be absurd? If and when the Russians release another recording, this time of Brennan, proving that all the latest “Russian” propaganda is once again in fact, fact.»

  • US Is an Oligarchy Not a Democracy, says Scientific Study
    by Eric Zuesse

    A study, to appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, finds that the U.S. is no democracy, but instead an oligarchy, meaning profoundly corrupt, so that the answer to the study’s opening question, “Who governs? Who really rules?” in this country, is:

    “Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts. Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association, and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But, ...” and then they go on to say, it’s not true, and that, “America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened” by the findings in this, the first-ever comprehensive scientific study of the subject, which shows that there is instead “the nearly total failure of ’median voter’ and other Majoritarian Electoral Democracy theories [of America]. When the preferences of economic elites and the stands of organized interest groups are controlled for, the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.”

    To put it short: The United States is no democracy, but actually an oligarchy.

  • US sent CIA Director as Ambassador to Tehran after CIA overthrew Iran’s Democratic gov’t (US now Complaining about Hostage-Taker Amb.)

    In 1953 the US Central Intelligence Agency conspired with right wing generals and other anti-democratic elements in Iran to overthrow the elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh. See Ervand Abrahamian’s recent study of this episode, “The Coup.” A liberal from an aristocratic background, Mosaddegh had committed the sin of coming to power just after the parliament nationalized Iran’s petroleum industry (i.e. declared that it belonged to Iran–as it did– rather than to BP’s then incarnation, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co.). The US put Mohammad Reza Pahlevi back on the throne, and he became an insufferable dictator and pro-American stooge.

    An operative in the CIA in the 1950s and 1960s was Richard Helms, the “gentlemanly planner of assassinations. He rose to become deputy director of the CIA and then, 1966-1973, director. Helms was a serial murderer who attempted to rub out Fidel Castro and Salvador Allende among others.

    In 1973-77, Helms was sent by the Nixon administration to be ambassador to Iran. Sending a career CIA operative and former director of that organization as diplomatic envoy to the country where the CIA had destroyed democracy was a huge slap in the face of the Iranian people, and they knew it. (Because Third Worldism was in vogue, many leftist youth in Iran were probably also aware of Helms’s sinister role in Chile and Cuba).

    The hostage crisis? It happened precisely because the US embassy in Tehran was used as a planning HQ for the 1953 coup. When the Carter administration admitted the shah for medical treatment into the US, the revolutionaries became alarmed that this step was a prelude to Washington putting him back on the throne yet again. It wasn’t a wild notion.

    The US inability to separate out intelligence work from dirty tricks and covert operations, and its inability to separate out the latter from diplomacy, is what put American diplomats’ lives in danger in late 1979.

    Appointing Aboutalebi to a position in New York was intended as an insult.
    But sending Helms to Tehran as ambassador was truly a douchebag FU moment.

    So as usual, however much the Iranian hard liners (who have never forgiven the US for the coup) want to insult the US, we’ve done much worse to them.

    • The Aboutalebi Affair in Context

      On the merits of the visa issue itself, the United States is acting wrongly. Denying the visa is a clear abrogation of the responsibilities of the United States as the host nation for the United Nations headquarters. No international organization could operate properly if the host nation were to behave in such a way for whatever rationale. It is not true, as has been widely asserted, that there is a “security exception” permitting such a denial. The U.S. law implementing the U.N. headquarters agreement speaks of security considerations as a possible reason for limiting travel of duly designated national representatives to the U.N. headquarters district, not for denying access to the district itself. For the law to read otherwise would have made a mockery of the headquarters agreement that placed the United Nations at Turtle Bay in the first place.

  • Israel to U.S.: Opposing Russia would endanger our security - Haaretz
    By Barak Ravid | Apr. 14, 2014

    Israel has told the United States over the past two weeks of its concerns that taking a public stance against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine could cause real damage to its security interests, an Israeli official involved in the talks with Washington told Haaretz on Sunday.

    Haaretz reported on Sunday that Washington is incensed that Jerusalem has not come out openly against Russia’s takeover of the Crimean peninsula. A senior U.S. official said one of the reasons for the White House’s anger was Israel’s absence two weeks ago at a UN General Assembly vote to condemn the Russian invasion and support Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

    The talks over the past two weeks, in which Israel explained its position on Ukraine and why it was absent from the vote, have been taking place both at the working diplomatic level on both sides, but also at a more senior rank. The Israeli official said that while both the U.S. State Department and Congress have shown understanding for Israel’s position, the White House remained unconvinced by the explanations.

    American dissatisfaction with Israel’s policy came up in a meeting last week in Washington between Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice. Leiberman explained that Israel had not attended the UN vote because of the Foreign Ministry employees’ strike. He said that during the last strike, three years ago, then-president of Russia Dmitry Medvedev had to call off a planned visit to Israel at the last minute, and the Russians had understood and not been angry. Rice listened to Lieberman, but stressed that the administration was disappointed in Israel’s conduct.

  • Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence

    The company gives money to nearly 140 business trade groups, advocacy organizations and think tanks, according to a Post analysis of voluntary disclosures by the company, which, like many corporations, does not reveal the size of its donations. That’s double the number of groups Google funded four years ago.

    After its first foray into lobbying in 2003, Google became the second-largest corporate spender on lobbying in the United States in 2012.

    • Today, Google is working to preserve its rights to collect consumer data — and shield it from the government — amid a backlash over revelations that the National Security Agency tapped #Internet companies as part of its surveillance programs. And it markets cloud storage and other services to federal departments, including intelligence agencies and the Pentagon.

      #lobbying #données

  • The Absurdity of US Natural Gas Exports | Our Finite World

    The Absurdity of US Natural Gas Exports
    Posted on March 31, 2014 by Gail Tverberg


    1. How much natural gas is the United States currently extracting?

    (a) Barely enough to meet its own needs
    (b) Enough to allow lots of exports
    (c) Enough to allow a bit of exports
    (d) The United States is a natural gas importer

    Answer: (d) The United States is a natural gas importer, and has been for many years. The EIA is forecasting that by 2017, we will finally be able to meet our own natural gas needs.

    In fact, this last year, with a cold winter, we have had a problem with excessively drawing down amounts in storage.

    There is even discussion that at the low level in storage and current rates of production, it may not be possible to fully replace the natural gas in storage before next fall.

    2. How much natural gas is the United States talking about exporting?

    (a) A tiny amount, less than 5% of what it is currently producing.
    (b) About 20% of what it is currently producing.
    (c) About 40% of what it is currently producing.
    (d) Over 60% of what it is currently producing.

    The correct answer is (d) Over 60% what it is currently producing. If we look at the applications for natural gas exports found on the Energy.Gov website, we find that applications for exports total 42 billion cubic feet a day, most of which has already been approved.* This compares to US 2013 natural gas production of 67 billion cubic feet a day. In fact, if companies applying for exports build the facilities in, say, 3 years, and little additional natural gas production is ramped up, we could be left with less than half of current natural gas production for our own use.

    *This is my calculation of the sum, equal to 38.51 billion cubic feet a day for Free Trade Association applications (and combined applications), and 3.25 for Non-Free Trade applications.

    3. How much are the United States’ own natural gas needs projected to grow by 2030?

    a. No growth
    b. 12%
    c. 50%
    d. 150%

    If we believe the US Energy Information Administration, US natural gas needs are expected to grow by only 12% between 2013 and 2030 (answer (b)). By 2040, natural gas consumption is expected to be 23% higher than in 2013. This is a little surprising for several reasons. For one, we are talking about scaling back coal use for making electricity, and we use almost as much coal as natural gas. Natural gas is an alternative to coal for this purpose.

    Furthermore, the EIA expects US oil production to start dropping by 2020 (Figure 3, below), so logically we might want to use natural gas as a transportation fuel too....



  • U.S. officials angry: Israel doesn’t back stance on Russia
    Haaretz By Barak Ravid | Apr. 13, 2014

    White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem’s “neutrality” regarding Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations with the United States and with Russia on the same plane.

    One senior U.S. official noted that one of the reasons for the anger in the White House was Israel’s absence from the UN General Assembly vote about two weeks ago on a resolution censuring the Russian invasion and expressing support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

    “We have been consulting closely on Ukraine not only with our partners and allies around the world," a senior U.S. official told Haaretz. "Obviously we are looking to the entire international community to condemn Russia’s actions and to support Ukraine, so we were surprised to see that Israel did not join the large majority of countries that voted to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity at the United Nations.”

  • Israël et l’Ukraine : une ambiguïté extrême

    • La position d’Israël vis-à-vis de la crise ukrainienne est d’une ambiguïté exemplaire. • Les liens avec Moscou comptent-ils plus dans ce cas que les liens avec Washington ?

    • U.S. officials angry: Israel doesn’t back stance on Russia
      Amid tension, Netanyahu backs out of event he was invited to personally by Putin.
      By Barak Ravid
      Published 02:49 13.04.14

      White House and State Department officials in Washington have built up a great deal of anger over Jerusalem’s “neutrality” regarding Russia’s invasion of the Crimean Peninsula. Senior figures in the Obama administration have expressed great disappointment with the lack of support from Israel for the American position on the Ukraine crisis and with the fact that the Israeli government puts its relations with the United States and with Russia on the same plane.

      One senior U.S. official noted that one of the reasons for the anger in the White House was Israel’s absence from the UN General Assembly vote about two weeks ago on a resolution censuring the Russian invasion and expressing support for the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

      “We have been consulting closely on Ukraine not only with our partners and allies around the world," a senior U.S. official told Haaretz. "Obviously we are looking to the entire international community to condemn Russia’s actions and to support Ukraine, so we were surprised to see that Israel did not join the large majority of countries that voted to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity at the United Nations.”

      A senior Israeli official said that Israel’s absence from the United Nations vote was viewed around the world as an extremely irregular measure, a departure from a long-standing Israeli policy of voting with the United States in the UN. While the Americans viewed Israel’s behavior as ungrateful, in light of Washington’s unshakable support for Jerusalem in the UN, in the Kremlin and in the Russian media Israel’s action was seen as an expression of support for Moscow, or at the very least a lack of opposition to the invasion of Ukraine.

      According to the Israeli official, in response to U.S. inquiries Israel attributed its absence at the vote to the strike by the Foreign Ministry’s employees. The White House and the State Department found the explanation wanting, especially in light of the lack of advanced notice from Jerusalem.

  • #Iran defiant after #US denies visa to proposed #UN envoy

    An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran’s newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi who has been denied a US visa. (Photo: AFP / HO / An undated handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian president on April 11, 2014 shows Tehran’s newly appointed UN ambassador Hamid Aboutalebi who has been denied a US visa. (Photo: AFP / HO /

    Iran on Saturday dismissed a US decision to deny a visa to its proposed new envoy to the United Nations, saying it would take up the case directly with the world body. "We do not have a replacement for Mr. Abutalebi and we will pursue the matter via legal mechanisms (...)


  • Microsoft cloud system wins EU privacy regulators’ approval
    FT April 10, 2014 By James Fontanella-Khan in Brussels

    “The EU’s data protection authorities have found that Microsoft’s enterprise cloud contracts meet the high standards of EU privacy law,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel, said on Thursday.
    “Other companies talk about their commitment to comply with EU privacy law – but we’ve enshrined that commitment in our contracts.”

    The approval granted by the EU’s privacy watchdogs is significant for #Microsoft as its cloud operation will not be affected if the EU decides to go ahead and scrap a key EU-US data transfer agreement.

    “Should the EU suspend the Safe Harbour Agreement with the US, as called for recently by the European Parliament, our enterprise customers won’t need to worry that their use of our cloud services on a worldwide basis will be interrupted or curtailed,” said Mr Smith.
    Microsoft consumer services, however, remain the subject of an investigation which started in 2012.

    #UE #régulation_numérique

    Microsoft to shield foreign users’ data
    FT January 22, 2014 By James Fontanella-Khan in Brussels and Richard Waters in San Francisco (#paywall)

  • La #permaculture est elle destinée aux #riches ?

    Continuant la lecture de l’étude évoquée ici :

    Si j’ai bien compris la légende du graphique, les pays « pauvres » ne sont le sujet que de 30% des publications (livres, articles, livrets, etc), dont seulement la moitié est écrite par eux-mêmes (l’autre moitié étant des publications écrites dans les pays « riches » et qui parlent de pays « pauvres ».

    L’influence de l’#Australie dont les créateurs de la permaculture sont originaires baisse avec le temps, au profit de l’#Europe et des autres continents. On note une augmentation de la représentation de l’#Afrique comme sujet, mais les Africain⋅e⋅s écrivent peu de publication sur la permaculture. L’#Amérique_du_sud est encore moins bien placée.

    La #carte nous éclaire un peu plus,

    L’Afrique est sûrement sur-représentée dans le graphique précédent à cause de l’Afrique du Sud (qui sera difficilement taxée de pays « pauvre »). On y voit aussi l’écrasante majorité des pays anglophones (USA, Australie, UK, Nouvelle Zélande et Afrique du Sud).

    La permaculture semble belle est bien WEIRD (Western, Educated, from Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic countries).

    Lien vers l’article :

    • En relation, une partie tirée de « Sustainable Revolution : Permaculture in Ecovillages, Urban Farms, and Communities Worldwide » sur la permaculture vue comme un cheval de Troie d’un nouveau colonialisme.

      À notre échelle, il y a eu pas mal de remous en France à cause de profs australiens qui venaient donner des cours hors de prix (> 1000€) dans des stages surchargés (+60 personnes) sans trop se renseigner sur les profs du coin où ils enseignaient (même si je suis pas trop pour l’approche chasse gardée). Et certain⋅e⋅s appellent à développer une « permaculture à la française » qui se baserait aussi sur les systèmes développés en France ou en Europe.

      Beyond Perma-Colonialism

      Indigenous Permaculture offers its trainings on a pay-what-you-can basis, open to anyone willing to take the information back home and put it to use. Through networking with a variety of native communities worldwide, the aim is to train a cadre of local permaculturists who can share skills with their neighbors.
      “If you bring people from the outside the community, they may not accept a ‘permaculture teacher.’ People may come and take plants, intellectual property, and they never give back,” Vasquez says. “This has gone on for too many years. Indigenous people need to decide their own destiny.” Permaculture teacher Robyn Francis agrees, having trained thousands of students from different parts of the world (see for a profile of the neighborhood she designed). She discusses teaching with an awareness of histories of imperialism and traditional knowledge appropriation. When she taught a permaculture course in Indonesia in 1999, there was concern among participants about whether “it was just another kind of colonialism—an Australian concept taught by an Australian teacher.”
      “The risk is greatest when the teacher sees permaculture as a kind of formula.… When this happens then—yes—it’s a new perma-colonialism,” Francis admits. “What I see as being the most valuable thing about permaculture, and the greatest challenge for a permaculture teacher to teach, is the process of lateral thinking and questioning, of developing the art of analytical observation.”12
      Histories of imposed assimilation into industrial economies have alienated native people from their traditional cultures across the globe, creating poverty and environmental destruction. The irony of “teaching” permaculture to people who traditionally lived its principles is not lost on Vasquez, who points out that when he teaches, he doesn’t always use the term. “We don’t talk about it as permaculture in the indigenous community because we are talking about a way of life.… They practice it, and it works, that’s it.”
      I had the opportunity to witness for myself this harmonious integration of principles and culture when I volunteered at a village school in Nepal in 1999. The experience led me to question mainstream notions of progress and development (for more on this theme, see the profile on Ladakh). I decided to study cultural anthropology at a radical graduate school in San Francisco that focused on decolonizing it.* This approach recognizes the imperialist perspective that spawned anthropology and questions the hierarchy that gives value to rational, scientific knowledge over indigenous and intuitive knowledge. The focus is on recognizing the continuing effects of colonialism and shifting the discipline toward cross-cultural advocacy for indigenous social and environmental justice.
      “Postcolonial” anthropology introduced me to the concept of cultural hegemony: the domination of the global imagination by an ideology that describes the social, political, and economic status quo as inevitable and beneficial for everyone (rather than chiefly for those whom the Occupy movement dubbed “the 1 percent”).
      Mollison calls permaculture a positivist philosophy, one that focuses on what we want and can do, rather than what we want others to change. Permaculture is revolutionary in that it gives people concrete tools to take power back, to become more reliant on local community resources, and to heal relationships. It is based on the assumption that the dominant global system is not inevitable, doesn’t benefit the majority of people, and is, in fact, leading us to the brink of environmental collapse. I came to believe that this design approach can be a catalyst for resistance and transformation within communities seeking alternatives to the globalized economy. The word permaculture usually brings up images of rural life, but it can equally be applied by individuals and groups at the center of the industrialized world, shifting the system from within the heart of the inner city (see Los Angeles Eco-Village).

    • Francis Hallé propose « pays tropicaux » et « pays à saison thermiques » mais il y a quelques exceptions et des pays hybrides (Mexique, Brésil, Inde, Chine). Je dis « riches/pauvres », n’étant pas fan du voile pudique sur l’inégalité éco...

    • Hum j’aime pas trop goinfres/pillés, et « tropicaux » est trop restrictif. J’aime bien #WEIRD mais c’est pas trop compréhensif. Y a aussi occidentaux mais c’est pas très cohérent par rapport au Japon même si tout le monde comprend. Peut être exploiteur/exploité ? J’aime pas pauvre car il se place implicitement sur le terrain éco, et certains pays sont riches sur certains points même si tout tend à se dégrader.

    • Hallé consacre quelques pages à la question, avec les mêmes gênes, sauf que les tropiques lui vont bien. Rares contre-exemples de pays tropicaux qui s’en sortent pas : Singapour et quelques villes du sud de l’Inde. Mais il y a des flopées de pays non-tropicaux qui se sont faits coloniser, déculturer et appauvrir (Maghreb).

  • Je ne sais pas quelle est la source, mais bon c’est très probable :

    Sources : U.S. urges Israel to attack Syrian forces threatening CIA-trained rebels in Golan - World Tribune | World Tribune

    The United States is pressuring Israel to attack the Syrian military in the Golan Heights.
    Western diplomatic sources said the administration of President Barack Obama has urged Israel to stop a Syrian Army advance toward U.S.-trained rebels in the Golan Heights.

    A truck carries an Israeli Merkava tank to the Israeli-Syrian border at the Golan Heights. /EPA
    The sources said the rebels, trained and sent from Jordan, reached the divided Heights last month.
    “The Americans want Israel to stop a Syrian column from reaching rebel-held areas of the Golan, particularly where the Jordanian-based jihadists are located,” a source told Middle East Newsline.
    The sources said this marked the first U.S. request for Israel’s military to intervene in Syria. They said Obama and his aides had repeatedly warned Israel to refrain from striking Syria, which transferred long-range rockets and air defense systems to Hizbullah in neighboring Lebanon.
    The CIA has been training more than 1,000 rebels in Jordan in a program financed by Saudi Arabia. The rebels, blocked by Islamist militias in southern Syria, failed in two operations to establish strongholds in Syria.
    The U.S.-trained rebels were said to have captured a Syrian Army outpost
    at Tel Al Ahrar in the Golan Heights. The sources said the outpost contained
    250 Jordanian-based fighters, with another 250 Islamist militia members in
    the rest of the Golan Heights. With the exception of Quneitra, the rebels
    were said to control most of the Syrian portion of the heights. which
    amounts to 600 square kilometers.
    At this point, Israel has not responded to the U.S. request. The sources
    said Israel’s military and intelligence community did not want a
    confrontation with the regime of President Bashar Assad as it eliminated
    rebel strongholds throughout central and western Syria.
    “An [Israeli] attack could lead to a regional war, just the kind that
    Iran and Hizbullah might like right now,” another source said.

  • U.S. and China appeal WTO rulings | Reuters

    (Reuters) - The United States and China have both appealed against recent rulings in disputes at the World Trade Organization (WTO), filings published by the WTO showed on Friday.

    The United States said it wanted to correct some legal issues in a case that it brought jointly with the European Union and Japan, handing China a heavy defeat over its restrictions on exports of rare earth metals.

    The filing said the U.S. concerns would not need to be dealt with if there was no appeal from China. China has not appealed the ruling, but it still has time to do so, with a 60 day window from the time of the ruling on March 26.

    In a separate filing, China lodged an appeal in a WTO case that it brought to challenge U.S. punitive tariffs on exports including photovoltaic cells and modules, windtowers and certain steel and aluminum products.

    Although Beijing scored a partial victory in that case, by successfully saying the United States had been wrong to punish some Chinese exports twice over, it lost the bulk of the argument against U.S. laws targeting unfair trade subsidies.

    #OMC Organisation mondiale du commerce
    #États-Unis #Chine ont tous deux interjeté en appel contre les récentes décisions dans les différends à l’Organisation mondiale du commerce (OMC )

  • Seymour Hersh gets it wrong on Turkey - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

    True, Hersh is a journalist who has done formidable work in the past. But, as Kenar writes, to have Pulitzers doesn’t guarantee that you will write reliable and accurate reports all your life. For example, The New York Times writer Thomas Friedman has three Pulitzers, but they did not stop him from getting it wrong on the Iraq invasion.

    Is this Hersh’s first dubious reporting? Wasn’t it Hersh who said that the US operation to kill Osama bin Laden was a big lie? Wasn’t it Hersh who said that the Fatah al-Islam outfit in Lebanon was financed by Saad Hariri and the United States? Didn’t it later come out that Fatah al-Islam was supported by the Syrian intelligence?


    • Au sujet du « big lie », noter que l’article du Guardian a été corrigé quelques jours après sa publication, avec notamment cette mention :

      Hersh has pointed out that he was in no way suggesting that Osama bin Laden was not killed in Pakistan, as reported, upon the president’s authority: he was saying that it was in the aftermath that the lying began.

    • US Produced Sarin Gas Used in Syria | Veterans Today

      - How did you find out that chemical weapons were being transported into Syria from Georgia and what further information do you have about this?
      Gordon Duff provided me with this information. It was also confirmed by my own sources. He stated, based on reliable sources, that chemical weapons were being transferred by sea from Georgia to Syria. They have human intelligence sources who find and track such materials. I have provided the government with those secret recordings, which I have obtained, including materials concerning illegal weapons deals in Georgia, including information about deals with Israel and of other types of material assistance. Gordon and his investigation team confirmed the accuracy of my information.
      This is a team of American veterans who found out that the supply of chemical weapons in Syria was performed from outside, via Turkey. They have proof that heavy materials, which can be used to build underground bunkers, as well as special underground chemical, biological or even nuclear research facilities, were imported into Georgia back in 2010.

    • Syria Special: Identifying the Sources for Hersh’s “Insurgents’ Chemical Weapons Attacks”

      Of course, Hersh may have a source or sources who are not listed above. However, without information beyond his general labels, we have no way of establishing this.

      Instead, we are left with the language of Hersh’s summary and the one document that he cites. Both the language and the document are remarkably similar to assertions — which put forth no evidence, apart from one claimed Department of Defense document — put out by the following, all of whom cite each other in the recycling of claims:

      1. Yossef Bodansky, a former staffer for the US House of Representatives who is now senior editor of the Global Research website, notable for its criticism of US foreign policy and claims of conspiratorial US interventions, and who is linked to President Assad’s uncle;

      2. The retired officers of the Veteran Intelligence Professonals for Sanity;

      3. F. Michael Maloof, a former staffer of the Department of Defense.

  • Can forgiveness that is mandated by a government be genuine?

    Reviewer Neil Genzinger (in The New York Times) writes about the new documentary #FILM, “Coexist” (to be shown on US public television this month) about post-genocide #Rwanda, 20 years later. The film, according to Genzinger, “... at first seems as if it is merely going to be another effort to draw feel-good stories out of an impossibly ugly moment in history.” But then it explores “whether forgiveness that is mandated by the (Rwandan) government can be genuine.”

    #genocide #reconciliation

  • Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine | Naomi Klein | Comment is free | The Guardian

    The way to beat Vladimir Putin is to flood the European market with fracked-in-the-USA natural gas, or so the industry would have us believe. As part of escalating anti-Russian hysteria, two bills have been introduced into the US Congress – one in the House of Representatives (H.R. 6), one in the Senate (S. 2083) – that attempt to fast-track liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports, all in the name of helping Europe to wean itself from Putin’s fossil fuels, and enhancing US national security.

    #énergie #gaz_de_schistes

  • Wealth inequality: Is it worse than we thought ?

    Economists Emmanuel Saez, of the University of California–Berkeley, and Gabriel Zucman, of the London School of Economics, are out with a new set of findings on American wealth inequality, and their numbers are startling. Wealth, for reference, is the value of what you own—assets like housing, stocks, and bonds, minus your debts. And while it certainly comes up from time to time, it has tended to play second fiddle to income in conversations about America’s widening class divide. In part, that’s because it’s a trickier conversation subject. Wealth has always been far more concentrated than income in the United States. Plus, research suggested that the top 1 percent of households had actually lost some of its share since the 1980s.

    That might not really have been the case.

    Forget the 1 percent. The winners of this race, according to Zucman and Saez, have been the 0.1 percent. Since the 1960s, the richest one-thousandth of U.S. households, with a minimum net worth today above $20 million, have more than doubled their share of U.S. wealth, from around 10 percent to more than 20 percent. Take a moment to process that. One-thousandth of the country owns one-fifth of the wealth. By comparison, the entire top 1 percent of households takes in about 22 percent of U.S. income, counting capital gains.

    While the super-rich have risen, the merely affluent have barely budged. As shown on this next graph from Saez and Zucman, the share of wealth belonging to the top 1 to 0.5 percent of households has remained about level. The 0.5 to 0.1 percent have tacked roughly an extra percentage point onto their piece of the pie. The relative gains have been eaten up by the elite—the 0.1 percent and even the 0.01 percent.

    This new batch of research is similar in spirit to Saez’s pioneering work quantifying income inequality, which he has published with French economist Thomas Piketty. (It’s probably no accident that this research is coming out around the same time that Piketty, Saez’s longtime collaborator, has published Capital in the Twenty-First Century, his highly touted book about capital accumulation—aka wealth.) Both projects substitute tax data analysis for older approaches that relied on government surveys, which tend to undercount the very rich. In this case, Saez and Zucman use taxes on investment income to reverse-engineer their wealth estimates. The results are still very preliminary and could change with further study.
    But they are basically in keeping with what has already been shown about income inequality. Occupy Wall Street trained Americans to frame the economic gap in terms of the 99 percent and 1 percent. But writers and economists have been pointing out for years that the biggest winners in today’s globalized, finance-heavy economy have been an even smaller band of super-rich. Tim Noah dubbed them “the stinking rich.” Chrystia Freeland went with “plutocrats.” No matter what you choose to name them, the largest economic gains have accrued to Americans at the very, very tiniest tip of the earnings pyramid. Here’s one dramatic illustration I’ve drawn from the World Top Incomes Database. The top 0.5 percent, with minimum household income of $551,000, have roughly tripled their share of the nation’s paycheck since 1978, to about 18 percent. The bottom half of the 1 percent, the work-a-day rich, have upped theirs only to around 4 percent.

    urning income into wealth takes saving and investment. And over the years, wealth compounds. That’s why wealth inequality is always more severe than the income gap: The well-to-do can save relatively more to start, and then their advantage builds on itself. It may also explain why the super-rich are sprinting ahead while the ordinary affluent are more or less standing in place. The economy has treated small-business owners, corporate lawyers, and doctors well. But in order to keep up their lifestyles, they may need to spend relatively more of their income than, say, a Fortune 500 CEO or hedge funder.

    And so an exceptionally tiny circle of Americans is not only commanding a greater and greater share of pay, but—if Saez and Zucman are right—they are successfully consolidating their fortunes far faster than 99.9 percent of the country. At the risk of sounding a little melodramatic, this is how an aristocracy gets built.

    The #Shocking #Rise of #Wealth-Inequality: Is it #Worse Than We Thought?
    #again&again !

  • [358] Confessions of an FDA Agent, Truth Behind ’Honor Diaries’ & US’ Embarrassing Illiteracy Rate

    Abby Martin Breaks the Set on Sea Water Fuel, Afghanistan Elections, FDA Fraud, Honor Diaries Funding and American Illiteracy LIKE Breaking the Set @ FOLLOW Abby Martin...

  • #turkey seeking to boost powers of secret service agency

    Turkey’s government sought parliamentary approval to boost the powers of the secret service on Thursday, a move seen by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s critics as a bid to tighten his grip on the apparatus of state as he wages a bitter power struggle. Control of the NATO member’s security apparatus goes to the heart of a feud between Erdogan and Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally based in the United States whose network of followers wields influence in the police and judiciary. read more