• Four NATO Allies Deny Ukraine Statement on Providing Arms -

    A senior aide to Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said on Sunday that Kiev had agreed at the NATO summit in Wales on the provision of weapons and military advisers from five NATO member states, but four of the five swiftly denied any such deal had been reached.
    At the NATO summit agreements were reached on the provision of military advisers and supplies of modern armaments from the United States, France, Italy, Poland and Norway,” Poroshenko aide Yuri Lytsenko said on his Facebook page.
    A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, denied that the United States had made such a pledge. The official told Reuters, “No U.S. offer of lethal assistance has been made to Ukraine.”

    Asked about Lytsenko’s comments, defense ministry officials in Italy, Poland and Norway also denied plans to provide arms.

    In France, an aide at the Elysee palace declined to comment.

    L’article a fusionné l’annonce et le démenti.

    J’ai vu l’annonce sur Le Monde, mais elle a disparu.

  • Obama commits US to war against Russia in defense of Baltic states - World Socialist Web Site

    In a series of speeches and press conferences in connection with last week’s NATO summit in Wales, President Barack Obama publicly declared that the United States military will maintain a permanent presence in the Baltic states of Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia, which border Russia. He vowed that US air and ground forces will remain poised forevermore to respond to claims of Russian aggression by the governments of these countries by attacking Moscow.

    In appearances in the Estonian capital of Tallinn and later in Wales, Obama announced a series of military moves against Russia by the United States and NATO as well as expanded economic sanctions and pledges to bolster the military forces of the former Soviet republics of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova. He made clear in addition that Washington will push for all three countries to join the US-dominated NATO military alliance.

    #pays_baltes #otan #états-unis #russie

    • Violant ainsi les accords faits en 1991 avec Gorbatchev ! Cela peut être compris comme une trahison supplémentaire, la première ayant été faite avec Khrouchtchev, voire une provocation.
      On appelle cela aussi de l’escalade !

  • BBC News - Nato faces up to crises on its borders

    Nato leaders meet for their summit in Wales amidst the most serious security crisis in Europe since the end of the Cold War.

    Russia is back at the top of Nato’s agenda. And this summit must seek to respond to the long-term challenge from Moscow while managing the evolving drama on the alliance’s borders.

    Nato has no doubts as to what is going on in eastern Ukraine. It insists that Russia’s efforts to destabilise the country have gone way beyond simply arming separatist rebels. Russian units have been massed on the Ukrainian border.

    #pays_baltes #russie

  • Nato ’ring of steel’ sent to #Calais to stop immigrants

    Britain will send the 9ft ’ring of steel’ fences used at the Nato summit in Wales to Calais in an effort to stop illegal immigrants getting into Britain.

    #barrière #mur #migration #asile #clôture #réfugiés #UK #Angleterre

  • NATO dressing up, raring to go
    – Indian Punchline - By M K Bhadrakumar – September 2, 2014

    The summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] in Wales, Britain, on Thursday promises to be an exciting event for the alliance. A tortuous journey that began over 23 years ago is about to end. It was on February 25, 1991 that the foreign and defence ministers of the erstwhile Warsaw Pact met in Hungary and declared that the military alliance was disbanded. Ever since then, NATO has been a tormented soul. That existential angst over its identity in a brave new world without an adversary is getting over.

    The LA Times reports that the crisis in Ukraine has solved the NATO’s ‘identity crisis’. Afghanistan has been tossed around up until lately as the leitmotif of the summit in Wales, but that was never a smart thing to do in the first instance, since there is no clarity still as to the political transition in that country and NATO’s future role in the Hindu Kush may well be in jeopardy.

    Then, there is the islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But then, the ISIL is a riddle wrapped up in a mystery inside an enigma and the US thinks that the coalition of the willing that it is assembling is best drawn from the Muslim world with a couple of Anglo-Saxon countries thrown in. The Obama administration is not contemplating a role for NATO in the hunt for Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Of course, things may change overnight if King Abdullah’s prophecy comes true, but then, it can happen not before a month or two lapses after the NATO’s summit concludes in Wales.

    Indeed, there is always Libya where oil mixes with democracy, Islam and terrorism, but then, that is a huge embarrassment for NATO. Operation Dawn, launched by the Libyan jihadists, has met with stunning success as Tripoli has fallen into their hands just a week before the summit in Wales. But NATO has no desire to go back to the war front. Some things are best forgotten in life.

    So, it is Ukraine, the great metaphor for Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which is going to be the core agenda for what the alliance’ secretary-general Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called “a crucial summit in NATO’s history”. He disclosed at the customary pre-summit media briefing at NATO Hqs in Brussels on Monday how Russia’s emergence as the alliance’s adversary galvanizes the alliance, gives it a raison d’etre, enables it to acquire new robes and, most important, persuades its cash-strapped members to loosen purse strings and indulge in spending for ‘collective security’.

    #Euro-Atlantisme, #Irak, #ISIL, #Libye, #OTAN

  • Selon Dispatches, seulement 1% des plaintes pour racisme à l’encontre de la police anglaise ont été traitées : Dispatches : Secrets of the Police

    According to Dispatches – who extracted the figures, which are not in the public domain, via hundreds of FoI requests – just 1% of all complaints of racism involving the police in England and Wales between 2005 and 2012 were upheld. To be fair, that’s actually quite good compared to the breakdowns for some individual forces. The Metropolitan police came in at 0.4%, while Greater Manchester, Lancashire and North Yorkshire came in at 0% for their 519, 127 and 56 complaints respectively.

    After that, it was a quick tour of some equally shocking statistics about the sanctions (vanishingly rarely) applied, the frequency of repeated allegations against some officers and some stories from people who had suffered – and who had proven themselves sufficiently in civil court to have received damages for their suffering – at the hands, and fists and boots and verbal abuse-spewing mouths of those who have pledged to serve and protect us all.

  • Five of six largest police forces do not want water cannon

    Five of the six largest forces in England and Wales said they were against deploying water cannon on their streets, with one police chief dismissing them as being “as much use as a chocolate teapot” for quelling disorder.

    The Metropolitan police and the London mayor, Boris Johnson, are pressing the case for water cannon to be deployed in the capital as soon as summer, amid warnings that austerity could fuel disorder.

    But the views of the other forces leave the Met in isolation, weeks before it is expected to ask the home secretary for formal approval. The police and crime commissioners (PCCs) for the forces in Greater Manchester, West Midlands, West Yorkshire, Merseyside and Thames Valley have all rejected the idea and suggested they would be unwilling to share the cost.


  • Fracking companies entitled to licences on more than 60% of British land | Environment |

    Two-thirds of the UK’s land will be available for fracking companies to license, a government map published on Tuesday shows, with new areas opened up in the Midlands, Cumbria and Wales.

    Ministers said major energy companies had expressed interest in new shale gas licences and up to 150 applications are expected, which could cover about 15% of the UK.

    Almost £1bn of financial incentives and revenues could be injected into local communities that accept fracking, according to a new assessment of the impact of a largescale shale gas industry on the UK, published the same day.

    The report, commissioned by the government, suggests that a major fracking effort would deliver about 25% of the UK’s annual gas needs in its peak years in the 2020s and provide up to 32,000 jobs, although as few as one-fifth of these could be local.

    #énergie #gaz_de_schiste #UK

    • Fracking could be allowed under homes in Britain without owners’ knowledge

      Fracking could take place under thousands of homes without their owners’ knowledge after ministers said companies would no longer have to notify people directly about potential gas drilling in their areas.

      Nick Boles, the planning minister, said the law would be changed to allow gas companies to put in fracking applications without sending out letters to tell people about possible drilling beneath their properties. Instead, companies will be required to publish a notice in a local newspaper and put up site displays in local parishes, as well as conducting a wider consultation.

      [...] the government said it would be too burdensome for gas companies to tell everybody within a wide radius of drilling that it might take place under their homes.

  • Revealed: how UK water companies are polluting Britain’s rivers and beaches | Environment | The Observer

    The most persistent and frequent polluters of England’s rivers and beaches are the nation’s 10 biggest water companies, an Observer investigation has revealed.

    The companies, which are responsible for treating waste water and delivering clean supplies, have been punished for more than 1,000 incidents in the past nine years, but fined a total of only £3.5m.

    The revelations have raised concern that the financial penalties are far too low to change the behaviour of an industry that generates billions of pounds in profits and shareholder dividends. The charge is backed by the Sentencing Council for England and Wales, which is proposing major hikes in penalties.

    Pollution incidents, which have included sewage illegally pouring into a harbour for more than a year, and managers destroying records, show no sign of declining, according to data obtained from the Environment Agency (EA) under freedom of information rules. Only a third of the 1,000 incidents led to a fine (of an average of just £10,800 ); the rest resulted in cautions.

    “In law, the ’polluter pays’ principle is supposed to deter companies from damaging the environment, but in this case the penalties appear to be so pitiful that water companies seem to be accepting them as the price of doing business,” Joan Walley MP, chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), told the Observer. “The sentencing council must ensure that courts take into account the profits made from environmental crimes, and that fines have a sufficient deterrent effect.”

    Simon Hughes MP, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “These figures are another indictment of the failings of our privatised water companies in England. Many of them make large profits, pay huge dividends, increase prices and pay little tax. When, in addition, these figures show they don’t deliver clean water, the public is entitled to say that our monopoly water providers are neither good corporate citizens nor good stewards of our precious environmental assets.”

    In November the Observer revealed that three of Britain’s biggest water companies paid little or no tax on their profits in 2012 while generously rewarding their executives and investors. The water industry was paid £10.5bn by customers in 2010-11, according to the latest Ofwat figures available, while making pre-tax profits of £1.7bn and paying dividends of £2.2bn, a 42% year-on-year rise. In 2013-14, water bills are rising by 3.5%, above both inflation and average pay rises.


    The sentencing council’s draft guidelines direct that for deliberate pollution incidents by large companies and with the most serious environmental impacts, the standard fine should be £750,000 but could be varied between £250,000 and £2m depending on circumstances.

    #eau #privatisation #pollution #amendes

    Et pourquoi n’est-il pas question d’#emprisonnement ?

  • Dementia Rate Is Found to Drop Sharply, as Forecast -

    A new study has found that dementia rates among people 65 and older in England and Wales have plummeted by 25 percent over the past two decades, to 6.2 percent from 8.3 percent, a trend that researchers say is probably occurring across developed countries and that could have major social and economic implications for families and societies.

    Another recent study, conducted in Denmark, found that people in their 90s who were given a standard test of mental ability in 2010 scored substantially better than people who had reached their 90s a decade earlier. Nearly one-quarter of those assessed in 2010 scored at the highest level, a rate twice that of those tested in 1998. The percentage of subjects severely impaired fell to 17 percent from 22 percent.

    #états-unis #psychiatrie #santé

  • Gypsies, Roma, Travellers: An Animated History

    Europe is home to 10–12 million Roma and Travellers, yet many Europeans are unable to answer the basic question, “Who are the Roma?” Even fewer can answer questions about their history.

    It is a complex and highly contested narrative, partly because the “Roma” are not a single, homogeneous group of people. They can include Romanichals in England; Kalé in Wales and Finland; Travellers in Ireland (who are not Roma), Scotland, Sweden, and Norway; Manouche from France; Gitano from Spain; Sinti from Germany, Poland, Austria and Italy; Ashakli from Kosovo; Egyptians from Albania; Beyash from Croatia; Romanlar from Turkey; Domari from Palestine and Egypt; Lom from Armenia and many others. It is also partly because many of these groups have differing narratives of their history and ethnogenesis (their origins as an ethnic group).

    The Roma do not follow a single faith, but are Catholic Manouche, Mercheros and Sinti; Muslim Ashkali and Romanlar; Pentecostal Kalderash and Lovari; Protestant Travellers; Anglican Gypsies; and Baptist Roma. There are variations in practises associated with birth, marriages and death, yet also linked cultures that display subtle but distinctive patterns or, as a Roma preacher once described it, “many stars scattered in the sight of God.”

    Yet there is much that is shared between different groups of Roma. Roma have a common lexicon in differing dialects of Rromanës, the Romani language. There are common notions around cleanliness codes and behaviours regarding what is Rromano (to behave with dignity and respect as a Roma person) and what can be seen as part of Rromanipé or the “Romani world view.”

    Roma groups often have similar occupations, drawing upon traditions of peripatetic and mobile economies that exploit niche markets, such as peddling and trading certain livestock (horses, dogs, and small birds). Roma artisans have also made livings from repairing items deemed “uneconomic” to mend, such as pocket watches, tea-pots and porcelain dishes—the originators of what is now described as the circular economy. Many Roma, Gypsies, and Travellers are engaged in recycling and have been for centuries, long before major environmental concerns. We were also healers and herbalists for the “country people.”

    Mobility has, for many Roma, been part and parcel of identity. It’s “not all waggons and horses” though and Roma have been engaged with agriculture (as they still are in many places), artisan skills and automobiles trading, road repairs and roofing. Metal work of all kinds has always been part of the Roma economy, as has craft production (baskets and bamboo furniture, knives’ handles, carved and decorated waggons, fairground signs). Many groups’ names actually stem from occupations—the Balkan Sepetçiler are basket-makers (from the Turkish term for woven baskets) and represent a commercial skill that was used as the basis for organizing taxable communities in the past. Diversity in and amongst Roma groups has its origins in occupational identity, as much as in any other distinctions of culture.

    What “binds” or unites the communities in all this rich diversity? The idea of a common heritage of exclusion certainly contributes to the sense of shared “pasts”—the notion of always being the “outsider”, the “other.” There are connections too in the languages; the important words for water, bread, road, blessings, luck, greetings and farewells can be common to Rromanës dialects. Terms for horses, tools, numbers and others are sometimes close enough in many cases that one Roma person can “trade” them with another—a favourite game in many communities, as language holds the “key” to our past in its core and “loan words”, gathered over time and migration routes. Language experts have identified these commonalities and drawn from this heritage to illuminate this shared past and heritage.

    The notion of the historical journey, the narrative of “the long road of the Roma” over 1,000 years since leaving the Indian lands, is also strong in many Roma groups as a component of identity, with good evidence to support this. Just as not all Italians are descended from Romans and Etruscans, not all Roma groups are direct descendants of Hindus from the Punjab or Ganges basin. However, the point of the “imagined community” is not that it is literally a fiction, but rather that it is symbolically meaningful and has a purpose in bringing together individuals around common ideas of heritage and belonging to which broadly, we can subscribe. The Roma, in this sense are a people like any other, dispersed across many lands and territories over time and circumstance.

    The remarkable thing is that (as a famous historian of the Gypsies once noted), unlike many other peoples in this context, we have no one priesthood, no single holy book, no promised land to return to and yet we not only endure and survive, we truly live in the world. The need is to go beyond this and to flourish, to achieve equality and emancipation from poverty, exclusion and misery, to become full citizens in the lands we inhabit and to achieve the kind of potential that the creative genius of our existence so far, clearly suggests we can reach.

    #Roms #migration #animation #histoire

  • Une raison de plus d’envoyer chier, Intel, les PCs, Apple et Microsoft : le Raspberry Pi, et sans doute prochainement ses concurrents mini-calculateurs, sont désormais fabriqués pour des coûts comparables en Europe et en Chine

    Majority of $35 Raspberry Pi production was shifted to a Sony factory in Wales from that in China and the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced this week that the factory in Wales has produced its half millionth unit in just over six months.
    The Foundation announced that the weekly production has shot up to 40,000 units in the UK factory alone and that the number is ‘set to climb further.’ The Foundation is optimistic about the Welsh factory and said there will be “more Made in the U.K. Pis in the world than their Made in China cousins.”

  • Visualising the Rural

    Voilà encore une conférence qui promet d’être sympa

    conference exploring current conceptions and misconceptions of rural space based on photographic visualisation

    According to the Office for National Statistics (2009) almost 80% of rural space in England is inhabited (and worked) by less than 20% of the population (slightly different percentages for Scotland and Wales). Modern and contemporary arts and thought represent and reflect on urban life as an environment most of us inhabit. Consequently, contemporary life is often understood as a synonym with urban existence. Yet, the space of Britain, as an example within Europe, consists primarily of countryside. There are arguably vast unrepresented and unseen spaces and places.

    This apparent lack of artistic and philosophical attention to the contemporary rural space can be said to have led to an alienation of country life. We have all seen idealised pastoral images used as a shorthand representation of farmland and the countryside. This romanticisation also underpins environmental dreams of purifying country retreats and smallholdings free from environmental guilt. Rural spaces tend to be seen as loci of escape from the human condition rather than expressing it. Consequently they are seldom the focus of cutting edge arts practice and display. However, the countryside is arguably an industrial space inasmuch as it is the location of food production and an ever increasing tourism economy, and therefore as much part of the same economic reality as urban work realms. Rural space is consequently a facet of the contemporary life-world, yet arguably not represented as such.

    #paysage #géographie #image #visualisation

  • ‘Jedi’ most popular alternative faith in UK – Census — RT

    ‘Jedi’ is now the most popular faith in the ’Other Religions’ category in England and Wales. Those identifying with the Star Wars creed outnumber atheists, taking seventh place among all the major world religions, the 2011 census revealed.

    The number of Jedi Knights have in fact nearly halved in the last decade, declining from 390,127 followers in 2001 to 176,632 in 2011.
    Despite the drop in numbers ,‘Jedi’ still remains the top alternative faith and ranks seventh overall after Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism.

    #religion #wtf

  • Interactive map shows scale and speed of Cambodia’s land-grabbing crisis | Global Witness

    This interactive map by Cambodian organisation Licadho lays bare the speed and scale of the landgrabbing crisis currently gripping Cambodia. Over 2.1 million hectares of land – roughly the total area of Wales – has been transferred mostly from subsistence farmers into the hands of industrial agriculture firms.

    An estimated 400,000 people have been affected by land disputes since 2003, and government violence against land-grabbing victims is at an all-time high (the most shocking example coming when authorities shot dead a 14-year-old girl during an eviction).


    #cartographie #terres #Cambodge

  • Gay men can now have their sex record scrapped | Gay Star News

    Gay men can now have their sex record scrapped
    Gay men in England and Wales who were convicted of having consensual sex with someone over 16 can now apply to have their criminal record wiped clean
    01 October 2012 | By Rosie Peaty
    The UK Parliament changed the law to allow gay men who only had consensual sex with people over 16 to have their criminal records wiped clean.

    Men across England and Wales will be able to apply to have criminal convictions given for consensual gay sex scrapped from today (1 October).

    Stonewall, Britian’s leading gay campaign organization, lobbyed for the axing of laws that criminalized gay sex as part of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

    Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: ’Thousands of men who’ve been burdened with homophobic convictions can clear their names and Stonewall stands ready to help them.

    ’We never forget that the equality we enjoy today came too late for many.’

    After laws were changed, many men were left with convictions and cautions such as gross indecency and buggery on their criminal records.

    This left them feeling unable to apply for jobs as they feared their convictions could be revealed.

    Men can have their convictions disregarded if two key conditions are satisfied, these being if the consensual person was 16-plus and if the sexual activity was not carried out in a public toilet, which is still illegal.

    The act also includes amendments enabling gay and bisexual men maliciously convicted of ’loitering with intent’ under Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 to have those convictions removed too.

    Summerskill added: ’By correcting these historic injustices we can start to bring closure to a very sad period of this country’s history.’

    A form to have the offences disregarded can be downloaded from Stonewall’s site and today the charity will publish a step-by-step guide to help applicants exercise their new rights.

  • Le Guardian popursuit ses expérimentations de cartographie participative, collective (crowd sourcing) et c’est très bien.

    GCSE results 2012 - interactive map | Education |

    We’re collecting and mapping 2012’s GCSE results from schools and colleges across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Submit accounts of your success stories and generate a results page for your school or college.

    #cartographie #cartographie-participative #cartographie-radicale #crowd-sourcing #Guardian #Royaume-Uni

  • Elderly perv falsely diagnosed cancer in women so he could sexually assault, use weird gadgets on them - Boing Boing

    In Wales, 77 year old Reginald Gill has been sent to prison for 8 years after falsely “diagnosing” cancer for women who sought health aid. All of this is yet another reason to run screaming when offered “alternative” treatment for cancer. But it’s not just the woo-peddlers, homeopaths, and quacks: when I was trying to find a place to go get my first mammogram, I remember reading online reviews of one local women’s breast cancer screening clinic. Reviews written by women who’d gone there. Those reviews detailed first-hand accounts of sexually inappropriate touching and skeevy come-on vibes, from the male medical practitioner who ran the clinic. Cancer patients, and women in particular, beware.

    77 + 8 = 85 - apparemment il est carrément déconseillé de se faire passer pour un docteur quand on a envie de toucher des femmes. Mais ce qui est beaucoup plus intéressant c’est la conclusion comme quoi les vrais toubibs ne sont pas forcément mieux que pépé pervers. Mnfin, à chacun sa déontologie.

  • Revealed: government plans for police privatisation

    Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatisation plan being put forward by two of the largest police forces in the country.

    West Midlands and Surrey have invited bids from G4S and other major security companies on behalf of all forces across England and Wales to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police.

    The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved.

    #police #privatisation #Angleterre

  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie - Privatization of the Police Force - YouTube

    Private companies could take responsibility for investigating crimes, patrolling neighbourhoods and even detaining suspects under a radical privatisation plan being put forward by two of the largest police forces in the country.

    West Midlands and Surrey have invited bids from G4S and other major security companies on behalf of all forces across England and Wales to take over the delivery of a wide range of services previously carried out by the police.

    The contract is the largest on police privatisation so far, with a potential value of £1.5bn over seven years, rising to a possible £3.5bn depending on how many other forces get involved.
    This scale dwarfs the recent £200m contract between Lincolnshire police and G4S, under which half the force’s civilian staff are to join the private security company, which will also build and run a police station for the first time.