Le dialogue national est mort ! ....
Vive le dialogue national (au Bahreïn)
Attempt to break Bahrain impasse fails | GulfNews.com
A new attempt by two political coalitions, the parliament and the government to find a way out of Bahrain’s political deadlock has suffered a serious setback after proposals to move forward were rejected by the participants.
The national dialogue, launched on February 10 to end the political impasse that stalled political progress over two years since the events that occurred in Bahrain in February and March 2011, reached the impasse after the opposition said that it would not endorse the proposal to draft the agenda unless it was satisfied with its platform of the talks. The other participants accused the opposition of stalling the talks.
“We insist on a representative of the king at the talks,” Abdul Nabi Salman, the head of the Progressive Tribune and one of the eight delegates representing the opposition. “We insist also on a fair representation of the parties taking part at the talks.”
Scientists create human stem cells through cloning | Reuters
... the achievement could also revive fears of reproductive cloning, or producing genetic copies of living (or dead) individuals.
Even before the study was published, a British watchdog group called Human Genetics Alert protested the research.
“Scientists have finally delivered the baby that would-be human cloners have been waiting for: a method for reliably creating cloned human embryos,” said Dr. David King, the group’s director. “This makes it imperative that we create an international legal ban on human cloning before any more research like this takes place. It is irresponsible in the extreme to have published this research.”
Among scientists, however, the accomplishment is being hailed as “a tour de force,” as stem cell biologist George Daley of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute put it. “This represents an unparalleled achievement. They succeeded where many other groups failed, including mine.”
Noteworthy is the charge ’"misusing the right of free expression". “Inciting hatred” is understood but then “misuing the right of free expression” is quite open to interpretation.
Bahrain court jails 6 tweeters for a year - FRANCE 24
Bahrain court jails 6 tweeters for a year
AFP - A Bahraini court on Wednesday sentenced six tweeters charged with insulting King Hamad to one year in prison, the public prosecutor’s office announced.
The six were charged by the lower criminal court with “misusing the right of free expression,” it said in a statement.
They were accused of writing remarks “undermining the values and traditions of Bahrain’s society towards the king on Twitter,” according to the statement.
Activists in Bahrain, the scene of a Shiite-led uprising that began two years ago against the ruling Sunni monarchy, use Twitter as a platform to report what they describe as regime “violations” against them.
The avid tweeter was also accused of insulting the security forces in postings that he admitted came from his account on the microblogging website.
Egyptian teacher accused of insulting Morsi over ’sheep’ question
Ihab El-Islamboly, an English teacher in Alexandria, was questioned by police on Tuesday for setting a “politicised” exam question that “insulted” President Mohamed Morsi.
The question that angered some members of the Alexandria teachers’ syndicate, which El-Islamboly says is dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, included the quote, “In the animal kingdom, a sheep cannot be king.”
.:Middle East Online ::Soccer emerges as focal point of dissent in Saudi Arabia :.
Soccer emerges as focal point of dissent in Saudi Arabia
Le terrain de foot plus dangereux encore pour l’avenir politique des autorités saoudiennes que la mosquée selon cet article...
L’article propose une brève réflexion sur la notion émergente de ’medical neutrality’, sa violation flagrante dans le cas du Bahrein qui a réprimé avec une violence démesurée et sans distinction des cas qui relevaient du conseil de l’ordre ou d’un équivalent.
BBC News - Bahrain’s medics politicised by crisis
One of the politicians Ms Saffar met was Congressman McDermott. In October 2012, he was the lead author of a letter to King Hamad signed by 24 Republicans and Democrats.
The letter called on Bahrain’s ruler to pardon eight doctors convicted of weapons possession, incitement and taking part in illegal demonstrations.
“Based on conversations with the medics themselves as well as independent investigators, we believe they were targeted not because of criminal activity, but because they were first-hand witnesses to the injuries caused by the Bahraini security forces’ excessive use of force,” it said.
Mr McDermott, who is a former US military psychiatrist, told the BBC: “I am a doctor myself, trained to care for patients. You don’t ask about somebody’s political beliefs or what side they are on. You treat the patient. That’s what these medics did.”
He condemned the Bahraini government’s treatment of the doctors and noted: “When you lose medical neutrality , as Bahrain has done, the civility of society is lost. It is a sign that a society is very sick.”
Escape From Bahrain: Ali Abdulemam Is Free - Thor Halvorssen - The Atlantic
After more than two years in hiding, Ali Abdulemam, the globally renowned blogger and free-speech advocate, has been freed from the Kingdom of Bahrain. Abdulemam is now safely in Europe, after a dramatic escape in a secret compartment of a car, and will make his first public appearance in more than two years on Wednesday at the Oslo Freedom Forum (OFF).
Un scenario de film à la Argo...un pied de nez aux autorités.
Bahrain Online founder Ali Abdulemam breaks silence after escape to UK | World news | The Guardian
“They raided my house again two days after martial law was announced, after Saudi forces came into Bahrain.”
He was not at home that night. It was the last time he saw his wife and children.
Now he feels that the world is ignoring the situation in Bahrain. "It is not that the world has forgotten Bahrain. The west and the international community has turned its back on us.
“People have died in jail. Our mosques have been damaged. People have been shot in the street. There is no justice. You see their blood in the road. The west’s response is that they see good reforms. But the reality is that people have no human rights. No civil rights.”
Cette manie qu’ont de trop nombreux activistes arabes de quémander l’aide des Etats-Unis, responsables depuis des décennies de crimes obscènes dans la région, me sidère littéralement.
Entretien du Roi du Bahrein avec une étudiante en journalisme d’Harvard.
Nieman Reports | « Terrorism Has No Religion »
“Terrorism Has No Religion”
Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, talks to 2013 Nieman Fellow Souad Mekhennet about terrorism, Twitter, freedom of the press, and democratic reform
Interview by Souad Mekhennet
Et cette déclaration du Wifaq, datée du 10 mai
A noter le site du Wifaq qui a fait peau neuve (effaçant notamment le nom complet qui mentionnait jama’iyya al wifaq al watani al islamiyya )
No solution without democracy and power-sharing | alwefaq
10th May 2013
The national democratic opposition parties said Bahrain is undergoing a bitter conflict between the political majority demanding democratic transition and the rigid dictatorship that is blocking change and refusing to respond to the people’s will. The conflict that has entered its third year will only end with real democracy that responds to the people’s aspirations to build a state of freedom and democracy.
The opposition parties issued a statement following a mass protest march titled, “Back down is fantasy” on Friday 10th May, west of the capital Manama. The statement stressed that the expropriated powers must be given to the people who must be the source of all powers and sovereignty.
The opposition parties stressed that the mentioned principles make the base of the conflict between the dictatorship that insists on its control of the nation’s powers and wealth and the people who look to build a modern civil state through an elected government and a full power parliament made out of fair electoral districts with an impartial and independent judiciary and diversified security services.
The opposition parties also mentioned in their statement that the security services in Bahrain practise torture according to a deep rooted methodology and a deviant security mentality.
The opposition parties stressed that the suppressive crackdown cannot end the people’s movement, adding, all attempts to circumvent the inclusive political solution will fail and the people are well aware of the regime’s attempts.
10th May 2013
Bahrain national democratic opposition parties:
AlWefaq National Islamic Society (AlWefaq)
National Democratic Action Society (Waad)
National Democratic Gathering Society (AlQawmi)
Unitary National Democratic Assemblage (Wahdawy)
Ekhaa National Society (Ekhaa)
Echoes of Lebanon in Syria-
By the early 1980s Lebanon had been suffering several years of combat among sectarian militias, reflecting disagreement over the fairness of old power-sharing agreements among the confessional communities. The biggest stirring of this already turbulent pot came in 1982 when Israel invaded Lebanon. The principal Israeli targets—declared targets, at least—were fighters of the Palestinian Liberation Organization who had been in Lebanon ever since being kicked out of Jordan a decade earlier, after losing the Black September confrontation with King Hussein. A small multinational force of U.S., French, and Italian troops entered Lebanon in August 1982 and supervised the extraction of the PLO to Tunisia before itself withdrawing to ships in the Mediterranean.
Israeli objectives were not limited just to booting the PLO out of Lebanon, however, and Israeli forces remained enmeshed in the sectarian fighting, besieging Beirut. Menachem Begin had ideas about trying to maintain a client to the north in the form of the pro-Israeli Christian government of Bachir Gemayel, who became president about when the PLO was leaving. Three weeks later Gemayel was assassinated, triggering the most horrid blood-letting of the Lebanese war. At least several hundred—and by some outside estimates perhaps something closer to 2,000—Palestinian civilians were slaughtered in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. The massacre was carried out by the Christian Phalangist militia, which was allied to and supplied by the Israelis. Israeli forces, whether wittingly or not, facilitated the massacre by maintaining a cordon around the area of the camps, and fired illuminating flares that enabled the Phalangists to continue their work by night.
The massacre stimulated the Reagan administration to organize a new multinational force that eventually included 1,800 U.S. marines as well as French and Italian troops. The force initially had some success in acting as a buffer between contending elements. But the intervention later became a textbook example of the near-inevitability of getting drawn into ever costlier commitments and endeavors in any situation as messy as Lebanon at that time. U.S. military engagement included not only the marines on the ground but also combat between carrier-based U.S. aircraft and Syrian forces (which had originally entered Lebanon as part of an Arab League peacekeeping force). At one point even the 16-inch guns of the battleship New Jersey were brought into action.
Those striking back at the increasingly resented foreign forces used methods against which jet fighters and battleships are of little use. In April 1983 a truck bomb was detonated at the U.S. embassy in Beirut, killing 63 persons. Six months later, another truck bomb was used against barracks housing U.S. troops (along with an identical and simultaneous attack against French troops). 241 U.S. servicemen were killed in that bombing—the deadliest terrorist attack against U.S. citizens until 9/11. Congressional pressure on the administration to withdraw from Lebanon increased. The last U.S. forces left in February 1984. The Lebanese civil war continued for several more years until sheer exhaustion, and a new political accord brokered by Saudi Arabia and Syria, brought it to an unsatisfying end.
Some parallels between that experience and the current situation regarding Syria are obvious. There is the overall complexity of the conflict and the presence of bad guys all around. There also is Israel taking advantage of a neighboring state’s civil war to pursue its own objectives, whether those are to smash a Palestinian force or to intercept long-established Hezbollah supply lines, regardless of how much its actions stoke and escalate the war. And if much of the discourse in Washington about Syria since the (presumed) Israeli attacks there over the past few days are any indication, there again is the pattern of Israeli actions increasing the chance of the United States getting sucked into the mess.
Let us hope that those eager to get into the mess will reflect more than the statesmen of 1982 did about how this all will end. Moreover, those who talk about damage to U.S. prestige or credibility also ought to think about that aspect of the experience in Lebanon. Withdrawing the U.S. troops in 1984—although it was the least bad thing the Reagan administration could have done at the time—was a U.S. defeat by Hezbollah. There is no way to sugar-coat that conclusion. It was just the sort of caving in to bad guys that we so often hear that we need to avoid. And it could have been avoided in Lebanon if the United States had not gotten involved in the mess in the first place, or at least if Israel had not—in its futile pursuit of absolute security for itself regardless of the insecurity it causes for everyone else—made the mess worse.
« Le 14 juillet 1880. Alfred ROLL - La Célébration du centenaire des Etats-Généraux de 1789,[...], 5 mai 1889.
Les élections municipales et sénatoriales de 1879 consacrent la victoire des républicains sur les royalistes. Le 30 janvier le monarchiste Mac-Mahon démissionne ; un républicain, Jules Grévy, devient président de la République après une décennie d’une étrange République laissée aux mains des monarchistes. La refondation institutionnelle du pays est marquée par une série de célébrations et de commandes publiques qui exaltent l’héritage de 1789 et inscrivent la Troisième République dans la continuité de la république originelle. La consécration du 14 juillet comme fête nationale compte parmi les mesures les plus symboliques : elle célèbre la prise de la Bastille autant que de la fête de la Fédération, premier anniversaire de l’évènement, qui avait marqué l’éveil d’une conscience nationale.
La commémoration révolutionnaire va également devenir l’instrument de légitimation d’un pouvoir républicain menacé : l’État orchestre opportunément le centenaire de la Révolution pour neutraliser la crise boulangiste et renforcer sa popularité. En souvenir de l’ouverture des États Généraux de 1789, la date du 5 mai... »
500 mini-statues rouges de Karl Marx dans les r...
« L’Allemand Karl Marx, grande figure du communisme, est retourné dimanche à Trèves, sa ville natale, à l’occasion de son 195e anniversaire, sous la forme de 500 petites statues d’un mètre de haut en plastique rouge... »
Campagne de propagande de “Reporters sans...
"Voici la nouvelle campagne de propagande des “mercenaires et presse-titués sans frontières”.
Il s’agit là d’une tentative supplémentaire de diabolisation des chefs d’Etat qui resistent à l’oligarchie mondialiste occidentale en refusant de céder aux pressions sionistes dites “d’ouvertures”. “Ouverture” voulant dire, dans le “novlangue” universalo-mondialiste : perte de souveraineté et soumission aux diktats financiers de Wall Street et de la City..."
En lisant la totalité de l’article on a le plaisir de découvrir quelques détournements parodiques et savoureux de cette campagne pour le moins partiale, avec, entre autres "héros", Obama, BHL, et quelques journaleux trop connus...
#Ella_Zahlan - #Haute_couture - “Michael Jackson”, P-É 2011
http://img-new2.flip-zone.com/local/cache-vignettes/L472xH600/04b8d08dfa458183c2f8f7297a1af2a8-b5cbd.jpg Designer Ella Zahlan drew a new perspective of the world of pop through her new haute couture Spring/Summer 2011 collection entitled “King of Pop”. Ella Zahlan was inspired by the unique style of late Michael Jackson to display her collection at the « Teatro alla villa comunale », in sicily, one of the film sets of “The Godfather”. Convinced of the life originality of Michael Jackson’s (...)
By +972blog |Published May 4, 2013
Exhibition on loan: How Israel’s cultural institutions contribute to occupation
According to today’s international standards, heritage sites are not a national possession, but rather part of a place’s history, and as such, must be accessible to residents and remain under their jurisdiction. However, the prohibition on the removing findings from occupied territories enshrined in international law, and the Oslo Accords, under which archaeological sites in Area C are to be transferred to the Palestinian Authority, have long become meaningless in the Israeli discourse.
It is easy to ignore the deeds of these institutions and to focus on violence and the daily Israeli violations in the Occupied Territories. But even if the “exhibition on loan” from the Herodium is not identical to wielding physical violence against Palestinians, it seems that in everything that pertains to the West Bank, those in charge exploit resources for their own needs, whether for exhibition, excavation or settlement expansion. The exhibition in honor of Herod and the emphasis on the importance of the Herodium site is the best way in which the Israel Museum can “contribute” – intentionally or not – to strengthening the Gush Etzion settlement bloc and turning Herodium into a central Israeli tourism heritage site. Likewise, in the case of City of David, Tel Aviv University only has to perform its excavations professionally. Police, settlers and the authorities will handle the struggle against the local residents.
Both institutions could choose a different route. They could abide by international law in recognition of the mutual interest of all residents. They could put their work on hold until better days, when such activities can promote shared heritage and dialogue between cultures. In their decision to ignore the political implications, however, the cultural institutions’ contribution to the occupation is to dismiss it (and to ignore the Palestinians), and to present their work as investigative and cultural. And if critique is voiced, they can simply say that it’s nothing compared to violence, which we all oppose.
Enfin, la traduction en anglais de l’éditorial d’AbuKhalil que le Akhbar avait refusé de publier. (Je faisais remarquer alors que, certainement, aucun quotidien occidental ne publierait un tel article.)
I would’ve liked to address you as servant to the US and the Israeli enemy but I reconsidered. I thought about it until I remembered that you, king of the House of Saud, who gained his crown and throne from colonialism, are illiterate and ignorant and you cannot even pronounce correctly. How could I write to you when you can’t even read well? How could I write to you when you don’t read at all, and when you do read you trip and stumble more than once in a single sentence? Even if you pronounce correctly, you don’t understand what you read. How can I write to you while you are fixated on TV screens night and day, as Barbara Walters reported. Of course, to be fair to you, you read the obscene books and magazines you can get your hands on. This is your true library, “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.” However, you, like the rest of the House of Saud princes, are a graduates of the “Princes’ School,” so you can’t faulted. This Princes’ School has more pornographic movies than books. It’s the alma mater of Fahd, Muqrin, Nawwaf, yourself and the rest of your vile group. You, monarch of Saudi Arabia, and your brothers graduated from the Princes’ School where your teachers were unable to teach you, so you’ve spent your time on play and entertainment and a voracious appetite for pornography. You, sons of Abdulaziz - the founder as you call him, except that he founded a kingdom of oppression and enslavement, which has gained the pleasure of the west because he has offered his people’s resources to the colonizer to seize as it wishes at exorbitant prices unavailable to poor countries – not one of you has been educated. Your sons and grandchildren’s education is not much better. Some House of Saud members borrow poetry, i.e., they buy it with money and regurgitate it as if it was the product of their own dull intellects.
Fonds d’art contemporain : un modèle ou ...
« Cette année 2013 va marquer l’anniversaire de la création des Fonds régionaux d’art contemporain (FRAC) par Jack Lang en 1983. Rappelons qu’à l’époque, il n’y avait en France que bien peu de musées ou de fondations d’art contemporain en dehors de Paris ou de la Provence. Il s’agissait donc de créer dans les toutes nouvelles régions, ces Fonds régionaux qui investiraient peu à peu des bâtiments historiques ou qui verraient se créer pour eux des équipements tout neufs au fil du temps... »
Claude Guéant : à quoi resse...
« Les réseaux sociaux se moquent de l’affaire Guéant et de la vente de tableaux pour 500 000 euros. Les parodies se multiplient sur Twitter. Florilège en images... »
La censure, une nouvelle contrainte artistique ...
« Alors que la France est un pays démocratique qui assure la liberté d’expression, la censure est une notion qui depuis plusieurs années devient un phénomène récurrent dans le milieu culturel. En apparence, le mot censure n’est pas toujours clairement mentionné par les institutions, mais parfois, notamment face aux vives réactions de la population devant certaines réalisations artistiques, elle peut être appliquée sous une forme directe ou indirecte, et avoir des implications sur l’exposition ou la création d’oeuvres artistiques »
Bosnie : un abri antinucléaire de Tito tr...
« Vétuste et sans vie il y a encore quelques années, un abri antinucléaire de Tito, bâti à l’époque de la guerre froide dans les entrailles d’une montagne de Bosnie, a été investi par des artistes internationaux qui l’ont transformé en un musée d’art contemporain... »
« L’idée d’installer une biennale d’art contemporain dans un bunker de Tito est absolument exceptionnelle et complètement délirante », s’exclame Pierre Courtin, un artiste et galeriste français, venu vendredi au vernissage de la seconde édition de cette manifestation lancée en 2011.
« Ce n’est pas un lieu neutre. Ici, on est complètement à l’opposé du +white cube+, à savoir d’une neutralité du lieu qui en général va avec les oeuvres d’art contemporain. Ce lieu a une telle présence physique que c’est un challenge énorme pour les artistes d’exposer dans un endroit pareil », explique-t-il.
:: : BONUS :: : The French Revolution (« Bad ...
»..."Marie Antoinette never said « Let them eat cake » but it’s a Lady Gaga song, so we had to have that line ! Thanks to Christian Sylvester for helping with the lyrics".
Une adorable série de 54 vidéo-clips musicaux réalisés par des « history teachers ». Chantés et sous-titrées en anglais, elles pourraient trouver une place dans les cours d’anglais ou dans les sections européennes. Certains sujets peuvent également s’intégrer facilement dans le cadre de l’histoire des arts."
En France (et parfois ailleurs...), tout finit par des chansons... (Beaumarchais, si tu nous écoute...)
Saudi May Confiscate Unused Land For Housing
A shortage of land in big cities has frustrated efforts to build half a million homes - a project ordered by King Abdullah in 2011.
Wealthy Saudis have bought residential land plots around the country as long-term investments, pushing up prices and making them too costly for developers of lower-income housing. Under a previous system, other plots were awarded as land grants to citizens who could not afford to develop them.
A royal decree earlier this month ordered ministries to give up land for development to the Housing Ministry.
“The expropriation of properties for the public interest is done around the world. We might do it in a limited way,” said Housing Minister Shuwaish al-Duwaihi in comments in a television interview reported by the Arab News newspaper.
Unused military land will also be used for future housing, he added. “We are coordinating with military sectors to take their lands which they don’t need,” he said.
Saudi Royal Decree May Ease $67bn Housing Logjam
Some 60 per cent of nearly 20 million Saudis are estimated to live in rented accommodation rather than homes they own.
The Boston Bombing and Immigration - NYTimes.com
Renversement de perspective,
In the days since the Boston marathon attack, a number of Republican lawmakers have demanded a delay in immigration reform because the two bombers were fairly recent immigrants.
... Rep. Steve King, Republican of Iowa has .. said that “we need to take a look at the big picture” before proceeding with immigration reform.
So, let’s look at the big picture. The slain older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, had a green card, while the surviving younger brother, Dzhokhar, is a naturalized citizen. As I said, they both arrived here fairly recently.
But then, so did Lu Lingzi, one of the three people killed in the explosions. She was from China, a graduate student at Boston University who played piano and liked dogs and blueberry pancakes.
The Tsarnaevs’ 26-year-old carjacking victim was also born in China. According to a Boston Globe story on his harrowing experience “his quick-thinking escape…allowed police to swiftly track down” the brothers, “abating a possible attack” on New York City.
Guess who else was foreign born? The gas station clerk who sheltered the carjack victim and called 911. His name is Tarek Ahmed. He is 45 years old,. He told a Times reporter, Wendy Ruderman, that he is Muslim and came here from Egypt seven years ago.
Mr. Ahmed also told The Times: “I love this country. My heart goes out to everybody who is affected by this.”
The story of the Boston marathon attacks is not just about two immigrant brothers suspected of committing a horrific act of violence. It is also about the foreign residents and immigrants they victimized and those who assisted in their capture.
The “big picture” is the same as it ever was: Visa shortages and the millions of people living in the shadows, doing jobs no one else wants.