• Coronavirus. Le Ghana reçoit ses premiers vaccins

    Le pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest est le premier à recevoir des vaccins dans le cadre du programme #Covax, censé combler le fossé entre nations riches et nations pauvres dans la distribution des doses.

    “L’espoir est arrivé”, a commenté en direct Abdul Hayi-Moomen, un journaliste de la radio-télévision publique ghanéenne alors qu’un avion atterrissait à Accra avec à son bord 600 000 doses du vaccin AstraZeneca. Le vol Emirates a quitté mardi l’Inde, où se trouve le Serum Institute, producteur du vaccin, avant de faire escale à Dubaï puis de se poser à 7 heures GMT à l’aéroport de Kotoka, accueilli par le ministre de la santé Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, raconte CNN.

    “Aujourd’hui marque un moment historique pour lequel nous avons travaillé très dur”, s’est félicitée Henrietta Fore, la directrice de l’UNICEF. La cargaison transportée jusqu’à la capitale ghanéenne représente la première livraison dans le cadre du programme Covax. Un programme mis en place notamment par l’organisation mondiale de la santé pour “réduire le fossé entre les pays riches et les pays pauvres incapables d’acheter des doses”, rappelle la BBC.

    Cet “effort global pour une distribution équitable des doses”, comme le décrit le Washington Post, répond à une réalité : plus de la moitié des 210 millions de doses administrées jusqu’ici dans le monde l’ont été aux Etats-Unis et en Chine, souligne le Wall Street Journal. “Au moins 44,5 millions d’Américains et environ 18 millions de personnes au Royaume-Uni ont déjà reçu une dose quand plus de 130 pays n’ont pas encore vacciné un seul individu”, peut-on lire dans le New York Times.

    Avec Covax, l’espoir est d’acheminer deux milliards de doses d’ici la fin de l’année dans environ 90 pays. “Ce n’est pas une question de charité, c’est une affaire d’épidémiologie”, a insisté Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, le secrétaire général de l’OMS. “Personne ne sera en sécurité tant que tout le monde ne le sera pas”, a confirmé Pedro Sánchez, le président du gouvernement espagnol, cité par El Pais.

    Le Ghana, 30 millions d’habitants, va donc commencer sa campagne de vaccination lundi, d’abord avec les travailleurs du secteur de la santé puis les plus de soixante ans. 300 000 personnes ont reçu une formation sur la distribution du vaccin, note le Post. La Côte d’Ivoire devrait également recevoir des doses cette semaine. ”Ce n’est qu’un début”, prévient la BBC.
    Les pays riches ont commandé trop de doses

    “La délégation africaine de l’OMS a déjà admis qu’il sera impossible d’atteindre 60% de la population cette année, un pourcentage estimé pour l’immunité de groupe. L’Union européenne espère avoir vacciné 70% de ses habitants pendant l’été”, compare El Pais.

    “Le timing et les stocks relativement modestes – 1% de la population du Ghana – illustrent des défis majeurs dans l’effort d’immunisation”, observe de son côté le Washington Post. Autre limite soulevée par le WSJ, la majorité des doses livrées au premier semestre seront celles d’AstraZeneca, vaccin moins cher et plus facile à stocker que celui de Pfizer ou Moderna. Mais le choix a soulevé des critiques sachant que plusieurs tests ont montré qu’il était moins efficace contre les variants du virus, précise le quotidien économique.

    Les pays occidentaux sont aussi accusés de commander plus de vaccins que nécessaire, ce qui limite les stocks disponibles pour les nations les plus pauvres et réduit l’impact de leur participation financière. “Si nous ne pouvons pas acheter de doses, l’argent est inutile”, résume Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

    “En ce sens, le président français Emmanuel Macron a lancé vendredi dernier une proposition de don, par l’Europe et les États-Unis, de 5% de leurs réserves de vaccins au personnel de santé en Afrique”, indique El Pais. Le Royaume Uni prévoit de donner son surplus après avoir commandé 400 millions de doses, constate en effet la BBC. Mais les Etats-Unis n’ont pris aucun engagement à ce sujet, nuance le Washington Post.

    Le Ghana a enregistré depuis le début de la pandémie 80 700 cas et 580 morts mais dans le pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest comme chez ses voisins, ces chiffres restent probablement en dessous de la réalité, faute de tests aussi répandus qu’en Occident. Le New York Times mentionne l’exemple de Lagos au Nigeria où au moins un habitant sur cinq aurait contracté le virus à l’automne dernier. Une étude datat de novembre aboutit à une conclusion similaire au Ghana.

    https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/coronavirus-le-ghana-recoit-ses-premiers-vaccins

    #vaccins #vaccination #covid-19 #coronavirus #Ghana

    ping @fil

  • Reise durch den Niger »Diese Einsamkeit, diese Stille«
    https://www.spiegel.de/reise/fernweh/niger-diese-einsamkeit-diese-stille-dieses-sternenzelt-a-63559885-a30c-47ed-

    Die Gefahr, etwa in Chicago überfallen zu werden, ist größer als in vielen Ländern Afrikas – aber aus wirtschaftlichen und politischen Gründen wird für die USA keine Sicherheits-Reisewarnung verhängt. Dabei möchte ich niemandem raten, in Länder mit Reisewarnungen zu fahren!

    Michael Runke

  • Noam Chomsky : « Après l’échec des gouvernements face à la Covid-19, exigeons des enquêtes ! »
    https://www.les-crises.fr/noam-chomsky-apres-l-echec-des-gouvernements-face-a-la-covid-19-l-indigna

    https://www.les-crises.fr/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/1-25.jpg

    Source : Consortium News, Vijay Prashad Traduit par les lecteurs du site Les Crises Vijay Prashad et Noam Chomsky appellent à une enquête quant à l’échec des gouvernements de Boris Johnson, Donald Trump, Jair Bolsonaro, Narendra Modri et d’autres quand il aurait fallu briser la chaîne de contamination.

    Un jour, le monde sera débarrassé du coronavirus. Alors, nous jetterons un regard sur ces années de souffrances infligées par des virions à protéines spicules qui ont frappé des millions de personnes et tenu la vie sociale sous leur emprise. Il y aura nombre de débats quant à l’origine du virus et la rapidité avec laquelle il s’est propagé autour du monde, une transmission qui met en évidence à quel point nous sommes devenus interconnectés en raison des techniques modernes de transport.Lire la (...)

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  • L’épiphanie cosmopolitique
    https://laviedesidees.fr/L-epiphanie-cosmopolitique.html

    À propos de : Jean-Marc Ferry, Comment peut-on être européen ? Éléments pour une philosophie de l’Europe. Calmann-Lévy. Jean-Marc Ferry poursuit les conditions de mise en œuvre du principe philosophique de l’Europe : la réalisation de l’hypothèse cosmopolitique. Mais la co-souveraineté bien ordonnée qui en découle peine à convaincre de sa capacité à résoudre les contraires et faire advenir le politique européen.

    #International #Europe #cosmopolitisme
    https://laviedesidees.fr/IMG/docx/20210225_ferry.docx
    https://laviedesidees.fr/IMG/pdf/20210225_ferry.pdf

  • https://lespetitssoirs.fr/2020/11/16/lecole-les-profs-et-la-contre-insurrection-reflexions-sur-un-parcours

    On peut dire que ces derniers temps, ça a débattu sec dans mon lycée de banlieue. D’abord, de l’assassinat de Samuel Paty, qui a servi de boulevard aux réactionnaires de tout poil et dont mes collègues se sont emparé·e·s, afin d’engager un débat sur la liberté d’expression avec nos élèves de confession musulmane. Tout était joué d’avance dans cette pièce au scénario écrit par l’État, où les profs tiennent le beau rôle (et iels adorent ça) de celleux qui vont définir la position acceptable, en apparence raisonnable : toute personne a le droit de critiquer la religion, de s’en moquer sans pour autant être inquiétée. Simple, basique, dirait Orelsan. Et pourtant, on s’interroge. Sur ces caricatures, que l’on a sacralisées, transformées en idoles républicaines, alors qu’elles sont notoirement racistes et visent à humilier la communauté musulmane. Sur l’art de la caricature lui-même, qui exagère toujours les traits des minorités, les lèvres des noir·e·s, les barbes des arabes, le nez des juifs. Aussi sur cette volonté féroce que les élèves prouvent leur foi en la République alors que cette même République a accepté de les reléguer économiquement dans des quartiers périphériques, bien à l’écart des centres-villes prospères. Une ségrégation qui ne dit pas son nom.

    #établissements_disciplinaires #enseignant·es #national_républicanisme #discriminations
    #surveiller_et_punir

  • Dans les écoles, des actions très isolées contre les violences sexuelles sur les enfants
    https://justpaste.it/8fe7p
    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2021/02/23/prevention-des-agressions-sexuelles-les-actions-isolees-des-associations-au-

    Une dizaine d’associations organisent des ateliers contre les abus sexuels, dont l’inceste, avec, au niveau national, un manque de reconnaissance et de moyens.

    Par Cécile Bouanchaud
    Publié le 23 février 2021 à 10h32 - Mis à jour le 23 février 2021 à 17h26

    Notamment :

    Si certaines associations se chargent des signalements ou des informations préoccupantes, c’est généralement l’école qui prend le relais. Sans que cela soit toujours suivi d’effets devant la justice. Les associations évoquent notamment un manque de formation des personnels scolaires et des failles dans le processus de signalement.
    A l’unisson, les associations appellent d’ailleurs à un renforcement de la prévention au niveau national. Pour l’heure, elles reposent généralement sur le bénévolat, et doivent composer avec de maigres budgets, obtenus grâce aux subventions locales.

    Pour rappel, seen du 2 janvier 2019 de @tintin, autour de « l’autodéfense pour enfants » :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/748330


    Inceste : les équipes pédagogiques et les personnels de santé scolaire en première ligne
    https://justpaste.it/7zv1b
    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2021/02/23/inceste-les-equipes-pedagogiques-et-les-personnels-de-sante-scolaire-en-prem

    Le gouvernement entend renforcer les trois « leviers » de prévention et d’action à disposition des personnels dans les écoles. Ces derniers demandent aussi plus de moyens.

    Par Mattea Battaglia
    Publié le 23 février 2021 à 10h46 - Mis à jour le 23 février 2021 à 11h00
    #inceste #école #kids

  • Gesprächsreihe: Neustart der Musiklebens - "Es wird nicht mehr so w...
    https://diasp.eu/p/12505154

    Gesprächsreihe: Neustart der Musiklebens - „Es wird nicht mehr so wie vorher werden“

    Im Nachgang der Corona-Pandemie müsse über neue Finanzierungsmodelle nachgedacht werden, um freie Arbeit in der Kunst besser abzusichern, sagte Tobias Rempe, Geschäftsführer des Ensemble Resonanz, im Dlf. Gesprächsreihe: Neustart der Musiklebens - „Es wird nicht mehr so wie vorher werden“

  • « Les démocraties sont condamnées à susciter l’adhésion des citoyens » | CNRS Le journal
    https://lejournal.cnrs.fr/articles/les-democraties-sont-condamnees-a-susciter-ladhesion-des-citoyens

    Vous travaillez sur une thématique très débattue actuellement : la confiance dans les institutions étatiques et scientifiques, et ce en particulier à l’épreuve de la pandémie de Covid-19. Comment est née l’idée du projet Ciesco que vous pilotez depuis avril 2020 et qui prendra fin en septembre 2021 ?
    Alexis Spire1. Cela fait plusieurs années que je travaille sur la question des rapports qu’entretiennent les Français avec les institutions étatiques, qu’il s’agisse des services fiscaux, de l’école publique, des forces de l’ordre ou des tribunaux. J’ai coordonné pendant cinq ans un projet de l’Agence nationale de la recherche qui s’intitulait Pratiques et représentations ordinaires des gouvernés face à l’État (Profet) et qui s’est achevé début 2020, un peu avant le déclenchement de l’épidémie de la Covid-19.

  • Compléments à la revue Passerelle Eco n°75
    https://www.passerelleco.info/article.php?id_article=2398

    Cette page présente des compléments aux articles parus dans la revue Passerelle Eco n°75. Elle sera progressivement complétée par de nouveaux éléments. Le Beau Un grand merci aux artistes qui ont con­tribué à cette revue et notamment : Nicole Leroux-Morlet : peintures et article. Nicole Leroux Morlet est auteur d’un livre qui raconte ses « Errances dans les forêts normandes ». Sa page LinkedIN Sylvaine Jenny, dessins des p.11 à 19. Sylvaine est contributrice de longue date ! Elle a notamment illustré (...)

  • Discussion avec David Dufresne - Un pays qui se tient sage | FacebookLive
    http://www.davduf.net/discussion-avec-david-dufresne-un-pays-qui-se

    Évènement de Les films qui font débat et David Dufresne

    En ligne avec Facebook Live

    Mardi 2 mars 2021 à 19 h 30 UTC+01

    Prix : Gratuit

    Public · Tout le monde (avec ou sans compte Facebook)

    À l’occasion de la sortie d’Un pays qui se tient sage en DVD et VOD, retrouvez David Dufresne en live sur Facebook le mardi 2 mars à 19h30.

    Commande DVD disponible ici : https://www.jour2fete.fr/UN-PAYS-QUI-SE-TIENT-SAGE... Alors que s’accroissent la colère et le mécontentement devant les injustices sociales, de (...) #Agenda

  • « Battue » de Marine Levéel & Lilian Coquillaud (6 Pieds sous Terre)
    https://www.actuabd.com/Battue-de-Marine-Leveel-Lilian-Coquillaud-6-Pieds-sous-terre-la-nature-au

    Le scénario de Marine Levéel pour Battue est d’une rare tension. Son récit est construit comme un huis clos, bien qu’il se déroule en pleine nature. Camille se retrouve coupée du monde et comme enfermée dans le groupe d’hommes qu’elle redoute, sans moyen d’entrer en contact rapidement avec le reste du monde. Dans le même temps, elle est confrontée à son passé, ses souvenirs, ses origines, qu’elle a fui pendant longtemps. Tout cela contribue à une forte sensation d’étouffement, qui contraste vivement avec les dessins de Lilian Coquillaud.

    Celui-ci accorde un maximum de place à l’environnement. Vastes paysages, montagnes escarpées et sombres forêts font oublier que l’histoire se situe dans un coin de France. Les animaux - meutes de chiens ou gibier chassé - sont également mis en avant, rapprochant l’humain de la faune, ce qui est justement l’un des thèmes de l’ouvrage. Cela ne l’empêche pas de varier énormément ses compositions, n’hésitant pas parfois à multiplier les cases et à serrer ses cadrages pour accentuer le suspens.

    Surtout, les couleurs de Lilian Coquillaud étonnent et impressionnent. Construites autour des complémentaires orange et violet, elles sont souvent vives et rarement réalistes. Paradoxalement, elles magnifient les paysages et apportent une dimension presque fantastique au récit et à ses personnages. La nuit, l’aube, le crépuscule sont particulièrement réussis. Ces couleurs apportent une vie intense à l’histoire tissée par Marine Levéel, contrastant avec l’idéologie mortifère sous-tendue par les pratiques et les discours des chasseurs blanchistes. Une vivacité de couleurs en opposition, comme pour mieux la souligner, avec la noirceur politique évoquée dans Battue.

  • Santé Publique France, 24/02/2021 :
    • décès covid à l’hôpital : 277 (cvh : 262)
    • hospitalisations covid : 25614 (-46)

    décès : rebond, mais toujours en baisse
    réanimation : rebond, apparemment suffisamment pour repartir à la hausse

    incidences dans les métropoles : toujours 16 sur 22 en hausse

  • La justice saisie pour « faire barrage » au retour des néonicotinoïdes
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/02/23/la-justice-saisie-pour-faire-barrage-au-retour-des-neonicotinoides_6070945_3

    Depuis le 7 février, les producteurs de betteraves à sucre peuvent de nouveau utiliser des #néonicotinoïdes, ces insecticides ultratoxiques « tueurs d’abeilles » interdits depuis 2018. L’arrêté réautorisant, à titre dérogatoire, leur usage a été publié le 6 février au Journal officiel.

    Le texte est aujourd’hui visé par une salve de procédures en justice pour en obtenir l’annulation au nom de la défense de la biodiversité. France Nature Environnement, Générations futures, le Syndicat national d’apiculture et quatre autres organisations ont déposé, mardi 23 février, des recours (deux sur le fond et deux autres en référé-suspension) devant les tribunaux administratifs de Lyon et Toulouse, où se trouvent les sièges sociaux français de Bayer et Syngenta, les entreprises détentrices des produits commerciaux dérivés de ces pesticides. Et, le même jour, l’association Agir pour l’environnement, avec le soutien de la Confédération paysanne, a saisi le Conseil d’Etat, également en référé-suspension.

    #paywall

    • Voilà :

      Depuis le 7 février, les producteurs de betteraves à sucre peuvent de nouveau utiliser des néonicotinoïdes, ces insecticides ultratoxiques « tueurs d’abeilles » interdits depuis 2018. L’arrêté réautorisant, à titre dérogatoire, leur usage a été publié le 6 février au Journal officiel. Le texte est visé par une salve de procédures en justice pour en obtenir l’annulation au nom de la défense de la biodiversité.

      France Nature Environnement, Générations futures, le Syndicat national d’apiculture et quatre autres organisations ont déposé, mardi 23 février, des recours (deux sur le fond et deux autres en référé-suspension) devant les tribunaux administratifs de Lyonet Toulouse,où se trouvent les sièges sociaux français de Bayer et Syngenta, les entreprises détentrices des produits commerciaux dérivés de ces pesticides. Et, le même jour, l’association Agir pour l’environnement, avec le soutien de la Confédération paysanne, a saisi le Conseil d’Etat, également en référé-suspension.

      Agir pour l’environnement est membre du conseil de surveillance mis en place par le gouvernement pour recueillir l’avis des parties prenantes (agriculteurs, associations, instituts techniques, etc.) sur les conditions du retour des néonicotinoïdes. A l’instar des autres ONG, elle dénonce un « passage en force » du gouvernement et un « manque de transparence .Et s’en remet à la justice pour « faire barrage » au retour des néonicotinoïdes.

      Censée enrayer la chute (estimée à 30 % par le syndicat professionnel) de la récolte de betteraves à sucre, attribuée à l’invasion d’un puceron vecteur de la jaunisse, une loi a été votée en octobre 2020, malgré une forte opposition, pour permettre de déroger à l’interdiction des néonicoti noïdes dans la filière jusqu’au 1er juillet 2023. L’arrêté publié le 6 février précise sa mise en oeuvre : une autorisation de mise sur le marché est accordée pour une durée de quatre mois (cent vingt jours) pour des semences de betteraves sucrières enrobées de deux néonicotinoïdes : imidaclopride ou thiaméthoxam.

      Pour contester l’arrêté, lesorganisations s’appuient sur la législation européenne régissant la mise sur le marché des pesticides. L’article 53 du règlement 1107/2009 prévoit des dérogations uniquement dans le cadre d’un usage « contrôlé et limité », et si un danger ne peut être maîtrisé par d’autres moyens « raisonnables . Or, pour les associations, ces deux obligations ne sont pas remplies.

      « Pertes de rendement »

      Sur la question des usages contrôlés et limités, elles dénoncent une autorisation « trop large »,sans « zonage », c’est-à-dire sans distinction selon les régions, alors que la jaunisse n’a pas eu le même impact sur l’ensemble du territoire en 2020. « Malgré plusieurs demandes, nous n’avons obtenu aucune donnée sur les pertes de rendement des betteraviers pour toute la France. L’évaluation du risque a visiblement été faite sur les zones les plus touchées », explique l’agronome Jacques Caplat, qui représente Agir pour l’environnement au sein dudit conseil de surveillance. En outre, cette évaluation du danger n’a pas pris en compte les conditions météorologiques, beaucoup plus froides que prévu cet hiver, et donc très défavorables au développement du virus responsable de la jaunisse.

      « On a surestimé les risques, conclut Jacques Caplat. Et, d’un autre côté, on n’a pas évalué les alternatives. » Le 25 juin 2020, la Direction générale de l’alimentation avait saisi l’Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire (Anses) pour une étude sur les alternatives aux néonicotinoïdes pour les semences de betteraves sucrières. Le rapport devait être remis le 31 octobre 2020. Il n’a toujours pas été rendu public.

      Pression des betteraviers

      L’arrêté préconise des « mesures d’atténuation . Elles sont jugées « très insuffisamment protectrices pour permettre de limiter les effets néfastes des néonicotinoïdes sur les pollinisateurs et, plus généra lement, sur la biodiversité », selon François Veillerette, de Générations futures, association qui milite contre l’usage des pesticides et également membre du conseil de surveillance.

      Un point préoccupe les ONG et les apiculteurs : les néonicotinoïdes sont persistants dans les sols et peuvent contaminer les cultures ultérieures. Aussi, dans un avis rendu le 20 décembre 2020, l’Anses recommandait d’attendre trois ans pour resemer des cultures attractives pour les abeilles comme le colza et deux ans pour le maïs. Sous la pression des betteraviers, le gouvernement a réduit ce délai d’un an.

      Or, les données prises en compte pour justifier la réduction de ce délai sont erronées. Elles suggéraient à tort que 80 % des abeilles butinaient seulement en « périphérie » des champs de maïs (dans les huit premiers mètres des parcelles). Selon nos informations, le président du conseil de surveillance et les représentants du ministère de l’agriculture avaient été informés du caractère erroné de ces données plusieurs jours avant la publication de l’arrêté.

      « L’arrêté prévoit qu’il n’y aura pas de dérogation possible pour anticiper les plantations sans avis de l’Anses sur l’impact pour les pollinisateurs », a réagi, le 20 février, la ministre de la transition écologique, Barbara Pompili, sur Twitter. Comprendre : un autre arrêté devrait préciser les « circonstances » dans lesquelles pourraient être accordées ces nouvelles dérogations. « Après avis de l’Anses », et non « après avis conforme de l’Anses . La nuance est importante : elle laisse la possibilité de ne pas le suivre. « Nous avons écrit "avis de l’Anses" et pas "avis conforme", car l’obligation d’équivalence des mesures est déjà prise dans l’arrêté, indique au Monde le ministère de la transition écologique. Donc si l’Anses ne conclut pas sur l’équivalence, le droit ne permettra pas de dérogation. »

  • Sexual violence against boys is far more common than we think - The Washington Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/02/22/why-we-dont-talk-about-sexual-violence-against-boys-why-we-should/?arc404=true

    Boys are more likely than girls to die in their second decade of life, and they use more alcohol and tobacco, habits that erode their health as they age, Blum said. But even more troubling, Blum’s team found that boys suffered higher levels of physical violence, neglect and sexual abuse by adults than girls. And the more a boy was victimized, the more likely he was to do violence to others.
    Those findings should serve as a gut punch. We can’t solve the problem of violence against girls and women without also addressing violence against men and boys. And we won’t succeed in teaching our sons to care for other people’s bodies until we learn to care for theirs.

    • Yet we rarely hear about any of this on the news. We hardly ever talk about it. Stories of sexual misconduct are everywhere, but the tellers of those stories are mostly girls and women. The stories of men and boys still remain mostly hidden, unacknowledged and undiscussed.

    • The default in discussions about sexual violence is to think of boys and men as perpetrators and women as victims. But that is an oversimplification that is built on a damaging stereotype about male invulnerability, and it obscures the truth: Boys can be victims, and boys can need help. We’ve just built a world that makes it hard for them to admit it — and for the rest of us to acknowledge it. If we want to raise boys differently, we must start believing that they are equally capable of feeling pain and doing violence.

    • ah là je comprends enfin ce truc du viol comme rapport de pouvoir, tout sauf du sexe donc (ça parle d’une agression de vestiaire de foot avec un manche à balais) :

      The freshman intuitively understood and endorsed the argument that scholars make in academic circles: This kind of sexual assault has nothing to do with sex. It’s about power. It’s about older boys establish­ing their place at the top, putting younger players in their place.

    • @tintin, here you are :

      Raising a boy sometimes feels like traveling in a foreign land. When I gave birth to my daughter, three years before my son was born, I had no idea how to be a mother. But after decades of navigating life as a woman, I knew unequivocally what I wanted for her: to see herself as capable of anything, constrained by none of the old limits on who women must be and how they must move through the world. She could be fierce and funny and loving and steely-spined.

      “I am strong and fearless,” I taught her to say when she was 2, as she hesitated on the playground, her lips quivering as she considered crossing a rope-netting bridge strung 10 feet above the ground. There was nothing premeditated about that little sentence. It just ap­peared on my tongue, distilling what I wanted her to be and how I hoped she would think of herself.

      I had no such pithy motto for my son. Reminding a boy to be strong and fearless seemed unnecessary and maybe even counterproduc­tive, fortifying a stereotype instead of unraveling it. What could I give him to help him ignore the tired old expectations of boys? I had no idea. I didn’t know how to help him resist the stresses and stereotypes of boyhood, because I had never grappled with the fact that boys face stresses and stereotypes at all.

      But of course they do. Boys learn that they’re supposed to be tough and strong and sexually dominant, according to a massive study of gender attitudes among 10- to 14-year-olds in the United States and countries across four other continents. Girls learn that they’re supposed to be attractive and submissive, according to the study, led by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

      The global script clearly harms girls, who face disproportionate levels of sexual violence, not to mention greater risk of early pregnancy and leaving school. But Robert Blum, a physician who has studied adolescents for 40 years and is one of the Johns Hopkins scholars leading the study, wants people to understand that it also hurts boys. “The story about boys has yet to be told, and I think it’s a really important story,” Blum explained to me. “Our data suggest that the myth that boys are advantaged and girls are disadvantaged simply isn’t true.”

      The movement for gender equality has often focused on empowering girls. But as Blum sees it, achieving gender equality also requires attention for boys. They too need to know they are not circumscribed by ideas about who and how they should be.

      Boys are more likely than girls to die in their second decade of life, and they use more alcohol and tobacco, habits that erode their health as they age, Blum said. But even more troubling, Blum’s team found that boys suffered higher levels of physical violence, neglect and sexual abuse by adults than girls. And the more a boy was victimized, the more likely he was to do violence to others.

      Those findings should serve as a gut punch. We can’t solve the problem of violence against girls and women without also addressing violence against men and boys. And we won’t succeed in teaching our sons to care for other people’s bodies until we learn to care for theirs.

      The first I heard of “brooming” was in one of those interstitial moments, a busy day on pause, waiting for my car to be repaired at an auto shop before racing to work. It was pouring outside, so I huddled along with a half­-dozen other harried customers in a small room where a television blared a local news show. Five boys, football players at a high school just outside D.C., had been charged with rape and attempted rape in the alleged attacks of their teammates with the end of a wooden broomstick.

      Not only had I never heard of such a thing, but I had never even imag­ined it. Raped with a broomstick? Long after I left, I was still trying to wrap my head around it, and as details emerged in the following days and weeks, I could not look away.

      It had happened on the last day of October, Halloween, at Damascus High, a diverse public school with a powerhouse football program in Montgomery County, Md. My colleagues at The Washington Post, where I work as an investigative reporter, reported the wrenching details of the attack. Freshmen on the junior varsity team had been changing in a locker room after school when suddenly the lights went out, and they could hear the sound of someone banging a broomstick against the wall. The sophomores had arrived. “It’s time,” one of them said. They went from freshman to freshman, grabbing four of them, pushing them to the ground, punching, stomping. They pulled the younger boys’ pants down and stabbed the broom at their buttocks, trying — and at least once succeeding — to shove the handle inside their rectums. The victims pleaded for help, the attackers laughed at them, and a crowd of other boys looked on, watching the horror unspool.

      Whenever I learn of something unconscionable, I find myself looking for clues that it could never happen to me or the people I love. That’s human nature, I guess. But like any other kind of sexual assault, brooming is not a phenomenon confined to this one high school, or to any particular type of school or community. It cuts across racial and socioeconomic lines, shows up in elite private boys’ academies and coed public schools, in big cities and rural villages and small towns that dot the heartland.

      What do you think you know about boys and sexual violence? I thought I knew that boys are victims only rarely, and I automatically equated “child sexual abuse” with adults preying on kids. But I was wrong on both counts.

      Many boys are molested by adults, that’s true. But there are strong signs that children are even more likely to be sexually abused or sexually as­saulted by other children. In one study of 13,000 children age 17 and younger, three-quarters of the boys who reported being sexually victimized said the person who violated them was another child. In a little more than half those assaults, the violator was a girl. Most boys who had been assaulted had never told an adult.

      Though sexual violence mostly affects girls and women, male victims are still astonishingly common. I was shocked to learn that as many as 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused during childhood. About 1 in 4 men is a victim of some kind of sexual violence over the course of his lifetime, from unwanted contact to coercion to rape. LGBTQ men are at greater risk than heterosexual men: More than 40 percent of gay men and 47 percent of bisexual men say they have been sexually victimized, compared compared with 21 percent of straight men.

      In 2015, a national survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Pre­vention found that nearly 4 million men (and 5.6 million women) had been victims of sexual violence just in the previous year. More than 2 million of those men were subjected to unwanted sexual contact, and more than 800,000 said they were “made to penetrate” another person — an awkward term that doesn’t show up much in the media or in public debate. It means that a man was either too inebriated to consent or was coerced or threatened into sex.

      Just as with girls and women, violation of men and boys can involve physical force or emotional coercion. Just as with girls and women, boys and men sometimes have sexual experiences to which they cannot consent because they are underage or blackout drunk — experiences that we might reflexively call sex but that we should really understand as assault. And though the perpetrators in those cases can be other boys and men, they can also be girls and women. The overwhelming majority of male rape victims say that the person who violated them was another male, but most male victims of other kinds of sexual violence say they were violated by a female.

      Boys and men who survive sexual violence can experience serious psychological and emotional fallout, including post-traumatic stress, symptoms of depression and anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse problems and sexual dysfunction.

      Yet we rarely hear about any of this on the news. We hardly ever talk about it. Stories of sexual misconduct are everywhere, but the tellers of those stories are mostly girls and women. The stories of men and boys still remain mostly hidden, unacknowledged and undiscussed.

      The default in discussions about sexual violence is to think of boys and men as perpetrators and women as victims. But that is an oversimplification that is built on a damaging stereotype about male invulnerability, and it obscures the truth: Boys can be victims, and boys can need help. We’ve just built a world that makes it hard for them to admit it — and for the rest of us to acknowledge it. If we want to raise boys differently, we must start believing that they are equally capable of feeling pain and doing violence.

      When I first began learning about locker room assaults, I wanted to know what motivated a boy to hurt another boy in this way. But along the way, I became even more puzzled — and troubled — by the victims’ experiences. They had so much difficulty identifying what had happened to them as sexual assault, and felt too much shame to admit they were hurting.

      One boy was so distressed about the prospect of being attacked by his basketball teammates during a tournament trip that he called his mother, intending to ask her for help. As frightened as he was, when it came down to it, he couldn’t bring himself to tell her what was going on. “I was going to tell her when I first got on the phone with her, but I ended up not saying nothing,” he later said. “I was going to tell her, but I didn’t know how to say that.”

      I’ll call him Martin. He was a freshman on the varsity team at Ooltewah High School, near Chattanooga, Tenn. In December 2015, he and his teammates drove to a tournament in Gatlinburg, in the Great Smoky Mountains. They stayed in a cabin where there was a pool table down­stairs in the boys’ quarters. The coaches stayed upstairs.

      By the fourth day, Martin knew the upperclassmen were coming for him. They had already gone after the other three fresh­men; every evening, he had seen the brandishing of a pool cue and he had heard the screaming. He knew he was next; that’s when he called his mother. And yet he didn’t know how to ask for help without embarrassing himself and violating an unwritten code of silence. He just couldn’t get the words out.

      Soon after the phone call with his mother, three of Martin’s teammates assaulted him. Even after the attack — which ulti­mately landed him in the hospital with a months-long recovery ahead of him — Martin did not immediately tell the truth about what had been done to him. He told his coach that he and his attackers had been “wrestling” and he insisted he was fine — until he peed blood, then collapsed and had to go to the emergency room. It was only because of his extreme injury that the truth came to light.

      Later, during a sworn deposition, a lawyer asked Martin if the attack had to do with sexual orientation. Was the older boy gay? No, Martin said. It wasn’t that at all. “I feel like he tried to make me — belittle me,” he said. “Tried to make me feel like less than a man, less than him.” (I spoke to Martin’s lawyer but didn’t speak to Martin. This account is based on court records, media accounts and video testimony.)

      The freshman intuitively understood and endorsed the argument that scholars make in academic circles: This kind of sexual assault has nothing to do with sex. It’s about power. It’s about older boys establish­ing their place at the top, putting younger players in their place.

      This particular way of flexing power depends on the cluelessness or tacit acceptance of the adults who are paid to keep boys safe. It also depends on the silence of victims, who — like most teenagers — want desperately to belong, which means bearing pain, handling it and definitely not snitching. But it’s dangerous and unfair to expect boys to bear the responsibility for protecting themselves, Monica Beck, one of the attorneys who represented Martin in a lawsuit against the school sys­tem, told me. Boys, like girls, deserve the protection and help of their coaches, their teachers, their parents and their principals.

      After Martin collapsed and underwent surgery, he spent six days in the hospital and nine months recovering, including relearning how to walk. One of the attackers was convicted of aggravated rape, the other two of aggravated assault.

      Even with these horrifying facts, not everyone agreed that what happened to Martin should actually be considered sexual violence. The police officer who investigated the crime filed charges of aggravated rape, a crime that in Tennessee does not require sexual motivation. But he suggested in state court that what happened was not in fact a sexual assault. It was instead, he said, “something stupid that kids do” that “just happened” to meet the definition of aggravated rape.

      Later, Martin sued the school district for failing to protect his civil rights. As the trial approached, lawyers representing the school board asked the judge to prohibit Martin’s legal team from using certain terms in front of a jury: rape, aggravated rape, sexual battery, sexual assault.

      The judge never had to decide, because the school district’s insurance carrier settled with Martin for $750,000, avoiding a trial. But it’s notable that this was even a potential issue of debate. Imagine that a girl was attacked as Martin was. Would anyone doubt that it qualified as a sexual assault?

      Sports is a refuge for so many children and an engine for so much good. Kids can learn to communicate and depend on each other. They can learn to push and surpass their own athletic limits. They can learn to win, and to lose, with humility and grace. Kids who play organized sports tend to do better in school than kids who don’t, have stronger social skills and higher self-esteem, and are healthier physically and men­tally, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

      But as anyone who has spent much time on the sidelines of a youth soccer or basketball or football game can tell you, sports can also be de­structive. Coaches and parents can be verbally abusive, teaching kids that winning is more important than integrity and that disrespect is part of the game. Kids can learn to prize the use of force and violence.

      It’s this darker side of sports that turns it into a breeding ground for hazing, initiation rituals that older players use to belittle and humiliate junior teammates. For boys who find themselves on teams with such a poisonous culture, sports are not a refuge. They are a nightmare.

      Over the past generation, hazing pranks that once seemed innocuous — ­think dressing up in silly costumes or singing an embarrassing song in public — have evolved, becoming increasingly dangerous and sexual, according to social scientists who study hazing and consultants to high school athletic teams. Sexualized hazing, some argue, is an expression of a narrow version of masculinity that is celebrated in sports — a version of masculinity that is not just about strength but about dominating at all costs, about hiding pain and enduring weakness, and about degrading anyone or anything that seems feminine or gay. Even as a growing number of alternative niches gives boys places to thrive as proud geeks and artists and gender nonconformists, many sports have remained staunchly macho in this way.

      We don’t have comprehensive data on how common it is for boys to sexually assault other boys in the context of athletics. In 2000, researchers from Alfred University, a small private school in western New York, conducted the first national survey of high school hazing. They wanted to ask about sexualized hazing, but they were stymied. In those early days of the Internet, they had to send their survey out to students in the mail, and they got access to a database of student addresses only on the condition that they not ask any questions having to do with sex or sexuality. (In general, researchers have trouble getting permission to ask children under 18 questions about anything related to sex, sexual violence or abuse — which is understandable, but which also hobbles our understanding of kids’ experiences.)

      Norm Pollard, one of the lead researchers on the Alfred University sur­vey, found students’ replies to one open-ended question shocking. “They talked about being sexually assaulted at away matches, in the back of the bus and in locker rooms,” Pollard said. “It was devastating to read those reports from kids that were just trying to be part of a team or a club.”

      Psychologist Susan Lipkins has studied hazing since 2003, when she traveled to a small town near her home in New York to interview the parents and coach of high school football players who had been sexually abused by teammates at a preseason training camp. None of the victims reported the abuse to a coach, a parent or any other adult. It came to light only because one of the boys sought medical help — and the cover story he told doctors to explain his injuries didn’t make sense.

      She and other experts said they have seen noticeably more media reports and court filings alleging ritualized sexual violence among high school boys, leading them to believe that it is becoming more common and more severe. Boys tell each other and themselves that they are taking part in a tradition: This is what it takes to be part of the team, this is what it takes to belong. First you are assaulted; then you become a bystander, watching as others are brutalized; finally, you get your turn at the top, your turn to attack.

      Boys who report being sexually assaulted face the humiliation of hav­ing to describe how they were violated out loud, to another person, and then they face what Lipkins calls a “second hazing” — a blowback of harassment and bullying not unlike that heaped on female victims of rape. Lipkins noted that she has seen parents and students band together to protect their team, their coach, even local real estate values against allegations of sexualized hazing. “Communities support the perpetrators and say, You’re a wimp, why did you report it,” she said.

      As a result of all that pressure, she said, it’s common for boys to remain silent even after being assaulted. Not only do boys not want to tattle on their teammates, but they often don’t even recognize that they’re victims of an unacceptable violation and of a crime. No one has told them. “Hazing education is in the Dark Ages,” Lipkins said.

      She believes that young people and adults, includ­ing parents, coaches and administrators, need much more training to recognize this kind of behavior as an unacceptable form of harm rather than a tradition to be upheld. And Lipkins believes it won’t end until groups of players stand up together to stop it, either as active bystanders who protect victims or as victims who together find the courage to speak out.

      Of course, when they speak out, they need grown-ups to hear them and protect them. Coaches must understand that building a healthy team culture and guarding players’ safety are crucial parts of their job. And we par­ents must tell our boys the same thing we tell our girls — that their bodies are their own, that no one should touch them without their consent, that we will not tolerate violation of their physical autonomy.

      Boys who are raped or sexually assaulted face a particular kind of disbelief. They may not be accused, as girls often are, of reinterpreting a consensual sexual encounter as nonconsensual. They’re perhaps less likely to be accused of straight-up lying, or of being crazy. Instead, they’re accused of taking things too seriously. Sexual assault? No! It was just messing around. Just a joke. Just boys being boys. Just hazing.

      The language we use to describe what happens to boys helps feed the problem, argues Adele Kimmel, who has become one of the leading lawyers for male and female victims of sexual assault. “Terminology matters,” Kimmel, a wiry woman with jet-black hair, told me on a rainy day in downtown Washington at the sleek offices of the nonprofit firm Public Justice, where she is a senior attorney. “Some of these boys don’t even recognize that they’ve been sexually assaulted be­cause it’s been normalized by the adults. They call it these euphemistic terms — they call it horseplay, roughhousing, poking, hazing. They don’t call it sexual assault. They don’t call it rape.”

      Kimmel represented an Oklahoma middle school boy who was in music class when one of his football teammates held him down and assaulted him. The principal called it horseplay but acknowledged in an interview with a state investigator that if the same thing had happened to a girl, he would have considered it sexual assault. The boy was branded as a tattletale for reporting what had happened to him and became the target of fierce bullying at school. His father asked for help. “What do you want me to do, hold his hand?” the principal said, according to the lawsuit the family later filed.

      When we convey to boys that unwanted touch is a serious issue of sexual assault only when it affects girls and not when it affects boys, we are sending a message that only girls’ bodies are worthy of protection. That message leaves our sons vulnerable to abuse, and it presents them with a knotty question: Why should boys treat other people’s bodies with dignity and respect if their own bodies are not also treated with dignity and respect?

      Violence prevention programs often focus on debunking rape myths about female victims. No, wearing a short skirt is not the same thing as consenting to sex. But they less often delve into male victims — particularly those men who are violated by women. The idea that a man would have to be forced or coerced into sex with a woman runs counter to our cultural scripts about how sex works. But that’s just another misleading stereotype, and one that makes it hard for boys and men to recognize and deal with their own experiences. By now, for example, stories about college campus rape have firmly established that some men assault women who are too drunk to consent. There’s no counternarrative about men being raped when they have had too much to drink — usually, that’s just called sex. But whether they con­sider it assault, men on campus can and do have unwanted sex. One student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told me for a 2015 Washington Post series on sexual assault how uncom­fortable he felt when he was pursued by a woman he wasn’t interested in. He found himself unable to say no to her persistent advances, even though he knew he didn’t want to have sex with her. “You don’t want to be rude,” he said. “You don’t want to be weird.”

      College fraternities have a reputation for tolerating and even encour­aging sexual violence against women, and there is some evidence that fra­ternity brothers are at greater risk than other college men of committing assault. But there is also other, perhaps less widely known evidence that fraternity members are at greater risk than other students of being as­saulted themselves. In a study of fraternity men at one Midwestern college, more than a quarter — 27 percent — said that someone had had sex with them without their consent, either through the use of force or by taking advantage of them when they were drunk.

      But many people do not define a man pushed into nonconsensual sex as a person who has been sexually assaulted. A 2018 survey of 1,200 adults found that 1 in 3 would not quite believe a man who said he was raped by a woman, and 1 in 4 believed men enjoy being raped by a woman. There’s a belief that men cannot be raped be­cause women aren’t strong enough to physically force them, and a convic­tion that straight men want sex so much and so consistently that they just aren’t that bothered by a woman who refuses to listen when he says no. These ideas are embedded in our institutions, from media to medicine to law to scholarship.

      It wasn’t until 2012 that the FBI recognized that men could be raped. Until then, the bureau defined rape as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” Now it uses gender-neutral terms; rape is defined as “the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

      Scholars studying sexual violence have often asked men only about their own sexual aggression and women only about being violated, an approach that fails to acknowledge — much less measure — the existence of male victims, female perpetrators or same-sex assault. When researchers have asked about sexual violence in gender-neutral terms, they have made startling discoveries. One survey of 300 college men found that half had experienced some type of sexual victimization, and an astonishing 17 percent — nearly 1 in 5 — had been raped, meaning they had unwanted sex because they were threatened, physically forced or taken advantage of while too intoxicated to consent.

      Lara Stemple, an assistant dean at UCLA School of Law, is a feminist who has focused some of her research on highlighting the large number of men who have expe­rienced sexual violence and the institutional biases that have obscured their experiences. She told me that her efforts to bring attention to male victims — and to the surprisingly high rates of female perpetration of such violence — have at times triggered false accusations that she is aligned with men’s rights activists, who are known for anti-feminist and misogynistic language and ideology.

      But as Stemple argues, acknowledging the invisibility of men’s suffering does not mean dismissing or doubting violence against women. It is not one or the other. Both problems are tangled up in some of the same deeply ingrained notions about what it means — or what we think it means — to be a man.

      The #MeToo movement has been built out of stories, one after the other, a flood that helped us see how men in positions of power abuse women and then keep their violence secret. In those stories, the world saw evidence of a sprawling problem in urgent need of solutions. Women found solidarity in acknowledging what had happened to them and in declaring that it was not tolerable and was not their fault.

      Now boys need to hear more of these stories from men. Media coverage of high-profile cases of sexual violence against men and boys has helped open Americans’ eyes to the fact that the sexual victimization of boys is not just possible but deeply scarring, psychologist Richard Gartner, who specializes in treating male victims, told me. When Gartner began speaking publicly about male victims in the 1990s, he was often greeted with blank stares and dis­belief.

      But then came revelations about widespread abuse by Catholic priests, by Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, by Boy Scout troop lead­ers. Those stories forced people to begin to recognize the vulnerability of young boys. When actor and former NFL player Terry Crews came for­ward to say he had been groped by a male Hollywood executive, it forced people to consider the vulnerability even of strong adult men. And it made room for more boys and men to come to terms with their own experiences as victims of abuse, Gartner says: “Every time that happens, some boy somewhere says, well, if he can come forward, maybe I should be talking to someone.”

      Perhaps it is starting to happen more often. Over the past few years, the women who came forward in droves to speak out about sexual violence were joined by men who said they had been abused, including allegedly by powerful, high-profile men such as actor Kevin Spacey and film director Bryan Singer. In one remarkable reckoning, more than 300 former Ohio State University students said they had been sexually abused by an Ohio State doctor, Richard Strauss, and sued the university for failing to protect them.

      In 2019, an independent investigation commissioned by the university found that Ohio State officials knew of complaints about Strauss as early as 1979 but allowed him to continue prac­ticing until he retired with honors two decades later. Strauss committed nearly 1,500 acts of sexual abuse, including 47 acts of rape, the university told fed­eral authorities in 2019. The stories Ohio State graduates tell about Strauss bear remarkable similarity to the stories that hundreds of women told about the abuse they suffered at the hands of Larry Nassar, the former Michigan State University physician and former USA Gymnastics national team doctor. If the collective power of Nassar’s victims forced the nation to con­front the ways in which institutions ignore girls and young women who report sexual assault, then the graduates of Ohio State may help force us to see how we have dismissed boys and young men.

      For now, though, many men still see reasons to keep their stories to themselves. Gartner has written extensively about the shame, trauma and confusion that his patients struggle with as they try to make sense of how they were victimized. Many fear that admitting violation will be seen as evidence of personal weakness. They fear they won’t be believed. And they fear they were somehow complicit.

      Boys who report assault or abuse need to hear from their parents and the people close to them that they are unconditionally loved. “The most important thing to say is, ‘I believe you, and it wasn’t your fault ... and we still love you,’ ” Gartner says. And parents who want to prevent their boys from being abused, he explains, should be telling their sons all the same things they tell their daughters about their right to control access to their bodies.

      When we fail to recognize and address violence against boys, not only are we failing to protect boys, but we also may be stoking violence against women. These problems are to some extent intertwined: While most do not go on to lives of violence, criminality or delinquency, victimized children are at greater risk of doing harm to others.

      If you had asked me, before I started this research, whether I believed that boys and men could be victims of sexual assault, I would have said of course. If you had asked me whether I bought into the notion that boys and men always want sex, I might have rolled my eyes: Um, no. But listening to the stories of male victims taught me that I didn’t com­pletely believe what I thought I believed. I noticed my own knee-jerk resistance to the reality that unwanted sexual contact can traumatize boys just as it does girls — and to the reality that it can matter just as much to them. Deep down, somewhere under my skin, I was holding on to some seriously wrongheaded assumptions — ideas so ingrained I did not even notice them, ideas that rendered boys as something less than human.

  • « LFI est pour l’instant le seul parti politique qui s’est exprimé en soutien des universitaires mis en cause par leur ministre. Ensemble ou séparément, il est crucial que d’autres manifestent également leur attachement à la recherche. »
    André Gunthert


    Pour une réplique unie contre la police de la pensée et la #dérive_autoritaire du #régime_macroniste

    Mesdames, Messieurs,

    Comme vous, nous sommes témoins d’un évènement sans précédent dans notre pays : une ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de l’Innovation demande une enquête sur le contenu des recherches universitaires en sciences sociales ! La réplique de la conférence des présidents d’université, celle du CNRS, celle de centaines d’universitaires attestent l’ampleur de l’indignation !

    Après tant d’autres, ce sont dorénavant les libertés académiques qui sont mises en cause. Nous avons tous compris ce que cela signifie. Avec sa campagne contre le prétendu « islamo-gauchisme », le pouvoir en place est entré dans une nouvelle phase de sa dérive autoritaire. Nos organisations l’ont toutes relevé à un moment ou à un autre, depuis les lois sur le Code du travail puis la série de celles sur la sécurité. Les libéraux qui gouvernent notre pays se placent ouvertement dans les pas du régime de Victor Orban en Hongrie. En France, les libertés publiques sont désormais en cause.
    Il est indispensable de manifester une résistance déterminée à cette situation. Quelles que soient nos divergences, quand il est question de la liberté, il est possible de s’unir pour la défendre. Nos partis, comme les syndicats et les associations, toute notre histoire nous rattache à cette cause dans l’histoire et en toutes les circonstances.

    C’est pour quoi nous vous proposons de nous rencontrer pour décider comment agir en commun dans le respect de chacun, mais dans la détermination à ne pas laisser aller plus loin. Évidemment, nous pourrions décider d’en confier la coordination à l’une des associations ou collectifs de défense des droits de l’homme et des libertés publiques qui accepterait de prendre la tête de cette initiative.

    Nous croyons à l’urgence de cette réplique. Nous croyons à la force de son caractère collectif. Nous vous proposons de prendre contact avec Éric Coquerel, député de Seine Saint-Denis, pour établir le rendez-vous commun.

    Bien à vous, avec nos salutations républicaines.

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon
    Président du Groupe La France insoumise à l’Assemblée

    Mathilde Panot
    Vice-Présidente du Groupe de La France insoumise à l’Assemblée

    Manuel Bompard
    Président de la Délégation insoumise au Parlement européen

    Manon Aubry
    Co-Présidente du groupe de la GUE au Parlement européen

    https://melenchon.fr/2021/02/24/pour-une-replique-unie-contre-la-police-de-la-pensee-et-la-derive-autorita

    Courrier de l’intergroupe parlementaire de La France insoumise adressé à plusieurs partis dont PS, PCF, EELV, Generation.s, GDS, GRS, NPA, POI, Lutte Ouvrière, Ensemble !…

  • Vives réactions après l’annonce de la dissolution de la Miviludes
    https://www.la-croix.com/Religion/Vives-reactions-lannonce-dissolution-Miviludes-2019-10-10-1201053309

    La mission, qui n’avait pas vingt ans, était la cible de bien des rumeurs ces derniers mois. Celles-ci ont été entérinées par le ministère de l’intérieur et Matignon la semaine dernière. La Miviludes sera bel et bien dissoute au sein du Comité interministériel de prévention de la délinquance et de la radicalisation, le CIPDR, organe de la Place Beauvau, dès janvier 2020.

    Si des « enjeux de meilleure efficacité » sont avancés, ce sont des questions budgétaires qui, semblent-ils, justifient la disparition de la Mission interministérielle de lutte contre les dérives sectaires.

  • ‘Living in this constant nightmare of insecurity and uncertainty’

    DURING the first week of 2021, Katrin Glatz-Brubakk treated a refugee who had tried to drown himself.

    His arms, already covered with scars, were sliced open with fresh cuts.

    He told her: “I can’t live in this camp any more. I’m tired of being afraid all the time, I don’t want to live any more.”

    He is 11 years old. Glatz-Brubakk, a child psychologist at Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) mental health clinic in Lesbos, tells me he is the third child she’s seen for suicidal thoughts and attempts so far this year.

    At the time we spoke, it was only two weeks into the new year.

    The boy is one of thousands of children living in the new Mavrovouni (also known as Kara Tepe) refugee camp on the Greek island, built after a fire destroyed the former Moria camp in September.

    MSF has warned of a mental health “emergency” among children at the site, where 7,100 refugees are enduring the coldest months of the year in flimsy tents without heating or running water.

    Situated by the coast on a former military firing range, the new site, dubbed Moria 2.0, is completely exposed to the elements with tents repeatedly collapsing and flooding.

    This week winds of up to 100km/h battered the camp and temperatures dropped to zero. Due to lockdown measures residents can only leave once a week, meaning there is no escape, not even temporarily, from life in the camp.
    Camp conditions causing children to break down, not their past traumas

    It is these appalling conditions which are causing children to break down to the point where some are even losing the will to live, Glatz-Brubakk tells me.

    While the 11-year-old boy she treated earlier this year had suffered traumas in his past, the psychologist says he was a resilient child and had been managing well for a long time.

    “But he has been there in Moria now for one year and three months and now he is acutely suicidal.”

    This is also the case for the majority of children who come to the clinic.

    “On our referral form, when children are referred to us we have a question: ‘When did this problem start?’ and approximately 90 per cent of cases it says when they came to Moria.”

    Glatz-Brubakk tells me she’s seen children who are severely depressed, have stopped talking and playing and others who are self-harming.

    Last year MSF noted 50 cases of suicidal thoughts and attempts among children on the island, the youngest of whom was an eight-year-old girl who tried to hang herself.

    It’s difficult to imagine children so young even thinking about taking their lives.

    But in the camp, where there are no activities, no school, where tents collapse in the night, and storms remind children of the war they fled from, more and more little ones are being driven into despair.

    “It is living in this constant nightmare of insecurity and uncertainty that is causing children to break down,” Glatz-Brubakk says.

    “They don’t think it’s going to get better. ‘I haven’t slept for too long, I’ve been worrying every minute of every day for the last year or two’ — when you get to that point of exhaustion, falling asleep and never waking up again is more tempting than being alive.”

    Children play in the mud in the Moria 2 camp [Pic: Mare Liberum]

    Mental health crisis worsening

    While there has always been a mental health crisis on the island, Glatz-Brubakk says the problem has worsened since the fire reduced Moria to ashes five months ago.

    The blaze “retraumatised” many of the children and triggered a spike in mental health emergencies in the clinic.

    But the main difference, she notes, is that many people have now lost any remnant of hope they may have been clinging to.

    Following the fire, the European Union pledged there would be “no more Morias,” and many refugees believed they would finally be moved off the island.

    But it quickly transpired that this was not going to be the case.

    While a total of 5,000 people, including all the unaccompanied minors, have been transferred from Lesbos — according to the Greek government — more than 7,000 remain in Moria 2.0, where conditions have been described as worse than the previous camp.

    “They’ve lost hope that they will ever be treated with dignity, that they will ever have their human rights, that they will be able to have a normal life,” Glatz-Brubakk says.

    “Living in a mud hole as they are now takes away all your feeling of being human, really.”

    Yasser, an 18-year-old refugee from Afghanistan and Moria 2.0 resident, tells me he’s also seen the heavy toll on adults’ mental health.

    “In this camp they are not the same people as they were in the previous camp,” he says. “They changed. They have a different feeling when you look in their eyes.”

    [Pic: Mare Liberum]

    No improvements to Moria 2.0

    The feelings of abandonment, uncertainty and despair have also been exacerbated by failures to make improvements to the camp, which is run by the Greek government.

    It’s been five months since the new camp was built yet there is still no running water or mains electricity.

    Instead bottled water is trucked in and generators provide energy for around 12 hours a day.

    Residents and grassroots NGOs have taken it upon themselves to dig trenches to mitigate the risk of flooding, and shore up their tents to protect them from collapse. But parts of the camp still flood.

    “When it rains even for one or two hours it comes like a lake,” says Yasser, who lives in a tent with his four younger siblings and parents.

    Humidity inside the tents also leaves clothes and blankets perpetually damp with no opportunity to get them dry again.

    Despite temperatures dropping to zero this week, residents of the camp still have no form of heating, except blankets and sleeping bags.

    The camp management have not only been unforgivably slow to improve the camp, but have also frustrated NGOs’ attempts to make changes.

    Sonia Nandzik, co-founder of ReFOCUS Media Labs, an organisation which teaches asylum-seekers to become citizen journalists, tells me that plans by NGOs to provide low-energy heated blankets for residents back in December were rejected.

    Camp management decided small heaters would be a better option. “But they are still not there,” Nandzik tells me.

    “Now they are afraid that the power fuses will not take it and there will be a fire. So there is very little planning, this is a big problem,” she says.

    UNHCR says it has purchased 950 heaters, which will be distributed once the electricity network at the site has been upgraded. But this all feels too little, too late.

    Other initiatives suggested by NGOs like building tents for activities and schools have also been rejected.

    The Greek government, which officially runs the camp, has repeatedly insisted that conditions there are far better than Moria.

    Just this week Greek migration ministry secretary Manos Logothetis claimed that “no-one is in danger from the weather in the temporary camp.”

    While the government claims the site is temporary, which may explain why it has little will to improve it, the 7,100 people stuck there — of whom 33 per cent are children — have no idea how long they will be kept in Moria 2.0 and must suffer the failures and delays of ministers in the meantime.

    “I would say it’s becoming normal,” Yasser says, when asked if he expected to be in the “temporary” camp five months after the fire.

    “I know that it’s not good to feel these situations as normal but for me it’s just getting normal because it’s something I see every day.”

    Yasser is one of Nandzik’s citizen journalism students. Over the past few months, she says she’s seen the mental health of her students who live in the camp worsen.

    “They are starting to get more and more depressed, that sometimes they do not show up for classes for several days,” she says, referring to the ReFOCUS’s media skills lessons which now take place online.

    One of her students recently stopped eating and sleeping because of depression.

    Nandzik took him to an NGO providing psychosocial support, but they had to reject his case.

    With only a few mental health actors on the island, most only have capacity to take the most extreme cases, she says.

    “So we managed to find a psychologist for him that speaks Farsi but in LA because we were seriously worried about him that if we didn’t act now it is going to go to those more severe cases.”

    [Pic: Mare Liberum]

    No escape or respite

    What makes matters far worse is that asylum-seekers have no escape or respite from the camp. Residents can only leave the camp for a period of four hours once per week, and only for a limited number of reasons.

    A heavy police presence enforces the strict lockdown, supposedly implemented to stop the spread of Covid-19.

    While the officers have significantly reduced the horrific violence that often broke out in Moria camp, their presence adds to the feeling of imprisonment for residents.

    “The Moria was a hell but since people have moved into this new camp, the control of the place has increased so if you have a walk, it feels like I have entered a prison,” Nazanin Furoghi, a 27-year-old Afghan refugee, tells me.

    “It wouldn’t be exaggerating if I say that I feel I am walking in a dead area. There is no joy, no hope — at least for me it is like this. Even if before I enter the camp I am happy, after I am feeling so sad.”

    Furoghi was moved out of the former Moria camp with her family to a flat in the nearby town of Mytilene earlier last year. She now works in the new camp as a cultural mediator.

    Furoghi explains to me that when she was living in Moria, she would go out with friends, attend classes and teach at a school for refugee children at a nearby community centre from morning until the evening.

    Families would often bring food to the olive groves outside the camp and have picnics.

    Those rare moments can make all the difference, they can make you feel human.

    “But people here, they don’t have any kind of activities inside the camp,” she explains.“There is not any free environment around the camp, it’s just the sea and the beach and it’s very windy and it’s not even possible to have a simple walk.”

    Parents she speaks to tell her that their children have become increasingly aggressive and depressed. With little else to do and no safe place to play, kids have taken to chasing cars and trucks through the camp.

    Their dangerous new game is testament to children’s resilience, their ability to play against all odds. But Nazanin finds the sight incredibly sad.

    “This is not the way children should have to play or have fun,” she says, adding that the unhygienic conditions in the camp also mean the kids often catch skin diseases.

    The mud also has other hidden dangers. Following tests, the government confirmed last month that there are dangerous levels of lead contamination in the soil, due to residue from bullets from when the site was used as a shooting range. Children and pregnant women are the most at risk from the negative impacts of lead exposure.

    [Pic: Mare Liberum]

    The cruelty of containment

    Asylum-seekers living in camps on the Aegean islands have been put under varying degrees of lockdown since the outbreak in March.

    Recent research has shown the devastating impact of these restrictions on mental health. A report by the International Rescue Committee, published in December, found that self-harm among people living in camps on Chios, Lesbos and Samos increased by 66 per cent following restrictions in March.

    One in three were also said to have contemplated suicide. The deteriorating mental health crisis on the islands is also rooted in the EU and Greek government’s failed “hot-spot” policies, the report found.

    Asylum-seekers who arrive on the Aegean islands face months if not years waiting for their cases to be processed.

    Passing this time in squalid conditions wears down people’s hopes, leading to despair and the development of psychiatric problems.

    “Most people entered the camp as a healthy person, but after a year-and-a-half people have turned into a patient with lots of mental health problems and suicidal attempts,” Foroghi says.

    “So people have come here getting one thing, but they have lost many things.”

    [Pic: Mare Liberum]

    Long-term impacts

    Traumatised children are not only unable to heal in such conditions, but are also unable to develop the key skills they need in adult life, Glatz-Brubakk says.

    This is because living in a state of constant fear and uncertainty puts a child’s brain into “alert mode.”

    “If they stay long enough in this alert mode their development of the normal functions of the brain like planning, structure, regulating feeling, going into healthy relationships will be impaired — and the more trauma and the longer they are in these unsafe conditions, the bigger the impact,” she says.

    Yasser tells me if he could speak to the Prime Minister of Greece, his message would be a warning of the scars the camp has inflicted on them.

    “You can keep them in the camp and be happy on moving them out but the things that won’t change are what happened to them,” he says.

    “What will become their personality, especially children, who got impacted by the camp so much? What doesn’t change is what I felt, what I experienced there.”

    Glatz-Brubakk estimates that the majority of the 2,300 children in the camp need professional mental health support.

    But MSF can only treat 300 patients a year. And even with support, living in conditions that create ongoing trauma means they cannot start healing.

    [Pic: Mare Liberum]

    Calls to evacuate the camps

    This is why human rights groups and NGOs have stressed that the immediate evacuation of the island is the only solution. In a letter to the Greek ombudsman this week, Legal Centre Lesvos argues that the conditions at the temporary site “reach the level of inhuman and degrading treatment,” and amount to “an attack on “vulnerable’ migrants’ non-derogable right to life.”

    Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees have called for the European Union to share responsibility for refugees and take in individuals stranded on the islands.

    But there seems to be little will on behalf of the Greek government or the EU to transfer people out of the camp, which ministers claimed would only be in use up until Easter.

    For now at least it seems those with the power to implement change are happy to continue with the failed hot-spot policy despite the devastating impact on asylum-seekers.

    “At days I truly despair because I see the suffering of the kids, and when you once held hands with an eight, nine, 10-year-old child who doesn’t want to live you never forget that,” Glatz-Brubakk tells me.

    “And it’s a choice to keep children in these horrible conditions and that makes it a lot worse than working in a place hit by a natural catastrophe or things you can’t control. It’s painful to see that the children are paying the consequences of that political choice.”

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    https://thecivilfleet.wordpress.com/2021/02/21/living-in-this-constant-nightmare-of-insecurity-and-uncerta

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