• Fire burns tents, structures in Greek refugee camp

    A fire has burnt through tents and some structures in a refugee camp on the eastern Greek island of Samos. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

    The fire department said the blaze, which broke out Wednesday morning, was limited in size and was tackled by 18 firefighters using nine vehicles. There was no immediate information on how many tents were destroyed.

    Many of the tents are packed closely together in the overcrowded camp, and camping gas canisters the residents use for cooking caused small explosions.

    It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the fire. More than 3,800 people live in and around the Samos camp, a facility originally built to house just under 650.

    In September, a series of fires destroyed Greece’s largest refugee camp, Moria, on the nearby island of Lesvos, leaving more than 10,000 people in need of emergency shelter. Greek authorities had said those blazes had been deliberately set by a small group of the camp’s residents protesting isolation and lockdown orders imposed after a coronavirus outbreak in the camp.

    Greece is one of the main routes into the European Union of people fleeing poverty and conflict in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The vast majority head to eastern Greek islands from the nearby Turkish coast.


    #feu #incendie #camps_de_réfugiés #Samos #Grèce #asile #migrations #réfugiés #novembre_2020

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les incendies de camps de réfugiés en Grèce :

  • Le Parlement privatise la #formation des #vétérinaires sur fond de #conflit_d’intérêts

    L’Assemblée nationale devrait entériner mardi la possibilité pour des #écoles_privées de former les futurs vétérinaires. Une mesure décidée à la hâte, impulsée entre autres par #Sophie_Primas, une sénatrice LR dont les liens avec un groupe privé posent de sérieuses questions éthiques.

    #macronisme #privatisation

  • The anatomy of Zoom fatigue

    Covid has flooded our lives with online encounters and interactions. We work, minding our image on screen, or struggle to socialise in a hall of mirrors. Geert Lovink considers what we have lost and how we can reclaim our bodies, relationships and shared physical spaces.

    ‘The body has been drained of its
    sedimented meanings through the
    sheer persistence of the recording device
    and ceased to be a body productive of meanings
    or connotations beyond its materiality and motion.’
    Marina Vishmidt

    This is it. During the 2020 lockdown, the internet came into its own. For the first time ever, it experienced a sense of completion. Glitches were common enough. A video call lagged, then froze. Laptops or routers had to be restarted. In the early days of lockdown few dared to complain. Mass quarantine did not culminate in a public sense of being trapped in a virtual prison.

    Welcome to the electronic monitoring programme. As we continue to develop our online personas, real-life meetings feel clandestine. We are trapped in the videophone future. J. G. Ballard foresaw this ending only in collective mayhem and mutual murder, once flesh re-encountered the world of the living.

    Around mid-2020, I began collecting evidence on the trending topic of ‘Zoom fatigue.’ Needless to say, experiences of this kind are not, by any means, limited to Zoom. They extend to Microsoft Teams, Skype, Google Classrooms, GoTo Meeting, Slack and BlueJeans – to name but a few major players. In the ‘corona’ era, cloud-based video meetings have become the dominant private and work environment, not just in education, finance, and health care, but also in the cultural and public sector.

    All layers of management have withdrawn into new enclosures of power – the same environment that both precarious freelancers and consultants use to speak to clients. Their lives have little in common, but they all make and take very long hours.

    Devouring time

    Zoom has multiplied work, expanded participation, and engulfed time for writing, thinking, leisure, and relations with family and friends. Body Mass Index levels increased, affective states and mental health have been hammered, motor coordination wrecked, along with the ability of the brain to negotiate movement through physical space as a result of excess screen time.

    Video vertigo is a peculiar condition that also prompts more widespread forms of disorientation. Minka Stoyanova teaches computer programming and spends 20 hours a week on Zoom:

    ‘My ability for non-work-related social-distancing encounters has gone down greatly,’ she says. ‘While some, craving human contact (no doubt), schedule Zoom cocktail parties and birthday meetups, I dread having to log back into the interface.’1

    It is a question of strategy. Should we resist the state of exception, go on strike and refuse to give further online classes, hold management meetings or offer cyber doctors’ appointments? This is easier said than done. Pay checks are at stake. Initially, being able to stay home felt like a privilege that produced a sense of guilt when others had to go out. Now, many fear that video calls are here to stay.

    Fast Company forecasts that

    ‘companies big and small, all over the world, are transforming themselves into a business that is more digital, more remote, and more nimble’.2

    Expensive real estate can be sold off, expenses dramatically reduced, and discontented staff effectively isolated and prevented from coming together. The IT management class is already promoting a cost-cutting ‘blended’ model, expecting a backlash after the excessive video conferencing sessions of 2020.

    The video dilemma is also intensely personal.

    ‘If work exhausts my videocall time, I intuitively cut informal video calling with allies, friends, possible collaborators,’ Rotterdam designer Silvio Lorusso observes. ‘This makes me sad and makes me appear rude. It’s a self-preserving attitude that leads to isolation.’

    The debate should not be about hanging out on Facetime or Discord with friends for a game night, doing karaoke, holding a book club, or watching Netflix together. Video-time is part of the advanced post-Fordist labour regime, performed by self-motivated subjects who are supposed to be doing their jobs. But then you drift off while pretending not to. Your eyes hurt, your concentration span diminishes, multi-tasking is a constant temptation, and that physically, psychically uncomfortable feeling hums in the back of your head… You’ve heard it all before.

    In 2014, Rawiya Kameir defined internet fatigue as the state that follows internet addiction:

    ‘You scroll, you refresh, you read timelines compulsively and then you get really, really exhausted by it. It is an anxiety that comes along with feeling trapped in a whirlwind of other people’s thoughts.’3

    On 22 April 2020, Nigel Warburton @philosophybites on Twitter asked: ‘Does anyone have a plausible theory about why Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangout meetings are so draining?’


    He received 63 retweets, 383 likes, and a few replies. The responses closely mirrored popular diagnoses and advice now offered across the web. The main supposed causes of the ‘fatigue’ that follows Zoom sessions include the brain’s attempt to compensate for the lack of full body, non-verbal communication cues; a sense of constant self-consciousness; engagement in multiple activities with no real focus; and a consistent tugging temptation to multi-task.

    Suggested remedies are predictable: take breaks, don’t sit for too long, roll your shoulders, work your abs, hydrate regularly, and integrate plenty of ‘screen free time’ into the day.
    Living in videospace

    For Isabel Löfgren, teaching in Stockholm, Zoom has become a place of residence. The mobile device is her office.

    ‘Our living rooms have become classrooms. Does it matter what is on display behind you? What does it say about you? If you have a bookshelf in the background, or your unfolded laundry in a pile on the chair behind you, it’s on display and up for scrutiny. What is personal has become public.’

    Zoom has become another room in the house – something Gaston Bachelard didn’t predict in his Poetics of Space. Nor did Georges Perec envision a screen as part of the architecture of his fictitious apartment block in the novel Life: A User’s Manual.

    But the Czech philosopher Vilém Flusser could, and did. He foresaw ‘the technical image as phenomenology’. Yet, for Löfgren, Zoom functionality is surprisingly simplistic.

    ‘You can raise your hand and clap like a pre-schooler, chat like a teenager, and look at yourself in your own little square as if peering at a mirror. Showing your face becomes optional, you can go to school in pyjamas, or do it all on the go. Cats, dogs, the boyfriend working in the background, the student who forgot to turn off her mic while she was doing the dishes. Everyone’s Facebooking alongside the lesson.’4

    Lorusso describes the dysfunctions of the first days of use:

    ‘I couldn’t install Microsoft Teams, my camera wouldn’t activate, and, worst of all, the internet connection had hiccups. The connection was neither up nor down; every other attempt it just became super slow. Let me help you imagine my videocalls: all would be smooth for the first five minutes and then decay took over – frozen faces, fractured voices, reboots and refreshes, impatience and discouragement. A short sentence would take minutes to manifest. It was like being thrown back to the times of dial-up connection, but within today’s means of online communication.’5

    Then things went ‘normal’. We adjusted to a new interpassive mode. None of us realized that videotelephony was no longer a matter of becoming. This was it. The Completion.
    Discipline or performance

    Take a condensed list of uses: social media, work, entertainment, food orders, gaming, watching Netflix, seeing how family and friends are doing, live streams to observe what’s going on for those in hospital. What else do we need during a lockdown? Teleportation, for sure: a way of circumventing trains and airports.

    We need to go back to early science fiction novels to read up what we all wished for in the Future. Utopia and dystopia have never come as close to merging as in 2020. All we want is to recover the body. We demand instant vaccines. We want less tech, we long to go offline, travel, leave the damned cage behind.

    Back in pre-Covid days, Byung-Chul Han proposed that we were no longer living in a disciplinary society but one defined by performance.6 Since then we have discovered that spending hours in virtual conferences is neither a paranoid panopticon nor a celebration of the self. We are not being punished, nor are we feeling productive. We are neither subjected, nor activated.

    Instead, we are hovering, waiting, pretending to watch, trying to stay focused, wondering when we might squeeze in a lunch break or recharge with a caffeine hit. It is questionable whether Zoom fatigue is the product of an ‘excess of positivity’, as Han suggests. Much like the Covid crisis itself, we are being asked to endure never-ending sessions on Zoom. The Outlook Calendar is the new jail warden.

    What’s wearing us out is the longue durée, not exhaustion after a peak performance. In response, the system has turned emphatic and switched to worry-mode about our mental state. Screen Time apps and MyAnalytics summaries now inform us how our lives are being wasted as we calibrate our productivity and efficiency to collaborate with colleagues.

    It’s hard not to wonder if the IT sector isn’t about to get into bed with big pharmaceutical companies: the society of synthetic performance enhancement is ready for expansion. Soon after the introduction of lockdown, with quarantine in place, the authorities set about investigating whether their pitiable subjects were still coping. There is no hope that this simulacrum of life can ever protect us from accelerating economic and social collapse.

    Despite the guilt trips, we are allowed to admit that we’re not achieving much. With society on hold, it is the waiting that tires us out. Trapped in the waiting room, we are being asked – very kindly – to stay in survival-mode, keep going despite the burnout and master the anger. Our task is simply to watch our individual versions of David Wojnarowicz’s personal ‘disintegration’ – barely different to his all-consuming contemplation of the ‘fatality, incurability and randomness of AIDS… so powerful and feared’.7

    ‘I am utterly zoomed out and exhausted,’

    Henry Warwick writes from Toronto.

    ‘Between watching the nation of my birth (the United States) commit a long slow political suicide and having friends die of Covid and working like a dog while on what is de facto nine months of bio-house arrest, I’m not in a great mood.’

    Henry’s summer was spent making video bits and preparing for the delivery of asynchronous class material,

    ‘…not really a university education – it is a step above a YouTube playlist. Sitting in front of a Zoom window makes it difficult to forge those friendships and networks, and it’s certain a buzzkill for adventure. In addition, there is the issue of Internet Time as I have students all over the world. It’s hard for them to attend a two-hour lecture when it’s 2.00 a.m. where they are. It’s utter madness. Making these videos was a serious time drain. I refuse to give Adobe my money, and Apple screwed Final Cut Pro so badly that I am editing my videos in DaVinci Resolve, which has the benefit of being free-ish. I have never used Resolve, so the learning curve was not insignificant.’8

    Zoom doom

    It took just days for the ‘Zoom fatigue’ trope to establish itself – a sign that internet discourse is no longer controlled by the ‘organized optimism’ of the marketing lobby. Managerial positivism has made way for the arrival of instant doom. According to Google Trends the term made the rounds back in September 2019 and reached its peak in late April 2020.9 That was when the BBC ran a story about it. One expert commented:

    ‘Video chats mean we need to work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, the tone and pitch of the voice, and body language; paying more attention to these consumes a lot of energy… Our minds are together when our bodies feel we’re not. That dissonance, which causes people to have conflicting feelings, is exhausting. You cannot relax into the conversation naturally.’

    Another interviewee describes how on Zoom

    ‘everybody’s looking at you; you are on stage, so there comes the social pressure and feeling like you need to perform. Being performative is nerve-wracking and more stressful.’10

    Maybe Han’s performance prediction was correct.

    As programming teacher Stoyanova noted, the ability to see oneself – even if hidden in the moment – creates a tiring reflective effect, the sensation of being in a hall of mirrors. Educators feel that they are constantly monitoring their own demeanour, while simultaneously trying to project, through the interface, to students. It is like practicing a speech in front of a mirror. When speaking to yourself, you experience a persistent cognitive dissonance. In addition, there is the lack of eye contact – even if students have activated their video – which also makes live lectures more difficult to conduct.

    ‘Without the non-verbal feedback and eye-contact one is used to, these conversations feel disjointed.’11

    Curiously enough, speaking into the void nevertheless kickstarts the adrenalin glands, which certainly isn’t the case when rehearsing in front of a mirror. We have entered a strange mode of performance that aligns with predictive analytics and pre-emption. Even though the audience might just as well not be there, the very fact of performing in the Zoom schedule is sufficient to activate biochemical responses in the body.

    In a post on his Convivial Society blog, L.M. Sacasas describes the effect of paying so much attention to one’s self:

    ‘We are always to some degree internally conscious of ourselves, of course, but this is the usual “I” in the “I-Thou” relation. Here we are talking about something like an “I-Me-Thou” relation. It would be akin to having a mirror of ourselves that only we could see present whenever we talked with others in person. This, too, amounts to a persistent expenditure of social and cognitive labour as I inadvertently mind my image as well as the images of the other participants.’12

    Online video artists Annie Abrahams and Daniel Pinheiro point to the rarely discussed effects of delay.

    ‘We are never exactly in the same time-space. The space is awkward because we are confronted with faces in close up for long time spans. We first see a face framed like when we were a baby in a cradle as our parents looked down upon us. Later it became the frame of interactions with our lovers in bed. This makes it that while video-conferencing, we are always connected to something very intimate, even in professional situations.’

    In a passage titled What is Seen and Not Seen, posted in April, the Journal of Psychiatric Reform advises psychotherapists to ‘redefine the new frame prior to the commencement of video therapy’ for online psychotherapy sessions.13

    Abrahams and Pinheiro also observe that it is impossible to detect much detail in the image we see.

    ‘Video conferencing is psychologically demanding because our brains need to process a self as body and as image. We lack the subtle bodily clues for the content of what someone tells. Our imagination fills the gaps and makes it necessary to process, to select what to ignore. In the meantime, we are continuously scanning the screen (there is no overview and no periphery). We are never sure we are “there”, that the connection still exists, and so we check our own image all the time. We hear a compressed mono sound, all individual sounds are mixed into one soundscape.’14

    Isabel Löfgren responds that we should think of Zoom as a ‘cold medium’ – one which demands more participation from the audience, according to Marshall McLuhan’s concept of cold and hot media.

    ‘The brain needs to fill in the gaps of perception, which makes our brains (and our computers) go on overdrive.’

    In terms of camera angles, Löfgren adds that we are constantly looking at a badly framed medium-shot of other bodies.

    ‘We have no sense of proportion in relation to other bodies, we also lose the “establishing shot” of the room. The close-up shot used for emotional closeness to the subject on the other side of the camera is eliminated with the lack of eye contact, no “pheromonal connection”. The Zoom terminology is correct, our experiences of others occur in “gallery mode”.’15

    Zoom gloom

    New York cultural theorist Dominic Pettman regularly tweets about Zoom frazzle. His main learning outcome is ‘not dying.’ He admits he is still using Skype ‘ironically’. In a tweet he refers back to his 2014 critique of MOOCs, an almost forgotten online .edu hype that anticipated the existing online teaching default of 2020.

    Some weeks into lockdown, the question arose why video conferencing was so exhausting. Zoom fatigue is ‘taxing the brain’, people complained.16 Why are classes and meetings on Skype, Teams and Google Hangout so draining? This was expressed not as some sort of interface critique but as an existential outcry. Popular articles on Medium name it as such. Common titles include variations of

    ‘Do you have “Zoom Fatigue” or is it existentially crushing to pretend life is normal as the world burns?’


    ‘The problem isn’t Zoom Fatigue — it’s mourning life as we knew it’

    Varied multiplicities of voices, moods and opinions expressed via parallel chat channels or integrated polling and online voting have not been widely promoted as yet. We feel forced to focus.

    Keep your eyes on the camera, our digital alter-ego whispers through our earphones.

    The inertia upholds contradictions – until the body gets depleted, bored, distracted and ultimately collapses.

    No more signals!

    Please provide less, turn the camera off. The number one piece of popular advice on combatting Zoom fatigue is simply, ‘do it less’, as though that’s an option. (‘You don’t hate Zoom, you hate capitalism.’). Should we be designing indicators of group sentiment?

    In what way can we fast-forward real-time team meetings? More backchannels, for sure; less ongoing visual presence. But wait, isn’t there already enough multi-tasking happening? If anything, we long for intense and short virtual exchanges, followed by substantial offline periods.

    According to Sacasas, video conference calls are

    ‘physically, cognitively, and emotionally taxing experience as our minds undertake the work of making sense of things under such circumstances. We might think of it as a case of ordinarily unconscious processes operating at max capacity to help us make sense of what we’re experiencing.’17

    We are forced to be more attentive, we cannot merely drift off. Multi-tasking may be tempting, but it is also very obvious. The social (and sometimes even machinic) surveillance culture takes its toll. Are we being watched? Our response requires a new and sophisticated form of invisible day-dreaming, absence in a situation of permanent visual presence – impossible for students, who are not afforded their grades unless the camera stays on.

    Video conferencing software keeps us at bay. Having fired up the app and inserted name, meeting number and session password, we see ourselves, as part of a portrait gallery of disappointing personas that constitutes the Team, occasionally disrupted by partners who walk into the room, a passing pet, needy kids and the inevitable courier ringing the doorbell.

    Within seconds you are encapsulated by the performative self that is you. Am I moving my head, adjusting myself to a more favourable position? Does this angle flatter me? Do I look as though I’m paying attention?

    ‘Thanks to my image on the screen, I’m conscious of myself not only from within but also from without. We are always to some degree internally conscious of ourselves.’

    Sacasas describes the experience as a double event, which the human mind experiences as if it were real.
    Looking for an escape route

    Why do I have to be included on the screen? I want to switch off the camera, be absent, invisible, a voyeur, not an actor – until I take the stage and appear out of nowhere. I have the right to be invisible, right? But no, the software lords have decided otherwise and gifted the world with the virtue of visible participation. They demand total contribution.

    The insistence on 24/7 mindfulness can only lead to a regressive revolt, an urge to take revenge. The set is designed to ensure that we stay focused, all of the time, making the fullest possible contribution, expending maximum mental energy.

    Meanwhile, I long to be frozen like an ancient marble bust, neatly standing in a row with other illustrious figures, on the palace corridor, turned on by a click, brought to life much like the figures in Night at the Museum.

    You have to take a break and OMG, you hate so much having to dress up for that video call (but you do it anyway). Bored and tired of the emotional labour, you change your living room background to a tropical beach to cheer up and shroud the situation. How can we blow up the social portrait gallery, with its dreadful rectangular cut-outs? Jailed inside the video grid you drift away from the management meeting and enter a virtual Rubik’s version of Velasquez’ Las Meninas (1656).

    Then you move on to the next room, the Kazimir Malevich 1915 Suprematist exhibition.

    After which you wake up and realize you’re back inside your own sad version of The Brady Bunch opening credits.

    ou’re on Zoom, not roaming inside some artwork. We’re not a photograph or video file either. We happen to be alive, and have to come to terms with being inside Existential Reality (ER).

    Writing for Artforum, Paula Burleigh observes that

    ‘the most pervasive of Covid imagery has little to do with the actual disease: it is the digital grid of people congregating virtually on Zoom for “quarantini” happy hours, work meetings, and classroom instruction.’18

    The grid Burleigh describes as a hallmark of minimalist design and modernist art,

    ‘conjures associations with order, functionality, and work, its structure echoed on graph paper and in office cubicles’.

    In his two-part History of the Design Grid, Alex Bigman describes how the system of intersecting vertical and horizontal lines was invented in Renaissance painting and page layout. This lead to the development of graphic design. The assumption that images are more dynamic and engaging when the focus is somewhat off-centre is something video conferencing designers have yet to take on board.

    The Haussmann-style grid cuts through any rational divisions between boxed-in subjects. Individuals are unable to spill-over into the space of others, except when they gossip on a backchannel or use the ‘vulgar’ theatrics of Zoom bombers who, early on in lockdown, carried out raids on open sessions until they were expelled.

    As Burleigh concludes, ‘the grid is rife with contradictions between what it promises and what it delivers.’ The individualized squares are the ‘second modernity’ post-industrial equivalent of a Le Corbusier housing nightmare: we are sentenced to live in our very own utopian prison cells. Within these condensed volcanic flows of violent energy, one may find tragic normalcy at best, while deep despair is the standard deviation.

    Platform paradigms

    A media-archaeological approach to Zoom would require a return to 1990s cyber phantasies of mass live castings such as Castanet – a system designed by dotcom ‘push technology’ start-up Marimba (‘a small group of Java Shakespeares’, according to Wired).19

    The idea was to make the Web to look more like TV by overthrowing the browser paradigm (which the app, in part, later succeeded in doing). Much like Zoom, Teams and Skype, the Castanet application had to be downloaded and installed in order maximize bandwidth capacity. Two decades later the basic choices are still more or less the same, with Microsoft (owner of Skype and Teams) still active as a key player.

    Each individual webcasting technology uses its own, proprietary mix of peer-to-peer and client-server technologies. Zoom, for instance, looks smooth because it compresses and stabilizes the signal of the webinar into one stream – instead of countless peer-to-peer ones that constantly need updating. It also pushes the user into a position of ‘interpassivity’: a passive audience mutes its audio and shuts up, much like a pupil listening to a teacher in the classroom.

    This is in contrast to free software peer-to-peer architectures (such as Jitsi) that go back to the free music exchange platform Kazaa. This is, ironically enough, also listed as one of the inspirations of Skype, which revolves around collaborative exchanges between equal partners. So, are we watching a spectacle as an audience or working together as a team? Are we permitted to vote, intervene, freely chat?
    The pandemic as pretext

    On the nettime mailinglist Michael Goldhaber notes that there is something inherently flawed about the user interface.

    ‘I usually stand and move around when lecturing, sometimes making large gestures. Just sitting at a desk or wherever is sure to be fatiguing. Doing this in a non-fatiguing way will require fundamentally re-thinking the system of camera, mic and screen with respect to participants.’20

    The sad and exhausting aspect of video conferencing can also be attributed to the ‘in-between’ status of laptops and desktop screens that are neither mobile and intimate, such as the smartphone with its Facetime interface, nor immersive such as Oculus Rift-type virtual reality systems.

    Zoom fatigue arises because it is so directly related to the ‘bullshit job’ reality of our office existences. What is supposed to be personal, turns out to be social. What is supposed to be social, turns out to be formal, boring and (most likely) unnecessary. This is only felt on those rare occasions when we experience flashes of exceptional intellectual insight and when existential vitality bursts through established technological boundaries.

    In her Anti-Video-Chat-Manifesto, digital art curator Michelle Kasprzak calls on us to turn off our video cameras.

    ‘DOWN with the tyranny of the lipstick and hairbrush ever beside the computer, to adjust your looks to fit expectations of looking “professional”. DOWN with the adjustment of lighting, tweaking of backgrounds, and endless futzing to look professional, normal, composed, and in a serene environment. DOWN with not knowing where to put your eyes and then recalling you need to gaze at the camera, the dead eye in your laptop lid.’21

    She calls upon us to

    ‘refuse to fake living in an IKEA showroom with recently-coiffed hair, refuse to download cutesy backgrounds which take up all our CPU and refuse to fake human presence.’

    Michelle also asks the question who else is present during our calls:

    ‘Hello NSA, hello Five Eyes, hello China, hello hacker who lives downstairs, hello University IT Department, hello random person joining the call.’

    Social media as medicine?

    Cultural anthropologist and research consultant Iveta Hajdakova, currently based in London, writes:

    ‘Last week I had three nightmares, all related to remote work. In one, I was fired because of something I said when I thought I was offline. In the second, my colleagues and I were trying to get into an office through a tiny well. We were hanging on ropes and one of them became paralysed, which I think was a dream version of a Zoom freeze. The third nightmare was about me losing track of my tasks. I woke up in panic, convinced I had forgotten to send an important email.’

    In the early days of lockdown, she struggled with headaches and migraines. Luckily, she writes, these have gone

    ‘perhaps due to a combination of factors, having a desk and a more ergonomic setup, being able to get out of the flat, limiting non-essential screen and headphone time, and adopting lots of small changes to my routine. The head and the ears are feeling much better now but something isn’t quite right, as the nightmares signal. I’ve started feeling disconnected and I think this is not merely a result of social isolation but of a more profound sense of disorientation.’

    Hajdakova is noticing a growing sense of confusion and uncertainty.

    ‘I’m losing a sense of what people at work are thinking, feeling, what they need and expect, what I’m doing well and what I can improve, which has a detrimental effect on my self-confidence. To be clear, everyone at work is providing these in abundance but with so much time passing without seeing my colleagues face-to-face, I feel like I am losing the ability to anchor our interactions in embodied human beings and shared physical environments.’

    Zoom is on its way to becoming a social environment acting like a re-mediation of office life gone by.

    ‘In the beginning, recreating the office experience over video calls worked because all of us still had the shared reference point,’ Hajdakova continues. ‘We were imitating the real office and it was a fun challenge we could all participate in. But the more we’re removed from the office in space and time, the more I’m forgetting what it is that we’re imitating.

    We’re creating something new, a simulacrum of the office. The difference between the two is: when I imitate the office, the office is still there and my efforts are judged on how close I get to resemble the real thing. But if I create a simulacrum of the office, I no longer need the real thing. To adapt to the simulacrum, I’ve started incorporating other aspects of my digital life into my remote working life so that my life and work online feels more whole… I don’t want to be just a face and voice on Zoom calls, an icon on Google docs, a few written sentences, I want to be a person… Social media helps so I’ve been posting on social media a lot.’

    Friedrich Nietzsche once noted:

    ‘When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago’.

    When Facebook is experienced like a panacea, we know something must be deeply wrong. But why is this feeling of discontent so hard to pin down? The inert state is essentially regressive.
    No diagnosis, no cure

    ‘The more I try to be a real person, the more I’m getting trapped in the simulation of myself,’ Hajdakova says. ‘I’m communicating and sharing just to remind people I exist. No, it is to remind myself that I exist… Like McLuhan’s gadget lover, like Narcissus, staring at his own image.’

    We are losing a sense of reality, memory and confidence, Iveta argues,

    ‘but also losing a sense of understanding for other people. Just knowing that they feel X or Y but having no way of connecting with them through some kind of mutual understanding. In general, Zoom is traumatising for me because of the way my mind works – I need physical things, shared environments etc., otherwise, I lose not only confidence but also memory and motivation.’22

    Danish interface design researcher at Aarhus University, Søren Pold comments:

    ‘At your desktop you can change your view, mute your microphone and stop your camera or change background and filters, but you can’t see if others are looking at you and they can’t see if you’re looking at them. There’s only a slight overview and control of the sound you’re receiving and transmitting. I have often struggled with figuring out how to transmit sound from the videos I’m showing or with trying to ensure that the sound of the computer fan does not take over. Zoom becomes a layer, an extra operating system, that takes over my computer and leaves me struggling to get through to the other software I am aiming to control. Besides, Zoom prioritizes loud and deep voices to more quiet and higher pitch voices and thus creates a specific speaking order, prioritizing male speakers.’

    The new video filter that adds a mask, a funny hat, a beard or a lip colour demonstrates that Zoom is watching how you’re watching through face tracking technologies. This Zoomopticon, as Pold calls it, is the condition in which you cannot see if somebody or something is watching you, but it might be the case that you’re being watched by both people and corporate software.

    ‘Zoomopticon has taken over our meetings, teaching and institutions with a surveillance capitalistic business model without users being able to define precisely how this is being done.’23

    Harm reduction

    Is a different kind of Zoom possible? We have found the experience draining, yet coming together should empower. What’s wrong with these smooth high-res user interfaces, accompanied by the lo-res faces due to shaky connections? It’s been a dream televising events and social interactions, including our private lives. How can we possibly reverse the Zoom turn?

    Is the ‘live’ aspect important to us or should we rather return to pre-produced, watch-‘em-whenever videos? In education this is not a marginal issue. There is a real, time-honoured tension between the all-consuming exciting ‘liveness’ of ‘streaming’ and the detached flat coolness of being ‘online’.24

    Six months into lockdown, online conferences on spirituality and self-awareness began to offer counter-poison to their own never-ending sessions. They staged three-day Zoom events (twelve hours a day). They introduced Embodiment Circles,

    ‘a peer-led, free, online space to help us stay sane, healthy and connected in these uncertain and screen-filled times. The tried and tested 1-hour formula combines some form of gentle movement, easy meditation and sharing with others.’25

    The organisers promote

    ‘embodied self-care for online conferences. With such an amazing array of speakers and other offerings, the conference-FOMO is real. Let’s learn a few self-care practices that we can apply throughout the conference, so we arrive at the other end nourished, inspired, and well-worked… rather than drained, overwhelmed, or with a vague sense of dread and insufficiency.’26

    Given this context, should we be talking in terms of ‘harm reduction’?

    Online wellness is the craze of the day: our days on Zoom include breaks with live music performances, short yoga and body scan sessions. It is Bernard Stiegler’s pharmakon in a nutshell27: technology that kills us will also save us. If Zoom is the poison, online meditation is the antidote.

    After the Covid siege, we will proudly say: we survived Zoom. Our post-digital exodus needs no Zoom vaccine. Let us not medicalize our working conditions. In line with the demonstration on Amsterdam Museumplein (2 October 2020) where students demanded ‘physical education’, we must now fight for the right to gather, debate and learn in person. We need a strong collective commitment to reconvene ‘in real life’ – and soon. For it is no longer self-evident that the promise to meet again will be fulfilled.


    #zoom #fatigue #corps #anatomie #distanciel #videoscape #santé

  • Comment appelle-t-on celles et ceux qui s’installent dans un autre pays que le leur ?

    Ici Bob, Koffi, Dadi et Adida discutent des mots utilisés pour désigner les nouveaux arrivants à partir d’une discussion menée avec des lycéennes et lycéens.


    #terminologie #mots #migrations #vocabulaire #migrants #réfugiés #expatriés #son #audio

    ping @sinehebdo

  • With @ItalyMFA support; IOM has built a new police border post at the Assamaka border, equipped with the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS). This project aims to reinforce the operational capacities of the Government of Niger on border management.

    #IOM #Niger #contrôles_frontaliers #externalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #OIM #Assamaka #MIDAS #Migration_Information_and_Data_Analysis_System #poste-frontière

    Localisation de Assamaka :

    via @rhoumour (twitter)

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • IOM Supports Safe Migration with New Police Post at Niger’s Border with Algeria

      Situated in the heart of the Sahara at only 15 km from Niger’s border with Algeria, the town of Assamaka is a major migratory hub, as the main point of entry for migrants returning from Algeria, and the last place of transit for migrants coming from Niger on their way to Algeria.

      Since late 2017, over 30,000 migrants have arrived in Assamaka from Algeria, mostly from West African countries of origins.

      On Wednesday (14/10), the Government of Niger and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) inaugurated the first fixed border police post in Assamaka, built and equipped with funding from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

      This extensive, impoverished and sparsely populated area has long been exploited by criminal and smuggling networks. Nowadays, these ancestral trade and migration routes between Niger and Algeria are often used for smuggling illicit goods and migrants.

      In recent years, border management and border security have become top priorities for the Sahel and for Niger in particular. The Government of Niger strives to reduce illicit cross-border activities, including human smuggling and trafficking, and to prevent the entry of members of violent extremism organizations through the country’s borders.

      In addition to a sharp rise in crime in the border town, Assamaka also faces increasingly high migration flows, due to its position on the trans-Saharan migration route. These are proving difficult to manage to the detriment of the town’s 1,000 or so permanent inhabitants.

      Watch video: New Police Border Post in Assamaka

      Up to now, migrant registration had always been done manually or through IOM’s Mobile Border Post, temporarily deployed by the Government of Niger to the Agadez region. This truck-borne mobile police post was adapted specifically for meeting the challenges in remote desert locations. But it cannot replace a fixed police station.

      The newly constructed border post and its facilities will allow the police to be compliant with national and international norms and fulfill the required security and safety standards.

      The border post is part of a larger project whose objective is to strengthen the capacities of Niger’s immigration service – the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST). The project also aims to reinforce the cooperation between Nigerien and Algerian law enforcement agencies, as well as the coordination between Nigerien security forces, local authorities and relevant technical services, such as the Regional Directorate of Public Health in the Agadez region.

      Through this new border post, eight workstations are equipped with the Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS), developed by IOM. These will allow authorities to digitally register people transiting the border. The data collected can be transmitted in real time to a central server, allowing authorities to better track and manage migration flows in and out of Niger.

      “We hope that this new infrastructure will alleviate some of the current challenges faced by local authorities and will improve cross-border cooperation,” said Barbara Rijks, IOM’s Chief of Mission in Niger. “Ultimately, this border post aims to contribute to the improvement of the security and stability in Assamaka and its surroundings.”


      Autres photos sur twitter:


  • There are six French communes with 0 inhabitants. These are villages destroyed during the First World War that continue to exist as a tribute to the dead. They even still have an administration, with a mayor and two deputies.


    #France #mémoire #cartographie #visualisation #géographie_du_vide #géographie_du_plein #Benjamin_Nowak #village-martyr #destruction #WWI #première_guerre_mondiale #Fleury #Beaumont #Hautmont #Louvemont #Cumieres #Bezonvaux
    #Verdun et #Douaumont
    via @reka
    ping @simplicissimus

  • Pour les étudiants étrangers, les dommages collatéraux de l’administration en ligne

    Nombre d’entre eux ont du mal à renouveler leur titre de séjour à cause d’une nouvelle procédure dématérialisée censée simplifier les démarches.

    En 2016, Diminga Warigue Ndiaye a quitté son Sénégal natal pour suivre des études d’économie en France, à l’université de Bordeaux. Après un parcours universitaire sans faute, elle intègre cette rentrée un master 2 en finance à l’université Paris-Nanterre, et décroche un contrat en alternance dans un établissement financier. Une fierté pour cette étudiante de 23 ans, à qui tout sourit. Mais fin octobre, tout s’effondre. « J’ai perdu mon contrat d’alternance parce que mes papiers n’étaient plus en règle après le 31 octobre », confie Diminga Warigue, un mélange d’amertume et de lassitude dans la voix. Elle a vu aussi s’envoler sa rémunération d’apprentie.

    Comme chaque année, la jeune femme avait pourtant anticipé l’expiration de ses documents. Le 12 octobre, elle avait déposé une demande de renouvellement en ligne sur la nouvelle plate-forme ANEF-séjour (administration numérique pour les étrangers en France). Cette procédure dématérialisée, mise en place par le gouvernement mi-septembre dans le cadre du plan Bienvenue en France, a pour but de simplifier l’obtention d’un premier titre après visa ou le renouvellement d’un titre de séjour. « A travers cette démarche, les étudiants n’ont plus de rendez-vous à prendre en préfecture, ni à se déplacer pour s’assurer du dépôt de leur demande », stipule le ministère de l’intérieur.

    Absence de récépissé

    C’est pourtant le début d’un parcours du combattant pour Diminga Warigue, comme pour de nombreux autres étudiants étrangers. Contrairement aux démarches physiques en préfecture, la procédure dématérialisée de renouvellement des titres de séjour, une fois aboutie, ne fournit pas systématiquement de récépissé attestant de la régularité de leur situation.

    Le titre de séjour est essentiel pour que les étudiants puissent effectuer diverses démarches

    « Le document que j’ai, et que beaucoup d’étudiants ont, mentionne qu’il ne constitue pas un justificatif de régularité, explique-t-elle. Il faut attendre que notre dossier soit étudié en ligne pour générer une attestation de prolongation de notre titre de séjour, et cela peut prendre jusqu’à deux mois. » Or ce document est essentiel – si ce n’est vital – pour que les étudiants puissent effectuer diverses démarches, signer un contrat de travail en alternance, ou conserver leurs droits sociaux.

    Le 5 novembre, l’étudiante se rend à 7 heures du matin à la Préfecture de Paris pour obtenir un « document quel qu’il soit » afin de pouvoir justifier de sa régularité. Comme elle, de nombreux étudiants étrangers font la queue. Ils n’obtiendront rien. Le jour même, Diminga Warigue décide de lancer une pétition en ligne pour alerter l’opinion sur les difficultés traversées par les étudiants étrangers et la précarité dans laquelle ils se retrouvent. Le texte, qui a recueilli 8 400 signatures à ce jour, est assorti d’un Tweet à destination du ministère de l’intérieur pour dénoncer l’impact de la procédure dématérialisée. Très vite, les témoignages d’étudiants suivis du hashtag #séjourétranger se multiplient sur les réseaux sociaux.

    Des préfectures débordées

    Depuis l’ouverture de la plate-forme ANEF-séjour, mi-septembre, 47 000 demandes de renouvellement de titres de séjour ont été déposées, selon le ministère. Un chiffre qui représente plus du tiers des demandes annuelles, et qui explique que les préfectures n’ont pas pu suivre la cadence. Si les situations varient d’un département à un autre, ces vagues de retards touchent principalement la région parisienne et les grandes métropoles comme Lyon, Lille, Marseille.

    A ce jour, seulement 45 % des étudiants étrangers ayant fait une demande de renouvellement de titre sur la plate-forme ont obtenu, en l’espace de vingt jours en moyenne, un retour concernant leur démarche. Pour les autres, le ministère s’est engagé à clarifier leur situation d’ici vendredi 20 novembre. « A terme, ce qu’on voudrait changer, c’est qu’il n’y ait plus ce document provisoire, indique le ministère. Et que les étudiants obtiennent une réponse de l’administration avant l’expiration de leur titre de séjour. »

    « J’ai trouvé le numéro d’un autre service, où l’on a fini par me répondre “il faut attendre” », explique Sylvie

    Sans nul doute, le point qui cristallise les mécontentements est celui de l’absence d’interlocuteurs dans ces nouvelles démarches en ligne. Sylvie*, étudiante gabonaise de 25 ans, ne sait plus vers qui se tourner. « Quand est arrivé le dernier jour de validité de mon titre de séjour, n’ayant toujours pas de réponse de la préfecture, je me suis rendue sur place et découvert un petit panneau d’affichage indiquant de renvoyer un e-mail. J’ai tenté de joindre le standard téléphonique, mais il était saturé. En farfouillant sur Internet, j’ai trouvé le numéro d’un autre service, où l’on a fini par me répondre “il faut attendre”. » Une expérience déroutante.

    « La dématérialisation procède à une mise à distance des usagers – en l’occurrence des personnes étrangères – de l’administration. Elles se retrouvent isolées dans leurs démarches », estime Lise Faron, de l’association la Cimade. Selon elle, il est important de conserver des contacts réels, au-delà des procédures numériques, « que ces étudiants puissent accéder au guichet ou joindre quelqu’un par téléphone ou par messagerie ».

    Un sentiment d’abandon

    Cette sensation d’abandon vient s’ajouter à d’autres angoisses, comme le raconte Aissatou, étudiante en master à l’université de Metz. « Cette situation, très stressante et pénible, s’inscrit dans un contexte où nous rencontrons beaucoup de difficultés, en raison de la crise, pour trouver un emploi ou un stage. Si nous perdons des opportunités à cause du retard de notre titre de séjour, c’est vraiment très déprimant, explique Sylvie, à qui ces piétinements administratifs pourraient coûter son diplôme et sa force mentale. Je ne peux pas m’inscrire à mon examen final, qui a lieu début décembre. Cette irrégularité m’empêche même de sortir de chez moi. Si je suis contrôlée dans la rue, je suis fichue. C’est le double confinement, et j’angoisse énormément. »

    Les services d’accueil des universités s’organisent au mieux pour épauler les étudiants étrangers confinés

    Pour aider les jeunes à traverser ces difficultés, les services d’accueil des universités s’organisent au mieux pour épauler les étudiants étrangers confinés. L’université de Strasbourg travaille en lien étroit avec la préfecture du Bas-Rhin, affirme Ludovic Fabre, chef de service adjoint de la vie universitaire : « Nous sommes aux côtés des étudiants pour les conseiller et les rassurer sur la nouvelle procédure. »

    En attendant, certaines associations étudiantes, dont le syndicat UNEF, se mobilisent pour ces « oubliés de la crise sanitaire ». « Nous souhaitons que la carte étudiante devienne l’équivalent d’un titre de séjour », avance Mélanie Luce, sa présidente, qui s’alarme de la « précarité financière, pédagogique et désormais administrative des étudiants étrangers ». Un combat qui, selon Diminga Warigue, relève de l’évidence : « Nous sommes venus en France pour étudier, de la manière la plus légale possible, pas pour se battre pour nos droits. »

    * Le prénom a été modifié.


    via @fil

    #étudiants_étrangers #permis_de_séjour #université #confinement #France #dématérialisation #procédure_dématérialisée #alternance #ANEF-séjour #administration_numérique #Bienvenue_en_France #récépissé #accès_aux_droits #préfecture

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Perché l’università delle piattaforme è la fine dell’università

    Un gruppo di docenti di alcune università italiane ha scritto una lettera aperta sulle conseguenze dell’uso di piattaforme digitali proprietarie nella didattica a distanza. Auspichiamo che si apra al più presto una discussione sul futuro dell’educazione e che gli investimenti di cui si discute in queste settimane vengano utilizzati per la creazione di un’infrastruttura digitale pubblica per scuole e università.

    Care colleghe e cari colleghi, care studentesse e cari studenti,

    come certamente sapete, le scuole e le università italiane, da quando è iniziata l’emergenza COVID, per ragioni inizialmente comprensibili, si sono affidate per la gestione della didattica a distanza (esami inclusi) a piattaforme e strumenti proprietari, appartenenti, perlopiù, alla galassia cosiddetta “GAFAM” (Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft e Amazon: https://gafam.info). Esistono poche eccezioni, come il Politecnico di Torino, che ha adottato soluzioni non-proprietarie (https://www.coronavirus.polito.it/didattica_online/supporto_tecnico_alla_didattica_online/linee_guida_e_vademecum_tecnici) e autoprodotte. Tuttavia, il 16 luglio 2020 la Corte di Giustizia Europea ha emanato una sentenza (https://www.garanteprivacy.it/documents/10160/0/FAQ+dell%27EDPB+sulla+sentenza+della+Corte+di+giustizia+dell%27Unione+europea+nella+causa+C-311_18.pdf/d2f928b2-ab57-ae7c-8f17-390664610d2c?version=3.0) molto importante, dove, in sintesi, si afferma che le imprese statunitensi non garantiscono la privacy degli utenti secondo il regolamento europeo sulla protezioni dei dati, conosciuto come #GDPR (#General_Data_Protection_Regulation: https://gdpr.eu/what-is-gdpr). Dunque allo stato tutti i trasferimenti di dati da UE a Stati Uniti devono essere considerati non conformi alla direttiva europea e perciò illegittimi.

    Sul tema è in corso un dibattito a livello comunitario e il Garante Europeo ha esplicitamente invitato “istituzioni, uffici, agenzie e organi dell’Unione europea a evitare trasferimenti di dati personali verso gli Stati Uniti per nuove operazioni di trattamento o in caso di nuovi contratti con fornitori di servizi” (https://www.key4biz.it/il-garante-privacy-europeo-non-usare-i-cloud-provider-usa-conformarsi-alla-sentenza-schrems-ii/328472). Mentre il garante irlandese ha direttamente vietato (https://www.politico.eu/article/facebook-privacy-data-us) i trasferimenti dei dati degli utenti Facebook verso gli Stati Uniti. Alcuni studi (http://copyrightblog.kluweriplaw.com/2020/06/04/emergency-remote-teaching-a-study-of-copyright-and-data-p) infine sottolineano come la maggioranza della piattaforme commerciali usate durante la “didattica emergenziale” (in primis G-Suite: https://www.agendadigitale.eu/scuola-digitale/liberiamo-la-scuola-dai-servizi-cloud-usa-lettera-aperta-ai-presidi) pongano seri problemi legali e documentano una “sistematica violazione dei principi di trasparenza.”

    In questa difficile situazione, varie organizzazioni, tra cui (come diremo sotto) alcuni docenti universitari, stanno cercando di sensibilizzare scuole e università italiane ad adeguarsi alla sentenza, nell’interesse non solo di docenti e studenti, che hanno il diritto di studiare, insegnare e discutere senza essere sorvegliati (https://www.vox.com/recode/2020/5/4/21241062/schools-cheating-proctorio-artificial-intelligence), profilati e schedati, ma delle istituzioni stesse. I rischi legati a una didattica appaltata a multinazionali che fanno dei nostri dati ciò che vogliono non sono, infatti, solo economici e culturali, ma anche legali: chiunque, in questa situazione, potrebbe sporgere reclamo al garante della privacy a danno dell’istituzione in cui ci troviamo a lavorare.

    La questione va però al di là del diritto alla privatezza nostra e dei nostri studenti. Nella rinnovata emergenza COVID sappiamo che vi sono enormi interessi economici (https://www.roars.it/online/dematerializzazioni-algoritmi-e-profitti) in ballo e che le piattaforme digitali, che in questi mesi hanno moltiplicato i loro fatturati (si veda lo studio (https://www.mbres.it/sites/default/files/resources/rs_WebSoft2020_presentazione.pdf) pubblicato a ottobre da Mediobanca), hanno la forza e il potere per plasmare il futuro dell’educazione in tutto il mondo. Un esempio è quello che sta accadendo nella scuola con il progetto nazionale “#Smart_Class” (https://www.istruzione.it/pon), finanziato con fondi UE dal Ministero dell’Istruzione. Si tratta di un pacchetto preconfezionato di “didattica integrata” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPPhUL8MIPs&feature=youtu.be

    ) dove i contenuti (di tutte le materie) li mette Pearson, il software Google e l’hardware è Acer-Chrome Book. (Per inciso, Pearson è il secondo editore al mondo (https://www.publishersweekly.com/binary-data/Global502019.pdf), con un fatturato di oltre 4 miliardi e mezzo di euro nel 2018.) E per le scuole che aderiscono non è possibile acquistare altri prodotti…

    Infine, sebbene possa apparirci fantascienza, oltre a stabilizzare la teledidattica proprietaria (https://www.roars.it/online/teledidattica-proprietaria-e-privata-o-libera-e-pubblica) come “offerta”, si parla già (https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2020/06/08/artificial-intelligence-in-education-transformation) di intelligenze artificiali che “affiancheranno” i docenti nel loro lavoro.

    Per tutte queste ragioni un gruppo di docenti di varie università italiane ha deciso di reagire.

    La loro e nostra iniziativa non è al momento finalizzata a presentare un reclamo immediato al garante, ma ad evitarlo, permettendo a docenti e studenti di creare spazi di discussione e indurre a rettificare scelte che coinvolgono la loro libertà d’insegnamento e il loro diritto allo studio. Solo se la risposta istituzionale sarà insufficiente o assente, ricorreremo, come extrema ratio, al reclamo al garante della privacy. In tal caso il primo passo sarà sfruttare la “falla” aperta dalla sentenza della corte UE per spingere il garante italiano a intervenire (invero lo aveva già fatto #Antonello_Soro (https://www.key4biz.it/soro-al-parlamento-infrastruttura-cloud-pubblica-non-piu-eludibile-per-lindipendenza-dai-poteri-privati/311412), ma è rimasto inascoltato). Lo scopo di queste azioni non è certamente quello di “bloccare” le piattaforme che erogano la didattica a distanza e chi le usa, ma spingere il governo a investire finalmente nella creazione di un’infrastruttura pubblica e basata su software libero (https://www.agendadigitale.eu/sicurezza/leuropa-post-privacy-shield-e-lopen-source-la-via-per-uscire-dal-colo) per la comunicazione scientifica e didattica. Esistono vari modelli (vedi quello proposto qui: https://infolet.it/files/2020/11/FACSIMILE-MODULO-DOCENTI-PRIVACY_pdf.pdf) ai quali ispirarsi, per esempio in Francia (http://apps.education.fr), ma anche in Spagna (https://cedec.intef.es/proyecto-edia), ecc. e la stessa UNESCO nel 2019 ha approvato una Raccomandazione (https://en.unesco.org/news/new-unesco-recommendation-will-promote-access-educational-resources-all) per l’uso di risorse e strumenti aperti in ambito educativo.

    Come dicevamo sopra, prima di arrivare al garante nazionale è necessario una tappa preliminare. Ciascuno deve scrivere al responsabile del trattamento dati richiedendo alcune informazioni (qui il fac-simile di modulo per docenti che abbiamo preparato: https://infolet.it/files/2020/11/FACSIMILE-MODULO-DOCENTI-PRIVACY_pdf.pdf). Se non si riceverà risposta entro trenta giorni, o se la risposta è considerata insoddisfacente, si potrà procedere col reclamo al garante nazionale. A quel punto, il discorso cambierà, perché il reclamo al garante potrà essere fatto non solo da singoli, ma da gruppi o associazioni. È importante sottolineare che, anche in questo evitabile scenario, la domanda al responsabile del trattamento dati non può essere assolutamente interpretata come una “protesta” contro il proprio ateneo, ma come un tentativo di renderlo, per tutti e tutte, un ambiente di lavoro e di studi migliore, adeguandosi alle norme europee.


    #université #enseignement_à_distance #gafa #vie_privée #protection_des_données #business #GAFAM #cour_de_justice_européenne #CJUE #enseignement #ESR #distanciel

    ping @etraces

    • Why basing universities on digital platforms will lead to their demise
      (All links removed. They can be found in the original post – English Translation by Desmond Schmidt)

      A group of professors from Italian universities have written an open letter on the consequences of using proprietary digital platforms in distance learning. They hope that a discussion on the future of education will begin as soon as possible and that the investments discussed in recent weeks will be used to create a public digital infrastructure for schools and universities.

      Dear colleagues and students,

      as you already know, since the COVID-19 emergency began, Italian schools and universities have relied on proprietary platforms and tools for distance learning (including exams), which are mostly produced by the “GAFAM” group of companies (Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Amazon). There are a few exceptions, such as the Politecnico di Torino, which has adopted instead its own custom-built solutions. However, on July 16, 2020 the European Court of Justice issued a very important ruling, which essentially says that US companies do not guarantee user privacy in accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As a result, all data transfers from the EU to the United States must be regarded as non-compliant with this regulation, and are therefore illegal.

      A debate on this issue is currently underway in the EU, and the European Authority has explicitly invited “institutions, offices, agencies and organizations of the European Union to avoid transfers of personal data to the United States for new procedures or when securing new contracts with service providers.” In fact the Irish Authority has explicitly banned the transfer of Facebook user data to the United States. Finally, some studies underline how the majority of commercial platforms used during the “educational emergency” (primarily G-Suite) pose serious legal problems and represent a “systematic violation of the principles of transparency.”

      In this difficult situation, various organizations, including (as stated below) some university professors, are trying to help Italian schools and universities comply with the ruling. They do so in the interests not only of the institutions themselves, but also of teachers and students, who have the right to study, teach and discuss without being surveilled, profiled and catalogued. The inherent risks in outsourcing teaching to multinational companies, who can do as they please with our data, are not only cultural or economic, but also legal: anyone, in this situation, could complain to the privacy authority to the detriment of the institution for which they are working.

      However, the question goes beyond our own right, or that of our students, to privacy. In the renewed COVID emergency we know that there are enormous economic interests at stake, and the digital platforms, which in recent months have increased their turnover (see the study published in October by Mediobanca), now have the power to shape the future of education around the world. An example is what is happening in Italian schools with the national “Smart Class” project, financed with EU funds by the Ministry of Education. This is a package of “integrated teaching” where Pearson contributes the content for all the subjects, Google provides the software, and the hardware is the Acer Chromebook. (Incidentally, Pearson is the second largest publisher in the world, with a turnover of more than 4.5 billion euros in 2018.) And for the schools that join, it is not possible to buy other products.

      Finally, although it may seem like science fiction, in addition to stabilizing proprietary distance learning as an “offer”, there is already talk of using artificial intelligence to “support” teachers in their work.

      For all these reasons, a group of professors from various Italian universities decided to take action. Our initiative is not currently aimed at presenting an immediate complaint to the data protection officer, but at avoiding it, by allowing teachers and students to create spaces for discussion and encourage them to make choices that combine their freedom of teaching with their right to study. Only if the institutional response is insufficient or absent, we will register, as a last resort, a complaint to the national privacy authority. In this case the first step will be to exploit the “flaw” opened by the EU court ruling to push the Italian privacy authority to intervene (indeed, the former President, Antonello Soro, had already done so, but received no response). The purpose of these actions is certainly not to “block” the platforms that provide distance learning and those who use them, but to push the government to finally invest in the creation of a public infrastructure based on free software for scientific communication and teaching (on the model of what is proposed here and
      which is already a reality for example in France, Spain and other European countries).

      As we said above, before appealing to the national authority, a preliminary stage is necessary. Everyone must write to the data protection officer (DPO) requesting some information (attached here is the facsimile of the form for teachers we have prepared). If no response is received within thirty days, or if the response is considered unsatisfactory, we can proceed with the complaint to the national authority. At that point, the conversation will change, because the complaint to the national authority can be made not only by individuals, but also by groups or associations. It is important to emphasize that, even in this avoidable scenario, the question to the data controller is not necessarily a “protest” against the institution, but an attempt to turn it into a better working and study environment for everyone, conforming to European standards.


  • Europe’s chain of migrant expulsion, from Italy to Bosnia

    ‘They pushed back Afghans, Syrians, people from Iraq, people in clear need of protection.’

    Italian authorities are drawing criticism from legal advocacy groups for returning asylum seekers and migrants across Italy’s northeastern land border to Slovenia, triggering a series of often violent pushbacks through the Balkans and out of the European Union.

    Several asylum seekers told The New Humanitarian that after being returned to Slovenia they were pushed back to Croatia, another EU member state. In turn, the Croatian authorities – accused of using systematic violence and abuse against migrants – expelled them to Bosnia, which is outside the EU.

    “Generally, in two days, the person disappears from Italy and appears again in Bosnia,” Gianfranco Schiavone, a legal expert at the Association for Juridical Studies on Immigration, or ASGI, an Italian NGO that provides legal aid to migrants and asylum seekers, told TNH.

    Advocacy groups say the returns are illegal because they block people from requesting asylum in Italy, and ultimately end with them being expelled from the EU without due process.

    The Balkans serve as a key part of the migration route from Turkey and Greece to Western and Northern Europe, and the UN’s migration agency, IOM, estimates that nearly 22,000* asylum seekers and migrants are currently stranded in the region.

    The allegations of illegal returns from Italy come amidst increased scrutiny by watchdog groups, and growing concern on the part of the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, over reports of widespread and frequently violent pushbacks at EU borders, especially in Greece and Croatia.

    Pushbacks violate EU law and are prohibited by the European Convention on Human Rights.

    In July, Italy’s Interior Ministry told the Italian Parliament in a letter that the returns are taking place under a longstanding agreement between Italy and Slovenia and are within the bounds of the law because Slovenia is also an EU member state. Italian Interior Minister Luciana Lamorgese later backtracked on the position, saying that only irregular migrants were being returned – not asylum seekers.

    At the end of October, the governor of Friuli Venezia-Giulia, the Italian region bordering Slovenia, said 1,321 people had been returned to Slovenia this year. Last year, just 250 people were returned between January and September, according to the interior ministry.

    Civil society groups say the returns are being carried out so quickly there is no way Italian authorities are implementing a full legal process at the border to determine if someone is in need of international protection.

    “Under European law, [police are required to accept] asylum applications made on the border,” Schiavone said.

    Such returns are not new, but began to take place in larger numbers following an uptick in arrivals in Friuli Venezia-Giulia from Slovenia as the first round of coronavirus lockdowns ended in the spring.

    These arrivals fed into a charged political environment in Italy over migration during the pandemic and led Italy to increase its military presence along the Slovenian border to help “fight illegal migration”.

    In the first 10 months of 2020, local authorities in Friuli Venezia-Giulia counted 4,500 arrivals. By comparison, nearly 28,000 asylum seekers and migrants have arrived In Italy by sea so far this year.

    But it is difficult to know exactly how many people enter from Slovenia because local officials and international organisations do not regularly publish comprehensive data on land arrivals to Italy, and those crossing the border often try to steer clear of authorities to avoid being pushed back or having their fingerprints taken, which would subject them to the Dublin Protocol, requiring them to apply for asylum in the first EU country they entered.

    Much of the migration activity since May has been taking place in the city of Trieste – just four kilometres from the Slovenian border – and in the surrounding countryside.

    Trieste is a key transit point, and a destination that many migrants and asylum seekers see as offering some respite after the long and often dangerous trek through the mountainous Balkans.

    Those who reach Trieste without being returned are often in poor physical condition and find little official support.

    “Both the services and the response provided to people who arrive is not the most adequate. More should be done,” Chiara Cardoletti, the UN refugee agency’s representative in Italy, said following a visit to Trieste in October, adding: “Coronavirus is complicating the situation."
    The pushback chain

    Asylum seekers and migrants have nicknamed the journey across the Balkans “the game”, because to reach Italy they have to try over and over again, facing pushbacks and violence at each border along the way.

    For many, “the game” – if they are successful – sees them end up under the arches of an old, abandoned building close to Trieste’s train station.

    When TNH visited in October, voices echoed inside. Around 30 people – all recently arrived from Slovenia – were taking shelter on a rainy morning surrounded by worn out children’s shoes, piles of discarded clothes, rotting foam mattresses, and torn backpacks.

    Most were young men in their teens and early twenties from Pakistan and Afghanistan. Like others before them, they were resting for a couple of days before continuing on – they hoped – to Milan, France, or elsewhere in Europe.

    After crossing from Turkey to Greece, they had all reached a bottleneck in Bihać, a town in Bosnia close to the Croatian border where people often become stuck as they try repeatedly to enter the EU. Once they cross the border, it takes up to 20 days through the mountains of Croatia and Slovenia to reach Italy. Many paid thousands of dollars to smugglers to assist them along the way, but ended up with no food for days and only rainwater to drink. Most could barely walk on their battered feet.

    Umar, a 20-year-old from Pakistan who preferred not to use his real name, said he had tried to cross the Balkans nine times before landing up in Trieste. He said he had made it to Italy once before, in May.

    “[The] police caught us and put us somewhere in a [camouflage] tent with many people,” Umar said. “They took our fingerprints. I told the police we are staying here in Italy. We showed our foot injuries, but they said, ‘There is no camp. Go back’.”

    Umar said the Italian authorities handed him over the next morning to the Slovenian police, who passed the group he was with on to the Croatian police, who then put them in a small van and deposited them near the border with Bosnia. “There was no air inside,” he recalled. “The weather was hot.”

    Now back in Italy, Umar planned to travel further inland to the city of Udine, about 65 kilometres from Trieste, to apply for asylum. He was afraid to present himself to authorities in Trieste, believing it was too close to the border and that he might be pushed back again.

    Others in Trieste shared similar stories of reaching Italy on previous attempts only to end up back in Bosnia after being pushed back from one country to the next.

    Muhammed, a 21-year-old also from Pakistan, said he reached Italy on his third attempt crossing the Balkans, and he was taken to the same tent. “There was a translator, who told us, ‘you guys will be staying here in Italy’,” Muhammed said. “Despite that, we were pushed back.”

    Muhammed then described how the Slovenian authorities pushed his group back to Croatia. “The police in Croatia kicked us, punched us,” he recalled. “They… took our money and left us on the Bosnia border.”

    After making it back to Italy again on his fourth attempt, Muhammed said he had now managed to apply for asylum in Trieste.
    ‘It had become systematic’

    The pushbacks from Italy to Slovenia appear to be indiscriminate, according to Schiavone, from ASGI. “[They] have involved everybody, regardless of nationality,” he said. “They pushed back Afghans, Syrians, people from Iraq, people in clear need of protection.”

    Schiavone said the removal procedures appeared to be informal and people are not given the chance to apply for asylum before being returned to Slovenia.

    A spokesperson for the border police in Gorizia, an Italian border town in Friuli Venezia-Giulia, told TNH in a statement that the department was operating in accordance with Ministry of Interior directives, and that people belonging to “‘protected categories’ such as unaccompanied children and pregnant women or, in general, anyone in need of medical assistance”, were excluded from returns. “To safeguard each migrant’s individual circumstances, interviews take place with an interpreter… and multilingual information brochures are handed out,” the spokesperson added.

    The asylum seekers in Trieste told TNH that authorities took their fingerprints and gave them a slip of paper before sending them back to Slovenia.

    “It had become systematic,” Marco Albanese, the supervisor of a migration reception centre in Italy close to the Slovenian border, told TNH. “They were pushing back people who were unable to walk.”

    Those who are intercepted but not pushed back spend a quarantine period at a camp in the countryside before being transferred to a reception centre. Others manage to evade the authorities altogether.

    The job of providing basic services to asylum seekers and migrants not in the official system largely falls to volunteer groups.

    The square outside Trieste’s train station begins to fill with asylum seekers and migrants around 6 in the evening. The night TNH visited, around 30 to 40 people came in small groups, milled around, and sat on benches. Many had no shoes and their badly swollen feet were covered with blisters and cuts.

    Volunteers served hot meals and handed out warm clothes, and young doctors and nurses from an organisation called Strada Si.Cura – a play on the Italian words for safe streets and healing – checked people’s temperatures, performed basic medical screenings, and attended to injuries.

    Sharif, a 16-year-old Afghan whose name has been changed to protect his identity – waited in line to show an infected blister on his foot to one of the medical volunteers. He spent two years in Bosnia and said he was pushed back 15 or 16 times before finally reaching Trieste. Like nearly everyone, he had a story about Croatian police violence, recalling how he was stripped naked, beaten with a stick, and abandoned near the border with Bosnia.

    The thoughts of some in the square turned to people they had met along the way who hadn’t made it to Italy and now face harsh winters somewhere in the Balkans.

    “In our group, there were 80 people,” said Sami, a 23-year-old from Pakistan. “Other people [had] a lot of injuries, a lot of problems… So they stay in the forests in Croatia, in Slovenia, near Bosnia because the way is so hard.”


    #expulsions #refoulements #refoulements_en_chaîne #route_des_Balkans #Italie #Bosnie #Slovénie #Balkans #asile #migrations #réfugiés #push-backs #frontière_sud-alpine #Croatie #Game #The_Game

    ping @isskein @karine4

    • “They punched me because I asked to stop the hot air - pushback from Trieste to Bihac”

      Date and time: September 16, 2020 01:00
      Location: San Dorligo della Valle, TS, Italy
      Coordinates: 45.607175981734, 13.85383960105
      Push-back from: Croatia, Italy, Slovenia
      Push-back to: Bosnia, Croatia, Slovenia
      Demographics: 6 person(s), age: 25-35 , from: Bangladesh, Algeria
      Minors involved? No
      Violence used: beating (with batons/hands/other), exposure to air condition and extreme temperature during car ride, dog attacks, forcing to undress, destruction of personal belongings, theft of personal belongings
      Police involved: Italian Army officers, one army van and one army car; several Italian police officers, one police van; several Slovenian police officers, one police van and several Croatian police officers (masked), one german shepard,, one police van.
      Taken to a police station?: yes
      Treatment at police station or other place of detention: detention, fingerprints taken, photos taken, personal information taken, papers signed, denial of access to toilets, denial of food/water
      Was the intention to ask for asylum expressed?: Yes
      Reported by: Anonymous Partner

      Original Report

      The respondent, an Algerian man, left the city of Bihac (BiH) on 2nd September, 2020 in a group with five other Algerians, aged between 22 and 30 years old. After 12 days of travel they arrived in Trieste (ITA). They entered into Italy near the municipality of San Dorligo della Valle (45.607871, 13.857776), in the early morning on the 14th September. While the group was walking along a the SP12B road, they were tracked down by a military convoy, composed of a car and a van. The three military officers onboard stopped them at the side of the road and called the Italian police, who arrived shortly after with a van.

      The captured group were then transferred with the van to a police station in Fernetti [exact location], a site with a military tent erected for identification procedures of people on the move and asylum seekers. The respondent claims that he found himself together with many around 60 other people from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, in addition to a person from Morocco. Many of the people held at the site, according to him, were minors or had been fingerprinted previously in Greece.

      The people detained in the tent were seperated by nationality. Each person of the transit group was questioned and processed individually in a separate, smaller tent, described as a small silo, the others had to wait in a small room which he describes as a “prison-room”. Personal data was gathered, fingerprints were recorded and photos of their faces were taken. The respondent clearly expressed the will to seek asylum in Italy.

      The assigned translator for the respondent and his group, of Moroccan origin, was already attending to one person from Morocco who was present when they arrived. The respondent overheard the translator suggesting to this person that he should declare himself as a minor. The police officers also searched him and confiscated his phone, a power bank and a watch, which were put inside a plastic bag. After that, the respondent had to sign 3 different documents, one of them – an identification and domicile paper – hidden and preserved by the respondent.

      When they deport you, they make you sign this paper so that they can say you accept it. And of course, you sign it. who care about you? They just say: ‘sign’ and you sign, because you don’t have power and there is no one listening to you.”

      The captured transit group remained in the police station from 08:00 until 17:00. The food was distributed collectively and due to a massive amount of people, some were left without. At some point the respondent requested to go to the
      toilet and he was taken outside, which allowed him to understand the area where he was. The respondent saw a reception center in front of him.

      At the end of the identification procedure, the police took five of the Algerians from the transit group. The sixth person was taken away however, the respondent stating this was because he had been fingerprinted in Greece. Some other Moroccans who were present in the tent were also kept there, which the respondent suggests was due to help from the translator in assisting their access to asylum.

      “Translator plays a big role. Maybe 80%”

      The remaining five people from Algeria were put inside a van. The respondent claims that he clearly saw the officers carrying the bag with his personal items, which he thought they would return to him once left at the next destination. The vehicle did not have either windows or light and the respondent described experiencing difficulties to breath during the ride. At this point the people-on-the-move received a small bottle of water and a small cracker for the first time since the apprehension.

      “They play with you. You just think just when is it finish.”

      Once they were sitting inside the van, the group realized that they were about to be deported to Slovenia and they asked what was going on. The police officers reassured them that they would stay in Trieste. The van then moved on: inside it was very hot and from the ventilation came out hot air. The respondent knocked on a window to attract the attention of the agents, who stopped the van, got out of the vehicle and opened the hatch to ask for explanations of why they were knocking on the window.

      There was a squabble, and one of the two officers punched the respondent, but was immediately stopped by his colleague who invited him to calm down. After the incident, they continued to drive and they arrived in an area, which was described as a road border crossing (likely Pesek-Kozina) between Italy and Slovenia. There, the group found a Slovenian police van with police officers waiting for them. They were transferred very quickly from the Italian police van to the Slovenian van: according to the respondent, officers were looking around with circumspection, as if they were worried about being noticed during the operation ongoing.

      Once the captured transit group were transferred to the Slovenian police van, they were taken in a police station, in Kozina, Slovenia. Here the respondent asked for his personal belongings, but the Slovenian police replied that the Italian police had not given them anything. The respondent doesn’t know if his belongings were kept by the Italian police officers or if the Slovenian police officers lied to him, keeping his belongings.

      In the station in Kozina, the officers took the prints of their thumbs of both hands, and realized that the respondent was already registered in the police database, due to previous entrance he had made into Slovenia (on this occasion he had also signed some documents). Later on, the group was transferred from Kozina to Ljubljana for a Covid-19 screening. After that, they returned to Kozina, where
      they spent the night detained. They stayed in this this location for what the respondent estimated to be a whole night. During this detention the group members could use the toilet and were handed another small bottle of water but were not provided with any food.

      The next morning (15th September) the group were transferred to Croatia, through the Socerga/Pozane border crossing. Here the Slovenian police photographed the documents that they had signed and threw them away in the garbage, before giving the group over to the regular Croatian police. The respondent, also in this occasion, managed to hide one Italian document, putting it inside his underwear (see previous photograph).

      The respondent identified the van that they were put in afterwards to be a Croatian police vehicle. Concerning the ride to Croatia he described that the driver was driving very bumpy, braking very sharply at any given moment.

      “you know, they really try to make you hate yourself. For what you have done and so you never try again to cross border to Croatia.”

      “If they deport you in the day you stay in the police car all day till it gets night. If they deport you in the night, they let you go directly.”

      In Croatia they had to wait for 15 hours, from 10:00 to 01:00 the next day (16th September) in the van. During this time they were not provided with any food or water and just left alone in the car. While they were waiting several other people-on-the-move were brought into the van by Croatian police officers, including a Bangladeshi man. Finally, at around 01:00 two Croatian police officers drove the van to the border of Bosnian territory, about 10 kilometers out of Bihac.

      When they arrived to this location, the respondent described that a Croatian officer wearing a dark uniform and a black ski-mask with a big German Shepherd told them to leave the van and line up in a file. The group-members were then told to get undressed to their boxers and a T-shirt. The officer took all of the clothes in a bin bag and set them on fire. Another officer was waiting behind the wheel of the vehicle during the procedure. The men then had to line up in a row, crowded closely together. The policeman yelled: “haide, go,go,go,go” and let the dog off the leash, which immediately snapped at the arm of the man in the last position in the row. The other men were able to run away in this way, but the last one apparently received a severe wound in his arm. The respondent then walked another 24 hours back to Velika Kladusa, where he started his journey.


  • Savoirs de la Précarité / knowledge from precarity

    Faire le lien entre savoirs et précarité, a des conséquences multiples, notamment sur les #sociabilités_du_savoir. Celles-ci se structurent à partir d’écarts qu’il est impossible de « régler » théoriquement : d’une part les #écarts entre les conditions dramatiquement différentes dans lesquelles les un.e.s et les autres enquêtent, écrivent, étudient ; d’autre part, les écarts entre des rapports aux savoirs, très différents selon les expériences et les engagements auxquelles ils se rattachent et selon les instances qui en orientent ou en entravent la production et l’expression.

    Notre proposition collective, à la fois théorique et politique, consiste justement à ne surtout pas prétendre nier ou régler ces écarts mais à chercher comment se réapproprier d’autres manières d’exercer nos #responsabilités dans un monde que nous voulons plus habitable, moins violent pour tant d’entre nous, plus égalitaire, plus juste, plus ouvert.

    Depuis nos premières réunions en 2017, des enquêtes ont été menées, des élaborations théoriques développées, des textes poétiques et scientifiques produits, pour donner lieu à ce premier ouvrage collectif.


    #précarité #savoirs #livre

  • Objectif #ZAN ? Apprendre du périurbain et des #campagnes_urbaines, #Sylvain_Allemand

    Ils ont longtemps été décriés (pour leur dépendance à la voiture, leur propension à surconsommer du foncier,…). Paradoxalement, ils n’ont encore été l’objet d’aucune politique publique nationale spécifique. Du côté des professionnels, peu d’architectes, urbanistes ou de paysagistes s’y sont intéressés et investis. Y habitent pourtant une fraction non négligeable de la population française (plus de 40%). « Ils », ce sont les espaces périurbains et ce qu’il est convenu d’appeler les « campagnes urbaines ». Les reproches qui leur sont adressés ne sont pas infondés, mais ne sauraient faire oublier cette autre réalité : ces mêmes espaces recèlent un #potentiel insoupçonné (du moins pour ceux qui ne les fréquentent guère), en termes de #développement_économique, mais aussi de #cadre_de_vie. Outre l’actualité relative à la « France des ronds-points » et à la crise sanitaire liée à la pandémie de la Covid-19, l’objectif ZAN (#Zéro_Artificialisation_Nette) fixé par les pouvoirs publics, amène à les considérer avec plus d’attention. Et s’ils étaient non pas le problème, mais un début de réponse à bien des problèmes ?

    #périurbain #livre #aménagement_du_territoire

  • Repenser les conditions d’accueil des arbres dans la ville de demain

    Un des enseignements de l’histoire des arbres en ville

    Dans la troisième édition du Traité pratique et didactique de l’art des jardins : paru en 1886, le Baron Enouf et Adolphe Alphand citent les 7 principales essences d’arbres des promenades de Paris :

    le platane, le marronnier, le vernis, l’orme, l’acacia, l’érable et le paulownia.

    Force est de constater que les quatre premières sont aujourd’hui dans une situation délicate dans les villes. Soit elles y dépérissent (platane, marronnier), soit elles en ont pratiquement disparu (orme), soit elles en sont bannies (ailante).

    Je ne vais pas détailler ici l’histoire récente de ces essences, je voudrais juste pointer du doigt les enseignements de l’histoire : En fait, la sur-utilisation en alignements monospécifiques de ces essences mais aussi les itinéraires techniques de plantation et d’entretien, ne sont pas étrangers, on le voit, à cette situation de grande vulnérabilité.

    L’histoire des ormes (Ulmus sp) est en cela éclairante.

    Massivement plantés dans les villes dès le XVIe siècle, arbres majestueux s’il en est, les ormes ont presque disparu d’Europe à la suite de propagation fulgurante de la graphiose, maladie fongique causée par un champignon ascomycète, Ophiostoma ulmi, lui-même disséminé par divers colépotères de la sous-famille des Scolytinae.

    Rien, ni personne, n’a vraiment pu venir à bout de cette épidémie dont les prémisses survinrent à Paris dans les années 1970.

    Aurait-elle eu le même impact si les acteurs de la filière horticole de cette époque avaient été attentifs aux mises en garde de François-Joseph Grille ? En 1825, celui ci alertait l’opinion, dans un ouvrage sur le département du nord, contre l’appauvrissement génétique des populations d’ormes trop volontiers clonés et/ou greffés au détriment de la richesse adaptative que permet le semis.

    Les planteurs d’ormes se bornent trop souvent au moyen le plus facile, qui est de planter par rejeton et par éclats de racines ; mais ils en sont les dupes, et ils n’obtiennent que des sujets rabougris qui ne rapportent presque rien. On distingue au premier coup-d’œil, à la beauté de leur port et à la vigueur de leur végétation, les ormes de semis, et ceux à feuilles étroites greffés sur sujets écossais, dans les plantations d’agrément, dans les parcs, et sur les pelouses qui environnent les maisons de campagne. »[2]

    Changer notre point de vue

    L’histoire met ainsi en lumière que l’avenir des arbres en ville est conditionné par les modalités de leur accueil et la manière dont nous les traitons.

    En même temps que nous faisons ce constat de fragilité de l’arbre en ville, la nécessité d’en accueillir de façon bien plus généreuse est patente pour, entre-autre, lutter contre les ilots de chaleur urbain, mais pas que… Je ne détaillerai pas ce point non plus, vous le connaissez bien.

    Il est maintenant acquis que vivre à proximité d’un « espace vert » est bénéfique pour l’équilibre général des urbains et pour leur santé. Les personnes concernées ayant moins de risque de dépression, d’anxiété, de stress et de maladies respiratoires….

    Si on connaît parfaitement les bienfaits de l’arbre pour l’homme, il me semble indispensable de mettre en parallèle les facteurs conditionnant la santé arbres en ville !

    Renverser la problématique pour esquisser un début de solution.

    Bien sûr les chiffres présentés ici sont fictifs (j’ai juste détourné l’infographie précédente pour établir le parallèle)

    L’objectif de la promotion de cette infographie est clairement de ne plus jamais voir…


    Une image, qui vous le savez, est malheureusement loin d’être une exception….

    Je voudrai expliciter mon point de vue à la lumière de tout ce qui précède en le prolongeant par une question :

    Comment habiter en arbre dans le monde des hommes ?

    Nous le savons – les données scientifiques ne manquent pas – les arbres dans leur milieu naturel ne vivent jamais seuls (pour paraphraser Marc André Selosse). Ils ont besoin de « faire société ».

    Nous savons aussi, au moins inconsciemment, que nous sommes intimement liés aux arbres, et plus généralement au règne végétal. Nous, genre humain, ne poursuivrons pas le voyage sans eux, sans leur présence bienveillante et salvatrice.

    Malgré ce, nous devons prendre acte de la façon dont nous accueillons aujourd’hui le règne végétal dans la ville, et plus précisément dans les aménagements produits par nos sociétés carbonées, noyées dans le bitume.

    Un accueil qui, vous le concèderez facilement, ne prend pas souvent en considération ces besoins.

    Et au delà, pour reprendre les mots de Baptiste Morizot, nous devons prendre acte de l’appauvrissement de la relation que nous tissons avec le monde vivant. (…) on « n’y voit rien », on n’y comprend pas grand-chose, et surtout, ça ne nous intéresse pas vraiment (…) ça n’a pas de place légitime dans le champ de l’attention collective, dans la fabrique du monde commun.[4]

    Une proposition face à ce constat de conditions de vie inadaptées des arbres en ville

    En début d’année 2020, avec les paysagistes du collectif Coloco nous avons contribué à une vaste étude, dont les résultats ont été exposés au Pavillon de l’Arsenal, autour d’une question posée par l’agence d’architectes PCA-Stream :

    Comment ré-enchanter les Champs-Elysées ?

    Et plus précisément nous concernant,

    Quelles essences pour renouveler le patrimoine arboré des Champs-Elysées dans ce contexte de changement climatique ?

    Pour y répondre, nous avons souhaité élargir la question aux conditions d’accueil des arbres.

    Notre travail s’est, entre autre, concentré sur la mise en avant des « solidarités biologiques » en particulier à travers un référenciel de lisière et d’écotone, pour amplifier les rapports symbiotiques entre les plantes.

    Nous savons que la vitalité des arbres dépend des cohabitations s’établissant au niveau racinaire avec leur voisinage, grâce auxquelles ils développent des performances poussées (résistance au stress hydrique, aux parasites, taux de transpiration…).

    Nous avons l’intuition que la diversification des palettes végétales urbaines peut permettre aux arbres d’établir un équilibre symbiotique pour favoriser le déploiement d’une « nature » urbaine résiliente.

    Le choix des essences ne reposerait donc pas uniquement sur des listes d’espèces potentiellement adaptées à telle ou telle situation, mais se baserai sur des combinaisons accroissant leur capacité d’adaptation, leur rusticité et leur potentiel d’entraide, au delà des processus de mycorhize.

    Il nous semble indispensable désormais de concevoir le paysage comme un système vivant, de l’appréhender dans sa globalité et non plus individu par individu.

    L’enjeu est ainsi d’élaborer des cortèges phytosociologiques : des associations de plantes (arbres, arbustes, herbacées), capables de s’entraider pour former une communauté plus résistante aux variations du milieu.

    Cette logique d’entraide, de symbiose, nous paraît bien moins illusoire que l’idéal d’un « super-arbre » capable de répondre à de multiples injonctions contradictoires de performance (peu consommateur d’eau, résistant à la sécheresse, générateur de fraîcheur et d’ombre, sans parler de ses qualités esthétiques…).

    Cette manière de favoriser les services écosystémiques rendus par le vivant via la relation plutôt que la sélection, nous paraît être l’approche la plus cohérente pour imaginer une ville durable et résiliente face aux aléas du climat et aux agressions diverses.

    #villes #arbres #arbre #urbanisme #urban_matter

  • France attacks religion secularism radicalism blasphemy
    –-> article retiré:



    Copié ici:

    Another string of jihadist attacks has shaken France. The most recent, at a church in Nice, left three people dead, only two weeks after a teacher was beheaded on the outskirts of Paris after he displayed cartoons of the prophet Mohammed in his classroom.

    Why is France targeted, over and over again, by violent extremists? Germany, England, Italy and even Denmark — where cartoons of controversial Mohammed were first published — have not seen comparable violence.

    The reason is simple: France’s extreme form of secularism and its embrace of blasphemy, which has fueled radicalism among a marginalized minority.

    Specifically, the latest round of violence follows the decision earlier this month by the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo to mark the beginning of a trial over a murderous attack on its newsroom in 2015 by republishing the blasphemous cartoons of Mohammed that prompted the original assault.

    This duo — radical secularism and religious radicalism — have been engaged in a deadly dance ever since.

    Traditionally, French secularism requires the state to be neutral and calls for respect for religions in the public space, in order to avoid the rise of religious intolerance.

    In modern times, however, it has become something far more extreme. The moderate secularism that prevailed as recently as the 1970s has been replaced with something more like a civil religion.

    It’s a belief system that has its own priests (government ministers), its pontiff (the president of the republic), its acolytes (intellectuals) and its heretics (anyone who calls for a less antagonistic attitude toward Islam is rejected and branded an “Islamo-leftist”).

    One of the defining features of this new secularism is the promotion of religious blasphemy — and, in particular, its extreme expression in the form of caricatures like those of Mohammed.

    This embrace was on full display following the murder of the teacher who showed cartoons of Mohammed in his classes, when many French intellectuals came out in praise of blasphemy and defended the government’s unequivocal defense of the right to free expression.

    They should have considered their words more carefully.

    In Western Europe the right to blaspheme is legally recognized. But it is one thing to protect the freedom to blaspheme and another to enthusiastically exhort blasphemy, as is the case in France.

    Blasphemy is a non-argumentative and sarcastic form of free speech. It should be used, at best, with moderation in a country where between 6 percent and 8 percent of the population is Muslim, most of whose parents or grandparents emigrated from French colonies in North Africa.

    Defenders of blasphemy invoke freedom of expression, but what blasphemy does, in fact, is trap France in a vicious cycle of reactivity to jihadist terror that makes it less free and less autonomous.

    The immoderate use of caricatures in name of the right to blaspheme ultimately undermines public debate: It stigmatizes and humiliates even the most moderate or secular Muslims, many of whom do not understand French secularists’ obsessive focus on Islam, the veil, daily prayers or Islamic teachings.

    The result is a harmful cycle: provocation, counter-provocation, and a society’s descent into hell. As French secularism has become radicalized, the number of jihadist attacks in the country has multiplied.

    French secularists claim to be fighting for freedom of expression. As they do so, innocent people are dying, Muslims around the world are rejecting French values and boycotting the country’s products, and French Muslims are facing restrictions on their freedom of expression in the name of thwarting Islamist propaganda.

    France is paying a heavy price for its fundamentalist secularism, both inside and outside its own borders.


    #Farhad_Khosrokhavar #terrorisme #religion #sécularisme #blasphème #extrémisme #France #violence #minorité_marginalisée #radicalisme #radicalisation #Charlie_Hebdo #radicalisme_religieux #sécularisme_radical #religion_civile #islamo-gauchisme #caricatures #liberté_d'expression #débat_public #provocation #contre-provocation #sécularisme_fondamentaliste

    ping @karine4 @cede @isskein

    • « On a oublié le rôle de l’#humiliation dans l’Histoire », par #Olivier_Abel

      Pour le philosophe, « en sacralisant les #caricatures, nous sommes devenus incapables de percevoir ce que les Grecs anciens désignaient par le #tragique ».

      Quel rapport entre les crimes abjects des djihadistes, le danger que représentent à certains égards les « réseaux sociaux » pour la démocratie et la civilité, la question de la liberté d’expression et du blasphème, le durcissement quasi-guerrier de la laïcité, les gilets jaunes, les majorités dangereuses qui ont porté Trump ou Erdogan au pouvoir, et qui poussent à nos portes ? Nous ne comprenons pas ce qui nous arrive, ces colères qui montent en miroir sans plus rien chercher à comprendre, nous ne savons et sentons plus ce que nous faisons. Je voudrais proposer ici une hypothèse.

      Nous avons globalement fait fausse route. Le drame des caricatures n’est que la partie visible d’un énorme problème. Nous nous sommes enfoncés dans le #déni de l’humiliation, de son importance, de sa gravité, de son existence même. Nous sommes sensibles aux #violences, comme aux #inégalités, mais insensibles à l’humiliation qui les empoisonne. Comme l’observait le philosophe israélien Avishaï Margalit, nous n’imaginons même pas ce que serait une société dont les institutions (police, préfectures, administrations, prisons, hôpitaux, écoles, etc.) seraient non-humiliantes. Dans l’état actuel de rétrécissement des ressources planétaires, on aura beaucoup de mal à faire une société plus juste, mais pourquoi déjà ne pas essayer une société moins humiliante ?

      Ni quantifiable, ni mesurable

      Il faut dire que l’humiliation est une notion – et une réalité - compliquée. L’#offense est subjective, et dépend au moins autant de ceux qui la reçoivent que de ceux qui l’émettent. Ce qui humiliera l’un laissera l’autre indifférent, et cela dépend même du moment où ça tombe. L’humiliation n’est pas quantifiable, mesurable, comme le sont les coups et blessures. D’où la tentation de dire que là où il n’y a pas de #dommage ni #préjudice il n’y a pas de #tort. Ce n’est pas une affaire de #droit mais seulement de #sentiment ou de #morale personnelle, donc circulez, il n’y a rien à dire.

      Et pourtant… Si les violences s’attaquent au #corps de l’autre, dans ses capacités et sa #vulnérabilité, l’humiliation fait encore pire : elle s’attaque au visage de l’autre, dans son #estime et son #respect_de_soi : elle le fait blanchir ou rougir, et souvent les deux en même temps.

      Car l’humiliation se présente de deux façons, en apparence contradictoires. Par un côté, elle porte atteinte à l’estime de soi, en faisant #honte à l’individu de son expression, de ce qu’il voudrait montrer et faire valoir, elle le rabroue et l’exclut du cercle de ceux qui sont autorisés à parler. Mais, par un autre côté, elle porte atteinte également au #respect et à la #pudeur, en dévoilant ce qui voulait se cacher, en forçant l’individu à montrer ce qui constitue sa réserve, en le surexposant au #regard_public, en lui interdisant de se retirer.

      L’humiliation s’attaque au sujet parlant. Les humains ne se nourrissent pas de pain et de cirques seulement, mais de #paroles_vives en vis-à-vis : ils n’existent qu’à se reconnaître mutuellement comme des sujets parlants, crédités comme tels, et reconnus dans leur crédibilité. L’humiliation fait taire le sujet parlant, elle lui fait honte de son expression, elle ruine sa confiance en soi.

      Quand le faible est trop faible

      Elle peut également atteindre des formes de vie, des minorités langagières, sexuelles, raciales, religieuses, sociales, etc. Il peut même arriver qu’une majorité endormie dans sa complaisance soit humiliée par une minorité active. Elle devient ce que j’appelais plus haut une majorité « dangereuse », pour elle-même et pour les autres.

      Une #parole_humiliée devient sujette à ces deux maladies du langage que sont la #dévalorisation ou la #survalorisation de soi. Ou, pour le dire autrement : la #dérision ou le #fanatisme. Commençons par la genèse du fanatisme. Simone Weil avait proposé d’expliquer les affaires humaines par cette loi : « on est toujours #barbares avec les faibles ». Il faudrait donc que nul ne soit laissé trop faible et sans aucun #contre-pouvoir, et que le plus fort soit suffisamment « déprotégé » pour rester sensible au faible, bon gagnant si je puis dire, et conscient qu’il ne sera pas toujours le plus fort.

      Mais quand le faible est trop faible pour infliger quelque tort que ce soit au plus fort, le pacte politique posé par Hobbes est rompu. Les faibles n’ont plus rien à perdre, ne sont plus tenus par le souci de la sécurité des biens et des corps, il ne leur reste que l’au-delà et ils basculent dans le #sacrifice_de_soi, dans une parole portée à la folie. Ici la #religion vient juste au dernier moment pour habiller, nommer, justifier cette mutation terrible.

      « C’est à l’humiliation que répond la #barbarie »

      La violence appelle la violence, dans un échange réciproque qui devrait rester à peu près proportionné, même si bien souvent la #violence s’exerce elle-même de manière humiliante, et nous ne savons pas ce que serait une violence vraiment non-humiliante. Avec l’humiliation cependant, le cercle des échanges devient vicieux, les retours sont longuement différés, comme sans rapport, et ils ont quelque chose de démesuré. Ils sont parallèles, mais en négatif, aux circuits de la #reconnaissance dont on sait qu’ils prennent du temps.

      C’est pourquoi les effets de l’humiliation sont si dévastateurs. Ils courent dans le temps, car les humiliés seront humiliants au centuple. Comme le remarquait #Ariane_Bazan, ils peuvent aller jusqu’à détruire méthodiquement toute scène de reconnaissance possible, toute réparation possible : la mère tuera tous ses enfants, comme le fait Médée rejetée par Jason. Lisant Euripide, elle concluait : « c’est à l’humiliation que répond la barbarie ». Les grandes tragédies sont des scènes de la reconnaissance non seulement manquée, mais écrabouillée.

      Pourquoi nos sociétés occidentales sont-elles collectivement aussi insensibles à l’humiliation ? Est-ce la différence avec ce qu’on a appelé les sociétés de honte, le Japon, le monde arabe ? Sans doute est-ce d’abord aujourd’hui parce que nous sommes une société managée par des unités de mesure quantifiable, la monnaie, l’audimat, et par une juridicisation qui ne reconnaît que les torts mesurables, compensables, sinon monnayables.

      Cette évolution a été accélérée par une #morale_libérale, qui est une #morale_minimale, où tout est permis si l’autre est consentant : or on n’a pas besoin du #consentement de l’autre pour afficher sa #liberté, tant que son expression n’est ni violente ni discriminante à l’égard des personnes, et ne porte aucun dommage objectif — les croyances n’existent pas, on peut en faire ce qu’on veut. Le facteur aggravant de l’humiliation, dans une société de réseaux, c’est la diffusion immédiate et sans écrans ralentisseurs des atteintes à la réputation : la #calomnie, la #moquerie, le #harcèlement.

      L’angle mort de notre civilisation

      Mais plus profondément encore, plus anciennement, notre insensibilité à l’humiliation est due à l’entrecroisement, dans nos sociétés, d’une morale stoïcienne de la #modestie, et d’une morale chrétienne de l’#humilité. Celle-ci, en rupture avec les religions de l’imperium, de la victoire, propose en modèle un divin abaissé et humilié dans l’ignominie du supplice de la croix, réservé aux esclaves. Le #stoïcisme est une sagesse dont la stratégie consiste à décomposer l’opinion d’autrui en des énoncés creux dont aucun ne saurait nous atteindre : l’esclave stoïcien n’est pas plus humiliable que l’empereur stoïcien.

      La dialectique hégélienne du maître et de l’esclave est d’ailleurs héritière de ces deux traditions mêlées, quand il fait de l’expérience de l’esclavage une étape nécessaire sur le chemin de la liberté. Cette vertu d’humilité a paradoxalement creusé dans le monde de la chevalerie médiévale, puis dans la société française de cour, et finalement dans le dévouement de l’idéal scientifique, un sillon profond, qui est comme l’angle mort de notre civilisation.

      Et cet angle mort nous a empêchés de voir le rôle de l’humiliation dans l’histoire : c’est l’humiliation du Traité de Versailles qui prépare la venue d’Hitler au pouvoir, celle de la Russie ou de la Turquie qui y maintient Poutine et Erdogan, c’est la manipulation du sentiment d’humiliation qui a propulsé la figure de Trump. Et cette histoire n’est pas finie. Les manipulations machiavéliques des sentiments de peur et les politiques du #ressentiment n’ont jamais atteint, dans tous nos pays simultanément, un tel niveau de dangerosité. Les djihadistes ici jouent sur du velours, car à l’humiliation ancienne de la #colonisation militaire, économique, et culturelle, s’est ajoutée celle des #banlieues et du #chômage, et maintenant les caricatures du prophète, répétées à l’envi.

      #Fanatisme et #dérision

      Car la genèse de la dérision est non moins importante, et concomitante à celle du fanatisme. On a beaucoup entendu parler du #droit_de_blasphémer : curieuse expression, de la part de tous ceux (et j’en suis) qui ne croient pas au #blasphème ! Réclamer le droit de blasphémer, s’acharner à blasphémer, n’est-ce pas encore y croire, y attacher de l’importance ? N’est-ce pas comme les bandes iconoclastes de la Réforme ou de la Révolution qui saccagent les églises, dans une sorte de superstition anti-superstitieuse ?

      Tout le tragique de l’affaire tient justement au fait que ce qui est important pour les uns est négligeable pour les autres. Il faudrait que les uns apprennent à ne pas accorder tant d’importance à de telles #satires, et que les autres apprennent à mesurer l’importance de ce qu’ils font et disent. Ce qui m’inquiète aujourd’hui c’est le sentiment qu’il n’y a plus rien d’important, sauf le droit de dire que rien n’est important.

      Une société où tout est « cool » et « fun » est une société insensible à l’humiliation, immunisée à l’égard de tout scandale, puisqu’il n’y reste rien à transgresser, rien à profaner. Or la fonction du #scandale est vitale pour briser la complaisance d’une société à elle-même. Pire, lorsque l’ironiste adopte un point de vue en surplomb, pointant l’idiotie des autres, il interrompt toute possibilité de #conversation. On peut rire, mais encore faut-il que cela puisse relancer la conversation !

      Sacralisation des caricatures ?

      Le différend tient peut-être aussi au fait que nous ne disposons pas exactement des mêmes genres littéraires. #Salman_Rushdie et #Milan_Kundera observaient que le monde musulman a du mal à comprendre ce que c’est qu’un « roman », comme une forme littéraire typique d’une certaine époque européenne, et qui met en suspens le jugement moral. Nous aussi, nous avons un problème : on dirait parfois que le genre littéraire éminent qui fonde notre culture est la caricature, la dérision, le #comique.

      Ce qui est proprement caricatural, c’est que les caricatures, le #droit_de_rire, soient devenues notre seul sacré. Serions-nous devenus incapables de percevoir ce que les Grecs anciens désignaient par le tragique ? N’avons-nous pas perdu aussi le sens de l’#épopée véritable (celle qui honore les ennemis), et le sens de quoi que ce soit qui nous dépasse nos gentilles libertés bien protégées ?

      Aujourd’hui, aux manipulations de la peur et de la xénophobie par les néonationalistes français, qui sacralisent la #laïcité comme si elle n’était plus le cadre neutre d’une #liberté_d’expression capable de cohabiter paisiblement avec celle des autres, mais la substance même de l’#identité française (une identité aussi moniste et exclusive que jadis l’était le catholicisme pour l’Action française), répond la manipulation cynique du sentiment d’humiliation des musulmans français par les prédicateurs-guerriers du djihadisme, qui n’ont de cesse d’instrumentaliser le ressentiment, dans le monde et en France.

      Liberté d’abjurer et laïcité réelle

      Aux organisations musulmanes françaises, nous dirons : demandez aux pays dominés par l’islam politique d’accorder à leurs minorités les mêmes libertés réelles qui sont celles des musulmans de France, et accordez solennellement à toutes les musulmanes et à tous les musulmans le droit d’abjurer, de se convertir, ou simplement de se marier en dehors de leur communauté.

      Aux néonationalistes, nous dirons : si la laïcité n’est plus que cette identité sacrée, c’est-à-dire le contraire de ce qu’elle a été dans l’histoire réelle (oui, enseignons d’abord l’histoire réelle dans son long cours, ses compromis complexes, et pas les histoires simplistes que nous nous racontons !), le #pacte_laïque sera rompu, et nous ferons sécession, il faudra tout recommencer, ensemble et avec les nouveaux venus.

      Car ce pacte est ce qui, au nom de notre histoire commune, et inachevée, autorise, au sens fort, la #reconnaissance_mutuelle. Il cherche à instituer un théâtre commun d’apparition qui fasse pleinement crédit à la parole des uns et des autres. C’est bien ce qui nous manque le plus aujourd’hui.


  • Asylum Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Persecution: The Political Discourse in Switzerland

    For nearly three decades, Swiss officials have registered asylum claims based on persecution due to sexual orientation and gender identity. Initially, a predominantly administrative act, the issue is now present and debated in the political space. In these lines, I describe how the issue has developed into an ideologically debated concern.

    At least since 1993, the Swiss authorities have been assessing asylum claims based on persecution due to sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI). (Bertschi 2007) A legal framework was developed, and the issue gradually reached legal and administrative consciousness. Given the topical intersection between the disputed policy fields of asylum and sexuality, it is somehow surprising that the issue emerged only recently in political debates and is still of low salience. In what follows, I will discuss how the debate on SOGI-related asylum claims evolved from a technocratic and subsequently left-wing issue into a subject of ideologically debated concern.

    An Issue Owned by the Left

    The Green party brought the issue to the fore by arguing that sexual orientation- and gender identity-based persecution was widespread and that the estimated acceptance rate of related cases was relatively low. They highlighted a need for action. (Grüne 2009)

    In 2009, a motion demanding to include SOGI explicitly into the asylum law was filed by Prelicz-Huber (Greens). However, the Federal Council concluded that the current categorization of “specific social group” was inclusive enough. The National Council shared this evaluation and rejected the request by 125 to 64 votes, signaling a clear verdict that mirrored a clear political division. (Curia Vista 2009a)

    The Green and the Social Democratic fractions of the National Council unanimously supported the claim, while the others rejected it. In a statement for a newspaper, a member of the Swiss People’s Party (SVP), Mr Fehr highlighted an enhanced risk of abuse of the system, as a motive for rejecting the claim. He further stated that such an adaptation of the asylum law would lead to “hundreds of thousands of new refugees.” (Pomper 2010)

    Up until 2018, sexual orientation- and gender identity-based asylum were on the National Council’s agenda for at least nine times. The interpellations covered, among other aspects, practices of decision-making and adequate accommodation. The Federal Council deemed street-level bureaucrats’ training as appropriate and assessed the current practices as sufficient. Only one interpellation did not originate from the left-wing. (Curia Vista 2009b; 2013a&b; 2014a, b&c; 2017; 2018)

    Local Politics and Fundamental Debates

    By 2017, the topic had reached the sub-national level. Authorities in Basel-Stadt, Bern and Zürich responded to related interpellations and motions, mostly originating from the left. The executives demonstrated awareness of the concerns, even though the willingness for a national commitment was partly found wanting. The authorities of Zürich reinforced their aim of being a role model and Bern included the issue of accommodations for LGBT-asylum seekers in their Action Plan for Equality 2019-2022. The executive of Basel-Stadt, though, questioned the appropriateness of uniform rules of accommodations and prioritized instead recommendations and individual solutions. (Zürich 2017a&b; Basel-Stadt 2019; Bern 2019 & 2020)

    Zürich’s case was, however, the most revelatory one. By autumn 2017, the 14 known cases were already accommodated in individualized solutions. A postulate by Sangines and Denoth (Social Democrats) to institutionalize this practice of individual accommodations was clearly accepted. However, the request sparked a vigorous discussion, that is, within 45 minutes, differing priorities and worldviews were displayed. (Zürich 2017a&b)

    A Debate With No Holds Barred

    The postulate demanding the institutionalization of individual accommodations was supported by an alliance of the left parties and the Christian-Democrats. The Liberals and Green Liberals abstained, and the SVP opposed it. The arguments of the proponents focused on the protection of the people concerned. In regular accommodations, according to the argument, an outing might result in mobbing or other forms of violence. Proven as functional in other cases, separated solutions were described as simple and effective.

    The opponents argued in favor of punishing the offenders rather than protecting the potential victims of mobbing. Individual accommodations were further laid-out as ostracism. While stressing the low number of cases, they accused the left of ignoring the alleged problem of non-acceptance of liberal Swiss values by some immigrants.

    The debate took a brisk turn and led to highly controversial statements. Members of the SVP were blamed for standing up for LGBTs only due to opportunistic and nationalist motives. By contrast, a representative of the SVP accused the supporters of pursuing higher budgets for the social system. Furthermore, he stated that supporting the claim was inhuman and antisocial, as it would entrap humans and question the dignity of the people in Africa [sic]. (Zürich 2017b)

    A New Discourse?

    Following the debate, two members of the SVP handed in an interpellation, focusing on whether the necessity of separated accommodations would reveal a failure of the integration offices. It was, moreover, argued that the progressive Swiss culture would demand elucidation rather than exclusion of LGBT asylum seekers in separate accommodations. (Zürich 2018)

    As shown, the matter of SOGI-based asylum claims has entered the political space, originally occupied by the left-wing parties. Later, the political right became involved as well. (e.g. GaySVP 2018) However, the debate in Zürich exposed fundamentally differing priorities, that is, the right-wing parties stressed the potential misuse, found potential threats to the supposedly liberal Swiss values, and labeled intolerance as a problem of immigrants. Meanwhile, the left-wing parties argued in favor of the protection and adequate treatment of the concerned people, as well as for uniform solutions concerning the accommodations. (Junge Grüne)

    As a subject of both policy-fields of asylum and sexuality, the topic has a high potential of inherent conflict. Over the past years, although there has been an increase in the number of actors involved, the Swiss practice is still considered inadequate and at times incoherent with the UNHCR guidelines. But it is also apparent that the issue is becoming increasingly prominent, both at the institutional and political levels. (Flüchtlingshilfe 2019; SEM 2019; Basel-Stadt 2020) It remains to be seen whether its salience will increase and whether the issue will spark more debate. Regardless of its topicality, SOGI-based asylum is more than a mere administrative act, as the political discourse exposes deeply rooted conflict lines.

    Mathis Schnell is a PhD-candidate and teaching assistant (quantitative methods) at the Laboratoire d’études des processus sociaux (LAPS) at the University of Neuchâtel. He holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Zurich.


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    – Bertschi, Martin (2007): Ausländer- und Flüchtlingsrecht. In: Ziegler, Andreas; Bertschi, Martin; Curchod, Alexandre; Herz, Nadja and Montini, Michel (editors). Rechte der Lesben und Schwulen in der Schweiz. Eingetragene Partnerschaft, faktische Lebensgemeinschaft, Rechtsfragen zur Homosexualität. 321-348.
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    – Basel-Stadt (2020): Anzug Bertschi und Konsorten. [12.07.2020].
    – Bern (2019): Geschäftdetails Interpellation Rai. [12.07.2020].
    – Bern (2020): Geschäftdetails Postulat Rai. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2009a): Motion 09.3561. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2009b): Interpellation 09.3562. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2013a): Frage 13.5496. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2013b): Interpellation 13.4211. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2014a): Interpellation 14.3378. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2014b): Interpellation 14.3373. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2014c): Interpellation 14.3374. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2017): Interpellation 17.3588. [12.07.2020].
    – Curia Vista (2018): Interpellation 18.4014. 3 [12.07.2020].
    – Flüchtlingshilfe (2019): Asylgesuche von LGBTQI-Personen müssen nach besonderen Grundsätzen geprüft werden. [11.11.2020].
    – GaySVP (2018): Wer wir sind. [12.07.2020].
    – Grüne (2009): Homosexuelle Flüchtlinge brauchen Schutz. [12.07.2020].
    – Junge Grüne: Positionspapier Queer. [12.07.2020].
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    – Zürich (2017a): Interpellation Hadi Huber und Brander. [12.07.2020].
    – Zürich (2017b): Postulat Sangines und Denoth. [12.07.2020].
    – Zürich (2018): Schriftliche Anfrage Iten und Widmer. [12.07.2020].


    #LGBT #homosexualité #asile #migrations #réfugiés #persécution #identité_de_genre #genre #Suisse

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Pourquoi les migrants iraniens transitent par les Alpes

    De plus en plus d’Iraniens franchissent de nuit la frontière franco-italienne. La plupart tentent ensuite de rejoindre le Royaume-Uni ou l’Allemagne.

    Il est 21 heures à Montgenèvre en cette mi-octobre, et la station de ski des Hautes-Alpes est plongée dans l’obscurité. C’est ici, à 1 800 mètres d’altitude, que les migrants traversent la frontière franco-italienne. Il faut environ huit heures de marche pour rallier Briançon (Hautes-Alpes) depuis #Clavière, le dernier village côté italien. Entre les deux, le col de Montgenèvre, l’obscurité et la police aux frontières (PAF) qui patrouille. Ces dernières années, plusieurs migrants sont morts de froid en tentant le passage. À l’approche de l’hiver, plusieurs militants et bénévoles de l’ONG Médecins du Monde ont donc repris les maraudes. Leur objectif : récupérer les migrants après la frontière et les ramener au Refuge solidaire de Briançon, une quinzaine de kilomètres plus bas, avant de se faire attraper par la police.

    François*, 32 ans, est moniteur de ski saisonnier et bénévole au refuge. Caché derrière des arbres, il guette la pénombre à la recherche d’un signe de vie quand deux silhouettes apparaissent derrière un buisson. Ils s’appellent Azad* et Hedi et sont iraniens. « How much ? » nous questionnent-ils avant de comprendre que François n’est pas passeur mais bénévole. Ils finissent par le suivre. Arman a 28 ans, a étudié le génie civil en Iran puis travaillé dans une pharmacie. Mais son père est opposant politique au régime : « Il a insisté pour que je quitte le pays », raconte-t-il. « Il a donné 18 000 euros à un réseau de passeurs pour me faire arriver en Angleterre. » Cette nuit, Azad et Hedi dormiront au chaud et en sécurité au refuge solidaire. Demain, ils repartiront en train en direction de Dunkerque, pour tenter de passer au Royaume-Uni.
    Une jeunesse sans débouchés

    Ces derniers mois, les bénévoles du Refuge solidaire ont noté un changement de population. Les Guinéens, Ivoiriens et Maliens qui étaient majoritaires en 2017 ont laissé leur place aux Afghans et Iraniens. En 2017, ils n’étaient que 3, en 2018, ils étaient 55, et depuis début 2020, 357 Iraniens sont passés par le refuge, soit 23 % des arrivées, selon les statistiques transmises par le Refuge solidaire. L’Ofpra enregistre la même évolution concernant les nouvelles demandes d’asile iraniennes : 349 en 2017, 510 en 2018 et 443 en 2019. La plupart des nouveaux venus sont diplômés, comme Peshro, 26 ans, diplômé d’une licence en économie, et Peshawa, 29 ans, rencontrés au Refuge solidaire. Les deux frères viennent de la province kurde au nord-ouest de l’Iran : « On n’avait pas de travail, pas d’argent », explique Peshro.

    Depuis que les États-Unis ont rétabli les sanctions économiques contre l’Iran en 2018, la situation est devenue très dure pour la population. En juin 2020, le rial, la monnaie locale, avait perdu la moitié de sa valeur par rapport à mai 2018. Au-delà des difficultés économiques, les émeutes sanglantes survenues entre 2017 et 2019 pour protester contre la corruption du régime, et la répression qui s’abat sur les minorités ethniques (kurdes, arabes) et religieuses (derviche, bahaï) expliquent cette hausse des départs. Environ 200 000 Iraniens quitteraient chaque année le pays, selon Nader Vahabi, principalement pour la Turquie qui ne requiert pas de visa.

    Une fois en Turquie, ils traversent l’Europe, en passant par la Grèce et les Balkans ou directement en bateau jusqu’en Italie. Comme beaucoup, Azad rêve d’Angleterre, perçue comme la terre promise pour les immigrés. Là-bas, ils retrouvent leur seconde langue, les contrôles d’identité n’existent pas et le marché du travail est plus flexible qu’ailleurs. D’après l’Observatoire des migrations de l’université d’Oxford, en 2019, le Royaume-Uni a enregistré environ 45 000 premières demandes d’asiles, un record, avec une majorité d’Iraniens, Irakiens et Pakistanais. Mais la traversée de la Manche est toujours aussi périlleuse. Le 27 octobre, toute une famille iranienne a trouvé la mort au large de Dunkerque, lorsque l’embarcation sur laquelle elle se trouvait a chaviré. Il s’agit du pire drame migratoire survenu dans l’histoire de La Manche.


    #Alpes #montagne #Hautes-Alpes #refuge_solidaire #Briançon #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_iraniens #Iran #Montgenèvre #France #frontières #Italie #réfugiés_afghans


    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les Hautes-Alpes :

    via @isskein

  • Interior aplicará las devoluciones en caliente por el aval del Constitucional

    El Tribunal Constitucional respaldará en el pleno que se inicia mañana las devoluciones en caliente o rechazos en frontera regulados en la Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana que aprobó el Gobierno del PP en 2015. El Ministerio del Interior aplicará esta medida pese a que los dos partidos que forman el Gobierno la rechazaban. El PSOE recurrió la ley ante el Constitucional por entender que “vulneraba el derecho de los inmigrantes a la tutela judicial efectiva”. Unidas Podemos prometió impulsar la derogación de la Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana, conocida como ley mordaza, para prohibir las devoluciones en caliente.

    El Gobierno quiere esperar a conocer la redacción final de la sentencia al tratarse de un asunto muy delicado que ya enfrentó a los dos socios, PSOE y Unidas Podemos. Fuentes del Ministerio del Interior sostienen que las sentencias del Constitucional están para cumplirse y, por tanto, se seguirá aplicando esta medida con normalidad. Estas fuentes recuerdan, además, que el fallo llega avalado por un pronunciamiento similar del Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos. “La política migratoria”, señalan en Interior, “es comunitaria y, por tanto, es difícil adoptar una medida sin contar con el consenso europeo”. La medida a la que se refieren sería una reforma legal para prohibir las devoluciones en caliente, algo que no parece entrar en la agenda del Ejecutivo.

    Fuentes de la dirección de Unidas Podemos admiten que para ellos es un tema “muy importante” pero no han tomado una decisión sobre cómo responderán a un fallo del Constitucional que todavía no conocen. En el pasado hubo enfrentamientos entre el ministro del Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, y Pablo Iglesias por este asunto. El acuerdo al que llegaron fue esperar a la sentencia. Una vez publicada, solo quedaría el margen de cambiar la ley. Pero Interior prefiere aplicar el fallo sin más.

    El Constitucional avalará en su pleno de esta semana las expulsiones en caliente con algunas excepciones que afectan a los menores y personas o colectivos vulnerables. El texto ha sido acordado en una comisión compuesta por tres magistrados: Ricardo Enríquez, Antonio Narváez y Juan Antonio Xiol. Los dos primeros pertenecen al sector conservador, mayoritario, y el tercero, al progresista. El pacto alcanzado supone un giro radical respecto al texto que había elaborado el anterior encargado de la ponencia, Fernando Valdés, quien renunció a su puesto en el tribunal el mes pasado tras ser procesado por el Supremo por un supuesto delito de maltrato en el ámbito familiar.

    Lo que proponía Valdés en su proyecto de sentencia era que solo se consideraran legales las expulsiones en caliente cuando las personas afectadas hubieran entrado en España mediante un asalto masivo y de forma violenta. Valdés entendía que esta era la lectura más correcta de la sentencia dictada en febrero pasado por el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos. Ese fallo dio un aval al Estado español respecto a las devoluciones en caliente al considerar que las autoridades de Melilla no violaron la legalidad cuando acordaron la expulsión inmediata de dos inmigrantes de Mali y Costa de Marfil que saltaron la valla fronteriza en agosto de 2014.

    La sentencia pactada en la comisión tendrá un amplio respaldo en el pleno del Constitucional, según fuentes del tribunal. Hasta ahora, lo había impedido la persistencia de Valdés en defender que se pusieran condiciones a estas devoluciones. De hecho, en junio pasado se discutió un proyecto de sentencia que fue rechazado al entender la mayoría conservadora que el fallo de Estrasburgo no requería que solo pudieran acordarse legalmente las devoluciones en caliente para los asaltos masivos y violentos a las vallas de Ceuta o Melilla. De ahí que se formara una comisión paritaria entre conservadores y progresistas de la que, aparte de los tres mencionados, formó parte el propio Valdés hasta su renuncia.

    Al producirse la dimisión de este magistrado, el asunto quedó formalmente asignado al presidente del tribunal, Juan José González Rivas, quien como ponente de la resolución asumiría el criterio de la comisión. Ahora bien, este punto fue incluido a mediados de la semana pasada, mediante una adición al orden de día del próximo pleno, ya sobrecargado de materias. Ello provocó gran malestar en un sector minoritario del Constitucional, opuesto a debatir con prisas los aspectos más sensibles de la Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana, entre ellos el de los derechos de los inmigrantes.

    Dos factores han influido en las prisas con las que ahora se quiere ventilar un recurso que lleva cinco años pendiente. En primer lugar, el consenso existente sobre la cuestión. El tribunal no quiso hincarle el diente al asunto hasta que se pronunciara Estrasburgo, pero desde febrero, en que falló el Tribunal Europeo de Derechos Humanos, hubiera podido abordarlo. La urgencia que se quiere dar a este fallo deriva del interés del presidente del tribunal por dejar despejado el asunto antes de la posible renovación de los mandatos caducados en la institución, entre ellos el de la propia presidencia.
    Dos décadas de rechazos en frontera

    Las devoluciones en caliente llevan realizándose desde que se concluyó la construcción de las vallas de Ceuta y Melilla a finales de los años noventa. Al principio, las fuerzas de seguridad lo ocultaban, pero esta práctica comenzó a ser ampliamente documentada por diversas ONG a partir de 2002. Desde que el Gobierno de Mariano Rajoy las amparó con la Ley de Seguridad Ciudadana de 2015, tanto el PSOE como Unidas Podemos han prometido desde la oposición que acabarían con ellas, pero la realidad es que se han mantenido independientemente del color de quien gobierne.

    La sentencia del 20 de febrero del Tribunal de Estrasburgo, en la que se absolvía a España de haber vulnerado los derechos de dos migrantes cuando fueron entregados a las autoridades marroquíes inmediatamente después de saltar la valla de Melilla en agosto de 2014, generó las primeras tensiones en el Gobierno de coalición apenas seis semanas después de conformarse.

    El ministro del Interior, Fernando Grande-Marlaska, recibió con agrado la decisión que justificaba la devolución en el uso de la violencia de los inmigrantes y ya sugirió que la aplicaría, una postura que generó malestar entre los miembros de Unidas Podemos. “Elogiar sentencias que avalan la violación de derechos humanos no solo es lo contrario a lo que figura en el acuerdo de coalición, es además lo contrario de lo que desean la inmensa mayoría de los votantes del PSOE y de Unidas Podemos”, afirmaron entonces a EL PAÍS fuentes del grupo parlamentario de la formación. La polémica, sin embargo, acabó enterrada rápidamente por otras batallas y la emergencia sanitaria.

    Las entradas irregulares por tierra a Ceuta y Melilla (que incluyen los saltos, pero también otras vías como el ingreso con documentación falsa o escondidos en vehículos) apenas superan este año las 1.500 personas (la inmensa mayoría en Melilla) frente a las casi 5.000 del año anterior, según datos del Ministerio del Interior. La caída en picado de los intentos de colarse en ambas ciudades autónomas responde a las restricciones de movimientos y el cierre de fronteras impuesto por la pandemia. El foco se ha desviado de las vallas, pero las devoluciones se han seguido realizando, según el veterano activista de Melilla, José Palazón, fundador de la ONG Prodein.

    “No ha habido un cambio en la forma de actuación. Ni antes, ni después de la sentencia. En un intento de salto, los que pillan entre vallas han continuado siendo devueltos en caliente a Marruecos”, mantiene Palazón. “Lo conocemos por declaraciones de los que entran o por testimonios de los propios afectados, pero no son expulsiones documentadas”. Desde Ceuta, fuentes de la Guardia Civil, afirman que con la pandemia han dejado de detectarse movimientos de subsaharianos en torno a la valla, por lo que no se han ejecutado devoluciones.

    #Ceuta #Melilla #Espagne #frontières #devoluciones_en_caliente #push-backs #renvois #expulsions #refoulements #Maroc #justice


    FR : « Lors de la session plénière qui commence demain, la #Cour_constitutionnelle appuiera les #refoulements_express à la frontière régis par la loi de sécurité citoyenne que le gouvernement du PP a adoptée en 2015. Le ministère de l’intérieur appliquera cette mesure bien que les deux partis qui forment le gouvernement l’aient rejetée ».


    Sur les « devoluciones en caliente » (https://seenthis.net/tag/devoluciones_en_caliente)

    ping @isskein

  • Référencement de #tribunes, #motions et #pétitions

    La CPESR propose un service de référencement de tribunes et motions, permettant ensuite leur archivage et référencement. Les textes signalés sont ensuite mis en ligne sur ce site.


    #liste #résistance #LPR #LPPR #ESR #enseignement_supérieur #université #France #recherche #loi_recherche


    J’avais commencé une métaliste sur la #LPPR, que je n’ai pas vraiment actualisé avec le nouveau coup d’accélérateur du gouvernement/parlement et des nouvelles (déprimantes).
    Le passage devant le sénat, ici : https://seenthis.net/messages/878250
    Le lien vers la métaliste :

  • Drei Viertel der Wissenschaftler haben befristete Stellen

    Viele Überstunden, viel Unsicherheit: Die Arbeitsbedingungen an Hochschulen lassen zu wünschen übrig, mahnt der DGB. Er bezieht sich auf eine Umfrage, die ein altes Problem aufzeigt.

    Feste Stelle, sichere Perspektive: Das fehlt der großen Mehrheit der Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler an deutschen Hochschulen. Im Vergleich zu anderen Arbeitnehmern sind sie überdurchschnittlich oft befristet beschäftigt, wie der aktuelle Hochschulreport des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes (DGB) zeigt, der dem SPIEGEL vorliegt. In einer Befragung gaben 78 Prozent der Wissenschaftler und 16 Prozent der Mitarbeiter in Technik und Verwaltung an, sie hätten befristete Stellen.

    Im Durchschnitt lag der Anteil im Jahr 2018 demnach bei 67,9 Prozent. Frauen waren deutlich häufiger betroffen als Männer. Zum Vergleich: Bei allen abhängig Beschäftigten in Deutschland (ohne Auszubildende) lag der Anteil bei 8,3 Prozent, wie das Betriebspanel des Instituts für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung zeigt.

    Der DGB hatte im vergangenen Herbst in acht Bundesländern 10.549 Beschäftigte an Hochschulen zu ihren Arbeitsbedingungen befragt sowie Daten des Statistischen Bundesamtes ausgewertet. Das Ergebnis:

    Fast die Hälfte der Wissenschaftler und rund ein Drittel der befragten Mitarbeiter in Technik und Verwaltung hat eine Teilzeitstelle.

    Mehr als drei Viertel der wissenschaftlichen Beschäftigten arbeiten regelmäßig länger als vertraglich vereinbart und leisten dabei durchschnittlich zehn Überstunden pro Woche.

    Wissenschaftler mit befristetem Arbeitsvertrag machen im Schnitt noch mehr Überstunden als ihre unbefristeten Kollegen: 10,6 zu 6,6 Stunden pro Woche.

    Der vergleichsweise hohe Anteil an befristeten Stellen im Hochschulbereich ist seit Jahren ein Streitthema. Er war vor allem mit der Einführung des Wissenschaftszeitvertragsgesetzes von 2007 deutlich gestiegen. Das Gesetz sieht für Arbeitsverträge an staatlichen Hochschulen und Forschungseinrichtungen spezielle Regelungen für Befristungen vor.

    Zur Begründung heißt es vom Bundesbildungsministerium, dies sei »in der Phase der Qualifizierung junger Wissenschaftler sinnvoll und notwendig«. Die dadurch »begünstigte Rotation ermöglicht nachrückenden Generationen überhaupt erst den Zugang zu wissenschaftlichen Tätigkeiten«. 2016 sah sich die Bundesregierung jedoch zu einer Reform veranlasst, weil »der Anteil an kurzzeitigen befristeten Beschäftigungen ein nicht mehr zu vertretendes Maß erreicht hatte«, wie das Ministerium einräumt. Eine Gesetzesnovelle sollte Abhilfe schaffen. Seit 2018 hat sich laut DGB jedoch außer einem »marginalen Rückgang« wenig geändert. Er lag zuletzt bei 0,4 Prozentpunkten.


    #Allemagne #université #ESR #précarité #genre #femmes #hommes #statistiques #chiffres

    ping @_kg_

  • Ventilez, il faut ventiler !

    Il semble désormais clairement établis que le [1] covid-19 se transmet en grande partie par les aérosols. Il s’agit de minuscules gouttelettes que nous émettons systématiquement quand nous respirons et parlons. Ce faisant, nous émettons également des grosses gouttelettes (qui elles sont de taille supérieure à environ 2 microns) ou des postillons (parfois visibles à l’œil nu), qui vont retomber plus ou moins rapidement au sol au bout de quelques minutes. Les aérosols sont des gouttelettes invisibles dont la taille fait typiquement moins de un micron. Elles ne tombent pas et reste en suspension dans l’air. Un peu comme la fumée de cigarette, elles, vont diffuser dans l’air d’une pièce pour finir par envahir le moindre recoin.

    La simulation ci-dessous permet de se rendre compte que ces #microgouttelettes peuvent remplir une pièce un quart d’heure :


    Porter un masque permet de limiter (mais pas de stopper), l’émission de #gouttelettes comme en témoigne cette vidéo d’une expérience réalisée avec différents types de masques (en tissu simple ou double couche, ou chirurgical), selon que l’on parle ou que l’on éternue :


    Au passage, contrairement à ce que je m’imaginais, la quantité de microgouttelettes émises en respirant est plus importante (d’un facteur environ trois) que celle émise en parlant normalement et similaire à celle émise en chantant. D’où l’importance de bien positionner le masque et de couvrir aussi le nez !

    La part de contamination due aux aérosols n’est pas connue avec certitude dans le cas du covid-19, mais elle pourrait l’un des vecteurs les plus important de dissémination de la maladie, plus en tout cas que les fameuses « fomites » qui sont les surfaces contaminées.

    Il devient alors possible d’appréhender la question des contaminations sous un angle rationnel. En effet, on peut mesurer simplement l’efficacité de la ventilation d’une pièce en mesurant le taux de dioxyde de carbone (CO2) qu’elle contient. En respirant nous rejetons du CO2 dans l’atmosphère [2]. Une pièce fermée, habitée par des personnes, voit ainsi la quantité de CO2 qu’elle contient augmenter. En ventilant la pièce, c’est-à-dire en renouvelant son air régulièrement avec de l’air extérieur, on dilue ainsi les microgouttelettes et donc on réduit la probabilité d’être infecté, si toutefois une personne infectée est présente dans la salle. Mais on diminue également la quantité de CO2 expirée, qui va tendre vers la valeur extérieure [3]. On ne sait pas mesurer la quantité de virus SARS-CoV-2 présente dans l’air d’une pièce, en revanche on sait mesurer la quantité de dioxyde de carbone. On peut ainsi utiliser ce gaz comme traceur de la ventilation, ce qui permet de vérifier quantitativement la qualité de l’air d’une pièce. On ne sait pas non plus à partir de quel seuil (quelle quantité de CO2 présente dans la pièce) le risque (ou la probabilité) d’être contaminé augmente significativement. Néanmoins, on peut extrapoler à partir des connaissances que l’on a pour d’autres maladies à transmission similaire, par aérosols, comme la tuberculose, ainsi un seuil inférieur à 1000 ppm de CO2 peut être recommandé en guise de principe de précaution. Et peut-être même moins : viser 650 ppm serait plus raisonnable en ne dépassant pas 850 ppm.

    Une collègue m’ayant prêté un détecteur de CO2, j’ai pu faire quelques mesures dans différentes salles où j’ai eu cours. Avant…

    Dans une salle de travaux dirigés de 30 places, avec porte et fenêtre, voici ce que j’ai obtenu avec 14 à 15 personnes à l’intérieur pendant 1 à 2 h. Les deux courbes ont été obtenues à une semaine d’intervalle : peut-être que la ventilation mécanique n’était pas identique dans les deux cas ce qui pourrait expliquer les différences d’augmentation du taux de CO2 quand les ouvertures sont fermées. Dans les deux cas, l’ouverture de la porte donnant sur un palier et un couloir a permis de baisser le taux de CO2 jusqu’à des valeurs plus raisonnables en termes de ventilation. Cela montre d’une part que la ventilation mécanique seule ne permet pas d’atteindre un seuil raisonnable ; d’autre part que la simple ouverture de la porte permet d’atteindre un tel seuil.

    Dans un amphithéâtre de 238 places, en gradins, avec environ 80 à 85 étudiants, les mesures faites pendant 2 h donnent les courbes suivantes. La courbe rouge a été obtenue lors d’une seule séance, les courbes bleue et verte en deux séances (à deux jours d’intervalle), une semaine plus tard. L’amphithéâtre n’a pas de fenêtre, et les portes d’entrées ne peuvent être maintenues ouvertes (il y a un sas, et aucun moyen de les coincer). Néanmoins, on constate que la ventilation fonctionne correctement avec une occupation au tiers, à peu près, les taux de CO2 enregistrés étant raisonnables.

    Une autre série de mesures a été effectuée dans une salle de formation de la bibliothèque. Salle avec des ordinateurs comptant 30 places et remplie à moitié. Cette salle ne dispose pas de ventilation mécanique. En entrant dans la salle, la porte et les fenêtres étaient grandes ouvertes. Le taux de CO2 mesurée est de 620 ppm. Les ouvertures sont fermées. En à peine 10 min, il atteint 1000 ppm. Porte et fenêtre sont à nouveau ouvertes quelques minutes. Ensuite la porte donnant sur la vaste salle de lecture est laissée ouverte. Malgré cela, le taux de CO2 augmente à nouveau. La vitesse d’augmentation dépend probablement de l’ouverture de la porte entre « entrebâillée » et « grande ouverte » ; l’ouverture des vastes fenêtres de la baie vitrée de la salle de lecture et la porte ouverte a permis de faire baisser le taux de CO2 rapidement. Une fois celles-ci fermée, il se stabilise, à condition de maintenir la porte grande ouverte.

    En conclusions :

    La ventilation mécanique n’est généralement pas suffisante pour atteindre un flux suffisant pour a priori diminuer fortement la probabilité de contamination par le SARS-CoV-2. * En plus de la ventilation mécanique, ouvrir une porte donnant sur un couloir permet d’obtenir un flux généralement suffisant. * Une pièce fermée sans ventilation mécanique doit être ouverte toutes les 10 min pour éviter d’atteindre les seuils préconisés.

    Il vaut donc probablement mieux, cet hiver en particulier, ouvrir la fenêtre quelques minutes toutes les 10-15 minutes pour ventiler [4], quitte à porter un bon pull. De surcroît, même en période « normale », sans covid-19 en guise d’épée de Damoclès, il est bon d’avoir une bonne ventilation dans les pièces intérieures, car les capacités cognitives diminuent significativement quand le taux de CO2 augmente [5]

    #ventilation #aération #covid-19 #coronavirus

  • Syrian refugees complain about Gabčíkovo camp

    SYRIAN asylum seekers who have arrived from Austria and are temporarily placed in the refugee camp in Gabčíkovo (Trnava Region) are complaining about alleged bullying and insufficient care of children.

    They have already signed a petition and have tried to meet with the the management of the facility. The management, however, rejects any meetings. Moreover, they say it is only play-acting when talking to media, the Aktuality.sk website reported.

    “They promised us the same conditions as in Austria but the differences here are huge,” a 20-year-old man from Aleppo told Aktuality.sk.

    There are currently more than 400 Syrians accommodated in Gabčíkovo, including 120 children. All of them are seeking asylum in Austria but have been placed in Slovakia based upon the memorandum on cooperation which was signed between Slovakia and Austria earlier this year.

    The refugees mostly complain about bad conditions for children, most of whom have already reached school age. Nobody has yet secured any courses or lessons for them. As it is possible that they may spend up to six months in the camp, it is likely that they will miss a whole year at school, according to Aktuality.sk.

    The only activity for children in the camp is kindergarten, which is only open between 14:00 and 15:00, where every child younger than 18 can go. They mostly have art lessons there. The activity is led by Thawra, one of the facility’s inhabitants, the website wrote.

    The Syrians also complain about problematic medical care. While in Austria there are doctors who come to the refugee camps daily at certain hours, in Slovakia they have to ask for them. According to official information, the paediatrician visits the facility twice a week between 14:00 and 18:00, but the refugees complain that this is not always true, Aktuality.sk wrote.

    According to the memorandum, the medical care should be secured by Austria. The Syrians say that the problem is with ORS Slovakia company which manages the facility and which is also the official contract partner of the Austrian government.

    Additionally, the refugees say they are not happy about the food they receive. They also say that the kitchens are locked at night and they cannot warm food for their babies.

    “These people have escaped from war, I think it is important that they do not sleep on floor and that they have hot meal every day,” Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said, as quoted by Aktuality.sk, adding that the Gabčíkovo facility is not a hotel.

    #ORS #Slovakia #Gabčíkovo


    • Slovakia promotes Gabcikovo camp as answer to refugee problem

      Slovakia, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, has showcased the Gabčíkovo camp near Bratislava as an example that intergovernmental solutions can work better than the Commission’s relocation system based on mandatory quotas.

      On Saturday (2 July) the Slovak presidency took a group of 58 Brussels journalists to Gabčíkovo, in the Trnava Region, on the border with Hungary, some 50 kilometres from Bratislava, to showcase a refugee camp run in cooperation with Austria.

      The previous day, the Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, and other officials had stated that Gabčíkovo was a proof that the country was unfairly criticised for not doing enough to share the burden of the refugee crisis the EU is faced with.

      The camp is a former technical university, which was converted in 2015 into a refugee camp for a period of two years, under a bilateral deal with Austria. So far a total of 1,200 Syrian refugees, mostly families, have been settled in the camp. Before coming to Gabčíkovo, all of them applied for asylum in Austria, and agreed to await the decision on their application in Slovakia.

      Slovakia is providing accommodation and food, while Austria has dispatched 22 social workers, who among other things, teach the refugees German.

      Karl-Heinz Grundböck, spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of the Interior of Austria, expressed thanks to the Slovak government for the assistance, which has been particularly helpful when the Austrian asylum system collapsed last summer, with no accommodation available and asylum seekers sleeping on the grass in the Traiskirchen refugee camp near Vienna.

      At present, only 14 refugees are living in the Gabčíkovo camp, but Austria would like the project to be maintained, because as Grundböck explained, the future remained uncertain.

      The total capacity of the camp, of 500 refugees, was reached during the past winter. All asylum seekers accommodated so far have ultimately received asylum and none has fled.

      Bernard Priecel, director of the migration office of the Ministry of Interior of Slovakia, explained that the refugees don’t want to remain in Slovakia, and if they are forcibly relocated there, would disappear “the next day”. He argued that instead of applying the relocation scheme, as decided upon by the Commission, other types of bilateral projects, such as Gabčíkovo, could be replicated across the EU.

      Slovakia takes EU to court over migrant quotas

      Slovakia will launch legal action by next month against an EU quota plan to distribute 160,000 refugees and migrants across the bloc, a justice ministry spokeswoman told AFP today (24 November).

      Asked if the Gabčíkovo camp has ever been visited by the Commission, Priecel said no. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the facility in October 2015.


    • Following Syrian Refugees Into an Unwelcoming Slovakia

      Late last week, after a long journey, a group of 24 young men arrived by bus in a tiny town about an hour outside of Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city.

      Most of the men had traveled for at least a month from their homes in war-torn Syria, following a path that took them first to Turkey, then across the Aegean Sea and through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia, and Hungary, then into Austria.

      “We lost everything in our country,” says Mahmood Alokla, 24, who came from outside Damascus. “We lost our sisters and our brothers. We paid all our money—and for this. We don’t want it.”

      Alokla and the other refugees who were sent to a camp in Gabčíkovo (pronounced gab-chee-kovo) say they want to stay in Austria. They proudly display their Austrian ID cards. A few have family in the country. But as the result of a deal between Austrian and Slovak leaders, the refugees were put on a bus and moved. Some of them were separated from family members they had traveled with from Syria.

      Years of conflict in Syria, splintered warring factions, and the rise of ISIS have all driven hundreds of thousands of people to seek safer lives elsewhere. The influx of these asylum-seekers—in addition to thousands more fleeing danger zones around the Middle East and North Africa—has lead to concerns and confusion about where they can, and will, end up.

      “I want to be in Vienna,” says Abdelkarim Alorfi, 26, sitting on the crumbling steps of the main building of the refugee’s housing camp. Alorfi was separated from his brother’s family when he left Austria. “I don’t want to be here. The police are watching.”
      Pictures of Syrain refugees in Slovakia

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      Refugees collect their luggage at the camp in Gabčíkovo, Slovakia.
      Photograph by Igor Svítok, Demotix, Corbis

      The camp, made up of a series of run-down buildings belonging to the Slovak University of Technology, has been used to accommodate refugees in the past, but it’s been empty for the last six years. A police car sits in a parking lot, and others drive through on surveillance runs.

      It’s no secret that the Slovak government has been loath to accept asylum seekers from the Middle East as the number reaching Western Europe has grown to what many are calling crisis levels in recent weeks.

      In late July, Slovakia agreed to temporarily house 500 refugees from Austria in the Gabčíkovo camp. In early August, the townspeople staged a referendum that garnered a nearly 97 percent vote against allowing refugees to stay at the camp.

      Reports in mid-August indicated the Slovak government would agree to relocate up to 200 Syrians, and initially suggested that these refugees had to be Christian (the BBC reports that about ten percent of Syrians were Christian before the conflict started).

      Marches against the “Islamisation” of Slovakia and Europe have drawn crowds in Bratislava. The most recent saw an estimated 1,000 protesters just a day before the refugees arrived in Gabčíkovo. Plans for a protest against the acceptance of migrants—initiated by the far-right People’s Party and set to take place in Gabčíkovo, whose residents are mostly ethnic Hungarian—were thwarted by police earlier in September.

      On Tuesday, the EU pushed through a measure that would disperse 120,000 refugees across Europe—with Slovakia taking on fewer than 1,000 initially. Slovakia was one of four countries to vote against the proposal. Following the decision, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico continued to hold strong against quotas.

      Alorfi says he thinks he will be in Slovakia for 60 days. Others say five days. One man, speaking on his cell phone a few feet away, shouts over to the rest of the group in Arabic, “Where are we?” A few respond, “Slovakia!”

      The men say they are confused as to why they are in Slovakia. They say they were never told they would be moved out of Austria.

      “We are like animals,” says Dewan Mohammad, 33. “We are here today. We don’t know tomorrow. This is how it is for us Syrians.”
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      A group of refugees that traveled from Syria to Austria were, to their surprise, moved to Slovakia, where residents have protested their arrival. Tarek Abood (left) and Abdelkarim Alorfi are among many awaiting a decision on their applications for asylum in Austria.
      Photograph by Meghan Sullivan

      The day before the refugees arrived, Slovakia’s health minister Viliam Čislák was out talking with the media about the need to be sure all the migrants were in good health and had been vaccinated. The same day, Prime Minister Robert Fico and Interior Minister Robert Kalinak told reporters that Slovakia, in conjunction with the Czech Republic, was open to creating a corridor through Slovakia to allow safe passage of refugees into Germany, if Germany supported the idea.

      The concern among many Slovaks is that their nation of 5.4 million cannot accommodate a large influx of immigrants, socially or economically. Prime Minister Fico has said that the current system doesn’t control for potential terrorists slipping in under the radar. And Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak told NPR on Friday that it doesn’t make sense to give asylum to refugees who, effectively, want to establish themselves elsewhere.

      “Sometimes you feel like no one respects you,” Alokla says. “It’s hard in Austria, but we have friends and family. We come here only because of war. “I hope to just be near my sister. It’s peace for me. As you have family, we have. As you have feelings, we have. After some time, if you see the people, you would respect us.”

      As the refugees head into the cafeteria for a lunch provided by the Slovak government, a local woman pushes her young grandson by in a stroller. When asked what she thinks of the situation, she just shrugs her shoulders.

      She and her neighbors could be seeing more migrants temporarily, or permanently, join their community soon.


    • Slovakian village doesn’t want Austria’s migrants

      Residents of the Slovakian village of Gabcikovo voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject the establishment of a temporary asylum camp to house 500 migrants bound for Austria under an agreement between Bratislava and Vienna.

      About 97 percent of voters said yes to the question “Are you against the establishment of a temporary migrant camp in the building of the Slovak Technical University?”

      According to Teodor Bodo, the head of the referendum’s electoral commission, 2,600 of Gabcikovo’s 4,300 adult residents participated in the vote, with only 102 in favour of hosting migrants.

      Local authorities organised the consultation following a petition signed by 3,150 residents of Gabcikovo. The interior ministry warned however that the outcome of the consultation was not binding.

      “The local referendum is binding on the municipality, but the interior ministry, as an organ of the state is not obliged to act according to its results,” said ministry spokeswoman Michaela Paulenova.

      Slovakia has agreed to house 500 migrants who have applied for asylum in Austria, at the end of a bilateral agreement concluded on July 21st in Vienna and designed to reduce pressure on the neighbouring country’s capabilities for receiving migrants.

      Under this agreement, hailed as “a great sign of solidarity on the part of Slovakia” by Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Slovakia will pay the cost of accommodation and food for migrants while Austria will assume the personnel costs.

      Mikl-Leitner’s Slovak counterpart Robert Kalinak justified Bratislava’s gesture as a desire to “pay (its) debts” to Austria, which hosted refugees during the time of the Iron Curtain and supported Slovakia’s accession to the EU and the Schengen area.

      “Everything is ready now for Gabcikovo to accommodate migrants from Austria”, Paulenova said. The date of their arrival is however not yet known, she added.


    • Asyl : Ein Schauspiel namens Gabčíkovo

      Ein kleiner Ort in der Westslowakei sollte das Lager in Traiskirchen entlasten. Doch bisher lief nichts nach Plan.

      Wien. „Die Lage hier ist nicht gut. Das Camp ist überfüllt und sie haben uns mit 14 anderen Familien in einen 200 Quadratmeter großen Raum gesteckt“, schreibt ein zweifacher irakischer Familienvater und Arzt der „Presse“ aus dem Flüchtlingslager Traiskirchen. Die Situation sei weiter angespannt, Entlastung geboten, meint auch das Innenministerium. Einen Plan dafür gibt es. Seit Juli. 500 Asylwerber aus Traiskirchen sollen vorübergehend, bis zum Bescheid, in der Technischen Universität im westslowakischen 5000-Einwohner-Ort Gabčíkovo untergebracht werden. Die ersten wurden im Juli, dann im August, später Anfang September erwartet. Es kam immer anders.

      Das Innenministerium in Bratislava ist entnervt: „Zweimal wurden Termine abgesagt, bei denen bereits das Essen für die Flüchtlinge in Gabčíkovo vorbereitet war“, sagt Sprecher Ivan Netík Donnerstagvormittag zur „Presse“. Das sei „nicht sehr nett“ von Österreichs Behörden. „Uns ist es auch egal, aus welchen Lagern die Flüchtlinge kommen“, ergänzt er, während es in Österreich die nächste Meldung über einen abgesagten Transport gibt. 42 Syrer aus dem Zeltlager in Krumpendorf sollten nach Gabčíkovo gebracht werden, denn „wir brauchen die Ressourcen dort wegen der Neuankünfte“, sagt Karl-Heinz Grundböck, Sprecher des Innenministeriums. Der Flüchtlingsstrom mündet nun ja in Österreichs Süden. Die Flüchtlinge wollten nicht. Also stellten NGOs Ersatzquartiere auf. Wieder nichts mit Gabčíkovo.

      Die am 21. Juli vereinbarte Asylkoordination mit der Slowakei stand von Anfang an unter keinem guten Stern. 97 Prozent der Bewohner Gabčíkovos lehnten die Pläne ab. Premier Robert Fico setzte sich (nach Zögern) über die Befragung hinweg. Die Bürger sollen nun aber mit einem besseren Kamerasystem im Ort beruhigt werden. Dann das nächste Problem: Die Gründung eines slowakischen Ablegers der österreichischen Flüchtlingsorganisation ORS zog sich in die Länge (ORS ist vor Ort für Sicherheit und Betreuung zuständig). Bratislava erklärte, es warte auf Dokumente aus Österreich, wo erwidert wurde, man warte auf die slowakische Genehmigung. Am 8. September wurde sie erteilt. Schon davor dürfte man im Innenressort aber erkannt haben, dass der größte Fallstrick anderswo lauert: Asylwerber haben genauso wenig Interesse an Mittelosteuropa wie die Staaten dort an deren Aufnahme. Zwingen kann man niemanden.
      Freiwillige gesucht

      Die Asylwerber sollen nun in Informationsgesprächen für Gabčíkovo erwärmt werden. Was für den Ort spreche? „Eine adäquate Unterkunft“, sagt Grundböck. In Traiskirchen gebe es ja teils Zelte. Mitgrund für das geringe Interesse seien die Bilder aus Ungarn und dass der Eindruck entstanden sei, Deutschland nehme alle auf, sagt Grundböck. Wobei im Smartphone-Zeitalter den Asylwerbern auch die Haltung der Slowakei nicht entgangen sein dürfte, die in der Aussage gipfelte, man akzeptiere nur Christen.

      Gestern trafen dann doch erste Asylwerber in Gabčikovo ein. 18 Syrer wurden aus Salzburgs Schwarzenbergkaserne in den Ort gefahren. Den ersten Transport aus Traiskirchen sollte es erst geben, wenn sich 50 Asylwerber gefunden haben. Auch dieser Plan wurde noch am selben Tag verworfen, als die Ersten aus Traiskirchen nach Gabčíkovo gebracht wurden: Es waren sechs Asylwerber an der Zahl.

      ("Die Presse", Print-Ausgabe, 18.09.2015)


  • Medios aéreos y marítimos como plan de choque del Gobierno de España para «bloquear la salida de cayucos y pateras» hacia Canarias

    La ministra de Política Territorial anuncia que el Estado contará con dos buques oceánicos, una patrullera de altura, un avión, un helicóptero y una embarcación sumergida en la ruta atlántica.

    La ministra de Política Territorial del Gobierno de España, Carolina Darias, ha anunciado este viernes en su visita a Tenerife las medidas extraordinarias adoptadas desde el Ejecutivo nacional en un plan de choque para acabar con la crisis migratoria que atraviesa Canarias. Las llegadas en pateras y cayucos a Europa por Canarias suponen el 57% del total de llegadas al continente. Por ello, el Ministerio del Interior, de Exteriores, de Migraciones y de Política Territorial, en coordinación con la Vicepresidencia segunda del Gobierno estatal, han elaborado un decálogo de medidas para gestionar la situación migratoria en las Islas. Según la ministra, se trata de un «refuerzo» a las medidas ya existentes que intentan dar respuesta al fenómeno migratorio. Un fenómeno que tiene naturaleza «estructural» y que la pandemia ha complicado aún más. «La ruta atlántica ha vuelto a coger muchísima fuerza», subraya Darias, que fue subdelegada del Gobierno en el Archipiélago en 2006, durante la conocida como crisis de los cayucos.

    El Gobierno de España ha decidido apostar por reforzar a las fuerzas y cuerpos de seguridad del Estado y la vía diplomática con los países de origen para evitar que los migrantes salgan en patera o cayuco del continente africano hacia Europa. El Ejecutivo pretende reforzar la política de cooperación para mejorar las condiciones de vida de las personas en sus países de origen a través de una «respuesta conjunta y coordinada con la Unión Europea». «Tenemos que ser altamente sensibles y hacer políticas responsables porque estamos hablando de seres humanos. Debemos hacer pedagogía y rechazar cualquier manifestación xenófoba, porque Canarias nunca ha sido racista y no lo puede ser», apuntó.
    Ministerio del Interior

    Las medidas implantadas por el Ministerio del Interior, dirigido por Fernando Grande-Marlaska, pretenden «acabar con la inmigración irregular». La línea principal de actuación pasa por el refuerzo de la cooperación efectiva con los países emisores. «Vamos a contar con dos buques oceánicos, una patrullera de altura, un avión, un helicóptero y una embarcación sumergida», anuncia Darias.

    La agencia Frontex permanecerá hasta el 21 de enero de 2021 va a colaborar con el despliegue de equipos en Gran Canaria para reforzar las labores de la Policía: «Es nuestro objetivo combatir a las redes que trafican con personas». Además, el Gobierno de España está negociando con Senegal y con Frontex desplegar medios aéreos en la ruta atlántica.

    Interior va a instalar un Centro de Atención Temporal de Migrantes (CATE) en Barranco Seco que permita a la Policía Nacional contar con un espacio adecuado para realizar la reseña policial de los migrantes. Hasta el momento, el Ejército de Tierra ha instalado 23 tiendas de campaña para albergar a unas 800 personas.

    Darias ha anunciado que el ministro del Interior realizará una visita el próximo 20 de noviembre a Marruecos. Este será el séptimo viaje al país que haga Grande-Marlaska.

    Asimismo, Darias ha celebrado que se retomen las conexiones con Mauritania que permitan deportar migrantes. El pasado martes tuvo lugar el primer vuelo de deportación tras la pandemia, en el que 22 personas fueron expulsadas de Gran Canaria. De ellas, solo una era nacional mauritana. Esa misma noche, las autoridades de Mauritania confirmaron que expulsarían también de Nouakchot a las personas llegadas desde Canarias. «El Gobierno pondrá énfasis en la deportación de las personas que no estén en situación de vulnerabilidad. Las que sí lo están han sido derivadas poco a poco a la Península», asegura. Sin embargo, afirmó que no contaba con datos sobre el número de traslados al territorio peninsular desde las Islas que se han dado este año.
    Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores

    El Gobierno de España incrementará en 500 millones de euros el presupuesto destinado a la cooperación, contando con una partida de 3.100.000 euros. Además, la ministra Arancha González visitará Senegal antes de que acabe el año.
    Ministerio de Migraciones

    El Ministerio de Defensa ha cedido el espacio de El Matorral, en Fuerteventura, al Ministerio de Migraciones y a Interior. En Tenerife, el Ejército de Tierra instala ya un nuevo espacio cedido por Defensa en Las Raíces, que se suma al acuartelamiento de Las Canteras. Es una capacidad alojativa «amplia», ha dicho Darias.

    En Gran Canaria, además del CATE del antiguo polvorín de Barranco Seco, el Colegio León de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria se abrirá como espacio de acogida «en cuestión de días». «El objetivo es que la imagen de Arguineguín no se vuelva a repetir», ha aseverado la ministra. Carolina Darias ha querido agradecer a las corporaciones locales su predisposición a colaborar con el Estado en la gestión de la acogida. Sin embargo, la ministra no ha dado una fecha concreta para el desmantelamiento del muelle. «Cuanto antes», ha respondido. «Ya han visto lo rápido que hemos instalado el CATE de Barranco Seco», defendió. Así, preguntada por los medios sobre la lentitud del Ministerio de Defensa para habilitar nuevos espacios, Darias ha defendido que «las personas que están en el muelle no son las mismas que hace unos meses». «Se ha intentado desalojar, pero las llegadas han sido frecuentes», justifica.

    Respecto a las carencias en la asistencia letrada de las personas que han llegado a las Islas en los últimos meses, la ministra ha asegurado que el Gobierno de España cumple con esta obligación. Pero ha justificado que «la intensa llegada» de migrantes ha provocado «algunas dificultades».

    El presidente del Gobierno de Canarias, Ángel Víctor Torres, ha recordado en su intervención a las personas que han muerto intentando llegar al Archipiélago. Este viernes, Senegal ha convocado una jornada de duelo a iniciativa de la población en memoria de las 480 personas que han fallecido o desaparecido rumbo a Europa.

    Torres incidió en la necesidad de cumplir con los derechos de asilo de la población migrante. «La gente que llega a Canarias en cayucos y pateras llega a Europa», reivindicó el presidente canario, apelando a la necesidad de crear corredores humanitarios con el continente. Una práctica a la que ya se comprometió la comisaria europea Ylva Johansson durante su visita al Archipiélago.

    «La llegada de inmigrantes ha sido utilizada por algunos partidos políticos para promover una fobia hacia los extranjeros», ha leído Torres, compartiendo la carta publicada por los obispos de Canarias este jueves para combatir la xenofobia y el racismo. «Es verdad que la inmigración es un fenómeno complejo, pero forma parte de nuestra historia», concluyó el presidente.


    #Canaries #îles_canaries #militarisation_des_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #contrôles_frontaliers


    Résumé de Raphaëla Laspalmas via la mailing-list Migreurop (14.11.2020):

    Le gouvernement espagnol va munir les Canaries de nouveaux moyens : 2 navires, un bateau de patrouille « en haute altitude » (pas sûre de la traduction), un avion, un hélicoptère et un sous-marin.
    Selon l’article, les arrivées en bateaux de fortune vers l’Europe par les Canaries supposent 57% du total des arrivées sur le continent ( à vérifier)
    Le gouvernement espagnol négocie avec le #Sénégal et #Frontex de nouveaux #moyens_aériens sur la #route_atlantique.
    Les autorités mauritaniennes ont annoncé qu’elles expulseraient à leur tour les migrants d’autres nationalités déportés sur son sol.
    500 millions d’euros du gouvernement espagnol pour la coopération (la nature de ladite coopération n’est pas précisée...).
    Les autorités reconnaissent des failles dans l’assistance juridique et s’en défausse sur le nombre d’arrivées.

    #Mauritanie #Espagne