• The Intercept Shuts Down Access to #Snowden Trove
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-intercept-shuts-down-access-to-snowden-trove

    The Intercept fermerait les archives Snowden, à la grande colère de Laura Poitras - Next INpact
    https://www.nextinpact.com/brief/the-intercept-fermerait-les-archives-snowden--a-la-grande-colere-de-laur

    Selon une série d’emails obtenus par Maxwell Tani de The Daily Beast, First Look Media, maison d’édition pilotant notamment The Intercept, aurait décidé de se séparer des archives Snowden et de l’équipe de recherche qui travaillait dessus.

    Dans ces emails, Michael Bloom, PDG de First Look Media, évoque une mutation des #médias, des décisions lourdes à prendre pour préserver l’activité, et des décisions semblables dans d’autres structures beaucoup plus vastes que The Intercept, donc avec plus de moyens.

    Aucun nom n’est cité, mais rappelons que les archives Snowden étaient en possession de quelques journaux dont le Washington Post, le New York Times ou encore The Guardian. Les recherches dans les archives y auraient été arrêtées « depuis plusieurs années ». Une information reprise par Glenn Greenwald, qui semble confirmer la décision. Le journaliste, l’un des fondateurs de The Intercept, avait été le premier à interviewer Snowden.

    Le même mail mentionne Laura Poitras, réalisatrice du film Citizenfour sur le sujet, récompensé aux oscars. Laura Poitras dont la réponse figure dans les supposés emails. Elle se dit « malade » de la décision de First Look Media et ne pas avoir été consultée, pas plus que le comité directeur. Elle indique n’avoir été informée que la veille de la décision.

    On ne sait pas encore ce qu’il adviendra des archives elles-mêmes. L’annonce de leur fermeture et des licenciements (en tout 4 % des effectifs selon The Daily Beast) reste à être confirmée officiellement par First Look Media.

    Glenn Greenwald a tout de même précisé dans un tweet que Laura et lui détenaient une copie complète des archives. Il indique chercher un partenaire aux reins suffisamment solides pour reprendre les recherches.


  • #ICE Is Detaining 50,000 People, an All-Time High
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/ice-is-detaining-50000-people-a-new-all-time-high

    For the first time in its history, the U.S. government is detaining more than 50,000 people it says are undocumented immigrants in jails and prisons around the country.

    [..,] The figure includes both single adults and whole families behind bars. After initial publication of this piece, ICE confirmed the detentions figure.

    #etats-unis #violation #droit #migrants


  • (1) « Bon cul », « salope », « pétasse »… A « Vice », des mecs plus qu’ultras - Libération
    https://www.liberation.fr/france/2019/03/12/bon-cul-salope-petasse-a-vice-des-mecs-plus-qu-ultras_1714627

    Dans la filiale française du média nord-américain, des hommes, en grande partie des journalistes, ont longtemps dénigré, insulté et harcelé leurs collègues femmes. « Libération » a recueilli les témoignages de victimes de ce système sexiste généralisé dans l’entreprise.

    « Bon cul », « salope », « pétasse »… A « Vice », des mecs plus qu’ultras

    « Mitard Party. » C’est le nom d’un événement privé, organisé sur Facebook le 1er juillet 2017, par l’ancien directeur de la rédaction française de Vice. D’un ton badin, plein de forfanterie, Sébastien C. invite dans un bar parisien quelques collègues du média d’information et de divertissement, filiale hexagonale du géant nord-américain Vice Media, en ces termes : « Lundi 3 juillet à 9 heures […], je passe en jugement pour "violences volontaires avec arme" suite à une affaire ultranulle survenue l’été dernier et dont pas mal d’entre vous sont déjà au courant. Comme c’est pas tous les jours qu’on a une chance de se retrouver en taule - une chance mince, selon mon avocate, mais sait-on jamais -, j’aimerais fêter ça en buvant des trucs avec vous et en échangeant des regards virils qui en disent long comme dans les clips de rap. » En illustration de l’événement : une photo du rappeur américain Gucci Mane, plusieurs fois emprisonné pour violences et possession de drogue.

    #sexisme #culture_du_viol

    • A lire les titres des articles du violeur présumé on découvre des fantasmes et dadas bien maculins.
      https://motherboard.vice.com/fr/contributor/sebastien-chavigner

      Il m’a quand même eu avec un truc assez gros :

      Toutankhamon possédait un poignard forgé avec du fer extraterrestre
      https://motherboard.vice.com/fr/article/53ybzk/toutankhamon-possedait-un-poignard-forge-avec-du-fer-extraterrestr

      C’est qu’on a tous les deux vu Le Cinquième Élément , cette oeuvre de l’autre homme qui aimait les femmes qui depuis a été écarté du cercle des immortels pour cause d’avances inopportuns faites à ses contemporains féminins, enfin c’est ce qu’on m’a raconté sur Besson, je n’ai pas suivi l’affaire de près.

      Natalie Portman Audition for Léon (1994)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQsas1ST33Y

      A son age Natalie Portman ne se rendait sans doute pas compte de tout ce qui se passait, aujourd’hui elle comprend et explique très bien les mécanismes qui mènent au viol :
      https://seenthis.net/messages/766958

      Luc Besson and the Disturbing True Story Behind ‘Léon : The Professional’
      https://www.thedailybeast.com/luc-besson-and-the-disturbing-true-story-behind-leon-the-professional

      ... the film was a critical and commercial hit, grossing $46 million worldwide against a $16 million budget and elevating Besson to the A-list.

      What many were—and still are—unaware of was that Léon was a creepy example of art imitating life.

      According to The Washington Post, Besson met the child actress Maïwenn when she was 12, the same age as Mathilda in the film. He was 29. They claim to have started seeing each other romantically when she turned 15. Maïwenn gave birth to their daughter when she was 16 (and Besson was 33), and subsequently relocated to Los Angeles. She appears briefly during the opening sequences of Léon as “blonde babe”—her listed character name—lying naked in bed, her body wrapped in sheets, having just serviced a middle-age crime boss.

      “When Luc Besson did Léon, the story of a 13-year-old girl in love with an older man, it was very inspired by us since it was written while our story started. But no media made the link,” Maïwenn said.

      In an interview with the French publication L’Express, Maïwenn claimed that Léon was “this love story between a 12-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man [that] was still very much inspired by ours,” and explained how she attempted to write a book about her relationship with Besson and years rubbing shoulders with movie stars in Los Angeles. But when the publisher gave it the title Beverly Hills or Lolita Love, she banned its publication. (Maïwenn did not respond to requests for comment for this story, while a representative for Besson issued the following statement to The Daily Beast: “Luc Besson has never commented [on] his private life, his approach remains unchanged.”)

      During the filming of Besson’s follow-up movie, The Fifth Element, wherein Maïwenn portrayed the memorable blue opera-singing alien Diva Plavalaguna, the director left her for the film’s lead actress, Milla Jovovich. “I had my daughter very young, so I had fulfilled my dream, and then… he left me. Everything then collapsed for me,” Maïwenn recalled. She moved back to France with their young daughter and gradually evolved into a gifted filmmaker.

      Her most acclaimed film to date is the 2011 drama Polisse, about a photographer (Maïwenn) assigned to shadow a Child Protection Unit that tracks down pedophiles and rescues sexually exploited children.

      Bon, fini les histoires anciennes, voici les parents moderndes de futures stars de cinéma :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMgZ4kAt6PA

      #misogynie #pédophilie


  • ‘Colony of Hell’: 911 Calls From Inside Amazon Warehouses
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/amazon-the-shocking-911-calls-from-inside-its-warehouses

    11. March 2019 - 189 calls were made from 46 sites, raising new questions about working conditions. One ex-employee said ‘breakdowns [are] a regular occurrence’ at Amazon.

    by Max Zahn, Sharif Paget

    Operator: Lebanon Police and Fire, where’s your emergency?

    Caller: Hi, I’m at 500 Duke Drive in Lebanon, so it’s the Amazon building. I’ve got an associate threatening suicide, she has very specific plans and has shown scratches more than anything on her arms but she’s trying to leave the building. She needs medical help, we can’t keep her here.

    ********
    Operator: Police dispatch

    Caller: Yes, hi, I wanted to see if we could get an officer out to the Amazon facility. I have an associate who had written a suicide letter to her children that was discovered on her today.

    ********
    Caller: Hey this is Chris, loss prevention Amazon, how you doing?

    Operator: Good how are you?

    Caller: Not too bad, I need EMS to start our way please. I have a suicidal employee in one of our offices, he attempted to cut himself three or four times tonight. And he is willing to go with EMS.

    Operator: OK, what did he attempt to cut himself with?

    Caller: One of our safety box cutters.

    ********
    Dozens and dozens of times over five years, calls were made from Amazon warehouses to 911 dispatchers about men and women on the brink.

    There was the suicidal employee in Hebron, Kentucky, who police said “is pregnant and threatening the baby” in December 2016. The 22-year-old woman in Joliet, Illinois, who said she wanted to “stab herself in the stomach” that same month. And the young man who threatened to “jump from [the] second floor” of the warehouse in Chester, Virginia, in January 2015.

    Between October 2013 and October 2018, emergency workers were summoned to Amazon warehouses at least 189 times for suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, and other mental health episodes, according to 911 call logs, ambulance and police reports reviewed and analyzed by The Daily Beast.

    The reports came from 46 warehouses in 17 states—roughly a quarter of the sorting and fulfillment centers that comprise the company’s U.S. network. Jurisdictions for other Amazon warehouses either did not have any suicide reports or declined requests for similar logs.

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
    Amazon, founded by the now-richest man in the world, has long faced criticism about working conditions at its warehouses: the high-pressure pace, the stultifying boredom, the timed bathroom breaks, and the digital surveillance that monitors performance.

    The 911 calls and police reports collected through open record requests are not evidence that Amazon staffers experience suicidal episodes more often than other American workers, in or out of a warehouse—but they do offer a visceral, real-time glimpse of employees on the edge.

    • In Jacksonville, Florida, in December 2017, an older woman said “she was going to go home and kill herself” because she was being fired, according to a sheriff’s report. A supervisor saw her crying and hitting her head against a wall a couple times because she was being dismissed, and “did not have anything to live for.” She told a sheriff’s officer that she planned to cut her wrist with a butter knife, and previously had suicidal thoughts.

    • In June 2018, police officers were sent to a warehouse in Shakopee, Minnesota, to help with a suicidal employee. The officers found the woman crying in the first aid office where she admitted that she wanted to kill herself, the police report says. “She mentioned wanting to use box cutters,” police wrote.

    • At a warehouse in Etna, Ohio, in July 2018, a young man said, “With all the demands his employer has placed on him and things he’s dealing with in life [sic] is becoming too much and considering hurting himself,” a sheriff’s report says. The worker has been “with Amazon for over a year and is frustrated with his employment because he felt he was lied to by Amazon at his orientation. He keeps saying the company told him they valued his employment and would be treated as if he mattered and not just a number,” the report adds.

    Inside the Secret Facebook War For Mormon Hearts and Minds
    “It’s this isolating colony of hell where people having breakdowns is a regular occurrence,” said Jace Crouch, a former employee at a warehouse in Lakeland, Florida, who had an emotional crisis on the job. It’s “mentally taxing to do the same task super fast for 10-hour shifts, four or five days a week.”

    Some employees told The Daily Beast that they struggled with mental health issues before they began working for Amazon. But they believed the exacting work environment made them worse. And in some cases, after they were put on leave, they said they struggled to obtain promised compensation, received counseling they found insufficient or unaffordable, or were even fired.

    In a statement to The Daily Beast, Amazon said it values the health of its employees and suggested that the number of calls is an “overgeneralization” that “doesn’t take into account the total of our associate population, hours worked, or our growing network.”

    “The physical and mental well-being of our associates is our top priority, and we are proud of both our efforts and overall success in this area,” the statement said.

    “We provide comprehensive medical care starting on day one so employees have access to the care when they need it most, 24-hour a day free and confidential counseling services, and various leave and medical accommodation options covering both mental and physical health concerns.”

    “Crack the whip, crack the whip”
    The bins came one after another.

    It was Nick Veasley’s job to count the items in each one and check the tally against a computer screen to make sure it matched Amazon’s inventory. As soon as he was done, a robot would place another bin in front him—and that’s how it went all night at the warehouse in Etna, Ohio.

    Sometimes Veasley, 41, had to hop up a stepstool to count; sometimes he had to bend over, aggravating his knees and back. Either way, he had to count fast—hundreds of pieces an hour—or a manager tracking his progress in real time would prod him to hurry up. He only occasionally talked to coworkers, knowing a supervisor could track the impromptu break, and the warehouse was nearly silent, aside from the shuffling feet of coworkers and the sliding of bins.

    The work was at once stressful and boring, so Veasley’s mind wandered: to the water and electric bills he couldn’t pay, the rent checks he owed, to the fiancée and daughter who depended on him. On Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, his thoughts took a dark turn: Killing himself might be a way out, from his problems and what he saw as the relentless pressure of his job.

    It wasn’t the first time Veasley had thought about suicide. On his way to work that night, according to a police report, he’d wanted to drive his car off a cliff.

    When Veasley started working at Amazon in December 2016, he said, he was thrilled to land the $14.50-an-hour job. “The job was a big deal,” he said. “It was good money, good benefits.”

    But standing on his feet all day took a toll. His ankle started to hurt—badly. In February 2017 he went on medical leave for surgery, Amazon said. A snafu with the third party handling his paperwork cost him thousands in income, he said, and he fell behind on his bills. (Amazon disputes this, saying he was paid for his leave.)

    “They were wanting money and things started getting shut off,” he said. “I was getting three-day notices on my door and my landlord saying pay this or get out.”

    That’s when Veasley first began having suicidal thoughts. After he returned to Amazon in August 2017, it only got worse. The isolation, boredom, stress, and effort to recover leave pay plunged him deeper into depression, he said.

    “I had so much on my mind that the quietness of standing in one spot and doing my job, would just let my mind run,” he said.  

    When Veasley spoke to human resources about how he was feeling, they seemed compassionate, he said. He was allowed to take a two-month leave, which came with a reduction in pay.

    His second return to work, that winter, was no easier. “The quota, the boringness, everything,” he said. Managers, he said, acted as enforcers. “Do that, do this, do this,” he said. “Crack the whip, crack the whip, crack the whip.”

    Another pressure point: Veasley suffers from irritable bowel syndrome and an intestinal disease called diverticulitis, which he said forced him to take frequent bathroom breaks to relieve pain.

    He received two write-ups and was told that another violation could result in suspension or termination, he said. (Amazon called his account “highly unlikely,” saying managers work with HR to have a thorough conversation about “barriers” that lead associates to “accrue time off task.”) “Usually I can get myself out of a problem but I couldn’t do it working at Amazon,” Veasley said. “I felt like I had a thousand pounds wrapped around my ankle and it kept dragging me down and down and down, and there was no way out.”

    After he told a guard about wanting to drive his car off a cliff, police were called and Veasley was taken to nearby Licking Memorial Hospital and then psychiatric ward, where he spent three days, he said. He blames Amazon for the ordeal.

    “That place screwed me up so much it put me into a depression where I was actually on a 72-hour hold in a psych ward,” he said.

    Amazon said it was “unfortunate” that Veasley feels that way. “Many employees will tell you they love their jobs and working in fulfillment centers,” it said in a statement.

    It said performance goals are standard in the industry and that “we support people who are not performing to the levels expected with dedicated coaching to help them improve.”

    “As we would with any associate in need, we supported and attempted to help Nick get the treatment and support he needed and requested. We accommodated his requests, directly engaged with him to understand his needs, provided resources, including outside and emergent crisis intervention help to him. Even though in the end it did not work out for Nick at Amazon, we hope he has found success in his pursuits,” Amazon added.

    “They treat us like robots”
    Caller: Hi this is Greg, Loss Prevention Specialist with Amazon, calling to report that we have a suicidal person...

    Operator: Ok what’s he said that’s made him suicidal?

    Caller: His initial utterance is that he’d had thoughts of killing himself, he’s expressed two different plans that crossed his mind. One would be to go to a second or third story and throw himself off a balcony and he has also attempted and or thought of a plan of cutting his wrists.

    ********
    The Daily Beast spoke to six current or former Amazon employees who had mental health crises that required emergency assistance at the warehouse. They said much of their at-work stress stemmed from the performance quota.

    A former employee in Etna, Ohio, said that it was sometimes physically impossible to stay on pace. “Even if it isn’t your fault, they ignore any explanation that you could give.”

    He was constantly fearful that he would receive citations for falling short. “Once you have enough write-ups, you’re out the door,” he said. “There goes your livelihood.”

    “There was a constant sense of, ‘did I screw that up, did I screw that up, did I screw that up?” he said. “[It] stays with you and almost becomes a permanent anxiety.”

    “They treat us like robots,” said another employee who was on leave after making a threat of suicide at a warehouse in Lebanon, Tennessee.

    Some workers cited a stringent break policy. Managers flagged any lull in performance longer than a handful of minutes, Veasley said. Former employees who worked 12-hour shifts said they received two 30-minute breaks and a 15-minute break. But just walking across the massive warehouse ate up chunks of free time.

    Crouch said he has struggled with depression for much of his life, which continued at Amazon. “It made it really hard for me to deal with that dehumanization at work,” he said. “I would come home, not talk to anyone, sit in bed, and cry.”

    To be sure, not all the incidents at Amazon facilities were triggered by work-related issues.

    A young woman who worked at the Jacksonville warehouse told a co-worker in February 2018 that she was suicidal over the loss of a friend.

    An employee who had “multiple thoughts of killing himself throughout the day,” according to an August 2015 police report in Lakeland, told The Daily Beast that “nothing about Amazon was stressing me out.”

    In some cases, emergency workers were called to Amazon facilities for people who were not workers. In September 2016, police went to a warehouse in Bellevue, Washington, to assist with an employee’s suicidal fiancée, who had used a saw to cut her leg, according to police.

    “They need to interact to feel human”
    The details in the emergency calls and police reports follow a long series of reports about conditions in Amazon warehouses that can only be described as hellish.

    A British journalist who went undercover described a clock-watching culture so extreme that some employees urinated in bottles rather than trek to restrooms and risk being marked AWOL.

    Amazon retrofit some warehouses with air conditioning after a Pennsylvania newspaper reported in 2011 that temperatures at one facility would reach 100 degrees and that paramedics were stationed outside during heat waves.

    The company’s anti-theft and security screening procedures mean long lines before some workers can clock in. A lawsuit over the unpaid waiting time ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court, which sided with Amazon.

    There are myriad reports of workers being injured on the job. Two dozen employees were hospitalized last year when a robot punctured a can of bear repellent, releasing toxic fumes; it was at least the third such incident in three years.

    Scholars and researchers who study the effect of work on mental health declined to discuss Amazon’s employment practices. But many of the conditions cited by Amazon workers with suicide incidents were mentioned by the experts, who said a pressure cooker environment and mental illness can be dangerously toxic combination.

    “High levels of workplace stressors can be bad for pre-existing mental health conditions and can exacerbate them,” said Naomi Swanson, a lead researcher at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, adding that research in the area was scarce.

    A workplace that asks a lot from employees but does not offer leeway in how they complete their tasks can be unhealthy.

    “If you’re doing something that is just too hard for you, you can’t do it worried about your performance. That would be stressful, leading to mood disorders and anxiety disorders,” said William Eaton, a professor at the Johns Hopkins’ school of public health.

    Working in social isolation is another red flag. People need social contact, said Ron Goetzel, another Johns Hopkins professor. “They need to interact to feel human.”

    But researchers also agree that mental health disorders and suicidal behavior are complex.

    “You’ve got individuals who experience stress from a variety of sources,” said Yeates Conwell, a professor at the University of Rochester Center for Study and Prevention of Suicide. “The workplace may be one in which those things come together and get expressed as stress, mental illness, suicidal ideation behavior.”

    “He started going into a dark place”
    Like Nick Veasley, Jonathan Forrest was elated when Amazon offered him a job in the same warehouse. “Half nervous but mostly excited to start a new journey in life!” Forrest, then 36, posted on Facebook in the fall of 2016.

    He was a picker, charged with putting items in bins.

    “The board at Amazon showed the top 10 pickers of my shift and of well over 100 pickers, I ranked #8,” he wrote on Facebook a few weeks after he began. “At least there’s 1 thing to make me feel proud of myself.”

    At $17.50 per hour, Forrest was making more money than he ever did before, and was paying down $7,000 in veterinary school debt, his father Butch Forrest said. But a few months in, he began to sour on his job and the company.

    “I would like to thank one of the worlds [sic] richest men, multi billionaire Jeff Bezos, for the opportunity to win this overly generous $1 vending machine coupon to use in the Amazon cafeteria as a reward for my hard work today,” Forrest posted in late-January of 2017. “I’m confident that the free snickers bar I consume tomorrow will help further compel me to keep being the best picker that I can be!”

    In April, he posted: “After this next week is over, I will have worked 280 hours in 5 weeks...I am ready to stop, take some time to enjoy myself and not work so much, what does my work do????? Mandatory fucking overtime! Seriously???? I am so pissed off right now.” It ended with this plea: “Leave me alone Amazon.”  

    “He started going into a dark place,” said Donnie Sanford, a close friend.

    That summer, Forrest mentioned having suicidal thoughts to a coworker at Amazon and qualified for medical leave, his father said. Forrest saw a psychiatrist who diagnosed him with bipolar disorder and prescribed medication, according to documents reviewed by The Daily Beast.

    Forrest returned to work after about a month, his father said, but on Oct. 28, he made another suicidal comment at work. This time an Amazon employee called the police. “Jonathan stated that he has had thoughts of suicide or self harm for several years and that the thoughts have been escalating in recent weeks,” a police report said. “Jonathan stated that he has attempted suicide in the past and that if he ever did commit suicide, it would be a ‘spur of the moment’ event,” the report added. (Butch Forrest and Sanford confirmed that Jonathan had attempted suicide before).

    Forrest was taken to the hospital for evaluation, and Amazon allowed him to return to work.

    In the last weeks of 2017, Forrest’s mental health deteriorated again. “It seemed like the spark died out in him,” Sanford said. “He didn’t do much toward the end except work. It was pretty much all he had to talk about.”

    On Jan. 2, 2018, Sanford received a text message from Forrest: “Just remember I love you.” Around the same time, while sitting down to brunch at a diner, Butch and Jane Forrest received a call from their son, Brian, who told them Jonathan had just posted a suicide note on Facebook. It said: “Sorry y’all. It was inevitably going to happen anyways. I just fired a pistol through the back of my head. Love you all.”

    Butch Forrest says his son was struggling on many levels, but he believes his work at Amazon was a major factor in his suicide. “When it came to holidays it would be five days in a row,” he said. “It killed him.”

    In a statement, Amazon said Forrest’s death “was a very sad situation and shocking for the team, who very much wanted to see Johnathan [sic] get better.”

    “It’s always sad when we lose a member of our team for any reason and our thoughts continue to go out to Johnathan’s family. We encourage anyone who is having suicidal thoughts to call the national suicide hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Amazon employees should know we have resources available as well,” the company said.

    “I didn’t have the money to go to the doctor”
    Of the six current or former Amazon workers who spoke to The Daily Beast, five were put on leave from work. They said they struggled to obtain promised compensation, found counseling was insufficient or unaffordable, and in some cases were fired.

    After being removed from Amazon by emergency responders—a situation some found humiliating—workers were often put on short-term medical or disability leave, entitling them to 60 percent of their pay and a return to their job after psychiatric clearance.

    While on leave, some workers used the company’s employee assistance program, which includes three phone conversations with a counselor, and also sought outside psychiatric help. Even with Amazon-provided health insurance, the costs were often a financial strain.

    “The frustrating part was I didn’t have the money to go to the doctor to get the paperwork they need,” said Crouch, the Lakeland, Florida, employee.

    Veasley said he attempted to keep his job after leaving the psych ward but was told he had been fired for exceeding the maximum unpaid time off. He said he used many of those hours to go to therapy or doctor’s appointments.

    Amazon said in a statement that it could not verify that Veasley used the time off for medical reasons. “Nicholas provided miscellaneous and inconsistent reasons for missing work and was often not able to provide the appropriate medical information needed for a fair excusal,” it said.

    “Our teams work diligently to be fair to all employees and time excusal is provided often for employees during times of hardship when they have demonstrated regular attendance and reliability. Because we care about Nicholas, we wanted to help him but could not.”

    But Veasley, who now works as a cook, is still angry about how he was treated.

    “Amazon—don’t get me wrong—they throw up a lot of sparkly stuff in front of your eyes. Ooh, benefits, great pay, job security, this that and other, ” he said.

    “But if you don’t read the fine print down at the bottom of this contract, you’re screwed.”

    #USA #travail #exploitation



  • Weihnachten, Fest des Friedens | Telepolis
    https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Weihnachten-Fest-des-Friedens-4258673.html?seite=all
    https://img.thedailybeast.com/image/upload/c_crop,d_placeholder_euli9k,h_1439,w_2560,x_0,y_0/dpr_2.0/c_limit,w_740/fl_lossy,q_auto/v1492718052/articles/2013/09/07/inside-the-nazi-mind-at-the-nuremberg-trials/130906-harding-nazi-tease_y9rvhj

    Der Treibstoff des Kapitalismus ist die Rendite. Es ist nach den Gesetzen der Mathematik gar nicht möglich, das kapitalistische System ohne Rendite aufrecht zu erhalten. Und nie endende Profitgier lässt sich eben mit friedlichen Mitteln allein auf Dauer nicht stillen. US-Präsident Eisenhower hat bereits 1961 die verhängnisvolle Nähe von wirtschaftlichen und militärischen Interessen angemahnt und eindringlich vor einer katastrophalen Machtzunahme des militärisch-industriellen Komplexes gewarnt. Die Zusammenhänge sind also längst bekannt, und trotzdem gelingt es immer wieder, mit Hilfe von Kriegspropaganda Zustimmung für den Einsatz militärischer Gewalt zu organisieren.

    Reichsmarschall Göring beschrieb es mit einfachen Worten: „Natürlich will das Volk keinen Krieg. Das ist klar. Aber schließlich sind es die Führer eines Landes, die die Politik bestimmen, und es ist immer leicht, das Volk zum Mitmachen zu bewegen. Man braucht nichts zu tun, als dem Volk zu sagen, es würde angegriffen, und den Pazifisten ihren Mangel an Patriotismus vorzuwerfen und zu behaupten, sie brächten das Land in Gefahr. Diese Methode funktioniert in jedem Land.“

    Inside the Nazi Mind at the Nuremberg Trials
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-nazi-mind-at-the-nuremberg-trials?ref=scroll

    The highest-ranking Nazis were analyzed by psychologists to figure out the root of their evil. Thomas Harding on what they discovered.

    Nuremberg diary : Gilbert, G. M., 1911- : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
    https://archive.org/details/nurembergdiary00gilb


    Nuremberg Diary | Jane Fonda
    https://www.janefonda.com/nuremberg-diary

    Nazi Leader Herman Goering, interviewed by Gustave Gilbert during the Easter recess of the Nuremberg trails, 1946 April 18, quoted in Gilbert’s book, Nuremberg Diary:

    Goering, “Naturally the common people don’t want war… but it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship.”

    Gilbert: “There is one difference. In a democracy the people have some say in the matter through their elected representatives, and in the United States only Congress can declare wars.”

    Goering: “Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the biding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.”

    #Allemagne #nazis #histoire #psychologie #justice


  • The Real Reasons Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Wanted Khashoggi ‘Dead or Alive’
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-real-reasons-saudi-crown-prince-mohammed-bin-salman-wanted-khasho

    Christopher Dickey 10.21.18
    His death is key to understanding the political forces that helped turn the Middle East from a region of hope seven years ago to one of brutal repression and slaughter today.

    The mind plays strange tricks sometimes, especially after a tragedy. When I sat down to write this story about the Saudi regime’s homicidal obsession with the Muslim Brotherhood, the first person I thought I’d call was Jamal Khashoggi. For more than 20 years I phoned him or met with him, even smoked the occasional water pipe with him, as I looked for a better understanding of his country, its people, its leaders, and the Middle East. We often disagreed, but he almost always gave me fresh insights into the major figures of the region, starting with Osama bin Laden in the 1990s, and the political trends, especially the explosion of hope that was called the Arab Spring in 2011. He would be just the man to talk to about the Saudis and the Muslim Brotherhood, because he knew both sides of that bitter relationship so well.

    And then, of course, I realized that Jamal is dead, murdered precisely because he knew too much.

    Although the stories keep changing, there is now no doubt that 33-year-old Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the power in front of his decrepit father’s throne, had put out word to his minions that he wanted Khashoggi silenced, and the hit-team allegedly understood that as “wanted dead or alive.” But the [petro]buck stops with MBS, as bin Salman’s called. He’s responsible for a gruesome murder just as Henry II was responsible for the murder of Thomas Becket when he said, “Who will rid me of that meddlesome priest?” In this case, a meddlesome journalist.

    We now know that a few minor players will pay. Some of them might even be executed by Saudi headsmen (one already was reported killed in a car crash). But experience also tells us the spotlight of world attention will shift. Arms sales will go ahead. And the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi risks becoming just one more entry in the annals of intensifying, murderous repression of journalists who are branded the “enemy of the people” by Donald Trump and various two-bit tyrants around the world.

    There is more to Khashoggi’s murder than the question of press freedom, however. His death holds the key to understanding the political forces that have helped turn the Middle East from a region of hope seven years ago to one of brutal repression and ongoing slaughter today. Which brings us back to the question of the Saudis’ fear and hatred of the Muslim Brotherhood, the regional rivalries of those who support it and those who oppose it, and the game of thrones in the House of Saud itself. Khashoggi was not central to any of those conflicts, but his career implicated him, fatally, in all of them.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is not a benign political organization, but neither is it Terror Incorporated. It was created in the 1920s and developed in the 1930s and ‘40s as an Islamic alternative to the secular fascist and communist ideologies that dominated revolutionary anti-colonial movements at the time. From those other political organizations the Brotherhood learned the values of a tight structure, party discipline, and secrecy, with a public face devoted to conventional political activity—when possible—and a clandestine branch that resorted to violence if that appeared useful.

    In the novel Sugar Street, Nobel Prize-winning author Naguib Mahfouz sketched a vivid portrait of a Brotherhood activist spouting the group’s political credo in Egypt during World War II. “Islam is a creed, a way of worship, a nation and a nationality, a religion, a state, a form of spirituality, a Holy Book, and a sword,” says the Brotherhood preacher. “Let us prepare for a prolonged struggle. Our mission is not to Egypt alone but to all Muslims worldwide. It will not be successful until Egypt and all other Islamic nations have accepted these Quranic principles in common. We shall not put our weapons away until the Quran has become a constitution for all Believers.”

    For several decades after World War II, the Brotherhood’s movement was eclipsed by Arab nationalism, which became the dominant political current in the region, and secular dictators moved to crush the organization. But the movement found support among the increasingly embattled monarchies of the Gulf, including and especially Saudi Arabia, where the rule of the king is based on his custodianship of Mecca and Medina, the two holiest sites in Islam. At the height of the Cold War, monarchies saw the Brotherhood as a helpful antidote to the threat of communist-led or Soviet-allied movements and ideologies.

    By the 1980s, several of the region’s rulers were using the Brotherhood as a tool to weaken or destroy secular opposition. Egypt’s Anwar Sadat courted them, then moved against them, and paid with his life in 1981, murdered by members of a group originally tied to the Brotherhood. Sadat’s successor, Hosni Mubarak, then spent three decades in power manipulating the Brotherhood as an opposition force, outlawing the party as such, but allowing its known members to run for office in the toothless legislature, where they formed a significant bloc and did a lot of talking.

    Jordan’s King Hussein played a similar game, but went further, giving clandestine support to members of the Brotherhood waging a covert war against Syrian tyrant Hafez al-Assad—a rebellion largely destroyed in 1982 when Assad’s brother killed tens of thousands of people in the Brotherhood stronghold of Hama.

    Even Israel got in on the action, initially giving Hamas, the Brotherhood branch among the Palestinians, tacit support as opposition to the left-leaning Palestine Liberation Organization (although PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat once identified with the Brotherhood himself).

    The Saudi royals, too, thought the Brotherhood could be bought off and manipulated for their own ends. “Over the years the relationship between the Saudis and the Brotherhood ebbed and flowed,” says Lorenzo Vidino, an expert on extremism at George Washington University and one of the foremost scholars in the U.S. studying the Brotherhood’s history and activities.

    Over the decades factions of the Brotherhood, like communists and fascists before them, “adapted to individual environments,” says Vidino. In different countries it took on different characteristics. Thus Hamas, or its military wing, is easily labeled as terrorist by most definitions, while Ennahda in Tunisia, which used to be called terrorist by the ousted Ben Ali regime, has behaved as a responsible political party in a complex democratic environment. To the extent that Jamal Khashoggi identified with the Brotherhood, that was the current he espoused. But democracy, precisely, is what Mohammed bin Salman fears.

    Vidino traces the Saudis’ intense hostility toward the Brotherhood to the uprisings that swept through much of the Arab world in 2011. “The Saudis together with the Emiratis saw it as a threat to their own power,” says Vidino.

    Other regimes in the region thought they could use the Brotherhood to extend their influence. First among these was the powerful government in Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has such longstanding ties to the Islamist movement that some scholars refer to his elected government as “Brotherhood 2.0.” Also hoping to ride the Brotherhood wave was tiny, ultra-rich Qatar, whose leaders had used their vast natural gas wealth and their popular satellite television channel, Al Jazeera, to project themselves on the world stage and, they hoped, buy some protection from their aggressive Saudi neighbors. As one senior Qatari official told me back in 2013, “The future of Qatar is soft power.” After 2011, Jazeera’s Arabic channel frequently appeared to propagandize in the Brotherhood’s favor as much as, say, Fox News does in Trump’s.

    Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world, and the birthplace of the Brotherhood, became a test case. Although Jamal Khashoggi often identified the organization with the idealistic hopes of the peaceful popular uprising that brought down the Mubarak dynasty, in fact the Egyptian Brotherhood had not taken part. Its leaders had a modus vivendi they understood with Mubarak, and it was unclear what the idealists in Tahrir Square, or the military tolerating them, might do.

    After the dictator fell and elections were called, however, the Brotherhood made its move, using its party organization and discipline, as well as its perennial slogan, “Islam is the solution,” to put its man Mohamed Morsi in the presidential palace and its people in complete control of the government. Or so it thought.

    In Syria, meanwhile, the Brotherhood believed it could and should lead the popular uprising against the Assad dynasty. That had been its role 30 years earlier, and it had paid mightily.

    For more than a year, it looked like the Brotherhood’s various branches might sweep to power across the unsettled Arab world, and the Obama administration, for want of serious alternatives, was inclined to go with the flow.

    But then the Saudis struck back.

    In the summer of 2013, Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, the commander of the Egyptian armed forces, led a military coup with substantial popular support against the conspicuously inept Brotherhood government, which had proved quickly that Islam was not really the “solution” for much of anything.

    Al-Sissi had once been the Egyptian military attaché in Riyadh, where he had many connections, and the Saudis quickly poured money into Egypt to shore up his new regime. At the same time, he declared the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, and launched a campaign of ruthless repression. Within weeks of the coup, the Egyptian military attacked two camps of Brotherhood protesters and slaughtered hundreds.

    In Syria, the efforts to organize a credible political opposition to President Bashar al-Assad proved virtually impossible as the Qataris and Turks backed the Brotherhood while the Saudis continued their vehement opposition. But that does not mean that Riyadh supported moderate secular forces. Far from it. The Saudis still wanted to play a major role bringing down the Syrian regime allied to another arch enemy, the government of Iran. So the Saudis put their weight behind ultra-conservative Salafis, thinking they might be easier to control than the Muslim Brothers.

    Riyadh is “okay with quietist Salafism,” says Vidino. But the Salafis’ religious extremism quickly shaded over into the thinking of groups like the al Qaeda spinoff called the Nusra Front. Amid all the infighting, little progress was made against Assad, and there to exploit the chaos was the so-called Islamic State (which Assad partially supported in its early days).

    Then, in January 2015, at the height of all this regional turmoil, the aged and infirm Salman bin Abdelaziz ascended to the throne of Saudi Arabia. His son, Mohammed bin Salman, began taking into his own hands virtually all the reins of power, making bold decisions about reforming the Saudi economy, taking small measures to give the impression he might liberalize society—and moving to intimidate or otherwise neutralize anyone who might challenge his power.

    Saudi Arabia is a country named after one family, the al Saud, and while there is nothing remotely democratic about the government, within the family itself with its thousands of princes there traditionally has been an effort to find consensus. Every king up to now has been a son of the nation’s founder, Abdelaziz ibn Saud, and thus a brother or half brother of the other kings.

    When Salman took over, he finally named successors from the next generation. His nephew Mohammed bin Nayef, then 57 and well known for his role fighting terrorism, became crown prince. His son, Mohammed bin Salman, became deputy crown prince. But bin Nayef’s position between the king and his favorite son clearly was untenable. As one Saudi close to the royals put it: “Between the onion and the skin there is only the stink.”

    Bin Nayef was pushed out in 2017. The New York Times reported that during an end-of-Ramadan gathering at the palace he “was told he was going to meet the king and was led into another room, where royal court officials took away his phones and pressured him to give up his posts as crown prince and interior minister. … At first, he refused. But as the night wore on, the prince, a diabetic who suffers from the effects of a 2009 assassination attempt by a suicide bomber, grew tired.” Royal court officials meanwhile called around to other princes saying bin Nayef had a drug problem and was unfit to be king.

    Similar pressure was brought to bear on many of the richest and most powerful princes in the kingdom, locked up in the Ritz Carlton hotel in 2017, ostensibly as part of an extra-legal fight against corruption. They were forced to give allegiance to MBS at the same time they were giving up a lot of their money.

    That pattern of coerced allegiance is what the Saudis now admit they wanted from Jamal Khashoggi. He was no prince, but he had been closely associated in the past with the sons of the late King Faisal, particularly Turki al-Faisal, who was for many years the head of the Saudi intelligence apparatus and subsequently served as ambassador to the United Kingdom, then the United States.

    Although Turki always denied he had ambitions to be king, his name often was mentioned in the past as a contender. Thus far he seems to have weathered the rule of MBS, but given the record of the crown prince anyone close to the Al Faisal branch of the family, like Khashoggi, would be in a potentially perilous position.

    Barbara Bodine is a former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, which has suffered mightily since MBS launched a brutal proxy war there against Iran. Both MBS and Trump have declared the regime in Tehran enemy number one in the region. But MBS botched the Yemen operation from the start. It was dubbed “Decisive Storm” when it began in 2015, and was supposed to last only a few weeks, but the war continues to this day. Starvation and disease have spread through Yemen, creating one of the world’s greatest humanitarian disasters. And for the moment, in one of those developments that makes the Middle East so rich in ironies, in Yemen the Saudis are allied with a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    “What drives MBS is a ruthless effort toward total control domestically and regionally; he is Putin of the Desert,” says Bodine. “He has basically broken the back of the princelings, the religious establishment and the business elite, brought all ministries and agencies of power under his sole control (’I alone can fix it’), and jailed, killed or put under house arrest activists and any and all potential as well as real opposition (including his mother).”

    In 2017, MBS and his backers in the Emirates accused Qatar of supporting “terrorism,” issuing a set of demands that included shutting down Al Jazeera. The Saudis closed off the border and looked for other ways, including military options, to put pressure on the poor little rich country that plays so many angles it has managed to be supportive of the Brotherhood and cozy with Iran while hosting an enormous U.S. military base.

    “It was Qatar’s independent streak—not just who they supported but that they had a foreign policy divorced from the dictates of Riyadh,” says Bodine. “The basic problem is that both the Brotherhood and Iran offer competing Islam-based governing structures that challenge the Saudi model.”

    “Jamal’s basic sin,” says Bodine,“was he was a credible insider, not a fire-breathing radical. He wrote and spoke in English for an American audience via credible mainstream media and was well regarded and highly visible within the Washington chattering classes. He was accessible, moderate and operated within the West. He challenged not the core structure of the Kingdom but the legitimacy of the current rulers, especially MBS.”

    “I do think the game plan was to make him disappear and I suspect the end game was always to make him dead,” said Bodine in a long and thoughtful email. “If he was simply jailed within Saudi there would have been a drumbeat of pressure for his release. Dead—there is certainly a short term cost, whether more than anticipated or longer than anticipated we don’t know yet, but the world will move on. Jamal will become a footnote, a talking point perhaps, but not a crusade. The dismembered body? No funeral. Taking out Jamal also sends a powerful signal to any dissident that there is no place safe.”

    #Arabie_Saoudite #Turquie #politique #terrorisme #putsch


  • صَفَقَة إغلاق مَلف جريمة اغتيال خاشقجي اكتَمَلَت والبَحث بَدَأ عَن كَبشِ فِداءٍ على غِرار “لوكربي”.. ترامب ألقَى باللَّومِ على “عناصِر غير مُنضَبِطَة”.. وإجراء السعوديّة تَحقيقًا داخِليًّا أوّل اعترافٍ رَسميٍّ.. السُّؤال : ما هُوَ الثَّمن الذي سيَحصُل عليه الرئيس الأمريكيّ مُقابِل التَّعاون؟ | رأي اليوم
    https://www.raialyoum.com/index.php/%d8%b5%d9%81%d9%82%d8%a9-%d8%a7%d8%ba%d9%84%d8%a7%d9%82-%d9%85%d9%84%d9%8

    Abdel-Bari Atouane, comme d’autres (Angry Arab), considère que l’affaire Kashoggi est en passe d’être pliée après les déclarations de Trump parlant d’éventuels "éléments incontrôlables" qui seraient les responsables de l’assassinat (que les Saoudiens ont pourtant toujours nié !). Reste juste à savoir qui va porter le chapeau (pas MBS presque certainement), et quel sera le prix que paieront les Saoudiens aux USA et à la Turquie.

    #kashoggi #petits_meurtres_entre_amis



  • Bannon déménage en Europe pour mettre en place The Movement, une fondation populiste pour rivaliser avec George Soros et déclencher une révolte de droite à travers le continent.


    https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-bannons-plan-to-hijack-europe-for-the-far-right
    L’ancien conseiller en chef de la Maison Blanche a déclaré à The Daily Beast qu’il créait en Europe une fondation appelée The Movement, dont il espère qu’elle mènera une révolte populiste de droite à travers le continent à partir des élections du Parlement européen au printemps prochain.

    Au cours de l’année écoulée, Bannon a eu des entretiens avec Nigel Farage et des membres du Front National de Marine Le Pen (récemment rebaptisé Rassemblement National) à l’Ouest, du Hongrois Viktor Orban et des populistes polonais de l’Est.
    Bannon est convaincu que les années à venir marqueront une rupture radicale par rapport aux décennies d’intégration européenne. « Le nationalisme populiste de droite est ce qui arrivera. C’est ce qui gouvernera », a-t-il dit au Daily Beast. « Vous allez avoir des États nations avec leurs propres identités, leurs propres frontières. »
    Les mouvements de base sont déjà en place en attendant que quelqu’un maximise leur potentiel. "Ce sera instantané - dès que nous appuierons sur le bouton, a-t-il dit.

    Faut-il s’en inquiéter ? J’ai bien l’impression. N’oubliez pas que Bannon a été le stratège de Trumps tout au long de la campagne de 2016.

    L’homme n’est PAS stupide, il sait comment jouer le jeu de la politique identitaire.
    #Bannon #Europe




  • Des tactiques d’#annihilation...

    Fight against ISIS has shifted to “annihilation tactics,” Mattis says - CBS News
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/fight-against-isis-has-shifted-to-annihilation-tactics-mattis-says

    ... à l’annihilation des responsabilités

    They’re Still Pulling Bodies Out of ISIS’ Capital
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/theyre-still-pulling-bodies-out-of-isis-capital

    An investigation by Airwars.org shows that Coalition-inflicted casualties were vastly higher than acknowledged, and the Trump administration doesn’t want to know.

    #Raqqa #civils #victimes_civiles #etats-unis #indignation_sélective


  • U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-intelligence-shut-downs-damning-report-on-whistleblower-retaliatio

    A top watchdog investigated 190 cases of alleged retaliation against whistleblowers—and found that intelligence bureaucrats only once ruled in favor of the whistleblower.

    The nation’s top intelligence watchdog put the brakes on a report last year that uncovered whistleblower reprisal issues within America’s spy agencies, The Daily Beast has learned. The move concealed a finding that the agencies—including the CIA and the NSA—were failing to protect intelligence workers who report waste, fraud, abuse, or criminality up the chain of command.

    The investigators looked into 190 cases of alleged reprisal in six agencies, and uncovered a shocking pattern. In only one case out of the 190 did the agencies find in favor of the whistleblower—and that case took 742 days to complete. Other cases remained open longer. One complaint from 2010 was still waiting for a ruling. But the framework was remarkably consistent: Over and over and over again, intelligence inspectors ruled that the agency was in the right, and the whistleblowers were almost always wrong.

    The report was near completion following a six-month-long inspection run out of the Intelligence Community Inspector General office. It was aborted in April by the new acting head of the office, Wayne Stone, following the discovery that one of the inspectors was himself a whistleblower in the middle of a federal lawsuit against the CIA, according to former IC IG officials.


  • Strong Evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces Massacred Civilians in Somalia
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/strong-evidence-that-us-special-operations-forces-massacred-civilians

    The details that emerged paint a damning picture of at least one U.S. ground operation in the African nation. This includes U.S. Special Operators firing upon unarmed civilians, using human intelligence from sources widely considered untrustworthy to Somalis in the region as well as government officials, and instructing their Somali counterparts to collect weapons that were being stored inside a home—not displaced on the field in the course of the firefight—and placing them beside the bodies of those killed prior to photographing them. In the aftermath of the incident, according to our sources, American diplomats also pressured the Somali government to bury the unfavorable findings of a Somali Federal Government-led investigation.

    #Etats-Unis #africom #victimes_civiles #civils #impunité


  • White supremacists are finding new homes on Russian social media; black transgender people face the more discrimination; the neo-Nazis at Daily Stormer want to make Papa John’s the official pizza of the alt-right, and more.
    https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/11/06/hatewatch-headlines-11617

    Daily Beast – Purged from Facebook and Twitter, white supremacists are seeking refuge on Russian social media, including VKontakte.
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/american-alt-right-leaves-facebook-for-russian-site-vkontakte

    Salon – The origins of the alt-right are not as new as many believe.
    https://www.salon.com/2017/11/05/what-are-the-origins-of-the-alt-right-hint-its-not-as-new-as-you-think

    Washington Post — Posters proclaiming “IT’S OKAY TO BE WHITE” have been appearing on college campuses and on city streets across the country.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/11/03/its-okay-to-be-white-signs-and-stickers-appear-on-campuses-and-stree

    NBC News — Black transgender people in the United States face “deeper and broader forms of discrimination” than their white counterparts.

    Raw Story — The white supremacist “Daily Stormer” wants to make Papa John’s the official pizza of the alt-right.

    CNN – The Daily Caller fires its opinion editor after he offers right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos a weekly column.

    Fox News — Miami art professor turns American flags into KKK hoods causing outrage.

    New York Times — An anti-immigrant group led by the white nationalist Richard Spencer has been told it can’t hold its annual conference in a federal office building, just blocks from the White House.

    Washington Post — Postcards targeting the school board candidates of Asian descent have been arriving in the mailboxes in Edison, New Jersey.