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    • Il Consiglio d’Europa chiede all’Italia di garantire più protezione alle vittime di tratta

      «Infine il Greta bacchetta il governo italiano su diversi aspetti relativi alla nuova normativa sui richiedenti asilo. “Temiamo che le misure restrittive adottate dall’Italia favoriscano un clima di criminalizzazione dei migranti, con il risultato che molte potenziali vittime della tratta non denunciano i loro casi per paura di detenzione e deportazione”, scrivono gli esperti. Sottolineando la preoccupazione rispetto al “rischio di aumento del numero di richiedenti asilo nei centri di detenzione amministrativa” previsto dagli ultimi provvedimenti normativi che aumenterebbe la possibilità anche per le vittime di tratta non ancora identificate di essere recluse. Un rischio riscontrato anche per il Protocollo sottoscritto con l’Albania per gli impatti che avrà “sull’individuazione e la protezione delle persone vulnerabili salvate in mare”.

      Sul punto, nelle risposte inviate al Greta l’8 febbraio 2024, il governo italiano sottolinea che il protocollo siglato con la controparte albanese “non si applicherà alle persone vulnerabili, incluse le vittime di tratta”. Resta il punto della difficoltà di identificazione fatta subito dopo il soccorso, spesso in condizioni precarie dopo una lunga e faticosa traversata.»

      https://seenthis.net/messages/1043871
      et plus précisément ici:
      https://seenthis.net/messages/1043871#message1043877

      #traite_d'êtres_humains #traite

  • Il Consiglio d’Europa chiede all’Italia di garantire più protezione alle vittime di tratta

    Nel rapporto del Gruppo di esperti sulla lotta alla tratta di esseri umani (Greta) si chiede alle autorità di aumentare le indagini e le condanne, assicurare strumenti efficaci di risarcimento per le vittime e concentrarsi maggiormente sullo sfruttamento lavorativo. Oltre allo stop del memorandum Italia-Libia. Su cui il governo tira dritto.

    Più attenzione alla tratta per sfruttamento lavorativo, maggiori risarcimenti e indennizzi per le vittime e la necessità di aumentare il numero di trafficanti di esseri umani assicurati alla giustizia. Ma anche lo stop del memorandum Italia-Libia e la fine della criminalizzazione dei cosiddetti “scafisti”.

    Sono queste le principali criticità su cui il Gruppo di esperti del Consiglio d’Europa sulla lotta alla tratta di esseri umani (Greta) a fine febbraio ha chiesto al governo italiano di intervenire per assicurare l’applicazione delle normative europee e una tutela efficace per le vittime di tratta degli esseri umani. “Ogni anno in Italia ne vengono individuate tra le 2.100 e le 3.800 -si legge nel report finale pubblicato il 23 febbraio-. Queste cifre non riflettono la reale portata del fenomeno a causa dei persistenti limiti nelle procedure per identificare le vittime, nonché di un basso tasso di autodenuncia da parte delle stesse che temono di essere punite o deportate verso i Paesi di origine”. Una scarsa individuazione dei casi di tratta che riguarderebbe soprattutto alcuni settori “ad alto rischio” come “l’agricoltura, il tessile, i servizi domestici, l’edilizia, il settore alberghiero e la ristorazione”.

    L’oggetto del terzo monitoraggio di attuazione obblighi degli Stati stabiliti dalla Convenzione del Consiglio d’Europa sulla lotta contro la tratta degli esseri umani era proprio l’accesso alla giustizia per le vittime. Dal 13 al 17 febbraio 2023, il gruppo di esperti si è recato in Italia incontrando decine di rappresentanti istituzionali e di organizzazioni della società civile. La prima bozza del report adottata nel giugno 2023 è stata poi condivisa con il governo italiano che a ottobre ha inviato le sue risposte prima della pubblicazione finale del rapporto. Quello in cui il Greta, pur sottolineando “alcuni sviluppi positivi” dall’ultima valutazione svolta in Italia nel 2019, esprime “preoccupazione su diverse questioni”.

    Il risarcimento per le vittime della tratta è una di queste. Spesso “reso impossibile dalla mancanza di beni o proprietà degli autori del reato in Italia” ma anche perché “i meccanismi di cooperazione internazionale sono raramente utilizzati per identificare e sequestrare i beni degli stessi all’estero”. Non solo. Il sistema di indennizzo per le vittime -nel caso in cui, appunto, chi ha commesso il reato non abbia disponibilità economica- non funziona. “Serve renderlo effettivamente accessibile e aumentare il suo importo massimo di 1.500 euro”. Come ricostruito anche da Altreconomia, da quando è stato istituito questo strumento solo in un caso la vittima ha avuto accesso al fondo.

    Il Greta rileva poi una “diminuzione del numero di indagini, azioni penali e di condanne” osservando in generale una applicazione ristretta di tratta di esseri umani collegandola “all’esistenza di un elemento transnazionale, al coinvolgimento di un’organizzazione criminale e all’assenza del consenso della vittima”. Tutti elementi non previsti dalla normativa europea e italiana. Così come “desta preoccupazione l’eccessiva durata dei procedimenti giudiziari, in particolare della fase investigativa”.

    Il gruppo di esperti sottolinea poi la persistenza di segnalazioni di presunte vittime di tratta “perseguite e condannate per attività illecite commesse durante la tratta, come il traffico di droga, il possesso di un documento d’identità falso o l’ingresso irregolare”. Un problema che spesso porta la persona in carcere e non nei progetti di accoglienza specializzati. Che in Italia aumentano. Il Greta accoglie infatti con favore “l’aumento dei fondi messi a disposizione per l’assistenza alle vittime e la disponibilità di un maggior numero di posti per le vittime di tratta, anche per uomini e transgender” sottolineando però la necessità di prevedere un “finanziamento più sostenibile”. In questo momento i bandi per i progetti pubblicati dal Dipartimento per le pari opportunità, hanno una durata tra i 17 e i 18 mesi.

    C’è poi la difficoltà nell’accesso all’assistenza legale gratuita che dovrebbe essere garantita alle vittime che invece, spesso, si trovano obbligate a dimostrare di non avere beni di proprietà non solo in Italia ma anche nei loro Paesi d’origine per poter accedere alle forme di consulenza legale gratuita. Problematico è anche l’accesso all’assistenza sanitaria. “I professionisti del Sistema sanitario nazionale -scrive il Greta- non sono formati per assistere le vittime di tratta con gravi traumi e mancano mediatori culturali formati per partecipare alla fornitura di assistenza psicologica”.

    Come detto, il focus degli esperti riguarda la tratta per sfruttamento lavorativo. Su cui l’Italia ha adottato diverse misure di protezione per le vittime ma che però restano insufficienti. “Lo sfruttamento del lavoro continua a essere profondamente radicato in alcuni settori che dipendono fortemente dalla manodopera migrante” ed è necessario “garantire risorse che risorse sufficienti siano messe a disposizione degli ispettori del lavoro, rafforzando il monitoraggio dei settori a rischio e garantendo che le condizioni di vita e di lavoro dei lavoratori migranti soddisfare i requisiti previsti dalla normativa al fine di prevenire abusi”.

    Infine il Greta bacchetta il governo italiano su diversi aspetti relativi alla nuova normativa sui richiedenti asilo. “Temiamo che le misure restrittive adottate dall’Italia favoriscano un clima di criminalizzazione dei migranti, con il risultato che molte potenziali vittime della tratta non denunciano i loro casi per paura di detenzione e deportazione”, scrivono gli esperti. Sottolineando la preoccupazione rispetto al “rischio di aumento del numero di richiedenti asilo nei centri di detenzione amministrativa” previsto dagli ultimi provvedimenti normativi che aumenterebbe la possibilità anche per le vittime di tratta non ancora identificate di essere recluse. Un rischio riscontrato anche per il Protocollo sottoscritto con l’Albania per gli impatti che avrà “sull’individuazione e la protezione delle persone vulnerabili salvate in mare”.

    Sul punto, nelle risposte inviate al Greta l’8 febbraio 2024, il governo italiano sottolinea che il protocollo siglato con la controparte albanese “non si applicherà alle persone vulnerabili, incluse le vittime di tratta”. Resta il punto della difficoltà di identificazione fatta subito dopo il soccorso, spesso in condizioni precarie dopo una lunga e faticosa traversata.

    Ma nelle dieci pagine di osservazioni inviate da parte dell’Italia, salta all’occhio la puntualizzazione rispetto alla richiesta del Greta di sospendere il memorandum d’intesa tra Italia e Libia che fa sì che “un numero crescente di migranti salvati o intercettati nel Mediterraneo vengano rimpatriati in Libia dove rischiano -scrivono gli esperti- di subire gravi violazioni dei diritti umani, tra cui la schiavitù, il lavoro forzato e lo sfruttamento sessuale”. Nella risposta, infatti, il governo sottolinea che ha scelto di cooperare con le autorità libiche “con l’obiettivo di ridurre i morti in mare, nel pieno rispetto dei diritti umani” e che la collaborazione “permette di combattere più efficacemente le reti di trafficanti di esseri umani e di coloro che contrabbandano i migranti”. Con il rispetto dei diritti umani, del diritti umanitario e internazionale che è “sempre stata una priorità”. Evidentemente non rispettata. Ma c’è un dettaglio in più.

    Quel contrasto al traffico di migranti alla base anche del memorandum con la Libia, sbandierato a più riprese dall’esecutivo italiano (“Andremo a cercare gli ‘scafisti’ lungo tutto il globo terracqueo”, disse la premier Giorgia Meloni a inizio marzo 2023) viene messo in discussione nel rapporto. Dopo aver sottolineato la diminuzione delle indagini sui trafficanti di esseri umani, il Greta scrive che i “capitani” delle navi che arrivano in Italia “potrebbero essere stati costretti tramite minacce, violenza fisica e abuso di una posizione di vulnerabilità nel partecipare all’attività criminali”. Indicatori che li farebbero ricadere nella “categoria” delle vittime di tratta. “Nessuno, però, è stato considerato come tale”, osservano gli esperti. Si scioglie come neve al sole la retorica sulla “guerra” ai trafficanti. I pezzi grossi restano, nel frattempo, impuniti.

    https://altreconomia.it/il-consiglio-deuropa-chiede-allitalia-di-garantire-piu-protezione-alle-

    #traite_d'êtres_humains #Italie #protection #Conseil_de_l'Europe #exploitation #Greta #rapport #agriculture #industrie_textile #hôtelerie #bâtiment #BTS #services_domestiques #restauration #indemnisation #accès_à_la_santé #criminalisation_de_la_migration #Albanie

  • +972 and Local Call stand with colleagues Basel and Yuval

    The attacks on Basel Adra and Yuval Abraham illustrate the repressive forces working to silence those who speak hard truths about Israeli apartheid.
    By +972 Magazine February 28, 2024
    https://www.972mag.com/basel-adra-yuval-abraham-berlinale

    +972 Magazine and Local Call unequivocally stand with our colleagues Basel Adra and Yuval Abraham against the vicious attacks that have sought to smear, harm, and intimidate them for speaking truth to power about the unjust realities in Israel-Palestine.

    The two activists and journalists — Basel being a longtime writer for our sites, and Yuval our current reporter — have been subjected to an aggressive campaign after their film “No Other Land,” co-directed with Hamdan Ballal and Rachel Szor, won the Best Documentary Award and the Audience Favorite Documentary Award at the Berlinale film festival. The film is an insightful look into life and struggle in Masafer Yatta, Basel’s home region in the occupied West Bank, where Israeli forces and settlers are working to forcibly expel Palestinian communities from their homes.

    In their acceptance speeches, Basel and Yuval humbly chose to use their platforms to spotlight the structures of oppression in Israel-Palestine and the need to challenge them. Basel stressed Germany’s responsibility to end its complicity in Israel’s brutal war on the Gaza Strip, while Yuval described the mechanisms of apartheid that separate the co-directors’ lives. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/1043347

  • Corte di Cassazione: la Libia non è un porto sicuro
    https://www.meltingpot.org/2024/02/corte-di-cassazione-la-libia-non-e-un-porto-sicuro

    La consegna di persone migranti soccorse in mare alla guardia costiera libica può configurare un’ipotesi di reato di abbandono in stato di pericolo di persone minori e incapaci e sbarco e abbandono arbitrario di persone (articoli 591 cod. pen. e 1155 cod. nav.) . La sentenza della Corte di Cassazione dell’1 febbraio 2024 n. 4557 ha confermato la condanna per il comandante di un rimorchiatore italiano che aveva soccorso 101 migranti e li aveva poi affidati a una motovedetta libica, sull’assunto che la Libia non può essere considerata un “porto sicuro”. Si tratta di un pronunciamento che ha avuto risalto

  • Le Goncourt de poésie Jean-Michel Maulpoix condamné pour avoir frappé sa femme | Mediapart
    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/270224/le-goncourt-de-poesie-jean-michel-maulpoix-condamne-pour-avoir-frappe-sa-f


    Des nouvelles du #patriarcat.
    Tas de 💩, ce type.

    Il prononce plusieurs phrases troublantes : « Si je lui dis que je vais la buter, ça ne veut pas dire que je veux prendre un couteau et la tuer. Je ne l’ai jamais envoyée à l’hôpital malgré ces années de disputes et d’échanges musclés. […] J’ai toujours fait attention à ne pas lui faire de mal, de ne pas aller trop loin. » Ou encore, à propos de leur relation : « C’est un mélange amour-haine, j’y ai trouvé une énergie. Si ça a duré aussi longtemps, c’est que cette masse négative générait du positif. »

    De son côté, son épouse admet des insultes mais refuse de parler de « violences réciproques », expliquant s’être seulement défendue : « Je ne pense pas qu’on puisse parler de pugilat quand on se fait frapper », répond-elle aux policiers par allusion aux termes employés par son époux. Elle sera tout de même poursuivie pour « violences » sur son mari.

    Au tribunal, elle s’est justifiée, en pleurs, de ces violences dont elle était accusée : « Un jour, il m’a enfoncé une paire de ses chaussettes sales dans la bouche en disant : “Ah, elles puent bien mes chaussettes, hein ?” Qu’est-ce que j’aurais dû faire, les avaler ? Je me suis défendue. »

    Elle a aussi dû répondre à l’éternelle question de savoir pourquoi elle n’est pas partie plus tôt. « À force d’être humiliée, humiliée, humiliée pendant si longtemps, on perd toute confiance en soi. Et on se dit que partir, ça nous semble insurmontable », a-t-elle expliqué.

  • Hind Rajab: Were Israeli troops around where the six-year-old was killed?
    26 Feb 2024 | Al Jazeera
    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2024/2/26/hind-rajab-were-israeli-troops-in-the-area-where-6-year-old-was-killed

    An Al Jazeera investigation has shown three Israeli tanks around the car where a six-year-old girl was killed after hours of pleading for help.

    However, Israel’s army denied this on Saturday, saying its troops were not in the area on January 29, the day Hind Rajab and her family were killed.
    (...)
    What happened to the ambulance?

    Medics Yusuf Zeino and Ahmed al-Madhoun arrived at the scene around 6pm on January 29, after hours of the PRCS trying to get permission from the Israeli army.

    “I’m nearly there,” Zeino told his colleagues as the ambulance edged closer to Hind. But the two rescue workers never got to her.“We heard gunfire, we couldn’t imagine [they] would fire at them,” Rana Faqih, the PRCS official who held the line with Hind, told Al Jazeera. After the gunfire, there was complete silence.

    It was only 12 days later on February 10 that the remains of the two men were found, following the Israeli military’s withdrawal. The ambulance was destroyed and appeared to have been run over by a tank, according to Sanad’s analysis.

    What next?

    The United States, Israel’s number-one ally, has called for probes into the killing of Hind, her family, and the medics.

    US Department of State spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters: “We have asked the Israeli authorities to investigate this incident on an urgent basis.”

    After the initial finding into Hind’s case was released on Saturday, Israeli officials told local reporters the investigation has been transferred to the General Staff Fact-Finding Assessment Mechanism for further analysis.

    Similar Israeli investigations have not been straightforward. Authorities denied the May 2022 killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh for several months before admitting that Israeli gunfire had killed the veteran journalist, claiming it was “not intentional”.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/1041163

  • Tiens, ils ont trouvé de nouveaux pigeons…

    HyperloopTT, et ses promesses de train supersonique en lévitation, quitte Toulouse et file vers Venise
    https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2024/02/26/hyperlooptt-annonce-son-depart-de-toulouse-et-file-vers-venise_6218675_3234.

    La société californienne a annoncé son départ après des années d’attente, et sans le moindre essai. La relation entre les collectivités et les cerveaux de la Silicon Valley s’est révélée chaotique.

    #transport #hyperloop #arnaque

    • Shades of Anger
      (c’était en 2011...)
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m2vFJE93LTI&t=72s

      Allow me to speak my Arab tongue
      before they occupy my language as well.
      Allow me to speak my mother tongue
      before they colonise her memory as well.
      I am an Arab woman of color.
      and we come in all shades of anger.
      All my grandfather ever wanted to do
      was wake up at dawn and watch my grandmother kneel and pray
      in a village hidden between Jaffa and Haifa
      my mother was born under an olive tree
      on a soil they say is no longer mine
      but I will cross their barriers, their check points
      their damn apartheid walls and return to my homeland

      I am an Arab woman of colour and we come in all shades of anger.
      And did you hear my sister screaming yesterday
      as she gave birth at a check point
      with Israeli soldiers looking between her legs
      for their next demographic threat
      called her baby girl “Janeen”.

      And did you hear Amni Mona screaming
      behind their prison bars as they teargassed her cell
      “We’re returning to Palestine!”
      I am an Arab woman of colour and we come in all shades of anger.
      But you tell me, this womb inside me
      will only bring you your next terrorist
      beard wearing, gun waving, towelhead, sand nigger
      You tell me, I send my children out to die
      but those are your copters, your F16′s in our sky
      And let’s talk about this terrorism business for a second
      Wasn’t it the CIA that killed Allende and Lumumba
      and who trained Osama in the first place
      My grandparents didn’t run around like clowns
      with the white capes and the white hoods on their heads lynching black people

      I am an Arab woman of colour and we come in all shades of anger.
      “So who is that brown woman screaming in the demonstration?”
      Sorry, should I not scream?
      I forgot to be your every orientalist dream
      Jinnee in a bottle, belly dancer, harem girl, soft spoken Arab woman
      Yes master, no master.
      Thank you for the peanut butter sandwiches
      raining down on us from your F16′s master
      Yes my liberators are here to kill my children
      and call them “collateral damage”
      I am an Arab woman of colour and we come in all shades of anger.
      So let me just tell you this womb inside me
      will only bring you your next rebel
      She will have a rock in one hand and a Palestinian flag in the other

      I am an Arab woman of color
      Beware! Beware my anger…

      https://www.antiwarsongs.org/canzone.php?id=67746&lang=it

      #Rafeef_Ziadah #poésie #Palestine #arabe #langue #langue_arabe #poème #dommages_collatéraux #conflit #Israël #terrorisme #colère

  • Faure (PS) : "le sauciflard, l’apéro, c’est aussi notre culture"
    https://www.la-croix.com/faure-ps-le-sauciflard-l-apero-c-est-aussi-notre-culture-20240226

    « Le sauciflard, l’apéro, c’est aussi notre culture », souriait lundi M. Faure, devant le stand des brasseurs de bière français, après une rencontre avec des fabricants de spiritueux.

    « Je ne vais pas faire dans la démagogie ou dans une forme de caricature, mais on défend aussi une façon de vivre. »

    Surjouer la beaufitude quand on a abusé des « spiritueux », apparemment, « c’est aussi notre culture ».

    • La bagnole, la sauciflard, le pinard, la liberté d’importuner… Heureusement qu’on va obliger les niards à faire leur service national avec d’authentiques bidasses, parce que c’est des valeurs qu’avaient tendance chez les jeunes à se perdre à cause du wokisme.

    • Voter pour ces petits mecs c’est plus possible. Aucune honte ! Bande d’irresponsables décérébrés à l’ égo boursoufflé.

    • Pour moi, c’est clair : ils partent complètement en vrille.

      C’est ainsi qu’ils se retrouvent pris dans des incohérences insurmontables, telles que celle évoquée hier à propos de la future station de métro « Serge Gainsbourg » aux Lilas :
      https://seenthis.net/messages/1043277

      Dans cette affaire, en 2016 (date de l’origine du prolongement de la ligne 11) la CSP (bobo) qui est le cœur de la cible électorale du PS est caressée dans le sens du poil : on choisit le chanteur provoc pour représenter la ville. Nickel. Puis il s’avère que, 8 ans plus tard, la même CSP rejette l’image sulfureuse du personnage. C’est vraiment trop bête.

      Et voilà qui ruine complètement tous les efforts (budgétaires) de communication pour promouvoir l’image féministe du PS.

      Mais enfin, à quoi ça sert de payer un think thank s’il n’arrive pas à prévoir ce genre de choses ?

  • À propos de la relecture inconfortable des œuvres cinématographiques du passé, j’aimerais évoquer le cas Blow Up.

    Il y a quelques temps, j’ai récupéré ce titre en P2P, après avoir vu sur Youtube, une séquence du film, montrant les Yardbirds où on voyait, notamment un Jeff Beck , naturellement désinvolte, singeant Pete Townshend en train de massacrer sa guitare sur scène et entouré de ses camarades, plutôt rigolards, avec notamment Jimmy Page prenant le rôle de lead guitar dans le groupe.

    Je ne peux pas dire que la séquence m’a semblé particulièrement intéressante sur le plan musical, malgré la grande sympathie que j’ai toujours eu pour ce groupe mais cela m’a incité à en savoir plus, notamment ce que venait faire cette séquence insolite dans le film.

    Je ne suis pas cinéphile. Je n’avais pas vu Blow Up, mais j’en avais beaucoup entendu parler comme étant l’un des chefs-d’œuvre d’Antonioni.

    J’ai donc regardé le film dans son intégralité avec la plus grande attention. Je n’ai pas vraiment compris ce que venaient faire les Yardbirds dans l’affaire, en dehors d’y inscrire une représentation, parmi d’autres, de la modernité du Swinging London (si quelqu’un peux m’éclairer à ce sujet, je suis preneur).

    Mais, l’essentiel de l’impression que m’a laissée ce film ne porte pas sur Jeff beck et sa bande.

    À part l’intrigue, autour de ce que donnent à voir les photographies, et la scène finale, plutôt belle, j’ai éprouvé un malaise permanent en raison des représentations misogynes, cyniques, misanthropiques et malfaisantes des humanités mises en scène.

    On y voit, dès le départ, un personnage principal masculin – totalement détestable – maltraiter des femmes, rendues au rôle de potiches et d’objets consentants de fantasmes sexuels. Le sommet du malaise étant atteint avec la représentation complaisante d’un viol.

    Cela m’a rappelé d’autres séquences cinématographiques célèbres, où spectateurs et spectatrices sont placé·es en situation de voyeurisme malsain, sous prétexte qu’il s’agit d’œuvres d’art, usant de certaines formes de réalisme. Je ne citerais que deux exemples significatifs : Orange mécanique (que j’ai vu en salle, à 14 ans ), qui comporte plusieurs scènes de viol et les Valseuses qui, déjà au moment de sa sortie, faisait l’objet d’un clivage entre spectateurs, la plupart hilares, et spectatrices qui, par contre, ne rigolaient pas du tout.

    Bref, après avoir vu Blow Up, en dehors du malaise, me restaient surtout deux questions : comment se fait-il qu’un tel film ait été placé au panthéon des œuvres cinématographiques et étais-je le seul à y avoir vu ce festival de misogynie et de misanthropie ?

    Pour la première question, la période actuelle montre justement que la réévaluation des œuvres du passé est en cours. Pour la seconde, j’ai trouvé sur le web une tribune, parue dans Libération en 2017. Sa rédactrice explique bien mieux que moi de quoi il retourne :

    « Blow Up », revu et inacceptable

    https://www.liberation.fr/debats/2017/12/12/blow-up-revu-et-inacceptable_1616177

  • L’amour fou (1969), de Jacques Rivette Ou le complot d’une actrice pour en finir avec son propre rôle, et le metteur en scène, Mathilde Girard
    https://lundi.am/L-amour-four-1969-de-Jacques-Rivette

    Vendredi dernier, lors de la cérémonie des Césars au cours de laquelle elle a dénoncé la responsabilité du cinéma dans l’abus sexuel sur les petites filles, Judith Godrèche a cité un dialogue extrait de Céline et Julie vont en bateau, un film de Jacques Rivette :
    « — Céline : il était une fois.
    -- Julie : il était deux fois. Il était trois fois.
    -- Céline : il était que, cette fois, ça ne se passera pas comme ça. Pas comme les autres fois. »
    Dans le texte qui suit, Mathilde Girard revient sur un autre film de Rivette, L’amour fou, tentative cinématographique de mettre en pièce une image de l’amour, de la femme qui souffre, produite par les hommes et des siècles de romantisme hétéro, et dont le cinéma met encore un peu de temps à s’arracher.

    C’est un film pas facile à trouver, mais dont j’aimerais dire quelques mots, parce que j’y repense dans ce moment où le cinéma, ses rôles et ses personnages, contribue aux révoltes que la vie peut opposer à la domination silencieuse de l’ordre des choses.

    #cinéma #amour #féminisme

  • Nigerian students who fled war in Ukraine are being told to leave Europe

    Overseas students in Ukraine were granted a two-year stay in the EU when Russia invaded. Now their time is running out

    Olabisi* was out to get groceries during her post-graduate clinical rotations at the Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University in western Ukraine on the morning of 24 February 2022 when she heard loud bangs. Then came breaking news alerts: Russia was invading Ukraine. She rushed home to pack a few belongings.

    “In the course of moving, I lost my certificates and even my passport,” she said.

    She headed towards the border between Ukraine and Romania with hundreds of thousands of others. Thankfully, with her Ukrainian ID card, she was allowed passage. From Romania, she travelled by train to the Netherlands, along with other students whose lives had just been uprooted.

    Olabisi chose the Netherlands because – like a number of western European countries – it had announced plans to take in people displaced from the Ukraine war, and she had heard it was cheaper and more welcoming than others.

    In 2022, the European Union activated a rule called a Temporary Protection Directive, granting those fleeing war a stay for up to two years – until March 4, 2024. In mid 2023, the Netherlands decided that non-Ukrainian citizens or “third world nationals with temporary residence” must leave a year earlier than previously announced. They – most of them students – brought a collective case against the Dutch government insisting that they be allowed to stay the allotted time. The Council of State, the Netherlands’ highest administrative court, agreed.

    But now time is running out for Olabisi and those like her. Roughly 2,200 people from different nationalities are said to be affected. (Students interviewed for this story say they prefer their luck in Europe over the option of returning to Nigeria, where they consider the academic system sub-par and prone to interruptions.)

    Olabisi is one of an estimated 4,000 Nigerian students who had been studying in Ukraine before the war. The eastern European country had attracted African students, particularly medical students, partly due to the relatively low costs of studying and partly as a product of student exchange programmes dating back to the former Soviet Union’s investment in African countries.

    Olabisi and other students say that, to make matters worse, the Nigerian government has not adequately intervened via its embassies to help them.

    They say Nigeria has left them in limbo, just as it did with the 1,625 Nigerian students in Ukraine who were finally evacuated to Nigeria in July 2022, four and a half months after the war broke out.
    Nigerian diplomats missing in action, in Europe?

    The Nigerian mission in the Netherlands disputes this. Eniola Ajayi, Nigeria’s ambassador to The Hague, told openDemocracy: “All the reprieve that students got in the Netherlands was due to my efforts… I have helped them as much as is possible within my capacity. This is the truth.”

    The embassy claimed the mission housed some “families at the Guest Chalet of [Ajayi’s] Residence until they were able to get alternative accommodation” and cash assistance was given to others. The embassy also mentioned the case of a depressed student who was sent back to Nigeria for medical treatment.

    The mission said it had given Nigerian nationals ample notice of the Dutch government’s intentions. To stay beyond the March 2024 deadline, the Dutch government has advised students to either seek asylum if they could prove their lives would be at risk back home, or accept an independent offer of 5,000 euros to return there.

    Olabisi does not qualify for asylum as her life is not at risk in Nigeria but she doesn’t want to return to the country she left since she was 17. Now 30, she cannot imagine rebuilding her life again, especially as Nigeria experiences a steep economic decline.

    Nigerian government, still missing in action

    While the Nigerian government backs the return of students who are currently abroad, there is no safety net for those who do so, the students claim.

    Wasiu Sidiq, 21, was studying at Lviv National Medical University when the war broke out and he was evacuated. When he returned to Nigeria, he attempted to continue his studies remotely – but stopped when the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria said it would not recognise medical certificates issued for online study.

    The government claimed it was providing an option for the evacuated students to continue their education in Nigerian universities instead. The Foreign Affairs Ministry published a call-out on its website asking concerned students to register towards being placed locally – but the website link never worked and no students could register.

    Sidiq, frustrated, decided to return to Europe, where he headed for Lisbon and is currently working in customer services for 890 euros a month. He tried to start uni there, but does not speak Portuguese and so has been unable to.

    “If I don’t go to work, I cannot eat or pay my rent,” he said. “So I don’t have the time to go to the language class. All of us are just doing that.”

    Sidiq claims students have tried to contact the Nigerian embassy in Lisbon for assistance with resettlement and negotiations on residence permits.

    “They have not responded to us at all,” he said. “The embassy is not working. I have to leave Portugal to go and renew my passport.”

    openDemocracy approached the Nigerian embassy in Lisbon for comment. A consular assistant insisted the embassy could only respond in person, in a physical meeting. Written questions and requests for a virtual meeting were ignored. Repeated requests were also made to Aminu Tanko, head of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and the Abuja office of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM). The latter promised a response that did not come.

    Consular failures, according to John Osuntokun, a professor and former Nigerian ambassador to Germany, are largely due to lack of priority.

    “It is a large country and there are so many issues waiting for attention and this situation is going to be the least important to them,” he said. “My advice to them will be to come home.”

    Osuntokun said standard practice is for complaints from Nigeria’s foreign missions to be relayed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for advice.

    Asked if the ministry had received any such requests from the embassy, the foreign ministry spokesperson told openDemocracy: “The ministry has not received any such complaints.”

    Two years into the war and with fate hanging in the balance, experts believe there is little the embassies can offer now. “Consular services are not services that provide long-term solutions; they are supposed to provide immediate help and assistance,” said Matthew Ayibakuro, a governance adviser at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in Nigeria.

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/nigerian-students-who-fled-war-in-ukraine-are-being-told-to-leave-eur

    #étudiants #Ukraine #guerre #guerre_en_Ukraine #réfugiés_ukrainiens #réfugiés_d'Ukraine #Nigeria #Europe #étudiants_nigérians

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    ajouté à ce fil de discussion:
    Non-white refugees fleeing Ukraine detained in EU immigration facilities
    https://seenthis.net/messages/954460

  • Shocking image shows man in Air Force uniform set himself on fire at Israeli Embassy: ’Free Palestine’
    https://nypost.com/2024/02/25/us-news/israeli-embassy-self-immolation-man-critically-injured

    “I will no longer be complicit in #genocide [in #Gaza]. I am about to engage in an extreme act of protest,” the man apparently said before setting himself alight and repeatedly shouting “Free Palestine!”

  • On a profité des vacances pour se faire quelques vieux films avec les enfants.

    – Viva Las Vegas (1964), avec Ann-Margret et Elvis. C’est con, mais ça se laisse voir sans trop de déplaisir. Les deux sont super-sexys.
    – Didier (1997). Le premier film de Chabat. Regardé parce que c’est un des rares films tournés à Montpellier (qu’on reconnaît bien, d’ailleurs). Je l’avais jamais vu, c’est pas nul, mais c’est pas dément non plus.
    – L’Emmerdeur (1973), avec Ventura et Brel. Là aussi, parce que c’est tourné à Montpellier. Ça doit être la première adaptation d’un Francis Veber avec un duo, façon Grand Blond ou Dîner de Con (vu que Brel est dans ce film François Pignon). Ça a vieilli, j’ai trouvé ça assez mou tout le long, même si Ventura est toujours convaincant quand il joue le grand gaillard bourru et excédé.
    – Competencia oficial (2022), avec Penelope Cruz et Antonio Banderas. Très très marrant.
    – Du coup les gamins ont voulu voir un autre film avec Banderas, et dans ma collec il y a un petit film, Gun Shy (2017) où il interprète un rocker has been. Mouif.
    – The Way Way Back (2013). Un coming of age movie mignon. Et comme il y a Sam Rockwell qui cabotine comme jamais, ça passe tout seul.
    – Escape From New-York (1981). Parce que j’ai décidé qu’il fallait à un moment donné les initier à Carpenter. Très sympa pour le scénario, l’ambiance, Kurt Russel, Lee Van Cleef et Adrienne Barbeau. Par contre, dans celui-là, Carpenter a franchement du mal à rendre dynamique les scènes d’action. Mais Kurt qui retire sa veste, ça le fait.
    – Du coup : Escape From L.A. (1996). La même chose que l’autre, mais avec plus de plus. À la fin du film, on est contents.
    – The Shop Around the Corner (1940), d’Ernst Lubitsch. Alors là, c’est charmantissime, léger, spirituel, un poil « théatre filmé ». Une référence du jour.
    – Du coup le remake du précédent, You’ve Got Mail (1998) avec Meg Ryan. Alors c’est de la comédie romantique comme j’aimais beaucoup à ce moment-là (Meg Ryan, je suis client), mais j’ai trouvé que ça avait vieilli, et surtout c’est pas du tout au niveau du Lubitsch (c’est très explicatif là où l’autre est léger).
    – Dr. Strangelove (1964), de Kubrick. Le nouveau film préféré de la grande (15 ans), qui a adoré l’humour pince-sans-rire totalement distancié du truc. Le général qui déclenche la fin du monde parce qu’il retient ses bodily fluids
    – Blade (1998). Parce que Wesley Snipes. Et Stephen Dorff qui est méchant.
    – Zoolander 2 (2016). Ne me demandez pas pourquoi les enfants ont réclamé de le voir. Parce que toutes les conneries à connotation sexuelle que balance Zoolander, ça leur passe totalement au-dessus de la tête, mais ça les fait marrer quand même. Perso je suis assez client.
    – Der Himmel über Berlin (1987), réclamé par ma grande, parce qu’un copain au lycée lui a conseillé (hé ben…). Elle a adoré. Juste la scène finale avec l’interminable monologue de Solveig Dommartin au concert de Nick Cave, elle a trouvé ça interminable. Maintenant on profite qu’il fait froid pour se frotter les mains comme Peter Falk, mais j’ai pas encore trouvé de camionette à Montpellier qui vende du Currywurst.
    – They Live (1988), parce que c’est le film dans lequel Carpenter te convainc de militer à la France Insoumise. Excellent moment : je me souvenais pas que le film était aussi drôle, et que les dialogues balançaient de la punchline à flux tendu.
    – Barry Lyndon (1975). Ne me demandez pas pourquoi : j’ai toujours adoré ce film et sa narration très distanciée.

  • Des paquebots de croisière financés au nom de la transition écologique - #Splann ! | ONG d’enquêtes journalistiques en Bretagne
    https://splann.org/des-paquebots-de-croisiere-finances-au-nom-de-la-transition-ecologique

    Le premier #paquebot de #croisière propulsé au gaz naturel liquéfié (#GNL) a été mis à l’eau dans le port de Saint-Nazaire (44) fin 2022. Les Chantiers de l’Atlantique en livreront trois autres d’ici 2027. Un projet en partie financé par l’Ademe au nom de la « transition énergétique dans l’économie ».

    https://seenthis.net/messages/1042857
    #MSC #climat

  • Egypt to create a gated high-security area in the reception of Palestinian refugees from #Gaza

    The Sinai Foundation obtained information through a relevant source that indicates that the construction work currently taking place in eastern Sinai, is intended to create a high-security gated and isolated area near the borders with Gaza strip, in preparation for the reception of Palestinian refugees in the case of the mass exodus of the citizens of Gaza Strip.

    The foundation interviewed two local contractors who said that local construction companies had been commissioned this construction work by Ibrahim Al-Arjani - A close businessman to the authorities - Abnaa Sinai For Construction & Building, who had been directly assigned the commission through the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority. The construction work is intended to build a gated area, surrounded by 7-meter-high walls. After the removal of the rubble of the houses of the indigenous people of Rafah, who were displaced forcibly and their houses demolished during the war against terrorism against ISIS.

    The area is expected to be levelled and ready in no more than 10 days. They said this information is being circulated in closed circuits to avoid publication, noting that the work is being done under the supervision of the Egyptian Armed Forces Engineering Authority under heavy security presence.

    Sinai Foundation published a report (https://sinaifhr.org/show/333) two days ago with exclusive images showing the Egyptian authorities starting rapid construction on the border area of eastern Sinai. Additionally, this morning the Institution’s team observed the building of a cement wall of 7 meters in height starting at a point in Qoz Abo Raad village south of Rafah city, directed towards the Mediterranean Sea north, parallel to the border with Gaza Strip.

    In an interview with Mr Mohannad Sabry, a researcher specialising in Sinai and Egyptian security, he said:

    The construction works that started early Monday, February 12 have its eastern borders lying between a point southern of the Rafah border crossing and another southern of the Kerem Shalom border crossing, while its western borders lie between Qoz Abo Raad village and El-Masora village. Military intelligence officers are present as well as the ‘Fursan Al-Haitham’ militia that stems from the Sinai Tribal coalition headed by businessman Ibrahim Al-Arjani, near the Qoz Abo Raad area south of the city of Rafah, along with construction tools, bulldozers and local contractors.

    https://sinaifhr.org//show/334

    #Palestine #réfugiés #Egypte #Sinai #Sinaï #réfugiés_palestiniens #Ibrahim_Al-Arjani #Abnaa_Sinai_For_Construction #infrastructure #Egyptian_Armed_Forces_Engineering_Authority #murs #camps_de_réfugiés #camp_fermé #Rafah #Qoz_Abo_Raad #El-Masora #Fursan_Al-Haitham

    voir aussi ce fil de discussion :
    #Israël serait déjà en contact avec plusieurs pays pour y expulser les Gazaouis
    https://seenthis.net/messages/1034297

    • Egypt building walled enclosure in Sinai for Rafah refugees, photos suggest

      Monitoring group releases evidence of work that appears intended to house Palestinians in event of Israeli assault on city

      Egypt has begun building an enclosed area ringed with high concrete walls along its border with Gaza that appears intended to house Palestinians fleeing a threatened Israeli assault on the southern city of Rafah.

      Photos and videos released by the Sinai Foundation for Human Rights (SFHR), a monitoring group, show workers using heavy machinery erecting concrete barriers and security towers around a strip of land on the Egyptian side of the Rafah crossing.

      The videos, dated 15 February, gave little indication of authorities installing water or other infrastructure. Satellite imagery released by Planet Labs on the same day shows cleared strips of land adjacent to the Gaza border.

      SFHR said on social media that the videos showed efforts to “establish an isolated area surrounded by walls on the border with the Gaza Strip, with the aim of receiving refugees in the event of a mass exodus”.

      Israel’s bombardment and ground invasion of Gaza since Hamas’s 7 October attacks have displaced an estimated 1.7 million people internally, according to the UN, most of them pushed south in recent weeks, with more than a million in Rafah, vastly swelling its prewar population of 280,000.

      Egyptian officials have repeatedly expressed alarm that Israel’s actions could force millions of Palestinians to attempt to flee across the border and into the Sinai, amid concern that those displaced may never be able to return. Egypt has pushed back against any suggestion, including from Israeli ministers, that Palestinians could flee into northern Sinai. The president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and the foreign minister, Sameh Shoukry, rejected what they called “the forced displacement of Palestinians from their land”.

      In a call late on Thursday, the US president, Joe Biden, again cautioned the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, against moving forward with a military operation in Rafah without a “credible and executable plan” to protect civilians. However, Netanyahu vowed early on Friday to reject “international dictates” on a long-term resolution of Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians.

      Speaking at the Munich security conference, Israel’s foreign minister, Israel Katz, said there were no plans to deport Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, and Israel would coordinate its plans for hundreds of thousands of refugees in the city of Rafah with Egypt.

      When asked where the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the city would go, Katz suggested that once Gaza’s second city, Khan Younis, had been cleared of Hamas fighters, they could return there or to the west of the enclave.

      Katz said: “We will deal [with] Rafah after we speak with Egypt about it. We’ll coordinate it, we have a peace accord with them and we will find a place which will not harm the Egyptians. We will coordinate everything and not harm their interests.”

      Egyptian officials have threatened to withdraw from Egypt’s landmark 1978 peace treaty with Israel in the event of an Israeli ground assault on Rafah. Airstrikes launched on Rafah on Monday in an Israeli operation to free two hostages killed at least 67 Palestinians, health authorities said.

      Egypt has extensively reinforced its border with Gaza using barbed wire and deployed 40 tanks and armoured personnel carriers to northern Sinai.

      Mohannad Sabry, an expert and author on the Sinai peninsula, said: “Egypt wants to portray this construction as a contingency, ready for an influx of Palestinians if that happens, but they have also reinforced the border fence over the past month making it unbreachable unless it is blown up or opened deliberately. If we look at how every refugee or prison camp has been built in the world, it’s exactly like this. If it looks like a prison [or] refugee camp then it probably is.”

      The north Sinai governor, Mohamed Abdel-Fadil Shousha, told the Saudi-owned TV news channel Al Arabiya that the border construction was intended to catalogue homes destroyed as part of the Egyptian military’s fight against jihadist militants and the decade-long operation in northern Sinai.

      He added: “Egypt is prepared for all scenarios in the event that Israel carries out military operations in the Palestinian border governorate.”

      Meanwhile, those with ties to the Egyptian state have profited from Palestinians desperately looking to flee. Palestinians have described paying $10,000 (£7,941) each to a network connected to the Egyptian authorities in order to leave Gaza by the Rafah crossing.

      Elsewhere, a gunman killed two people on Friday at a bus stop in southern Israel, authorities said, prompting Netanyahu to warn that the entire country was a frontline in the war.

      Four others were wounded in the shooting near the southern town of Kiryat Malakhi, Israeli police said.

      “We have raised a national level alert,” Israel’s police chief, Kobi Shabtai, told reporters at the site. He did not provide details on the attacker.

      Netanyahu said in a statement: “The murderers, who come not only from Gaza, want to kill us all. We will continue to fight until total victory, with all our might, on every front, everywhere, until we restore the security and quiet for all citizens of Israel.”

      https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/16/egypt-building-walled-enclosure-in-sinai-for-rafah-refugees-videos-sugg

  • Déclaration de Jens Stoltenberg, secrétaire général de l’OTAN depuis 2014 relayée par le Financial Times

    Kyiv has right to strike Russian targets ‘outside Ukraine’, says Nato chief
    https://www.ft.com/content/175bd28f-1eb8-4f57-9cf4-110cca055747

    Jens Stoltenberg earlier this week acknowledged that the use of western-supplied arms to strike targets in Russia had long been a point of contention among Kyiv’s allies, due to fears of escalating the conflict.
    “It’s for each and every ally to decide whether there are some caveats on what they deliver, and different allies have had a bit different policies on that,” Stoltenberg told Radio Free Europe in an interview published on Tuesday.
    “But in general, we need to remember what this is. This is a war of aggression by Russia against Ukraine, in blatant violation of international law. And according to international law, Ukraine has the right to self-defence,” Stoltenberg added. “And that includes also striking legitimate military targets, Russian military targets, outside Ukraine. That is international law and, of course, Ukraine has the right to do so, to protect itself.”

    L’alignement des planètes, toussa ...

    Et comme le dit fort à propos Wolodomyr Zelensky :

    Tchernobyl est un endroit unique sur la planète où la nature renait après une catastrophe mondiale d’origine humaine.

    #apocalypse_soon

  • Les loups mutants de Tchernobyl
    https://www.radiofrance.fr/franceculture/podcasts/le-biais-de-bernard-werber/les-loups-mutants-de-tchernobyl-6877037

    « Tchernobyl est un endroit unique sur la planète où la nature renait après une catastrophe mondiale d’origine humaine. »

    Et je complèterai cette citation en rajoutant :

    « Reste à savoir jusqu’où la nature va pouvoir changer et jusqu’où ce changement pourra nous aider nous-mêmes à changer… »

  • Israeli lies about a ‘land bridge’ to the Gulf show the Yemeni blockade is working – Mondoweiss
    https://mondoweiss.net/2024/02/israeli-lies-about-a-land-bridge-to-the-gulf-show-the-yemeni-blockade-is

    Excellent article...

    Since the beginning of its genocidal war on Gaza, Israel’s supply lines have been jeopardized. After Israel closed all its borders to imports headed to Gaza and struck the Rafah crossing to put it out of order, Hamas attacked the ports of Ashkelon and Ashdod, which were used to import oil and supplies used in the war machine, after which Israel had to halt port operations and shift ships to Eilat.

    As the genocide in Gaza continued unabated, Yemen took part in the war by blockading Eilat’s port, which forced Israel to relocate its supply lines to the port of Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea. Last month, Iraq announced an additional blockade on Israel in the Mediterranean, expected to be enforced in February if the ongoing rounds of negotiations between Israel and Hamas to end the war fail. Activists in Jordan are also calling for a land blockade on the border with Israel.

    These blockades against Israel are causing consumer prices and business costs to go up in the country, deteriorating the trust in the Israeli economy and its financial markets. Amid this chaos, a not-so-successful Israeli company, Trucknet, has alleged that it has established a “land bridge” connecting the Gulf to Israel through Jordan, offering Israel the lifeline it desperately needs to navigate the negative impacts of the maritime blockades today and in the future.

    This claim was quickly picked up by the “Axis of Resistance” media groups, followed by widespread criticism on social media accusing the UAE and Saudi Arabia of complicity in the war on Gaza and demanding the curtailment of “the land bridge.”

    Yet a cursory investigation of the companies supposedly responsible for facilitating this “land bridge” calls into question whether it actually exists in the first place. Despite Israeli claims, there is very little evidence to show that there is an effective “land bridge” between Israel, Jordan, and the Gulf. Still, the reasons for the persistence of these claims have more to do with Israel’s desire to promote its postwar normalization with the region in the long run, while calming investors and consumers in Israel in the short term and forestalling an Israeli economic crash. Furthermore, Israel is using this claim to undermine the Palestinian position in the ongoing negotiations over the conclusion of the genocidal war.

    (...)

    Online videos showing trucks coming to Israel from Jordan are not actually linked to the alleged land bridge with the Gulf. Rather, this has been taking place due to preexisting peace agreements dating back to 1994. In 2021, trade between Jordan and Israel amounted to $430 million, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity, and included displays, cars, petrochemical products, foodstuffs, agricultural products, and energy supplies. Given the maritime blockade, this trade activity may have increased in volume, leading to the perception of a new, qualitatively different “land bridge.” Still, this movement in trade has already existed for decades, and even an increased volume in trade with Jordan cannot offset the losses from the maritime blockade.

    As per the agreement, Jordan is not legally allowed to ban exports from Jordan to Israel or otherwise risk breaking the peace treaty and becoming a party to the current and future wars with Israel. Despite the state’s official stance, many Jordanians took to the streets to demand stopping the supplies to Israel and cutting trade. This is not a new phenomenon in Jordan. Previously, Jordanians protested gas supplies from Israel and demanded their curtailment. The protests this time, however, are motivated by the desire to undermine Israel’s ability to carry on its genocide in Gaza. Jordanians perceive current trade as complicity in the war.

    As Jordanian protestors’ demands for a land blockade grow in pursuit of disrupting Israel’s war machine, Israel is not only actively promoting the idea of a land bridge from the same borders, but is pretending that it already exists. The question remains, why is Israel so invested in maintaining the charade?

    The answer lies in Israel’s campaign of psychological warfare, which is not only waged against the Palestinian people but also its own citizens in order to raise morale and bolster the war effort. The maritime blockade is currently exacting a heavy economic cost through inflationary pressures, which in turn has intimidated businesses, curtailed investments, and changed consumers’ spending patterns. This precarious situation can easily spiral into an economic crisis as prices continue to skyrocket and Israel’s supply chains remain unreliable. Amidst the panic, Israel might witness investor flight, and civil unrest could follow, which is already exacerbated by the deep political rift in Israeli society with respect to the current Netanyahu government.

    In such a scenario, even a fake story about a land bridge might help calm Israeli consumers and businesses in the hopes of altering their behavior. What this means, in essence, is that the so-called “land bridge” is an Israeli PSYOP aimed at preventing an economic and financial crash, which can easily become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

    The far bigger problem is not the land bridge, but the already existing trade agreement with Jordan. While Israel has used the land bridge story as a means of bolstering its own economy and promoting the prospects for an actual land corridor in the future, the key chokepoint in such a prospective corridor is Jordan. Jordan has a critical mass of Palestinian citizens, and yet it is the only country through which such a corridor can feasibly pass. Pro-Palestine activists in Jordan should therefore focus their efforts on severing Jordan’s longstanding trade agreement with Israel, which might frustrate any potential economic corridor in the future while turning the screws on Israel in the present as it continues in its genocidal war.

  • Red Sea ballistic missile attacks trigger Asian interest in defences | Reuters
    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/red-sea-ballistic-missile-attacks-trigger-asian-interest-defences-2024-02-2

    The use of anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBMs) in the Red Sea has spurred interest in Asia about the systems used to shoot them down, experts and industry officials say - although China, with its huge ASBM arsenal, presents a tougher challenge.

    U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) media releases from Nov. 27 - the world’s first documented use of an ASBM in combat - to Feb. 20 mention a total of 48 ASBMs and 12 interceptions in the Red Sea. Those releases noted that many ASBMs fired by the Iran-aligned Yemeni Houthis posed no danger and were not engaged.

    On the sidelines of the Singapore Airshow this week, a senior executive at a U.S. defence contractor said the air defence activity in the Red Sea and in Ukraine had caught the attention of potential customers in Asia.

    “What we’re seeing is demand increase for integrated air and missile defence here,” said the executive, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. He said that included sensors to detect targets, the weapons to shoot them down and the command-and-control systems tying it all together.

    Robert Hewson of Sweden’s Saab (SAABb.ST), opens new tab said at the air show that customers in Asia were now more interested in not just countering ballistic missiles, but also small, “low-end” aerial threats such as drones that have been launched in concert with larger attacks in the Red Sea.

    “It turns out we can do this ballistic missile stuff,” Hewson said. “It costs a lot of money and shoots big expensive missiles, but it looks like it all works. What we’re not really able to do reliably is handle swarms of small threats that are coming at us ... at the same time.”
    […]
    The Houthis have said all their missiles are domestically produced. Experts, the U.S. military and the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency say Iran has at least provided assistance, if not weapons themselves.

    In either case, the ASBMs and targeting on display in the Red Sea are rudimentary compared with what China could bring to bear, said Ankit Panda of the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace.

    “The overall system complexity of Chinese ASBMs, including the range to which they aspire, outclasses the missiles we’ve seen used by the Houthis,” he said. “I think both Beijing and Washington would do well to not overinterpret lessons about the viability and limitations of ASBMs from the last few months’ experience in the Red Sea.”