• Ils ont voulu tuer Zapata une seconde fois

    Jérôme Baschet

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/Ils-ont-voulu-tuer-Zapata-une-seconde-fois

    Il y a cent ans, le 10 avril 1919, était assassiné Emiliano Zapata, le héros de la révolution mexicaine qui avait lutté pour que les communautés paysannes récupèrent leurs terres, accaparées par les grandes haciendas ; il avait également impulsé une forme de pouvoir populaire parfois qualifiée de « Commune de Morelos », du nom de l’État qui, non loin de Mexico, en constituait le bastion. Depuis, il est demeuré une référence pour toutes les luttes populaires, notamment paysannes et indiennes. Un peu partout, dans le Mexique d’en bas, on raconte que Zapata n’est pas mort. Depuis leur soulèvement, le 1er janvier 1994, les zapatistes du Chiapas le considèrent comme leur général en chef et disent qu’on l’aperçoit parfois chevauchant dans les montagnes.

    Depuis un siècle, des centaines de Zapata sont morts en défendant leurs territoires contre la spoliation et la destruction. Le 20 février dernier, dans le Morelos, à quelques kilomètres du village natal de Zapata, l’un d’eux a été assassiné de deux balles dans la tête par des tueurs qui sont venus le chercher chez lui. Il s’appelait Samir Flores. Avec les autres habitants de son village, Amilcingo, il luttait contre le « Projet intégral Morelos » (...)

    #Mexique #Morelos #Zapata #assassinat #Samir_Flores #EZLN #López_Obrador #Francisco_Madero


  • Chasse : le Sénat crée un délit d’entrave punissable d’un an d’emprisonnement - Le Parisien
    http://www.leparisien.fr/environnement/chasse-le-senat-cree-un-delit-d-entrave-punissable-d-un-an-d-emprisonneme

    Le Sénat a créé jeudi un délit d’entrave pour sanctionner plus sévèrement l’action d’empêcher de chasser. Il a également voté de nouvelles mesures pour renforcer la sécurité à la chasse.

    « Les chasseurs font des efforts importants en matière de sécurité, mais il faut aussi que les autres, même s’ils sont anti-chasse, respectent le droit à pratiquer cette activité », a affirmé Jean-Noël Cardoux (LR), pour défendre la création d’un délit d’entrave.

    Il vise à punir d’un an d’emprisonnement et de 30 000 euros d’amende le fait de s’opposer à un acte de chasse, aujourd’hui considéré comme une contravention. Les défenseurs de la mesure ont cité « agressions physiques », « actes de vandalisme », « maltraitances envers les chiens de chasse » ou les chevaux.

    +

    Ils ont également souhaité « sanctuariser » la pratique de chasses traditionnelles, telle la chasse à la glu, pratiquée dans le Sud-Est.

    • #assassins
      pour tous les délits qu’ils citent, il existe déjà des lois « agressions physiques », « actes de vandalisme », « maltraitances envers les chiens de chasse » ou les chevaux. Ce nouveau délit délirant est du au #lobbying des chasseurs, il y a derrière des chasseurs avec beaucoup d’argent qui veulent absolument continuer de torturer des animaux par exemple avec la chasse à cour interdite en Grande Bretagne. Si il y a maintenant des lois pour protéger les bourreaux, les tenants de la corrida vont pouvoir revenir à la charge.
      C’est honteux, les #lanceurs_d'alerte qui ont le courage d’aller sur le terrain pour s’opposer au massacre se retrouvent criminalisés.

    • Pour la majorité des ruraux, la chasse, c’est ne pas pouvoir sortir sans crainte la moitié de l’année, ce sont des gens qui avec le pif rougeaud à 8h du mat qui se trimballent autour de chez toi et n’ont aucun problème à te faire comprendre que c’est toujours le type avec une arme qui a raison, ce sont des risques continuels de se retrouver avec des cons armés dans ton jardin en train de butter quelque chose en en ayant rien à battre de ton avis, ce sont des joggeurs ou des VTTistes qui ne sont pas certains de rentrer entiers de leur activité favorite (qui ne fait chier personne), ce sont nos animaux domestiques qui risquent leur pot quand ils prennent l’air dehors, ce sont tout de même quelques morts accidentelles tous les ans.

    • Ce délit a été créé dans le cadre de l’examen en première lecture au Sénat du texte, voté en janvier à l’Assemblée nationale, qui met en place la fusion de l’Agence française pour la biodiversité et de l’Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage, afin de créer le futur Office français de la biodiversité
      en janvier 2020

      Son successeur, François de Rugy, avait défendu devant les députés « le fruit d’un compromis » passé avec les fédérations de chasseurs, incluant la réduction du tarif du permis de chasser de 400 à 200 euros accordée par Emmanuel Macron.

      Les sénateurs ont inscrit dans le projet de loi l’obligation pour l’État d’apporter 10 euros par permis de chasser aux fédérations des chasseurs, en contrepartie de l’obligation incombant à celles-ci de dépenser au moins 5 euros par permis en faveur de la protection de la biodiversité.

      Donc, le permis 2 fois moins cher, avec en plus une aide de l’état, et 5€ dedans pour sauver la biodiversité (des chiens de chasse ?) ...

      #peur

    • @monolecte, je confirme pour m’être déjà fait gravement agresser par des chasseurs, étant à 50m de nous ils nous ont sciemment visé puis ont tiré des balles qui ont sifflées au-dessus de nos têtes, j’étais avec deux enfants de 4 ans pour cueillir des raisins sauvages, surement un méfait digne de la peine de mort.
      Le voisin qui m’a entendu hurlé contre eux m’a déconseillé de porter plainte au village du coin parce qu’a-t-il dit ils sont copains comme cochons et sont protégés par la police ce qui leur permet de faire la loi à coup de fusil.
      #tarés


  • On the 1st anniversary of the #GreatReturnMarch, Palestinian Centre for Human Rights publishes an info-graphic showing the number of civilian casualties from 30 March 2018-28 March 2019 resulting from Israel’s suppression of the #GreatReturnMarch demonstrations. | Palestinian Center for Human Rights
    https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=12229

    Question and Answer: 1st Year Anniversary of the March of Return Demonstrations
    March 28, 2019

    https://pchrgaza.org/en/?p=12225
    #Marcheduretour #bilan


  • L’auto comme arme meurtrière. Quand la masculinité toxique rencontre une pédale d’accélération, la rue se transforme en champ de bataille


    L’Allemagne vient de condamner pour meurtre deux abrutis qui se livraient à un rodéo nocturne dans le centre de Berlin et ont ainsi tué un autre automobiliste. C’est une première.
    C’est une gifle à la culture de la branche automobile qui pue la testostérone. C’est aussi la loi du plus fort et une perversion de l’idée de liberté promue par le capitalisme qui est mise à mal.
    Si ceux qui pratiquent la violence d’État pouvaient en prendre de la graine…
    https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Mordwaffe-Auto-4355526.html

    Selten sorgt eine Gerichtsentscheidung für so viele Diskussionen wie das Urteil des Berliner Landgerichts, das zwei Autoraser, deren Fahrweise einen Unbeteiligten zu Tode brachte, auch in der Berufungsverhandlung wegen Mordes verurteilten. De beiden Angeklagten hatten sich an einer Ampel in der Berliner Innenstadt zum Autorennen verabredet. Das Gericht fand in der Urteilsbegründung klare Worte:
    Die Angeklagten hätten den Tod anderer Verkehrsteilnehmer nicht nur billigend in Kauf genommen, sondern darüber hinaus auch die Mordmerkmale der gemeingefährlichen Begehungsweise, der Heimtücke und der niedrigen Beweggründe erfüllt. Die Angeklagten hätten mit ihren schweren und PS-starken Autos, die beim Zusammenprall wie Geschosse gewirkt hätten, eine hohe Anzahl von anderen Verkehrsteilnehmern und Passanten auf dem auch nachts stark frequentierten Kurfürstendamm in Gefahr gebracht. Sie hätten es dem Zufall überlassen, ob und wie viele Menschen durch ihr Verhalten zu Schaden kommen. Der Getötete sei völlig arg- und wehrlos gewesen, weil er zu Recht darauf vertraut habe, dass ihm keine Gefahr drohe, wenn er bei grünem Licht die Kreuzung passiere. Das Motiv der Angeklagten, das Autorennen um jeden Preis zu gewinnen, sei sittlich auf tiefster Stufe stehend gewesen.
    Aus der Pressemitteilung des Berliner Landgerichts

    Das Urteil wird auch deswegen so heftig diskutiert, weil hier erstmals ein Gericht ein Verhalten als Mord bezeichnet und sanktioniert, das vielzulange bagatellisiert wurde. Schon der Begriff des Unfalls verharmlost ein Geschehen, dass häufig durch falsches menschliches Handeln verursacht wurde. So gibt es einige Politiker, die Autounfälle teilweise alkoholisiert verursacht haben und keinen Karriereknick befürchten mussten. Selbst wenn sie Verletzungen und Todesfälle verursachten, waren solche Taten gesellschaftlich nicht wirklich geächtet.
    Hier zeigen sich die menschenverachtenden Auswirkungen der Automobilpropaganda von der freien Fahrt für freie Bürger. Wer hier reglementieren wollte, für Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzungen oder auch autofreie Zonen eintrat, galt schon als gefährlicher Radikaler. Noch Ende der 1980er Jahre reichte es, dass die Grünen über einen Spritpreis diskutierten, wie er heutzutage längst erreicht ist, um sie als gefährliche Radikale hinzustellen, die die Freiheit für Automobilisten einschränken wollten. Die Straße war nach diesen Vorstellungen der Tummelplatz der schnellen Autos und wer sich vor denen nicht schnell genug in Sicherheit bringen konnte, hatte selber schuld.
    […]
    Der Ausstieg aus der Automobilgesellschaft gehört zu den drängenden Forderungen der Gegenwart, Ein starker Gegner dabei ist Bundesverkehrsminister Scheuer. Er agiert als Minister der Autolobby und damit als entschiedener Verteidiger der freien Fahrt für freie Bürger am Gaspedal. Deswegen lehnt Scheuer verpflichtende Eignungsprüfungen für ältere Autofahrer ebenso ab wie ein Tempolimit auf Autobahnen, wie es von einer Kommission gefordert wurde, die Pläne zur Erreichung der Klimaziele ausarbeiten sollte.
    Gleichzeitig will er freie Fahrt für Uber und andere Unternehmen des Plattformkapitalismus, was Proteste bei der Taxiindustrie und auch bei gewerkschaftlich organisierten Taxifahrern hervorrief. So ist Scheuer ein Verfechter der Parole „Freie Fahrt für freie Bürger“ und der Interessen der Konzerne.
    Das ist eine sehr geläufige Konstellation. So wie die Raser aller Länder die Straßen zum Schlachtfeld machen, wo alle unter die Räder kommen, die nicht schnell genug sind, so gilt auch im kapitalistischen Rattenrennen das Recht des Stärkeren und die Schwachen bleiben auf der Strecke. So wurde das Recht auf Mobilität im Kapitalismus zur freien Fahrt für freie Bürger pervertiert.

    #automobile #vitesse #violence #machisme

    • Où je découvre que sur une Porsche (en tout cas le modèle ici représenté, mais quelque chose me dit que c’est sans doute commun à tous les modèles) l’indication principale, celle au centre, c’est le compte-tours et que la vitesse, elle, est une information secondaire, sur le côté et en plus petit. Voilà qui est éloquent. Cela équivaut à dire en somme que pour la personne qui conduit une telle voiture, la santé du moteur est prioritaire sur la sécurité.

    • @philippe_de_jonckheere
      ... d’autant plus que le compte tours est parfaitement obsolète dans ces voitures dont chaque détail est contrôlé par une pléthore de mini-ordinateurs, ces fameux embedded systems .

      Pour les utilisateurs de véhicules anciens le compte tours sert á éviter que le moteur cale suite á une tentative de démarrage avec un nombre de tours trop petit et surtout á protéger le l’engin contre la déstruction par un conducteur le faisant tourner trop vite. Pour les pilotes de course dans les véhicules équipés de moteurs á explosion le compte tours facilite le choix de la vitesse qui fait tourner la machine avec la puissance maximale.

      Les trois problémes classiques de la conduite étant éliminés depuis longtemps par les boîtes de vitesse automatiques le compte tours n’a plus de raison d’être technique. Il fait partie des signaux symboliques dont sont composés les tableaux de bord virtuels sur les écrans tactiles à la mode.

      Les Ferraris de la derniére génération sont complètement modifiable par la programmation des systèmes de contrôle numérique. Le client qui remplace sa voiture par le modéle le plus récent profite uniquement d’un nouveaux réglage par ordinateur parce qu’il est quasiment impossible de pousser plus loin les paramétres définis par les qualités physiques et chimiques des composantes en dur.

      Conduire une voiture moderne est un acte aussi abstrait et symbolique que le paiement par carte bancaire á la différence près qu’il est réservé aux ninjas spécialisés de transformer une carte de paiement en arme mortelle.

      L’utilisation des systèmes automobiles de luxe étant réservé normalement à une clientéle restreinte protégée contre toute poursuite judiciaire par son énorme richesse nous sommes confrontés depuis quelques années à un nouveau type d’utilisateur plus répandu que les princes saoudiens et enfants d’oligarches russes.

      Les banques européennes et étatuniennes n’arrosent pas seulement les nantis traditionnels. L’abondance d’argent liquide fait également profiter les secteurs économiques nouveles et illicites pour ne pas dire criminelles. Un modéle d’affaire trés populaire auprés des blanchisseurs d’argent est la location de voitures de luxe. Ces entreprises ont souvent leur siége social au Luxembourg alors que les clients se recrutent parmi la pègre locale. Ce sont de jeunes malfrats qui louent à plusieurs une Mercedes AMG ou une A8 pour une semaine pour impressionner les copains. Certains s’endettent pour devenir propriétaire, mais ils sont plus rares et ne font généralement pas partie des cercles fermés qui gérent le trafic de stupéfiants.

      L’accident dramtique de Berlin et la condamnation á la perpuité de deux marginaux font les gros titres, mais le fond du problème se trouves dans les coffres et esprits des dirigeants de l’industrie automobile qui sont en train de ruiner la vie de milliard d’habitants de la terre par les mesures violentes dont ils se servent pour imposer au monde entier leurs produits inutiles.

      Volkswagen et Apple mènent le même combat !

    • Au-delà du truc scandaleux des hyper riches au volant, le truc m’évoque ce que dit l’auteur d’Airvore, excellent plaidoyer technique et culturel contre la bagnole : de plus en plus de gens s’équipent de SUV (4x4 urbains en français) parce que les fabricants vantent leur sécurité. Avec ces grosses bagnoles dans lesquelles on est bien à l’abri, c’est le moins bien équipé, le pauvre, qui morfle. Parce que ces bagnoles sont plus dangereuses pour autrui en cas de collusion. Disparaît ainsi une sécurité collective parce que des gens aisés ou qui vont se saigner mettre leur petite sécurité à l’abri derrière un truc qui contribue au désastre. Là aussi, il y a une guerre aux pauvres et aux plus vulnérables qui se joue dans l’indifférence générale...


  • Humanitarian snapshot : casualties in the Gaza strip | 30 Mar 2018 - 22 Mar 2019

    Since 30 March 2018, the Gaza Strip has witnessed a significant increase in Palestinian casualties in the context of mass demonstrations and other activities along Israel’s perimeter fence with Gaza, as part of the “Great March of Return” (GMR). Additional casualties have resulted from hostilities and access related incidents. The large number of casualties among unarmed Palestinian demonstrators, including a high percentage of demonstrators injured by live ammunition, has raised concerns about excessive use of force by Israeli troops. Exposure of children to violence and lack of protection for medical teams are also of concern. Despite significant assistance provided, addressing the resulting multiple needs of the mass influx of casualties remains challenging due to the lack of funds, years of blockade, the internal Palestinian political divide and a chronic energy crisis.


    https://www.ochaopt.org/content/humanitarian-snapshot-casualties-gaza-strip-30-mar-2018-22-mar-2019
    #Gaza #statistiques #chiffres #2019 #morts #décès #Palestine #frontières #les_frontières_tuent #Israël #visualisation #blessures #blessés #décompte


  • The boy on the bike - RN - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-03-23/andrew-gray-iraq-invasion-boy-on-a-bike-war-crime/10905620

    Two American soldiers say they saw two comrades from another US unit kill a boy on a bicycle in cold blood.

    The US convoy had encountered and killed six enemy soldiers on the edge of the Iraqi city of Karbala.

    The boy, aged 12 to 15, was riding his bike about 15 to 20 metres away.

    He was unarmed and posed no threat but the two soldiers shot him anyway.

    “Wrong place, wrong time,” said one of the soldiers who shot him.

    #crimes #etats-unis #irak


  • 25 anni dall’omicidio di #Ilaria_Alpi e #Miran_Hrovatin

    Il fumetto ripercorre a ritroso gli ultimi giorni di vita di Ilaria e Miran, a partire da quei colpi di pistola alla testa sparati da un commando somalo, colpi che dall’interno di quel pick-up hanno rimbombato fino in Italia. Era il 20 marzo 1994. Come pezzi di un puzzle mai finito, i capitoli fanno breccia nelle ricerche condotte dai due sul traffico di armi dall’Italia alla Somalia, sui rifiuti tossici nocivi presumibilmente seppelliti sotto scuole e strade, come la Garoe-Bosaso, e sul ruolo del peschereccio Farah Omar, all’epoca sequestrato al porto di Bosaso.

    Assemblando prove accertate con elementi non confermati o di finzione, indicati e distinti dallo stesso sceneggiatore nella sua nota finale, l’opera sposa l’ipotesi dell’esecuzione premeditata volta ad insabbiare le prove raccolte da Ilaria e Miran. Attraverso una narrazione volutamente scarna e necessariamente non esaustiva, vengono presentati degli squarci che aiutano ad entrare nella complessità della vicenda. Sfruttando poi il potere divulgativo e di denuncia del graphic journalism, i disegni ad acquerello di Francesco Ripoli, basatisi in parte sul materiale fotografico disponibile, riescono a trasmettere allo stesso tempo la tragicità del duplice omicidio, la passione per il giornalismo d’inchiesta che animava Ilaria Alpi e il bisogno di giustizia che persiste. Un bisogno di giustizia che cresce e si alimenta man mano che si aggiungono elementi durante la lettura, nella vana speranza di trovare tutte le tessere del puzzle.


    http://afrologist.org/25-anni-omicidio-ilaria-alpi-miran-hrovatin

    #BD #bande_dessinée #livre #meurtre #journalisme #presse #assassinat #médias
    ping @albertocampiphoto @wizo


  • Les Coups de leurs Privilèges

    En #France, chaque année, entre 10 et 15 personnes non-armées meurent pendant ou suite à une interpellation par les #forces_de_l’ordre. Dans la majorité des cas, il s’agit de personnes issues de la colonisation ou de l’esclavage, vivant dans les #quartiers_populaires. Les policiers sont rarement jugés, et lorsque c’est le cas, ils écopent d’une peine symbolique ou de quelques mois de sursis, ce qui n’a aucun impact sur leur carrière professionnelle. Ce film traite de deux affaires : celle de #Wissam_El-Yamni, décédé suite à une interpellation le 1er janvier 2012 à Clermont-Ferrand, et celle de #Morad_Touat, décédé le 4 avril 2014 à Marseille.
    Il rend hommage aux luttes de l’immigration qui ont eu lieu depuis les années 60 jusqu’à aujourd’hui sur cette question, et analyse le rôle de la police dans le système de socio-apartheid français.

    http://www.cinemeteque.com/film/les-coups-de-leurs-privileges
    #film #violences_policières #impunité #luttes #résistance #justice
    #Sabrina_Chebbi
    ping @davduf



  • Un chef indigène a été assassiné au #Brésil

    Un chef de l’ethnie #Tukano, #Francisco_de_Souza_Pereira, âgé de 53 ans, a été abattu mercredi 27 février chez lui, dans la communauté d’#Urukia, dans le nord de #Manaus, au Brésil. Il dirigeait 42 communautés de la région de Manaus.

    Trois hommes cagoulés sont entrés dans la maison pendant la nuit et ont tiré sur le cacique. La femme et la fille de la victime ont été témoins du crime. Selon le Bureau de l’homicide et des homicides (DEHS), qui enquête sur l’affaire, les motifs du crime sont encore inconnus.


    https://reporterre.net/Un-chef-indigene-a-ete-assassine-au-Bresil
    #assassinat #peuples_autochtones


  • Gaza : des enquêteurs de l’ONU suspectent Israël de crimes contre l’humanité lors des manifestations
    ONU Info - 28 février 2019 - Droits de l’homme
    https://news.un.org/fr/story/2019/02/1037422

    « La Commission a des motifs raisonnables de croire que des soldats israéliens ont commis des violations des droits de la personne et du droit humanitaire international lors de la "Grande Marche du retour". Certaines de ces violations peuvent constituer des crimes de guerre ou des crimes contre l’humanité et doivent faire immédiatement l’objet d’une enquête par Israël », a déclaré le Président argentin de la Commission, Santiago Canton.

    La Commission a trouvé des motifs raisonnables de croire que des membres des forces de sécurité israéliennes avaient tué et blessé des civils qui ne participaient pas directement aux hostilités et ne constituaient aucune menace imminente.

    L’enquête a couvert la période allant du début des manifestations jusqu’au 31 décembre 2018.

    « Plus de 6.000 manifestants non armés ont été touchés par des tireurs d’élite militaires, semaine après semaine lors des manifestations » près de la barrière de séparation, selon la commission de l’ONU. Au cours des manifestations couvertes par l’enquête, 189 Palestiniens ont été tués.

    La Commission a constaté que les forces de sécurité israéliennes avaient tué 183 de ces manifestants avec des balles réelles, dont 35 enfants, trois ambulanciers paramédicaux et deux des journalistes, clairement identifiés.

    #ONU #marcheduretour



  • UN council: Israel intentionally shot children and journalists in Gaza - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/un-council-israel-intentionally-shot-children-and-journalists-in-gaza-1.697

    The investigative commission of the United Nations Human Rights Council that examined the most recent round of violence on the #Israel-#Gaza border presented its findings on Thursday, saying it found “reasonable grounds” that Israeli security forces violated international law.

    The commission determined that the majority of Gaza protesters who were killed by Israeli forces —154 out of 183 people — had been unarmed.

    The panel also recommended that UN members consider imposing individual sanctions, such as a travel ban or an assets freeze, on those identified as responsible by the commission.

    [...]

    The commiission found that 35 children had been killed, some from direct weapons fire. The commission also noted one case involving a disabled person in a wheelchair and direct fire at journalists who claimed that they were clearly identified as press. One commission member, Sara Hussein, responded that there was no justification for firing at children and the disabled, whom she claimed posed no danger. The commission also took note of injury to Israeli soldiers in the confrontations.

    The commission also recommended that materials it collected be transferred to the International Criminal Court in The Hague and that UN members “consider imposing individual sanctions, such as a travel ban or an assets freeze, on those identified as responsible by the commission.”

    #crimes #ONU #impunité

    En français, versions édulcorées
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/02/28/israel-mis-en-cause-par-une-commission-de-l-onu-pour-de-possibles-crimes-de-

    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1159486/lonu-accuse-israel-de-possibles-crimes-contre-lhumanite-a-gaza.html

    https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/10254221-l-onu-suspecte-israel-de-crimes-de-guerre-lors-des-manifestations-a-gaz


  • La réponse d’Israël aux manifestations à Gaza, un « crime contre l’humanité »  ?
    Publié le 28/02/2019 - AFP
    https://www.sudouest.fr/2019/02/28/la-reponse-d-israel-aux-manifestations-a-gaza-un-crime-contre-l-humanite-58

    Une commission de l’ONU indique que « plus de 6 000 manifestants non armés ont été touchés par des tireurs d’élite militaires » durant les manifestations de la « Marche du retour » à Gaza.

    La réponse d’Israël aux manifestations à Gaza en 2018 « peut constituer des crimes de guerre ou des crimes contre l’humanité », affirme ce jeudi une commission de l’ONU. Les enquêteurs soulignent que des snipers ont visé des civils, dont des enfants.

    « Les soldats israéliens ont commis des violations du droit international humanitaire et des droits humains. Certaines de ces violations […] doivent immédiatement faire l’objet d’une enquête par Israël », a déclaré le président de la Commission, Santiago Canton.
    Des enfants et des journalistes pris pour cible

    Selon la commission de l’ONU, « plus de 6 000 manifestants non armés ont été touchés par des tireurs d’élite militaires, semaine après semaine lors des manifestations ».

    Les enquêteurs ont indiqué avoir « trouvé des motifs raisonnables de croire que des tireurs d’élite israéliens ont tiré sur des journalistes, du personnel de santé, des enfants et des personnes handicapées, sachant qu’ils étaient clairement reconnaissables comme tels ».

    La commission a été mise sur pied en mai 2018 par le Conseil des droits de l’Homme de l’ONU pour « enquêter sur les violations et mauvais traitements présumés […] dans le contexte des assauts militaires menés lors des grandes manifestations civiles qui ont commencé le 30 mars 2018 » à Gaza. (...)

    • La réponse d’Israël aux manifestations à Gaza « peut constituer » un « crime contre l’humanité », selon les enquêteurs de l’ONU
      le 28/02/2019
      https://www.francetvinfo.fr/monde/proche-orient/israel-palestine/la-reponse-d-israel-aux-manifestations-a-gaza-peut-constituer-un-crime-

      Israël rejette comme « partial » ce rapport d’une commission d’enquête de l’ONU sur sa riposte face aux manifestations de 2018 dans la bande de Gaza. L’Etat hébreu impute au mouvement palestinien Hamas la responsabilité du bilan humain.

    • Gaza : Un rapport de l’Onu pointe de possibles crimes de guerre israéliens
      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/280219/gaza-un-rapport-de-lonu-pointe-de-possibles-crimes-de-guerre-israeliens
      28 février 2019 Par Agence Reuters

      GENEVE (Reuters) - Des enquêteurs des Nations unies ont déclaré jeudi que les forces de sécurité israéliennes avaient peut-être commis des crimes de guerre et des crimes contre l’humanité en abattant 189 Palestiniens et en en blessant plus de 6.100 autres, lors des manifestations du vendredi l’an dernier à la lisière de la bande de Gaza.

      La commission indépendante dit disposer d’informations confidentielles sur ceux qu’elle pense être responsables de la mort de ces Palestiniens.

      « Les forces de sécurité israéliennes ont tué et mutilé des manifestants palestiniens qui ne constituaient pas une menace imminente de mort ou de blessures graves pour autrui lorsqu’ils ont été visés, et qui ne participaient pas non plus directement à des hostilités », ont déclaré les enquêteurs dans leur rapport.

      Les autorités israéliennes ont parlé de « théâtre de l’absurde », jeudi, à propos de ce rapport des Nations unies.

      Pour le ministre israélien des Affaires étrangères par intérim Israel Katz, le Conseil des droits de l’homme de l’Onu a « accouché d’un nouveau rapport hostile, mensonger et biaisé contre l’Etat d’Israël(...). Nul ne peut dénier à Israël le droit à l’autodéfense et l’obligation de défendre ses ressortissants et ses frontières face à des attaques violentes ».


  • De l’art du titrage

    Vives tensions à cause d’une « frappe » indienne contre un camp terroriste au Pakistan

    s’affiche sur la une du e-monde.fr et il faut cliquer pour lire que

    Islamabad conteste cette version, affirmant avoir repoussé une brève incursion de l’armée de l’air indienne sur son territoire.

    et c’est en lisant l’article qu’on apprend sans surprise que

    La France, de son côté, a défendu « la légitimité de l’Inde à assurer sa sécurité contre le terrorisme transfrontalier » et demandé au Pakistan de « mettre fin aux agissements des groupes terroristes installés sur son territoire ».

    Que signifie ces guillemets autour de « frappe » ? Est-ce que c’était des douces caresses de missiles et non des frappes ?

    « Aux premières heures aujourd’hui, l’Inde a frappé le plus grand camp d’entraînement de Jaish-e-Mohammed à Balakot », a dit M. Gokhale, qualifiant ce raid d’« action préventive non militaire », un raid « spécifiquement ciblé sur le camp de JeM ».

    « Dans cette opération, un très grand nombre de terroristes, de formateurs, de commandants de haut rang et de jihadistes entraînés aux attentats-suicides de Jaish-e-Mohammed ont été éliminés », a-t-il poursuivi.

    Je sais pas trop ce qu’est une « frappe » avec des guillemets, mais manifestement ca élimine préventivement des vies et ca élimine le mot « préventif » des « frappes ».

    La Chine et l’Union européenne ont ainsi appelé mardi les deux pays à « la retenue ».

    La France de son coté en appelle à la guerre nucléaire puisqu’elle a vendu ses armes à l’Inde et non plus au Pakistan (l’affaire Karachi ayant compliqué le business).

    Sur le front diplomatique, l’Inde s’est efforcée ces derniers jours d’isoler le Pakistan. Avec l’aide de la France, elle cherche à inscrire Masood Azhar, le chef du JeM qui vit en liberté au Pakistan, sur la liste de sanctions du Conseil de sécurité de l’ONU. Une source diplomatique juge toutefois improbable qu’après les frappes indiennes de mardi, la Chine, proche alliée du Pakistan et membre du Conseil de sécurité, donne son accord. Pékin y a déjà mis son veto à trois reprises.

    Le Pakistan achète manifestement ses armes à la Chine.
    La Chine n’achète manifestement pas d’armes à la France non plus et ca c’est vraiment pas gentil.
    Et ne dites pas que la France est islamophobe, ou même terroriste-o-phobe ! La France aime beaucoup les Saoudiens (tant qu’ils achetent nos pan-dans-l’oeil et nos pan-dans-la-gueule). Par contre les pays qui ne nous achètent pas d’armes sont des terroristes en puissance qui méritent une bombe nucléaire préventive dans leurs faces.
    Vive la diplomatie en marche.

    edit : voici la source https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/02/26/le-pakistan-accuse-l-inde-d-incursion-aerienne-au-cachemire_5428279_3210.htm


  • « La France tue au Yémen » : le député toulousain Sébastien Nadot provoque un incident à l’Assemblée nationale en brandissant une pancarte

    https://www.ladepeche.fr/2019/02/19/la-france-tue-au-yemen-le-depute-sebastien-nadot-provoque-un-incident-a-la

    Pourtant, l’Arabie Saoudite est le deuxième plus gros client pour les entreprises françaises de défense, après l’Inde. Le rapport 2018 au parlement sur les exportations d’armes précise que la France a vendu pour plus de 11 milliards d’euros d’armes en 9 ans au royaume saoudien.

    #industrie_de_l'armement #assassins #france #chiffres_armement



  • Vingt-six personnes sont décédées à la suite d’une interventions des forces de l’ordre en 2018
    https://www.bastamag.net/Vingt-six-personnes-sont-decedees-a-la-suite-d-une-interventions-des-force

    Nous avons actualisé notre recensement des décès au contact des forces de l’ordre pour l’année 2018. 26 personnes sont décédées des suites d’une intervention policière. Parmi elles, sept étaient armées. Les forces de l’ordre étaient en situation de riposte dans trois cas, face notamment aux auteurs d’attaque terroriste à Trèbes et sur le marché de Noël de Strasbourg. Les 19 autres personnes tuées n’étaient pas armées. En 2018, 26 personnes sont décédées à la suite d’une intervention avec les forces de l’ordre (...)

    #Décrypter

    / A la une, #Enquêtes, #Droits_fondamentaux


  • Une experte indépendante de l#’ONU conduira une enquête internationale sur la mort de Khashoggi | ONU Info
    https://news.un.org/fr/story/2019/01/1034912

    Le 4 janvier 2019, la Haut-Commissaire aux droits de l’homme Michelle Bachelet avait estimé que le procès pénal en #Arabie_saoudite de personnes soupçonnées d’être impliquées dans l’#assassinat du #journaliste Jamal #Khashoggi ne répondait pas aux exigences de l’enquête indépendante et internationale qu’elle avait réclamée.


  • #Fortapàsc

    En 1985, Giancarlo Siani est tué de dix balles de revolver. Il avait 26 ans. Il était journaliste au quotidien "Il Mattino" et avait le défaut de s’informer, de vérifier les nouvelles, d’enquêter sur les faits. Nous le suivons ici dans les quatre derniers mois de sa vie : son dernier été, quand il descendait tous les jours dans l’enfer de Torre Annunziata, règne du boss mafieux #Valentino_Gionta. A cette période, tout tournait autour des intérêts pour la reconstruction de l’après-tremblement de terre de 1980. Au milieu des « camorristes », des politiciens corrompus, des magistrats craintifs et des carabiniers impuissants, Giancarlo voyait. Il comprenait.


    http://www.allocine.fr/film/fichefilm_gen_cfilm=174715.html
    #film #journalisme #presse #médias #meurtre #assassinat #Naples #mafia #Italie #Torre_Annunziata #camorra #appels_d'offre #reconstruction #tremblement_de_terre #catastrophes_naturelles #Giancarlo_Siani #corruption



  • Décès au contact des forces de l’ordre : une nouvelle mise à jour de notre base de données
    https://www.bastamag.net/Deces-au-contact-des-forces-de-l-ordre-une-nouvelle-mise-a-jour-de-notre-b

    La publication récente par Basta ! d’une base de donnée inédite comptabilisant les personnes décédées au contact de la police a partiellement atteint son objectif : stimuler le débat public sur la question. Les autorités diffusaient peu après leur propre recensement sur l’année écoulée, tandis que des citoyens se saisissaient de la question et nous faisaient remonter de nouveaux cas. Voici donc une mise à jour de notre enquête, qui intègre en outre les personnes tuées depuis le mois de juin 2018. Nous (...)

    #Décrypter

    / #Enquêtes, A la une


  • Who writes history? The fight to commemorate a massacre by the Texas #rangers

    In 1918, a state-sanctioned vigilante force killed 15 unarmed Mexicans in #Porvenir. When their descendants applied for a historical marker a century later, they learned that not everyone wants to remember one of Texas’ darkest days.

    The name of the town was Porvenir, or “future.” In the early morning hours of January 28, 1918, 15 unarmed Mexicans and Mexican Americans were awakened by a state-sanctioned vigilante force of Texas Rangers, U.S. Army cavalry and local ranchers. The men and boys ranged in age from 16 to 72. They were taken from their homes, led to a bluff over the Rio Grande and shot from 3 feet away by a firing squad. The remaining residents of the isolated farm and ranch community fled across the river to Mexico, where they buried the dead in a mass grave. Days later, the cavalry returned to burn the abandoned village to the ground.

    These, historians broadly agree, are the facts of what happened at Porvenir. But 100 years later, the meaning of those facts remains fiercely contested. In 2015, as the centennial of the massacre approached, a group of historians and Porvenir descendants applied for and was granted a Texas Historical Commission (THC) marker. After a three-year review process, the THC approved the final text in July. A rush order was sent to the foundry so that the marker would be ready in time for a Labor Day weekend dedication ceremony planned by descendants. Then, on August 3, Presidio County Historical Commission Chair Mona Blocker Garcia sent an email to the THC that upended everything. Though THC records show that the Presidio commission had been consulted throughout the marker approval process, Garcia claimed to be “shocked” that the text was approved. She further asserted, without basis, that “the militant Hispanics have turned this marker request into a political rally and want reparations from the federal government for a 100-year-old-plus tragic event.”

    Four days later, Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton sent a follow-up letter. Without identifying specific errors in the marker text, he demanded that the dedication ceremony be canceled and the marker’s production halted until new language could be agreed upon. Ponton speculated, falsely, that the event was planned as a “major political rally” for Beto O’Rourke with the participation of La Raza Unida founding member José Ángel Gutiérrez, neither of whom was involved. Nonetheless, THC History Programs Director Charles Sadnick sent an email to agency staff the same day: “After getting some more context about where the marker sponsor may be coming from, we’re halting production on the marker.”

    The American Historical Association quickly condemned the THC’s decision, as did the office of state Senator José Rodríguez, a Democrat whose district includes both Presidio County and El Paso, where the ceremony was to be held. Historians across the country also spoke out against the decision. Sarah Zenaida Gould, director of the Museo del Westside in San Antonio and cofounder of Latinos in Heritage Conservation, responded in an email to the agency that encapsulates the views of many of the historians I interviewed: “Halting the marker process to address this statement as though it were a valid concern instead of a dog whistle is insulting to all people of color who have personally or through family history experienced state violence.”

    How did a last-gasp effort, characterized by factual errors and inflammatory language, manage to convince the state agency for historic preservation to reverse course on a marker three years in the making and sponsored by a young Latina historian with an Ivy League pedigree and Texas-Mexico border roots? An Observer investigation, involving dozens of interviews and hundreds of emails obtained through an open records request, reveals a county still struggling to move on from a racist and violent past, far-right amateur historians sowing disinformation and a state agency that acted against its own best judgment.

    The Porvenir massacre controversy is about more than just the fate of a single marker destined for a lonely part of West Texas. It’s about who gets to tell history, and the continuing relevance of the border’s contested, violent and racist past to events today.

    Several rooms in Benita Albarado’s home in Uvalde are almost overwhelmed by filing cabinets and stacks of clipboards, the ever-growing archive of her research into what happened at Porvenir. For most of her life, Benita, 74, knew nothing about the massacre. What she did know was that her father, Juan Flores, had terrible nightmares, and that in 1950 he checked himself in to a state mental hospital for symptoms that today would be recognized as PTSD. When she asked her mother what was wrong with him, she always received the same vague response: “You don’t understand what he’s been through.”

    In 1998, Benita and her husband, Buddy, began tracing their family trees. Benita was perplexed that she couldn’t find any documentation about her grandfather, Longino Flores. Then she came across the archival papers of Harry Warren, a schoolteacher, lawyer and son-in-law of Tiburcio Jáquez, one of the men who was murdered. Warren had made a list of the victims, and Longino’s name was among them. Warren also described how one of his students from Porvenir had come to his house the next morning to tell him what happened, and then traveled with him to the massacre site to identify the bodies, many of which were so mutilated as to be virtually unrecognizable. Benita immediately saw the possible connection. Her father, 12 at the time, matched Warren’s description of the student.

    Benita and Buddy drove from Uvalde to Odessa, where her father lived, with her photocopied papers. “Is that you?” she asked. He said yes. Then, for the first time in 80 years, he began to tell the story of how he was kidnapped with the men, but then sent home because of his age; he was told that the others were only going to be questioned. To Benita and Buddy’s amazement, he remembered the names of 12 of the men who had been murdered. They were the same as those in Harry Warren’s papers. He also remembered the names of the ranchers who had shown up at his door. Some of those, including the ancestors of prominent families still in Presidio County, had never been found in any document.

    Talking about the massacre proved healing for Flores. His nightmares stopped. In 2000, at age 96, he decided that he wanted to return to Porvenir. Buddy drove them down an old mine road in a four-wheel-drive truck. Flores pointed out where his old neighbors used to live, even though the buildings were gone. He guided Buddy to the bluff where the men were killed — a different location than the one commonly believed by local ranchers to be the massacre site. His memory proved to be uncanny: At the bluff, the family discovered a pre-1918 military bullet casing, still lying on the Chihuahuan desert ground.

    Benita and Buddy began advocating for a historical marker in 2000, soon after their trip to Porvenir. “A lot of people say that this was a lie,” Buddy told me. “But if you’ve got a historical marker, the state has to acknowledge what happened.” Their efforts were met by resistance from powerful ranching families, who held sway over the local historical commission. The Albarados had already given up when they met Monica Muñoz Martinez, a Yale graduate student from Uvalde, who interviewed them for her dissertation. In 2013, Martinez, by then an assistant professor at Brown University, co-founded Refusing to Forget, a group of historians aiming to create broader public awareness of border violence, including Porvenir and other extrajudicial killings of Mexicans by Texas Rangers during the same period. The most horrific of these was La Matanza, in which dozens of Mexicans and Mexican Americans were murdered in the Rio Grande Valley in 1915.

    In 2006, the THC created the Undertold Markers program, which seemed tailor-made for Porvenir. According to its website, the program is designed to “address historical gaps, promote diversity of topics, and proactively document significant underrepresented subjects or untold stories.” Unlike the agency’s other marker programs, anyone can apply for an undertold marker, not just county historical commissions. Martinez’s application for a Porvenir massacre marker was accepted in 2015.

    Though the approval process for the Porvenir marker took longer than usual, by the summer of 2018 everything appeared to be falling into place. On June 1, Presidio County Historical Commission chair Garcia approved the final text. (Garcia told me that she thought she was approving a different text. Her confusion is difficult to understand, since the text was attached to the digital form she submitted approving it.) Martinez began coordinating with the THC and Arlinda Valencia, a descendant of one of the victims, to organize a dedication ceremony in El Paso.
    “They weren’t just simple farmers. I seriously doubt that they were just killed for no reason.”

    In mid-June, Valencia invited other descendants to the event and posted it on Facebook. She began planning a program to include a priest’s benediction, a mariachi performance and brief remarks by Martinez, Senator Rodríguez and a representative from the THC. The event’s climax would be the unveiling of the plaque with the names of the 15 victims.

    Then the backlash began.

    “Why do you call it a massacre?” is the first thing Jim White III said over the phone when I told him I was researching the Porvenir massacre. White is the trustee of the Brite Ranch, the site of a cross-border raid by Mexicans on Christmas Day 1917, about a month before the Porvenir massacre. When I explained that the state-sanctioned extrajudicial execution of 15 men and boys met all the criteria I could think of for a massacre, he shot back, “It sounds like you already have your opinion.”

    For generations, ranching families like the Brites have dominated the social, economic and political life of Presidio County. In a visit to the Marfa & Presidio County Museum, I was told that there were almost no Hispanic surnames in any of the exhibits, though 84 percent of the county is Hispanic. The Brite family name, however, was everywhere.

    White and others in Presidio County subscribe to an alternative history of the Porvenir massacre, centering on the notion that the Porvenir residents were involved in the bloody Christmas Day raid.

    “They weren’t just simple farmers,” White told me, referring to the victims. “I seriously doubt that they were just killed for no reason.” Once he’d heard about the historical marker, he said, he’d talked to everyone he knew about it, including former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Mona Blocker Garcia.

    I visited Garcia at her Marfa home, an 1886 adobe that’s the same age as the venerable Marfa County Courthouse down the street. Garcia, 82, is Anglo, and married to a former oil executive whose ancestry, she explained, is Spanish and French Basque. A Houston native, she retired in the 1990s to Marfa, where she befriended the Brite family and became involved in local history. She told me that she had shared a draft text of the marker with the Brites, and they had agreed that it was factually inaccurate.

    Garcia cited a story a Brite descendant had told her about a young goat herder from Porvenir who purportedly witnessed the Christmas Day raid, told authorities about the perpetrators from his community and then disappeared without a trace into a witness protection program in Oklahoma. When I asked if there was any evidence that the boy actually existed, she acknowledged the story was “folklore.” Still, she said, “the story has lasted 100 years. Why would anybody make something like that up?”

    The actual history is quite clear. In the days after the massacre, the Texas Rangers commander, Captain J.M. Fox, initially reported that Porvenir residents had fired on the Rangers. Later, he claimed that residents had participated in the Christmas Day raid. Subsequent investigations by the Mexican consulate, the U.S. Army and state Representative J.T. Canales concluded that the murdered men were unarmed and innocent, targeted solely because of their ethnicity by a vigilante force organized at the Brite Ranch. As a result, in June 1918, five Rangers were dismissed, Fox was forced to resign and Company B of the Texas Rangers was disbanded.

    But justice remained elusive. In the coming years, Fox re-enlisted as captain of Company A, while three of the dismissed lawmen found new employment. One re-enlisted as a Ranger, a second became a U.S. customs inspector and the third was hired by the Brite Ranch. No one was ever prosecuted. As time passed, the historical records of the massacre, including Harry Warren’s papers, affidavits from widows and other relatives and witness testimony from the various investigations, were largely forgotten. In their place came texts like Walter Prescott Webb’s The Texas Rangers: A Century of Frontier Defense, which played an outsize role in the creation of the heroic myth of the Texas Rangers. Relying entirely on interviews with the murderers themselves, Webb accepted at face value Fox’s discredited version of events. For more than 50 years, Webb’s account was considered the definitive one of the massacre — though, unsurprisingly, he didn’t use that word.

    An Observer review of hundreds of emails shows that the state commission was aware of potential controversy over the marker from the very beginning. In an email from 2015, Executive Director Mark Wolfe gave John Nau, the chair of the THC’s executive committee, a heads-up that while the marker was supported by historical scholarship, “the [Presidio County Historical Commission] opposes the marker.” The emails also demonstrate that the agency viewed the claims of historical inaccuracies in the marker text made by Mona Blocker Garcia and the county commission as minor issues of wording.

    On August 6, the day before the decision to halt the marker, Charles Sadnick, the history programs director, wrote Wolfe to say that the “bigger problem” was the ceremony, where he worried there might be disagreements among Presidio County residents, and which he described as “involving some politics which we don’t want a part of.”

    What were the politics that the commission was worried about, and where were these concerns coming from? Garcia’s last-minute letter may have been a factor, but it wasn’t the only one. For the entire summer, Glenn Justice, a right-wing amateur historian who lives in a rural gated community an hour outside San Angelo, had been the driving force behind a whisper campaign to discredit Martinez and scuttle the dedication ceremony.

    “There are radicals in the ‘brown power’ movement that only want the story told of Rangers and [the] Army and gringos killing innocent Mexicans,” Justice told me when we met in his garage, which doubles as the office for Rimrock Press, a publishing company whose catalog consists entirely of Justice’s own work. He was referring to Refusing to Forget and in particular Martinez, the marker’s sponsor.

    Justice has been researching the Porvenir massacre for more than 30 years, starting when he first visited the Big Bend as a graduate student. He claims to be, and probably is, the first person since schoolteacher Harry Warren to call Porvenir a “massacre” in print, in a master’s thesis published by the University of Texas at El Paso in 1991. Unlike White and Garcia, Justice doesn’t question the innocence of the Porvenir victims. But he believes that additional “context” is necessary to understand the reasons for the massacre, which he views as an aberration, rather than a representatively violent part of a long history of racism. “There have never been any problems between the races to speak of [in Presidio County],” he told me.

    In 2015, Justice teamed up with former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Sul Ross State University archaeologist David Keller on a privately funded excavation at the massacre site. He is working on a new book about the bullets and bullet casings they found — which he believes implicate the U.S. Army cavalry in the shooting — and also partnered with Patterson to produce a documentary. But they’d run out of money, and the film was taken over by noted Austin filmmaker Andrew Shapter, who pitched the project to PBS and Netflix. In the transition, Justice was demoted to the role of one of 12 consulting historians. Meanwhile, Martinez was given a prominent role on camera.

    Justice was disgruntled when he learned that the dedication ceremony would take place in El Paso. He complained to organizer Arlinda Valencia and local historical commission members before contacting Ponton, the county attorney, and Amanda Shields, a descendant of massacre victim Manuel Moralez.

    “I didn’t want to take my father to a mob scene,” Shields told me over the phone, by way of explaining her opposition to the dedication ceremony. She believed the rumor that O’Rourke and Gutiérrez would be involved.

    In August, Shields called Valencia to demand details about the program for the ceremony. At the time, she expressed particular concern about a potential Q&A event with Martinez that would focus on parallels between border politics and violence in 1918 and today.

    “This is not a political issue,” Shields told me. “It’s a historical issue. With everything that was going on, we didn’t want the ugliness of politics involved in it.” By “everything,” she explained, she was referring primarily to the issue of family separation. Benita and Buddy Albarado told me that Shields’ views represent a small minority of descendants.

    Martinez said that the idea of ignoring the connections between past and present went against her reasons for fighting to get a marker in the first place. “I’m a historian,” she said. “It’s hard to commemorate such a period of violence, in the midst of another ongoing humanitarian crisis, when this period of violence shaped the institutions of policing that we have today. And that cannot be relegated to the past.”

    After communicating with Justice and Shields, Ponton phoned THC Commissioner Gilbert “Pete” Peterson, who is a bank investment officer in Alpine. That call set in motion the sequence of events that would ultimately derail the marker. Peterson immediately emailed Wolfe, the state commission’s executive director, to say that the marker was becoming “a major political issue.” Initially, though, Wolfe defended the agency’s handling of the marker. “Frankly,” Wolfe wrote in his reply, “this might just be one where the [Presidio County Historical Commission] isn’t going to be happy, and that’s why these stories have been untold for so long.” Peterson wrote back to say that he had been in touch with members of the THC executive committee, which consists of 15 members appointed by either former Governor Rick Perry or Governor Greg Abbott, and that an email about the controversy had been forwarded to THC chair John Nau. Two days later, Peterson added, “This whole thing is a burning football that will be thrown to the media.”

    At a meeting of the Presidio County Historical Commission on August 17, Peterson suggested that the executive board played a major role in the decision to pause production of the marker. “I stopped the marker after talking to Rod [Ponton],” Peterson said. “I’ve spent quite a bit of time talking with the chairman and vice-chairman [of the THC]. What we have said, fairly emphatically, is that there will not be a dedication in El Paso.” Through a spokesperson, Wolfe said that the executive committee is routinely consulted and the decision was ultimately his.

    The spokesperson said, “The big reason that the marker was delayed was to be certain about its accuracy. We want these markers to stand for generations and to be as accurate as possible.”

    With no marker to unveil, Valencia still organized a small commemoration. Many descendants, including Benita and Buddy Albarado, chose not to attend. Still, the event was described by Jeff Davis, a THC representative in attendance, as “a near perfect event” whose tone was “somber and respectful but hopeful.”

    Most of THC’s executive committee members are not historians. The chair, John Nau, is CEO of the nation’s largest Anheuser-Busch distributor and a major Republican party donor. His involvement in the Porvenir controversy was not limited to temporarily halting the marker. In August, he also instructed THC staff to ask the Presidio historical commission to submit applications for markers commemorating raids by Mexicans on white ranches during the Mexican Revolution, which Nau described as “a significant but largely forgotten incident in the state’s history.”

    Garcia confirmed that she had been approached by THC staff. She added that the THC had suggested two specific topics: the Christmas Day raid and a subsequent raid at the Neville Ranch.

    The idea of additional plaques to provide so-called context that could be interpreted as justifying the massacre — or at the very least setting up a false moral equivalence — appears to have mollified critics like White, Garcia and Justice. The work on a revised Porvenir massacre text proceeded quickly, with few points of contention, once it began in mid-September. The marker was sent to the foundry on September 18.
    “It’s hard to commemorate such a period of violence, in the midst of another ongoing humanitarian crisis, when this period of violence shaped the institutions of policing that we have today.”

    In the end, the Porvenir descendants will get their marker — but it may come at a cost. Martinez called the idea of multiple markers “deeply unsettling” and not appropriate for the Undertold Marker program. “Events like the Brite Ranch raid and the Neville raid have been documented by historians for over a century,” she said. “These are not undertold histories. My concern with having a series of markers is that, again, it casts suspicion on the victims of these historical events. It creates the logic that these raids caused this massacre, that it was retribution for these men and boys participating.”

    In early November, the THC unexpectedly announced a dedication ceremony for Friday, November 30. The date was one of just a few on which Martinez, who was still planning on organizing several public history events in conjunction with the unveiling, had told the agency months prior that she had a schedule conflict. In an email to Martinez, Sadnick said that it was the only date Nau could attend this year, and that it was impossible for agency officials to make “secure travel plans” once the legislative session began in January.

    A handful of descendants, including Shields and the Albarados, still plan to attend. “This is about families having closure,” Shields told me. “Now, this can finally be put to rest.”

    The Albarados are livid that the THC chose a date that, in their view, prioritized the convenience of state and county officials over the attendance of descendants — including their own daughters, who feared they wouldn’t be able to get off work. They also hope to organize a second, unofficial gathering at the marker site next year, with the participation of more descendants and the Refusing to Forget historians. “We want people to know the truth of what really happened [at Porvenir],” Buddy told me, “and to know who it was that got this historical marker put there.”

    Others, like Arlinda Valencia, planned to stay home. “Over 100 years ago, our ancestors were massacred, and the reason they were massacred was because of lies that people were stating as facts,” she told me in El Paso. “They called them ‘bandits,’ when all they were doing was working and trying to make a living. And now, it’s happening again.”

    #mémoire #histoire #Texas #USA #massacre #assassinat #méxicains #violence #migrations #commémoration #historicisation #frontières #violence_aux_frontières #violent_borders #Mexique



  • Brazil new President will open Amazon indigenous reserves to mining and farming

    Indigenous People Bolsonaro has vowed that no more indigenous reserves will be demarcated and existing reserves will be opened up to mining, raising the alarm among indigenous leaders. “We are in a state of alert,” said Beto Marubo, an indigenous leader from the Javari Valley reserve.

    Dinamam Tuxá, the executive coordinator of the Indigenous People of Brazil Liaison, said indigenous people did not want mining and farming on their reserves, which are some of the best protected areas in the Amazon. “He does not respect the indigenous peoples’ traditions” he said.

    The Amazon and the environment Bolsonaro campaigned on a pledge to combine Brazil’s environment ministry with the agriculture ministry – under control of allies from the agribusiness lobby. He has attacked environmental agencies for running a “fines industry” and argued for simplifying environmental licences for development projects. His chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, and other allies have challenged global warming science.

    “He intends that Amazon stays Brazilian and the source of our progress and our riches,” said Ribeiro Souto in an interview. Ferreira has also said Bolsonaro wants to restart discussions over controversial hydroelectric dams in the Amazon, which were stalled over environmental concerns.

    Bolsonaro’s announcement last week that he would no longer seek to withdraw Brazil from the Paris climate agreement has done little to assuage environmentalists’ fears.

    http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2018/10/brazil-new-president-will-open-amazon.html
    #réserves #Amazonie #Brésil #extractivisme #mines #agriculture #forêt #déforestation (probablement pour amener ENFIN la #modernité et le #progrès, n’est-ce pas ?) #aires_protégées #peuples_autochtones #barrages_hydroélectriques

    • Un leader paysan assassiné dans l’Amazonie brésilienne

      Le leader paysan, #Aluisio_Samper, dit #Alenquer, a été assassiné jeudi après-midi 11 octobre 2018 chez lui, à #Castelo_de_Sonhos, une ville située le long de la route BR-163 qui relie le nord de l’État de #Mato_Grosso, la principale région productrice de #soja du Brésil, aux deux fleuves Tapajós et Amazone.

      Il défendait des paysans qui s’accrochaient à des lopins de terre qu’ils cultivaient pour survivre, alors que le gouvernement les avaient inclues dans un projet de #réforme_agraire et allait les attribuer à des associations de gros producteurs.


      https://reporterre.net/Un-leader-paysan-assassine-dans-l-Amazonie-bresilienne
      #assassinat #terres #meurtre

    • As Brazil’s Far Right Leader Threatens the Amazon, One Tribe Pushes Back

      “Where there is indigenous land,” newly elected President Jair Bolsonaro has said, “there is wealth underneath it.”

      The Times traveled hundreds of miles into the Brazilian Amazon, staying with a tribe in the #Munduruku Indigenous Territory as it struggled with the shrinking rain forest.

      The miners had to go.

      Their bulldozers, dredges and high-pressure hoses tore into miles of land along the river, polluting the water, poisoning the fish and threatening the way life had been lived in this stretch of the Amazon for thousands of years.

      So one morning in March, leaders of the Munduruku tribe readied their bows and arrows, stashed a bit of food into plastic bags and crammed inside four boats to drive the miners away.

      “It has been decided,” said Maria Leusa Kabá, one of the women in the tribe who helped lead the revolt.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/10/world/americas/brazil-indigenous-mining-bolsonaro.html

    • Indigenous People, the First Victims of Brazil’s New Far-Right Government

      “We have already been decimated and subjected, and we have been victims of the integrationist policy of governments and the national state,” said indigenous leaders, as they rejected the new Brazilian government’s proposals and measures focusing on indigenous peoples.

      In an open letter to President Jair Bolsonaro, leaders of the Aruak, Baniwa and Apurinã peoples, who live in the watersheds of the Negro and Purus rivers in Brazil’s northwestern Amazon jungle region, protested against the decree that now puts indigenous lands under the Ministry of Agriculture, which manages interests that run counter to those of native peoples.

      Indigenous people are likely to present the strongest resistance to the offensive of Brazil’s new far-right government, which took office on Jan. 1 and whose first measures roll back progress made over the past three decades in favor of the 305 indigenous peoples registered in this country.

      Native peoples are protected by article 231 of the Brazilian constitution, in force since 1988, which guarantees them “original rights over the lands they traditionally occupy,” in addition to recognising their “social organisation, customs, languages, beliefs and traditions.”

      To this are added international regulations ratified by the country, such as Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the International Labor Organisation, which defends indigenous rights, such as the right to prior, free and informed consultation in relation to mining or other projects that affect their communities.

      It was indigenous people who mounted the stiffest resistance to the construction of hydroelectric dams on large rivers in the Amazon rainforest, especially Belo Monte, built on the Xingu River between 2011 and 2016 and whose turbines are expected to be completed this year.

      Transferring the responsibility of identifying and demarcating indigenous reservations from the National Indigenous Foundation (Funai) to the Ministry of Agriculture will hinder the demarcation of new areas and endanger existing ones.

      There will be a review of the demarcations of Indigenous Lands carried out over the past 10 years, announced Luiz Nabhan García, the ministry’s new secretary of land affairs, who is now responsible for the issue.

      García is the leader of the Democratic Ruralist Union, a collective of landowners, especially cattle ranchers, involved in frequent and violent conflicts over land.

      Bolsonaro himself has already announced the intention to review Raposa Serra do Sol, an Indigenous Land legalised in 2005, amid legal battles brought to an end by a 2009 Supreme Court ruling, which recognised the validity of the demarcation.

      This indigenous territory covers 17,474 square kilometers and is home to some 20,000 members of five different native groups in the northern state of Roraima, on the border with Guyana and Venezuela.

      In Brazil there are currently 486 Indigenous Lands whose demarcation process is complete, and 235 awaiting demarcation, including 118 in the identification phase, 43 already identified and 74 “declared”.

      “The political leaders talk, but revising the Indigenous Lands would require a constitutional amendment or proof that there has been fraud or wrongdoing in the identification and demarcation process, which is not apparently frequent,” said Adriana Ramos, director of the Socio-environmental Institute, a highly respected non-governmental organisation involved in indigenous and environmental issues.

      “The first decisions taken by the government have already brought setbacks, with the weakening of the indigenous affairs office and its responsibilities. The Ministry of Health also announced changes in the policy toward the indigenous population, without presenting proposals, threatening to worsen an already bad situation,” she told IPS from Brasilia.

      “The process of land demarcation, which was already very slow in previous governments, is going to be even slower now,” and the worst thing is that the declarations against rights “operate as a trigger for violations that aggravate conflicts, generating insecurity among indigenous peoples,” warned Ramos.

      In the first few days of the new year, and of the Bolsonaro administration, loggers already invaded the Indigenous Land of the Arara people, near Belo Monte, posing a risk of armed clashes, she said.

      The indigenous Guaraní people, the second largest indigenous group in the country, after the Tikuna, who live in the north, are the most vulnerable to the situation, especially their communities in the central-eastern state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

      They are fighting for the demarcation of several lands and the expansion of too-small areas that are already demarcated, and dozens of their leaders have been murdered in that struggle, while they endure increasingly precarious living conditions that threaten their very survival.

      “The grave situation is getting worse under the new government. They are strangling us by dividing Funai and handing the demarcation process to the Ministry of Agriculture, led by ruralists – the number one enemies of indigenous people,” said Inaye Gomes Lopes, a young indigenous teacher who lives in the village of Ñanderu Marangatu in Mato Grosso do Sul, near the Paraguayan border.

      Funai has kept its welfare and rights defence functions but is now subordinate to the new Ministry of Women, Family and Human Rights, led by Damares Alves, a controversial lawyer and evangelical pastor.

      “We only have eight Indigenous Lands demarcated in the state and one was annulled (in December). What we have is due to the many people who have died, whose murderers have never been put in prison,” said Lopes, who teaches at a school that pays tribute in indigenous language to Marçal de Souza, a Guarani leader murdered in 1982.

      “We look for ways to resist and we look for ‘supporters’, at an international level as well. I’m worried, I don’t sleep at night,” she told IPS in a dialogue from her village, referring to the new government, whose expressions regarding indigenous people she called “an injustice to us.”

      Bolsonaro advocates “integration” of indigenous people, referring to assimilation into the mainstream “white” society – an outdated idea of the white elites.

      He complained that indigenous people continue to live “like in zoos,” occupying “15 percent of the national territory,” when, according to his data, they number less than a million people in a country of 209 million inhabitants.

      “It’s not us who have a large part of Brazil’s territory, but the big landowners, the ruralists, agribusiness and others who own more than 60 percent of the national territory,” countered the public letter from the the Aruak, Baniwa and Apurinã peoples.

      Actually, Indigenous Lands make up 13 percent of Brazilian territory, and 90 percent are located in the Amazon rainforest, the signatories of the open letter said.

      “We are not manipulated by NGOs,” they replied to another accusation which they said arose from the president’s “prejudices.”

      A worry shared by some military leaders, like the minister of the Institutional Security Cabinet, retired General Augusto Heleno Pereira, is that the inhabitants of Indigenous Lands under the influence of NGOs will declare the independence of their territories, to separate from Brazil.

      They are mainly worried about border areas and, especially, those occupied by people living on both sides of the border, such as the Yanomami, who live in Brazil and Venezuela.

      But in Ramos’ view, it is not the members of the military forming part of the Bolsonaro government, like the generals occupying five ministries, the vice presidency, and other important posts, who pose the greatest threat to indigenous rights.

      Many military officers have indigenous people among their troops and recognise that they share in the task of defending the borders, she argued.

      It is the ruralists, who want to get their hands on indigenous lands, and the leaders of evangelical churches, with their aggressive preaching, who represent the most violent threats, she said.

      The new government spells trouble for other sectors as well, such as the quilombolas (Afro-descendant communities), landless rural workers and NGOs.

      Bolsonaro announced that his administration would not give “a centimeter of land” to either indigenous communities or quilombolas, and said it would those who invade estates or other properties as “terrorists.”

      And the government has threatened to “supervise and monitor” NGOs. But “the laws are clear about their rights to organise,” as well as about the autonomy of those who do not receive financial support from the state, Ramos said.

      http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/01/indigenous-people-first-victims-brazils-new-far-right-government