city:kuala lumpur

  • « Women’s march » à Kuala Lumpur - Mon blog sur l’écologie politique
    http://blog.ecologie-politique.eu/post/Women-s-march-a-Kuala-Lumpur

    (illustration Caroline Sury)

    Ce qui préoccupe le plus les femmes malaisiennes ? En premier lieu, le mariage des petites filles. Pour Shamila*, une Malaise en couple avec une femme croyante et voilée, les deux animant un groupe de discussion pour femmes queer, le nœud du problème, celui dont découlent tous les autres, c’est la place de l’islam dans la société. Entre l’argent coulant à flots des pétro-monarchies arabes et la persistance des élites malaises à racialiser (1) les questions sociales et économiques dans un pays de large minorité chinoise (25 % environ), les électeurs et électrices malais·es musulman·es sont honteusement dragué·es par les politiques – ceux des États de l’Est, ruraux et conservateurs, comme ceux qui ont reçu à Oxford ou Cambridge une éducation élitiste parfaitement occidentale.

    De cet islamisme découlent de pesantes injonctions sur l’habillement des femmes et particulièrement le hijab, qui font que les Malaises sont habituellement voilées, quelle que soit leur adhésion à cette pratique. La prostitution fait également l’objet d’une répression sévère, quand bien même les prostituées, femmes trans ou cis, feraient état de leur fréquentation assidue par de sévères ustaz et autres sages musulmans portant manches longues, barbe éparse et morale en bandoulière. À la manif, pas de polémique sur la reconnaissance sociale de la prostitution et tout le monde crie : « Sex work is work ». La situation est trop grave pour faire des chichis.

    « Girls wanna have fun… damental rights », les filles veulent des droits fondamentaux, c’est le slogan qui s’affiche partout. Sur ce sujet aussi, le nouveau gouvernement démérite en se cachant derrière le fédéralisme pour refuser d’interdire le mariage des mineures.

    #Malaisie #femmes #8mars #LGBT


  • BBC - Future - The tricks of airport design

    How they keep travelers calm, quiet and... ready to shop !

    http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190430-psychological-tricks-of-airport-design

    From a terminal’s colours to the security queue, here’s how airports are designed to keep travellers calm, quiet – and ready to shop.

    By Addison Nugent

    1 May 2019

    In 1995, French anthropologist Marc Auge categorised the airport as a “non-place”. Found the world over, non-places are devoid of identity – uniform structures (think Starbucks or McDonalds) that remain the same no matter where they are. By his definition airports are architectural machines, designed with the express purpose of moving people efficiently from one place to another.

    #dfs #aéroport #manipulation #consommation

    • Je me disais hier que des deux aéroports de Kuala Lumpur, je préférais le low cost avec ses boutiques normales où on peut acheter des choses dont on a besoin (vêtements, supermarché) et manger des trucs normaux à prix normaux alors qu’à l’autre il n’y a que les inévitables cartouches de clopes, parfums et chocolats cheap à prix élevé...


  • Mujahid : Jais to act on book launch, forum about ‘dehijabing’ | Malaysia | Malay Mail
    https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/2019/04/15/mujahid-jais-to-act-on-book-launch-forum-about-dehijabing/1743585

    The event organised by publisher and book store Gerakbudaya has received backlash from some Muslims on social media, after positively presenting the perspectives and opinions of several Malay women who “dehijab”, or no longer cover their hair.

    The forum in conjunction with the launching of the book Unveiling Choice by activist Maryam Lee also included legal professional and social media commentator Dian Sofia, and journalist and women’s rights activist Mohani Niza.

    It is uncertain if the event had even contravened any Shariah laws in Selangor.

    There are differing views among Muslim scholars as to whether it is obligatory for Muslim women to cover their hair as part of the aurat, or “intimate parts”.

    Muslim women’s rights group Sisters in Islam has previously told Malay Mail that the holy book of Quran does not specifically mention hair as part of a woman’s aurat.

    Patate chaude autour du livre de Maryam Lee, Unveiling Choice. Les autorités se renvoient la balle pour interdire la présentation dans une librairie confidentielle en banlieue de Kuala Lumpur et dans laquelle la dernière fois que j’étais allée passer une soirée nous étions quatre, Maryam Lee qui présentait un classique du féminisme indonésien, le libraire, une copine à lui et moi. J’imagine que cette fois, grâce à l’activisme des imbéciles du coin, il y a eu plus de monde.
    #Malaisie #féminisme #hijab #islamisme


  • « Printemps algérien : “Sortez le régime !” » Le numéro 175 de CQFD est paru le vendredi 5 avril. Il sera en kiosque jusqu’au jeudi 2 mai.
    http://cqfd-journal.org/Au-sommaire-du-no175-en-kiosque

    - L’édito – Sauce barbecue

    – Gilets jaunes et réseaux sociaux – Facebook la poucave
    – Témoignage d’une daronne – « Les Gilets jaunes m’ont apporté une paix intérieure et un gros bordel dans ma tête »
    – Retour sur le cas Geneviève Legay – Voyage au centre de l’indécence crasse
    – Matraques jaunes et police des cités – Mathieu Rigouste : « La répression conditionne la vie quotidienne des gens dans les quartiers ségrégués »
    – Reportage dessiné – Ma plus belle journée sur la plus belle avenue du monde
    – Cancer nucléaire en Polynésie – Atomic Blues
    – « Women’s March » à Kuala Lumpur – Femmes, LGBT : malaise en Malaisie

    – Logement insalubre à Marseille – Revenir à Noailles
    – Accidents mortels du travail chez les cordistes – Un silo de sucre et de dédain
    – Marché matrimonial et paternalisme patronal – Tournez boutique : un dimanche au bal des anciens
    – Bande dessinée et poésie combattante – « La Zad est âpre et magique »
    – Bouquin – Les histoires d’amiante finissent mal
    – Les desserts de Goby – Lire au Fouquet’s
    – Cap sur l’utopie – Ni Dieu, ni maître, ni mari
    – Ça brûle ! – Dieu existe, il squatte notre local

    Dossier « Printemps algérien : “Sortez le régime !” »
    – Introduction – « Vous ne pouvez pas nous tuer, vous êtes déjà morts ! »
    – Changement de saison, changement de régime ? – Un mois dans l’Algérie des marches
    – « La transition d’accord, mais dégagez d’abord ! » – Le manifeste du rire
    – Aux origines d’un parti hégémonique – FLN dégage !
    – L’armée des mots contre celle des morts – « On assiste à une reconquête poétique de la rue »
    – Sous les pelouses, la plage – Alger United
    – De la décennie noire à la révolution des sourires – « La jeunesse algérienne a transformé notre cynisme en espoir »
    – Instantanés de Marseille – « Gaudin, Bouteflika, dégagez ! »

    #cqfd #médias_libres #presse


  • Revisiting privatization’s claims | Inter Press Service
    http://www.ipsnews.net/2018/09/revisiting-privatizations-claims

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Sep 4 2018 (IPS) - Several arguments have been advanced to justify privatization since the 1980s. Privatization has been advocated as an easy means to:
    1. Reduce the government’s financial and administrative burden, particularly by undertaking and maintaining services and infrastructure;
    2. Promote competition, improve efficiency and increase productivity in providing public services;
    3. Stimulate private entrepreneurship and investment to accelerate economic growth;
    4. Help reduce the public sector’s presence and size, with its monopolistic tendencies and bureaucratic support.

    Has Privatization Benefitted the Public ? | Inter Press Service
    http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/04/privatization-benefitted-public

    To ensure public acceptability, some benefits accrue to many in the early stages of privatization in order to minimize public resistance. However, in the longer term, privatization tends to enrich a few but typically fails to deliver on its ostensible aims.

    #privatisation en théorie (capitaliste) et en pratique


  • Une entreprise de logiciels basée à Ipoh, moyenne ville malaisienne, et qui a déserté la capitale en se rendant compte que ses clients étaient internationaux. #dématérialisation #logiciel #start-up #Malaisie
    Radica Software : M’sian Engineering Software Used By NASA & Apple
    https://vulcanpost.com/659913/radica-software-ipoh-startup-software-engineer-malaysia

    Radica Software was established with less than RM10,000 and only after a while co-founder Marcus became their angel investor and invested RM20,000.

    Thomas hinted that revenues have exceeded 7 figures and they’ve been doubling their revenue every three years. He attributes these numbers to the Coach & Grow Programme (CGP) organised by Cradle.

    Although currently based in Ipoh, they—unknown to most—actually started out in Kuala Lumpur and had an office there, but once they realised that most of their customers are global companies, they decided to shift to Ipoh.

    He mentioned that in Ipoh, the whole team can enjoy better quality of life as there are no traffic jams and there are less distractions.


  • Long, strange trip: How U.S. ethanol reaches China tariff-free | Reuters
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-ethanol-insight-idUSKCN1PW0BR

    NEW YORK/KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - In June, the High Seas tanker ship loaded up on ethanol in Texas and set off for Asia.

    Two months later - after a circuitous journey that included a ship-to-ship transfer and a stop in Malaysia - its cargo arrived in China, according to shipping data analyzed by Reuters and interviews with Malaysian and Chinese port officials.

    At the time, the roundabout route puzzled global ethanol traders and ship brokers, who called it a convoluted and costly way to get U.S. fuel to China.

    But the journey reflects a broader shift in global ethanol flows since U.S. President Donald Trump ignited a trade war with China last spring.

    Although China slapped retaliatory tariffs up to 70 percent on U.S. ethanol shipments, the fuel can still legally enter China tariff-free if it arrives blended with at least 40 percent Asian-produced fuel, according to trade rules established between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the regional economic and political body.


  • Can Islamist moderates remake the politics of the Muslim world? - CSMonitor.com

    https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2018/0919/Can-Islamist-moderates-remake-the-politics-of-the-Muslim-world

    By Taylor Luck Correspondent

    AMMAN, JORDAN; TUNIS, TUNISIA; KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
    Alaa Faroukh insists he is the future. After nearly a decade in the Muslim Brotherhood, he says that he has finally found harmony between his faith and politics, not as a hardcore Islamist, but as a “Muslim democrat.”

    “We respect and include minorities, we fight for women’s rights, we respect different points of view, we are democratic both in our homes and in our politics – that is how we honor our faith,” Mr. Faroukh says.

    The jovial psychologist with a toothy smile, who can quote Freud as easily as he can recite the Quran, is speaking from his airy Amman clinic, located one floor below the headquarters of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, the very movement he left.

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    “The time of divisive politics of older Islamists is over, and everyone in my generation agrees,” says the 30-something Faroukh. “The era of political Islam is dead.”

    Faroukh is symbolic of a shift sweeping through parts of the Arab world. From Tunisia to Egypt to Jordan, many Islamist activists and some established Islamic organizations are adopting a more progressive and moderate tone in their approach to politics and governing. They are reaching out to minorities and secular Muslims while doing away with decades-old political goals to impose their interpretation of Islam on society.

    Taylor Luck
    “The time of divisive politics of older Islamists is over, and everyone in my generation agrees. The era of political Islam is dead,” says Alaa Faroukh, a young Jordanian who left the Muslim Brotherhood for a moderate political party.
    Part of the move is simple pragmatism. After watching the Muslim Brotherhood – with its call for sharia (Islamic law) and failure to reach out to minorities and secular Muslims – get routed in Egypt, and the defeat of other political Islamic groups across the Arab world, many Islamic activists believe taking a more moderate stance is the only way to gain and hold power. Yet others, including many young Muslims, believe a deeper ideological shift is under way in which Islamist organizations are increasingly recognizing the importance of religious tolerance and political pluralism in modern societies. 

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    While Islamist movements remain the largest and most potent political movement in the region, a widespread adoption of democratic principles by their followers could transform the discourse in a region where politics are often bound to identity and are bitterly polarized.

    “We believe that young Jordanians and young Arabs in general see that the future is not in partisan politics, but in cooperation, understanding, and putting the country above petty party politics,” says Rheil Gharaibeh, the moderate former head of the Jordanian Brotherhood’s politburo who has formed his own political party.

    Is this the beginning of a fundamental shift in the politics of the Middle East or just an expedient move by a few activists?

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    Many Islamist groups say their move to the center is a natural step in multiparty politics, but this obscures how far their positions have truly shifted in a short time.

    Some 20 years ago, the manifesto of the Muslim Brotherhood – the Sunni Islamic political group with affiliates across the Arab world – called for the implementation of sharia and gender segregation at universities, and commonly employed slogans such as “Islam is the solution.”

    In 2011, the Arab Spring uprisings swept these Islamist movements into power or installed them as the leading political force from the Arab Gulf to Morocco, sparking fears of an Islamization of Arab societies.

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    But instead of rolling back women’s rights, the Tunisian Islamist party Ennahda pushed through gender equality laws and helped write the most progressive, gender-equal constitution in the Arab world. The Moroccan Justice and Development Party (PJD) has played down its Islamic rhetoric, abandoning talk of Islamic identity and sharia and instead speaking about democratic reform and human rights. And the Brotherhood in Jordan traded in its slogan “Islam is the solution” for “the people demand reform” and “popular sovereignty for all.”

    The past few years have seen an even more dramatic shift to the center. Not only have Islamist movements dropped calls for using sharia as a main source of law, but they nearly all now advocate for a “civil state”­ – a secular nation where the law, rather than holy scriptures or the word of God, is sovereign.

    Muhammad Hamed/Reuters
    Supporters of the National Alliance for Reform rally in Amman, Jordan, in 2016. They have rebranded themselves as a national rather than an Islamic movement.
    In Morocco and Jordan, Islamist groups separated their religious activities – preaching, charitable activities, and dawa (spreading the good word of God) – from their political branches. In 2016, Ennahda members in Tunisia went one step further and essentially eliminated their religious activities altogether, rebranding themselves as “Muslim democrats.”

    Islamist moderates say this shift away from religious activities to a greater focus on party politics is a natural step in line with what President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has done with his Justice and Development Party in Turkey, or even, they hope, with the Christian democrats in Europe: to become movements inspired by faith, not governing through faith.

    “While we are a Muslim country, we are aware that we do not have one interpretation of religion and we will not impose one interpretation of faith over others,” says Mehrezia Labidi, a member of the Tunisian Parliament and Ennahda party leader. “As Muslim democrats we are guided by Islamic values, but we are bound by the Constitution, the will of the people, and the rule of law for all.”

    Experts say this shift is a natural evolution for movements that are taking part in the decisionmaking process for the first time after decades in the opposition.

    “As the opposition, you can refuse, you can criticize, you can obstruct,” says Rachid Mouqtadir, professor of political science at Hassan II University in Casablanca, Morocco, and an expert in Islamist movements. “But when you are in a coalition with other parties and trying to govern, the parameters change, your approach changes, and as a result your ideology changes.”

    The trend has even gone beyond the borders of the Arab world. The Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (ABIM), founded in 1971 by Malaysian university students inspired by the Brotherhood and now one of the strongest civil society groups in the country, is also shedding the “Islamist” label.

    In addition to running schools and hospitals, ABIM now hosts interfaith concerts, partners on projects with Christians and Buddhists, and even reaches out to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender activists in its campaign for social justice.

    “We are in the age of post-political Islam,” says Ahmad Fahmi Mohd Samsudin, ABIM vice president, from the movement’s headquarters in a leafy Kuala Lumpur suburb. “That means when we say we stand for Islam, we stand for social justice and equality for all – no matter their faith or background.”

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  • Southeast Asia’s Vengeful Man-Eating Spirit Is a Feminist Icon - Broadly
    https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/kz5evx/pontianak-spirit-ghost-malay-man-eating-southeast-asia

    In Southeast Asia, legend has it that a man out alone at night must never look directly at a beautiful woman, because she might be a ghost that rips his guts out. For anyone who’s ever been harassed whilst walking late at night, that sounds like one refreshing rule.

    A favorite of horror film directors, the pontianak (or kuntilanak, as she’s called in Indonesia, or churel in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan) is often portrayed as a social outcast who’s fallen in some way, often by failing in her duties as a mother. But the pontianak also embodies a subversive female energy that is increasingly being embraced by a new wave of writers and film-makers.

    “She can walk alone and not have to be accompanied by a man; she can be as beautiful and provocative as she wants; she can be extremely gentle or a massive flirt—but if you dare touch her without her consent, her claws will come out,” Kuala Lumpur-based filmmaker Amanda Nell Eu tells Broadly. (...)

    The pontianak’s fearsomeness is linked to her femininity—a concept that feminist theorist Barbara Creed calls the monstrous-feminine. The pontianak appears fragile, but is ferocious when provoked. “The pontianak mimics vulnerability and seeming gentility through her high-pitched baby cries and frangipani scent, but try and take advantage of her and she’ll suck your eyeballs out,” explains Singaporean author Sharlene Teo, whose debut novel Ponti was inspired by the myth.

    #horreur #Malaisie #Indonésie #Singapour #femmes #monstres #cinéma #mythes #Asie_du_Sud-Est #fantôme


  • Bloqué depuis six mois dans un #aéroport, un Syrien raconte sa survie

    Cela fait six mois jour pour jour que Hassan Al Kontar vit dans le #terminal 2 de l’aéroport de Kuala Lumpur, en Malaisie. Le Syrien, qui ne trouve asile nulle part, s’est confié à RTSInfo.

    « Tout le monde peut voler », scande un slogan affiché sur les avions qu’il voit atterrir et décoller. « Tout le monde », sauf #Hassan_Al_Kontar.

    Lui est cloué au sol depuis le 7 mars 2018. Dans l’#immobilité de sa condition, il observe inlassablement le va-et-vient des autres passagers.

    C’est dans ce terminal 2 que l’homme a fêté son 37e anniversaire et assisté virtuellement au mariage de son petit frère.

    C’est là qu’il se douche tant bien que mal au-dessus de lavabos, qu’il dort sur un matelas de fortune et qu’il mange trois fois par jour le même plateau-repas à base de riz et de poulet.

    Les #réseaux_sociaux pour seule tribune

    C’est grâce à son #smartphone, et au wifi de l’aéroport, que le Syrien maintient un lien avec le monde, notamment via les réseaux sociaux. Son compte Twitter, où il partage des photos et vidéos de son quotidien, est suivi par plus de 15’000 personnes.

    Une page Wikipédia lui est même consacrée. « On me l’a montrée, mais je ne sais pas qui l’a créée », dit-il amusé.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Al_Kontar

    Le labyrinthe vers la #captivité

    La captivité de Hassan est le résultat d’un parcours sinueux. Le Syrien n’a plus mis les pieds dans son pays depuis dix ans.

    Lorsque le conflit syrien éclate en 2011, il vit aux Emirats arabes unis, et refuse de rentrer pour faire la guerre. Son passeport n’est pas renouvelé, il perd son travail et vit dans la clandestinité.

    En janvier 2017, il est expulsé vers la Malaisie, où il obtient un #visa provisoire. Comme le pays n’a pas signé la Convention de Genève sur les réfugiés, il ne peut y demander asile.

    À l’expiration de son permis de séjour, Hassan Al Kontar tente de rejoindre l’Equateur, pays qui n’exige pas de visa des citoyens syriens. C’est une compagnie aérienne turque qui refuse de l’embarquer.

    L’homme parvient à prendre un vol pour le #Cambodge, mais il est renvoyé dans le même avion à Kuala Lumpur. Ne pouvant plus rentrer en Malaisie, le terminal 2 devient sa seule demeure, à durée indéterminée.

    Déçu des agences onusiennes

    Lorsqu’il contacte le Haut-Commissariat aux réfugiés des Nations unies (UNHCR), le Syrien se dit déçu :

    Depuis quatre mois, Hassan assure n’avoir aucune nouvelle de l’agence onusienne. Contacté par RTSInfo, l’UNHCR répond que « le gouvernement malaisien a fait une offre généreuse permettant à l’homme d’entrer en toute sécurité dans le pays et d’y obtenir un statut légal provisoire. »

    Or, le Syrien ne veut plus de solutions provisoires qu’il sait sans avenir. « Au final, je veux un statut légal stable, pour pouvoir m’installer, travailler et ne pas craindre une expulsion. »

    Le Canada, seul Eldorado

    Retourner en Syrie n’est pas une option pour Hassan, qui dit être recherché par les services de sécurité, surtout depuis la médiatisation de son histoire et de ses opinions politiques.

    La seule porte de salut du Syrien à ce jour est le Canada. « Des gens là-bas m’ont trouvé un avocat, des garants et même un travail, puis ils ont déposé ma demande d’asile. »

    La procédure doit durer entre 20 et 24 mois. Une pétition en ligne, à ce jour signée par près de 50’000 personnes, appelle les autorités à accélérer le processus.

    « Souvent les gens, après avoir vu un reportage sur moi, me proposent de venir chez eux. Je dois alors leur expliquer les lois restrictives de leur pays qui m’en empêchent. »

    En Suisse, la possibilité de présenter une demande d’asile depuis l’étranger a été supprimée fin 2012. Une révision de la loi sur l’asile allant dans ce sens a été acceptée lors d’une votation populaire le 9 juin 2013.

    L’illusoire choix de la légalité

    Après huit ans à la recherche d’un refuge, Hassan Al Kontar se dit prêt à rester dans ce terminal tant qu’il ne trouvera pas une solution légale.

    Le Syrien est conscient de payer le prix de son honnêteté. « Si je m’infiltrais illégalement, peut-être qu’aujourd’hui je serais tranquillement installé en Suisse, au Danemark ou en Hollande. Mais j’ai choisi la légalité. »

    L’homme raconte avoir ainsi décliné de nombreuses propositions de mariage. « Je remercie ces femmes de vouloir m’aider, mais je leur explique que ce serait aussi une manière de contourner la loi. »

    La #résilience pour ne pas céder

    Sur les réseaux sociaux, Hassan est admiré pour la bonne humeur et la résilience dont il fait preuve.

    Si l’homme est reconnaissant de tout le soutien qu’il reçoit, il avoue avoir parfois besoin de s’isoler pour garder des forces.

    Après six mois de survie dans le terminal 2 de l’aéroport de Kuala Lumpur, Hassan Al Kontar est prêt à tenir le temps qu’il faudra. « Je n’ai pas le choix », conclut-il.

    https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/9811804-bloque-depuis-six-mois-dans-un-aeroport-un-syrien-raconte-sa-survie.html
    #réfugiés #asile #migrations #limbe #réfugiés_syriens #Kuala_Lumpur #Malaisie #migrerrance

    cc @reka

    • Drôle d’histoire. Je fréquente un peu KLIA2 (now that everyone can fly) mais je ne l’ai pas aperçu ! Son refus des solutions temporaires fait penser à un perso de roman (kafkaïen).

      Quant à « Souvent les gens, après avoir vu un reportage sur moi, me proposent de venir chez eux. Je dois alors leur expliquer les lois restrictives de leur pays qui m’en empêchent. »
      comment dire ? J’en ai marre, des bonnes âmes et de leur charité ("hé, on a tous une chambre d’amis !") quand il est question de problèmes structurels comme ça.


  • #Inde : la Cour suprême prend la décision historique de dépénaliser l’#homosexualité
    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/societe/lgbt/inde-la-cour-supreme-prend-la-decision-historique-de-depenaliser-l-homo

    Inde : la Cour suprême prend la décision historique de dépénaliser l’homosexualité

    La plus haute instance judiciaire du pays a jugé illégal un vieil article du Code pénal condamnant les relations sexuelles entre personnes de même sexe.

    #droits_humains

    • La Cour suprême indienne prend la décision historique de dépénaliser l’homosexualité

      La plus haute instance judiciaire d’Inde, 1,25 milliard d’habitants, a jugé illégal un article de loi datant du XIXe siècle condamnant les relations sexuelles entre personnes de même sexe. Une disposition « devenue une arme de harcèlement contre la communauté LGBT », a déclaré le président de la Cour, Dipak Misra.

    • Vu sur Facebook : Ezra Goh
      September 15 at 3:00 PM

      Okay Singapore. Let’s talk about “traditional Asian values”.

      This is from the Ming Dynasty.

      Here’s a rough translation of the text for those whose Mandarin isn’t that good:

      “Surrounded by a lingering fragrance, and so handsome as to make the ladies pelt him with fruit till his carriage is full, who is that gentleman of dignified mien? In order to explore the Charm of the Rose he has inveigled his partner into allowing him to try the Flower of the Hindgarden. The other is a little bashful and gently pushes him away, for this is quite a departure from the ordinary! Looking over his shoulder he calls out softly: “Hurry a bit! And please don’t say anything to the others!”

      Signed:
      The Candidate from the South”

      Bitch we were gayer than the Greeks. We invented homoerotica. We had a thriving culture of homosexuality, transgenderism, what would today be called gender non-conformity, and tons and tons of porn. You know when we stopped? Early 20th century. Aka when the white people came. And they brought Victorian values, Western bourgeois morality and Christian doctrines.

      Oh right we were talking about “Asian” values right? Not just Chinese? Yeah. Same spiel with Korean and Japanese culture. Oh yeah Indians are Asian too, let’s not forget about them. Dude Indians were the gayest of all. When did we all become nice and hetero? When the white people came, when the white people came, when the white people came.

      Of course no social change is purely due to a single factor. It’s history 101. But the point is that Western influence played a huge part.

      So let’s get one thing clear (yes American liberals, I’m looking at you). India removing their Article 377 is not them Westernising. It’s them decolonising. They’re returning to pre-colonial Indian tradition. Hindu law was never against same-sex intercourse. That was drafted by Lord Thomas Macaulay, which borrowed from British anti-buggery laws, which was based on the ecclesiastic laws enacted by King Henry VIII so he could executed monks and nuns and take their monastery lands, which he installed as part of his formation of the Anglican Church, which he formed because he wanted to defy the Catholic Church and divorce his wife. In other words, the whole reason we have 377A was so a British king had a moral pretext to himself commit an act that was considered immoral at the time. Score 1 for hypocrisy.

      Summary: You want traditional Asian values? Repeal 377A. #TraditionalAndGay #WeAreReady #TryAgain #Ready4Repeal #Repeal377A

      #Singapour

    • Malaysia cannot accept same-sex marriage, says Mahathir
      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-lgbt/malaysia-cannot-accept-same-sex-marriage-says-mahathir-idUSKCN1M10VA
      https://s4.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20180921&t=2&i=1306664877&w=1200&r=LYNXNPEE8K0KV

      “In Malaysia there are some things we cannot accept, even though it is seen as human rights in Western countries,” Mahathir, 93, told reporters. “We cannot accept LGBT, marriage between men and men, women and women.”

      His comments are likely to spark further debate in the country where activists have voiced concern over the hostility towards LGBT groups both from within society and from the administration.

      Two women were caned this month for “attempting lesbian sex” in Terengganu, a conservative state in the east. Mahathir denounced the punishment, saying it “did not reflect the justice or compassion of Islam”.

      Last month, a gay bar in Kuala Lumpur was raided by police and religious enforcement officials, while a transgender woman was beaten up by a group of assailants in Seremban, near the capital.

      The minister in charge of Islamic affairs also came under fire, from activists and other ruling party lawmakers, after he ordered the removal of portraits of two LGBT activists from an art exhibition.

      Malaysia describes oral and anal sex as against the order of nature. Civil law stipulates jail for up to 20 years, caning and fines for offenders, although enforcement of the law is rare.

      Je l’ai lu en malais cet aprem et je n’ai rien pigé ! Normal, c’est un peu de l’enfumage (et je suis vraiment mauvaise lectrice). Autant, le mariage ouvert aux personnes de même sexe, ça me gonfle, autant le droit de ne pas être humilié·e, battu·e, emprisonné·e parce qu’on est LGB ou T me semble vital. Et ça me gonflerait, d’entendre répondre à cet enfumage par Mahathir (merde, tu fais quoi contre ça ?) une défense du couple occidental. Ce serait accepter cette confusion sous prétexte de valeurs asiatiques.


  • Shadowy Black Axe group leaves trail of tattered lives - The Globe and Mail
    https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/shadowy-black-axe-group-leaves-trail-of-tattered-lives/article27244946

    Canadian police say they are fighting a new kind of criminal organization.

    The signs began to appear two years ago: photos on Facebook of men wearing odd, matching outfits.

    Then there were stories, even old police files, attached to the people in the photos: a kidnapping, a man run over by a car, brutal beatings over what seemed to be a small slight.

    Mapping a secret criminal hierarchy for the first time is a rare kind of detective work. So when two Toronto police officers and an RCMP analyst in British Columbia started documenting the existence of something called the “Black Axe, Canada Zone,” they could not have predicted it would take them to funerals, suburban barbecue joints and deep into African history before they understood what they were seeing.

    The Black Axe is feared in Nigeria, where it originated. It is a “death cult,” one expert said. Once an idealistic university fraternity, the group has been linked to decades of murders and rapes, and its members are said to swear a blood oath.

    Most often, the group is likened to the Mob or to biker gangs, especially as it spreads outside Nigeria.

    An investigation by The Globe and Mail that included interviews with about 20 people found that “Axemen,” as they call themselves, are setting up chapters around the world, including in Canada.

    Like any criminal organization, it focuses on profit, police say. But instead of drug or sex trafficking, it specializes in a crime many consider minor and non-violent: scamming.

    What police have also learned is that, when done on an “industrial” level as part of a professional global network, scams ruin lives on a scale they have rarely seen.

    Two weeks ago, at a news conference attended by FBI officers, Toronto police announced they had taken part in an international crackdown on a money-laundering network through which more than $5-billion flowed in just over a year. Two local men charged with defrauding a Toronto widow of her life’s savings will eventually face extradition to the United States on money-laundering charges, they said.

    Online fraud is fluid, global and hard-to-track, but it often requires local operatives. Several Toronto-area residents have been defrauded of at least $1-million each in the past two years, and police allege the money was wired with the help of Canadian residents linked to the Black Axe, and sometimes it was handed to the group’s associates in person. The recipients then sent the money ricocheting through bank accounts around the globe, with trusted members in countries on every continent helping with the transfers before it disappeared.

    The sophistication of the money-laundering scheme reflects the efficiency of the scams, in which several people assume false identities and mix reality – bank accounts, real names and real websites – with fake documents.

    The police added an extra charge for one of the men they arrested, Akohomen Ighedoise, 41: “participating in a criminal organization.”

    Officers said in an interview they seized documents that will prove in court that Mr. Ighedoise separately helped a network of fraudsters launder money, that the fraudsters are members of the Black Axe and that he is their bookkeeper. The charge is the first time a Canadian has been publicly linked to the group.

    Interviews with police, gang experts and Nigerian academics paint a picture of an organization both public and enigmatic, with an ostensible charitable purpose as well as secret codes and a strict hierarchy. Police say it has grown to 200 people across Canada.

    Officers in Canada first heard the name “Black Axe” less than two years ago, said Tim Trotter, a detective constable with the Toronto Police Service. They are working quickly, trying to stop the group from becoming entrenched.

    “I mean, 100 years ago, law enforcement dealt with the same thing, the Sicilian black hand, right? It meant nothing to anybody except the Sicilian community,” Det. Constable Trotter said. “And that’s what we have here – that’s what we believe we have here.”

    **

    Many scam victims lose a few thousand dollars. Soraya Emami, one of Toronto’s most recent victims, lost everything, including many friends.

    In 1988, Ms. Emami fled her native Iran with her four sons. Her husband was jailed by the regime and his passport was held for years. Ms. Emami flew to Canada and became a real estate agent in North York.

    It took 30 years to save for a nice house in quiet Stouffville, Ont. The rest of her earnings went to her boys, who grew up to be a doctor, an engineer, a computer engineer and a bank manager. Last year, the youngest – a fifth son, born in Canada – began university. She and her husband had never reunited, and for the first time in decades, Ms. Emami thought about dating.

    “My kids grow up, and I feel lonely,” said the 63-year-old, who has long, wavy black hair. “I didn’t know how, and because I’m not [used to] any relationship, I feel shy.”

    Ms. Emami saw a TV commercial for Match.com and joined, hesitantly. A few days later, she told a friend she had heard from a tanned, white-haired, very nice geologist. Fredrick Franklin said he lived just 45 minutes away, in Toronto’s wealthy Bridle Path neighbourhood.

    He had spent years in Australia, and when they talked on the phone, she could not always understand his thick accent at first. He called her several times a day from Vancouver, where he was on a business trip, then from Turkey, where he travelled on a short contract. He was to fly home via Delta airlines on May 5. She would pick him up from the airport, and they would finally meet.

    “I am a simple man in nature, very easy going,” he wrote in an e-mail, telling her about his son and granddaughters. “I have done the Heart and Stroke ride in Toronto for the past 2 years, have also done the MS ride from London to Grand Bend.”

    A few days before his return date, Mr. Franklin called Ms. Emami in a panic. His bank had told him someone had tried to gain access to his account, he said. He could not clear it up from rural Turkey, so would she mind calling the bank and reporting back with his balance? He e-mailed the phone number for SunTrust bank, a 10-digit account number and a nine-digit tax ID number.

    She spoke to a bank teller. The balance, she was told, was $18-million.

    A few days later, Mr. Franklin asked for a small favour – could she send him a new phone and laptop – saying he would repay her upon his return. She acquiesced, believing he could pay her back.

    Within a few weeks, she lost half a million dollars, and the scam would cost her the home in Stouffville.

    What perplexes police about some of the Toronto romance frauds is not how the victims could be so naive, but how the fraudsters could be so convincing.

    The SunTrust account appears to be real, The Globe determined after retracing the steps Ms. Emami took to access it. The bank said it could not verify the account’s existence, as that was client-related information.

    In the course of the scam, Ms. Emami spoke to at least five people other than the Aussie geologist, including two in person.

    In June, in what they called Project Unromantic, York Regional Police charged nine local people in several cases, including that of Ms. Emami, that added up to $1.5-million. They considered the criminals to be internationally connected. “We don’t know who’s at the top, but there seems to be a hierarchy,” Detective Courtney Chang said.

    The Toronto police believe the crimes that led to their charges against Mr. Ighedoise are linked to the ones in York Region.

    *

    Canadian police came across the Black Axe by happenstance. In 2013, an RCMP analyst in Vancouver was investigating a West Coast fraud suspect and found a photo of him on Facebook with another man, said Det. Constable Trotter (the analyst would not speak to The Globe). Both were wearing unusual clothes and seemed to be at a meeting in Toronto.

    The analyst discovered the second man was under investigation by Toronto financial crimes detective Mike Kelly, an old partner of Det. Constable Trotter. The analyst e-mailed Det. Constable Kelly to ask if he knew the significance of what the two men in the photo were wearing.

    The uniform of the Black Axe is a black beret, a yellow soccer scarf and high yellow socks. These items often have a patch or insignia showing two manacled hands with an axe separating the chain between them, which sometimes also says “Black Axe” or “NBM,” standing for “Neo-Black Movement,” another name for the group. They often incorporate the numbers seven or 147.

    The group tries to maintain a public image of volunteerism. It has been registered as a corporation in Ontario since 2012 under the name “Neo-Black Movement of Africa North America,” with Mr. Ighedoise among several people listed as administrators. In the United Kingdom, said Det. Constable Trotter, it has been known to make small donations – to a local hospital, for example – and then claim to be in a “partnership” with the legitimate organization.

    In the GTA, the group got itself listed publicly in 2013 as a member of Volunteer MBC, a volunteer centre serving Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. But after expressing an interest in recruiting volunteers, the group involved never posted an ad, and staff at the centre said when they tried to follow up, they found the three yahoo.com addresses on file were no longer working.

    Police found plenty of photos on social media of men in Axemen uniforms at what were said to be conferences or events.

    Det. Constable Kelly and Det. Constable Trotter compiled a list of people in Canada photographed wearing Axemen outfits. From a car, they watched some of them attend a funeral. One mourner had yellow socks and a yellow cummerbund with NBM on it, Det. Constable Trotter said. The rest were dressed normally. Near the end of the ceremony, “all of a sudden the berets and everything came out, and then they put the coffin into the earth,” he said.

    As they added names to their list, the investigators checked each one for connections to previous cases.

    What they found were 10 to 20 episodes of serious violence over the past few years clearly linked to members of the group, many of them at a Nigerian restaurant in northwest Toronto, Det. Constable Trotter said. One man had been run over by a car; another was allegedly kidnapped and beaten with a liquor bottle for a day in an abandoned building; a man was knocked to the ground for refusing to fetch another man a beer. Witnesses generally refused to talk.

    In one incident, a group of men had insulted another man’s girlfriend, and when he objected, they “beat the living hell” out of him, leaving him with cranial fractures, Det. Constable Trotter said.

    “Without the understanding of the context, it’s just a bar fight,” he said. “But when we understand who those people were, and we realize, oh, they’re all affiliated to the group … that’s why no one called [911]. And that’s why, when the police came, suddenly, oh no, those cameras don’t work. And that’s why, out of a bar full of people, the only witness was his girlfriend.”

    That case and the kidnapping case are before the courts, Det. Constable Trotter said. The Globe tried to search for all court records linked to the bar’s address over the past few years, but was told such a search is impossible.

    Police have six criteria to identify members of the group, Det. Constable Trotter said. If a person meets three of the six, he is considered a likely member.

    Police have documents that show when certain people were “blended” or initiated into the group, including some in Toronto, he said. Members live mostly in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver.

    “There’s evidence that they’ve been active since 2005, so that’s a decade’s worth of ability to lay under the radar and become ensconced in the criminal community,” he said.

    To set up scams, they work from cafés or home and are “fastidious” about deleting their online history, Det. Constable Kelly said.

    “They have names, titles, they show respect,” Det. Constable Trotter said. “They pay dues to each other. Individuals are detailed by higher-ranking individuals to do things.”

    As they learned of the group’s fearsome reputation in Nigeria, the officers began to equate it more with established Canadian organized crime. At Afrofest in Woodbine Park one summer, a group of Axemen walked through in full uniform – not something anyone from the Nigerian community would do lightly, Det. Constable Trotter said. “I wouldn’t wear a Hells Angels vest if I wasn’t a Hells Angel.”

    He began to worry the group’s brazenness would signify to the community that “Axemen are here. And they’re open about it, and the police are doing nothing.”

    *

    Fraternities such as the Black Axe were born during an optimistic time in Nigeria’s recent history, and at first they reflected it. In the postcolonial 1970s, they were modelled after U.S. fraternities. They attracted top students and were meant to foster pan-African unity and Nigeria’s future leaders.

    When the country descended into widespread corruption after its oil boom, the fraternities split into factions and violently sought power on campuses, trying to control grades and student politics and gain the loyalty of the richest, best-connected students.

    Through the 1990s and 2000s, the groups inspired terror: Students were hacked to death or shot in their sleep, and professors were murdered in their offices in what seemed to be random attacks. Researchers say such crimes were often assigned to new members in their late teens to prove their allegiance after a painful hazing in an isolated cemetery or forest.

    “Sometimes, they are given some tough assignments like raping a very popular female student or a female member of the university staff,” Adewale Rotimi wrote in a 2005 scholarly article.

    Raping the daughters of rich and powerful families, or the girlfriends of enemies, was another tactic of the groups to prove their dominance, Ifeanyi Ezeonu wrote in 2013.

    In addition to innocent victims, one West African organization fighting cult violence says more than 1,700 fraternity members died in inter-group wars in a 10-year span. The groups were outlawed, and much of their ritualistic element – night-time ceremonies, code words – seemed to evolve to avoid detection, said Ogaga Ifowodo, who was a student in Nigeria during the 1980s and later taught at Cornell and Texas State universities.

    “Early on … you could distinguish them by their costume,” he said. “The Black Axe, they tended to wear black berets, black shirt and jeans.”

    The transformation was not a coincidence, Mr. Ifowodo said.

    “At that time, we were under military dictatorships, and they had actually propped up the now-secret cults as a way of weakening the students’ movements,” he said. “It violates something that I think is sacred to an academic community, which is bringing into campus a kind of Mafia ethos.”

    But this does not explain whether, or how, the fraternities could morph into a sophisticated global crime syndicate.

    In Nigeria, the groups are not associated with fraud, said Etannibi Alemika, who teaches at Nigeria’s University of Jos. Mr. Ifowodo agreed. However, he also backed Toronto Police’s conclusion that Black Axe is one and the same as the Neo-Black Movement. In a briefing document posted online, Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board says the two are closely linked, but speculates that the Black Axe is a “splinter group” of the NBM.

    The NBM is known to carry out fraud, said Jonathan Matusitz, a professor at the University of Central Florida who has studied Nigerian fraternities. He said the group’s members have also been linked, mostly in Nigeria, to drug trafficking, pimping, extortion, and the falsification or copying of passports and credit cards.

    “I think that the NBM movement is more about scamming people, and it has some associations with the Black Axe, which kills people,” he said. “Have they joined forces to have like a super-group? I hope not.”

    Despite police fears, several people interviewed by The Globe, mostly business owners, said they had never heard of the Black Axe before the police news conference last week.

    Kingsley Jesuorobo, a Toronto lawyer who has many Nigerian-Canadian clients, said he has never heard of anyone being intimidated by the group.

    Mr. Jesuorobo said he is familiar with the Black Axe in the Nigerian context, but cannot imagine it posing a real threat in Canada. It is more likely that former members gravitate to each other for social reasons, he said.

    “It would be a case of comparing apples and oranges to look at how these guys operate – the impunity that characterizes their actions – in Nigeria, and then sort of come to the conclusion that they can do the same thing here,” he said.

    For Nigerian-Canadians, a cultural minority working hard to establish themselves, the idea is very troubling, he said.

    “If these things are true, it would be a bad omen for our community,” he said.

    *

    After confirming her love interest’s $18-million bank balance, Ms. Emami did not hear from him for a few days. When they spoke again, she told him she had worried. He responded that it was a sign of how close they had become; she had sensed something had happened.

    The geologist said that during his contract in Turkey, he had been in a mining accident. He was injured and could not get to Istanbul to replace his phone and laptop, which had been destroyed, so would she buy new ones and send them by courier? Ms. Emami went to the Apple Store at Fairview Mall and called him, asking if he could pay with his credit card over the phone. He said the store would not allow it, and the employee agreed. So she bought the $4,000 laptop and phone and shipped them.

    A few days later, he called again: He needed $80,000 to pay the salary of an employee, promising to repay with interest. She told him she would have to borrow from her son, but he reassured her, and she wired the money in several instalments.

    The day of his flight, a man called and said he was Mr. Franklin’s lawyer and was with him at the Istanbul airport. Someone injured in the mining accident had died, he said, and Mr. Franklin owed $130,000 to his family or he would go to jail.

    “He’s calling me, he’s crying to me,” she said. “I didn’t have any choice. I go to friends and everybody I know. Because you know, when you’re trying to be a good person, everybody trusts you. …Whatever I asked, they give me.”

    Even a friend of a friend, a cab driver, lent her thousands. “He told me, you know, dollar by dollar I collected this money,” she recalled.

    Mr. Franklin sent her details of his rebooked flight, and she promised to pick him up and cook a meal. He would love that, he said; he liked chicken.

    “You don’t believe how much food I make for him,” she said.

    She was waiting with the packed-up meal the morning of his flight when the phone rang again. It was another lawyer, this time at the Frankfurt airport, he said. Mr. Franklin owed $250,000 in tax before he could leave the country with a valuable stone.

    “My heart is just – crash,” she said. “I was crying on the phone. I said, ’Please don’t do this to me. … Why are you doing this to me? I told you from the first day, I’m borrowing this money from people.’”

    A man saying he was Mr. Franklin’s son, who also had an Australian accent, called and told her he had remortgaged his house to save his father and might lose custody of his children because of it. Ms. Emami pulled together $158,000. When her bank would not let her transfer the money, she was instructed to meet a man and a woman in person who deposited it into their accounts.

    Ms. Emami’s son and her manager at work persuaded her to go to police. When officers told her Mr. Franklin was not real and the money was likely gone for good, they called a psychiatrist to help her grasp the news.

    She cannot pay her bills or afford groceries, her credit rating is destroyed and she is hunting for work despite crippling headaches. On Oct. 27, she was served with notice that she will lose her house in Stouffville in 20 days.

    “I can’t sleep,” she said recently, crying.

    She had always considered it her “duty” to help people in need, she said. Now her friends, even her sons, are angry that the scam impoverished them as well.

    “It’s my life, it’s my relationships,” she said. “And after 30 years living here with five kids, you know, I can’t live in the street. I can’t go to the shelter.”

    *

    Other local women describe the lengths fraudsters went to to blend truth and fiction. One received a forged Ontario provincial contract. Two victims in York said the scammers impersonated an Edmonton mining executive. The fraudsters build Facebook and LinkedIn accounts that seem to be populated by friends and family.

    “When we Google them, they do seem real,” one woman said.

    Daniel Williams of the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, a federal intelligence-gathering agency on fraud, said the scammers profit from economies of scale. “What they did to you, they were doing to 8,000 people that day,” he said.

    The agency gets more calls from fraud victims a day than it can answer, sometimes exceeding 2,000. Staff look for waves of calls complaining of the same methods.

    Authorities estimate they are only ever aware of about 1 per cent to 5 per cent of fraud committed globally, Mr. Williams said. Many victims do not believe they have been scammed or will not report it out of embarrassment.

    Fraudsters, sometimes using credit checks, also home in on well-off victims for special treatment, Det. Constable Kelly said.

    “It’s just like, oh, we’ve got somebody on $100,000 level, let’s steer this to this person,” he said.

    The amount taken from Toronto victims alone is “absolutely astonishing,” he said.

    “If you were going to distribute cocaine, for example, you have to buy that cocaine from another smuggler somewhere, and you have to put up money for that,” he said.

    “In fraud, what is your put-up? What is your overhead? Your commodity that you’re trading in, that you’re selling, is BS. BS is cheap, it’s abundant, it’s infinite. You know, it can be replicated again and again and again and again. … And that’s why it’s a better business.”

    Fraudsters based in Canada work with people in Kuala Lumpur, in Tokyo, in Lagos, Det. Constable Kelly said.

    At the turn of the 20th century in New York, Italian-owned banks started suffering bombings, and homes were mysteriously burned down. Police heard the incidents happened after warnings from something called the “black hand.” But no officers spoke Italian, and investigations were stymied.

    It was not until the 1950s that widespread police crackdowns began. By that time, the group now known as the Mafia had spread around the world and made new alliances. The FBI estimates the organization has about 25,000 members and a quarter-million affiliates worldwide, including about 3,000 in the United States.

    Police hope the charge against Mr. Ighedoise will send an early message to Canada’s Axemen. York and Toronto officers are working to confirm connections between the fraud ring that impoverished Ms. Emami and the ring that Mr. Ighedoise is alleged to help lead.

    At their recent press conference, they appealed to the Nigerian community to report instances where the Black Axe has “intimidated” others.

    They want to know how ambitious the group really is, Det. Constable Trotter said, and how much it is feared.

    If Axemen rely on selling stories, he said, the most important one is for their own community: “That [they] have all the power and authority and the propensity for violence that [they] have back home, here in Canada.”

    #Canada #scam #Nigeria #Black_Axe


  • Disparition du MH370 : le rapport final n’apporte rien de nouveau - Asie-Pacifique - RFI
    http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20180730-disparition-mh370-le-rapport-final-apporte-rien-nouveau

    Plus de quatre ans après la disparition du vol MH370 de Malaysia Airlines, qui assurait la liaison Kuala-Lumpur-Pékin dans la nuit du 7 au 8 mars 2014, avec 239 personnes à bord, la commission d’enquête vient de rendre son rapport final, ce lundi 30 juillet à Kuala Lumpur. Jamais dans l’histoire de l’aviation civile, qui plus est récente, un gros-porteur n’a disparu sans laisser de trace. La disparition du vol MH370 pose d’autant plus de questions que le B-777 est l’un des avions les plus surs du monde et que la mer de Chine du sud est l’une des mers les plus surveillées de la planète.

    Avec notre correspondante à Hong-Kong, Florence de Changy

    Kok Soo Chon, le responsable en chef de l’enquête a ouvert la conférence de presse qui a eu lieu ce lundi 30 juillet à Kuala Lumpur en annonçant que ce rapport final n’était, en fait, « pas final ». Car la conclusion du rapport est que l’enquête a été incapable d’établir la véritable cause de la disparition de MH370.

    « Il y a un manque de précision dans les réponses apportées et pas de réponses satisfaisantes à plusieurs questions parfaitement légitimes », avait tweeté quelques heures auparavant la jeune avocate malaisienne Grace Nathan, dont la mère était à bord du vol MH370. Les familles ont été briefées séparément.

    « Un manque de preuves »

    Le rapport écarte toutefois l’éventualité d’un problème technique et ne soutient pas, par ailleurs, la thèse selon laquelle le commandant de bord, Zaharie Shah, aurait commis un acte suicidaire. Il clarifie que rien de compromettant n’a été trouvé sur le simulateur de vol du pilote, contrairement à nombre de rumeurs répandues par certains medias australiens et américains.

    Le rapport conclut de manière des plus dubitatives en insistant sur « le manque de preuves » tant pour confirmer l’hypothèse retenue que pour l’exclure. Mais les enquêteurs indiquent ne pas exclure non plus l’intervention d’une tierce-partie.

    J’ai dû louper les épisodes après les débris retrouvés à La Réunion...
    #aviation #mystère


  • Disparition du vol #MH370 : le rapport final n’exclut pas « l’intervention d’une tierce partie »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/asie-pacifique/article/2018/07/30/disparition-du-vol-mh-370-le-rapport-final-n-exclut-pas-l-intervention-d-une

    Après quatre ans et demi d’enquête sur la disparition du vol MH370, l’équipe internationale d’investigation menée par la Malaisie a rendu public, lundi 30 juillet après-midi à Kuala Lumpur, son rapport final, intitulé « Rapport d’enquête de sécurité ».

    Depuis les premières heures de cette disparition, qui a eu lieu dans la nuit du 7 au 8 mars 2014 alors que le Boeing 777 de la Malaysia Airlines (MAS) passait de l’espace aérien de la Malaisie à celui du Vietnam, les familles des 239 personnes à bord se sont habituées aux volte-face et aux contradictions des informations dispensées par les autorités au sujet de cette affaire. Bien que, comme le conclut le rapport, « l’enquête ait été incapable d’établir la véritable cause de la disparition de MH370 », le document, plutôt plus précis que nombre d’autres communiqués publiés sur le même accident, apporte toutefois un certain nombre d’éléments, au gré de ses 449 pages (et plus de 1 000 pages d’annexes).

    Tout d’abord, le rapport innocente explicitement le commandant de bord, Zaharie Ahmad Shah, régulièrement accusé, notamment dans les médias australiens et américains, d’avoir commis un acte suicidaire. Kok Soo Chon, responsable en chef de l’enquête, a indiqué que le pilote avait bien sûr été la première personne sur laquelle l’enquête s’était concentrée, mais que l’on n’avait rien trouvé de problématique chez cet homme marié de 53 ans et père de trois enfants : aucun historique de maladie mentale ou de suivi psychiatrique, aucun passif d’utilisation de drogues, aucun problème financier… Il disposait en outre d’une très grande expérience (plus de 18 000 heures de vol) et d’une excellente réputation. Le rapport clarifie aussi que, contrairement à ce qui continue d’être fréquemment répété, rien de compromettant n’a été trouvé sur le simulateur de vol du pilote.

    En ce qui concerne les données radar qui ont permis d’étayer le scénario du « demi-tour » suivi d’un survol en sens inverse au-dessus la Malaisie (avant un détour dans le détroit de Malacca suivi d’un vol fantôme vers le pôle sud), le rapport admet que les changements d’altitude et de vitesse indiqués dans les documents précédents étaient bien au-delà des capacités techniques d’un Boeing 777, des aberrations déjà soulignées par Le Monde. Mais au lieu de remettre en cause la validité de ces données radar, le rapport choisit d’en retenir néanmoins la longitude et la latitude, ces éléments étant jugés « raisonnablement exacts ».

    Selon nos informations, l’enquête française, qui a de longue date demandé ces données radar, notamment lors de la commission rogatoire en Malaisie de décembre 2015, ne les a jamais obtenues. Si ces images prouvent que le vol MH370 a véritablement survolé la Malaisie en sens inverse, il est difficile de comprendre pourquoi la Malaisie ne les a jamais partagées. Deux sources affirmant avoir vu ces images ont indiqué au Monde qu’elles étaient au contraire incompatibles avec un Boeing 777, non seulement car la « cible » volait trop vite et trop haut, mais aussi tout simplement parce que le « retour » était beaucoup trop petit pour un Boeing 777.

    Le rapport écarte en outre explicitement l’éventualité d’une avarie grave comme explication plausible au virage de 180 degrés que l’avion aurait effectué peu après avoir disparu des écrans radar. Autre élément nouveau, le rapport consacre plusieurs paragraphes à la technologie de prise de contrôle à distance d’un avion, avec désactivation de tout contrôle par les pilotes. Bien que les enquêteurs confirment que Boeing a déposé le brevet de cette technologie en 2003 (officiellement brevetée en 2006), ils indiquent que Boeing n’a encore installé cette technologie sur aucun avion civil.

    Ayant exclu l’avarie et un acte de folie du commandant de bord, les enquêteurs concluent leur rapport en insistant sur « le manque de preuves » tant pour confirmer l’hypothèse du scénario officiel que pour la démentir. La phrase la plus surprenante de tout le rapport arrive dans l’avant-dernier paragraphe, quand les enquêteurs indiquent « ne pas exclure l’intervention d’une tierce partie ». Ils ne précisent toutefois pas ce qui les a amenés à cette idée, ni de quelle tierce partie il pourrait s’agir.

    Le chef de l’équipe de l’enquête a d’ailleurs indiqué qu’il avait été extrêmement laborieux de mettre toutes les parties d’accord sur la version finale du rapport. L’équipe était constituée de 19 experts malaisiens ainsi que des représentants accrédités de sept bureaux d’enquête, dont les enquêteurs américains (NTSB), britanniques (AAIB), australiens (ATSB), singapouriens (TSIB), chinois (CAAC), français (BEA) et indonésiens (NTSC). Des conseillers de l’avionneur Boeing, du fabricant du moteur Rolls Royce ainsi que d’Inmarsat, le fournisseur du service de Satcom, le système de communication par satellites, y ont également participé.

    Les familles des disparus du MH370 avaient espéré que le nouveau gouvernement malaisien, élu en mai, aille jusqu’au bout de l’enquête, mais elles se sont déclarées une nouvelle fois déçues. Le prochain premier ministre, Anwar Ibrahim, qui devrait prendre les rênes du gouvernement d’ici deux ans, a déclaré au Monde qu’il irait, lui, jusqu’au bout de cette enquête. « Il y va de notre sécurité nationale de savoir exactement ce qui s’est passé avec cet avion. »


  • Forced Labor in Malaysia’s Electronics Industry - The Atlantic
    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/06/malaysia-forced-labor-electronics/563873

    At the heart of this economic success are migrant workers. From Bangladesh, Nepal, the Philippines, Indonesia, and India, they arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport by the scoreful, papers in hand, hoping for a better life. Estimates of the number of foreign workers in Malaysia vary widely, from the government’s count of almost 1.8 million to perhaps twice as many, which would amount to a quarter of the country’s workforce. Migrant-worker advocates estimate one-third of those workers are undocumented.

    Many foreign workers believe “Malaysia is the land of milk and honey,” said Joseph Paul Maliamauv, of Tenaganita, a workers’-rights organization, when I met him at the group’s office in Petaling Jaya, a suburb on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. “They come out there, and think the streets are paved with gold.”

    But upon arrival, migrants find this paradise doesn’t extend to them. Malaysia is “a booming economy and one of the most developed economies, multicultural and multinational, with a huge amount of foreign investment,” said David Welsh of the Solidarity Center, an affiliate of the labor group AFL-CIO, when I met him in Kuala Lumpur. “But in a region plagued with human-rights abuses and labor abuses, Malaysia is in many ways transparently the regional leader.”

    Malaysia provides a window into a troubling part of the global economy that makes the whole system work, one that touches and connects practically every part of the world and billions of people: a flow of humans that shapes lives, creates the world’s things, and is built on the availability of a massive, inexpensive, and flexible labor supply.

    #migrations #travail_forcé #Malaisie


  • Malaysians make record bust of crystal meth, shipped from Myanmar | Top News | Reuters
    https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN1IT0FH-OCATP


    Malaysian Customs display 1187kg of Methamphetamine worth 71 million ringgit ($17.8 million) seized during a news conference in Nilai, Malaysia May 28, 2018.
    REUTERS/Angie Teo

    Malaysia has made its largest ever seizure of crystal methamphetamine, officials said on Monday, finding nearly 1.2 tonnes of the drug disguised as tea in a shipment from Myanmar, and arrested six suspected traffickers.

    The bust comes as Southeast Asia reports a flood of the stimulant throughout the region. Indonesia and Thailand have also made record seizures of the drug this year.

    A total of 1,187 kg of the drug, worth 71 million ringgit ($18 million), was shipped in a container from Yangon, Myanmar, to Port Klang, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Customs Director-General Subromaniam Tholasy told reporters.


  • En Malaisie, la traductrice qui en savait trop

    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2018/05/28/en-malaisie-la-traductrice-qui-en-savait-trop_5305535_3210.html

    Une jeune Mongole assassinée, des commissions occultes, un ex-premier ministre sur la sellette : après l’arrivée d’un nouveau gouvernement, la justice va-t-elle rouvrir le dossier ?

    La Mongole était jolie et résidait en Malaisie, où elle avait été la maîtresse d’un conseiller du ministre de la défense d’alors, et peut-être même celle du ministre lui-même. Elle avait 28 ans, elle était traductrice. Elle parlait, outre le mongol, le russe, le chinois, l’anglais et un peu le français. Elle s’appelait Altantuya Shaariibuu. Et elle en savait trop.

    Altantuya s’était retrouvée, notamment en raison de ses contacts sur l’oreiller, indirectement associée – ou impliquée – dans l’affaire de la vente de trois sous-marins à la Malaisie par la France en 2002, un scandale d’Etat dont l’onde de choc continue aujourd’hui de se propager dans l’Hexagone : en juillet 2017, un ancien président de la Direction des constructions navales et un ex-directeur général délégué du groupe français Thales (ex-Thomson), ont été mis en examen pour « corruption active ». Récipiendaires probables de commissions illégales versées en Malaisie : des responsables au plus haut niveau du gouvernement. Les Français avaient de bonnes raisons de mettre la main au portefeuille pour graisser la patte aux bonnes personnes : le contrat s’élevait à près d’un milliard d’euros…

    Le corps pulvérisé

    Altantuya Shaariibuu a payé au prix fort, de la manière la plus terrible et la plus spectaculaire qui soit, le fait d’en savoir trop : le 18 octobre 2006, elle est enlevée en plein Kuala Lumpur par deux policiers d’un corps d’élite de gardes du corps rattaché au bureau du premier ministre. Traînée de force dans un véhicule banalisé, elle est emmenée dans le faubourg de Shah Alam, à la sortie de Kuala Lumpur. Là, elle est abattue d’une balle dans la tête avant que des explosifs de type C-4 soient placés sur son corps. Le cadavre d’Altantuya est pulvérisée au point que l’on ne retrouvera presque rien d’elle.

    La raison de cet assassinat s’explique très probablement par le fait que la jeune Mongole était en train de faire chanter son ancien amant, Abdul Razak Baginda, à l’époque directeur d’un cercle de réflexion mais aussi proche de Najib Razak, alors ministre de la défense. Ce dernier allait ensuite devenir premier ministre, jusqu’à la spectaculaire défaite de son parti aux élections du 8 mai dernier…

    Altantuya Shaariibuu avait en effet été arrêtée alors qu’elle faisait un scandale devant la résidence d’Abdul Razak Baginda, vociférante et menaçante. Elle avait auparavant exigé de son « ex » qu’il lui verse une commission de 500 000 dollars, promise mais non versée. Faute de quoi elle révélerait les secrets des troubles combines autour de la vente des sous-marins. Après son meurtre, des photos ont circulé, la montrant en train de festoyer en des temps plus heureux, dans un restaurant parisien avec Baginda et… Najib Razak. Peut-être était-elle aussi l’amante de ce dernier, ont laissé entendre certaines rumeurs.

    Réouverture du dossier

    L’échec électoral de « Najib » et de son parti a des chances de provoquer la réouverture d’un dossier (scandale des sous-marins et donc, du même coup, l’assassinat d’Altantuya) mis sous le tapis depuis des années. Et Najib Razak, déjà empêtré dans un scandale d’Etat où il est soupçonné d’avoir siphonné l’équivalent de plus de 600 millions d’euros de fonds publics sur son compte en banque, pourrait se retrouver, si les langues se délient un peu trop, impliqué cette fois, non seulement dans une affaire de corruption mais aussi, fut-ce indirectement, dans un assassinat…

    « Il faut que le nouveau gouvernement relance l’enquête sur l’affaire de la vente des sous-marins [français] », vient de déclarer l’ancien juge de la haute cour, Gopal Sri Ram. Le 16 mai, le président de Mongolie, Khaltmaagiyn Battulga, a adressé un message de félicitations au nouveau premier ministre de Malaisie, Mahathir Mohamad, qui avait déjà été auparavant premier ministre et l’était encore quand le contrat des sous-marins fut signé entre la France de Jacques Chirac et la Malaisie : « L’assassinat d’Altantuya Shaariibuu a créé une atmosphère défavorable entre nos deux pays et j’espère sincèrement que votre Excellence accordera toute son attention [à ce cas] afin que justice soit rendue », écrit notamment le chef d’Etat mongol.

    L’ONG malaisienne Suaram, qui a demandé que des poursuites judiciaires soient diligentées à propos du scandale des sous-marins, a engagé à Paris l’avocat William Bourdon. Ce dernier vient de dire aux journalistes du site en ligne Malaysiakini qu’il était prêt à se rendre cet été à Kuala Lumpur, pour « briefer » le nouveau gouvernement sur l’affaire.

    Des ordres venus de très haut

    Une voix lointaine pourrait s’avérer cruciale dans le « dossier » Altantuya Shaariibuu : l’un de ses deux agresseurs, Sirul Azhar Umar, condamné à mort en 2009 par une cour malaisienne, mais sans qu’aucun mobile de son meurtre n’ait alors été invoqué, est en prison en Australie. Il s’y était enfui en 2014 alors que sa condamnation était jugée en appel en Malaisie et qu’il avait été libéré sous caution.

    De sa prison, il a donné plusieurs interviews, dans lesquelles il a assuré avoir servi de « bouc émissaire ». Il a parfois laissé entendre que les ordres d’assassiner la jeune Mongole venaient de très haut. Le jour précédant son incarcération en Australie, en 2015, conséquence d’une demande faite par Interpol, Sirul avait envoyé un mystérieux SMS à un contact, resté anonyme, mais qui aurait été proche des services de renseignements malaisiens.

    « Salut patron. Je suis en difficulté. Je veux deux millions de dollars australiens avant que vous veniez me rendre visite. Je ne reviendrai pas en Malaisie. Je ne veux pas faire tomber le premier ministre. »
    Lire aussi : Mahathir et Anwar, un improbable tandem à la tête de la Malaisie

    Plus tard, Sirul se rétracta, comme s’il réalisait qu’il lui fallait ménager ses arrières : des émissaires du parti de Najib Razak étaient venus le voir dans sa cellule. Il jura par la suite au site Malaysiankini « qu’au Nom de Dieu, l’honorable premier ministre Najib Razak n’a jamais été impliqué dans [le meurtre d’Altantuya] et n’a jamais eu de liens avec cette affaire ».

    Mais l’« honorable » premier ministre, qui n’a jamais été très « honorable », n’est plus premier ministre. Le 1er juin, l’ancien flic et ci-devant assassin devrait à nouveau comparaître devant la justice australienne. Osera-t-il révéler tout ce qu’il sait ?


  • Mahathir Demands to Form Malaysia Government After Shock Win - Bloomberg

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-05-10/najib-says-he-ll-accept-malaysia-king-s-pick-for-prime-minister

    Mahathir Mohamad demanded to form a new government by 5 p.m. local time after his opposition coalition dealt Prime Minister Najib Razak’s ruling coalition a stunning defeat.

    Any delay in his appointment would mean that Malaysia doesn’t have the rule of law, Mahathir told reporters in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. Malaysia’s longest-serving premier who defected to the opposition to take on Najib’s Barisan Nasional coalition, is in position to return to power at the age of 92.

    #malaisie #élections


  • Israël envoie ses commandos de tueurs contre la diaspora palestinienne
    21 avril 2018 – Al-Jazeera – Traduction : Chronique de Palestine
    http://www.chroniquepalestine.com/israel-envoie-commandos-tueurs-contre-diaspora

    Un scientifique palestinien a été assassiné à Kuala Lumpur, et sa famille accuse le Mossad israélien.

    Fadi al-Batsh, un universitaire palestinien de 35 ans et membre du Hamas, a été assassiné par des assaillants inconnus samedi dans un quartier résidentiel de Kuala Lumpur, et le père de Fadi al-Batsh accuse l’agence d’espionnage israélienne d’ « assassinat » après les tirs mortels dans la capitale malaisienne.(...)


  • #MH370 four years on: until the plane is found, theories run wild | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/23/mh370-four-years-on-the-main-theories-on-what-happened-to-the-plane

    In the vacuum of information, theories – some more likely than others – have sprung up. These are the four main contenders:

    Mass hypoxia event
    The official theory, adopted by both the Malaysian government and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, is that the passengers and crew of MH370 were incapacitated by an unknown “unresponsive crew/ hypoxia event”. Hypoxia is a deficiency of oxygen.
    […]
    Fire or accident
    In the immediate aftermath of the disappearance, former pilot Christopher Goodfellow speculated that an electrical fire broke out on board. He said this explained the first turn towards Malaysia as Shah was searching for an emergency landing strip. He believes the fire then incapacitated Shah and the cabin crew, leaving the plane to fly south on autopilot.

    Patrick Smith, another pilot, has cast doubt on the fire theory, saying it was unlikely MH370 could have continued for six hours on autopilot after a major fire. Officials believe Shah was unconcious, but have not offered any theories as to why or when this occurred.
    […]
    The rogue pilot
    Byron Bailey, a former RAAF trainer and captain with Emirates, believes the plane was under the control of its captain as part of a deliberate descent into the Indian Ocean.

    This would radically alter the current search operation – and potentially explain why the plane has not been found. Current and previous searches assumed the plane dived steeply and suddenly, with nobody at the helm, near the location of the seventh handshake.

    But if Shah was conscious, he could have manoeuvred the plane in a long, slow glide, travelling almost 200km further south. This also would have kept the plane more intact, with less debris.
    […]
    A northern landing
    Yet another theory says the plane is not near Australia at all, but rather to the north of Malaysia.

    This theory stems from the way satellite data is calculated. After MH370 turned back towards Malaysia, its last known military radar point showed it travelling slightly north-west towards India.

    Bonus…

    Photo evidence
    Other armchair investigators have claimed to have discovered photo evidence of debris that places MH370 in various other locations, but all have been discredited.

    On Monday, Peter McMahon, an Australian investigator, told the Daily Star he had discovered the plane on Google Maps near Mauritius and submitted photo evidence to the ATSB.

    But the ATSB pointed out his images were more than 10 years old and predated the plane’s disappearance.

    The images sent to ATSB by Mr McMahon were captured on 6 November 2009, more than four years before the flight disappeared,” a spokesperson for the ATSB said.

    • L’ancien premier ministre malaisien y rajoute sa propre hypothèse… Prise de contrôle à distance

      Possible that MH370 was taken over remotely, says #Mahathir, SE Asia News & Top Stories - The Straits Times
      http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/possible-that-mh370-was-taken-over-remotely-says-mahathir

      Missing flight MH370 might have been taken over remotely in a bid to foil a hijack, Malaysia’s former leader Mahathir Mohamad said, reviving one of the many conspiracy theories surrounding its disappearance.
      […]
      Tun Dr Mahathir, 92, who is leading an opposition bid to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak in elections due this year, said he did not believe Kuala Lumpur was involved in any cover-up.

      But he told The Australian newspaper in an interview that it was possible the plane might have been taken over remotely.

      It was reported in 2006 that Boeing was given a licence to operate the takeover of a hijacked plane while it is flying so I wonder whether that’s what happened,” said Dr Mahathir.

      The capacity to do that is there. The technology is there,” he added of his theory.

      Reports say Boeing in 2006 was awarded a US patent for a system that, once activated, could take control of a commercial aircraft away from the pilot or flight crew in the event of a hijacking.

      There is no evidence it has ever been used in airliners due to safety concerns.



  • #Pollution & #poissons


    Islande : 30.000 tonnes de poissons morts dans un lac
    (lien modifié car issu de la fachosphère par mégarde de ma part et qui n’a pas échappé à la vigilance de @colporteur - Merci à toi)


    https://img.20mn.fr/1ITG9GbsRBep6gB9bvMHzQ/1200x768_tonnes-poissons-morts-ete-ramasses-lagoa-rodrigo-freitas-a-rio-jan
    Les poissons du lac Rodrigo de Freitas, en plein cœur de Rio de Janeiro, ont été victimes d’une désoxygénation…
    https://www.20minutes.fr/planete/1118961-20130315-20130315-jo-2016-dizaines-tonnes-poissons-morts-lac-desti


    Mexique : 50 tonnes de poissons morts extraits d’un lac
    http://www.linfo.re/monde/amerique/650702-mexique-50-tonnes-de-poissons-morts-extraits-d-un-lac


    Morts massives de poissons à travers l’Europe ! (2013)
    http://enattendant-2012.blogspot.fr/2013/07/morts-massives-de-poissons-travers.html

    Mort massive de poisson en 2016
    http://etat-du-monde-etat-d-etre.net/de-la-terre/hecatombes-animales/morts-massives-danimaux-en-2016-plus-de-60-cas-entre-en-s

    16 Février 2016 – 445 tortues retrouvés mortes échouées le long des plages de Guerrero au MEXIQUE Lien
    16 Février 2016 – Grande mortalité de poissons le long des voies d’eau de Karatay en TURQUIE Lien
    15 Février 2016 – Des milliers de poissons meurent le long de la rivière Porce en COLOMBIE Lien
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    11 Février 2016 – Des centaines de poissons morts s’échouent sur les plages de l’ÎLE MAURICE Lien
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    11 Février 2016 – Des milliers de poissons continuent de mourir le long du delta du Nil en EGYPTE Lien
    11 Février 2016 – Des dizaines de singes sont en train de mourir « un mystère » dans les forêts du NICARAGUA Lien
    11 Février 2016 – Des milliers de poissons morts retrouvés sur les plages des FIDJI Lien
    11 Février 2016 – Des centaines de poissons morts dans les eaux de Oosterhout aux PAYS-BAS Lien
    11 Février 2016 – Des masses de poissons morts s’échouent sur les plages de Montevideo en URUGUAY Lien
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    10 Février 2016 – Des milliers de poissons morts retrouvés dans les eaux de NOUVELLE-CALÉDONIE Lien
    10 Février 2016 – Des centaines d’anguilles mortes retrouvés dans un ruisseau de Marlborough en NOUVELLE-ZÉLANDE Lien
    10 Février 2016 – Des dizaines d’oiseaux de mer ainsi que d’autres créatures marines retrouvés morts sur une plage de Malibu en AMÉRIQUE lien
    7 février 2016 – +630 tonnes de poissons sont morts dans les fermes piscicoles le long du delta du Mékong au VIETNAM Lien
    6 Février 2016 – Des centaines de poissons retrouvés morts « à cause d’une marée rouge » en FLORIDE, Amérique lien
    5 Février 2016 – Des millions d’huîtres sont mortes à cause d’une maladie dans le sud de la Tasmanie en AUSTRALIE Lien
    4 Février 2016 – Des dizaines d’oiseaux meurent subitement à Wichita au KANSAS, Etats-Unis Lien
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    4 Février 2016 – Des dizaines de pélicans morts d’une cause inconnue sur Grand Isle en LOUISIANE, Amérique Lien
    4 Février 2016 – 6 baleines mortes se sont échouées le long de la côte de l’Est de l’ANGLETERRE Lien
    4 Février 2016 – Des centaines de poissons retrouvés morts « suscitent la peur » à La Brea, TRINITÉ-ET-TOBAGO Lien
    4 Février 2016 – Mortalité massive de poissons dans une lagune de Marica au BRÉSIL Lien
    3 février 2016 – 8 autres baleines mortes retrouvés le long de la côte de Friedrichskoog en ALLEMAGNE Lien
    3 Février 2016 – 41.000 poulets sont morts d’une maladie de Newcastle à Luzon aux PHILIPPINES Lien
    3 février 2016 – 36 tonnes de poissons sont morts dans les exploitations agricoles, « à cause d’une marée » à HONG KONG Lien
    3 Février 2016 – Des dizaines de tortues mortes retrouvées le long des plages de Tecpan de Galeana au MEXIQUE Lien
    3 Février 2016 – Des centaines de poissons retrouvés morts dans les étangs du Queensland en AUSTRALIE Lien
    1er Février 2016 – Des centaines de poissons retrouvés morts dans un lac du TEXAS en Amérique lien
    1er Février 2016 – Mortalité massive de poissons dans la rivière Shing Mun à HONG KONG Lien
    1er Février 2016 – Des masses de poissons morts découverts le long d’1 km de rivière dans la province de Hubei en CHINE Lien
    31 Janvier 2016 – Grande mortalité de poissons « du jamais vu » dans la rivière Snake à WASHINGTON aux États-Unis Lien
    30 Janvier 2016 – +500 chameaux sont morts d’une « maladie mystérieuse » à Marsabit au KENYA Lien
    30 Janvier 2016 – +19 tonnes de poissons morts retrouvés dans un lac de Goias au BRÉSIL Lien
    28 janvier 2016 – +22,000 oiseaux marins retrouvés morts « la plus grande mortalité jamais enregistrée » le long des plages de l’ALASKA en AmériqueLien
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    28 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines d’oiseaux de mer retrouvés morts sur une plage de la mer de Galilée en ISRAËL Lien
    28 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines de tonnes de poissons sont morts dans les exploitations agricoles de la province de Ha Tinh au VIETNAM Lien
    27 Janvier 2016 – 400 tonnes de poissons sont morts à cause du froid à Ubon Ratchathani en THAÏLANDE Lien
    27 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers de poissons sont morts dans une réserve du NEVADA aux Etats-Unis Lien
    26 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers de poissons retrouvés morts échoués à Martha Vineyard dans le MASSACHUSETTS aux États-Unis. Lien
    25 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers de poulets morts d’une « maladie mystérieuse » à Kampong Thom au CAMBODGE Lien
    25 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers d’étoiles de mer retrouvées mortes échouées à Port St. Joe en FLORIDE, Amérique. Lien
    25 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines de milliers de poissons retrouvés morts dans un lac de Samut Prakan en THAÏLANDE Lien
    21 Janvier 2016 – 300 tortues retrouvées mortes sur une plage de Odisha en INDE Lien
    18 Janvier 2016 – Hécatombe massive de poissons dans la rivière Eloor en INDE Lien
    17 Janvier 2016 – 12 cachalots retrouvés morts sur des îles des PAYS-BAS et d’ALLEMAGNE Lien
    17 Janvier 2016 – Grande mortalité de poissons repérés le long du Nil à Rosetta en l’EGYPTE Lien
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    15 Janvier 2016 – +10.000 calmars morts retrouvés échoués « cause inconnue » à Arauco au CHILI Lien
    15 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines de poissons morts flottant dans une rivière de Kuala Lumpur en MALAISIE. Lien
    13 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers de poissons retrouvés morts dans la baie de Guanabara au BRÉSIL Lien
    13 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines de milliers de poissons retrouvés morts ou mourants dans la rivière Hunter, NSW en AUSTRALIE Lien
    12 janvier 2016 – plus de 100 baleines échouées dont 45 mortes sur la côte de Tamil Nadu en INDE Lien
    10 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines de poissons et d’anguilles morts dans un lac de la baie de Hawke en NOUVELLE-ZÉLANDE Lien
    8 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers de poissons morts retrouvés à Gulfport en FLORIDE aux États-Unis. Lien
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    8 Janvier 2016 – Des dizaines de milliers d’étoiles de mer et méduses retrouvées mortes le long du Sussex et du Hampshire en ANGLETERRE Lien
    7 Janvier 2016 – 2000 poissons retrouvés morts sur les rives d’une rivière d’Amalfi en COLOMBIE Lien
    6 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers d’oiseaux retrouvés morts au bord de la mer le long d’une plage de Prince William Sound en ALASKA, Amérique Lien
    6 Janvier 2016 – +100 tonnes de poissons retrouvés morts dans une rivière de la province de Dong Nai au VIETNAM Lien
    6 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines d’oiseaux retrouvés morts à Cuerámaro au MEXIQUE Lien
    6 janvier 2016 – 25.000 oiseaux tués à cause de la grippe aviaire à Accra au GHANA Lien
    5 Janvier 2016 – Mortalité massive de poissons dans un lac de Marica au BRÉSIL Lien
    5 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines de poissons retrouvés morts le long d’une rivière de Gebeng en MALAISIE Lien
    2 Janvier 2016 – Des milliers de poissons morts dans une rivière « à cause de la pollution » à Pelalawan Regency en INDONÉSIE Lien
    2 Janvier 2016 – Des centaines d’étoiles de mer mortes retrouvées échouées sur une plage de Portsmouth en ANGLETERRE Lien

    #nos_ennemis_les_bêtes #mots_massive #animaux


  • U.S. Firm Ocean Infinity Says it’s Hopeful of Getting #MH370 Search Contract Soon – gCaptain
    http://gcaptain.com/u-s-firm-ocean-infinity-says-its-hopeful-of-getting-mh370-search-contract-


    Ocean Infinity’s vessel Seabed Constructor serves as host for six AUVs to conduct its seabed survey. Photo: Swire Seabed/Ocean Infinity

    U.S.-based seabed exploration firm Ocean Infinity on Wednesday said it was moving a vessel closer to a possible search area for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 as it soon expects to be awarded a contract by Malaysia to resume the search.

    The disappearance of the aircraft en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in March 2014 with 239 people aboard ranks among the world’s greatest aviation mysteries. Australia, China and Malaysia ended a fruitless A$200-million ($156.62 million) search in January last year.

    But in October, Malaysia said it was in talks with Ocean Infinity to resume the search on a “no-cure, no-fee” basis, meaning it will only get paid if it finds the plane.


  • In Asia’s Fattest Country, Nutritionists Take Money From Food Giants - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/23/health/obesity-malaysia-nestle.html

    The research exemplified a practice that began in the West and has moved, along with rising obesity rates, to developing countries: deep financial partnerships between the world’s largest food companies and nutrition scientists, policymakers and academic societies.
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    Dr. Tee E Siong, in front of a restaurant menu at a mall outside Kuala Lumpur, heads the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, which is financed in large part by some of the world’s largest food companies. Credit Rahman Roslan for The New York Times

    As they seek to expand their markets, big food companies are spending significant funds in developing countries, from India to Cameroon, in support of local nutrition scientists. The industry funds research projects, pays scholars consulting fees, and sponsors most major nutrition conferences at a time when sales of processed foods are soaring. In Malaysia sales have increased 105 percent over the past five years, according to Euromonitor, a market research company.

    Similar relationships have ignited a growing outcry in the United States and Europe, and a veritable civil war in the field between those who take food industry funding and those who argue that the money manipulates science and misleads policymakers and consumers. But in developing countries, where government research funding is scarce and there is less resistance to the practice, companies are doubling down in their efforts.

    But some nutritionists say Malaysia’s dietary guidelines, which Dr. Tee helped craft, are not as tough on sugar as they might otherwise be. They tell people to load up on grains and cereals, and to limit fat to less than 20 to 30 percent of daily calories, a recommendation that was removed from dietary guidelines in the United States in 2015 after evidence emerged that low-fat diets don’t curb obesity and may contribute to it.

    Corporate funding of nutrition science in Malaysia has weakened the case against sugar and processed foods, said Rohana Abdul Jalil, a Harvard-trained diet expert based in the rural state of Kelantan, where obesity is as high as in the biggest cities.

    “There’s never been an explicit, aggressive campaign against sugar,” she said.

    #Nutrition #Conflit_intérêt #Malaysie #Nestlé


  • Report on #MH370 finds ’initially similar’ route on pilot’s flight simulator
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-malaysia-airlines-mh370/australian-searchers-say-fruitless-end-is-unacceptable-in-final-report-on-m

    The captain of the Malaysian Airlines aircraft that vanished somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean with 239 people on board had flown a route on his home flight simulator six weeks earlier that was “initially similar” to the one actually taken, Australian authorities said on Tuesday.

    The details were contained in a 440-page final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on the unsuccessful search for flight MH370.

    The disappearance of the Boeing 777 on March 8, 2014, on a flight to Beijing from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, has become one of the world’s greatest aviation mysteries.

    The report concluded that the reasons for the loss of the aircraft could not be established with certainty until the aircraft was found.

    It is almost inconceivable and certainly societally unacceptable in the modern aviation era...for a large commercial aircraft to be missing and for the world not to know with certainty what became of the aircraft and those on board,” the ATSB said.