Poudre de perlimpinpin, par Jean-Michel Dumay (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2019)
Islamism has imitated, or colluded with, the state autocracies it claims to oppose. It has failed to suggest its own answers to economic problems, social justice, education or corruption.
Les États-Unis dévoilent la condition de leur retrait de Syrie - Sputnik France
« Les troupes des États-Unis ne quitteront pas la Syrie tant que des troupes iraniennes se trouvent en dehors d’Iran », a-t-il déclaré lors d’une conférence de presse à New York.
En vo : “We’re not going to leave as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders and that includes Iranian proxies and militias,” White House national security adviser John Bolton said while traveling in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, according to the Associated Press." (▻https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/john-bolton-us-will-stay-in-syria-until-iran-leaves)
Et moi qui croyais qu’ils étaient là pour défendre la révolution syrienne ! Comme j’étais naïf !
US military document reveals how the West opposed a democratic Syria, by Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed (Le Monde diplomatique - English edition, September 2018)
Despite acknowledging that opposition groups would probably fail to overthrow Assad, the document still assesses that they could be mobilised to counter Iranian encroachment. It was accepted that this would empower Islamist forces among the Syrian opposition, rather than democratic and secular forces: ‘Turkey does not have good options nor the capability to effect change in Syria any time soon, but it will gradually attempt to build up linkages with groups inside Syria, focusing in particular on the Islamist remnants of the Muslim Brotherhood in trying to fashion a viable Islamist political force in Syria that would operate under Ankara’s umbrella. This will take time to develop, but the geopolitical dynamic of the region points to a gradually [sic] weakening of the Alawite hold on power in Syria.’
The anti-democratic nature of the strategy was clear. Regardless of the democratic aspirations driving the Syrian uprising, US military officials were content with the idea of encouraging foreign powers to nurture Islamist forces in Syria who would operate under the ‘umbrella’ of those foreign powers: all to try and weaken Iran’s foothold.
Every aspect of #Big_Data needs clear governmental regulation — its collection, its use with analysis to classify people, and its exploitation. We shouldn’t be expected to fight it alone.
US foreign policy as bellicose as ever, by Serge Halimi (Le Monde diplomatique - English edition, September 2017)
Trump is not solely responsible for this increased tension: Republican neoconservatives, Democrats and the media all applauded him this spring when he ordered military manoeuvres in Asia and the launch of 59 missiles towards an air base in Syria (1). At the same time, he was prevented from acting when he broached a possible rapprochement with Moscow, and was even forced to sign off on new US sanctions against Russia. US foreign policy’s point of equilibrium is effectively being determined by Republican phobias (Iran, Cuba, Venezuela) often shared by Democrats, and by Democrat hatreds (Russia, Syria) endorsed by most Republicans. If there is a peace party in Washington, it’s currently well hidden.
Pendant que la Commission européenne met #Google à l’amende…Alphabet prépare l’après-Google, par Evgeny Morozov
Le problème lorsqu’on veut légiférer en matière de nouvelles technologies, c’est que les entreprises concernées finissent en général par se débrouiller pour échapper aux nouvelles législations, à grands renforts d’innovations encore non réglementées. Parce qu’elle sont essentiellement motivées par des principes économiques classiques, ces lois alimentent finalement la perpétuelle soif de changement de ces entreprises : lesquelles préfèrent délaisser leurs vieux modèles d’affaires plutôt que de capituler face aux législateurs.
Agustin Edwards: A Declassified Obituary
Declassified CIA, White House Documents Reveal Collaboration between Chilean Media Mogul and Highest Level of Nixon Administration
Kissinger Set up Secret Meetings for Edwards with Nixon and CIA Director Richard Helms
Documents Record Edwards Covert Coup Plotting to Overthrow Allende in Chile
Operation Condor Targeted Amnesty International for Assassination
Repression in Argentina : Obama Administration Declassifies Top Secret Intelligence Files
New Documents Shed Light on OPERATION CONDOR, planned missions in Europe
De Santiago à Caracas, la main noire de Washington, par Franck Gaudichaud (Le Monde diplomatique, juin 2015)
The Hidden Meanings of Maps (1/2) | Pick-Me-Up Tonic
Intéressante analyse, j’ai eu la surprise d’y trouver une de mes production de 1993 - 25 ans tout de même... - en exemple dans le corps du texte
2. Scale matters
Once you’ve picked up a projection, you have to choose what scale is the best to illustrate the trend or phenomena you want to show. More than a zoom level, picking up the right scale is a tricky & meaningful process similar to building a photograph composition.
The scale choice reveals the very interpretation the cartographer is making of the represented phenomena. People and places that do not appear on the map are considered not relevant to the topic. Then, the edges of the map define a time & space frame containing both the issue & its solution/explanation.
On this map from Le Monde Diplomatique, for instance, the political situation in Belgium is the topic. The map was illustrating an article about the 1993 agreement of Saint Michel that made Belgium a federal state by unifying the two main regions as well as smaller german regions under the same government. This is a very specific debate concerning Belgium and Belgium only, not depending on external forces. The issue (political unity of Belgium) contains its solution (its a national debate that no one else can solve but Belgians).
On the example below, a map illustrating the Falklands War of 1982 between United Kingdom and Argentina over Falklands Islands sovereignty, the playground is the Atlantic Ocean, North to South.
The map focuses on the two protagonists to show how & when they moved strategically to an actual open conflict over the Falklands. There is clearly no other country involved in this, nor other political influences. The map is focusing on strategy, events timeline and show very well the obvious handicap of distance United Kingdom had. That tells us a lot about how UK’s empire last bite was escaping from its yoke and how they desperately fought for it, more as a symbol than as an essential land possession.