• More Good News for Assange : Swedish Court Blocks Extradition ; US Sa...

    More Good News for Assange: Swedish Court Blocks Extradition; US Says No Vault 7 Indictment.... Imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange scored two legal victories on Monday when a Swedish court refused prosecutors’ request to have Assange arrested and extradited from Britain to Sweden, while the U.S. Justice Dept. said it would not prosecute Assange for the publication of the CIA Vault 7 files, according to a report in Politico. The Uppsala District Court rejected a request for a European Arrest Warrant for Assange based on a reopened 2010 investigation into sexual assault allegations that has been twice dropped before. Without the warrant Assange cannot be extradited to Sweden to be questioned. #Assange #SWEDEN #COURT #EXTRADITION #LEGAL #USA #ENGLAND #CIA #VAULT_7 (...)

  • « Choc des civilisations » ou crise de civilisation ?
    Par Pepe Escobar – Le 20 mai 2019 – Source The Saker - Traduit par jj, relu par Cat pour le Saker Francophone

    (...) Quo vadis, humanité ?

    Il n’est pas difficile de détecter le sourire subtil sur le visage des stratèges chinois lorsqu’ils contemplent « le vaste panorama » du point de vue de leurs 5 000 ans de civilisation. L’Occident chrétien, en tant que paradigme unique pour délivrer l’humanité du mal – en fait, l’instauration de la Pax Americana – est considéré au mieux comme une fiction amusante.

    Cette fiction a maintenant l’air carrément dangereuse, se vautrant dans l’exceptionnalisme et la diabolisation de « L’Autre » sous une multitude de formes. L’Autre – de la République islamique d’Iran à la Chine athée, en passant par la Russie « autocratique » – est automatiquement qualifié d’incarnation du « mal ».

    La Chine, au contraire, est polythéiste, pluraliste et multipolaire. Elle loge le confucianisme, le bouddhisme et le taoïsme. Cela se reflète dans la tendance actuelle vers un système mondial multipolaire. Ce qui compte, c’est l’unité dans la multiplicité – comme Xi l’a souligné dans son discours liminaire. On y trouve la Chine et la Perse, deux civilisations anciennes – liées par l’ancienne Route de la soie – et qui se ressemblent, non pas par accident.

    Ensuite, il y a l’état épouvantable de la planète, qui éclipse le spectacle actuel, aussi épouvantable, de la folie politique. Le géographe de l’UCLA [Université de Californie à Los Angeles] et auteur de best seller mondiaux, Jared Diamond, n’est pas très précis, mais il estime qu’il y a 50% de chances pour « que le monde tel que nous le connaissons s’effondre d’ici à 2050 ». (...)

    • Far from quiet on the US vs Russia-China front
      By Pepe Escobar - May 29, 2019

      Kazakhs fear impacts of new ‘cold war’, but Putin is adamant Eurasian integration will go ahead

      Let’s start in mid-May, when Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana, hosted the third Russia-Kazakhstan Expert Forum, jointly organized by premier think tank Valdai Club and the Kazakhstan Council on International Relations.

      The ongoing, laborious and crucial interconnection of the New Silk Roads, or Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasia Economic Union was at the center of the debates. Kazakhstan is a pivotal member of both the BRI and EAEU.

      As Valdai Club top analyst Yaroslav Lissovolik told me, there was much discussion “on the state of play in emerging markets in light of the developments associated with the US-China trade stand-off.” What emerged was the necessity of embracing “open regionalism” as a factor to neutralize “the negative protectionist trends in the global economy.”

      This translates as regional blocks along a vast South-South axis harnessing their huge potential “to counter protections pressures”, with “different forms of economic integration other than trade liberalization” having preeminence. Enter “connectivity” – BRI’s premier focus.

      The EAEU, celebrating its fifth anniversary this year, is fully into the open regionalism paradigm, according to Lissovolik, with memoranda of understanding signed with Mercosur, ASEAN, and more free-trade agreements coming up later this year, including Serbia and Singapore. (...)

  • The Giant Soviet Pipeline System That’s Full of Tainted Crude - Bloomberg

    A section of the Druzhba crude oil pipeline near Styri, Ukraine.
    Photographer: John Guillemin/Bloomberg

    Russia’s giant Soviet-era oil pipeline is a vital piece of Europe’s energy infrastructure, carrying crude to refineries across the region. This week it’s been hit by probably the biggest crisis in its 55-year history: both branches of the #Druzhba pipeline have been closed due to the presence of contaminated crude oil that can cause serious damage to refineries.

    What is the Druzhba pipeline?
    The Druzhba, or Friendship, pipeline system is a Soviet-era behemoth, originally designed to carry crude from the USSR to allied countries in eastern Europe. The line starts at Almetyevsk in the Republic of Tatarstan, a town that was founded in 1953 as an oil-processing center for the giant Romashkino oil field, then the mainstay of the Soviet oil industry. It’s now also a major pipeline junction, where conduits from the Volga-Urals region, West Siberia and the Caspian Sea meet.

    The Druzhba pipeline carries oil westwards to Mozyr in Belarus, where it splits into two branches. One continues westwards across Poland and into Germany. It delivers crude to refineries at Plock and Gdansk in Poland and Schwedt and Leuna in Germany. A southern branch crosses Ukraine to Uzhgorod on the border with the Slovak Republic, where it again splits. One leg delivers crude to the Szazhalombatta refinery near Budapest in Hungary. The other supplies refineries in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. The total length of the line, including all its branches, is around 5,500 kilometers (3,420 miles).

    Construction of the system began in 1960 and the line was put into operation in October 1964.

    A spur line from Unecha in Russia that crossed Belarus to an export terminal on the Baltic Sea at Ventspils in Latvia was completed in 1968, but was closed in 2002 after Russia halted crude exports through Latvia, following the construction of its own Baltic export terminal at Primorsk. A new spur line from Unecha, bypassing Belarus to a second Russian Baltic export terminal at Ust-Luga, came into operation in March 2012.

    The importance of Druzhba
    Druzhba can carry between 1.2 million and 1.4 million barrels of crude a day, according to the International Association of Oil Transporters, with the possibility of boosting that to around 2 million barrels. It forms a vital source of supply for the refineries along its route in Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

    During 2018, the Druzhba network was used to deliver about 1 million barrels a day of Russian crude to those five countries, with a further 500,000 barrels a day pumped to Ust-Luga for export by sea.

    While most of the refineries along its length can source at least some of their crude requirements via other routes, Druzhba has provided most of their feedstock and most were designed specifically to process the Russian Urals crude delivered through the pipeline.

    The #contamination
    Europe’s oil refineries stopped accepting piped deliveries of Urals crude from Russia this week after flows were found to be contaminated with abnormally high levels of organic chlorides that, when refined, become hydrochloric acid that can damage the plants.

    The issue was first raised by Belarus and has also affected supplies from the Russian port of Ust-Luga, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    There are no signs that shipments from Novorossiysk or Primorsk, two other Russian tanker-loading facilities, have been disrupted.

    Russia’s government has blamed a private storage terminal in the center of the country for the problem. It will now take two weeks to ensure uncontaminated crude is flowing along the entire length of the pipeline.

    The millions of barrels tainted crude will need to blended with larger quantities of unblemished oil to get the impurities down to safe levels, a task that might some weeks or months.

    Organic chlorides are generally not present in crude oils, but are used to dissolve wax and during cleaning operations at production sites, pipelines or tanks.

    #drujba #pipelines #oléoducs

  • Facebook urged to tackle spread of fake profiles used by US police

    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Facebook to address the proliferation of undercover law enforcement accounts on the social networking site following a Guardian report that revealed a secret network of accounts operated by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice). EFF, a digital civil liberties not-for-profit, said law enforcement agencies are able to create fake accounts to spy on users, despite Facebook’s policy which prohibits all users, including government (...)

    #ICE #Facebook #manipulation #migration #surveillance #EFF

  • Made in France

    Une fuite inédite de documents secret défense révèle l’usage massif d’#armes françaises dans la guerre au Yémen. Après plusieurs mois d’enquête, #Disclose démontre que ces armes sont employées contre des civils.
    #armement #France #Yémen #guerre #commerce_d'armes
    ping @reka @simplicissimus @fil

  • #Venezuela : un groupe d’avocats (dans l’orbite de l’Assemblée nationale vénézuélienne, dominée par l’opposition) empêche le transfert à un groupe privé des 10 milliards de dollars de PDVSA séquestrés aux É.-U. dans le cadre d’un contentieux avec Citgo, filiale locale de PDVSA.

    Abogados evitaron que un grupo se adueñara de fondos congelados de Pdvsa

    Dos abogados y un economista venezolanos evitaron que un grupo de estafadores se hiciera con 10.000 millones de dólares que el gobierno de Estados Unidos había congelado a Petróleos de Venezuela. Norma Camero, Carlos Ramírez López y Federico Alves actuaron ante el Tribunal del Distrito Sur del estado de Florida para detener una acción que terceros interpusieron con la intención de quedarse con el dinero.

    • La tribune de Carlos Ramirez López, avocat dans cette affaire.
      (je dois dire que je ne comprends pas très bien…)

      Batalla legal por botín de Pdvsa

      Las formas de robar han evolucionado tanto que en vez de pistolas y ametralladoras ahora se usa como arma al sistema judicial internacional. Dos bandas delictivas la han pretendido utilizar, primero en Estados Unidos, y al fracasar ahora lo están intentando en Suiza. Estamos hablando de sofisticadas agrupaciones hamponiles que manejan softwares desde donde se controlan las operaciones comerciales de la que hasta hace poco fue una de las empresas petroleras más importantes del mundo, Pdvsa.

      Esta es la historia
      El negocio petrolero venezolano fue la “joya de la corona” de nuestras riquezas, en la que Hugo Chávez clavó los ojos para utilizarla como poderosa arma de su proyecto de dominación socialista continental que incluyó a Estados Unidos. Desde 2005, a través de la filial Citgo, inició y mantuvo por años un increíble proceso para abastecer gratuitamente combustible a familias pobres en New Jersey y en lo cual se declaró haber invertido 700 millones de dólares. En esa política invasiva con dinero Chávez mantuvo en primer lugar a Cuba, pero también a 18 naciones caribeñas y centroamericanas y para lo cual se crearon estructuras como el ALBA y Petrocaribe, integrado por 18 naciones caribeñas y centroamericanas.

      Siendo Rafael Ramírez presidente de Pdvsa, y Wilmer Ruperti uno de los ungidos de Chávez, un grupo de alta confianza atrapó el control de los centros computarizados desde donde se manejaban los negocios de la empresa, las licitaciones para compras y ventas de sus productos. De antemano sabían cuales eran los precios mínimos a los que se podía vender y los máximos a los que se podía comprar. Este grupo incluso hizo duplicados –clonó– los cerebros de las computadoras de Pdvsa y las manejaban fuera, todo en complicidad con los que estaban dentro, y así llegaron a robar más de 10.000 millones de dólares, todo lo cual aparece explicado con detalles en la demanda que interpuso una famosa firma de abogados en un tribunal de Miami reclamando ese dinero a la parte del grupo delictivo que al dividirse formó tienda aparte.

      La demanda
      El 5 de marzo de 2018, Boies Schiller Flexner, mismo bufete de abogados que bajo contrato del empresario petrolero Wilmer Ruperti representó a los sobrinos de Cilia Flores en el juicio por narcotráfico en una Corte de Nueva York, consignó una demanda en la Corte Federal del Distrito Sur de Florida contra 40 empresas de diversas partes del mundo, reclamando la devolución de los dineros defraudados a Pdvsa, que según el escrito ocurrió durante 14 años.

      En la demanda se describen los detalles del delito y de su ejecución se imputa específicamente a los demandados, entre los que figura incluso un banco, así como importantes compañías dedicadas al comercio petrolero, y se exige la devolución de la gigantesca fortuna que robaron a Venezuela; pero el detalle es que dicho retorno no lo pedían para nuestro país sino para una firma privada a la que insólitamente Pdvsa le cedió esos derechos mediante un documento notariado en Nueva York el 27 de julio de 2017 y que en su nombre firmaron el entonces ministro de Petróleo y presidente de la petrolera venezolana Nelson Martínez, el tesorero Miguel Bolívar, la consultora jurídico Vicki Zárate y el abogado de la nación, el procurador Reinaldo Muñoz.

      Detalles inexplicables
      1. En la demanda se relata que la trama fraudulenta fue descubierta tras una intensa labor de investigación privada realizada durante dos años, es decir, desde 2015. Esto lleva a la pregunta ¿por qué no denunciaron en Venezuela, lugar desde donde partía el delito?

      2. Dicen que la investigación abarcó desde 2004 hasta 2014, es decir, exactamente el lapso durante el cual Rafael Ramírez presidió Pdvsa A) ¿Fue Rafael Ramírez partícipe de este robo? ¿Por qué ni lo mencionan? B) ¿Sería posible que él siendo jefe absoluto de la empresa no tuviera conocimiento de ese escandaloso robo?

      3. La referida cesión de derechos que sin autorización de la Asamblea Nacional se firmó en Nueva York sin duda constituyó un intento de fraude, con el cual se pretendió utilizar al sistema judicial norteamericano para consolidarlo, lo que constituyen hechos delictivos perseguibles en Venezuela y en Estados Unidos.

      Se les cayó el primer intento en Miami
      Como ha sido público, un grupo de venezolanos intervinimos en el juicio para denunciar su ilegalidad. La Corte de Miami rechazó la demanda y cerró el caso. Hasta allí llegó el intento delictivo de US Pdvsa Litigation Trust, pero los complotados no se han rendido en su empeño. Ahora están litigando en Suiza, específicamente en Ginebra, donde se quitaron la máscara de dicha firma privada y accionan directamente en nombre de Pdvsa con la misma historia. Esto evidencia lo truculento que fue lo de la cesión firmada en Nueva York, lo cual tiene connotaciones delictivas que deben ser perseguidas penalmente, y quien teniendo esa responsabilidad no lo haga se convierte en cómplice y también tendrá que responder por la omisión en el cumplimiento del deber de salvaguarda de los intereses de la patria.

      Juicio penal ahora en Ginebra
      El nuevo episodio en tribunales suizos extiende la territorialidad del delito que se viene cometiendo con este asunto, pues ahora se pretende allá utilizar aquel sistema judicial por acción interpuesta ante el Ministerio Público de Ginebra. Ya se abrió una investigación criminal fundamentalmente contra Francisco Morillo, quien luego de ser el principal socio de Wilmer Ruperti en esta trama se pelearon y es lo que ha dado lugar al conflicto. Es rencilla personal y pelea por el botín, pero ese dinero no es de ellos, es de Venezuela y debe regresar para la reconstrucción del país que también requiere castigo ejemplar para los partícipes de este crimen que ha llevado a la tragedia humanitaria que hoy se vive.

      Esta historia continúa.

      ¡Ya estamos preparando viaje para ir donde ese fiscal y los jueces de Ginebra!

  • Facebook charged with housing discrimination in targeted ads

    US government says company is breaking the law by restricting who can view housing-related ads based on their ‘race, color, national origin, religion’ The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (Hud) has charged Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act, alleging that the company’s targeted advertising discriminated on the basis of race and color. In a statement, Hud said Facebook was breaking the law by restricting who can view housing-related adverts on its site, which the (...)

    #Facebook #algorithme #BigData #publicité #discrimination #profiling #HUD


  • Les incertitudes dans la guerre douanière entre États-Unis et Chine désorganisent fortement le transport maritime. Les anticipations ont provoqué un effondrement des taux de fret, voyant cela, les BCO (propriétaires de fret) suspendent les ordres de transport espérant les obtenir à des coûts inférieurs. Ocean Alliance (dont fait partie CMA-CGM) annule 10 liaisons transpacifiques en mars et avril, soit 15% de son offre…

    Ocean Alliance to blank ten transpacific sailings as spot rates plummet - The Loadstar

    The Ocean Alliance has announced plans to cancel 10 transpacific sailings in March and April, as the early signs of weak volumes on the trade become reality.

    The decision by APL, CMA CGM, Cosco, Evergreen and OOCL will result in some 74,000 teu culled from US west coast services and more than 35,000 teu from those destined for the east coast, according to data from Alphaliner.

    This amounts to some 15% of the capacity the alliance would normally have offered over the four-week period of the cancellations.

    On Friday, The Loadstar reported that container spot rates from Asia to the US had been plummeting, with the Shanghai Containerised Freight Index (SCFI) recording a 10% drop for the US west coast and 7% for east coast ports.

    One source told The Loadstar that front-loading cargo to beat the pending 25% tariffs was adding to the weakness in demand on transpacific trades. And sources at the JOC TPM Conference in Long Beach this week said: “BCOs are telling us they are holding back on contract negotiations with carriers due to the weakening spot market.

    The view of several BCOs is that there is ‘a way to go’ on spot rates and, as a result, they are not feeling any pressure to sign new deals.”

  • Changement d’heure
    Raisonnement par l’absurde

    Si j’ai bien compris, le prochain changement d’heure sera le dernier : décision européenne suite à un référendum.
    Donc on restera en heure d’été tout le temps.
    Donc on aura 2 heures de décalage par rapport au Soleil (à 14h de l’après midi, il sera midi solaire).
    Donc on sera dans le même fuseau horaire que l’Ukraine.
    Donc il sera la même heure en Corogne (Espagne) et au Donbass (Ukraine).
    Ce qui correspond à la même distance que de la côte est à la côte ouest des USA.
    Donc c’est comme si les USA normalisaient une heure unique sur tout leur territoire.

    Donc on sera quand même obligé de compenser le temps de présence du soleil dans nos vies.
    Donc on décalera sûrement un peu nos horaires de travail.
    Donc à l’échelle européenne certains commenceront à 7h et d’autres à 10h.
    Donc c’est comme si on ne changeait rien.

    Précédente discussion :

    PS : certains éléments sont de rapides raccourcis pour permettre de faire avancer le délire

    • Différences de longitude entre les points extrêmes de…
      • la Chine : 61°, heure unique
      • l’Union européenne : (hors Açores, Canaries et outre-mer) 48°, 3 fuseaux horaires
      • les États-Unis : (continentaux hors Alaska) 58°, 4 fuseaux horaires
      • les États-Unis : (Alaska inclus, hors Hawaï, 5 fuseaux (qui devraient être 6, l’Alaska étant décalé de pratiquement 1 fuseau,…)
      • les États-Unis (50 états) :6 fuseaux
      sans compter les territoires extrêmes, Îles Mariannes du Nord et Îles Vierges états-uniennes,…

      (pour mémoire, un fuseau horaire fait, théoriquement, 15°)

      Les Échos donne un point assez complet (09/18)

    • Je n’ai pas d’opposition à l’arrêt des changement d’heure. Je trouve juste bête de mettre toute l’europe en Gmt+2 au lieu de Gmt+1 qui est la moyenne européenne. Et alors qu’à 60km d’ici, en Angleterre, ils restent en gmt. On travaillera aux meme horaires, sauf que ca s’appelera 8h chez eux et 10h chez moi. Simple convention. J’ai un peu entendu dire que le referendum européen c’était : vous préférez l’été ou l’hiver... Façon vous voulez une boule vanille ou chocolat ?

    • Il me semble qu’il s’agit de la fin du changement d’heure, pas de la fusion des fuseaux horaires. Cette uniformisation de l’heure de l’UE a été proposée début janvier par Szymon Dolecki, mathématicien polonais en retraite de l’Université de Bourgogne.

      Pour un fuseau horaire unique dans l’Union européenne

      Pour ce mathématicien polonais, professeur émérite de l’université de Bourgogne, il ne devrait y avoir qu’un seul fuseau horaire en Europe, au lieu des trois actuels. Aux pays et aux régions de fixer les rythmes sociaux.


    • @aude_v Non. Mais c’est une idée simple qui marcherait. Un reproche cependant, ça pourrait amener à un libéralisation des décalages d’horaire par entreprise. Car je suis persuadé qu’avec l’heure fixe, on va tendre vers 2 à 3 horaires de travail par an dans chaque entreprise.

      @simplicissimus Ce n’est pas l’uniformisation d’un mono fuseau européen. (C’est une décision obligatoire mais individuelle de chaque état). Toutefois si en France il est choisi de rester à la prochaine heure d’été, on sera à la même heure que l’Ukraine. Il va peut être se produire des enclaves. Tu pourras aller en ligne droite et avoir GMT+2 GMT+1 GMT+2. J’appelle ça marcher sur la tête.

    • dans la série #enclaves, l’Arizona qui ne pratique pas l’heure d’été #daylight_saving_time à laquelle passent les États-Unis dimanche 10 mars, à l’exception de la nation Navajo qui la pratique, sauf la nation Hopi qui suit le choix de l’état, sachant qu’il y a une enclave navajo dans le territoire hopi…

      Most of Arizona Has No Daylight Saving Time

      Most of the US state of Arizona does not use Daylight Saving Time (DST). The exception is the Navajo Nation.

      With the exception of the Navajo Nation, Arizona does not set the clocks forward 1 hour in spring for DST with the rest of the United States.

      Mountain Standard Time
      Almost all of Arizona is on the same time zone, Mountain Standard Time (MST), all year. The time zone has a UTC offset of minus 7 hours (UTC-7).
      It is also known as Mountain Time, but that term refers both to standard time and the time zone which is elsewhere used during DST: Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

      Navajo Nation Uses DST
      The Navajo Nation, a semi-autonomous Native American territory, follows the United States DST schedule. It lies in northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southeastern Utah.

      During DST the Navajo Nation, which includes the towns of Tuba City, Chinle, and Window Rock, sets the clocks forward 1 hour to Mountain Daylight Time (MDT), which is 6 hours behind UTC (UTC-6).

      No DST in Hopi Nation
      A part of the Hopi Nation, which lies within the Navajo Nation, follows Arizona’s no-DST rule. To confuse matters more, there is also an even smaller Navajo Nation territory within the Hopi Nation within the Navajo Nation. In addition to this, there is another Hopi area adjacent to the main Hopi Nation territory.

      As a result, if driving the correct route from the Arizona state border through both Navajo and Hopi areas to the other side one can end up changing one’s clock 7 times! For example: Tuba City (Navajo) and Moenkopi (Hopi) are only a couple of miles apart, but they have a 1-hour time difference during the summer. Jeddito (Navajo), in the middle of Hopi Nation territory, is 1 hour ahead of the surrounding areas during summer.

      Opted out of DST
      Arizona is exempt from DST according to the US Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Act gives every state or territory the right to decide if it wants to use DST. If DST is observed, the state has to schedule DST in sync with the rest of the US: From the second Sunday in March until the first Sunday in November.
      Because of Arizona’s hot climate, DST is largely considered unnecessary. The argument against extending the daylight hours into the evening is that people prefer to do their activities in the cooler evening temperatures.

      Note qu’avant la standardisation de 1977, c’était la même chose à l’échelle du pays tout entier, chaque état voire chaque comté se déterminait indépendamment des autres…
      (histoire compliquée, détaillée dans l’article WP ci-dessous.

      Sinon, la Californie est en train de passer à l’heure d’été toute l’année…
      Daylight saving time in the United States - Wikipedia

      California voters passed Proposition 12 in 1949, approving DST in the state.
      In 2018, voters ratified a legislative plan for year-round daylight saving time, subject to congressional approval.

  • An X reveals a Diamond : locating Israeli Patriot batteries using radar interference – Federation Of American Scientists

    Amid a busy few weeks of nuclear-related news, an Israeli researcher made a very surprising OSINT discovery that flew somewhat under the radar. As explained in a Medium article, Israeli GIS analyst Harel Dan noticed that when he accidentally adjusted the noise levels of the imagery produced from the SENTINEL-1 satellite constellation, a bunch of colored Xs suddenly appeared all over the globe.

    SENTINEL-1’s C-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) operates at a centre frequency of 5.405 GHz, which conveniently sits within the range of the military frequency used for land, airborne, and naval radar systems (5.250-5.850 GHz)—including the AN/MPQ-53/65 phased array radars that form the backbone of a Patriot battery’s command and control system. Therefore, Harel correctly hypothesized that some of the Xs that appeared in the SENTINEL-1 images could be triggered by interference from Patriot radar systems.

    Using this logic, he was able to use the Xs to pinpoint the locations of Patriot batteries in several Middle Eastern countries, including Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia.

    This blog post partially fills that gap, while acknowledging that there are some known Patriot sites—both in Israel and elsewhere around the globe—that interestingly don’t produce an X via the SAR imagery.

    All of these sites were already known to Israel-watchers and many have appeared in news articles, making Harel’s redaction somewhat unnecessary—especially since the images reveal nothing about operational status or system capabilities.

    Avec analyse détaillée des 4 sites israéliens de batteries de missiles Patriot identifiés, dont l’un (Palmachim, cf. ) figure d’ailleurs sur la liste des cibles du Hezbollah…

    The proximity of the Negev air defense battery to an Israeli nuclear facility is not unique. In fact, the 2002 SIPRI Yearbook suggests that several of the Yahalom batteries identified through SENTINEL-1 SAR imagery are either co-located with or located close to facilities related to Israel’s nuclear weapons program. The Palmachim site is near the Soreq Centre, which is responsible for nuclear weapons research and design, and the Mount Carmel site is near the Yodefat Rafael facility in Haifa—which is associated with the production of Jericho missiles and the assembly of nuclear weapons—and near the base for Israel’s Dolphin-class submarines, which are rumored to be nuclear-capable.

    Google Earth’s images of Israel have been intentionally blurred since 1997, due to a US law known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment which prohibits US satellite imagery companies from selling pictures that are “no more detailed or precise than satellite imagery of Israel that is available from commercial sources.” As a result, it is not easy to locate the exact position of the Yahalom batteries; for example, given the number of facilities and the quality of the imagery, the site at Palmachim is particularly challenging to spot.

    However, this law is actually being revisited this year and could soon be overturned, which would be a massive boon for Israel-watchers. Until that happens though, Israel will remain blurry and difficult to analyze, making creative OSINT techniques like Harel’s all the more useful.

  • Climate change will be devastating for US, hurting health and costing billions - CNN

    The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping.


    “The global average temperature is much higher and is rising more rapidly than anything modern civilization has experienced, and this warming trend can only be explained by human activities,” Easterling said.

    Coming from the US Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, the Fourth National Climate Assessment was put together with the help of 1,000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half from outside the government.

    It’s the second of two volumes. The first, released in November 2017, concluded that there is “no convincing alternative explanation” for the changing climate other than “human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases.”

    #climat #etats-unis

  • CppCast Episode 173: C++ Bestiary with Adi Shavit

    Episode 173 of CppCast the only podcast for C++ developers by C++ developers. In this episode Rob and Jason are joined by Adi Shavit to discuss his spooky C++ Bestiary Blog post, CppCon talks and an announcement from the Core C++ User Group in Israel.

    CppCast Episode 173: C++ Bestiary with Adi Shavit by Rob Irving and Jason Turner

    About the interviewee:

    Adi is an entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, software architect and a computer vision and machine learning expert with an emphasis on real-time applications. He specializes in building cross-platform, high-performance software combined with high production quality and maintainable code-bases. Adi is the founder of the Core C++ users group in Israel. Having worked on proprietary software for most of his career, his most (...)


  • C++ Bestiary with Adi Shavit

    Rob and Jason are joined by Adi Shavit to discuss his spooky C++ Bestiary Blog post, CppCon talks and an announcement from the Core C++ User Group in Israel. Adi is an entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, software architect and a computer vision and machine learning expert with an emphasis on real-time applications. He specializes in building cross-platform, high-performance software combined with high production quality and maintainable code-bases. Adi is the founder of the Core C++ users group in Israel. Having worked on proprietary software for most of his career, his most visible contribution to the world of open-source software is, somewhat ironically, the design of the OpenCV logo. News What Happens in 2098 with C++? JSON For Modern C++ version 3.3.0 released Meeting C++ 2018 (...)

  • User Story Mapping For Beginners

    User Story Mapping (USM) allows for project managers, developers and designers to put a method behind the continuous complexity of product #design and creating an awesome User Experience (UX). Creating with USM allows for developers to create products and processes which are user-centered and user experience focused.The process begins with keying in on user goals, and breaking down the product/process through understanding the problem at hand. Each step that the user takes to reach the goals are collected and listed. Simply follow the journey and narrative to uncover each step involved in the user’s activity. Create a solutions to improve the product, maybe even multiple to create user stories, a tool that helps you have shared understanding within your team.By organizing the goals, (...)

    #tech #agile #ux #ui

  • Trump pulls US out of UN postal scheme on China price concerns | US news | The Guardian

    The Trump administration will begin withdrawing from a United Nations treaty that offered low rates for foreign postal deliveries of small packages in the US – the latest move to challenge practices it sees as unfairly advantageous to China.

    White House officials said on Wednesday the US would start the process of leaving the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a Switzerland-based organisation that connects postal services worldwide.

    The White House said the UPU enabled foreign postal services to take advantage of cheap shipments to the US, creating an unfair cost advantage over US companies that shipped goods, and hurting the US Postal Service.

    Shares of internet-based mailing and shipping provider fell nearly 9% after the announcement. Online shoppers in the US have often benefited from the arrangement, gaining access to foreign goods at little cost.

    Donald Trump is distancing the US from international multilateral organisations and accompanying policies that he says hurt US interests.

    #Union_Postale_Universelle, fondée en 1874 …

  • US to transfer Coast Guard ships to #Ukraine amid Russia tensions - CNNPolitics

    La photo représente le WPB 1326 Monomoy, de même classe que les Drummond et Cushing, ceux-ci portant les numéros de coque 1323 et 1321.

    The US Coast Guard plans to transfer two former 110-foot Coast Guard ships to Ukraine during a ceremony on Thursday in Baltimore.

    Coast Guard Vice Adm. Michael McAllister and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko are expected to attend the transfer ceremony.

    The transfer of the two armed Coast Guard cutters come as tensions between Ukraine and Russia in the Sea of Azov have increased in recent weeks, with Kiev and the US accusing Moscow of interfering with Ukrainian shipping in the region.

    The United States condemns Russia’s harassment of international shipping in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a statement late last month.

    Russia has delayed hundreds of commercial vessels since April and in recent weeks has stopped at least 16 commercial ships attempting to reach Ukrainian ports,” she added.

    A US defense official told CNN that the cutters Drummond and Cushing were purchased by Ukraine from the Pentagon’s Excess Defense Articles program.
    The Island-class cutters are typically armed with a 25 mm machine gun mount and four .50-caliber machine guns.


    Note : le fait d’armes du Drummond est d’avoir patrouillé dans le Détroit de Floride et d’y avoir intercepté (au moins) 550 immigrants cubains illégaux depuis 2004 (source : WP)…

  • OHCHR | Committee on the Elimination of Racial #Discrimination reviews the report of China

    GAY MCDOUGALL, Committee Co-Rapporteur for China, raised concern about the numerous and credible reports that in the name of combatting “religious extremism” and maintaining “social stability”, the State party had turned the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region into something that resembled a massive internment camp shrouded in secrecy , a “no rights zone”, while members of the Xinjiang Uyghur minority, along with others who were identified as Muslim, were being treated as enemies of the State based on nothing more than their ethno-religious identity. The Co-Rapporteur noted reports of mass detention of ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities, and estimates that upwards of a million people were being held in so-called counter-extremism centres and another two million had been forced into so-called “re-education camps” for political and cultural indoctrination. All the detainees had their due process rights violated, while most had never been charged with an offense, tried in a court of law, or afforded an opportunity to challenge the legality of their detention.


  • Aux USA, inquiétude autour d’une technologie de reconnaissance faciale d’Amazon

    L’ACLU s’inquiète de voir Rekognition, un outil de reconnaissance faciale développé par Amazon, être mis à disposition des gouvernements. L’association estime que cela violerait les droits civiques et civils. Rekognition : voici le nom du système de reconnaissance faciale sur lequel Amazon est en train de travailler. En novembre 2017, le leader du e-commerce avait déjà présenté cet outil, expliquant qu’il était capable de reconnaître en temps réel des visages et des textes. Or, l’entreprise ne se (...)

    #Amazon #CCTV #Rekognition #biométrie #facial #vidéo-surveillance #surveillance

  • Evident #proof and Swytch Partner To Capture Energy Production Data on the #blockchain

    ‘Immutable Proof’ service and sustainable energy blockchain will use IoT devices, data aggregators and Open Oracles to drive renewable energy useEvident Proof has partnered with Swytch — the blockchain platform for sustainable and renewable energy — to create a proprietary blockchain that will be used to capture energy production from generation equipment.The blockchain will be connected to IoT devices and data aggregators, so that data can be fed into an Open Oracle to calculate token allocation and convert data into tokens.“The Evident Proof service can be used across markets to turn data into immutable proof and, through this partnership with Swytch, we will demonstrate how capturing energy production data can help drive sustainable and renewable energy use. This is another example of how (...)

    #renewable-energy #blockchain-partnership #sustainable-energy

  • Vers un conflit avec les pilotes du canal ?

    #Panama_Canal Tugboat Captains Sanctioned Over Refusal to Transit Vessels in Neopanamax Locks – gCaptain

    The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced that it will apply sanctions against certain tugboat captains who recently refused to transit vessels through the canal’s new neopanamax locks, impacting the operations of the Expanded Panama Canal.
    The union representing the tugboat captains, the Unión de Capitanes y Oficiales de Cubierta del Panama Canal, or UCOC, wrote on Twitter that the captains were sanctioned after refusing to work due to safety concerns, adding that the sanctions are part of the ACP’s plan to privatize tug operations.

    Last month, the UCOC along with two other unions for maritime workers in the Panama Canal released a joint strategy seeking to improve the operations of the waterway and enhance the safety of workers. The strategy cited the scarcity of resources, including both personnel and equipment, for making some operations of the Expanded Panama Canal unsafe. The strategy explicitly listed worker fatigue as being an issue.
    The Expanded Panama Canal opened larger vessels in June 2016. Since then, more than 3,000 vessels have made the transit through the new locks, far exceeding the initial traffic estimates for the waterway.

    • Canal de Panama, le conflit pourrit doucement…

      Communiqué du syndicat des commandants de remorqueurs (UCOC) alors que la direction (ACP) les accuse de #prendre_les_usagers_en_otage (#air_connu, le trafic, en l’occurrence) :

      Panama Canal Tugboat Captains Locked in Heated Dispute with Management Over Safe Manning of Tugs – gCaptain

      According to the UCOC spokesperson, beginning at midnight on April 12, Panama Canal management unexpectedly refused to the provide the third deckhand for the forward tugboat, as has been the standard since the Expanded Panama Canal opened, and no explanation was provided for the change in procedure. 

      The unconsulted and sudden decision of the Panama Canal Administration to eliminate a tugboat sailor from the bow, endangers the safety of customers, workers and the Canal’s own facilities,” the UCOC said in a statement over the weekend.

      It is false that the tugboat captains refuse to do their job; the events of the last 48 hours are due to discrepancies in issues that specifically affect the safety of navigation and the operation of the Panama Canal,” the statement added.

      The UCOC cited an incident last November in which a deckhand was killed on a tugboat connected to the stern transiting vessel. Despite starting operations with three sailors, the aft tugs now only use two sailors, which the union believes may have contributed to the incident. “We do not want history to repeat itself,” the UCOC said.

      On Tuesday, ACP Deputy Administrator Manuel Benítez took to Panamanian radio to defend the move to two deckhands and publicly blame the tugboat captains for interrupting canal operations.

      No one has the right to stop the traffic in the channel, because we have an authority structure where it is established that the work is done and then one complains. The channel is required to operate with discipline,” said Mr. Benítez, who also revealed that the April 12 stoppage impacted the transit 8 ships.

    • Communiqué de l’#ITF, Fédération internationale des ouvriers du transport (16/04/18)

      ITF : The Panama Canal “Adrift” Due to Safety Concerns – gCaptain

      The situation between the [ACP] and the Tugboat Captains’ Union (UCOC) is worsening day by day. The ACP has threatened with dismissals of around ten (10) Tugboat Captains that are refusing to perform operations they consider unsafe. 

      The lack of focus on safety has already resulted in one casualty and a number of incidents, including collisions that in one case an investigation by the USA National Transportation Safety Board (following a collision between the Panama canal tug Cerro Santiago and the US Coast Guard cutter Tampa) indicated excessive working hours and fatigue as one of major the causes. “It is easy to make decisions that affect the safety when sitting behind a desk, but it is a different matter when the decisions that are being made put people’s lives and that of their colleagues in jeopardy. The Authorities should ensure proper investigation of all incidents and work with the unions in finding solutions instead of sanctioning those that raise safety concerns” says the ITF General Secretary Stephen Cotton.

    • Version française

      Le Canal de Panama « à la dérive » par manque de sécurité - International Transport Workers’ Federation

      La tension entre la PCA et le syndicat des capitaines de remorqueurs (UCOC) monte jour après jour. La PCA menace de licencier une dizaine (10) de capitaines refusant d’effectuer des opérations qu’ils jugent dangereuses.

      La négligence des aspects sécurité a déjà fait une victime et plusieurs incidents, dont des collisions. Une enquête de l’agence américaine pour la sécurité des transports (National Transportation Safety Board, États-Unis) menée après la collision entre le remorqueur Cerro Santiago et le Tampa, navire des garde-côtes américains, a révélé que les horaires de travail excessifs et la fatigue étaient les causes principales de l’accident. « Il est facile de prendre des décisions qui touchent à la sécurité assis derrière un bureau, mais il en va autrement quand ces décisions mettent la vie des travailleurs et de leurs collègues en danger. L’Autorité devrait enquêter diligemment sur tous les incidents et collaborer avec les syndicats pour trouver des solutions, au lieu de sanctionner ceux qui sonnent l’alerte » a déclaré le Secrétaire général de l’ITF, Stephen Cotton.

  • Let’s Get Big: #amazon vs #trump in a Battle of the Titans

    Donald Trump’s dislike of Amazon is well-known, if not exactly reality-based. They abuse the USPS, they pay no state sales taxes, they are shuttering shopping malls built by some of his developer friends. In the real world, package delivery (unlike first-class mail delivery) is the one brightish spot on the Postal Service’s dismal balance sheet, Amazon now pays sales tax in every state that levies it, and the company boasts a growing portfolio of physical stores (Whole Foods, Amazon bookstores, and the just-debuted Amazon Go.)But Trump just fired another tweet missile across Amazon’s bow. The stock dropped precipitously, losing more than 200 points from its 2018 high. Half the analysts didn’t know what to say. The other half touted it as an incredible buying opportunity. And it would be an (...)

    #aws #hq2 #jeff-bezos

  • How if constexpr simplifies your code in C++17—Meeting C++

    Very useful.

    How if constexpr simplifies your code in C++17 by Meeting C++

    From the article:

    So, yesterday we had a little live coding session at my C++ User Group Düsseldorf. I want to recreate some of this code, to show how C++17 actually does help quite a bit with making code shorter and more expressive. Since I don’t have a local C++17 compiler installed, I use godbolt and wandbox to test some of the examples...


  • API & ABI Versioning with Mathieu Ropert

    Rob and Jason are joined by Mathieu Ropert to discuss C++ API & ABI compatibility issues and Modern CMake. Mathieu is a french C++ expert with an eclectic background. He’s worked in various fields including kernels, virtualization, web development, databases, REST microservices, build systems and package management, all those in (or about) C or C++. He is presently awaiting his next challenge in the video game industry that should come up next May in Stockholm, Sweden. Until then, Mathieu lives and works in Paris, France where he is also host of the C++ French User Group. News C++ in 2018 Inspector - A drop-anywhere C++ REPL The 15 C++11 features you must really use in your project Mathieu Ropert @MatRopert Links CppCon 2017: Mathieu Ropert “API & ABI Versioning...” CppCon (...)


    RESEARCH BACKED BY the U.S. and Israeli military scandalized a conference near Tel Aviv earlier this year after a presentation showed how the findings would help drone operators more easily locate people — including targets — fleeing their strikes and better navigate areas rendered unrecognizable by prior destruction.

    The doctoral student who presented the research demonstrated how pioneering data visualization techniques could show a drone operator, using lines and arrows of varying thickness, which direction fast-moving people and vehicles were most likely to travel, for example, at an intersection or while fleeing a building. The presentation clearly angered at least some of the crowd, including the moderator, prompting hostile questions.

    “The guy’s talk (and its video documentation) revealed much of what’s very wrong about UAV warfare,” said Mushon Zer-Aviv, a web designer and activist and an organizer of the conference, the data visualization confab known as ISVIS.

    The incident at ISVIS underscores the extent to which drone warfare’s deeply technological basis and inhumanity has become a major part of global public debate around its use. Once viewed (and still promoted) as an efficient, safer way to target terrorists, the growing ubiquity of lethal drone strikes in global hotspots is increasingly seen as helping to create wastelands and fomenting the sort of terroristic support it’s designed to eradicate.

    • The presenter of the drone material, Yuval Zak, told the Intercept he was surprised by the audience reaction and hostile questioning after his presentation. “The conversation changed from dealing with visualization and improving information presentation on a … map to a discussion about the ethical issues of using drones,” he wrote in an email. “But the focus of the conference and my paper is entirely different.” The technology he presented could just as easily be used for policing and search and rescue as for drone strikes, he said — any time-critical scenario involving a map.

      #data_visualization #visualization

      Ben qu’est-ce qu’ils ont tous à m’engueuler ?

    • Bon, c’est vraiment une crapule, ce mec : sur la vidéo de sa conférence (1:29, je n’ai vu que ça…)

      • this study is part of a research collaboration between Ben-Gurion University, US Army RDECOM AMRDEC and the Israeli Minister of Defence.
      • main goal : improve efficiency of UAS-based mission preparation and execution.
      • the study focuses on urban warfare.

      EDIT : La discussion (à partir de 8:40) n’a pas l’air si houleuse que ça. Bon, c’est juste une impression parce que c’est de l’hébreu non sous-titré (l’une des questions parle de predictive policy pourrait être critique, mais l’ensemble est sur le ton de la question classique en fin de conf’)

  • Eucalyptus - Debian Wiki

    With #Debian we are already good in preparing software packages in a way that others can install - and optionally recompile - it easily. The #Amazon AWS Cloud services brought us Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), mostly sold as an increase in flexibility for public or other services with variable loads. To the Open Source enthusiasts it is more the immediate access to readily configured environments and the exchange of those in the community. And AWS has pioneered also the sharing of public data, which for today’s data-driven research may be more critical than compute time. The Eucalyptus euca2ools are a free way to communicate through the Amazon API. And the eucalyptus package allows for the installation of your #very_own #cloud installation.