country:venezuela

  • El #petro no ve la luz y se convierte en una gran estafa de Maduro
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/gda/petro-luz-convierte-una-gran-estafa-maduro_259941

    Transcurrido un año [del] nacimiento [del petro] y con varias resurrecciones encima, el chavismo vende el petro como un «Superman económico» con el que pretende resolver su derrumbe económico y como una de las piedras angulares de su narrativa propagandística: la alternativa criolla para la economía del mundo.

    Creado en un principio por el gobierno para evitar las sanciones de Estados Unidos, el petro navega atrapado en una tercera dimensión ajena a la economía real del país.

    Incumpliendo una fecha tras otra, el gobierno nacional fue incapaz de lanzarlo a la circulación digital.

    La semana pasada, incluso, sufrió una nueva mutación, para transformarse en un certificado de ahorro. Nada se sabe, mientras tanto, de los 5000 millones de dólares que el gobierno aseguró que ya fueron invertidos por compradores de petros.

    Para la mayoría de los expertos, el petro es una fantasía que se trata de imponer al país como forma de pago para comprar pasajes de avión, compraventa de viviendas y otras actividades económicas cuando ni siquiera se respetó la fecha de 5 de noviembre como inicio de operaciones, el último fiasco. El atrevimiento revolucionario es de tal calibre que el general Manuel Quevedo, presidente de la petrolera estatal Pdvsa, propuso que el petro se convierta en método de pago para la OPEP, «la moneda digital para el petróleo».

    «El petro es un fraude. La aplicación de Android para adquirirlo ha desaparecido misteriosamente. Se ha lanzado dos veces y nada. Las principales agencias de calificación criptográficas lo llaman una estafa», aseguró Steve Hanke, profesor de economía aplicada en la Universidad John Hopkins (Baltimore).
    […]
    «Están copiando nuestra inferfaz, que es muy particular, única, la han copiado exactamente», subraya a la nacion JP Thieriot, CEO de Uphold, plataforma de dinero digital que aloja varias criptomonedas y que tiene en Venezuela, con 100.000 usuarios, su segunda comunidad de clientes.

    «Lo más gracioso es que nos pusimos en contacto con ellos mediante Twitter. Increíblemente nos contestaron que China copió la tecnología de Occidente durante décadas y al perfeccionarla se convirtió en una fuerza mundial. En este caso no tenemos miedo de reconocer una cosa buena, nos dijeron. Jamás un gobierno soberano había respondido de esta forma», asegura Thieriot.

    La #criptomoneda dash es la otra gran inspiración del petro. «Es un clon descarado de dash», aseguró Joey Zhou, principal desarrollador de Ethereum y el primero en revelar las copias bolivarianas.

    Un experto venezolano conocedor de la operación pormenorizó a la nacion varias de las anomalías que presenta el petro.

    «La característica principal de un #blockchain (cadena de bloques que elimina a los intermediarios tradicionales) es que todo queda registrado en un libro mayor de cuentas públicas, inexistente todavía. No se ha registrado ningún cambio de mano del petro en ningún blockchain. Hay un backup blockchain al que se puede ingresar, pero ni siquiera está 1% de las supuestas transacciones que han sucedido con el criptoactivo», especifica, bajo anonimato.


  • Venezuela’s Decline From Oil Powerhouse to Poorhouse
    https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2018-venezuela-oil

    Oil is at the center of the Venezuelan economy. It accounts for 95 percent of the country’s export revenues and bankrolls the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

    Even with global prices rising above $80 a barrel last month, the nation’s output is sliding. The U.S. shale producers boosted supply by 23 percent in the past year, while in Venezuela, owner of the world’s largest oil reserves, civil unrest and an economic collapse caused production to fall by 37 percent.

    As Venezuela’s oil production plunges toward 1 million barrels a day, the lowest level in seven decades, the country is running out of cash to pay for food and medicine. Salaries can’t keep up with hyperinflation, last gauged at an absurd 1.37 million percent. Living in a country where the price of food can change within hours prompted more than 1.5 million Venezuelans to flee the country in the past 4 years.
    […]
    The situation got worse in August 2017, when U.S. President Donald Trump imposed financial sanctions against Venezuela and its state oil company PDVSA in a bid to punish Maduro for the economic mismanagement and endemic corruption.


    […]
    Venezuela’s dwindling production has reduced the country’s influence across Latin America. Where Venezuela once provided subsidized oil to neighbors, now it needs to hoard all it produces in order to be able to pay bondholders, as well as China and Russia, which have loaned almost $69 billion in the past decade in exchange for oil.

    So far, the government’s solution was a selective default that’s estimated at $6.1 billion of international securities. Loans granted by the Chinese Development Bank and Russian oil company Rosneft Oil Co PJSC have been either renegotiated or paid with delays. A bond that PDVSA continues to pay is one secured by its interest in Citgo, its money-earning U.S. refining arm.


    Short of cash, Venezuela pays its debts to China and India with oil. With output falling, Petroleos de Venezuela SA has starved its own refineries. While U.S. refineries are running close to their maximum, the ones in Venezuela are operating at less than a quarter of capacity. The result is fuel shortages, especially in the countryside, adding to the pain of Venezuelans.


  • #Venezuela : complots, exode et décomposition
    https://www.cetri.be/Venezuela-complots-exode-et

    L’enlisement du Venezuela dans les marécages hydrocarburés d’un régime de plus en plus ubuesque reste source d’une grande interrogation. Le chercheur en science politique Fabrice Andreani et le journaliste Marc Saint-Upéry ont à nouveau accordé leurs violons pour nous livrer de concert une analyse plutôt serrée. CQFD : Le 10 septembre, le New York Times révélait que des militaires vénézuéliens dissidents préparant une tentative de coup d’État – qui a échoué – avaient rencontré des fonctionnaires (...)

    #Le_Sud_en_mouvement

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, Venezuela, #Virage_à_gauche_de_l'Amérique_latine, #Barril, #Coup_d'état, (...)

    #Autoritarisme


  • #Venezuela : la production nationale ne couvre plus la consommation interne d’essence

    Reuters: La falta de gasolina es el nuevo dolor de cabeza en Venezuela
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/economia/reuters-falta-gasolina-nuevo-dolor-cabeza-venezuela_259662

    La agencia británica de noticias aseguró que la refinería Amuay, Cardón y El Palito operan al 33% de su capacidad

    Las largas filas en las calles de Caracas y otras ciudades de Venezuela ya no son solo para conseguir alimentos o medicinas. Un nuevo malestar se unió a la lista: la compra de gasolina en el país con las mayores reservas de crudo en el mundo.

    El desplome de la producción de combustible fue ocasionado por el menor suministro de crudo, la falta de inversión, mantenimiento e incluso de personal, de acuerdo con un reportaje de la agencia de noticias Reuters.

    La demanda de la gasolina aumentó, luego de que el presidente Nicolás Maduro anunciara en agosto el ajuste de precios como parte de un paquete de reformas económicas. Entre octubre y comienzos de noviembre, la falta de combustible llegó a la capital y a ciudades como Valencia y Maracay, entidades en las que las autoridades habrían priorizado su suministro.

    La nota señaló que las refinerías del país no pueden cubrir la demanda nacional de 325.000 barriles diarios. Amuay, Cardón y El Palito operan al 33% de su capacidad, por lo que solo se suministra 296.000 barriles diarios.

    Parte del déficit de gasolina se cubría en Curazao, sin embargo, luego de la disputa de Pdvsa con Conoco Phillips no se produce ni una sola gota.


  • #Venezuela: 97% de los venezolanos está insatisfecho con la economía
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/los-venezolanos-esta-insatisfecho-con-economia_259498

    La insatisfacción en la democracia, los altos niveles de corrupción y la crisis económica hacen de Venezuela el peor país evaluado en América Latina por sus ciudadanos, según el informe anual de Latinobarómetro, el cual muestra las percepciones de los habitantes de 18 naciones de la región sobre esos 3 aspectos.

    El estudio indica que 9 de cada 10 venezolanos afirman que en el último año ha aumentado la corrupción, lo que ubica al país en el primer puesto. Agrega que 65% de los consultados cree que el presidente y sus funcionarios están inmiscuidos en casos de corrupción, mientras que 64% considera que los parlamentarios de la Asamblea Nacional también han estado involucrados en hechos ilegales.

    Los casos de corrupción que se han destapado en América Latina ha sido uno de los factores que ha incidido negativamente en la visión de los ciudadanos sobre sus funcionarios, señala Latinobarómetro. Venezuela no escapa de ello, en los últimos años ha mostrado la confianza más baja en el gobierno, en 2018 este indicador se ubica en 24%. Lo cual influye en el clima democrático del país.

    ¿Diría que está muy satisfecho, más bien satisfecho, no muy satisfecho o nada satisfecho con el funcionamiento de la democracia en Venezuela?”. A la pregunta solo 12% respondió de manera positiva. El resto, 88%, está insatisfecho, lo que representa el peor índice desde 1995, según el registro de la ONG con sede en Chile.

    Venezuela es el país de la región que presenta una caída constante en el nivel de satisfacción democrática. Este año la medición está 10 puntos porcentuales por debajo de 2017, reporta el estudio financiado por el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, el Instituto de Integración de América Latina y el Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina, entre otros.

    El país alcanzó su máximo nivel de satisfacción en 2007 con 59%, en esa fecha se llevó a cabo el referéndum revocatorio para la reforma constitucional y ganó la opción “no”. Desde entonces, ese nivel se vino abajo, hasta ahora que comparte el primer lugar con Nicaragua, donde un tercio de la población asegura que no hay democracia.

    A pesar de que 37% de los entrevistados afirman que no viven en democracia, 75% apoya ese sistema. Sin embargo, ese respaldo cayó 3 puntos porcentuales con respecto al año pasado.

    El estudio añade que los venezolanos son los latinoamericanos menos satisfechos con la economía del país: 97% dice que no está a gusto, 3% responde que sí y para 1% la situación es buena.

    Venezuela se encuentra entre los primeros países, por debajo de México y Paraguay, con la peor expectativa económica: 3 de cada 10 habitantes muestran desesperanza en que la situación mejore. “Estos tres países han tenido elecciones presidenciales en 2018 y esta expectativa es la que tienen de los nuevos gobiernos”, indica.

    Las expectativas netas son positivas en toda la región a excepción de Venezuela, donde 14% de los consultados considera que el futuro económico es negativo. “Es la primera vez que registramos una expectativa económica futura negativa, indicando más bien el nivel de desesperanza del pueblo venezolano”.

    De las 18 naciones consultadas, Venezuela es el país con menor confianza en la Fuerza Armada y el segundo que desconfía de la policía, está por debajo de Panamá que el índice es cero.

    Se encuentra entre los 15 países de la región donde menos del tercio de la población confía en el Poder Judicial, solo 18% lo hacen. Ese índice se repite en el indicador de confianza en el Poder Electoral. También señala que es el país con mayor desconfianza en ONG y sindicatos con 23% y 14% respectivamente.

    La institución que tiene mayor credibilidad y confianza es la Iglesia. 7 de cada 10 venezolanos afirman que creen en las autoridades eclesiásticas.


  • La FMV rechaza llegada de otros 500 especialistas cubanos al país
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/sociedad/fmv-rechaza-llegada-otros-500-especialistas-cubanos-pais_259491


    Médicos cubanos vuelven a Venezuela, indica el diario cubano
    Cortesía La Verdad de Monagas

    Un nuevo contingente de 500 médicos integrales fue enviado por Cuba a Venezuela “para reforzar la colaboración” que mantiene con el país, en el cual han trabajado más de 140.000 especialistas y técnicos, informó ayer el medio oficialista de la isla. 2 primeros grupos de cubanos llegaron a Caracas y otros vendrán posteriormente para sumar 21.700 personas en diciembre, destacó en su portada el periódico Granma.

    El presidente de la Federación Médica de Venezuela, Douglas León Natera, rechazó que se persista en “el montaje de un sistema paralelo en el que solo nos consta que son cubanos y no médicos”, expresó al enterarse de la información divulgada ayer.

    Fundamentó su opinión en que en el año 2003, la organización revisó 67 carpetas de unas 205, con el objeto de chequear las credenciales de los integrales cubanos como parte de un convenio de la Alcaldía Libertador con el Colegio del Distrito Capital: “Ninguna de las 67 personas era médico, y en adelante no nos dejaron ver más recaudos”.

    Natera señaló que el envío de personal cubano a Venezuela puede tener relación con la salida de los médicos de Brasil, de acuerdo con la posición asumida por el electo presidente Jair Bolsonaro. “Como el grupo equivalente a Barrio Adentro debe salir del país nos lo envían a nosotros”, dijo.


  • Ante la crisis de #Venezuela la izquierda carece de crítica
    https://www.cetri.be/Ante-la-crisis-de-Venezuela-la

    Nicaragua y Venezuela aparecen cada vez más enlazadas en análisis y declaraciones. Tanto la aguda crisis humanitaria del proceso bolivariano como la deriva represiva del proceso orteguista plantean preguntas importantes a la izquierda internacional que no se resuelven con una solidaridad incondicional y acrítica. Edgardo Lander no es sólo un académico, profesor titular de la Universidad Central de Venezuela e investigador asociado del Transnational Institute. Es una persona vinculada desde hace (...)

    #El_Sur_en_movimiento

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, Venezuela, #Nicaragua, #Nueva_Sociedad


  • ELN y disidencia de las FARC controlan minas de coltán y oro en Venezuela
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/latinoamerica/eln-disidencia-las-farc-controlan-minas-coltan-oro-venezuela_259336

    Desde hace aproximadamente dos años, la presencia de guerrilleros del Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) y disidentes de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) que no se unieron al proceso de paz se ha notado y denunciado en Venezuela, especialmente en los estados Bolívar, Apure, Amazonas, estos dos últimos fronterizos con Colombia.

    Allí han replicado sus asentamientos en zonas selváticas así como el control de rutas de transporte y poblaciones, pero se han involucrado especialmente en la explotación de los recursos minerales del suelo venezolano, específicamente el oro, diamante y coltán.

    Se trata de la reinvención de estos grupos a la sombra del gobierno del presidente fallecido Hugo Chávez que tuvieron luz verde para entrar y descansar en Venezuela, pero bajo el régimen de Nicolás Maduro tienen un «trabajo formal en las minas»: organizar a los mineros para explotar el recurso, luego transportarlo y entregarlo al gobierno venezolano, que desde hace poco tiempo recurre a la explotación minera como nueva fuente de riqueza ante el declive de su producción petrolera. 

    Funciona como una especie de alianza laboral en la que la Fuerza Armada Nacional de Venezuela (FANV) tiene un rol pasivo, con apenas presencia en algunos puntos de control y haciéndose la vista gorda ante la actividad de la zona. Así lo explican el diputado por el estado Bolívar, Américo De Grazia, y el ex candidato a gobernador y también ex diputado de esa región Andrés Velásquez, recientemente amenazados por el presidente Maduro por denunciar lo que ocurre al sur del país.

    «Estas actividades de explotación y entrega de oro y coltán al gobierno venezolano solían estar a cargo de los ’pranes’ (criminales o ex convictos pertenecientes al crimen organizado que controlan la explotación de los recursos), pero poco a poco los disidentes de las FARC y guerrilleros del ELN que han entrado a Venezuela han ido asumiendo estos roles», explicó Velásquez a El Tiempo de Colombia. 

    «Los guerrilleros están haciendo el mismo trabajo de los pranes, pero al gobierno les ha resultado mejor la cosa con ellos porque se supone que son más organizados, tienen mejor control de la zona y hay menos problemas entre clanes», agregó.

    El diputado De Grazia, oriundo de la zona, discernió que son tres los puntos donde los guerrilleros colombianos han logrado establecerse. En Parguaza, una zona conocida como el cuadrante entre los estados Bolívar, Apure, Amazonas y que pellizca la frontera con Colombia, donde se explota el coltán. «Esta zona es custodiada y operada por el ELN», aseguró. 

    La segunda zona es en San Vicente de Paúl, en el municipio Cedeño también en el estado Bolívar, donde hay explotación de diamante y el tercer punto es la zona de Bochinche, en la zona limítrofe entre Venezuela y el Esequibo, al extremo oriental del estado Bolívar. 

    En este último punto la explotación es de oro, lo mismo que en el municipio Sifontes, donde se encuentra la zona de Tumeremo, fuente prácticamente inagotable del metal precioso y por eso también de mafias por controlarlo. Allí han ocurrido al menos tres masacres de mineros en los últimos dos años.

    • Reprend l’article d’il y a 5 jours d’un journal local de l’état Bolívar, El Correo del Caroní

      Correo del Caroní - ELN explora suelo venezolano desde hace cinco años y se expande para controlar minas y pasos fronterizos
      http://www.correodelcaroni.com/index.php/ciudad/ciudad-bolivar/305-eln-explora-suelo-venezolano-desde-hace-cinco-anos-y-se-expande

      Sus motivaciones son principalmente económicas, asegura la organización colombiana Fundación Ideas para la Paz, que ha mapeado en el país la presencia del ELN y disidentes de las FARC que buscan controlar minas y paso de combustible y alimentos.

      La presencia de guerrilleros colombianos del Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) y disidentes de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) se ha hecho fuerte y crece desde 2013 al sur de Venezuela, cuando el primer grupo hizo incursiones tímidas desde el estado Apure hacia Amazonas, fronterizo con Colombia.

      Un informe de 2017 de la organización colombiana Fundación Ideas para la Paz (FIP) indica que el ELN así como disidencias de las FARC, específicamente del Frente 16 y Acacio Medina, se ha movido a zonas de alto valor estratégico para su financiamiento. En el caso de Colombia, hacia los departamentos de Guainía, Vichada y Arauca y, en Venezuela, a Apure, Bolívar y Amazonas, en donde el domingo emboscaron a militares y asesinaron a tres de ellos, tras la captura de Luis Felipe Ortega Bernal, alias Garganta, comandante del Frente de Guerra Oriental del ELN.

      El Gobierno venezolano ha insistido en negar la presencia del ELN y disidencias de las FARC en Venezuela, pese a que la misma Cancillería de Colombia nombró a Ortega Bernal como “un reconocido cabecilla del ELN, cuyo prontuario delictivo le mereció circular azul por parte de Interpol, por múltiples delitos cometidos en nuestro país”.

      Un mapa de la presencia de los irregulares, trazado por la FIP, dibuja la presencia del ELN en Amazonas desde Puerto Páez en el municipio Pedro Camejo del estado Apure hasta San Fernando de Atabapo en el municipio Atabapo del estado Amazonas, mientras que los disidentes de las FARC se despliegan en el sur de Amazonas en las cercanías del Parque Nacional Yapacana, al suroeste de la confluencia del río Ventuari en el río Orinoco, y en el norte a pocos kilómetros de la capital de Amazonas.

    • Carte interactive de situation aux frontières colombiennes, par la Fundación Ideas para la Paz
      ESPECIAL FRONTERAS –Inseguridad, Violencia y Economías Ilegales: los Desafíos del Nuevo Gobierno
      http://www.ideaspaz.org/especiales/mapa-fronteras

      et le rapport


      http://ideaspaz.org/media/website/fip_seguridad_fronteras.pdf

      01. Frontera con Venezuela
      02. Frontera con Venezuela y Brasil
      03. Frontera con Ecuador y Perú
      04. Frontera con Brasil y Perú
      05. Frontera con Panamá

    • InSight Crime, une autre ONG, basée en Colombie, établit le constat

      El ELN opera en 12 estados de Venezuela
      https://es.insightcrime.org/noticias/analisis/eln-opera-12-estados-venezuela

      Pero contrario a los comentarios de Padrino, InSight Crime logró identificar la presencia del ELN en 12 estados de Venezuela (la mitad del país), mediante un monitoreo de las denuncias publicadas en prensa en 2018 sobre la actividad de esta guerrilla en territorio venezolano, los informes de algunas ONG y las informaciones suministradas por fuentes oficiales en las zonas fronterizas.

      Según estos registros el ELN tendría presencia en Táchira, Zulia, Apure, Trujillo, Anzoátegui, Lara, Falcón, Amazonas, Barinas, Portuguesa, Guárico y Bolívar. Allí estaría desarrollando actividades como contrabando de ganado, contrabando de gasolina, cobro de extorsiones, distribución de comida, emisoras de radio, reclutamiento de menores, ataques a funcionarios de cuerpos de seguridad, narcotráfico y minería ilegal, entre otras.

      La última incursión en Bolívar, el 14 de octubre, dejó como resultado seis personas ejecutadas en el municipio de Domingo Sifontes, la más importante zona minera del país, donde el gobierno Venezolano desarrolla el proyecto Arco Minero. Este hecho no solo mostró el poder que la guerrilla colombiana tiene en territorio venezolano, sino que puso de manifiesto el largo recorrido que han hecho, para tener presencia en la mitad del país.


  • #Venezuela
    Oliveros: FMI alertó con sancionar al país si no publica cifras económicas
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/economia/oliveros-fmi-alerto-con-sancionar-pais-publica-cifras-economicas_259259

    El economista Asdrúbal Oliveros, informó este viernes que el Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI) alertó a los representantes del Banco Central de Venezuela (BCV) con sancionar al país si no publica las cifras económicas antes del 30 de noviembre.

    Mediante Twitter, Oliveros explicó que, además, si no realizan la publicación en la fecha establecida Venezuela dejará de formar parte del FMI.

    «Me informan desde BCV: esta mañana hubo un ’conference’ muy duro entre el BCV y el FMI. Si el BCV no envía las estadísticas del país, el 30 de noviembre nos sancionan y es posible el retiro del organismo, con todas las implicaciones de riesgo país que eso implica», escribió en la red social.


  • La pensée décoloniale est-elle soluble dans l’État Vénézuelien ?
    https://www.cetri.be/La-pensee-decoloniale-est-elle

    « Après la création du Ministère des Mines Écologiques, le Gouvernement-des-oxymores a annoncé la création d’un “Institut National de la Décolonisation du #Venezuela” » Du 22 au 26 octobre, s’est tenu à la Bibliothèque Nationale du Venezuela un colloque ayant pour sujet « la IIIe école de la pensée décoloniale critique : processus étatiques et constitutifs ». Ramon Grosfoguel, Enrique Dussel et Houria Bouteldja y étaient notamment présents. Profitant de la présence d’intellectuels et de militants décoloniaux (...)

    #Le_Sud_en_mouvement

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, Venezuela, #Décolonial, #lundi.am


  • Effondrement ? – Régis Chamagne
    https://www.regischamagne.fr/effondrement

    Le changement de paradigme géopolitique s’accélère. Les indicateurs, dans le domaine de la défense notamment, sont très clairs : nous assistons en direct à l’effondrement de la puissance militaire américaine. Le reste va suivre.

    Sourire :

    Du reste, la tendance actuelle des USA à lancer des menaces de sanctions économiques tous azimuts – Chine, Inde, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Turquie, etc. -, pour des prétextes divers, est le signe évident d’un pays qui perd le contrôle. Il s’agit d’un aveu de faiblesse. Il faut être idiot ou soumis pour s’imaginer que ces menaces sont crédibles.


  • Le prix du carburant, facture salée de l’étalement urbain | Olivier Razemon
    http://transports.blog.lemonde.fr/2018/11/03/prix-carburant-facture-etalement-urbain

    Passons sur l’absurdité qui consiste à organiser un blocage routier, en brûlant du pétrole pour protester… contre l’augmentation du prix du carburant qu’on est en train de brûler. Le prix de l’essence est devenu, pour chaque personne concernée, un indicateur ressenti du coût de la vie, et sa contestation un marqueur social. Un peu comme prix du blé autrefois, rapporte le directeur du département opinion de l’Ifop. Source : L’interconnexion n’est plus assurée

    • Ensuite parce que l’augmentation du carburant, contrairement aux idées reçues, est davantage la conséquence de la hausse du baril de pétrole que des taxes supplémentaires ponctionnées sur le litre d’essence.

      Heu ... J’ai vérifié. Ça marche pas ...

    • Pourtant c’est corroboré ailleurs :
      https://www.la-croix.com/Economie/Le-carburant-flambe-grogne-aussi-2018-10-30-1200979720

      Entamée depuis plusieurs années, cette envolée de la fiscalité n’a pas toujours autant fait réagir. Car elle était souvent dissoute dans l’évolution favorable des cours du pétrole. Ce n’est plus le cas. Sur les marchés mondiaux, secoués par les tensions internationales, de l’Iran au Venezuela, le pétrole flambe.

      « Sur les 20 centimes d’augmentation du litre d’essence depuis un an, plus de 16 centimes résultent de l’augmentation du prix du baril », assure Bruno Le Maire, le ministre de l’économie. Les derniers mois ont été effectivement marqués par des variations brusques des cours. Le baril qui valait moins de 30 dollars début 2016 était autour de 50 dollars début 2018. Il coûte désormais autour de 80 dollars et la hausse récente du dollar face à l’euro accentue ce renchérissement.

      Cette variation explique largement la récente flambée des prix à la pompe.

      https://mobile.francetvinfo.fr/economie/automobile/diesel/carburant-comment-expliquer-la-hausse-des-prix_3015347.amp

      « Or, les taxes représentent plus de la moitié, 60% en moyenne, du prix que vous payez à la pompe. La moindre augmentation pèse donc lourd », poursuit Hervé Godechot, qui estime cependant que le facteur principal de la hausse des prix à la pompe « c’est bel et bien la flambée des cours mondiaux du pétrole ». Et le journaliste de préciser : « En un an, le prix du baril a explosé de presque 15%. »

      https://www.liberation.fr/france/2018/11/02/prix-de-l-essence-la-faute-au-petrole_1689619

      Si on met en rapport cette hausse avec la progression du prix depuis un an, on arrive à ce résultat : le litre de gazole est environ 29 centimes plus cher. Sur ce total, l’augmentation de la TICPE représente 7,6 centimes. Soit un gros quart (26 %). Concernant le sans plomb, la hausse annuelle a été de 21,3 centimes. Sur ce total, 3,9 centimes sont dus à la hausse de la TICPE. Soit un peu moins de 20 %. Il est donc exact de dire que, sur un an, l’augmentation des taxes n’a été qu’un facteur secondaire de la flambée des prix à la pompe. La principale raison de l’augmentation tient à l’accroissement du prix du carburant hors taxe, elle-même liée à la hausse du prix du pétrole.

      Sinon, quelque chose qui n’est pas évoqué dans le papier :
      https://www.lesechos.fr/idees-debats/cercle/cercle-188292-opinion-actions-contre-le-prix-des-carburants-il-faut-cesser-

      Si l’essence augmente, il ne faut pas oublier qu’à niveau de salaire en euros équivalent, avec une heure de travail au SMIC en 2018 on peut s’acheter plus de litres d’essence qu’en 1980.
      Par exemple : en 1980, le SMIC horaire était de 14,76 francs, soit 2,25 euros, le prix moyen de l’essence étant de 4,17 francs, soit 0,63 euro, avec une heure de travail on pouvait s’acheter un peu plus de 3 litres d’essence (3,4 L). En octobre 2018 le taux horaire du SMIC est de 9,88 euros le prix moyen d’un litre d’essence est de 1,539 euro. Autrement dit actuellement avec une heure de travail on peut acheter un peu plus de 6 litres d’essence (6,4 L).

    • Il y a le froid ressenti. N’y aurait il pas les dépenses ressenties ?

      Augmentation des dépenses incompressibles, nouveau mode de vie (smartphone, liaison internet, achat de plats préparés, frais de toutes sortes, dont les frais bancaires).
      Des veaux (leurs bagnoles) de plus en plus gros, et de marque, de préférence germanique.

      Il y a aussi les augmentations des prix depuis le passage à l’euro.
      Quand je converti le prix d’un article en francs, je suis halluciné. Faites le par exemple pour un sandwich en ville.

      Les salaires, des petit.e.s bourgeois.e.s qui se croient grand.e.s bourgeois.e.s n’ont pas suivi.

      Leur pouvoir d’achat a diminué sans qu’ils s’en aperçoivent, puisqu’on leur dit pas à la télé.
      Ils s’en aperçoivent à la station service, en faisant le calcul de ce qu’il reste sur le compte en banque.

      Bon, c’est pas pour cela qu’ils/elles vont couper leur moteur à l’arrêt, ou ne pas faire 30 minutes de bagnole pour profiter d’une réduction de 2 euros à l’hyper marché.

    • Il faut dire aussi, que l’opinion publique, c’est un investissement. Exemple, à cet instant, quelques titres sur le site du figaro.

      Les propriétaires des merdias se doivent de montrer leur capacité de nuisance à emmanuel macron, et par ailleurs cela permet de ne pas parler des vrais sujets qui fâcheraient : fermeture ses hôpitaux, destruction de la Sécurité Sociale, de la SNCF, bradage du patrimoine public ce bien commun, au profit des plus riches, rôle destructeur de l’union européenne, de la monnaie qui tue : l’euro, des banques, de l’environnement, du harcelement meurtrier au travail. . . .

      Philippe maintient et défend la hausse des taxes sur les carburants

      Siphonnages, agressions : la hausse du prix des carburants aiguise l’appétit des délinquants

      Édouard Philippe maintient et défend la hausse des taxes sur les carburants

      Première mobilisation contre la hausse du prix des carburants

      Les Français opposés à la hausse des taxes sur les carburants

      L’exécutif cherche des réponses à la colère des automobilistes

    • Il est nécessaire de réduire la consommation de pétrole, et si il n’y a qu’avec l’augmentation du prix de l’essence, pourquoi pas. Ras-le-bol des bagnoles !
      Le hic, c’est justement, quels autres moyens de transports pour les péquenots, les pas riches, et tous ceux qui doivent se déplacer sur l’ensemble du territoire ?
      Il faudrait peut-être se questionner sur le fait qu’à partir du moment où le ministère de l’intérieur s’est approprié l’aménagement du territoire (sous Pasqua) l’ensemble des déplacements a été pensé pour être contrôlé, sinon pourquoi donner les routes à l’armée ? Est-ce également cela qui les a rendu plus difficile à effectuer avec peu d’argent, les paranos de la révolution bolchevique nous dirigent encore.
      #contrôle_social

    • Un communiqué de Nantes Révoltée sur sa page FB :

      QUE FAIRE LE 17 NOVEMBRE ?

      Début octobre, une jeune femme, Priscilla, lance une pétition contre l’augmentation du prix de l’essence, partant d’un constat simple : « toutes les personnes qui vivent en banlieue ou dans des zones rurales et qui prennent leur voiture tous les jours n’en peuvent plus de ces augmentations ». La pétition se répand comme une traînée de poudre sur les réseaux sociaux, et recueille des centaines de milliers de signatures. Elle devient le moteur d’une journée d’action le 17 novembre. De nombreux internautes appellent alors à faire de cette date un moment de blocage des voies. Parmi les plus influents, deux routiers dont les vidéos sont vues des millions de fois. Et dans un second temps, des récupérateurs d’extrême droite apparaissent, notamment un certain Franck B., militant proche du Front National, qui publie des vidéos relayant l’appel. Les notables d’extrême droite, Le Pen et Dupont Aignan, lui emboîtent le pas. Entre temps, la mobilisation sur facebook pour le 17 novembre a réuni plusieurs centaines de milliers de personnes. Des groupes s’organisent dans chaque ville, avec l’intention de ralentir ou d’arrêter la circulation. Leur slogan ? « Bloquons tout ». Un sondage vient de paraître : « 78% des français soutiennent le mouvement ». Le gouvernement tente déjà d’y répondre dans les médias. Quel que soit l’impact réel de cette journée, elle aura déjà beaucoup plus fait parler d’elle que les jours de grève inutiles, sans perspective ni énergie, décidés par les centrales syndicales depuis deux ans. Tentative d’analyse de cette mobilisation inclassable.

      Quelles revendications ?

      La revendication première paraît très limitée : la lutte contre l’augmentation du prix du carburant, qui atteint effectivement des sommets ces dernières semaines, à cause de l’augmentation des taxes. Au delà de l’hypocrisie d’un gouvernement qui prétend taxer l’essence pour raisons « écologiques » tout en faisant des cadeaux faramineux aux plus riches et au multinationales qui détruisent la planète, cette revendication pose une question bien réelle. Celle des formes de vies contemporaines. Celle des existences gâchées à passer des heures chaque jour au volant pour aller subir des jobs précaires et inutiles, toujours plus éloignés de nos lieux de vie. Les métropoles s’étendent, le béton dévore le paysage, et de plus en plus de personnes sont contraintes de se loger toujours plus loin, dans des zones péri-urbaines sans âmes, pour des raisons économiques. Les mêmes doivent rouler toujours plus longtemps pour aller rejoindre leurs lieux de travail. Cette France périphérique, éloignée des centre-villes, est celle des perdants de la mondialisation, des perdants de la métropole, des exclus de la gentrification. Celle qui ne peut pas aller au travail en vélo, en transports en commun, voire en taxi. Balayer cette réalité en traitant simplement les organisateurs du 17 novembre de « fachos » est un non-sens et une erreur politique.

      Oui, l’appel au 17 novembre est insatisfaisant, mais il part du réel. Il part des conditions objectives d’existence déplorables subies par des millions de personnes. De la même manière, le mouvement contre la loi travail en 2016 était parti du réel, avec des recueils de témoignages en ligne contre la précarité, les humiliations des petits-chefs, les salaires de misère ...

      Une initiative d’extrême droite ?

      En regardant les groupes facebook d’appel au 17 novembre, on ne peut que constater une grande confusion. Des appels à chanter la Marseillaise côtoient des appels à « refaire Mai 68 ». On y débat pour savoir s’il faut avoir le soutien des policiers, ou au contraire les attaquer. D’autres veulent « élargir les revendications » plutôt que se concentrer sur le prix de l’essence. Ces groupes ne sont pas d’extrême droite, mais il est incontestable que des militants d’extrême droite tentent de faire de l’entrisme sur ces réseaux. On y trouve aussi des syndicalistes, des militants de gauche, voire d’extrême-gauche. Mais pour l’immense majorité, il s’agit d’une France périphérique sans références précises, qui se revendique « apolitique ». A l’image de la situation du pays : instable et atomisé, mais en colère.

      Sur le fond, les protestations contre les taxes rappellent effectivement des mouvements réactionnaires, comme celui de Pierre Poujade dans les années 1950, ou plus récemment le mouvement confus des Bonnets Rouges en Bretagne. D’autant plus qu’on trouve aussi bien des travailleurs précaires que des patrons d’entreprise dans ces différents appels : autant de mondes qui n’ont aucun intérêt commun, et qui se retrouvent ligués ensemble contre le prix de l’essence.

      Mais si l’on remonte plus loin, les révoltes anti fiscales font aussi écho aux Jacqueries paysannes de l’Ancien Régime, qui ont mené à des situations insurrectionnelles contre les injustices. On a aussi vu ces dernières années en Espagne des refus collectifs de payer les loyers ou les taxes. Dans un climat où le président s’affiche comme un monarque aux goûts luxueux, et crache ouvertement sur la plèbe, ce refus de payer plus de taxes se comprend largement.

      En bref, il est difficile de classer ces revendications sur l’échiquier politique traditionnel, même si, redisons le, elles ne sont pas suffisantes pour en faire un véritable mouvement social. Il s’agit pour l’instant d’un agrégat de colères.

      « On bloque tout ». Un moyen d’action efficace ?

      C’est là le plus important, et aussi le plus douloureux. Nous avons tous constaté l’inefficacité des seules manifestations. Nous savons tous qu’une victoire sociale passe par le blocage de l’économie. Alors que les mouvements sociaux appellent depuis des années à « tout bloquer » sans jamais y parvenir, ni à organiser sérieusement les blocages, le mouvement du 17 novembre lui, a l’air de vouloir se donner les moyens de paralyser les flux.

      Les directions syndicales ont fait preuve de leur totale inefficacité alors que les attaques de Macron sont d’une violence sans précédent : tout au plus quelques manifestations minables, isolées, sans volonté d’engager le rapport de force. Les « cortèges de tête » non plus, ne sont pas parvenu à aller au delà des actions spectaculaires et des slogans radicaux. Pendant tout le printemps 2016, nous avons crié « on bloque tout » sans effet. Au printemps 2018, nous n’avons pas été capables de dépasser le calendrier syndical qui nous a mené à l’échec, malgré une multitude de luttes.

      En s’organisant sur facebook, le mouvement du 17 novembre a imposé sa propre date, son propre calendrier, avec l’objectif affiché de tout bloquer. Ce mouvement que beaucoup insultent, ou traitent avec mépris, serait-il en passe de réussir ce que les révolutionnaires n’ont pas réussi à mettre en œuvre ? Nous aurons la réponse dans une dizaine de jour.

      Que faire ?

      Si notre seule réaction face aux dizaines de milliers de personnes qui s’organisent pour bloquer effectivement l’économie, se cantonne à les traiter de fascistes, alors nous avons déjà perdu. Rejoindre sans regard critique cet agrégat de colères n’est pas non plus la solution. Si ces colères confuses n’émergent ni dans les manif classiques, ni dans les cortèges de tête, posons nous les bonnes questions. Les centrales syndicales font échouer toutes les luttes depuis 10 ans, les mouvements radicaux se font isoler par la répression, la propagande, et les logiques d’entre-soi puristes. Comment dépasser ces contradictions ? En organisant des blocages parallèles ? En ciblant des multinationales comme Total ? En allant soutenir ces blocage tout en affichant des revendications anticapitalistes ? La question reste ouverte.


  • Pleure, ô pays bien-aimé Théophraste R. - 2 Novembre 2018 - LGS
    https://www.legrandsoir.info/pleure-o-pays-bien-aime.html

    La fuite, l’exil, l’exode de presque un quart de la population. Pourtant, ce pays n’est pas en guerre. Ce sont les plus éduquée (médecins, avocats, ingénieurs) qui sont partis. Les conséquences s’en feront sentir dans une dizaine d’années.

    Le chômage touche plus de 23% de la population active (48% pour les moins de 25 ans). Les suicides ont augmenté de 35 % en 10 ans. Près de 30 % des citoyens ont perdu leur couverture sanitaire. Les dépenses allouées aux hôpitaux publics ont baissé de 40 %.

    Le taux de fécondité par femme a chuté à 1,3 en 2018, ce qui est insuffisant pour assurer le renouvellement des générations. On prévoit qu’en 2060, le pays aura perdu environ 2 millions d’habitants.


    Vous croyez peut-être que je parle d’un désastre dû à des sanctions états-uniennes, européennes ou à un sabotage organisé par le patronat local et l’opposition au Venezuela. Mais c’est la Grèce que j’évoque : pays frère, membre de l’Union européenne (dont le président est le répugnant ivrogne que vous voyez ici). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oecvYFq_wi0&feature=youtu.be

    Quant au Venezuela, si vous voulez une information ni dithyrambique ni mensongère, c’est ici. https://venezuelainfos.wordpress.com/2018/09/10/pretexter-une-crise-migratoire-pour-envahir-le-venezuela Vous y apprendrez notamment comment on fait un photomontage. C’est rigolo.

    Théophraste R. Auteur des articles médicaux : « Différence entre une sciatique et une bonne cuite. » et « Comment ne pas confondre une langue chargée et une langue de p… médiatico-politique.(1) »
    (1) Je dis « langue de p... » par prudence parce que parler de « pourris » déclenche le tir nourri des « langues de p... pourries ».

    #ue #union_européenne #Grèce #déglingue #pauvreté


  • Venezuela : décès de l’intellectuel et opposant Teodoro Petkoff - Amériques - RFI
    http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20181101-venezuela-opposant-intellectuel-teodoro-petkoff-deces

    Au Venezuela, c’est une journée de deuil dans la presse et pas seulement puisqu’on a appris la mort le mercredi 31 octobre de Teodoro Petkoff, illustre économiste, homme politique, ex-guérillero, ancien ministre et fondateur du journal Tal Cual. Un opposant notoire d’Hugo Chavez et de son successeur, l’actuel président Nicolas Maduro. Retour sur les principales étapes de sa vie.

    C’est une figure du Venezuela qui s’est éteinte. « Un Vénézuélien exemplaire », comme le titre El Nacional. « Une vie dédiée à la réflexion et l’action politique », titre quant à lui Tal Cual, le journal qu’il a fondé après avoir quitté le monde politique. Teodoro Petkoff est décédé mercredi 31 octobre à l’âge de 86 ans à Caracas. Il était un opposant notoire d’Hugo Chavez et de son successeur Nicolas Maduro. Preuve qu’il était très respecté : même ses adversaires politiques lui ont rendu hommage après la nouvelle de son décès.

    Guérillero dans les années 1960, lorsqu’il militait dans les rangs du parti communiste, il fonde en 1971 le Mouvement vers le socialisme (MAS). Élu député à deux reprises, candidat à la présidence également à deux reprises, Teodoro Petkoff a aussi dirigé deux ministères entre 1996 et 1998, avant l’arrivée d’Hugo Chavez, moment qu’il choisit pour quitter le monde politique et se lancer dans le journalisme.

    Ses analyses toujours fines représentaient une menace pour le pouvoir. Lauréat du prix « Ortega y Gasset » en 2015, pour l’ensemble de sa carrière, il ne put se rendre en Espagne faute à une interdiction de sortie du territoire. « Teodoro nous a quittés, mais ses idées progressistes resteront à jamais », peut-on lire dans les pages de Tal Cual, qu’il avait fondé en 2000 après avoir quitté le monde la politique.

    Ancien commissaire politique dans la guérilla de Douglas Bravo au milieu des années 60i, …


  • Trump impose des sanctions économiques contre le Vénézuela
    https://www.latribune.fr/economie/international/trump-impose-des-sanctions-economiques-contre-le-venezuela-796130.html

    Les Etats-Unis ont instauré jeudi de nouvelles sanctions contre le Venezuela, visant notamment ses exportations d’or, a annoncé le conseiller de la présidence à la Sécurité nationale, John Bolton.
    La Maison Blanche a imposé jeudi de nouvelles « dures » sanctions contre le Venezuela, accusé de faire partie, avec Cuba et le Nicaragua, d’une « troïka de la tyrannie » en Amérique latine.

    Ces sanctions visent notamment le secteur de l’or, et les mesures punitives contre La Havane sont également renforcées, a annoncé John Bolton, le conseiller à la sécurité nationale du président américain Donald Trump, selon le texte d’un discours prononcé à Miami. Il s’en est pris à « ce triangle de la terreur qui va de La Havane à Caracas et à Managua » et à ses trois « tyrans qui pensent être des hommes forts et des révolutionnaires » mais qui ne sont en fait que « des figures clownesques et pitoyables ».

    « La troïka de la tyrannie sur ce continent ne durera pas éternellement. Comme tous les régimes et les idéologies oppressifs, elle est vouée à disparaître », a-t-il insisté, conseillant aux dirigeants vénézuélien Nicolas Maduro, cubain Miguel Diaz-Canel et nicaraguayen Daniel Ortega de « craindre le pouvoir vertueux » de leurs peuples.


  • 56,800 migrant dead and missing : ’They are human beings’

    One by one, five to a grave, the coffins are buried in the red earth of this ill-kept corner of a South African cemetery. The scrawl on the cheap wood attests to their anonymity: “Unknown B/Male.”

    These men were migrants from elsewhere in Africa with next to nothing who sought a living in the thriving underground economy of Gauteng province, a name that roughly translates to “land of gold.” Instead of fortune, many found death, their bodies unnamed and unclaimed — more than 4,300 in Gauteng between 2014 and 2017 alone.

    Some of those lives ended here at the Olifantsvlei cemetery, in silence, among tufts of grass growing over tiny placards that read: Pauper Block. There are coffins so tiny that they could belong only to children.

    As migration worldwide soars to record highs, far less visible has been its toll: The tens of thousands of people who die or simply disappear during their journeys, never to be seen again. In most cases, nobody is keeping track: Barely counted in life, these people don’t register in death , as if they never lived at all.

    An Associated Press tally has documented at least 56,800 migrants dead or missing worldwide since 2014 — almost double the number found in the world’s only official attempt to try to count them, by the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration. The IOM toll as of Oct. 1 was more than 28,500. The AP came up with almost 28,300 additional dead or missing migrants by compiling information from other international groups, requesting forensic records, missing persons reports and death records, and sifting through data from thousands of interviews with migrants.

    The toll is the result of migration that is up 49 percent since the turn of the century, with more than 258 million international migrants in 2017, according to the United Nations. A growing number have drowned, died in deserts or fallen prey to traffickers, leaving their families to wonder what on earth happened to them. At the same time, anonymous bodies are filling cemeteries around the world, like the one in Gauteng.

    The AP’s tally is still low. More bodies of migrants lie undiscovered in desert sands or at the bottom of the sea. And families don’t always report loved ones as missing because they migrated illegally, or because they left home without saying exactly where they were headed.

    The official U.N. toll focuses mostly on Europe, but even there cases fall through the cracks. The political tide is turning against migrants in Europe just as in the United States, where the government is cracking down heavily on caravans of Central Americans trying to get in . One result is that money is drying up for projects to track migration and its costs.

    For example, when more than 800 people died in an April 2015 shipwreck off the coast of Italy, Europe’s deadliest migrant sea disaster, Italian investigators pledged to identify them and find their families. More than three years later, under a new populist government, funding for this work is being cut off.

    Beyond Europe, information is even more scarce. Little is known about the toll in South America, where the Venezuelan migration is among the world’s biggest today, and in Asia, the top region for numbers of migrants.

    The result is that governments vastly underestimate the toll of migration, a major political and social issue in most of the world today.

    “No matter where you stand on the whole migration management debate....these are still human beings on the move,” said Bram Frouws, the head of the Mixed Migration Centre , based in Geneva, which has done surveys of more than 20,000 migrants in its 4Mi project since 2014. “Whether it’s refugees or people moving for jobs, they are human beings.”

    They leave behind families caught between hope and mourning, like that of Safi al-Bahri. Her son, Majdi Barhoumi, left their hometown of Ras Jebel, Tunisia, on May 7, 2011, headed for Europe in a small boat with a dozen other migrants. The boat sank and Barhoumi hasn’t been heard from since. In a sign of faith that he is still alive, his parents built an animal pen with a brood of hens, a few cows and a dog to stand watch until he returns.

    “I just wait for him. I always imagine him behind me, at home, in the market, everywhere,” said al-Bahari. “When I hear a voice at night, I think he’s come back. When I hear the sound of a motorcycle, I think my son is back.”

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    EUROPE: BOATS THAT NEVER ARRIVE

    Of the world’s migration crises, Europe’s has been the most cruelly visible. Images of the lifeless body of a Kurdish toddler on a beach, frozen tent camps in Eastern Europe, and a nearly numbing succession of deadly shipwrecks have been transmitted around the world, adding to the furor over migration.

    In the Mediterranean, scores of tankers, cargo boats, cruise ships and military vessels tower over tiny, crowded rafts powered by an outboard motor for a one-way trip. Even larger boats carrying hundreds of migrants may go down when soft breezes turn into battering winds and thrashing waves further from shore.

    Two shipwrecks and the deaths of at least 368 people off the coast of Italy in October 2013 prompted the IOM’s research into migrant deaths. The organization has focused on deaths in the Mediterranean, although its researchers plead for more data from elsewhere in the world. This year alone, the IOM has found more than 1,700 deaths in the waters that divide Africa and Europe.

    Like the lost Tunisians of Ras Jebel, most of them set off to look for work. Barhoumi, his friends, cousins and other would-be migrants camped in the seaside brush the night before their departure, listening to the crash of the waves that ultimately would sink their raft.

    Khalid Arfaoui had planned to be among them. When the group knocked at his door, it wasn’t fear that held him back, but a lack of cash. Everyone needed to chip in to pay for the boat, gas and supplies, and he was short about $100. So he sat inside and watched as they left for the beachside campsite where even today locals spend the night before embarking to Europe.

    Propelled by a feeble outboard motor and overburdened with its passengers, the rubber raft flipped, possibly after grazing rocks below the surface on an uninhabited island just offshore. Two bodies were retrieved. The lone survivor was found clinging to debris eight hours later.

    The Tunisian government has never tallied its missing, and the group never made it close enough to Europe to catch the attention of authorities there. So these migrants never have been counted among the dead and missing.

    “If I had gone with them, I’d be lost like the others,” Arfaoui said recently, standing on the rocky shoreline with a group of friends, all of whom vaguely planned to leave for Europe. “If I get the chance, I’ll do it. Even if I fear the sea and I know I might die, I’ll do it.”

    With him that day was 30-year-old Mounir Aguida, who had already made the trip once, drifting for 19 hours after the boat engine cut out. In late August this year, he crammed into another raft with seven friends, feeling the waves slam the flimsy bow. At the last minute he and another young man jumped out.

    “It didn’t feel right,” Aguida said.

    There has been no word from the other six — yet another group of Ras Jebel’s youth lost to the sea. With no shipwreck reported, no survivors to rescue and no bodies to identify, the six young men are not counted in any toll.

    In addition to watching its own youth flee, Tunisia and to a lesser degree neighboring Algeria are transit points for other Africans north bound for Europe. Tunisia has its own cemetery for unidentified migrants, as do Greece, Italy and Turkey. The one at Tunisia’s southern coast is tended by an unemployed sailor named Chamseddin Marzouk.

    Of around 400 bodies interred in the coastal graveyard since it opened in 2005, only one has ever been identified. As for the others who lie beneath piles of dirt, Marzouk couldn’t imagine how their families would ever learn their fate.

    “Their families may think that the person is still alive, or that he’ll return one day to visit,” Marzouk said. “They don’t know that those they await are buried here, in Zarzis, Tunisia.”

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    AFRICA: VANISHING WITHOUT A TRACE

    Despite talk of the ’waves’ of African migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, as many migrate within Africa — 16 million — as leave for Europe. In all, since 2014, at least 18,400 African migrants have died traveling within Africa, according to the figures compiled from AP and IOM records. That includes more than 4,300 unidentified bodies in a single South African province, and 8,700 whose traveling companions reported their disappearance en route out of the Horn of Africa in interviews with 4Mi.

    When people vanish while migrating in Africa, it is often without a trace. The IOM says the Sahara Desert may well have killed more migrants than the Mediterranean. But no one will ever know for sure in a region where borders are little more than lines drawn on maps and no government is searching an expanse as large as the continental United States. The harsh sun and swirling desert sands quickly decompose and bury bodies of migrants, so that even when they turn up, they are usually impossible to identify .

    With a prosperous economy and stable government, South Africa draws more migrants than any other country in Africa. The government is a meticulous collector of fingerprints — nearly every legal resident and citizen has a file somewhere — so bodies without any records are assumed to have been living and working in the country illegally. The corpses are fingerprinted when possible, but there is no regular DNA collection.

    South Africa also has one of the world’s highest rates of violent crime and police are more focused on solving domestic cases than identifying migrants.

    “There’s logic to that, as sad as it is....You want to find the killer if you’re a policeman, because the killer could kill more people,” said Jeanine Vellema, the chief specialist of the province’s eight mortuaries. Migrant identification, meanwhile, is largely an issue for foreign families — and poor ones at that.

    Vellema has tried to patch into the police missing persons system, to build a system of electronic mortuary records and to establish a protocol where a DNA sample is taken from every set of remains that arrive at the morgue. She sighs: “Resources.” It’s a word that comes up 10 times in a half-hour conversation.

    So the bodies end up at Olifantsvlei or a cemetery like it, in unnamed graves. On a recent visit by AP, a series of open rectangles awaited the bodies of the unidentified and unclaimed. They did not wait long: a pickup truck drove up, piled with about 10 coffins, five per grave. There were at least 180 grave markers for the anonymous dead, with multiple bodies in each grave.

    The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is working with Vellema, has started a pilot project with one Gauteng morgue to take detailed photos, fingerprints, dental information and DNA samples of unidentified bodies. That information goes to a database where, in theory, the bodies can be traced.

    “Every person has a right to their dignity. And to their identity,” said Stephen Fonseca, the ICRC regional forensic manager.

    ————————————

    THE UNITED STATES: “THAT’S HOW MY BROTHER USED TO SLEEP”

    More than 6,000 miles (9,000 kilometers) away, in the deserts that straddle the U.S.-Mexico border, lie the bodies of migrants who perished trying to cross land as unforgiving as the waters of the Mediterranean. Many fled the violence and poverty of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador or Mexico. Some are found months or years later as mere skeletons. Others make a last, desperate phone call and are never heard from again.

    In 2010 the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team and the local morgue in Pima County, Ariz., began to organize efforts to put names to the anonymous bodies found on both sides of the border. The “Border Project” has since identified more than 183 people — a fraction of the total.

    At least 3,861 migrants are dead and missing on the route from Mexico to the United States since 2014, according to the combined AP and IOM total. The tally includes missing person reports from the Colibri Center for Human Rights on the U.S. side as well as the Argentine group’s data from the Mexican side. The painstaking work of identification can take years, hampered by a lack of resources, official records and coordination between countries — and even between states.

    For many families of the missing, it is their only hope, but for the families of Juan Lorenzo Luna and Armando Reyes, that hope is fading.

    Luna, 27, and Reyes, 22, were brothers-in-law who left their small northern Mexico town of Gomez Palacio in August 2016. They had tried to cross to the U.S. four months earlier, but surrendered to border patrol agents in exhaustion and were deported.

    They knew they were risking their lives — Reyes’ father died migrating in 1995, and an uncle went missing in 2004. But Luna, a quiet family man, wanted to make enough money to buy a pickup truck and then return to his wife and two children. Reyes wanted a job where he wouldn’t get his shoes dirty and could give his newborn daughter a better life.

    Of the five who left Gomez Palacio together, two men made it to safety, and one man turned back. The only information he gave was that the brothers-in-law had stopped walking and planned to turn themselves in again. That is the last that is known of them.

    Officials told their families that they had scoured prisons and detention centers, but there was no sign of the missing men. Cesaria Orona even consulted a fortune teller about her missing son, Armando, and was told he had died in the desert.

    One weekend in June 2017, volunteers found eight bodies next to a military area of the Arizona desert and posted the images online in the hopes of finding family. Maria Elena Luna came across a Facebook photo of a decaying body found in an arid landscape dotted with cactus and shrubs, lying face-up with one leg bent outward. There was something horribly familiar about the pose.

    “That’s how my brother used to sleep,” she whispered.

    Along with the bodies, the volunteers found a credential of a boy from Guatemala, a photo and a piece of paper with a number written on it. The photo was of Juan Lorenzo Luna, and the number on the paper was for cousins of the family. But investigators warned that a wallet or credential could have been stolen, as migrants are frequently robbed.

    “We all cried,” Luna recalled. “But I said, we cannot be sure until we have the DNA test. Let’s wait.”

    Luna and Orona gave DNA samples to the Mexican government and the Argentine group. In November 2017, Orona received a letter from the Mexican government saying that there was the possibility of a match for Armando with some bone remains found in Nuevo Leon, a state that borders Texas. But the test was negative.

    The women are still waiting for results from the Argentine pathologists. Until then, their relatives remain among the uncounted.

    Orona holds out hope that the men may be locked up, or held by “bad people.” Every time Luna hears about clandestine graves or unidentified bodies in the news, the anguish is sharp.

    “Suddenly all the memories come back,” she said. “I do not want to think.”

    ————————

    SOUTH AMERICA: “NO ONE WANTS TO ADMIT THIS IS A REALITY”

    The toll of the dead and the missing has been all but ignored in one of the largest population movements in the world today — that of nearly 2 million Venezuelans fleeing from their country’s collapse. These migrants have hopped buses across the borders, boarded flimsy boats in the Caribbean, and — when all else failed — walked for days along scorching highways and freezing mountain trails. Vulnerable to violence from drug cartels, hunger and illness that lingers even after reaching their destination, they have disappeared or died by the hundreds.

    “They can’t withstand a trip that hard, because the journey is very long,” said Carlos Valdes, director of neighboring Colombia’s national forensic institute. “And many times, they only eat once a day. They don’t eat. And they die.” Valdes said authorities don’t always recover the bodies of those who die, as some migrants who have entered the country illegally are afraid to seek help.

    Valdes believes hypothermia has killed some as they trek through the mountain tundra region, but he had no idea how many. One migrant told the AP he saw a family burying someone wrapped in a white blanket with red flowers along the frigid journey.

    Marta Duque, 55, has had a front seat to the Venezuela migration crisis from her home in Pamplona, Colombia. She opens her doors nightly to provide shelter for families with young children. Pamplona is one of the last cities migrants reach before venturing up a frigid mountain paramo, one of the most dangerous parts of the trip for migrants traveling by foot. Temperatures dip well below freezing.

    She said inaction from authorities has forced citizens like her to step in.

    “Everyone just seems to pass the ball,” she said. “No one wants to admit this is a reality.”

    Those deaths are uncounted, as are dozens in the sea. Also uncounted are those reported missing in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. In all at least 3,410 Venezuelans have been reported missing or dead in a migration within Latin America whose dangers have gone relatively unnoticed; many of the dead perished from illnesses on the rise in Venezuela that easily would have found treatment in better times.

    Among the missing is Randy Javier Gutierrez, who was walking through Colombia with a cousin and his aunt in hopes of reaching Peru to reunite with his mother.

    Gutierrez’s mother, Mariela Gamboa, said that a driver offered a ride to the two women, but refused to take her son. The women agreed to wait for him at the bus station in Cali, about 160 miles (257 kilometers) ahead, but he never arrived. Messages sent to his phone since that day four months ago have gone unread.

    “I’m very worried,” his mother said. “I don’t even know what to do.”

    ———————————

    ASIA: A VAST UNKNOWN

    The region with the largest overall migration, Asia, also has the least information on the fate of those who disappear after leaving their homelands. Governments are unwilling or unable to account for citizens who leave for elsewhere in the region or in the Mideast, two of the most common destinations, although there’s a growing push to do so.

    Asians make up 40 percent of the world’s migrants, and more than half of them never leave the region. The Associated Press was able to document more than 8,200 migrants who disappeared or died after leaving home in Asia and the Mideast, including thousands in the Philippines and Indonesia.

    Thirteen of the top 20 migration pathways from Asia take place within the region. These include Indian workers heading to the United Arab Emirates, Bangladeshis heading to India, Rohingya Muslims escaping persecution in Myanmar, and Afghans crossing the nearest border to escape war. But with large-scale smuggling and trafficking of labor, and violent displacements, the low numbers of dead and missing indicate not safe travel but rather a vast unknown.

    Almass was just 14 when his widowed mother reluctantly sent him and his 11-year-old brother from their home in Khost, Afghanistan, into that unknown. The payment for their trip was supposed to get them away from the Taliban and all the way to Germany via a chain of smugglers. The pair crammed first into a pickup with around 40 people, walked for a few days at the border, crammed into a car, waited a bit in Tehran, and walked a few more days.

    His brother Murtaza was exhausted by the time they reached the Iran-Turkey border. But the smuggler said it wasn’t the time to rest — there were at least two border posts nearby and the risk that children far younger travelling with them would make noise.

    Almass was carrying a baby in his arms and holding his brother’s hand when they heard the shout of Iranian guards. Bullets whistled past as he tumbled head over heels into a ravine and lost consciousness.

    Alone all that day and the next, Almass stumbled upon three other boys in the ravine who had also become separated from the group, then another four. No one had seen his brother. And although the younger boy had his ID, it had been up to Almass to memorize the crucial contact information for the smuggler.

    When Almass eventually called home, from Turkey, he couldn’t bear to tell his mother what had happened. He said Murtaza couldn’t come to the phone but sent his love.

    That was in early 2014. Almass, who is now 18, hasn’t spoken to his family since.

    Almass said he searched for his brother among the 2,773 children reported to the Red Cross as missing en route to Europe. He also looked for himself among the 2,097 adults reported missing by children. They weren’t on the list.

    With one of the world’s longest-running exoduses, Afghans face particular dangers in bordering countries that are neither safe nor welcoming. Over a period of 10 months from June 2017 to April 2018, 4Mi carried out a total of 962 interviews with Afghan migrants and refugees in their native languages around the world, systematically asking a series of questions about the specific dangers they had faced and what they had witnessed.

    A total of 247 migrant deaths were witnessed by the interviewed migrants, who reported seeing people killed in violence from security forces or starving to death. The effort is the first time any organization has successfully captured the perils facing Afghans in transit to destinations in Asia and Europe.

    Almass made it from Asia to Europe and speaks halting French now to the woman who has given him a home in a drafty 400-year-old farmhouse in France’s Limousin region. But his family is lost to him. Their phone number in Afghanistan no longer works, their village is overrun with Taliban, and he has no idea how to find them — or the child whose hand slipped from his grasp four years ago.

    “I don’t know now where they are,” he said, his face anguished, as he sat on a sun-dappled bench. “They also don’t know where I am.”

    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/global-lost-56800-migrants-dead-missing-years-58890913
    #décès #morts #migrations #réfugiés #asile #statistiques #chiffres #monde #Europe #Asie #Amérique_latine #Afrique #USA #Etats-Unis #2014 #2015 #2016 #2017 #2018
    ping @reka @simplicissimus



  • Civilisation ou barbarie? — cidades para que(m)?
    http://cidadesparaquem.org/blog/2018/10/19/civilisation-ou-barbarie

    Dans une stratégie typique de Cambridge Analytics, Bolsonaro et sa troupe réagissent en inondant le web et les médias de fausses nouvelles : des messages “au nom du PT” qui arrivent soudain sur les portables d’électeurs de Lula (pour pouvoir dire que le PT a aussi fait la même chose), d’autres messages disséminant la “nouvelle” que Lula serait en train de mettre en place, depuis sa prison, un plan fou, associé à la Cour Suprême, avec l’appui du Venezuela et de Cuba, pour empêcher la victoire du « mythe » et implanter le communisme au Brésil. Non, je ne suis pas ironique. C´est ce qu´ils sont en train de dire, vraiment.

    Autrement dit, la situation est, depuis longtemps, sorti du contrôle des institutions et les hallucinés d’extrême droite semblent parier qu’ils ont l’armée à leur coté. Tout cela a l’air d’être très fortement infiltré par les moyens de propagande Trump et des USA.Le Brésil est pris en otage : si Bolsonaro ne ganhe pas, les messages répandus donnent l’ordre de créer une réaction à main armée, de “prendre les rues” pour empêcher “la fraude” et la victoire du “communisme”. Soit Bolsonaro gagne, soit il gagne, donc. Il n’y a pas d’autre issue possible, selon ces gens. Il est probable que l’élection de Trump, et les élections au Brésil soient en train de montrer ce que vont devenir la politique et la démocratie dans le monde à l’ère de l’internet : on peut dire n’importe quoi, on peut faire n’importe quoi. Pas de règles, pas de limites, pas d’institutions de régulation. C’est la loi du plus fort.


  • How Crypto Charities and Businesses are Helping Venezuelans Beat Hyperinflation
    https://hackernoon.com/how-crypto-charities-and-businesses-are-helping-venezuelans-beat-hyperin

    Demand for #bitcoin continues to rise in Venezuela, with trading volumes in October 2018 reaching a record high of 853 million bolivars. This trend isn’t new; Bitcoin trading in the Latin American country has been steadily growing since mid-2017. Cryptocurrency exchanges like CoinCola provide a fast and secure way for local citizens to buy Bitcoin, Dash and other altcoins.What has caused this surge in crypto trading? The Venezuelan economy has been severely impacted by the bolivar’s drastic inflation, which the IMF estimates may reach a million percent by the end of 2018. With many Venezuelans now unable to afford food and medicine, local citizens are looking for an alternative means of exchange. Cryptocurrencies offer a relatively more stable store of value and provide a more efficient (...)

    #technology #digital-currency #blockchain #business


  • Affaire Khashoggi : Riyad ne veut pas créer un nouveau choc pétrolier - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1140048/affaire-khashoggi-

    « Cet incident passera », a laconiquement répondu Khalid al-Falih à Tass. « Mais l’Arabie saoudite est un pays extrêmement responsable. Nous avons utilisé depuis des décennies notre politique pétrolière comme un outil économique responsable séparé de la politique. »

    Le ministre saoudien a néanmoins ajouté qu’il ne pouvait pas exclure que le prix du baril de brut remonte au-dessus de 100 dollars après l’entrée en vigueur des sanctions américaines visant le secteur pétrolier iranien. « Je ne peux pas vous le garantir, car je ne sais pas ce que vont faire les autres producteurs », a-t-il dit. « Il y a des sanctions contre l’Iran et personne ne sait ce que deviendront les exportations iraniennes. Il y a aussi des baisses de production potentielles dans différents pays comme la Libye, le Nigeria, le Mexique et le Venezuela », a détaillé Khalid al Falih. « Si la production baisse de trois millions de barils par jour, nous ne pourrons pas couvrir ce volume. Nous devrons donc taper dans nos réserves », a-t-il poursuivi.

    Carotte et bâton #khashoggi


  • Words matter. Is it @AP style to call migrants an “army”—above a photo of mothers tending to their infants and toddlers, no less? This is not only incorrect, but it enables a racist narrative sold by this @POTUS and his supporters. Armies invade. These people are running away.


    https://twitter.com/JamilSmith/status/1054163071785037824
    #armée #terminologie #préjugés #invasion #afflux #mots #vocabulaire #migrations #réfugiés #médias #journalisme #presse

    • #Polly_Pallister-Wilkins sur la marche de migrants qui a lieu en Amérique centrale...

      Dear media reporting on the Central American migrant caravan, can you please be attentive to how you talk about it? 1/n
      People are walking, walking not pouring, flowing, or streaming. Walking. They are walking along roads, they will be tired, hungry, their feet will hurt, they will have blisters and sore joints. They are not a natural liquid phenomenon governed by the force of gravity. 2/n
      Their walking is conditioned by the infrastructures they move along like roads, the physical geographies they traverse like hills and rivers and the human controls they encounter like border controls and police checkpoints. 3/n
      All of these things are risky, they make the walk, the journey more difficult and dangerous, esepcially the police checkpoints and the border controls. These risks are the reason they are travelling as a caravan, as a large group attempting to minimise the risks of controls 4/n
      And the risks from gangs and criminals that migrants on their journeys routinely face. Their journey is a deeply embodied one, and one that is deeply conditioned both by the violence they are leaving and the violence of the journey itself. 5/n
      So media please try and reflect this in your storytelling. These people are not a river obeying gravity. They have made an active yet conditioned choice to move. When they encounter a block in their path this can be deadly. It can detain, deport, injure, rape, or kill. 6/n
      And these blockages are not boulders in a riverbed around which the river flows. These blockages, these #checkpoints, border controls or police patrols are human blockages, they are not natural. So please try and reflect the political structures of this journey. Please. End/
      Addendum: there is a long history of caravans as a form political resistance in Central America.

      https://twitter.com/PollyWilkins/status/1054267257944227840
      #marche #migrations #Honduras #Amérique_centrale #mots #vocabulaire #terminologie #média #journalisme #presse #caravane #métaphores_liquides #risque #gravité #mouvement #contrôles_frontaliers #blocages #barrières #résistance #Mexique

    • Migrants travel in groups for a simple reason: safety

      A caravan of Central American migrants traveling to through Mexico to the United States to seek asylum is about halfway through its journey.

      The caravan began on Oct. 13 in Honduras with 200 people. As it has moved through Honduras, Guatemala and now Mexico, its ranks have grown to over 7,000, according to an estimate by the International Organization of Migration.

      The migrants have been joined by representatives from humanitarian organizations like the Mexican Red Cross providing medical assistance and human rights groups that monitor the situation.

      Journalists are there, too, and their reporting has caught the attention of President Donald Trump.

      He has claimed that the caravan’s ranks probably hide Middle Eastern terrorists. Trump later acknowledged there is no evidence of this, but conservative media outlets have nevertheless spread the message.

      It is reasonable for Americans to have security concerns about immigration. But as a scholar of forced migration, I believe it’s also important to consider why migrants travel in groups: their own safety.
      Safety in numbers

      The Central Americans in the caravan, like hundreds of thousands of people who flee the region each year, are escaping extreme violence, lack of economic opportunity and growing environmental problems, including drought and floods, back home.

      Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico have some of the world’s highest murder rates. According to Doctors Without Borders, which provides medical care in crisis zones, 68 percent of the migrants and refugees it surveyed in Mexico had experienced violence. Nearly one-third of women were sexually abused.

      Whether crossing Central America, the Sahara desert or the mountains of Afghanistan, migrants are regularly extorted by criminals, militias and corrupt immigration officials who know migrants make easy targets: They carry cash but not weapons.

      Large groups increase migrants’ chance of safe passage, and they provide some sense of community and solidarity on the journey, as migrants themselves report.
      Publicizing the dangers they flee

      Large groups of migrants also attract media coverage. As journalists write about why people are on the move, they shed light on Central America’s many troubles.

      Yet headlines about huge migrant caravans may misrepresent trends at the U.S.-Mexico border, where migration is actually decreasing.

      While the number of Central American families and children seeking asylum in the U.S. has increased in the past two years, Mexican economic migrants are crossing the border at historically low levels.

      And while most migrant caravan members hope to seek asylum in the U.S., recent history shows many will stay in Mexico.

      In response to Trump’s immigration crackdown, Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to welcome Central American refugees — and try to keep them safe.


      https://theconversation.com/migrants-travel-in-groups-for-a-simple-reason-safety-105621

      #sécurité

    • Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This

      The president and his supporters insisted that several thousand Honduran migrants were a looming menace—and the Pittsburgh gunman took that seriously.

      On Tuesday, October 16, President Donald Trump started tweeting.

      “The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!”

      “We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!”

      Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted:

      “Spoke to President Hernandez of Honduras about the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. Delivered strong message from @POTUS: no more aid if caravan is not stopped. Told him U.S. will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our border & sovereignty.”

      The apparent impetus for this outrage was a segment on Fox News that morning that detailed a migrant caravan thousands of miles away in Honduras. The caravan, which began sometime in mid-October, is made up of refugees fleeing violence in their home country. Over the next few weeks, Trump did his best to turn the caravan into a national emergency. Trump falsely told his supporters that there were “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” in the caravan, a claim that had no basis in fact and that was meant to imply that terrorists were hiding in the caravan—one falsehood placed on another. Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered more troops to the border. A Fox News host took it upon herself to ask Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen whether there was “any scenario under which if people force their way across the border they could be shot at,” to which Nielsen responded, “We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people.”

      Pence told Fox News on Friday, “What the president of Honduras told me is that the caravan was organized by leftist organizations, political activists within Honduras, and he said it was being funded by outside groups, and even from Venezuela … So the American people, I think, see through this—they understand this is not a spontaneous caravan of vulnerable people.”

      The Department of Homeland Security’s Twitter account “confirmed” that within the caravan are people who are “gang members or have significant criminal histories,” without offering evidence of any such ties. Trump sought to blame the opposition party for the caravan’s existence. “Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!” Trump tweeted on October 22. “Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.”

      In the right-wing fever swamps, where the president’s every word is worshipped, commenters began amplifying Trump’s exhortations with new details. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida wondered whether George Soros—the wealthy Jewish philanthropist whom Trump and several members of the U.S. Senate blamed for the protests against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and who was recently targeted with a bomb—was behind the migrant caravan. NRATV, the propaganda organ of the National Rifle Association, linked two Republican obsessions, voter fraud and immigration. Chuck Holton told NRATV’s viewers that Soros was sending the caravan to the United States so the migrants could vote: “It’s telling that a bevy of left-wing groups are partnering with a Hungarian-born billionaire and the Venezuelan government to try to influence the 2018 midterms by sending Honduran migrants north in the thousands.” On CNN, the conservative commentator Matt Schlapp pointedly asked the anchor Alisyn Camerota, “Who’s paying for the caravan? Alisyn, who’s paying for the caravan?,” before later answering his own question: “Because of the liberal judges and other people that intercede, including George Soros, we have too much chaos at our southern border.” On Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, one guest said, “These individuals are not immigrants—these are people that are invading our country,” as another guest asserted they were seeking “the destruction of American society and culture.”

      Peter Beinart: Trump shut programs to counter violent extremists

      In the meantime, much of the mainstream press abetted Trump’s effort to make the midterm election a referendum on the caravan. Popular news podcasts devoted entire episodes to the caravan. It remained on the front pages of major media websites. It was an overwhelming topic of conversation on cable news, where Trumpists freely spread disinformation about the threat the migrants posed, while news anchors displayed exasperation over their false claims, only to invite them back on the next day’s newscast to do it all over again.

      In reality, the caravan was thousands of miles and weeks away from the U.S. border, shrinking in size, and unlikely to reach the U.S. before the election. If the migrants reach the U.S., they have the right under U.S. law to apply for asylum at a port of entry. If their claims are not accepted, they will be turned away. There is no national emergency; there is no ominous threat. There is only a group of desperate people looking for a better life, who have a right to request asylum in the United States and have no right to stay if their claims are rejected. Trump is reportedly aware that his claims about the caravan are false. An administration official told the Daily Beast simply, “It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 percent accurate … this is the play.” The “play” was to demonize vulnerable people with falsehoods in order to frighten Trump’s base to the polls.

      Nevertheless, some took the claims of the president and his allies seriously. On Saturday morning, Shabbat morning, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people. The massacre capped off a week of terrorism, in which one man mailed bombs to nearly a dozen Trump critics and another killed two black people in a grocery store after failing to force his way into a black church.

      Before committing the Tree of Life massacre, the shooter, who blamed Jews for the caravan of “invaders” and who raged about it on social media, made it clear that he was furious at HIAS, founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish group that helps resettle refugees in the United States. He shared posts on Gab, a social-media site popular with the alt-right, expressing alarm at the sight of “massive human caravans of young men from Honduras and El Salvador invading America thru our unsecured southern border.” And then he wrote, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

      The people killed on Saturday were killed for trying to make the world a better place, as their faith exhorts them to do. The history of the Jewish people is one of displacement, statelessness, and persecution. What groups like HIAS do in helping refugees, they do with the knowledge that comes from a history of being the targets of demagogues who persecute minorities in pursuit of power.

      Ordinarily, a politician cannot be held responsible for the actions of a deranged follower. But ordinarily, politicians don’t praise supporters who have mercilessly beaten a Latino man as “very passionate.” Ordinarily, they don’t offer to pay supporters’ legal bills if they assault protesters on the other side. They don’t praise acts of violence against the media. They don’t defend neo-Nazi rioters as “fine people.” They don’t justify sending bombs to their critics by blaming the media for airing criticism. Ordinarily, there is no historic surge in anti-Semitism, much of it targeted at Jewish critics, coinciding with a politician’s rise. And ordinarily, presidents do not blatantly exploit their authority in an effort to terrify white Americans into voting for their party. For the past few decades, most American politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, have been careful not to urge their supporters to take matters into their own hands. Trump did everything he could to fan the flames, and nothing to restrain those who might take him at his word.

      Many of Trump’s defenders argue that his rhetoric is mere shtick—that his attacks, however cruel, aren’t taken 100 percent seriously by his supporters. But to make this argument is to concede that following Trump’s statements to their logical conclusion could lead to violence against his targets, and it is only because most do not take it that way that the political violence committed on Trump’s behalf is as limited as it currently is.

      The Tree of Life shooter criticized Trump for not being racist or anti-Semitic enough. But with respect to the caravan, the shooter merely followed the logic of the president and his allies: He was willing to do whatever was necessary to prevent an “invasion” of Latinos planned by perfidious Jews, a treasonous attempt to seek “the destruction of American society and culture.”

      The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread and that his followers chose to amplify.

      As for those who aided the president in his propaganda campaign, who enabled him to prey on racist fears to fabricate a national emergency, who said to themselves, “This is the play”? Every single one of them bears some responsibility for what followed. Their condemnations of anti-Semitism are meaningless. Their thoughts and prayers are worthless. Their condolences are irrelevant. They can never undo what they have done, and what they have done will never be forgotten.

      https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/caravan-lie-sparked-massacre-american-jews/574213

    • Latin American asylum seekers hit US policy “wall”

      Trump’s new restrictions mean long waits simply to register claims.

      The movement of thousands of Central American asylum seekers and migrants north from Honduras towards the southern border of the United States has precipitated threats from US President Donald Trump – ahead of next week’s midterm elections – to block the group’s entry by deploying troops to the US-Mexican border.

      Under international law the United States is obligated to allow asylum seekers to enter and file claims. However, immigration officials at the country’s southern border have for months been shifting toward legally dubious practices that restrict people’s ability to file asylum claims.

      “Make no mistake, the administration is building a wall – one made of restrictionist policy rather than brick and mortar,” said Jason Boyd, policy counsel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

      As a result, hundreds, possibly thousands, of asylum seekers have been left waiting for extended periods of time on the Mexican side of the border in need of shelter and basic services. Firm numbers for those affected are difficult to come by because no one is counting.

      Some of those turned away explore potentially dangerous alternatives. Aid and advocacy groups as well as the Department of Homeland Security say the wait has likely pushed some to attempt to enter the United States illegally, either with smugglers or on their own via perilous desert routes.

      While some of those in the so-called “migrant caravan” are searching for economic opportunity, others are fleeing gang violence, gender-based violence, political repression or unrest – all increasingly common factors in Central America and Mexico that push people to leave their homes.
      Menacing phone calls

      When people from the migrant caravan reach the southern border of the United States, they may find themselves in a similar position to Dolores Alzuri, 47, from Michoacan, a state in central Mexico.

      In late September, she was camped out with her husband, daughter, granddaughter, and aunt on the Mexican side of the DeConcini port of entry separating the twin cities of Nogales – one in the Mexican state of Sonora, the other in the US state of Arizona.

      Alzuri and her family were waiting for their turn to claim asylum in the United States, with only a police report in hand as proof of the threats they faced back home. Camping beside them on the pedestrian walkway just outside the grated metal door leading to the United States, nine other families waited to do the same.

      Over the preceding month Alzuri had received several menacing phone calls from strangers demanding money. In Michoacan, and many other parts of Mexico where criminal gangs have a strong presence, almost anybody can receive calls like these. You don’t know who’s on the other end of the line, Alzuri explained, but you do know the consequences of not following their orders.

      “If you do not give [money] to them, they kidnap you or they kidnap your family,” Alzuri said. “They destroy you. They kill you. That is why it is so scary to be in this country.”

      Other people she knew had received similar calls. She also knew that those who didn’t pay ended up dead – pictures of their bodies posted on Facebook as a macabre warning of what happens to those who resist.

      Fearing a similar fate, Alzuri packed her bags and her family and travelled north to ask for asylum in the United States. A friend had been granted asylum about nine months ago, and she had seen on television that other people were going, too. It seemed like the only way out.

      “I had a problem,” she said, referring to the phone calls. “They asked us for money, and since we did not give them money, they threatened us.”

      Before leaving her home, Alzuri said she filed a police report. But the authorities didn’t care enough to act on it, she said. “They are not going to risk their life for mine.”
      No way out

      Despite the danger at home, Alzuri and others in similar situations face an increasingly difficult time applying for asylum in the United States. At the Nogales crossing, asylum seekers must now wait up to a month simply to be allowed to set foot inside a border office where they can register their claims, aid workers there say.

      Those waiting are stuck in territory on the Mexican side that is controlled by gangs similar to the ones many are fleeing, though local aid groups have scrambled to find space in shelters, especially for women and children, so people will be safer while they wait.

      The situation hasn’t always been like this.

      In the past, asylum seekers were almost always admitted to register their claims the same day they arrived at the border. Since May, however, there has been a marked slowdown in registration.

      US Custom and Border Protection (CBP), the federal law enforcement agency responsible for screening people as they enter the country, says delays are due to a lack of capacity and space. But asylum advocates say similar numbers have arrived in previous years without causing a delay and the real reason for the slowdown is that CBP has shifted resources away from processing asylum seekers – not just in Nogales but across the southern US border – resulting in people being forced to wait for long periods or turned away altogether.

      This is happening despite the insistence of high-ranking Trump administration officials that asylum seekers present themselves at ports of entry or face criminal prosecution for crossing the border irregularly. Such contradictory policies, asylum advocates argue, are part of a broad-based effort by the Trump administration to dramatically reduce the number of people able to seek protection in the United States.

      “Our legal understanding is that they have the legal obligation to process asylum seekers as they arrive,” said Joanna Williams, director of education and advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a Nogales-based NGO. “There’s no room in the law for what they are doing right now.”
      A system in crisis

      In the past decade, migration across the southern border of the United States has undergone a dramatic change. Every year since the late 1970s US Border Patrol agents apprehended close to a million or more undocumented migrants entering the country. In 2007, that number began to fall, and last year there were just over 310,000 apprehensions – the lowest number since 1971.

      At the same time, the proportion of people entering the United States from the southern border to claim asylum has increased. Ten years ago, one out of every 100 people crossing the border was seeking humanitarian protection, according to a recent report published by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a non-partisan think tank in Washington DC. Today that number is about one in three.

      According to Boyd of AILA, the increase is being driven by ongoing humanitarian emergencies in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, an area of Central America known as the Northern Triangle. These countries have some of the highest homicide rates in the world and are wracked by gang violence, gender-based violence, extortion, and extra-judicial killings. “Many of the individuals and families arriving at the US southern border are literally fleeing for their lives,” said Boyd.

      But the system that is supposed to provide them protection is in crisis. Beginning in 2010 the number of asylum requests lodged in the United States started to balloon, mirroring an upward trend in global displacement. Last year, 79,000 people approached the US border saying they had a credible fear of returning to their home country, compared to 9,000 at the beginning of the decade.

      The increase in credible-fear claims, as well as asylum requests made by people already in the United States, has strained the system to a “crisis point”, according to the MPI report. This has led to a backlog of around 320,000 cases in US immigration courts and people having to wait many months, if not years, to receive a hearing and a decision.
      Crackdown

      Senior officials in the Trump administration, including the president, have consistently lumped asylum seekers and economic migrants together, positing that the United States is being “invaded” by a “massive influx of illegal aliens” across the southern border, and that the asylum system is subject to “systematic abuse” by people looking to gain easy entry to the country.

      People working on the ground with asylum seekers refute this. Eduardo Garcia is a communication coordinator at SOA Watch, an organisation that monitors the humanitarian impact of US policy in Latin America. He has spent time in Nogales speaking with people waiting to claim asylum.

      “The stories of many of the people we have talked to… are stories of people fleeing gang violence, are stories of people fleeing because one of their sons was killed, because one of their sons was threatened, because one of their family members [was] raped,” he said. “They have said they cannot go back to their countries. If they are sent back they are going to be killed.”

      Still, the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration – responsible for the recent child-separation crisis – has also included measures that have restricted access to asylum in the United States.

      In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would begin criminally prosecuting everyone who irregularly crossed the US southern border, including asylum seekers. In June, that policy was followed by a decision that the United States would no longer consider gang and sexual violence – precisely the reasons so many people flee the Northern Triangle – as legitimate grounds for asylum. Around the same time, CBP appears to have deprioritised the processing of asylum seekers at ports of entry in favour of other responsibilities, leading to the long waits and people being turned away, according to humanitarian workers and a recent report by the DHS’s Office of Inspector General.

      And even as these restrictive policies were being put in place, Trump administration officials have been encouraging asylum seekers to try. “If you’re seeking asylum, go to a port of entry,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in an 18 June press conference. “You do not need to break the law of the United States to seek asylum.”

      Nogales, Mexico

      “I came here with the hope that if I asked for asylum I could be in the United States,” said Modesto, a 54-year-old from Chimaltenango, Guatemala. In mid-September he was sitting in a mess hall run a couple hundred meters from the US border run by KBI, which provides humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum seekers.

      Modesto had already been in Nogales, Sonora for several months. Like Dolores Alzuri, he fled his home because criminal gangs had tried to extort money from him. “I worked a lot and was making a living in my country,” Modesto explained. “The problem in particular with the gangs is that they don’t let you work… If you have money they extort you. If you don’t have money they want to recruit you.” And people who don’t cooperate: “They’re dead,” he added.

      The situation Modesto found when he arrived in Nogales, Sonora was far from what he expected. For starters, there was the long wait at the border. But he also discovered that – as an adult travelling with his 18-year-old son – even once he entered the United States he would likely end up in a detention centre while his case slowly made its way through the overburdened immigration courts – a practice that has also increased under the Trump administration. “I don’t want to cross… and spend a year in prison when my family needs my help,” he said.

      Modesto is in some ways an exception, according to Williams of KBI. Many of the people arriving in Nogales, Sonora are families with children. Once in the United States they will likely be released from immigration detention with ankle monitoring bracelets to track their movements. These people often choose to wait and to claim asylum at the port of entry when there is space.

      After more than 100 people piled up to wait at the border in May, local humanitarian groups set up a system to organise and keep track of whose turn it was to submit an asylum claim to US immigration officials. They also scrambled to find spaces in shelters so people were not sleeping on the walkway over the weeks they needed to wait.

      Now, only people who are likely to enter soon are camped on the walkway. When IRIN visited, about 40 asylum seekers – mostly women and children – sat on one side of the walkway as a steady stream of people heading to the United States filtered by on the other. Some of the asylum seekers were new arrivals waiting to be taken to a shelter, while others had been sleeping there for days on thin mats waiting for their turn. Volunteers handed out clean clothing and served pasta, as a CBP agent opened and closed the metal gate leading to the United States, just a few tantalisingly short feet away.

      The slowdown of processing “leaves people stranded – in really dangerous situations sometimes – on the other side of the border, and completely violates our obligations under both domestic and international law,” said Katharina Obser, a senior policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an NGO that advocates for women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis.

      As a result, some people arrive, find out about the wait, and leave. “We’re fairly certain that those are individuals who then end up crossing the border through other means,” Williams said.

      The DHS Office of the Inspector General came to a similar conclusion, finding that the contradiction between Trump administration rhetoric and policy “may have led asylum seekers at ports of entry to attempt illegal border crossings.”
      Border-wide

      The situation in Nogales, Sonora is far from isolated, according to Boyd of the AILA. “Recent turnbacks of vulnerable asylum seekers have been documented throughout the US southern border,” he said, including at many ports of entry in Texas and California. In those states, asylum seekers have reported being stopped as they approach the border and told they cannot enter because immigration officials don’t have the capacity to process their claims.

      “Turnbacks form part of a comprehensive set of practices and policies advanced under this administration that appears aimed at shutting out asylum seekers from the United States,” Boyd continued.

      Meanwhile, people like Dolores Alzuri – and most likely some of the thousands of Central Americans who are travelling north from Honduras in the hope of claiming asylum – are left with little choice but to wait. Moving somewhere else in Mexico or returning home is not an option, said Alzuri. “The violence is the same in every state,” she said. And crossing the desert, “that’s a big danger.”

      She and her family don’t have a back-up plan. “Let’s hope that I do get [asylum], because I really do need it,” she said. “You don’t live comfortably in your own country anymore. You live in fear that something will happen to you. You can’t walk around on the streets because you feel that you’re being followed.”

      https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/10/29/latin-american-asylum-seekers-hit-us-policy-wall
      #USA #Etats-Unis #fermeture_des_frontières #Mexique

      Commentaire Emmanuel Blanchar via la mailing-list Migreurop:

      Un article intéressant car il rappelle opportunément que la « caravane des migrants » en route vers les Etats-Unis est également composée de nombreuses personnes qui souhaiteraient pouvoir déposer des demandes d’asile. Or, si la frontières Mexique-USA est loin d’être encore mûrées, un mur administratif empêche déjà que les demandes d’asile puisse être déposées et traitées dans le respect des droits des requérant.e.s.

      #mur_administratif #asile

    • No es una caravana, es un dolor que camina

      La caravana de migrantes es sólo la primera manifestación pública y masiva de la crisis humanitaria en la que vive la mayoría de la población; negada por el gobierno, por la oligarquía, embajadas, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y por algunas agencias de cooperación que le hacen comparsa a la dictadura.

      Esta crisis humanitaria es provocada por el modelo económico neoliberal impuesto a sangre y fuego, que sólo pobreza y violencia ha llevado a las comunidades, que ante la ausencia de oportunidades y ante el acoso de los grupos criminales no tienen otra alternativa que la peligrosa e incierta ruta migratoria; prefieren morir en el camino que en sus barrios y colonias.

      El infierno en que se ha convertido Honduras tiene varios responsables. En primer el lugar el imperialismo, que a través de su embajada promueve la inestabilidad política en el país con el apoyo directo al dictador, que para granjearse ese apoyo les ha entregado el país, hasta el grado del despojo y de la ignominia, como puede observarse en los foros internacionales.

      Otro responsable es el dictador, que además de la incertidumbre que genera en lo económico, en lo político y en lo social, ha profundizado y llevado al extremo las políticas neoliberales, despojando de sus recursos a comunidades enteras, para dárselas a las transnacionales, principalmente norteamericanas y canadienses.

      La oligarquía corrupta, mediocre, salvaje, inepta y rapaz también es responsable de esta crisis humanitaria, quien se ha acostumbrado a vivir del presupuesto nacional a tal grado de convertir al Estado en su patrimonio, por medio de un ejército de ocupación, de diputados y presidentes serviles y títeres, que toman las decisiones no para el pueblo, sino que para sus insaciables intereses.

      Hay otro actor importante en esta crisis y es el Ejército Nacional, fiel sirviente de los intereses imperiales y de la oligarquía, que sólo sirve para consumir una gran tajada del presupuesto nacional y más que un ejército defensor y garante de la soberanía nacional es una fuerza de ocupación; listo para asesinar, torturar y matar aquellos que se oponen al dictador, al imperio y la oligarquía.

      Desgraciadamente esta caravana la conforman los miserables, los desheredados de la tierra, los parias: “los que crían querubes para el presidio y serafines para el burdel” como dijo en su poema, Los Parias, el poeta mexicano Salvador Díaz Mirón.

      Estos miserables y desheredados no huyen de la patria, la aman, la adoran y la llevan convertida en un dolor sobre sus hombros, huyen de los verdugos y carniceros que nos gobiernan y de los otros responsables de esta crisis humanitaria. Los que huyen aman a esta tierra más que los que nos quedamos.

      https://criterio.hn/2018/10/29/no-es-una-caravana-es-un-dolor-que-camina
      #douleur



  • Quién es Edgar Peña, el venezolano que será el número 3 del Vaticano
    http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/bbc-mundo/quien-edgar-pena-venezolano-que-sera-numero-del-vaticano_255759

    El tercer hombre más influyente de la Iglesia católica romana será a partir de este lunes 15 de octubre un religioso políglota, con 25 años de experiencia diplomática y nuncio en naciones de Asia y África.

    Y es venezolano.

    El papa Francisco nombró en agosto a monseñor Edgar Peña Parra como sustituto para asuntos generales de la Secretaría de Estado del Vaticano.

    Es el cargo más importante en el Vaticano luego del propio pontificado y la cancillería, liderada desde 2013 por el italiano Pietro Parolín, exnuncio en Venezuela durante el gobierno de Hugo Chávez.

    Peña tiene 58 años y reemplazará al italiano Angelo Becciu, nuevo cardenal.
    […]
    La curia describe a monseñor Peña Parra como un hombre inteligente, de trato amable y sensible a las causas de los pobres.

    La primera es su currículo: es licenciado en Filosofía y Teología, doctor en Derecho Canónico y especialista en Derecho Internacional de la Pontificia Universidad Gregoriana; habla español, inglés, francés, portugués, serbocroata, italiano, latín; y ha ejercido con éxito como nuncio apostólico en Pakistán y Mozambique.

    La segunda es simple: su gentilicio.


  • Miguel Henrique Otero, director de ’El Nacional’: “Antes de diciembre publicaremos el titular ‘Venezuela vuelve a la democracia”"
    https://diariodeavisos.elespanol.com/2018/10/miguel-henrique-otero-director-de-el-nacional-antes-de-dic

    -¿Y en una sociedad tan polarizada como la venezolana, cuál es la realidad de los medios de comunicación y su relación con los poderes públicos?
    “En América Latina ha habido tres tipos de dictaduras: la comunista, como en Cuba, donde un medio controla toda la información; las bananeras, que son las tradicionales (Pinochet, Stroessner, Trujillo, Pérez Jiménez…), que toman el poder para proteger el país del comunismo y arbitrariamente cierran los medios y apresan periodistas sin ningún criterio ideológico, y las dictaduras populistas, que son más sofisticadas, porque establecen mecanismos para llegar a la hegemonía comunicacional y utilizan leyes y todos los recursos legales del Estado para conseguir ese objetivo. Es como una gran ventana que se va reduciendo hasta convertirla en una ventanita. Lo primero que hizo el Gobierno venezolano es acabar con la libertad de expresión en los medios audiovisuales mediante una ley con la que cerraron Radio Caracas Televisión e innumerables radios, y crearon un ente regulador”.
    […]
    -Diferentes sectores venezolanos le ven como la personalidad en la diáspora que podría optar a tomar las riendas del país. ¿Cuánto hay de cierto?
    “La Venezuela con Maduro tiene varios modelos de salida, además de la electoral que promueve una parte de la oposición: que unos chavistas desplacen a otros chavistas, lo cual no cambiará gran cosa; una explosión social, que es algo que sabemos cómo empieza, pero no cómo termina ni quién toma el control; un golpe militar, que ha pasado en América Latina 50 veces; la intervención extranjera, que dejaría el futuro en manos de los gringos, y una última que a mi juicio es la menos negativa: que el chavismo se quede en el poder, pero este se traspasa a alguien de la oposición. En ninguno de esos escenarios participaría. Y después está el modelo 23 de enero, fecha en la que cayó Pérez Jiménez, que es la constitución de una junta militar para que nombre a una junta civil que, a su vez, se comprometa a convocar unas elecciones y a reconstruir las instituciones”.

    -¿Se dan las condiciones para que algunas de estas opciones cobre fuerza en estos momentos?
    “Ahora se han alineado los planetas. El chavismo está dividido y se ha reducido a una especie de secta; cada vez hay más protestas populares, y más ahora, con la catástrofe económica que sufre el país; unos militares en ebullición, con 200 presos por rebelión, a lo que hay que sumar que la comunidad internacional ha ido mejorando, con Macri, Duque, Piñera, Bolsonaro, que ganará las elecciones en Brasil… Quizás el que se ha aflojado es Pedro Sánchez, pero no nos importa tanto, porque la Unión Europea sigue fuerte. Hay una situación de aislamiento internacional y por primera vez un grupo grande de países van a la Corte Penal Internacional por crímenes de lesa humanidad. Eso no tiene precedentes. Por eso digo que se han alineado los planetas: militares, población, una crisis gigantesca, chavistas y comunidad internacional”.

    -Y con esta situación que describe, ¿augura algunos movimientos a corto o medio plazo?
    “Es un escenario en el que todo indica que está a punto de que ocurra algo. No sé cómo será el modelo de salida, pero veo que antes de diciembre publicaré el titular Venezuela regresa a la democracia”.

    -¿Antes de diciembre?
    “Sí. Veo una alta probabilidad de que eso ocurra. Estamos muy cerca de ese titular”.

    -Cuando esa frase aparezca en la portada de su periódico, ¿regresará a su país?
    “Claro, inmediatamente”.


  • « How Fascism Works »
    https://desperadophilosophy.net/2018/10/12/how-fascism-works

    This past week saw the injection of even more toxins into the already stressed American body politic. At a recent campaign rally, the cheerleader-in-chief made the wild claim that insurgent Democrats (led by dangerous extremist Taylor Swift) were planning on implementing an economic plan similar to that of Venezuela. Then yesterday, going one step farther, two Arizona Republican staffers tried to bait a local Democrat’s campaign into receiving a contribution from “communists”.

    Such rhetoric and actions are taken straight from the Fascist playbook, as described in an illuminating October 5 interview with Yale professor #Jason_Stanley, author of How Fascism Works . The image is from John Heartfield.

    [J’ajoute un extrait en texte, pour plus de lisibilité]
    “What you do in fascist politics is paint the ordinary Democratic Party, the ordinary center-left party, as communists. And you create terror about that.”

    [La suite de l’extrait est dans l’image]

    Sans compter que cela a des répercussions sur les partis eux-mêmes, qui vont droitiser leurs discours pour se défendre de ces « accusations ».

    Le livre
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/586030/how-fascism-works-by-jason-stanley/9780525511830

    #fascisme