• Zeke Miller on Twitter :
    https://twitter.com/ZekeJMiller/status/1324084828426350595

    Trump camp says it’s suing to stop Pa. vote count over lack of ’transparency,’ seeks to intervene in Supreme Court case.

    Trump team says it’s suing to stop Pennsylvania vote count
    https://whyy.org/articles/trump-team-says-its-suing-to-stop-pennsylvania-vote-count

    President Donald Trump’s campaign said Wednesday that it is suing to temporarily stop the vote count in Pennsylvania, claiming lack of “transparency.”

    Justin Clark, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement that the campaign is “suing to stop Democrat election officials from hiding the ballot counting and processing from our Republican poll observers.” He said the campaign wants “to temporarily halt counting until there is meaningful transparency and Republicans can ensure all counting is done above board and by the law.”

    D’autres messages signalent que des intimidations sur les bureaux de décompte des votes commencent. Le plan républicain se mettrait-il en branle ce soir ?

    • Steve Patterson on Twitter:
      https://twitter.com/PattersonNBC/status/1324086177885003778

      https://video.twimg.com/ext_tw_video/1324086105549975552/pu/vid/1280x720/laOHt-egX3UHknnW.mp4

      Large, animated crush of “stop the count” protestors trying to push their way into TCF hall in #Detroit where ballots are being counted.

      They’re being blocked by guards at the door.

      Pizza boxes are pushed against the window to obstruct view. It’s tense.

    • Elections américaines 2020 : quand les chaînes d’info coupent l’antenne à Trump, qui se déclare vainqueur sans aucune preuve
      https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2020/11/04/elections-americaines-2020-quand-les-chaines-d-info-censurent-donald-trump_6

      Mardi soir, MSNBC et NBC n’ont pas laissé le président américain terminer l’allocution au cours de laquelle il assurait avoir remporté l’élection.

      En France, un tel acte ressemblerait à un crime de lèse-majesté. Pas aux Etats-Unis, où Donald Trump est connu pour ses embardées, ses outrances et ses mensonges. Mercredi 4 novembre tôt, heure française, alors que le résultat de l’élection présidentielle n’était toujours pas connu, deux chaînes d’information se sont permis d’interrompre le président américain, qui tenait pourtant une allocution très attendue.

      « Nous écoutons le président qui parle depuis la Maison Blanche, mais nous devons nous arrêter car il y a plusieurs affirmations qui ne sont tout simplement pas vraies », a justifié l’animatrice de NBC News, Savannah Guthrie. Donald Trump venait d’affirmer avoir « gagné cette élection » , tout en certifiant que des « fraudes » avaient pu entacher le scrutin.
      Même décision sur MSNBC, où Brian Williams a repris la parole alors que le candidat républicain parlait encore. Se disant « réticent » à l’idée de le couper, l’animateur s’est justifié en affirmant que ses déclarations n’étaient « pas fondées du tout ».

      Cet acte de censure n’est pas une première depuis l’arrivée de l’homme d’affaires au pouvoir en 2016. CNN, qui a laissé mercredi le président aller jusqu’au bout, tout en précisant que « pratiquement tout ce qu’a dit le président Trump n’était pas vrai » , s’était rebellé un an plus tôt.

      C’était le 18 juin 2019, lors du premier meeting de campagne de Donald Trump. Deux minutes après avoir pris la parole, le président embraye sur son sujet favori, la critique des médias. Les militants se mettent alors à scander « CNN sucks ! » (« CNN pue ! »). Six minutes après le début de la réunion, la chaîne coupe le signal. Du jamais-vu pour un président américain.

      A l’époque, il s’agit d’une rupture pour la chaîne d’information, longtemps accusée, malgré sa couleur progressiste, d’avoir fait le jeu de Trump, « en le mettant plus à l’antenne que Fox News, sous prétexte qu’il faisait de l’audience » , analyse Alexis Pichard, auteur de Trump et les médias, l’illusion d’une guerre, paru le 6 octobre (VA Editions).

      Désobéissance libératrice

      La désobéissance de CNN s’avère libératrice. Le 13 avril, Donald Trump diffuse, lors d’un point presse, un clip de propagande de l’action gouvernementale sur le Covid-19. MSNBC et CNN interrompent la diffusion. L’attitude des chaînes fait ensuite tache d’huile sur les réseaux sociaux. Au printemps, « d’abord Twitter puis Facebook suppriment certains messages présidentiels » , poursuit le chercheur.

      Si les chaînes d’information se permettent une telle insolence, c’est également parce que la mandature de Donald Trump les a remodelées en profondeur. Elles sont devenues beaucoup plus radicales. « Avant l’hystérisation des débats n’existait que sur Fox News. Maintenant, on la voit également sur les chaînes progressistes » , complète Alexis Pichard, qui en veut pour preuve ces journalistes de CNN qui n’hésitent pas à pleurer à l’antenne lors de certaines annonces du président des Etats-Unis, s’affranchissant complètement de leur obligation d’impartialité. Progressivement, la chaîne a « procédé à une purge des républicains pro-Trump, les remplaçant par des républicains qui lui sont hostiles. Les voix discordantes ont en partie disparu de l’antenne » , conclut le chercheur.

      Conséquence, les chaînes progressistes n’attirent plus que des sympathisants démocrates. Que MSNBC ou CNN démentent Donald Trump n’a donc plus beaucoup d’influence sur le reste de l’opinion publique.

  • Ces voitures qui tuent
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2020/08/31/ces-voitures-qui-tuent

    Ralph Nader, avocat et homme politique américain – il se présenta quatre fois consécutives à l’élection présidentielle américaine, en particulier avec le Parti Vert – a joué un rôle important Lire la suite...

    #Fin_de_l'automobile #Insécurité_routière #Livres #Ressources #accident #consommation #constructeurs #detroit #general_motors #histoire #industrie #lobby #sécurité_routière #usa #volkswagen

  • Map: Population Change in the #Detroit Region 1960-1968 |

    DETROITography

    https://detroitography.com/2020/07/22/map-population-change-in-the-detroit-region-1960-1968

    Map: Population Change in the Detroit Region 1960-1968

    Detroit Redlining Map 1939 | DETROITography
    https://detroitography.com/2014/12/10/detroit-redlining-map-1939

    Part of Detroit’s history of racial discrimination is comprised on housing discrimination, which in turn contributed to job discrimination, interpersonal racism, and continued racial inequity of opportunity. These areas of Detroit were targeted for “urban renewal” in the 1960s which displaced thousands of black residents to public housing complexes. Today these areas of Detroit have more vacancy (see map) than others either because the redlined properties were managed by slumlords whose properties deteriorated (see map) more quickly or from renewal efforts that didn’t consider the displacement of black residents.

    The racial divisions we see in our neighborhoods today are the result of deliberate actions taken in the past. (State of Opportunity)

    This segregation of housing, which was legal up until the 1980s, also furthered school segregation and the inadequate education of Detroit’s black children. More from State of Opportunity:

    One of the clearest visual representations of how racist policies shaped our neighborhoods comes from a mapping project launched in the 1930s by the federal Home Owners’ Loan Corporation. The HOLC was created in 1933 in response to the Great Depression as a way to help stabilize the housing market in the U.S. It did so by refinancing home mortgages and reshaping the entire residential lending industry. Along the way, HOLC commissioned so-called “Residential Security Maps” for more than 200 U.S. cities. These maps served as a guide for home lenders, including banks and the Federal Housing Administration.

    #cartographie #cartoexperiment

  • L’ouvrage « Fitzgerald » de William Bunge est téléchargeable au format numérique. Publié suite aux soulèvements de Détroit (1967), il combine géographie et cartographie pour traiter des questions de justice socio-spatiale dans les villes US

    Project MUSE - Fitzgerald
    https://muse.jhu.edu/book/11514
    /book/11514/og_image.jpg

    This on-the-ground study of one square mile in Detroit was written in collaboration with neighborhood residents, many of whom were involved with the famous Detroit Geographical Expedition and Institute. Fitzgerald, at its core, is dedicated to understanding global phenomena through the intensive study of a small, local place.

    Beginning with an 1816 encounter between the Ojibwa population and the neighborhood’s first surveyor, William Bunge examines the racialized imposition of local landscapes over the course of European American settlement. Historical events are firmly situated in space—a task Bunge accomplishes through liberal use of maps and frequent references to recognizable twentieth-century landmarks.

    More than a work of historical geography, Fitzgerald is a political intervention. By 1967 the neighborhood was mostly African American; Black Power was ascendant; and Detroit would experience a major riot. Immersed in the daily life of the area, Bunge encouraged residents to tell their stories and to think about local politics in spatial terms. His desire to undertake a different sort of geography led him to create a work that was nothing like a typical work of social science. The jumble of text, maps, and images makes it a particularly urgent book—a major theoretical contribution to urban geography that is also a startling evocation of street-level Detroit during a turbulent era."

    William Bunge, the DGEI, & Radical Cartography | Counter Map Collection
    http://countermapcollection.org/paratexts/commentaries/william-bunge-dgei-radical-cartography

    “Radical cartography” is the preferred term of many activist map-makers working today, including Bill Rankin, Hackitectura, the Institute for Applied Autonomy, The Counter Cartographies Collective, Alexis Bhagat, Lize Mogel and others. In their incisive introduction to An Atlas of Radical Cartography, Bhagat and Mogel explain: “[w]e define radical cartography as the practice of mapmaking that subverts conventional notions in order to actively promote social change. The object of critique . . . is not cartography per se (as is generally meant by the overlapping term critical cartography), but rather social relations” (6). Craig Dalton and Liz Mason-Deese of the Counter Cartographies Collective argue similarly for “mapping as militant research.” “As autonomous, militant research,” they argue, “this mapping aims to foster cooperation among researchers and participants to practically intervene in real problems without attempting to marshal state or administrative power” (439).

  • #Gwendolyn_Warren and #Cindi_Katz in Conversation on Vimeo

    https://vimeo.com/111159306

    https://www.centerforthehumanities.org/programming/participants/gwendolyn-c-warren

    A conversation about the #Detroit_Geographical_Expedition_and_Institute (1968-72), a radical project of community based collaborative scholarship-activism and liberatory education, with Gwendolyn Warren, the project’s co-director, and Professor Cindi Katz. Warren shaped many of the DGEI’s mapping projects and was a leader of its extraordinary educational component, which brought hundreds of young people from Detroit to Michigan State University, where they formed a sort of autonomous university—revolutionary in its implications and not surprisingly short-lived, but with powerful repercussions nonetheless. While the focus in the current political era is too often on ‘stakeholders,’ relies heavily on the ‘non-profit industrial complex,’ and depends on ‘big data’ for developing policies, the DGEI offers a compelling example of democratizing the intentions, practices, and uses of research.

    The event will also feature an activist gallery of community collaborators.

    Cosponsored by Public Science Project, Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC), Antipode Foundation, Critical Social and Environmental Psychology Program, the Doctoral Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Center for Human Environments.

    Voir aussi l’article de catherine d’Ignazio traduit en français :
    https://visionscarto.net/visualisation-donnees-feministe

    #féminisme #communauté #cartographie_radicale #cartographie_critique

  • La partita marittima di Gibilterra

    La carta inedita a colori della settimana è sullo Stretto di Gibilterra, uno dei più importanti colli di bottiglia del sistema globale dei traffici via mare. Il suo valore geostrategico è fuori discussione.

    Compresso fra le propaggini rocciose di Europa e Africa, lo Stretto è l’unico punto d’accesso naturale al Mar Mediterraneo e nel 2018 è stato solcato da oltre 80 mila imbarcazioni di ogni tipo e varietà. Già palcoscenico del confronto navale fra le principali potenze europee in età moderna, la sua rilevanza è esplosa soprattutto dopo l’apertura del Canale di Suez nel 1869, che lo elevò al rango di snodo cruciale delle rotte marittime intercorrenti fra gli oceani Atlantico, Indiano e Pacifico.

    Lo Stretto di Gibilterra è oggi dominato dalle potenze anglosassoni. La posizione preminente spetta al Regno Unito, forte della sovranità che mantiene sull’omonima Rocca. Assieme a Dover, Alessandria d’Egitto, Capo di Buona Speranza e Singapore, questa iconica fortezza in terra iberica era un tempo una delle cinque chiavi che chiudevano i domini globali di Sua Maestà britannica. Oggigiorno Gibilterra àncora la Gran Bretagna al Mediterraneo e le conserva il controllo del suo punto d’accesso occidentale, con buona pace delle sempiterne rivendicazioni spagnole.

    Lo Stretto è inoltre uno dei gangli vitali su cui si fonda l’informale impero dei mari americano. Il passaggio consente alla Superpotenza di muovere uomini e mezzi dall’Atlantico al Mediterraneo e di lì volgersi verso i teatri di crisi nordafricani, levantini e mediorientali. Le forze aeronavali degli Stati Uniti accedono e operano da Gibilterra in virtù della relazione speciale con l’alleato britannico, mentre la loro residuale impronta militare nell’adiacente territorio spagnolo (base navale a Rota e base aerea a Morón) certifica l’area prioritaria su cui insistono gli interessi europei di Washington.

    Sul versante meridionale del collo di bottiglia si collocano le due principali variabili suscettibili d’incidere sugli equilibri marittimi del passaggio.

    Primo, la crescita tumultuosa della portualità del Marocco di re Maometto VI, capace di riscrivere i rapporti di forza fra gli scali di Africa e bacino mediterraneo grazie all’affermazione del superporto di Tanger Med.

    Secondo, la crescente presenza cinese, per il momento circoscritta a corposi investimenti in tecnologia, logistica e commerci. Ma che in futuro potrebbe evolvere verso tentativi di acquisire influenza all’interno di una regione che resta cruciale per il successo dell’ambizioso progetto geopolitico di controglobalizzazione lanciato da Pechino, noto come nuove vie della seta.

    http://www.limesonline.com/carta-gibilterra-stretto-importanza-strategica-tanger-med/114448
    #Gibraltar #cartographie #visualisation #Détroit_de_Gibraltar #route_de_la_Soie #Méditerranée
    ping @reka

  • Remembering refuge. Between Sanctuary and Solidarity

    Remembering Refuge: Between Sanctuary and Solidarity is an oral history archive highlighting the stories of people from Haiti, El Salvador, and Guatemala, who crossed the Canada-US border to seek refuge.

    The borders between #Detroit and #Ontario, #New_York and #Quebec sit on the lands of the #Mwami, the #Potawatomi, the #Anishnabek, the #Peoria, the #Haudnesonee, the #Huron-Wendat, the #Mohawk, the St. Lawrence #Iroquois, and the #Abenaki.

    You are hearing a conversation between elders Ateronhiata:kon (Francis Boots) and Kanasaraken (Loran Thompson) of the Kahniakehaka (Mohawk) Nation in Akwesasne. They are sharing stories about the Canada-US border that crosses through their territories.

    https://www.rememberingrefuge.com
    #Canada #frontières #mémoire #USA #migrations #réfugiés #histoire_orale #audio #peuples_autochtones #Québec
    ping @reka

  • Crise dans le #Golfe : les enjeux géostratégiques du #détroit_d’Ormuz
    https://www.france24.com/fr/20190514-crise-golfe-enjeux-geostrategiques-detroit-ormuz-iran-oman-emirat

    Le détroit d’#Ormuz, qui permet aux navires de quitter le Golfe, est un petit bras de mer large de 50 km environ, 40 km dans sa partie la plus étroite. Ses eaux étant peu profondes (pas plus de 60 m de profondeur), les navires en provenance de l’océan Indien doivent emprunter un premier chenal de navigation entre les îles omanaises de Quoin et Ras Dobbah, en face de la péninsule du Musandam, avant de s’engager dans un chenal parsemé de trois îles : la Grande Tomb, la Petite Tomb et Abou Moussa. Ces dernières sont contrôlées par l’Iran depuis 1971, et revendiquées depuis par les Émirats arabes unis.

    C’est par ces chenaux de navigation, qui mesurent près de 3 km de largeur chacun, qu’ont transité plus de 18 millions de barils de #pétrole (brut et condensat) par jour pendant le premier semestre de 2018, soit plus de 35 % du pétrole transitant par voie maritime dans le monde, selon l’Agence d’information sur l’énergie du gouvernement américain (AIE). Un chiffre auquel il faut ajouter, selon un rapport du Service de recherches du Congrès américain, 4 millions de barils de produits pétroliers par jour, et plus de 300 millions de mètres cubes de #gaz naturel liquéfié (GNL) par jour.

    En moyenne, plus d’une trentaine de pétroliers et méthaniers quittent le Golfe par le détroit chaque jour, majoritairement en direction des pays asiatiques, notamment la Chine, le Japon, l’Inde et la Corée du Sud. Les pays de l’Union européenne et les #États-Unis figurent également parmi les clients des #pétromonarchies du Golfe. Selon les experts, une fermeture du détroit équivaudrait à retirer une dizaine de millions de barils de pétrole par jour du marché international. Par ailleurs, le détroit est également une porte d’entrée commerciale vitale pour les pays de la région, très dépendants des importations, ce qui en fait un des principaux corridors du #commerce international.

    Si ses eaux sont partagées entre la République islamique d’Iran et le sultanat d’Oman, le détroit d’Ormuz est un couloir international, et en principe tous les navires, quel que soit leur pavillon, bénéficient du droit de passage en transit, conformément à la Convention des #Nations_unies sur le droit de la mer, adoptée en 1982, et au droit international coutumier de la mer. Le Golfe est l’une des régions les plus militarisées au monde, qui concentre une grande partie des importations mondiales d’armement. De leur côté, les États-Unis disposent dans la région d’une forte présence militaire, à travers plusieurs bases hautement stratégiques. Ainsi la Ve Flotte américaine est stationnée à Bahreïn, tandis que le Qatar accueille la plus grande base aérienne américaine au #Moyen-Orient. La France, quant à elle, compte une base militaire à Abu Dhabi, dans les Émirats arabes unis. Ces derniers jours, le #Pentagone a dépêché dans la région un porte-avions, un navire de #guerre, des bombardiers B-52 et une batterie de missiles Patriot, évoquant des menaces de l’Iran ou de ses alliés contre des ressortissants ou des intérêts américains au Moyen-Orient.

  • « Actes de sabotage » contre deux pétroliers saoudiens
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2019/05/13/actes-de-sabotage-contre-deux-petroliers-saoudiens_5461284_3210.html

    Quatre navires de commerce ont été visés par des « opérations de sabotage » à proximité des eaux territoriales des Emirats arabes unis, a annoncé dimanche 12 mai le ministère des affaires étrangères émirati, ajoutant qu’il n’y a pas eu de victimes.

    L’incident s’est produit près de l’émirat du Foujeyrah, situé à la sortie du détroit d’Ormuz, voie maritime vitale pour le commerce du pétrole.

    Le ministre de l’énergie saoudien a déploré lundi que deux navires pétroliers saoudiens aient été victimes de « sabotage » et menacé la sécurité des livraisons de pétrole mondiales.

    Dans un communiqué transmis par l’agence de presse officielle saoudienne SPA, Khalid Al-Falih a expliqué que cette attaque n’avait fait aucune victime ni provoqué de déversement de pétrole. Des dommages importants ont été causés à la structure de l’un des deux navires, a-t-il précisé.

    Les Emirats n’ont fourni aucun détail sur la nature de ces actes de sabotage ni sur le pavillon des bâtiments visés. On ne dispose à ce stade d’aucune information sur les auteurs des ces « sabotages ». Aucune précision n’a pu être obtenue auprès du commandement de la 5e flotte américaine, basée au Bahreïn. « Soumettre des navires de commerce à des opérations de sabotage et menacer les vies des équipages est un développement dangereux », déclarait le ministère émirati dans un communiqué repris dimanche par l’agence de presse officielle WAM.

    • la dépêche Reuters initiale (le texte du Monde), 12/05 17h49, MàJ, 13/05 7h18 :

      UAE says four vessels subjected to ’sabotage’ near Fujairah port - Reuters
      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-emirates-fujairah-port-shipping-idUSKCN1SI0EG

      Four commercial vessels were targeted by “sabotage operations” near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates without causing casualties, the foreign ministry said on Sunday, without giving details of the nature of the sabotage.

      The incident occurred near the UAE emirate of Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs which lies just outside the Strait of Hormuz, the ministry said in a statement.

      Trading and industry sources said operations at Fujairah port ran smoothly on Sunday.

      The strait, a vital global oil and gas shipping route, separates the Gulf states and Iran, which has been embroiled in an escalating war of words with the United States over U.S. sanctions and the U.S. military’s regional presence.

      Subjecting commercial vessels to sabotage operations and threatening the lives of their crew is considered a dangerous development,” according to the statement that was carried by state news agency WAM.

      The statement, which did not identify the vessels beyond saying they were of various nationalities, said the incident did not result in spills. The UAE did not blame any country or other party for the operation.

      Regional tensions have increased, with Washington saying it was sending a U.S. aircraft carrier and other forces to the Middle East due to what it said were Iranian threats, while Tehran has called the U.S. military presence “a target” rather than a threat.

      The U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet told Reuters it was aware of the UAE report but referred queries to the UAE authorities.

    • Un état antérieur de la dépêche (cf. chronologie relative) disparu depuis indiquait :
      UPDATE 1-UAE emirate of Fujairah denies media reports about blasts at Fujairah port

      cf. l’url du 3ème des liens ci-dessus :
      https://www.reuters.com/article/emirates-fujairah-port-shipping/update-1-uae-emirate-of-fujairah-denies-media-reports-about-blasts-at-fujai

    • État actuel de la dépêche (7h09), complétée par :

      Saudi Arabia says two Saudi oil tankers attacked near UAE waters - Reuters
      https://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-oil-tankers-fujairah-idUSKCN1SJ088

      Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said in a statement that one of the two Saudi vessels attacked was on its way to be loaded with Saudi crude from Ras Tanura port for delivery to state-owned Saudi Aramco’s customers in the United States.

      The attack did not lead to any casualties or an oil spill but caused significant damage to the structures of the two vessels, said the statement carried on state news agency SPA.

      Trading and shipping sources identified the Saudi vessels as Bahri-owned very large crude carrier (VLCC) tanker Amjad and crude tanker Al Marzoqah. National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri) did not respond to a request for comment.

      Falih said the attack aimed to undermine maritime freedom and “security of oil supplies to consumers all over the world”.

      The international community has a joint responsibility to protect the safety of maritime navigation and the security of oil tankers, to mitigate against the adverse consequences of such incidents on energy markets and the danger they pose to the global economy,” he said.

      The U.S. Maritime Administration said in an advisory on Sunday that the incidents off Fujairah, one of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, have not been confirmed and urged caution when transiting the area. It said “the precise means of attack or sabotage is unknown”.

      On est sûr de rien, mais faites gaffe !

    • Amjad, à l’ancre à lège depuis le 2 mai, après un voyage Tianjin (11/04) - Fujairah (02/05)
      (indiqué par l’infobulle)

      Al Marzoqah, à l’ancre à lège, un peu plus au sud, après un voyage Yanbu (25/04) - Fujairah (07/05)
      (à la latitude de Global Project, à côté du navire bleu faisant route au nord)

      On notera qu’il y a pas mal de monde à l’ancre, en attente de chargement (les navires représentés par des marques rondes, les rouges sont des pétroliers)

      copie d’écran MarineTraffic

    • Explosions dans le port ? qui «  fonctionne normalement  » ?

      What happened in Fujairah ? Were there explosions and fire ? – Maritime Bulletin
      https://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/12/what-happened-in-fujairah-were-there-explosions-and-fire

      Contradictory and confusing news on a very major accident in Fujairah, UAE, Gulf of Oman, started to circulate since afternoon May 12, claiming that there were several explosions in Fujairah port area, and that as a result, at least seven tankers were set on fire. UAE officials condemned these rumors as “fake news”, insisting that nothing happened, and that the port is working without any accidents of any kind, let alone series of explosions and fires.

      Later though, UAE admits there were accidents, describing them as “acts of sabotage”. In the evening UAE media Emirates News Agency published official press-release:

      ABU DHABI, 12th May, 2019 (WAM) — Four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage operations today, 12th May, near UAE territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, MOFAIC, has announced.
      The Ministry said that the concerned authorities have taken all necessary measures, and are investigating the incident in cooperation with local and international bodies.
      It said that there had been no injuries or fatalities on board the vessels and that there had been no spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel.

      http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302762084

      Iranian PRESS TV claimed it identified tankers hit by explosions:
      Despite the UAE government’s denial, witnesses have emphasized that the blasts have taken place and some media sources have even went further, identifying a number of oil tankers hit by the explosions by their hull numbers as follows:
      Crude oil tanker AMJAD, IMO 9779800, dwt 300000, built 2017, flag Saudi Arabia.
      Crude oil tanker AL MARZOQAH, IMO 9165762, dwt 105084, built 1999, flag Saudi Arabia.
      Product tanker MIRAJ, IMO 9394741, dwt 7414, built 2007, flag Dominica.
      Product tanker A MICHEL, IMO 9177674, dwt 6711, built 2007, flag UAE..
      Product tanker FNSA 10, IMO 9432074, dwt 6453, built 2007, flag UAE.
      https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/05/12/595783/UAE-fujairah-sabotage-vessel

      Among allegedly struck tankers are one VLCC, one Aframax and three small tankers, most probably bunkering tankers.

      What happened exactly, how bad were explosions and fire, if there were any, and what definition “act of sabotage” means, how much true is indeed, the whole story, is so far anyone’s guess.

      At least three of abovementioned tankers, including VLCC and Aframax, are on the AIS, live, no interruptions. There are no auxiliary, or rescue, or fire, boats near them.

      Apparently, if there were “acts of sabotage” on or near at least three tankers listed above, first of all VLCC and Aframax, it didn’t happen in port, but on outer anchorage, so news on port being on fire, immersed in dense smoke, can be considered as fake news.

    • Plus tôt, Al Mayadeen, repris par Sputnik, annonçaient des explosions dans le port et la mention de survol d’avions français et états-uniens,…

      Des médias annoncent une série d’explosions dans un port émirati, les autorités démentent - Sputnik France
      https://fr.sputniknews.com/international/201905121041082126-port-emirati-fujairah-explosions-petroliers-feu

      Selon la chaîne de télévision al-Mayadeen, qui se réfère à des médias locaux, une série d’explosions a retenti ce dimanche 12 mai dans un port émirati de Fujaïrah. Le porte-parole des autorités locales a pourtant démenti ces informations, en affirmant que le port fonctionnait normalement.

      Plusieurs explosions puissantes ont retenti ce dimanche matin 12 mai dans le port de Fujairah, aux Émirats Arabes Unis, a annoncé la chaîne de télévision al-Mayadeen en se référant à des médias locaux. De sept à dix pétroliers seraient embrasés.

      Selon l’agence Mehr, des explosions se sont produites dans le port de Fujaïrah entre 4 et 7 heures du matin.

      Selon des témoins cités par le média, des avions de guerre américains et français survolaient le port au moment des explosions.

      Néanmoins, le porte-parole des autorités locales a démenti les informations diffusées par les médias qui faisaient état de plusieurs explosions.

      Puis Sputnik reprenait le communiqué des EAU

      Les Émirats informent que 4 bateaux ont été victimes de sabotage près de leurs côtes - Sputnik France
      https://fr.sputniknews.com/international/201905121041092056-emirats-arabes-unis-sabotage-bateaux

      Quatre navires de commerce ont été visés par des « opérations de sabotage » près des eaux territoriales des Émirats arabes unis, annonce la diplomatie du pays précisant qu’il n’y a pas eu de victimes.
      […]
      Plus tôt dans la journée, la chaîne de télévision al-Mayadeen a fait état de plusieurs explosions puissantes dans le port. Selon l’agence Mehr, des explosions se sont produites entre 4 et 7 heures du matin. Citant des témoins, le média a en outre affirmé que des avions de guerre américains et français survolaient le port au moment des explosions. Par la suite, le service de presse du gouvernement de l’émirat de Fujaïrah a démenti ces informations.

    • https://www.presstv.com/DetailFr/2019/05/13/595812/ptroliers-iran-golfe-persique-brut-bourse-mirats-arabes-unis-explosion

      La diplomatie iranienne a jugé inquiétant et regrettable l’incident survenu au port de Fujaïra aux EAU sur lequel elle demande l’ouverture d’une enquête.

      Le porte-parole de la diplomatie iranienne a demandé qu’on fasse toute la lumière sur les explosions qui se sont produites, dimanche 12 mai, à l’intérieur du port de Fujaïrah des Émirats arabes unis et qui ont détruit sept à dix pétroliers.

    • Actes de « sabotage » contre des navires de commerce au large des Emirats
      Reuters13 mai 2019 (Maher Chmaytelli et Alexander Cornwell, avec Rania El Gamal à Dubaï et Babak Dehghanpisheh à Genève ; Henri-Pierre André et Jean Terzian pour le service français)
      https://fr.news.yahoo.com/actes-sabotage-contre-des-navires-commerce-au-large-044507526.html

      (...) Dans un communiqué transmis par l’agence de presse officielle saoudienne SPA, Khalid al-Falih a indiqué que cette attaque n’avait fait aucune victime ni provoqué de déversement de pétrole. Des dommages importants ont été causés à la structure de l’un des deux navires, a-t-il précisé.

      Les Emirats n’ont fourni aucun détail sur la nature de ces actes de sabotage ni sur le pavillon des bâtiments visés. On ne dispose à ce stade d’aucune information sur les auteurs des ces « sabotages ». Aucune précision n’a pu être obtenue auprès du commandement de la Ve Flotte américaine, basée au Bahreïn.

      « Soumettre des navires de commerce à des opérations de sabotage et menacer les vies des équipages est un développement dangereux », déclarait le ministère émirati dans un communiqué repris dimanche par l’agence officielle de presse WAM.

      L’incident est survenu dans une phase d’escalade des tensions dans cette région du Golfe, où l’armée américaine a déployé des moyens militaires supplémentaires face à ce que Washington qualifie de menace iranienne.

      Sur Twitter, le député iranien Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, qui préside la commission parlementaire de la Sécurité nationale, a estimé que ces explosions démontraient que la sécurité des Etats du Golfe est aussi fragile que « du verre ».

    • Bon, pas beaucoup de nouvelles précisions, mais quand même deux vidéos tournées sur place aujourd’hui dont il ressort clairement, surtout de la première, qu’il s’est bien produit quelque chose qui ressemble à des attaques. «  Sabotage  » ne semble pas du tout adapté. Ce sont des reportages de RT en arabe (à 18h aujourd’hui) et de Sky News en arabe.

      What happened in Fujairah ? Were there explosions and fire ? May 13 VIDEOS – Maritime Bulletin
      (version mise à jour par rapport à ce matin cf. supra)
      https://maritimebulletin.net/2019/05/12/what-happened-in-fujairah-were-there-explosions-and-fire

      Video showing damaged, listed tanker A MICHELL, and Norwegian tanker ANDREA VICTORY stern hull breach.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxPjdMaRJP4

      On y parle de 4 navires (je ne comprends que quelques bribes)
      Le A Michell avec une légère gîte sur tribord et le Andrea Victory avec une nette perforation de son tableau arrière, le choc ayant provoqué le décrochement du O du nom du navire… À 2’00" on entrevoie la poupe d’un navire sous pavillon des ÉAU dont on ne peut distinguer le nom, masqué sous le bandeau et qui arbore à une drisse le pavillon Bravo (drapeau rouge) indiquant qu’il charge ou décharge des matières dangereuses, apparemment sur rade et non à quai à l’aide probablement du navire voisin qu’on entrevoit sur la droite

      Dans la 2ème vidéo, le reporter est filmé devant la proue du Al Marzoqah dont le flanc bâbord porte des traces de choc ou d’éraflure dont l’article suppose qu’elles peuvent résulter de l’attaque. On ne voit malheureusement aucun autre point de vue.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHeijlXM3uI

      (note pour @gonzo, l’accent du reporter me paraît nettement plus compréhensible, en tous cas, j’en comprends un tout petit plus que dans la première)

    • Ici CBS News, reprenant les images du Al Marzoqah par Sky News, parle d’une explosion l’ayant endommagé sans traces apparentes et mentionne un autre navire attaqué par un objet flottant, ce qui correspond très exactement à ce que l’on peut voir du A Michell dans la vidéo de RT.

      CBS News parlent aussi de méchants ill wishers, sans autre précision…

      Iran news : « Sabotage attacks » on Saudi Arabia oil tankers near Fujairah port in UAE stoke fear of US-Iran conflict today - Live Updates - CBS News
      https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iran-news-saudi-arabia-sabotage-oil-tankers-fujairah-uae-fears-us-iran-conf

      (pas de lien externe vers la vidéo)

  • 30.2 Mixed by Snooba
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/ftp/30-2-mixed-by-snooba

    Now dreams rise over like the wind and shine so easily But time falls quickly, and worries fall away so slowly. So let the rage of your fears dance around and under your legs. For the world is falling asleep, calling for the colors of their dreams.

    Broadcasted on radio Panik (Brussels-Be)

    radio Grenouille (Marseille) Canal B (Rennes-Fr) C’rock (Vienne-Fr) Diversité FM (Dijon-Fr) LNFM (LLN-Be) You FM (Mons-Be) Woot (Marseille) Campus FM (Toulouse-FR)

    #detroit #techno #electro #house #religion #acid #deep #spiritualité #deep_techno #minimal #detroit,techno,electro,house,religion,acid,deep,spiritualité,deep_techno,minimal
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/ftp/30-2-mixed-by-snooba_06533__1.mp3

  • El Ejército desplegará en el Estrecho drones Predator comprados a EEUU para vigilar las pateras

    El Ejército del Aire pondrá a prueba sus nuevos drones ’Predator B’, que recibirá este verano, en el Estrecho de Gibraltar. La misión: vigilar la llegada de pateras y narcolanchas a la provincia de #Cádiz.

    España recibirá este verano los tres primeros drones ‘#Predator-B’ comprados a Estados Unidos. El Ejército del Aire, que se hará cargo de ellos, ya tiene una misión encomendada: la vigilancia de las aguas del Estrecho para suplir la falta de medios en la lucha contra el tráfico de personas y estupefacientes.

    El Ejército del Aire tiene previsto utilizar los drones ‘Predator-B’ que va a recibir en los próximos meses en misiones de vigilancia del Estrecho de Gibraltar. Los aparatos, que tendrán su base estable en Talavera la Real (Badajoz), operarán en el Golfo de Cádiz. Así lo admiten a OKDIARIO fuentes militares próximas a la gestión de estos sistemas.

    Una de las primeras tareas para las que se utilizarán estos aviones no tripulados será la lucha contra la inmigración ilegal en aguas del Estrecho. Los medios que tiene a su disposición ahora mismo la Guardia Civil son insuficientes y, a pocos meses de que comience la temporada de pateras, no se han registrado mejoras por parte del Ministerio del Interior. Se espera un verano ‘caliente’, “posiblemente más que el anterior” indican fuentes de la seguridad del Estado.

    El despliegue de estos drones en el Estrecho será la primera misión que se les encomiende a las tripulaciones del Ejército del Aire encargadas de los Predator. Llevan años acudiendo a formarse a bases militares en Estados Unidos.

    La vigilancia del Estrecho, explican fuentes militares a OKDIARIO, servirá “para poner en práctica todo lo aprendido” durante el proceso de formación de los operadores. Los aparatos serán operados desde puestos situados en la base de #Talavera_la_Real. “Además de familiarizarse con su uso, prestarán un servicio muy necesario”, explican. Se calcula que podrían estar operativos en el último tramo de 2019.

    Tecnología punta

    Los nuevos drones del Ejército del Aire, uno de los modelos más avanzados de cuantos hay en servicio en todo el mundo, han costado unos 216 millones de euros. En el paquete va incluido un sistema de cámaras para vigilancia y un potente radar de largo alcance. Tienen capacidad para ir armados con misiles, pero los que ha adquirido España aún no tienen esa capacidad.

    El preso de los ‘Predator B’ supera las dos toneladas –sin carga extra- y tienen una envergadura de punta a punta de 20 metros. Pueden volar a velocidades de alrededor de 400 kilómetros por hora durante unas 14 horas. Eso les permite cubrir distancias de cerca de 2.000 kilómetros. Suficiente para operar con flexibilidad en el Estrecho.

    Los Predator trabajarán en misiones de vigilancia junto con los aviones de patrulla marítima ‘#P.3_Orión’ que las Fuerzas Armadas llevan años utilizando en el Estrecho.

    Los ‘P.3 Orión’ son capaces de volar durante más de doce horas ininterrumpidas y disponen de una red de sensores capaces de localizar a una pequeña embarcación –como una patera- a kilómetros de distancia. Incluso de noche o con condiciones meteorológicas extremas.


    https://okdiario.com/espana/ejercito-desplegara-estrecho-drones-predator-comprados-eeuu-vigilar-patera
    #militarisation_des_frontières #Méditerranée #Espagne #drones #asile #migrations #réfugiés #fermeture_des_frontières #frontières #complexe_militaro-industriel #armée #surveillance #Détroit_de_Gibraltar

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • Une œuvre murale commandée par la Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project à l’artiste Marvin Berbohm alors qu’il avait 28 ans, et destinée à décorer un des murs de la section technologique de la bibliothèque publique de détroit.

    « Automotive Industrie », 1940 - Marvin Berbohm (1908-1981)
    National Portrait Gallery, Washington.

    #Art #Peinture #États-Unis

  • Border Patrol arrests on the rise in #Detroit sector of northern US border

    Arrests of undocumented immigrants have jumped over the last two years in the Detroit sector of the northern U.S. border.

    According to U.S. Border Patrol statistics, there were 1,930 arrests in FY 2018 (October 1st through September 30). That’s more than two and one half times the number from two years earlier and the three years before that. About two thirds of those arrested in FY 2018 were from Mexico.

    “The Detroit sector encompasses 863 miles of international border with Canada,” said Kristoffer Grogan, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Michigan. “So our area of responsibility starts on the northern side of Lake Superior and goes all the way down to just outside of Cleveland.”

    According to Grogan, Detroit sector Border Patrol has arrested 633 undocumented immigrants so far in FY 2019, from October 1, 2018 through February 28, 2019.

    “Over the past few years we’ve enhanced our border security operations through better information-sharing, whether that be with our local law enforcement partners or even our Canadian partners to the North,” said Grogan.

    Grogan said other reasons for the more recent increase in arrests are more border patrol agents and technologies like remote surveillance cameras.

    Grogan said the number of arrests in the Detroit sector have fluctuated significantly over the last two decades, with arrests in the early 2000’s slightly higher than last year’s.

    Border patrol arrests of undocumented immigrants in the Detroit sector are a tiny fraction of such arrests nationwide. In FY 2018, there were almost 4 million arrests made at the Southwest border. That compares to 4,316 at the Northern border, of which 1,930 were from the Detroit sector.

    https://www.michiganradio.org/post/border-patrol-arrests-rise-detroit-sector-northern-us-border
    #Canada #frontières #USA #Etats-Unis #réfugiés #asile #migrations #statistiques #chiffres #Michigan

  • Fade to Pleasure 15.2
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/ftp/fade-to-pleasure-15-2-

    Fragments of melody and memory orchestrated into densely layered tapestries; a deeply emotional study on a life characterised by a shifting relationship to electronics. hostex & Mixed by Snooba- From Brussels with Love !

    #mix #detroit #indie #letfield #deep_snooba #mix,detroit,indie,letfield,deep_snooba
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/ftp/fade-to-pleasure-15-2-_05952__1.mp3

  • Fade to Pleasure 14.2
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/ftp/fade-to-pleasure-14-2-

    Even breaking atoms collapsing everything And lowering yourself back to earth Tonight inches equal aeons Here in this place Where no one ever goesI watch the universe crushIn my palm I witnessthe strength of megallactic clouds I am alive Because I snatched only the essence of the galaxies bleeding your skin is perfect

    DJ Dash Stories of my heart ache J Dilla Won’t Do (Instrumental) Takeleave Away From Here Edamame Where We Started Subjoi Paradise feat Adam Emil Subjoi Hold On Das Carma Die Vision (Original Mix) PQM The Flying Song (Ivan James Remix) Das Carma Right By Your Side (Original Mix) Ethiopian Chyld At Peace Will Saul By Your Side (Original Mix) Emilie Nana I Rise (Danny Krivit Extended Vocal Dub Edit) Flamingo Pier Find Your Way (Earthboogie Remix) Zaid 24 Hours

    David (...)

    #detroit #Snooba #deep #hop #downtempo #trip #ether #breakbeats #detroit,Snooba,deep,hop,downtempo,trip,ether,breakbeats
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/ftp/fade-to-pleasure-14-2-_05933__1.mp3

  • Chassé
    http://www.radiopanik.org/emissions/mix-delivery/chasse-

    Another great music year is ending and Good bumpin present a penultimate guest mix on the series for this year recorded by the DJ / producing duo Chassé based in Liège, Belgium with releases on the infamous Rose Records, Night Shift Records and Big Bait Records. Chassé music taste is a blend of genres with hypnotical groove, jazz and music may be on the way between #chicago and #detroit. For this episode, the boys take us for a one hour journey of #deep cuts mixed strictly on vinyl, enjoy the ride and stay tuned !

    #idm #detroit,idm,deep,chicago
    http://www.radiopanik.org/media/sounds/mix-delivery/chasse-_05825__1.mp3

  • Photo Essay : Written on Glass – Detroit ’67 - Failed Architecture

    https://failedarchitecture.com/photo-essay-written-on-glass-detroit-67

    Grâce à @unagi je découvre ce site fantastique, et notamment cet article sur #detroit

    Insurrection. Rebellion. Revolution. Uprising. Riot.

    In the Detroit Historical Society’s Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibit, these terms were provided as possible answers to the question: “What word do you use to describe the events of July 1967?” Yet one word alone cannot define, enclose or master the force unleashed in the early hours of Sunday 23rd July, when police raided an unlicensed after-hours bar at the corner of Clairmont and 12th, where a crowd was celebrating the return of two local Vietnam War veterans. Although raids on “blind pigs” (as they were called) were a regular occurrence, the unusual distress of the crowd alerted neighbours who began to surround the police wagon and challenge their attempts at making arrests. As officers continued to apprehend people, and more bystanders joined the turmoil, aggression between police and protestors escalated, and tension began to spread throughout the city.

    #photographie #architecture #plannification_urbaine

    • In its final section, the piece reveals the traces of “soul”, a code or protective password used by black business owners to signal solidarity with protestors in order to preserve the integrity of their buildings. During their silent surveillance, the police managed to photograph the word “soul” written on glass storefront windows across Detroit. Registered, reiterated and distributed by the police itself through their surveillance operations, “soul” enters inconspicuously into the institutional archive. These reiterations of “soul” function as landmarks of a different territory, independent from the “protective” powers of the police. “Soul” as the path of a different sort of power.

      #soul ou #soul_bro

  • Le cauchemar
    http://liminaire.fr/palimpseste/article/le-cauchemar

    Devant cette #Peinture j’avais déduit que le monde était réel et c’est pourquoi je m’enfuyais, car qui sait ce qui arrivera si nous pensons vérité en entrant dans un musée. En fait, j’avais peur de suivre l’image jusqu’à l’endroit où elle sort pour atteindre le réel, posée contre lui comme un modèle. Il me semblait que je mourrais si mon #Regard ne pouvait rien voir, ou s’il ne me permettait pas de montrer ce que je voyais aux autres, laissant l’intérieur accessible à tant d’échos, une giclée au hasard se (...)

    #Palimpseste / #Art, Peinture, #Récit, #Detroit, #États-Unis, Regard, #Rêve, #Poésie, #Ville, #Paysage, #Solitude

  • #Google_Maps Says ‘the East Cut’ Is a Real Place. Locals Aren’t So Sure.

    For decades, the district south of downtown and alongside #San_Francisco Bay here was known as either #Rincon_Hill, #South_Beach or #South_of_Market. This spring, it was suddenly rebranded on Google Maps to a name few had heard: the #East_Cut.

    The peculiar moniker immediately spread digitally, from hotel sites to dating apps to Uber, which all use Google’s map data. The name soon spilled over into the physical world, too. Real-estate listings beckoned prospective tenants to the East Cut. And news organizations referred to the vicinity by that term.

    “It’s degrading to the reputation of our area,” said Tad Bogdan, who has lived in the neighborhood for 14 years. In a survey of 271 neighbors that he organized recently, he said, 90 percent disliked the name.

    The swift rebranding of the roughly 170-year-old district is just one example of how Google Maps has now become the primary arbiter of place names. With decisions made by a few Google cartographers, the identity of a city, town or neighborhood can be reshaped, illustrating the outsize influence that Silicon Valley increasingly has in the real world.

    The #Detroit neighborhood now regularly called #Fishkorn (pronounced FISH-korn), but previously known as #Fiskhorn (pronounced FISK-horn)? That was because of Google Maps. #Midtown_South_Central in #Manhattan? That was also given life by Google Maps.

    Yet how Google arrives at its names in maps is often mysterious. The company declined to detail how some place names came about, though some appear to have resulted from mistakes by researchers, rebrandings by real estate agents — or just outright fiction.

    In #Los_Angeles, Jeffrey Schneider, a longtime architect in the #Silver_Lake_area, said he recently began calling the hill he lived on #Silver_Lake_Heights in ads for his rental apartment downstairs, partly as a joke. Last year, Silver Lake Heights also appeared on Google Maps.

    “Now for every real-estate listing in this neighborhood, they refer to it,” he said. “You see a name like that on a map and you believe it.”

    Before the internet era, neighborhood names developed via word of mouth, newspaper articles and physical maps that were released periodically. But Google Maps, which debuted in 2005, is updated continuously and delivered to more than one billion people on their devices. Google also feeds map data to thousands of websites and apps, magnifying its influence.

    In May, more than 63 percent of people who accessed a map on a smartphone or tablet used Google Maps, versus 19.4 percent for the Chinese internet giant Alibaba’s maps and 5.5 percent for Apple Maps, according to comScore, which tracks web traffic.

    Google said it created its maps from third-party data, public sources, satellites and, often most important, users. People can submit changes, which are reviewed by Google employees. A Google spokeswoman declined further comment.

    Yet some submissions are ruled upon by people with little local knowledge of a place, such as contractors in India, said one former Google Maps employee, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak publicly. Other users with a history of accurate changes said their updates to maps take effect instantly.

    Many of Google’s decisions have far-reaching consequences, with the maps driving increased traffic to quiet neighborhoods and once almost provoking an international incident in 2010 after it misrepresented the boundary between Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

    The service has also disseminated place names that are just plain puzzling. In #New_York, #Vinegar_Hill_Heights, #Midtown_South_Central (now #NoMad), #BoCoCa (for the area between Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens), and #Rambo (Right Around the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) have appeared on and off in Google Maps.

    Matthew Hyland, co-owner of New York’s Emily and Emmy Squared pizzerias, who polices Google Maps in his spare time, said he considered those all made-up names, some of which he deleted from the map. Other obscure neighborhood names gain traction because of Google’s endorsement, he said. Someone once told him they lived in Stuyvesant Heights, “and then I looked at Google Maps and it was there. And I was like, ‘What? No. Come on,’” he said.

    In Detroit, some residents have been baffled by Google’s map of their city, which is blanketed with neighborhood monikers like NW Goldberg, Fishkorn and the Eye. Those names have been on Google Maps since at least 2012.

    Timothy Boscarino, a Detroit city planner, traced Google’s use of those names to a map posted online around 2002 by a few locals. Google almost identically copied that map’s neighborhoods and boundaries, he said — down to its typos. One result was that Google transposed the k and h for the district known as Fiskhorn, making it Fishkorn.

    A former Detroit city planner, Arthur Mullen, said he created the 2002 map as a side project and was surprised his typos were now distributed widely. He said he used old books and his local knowledge to make the map, approximating boundaries at times and inserting names with tenuous connections to neighborhoods, hoping to draw feedback.

    “I shouldn’t be making a mistake and 20 years later people are having to live with it,” Mr. Mullen said.

    He admitted some of his names were questionable, such as the Eye, a 60-block patch next to a cemetery on Detroit’s outskirts. He said he thought he spotted the name in a document, but was unsure which one. “Do I have my research materials from doing this 18 years ago? No,” he said.

    Now, local real-estate listings, food-delivery sites and locksmith ads use Fishkorn and the Eye. Erik Belcarz, an optometrist from nearby Novi, Mich., named his new publishing start-up Fishkorn this year after seeing the name on Google Maps.

    “It rolls off the tongue,” he said.

    Detroit officials recently canvassed the community to make an official map of neighborhoods. That exercise fixed some errors, like Fiskhorn (though Fishkorn remains on Google Maps). But for many districts where residents were unsure of the history, authorities relied largely on Google. The Eye and others are now part of that official map.

    In San Francisco, the East Cut name originated from a neighborhood nonprofit group that residents voted to create in 2015 to clean and secure the area. The nonprofit paid $68,000 to a “brand experience design company” to rebrand the district.

    Andrew Robinson, executive director of the nonprofit, now called the East Cut Community Benefit District (and previously the Greater Rincon Hill Community Benefit District), said the group’s board rejected names like Grand Narrows and Central Hub. Instead they chose the East Cut, partly because it referenced an 1869 construction project to cut through nearby Rincon Hill. The nonprofit then paid for streetlight banners and outfitted street cleaners with East Cut apparel.

    But it wasn’t until Google Maps adopted the name this spring that it got attention — and mockery.

    “The East Cut sounds like a 17 dollar sandwich,” Menotti Minutillo, an Uber engineer who works on the neighborhood’s border, said on Twitter in May.

    Mr. Robinson said his team asked Google to add the East Cut to its maps. A Google spokeswoman said employees manually inserted the name after verifying it through public sources. The company’s San Francisco offices are in the neighborhood (as is The New York Times bureau), and one of the East Cut nonprofit’s board members is a Google employee.

    Google Maps has also validated other little-known San Francisco neighborhoods. Balboa Hollow, a roughly 50-block district north of Golden Gate Park, trumpets on its website that it is a distinct neighborhood. Its proof? Google Maps.

    “Don’t believe us?” its website asks. “Well, we’re on the internet; so we must be real.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/technology/google-maps-neighborhood-names.html
    #toponymie

  • Trump’s War of Words With Iran Shines Spotlight on Vital Oil Route
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-23/trump-war-of-words-with-iran-shines-spotlight-on-vital-oil-route

    Comment acheminer le pétrole du Moyen-Orient en se passant du #détroit_d'Ormuz

    The war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and his counterpart in Iran over oil exports and sanctions is shining a spotlight on the narrow, twisting conduit for about 30 percent of the world’s seaborne-traded crude.

    The Middle East’s biggest oil exporters rely on the #Strait_of_Hormuz, the passage linking the Persian Gulf with global waterways, for the vast majority of their crude shipments — some 17.5 million barrels a day.

    Should a regional conflict block that bottleneck, three of the largest Gulf Arab crude producers have pipeline networks that would potentially enable them to export as much as 4.1 million barrels via alternative outlets, according to Bloomberg calculations. Even so, this amount of oil, if sent by pipeline, would be less than a quarter of the total that typically sails on tankers through Hormuz.

  • Indonesia, India to develop strategic Indian Ocean port | Reuters
    https://www.reuters.com/article/indonesia-india/indonesia-india-to-develop-strategic-indian-ocean-port-idUSL3N1T11XL

    Indonesia and India pledged on Wednesday to step up defence and maritime cooperation, with plans to develop a strategic Indonesian naval port in the Indian Ocean, the leaders of the two countries said after meeting in Jakarta.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss, among other issues, developing infrastructure and an economic zone at #Sabang, on the tip of Sumatra island and at the mouth of the #Malacca_Strait, one of the busiest shipping channels for global trade.

    “India is a strategic defence partner...and we will continue to advance our cooperation in developing infrastructure, including at #Sabang_Island and the #Andaman Islands,” Widodo told a news conference after the meeting at the presidential palace.

    #détroit_de_Malacca

  • Le premier voyage sur la route du #pont_de_Crimée en vidéo - Sputnik France
    https://fr.sputniknews.com/russie/201805141036358517-pont-crimee-video

    (trajet aller et retour…)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4vHWZw6tug

    Les travaux de construction finis, la route du pont de Crimée est désormais ouverte aux automobilistes. La vidéo du premier voyage a été publiée sur le Web par un habitant de #Kertch.
    Un habitant de Kertch a partagé sur la Toile une vidéo montrant la circulation sur la route du pont de Crimée.

    Même si ça a l’air tout temporaire (visiblement, circulation alternée sur une voie…) depuis hier, 13 mai, on peut franchir le #détroit_de_Kertch en voiture. Et le conducteur en est tout excité :

    ура, ура ! #Слава_России

    C’est l’hystérie ! (en tous cas, celle du conducteur)

  • City of #Detroit resuming brutal policy of mass water shutoffs - World Socialist Web Site

    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2018/04/05/detr-a05.html

    City of Detroit resuming brutal policy of mass water shutoffs
    By Debra Watson
    5 April 2018

    More than 17,000 Detroit households face having their water turned off as the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) resumes mass water service shutoffs to city homes this month. Since the Detroit municipal bankruptcy devastated city workers’ pensions and jobs in 2014, the DWSD has issued water shutoff notices to over 100,000 residences.

    Between 2014 and 2017 Detroit saw more than one in seven of its 677,000 residents lose access to running water.

    Because cold weather prohibits the smooth and cost-effective execution of water shutoffs, the annual culling waits for the spring thaw. Homrich Wrecking, a private contractor hired by the city to turn off water at the street, or rip out water connections when warranted, has just had their contract extended by the Detroit City Council to 2021, an indication that no one among the city’s officialdom expects this annual horror to end any time soon.

    #eau #pauvreté