• Covid-19 dans le monde : un comité de l’OMS opposé à la mise en place d’un passeport vaccinal
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/04/19/covid-19-dans-le-monde-un-comite-de-l-oms-oppose-a-la-mise-en-place-d-un-pas

    Covid-19 dans le monde : un comité de l’OMS opposé à la mise en place d’un passeport vaccinal ;Les experts mandatés par l’organisation onusienne pointent notamment « l’inégalité persistante en matière de distribution mondiale des vaccins ».Alors que la pandémie de Covid-19 continue de sévir dans de nombreux pays, la vaccination semble une étape indispensable à la sortie de crise. L’accès aux vaccins reste toutefois inégalitaire à travers le monde.Si, dans certains Etats, un quart de la population a pu recevoir une dose, cette proportion chute à une personne sur 500 dans des pays pauvres, a regretté, lundi 19 avril, le directeur de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
    Face à cette « tragédie qu’est l’inégalité vaccinale », la fondation de la militante écologiste Greta Thunberg a annoncé qu’elle allait verser 100 000 euros au mécanisme Covax pour « acheter des vaccins contre le Covid-19, dans le cadre de l’effort mondial vers un accès équitable aux vaccins des personnes les plus à risques ».Une quinzaine de pays dans le monde n’ont pas commencé à vacciner, la majorité en Afrique (Tanzanie, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, Burundi...). Ces pays concentrent environ 2,5 % de la population mondiale.Le comité d’urgence de l’OMS sur la pandémie s’est, quant à lui, prononcé contre la mise en place d’un passeport vaccinal obligatoire pour les voyageurs internationaux. Une décision que ses membres justifient par « les preuves limitées [bien que croissantes] sur la réduction de la transmission » et « étant donné l’inégalité persistante en matière de distribution mondiale des vaccins ».
    « Les Etats parties sont vivement encouragés à reconnaître que l’exigence d’une preuve de vaccination peut aggraver les inégalités et favoriser une liberté de circulation différenciée », ont-ils fait valoir.De nombreux pays sont en train de réfléchir à la mise en place d’un passeport sanitaire pour les voyages, mais aussi pour d’autres activités, même si cette idée suscite de vives critiques et des inquiétudes concernant à la fois de possibles discriminations, mais aussi des doutes sur la protection des données privées.L’Union européenne (UE), notamment, a présenté son projet à ce sujet, la Chine a déjà lancé sa version, tandis que les compagnies aériennes y travaillent également. Aux Etats-Unis, la Maison Blanche a affirmé, au début d’avril qu’elle n’imposerait pas de passeport sanitaire, tout en soulignant que le secteur privé était libre d’avancer vers cette idée.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#passeportvaccinal#OMS#sante#circulation#frontiere#UE#etatsunis#chine

  • Covid-19 : Emmanuel Macron réaffirme l’objectif de « lever les restrictions début mai »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2021/04/18/covid-19-macron-reaffirme-l-objectif-de-lever-les-restrictions-debut-mai_607

    Le 31 mars, Emmanuel Macron avait annoncé aux Français le retour du confinement pour une durée de quatre semaines. Le chef de l’Etat a confirmé, dimanche 18 avril, que la réouverture du pays ne serait pas reportée malgré une situation sanitaire toujours tendue, avec plus de 35 000 nouveaux cas recensés samedi et près de 5 900 malades dans les services de réanimation des hôpitaux. « Nous allons progressivement lever les restrictions début mai », a déclaré M. Macron dans un entretien accordé à l’émission « Face the Nation », sur la chaîne de télévision américaine CBS.
    Cet engagement intervient alors que des doutes émergent au sommet de l’Etat sur la possibilité de commencer à rouvrir dès la mi-mai certains lieux accueillant du public, conformément aux promesses présidentielles. La menace des variants dits « brésilien » et « sud-africain » du SARS-CoV-2 a en effet poussé le gouvernement à élargir et à durcir les mesures de restriction contre les voyageurs en provenance de certaines zones à risque. De quoi assombrir la perspective des prochaines semaines.
    Ce contexte n’empêche pas Emmanuel Macron de se montrer positif quant à la possibilité de revoir des touristes américains fouler le sol français dès cet été. Le président de la République a ainsi assuré à CBS que le passeport sanitaire dont l’Union européenne (UE) espère se doter en juin serait « proposé » aux citoyens des Etats-Unis « lorsqu’ils ont décidé de se faire vacciner ou avec un test PCR négatif ». Cette avancée, selon lui, serait rendue possible par les progrès accomplis sur le Vieux Continent en matière de vaccination. (...)
    Afin de contrer les variants qui circulent aujourd’hui en Amérique latine et en Afrique du Sud, le gouvernement a annoncé, samedi, un renforcement des contrôles aux frontières françaises. Le variant brésilien, dit P1, inquiète en particulier les autorités en raison de sa supposée plus grande résistance aux vaccins. Une quarantaine obligatoire de dix jours sera désormais requise pour tous les voyageurs arrivant du Brésil, d’Argentine, du Chili et d’Afrique du Sud. Ces derniers devront présenter à leur arrivée un test PCR négatif de moins de trente-six heures, ou bien un test négatif de moins de soixante-douze heures couplé à un test antigénique négatif de moins de vingt-quatre heures. Des mesures qui concernent également la Guyane.
    A l’exception du Brésil, qui voit sa liaison aérienne avec la France suspendue jusqu’au 23 avril, les vols en provenance de ces pays ne seront néanmoins pas interdits. « D’autres pays pourront être concernés par ces mesures sur la base des critères identifiés par le Centre européen de prévention et de contrôle des maladies », a précisé Matignon dans un communiqué. Des discussions doivent avoir lieu à ce sujet en début de semaine.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#france#bresil#guyane#chili#argentine#etatsunis#sante#circulation#test#vaccination#passeportsanitaire#quarantaine#variant

  • #Mathieu_Bock-Côté : « Le #racialisme est un #totalitarisme »

    –-> attention : toxique !

    ENTRETIEN. #Privilège_blanc, #blanchité, #racisme_systémique… L’auteur de « La Révolution racialiste » (Les Presses de la Cité) décape les théories de la gauche identitaire.

    https://www.lepoint.fr/editos-du-point/sebastien-le-fol/mathieu-bock-cote-le-racialisme-est-un-totalitarisme-14-04-2021-2422277_1913

    #division #Blancs #racisés #couleur_de_peau #obsession_raciale #sciences_sociales #race #rapports_de_pouvoir #rapports_de_pouvoir #colonialisme_idéologique #révolution_racialiste #civilisation_occidentale #liberté_d'expression #démocratie #régression #imperméabilité_ethnique #enferment #groupe_racial #assignation #indigénisme #décolonial #mouvance_racialiste #américanisation #université #sciences_sociales #théorie_du_genre #genre #colonisation_idéologique #conscience_raciale #identification_raciale #Noirs_américains #clivages #intégration #assimilation #trahison_raciale #USA #Etats-Unis #Canada #multiculturalisme #niqab #Justin_Trudeau #noyau_identitaire #diversité #identité #utopie_diversitaire #France #résistance #Québec #idéologie #culture_française #universalisme #universel #moeurs #culture #imperméabilité #culture_nationale #nationalisme #déterminismes_biologiques #civilisation_occidentale #hygiène_intellectuelle #vérité #rigueur_intellectuelle #société_libérale

    ping @cede @karine4 (attention : indigeste)

  • #Relations_Internationales #Amérique_latine

    –-De Santiago à Caracas, la main noire de Washington, par Franck Gaudichaud (Le Monde diplomatique, juin 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/06/GAUDICHAUD/53071

    En Amérique latine, l’ère des coups d’Etat en douce, par Maurice Lemoine (Le Monde diplomatique, août 2014)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2014/08/LEMOINE/50711

    Dégel sous les tropiques entre Washington et La Havane, par Patrick Howlett-Martin (Le Monde diplomatique, novembre 2014)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2014/11/HOWLETT_MARTIN/50943


    Ce qui attend l’Amérique latine sous la présidence Trump, par Alexander Main (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2017)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/01/MAIN/57004
    #WikiLeaks

    " Les câbles diplomatiques du département d’État révélés par WikiLeaks en 2010 et 2011 peignent un tableau différent : les diplomates américains recourent à des méthodes bien rodées pour affaiblir, récupérer ou éliminer des mouvements politiques gênants — entendre « de gauche »"

    "Le 28 juin 2009, le président du Honduras Manuel Zelaya, proche du Venezuela, était renversé par l’armée. La secrétaire d’État Hillary Clinton refusait de reconnaître le coup d’État, ce qui aurait conduit à suspendre la plupart des aides américaines. Les manœuvres de Washington contribuant à la réussite du putsch ont scandalisé la région (3), sans que cela empêche les États-Unis de soutenir les gouvernements conservateurs qui se sont succédé depuis à Tegucigalpa."

    " Argentine et Brésil ont basculé à droite après douze années de gouvernements progressistes. Chaque fois, l’administration Obama a apporté son concours à ces évolutions : opposition aux prêts des institutions multilatérales accordés à Buenos Aires (rapidement levée après l’arrivée au pouvoir du conservateur Mauricio Macri en 2015) et soutien diplomatique au gouvernement par intérim au Brésil alors qu’une procédure de destitution (controversée) contre la présidente Dilma Rousseff était encore en cours"

    "Nul ne sait quelle sera réellement l’action du nouveau président américain. Depuis le début de la campagne, il s’est montré démagogue et capricieux. Mais la composition de son cabinet éclaire néanmoins la politique probable de son administration"

    "Quid de Cuba ? Toute remise en question de la politique d’ouverture susciterait l’opposition d’une grande partie du monde des affaires, soucieux de profiter d’un nouveau marché"

    " une certitude : la principale menace pour l’hégémonie américaine dans la région proviendra de #Chine"

    #Asie

    #Cuba veut le marché… sans le capitalisme, par Renaud Lambert (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2017)
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/10/A/57967

    La Bolivie les yeux vers les flots, par Cédric Gouverneur (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/09/GOUVERNEUR/53715

    #Commerce_international #Routes_maritimes #Transports #Panama_canal #Chine #Etats-Unis #Amérique_Centrale #Amérique_Latine #Amérique_du_Sud

    Qui a tué Berta Cáceres ?, par Cécile Raimbeau (Le Monde diplomatique, octobre 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/10/RAIMBEAU/56454
    #Libéralisme #Energie #Privatisations

    "l’oligarchie est la principale bénéficiaire de cet emballement pour la « houille blanche » (l’énergie hydroélectrique), encouragé par les prêts de banques internationales — Banque mondiale, Banque interaméricaine de développement (BID) et Banque centre-américaine d’intégration économique (BCIE) — et les filiales des agences de coopération européennes qui se consacrent au soutien du secteur privé des pays du Sud : la française Proparco (filiale de l’Agence française de développement), l’allemande DEG, la néerlandaise FMO… Ces organismes d’économie mixte n’hésitent pas à s’allier plus ou moins discrètement avec des fonds de pension et des multinationales, à travers des montages complexes."

    –Équateur : De Rafael Correa à Guillermo Lasso en passant par Lenin Moreno
    13 avril par Eric Toussaint
    http://www.cadtm.org/Equateur-De-Rafael-Correa-a-Guillermo-Lasso-en-passant-par-Lenin-Moreno?var_m

    –Fièvre des canaux en #Amérique_centrale, par François Musseau (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2014)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2014/09/MUSSEAU/50759

    -"Sur l’échiquier géostratégique, le Panamá s’attend à en tirer avantage. Outre son canal, il dispose de six ports, d’un chemin de fer, d’une voie rapide et, avec Colón, de la plus vaste zone de libre-échange du monde après Hongkong. « Plus qu’un couloir, ce chenal est en passe de devenir un grand carrefour logistique », confirme M. Alberto Alemán, ex-directeur du canal, aujourd’hui à la tête de Panamá Pacífico, un complexe de 1 400 hectares où sont installées une centaine de multinationales, à l’est de la capitale. « Il y a ici le seul port avec des terminaux dans les deux océans. C’est un atout crucial. »

    Mais la concurrence s’aiguise, et d’autres projets de raccourci maritime ont vu le jour, avec des degrés d’avancement divers. Le plus simple se situe au nord : le passage du Nord-Ouest, qui relie Pacifique et Atlantique via l’archipel arctique canadien. Avec le réchauffement climatique, cette route glacée pourrait offrir, à terme, un nouvel itinéraire aux navires." ;

    –" le Salvador, le Honduras et le Costa Rica ont évoqué en 2011 la création de voies de passage sur leurs territoires. Début 2012, le Guatemala a créé un organisme, le Couloir interocéanique du Guatemala (CIG), qui prévoit de relier deux ports — à construire — pour un coût de 7,5 milliards de dollars. Il ne s’agit pas là de percement, mais de « canaux secs » acheminant les marchandises d’un porte-conteneurs à un autre par voie ferrée ou routière.

    Depuis la fin des années 2000, un même projet d’un coût similaire existe en Colombie, pays baigné par les deux océans. « En réalité, plus que des canaux secs, il s’agit de réseaux de transports densifiés, commente l’analyste péruvien Luis Esteban Manrique sur le site Infolatam. Avec le désavantage, pour les compagnies maritimes, qu’elles paient cher le chargement et le déchargement des marchandises. » Selon la Banque interaméricaine de développement (BID), une cargaison de 10 000 conteneurs équivaut à 18 trains, ou 5 800 camions. En d’autres termes, il faudrait plusieurs kilomètres de trains pour décharger un seul porte-conteneurs...

    De tous les projets de corridor interocéanique, celui du Nicaragua est de loin le plus ambitieux — et le plus controversé. Car les autorités ont bel et bien l’intention de percer un canal sur près de 300 kilomètres." ;

    –"Alors que le canal panaméen ne peut accueillir les porte-conteneurs de plus de 110 000 tonnes, celui-là permettrait le passage de colosses de métal de 250 000 tonnes mesurant jusqu’à 450 mètres de long. Son tracé, approuvé en juillet dernier, avait déjà été imaginé par les conquistadors espagnols." ;

    –"la concession accordée par Managua à HKND illustre les ambitions stratégiques de Pékin. Selon le site nicaraguayen El Confidencial, derrière M. Wang se cache l’Etat chinois lui-même. Tout comme le projet de canal sec en Colombie, ceux du Guatemala et du Salvador sont financés par la .

    « Il existe un “rêve chinois”, confie un interlocuteur qui souhaite conserver l’anonymat. Celui de contrôler un couloir stratégique par lequel passerait le gros des exportations du pays vers les Amériques. »" ;

    –"Bien qu’ils aient rétrocédé le chenal panaméen, les Etats-Unis dominent son trafic, et les navires battant pavillon nord-américain y bénéficient d’une priorité de passage, ce qui peut retarder sensiblement les autres porte-conteneurs. « Stratégiquement, c’est toujours leur canal, nous assure Miguel Antonio Bernal, professeur de droit constitutionnel à l’université de Panamá. C’est là qu’ils font passer leurs sous-marins ; là qu’ils interviendront militairement dès que leurs intérêts seront contrariés. Même nos autorités l’ont admis. »"

    Routes maritimes des Amériques, par Cécile Marin (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2014)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/cartes/canaux-am-centrale

    Honduras : Le paradis néolibéral des « villes modèles » ne verra pas le jour, par Guillaume Beaulande (Le Monde diplomatique, 29 novembre 2012)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/carnet/2012-11-29-Honduras
    Passage en force au #Honduras, par Alexander Main (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2018)
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2018/01/MAIN/58277
    #Relations_Internationales_Etats-Unis
    #Etats-Unis_Relations_Internationales

    Verrouillage fiscal en Amérique centrale, par Mikaël Faujour (Le Monde diplomatique, décembre 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/12/FAUJOUR/54388

    -"Pour Aaron Schneider, chercheur à l’université de Denver, « dans les sociétés contemporaines marquées par une croissante interconnexion et interdépendance, le vrai contrat social est la politique fiscale (2) »." ;
    –"L’ouvrage de l’Institut centre-américain d’études fiscales (3) montre comment l’élite locale a « socialisé les coûts privés à travers la dette publique », organisé l’impossibilité juridique et constitutionnelle de toute réforme fiscale contraire à ses intérêts, ou encore augmenté les impôts indirects (les plus injustes). Avec méthode, elle a ainsi construit une paix néolibérale, quitte à exercer le pouvoir elle-même" ;
    –" Fini la logique de la guerre froide : elles sont passées d’une domination par la coercition et la force à une domination par le consentement "

    Panamá sans les Panaméens, par Allan Popelard & Paul Vannier (Le Monde diplomatique, juillet 2015)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2015/07/POPELARD/53193

    Au Nicaragua, que reste-t-il du sandinisme ?, par Bernard Duterme (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/09/DUTERME/56231

    Nicaragua : intensification des pressions diplomatiques sur Ortega. 17.07.2018
    https://www.lemonde.fr/ameriques/article/2018/07/17/nicaragua-intensification-des-pressions-diplomatiques-sur-ortega_5332483_322

    Le piège de la dépendance se referme sur le Mexique, par James M. Cypher (Le Monde diplomatique, avril 2017)
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/04/CYPHER/57364#Traités_commerciaux_ALENA #ALENA #Libre_Echange #Mexique #Etats_Unis

    Au Mexique, « modernisateurs » d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, par James M. Cypher (Le Monde diplomatique, avril 2017)
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/04/CYPHER/57343
    #Economie

  • Vaccin contre le Covid-19 : « L’opération Warp Speed, un succès américain »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2021/04/16/vaccin-contre-le-covid-19-l-operation-warp-speed-un-succes-americain_6077029

    « Warp Speed », que l’on pourrait traduire par « vitesse de l’éclair », est une expression tirée de l’imaginaire de la science-fiction : c’est la vitesse permettant de passer d’un espace-temps à un autre, en faisant fi, science-fiction oblige, des règles connues de la physique qui interdisent de voyager plus vite que la lumière. Tout est dit dans cette appellation. Urgence, urgence absolue. Oublier les contraintes, se bouger. Pragmatisme et vitesse.
    Trois idées-clés ont été mobilisées dans cette opération hors norme.
    Partir d’un large portefeuille de pistes de solution, d’où qu’elles viennent ; et les mener toutes de front en mettant le paquet – 11 milliards de dollars (environ 9,20 milliards d’euros) –, en pariant sur plusieurs chevaux. Il en sortira bien des gagnants, le plus vite sera le mieux.
    Certains grands industriels de la pharmacie n’ont pas d’expérience sur les vaccins ? Peu importe ! Qu’ils tentent leur chance, on les soutient aussi ! Il faut acheter une technologie étrangère ? Peu importe, on se la procure tout de suite. Pfizer n’est pas leader dans les vaccins, BioNTech est une start-up allemande, qui plus est fondée par deux biologistes turcs immigrés ? Et alors ? On les finance aussi ! (Pzifer refusera les financements, mais pas une précommande de 300 millions de doses). Moderna est une start-up américaine dirigée par un Français, et alors ? Peu importe qu’il y ait des échecs, y compris de Sanofi et de GlaxoSmithKline, pourtant eux aussi financés, si d’autres sortent un ou deux vaccins très vite.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#sante#recherche#innovation#entreprise#immigrant

  • How New Mexico Became the State With the Highest Rate of Full Vaccinations - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/14/us/new-mexico-covid-vaccines.html

    New Mexico, which has one of the highest poverty rates in the U.S., is a vaccination pacesetter thanks to decisive political decisions, homegrown technology and cooperation.More than 57 percent of New Mexico’s adult population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. And nearly 38 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, a higher rate than in any other state.
    ALBUQUERQUE — Despite having one of the highest poverty rates in the country, New Mexico is surging past states with far more resources in the race to achieve herd immunity against the coronavirus.After New Mexico put into motion one of the most efficient vaccine rollouts in the United States, more than 57 percent of its adult population has now received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New Hampshire is the only state with a higher vaccination rate. Nearly 38 percent of New Mexico adults are fully vaccinated, more than any other state.
    The feat is providing some relief in a state where Hispanic and Native American residents — groups that have been among the hardest hit by the coronavirus — together account for 60 percent of the population. Going into the pandemic with a dearth of financial resources compared with richer states, and vulnerabilities like having fewer hospital beds per capita than nearly every other state, the authorities in New Mexico saw the vaccine as their most powerful weapon to stave off an even more harrowing crisis.
    Infectious-disease experts attribute New Mexico’s vaccine success to a combination of homegrown technological expertise, cooperation between state and local agencies and a focus by elected officials on combating the virus.Since vaccines began rolling out in December, new cases of the coronavirus in New Mexico have plunged to fewer than 200 a day from nearly 2,000. Deaths have declined to fewer than five a day from an average of more than 35. In the state’s nursing homes and assisted-care facilities, the average number of deaths each day has fallen from 10 to fewer than one.“New Mexico’s foundational health disparities compel us to think differently than some other states with regard to pandemic response,” Ms. Lujan Grisham said in a statement. “I fully believe New Mexico can be the first state to reach herd immunity and be the first to begin operating in the new post-pandemic ‘normal’ the right way, the safe way.”
    Before vaccines began getting administered last year, Ms. Lujan Grisham mobilized the New Mexico National Guard and Civil Air Patrol, whose pandemic-related missions include operating a large vaccine distribution center in Albuquerque and staffing drive-through testing sites. From the start, the authorities have made both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines available in roughly equal proportions across the state, accounting for a large majority of doses administered so far.

    In devising its vaccine distribution plan many months ago, the health department also turned to Real Time Solutions, a small software company in Albuquerque. While other states adopted piecemeal registration approaches, resulting in chaotic rollouts, Real Time set up a centralized vaccine portal for all residents to sign up for shots.Big challenges persist during a pandemic, including the threat of new variants and disparities in vaccine acceptance in some communities. According to the health department, Hispanics and African-Americans in New Mexico remain less likely to get the vaccine than Anglos, as non-Hispanic whites are known in the state. (...)But Native Americans in New Mexico, who have endured some of the most severe rural outbreaks during the pandemic, are getting the vaccine at close to the same rate as Anglos in the state. In some instances, tribal nations have done such a thorough job of vaccinating their own citizens that they have begun administering doses to people from neighboring communities, providing another boost to New Mexico’s overall vaccination rate.Health experts say somewhere between 70 to 90 percent of people in a society need to be vaccinated to arrive at herd immunity, a situation in which most of a population is immune to an infectious disease, providing indirect protection to those who are not immune. With less than 40 percent of its residents fully vaccinated, New Mexico still has a long road ahead to reach that point.

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#etatsunis#nouveaumexique#vaccination#sante#inegalite#race#systemesante#communuaute#minorite

  • La maison de Dieu

    Miquel Amorós

    https://lavoiedujaguar.net/La-maison-de-Dieu

    Agustín García Calvo
    Qu’est-ce que l’État ?

    Agustín García Calvo est un penseur subversif véritablement original. Ce qui, dans sa réflexion, provoque encore un grand étonnement parmi les militants, c’est qu’elle ne parte pas de la Révolution française, ni des communes médiévales, ni même de la guerre civile espagnole, choses dont il n’était pas fin connaisseur, mais de bien plus loin, du monde grec, qu’il connaissait sur le bout des doigts. Plus concrètement, de ce moment où l’héritage de la pensée présocratique était combattu par un savoir encyclopédique désordonné qui prétendait expliquer et ordonner la nature et la conduite humaine dans tous leurs aspects. Platon tenta de clore l’affaire en suggérant un ensemble de règles rationnelles pour codifier la vie sociale ; il aboutit ainsi à une théorie dialectique de l’État qui scandalisa notre gréco-latiniste érudit. Pour Platon, les individus atteignaient leur plénitude dans un État parfait, où tous accompliraient au pied de la lettre une fonction fixée au préalable. Agustín ne pouvait pas être plus en désaccord avec l’aberration d’après laquelle les personnes et les choses se conformeraient peu à peu à des moules réglementaires jusqu’à ressembler à des idées. Les idées étaient le fondement du Pouvoir ; il n’y avait pas de Pouvoir sans idéologie. Et ainsi nous lisons dans son opuscule Qu’est-ce que l’État ? qu’il qualifie l’État d’idée dominante « prête à être utilisée comme arme », à la fois mensongère et réelle. (...)

    #Agustín_García_Calvo #Miquel_Amorós #Platon #Héraclite #Bakounine #État #Capital #Foi #peuple #langue_officielle #bureaucratie #Ordre #femmes #amour

  • États-Unis : #Kamala_Harris, une ascension californienne

    Avec la victoire de Joe Biden, Kamala Harris est la première femme et la première noire à devenir vice-présidente des États-Unis. À 56 ans, la sénatrice de Californie est un pur produit de la diversité américaine. Elle est jeune, télégénique, pugnace et a passé sa vie à repousser les barrières sociales.

    Kamala Harris est la première femme et la première noire à accéder à la vice-présidence des États-Unis. Et certains la voient même devenir la première présidente des Etats-Unis en 2024, car Joe Biden a annoncé ne vouloir briguer qu’un seul mandat en raison de son âge, 77 ans.

    Comment Kamala Harris est-elle allée si loin, si vite ? Qu’est-ce que son ascension raconte du système politique américain ? Du racisme aujourd’hui aux États-Unis ? Du pouvoir de l’argent ? Des bastions du mouvement pour les droits civiques de Berkeley et Oakland, aux grandes fortunes de San Francisco jusqu’aux nouveaux moguls de la Silicon Valley, ce reportage de Marjolaine Grappe et Gary Grabli raconte l’ascension californienne de Kamala Harris.

    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/099969-000-A/etats-unis-kamala-harris-une-ascension-californienne
    #Etats-Unis #USA #National_Association_for_the_Advancement_of_Colored_People (#NAACP) #religion #Rainbow_Sign #Oakland #Terry_Wiley #procureur #Willie_Brown #Herb_Caen

  • La corde du diable

    « La corde du diable » est le nom du barbelé, ce fil de fer inventé à la fin du XIXe siècle aux États-Unis qui emprisonne les hommes et les bêtes, de la prairie à la prison, de la base militaire à la frontière. C’est à travers ce prisme que Sophie Bruneau approche l’épineuse question de la #surveillance et du #contrôle. Un essai documentaire exigeant, à la force plastique stupéfiante qui présente une poignante réflexion sur la gestion politique de l’espace.

    « La corde du diable », c’est le nom donné par ses détracteurs au barbelé, ce fil de fer inventé à la fin du XIXe siècle aux États-Unis. Le film s’ancre dans les grands espaces américains et leurs kilomètres de clôture, comme si la trame narrative se dévidait en miroir de ces millions d’épissures acérées derrière lesquelles lorgnent les têtes de bétail. Point de départ : Omaha, dans le Nebraska, entre foire aux bestiaux, bottes rutilantes et Stetson poussiéreux. Claquements de fouet et musique bluegrass en fond sonore. De la prairie à la prison, de la base militaire à la frontière, la corde du diable emprisonne les hommes et les bêtes. C’est à travers le prisme de cet objet universel que Sophie Bruneau – coréalisatrice du remarquable documentaire Ils ne mouraient pas tous mais tous étaient frappés, sur la souffrance au travail – aborde l’épineuse question de la surveillance et du contrôle.

    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/057390-000-A/la-corde-du-diable

    #film #film_documentaire
    #barbelé #clôture #USA #Etats-Unis #fil_barbelé #élevage #prison #armée #objets #identification #frontières #Mexique #Tohono_O'odham #Baboquivari #migrations #mourir_dans_le_désert #morts #décès #morgue

  • Vaccine Passports Could Unlock World Travel and Cries of Discrimination - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/09/world/europe/vaccine-passports-virus-issues-legal-ethical.html

    LONDON — For Aruba, a Caribbean idyll that has languished since the pandemic drove away its tourists, the concept of a “vaccine passport” is not just intriguing. It is a “lifeline,” said the prime minister, Evelyn Wever-Croes.
    Aruba is already experimenting with a digital certificate that allows visitors from the United States who tested negative for the coronavirus to breeze through the airport and hit the beach without delay. Soon, it may be able to fast-track those who arrive with digital confirmation that they have been vaccinated. “People don’t want to stand in line, especially with social distancing,” Ms. Wever-Croes said in an interview this week. “We need to be ready in order to make it hassle-free and seamless for the travelers.”
    Vaccine passports are increasingly viewed as the key to unlocking the world after a year of pandemic-induced lockdowns — a few bytes of personal health data, encoded on a chip, that could put an end to suffocating restrictions and restore the freewheeling travel that is a hallmark of the age of globalization. From Britain to Israel, these passports are taking shape or already in use.

    But they are also stirring complicated political and ethical debates about discrimination, inequality, privacy and fraud. And at a practical level, making them work seamlessly around the globe will be a formidable technical challenge.

    The debate may play out differently in tourism- or trade-dependent outposts like Aruba and Singapore, which view passports primarily as a tool to reopen borders, than it will in vast economies like the United States or China, which have starkly divergent views on civil liberties and privacy.
    The Biden administration said this week that it would not push for a mandatory vaccination credential or a federal vaccine database, attesting to the sensitive political and legal issues involved. In the European Union and Britain, which have taken tentative steps toward vaccine passports, leaders are running into thorny questions over their legality and technical feasibility.
    Vaccine Passports: What Are They, and Who Might Need One?
    The concept of documenting vaccinations is being taken to new levels of sophistication, and experts predict that electronic verification will soon become commonplace. And in Japan, which has lagged the United States and Britain in vaccinating its population, the debate has scarcely begun. There are grave misgivings there about whether passports would discriminate against people who cannot get a shot for medical reasons or choose not to be vaccinated.
    Still, almost everywhere, the pressure to restart international travel is forcing the debate. With tens of millions of people vaccinated, and governments desperate to reopen their economies, businesses and individuals are pushing to regain more freedom of movement. Verifying whether someone is inoculated is the simplest way to do that.
    ImageAdministrating a vaccine to a patient in London. In the European Union and Britain, leaders are running into thorny questions over the legality and technical feasibility of vaccine passports.“There’s a very important distinction between international travel and domestic uses,” said Paul Meyer, the founder of the Commons Project, a nonprofit trust that is developing CommonPass, a scannable code that contains Covid testing and vaccination data for travelers. Aruba was the first government to sign up for it.“There doesn’t seem to be any pushback on showing certification if I want to travel to Greece or Cyprus,” he said, pointing out that schools require students to be vaccinated against measles and many countries demand proof of yellow fever vaccinations. “From a public health perspective, it’s not fair to say, ‘You have no right to check whether I’m going to infect you.’”
    CommonPass is one of multiple efforts by technology companies and others to develop reliable, efficient systems to verify the medical status of passengers — a challenge that will deepen as more people resume traveling.At Heathrow Airport in London, which is operating at a fraction of its normal capacity, arriving passengers have had to line up for hours while immigration officials check whether they have proof of a negative test result and have purchased a mandatory kit to test themselves twice more after they enter the country.Saudi Arabia announced this week that pilgrims visiting the mosques in Mecca and Medina during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan would have to show proof on a mobile app of being “immunized,” which officials defined as having been fully vaccinated, having gotten a single dose of a vaccine at least 14 days before arrival, or having recovered from Covid.In neighboring United Arab Emirates, residents can show their vaccination status on a certificate through a government-developed app. So far, the certificate is not yet widely required for anything beyond entering the capital, Abu Dhabi, from abroad.Few countries have gone farther in experimenting with vaccine passports than Israel. It is issuing a “Green Pass” that allows people who are fully vaccinated to go to bars, restaurants, concerts and sporting events. Israel has vaccinated more than half its population and the vast majority of its older people, which makes such a system useful but raises a different set of questions.With people under 16 not yet eligible for the vaccine, the system could create a generational divide, depriving young people of access to many of the pleasures of their elders. So far, enforcement of the Green Pass has been patchy, and in any event, Israel has kept its borders closed.So has China, which remains one of the most sealed-off countries in the world. In early March, the Chinese government announced it would begin issuing an “international travel health certificate,” which would record a user’s vaccination status, as well as the results of antibody tests. But it did not say whether the certificate would spare the user from China’s draconian quarantines.
    Nor is it clear how eager other countries would be to recognize China’s certificate, given that Chinese companies have been slow in disclosing data from clinical trials of their homegrown vaccines.Singapore has also maintained strict quarantines, even as it searches for way to restart foreign travel. Last week, it said it would begin rolling out a digital health passport, allowing passengers to use a mobile app to share their coronavirus test results before flying into the island nation. Like China, Singapore has not said whether that would be enough to avoid quarantine. The heavy focus on international travel points up another inconsistency in the use of passports: between those who can afford to travel freely overseas and those who continue to live under onerous restrictions at home.Free movement across borders is the goal of the European Union’s “Digital Green Certificate.” The European Commission last month set out a plan for verifying vaccination status, which would allow a person to travel freely within the bloc. It left it up to its 27 member states to decide how to collect the health data.

    That could avoid the pitfalls of the European Union’s vaccine rollout, which was heavily managed by Brussels and has been far slower than that in the United States or Britain. Yet analysts noted that in data collection, there is a trade-off between decentralized and centralized systems: the former tends to be better at protecting privacy but less efficient; the latter, more intrusive but potentially more effective.For some countries, the legal and ethical implications have been a major stumbling block to domestic use of a passport. As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada put it last month, “There are questions of fairness and justice.”And yet in Britain, which has a deeply rooted aversion to national ID cards, the government is moving gingerly in that direction. Prime Minister Boris Johnson last week outlined broad guidelines for a Covid certificate, which would record vaccination status, test results, and whether the holder had recovered from Covid, which confers a degree of natural immunity for an unknown duration.
    “Would we rather have a system where no one can go to a sports ground or theater?” said Jonathan Sumption, a former justice on Britain’s Supreme Court, who has been an outspoken critic of the government’s strict lockdowns. “It’s better to have a vaccine passport than a blanket rule which excludes these pleasures from everybody.”

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#canada#sante#vaccination#passeportvaccinal

  • Academic freedom is in crisis ; free speech is not

    In August 2020, the UK think tank The Policy Exchange produced a report on Academic Freedom in the UK (https://policyexchange.org.uk/publication/academic-freedom-in-the-uk-2), alleging a chilling effect for staff and students expressing conservative opinions, particularly pro-Brexit or ‘gender critical’ ideas. This is an issue that was examined by a 2018 parliamentary committee on Human Rights which found a lack of evidence for serious infringements of free speech (https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt201719/jtselect/jtrights/1279/127904.htm). In a university context, freedom of speech is protected under the Human Rights Act 1998 as long as the speech is lawful and does not contravene other university regulations on issues like harassment, bullying or inclusion. Some of these controversies have been firmly rebutted by Chris Parr (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/free-speech-crisis-uk-universities-chris-parr) and others who describe how the incidents have been over-hyped.

    Despite this, the government seems keen to appoint a free speech champion for universities (https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/15/tories-war-on-the-woke-ministers-statues-protests) which continues a campaign started by #Sam_Gyimah (https://academicirregularities.wordpress.com/2018/07/06/sams-on-campus-but-is-the-campus-onto-sam) when he was minister for universities in 2018, and has been interpreted by some commentators as a ‘war on woke’. In the current climate of threats to university autonomy, many vice chancellors wonder whether this might be followed by heavy fines or reduced funding for those institutions deemed to fall on the wrong side of the culture wars.

    While public concern has been directed to an imagined crisis of free speech, there are more significant questions to answer on the separate but related issue of academic freedom. Most university statutes echo legislation and guarantee academics ‘freedom within the law to question and test received wisdom, and to put forward new ideas and controversial and unpopular opinions, without placing themselves in jeopardy of losing their jobs or privileges they may have at their institutions.’ [Section 202 of the Education Reform Act 1988]. In reality, these freedoms are surrendered to the greater claims of academic capitalism, government policy, legislation, managers’ responses to the pandemic and more dirigiste approaches to academics’ work.

    Nevertheless, this government is ploughing ahead with policies designed to protect the freedom of speech that is already protected, while doing little to hold university managers to account for their very demonstrable violations of academic freedom. The government is suspicious of courses which declare a sympathy with social justice or which manifest a ‘progressive’ approach. This hostility also extends to critical race theory and black studies. Indeed, the New York Times has identified a right wing ‘Campaign to Cancel Wokeness’ (https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/opinion/speech-racism-academia.html) on both sides of the Atlantic, citing a speech by the UK Equalities Minister, Kemi Badenoch, in which she said, “We do not want teachers to teach their white pupils about white privilege and inherited racial guilt…Any school which teaches these elements of critical race theory, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law.”

    This has now set a tone for ideological oversight which some university leaders seem keen to embrace. Universities will always wish to review their offerings to ensure they reflect academic currency and student choice. However, operating under the cover of emergency pandemic planning, some are now seeking to dismantle what they see as politically troublesome subject areas.

    Let’s start with the most egregious and transparent attack on academic freedom. The University of Leicester Business School, known primarily for its disdain of management orthodoxy, has announced it will no longer support research in critical management studies (https://www.uculeicester.org.uk/redundancy-briefing) and political economy, and the university has put all researchers who identify with this field, or who at some time might have published in CMS, at risk of redundancy. Among the numerous responses circulating on Twitter, nearly all point to the fact that the critical orientation made Leicester Business School distinctive and attractive to scholars wishing to study and teach there. Among those threatened with redundancy is the distinguished former dean, Professor Gibson Burrell. The sheer volume of protest at this anomaly must be an embarrassment to Leicester management. We should remember that academic freedom means that, as a scholar of proven expertise, you have the freedom to teach and research according to your own judgement. When those in a field critical of structures of power have their academic freedom removed, this is, unarguably, a breach of that expectation. Such a violation should be of concern to the new freedom of speech champion and to the regulator, the Office for Students.

    If the devastation in the School of Business were not enough humiliation for Leicester, in the department of English, there are plans to cancel scholarship and teaching in Medieval and Early Modern literature. The thoughtless stripping out of key areas that give context and coherence within a subject is not unique to Leicester – similar moves have taken place in English at University of Portsmouth. At Leicester, management have offered the justification that this realignment will allow them to put resources towards the study of gender and sexuality. After all, the Vice Chancellor, Nishan Canagarajah, offered the keynote speech at the Advance HE conference in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion on 19th March (https://www.advance-he.ac.uk/programmes-events/conferences/EDIConf20#Keynotes) and has signalled that he supports decolonising the curriculum. This might have had more credibility if he was not equally committed to extinguishing critical scholarship in the Business School. The two positions are incompatible and reveal an opportunistic attempt to reduce costs and remove signs of critical scholarship which might attract government disapproval.

    At the University of Birmingham, the response to the difficulties of maintaining teaching during the pandemic has been to issue a ruling that three academic staff must be able to teach each module. The explanation for this apparent reversal of the ‘lean’ principle of staffing efficiency, is to make modules more resilient in the face of challenges like the pandemic – or perhaps strike action. There is a consequence for academic freedom though – only the most familiar, established courses can be taught. Courses that might have been offered, which arise from the current research of the academic staff, will have to be cancelled if the material is not already familiar to other colleagues in the department. It is a way of designing innovation and advancement out of courses at the University of Birmingham.

    Still at Birmingham, UCU is contesting a proposal for a new ‘career framework’ (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/strike-warning-over-birminghams-or-out-probation-plan) by management characterised as ‘up or out’. It will require newly appointed lecturers to achieve promotion to senior lecturer within five years or face the sort of performance management procedures that could lead to termination of their appointment. The junior academics who enter on these conditions are unlikely to gamble their careers on academic risk-taking or pursue a challenge to an established paradigm. We can only speculate how this apprenticeship in organisational obedience might restrain the pursuit of discovery, let alone achieve the management’s stated aim to “develop and maintain an academic culture of intellectual stimulation and high achievement”.

    Meanwhile at the University of Liverpool, Vice Chancellor Janet Beer is attempting to apply research metrics and measures of research income over a five-year period to select academics for redundancy in the Faculty of Life Sciences. Staff have been threatened with sacking and replacement by those felt to hold more promise. It will be an unwise scholar who chooses a niche field of research which will not elicit prime citations. Astoundingly, university mangers claim that their criteria are not in breach of their status as a signatory to the San Fransisco Declaration on Research Assessment (https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2021/03/08/project-shape-update). That is correct insofar as selection for redundancy by grant income is clearly such dishonorable practice as to have been placed beyond contemplation by the international board of DORA.

    It seems we are reaching a pivotal moment for academic freedom for higher education systems across the world. In #Arkansas and some other states in the #USA, there are efforts to prohibit the teaching of social justice (https://www.chronicle.com/article/no-social-justice-in-the-classroom-new-state-scrutiny-of-speech-at-public).

    In #France, the education minister has blamed American critical race theory (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/11/france-about-become-less-free/617195) for undermining France’s self-professed race-blindness and for causing the rise of “islamo-gauchisme”, a term which has been cynically deployed to blunt any critique of structural racism.

    In Greece, universities are now bound by law to ensure policing and surveillance of university campuses (https://www.crimetalk.org.uk/index.php/library/section-list/1012-exiting-democracy-entering-authoritarianism) by ‘squads for the protection of universities’ in order to suppress dissent with the Orwellian announcement that the creation of these squads and the extensive surveillance of public Universities are “a means of closing the door to violence and opening the way to freedom” and an assertion that “it is not the police who enter universities, but democracy”.

    Conclusion

    It occurs to me that those public figures who feel deprived of a platform to express controversial views may well be outnumbered by the scholars whose universities allow their work to be suppressed by targeted intellectual purges, academic totalitarianism and metric surveillance. It is telling that assaults on academic freedom in the UK have not attracted comment or action from the organisations which might be well placed to defend this defining and essential principle of universities. I hereby call on Universities UK, the Office for Students and the freedom of speech champion to insist on an independent audit of academic freedom and autonomy for each higher education institution.

    We now know where intervention into the rights of academics to teach and research autonomously may lead. We also know that many of the candidates targeted for redundancy are UCU trade union officials; this has happened at University of East London and the University of Hull. Make no mistake, this is a PATCO moment (https://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/05/reagan-fires-11-000-striking-air-traffic-controllers-aug-5-1981-241252) for higher education in the UK as management teams try to break union support and solidarity in order to exact greater control in the future.

    Universities are the canary down the mine in an era of right-wing authoritarianism. We must ensure that they can maintain their unique responsibility to protect against the rise of populism and the dismantling of democracy. We must be assertive in protecting the rights of academics whose lawful and reasoned opinions are increasingly subject to some very sinister threats. Academic freedom needs to be fought for, just like the right to protest and the right to roam. That leaves a heavy responsibility for academics if the abolition of autonomy and academic freedom is not to be complete.

    http://cdbu.org.uk/academic-freedom-is-in-crisis-free-speech-is-not
    #liberté_académique #liberté_d'expression #UK #Angleterre #université #facs #justice_sociale #black_studies #races #race #approches_critiques #études_critiques #privilège_blanc #économie_politique #Leicester_Business_School #pandémie #crise_sanitaire #Birmingham #Liverpool #Janet_Beer #concurrence #Grèce #Etats-Unis #métrique #attaques #éducation_supérieure #populisme #démocratie #autonomie #canari_dans_la_mine

    ping @isskein @cede

    • The Campaign to Cancel Wokeness. How the right is trying to censor critical race theory.

      It’s something of a truism, particularly on the right, that conservatives have claimed the mantle of free speech from an intolerant left that is afraid to engage with uncomfortable ideas. Every embarrassing example of woke overreach — each ill-considered school board decision or high-profile campus meltdown — fuels this perception.

      Yet when it comes to outright government censorship, it is the right that’s on the offense. Critical race theory, the intellectual tradition undergirding concepts like white privilege and microaggressions, is often blamed for fomenting what critics call cancel culture. And so, around America and even overseas, people who don’t like cancel culture are on an ironic quest to cancel the promotion of critical race theory in public forums.

      In September, Donald Trump’s Office of Management and Budget ordered federal agencies to “begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on ‘critical race theory,’” which it described as “un-American propaganda.”

      A month later, the conservative government in Britain declared some uses of critical race theory in education illegal. “We do not want teachers to teach their white pupils about white privilege and inherited racial guilt,” said the Tory equalities minister, Kemi Badenoch. “Any school which teaches these elements of critical race theory, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law.”

      Some in France took up the fight as well. “French politicians, high-profile intellectuals and journalists are warning that progressive American ideas — specifically on race, gender, post-colonialism — are undermining their society,” Norimitsu Onishi reported in The New York Times. (This is quite a reversal from the days when American conservatives warned darkly about subversive French theory.)

      Once Joe Biden became president, he undid Trump’s critical race theory ban, but lawmakers in several states have proposed their own prohibitions. An Arkansas legislator introduced a pair of bills, one banning the teaching of The Times’s 1619 Project curriculum, and the other nixing classes, events and activities that encourage “division between, resentment of, or social justice for” specific groups of people. “What is not appropriate is being able to theorize, use, specifically, critical race theory,” the bills’ sponsor told The Arkansas Democrat Gazette.

      Republicans in West Virginia and Oklahoma have introduced bills banning schools and, in West Virginia’s case, state contractors from promoting “divisive concepts,” including claims that “the United States is fundamentally racist or sexist.” A New Hampshire Republican also proposed a “divisive concepts” ban, saying in a hearing, “This bill addresses something called critical race theory.”

      Kimberlé Crenshaw, a pioneering legal scholar who teaches at both U.C.L.A. and Columbia, has watched with alarm the attempts to suppress an entire intellectual movement. It was Crenshaw who came up with the name “critical race theory” when organizing a workshop in 1989. (She also coined the term “intersectionality.”) “The commitment to free speech seems to dissipate when the people who are being gagged are folks who are demanding racial justice,” she told me.

      Many of the intellectual currents that would become critical race theory emerged in the 1970s out of disappointment with the incomplete work of the civil rights movement, and cohered among radical law professors in the 1980s.
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      The movement was ahead of its time; one of its central insights, that racism is structural rather than just a matter of interpersonal bigotry, is now conventional wisdom, at least on the left. It had concrete practical applications, leading, for example, to legal arguments that housing laws or employment criteria could be racist in practice even if they weren’t racist in intent.

      Parts of the critical race theory tradition are in tension with liberalism, particularly when it comes to issues like free speech. Richard Delgado, a key figure in the movement, has argued that people should be able to sue those who utter racist slurs. Others have played a large role in crafting campus speech codes.

      There’s plenty here for people committed to broad free speech protections to dispute. I’m persuaded by the essay Henry Louis Gates Jr. wrote in the 1990s challenging the movement’s stance on the first amendment. “To remove the very formation of our identities from the messy realm of contestation and debate is an elemental, not incidental, truncation of the ideal of public discourse,” he wrote.

      Disagreeing with certain ideas, however, is very different from anathematizing the collective work of a host of paradigm-shifting thinkers. Gates’s article was effective because he took the scholarly work he engaged with seriously. “The critical race theorists must be credited with helping to reinvigorate the debate about freedom of expression; even if not ultimately persuaded to join them, the civil libertarian will be much further along for having listened to their arguments and examples,” he wrote.

      But the right, for all its chest-beating about the value of entertaining dangerous notions, is rarely interested in debating the tenets of critical race theory. It wants to eradicate them from public institutions.

      “Critical race theory is a grave threat to the American way of life,” Christopher Rufo, director of the Center on Wealth and Poverty at the Discovery Institute, a conservative think tank once known for pushing an updated form of creationism in public schools, wrote in January.

      Rufo’s been leading the conservative charge against critical race theory. Last year, during an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, he called on Trump to issue an executive order abolishing “critical race theory trainings from the federal government.” The next day, he told me, the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, called him and asked for his help putting an order together.

      Last month, Rufo announced a “new coalition of legal foundations and private attorneys that will wage relentless legal warfare against race theory in America’s institutions.” A number of House and Senate offices, he told me, are working on their own anti-critical race theory bills, though none are likely to go anywhere as long as Biden is president.

      As Rufo sees it, critical race theory is a revolutionary program that replaces the Marxist categories of the bourgeois and the proletariat with racial groups, justifying discrimination against those deemed racial oppressors. His goal, ultimately, is to get the Supreme Court to rule that school and workplace trainings based on the doctrines of critical race theory violate the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

      This inversion, casting anti-racist activists as the real racists, is familiar to Ian Haney López, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who specializes in critical race theory. “There’s a rhetoric of reaction which seeks to claim that it’s defending these higher values, which, perversely, often are the very values it’s traducing,” he said. “Whether that’s ‘In the name of free speech we’re going to persecute, we’re going to launch investigations into particular forms of speech’ or — and I think this is equally perverse — ‘In the name of fighting racism, we’re going to launch investigations into those scholars who are most serious about studying the complex forms that racism takes.’”

      Rufo insists there are no free speech implications to what he’s trying to do. “You have the freedom of speech as an individual, of course, but you don’t have the kind of entitlement to perpetuate that speech through public agencies,” he said.

      This sounds, ironically, a lot like the arguments people on the left make about de-platforming right-wingers. To Crenshaw, attempts to ban critical race theory vindicate some of the movement’s skepticism about free speech orthodoxy, showing that there were never transcendent principles at play.

      When people defend offensive speech, she said, they’re often really defending “the substance of what the speech is — because if it was really about free speech, then this censorship, people would be howling to the high heavens.” If it was really about free speech, they should be.

      https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/26/opinion/speech-racism-academia.html

      #droite #gauche #censure #cancel_culture #micro-agressions #Trump #Donald_Trump #Kemi_Badenoch #division #critical_race_theory #racisme #sexisme #Kimberlé_Crenshaw #Crenshaw #racisme_structurel #libéralisme #Richard_Delgado #Christopher_Rufo #Ian_Haney_López

    • No ‘Social Justice’ in the Classroom: Statehouses Renew Scrutiny of Speech at Public Colleges

      Blocking professors from teaching social-justice issues. Asking universities how they talk about privilege. Analyzing students’ freedom of expression through regular reports. Meet the new campus-speech issues emerging in Republican-led statehouses across the country, indicating potential new frontiers for politicians to shape campus affairs.

      (paywall)
      https://www.chronicle.com/article/no-social-justice-in-the-classroom-new-state-scrutiny-of-speech-at-public

  • #Melania_Trump, cet obscur objet du pouvoir

    La #First_Lady, chantre des valeurs familiales, assure-t-elle le rôle de femme-objet ou influence-t-elle #Donald_Trump dans ses choix politiques, ainsi qu’une partie de l’électorat américain – surtout féminin  ? Pour répondre à cette interrogation, Laurence Haïm, ancienne correspondante à Washington, a arpenté l’Amérique conservatrice dont Melania est devenue l’icône, dressant en creux le portrait de la Première dame la plus mystérieuse de toute l’histoire des États-Unis.

    https://boutique.arte.tv/detail/melania-trump-cet-obscur-objet-du-pouvoi

    #film #film_documentaire #documentaire
    #Trump #Sevnica #Slovénie #mannequin #mode #femme-trophée #femme-objet #USA #Etats-Unis

  • #Ku_Klux_Klan - Une #histoire américaine. Naissance d’un empire invisible (1/2)

    L’histoire méconnue du plus ancien groupe terroriste et raciste des États-Unis.

    Le Ku Klux Klan, société secrète née en 1865, a traversé les décennies et a toujours su renaître de ses cendres. Son histoire a défrayé la chronique. 150 ans de haine, de racisme et d’horreur. 150 ans d’exclusion, de violence et de fureur.

    Pour retracer en détail les quatre vies successives du Ku Klux Klan, David Korn-Brzoza a rassemblé un impressionnant fonds d’archives, alimenté en partie par celles du mouvement lui-même, et rencontré une dizaine d’interlocuteurs : un membre repenti de l’organisation, des vétérans de la lutte pour les droits civiques, le juge pugnace qui, quatorze ans après l’attentat de Birmingham, a poursuivi et condamné ses auteurs, ainsi que différents chercheurs et analystes. En montrant ainsi combien le mouvement et ses crimes incarnent une histoire et des valeurs collectives, il jette une lumière crue sur cette part d’ombre que l’Amérique blanche peine encore à reconnaître.

    https://boutique.arte.tv/detail/ku-klux-klan-une-histoire-americaine

    #film #documentaire #film_documentaire
    #USA #Etats-Unis #KKK #plantation #esclavage #afro-américains #citoyenneté #Pulaski #société_secrète #violence #White_League #meurtres #lynchages #coups_de_fouet #terrorisme #intimidation #soumission #Nathan_Bedford_Forrest #politicide #assassinats #droits_civiques #Ku-Klux_Bill #loi_martiale #ségrégation #domination_raciale #milices_armées #ordre_social #The_birth_of_a_nation (#Griffith) #William_Joseph_Simmons #Woodrow_Wilson #business #Hiram_Wesley_Evans #Harry_Truman #Truman #Immigration_bill (1924) #The_Fiery_Cross #The_Search_Light #mouvement_social #David_Stephenson #Madge_Oberholtzer #Edward_Young_Clark #Bund #racisme #Stone_Mountain #Samuel_Green #suprématie_blanche #cérémonie_de_naturalisation #superman #Stetson_Kennedy #organisation_subversive #Afro-descendants

  • ‘A system of #global_apartheid’ : author #Harsha_Walia on why the border crisis is a myth

    The Canadian organizer says the actual crises are capitalism, war and the climate emergency, which drive mass migration.

    The rising number of migrant children and families seeking to cross the US border with Mexico is emerging as one of the most serious political challenges for Joe Biden’s new administration.

    That’s exactly what Donald Trump wants: he and other Republicans believe that Americans’ concerns about a supposed “border crisis” will help Republicans win back political power.

    But Harsha Walia, the author of two books about border politics, argues that there is no “border crisis,” in the United States or anywhere else. Instead, there are the “actual crises” that drive mass migration – such as capitalism, war and the climate emergency – and “imagined crises” at political borders, which are used to justify further border securitization and violence.

    Walia, a Canadian organizer who helped found No One Is Illegal, which advocates for migrants, refugees and undocumented people, talked to the Guardian about Border and Rule, her new book on global migration, border politics and the rise of what she calls “racist nationalism.” The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

    Last month, a young white gunman was charged with murdering eight people, most of them Asian women, at several spas around Atlanta, Georgia. Around the same time, there was increasing political attention to the higher numbers of migrants and refugees showing up at the US-Mexico border. Do you see any connection between these different events?

    I think they are deeply connected. The newest invocation of a “border surge” and a “border crisis” is again creating the spectre of immigrants and refugees “taking over.” This seemingly race neutral language – we are told there’s nothing inherently racist about saying “border surge”– is actually deeply racially coded. It invokes a flood of black and brown people taking over a so-called white man’s country. That is the basis of historic immigrant exclusion, both anti-Asian exclusion in the 19th century, which very explicitly excluded Chinese laborers and especially Chinese women presumed to be sex workers, and anti-Latinx exclusion. If we were to think about one situation as anti-Asian racism and one as anti-Latinx racism, they might seem disconnected. But both forms of racism are fundamentally anti-immigrant. Racial violence is connected to the idea of who belongs and who doesn’t. Whose humanity is questioned in a moment of crisis. Who is scapegoated in a moment of crisis.

    How do you understand the rise of white supremacist violence, particularly anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim violence, that we are seeing around the world?

    The rise in white supremacy is a feedback loop between individual rightwing vigilantes and state rhetoric and state policy. When it comes to the Georgia shootings, we can’t ignore the fact that the criminalization of sex work makes sex workers targets. It’s not sex work itself, it’s the social condition of criminalization that creates that vulnerability. It’s similar to the ways in which border vigilantes have targeted immigrants: the Minutemen who show up at the border and harass migrants, or the kidnapping of migrants by the United Constitutional Patriots at gunpoint. We can’t dissociate that kind of violence from state policies that vilify migrants and refugees, or newspapers that continue to use the word “illegal alien”.

    National borders are often described as protecting citizens, or as protecting workers at home from lower-paid workers in other countries. You argue that borders actually serve a very different purpose.

    Borders maintain a massive system of global apartheid. They are preventing, on a scale we’ve never seen before, the free movement of people who are trying to search for a better life.

    There’s been a lot of emphasis on the ways in which Donald Trump was enacting very exclusionary immigration policies. But border securitization and border controls have been bipartisan practices in the United States. We saw the first policies of militarization at the border with Mexico under Bill Clinton in the late 90s.

    In the European context, the death of [three-year-old Syrian toddler] Alan Kurdi, all of these images of migrants drowning in the Mediterranean, didn’t actually lead to an immigration policy that was more welcoming. Billions of euros are going to drones in the Mediterranean, war ships in the Mediterranean. We’re seeing the EU making trade and aid agreements it has with countries in the Sahel region of Africa and the Middle East contingent on migration control. They are relying on countries in the global south as the frontiers of border militarization. All of this is really a crisis of immobility. The whole world is increasingly becoming fortified.

    What are the root causes of these ‘migration crises’? Why is this happening?

    What we need to understand is that migration is a form of reparations. Migration is an accounting for global violence. It’s not a coincidence that the vast number of people who are migrants and refugees in the world today are black and brown people from poor countries that have been made poor because of centuries of imperialism, of empire, of exploitation and deliberate underdevelopment. It’s those same fault lines of plunder around the world that are the fault lines of migration. More and more people are being forced out of their land because of trade agreements, mining extraction, deforestation, climate change. Iraq and Afghanistan have been for decades on the top of the UN list for displaced people and that has been linked to the US and Nato’s occupations of those countries.

    Why would governments have any interest in violence at borders? Why spend so much money on security and militarization?

    The border does not only serve to exclude immigrants and refugees, but also to create conditions of hyper exploitation, where some immigrants and refugees do enter, but in a situation of extreme precarity. If you’re undocumented, you will work for less than minimum wage. If you attempt to unionize, you will face the threat of deportation. You will not feel you can access public services, or in some cases you will be denied public services. Borders maintain racial citizenship and create a pool of hyper-exploitable cheapened labor. People who are never a full part of the community, always living in fear, constantly on guard.

    Why do you choose to put your focus on governments and their policies, rather than narratives of migrants themselves?

    Border deaths are presented as passive occurrences, as if people just happen to die, as if there’s something inherently dangerous about being on the move, which we know is not the case. Many people move with immense privilege, even luxury. It’s more accurate to call what is happening to migrants and refugees around the world as border killings. People are being killed by policies that are intended to kill. Literally, governments are hoping people will die, are deliberating creating conditions of death, in order to create deterrence.

    It is very important to hold the states accountable, instead of narratives where migrants are blamed for their own deaths: ‘They knew it was going to be dangerous, why did they move?’ Which to me mimics the very horrible tropes of survivors in rape culture.

    You live in Canada. Especially in the United States, many people think of Canada as this inherently nice place. Less racist, less violent, more supportive of refugees and immigrants. Is that the reality?

    It’s totally false. Part of the incentive of writing this second book was being on a book tour in the US and constantly hearing, ‘At least in Canada it can’t be as bad as in the US.’ ‘Your prime minister says refugees are welcome.’ That masks the violence of how unfree the conditions of migration are, with the temporary foreign worker program, which is a form of indentureship. Workers are forced to live in the home of their employer, if you’re a domestic worker, or forced to live in a labor camp, crammed with hundreds of people. When your labor is no longer needed, you’re deported, often with your wages unpaid. There is nothing nice about it. It just means Canada has perfected a model of exploitation. The US and other countries in Europe are increasingly looking to this model, because it works perfectly to serve both the state and capital interests. Capital wants cheapened labor and the state doesn’t want people with full citizenship rights.

    You wrote recently that ‘Escalating white supremacy cannot be dealt with through anti-terror or hate crime laws.’ Why?

    Terrorism is not a colorblind phenomena. The global war on terror for the past 20 years was predicated around deeply Islamophobic rhetoric that has had devastating impact on Black and Brown Muslims and Muslim-majority countries around the world. I think it is implausible and naive to assume that the national security infrastructure, or the criminal legal system, which is also built on racialized logics, especially anti-black racism – that we can somehow subvert these systems to protect racialized communities. It’s not going to work.

    One of the things that happened when the Proud Boys were designated as a terrorist organization in Canada is that it provided cover to expand this terror list that communities have been fighting against for decades. On the day the Proud Boys were listed, a number of other organizations were added which were part of the Muslim community. That was the concern that many of us had: will this just become an excuse to expand the terrorist list rather than dismantle it? In the long run, what’s going to happen? Even if in some miraculous world the Proud Boys and its members are dismantled, what’s going to happen to all the other organizations on the list? They’re still being criminalized, they’re still being terrorized, they’re still being surveilled.

    So if you don’t think the logics of national security or criminal justice will work, what do you think should be done about escalating white supremacist violence?

    I think that’s the question: what do we need to be doing? It’s not about one arm of the state, it’s about all of us. What’s happening in our neighborhoods, in our school systems, in the media? There’s not one simple fix. We need to keep each other safe. We need to make sure we’re intervening whenever we see racial violence, everything from not letting racist jokes off the hook to fighting for systemic change. Anti-war work is racial justice work. Anti-capitalist work is racial justice work.

    You advocate for ending border imperialism, and ending racial capitalism. Those are big goals. How do you break that down into things that one person can actually do?

    I actually found it harder before, because I would try things that I thought were simple and would change the world, and they wouldn’t. For me, understanding how violences are connected, and really understanding the immensity of the problem, was less overwhelming. It motivated me to think in bigger ways, to organize with other people. To understand this is fundamentally about radical, massive collective action. It can’t rely on one person or even one place.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/07/us-border-immigration-harsha-walia
    #apartheid #inégalités #monde #migrations #frontières #réfugiés #capitalisme #guerres #conflits #climat #changement_climatique #crises #crise #fermeture_des_frontières #crises_frontalières #violence #racisme #discriminations #exclusion #anti-migrants #violence_raciale #suprématisme_blanc #prostitution #criminalisation #vulnérabilité #minutemen #militarisation_des_frontières #USA #Mexique #Etats-Unis #politique_migratoire #politiques_migratoires #Kurdi #Aylan_Kurdi #Alan_Kurdi #impérialisme #colonialisme #colonisation #mourir_aux_frontières #décès #morts

    ping @isskein @karine4

  • CDC says fully vaccinated people may travel - The Washington Post
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/04/02/cdc-fully-vaccinated-may-travel

    Fully vaccinated people are at low-risk from travel, CDC says
    Updated guidance reflects studies showing how vaccines help protect against coronavirus infections.
    Federal health officials said fully vaccinated people may travel as evidence mounts of the shots’ effectiveness at helping to protect against coronavirus infections and their spread.But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that even though fully vaccinated individuals are at lower risk of infection, travel is still not recommended due to the rising number of cases in the United States and globally.The long-awaited guidance is still welcome news for the growing number of vaccinated adults who want greater freedom to visit family members and take vacations for the first time in a year. It is also expected to help boost the travel and airline industries that have been seeking a relaxation of the restrictions.The agency updated its guidance because of several newly released studies documenting the strong real-world effectiveness of coronavirus vaccines, and the rapid pace of vaccinations, now close to 3 million people a day. On Friday, the United States surpassed the milestone of 100 million people getting at least one shot.
    But CDC Director Rochelle Walensky cautioned in a White House briefing Friday that while fully vaccinated people can now travel at low risk to themselves, “I would advocate against general travel overall. Our guidance is silent on recommending or not recommending fully vaccinated people travel. Our guidance speaks to the safety of doing so." (...)
    For international travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to be tested before they leave the United States unless it is required by the destination, the guidance says. For their return to the United States, fully vaccinated people should get tested and have a negative result before they board an international flight back to the United States. And they should also be tested three to five days after arrival back in the United States. Nearly 40 percent of all adults have received at least one dose of a vaccine and more than 1 in 5 adults are now fully vaccinated, including more than half of seniors, according to the CDC. On Friday, the United States is expected to pass the milestone of 100 million people getting at least one dose.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#sante#vaccination#voyageaerien#retour#test

  • Vaccinated Americans Can Travel, C.D.C. Says - The New York Times
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/science/cdc-travel-vaccinated.html

    Vaccinated Americans are at low risk while traveling but must still wear masks, the C.D.C. says. Fully vaccinated people can resume travel to low, at low risk to themselves. For domestic travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to get a Covid-19 test before or after travel, and do not need to self-quarantine after travel. For example, fully vaccinated. grandparents can fly to visit their healthy grandkids without getting a Covid-19 test or self-quarantining, provided they follow the other recommended prevention measures while traveling. For international travel, fully vaccinated people do not need to get a Covid-19 test before they leave the United States, unless it is required by their international destination. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested and have a negative test result before they board an international flight back into the United States. But they do not need to quarantine when they arrive here. However, fully vaccinated people who do international travel should still be tested three to five days after arrival in the United States on an international flight. Our guidance reiterates that all travelers, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear masks on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation while traveling.
    Americans who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can travel “at low risk to themselves,” both within the United States and internationally, but they must continue to take precautions like wearing a mask in public to avoid possibly spreading the virus to others, federal health officials said on Friday.The new recommendations are a modest departure from previous advice. Federal health officials have been urging Americans not to travel at all, unless they absolutely must. That recommendation still applies, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters at a White House news conference on Friday.
    New virus cases, hospitalizations and new deaths have declined significantly since their January peaks, but new infections have remained at a level that health officials say is too high. New deaths on average have only just dipped below 900 a day, according to a New York Times database, and hospitalization numbers have started to level off.
    With the case increases in recent weeks, federal health officials are concerned about the potential impact of easing restrictions. Scientists are not yet certain whether, or how often, vaccinated people may become infected, even briefly, and transmit the virus to others. A recent C.D.C. study suggested that it may be a rare event, and the agency said on Friday that about 101.8 million people — nearly one-third of the total U.S. population — had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.Until that question is resolved, many public health officials feel it is unwise to tell vaccinated Americans simply to do as they please. Yet at the same time, Dr. Walensky said on Friday, the agency wished to acknowledge a growing body of evidence suggesting that the risk to vaccinated travelers themselves is comparatively low. On the one hand, we are telling you we are worried about rising cases, to wear a mask, and to avoid travel,” Dr. Walensky said. “Yet on the other hand we are saying that if you are vaccinated, evolving data suggests that traveling is likely lower risk.” Travel has been increasing nationwide as the weather warms and Americans grow fatigued with pandemic restrictions. Last Sunday, for example, was the busiest day at domestic airports since the pandemic began. Several states have lifted restrictions and mask mandates, beckoning tourists despite rising caseloads in some regions.
    If an individual is fully vaccinated, the C.D.C. says the person can travel freely within the United States and that the person does not need to get tested, or self-quarantine, before or after traveling. But some states and local governments may choose to keep travel restrictions in place, including testing, quarantine and stay-at-home orders. Earlier this week, Dr. Walensky warned that the increases left her with a recurring sense of “impending doom.” Some scientists predicted weeks ago that the number of infections could curve upward again in late March, at least in part because of the rise of virus variants across the country.
    President Biden, who previously urged states to maintain or reimpose mask mandates, pleaded with Americans on Friday to continue to follow guidelines from health experts and get vaccinated as soon as they can. Most states have accelerated their timelines for opening vaccinations to all adults, as the pace of vaccinations has increased. As of Friday, an average of nearly three million shots a day were being administered, according to data reported by the C.D.C.People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the second dose of the two-dose regimen from Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna.Fully vaccinated Americans who are traveling domestically do not need to be tested and do not need to follow quarantine procedures at the destination or on return home, the C.D.C. now advises.
    Vaccinated Americans do not need to get a coronavirus test before international travel, unless required to do so by the authorities at the destination. Some destinations also may require that vaccinated travelers quarantine after arrival. Vaccinated travelers do not need to quarantine after returning unless required to do so by local officials, the C.D.C. said.
    But the C.D.C. says vaccinated Americans traveling internationally are required to have a negative coronavirus test before boarding a flight back to the United States, and they should get tested again three to five days after their return home.The recommendation is predicated on the idea that vaccinated people may still become infected with the virus. The C.D.C. also cited a lack of vaccine coverage in other countries, and concern about the potential introduction and spread of new variants of the virus that are more prevalent overseas.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#sante#vaccination#frontiere#circulation#voyageaerien#CDC#politiquesanitaire

  • Idée : Pour rester ouverte, la galerie Nardone se transforme en épicerie fine

    Pour continuer à accueillir des clients sans rendez-vous, la galerie Nardone, à Ixelles, s’est transformée en épicerie fine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1eQPRUwWOQ

    À deux pas de l’Abbaye de la Cambre, une nouvelle épicerie fine a ouvert ses portes… Et ces portes, ce sont celles de la galerie Nardone, qui est implantée dans la rue Saint-Georges depuis 2015.

    Sa galerie d’art étant considérée comme commerce non-essentiel, ne pouvant donc accueillir de clients que sur rendez-vous, le galeriste Antonio Nardone a décidé de s’inspirer du commerce de ses grands-parents, et de transformer temporairement son espace en épicerie fine.

    “J’ai changé mes statuts au Moniteur belge, j’ai activé mon code NAS à la banque carrefour des entreprises, et très officiellement, depuis une semaine, je suis une épicerie fine. À ce titre-là, je peux ouvrir sans rendez-vous, et je suis devenu magasin essentiel. Mais je n’enlève pas la ‘déco’, qui est en fait l’art“ , nous explique Antonio Nardone.

    Une manière, pour lui, d’exprimer que l’art est essentiel.

    https://bx1.be/categories/news/ixelles-pour-rester-ouverte-la-galerie-nardone-se-transforme-en-epicerie-fine/?theme=classic

    #art #peinture #culture #dessin #sculpture #gravures #galeries #culture #exposer #exposition à faire en #France #covid-19 #coronavirus #confinement #etat_de_siege

  • La Floride interdit le « passeport vaccinal » au nom des libertés individuelles
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/04/03/la-floride-interdit-le-passeport-vaccinal-au-nom-des-libertes-individuelles_

    Le « passeport vaccinal », un document certifiant que son détenteur a été vacciné contre le Covid-19, a été interdit en Floride au nom du respect des « libertés individuelles », a annoncé vendredi 2 avril le gouverneur républicain de cet Etat très touristique. Le décret du gouverneur Ron DeSantis interdit aux services administratifs de cet Etat du sud-est du pays de délivrer des « passeports vaccinaux », ou tout type de « document visant à attester » qu’une personne a reçu un vaccin contre le Covid-19.Le texte empêche aussi les entreprises du « Sunshine State » d’exiger de leurs clients ce type de « passeport vaccinal » ou une preuve d’immunisation au virus. Pour M. DeSantis, proche allié de l’ancien président Donald Trump, « les “passeports vaccinaux” limitent les libertés individuelles » et menacent le secret médical.« C’est totalement inacceptable qu’un gouvernement ou que le secteur privé vous impose de montrer une preuve de vaccination simplement pour participer à la société », avait asséné lundi Ron DeSantis lors d’une conférence de presse. « Vous voulez aller au cinéma ? Est-ce vous devrez montrer ça ? Non. Vous voulez aller voir un match ? Non. Vous voulez aller dans un parc d’attraction ? Non. Nous ne sommes pas d’accord avec ça », avait-il poursuivi.Cette annonce survient après la publication d’un article du Washington Post selon lequel l’administration de Joe Bien travaillerait à la mise en place de normes gouvernementales pour un futur passeport vaccinal en vue d’accompagner la levée des restrictions sanitaires dans le pays.
    La création d’un passeport sanitaire est aussi en discussion dans l’Union européenne, qui voudrait lancer ce type d’initiative cet été pour les déplacements en son sein. La Chine a de son côté annoncé début mars un « certificat de santé » numérique pour les Chinois qui voudraient voyager à l’étranger.Plus de 6 millions de personnes ont reçu au moins une dose d’un vaccin contre le Covid-19 en Floride, où la population totale avoisine les 22 millions d’habitants. A partir de lundi, tous les individus adultes souhaitant se faire vacciner seront éligibles, et ce sans prescription médicale.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#floride#sante#passeportvaccinal#droit#retsrictionsanitaire

  • Dans un contexte de nouvelle vague de #covid-19 aux #Etats-Unis

    Dr. Tom Frieden sur Twitter : “If we just chase the number vaccinated, we miss the point. We want maximum impact from vaccine—for fairness, to reduce deaths, to reduce cases, and to reduce risk of emergence of even more dangerous variants. 14/” /

    “100 million people in US have received 1 dose of vaccine. But about 50 million people over 50 (~37M age 50-64 and ~13M 60+) haven’t been vaccinated. Vaccinating these folks, who are disproportionately Black & Latinx, will prevent many more deaths than vaccinating young folks. 15/“

    https://twitter.com/DrTomFrieden/status/1378110381483294723

    Dr. Tom Frieden sur Twitter :
    “[...] a single well-targeted #vaccination could save 10x more lives and prevent 100x more cases than vaccinating a low-risk person in a low-risk community. This is the essential fact we must act on. Equity isn’t only good ethics. It’s essential for epidemic control. 21/” / Twitter
    https://twitter.com/DrTomFrieden/status/1378110395462860803

    #ciblage

  • In the Sonoran Desert, #GIS Helps to Map Migrant Deaths

    GIS technology lends insight into why some undocumented migrants perish while crossing international borders.

    Last year geographer #Sam_Chambers published an unusual map of the Sonoran Desert. He wasn’t interested in marking roads, mountains, and cities. Instead, the University of Arizona researcher wanted to show the distance a young male can walk in various regions of the desert before the high temperature and physical exertion put him at risk of dying from heat exposure or hyperthermia.

    On the resulting map, red and purple correspond with cooler, mountainous terrain. Yellow and white, which dominate the image, indicate a remote, hot valley. It’s here where migrants seeking to cross between Mexico and the United States are at greatest risk of dying from the desert’s relentless sun.

    Chambers’ map relies on geographical information system (GIS) modeling, a digital technology that allows geographers to perform spatial, data-driven analysis of landscapes. Chambers’ chosen topic represents a burgeoning effort to use GIS to understand the risk undocumented migrants face while crossing international borders, according to Jonathan Cinnamon, a geographer at Ryerson University in Toronto. According to Chambers’ analysis, migrants began crossing through hotter, more rugged parts of the desert after the U.S. government increased the number of Border Patrol agents and installed new surveillance technologies, including underground motion sensors and radar-equipped watchtowers.

    The Sonoran covers roughly 100,000 square miles in Arizona, California, and Mexico, and includes major cities such as Phoenix and Tucson, as well as vast swathes of empty public and private lands. The effort to funnel migrants into this desert began in 1994 under the Clinton administration. That’s when the wave of increased migration that had started in the 1980s prompted the U.S. government to embrace the policy of “prevention through deterrence.” The idea was that would-be migrants from Mexico and Central America would be deterred from illegally crossing the U.S. border if their routes were too treacherous. With this goal in mind, Border Patrol erected new infrastructure and stepped up enforcement in border cities like Tijuana and El Paso, leaving the harsh unpopulated borderlands as the only option.

    In an email to Undark, John Mennell, a public affairs specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — the agency that oversees Border Patrol — in Arizona, said that people crossing the border illegally are at risk from the predations of smugglers and criminal organizations, who, he says, encourage migrants to ride on train tops or to shelter in packed houses with limited food and water. Mennell says the agency has installed rescue beacons in the desert, which migrants can use to call for help. According to CBP, Border Patrol rescued roughly 5,000 migrants on the Southwest border from October 2019 through September 2020.

    Yet according to data compiled by the nonprofit group Humane Borders, the prevention through deterrence approach has failed to stop migrants from attempting the border crossing. “There continues to be a shift in migration into more remote and difficult areas,” said Geoff Boyce, a geographer at Earlham College in Indiana, and one of Chambers’ collaborators. Migrants have a much higher chance of dying in the desert today than they did 15 years ago, he said, and the numbers continue to rise, from 220 deaths per 100,000 apprehensions in 2016 to 318 deaths per 100,000 apprehensions in 2020. Last year, 227 migrants died in the Pima County Medical Examiner’s jurisdiction, in southern Arizona, although activists say that the number is likely much higher because of the way bodies disappear in the desert.

    Chambers and Boyce source mortality data from the Pima County Medical Examiner’s Office. They have gotten information on migrant activity from No More Deaths, one of many humanitarian groups in the Tucson area that maintains desert water and supply stations for migrants. No More Deaths, which supports the decriminalization of undocumented migration, has set up supplies in the mountains and other hard-to-reach areas. Humane Borders also maintains stations in areas accessible by car. These organizations maintain meticulous records — the raw data that launched Chambers’ and Boyce’s first desert mapping collaboration.

    On a cool November morning, Rebecca Fowler, administrative manager with Humane Borders, climbed into a truck armed with a list of 53 water stations. She was joined by two volunteers who chatted on the street next to a truck bed bearing yards of hoses and 55-gallon blue barrels that the organization purchases at a discount from soda companies.

    Fowler was leading the Friday morning water run to seven stations off State Route 286, which runs south from Tucson to an isolated border town called Sasabe. Each week, Fowler and her volunteers check to be sure that the water is potable and plentiful. They change out dirty barrels and make notes of any vandalism. (In the past, some of the group’s barrels have been found with bullet holes or with the spigots ripped off.)

    Among other data points, Fowler and her team gather data on water usage, footprints, and clothes found near their sites. Using the county’s medical examiner data, they have also created an interactive map of migrant deaths. A search of their website reveals a spread of red dots on the Southwestern United States, so many between Phoenix and Tucson that the map turns black. The organization has charted more than 3,000 deaths in the past two decades.

    In her years in the desert, Fowler has noticed the same kind of changes pointed to in Boyce’s and Chambers’ research. “Migrants have been increasingly funneled into more desolate, unforgiving areas,” she said.

    GIS modeling, which is broadly defined as any technique that allows cartographers to spatially analyze data and landscapes, has evolved alongside computers. The U.S. military was an early developer and adopter of this technology, using it to understand terrain and plan operations. In those early days, few activists or academics possessed the skills or the access needed to use GIS, said Cinnamon. But in the last decade, more universities have embraced GIS as part of their curricula and the technology has become more readily available.

    Now, the kind of GIS modeling employed by Chambers, who uses ArcGIS and QGIS software, is commonplace in archaeology and landscape design. It allows modelers to understand how factors like terrain, weather, and manmade features influence the way people move through a given physical environment.

    An architect might employ GIS technology to decide where to put sidewalks on a college campus, for example. Chambers used these techniques to study elk migration during his doctoral studies at the University of Arizona. But after Boyce connected him to No More Deaths, he started using his skills to study human migration.

    No More Deaths tracks data at their water stations, too — including acts of vandalism, which they asked Boyce and Chambers to assist in analyzing via GIS. That report, released in 2018, spatially examines the time of year and location of the vandalism and uses its results to postulate that Border Patrol agents are primarily responsible, while acknowledging that rogue actors, such as hunters and members of militia groups, may contribute as well. (CBP did not respond to Undark’s questions on water station vandalism.)

    When Boyce and Chambers finished analyzing the information, they asked themselves: What else could this data reveal? Previous attempts to understand the desert’s hostility had relied on the prevalence of human remains or statistics on capture by Border Patrol agents, but both of those are imperfect measures.

    “It’s very hard to get any type of reliable, robust information about undocumented migration, particularly in remote desert areas,” said Boyce. “The people who are involved, their behavior is not being methodically recorded by any state actor.”

    Most of the water stations on Fowler’s route were set back from the highway, off bumpy roads where mesquite scraped the truck. By 11 a.m., heavy-bellied clouds had rolled in and the temperature was in the 80s and rising. The fingers of saguaro cacti pointed at the sky and at the Quinlan Mountains jutting over the horizon; on the other side lay the Tohono O’odham Nation. Fowler says Border Patrol’s policies increasingly shunt migrants into treacherous lands within the reservation.

    Humane Borders’ water barrels are marked by long poles capped by tattered blue flags, fluttering above the brush. Each barrel features a combination lock, preventing vandals from opening the barrel and pouring anything inside. Each is also marked by a Virgin of Guadalupe sticker, a symbol for migrants passing through the desert.

    At each stop, Fowler and that day’s volunteers, Lauren Kilpatrick and Isaiah Ortiz, pulled off the lock and checked the water for particulates and pH levels. They picked up nearby trash and kept an eye out for footprints. At the third station, the water harbored visible black dots — an early sign of algae — so the group dumped all 55 gallons and set up a new barrel. At a later station, Fowler found a spigot that had been wrenched off and flung among the mesquite. Later still, the group came upon a barrel full of decaying, abandoned backpacks.

    This was the third water run for Kilpatrick and Ortiz, a couple from Nevada now living in Arizona. Kilpatrick had read books and listened to podcasts about the borderlands, and Ortiz had wanted to get involved because the crisis felt personal to him — some of his family are immigrants, some of his friends and their relatives undocumented.

    “I just think about their journey — some of them are from Central America and Mexico,” he said. “Their lives were in real danger coming through areas like this.”

    GIS modeling simplifies this complex landscape into a grid. To analyze the grid, Chambers uses a standard modeling software; so far, he has published five papers with Boyce about the desert. For the first they worked on together, the team took No More Deaths’ data on visits to water sites from 2012 to 2015 and looked at changes in water usage at each site. Once they’d determined which routes had fallen out of favor and which had risen in popularity, they looked at whether those newer routes were more treacherous, using a ruggedness index that Chambers developed with his colleagues by looking at the slope and jaggedness of terrain, along with vegetation cover and temperature. They concluded that official United States policy is increasingly shunting migrants into more rugged areas.

    From CBP’s perspective, “Walking through remote inhospitable terrain is only one of many dangers illegal immigrants face during their dangerous journey into the United States,” said Mennell. And installing new technology and increased patrol on popular migration routes is actually a good thing, he says, because it contributes to the goal of securing the border against smugglers shepherding in so-called “illegal immigrants.”

    In another paper, Chambers studied whether migrants took new routes to avoid increased surveillance, and whether those new routes put them at higher risk of heat exposure and hyperthermia. To map out which areas were toughest to cross — as measured by caloric expenditure — Chambers factored in such variables as slope, terrain, and average human weight and walking speed, borrowing both military and archaeological formulas to measure the energy expenditures of different routes. He used viewshed analysis, which tells a mapmaker which areas are visible from a certain point — say, from a surveillance tower — and, using his slope calculations and the formulae, compared the energy costs of walking within sight of the towers versus staying out of sight.

    Chambers tested his findings against the maps of recovered human remains in the area before and after increased surveillance. To map risk of heat exposure, Chambers used formulae from sports medicine professionals, military physicians, and physiologists, and charted them onto the desert. And he found, just as with the ruggedness index, that people are taking longer, more intense routes to avoid the towers. Now they need more calories to survive the desert, and they’re at higher risk of dying from heat.

    Caloric expenditure studies had been done before in other contexts, said Chambers. But until this map, no one had ever created a detailed spatial representation of locations where the landscape and high temperatures are deadliest for the human body.

    GIS mapping is also being used to track migration into Europe. Lorenzo Pezzani, a lecturer in forensic architecture at Goldsmiths, University of London, works with artists, scientists, NGOs, and politicians to map what they see as human rights violations in the Mediterranean Sea.

    Compared with the group conducting research in Arizona, Pezzani and his team are at a distinct disadvantage. If a body drops into the sea, it’s unlikely to be recovered. There’s just not as much data to study, says Pezzani. So he and his team study discrete disasters, and then they extrapolate from there.

    Pezzani disseminates his group’s work through a project called Forensic Oceanography, a collaborative research effort consisting of maps, visualizations, and reports, which has appeared in art museums. In 2018, information gathered through their visualizations was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights as evidence showing the Italian government’s role in migrant drowning deaths.

    The goal is to make migrant deaths in the Mediterranean more visible and to challenge the governmental narrative that, like the deaths in the Sonoran, these deaths are unavoidable and faultless. Deaths from shipwrecks, for example, are generally blamed on the criminal networks of human traffickers, said Pezzani. He wants to show that the conditions that draw migrants into dangerous waters are the result of “specific political decisions that have been taken by southern European states and by the European Union.”

    Pezzani, Chambers, and Boyce all intend for their work to foster discussion about government policy on immigration and borderlands. Boyce, for one, wants the U.S. government to rethink its policy of “prevention through deterrence” and to demilitarize the border. He believes the current policy is doomed to fail and is inhumane because it does not tackle the underlying issues that cause people to try to migrate in the first place. Ryan Burns, a visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley, said he wants to see more research like this. “We need more scientists who are saying, ‘We can produce knowledge that is sound, that is actionable, that has a very well-established rigor to it, but is also politically motivated,’” Burns said.

    Cinnamon said that GIS, by its nature, tends to involve approaching a project with a viewpoint already in mind. “If the U.S. government decided to do the same study, they might approach it from a very different perspective,” he said. As long as the authors are overt about their viewpoints, Cinnamon sees no issue.

    Burns, however, did sound one cautionary note. By drawing attention to illegal crossings, he said, researchers “could be endangering people who are taking these paths.” In other words, making a crisis more visible can be politically powerful, but it can also have unintended consequences.

    Before their last water station visit, the group from Humane Borders drove into Sasabe. A helicopter chopped overhead, probably surveilling for migrants, Fowler said. Border Patrol vehicles roamed the streets, as they do throughout this part of the country.

    Once, Fowler said, a 12-foot wall spread for miles across the mountains here. In recent months, it’s been replaced by the U.S. government’s latest effort to stop migrants from venturing into the desert: a 30-footer, made of steel slats, undulating through the town and across the mountains in either direction. It’s yet another factor to consider when mapping the Sonoran and envisioning how its natural and manmade obstacles will shape its migration routes.

    “There’s so much speculation” about what will happen to migrants because of this wall, said Fowler. She suspects they will cross through the Tohono O’odham Nation, where there’s no wall. But they won’t have access to water dropped by Humane Borders. “What I worry about, obviously, is more people dying,” said Fowler. She’s certain the migrants “will continue to come.”

    Chambers and Boyce plan to keep making maps. They recently published a paper showing the stress that internal border checkpoints place on migrants crossing the desert, the latest step in their quest to create empirical evidence for the increasing treacherousness of the border.

    “It’s an important thing for people to know,” said Boyce.

    https://undark.org/2021/03/31/mapping-migrant-deaths-sonoran-desert
    #SIG #désert_du_Sonora #asile #migrations #frontières #morts_aux_frontières #décès #morts #USA #Mexique #Etats-Unis #cartographie #visualisation #contre-cartographie

    ping @reka

    • Developing a geospatial measure of change in core temperature for migrating persons in the Mexico-U.S. border region

      Although heat exposure is the leading cause of mortality for undocumented immigrants attempting to traverse the Mexico-U.S. border, there has been little work in quantifying risk. Therefore, our study aims to develop a methodology projecting increase in core temperature over time and space for migrants in Southern #Arizona using spatial analysis and remote sensing in combination with the heat balance equation—adapting physiological formulae to a multi-step geospatial model using local climate conditions, terrain, and body specifics. We sought to quantitatively compare the results by demographic categories of age and sex and qualitatively compare them to known terrestrial conditions and prior studies of those conditions. We demonstrated a more detailed measure of risk for migrants than those used most recently: energy expenditure and terrain ruggedness. Our study not only gives a better understanding of the ‘#funnel_effect’ mechanisms, but also provides an opportunity for relief and rescue operations.

      https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1877584520300411
      #risques #risque #analyse_spatiale

  • Macron roi

    Alors que le #Parlement est en ce jour transformé en une chambre d’enregistrement des désirs du Roi, il importe de revenir sur le bilan d’une année de gouvernement-covid. Est-ce la pandémie qui est hors de contrôle, ou bien notre président ? Les deux certainement.

    « Le président a acquis une vraie #expertise sur les sujets sanitaires. Ce n’est pas un sujet inaccessible pour une intelligence comme la sienne. » #Jean-Michel_Blanquer, Le Monde, le 30 mars 2021

    « Ce n’est pas Macron qui manque d’#humilité, c’est l’humilité qui n’est pas à la hauteur », #EmmanuelMacronFacts

    « Père Ubu – Allons, messieurs, prenons nos dispositions pour la bataille. Nous allons rester sur la colline et ne commettrons point la sottise de descendre en bas. Je me tiendrai au milieu comme une citadelle vivante et vous autres graviterez autour de moi » Alfred Jarry, Ubu roi, Acte IV, scène 3

    Je serai bref. On écrit bien trop sur Macron. Les trois épigraphes ci-dessus disent à peu près tout. Il faudrait juste ajouter que dans certaines versions de la mythologie grecque Hybris est l’un des enfants de la Nuit et d’Érèbe, une divinité des Enfers. L’#hybris désigne la #démesure, l’#excès_de_pouvoir et le vertige auquel il conduit. La Vème République est une détestable machine à produire de l’hybris. Des présidents hors de contrôle.

    En ce 31 mars 2021, Macron roi préside un #Conseil_de_défense_sanitaire où ne siège autour de lui qu’une petite grappe de ministres choisis par ses soins. Conseil opaque, soumis au secret et échappant à tout #contrôle_législatif . Le soir du même jour, il annonce ses décisions à ses sujets, au nom d’un « nous », dont on ne saura jamais s’il est de majesté ou s’il renvoie aux choix collectifs et débattus d’un #exécutif. Ce « je-nous » annonce donc le #reconfinement de toute la métropole, avec la fermeture des écoles. Je propose de déduire de ces décisions les trois #échecs de Macron, qui correspondent à trois #fautes, lesquelles sont directement en rapport avec la démesure qui caractérise le personnage, #démesure encouragée par la fonction et notre #constitution épuisée. Quand faire le #bilan d’une politique se résume, de facto, à la caractérologie de son Auteur, on se dit qu’il est grand temps de changer de République et d’en finir avec le #présidentialisme.

    Le premier échec de Macron roi, c’est le reconfinement de toute la métropole avec ses conséquences en termes de #santé_mentale, de #précarisation accrue pour les plus pauvres et les classes moyennes, et d’aggravation de la #crise_économique. L’engagement pris à de multiples reprises de ne pas reconfiner nationalement n’a jamais été accompagné de la politique qu’un tel choix exigeait. Macron a mis tout le pays dans une #impasse. Le reconfinement est la conséquence directe de ce choix. La décision de laisser filer l’#épidémie fin janvier, - dans un contexte de diffusion des variants, avec l’exemple anglais sous les yeux, et contre l’avis de toute la #communauté_scientifique -, a été, littéralement, criminelle. Macron était parfaitement informé de la flambée qui aurait lieu mi-mars. Nous y sommes.

    Le second échec de Macron roi, distrait et appuyé par son fou préféré dans son obstination à ne #rien_faire pour sécuriser sérieusement l’#Éducation_nationale, aura été la #fermeture contrainte des #écoles et le prolongement du semi-confinement des étudiant.es, qu’il convient de ne pas oublier : les dégâts sont pour elle et eux sans fin, que certain.es aident à réparer : https://blogs.mediapart.fr/parrainer-un-e-etudiant-e/blog/260221/parrainer-un-e-etudiant-e-pour-entrer-dans-le-monde-dapres-appel-ten. En plus des scandales des #masques, des #tests et des #vaccins, Macron et son gouvernement sont en effet directement comptables d’une #inaction incompréhensible. Monté sur son « cheval à phynances », Macron roi a certes arrosé les entreprises de centaines de milliards, mais n’en a dépensé aucun pour l’#Hôpital, l’École, l’#Université, la #Recherche et plus généralement la #sécurisation_sanitaire des #lieux_publics, parmi lesquels tous les lieux de #culture.

    Or, depuis bientôt un an, des chercheurs font la démonstration que des solutions existent (voir ici : https://blogs.mediapart.fr/pascal-maillard/blog/120121/rendre-l-universite-aux-etudiants-sans-attendre-les-decideurs ) et que la stratégie « #Zéro_Covid » est certainement la plus efficace et la plus propre à protéger des vies : voir par exemple les propositions concrètes de Rogue-ESR (https://rogueesr.fr/zero-covid). Pourquoi donc « une intelligence comme la sienne » ne parvient-elle pas à s’élever jusqu’à la compréhension que la #détection de la saturation en #CO2 d’un lieu fermé et l’utilisation de #filtres_Hepa sont des dispositifs techniques simples, efficaces et susceptibles de limiter la propagation du #virus ? Même des esprits infiniment plus bornés que le sien – Wauquiez par exemple (https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/auvergne-rhone-alpes/covid-l-efficacite-des-purificateurs-d-air-contre-le-sa), qui dégage 10 millions pour des #purificateurs_d’air dans les écoles et lycées - ont parfaitement saisi au bout de 6 mois ce que Macron-Roi mettra deux ans à reconnaitre.

    Le troisième échec de Macron roi, le plus terrible, est le nombre de #morts, de vies brisées, de souffrances psychiques et physiques que des années de soins peineront à soulager. Bientôt 100 000 morts. Des légions de "covid longs", des enfants, des adolescents et des étudiants habités par l’angoisse de contaminer leur parents … Question : combien de milliers de vies auraient pu être épargnées, non pas seulement par des décisions énergiques fin janvier 2021, mais par un véritable #plan_d’action visant à apporter une sécurité sanitaire digne de ce nom, à toute la population ? Pourquoi 3000 #lits de #réanimation supplémentaires seulement maintenant et pas à l’été 2020, avant la seconde vague ? Pourquoi Zéro mesure technique et financière pour les #universités quand des étudiants se suicident ? Pourquoi Zéro vaccin pour protéger les enseignants ? Pourquoi faire si peu de cas de « La valeur d’une vie » (https://blogs.mediapart.fr/pascal-maillard/blog/260121/la-valeur-d-une-vie) ?

    L’analyse des causes de ces #échecs montre que ce ne sont pas des #erreurs, mais des #fautes politiques. Tout d’abord une gestion présidentialiste et autocratique de la #crise_sanitaire, couplée avec un virage idéologique vers l’extrême droite. Ensuite le refus de toute #politique_d’anticipation, qui est à concevoir comme une conséquence du « #en-même-temps » : le #laisser_faire néolibéral du macronisme se conjugue avec un retrait massif de l’#Etat et un affaiblissement de la #Fonction_publique. Enfin la #gestion_sanitaire de Macron roi a pris lors de cette épidémie la forme d’un #pari : s’accoutumer au virus, #vivre_avec, le laisser filer permettra peut-être d’éviter un #confinement. Le pari au lieu de la #raison et de la #délibération, le jeu avec la science, le rêve de devenir un savant, l’adulation de Raoult, Macron roi devenu « l’expert », l’épidémiologiste en chambre. La limite de cette folie est éthique : un #pouvoir, quel qu’il soit, ne peut pas parier des vies comme dans une partie de poker.

    A ces trois fautes correspondent trois marqueurs de l’identité politique de Macron roi : l’#opportunisme, le #jeu et le #cynisme. Macron est certainement le président le plus dangereux que nous ayons eu depuis Pétain. Il est le président qui aura consenti à la mort de dizaines de milliers de citoyen.ne.s, qui aura fait le lit de l’#extrême_droite et aura remplacé la politique par un jeu de roulette russe. Président hors de contrôle, il est devenu à lui seul le haut comité médical qu’il a institué. Il est devenu à lui seul tout le Parlement. Il est devenu sa propre caricature. Le Roi et le fou du Roi. Seul en son Palais, "divertissant son incurable ennui en faisant des paris avec la vie de ses sujets"*.

    Pascal Maillard

    Père Ubu s’interrogeait ainsi : « Le mauvais droit ne vaut-il pas le bon ? ». Il parait que sous la plume de Jarry cette question rhétorique renvoyait au cynisme politique de Bismarck.

    * L’expression est de l’écrivain Yves Charnet, dans un livre à paraître.

    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/pascal-maillard/blog/010421/macron-roi

    #macronisme #Macron #France #covid #coronavirus #Blanquer

  • –-
    #Relations_Internationales #Etats-Unis
    Les Etats-Unis sont fatigués du monde, par Benoît Bréville (Le Monde diplomatique, mai 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/05/BREVILLE/55468

    Les USA avaient planifié une guerre informatique contre l’Iran - Politique - Numerama
    http://www.numerama.com/politique/146207-les-usa-avaient-planifie-une-guerre-informatique-contre-liran.html
    #Relations_Internationales #Orient #Iran #Etats-Unis #Documentaires

    À Washington, scénarios pour un conflit majeur, par Michael Klare (Le Monde diplomatique, septembre 2016)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2016/09/KLARE/56193


    #Russie #Etats-Unis #Chine #Asie

    La Russie installe des missiles à capacité nucléaire aux portes de l’Otan | Courrier international
    http://www.courrierinternational.com/depeche/la-russie-installe-des-missiles-capacite-nucleaire-aux-portes
    #Russie #OTAN

    « La Russie a de nouveau installé ses missiles Iskander capables d’emporter des têtes nucléaires dans son enclave de Kaliningrad, frontalière de deux pays de l’Otan, a annoncé samedi Vilnius, tout en notant que l’objectif de Moscou est d’obtenir de l’Occident des concessions sur la Syrie et l’Ukraine. »

    « Depuis le début de la crise ukrainienne en 2014, la Russie a multiplié les démonstrations de force avec une série d’exercices militaires dsans des régions bordant les Etats baltes, membres de l’Otan.

    L’Otan a réagi en décidant de déployer dès l’année prochaine quatre bataillons multinationaux en Pologne et dans les trois pays baltes pour renforcer son flanc oriental. »

    Les premiers chars américains débarquent en Europe pour se déployer à l’est
    http://www.rtbf.be/info/monde/detail_les-premiers-chars-americains-debarquent-en-europe-pour-se-deployer-a-l-

    CADTM - Comment Washington tente de déstabiliser les gouvernements progressistes
    LES DOSSIERS DE WIKILEAKS SUR L’AMÉRIQUE LATINE
    2 novembre par Alexander Main , Dan Beeton
    http://cadtm.org/Comment-Washington-tente-de

    -"Source : Jacobin, 29 septembre 2015.
    Jacobin est une revue trimestrielle américaine de gauche. (...)

    Traduction : Mireille Azzoug

    Révision et édition : Mémoire des luttes"

    –"En recourant à la contrainte (les conditionnalités attachées aux prêts du FMI) et à l’endoctrinement (en formant les Chicago boys de la région), les Etats-Unis ont réussi, dès le milieu des années 1980, à répandre l’évangile de l’austérité fiscale, de la déréglementation, du prétendu « libre-échange », de la privatisation et de la réduction draconienne du secteur public à l’échelle de tout le continent.

    Le résultat fut étonnamment semblable à ce que l’on a pu voir en Grèce" ;

    –"Une bonne partie de l’histoire des efforts du gouvernement américain pour contenir et faire refluer la vague anti-néolibérale est accessible à travers les dizaines de milliers de câbles diplomatiques de WikiLeaks en provenance des missions diplomatiques américaines de la région, du début des années 2000 à 2010. Les câbles – que nous analysons dans le livre The WikiLeaks Files : The World According to U.S. Empire publié par Verso Books – révèlent jour après jour les mécanismes d’intervention politique des Etats-Unis en Amérique latine" ;

    –"Certaines des méthodes d’intervention déployées en Bolivie eurent leur pendant dans d’autres pays dirigés pas des gouvernements de gauche ou abritant de forts mouvements de gauche. Par exemple, après le retour au pouvoir de la gauche sandiniste en 2007, l’ambassade américaine à Managua se mobilisa pour doper le soutien au parti d’opposition de droite, l’Alliance libérale nicaraguayenne (ANL)" ;

    –"De tels câbles devraient être lus par tous ceux qui étudient la diplomatie américaine ou qui sont curieux de comprendre comment fonctionne dans la réalité le système américain de « promotion de la démocratie ». A travers l’USAID, la Fondation nationale pour la démocratie (National Endowment for Democracy- NED), le NDI, l’IRI et autres entités paragouvernementales, Washington apporte une aide considérable aux mouvements politiques soutenant les objectifs politiques et économiques des Etats-Unis." ;

    –"Deux mois avant ce scrutin, le conseiller politique de l’ambassade avait alerté Washington sur le fait que Correa allait sans aucun doute « rejoindre le groupe Chavez-Morales-Kirchner des dirigeants nationalistes-populistes sud-américains ». " ;

    –"En avril 2007, 80% des électeurs équatoriens ratifièrent la proposition d’assemblée constituante et, en 2008, 62% d’entre eux se prononcèrent en faveur d’une nouvelle constitution. Ce texte consacrait une série de principes progressistes, dont la souveraineté alimentaire, les droits au logement, à la santé, à l’emploi et le contrôle de l’exécutif sur la banque centrale (un véritable interdit dans la feuille de route néolibérale).

    Au début 2009, Correa annonça que l’Equateur ferait défaut sur une partie de sa dette extérieure. Cette mesure, avec d’autres, récentes, provoqua la fureur de l’ambassade, tout comme la décision du président de rapprocher l’Equateur des pays membres de l’Alliance bolivarienne pour les peuples de notre Amérique (ALBA), créée à l’initiative du Venezuela et de Cuba en 2004 pour faire échec à la Zone de libre échange des Amériques, ALCA), à l’époque fortement promue par l’administration Bush. Mais l’ambassadeur avait aussi conscience que les Etats-Unis n’avaient que peu de prise sur Correa" ;

    –"En avril 2002, le gouvernement américain soutint publiquement un coup d’Etat militaire de courte durée qui éloigna Chavez du pouvoir pendant 48 heures. Les documents de la NED auxquels on a pu avoir accès grâce à la loi sur la liberté de l’information montrent que les Etats-Unis fournissaient des fonds, ainsi qu’une formation à la « promotion de la démocratie » à des groupes qui avaient soutenu le coup d’Etat et furent ultérieurement impliqués dans la « grève » des managers" ;

    –"On ne doit pas oublier que les câbles de WikiLeaks n’offrent aucun aperçu sur les activités des services de renseignement américains qui agissent de façon plus secrète (...) Néanmoins, ils apportent amplement la preuve des efforts continus et déterminés des diplomates américains pour intervenir contre les gouvernements indépendants de gauche en Amérique latine, en utilisant l’octroi de subsides, les multiples instruments disponibles dans la boîte à outils de la « promotion de la démocratie » – et parfois en soutenant (y compris financièrement) des méthodes violentes et illégales." ;

    –"En juin 2014, le vice-président américain Joe Biden lançait l’Initiative pour la sécurité énergétique des Caraïbes (Caribbean Energy Security Initiative), considérée comme un « antidote » à PetroCaribe" ;

    –"la gauche est largement devenue majoritaire en Amérique latine. A l’exception du Honduras et du Paraguay, où des coups d’Etat de droite ont chassé les présidents élus, presque tous les mouvements de gauche arrivés au pouvoir au cours des 15 dernières années sont aujourd’hui toujours aux commandes. Largement grâce à l’action de ces gouvernements, entre 2002 et 2013 le taux de pauvreté a fortement baissé dans la région, passant de 44 à 28%, après avoir empiré au cours des deux décennies précédentes. Ces succès et la détermination des dirigeants de gauche à prendre des risques pour se débarrasser du diktat néolibéral devraient aujourd’hui servir de modèle à la gauche anti-austérité européenne." ;

    –"Il y a beaucoup d’autres choses que l’on peut apprendre des câbles de WikiLeaks. Pour les chapitres « Amérique latine » et « Caraïbes » de notre livre The WiliLeaks Files, nous avons passé en revue des centaines de câbles et nous sommes en mesure d’identifier des modes distincts d’intervention américaine que nous décrivons plus amplement dans l’ouvrage (certains ont déjà été exposés par ailleurs). D’autres auteurs ont fait la même chose que nous pour d’autres régions du monde. Mais il y a plus de 250 000 câbles (35 000 rien que pour l’Amérique latine) et il reste sans aucun doute encore bien d’autres aspects notables de la diplomatie américaine en action qui attendent d’être dévoilés.

    Malheureusement, après l’excitation initiale provoquée par la mise à disposition des câbles, peu de journalistes et de chercheurs ont montré un réel intérêt pour eux."

    #Relations_internationales #Etats-unis #Bolivie #Evo_Morales #Nicaragua #Equateur #Rafael_Correa #Vénézuela #Hugo_Chavez #ONG #Wikileaks #Amérique_latine #Guerre_Froide #Haïti #PetroCaribe #Ingérence #USAID #OTI_Office_for_Transition_Initiatives #Amérique_du_Sud

    Le monde selon Donald Trump, par Michael Klare (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2017)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/01/KLARE/56966

    « Elle tranche avec celle de la plupart des experts ou responsables politiques cotés à Washington.
    Ceux-ci, comme s’en aperçoit vite quiconque séjourne dans la capitale, voient des cercles concentriques qui se déploient à partir de la Maison Blanche. »
    « Pendant des décennies, la politique étrangère américaine a visé à renforcer les liens avec et entre les pays amis, et à affaiblir ou à isoler les exclus. »
    « il est étranger à toute conception structurée attribuant des rôles définis aux alliés, amis et ennemis. Il se retrouve donc dans l’approche de M. Rex Tillerson, le patron d’ExxonMobil, qu’il a choisi comme secrétaire d’État. Les deux hommes perçoivent le monde comme une vaste jungle »

    La Constitution contre Donald Trump, par Anne Deysine (Le Monde diplomatique, avril 2017) #Institutions
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/04/DEYSINE/57384

    Donald Trump s’épanouit en chef de guerre, par Michael Klare (Le Monde diplomatique, mai 2017)
    http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2017/05/KLARE/57462

    –-La CIA publie en ligne 12 millions de pages de documents déclassifiés - Libération Par Martina Castigliani — 18 janvier 2017 #Relations_Internationales_Histoire
    #Histoire_Relations_Internationales
    http://www.liberation.fr/planete/2017/01/18/la-cia-publie-en-ligne-12-millions-de-pages-de-documents-declassifies_154

    [11/09/2001] Terrorisme, l’arme des puissants, par Noam Chomsky
    http://www.les-crises.fr/11092001-terrorisme-larme-des-puissants-par-noam-chomsky

    -"Un cas, celui du Nicaragua, n’est pas discutable : il a en effet été tranché par la Cour internationale de justice de La Haye et par les Nations unies. Interrogez-vous pour savoir combien de fois ce précédent indiscutable d’une action terroriste à laquelle un Etat de droit a voulu répondre avec les moyens du droit a été évoqué par les commentateurs dominants. Il s’agissait pourtant d’un précédent encore plus extrême que les attentats du 11 septembre : la guerre de l’administration Reagan contre le Nicaragua provoqua 57 000 victimes, dont 29 000 morts, et la ruine d’un pays, peut-être de manière irréversible." ;

    –"Ce précédent ne fait aucun doute. Combien de fois en avons-nous parlé à l’université, dans les journaux ?" ;

    –"on a tort de penser que le terrorisme serait l’instrument des faibles. Comme la plupart des armes meurtrières, le terrorisme est surtout l’arme des puissants. Quand on prétend le contraire, c’est uniquement parce que les puissants contrôlent également les appareils idéologiques et culturels qui permettent que leur terreur passe pour autre chose que de la terreur.

    L’un des moyens les plus courants dont ils disposent pour parvenir à un tel résultat est de faire disparaître la mémoire des événements dérangeants ; ainsi plus personne ne s’en souvient." ;

    –"tout cela eut lieu dans un climat idéologique marqué par les proclamations enthousiastes des intellectuels occidentaux. Il y a quelques années, l’autocongratulation faisait fureur : fin de l’histoire, nouvel ordre mondial, Etat de droit, ingérence humanitaire, etc. C’était monnaie courante alors même que nous laissions se commettre un chapelet de tueries. Pis, nous y contribuions de façon active. Mais qui en parlait ? L’un des exploits de la civilisation occidentale, c’est peut-être de rendre possible ce genre d’inconséquences dans une société libre. Un Etat totalitaire ne dispose pas de ce don-là." ;

    –"Certes, d’autres pays avaient soutenu la guerre d’Ankara contre les Kurdes, mais aucun avec autant de zèle et d’efficacité que les Etats-Unis. Ce soutien bénéficia du silence ou – le mot est peut-être plus juste – de la servilité des classes éduquées américaines. Car elles n’ignoraient pas ce qui se passait. Les Etats-Unis sont un pays libre après tout ; les rapports des organisations humanitaires sur la situation au Kurdistan appartenaient au domaine public. A l’époque, nous avons donc choisi de contribuer aux atrocités." ;

    –"Lutter contre le terrorisme impose de réduire le niveau de la terreur, pas de l’accroître. Quand l’IRA commet un attentat à Londres, les Britanniques ne détruisent ni Boston, ville dans laquelle l’IRA compte de nombreux soutiens, ni Belfast. Ils cherchent les coupables, puis ils les jugent."

    #Etats_Unis #Relations_internationales #Terrorisme #Nicaragua #Noam_Chomsky

    –Les cabotages diplomatiques de Donald Trump, par Olivier Zajec (Le Monde diplomatique, janvier 2018)
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2018/01/ZAJEC/58242

    « Idiots utiles » du Pentagone, par Serge Halimi (Le Monde diplomatique, février 2018)
    https://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/2018/02/HALIMI/58393

    "le Pentagone vient d’achever une étude qui préconise un emploi plus généreux de l’arme nucléaire (1). Celle-ci étant actuellement trop destructrice pour que son utilisation soit imaginable, et ne jouant donc pas son rôle de dissuasion, il conviendrait de la miniaturiser davantage afin de pouvoir y recourir contre un éventail plus étendu d’agressions. Y compris « non nucléaires »"

    Retrait américain de #Syrie : Paris et Londres inquiets, Moscou jubile | Courrier international
    https://www.courrierinternational.com/depeche/trump-se-desengage-du-moyen-orient-poutine-se-rejouit.afp.com