• Trump’s bid to buy Greenland shows that the ‘scramble for the Arctic’ is truly upon us | World news | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/24/trump-greenland-gambit-sad-sign-arctic-up-for-grabs

    Donald Trump’s cack-handed attempt to buy Greenland, and the shirty response of Denmark’s prime minister, provoked amusement last week. But it was mostly nervous laughter. The US intervention shone a cold light on a rapidly developing yet neglected crisis at the top of the world – the pillage of the Arctic.

    Like the late 19th-century “scramble for Africa”, when European empires expanded colonial control of the continent’s land mass from 10% to 90% in 40 years, the Arctic region is up for grabs. As was the case then, the race for advantage is nationalistic, dangerously unregulated, and harmful to indigenous peoples and the environment.

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    #arctique #climat #ressources_naturelles #géopolitique

    • The US navy is reportedly planning Arctic “#freedom_of_navigation” operations similar to those in the South China Sea, using assets from the US 2nd Fleet that was relaunched last year to raise America’s profile in the North Atlantic and Arctic. Nato, to which five Arctic nations belong, is also taking an increased interest in the “security implications” of China’s activities, its secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, said this month. All this increases the risk of conflict.

      China’s main focus at present is not military but on energy and resources, via investment in Arctic countries. In addition to Russian natural gas, it is prospecting for minerals in Greenland and has agreed a free-trade deal with Iceland to increase fish imports. It refers to the NSR as the “#polar_silk_road” and there is talk of linking it to Beijing’s pan-Asian belt and road initiative.

      Yet like any other country, where China’s business interests lead, enhanced military, security and geopolitical engagement will surely follow. Strategic competition by the Great Powers, greed for resources, a lack of legal constraints – and the aggravating impact all this new activity will have on the climate crisis – suggest the 21st century “scramble for the Arctic” can only end badly.

      #FoN
      #OBOR #route_de_la_soie_polaire

  • #Fearless_Cities’ Movements Plot Common Path in Serbia

    ‘Municipalist’ movements from all over Europe met in the Serbian capital last weekend to exchange ideas and plan a common strategy against deeply entrenched political structures in their home countries.

    Municipalist activists from all over Europe descended on Belgrade in Serbia at the weekend for the fifth Fearless Cities conference, an event that seeks to elevate the discussion about the role that grassroots city-based groups can play in countering entrenched political structures and the rise of the far right.

    The conference last weekend was hosted by activists from Serbia’s Let’s Not Drown Belgrade [#Ne_davimo_Beograd], which was formed in 2014 to oppose a massive development project on the riverbank of the Serbian capital.

    The global municipalist movement met for the first time at the Fearless Cities Summit in Barcelona, Spain, in June 2017, at the invitation of Barcelona En Comú, with the stated goal of “radicalizing democracy, feminizing politics and standing up to the far right”.

    In a world in which it says “fear and inequalities are being twisted into hate, the movement says it is “standing up to defend human rights, democracy and the common good”.

    “It is a good opportunity to see how both smaller and bigger European cities are doing, and how we are actually on the same page for how we want to introduce citizens to decision-making,” Radomir Lazovic, one of the founders of Ne Davimo Beograd, said.

    “We are against the privatization and commercialisation of public assets, and we want to develop cities that belong to us, as citizens,” he told BIRN.

    Besides opposing the Belgrade Waterfront, Ne Davimo Beograd has supported months of protests in the Serbian capital against the government of President Aleksandar Vucic.

    The “1of 5 million” movement launched a series of protests on December 8 last year, demanding that Vucic and his governing Serbian Progressive Party resign, as well as more media freedom and fair elections.

    At the event in Belgrade, one of the panels gathered individuals from all over the Balkans, including North Macedonia, Albania and Croatia, to discuss the rise of local movements in their respective countries, and whether these movements actually have the potential to affect real change.

    Many panelists emphasized that in their home cities, members of the public often didn’t even know that they had neighbourhood councils and could have a real say in matters affecting their cities and towns.

    “Connecting and expanding our knowledge on the practices we are interested in is important, especially at a time when we see that right-wing formations and political parties are much better organized, much better mobilized and much more present in the general media with a higher impact on the general public,” said Ivana Dragsic, from the Skopje-based organization, #Freedom_Square.

    How municipalist movements can help shape the future of European politics was the main topic of discussion in #Belgrade.

    “Municipalism” emphasises the importance of allowing cities and towns to make their own decisions on issues like affordable housing, sustainable environmental policies and transparency.

    “Political parties have a problem because they … don’t follow the real process of societies,” said Ana Méndez de Andés, a member of the organization Ahora Madrid.

    “Municipalism looks at other ways of organizing. It’s about understanding that there is a need to change institutions and open up radical democratic processes starting from a scale that is closer to the citizens,” she told BIRN.

    Speakers from groups such as OccupyGaguta in Moldova, The City is For All in Hungary and Organized Society S.O.S. in Romania also presented their views at the conference, highlighting issues like participatory democracy, evictions, and environmental campaigns.

    “I am here in the Balkans because, as a Romanian, I can learn more about the experience in Southeastern Europe than I can from Western countries,” said Adrian Dohotaru, an MP in Romania and a member of Organized Society S.O.S.

    “We have a similar experience of commodification and privatization of public goods, a neoliberal system and in order to reverse this, we need to provide better policies against corruption.”

    Environmental justice was addressed by several speakers, including members of Keep Upright, KOD, from Montenegro, and Zagreb je NAS! [Zagreb is us], from Croatia.

    Other organizations like Spasi Sofia [Save Sofia] focus on promoting good quality public transport and green public spaces in the Bulgarian capital.

    “When the local government in Sofia canceled a big tramway project for the city we said: ‘This is enough. We have to really vote for ourselves because we love the city and we have to do something about it,’” said Andrej Zografski, from Spasi Sofia.

    “We have to learn from each other because we don’t have any other allies than ourselves,” he added.

    Opportunities to learn about issues specific to Belgrade were also offered at the conference, including tours of the Belgrade Waterfront and of the Kaludjerica settlment, which is often referred to as an illegal settlement due to the number of buildings built there without permits.

    Workshops to learn about different issues facing people in Serbia, like LGBT rights and the construction of hydro-power plants against public will, were offered as well.

    One of the discussions at the Belgrade event addressed the feminization of politics within a global context.

    Speakers from Colombia, Spain, Serbia and Croatia discussed the challenges of women trying to navigate and change patriarchal political systems.

    “If we don’t have a feminization of politics, we’ll lose many voices that are important in politics and, unless we change this, it’ll be difficult for these people to participate on equal terms with others,” said Laura Roth, a member of Barcelona en Comú.

    “This means distributing responsibilities in different ways and trying to break traditional gender.

    https://balkaninsight.com/2019/06/14/fearless-cities-movements-plot-common-path-in-serbia
    #villes-refuge #Serbie #asile #migrations #réfugiés #solidarité #hospitalité #municipalisme

    Ajouté à la métaliste sur les villes-refuge :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/759145

  • Des nouvelles du Soudan

    Par Anne-Catherine de Nevehttps://www.facebook.com/annecatherinedeneve/posts/10216762968900586


    Il faut que je publie ceci. Je suis désolée. Je voudrais vous l’épargner.

    M. mon ami M, est chez nous depuis dimanche dernier. En allant se coucher dimanche soir, il m’a dit : « j’ai un mauvais pressentiment. J’ai le sentiment que quelque chose de terrible va se passer. »

    Lundi matin, quand il s’est réveillé, il a posé sa main sur son téléphone, comme à son habitude, et a commencé à éplucher Facebook. Son visage a blêmi quand il a découvert ce qui se passait dans son pays. Sa femme y est. Sa mère. Son père, ses frères et sœurs. Tous ses amis. Les heures qui ont suivi, il n’a plus dit un mot, son regard obstinément rivé sur l’écran de son téléphone, tentant désespérément de comprendre ce qui était en train de se passer.

    Il avait raison. Quelque chose de terrible était en train de se passer. Voilà le récit qu’il m’en a fait. Je vous le livre ici car nous nous devons mettre autant d’efforts à faire savoir ce qui se passe qu’ils n’en mettent à nous le cacher. Les principaux réseaux internet ont été coupés hier. Des rumeurs circulent : le téléphone pourrait être coupé dans les heures qui viennent, privant le Soudan tout entier de communication vers l’extérieur.
    Ce matin, il a retrouvé ses esprits et a commencé à m’expliquer ce que je savais déjà en partie, en montrant certaines vidéos, certaines photos… Il m’a demandé de l’écrire ici.

    M. :

    « Ils étaient assis devant le quartier général des forces armées. Depuis des jours. Depuis des nuits. Ils étaient la pour réclamer d’être entendus. Ils étaient là pour exiger que le Soudan soit rendu aux citoyens.
    Au petit matin, ceux du Transitionnal Military Council , ceux-là mêmes qui prétendaient être là pour protéger les citoyens, pour éviter qu’ils ne soient tués, maltraités, les ont attaqués. Ceux-là qui ont présentés leur main à serrer aux diplomates et chefs de gouvernement européens les ont attaqués, l’arme au poing. Ils ont tiré dans la foule. Ils ont frappé. Ils ont arrêté. Ils ont emprisonné. Ils ont violé. Hommes, femmes, enfants ont tenté de s’échapper. Dans les cris, dans la peur, dans le sang.

    Sur la place, les citoyens avaient installé de grandes tentes, dans lesquelles ils dormaient quand les militaires ont attaqué. Les militaires y ont mis le feu. Personne ne sait combien sont morts. Un peu plus loin, ils sont entrés dans les maisons des étudiants. Ils sont entrés et sortis, laissant la mort derrière eux. Personne ne sait combien sont morts. Les militaires ont emporté les corps. Ils les ont jetés dans le Nil bleu.

    Les femmes ont été violées. On a vu des militaires brandir des sous-vêtements des femmes qu’ils ont attaquées en guise d’étendard.

    Au petit matin, ils se sont dirigés vers les deux hôpitaux où étaient soignés les blessés. Ils sont entrés. Ils ont violé les femmes, infirmières et médecins, qui les soignaient Ils sont partis. Personne ne sait combien ont été violées. Le viol jette l’opprobre sur toute la communauté de la femme violée. Normalement, personne ne parle. Mais 50 récits ont déjà été enregistrés.

    Ceux qui ont pu fuir ont fui. Une fois le sitting dispersé, les militaires se sont répandus dans la ville. Ils ont interdit la fête rituelle de l’ Aid . Ils ont tiré sur tous les rassemblements de plusieurs personnes. Personne ne sait combien sont morts dans les rues de Khartoum. Ils ont même attaqué les cortèges funéraires et ont tué les familles qui voulaient rendre hommage à leurs morts.

    Le 4 juin, ils ont coupé les principaux réseaux internet, empêchant les gens de communiquer.
    Beaucoup de personnes sont manquantes. Parmi elles, certains de mes amis. Beaucoup de mes amis. Un numéro a été ouvert depuis hier pour recenser les personnes manquantes. On sait que 300 personnes ont été emmenées à Burri (?), dans un commissariat de police. Les autres, on ne sait pas où elles ont été emmenées
    A Khartoum, il y a un endroit où le Nil fait une boucle et rejette ce que ses flots ont charrié. Aujourd’hui plus de 120 corps ont été repêchés. Et ils continuent d’arriver.

    Je ne sais pas ce qui va se passer. Aujourd’hui, ils ont pris le pouvoir. Les Rapid support forces - les Damaseri , comme les a appelés le gouvernement de Omar El Bachir qui sont aussi Jenjaweed , connus pour avoir décimé le Darfour - sont au pouvoir et contrôlent désormais tout le Soudan. »

    Voici le récit de M. Il n’est pas complet car peu d’informations nous arrivent. Il comporte sans doute des erreurs car il m’a fallu me frayer un chemin dans toute cette horreur. Mais il est fidèle à ce que les Soudanais ont souffert. À ce qu’ils souffrent aujourd’hui.

    #freedomforsoudan
    #stopexpulsionsoudan
    #salah

    Si le récit de M vous laisse perplexe, Il m’a demandé de vous montrer des photos et des vidéo. Je viens de les parcourir et je ne peux pas. Je ne peux pas vous les montrer.

    • Le Monde affirme que Khartoum est « livrée au miliciens du Darfour » :

      https://www.lemonde.fr/afrique/article/2019/06/06/soudan-khartoum-livree-aux-miliciens-du-darfour_5472239_3212.html

      El Watan, quotidien algérien, voit de la part du Conseil militaire de transition une volonté de casser la mobilisation populaire pacifiste en montant les islamistes contre les manifestants.

      https://www.elwatan.com/edition/international/bain-de-sang-au-soudan-06-06-2019#

      Par contre, d’après El Watan, Abdelfattah al Buhrane, chef de la junte militaire, semble revenir à un discours plus « modéré » :

      Devant la pression de la rue et de la communauté internationale qui a appelé à la reprise des discussions, la junte militaire au pouvoir a fini par céder et annuler sa décision de tenir des élections dans neuf mois. Elle a également invité les contestataires à un dialogue sans conditions. Le général Abdelfattah Al Burhane, lors d’un discours retransmis hier à la télévision, a invité à la reprise des négociations. « Nous ouvrons nos bras aux négociations sans restriction, sinon celle de l’intérêt national, pour fonder un pouvoir légitime qui reflète les aspirations de la révolution des Soudanais.

      Ouvrons tous ensemble une nouvelle page », a-t-il déclaré. Il a dit en outre « regretter ce qui s’est passé à Khartoum lundi » et annoncé l’ouverture d’une enquête par le parquet général. Bien que comptant pourtant parmi les principaux soutiens des généraux soudanais, les Saoudiens ont apparu ne pas assumer la dérive du Conseil militaire de transition. Riyad a ainsi souligné hier aussi « l’importance d’une reprise du dialogue entre les différentes forces politiques soudanaises en vue de réaliser les espoirs et les aspirations du peuple soudanais frère ». Au moment où nous mettions sous presse hier, l’ALC n’avait pas encore répondu à l’offre de l’armée.

  • Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK
    https://www.olimex.com/Products/OLinuXino/Home-Server/Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK

    Pioneer-FreedomBox-HSK is a kit that includes all the hardware needed for launching a FreedomBox home server on an Olimex A20-OLinuXino-LIME2 board. The Pioneer Edition #FreedomBox Home Server is the first commercially available version of FreedomBox. This product provides the perfect combination of #open_source_hardware and free and open source
    software. By purchasing this product, you also support the FreedomBox Foundation’s efforts to create and promote its free and open source server software.

    #Logiciel_Libre

    https://github.com/OLIMEX/OLINUXINO/blob/master/HARDWARE/A20-OLinuXino-LIME2/A20-OLinuXino-Lime2_Rev_G2.pdf

    https://github.com/OLIMEX/OLINUXINO

    #Open_Hardware

  • “Truth ultimately is all we have:” Julian Assange appeals for publi...
    https://diasp.eu/p/9107781

    “Truth ultimately is all we have:” Julian Assange appeals for public support - World Socialist Web Site

    In his first publicly-released comments to supporters since his arrest, WikiLeaks founder and publisher Julian Assange has detailed the repressive conditions he faces in Britain’s Belmarsh prison and called for a campaign against his threatened extradition to the United States.

    “I am defenceless and am counting on you and others of good character to save my life,” Assange wrote, adding, “Truth ultimately is all we have.”

    I received a letter from Julian Assange - Invidious

    #USA #news #politics #activism #Wikileaks #journalism #Assange #freedom #protectJulian (...)

  • Double standards in Assange’s arrest (http://www.globaltimes.cn/con...
    https://diasp.eu/p/8869968

    Double standards in Assange’s arrest

    #China #politics #international ......

    “The US accusations of violating #press #freedom and cracking down on #dissenters are always against #non-Western countries. If #WikiLeaks targeted countries like #China, #Russia and #Iran, the US and its major #allies will cheer in chorus and label #Assange a #hero who opposes #autocracy”.

    [...]

  • #russia’s #internet Crackdown
    https://hackernoon.com/russias-internet-crackdown-a03a762584a6?source=rss----3a8144eabfe3---4

    President Putin sees his country’s control of the internet as an important step for Russia’s technological autonomy away from his rivals the United States and China. For scores of protestors, however, this is a step too far.Photo by Tom Grimbert (@tomgrimbert) on UnsplashNew LawFor many, especially in the West, it comes as no surprise: Vladimir Putin, Russia’s autocratic leader, seems to be taking his rule, and policies, into an even greater authoritarian direction than in previous years, with his lawmakers trying to put through a new bill which, if successfully implemented, will reduce internet #freedom within the country.In retaliation to this, activists have begun a number of demonstrations against the new legislation. They see it as their government’s attempt to curb open criticism of (...)

    #cybersecurity #politics

  • The Biggest Threat to Humanity
    https://hackernoon.com/the-biggest-threat-to-humanity-9dd020aaa4ba?source=rss----3a8144eabfe3--

    The Defense of Champigny, 1879, The Met Open AccessI belong to the generation lovingly known as the millennials. I grew up with the #internet. I lived through the rise and fall of IRC, AIM, MySpace, and now Facebook. I have friends today who I met on IRC in the 90s, and we’re still friends today, albeit the medium has changed (these days we use Telegram).I owe the Internet everything: it taught me how to write software, it helped me emigrate to a new country, find jobs (including a job at one very successful Internet company), apartments, roommates, how to make friends, where to find friends, how to dress like a respectable person, how to fix and repair things, and much more. If not for the Internet, I doubt I would have found the same level of success in life as I have today.The Internet (...)

    #technology #freedom-of-speech #censorship #privacy

  • Reaching Everyone: the Political and Humanitarian Potential of #bitcoin
    https://hackernoon.com/q-a-on-reaching-everyone-3edb056f266e?source=rss----3a8144eabfe3---4

    This conversation with In The Mesh was recently published on their website. Wassim Alsindi, director of research at Parallel Industries, is currently co-writing a series of articles In The Mesh in which he’s deep-diving into bitcoin and the potential for #cryptocurrency to be leveraged to assist those living under authoritarian rule. If you’ve missed them, be sure to check out parts I and II and come back soon for the last two installments. Wassim’s take on everything “crypto” is incisive, studied, and worth listening to, and he has an interesting background, ranging from academe to experimental music. So we chatted with him to learn more about his background and get his perspective on some current trends in the cryptosphere.Kevin Durkin for In The MeshWhen did you first hear about (...)

    #money #hackernoon-top-story #freedom

  • Chère Europe,

    Si tu dois continuer à te comporter comme ça, je dis : Non. Ça suffit maintenant les humiliations et la violence, hein ? Europe décadente et rétrograde, Europe qui se referme sur elle même, Europe de merde. On mérite mieux.

    https://www.huffpostmaghreb.com/entry/disposants-de-visas-schengen-trois-danseurs-marocains-renvoyes-au-m

    https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_une-etudiante-marocaine-a-l-universite-de-lille-bloquee-au-centre-ferme-

    A propos des danseurs marocains jetés en prison en Hollande :

    « I AM NOT A CRIMINAL, I AM AN ARTIST »

    (French and English versions)
    Propos recueillis : Maria Daïf
    Translation : Lara Bourdin

    Jeudi 10 janvier 2019, Hamza (20 ans), Omar et Ahmed (21 ans), danseurs hip hop munis de leurs visas Schengen* arrivent au contrôle des passeports de l’aéroport de Eindhoven, Pays-Bas.
    L’agent les interroge sur les raisons du voyage, leur lieu de résidence pendant leur séjour aux Pays-Bas, la somme d’argent qu’ils ont sur eux. Les trois danseurs viennent participer à une Battle internationale de Hip Hop qui se tient le 12 janvier dans la même ville. Leurs billets d’avion retour sont payés et prévus pour le 17 janvier (Hamza et Omar) et le 22 (Ahmed). A Eindhoven, leurs amis danseurs néerlandais qui vont les héberger les attendent. A eux trois, ils ont en poche à peu près 300 euros. Hamza et Omar sont déjà venus en Europe (France, Pays-Bas), invités par des organisateurs de Battles et de festivals Hip Hop. Ils sont connus dans le milieu au Maroc et font partie du Collectif The Lions Crew dont le New York Times a fait l’éloge en mai 2018. Quant à Ahmed, c’est sa première fois en Europe.
    L’agent ne veut rien entendre. Il les fait attendre plusieurs heures dans un bureau où ils sont interrogés à plusieurs reprises par d’autres agents. Ils sont fouillés puis transférés dans un poste de police en dehors de l’aéroport où ils subissent un nouvel interrogatoire : « êtes-vous suicidaires ? », « avez-vous déjà eu des relations sexuelles ? » font partie des questions qui leur sont posées, chacun à part, enfermé dans un bureau. Terrorisés, ils répètent aux agents qu’ils ont leurs visas, en vain. Ils signent des documents en néerlandais qu’ils ne comprennent pas : « Nous avions peur. En signant, nous pensions que nous allions être relâchés ». « I am not a criminal, I am an artist » a beau répéter Hamza.
    Les agents signifient aux trois danseurs qu’ils ne sont pas admis sur le territoire néerlandais pour « manque de moyens de subsistance » et manque de preuves des raisons de leur voyage.
    Hamza, Omar et Ahmed ne sont pas renvoyés au Maroc. Ils sont embarqués dans une estafette et transférés dans un centre de détention pour clandestins à Rotterdam, à 2h de route de la ville où leur avion a atterri. Hamza et Omar y seront détenus du 10 au 15 janvier, Ahmed y restera jusqu’au 17.
    A leur arrivée au centre tard dans la nuit du 10 janvier, ils ne savent pas vraiment où ils sont ni pourquoi. Ce n’est pas une prison, leur dit-on, c’est un centre pour clandestins. Ils ne savent pas non plus combien de temps ils vont y rester.
    Au centre, une partie de leurs affaires et leurs téléphones portables sont confisqués et mis dans des sacs en plastique. Ils sont à nouveau fouillés au corps, scannés de la tête aux pieds. Des cartes monétiques chargées de la valeur des sommes d’argent qu’ils avaient sur eux, plus une dizaine d’euros, leur sont remises. Elles serviront à payer leurs achats dans le centre de détention et leurs appels téléphoniques.
    Ahmed et Hamza sont enfermés dans une cellule. Omar dans une autre : « j’avais peur, je ne voulais pas rester seul. Je les ai suppliés de me laisser avec mes amis, quitte à dormir par terre ». En vain. Dans la cellule, il y a des lits superposés, une télé, un four micro-ondes et un téléphone fixe.
    Le lendemain, ils ont le droit de quitter leur cellule, y sont enfermés entre midi et 14h puis enfermés à nouveau à 22h, pour la nuit. Ils se font des amis marocains de tout âge qui se prennent d’affection pour ces trois garçons qui n’ont rien à faire là : « beaucoup nous ont dit qu’il fallait prendre un avocat au Maroc et porter plainte contre l’Etat néerlandais ».
    Avec leurs cartes monétiques, Hamza, Omar et Ahmed appellent leur famille et préviennent l’Uzine, le centre culturel casablancais où ils répètent et créent.
    Le surlendemain de leur arrivée au centre (samedi 12 janvier), ils rencontrent un avocat commis d’office. Celui-ci leur pose encore les mêmes questions : pourquoi êtes-vous venus aux Pays-Bas ? Comptiez-vous y rester ? Ils donnent les mêmes réponses. L’avocat leur promet de revenir le lendemain. Ils ne le reverront pas.
    Dimanche, ils reçoivent la visite d’un haut représentant de l’Etat marocain aux Pays-Bas, sensibilisé à l’affaire des 3 danseurs par l’Uzine, le centre culturel casablancais. Le dignitaire les rassure mais ne peut rien faire pour les libérer sur le champ. Il les informe qu’ils seront renvoyés au Maroc, lui-même ne sait pas quand.
    Mardi 15 janvier. Des agents viennent chercher Hamza et Omar, mais pas Ahmed. Les deux garçons pensent qu’ils vont être libérés. Ils sont, en fait, à nouveau embarqués dans un véhicule de police, chacun enfermé dans un box, et réacheminés vers le poste à Eindhoven, puis vers l’aéroport qui les a vus arriver. Ils attendent plusieurs heures dans le véhicule, sur le tarmac, avant d’être remis au personnel naviguant d’un avion Ryanair allant vers Marrakech, juste avant le décollage. Sans leurs passeports.
    A Marrakech, ils sont livrés aux autorités locales dès l’atterrissage : « nous avons traversé tout l’aéroport accompagnés par des policiers, comme si nous étions de dangereux criminels. Tout le monde à l’aéroport nous regardait. ».
    Omar et Hamza finissent à la Wilaya de police de Marrakech où ils sont longuement interrogés, avant d’être relâchés. Ils récupèrent enfin leurs passeports : leurs visas Schengen de 3 mois sont frappés d’un tampon rouge, annulés par les autorités néerlandaises.
    Le 17 janvier, Ahmed subit le même traitement.
    Aujourd’hui, les trois artistes ne comprennent toujours pas les raisons de leur enfermement et de leur renvoi au Maroc : « Ce qui nous est arrivé est une injustice. Nous réclamons des explications et des excuses de la part de l’Etat Néerlandais. Nous demandons à être remboursés sur les frais que nous avons engagés pour ce voyage. Nous voulons avoir la certitude que ce qui nous est arrivé n’arrivera pas à d’autres artistes et que notre droit de voyager en Europe et de participer à des Battles nous est toujours garanti, malgré ce qui est arrivé. »

    • Les visas Schengen de 3 mois et entrées multiples ont été octroyés aux 3 artistes le 28 décembre après le dépôt et la validation par le consulat néerlandais des documents suivants : demande de visa, attestation de célibat, attestation de scolarité, attestation de prise en charge par un tuteur, relevés bancaires du tuteur, assurance internationale, copies des visas Schengen préalablement délivrés, etc. Sur le site www.visaschengen.com il est clairement stipulé que : « Le visa Schengen est le document délivré par les autorités compétentes à l’intéressé pour visiter/voyager à et dans la zone Schengen. Un visa Schengen obtenu par l’un des pays membres de l’espace Schengen permet la libre circulation à son titulaire dans tout le territoire Schengen concernant les membres de l’espace Schengen de l’Union européenne ainsi que les membres de l’espace Schengen de l’AELE, jusqu’à sa validité et délai. »

    Ambassade des Pays-Bas au Maroc

    #artist_not_criminal
    #culturalmobility
    #freedomofmovement
    #free_artists_mobility

    Khadija El Bennaoui Lara Bourdin Ghita Rmissi Zine Mohamed Ezzouak Charlotte Bozonnet Aïda Semlali Fedwa Misk Mehdi Alioua Omar Berrada Yoriyas Yassine Alaoui Ismaili Nedjma Hadj Ben Meryem Jazouli Mary Ann DeVlieg Salma Lahlou Radouan Mriziga Mouna Mekouar Mariem Guellouz Khalil Benkirane Claude Bussac Claus Josten Tamasi Col AFAC - The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture Jules Michto Jules Crétois Bill Bragin Natasja West Kristi Jones Mahi Binebine Ahmed Benchemsi Sandra Aïd Stefaan Anrys Mohamed Ikoubaan Patrick de Coster Meryem Jazouli Aziz Boucetta Nadia Souirti Houssam Hatim Youness Aboulakoul Florence Renault-darsi

  • U.S. Navy ship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade talks with Beijing | Reuters
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-southchinasea-idUSKCN1P10DS

    The USS McCampbell carried out a “#freedom_of_navigation” operation, sailing within 12 nautical miles of the Paracel Island chain, “to challenge excessive maritime claims”, Pacific Fleet spokeswoman Rachel McMarr said in an emailed statement.

    The operation was not about any one country or to make a political statement, McMarr said.

    Une petite démonstration #FoN, pour bien démarrer l’année. Mais, attention, hein, on ne vise personne…

  • Too many stories remain untold every day

    All around the world, journalists face threats, arrest, and murder.
    There are stories that corporations, organized crime groups and governments don’t want to see published.

    Forbidden Stories has a mission:
    bypassing any form of censorship by publishing these stories.

    To achieve this, we offer journalists working on a sensitive issue a secure way to backup their work with us.

    In case something happens to the journalist, we will be able to pick up the investigation, complete it, and publish it broadly thanks to our collaborative network of news organizations.

    By protecting and continuing the work of reporters who can no longer investigate, we can send a powerful signal to enemies of a free press: even if you succeed in stopping a single messenger, you will not stop the message.

    https://forbiddenstories.org

    #freedom_voices_network #forbidden_stories #journalisme #emprisonnement #assainissement #menace #liberté_de_l'information

  • A #cryptocurrency Freedom Manifesto — Is it Too Late for #bitcoin?
    https://hackernoon.com/a-crytpocurrency-freedom-manifesto-is-it-too-late-8934fd0ff055?source=rs

    A lot has happened since Satoshi Nakamoto introduced Bitcoin in a white paper in 2008 following the financial crisis. Part of his motivation at the time was to have an electronic based currency that no one government or central bank or institution had control over.Since then, through numerous busts and boom cycles, even leading to the major run up in prices and ICOs in 2017 to the crash of 2018, the crypto world has lost some of that idealism, and the governments have significantly started to encroach on this idealized vision.It’s not the fault of the pioneers or the technologists, but at first the venture capitalists and then later the wall street types converging on #blockchain and the tokens. As the amount of money poured into, made, and lost in this space has gotten larger, (...)

    #investment #freedom-of-speech

  • How Russia Hacked U.S. Politics With Instagram Marketing – Foreign Policy
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/17/how-russia-hacked-us-politics-with-instagram-marketing

    While the message itself was not aimed at swaying voters in any direction, researchers now believe it served another purpose for the Russian group: It boosted the reach of its account, likely won it new followers, and tried to establish the account’s bona fides as an authentic voice for the black community.

    That advertising pitch was revealed in a report released Monday by the Senate Intelligence Committee and produced by the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge. The report provides the most comprehensive look to date at the Kremlin’s attempt to boost Trump’s candidacy and offers a surprising insight regarding that campaign: Moscow’s operatives operated much like digital marketers, making use of Instagram to reach a huge audience.

    By blending marketing tactics with political messaging, the Internet Research Agency (IRA) established a formidable online presence in the run-up to the 2016 election (and later), generating 264 million total engagements—a measure of activity such as liking and sharing content—and building a media ecosystem across Facebook and Instagram.

    The authors of the report believe @blackstagram__ served as a vehicle for Kremlin propaganda targeting the American black community, skillfully adopting the language of Instagram, where viral marketing schemes exist side by side with artfully arranged photographs of toast.

    As Americans streamed to the polls on Nov. 8, 2016, @blackstagram__ offered its contribution to the Kremlin’s campaign to depress turnout, borrowing a line from a Michael Jackson song to tell African-Americans that their votes didn’t matter: “Think twice before you vote. All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us. #Blacktivist #hotnews.”

    While the effect of the IRA’s coordinated campaign to depress voter turnout is difficult to assess, the evidence of the group’s online influence is stark. Of its 133 Instagram accounts, 12 racked up more than 100,000 followers—the typical threshold for being considered an online “influencer” in the world of digital marketing. Around 50 amassed more than 10,000 followers, making them what marketers call “micro-influencers.”

    These accounts made savvy use of hashtags, built relationships with real people, promoted merchandise, and targeted niche communities. The IRA’s most popular Instagram accounts included pages devoted to veterans’ issues (@american.veterans), American Christianity (@army_of_jesus), and feminism (@feminism_tag).

    In a measure of the agency’s creativity, @army_of_jesus appears to have been launched in 2015 as a meme account featuring Kermit the Frog. It then switched subjects and began exclusively posting memes related to the television show The Simpsons. By January 2016, the account had amassed a significant following and reached its final iteration with a post making extensive use of religious hashtags: ““#freedom #love #god #bible #trust #blessed #grateful.” It later posted memes comparing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Satan.

    “The Internet Research Agency operated like a digital marketing agency: develop a brand (both visual and voice), build presences on all channels across the entire social ecosystem, and grow an audience with paid ads as well as partnerships, influencers, and link-sharing,” the New Knowledge report concludes. “Instagram was perhaps the most effective platform.”

    #Instagram #Politique #USA #Russie #Médias_sociaux

  • How Russia Hacked U.S. Politics With Instagram Marketing – Foreign Policy
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/17/how-russia-hacked-us-politics-with-instagram-marketing

    The Internet Research Agency took to the photo-sharing network to boost Trump and depress voter turnout.

    Donald Trump as U.S. president, Kremlin operatives running a digital interference campaign in American politics scored a viral success with a post on Instagram.

    The post appeared on the account @blackstagram__, which was in fact being run by the Internet Research Agency, a Kremlin-linked troll farm that U.S. authorities say orchestrated an online campaign to boost Trump’s candidacy in 2016. It racked up 254,000 likes and nearly 7,000 comments—huge numbers for the Kremlin campaign.

    But oddly, the post contained no political content.

    Instead, it repurposed an ad for a women’s shoe, with a photo of women of different skin tones wearing the same strappy high heel in different colors. The caption pitched the shoes as a symbol of racial equality: “All the tones are nude! Get over it!

    While the message itself was not aimed at swaying voters in any direction, researchers now believe it served another purpose for the Russian group: It boosted the reach of its account, likely won it new followers, and tried to establish the account’s bona fides as an authentic voice for the black community.

    That advertising pitch was revealed in a report released Monday by the Senate Intelligence Committee and produced by the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge. The report provides the most comprehensive look to date at the Kremlin’s attempt to boost Trump’s candidacy and offers a surprising insight regarding that campaign: Moscow’s operatives operated much like digital marketers, making use of Instagram to reach a huge audience.

    By blending marketing tactics with political messaging, the Internet Research Agency (IRA) established a formidable online presence in the run-up to the 2016 election (and later), generating 264 million total engagements—a measure of activity such as liking and sharing content—and building a media ecosystem across Facebook and Instagram.

    That campaign sought to bring Russian political goals into the mainstream, exacerbate and inflame divisions in American society, and blur the line between truth and fiction, New Knowledge’s report concludes.

    Amid the intense discussion of Russian interference in the 2016 election, investigators probing that campaign had devoted relatively little attention to Instagram until now. But following their exposure in 2016 and early 2017, the IRA’s operatives shifted resources to Instagram, where their content often outperformed its postings on Facebook. (Instagram is owned by Facebook.)

    Of the 133 Instagram accounts created by the IRA, @blackstagram__ was arguably its most successful, with more than 300,000 followers. Its June 2017 ad for the shoe, made by Kahmune, was the most widely circulated post dreamed up by the Kremlin’s operatives—from a total of some 116,000. (The shoe continues to be marketed by Kahmune. Company officials did not respond to questions from Foreign Policy.)

    The authors of the report believe @blackstagram__ served as a vehicle for Kremlin propaganda targeting the American black community, skillfully adopting the language of Instagram, where viral marketing schemes exist side by side with artfully arranged photographs of toast.

    As Americans streamed to the polls on Nov. 8, 2016, @blackstagram__ offered its contribution to the Kremlin’s campaign to depress turnout, borrowing a line from a Michael Jackson song to tell African-Americans that their votes didn’t matter: “Think twice before you vote. All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us. #Blacktivist #hotnews._

    Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators have secured indictments against the Internet Research Agency’s owner, Yevgeny Prigozhin, and a dozen of its employees.

    While the effect of the IRA’s coordinated campaign to depress voter turnout is difficult to assess, the evidence of the group’s online influence is stark. Of its 133 Instagram accounts, 12 racked up more than 100,000 followers—the typical threshold for being considered an online “_influencer” in the world of digital marketing. Around 50 amassed more than 10,000 followers, making them what marketers call “micro-influencers.”

    These accounts made savvy use of hashtags, built relationships with real people, promoted merchandise, and targeted niche communities. The IRA’s most popular Instagram accounts included pages devoted to veterans’ issues (@american.veterans), American Christianity (@army_of_jesus), and feminism (@feminism_tag).

    In a measure of the agency’s creativity, @army_of_jesus appears to have been launched in 2015 as a meme account featuring Kermit the Frog. It then switched subjects and began exclusively posting memes related to the television show The Simpsons. By January 2016, the account had amassed a significant following and reached its final iteration with a post making extensive use of religious hashtags: “#freedom #love #god #bible #trust #blessed #grateful. ” It later posted memes comparing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to Satan.

    The Internet Research Agency operated like a digital marketing agency: develop a brand (both visual and voice), build presences on all channels across the entire social ecosystem, and grow an audience with paid ads as well as partnerships, influencers, and link-sharing,” the New Knowledge report concludes. “Instagram was perhaps the most effective platform.

    Monday’s report, which was published alongside another by researchers at the University of Oxford and the network analysis firm Graphika, is likely to increase scrutiny of social media platforms. The New Knowledge report accuses technology firms of possibly misleading Congress and says companies have not been sufficiently transparent in providing data related to the Russian campaign.

  • Photos Show Confrontation Between USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy Warship in South China Sea – gCaptain
    https://gcaptain.com/photos-show-confrontation-between-uss-decatur-and-chinese-navy-warship-in-


    U.S. Navy photo showing a confrontation between the USS Decatur (left) and PRC Warship 170 (right) in the South China Sea on Sunday, September 30, 2018.
    U.S. Navy Photo

    gCaptain has just obtained photos showing a confrontation involving the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur and a Chinese Navy warship in the disputed South China Sea over the weekend. 

    The U.S. Navy confirmed the incident on Tuesday, accusing China’s navy of conducting an “unsafe and unprofessional maneuver” that nearly led to a collision as the U.S. destroyer was underway “in the vicinity” of Gaven Reef in the #Spratly Islands on Sunday, September 30.

    According to a Navy spokesman, during the incident, the Chinese warship “approached within 45 yards of Decatur’s bow, after which Decatur maneuvered to prevent a collision.

    As was reported over the weekend, the USS Decatur on Sunday conducted the U.S. Navy’s latest #freedom_of_navigation operation in the South China Sea, coming within 12 nautical miles of the Gaven and Johnson Reefs claimed by China.

    China issued a statement Tuesday accusing the U.S. of violating its “indisputable sovereignty” over the #South_China_Sea islands. “We strongly urge the U.S. side to immediately correct its mistake and stop such provocative actions to avoid undermining China-U.S. relations and regional peace and stability,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday in a statement.

    #Spratleys #mer_de_Chine_Méridionale

  • University of Glasgow publishes report into historical slavery

    The University of Glasgow has published a comprehensive report into the institution’s historical links with racial slavery.

    The study acknowledges that whilst it played a leading role in the abolitionist movement, the University also received significant financial support from people whose wealth at least in part derived from slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries.

    The Slavery, Abolition and the University of Glasgow report, co-authored by Professor Simon Newman and Dr Stephen Mullen, both from the University of Glasgow, follows a year-long investigation into bequests, support and other ways the University might have benefited from slavery-related wealth.

    It estimates the present-day value of all monies given to the University which might have been fully or partly derived from slavery to be in the order of tens of millions of pounds, depending on the indexation formula.

    The University has now agreed a proactive programme of reparative justice which includes the creation of a centre for the study of slavery and a memorial or tribute at the University in the name of the enslaved.

    The University is also working with the University of the West Indies (UWI) and hopes to sign a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen academic collaboration between the two institutions.

    Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow, said: “The University of Glasgow has a proud record of anti-slavery activity including petitioning Parliament to abolish slavery and awarding an honorary degree to the emancipationist, William Wilberforce. Glasgow also educated James McCune Smith, a formerly enslaved New Yorker who became the first ever African American to receive a medical degree.

    “This report has been an important undertaking and commitment to find out if the University benefitted from slavery in the past. Although the University never owned enslaved people or traded in the goods they produced, it is now clear we received significant financial support from people whose wealth came from slavery.

    “The University deeply regrets this association with historical slavery which clashes with our proud history of support for the abolition of both the slave trade and slavery itself.

    “Looking to the future, the University has set out a programme of reparative justice through which we will seek to acknowledge this aspect of the University’s past, enhance awareness and understanding of historical slavery, and forge positive partnerships with new partners including the University of the West Indies.”

    The University will also work to further enhance awareness and understanding of the history and its connections to both slavery and abolitionism.

    Professor Simon Newman, the University of Glasgow report’s co-author, said: “The University of Glasgow has made history in the UK today by acknowledging that alongside its proud history of abolitionism is an equally significant history of financially benefitting from racial slavery. In doing this, Glasgow follows in the footsteps of leading American universities which have confronted the role of slavery in their histories.

    “The University of Glasgow is an institution that grew in a city tied to the trade in tobacco, sugar and cotton, all of which were initially produced by enslaved Africans. Launching an in-depth investigation to look at how the University might have benefited from the profits of racial slavery was, in my opinion, a brave decision. But it is a decision rooted in the core values of an educational institution dedicated to the pursuit of truth and social justice.

    “I am delighted that we have acknowledged our past, albeit indirect, ties to racial slavery and been inspired to develop new and exciting opportunities and collaborations for students and academics alike as part of a rolling programme of reparative justice.”

    One of the three external advisors to the slavery report was Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, the Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies; along with Professor Sir Geoff Palmer, a leading civil rights and equality campaigner and Graham Campbell, a Glasgow City Council councillor and an activist for African-Caribbean issues in Scotland.

    Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said: “I have looked closely at the report, reading it within the context of the University of Glasgow-University of the West Indies framework for mutual recognition and respect.

    “The approach adopted by the University of Glasgow is commendable and is endorsed by the UWI as an excellent place to begin. Both universities are committed to excellent and ethical research, teaching and public service.

    “I celebrate colleagues in Glasgow for taking these first steps and keenly anticipate working through next steps.”

    The University has accepted the recommendations in the report. This commits it to:

    Publish the Senior Management Group’s statement of July 2016, along with the final version of the report detailing the research and conclusions of the research into how the University benefited from the profits of historical slavery, and a statement describing the reparative justice actions to be undertaken by the University.
    Strive to increase the racial diversity of students and staff and to reduce the degree attainment gap, in line with the University of Glasgow’s Equality and Diversity Policy. This will include awarding scholarships to BAME students of Afro-Caribbean descent to help address their under-representation in the University.
    Pursue the negotiation and signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Glasgow and the University of the West Indies, designed to fit the needs and requirements of UWI staff and students, while working in alignment with the educational and research objectives of the University of Glasgow.
    Create an interdisciplinary centre for the study of historical slavery and its legacies, including modern slavery and trafficking.
    Inaugurate a named professorship, a rotating post to be awarded to University of Glasgow academics undertaking significant research relevant to historical and modern slavery and reparative justice.
    Name a major new University building or space to commemorate a significant figure, perhaps James McCune Smith, with appropriate signage and public-facing information.
    Add a commemorative plaque to the Gilbert Scott Building, explaining that this was the site of the house of Robert Bogle, a West India merchant who owned many enslaved people, and who was one of a number of people who made money from slavery and who then later donated funds for the construction of the building.
    Develop a Hunterian exhibition exploring the often unknown and unexpected ways in which some items within the collections are related to the history of racial slavery.
    Develop a creative arts and sciences series (under the auspices of the new centre), with performances, events and lectures.

    https://www.gla.ac.uk/news/headline_607154_en.html

    #esclavage #histoire #rapport
    cc @reka

    Ici pour télécharger le rapport :
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_607547_en.pdf

    Autres documents sur l’esclavage sur le portail de l’université de Glasgow :
    https://www.gla.ac.uk/schools/humanities/slavery

  • * Festival d’Amougies : 49 ans après, il ne reste quasiment plus rien du « Woodstock belge » Guillaume Woelfle - 20 Aout 2018 - RTBF
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/societe/detail_festival-d-amougies-49-ans-apres-il-ne-reste-quasiment-plus-rien-du-wood
    Voir la vidéo sur le site de la RTBF

    Ce week-end se clôturait le festival de musique d’Amougies, un festival de New Wave regroupant plusieurs artistes des années 80 et 90. Un festival à la programmation bien différente de son édition de 1969, surnommée le « Woodstock belge ». Malheureusement l’héritage et le souvenir de cette édition historique ont quasiment disparu des mémoires belges.

    En octobre 1969, pendant cinq jours, des dizaines de milliers de jeunes festivaliers s’étaient réunis dans le petit village d’Amougies, dans le Hainaut, à une dizaine de kilomètres de Renaix. Ce festival était même l’un des premiers festivals de pop et free jazz d’Europe. Sous le chapiteau prévu pour 12.000 personnes, Pink Floyd, Yes ou même Franck Zappa se sont succédé lors d’un total de 60 heures de musique.

    Pourtant, Amougies n’était pas l’endroit initial où devait se tenir ce festival. Les organisateurs français avaient pensé leur événement pour Paris, en témoigne le nom du festival : le « First Paris Music Festival ». Mais seulement un an et demi après les affrontements de Mai 68, les autorités françaises ne veulent pas prendre le moindre risque de donner de visibilité à une nouvelle mouvance contestataire. Le festival est chassé de France et les organisateurs viennent frapper à la porte de villes frontalières de Belgique. Mais à nouveau, à Courtrai puis Tournai, les hippies ne sont pas les bienvenus. Cette fois, c’est davantage les expériences de Woodstock ou du festival de l’île de Wight qui créent l’appréhension des autorités belges pour accueillir un « festival de hippies ». À quelques jours du 24 octobre, le festival n’a toujours pas de piste d’atterrissage. Et les affiches de l’événement annoncent toujours le festival… à Tournai.

    Finalement, le bourgmestre d’Amougies, André Callebaut, prend le risque d’héberger le festival. La grande transhumance de festivaliers peut commencer, pour la plupart à vélo, depuis Tournai où beaucoup s’étaient donné rendez-vous, comme l’annonçait l’affiche. Le bourgmestre engage donc sa commune, même si les réticences se font encore sentir parmi les habitants, notamment le curé du village.

    « Quand on voit des centaines de hippies comme on les appelle, peut-être que sur le plan moral, ce n’est pas un bon exemple pour les jeunes du village. C’est mon opinion… Quand on les voit se promener en débraillés, un peu oisifs même pendant la journée, je ne sais pas ce que les jeunes doivent penser de cela. »

    La vie de hippie devient effectivement le vrai sujet de discussion du village, bien plus que la musique en elle-même. Le boucher du village, à l’linverse de sa femme, ouvre les bras à ces jeunes. « C’est beau d’être groupés. Ils n’ont pas d’ennemis. Ils sont là l’un pour l’autre. Quand ils viennent acheter, ils s’aident à payer leurs marchandises. Mais ma femme a plutôt peur de ces gens », explique-t-il.

    Pour les commerçants du village, la vie a changé pendant ces cinq jours de festival. Les 80.000 bouches à nourrir ont donné du travail. Les cafés, les hôtels et les boulangeries sont pris d’assauts. « Tout le monde a fait son bénéfice, confirme le boulanger qui n’a jamais arrêté de travailler pendant ces cinq jours. Ceux qui me payaient en francs français payaient un supplément. Ceux qui payaient en francs belges réglaient le prix normal. Il ne faut pas rater l’occasion pour voler (sic) les gens. »

    Les retombées économiques du festival sont estimées à plusieurs millions de francs belges, soit quelques centaines de milliers d’euros. Mais le véritable bilan de l’événement n’est pas financier. Le pari de liberté pris par le bourgmestre est réussi. Sa confiance placée dans les jeunes lui a souri. « J’ai voulu faire confiance aux jeunes et je crois que la preuve flagrante est faite. Nous avons fait confiance aux jeunes et nous sommes récompensés. Ce festival n’est pas un succès mais un triomphe, à tous points de vue. Aucun dégât, aucune réclamation. Au départ, nous avons dû prendre quelques précautions qui étaient nécessaires, indispensables. Mais nous constatons que les jeunes se sont conduits d’une façon sensationnelle. Je crois que je peux dire à tous ceux qui m’écoutent que nous devons faire confiance à la jeunesse et en faisant confiance aux jeunes, nous arriverons à de bien meilleurs résultats dans la vie. »

    Presque 50 ans après le Woodstock belge, il n’en reste presque plus rien. Les rééditions du festival n’ont pas fonctionné. Amougies 69 n’est plus qu’un souvenir, et encore, uniquement pour ceux qui l’ont vécu. L’année prochaine, pour les 50 ans de l’édition 69, les organisations prévoient une édition vintage.

    #Woodstock #belgique #Amougies #Tournai #musique #Pink_Floyd #Yes #Franck_Zappa #Ten_Years_After #Archie_Shepp #The_Nice #Art_Ensemble_of_Chicago #Yes #Gong #Soft_Machine #Pierre_Lattès #Zoo #Indescriptible #Chaos_Rampant #Frogeaters #Freedom #Sunny_Murray #Alexis_Korner #Don_Cherry #Ed_Blackwell #Joachim_Kühn #Jean-François #Jenny-Clark #Jacques_Thollot #Blossom_Toes #Germ #Caravan #The_Nice #Archie_Shepp #Pretty_Things #John_Surman #Sonny_Sharrock #Acting_Trio #Steve_Lacy #Captain_Beefheart #Musica_Elettronica #Viva #Fat_Mattress
    #pop #free_jazz #hippies #Actuel Le magasine

    • l’article relié est pris d’ici :

      https://www.sapiens.org/culture/globalization-downfall-gladstone-australia

      [...]

      Needless to say, there is a great deal of diversity in both the kinds of change being experienced in these places and the local reactions. To some, change offers job opportunities, peace, and improved infrastructure; to others, it means pollution, eviction, and a loss of livelihood. What all residents have in common is a loss of political autonomy. The decisions shaping their lives are being made further and further away from the specific locales where they live.

      One example from our research is a town in the Peruvian Andes where water was becoming scarce a few years ago. The locals suspected that a new mine was using their water, and they went to complain. However, the mining representatives claimed that it was not their fault and blamed global climate change for the erratic water supply. The question of who to blame and what to do suddenly became insurmountable for the townspeople. What could they do—send a worried email to then U.S. President Barack Obama and the Chinese government, urging them to curb greenhouse gas emissions? The gap was, naturally, too dizzying. Instead, some of them resorted to traditional healing rituals to placate the spirits regulating rain and meltwater. They trusted Pachamama, the goddess of Earth, more than their government or distant international organizations.

      Meanwhile in Lunsar, Sierra Leone, people were looking forward to job opportunities in a new mine (which, in any event, never opened) and a biofuel plantation (which did open). Globalization had brought them many benefits, notably an improved infrastructure. They relished the fact that, for the first time, they could buy bread from a roadside vendor that wasn’t covered in dust, since the road had finally been paved. But even in the midst of some positive outcomes, rapid change is creating discontent and frictions, not least over property rights. In traditional African societies, land was not considered property and could not be traded: It was allocated by the chief, used as a common resource available to all, or cultivated according to customary law. More recently, land has been privatized and turned into a form of capital, and suddenly, boundaries need to be drawn in an unequivocal way. Needless to say, these boundaries are contested.
      Various stakeholders try to work out a land dispute near Lunsar, Sierra Leone, in connection with a mining project.

      [...]

      In the mid-1800s, when Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels wrote The Communist Manifesto, capitalists were easily identifiable. They were typically men, and the property owner was the proverbial man in the top hat, with his waistcoat, paunch, cigar, and gold watch. Today, the situation is far more complicated since ownership structures are transnational, corporate, and complex. Even in democratic countries, where political leaders are elected, there is a widespread feeling that the “powers that be” are further away and less approachable than before, and that there is nowhere to go with your complaints. In other words, both the economy and politics are less manageable, more difficult to understand, and harder to effectively react to.

      There are alternatives to the current situation of powerlessness. One way to counter globalized power is to globalize the response by forging alliances between local community groups and transnational organizations that are capable of putting pressure on governments, public opinion, and corporations. This has been a successful strategy among feminists, trade unionists, and environmentalists in the recent past. Another option—an opposite yet complementary strategy—is to resist the forces that threaten to overrun and disempower local communities. One of the most striking examples of this strategy is the burgeoning support for locally grown food.

      Gladstone is unique compared to previously traditional societies in that it is enmeshed in the economic globalization, which makes the little man and woman even smaller than they used to be. The city’s rise to prosperity was indeed a result of globalization. Yet, the same forces may well cause its downfall. Crucially dependent on fossil fuels, the city may once again become a dusty backwater should the world find better energy solutions.

      Signs of the city’s vulnerability are already evident: Since coal and gas prices began largely declining in 2013, and then a major construction project ended in 2015, the city has seen an unprecedented rise in unemployment and a steep fall in real estate prices.

      [...]

  • Leaving Apple and Google: /e/ is the symbol for “my data is MY data”
    https://hackernoon.com/leaving-apple-and-google-e-is-the-symbol-for-my-data-is-my-data-69629a94

    As some of you will have already noticed, the project has moved to a new web location, and the project is now known as the “my data is MY data” symbol:Why such a move?The “eelo” trademark we have been using so far has been filed by myself in the EU and in the USA. However, some companies have filed opposition to its registration, because they claim that there exists a likelihood of confusion between their prio similar marks and “eelo”.In some cases, we could arrange a coexistence agreement, by reducing the scope of our goods and services, that was somewhat too broad. For instance, it’s clear that our project is not about producing energy or developing human-resource management software.But one company that opposed our registration in the EU has refused to even discuss a peaceful coexistence (...)

    #android #freedom #open-source #privacy

  • Leaving Apple & Google: a global #eelo development status
    https://hackernoon.com/leaving-apple-google-a-global-eelo-development-status-1ee11bf80d06?sourc

    Last year, I decided to leave Apple & Google: I want to free myself from the smartphone duopole, I want to regain control over my data #privacy, I want to protect my freedom.At first, I thought I would just fork Android, add a better design, remove any Google stuff, select a few privacy-compliant web services and add them to the system.A little more than 6 months later, I realize that we’re building something really, really bigger than I had expected. This is made possible by the tremendous support I’m getting from many people around the world, and by a growing community of eelo contributors…[Note: this is a long read, if you don’t have time you can watch the full demo video at the end of this article]We’re in low budget mode, but things are going quite fast. And the main project’s (...)

    #leaving-apple #open-source #freedom