• Paris 2024 : les olympiades sécuritaires du gouvernement
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2022/11/29/paris-2024-les-olympiades-securitaires-du-gouvernement

    À moins de deux ans des Jeux Olympiques et Paralympiques de Paris, et à un an de la Coupe du Monde de masculine de rugby présentée comme une sorte de « répétition générale » d’un grand événement…

    #général #Surveillance

  • Sieben Museen in Berlin, die keinen Eintritt kosten
    https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/ratgeber/berlin-umsonst-und-aussergewoehnlich-sieben-museen-in-berlin-die-ke

    09.10.2022 von Nicole Schulze - In Nicht-Corona-Zeiten liegen die jährlichen Besucherzahlen stadtweit im zweistelligen Millionenbereich. Jedoch sind es auch die kleinen Schätze, die besonderen Ausstellungsperlen, die unsere Museumslandschaft so unverwechselbar und einzigartig machen. Davon möchten wir Ihnen einige vorstellen. Und weil die Zeiten hart sind, wir alle sparen müssen, zeigen wir Ihnen Museen, die Sie komplett gratis besuchen können.

    Tränenpalast
    https://www.hdg.de/en/traenenpalast


    Adresse: #Reichstagufer 17, 10117 #Mitte, direkt am Bahnhof #Friedrichstraße
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/8888473363#map=19/52.52091/13.38715

    Öffnungszeiten: Dienstags bis freitags 9 bis 19 Uhr, am Wochenende 10 bis 18 Uhr

    Energiemuseum
    https://energie-museum.de


    Adresse: #Teltowkanalstraße 9, 12247 #Steglitz, direkt an der Haltestelle Teltowkanalstraße (Bus 186, 283)
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/45524990

    Öffnungszeiten: Da das Energiemuseum ehrenamtlich betrieben wird, gibt es keine festen Öffnungszeiten. Wer vorbeikommen möchte, kann telefonisch einen Termin vereinbaren: 030 701777-55 oder -56 (nur dienstags von 10 bis 12 Uhr).

    Militärhistorisches Museum
    https://mhm-gatow.de/de


    Adresse: #Am_Flugplatz #Gatow 33, 14089 #Spandau. Von den Bushaltestellen #Kurpromenade oder #Seekorso (Bus 135) läuft man etwa 10 Minuten. Tipp: Fall Sie mit dem Fahrrad kommen, können Sie von #Wannsee aus mit der Fähre F10 nach #Kladow übersetzen.
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/8428338215#map=19/52.47420/13.14174

    Öffnungszeiten: Dienstags bis sonntags von 10 bis 18 Uhr, montags ist geschlossen.

    Archenhold-Sternwarte
    https://www.planetarium.berlin/archenhold-sternwarte


    Achtung: Noch bis zum 20. Oktober läuft eine Sonderausstellung, weshalb der Eintritt bis dahin nicht umsonst ist. Erwachsene zahlen derzeit 15 Euro, Kinder 8 Euro Eintritt.

    Adresse: #Alt_Treptow 1, 12435 #Treptow. Die Sternwarte befindet sich unweit vom Zenner-Biergarten, von der Haltestelle Bulgarische Straße (Bus 165, 166, 265) sind es nur vier Minuten zu Fuß. Sie können auch vom S-Bahnhof #Treptower_Park (Ringbahn, S8, S9, S85) hinlaufen, das dauert 18 Minuten, ist aber ein schöner Spaziergang durch den Park.
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/2309788

    Öffnungszeiten: Freitags von 17 bis 22 Uhr, samstags von 12.30 Uhr bis 22 Uhr, sonntags von 12.30 Uhr bis 17 Uhr.

    Street-Art-Museum Urban Nation
    https://urban-nation.com


    Adresse: #Bülowstraße 7, 10783 #Schöneberg. Vom U-Bahnhof Bülowstraße (U2) sind es nur fünf Minuten zu Fuß
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/4708547016

    Öffnungszeiten: Dienstags und mittwochs von 10 bis 18 Uhr, donnerstags bis sonntags von 12 bis 20 Uhr. Montags ist geschlossen.

    Jüdisches Museum
    https://www.jmberlin.de


    Adresse: #Lindenstraße 9–14, 10969 Kreuzberg, vor dem Haus liegt die Haltestelle Jüdisches Museum (Bus 248). Vom U-Bahnhof #Kochstraße / #Checkpoint_Charlie (U6) sind es aber auch nur zehn Minuten zu Fuß.
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/302942554

    Öffnungszeiten: täglich 10 bis 19 Uhr.

    Zweiradmuseum
    https://www.ideal-seitenwagen.eu/museum


    Adresse: #Köpenicker_Straße 8, 10997 #Kreuzberg, drei Fußminuten vom U-Bahnhof #Schlesisches_Tor (U1).
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/856410965#map=19/52.50268/13.43925

    Öffnungszeiten: Montags bis freitags von 10 bis 17 Uhr, samstags von 10 bis 13 Uhr.

    Diese Geheimtipps sollte jeder Berliner kennen
    https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/ratgeber/berlin-ausstellung-museum-mal-anders-diese-geheimtipps-sollte-jeder

    03.07.2022

    Industriesalon
    https://www.industriesalon.de/industriesalon


    #Reinbeckstraße 10 in 12459 #Schöneweide, Straßenbahnhaltestelle #Firlstraße (Tram 27, 60, 61, 67).
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/199532111

    Öffnungszeiten: Mittwochs bis sonntags von 14 bis 18 Uhr. Der Eintritt ist kostenlos.

    Classic Remise
    https://remise.de/berlin


    #Wiebestrasse 36-37 in 10553 #Moabit (ca. 10 Minuten vom S-Bahnhof# Beusselstraße, Ringbahn). Der Eintritt ist kostenlos.
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/2703829986

    Öffnungszeiten: Montags bis samstags 8 bis 20 Uhr, sonn- und feiertags 10 bis 20 Uhr.

    Gedenkort SA-Gefängnis Papestraße
    https://www.gedenkort-papestrasse.de


    #Werner-Voß-Damm 54a in 12101 #Tempelhof. Zu erreichen mit der S-Bahn, Haltestelle #Südkreuz (Ausgang #General-Pape-Straße / Werner-Voß-Damm).
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/30419819

    Geöffnet ist dienstags bis donnerstags sowie am Wochenende jeweils von 13 bis 18 Uhr, montags und freitags ist geschlossen. Der Eintritt ist kostenlos. Öffentliche Führungen finden immer sonntags um 13 Uhr statt (kostenfrei, Anmeldung nicht erforderlich).

    Computermuseum
    https://computermuseum.htw-berlin.de


    https://www.sammlungen.htw-berlin.de/computermuseum
    Ausstellung im Gebäude C, Campus Wilhelminenhof der HTW Berlin, 6.Etage, #Wilhelminenhofstraße 75a, 12459 #Köpenick. Von der Straßenbahnhaltestelle #Parkstraße (Tram 27, 60, 61, 67) läuft man eine gute Viertel Stunde.
    https://www.openstreetmap.org/node/1632937492#map=19/52.45724/13.52694

    Pandemiebedingt und aufgrund von aktuellen Personalengpässen werden derzeit nur Gruppenführungen angeboten (Anfragen an Frank Burghardt: Frank.Burghardt@HTW-Berlin.de). Erst ab Herbst soll es wieder reguläre Öffnungszeiten geben. Der Eintritt ist kostenlos.

    #Berlin #Tourismus #Museum

    • @sandburg Musée de Pergame avant ou après la rénovation ? Il est payant !


      Voici ce que Peter Weiss a écrit sur l’hôtel de Pergame en 1938. Je m’excuse car je n’ai pas de version numérique allemande. On a détruit l’ancienne présentation où on on entrait dans une pièce consacrée à la contemplation de l’oeuvre antique. Là il semble que l’hôtel soit retourné afin de permettre de faire passer devant des dizaines de milliers de touristes par jour.

      The Aesthetics of Resistance, Volume 1

      All around us the bodies rose out of the stone, crowded into groups, intertwined, or shattered into fragments, hinting at their shapes with a torso, a propped-up arm, a burst hip, a scabbed shard, always in warlike gestures, dodging, rebounding, attacking, shielding themselves, stretched high or crooked, some of them snuffed out, but with a freestanding, forward-pressing foot, a twisted back, the contour of a calf harnessed into a single common motion. A gigantic wrestling, emerging from the gray wall, recalling a perfection, sinking back into formlessness. A hand, stretching from the rough ground, ready to clutch, attached to the shoulder across empty surface, a barked face, with yawning cracks, a wide-open mouth, blankly gaping eyes, the face surrounded by the flowing locks of the beard, the tempestuous folds of a garment, everything close to its weathered end and close to its origin. Every detail preserving its expression, brittle fragments from which the whole could be gleaned, rough stumps next to polished smoothness, enlivened by the play of muscles and sinews, tautly harnessed chargers, rounded shields, erect spears, a head split into a raw oval, outspread wings, a triumphantly raised arm, a leaping heel circled by a fluttering tunic, a clenched fist on a now absent sword, shaggy hounds, their jaws clamped into loins and necks, a falling man, his finger stub aiming at the eye of the beast hanging over him, a charging lion protecting a female warrior, his paw swinging back to strike, hands endowed with bird claws, horns looming from weighty brows, scaly legs coiling, a brood of serpents everywhere, with strangleholds around bellies and throats, darting their tongues, baring sharp teeth, bashing into naked chests.

      These only just created, already dying faces, these tremendous and dismembered hands, these wide-sweeping pinions drowning in the blunt rock, this stony gaze, these lips torn open for a shriek, this striding, stamping, these blows of heavy weapons, this rolling of armored wheels, these clusters of hurled lightning bolts, this grinding underfoot, this rearing and collapsing, this endless straining to twist upward out of grainy boulders. And how gracefully curly the hair, how elaborately gathered and girded the lightweight mantle, how delicate the ornamentation on the straps of the shield, on the bulge of the helmet, how gentle the shimmer of the skin, ready for caresses yet exposed to the relentless rivalry, to slaughter and annihilation. With mask-like countenances, clutching one another and shoving one another away, strangling one another, clambering over one another, sliding from horses, entangled in the reins, utterly vulnerable in nakedness, and yet enrapt in Olympic aloofness, appearing indomitable as an ocean monster, a griffin, a centaur, yet grimacing in pain and despair, thus they clashed with one another, acting at higher behest, dreaming, motionless in insane vehemence, mute in inaudible roaring, all of them woven into a metamorphosis of torture, shuddering, persisting, waiting for an awakening, in perpetual endurance and perpetual rebellion, in outrageous impact, and in an extreme exertion to subdue the threat, to provoke the decision. A soft ringing and murmuring resounded now and again, the echoes of footfalls and voices surrounded us for moments at a time; and then once more, only this battle was near, our gazes glided over the toes in the sandals, bouncing off the skull of a fallen man, over the dying man whose stiffening hand lay tenderly on the arm of the goddess who held him by the hair. The cornice was the ground for the warriors: from its narrow, even strip they threw themselves up into the turmoil, the hooves of the horses banged upon the cornice, the hems of the garments grazed it, and the serpentine legs twisted across it; the ground was perforated at only one place: here, the demoness of the earth rose up, her face hacked away under her eye sockets, her breasts massive in a thin covering, the torn-off clump of one hand lifted in a search, the other hand, asking for a standstill, loomed from the stone edge, and knotty, long-jointed fingers stretched up to the profiled corbel as if they were still underground and were trying to reach the wrist of the open thumbless female hand, they moved along under the cornice, seeking the blurred traces of incised script, and Coppi’s face, his myopic eyes behind glasses with a thin steel frame, approached the letters, which Heilmann deci-hered with the help of a book he had brought along. Coppi turned toward him, attentive, with a broad, sharply drawn mouth, a large, protruding nose, and we gave the opponents in this melee their names and, in the torrent of noises, discussed the causes of the fight. Heilmann, the fifteen-year-old, who rejected any uncertainty, who tolerated no undocumented interpretation, but occasionally also adhered to the poetic demand for a conscious deregulation of the senses, who wanted to be a scientist and a seer, he, whom we nicknamed our Rimbaud, explained to us, who were already about twenty years old and who had been out of school for four years by now and were familiar with the world of labor and also with unemployment, while Coppi had spent a year in prison for circulating subversive literature —

      Heilmann explained to us the meaning of this dance round, in which the entire host of deities, led by Zeus, were striding toward vicory over a race of giants and fabulous creatures. The Giants, the sons of the lamenting Gaea, in front of whose torso we were now standing, had blasphemously mutinied against the gods; but other struggles that had passed across the kingdom of Pergamum were concealed under this depiction. The regents in the dynasty of the Attalids had ordered their master sculptors to translate the swift transience, paid for with thousands of lives, to a level of timeless permanence, thereby putting up a monu-ment to their own grandeur and immortality. The subjugation of the Gal-lic tribes invading from the north had turned into a triumph of aristocratic purity over wild and base forces, and the chisels and mallets of the stone carvers and their assistants had displayed a picture of incontestable order to make the subjects bow in awe. Historic events appeared in mythi-cal disguise, enormously palpable, arousing terror, admiration, yet not understandable as man-made, but endurable only as a more-than-personal power that wanted enthralled, enslaved people galore, though few at the top, who dictated destinies with a mere stirring of the finger. The populace, when trudging by on solemn days, scarcely dared to glance up at the effigy of its own history, while—along with the priests—the philosophers and poets, the artists from elsewhere, all full of factual knowledge, had long since walked around the temple; and that which, for the ignorant, lay in magical darkness was, for the informed, a handicraft to be soberly assessed. The initiates, the specialists talked about art, praising the harmony of movement, the coordination of gestures; the others, however, who were not even familiar with the concept of “cultured,” stared furtively into the gaping maws, felt the swoop of the paw in their own flesh.

      The work gave pleasure to the privileged; the others sensed a segregation under a draconian law of hierarchy. However, a few sculptures, said Heilmann, did not have to be extracted from their symbolism; the falling man, the man of Gaul taking his own life, showed the immediate tragedy of a concrete situation; but these sculptures, replied Coppi, had not been outside, they had remained among the trophies in the throne rooms, purely in order to indicate from whom the shields and helmets, the bundles of swords and spears had been taken. The sole aim of the wars was to safeguard the territories of the kings. The gods, confronted with the spirits of the earth, kept the notion of certain power relationships alive. A frieze filled with anonymous soldiers, who, as tools of the higher-ups, fought for years, attacking other anonymous soldiers, would have altered the attitude toward those who served, boosting their position; the kings, not the warriors, won the victories, and the victors could be like the gods, while the losers were despised by the gods. The privileged knew that the gods did not exist, for they, the privileged, who donned the masks of the gods, knew themselves. So they were even more insistent on being surrounded with splendor and dignity. Art served to give their rank, their authority the appearance of the supernatural. They could permit no skepticism about their perfection. Heilmann’s bright face, with its regular features, bushy eyebrows, and high forehead, had turned to the demoness of the earth. She had brought forth Uranus, the sky, Pontus, the sea, and all mountains. She had given birth to the Giants, the Titans, the Cyclopes, and the Furies. This was our race. We evaluated the history of the earthly beings. We looked up at her again, the demoness stretching out of the ground. The waves of loosened hair flowed about her. On her shoulder, she carried a bowl of pomegranates. Foliage and grape vines twirled at the back of her neck. The start of the lips, begging for mercy, was discernible in the raw facial plane, which veered sideways and upward. A gash gaped from her chin to her larynx. Alcyoneus, her favorite son, slanted away from her while dropping to his knees. The stump of his left hand groped toward her. She was still touching his left foot, which dangled from his stretched and shattered leg. His thighs, abdomen, belly, and chest were all tensing in convulsions. The pain of death radiated from the small wound inflicted between his ribs by the venomous reptile. The wide, unfurled wings of the kingfisher, growing from his shoulder, slowed down his plunge. The silhouette of the burst-off face above him, with the hard line of the neck, of the hair, which was tied up and tucked under the helmet, spoke of the pitilessness of Athena. As she swung forward, her wide, belted cloak flew back. The downward glide of the garment revealed, on her left breast, the scale armor with the small, bloated face of Medusa. The weight of the round shield, her arm thrust into its thong, pulled her along to new deeds. Nike, leaping up, with mighty wings, in loose, airy tunics, held the wreath, invisible but implied by the gesture, over her head. Heilmann pointed: at the dissolving goddess of the night, Nyx, who, with a loving smile, was hurling her vessel full of serpents toward a downcast creature; at Zeus, who, in his open, billowing cloak, was using his woolen aegis, the goatskin of doom, to whip down three adversaries; and at Eos, the goddess of dawn, who was riding like a cloud in front of the rising team of the naked sun god, Helios.

      Thus, he said gently, a new day dawns after the dreadful butchery, and now the glass-covered room became noisy with the scraping of feet on the smooth floor, with the ticking echoes of shoe soles on the steep steps leading up the reconstructed western façade of the temple to the colonnades of the interior court. We turned back toward the relief, which throughout its bands demonstrated the instant when the tremendous change was about to take place, the moment when the concentrated strength portends the ineluctable consequence. By seeing the lance immediately before its throw, the club before its whizzing plunge, the run before the jump, the hauling-back before the clash, our eyes were driven from figure to figure, from one situation to the next, and the stone began to quiver all around us. However, we missed Heracles, who, according to the myth, was the only mortal to ally himself with the gods in the battle against the Giants; and, combing the immured bodies, the remnants of limbs, we looked for the son of Zeus and Alcmene, the earthly helper whose courage and unremitting labor would bring an end to the period of menace. All we could discern was a sign bearing his name, and the paw of a lion’s skin that had cloaked him; nothing else testified to his station between Hera’s four-horse team and Zeus’s athletic body; and Coppi called it an omen that Heracles, who was our equal, was missing, and that we now had to create our own image of this advocate of action. As we headed toward the low, narrow exit on the side of the room, the red armbands of the men in black and brown uniforms shone toward us from the whirling shifts in the throng of visitors; and whenever I spotted the emblem, rotating and chopping in the white, round field, it became a venomous spider, ruggedly hairy, hatched in with pencil, ink, or India ink, under Coppi’s hand, as I knew it from the class at the Scharfenberg Institute, where Coppi had sat at the next desk, doodling on small pictures, cards from cigarette packs, on illustrations clipped from newspapers, disfiguring the symbol of the new rulers, adding warts, tusks, nasty creases, and rivulets of blood to the plump faces looming from the uniform collars. Heilmann, our friend, also wore the brown shirt, with rolled-up sleeves, the shoulder straps, the string for the whistle, the dagger on the short pants; but he wore this garb as a disguise, camouflaging his own knowledge and camouflaging Coppi, who was coming from illegal work, and camouflaging me, who was about to leave for Spain. And thus, on the twenty-second of September, nineteen thirty-seven, a few days before my departure, we stood in front of the altar frieze, which had been brought here from the castle mountain of Pergamum to be reconstructed, and which, painted colorfully and lined with forged metals, had once reflected the light of the Aegean sky. Heilmann indicated the dimensions and location of the temple, as the temple, still undamaged by sandstorms or earthquakes, pillage or plunder, had shown itself on a protruding platform, on the terraced hill of the residence, above the city known today as Bergama, sixty-five miles north of Smyrna, between the narrow, usually dried-out rivers Keteios and Selinos, gazing westward, across the plain of Caicus, toward the ocean and the isle of Lesbos, a structure with an almost square ground plan, one hundred twenty by one hundred thirteen feet, and with a perron sixty-five feet wide, the whole thing dedicated by Eumenes II, to thank the gods for helping him in his war — the construction having begun one hundred eighty years before our era and lasting for twenty years, the buildings visible from far away, included among the wonders of the world by Lucius Ampelius in his Book of Memorabilia, second century a.d., before the temple sank into the rubble of a millennium.

      And has this mass of stone, Coppi asked, which served the cult of princely and religious masters of ceremony, who glorified the victory of the aristocrats over an earthbound mix of nations—has this mass of stone now become a value in its own right, belonging to anyone who steps in front of it.

      It was no doubt highbred figures who trod barbaric mongrels underfoot here, and the sculptors did not immortalize the people who were down in the streets, running the mills, smithies, and manufactories, or who were employed in the markets, the workshops, the harbor shipyards; besides, the sanctuary on the thousand-foot-high mountain, in the walled district of the storehouses, barracks, baths, theaters, administration buildings, and palaces of the ruling clan, was accessible to the populace only on holidays; no doubt, only the names of some of the master artists were handed down, Menecrates, Dionysades, Orestes, and not the names of those who had transferred the drawings to the ashlars, had defined the intersections with compasses and drills, and had practiced expertly on some veins and shocks of hair, and nothing recalled the peons who fetched the marble and dragged the huge blocks to the oxcarts, and yet, said Heilmann, the frieze brought fame not only for those who were close to the gods but also for those whose strength was still concealed, for they too were not ignorant, they did not want to be enslaved forever, led by Aristonicus they rebelled at the end of the construction, rising up against the lords of the city. Nevertheless the work still incorporated the same dichotomy as at the time of its creation. Destined to emanate royal power, it could simultaneously be questioned about its peculiarities of style, its sculptural persuasiveness. In its heyday, before falling to the Byzantine Empire, Pergamum was renowned for its scholars, its schools and libraries, and the special writing pages of cured, fleshed, and buffed calfskin made the fruits of poetic invention, of scholarly and scientific investigation permanent. The silence, the paralysis of those fated to be trampled into the ground continued to be palpable. They, the real bearers of the Ionian state, unable to read or write, excluded from artistic activity, were only good enough to create the wealth for a small privileged stratum and the necessary leisure for the elite of the mind. The existence of the celestials was unattainable for them, but they could recognize themselves in the kneeling imbruted creatures. The latter, in crudeness, degradation, and maltreatment, bore their features. The portrayal of the gods in flight and of the annihilation of urgent danger expressed not the struggle of good against evil, but the struggle between the classes, and this was recognized not only in our present-day viewing but perhaps also back then in secret glimpses by serfs. However, the afterdays of the altar were likewise determined by the enterprising spirit of the well-to-do. When the sculptural fragments that had lain buried under the deposits of Near Eastern power changes came to light, it was once again the superior, the enlightened who knew how to use the valuable items, while the herdsmen and nomads, the descendants of the builders of the temple, possessed no more of Pergamum’s grandeur than dust.

      But it was a waste of breath complaining, said Heilmann, for the preservation of the showpiece of Hellenic civilization in a mausoleum of the modern world was preferable to its traceless entombment in Mysian detritus. Since our goal was to eliminate injustice, to wipe out poverty, he said, and since this country too was only going through a transition, we could imagine that this site would some day demonstrate the expanded and mutual ownership intrinsic in the monumentality of the formed work. And so, in the dim light, we gazed at the beaten and dying. The mouth of one of the vanquished, with the rapacious hound hanging over his shoulder, was half open, breathing its last. His left hand lay feeble on the forward-charging leather-shod foot of Artemis, his right arm was still raised in self-defense, but his hips were already growing cold, and his legs had turned into a spongy mass. We heard the thuds of the clubs, the shrilling whistles, the moans, the splashing of blood. We looked back at a prehistoric past, and for an instant the prospect of the future likewise filled up with a massacre impenetrable to the thought of liberation. Heracles would have to help them, the subjugated, and not those who had enough armor and weapons. Prior to the genesis of the figurations, there had been the bondage, the enclosure in stone. In the marble quarries on the mountain slopes north of the castle, the master sculptors had pointed their long sticks at the best blocks while eying the Gallic captives toiling in the sultry heat. Shielded and fanned by palm branches, squinting in the blinding sun, the sculptors took in the rippling of the muscles, the bending and stretching of the sweating bodies. The defeated warriors, driven here in chains, hanging from ropes on the rock faces, smashing crowbars and wedges into the strata of glittering, bluish white, crystalline-like limestone, and transporting the gigantic ashlars on long wooden sleds down the twisting paths, were notorious for their savagery, their brutal customs, and in the evenings the lords with their retinues passed them timidly when the stinking prisoners, drunk on cheap rotgut, were camping in a pit. Up in the gardens of the castle, however, in the gentle breeze wafting up from the sea, the huge bearded faces became the stuff of the sculptors’ dreams, and they remembered ordering one man or another to stand still, opening his eye wide, pulling his lips apart to view his teeth, they recalled the arteries swelling on his temples, the glistening nose, zygomas, and forehead emerging from the cast shadows.They could still hear the lugging and shoving, the stemming of shoulders and backs against the weight of the stone, the rhythmic shouts, the curses, the whip cracks, the grinding of sled runners in the sand, and they could see the figures of the frieze slumbering in the marble coffins. Slowly they scraped forth the limbs, felt them, saw forms emerge whose essence was perfection.

      With the plundered people transferring their energies into relaxed and receptive thoughts, degradation and lust for power produced art. Through the noisy maelstrom of a school class we pushed our way into the next room, where the market gates of Miletus loomed in the penumbra.

      At the columns flanking the gates, which had led from the town hall of the port to the open emporium, Heilmann asked whether we had noticed that inside, in the altar room, a spatial function had been inverted, so that exterior surfaces had become interior walls. In facing the western perron, he said, we had our backs to the eastern side, the rear of the temple, that is, in its merely rudimentary reconstruction, and the unfolded southern frieze stretched out to the right while the relief on the northern cornice ran to the left. Something the viewer was to grasp by slowly circling it was now surrounding him instead.

      This dizzying procedure would ultimately make us understand the Theory of Relativity, he added when, moving a few centuries deeper, we walked along the claybrick walls that had once stood in the cluster of Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian towers, and we then suddenly stepped into an area where yellowing leaves, whirring sunspots, pale-yellow double-decker buses, cars with flashing reflections, streams of pedestrians, and the rhythmic smashing of hobnailed boots demanded a readjustment in our bearings, a new indication of our whereabouts. We are now, said Coppi, after we crossed the square between the museum, the cathedral, and the Armory Canal, in front of the motionless fieldgray steel-helmeted sentries at the monument, whose dungeon still has room enough for the mangled marchers who, having bled to death, are en route here, willing or not, in order to lie down under the wreaths with silk ribbons. Heilmann, beneath the foliage of the Lindens, pointed between the Brothers Humboldt, who, enthroned loftily in armchairs with griffin feet, were brooding over open books, and he motioned across the wide forecourt, toward the university, where, reckoning with an accelerated high school diploma, he intended to study foreign affairs. He already knew English and French, and at the night school where we had met him, he had been seeking contacts for teaching him the taboo Russian language.

      The municipal night school, a gathering place for proletarians and renegade burghers, had been our chief educational institution after Coppi had left the Scharfenberg School Island at sixteen, and I, one year later, had likewise taken my last ferry to the mainland near Tegel Forest. Here, basic courses on Dostoyevsky’s and Turgenev’s novels served for debates on the prerevolutionary situation in Russia, just as lectures on economics guided us in our perusal of Soviet economic planning. The Association of Socialist Physicians plus scholarships from the Communist Party, where Coppi belonged to the Youth Organization, had enabled us to attend the Scharfenberg School, a progressive institution at that time. Our chief advocate had been Hodann, a municipal physician, head of the Health Office of the Reinickendorf district and director of the Institute of Sexology. We had met him at the question-and-answer evenings in the Ernst Haeckel Auditorium, and until his imprisonment and escape in nineteen thirty-three we often participated in the regular discussions on psychology, literature, and politics taking place every second week at his home in a settlement on Wiesener Strasse, Tempelhof. After the summoning of the National Socialist government, known as the Machtübernahme, the takeover of power, when it was no longer possible for us to go to school, Coppi had begun training at Siemens, and I had gotten a job as a shipping clerk at Alfa Laval, where my father had been foreman in the separator assembly department.

      #Berlin #Pergamonmuseum #Mitte #Kupfergraben #Bodestraße #Kunst #Geschichte

  • On veille, on pense à tout à rien
    On écrit des vers, de la prose
    On doit trafiquer quelque chos’
    En attendant le jour qui vient

    Presentazione del libro di Paolo Virno « Dell’impotenza. La vita nell’epoca della sua paralisi frenetica » (Bollati Boringhieri) (21.03.2022) - Radio Radicale
    https://www.radioradicale.it/scheda/663613/presentazione-del-libro-di-paolo-virno-dellimpotenza-la-vita-nellepoca

    De l’impuissance - La vie à l’époque de sa paralysie frénétique
    http://www.lyber-eclat.net/livres/de-limpuissance

    Les formes de vie contemporaines sont marquées par l’impuissance, hôte importun de nos journées infinies. Que ce soit en amour ou dans la lutte contre le travail précaire, l’amitié ou la politique, une paralysie frénétique saisit l’action ou le discours quand il s’agit de faire ou de dire ce qu’il conviendrait de dire et faire. Mais, paradoxalement, cette impuissance semble due non pas à un déficit de nos compétences, mais plutôt à un excès désordonné de puissance, à l’accumulation oppressante de capacités que la société contemporaine arbore comme autant de trophées de chasse accrochés aux murs de ses antichambres. Virno poursuit ici son étude systématique du langage contemporain où s’exprime toute la complexité de notre modernité et qui témoigne de cette inversion des sens qui attribue la puissance au renoncement, ou la détermination au fait de taire ce qu’il nous faudrait dire. Livre sur le langage, De l’impuissance indique de loin les formes possibles d’un antidote, d’une voie de salut, qui nous ferait « renoncer à renoncer », et « effacer l’effacement de notre propre dignité ».

    LA PUISSANCE SANS ACTE, Stefano Oliva
    https://lundi.am/La-puissance-sans-acte

    À parcourir l’œuvre singulière de Paolo Virno (...), on a l’impression qu’il a suivi deux chemins distincts, depuis ses premiers écrits des années 80, au sortir des années de préventive passées dans la cellule 11 du secteur des « politiques » de la prison de Rebibbia, sous le chef d’inculpation d’« association subversive » et « constitution de bande armée », jusqu’aux récents volumes, plus concentrés sur les questions du langage. Mais à s’y pencher de plus près, une fois qu’on l’a suivi sur l’un et l’autre chemin, il semble évident que, comme dit l’autre, « le chemin est un seul et le même ».

    De l’impuissance. La vie à l’époque de sa paralysie frénétique, traduit de l’italien par Jean-Christophe Weber, qui vient de paraître aux éditions de l’éclat, rend bien compte à la fois de ces deux chemins et du moment où ils se confondent. En témoigne peut-être, sous la forme d’une étonnante confession, cette phrase du troisième chapitre : « À partir de là, que la fête commence, en même temps que la question la plus difficile, à savoir un de ces casse-tête qui exaspèrent et fascinent ceux qui, après l’échec de la première et unique tentative de révolution communiste au sein du capitalisme pleinement développé, n’ont rien trouvé de mieux à faire pour tuer le temps. » Paru en italien sur le site fatamorganaweb.it, voici la traduction d’un compte rendu de Stefano Oliva, philosophe et guitariste, actuellement chercheur à l’Université romaine Guglielmo Marconi, sur ce livre important qui décrit cet état d’impuissance par « excès de puissance » et de renoncement généralisé dans lequel nous nous trouvons, et auquel Virno suggère de répondre par un « renoncement au renoncement », qui ouvrirait la voie à un mode d’action non frénétique.

    #Paolo_Virno #livre #travail_précaire #précariat #general_intellect #langage #capitalisme

  • Report: Morocco uses green energy to embellish its occupation

    By 2030, half of Morocco’s wind energy production could be generated illegally in occupied Western Sahara. Yet, Morocco presents itself as best-in-class on the energy transition.

    In November 2021, the governments of the world will meet in Glasgow for the COP26 climate talks. At the same time, Morocco - the occupying power of Western Sahara - is erecting its largest energy project on occupied land to date: another step forward in its comprehensive plan to build controversial infrastructure on the land it illegally holds.

    #Western_Sahara_Resource_Watch (#WSRW) today publishes a report exposing all existing and planned renewable energy projects in occupied Western Sahara.

    The report estimates that the energy produced from wind in the territory could constitute 47.20% of Morocco’s total wind capacity by the year 2030, while its share of generated solar power may by then reach 32.64% of Morocco’s total solar capacity.

    As late as 30 September 2021, a new company, #General_Electric, announced an agreement to take part in the controversy.

    The energy produced on occupied land increases Morocco’s dependency on the territory that it occupies. As such, the projects fundamentally undermine the UN peace efforts in Western Sahara directed towards allowing the expression of the right to self-determination of the Saharawi people. The energy is used by industries that plunder the territory’s non-renewable resources, and provides job opportunities attracting more settlers from Morocco. It may also, in time, be exported abroad, including to the EU.

    Morocco brands itself internationally as best in class on renewable energy as part of its commitments under the Paris Agreement. States, however, are only meant to present efforts undertaken in their own territory, not outside of their borders. The UN body that registers and reviews state parties’ achievements, the UNFCCC, claims that it is not in a position to assess the content of the submissions. The scandal of the UNFCCC’s complacency is, of course, compounded by the fact that Morocco’s energy projects can only be carried out under the military occupation that the UN’s central bodies have declared illegal.

    None of the companies participating in the renewable energy industry inside Western Sahara, including those most heavily implicated - Italian company Enel and Spanish Siemens Gamesa - have clarified whether they have even tried to obtain the consent of the people of the territory.

    Instead, the companies refer to an alleged ‘consultation’ of local ‘stakeholders’ or ‘population’. This is the exact same flawed approach taken by the European Commission in its trade and fisheries agreements with Morocco. The European Court of Justice ruled on 29 September 2021 that the EU’s approach in Western Sahara is illegal. The Court explicitly stated that the liberation movement Polisario is the representative of the Saharawi people, that consent must be obtained from them, and that a ‘consultation’ of the ‘population’ cannot substitute the legal requirement of Saharawi consent.

    WSRW demands an immediate exit of all energy companies from the occupied territory, and asks the UNFCCC and its State Parties to challenge Morocco’s systematically erroneous climate reporting.

    https://wsrw.org/en/news/report-morocco-uses-green-energy-to-embellish-its-occupation

    #Maroc #Sahara_occidental #occupation #green_washing #rapport #énergie_éolienne #énergie #transition_énergétique #énergies_renouvelables

    ping @visionscarto

    • Il Sahara Occidentale di fronte all’estrattivismo “green”
      Report del workshop al Venice Climate Camp, di Héctor Santorum

      L’8 settembre 2022 si è tenuto al Venice Climate Camp il workshop “Sahrawi: Colonialismo, estrattivismo e repressione nel Sahara Occidentale” a cura della Sahrawi Youth Union. Proponiamo qui il report del workshop stilato da uno degli organizzatori. Ulteriori informazioni sull’operato delle multinazionali nel Sahara Occidentale sono reperibili sul sito Western Sahara Resource Watch. Traduzione di Fiorella Zenobio.

      Il Sahara Occidentale produce il 50% del PIL marocchino. Alla sommità dell’ordine sociale si trova il colonizzatore, che sia esso un militare, un funzionario o un commerciante; nella parte inferiore troviamo invece il colonizzato. Le azioni dei colonizzatori beneficiano loro stessi e la classe dirigente marocchina. È piuttosto facile individuare il funzionario e il militare. Ma chi è il commerciante? È ognuna delle aziende, statali o private, marocchine o straniere, che operano nel Sahara Occidentale, con la complicità di diversi paesi. Sono questi gli strumenti necessari per la colonizzazione.

      Nel 1884, si svolge la Conferenza di Berlino, nella quale le potenze europee si spartiscono l’Africa. Quello stesso anno avviene la colonizzazione ufficiale del Sahara Occidentale da parte della Spagna. Nel 1957, l’ONU elabora una lista di territori non autonomi, nella quale è incluso il Sahara Occidentale. Due anni dopo, la Spagna avvia le attività di estrazione di risorse e dichiara il Sahara la sua provincia numero 53, concedendo forme di rappresentanza ai sahrawi al fine di evitare la decolonizzazione.

      Nel 1960, l’Assemblea Generale delle Nazioni Unite approva la risoluzione 1514 secondo la quale “qualsiasi territorio non autonomo deve poter esercitare il proprio diritto all’autodeterminazione attraverso un referendum” e il Marocco inizia a reclamare il Sahara come proprio. Nel 1975, il Marocco chiede alla Corte Internazionale di Giustizia un parere consultivo riguardo all’appartenenza del Sahara al Marocco e/o alla Mauritania. La risposta è che il Sahara non è mai appartenuto a nessuno dei due. La Spagna comunica allora che si terrà il referendum.

      La reazione a questi avvenimenti è la cosiddetta “Marcia Verde”, una colonna composta da migliaia di persone – civili e militari marocchini – che si dirige verso il territorio sahrawi il 6 novembre 1975. Il 14 novembre si tiene a Madrid il vertice tra Spagna, Marocco e Mauritania per firmare gli “Accordi di Madrid”, a partire dai quali la Spagna abbandona il territorio del Sahara Occidentale cedendone la titolarità a Marocco e Mauritania. Questa cessione non viene riconosciuta dalle Nazioni Unite, motivo per cui la Spagna continua a essere considerata responsabile della decolonizzazione del territorio.

      Parallelamente a questo accordo, le truppe spagnole abbandonano i sahrawi, che in quel momento erano considerati una delle tante province spagnole e possedevano documenti identificativi spagnoli. Il Fronte Polisario, successore del Movimento Nazionale di Liberazione Sahrawi, dà inizio alla guerra contro il Marocco e la Mauritania.

      Nel 1979, la Mauritania si ritira dalla guerra e riconosce la Repubblica Democratica Araba dei Sahrawi. Nel 1991, le Nazioni Unite intervengono affinché venga firmato il “Plan de Arreglo” [una sorta di Piano d’Intesa] tra il Sahara e il Marocco, vale a dire: il cessate il fuoco, lo svolgimento del referendum entro sei mesi e la creazione di MINURSO, organo incaricato di portare a termine il referendum.

      Un muro minato di oltre duemila chilometri divide le famiglie sahrawi da circa quarant’anni. Durante tutto questo tempo, il popolo sahrawi ha fatto affidamento sulle Nazioni Unite per trovare una soluzione pacifica attraverso il referendum, che però non è mai stato realizzato. La guerra è riscoppiata nel novembre 2020 in seguito alla rottura del cessate il fuoco da parte del Marocco all’altezza del villaggio di Guerguerat. Un gruppo di sahrawi aveva infatti manifestato pacificamente bloccando un’autostrada illegale costruita dal Marocco nel villaggio di Guerguerat, una rotta terrestre per il commercio di prodotti provenienti anche dal Sahara occupato.

      Nei territori occupati dal Marocco si trovano quasi 600.000 persone, delle quali circa 400.000 sono sahrawi. Questi ultimi sono soggetti a violazioni dei diritti umani ed emarginazione sociale (l’80% è disoccupato). È uno spazio chiuso, il Marocco vieta l’accesso agli organi internazionali rendendolo un carcere a cielo aperto. La situazione nei campi per rifugiati di Tindouf è precaria. I loro abitanti hanno accesso limitato a elettricità e acqua, vivono in condizioni climatiche estreme e dipendono dagli aiuti umanitari, in calo a causa delle diverse crisi internazionali.

      Il Marocco non ha gas o petrolio, per cui dipende dalle importazioni. L’azienda norvegese Wisby Tankers AB consegna ogni giorno mezzo milione di litri di petrolio al porto di El Laayoune. Il 30% di questo petrolio viene impiegato da veicoli militari. Il Marocco vuole incrementare la propria capacità produttiva di energia solare ed eolica, rispettivamente del 47% e del 32% entro il 2030. Ci sono diverse aziende coinvolte, tra le quali Siemens Gamesa ed Enel Green Energy, che sostengono di avere il consenso della popolazione, affermazione che risulta essere falsa. Infatti, il consenso dev’essere ottenuto innanzitutto dal Fronte Polisario, il rappresentante riconosciuto dalle Nazioni Unite.

      Per cosa vengono usati questi progetti rinnovabili? Nel Sahara occupato si trovano grandi quantità di fosfato. Il 95% dei bisogni energetici dell’azienda statale marocchina per il fosfato viene soddisfatto dal parco eolico di Foum El Oued. L’industria dei fosfati sahrawi genera annualmente 400 milioni di euro per il Marocco. Il nuovo progetto di Dakhla mira a supportare ed espandere l’industria agricola. Annualmente vengono prodotte 160.000 tonnellate di pomodori, meloni e cetrioli, per il 95% esportate sui mercati internazionali. Tali prodotti provenienti da Dakhla vengono rietichettati ad Agadir per nasconderne la vera provenienza e commercializzarli nei mercati europei.

      Questi progetti ripuliscono la propria immagine con l’energia rinnovabile, fenomeno che chiamiamo “greenwashing”, ma in realtà aiutano a perpetuare l’estrattivismo, ottimizzandolo e consolidandolo. La presenza di queste compagnie si traduce in un supporto implicito alla colonizzazione. Esse affermano che il loro lavoro beneficerà il Sahara (Enel Green Energy), che non si occupano di politica (Enel Green Energy) e che non ci sono sanzioni internazionali (Enel Green Energy, Wisby Tankers AB). Tali argomentazioni dimostrano l’inesistenza della loro etica aziendale.

      Per quanto riguarda l’Unione Europea, la sua posizione ufficiale è la difesa delle risoluzioni delle Nazioni Unite. Tuttavia, l’Europa riserva un trattamento differenziato al Sahara occupato e alla Crimea. La Siemens è stata investigata a causa dell’installazione delle sue turbine in Crimea in violazione delle sanzioni contro la Russia. Sembra però che le aziende europee e il governo marocchino abbiano il via libera per fare nei e dei territori occupati ciò che vogliono, senza timore di ripercussioni.

      Di recente, il 29 settembre 2021, la Corte di Giustizia dell’Unione Europea ha annullato alcune decisioni del Consiglio relative all’Accordo tra l’Unione Europea e il Marocco. Questi ultimi volevano estendere l’Accordo ai prodotti agricoli provenienti dal Sahara Occidentale e modificare l’Accordo di Pesca includendovi acque territoriali sahrawi. Le acque in questione sono molto proficue per la pesca, producono circa due milioni di tonnellate annuali, rendendo il Marocco il primo esportatore ittico dell’Africa. Il 70% di queste esportazioni arriva in Europa.

      In conclusione, la situazione attuale è difficile. Al livello globale, si stanno creando zone di sacrificio, dove non hanno importanza né i diritti umani, né l’ambiente, né alcunché. Il Sahara Occidentale è una di queste zone, dove importa solo il tornaconto economico delle attività che le aziende straniere svolgono nel territorio. Non conta se sono immorali o se supportano la colonizzazione, in quanto i mezzi di comunicazione non ne parlano. Nonostante siano trascorsi quasi cinquant’anni dall’inizio dell’occupazione, il popolo sahrawi continua a lottare.
      Fonti

      - Corte di Giustizia dell’Unione Europea, comunicato stampa n° 166/21, settembre 2021 (es – en – fr)
      - Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) ed Emmaus Stockholm, Report “Combustible para la ocupación”, giugno 2014.
      – Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW), Report “Greenwashing Occupation”, ottobre 2021.
      - Western Sahara Resource Watch (WSRW) ed Emmaus Stockholm, Report “Conflict Tomatoes”, febbraio 2012.

      https://www.meltingpot.org/2022/09/il-sahara-occidentale-di-fronte-allestrattivismo-green
      #extractivisme

  • J-10 avant le dépôt de la plainte collective contre la Technopolice !
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2022/09/14/j-10-avant-le-depot-de-la-plainte-collective-contre-la-technopolice

    Depuis le mois de mai, La Quadrature du Net collecte des mandats en vue d’une plainte collective contre le Ministère de l’Intérieur. Cette plainte sera déposée devant la CNIL et attaquera les quatre piliers de…

    #général #Surveillance

  • Financement régional de drones policiers : l’Île-de-France dans l’embarras
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2022/09/05/financement-regional-de-drones-policiers-lile-de-france-dans-lembarras

    En début d’année, La Quadrature du Net s’associait aux élu·es de la région Île-de-France mobilisé·es contre le subventionnement illégal de drones municipaux par la région. Mise sous pression, la majorité régionale, embarrassée, commence à admettre…

    #général #Surveillance

  • Financement régional de drones policiers : l’Île-de-France dans l’embarras
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2022/09/05/financement-regional-de-drones-policiers-lile-de-france-dans-lembarras

    En début d’année, La Quadrature du Net s’associait aux élu·es de la région Île-de-France mobilisé·es contre le subventionnement illégal de drones municipaux par la région. Mise sous pression, la majorité régionale, embarrassée, commence à…

    #général #Surveillance

  • « Les #réfugiés sont les #cobayes des futures mesures de #surveillance »

    Les dangers de l’émigration vers l’Europe vont croissant, déplore Mark Akkerman, qui étudie la #militarisation_des_frontières du continent depuis 2016. Un mouvement largement poussé par le #lobby de l’#industrie_de_l’armement et de la sécurité.

    Mark Akkerman étudie depuis 2016 la militarisation des frontières européennes. Chercheur pour l’ONG anti-militariste #Stop_Wapenhandel, il a publié, avec le soutien de The Transnational Institute, plusieurs rapports de référence sur l’industrie des « #Safe_Borders ». Il revient pour Mediapart sur des années de politiques européennes de surveillance aux frontières.

    Mediapart : En 2016, vous publiez un premier rapport, « Borders Wars », qui cartographie la surveillance aux frontières en Europe. Dans quel contexte naît ce travail ?

    Mark Akkerman : Il faut se rappeler que l’Europe a une longue histoire avec la traque des migrants et la sécurisation des frontières, qui remonte, comme l’a montré la journaliste d’investigation néerlandaise Linda Polman, à la Seconde Guerre mondiale et au refus de soutenir et abriter des réfugiés juifs d’Allemagne. Dès la création de l’espace Schengen, au début des années 1990, l’ouverture des frontières à l’intérieur de cet espace était étroitement liée au renforcement du contrôle et de la sécurité aux frontières extérieures. Depuis lors, il s’agit d’un processus continu marqué par plusieurs phases d’accélération.

    Notre premier rapport (https://www.tni.org/en/publication/border-wars) est né durant l’une de ces phases. J’ai commencé ce travail en 2015, au moment où émerge le terme « crise migratoire », que je qualifierais plutôt de tragédie de l’exil. De nombreuses personnes, principalement motivées par la guerre en Syrie, tentent alors de trouver un avenir sûr en Europe. En réponse, l’Union et ses États membres concentrent leurs efforts sur la sécurisation des frontières et le renvoi des personnes exilées en dehors du territoire européen.

    Cela passe pour une part importante par la militarisation des frontières, par le renforcement des pouvoirs de Frontex et de ses financements. Les réfugiés sont dépeints comme une menace pour la sécurité de l’Europe, les migrations comme un « problème de sécurité ». C’est un récit largement poussé par le lobby de l’industrie militaire et de la sécurité, qui a été le principal bénéficiaire de ces politiques, des budgets croissants et des contrats conclus dans ce contexte.

    Cinq ans après votre premier rapport, quel regard portez-vous sur la politique européenne de sécurisation des frontières ? La pandémie a-t-elle influencé cette politique ?

    Depuis 2016, l’Europe est restée sur la même voie. Renforcer, militariser et externaliser la sécurité aux frontières sont les seules réponses aux migrations. Davantage de murs et de clôtures ont été érigés, de nouveaux équipements de surveillance, de détection et de contrôle ont été installés, de nouveaux accords avec des pays tiers ont été conclus, de nouvelles bases de données destinées à traquer les personnes exilées ont été créées. En ce sens, les politiques visibles en 2016 ont été poursuivies, intensifiées et élargies.

    La pandémie de Covid-19 a certainement joué un rôle dans ce processus. De nombreux pays ont introduit de nouvelles mesures de sécurité et de contrôle aux frontières pour contenir le virus. Cela a également servi d’excuse pour cibler à nouveau les réfugiés, les présentant encore une fois comme des menaces, responsables de la propagation du virus.

    Comme toujours, une partie de ces mesures temporaires vont se pérenniser et on constate déjà, par exemple, l’évolution des contrôles aux frontières vers l’utilisation de technologies biométriques sans contact.

    En 2020, l’UE a choisi Idemia et Sopra Steria, deux entreprises françaises, pour construire un fichier de contrôle biométrique destiné à réguler les entrées et sorties de l’espace Schengen. Quel regard portez-vous sur ces bases de données ?

    Il existe de nombreuses bases de données biométriques utilisées pour la sécurité aux frontières. L’Union européenne met depuis plusieurs années l’accent sur leur développement. Plus récemment, elle insiste sur leur nécessaire connexion, leur prétendue interopérabilité. L’objectif est de créer un système global de détection, de surveillance et de suivi des mouvements de réfugiés à l’échelle européenne pour faciliter leur détention et leur expulsion.

    Cela contribue à créer une nouvelle forme d’« apartheid ». Ces fichiers sont destinés certes à accélérer les processus de contrôles aux frontières pour les citoyens nationaux et autres voyageurs acceptables mais, surtout, à arrêter ou expulser les migrantes et migrants indésirables grâce à l’utilisation de systèmes informatiques et biométriques toujours plus sophistiqués.

    Quelles sont les conséquences concrètes de ces politiques de surveillance ?

    Il devient chaque jour plus difficile et dangereux de migrer vers l’Europe. Parce qu’elles sont confrontées à la violence et aux refoulements aux frontières, ces personnes sont obligées de chercher d’autres routes migratoires, souvent plus dangereuses, ce qui crée un vrai marché pour les passeurs. La situation n’est pas meilleure pour les personnes réfugiées qui arrivent à entrer sur le territoire européen. Elles finissent régulièrement en détention, sont expulsées ou sont contraintes de vivre dans des conditions désastreuses en Europe ou dans des pays limitrophes.

    Cette politique n’impacte pas que les personnes réfugiées. Elle présente un risque pour les libertés publiques de l’ensemble des Européens. Outre leur usage dans le cadre d’une politique migratoire raciste, les technologies de surveillance sont aussi « testées » sur des personnes migrantes qui peuvent difficilement faire valoir leurs droits, puis introduites plus tard auprès d’un public plus large. Les réfugiés sont les cobayes des futures mesures de contrôle et de surveillance des pays européens.

    Vous pointez aussi que les industriels qui fournissent en armement les belligérants de conflits extra-européens, souvent à l’origine de mouvements migratoires, sont ceux qui bénéficient du business des frontières.

    C’est ce que fait Thales en France, Leonardo en Italie ou Airbus. Ces entreprises européennes de sécurité et d’armement exportent des armes et des technologies de surveillance partout dans le monde, notamment dans des pays en guerre ou avec des régimes autoritaires. À titre d’exemple, les exportations européennes au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord des dix dernières années représentent 92 milliards d’euros et concernent des pays aussi controversés que l’Arabie saoudite, l’Égypte ou la Turquie.

    Si elles fuient leur pays, les populations civiles exposées à la guerre dans ces régions du monde se retrouveront très certainement confrontées à des technologies produites par les mêmes industriels lors de leur passage aux frontières. C’est une manière profondément cynique de profiter, deux fois, de la misère d’une même population.

    Quelles entreprises bénéficient le plus de la politique européenne de surveillance aux frontières ? Par quels mécanismes ? Je pense notamment aux programmes de recherches comme Horizon 2020 et Horizon Europe.

    J’identifie deux types d’entreprises qui bénéficient de la militarisation des frontières de l’Europe. D’abord les grandes entreprises européennes d’armement et de sécurité, comme Airbus, Leonardo et Thales, qui disposent toutes d’une importante gamme de technologies militaires et de surveillance. Pour elles, le marché des frontières est un marché parmi d’autres. Ensuite, des entreprises spécialisées, qui travaillent sur des niches, bénéficient aussi directement de cette politique européenne. C’est le cas de l’entreprise espagnole European Security Fencing, qui fabrique des fils barbelés. Elles s’enrichissent en remportant des contrats, à l’échelle européenne, mais aussi nationale, voire locale.

    Une autre source de financement est le programme cadre européen pour la recherche et l’innovation. Il finance des projets sur 7 ans et comprend un volet sécurité aux frontières. Des programmes existent aussi au niveau du Fonds européen de défense.

    Un de vos travaux de recherche, « Expanding the Fortress », s’intéresse aux partenariats entre l’Europe et des pays tiers. Quels sont les pays concernés ? Comment se manifestent ces partenariats ?

    L’UE et ses États membres tentent d’établir une coopération en matière de migrations avec de nombreux pays du monde. L’accent est mis sur les pays identifiés comme des « pays de transit » pour celles et ceux qui aspirent à rejoindre l’Union européenne. L’Europe entretient de nombreux accords avec la Libye, qu’elle équipe notamment en matériel militaire. Il s’agit d’un pays où la torture et la mise à mort des réfugiés ont été largement documentées.

    Des accords existent aussi avec l’Égypte, la Tunisie, le Maroc, la Jordanie, le Liban ou encore l’Ukraine. L’Union a financé la construction de centres de détention dans ces pays, dans lesquels on a constaté, à plusieurs reprises, d’importantes violations en matière de droits humains.

    Ces pays extra-européens sont-ils des zones d’expérimentations pour les entreprises européennes de surveillance ?

    Ce sont plutôt les frontières européennes, comme celle d’Evros, entre la Grèce et la Turquie, qui servent de zone d’expérimentation. Le transfert d’équipements, de technologies et de connaissances pour la sécurité et le contrôle des frontières représente en revanche une partie importante de ces coopérations. Cela veut dire que les États européens dispensent des formations, partagent des renseignements ou fournissent de nouveaux équipements aux forces de sécurité de régimes autoritaires.

    Ces régimes peuvent ainsi renforcer et étendre leurs capacités de répression et de violation des droits humains avec le soutien de l’UE. Les conséquences sont dévastatrices pour la population de ces pays, ce qui sert de moteur pour de nouvelles vagues de migration…

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/040822/les-refugies-sont-les-cobayes-des-futures-mesures-de-surveillance

    cité dans l’interview, ce rapport :
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    • Le système électronique d’#Entrée-Sortie en zone #Schengen : la biométrie au service des #frontières_intelligentes

      Avec la pression migratoire et la vague d’attentats subis par l’Europe ces derniers mois, la gestion des frontières devient une priorité pour la Commission.

      Certes, le système d’information sur les #visas (#VIS, #Visa_Information_System) est déployé depuis 2015 dans les consulats des États Membres et sa consultation rendue obligatoire lors de l’accès dans l’#espace_Schengen.

      Mais, depuis février 2013, est apparu le concept de « #frontières_intelligentes », (#Smart_Borders), qui recouvre un panel ambitieux de mesures législatives élaborées en concertation avec le Parlement Européen.

      Le système entrée/sortie, en particulier, va permettre, avec un système informatique unifié, d’enregistrer les données relatives aux #entrées et aux #sorties des ressortissants de pays tiers en court séjour franchissant les frontières extérieures de l’Union européenne.

      Adopté puis signé le 30 Novembre 2017 par le Conseil Européen, il sera mis en application en 2022. Il s’ajoutera au « PNR européen » qui, depuis le 25 mai 2018, recense les informations sur les passagers aériens.

      Partant du principe que la majorité des visiteurs sont « de bonne foi », #EES bouleverse les fondements mêmes du #Code_Schengen avec le double objectif de :

      - rendre les frontières intelligentes, c’est-à-dire automatiser le contrôle des visiteurs fiables tout en renforçant la lutte contre les migrations irrégulières
      - créer un #registre_central des mouvements transfrontaliers.

      La modernisation de la gestion des frontières extérieures est en marche. En améliorant la qualité et l’efficacité des contrôles de l’espace Schengen, EES, avec une base de données commune, doit contribuer à renforcer la sécurité intérieure et la lutte contre le terrorisme ainsi que les formes graves de criminalité.

      L’#identification de façon systématique des personnes qui dépassent la durée de séjour autorisée dans l’espace Schengen en est un des enjeux majeurs.

      Nous verrons pourquoi la reconnaissance faciale en particulier, est la grande gagnante du programme EES. Et plus seulement dans les aéroports comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui.

      Dans ce dossier web, nous traiterons des 6 sujets suivants :

      - ESS : un puissant dispositif de prévention et détection
      - La remise en cause du code « frontières Schengen » de 2006
      - EES : un accès très réglementé
      - La biométrie faciale : fer de lance de l’EES
      - EES et la lutte contre la fraude à l’identité
      - Thales et l’identité : plus de 20 ans d’expertise

      Examinons maintenant ces divers points plus en détail.

      ESS : un puissant dispositif de prévention et détection

      Les activités criminelles telles que la traite d’êtres humains, les filières d’immigration clandestine ou les trafics d’objets sont aujourd’hui la conséquence de franchissements illicites de frontières, largement facilités par l’absence d’enregistrement lors des entrées/ sorties.

      Le scénario de fraude est – hélas – bien rôdé : Contrôle « standard » lors de l’accès à l’espace Schengen, puis destruction des documents d’identité dans la perspective d’activités malveillantes, sachant l’impossibilité d’être authentifié.

      Même si EES vise le visiteur « de bonne foi », le système va constituer à terme un puissant dispositif pour la prévention et la détection d’activités terroristes ou autres infractions pénales graves. En effet les informations stockées dans le nouveau registre pour 5 ans– y compris concernant les personnes refoulées aux frontières – couvrent principalement les noms, numéros de passeport, empreintes digitales et photos. Elles seront accessibles aux autorités frontalières et de délivrance des visas, ainsi qu’à Europol.

      Le système sera à la disposition d’enquêtes en particulier, vu la possibilité de consulter les mouvements transfrontières et historiques de déplacements. Tout cela dans le plus strict respect de la dignité humaine et de l’intégrité des personnes.

      Le dispositif est très clair sur ce point : aucune discrimination fondée sur le sexe, la couleur, les origines ethniques ou sociales, les caractéristiques génétiques, la langue, la religion ou les convictions, les opinions politiques ou toute autre opinion.

      Sont également exclus du champ d’investigation l’appartenance à une minorité nationale, la fortune, la naissance, un handicap, l’âge ou l’orientation sexuelle des visiteurs.​

      La remise en cause du Code frontières Schengen

      Vu la croissance attendue des visiteurs de pays tiers (887 millions en 2025), l’enjeu est maintenant de fluidifier et simplifier les contrôles.

      Une initiative particulièrement ambitieuse dans la mesure où elle remet en cause le fameux Code Schengen qui impose des vérifications approfondies, conduites manuellement par les autorités des Etats Membres aux entrées et sorties, sans possibilité d’automatisation.

      Par ailleurs, le Code Schengen ne prévoit aucun enregistrement des mouvements transfrontaliers. La procédure actuelle exigeant seulement que les passeports soient tamponnés avec mention des dates d’entrée et sortie.

      Seule possibilité pour les gardes-frontières : Calculer un éventuel dépassement de la durée de séjour qui elle-même est une information falsifiable et non consignée dans une base de données.

      Autre contrainte, les visiteurs réguliers comme les frontaliers doivent remplacer leurs passeports tous les 2-3 mois, vue la multitude de tampons ! Un procédé bien archaïque si l’on considère le potentiel des technologies de l’information.

      La proposition de 2013 comprenait donc trois piliers :

      - ​La création d’un système automatisé d’entrée/sortie (Entry/ Exit System ou EES)
      - Un programme d’enregistrement de voyageurs fiables, (RTP, Registered Traveller Program) pour simplifier le passage des visiteurs réguliers, titulaires d’un contrôle de sûreté préalable
      – La modification du Code Schengen

      Abandon de l’initiative RTP

      Trop complexe à mettre en œuvre au niveau des 28 Etats Membres, l’initiative RTP (Registered Travelers Program) a été finalement abandonnée au profit d’un ambitieux programme Entry/ Exit (EES) destiné aux visiteurs de courte durée (moins de 90 jours sur 180 jours).

      Précision importante, sont maintenant concernés les voyageurs non soumis à l’obligation de visa, sachant que les détenteurs de visas sont déjà répertoriés par le VIS.

      La note est beaucoup moins salée que prévue par la Commission en 2013. Au lieu du milliard estimé, mais qui incluait un RTP, la proposition révisée d’un EES unique ne coutera « que » 480 millions d’EUR.

      Cette initiative ambitieuse fait suite à une étude technique menée en 2014, puis une phase de prototypage conduite sous l’égide de l’agence EU-LISA en 2015 avec pour résultat le retrait du projet RTP et un focus particulier sur le programme EES.

      Une architecture centralisée gérée par EU-LISA

      L’acteur clé du dispositif EES, c’est EU-LISA, l’Agence européenne pour la gestion opérationnelle des systèmes d’information à grande échelle dont le siège est à Tallinn, le site opérationnel à Strasbourg et le site de secours à Sankt Johann im Pongau (Autriche). L’Agence sera en charge des 4 aspects suivants :

      - Développement du système central
      - Mise en œuvre d’une interface uniforme nationale (IUN) dans chaque État Membre
      - Communication sécurisée entre les systèmes centraux EES et VIS
      - Infrastructure de communication entre système central et interfaces uniformes nationales.

      Chaque État Membre sera responsable de l’organisation, la gestion, le fonctionnement et de la maintenance de son infrastructure frontalière vis-à-vis d’EES.

      Une gestion optimisée des frontières

      Grâce au nouveau dispositif, tous les ressortissants des pays tiers seront traités de manière égale, qu’ils soient ou non exemptés de visas.

      Le VIS répertorie déjà les visiteurs soumis à visas. Et l’ambition d’EES c’est de constituer une base pour les autres.

      Les États Membres seront donc en mesure d’identifier tout migrant ou visiteur en situation irrégulière ayant franchi illégalement les frontières et faciliter, le cas échéant, son expulsion.

      Dès l’authentification à une borne en libre–service, le visiteur se verra afficher les informations suivantes, sous supervision d’un garde-frontière :

      - ​Date, heure et point de passage, en remplacement des tampons manuels
      - Notification éventuelle d’un refus d’accès.
      - Durée maximale de séjour autorisé.
      - Dépassement éventuelle de la durée de séjour autorisée
      En ce qui concerne les autorités des Etats Membres, c’est une véritable révolution par rapport à l’extrême indigence du système actuel. On anticipe déjà la possibilité de constituer des statistiques puissantes et mieux gérer l’octroi, ou la suppression de visas, en fonction de mouvements transfrontières, notamment grâce à des informations telles que :

      - ​​​Dépassements des durées de séjour par pays
      - Historique des mouvements frontaliers par pays

      EES : un accès très réglementé

      L’accès à EES est très réglementé. Chaque État Membre doit notifier à EU-LISA les autorités répressives habilitées à consulter les données aux fins de prévention ou détection d’infractions terroristes et autres infractions pénales graves, ou des enquêtes en la matière.

      Europol, qui joue un rôle clé dans la prévention de la criminalité, fera partie des autorités répressives autorisées à accéder au système dans le cadre de sa mission.

      Par contre, les données EES ne pourront pas être communiquées à des pays tiers, une organisation internationale ou une quelconque partie privée établie ou non dans l’Union, ni mises à leur disposition. Bien entendu, dans le cas d’enquêtes visant l’identification d’un ressortissant de pays tiers, la prévention ou la détection d’infractions terroristes, des exceptions pourront être envisagées.​

      Proportionnalité et respect de la vie privée

      Dans un contexte législatif qui considère le respect de la vie privée comme une priorité, le volume de données à caractère personnel enregistré dans EES sera considérablement réduit, soit 26 éléments au lieu des 36 prévus en 2013.

      Il s’agit d’un dispositif négocié auprès du Contrôleur Européen pour la Protection des Données (CEPD) et les autorités nationales en charge d’appliquer la nouvelle réglementation.

      Très schématiquement, les données collectées se limiteront à des informations minimales telles que : nom, prénom, références du document de voyage et visa, biométrie du visage et de 4 empreintes digitales.

      A chaque visite, seront relevés la date, l’heure et le lieu de contrôle frontière. Ces données seront conservées pendant cinq années, et non plus 181 jours comme proposé en 2013.

      Un procédé qui permettra aux gardes-frontières et postes consulaires d’analyser l’historique des déplacements, lors de l’octroi de nouveaux visas.
      ESS : privacy by design

      La proposition de la Commission a été rédigée selon le principe de « respect de la vie privée dès la conception », mieux connue sous le label « Privacy By Design ».

      Sous l’angle du droit, elle est bien proportionnée à la protection des données à caractère personnel en ce que la collecte, le stockage et la durée de conservation des données permettent strictement au système de fonctionner et d’atteindre ses objectifs.

      EES sera un système centralisé avec coopération des Etats Membres ; d’où une architecture et des règles de fonctionnement communes.​

      Vu cette contrainte d’uniformisation des modalités régissant vérifications aux frontières et accès au système, seul le règlement en tant que véhicule juridique pouvait convenir, sans possibilité d’adaptation aux législations nationales.

      Un accès internet sécurisé à un service web hébergé par EU-LISA permettra aux visiteurs des pays tiers de vérifier à tout moment leur durée de séjour autorisée.

      Cette fonctionnalité sera également accessible aux transporteurs, comme les compagnies aériennes, pour vérifier si leurs voyageurs sont bien autorisés à pénétrer dans le territoire de l’UE.

      La biométrie faciale, fer de lance du programme EES

      Véritable remise en question du Code Schengen, EES permettra de relever la biométrie de tous les visiteurs des pays tiers, alors que ceux soumis à visa sont déjà enregistrés dans le VIS.

      Pour les identifiants biométriques, l’ancien système envisageait 10 empreintes digitales. Le nouveau combine quatre empreintes et la reconnaissance faciale.

      La technologie, qui a bénéficié de progrès considérables ces dernières années, s’inscrit en support des traditionnelles empreintes digitales.

      Bien que la Commission ne retienne pas le principe d’enregistrement de visiteurs fiables (RTP), c’est tout comme.

      En effet, quatre empreintes seront encore relevées lors du premier contrôle pour vérifier que le demandeur n’est pas déjà répertorié dans EES ou VIS.

      En l’absence d’un signal, l’autorité frontalière créera un dossier en s’assurant que la photographie du passeport ayant une zone de lecture automatique (« Machine Readable Travel Document ») correspond bien à l’image faciale prise en direct du nouveau visiteur.

      Mais pour les passages suivants, c’est le visage qui l’emporte.

      Souriez, vous êtes en Europe ! Les fastidieux (et falsifiables) tampons sur les passeports seront remplacés par un accès à EES.

      La biométrie est donc le grand gagnant du programme EES. Et plus seulement dans les aéroports comme c’est le cas aujourd’hui.

      Certains terminaux maritimes ou postes frontières terrestres particulièrement fréquentés deviendront les premiers clients de ces fameuses eGates réservées aujourd’hui aux seuls voyageurs aériens.

      Frontex, en tant qu’agence aidant les pays de l’UE et les pays associés à Schengen à gérer leurs frontières extérieures, va aider à harmoniser les contrôles aux frontières à travers l’UE.

      EES et la lutte contre la fraude à l’identité

      Le dispositif EES est complexe et ambitieux dans la mesure où il fluidifie les passages tout en relevant le niveau des contrôles. On anticipe dès aujourd’hui des procédures d’accueil en Europe bien meilleures grâce aux eGates et bornes self-service.

      Sous l’angle de nos politiques migratoires et de la prévention des malveillances, on pourra immédiatement repérer les personnes ne rempliss​​ant pas les conditions d’entrée et accéder aux historiques des déplacements.

      Mais rappelons également qu’EES constituera un puissant outil de lutte contre la fraude à l’identité, notamment au sein de l’espace Schengen, tout visiteur ayant été enregistré lors de son arrivée à la frontière.

      Thales et l’identité : plus de 20 ans d’expertise

      Thales est particulièrement attentif à cette initiative EES qui repose massivement sur la biométrie et le contrôle des documents de voyage.

      En effet, l’identification et l’authentification des personnes sont deux expertises majeures de Thales depuis plus de 20 ans. La société contribue d’ailleurs à plus de 200 programmes gouvernementaux dans 80 pays sur ces sujets.

      La société peut répondre aux objectifs du programme EES en particulier pour :

      - Exploiter les dernières technologies pour l’authentification des documents de voyage, l’identification des voyageurs à l’aide de captures et vérifications biométriques, et l’évaluation des risques avec accès aux listes de contrôle, dans tous les points de contrôle aux frontières.
      - Réduire les coûts par l’automatisation et l’optimisation des processus tout en misant sur de nouvelles technologies pour renforcer la sécurité et offrir davantage de confort aux passagers
      - Valoriser des tâches de gardes-frontières qui superviseront ces dispositifs tout en portant leur attention sur des cas pouvant porter à suspicion.
      - Diminuer les temps d’attente après enregistrement dans la base EES. Un facteur non négligeable pour des frontaliers ou visiteurs réguliers qui consacreront plus de temps à des activités productives !

      Des bornes d’enregistrement libre-service comme des frontières automatiques ou semi-automatiques peuvent être déployées dans les prochaines années avec l’objectif de fluidifier les contrôles et rendre plus accueillant l’accès à l’espace Schengen.

      Ces bornes automatiques et biométriques ont d’ailleurs été installées dans les aéroports parisiens d’Orly et de Charles de Gaulle (Nouveau PARAFE : https://www.thalesgroup.com/fr/europe/france/dis/gouvernement/controle-aux-frontieres).

      La reconnaissance faciale a été mise en place en 2018.

      Les nouveaux sas PARAFE à Roissy – Septembre 2017

      Thales dispose aussi d’une expertise reconnue dans la gestion intégrée des frontières et contribue en particulier à deux grand systèmes de gestion des flux migratoires.

      - Les systèmes d’identification biométrique de Thales sont en particulier au cœur du système américain de gestion des données IDENT (anciennement US-VISIT). Cette base de données biographiques et biométriques contient des informations sur plus de 200 millions de personnes qui sont entrées, ont tenté d’entrer et ont quitté les États-Unis d’Amérique.

      - Thales est le fournisseur depuis l’origine du système biométrique Eurodac (European Dactyloscopy System) qui est le plus important système AFIS multi-juridictionnel au monde, avec ses 32 pays affiliés. Le système Eurodac est une base de données comportant les empreintes digitales des demandeurs d’asile pour chacun des états membres ainsi que des personnes appréhendées à l’occasion d’un franchissement irrégulier d’une frontière.

      Pour déjouer les tentatives de fraude documentaire, Thales a mis au point des équipements sophistiqués permettant de vérifier leur authenticité par comparaison avec les modèles en circulation. Leur validité est aussi vérifiée par connexion à des bases de documents volés ou perdus (SLTD de Interpol). Ou a des watch lists nationales.

      Pour le contrôle des frontières, au-delà de ses SAS et de ses kiosks biométriques, Thales propose toute une gamme de lecteurs de passeports d’équipements et de logiciels d’authentification biométriques, grâce à son portefeuille Cogent, l’un des pionniers du secteur.

      Pour en savoir plus, n’hésitez pas à nous contacter.​

      https://www.thalesgroup.com/fr/europe/france/dis/gouvernement/biometrie/systeme-entree-sortie
      #smart_borders #Thales #overstayers #reconnaissance_faciale #prévention #détection #fraude_à_l'identité #Registered_Traveller_Program (#RTP) #EU-LISA #interface_uniforme_nationale (#IUN) #Contrôleur_Européen_pour_la_Protection_des_Données (#CEPD) #Privacy_By_Design #respect_de_la_vie_privée #empreintes_digitales #biométrie #Frontex #bornes #aéroport #PARAFE #IDENT #US-VISIT #Eurodac #Gemalto

  • A Putanges-le-lac comme ailleurs, la vidéosurveillance se propage
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    Le 25 mai 2022, nos camarades du collectif Vivre Ensemble Putanges attaquaient l’installation de caméras de vidéosurveillance prévue pour la commune devant le Tribunal administratif de Caen. Cette mobilisation s’inscrit dans le contexte d’un…

    #général #Non_classé #Surveillance

  • #Robo_Dogs and Refugees: The Future of the Global Border Industrial Complex

    The future is here, and it’s a nightmare for migrants. Robo-dogs are joining the global arsenal of border enforcement technologies. The consequences will be deadly.

    A painting of an eye shedding a single tear adorns the concrete rampart of the rusty wall bisecting the city of Nogales at the U.S.-Mexico border. Elsewhere, other kinds of eyes scan the Sonoran Desert—drones, artificial intelligence (AI) surveillance towers, and now military-grade “robo-dogs,” which, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in a February 1 article, might soon be deployed in this vast area of the Arizona-Mexico borderlands, a frequent crossing point for refugees and people on the move from Latin America, the Caribbean, and beyond.

    The robo-dogs, built by Ghost Robotics, are the latest border tech experiment. Originally designed for combat and tactical training operations, these quadruped autonomous machines are strong, fast, and sometimes armed. They can break down doors and right themselves when kicked over. Police departments are already using them, such as in Honolulu and New York (although the latter city cut short its use of them after a public outcry). On the border, DHS first tested what they call “programmable pooches” in El Paso, but officials didn’t give a clear indication of when nor where the machines would eventually be deployed.

    While these mechanical dogs may be a surprising addition to U.S. border enforcement, they join a technological infrastructure on the U.S.-Mexico border that has been developing for decades, often constructed by private companies and now championed by the Biden administration. The idea of mechanized Border Patrol agents is not exactly new either; in 2015, for example, the GuardBot company proposed that rolling, rubber spheres full of surveillance cameras (first designed for exploring Mars) “swarm” the borderlands in packs of 20 or 30. While that contract was never issued, it was a preamble to the robo-dogs. Here, now, is a glimpse into the future: an aggressive techno border fueled by a global industrial complex.

    The robo-dogs form part of a long process of border robotization on the U.S. Mexico border—from autonomous and integrated fixed towers (built by Anduril and Elbit Systems, respectively) to Predator B and medium-size drones (General Atomics), to university experiments to create miniature drones the size of locusts (as was done at the University of Arizona via a grant it received from the Department of Homeland Security for R&D).

    Petra, who was at the Arizona-Mexico border when DHS announced the robo-dogs, has been studying surveillance technologies and their effects on people crossing borders for years in Europe and globally, focusing on the real harms of automation, surveillance, and border tech experiments in spaces that have become testing grounds for innovation. The very real impacts these technologies will have is all the more stark, given the sheer number of people dying in the desert. In 2021, deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border were the highest ever recorded. Thus, although it is difficult to write about surveillance technologies—since they are hidden by design—the real-world impacts of “technosolutionism” are clear enough.

    On the rumbling roads of the West Arizona desert, Petra and colleagues traced the routes that people take after crossing the border, and this led them to various gravesites, like the modest orange cross that marks the arroyo where Elías Alvarado, a young husband and father, perished in 2020. His son was never able to see him again, only leaving a scratchy voice recording saying “I love you, papa,” which was played at Alvarado’s ceremony by a group called Battalion Search and Rescue, whose volunteers comb the desert for survivors and remains. It’s terrifying to imagine a not-so-distant future in which people like Alvarado will be pursued by high-speed, military-grade technology designed to kill. The future is not just more technology, it is more death.

    Virtual Fortress Europe

    The U.S.-Mexico frontier is by no means the only place where experimental border technology is being tested. For example, the European Union has been focusing on various surveillance and high-tech experiments in migration and border enforcement, including maritime and land drone surveillance; long-range acoustic devices (LRADs), or sound cannons; and AI-type technologies in newly built camps in Greece. The violence in many of these technologies is obvious: the sound cannons that were rolled out at the land border between Greece and Turkey emit a high-pitched sound that can hurt people’s eardrums in an attempt to deter them from getting close to the EU’s border, while AI “threat detection” surveillance monitors refugees in Greece’s new prisonlike refugee camps on the Aegean Islands. AI-driven surveillance using unpiloted drones and other types of technologies is also increasingly used along Europe’s maritime borders by actors such as Frontex, the EU’s border enforcement agency. As in the U.S.-Mexico desert, border surveillance makes the crossing more dangerous, since it forces them to take riskier routes to avoid detection.

    The increasing reliance on automation in border enforcement also brings with it a host of concerns, from privacy infringements when data is shared with repressive governments to discrimination and bias, particularly against groups that have historically borne the brunt of violent state action. For example, facial recognition has proved time and again to be biased against Brown and Black faces, as well as female faces, and yet it is increasingly used for migration control in the U.S., Canada, and soon various EU countries. These issues around discrimination and bias are not merely theoretical; they have had palpable impacts on people on the move such as Addisu, a young man from East Africa in his early 30s. He was living in an occupied building in Brussels when he told Petra, “We are Black, and border guards hate us. Their computers hate us too.”

    Tech pilot projects have also introduced AI-type lie detection into border enforcement, relying on emotion recognition and micro-expressions to apparently determine whether someone is telling the truth at the border. Yet what about differences in cross-cultural communication? Or the impact of trauma on memory, or the overreliance on Western norms of plausibility and lie detection grounded in biased and discriminatory determinations? Immigration and refugee decision-making by border enforcement officers is already replete with discretionary, opaque, and often biased reasoning that is difficult to challenge.

    Through the phenomenon of “border externalization,” the EU is also pushing its geographic borders further and further afield through biometric data collection and migration surveillance into North and sub-Saharan Africa. The United States is extending its border as well into southern Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, among other places. As these sorts of technological systems extend all over the world, so does the global border industrial complex, which is worth billions of dollars. Each new place becomes a testing ground for the next one.

    A Regulatory Free-for-All: Border Tech Unchecked

    Border technologies are political; they are developed and deployed in an ecosystem of private and public partnerships that are largely unregulated and unchecked. Big Tech interests are given free rein to develop and deploy technologies at the border and set the agenda of what counts as innovation and whose perspectives really matter when conversations around borders happen in national, regional, and international policy circles.

    There is big money to be made in the sharpening of borders with draconian technologies. According to the market forecast company Market and Markets, the global homeland security market will grow more than 6 percent by 2026, reaching $904.6 billion. As border and immigration budgets only continue to rise in Europe, the United States, and places beyond, there will only be more armed “robo-dogs,” drones with tasers, and border AI-lie detectors filling border zones. This coincides with forecasts for more and more people on the move in the coming decades—for various reasons, including catastrophic climate change. The collision of aggressive tech borders with human mobility has the makings of a monumental human rights disaster.

    Participation in discussions around technologies at the border is still limited to a select few, often in the suffocating constraints of the public-private nexus. The viewpoints of those most affected are routinely excluded from the discussion, particularly regarding no-go zones and ethically fraught uses of technology. Much of the discussion, such as it is, lacks contextual analysis or consideration of the ethical, social, political, and personal harm that these new technologies will have. While border and immigrant rights groups such as Mijente, Just Futures Law, the Immigrant Defense Project and others have been fighting the use of high-risk surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border, the lucrative political climate of exclusion and border enforcement at all costs is what animates the move toward a surveillance dragnet. This dragnet will only increase the suffering and death along the frontier. “It’s a slow-motion genocide,” James Holeman, founder of Battalion Search Rescue, recently told Petra Molnar in the Arizona desert.

    Borders are the perfect testing ground for technologies: unregulated, increasingly politicized, and impacting groups already struggling with adequate resources. Ultimately, Big Tech and quick fixes do not address the systemic causes of marginalization and migration—historical and present-day decisions that perpetuate vast inequalities in the world and that benefit the fortressed West while disenfranchising and displacing the rest. Whether it be armed agents, imposed walls, or robo-dogs, border militarization ensures that rich countries can keep looting, exploiting, and polluting the rest of the world.

    https://www.theborderchronicle.com/p/robo-dogs-and-refugees-the-future
    #robots_dogs #complexe_militaro-industriel #robots #robots_chiens #frontières #surveillance #technologie #asile #migrations #réfugiés #robo-dog #Ghost_Robotics #Nogales #Mexique #USA #Etats-Unis #désert_du_Sonora #DHS #El_Paso #programmable_pooches #GuardBot #Anduril #Elbit_Systems #Predator_B #general_atomics #drones #robo_dog

  • L’#Algérie sous #Vichy

    De l’été 1940 à l’été 1943, l’#Algérie_française se donne avec enthousiasme à la révolution nationale voulue par #Pétain. Ce dont de nombreux Européens d’Algérie rêvent depuis longtemps s’accomplit : rétablissement de l’#ordre_colonial, mise au pas des populations et abrogation du #décret_Crémieux qui, en 1870, avait fait des Juifs d’Algérie des citoyens français.

    http://www.film-documentaire.fr/4DACTION/w_fiche_film/64265_0

    #WWII #seconde_guerre_mondiale #histoire #Juifs #antisémitisme #Maréchal_Pétain #collaborationnisme #impérialisme #France #Georges_Hardy #général_Weygand #Maxime_Weygand #Juifs_d'Algérie #déchéance_de_nationalité #licenciement #citoyenneté #exclusion_scolaire #Juifs_indigènes #catégorisation #Italiens_d'Algérie #indigènes #extrême_droite #Edouard_Drumont #Drumont #émeutes_antijuives #musulmans #Gabriel_Lambert #Messali_Hajj #assimilation #Ferhat_Abbas #égalité_par_le_bas #propagande #pauvreté #discriminations #typhus #Georges_Claude #confiscation_des_biens #aryanisation_économique #service_des_questions_juives #terres #camps #internement #camps_de_travail #camps_d'éloignement #indésirables #torture #Bedeau #chasse_aux_Juifs #service_d'ordre_de_la_légion (#SOL) #étoile_jaune #fascisme #oppression #résistance #José_Aboulker #Opération_Torch #général_Juin #Alphonse_Juin #François_Darlan #général_Giraud #unités_de_travail #Henri_Giraud #rafles #Fernand_Bonnier_de_la_Chappelle #Marcel_Peyrouton #débarquement #Etats-Unis #USA #spoliation #Jean_Monnet #Sidney_Chouraqui #armée_d'Afrique #camp_de_Bedeau #de_Gaulle #déshumanisation

    ping @postcolonial @isskein @karine4 @cede

  • Si formano a Gaeta le forze d’élite della famigerata Guardia Costiera libica

    Non bastava addestrare in Italia gli equipaggi delle motovedette libiche che sparano sui migranti nel Mediterraneo o li catturano in mare (oltre 15.000 nei primi sette mesi del 2021) per poi deportarli e torturarli nei famigerati centri di detenzione / lager in Libia. Dalla scorsa estate è nella #Scuola_Nautica della #Guardia_di_Finanza di #Gaeta che si “formano” pure le componenti subacquee di nuova costituzione della #Guardia_Costiera e della #General_Administration_for_Coastal_Security (#GACS).

    La presenza a Gaeta delle unità d’élite della #Libyan_Coast_Guard_and_Port_Security (#LCGPS) dipendente dal Ministero della Difesa e della GACS del Ministero dell’Interno è documentata dall’Ufficio Amministrazione - Sezione Acquisti della Guardia di Finanza. Il 18 giugno 2021 l’ente ha autorizzato la spesa per un servizio di interpretariato in lingua araba a favore dei sommozzatori libici “partecipanti al corso di addestramento che inizierà il 21 giugno 2021 presso la Scuola Nautica nell’ambito della Missione bilaterale della Guardia di Finanza in Libia”. Nell’atto amministrativo non vengono fornite informazioni né sul numero degli allievi-sub libici né la durata del corso, il primo di questa tipologia effettuato in Italia.

    Dal 29 agosto al 29 settembre del 2019 ne era stato promosso e finanziato uno simile a #Spalato, in Croazia da #EUNAVFOR_MED (la forza navale europea per le operazioni anti-migranti nel Mediterraneo, meglio nota come #Missione_Irini). Le attività vennero svolte in collaborazione con la Marina militare croate e riguardarono dodici sommozzatori della Guardia costiera e della Marina libica.

    A fine ottobre 2020 un’altra attività addestrativa del personale subacqueo venne condotta in Libia da personale della Marina militare della Turchia, provocando molte gelosie in Italia e finanche le ire dell’(ex) ammiraglio #Giuseppe_De_Giorgi, già comandante della Nato Response Force e Capo di Stato Maggiore della Marina Militare dal 2013 al 2016.

    “In un tweet, la Marina turca riferisce che le operazioni rientrano a pieno nel novero di attività di supporto, consultazione e addestramento militare e di sicurezza incluse nell’accordo raggiunto nel novembre del 2019 tra il GNA tripolino e Ankara: non può sfuggire come questo avvenimento sia un ulteriore affondo turco a nostre spese e l’ennesimo spregio all’Italia”, scrisse l’ammiraglio #De_Giorgi su Difesaonline. “Nelle foto allegate al tweet, infatti, sono presenti le navi che proprio l’Italia nel 2018 aveva donato alla Libia in seguito all’accordo siglato con il primo #Memorandum che avrebbe previsto da parte nostra la presa in carico della collaborazione con la Guardia Costiera libica, non solo per tenere a bada il fenomeno migratorio in generale, ma soprattutto per dare un freno al vergognoso traffico di esseri umani. In particolare, si può vedere la motovedetta #Ubari_660, gemella della #Fezzan_658, entrambe della classe #Corrubia”.

    “Oltre al danno, anche la beffa di veder usare le nostre navi per un addestramento che condurrà un altro Stato, la Turchia”, concluse l’ex Capo di Stato della Marina. “Mentre Erdogan riporta la Tripolitania nella sfera d’influenza ottomana si conferma l’assenteismo italiano conseguenza di una leadership spaesata, impotente, priva di autorevolezza, inadeguata”.

    Le durissime parole dell’ammiraglio De Giorgi hanno colpito in pieno il bersaglio; così dal cappello dell’esecutivo Draghi è uscito bello e pronto per i sommozzatori libici un corso d’addestramento estivo a Gaeta, viaggio, vitto e alloggio, tutto pagato.

    Il personale dell’ultrachiacchierata Guardia costiera della Libia ha iniziato ad addestrarsi presso la Scuola Nautica della Guardia di Finanza nella primavera del 2017. Trentanove militari e tre tutor giunsero in aereo nella base dell’aeronautica di Pratica di Mare (Roma) il 1° aprile e vennero poi addestrati a Gaeta per un mese. “A selezionarli sono stati i vertici della Marina libica tra i 93 militari che hanno superato il primo modulo formativo di 14 settimane, svolto nell’ambito della missione europea Eunavformed, a bordo della nave olandese Rotterdam e della nostra nave San Giorgio”, riportò la redazione di Latina del quotidiano Il Messaggero.

    Nella scuola laziale i libici furono formati prevalentemente alla conduzione delle quattro motovedette della classe “#Bigliani”, già di appartenenza della Guardia di Finanza, donate alla Libia tra il 2009 e il 2010 e successivamente riparate in Italia dopo i danneggiamenti ricevuti nel corso dei bombardamenti NATO del 2011. Le quattro unità, rinominate #Ras_al_Jadar, #Zuwarah, #Sabratha e #Zawia sono quelle poi impiegate per i pattugliamenti delle coste della #Tripolitania e la spietata caccia ai natanti dei migranti in fuga dai conflitti e dalle carestie di Africa e Medio Oriente.

    Per la cronaca, alla cerimonia di chiusura del primo corso di formazione degli equipaggi libici intervenne a Gaeta l’allora ministro dell’Interno #Marco_Minniti. Ai giornalisti, #Minniti annunciò che entro la fine del mese di giugno 2017 il governo italiano avrebbe consegnato alla Libia una decina di motovedette. “Quando il programma di fornitura delle imbarcazioni sarà terminato la Marina libica sarà tra le strutture più importanti dell’Africa settentrionale”, dichiarò con enfasi Marco Minniti. “Lì si dovranno incrementare le azioni congiunte e coordinate per il controllo contro il terrorismo e i trafficanti di esseri umani: missioni cruciali per tutta la comunità internazionale”.

    Un secondo corso di formazione per 19 ufficiali della Guardia costiera libica venne svolto nel giugno 2017 ancora un volta presso la Scuola Nautica della Guardia di Finanza di Gaeta. Nel corso del 2018, con fondi del Ministero dell’Interno vennero svolti invece due corsi della durata ognuno di tre settimane per 28 militari libici, costo giornaliero stimato 606 euro per allievo.

    Nell’ambito del #Sea_Horse_Mediterranean_Project, il progetto UE di “cooperazione e scambio di informazioni nell’area mediterranea tra gli Stati membri dell’Unione di Spagna, Italia, Francia, Malta, Grecia, Cipro e Portogallo e i paesi nordafricani nel quadro di #EUROSUR”, (valore complessivo di 7,1 milioni di euro), la Guardia di Finanza ha concluso uno specifico accordo con la Guardia Civil spagnola, capofila del programma, per erogare sempre nel 2018 un corso di conduzione di unità navali per 63 libici tra guardiacoste del Ministero della Difesa e personale degli Organi per la sicurezza del Ministero dell’Interno.

    Istituzionalmente la Scuola Nautica della Guardia di Finanza di Gaeta provvede alla formazione tecnico-operativa degli allievi finanzieri destinati al contingente mare, nonché all’aggiornamento ed alla specializzazione di ufficiali impiegati nel servizio navale. In passato ha svolto attività di formazione a favore del personale militare e della polizia della Repubblica d’Albania e della Guardia Civil spagnola.

    L’Istituto ha partecipato anche a due missioni internazionali: la prima sul fiume Danubio, nell’ambito dell’embargo introdotto nel maggio 1992 dal Consiglio di Sicurezza dell’ONU contro l’allora esistente Repubblica Federale di Jugoslavia; poi, a fine anni ’90, a Valona (Albania) per fornire assistenza e consulenza ai locali organi polizia nella “lotta ai traffici illeciti”.

    Adesso per la Scuola di Gaeta è scattata l’ora dell’addestramento dei reparti d’élite delle forze navali di Tripoli, sommozzatori in testa.

    http://antoniomazzeoblog.blogspot.com/2021/11/si-formano-gaeta-le-forze-delite-della.html

    –-> Articolo pubblicato in Africa ExPress il 30 novembre 2021, https://www.africa-express.info/2021/11/30/addestrata-in-italia-la-guardia-costiera-libica-accusata-di-crimini

    #Gaeta #formation #gardes-côtes_libyens #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Italie #Libye #frontières #Méditerranée #plongeurs

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    Ajouté à la métaiste sur les formations des gardes-côtes lybiens sur le territoire européen :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/938454

    ping @isskein

  • Se questa è l’Europa. Una cortina di ferro per i migranti

    La Polonia costruirà da dicembre una barriera per fermare il flusso di profughi spinti verso il confine dal governo della Bielorussia. Negli ultimi 50 anni costruiti 65 muri di confine

    Non sarà facile, quando toccherà agli storici, spiegare che l’epoca dei muri non è più solo quella del Vallo di Adriano o il tempo del cinese Qin Shi Huang, l’imperatore padre della Grande Muraglia. Epoche in cui le fortificazioni servivano a proteggersi dalle incursioni armate. Non nel 2021, quando miliardi di euro vengono investiti per respingere nient’altro che persone disarmate.

    Il 60% delle nuove barriere è stato voluto per ostacolare le migrazioni forzate. Negli ultimi 50 anni (1968-2018) sono stati costruiti oltre 65 muri di confine. L’Europa (26%) è seconda solo all’Asia (56%). A oltre trent’anni dalla caduta del muro di Berlino, il 60% della popolazione mondiale (circa 4,7 miliardi di persone) vive in Paesi che hanno costruito un qualche argine contro i flussi di persone.

    Il centro studi ’Transnational Institute’ ha calcolato che solo dal 1990 al 2019 i Paesi Ue dell’area Schengen si sono dotati di oltre mille chilometri di recinzioni. E presto saranno più del doppio. La spesa totale ha sfiorato il miliardo di euro. A cui andranno aggiunti gli stanziamenti per i 508 chilometri di frontiera che la Lituania ha deciso di puntellare con pali d’acciaio e filo spinato. Come la Polonia, del resto, che con i lituani condivide l’affaccio sulla Bielorussia. Ieri la conferma: da dicembre il governo polacco costruirà una nuova barriera al confine. «È sconcertante quanto avviene in più luoghi ai confini dell’Unione. È sorprendente – ha detto ieri il presidente Sergio Mattarella – il divario tra i grandi principi proclamati e il non tener conto della fame e del freddo cui sono esposti esseri umani ai confini dell’Unione» .

    Per venirne a capo bisogna seguire i soldi. Tanti soldi. Si scopre così che il filo spinato e le armi per ricacciare indietro i poveri sono prima di tutto un colossale giro d’affari. A poco servono le inchieste amministrative e quelle penali sulle operazioni condotte da agenzie come Frontex, nata per supportare la sorveglianza dei confini esterni e finita accusata di malversazioni e di aver cooperato nelle operazioni più cruente nei Balcani, nel Canale di Sicilia e nell’Egeo. Entro il 2027 si passerà dagli attuali 1.500 a 10mila effettivi, di cui 7 mila distaccati dalle forze dell’ordine nazionali, e avrà nel bilancio un budget superiore alla maggior parte delle agenzie dell’Unione Europea: circa 5,6 miliardi di euro fino al 2027.

    Direttamente o attraverso consociate, beneficiano dei cospicui investimenti europei le più importanti aziende del comparto difesa: tra cui #Airbus, #Thales, #Leonardo, #Lockheed_Martin, #General_Dynamics, #Northrop_Grumman, #L3_Technologies, #Elbit, #Indra, #Dat-Con, #Csra, #Leidos e #Raytheon. Tra i principali beneficiari degli appalti per i muri le grandi firme dell’industria bellica. C’è #European_Security_Fencing, produttore spagnolo di filo spinato, utilizzato nelle recinzioni al confine con Spagna/Marocco, Ungheria/Serbia, Bulgaria/Turchia, Auanche stria/Slovenia, Regno Unito/ Francia. Poi la società slovena “#Dat-Con” incaricata di costruire barriere in Croazia, a Cipro, in Macedonia, Moldavia, Slovenia e Ucraina.

    E ancora il costruttore navale olandese #Damen, le cui navi sono state utilizzate in operazioni di frontiera da Albania, Belgio, Bulgaria, Portogallo, Paesi Bassi, Romania, Svezia e Regno Unito, oltre che Libia, Marocco, Tunisia e Turchia. I francesi siedono al tavolo dei grandi appalti con “#Sopra_Steria”, il principale contraente per lo sviluppo e la manutenzione del Sistema d’informazione visti ( #Vis), il Sistema d’informazione Schengen (#Sis_II) e Dattiloscopia europea (#Eurodac). Poi di nuovo una compagnia spagnola, la #Gmv incaricata di implementare #Eurosur, il sistema europeo di sorveglianza delle frontiere esterne.

    Prima di oggi le imprese hanno beneficiato del budget di 1,7 miliardi di euro del Fondo per le frontiere esterne della Commissione europea (2007-2013) e del Fondo per la sicurezza interna – frontiere (2014-2020) di 2,76 miliardi di euro. Per il nuovo bilancio Ue (20212027), la Commissione europea ha stanziato 8,02 miliardi di euro al Fondo per la gestione integrata delle frontiere; 11,27 miliardi di euro a Frontex (di cui 2,2 miliardi di euro saranno utilizzati per acquisire e gestire mezzi aerei, marittimi e terrestri) e almeno 1,9 miliardi di euro di spesa totale (20002027) per le sue banche dati di identità e Eurosur (il sistema europeo di sorveglianza delle frontiere).

    Commentando le ultime notizie dalla frontiera orientale, il presidente della commissione Cei per i migranti, il vescovo Giancarlo Perego, ha usato parole che ben riassumono la deriva del continente dei muri: «Una sconfitta dell’umanesimo su cui si fonda l’Europa, una sconfitta della democrazia. L’Europa dei muri è un’Europa che dimostra di cedere alla paura, un’Europa in difesa da un mondo che cammina». Oppure, per dirla con Papa Francesco, le moderne muraglie sono «una cosa insensata, che separa e contrappone i popoli».

    https://www.avvenire.it/attualita/pagine/una-cortina-di-ferro-per-i-migranti

    #murs #barrières_frontalières #migrations #asile #réfugiés #frontières #complexe_militaro-industriel #business

  • Is America experiencing an unofficial general strike? | Robert Reich | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/13/american-workers-general-strike-robert-reich

    ‘No one calls it a #general_strike. But in its own disorganized way it’s related to the organized strikes breaking out across the land.’

    Across the country, people are refusing to return to backbreaking or mind-numbing low-wage jobs

    Last Friday’s jobs report from the US Department of Labor elicited a barrage of gloomy headlines. The New York Times emphasized “weak” jobs growth and fretted that “hiring challenges that have bedeviled employers all year won’t be quickly resolved,” and “rising wages could add to concerns about inflation.” For CNN, it was “another disappointment”. For Bloomberg the “September jobs report misses big for a second straight month”.

    The media failed to report the big story, which is actually a very good one: American workers are now flexing their muscles for the first time in decades.

    You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions.

    No one calls it a general strike. But in its own disorganized way it’s related to the organized strikes breaking out across the land – Hollywood TV and film crews, John Deere workers, Alabama coal miners, Nabisco workers, Kellogg workers, nurses in California, healthcare workers in Buffalo.

    Disorganized or organized, American workers now have bargaining leverage to do better. After a year and a half of the pandemic, consumers have pent-up demand for all sorts of goods and services.

    But employers are finding it hard to fill positions.

    Last Friday’s jobs report showed the number of job openings at a record high. The share of people working or actively looking for work (the labor force participation rate) has dropped to 61.6%. Participation for people in their prime working years, defined as 25 to 54 years old, is also down.

    Over the past year, job openings have increased 62%. Yet overall hiring has actually declined.

    What gives?

    Another clue: Americans are also quitting their jobs at the highest rate on record. The Department of Labor reported on Tuesday that some 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August. That comes to about 2.9% of the workforce – up from the previous record set in April, of about 4 million people quitting.

    All told, about 4 million American workers have been leaving their jobs every month since the spring.

    These numbers have nothing to do with the Republican bogeyman of extra unemployment benefits supposedly discouraging people from working. Reminder: the extra benefits ran out on Labor Day.

    Renewed fears of the Delta variant of Covid may play some role. But it can’t be the largest factor. With most adults now vaccinated, rates of hospitalizations and deaths are way down.

    My take: workers are reluctant to return to or remain in their old jobs mostly because they’re burned out.

    Some have retired early. Others have found ways to make ends meet other than remain in jobs they abhor. Many just don’t want to return to backbreaking or mind-numbing low-wage shit jobs.

    The media and most economists measure the economy’s success by the number of jobs it creates, while ignoring the quality of those jobs. That’s a huge oversight.

    Years ago, when I was secretary of labor, I kept meeting working people all over the country who had full-time work but complained that their jobs paid too little and had few benefits, or were unsafe, or required lengthy or unpredictable hours. Many said their employers treated them badly, harassed them, and did not respect them.

    Since then, these complaints have only grown louder, according to polls. For many, the pandemic was the last straw. Workers are fed up, wiped out, done-in, and run down. In the wake of so much hardship, illness and death during the past year, they’re not going to take it anymore.

    In order to lure workers back, employers are raising wages and offering other inducements. Average earnings rose 19 cents an hour in September and are up more than $1 an hour – or 4.6% – over the last year.

    Clearly, that’s not enough.

    Corporate America wants to frame this as a “labor shortage.” Wrong. What’s really going on is more accurately described as a living-wage shortage, a hazard pay shortage, a childcare shortage, a paid sick leave shortage, and a healthcare shortage.

    Unless these shortages are rectified, many Americans won’t return to work anytime soon. I say it’s about time.

    Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, is out now. He is a Guardian US columnist. His newsletter is at robertreich.substack.com

    #USA #Travail #grève_rampante #démissions #pénurie_de_main_d'oeuvre

    • #Striketober : les ouvriers plantent leur pancarte sur les réseaux
      https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/les-enjeux-des-reseaux-sociaux/striketober-les-ouvriers-plantent-leur-pancarte-sur-les-reseaux

      Un mouvement gréviste d’ampleur inédite secoue les Etats-Unis. Galvanisés par une inversion des rapports de force entre travailleurs et employeurs, les grévistes montent au créneau, et prennent pied sur les réseaux sociaux.

      (...) sur les réseaux sociaux, les commentaires des universitaires et des économistes soulignent aussi une réalité locale : très peu de travailleurs américains peuvent se mettre en grève sans être syndiqués. Or, comme seulement 6,3% des salariés du secteur privé sont affiliés à un syndicat, le mouvement de grève est mécaniquement limité.

    • Striketober : comprendre le retour des grèves aux Etats-Unis
      https://rapportsdeforce.fr/linternationale/striketober-comprendre-le-retour-des-greves-aux-etats-unis-102511461

      Les États-Unis vivent actuellement un mouvement de grève national inédit appelé « Striketober » (contraction de « strike », qui signifie grève, et « october » : octobre). Quelles en sont les causes ? Quelles sont les revendications des grévistes ? Assiste-t-on au retour en grâce des syndicats ? Rapports de Force a épluché pour vous la presse américaine et répond à vos interrogations.

      Avec déjà plus de 100 000 grévistes à travers le pays, ce mois d’octobre 2021 est, en fait, l’étape la plus récente d’un mouvement amorcé depuis plusieurs années. Ainsi, l’année 2018 avait déjà été marquée par une importante grève des enseignants et 2019 avait connu 25 « interruptions de travail majeures » (c’est-à-dire un mouvement de grève d’au moins 1000 salariés). Un record depuis 2001, puisque si la grève n’est pas une nouveauté dans l’histoire du pays (le Bureau du Travail en relevait pas moins de 5 716 pour la seule année 1971) elle avait presque disparu du paysage social américain depuis la répression des années 80.

      Entre la vague de grèves, en majorité sauvages, du début de la crise sanitaire et les actions syndicales d’envergure d’octobre 2021, la grève a été saisie comme outil de lutte par le mouvement Black Lives Matter, et le patronat s’est inquiété de la Great Resignation, ou Big Quit, cette vague de démissions sans précédent qui voit en moyenne 4 millions d’Américains quitter leur emploi chaque mois, depuis avril. La crise sanitaire a donc été un accélérateur de la conflictualité sociale aux États-Unis. Et si le taux d’approbation des syndicats dans la population est cette année au plus haut (68%) depuis 1965, c’est l’aboutissement d’une tendance amorcée dès 2016, selon l’institut Gallup, qui en mesure l’évolution depuis les années 30.

  • En #Guadeloupe, l’#eau_courante, potable, est devenue un luxe

    En Guadeloupe, des milliers d’habitants vivent au rythme des « #tours_d’eau », des #coupures programmées, ou n’ont tout simplement pas d’eau au robinet depuis plusieurs années. Les habitants subissent des coupures prolongées, même en pleine pandémie de Covid-19. Face à la catastrophe sanitaire, les pouvoirs publics sont accusés d’#incurie. Premier volet de notre série.

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/france/120721/en-guadeloupe-l-eau-courante-potable-est-devenue-un-luxe
    #eau_potable #eau_de_robinet #eau

    by @wereport photos @albertocampiphoto

  • La Malédiction du #pétrole

    Le pétrole est devenu indispensable à l’économie mondiale, c’est sa plus grande richesse, mais aussi sa plus grande malédiction. Retraçant l’histoire de ce paradoxe les auteurs se penchent avec acuité sur le sujet.
    Depuis près d’un siècle et demi, l’or noir a été le moteur de la croissance et la source des plus grands malheurs. Combien de temps cet état va-t-il durer alors que même la catastrophe écologique du réchauffement climatique ne semble pas peser dans la décision de s’en passer ? Mais à quand remonte cette course à l’abîme ? C’est ce que les auteurs entreprennent de raconter.

    https://www.editions-delcourt.fr/bd/series/serie-la-malediction-du-petrole/album-malediction-du-petrole

    #BD #bande_dessinée #livre

    #Caucase #Russie #Frères_Nobel #raffinerie #Branobel #Bakou #pipeline #steam-tanker #marée_noire #Rotschild #puits_de_pétrole #mer_Noire #Batoumi #Bnito #puits_de_Bibi-Heybat #histoire #compagnie_pétrolière #Mer_Caspienne #industrie_pétrolière #Pennsylvanie #Edwin_Drake #potion_Drake #Oil_Creek #Pithole #Devil_Bill #John_Davison_Rockfeller #Rockfeller #Standard_Oil_Company #7_soeurs #John_Rockfeller #Cleveland #raffinage #Massacre_de_Cleveland #Sumatra #Staline #Koba #grèves #Royal_Dutch_Shell #industrie_automobile #OPEP #moteur_à_explosion #Jamais_contente #Henry_Ford #Ford #Ford_Motor_Company #moteur_électrique #General_Motors #Ford_T #Detroit #USA #Etats-Unis #Indonésie #colonialisme #essence #énergie #progrès #Esso #Stocony #Socal #Gulf_oil #Texaco #Anglo-persian_oil #William_Knox_d'Arey #Perse #Plaine_du_Naphte #guerre #comité_des_vaisseaux_terrestres #tank #Irak #Compagnie_française_des_pétroles (#CFP) #Total #accords_Sykes-Picot #Moyen-Orient #simple_ligne_de_sable #désert_arabique #Rub_al-khali #Standard_oil_of_California #Ras_Tanura #Harry_St_John_Bridger_Philby #Sheikh_Abdullah #Quart_vide #Kim_Philby #Philby #Arabie_Saoudite #Saoud #WWI #WWII #première_guerre_mondiale #seconde_guerre_mondiale #Canal_de_Suez #Red_Bell_Express #Pacte_de_Quincy #Algérie #Sahara_algérien #extractivisme #CIA #Saddam_Hussein #Arabian_American_oil_company (#ARAMCO) #Ghawar #combine_en_or #Venezuela #optimisation_fiscale #Iran #ENI #Libye #Italie #Pier_Paolo_Pasolini #Enrico_Mattei #guerre_du_Kippour #choc_pétrolier #Conférence_de_Bagdad (1960) #Juan_Pablo_Pérez_Alfonzo #Abdullah_al-Tariki #King_Hubbert #Trente_Glorieuses #premier_choc_pétrolier #Exxon_Mobile #BP-Amoco #pétrole_de_schiste #plateformes_offshore #groupe_Carlyle #Carlyle #schiste #fisc

    #pétrole #BD #malédiction

  • Le mythe participatif de la Smart city et de sa #Surveillance
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2021/06/11/le-mythe-participatif-de-la-smart-city-et-de-sa-surveillance

    La smart city en fait rêver certains. Les ingénieurs qui la convoitent parlent dorénavant d’une « citoyenneté augmentée ». Ce nouveau concept de la ville connectée et sûre aspire à ce que « les civic tech transforment le…

    #général

  • La Quadrature devient membre d’EDRi
    https://www.laquadrature.net/2021/05/24/la-quadrature-devient-membre-dedri

    Après plusieurs années de participation au réseau d’EDRi en tant qu’observateur, à travailler en collaboration avec les organisations membres européennes et l’équipe d’EDRi à Bruxelles pour protéger les droits et libertés dans l’espace numérique et…

    #général

  • Lengthy wait for cargo as Ever Given owner declares #General_Average - The Loadstar
    https://theloadstar.com/lengthy-wait-for-cargo-as-ever-given-owner-declares-general-average


    © Cnes 2021, Distribution Airbus DS.

    As the investigation into the grounding of the Ever Given in the Suez Canal begins, the vessel’s Japanese owner, Shoe Kisen, this morning declared General Average.

    And a customer circular from Evergreen, seen by The Loadstar, confirms that Shoe Kisen this morning appointed Richard Hogg Lindley as adjustor.

    For the vessel, now at anchor at the Bitter Lakes area undergoing technical inspections, a possible date of departure to ports of discharge has yet to be set.

    And while there is no reported damage to the cargo, and that to the vessel appeared to be minimal, the cost of the salvage operation, which ultimately required 11 tugs and two dredgers, as well as possible compensation claims from a variety of interests such as the Suez Canal Authority or shipping companies caught up in the backlog, could amount to a sizeable bill.

    In addition, it remains unclear whether there will be a separate salvage claim from the vessel’s salvors.

    While the backlog of vessels waiting to transit Suez is now expected to be cleared over the next couple of days, shippers and freight forwarders with cargo on the Ever Given could be in for a long wait for it to be released.

    The problem for cargo interests, according to insurance sources, is that the cost of the casualty to its owners is likely to take some time to determine, if it involves claims from other parties, which means the adjustors will remain unable to fix the level of the general average and salvage securities.

    The last time General Average was declared was following the 2018 fire on board the Maersk Honam. After declaring GA, the adjustor fixed the salvage security at 42.5% of cargo value and 11.5% as a GA deposit – this meant a shipper with a cargo worth $100,000 needed to pay a combined deposit of $54,000 to get its cargo released.

    This leaves shippers with uninsured cargo highly vulnerable to losing it, as the owner can hold the goods under lien until the deposit is paid. Shippers with insured goods will have those deposits covered by their insurers.

    According to panellists on a recent webinar on container casualties, held by the London Shipping Law Centre, GA is only declared in incidents which have incurred an extraordinary loss – the general rule of thumb being a loss of over £10m on a ship of 15,000 teu or bigger.

  • Suez Canal blockage – marine insurance claims | AGCS
    https://www.agcs.allianz.com/news-and-insights/expert-risk-articles/suez-canal-marine-insurance-claims.html

    The grounding of an ultra large container ship in the Suez Canal brought traffic on the central shipping route between Europe and Asia to a standstill for almost a week before it was freed. In this Q&A, AGCS Global Head of Marine Claims, Régis Broudin, looks at some of the potential implications that the incident could have for marine insurance claims.

    Le déblocage du canal de Suez tourne une page du feuilleton de l’#Ever_Given, place maintenant aux innombrables épisodes à venir pour la résolution du contentieux assurantiel…

    Le lien ci-dessus donne un petit aperçu par un spécialiste du risque industriel (du groupe Allianz).

    Le tout premier développement est : l’armateur va-t-il lancer la procédure d’#avarie_commune (#general_average) ? Procédure qui répartirait sur l’ensemble des propriétaires des marchandises transportées les coûts induits par l’incident. Rappel : le navire peut transporter jusqu’à 20 000 conteneurs…
    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avarie_commune

    Et dans les questions récurrentes, on peut même aller jusqu’à parler de running gag, celle de l’#assurabilité des porte-conteneurs.

    déjà quelques entrées ici, suivre les hashtags.

    • The Suez Canal Blockage Is Over. Time to Add Up the Damages – gCaptain
      https://gcaptain.com/blocked-suez-canal-cost-economy


      Stranded container ship Ever Given, one of the world’s largest container ships, is seen after it ran aground, in Suez Canal, Egypt March 26, 2021.
      REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

      The Suez Canal may be open again, but the battle over damages from the waterway’s longest closure in almost half a century is just beginning.

      With cargoes delayed for weeks if not months, the blockage could unleash a flood of claims by everyone affected, from shipping lines to manufacturers and oil producers.

      The legal issues are so enormous,” said Alexis Cahalan, a partner at Norton White in Sydney, which specializes in transport law. “If you can imagine the variety of cargoes that are there — everything from oil, grain, consumer goods like refrigerators to perishable goods — that is where the enormity of the claims may not be known for a time.

      The giant Ever Given container ship was pried from the bank on Monday, and traffic through the canal — which connects the Mediterranean and the Red Sea — resumed soon after. The blockage began when the vessel slammed into the wall last Tuesday and was the canal’s longest since it was shut for eight years following the 1967 Six-Day War. The incident offered a reminder of the fragility of global trade infrastructure and threats to supply lines already stretched by the coronavirus pandemic.

      The Ever Given, which moved north from the southern part of the canal where it ran aground to the Great Bitter Lake, is being inspected for damage. Those checks will determine whether the vessel can resume its scheduled service and what happens to the cargo, Taiwan’s Evergreen Line, the ship’s charterer, said in a statement.

      Egyptian authorities were desperate to get traffic flowing again through the waterway that’s a conduit for about 12% of world trade and around 1 million barrels of oil a day.

      A backlog of hundreds of ships built up. There were 421 waiting to transit through the canal at 8:00 a.m. local time, according to Inchcape Shipping Services, a maritime services provider. The waterway usually handles around 50 a day, but will probably transit significantly more than that in the coming weeks.

      Coordinating the logistics of who gets to go through first and how that’s going to be sorted out, I think the Egyptians have quite a job on their hands,” John Wobensmith, chief executive officer of Genco Shipping & Trading Ltd., said Tuesday in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

      Leth Agencies, one of the main providers of Suez Canal crossing services, said 37 ships held up in the Great Bitter Lake exited the canal by 3:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday and 76 were scheduled to go over the rest of the day.

      South Korean shipper HMM Co. said the HMM Gdansk, one of the world’s largest container vessels and which can carry 24,000 20-foot boxes, was scheduled to transit through the waterway Tuesday after being held up since last week.

      It may take four days for traffic to return to normal, Suez Canal Authority Chairman Osama Rabie said at a Monday evening press conference. Earlier, a canal authority official said a week was more likely.

      Those assessments may be optimistic, according to Arthur Richier, an analyst at energy-intelligence firm Vortexa. Freight rates for the affected shipping routes are already rising due to the lower availability of tankers as some stay stuck and some take the longer route around the southern tip of Africa. Traveling via that route can add two weeks onto a vessel’s journey between Asia and Europe.

      It’s going to take them five or six days to clear up all the backlog of traffic,” Rustin Edwards, the head of fuel-oil procurement at shipping firm Euronav NV, said on a conference call on Tuesday. “You’re going to start seeing congestion at delivery ports when the ships that diverted and the ships that went through start arriving at the same destinations. It’s going to cause a bit of a headache for a lot of container companies for the next couple of weeks.

      The blockage will reduce global reinsurers’ earnings, which have already been hit by the pandemic, winter storms in the U.S. and flooding in Australia, according to Fitch Ratings. Prices for marine reinsurance will rise further as a consequence, it said. Fitch estimates losses may amount to hundreds of millions of euros.

      In a potential merry-go-round of legal action, owners of the goods on board the Ever Given and other ships could seek compensation for delays from their insurers. Those insurers for the cargo can in turn file claims against Ever Given’s owners, who will then look to their insurers for protection.

      Evergreen says Japan’s Shoei Kisen Kaisha Ltd. — the ship’s owner — is responsible for any losses. Shoei Kisen has taken some responsibility but says charterers need to deal with the cargo owners.

      Owner and Insurers of Ever Given Face Millions in Claims
      Evergreen’s legal adviser is Ince Gordon Dadds LLP, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak to the media. London-based Ince Gordon Dadds and Evergreen declined to comment.

      An official at Shoei Kisen said the company hasn’t received any compensation claim yet. The firm is still examining what it is responsible for. The ship’s hull is insured through three Japanese companies.

      Responsibility for the giant ship’s grounding will be determined after an investigation, the Canal Authority’s Rabie said. He added that the canal authority isn’t at fault and that the ship’s captain — not the pilot — was responsible for the vessel.

  • #Biden and the Border Security-Industrial Complex

    Successive administrations have poured money into the business of militarizing immigration control—and lobbyists have returned the favors. Will this president stop the juggernaut?

    There are many ways I wish I’d spent my last days of freedom before the coronavirus’s inexorable and deadly advance through the US began last year, but attending the 2020 Border Security Expo was not one of them. On March 9, 2020, President Trump told us the flu was more deadly than coronavirus and that nothing would be shut down. “Think about that!” he tweeted. On March 13, he declared the pandemic a national emergency. In the days between, I flew to San Antonio, Texas, to attend the Expo in an attempt to better understand the border security industry and its links to government. I soon found myself squeezing through dozens of suited men with buzz cuts clapping each other on the back and scarfing bagels at the catering table, with scant mention of the coming catastrophe.

    Instead, the focus was on how best to spend the ever-increasing budgets of the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which had discretionary spending allocations that totaled $27 billion. Together, that was up 20 percent on the previous year’s budgets; and for decades now, under Democrats and Republicans alike, the border security industry has generally received more and more money each year. For the first time in years, the agencies’ latest combined budget records a modest reduction, of $1.5 billion (though the expenditure on ICE continues to grow unchecked).

    President Biden is working to undo some of the most violent anti-immigrant policies of his predecessor, including lifting the travel ban on thirteen nations, almost all in the Middle East or Africa, and working to end the Migrant Protection Protocols, which forced some 25,000 asylum seekers to stay in Mexico as they awaited their day in court. He has also created a task force to reunite families separated at the US–Mexico border and has already sent a comprehensive immigration reform bill to lawmakers. And he has halted construction of Donald Trump’s notorious border wall.

    Does this all signify that he is ready to consider taming the vast militarized machine that is the border security industry? Or will he, like Democratic presidents before him, quietly continue to expand it?

    (#paywall)

    https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2021/03/02/biden-and-the-border-security-industrial-complex

    #USA #complexe_militaro-industriel #Etats-Unis #migrations #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #business #réfugiés #migrations #militarisation_des_frontières #Joe_Biden #Customs_and_Border_Protection_agency (#CBP) #Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement (#ICE)

    • Biden’s Border. The industry, the Democrats and the 2020 elections

      This briefing profiles the leading US border security contractors, their related financial campaign contributions during the 2020 elections, and how they have shaped a bipartisan approach in favor of border militarization for more than three decades. It suggests that a real change in border and immigration policies will require the Democrats to break with the industry that helps finance them.

      Key findings:

      – Early into his presidency, Joe Biden has already indicated through 10 executive orders that he wants to end the brutality associated with Trump’s border and immigration policies. However undoing all the harmful dimensions of the US border regime will require substantial structural change and an end to the close ties between the Democrats and the border industry.

      - The border security and immigration detention industry has boomed in the last decades thanks to constant increases in government spending by both parties—Democrats and Republicans. Between 2008 and 2020, CBP and ICE issued 105,997 contracts worth $55.1 billion to private corporations.The industry is now deeply embedded in US government bodies and decision-making, with close financial ties to strategic politicians.

      – 13 companies play a pivotal role in the US border industry: #CoreCivic, #Deloitte, #Elbit_Systems, #GEO_Group, #General_Atomics, #General_Dynamics, #G4S, #IBM, #Leidos, #Lockheed_Martin, #L3Harris, #Northrop_Grumman, and #Palantir. Some of the firms also provide other services and products to the US government, but border and detention contracts have been a consistently growing part of all of their portfolios.

      - These top border contractors through individual donations and their #Political_Action_Committees (PACs) gave more than $40 million during the 2020 electoral cycle to the two parties ($40,333,427). Democrats overall received more contributions from the big border contractors than the Republicans (55 percent versus 45 percent). This is a swing back to the Democrats, as over the last 10 years contributions from 11 of the 13 companies have favored Republicans. It suggests an intention by the border industry to hedge their political bets and ensure that border security policies are not rolled back to the detriment of future profits.

      – The 13 border security companies’ executives and top employees contributed three times more to Joe Biden ($5,364,994) than to Donald Trump ($1,730,435).

      - A few border security companies show preferences towards one political party. Detention-related companies, in particular CoreCivic, G4S and GEO Group, strongly favor Republicans along with military contractors Elbit Systems and General Atomics, while auditing and IT companies Deloitte, IBM and Palantir overwhelmingly favor the Democrats.

      – The 13 companies have contributed $10 million ($9,674,911) in the 2020 electoral cycle to members of strategic legislative committees that design and fund border security policies: the House and Senate Appropriations Committees and the House Homeland Security Committee. The biggest contributors are Deloitte, General Dynamics, L3Harris, Leidos, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, and nearly all donate substantially to both parties, with a preference for Republican candidates. Democrat Senator Jack Reed ($426,413), Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger ($442,406) and Republican Senator Richard Shelby ($430,150) all received more than $400,000 in 2020.

      – Biden is opposed to the wall-building of Trump, but has along with many Democrats voiced public support for a more hidden ‘virtual wall’ and ‘smart borders’, deploying surveillance technologies that will be both more lucrative for the industry and more hidden in terms of the abuses they perpetrate.

      - Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas developed and implemented DACA under Obama’s administration, but also as a lawyer with the firm WilmerHale between 2018 and 2020 earned $3.3 million representing companies including border contractors Northrop Grumman and Leidos.

      - Over the last 40 years, Biden has a mixed voting record on border policy, showing some support for immigrant rights on several occasions but also approving legislation (the 1996 Illegal Immigration and Immigration Reform Act) that enabled the mass deportations under Obama, and the 2006 Secure Fence Act, which extended the wall long before Trump’s election.

      – The Democrat Party as a whole also has a mixed record. Under President Bill Clinton, the Democrats approved the 1994 Prevention through Deterrence national border strategy and implemented the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigration Responsibility Act that dramatically increased the pace of border militarization as well as deportations. Later Obama became the first president to deport nearly 3 million people during his eight-year term.

      – Nearly 8,000 bodies have been recovered in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands between 1998 and 2019 as a result of policies by both parties. The organization No More Deaths has estimated that three to ten times as many people may have died or disappeared since today’s border-enforcement strategy was implemented. The border industrial complex’s profits are based on border and immmigration policies that have deadly consequences.

      https://www.tni.org/en/bidensborder

      #rapport #TNI #murs #barrières_frontalières #démocrates #républicains #industrie_frontalière #smart_borders #murs_virtuels #technologie #morts #décès #mortalité

  • Agnes Callamard sur Twitter : “One year ago, the US targeted killing of #Iran’s #GeneralSoleimani in #Iraq became the first known incident outside the context of a declared conflict in which a State invoked self-defence as justification for an attack against a State-actor.” / Twitter
    https://twitter.com/AgnesCallamard/status/1345733073661546501

    [...]

    The US killing of General Soleimani, a State officials, also failed to meet the standards of necessity and proportionality. It was unlawful under human rights law. What does its precedent mean?

    We now confront the real prospect that States may opt to strategically eliminate high-ranking officials outside the context of a known war and then attempt to justify such a killing on the grounds of the target classification as a “terrorist who posed an undefined, future threat.

    #etats-unis #droit_international

  • Amazon Wins Without Even Trying
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/31/technology/amazon-earnings.html?auth=login-email&campaign_id=158&emc=edit_ot_20201217&

    Three months ago, the Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos effectively declared that his company would try to lose money. Instead, Amazon declared on Thursday the largest profit in its history.

    It was a bit awkward.

    Companies are supposed to make money, for sure. But this comes at a moment when politicians and the public are wondering if America’s digital superstars are so powerful — and perhaps, tilt the game to their advantage — that they simply can’t be beaten.

    A company like Amazon planning to lose money and instead making billions of dollars in profit is a pretty compelling sign of dominance.

    This week in technology made me think of that old line about a once dominant car company: What’s good for the United States was good for General Motors, and what was good for GM was good for the country. (There’s a debate about what the GM executive meant by this, but it’s still a good line. Stay with me.)

    The bosses of four of America’s tech giants, dragged (virtually) in front of Congress this week, said some version of that old saw. They said that their successes are uniquely American, and that their companies enrich the country and the lives of people who live in it.

    That’s true. It is, however, hard to ignore that the fortunes of the country and its leading corporate citizens are currently going in opposite directions.

    We learned on Thursday that the United States wiped out five years of economic growth in a matter of months, as my colleague Ben Casselman put it. During that period, Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook mostly raked in money hand over fist.

    Mostly, this makes sense. During a pandemic, we have needed the products and services these companies provide. That does not, however, guarantee them financial success.

    (Read more: Last year, my colleague Kashmir Hill wrote about trying and mostly failing to cut the five big U.S. technology companies out of her life. Now, Kash is reflecting on what she learned from that experiment.)

    Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said a few months ago that the way his company makes money — selling ads to a local bakery or an online luggage maker — tends to naturally rise and fall in tune with the economy. That’s generally true, but not right now. The economy is tanking at its worst rate in many decades. Facebook’s advertising sales are fine.

    What has been bad for the United States hasn’t yet been bad for Big Tech. Is, then, what’s good for Big Tech good for the country? I’m not sure.

    There’s an axiom in technology that change happens gradually, then suddenly. Tech companies can seem unbeatable until they aren’t — often because of some rapid evolutionary change. It happened to Nokia and Sun Microsystems — whose old headquarters was taken over by Facebook in a symbol of one empire replacing a crumbled one.

    So could there be a Fall of Rome moment for today’s tech superpowers? Yes, in theory, and we might never see it coming. Right now, though, despite broader economic pains and a growing backlash to their power, these four American tech superpowers appear to be as close to invulnerable as you can get.

    #Apple #Google #GeneralMotors-GM #Amazon #Facebook #domination #bénéfices

  • 6 out of 10 people worldwide live in a country that has built border walls

    Days after the drawn-out U.S. elections, a new report reveals that the wall sold by Trump as a supposed achievement of his administration is just one of more than 63 new border walls built along borders or in occupied territories worldwide.

    Today, 31 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, we find ourselves in a world with more walls than ever. 4.679 billion people in the world (60.98%) live in a country that has built one of these walls on its borders, concludes the report “Walled world: towards Global Apartheid” co published by the Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau, Transnational Institute, Stop Wapenhandel and Stop the Wal Campaign.

    Beyond the surge in physical walls, many more countries have militarized their frontiers through the deployment of troops, ships, aircraft, drones, and digital surveillance, patrolling land, sea and air. If we counted these ‘walls’, they would number hundreds. As a result, it is now more dangerous and deadly than ever to cross borders for people fleeing poverty and violence.

    In addition, the research highlights that, as in the United States, immigration and terrorism are the main reasons given by states for the construction of walls, both justifications together represent 50%, half of the world’s walls.

    Israel tops the list of countries that have built the most walls, with a total of 6. It is followed by Morocco, Iran and India with 3 walls each. Countries with 2 border walls are South Africa, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Hungary and Lithuania.

    “The global trend in border management policies is to build a world in which segregation and inequality are reinforced. In this walled world, commerce and capital are not restricted, yet it increasingly excludes people based on their class and origin”, states Ainhoa ​​Ruiz Benedicto, co-author of the report and researcher at the Centre Delàs d’Estudis per la Pau.

    The report focuses on a few specific walls in different regions, highlighting the following:

    Four of the five countries bordering Syria have built walls: Israel, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq.
    India has built 6,540 km of barriers against its neighboring countries, covering 43% of its borders.
    Morocco built an occupation wall with Western Sahara considered “the greatest functional military barrier in the world”, 2,720 km long.

    In addition to physical walls, the militarization of border areas continues to increase, in which walls are just one means of stopping people crossing territories.. The report highlights two cases:

    Mexico has notably militarized its border with Guatemala with equipment and financing through the US funded Frontera Sur program.
    Australia has turned the sea into a barrier with the deployment of its armed forces and the Maritime Border Command of the Australian Border Force, in addition to an offshore detention system that violates human rights.

    The business of building walls

    Finally, the report analyzes the industry that profits from this surge in wall-building and the criminalization of people fleeing poverty and violence. The report concludes that the border security industry is diverse, as shown by the number of companies involved in the construction of Israel’s walls, with more than 30 companies from the military, security, technology and construction sectors.

    “Many walls and fences are built by local construction companies or by state entities, such as the military. However, the walls are invariably accompanied by a range of technological systems, such as monitoring, detection and identification equipment, vehicles, aircraft and arms, which military and security firms provide”, explains Mark Akkerman, co-author of the report and researcher at Stop Wapenhandel. Companies such as Airbus, Thales, Leonardo, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and L3 Technologies are the main beneficiaries of border contracts - in particular providing the technology that accompanies the walls in both the US and in EU member states. In the specific cases studied in the report, companies such as Elbit, Indra, Dat-Con, CSRA, Leidos and Raytheon also stand out as key contractors.

    “Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, it is extremely sad that the wall has become the symbol of our time. Not only is it a betrayal of people’s hopes in 1989, but it also locks us into a fortress with no way out in which we lose our very humanity. All the research tells us that we can expect more migration in the coming decades. Therefore, it is of profound importance to seek other dignified and humane ways to respond to the needs of people who are forced to flee their homes for reasons of poverty, violence and climate change”, warns Nick Buxton, co-editor of the report and researcher at TNI.

    https://www.tni.org/en/article/6-out-of-10-people-worldwide-live-in-a-country-that-has-built-border-walls

    #murs #barrières_frontalières #cartographie #visualisation #frontières #business #complexe_militaro-industriel #migrations #asile #réfugiés #Airbus #Thales #Leonardo #Lockheed_Martin #General_Dynamics #Northrop_Grumman #L3_Technologies #Elbit #Indra #Dat-Con #CSRA #Leidos #Raytheon #chiffres #statistiques #militarisation_des_frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #terrorisme #anti-terrorisme #Israël #Maroc #Inde #Iran #ségrégation #monde_ségrégué #monde_muré #technologie

    #rapport #TNI

    ping @reka @karine4 @_kg_