• Thinking of statues of racists reminds me of Namibia. Let’s talk about the Reiterdenkmal (Equestrian Monument) or Südwester Reiter (South West Rider) that used to be up in #Windhoek.
    The statue went up on January 27, 1912 on the 53rd birthday of #Kaiser_Wilhelm_II, the last Kaiser and the leader who oversaw Germany’s colonial run in Africa and the Pacific, including the settlement of German South West Africa.
    The monument honors the German soldiers and civilians who died during the 1904-07 Herero Wars, the —and I can’t stress this enough — genocidal military campaign waged against the Herero & Nama. This is what the inscription on the monument said:

    Considering statue-making as a propaganda tool, historian Andres Vogt wrote in The Namibian “the representation of persons in the form of an equestrian monument was a privilege reserved for highest nobility like emperors, kings and princes only.”
    We don’t have to reach far to understand the level of insult that is invading people’s land AND THEN monumentalizing your conquest. German historian Joachim Zeller (his work is good) wrote in the same paper that it was “an unequivocal monument of victory.”
    After some years of protest, the monument was removed from its plinth on Christmas day 2013. It now sits inside Alta Feste, the fortress-cum-museum that used to be the HQ of the imperial German army.

    I mention Andres Vogt because after the removal he was very angry: saying that the Namibian government was being “insensitive” about the country’s heritage.

    “Heritage” does a lot of heavy lifting, and when it comes to public monuments it is almost always invoked by those who are fearful about symbols of conquest (which is why neo-Confederates make me laugh, y’all lost lol) + colonial domination disappearing from public memory.
    But those monuments will never disappear anywhere people are living in the eternal shadow of the material violences they represent. Public space is a contested arena for memory: those monuments seek to represent the eternality of European violence and the people are saying no.
    Tear them all down, reconceptualize the multivalence + evolution of things like “history” and “heritage,” and if you’re being precious about the monuments perhaps consider why idolatrous statues to white supremacy are sacred to you lol
    Currently, folks in Namibia are fighting to take down this statue in Henties Bay. A few days ago, Lebbeus Hashikutuva started an online petition for its removal. It went up 42 years ago, during apartheid (it’s only 12 years older than the state itself)

    A good piece about the noose within the context of the genocide; Hashikutuva also describes how it functions as a racial warning, that it isn’t at all just a reminder to keep the beach clean.

    “Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak.”

    We are, with statues and in all places, fighting a war over memory and knowledge and recognition; white supremacy cannot win.

    #mémoire #statues #toponymie_politique #Namibie #colonialisme #colonisation #monument #Allemagne #monument #racisme #espace_public

    ping @neotoponymie @reka

  • Décolonisations (1/3) - L’apprentissage | ARTE

    1. L’apprentissage
    De la #révolte des #cipayes de 1857 à l’étonnante République du #Rif, mise sur pied de 1921 à 1926 par #Abdelkrim_el-Khattabi avant d’être écrasée par la #France, ce premier épisode montre que la #résistance, autrement dit la #décolonisation, a débuté avec la #conquête. Il rappelle comment, en 1885, les puissances européennes se partagent l’#Afrique à #Berlin, comment les Allemands commettent le premier #génocide du XXe siècle en #Namibie, rivalisant avec les horreurs accomplies sous la houlette du roi belge #Léopold_II au #Congo. Il retrace aussi les parcours de l’anthropologue haïtien #Anténor_Firmin, de la Kényane #Mary_Nyanjiru, de la missionnaire anglaise #Alice_Seeley_Harris ou de #Lamine_Senghor, jeune tirailleur sénégalais devenu #militant #communiste et #anticolonialiste.

  • Namibia turns away fleeing SA refugees

    The Namibian government has turned desperate immigrants, who fled South Africa last month following a recent wave of xenophobic attacks, away because they are not recognised as asylum seekers. Home Affairs Commissioner for Refugees Likius Valombola told New Era yesterday that the 42 foreign nationals were being deported back to South Africa.

    A screening process is underway at Noordoewer to deport them. He added that 11 had already returned to South Africa and have since been integrated into the community.

    “They are being returned to South Africa. If there are those genuine ones, then the Namibian government is ready to take them in,” he assured.

    The African News Agency (ANA) reported this week that 53 foreign nationals fled South Africa following attacks on foreigners in that country.

    According to Valombola, the foreign nationals were illegally in the country because they did not go through legal procedures to seek asylum status.

    “I am aware there are a number of refugees who desired to come to Namibia from South Africa. We received close to 200 refugees from South Africa during the violence in that country around June, July and August. Of recently, it is not clear why these asylum seekers are coming to Namibia,” he said. Equally, he noted, there are about 400 refugees who wanted to come to Namibia but were blocked by South Africa.

    He explained that such a blockage was due to the commitment by the South Africa government, who assured they have the desire and capacity to protect the immigrants. However, Valombola made it clear that it is up to an individual who wishes to come to Namibia to follow proper procedures by approaching the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in South Africa, who will then engage the Namibian authorities.

    ANA quoted //Kharas police chief David Indongo as saying the 53 foreign nationals who had camped at the Osire refugee camp were transported on Saturday morning by immigration officials to the southern border settlement of Noordoewer in preparation for their deportation this week. In this regard, Valombola denied that these refugees camped at Osire.

    “I called that commissioner and told him that these people were never at Osire refugee settlement. For them to go to Osire, one has to be authorised. Any person-seeking asylum should report himself or herself to a police officer or immigration officer, then they will inform us to make arrangements to transport them to the settlement.

    If they did go to Osire, then they did it illegally,” he clarified. Valombola revealed that these refugees entered the country via trucks coming to Namibia from South Africa. The refugees, who include 14 men, 13 women and 26 children, were being accommodated at the EHW Baard Primary School hostel in Noordoewer.

    According to the Namibian police, the majority of the refugees are Congolese and Angolan nationals who have South African-issued asylum permits.

    The 53 formed part of more than 600 refugees and asylum seekers who had camped at the UN’s High Commission for Refugees offices in Cape Town and Pretoria while demanding to be taken to safer countries.

    #Afrique_du_Sud #Namibie #réfugiés #asile #migrations #xénophobie #racisme #refoulement #renvois #expulsions #push-back #Noordoewer

  • Germany to return human remains from Namibian genocide

    Berlin will on Wednesday hand back human remains seized from Namibia a century ago after the slaughter of indigenous people under German colonial rule, but descendants are still waiting for an apology.


    #Allemagne #post-colonialisme #colonialisme #colonisation #génocide #Namibie

    Avec ce commentaire sur twitter de Myriam Houssay-Holzschuch :

    Returns, but no apology nor reparations.



    • Belle sélection américaine pour une si petite liste, mais ce sont les seuls que je n’arrive pas à écouter :

      Future Mask Off
      Migos Bad and boujee
      Outkast Elevator (Me & You)
      Russ Do It Myself
      Guru Lifesaver
      Breaux Bridge
      Buckshot Lefonque Music Evolution
      EPMD Da Joint
      Saba LIFE
      #Erykah_Badu The Healer
      Clear Soul Forces Get no better
      Eminem The Real Slim Shady
      La Nouvelle-Orléans
      $uicideboy$ ft. Pouya South Side Suicide
      Mystikal Boucin’ Back Lexington
      CunninLynguists Lynguistics
      Los Angeles
      Cypress Hill Hits from the bong
      Dilated Peoples Trade Money
      Dr. Dre The next episode ft. Snoop Dogg
      Gavlyn We On
      Jonwayne These Words are Everything
      Jurassic 5 Quality Control
      Kendrick Lamar Humble
      N.W.A Straight outta Compton
      Snoop Dogg Who Am I (What’s my name) ?
      The Pharcyde Drop
      Pouya Get Buck
      Atmosphere Painting
      A tribe called quest Jazz (We’ve Got) Buggin’ Out
      Big L Put it on
      Jeru the Damaja Me or the Papes
      Mobb Deep Shook Ones Pt. II
      Notorious B.I.G Juicy
      The Underachievers Gold Soul Theory
      Wu-Tang Clan Da Mistery of Chessboxin’
      Lords of the Underground Chief Rocka
      Pacewon Children sing
      Das EFX They want EFX
      Doap Nixon Everything’s Changing
      Jedi Mind Tricks Design in Malice
      Mac Miller Nikes on my feet
      Mad Skilzz Move Ya Body
      Blackalicious Deception
      San Diego
      Surreal & the Sounds Providers Place to be
      San Francisco
      Kero One Fly Fly Away
      Boom Bap Project Who’s that ?
      Brothers From Another Day Drink
      SOL This Shit
      Stone Mountain
      Childish Gambino Redbone
      Washington DC
      Oddisee Own Appeal

      Limité mais permet des découvertes.

      Mark Mushiva - The Art of Dying (#Namibie)

      Tehn Diamond - Happy (#Zimbabwe)


    • « Global Hip-Hop » : 23 nouveaux morceaux ajoutés dans la base grâce à vos propositions ! Deux nouveaux pays (Mongolie et Madagascar) et 11 nouvelles villes, de Mississauga à Versailles en passant par Molfetta, Safi, Oulan-Bator ou Tananarive ?

  • Russian billionaire seeks right to buy land - The Namibian

    Sardarov purchased three farms which collectively measure 28 000 hectares in 2012/13 in order to set up a game ranch. However, The Namibian reported in 2014 that the billionaire’s aim was to extend his ranch to 46 000 hectares by purchasing another 18 000 hectares of surrounding farmland.

    In an advertisement issued by his lawyer, Sisa Namandje, the billionaire asked the owners of the three farms, who are known to The Namibian, to grant him the right to purchase, and for ministerial consent to be obtained.

    As per land reform regulations, government should have the first option to buy farms put up for sale. Sardarov, in a bid to get the farms, is encouraging the land reform ministry to invoke a section of the Land Reform Act.

    Section 58 requires that Sardarov purchases the earmarked land under certain conditions set by the ministry, and he proposes that under the conditions, he be allowed to donate N$24 million to the ministry, and set up a tannery on the amalgamated land within five years of acquiring it.

    #terres #Namibie #don ou #corruption ?

  • À #Berlin, les rues aux noms de colonisateurs rebaptisées aux noms de résistantes africaines

    Dans le #quartier_africain de Berlin, surnommé ainsi parce que ses grands axes portent les noms d’anciennes colonies allemandes telles que #Zanzibar, la #Guinée ou le #Cameroun, quelques rues portent toujours les noms de grands colonisateurs allemands, telle la #Petersallee, une référence à #Carl_Peters, qui a fait exécuter des milliers de personnes en Afrique de l’Est, ou la #Lüderitzstraße : « Elle évoque le souvenir du marchand de tabac #Adolf_Lüderitz, qui a escroqué de vastes zones de la #Namibie actuelle à coups de deals malhonnêtes. Il est considéré comme un des initiateurs du #génocide des #héréros et des #namas qui a été commis par les Allemands en 1904. »

    Après plusieurs années de discussions, impulsées par l’association locale #Berlin_Postkolonial, la mairie du quartier de Wedding a décidé de « décoloniser l’#espace_public », comme l’écrit le quotidien, en donnant à ces rues de nouveaux noms : à compter de 2017, elles porteront ceux de résistantes africaines, qui se sont opposées au colonialisme et au racisme.

    #colonialisme #colonisation #toponymie #noms_de_rue #décolonisation #femmes #résistance #genre #toponymie_féministe

  • #SAFARI di #Ulrich_Seidl

    Ricchi cacciatori austriaci e tedeschi abbattono grandi mammiferi nelle riserve al confine fra Namibia e Sud Africa. Il regista li segue durante le battute di caccia e li mette a parlare del senso dell’attività venatoria, del loro rapporto con il continente africano, della vita e della morte. Safari, analogamente al precedente Im Keller, è un viaggio attraverso psicologie e modi di essere di uomini e donne qualunque ma impegnati in attività stravaganti e per la maggior parte di noi assolutamente inconcepibili. Safari non è un film sulla caccia. E nemmeno un documentario di denuncia. Ma, come nello stile del regista austriaco, un racconto della realtà al quale l’occhio della cinepresa restituisce venature tragicomiche e in cui l’atto di mostrare senza censura tutti i particolari del mondo che documenta, diventa una precisa scelta stilistica carica di significato.


    #film #Namibie #chasse #tourisme #Afrique_du_sud

  • #Namibie. Les Chinois à la conquête du désert

    Illustration de son expansion continue en Afrique, la Chine exploite désormais la deuxième plus grande mine d’uranium du monde en Namibie. Dans ce pays semi-désertique, des milliers de jeunes Chinois sont venus s’installer pour mieux gagner leur vie

    #chinafrique #Chine

  • Une famille du Kalahari - Le Mythe assassin

    Episode 5 En 1992, alors que l’indépendance de la #Namibie déclenche un afflux d’#aides_internationales sans précédent en faveur des Ju’hoansi, un peuple autochtone vivant dans le désert du #Kalahari, ceux-ci se plaignent que les organismes de développement ne soutiennent plus l’#agriculture. Les efforts de #John_Marshall et des fermiers ju’hoansi pour trouver des subventions pour leur fermes se heurtent à un préjugé puissant, réduisant les #Bochimans à des chasseurs seulement capables de vivre en harmonie avec la nature, et leur déniant toute capacité à s’adapter à une nouvelle économie et à survivre sans aide. « Une famille du Kalahari » est une série de 6 heures consacrée à la vie des Ju’hoansi pendant une période de 50 années, depuis l’époque d’un mode de vie traditionnel jusqu’à celle où leur existence même a été menacée par une modernité envahissante... Les films ont joué un rôle dans la lutte politique des Ju’hoansi pour conserver une partie de leurs terres ancestrales, mais la collection est tout aussi importante de par le témoignage qu’elle apporte sur l’aide étrangère et les organisations non gouvernementales qui se sont massivement répandues en République de Namibie après l’indépendance

    Je viens de voir ce #film magnifique qui donne envie de hurler et de pleurer. Une fois encore le wwf brille par son ignorance et son mépris des #peuples_autochtones #Namibie #chasseurs_cueilleurs #mythe #réserve_naturelle #développement #documentaire

  • Namibia, 1904. Quando i tedeschi fecero le prove della Shoah

    Stupri e campi di concentramento. Nella colonia africana la Germania organizzò il primo genocidio del XX secolo. Anticipando i metodi nazisti. Ma oggi a Berlino si fatica a parlarne


    #génocide #Namibie #histoire #camps_de_concentration #viols #Héréro
    cc @albertocampiphoto @wizo

  • Comment l’agriculture a t-elle aggravé les inégalités femmes-hommes ? - Graines de Mane

    Le passage à l’agriculture semble donc aggraver les inégalités entre hommes et femmes. Cette aggravation semble s’effectuer dans un laps de temps court, comme l’indique l’étude des !Kung sédentaires. Néanmoins, l’agriculture a, en plus, un effet dans la durée : plus une société a pratiqué l’agriculture pendant longtemps, plus elle est inégalitaire. Selon les auteurs qui ont mis en évidence ce phénomène, on peut concevoir la révolution néolithique (l’invention de l’agriculture) comme un choc technologique qui a ensuite abouti à une série de répliques. Ces répliques ont pu être possibles par l’émergence d’une élite qui ne produisait pas de nourriture. Cette élite a été à l’origine de l’écriture et d’autres inventions. Le choc initial semble donc avoir généré une division sexuée du travail défavorable aux femmes, qui progressivement résulta en des valeurs, des normes et des croyances culturelles, également défavorables aux femmes, promues par l’élite. Ainsi, plus une société a inventé l’agriculture tôt, plus il est probable que les comportements et croyances sexistes y soient profondément ancrées.

    #femmes #agriculture #domination_masculine #néolithique #inégalité

  • A Century Later, Namibia Demands Justice From Germany for Its First Holocaust · Global Voices

    1900 Views from German Southwest Africa signed by Hendrik Witbooi. Photo: Keijo Knutas / Flickr / CC 2.0

    From Nov. 25, 2016 to March 12, 2017, the Holocaust Memorial in Paris, France, hosted an exhibition dedicated to the genocide of two Namibian peoples: the Herero and the Nama — what is now widely considered to be the first genocide of the 20th century.

    Following the 1884 Berlin Conference, when European powers divided Africa among themselves, Germany ruled German South West Africa (present-day Namibia), until 1915.

    Between 1904 and 1908, German colonialists committed a holocaust against the Herero and the Nama, exterminating as many as 65,000 Herero and 10,000 Nama. In one particularly gruesome detail, some of the victims’ skulls were even sent to Germany for scientific research into supposed racial inequality.

    Eventually, under the leadership of Chief Samuel Maharero, members of these two tribes mounted a successful revolt against the Germans, retaking their lands, and putting an end to widespread rape by German occupiers and other forms of degradation. They fought a guerrilla war leading to a situation Véronique Chemla described on her blog as “a major conflict”. Véronique Chemla, an international affairs journalist for American Thinker, Ami and FrontPage Mag, explains:

    #namibie #massacre #herero

  • Namibian president calls for land expropriation | PLACE

    “This means we need to refer back to our Constitution which allows for the expropriation of land with fair compensation and also look at foreign ownership of land, especially absentee land owners.”

    Namibia wants to transfer 43 percent, or 15 million hectares of its arable agricultural land, to previously disadvantaged blacks by 2020. By the end of 2015, 27 percent was redistributed, according to the Namibia Agriculture Union.

    #Namibie #foncier #redistribution #terres

  • Mémoires des #colonisations (2/4) : Deutscher Kolonialismus

    On oublie parfois que l’#Allemagne a été une grande puissance coloniale. Entre la conférence de Berlin en 1884 et l’armistice de 1918, le drapeau noir, blanc et rouge de l’Empire allemand flottait sur la #Namibie, le #Cameroun, le #Togo, la #Tanzanie, le #Rwanda et le #Burundi.

    Avec Andreas Eckert, Joël Glasman, Kerstin Stubenvoll

  • The 2,500-year-old roots of gender inequality - The Boston Globe

    WOMEN STILL STRUGGLE for equal rights around the world — and considering patriarchy’s deep-seated roots in human history, it’s no wonder. In China, gender inequality may have its seeds in the Bronze Age more than 2,500 years ago, according to a recent study from Queens College in New York City.

    Scientists examined Neolithic Age graves from the Chinese Central Plains about 5,000 years ago, plus graves from the more recent Bronze Age. They documented the riches accompanying male and female skeletons and examined their bones for signs of stress. Then, they tested the chemical differences between sexes — a process that involves grinding human bones into a fine powder, dropping that powder into an acid to extract its protein, and running that protein through a mass spectrometer.

    These are really tough data sets to get, and they’ve done really difficult work by pulling all of these together,” said Tristram Kidder, an anthropology professor at Washington University in St. Louis. “What they found is a very significant change in China’s history — this shift towards patrilineal, male-dominated society.

    By examining carbon and nitrogen isotopes in the bones, scientists could see the types of plants and the amount of animal products people ate in roughly the last decade of their lives. Diets were about the same between sexes during the Neolithic Age, but that changed in the Bronze Age when new crops and domesticated animals were introduced. Men continued to live on traditional millet and animal products, while women were anemic and relied on wheat — a newer crop described as a “poor man’s food” in later historical records.

    Wheat isn’t significantly less nutritious than millet, but it’s a sign that males and females started eating and socializing separately.

    During the Neolithic [Period], females were probably contributing more to the farming community, and male and females were dependent on each other for survival,” said Kate Pechenkina, an anthropology professor at Queens College and the study’s lead author. “As soon as that relaxes, the balance tips toward gender inequality.

    The Neolithic burial site showed no clear sign of gender inequality — which is quite unusual, Pechenkina says. But in the Bronze Age, inequalities became obvious: Males were buried with more riches, and female skeletons became significantly shorter, likely because of childhood malnourishment.

    vu dans les brèves des Cahiers de Sciences et Avenir, n°168, avril 2017 sur Les Hérésies
    (mais pas trouvé sur leur site)

    • le résumé de l’étude, l’accès à l’article est sous #paywall

      Shifting diets and the rise of male-biased inequality on the Central Plains of China during Eastern Zhou

      Farming domesticated millets, tending pigs, and hunting constituted the core of human subsistence strategies during Neolithic Yangshao (5000–2900 BC). Introduction of wheat and barley as well as the addition of domesticated herbivores during the Late Neolithic (∼2600–1900 BC) led to restructuring of ancient Chinese subsistence strategies. This study documents a dietary shift from indigenous millets to the newly introduced cereals in northcentral China during the Bronze Age Eastern Zhou Dynasty (771–221 BC) based on stable isotope analysis of human and animal bone samples. Our results show that this change affected females to a greater degree than males. We find that consumption of the newly introduced cereals was associated with less consumption of animal products and a higher rate of skeletal stress markers among females. We hypothesized that the observed separation of dietary signatures between males and females marks the rise of male-biased inequality in early China. We test this hypothesis by comparing Eastern Zhou human skeletal data with those from Neolithic Yangshao archaeological contexts. We find no evidence of male–female inequality in early farming communities. The presence of male-biased inequality in Eastern Zhou society is supported by increased body height difference between the sexes as well as the greater wealth of male burials.

    • Fin de l’article :

      “If their family or their community were short on food, girls were the first to be deprived,” Pechenkina said. “When your body doesn’t get enough food, it has to sacrifice something.”

      Scientists aren’t exactly sure how the inequality rose or whether this evidence can speak for the rest of the world. But finding a historical turning point inevitably gets us closer to understanding ourselves as people — and where our social issues were born.

      “Last I heard, women make up 50 percent of the population in this world,” Kidder said. “Their stories in human history are very important because they shape who we are today.”

      Résumé : d’après des études sur les squelettes de femmes et d’hommes préhistoriques en Chine, il y a 5000 ans, dans le Néolithique, les femmes et les hommes mangeaient la même chose, et en particulier de la viande et du millet, et leurs squelettes ont des tailles comparables. C’est aussi une période où les deux sexes partageaient probablement équitablement les responsabilités, les activités, et une certaine interdépendance.

      Il y a 2500 ans, à l’Age de Bronze, lorsque l’agriculture s’est développée et la domestication animale a débuté, une inégalité s’est installée, en faveur des hommes. Les hommes ont continué de manger la même nourriture, alors que les femmes se sont mises à manger moins de viande, et d’autres céréales, en particulier du blé. S’il y avait moins de nourriture, elles en étaient les premières privées, et on observe des squelettes de femmes plus petits et comportant des signes de malnutrition infantile...

      La raison exacte qui a poussé cette inégalité à s’installer n’est pas connue, mais elle est datée et on peut imaginer que ça a du être peu ou prou pareil partout à un moment ou à un autre...

      Précédents articles sur le sujet :

      #domination #alimentation #dimorphisme_sexuel #stature #taille #inégalités #histoire #Préhistoire #Femmes #Femmes_Hommes #Sexisme #Petites #Evolution #Chine #Science

    • Je pencherais plutôt pour la répartition genrée des rôles à partir de l’adoption de l’agriculture : les hommes aux champs et les femmes à la maison. Les travaux dans les champs étant considéré comme un travail plus physique que les travaux domestiques, les hommes auraient été mieux nourris. Maintenant c’est peut-être plus complexe avec plusieurs facteurs qui peuvent entrer en jeu.

    • @aude_v Clairement la production de surplus stockable (= entrepots, gestion, garde) et les infrastructures agricoles (irrigation) sont à l’origine des inégalités. Mais comment ça peut se traduire en inégalités de genre, là je suis dans le flou.

    • Ce que je soulignais @nicolasm c’est qu’avec la sédentarisation des communautés, les femmes ont été reléguées aux travaux domestiques contrairement aux hommes qui ont continué à vaquer à leurs occupations à l’extérieur. C’est une rupture importante d’avec les sociétés basées sur la chasse et la cueillette où tout le monde est dehors, et, semble-t-il, des inégalités moins pesantes.

    • Pas sûr que le côté dedans/dehors était si différent ? entre les hommes partis chasser des fois pendant des jours, et les femmes qui s’occupent du campement.
      Peut être que la distinction est plus sur le côté communauté vs foyer ?

    • Ca ne me choque pas d’imaginer un partage du travail, lié entre autre à la grossesse et à l’allaitement : puisque les femmes enfantent, on leur « épargne » les travaux difficiles ou dangereux, mais alors pourquoi, en même temps, on les affamerait ? C’est mettre en péril la génération suivante, y compris de futurs hommes.

      C’est complètement con, mais en même temps ce ne serait pas la seule fois dans leur histoire que les humains, et en particulier les hommes, font des choix complètement cons pour leur survie...

    • On a pas déjà eu des articles comme quoi avant l’agri le découpage n’était finalement peut-être pas aussi simple que ça, et qu’il y avait aussi des hommes à la cueillette et peut-être des femmes à la chasse ? Notamment parce qu’en fait c’était une présupposition sexiste des archéologues (les grands sont des hommes etc), alors qu’en fait les squelettes retrouvés sont très difficilement « sexuables ».

      En revanche, dès avant l’agriculture, les anthropologues nous disent généralement qu’il y avait déjà une grosse séparation par rapport au tabou du sang.

    • @aude_v plus que l’abondance c’est la répartition qui pose souci, le point critique est plutôt le fait que la nourriture soit stockable ou pas. Pour plusieurs auteurs à partir du jour où on a eu des surplus stockables on était foutus.
      Après, concernant les inégalités de genre, je dirais qu’elles sont plus probablement apparues en même temps que l’agriculture (à travers la maîtrise par les hommes de la reproduction humaine, animale et végétale) plutôt que comme conséquence de la gestion des surplus.

    • Peut être une piste avec Ibn Khaldoun (Islam des « lumiéres »)
      Sur le passage du nomadisme à la sédentarisation.
      Le groupe, le rapport à la nature, structure de civilisation, complexité des techniques (technologie) et gouvernement.

    • Suite de cette discussion et de celle sur le lien entre patriarcat et agriculture, cet article :

      L’homme est-il responsable de la désertification du Sahara il y a 8.000 ans ?
      Jean-Paul Fritz, L’Obs, le 16 mars 2017

      En comparant les données archéologiques sur l’apparition de l’élevage dans la région saharienne avec l’évolution sur la durée de certains types de végétation associés à une région désertique, l’archéologue a pu bâtir sa théorie.

      Voici environ 8.000 ans, les premières communautés pastorales se seraient installées dans la région du Nil, et auraient commencé à se répandre vers l’ouest. Et cette progression serait synchrone avec l’augmentation de la végétation désertique.

      Comment cela a-t-il pu se produire ? L’arrivée de tribus dont la ressource principale est l’élevage a eu des conséquences sur l’environnement. Ces civilisations ont aménagé l’espace, incendié des zones qu’ils souhaitaient dédier à leurs animaux, et plus globalement procédé à une déforestation. Le changement dans la végétation, et notamment la disparition de zones de forêts et de savanes, a pu changer la quantité de lumière solaire reflétée par le sol, qui a son tour aurait influencé la circulation atmosphérique. Les moussons, qui irriguaient le Sahara, auraient alors faibli, poussant la région sur le chemin de la désertification.

      #Sahara #désert #changement_climatique #anthropique #archéologie

      Et du coup :

      #inégalités #effondrement #collapsologie #catastrophe #fin_du_monde #it_has_begun #Anthropocene #Anthropocène #capitalocène

    • Pour les chasseurs-cueilleurs, une étude récente fournit des données impressionnantes. Après un an de terrain à quantifier scrupuleusement les items consommés par les hommes et les femmes dans six campements hadza (population de chasseurs‑cueilleurs en Tanzanie) un spécialiste de l’écologie comportementale humaine – par ailleurs pas le moins du monde concerné par les problématiques du genre – note que la viande constitue pratiquement 40% du régime alimentaire des hommes et 1% (à peine plus) de celui des femmes (Marlowe, 2010 : 128).


      Cette étude indique que chez les peuples chasseurs- ceuilleurs, l’accès à la viande pour les femmes n’est pas brillant.
      De plus en plus j’ai l’impression qu’on part d’un déséquillibre assez marqué (le dimorphisme sexuel est présent à l’aventage des mâles depuis belles lurettes, cf Claudine Cohen)
      A la base c’est pas brillant, au néolithique c’est encore plus la merde, ca s’aggrave à l’age de bronze, c’est encore pire avec les grecs, les romains, du coté celte, plus les groupes s’agrandissent plus c’est mauvais pour les femmes, ca se dégrade encore avec les cathos, à la renaissance c’est carrément la chasse aux sorcières, à la révolution les droits des femmes se dégradent encore (on se demande comment c’est possible) au XIXeme t’as les ouvrières à assommoir industriel, au XXeme quelques améliorations notables (mais pour l’Afghanistan c’est pas frappant) et au XXIeme le porno, l’uberisation en marche, les désastres climatiques veillent à te faire aimer les privations alimentaires que tu t’impose toi même pour garder la ligne. Au XXIeme les effets nocifs touchent d’abord les femmes et les enfants, par exemple le Tsunami de 2004 en Indonésie à fait 80% de victimes parmi les femmes et les enfants).

  • Groups join forces over ancestral land - The Namibian

    THOUSANDS of landless people from the Nama, San, Herero and Damara minority ethnic groups gathered at Keetmanshoop on Saturday to demand their ancestral land, which they claim they were dispossessed of during the colonial German and South African regimes.

    #terres #foncier #sans_terre #colonisation #Namibie

  • Chinese ‘mafia boss’ turns to timber in Namibia - Oxpeckers

    Evidence shows Xuecheng Hou and other timber traders are taking advantage of a legal loophole that allows rural Namibians to harvest slow-growing species such as African rosewood, mukula and bloodwood trees for their own use.

    They harvest most of the logs in south-eastern Angola, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), countries that have banned the export of raw logs, and then transport the timber by truck to Walvis Bay harbour in Namibia.

    Using Namibia as their backdoor, they are exporting raw logs from the region at a rate of thousands of trees every month.

    Currently, an estimated 250-300 containers of raw timber are leaving Walvis Bay for China every month, representing a region-wide decimation of a resource valued for its medicinal and nutritional properties. At around US$35,000 to $40,000 per container, this illegal trade is worth between $8.75-million and $16-million per month.

    Smuggling route

    The wood-smuggling route is the same as that followed by the illicit trade in rhino horn, ivory and pangolin scales and skins, among others. Containers of illicit timber are often used to hide wildlife contraband, as a recent bust of one such trader with three tons of pangolin scale hidden in a container packed with wood from the DRC showed.

    #bois #bois_précieux #contrebande #extinction #Chine #Namibie

  • Germany sued for damages of ’forgotten genocide’ in Namibia | World news | The Guardian


    Germany has been sued for damages in the United States by descendants of the #Herero and Nama people of Namibia, for what they called a campaign of genocide by German colonial troops in the early 1900s that led to more than 100,000 deaths.

    According to a complaint filed on Thursday with the US district court in Manhattan, Germany has excluded the plaintiffs from talks with Namibia regarding what occurred, and has publicly said any settlement will not include reparations to victims, even if compensation is awarded to Namibia itself.

    “There is no assurance that any of the proposed foreign aid by Germany will actually reach or assist the minority indigenous communities that were directly harmed,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer Ken McCallion said in an email. “There can be no negotiations or settlement about them that is made without them.“

    #namibie #allemagne #massacre #génocide #herero

  • Germany moves to atone for ’forgotten genocide’ in Namibia | World news | The Guardian

    It has become known as the first genocide of the 20th century: tens of thousands of men, women and children shot, starved, and tortured to death by German troops as they put down rebellious tribes in what is now Namibia. For more than a century the atrocities have been largely forgotten in Europe, and often in much of Africa too.

    Now a series of events – and a policy U-turn by Berlin – is raising the international profile of the massacre of Herero and Namaqua peoples and bringing justice for their descendants a little closer. Negotiations between the German and Namibian governments over possible reparation payments are expected to be completed and result in an official apology before next June.

    #hereo #génocide #massacre #allemagne #colonisation #colonialisme

  • Exposition sur « Herero et Nama, le premier génocide du XXe siècle »

    Le Mémorial de la Shoah à Paris propose depuis hier une nouvelle exposition sur le génocide méconnu[1] des Herero et des Nama, deux peuples de l’actuelle Namibie, dont respectivement 80% et 50% de la population ont été exterminés par les colons allemands entre 1904 et 1908. Cette exposition, qui se tiendra du 25 novembre au 12 mars 2017 [&hellip

    #Histoire #Repères

  • Namibia tables bill to ban foreign ownership of land - report | News24

    Namibia’s lands minister Utoni Nujoma has reportedly tabled a bill that would see foreign nationals being barred from owning land in the southern African country.

    According to eNCA the bill sought to bar foreigners from owning agricultural, commercial and communal land.

    The new bill proposed a range of amendments to the Agricultural Commercial Land Reform Act of 1995 and the Communal Land Reform Act of 2002.

    The minister reportedly believed that if the proposed bill could be passed without any amendments, it would be complementary to the expropriation laws gazetted by his ministry on September 1, 2016.

    Foreigners in Namibia currently owned at least 281 farms which translated to 1.3 hectares, the report said.


    Statistics released by Farmer’s Weekly showed that, as of last year, only 27% of the total agricultural land in Namibia had been successfully redistributed to those who were previously disadvantaged; 43% of the total agricultural land had been allocated for redistribution and another 16%, or 5.6 million hectares, had yet to be successfully redistributed.

    #Namibie #terres #foncier #investissements_étrangers #expropriations

  • David Olusoga on The Kaiser’s Holocaust – Faber & Faber Blog

    In The Kaiser’s Holocaust, David Olusoga and Casper W. Erichsen give us the unknown story of the genocide of the Herero and Nama peoples in Germany’s forgotten African empire – an atrocity that foreshadowed the Nazi genocides. It’s an important book and a fascinating – and often grim – read. Here is David Olusoga introducing it, putting the events into a wider context.

    The story of the extermination of the Herero and Nama was not so much forgotten as deliberately written out of official history. It is a story that was entombed, initially by the German colonial authorities and later by the South Africans who replaced them. In the decades after the genocide, up until the end of South African rule and the birth of modern Namibia in 1990, no group with any power in the country had any vested interest in the story being exhumed.

    #namibie #afrique #génocide #herero #nama #allemagne


      Mais la République de Weimar ne compte pas porter seule le poids des crimes du colonialisme. Elle ordonne au gouvernement britannique de détruire le rapport qui a servi de pièce à charge contre l’Allemagne lors du traité de Versailles, sous peine de diffuser le « White Book », qu’elle a concocté sur les colonies anglaises. Panique. Toutes les copies du « Blue Book » sont rappelées puis mises au pilon. Depuis, on croyait le rapport disparu à jamais.

    • J’avais un ami réalisateur Berlinois qui m’était très cher, le genre d’ami que vous voyez rarement mais qui vous donne le sentiment de s’être quitté la veille.
      Il y a 20 ans, il m’a annoncé partir faire un reportage en Afrique sur la trace des génocides allemands d’avant le nazisme et que nous risquions ne plus jamais nous revoir.
      Gottfried Herzog, j’espère que tu es en vie, un hier de 20 ans ça fait long …

    • Trump’s Border Wall Could Impact an Astonishing 10,000 Species

      The list, put together by a team led by Dr. Gerardo J. Ceballos González of National Autonomous University of Mexico, includes 42 species of amphibians, 160 reptiles, 452 bird species and 187 mammals. Well-known species in the region include the jaguar, Sonoran pronghorn, North American river otter and black bear.


    • Border Security Fencing and Wildlife: The End of the Transboundary Paradigm in Eurasia?

      The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has seen many countries rush to construct border security fencing to divert or control the flow of people. This follows a trend of border fence construction across Eurasia during the post-9/11 era. This development has gone largely unnoticed by conservation biologists during an era in which, ironically, transboundary cooperation has emerged as a conservation paradigm. These fences represent a major threat to wildlife because they can cause mortality, obstruct access to seasonally important resources, and reduce effective population size. We summarise the extent of the issue and propose concrete mitigation measures.

      #faune #Europe #Europe_centrale #Europe_de_l'Est #cartographie #visualisation

    • Rewriting biological history: Trump border wall puts wildlife at risk

      Mexican conservationists are alarmed over Trump’s wall, with the loss of connectivity threatening already stressed bison, pronghorn, bighorn sheep, bears and other animals.
      About one-third of the border, roughly 700 miles, already has fencing; President Trump has been pushing a controversial plan to fence the remainder.
      A wall running the entire nearly 2,000-mile frontier from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, conservationists warn, would be catastrophic for borderland ecosystems and many wildlife species, undoing years of environmental cooperation between the two countries to protect animals that must move freely or die.
      The wall is currently a key bargaining chip, and a sticking point, in ongoing immigration legislation negotiations taking place this week in Congress. Also expected this week: a federal court ruling on whether the administration can legally waive environmental laws to expedite border wall construction.


    • A Land Divided

      The national debate about border security doesn’t often dwell on the natural environment, but hundreds of miles of public lands, including six national parks, sit along the U.S.-Mexico border. What will happen to these lands — and the wildlife and plants they protect — if a wall or additional fences and barriers are built along the frontier?



      US spending bill requires “an analysis, following consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, of the environmental impacts, including on wildlife, of the construction and placement of physical barriers” (p 677)

      Extrait partagé par Reece Jones sur twitter

    • Activists Vow Fight as Congress Funds Portions of Border Wall

      Last week Congress voted to appropriate some monies to build new fortifications along the United States–Mexico border, but border activists in the Rio Grande Valley say the fight against President Donald Trump’s border wall is far from over.

      The nearly $1.6 billion in border wall funding included in the omnibus spending bill that Trump signed Friday provides for the construction of some 33 miles of new walls, all in Texas’s ecologically important Rio Grande Valley. Those walls will tear through communities, farms and ranchland, historic sites, and thousands of acres of protected wildlife habitat, while creating flooding risks on both sides of the border. But far from admitting defeat, border activists have already begun mapping out next steps to pressure Congress to slow down or even halt the wall’s construction.


    • State attorney general, environmental group to appeal decision on Trump’s border wall

      A ruling by a San Diego federal judge allowing construction of President Donald Trump’s border wall to go ahead will be appealed by two entities that opposed it, including the state Attorney General.

      Both the Center for Biological Diversity and Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed formal notices of appeal on Monday seeking to reverse a decision in February from U.S District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel. The judge ruled that the Trump administration did not abuse its discretion in waiving environmental laws in its rush to begin border wall projects along the southwest border.

      The center had said after the ruling it would appeal, and Becerra also hinted the state would seek appellate court review at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

      The notices declare an intent to appeal. They do not outline arguments to be made on appeal or why each group believe that Curiel got it wrong.

      In a prepared statement Becerra said, “When we said that a medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border does not belong in the 21st century, we meant it. There are environmental and public health laws in place, and we continue to believe that the Trump Administration is violating those laws. We will not stand idly by. We are committed to protecting our people, our values and our economy from federal overreach.”

      The lawsuits challenged a law that allowed the federal government not to comply with environmental and other laws and regulations when building border security projects. They argued the law was outdated and Congress never intended for it to be an open-ended waiver for all border projects, and contended it violated constitutional provisions of separation of powers and states’ rights.

      In his decision Curiel said both that the law was constitutional and it gave the Department of Homeland Security wide latitude over border security.

      Justice Department spokesman Devin O’Malley said in response to the Curiel ruling that the administration was pleased DHS “can continue this important work vital to our nation’s interest.”

      “Border security is paramount to stemming the flow of illegal immigration that contributes to rising violent crime and to the drug crisis, and undermines national security,” O’Malley said.


    • Les murs n’arrêtent pas que les humains

      Des États-Unis à la Malaisie, en passant par Israël ou la Hongrie, les hommes construisent de multiples murs pour contraindre les déplacements de nos semblables. N’oublions pas, explique l’auteur de cette tribune, que nous ne sommes pas les seuls à habiter la Terre et donc à pâtir de ces barrières.

      La #forêt_de_Bialowieza a quelque chose de mythique et de sacré. Âgée de plus de 8.000 ans, elle est la dernière forêt primaire d’Europe. S’étalant sur 150.000 hectares entre la Pologne et la Biélorussie, inaccessible aux visiteurs sans guide assermenté, elle constitue un sanctuaire d’espèces témoignant de la richesse des mondes anciens. Le bison d’Europe y vit encore de manière naturelle, côtoyant élans, cerfs, loups, lynx, etc.

      En 1981, à l’époque du rideau de fer, l’URSS a décidé de clôturer la frontière entre la Pologne et la Biélorussie, coupant à travers cette forêt et séparant en deux la dernière population de bisons d’Europe (environ 500 individus de part et d’autre). Cette clôture est symboliquement forte, car elle témoigne de la coupure existentielle (« ontologique », diraient les philosophes) que les humains se sont imposée vis-à-vis des autres êtres vivants. Ces derniers semblent ne pas exister à nos yeux.

      Mais cette séparation est plus que symbolique, elle est concrète. Les murs dressés par l’espèce humaine représentent une menace importante et sous-estimée pour de nombreux êtres vivants non humains.
      Murs de béton, de pierre, de boue, de sable ou de brique, de barbelés, de grilles en acier ou de clôtures électrifiées

      On en trouve surtout aux frontières : entre les États-Unis et le Mexique, la Corée du Nord et du Sud, Israël et la Cisjordanie, la Malaisie et la Thaïlande, l’Inde et le Pakistan, l’Iran et l’Irak, la Chine et la Mongolie, le Botswana et le Zimbabwe, etc. Ils prennent la forme de murs de béton, de pierre, de boue, de sable ou de brique, de barbelés, de grilles en acier ou de clôtures électrifiées, et viennent accompagnés de routes, de casernes, de lumières et de bruits. Leur nombre a considérablement augmenté depuis les attentats du 11 septembre 2001. Par exemple en Eurasie (sans le Moyen-Orient), il existe aujourd’hui plus de 30.000 km de murs, grillages et barbelés aux frontières.

      Ces murs affectent évidemment les populations humaines en brisant les trajectoires personnelles de millions de personnes. Ils affectent aussi les autres espèces [1]. À Białowieża, par exemple, la séparation a empêché les flux génétiques (et a donc fragilisé) des populations de bisons, d’ours, de loups et de lynx. Pire, 25 ans après la destruction du rideau de fer entre l’Allemagne et la République tchèque, les jeunes cerfs (qui n’avaient jamais vu de clôtures) ne traversaient toujours pas la frontière [2].

      En mai 2018 paraissait dans la revue Bioscience un article cosigné par dix-huit grands noms de l’étude et de la protection de la biodiversité (dont Edward O. Wilson) et signé par 2.500 scientifiques, qui alertait sur les « conséquences inattendues mais importantes » de ces murs frontaliers sur la biodiversité [3]. Ce cri d’alarme n’est pas le premier [4], mais il résume bien l’état des lieux de la recherche, et aussi l’état de préoccupation des chercheurs.
      Lorsque les habitats se fragmentent, les territoires des populations se réduisent

      Les murs nuisent à la biodiversité de plusieurs façons. Premièrement, ils peuvent blesser ou tuer des animaux directement, quand ils s’emmêlent dans les fils barbelés, sont électrocutés ou marchent sur des mines antipersonnelles.

      Deuxièmement, ils fragmentent et dégradent les habitats. Par exemple la frontière de 3.200 km entre le Mexique et les États-Unis traverse les aires de répartition géographique de 1.506 espèces natives (parmi lesquelles 1.077 espèces animales) dont 62 sont sur la liste des espèces en danger. Le mur menace cinq régions particulièrement riches en biodiversité (on les nomme « hotspots ») qui retiennent presque tous les efforts de conservation et de « réensauvagement » (rewilding). Lorsque les habitats se fragmentent, les territoires des populations se réduisent, et le nombre d’espèces présentes sur ces petites surfaces se réduit plus que proportionnellement, rendant ainsi les populations plus vulnérables, par exemple aux variations climatiques. Les clôtures frontalières contribuent aussi à accroître la mortalité de la faune sauvage en facilitant la tâche des braconniers, en perturbant les migrations et la reproduction, et en empêchant l’accès à la nourriture et à l’eau. Par exemple, le mouton bighorn (une espèce en danger) migrait naturellement entre la Californie et le Mexique mais ne peut aujourd’hui plus accéder aux points d’eau et aux sites de naissance qu’il avait l’habitude de fréquenter.

      Troisièmement, ces murs annulent les effets bénéfiques des millions de dollars investis dans la recherche et les mesures de conservation de la biodiversité. Les scientifiques témoignent aussi du fait qu’ils sont souvent l’objet d’intimidations, de harcèlements ou de ralentissements volontaires de la part des officiers responsables de la sécurité des frontières.

      Enfin, quatrièmement, les politiques de sécurité mises en place récemment font passer les lois environnementales au deuxième plan, quand elles ne sont pas simplement bafouées ou oubliées.
      Des centaines de kilomètres de clôtures de sécurité aux frontières extérieures et intérieures de l’UE

      Le double phénomène migrations/clôtures n’est pas prêt de s’arrêter. En 2015, un afflux exceptionnel d’êtres humains fuyant leurs pays en direction de l’Europe a conduit plusieurs États membres à réintroduire ou renforcer les contrôles aux frontières, notamment par la construction rapide de centaines de kilomètres de clôtures de sécurité aux frontières extérieures et intérieures de l’UE. Le réchauffement climatique et l’épuisement des ressources seront dans les années à venir des causes majeures de guerres, d’épidémies et de famines, forçant toujours plus d’humains à migrer. Les animaux seront aussi de la partie, comme en témoigne la progression vers le nord des moustiques tigres, qui charrient avec eux des maladies qui n’existaient plus dans nos régions, ou encore l’observation du loup en Belgique en mars 2018 pour la troisième fois depuis des siècles…

      Les accords entre pays membres de l’Union européenne au sujet des migrations humaines seront-ils mis en place à temps ? Résisteront-ils aux changements et aux catastrophes à venir ? Quel poids aura la « #Convention_des_espèces_migrantes » (censée réguler le flux des animaux) face aux migrations humaines ?

      En septembre 2017, un bison d’Europe a été aperçu en Allemagne. C’était la première fois depuis 250 ans qu’un représentant sauvage de cette espèce traversait spontanément la frontière allemande. Il a été abattu par la police.


    • Les murs de séparation nuisent aussi à la #faune et la #flore

      3419 migrants sont décédés en Méditerranée en tentant de rejoindre Malte ou l’Italie. C’est ce que révèle un rapport du Haut commissariat des Nations unies pour les réfugiés publié le 10 décembre. Il y a les barrières naturelles, et les murs artificiels. Pendant deux mois, le web-documentaire Connected Walls s’attaque aux murs de séparation entre quatre continents : le mur entre l’Amérique du Nord et l’Amérique latine incarné par les grillages entre les Etats-Unis et le Mexique, celui entre l’Europe et l’Afrique incarné par les barbelés qui séparent les enclaves espagnoles du Maroc. Tous les 10 jours, Connected Walls publie un nouveau documentaire de cinq minutes sur une thématique choisie par les internautes. Cette semaine, ils ont sélectionné la thématique « animal ».

      Cette semaine, sur Connected-Walls,Valeria Fernandez (USA) et Fidel Enriquez (Mexico) ont suivi John Ladd dont la famille possède un ranch dans l’Arizona, à la frontière mexicaine, depuis cinq générations. Depuis la construction du mur frontalier en 2007, les choses ont changé pour lui et pour les animaux.

      De leur côté, Irene Gutierrez (Espagne) et Youssef Drissi (Maroc) ont rencontré Adam Camara, un jeune de Guinée Équatoriale qui a tenté de traverser plusieurs fois le détroit entre le Maroc et l’Espagne. Lors de sa dernière tentative, il a reçu l’aide d’un mystérieux ami.
      Pour chaque thématique, un partenaire associatif a carte blanche pour rédiger une tribune. Celle-ci a été rédigée par Dan Millis, de l’organisation écologiste Sierra Club :

      « Les animaux se moquent bien des frontières politiques. Le jaguar de Sonora n’a pas de passeport, et le canard morillon cancane avec le même accent, qu’il soit à Ceuta ou dans la forêt de Jbel Moussa. Les murs et les barrières ont cependant un impact considérable sur la faune et la flore. Par exemple, les rennes de l’ancienne Tchécoslovaquie ne franchissent jamais la ligne de l’ancien Rideau de Fer, alors même que cette barrière a disparu depuis 25 ans et qu’aucun des rennes vivant aujourd’hui ne l’a jamais connue. Les quelques 1000 kilomètres de barrières et de murs séparant les États-Unis et le Mexique détruisent et fragmentent l’habitat sauvage, en bloquant les couloirs de migration essentiels à la survie de nombreuses espèces. Une étude réalisée grâce à des caméras installées au niveau des refuges et des zones de vie naturellement fréquentés par la faune en Arizona a montré que des animaux comme le puma et le coati sont bloqués par les murs des frontières, alors que les humains ne le sont pas. »


    • Border Fences and their Impacts on Large Carnivores, Large Herbivores and Biodiversity: An International Wildlife Law Perspective

      Fences, walls and other barriers are proliferating along international borders on a global scale. These border fences not only affect people, but can also have unintended but important consequences for wildlife, inter alia by curtailing migrations and other movements, by fragmenting populations and by causing direct mortality, for instance through entanglement. Large carnivores and large herbivores are especially vulnerable to these impacts. This article analyses the various impacts of border fences on wildlife around the world from a law and policy perspective, focusing on international wildlife law in particular. Relevant provisions from a range of global and regional legal instruments are identified and analysed, with special attention for the Bonn Convention on Migratory Species and the European Union Habitats Directive.


    • Border Security Fencing and Wildlife: The End of the Transboundary Paradigm in Eurasia?

      The ongoing refugee crisis in Europe has seen many countries rush to construct border security fencing to divert or control the flow of people. This follows a trend of border fence construction across Eurasia during the post-9/11 era. This development has gone largely unnoticed by conservation biologists during an era in which, ironically, transboundary cooperation has emerged as a conservation paradigm. These fences represent a major threat to wildlife because they can cause mortality, obstruct access to seasonally important resources, and reduce effective population size. We summarise the extent of the issue and propose concrete mitigation measures.


    • Butterfly Preserve On The Border Threatened By Trump’s Wall

      The National Butterfly Center, a 100-acre wildlife center and botanical garden in South Texas, provides a habitat for more than 100 species of butterflies.

      It also sits directly in the path of the Trump administration’s proposed border wall.

      The federal spending bill approved in September includes $1.6 billion in 2019 for construction of the wall. In October, the Department of Homeland Security issued a waiver to 28 laws protecting public lands, wildlife and the environment to clear the way for construction to proceed.


    • Wildlife advocates, local indigenous tribes protest preparations for new border wall construction

      The federal government this week began moving bulldozers and construction vehicles to the Texas border with Mexico to begin building a new six-mile section of border wall — the first new wall under President Donald Trump, administration officials confirmed Tuesday.

      The move immediately triggered angry protests by a local butterfly sanctuary — The National Butterfly Center — and local indigenous tribes who oppose the wall and say construction will damage natural habitats. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the wall will run through land owned by federal government. The dispute came amid an administration claim that a caravan of 2,000 migrants had arrived in northern Mexico along the Texas border.

      “We’re a recognized tribe and no one’s going to tell us who we are especially some idiots in Washington,” said Juan Mancias of the indigenous peoples’ tribe Carrizo-Comecrudo, who led protests on Monday. “We’re the original people of this land. We haven’t forgot our ancestors.”

      So far, the Trump administration has upgraded only existing fencing along the border. The president has called for some $5 billion for new wall construction, and Democrats have refused, resulting in a budget dispute that shut down the government for five weeks.

      This latest Texas project relies on previously appropriated money and won’t require further congressional approval. Construction plans for the Rio Grande Valley, just south of McAllen, Texas, call for six to 14 miles of new concrete wall topped with 18-foot vertical steel bars.

      Last year, Homeland Security Secretary Kristen Nielsen waived a variety environmental restrictions, including parts of the Endangered Species and Clean Water Acts, to prepare for construction in the area. Construction on the Rio Grande Valley project is expected to start in the coming weeks.

      Marianna Wright, executive director of the National Butterfly Center, remains a staunch advocate against the border wall. She met this week with authorities who she said wants to buy the center’s land for wall construction.

      She traveled to Washington last month to explain the environmental damage that would be caused by the construction in testimony on Capitol Hill.

      “The bulldozers will roll into the lower Rio Grande Valley wildlife conservation corridor, eliminating thousands of trees during spring nesting season for hundreds of species of migratory raptors and songbirds,” Wright told the House Natural Resources Committee.

      When asked by ABC News what message she has for people who aren’t there to see the impact of the new border wall, Wright paused, searching for words to express her frustration.

      “I would drive my truck over them, over their property, through their fence,” she said.

      DHS continues to cite national security concerns as the reason for building the border wall, with Homeland Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen saying in a statement Tuesday that migrants in the new caravan that had arrived at the Texas border would try to cross over illegally.

      “Such caravans are the result of Congress’s inexcusable failure to fully fund a needed physical barrier and unwillingness to fix outdated laws that act as an enormous magnet for illegal aliens,” Nielsen said in a statement.

      The last so-called caravan that caused alarm for the administration resulted in thousands of migrants taking shelter in the Mexican city of Tijuana. Just across the border from San Diego, many waited several weeks for the chance to enter the U.S.

      #résistance #peuples_autochtones #Carrizo-Comecrudo #McAllen #Texas

    • As Work Begins on Trump’s Border Wall, a Key Wildlife Refuge Is at Risk

      Construction is underway on a stretch of President Trump’s border wall cutting through the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Biologists warn the steel wall will disrupt carefully preserved habitat critical for the survival of ocelot, jaguarundi, and other threatened species.

      As Tiffany Kersten descends from a levee into a verdant forest that stretches to the Rio Grande more than a mile away, she spots a bird skimming the treetops: a red-tailed hawk. Later, other birds — great blue herons, egrets — take flight from the edge of an oxbow lake. This subtropical woodland is one of the last remnants of tamaulipan brushland — a dense tangle of Texas ebony, mesquite, retama, and prickly pear whose U.S. range is now confined to scattered fragments in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. The ecosystem harbors an astonishing array of indigenous wildlife: ocelot, jaguarundi, Texas tortoise, and bobcat, as well as tropical and subtropical birds in a rainbow of colors, the blue bunting and green jay among them.

      But the stretch of tamaulipan scrub Kersten is exploring, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, won’t be around much longer. About 15 feet from the forest edge, Kersten — a board member of a local conservation group — spots red ribbons tied to tree branches on both sides of the trail. Soon, an excavator will uproot those trees to make way for a 140-foot-wide access road and an 18-foot-high wall atop the levee, all part of the Trump administration’s plan to barricade as much of the Texas/Mexico border as possible. On Valentine’s Day, two days before I visited the border, crews began clearing a path for the road, and soon the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will plant a cement foundation in the levee and top it with a steel bollard barrier.

      This construction is the first project under a plan to build 33 miles of new wall along the levee in South Texas, with $641 million in funding that Trump requested and Congress authorized last year. That 33-mile stretch, cutting through some of the most unique and endangered habitat in the United States, will be joined by an additional 55 miles of wall under a funding bill Trump signed February 15 that allocates another $1.375 billion for wall construction. The same day, Trump also issued a national emergency declaration authorizing another $6 billion for border walls. That declaration could give the administration the power to override a no-wall zone Congress created in three protected areas around the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge.

      Since the mid-20th century, ranches, oil fields, and housing tracts have consumed 97 percent of the tamaulipan brushland.

      Since the mid-20th century, ranches, farms, oil fields, subdivisions, and shopping centers have consumed 97 percent of the tamaulipan brushland habitat at ground zero of this new spate of border wall construction. That loss led Congress to create the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge in the 1970s and spurred a 30-year-effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, conservation organizations, and private landowners to protect the remaining pockets of tamaulipan brushland and restore some of what has been lost. The Fish and Wildlife Service has purchased 10,000 acres of cropland and converted it back into tamaulipan woodlands; it hopes to replant another 30,000 acres. The refuge, now totaling 98,000 acres, has been likened to a string of pearls, with connected jewels of old-growth and restored habitat adorning the 300-mile lower Rio Grande Valley.

      Into this carefully rebuilt wildlife corridor now comes the disruption of a flurry of new border wall construction. Scientists and conservationists across Texas warn that it could unravel decades of work to protect the tamaulipan brushland and the wildlife it harbors. “This is the only place in the world you can find this habitat,” says Kersten, a board member of Friends of the Wildlife Corridor, a non-profit group that works closely with the Fish and Wildlife Service on the corridor program. “And only 3 percent of this habitat is remaining.”

      For all its efforts to turn cropland into federally protected habitat, the Fish and Wildlife Service finds itself with little recourse to safeguard it, precisely because it is federal property. The easiest place for the federal government to begin its new wave of border wall construction is the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, which includes the picturesque La Parida Banco tract, where I joined Kersten. Under a 2005 law, the Department of Homeland Security can waive the environmental reviews that federal agencies such as the Fish and Wildlife Service typically conduct for projects that could alter federally protected lands.

      The tract Kersten and I visited is one of four adjacent “pearls” in the wildlife corridor — long , roughly rectangular parcels stretching from an entrance road to the river. From west to east they are the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge’s La Parida Banco tract, the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, the refuge’s El Morillo Banco tract, and the privately owned National Butterfly Center. A levee runs through all four properties, and the first sections of fence to be built atop it would cut off access to trails and habitat in the refuge tracts. Citizens and local and state officials have successfully fought to keep the fence from crossing the National Butterfly Center, the Bentsen-Rio Grande state park, and the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge farther downstream — at least for now. If Trump’s national emergency declaration survives court challenges, the border barriers could even be extended into these holdouts.

      When the wall and access road are completed at La Parida Banco, a crucial piece of intact native habitat will become isolated between the wall and the river. Species that either rely on the river for water or migrate across it will find pathways they’ve traversed for thousands of years blocked.

      While biologists are concerned about the impacts of the wall all along the U.S.-Mexico border, the uniqueness of South Texas’ ecosystems make it an especially troublesome place to erect an 18-foot fence, they say. The 300-mile wildlife corridor in South Texas, where the temperate and the tropical intermingle, is home to an astounding concentration of flora and fauna: 17 threatened or endangered species, including the jaguarundi and ocelot; more than 530 species of birds; 330 butterfly species, about 40 percent of all those in the U.S.; and 1,200 types of plants. It’s one of the most biodiverse places on the continent.

      `There will be no concern for plants, endangered species [and] no consultation with the Fish and Wildlife Service,’ says a biologist.

      “This is a dry land, and when you have dry land, your diversity is near the water,” says Norma Fowler, a biologist with the University of Texas at Austin who studies the tamaulipan brushland ecosystem. She co-authored an article published last year in the scientific journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment warning of the consequences of the new wall for the region’s singular ecosystems and wildlife. Since the wall can’t be built in the river, it’s going up a mile or more north of it in some areas, placing both the riparian habitat right along the river and the tamaulipan thornscrub on higher ground at risk.

      “Both of those habitats have been fragmented, and there’s not much left,” Fowler says. “Some of it is lovingly restored from fields to the appropriate wild vegetation. But because they’ve waived every environmental law there is, there will be no concern for plants, endangered species. There will be no consultation with the Fish and Wildlife Service.”

      When the wall rises, the barrier and the new patrol road alongside it will cut an unusually wide 140-foot swath to improve visibility through the dense brush. In her article, Fowler estimated that construction of the border wall would destroy 4.8 to 7.3 acres of habitat per mile of barrier. The fence will also cut off access to the river and habitat on the Mexican side of the border for many animals. Including bobcats, ocelot, jaguarundi, and javelina. Some slower-moving species, like the Texas tortoise, could be caught in floods that would swell against the wall.

      If new walls must be built along the Rio Grande, Fowler says, the Department of Homeland Security should construct them in a way that causes the least harm to wildlife and plants. That would include limiting the footprint of the access roads and other infrastructure, designing barriers with gaps wide enough for animals to pass through, and using electronic sensors instead of physical barriers wherever possible.

      One of the most at-risk species is the ocelot, a small jaguar-like cat that historically roamed throughout Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Arizona, but that numbers only about 80 today. The sole breeding population left in the U.S. is in South Texas, and it is wholly dependent on the dense shrubland in the Lower Rio Grande Valley that the wall will bisect. Some species could be wiped out altogether: The few sites where Physaria thamnophila, a native wildflower, still grows are directly in the path of the wall, Fowler says.

      With 1,254 miles of border — all following the languid, meandering course of the Rio Grande — Texas has far more of the United States’ 1,933-mile southern boundary than any other state, yet it has the fewest miles of existing fence. That’s because much of the Texas border is private riverfront land. The first major push to barricade the Texas border, by the George W. Bush administration, encountered opposition from landowners who balked at what they saw as lowball purchase offers and the use of eminent domain to take their property. (Years later, some of those lawsuits are still pending.) Federal land managers also put up a fight.

      Natural areas already bisected by a Bush-era fence offer a preview of the potential fate of the Rio Grande wildlife refuge.

      When Ken Merritt — who oversaw the federal South Texas Refuge Complex, which includes the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Santa Ana, and the Laguna Atascosa refuge near where the Rio Grande meets the Gulf of Mexico — questioned the wisdom of a barrier through Santa Ana during the Bush administration, he was forced out of his job.

      “I was getting a lot of pressure,” says Merritt, who still lives in the valley and is retired. “But it just didn’t fit. We were trying to connect lands to create a whole corridor all along the valley, and we knew walls were very much against that.”

      Natural areas already bisected by the Bush-era fence offer a preview of the potential fate of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge. A few miles downstream from the La Parida tract, the Hidalgo Pumphouse and Birding Center, which anchors the southern end of the tiny town of Hidalgo, now looks out at a stretch of steel bollard fence atop a concrete wall embedded in the levee.

      On a recent Monday morning, a few tourists milled about the gardens behind the pumphouse, listening to the birds — curve-billed thrashers, green monk parakeets, kiskadee flycatchers — and enjoying the view from the observation deck. Curious about the wall, all of them eventually walk up to it and peek through the four-inch gaps between the steel slats. On the other side lies another pearl: a 900-acre riverside piece of the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge called the Hidalgo Bend tract. It was once a popular spot with birders drawn to its ferruginous Pygmy owls, elf owls, and other wildlife. But since the wall went up in 2009, few birders visit anymore.

      At The Nature Conservancy’s Sabal Palm Preserve, a 557-acre piece of the wildlife corridor near the Gulf of Mexico, a wall installed in 2009 cuts through one of the last stands of sabal palm forest in the Rio Grande Valley. Laura Huffman, regional director for The Nature Conservancy, worries that the more walls erected on the border, the less hope there is of completing the wildlife corridor.

      Kersten and others remain unconvinced that the danger on the border justifies a wall. She believes that sensors and more Border Patrol agents are more effective deterrents to drug smugglers and illegal immigrants. Earlier on the day we met, Kersten was part of a group of 100 or so protestors who marched from the parking lot at nearby Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park to the adjacent National Butterfly Center, holding signs that read “No Border Wall” and “Solidarity Across Borders.” One placard listed the more than two dozen environmental and cultural laws that the Trump administration waived to expedite the fence. Among them: the National Environmental Policy Act, which requires environmental analysis before federal projects can begin; the Endangered Species Act; the Clean Water Act; the Migratory Bird Treaty Act; the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act; the National Historic Preservation Act; and the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act.

      Even as the wall goes up in the refuge, preparations for this year’s restoration projects are moving ahead. Betty Perez, whose family has lived in the Lower Rio Grande Valley for generations, is one of several landowners who grow seedlings for replanting on refuge lands each year. At her ranch, about a 45-minute drive northwest of the La Parida Banco tract, she’s beginning to collect seeds to grow this year’s native shrub crop: coyotillo, in the buckthorn family; yucca; Texas persimmon.

      Next to a shed in her backyard sit rows of seedlings-to-be in white tubes. To Perez, the delicate green shoots hold a promise: In a few years, these tiny plants will become new habitat for jaguarundi, for ocelot, for green jays, for blue herons. Despite the new walls, the wildlife corridor project will go on, she says, in the spaces in between.


    • Border Wall Rising In #Arizona, Raises Concerns Among Conservationists, Native Tribes

      Construction has begun on President Trump’s border wall between Arizona and Mexico, and conservationists are furious. The massive barrier will skirt one of the most beloved protected areas in the Southwest — Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, recognized by the United Nations as an international biosphere reserve.

      On a recent drive along the borderline, a crew was transplanting tall saguaro cactus out of the construction zone.

      “There may be misconceptions that we are on a construction site and just not caring for the environment,” intones a voice on a video released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is overseeing the project. “We are relocating saguaro, organ pipe, ocotillo...”

      But a half-mile away, a big yellow bulldozer was scraping the desert clean and mowing down cactus columns that were likely older than the young man operating the dozer.

      Customs and Border Protection later said 110 desert plants have been relocated, and unhealthy ones get bulldozed.

      This scene illustrates why environmentalists are deeply skeptical of the government’s plans. They fear that as CBP and the Defense Department race to meet the president’s deadline of 450 miles of wall by Election Day 2020, they will plow through one of the most biologically and culturally rich regions of the continental United States.

      The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has warned that the wall, with its bright lights, human activity and impermeable barrier, could negatively impact 23 endangered and at-risk species, including the Sonoran pronghorn antelope. And the National Park Service says construction could destroy 22 archaeological sites. Yet, for this stretch of western desert, the government has waived 41 federal environmental laws to expedite construction.

      “This is a wall to fulfill a campaign promise. It’s really clear. And that’s what makes so many of us so angry. It’s being done so fast outside the rule of law and we know it’ll have an incredible impact,” says Kevin Dahl, Arizona representative for the National Parks Conservation Association. He sits beside a serene, spring-fed pond fringed by cattails, and dive-bombed by dragonflies. It is called Quitobaquito Springs, and it’s located on the southern edge of the #Organ_Pipe_Cactus_National_Monument.

      A biologist peers into a rivulet that feeds this oasis in the middle of the Sonoran desert.

      “These guys are very tiny, maybe half the size of a sesame seed. Those are the Quitobaquito tryonia. And there are literally thousands in here,” says Jeff Sorensen, wildlife specialist supervisor with Arizona Game and Fish Department. He’s an expert on this tiny snail, which is one of three species — along with a mud turtle and a pupfish — whose entire universe is this wetland.

      The springs have been used for 16,000 years by Native Americans, followed by Spanish explorers, traders and farmers.

      But the pond is a stone’s throw from the international border, and the path of the wall. Conservationists fear workers will drill water wells to make concrete, and lower the water table which has been dropping for years.

      “We do have concerns,” Sorensen continues. “Our species that are at this site rely on water just like everything else here in the desert southwest. And to take that water away from them means less of a home.”

      The Trump administration is building 63 miles of wall in the Tucson Sector, to replace outdated pedestrian fences and vehicle barriers. CBP says this stretch of desert is a busy drug- and human-trafficking corridor. In 2019, the Tucson sector had 63,490 apprehensions and seized more than 61,900 pounds of illegal narcotics. The Defense Department is paying Southwest Valley Constructors, of Albuquerque, N.M., to erect 18- to 30-foot-tall, concrete-filled steel bollards, along with security lights and an all-weather patrol road. It will cost $10.3 million a mile.

      The rampart is going up in the Roosevelt Reservation, a 60-foot-wide strip of federal land that runs along the U.S. side of the border in New Mexico, Arizona and California. It was established in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt.

      Congress refused to authorize money for construction of the wall in Arizona. Under Trump’s national emergency declaration, the Defense Department has reprogrammed counterdrug funding to build the border wall.

      In responses to questions from NPR, CBP says contractors will not drill for water within five miles of Quitobaquito Springs. The agency says it is coordinating with the National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife and other stakeholders to identify sensitive areas “to develop avoidance or mitigation measures to eliminate or reduce impacts to the environment.” Additionally, CBP is preparing an Environmental Stewardship Plan for the construction project.

      Critics are not appeased.

      “There is a whole new level of recklessness we’re seeing under Trump. We thought Bush was bad, but this is a whole other order of magnitude,” says Laiken Jordahl, a former national park ranger and now borderlands campaigner with the Center for Biological Diversity.

      There was an outcry, too, back in the late 2000s when President George W. Bush built the first generation of bollard wall. Those barriers topped out at 18 feet. The structures rising southwest of Tucson are as tall as a two-story building. They look like they could hold back a herd of T-rexes.

      The Trump administration is using the same Real ID Act of 2005 that empowered President George W. Bush to build his border wall without heeding environmental protections. But the pace of waivers is quickening under Trump’s aggressive construction timeline. Under Bush, the Department of Homeland Security issued five waiver proclamations. Under Trump, DHS has issued 15 waivers that exempt the contractors from a total of 51 different laws, ranging from the Clean Water Act to the Archeological Resources Protection Act to the Wild Horse and Burro Act.

      “The waivers allow them to bypass a lot of red tape and waive the public input process,” says Kenneth Madsen, a geography professor at Ohio State University at Newark who monitors border wall waivers. “It allows them to avoid getting bogged down in court cases that might slow down their ability to construct border barriers along the nation’s edges.”

      The most important law that CBP is able to sidestep is the National Environmental Policy Act, NEPA—known as the Magna Carta of federal environmental laws. It requires a detailed environmental assessment of any “federal actions significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.” NEPA covers most large federal construction projects, such as dams, bridges, highways, and waterway projects.

      Considering the construction of 450 miles of steel barriers on the nation’s southern boundary, “There is no question that NEPA would require preparation of an environmental impact statement, with significant input from the public, from affected communities, tribal governments, land owners, and land managers throughout the process. And it is outrageous that a project of this magnitude is getting a complete exemption from NEPA and all the other laws,” says Dinah Bear. She served as general counsel for the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality for 24 years under four presidents.

      To some border residents, barriers — regardless how controversial — are the best way to stop illegal activity.

      “I support Donald Trump 100%. If you’re going to build a wall, build it!” declares rancher John Ladd.

      His family has bred cattle in Arizona since it was a territory. Their ranch backs up to the Mexican border near the town of Naco. The surrounding mountains purple at dusk, as a bull and his harem of cows munch gramma grass.

      Time was when the Ladd ranch was overrun by people crossing the border illegally. They stole things and cut fences and left trash in the pastures. Then in 2016, at the end of the Obama years, CBP built a fence, continuing what Bush started.

      Ladd reserves judgment on the propriety of a wall through a federally protected wilderness. But for his ranch, walls worked.

      “When this 18-foot wall went in, it was obvious that immigrants quit coming through here,” he says. “It was an immediate improvement with the security of our border as well as our houses.”

      Other border neighbors feel differently.

      The vast Tohono O’odham Nation — nearly as big as Connecticut — shares 62 miles with Mexico. The tribe vehemently opposes the border wall. Several thousand tribal members live south of the border, and are permitted to pass back and forth using tribal IDs.

      Already, border barriers are encroaching on the reservation from the east and west. While there is currently no funding to wall off the Arizona Tohono O’odham lands from Mexico, tribal members fear CBP could change its mind at any time.

      “We have lived in this area forever,” says Tribal Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. “And so a full-blown 30-foot wall would make it that much difficult for our tribal citizens in Mexico and in the U.S. to be able to actively participate with family gatherings, with ceremonial gatherings.”

      Traditions are important to the Antone family. The father, son and daughter recently joined other tribal members walking westward along State Highway 86, which runs through the reservation. They were on a pilgrimage for St. Francis.

      Genae Antone, 18, stopped to talk about another rite of passage. Young Tohono O’odham men run a roundtrip of 300 miles from the reservation, across the border, to the salt flats at Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

      “The salt run, for the men, that’s really important for us as Tohono O’odham. For the men to run all the way to the water to get salt,” she said. “Some people go and get seashells. So I don’t really necessarily think it (the border wall) is a good idea.”

      The Antone family — carrying a feathered walking stick, a statue of the virgin, and an American flag — then continued on its pilgrimage.