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  • 100 years #Bauhaus: more than good forms
    https://www.deutschland.de/en/topic/culture/100-years-bauhaus-more-than-good-forms

    Formerly a school, now a foundation: following reunification, in 1994 the German Federal Government founded the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau. Its task is to preserve the cultural heritage of the Bauhaus, which has been under UNESCO protection in Weimar and Dessau since 1996. In 2014, the architect Claudia Perren took over the direction of the foundation.

    Mrs Perren, in 2019 Germany will be celebrating 100 years Bauhaus. What was special about this College of Design?

    The Bauhaus was created after the First World War to find new ways of life. In Dessau, for example, they began building prototypes that would allow the working class to own their own homes. The Bauhaus has had a direct impact on society through social housing projects. It’s therefore not only a design model but also a social and an economic one.

    #art #design


  • On a visité une « prison ouverte » en Finlande
    https://usbeketrica.com/article/finlande-prison-ouverte-suomenlinna

    Cent hommes purgeant leur peine au milieu des visiteurs, des touristes et des oiseaux, en surplomb des eaux glaciales de la mer Baltique, à vingt minutes de bateau du centre d’Helsinki. Suomenlinna : une forteresse édifiée en 1748 sur un chapelet d’îlots rocailleux afin de protéger la capitale des invasions maritimes, devenue aujourd’hui l’adresse atypique du centre pénitentiaire ouvert le plus avant-gardiste du pays.

    Oui, ils se baladent à l’air libre, un boîtier GPS accroché à la cheville. Ils prennent le bateau quand bon leur semble, pour aller travailler, rendre visite à des proches ou faire quelques emplettes dans la capitale. Ils se mêlent au million de visiteurs parcourant chaque année cette île vedette du tourisme local, prisée aux beaux jours pour les pique-niques autant que pour les photos de mariage. Surtout, ce sont eux qui, revêtus de la doudoune jaune fluo des agents municipaux, ont pour mission de réparer les dégâts du temps passé sur les murailles de l’île – un monumental bastion classé au patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco.

    #prison #incarcération #taule


  • Le Burkina teste les moustiques mutants pour mater le palu
    Célian Macé, Libération, le 18 novembre 2018
    https://www.liberation.fr/planete/2018/11/18/le-burkina-teste-les-moustiques-mutants-pour-mater-le-palu_1692844

    Gene drives could end malaria. And they just escaped a UN ban.
    Dylan Matthews, Vox, le 7 décembre 2018
    https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2018/12/7/18126123/gene-drive-malaria-convention-biological-diversity

    Méfiance... les occidentaux utilisent l’Afrique comme terrain d’expérimentation... Voir par exemple :

    Forcer les gènes et l’Afrique Enquête sur le forçage génétique des moustiques
    Zahra Moloo, Jef Klak, le 26 septembre 2018
    https://seenthis.net/messages/724717

    et autres liens sur ce post

    #Science #Afrique #Colonialisme #Malaria #Moustiques #OGM #Paludisme #Génétique


  • How EU agriculture policy endangers migrants’ lives

    European Union leaders now acknowledge that the ’migration crisis’ has been replaced by a ’political’ one fostered by the far-right.

    Yet the prospects of migration being managed rationally and sustainably in Europe are still dim, as the hysteria over the UN Global Compact on migration, due to be endorsed in Marrakech this week, shows.

    Talk of legal channels for migrant labourers to reach Europe, for instance, is limited and little attention is paid to the demand for exploitable migrant labour.

    In the summer of 2018, the media briefly shone a spotlight on the plight of exploited migrant agricultural workers in Italy when dozens were killed in car crashes.

    The authorities’ response was in line with recommendations the European Commission suggested in its 2017 assessment of migration policies: crack down on abusive employment practices in the hope that the incentives for hiring undocumented workers would go down, thereby reducing the ’pull factors’ for irregular migration.

    This approach, though more helpful than solely focusing on keeping migrants out, is doomed to fail.

    A new report commissioned by the Open Society European Policy Institute, authored by the European University Institute’s Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, and focused on the agriculture sector in Italy, outlines its shortcomings and offers a more constructive way forward.

    First, it is important to acknowledge the broader structural elements of the EU agri-food system, where recourse to exploitable migrant labour is widespread - and is not confined to southern Europe.

    The flagship Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which accounts for the largest chunk of the EU budget, has tended to favour large-scale, high-yield production, pushing prices down and squeezing small farmers.

    And supermarket chains, often acting as cartels, have rolled out practices – like auctions where producers are expected to outbid each other by lowering the price of their goods – which force even well-intentioned farmers to cut labour costs, the only costs they still control.
    Italian example

    Secondly, the research shows how in Italy, where the numbers of migrant farm workers are particularly high, repressive approaches do not work.

    A 2016 law targeting gang masters and the employers using their services, for instance, seems effective on paper.

    However, salaries are still mainly paid under the counter, with labourers hired on fixed-term contracts that only reflect a small part of their actual working hours and days.

    Finally, EU and national laws include protection schemes for victims of trafficking and exploitation to lessen employers’ power over them and to encourage them to report abuse.

    However, implementation is weak and the number of people accessing this type of protection is extremely limited.

    So what can be done to fix the system?

    The OSEPI-EUI report lays out a number of recommendations, from introducing incentives in the CAP subsidy system so that farmers providing their workers with proper contracts and pay are rewarded, to outlawing unfair trading practices in the retail sector.
    Ethical produce

    In much the same way as organic goods are certified by pan-European bodies, labelling schemes which provide information about labour conditions could also be introduced, satisfying a growing demand for ethical produce.

    Data highlighted in the report show how the numbers of migrant workers employed in Italian agriculture have risen over the last decade, while entry permits have been drastically reduced.

    The shortfall in the number of available workers is being increasingly met by mobile EU workers, irregular migrants and asylum seekers, many of whom would not be risking their lives to reach Italy and then applying for international protection if they could arrive legally as migrant workers.

    Undeclared work is not a ’pull factor’ for the vast majority of prospective migrants.

    Most migrants, like most European citizens, would rather have proper contracts, pay taxes and benefit from the social services they are contributing to rather than toil in the fields for up to fifteen hours a day, in dangerous conditions, for meagre pay and under the watchful gaze of gang masters.

    Simply trying to stop employers from hiring irregular migrants without addressing the reasons driving them to do so will do nothing to change a system which is failing farm labourers and owners alike.

    Crucially, it is also failing consumers, who are often unaware of the fact that the tomatoes and clementines they purchase are picked in conditions akin to modern slavery – or that the prices they pay are actually inflated by the many middlemen taking a cut along the chain, who often include organised criminal groups.

    If the EU really wants to tackle irregular migration, it would do well to start addressing the way food is grown, harvested and marketed in Europe.


    https://euobserver.com/opinion/143650
    #agriculture #PAC #migrations #exploitation #asile #migrations #politique_agricole #politique_agricole_commune #Italie #travail #exploitation


  • LETTRE OUVERTE DE LA FIJ AU PREMIER MINISTRE ISRAÉLIEN
    Le 17 novembre 2018
    https://www.facebook.com/1257079677/posts/10217334653339128

    Copies à
    M. Antonio Guterrez, Secrétaire général des Nations Unies
    Mme Audrey Azoulay, Directrice générale de l’UNESCO

    RAMALLAH/JÉRUSALEM

    Réunie en Comité exécutif à Ramallah (Palestine), la Fédération Internationale des Journalistes (FIJ), première organisation mondiale représentant 600.000 journalistes dans 146 pays du monde, a organisé une action de solidarité samedi 17 novembre à 12 heures, envers les journalistes palestiniens et son affilié le Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJS).
    Après avoir répondu à la presse durant quelques minutes, les dirigeants mondiaux de la FIJ et quelques journalistes palestiniens ont défilé pacifiquement sur plusieurs centaines de mètres dans la rue, vers le checkpoint Qalandia. A environ cent mètres de ce point important d’entrée de Jérusalem, l’armée israélienne, sans aucune sommation et sans aucune discussion, a lancé une dizaine de tirs de grenades lacrymogènes vers le cortège, blessant au passage à l’épaule l’un des membres du comité exécutif de la FIJ et menant plusieurs autres jusqu’à l’étouffement. Sans esprit belliqueux et toujours en Territoire palestinien, la délégation de la FIJ a rebroussé chemin, tentant d’échapper aux gaz israéliens.

    La FIJ exige urgemment du Premier ministre israélien des réponses après ces agressions physiques, à ces atteintes à la liberté d’expression et à la liberté de mouvement.

    Aucun état démocratique digne de ce nom ne peut agir ainsi.

    Fondée en 1926, la Fédération internationale des journalistes condamne fermement le gouvernement israélien après ces attaques militaires et exige des explications.

    La FIJ exhorte enfin le Premier ministre à reconnaître la qualité de journalistes aux membres de la Fédération, détenteurs de la carte de presse internationale, la seule accréditation internationale reconnue dans 145 pays du monde. Sauf en Israël.

    A Ramallah, le samedi 17 novembre 2018.

    #Palestine #Journalistes #FIJ


  • #Yemen death toll ’six times higher’ than estimated
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/12/yemen-death-toll-six-times-higher-estimated

    The figure of 10,000 used by the United Nations is outdated and nowhere near the likely true fatality figure of 60,223, according to UK-based independent research group Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED).

    Calculating death tolls in Yemen, which is approaching its fourth year, is complicated by the lack of access.

    The figure offered by ACLED, which looked at open-source data and local news reports, does not include those thought to have died from #malnutrition. Save the Children charity says some 85,000 may have died from starvation since 2016.

    #famine


  • ’Cyprus is saturated’ - burgeoning migrant crisis grips island

    Smugglers increasingly take advantage of island’s partition and proximity to Middle East.

    When Rubar and Bestoon Abass embarked on their journey to Europe they had no idea that Cyprus was the continent’s easternmost state. Like most Iraqi Kurds heading west, their destination was Germany, not an EU nation barely 100 miles from war-torn Syria.

    “I had never heard of Cyprus,” said Rubar, reaching for his pregnant wife’s hand as they sat gloomily in a migrant centre run by the Catholic charity Caritas in the heart of Nicosia. “The smugglers told us it was much cheaper to get to and was still in Europe. We paid $2,000 [£1,590] for the four of us to come.”

    Cyprus is in the midst of a burgeoning migrant crisis as smuggler networks take advantage of the Mediterranean island’s partition and proximity to the Middle East. As in Greece, when Europe’s refugee crisis erupted with Syria’s descent into civil war, support groups have rushed to deal with the social ailments that have arisen with the influx.

    “Cyprus is saturated,” its interior minister, Constantinos Petrides, said in an interview with the Guardian. “It’s no longer easy to absorb such flows, or handle the situation, no matter how much money we get.”

    The island has exceeded every other EU member state in asylum claims in 2018, recording the highest number per capita with almost 6,000 applications for a population of about 1 million.

    By August requests were 55% higher than for the same eight-month period in 2017, a figure itself 56% higher than that for 2016, according to the interior ministry. With the country’s asylum and reception systems vastly overstretched, alarmed officials have appealed to Brussels for help.

    “This is a European problem,” said Petrides, adding that closed borders elsewhere in the bloc were placing a disproportionate burden on small frontline states such as Cyprus. “It’s absolutely necessary to find a holistic solution … which means distributing asylum seekers through an automatic relocation mechanism to countries throughout the EU.”

    Rubar and Bestoon arrived with their two children in August. Like the ever-growing number of Syrians also heading here from overcrowded camps in Turkey and Lebanon, the couple landed in Northern Cyprus, the self-styled state acknowledged only by Ankara in the 44 years since Turkish troops invaded and seized over a third of the island’s territory.

    They then took the increasingly well-trodden route of sneaking across the dividing buffer zone into the internationally recognised Greek-controlled south. Stretching 112 miles across Cyprus, the UN-patrolled ceasefire line offers innumerable blind spots for those determined to evade detection.

    Geography’s stark reality hit, Rubar admits, when he was shown Cyprus on the world map adorning the migrant centre’s airy reception room. “If I had known I’d never have come,” said the farmer. “After all, being here we’re much nearer Baghdad than we are Berlin.”

    Elizabeth Kassinis, Caritas’ executive manager, said the Abbasses’ experience is not uncommon. “Many are surprised to find out where they actually are. When we tell them, they are shocked, stunned, completely speechless. Nearly all arrive expecting they’ll be within walking distance of a job in Germany.”

    Illicit crossings from the north have made Cyprus’ woes much worse. Reports have increased in recent months of irregular migrants flying into Ercan airport in the Turkish-controlled breakaway state.

    Hamstrung by politics, not least Turkey’s refusal to recognise the government in the southern part of Cyprus since its 1974 invasion of the island, authorities are unable to send them back.

    “Because of the illegal occupation in the north we’ve seen phenomena that wouldn’t happen in conditions of legality,” said Petrides. “It’s an open wound, not just for Cyprus but the entire EU.”

    With international agencies focusing almost entirely on sea arrivals, the real number of migrants on the island has been hugely underestimated, charities say. “We are a humanitarian organisation that addresses poverty, hunger and homelessness and we are seeing across-the-board increases in them all,” Kassinis said.

    A backlog of 8,000 asylum claims has amassed as authorities struggle to cope with the flows, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. “We’re talking about a process that can take up to five years and an extremely high number of people waiting for final decisions to their claims,” said Katja Saha, the agency’s representative in Nicosia.

    “It’s highly likely that the vast majority are not refugees and should not be in the asylum processing system but, that said, the lack of infrastructure and social services makes it very difficult to identify those who are vulnerable, particularly victims of trafficking and torture.”

    As numbers grow, pressure on the island’s two state-run camps has become immense and asylum seekers are expected to find private accommodation after 72 hours. For most that is nearly impossible when rent allowances are little more than €100 (£90) per person a month and employment is limited to manual work such as car washing and farm labour, Saha said.

    In Nicosia, which houses one of the camps, asylum seekers have resorted to sleeping in parks and buses and the vestibules of buildings. “For the last month I’ve been in a tent in the park with my wife and four children,” said Basin Hussain, who also fled Iraq. “The first three days were spent in the reception centre but then we were told to leave.”

    There are fears the drama being played out in the eastern Mediterranean will get a lot worse if the situation in Syria deteriorates further and war extends to Idlib, the country’s last rebel stronghold. A Turkish-Russian ceasefire deal is currently sustaining a fragile peace in the province.

    Cyprus had been spared the refugee crisis until this year as most Europe-bound asylum seekers headed for Greece and Italy instead.

    “It’s surprising, given its geographic location, that Cyprus has not been more impacted by the seven-year conflict,” said Saha. “Since the spring we’ve seen this increase in Syrians because word has spread that Lebanon and Turkey, as first asylum countries, are saturated.”

    As elsewhere in Europe the island is not immune to hostility toward the new arrivals. Far-right groups coalescing around the ultranationalist ELAM party have gained increasing popularity as the issue provides fodder for their approval ratings ahead of European parliamentary elections next year.

    “What we don’t want to do is open more and more reception centres,” said Petrides, emphasising that solidarity was now needed on Europe’s eastern edge. “It’s not the solution, either for the country or asylum seekers.”


    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/11/cyprus-the-new-entry-point-to-europe-for-refugees-and-migrants?CMP=shar
    #parcours_migratoires #routes_migratoires #Chypre #asile #migrations #réfugiés
    ping @isskein


  • Tale of Swiss-based Syrian torture survivor highlights Dublin flaws

    Jalal last saw his youngest son was when the boy was a baby. Now Hamude is almost five. The asylum seeker from Syria is caught up in a complicated international case based on the Dublin accord, a regulation that Switzerland applies more strictly than any other country in Europe, according to critics.

    Jalal has been living in limbo, unable to plan more than a few months in advance, since 2014.

    “I spent five years in a Syrian prison and now I have spent [almost] another five years in an open prison,” Jalal told swissinfo.ch in November.

    The father leads an isolated life in a tiny studio on the outskirts of Lucerne in central Switzerland.

    Hamude, along with his mother and two siblings, live equally isolated in a rundown caravan camp a couple thousand kilometres away in Greece. Their relationship unfolds largely over Whatsapp. Living with no sense of when or where they will all see each other again has both parents on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

    Despite the efforts of lawyers in both countries, the family has been unable to reunite, victims of a Dublin accord that member states including Switzerland prefer to invoke to expel people rather than evaluate their cases. Under the regulation, Switzerland can automatically deport individuals to the first country of arrival in the Schengen area. As a Kurd, who says he suffered torture and prolonged detention in Syria as well as a dangerous war wound, Jalal’s asylum claim warrants evaluation.

    But Jalal faced a classic problem — one confronting asylum-seekers in Switzerland and across Europe. The only aspect of his journey the Swiss authorities cared about at the time of his arrival was through which country he entered Europe’s open borders Schengen area, not why he was seeking asylum. On that basis, the decision to expel him to Italy was made in early 2015.

    “Switzerland has never lived through a war, so the Swiss are not able to empathize with people who are fleeing a war,” concluded Jalal in a moment of deep uncertainty about his future. “If they had any sense of what we have been through they would not deal with us like this.”

    Switzerland prides itself on its strong humanitarian tradition but policies relating to asylum and migration have hardened in recent years as elsewhere in Europe. The Swiss Secretariat for Migration (SEM) declined to comment, saying it does not provide details on individual cases for “data protection” reasons.

    A Syrian nightmare

    Back in Syria, in 2004, Jalal says he found himself on the wanted list of the Syrian regime for participating in a protest demanding greater rights for the Kurdish minority population. He and his father were targeted in a knife attack by pro-regime thugs three years later, in 2007. Jalal incurred 12 cuts while his father was killed on the spot.

    According to his story, Kurdish rights activism landed him behind bars. He was held in a prison in the northern city of Aleppo where one of the many grisly tasks assigned to him was cleaning the basement room used for executions — punishment for dodging military service. He was still behind bars as a popular revolt against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad gave way to large scale massacres and war.

    He says he eventually managed to escape during a rebel attack on the prison, seized the opportunity to flee to Turkey and had to return to Syria to borrow money to pay smugglers to get his family to Europe. On that journey, he sustained a grenade injury. Neither surgeons at the field clinic that treated him that day nor those later in Switzerland were able to extract all of the fragments.
    Getting to Europe

    Badly wounded, he boarded a naval ship from the Turkish coastal town of Mersin and travelled with hundreds of others to Italy. Time in Italy was brief but long enough for the authorities to take his fingerprints — an act that would underpin the Swiss decision to send him back.

    “The Italian authorities put us on buses and took us straight to the train station in Milan, so we could continue to Europe,” says Jalal, who picked Switzerland over Germany because his two brothers were already living in the Alpine nation. “A return to Italy would mean starting from scratch and god knows how many years until I see my wife and children.”

    In Switzerland, he now gets by on emergency aid and found accommodation — a spartan but clean studio — through the Caritas charity. Every two weeks he must report to the local migration authorities. The one thing he is deeply grateful for is the medical and psychological treatment he has received here.
    Navigating Swiss and international laws

    Gabriella Tau and Boris Wijkström are his lawyers at the Centre suisse pour la défense des droits de migrants (CSDM), an organisation focused on defending the rights of migrants. CSDM took up his case and brought it to the attention the Committee Against Torture (CAT) at the United Nations, which suspended his expulsion pending a ruling on the merits of the case.

    During an October interview in his small office in Geneva, where dozens wait in the stairway in the hope of getting legal assistance, Wijkström said they are “very careful” of which cases they defend. The lawyers only take up a few per year, selecting the ones where they feel there has been a real miscarriage of justice.

    “They are very sensitive to any possible limitations imposed on Dublin expulsions to Italy,” he said about the Swiss position on asylum cases that have reached CAT.

    Switzerland has a reputation for being a highly efficient user of the Dublin system, a “blindly” mechanical efficiency that human rights groups including Amnesty Internationalexternal link say ride roughshod over the most vulnerable of individuals. The Swiss Refugee Councilexternal link wants Switzerland to stop sending vulnerable asylum seekers back to Italy because “adequate reception is not guaranteed there”.

    In 2017, Switzerland made 2,297 transfers invoking The Dublin III Regulation to neighbouring Italy, Germany and France and received 885 transfers from those countries, accordingexternal link to the Council.

    “Switzerland stands out as one of the biggest users of the Dublin system, even though volumes are, for instance, much smaller than those of Germany,” notes Francesco Maiani, an expert on European asylum policy and law. “Switzerland is one of the countries that consistently had more transfers to other countries than transfers from other countries.”

    However, two clauses with the Dublin Regulation III actively encourage a softer approach. One is the sovereignty clause. The other is the humanitarian clause.

    The SEM told swissinfo.ch it applies the “sovereignty clause” when a transfer “would contravene mandatory provisions of international law or in the presence of humanitarian grounds indicating that a transfer is a particularly rigorous measure.”

    It also rejected the notion that it applies the Dublin Regulation “blindly.”

    “The whole ethos of the Dublin system is quite problematic,” said Maiani, a member of the faculty of law at Lausanne University in a phone interview. “It tends to underscore that if you send asylum applicants away you win the game. If you admit them, you lose the game. And this of course introduces a lot of distortions in the process.”

    In an October letter to UN special rapporteur on torture Nils Melzer, CSDM outlined its concerns over “the systematic expulsion of torture victims and other vulnerable asylum seekers under the Dublin Regulation from Switzerland to European Union countries where dysfunctional asylum systems that expose them to a real risk of inhuman and degrading treatment”.

    A SEM spokesperson explained that Switzerland wants to see the Dublin III regulation reformed so that procedures are “faster and more efficient”, secondary migration prevented and responsibility between countries distributed more fairly. “Switzerland regularly takes this position at the European level and in bilateral talks with government representatives of EU member states and EU institutions,” the spokesperson said.
    Not one, but two Dublin proceedings

    For now, Jalal’s best shot at family reunification would be a Swiss decision to grant him asylum. But that risks being a lengthy process. The family got tangled in two Dublin proceedings — one to expel Jalal from Switzerland to Italy, the other a bid by Greece to see the family reunited in Switzerland.

    “Sometimes a Dublin reunification can take up to two or three years although on paper things should move more quickly,” notes Michael Kientzle, who works with the refugee aid group in Greeceexternal link that filed a request for Switzerland to take charge of Jalal’s family. The request was rejected and is now being appealed.

    The rest in limbo just like Jalal.

    When asked about the case, SEM said it takes into account the arguments put forward in decisions made by CAT [which recently ruled in favour of an Eritrean asylum-seeker and torture survivor presenting similar circumstances.] “[If SEM] concludes that a transfer to a Dublin state would endanger a person, it will conduct the asylum procedure in Switzerland,” it said.

    Shortly after being contacted by swissinfo.ch, SEM finally decided to examine his asylum claim. “The facts of his case have not changed,” noted Wijkström. “It’s great news for him but it underscores the arbitrariness of the whole system.”

    Adding to the absurdity of it all, he added, the Lucerne prosecutor has kept open a case against Jalal over illegal entry and illegal stay.

    Arbitrary or not — the decision by authorities to hear him out has filled Jalal with a new sense of purpose and hope for a fresh start in Switzerland.

    On the chilly morning of December 12, he met with a Caritas lawyer who will join him during his asylum hearing. He came prepared with all his documents, including X-rays and family identification booklet.

    “Maybe things finally work out and I get to see my family,” he tells swissinfo.chexternal link, consumed by nerves both about the outcome of his interview and the conditions of his mother and brother struggling to get on in a war-torn pocket of Syria.” All I can do is retell my story. They already have all the evidence.”

    https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/international-law_tale-of-swiss-based-syrian-torture-survivor-highlights-dublin-flaws/44615866
    #torture #Suisse #Dublin #renvois_Dublin #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_syriens #Italie #expulsions #renvois

    ping @isskein



  • Americans Are Increasingly Critical of Israel – Foreign Policy
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/12/11/americans-are-increasingly-critical-of-israel

    The firing of Professor Marc Lamont Hill as a CNN contributor after his speech at a United Nations event commemorating the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People has generated considerable debate about free speech that goes beyond the case itself—what is legitimate criticism of Israel, and what constitutes anti-Semitism. A recent University of Maryland public-opinion poll indicates that many aspects of Hill’s views are widely shared among the American public—and that these views are not reflective of anti-Semitic attitudes, or even of hostility toward Israel as such. On these issues, there is a gap between the mainstream media and U.S. politicians on the one hand, and the American public on the other.

    While many issues were raised about Hill, the part of his speech that received the most criticism was his call for a “free Palestine from the river to the sea,” which was seen by some as calling for the end of Israel. Hill himself clarified almost immediately that “my reference to ‘river to the sea’ was not a call to destroy anything or anyone. It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza.” In an op-ed he penned later, he acknowledged that the language he chose may have contributed to the misperception that he was advocating violence against Jewish people—and apologized for that.

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    But, perceptions aside, are Professor Hill’s views exceptional?

    The first issue to consider is advocacy for a one-state solution, from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea, with equal citizenship for all, which would in effect threaten Israel’s status as a Jewish-majority state, as Arabs might soon outnumber Jews on that territory. In fact, this solution has considerable support among the American public, as revealed in a University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll, fielded by Nielson Scarborough, which was conducted in September and October among a nationally representative sample of 2,352 Americans, with a 2 percent margin of error. When asked what outcome they want U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to seek in mediating the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Americans are split between one state with equal citizenship and two states coexisting side by side: 35 percent say they want a one-state solution outright, while 36 percent advocate a two-state solution, 11 percent support maintaining the occupation, and 8 percent back annexation without equal citizenship. Among those between 18 and 34 years old, support for one state climbs to 42 percent.

    Furthermore, most of those who advocate a two-state solution tend to choose one state with equal citizenship if the two-state solution were no longer possible; the last time the survey asked this question, in November 2017, 55 percent of two-state solution backers said they would switch to one state in such circumstances. Bolstering this result is Americans’ views on the Jewishness and democracy of Israel: If the two-state solution were no longer possible, 64 percent of Americans would choose the democracy of Israel, even if it meant that Israel would cease to be a politically Jewish state, over the Jewishness of Israel, if the latter meant that Palestinians would not be fully equal.

    When one considers that many Israelis and Palestinians, as well as many Middle East experts, already believe that a two-state solution is no longer possible, especially given the large expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank, it’s not hard to see why more people would be drawn to a one-state solution—or see the advocacy for two states as legitimizing the unjust status quo through the promise of something unattainable.

    Second, while most Americans have probably never heard of the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement that Hill backs, our poll shows that a large number of Americans support imposing sanctions or more serious measures if Israeli settlements in the West Bank continue to expand: 40 percent of Americans support such measures, including a majority of Democrats (56 percent). This comes as senators, including Democrats, are proposing, despite continued ACLU opposition, to delegitimize and criminalize voluntary boycotts of Israel or settlements through the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, while not differentiating between Israeli settlements in the West Bank from those in Israel proper.

    Third, there is a growing sense that the Israeli government has “too much influence” on U.S. politics and policies: 38 percent of all Americans (including 55 percent of Democrats, and 44 percent of those under 35 years old), say the Israeli government has too much influence on the U.S. government, compared with 9 percent who say it has “too little influence” and 48 percent who say it has “about the right level of influence.” While the number of Jewish participants in the sample (115) is too small to generalize with confidence, it is notable that their views fall along the same lines of the national trend: 37 percent say Israel has too much influence, 54 percent say it has the right level, and 7 percent say it has too little influence.

    These results indicate neither a rise in anti-Semitism nor even a rise in hostility toward Israel as such. As analysis of previous polls has shown, many who espouse these opinions base them on a principled worldview that emphasizes human rights and international law.

    Keep in mind that, in a polarized America with deep political antagonism, it’s hardly surprising that Americans would have sharply divided views on Israelis and Palestinians. What many read as a rising anti-Israeli sentiment among Democrats is mischaracterized; it reflects anger toward Israeli policies—and increasingly, with the values projected by the current Israeli government.

    On the question of whether Americans want the Trump administration to lean toward Israel, toward the Palestinians, or toward neither side, there is a vast difference between Republicans and Democrats in the new poll: While a majority of Republicans want Washington to lean toward Israel outright (57 percent), a substantial majority of Democrats (82 percent) want it to lean toward neither side, with 8 percent wanting it to lean toward the Palestinians and 7 percent toward Israel. Still, it’s inaccurate to label the Democrats’ even-handedness as “anti-Israel.”


  • COP24 : L’#Arabie saoudite et les #Etats-Unis les plus mauvais élèves de l’action climatique
    https://www.20minutes.fr/planete/2391819-20181210-cop24-arabie-saoudite-etats-unis-plus-mauvais-eleves-acti

    Les trois premières places sur le podium du Climate change performance index sont vides. Une façon de souligner le manque de volonté politique de la plupart des gouvernements de sortir des #énergies #fossiles au rythme nécessaire…

    #climat


  • GILETS JAUNES ACTE IV : RECIT D’UN STREET-MEDIC A TOULOUSE
    (quelque part sur Facebook)

    La sidération. J’ai passé la soirée à y réfléchir, et ce matin je pense que c’est le mot qui convient le mieux à ce que j’ai ressenti en rentrant chez moi, vers vingt heures. Hier, Toulouse a flambé, Toulouse a crié, Toulouse s’est révoltée. Le temps d’une journée, Toulouse la rose est devenue Toulouse la rouge. D’épaisses fumées en ont strié le ciel, fendant sa clarté, comme autant de points de rendez-vous et d’appels, dissimulant, derrière elles, les multitudes d’avions qui font d’ordinaire sa fierté. Des barricades se sont érigées l’une après l’autre, partout dans ses rues, formant l’écume de cette houle de colère, de violence et d’embrasement. Des milliers de projectiles, tirés par les deux camps, en jonchent le sol ce matin, tandis que le froid mordant et irrésistible a regagné son lit, et les bris de verre dans les allées me font penser à de la neige. Sidéré, c’est bien le mot, après cet après-midi passé au coeur des affrontements, porté par l’arrogance de vouloir me rendre utile en pareilles circonstances.
    J’ai manifesté pour la première fois quand j’avais quinze ans, et je crois être descendu dans la rue chaque année depuis. Non pas que je sois un « dur » ou un « révolutionnaire » (on ne s’auto-proclame pas révolutionnaire, on l’est ou on ne l’est pas), mais je crois profondément que la mobilisation est un point de rupture qui permet d’ouvrir les yeux sur le monde, de rencontrer des gens hors de notre zone de confort, de s’en rendre solidaire, de s’engager, et surtout, d’échanger, de se confronter à des idées parfois en rupture avec les nôtres, mais qui sont les adversaires nécessaires de l’esprit critique. Je crois qu’agir fait grandir, et que même si on se trompe parfois, on mûrit d’avoir essayé.

    C’est lors de la mobilisation « Loi Travail » en 2016 que mon regard sur les manifestations a changé. C’est là que j’ai vu, pour la première fois, des violences parfois insoutenables, des « bavures », des crânes fissurés, des litres de sang versés, et la sensation d’une injustice flagrante. Et encore, je n’avais pas fait les pires si j’en crois les médias. Les images de Nantes, Rennes, Paris défilaient sur mon écran sans que je puisse y croire. C’est à ce moment que j’ai commencé à faire le « street medic », tout en me disant que j’étais dingue d’en arriver à penser à ça alors qu’il ne s’agissait que d’une manifestation. En théorie me disais-je, car la naïveté est parfois persistante, les forces de l’ordre ne sont pas sensées « casser », si ?

    Eh bien si. Et ça s’est normalisé. Mais jamais je n’avais vécu ce que j’ai vécu hier.

    Les appels au cortège unitaire s’étaient succédé toute la semaine, la convergence était réclamée afin de former un bloc massif. Le trajet et l’horaire des manifestations étaient incertains du fait des multiples retournements de veste de la préfecture, dont il était clair qu’elle cherchait à diviser les cortèges afin que tout le monde ne parte pas en même temps. Raté. Des lycéens avaient été nationalement humiliés dans la semaine, et à travers eux toute une partie de la jeunesse qui s’est enfin lassée d’être le défouloir permanent de la violence d’Etat, tout à tour muselée, molestée ou infantilisée par des porte-paroles toujours zélés quand il s’agit d’étouffer tout ce qui ne leur ressemble pas. Des étudiants avaient rejoint le mouvement, les AG se mettaient en place, les blocages furent réclamés ou actés (Université du Mirail, Sciences Po). Certains, dont moi, pressentant peut-être les événements de samedi, avaient choisi de s’organiser pour mettre en place un comité de secours volontaire, ou « street-medic », composé d’étudiants, de pompiers, d’infirmiers ou de simples citoyens. Nos compétences étaient inégales, mais l’organisation permettait à chaque unité de quatre ou cinq personnes de disposer d’un « confirmé », d’un soutien et de deux personnes faisant les aller-retour dans la foule pour repérer, extraire et ramener les blessés à des arrière-postes de fortune, improvisés dans les halls, les ruelles ou simplement derrière les buissons. Plusieurs comités similaires s’étaient formés, rassemblant à mon avis une bonne centaine de medics dispersés dans le cortège. Je profite de ce témoignage pour remercier toutes les pharmacies qui ont accepté avec bienveillance de nous donner du matériel de premiers secours (kits médicaux, sérum phy, compresses, gaze, mallox, bandes, etc.). La ligne était claire : on ne participe pas à la manifestation, on se contente de soigner les blessés, manifestants comme policiers. Je sais que certains s’en étonneront, mais pour moi, si la cause du désordre est le système, on ne peut pas en vouloir seulement aux individus. Les victimes de la violence sociale sont des deux côtés.

    Ce matin, la presse parle de douze blessés à Toulouse. Ce n’est même pas le nombre de personnes que j’ai pu prendre en charge dans l’après-midi. Certains parmi nous ont raconté avoir chargé les personnes quatre par quatre dans les véhicules de secours qui parvenaient jusqu’à nous. J’ai même du mettre un blessé à bord de la voiture d’un riverain qui passait par là, à quelques mètres de la charge de police, et qui a rapidement accepté de le conduire à l’hôpital. En ne parlant que des flash-balls, je me suis occupé de dix personnes : deux blessés à la tête, un à la poitrine, un à la main, un au coude, trois au pied, un à l’aine et un à la hanche. Et nous n’étions qu’une unité medic parmi une vingtaine. Ce matin, la préfecture comptait 5.500 manifestants dans Toulouse : il faut vraiment être resté chez soi toute la journée pour y croire. A 14h, le boulevard Lacrosses dégueulait une foule compacte, un cortège tellement long qu’il permettait aux premiers de ne pas entendre les grenades qui visaient les derniers.

    C’est en effet l’arrière du cortège qui était en situation d’émeute hier. Moins de quinze minutes après le départ de la manifestation, toute l’esplanade de Compans était noyée de fumée, de gazs lacrymogènes. Tout est parti d’un face à face entre quelques manifestants et une unité de la BAC (du moins, je crois). Et puis le coup classique : une bouteille en plastique vole, les gazs lacrymogènes sont tirés sans sommation, tout le monde s’énerve, le premier tir de flash-ball part, tout s’embrase. Il était 14h15. La situation, très tendue, se résume au même mouvement répétitif : gazs, riposte, charge sur vingt mètres, recul de la foule qui reforme le bloc quelques minutes après et reprend le terrain. C’est une guerre de position usante physiquement, mentalement, nerveusement. Les blessés commencent à affluer : le premier, un homme de quarante ans, est touché à la tempe par un tir. Je commence les aller-retours entre le lieu des affrontements et un abri improvisé sur un banc derrière les immeubles, où je ramène blessé après blessé. La manifestation avance de quelques dizaines de mètres, les premières barricades s’enflamment, la stratégie de maintien de l’ordre échoue déjà : trop peu nombreux pour contenir une telle foule, les gendarmes laissent les rues adjacentes ouvertes et la foule les envahit et s’y disperse. Conséquence : les gendarmes se dispersent aussi. En trois heures, ils ont à peine repris le boulevard : la vérité, c’est que la manif s’étire, avance, et que la queue de cortège suit mécaniquement. Les gens sont en colère...

    Je n’ai pas envie ici d’exprimer mon point de vue sur la violence en manifestation ; la vérité, en tout cas, est qu’il ne s’agissait pas d’une « centaine de casseurs » comme l’évoquent les journaux, mais de milliers de personnes qui se succédaient, se soutenaient, se soignaient, s’encourageaient. Impossible pour les gendarmes de faire quoi que ce soit, hormis contenir bien imparfaitement l’émeute et répliquer à coups de flash-balls et de grenades. Médiatiquement, les violences qui ont eu lieu sont peut-être un mauvais coup (les photos sont nombreuses sur les réseaux, je ne vais pas tout détailler), mais elles ont été un vrai coup de génie tactique. La queue de cortège a concentré l’essentiel de l’attention sur elle, servant de point de fixation pour les forces de l’ordre qui étaient déjà trop peu nombreuses pour l’enrayer. Pendant ce temps, la tête de cortège continuait sa route et s’emparait de la ville. A 17h, les trois ponts étaient pris (Pont des Catalans, Pont Saint-Pierre et Pont-Neuf). On comptait quatre manifestations sauvages en même temps dans la ville -le cortège des Gilets Jaunes, de la CGT et de la marche pour le Climat ayant emprunté différents chemins pour accéder à la place du Capitole- et une émeute -il n’y a pas d’autre mot- à l’entrée de Saint-Cyprien, qui a rapidement contaminé tout le quartier. Sans la queue de cortège, jamais la manifestation n’aurait réussi à remonter jusqu’au coeur de la ville et à se visibiliser : vers 17h30, c’est une marée de gilets jaunes qui a déferlé dans un centre-ville que la préfecture souhaitait précisément préserver. Les théâtres d’affrontements se sont multipliés dans le quartier de Saint-Cyprien jusque tard dans la soirée, poussant même les gendarmes à tirer les lacrymos depuis un hélicoptère.

    La presse raconte que les « casseurs » étaient des banlieusards profitant de l’occasion pour « tout casser » -comme si la violence révolutionnaire était un simple loisir. De mon côté, j’ai passé la journée à soigner des gens très divers : lycéens voulant riposter à la violence subie toute la semaine, étudiants, travailleurs de tous secteurs et tous âges (vers 18h30, j’ai même administré du sérum phy à un retraité qui avait été gazé), filles et garçons, « anars » comme gilets jaunes et écolos, tous unis et constamment solidaires sans regarder leur origine. Moudenc (le maire), disait sur BFM avoir vu des gens de l’ultradroite et de l’ultragauche main dans la main. Premièrement, il faudra qu’il m’explique comment, d’un seul regard, il devine l’orientation politique des gens. Deuxièmement : tout le monde s’en foutait. La barrière politique s’était effacée entre les uns et les autres, pour la raison très simple que par-delà la divergence des solutions, il y a une convergence réelle des problèmes. Sur le référentiel médiatique, j’appartiens à l’ultragauche ; pour autant, hier, je ne sais absolument pas qui j’ai soigné en termes d’appartenance politique, parce que le même sentiment de foutage de gueule était partagé finalement par tout le monde. Et au milieu de tout ça, oui, il y avait des banlieusards (enfin, si tant est qu’on puisse le deviner à l’apparence). Mais je pense ne pas avoir besoin de lister le nombre de raisons qu’ils auraient de toute façon à être en colère, eux qui sont sans doute la partie de la population qui connaît le mieux ce que veut dire « violence d’Etat ». Je me fous de savoir pour qui votent les manifestants qui étaient présents, car hier ils étaient ensemble, vraiment ensemble, pour dénoncer la même chose et s’entraider. Le reste du discours n’est qu’une tentative de dispersion. Le problème est identifié. On discutera des solutions plus tard.

    Si j’ai arrêté ma mission de street-medic vers 19h, ce n’est pas parce que la manif était terminée, c’est parce que j’étais épuisé, comme tous les autres. On a été complètement dépassés. Je n’avais pratiquement plus une cartouche de sérum phy. J’avais la peau brûlée par les gazs, les poumons en feu, les jambes lourdes et l’esprit en éclats. Je n’arrivais plus à réfléchir et je ne me sentais plus capable de prendre les bonnes décisions en cas d’urgence. Physiquement, nerveusement, psychologiquement, j’étais épuisé. Je n’avais jamais connu ça.
    Ce matin, les médias ne parlaient que de Paris, en disant que tout avait été contrôlé. Ne doit-on pas voir dans ce parisiano-centrisme la preuve que le message n’a toujours pas été entendu ? Hier, toute la province était en feu : j’ai vu les images de Caen, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lyon, Saint-Etienne, et j’ai vu le mouvement prendre en ampleur et en force. J’ai vu la répression policière s’accroître encore et mettre à nouveau le feu aux poudres, tout comme j’ai vu un haut degré de violence chez des manifestants qui n’ont plus le coeur pour se laisser faire et ripostent. Cela fait trop longtemps qu’on casse les gens, qu’on les arrête, qu’on les condamne, au seul motif qu’ils crèvent la faim et qu’ils osent se montrer. Il n’y a eu aucune réponse politique majeure à ces revendications, et c’est trop tard. Tout le monde est à cran, y compris chez les forces de l’ordre. J’espère au moins qu’ils ont conscience que c’est précisément parce que les manifestants ne chargent pas encore et se « contentent » de caillasser qu’ils sortent presque indemnes de cette journée. Je me pose quand même la question : combien de temps est-ce que ça durera ..?
    Je ne sais pas comment ça va finir, mais je suis à peu près sûr d’une chose : je ferais mieux de garder mon matériel de medic sous la main, parce que je risque de courir encore longtemps avec mon sac sur le dos avant de ne plus en avoir besoin.

    • Ce matin, la presse parle de douze blessés à Toulouse. Ce n’est même pas le nombre de personnes que j’ai pu prendre en charge dans l’après-midi. Certains parmi nous ont raconté avoir chargé les personnes quatre par quatre dans les véhicules de secours qui parvenaient jusqu’à nous. J’ai même du mettre un blessé à bord de la voiture d’un riverain qui passait par là, à quelques mètres de la charge de police, et qui a rapidement accepté de le conduire à l’hôpital. En ne parlant que des flash-balls, je me suis occupé de dix personnes : deux blessés à la tête, un à la poitrine, un à la main, un au coude, trois au pied, un à l’aine et un à la hanche. Et nous n’étions qu’une unité medic parmi une vingtaine. Ce matin, la préfecture comptait 5.500 manifestants dans Toulouse : il faut vraiment être resté chez soi toute la journée pour y croire. A 14h, le boulevard Lacrosses dégueulait une foule compacte, un cortège tellement long qu’il permettait aux premiers de ne pas entendre les grenades qui visaient les derniers.

      @davduf


  • GILETS JAUNES ACTE 4 - Ce que vous devez savoir ! (LHDSR)
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/diversifion/15349-gilets-jaunes-acte-4-ce-que-vous-devez-savoir-lhdsr

    Source : Youtube.com

    Information complémentaire :

    Crashdebug.fr : Global Compact : Signature la semaine prochaine du pacte de Marrakech pour accélérer l’immigration de masse et réprimer toute contestation (Fawkes)

    Crashdebug.fr : APPRENEZ À VOIR #1/22 - UN INITIÉ VOUS FAIT PASSER DERRIÈRE LE RIDEAU (ENGLISH SUBS)

    Crashdebug.fr : APPRENEZ À VOIR #2/22 - LE CONTRÔLE MENTAL [MK ULTRA]

    Crashdebug.fr : APPRENEZ À VOIR #3/22 - JE VOUS AI MANIPULÉS - (Dopamine, Liberté d’Expression, Loi Schiappa et Théorie du Genre)

    Crashdebug.fr : Le président qui disait la vérité VOST

    Crashdebug.fr : Sociétés secrètes : qui sont ces éminences grises qui règnent sur le monde ?

    Crashdebug.fr : Moment détente : Polony interroge Ockrent sur les Bilderberg et se fait taxer de « Conspirationnisme…. »

    Crashdebug.fr : (...)


  • UNGA votes against anti-Hamas resolution
    Dec. 7, 2018 12:18 P.M. (Updated : Dec. 7, 2018 2:29 P.M.)
    http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=782008

    NEW YORK (Ma’an) — The United Nations General Assembly failed to pass an anti-Hamas resolution, on Thursday, serving a crushing defeat to both the United States and Israel after weeks of diplomacy.

    While the draft resolution, which was proposed by outgoing UN envoy, Nikki Haley, received 87 votes in favor, it fell short of the two-thirds super-majority needed to pass.

    Additionally, 57 opposed it and 33 countries abstained and another 23 were not present.

    Israeli leaders still praised the outcome as a “show of wide support” for their position against the Hamas movement.

    In response to the votes regarding the draft resolution, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the 87 countries that voted in favor of it.

    Netanyahu posted a tweet, reading, "While it did not achieve a two-thirds majority, this is the first time that a majority of countries have voted against Hamas and I commend each of the 87 countries that took a principled stand against Hamas.” (...)

    #ONU


  • Les migrants représentent près de 5% des travailleurs dans le monde
    https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/10048614-les-migrants-representent-pres-de-5-des-travailleurs-dans-le-monde.html

    Les migrants constituent 4,7% de la force de travail dans le monde. Leur nombre atteignait l’année dernière 164 millions, selon les estimations dévoilées mercredi à Genève par l’Organisation internationale du travail (OIT).

    L’institution mentionne une augmentation de 9% en quatre ans. Mais les données de 2017 sur 188 pays prennent en compte près de 20 millions de réfugiés.

    « Cette ampleur correspond à la croissance économique des pays et également à la croissance de la migration en général », explique Etienne Piguet, professeur à l’Université de Neuchâtel, spécialiste des flux migratoires et vice-président de la Commission fédérale des migrations. « L’augmentation va toutefois rester constante, il n’y a pas de déferlante de la migration comme certains l’affirment », note-t-il.

    Le travail, motif n°1 des migrations
    « La majorité des migrants » se déplacent pour leur travail ou pour en chercher un, a dit de son côté devant la presse la directrice du département du travail et de l’égalité à l’OIT, Marisa Tomei. Ceux-ci apportent une contribution positive et remplissent surtout des emplois qui ne sont pas occupés par les ressortissants nationaux du pays d’accueil, selon elle.

    Parmi les migrants actifs, 96 millions sont des hommes et 68 millions des femmes. La part des premiers s’est étendue de 2 points de pourcentage pour s’établir à 58%.

    Dans la force de l’âge, avec 42% de femmes
    Toutefois, davantage de femmes se sont déplacées depuis 20 ans pour trouver du travail. Mais « la discrimination à laquelle elles font souvent face en raison de leur sexe et de leur nationalité réduit leurs opportunités d’emplois », selon Marisa Tomei.

    Autre caractéristique de ces travailleurs : ils sont dans la force de l’âge, selon les termes de l’OIT, c’est-à-dire que la plupart sont âgés entre 25 et 64 ans. Leur départ pourrait avoir un impact négatif sur la croissance économique de leurs pays.

    Près de 112 millions de travailleurs migrants se trouvent dans des pays riches. Les travailleurs migrants constituent 18,5% du total des actifs des pays riches mais seulement environ 2% dans les pays pauvres. Parmi les régions, près d’un quart habitent dans le nord du continent américain. La même part se trouve en Europe, à l’exception de l’Est du continent, et 13,9% dans les Etats arabes.

    Mesures concrètes pour freiner les flux
    « L’intérêt de ce rapport est d’offrir une vision nuancée des effets de la migration », souligne Etienne Piguet. D’une part, la migration est extrêmement importante pour la prospérité des pays en croissance économique. « Mais parfois aussi, on préférerait que des travailleurs formés ne quittent pas leur pays, pour travailler ailleurs dans des emplois où ils sont souvent surqualifiés. »

    Parmi les mesures concrètes pour lutter contre le phénomène, selon Etienne Piguet, il faut reconnaître les diplômes d’un pays à l’autre, veiller à ce que les conditions de travail soient acceptables, et éviter le dumping salarial. « En faisant cela, on n’aura plus, pour certains travailleurs, des incitations biaisées à vendre leur force de travail ailleurs, et pas non plus d’incitations pour les gouvernements à recruter à bas prix ailleurs. »

    #Migration #migrations #femmes #hommes #travail #économie #exploitation #capitalisme #OIT

    • Je crois qu’ils ont la bonne définition.

      Based on figures for 2017 provided by the United Nations/ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA), which are adjusted for the number of refugees, there are 277 million international migrants, 234 million migrants of working age (15 and older) and 164 million migrant workers worldwide. For the purposes of this report, the term “international migrants” refers to persons who are foreign-born (or foreign citizens when place-of-birth information is not available), while the term “migrants of working age (15 years of age and over)” is a subset of international migrants. The term ‘“migrant worker”, on the other hand, refers to international migrant individuals of working age and older who are either employed or unemployed in their current country of residence. Overall, migrants of working age constitute 4.2 per cent of the global population aged 15 and older, while migrant workers constitute 4.7 per cent of all workers.

      https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/---publ/documents/publication/wcms_652001.pdf


  • L’arabie saoudite à l’ONU

    En avril 2018, l’Arabie saoudite prenait position au sein de trois organismes de l’ONU qui défendent les droits et intérêts des femmes...

    Saudis Win Seat on Third UN Women’s Rights Body - UN Watch

    https://www.unwatch.org/un-sells-3-womens-rights-bodies-oil-rich-saudi-arabia

    En Novembre 2018, le conseil des droits humains des Nations unies lançait son « Examen périodique universel », processus établit en 2006 par l’Assemblée générale des Nations unies :

    https://www.ohchr.org/fr/hrbodies/upr/pages/uprmain.aspx

    En gros, chaque état membre présente les mesures qu’il a prises pour les droits humains, et l’ensemble des membres examinent et commentent. Le 5 novembre, c’était le tour de l’Arabie saoudite d’être « examinée » :

    https://www.ohchr.org/FR/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/SAindex.aspx

    Voici ce qu’à dit la France :

    https://onu-geneve.delegfrance.org/Examen-periodique-universel-de-l-Arabie-Saoudite-Declaration

    La France adresse les recommandations suivantes à l’Arabie saoudite :

    1) Amender la législation applicable en matière de liberté d’expression et d’opinion, de liberté d’association et de réunion pacifique, tout particulièrement la loi sur la lutte contre la cybercriminalité et les lois sur la lutte contre le terrorisme, conformément aux normes internationales en la matière, et garantir la liberté de religion, de conscience et de conviction ;

    2) Garantir la sécurité des journalistes et des défenseurs des droits et faire cesser immédiatement les emprisonnements et les arrestations arbitraires dont ils sont victimes ;

    3) Déclarer un moratoire sur la peine de mort en vue de son abolition et interdire expressément la condamnation de mineurs à la peine de mort conformément à la Convention des droits de l’Enfant que l’Arabie saoudite a ratifiée ;

    4) Poursuivre les réformes visant à réduire l’écart de droits entre les femmes et les hommes, y compris en matière de citoyenneté ; abolir notamment le système de tutelle masculine ;

    5) Ratifier le Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques et le Pacte international relatif aux droits économiques, sociaux et culturels ;

    6) Assurer une prise en compte pleine et entière du droit international humanitaire.

    Mais selon UN Watch, qui asistait à la session « Arabie saoudite », il sembl que des pays comme le Venezuela, la Chine, le Pakistan, la palestine (observateur), la Jordanie aint loué les efforts, et le grand intérêt que porte l’Arabasaoudite aux droits humains.

    GENEVA, June 18, 2018 – UN Watch today expressed grave concern that Saudi Arabia, considered by many to be the most misogynistic regime in the world, has now secured key positions on the UN’s three principal women’s rights bodies:

    April 2017: Saudi Arabia elected to UN Commission on Status of Women. Belgium and at least four other EU states voted for the Saudis.

    April 2018: Saudi Arabia elected to the Executive Board of UN Women, also known as the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.

    Saudi Arabia elected as new member to the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Saudi Arabia looks forward to working alongside our fellow members starting in January 2019 pic.twitter.com/CZw8hgrxZN

    — KSA Mission UN (@ksamissionun) April 16, 2018

    June 2018: Saudi Arabia’s candidate elected UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, a 23-member expert body that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, reviews country reports and adopts recommendations, receives complaints from individuals or groups concerning violations of rights protected under the Convention, initiates inquiries into situations of grave or systematic violations of women’s rights, and formulates general recommendations regarding the Convention.

    Telling: Saudi ambassador (left) wouldn’t even shake her hand—his regime’s winning candidate. Whole thing is absurd: Electing Saudi Arabia’s rep to the 23-member UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief. pic.twitter.com/ElsALRlWpD

    — Hillel Neuer (@HillelNeuer) June 18, 2018

    #arabie_saoudite #onu #droits_humains #institution


  • #ILO Global Estimates on International Migrant Workers – Results and Methodology

    If the right policies are in place, labour migration can help countries respond to shifts in labour supply and demand, stimulate innovation and sustainable development, and transfer and update skills. However, a lack of international standards regarding concepts, definitions and methodologies for measuring labour migration data still needs to be addressed.

    This report gives global and regional estimates, broken down by income group, gender and age. It also describes the data, sources and methodology used, as well as the corresponding limitations.

    The report seeks to contribute to the 2018 Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration and to achieving SDG targets 8.8 and 10.7.


    https://www.ilo.org/global/publications/books/WCMS_652001/lang--en/index.htm

    Le résumé:


    https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---dcomm/---publ/documents/publication/wcms_652029.pdf

    #OIT #statistiques #chiffres #monde #genre #âge #2017 #migrations #travailleurs_migrants #travail #femmes

    • Global migrant numbers up 20 percent

      Migrants of working age make up 4.2 percent of the global population, and the number is growing. A UN report notes how poorer countries are increasingly supplying labor to richer ones to their own detriment.

      There are 277 million international migrants, 234 million migrants of working age (15 and older) and 164 million migrant workers worldwide, according to a UN report.

      Figures for 2017 from the United Nations’ Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN/DESA) published on Wednesday show that migrants of working age make up 4.2 percent of the global population aged 15 and older, while migrant workers constitute 4.7 percent of all workers.

      The numbers rose by almost 20 percent between 2013 and 2017 for international migrants, 13 percent for migrants of working age and 9 percent for migrant workers.

      Distribution

      Of the 164 million migrant workers worldwide, 111.2 million (67.9 percent) are employed in high-income countries, 30.5 million (18.6 percent) in upper middle-income countries, 16.6 million (10.1 percent) in lower middle- income countries and 5.6 million (3.4 percent) in low-income countries.

      From 2013 to 2017, the concentration of migrant workers in high-income countries fell from 74.7 to 67.9 percent, while their share in upper middle-income countries increased, suggesting a shift in the number of migrant workers from high-income to lower-income countries.

      The report noted that this growing number could be attributed to the economic development of some lower-income nations, particularly if these countries are in close proximity to migrant origin countries with close social networks.

      The share of migrant workers in the labor force of destination countries has increased in all income groups except for lower middle-income countries.

      In high-income countries, falling numbers of migrant workers were observed simultaneously with a higher share in the labor force as a result of the sharp fall in the labor force participation of non-migrants, due to a variety of factors such as changes in demographics, technology and immigration policies.

      “Stricter migration policies in high-income countries and stronger economic growth among upper middle-income countries may also contribute to the trends observed,” the report noted.

      Geography

      Some 60.8 percent of all migrant workers are found in three subregions: Northern America (23.0 percent), Northern, Southern and Western Europe (23.9 percent) and Arab States (13.9 percent). The lowest number of migrant workers is hosted by Northern Africa (less than 1 percent).

      The subregion with the largest share of migrant workers as a proportion of all workers is Arab States (40.8 percent), followed by Northern America (20.6 percent) and Northern, Southern and Western Europe (17.8 percent).

      In nine out of 11 subregions, the labor force participation rate of migrants is higher than that of non-migrants. The largest difference is in the Arab States, where the labor force participation rate of migrants (75.4 percent) is substantially higher than that of non-migrants (42.2 percent).

      Gender

      Among migrant workers, 96 million are men and 68 million are women. In 2017, the stock of male migrant workers was estimated to be 95.7 million, while the corresponding estimate for female migrant workers was 68.1 million.

      “The higher proportion of men among migrant workers may also be explained by...the higher likelihood of women to migrate for reasons other than employment (for instance, for family reunification), as well as by possible discrimination against women that reduces their employment opportunities in destination countries,” the report noted.

      It added that societal stigmatization, the discriminatory impacts of policies and legislation and violence and harassment undermine women’s access to decent work and can result in low pay, the absence of equal pay and the undervaluation of female-dominated sectors.

      Age

      Prime-age adults (ages 25-64) constitute nearly 87 percent of migrant workers. Youth workers (aged 15-24) and older workers (aged 65 plus) constitute 8.3 percent and 5.2 percent, respectively, of migrant workers. This age composition holds for male and female migrant workers alike.

      “The fact that the overwhelming majority of migrant workers consist of prime-age adults suggests that some countries of origin are losing the most productive part of their workforce, which could have a negative impact on their economic growth,” the report noted, but it added that emigration of prime-age individuals may also provide a source of remittances for countries of origin.

      Destination countries, meanwhile, benefit from receiving prime-age workers as they are increasingly faced with demographic pressures.

      Labor shortage in Germany

      Germany’s BDI industry association said skilled labor from abroad was key to Germany’s future economic success. “The integration of skilled workers from other countries contributes significantly to growth and jobs,” BDI President Dieter Kempf said.

      The country’s VDE association of electrical, electronic and IT engineering was the latest group in Germany to point to the growing need for foreign experts. Emphasizing that Germany itself was training too few engineers, VDE said there would be a shortage of 100,000 electrical engineers over the next 10 years.

      “We will strive to increase the number of engineers by means of migration,” VDE President Gunther Kegel noted.

      https://www.dw.com/en/global-migrant-numbers-up-20-percent/a-46596757


  • https://theintercept.com/2018/12/04/jeremy-hammond-stratfor-hack-solitary-confinment

    Last month, [Jeremy Hammond] who has been serving a 10-year prison sentence since 2012 was accused by a guard at a federal detention center of “minor assault,” landing the so-called hacktivist in solitary confinement.

    [...]

    In 2013, Hammond pleaded guilty to hacking the private intelligence firm Stratfor Global Intelligence and other targets. The Stratfor hack lead to numerous revelations, including that the firm spied on activists for major corporations on several occasions.

    [...]

    This week will mark the start of Hammond’s third week in a so-called segregated housing unit — more commonly known as solitary confinement. The United Nations has said that confinement of such length could be considered torture.

    [...]

    In a statement during his sentencing hearing, Hammond referred to his hacking as “acts of civil disobedience and direct action,” describing “an obligation to use my skills to expose and confront injustice and to bring the truth to light.”

    [...]

    Hammond is currently scheduled for release in February 2020.

    #prison #jail #justice #arbitraire #hacker #surveillance #activisme #intercept #hammond #courage #anarchiste #anarchisme



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    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1997-01-05/news/9701050123_1_artifacts-looted-cambodian

    In 1924, French writer Andre Malraux was arrested and imprisoned when he removed nearly a ton of stone carvings and ornaments from a temple in the remote Cambodian jungle and trundled them away in

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    • LOOTED CAMBODIAN TREASURES COME HOME
      New York Times News ServiceCHICAGO TRIBUNE

      January 5, 1997 Phnom Penh

      In 1924, French writer Andre Malraux was arrested and imprisoned when he removed nearly a ton of stone carvings and ornaments from a temple in the remote Cambodian jungle and trundled them away in oxcarts.

      In 1980, starving refugees fleeing the terrors of the Khmer Rouge arrived at the border with Thailand lugging stone heads lopped from temple statues and ornate silverwork looted from museums.

      Today the looting continues, from hundreds of temples and archaeological sites scattered through the jungles of this often-lawless country, sometimes organized by smuggling syndicates and abetted by antique dealers in Thailand and elsewhere.

      Entire temple walls covered with bas-relief are hacked into chunks and trucked away by thieves. Villagers sell ancient pottery for pennies. Armed bands have attacked monks at remote temples to loot their treasures and have twice raided the conservation office at the temple complex of Angkor.

      But the tide is slowly beginning to turn. With the Cambodian government beginning a campaign to seek the return of the country’s treasures, and with cooperation from curators and customs agents abroad, 1996 was a significant year for the recovery of artifacts.

      Fifteen objects have come home, in three separate shipments from three continents, raising hopes that some of the more significant artifacts may be returned.

      In July, the U.S. returned a small head of the god Shiva that had been seized by Customs in San Francisco. Cambodia is a largely Buddhist nation, but over the centuries its history and its art have seen successive overlays of Buddhist and Hindu influences. At some temples, statues of Buddha mingle with those of the Hindu deities, Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.

      In September, the Thai government returned 13 large stone carvings, some up to 800 years old, that had been confiscated by Thai police from an antique shop in Bangkok in 1990. Thai officials said the return was a gesture of good will meant to combat that country’s image as a center of antique trafficking.

      And in December, a British couple returned a stone Brahma head that they had bought at auction. Its Cambodian origin was confirmed by a list, published by UNESCO, of 100 artifacts that had disappeared from an inventory compiled in the 1960s.

      In addition, Sebastien Cavalier, a UNESCO representative here, said he was expecting the return as early as next month of a 10th Century Angkorean head of Shiva that is now in the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

      Six bronze pieces sent to the Guimet Museum in Paris for cleaning and safekeeping in the 1970s could also be returned in the coming months, he said.

      Now with the launching in January of a major traveling exhibition of Khmer artifacts—to Paris, Washington, Tokyo and Osaka— accompanied by an updated catalog of some of Cambodia’s missing treasures, Cavalier said he hopes the returns will accelerate.

      The exhibit will be on display in Paris from Jan. 31 to May 26, at the National Gallery in Washington from June 30 to Sept. 28, and in Japan from Oct. 28 to March 22, 1998.

      But the pillage of artifacts continues at a far greater pace than the returns.

      Government control remains tenuous in much of Cambodia and the Ministry of Culture has little money for the protection of antiquities. There is little check on armed groups and corrupt officials throughout the countryside, where hundreds of temples remain unused and unguarded or overgrown with jungle.

      Truckloads of treasures regularly pass through military checkpoints into Thailand, art experts say. Heavy stone artifacts are towed in fishing nets to cargo ships off the southern coast. In Thailand, skilled artisans repair or copy damaged objects and certificates of authenticity are forged.

      Most of Cambodia’s artistic patrimony remains uncatalogued, and Cavalier said there was no way to know the full extent of what had already been stolen over the last decades, or what remained scattered around the country.



  • Israel’s Supreme Court, a place of deceit

    Court, a Place of Deceit
    East Jerusalem residents have learned that while justice may be meant to be seen, it’s not necessarily meant to be heard

    Ilana Hammerman
    Dec 05, 2018 2:39 AM

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-israel-s-supreme-court-a-place-of-deceit-1.6719983

    “Go, and try to understand every word spoken in this chamber, which hover for a moment in its enormous space, before escaping to the sides and above through the many cracks in its walls,” I muttered to myself several weeks ago in Chamber C of Jerusalem’s Supreme Court.
    From those words I could decipher, I learned that in the case being heard there are people seeking to remain living in their homes and there are others who claim that the land under these homes belongs to them, and thus the homes as well. And some claim the destiny of the land is not the destiny of the homes. One belongs to so-and-so and his descendants, while the other belongs to another person and his issue. Plus, there are documents attesting one thing and others attesting to another. And there are documents related to this parcel of land but not to its neighbor.
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    I also understood that the petitioners representing the people seeking to stay in their homes – who are making legal arguments on their behalf, pleading persistently, shouting beneath the enormous domes – are wasting their time. For the destiny of the people who have sent them here has already been determined, and the Supreme Court, sitting on high, believes that it does not have the authority to discuss the evidence they bother to formulate in the Hebrew language that is not their own.
    It turns out that all the evidence was already discussed exhaustively in a lower court, which already ruled that the residents are themselves the trespassers. And because they delayed – the proceedings intended to get rid of them were unfortunately for them done without their knowledge – the statute of limitations applies to some of their lawsuits.
    This is not the first time that I have wondered whether the acoustic conditions in this chamber do not bear witness that while justice may be meant to be seen, it is not necessarily meant to be heard. Nor is it the first time that I have thought while sitting in it that perhaps it is better that way. For more than one of the details debated here lack content that should really interest human beings who have the brains to understand and the tools to take interest and learn the facts. And indeed, I know the facts well, and so this list will end with a decisive decision.

    On that fall day, November13, the Supreme Court discussed the fate of dozens of people who have lived for 64 years in Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Israeli law had made it possible for three Israeli associations – the Council of the Sephardi Community in Jerusalem, the Committee of Knesset Israel and Nahalat Shimon – to evict them from their homes and to replace them with other people.
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    The judges, after masquerading briefly while as people sincerely and innocently seeking to decide without bias between the attorneys wrangling at their feet, then began to play their true role. They obeyed the law, and with it the policy determining what the law is, and ruled against the petitioners, and in favor of the three associations; the appeal was denied.
    And what does Israeli law state, and in particular, what are its practical implications, what is the personal tragedy to which it condemns its victims? Because the law here serves to cover for usurpation and ideology, things are best explained simply without leaving this issue to legalists.
    A woman my age, sitting with me in her house, from which she is to be evicted, explained the story in simple terms, albeit it with agitation. Here is a summary: Her parents were born in Jaffa and raised there. She was born in the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria, to which her family was expelled/fled in 1948. As part of a family reunification program, she went from there to Sheikh Jarrah to live with her husband, who also comes from a family of refugees from Jaffa. That family had been lucky enough to find temporary shelter with relatives in Jerusalem, and the Jordanian regime, the sovereign at the time, allocated her and other refugee families land in Sheikh Jarrah in 1954, and the UNRWA funded the construction of their homes.
    Some 40 members of her family, including her, her children and her grandchildren, live there. Meanwhile, they became subjects of Israel, which tripled the size of Jerusalem in 1967 and extended civilian law over all of it. According to that system of laws and to the decisions of the courts of the new sovereign, the entire compound in Sheikh Jarrah, where hundreds of families live, now belongs to those who made themselves the inheritors of the small Jewish community that had bought it during the Ottoman period.
    Therefore, this family, like its partners in misery who were already evicted and the dozens of others destined to be condemned in future cases – can expect soon to receive notice of an eviction date from the bailiff’s office. If they don’t leave of their own free will, they will be evicted by force in the dead of night. The woman who told me the story kept looking in my eyes, asking: “Perhaps you will tell me where we should go to now? Where to?”
    A week later, on November 21, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of hundreds of other Jerusalem Palestinians – residents of Batan al-Hawa in the Silwan neighborhood. These residents are being harassed by other Israeli groups: Ateret Cohanim and Elad. Regarding this appeal as well, exacting hearings had already been held in Chamber C, and then too I really tried to grasp the legal thinness in their tale before they drift off through the traditional openings in the lofty dome. And this story also deserves being told in the language of man.
    It goes like this: At the end of the 19th century, merciful Jews bought a modest site in the village of Silwan, which then was outside Jerusalem, to build under cover of Ottoman law, a poorhouse for Yemenite Jews who couldn’t find a roof to live under in the holy city. Not many years later, the land was full of violent altercations and the poorhouse residents were forced to evacuate their homes. Years passed. They and their successors spread across the country.
    The country’s rulers changed three times, and self-proclaimed heir also arose: Atret Cohanim. It was clever in various ways – the time was the beginning of this century and Silwan had become a Jerusalem neighborhood crowded with tens of thousands of Palestinians, and the ruler was now the State of Israel – and demanded and received the inheritance from the Administrator General, who had received it from the state, which authorized him to determine what would be done with properties in Jerusalem that had once belonged to Jews. Based on this procedure, the courts in Israel awarded Ateret Cohanim rights to the compound in the heart of Silwan. And now justice will be done without pity.
    You can read in full how everything unfolded, if you want, in the 2015 investigative report published by Nir Hasson in this paper . It’s a tale spiced with bribes paid behind closed doors, people who were tempted to condemn their souls in order to attain a more comfortable life and, above all, the story of M, the resident of a West Bank settlement, whose hand is in everything but whose name it is forbidden to publish, lest it be to his detriment. The story does not end well or fairly, or even with finality, as the rejection of the petition makes clear – it just gets worse.
    Thus, you may want to go the trouble of visiting the neighborhood for yourself, in order to see the explosive and forlorn reality that the splendor of Chamber C in the Supreme Court swallowed in its entirety, like it swallowed the more modest site in Sheikh Jarrah. The law that rules here is the law of naked power. The military regime that embitters the lives of thousands to protect a few dozen Jews, who settled among the thousands in homes whose residents were already evicted, and to protect the stylized national park established next to them for the thousands of visitors streaming here. The sovereign here is the Elad organization. Thanks to its iniquities, you can see how the lives of thousands of Palestinians here are imprisoned and destroyed, and feel the cracks that are gaping in their residences because of the tunnel dug under them for the greater glory of Israel’s ideological archaeology.
    And if you don’t want to venture into areas unfamiliar to you and to your worldview, remain at home, but turn on your honest brain and the integrity of your heart. It will not take much to persuade you that all the legal hairsplitting that has for decades filled the courts of the Jewish-democratic state with hearings on the fate of the homes and lands of people in the territories conquered in 1967 collapses and is crushed like so much straw, in spite of the opposition by lawyers who continue to insist on defending human rights and serving as extras in an absurd farce. For one and only one law whispers yet thunders here behind the scenes, and only that one triumphs over this theater of deceit – the law of the godly promise written in a book that is thousands of years old: “For I give all the land that you see to you and your offspring forever” (Genesis 13:15).
    Thus, this and nothing else is the lesson: Until the statute of limitations is applied to this ancient law, there will be no justice here. For whether the god who made the promise still lives on high and watches his creatures in great sorrow from there, or whether he has been redeemed and died – here, on Earth, in this unholy land, the lives of tens of thousands of people are being destroyed and will be destroyed many times over, because of those who appointed themselves as the arm of power of the sole rulers.


  • Deux millions d’enfants sont déscolarisés au Yémen, selon l’UNICEF, dont 500000 depuis l’entrée en guerre de la coalition saoudienne.
    Plusieurs dizaines de milliers de morts, 14 millions de personnes en situation de « pré-famine », un Etat en déréliction totale, une inflation insoutenable (41,8 %), unecroissance inexistante (-10 %)… Et une éducation nationale qui ne cesse de s’étioler. Depuis que le conflit yéménite s’est internationalisé, en mars 2015, 500000 enfants ont été contraints de quitter les bancs de l’école, vient d’alerter Meritxell Relaño, la représentante de l’UNICEF au Yémen. Ce qui porte le
    nombre d’enfants déscolarisés à plus de 2 millions sur l’ensemble du pays. Des chiffres qui indiquent, certes, que les Yéménites n’ont pas eu besoin qu’une guerre éclate pour voir leur système scolaire se casser la figure. Mais qui doivent tout de même inquiéter au plus haut point. Si les combats entre la coalition saoudienne – qui épaule l’armée du président yéménite, Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi – et les rebelles Houthis devaient durer encore des mois, combien de dizaines, voire de centaines de milliers d’enfants innocents supplémentaires seraient éloignés des écoles ?
    C’est notamment à Hodeïda, dans l’ouest du pays, que la situation est la plus alarmante. La ville portuaire, aux mains des combattants chiite mais assiégée depuis plusieurs mois par la coalition, a connu la semaine dernière un nouveau regain de violence, alors que Martin Griffiths, l’envoyé spécial des Nations unies (ONU) au Yémen, avait réussi à imposer une trêve de quelques jours. Le week-end dernier, les Saoudiens ont conduit quelque 35 raids aériens sur la zone, selon un porte-parole des Houthis, causant la mort d’une trentaine de personnes, combattants progouvernementaux comme rebelles. Dans ces conditions, impossible d’assurer l’acheminement des enfants à l’école – les convois de toute sorte étant régulièrement pris pour cible. Résultat : « Plus de 60 000 garçons et filles ne sont pas scolarisés à cause des combats dans et autour de la ville portuaire de Hodeïda, s’inquiète Meritxell Relaño. Seul un élève sur trois est en mesure de poursuivre ses études et moins d’un quart des enseignants est présents à l’école. »

    Pourparlers de paix.
    Tandis que la violence soutenue, dans la région, a contraint plus du tiers des écoles à fermer, dont 15 situées en première ligne et d’autres gravement endommagées ou utilisées comme abris pour des familles déplacées, la plupart du personnel éducatif
    n’a pas touché de salaire depuis plus de deux ans, selon l’UNICEF. Et si « beaucoup d’enseignants ont été obligés de fuir les violences ou de trouver d’autres moyens de joindre les deux bouts », ajoute Mme Relaño, d’autres continuent coûte que coûte d’aller à l’école pour éduquer les jeunes Yéménites. « Leur engagement en faveur de l’apprentissage des enfants à apprendre n’est rien d’autre qu’héroïque », a d’ailleurs souligné la représentante de l’UNICEF au Yémen. Afin de les aider – matériellement mais également moralement -, l’agence onusienne élabore en ce moment un programme visant à leur payer de petites sommes en espèces tous les mois. Le temps que la crise salariale passe. Ce qui n’est toutefois pas près d’arriver. Tous les fonctionnaires étant ainsi délaissés par l’Etat.
    D’où l’importance, selon Meritxell Relaño, que « les autorités yéménites travaillent de concert pour trouver une solution au paiement des salaires. » Et, surtout, pour que « la guerre sur les enfants au Yémen »cesse. Fin octobre dernier, Geert Cappelaere, le directeur de l’UNICEF pour le Moyen-Orient, avait déclaré que le
    pays de la péninsule Arabique, où 30 000 enfants meurent chaque année de malnutrition, selon lui, « est un enfer sur terre pour 50 % à 60 % des enfants. Un enfer pour chaque garçon et chaque fille. » Un enfer que seuls l’arrêt définitif des combats et l’érection d’une solution politique peuvent faire disparaître. La semaine dernière, alors que plusieurs tentatives de pourparlers entre coalition saoudienne et Houthis ont déjà échoué, l’ONU a annoncé que les deux parties semblaient d’accord pour s’assoir autour d’une même table et discuter de la paix. Ce qu’a confirmé l’ambassadeur britannique au Yémen, Michael Aron, après qu’il s’est entretenu avec les Saoudiens et les Houthis. Qui devraient donc, sauf revirement de
    dernière minute – du déjà vu… -, se retrouver cette semaine à Stockholm, en Suède.

    Le Monde Arabe (éditorial 2018-12-03)


  • CNN firing Marc Lamont Hill proves Israel is untouchable in U.S. media

    You can attack the Palestinians in America uninterrupted, call to expel them and deny their existence. Just don’t dare say a bad word about Israel, the holy of holies.

    Gideon Levy
    Dec 02, 2018

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-cnn-firing-marc-lamont-hill-proves-israel-is-untouchable-in-u-s-me

    Marc Lamont Hill is an American writer and lecturer in communications at Temple University in Philadelphia, and also an analyst with CNN. In a speech last week at a United Nations conference he called for “international action that will give us what justice requires and that is a free Palestine from the river to the sea.”
    In a matter of hours, the skies collapsed into well-orchestrated hysteria. Seth Mandel, editor of the Washington Examiner, accused Hill of having called for Jewish genocide; Ben Shapiro, an analyst on Fox News, called it an anti-Semitic speech; Consul Dani Dayan tweeted that Hill’s remarks were like a “swastika painted in red,” the Anti-Defamation League said they were tantamount to calling for Israel to be wiped off the map. The inevitable outcome was not long in coming and CNN fired the rebel analyst on the very same day.
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    How dare he? What was he thinking? Where did he think he’s living, in a democracy with free speech or a country where dialogue about Israel is under the serious censorship of the Jewish establishment and Israeli propaganda? Hill tried to claim that he’s opposed to racism and anti-Semitism and his remarks were intended to support the establishment of a binational, secular and democratic state. But he didn’t stand a chance.
    In the heavy-handed reality that has seized control over dialogue in the United States, there’s no room for expressions that may offend the Israeli occupation. On a liberal day it’s permissible to say “two states” as long as you do it in a whisper.
    What would have happened if Hill had called for the establishment of a Jewish state between the Jordan and the sea? He would have safely continued holding down his job. Rick Santorum, the former senator, said in 2012 that “no Palestinian” lives in the West Bank. Nobody thought of firing him. Even Hill’s critic, Shapiro, has called in the past for ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in the territories (he backtracked on it a few years later) and nothing happened to him.


  • How Borders Are Constructed in West Africa

    The E.U. has led an expensive and often contradictory effort to modernize African borders. Author #Philippe_Frowd looks at the gap between policy and outcomes.

    Over the past 15 years there has been a surge in E.U. spending on borders outside Europe. The impact of this funding on West Africa has received little attention until recently.

    A new book by Philippe M. Frowd, an expert on the politics of borders, migration and security intervention, seeks to correct this. In “Security at the Borders: Transnational Practices and Technologies in West Africa,” Frowd details both the high politics and everyday culture clashes that have shaped European interventions and the way they have been received in countries like Senegal.

    An assistant professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, Frowd coins the term “border work” to denote how everything from training to technology to migration deals work in combination with each other. Here in conversation with Refugees Deeply, he shares some of his main observations.

    Refugees Deeply: You talk about tracing the “who” of border work in West Africa. Can you explain your findings?

    Philippe Frowd: One of my book’s points is to use the term “border work” to identify how seemingly disparate practices such as negotiating migrant readmission agreements, deploying citizen identification technologies, funding border management projects and routine police cooperation actually combine. To try and make sense of what seems to be a bewildering but also often opaque set of actors operating at the intersection of these fields in West Africa specifically.

    One of the most striking developments of the past 10-15 years has been the phenomenal growth of E.U. border security-related spending, much of it in “third countries,” mainly in Africa. This has gone hand in hand with a growing salience of “border security” on the part of many African states as a way of understanding flows at borders.

    One of my main findings was the sheer diversity of actors involved in determining policies, experiences and practices of borders in the region. The African Union is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity which accepted Africa’s inherited borders in 1964, and the A.U. continues to provide assistance for demarcation of borders and dispute resolution. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is one of the guarantors of free movement in the region and generally pursues an ambitious agenda of greater harmonization (e.g., of visa policy).

    Yet other actors, such as the E.U. and U.N. specialized agencies (such as the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime), tend to have agendas driven by primarily Western security concerns. Then there are the more immediately visible police and gendarmeries who directly enact border controls. More recently, the G5 Sahel force consistently invokes border security and transnational crime.

    Beyond simply tracing who does what, there is tracing the interconnections and tensions between these different institutions. Looking sociologically at the diverse range of actors, we can see how knowledge is a crucial part of the equation: What is the vision of borders, security and migration each actor puts forward? On one hand, institutions like ECOWAS are focused on legal mobility rights while those such as Interpol envision mobility as a regulated, digitally legible practice. The range of actors who contribute to this border work is often a patchwork in which uneasy bedfellows co-exist. E.U. funding, for instance, goes to supporting free movement projects at the ECOWAS level but also to train and equip the security forces of states like Niger to crack down on irregular migration routes. West African borders are the product of the balance of forces between this range of competing visions.

    Refugees Deeply: Can you talk us through the way in which border practices move between different regions. Is there a model for the process of emulation?

    Frowd: Border security is made up of everyday routines but also of various digital and other technologies, both of which are potentially mobile. I point to a couple of ways that these tools of doing border security can travel: One of these is emulation of existing (often Western) methods and standards, but this also goes alongside what I describe as “pedagogy” and the role of exemplars.

    “West African borders are the product of the balance of forces between this range of competing visions.”

    All of these interact in some way. As an example, a border management project led by the IOM [International Organization for Migration] might include training sessions during which members of the local police and gendarmerie learn about key principles of border management illustrated by best practices from elsewhere. Emulation is the desired outcome of many of these trainings, which are the backbone of international border security assistance. The EUCAP Sahel missions, for example, put a heavy emphasis on training rather than equipping so there is a strong faith that mentalities matter more than equipment.

    Equipment also matters and plays its part in shaping how border security works. Biometrics, which aim to verify identification using some kind of body measurement, require ways of reading the body and storing data about it. Senegal adopted, in one decade, a range of biometric technologies for national I.D. cards and controls at borders. There is a very obvious mobility of technology here (a Malaysian company providing e-Passport infrastructure, a Belgian company providing visa systems) but movement of border practices is also about ideas. The vision of biometrics as effective in the first place is one that I found, from interviews with Senegalese police commanders, was strongly tied to emulating ideals of modern and selective borders found elsewhere.

    Refugees Deeply: In your work you identify some of the gaps between policy goals and to actual outcomes and practices. Can you talk us through the greatest discrepancies?

    Frowd: Some of the discrepancies I found showed some interesting underlying factors. One of these was the shifting role of global private sector companies in frustrating public policy goals. Not through deliberate sabotage or state capture, but rather through the diverging incentives around doing border work. In the case of Senegal’s biometric systems, the state has been keen to make as coherent an infrastructure as possible, with connections between various elements such as biometric passport issuance, automated airport arrivals for holders of this passport and systems such as the national I.D. card. Given the need for private companies to compete based on technological advantage, rival systems made by rival companies could not interconnect and share data without sharing of valuable corporate information.

    Another underlying factor for the discrepancies I point to is that, once again, the sociological dynamics of the people doing the border work come into play. Many border management projects bring together a diverse range of actors who can have competing visions of how security is to be performed and achieved. For instance the ways police and gendarmerie competed over border post data in Mauritania leading to separate databases. It can also happen at a larger scale through the lack of integration across the donor community, which leads to a huge amount of duplication.

    Refugees Deeply: You spent a section of your book on Spanish-African police cooperation to show the limits of European knowledge and technology. You mention a clash of cultures, can you elaborate?

    Frowd: This is a particularly salient point today for two reasons. First because we are hearing more elite (e.g., Frontex) discourse about the “reopening” of a migration route to Spain. Second because Spain itself is increasingly active in E.U. projects across the Sahel. My book tells some of the story of Spanish security ambitions in Africa. But these ambitions, and those of other Western partners, have hard limits. Some of these limits are quite straightforward: Climate is often a barrier to the functioning of surveillance technologies and some countries (like Mauritania) are harder to recruit international experts for if they cannot or do not bring their families along.

    In terms of Spanish-African cooperation, much of the narrative about clashes of cultures comes down to perceptions. One of the elements of the clash is a temporal one, with Spanish security officials often considering local partners as existing at a completely different stage of progress.

    More broadly in terms of the limits of knowledge itself, the ambitions of experts to implicitly recreate aspects of European best practice are flawed. Part of this form of border security knowledge involves supporting technological solutions to make African mobility more legible to states. This comes up against the reality that movement in West Africa is already quite free but highly informalized. European experts are well aware of this reality but seek to formalize these flows. A police expert I spoke to recently suggested co-located border posts, and many international funders are supportive of specific I.D. cards for residents of border regions. This is not to impede movement, but rather to rationalize it – in much the same way that common I.D. standards and databases underpin free movement within Europe.

    https://www.newsdeeply.com/refugees/community/2018/07/18/how-borders-are-constructed-in-west-africa
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