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  • Venezuela : le rapport de Michelle Bachelet à ll’ONU fustige Nicolas Maduro - Amériques - RFI
    http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20190705-venezuela-le-rapport-onu-embarrasse-nicolas-maduro


    Michelle Bachelet, haut commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’homme, fustige Nicolas Maduro dans un rapport présenté ce vendredi 5 juillet à Genève.
    REUTERS/Fausto Torrealba

    Michelle Bachelet, haut commissaire de l’ONU aux droits de l’homme, doit présenter ce vendredi 5 juillet à Genève un rapport très attendu sur le Venezuela. En réalité, il est déjà disponible depuis jeudi et c’est un coup dur pour son président, Nicolas Maduro.

    En 2018, 5 287 personnes ont été tuées pour « résistance à l’autorité » au cours d’opérations de sécurité, selon les chiffres même de Caracas. Pour l’ONU, ces opérations cacheraient en fait des meurtres. Les témoins entendus par les enquêteurs accusent les forces spéciales de s’être muées en bataillons de la mort.

    La haut commissaire aux droits de l’homme Michelle Bachelet demande leur dissolution : « L’usage de la force de manière excessive et parfois léthale a été employé à plusieurs reprises contre les manifestants. Y compris lors d’opérations de sécurité par les forces spéciales, et qui ont conduit à plusieurs meurtres, principalement des jeunes hommes », relate-t-elle.

    Selon l’ancienne présidente chilienne, « il pourrait bien s’agir d’exécutions extra-judiciaires. Ces cas doivent faire l’objet d’une enquête approfondie, pour que les auteurs de ces meurtres soient jugés. Des garanties doivent être apportées pour que ces événements ne se reproduisent pas. »

    Michele Bachelet, qui s’est rendue au Venezuela il y a deux semaines, dénonce également les disparitions forcées et les arrestations des voix critiques du régime de Maduro. Près de 800 personnes seraient toujours en détention de manière arbitraire. Les autorités ont mis en place une stratégie « visant à neutraliser, réprimer et incriminer les opposants politiques », indique le rapport.

    Une victoire pour l’opposition, un scandale pour les partisans du président ; quoi qu’il en soit ce rapport fait couler beaucoup d’encre au Venezuela.

    « Le rapport reconnaît l’existence de personnes détenues pour des raisons politiques. Il reconnaît l’existence de disparitions forcées et l’existence de tortures et de traitements inhumains. Je crois que c’est un rapport très important, au moins dans l’histoire de la répression politique que l’on vit depuis 18 à 20 ans », commente Alfredo Romero, directeur de l’organisation Foro Penal.

    • Bachelet en la ONU: Los venezolanos merecen una vida mejor y libre de miedo
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/mundo/bachelet-onu-los-venezolanos-merecen-una-vida-mejor-libre-miedo_287536


      FOTO: EFE

      La alta comisionada de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos solicitó que las violaciones de derechos humanos sean investigadas a fondo para que se establezcan las responsabilidades

      Michelle Bachelet, alta comisionada de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, subrayó este viernes el derecho de los venezolanos de tener una vida mejor, libre de miedo y con acceso a alimentos, agua y servicios sanitarios.

      «El destino de más de 30 millones de venezolanos está en las manos de las autoridades y de su habilidad para poner los derechos humanos por delante de cualquier ambición ideológica o política», señaló en su discurso de presentación del documento en Ginebra.

      El informe acusa a Nicolás Maduro de graves vulneraciones de derechos, y documenta, entre otros graves hechos, más de 6.800 ejecuciones extrajudiciales por las fuerzas de seguridad venezolanas entre enero de 2018 y mayo de 2019.

      «Estos delitos deben ser investigados a fondo, estableciendo responsabilidades para sus autores y garantizando su no repetición», afirmó la alta comisionada.

      Bachelet también denunció las repetidas informaciones recibidas sobre torturas durante detenciones arbitrarias y en este sentido recordó la muerte, recientemente, del oficial de fragata Rafael Acosta cuando se encontraba bajo custodia, un caso que pidió sea investigado de forma imparcial y transparente.

      Por otro lado, la ex presidente de Chile indicó que las instituciones y el Estado de Derecho en Venezuela se han «erosionado» y el ejercicio de las libertades de expresión, asociación, asamblea y participación corre peligro de ser castigado con represalias y represión.

      También denunció el uso repetido de «fuerza excesiva y letal contra manifestantes y ataques contra oponentes políticos y defensores de los derechos humanos, con métodos que van desde las amenazas y las campañas de descrédito a detención arbitraria, tortura, violencia sexual, asesinatos y desapariciones forzadas».

      «La única forma de salir de esta crisis es la unión, y pido que vea a la oposición y los defensores de derechos humanos como socios en la causa común de estos derechos y de la justicia, para plantar las semillas de un acuerdo duradero que lleve a la reconciliación», concluyó.

  • Burying the Nakba: How Israel systematically hides evidence of 1948 expulsion of Arabs
    By Hagar Shezaf Jul 05, 2019 - Israel News - Haaretz.com
    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium.MAGAZINE-how-israel-systematically-hides-evidence-of-1948-expulsio

    International forces overseeing the evacuation of Iraq al-Manshiyya, near today’s Kiryat Gat, in March, 1949. Collection of Benno Rothenberg/Israel State Archives

    Four years ago, historian Tamar Novick was jolted by a document she found in the file of Yosef Vashitz, from the Arab Department of the left-wing Mapam Party, in the Yad Yaari archive at Givat Haviva. The document, which seemed to describe events that took place during the 1948 war, began:

    “Safsaf [former Palestinian village near Safed] – 52 men were caught, tied them to one another, dug a pit and shot them. 10 were still twitching. Women came, begged for mercy. Found bodies of 6 elderly men. There were 61 bodies. 3 cases of rape, one east of from Safed, girl of 14, 4 men shot and killed. From one they cut off his fingers with a knife to take the ring.”

    The writer goes on to describe additional massacres, looting and abuse perpetrated by Israeli forces in Israel’s War of Independence. “There’s no name on the document and it’s not clear who’s behind it,” Dr. Novick tells Haaretz. “It also breaks off in the middle. I found it very disturbing. I knew that finding a document like this made me responsible for clarifying what happened.”

    The Upper Galilee village of Safsaf was captured by the Israel Defense Forces in Operation Hiram toward the end of 1948. Moshav Safsufa was established on its ruins. Allegations were made over the years that the Seventh Brigade committed war crimes in the village. Those charges are supported by the document Novick found, which was not previously known to scholars. It could also constitute additional evidence that the Israeli top brass knew about what was going on in real time.

    Novick decided to consult with other historians about the document. Benny Morris, whose books are basic texts in the study of the Nakba – the “calamity,” as the Palestinians refer to the mass emigration of Arabs from the country during the 1948 war – told her that he, too, had come across similar documentation in the past. He was referring to notes made by Mapam Central Committee member Aharon Cohen on the basis of a briefing given in November 1948 by Israel Galili, the former chief of staff of the Haganah militia, which became the IDF. Cohen’s notes in this instance, which Morris published, stated: “Safsaf 52 men tied with a rope. Dropped into a pit and shot. 10 were killed. Women pleaded for mercy. [There were] 3 cases of rape. Caught and released. A girl of 14 was raped. Another 4 were killed. Rings of knives.”

    Morris’ footnote (in his seminal “The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949”) states that this document was also found in the Yad Yaari Archive. But when Novick returned to examine the document, she was surprised to discover that it was no longer there.

    Palestine refugees initially displaced to Gaza board boats to Lebanon or Egypt, in 1949. Hrant Nakashian/1949 UN Archives

    “At first I thought that maybe Morris hadn’t been accurate in his footnote, that perhaps he had made a mistake,” Novick recalls. “It took me time to consider the possibility that the document had simply disappeared.” When she asked those in charge where the document was, she was told that it had been placed behind lock and key at Yad Yaari – by order of the Ministry of Defense.

    Since the start of the last decade, Defense Ministry teams have been scouring Israel’s archives and removing historic documents. But it’s not just papers relating to Israel’s nuclear project or to the country’s foreign relations that are being transferred to vaults: Hundreds of documents have been concealed as part of a systematic effort to hide evidence of the Nakba.

    The phenomenon was first detected by the Akevot Institute for Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Research. According to a report drawn up by the institute, the operation is being spearheaded by Malmab, the Defense Ministry’s secretive security department (the name is a Hebrew acronym for “director of security of the defense establishment”), whose activities and budget are classified. The report asserts that Malmab removed historical documentation illegally and with no authority, and at least in some cases has sealed documents that had previously been cleared for publication by the military censor. Some of the documents that were placed in vaults had already been published.
    An investigative report by Haaretz found that Malmab has concealed testimony from IDF generals about the killing of civilians and the demolition of villages, as well as documentation of the expulsion of Bedouin during the first decade of statehood. Conversations conducted by Haaretz with directors of public and private archives alike revealed that staff of the security department had treated the archives as their property, in some cases threatening the directors themselves.

    Yehiel Horev, who headed Malmab for two decades, until 2007, acknowledged to Haaretz that he launched the project, which is still ongoing. He maintains that it makes sense to conceal the events of 1948, because uncovering them could generate unrest among the country’s Arab population. Asked what the point is of removing documents that have already been published, he explained that the objective is to undermine the credibility of studies about the history of the refugee problem. In Horev’s view, an allegation made by a researcher that’s backed up by an original document is not the same as an allegation that cannot be proved or refuted.

    The document Novick was looking for might have reinforced Morris’ work. During the investigation, Haaretz was in fact able to find the Aharon Cohen memo, which sums up a meeting of Mapam’s Political Committee on the subject of massacres and expulsions in 1948. Participants in the meeting called for cooperation with a commission of inquiry that would investigate the events. One case the committee discussed concerned “grave actions” carried out in the village of Al-Dawayima, east of Kiryat Gat. One participant mentioned the then-disbanded Lehi underground militia in this connection. Acts of looting were also reported: “Lod and Ramle, Be’er Sheva, there isn’t [an Arab] store that hasn’t been broken into. 9th Brigade says 7, 7th Brigade says 8.”
    “The party,” the document states near the end, “is against expulsion if there is no military necessity for it. There are different approaches concerning the evaluation of necessity. And further clarification is best. What happened in Galilee – those are Nazi acts! Every one of our members must report what he knows.”

    The Israeli version
    One of the most fascinating documents about the origin of the Palestinian refugee problem was written by an officer in Shai, the precursor to the Shin Bet security service. It discusses why the country was emptied of so many of its Arab inhabitants, dwelling on the circumstances of each village. Compiled in late June 1948, it was titled “The Emigration of the Arabs of Palestine.”

    Read a translation of the document here (1)

    This document was the basis for an article that Benny Morris published in 1986. After the article appeared, the document was removed from the archive and rendered inaccessible to researchers. Years later, the Malmab team reexamined the document, and ordered that it remain classified. They could not have known that a few years later researchers from Akevot would find a copy of the text and run it past the military censors – who authorized its publication unconditionally. Now, after years of concealment, the gist of the document is being revealed here.

    The 25-page document begins with an introduction that unabashedly approves of the evacuation of the Arab villages. According to the author, the month of April “excelled in an increase of emigration,” while May “was blessed with the evacuation of maximum places.” The report then addresses “the causes of the Arab emigration.” According to the Israeli narrative that was disseminated over the years, responsibility for the exodus from Israel rests with Arab politicians who encouraged the population to leave. However, according to the document, 70 percent of the Arabs left as a result of Jewish military operations.

    Palestinian children awaiting distribution of milk by UNICEF at the Nazareth Franciscan Sisters’ convent, on January 1, 1950. AW / UN Photo

    The unnamed author of the text ranks the reasons for the Arabs’ departure in order of importance. The first reason: “Direct Jewish acts of hostility against Arab places of settlement.” The second reason was the impact of those actions on neighboring villages. Third in importance came “operations by the breakaways,” namely the Irgun and Lehi undergrounds. The fourth reason for the Arab exodus was orders issued by Arab institutions and “gangs” (as the document refers to all Arab fighting groups); fifth was “Jewish ’whispering operations’ to induce the Arab inhabitants to flee”; and the sixth factor was “evacuation ultimatums.”

    The author asserts that, “without a doubt, the hostile operations were the main cause of the movement of the population.” In addition, “Loudspeakers in the Arabic language proved their effectiveness on the occasions when they were utilized properly.” As for Irgun and Lehi operations, the report observes that “many in the villages of central Galilee started to flee following the abduction of the notables of Sheikh Muwannis [a village north of Tel Aviv]. The Arab learned that it is not enough to forge an agreement with the Haganah and that there are other Jews [i.e., the breakaway militias] to beware of.”

    The author notes that ultimatums to leave were especially employed in central Galilee, less so in the Mount Gilboa region. “Naturally, the act of this ultimatum, like the effect of the ’friendly advice,’ came after a certain preparing of the ground by means of hostile actions in the area.”
    An appendix to the document describes the specific causes of the exodus from each of scores of Arab locales: Ein Zeitun – “our destruction of the village”; Qeitiya – “harassment, threat of action”; Almaniya – “our action, many killed”; Tira – “friendly Jewish advice”; Al’Amarir – “after robbery and murder carried out by the breakaways”; Sumsum – “our ultimatum”; Bir Salim – “attack on the orphanage”; and Zarnuga – “conquest and expulsion.”

    Short fuse
    In the early 2000s, the Yitzhak Rabin Center conducted a series of interviews with former public and military figures as part of a project to document their activity in the service of the state. The long arm of Malmab seized on these interviews, too. Haaretz, which obtained the original texts of several of the interviews, compared them to the versions that are now available to the public, after large swaths of them were declared classified.

    These included, for example, sections of the testimony of Brig. Gen. (res.) Aryeh Shalev about the expulsion across the border of the residents of a village he called “Sabra.” Later in the interview, the following sentences were deleted: “There was a very serious problem in the valley. There were refugees who wanted to return to the valley, to the Triangle [a concentration of Arab towns and villages in eastern Israel]. We expelled them. I met with them to persuade them not to want that. I have papers about it.”

    In another case, Malmab decided to conceal the following segment from an interview that historian Boaz Lev Tov conducted with Maj. Gen. (res.) Elad Peled:
    Lev Tov: “We’re talking about a population – women and children?”
    Peled: “All, all. Yes.”
    Lev Tov: “Don’t you distinguish between them?”
    Peled: “The problem is very simple. The war is between two populations. They come out of their home.”
    Lev Tov: “If the home exists, they have somewhere to return to?”
    Peled: “It’s not armies yet, it’s gangs. We’re also actually gangs. We come out of the house and return to the house. They come out of the house and return to the house. It’s either their house or our house.”
    Lev Tov: “Qualms belong to the more recent generation?”
    Peled: “Yes, today. When I sit in an armchair here and think about what happened, all kinds of thoughts come to mind.”
    Lev Tov: “Wasn’t that the case then?”
    Peled: “Look, let me tell you something even less nice and cruel, about the big raid in Sasa [Palestinian village in Upper Galilee]. The goal was actually to deter them, to tell them, ‘Dear friends, the Palmach [the Haganah “shock troops”] can reach every place, you are not immune.’ That was the heart of the Arab settlement. But what did we do? My platoon blew up 20 homes with everything that was there.”
    Lev Tov: “While people were sleeping there?”
    Peled: “I suppose so. What happened there, we came, we entered the village, planted a bomb next to every house, and afterward Homesh blew on a trumpet, because we didn’t have radios, and that was the signal [for our forces] to leave. We’re running in reverse, the sappers stay, they pull, it’s all primitive. They light the fuse or pull the detonator and all those houses are gone.”

    IDF soldiers guarding Palestinians in Ramle, in 1948. Collection of Benno Rothenberg/The IDF and Defense Establishment Archives

    Another passage that the Defense Ministry wanted to keep from the public came from Dr. Lev Tov’s conversation with Maj. Gen. Avraham Tamir:
    Tamir: “I was under Chera [Maj. Gen. Tzvi Tzur, later IDF chief of staff], and I had excellent working relations with him. He gave me freedom of action – don’t ask – and I happened to be in charge of staff and operations work during two developments deriving from [Prime Minister David] Ben-Gurion’s policy. One development was when reports arrived about marches of refugees from Jordan toward the abandoned villages [in Israel]. And then Ben-Gurion lays down as policy that we have to demolish [the villages] so they won’t have anywhere to return to. That is, all the Arab villages, most of which were in [the area covered by] Central Command, most of them.”
    Lev Tov: “The ones that were still standing?”
    Tamir: “The ones that weren’t yet inhabited by Israelis. There were places where we had already settled Israelis, like Zakariyya and others. But most of them were still abandoned villages.”
    Lev Tov: “That were standing?”
    Tamir: “Standing. It was necessary for there to be no place for them to return to, so I mobilized all the engineering battalions of Central Command, and within 48 hours I knocked all those villages to the ground. Period. There’s no place to return to.”
    Lev Tov: “Without hesitation, I imagine.”
    Tamir: “Without hesitation. That was the policy. I mobilized, I carried it out and I did it.”

    Crates in vaults
    The vault of the Yad Yaari Research and Documentation Center is one floor below ground level. In the vault, which is actually a small, well-secured room, are stacks of crates containing classified documents. The archive houses the materials of the Hashomer Hatzair movement, the Kibbutz Ha’artzi kibbutz movement, Mapam, Meretz and other bodies, such as Peace Now.
    The archive’s director is Dudu Amitai, who is also chairman of the Association of Israel Archivists. According to Amitai, Malmab personnel visited the archive regularly between 2009 and 2011. Staff of the archive relate that security department teams – two Defense Ministry retirees with no archival training – would show up two or three times a week. They searched for documents according to such keywords as “nuclear,” “security” and “censorship,” and also devoted considerable time to the War of Independence and the fate of the pre-1948 Arab villages.
    “In the end, they submitted a summary to us, saying that they had located a few dozen sensitive documents,” Amitai says. “We don’t usually take apart files, so dozens of files, in their entirety, found their way into our vault and were removed from the public catalog.” A file might contain more than 100 documents.
    One of the files that was sealed deals with the military government that controlled the lives of Israel’s Arab citizens from 1948 until 1966. For years, the documents were stored in the same vault, inaccessible to scholars. Recently, in the wake of a request by Prof. Gadi Algazi, a historian from Tel Aviv University, Amitai examined the file himself and ruled that there was no reason not to unseal it, Malmab’s opinion notwithstanding.

    According to Algazi, there could be several reasons for Malmab’s decision to keep the file classified. One of them has to do with a secret annex it contains to a report by a committee that examined the operation of the military government. The report deals almost entirely with land-ownership battles between the state and Arab citizens, and barely touches on security matters.

    Another possibility is a 1958 report by the ministerial committee that oversaw the military government. In one of the report’s secret appendixes, Col. Mishael Shaham, a senior officer in the military government, explains that one reason for not dismantling the martial law apparatus is the need to restrict Arab citizens’ access to the labor market and to prevent the reestablishment of destroyed villages.
    A third possible explanation for hiding the file concerns previously unpublished historical testimony about the expulsion of Bedouin. On the eve of Israel’s establishment, nearly 100,000 Bedouin lived in the Negev. Three years later, their number was down to 13,000. In the years during and after the independence war, a number of expulsion operations were carried out in the country’s south. In one case, United Nations observers reported that Israel had expelled 400 Bedouin from the Azazma tribe and cited testimonies of tents being burned. The letter that appears in the classified file describes a similar expulsion carried out as late as 1956, as related by geologist Avraham Parnes:

    The evacuation of Iraq al-Manshiyya, near today’s Kiryat Gat, in March, 1949. Collection of Benno Rothenberg/The IDF and Defense Establishment Archives

    “A month ago we toured Ramon [crater]. The Bedouin in the Mohila area came to us with their flocks and their families and asked us to break bread with them. I replied that we had a great deal of work to do and didn’t have time. In our visit this week, we headed toward Mohila again. Instead of the Bedouin and their flocks, there was deathly silence. Scores of camel carcasses were scattered in the area. We learned that three days earlier the IDF had ‘screwed’ the Bedouin, and their flocks were destroyed – the camels by shooting, the sheep with grenades. One of the Bedouin, who started to complain, was killed, the rest fled.”

    The testimony continued, “Two weeks earlier, they’d been ordered to stay where they were for the time being, afterward they were ordered to leave, and to speed things up 500 head were slaughtered.... The expulsion was executed ‘efficiently.’” The letter goes on to quote what one of the soldiers said to Parnes, according to his testimony: “They won’t go unless we’ve screwed their flocks. A young girl of about 16 approached us. She had a beaded necklace of brass snakes. We tore the necklace and each of us took a bead for a souvenir.”

    The letter was originally sent to MK Yaakov Uri, from Mapai (forerunner of Labor), who passed it on to Development Minister Mordechai Bentov (Mapam). “His letter shocked me,” Uri wrote Bentov. The latter circulated the letter among all the cabinet ministers, writing, “It is my opinion that the government cannot simply ignore the facts related in the letter.” Bentov added that, in light of the appalling contents of the letter, he asked security experts to check its credibility. They had confirmed that the contents “do in fact generally conform to the truth.”

    Nuclear excuse
    It was during the tenure of historian Tuvia Friling as Israel’s chief archivist, from 2001 to 2004, that Malmab carried out its first archival incursions. What began as an operation to prevent the leakage of nuclear secrets, he says, became, in time, a large-scale censorship project.
    “I resigned after three years, and that was one of the reasons,” Prof. Friling says. “The classification placed on the document about the Arabs’ emigration in 1948 is precisely an example of what I was apprehensive about. The storage and archival system is not an arm of the state’s public relations. If there’s something you don’t like – well, that’s life. A healthy society also learns from its mistakes.”

    Why did Friling allow the Defense Ministry to have access the archives? The reason, he says, was the intention to give the public access to archival material via the internet. In discussions about the implications of digitizing the material, concern was expressed that references in the documents to a “certain topic” would be made public by mistake. The topic, of course, is Israel’s nuclear project. Friling insists that the only authorization Malmab received was to search for documents on that subject.

    But Malmab’s activity is only one example of a broader problem, Friling notes: “In 1998, the confidentiality of the [oldest documents in the] Shin Bet and Mossad archives expired. For years those two institutions disdained the chief archivist. When I took over, they requested that the confidentiality of all the material be extended [from 50] to 70 years, which is ridiculous – most of the material can be opened.”

    In 2010, the confidentiality period was extended to 70 years; last February it was extended again, to 90 years, despite the opposition of the Supreme Council of Archives. “The state may impose confidentiality on some of its documentation,” Friling says. “The question is whether the issue of security doesn’t act as a kind of cover. In many cases, it’s already become a joke.”
    In the view of Yad Yaari’s Dudu Amitai, the confidentiality imposed by the Defense Ministry must be challenged. In his period at the helm, he says, one of the documents placed in the vault was an order issued by an IDF general, during a truce in the War of Independence, for his troops to refrain from rape and looting. Amitai now intends to go over the documents that were deposited in the vault, especially 1948 documents, and open whatever is possible. “We’ll do it cautiously and responsibly, but recognizing that the State of Israel has to learn how to cope with the less pleasant aspects of its history.”
    In contrast to Yad Yaari, where ministry personnel no longer visit, they are continuing to peruse documents at Yad Tabenkin, the research and documentation center of the United Kibbutz Movement. The director, Aharon Azati, reached an agreement with the Malmab teams under which documents will be transferred to the vault only if he is convinced that this is justified. But in Yad Tabenkin, too, Malmab has broadened its searches beyond the realm of nuclear project to encompass interviews conducted by archival staff with former members of the Palmach, and has even perused material about the history of the settlements in the occupied territories.

    Malmab has, for example, shown interest in the Hebrew-language book “A Decade of Discretion: Settlement Policy in the Territories 1967-1977,” published by Yad Tabenkin in 1992, and written by Yehiel Admoni, director of the Jewish Agency’s Settlement Department during the decade he writes about. The book mentions a plan to settle Palestinian refugees in the Jordan Valley and to the uprooting of 1,540 Bedouin families from the Rafah area of the Gaza Strip in 1972, including an operation that included the sealing of wells by the IDF. Ironically, in the case of the Bedouin, Admoni quotes former Justice Minister Yaakov Shimshon Shapira as saying, “It is not necessary to stretch the security rationale too far. The whole Bedouin episode is not a glorious chapter of the State of Israel.”

    Palestinian refugees leaving their village, unknown location, 1948. UNRWA

    According to Azati, “We are moving increasingly to a tightening of the ranks. Although this is an era of openness and transparency, there are apparently forces that are pulling in the opposite direction.”
    Unauthorized secrecy
    About a year ago, the legal adviser to the State Archives, attorney Naomi Aldouby, wrote an opinion titled “Files Closed Without Authorization in Public Archives.” According to her, the accessibility policy of public archives is the exclusive purview of the director of each institution.
    Despite Aldouby’s opinion, however, in the vast majority of cases, archivists who encountered unreasonable decisions by Malmab did not raise objections – that is, until 2014, when Defense Ministry personnel arrived at the archive of the Harry S. Truman Research Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. To the visitors’ surprise, their request to examine the archive – which contains collections of former minister and diplomat Abba Eban and Maj. Gen. (res.) Shlomo Gazit – was turned down by its then director, Menahem Blondheim.

    According to Blondheim, “I told them that the documents in question were decades old, and that I could not imagine that there was any security problem that would warrant restricting their access to researchers. In response, they said, ‘And let’s say there is testimony here that wells were poisoned in the War of Independence?’ I replied, ‘Fine, those people should be brought to trial.’”
    Blondheim’s refusal led to a meeting with a more senior ministry official, only this time the attitude he encountered was different and explicit threats were made. Finally the two sides reached an accommodation.
    Benny Morris is not surprised at Malmab’s activity. “I knew about it,” he says “Not officially, no one informed me, but I encountered it when I discovered that documents I had seen in the past are now sealed. There were documents from the IDF Archive that I used for an article about Deir Yassin, and which are now sealed. When I came to the archive, I was no longer allowed to see the original, so I pointed out in a footnote [in the article] that the State Archive had denied access to documents that I had published 15 years earlier.”
    The Malmab case is only one example of the battle being waged for access to archives in Israel. According to the executive director of the Akevot Institute, Lior Yavne, “The IDF Archive, which is the largest archive in Israel, is sealed almost hermetically. About 1 percent of the material is open. The Shin Bet archive, which contains materials of immense importance [to scholars], is totally closed apart from a handful of documents.”

    A report written by Yaacov Lozowick, the previous chief archivist at the State Archives, upon his retirement, refers to the defense establishment’s grip on the country’s archival materials. In it, he writes, “A democracy must not conceal information because it is liable to embarrass the state. In practice, the security establishment in Israel, and to a certain extent that of foreign relations as well, are interfering with the [public] discussion.”

    Advocates of concealment put forward several arguments, Lozowick notes: “The uncovering of the facts could provide our enemies with a battering ram against us and weaken the determination of our friends; it’s liable to stir up the Arab population; it could enfeeble the state’s arguments in courts of law; and what is revealed could be interpreted as Israeli war crimes.” However, he says, “All these arguments must be rejected. This is an attempt to hide part of the historical truth in order to construct a more convenient version.”

    What Malmab says
    Yehiel Horev was the keeper of the security establishment’s secrets for more than two decades. He headed the Defense Ministry’s security department from 1986 until 2007 and naturally kept out of the limelight. To his credit, he now agreed to talk forthrightly to Haaretz about the archives project.
    “I don’t remember when it began,” Horev says, “but I do know that I started it. If I’m not mistaken, it started when people wanted to publish documents from the archives. We had to set up teams to examine all outgoing material.”
    From conversations with archive directors, it’s clear that a good deal of the documents on which confidentiality was imposed relate to the War of Independence. Is concealing the events of 1948 part of the purpose of Malmab?

    Palestinian refugees in the Ramle area, 1948. Boris Carmi / The IDF and Defense Establishment Archives

    “What does ‘part of the purpose’ mean? The subject is examined based on an approach of whether it could harm Israel’s foreign relations and the defense establishment. Those are the criteria. I think it’s still relevant. There has not been peace since 1948. I may be wrong, but to the best of my knowledge the Arab-Israeli conflict has not been resolved. So yes, it could be that problematic subjects remain.”

    Asked in what way such documents might be problematic, Horev speaks of the possibility of agitation among the country’s Arab citizens. From his point of view, every document must be perused and every case decided on its merits.

    If the events of 1948 weren’t known, we could argue about whether this approach is the right one. That is not the case. Many testimonies and studies have appeared about the history of the refugee problem. What’s the point of hiding things?
    “The question is whether it can do harm or not. It’s a very sensitive matter. Not everything has been published about the refugee issue, and there are all kinds of narratives. Some say there was no flight at all, only expulsion. Others say there was flight. It’s not black-and-white. There’s a difference between flight and those who say they were forcibly expelled. It’s a different picture. I can’t say now if it merits total confidentiality, but it’s a subject that definitely has to be discussed before a decision is made about what to publish.”

    For years, the Defense Ministry has imposed confidentiality on a detailed document that describes the reasons for the departure of those who became refugees. Benny Morris has already written about the document, so what’s the logic of keeping it hidden?
    “I don’t remember the document you’re referring to, but if he quoted from it and the document itself is not there [i.e., where Morris says it is], then his facts aren’t strong. If he says, ‘Yes, I have the document,’ I can’t argue with that. But if he says that it’s written there, that could be right and it could be wrong. If the document were already outside and were sealed in the archive, I would say that that’s folly. But if someone quoted from it – there’s a difference of day and night in terms of the validity of the evidence he cited.”

    In this case, we’re talking about the most quoted scholar when it comes to the Palestinian refugees.
    “The fact that you say ‘scholar’ makes no impression on me. I know people in academia who spout nonsense about subjects that I know from A to Z. When the state imposes confidentiality, the published work is weakened, because he doesn’t have the document.”

    But isn’t concealing documents based on footnotes in books an attempt to lock the barn door after the horses have bolted?
    “I gave you an example that this needn’t be the case. If someone writes that the horse is black, if the horse isn’t outside the barn, you can’t prove that it’s really black.”

    There are legal opinions stating that Malmab’s activity in the archives is illegal and unauthorized.
    “If I know that an archive contains classified material, I am empowered to tell the police to go there and confiscate the material. I can also utilize the courts. I don’t need the archivist’s authorization. If there is classified material, I have the authority to act. Look, there’s policy. Documents aren’t sealed for no reason. And despite it all, I won’t say to you that everything that’s sealed is 100 percent justified [in being sealed].”

    The Defense Ministry refused to respond to specific questions regarding the findings of this investigative report and made do with the following response: “The director of security of the defense establishment operates by virtue of his responsibility to protect the state’s secrets and its security assets. The Malmab does not provide details about its mode of activity or its missions.”

    Lee Rotbart assisted in providing visual research for this article.

    (1) https://www.haaretz.co.il/st/inter/Heng/1948.pdf

  • Greek election: Voters crave return to mainstream politics
    https://apnews.com/3f6cb9737cda457282ede8e9e43417ed

    Left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called the snap poll after being trounced in May’s European parliamentary elections and several months after his coalition with a nationalist partner collapsed. It followed a grueling four years in office for Tsipras, largely defined by economic hardship and a slow recovery after Greece limped out of an international bailout.

    si c’est vrai, ça fait quand même bien chier.

  • How music about space became music about drugs - MIT Technology Review
    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613762/space-music-drugs

    The rock era and the space age exist on parallel time lines. The Soviets launched Sputnik in October 1957, the same month Elvis Presley hit #1 with “Jailhouse Rock.” The first Beatles single, “Love Me Do,” was released 23 days after John F. Kennedy declared that America would go to the moon (and not because it was easy, but because it was hard). Apollo 11 landed the same summer as Woodstock. These specific events are (of course) coincidences. Yet the larger arc is not. Mankind’s assault upon the heavens was the most dramatic achievement of the 20th century’s second half, simultaneous with rock’s transformation of youth culture. It does not take a deconstructionist to see the influence of the former on the latter. The number of pop lyrics fixated on the concept of space is massive, and perhaps even predictable. It was the language of the era. But what’s more complicated is what that concept came to signify, particularly in terms of how the silence of space was somehow supposed to sound.

    The principal figure in this conversation is also the most obvious: David Bowie. In a playlist of the greatest pop songs ever written about life beyond the stratosphere, 1969’s “Space Oddity” would be the opening cut, a musical experience so definitive that its unofficial sequel—the 1983 synth-pop “Major Tom (Coming Home)” by German one-hit wonder Peter Schilling—would probably be track number two. The lyrical content of “Space Oddity” is spoken more than sung, and the story is straightforward: an astronaut (Major Tom) rockets into space and something goes terribly wrong. It’s odd, in retrospect, that a song with such a pessimistic view of space travel would be released just 10 days before Neil Armstrong stepped on the lunar surface. That level of pessimism, however, would become the standard way for rock musicians to write about science. Outside of Sun Ra or Ace Frehley, it’s hard to find serious songs about space that aren’t framed as isolating or depressing.

    Space is a vacuum: the only song capturing the verbatim resonance of space is John Cage’s perfectly silent “4’33".” Any artist purporting to embody the acoustics of the cosmos is projecting a myth. That myth, however, is collective and widely understood. Space has no sound, but certain sounds are “spacey.” Part of this is due to “Space Oddity”; another part comes from cinema, particularly the soundtrack to 2001 (the epic power of classical music by Richard Strauss and György Ligeti). Still another factor is the consistent application of specific instruments, like the ondes martenot (a keyboard that vaguely simulates a human voice, used most famously in the theme to the TV show Star Trek). The shared assumptions about what makes music extraterrestrial are now so accepted that we tend to ignore how strange it is that we all agree on something impossible.

    Unsurprisingly, the ambiance of these tracks merged with psychedelic tendencies. The idea of “music about space” became shorthand for “music about drugs,” and sometimes for “music to play when you are taking drugs and thinking about space.” And this, at a base level, is the most accurate definition of the genre we now called space rock.

    The apotheosis of all the fake audio signifiers for interstellar displacement, Dark Side of the Moon (and its 1975 follow-up Wish You Were Here) perfected the synthesizer, defining it as the musical vehicle for soundtracking the future. Originally conceived as a way to replicate analog instruments, first-generation synthesizers saw their limitations become their paradoxical utility: though incapable of credibly simulating a real guitar, they could create an unreal guitar tone that was innovative and warmly inhuman. It didn’t have anything to do with actual astronomy, but it seemed to connote both the wonder and terror of an infinite universe. By now, describing pop music as “spacey” usually just means it sounds a little like Pink Floyd.

    What has happened, it seems, is that our primitive question about the moon’s philosophical proximity to Earth has been incrementally resolved. What once seemed distant has microscoped to nothingness. When rock music was new, space was new—and it seemed so far beyond us. Anything was possible. It was a creative dreamscape. But you know what? We eventually got there. We went to space so often that people got bored. The two Voyager craft had already drifted past Pluto before Nirvana released Nevermind in 1991. You can see a picture of a black hole in the New York Times. The notion that outer space is vast and unknowable has been replaced by the notion that space is exactly as it should be, remarkable as it is anodyne.

    #Musique #Espace #David_Bowie #Pink_Floyd

  • La réforme de l’assurance-chômage pourrait avoir un impact plus massif qu’annoncé
    https://www.lemonde.fr/politique/article/2019/07/04/la-reforme-de-l-assurance-chomage-pourrait-avoir-un-impact-plus-massif-qu-an

    Une note de l’Unédic indique que plus d’un million de demandeurs d’emploi pourraient voir leurs droits à indemnisation réduits, soit un effectif plus important que celui évoqué par le gouvernement.

    Même si son incidence reste difficile à apprécier à ce stade, la réforme de l’assurance-chômage risque fort de pénaliser un plus grand nombre de demandeurs d’emplois que ce qui avait été évoqué au départ par l’exécutif. C’est l’un des enseignements d’un « document de travail » de l’Unédic dont un extrait a été révélé par Les Echos et que Le Monde s’est procuré dans son intégralité.

    D’après cette note d’une vingtaine de pages, plus d’un million de personnes pourraient être touchées, alors que le ministère du travail avait évoqué un ordre de grandeur de 600 000 à 700 000. La plus grande prudence s’impose au sujet de ces données. Comme le mentionne l’Unédic, il ne s’agit pas « d’une analyse complète ni d’un chiffrage consolidé des impacts », car beaucoup d’incertitudes règnent encore sur la portée exacte des mesures. Celles-ci doivent faire l’objet d’un décret en Conseil d’Etat dont le contenu n’est pas encore connu.
    L’étude en question se propose de livrer de « premiers repères » sur la réforme, en se fondant sur le dossier de presse communiqué aux journalistes, le 18 juin, lorsque le chef du gouvernement, Edouard Philippe, et la ministre du travail, Muriel Pénicaud, ont présenté, à grands traits, une série de dispositions pour transformer le système d’indemnisation des demandeurs d’emploi. Celles-ci modifient le calcul de la somme octroyée aux personnes et durcissent les conditions d’entrée dans le dispositif.

    Deux raisons, au moins, sont invoquées : comme le chômage tend à reculer, le régime peut se montrer moins généreux. Le but est également de corriger des règles qui, aux yeux du pouvoir en place, ont pour effet de dissuader des dizaines de milliers d’individus de refuser une activité stable – contribuant, ainsi, à les enfermer dans la précarité. Une situation qui, au passage, coûte cher à l’assurance-chômage car celle-ci leur verse un « revenu de remplacement ». La réforme vise d’ailleurs à réaliser des économies de l’ordre de 3,4 milliards d’euros, entre novembre 2019 et fin 2021.`

    Refonte des droits rechargeables

    Parmi les mesures dévoilées le 18 juin, celle susceptible de toucher le plus grand nombre a trait aux modalités de calcul de la prestation (désormais basées sur un salaire mensuel moyen). Elle aura comme conséquence d’amoindrir « l’allocation journalière » pour celles et ceux qui auront « travaillé de manière discontinue ».

    Pour l’heure, « il est délicat (…) d’estimer la population concernée », souligne l’Unédic, mais environ « 1,2 million de personnes seraient affectées, à des niveaux variables » (de quelques euros par mois à nettement plus). Leurs ressources étant amputées, elles pourraient être éligibles à « d’autres prestations sociales » (prime d’activité, RSA, aides au logement). Autre effet indirect : « La baisse du montant de l’allocation entraînera une diminution du financement des points de retraite complémentaire », est-il indiqué dans la note.

    L’Unédic passe également au crible les critères, beaucoup plus stricts à l’avenir, pour être couvert par le régime. Il faudra en effet avoir travaillé six mois (et non plus quatre) sur deux ans (contre vingt-huit mois) pour bénéficier d’une indemnisation. S’y ajoutera la refonte des droits rechargeables, qui permettent à un allocataire de reconstituer ses droits chaque fois qu’il retrouve un emploi : le seuil pour bénéficier de ce mécanisme sera six fois plus haut (soit au bout de six mois d’activité, contre un aujourd’hui). Résultat : de 500 000 à 550 000 personnes « seraient donc impactées [chaque année] par une ouverture de droit retardée ou annulée », écrit l’Unédic.

    Public affecté difficile à objectiver

    Précision importante : les effectifs concernés (1,2 million d’un côté, 500 000 à 550 000 de l’autre) ne peuvent pas être additionnés « car une partie des allocataires seraient [touchés] par les deux effets ».
    Enfin, le document de travail examine la dégressivité des prestations accordées aux salariés bien payés : ceux qui percevaient une rémunération de plus de 4 500 euros brut par mois (soit environ 3 500 nets) lorsqu’ils travaillaient verront leur indemnisation coupée de 30 % à l’issue du septième mois.

    Sur l’incidence de cette mesure, l’Unédic se montre tout aussi prudente, en rapportant que fin 2017, environ 65 000 personnes étaient prises en charge par le régime après avoir perçu au moins 4 000 euros nets par mois de leur employeur. Autrement dit, la logique voudrait que la dégressivité s’applique à un effectif un peu supérieur (puisqu’il faudrait y ajouter ceux qui ont gagné entre 3 500 et 4 000 euros nets par mois quand ils étaient en poste). Mais les plus de 57 ans ne seront pas concernés tout comme ceux que l’assurance-chômage a aidés pendant moins de six mois. Le public affecté au final par cette disposition reste donc difficile à objectiver, peut-être aux environs de 50 000, glisse une source proche du dossier.

    #chômeurs #allocations #chômeurs_en_activité_à_temps_réduit

    • La réforme de l’assurance-chômage pénalisera un chômeur indemnisé sur deux, MATHILDE GOANEC ET DAN ISRAEL
      https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/economie/040719/la-reforme-de-l-assurance-chomage-penalisera-un-chomeur-indemnise-sur-deux

      Selon un document de travail de l’Unédic, l’organisme qui gère l’argent de l’assurance-chômage, l’ensemble des mesures impactera négativement au moins 1,2 million de personnes… sur les 2,6 millions qui touchent chaque mois une somme de Pôle emploi. Mediapart publie le document intégral et en décrypte les principaux points.

      La réforme des conditions d’accès à l’assurance-chômage, annoncée le 18 juin par le gouvernement, aura des conséquences néfastes pour près de la moitié des demandeurs d’emploi indemnisés par Pôle emploi. Selon un document de travail de l’Unédic, l’organisme qui gère l’argent de l’assurance-chômage, l’ensemble des mesures impactera négativement au moins 1,2 million de personnes… sur les 2,6 millions qui touchent chaque mois une somme de Pôle emploi (1 010 euros en moyenne).

      Mediapart dévoile ce document, également publié en partie par RTL et évoqué par Les Échos (qui indiquent faussement que seules 500 000 personnes seront affectées). La note, préparée en vue d’une « réunion des conseillers techniques » de l’Unédic qui a eu lieu le 2 juillet, fait le tour, à un « premier niveau d’approximation », des mesures telles que détaillées dans le dossier de presse. Elle bat en brèche l’estimation du gouvernement, qui avait comptabilisé 600 000 à 700 000 personnes impactées par au moins l’une des mesures présentées. Ce sont en fait deux fois plus de chômeurs, en grande partie les plus précaires, qui seront touchés, en partie dès le mois de novembre, puis à plein en avril prochain.

      Le ministère du travail précise systématiquement que l’on ne peut pas parler de « perdants », puisque cela serait supposer que « les personnes et les entreprises ne modifieront pas leurs pratiques, ce qui reviendrait à dire que la réforme n’aura aucun impact ». Peut-être. Il est néanmoins incontestable que la réforme réduira les droits des chômeurs, avec un net durcissement des conditions d’accès à l’assurance-chômage et de renouvellement des droits, ainsi qu’une nouvelle façon de calculer les indemnités versées, qui pénaliseront les demandeurs d’emploi ayant occupé des emplois peu stables.

      L’Unédic anticipe trois effets à la réforme, qui pourront d’ailleurs toucher plusieurs fois les mêmes personnes : « moins de demandeurs d’emploi ouvriront un droit » ; « pour certains allocataires la durée du droit sera plus courte » ; « l’allocation journalière sera plus faible pour les personnes ayant travaillé de manière discontinue ».

      « Ces mesures vont contribuer efficacement à lutter contre le chômage de masse », avait assuré Édouard Philippe le 18 juin. Le premier ministre table sur une baisse « de 150 000 à 250 000 » demandeurs d’emploi, rien que par les mesures dévoilées. Au vu de leur sévérité, on peut en effet penser qu’elles pousseront certains chômeurs à reprendre à tout prix un emploi, même sous-qualifié, privant par là-même de postes d’autres demandeurs d’emploi moins diplômés. D’autres chômeurs seront tout simplement éjectés du régime d’indemnisation, sans garantie de retrouver réellement un emploi.

      L’Unédic souligne d’ailleurs que les « éjectés » du régime vont peser sur les minimas sociaux, eux aussi sous la menace d’une réforme qui pourrait contribuer à leur amoindrissement (lire ici notre papier sur le RUA) : « Des effets de transferts sont à attendre vers d’autres prestations sociales, notamment la prime d’activité, le RSA et les aides au logement. En particulier, sous conditions de ressources du foyer, 1 euro d’allocation d’aide au retour à l’emploi (ARE) se substitue à 1 euro de prime d’activité. »
      Dans le détail, la mesure qui permettra à l’État d’économiser le plus d’argent (80 % des 3,4 milliards d’euros d’économies programmées d’ici à la fin 2021) concernera environ 500 000 personnes, selon l’Unédic. Il s’agit du durcissement des conditions d’entrée dans le régime de l’assurance-chômage : pour être indemnisé par Pôle emploi, il faudra avoir travaillé l’équivalent de 6 mois durant les 24 mois précédents, alors qu’aujourd’hui, seuls 4 mois travaillés sur 28 (et sur 36 mois pour les plus de 53 ans) sont nécessaires. Tous les allocataires ayant une affiliation inférieure à 6 mois, y compris ceux qui rechargent leur droit, seront donc concernés.

      Par ailleurs, l’organisme de gestion de l’assurance-chômage estime que le passage de la période de référence de 28 à 24 mois pour les moins de 53 ans devrait raccourcir la durée de droit « d’un peu moins de 250 000 allocataires ».

      La note rappelle aussi cette évidence : c’est la fin des « droits rechargeables », qui furent pourtant considérés comme une avancée notable, notamment aux yeux de la CFDT. Aujourd’hui, un mois travaillé suffit à rouvrir des droits au chômage. À partir du 1er novembre, il faudra avoir travaillé six mois. « La notion de rechargement ne présente plus aucune spécificité au regard d’une ouverture de droits, dans la mesure où la condition d’affiliation minimale est identique à une admission », rappelle l’Unédic. À compter du 1er avril, les règles de calcul de l’indemnisation seront aussi revues.

      Au lieu d’être calculées à partir des jours travaillés seulement (comme elles le sont depuis exactement 40 ans), les indemnités le seront à partir du revenu moyen des mois où un salarié a travaillé. Y compris s’il n’a rien gagné pendant plusieurs semaines de ce mois.

      Pour l’Unédic, « il est délicat à ce stade d’estimer la population concernée ». Mais en se basant sur diverses analyses élaborées depuis trois ans, elle évalue à environ 1,2 million de personnes touchées par ce nouveau mode de calcul, qui pourra aboutir à des baisses importantes d’indemnisation, soit « environ la moitié des entrants » à Pôle emploi ! Économies attendues : 690 millions d’ici à 2021.

      Ces mesures très dures contre les chômeurs sont à mettre en balance avec la mesure employée par le gouvernement pour mettre en place le « bonus-malus » sur les cotisations sociales payées par les entreprises utilisant trop d’emplois courts. Déjà évoquée par le candidat Macron pendant la campagne présidentielle, la mesure est citée comme primordiale au ministère du travail depuis le lancement des premières pistes sur la réforme, en octobre 2017.

      Pourtant, seuls sept secteurs professionnels sur 38 seront finalement concernés, et deux mastodontes ayant massivement recours aux contrats courts y échapperont : le bâtiment et le médico-social. Les petites entreprises de moins de douze salariés ne seront pas visées et le montant de la modulation maximale sera faible : les employeurs dont les effectifs tournent beaucoup verront leurs cotisations sociales alourdies de 0,95 % au maximum. Et ceux dont la main-d’œuvre est la plus stable auront droit à un bonus pouvant aller jusqu’à 1,05 %. Et surtout, alors que le ministère du travail avait annoncé que les « bonus-malus » entreraient « en application au 1er janvier 2020 », la mesure ne sera en fait effective qu’un an plus tard, à partir du 1er janvier 2021.

      À plusieurs reprises, l’Unédic pose la question du coût et du financement des dispositifs d’accompagnement. La réforme propose ainsi trois nouveautés, un « pack démarrage » pour les chômeurs qui s’inscrivent à Pôle emploi, un « pack de remobilisation » pour les inscrits qui cumulent emploi et chômage, et un renforcement de l’accompagnement à la formation.

      « Le recours à des opérateurs privés se fait-il à moyens constants ? », interrogent benoîtement les rédacteurs de la note. « Les recrutements supplémentaires à Pôle emploi correspondent-ils à des postes pérennes ? », puisque pour le moment le renfort se limite selon le gouvernement à 1 000 CDD de longue durée. Et surtout : « Comment le budget de Pôle emploi est-il abondé pour financer ces postes ? ». Des sujets plus épineux qui devraient être tranchés dans le cadre de la « convention tripartite » entre Pôle emploi, l’Unédic et l’État, qui devrait être signée en septembre, avec 9 mois de retard sur les délais prévus.

      D’autres interrogations, multiples, parsèment la note concernant les conséquences concrètes de la réforme annoncée, et son articulation avec les mesures déjà existantes. Elles montrent le flou dans lequel évoluent les acteurs institutionnels du dossier, et il n’est pas certain que les décrets détaillant les mesures annoncées, attendus dans les semaines à venir, apportent toutes les réponses. Un seul exemple des effets de bords non mentionnés par le gouvernement : « La baisse du montant de l’allocation entraînera une diminution du financement des points de retraite complémentaire » des demandeurs d’emploi indemnisés.

      Le 18 juin, dans un gigantesque lapsus, Muriel Pénicaud avait vanté « une réforme résolument tournée vers le travail, vers l’emploi, contre le chômage et pour la précarité » (à 40’30” de cette vidéo https://twitter.com/gouvernementFR/status/1140923209300054016 qui commence par un 1er ministre déclarant " cette ambition c’est d’arriver au plein emploi, pas en une fois, pas en un jour...") . Elle n’avait pas menti.

      #chômeurs #travailleurs_précaires #allocations #droits_rechargeables #prime_d'activité

    • Vers une baisse des allocations pour 1,2 million de chômeurs : la ministre du Travail conteste ces chiffres
      https://www.bfmtv.com/economie/vers-une-baisse-des-allocations-pour-12-million-de-chomeurs-la-ministre-du-tr

      La réforme doit « permettre à 150.000 à 250.000 personnes de retrouver un travail » qui soit « stable, durable, pas un job kleenex », a affirmé la ministre du Travail.

      L’Unédic a estimé que la réforme pourrait entraîner une baisse des allocations pour 1,2 million de personnes. Pour la ministre du Travail, « Avec les comportements induits, on pense qu’au maximum il y aura 600.000 à 700.000 personnes concernées ».

  • Le Royaume-Uni serre la vis face aux influenceurs Cléa Favre/gma - 4 Juillet 2019 - RTS
    https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/10554064-le-royaume-uni-serre-la-vis-face-aux-influenceurs.html

    Le Royaume-Uni a légiféré mercredi sur les publications sponsorisées des influenceurs. Le pays considère comme des célébrités toutes les personnes qui ont plus de 30’000 abonnés sur les réseaux sociaux et leur interdit toute publicité pour des médicaments.

    La publication d’une instagrameuse est au coeur de cette affaire. Celle-ci a posté une image la représentant en pyjama avec sur sa table de nuit un médicament pour favoriser le sommeil.

    Il s’agit d’une publicité pour le laboratoire Sanofi, qui soutient que la démarche est parfaitement légale : avec 32’000 followers, la personne en question ne peut pas être considérée comme une célébrité.

    Il faut savoir qu’au Royaume-Uni, une célébrité ne peut pas faire de la publicité pour un médicament. Mais le verdict du régulateur est tombé mercredi et il contredit le laboratoire : avec 30’000 followers, on est une star d’un point de vue légal.

    Auto-régulation en Suisse
    Les pays légifèrent de plus en plus face aux influenceurs qui exercent leur activité en pleine zone grise. On ne sait pas toujours si la recommandation vient du coeur de la star tant admirée, ou si ses conseils sont plutôt dictés par son porte-monnaie et un partenariat dûment rémunéré.

    Face à ce manque de transparence, les Etats réagissent différemment. Aux Etats-Unis, ce n’est pas le nombre de followers qui fait l’influenceur, mais le lien financier qui existe avec la marque évoquée dans un contenu.

    En Suisse, c’est le règne de l’auto-régulation. Il existe bien des recommandations de la Commission suisse pour la loyauté, mais il n’y a pas de sanctions. Et les abus sont nombreux, selon l’aveu même d’un communicant. Aujourd’hui, le marché de l’influence reste encore très petit en Suisse, où il n’y a presque que des micro-communautés. La question du nombre de followers n’est peut-être pas encore très pertinente et ne le sera peut-être jamais dans un pays de cette taille.

    #publicité #influenceurs #marketing #instagram #médias_sociaux #manipulation #publicité #fric #youtube #Web #médicaments

  • Bac : Le ministère obligé de suppléer à l’absence de notes
    http://www.cafepedagogique.net/lexpresso/Pages/2019/07/04072019Article636978219725865707.aspx

    « En cas de note manquante, les jurys sont invités à remplacer celle-ci à titre provisoire par la moyenne obtenue par l’élève sur les trois trimestres de la classe de terminale dans la matière concernée », annonce le ministère. « Ceci permettra aux jurys d’établir des résultats provisoires pour permettre notamment aux candidats qui pourraient ne pas être reçus de se présenter aux épreuves de rattrapage selon le calendrier prévu. Lorsque la note initialement manquante aura été transmise au centre d’examen, les jurys arrêteront le résultat définitif en veillant à ce que ces circonstances exceptionnelles ne portent pas préjudice aux candidats ». Autrement dit en retenant la meilleure des deux notes.

    #éducation, #blanquer
    ce qui se passe aujourdhui pour le baccalauréat est tout simplement hallucinant

  • Les riches survivront à la crise environnementale alors que les pauvres n’y survivront pas, selon un rapport de l’ONU (Waking Time)
    https://www.crashdebug.fr/international/16217-les-riches-survivront-a-la-crise-environnementale-alors-que-les-pau

    John Vibes, Théorie de la vérité

    Waking Time

    Un récent rapport de l’ONU a averti que le monde est au bord d’une crise environnementale mondiale qui affectera de manière disproportionnée les pauvres de la planète.

    Philip Alston, le Rapporteur spécial des Nations Unies sur l’extrême pauvreté et les droits de l’homme, a averti que la destruction de l’environnement continuera à forcer les gens à vivre dans des situations où il leur est plus difficile de survivre. Alston a prédit que de nombreuses personnes devront émigrer dans les années à venir, ce qui n’est pas une tâche facile pour les personnes en situation de pauvreté, surtout si l’on considère les restrictions actuelles en matière d’immigration.

    Dans le rapport, Alston a concentré son attention sur le climat, affirmant (...)

    #En_vedette #Actualités_internationales #Actualités_Internationales

  • The Gnawing Anxiety of Having an Algorithm as a Boss - Bloomberg
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-26/the-gnawing-anxiety-of-having-an-algorithm-as-a-boss

    I recently got the internet in my apartment fixed, and my technician had an unusual request. I’d get an automated call after he left asking me how satisfied I was with the service, he explained, and he wanted me to rate him 9 out of 10. I asked why, and he said there was a glitch with the system that recorded any 10 rating as a 1, and it was important for him to keep his rating up.

    Since then, a couple of people have told me that technicians working for the company have been making this exact request for at least two years. A representative for Spectrum, my internet provider, said they were worrying over nothing. The company had moved away from the 10-point rating system, he said, adding that customer feedback isn’t “tied to individual technicians’ compensation.”

    But even if the Spectrum glitch exists only in the lore of cable repairmen, the anxiety it’s causing them is telling. Increasingly, workers are impacted by automated decision-making systems, which also affects people who read the news, or apply for loans, or shop in stores. It only makes sense that they’d try to bend those systems to their advantage.

    There exist at least two separate academic papers with the title “Folk Theories of Social Feeds,” detailing how Facebook users divine what its algorithm wants, then try to use those theories to their advantage.

    People with algorithms for bosses have particular incentive to push back. Last month, a local television station in Washington covered Uber drivers who conspire to turn off their apps simultaneously in order to trick its system into raising prices.

    Alex Rosenblat, the author of Uberland, told me that these acts of digital disobedience are essentially futile in the long run. Technology centralizes power and information in a way that overwhelms mere humans. “You might think you’re manipulating the system,” she says, but in reality “you’re working really hard to keep up with a system that is constantly experimenting on you.”

    Compared to pricing algorithms, customer ratings of the type that worried my repairman should be fairly straightforward. Presumably it’s just a matter of gathering data and calculating an average. But online ratings are a questionable way to judge people even if the data they’re based on are pristine—and they probably aren’t. Academics have shown that customer ratings reflect racial biases. Complaints about a product or service can be interpreted as commentary about the person who provided it, rather than the service itself. And companies like Uber require drivers to maintain such high ratings that, in effect, any review that isn’t maximally ecstatic is a request for punitive measures.

    #Travail #Surveillance #Algorithme #Stress #Société_contrôle

  • Democrats and Republicans Passing Soft Regulations - The Atlantic
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/06/democrats-and-republicans-passing-soft-regulations/592558

    Your face is no longer just your face—it’s been augmented. At a football game, your face is currency, used to buy food at the stadium. At the mall, it is a ledger, used to alert salespeople to your past purchases, both online and offline, and shopping preferences. At a protest, it is your arrest history. At the morgue, it is how authorities will identify your body.

    Facial-recognition technology stands to transform social life, tracking our every move for companies, law enforcement, and anyone else with the right tools. Lawmakers are weighing the risks versus rewards, with a recent wave of proposed regulation in Washington State, Massachusetts, Oakland, and the U.S. legislature. In May, Republicans and Democrats in the House Committee on Oversight and Reform heard hours of testimony about how unregulated facial recognition already tracks protesters, impacts the criminal-justice system, and exacerbates racial biases. Surprisingly, they agreed to work together to regulate it.

    The Microsoft president Brad Smith called for governments “to start adopting laws to regulate this technology” last year, while the Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy echoed those comments in June, likening the technology to a knife. It’s a less dramatic image than the plutonium and nuclear-waste metaphors critics employ, but his message—coming from an executive at one of the world’s most powerful facial-recognition technology outfits—is clear: This stuff is dangerous.

    But crucially, Jassy and Smith seem to argue, it’s also inevitable. In calling for regulation, Microsoft and Amazon have pulled a neat trick: Instead of making the debate about whether facial recognition should be widely adopted, they’ve made it about how such adoption would work.

    Without regulation, the potential for misuse of facial-recognition technology is high, particularly for people of color. In 2016 the MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini published research showing that tech performs better on lighter-skinned men than on darker-skinned men, and performs worst on darker-skinned women. When the ACLU matched Congress members against a criminal database, Amazon’s Rekognition software misidentified black Congress members more often than white ones, despite there being far fewer black members.

    This includes House Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Baltimore native whose face was also scanned when he attended a 2015 rally in memory of Freddie Gray, the unarmed black teenager who died of a spinal-cord injury while in police custody. The Baltimore Police Department used facial recognition to identify protesters and target any with outstanding warrants. Most of the protesters were black, meaning the software used on them might have been less accurate, increasing the likelihood of misidentification. Expert witnesses at the committee hearing in May warned of a chilling effect: Protesters, wary of being identified via facial recognition and matched against criminal databases, could choose to stay home rather than exercise their freedom of assembly.

    Microsoft and Amazon both claim to have lessened the racial disparity in accuracy since the original MIT study and the ACLU’s report. But fine-tuning the technology to better recognize black faces is only part of the process: Perfectly accurate technology could still be used to support harmful policing, which affects people of color. The racial-accuracy problem is a distraction; how the technology is used matters, and that’s where policy could prevent abuse. And the solution Microsoft and Amazon propose would require auditing face recognition for racial and gender biases after they’re already in use—which might be too late.

    In early May, The Washington Post reported that police were feeding forensic sketches to their facial-recognition software. A witness described a suspect to a sketch artist, then police uploaded the sketch to Amazon’s Rekognition, looking for hits, and eventually arrested someone. Experts at the congressional hearing in May were shocked that a sketch submitted to a database could credibly qualify as enough reasonable suspicion to arrest someone.

    Read: Half of American adults are in police facial-recognition databases

    But Jassy, the Amazon Web Services CEO, claimed that Amazon has never received a report of police misuse. In May, Amazon shareholders voted down a proposal that would ban the sale of Rekognition to police, and halt sales to law enforcement and ICE. Jassy said that police should only rely on Rekognition results when the system is 99 percent confident in the accuracy of a match. This is a potentially critical safeguard against misidentification, but it’s just a suggestion: Amazon doesn’t require police to adhere to this threshold, or even ask. In January, Gizmodo quoted an Oregon sheriff’s official saying his department ignores thresholds completely. (“There has never been a single reported complaint from the public and no issues with the local constituency around their use of Rekognition,” a representative from Amazon said, in part, in a statement to Gizmodo.)

    #Reconnaissance_faciale #Libertés #Espace_public #Etat_policier

  • GBC - Gibraltar News - GBC TV and Radio Gibraltar
    https://www.gbc.gi/news/gib-authorities-and-royal-marines-board-and-detain-supertanker-en-route-syria

    Gibraltar Port and Law Enforcement agencies, assisted by a detachmentof Royal Marines, boarded and detained a super tanker carrying crude oil to Syria in the early hours of Thursday morning.

    This followed information giving the Gibraltar Government reasonable grounds to believe that the vessel, the Grace 1, was acting in breach of European Union sanctions against Syria.

    The operation took place overnight as the giant vessel sailed into Gibraltar waters.

    The Government says it has reason to believe that the Grace 1 was carrying its shipment of crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria.The refinery is the property of an entity subject to European Union sanctions against Syria.

    #piraterie #gibraltar reste un atout géopolitique

    en arabe : https://www.raialyoum.com/index.php/%d8%b3%d9%84%d8%b7%d8%a7%d8%aa-%d8%ac%d8%a8%d9%84-%d8%b7%d8%a7%d8%b1%d9%8
    où il est précisé que le navire est sous pavillon de Panama et que le pétrole serait iranien.

    • https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1177558/lambassadeur-britannique-en-iran-convoque-apres-la-saisie-dun-petroli

      Dans un communiqué, le gouvernement de Gibraltar, territoire britannique situé à la pointe sud de l’Espagne, dit avoir de bonnes raisons de croire que les cuves du Grace 1 contiennent du pétrole destiné à la raffinerie syrienne de Banyas. Le gouvernement syrien est la cible de sanctions de l’Union européenne depuis mai 2011, date du début de la répression sanglante des manifestations pour la démocratie par le régime de Bachar el-Assad.

      D’après l’outil de données cartographiques Refinitiv Eikon mapping, le Grace 1 a chargé du brut iranien le 17 avril dernier, ce qui constituerait une violation des sanctions américaines sur les exportations de pétrole iranien rétablies l’an dernier après la décision de Donald Trump de retirer les Etats-Unis de l’accord de 2015 sur le nucléaire iranien.

    • https://lloydslist.maritimeintelligence.informa.com/LL1128207/Gibraltar-tanker-seizure-triggers-IranUK-diplomatic-row

      (...)

      The incident triggered debate over the lawfulness of the tanker seizure and detention which will be tested in Gibraltar’s Supreme Court in coming days.

      Local maritime and admiralty lawyers have been instructed for the Captain of the Port, financial secretary and the attorney general, Lloyd’s List understands, ahead of what is expected to be protracted legal debate.

      The acting foreign minister of Spain — which claims the waters as its own and does not recognise British sovereignty — said Britain acted at the behest of the US and the country was assessing the detention’s legal implications.

      The US has not shown the same vigilance for Iran-China crude flows, which have been taking place without action. Iranian- and Chinese-owned or controlled ships have been loading cargoes since the May 1 ending of waivers allowing some countries limited imports. About five cargoes have been discharged in Syria.

      Lloyd’s List understands that the owner of the very large crude carrier is Russian Titan Shipping, a subsidiary of Dubai-based oil and energy shipping company TNC Gulf, which has clear Iranian links.

      While Grace 1 has a complex ownership chain that is not unusual for many internationally trading vessels, its executives listed on LinkedIn have Iranian university and technical qualifications, or list their names in Farsi, the Iranian language.

      The ship’s current class and insurance is unknown according to databases. Lloyd’s Register withdrew class in January, 2019, as did former P&I insurers Swedish Club, at the same time as the vessel arrived to spend a month at the Bandar-e Taheri single buoy mooring area in Iranian waters, according to Lloyd’s List Intelligence data.

      The ship’s opaque ownership and operating chain is complicated further by company websites linked to the tanker not operating. The European Commission-operated Equasis website lists the shipmanager as Singapore-based Iships Management. However, the website is under construction and its telephone number is not in service. Websites for Russian Titan Shipping and TNC Gulf are also not working. LinkedIn lists Captain Asadpour as the executive managing director, saying he has also been president of the Georgia-based Russian Shipping Lines for 11 years.

  • Nouvelle journée de #manifestations après la mort d’un Israélien d’origine éthiopienne

    Des manifestations ont eu lieu mercredi à Tel-Aviv et dans le nord d’#Israël pour la troisième journée consécutive, après le décès d’un jeune Israélien d’origine éthiopienne, tué par un policier, la communauté éthiopienne dénonçant un crime raciste.

    #Solomon_Teka, âgé de 19 ans, a été tué dimanche soir par un policier qui n’était pas en service au moment des faits, à Kiryat Haim, une ville proche du port de Haïfa, dans le nord d’Israël.

    Des dizaines de policiers ont été déployés mercredi dans la ville de Kiryat Ata, non loin de Kiryat Haim. Des manifestants tentant de bloquer une route ont été dispersés par la police.

    Malgré des appels au calme lancés par les autorités, des jeunes se sont aussi à nouveau rassemblés à Tel-Aviv. Une centaine de personnes ont défié la police en bloquant une route avant d’être dispersées.

    En trois jours, 140 personnes ont été arrêtées et 111 policiers blessés par des jets de pierres, bouteilles et bombes incendiaires lors des manifestations dans le pays, selon un nouveau bilan de la police.

    Les embouteillages et les images de voitures en feu ont fait la une des médias.

    Le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu et le président israélien Reuven Rivlin ont appelé au calme, tout en reconnaissant que les problèmes auxquels était confrontée la communauté israélo-éthiopienne devaient être traités.

    – ’Tragédie’-

    « La mort de Solomon Teka est une immense tragédie », a dit le Premier ministre. « Des leçons seront tirées. Mais une chose est claire : nous ne pouvons tolérer les violences que nous avons connues hier », a-t-il déclaré mercredi lors d’une réunion du comité ministériel sur l’intégration de la communauté éthiopienne.

    « Nous ne pouvons pas voir de routes bloquées, ni de cocktails Molotov, ni d’attaques contre des policiers, des citoyens et des propriétés privées », a-t-il ajouté.

    Le ministre de la Sécurité publique, Gilad Erdan, et le commissaire de la police, Moti Cohen, ont rencontré des représentants de la communauté israélo-éthiopienne, selon un communiqué de la police.

    La police a rapporté que le policier ayant tué le jeune homme avait tenté de s’interposer lors d’une bagarre entre jeunes. Après avoir expliqué qu’il était un agent des forces de l’ordre, des jeunes lui auraient alors lancé des pierres. L’homme aurait ouvert le feu après s’être senti menacé.

    Mais d’autres jeunes présents et un passant interrogés par les médias israéliens ont assuré que le policier n’avait pas été agressé.

    L’agent a été assigné à résidence et une enquête a été ouverte, a indiqué le porte-parole de la police.

    En janvier, des milliers de juifs éthiopiens étaient déjà descendus dans la rue à Tel-Aviv après la mort d’un jeune de leur communauté tué par un policier.

    Ils affirment vivre dans la crainte d’être la cible de la police. La communauté juive éthiopienne en Israël compte environ 140.000 personnes, dont plus de 50.000 sont nées dans le pays. Elle se plaint souvent de racisme institutionnalisé à son égard.

    https://www.courrierinternational.com/depeche/nouvelle-journee-de-manifestations-apres-la-mort-dun-israelie
    #discriminations #racisme #xénophobie #décès #violences_policières #police #éthiopiens

    • Ethiopian-Israelis Protest for 3rd Day After Fatal Police Shooting

      Ethiopian-Israelis and their supporters took to the streets across the country on Wednesday for a third day of protests in an outpouring of rage after an off-duty police officer fatally shot a black youth, and the Israeli police turned out in force to try to keep the main roads open.

      The mostly young demonstrators have blocked major roads and junctions, paralyzing traffic during the evening rush hour, with disturbances extending into the night, protesting what community activists describe as deeply ingrained racism and discrimination in Israeli society.

      Scores have been injured — among them many police officers, according to the emergency services — and dozens of protesters have been detained, most of them briefly. Israeli leaders called for calm; fewer protesters turned out on Wednesday.

      “We must stop, I repeat, stop and think together how we go on from here,” President Reuven Rivlin said on Wednesday. “None of us have blood that is thicker than anyone else’s, and the lives of our brothers and sisters will never be forfeit.”
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      On Tuesday night, rioters threw stones and firebombs at the police and overturned and set fire to cars in chaotic scenes rarely witnessed in the center of Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.

      After initially holding back, the police fired stun grenades, tear gas and hard sponge bullets and sent in officers on horseback, prompting demonstrators to accuse them of the kind of police brutality that they had turned out to protest in the first place.

      The man who was killed, Solomon Tekah, 18, arrived from Ethiopia with his family seven years ago. On Sunday night, he was with friends in the northern port city of Haifa, outside a youth center he attended. An altercation broke out, and a police officer, who was out with his wife and children, intervened.

      The officer said that the youths had thrown stones that struck him and that he believed that he was in a life-threatening situation. He drew his gun and said he fired toward the ground, according to Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman.

      Mr. Tekah’s friends said that they were just trying to get away after the officer began harassing them. Whether the bullet ricocheted or was fired directly at Mr. Tekah, it hit him in the chest, killing him.

      “He was one of the favorites,” said Avshalom Zohar-Sal, 22, a youth leader at the center, Beit Yatziv, which offers educational enrichment and tries to keep underprivileged youth out of trouble. Mr. Zohar-Sal, who was not there at the time of the shooting, said that another youth leader had tried to resuscitate Mr. Tekah.

      The police officer who shot Mr. Tekah is under investigation by the Justice Ministry. His rapid release to house arrest has further inflamed passions around what Mr. Tekah’s supporters call his murder.

      In a televised statement on Tuesday as violence raged, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that all Israel embraced the family of the dead youth and the Ethiopian community in general. But he added: “We are a nation of law; we will not tolerate the blocking of roads. I ask you, let us solve the problems together while upholding the law.”

      Many other Israelis said that while they were sympathetic to the Ethiopian-Israelis’ cause — especially after the death of Mr. Tekah — the protesters had “lost them” because of the ensuing violence and vandalism.

      Reflecting a gulf of disaffection, Ethiopian-Israeli activists said that they believed that the rest of Israeli society had never really supported them.

      “When were they with us? When?” asked Eyal Gato, 33, an Ethiopian-born activist who came to Israel in 1991 in the airlift known as Operation Solomon, which brought 14,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel within 36 hours.

      The airlift was a cause of national celebration at the time, and many of the immigrants bent down to kiss the tarmac. But integration has since proved difficult for many, with rates of truancy, suicide, divorce and domestic violence higher than in the rest of Israeli society.

      Mr. Gato, a postgraduate student of sociology who works for an immigrant organization called Olim Beyahad, noted that the largely poor Ethiopian-Israeli community of about 150,000, which is less than 2 percent of the population, had little electoral or economic clout.

      He compared their situation to African-Americans in Chicago or Ferguson, Mo., but said that the Israeli iteration of “Black Lives Matter” had no organized movement behind it, and that the current protests had been spontaneous.

      Recalling his own experiences — such as being pulled over by the police a couple of years ago when he was driving a Toyota from work in a well-to-do part of Rehovot, in central Israel, and being asked what he was doing there in that car — Mr. Gato said he had to carry his identity card with him at all times “to prove I’m not a criminal.”

      The last Ethiopian protests broke out in 2015, after a soldier of Ethiopian descent was beaten by two Israeli police officers as he headed home in uniform in a seemingly unprovoked assault that was caught on video. At the time, Mr. Gato said, 40 percent of the inmates of Israel’s main youth detention center had an Ethiopian background. Since 1997, he said, a dozen young Ethiopian-Israelis have died in encounters with the police.

      A government committee set up after that episode to stamp out racism against Ethiopian-Israelis acknowledged the existence of institutional racism in areas such as employment, military enlistment and the police, and recommended that officers wear body cameras.

      “Ethiopians are seen as having brought their values of modesty and humility with them,” Mr. Gato said. “They expect us to continue to be nice and to demonstrate quietly.”

      But the second generation of the Ethiopian immigration has proved less passive than their parents, who were grateful for being brought to Israel.

      The grievances go back at least to the mid-1990s. Then, Ethiopian immigrants exploded in rage when reports emerged that Israel was secretly dumping the blood they donated for fear that it was contaminated with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.

      “The community is frustrated and in pain,” said one protester, Rachel Malada, 23, from Rehovot, who was born in Gondar Province in Ethiopia and who was brought to Israel at the age of 2 months.

      “This takes us out to the streets, because we must act up,” she said. “Our parents cannot do this, but we must.”

      https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/03/world/middleeast/ethiopia-israel-police-shooting.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes

  • View from Nowhere. Is it the press’s job to create a community that transcends borders?

    A few years ago, on a plane somewhere between Singapore and Dubai, I read Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities (1983). I was traveling to report on the global market for passports—how the ultrawealthy can legally buy citizenship or residence virtually anywhere they like, even as 10 million stateless people languish, unrecognized by any country. In the process, I was trying to wrap my head around why national identity meant so much to so many, yet so little to my passport-peddling sources. Their world was the very image of Steve Bannon’s globalist nightmare: where you can never be too rich, too thin, or have too many passports.

    Anderson didn’t address the sale of citizenship, which only took off in earnest in the past decade; he did argue that nations, nationalism, and nationality are about as organic as Cheez Whiz. The idea of a nation, he writes, is a capitalist chimera. It is a collective sense of identity processed, shelf-stabilized, and packaged before being disseminated, for a considerable profit, to a mass audience in the form of printed books, news, and stories. He calls this “print-capitalism.”

    Per Anderson, after the printing press was invented, nearly 600 years ago, enterprising booksellers began publishing the Bible in local vernacular languages (as opposed to the elitist Latin), “set[ting] the stage for the modern nation” by allowing ordinary citizens to participate in the same conversations as the upper classes. In the 18th and 19th centuries, the proliferation (and popularity) of daily newspapers further collapsed time and space, creating an “extraordinary mass ceremony” of reading the same things at the same moment.

    “An American will never meet, or even know the names of more than a handful of his 240,000,000–odd fellow Americans,” Anderson wrote. “He has no idea of what they are up to at any one time.” But with the knowledge that others are reading the same news, “he has complete confidence in their steady, anonymous, simultaneous activity.”

    Should the press be playing a role in shaping not national identities, but transnational ones—a sense that we’re all in it together?

    Of course, national presses enabled more explicit efforts by the state itself to shape identity. After the US entered World War I, for instance, President Woodrow Wilson set out to make Americans more patriotic through his US Committee on Public Information. Its efforts included roping influential mainstream journalists into advocating American-style democracy by presenting US involvement in the war in a positive light, or simply by referring to Germans as “Huns.” The committee also monitored papers produced by minorities to make sure they supported the war effort not as Indians, Italians, or Greeks, but as Americans. Five Irish-American papers were banned, and the German-American press, reacting to negative stereotypes, encouraged readers to buy US bonds to support the war effort.

    The US media played an analogous role in selling the public on the 2003 invasion of Iraq. But ever since then, in the digital economy, its influence on the national consciousness has waned. Imagined Communities was published seven years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, twenty-two years before Thomas Friedman’s The World Is Flat, and a couple of decades before the internet upended print-capitalism as the world knew it (one of Anderson’s footnotes is telling, if quaint: “We still have no giant multinationals in the world of publishing”).

    Since Trump—a self-described nationalist—became a real contender for the US presidency, many news organizations have taken to looking inward: consider the running obsession with the president’s tweets, for instance, or the nonstop White House palace intrigue (which the president invites readily).

    Meanwhile, the unprofitability of local and regional papers has contributed to the erosion of civics, which, down the line, makes it easier for billionaires to opt out of old “imagined communities” and join new ones based on class and wealth, not citizenship. And given the challenges humanity faces—climate change, mass migration, corporate hegemony, and our relationships to new technologies—even if national papers did make everyone feel like they shared the same narrative, a renewed sense of national pride would prove impotent in fighting world-historic threats that know no borders.

    Should the press, then, be playing an analogous role in shaping not national identities, but transnational ones—a sense that we’re all in it together? If it was so important in shaping national identity, can it do so on a global scale?

    Like my passport-buying subjects, I am what Theresa May, the former British prime minister, might call a “citizen of nowhere.” I was born in one place to parents from another, grew up in a third, and have lived and traveled all over. That informs my perspective: I want deeply for there to be a truly cosmopolitan press corps, untethered from national allegiances, regional biases, class divisions, and the remnants of colonial exploitation. I know that’s utopian; the international working class is hardly a lucrative demographic against which publishers can sell ads. But we seem to be living in a time of considerable upheaval and opportunity. Just as the decline of religiously and imperially organized societies paved the way for national alternatives, then perhaps today there is a chance to transcend countries’ boundaries, too.

    Does the US media help create a sense of national identity? If nationalism means putting the interests of one nation—and what its citizens are interested in—before more universal concerns, then yes. Most journalists working for American papers, websites, and TV write in English with a national audience (or regional time zone) in mind, which affects how we pitch, source, frame, and illustrate a story—which, in turn, influences our readers, their country’s politics, and, down the line, the world. But a news peg isn’t an ideological form of nationalism so much as a practical or methodological one. The US press feeds off of more pernicious nationalisms, too: Donald Trump’s false theory about Barack Obama being “secretly” Kenyan, disseminated by the likes of Fox and The Daily Caller, comes to mind.

    That isn’t to say that global news outlets don’t exist in the US. When coaxing subscribers, the Financial Times, whose front page often includes references to a dozen different countries, openly appeals to their cosmopolitanism. “Be a global citizen. Become an FT Subscriber,” read a recent banner ad, alongside a collage featuring the American, Chinese, Japanese, Australian, and European Union flags (though stories like the recent “beginner’s guide to buying a private island” might tell us something about what kind of global citizen they’re appealing to).

    “I don’t think we try to shape anyone’s identity at all,” Gillian Tett, the paper’s managing editor for the US, says. “We recognize two things: that the world is more interconnected today than it’s ever been, and that these connections are complex and quite opaque. We think it’s critical to try to illuminate them.”

    For Tett, who has a PhD in social anthropology, money serves as a “neutral, technocratic” starting point through which to understand—and tie together—the world. “Most newspapers today tend to start with an interest in politics or events, and that inevitably leads you to succumb to tribalism, however hard you try [not to],” Tett explains. “If you look at the world through money—how is money going around the world, who’s making and losing it and why?—out of that you lead to political, cultural, foreign-policy stories.”

    Tett’s comments again brought to mind Imagined Communities: Anderson notes that, in 18th-century Caracas, newspapers “began essentially as appendages of the market,” providing commercial news about ships coming in, commodity prices, and colonial appointments, as well as a proto–Vows section for the upper crust to hate-read in their carriages. “The newspaper of Caracas quite naturally, and even apolitically, created an imagined community among a specific assemblage of fellow-readers, to whom these ships, brides, bishops, and prices belonged,” he wrote. “In time, of course, it was only to be expected that political elements would enter in.”

    Yesterday’s aristocracy is today’s passport-buying, globe-trotting one percent. The passport brokers I got to know also pitched clients with the very same promise of “global citizenship” (it sounds less louche than “buy a new passport”)—by taking out ads in the Financial Times. Theirs is exactly the kind of neoliberal “globalism” that nationalist politicians like Trump have won elections denouncing (often hypocritically) as wanting “the globe to do well, frankly, not caring about our country so much.” Isn’t upper-crust glibness about borders, boundaries, and the value of national citizenship part of what helped give us this reactionary nativism in the first place?

    “I suspect what’s been going on with Brexit and maybe Trump and other populist movements [is that] people. . . see ‘global’ as a threat to local communities and businesses rather than something to be welcomed,” Tett says. “But if you’re an FT reader, you see it as benign or descriptive.”

    Among the largest news organizations in the world is Reuters, with more than 3,000 journalists and photographers in 120 countries. It is part of Thomson Reuters, a truly global firm. Reuters does not take its mandate lightly: a friend who works there recently sent me a job posting for an editor in Gdynia, which, Google clarified for me, is a city in the Pomeranian Voivodeship of Poland.

    Reuters journalists cover everything from club sports to international tax evasion. They’re outsourcing quick hits about corporate earnings to Bangalore, assembling teams on multiple continents to tackle a big investigation, shedding or shuffling staff under corporate reorganizations. Perhaps unsurprisingly, “more than half our business is serving financial customers,” Stephen Adler, the editor in chief, tells me. “That has little to do with what country you’re from. It’s about information: a central-bank action in Europe or Japan may be just as important as everything else.”

    Institutionally, “it’s really important and useful that we don’t have one national HQ,” Adler adds. “That’s the difference between a global news organization and one with a foreign desk. For us, nothing is foreign.” That approach won Reuters this year’s international Pulitzer Prize for uncovering the mass murder of the Rohingya in Myanmar (two of the reporters were imprisoned as a result, and since freed); it also comes through especially sharply in daily financial stories: comprehensive, if dry, compendiums of who-what-where-when-why that recognize the global impact of national stories, and vice versa. A recent roundup of stock movements included references to the US Fed, China trade talks, Brexit, monetary policy around the world, and the price of gold.

    Adler has led the newsroom since 2011, and a lot has changed in the world. (I worked at Reuters between 2011 and 2013, first as Adler’s researcher and later as a reporter; Adler is the chair of CJR’s board.) Shortly after Trump’s election, Adler wrote a memo affirming the organization’s commitment to being fair, honest, and resourceful. He now feels more strongly than ever about judiciously avoiding biases—including national ones. “Our ideology and discipline around putting personal feelings and nationality aside has been really helpful, because when you think about how powerful local feelings are—revolutions, the Arab Spring—we want you writing objectively and dispassionately.”

    The delivery of stories in a casual, illustrated, highly readable form is in some ways more crucial to developing an audience than subject matter.

    Whether global stories can push communities to develop transnationally in a meaningful way is a harder question to answer; it seems to impugn our collective aptitude for reacting to problems of a global nature in a rational way. Reuters’s decision not to fetishize Trump hasn’t led to a drop-off in US coverage—its reporters have been especially strong on immigration and trade policy, not to mention the effects of the new administration on the global economy—but its stories aren’t exactly clickbait, which means ordinary Americans might not encounter them at the top of their feed. In other words, having a global perspective doesn’t necessarily translate to more eyeballs.

    What’s more, Reuters doesn’t solve the audience-class problem: whether readers are getting dispatches in partner newspapers like The New York Times or through the organization’s Eikon terminal, they tend to be the sort of person “who does transnational business, travels a good deal, is connected through work and media, has friends in different places, cares about what’s going on in different places,” Adler says. “That’s a pretty large cohort of people who have reason to care what’s going on in other places.”

    There are ways to unite readers without centering coverage on money or the markets. For a generation of readers around the world, the common ground is technology: the internet. “We didn’t pick our audience,” Ben Smith, the editor in chief of BuzzFeed, tells me over the phone. “Our audience picked us.” He defines his readers as a cohort aged 18–35 “who are on the internet and who broadly care about human rights, global politics, and feminism and gay rights in particular.”

    To serve them, BuzzFeed recently published a damning investigative report into the World Wildlife Fund’s arming of militias in natural reserves; a (not uncontroversial) series on Trump’s business dealings abroad; early exposés of China’s detention of Uighur citizens; and reports on child abuse in Australia. Climate—“the central challenge for every newsroom in the world”—has been harder to pin down. “We don’t feel anyone has cracked it. But the shift from abstract scientific [stories] to coverage of fires in California, it’s a huge change—it makes it more concrete,” Smith says. (My husband is a reporter for BuzzFeed.)

    The delivery of these stories in a casual, illustrated, highly readable form is in some ways more crucial to developing an audience than subject matter. “The global political financial elites have had a common language ever since it was French,” Smith says. “There is now a universal language of internet culture, [and] that. . . is how our stuff translates so well between cultures and audiences.” This isn’t a form of digital Esperanto, Smith insists; the point isn’t to flatten the differences between countries or regions so much as to serve as a “container” in which people from different regions, interest groups, and cultures can consume media through references they all understand.

    BuzzFeed might not be setting out to shape its readers’ identities (I certainly can’t claim to feel a special bond with other people who found out they were Phoebes from the quiz “Your Sushi Order Will Reveal Which ‘Friends’ Character You’re Most Like”). An audience defined by its youth and its media consumption habits can be difficult to keep up with: platforms come and go, and young people don’t stay young forever. But if Anderson’s thesis still carries water, there must be something to speaking this language across cultures, space, and time. Call it “Web vernacular.”

    In 2013, during one of the many recent and lengthy US government shutdowns, Joshua Keating, a journalist at Slate, began a series, “If It Happened There,” that imagined how the American media would view the shutdown if it were occurring in another country. “The typical signs of state failure aren’t evident on the streets of this sleepy capital city,” Keating opens. “Beret-wearing colonels have not yet taken to the airwaves to declare martial law. . . .But the pleasant autumn weather disguises a government teetering on the brink.”

    It goes on; you get the idea. Keating’s series, which was inspired by his having to read “many, many headlines from around the world” while working at Foreign Policy, is a clever journalistic illustration of what sociologists call “methodological nationalism”: the bias that gets inadvertently baked into work and words. In the Middle East, it’s sectarian or ethnic strife; in the Midwest, it’s a trigger-happy cop and a kid in a hoodie.

    His send-ups hit a nerve. “It was huge—it was by far the most popular thing I’ve done at Slate,” Keating says. “I don’t think that it was a shocking realization to anyone that this kind of language can be a problem, but sometimes pointing it out can be helpful. If the series did anything, it made people stop and be conscious of how. . . our inherent biases and perspectives will inform how we cover the world.”

    Curiously, living under an openly nationalist administration has changed the way America—or at the very least, a significant part of the American press corps—sees itself. The press is a de facto opposition party, not because it tries to be, but because the administration paints it that way. And that gives reporters the experience of working in a place much more hostile than the US without setting foot outside the country.

    Keating has “semi-retired” the series as a result of the broad awareness among American reporters that it is, in fact, happening here. “It didn’t feel too novel to say [Trump was] acting like a foreign dictator,” he says. “That was what the real news coverage was doing.”

    Keating, who traveled to Somaliland, Kurdistan, and Abkhazia to report his book Invisible Countries (2018), still thinks the fastest and most effective way to form an international perspective is to live abroad. At the same time, not being bound to a strong national identity “can make it hard to understand particular concerns of the people you’re writing about,” he says. It might be obvious, but there is no one perfect way to be internationally minded.

    Alan Rusbridger—the former editor of The Guardian who oversaw the paper’s Edward Snowden coverage and is now the principal at Lady Margaret Hall, a college at Oxford University—recognizes the journalistic and even moral merits of approaching news in a non-national way: “I think of journalism as a public service, and I do think there’s a link between journalism at its best and the betterment of individual lives and societies,” he says. But he doesn’t have an easy formula for how to do that, because truly cosmopolitan journalism requires both top-down editorial philosophies—not using certain phrasings or framings that position foreigners as “others”—and bottom-up efforts by individual writers to read widely and be continuously aware of how their work might be read by people thousands of miles away.

    Yes, the starting point is a nationally defined press, not a decentralized network, but working jointly helps pool scarce resources and challenge national or local biases.

    Rusbridger sees potential in collaborations across newsrooms, countries, and continents. Yes, the starting point is a nationally defined press, not a decentralized network; but working jointly helps pool scarce resources and challenge national or local biases. It also wields power. “One of the reasons we reported Snowden with the Times in New York was to use global protections of human rights and free speech and be able to appeal to a global audience of readers and lawyers,” Rusbridger recalls. “We thought, ‘We’re pretty sure nation-states will come at us over this, and the only way to do it is harness ourselves to the US First Amendment not available to us anywhere else.’”

    In employing these tactics, the press positions itself in opposition to the nation-state. The same strategy could be seen behind the rollout of the Panama and Paradise Papers (not to mention the aggressive tax dodging detailed therein). “I think journalists and activists and citizens on the progressive wing of politics are thinking creatively about how global forces can work to their advantage,” Rusbridger says.

    But he thinks it all starts locally, with correspondents who have fluency in the language, culture, and politics of the places they cover, people who are members of the communities they write about. That isn’t a traditional foreign-correspondent experience (nor indeed that of UN employees, NGO workers, or other expats). The silver lining of publishing companies’ shrinking budgets might be that cost cutting pushes newsrooms to draw from local talent, rather than send established writers around. What you gain—a cosmopolitanism that works from the bottom up—can help dispel accusations of media elitism. That’s the first step to creating new imagined communities.

    Anderson’s work has inspired many an academic, but media executives? Not so much. Rob Wijnberg is an exception: he founded the (now beleaguered) Correspondent in the Netherlands in 2013 with Anderson’s ideas in mind. In fact, when we speak, he brings the name up unprompted.

    “You have to transcend this notion that you can understand the world through the national point of view,” he says. “The question is, What replacement do we have for it? Simply saying we have to transcend borders or have an international view isn’t enough, because you have to replace the imagined community you’re leaving behind with another one.”

    For Wijnberg, who was a philosophy student before he became a journalist, this meant radically reinventing the very structures of the news business: avoiding covering “current events” just because they happened, and thinking instead of what we might call eventful currents—the political, social, and economic developments that affect us all. It meant decoupling reporting from national news cycles, and getting readers to become paying “members” instead of relying on advertisements.

    This, he hoped, would help create a readership not based on wealth, class, nationality, or location, but on borderless, universal concerns. “We try to see our members. . . as part of a group or knowledge community, where the thing they share is the knowledge they have about a specific structural subject matter,” be it climate, inequality, or migration, Wijnberg says. “I think democracy and politics answers more to media than the other way around, so if you change the way media covers the world you change a lot.”

    That approach worked well in the Netherlands: his team raised 1.7 million euros in 2013, and grew to include 60,000 members. A few years later, Wijnberg and his colleagues decided to expand into the US, and with the help of NYU’s Jay Rosen, an early supporter, they made it onto Trevor Noah’s Daily Show to pitch their idea.

    The Correspondent raised more than $2.5 million from nearly 50,000 members—a great success, by any measure. But in March, things started to get hairy, with the publication abruptly pulling the plug on opening a US newsroom and announcing that staff would edit stories reported from the US from the original Amsterdam office instead. Many of the reasons behind this are mundane: visas, high rent, relocation costs. And reporters would still be reporting from, and on, the States. But supporters felt blindsided, calling the operation a scam.

    Today, Wijnberg reflects that he should have controlled the messaging better, and not promised to hire and operate from New York until he was certain that he could. He also wonders why it matters.

    “It’s not saying people who think it matters are wrong,” he explains. “But if the whole idea of this kind of geography and why it’s there is a construct, and you’re trying to think about transcending it, the very notion of Where are you based? is secondary. The whole point is not to be based anywhere.”

    Still: “The view from everywhere—the natural opposite—is just as real,” Wijnberg concedes. “You can’t be everywhere. You have to be somewhere.”

    And that’s the rub: for all of nationalism’s ills, it does instill in its subjects what Anderson calls a “deep, horizontal comradeship” that, while imagined, blossoms thanks to a confluence of forces. It can’t be replicated supranationally overnight. The challenge for a cosmopolitan journalism, then, is to dream up new forms of belonging that look forward, not backward—without discarding the imagined communities we have.

    That’s hard; so hard that it more frequently provokes a retrenchment, not an expansion, of solidarity. But it’s not impossible. And our collective futures almost certainly depend on it.

    https://www.cjr.org/special_report/view-from-nowhere.php
    #journalisme #nationalisme #Etat-nation #communauté_nationale #communauté_internationale #frontières #presse #médias

  • Le souffle des communs sur l’école : pour une formation à la participation | AOC media - Analyse Opinion Critique
    https://aoc.media/opinion/2019/07/04/le-souffle-des-communs-sur-lecole-pour-une-formation-a-la-participation

    Dans les faits, nos villes et nos campagnes regorgent d’initiatives citoyennes ou de réseaux coopératifs. Il existe de multiples expressions du désir de participation à des projets collectifs comme les jardins partagés des Incroyables Comestibles ou les fablabs dans lesquels se croisent artistes, bricoleurs et férus de programmation. De leurs côtés, le monde politique et le monde de la culture, à travers les centres scientifiques ou culturels, les musées et les bibliothèques s’emparent aussi de la question de la participation des publics.

    Mais cela reste encore très difficile de prendre en compte la parole des participants ou de proposer des actions qui n’enferment pas le public dans une forme d’entre soi culturel. Il est complexe, en effet, de penser des dispositifs qui autorisent une réelle expression citoyenne. Par ailleurs, certains publics ne se donnent pas toujours le droit à la participation. En tant que professeures documentalistes de collège, nous pensons que l’école a là un rôle de formation essentiel à jouer. Et la pensée des communs qui se diffuse depuis quelques années apporte à notre réflexion des pistes pédagogiques pour concevoir l’appropriation culturelle comme un outil d’émancipation et de justice sociale.

    Nous pensons que ces capacités à participer à la vie d’une communauté peuvent s’apprendre à l’école. Une mission importante de l’école est d’offrir à tous les mêmes ressources et les mêmes opportunités d’apprentissage tout au long de la vie. Cela implique la transmission de savoirs fondamentaux indispensables (lire, écrire, compter), de savoirs culturels (culture générale commune) et de savoirs critiques utiles à la participation démocratique. Cela nécessite aussi le développement de compétences telles que la capacité à vivre avec autrui dans le respect de ses convictions, la capacité à être créatif, l’autonomie, ainsi que la capacité à apprendre tout au long de la vie. Ces apprentissages doivent se penser non séparément mais ensemble, au sein d’activités et de séances complexes qui demandent le développement de l’esprit en même temps que la personnalité des élèves.

    « L’école du partage » que nous proposons est une école qui cherche à combattre l’entre-soi culturel et à garantir à chacun le besoin, l’envie ou la capacité d’une participation et d’un engagement actif dans la société. Elle se réfléchit tout autant dans les savoirs qu’elle doit transmettre, des savoirs adaptés aux évolutions technologiques, que dans les formes de cette transmission. Pour que cette formation à la participation ne reste pas un voeu pieux, nous proposons, portées par la pensée des communs, des pistes pour élargir la réflexion pédagogique.

    Favoriser l’étude de controverses
    Convaincues par l’idée que participer c’est savoir porter une voix, un avis, une opinion sur des sujets complexes, nous proposons aux élèves dans le cadre des cours d’éducation aux médias et à l’information, d’étudier des sujets à controverse.

    Soutenir les relations entre élèves
    Pour autant, nous ne nous contentons pas de travailler les problématiques liées au partage des connaissances dans le cadre de séances consacrées à l’étude des outils numériques tels que Google, Wikipédia ou Youtube. Pour qu’elles prennent véritablement sens à leurs yeux, ces notions et valeurs doivent être familières dès le plus jeunes âge. C’est une des raisons pour lesquelles nous encourageons le développement des relations interpersonelles.

    Assurément rien de neuf ! Dans son ouvrage La métamorphose de l’école : quand les élèves font la classe, Vincent Faillet montre que l’école, au 19ème siècle avec les écoles mutuelles, abandonnées par la suite, avait réussi à concevoir un système d’instruction basé sur les relations entre élèves. L’apprentissage par interactions entre pairs a été exploré ensuite par les pédagogues des pédagogies coopératives, notamment dans le courant de l’Éducation Nouvelle. Son efficacité est aujourd’hui validée par les recherches en science cognitives. Ce sont aussi des méthodes portées par les mouvements d’éducation populaire notamment les réseaux d’échanges réciproques de savoirs initiés par Claire et Marc Heber-Suffrin dans les années 70.

    Accompagner l’émergence d’une culture transformative
    Réfléchir à une formation à la participation c’est comprendre comment les connaissances individuelles s’appuient et s’enrichissent toujours sur les connaissances des générations antérieures. C’est donc réfléchir à la question de l’appropriation des savoirs. Même le plus autodidacte des individus n’apprend jamais seul, mais en consultant les oeuvres d’individus qui l’ont précédé. C’est le cas pour les connaissances scientifiques. C’est aussi le cas pour les pratiques culturelles : elles s’appuient toujours sur des oeuvres héritées qui sont lues, vues ou écoutées, et qui inspirent de nouvelles productions. Avec le numérique, on assiste au déploiement d’une culture transformative qui utilise les oeuvres existantes pour en créer de nouvelles.

    Cette culture transformative s’accompagne souvent de la création de communautés en ligne autour de remix musicaux, d’écriture de fanfictions ou de détournement d’images. Il existe par exemple de très nombreuses versions d’Harry Potter en ligne sur Wattpad écrites et lues par une communauté de fans. Les musées, de plus en plus, incitent les publics à remixer et détourner les oeuvres de leur fonds pour les faire vivre. Mais là encore, qui participe à ces projets en dehors des publics déjà sensibilisés ?

    Développer le pouvoir d’agir
    Ces dispositifs s’inscrivent dans notre volonté de renforcer le pouvoir d’agir des individus (traduction du vocable anglais empowerment). S’il vise à augmenter leur capacité à participer à la vie collective, on imagine aisément les limites d’un pouvoir d’agir uniquement basé sur le développement individuel, les intérêts des uns entrant en conflit avec ceux des autres. Le pouvoir d’agir doit donc considérer aussi la capacité des individus à agir entre eux pour le bien du groupe. Au sein des établissements où nous exerçons, nous travaillons sur trois dimensions de pouvoir d’agir : pouvoir de, pouvoir sur et pouvoir avec.

    Développer le désir d’apprendre tout au long de la vie
    La société actuelle est face à de nouveaux défis, dont les réponses et solutions envisageables sont nécessairement complexes et se trouveront en faisant converger une multiplicité de disciplines. Cela nécessite, peut être plus encore qu’auparavant, d’être en constante autoformation. Pour cette autoformation, en plus d’avoir accès via le web, à des ressources en grand nombre, nous disposons en France d’une offre riche en matière de musées, bibliothèques, centre culturels et scientifiques, centres d’archives etc. Mais la familiarité avec ces lieux, et l’aisance à y participer ne vont pas de soi. Comment développer chez tout le monde la curiosité, le plaisir, le goût du savoir vrai et la persévérance dans l’apprentissage ? N’est-ce pas le rôle de l’école de former des individus concernés et actifs politiquement, capables de débattre avec leurs concitoyens et par là même de s’autoformer tout au long de la vie ? Il y a deux siècles, déjà, le marquis de Condorcet mettait en garde dans un rapport remis en 1792 contre une instruction qui ne s’intéresserait qu’aux enfants et délaisserait les adultes.

    L’école peut prendre en charge cette formation, qui s’appuie sur de nombreuses actions déjà en place qui méritent simplement d’être renforcées et reliées les unes aux autres. Un récent rapport du conseil économique, social et environnemental invite à « mettre en lumière la modernité de l’éducation populaire ». L’école doit pouvoir se rapprocher des associations d’éducation populaire dont les méthodes d’apprentissage horizontales peuvent amplement enrichir les pratiques pédagogiques des enseignants. Il existe des liens entre Éducation nationale et éducation populaire avec des agréments qui mériteraient d’être plus connus sur le terrain. Nous proposons aussi de renforcer le lien avec les institutions culturelles dans le cadre des parcours éducatifs artistiques et culturels : bibliothèques, fablabs, musées, centres d’archive…

    En travaillant à la rédaction de notre ouvrage « À l’école du partage : les communs dans l’enseignement » nous nous sommes aperçues que la pensée des communs, reliante, pouvait s’appuyer sur de nombreux acquis pour développer une formation de tous à participer à la vie de la cité. Mais il est nécessaire d’approfondir les liens entre l’école et les initiatives participatives publiques, privées, associatives, individuelles.

    La volonté d’inclusion et d’émancipation nécessite des acteurs qui réfléchissent ensemble à des postures complémentaires comme le déclare le manifeste de l’association Peuple et Culture fondée par Joffre Dumazedier au lendemain de la seconde guerre mondiale : « La culture populaire ne saurait être qu’une culture commune à tout un peuple. Elle n’est pas à distribuer. Il faut la vivre ensemble pour la créer ».

    #C&F_éditions #Ecole_partage #Marion_Carbillet #Hélène_Mulot

  • Les Ethiopiens d’Israël manifestent après le « meurtre » d’un des leurs par la police
    Par Le Figaro avec AFP Publié le 02/07/2019 à 21:57
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/les-ethiopiens-d-israel-manifestent-apres-le-meurtre-d-un-des-leurs-par-la-

    Des Israéliens d’origine éthiopienne manifestaient mardi leur colère après la mort d’un membre de leur communauté, tué par un policier qui n’était pas en service et dans des circonstances encore troubles.

    La mort dimanche soir de Solomon Teka, âgé de 18 ou 19 ans, a ravivé parmi les Ethiopiens d’Israël les accusations de racisme policier à son encontre. Depuis lundi soir, ces Israéliens manifestent à Kiryat Haim, près de Haïfa (nord), lieu où a été abattu Solomon Teka. Mardi, jour de son enterrement, la contestation a repris. La mort de Solomon Teka n’est rien d’autre qu’un « meurtre », a accusé sur les ondes de la radio israélienne Amir Teka, cousin de la victime. Les manifestants ont bloqué plusieurs routes et une quinzaine de carrefours, brûlant des pneus et attaquant parfois les véhicules qui tentaient de passer leurs barrages improvisés. Au moins 19 contestataires ont été interpellés, selon la police.

    « Nous devons faire tout notre possible pour nous assurer que la police cesse de tuer des gens à cause de leur couleur de peau », a déclaré à l’AFP l’un des manifestants, Mengisto, 26 ans. « Nous avons besoin d’obtenir des garanties de la part de l’Etat ou de la police que cela ne se reproduira plus », a-t-il exigé.

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    Israël : des manifestations dégénèrent après la mort d’un Israélien d’origine éthiopienne (VIDEOS)
    3 juil. 2019, 16:02
    https://francais.rt.com/international/63600-israel-manifestations-degenerent-apres-mort-israelien-origine-eth

    A la suite de la disparition de Solomon Tekah, probablement tué par un policier, la communauté éthiopienne d’Israël a manifesté sa colère. Différentes villes ont connu des affrontements au cours desquels manifestants et policiers ont été blessés. (...)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=61&v=hjTyEsGgB6g

    #émeutesisraéliennes

    • Family of Ethiopian Israeli Shot Dead by Police Urges Halt to Protests

      Major Tel Aviv junction blocked in third day of unrest ■ Dozens of demonstrators arrested
      Yaniv Kubovich, Almog Ben Zikri, Josh Breiner , Bar Peleg, Noa Shpigel and Aaron Rabinowitz Jul 03, 2019 7:45 PM
      https://www.haaretz.com/police-brace-for-third-day-of-protests-over-shooting-of-ethiopian-israeli-t

      The family of an Ethiopian Israeli teen whose shooting death by an off-duty police officer sparked a wave of prortests across the country called Wednesday for demonstrations to be put on hold, as they enter their third day.

      A friend of the 18-year-old Solomon Teka’s family said his father asked for protests to halt until the seven days of Jewish mourning, known as shiva, are over.

      Although police warned earlier on Wednesday they would not allow roads blockages, demonstrators were attempting to disrupt traffic in a number of locations across Israel.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVtTSNHLoz0

      Seven people who were trying to block a road south of Tel Aviv, were forcibly removed by police and detained. One protester has been arrested in the northern city of Kiryat Ata, where about 100 people have gathered and begun marching toward the Zevulun police station. Five more people were detained for attempting to block access to a police station in Yavne.

      Speaking at a meeting of ministers tasked with advancing the integration of the Ethiopian Israeli community Wednesday evening, Prime Minister Netanyahu called on lawmakers to “exert their influence” and stop the violence immediately. “The death of Solomon Teka is a big tragedy, but we cannot tolerate this violence,” he said.

      Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that police forces were bracing for heightened tensions after Tuesday night’s protest against police brutality and racism toward Jews of Ethiopian descent turned violent, with 136 arrests and 111 injured policemen. The arrests were for allegedly attacking policemen, vandalism, and gross disturbance of public order.

      One protester’s remand was extended until Friday, for allegedly setting a car on fire in Tel Aviv. Another protester’s remand has been extended until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday for attempting to run over a police officer. A 24-year-old was arrested in Ashdod after he was caught on video lighting a border policeman’s uniform on fire. Police identified him and arrested him Wednesday.

      Erdan also noted that police had information that some protesters were planning to arm themselves and try to shoot policemen during the upcoming protests.

      The police announced that it will not allow protesters to block main roads on Wednesday, after roads were blocked throughout Israel on Tuesday evening, causing mass traffic jams. Magen David Adom stated that in the protests the night before, beyond the 111 officers who were hurt, 26 protesters were also injured, nine passers-by, and one firefighter. MDA also said that seven of its ambulances and four emergency first-aid motorbikes were damaged by rock-throwers.

      Police employed means of riot control Tuesday, including tear gas and stun grenades, as protesters closed down main city arteries, burning tires and vandalizing cars. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Army Radio that while he understands the frustration and suffering of tens of thousands, the police did what they had to do. Erdan also vowed that the violence would not recur, and that if necessary, police would defend themselves.

      People were incited through social media, he said, boosting the violence to levels previously unknown, such as the throwing of a firebomb at a police station. He reiterated intense regret and sorrow over Teka’s death but added that the incident is not representative of change in the Israeli police in recent years.

      Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the “Ethiopian community is dear to us,” however the state is not prepared to tolerate blocking of roads or violence “including firebombs thrown toward our forces, the burning of cars or any other civilian property. We are a law-abiding nation. We demand that everyone respect the law.”

      Netanyahu convened a committee of ministers Wednesday night to advance the integration of the Ethiopian community and discuss “excessive policing and the patterns of behavior toward of those of Ethiopian descent.” Netanyahu added, “we’ve already seen improvement in this area and it seems that we need to make many more improvements.”

      In the northern city of Kiryat Ata, over a thousand marched on the Zevulun police station and smoke grenades were thrown into the station. Around 200 demonstrators in Afula blocked traffic on one of the northern city’s main streets. Meanwhile, major roads in several cities, including Tel Aviv and Haifa, were blocked by demonstrators burning tires.

      President Reuven Rivlin called for restraint and dialogue: “The rage must not be expressed in violence,” he tweeted. “The handful who chose violence are not the face of the protest and must not become the face of the protest, which we very much understand.” Rivlin called for a meeting together with representatives of all the parties involved in public safety: “Only through open conversation, difficult as it is, can change be achieved.”

      On Monday the police said that Teka may have been hit by a bullet ricocheting off the ground.

    • Rage Against the Police: 13 Photos From Ethiopian Israelis’ Protest

      Escalating demonstrations over the death of 18-year-old Ethiopian Israeli teen Solomon Teka are entering the third day
      By Haaretz Jul 03, 2019
      https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/MAGAZINE-in-photos-thousands-of-ethiopian-israelis-protest-police-brutality

      Israelis of Ethiopian origin are demonstrating throughout Israel following the death Sunday of 18-year old Solomon Teka, who was shot by police.

      Some of the protests quickly became violent when demonstrators blocked main roads and set on fire a car of a passerby who tried to drive through the blockade.

      A protester is throwing a scooter at a burning car during the Ethiopian Israeli protest in Tel Aviv. Credit : Tomer Appelbaum


      Protesters show photos of 18-year old Solomon Teka of Ethiopian descent, who died after he was shot by police, in Tel Aviv. Credit : Tomer Appelbaum

      A protester stands opposite to a policeman during the protest of Ethiopian Israelis, in Tel Aviv. Credit \ CORINNA KERN/ REUTERS

    • Nouvelle journée de manifestations après la mort d’un Israélien d’origine éthiopienne
      3 juillet 2019
      https://www.lavenir.net/cnt/dmf20190703_01354547/nouvelle-journee-de-manifestations-apres-la-mort-d-un-israelien-d-origine-e

      (Belga) Des manifestations ont eu lieu mercredi à Tel-Aviv et dans le nord d’Israël pour la troisième journée consécutive, après le décès d’un jeune Israélien d’origine éthiopienne, tué par un policier, la communauté éthiopienne dénonçant un crime raciste.
      Solomon Teka, âgé de 19 ans, a été tué dimanche soir par un policier qui n’était pas en service au moment des faits, à Kiryat Haim, une ville proche du port de Haïfa, dans le nord d’Israël. Des dizaines de policiers ont été déployés mercredi dans la ville de Kiryat Ata, non loin de Kiryat Haim. Des manifestants tentant de bloquer une route ont été dispersés par la police. Malgré des appels au calme lancés par les autorités, des jeunes se sont aussi à nouveau rassemblés à Tel-Aviv. Une centaine de personnes ont défié la police en bloquant une route avant d’être dispersées. En trois jours, 140 personnes ont été arrêtées et 111 policiers blessés par des jets de pierres, bouteilles et bombes incendiaires lors des manifestations dans le pays, selon un nouveau bilan de la police. Les embouteillages et les images de voitures en feu ont fait la une des médias. Le Premier ministre Benjamin Netanyahu et le président israélien Reuven Rivlin ont appelé au calme, tout en reconnaissant que les problèmes auxquels était confrontée la communauté israélo-éthiopienne devaient être traités. « La mort de Solomon Teka est une immense tragédie », a dit le Premier ministre. « Des leçons seront tirées. Mais une chose est claire : nous ne pouvons tolérer les violences que nous avons connues hier », a-t-il déclaré mercredi lors d’une réunion du comité ministériel sur l’intégration de la communauté éthiopienne. « Nous ne pouvons pas voir de routes bloquées, ni de cocktails Molotov, ni d’attaques contre des policiers, des citoyens et des propriétés privées », a-t-il ajouté. (...)

    • Les Israéliens éthiopiens s’interrogent : « Nos vies ont-elles moins de prix ? »
      Selon les manifestants, c’est un racisme systématique qui s’exprime derrière les violences policières répétées contre les jeunes noirs en Israël - et qui ont pu entraîner la mort
      Par Simona Weinglass 3 juillet 2019, 14:41
      https://fr.timesofisrael.com/les-israeliens-ethiopiens-sinterrogent-nos-vies-ont-elles-moins-de

      Pour ces jeunes Israéliens d’origine éthiopienne qui manifestent, mardi, pour dénoncer le meurtre d’un membre de leur communauté par un policier, ce n’est pas seulement l’expression d’une colère contre ce qu’ils considèrent comme un racisme systématique profondément ancré du côté des forces de l’ordre.

      C’est aussi un cri exprimant une frustration entraînée par des promesses de changement, maintes fois répétées et qui n’ont rien changé.

      Dans tout le pays, ce sont des milliers de manifestants issus de la communauté et leurs soutiens qui ont bloqué les routes pour faire part de leur fureur après la mort de Solomon Tekah, qui a été abattu cette semaine par un agent de police qui n’était pas en service à ce moment-là.
      (...)
      Une jeune femme d’une vingtaine d’années, vêtue d’une robe d’été et originaire de Ness Ziona, dans le centre d’Israël, confie : « Je suis complètement bouleversée. D’abord, on se dit : OK, c’est arrivé une fois mais ça n’arrivera plus. La fois suivante, on se dit : d’accord, peut-être qu’ils vont enfin régler ça ».

      « Mais quand ça devient systématique, alors là vous vous demandez si effectivement votre vie a moins de prix qu’une autre ? », lance-t-elle.

      « Ce jeune », ajoute-t-elle en évoquant Tekah, « ses parents lui ont donné tout ce qu’ils avaient. Ils l’ont élevé pendant toutes ces années. Et un jour, quelqu’un a décidé qu’il était autorisé à l’abattre ».

      Tekah est mort au cours d’une altercation survenue dimanche à Haïfa, dans le quartier Kiryat Haim.

      Un témoin de la fusillade aurait indiqué au département des enquêtes internes de la police, qui dépend du ministère de la Défense, que contrairement à ce qu’a pu affirmer le policier incriminé, ce dernier ne semblait pas être en danger quand il a ouvert le feu.

      L’agent a été brièvement placé en détention avant d’être assigné à domicile, attisant la colère au sein de la communauté.(...)

  • Must we decolonise #Open_Access? Perspectives from Francophone Africa

    A long read featuring the recent work of Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou and Florence Piron, on how a truly open and inclusive ‘Open Access’ movement must include those at the periphery

    I recently watched the recording of the fantastic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion session at OpenCon, and I was struck by the general theme of how ‘openness’ isn’t necessarily the force for equality that we perhaps think it is, and how issues of power, exploitation, and hierarchy means that it should be understood differently according to the context in which it is applied. In the session, Denisse Albornoz used the expression of ‘situated openness’ to describe how our Northern conception of openness should not be forced on anyone or any group – it needs to be understood first in individual contexts of historical injustices and post-colonial power structures.

    What stood out for me most in this session, however, (because it related most to my work) was Cameroonian Thomas Mboa’s presentation, which talked about the ‘neo-colonial face of open access’. The presentation employed some very striking critical terms such as ‘cognitive injustice’ and ‘epistemic alienation’ to Open Access.

    I’ve always known that the Open Access movement was far from perfect, but at least it’s moving global science publishing in the right direction, right? Can working towards free access and sharing of research really be ‘neo-colonial’ and lead to ‘alienation’ for users of research in the Global South? And if this really is the case, how can we ‘decolonise’ open access?

    Thomas didn’t get much time to expand on some of the themes he presented, so I got in contact to see if he had covered these ideas elsewhere, and fortunately he has, through his participation in ‘Projet SOHA’ . This is a research-action project that’s been working on open science, empowerment and cognitive justice in French-speaking Africa and Haiti from 2015-17. He provided me with links to four publications written in French by himself and his colleagues from the project – Florence Piron (Université Laval, Quebec, Canada), Antonin Benoît Diouf (Senegal), and Marie Sophie Dibounje Madiba (Cameroon), and many others.

    These articles are a goldmine of provocative ideas and perspectives on Open Access from the Global South, which should challenge all of us in the English-speaking academic publishing community. Therefore, I decided to share some excerpts and extended quotes from these articles below, in amongst some general comments from my (admittedly limited) experience of working with researchers in the Global South.

    The quotes are taken from the following book and articles, which I recommend reading in full (these are easily translatable using the free tool Google Translate Web, which correctly translated around 95% of the text).

    Chapter 2 – ‘Les injustices cognitives en Afrique subsaharienne : réflexions sur les causes et les moyens de lutte’ – Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou (2016), in Piron, Dibounje Madiba et Regulus 2016 (below)
    Justice cognitive, libre accès et savoirs locaux – Collective book edited by Florence Piron, Marie Sophie Dibounje Madiba and Samuel Regulus (2016) (CC-BY) https://scienceetbiencommun.pressbooks.pub/justicecognitive1
    Qui sait ? Le libre accès en Afrique et en Haïti – Florence Piron (2017) (CC-BY) (Soon to be published in English in Forthcoming Open Divide. Critical Studies of Open Access (Herb & Schöpfel ed), Litwinbooks
    Le libre accès vu d’Afrique francophone subsaharienne – Florence Piron, Antonin Benoît Diouf, Marie Sophie Dibounje Madiba, Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou, Zoé Aubierge Ouangré, Djossè Roméo Tessy, Hamissou Rhissa Achaffert, Anderson Pierre and Zakari Lire (2017) (CC-BY-NC-SA)
    Une autre science est possible. Récit d’une utopie concrète dans la Francophonie (le projet SOHA) – Revue Possibles, 2016 (CC-BY)

    Piron et al’s (2017) article starts with a stinging critique of those of us in our Northern scholarly publishing community cliques, and our never-ending open access debates over technicalities:

    “… there are many debates in this community, including on the place of open licenses in open access (is an article really in open access if it is not freely reusable in addition to being freely accessible?), on the legitimacy of the fees charged to authors by certain journals choosing open access, on the quality and evaluation of open access journals, on the very format of the journal as the main vehicle for the dissemination of scientific articles or on the type of documents to be included in institutional or thematic open archives (only peer-reviewed articles or any document related to scientific work?).

    Viewed from Sub-Saharan Francophone Africa, these debates may seem very strange, if not incomprehensible. Above all, they appear very localized: they are debates of rich countries, of countries of the North, where basic questions such as the regular payment of a reasonable salary to academics, the existence of public funding for research, access to the web, electricity, well-stocked libraries and comfortable and safe workplaces have long been settled.” Piron et al. (2017)

    … and their critique gets more and more scathing from here for the Open Access movement. OA advocates – tighten your seatbelts – you are not going to find this a comfortable ride.

    “… a conception of open access that is limited to the legal and technical questions of the accessibility of science without thinking about the relationship between center and periphery can become a source of epistemic alienation and neocolonialism in the South”. Piron et al. (2017)

    “Is open access the solution to the documented shortcomings of these African universities and, in doing so, a crucial means of getting scientific research off the ground? I would like to show that this is not the case, and to suggest that open access can instead become a neo-colonial tool by reinforcing the cognitive injustices that prevent African researchers from fully deploying their research capacities in the service of the community and sustainable local development of their country.” Piron (2017)

    Ouch. To understand these concepts of ‘cognitive injustice’ and ‘epistemic alienation’, it helps to understand this ‘world system’ and the power relationship between the centre and the periphery. This is based on Wallerstein’s (1996) model, which Thomas featured in his OpenCon slides:

    “… a world-system whose market unit is the scientific publication circulating between many instances of high economic value, including universities, research centers, science policies, journals and an oligopoly of for-profit scientific publishers (Larivière, Haustein, and Mongeon, 2015).” Piron et al. (2017)

    “… we believe that science, far from being universal, has been historically globalized. Inspiring us, like Keim (2010) and a few others (Polanco, 1990), from Wallerstein’s (1996) theory, we consider that it constitutes a world-system whose market unit is the scientific publication. Produced mainly in the North, this merchandise obeys standards and practices that are defined by the ‘center’ of the system, namely the main commercial scientific publishers (Larivière, Haustein, & Mongeon, 2015), and their university partners are the US and British universities dominating the so-called world rankings. The semi-periphery is constituted by all the other countries of the North or emerging from the South which revolve around this center, adopting the English language in science and conforming to the model LMD (license, master, doctorate) imposed since the Bologna process to all the universities of the world with the aim of “normalizing” and standardizing the functioning of this world-system. The periphery then refers to all the countries that are excluded from this system, which produce no or very few scientific publications or whose research work is invisible, but to whom the LMD model has also been imposed (Charlier, Croché, & Ndoye 2009, Hountondji 2001)”. Piron et al. (2017)

    So, the continuing bias and global focus towards the powerful ‘center’ of the world-system leads to the epistemic alienation of those on the periphery, manifesting in a ‘spiritual colonisation’:

    “… this attitude that drives us to want to think about local problems with Western perspective is a colonial legacy to which many African citizens hang like a ball.” Mboa (2016).

    So where does Open Access fit in with this world-system?

    “… if open access is to facilitate and accelerate the access of scientists from the South to Northern science without looking into the visibility of knowledge of the South, it helps to redouble their alienation epistemic without contributing to their emancipation. Indeed, by making the work of the center of the world-system of science even more accessible, open access maximizes their impact on the periphery and reinforces their use as a theoretical reference or as a normative model, to the detriment of local epistemologies.” Piron et al. (2017)

    Rethinking Northern perspectives

    This should be an eye-opening analysis for those of us who assumed that access to research knowledge in the North could only be a good thing for the South. Perhaps we need to examine the arrogance behind our narrow worldview, and consider more deeply the power at the heart of such a one-way knowledge exchange. Many of us might find this difficult, as:

    “The idea that open access may have the effects of neocolonialism is incomprehensible to people blind to epistemological diversity, who reduce the proclaimed universalism of Western science to the impoverished model of the standards imposed by the Web of Science model. For these people, the invisibility of a publication in their numerical reference space (located in the center of the world-system) is equivalent to its non-existence. The idea that valid and relevant knowledge can exist in another form and independently of the world-system that fascinates them is unthinkable.” Piron et al. (2017)

    Having spent a little time at scholarly publishing events in the Global North, I can attest that the mindset described above is common. There are kind thoughts (and a few breadcrumbs thrown in the form of grants and fellowships) towards those on the periphery, but it is very much in the mindset of helping those from the Global South ‘catch up’. Our mindset is very much as Piron describes here:

    “If one sticks to the positivist view that “science” is universal – even if its “essence” is symbolized by the American magazine Science – then indeed African science, that is to say in Africa, is late, and we need to help it develop so that it looks more and more like the North”. Piron (2017)

    And whilst in the North we may have a lot of respect for different cultural perspectives, genuine reciprocal exchanges of research knowledge are rare. We are supremely confident that our highly-developed scientific publishing model deserves to be at the centre of our system. This can lead to selective blindness about the rigorousness of our science and our indexed journals, in spite of the steady drip drip drip of reports of biased peer review, data fraud and other ethical violations in ‘high-impact’ Northern journals, exposed in places like retraction watch.

    North/South research collaborations are rarely equitable – southern partners often complain of being used as data-gatherers rather than intellectual equals and partners in research projects, even when the research is being carried out in their own country.

    “These [Northern] partners inevitably guide the problems and the methodological and epistemological choices of African researchers towards the only model they know and value, the one born at the center of the world-system of science – without questioning whether this model is relevant to Africa and its challenges”. Piron et al (2017).

    These issues of inequity in collaborative relationships and publication practices seem inextricably linked, which is not surprising when the ultimate end goal of research is publishing papers in Northern journals, rather than actually solving Southern development challenges.

    “In this context, open access may appear as a neocolonial tool, as it facilitates access by Southern researchers to Northern science without ensuring reciprocity. In doing so, it redoubles the epistemic alienation of these researchers instead of contributing to the emancipation of the knowledge created in the universities of the South by releasing them from their extraversion. Indeed, by making the work produced in the center of the world-system even more accessible, free access maximizes their impact on the periphery and reinforces their use as a theoretical reference or as a normative model, to the detriment of local epistemologies, which generates situations absurd as, for example, the use of a theoretical framework related to wage labor in the Paris region to analyze the work of women in northern Mali” Piron (2017)

    “The resulting consequences are, in particular, the teachers of the Southern countries who quote and read only writers from the North and impose them on their students and the libraries of our universities who do everything to subscribe to Western scholarly journals while they do not deal with our problems. (Mboa Nkoudou, 2016 )”

    This is also a striking example:

    “It is very sad to note that geographers in Ouagadougou are more familiar with European work on the Sahel than those at the Higher Institute of Sahel in Maroua, Cameroon.” Piron (2017)

    The lack of equity in research knowledge exchange and collaboration is also caused by another one-way North to South flow: funding. Research in the South is often dependent on foreign funding. Big Northern donors and funders therefore set the standards and agendas in research, and in how the entire research funding system works. Southern partners rarely get to set the agenda, and researchers rarely get to develop the research questions that guide the research. They have to learn to jump through administrative hoops to become credible in the eyes of the Northern donor (for more information see ‘Who drives research in developing countries?‘).

    Southern institutions are also compelled, via league tables such as the World Unviersity Rankings, to play the same game as institutions in the North. Institutions are ranked against each other according to criteria set in the North, one of which is citations (of course, only citations between journals in the Web of Science or Scopus, which is overwhelmingly Northern). And so to stay ‘competitive’, Southern institutions need their researchers to publish in Northern journals with Northern language and agendas.
    Northern agendas and local innovation

    Whilst it is tempting to think that the issues and criticism described above is mostly a problem for the social sciences and humanities, there are also real issues in the ‘hard’ sciences – perhaps not so much in their epistemological foundations – but in very practical issues of Northern research agendas. For example, Northern research, being based in Europe and the US, is overwhelmingly biased towards white people, in diversity of leadership, diversity of researchers, and most importantly in the whiteness of clinical trial subjects. This is problematic because different ethnic populations have different genetic makeups and differences due to geography, that mean they respond differently to treatments (see here, here and here). Are African and Asian researchers informed of this when they read research from so-called ‘international’ journals?

    Furthermore, these Northern agendas can also mean that research focuses on drugs, equipment and treatments that are simply not suitable for developing country contexts. I was reminded of a discussion comment recently made by a Pakistani surgeon on the Northern bias of systematic reviews:

    “There is a definite bias in this approach as almost all of the guidelines and systematic reviews are based on the research carried out in high income countries and the findings and the recommendations have little relevance to the patients, health care system and many a time serve no purpose to the millions of patients based in low resourced countries. e.g. I routinely used Phenol blocks for spasticity management for my patients which were abandoned two decades ago in the West. Results are great, and the patients can afford this Rs 200 phenol instead of Rs 15,000 Botox vial. But, unfortunately, I am unable to locate a single systematic review on the efficacy of phenol as all published research in the last decade was only on the use of Botox in the management of spasticity.” Farooq Rathore (HIFA mailing list, 2016).

    Similarly, I’ve read research papers from the South that report on innovative approaches to medical treatments and other problems that utilise lower-cost equipment and methodologies (in fact, as is argued here, research in low-resource environments can often be more efficient and innovative, containing many lessons we, in the North, could learn from). This point is also made by Piron et al:

    “… the production of technical and social innovations is rich in Sub-Saharan French-speaking Africa, as evidenced by the high number of articles on this subject in the Sci-Dev magazine, specializing in science for development, or in the ecofin site, an economic information agency turned towards Africa. But these are mostly local innovations that mobilize local resources and often recycled materials to, for example, introduce electricity into a village, better irrigate fields or offer lighting after sunset. The aim of these innovations is to contribute to local development and not to the development of international markets, unlike innovations designed in the North which, while targeting the countries of the South, remain highly marketable – just think of milk powder or GMO seeds. The issue of open access to scientific publications is a very secondary issue for local innovators in such a context”. (Piron et al. 2016)

    These examples of innovation aside, there are many cases where the ‘epistemic alienation’ described above leads to ‘the exclusion or contempt of local knowledge’ (Mboa, 2016), even amongst researchers in the global South.

    “In fact, Western culture abundantly relayed in the media and textbooks is shown to be superior to other cultures. This situation is pushing Africans to multiply their efforts to reach the ideal of life of the “white”. This situation seems to block their ability to think locally, or even to be reactive. Thus, faced with a given situation specific to the African context, many are those who first draw on the resources of Western thinking to propose elements of answers.” Mboa (2016)

    Free and open access as ‘showcasing products’

    The Research4Life (R4L) programme also comes in for criticism from Piron et al. which will come as a shock to Northern publishing people who often use the ‘… but they’ve got Research4Life’ line when faced with evidence of global research inequalities.

    “… while pretending to charitably provide university libraries in the Global South with free access to pre-defined packages of paid journals from the North, this program, set up by for-profit scientific publishers, maintains the dependence of these libraries, limits their understanding of the true network of open access publications and, above all, improves the market for the products sold by these publishers.” Piron et al (2017)

    “… this program encourages the continued reliance of these libraries on an external program, designed in the North and showcasing Northern products, while it may disappear as soon as this philanthropic desire is exhausted or as soon as trading partners will not find any more benefits.”

    Whilst I still think R4L is a great initiative (I know many researchers in the Global South who are very appreciative of the programme), it’s difficult to disagree with the conclusion that:

    ‘… this program mainly improves the opportunities of Northern publishers without contributing to the sustainable empowerment of university libraries in the South … this charity seems very hypocritical, let alone arbitrary, since it can stop at any time.” Piron (2017)

    Of course, the same could be said of Article Processing Charge (APC) waivers for developing country authors. Waivers are currently offered by the majority of journals from the big publishers (provided according to the same HINARI list of countries provided by Research4Life), although sometimes you have to dig deep into the terms and conditions pages to find them. Waivers are good for publishers to showcase their corporate social responsibility and provide diversity of authorship. However, they are unsustainable – this charity is unlikely to last forever, especially as they rely on the pool of Southern authors being relatively limited. It should also be noted that developing countries with the most active, growing researcher communities such as Nigeria, South Africa and India do not qualify for either R4L access or APC waivers.

    Speaking of APCs, something I observe regularly amongst Southern researchers is a confusion over the ‘Gold’ OA author-pays model, and this too is noted:

    “In northern countries, many researchers, especially in STEM (Björk and Solomon, 2012) [ 7 ], believe (wrongly) that open access now means “publication fees charged to authors” … this commercial innovation appears to be paying off, as these costs appear to be natural to researchers.” Piron (2017)

    This also appears to be paying off in the Global South – authors seem resigned to pay some kind of charge to publish, and it is common to have to point out to authors that over two-thirds of OA journals and 99% of subscription journals do not charge to publish (although, the rise of ‘predatory’ journals may have magnified this misunderstanding that pay-to-publish is the norm).

    It may be tempting to think of these inequalities as an unfortunate historical accident, and that our attempts to help the Global South ‘catch up’ are just a little clumsy and patronising. However, Piron argues that this is no mere accident, but the result of colonial exploitation that still resonates in existing power structures today:

    “Open access is then easily seen as a means of catching up, at least filling gaps in libraries and often outdated teaching […] Africa is considered as lagging behind the modern world, which would explain its underdevelopment, to summarize this sadly hegemonic conception of north-south relations. By charity, Northern countries then feel obliged to help, which feeds the entire industry surrounding development aid [….] this model of delay, violently imposed by the West on the rest of the world through colonization, has been used to justify the economic and cognitive exploitation (Connell, 2014) of colonized continents without which modernity could not have prospered.” Piron (2017)

    To build the path or take the path?

    Of course, the authors do admit that access to Northern research has a role to play in the Global South, provided the access is situated in local contexts:

    “… African science should be an African knowledge, rooted in African contexts, that uses African epistemologies to answer African questions, while also using other knowledge from all over the world, including Western ones, if they are relevant locally.” Piron (2017)

    However, the practical reality of Open Access for Southern researchers is often overstated. There is a crucial distinction between making content ‘open’ and providing the means to access that content. As Piron et al. 2017 say:

    “To put a publication in open access: is it, to build the path (technical or legal) that leads to it, or is it to make it possible for people to take this path? This distinction is crucial to understand the difference in meaning of open access between the center and the periphery of the world-system of science, although only an awareness of the conditions of scientific research in the Southern countries makes it possible to visualize it, to perceive it.”

    This crucial difference between availability and accessibility has also been explained by Anne Powell on Scholarly Kitchen. There are many complex barriers to ‘free’ and ‘open’ content actually being accessed and used. The most obvious of these barriers is internet connectivity, but librarian training, language and digital literacy also feature significantly:

    “Finding relevant open access articles on the web requires digital skills that, as we have seen, are rare among Haitian and African students for whom the web sometimes comes via Facebook … Remember that it is almost always when they arrive at university that these students first touch a computer. The catching up is fast, but many reflexes acquired since the primary school in the countries of the North must be developed before even being able to imagine that there are open access scientific texts on the web to make up for the lack of documents in the libraries. In the words of the Haitian student Anderson Pierre, “a large part of the students do not know the existence of these resources or do not have the digital skills to access and exploit them in order to advance their research project”. Piron (2017)

    Barriers to local knowledge exchange

    Unfortunately, this is made even more difficult by resistance and misunderstanding of the internet and digital tools from senior leadership in Africa:

    “Social representations of the web, science and copyright also come into play, especially among older academics, a phenomenon that undermines the appropriation of digital technologies at the basis of open access in universities.” Piron et al. (2017)

    “To this idea that knowledge resides only in printed books is added a representation of the web which also has an impact on the local resistance to open access: our fieldwork has allowed us to understand that, for many African senior academics, the web is incompatible with science because it contains only documents or sites that are of low quality, frivolous or entertaining. These people infer that science in open access on the web is of lower quality than printed science and are very surprised when they learn that most of the journals of the world-system of science exist only in dematerialized format. … Unfortunately, these resistances slow down the digitization and the web dissemination of African scientific works, perpetuating these absurd situations where the researchers of the same field in neighboring universities do not know what each other is doing”. Piron et al. (2017)

    This complaint about in-country communication from researchers in the South can be common, but there are signs that open access can make a difference – as an example, in Sri Lanka, I’ve spoken to researchers who say that communicating research findings within the country has always been a problem, but the online portal Sri Lanka Journals Online (currently 77 open access Sri Lankan journals) has started to improve this situation. This project was many years in the making, and has involved training journal editors and librarians in loading online content and improving editorial practices for open access. The same, of course, could be said for African Journals Online, which has potential to facilitate sharing on a larger scale.

    Arguably, some forms of institutional resistance to openness in the Global South have a neocolonial influence – universities have largely borrowed and even intensified the Northern ‘publish or perish’ mantra which focuses the academic rewards system almost entirely on journal publications, often in northern-indexed journals, rather than on impact on real world development.

    “The system of higher education and research in force in many African countries remains a remnant of colonization, perpetuated by the reproduction, year after year, of the same ideals and principles. This reproduction is assured not by the old colonizers but by our own political leaders who are perpetuating a system structured according to a classical partitioning that slows down any possible communication between researchers within the country or with the outside world, even worse between the university and the immediate environment. For the ruling class, the changes taking place in the world and the society’s needs seem to have no direct link to the university.” Mboa (2016)

    Mboa calls this partitioning between researchers and outsiders as “a tight border between society and science”:

    “African researchers are so attached to the ideal of neutrality of science and concern of its ‘purity’ that they consider contacts with ordinary citizens as ‘risks’ or threats and that they prefer to evolve in their ‘ivory tower’. On the other hand, ordinary citizens feel so diminished compared to researchers that to talk to them about their eventual involvement in research is a taboo subject …” Mboa (2016)

    Uncolonising openness

    So what is the answer to all these problems? Is it in building the skills of researchers and institutions or a complete change of philosophy?

    “The colonial origin of African science (Mvé-Ondo, 2005) is certainly no stranger to this present subjugation of African science to northern research projects, nor to its tendency to imitate Western science without effort. Contextualization, particularly in the quasi-colonial structuring of sub-Saharan African universities (Fredua-Kwarteng, 2015) and in maintaining the use of a colonial language in university education. Considering this institutionalized epistemic alienation as yet another cognitive injustice, Mvé-Ondo wonders “how to move from a westernization of science to a truly shared science” (p.49) and calls for “epistemological mutation”, “rebirth”, modernizing “African science at the crossroads of local knowledge and northern science – perhaps echoing the call of Fanon (1962/2002) for a “new thinking” in the Third World countries, detached from European model, decolonized.” Piron et al. (2017)

    For this to happen, open access must be about more than just access – but something much more holistic and equitable:

    “Can decentralized, decolonised open access then contribute to creating more cognitive justice in global scientific production? Our answer is clear: yes, provided that it is not limited to the question of access for scientific and non-scientific readers to scientific publications. It must include the concern for origin, creation, local publishing and the desire to ensure equity between the accessibility of the publications of the center of the world system and that of knowledge from the periphery. It thus proposes to replace the normative universalism of globalized science with an inclusive universalism, open to the ecology of knowledges and capable of building an authentic knowledge commons (Gruson-Daniel, 2015; Le Crosnier, 2015), hospitable for the knowledge of the North and the South”. Piron et al. (2017)

    Mboa sees the solution to this multifaceted problem in ‘open science’:

    “[Cognitive injustice comes via] … endogenous causes (citizens and African leaders) and by exogenous causes (capitalism, colonization, the West). The knowledge of these causes allowed me to propose ways to prevent our downfall. Among these means, I convened open science as a tool available to our leaders and citizens for advancing cognitive justice. For although the causes are endogenous and exogenous, I believe that a wound heals from the inside outwards.” Mboa (2016).

    Mboa explains how open science approaches can overcome some of these problems in this book chapter, but here he provides a short summary of the advantages of open science for African research:

    “It’s a science that rejects the ivory tower and the separation between scientists and the rest of the population of the country. In short, it’s a science released from control by a universal capitalist standard, by hierarchical authority and by pre-established scientific classes. From this perspective, open science offers the following advantages:

    it brings science closer to society;
    it promotes fair and sustainable development;
    it allows the expression of minority and / or marginalized groups, as well as their knowledge;
    it promotes original, local and useful research in the country;
    it facilitates access to a variety of scientific and technical information;
    it is abundant, recent and up to date;
    it develops digital skills;
    it facilitates collaborative work;
    it gives a better visibility to research work.

    By aiming to benefit from these advantages, researchers and African students fight cognitive injustice. For this, open access science relies on open access, free licenses, free computing, and citizen science.” Mboa (2016).

    But in order for open science to succeed, digital literacy must be rapidly improved to empower students and researchers in the South:

    “Promoting inclusive access therefore requires engaging at the same time in a decolonial critique of the relationship between the center and the periphery and urging universities in the South to develop the digital literacy of their student or teacher members.” Piron et al. (2017)

    It also requires improving production of scientific works (‘grey’ literature, as well as peer-reviewed papers) in the South for a two-way North/South conversation:

    “Then, we propose to rethink the usual definition of open access to add the mandate to enhance the visibility of scientific work produced in universities in the South and thus contribute to greater cognitive justice in global scientific production.” Piron (2017)

    And providing open access needs to be understood in context:

    “… if we integrate the concern for the enhancement of the knowledge produced in the periphery and the awareness of all that hinders the creation of this knowledge, then open access can become a tool of cognitive justice at the service of the construction of an inclusive universalism peculiar to a just open science.” Piron, Diouf, Madiba (2017)

    In summary then, we need to rethink the way that the global North seeks to support the South – a realignment of this relationship from mere access to empowerment through sustainable capacity building:

    “Africa’s scientific development aid, if it is needed, should therefore be oriented much less towards immediate access to Northern publications and more to local development of tools and the strengthening of the digital skills of academics and librarians. These tools and skills would enable them not only to take advantage of open access databases, but also to digitize and put open access local scientific works in open archives, journals or research centers.” Piron (2017)

    So what next?

    Even if you disagree with many the above ideas, I hope that this has provided many of you with some food for thought. Open Access must surely be about more than just knowledge flow from North to South (or, for that matter the academy to the public, or well-funded researchers to poorly funded researchers). Those on the periphery must also be given a significant voice and a place at the table. For this to happen, many researchers (and their equivalents outside academia) need training and support in digital skills; some institutional barriers also need to be removed or overcome; and of course a few cherished, long-held ideas must be seriously challenged.

    “These injustices denote anything that diminishes the capacity of academics in these countries to deploy the full potential of their intellectual talents, their knowledge and their capacity for scientific research to serve their country’s sustainable local development”. Piron et al., (2016).

    What do you think…?

    http://journalologik.uk/?p=149
    #édition_scientifique #OA #open_access #Afrique #Afrique_francophone #décolonisation #post-colonialisme

  • L’#Open_science au prisme de la #Commission_européenne

    Appuyée par diverses politiques publiques, la notion de science ouverte mobilise aujourd’hui de nombreuses initiatives visant à promouvoir de nouvelles pratiques, de nouveaux enjeux pour la recherche et la société en ouvrant très rarement le débat public de façon plus contradictoire sur ces conceptions, sur les visions et les représentations qui y sont associées.Un récent numéro de la Revue française des sciences de l’information et de la communication (Chartron & Schöpfel 2017) a rassemblé différentes contributions utiles pour ces débats. L’article d’Anne Clio et Sartita Albagi (2017) a tracé des repères généalogiques sur ce mouvement, relatant les pratiques pionnières de Jean-Claude Bradley, chimiste de l’Université de Drexel, initiant des “carnets de laboratoire publics” dans les années 1990. Bradley peut être considéré comme un initiateur d’une certaine science ouverte, il avait la conviction qu’il fallait, autant que possible, mettre toutes les recherches à la disposition du public,..…

    https://www.cairn.info/article.php?ID_ARTICLE=ES_041_0177
    #édition_scientifique #UE #EU #Union_européenne #open_source

    • La notion de Science Ouverte dans l’Espace européen de la recherche

      Cet article analyse les prescriptions européennes en matière d’Open Science et évalue la mesure dans laquelle celles-ci contribuent à résoudre la contradiction qui leur préexiste entre les prescrits qui, au sein de l’Espace européen de la recherche, encouragent les chercheurs à ouvrir la démarche scientifique et les produits de la recherche à des parties prenantes extérieures, et ceux qui incitent à fonder les indicateurs de performance en matière de recherche sur les articles de revue savante internationale. A cet égard, la combinaison de la publication en #OA avec l’archivage d’une diversité de produits de la recherche sur des répertoires OA s’avère préférable au basculement unilatéral dans la voie dorée de l’OA, par le biais de « big deals » avec les #Majors.

      https://journals.openedition.org/rfsic/3241

  • Mexico, country of 2,000 clandestine graves
    https://visionscarto.net/2000-clandestine-graves

    From 2006 to 2016 almost 2,000 illegal burials were discovered where criminals disappeared persons. The barbarity encompasses 24 states in the country, and one out of every 7 municipalities. In this investigation we document more clandestine graves than the government recognizes: one grave every two days. by Alejandra Guillén, Mago Torres y Marcela Turati On February 20, 1943, the Purépecha community in Angahuan, Mexico, watched with great astonishment as the earth opened up, expelled black (...)

    #Articles

  • Opioïdes : Nan Goldin vise le mécénat du Louvre - Libération
    https://www.liberation.fr/france/2019/07/01/opioides-nan-goldin-vise-le-mecenat-du-louvre_1737328

    La photographe a organisé lundi une action dans la cour du grand musée parisien, appelant sa direction à débaptiser une aile nommée en l’honneur d’une famille de mécènes détenant le laboratoire produisant l’Oxycontin, un puissant analgésique.

    Opioïdes : Nan Goldin vise le mécénat du Louvre

    Le Louvre n’imaginait sans doute pas voir un jour sa réputation ternie par la crise des opioïdes, ce scandale sanitaire majeur qui a déjà fait au moins 100 000 morts par overdose aux Etats-Unis. Le célèbre musée parisien doit pourtant faire face à une fronde inédite orchestrée par la photographe new-yorkaise Nan Goldin et le collectif PAIN (Pain Addiction Intervention Now), qui militent depuis deux ans pour alerter sur les dangers de l’Oxycontin. Ce puissant antidouleur, dérivé de l’opium, est commercialisé depuis 1996 par la société Purdue Pharma, elle-même détenue par la famille Sackler. Comme de nombreuses entreprises, le laboratoire américain est aussi un généreux mécène du monde de l’art, prêt à débourser de très grosses sommes pour voir son nom associé à des institutions culturelles de renom. Grâce à un don de 10 millions de francs au Louvre en 1996, la famille a ainsi obtenu que l’aile des antiquités orientales du Louvre soit nommée « aile Sackler », nom qu’elle porte toujours aujourd’hui. Douze salles consacrées à l’Iran ancien, au Levant et à l’Arabie ancienne, où trônent d’inestimables joyaux.

    Une association insupportable pour Nan Goldin, devenue la figure de proue de la lutte contre Sackler. Ancienne accro à l’Oxycontin dont elle est désormais sevrée, la photographe multiplie depuis 2017 les actions choc dans les musées financés par la famille américaine. Mais c’est la première fois qu’une action a lieu en France, face au musée le plus visité du monde.
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    « Sackler on meurt, le Louvre couvre »

    Les touristes présents lundi devant la pyramide du Louvre ont d’abord cru à une performance artistique. Entièrement vêtue de noir, sa médaille de l’ordre des arts et des lettres attachée à la ceinture, Nan Goldin s’est avancée dans l’eau au milieu du bassin, face au bâtiment de verre. Puis des militants ont déployé derrière elle une large banderole orange avec ces mots en lettres noires : « Louvre, take down their name » (« Louvre, retirez leur nom »). Une trentaine d’activistes se sont ensuite massés autour de la photographe aux cris de « Shame on Sackler » et « Sackler on meurt, le Louvre couvre ». « Sackler est responsable de la mort de 200 personnes par jour aux Etats-Unis, lance Nan Goldin aux quelques journalistes présents. Le Louvre ne peut pas être complice de ce scandale. »

    Préparée en trois semaines dans le plus grand secret, l’action a été menée en collaboration avec l’association Aides. « On ne parle que des Etats-Unis mais d’autres pays commencent à être touchés par la crise des opioïdes, explique Fred Bladou, chargé de mission au sein de l’asso. Ce désastre sanitaire doit aussi nous interpeller sur la politique préventive que nous menons. Il démontre l’absurdité qu’il y a à criminaliser les usagers de drogue illicite alors qu’une des plus grosses crises sanitaires de l’histoire concerne une drogue licite. » En France, une centaine de médecins ont alerté fin juin dans les colonnes du JDD sur « le risque d’une crise sanitaire » alors que « 12 millions de Français utilisent des médicaments opiacés, sans être alertés sur leur potentiel addictif et sur les risques d’overdose ».
    Guggenheim et Tate Modern

    Accusés de commercialiser son produit phare en toute connaissance de cause, les Sackler sont aujourd’hui visés par plus de 1 600 actions en justice dans 35 Etats américains. En mars, ils ont dû verser 270 millions de dollars dans le cadre d’un accord à l’amiable passé avec l’Etat de l’Oklahoma. Sous la pression de PAIN, la polémique s’est étendue au mécénat culturel international. Ces derniers mois, plusieurs grands musées comme le Guggenheim et le Metropolitan Museum of Art à New York, ou la Tate Modern à Londres, ont annoncé publiquement qu’ils refuseraient à l’avenir toute donation de la famille Sackler. Un autre musée londonien, la National Portrait Gallery, a décliné en mars un don d’un million de livres (1,15 million d’euros). « Nous n’avons plus reçu aucune donation ni aucune demande de Sackler depuis 1996 », se défend-on au Louvre. Mais ce refus des dons ne suffit plus, pour Nan Goldin et les militants de PAIN. « Il faut que le Louvre soit le premier à débaptiser une aile, exigent-ils dans leur communiqué. Nous n’acceptons plus qu’une institution culturelle publique financée par l’Etat et les contribuables porte au pinacle une entreprise meurtrière. »

    Techniquement, rien n’empêche le musée parisien de retirer le nom des Sackler, le choix de baptiser certaines salles n’étant pas irrévocable, selon la charte interne. Mais la problématique du mécénat et des donateurs embarrassants va bien au-delà de ce cas. Elle est d’autant plus sensible qu’en vingt ans, le budget du Louvre a plus que doublé, alors même que la subvention de l’Etat est restée stable (environ 100 millions d’euros par an). Pour financer la différence et satisfaire les dix millions de visiteurs annuels, le musée n’a d’autre choix que de se tourner vers les acteurs privés, qui représentent entre 20 et 25 millions d’euros par an. Pour vérifier l’origine de ces fonds, le Louvre s’appuie aussi bien sur son réseau diplomatique dans les ambassades étrangères que sur Tracfin, le service antiblanchiment de Bercy. A l’époque, la donation des Sackler n’avait soulevé aucun problème. Vingt-trois ans et plusieurs dizaines de milliers de morts plus tard, c’est une tout autre affaire.
    Emmanuel Fansten

    #Opioides #Sackler #Louvre

  • Recours contre le décret sur le contrôle de la recherche d’emploi - MNCP
    https://www.mncp.fr/recours-contre-le-decret-sur-le-controle-de-la-recherche-demploi

    Suite à la requête sommaire déposée devant le Conseil d’État par l’union syndicale Solidaires le 28 février dernier contre le « décret du 28 décembre 2018 relatif aux droits et aux obligations des demandeurs d’emploi et au transfert du suivi de la recherche d’emploi », les associations AC ! APEIS MNCP CIP Recours Radiation, les syndicats Solidaires SUD Emploi et SUD Culture et Médias Solidaires, avec le soutien du CNTPEP-CGT, attaquent ensemble ce texte inadmissible et destructeur.

    Issu de la loi du 5 septembre 2018 « pour la liberté de choisir son avenir professionnel » , ce décret met en place une automatisation des règles de sanction des #chômeur∙es, en les aggravant, et en instituant un « sursis » de deux ans, reconductible à chaque répétition d’un manquement. Pour celles et ceux qui sont indemnisé∙es, les sanctions encourues peuvent aller jusqu’à la suppression pure et simple du revenu de remplacement : ARE, ASS ou RSA.

    Le décret détruit les missions du personnel de Pôle emploi, sommé de se transformer en agent actif d’une politique de contrôle et de répression des populations les plus précaires. Les salarié∙es de toutes les structures associées au service public de l’emploi devront, eux et elles aussi, participer à ces exclusions du revenu de remplacement, temporaires ou définitives, et aux radiations.

    En parallèle, les annonces scandaleuses du gouvernement sur son projet de « transformation de l’assurance chômage et de l’accompagnement des chômeurs » annoncent une démolition de leurs droits, déjà bien saccagés par la loi « liberté de choisir son avenir professionnel », tant du côté de l’emploi que du côté de la formation.

    Enrobé dans des annonces de justice sociale par des titres exprimant le contraire de leur contenu, ce projet n’est que manipulation, provocation et mépris.

    La mécanique des recours qui oblige les personnes menacées de sanction, ou sanctionnées, à revenir inlassablement vers l’institution qui est à l’origine de ces sanctions risque d’augmenter les non-recours.

    Ainsi exclues de l’indemnisation et de Pôle emploi, ces personnes iront rejoindre la horde des invisibles.

    Depuis la loi Travail, une batterie d’instruments est mise en place pour réduire les droits et les moyens de défense des salarié∙es et des chômeur∙es.

    Ce gouvernement instaure partout la peur, la violence et la contrainte : dans les entreprises, sur les ronds-points, à Pôle emploi, partout, à la ville comme à la campagne.

    Leurs projets ne sont ni des réformes ni des transformations, ce sont des destructions des droits à tous les étages, pièce par pièce, pour un retour au travail forcé.

    Nous ne nous laisserons pas faire.

    https://www.mncp.fr
    #chômage #mncp

  • « La chair est triste »
    https://diacritik.com/2019/07/01/la-chair-est-triste

    Les violences sont abruptes : réfugiés fuyant les guerres et abandonnés en mer, climat destructeur, taux de suicide alarmant, sans-domiciles mourant massivement, effondrement des populations animales, hôpitaux saturés, incrimination quasi systématique des plus faibles, crispation des peurs sur les minorités, calomnies et caricatures banalisées, classes surchargées, recrudescence des racismes, fascismes et sexismes … Le monde est triste.

    Et les réponses affligent : systémisation de la précarité, destruction des protections sociales, abandon des services publics, autoritarisme outrancier, répressions décuplées, recul des droits individuels, diminution des partages, baisse notable des postes de chercheurs et autres fonctionnaires, marginalisation des structures collégiales au profit d’un arbitraire décisionnel, légitimation de la surveillance, généralisation de la punition, sanctification des valeurs identitaires et nationalistes, réhabilitation médiatique de figures dangereuses, installation subreptice d’une symbolique de pouvoir intouchable.

    Les digues du commun cèdent les unes après les autres.

  • Venezuela : indignation après la mort d’un soldat sous la torture - Amériques - RFI
    http://www.rfi.fr/ameriques/20190630-venezuela-mort-soldat-rafael-acosta-arevalo-torture

    Au Venezuela, le décès ce 29 juin d’un soldat des suites d’actes de torture suscite une vive émotion dans le pays comme à l’étranger. Le capitaine de corvette Rafael Acosta Arévalo avait été détenu pendant quelques jours par la Direction du contre-espionnage militaire.

    Le capitaine de corvette Rafael Acosta faisait partie d’un groupe de 13 personnes arrêtées la semaine dernière au Venezuela. Le 27 juin, les autorités les avaient accusées d’être impliquées dans un projet de coup d’Etat avorté contre le président Nicolas Maduro. Le lendemain, le capitaine Acosta a été présenté devant un tribunal militaire. Il se trouvait alors en fauteuil roulant et présentait de graves signes de torture.

    Son décès, ce samedi 29 juin, a été confirmé par son avocat. Maître Alonso Medina a dénoncé la mort de son client en détention, conséquence, selon lui, « d’actes de torture sauvage dont le capitaine Acosta a été victime ».

    • Le procureur (désigné par la Constituante, ie version maduriste) demande l’arrestation d’un lieutenant et d’un sergent, responsables présumés de l’assassinat du commandant Acosta.

      Solicitan detención preventiva de presuntos asesinos del capitán Acosta
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/solicitan-detencion-preventiva-presuntos-asesinos-del-capitan-acosta_28

      El fiscal designado por la Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, Tarek William Saab, informó a través de su cuenta de Twitter que el Ministerio Público solicitó la detención preventiva del teniente Ascanio Antonio Tarascio y el sargento segundo Estiben José Zárate, ambos de la Guardia Nacional Bolivariana, como presuntos responsables del asesinato del capitán Rafael Acosta Arévalo, quien murió este 29 de junio en la madrugada.

    • Michelle Bachelet, Haut-commissaire aux droits humains de l’ONU, exprime sa préoccupation et demande une enquête efficace, exhaustive et indépendante.

      Bachelet : Estoy conmocionada por el trato que recibió Acosta Arévalo
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/mundo/bachelet-estoy-conmocionada-por-trato-que-recibio-acosta-arevalo_287064

      La alta comisionada para los Derechos Humanos de la ONU exigió que se lleve a cabo una investigación «eficaz, exhaustiva e independiente» sobre el caso del capitán

      Michelle Bachelet, alta comisionada para los Derechos Humanos de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas, manifestó este lunes su preocupación por la muerte del capitán Rafael Acosta Arévalo.

    • Résumé de l’affaire par les avocats du commandant Acosta.

      Abogados del capitán Acosta se reunieron con delegados de Bachelet
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/abogados-del-capitan-acosta-reunieron-con-delegados-bachelet_287109

      La jurista Ana Leonor Acosta afirmó que la Oficina de la Alta Comisionada de la ONU para los DD HH “trabaja dentro de lo que le permite el tema protocolar y la Cancillería para llegar al fondo de la verdad”

      La muerte del capitán de corbeta Rafael Acosta Arévalo, quien presentó evidentes signos de torturas durante su presentación ante el Tribunal Militar III de Control, debe encender las alarmas en la comunidad internacional, sobre todo en la Oficina de la Alta Comisionada de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos, afirman activistas de los derechos humanos.

      La detención de Acosta Arévalo, que se llevó a cabo sin una orden de aprehensión emanada de un tribunal, la realizó la Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar, junto con otros oficiales de la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana y comisarios del Cuerpo de Investigaciones Científicas, Penales y Criminalísticas, el 21 de junio, por estar presuntamente involucrado en un movimiento subversivo con planes de magnicidio. Sus familiares y abogados no tuvieron información sobre su estado de salud ni pudieron verlo hasta el día 28 de junio, cuando fue presentado en una silla de ruedas a la audiencia preliminar.

      Fue una detención arbitraria basada en unas declaraciones de funcionarios del régimen. Ellos, desde los medios de comunicación, acusan y condenan a muerte a personas inocentes”, señaló Ana Leonor Acosta, abogada y miembro de la Coalición por los Derechos Humanos y la Democracia, ONG que lleva el caso del capitán.

      La abogada describió la condición en la que se encontraba el capitán en el momento de su comparecencia ante la Corte Marcial: “No podía pararse, no podía caminar, no coordinaba motoramente, tenía rastros de sangre alrededor de la boca, en las uñas y en los brazos. Tenía los ojos desorbitados y dificultades para hablar, cuando su estado de salud era óptimo y las propias actas en el expediente señalan que caminaba al momento de la detención”.

    • La morgue retarderait au maximum la remise du corps…

      Ibéyise Pacheco: Ocultan pruebas en el caso del capitán Acosta Arévalo
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/ibeyise-pacheco-ocultan-pruebas-caso-del-capitan-acosta-arevalo_287122

      La periodista cita fuentes de la morgue que denuncian demora en la entrega del cuerpo del militar con el fin de ocultar los hematomas que presenta

      La periodista Ibéyise Pacheco reveló este lunes la presunta causa de muerte del capitán Rafael Acosta Arévalo, quien falleció el sábado con evidentes signos de tortura por funcionarios de la Dirección General de Contrainteligencia Militar.

      Pacheco explicó en Twitter que una evaluación macroscópica a simple vista del cuerpo de Arévalo muestra un gran morado en uno de los hombros, que se traduciría en una luxación. «Típica lesión de un cuerpo que ha sido guindado», señaló.

      La autopsia la hizo en la madrugada de su ingreso la supuesta anatomopatóloga Yannuacelis Cruz. El cuerpo se encuentra en una cava aparte, separado de otros que están en la morgue”, indicó.

      Pacheco señaló que ningún fiscal del Ministerio Público había acudido a la morgue por el caso. Destacó que en ese recinto, donde «hay desconcierto y miedo», se comenta que están demorando al máximo la entrega del capitán para que el cuerpo se descomponga y ocultar los hematomas que presenta.

      No tengo dudas de que el régimen está ocultando pruebas, manipulando información y alterando evidencias para impedir que se conozca la verdad y sean juzgados los verdaderos responsables de las torturas y asesinato del capitán Rafael Acosta Arévalo”, enfatizó.

    • Fuite du rapport d’autopsie du commandant Acosta Arévalo confirmant la torture

      Filtran autopsia del capitán Acosta Arévalo que confirma que fue torturado
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/filtran-autopsia-del-capitan-acosta-arevalo-que-confirma-que-fue-tortur


      En la morgue de Bello Monte, los parientes de José Gabriel Pérez relataron lo sucedido

      El examen devela que el capitán debido a rabdomiólisis por politraumatismo generalizado. El término refiere a que fue víctima de aplastamiento, tortura, traumatismo y electroestimulación

      El periodista Eligio Rojas publicó este lunes parte del informe de la autopsia que le fue practicada al cuepo del capitán Rafael Acosta Arévalo. 

      En la información que Rojas compartió en Twitter se determina que la causa de la muerte fue edema cerebral severo debido a insuficiencia respiratoria aguda, debido a rabdomiólisis por politraumatismo generalizado.

      Luego de conocerse el informe, diversos periodistas e integrantes de distintas ONG reafirmaron que Arévalo fue asesinado bajo tortura.

      «Rabdomiólisis: síndrome de necrosis muscular que presentan las víctimas de terremotos, bombardeos, derrumbes de edificios. Es decir, que el capitán de corbeta Rafael Acosta Arévalo fue literalmente aplastado», escribió la periodista Lisseth Boon en la red social.

    • Rhabdomyolyse — Wikipédia
      https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhabdomyolyse

      Rhabdomyolyse
      En médecine, la rhabdomyolyse (du grec : rhabdo- : « rayé » myo- : « muscle » et –lysis : « destruction ») désigne une situation dans laquelle des cellules des muscles squelettiques, se dégradant rapidement, libèrent leur contenu dans la circulation sanguine.

      La rhabdomyolyse est provoquée par l’écrasement de muscles (séquelle fréquente de victimes de tremblement de terre) ou l’électrisation…

    • Nouveaux détails sur l’autopsie du commandant Acosta Arévalo.

      Autopsia del capitán Acosta reveló que tenía 16 costillas fracturadas
      http://www.el-nacional.com/noticias/politica/autopsia-del-capitan-acosta-revelo-que-tenia-costillas-fracturadas_2873

      Zair Mundaray, fiscal del Ministerio Público en el exilio, comunicó este miércoles los detalles reflejados en la autopsia del capitán Rafael Acosta Arévalo. Indicó que el militar presentó signos de torturas, en los que se especificó 16 costillas fracturadas, fractura del tabique nasal, excoriaciones en hombros, codos y rodillas, hematomas en la cara interna de los muslos, lesiones similares a latigazos en espalda y la parte posterior de los muslos, un pie fracturado, y pequeñas quemaduras en ambos pies de las que se presume electrocución.
      […]
      El militar estaba en la lista de 13 arrestados, quienes habían sido acusados de participar en un presunto plan de golpe de Estado y asesinato de Maduro, lo cual fue difundido el jueves 27 de junio por Jorge Rodríguez. El funcionario vinculó a Juan Guaidó, presidente encargado de la República, en el caso.

  • Les «deepfakes», ces vidéos hyper réalistes bientôt au service des fake news ?
    https://www.rtbf.be/info/medias/detail_les-deepfakes-ces-videos-hyper-realistes-bientot-au-service-des-fake-new

    Au départ, les deepfakes permettaient surtout à incruster le visage d’une star dans un film porno ou à faire dire des énormités à des personnalités politiques. Mais aujourd’hui, la technologie étant plus accessible, la crainte est qu’elle soit utilisée à des fins de propagande ou de chantage. Réticent à l’idée de prendre position à ce sujet, le PDG de Facebook Mark Zuckerberg vient finalement de déclarer qu’il serait "sensé que le réseau social se dote d’une politique spécifique en la matière".
    "Nos ennemis peuvent nous faire dire n’importe quoi, quand ils le souhaitent"

    Quoi de plus parlant qu’un exemple ? L’an dernier, une vidéo publiée par le média Buzzfeed a été massivement commentée. On y apercevait l’ex-président américain Barack Obama déclarer face à la caméra que “Donald Trump est un abruti total”. Barack Obama ferait-il une telle déclaration publiquement ? Probablement pas. Et en effet : c’est en réalité l’acteur Jordan Peele qui est derrière ce "deepfake" bluffant (voir ci-dessous).

    "Nos ennemis peuvent nous faire dire n’importe quoi, quand ils le souhaitent […] ’Nous devons être plus prudents avec ce que nous trouvons sur internet”, précise l’acteur.

    Arrêter de croire aux vidéos ?

    Dans un webdoc consacré aux deepfake, CNN s’interroge également sur l’impact que ces vidéos pourraient avoir sur notre rapport à la vérité. “L’audio et la vidéo apparaissent depuis plus d’un siècle comme le socle de la vérité", écrit CNN. Pourtant, "malgré des preuves vidéos, certains questionnent déjà des événements comme l’Holocauste ou les attentats du 11 septembre (...) le conspirationnisme va encore empirer (...) Le risque principal de ces deepfakes est qu’elles altèrent pour toujours la confiance”.

    Ainsi, explique Xavier de La Porte, chroniqueur de France Inter, "toute image circulant dans les réseaux deviendrait par essence suspecte, l’image numérique basculerait dans le monde du faux, de la fabrication, on n’y croirait plus du tout”. Et à l’inverse, "quelqu’un qui aura été filmé en train de dire ou faire quelque chose de répréhensible ou de gênant pourra toujours, en l’absence d’autre source, crier au ’deepfake’".

    #Deepfakes #Fake_news #Fake_Obama

  • Les Etats-Unis se servent du droit comme d’une arme de destruction contre l’Europe (rapport)
    https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/les-etats-unis-se-servent-du-doit-comme-d-une-arme-de-destruction-contre-l

    Le député LREM de Saône-et-Loire Raphaël Gauvain a remis son rapport le 26 juin au Premier ministre Edouard Philippe. Il souhaite protéger plus efficacement les entreprises françaises des lois et mesures à portée extraterritoriale.

    "Les États-Unis d’Amérique ont entraîné le monde dans l’ère du protectionnisme judiciaire. Alors que la règle de droit a, de tout temps, servi d’instrument de régulation, elle est devenue aujourd’hui une arme de destruction dans la guerre économique que mènent les États-Unis contre le reste du monde, y compris contre leurs alliés traditionnels en Europe". Une déclaration choc en préambule du rapport "Rétablir la souveraineté de la France et de l’Europe et protéger nos entreprises des lois et mesures à portée extraterritoriale" du député LREM Raphaël Gauvain remis le 26 juin au Premier ministre Edouard Philippe. Un rapport au vitriol qui critique également la passivité des autorités françaises.
    […]
    Enfin, le rapport affirme qu’une étape supplémentaire dans cet affrontement multidimensionnel vient d’être franchie récemment par l’entrée en vigueur du #Cloud_Act en mars 2018 : "cette loi fournit la possibilité aux autorités judiciaires américaines d’obtenir des fournisseurs de stockage de données numériques (qui sont tous américains), sur la base d’un simple « warrant » d’un juge américain, toutes les données non personnelles des personnes morales de toute nationalité quel que soit le lieu où ces données sont hébergées". Le Cloud Act organise un accès illimité des autorités judiciaires américaines aux données des personnes morales, rendant obsolètes et inutiles les Traités d’entraide judiciaire.