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  • #Féminicides : un collectif demande à Emmanuel Macron de prendre « cinq mesures immédiates »
    https://www.francetvinfo.fr/societe/violences-faites-aux-femmes/un-collectif-demande-a-emmanuel-macron-de-prendre-cinq-mesures-immediat

    Ce texte appelle notamment à « donner la consigne ferme aux commissariats et gendarmeries qu’aucune femme victime de violence au sein du couple ne reste sans réponse » et à augmenter le nombre d’ordonnances de protection attribuées en France (1 300 par an actuellement, contre 20 000 en Espagne). Sont également demandées la « suspension de l’autorité parentale d’un père meurtrier le temps de l’instruction », l’ouverture de places d’hébergement supplémentaires et la mise en place d’un « plan de détection systématique des violences à l’hôpital ».

    Un lien dans l’article renvoie vers les principaux chiffres sur les violences au sein du couple : https://stop-violences-femmes.gouv.fr/les-chiffres-de-reference-sur-les.html

    De très intéressantes et régulières études sont publiées sur ces violences par la délégation aux victimes du ministère de l’intérieur. On trouvera à la suite les rapports pour les années 2017 (a), 2016 (b) et les plus anciens (c) :
    a. https://www.centre-hubertine-auclert.fr/sites/default/files/fichiers/etude-nationale-sur-les-morts-violentes-au-sein-du-couple-a
    b. https://www.egalite-femmes-hommes.gouv.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Etude-nationale-sur-les-morts-violentes-au-sein-du-couple
    c. https://www.egalite-femmes-hommes.gouv.fr/publications/droits-des-femmes/lutte-contre-les-violences/morts-violente-au-sein-du-couple

    • Mais merde André, tout le monde ne fait pas tout tout le temps. Là depuis six mois qu’on compte mieux, on découvre que les violences masculines, que les meurtres de femmes par conjoint ou ex-conjoint, alias #féminicide, ont explosé (+ 50 % environ ?). Et là, il y a peut-être un moment où des gens quelque part en ont quelque chose à foutre. Visiblement pas toi, qui nous fais le gars qui explique aux femmes leurs priorités. C’est sale. Et en plus tu le fais ici où il n’y a pas une seule féministe qui ne s’inquiète des conséquences de l’#austérité_sélective sur l’intégrité des corps des plus vulnérables : femmes, enfants, personnes handicapées. C’est pénible.

      Moi qui allais faire une sale remarque sur le fait que c’est compliqué de mettre les flics au front quand par ailleurs tu leur laisses la bride sur le col avec #impunité devant toutes leurs violences, politiques ou domestiques...

    • Mais je t’emmerde, André. J’ai bien des leçons de féminisme à recevoir mais pas de toi. Je te dis que la manière de compter les violences masculines a changé et que les chiffres 2019 font état d’une augmentation (qui n’est peut-être qu’une visibilisation) de 50 %. Parce que des femmes s’organisent pour relever dans la presse ces violences et finissent par fournir des chiffres plus alarmants que ceux qu’on avait avant - dont je n’ignorais pas la gravité.

      J’ai posté ma part, j’ai tagué ma part sur Seenthis à ce propos. Pas toi.

      Je ne tiens pas une émission hebdomadaire sur Radio Campus et j’essaie trop souvent de faire dans la nuance, ce qui te déplaît, mais là encore, je fais mieux que de déblatérer au bistrot contre les riches qui sont des connards et les femmes qui sont des connasses alors on va leur dire quels sont les sujets sur lesquels elles devraient l’ouvrir et bizarrement c’est les mêmes que nous, les vieux machos blancs.

      Mais qui tu es pour imaginer que c’est toi qui valides des profils militants et que tu as par essence les idées plus claires qu’une meuf quand il est question des violences que toi et tes camarades vous exercez sur des femmes, de la petite mise en cause de la #crédibilité_féminine à la violence physique et au meurtre, en un beau continuum ? Tu sais que la raison pour laquelle moins de femmes militent, c’est qu’il y a plus de femmes qui ont été brisées par la violence des hommes, celle-ci, où je me vois obligée de me justifier parce qu’on a mis mes idées en cause, suggéré que puisque tu ne me connaissais pas c’est que je devais débarquer et découvrir naïvement ? Que c’est des procédés usants qui vous font certes briller la nouille mais qui nous nous épuisent ?

      Comme disait l’autre, tu es un fasciste de la bite, André, un nazi du poireau, un franquiste de la nouille, un pétainiste du gland, un macroniste du zob, un flic RN de la pine, un fillonniste de la queue. Le tout tout en livrant tes analyses de café du Commerce hyper anti-capitalistes mais sans nuance et sans intelligence. Parce que oui, c’est des méchants, mais si le truc tient c’est pas par magie, c’est parce qu’il nous donne en échange un truc mais quoi ? Tant qu’on n’a pas compris on ne peut pas se battre, juste se mettre en scène en train de « lutter » (bavasser).

      Je t’avais suivi parce que tu balances des infos intéressants, de sources francophones (belges et québécoises) qu’on voit moins passer ici. Mais les commentaires qui l’accompagnent sont vraiment crasseux. Tu es crasseux, André, tu es un troll, tu fatigues trop de monde et pour la dernière fois (et je m’y connais en petite bourgeoisie militante) tu pourrais te trouver des ennemis plus pertinents.

      cc @mad_meg @touti @monolecte @odilon et les autres...
      #sexisme_Seenthis #mecsplication

    • Très bon le « Filloniste de la queu » ! Merci @aofobb pour cette poésie matinale.
      C’est inquiétant de voire comme ce sujet les rend tout colère, surtout @bce_106_6 qui le montre souvent, le sujet doit le concerné de près. Quant il est question de n’importe quel autre sujet de l’univers il va pas y écrire :

      Le collectif demande à émmanuel macron d’arrêter de fermer les maternités ? Les services d’urgence ?
      Non !
      Etrange.

    • Ça, on ne sait pas si André est coupable de violences masculines ni même s’il est en couple. Je confirme toutefois que c’est un vieux mec blanc, pas antipathique au premier abord mais les réseaux sociaux dévoilent peut-être plus l’abjection des gens.

      C’est une plaie, ces militants qui disent aux autres quelles priorités poser. Enfin, tout est priorité, tout est déchirant. Au nom de quoi la défense d’une maternité qui ferme est plus importante qu’un bateau de réfugiés à la dérive ? Une usine qui rejette ses déchets toxiques plus importante qu’une sentence de prison contre une personne qui a volé pour manger ? Comment peut-on imaginer avoir soi-même la réponse et faire si peu confiance aux autres pour donner leur temps ou leur énergie ou leur pognon sur les causes qui leur semblent importantes, pour qu’elles vivent toutes ?

    • Et quand il s’agit d’hommes qui expliquent à des femmes c’est encore plus problématique, vu les intérêts divergents et les enjeux de pouvoir qu’il y a pour les hommes à décider de ce que le féminisme devrait être (voir le dessin auto-proclamé « féministe » de l’autre buse).

      Je ne suis pas sûre d’avoir été jusqu’à ce matin identifiée comme une femme ici par André, mon pseudo n’est pas genré, mais soit par âgisme (sont tous plus jeunes que moi ici, heureusement que je suis là pour leur expliquer) ou par sexisme, il s’est cru le droit de m’interpeller comme si j’avais des comptes à lui rendre ou comme si on avait gardé les cochons ensemble. Comme on fait avec les personnes qu’on pense ne pas devoir respecter.
      https://seenthis.net/messages/790946#message791067

    • J’ai bloqué aussi l’autre, @mad_meg. Ça peut paraître ridicule, de postuler que tu roules pour un groupe politique pas recommandable, mais je n’accepte pas ce genre de pratiques (accusations sans fondement, à côté de la plaque, harcèlement, insultes ou propos masculinistes ou fascistes) et je ne souhaite pas que mon fil puisse éventuellement accueillir des merdes pareilles. On se retrouve souvent avec des trolls et des harceleurs sexistes parce qu’on prend la peine de s’engueuler avec eux mais pas de les bloquer. Un réseau social, c’est (un peu) comme la vie : vous n’acceptez pas d’inviter chez vous des personnes désagréables, bêtes ou violentes ?

    • Bien d’accord avec toi @aofobb au passage je m’amuse que @bce_106_6 s’appel André ca colle joliement à ton pseudo
      Sinon comme souvent, le sujet du féminicide est occulté, et on n’en parle pas, exactement comme le voulait @bce_106_6

      En regardant les rapports fournis par @af_sobocinski on peu voire que les chiffres comprennent aussi les enfants tués, les amant·es, ami·es, membres de la famille et autres personnes assassinées dans le cadre des violences par conjoint·es ou ex, tués comme toujours majoritairement par des hommes. Je croi que c’est la première fois que je voie cette statistique alors qu’elle est à mon avis totalement inséparable des crimes par conjoint·es ou ex.

    • Andrée O. Fobb, oui, rien à voir avec André mais avec une accusation d’androphobie que j’ai subie de la part d’un bitard et de ses complices. C’est ce que j’ai trouvé le plus proche d’androphobe, titre de gloire pour féministe. Reclaim !

      C’est aussi un pseudo qui a l’air anglo-saxon, ça tombe bien il n’aime pas les trucs en anglais. Moi au contraire, j’apprécie que Seenthis me donne l’occasion de lire des langues étrangères - même si je passe vite sur les articles en allemand.

    • Lien vers une page officielle.

      Les chiffres de référence sur les violences faites aux femmes - Violences contre les femmes La loi vous protège
      https://stop-violences-femmes.gouv.fr/les-chiffres-de-reference-sur-les.html

      En 2017, 130 femmes ont été tués par leur partenaire ou ex-partenaire intime "officiel" (conjoint, concubin, pacsé ou « ex ») ou non officiel (petits-amis, amants, relations épisodiques...).
      21 hommes ont été tués par leur partenaire ou ex-partenaire intime.
      25 enfants mineurs sont décédés, tués par un de leurs parents dans un contexte de violences au sein du couple.

      86% des victimes sont des femmes. Sur les 109 femmes tuées par leur conjoint officiel, au moins 51, soit 47%, étaient victimes de violences antérieures de la part de ce compagnon. Sur les 16 femmes ayant tué leur conjoint, au moins 11, soit 69%, étaient victimes de violences au sein du couple.

      Intéressant : déjà l’immense majorité des meurtres sur conjoint·e sont le fait de femmes et en plus chez les meurtrières de conjoint, plus de la moitié tuent après des violences (vraisemblablement pour y échapper). C’est des chiffres que je ne connaissais pas.

  • How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want The New York Times, 24 juin 2019, par Jennifer Valentino-DeVries
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/24/technology/e-commerce-dark-patterns-psychology.html

    [F]ake messages are an example of “dark patterns,” devious online techniques that manipulate users into doing things they might not otherwise choose to. They are the digital version of timeworn tactics used to influence consumer behavior, like impulse purchases placed near cash registers, or bait-and-switch ads for used cars.

    “The important question as a policy matter is what separates a dark pattern from good old-fashioned advertising,” [Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University] said. “It’s a notoriously difficult line to find — what’s permissible persuasion vs wrongful manipulation.”

    Most sites identified by the researchers used messages that indicated that products were popular, that there were few items in stock or that products would only be available for a limited time. Some were demonstrably false, while others were unclear.

    Le « maximum 3 articles par personne » affiché dans les supermarchés, c’est du même acabit.
    Et ça s’appelle du neuro-marketting, si mes souvenirs sont tangibles.

  • Opioïdes : Nan Goldin vise le mécénat du Louvre
    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.

    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 ».

    • Je présume que oui car deux personnes sont venus me voire le soir du vernissage de l’expo à la Hall Saint Pierre ou je présente un dessin sur ce sujet ( réalisé grâce aux nombreuses infos partagé ici par @hlc merci @hlc ). Donc deux hommes sont venu me voire discrètement, un m’a dit s’être « sorti de cette merde » et l’autre est venu me dire qu’il était encore en plein dedans. Je les ai rencontré à Paris, mais c’est possible que ca ne soit pas des résidents français (à un vernissage c’est pas les catégories ouvrières qui sont les plus représentées). J’ai souvenir d’une émission radio sur la question des opioïdes en France, probablement france culture. Le médecin qui y intervenait trouvait que c’etait une classe de médicaments sous prescrit en France car selon lui nous n’avons pas une culture contre la souffrance, et les medecins ne préscrivent pas facilement des anti-douleurs en comparaison aux anglo-saxons qui sont très généreux là dessus. Je pense que c’est sur seenthis, je reviens mettre le lien si je trouve.
      Il y a aussi un article à ce sujet dans le livre de @hlc https://seenthis.net/messages/790327

      Edit : j’ai pas trouvé mais j’ai cet article qui devrais répondre à ta question
      https://seenthis.net/messages/762674

  • Feu sur la liberté d’expression en Europe
    dimanche 30 juin 2019 par Coordination nationale de l’UJFP
    http://www.ujfp.org/spip.php?article7264

    Il aura fallu que Yossi Bartal, guide au musée juif de Berlin, démissionne pour qu’apparaissent toutes les manœuvres de l’État d’Israël, toutes ses compromissions aussi.

    La démission de Yossi Bartal(1) se produit huit jours après celle du Directeur du musée, Peter Schäfer (2).

    Peter Schäfer avait protesté avec 240 intellectuels juifs (dont Avraham Burg et Eva Illouz) pour s’opposer à une motion du Parlement allemand qui considérait le mouvement BDS comme antisémite. Il a été directement attaqué par l’ambassadeur d’Israël, Jeremy Issacharoff et Josef Schuster, directeur de l’équivalent du Crif allemand qui n’ont pas hésité à utiliser des « fake news » pour le salir.

    L’année dernière déjà le budget d’une exposition consacrée à Jérusalem, montrant aussi son versant palestinien a été divisé par 2 à la suite d’une intervention de Benjamin Netanyahou (qui réclamait l’annulation totale du budget). De son côté, Josef Schuster avait critiqué le fait que la majorité des employés du musée n’étaient pas juifs. Et les détracteurs de la liberté d’esprit du musée sont soutenus par l’ALD, le parti d’extrême droite…

    Un panier de crabe insoupçonné que nous révèle son (ex) guide. (...)

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    (1) Opinion Why I Resigned From Berlin’s Jewish Museum
    Yossi Bartal - Jun 22, 2019 9:39 AM
    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/why-i-resigned-from-berlin-s-jewish-museum-1.7398301

    Last Monday, after guiding hundreds of different tour groups from Germany and around the world to various exhibitions, I submitted my resignation as a guide at the Jewish Museum of Berlin in protest against the crass political intervention by the German government and the State of Israel in the work of the museum.

    The shameful firing of Peter Schäfer, among the most important scholars of Judaism in the world, in the wake of an aggressive campaign of “fake news” conducted by the Israeli Ambassador to Germany, Jeremy Issacharoff, and Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, made it clear that the German government is not interested any more in guarding the artistic and academic autonomy of the museum. And I am not interested in working for an institution that relinquishes its independence to serve the political interests of this or that state.

    From the beginning, working as a Jewish guide at a Jewish museum where most of the staff and visitors are not Jews presented personal, political and pedagogical challenges. Thus questions of representation of the other and of speaking in their name have accompanied the work of the museum since its opening in 2003.

    Is it appropriate for a German state museum to be called a Jewish museum at all, or must it be under the complete control of the official Jewish community (that itself only represents part of German Jewry)? Is a Jewish museum, in the absence of a similar institution addressing the Muslim community or other minority groups, responsible for providing space for the perspectives of children of migrants in Germany, many of whom live in neighborhoods nearby, and for conducting Jewish-Muslim dialogue?

    Should the museum function as a forum in which various opinions in the Jewish world can be heard, those touching on Israel as well? The answer of the head of the Jewish community, the Israeli ambassador and right-wing journalists, who for years have been running a toxic and untruthful campaign against museum staff, is an absolute no.

    Thus a significant portion of the criticism of the museum suggests, or even declares openly, that the very fact that many of the staff members of the museum are not Jews negates their right to social activism that is not in keeping with the political preferences of the Jewish community’s representatives. This discourse reached the point of absurdity when Schuster, the leader of a community in which many members are not considered Jewish according to halakha, negated the museum’s right to call itself Jewish.

    But we should not be confused by the legitimate criticism over the lack of Jewish representation in leading positions in Germany, because this criticism is raised only when non-Jews dare, even in the most sensitive way, to criticize policies of the Israeli government, or to come out against anti-Muslim racism. Proof of this may be seen in the Jewish community’s support for the 10 officials who have been nominated to fight anti-Semitism in the country: All 10 are non-Jews, and all 10 support the position that strong criticism of the occupation and of Israel’s religiously discriminatory character should be seen as an expression of anti-Semitism.

    Not surprisingly, the extreme right-wing “Alternative for Germany” is the party that, by way of parliamentary questions, has been leading the campaign against the museum for the last year, as reported sympathetically by the house newspaper of Benjamin Netanyahu. Despite the Israeli Embassy’s contention that it is not in contact with members of the party, its opposition to museum activities is based on a fervent rejection of democratic discourse, and its absolute conflation of the interests of the Israeli government with those of world Jewry. Already in the past year, as part of an exhibition on Jerusalem and its significance to three religions, the museum was forced to cancel a lecture on the status of LGBTQ Palestinians in East Jerusalem because the Israeli ambassador suspected that the speaker, God help us, supports BDS.

    Accusations of anti-Semitism, which carry enormous weight in Germany, lead more and more to censorship and self-censorship. Cultural institutions in Germany, which are supposed to provide a stage for critical positions, are threatened financially and politically if they even dare to host artists and musicians who at any time expressed support for non-violent resistance to the Israeli occupation. This policy of fear-mongering that Miri Regev leads in Israel is imported by supporters of Israel to Germany. Only in Germany, because of its great sensitivity to anti-Semitism and deep identification with Israel in the wake of the Shoah, are there politicians not only on the right but on the left as well who vehemently endorse the silencing of criticism of Israel.

    The extreme right’s ascendance to power in places across the globe is based in great part on the constriction of democratic space and the intimidation and sanctioning of anyone who dares to oppose suppressive nationalist policies. The efforts of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and the Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with Jewish and right-wing organizations around the world, to defame and slander anyone who refuses to join their campaign of incitement against human rights activists, has now led to the firing of an esteemed scholar, strictly because he chose to defend the rights of Israeli academics to oppose the designation of the BDS movement as an anti-Semitic movement.

    Against this paranoid impulse toward purges, which to a great extent recalls the years of McCarthyism in the United States, one must take a clear public stance. If the firing of Peter Schäfer has a moral, it is that no matter how much approbation a person has received for his opposition to anti-Semitism and support for Israel, opposition to Netanyahu’s anti-democratic policies is enough to turn him into an enemy of the people and the nation.

    If the German and Israeli governments are interested in the Jewish Museum representing only their narrow political interests and denying its staff members freedom of expression, I am not interested in having a part in it. So despite my deep respect for the museum’s staff, I proffered my resignation. I and many other Jews of my generation do not want or need a kashrut certificate from the State of Israel or the heads of the institutional Jewish community, nor, certainly, from the German government. Judaism, as a pluralistic and democratic world culture, will continue to exist after the racist, ultra-nationalist politics that has taken over many communal institutions passes from the world.

    The writer has lived in Berlin for 13 years and works as a tour guide.

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    (2) https://seenthis.net/messages/788398

  • With all your mind – Forthright Magazine
    http://forthright.net/2019/06/30/with-all-your-mind

    How do I love God with my mind? The Lord Jesus included this as a part of what he knew to be the “greatest commandment.” Since it held such an important place in the Lord Jesus’ thoughts it ought to hold a similarly great place in ours, shouldn’t it?

    #love #Bible #Jesus

  • MoA - Tian An Men Square - What Really Happened (Updated)
    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2019/06/tiananmen-square-do-the-media-say-what-really-happened.html

    June 04, 2019
    Tian An Men Square - What Really Happened (Updated)

    Since 1989 the western media write anniversary pieces on the June 4 removal of protesters from the Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The view seems always quite one sided and stereotyped with a brutal military that suppresses peaceful protests.

    That is not the full picture. Thanks to Wikileaks we have a few situation reports from the U.S. Embassy in Beijing at that time. They describe a different scene than the one western media paint to this day.

    Ten thousands of people, mostly students, occupied the square for six weeks. They protested over the political and personal consequences of Mao’s chaotic Cultural Revolution which had upset the whole country. The liberalization and changeover to a more capitalist model under Deng Xiopings had yet to show its success and was fought by the hardliners in the Communist Party.

    The more liberal side of the government negotiated with the protesters but no agreement was found. The hardliners in the party pressed for the protest removal. When the government finally tried to move the protesters out of the very prominent square they resisted.

    On June 3 the government moved troops towards the city center of Beijing. But the military convoys were held up. Some came under attack. The U.S. embassy reported that soldiers were taken as hostages:

    TENSION MOUNTED THROUGHOUT THE AFTERNOON AS BEIJING RESIDENTS VENTED THEIR ANGER BY HARASSING MILITARY AND POLICE PERSONNEL AND ATTACKING THEIR VEHICLES. STUDENTS DISPLAYED CAPTURED WEAPONS, MILITARY EQUIPMENT AND VEHICLES, INCLUDING IN FRONT OF THE ZHONGNANHAI LEADERSHIP COMPOUND. AN EFFORT TO FREE STILL CAPTIVE MILITARY PERSONNEL OR TO CLEAR THE SOUTHERN ENTRANCE TO ZHONGNANHAI MAY HAVE BEEN THE CAUSE OF A LIMITED TEAR GAS ATTACK IN THAT AREA AROUND 1500 HOURS LOCAL.

    There are some gruesome pictures of the government side casualties of these events.

    Another cable from June 3 notes:

    THE TROOPS HAVE OBVIOUSLY NOT YET BEEN GIVEN ORDERS PERMITTING THEM TO USE FORCE. THEIR LARGE NUMBERS, THE FACT THAT THEY ARE HELMETED, AND THE AUTOMATIC WEAPONS THEY ARE CARRYING SUGGEST THAT THE FORCE OPTION IS REAL.

    In the early morning of June 4 the military finally reached the city center and tried to push the crowd out of Tiananmen Square:

    STUDENTS SET DEBRIS THROWN ATOP AT LEAST ONE ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER AND LIT THE DEBRIS, ACCORDING TO EMBOFF NEAR THE SCENE. ABC REPORTED THAT ONE OTHER ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER IS AFLAME. AT LEAST ONE BUS WAS ALSO BURNING, ACCORDING TO ABC NEWS REPORTERS ON THE SQUARE AT 0120. THE EYEWITNESSES REPORTED THAT TROOPS AND RIOT POLICE WERE ON THE SOUTHERN END OF THE SQUARE AND TROOPS WERE MOVING TO THE SQUARE FROM THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE CITY.

    The soldiers responded as all soldiers do when they see that their comrades get barbecued:

    THERE HAS REPORTEDLY BEEN INDISCRIMINATE GUNFIRE BY THE TROOPS ON THE SQUARE. WE CAN HEAR GUNFIRE FROM THE EMBASSY AND JIANGUOMENWAI DIPLOMATIC COMPOUND. EYEWITNESSES REPORT TEAR GAS ON THE SQUARE, FLARES BEING FIRED ABOVE IT, AND TRACERS BEING FIRED OVER IT.

    Most of the violence was not in the square, which was already quite empty at that time, but in the streets around it. The soldiers tried to push the crowd away without using their weapons:

    THE SITUATION IN THE CENTER OF THE CITY IS VERY CONFUSED. POLOFFS AT THE BEIJING HOTEL REPORTED THAT TROOPS ARE PUSHING A LARGE CROWD OF DEMONSTRATORS EAST ON CHANGANJIE. ALTHOUGH THESE TROOPS APPEAR NOT TO BE FIRING ON THE CROWD, POLOFFS REPORT FIRING BEHIND THE TROOPS COMING FROM THE SQUARE.

    With the Square finally cleared the student protest movement ebbed away.

    Update (June 5)

    Peter Lee, aka Chinahand, was there on the ground. He just published his eyewitness account written down at that time.

    Western secret services smuggled some 800 of the leaders of their failed ’color revolution’ out of the country, reported the Financial Times:

    Many went first to France, but most travelled on to the US for scholarships at Ivy League universities.

    The extraction missions, aided by MI6, the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA, according to many accounts, had scrambler devices, infrared signallers, night-vision goggles and weapons.

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    It is unclear how many people died during the incident. The numbers vary between dozens to several hundred. There is no evidence that the higher numbers are correct. It also not known how many of the casualties were soldiers, or how many were violent protesters or innocent bystanders.

    The New York Times uses the 30th anniversary of the June 4 incidents to again promote a scene that is interpreted as successful civil resistance.

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    He has become a global symbol of freedom and defiance, immortalized in photos, television shows, posters and T-shirts.

    But three decades after the Chinese Army crushed demonstrations centered on Tiananmen Square, “Tank Man” — the person who boldly confronted a convoy of tanks barreling down a Beijing avenue — is as much a mystery as ever.

    But was the man really some hero? It is not known what the the man really wanted or if he was even part of the protests:

    According to the man who took the photo, AP photographer Jeff Widener, the photo dates from June 5 the day after the Tiananmen Square incident. The tanks were headed away from, and not towards, the Square. They were blocked not by a student but by a man with a shopping bag crossing the street who had chosen to play chicken with the departing tanks. The lead tank had gone out its way to avoid causing him injury.

    The longer video of the tank hold up (turn off the ghastly music) shows that the man talked with the tank commander who makes no attempt to force him away. The scene ends after two minutes when some civilian passersby finally tell the man to move along. The NYT also writes:

    But more recently, the government has worked to eliminate the memory of Tank Man, censoring images of him online and punishing those who have evoked him.
    ...
    As a result of the government’s campaign, many people in China, especially younger Chinese, do not recognize his image.

    To which Carl Zha, who currently travels in China and speaks the language, responds:

    Carl Zha @CarlZha - 15:23 utc - 4 Jun 2019

    For the record, Everyone in China know about what happened on June 4th, 1989. Chinese gov remind them every year by cranking up censorship to 11 around anniversary. Idk Western reporters who claim people in China don’t know are just esp stupid/clueless or deliberately misleading

    In fact that applies to China reporting in general. I just don’t know whether Western China reporters are that stupid/clueless or deliberately misleading. I used to think people can’t be that stupid but I am constantly surprised...

    and

    Carl Zha @CarlZha - 15:42 utc - 4 Jun 2019

    This Image was shared in one of the Wechat group I was in today. Yes, everyone understood the reference

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    Carl recommends the two part movie The Gate To Heavenly Peace (vid) as the best documentary of the Tiananmen Square protests. It explores the political and social background of the incident and includes many original voices and scenes.

    Posted by b on June 4, 2019 at 03:00 PM

    #Chine #4689

  • Beyond the Hype of Lab-Grown Diamonds
    https://earther.gizmodo.com/beyond-the-hype-of-lab-grown-diamonds-1834890351

    Billions of years ago when the world was still young, treasure began forming deep underground. As the edges of Earth’s tectonic plates plunged down into the upper mantle, bits of carbon, some likely hailing from long-dead life forms were melted and compressed into rigid lattices. Over millions of years, those lattices grew into the most durable, dazzling gems the planet had ever cooked up. And every so often, for reasons scientists still don’t fully understand, an eruption would send a stash of these stones rocketing to the surface inside a bubbly magma known as kimberlite.

    There, the diamonds would remain, nestled in the kimberlite volcanoes that delivered them from their fiery home, until humans evolved, learned of their existence, and began to dig them up.

    The epic origin of Earth’s diamonds has helped fuel a powerful marketing mythology around them: that they are objects of otherworldly strength and beauty; fitting symbols of eternal love. But while “diamonds are forever” may be the catchiest advertising slogan ever to bear some geologic truth, the supply of these stones in the Earth’s crust, in places we can readily reach them, is far from everlasting. And the scars we’ve inflicted on the land and ourselves in order to mine diamonds has cast a shadow that still lingers over the industry.

    Some diamond seekers, however, say we don’t need to scour the Earth any longer, because science now offers an alternative: diamonds grown in labs. These gems aren’t simulants or synthetic substitutes; they are optically, chemically, and physically identical to their Earth-mined counterparts. They’re also cheaper, and in theory, limitless. The arrival of lab-grown diamonds has rocked the jewelry world to its core and prompted fierce pushback from diamond miners. Claims abound on both sides.

    Growers often say that their diamonds are sustainable and ethical; miners and their industry allies counter that only gems plucked from the Earth can be considered “real” or “precious.” Some of these assertions are subjective, others are supported only by sparse, self-reported, or industry-backed data. But that’s not stopping everyone from making them.

    This is a fight over image, and when it comes to diamonds, image is everything.
    A variety of cut, polished Ada Diamonds created in a lab, including smaller melee stones and large center stones. 22.94 carats total. (2.60 ct. pear, 2.01 ct. asscher, 2.23 ct. cushion, 3.01 ct. radiant, 1.74 ct. princess, 2.11 ct. emerald, 3.11 ct. heart, 3.00 ct. oval, 3.13 ct. round.)
    Image: Sam Cannon (Earther)
    Same, but different

    The dream of lab-grown diamond dates back over a century. In 1911, science fiction author H.G. Wells described what would essentially become one of the key methods for making diamond—recreating the conditions inside Earth’s mantle on its surface—in his short story The Diamond Maker. As the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) notes, there were a handful of dubious attempts to create diamonds in labs in the late 19th and early 20th century, but the first commercial diamond production wouldn’t emerge until the mid-1950s, when scientists with General Electric worked out a method for creating small, brown stones. Others, including De Beers, soon developed their own methods for synthesizing the gems, and use of the lab-created diamond in industrial applications, from cutting tools to high power electronics, took off.

    According to the GIA’s James Shigley, the first experimental production of gem-quality diamond occurred in 1970. Yet by the early 2000s, gem-quality stones were still small, and often tinted yellow with impurities. It was only in the last five or so years that methods for growing diamonds advanced to the point that producers began churning out large, colorless stones consistently. That’s when the jewelry sector began to take a real interest.

    Today, that sector is taking off. The International Grown Diamond Association (IGDA), a trade group formed in 2016 by a dozen lab diamond growers and sellers, now has about 50 members, according to IGDA secretary general Dick Garard. When the IGDA first formed, lab-grown diamonds were estimated to represent about 1 percent of a $14 billion rough diamond market. This year, industry analyst Paul Zimnisky estimates they account for 2-3 percent of the market.

    He expects that share will only continue to grow as factories in China that already produce millions of carats a year for industrial purposes start to see an opportunity in jewelry.
    “I have a real problem with people claiming one is ethical and another is not.”

    “This year some [factories] will come up from 100,000 gem-quality diamonds to one to two million,” Zimnisky said. “They already have the infrastructure and equipment in place” and are in the process of upgrading it. (About 150 million carats of diamonds were mined last year, according to a global analysis of the industry conducted by Bain & Company.)

    Production ramp-up aside, 2018 saw some other major developments across the industry. In the summer, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) reversed decades of guidance when it expanded the definition of a diamond to include those created in labs and dropped ‘synthetic’ as a recommended descriptor for lab-grown stones. The decision came on the heels of the world’s top diamond producer, De Beers, announcing the launch of its own lab-grown diamond line, Lightbox, after having once vowed never to sell man-made stones as jewelry.

    “I would say shock,” Lightbox Chief Marketing Officer Sally Morrison told Earther when asked how the jewelry world responded to the company’s launch.

    While the majority of lab-grown diamonds on the market today are what’s known as melee (less than 0.18 carats), the tech for producing the biggest, most dazzling diamonds continues to improve. In 2016, lab-grown diamond company MiaDonna announced its partners had grown a 6.28 carat gem-quality diamond, claimed to be the largest created in the U.S. to that point. In 2017, a lab in Augsburg University, Germany that grows diamonds for industrial and scientific research applications produced what is thought to be the largest lab-grown diamond ever—a 155 carat behemoth that stretches nearly 4 inches across. Not gem quality, perhaps, but still impressive.

    “If you compare it with the Queen’s diamond, hers is four times heavier, it’s clearer” physicist Matthias Schreck, who leads the group that grew that beast of a jewel, told me. “But in area, our diamond is bigger. We were very proud of this.”

    Diamonds can be created in one of two ways: Similar to how they form inside the Earth, or similar to how scientists speculate they might form in outer space.

    The older, Earth-inspired method is known as “high temperature high pressure” (HPHT), and that’s exactly what it sounds like. A carbon source, like graphite, is placed in a giant, mechanical press where, in the presence of a catalyst, it’s subjected to temperatures of around 1,600 degrees Celsius and pressures of 5-6 Gigapascals in order to form diamond. (If you’re curious what that sort of pressure feels like, the GIA describes it as similar to the force exerted if you tried to balance a commercial jet on your fingertip.)

    The newer method, called chemical vapor deposition (CVD), is more akin to how diamonds might form in interstellar gas clouds (for which we have indirect, spectroscopic evidence, according to Shigley). A hydrocarbon gas, like methane, is pumped into a low-pressure reactor vessel alongside hydrogen. While maintaining near-vacuum conditions, the gases are heated very hot—typically 3,000 to 4,000 degrees Celsius, according to Lightbox CEO Steve Coe—causing carbon atoms to break free of their molecular bonds. Under the right conditions, those liberated bits of carbon will settle out onto a substrate—typically a flat, square plate of a synthetic diamond produced with the HPHT method—forming layer upon layer of diamond.

    “It’s like snow falling on a table on your back porch,” Jason Payne, the founder and CEO of lab-grown diamond jewelry company Ada Diamonds, told me.

    Scientists have been forging gem-quality diamonds with HPHT for longer, but today, CVD has become the method of choice for those selling larger bridal stones. That’s in part because it’s easier to control impurities and make diamonds with very high clarity, according to Coe. Still, each method has its advantages—Payne said that HPHT is faster and the diamonds typically have better color (which is to say, less of it)—and some companies, like Ada, purchase stones grown in both ways.

    However they’re made, lab-grown diamonds have the same exceptional hardness, stiffness, and thermal conductivity as their Earth-mined counterparts. Cut, they can dazzle with the same brilliance and fire—a technical term to describe how well the diamond scatters light like a prism. The GIA even grades them according to the same 4Cs—cut, clarity, color, and carat—that gemologists use to assess diamonds formed in the Earth, although it uses a slightly different terminology to report the color and clarity grades for lab-grown stones.

    They’re so similar, in fact, that lab-grown diamond entering the larger diamond supply without any disclosures has become a major concern across the jewelry industry, particularly when it comes to melee stones from Asia. It’s something major retailers are now investing thousands of dollars in sophisticated detection equipment to suss out by searching for minute differences in, say, their crystal shape or for impurities like nitrogen (much less common in lab-grown diamond, according to Shigley).

    Those differences may be a lifeline for retailers hoping to weed out lab-grown diamonds, but for companies focused on them, they can become another selling point. The lack of nitrogen in diamonds produced with the CVD method, for instance, gives them an exceptional chemical purity that allows them to be classified as type IIa; a rare and coveted breed that accounts for just 2 percent of those found in nature. Meanwhile, the ability to control everything about the growth process allows companies like Lightbox to adjust the formula and produce incredibly rare blue and pink diamonds as part of their standard product line. (In fact, these colored gemstones have made up over half of the company’s sales since launch, according to Coe.)

    And while lab-grown diamonds boast the same sparkle as their Earthly counterparts, they do so at a significant discount. Zimnisky said that today, your typical one carat, medium quality diamond grown in a lab will sell for about $3,600, compared with $6,100 for its Earth-mined counterpart—a discount of about 40 percent. Two years ago, that discount was only 18 percent. And while the price drop has “slightly tapered off” as Zimnisky put it, he expects it will fall further thanks in part to the aforementioned ramp up in Chinese production, as well as technological improvements. (The market is also shifting in response to Lightbox, which De Beers is using to position lab-grown diamonds as mass produced items for fashion jewelry, and which is selling its stones, ungraded, at the controversial low price of $800 per carat—a discount of nearly 90 percent.)

    Zimnisky said that if the price falls too fast, it could devalue lab-grown diamonds in the eyes of consumers. But for now, at least, paying less seems to be a selling point. A 2018 consumer research survey by MVI Marketing found that most of those polled would choose a larger lab-grown diamond over a smaller mined diamond of the same price.

    “The thing [consumers] seem most compelled by is the ability to trade up in size and quality at the same price,” Garard of IGDA said.

    Still, for buyers and sellers alike, price is only part of the story. Many in the lab-grown diamond world market their product as an ethical or eco-friendly alternative to mined diamonds.

    But those sales pitches aren’t without controversy.
    A variety of lab-grown diamond products arrayed on a desk at Ada Diamonds showroom in Manhattan. The stone in the upper left gets its blue color from boron. Diamonds tinted yellow (top center) usually get their color from small amounts of nitrogen.
    Photo: Sam Cannon (Earther)
    Dazzling promises

    As Anna-Mieke Anderson tells it, she didn’t enter the diamond world to become a corporate tycoon. She did it to try and fix a mistake.

    In 1999, Anderson purchased herself a diamond. Some years later, in 2005, her father asked her where it came from. Nonplussed, she told him it came from the jewelry store. But that wasn’t what he was asking: He wanted to know where it really came from.

    “I actually had no idea,” Anderson told Earther. “That led me to do a mountain of research.”

    That research eventually led Anderson to conclude that she had likely bought a diamond mined under horrific conditions. She couldn’t be sure, because the certificate of purchase included no place of origin. But around the time of her purchase, civil wars funded by diamond mining were raging across Angola, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia, fueling “widespread devastation” as Global Witness put it in 2006. At the height of the diamond wars in the late ‘90s, the watchdog group estimates that as many as 15 percent of diamonds entering the market were conflict diamonds. Even those that weren’t actively fueling a war were often being mined in dirty, hazardous conditions; sometimes by children.

    “I couldn’t believe I’d bought into this,” Anderson said.

    To try and set things right, Anderson began sponsoring a boy living in a Liberian community impacted by the blood diamond trade. The experience was so eye-opening, she says, that she eventually felt compelled to sponsor more children. Selling conflict-free jewelry seemed like a fitting way to raise money to do so, but after a great deal more research, Anderson decided she couldn’t in good faith consider any diamond pulled from the Earth to be truly conflict-free in either the humanitarian or environmental sense. While diamond miners were, by the early 2000s, getting their gems certified “conflict free” according to the UN-backed Kimberley Process, the certification scheme’s definition of a conflict diamond—one sold by rebel groups to finance armed conflicts against governments—felt far too narrow.

    “That [conflict definition] eliminates anything to do with the environment, or eliminates a child mining it, or someone who was a slave, or beaten, or raped,” Anderson said.

    And so she started looking into science, and in 2007, launching MiaDonna as one of the world’s first lab-grown diamond jewelry companies. The business has been activism-oriented from the get-go, with at least five percent of its annual earnings—and more than 20 percent for the last three years—going into The Greener Diamond, Anderson’s charity foundation which has funded a wide range of projects, from training former child soldiers in Sierra Leone to grow food to sponsoring kids orphaned by the West African Ebola outbreak.

    MiaDonna isn’t the only company that positions itself as an ethical alternative to the traditional diamond industry. Brilliant Earth, which sells what it says are carefully-sourced mined and lab-created diamonds, also donates a small portion of its profits to supporting mining communities. Other lab-grown diamond companies market themselves as “ethical,” “conflict-free,” or “world positive.” Payne of Ada Diamonds sees, in lab-grown diamonds, not just shiny baubles, but a potential to improve medicine, clean up pollution, and advance society in countless other ways—and he thinks the growing interest in lab-grown diamond jewelry will help propel us toward that future.

    Others, however, say black-and-white characterizations when it comes to social impact of mined diamonds versus lab-grown stones are unfair. “I have a real problem with people claiming one is ethical and another is not,” Estelle Levin-Nally, founder and CEO of Levin Sources, which advocates for better governance in the mining sector, told Earther. “I think it’s always about your politics. And ethics are subjective.”

    Saleem Ali, an environmental researcher at the University of Delaware who serves on the board of the Diamonds and Development Initiative, agrees. He says the mining industry has, on the whole, worked hard to turn itself around since the height of the diamond wars and that governance is “much better today” than it used to be. Human rights watchdog Global Witness also says that “significant progress” has been made to curb the conflict diamond trade, although as Alice Harle, Senior Campaigner with Global Witness told Earther via email, diamonds do still fuel conflict, particularly in the Central African Republic and Zimbabwe.

    Most industry observers seems to agree that the Kimberley Process is outdated and inadequate, and that more work is needed to stamp out other abuses, including child labor and forced labor, in the artisanal and small-scale diamond mining sector. Today, large-scale mining operations don’t tend to see these kinds of problems, according to Julianne Kippenberg, associate director for children’s rights at Human Rights Watch, but she notes that there may be other community impacts surrounding land rights and forced resettlement.

    The flip side, Ali and Levin-Nally say, is that well-regulated mining operations can be an important source of economic development and livelihood. Ali cites Botswana and Russia as prime examples of places where large-scale mining operations have become “major contributors to the economy.” Dmitry Amelkin, head of strategic projects and analytics for Russian diamond mining giant Alrosa, echoed that sentiment in an email to Earther, noting that diamonds transformed Botswana “from one of the poorest [countries] in the world to a middle-income country” with revenues from mining representing almost a third of its GDP.

    In May, a report commissioned by the Diamond Producers Association (DPA), a trade organization representing the world’s largest diamond mining companies, estimated that worldwide, its members generate nearly $4 billion in direct revenue for employees and contractors, along with another $6.8 billion in benefits via “local procurement of goods and services.” DPA CEO Jean-Marc Lieberherr said this was a story diamond miners need to do a better job telling.

    “The industry has undergone such changes since the Blood Diamond movie,” he said, referring to the blockbuster 2006 film starring Leonardo DiCaprio that drew global attention to the problem of conflict diamonds. “And yet people’s’ perceptions haven’t evolved. I think the main reason is we have not had a voice, we haven’t communicated.”

    But conflict and human rights abuses aren’t the only issues that have plagued the diamond industry. There’s also the lasting environmental impact of the mining itself. In the case of large-scale commercial mines, this typically entails using heavy machinery and explosives to bore deep into those kimberlite tubes in search of precious stones.

    Some, like Maya Koplyova, a geologist at the University of British Columbia who studies diamonds and the rocks they’re found in, see this as far better than many other forms of mining. “The environmental footprint is the fThere’s also the question of just how representative the report’s energy consumption estimates for lab-grown diamonds are. While he wouldn’t offer a specific number, Coe said that De Beers’ Group diamond manufacturer Element Six—arguably the most advanced laboratory-grown diamond company in the world—has “substantially lower” per carat energy requirements than the headline figures found inside the new report. When asked why this was not included, Rick Lord, ESG analyst at Trucost, the S&P global group that conducted the analysis, said it chose to focus on energy estimates in the public record, but that after private consultation with Element Six it did not believe their data would “materially alter” the emissions estimates in the study.

    Finally, it’s important to consider the source of the carbon emissions. While the new report states that about 40 percent of the emissions associated with mining a diamond come from fossil fuel-powered vehicles and equipment, emissions associated with growing a diamond come mainly from electric power. Today, about 68 percent of lab-grown diamonds hail from China, Singapore, and India combined according to Zimnisky, where the power is drawn from largely fossil fuel-powered grids. But there is, at least, an opportunity to switch to renewables and drive that carbon footprint way down.
    “The reality is both mining and manufacturing consume energy and probably the best thing we could do is focus on reducing energy consumption.”

    And some companies do seem to be trying to do that. Anderson of MiaDonna says the company only sources its diamonds from facilities in the U.S., and that it’s increasingly trying to work with producers that use renewable energy. Lab-grown diamond company Diamond Foundry grows its stones inside plasma reactors running “as hot as the outer layer of the sun,” per its website, and while it wouldn’t offer any specific numbers, that presumably uses more energy than your typical operation running at lower temperatures. However, company spokesperson Ye-Hui Goldenson said its Washington State ‘megacarat factory’ was cited near a well-maintained hydropower source so that the diamonds could be produced with renewable energy. The company offsets other fossil fuel-driven parts of its operation by purchasing carbon credits.

    Lightbox’s diamonds currently come from Element Six’s UK-based facilities. The company is, however, building a $94-million facility near Portland, Oregon, that’s expected to come online by 2020. Coe said he estimates about 45 percent of its power will come from renewable sources.

    “The reality is both mining and manufacturing consume energy and probably the best thing we could do is focus on reducing energy consumption,” Coe said. “That’s something we’re focused on in Lightbox.”

    In spite of that, Lightbox is somewhat notable among lab-grown diamond jewelry brands in that, in the words of Morrison, it is “not claiming this to be an eco-friendly product.”

    “While it is true that we don’t dig holes in the ground, the energy consumption is not insignificant,” Morrison told Earther. “And I think we felt very uncomfortable promoting on that.”
    Various diamonds created in a lab, as seen at the Ada Diamonds showroom in Manhattan.
    Photo: Sam Cannon (Earther)
    The real real

    The fight over how lab-grown diamonds can and should market themselves is still heating up.

    On March 26, the FTC sent letters to eight lab-grown and diamond simulant companies warning them against making unsubstantiated assertions about the environmental benefits of their products—its first real enforcement action after updating its jewelry guides last year. The letters, first obtained by JCK news director Rob Bates under a Freedom of Information Act request, also warned companies that their advertising could falsely imply the products are mined diamonds, illustrating that, even though the agency now says a lab-grown diamond is a diamond, the specific origin remains critically important. A letter to Diamond Foundry, for instance, notes that the company has at times advertised its stones as “above-ground real” without the qualification of “laboratory-made.” It’s easy to see how a consumer might miss the implication.

    But in a sense, that’s what all of this is: A fight over what’s real.
    “It’s a nuanced reality that we’re in. They are a type of diamond.”

    Another letter, sent to FTC attorney Reenah Kim by the nonprofit trade organization Jewelers Vigilance Committee on April 2, makes it clear that many in the industry still believe that’s a term that should be reserved exclusively for gems formed inside the Earth. The letter, obtained by Earther under FOIA, urges the agency to continue restricting the use of the terms “real,” “genuine,” “natural,” “precious,” and “semi-precious” to Earth-mined diamonds and gemstones. Even the use of such terms in conjunction with “laboratory grown,” the letter argues, “will create even more confusion in an already confused and evolving marketplace.”

    JVC President Tiffany Stevens told Earther that the letter was a response to a footnote in an explanatory document about the FTC’s recent jewelry guide changes, which suggested the agency was considering removing a clause about real, precious, natural and genuine only being acceptable modifiers for gems mined from the Earth.

    “We felt that given the current commercial environment, that we didn’t think it was a good time to take that next step,” Stevens told Earther. As Stevens put it, the changes the FTC recently made, including expanding the definition of diamond and tweaking the descriptors companies can use to label laboratory-grown diamonds as such, have already been “wildly misinterpreted” by some lab-grown diamond sellers that are no longer making the “necessary disclosures.”

    Asked whether the JVC thinks lab-grown diamonds are, in fact, real diamonds, Stevens demurred.

    “It’s a nuanced reality that we’re in,” she said. “They are a type of diamond.”

    Change is afoot in the diamond world. Mined diamond production may have already peaked, according to the 2018 Bain & Company report. Lab diamonds are here to stay, although where they’re going isn’t entirely clear. Zimnisky expects that in a few years—as Lightbox’s new facility comes online and mass production of lab diamonds continues to ramp up overseas—the price industry-wide will fall to about 80 percent less than a mined diamond. At that point, he wonders whether lab-grown diamonds will start to lose their sparkle.

    Payne isn’t too worried about a price slide, which he says is happening across the diamond industry and which he expects will be “linear, not exponential” on the lab-grown side. He points out that lab-grown diamond market is still limited by supply, and that the largest lab-grown gems remain quite rare. Payne and Zimnisky both see the lab-grown diamond market bifurcating into cheaper, mass-produced gems and premium-quality stones sold by those that can maintain a strong brand. A sense that they’re selling something authentic and, well, real.

    “So much has to do with consumer psychology,” Zimnisky said.

    Some will only ever see diamonds as authentic if they formed inside the Earth. They’re drawn, as Kathryn Money, vice president of strategy and merchandising at Brilliant Earth put it, to “the history and romanticism” of diamonds; to a feeling that’s sparked by holding a piece of our ancient world. To an essence more than a function.

    Others, like Anderson, see lab-grown diamonds as the natural (to use a loaded word) evolution of diamond. “We’re actually running out of [mined] diamonds,” she said. “There is an end in sight.” Payne agreed, describing what he sees as a “looming death spiral” for diamond mining.

    Mined diamonds will never go away. We’ve been digging them up since antiquity, and they never seem to lose their sparkle. But most major mines are being exhausted. And with technology making it easier to grow diamonds just as they are getting more difficult to extract from the Earth, the lab-grown diamond industry’s grandstanding about its future doesn’t feel entirely unreasonable.

    There’s a reason why, as Payne said, “the mining industry as a whole is still quite scared of this product.” ootprint of digging the hole in the ground and crushing [the rock],” Koplyova said, noting that there’s no need to add strong acids or heavy metals like arsenic (used in gold mining) to liberate the gems.

    Still, those holes can be enormous. The Mir Mine, a now-abandoned open pit mine in Eastern Siberia, is so large—reportedly stretching 3,900 feet across and 1,700 feet deep—that the Russian government has declared it a no-fly zone owing to the pit’s ability to create dangerous air currents. It’s visible from space.

    While companies will often rehabilitate other land to offset the impact of mines, kimberlite mining itself typically leaves “a permanent dent in the earth’s surface,” as a 2014 report by market research company Frost & Sullivan put it.

    “It’s a huge impact as far as I’m concerned,” said Kevin Krajick, senior editor for science news at Columbia University’s Earth Institute who wrote a book on the discovery of diamonds in far northern Canada. Krajick noted that in remote mines, like those of the far north, it’s not just the physical hole to consider, but all the development required to reach a previously-untouched area, including roads and airstrips, roaring jets and diesel-powered trucks.

    Diamonds grown in factories clearly have a smaller physical footprint. According to the Frost & Sullivan report, they also use less water and create less waste. It’s for these reasons that Ali thinks diamond mining “will never be able to compete” with lab-grown diamonds from an environmental perspective.

    “The mining industry should not even by trying to do that,” he said.

    Of course, this is capitalism, so try to compete is exactly what the DPA is now doing. That same recent report that touted the mining industry’s economic benefits also asserts that mined diamonds have a carbon footprint three times lower than that of lab-grown diamonds, on average. The numbers behind that conclusion, however, don’t tell the full story.

    Growing diamonds does take considerable energy. The exact amount can vary greatly, however, depending on the specific nature of the growth process. These are details manufacturers are typically loathe to disclose, but Payne of Ada Diamonds says he estimates the most efficient players in the game today use about 250 kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity per cut, polished carat of diamond; roughly what a U.S. household consumes in 9 days. Other estimates run higher. Citing unnamed sources, industry publication JCK Online reported that a modern HPHT run can use up to 700 kWh per carat, while CVD production can clock in north of 1,000 kWh per carat.

    Pulling these and several other public-record estimates, along with information on where in the world today’s lab diamonds are being grown and the energy mix powering the producer nations’ electric grids, the DPA-commissioned study estimated that your typical lab-grown diamond results in some 511 kg of carbon emissions per cut, polished carat. Using information provided by mining companies on fuel and electricity consumption, along with other greenhouse gas sources on the mine site, it found that the average mined carat was responsible for just 160 kg of carbon emissions.

    One limitation here is that the carbon footprint estimate for mining focused only on diamond production, not the years of work entailed in developing a mine. As Ali noted, developing a mine can take a lot of energy, particularly for those sited in remote locales where equipment needs to be hauled long distances by trucks or aircraft.

    There’s also the question of just how representative the report’s energy consumption estimates for lab-grown diamonds are. While he wouldn’t offer a specific number, Coe said that De Beers’ Group diamond manufacturer Element Six—arguably the most advanced laboratory-grown diamond company in the world—has “substantially lower” per carat energy requirements than the headline figures found inside the new report. When asked why this was not included, Rick Lord, ESG analyst at Trucost, the S&P global group that conducted the analysis, said it chose to focus on energy estimates in the public record, but that after private consultation with Element Six it did not believe their data would “materially alter” the emissions estimates in the study.

    Finally, it’s important to consider the source of the carbon emissions. While the new report states that about 40 percent of the emissions associated with mining a diamond come from fossil fuel-powered vehicles and equipment, emissions associated with growing a diamond come mainly from electric power. Today, about 68 percent of lab-grown diamonds hail from China, Singapore, and India combined according to Zimnisky, where the power is drawn from largely fossil fuel-powered grids. But there is, at least, an opportunity to switch to renewables and drive that carbon footprint way down.
    “The reality is both mining and manufacturing consume energy and probably the best thing we could do is focus on reducing energy consumption.”

    And some companies do seem to be trying to do that. Anderson of MiaDonna says the company only sources its diamonds from facilities in the U.S., and that it’s increasingly trying to work with producers that use renewable energy. Lab-grown diamond company Diamond Foundry grows its stones inside plasma reactors running “as hot as the outer layer of the sun,” per its website, and while it wouldn’t offer any specific numbers, that presumably uses more energy than your typical operation running at lower temperatures. However, company spokesperson Ye-Hui Goldenson said its Washington State ‘megacarat factory’ was cited near a well-maintained hydropower source so that the diamonds could be produced with renewable energy. The company offsets other fossil fuel-driven parts of its operation by purchasing carbon credits.

    Lightbox’s diamonds currently come from Element Six’s UK-based facilities. The company is, however, building a $94-million facility near Portland, Oregon, that’s expected to come online by 2020. Coe said he estimates about 45 percent of its power will come from renewable sources.

    “The reality is both mining and manufacturing consume energy and probably the best thing we could do is focus on reducing energy consumption,” Coe said. “That’s something we’re focused on in Lightbox.”

    In spite of that, Lightbox is somewhat notable among lab-grown diamond jewelry brands in that, in the words of Morrison, it is “not claiming this to be an eco-friendly product.”

    “While it is true that we don’t dig holes in the ground, the energy consumption is not insignificant,” Morrison told Earther. “And I think we felt very uncomfortable promoting on that.”
    Various diamonds created in a lab, as seen at the Ada Diamonds showroom in Manhattan.
    Photo: Sam Cannon (Earther)
    The real real

    The fight over how lab-grown diamonds can and should market themselves is still heating up.

    On March 26, the FTC sent letters to eight lab-grown and diamond simulant companies warning them against making unsubstantiated assertions about the environmental benefits of their products—its first real enforcement action after updating its jewelry guides last year. The letters, first obtained by JCK news director Rob Bates under a Freedom of Information Act request, also warned companies that their advertising could falsely imply the products are mined diamonds, illustrating that, even though the agency now says a lab-grown diamond is a diamond, the specific origin remains critically important. A letter to Diamond Foundry, for instance, notes that the company has at times advertised its stones as “above-ground real” without the qualification of “laboratory-made.” It’s easy to see how a consumer might miss the implication.

    But in a sense, that’s what all of this is: A fight over what’s real.
    “It’s a nuanced reality that we’re in. They are a type of diamond.”

    Another letter, sent to FTC attorney Reenah Kim by the nonprofit trade organization Jewelers Vigilance Committee on April 2, makes it clear that many in the industry still believe that’s a term that should be reserved exclusively for gems formed inside the Earth. The letter, obtained by Earther under FOIA, urges the agency to continue restricting the use of the terms “real,” “genuine,” “natural,” “precious,” and “semi-precious” to Earth-mined diamonds and gemstones. Even the use of such terms in conjunction with “laboratory grown,” the letter argues, “will create even more confusion in an already confused and evolving marketplace.”

    JVC President Tiffany Stevens told Earther that the letter was a response to a footnote in an explanatory document about the FTC’s recent jewelry guide changes, which suggested the agency was considering removing a clause about real, precious, natural and genuine only being acceptable modifiers for gems mined from the Earth.

    “We felt that given the current commercial environment, that we didn’t think it was a good time to take that next step,” Stevens told Earther. As Stevens put it, the changes the FTC recently made, including expanding the definition of diamond and tweaking the descriptors companies can use to label laboratory-grown diamonds as such, have already been “wildly misinterpreted” by some lab-grown diamond sellers that are no longer making the “necessary disclosures.”

    Asked whether the JVC thinks lab-grown diamonds are, in fact, real diamonds, Stevens demurred.

    “It’s a nuanced reality that we’re in,” she said. “They are a type of diamond.”

    Change is afoot in the diamond world. Mined diamond production may have already peaked, according to the 2018 Bain & Company report. Lab diamonds are here to stay, although where they’re going isn’t entirely clear. Zimnisky expects that in a few years—as Lightbox’s new facility comes online and mass production of lab diamonds continues to ramp up overseas—the price industry-wide will fall to about 80 percent less than a mined diamond. At that point, he wonders whether lab-grown diamonds will start to lose their sparkle.

    Payne isn’t too worried about a price slide, which he says is happening across the diamond industry and which he expects will be “linear, not exponential” on the lab-grown side. He points out that lab-grown diamond market is still limited by supply, and that the largest lab-grown gems remain quite rare. Payne and Zimnisky both see the lab-grown diamond market bifurcating into cheaper, mass-produced gems and premium-quality stones sold by those that can maintain a strong brand. A sense that they’re selling something authentic and, well, real.

    “So much has to do with consumer psychology,” Zimnisky said.

    Some will only ever see diamonds as authentic if they formed inside the Earth. They’re drawn, as Kathryn Money, vice president of strategy and merchandising at Brilliant Earth put it, to “the history and romanticism” of diamonds; to a feeling that’s sparked by holding a piece of our ancient world. To an essence more than a function.

    Others, like Anderson, see lab-grown diamonds as the natural (to use a loaded word) evolution of diamond. “We’re actually running out of [mined] diamonds,” she said. “There is an end in sight.” Payne agreed, describing what he sees as a “looming death spiral” for diamond mining.

    Mined diamonds will never go away. We’ve been digging them up since antiquity, and they never seem to lose their sparkle. But most major mines are being exhausted. And with technology making it easier to grow diamonds just as they are getting more difficult to extract from the Earth, the lab-grown diamond industry’s grandstanding about its future doesn’t feel entirely unreasonable.

    There’s a reason why, as Payne said, “the mining industry as a whole is still quite scared of this product.”

    #dimants #Afrique #technologie #capitalisme

  • Renaud Epstein & station urbaner kulturen

    (Feben Amara, Jochen Becker, Christian Hanussek, Eva Hertzsch, Adam Page) with Oliver Pohlisch and Birgit Schlieps

    One day, one ZUP, one postcard (2014-…), 2018

    Wallpaper / Display cabinet
    Collection station urbaner kulturen, Berlin-Hellersdorf

    The sociologist Renaud Epstein’s project has first and foremost been an online format since its initiation in 2014: he posts a new postcard of large housing estates (Zones à Urbaniser par Priorité / ZUP) on his Twitter account every day. From a time when France dreamed of being modern and urban and believed in its architectural utopias, the ZUP postcards evoke at best a golden era, at worst a contemporary delusion.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/vte4ejv9wsumzyh/ARLES%202019-PRESS%20KIT-kl.pdf?dl=0

    The Berlin collective station urbaner kulturen, based in the last big housing estate built in the GDR, has extracted sections from Epstein’s Twitter timeline in order to materialize the interaction between internet users and images. Their project «Going out of Circles / Kreise ziehen» presents a wider series of exhibitions that aims to create connections between the housing estates on the periphery of urban and economic centers, around Berlin and beyond.

    A display case with original postcards next to the Twitter wallpaper emphasises the different readings of formats of communication.

    Postcards – News from a Dream World
    Musée départemental Arles Antique

    1 July - 25 August / 10 - 18

    Exhibition curators: Magali Nachtergael and Anne Reverseau

    Eric Baudart & Thu-Van Tran (1972 et 1979), Fredi Casco (1967), Moyra Davey (1958), documentation céline duval (1974), Renaud Epstein & station urbane kulturen (1971 et créé en 2014), Jean Geiser (1848-1923), Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige (1969), Roc Herms (1978), Susan Hiller (1940-2019), John Hinde (1916-1997), Katia Kameli (1973), Aglaia Konrad (1960), Valérie Mréjen (1969), Martin Parr (1952), Mathieu Pernot (1970), Brenda Lou Schaub (1993), Stephen Shore (1947), John Stezaker (1948), Oriol Vilanova (1980), William Wegman (1943)

    The postcard is the ultimate circulating picture, constantly subject to a sense of déjà-vu. Throughout the twentieth century, it went hand in hand with the bottling of the visible world, the rise of image globalization and mass tourism. Collectors, hoarders, retouchers and iconographers seize existing pictures to give them a new meaning, clarify their status or context.

    By comparing this artistic vision with the making of postcards, this exhibition questions what they show and tell of the world, like a visual anthropology. What did they convey throughout the twentieth century, during their hour of glory? What vision of the world did they plant in the minds of their recipients, who got them from relatives and friends?

    Both a symbol of our private and collective imagination, the postcard represents an illusion, always close to hand. It shows us a dream world in which can project ourselves, as in a desirable fiction story.

    www.rencontres-arles.com/en/expositions/view/779/cartes-postales

    https://archiv.ngbk.de/projekte/station-urbaner-kulturen-hellersdorf-seit-2014
    https://www.ngbk.de/en/program/initiative-urbane-kulturen

    #renaud_epstein #cartes_postales

  • Après l’arrêt de Paye Ta Shnek, il nous faudrait un « Paye Ton Féminisme » | Slate.fr
    http://www.slate.fr/story/179034/arret-paye-ta-shnek-tumblr-violences-sexuelles-engagement-feminisme

    Ce Tumblr, qui publiait depuis sept ans des témoignages de victimes de violences sexuelles, a été un espace et un moment essentiel entre l’affaire DSK et MeToo.

    Après sept années d’existence, Paye Ta Shnek s’arrête. Ce Tumblr, qui publiait les témoignages anonymes de femmes confrontées au harcèlement de rue, voire à des agressions sexuelles, était tenu par Anaïs Bourdet. Ou plutôt devrais-je dire Queen Anaïs, tellement j’apprécie son travail (allez écouter son interview). L’effet de liste de ces interpellations sexuelles et sexistes est saisissant. Et totalement étouffant.

    Anaïs Bourdet a expliqué qu’elle ne supportait plus de faire ce travail. « Je n’en peux plus. Je n’y arrive plus. Je n’arrive plus à lire vos témoignages et à les digérer en plus des violences que je vis dès que je mets le pied dehors. La colère que j’ai accumulée en presque sept ans me bouffe. » Contrairement à ce qu’on pourrait penser de l’extérieur, ce genre de démarche demande un véritable engagement. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de copier-coller des témoignages. Il faut les encaisser, il faut gérer l’afflux énorme de mots, de douleurs, de violence, il faut le cas échéant orienter les femmes vers des associations, être là, présente, tout en gardant une distance pour se préserver, et faire tout cela sans jamais avoir été formée.

    Anaïs est graphiste free-lance. On ne lui a pas appris à gérer la souffrance des autres, et celle que cela pouvait engendrer chez elle. Et puis, la plupart du temps, le travail ne s’arrête pas là. On prend du temps pour participer à des rencontres, des tables rondes, des conférences. Et là, c’est un investissement de temps qui pose la question du militantisme. Comment gérer une vie professionnelle souvent précaire et un engagement qui pourrait prendre toute la place mais qui est effectué gratuitement ?

    Ensuite, il y a la conscience d’un écart qui se creuse. L’écart entre l’investissement que l’on fait et les progrès réels de la cause défendue. Anaïs Bourdet, dans son texte de fermeture de Paye Ta Shnek, dit : « Rien n’a changé, les hommes sont toujours aussi violents. Oui, les hommes. J’ai bien dit les hommes. Toujours trop nombreux à nous traumatiser, toujours pas assez nombreux à nous aider pour que ça pèse dans la balance. […] J’ai passé ces sept dernières années, avec vous, à tout donner pour faire reculer ces violences, aux côtés des assos et collectifs qui se bastonnent aussi sur le sujet, et je n’ai pas réussi à observer le moindre recul. Oui, c’est un constat d’échec. »

    Cette année, dans les cercles féministes, on a de plus en plus parlé de « burn-out militant ». Cette année sans doute aussi parce que le backlash s’est organisé. Parce qu’être une militante féministe sur internet devient de plus en plus difficile face aux cyber-harcèlements organisés par les adversaires qui veulent faire disparaître la parole féministe du web.

    C’est comme si nous nous retrouvions coincées entre d’un côté les violences que nous lisons, dépositaires de ce que subissent les femmes, et de l’autre les violences qui consistent à nous empêcher de parler des premières. Il nous faudrait peut-être un espace qu’on appellerait « Paye Ton Féminisme » où chacune pourrait témoigner de ce qu’elle se mange en raison de son engagement féministe.

    En attendant, on a pris l’habitude de ces messages publiés sur internet expliquant qu’unetelle a décidé de disparaître quelque temps, qu’elle a besoin de s’occuper d’elle, de se protéger. Heureusement, il y en a toujours d’autres pour venir prendre la relève, occuper l’espace, relancer une initiative. La semaine où j’ai appris l’arrêt de Paye Ta Shnek, j’ai rencontré la créatrice du compte Instagram T’as pensé à ? qui publie des témoignages sur la charge mentale, mais pas que : elle m’a dit qu’elle aussi se trouvait confrontée à des histoires de violences conjugales. Elle a lancé son compte il y a quelques mois, elle est la première surprise par son succès. Alors elle veut agir, être utile au plus de femmes possible. Quand l’une s’en va, l’autre arrive (même si Anaïs continue d’animer YESSS, un podcast féministe qui se concentre sur les victoires). Autant dire que les masculinistes ne sont pas prêts d’être débarrassés de nous.
    La liste de témoignages anonymes, une idée géniale

    Si je prends le temps d’évoquer Paye Ta Shnek, c’est parce que ce blog aura été un moment important dans le féminisme récent. Le féminisme sort du purgatoire au moment de l’affaire DSK –en partie d’ailleurs grâce aux alliés de DSK. Les entendre partout dans les médias répéter qu’il s’agit d’un homme parfait, que tout cela c’est de la gauloiserie et que les Américain·es sont vraiment trop puritain·es, a révélé l’extraordinaire complaisance de notre société envers les violences sexuelles.

    À ce moment-là, en privé, entre ami·es, on commence à parler des violences sexuelles que chacun·e a subies. Arrive alors Paye Ta Shnek qui a cette idée géniale de la liste de témoignages anonymes pour montrer l’universalité du phénomène et qu’il n’est pas limité à certains quartiers ou milieux, mais qu’il se retrouve dans toute la France.

    À la suite de Paye Ta Shnek, d’autres blogs s’ouvrent, sur le même principe. Par catégorie professionnelle, les femmes témoignent. Les avocates, les étudiantes, les assistantes parlementaires. C’est aussi pour cela que c’est un peu absurde de dire que la parole s’est libérée au moment de MeToo. C’est un processus qui s’est fait par étapes. Et puis, précisément, il y a eu Me Too qui a franchi un cap : il ne s’agissait plus de témoigner de façon anonyme, mais en son nom propre, via son compte Facebook ou Twitter.

    Le processus de prise de parole et de prise de conscience n’est évidemment pas achevé. Mais Paye Ta Shnek a été un espace et un moment essentiel entre DSK et MeToo. Grâce lui soit rendue.

  • Neo-Nazis on DeviantArt Radicalized a Woman Who Planned a Mass Shooting - VICE
    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/zmp5y3/neo-nazis-on-deviantart-radicalized-a-woman-who-planned-a-mass-shooting

    DeviantArt, founded in 2000, is home to millions of users and hundreds of millions of pieces of art. It’s offered a home for marginalized artists and communities to create and share work. If you can visualize it, odds are DeviantArt has it.

    But like many large social media platforms, there exists a small but thriving hive of extremists on DeviantArt, similar to the ones Souvannarath came across. These extremists have created a network of far-right user groups where they create and share far-right propaganda, talk and write about fascism, and recruit vulnerable users.

    The far-right propaganda posted on DeviantArt is then disseminated across the web, which experts say works as a gateway drug to recruitment to neo-Nazi groups.

    Jeremy Blackburn, a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, studies memes and the online spaces of the far-right. Blackburn said that in the far-right ecosystem like 4Chan’s /pol/ board or Gab, images like the ones created and stored on DeviantArt are immensely important.

    "Essentially what is happening is that people’s brains are being hacked, especially in terms of imagery—it’s very digestible, it’s super-duper easy to share,” said Blackburn. “It takes like 15 to 20 seconds, at most, to look at a meme and that’s where I think the danger is. You can become inundated with them and basically read the equivalent of reams of propaganda.”

    When VICE provided spokespeople for DeviantArt with evidence of neo-Nazi content on the site, they referenced the site’s commitment to freedom of artistic expression and its zero tolerance policy for “hate propaganda.”

    “As an art-centric social network, the DeviantArt community has traditionally been allowed a wide range of expression both in comments and in artistic themes,” spokespeople said in an emailed statement. “This is important for a site that aims to represent all artists. However, we draw a hard line when it comes to hate speech that aims to purposely cause pain to others in a hateful way. DeviantArt’s Etiquette Policy clearly states that ‘hate propaganda is met with zero tolerance.’”

    eviantArt was founded at the turn of the millennium by three friends. In 2017, the site was bought by the web development company Wix for $36 million. At the time of purchase, Techcrunch reported that the site had over 40 million members and over 325 million pieces of individual art online.

    While the vast majority of the site is innocuous, if you stumble across the wrong keyword, the website will feed you content ranging from graphic art of neo-Nazis gunning people down to Hitler drawn as an anime girl.

    Fascist groups on DeviantArt have hundreds of members and hundreds of thousands of views. All of the pages are pretty similar, but have a flavour that couldn’t be found anywhere but DeviantArt.

    “We are a group of Fascist, National Socialists, Phalangist, Intergalists, Civic Nationalists, and others who also happen to like anime,” reads the description of one page called Fascist Anime. “The main purpose of the group is to combine fascist propaganda with anime, usually with cute anime girls. Why? Because the internet needed something like this!”

    Souvannarath’s case is one amplified to an extreme degree, but it is an outsized reflection of the way the content economy works. DeviantArt has long been a core source of artwork that powers the rest of the internet’s image and meme-based economy, with original work from DeviantArt spreading throughout the message boards and the rest of the social web. So it goes with DeviantArt’s fascist repositories, with images first posted there later spreading among white supremacist groups on Twitter, Gab, 4Chan, and Reddit.

    Non-hierarchical, but predictable, behaviour from neo-Nazi propagandists is exactly what Blackburn found when researching 4Chan. There, he found that the best art or memes would be curated and shared through a pipeline by power users to other social media sites.

    One propagandist, who goes by the alias “Dark Foreigner” and has been connected to Atomwaffen and its sister groups, has been uploading his propaganda to DeviantArt and cross-linking it to his other accounts for over a year. Dark Foreigner uses the automated DeviantArt system to sell his prints for $4.79 USD a pop. DeviantArt controls the prints section of its website and takes upwards of an 80 percent cut, meaning that if someone buys neo-Nazi propaganda on DeviantArt, the company not only ships it to them, but makes a profit.

    VICE asked DeviantArt questions regarding Dark Foreigner’s business selling propaganda but did not receive any responses. His work remains for sale on the website.

    #Faschosphère #DeviantArt #Wix #Economie_numérique

  • Je vais commencer à noter ces formules à la con qui pullulent sur le Web, y compris (surtout ?) sur les médias qui se prétendent sérieux. C’est-à-dire ces tournures clickbait, systématiques, et qui te prennent clairement pour un abruti (sans oublier les marronniers tellement évidents que c’est risible).

    Aujourd’hui et hier :
    Le Monde : Une canicule « d’intensité exceptionnelle » dans une grande partie de la France (et ce n’est pas fini)
    https://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2019/06/25/la-canicule-s-installe-en-france-deux-jours-avant-le-pic-de-chaleur-attendu_
    (Je suis chébran « et-ce-n’est-pas-fini-entre-parenthèses »)

    Ouest France : Canicule. Non, il ne va pas faire 48°C en température ressentie (et voici pourquoi)
    https://www.ouest-france.fr/meteo/canicule/canicule-non-il-ne-va-pas-faire-48degc-en-temperature-ressentie-et-voic
    Libération : Non, une femme n’a pas été « lynchée » à Paris vendredi lors de la Fête de la musique
    https://www.liberation.fr/checknews/2019/06/25/non-une-femme-n-a-pas-ete-lynchee-a-paris-vendredi-lors-de-la-fete-de-la-
    – Non, la statue parisienne de Jeanne d’Arc n’a pas été vandalisée
    https://www.bfmtv.com/societe/non-la-statue-parisienne-de-jeanne-d-arc-n-a-pas-ete-vandalisee-1718972.html
    – Non, Michel Sardou n’a pas signé une lettre xénophobe
    https://www.liberation.fr/checknews/2019/06/24/non-michel-sardou-n-a-pas-signe-une-lettre-xenophobe_1735801
    – Non, le niveau de la mer n’augmente pas de manière « naturelle »
    https://www.lemonde.fr/les-decodeurs/article/2019/06/24/non-le-niveau-de-la-mer-n-augmente-pas-de-maniere-naturelle_5480573_4355770.
    – Non, votre smartphone ne fait pas pousser "des cornes" sur le crâne
    https://www.cnetfrance.fr/news/non-votre-smartphone-ne-fait-pas-pousser-des-cornes-sur-le-crane-39886471
    (Tournure exécrable des checkeurs-de-news : « Non, pauvre con, ce n’est pas vrai. » Et chez Ouest-France, on a en plus comme chez le Monde la mention chébran « et-ce-n’est-pas-fini-entre-parenthèses »)

    – Canicule : les fausses bonnes idées pour affronter la chaleur
    https://www.lepoint.fr/societe/canicule-les-fausses-bonnes-idees-pour-affronter-la-chaleur-25-06-2019-23207
    (Pas très loin du « Non, espèce d’abruti », on a régulièrement la variante « Les fausses bonnes idées ».)

    Le Progrès : Canicule à Lyon et dans le département : une semaine de records, les ventilateurs s’arrachent
    https://www.leprogres.fr/rhone-69/2019/06/25/canicule-a-lyon-et-dans-le-departement-une-semaine-de-records-les-ventilat
    (Marronnier : les ventilateurs quand il fait chaud.)

    Europe 1 : EXCLUSIF - Voici l’emplacement exact du mausolée de Michael Jackson
    https://www.europe1.fr/culture/exclusif-voici-lemplacement-exact-du-tombeau-de-michael-jackson-3906414
    (« Exclusif » : on s’en fout)

    Eurosport : Cette arme que les Bleues veulent rendre encore plus létale
    https://www.eurosport.fr/football/coupe-du-monde-feminine/2019/cette-arme-redoutable-que-les-bleues-veulent-rendre-encore-plus-letale_sto7343275/story.shtml
    – Meghan Markle et Harry : Cette somme folle payée par les Anglais pour leur maison
    http://www.purepeople.com/article/meghan-markle-et-harry-cette-somme-folle-payee-par-les-anglais-pour-leur-maison_a341102/1
    – Canicule : le vrai du faux sur cette vague de chaleur
    https://www.lci.fr/meteo/canicule-le-vrai-du-faux-sur-cette-vague-de-chaleur-2125103.html
    – Indre-et-Loire : à Ligueil, cette Japonaise cultive le goût des légumes de son pays
    https://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/indre-et-loire/commune/ligueil/indre-et-loire-a-ligueil-cette-japonaise-cultive-le-gout-des-le
    – Cette découverte miraculeuse relance l’espoir de sauver un trésor de Notre-Dame
    https://www.lalibre.be/actu/international/cette-decouverte-miraculeuse-relance-l-espoir-de-sauver-un-tresor-de-notre-d
    (usage du « cette »)

    Le Figaro : La SNCF annule l’amende d’un ancien curé
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/la-sncf-annule-l-amende-d-un-ancien-cure-20190625
    (le fait qu’il soit « ancien curé » n’a rigoureusement aucun rapport avec l’information)

  • The United Nations backs seed sovereignty in landmark small-scale farmers’ rights declaration

    On Dec. 17, the United Nations General Assembly took a quiet but historic vote, approving the Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and other People Working in Rural Areas by a vote of 121-8 with 52 abstentions. The declaration, the product of some 17 years of diplomatic work led by the international peasant alliance La Via Campesina, formally extends human rights protections to farmers whose “seed sovereignty” is threatened by government and corporate practices.

    “As peasants we need the protection and respect for our values and for our role in society in achieving food sovereignty,” said #Via_Campesina coordinator Elizabeth Mpofu after the vote. Most developing countries voted in favor of the resolution, while many developed country representatives abstained. The only “no” votes came from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Israel and Sweden.

    “To have an internationally recognized instrument at the highest level of governance that was written by and for peasants from every continent is a tremendous achievement,” said Jessie MacInnis of Canada’s National Farmers Union. The challenge, of course, is to mobilize small-scale farmers to claim those rights, which are threatened by efforts to impose rich-country crop breeding regulations onto less developed countries, where the vast majority of food is grown by peasant farmers using seeds they save and exchange.
    Seed sovereignty in Zambia

    The loss of seed diversity is a national problem in Zambia. “We found a lot of erosion of local seed varieties,” Juliet Nangamba, program director for the Community Technology Development Trust, told me in her Lusaka office. She is working with the regional Seed Knowledge Initiative (SKI) to identify farmer seed systems and prevent the disappearance of local varieties. “Even crops that were common just 10 years ago are gone.” Most have been displaced by maize, which is heavily subsidized by the government. She’s from Southern Province, and she said their survey found very little presence of finger millet, a nutritious, drought-tolerant grain far better adapted to the region’s growing conditions.

    Farmers are taking action. Mary Tembo welcomed us to her farm near Chongwe in rural Zambia. Trained several years ago by Kasisi Agricultural Training Center in organic agriculture, Tembo is part of the SKI network, which is growing out native crops so seed is available to local farmers. Tembo pulled some chairs into the shade of a mango tree to escape the near-100-degree Fahrenheit heat, an unseasonable reminder of Southern Africa’s changing climate. Rains were late, as they had been several of the last few years. Farmers had prepared their land for planting but were waiting for a rainy season they could believe in.

    Tembo didn’t seem worried. She still had some of her land in government-sponsored hybrid maize and chemical fertilizer, especially when she was lucky enough to get a government subsidy. But most of her land was in diverse native crops, chemical free for 10 years.

    “I see improvements from organic,” she explained, as Kasisi’s Austin Chalala translated for me from the local Nyanja language. “It takes more work, but we are now used to it.” The work involves more careful management of a diverse range of crops planted in ways that conserve and rebuild the soil: crop rotations; intercropping; conservation farming with minimal plowing; and the regular incorporation of crop residues and composted manure to build soil fertility. She has six pigs, seven goats, and 25 chickens, which she says gives her enough manure for the farm.

    She was most proud of her seeds. She disappeared into the darkness of her small home. I was surprised when she emerged with a large fertilizer bag. She untied the top of the bag and began to pull out her stores of homegrown organic seeds. She laughed when I explained my surprise. She laid them out before us, a dazzling array: finger millet; orange maize; Bambara nuts; cowpea; sorghum; soybeans; mung beans; three kinds of groundnuts; popcorn; common beans. All had been saved from her previous harvest. The contribution of chemical fertilizer to these crops was, clearly, just the bag.

    She explained that some would be sold for seed. There is a growing market for these common crops that have all but disappeared with the government’s obsessive promotion of maize. Some she would share with the 50 other farmer members of the local SKI network. And some she and her family happily would consume. Crop diversity is certainly good for the soil, she said, but it’s even better for the body.
    Peasant rights crucial to climate adaptation

    We visited three other Kasisi-trained farmers. All sang the praises of organic production and its diversity of native crops. All said their diets had improved dramatically, and they are much more food-secure than when they planted only maize. Diverse crops are the perfect hedge against a fickle climate. If the maize fails, as it has in recent years, other crops survive to feed farmers’ families, providing a broader range of nutrients. Many traditional crops are more drought-tolerant than maize.

    Another farmer we visited already had planted, optimistically, before the rains arrived. She showed us her fields, dry and with few shoots emerging. With her toe, she cleared some dirt from one furrow to reveal small green leaves, alive in the dry heat. “Millet,” she said proudly. With a range of crops, she said, “the farmer can never go wrong.”

    I found the same determination in Malawi, where the new Farm-Saved Seed Network (FASSNet) is building awareness and working with government on a “Farmers’ Rights” bill to complement a controversial Seed Bill, which deals only with commercial seeds. A parallel process is advancing legislation on the right to food and nutrition. Both efforts should get a shot in the arm with the U.N.’s Peasants’ Rights declaration.

    The declaration gives such farmers a potentially powerful international tool to defend themselves from the onslaught of policies and initiatives, led by multinational seed companies, to replace native seeds with commercial varieties, the kind farmers have to buy every year.

    Kasisi’s Chalala told me that narrative is fierce in Zambia, with government representatives telling farmers such as Tembo that because her seeds are not certified by the government, they should be referred to only as “grain.”

    Eroding protection from GMOs

    As if to illustrate the ongoing threats to farm-saved seed, that same week in Zambia controversy erupted over two actions by the government’s National Biosafety Board to weaken the country’s proud and clear stance against the use of genetically modified crops. The board quietly had granted approval for a supermarket chain to import and sell three products with GMOs, a move promptly criticized by the Zambian National Farmers Union.

    Then it was revealed that the board secretly was drawing up regulations for the future planting of GM crops in the country, again in defiance of the government’s approved policies. The Zambian Alliance for Agroecology and Biodiversity quickly denounced the initiative.

    The U.N. declaration makes such actions a violation of peasants’ rights. Now the task is to put that new tool in farmers’ hands. “As with other rights, the vision and potential of the Peasant Rights Declaration will only be realized if people organize to claim these rights and to implement them in national and local institutions,” argued University of Pittsburgh sociologists Jackie Smith and Caitlin Schroering in Common Dreams. “Human rights don’t ‘trickle down’ — they rise up!”

    https://www.greenbiz.com/article/united-nations-backs-seed-sovereignty-landmark-small-scale-farmers-rights-
    #ONU #semences #déclaration #souveraineté #souveraineté_semencière (?) #agriculture #paysannerie #Zambie #OGM #climat #changement_climatique
    ping @odilon

  • http://www.desordre.net/photographie/numerique/moindres_gestes/images/grandes/page_mysterieuse.htm

    De temps en temps je tombe sur ce genre de pages à la fois curieuses et mystérieuses, je n’ai plus aucun souvenir de ce que j’essayais de faire ni même des raisons qui m’ont finalement fait m’arrêter en si bon chemin. Ces prochains jours je vais tenter de terminer ce projet dont j’ignore tout.

  • #Journal du regard (Semaine 25)
    http://liminaire.fr/journal/article/journal-du-regard-semaine-25

    Chaque jour, un film d’une minute environ, chaque lundi, la compilation du journal #Vidéo de la semaine précédente, et le texte qui s’écrit en creux. « Une sorte de palimpseste, dans lequel doivent transparaître les traces - ténues mais non déchiffrables - de l’écriture “préalable” ». Jorge Borges, Fictions Vidéo visible également sur YouTube Si je me penche, je découvre le suave et l’amer. J’y entends ma #Voix, mes failles, et mes parenthèses. Par accident, surpris par cette juxtaposition heureuse de ces (...)

    Journal / #Art, #Écriture, #Poésie, #Langage, #Paris, #Ville, #Paysage, #Nature, #Ciel, #Journal_du_regard, Voix, #Sons, (...)

    « https://youtu.be/FoZ4DIn03zI

     »

  • Service National Universel : le coup de com’ de trop ? (Alexis Poulin, Le Figaro)
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/vox/politique/service-national-universel-le-coup-de-com-de-trop-20190619

    C’est sans doute cette dimension politique qui devrait nous inquiéter le plus. Est-il normal qu’un service national universel soit pensé en dehors de tout débat législatif ?

    Ne s’agit-il pas de la mise en place d’un mouvement de jeunesse, à des fins politiques, drapé dans les symboles de la République ? On peut légitimement se poser cette question, compte tenu des propos des ministres et députés de la majorité, appelant de leurs vœux un parti hégémonique, qui serait seul à même de représenter la République et le pays.

    Ces jeunes volontaires ont même été appelés « pionniers de la République » par Sibeth Ndaye et l’analogie avec la Russie ne s’arrête pas là. C’est en 2005 que Vladimir Poutine a mis en place des camps patriotiques de jeunesse. À Seliger, à côté de Moscou, 50 000 jeunes défilent tout l’été et enchaînant cours d’histoire, activités sportives et discussions politiques, sous le thème du « patriotisme ». Politiser la jeunesse russe autour des emblèmes patriotiques a été un des objectifs de Poutine afin d’assurer son hégémonie, lui-même se posant en sauveur des grandes valeurs russes.

    Pour certains, c’est une bonne méthode pour apprendre la citoyenneté et connaître la mixité sociale et se connecter au plus près de l’âme nationale. C’est au mieux un placebo éducatif, au pire une perte de temps tant que l’école manquera de moyen et de professeurs.

    Les valeurs républicaines ne s’apprennent pas en chantant la Marseillaise en uniforme, la laïcité est une pratique de tous les jours, tout comme la solidarité et l’apprentissage de la vie citoyenne. C’est sur les bancs de l’école publique, dans l’exercice de ses libertés et de ses devoirs citoyens que se vit la République.

    Il suffit de se rendre dans un des lieux de la République pour constater leur état critique de délabrement et leur manque de moyens : commissariats, centres des impôts, écoles, hôpitaux, mairies. Plutôt que de dépenser l’argent public en uniforme et en camps de jeunesses d’inspiration poutinienne, il serait temps d’investir pour préserver les biens les plus précieux de la République.

    #éducation #SNU #embrigradement

    Revue de presse ici : https://seenthis.net/messages/788452

  • “Abraham rejoiced to see my day” – Forthright Magazine
    http://forthright.net/2019/06/23/abraham-rejoiced-to-see-my-day

    In John 8, Jesus told them Abraham rejoiced to see his day. The Jews, not believing the statement said, “You are not yet 50 years old and have seen Abraham?” Then Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am.” The Jews would have stoned the Lord right then and there because they knew he claimed that he was God. As F.F. Bruce wrote, “He was using language which only God could use.”

    #Bible #Jesus #Deity #prophecy

  • 1969, « Que je t’aime » devient le succès de l’année - Archives vidéo et radio Ina.fr
    https://www.ina.fr/contenus-editoriaux/articles-editoriaux/1969-que-je-t-aime-devient-le-succes-de-l-annee

    Que je t’aime, le titre culte de Johnny Hallyday souffle ses cinquante bougies. Cette chanson est l’un des plus grands succès du chanteur et elle est toujours plébiscitée par le public.

    « Quand on a fait l’amour. Comme d’autres font la guerre. Quand c’est moi le soldat. Qui meurt et qui la perd ». La chanson Que je t’aime, l’autre héritage de Johnny...

    Nous sommes le 22 juin 1974 sur le plateau de l’émission de variétés Top à. Johnny Hallyday interprète ce jour-là l’un de ses plus grands tubes intitulé Que je t’aime. Il est accompagné par son orchestre dirigé par Tommy Brown.

    Que je t’aime est sorti en 1969, c’est une chanson d’amour écrite par le compositeur Jean Renard et le parolier Gilles Thibaut qui, fou amoureux, l’avait écrit en une nuit pour exprimer ses sentiments. Il envoie ce texte avec d’autres à Johnny Hallyday qui recherche justement un titre fort pour sa rentrée au Palais des sports. Touché par ces paroles à la fois tendres et sauvages, le chanteur la transmet à son compositeur Jean Renard. Il lui aurait dit « Tu verras, c’est un truc qui parle d’amour ».

    Jean Renard, à l’inverse de l’auteur des paroles, traverse une crise sentimentale compliquée et compose une musique plutôt nostalgique qu’il réservait d’ailleurs à un autre titre fourni par Johnny, Ceux que l’amour a blessé, également proposé par Thibaut en même temps que Que je t’aime.

    Le contraste paroles enflammées sur musique dépressive ne séduit pas l’idole des jeunes. Il juge la tonalité trop haute pour lui. Jean Renard apporte quelques modifications à sa composition. De son côté, sur les conseils de Johnny, Thibaut modifie l’agencement des paroles. A l’origine « que je t’aime » était placé au début de chaque couplet. Modification faite, le titre fonctionne parfaitement.

    Que je t’aime est créé à la scène lors du spectacle de Johnny Hallyday au Palais des sports du 26 avril au 4 mai 1969. A chaque fois, il provoquera l’hystérie parmi les spectatrices. Même sur les plateaux télé, si on en juge par le niveau sonore des cris dans l’émission Cadet Rousselle en 1973.

    L’année de sa sortie, le titre sera n° 1 des ventes durant 16 semaines, le 45t s’écoule à plus de 700 000 exemplaires en France, devenant la meilleure vente de singles de l’année 1969. La version italienne sera également n° 1 en Italie.

    #Musique #Johnny_Hallyday

    • Quand tes cheveux s’étalent
      Comme un soleil d’été
      Et que ton oreiller
      Ressemble aux champs de blé

      Quand l’ombre et la lumière
      Dessinent sur ton corps
      Des montagnes, des forêts
      Et des îles aux trésors ...

      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime
      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime

      Quand ta bouche se fait douce
      Quand ton corps se fait dur
      Quand le ciel dans tes yeux
      D’un seul coup n’est plus pur

      Quand tes mains voudraient bien
      Quand tes doigts n’osent pas
      Quand ta pudeur dit non
      D’une toute petite voix ...

      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime
      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime

      Quand tu ne te sens plus chatte

      Et que tu deviens chienne
      Et qu’à l’appel du loup
      Tu brises enfin tes chaînes

      Quand ton premier soupir
      Se finit dans un cri
      Quand c’est moi qui dis non
      Quand c’est toi qui dis oui...

      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime
      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime

      Quand mon corps sur ton corps
      Lourd comme un cheval mort
      Ne sait pas, ne sait plus
      S’il existe encore

      Quand on a fait l’amour
      Comme d’autres font la guerre
      Quand c’est moi le soldat
      Qui meurt et qui la perd ...

      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime
      Que je t’aime, que je t’aime, que je t’aime

      Que je t’aime
      Que je t’aime...

      J’ai l’impression que la partie en gras est un renversement : au début c’était toi qui disais non, maintenant c’est moi, c’est dire si l’amûûûûûr nous a emmené·es loin.
      #chanson

  • Three incidents of police brutality spark outrage across US - World Socialist Web Site
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2019/06/19/poli-j19.html

    Three incidents of police brutality spark outrage across US
    By Jessica Goldstein
    19 June 2019

    Three incidents of police brutality in the United States over the past month have sparked public outrage. Each incident exposes the systematic brutality that workers in all areas of the US suffer at the hands of police on a daily basis

    #violence_policière

  • Ces blagues politiques qui pouvaient vous coûter la vie sous Staline - Russia Beyond FR

    https://fr.rbth.com/histoire/83065-urss-blagues-staline

    Les fantômes d’Alexandre le Grand, de Jules César et de Napoléon regardent le défilé sur la place Rouge dans les années 1940.

    « Si j’avais eu des chars soviétiques, j’aurais été invincible ! », s’exclame Alexandre.

    « Si j’avais eu des avions soviétiques, j’aurais conquis le monde entier ! », déclare César.

    « Si j’avais eu la Pravda [le principal journal soviétique], le monde n’aurait jamais entendu parler de Waterloo ! », assure Napoléon.

    #soviétisme #blagues_soviétiques #staline

    • «Cher Leonid Ilitch»: Brejnev, superstar des blagues soviétiques - Russia Beyond FR
      https://fr.rbth.com/ps/2016/12/19/cher-leonid-ilitch-brejnev-superstar-des-blagues-sovietiques_661588

      Leonid Brejnev, dirigeant de facto de l’Union soviétique pendant 18 ans, est entré dans l’histoire comme un homme politique, mais également comme le personnage central de nombreuses blagues.

    • Dans le même genre #Humour #arabe glané dans la presse, et traduit par moi
      #Entre_Les_Oreilles, le 4 septembre 2013
      https://entrelesoreilles.blogspot.com/2013/09/elo156-humour-arabe.html

      #Egypte (sous Moubarak) :

      Quand Nasser est devenu président, il voulait une vice-président plus bête que lui-même, pour éviter un challenger, il a donc choisi Sadate. Quand Sadate est devenu président, il a choisi Moubarak pour la même raison. Moubarak n’a pas de vice-président, car il n’y a pas un Egyptien plus stupide que lui.

      Quand Moubarak a consolidé sa puissance, qu’il a commencé à gagner les élections avec plus de 90 pour cent des voix, et à purger ses rivaux dans l’armée, il envoya ses conseillers politiques à Washington, pour aider à la campagne pour la réélection de Bill Clinton en 1996, après que le président américain ait déclaré admirer la popularité de Moubarak. Lorsque les résultats sont arrivés, c’est Moubarak qui était élu président des Etats-Unis.

      Dieu convoque Azrael, l’archange de la mort, et lui dit : « Il est temps d’aller chercher Hosni Moubarak. »
      "Etes-vous sûr ?" Azrael demande timidement.
      Dieu insiste : « Oui, son heure est venue ; va et apporte moi son âme. »
      Alors Azrael descend du ciel et se dirige droit vers le palais présidentiel. Une fois là, il essaie d’entrer, mais il est capturé par la Sécurité d’Etat. Ils le jettent dans une cellule, le tabassent et le torturent. Après plusieurs mois, il est finalement libéré.
      De retour au ciel, Dieu le voit tout meurtri et brisé et demande : « Qu’est-il arrivé ? »
      "La Sûreté de l’Etat m’a battu et torturé," dit Azrael à Dieu. « Ils viennent juste de me renvoyer. »
      Dieu pâlit et d’une voix effrayée dit : « Tu leur as dit que c’est moi qui t’ai envoyé ? »

      Dans une autre scène de lit de mort, Azrael revient à Moubarak et lui dit : « Vous devez dire au revoir au peuple égyptien. » Moubarak demande : « Pourquoi, où vont-ils ? »

      Moubarak, sur son lit de mort, se lamente : « Que feront les Egyptiens sans moi ? » Son conseiller tente de le réconforter : « Monsieur le Président, ne vous inquiétez pas, les Egyptiens sont un peuple résilient qui pourraient survivre en mangeant des pierres ». Moubarak fait une pause pour réfléchir et dit à son conseiller : « Accorde à mon fils Alaa le monopole pour le commerce des pierres ».

      Hosni Moubarak, Barack Obama et Vladimir Poutine, lors d’une réunion, sont ensemble quand soudain, Dieu apparaît devant eux.
      « Je suis venu pour vous dire que la fin du monde sera dans deux jours », dit Dieu. « Prévenez votre peuple. »
      Ainsi, chaque dirigeant remonte à sa capitale et prépare une allocution télévisée.
      A Washington, M. Obama dit : « Mes chers compatriotes, j’ai une bonne et une mauvaise nouvelle. La bonne nouvelle est que je peux vous confirmer que Dieu existe. La mauvaise nouvelle est qu’il m’a dit que la fin du monde était dans deux jours ».
      A Moscou, M. Poutine dit : « Gens de Russie, je regrette de devoir vous informer de deux mauvaises nouvelles. Premièrement, Dieu existe, ce qui signifie que tout ce que notre pays a cru pendant la plupart du siècle dernier était faux. Deuxièmement, le monde se termine dans deux jours ».
      Au Caire, Moubarak dit : « O Egyptiens, je viens à vous aujourd’hui avec deux bonnes nouvelles ! Tout d’abord, Dieu et moi venons de tenir un important sommet. Ensuite, il m’a dit que je serai votre président jusqu’à la fin des temps. »
      –---------------------------------------
      #Syrie (pendant la guerre civile) :

      Deux Syriens font la mendicité dans la rue Hamra, à Beyrouth. Après un moment, ils se rencontrent et comparent leurs revenus. L’un d’eux a gagné beaucoup, l’autre presque rien. L’homme qui n’a pas beaucoup gagné demande : « Qu’est-ce que tu leur dis ? Moi je dis toujours que je suis un pauvre syrien qui a dix enfants à nourrir... ». L’autre homme répond : « Moi, je leur dis que je suis un Syrien pauvre aussi, et que je n’ai pas assez d’argent pour mon voyage de retour. »

      Un Américain, un Français et un Syrien arrivent en enfer. Le diable les accueille, leur montre un téléphone et leur donne l’occasion de parler à leurs familles. Tout d’abord, l’américain parle pendant un certain temps à ses proches. Après avoir fini, le diable exige de lui mille dollars pour l’appel. L’américain se plaint - mais en vain. Il doit payer. Le Français pense être plus sage, et parle à sa famille pendant seulement une minute. Mais le diable exige de lui mille euros. Le Français est furieux - mais il doit payer. En fin de compte, c’est au tour du Syrien. Il parle pendant longtemps parce qu’il doit saluer tous les membres de sa grande famille. Après sa conversation, le diable ne lui fait payer qu’une livre syrienne. L’Américain et le Français sont scandalisés et demandent au diable : « Pourquoi ? ». Il répond : « C’était un appel local. »
      –--------------------------------------------
      #Liban (pendant l’occupation syrienne) :

      Question : Pourquoi Emile Lahoud (le président libanais 1998-2007) utilise seulement du papier hygiénique à deux épaisseurs ?
      Réponse : Parce qu’il doit envoyer une copie de chaque document à Damas.
      –---------------------------------------------
      #Moyen-Orient (en août 2013) :

      L’Iran soutient Assad. Les Etats du Golfe sont contre Assad.
      Assad est contre les Frères musulmans. Les Frères musulmans et Obama sont contre le général Sisi. Mais les pays du Golfe sont pro-Sisi ! Ce qui veut dire qu’ils sont contre les Frères musulmans.
      L’Iran est pro-Hamas. Mais le Hamas est derrière les Frères musulmans.
      Obama soutient les Frères musulmans, mais le Hamas est contre les Etats-Unis.
      Les Etats du Golfe sont pro-US. Mais la Turquie est avec les Etats du Golfe contre Assad, pourtant la Turquie est pro-Frères musulman contre le général Sisi. Et le général Sisi est soutenu par les pays du Golfe !
      Bienvenue au Moyen-Orient et passez une bonne journée.
      Mr. Al-Sabah, London EC4, UK, Financial Times...

      #blagues

    • Je me souviens de cette blague dans La Vie des autres. C’est l’aube et Erich Honecker salue le soleil qui le lui rend, bonjour M. Honecker. Toute la matinée, le dirigeant de la RDA et le soleil se rendent des politesses. Après midi, Honecker continue ce cirque mais le soleil l’envoie chier : c’est fini, je suis passé à l’ouest.

    • Un médecin cubain part vivre aux États-Unis. Comme il ne peut pas exercer, il monte un business dans Manhattan et pose un écriteau à l’entrée de sa boutique :

      « Nous soignons n’importe quelle maladie pour 20$, c’est garanti. Dans le cas contraire, nous vous offrons 100 $."

      Trump, qui passe par là, lit l’écriteau et y voit une occasion facile de gagner 100$. Il entre et il dit au médecin :

      Trump : j’ai perdu le sens du goût.

      Le médecin cubain : infirmière, prenez la petite fiole dans la boîte 22 et administrez trois gouttes sur la langue de monsieur.

      Trump : Hey ! Mais c’est dégueulasse, c’est de la merde !

      Le médecin cubain : Félicitations, vous avez récupéré le goût. Vous me devez 20$.

      Trump s’en va, vexé, et revient une semaine plus tard, décidé à récupérer son argent.

      Trump : j’ai perdu la mémoire, je n’ai plus aucun souvenir.

      Le médecin cubain : infirmière, apportez-moi la petite fiole de la boîte 22.

      Trump : Hey man, come on ! C’est de la merde ça, tu me l’as déjà donnée la semaine dernière !.

      Le médecin cubain : Félicitations, vous avez récupéré la mémoire. Vous me devez 20$.

      Trump repart, humilié, et revient de nouveau une semaine plus tard, plus déterminé que jamais à récupérer son argent américain.

      Trump : Ma vue a terriblement baissé. Je vois tout flou, je ne distingue plus les détails et les lunettes ne me sont d’aucune aide.

      Le médecin cubain : Oh ! Vous m’en voyez sincèrement désolé, pour cela nous n’avons aucune médecine. Voici pour vous un billet de 100$.

      Trump : Hey ! Are you kidding me ? C’est seulement un billet de 10$. Tu as cru pouvoir me berner ?

      Le médecin cubain : Félicitations, vous avez récupéré la vue. Vous me devez 20$ !

      #Cuba #USA