• GBC - Gibraltar News - GBC TV and Radio Gibraltar

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

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

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

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

    #piraterie #gibraltar reste un atout géopolitique

    en arabe :
    où il est précisé que le navire est sous pavillon de Panama et que le pétrole serait iranien.


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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Opinion | The Law© ? - The New York Times

    Très drôle. J’avais écrit un papier sur un cas similaire en France, quand la loi se retrouvait appartenir à Reuters, quand le concessionnaire exclusif de la diffusion sur internet s’était fait racheter par Reuters. Heureusement, la concession s’est éteinte et n’a par chance pas été renouvelée.

    In the last century, a number of lower courts issued lofty proclamations on how the law belongs to the people and the people alone. Meanwhile, copyright laws passed in 1909 and 1976 explicitly excluded any “work of the United States government.” But that exclusion applies only to the federal government.

    So when the nonprofit organization Public.Resource.Org purchased, scanned and uploaded all 186 volumes of the annotated Georgia state code to its website, the state sued to take it down. The code was already available free online through the state’s partnership with LexisNexis. As part of the deal, Georgia gave LexisNexis exclusive rights to official “annotations” that elaborate on the law but aren’t legally binding. LexisNexis allowed users to read the law free and it sold the annotated code for $404 per copy.

    Public.Resource.Org is no stranger to litigation. For years, it has been embroiled in lawsuits over its publication of fire and electrical safety standards, air duct leakage standards, nonprofit tax returns and European Union baby pacifier regulations. The founder of Public.Resource.Org was once labeled a “rogue archivist.” But if publishing building safety standards online is an act of roguery, it is time for the courts to take a hard look at what copyright is for.

    Much of the litigation against Public.Resource.Org falls into an ever-expanding gray zone of the law, created by government outsourcing bits and pieces of its regulatory function to the private sector. Regulations for everything from student loan eligibility to food additives can use standards written by trade groups.

    #Copyright_madness #droit #Loi

  • Alabama abortion law: Alabama Senate tables controversial bill to criminalize abortions - The Washington Post

    Alabama’s Senate postponed a vote on a controversial abortion bill on May 9 after Democrats shouted demands for a roll-call vote. (Alabama Senate)

    After a shouting match broke out, the Alabama Senate on Thursday voted to table an amendment to a controversial bill that would criminalize abortions by making performing the procedure a felony punishable by up to 99 years imprisonment.

    A vote affecting the abortion bill was then tabled. Democrats shouted demands for a roll-call vote.

    The vote was then moved until next week. The bill would be the most restrictive in the country and would impose what is in effect a near-total abortion ban.

    Alabama is among more than two dozen states that have sought to impose new restrictions on abortion this year. Georgia on Tuesday became the sixth state to impose a ban on abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy.

    Alabama Rep. Terri Collins (R), who sponsored the bill, said its purpose is to spark litigation that would force the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that guarantees a woman’s right to abortion.

    Under the Alabama legislation, doctors will not be able to perform abortions once a fetus is “in utero.

    The version that passed in the statehouse allowed for only a single exception, in cases involving a serious health risk “to the unborn child’s mother.” An amendment added in the Senate would also provide for exceptions in the case of rape or incest. That amendment was the subject of fierce debate Thursday.

    Gov. Kay Ivey (R), who has described herself as antiabortion, is expected to sign the bill into law as soon as this week, although she has declined to comment directly on the legislation until it is finalized.

    This is a developing story.

  • Runaway Saudi sisters call on #Google and #Apple to pull ’inhuman’ woman-monitoring app

    Two runaway Saudi sisters on Wednesday urged Apple and Google to pull an “inhuman” app allowing men to monitor and control female relatives’ travel as it helped trap girls in abusive families.

    Maha and Wafa al-Subaie, who are seeking asylum in Georgia after fleeing their family, said Absher – a government e-services app – was bad for women as it supported Saudi Arabia’s strict male guardian system.

    “It gives men control over women,” said Wafa, 25. “They have to remove it,” she added, referring to Google and Apple.

    #Absher, which is available in the Saudi version of Google and Apple online stores, allows men to update or withdraw permissions for female relatives to travel abroad and to get SMS updates if their passports are used, according to researchers.

    Neither company was immediately available to comment. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said in February that he had not heard of Absher but pledged to “take a look at it”.

    A free tool created by the interior ministry, Absher allows Saudis to access a wide range of government services, such as renewing passports, making appointments and viewing traffic violations.

    Saudi women must have permission from a male relative to work, marry and travel under the ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom’s guardianship system, which has faced scrutiny following recent cases of Saudi women seeking refuge overseas.

    The al-Subaie sisters, who stole their father’s phone to get themselves passports and authorisation to fly to Istanbul, said they knew of dozens of other young women who were looking to escape abusive families.

    Tech giants could help bring about change in Saudi Arabia if they pulled Absher or insisted that it allows women to organise travel independently – which would significantly hamper the guardianship system - they said.

    “If [they] remove this application, maybe the government will do something,” Wafa said.

    The sisters’ plea added to growing calls from rights groups, diplomats and US and European politicians for the app to be removed from online stores.

    United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that she had asked tech companies in Silicon Valley “tough questions” this month about the “threats” posed by apps like Absher.

    “Technology can, and should, be all about progress. But the hugely invasive powers that are being unleashed may do incalculable damage if there are not sufficient checks in place to respect human rights,” she said in a statement.

    A Saudi teen received global attention and ultimately an offer of asylum in Canada when she refused to leave a Thai airport hotel in January to escape her family. Two other Saudi sisters who hid in Hong Kong for six months were granted visas in March to travel to a third country.

    “Increasing cases of women fleeing the country are indicative of the situation of women in Saudi Arabia,” said Lynn Maalouf, Middle East research director for rights group Amnesty International.

    “Despite some limited reforms, [they] are inadequately protected against domestic violence and abuse and, more generally, are discriminated against.”

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has introduced reforms, such as lifting the driving ban for women, and indicated last year that he favoured ending the guardianship system. But he has stopped short of backing its annulment.

    Western criticism of the kingdom has sharpened with the trial of 11 women activists who said last month that they had been tortured while in detention on charges related to human rights work and contacts with foreign journalists and diplomats.

    The public prosecutor has denied the torture allegations and said the women had been arrested on suspicion of harming Saudi interests and offering support to hostile elements abroad.
    #contrôle #hommes #surveillance #femmes
    #liberté #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Arabie_Saoudite #femmes #technologie #domination_masculine #fuite #contrôles_frontaliers #frontières #passeport

    ping @reka

  • Meet Voatz, the #blockchain company tackling election fraud

    As the midterm elections have come and gone, voter fraud and suppression has continued to be an issue and hot topic item for Florida, Arizona, and Georgia. Claims and lawsuits are being dealt with in these crucial states as officials attempt to sort out the chaos. However, a preliminary test with mobile election system Voatz is trying to find a solution to these problems before they arise.Voatz is looking to introduce blockchain technology into the voting process. Common misconceptions tends to tie blockchain and cryptocurrency together into one entity. As blockchain is simply the technology that allows cryptocurrency to live, it has many other practical uses. However, cryptocurrency as been seeing trouble transitioning over into the mainstream lately, unable to work on essential, (...)

    #politics #finance

  • The World’s Recycling Is in #Chaos. Here’s What Has to Happen | WIRED

    Even before China’s ban, only 9 percent of discarded plastic was being recycled, while 12 percent was burned. The rest was buried in landfills or simply dumped and left to wash into rivers and oceans. Without China to process plastic bottles, packaging, and food containers—not to mention industrial and other plastic waste—the already massive waste problem posed by our throwaway culture will be exacerbated, experts say. The planet’s load of nearly indestructible plastics—more than 8 billion tons have been produced worldwide over the past six decades—continues to grow.


    Over the coming decade, as many as 111 million tons of plastics will have to find a new place to be processed or otherwise disposed of as a result of China’s ban, according to Brooks and University of Georgia engineering professor Jenna Jambeck. However, the places trying to take up some of the slack in 2018 tended to be lower-income countries, primarily in Southeast Asia, many of which lack the infrastructure to properly handle recyclables. Many of those countries were quickly overwhelmed by the volume and have also now cut back on imports

    #déchets #plastique #recyclage #Chine

  • Les personnes noires auraient plus de risques de se faire renverser par une voiture autonome

    Des chercheurs du Georgia Institute of Technology à Atlanta aux États-Unis ont mis en évidence les biais racistes des systèmes de reconnaissance. La détection de piétons à la couleur de peau foncée serait moins précise que pour les personnes blanches. En 2014, une étude menée par l’Université d’État de Portland montrait que les conducteurs avaient moins tendance à s’arrêter pour laisser passer des piétons noirs. À l’heure des voitures autonomes, il y a fort à craindre que les rues restent plus dangereuses (...)

    #algorithme #voiture #facial #discrimination

    • @raspa Très intéressant. Après pour moi, ce qui est pointé, c’est la différence entre une posture morale (parce que c’est « bien », parce qu’on veut des cookies) et une réelle posture militante (qui peut prendre plein de formes, mais qui engage une réflexion sur soi et ses pratiques, une recherche de cohérence, qui ne sera jamais atteinte à 100%, mais c’est pas pour autant qu’on cherche pas à faire mieux). C’est exactement à cette posture réflexive et pas seulement « savoirs froids + belles actions » que Floréal Sotto invite avec son anti-discrimachine :
      Sur l’écologie, effectivement, j’aurai 1 milliard d’exemples (cette blogueuse qui faisait la leçon sur l’importance d’utiliser des crèmes de soin bio pour préserver la santé et la planète pour nos enfants... tout en prenant l’avion en famille au moins une fois par mois pour ses loisirs... Misère). Et le mécanisme demanderait vraiment à être creusé pour voir comment on peut le contourner. Parce que même avec notre meilleure volonté militante et réflexive, les réflexes discriminatoires par exemple sont quand même très ancrés. Les miens me font régulièrement peur...

    • Pour moi ça va plus loin (même si c’est très lié à cette question de cohérence militante). Ca ressemble à un biais psychologique, inconscient, lié aux identités collectives. Ce n’est pas anodin que ça vienne du Québec, où j’ai entendu plusieurs fosi (et c’est souvent rapporté) qu’on prend l’argument que le Québec serait ouvert et accueillant pour, justement, refuser des droits notamment aux migrants / étrangers ou sortir des paroles terriblement racistes. Un peu comme la France, qui s’identifie comme « pays des droits de l’homme », devient étrangement aveugle aux violations des droits humains dont son gouvernement se rend coupable. Ou d’un pays faiseur de guerre comme les USA qui a l’étrange sentiment que tout le monde les déteste.

      Je prends beaucoup d’exemple lié aux identités nationales mais c’est vrai aussi au niveau individuel. Illustration :

      Où sous prétexte qu’on fait un article sur les inflexions féministes dans certaines grosses productions hollywoodiennes, on se permet grassement de caser tous les clichés sexistes connus.

  • BBC World à bord d’un bateau (sous pavillon du Vanuatu) parti de Porto Rico avec de l’aide humanitaire pour le #Venezuela. Arrivée incertaine ; deux patrouilleurs vénézuéliens, non autorisés à recourir à la force, font route pour lui signifier l’interdiction d’entrer dans les eaux territoriales.

    A bordo del barco con el que la oposición busca cruzar frontera con ayuda

    El buque Sueño de Medianoche transporta ayuda recogida en Puerto Rico para Venezuela, aunque su destino es incierto después de que Maduro cerrara parcialmente la frontera marítima del país. BBC Mundo viajó a bordo de este barco
    Su tripulación es internacional: capitán de Guyana y marineros de Honduras, Nicaragua, Georgia o Venezuela, que en su mayoría se muestran entusiasmados con la misión que les han encomendado.
    De hecho, en el Sueño de Medianoche (Midnight Dream) viaja un especialista en seguridad y gestor de emergencias estadounidense designado por el gobernador de Puerto Rico, Ricardo Roselló.

    Su misión: salvaguardar la integridad de todas las personas a bordo y «hacer llegar la ayuda».

    Pero, ¿cómo lograrán esto último?
    Es una cuestión que no se detalla.

    Comment faire parvenir l’aide ? Question sans réponse,…

  • African American Photographs Assembled for 1900 Paris Exposition -

    Du Bois Materials - Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (Library of Congress)

    Ce lien pointe sur une époustouflante collection d’images, de figures, de photographies qui ont été réunies par #W.E.B_Du_Bois lui même, pour l’exposition "« The American Negro » présenté à Paris en 1900 lors de l’exposition universelle.

    At the turn of the century, W. E. B. Du Bois compiled a series of photographs for the “American Negro” exhibit at the 1900 Paris Exposition. He organized the 363 images into albums, entitled Types of American Negroes, Georgia, U.S.A. and Negro Life in Georgia, U.S.A..

    At the time, Du Bois was a professor of sociology at Atlanta University, committed to combating racism with empirical evidence of the economic, social, and cultural conditions of African Americans. He believed that a clear revelation of the facts of African American life and culture would challenge the claims of biological race scientists influential at the time, which proposed that African Americans were inherently inferior to Anglo-Americans. The photographs of affluent young African American men and women challenged the scientific “evidence” and popular racist caricatures of the day that ridiculed and sought to diminish African American social and economic success. Further, the wide range of hair styles and skin tones represented in the photographs demonstrated that the so-called “Negro type” was in fact a diverse group of distinct individuals. The one public statement Du Bois made concerning these photographs was that visitors to the American Negro exhibit would find "several volumes of photographs of typical Negro faces, which hardly square with conventional American ideas."1

    Du Bois’s work for the American Negro exhibit was extensive and much praised. In the Spring of 1900, Paris Exposition judges awarded him a gold medal for his role as “collaborator” and “compiler” of materials for the exhibit.

    #cartographie #précurseurs #visualisation #cartoexperiment

  • Encore une #avarie_commune sur un porte-container
    (plus quelques infos sur la précédente et l’info qu’en général plus d’un container sur deux n’est pas couvert par une assurance…

    Fire-Stricken APL Vancouver Singapore-Bound After #General_Average is Declared – gCaptain

    A photo of the damage shared by APL.
    Photo credit : APL

    The fire-stricken 9,200 teu APL Vancouver is en route to a Singapore lay-by berth for inspection by surveyors, following the decision last week to declare general average (GA).

    In the early hours of 31 January, off the Vietnamese coast, a fire started in a cargo hold forward of the vessel’s accommodation block.

    The ship, in transit from China to Singapore, had to be partly evacuated during the firefighting operations and APL said that there were no reported injuries to crew members.

    The CMA CGM subsidiary declared GA on 7 February, instructing salvor Ardent Marine on Lloyd’s open form terms, but details of the average adjustors have not so far been advised.

    GA is a principle of maritime law where damages and salvage costs are shared among the cargo in proportion to its value.

    London-based marine claims firm WE Cox Claims Group said it expected cargo loss on the APL Vancouver to be “significant” after several days of water being pumped onto the ship and cargo to fight the fire. Unconfirmed reports advise that the ship, which operates on APL’s CIX (China-India Express) service, had around 4,500 containers on board.
    Elsewhere, shippers with containers on the 7,500 teu Yantian Express, which caught fire off the Canadian coast on 3 January, are now beginning to discover the status of their cargo.

    The vessel, operating on the east coast Loop 5 of THE Alliance Asia-US east coast service, arrived at its nominated safe harbor in Freeport, Bahamas on 4 February.

    Hapag-Lloyd declared GA on 25 January and the carrier, along with The Alliance partners ONE and Yang Ming have advised that there are 198 containers that are “most likely” to be a total loss to fire damage and a further 460 that were stacked in the vicinity of the fire will require inspection.

    It is the intention to discharge potentially salvageable containers this week when surveyors for the cargo interests will be invited to inspect their contents. Cargo interests for containers that survived the fire will be required to provide GA security and a separate salvage security before the boxes are released, and are also likely have to pay the cost of relay to the final destination.

    Of the expected total-loss containers, ONE has the highest number, 99, followed by Hapag-Lloyd with 68 and Yang Ming with 31.

    It is estimated that less than 50% of containers shipped globally are insured.

  • Georgia Guidestones : Das beunruhigendste US-Monument | TRAVELBOOK

    Au premier abord c’est un truc qui a une certaine plausibilité. Pourtant quand on le voit dans son contexte il prend une autre signification.

    Im US-Bundesstaat Georgia steht ein mysteriöses Monument, um das sich diverse Verschwörungstheorien ranken. Denn auf den sogenannten Guidestones sind obskure Inschriften eingraviert, welche die Zehn Gebote für eine neue Weltordnung sein sollen.

    De moin point de vue c’est un projet génocidaire :

    1. Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
    10. Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.

    Arno dit :

    ces histoires d’île de riches, de la lubie d’Ayn Rand dans son Atlas Shrugged (La Grève), dont le principe final est que les riches se retirent du monde, laissent le système s’effondrer, pour ensuite reconstruire la société selon leurs critères à eux.


    #Ayn_Rand #darwinisme_social #génocide

  • How Voting-Machine Lobbyists Undermine the Democratic Process | The New Yorker

    Earlier this month, Georgia’s Secure, Accessible & Fair Elections Commission voted to recommend that the state replace its touch-screen voting machines with newer, similarly vulnerable machines, which will be produced by E.S. & S. at an estimated cost of a hundred million dollars. In doing so, the panel rejected the advice of computer scientists and election-integrity advocates, who consider hand-marked ballots to be the “most reliable record of voter intent,” and also the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which recommended that all states adopt paper ballots and conduct post-election audits. The practice of democracy begins with casting votes; its integrity depends on the inclusivity of the franchise and the accurate recording of its will. Georgia turns out to be a prime example of how voting-system venders, in partnership with elected officials, can jeopardize the democratic process by influencing municipalities to buy proprietary, inscrutable voting devices that are infinitely less secure than paper-ballot systems that cost three times less.

    The influence-peddling that has beset Georgia’s voting-system procurement began years earlier, in 2002, when the legislature eliminated a requirement that the state’s voting machines produce an independent audit trail of each vote cast. That same year, the secretary of state, Cathy Cox, signed a fifty-four-million-dollar contract with the election-machine vender Diebold. The lobbyist for Diebold, the former Georgia secretary of state Lewis Massey, then joined the lobbying firm of Bruce Bowers. The revolving door between the Georgia state government and the election venders was just beginning to spin.

    Something similar happened last fall in Delaware, where the Voting Equipment Selection Task Force also voted to replace its aging touch-screen machines with a variant of the ExpressVote system. When Jennifer Hill, at Common Cause Delaware, a government-accountability group, obtained all the bids from a public-records request, she found that “the Department of Elections had pretty much tailored the request for proposal in a way that eliminated venders whose primary business was to sell paper-ballot systems.” Hill also noted that a lobbyist for E.S. & S., who was “well-connected in the state,” helped “to shepherd this whole thing through.” Elaine Manlove, the Delaware elections director, told me that the twelve members of the election task force each independently concluded that ExpressVote was the best system for the state. “It’s not a big change for Delaware voters,” she said. “They’re voting on the screen, just like they do now.” (A representative from E.S. & S. told me that the the company “follows all state and federal guidelines for procurement of government contracts.”)

    The ExpressVote machines use what are known as ballot-marking devices. Once a vote is cast on the touch screen, the machine prints out a card that summarizes the voter’s choice, in both plain English and in the form of a bar code. After the voter reviews the card, it is returned to the machine, which records the information symbolized by the bar code. It’s a paper trail, but one that a voter can’t actually verify, because the bar codes can’t be read. “If you’re tallying based on bar codes, you could conceivably have software that [flips] the voter’s choices,” Buell said. “If you’re in a target state using these devices and the computer security isn’t very good, this becomes more likely.” This is less of a concern in states that require manual post-election audits. But neither Georgia nor Delaware do.

    #Voting_machine #Elections #Démocratie

  • C Powers

    The American underground is full of DJs, producers and promoters (often the same person) pushing distinct regional styles outside of the spotlight of the dance music media. These artists are often located outside of Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, situating them even further from the ever-churning hype cycle, although it’s not outlandish to say that America’s regional scenes are the driving force behind dance music’s upsurge in this country. Savannah, Georgia’s Chris Powers aka C Powershas existed on both sides of the conversation, a seasoned practitioner of kinetic American rave sounds who has also spent time in London as No Pain In Pop‘s in-house DJ, contributed to the Houndstooth-signed 18+ project and thrown parties with a range of international talent. Powers’ personal output is as (...)

    #electro #house #idm #letfield #strange #electro,house,idm,letfield,strange

  • Le reggae, patrimoine culturel immatériel de l’Unesco | L’Echo

    La musique reggae de Jamaïque est désormais inscrite sur la liste du patrimoine culturel immatériel de l’humanité. Le comité spécialisé de l’Unesco souligne « la contribution » de cette musique à la prise de conscience internationale « sur les questions d’injustice, de résistance, d’amour et d’humanité », grâce à des artistes comme Bob Marley.

    Réunis cette semaine à l’Île Maurice, l’Unesco et ses 24 Etats membres consacraient leurs débats à la sauvegarde du patrimoine mondial.

    Alors pourquoi le reggae ? Le comité revient donc sur le symbole de cette musique : symbole des inégalités, symbole des peuples opprimés, symbole de ces voix pacifistes et universelles. Cette reconnaisse aujourd’hui de l’Unesco permettra de protéger cette culture reggae comme c’est déjà le cas pour quelque 400 traditions culturelles allant de la pizza napolitaine au zaouli, musique et danse des communautés gouro de Côte d’Ivoire.
    En 1968 la chanson « Do the Reggay » de Toots and the Maytals a été la première a utiliser le nom de reggae.

    Intangible Heritage: Jamaican reggae, Georgian wrestling and Irish hurling, inscribed on Representative List alongside Jordanian, Kazakh and Japanese rituals

    The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, meeting in Mauritius until 1 December, inscribed six elements on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    The Representative List seeks to enhance visibility for the traditions and know-how of communities without recognizing standards of excellence or exclusivity.

    The newly inscribed elements are:

    Georgia—Chidaoba, wrestling in Georgia—Combining elements of wrestling, music, dance and special garments, Chidaoba (wrestling) is an ancient martial art, now a spectacular sport practised in villages and communities throughout Georgia. The practice is based on a chivalric code of conduct, with vibrant music enhancing the dynamics of the contest. What distinguishes Chidaoba from other martial arts is the use of specific wrestling holds, the combination of which speaks to the wrestlers’ creativity, and the practice plays a key role in encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

  • “A #Femifesto for Teaching and Learning Radical Geography”

    The Athena Co-Learning Collective[1] is a group of graduate students and faculty at the University of Georgia who are committed to living and learning differently in the academy and our communities. We came together in the wake of the 2016 election with various needs for community, praxis, and feminist theory in our work and lives. Our purpose is to work together in active resistance to white supremacist heteropatriarchy and toxic masculinist practices that have underpinned knowledge production and instruction at our universities. We seek to engage, share, and learn from a diversity of knowledges, experiences, hopes, and fears as a means to rehumanize our relations and learning communities. We are inspired by the many feminist collectives who have formed inside and outside the academy before us.[2]

    Recently, many decolonial, anti-racist, and feminist scholars have expanded radical geography and related fields to include a greater diversity of thinkers, writers, and activists. Yet, few of these interventions have materialized as changes to the practices of the academy, or even the discipline of geography (de Leeuw and Hunt 2018). In this, our own intervention, we describe the Athena Co-Learning Collective’s efforts to reject the traditional and enduring graduate seminar format and to structure a seminar based instead on intentionally feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial theory, pedagogy, and praxis.[3] Our work begins in the classroom because it is a key location in the perpetuation of hegemonic ways of thinking and doing that have remained largely the same for centuries (Mohanty 2003). We collaboratively craft the content of our shared learning space, and focus on transforming the oppressive social relationships that were laid bare in new ways for many (but not all) the members of our collective in the wake of the Trump election. By centering the ideas of scholars who build theory for liberatory praxis, we can change how we know ourselves and each other, and how we act within these intimate and broader relations. Furthermore, we intentionally create a “collective” (as opposed to a classroom) as a way to name and define our project as something that is intended to be more than a learning experience, but responsive to emotional needs as individuals and in our community.

    As a means of undoing white supremacist heteropatriarchy, we began by undoing the toxic masculinist practices that materially and metaphorically make the traditional graduate seminar space possible. These masculinist performances typically involve one or more “expert” faculty determining the important scholars to read, then overseeing class “discussion” (often structured as debate) where students seek to prove they have learned something (ideally more than their peers). It includes, furthermore, the privileging of totalizing narratives frequently emanating from the work of Eurocentric male scholars (e.g. Marx, Heidegger, Althusser, Foucault); the performance of competitive behavior (i.e. individualized performances that prioritize speaking out loud, debating, correcting); the enactment of microaggressions (i.e. talking over, ignoring, minimizing the contributions of women, queers, and people of color); and the deployment of reductive logics (i.e. finding one thesis or explanation in a text).

    We believe that liberation from white supremacist heteropatriarchy requires that: 1) we conduct ourselves differently in the teaching and learning process with new feminist, anti-racist, and de-colonial practices and agreements; and 2) we give women, POC, queer people, Indigenous people, and other thinkers the same seriousness and focus we might afford the historical objects of our disciplinary canons. To put this into practice, we began our collective with several key principles and goals: to enact non-hierarchical power relations among all in the room (including faculty); to do away with hypercompetitive performativity; to keep realistic workloads and expectations through “slow” scholarship (Mountz et al. 2015), while also recognizing that faculty, across racial identifications, experience very different time and labour pressures that we must collectively be conscious of; to learn with one another to collectively understand the multiple meanings in the texts we read; to create a space to learn free of shaming; to imagine what radical potential can emerge through this work.[4] This begins to constitute what we understand as the rehumanization of our collective efforts to teach and learn.

    Furthermore, by engaging with feminist, Black, Indigenous, Chicana, and decolonial epistemologies and theorists, we learned that we must not deny or artificially tidy up incommensurabilities, conflicting truths, and uncomfortable subjects. In seeking hard boundaries and sharp gulfs between subjects and objects, us and them, fact and fiction, white supremacist heteropatriarchal forms of knowledge production have violently erased difference and replaced it with hierarchy (Gilmore 2002). Therefore, our politics of knowledge production include:

    1) Generating Collective Solidarity: The first step is to relate to one another – and to support each other – as complex human beings embodying a number of subject positions. None of us enters the classroom as only student or only teacher. Rather, we are also parents, children, partners, laborers, survivors, and so on. Feminist, anti-racist, and queer theory is personal to us all. We cannot engage it in a disembodied or individualistic way. This means allowing time and space to discuss personal, emotional, and non-academic issues as part of the learning process. This also includes being honest about why we may not be fully present or prepared for class activities; getting to know one another outside of the classroom; acknowledging how our own experiences shape our understandings of texts and ideas; engaging in hard conversations about difference and disagreement; kindly confronting misogynistic, racist, or homophobic actions or words among one another; “staying with the trouble” (Haraway 2016) and working through the discomfort individually and collectively.

    2) Engaging in Co-Learning Praxis: We make a commitment to learning with and from each other. We learn more when we cooperate, and we gain power through collectivizing the work of learning. Rather than keeping our knowledge and education to ourselves, we share – share accountability for each other’s learning and share our ideas and knowledge with each other. For example, in the context of the seminar, we collectively chose texts to read, generated shared class notes, collaboratively engaged with texts in large and small groups, and wrote final papers as a class based on our collective (not individualistic) engagement with the readings. We frequently revisited and adjusted course expectations, activities, and assignments to support these efforts.

    3) Enacting Our Ideas through Real World Politics: We believe that it is essential to practice applying this knowledge within our real lives. We develop skills and personal practices for confronting sexism, racism, and unquestioned settler futurity in our workplace and in our communities. We advocate for “radical vulnerability” (Nagar 2014) in communication practice to help realize this aspirational goal. This means modeling intentional courage with each other to raise and navigate difficult topics in our shared workspace, establishing group agreements and conflict mediation norms, and accepting that conflict or difference do not render relationships disposable. While we were not always able to fully enact the principles of feminist collective praxis, we committed to the ongoing task of working through the messiness, especially during critical moments of feedback about the class process and politics. We defined success by our ability to create openings and to keep moving forward.

    Given these political commitments, we present the following principles that all scholars (teachers and students) can implement in their own classrooms and relationships to transform teaching and learning practices to rehumanize ourselves, the academy, and society.

    1) Find Promise and Potential in Affirming Ambiguities: Refuse to submit to the myth of the totalizing rigidity of any one concept and the masculine construction of “realness” which attempts to “stabilize meaning” (Rose 1996: 68), and, thereby, to divide. Seek to explore those multiple narratives and spaces on the outskirts – those unruly contradictions and relentlessly rich complexities of socionatural life, of working-class life, of Black life, Mestiza life, Indigenous life, queer life, of lives in solidarity. Gloria Anzaldúa (1987) taught us that we must embrace internal contradictions, incommensurabilities, conflicting truths, and the uncomfortable subjects they might introduce as sites of radical possibility and struggle. Commit to the always ongoing work of fostering spaces where “hybrid” or “mestiza” ways of being in the world can flourish free from the fetters of categorization.

    2) Embrace the Ethical Task of Uncovering “Absented Presences”: Model Katherine McKittrick’s (2006) unapologetic commitment to honoring the geographies, lives, histories, ideas, and languages held by Black, female, Indigenous, Chicana, queer, and other subjugated peoples (see also Anzaldúa 1987; Lugones 2007; Sandoval 2000; Simpson 2014; Tuck and Yang 2012). While women, POC, and queers have been reluctantly admitted to the ivory tower, their historical absence has simultaneously been a presence. The practice of maintaining these absences is one of “death-dealing displacement of difference into hierarchies that organize relations” (Gilmore 2002: 16) and justifies the ongoing presence of white supremacist heteropatriarchy and toxic masculinist practices. Disrupting this means making changes to the spaces of knowledge production to accommodate multiple ways of knowing and being in the world. Claim the absented presences as spaces of legitimation of multiple narratives, non-settler futures, and difference as a life-giving, not death-dealing, way to organize social relations.

    3) Mobilize toward Collective Rehumanization: See and treat each other as full and complex human beings. Work with and through the troubling and uncomfortable moments. Conducting participatory research, honing perfect politics, and even taking to the streets are not enough to rehumanize our theory and practice. It is time to confront how structurally isolating academic labor is, and to value practices of care work, mentorship, conflict mediation, vulnerability, ambiguity, “presenting the absences”, subverting hierarchical social relations, and relationship-building at the “speed of trust” (brown 2017). When you transform your classrooms into “more humanly workable” spaces (McKittrick 2006: xii), the work to transform society becomes more clear.

    What we offer here is an invitation to all teachers and students, but especially to those successful, well-known, and structurally empowered scholars who profess liberatory politics, to re-evaluate your own teaching and learning practices. We, as the Athena Co-Learning Collective, are still learning how to be in the academy as a woman, as a person of color, as working class, as queer identified, as a feminist. Being radically vulnerable together is a constant struggle, sometimes uncertain and messy. It must be a collective enterprise, which prefigures, engages, and speaks across multiple communities, and insists upon the inseparability of knowledge and action to reject the hegemony of white supremacist heteropatriarchy and toxic masculinist practices. Our feminist collective is but one distillation of these commitments; it represents a form of initial rupture, alongside many other ruptures instigated by feminist comrades the world over. The hard labor yet remains: to rend the curtain fully and step out, together, into a new space.
    #manifeste #femineste #géographie_radicale #enseignement #géographie #université #résistance #féminisme #vulnérabilité

    The #Athena_Co-Learning_Collective

  • Tony Joe White, ‘Swamp Rock’ Singer and Songwriter, Dies at 75 - The New York Times

    Tony Joe White, the Louisiana singer and songwriter who wrote Brook Benton’s Top 10 hit “Rainy Night in Georgia” and had a Top 10 hit of his own with “Polk Salad Annie,” died on Wednesday in Nashville. He was 75.

    Mr. White’s style, a mix of blues, country and rock ’n’ roll sung in a deep, growling voice, came to be known as swamp rock and earned him the nickname Swamp Fox. His songs were covered by Elvis Presley, Tina Turner, Waylon Jennings and many others.

    J’avais eu l’occasion de la voir sur scène à Caen. Un style si particulier, immédiatement reconnaissable.
    Les rockers ne mourant pas toutes et tous à 27 ans, on va avoir une liste qui va s’allonger sérieusement dans les années qui viennent ; les sixties commencent à dater.

    J’adore les anecdotes :

    Mr. White worked with Tina Turner on her critically acclaimed album “Foreign Affair” (1989), contributing four songs and playing guitar and harmonica. He said in 2006 that Ms. Turner was taken aback when they first met.

    “She turned around and looked at me and started hysterically laughing and couldn’t get her breath,” he recalled. “She was doubling over, and I thought, ‘Are my pants unzipped or something?’ Finally she got her breath and came over to me and gave me a big hug and said: ‘I’m sorry, man. Ever since “Polk Salad Annie” I always thought you were a black man.’ ”


  • Incarnation flegmatique et presque anachronique d’une certaine vision du cool, #Tony_Joe_White expliquait volontiers que s’il continuait à faire des chansons, c’est simplement parce qu’elles viennent à lui. Le #bluesman, un rien taciturne, de Oak Grove (Louisiane), avait popularisé le #swamp_rock, un cocktail sudiste mêlant rock, country, folklore cajun de Louisiane (zydeco) et boogie. Le songwriter, guitariste et harmoniciste s’est éteint le 25 octobre chez lui à Leiper’s Fork (Tennessee) d’une crise cardiaque à l’âge de 75 ans.


  • • Chart: The Countries Polluting The Oceans The Most | Statista

    A team of researchers in the United States and Australia led by Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, analyzed plastic waste levels in the world’s oceans. They found that China and Indonesia are the top sources of plastic bottles, bags and other rubbish clogging up global sea lanes. Together, both nations account for more than a third of plastic detritus in global waters, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The original source data can be found here.

    #pollution #oceans

  • Not exercising worse than smoking, diabetes and heart disease study...

    Not exercising worse than smoking, diabetes and heart disease study finds

    Being unfit should be treated as a disease that has a prescription, called exercise, the study’s author said. Article word count: 764

    HN Discussion: Posted by nikolasavic (karma: 503) Post stats: Points: 97 - Comments: 48 - 2018-10-20T17:45:05Z

    #HackerNews #and #diabetes #disease #exercising #finds #heart #not #smoking #study #than #worse

    Article content:

    [1]High intensity workouts can help you live to 100

     Fitness leads to longer life, researchers found, with no limit to the benefit of aerobic exercise  Comparing those with a sedentary lifestyle to the top exercise performers, the risk of premature death was 500% higher.

    Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)Weʼve (...)

  • #Meghan_Murphy : Que faudra-t-il qu’il arrive pour qu’on parle franchement de la source du sadisme des hommes ?

    Bonjour et bienvenue à l’édition de cette semaine sur Qu’est-ce qui peut bien clocher à ce point chez les hommes ?

    Je dois vous avertir que je n’aurai probablement pas de réponse à la fin de cette enquête, mais peut-être qu’un généreux confrère se sentira inspiré à éclairer notre pauvre lanterne.

    Je suis, bien sûr, hors de mon domaine d’expertise, car je n’ai jamais joui en étouffant un homme avec ma vulve, et je n’ai jamais rêvé non plus d’inviter un groupe de copines à venir torturer avec moi un homme jusqu’à ce qu’il pleure ou qu’il vomisse, tout en me masturbant et en le traitant de sale chien. Je n’ai jamais poussé un homme saoul dans une chambre, verrouillé la porte, et couvert sa bouche pour l’empêcher de respirer ou de crier, pour ensuite le baiser devant une copine en rigolant.

    Vous me trouverez peut-être coincée, mais faire mal à d’autres personnes ne m’excite pas. L’idée d’étrangler ou de torturer quelqu’un ne m’excite pas : ça me rend malade. Cela ressemble à quelque chose qu’on ferait à quelqu’un qu’on déteste, pas à quelqu’un qu’on désire. Et qui veut avoir des relations sexuelles avec une personne qu’on déteste ?

    Oh ? Ah bon…

    Traduction : #Tradfem
    Version originale :

    Meghan Murphy est écrivaine et journaliste autonome, secrétaire de rédaction du soir pour le site, et fondatrice et directrice du site Feminist Current. Elle a obtenu une maîtrise au département d’Études sur les femmes, le genre et la sexualité de l’Université Simon Fraser en 2012.
    Meghan a commencé sa carrière radiophonique en 2007, dans une caravane installée au milieu d’un champ de moutons. Son émission s’appelait « The F Word » et était diffusée à partir d’une toute petite île au large des côtes de la Colombie-Britannique. Elle a pleinement profité de la liberté que lui laissait cette radio pirate : buvant de la bière à l’antenne, lisant des passages d’Andrea Dworkin, et passant du Biggie Smalls. Elle est revenue à Vancouver, où elle a rejoint l’émission de radio elle aussi nommée, coïncidence, « The F Word », qu’elle a produite et animée jusqu’en 2012. Le podcast de Feminist Current est le projet « radio » actuel de Meghan, une façon de communiquer une analyse critique féministe progressiste à quiconque s’y intéresse. Feminist Current est une émission syndiquée à Pacifica Radio et hébergée par le réseau de podcasts Rabble.
    Meghan blogue sur le féminisme depuis 2010. Elle n’hésite pas à penser à contre-courant et a été la première à publier une critique des défilés Slutwalk, en 2011. C’est l’une des rares blogueuses populaires à développer en public une critique à la fois féministe radicale et socialiste de l’industrie du sexe. Les critiques adressées par Meghan au #twitterfeminism, à la mode du burlesque, à l’auto-objectivation des selfies, et au féminisme du libre choix lui ont valu une foule d’éloges et d’attaques, mais surtout une reconnaissance comme écrivaine qui n’a pas peur de dire quelque chose de différent, en dépit de ce que le féminisme populaire et les grands médias décrètent comme ligne du parti.
    Vous pouvez trouver ses écrits en version originale dans les médias Truthdig, The Globe and Mail, Georgia Straight, Al Jazeera, Ms. Magazine, AlterNet, Herizons, The Tyee, Megaphone Magazine, Good, National Post, Verily Magazine, Ravishly,, xoJane, Vice, The Vancouver Observer et New Statesman. Meghan a également participé à l’anthologie Freedom Fallacy : The Limits of Liberal Feminism.
    Elle a été interviewée par Radio-Canada, Sun News, The Big Picture avec Thom Hartmann, BBC Radio 5, et Al Jazeera, ainsi que dans de nombreux autres médias.
    Isabelle Alonso a publié une interview d’elle sur son blog.
    Vous pouvez la suivre sur Twitter @MeghanEMurphy.

    #sadisme #violences_masculines #torture snuff #BDSM

  • Climate #gentrification: the rich can afford to move – what about the poor? | Environment | The Guardian

    Et le #pauvre qui habite du “bon côté” est expulsé...

    Residents of the Miami districts of Liberty City and Little Haiti, traditionally African American and Hispanic areas, are seeing their neighborhoods transform around them. The districts, which sit a relatively safe 15ft above sea level, are currently having holes punched into them by bulldozers to make way for half a dozen apartment developments.

    “We are already seeing low-income homes and businesses being evicted, the new developments are popping up everywhere,” said Valencia Gunder, a Liberty City resident turned activist who grew up hearing warnings about gentrification that are now being realized.

    Previously blighted by poverty and crime, Liberty City is now seen as an attractive base for those worried their beachfront properties will soon be swamped. In 2000, no one in Liberty City paid more than $1,000 a month in rent – now it’s roughly one in six. Property prices have also risen sharply.

    “People are being forced out to places like Georgia and Alabama, where it’s more affordable,” said Gunder. “It’s becoming so expensive. These developers aren’t making Liberty City better for the people who already live here.”

    #climat #états-unis