• La France propose d’aider la Grèce à reconduire des #déboutés de l’asile

    En visite à Athènes, ce lundi 20 janvier, le secrétaire d’État français à l’Intérieur Laurent Nuñez a confirmé l’accueil dans les prochains mois de 400 demandeurs d’asile actuellement présents en Grèce. Il a par ailleurs déclaré que la France proposait son aide à la Grèce pour « faciliter les reconduites » dans leur pays d’origine des déboutés du droit d’asile.

    Quatre cents demandeurs d’asile présents en Grèce - dont Paris avait annoncé l’accueil dès le mois de décembre - devraient progressivement arriver sur le territoire français d’ici l’été prochain. Le chiffre reste symbolique au vu des près de 10 000 arrivées par mois en Grèce depuis l’été, mais il permet néanmoins à Paris d’appeler a davantage de solidarité européenne.

    « La Grèce a fait l’objet d’un pic migratoire important depuis l’été dernier, souligne le secrétaire d’État Laurent Nunez. Et donc la position de la France, c’est de considérer que dans ce genre de situation, il est normal que nous puissions accueillir par solidarité, en relocalisation, un certain nombre de demandeurs d’asile qui sont, ici, en Grèce, c’est ce que nous allons faire pour 400 personnes, des personnes qui sont particulièrement vulnérables. Et vous savez que dans le cadre de la réflexion en cours sur la gestion globale du système d’asile, cette question des relocalisations est au cœur des discussions. »

    La Commission européenne travaille en effet à redéfinir la législation de l’Union en termes de migrations. Un projet de « Nouveau pacte », qui doit être présenté d’ici au printemps. Les tensions croissantes entre Athènes et Ankara, qui participent aussi des difficultés migratoires actuelles de la Grèce, ne faisaient, elles, pas partie de la communication officielle.

    Par ailleurs, la France a proposé son aide lundi à la Grèce pour « faciliter les reconduites » dans leur pays d’origine des déboutés du droit d’asile, a indiqué Laurent Nuñez. Avec « notre #ambassade à Athènes, nous allons aider la Grèce à obtenir des autorisations de reconduite (...) notamment des #laissez-passer_consulaires qui sont parfois difficiles à obtenir » à la faveur des « #relations_privilégiées » de la France avec « certains pays », a-t-il précisé. Il s’agirait surtout de pays africains, selon une source grecque proche du dossier.

    http://www.rfi.fr/europe/20200120-france-nunez-asile-aider-grece-migrants
    #renvois #expulsions #aide #Grèce #France #aide #Afrique #externalisation

    Une étrange idée de la #solidarité... La France joue la carte des « relations privilégiées »... = relations coloniales...
    #colonialisme #continuité_coloniale #rapports_coloniaux

    ping @isskein @karine4

    Ajouté à cette métaliste sur l’externalisation :
    https://seenthis.net/messages/731749

    • Migrants. La France propose d’aider la Grèce à renvoyer les déboutés de l’asile

      La France a proposé son aide lundi à la Grèce pour « faciliter les reconduites » dans leur pays d’origine des déboutés du droit d’asile, a indiqué le secrétaire d’État français à l’Intérieur, Laurent Nuñez, en visite à Athènes.

      Soulignant la "solidarité" française envers la Grèce, première porte d’entrée des migrants en Europe en 2019, Laurent Nuñez a confirmé que la France accueillerait à l’été prochain 400 demandeurs d’asile "surtout des familles en grande vulnérabilité" se trouvant actuellement en Grèce.

      "Nous allons étudier avec nos amis grecs la possibilité d’organiser des vols groupés pour faciliter les reconduites de personnes qui ne sont pas en besoin de protection dans leurs pays", a également déclaré le secrétaire d’État, à l’issue d’entretiens avec Georges Koumoutsakos, ministre adjoint grec à l’Immigration et l’Asile.

      Ces vols franco-grecs pourront être organisés avec "le concours de Frontex", l’Agence de protection des frontières européennes, a-t-il ajouté.
      L’envoi de 24 experts français

      Avec "notre ambassade à Athènes, nous allons aider la Grèce à obtenir des autorisations de reconduite […] notamment des laissez-passer consulaires qui sont parfois difficiles à obtenir" à la faveur des "relations privilégiées" de la France avec "certains pays", a précisé Laurent Nuñez. Il s’agirait surtout de pays africains, selon une source grecque proche du dossier.

      Laurent Nuñez a aussi annoncé l’envoi en Grèce de 24 experts français pour aider le gouvernement grec à traiter le flot de demandes d’asile.

      Le gouvernement conservateur de Kyriakos Mitsotakis a durci l’octroi de l’asile et insisté sur le rapatriement des déboutés de l’asile, une question critiquée par de nombreuses ONG de défense des migrants.
      400 demandeurs d’asile accueillis en France

      La France avait annoncé mi-décembre qu’elle accueillerait 400 demandeurs d’asile. M. Nuñez a parlé d’"une mesure ponctuelle" pour répondre à une situation "d’urgence" en Grèce.

      Outre la France, le Portugal s’est dit prêt à partager le fardeau migratoire en acceptant de relocaliser 1 000 demandeurs d’asile.

      Athènes ne cesse de demander "plus de solidarité" européenne sur cette question après une hausse importante des arrivées sur son territoire et la détérioration des conditions de vie dans les camps surpeuplés de migrants.

      https://www.ouest-france.fr/europe/grece/migrants-la-france-propose-d-aider-la-grece-renvoyer-les-deboutes-de-l-

  • J’ai pensé qu’il était bon que le monde entier le sachiasse : #Montpellier : Philippe Saurel opéré du genou avec succès - midilibre.fr
    https://www.midilibre.fr/2020/01/03/montpellier-philippe-saurel-opere-du-genou-avec-succes,8639808.php

    Comme annoncé par le maire lui-même mi-décembre, Philippe Saurel a été opéré du genou, ce vendredi 3 janvier, au CHU de Montpellier. Avec succès.

    #avec_succès donc

  • Le 20 décembre 2019, je reçois, par mail, ce message de "pub" d’une formation qui nous est proposée dans notre #université (#Université_Grenoble_Alpes) :

    L’#UGA nous informe de la mise en place à la formation #communication_assertive et bienveillante dans les relations professionnelles .

    Deux sessions au choix sont ouvertes :

    Soit les 29 & 30 juin 2020
    soit les 03 & 04 décembre 2020

    La date limite d’inscription est : j - 15 avant la date de la formation

    La formation est placée sous le thème " #efficacité professionnelle ".

    Objectifs de la formation :

    A l’issue de la formation, les participants seront capables de :

    – Décoder leur comportement et celui des autres dans les relations professionnelles

    – Communiquer avec #tact et #diplomatie

    – Etablir des #attitudes_positives au quotidien

    – Développer des relations professionnelles harmonieuses et efficaces

    Programme :

    1. Prendre conscience de son comportement

    – Identifier les raisons de ne pas de comprendre

    – Comprendre l’image que l’on renvoie à ses interlocuteurs

    – Prendre conscience de l’image de sa communication écrite

    – Identifier son comportement dans les situations relationnelles

    2. Savoir dialoguer avec tact et souplesse

    – Pratiquer l’écoute active et savoir utiliser les 5 types de questions

    – Utiliser les 3 techniques de reformulation

    – Améliorer sa communication non verbale

    – Etre congruent entre son langage verbal et non-verbal

    – Ajuster sa communication à son interlocuteur

    – Choisir son vocabulaire pour communiquer avec précision et tact à l’écrit

    3. Savoir soutenir une position claire et diplomate

    – Etre assertif : utiliser la méthode DESC

    – Exprimer son avis sans juger l’autre

    – Formuler des critiques constructives

    – Faire face aux critiques

    – Formuler un refus sans provoquer de tension

    – Faire et accepter des compliments dans le monde professionnel

    Durée : 2 jours

    Public : Toute personne souhaitant optimiser sa communication afin d’améliorer ses relations professionnelles

    –--------

    Sur ce, je réponds à une collègue, en colère :

    Plus de moyens, moins de compétition, moins de darwinisme social résoudrait la moitié des problèmes sans formations à la communication bienveillante !

    –-> je fais évidemment allusion aux propos tenus par #Antoine_Petit (à la tête du #CNRS) qui a appelé à une loi « darwinienne » pour le financement de la #recherche. « Une loi ambitieuse, inégalitaire — oui, inégalitaire, une loi vertueuse et darwinienne, qui encourage les scientifiques, équipes, laboratoires, établissements les plus performants à l’échelle internationale, une loi qui mobilise les énergies. »
    https://seenthis.net/messages/815560

    #formation #bienveillance #communication_bienveillante #travail #relations_professionnelles #inégalités #performance #compétition #attitude_positive #harmonie #hypocrisie #image #tact #souplesse #écoute_active #techniques_de_reformulation #communication #communication_non_verbale #langage_verbal #langage_non-verbal #vocabulaire #méthode_DESC #critiques_constructives

    • Et parallèlement à l’#Université d’#Amsterdam... la week of #work_stress !

      Message from the works council

      Dear all,

      The week of 11th of November is the week of work stress. It is the week where the university brings out its petting puppies, makes you bikeblend your smoothie, and has you beat a few djembe tunes to let go of your #stress. Some might argue that it is a nice gesture of the employer, but we of the FNV in the OR find it a slap in the face of the employee. It adds insult to injury.

      This waste of money again shows that the faculty is not taking work pressure seriously. We said it last year, and we said it again this year: “stop monkeying around and actually deal with the causes of work pressure”. Work pressure is not that difficult. There are either too many tasks for the number of people, or there are not enough people for the number of tasks. So the answers are also simple. If an organization is financially healthy, you hire more people. If the organization is financially unhealthy, you are stuck with reducing the tasks. There is no rocket science involved.

      Yet as you can see in this week of work stress, the faculty seems keen to responsiblize the individual for the work pressure he or she is experiencing. This leads to offers such as #time_management (we just received an email that there are two spots still available), #yoga, and #mindfulness. But these are just bandaids ("lapjes voor het bloeden" as the Dutch expression goes) that obscure the structural faults of the system. There are too many administration processes. There is too much institutional distrust that you are not doing your work correctly leading to for instance to ’#jaargesprekken' being moments where you defend yourself instead of discussing how you would like to grow as a professional. There are criteria for promotion that seem to change during the process. We have to accept budget cuts in our teaching programme while at the same time the faculty wants to start new programmes that make new claims on budget and staff.

      Recently, our support staff at EOSS was confronted with a report that was framed as research about the high work pressure they are experiencing. Yet it actually placed all the blame at the staff of EOSS and suggested their so-called inefficient work and non-conformance to instructions from management was the cause of their work pressure. Another signal that work pressure is not taking seriously by management and the individual employee is again responsibilized for his or her work’ stress’. The Works Council will keep pushing the Faculty and the UvA to make meaningful structural changes that address work pressure instead of blaming the victim. Namaste.

      XXXX (FNV Works Council Representative)

      Reçu via email d’une amie/collègue qui y travaille...

    • Et petit exemple d’#Angleterre (#UK):

      Universities have driven their workers into the ground. That’s why I’m striking

      Our eight days of action are in response to a marketised sector that has prioritised profit over the welfare of staff and students.

      Workers in higher education across the UK are on strike. One of the reasons we are striking is because of the poor conditions we face today – which were, in large part, decided by the 2010 election.

      Nearly a decade ago, the Tory and Lib Dem coalition government conspired to transform higher education, unleashing the forces of marketisation. The physical and emotional landscape of the university has fundamentally changed in the intervening years. The devastation wrought cannot be overstated. Contrary to justifications for reform by Tories and Lib Dems, the contemporary university is not sustainable, and reforms have reduced standards and entrenched inequality.

      In public discussion of the – shameful – tripling of student fees and mounting student debt, the changes to university funding that this brought about are often neglected. The 2010 coalition government replaced the old system of block grants with money paid per student per course, and lifted the cap on the number of student places available. Now, universities compete for funding by competing for students, with each other, and between their own departments.

      Most remarkably, this was done in the name of improving standards. It has left its scars on the physical landscape of universities, no longer able to fit in the number of students they have enrolled, and the springing up of new buildings, luxury accommodation and gyms all designed to attract prospective students. If the modern university has a soundtrack, it would be constant drilling for the construction of new, shiny buildings, temples to “student satisfaction”.

      Marketisation does not mean the immediate insertion of the profit motive into previously public goods. It means, at least in the first instance, making those public goods profitable. Students are in more and more debt, workers are paid less and less, while private companies and developers are given access to a potentially lucrative market.

      What does this mean for workers in higher education? They face a proliferation of perverse incentives: instead of research and teaching, lecturers are expected to take part in a perpetual recruitment drive. Instead of supporting students emotionally and academically, staff in student services, often facing cuts and “restructures”, are expected to act as the vanguard of “employability”.

      With more students, permanent staff are expected to take on more and more work. Temporary staff are expected to paper over structural gaps, providing a “flexible” workforce who are hired and fired in response to fluctuations in student numbers. Research shows that part-time staff and those on hourly rates are only paid for 55% of their work. Staff in general work, on average, the equivalent of two days unpaid per week. Given these low wages, many temporary staff are effectively paid less than the minimum wage.

      The expectations placed on staff cannot be met. It is not possible to produce the kind of work expected in the amount of time we are paid to do it. New methods of evaluation and student metrics create even more work, and overlook the key fact that asking students if they enjoyed a course reveals very little about whether that course was well-taught. Student services are stretched to breaking point, and instead of releasing the tension by, for example, increasing funding, services are instead outsourced, with trained counsellors replaced by generic “advisers” and, even, apps.

      When we say that the expectations on staff cannot be met, we mean that it is not possible to live under these conditions. There is nothing else left to squeeze. The doctrines of flexibility and precarity are in no way specific to higher education. They are paradigmatic of contemporary working practices. This means the struggle against precarity is not just a struggle for better conditions for academic workers – it is the insistence that a better life is possible for all of us. The disruption to teaching that comes from workers’ poor health, unnecessary pressure and precarity is much, much greater than the disruption caused by the cancellation of classes.

      Despite the deprivations of the picket line – early mornings, hours standing in the cold, lost pay – I have rarely seen colleagues so happy. The lifting of the neoliberal impulse to be constantly working, every interaction a chance for self-development, every minute a chance to get something done, has profound effects. Reclawing time from management’s extractive demands gives us a glimpse of how the university could be.

      The University and College Union dispute, which runs until next Wednesday, is about pay and pensions for some 43,000 members of the union, all working in academia. Even if we won on both counts, our futures, and the future of higher education, will not be secure without a fundamental rethink of the way in which universities are funded in the UK.

      We cannot afford to merely attempt to reform a marketised sector, based around fees. Almost 10 years on from the seismic higher education reforms of 2010, we face another general election. The only party now offering a rethink of fees and funding, rather than the shuffling of proverbial deckchairs, is Labour.

      We must not let students’ interests be pitted against workers. They are one and the same. So far during the strike, universities have bribed students to cross the picket line with gimmicks like free breakfast and free parking. They have attempted to ban solidarity action by students with a sustained campaign of misinformation, including the suggestion that joining picket lines is illegal and that students must cross them because they are members of NUS and not UCU. We are warned that students might feel anxious about the strike and that by picketing our workplaces we are letting them down.

      In these moments, management attempts to call upon a sense of duty we might feel towards our students. But as workers in higher education, we should not be content to merely provide a better version of the kind of education-as-commodity that management insists on.

      With our strike and the election, we have a chance to start fundamentally re-imagining the university. It’s the only thing that might save it.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/28/universities-workers-strike-marketised-sector-money-staff
      #grève

  • Roblox : ’I thought he was playing an innocent game’ - BBC News
    https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-48450604

    He had been playing Roblox online - where users build their own games and create characters with coloured blocks.

    For Sarah, it initially seemed like an “innocent game”.

    She had turned on parental controls, so her son - not yet a teenager - could not send messages.

    But, over time, she noticed a change in his behaviour.

    He would no longer want to join in with family activities he usually enjoyed.

    Concerned, she decided to check the game - and discovered he had been communicating with others on a third-party app.

    It was at that point she realised her son had been groomed into sending sexually explicit images of himself.

    Ms Naylor also believes parents should be “skilled up” in how to protect their children online, without being judged.

    It is also important that when instances of grooming do occur, she adds, children are given adequate support afterwards - as it can have an impact on their future relationships.

    Sarah says in her case, she contacted Roblox to ask them how they had “allowed” her child to be groomed.

    “They didn’t respond at all,” she says.

    And when she took the case to the police and officers wanted access to the IP addresses of the suspected groomers, Roblox “refused”.

    “They wouldn’t let our police have anything to do with it because we were in the UK and they are an American company,” Sarah says.

    Et cet exemple qui rappelle le cas classique décrit dès les années 90 dans le Village Voice ;

    Last year, a US mother wrote a Facebook post describing her shock at seeing her child’s avatar being “gang raped” by others in the online game.

    She posted screenshots that showed two male avatars attacking her daughter’s female character.

    Roblox said it had banned the player who had carried out the action.

    #Jeux_vidéo #Roblox #Sexisme #Pédophilie #Irresponsabilité #Relations_internationales

  • Comment les adolescent draguent à l’ère des réseaux sociaux ?
    https://www.ladn.eu/nouveaux-usages/usages-par-generation/nouveaux-codes-amoureux

    Comme chaque génération, les ados d’aujourd’hui réinventent les règles du jeu de la séduction. Plongée dans l’univers amoureux de la génération qui préfère s’envoyer des emojis et des snaps plutôt que des mots doux.

    À l’ère de Tinder, on pourrait imaginer que les relations amoureuses sont aussi simples qu’un swipe. À droite, ça matche. À gauche, bye bye et au suivant. Facile. D’autant plus que les réseaux sociaux étaient censés nous permettre de fluidifier la communication, d’exprimer nos sentiments en flux tendu. Et pourtant, chez les ados qui ont grandi avec un smartphone entre les mains, les relations amoureuses n’ont rien de simple. Ce serait même plutôt (très) compliqué. Entretien avec Sébastien Houdusse, Directeur général adjoint de BETC Digital, pour décrypter les nouvelles pratiques amoureuses des plus jeunes.

    Mais la chasse à l’amour avec un grand C exerce une vraie pression chez les juniors. Interrogée lors de l’étude BETC Teens, une adolescente de 14 ans racontait qu’« à l’école, c’est à celui qui sera en couple le premier. » Bref, si à 15 ans, t’es pas en couple, c’est que t’as raté ta vie.

    Pour atteindre ce statut tant convoité, le chemin est juché d’embûches. Oubliez les petits mots griffonnés sur un bout de papier passé discrètement en cours d’anglais. Aujourd’hui, c’est évidemment sur Instagram que ça se passe. Malgré la multitude d’applications qui ciblent les ados et leur proposent des fonctionnalités de dating, 34% des 13-17 ans affirment avoir été dragués sur Instagram. « Ça en fait l’application de dating la plus performante », confirme Sébastien Houdusse.

    #Instagram #Relations_amoureuses #Adolescents #Médias_sociaux

  • La santé mentale en migrations internationales

    Ce premier dossier que la Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales consacre à la santé mentale intervient à un moment où en France et en Europe les politiques migratoires en raison de leurs effets délétères portent atteinte aux droits, à l’#accès_aux_soins et à la santé de nombreux migrants et exilés. Ce dossier sur la santé mentale en migrations internationales propose à travers des recherches d’horizons disciplinaires variés, des travaux empiriques décrivant les recours aux #soins et les #relations_thérapeutiques en santé mentale des migrants à différents moments de leur expérience migratoire. Le prisme que constitue la santé mentale renouvelle la lecture des rapports sociaux dans lesquels le migrant est inséré, il permet également d’analyser les conditions sociales de production, d’expression et de gestion de leurs souffrances psychiques, aux échelles micro-, méso- et macro- sociales. Les modes de #prise_en_charge — institutionnel, social, juridique, sanitaire — des migrants diagnostiqués « comme ayant des troubles mentaux, des difficultés psychologiques, ou simplement en état de souffrances » mettent en lien les effets des politiques migratoires, les dynamiques d’accueil et de prise en charge des migrants, l’organisation des systèmes de soins et la production des subjectivités et de mise en parole de soi.

    https://journals.openedition.org/remi/10434
    #santé_mentale #réfugiés #asile #migrations #revue

    ping @_kg_

  • Spectral Ranking

    We sketch the history of #spectral_ranking—a general umbrella name for techniques that apply the theory of linear maps (in particular, eigenvalues and eigenvectors) to matrices that do not represent geometric transformations, but rather some kind of #relationship between entities. Albeit recently made famous by the ample press coverage of #Google’s #PageRank algorithm, spectral ranking was devised more thana century ago, and has been studied in tournament ranking, psychology, social sciences, bibliometrics, economy and choice theory. …

    https://arxiv.org/pdf/0912.0238.pdf

    (en gros le brevet sur lequel Google a construit sa fortune ne valait pas tripette)

  • Au #Maroc, l’#arrestation d’une journaliste pour « avortement illégal » relance des débats

    L’arrestation d’une jeune journaliste pour « #avortement_illégal » et « #débauche » (sexe hors mariage) a alimenté cette semaine un débat virulent sur l’état des libertés au Maroc englobant tout à la fois : le #droit_des_femmes, la vie privée, les moeurs et la presse.

    Le sort de #Hajar_Raissouni, 28 ans, a suscité les protestations des défenseurs des droits humains, mais aussi des flots de réactions indignées dans les médias et sur les réseaux sociaux.

    Les plus critiques parlent de « réalité moyenâgeuse », de « lois liberticides », de « violence institutionnelle envers les femmes », d’"intrusion de l’Etat dans la vie privée" des citoyens, de « machination politique » ou de « harcèlement » des journalistes.

    Cette reporter du quotidien arabophone Akhbar Al-Yaoum a été arrêtée samedi dernier au sortir d’un cabinet médical de Rabat. La jeune femme qui assure avoir été traitée pour une hémorragie interne a été placée en détention dans l’attente de son procès prévu lundi.

    Son fiancé qu’elle devait épouser mi-septembre a été arrêté avec elle, tout comme le médecin traitant, un infirmier et une secrétaire médicale.

    Le code pénal marocain sanctionne de peines de prison les relations sexuelles hors-mariage et l’avortement quand la vie de la mère n’est pas menacée.

    Assurant que l’arrestation d’Hajar Raissouni « n’a rien à voir avec sa profession de journaliste », le parquet de Rabat a détaillé mercredi dans un communiqué les éléments médicaux confirmant des « signes de grossesse » et son « avortement ».

    La journaliste dénonce des « accusations fabriquées » et une « affaire politique » liée à de récents articles sur les détenus du mouvement social du « Hirak », selon ses proches.

    – Contradictions -

    Elle assure dans une lettre publiée par son journal avoir été interrogée en garde à vue sur ses oncles, un idéologue islamiste aux positions ultra-conservatrices et un éditorialiste d’Akhbar Al-Yaoum connu pour sa plume acerbe.

    Des journalistes connus pour leurs positions critiques ont déjà été condamnés pour des faits allant de « complicité d’adultère » à « non dénonciation d’une atteinte à la sécurité de l’Etat ».

    « En lieu et place de poursuites immédiates pour leurs écrits, les journalistes se voient attaqués bien plus tard à travers des articles du Code pénal », s’insurge un éditorial du site d’information Yabiladi.

    Des personnalités islamistes ont par ailleurs aussi été ciblées ces dernières années par des articles dénonçant les contradictions entre leurs discours et leurs actes sur la base de faits privés —comme le sexe hors-mariage.

    Poursuivi pour « atteinte à la sécurité de l’Etat » et pour de présumées irrégularités financières, l’historien et militant de gauche Maâti Monjib a lui recensé en 2018 « 380 articles diffamatoires » à son sujet « en deux ans et demi » dans des médias « opérant pour le compte du pouvoir ».

    Dans ce contexte, l’affaire d’Hajar Raissouni « renseigne avant tout sur le couple infernal composé d’une part par l’hypocrisie sociale sur les questions de libertés individuelles (...) et d’autre part la répression aveugle et la justice d’abattage qui se sert des lois coercitives en la matière à des desseins de vengeance politique », estime le site d’information Le Desk.

    L’Association marocaine pour les droits humains (AMDH) qui, comme Amnesty International et Human Rights Watch, a appelé à la libération immédiate de la journaliste, y voit une « régression des libertés individuelles ».

    Quelque 150 journalistes ont signé une pétition de solidarité dénonçant les « campagnes diffamatoires » visant à détruire leur consoeur. Sa photo a été placée sur des sièges vides pendant la très officielle conférence de presse hebdomadaire du porte-parole du gouvernement.

    Interpellé sur le sujet, le porte-parole a souligné l’existence d’un « cadre juridique relatif à la diffamation » et rappelé que la réforme du code pénal —y compris les articles sur l’avortement— figurait à l’ordre du jour des débats parlementaires.

    – « Verrou politique » -

    Le ministre de la Justice, Mohammed Aujjar (PJD, islamiste) avait déclaré fin juillet dans la presse que le gouvernement mené par le PJD était « engagé dans une dynamique de réformes » tout en imputant la lenteur du changement à une « société très conservatrice ».

    « La société marocaine est profondément acquise à la modernité (...), le verrou est politique », conteste l’historien Mohammed Ennaji sur sa page Facebook.

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  • John Chau, American Missionary, and the Uncontacted Tribe | GQ
    https://www.gq.com/story/john-chau-missionary-and-uncontacted-tribe


    Voici la triste histoire d’un jeune homme sérieux et doué qui a mis en danger l’existence d’une des dernières tribus vivant sans relations avec la civilisation capitaliste. Les détails de l’histoire font comprendre l’énorme danger auxquel nous sommes tous exposés à cause des croyances irrationnelles de la classe dominante étatsunienne.

    When a 26-year-old American missionary set out for a lush island in the Indian Ocean last year, it was with one objective in mind: to convert the uncontacted Sentinelese tribe, who had lived for centuries in isolation, free from modern technology, disease, and religion. John Chau’s mission had ambitions for a great awakening, but what awaited instead was tragedy.

    By Doug Bock Clark, August 22, 2019

    1. First Contact

    For 11 days in November 2018, John Chau lived mostly in darkness. While a cyclone thrashed the Bay of Bengal, Chau quarantined himself inside a safe house in the tropical backwater of Port Blair, India, never stepping outside to enjoy sunlight. The 26-year-old American missionary was hoping his body would finish off any lingering infections so that he wouldn’t sicken the Sentinelese, a hunter-gatherer tribe that he dreamed of converting to Christianity. They’d been isolated on their remote island for enough centuries that they’d never developed modern antibodies. Even the common cold could devastate them.

    During this retreat Chau kept his mountain climber’s body hard with triangle push-ups, leg tucks, and body squats. But it was his soul that he primarily fortified, with prayer and by reading a history of the tribulations faced by pioneering American missionaries in Southeast Asia, who were an inspiration to him. “God, I thank you for choosing me, before I was even yet formed in my mother’s womb, to be Your messenger of Your Good News,” he wrote in his diary. “May Your Kingdom, Your Rule and Reign come now to North Sentinel Island.”

    After the storm finally passed, a crew of local Christians hid Chau on their 30-foot open wooden boat and struck out under darkness for the most extreme outcrop of the Andaman archipelago, on a route presumably meant to resemble that of a normal fishing expedition. As they dodged other craft, Chau recorded, “The Milky Way was above and God Himself was shielding us from the Coast Guard and Navy patrols.” The Indian government bans contact with the Sentinelese as a way of protecting them from outsiders—and outsiders from them. The Sentinelese have maintained their independence by frequently repelling foreigners from their shoreline with eight-foot-long arrows.

    Bioluminescent plankton illuminated fish jumping “like darting mermaids” as the boat motored more than 60 miles. Sometime before 4:30 a.m., the crew noted three bonfires on a distant beach and then anchored outside the island’s barrier reef. While resting, eyes shut but not asleep, Chau had “a vision as I’ve never had one before,” of a meteorite—possibly representing himself—streaking toward a “frightening city with jagged spires,” seemingly Sentinel Island. Then “a whitish light filled [the city] and all the frightening bits melted away.” He couldn’t help wondering in his diary: “LORD is this island Satan’s last stronghold where none have heard or even had a chance to hear Your Name?”

    Dawn soon revealed a hut on a white-sand beach, backed by primordial jungle. Chau off-loaded from the fishermen’s boat a kayak and two waterproof cases jammed with wilderness survival supplies. He paddled a half mile in shallow water over dead coral, and as he approached shore, he heard women “looing and chattering.” Then two dark-skinned men, wearing little, if anything, ran onto the beach, shouting in a language spoken by no one on earth besides their tribe. They clutched bows, though they hadn’t yet strung arrows onto them.

    From his kayak, Chau yelled in English: “My name is John. I love you, and Jesus loves you. Jesus Christ gave me authority to come to you.” Then, offering a tuna most likely caught by the fishermen on the journey to the island, Chau declared: “Here is some fish!” In response, the Sentinelese socketed bamboo arrows onto bark-fiber bowstrings. Chau panicked. He flung the gift into the bay. As the tribesmen gathered it, he turned and paddled “like I never have in my life, back to the boat.”

    By the time he reached safety, though, his fear was already turning to disappointment. He swore to himself that he would return later that day. He had, after all, been planning for this moment since high school. It was his divine calling, he believed, to save the lost souls of North Sentinel Island.
    2. The Calling

    On the surface, John Chau enjoyed a normal 1990s childhood in a suburb of Portland, Oregon, playing soccer and performing charitable work with his church. Family photos show a chubby-cheeked boy grinning with his Chinese psychiatrist father in national parks, his American lawyer mother presumably behind the camera. But it wasn’t just those vacations that inspired his love of the wild. One day, while still in elementary school, Chau found a book in his dad’s downstairs study and wiped dust off its cover to reveal: Robinson Crusoe. The story of a solitary castaway on a tropical island hooked him on adventure tales.

    As Chau matured, he mastered the skills necessary to strike off on his own adventures in the rugged mountains just outside Portland, earning the equivalent of an Eagle Scout award from an evangelical version of the Boy Scouts. It wasn’t just a love of exploration that drove him. Wandering through mossy forests caused him to marvel at “the beautiful creation around us that we are all called to care for” and connected him to God, like the Old Testament prophets who found the Lord while alone in the wilderness.

    As posted on Instagram: Chau took public ferries to several outlying islands to test his kayak for his final trip to North Sentinel Island.

    Chau grew up Pentecostal, a charismatic Christian movement that is generally considered intensely evangelical and conservative. His mother wrote that she worked as a fund-raiser for organizations like Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority and the Ethics and Public Policy Center, which describes itself as “Washington, D.C.’s premier institute dedicated to applying the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy,” and then for many years on the faculty at Oral Roberts University, a historically Pentecostal institution. It was during his junior year at a small Christian high school that he underwent that American evangelical rite of passage: a mission trip to Mexico. Sermonizing months later, as seen in a video uploaded to YouTube, Chau said the trip helped him realize, “We can’t just call ourselves Christians and then the next day just be like, Yeah, you know, let’s go to a party and get drunk and get high, whatever, get wasted, and live a lifestyle that’s totally against what Christ has called us to do. We actually have to do something.” The skinny teenager in an American Eagle polo reminds his listeners that one of Jesus’s commands was: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” This passage comes from what is known as the Great Commission, and it is a primary biblical justification for missionary work.

    Though overseas missions might seem a relic of the British Empire, America dispatches a significant number of missionaries abroad each year—approximately 127,000 in 2010, for example, according to the Center for the Study of Global Christianity. This number grew for decades because of American Protestantism’s emphasis on every believer’s responsibility to proselytize and the increasing ease of air travel, which has meant that spreading the Word internationally can be done over spring break. These factors have contributed to an explosion of self-regulated missionary groups that can seem practically freelance compared with the bureaucratized Catholic missionary orders of old. Chau would have likely believed missionary work “to be a divine obligation,” said Joshua Chen, a friend raised in a household with similar beliefs.

    Among some evangelicals, few missionaries are as celebrated as those who work with remote tribes. After returning from his high school trip to Mexico, Chau was surfing JoshuaProject.net, a website that catalogs unconverted peoples, and stumbled upon an entry for the Sentinelese. Today the site describes them as a “hostile” tribe that “need to know the Creator God exists.” Before long he was conjuring the islet on Google Maps, promising that he was going to bring the Sentinelese the Good News. His father, Patrick Chau, overheard him telling others this was his “calling,” but Patrick later wrote, “I hoped that he would be matured enough to rectify the fantasy before too late.”

    Indian anthropologists pass coconuts to the Sentinelese in 1991—one of the most notable attempts at contact to date.
    3. Satan’s Last Stronghold

    The Andamanese tribes, of which the Sentinelese are one, are “arguably the most enigmatic people on our planet,” according to a team of geneticists who published a paper in 2003 about trying to track their origins. The scientists found some evidence that they were part of the first wave of humans to reach Asia, more than 50,000 years ago—which makes sense, as their appearance is similar to that of Africans. But if that theory holds true, Asiatic peoples, who arrived later, eradicated their forebears, except for a remnant in the Andamans. This would mean that the estimated 50 to 200 surviving Sentinelese have been refugees since prehistory.

    Records from Roman, Arab, and Chinese traders, dating from the second century A.D., tell of Andamanese murdering sailors who put to shore looking for fresh water. In the 13th century, Marco Polo passed nearby and recorded from secondhand accounts that “they are a most cruel generation, and eat everybody that they can catch, if not of their own race,” though he was almost certainly wrong about the cannibalism. Consequently, most people who even knew about the Sentinelese were happy to avoid them until the British Empire established Port Blair, a penal colony for rebellious Indians, on nearby South Andaman Island.

    In 1879, the 19-year-old aristocrat Maurice Vidal Portman was charged with overseeing the Andamanese and—drawn by whatever impulse has moved young men across the ages—soon led an expedition to Sentinel Island. At first he and his soldiers freely roamed a jungle that was “in many places open and park like,” he wrote, and filled with “beautiful groves of bullet-wood trees.” Eventually they discovered some recently abandoned lean-tos and evidence that their inhabitants survived by hunting sea turtles, wild pigs, and fish, as well as by foraging fruits and roots. Portman, however, was not satisfied.

    After scouring the Manhattan-size island several times, and having glancing contact with the Sentinelese, the outsiders finally stumbled across an old Sentinelese man with his wife and child. The old man was tackled before he could fire his bow, and the whole family, along with three other Sentinelese children captured about the same time, was abducted back to Port Blair where Portman kept all of them in his house. (Over two ensuing decades of ostensibly civilizing the natives, Portman habitually photographed naked Andamanese captives, though it doesn’t seem that any of the disturbing pictures that survive are of the Sentinelese.) The old Sentinelese man and his wife rapidly died of sickness, and Portman eventually released the surviving children back to the island with gifts—and, perhaps, pathogens. “This expedition was not a success,” Portman wrote. “We cannot be said to have done anything more than increase their general terror of, and hostility to, all comers. It would have been better to have left the Islanders alone.”

    Some have speculated that Portman turned the Sentinelese against outsiders. Certainly his misadventures couldn’t have helped. But historical records suggest that the Sentinelese had isolated themselves long before Portman, perhaps because Southeast Asian kingdoms had raided them for slaves. Regardless, the Sentinelese violently maintained their independence until the British Empire collapsed, shortly after World War II, and the new Indian government eventually realized that some of its citizens didn’t even comprehend they were Indian.

    Consequently, in March 1974, a team of Indian anthropologists attempted to befriend the Sentinelese. As they approached the island, the anthropologists were guarded by policemen equipped with shields and shadowed by a film crew. The Indians had brought three Andamanese from a friendly tribe to interpret. “We are friends!” they shouted through a loudspeaker from a boat offshore. “We come in peace!” Evidence suggests the Sentinelese’s language has diverged from those of nearby tribes so much they are mutually unintelligible. But from about 80 yards away, one archer bent so far back that he seemed to aim at the sun, then launched an unmistakable reply. In a recording of that moment, an eight-foot bamboo shaft, with an iron nail lashed to its tip, plunges out of the heavens, ricochets off the boat’s railing, and into the water. When the camera refocuses, a Sentinelese man is pumping both fists in what is obviously a victory dance as the boat retreats.

    The anthropologists then motored up the coast, leaving coconuts, bananas, and plastic buckets on a deserted beach, and later watched as the Sentinelese carried away the offerings. But even that did not win over the tribe: The expedition was halted when the film director was wounded in the thigh by an arrow. When the anthropologists subsequently tried to leave even more gifts, the tribe immediately speared a bound live pig with their long arrows and buried it in the sand. A cotton doll left to test if they would let a human-shaped object cross their beach into the island’s interior suffered a similar fate.

    After that, anthropologists continued to make intermittent and unsuccessful visits to the island, and sometimes the outside world washed up on its shores. In 1981, a Panamanian freighter ran aground on the barrier reef during a storm. A few days later, a lookout spotted about 50 naked “wild men” waving bows and arrows on the beach. As described in The American Scholar, the crew then radioed the Regent Shipping Company’s Hong Kong office and begged for an airdrop of guns: “Worrying they will board us at sunset. All crew members’ lives not guaranteed.” Robert Fore, an American pilot who was working nearby, ended up landing a helicopter on the ship’s deck in high winds and plucking more than 30 sailors and their dog to safety. Fore had flown combat missions in Vietnam, he said, “but this was unique.” They left behind a ship’s worth of iron to be hammered into arrowheads, as well as tons of less useful chicken feed.

    The most recent contact of note was in 2006, when two Indian fishermen, believed to be drunk on palm wine, drifted ashore. Other poachers watched from outside the barrier reef as the Sentinelese hacked them to death with what were probably adzes, which an anthropologist has speculated that the tribe “must have endowed with magical power, to keep away the evil spirits.” When a helicopter investigated the deaths, archers drove it away, but not before rotor wind whipped sand off shallow graves—revealing a pair of corpses. After some time, the bodies were reportedly dug up and hung like scarecrows on bamboo poles, facing the sea.
    4. God’s University

    Chau learned this violent history while researching the tribe on his laptop. As he read on a missionary’s blog the summer after his freshman year of college: “The Sentinelese may be the greatest missions challenge anywhere!” Instead of being daunted, though, he appears to have tried to strike up a correspondence with the missionary, writing, “Hi! I genuinely believe that God has called me to go to the Sentinelese.”

    Chau was attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Oral Roberts, nicknamed “God’s University,” has the stated goal of fostering “evangelistic capability” in its students. In 2018, the school sent about a seventh of its student body abroad on missions. Chau enrolled in History of Missions, a course in which he learned, as a syllabus put it, “a people-to-people strategy working from within the culture” for proselytizing. According to Dan McCarthy, a friend who said he took the class and later went on a mission overseas with him, this meant: “You learn the culture of those people. You learn their language. You blend in, and then you hope you get a chance to share Jesus because they ask questions about how you’ve been modeling His love. You don’t go in and force it down their throats.”

    Putting theory into practice, Chau worked with the university’s Missions and Outreach department, under Bobby Parks, a boyishly handsome and enthusiastic 30-something. Chau helped Parks coach refugee children in soccer for Park’s not-for-profit organization and perform local missions. Parks would later describe on social media his mentorship of Chau as similar to how the older apostle Paul guided the younger Timothy. While at Oral Roberts University, Chau traveled twice to South Africa—once with Parks’s department and later to coach and teach “life values” at a Christian soccer academy, one of the countless institutions that accept short-term missionaries in the world-spanning evangelical travel industry. Chau also represented his faith closer to home. Nicole Hopkins, a university friend, said that when her sister was in the hospital for a year, John provided her with daily support but “never pushed the gospel on her during that season.” Hopkins said that a couple of years later “my sister became a Christian and she says John’s actions were a big part of her believing God is real.” Despite his conviction, Chau doesn’t seem to have been an in-your-face proselytizer; secular friends said he barely discussed religion with them. After these experiences, Chau wrote, “ORU missions gave me direction in my life.”

    Other than his dedication to missions, Chau was basically a typical college student, albeit at a school without frat parties. He had an affinity for root beer, discussed Jesus for hours, and signed a pledge to abstain from “unscriptural sexual acts, which include any homosexual activity and sexual intercourse with one who is not my spouse.” Even in such a God-fearing environment, Chau stood out for his piety, making Hopkins “question whether or not I was as sold out for Christ as I claimed to be,” as she later wrote on social media. Despite his conservative background, he was “hardly the stereotypical, Bible-thumping ‘fundamentalist,’ ” said a friend, who came out to him as homosexual. In a message responding to that revelation, Chau wrote, “I see people as people, sons and daughters of God as their identity,” and said he would be willing to bless his queer brothers as much as his straight brothers. Chau was “an introverted social butterfly,” said another friend—reserved at first, but forging many deep relationships over time. Hopkins wrote me: “I’ve never met a man who loved others so selflessly.” And yet whenever Chau could, he left the city of Tulsa—which he described as “relatively devoid of natural beauty”—for the spiritual solitude of the woods. He cultivated a backpacker vibe, sprinkling his speech with “stoked” and “rad,” and bulked up through constant athletic activity.

    Upon graduating with a degree in exercise science, in 2014, Chau led a third mission trip to South Africa for the department run by Parks. Then, according to his personal blog, it was on to an autonomous region in northern Iraq to organize soccer games in refugee camps for Parks’s organization. After the high of adventures like these, Chau settled into a one-year AmeriCorps contract on a disaster-preparedness team back in Oklahoma. Staring at the gray felt walls of his workspace in October, he Instagrammed, “Never thought I’d be working in a cubicle. #reallife #whereisthebreeze #tooquiet.” But as he waited out the dreary winter, Chau laid plans for the following summer that would eventually take him to the Andaman archipelago.

    When June arrived, Chau road-tripped across the States, anthems from the likes of Angels & Airwaves shaking his rattletrap car. In California he passed a month-long course to become a wilderness emergency medical technician that involved simulations with actors employing “tons of (fake) blood” and actual helicopters, which jazzed him with a “flood of adrenaline,” he wrote.

    Then, in August, as a final test to harden himself before India, he embarked on an ambitious 120-mile trek through the Northwest’s Cascade mountains with two friends. Chau had plotted a route through backcountry that proved impractical, so they ended up trailblazing for two days over mountains—until they found themselves with no way forward except downclimbing a dry yet slippery waterfall. He later said that as he descended, “I remember thinking about how strong the contrast was between the vibrant beauty and life seen in view,” referring to the mountainous panorama below, “and the stark potentiality of death lingering at every misstep.” It was the “scariest” thing he had ever done. But the realization of “how fragile life is” inspired his personal motto: “Make the most of every good opportunity today because you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow!”

    Soon after making it out of the woods, Chau boarded a plane for the Andaman archipelago.
    5. Giant Seeds

    Improbable as Chau’s calling seemed, there was an outside chance that he might befriend the Sentinelese, for it had almost happened once before. In 1967, Triloknath Pandit became the lead government anthropologist for the Andamans and promptly started depositing gifts on Sentinel’s beaches. Pandit said his project “wasn’t idle curiosity. Whatever knowledge we were able to obtain could help us protect [the Sentinelese]” and fight ignorant myths.

    For years the Sentinelese had remained hostile, as in 1974, when the film director was struck by the arrow. But after more semi-annual offerings, Pandit observed, in 1988, a “Sentinelese [who] started dancing with an adze in his hand” after presents were left on the beach. The next month, as Pandit and other anthropologists deposited bags of coconuts, some Sentinelese approached as close as ten yards. “All the Sentinelese took the gifts and expressed their joy through gestures,” he later wrote. “We reciprocated in kind.”

    In January 1991, expecting nothing unusual, Pandit dispatched a junior anthropologist, Madhumala Chattopadhyay, to help lead a gift drop—and was stunned when she reported that Sentinelese had waded out to the boat to accept the offerings. Perhaps, she suggested to me, her female presence had signaled that the researchers didn’t have warlike intentions. The next month, the horn of Pandit and Chattopadhyay’s boat echoed at dawn. Later that day, about a dozen Sentinelese splashed out to them. Soon, Pandit and others were standing in the water and passing out coconuts. There exists a photo in which Pandit, in sunglasses and a tank top, holds out a coconut to a naked Sentinelese man, who accepts it with a single hand. For a moment, modern citizen and hunter-gatherer, both, held the giant seed.

    Pandit was so exhilarated that he didn’t notice the lifeboat drifting off, making it look as if he intended to stay. Suddenly a Sentinelese youth pulled a knife from his bark belt and drew a circle with his other hand, as if saying, “I’m going to carve out your heart.” Pandit retreated and threw back an ornament of green leaves that had been given to him. The Sentinelese man tossed him a lifeboat oar that was floating nearby. The two worlds had once more separated. But Pandit was greatly encouraged and wrote in a trip report, “We felt we must carry a lot more coconuts on our future visits.”

    The next year, however, Pandit says, he struck mandatory retirement age. Perhaps feeling the Sentinelese were more trouble than they were worth, the government decided to forgo any future visits. “I regret not visiting them again,” Pandit told me in his apartment on the mainland. He was now in his 80s, and health problems meant that he was unlikely to ever return. “I think had we continued for another year or so, maybe they would have extended an invitation to come ashore.”
    6. An Incredible Adventure

    “My life becomes an incredible adventure when I follow the call of God,” Chau captioned an Instagram photo of himself riding a motorbike down a hectic street in October 2015, soon after arriving in the Andaman Islands. “I’m excited to see where He leads!” Foreigners are primarily allowed to shuttle between seedy Port Blair and a handful of resort beaches, as much of the island chain is reserved for four hunter-gatherer tribes, including the Sentinelese. But Chau quickly began testing the archipelago’s security. “John knew it was illegal,” said John Ramsey, a friend. “His facade was just that he was a traveling adventure tourist.” As Dependra Pathak, the director general of the Andaman police said, “He built the logistical support and friendships he needed during those trips.”

    Chau stayed in a $13-a-night hotel, with only a fan to stir the tropically hot air, and rode packed public buses to scuba-diving excursions, where he would question guides for more information that might help him get to Sentinel. Acquaintances of Chau’s—whose identities I have withheld, since the Indian police have asked them not to speak to journalists—described him as “enthusiastic” and “friendly.” He cultivated a wide network of contacts, from tourist guides to fishermen, and strove unsuccessfully to learn the Hindi language. Most importantly, he connected with the local Christian community, a minority in the Hindu nation. He preached at a local church and in social media posts thanked Oral Roberts’s Missions and Outreach department for teaching him to always have a sermon handy, tagging one of them “#relationshipbuilding #missions.” Parks, his former boss there, responded: “Praying for you Chau boy. Proud of you. Keep loving big.” (Parks did not respond to multiple requests for comment.) Chau was correct in his assumption that locals would eventually show him the way to Sentinel Island, but after several weeks his path there wasn’t yet clear. He would have to return the next year.

    For four years, Chau made annual visits to the Andamans, bringing gifts for a widening circle of friends until it felt like a “home away from home.” According to the Indian police and two local sources, he became close to “Alex,” a 28-year-old engineer who lived in Port Blair. Alex is Keralese, descended from a small sect of intensely Christian Indians who, tradition has it, were converted about two decades after the Crucifixion by the apostle Thomas, who’d sailed on a spice trader to southern India. At first, Alex warned Chau against his mission, but according to Indian police, Chau eventually won him over. (A lawyer for Alex said that charges had not yet been proven in court, and so the narrative of him helping Chau was “false for now.”) Alex introduced Chau to a small community of Karen, an ethnic minority from Myanmar who’d been converted to Christianity by American missionaries. During Chau’s second visit to the Andamans, in late 2016, he likely bused through the jungle reserve of a friendlier hunter-gatherer tribe, the Jarawa, to reach the remote Karen village on its outskirts. There lived the fishermen who would eventually ferry him to Sentinel Island. On returning home, Chau had an argument with his father about whether he was following the Scriptures in pursuing his missionary work. After that, they decided to “agree to disagree.”

    Now that he had an idea about how to get to Sentinel Island, Chau began to prepare with characteristic relentlessness for what he might do once he set foot on shore. A list written by Chau shows that in 2017 he read 47 missionary and anthropological books. In 2018 he read 65. He contacted several missionary organizations with reputations for supporting attempts to reach uncontacted peoples and missionaries who had actually done so, plumbing them for information. Chau even discussed with a missionary engineer using a drone to make contact, but he eventually decided it had to be done face-to-face. Any plans to make an attempt in 2017 may have been scuttled when he stepped too close to a large rattlesnake near the cabin he lived in while working at an environmental-science school in the California mountains. From his hospital bed he Instagrammed numerous shots of his grotesquely swollen foot, smeared in blood, tagging one of them #selfrescue.

    Chau was still rehabbing when he arrived that summer at the Canada Institute of Linguistics, which runs an intensive two-month training in how to translate the Bible into new languages. Fellow participant Kaleb Graves remembered, “[Chau] was the center of just about every conversation when he was comfortable,” and other aspiring missionaries were drawn to his “sense that every second was an adventure.” And yet Graves remembered that Chau also seemed “outside the norm” of the class, and they bonded while avoiding communal chapel and discussing how “all chapels feel exactly the same—you’ve heard that sermon, you’ve sung those songs—and you know time alone is the best way to encounter God.” Graves noted that Chau would often take long solitary hikes. “He seemed sort of lonely, despite everything,” Graves said. “If you think you have this one monumental divine task, but you can’t share it, you’ve got to cover up that loneliness, and maybe that’s why he was so friendly with everyone.” Chau’s friend Ramsey said, “John received a fair amount of attention from girls,” but “he didn’t want any romantic attachments because he was focused on his mission—and he was afraid that a heart could get broken.”

    Since Chau had acquired some basic tools to try to crack the Sentinelese language, there was just one more form of training he would undergo. Later that summer, when Chau visited Ramsey’s home, the two friends had a heart-to-heart. Ramsey asked him, “What are you going to do with your life, bro?” Though Chau had previously described his missionary hopes in general terms, now he explained his specific calling to the Sentinelese. Even more, he asked Ramsey and Ramsey’s mother, who was a trained editor, to look over his application to All Nations, an organization that supports missionaries targeting “neglected peoples” in places where such work can be illegal or dangerous. Chau had long known of All Nations: His first Oral Roberts mission trip to South Africa had also been supported by All Nations. Ramsey said there wasn’t any point in trying to dissuade Chau from going: “He’d already made the decision.”

    In the fall of 2017, Chau attended an All Nations program, one of the many unregulated missionary courses in America. As the New York Times reported, Chau’s training culminated with him hiking several hours through an area south of Kansas City. When he managed to track down a mocked-up tribal village, Americans dressed in secondhand clothes threatened him with spears and babbled an unintelligible language to simulate what he might experience on Sentinel Island. Chau distinguished himself as “one of the best participants in this experience that we have ever had,” the international executive leader of All Nations told the Times. (All Nations disputed the Times’ description of the event, explaining that no weapons were used and that it trained participants “to share the Good News of Jesus in a way that is cross-culturally sensitive,” but said that it had not raised its concerns directly with the newspaper.) Then he took one more preparatory trip to the Andamans, in early 2018.

    Finally, as autumn arrived that year, Chau said goodbye to his siblings and parents, knowing it could be for the last time. Since he first began to speak of going to Sentinel Island while in his teens, his parents had encouraged him to pursue medicine instead, or, failing that, to save souls in a less dangerous location. His father, Patrick, wrote in an essay about him, the existence of which was first reported by Outside, “John became the victim when my [influence],” of a more moderate Christianity, “failed to counter the irrational religious and glamorized ambition of adventures of exploration.” Patrick blamed John’s immersion in the “fanatical evangelical extreme” on professional troubles that damaged his ability to be a role model for John during his high school years. John’s elder brother and sister seem to have happily followed their father’s path into medicine and a moderate Christianity, but Patrick noted that John was always different from the more obedient pair. John may have also sought his own path outside the home because of his parents’ disharmony. Elkanah Jebasingh, an Indian friend, said that during visits John prayed for his parents’ strained marriage. John’s social media was replete with pictures of him hiking with his mother and fishing with his father, along with loving testimonies about both—but by the time of his final visit, after years of arguments, parents and son had become entrenched in their views. Patrick wrote me that before saying goodbye, John “did not have a sustained argument with me, but only a few words.” Then Patrick cited a Chinese proverb that translates as “When words get sour, adding words is useless.”

    On his way to India, Chau stopped in South Africa to see Casey Prince, an American ex–pro soccer player who ran the academy where Chau had coached during his first Oral Roberts missions. Chau had stayed in Prince’s house on two previous visits to South Africa, and the two became so close that Casey’s wife, Sarah Prince, claimed him as “family.” He admired the Princes for spending nearly a decade living in and ministering to Cape Town’s poorer communities, and now he sought their advice on integrating with the Sentinelese. When Chau had described his calling during previous visits, Casey had privately doubted whether his plan was possible, but “I now saw [John] was totally serious,” he said. They discussed how Chau would need to spend years learning the tribe’s language and culture, and then sensitively introduce them to the gospel. “The best-case scenario would be ‘I’ll see you and all my friends and family in ten years,’ ” Casey said. “Success would still be a huge sacrifice.” Chau also received counsel from a South African missionary, whom he calls “Pieter V.” in his diary, who regaled him with stories of eluding Indian authorities and who, Chau suggests elsewhere, successfully preached to the Jarawa tribe in the Andamans from 1997 to 2003.

    Chau’s final plan probably looked similar to a 27-step one laid out in a document that he had shared with confidants earlier that year. In the section “Initial Contact (2018),” Chau wrote he would overcome the Sentinelese’s mistrust with gifts and then communicate “my desire to stay with them…using pictures, drawings in sand, and/or drawings in waterproof notebook.” Once he had sufficiently learned the language and culture, he explained in section “Long-Term Contact (2018-?),” he would use “oral storytelling” to find “culturally applicable stories” that would “translate the Gospel into a context [the Sentinelese] can understand without Western cultural additions.” He hoped to identify and then convert a few influencers in the tribe, who would help him win over everyone else and lead an indigenous church. He even envisioned eventually dispatching them as missionaries to the Jarawa. “After all of the evangelism and discipleship has been passed on to local tribal believers,” he wrote in his “Exit Plan” section, he might paddle a “dugout canoe/kayak” to a beach near Port Blair. But if leaving the tribe seemed too likely to get him caught and expose everything, “I could potentially reside for the rest of my life on the islands.”

    Soon, Chau’s month of respite was finished. He sent a final email to a select group of supporters, saying goodbye, asking for prayers, and offering updates on his plans. Signing off, he described seeing outside of Cape Town a “horrific car crash” that had resulted in several corpses. “It was a stark reminder to me of how fragile our lives on earth are,” he wrote. Then he paraphrased Ephesians, “Use your time carefully…. Understand what the Lord Jesus wants you to do, and do it.” Throughout the letter, he sounds like a man who is confident he is fulfilling his destiny.

    “It was weird, to have your hugs and part ways with him saying, ‘I could arrive on the island and get shot with arrows,’ ” Casey said. “It makes you think of what it was like for people going off to war in the past.” Before Chau left, Sarah said, they had several conversations about how he had tried to “check his motives with God, asking ‘if I’m just being an adventure junkie, or rebelling, or a religious extremist.’ But he just kept feeling that this is what God was calling him to do.” They also discussed the fact that though “he loved and respected his family,” he was going against the wishes of his parents. “He knew they weren’t at peace,” said Sarah, “but he had peace at the end, leaving them—he had given it to God in his heart.” When they separated, Sarah felt divinely inspired to share a psalm with Chau: “I will not die, but live, and will proclaim what the Lord has done.”

    When Chau landed in Port Blair, in October, he likely already carried with him most of what he needed to go all the way: a collapsible kayak, two waterproof cases full of equipment—including fishing gear, medicine, multivitamins, and picture cards to help communicate—as well as gifts, like safety pins, that the Andaman police believe he chose by researching what offerings other hunter-gatherers had appreciated. Shortly after Chau’s own arrival, Parks, Chau’s former boss at Oral Roberts, and another evangelical friend from college met him at Alex’s “safe house” apartment.

    Police director Pathak believes the other Americans were there to “encourage [Chau] to feel enthusiasm” about the mission. They had timed their trip to see Chau off to North Sentinel, but once the cyclone spun up, they had to leave before the seas calmed. Chau waited out the bad weather. According to Pathak, Chau then paid the five Karen fishermen about $350, a windfall in a country where a billion people survive on less than $5.50 a day, to sneak him out to sea at night. The next morning the Sentinelese rebuffed Chau’s first attempt to save them.
    7. The Biblical Shield

    “I felt some fear, but mainly was disappointed they didn’t accept me right away,” Chau wrote in his diary on returning to the Karen’s boat. But after a quick meal of fresh-caught fish, rice, and dal, he paddled about a mile up the coast. Once he was out of sight of the Sentinelese, he buried his larger waterproof case so he would have a secret stash of supplies should the tribe accept him. Then he returned to the fishermen’s boat and outfitted his kayak with two more gift fish; his waterproof Bible; his second, smaller waterproof case; and his “initial contact response kit”—which included dental forceps, to pull arrows from his body, and a chest-seal bandage. Then he paddled back to the island.

    As he neared the beach, he heard shouts and drumming. From the sand, about six Sentinelese began yelling at him in a language full of high-pitched b, p, l, and s sounds, seemingly led by a man wearing a crown of flowers and standing on a tall coral rock. Chau stayed offshore, trying to keep out of arrow range, and parroted their words. They burst out laughing most of the time, meaning the phrases were probably bad or insulting, Chau thought.

    Eventually, two men traded their bows for paddles and approached him in a dugout canoe. He dropped the fish into the waves and backed away. The men detoured to grab them. Chau discerned increasing friendliness from the tribespeople, and so he paddled very close to land as more Sentinelese arrived—most unarmed, though one boy wielded a bow with a nocked arrow. Chau kept waving his hands to signal, unsuccessfully, for the kid to disarm. The wind had nudged Chau’s kayak into the shallows. The canoe slid in behind Chau, cutting off his escape. Chau threw the two paddlers a shovel as a gift, but one of them still clutched his bamboo knife. The kid with the bow and nocked arrow approached. Chau figured this was it. So he disembarked to show that he, too, had two legs. Then he preached to them from Genesis, likely reading from his waterproof Bible.

    Chau found himself inches from the Sentinelese man who didn’t have a knife. The hunter-gatherer stood about Chau’s height—five feet six—and had yellowish clay smeared in circles on his face. Chau noted a fly land on the man’s cheek. Hastily, Chau handed over his gifts and, in his rush, gave the tribespeople essentially everything he had. Surely, the Sentinelese couldn’t help but be moved by his good intentions?

    Then things started happening confusingly fast. The men grabbed the kayak and made off with it. The boy suddenly fired his bow. Miraculously, the arrow struck the waterproof Bible that Chau was holding, saving him.

    Chau grabbed the arrow and felt the sharpness of the nail-like arrowhead. He retreated, shouting and stumbling. The Sentinelese let him wade over the submerged dead coral. He swam nearly a mile back to the boat, thinking in his panic that rocks in the bay were pursuing canoes. Back on board, he confronted the fact that he had lost his kayak and had no access to any of his supplies. Though, he journaled, “I’m grateful that I still have the written Word of God.” Chau now had to make a momentous choice alone. “It’s weird—actually no, it’s natural: I’m scared. There, I said it,” he wrote in his diary, his handwriting becoming increasingly agitated. “I DON’T WANT to Die! Would it be wiser to leave and let someone else continue?”
    8. The First One to Heaven

    The sun smoldered on the waves. Chau prayed. Practically anyone else would have asked the fishermen to return to Port Blair, but judge the situation from Chau’s point of view. He considered the Sentinelese to be living in “Satan’s last stronghold” and destined for hell unless he rescued them for heaven. To him, there could have been no greater act of love than risking his life to save them from eternal torment. Even more, according to police director Pathak, he indicated to the fishermen that the arrow striking the Bible was a sign of God’s protection. “John assumed that they wouldn’t automatically welcome him and that the only way to win them over was to be like, ‘I’m here, and I’m not going away,’ ” said Casey Prince, his mentor in South Africa. And if Chau gave up now, he was unlikely to get another chance.

    Chau knew he could perish if he returned to shore, and he was prepared for that. As Jim Elliot, a missionary whom Chau idolized, said, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Like many evangelicals, Chau grew up celebrating Elliot, whose widely publicized story helped launch, in the late 1950s, the missionary boom that is still ongoing today. It is uncanny how closely Chau followed Elliot’s footsteps. They grew up miles from each other, hiked the same mountains, and formed convictions as teenagers that they were called to uncontacted tribes. Shortly after graduating from college, Elliot was lanced to death by an Ecuadoran tribe infamous for killing outsiders. However, after a few years, Elliot’s widow and other missionaries converted some of the tribesmen who slew Elliot—leading many evangelicals to declare the original mission a success. Should he die at the hands of the Sentinelese, Chau may have reasoned, he would simply be following Elliot’s example—and that of the original missionary, Jesus Christ.

    But it’s also doesn’t seem that Chau viewed confronting the Sentinelese again as seeking martyrdom. “I can say explicitly that John wasn’t on a suicide mission,” said Jimmy Shaw, who taught the History of Missions Class taken by Chau at university, remained close to him, and was privy to his plans. “He was a person of faith. If he died, then he died. But he was a believer, and he believed he was going to get the chance to share the gospel with those who’d never otherwise have a chance to hear it. And that was the risk worth taking.” The mission plan he had shared with supporters also included his return. And not long before, he had told Sarah Prince that he hoped one day to have children and a family like hers, “if God wants it for me.”

    Though the odds of success may have seemed daunting, after overcoming so many previous challenges, Chau may have thought he could beat this one, too, by himself. Or he may have hoped for a miracle. Pentecostalism, the Christian movement Chau grew up in, gets its name from the miracle of the Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit empowered the apostles to convert foreigners by preaching in their languages. After baptism, many Pentecostalists speak in what they believe are similarly divinely inspired “tongues,” and they celebrate stories of modern missionaries performing Pentecost-like miracles. Chau’s friend McCarthy, who is now a Pentecostal minister, said, “He definitely had the gift of speaking in tongues,” though it is unclear if Chau thought that gift would manifest in this context.

    And, ultimately, converting the tribe may have been only of secondary importance to Chau. For many evangelicals, trying to discern every twist and turn of God’s master plan is impossible and presumptuous. Instead, the best a believer can do is follow what directives they can grasp. “To John, the measure of success has always been obedience,” said Hopkins, his friend. And Shaw described a video, which he believed was likely meant to be shared only if Chau did not return, in which Chau declared that the measure of a person was their obedience to Christ. So if John had felt God wanted him to go, then he would have gone.

    Whatever Chau’s final reasoning, as afternoon descended into evening, he wrote in his diary, “LORD let Your will be done. If you want me to get actually shot or even killed with an arrow, then so be it. I think I could be more useful alive though, but to You, God, I give all the glory of whatever happens.”

    Watching the sun burn out, Chau was moved to tears and wondered if “it’ll be the last sunset I see before being in the place where the sun never sets.” He described intensely missing his family, friends, and Parks, and wished there was “someone I can talk to and be understood.” He finished his thoughts for the day: “Perfect LOVE casts out fear. LORD Jesus, fill me with Your perfect love for these people!”

    The next morning, after a “fairly restful sleep” on the boat, he wrote, “I hope this isn’t my last notes but if it is, to God be the glory.” He stripped down to his black underpants, as Pandit had taken off his clothes so as not to spook the naked Andaman tribes. Then he stroked toward land.

    The fishermen motored out to sea, as Chau had requested. Pieter V., the missionary whom Chau had consulted in South Africa, had told him that he believed that the Jarawa tribe didn’t kill him when he landed because he had no boat. Chau also didn’t want the fishermen to have to witness him possibly being slaughtered. The fishermen carried away Chau’s diary and two letters, one of which was to Alex. “I think I might die,” Chau confessed in it. But he comforted his friend: “I’ll see you again, bro—and remember, the first one to heaven wins.”

    The next day, the fishermen returned to the island. They motored along the coast, searching for signs of Chau.

    Eventually they spotted something on the beach. They looked closer. It was a body in black underpants. And it was being dragged by the Sentinelese, with a rope tied around its neck.
    9. A Strenuous Case

    When I met police director Pathak in his office this summer, he described the situation as “a very, very strenuous case.” According to him, after discovering the body, the fishermen had rushed back to Port Blair and, crying, turned over Chau’s journal and letters to Alex. Alex then contacted Parks, who in turn informed Chau’s mother. Chau’s mother then alerted the U.S. Consulate General in India, which contacted the Andaman police. In the subsequent investigation, Pathak had to decide: Could a people who didn’t recognize laws be prosecuted under them? Should Chau’s remains be recovered? Chau had written, “don’t retrieve my body,” and Chau’s family posted on his Instagram account, “We forgive those supposedly responsible for his death.” So Pathak decided the rights of the “uncontacted group needed to be respected.”

    But though Chau was beyond the laws of this world, the fishermen and Alex were soon imprisoned, before being released on bail. The lawyer representing them said that the punishment of his clients was “not fair,” as Chau went to the island of his own free will, and noted that Chau must not have thought about how the subsequent legal troubles would “badly affect” their lives. According to Pathak, the Indian police had also begun the bureaucratic process to request American assistance to talk to Parks.

    The sufferings of Alex and the fishermen was the last thing that Chau would have wanted: He worried deeply that they could be harmed should his mission go awry. In his final email to supporters, he directed that if he perished they should tell the media, “I am simply an ‘adventurer’…and please do not mention the real reason for why I went to the island.” This was to lessen the chances of “persecution of local area Christians, [and] the imprisonment of the local team members.” He explained that he had built a website and Instagram account that looked like those of an adventure bro to throw people off the trail. Instead of desiring posthumous Elliot-like fame, he preferred to be remembered as a fool.

    As Chau had predicted, when the story of his death spread worldwide, in November 2018, the criticism of him was fierce. Much of it followed the red herrings he had left, but information about his missionary purpose came out soon enough, once the fishermen confessed. Pandit, the anthropologist, said, “I felt sad that the young man should lose his life, but this was a foolish thing to do.” In the news, some commentators characterized his attitude as “puritanical, prejudiced, and patronizing.” Survival International, an NGO that advocates for uncontacted tribes, declared, “The Sentinelese have shown again and again that they want to be left alone, and their wishes should be respected.” The organization warned that by supposedly saving the tribe, Chau might have ended up destroying them.

    The Andaman tribes numbered about 5,000 people when the British arrived, but today only a few hundred remain. These survivors are wracked with measles and consumed by alcohol, subjected to “human safaris” by tourists, and have increasingly become dependent on government handouts. When I joined a hundred-car convoy through the jungle reserve of the Jarawa tribe, crossing between Port Blair and another town, I saw 11 Jarawa squatting on the roadside and staring at the traffic as if watching TV.

    This was “the danger of contact” that had made Pandit “worried about the future” when he first handed the coconut to the Sentinelese back in 1991, despite his simultaneous excitement at the meeting. Pandit knew the poisonous fruit that seed could bear, because he had already led the acculturation of a Jarawa clan. In the mid-1970s he felt he had no choice; they were fatally ambushing settlers on the outskirts of Port Blair. He won their trust with gifts and then lived with them for stints before imposing government oversight. When I interviewed him this year, however, he clearly thought they had suffered from the decades of contact. “Once, they laughed so much more than us,” he said. He thinks that the Sentinelese probably have had a happy life, similar to that of the Jarawa, before his arrival, easily fulfilling their needs in their tropical Eden. Hunter-gatherers are often called “the original affluent society,” as anthropologists have found they average only three to five hours of work a day, are more egalitarian, and have fewer mental health issues. (Although it is important not to romanticize their shorter life spans and other disadvantages.) Ultimately it’s not that Pandit thinks the Sentinelese should be barred from modernizing, only that they have the human right to choose whether to do so—and they have conscientiously objected. “Change should be for the better,” Pandit said. “But if we as an external force bring the change, are we sure we are helping?”

    Though the Sentinelese have no knowledge of what has happened outside their barrier reef, they seem to have intuited Pandit’s fears. And they have adopted a defensive strategy that has preserved them as one of the approximately 100 uncontacted groups still abiding on earth.
    10. A Rebellious People

    As harshly as some individuals criticized Chau, I was struck by how often people who knew him described him as a considerate, capable young man. Even those who didn’t agree with his final actions grieved. As Nathan Fairchild, his boss at the environmental camp in California, told me through tears: “There’s a tendency when people pass away to knight them, but even when John was living, everyone would have praised him the same way.”

    Many evangelicals were outspoken in celebrating his sacrifice. “There was no colonial intention,” said Ramsey, Chau’s friend. “[John’s] motivation was love for these people.… I think he’s up there in heaven.” Oral Roberts University released a statement that concluded: “We are not surprised that John would try to reach out to these isolated people in order to share God’s love. We are deeply saddened to hear of his death.” Parks, Chau’s boss, wrote on social media that Chau was “one of the best and most selfless human beings there ever was.” Many Christians spoke of being inspired to do missions themselves—missions that might reach all the way to Sentinel Island. On the Facebook page “I Admire John Allen Chau,” a post described a young American declaring at a missionary conference, “I am called to go to the people JOHN Allen Chau tried to reach.” Ramsey said, “I could see John as a modern Jim Elliot, someone who made a greater impact in death than life.” At All Nations’ annual fund-raiser in April 2019, the organization celebrated Chau and featured as the keynote speaker the grandson of a missionary pilot who perished alongside Elliot.

    And yet not all Christians supported Chau’s actions, including many prominent evangelicals, such as the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. “Christian missionary work has evolved over the ages, and it is now profoundly important for missionaries to be sensitive to the culture of the people they are sent to,” said Ben Witherington III, a professor at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky. “Chau is a pretty classic example of how not to do missions in the 21st century.” Some field missionaries criticized Chau as insensitive, ineffective, and even ignorant of biblical directives. As Mark 6:11 commands: “And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” The detractors and supporters of Chau often seemed to be screaming past one another about different realities. Where some people saw a sensitive missionary prepared by years of training, others saw an overconfident, underprepared young American cheered to his death by his mentors.

    One recent afternoon, while pondering all this, I flipped open an edition of the waterproof Bible that had stopped the arrow the Sentinelese boy had fired at Chau. He recorded the verses that the shaft broke on, which conclude in Isaiah 65:1–65:2: “I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name. I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts.”

    While Chau didn’t record if he interpreted the “rebellious people” as the Sentinelese or if the verse impacted his decision to return to the island once again, it’s telling he swam ashore the next morning. And yet Witherington, the Asbury seminary theologian, who has written a book about deciphering Isaiah, said, “I don’t dismiss Chau’s sincerity or sacrifice, but the question is whether he interpreted Isaiah rightly—and the answer for that, I think, is clearly no.” Two more theologians confirmed that in the above passage, the “rebellious people” are actually those inside the church, as God is criticizing the Israelites for worshipping false idols.

    In all my months of reporting, I never found any evidence that Chau even once questioned his calling. His certainty was so absolute that he was willing to bet not only his life on it but the lives of the Sentinelese. (Multiple doctors have stated that his self-quarantine wouldn’t have worked.) But one inscrutable thing about religion is that while it offers definitive answers, believers draw different answers from the same words, and often different answers throughout their lives.

    Patrick Chau, John’s father, was born in China, endured six years of forced labor harvesting rice during Mao’s Cultural Revolution, escaped to the United States, studied medicine at Oral Roberts University, which John would attend, and eventually brought John up evangelical. But during a weeks-long correspondence with me, Patrick described how over the past decade he had begun to find biblical truths in the Confucianism of his youth. He came to believe that the commonalities undergirding world religions meant that people “not following Western religious terms could still be following the teachings of the Bible.” In this context, he decided, “the theology of the Great Commission”—of missions—“is the byproduct of Western colonization and imperialization, and not Biblical teaching at all.” He wrote, “I have no common opinion in faith with my youngest.” John “was not there yet.”

    I wrote back: “But it seems you think that he would have come to that realization, in time?”

    “Eventually,” Patrick answered. “I hoped.”

    The central message of Jesus and Confucius that he tried to get his son to accept was: “Fairness. Do unto others as you would have done unto you. It is the only standard of right and wrong in the whole Bible.”

    The morning of his death, Chau wrote his final letter, addressed to his parents and siblings: “You guys might think I’m crazy in all this but I think it’s worth it to declare Jesus to these people. Please do not be angry at them or at God if I get killed.” He concluded: “I love you all and I pray none of you love anything in this world more than Jesus Christ.” He signed it with a scrawl that looks a lot like “JC.”
    11. Christlike Love

    We can’t know precisely what happened when Chau encountered the Sentinelese for the final time. Shortly after reports of Chau’s death, his mother told the Washington Post that she still believed he was alive because of “my prayers.” She later declined my interview requests, explaining to acquaintances that she preferred to let Chau tell his own story when he returned. Patrick concluded his essay memorializing John: “This is [the] riddle of life I cannot see through now,” and then paraphrased a verse from the Book of Job: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”

    Chattopadhyay, the anthropologist, speculated that when Chau emerged from the lagoon, the tribe would have likely warned him with “utterances and hand gestures” to go away, fearing “he would try to enslave them.” Pandit added, “The Sentinelese don’t go out of their way to do violence.… But of course he couldn’t understand.”

    And so Chau crossed the line in the sand that the Sentinelese hadn’t even let a foreign doll transgress all those years ago. And of course they shot him.

    A skilled hunter doesn’t aim for an instant kill with a relatively fragile bamboo arrow tipped with an iron nail—the human brain and heart are small targets and encased in bone.

    No, the projectile would have been aimed at Chau’s large and soft gut. Once he was crippled, the Sentinelese would have charged in, wielding their long arrows like spears.

    But before then, Chau would have had time to confront the fact that he was going to die.

    And I have faith that he welcomed his killers with Christlike love.

    Doug Bock Clark is a GQ correspondent.

    A version of this story originally appeared in the September 2019 issue with the title “Contact.”

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      Silvia Ingolfsdottir Åkermark : Avec mes collègues, nous ne pensions pas qu’une nouvelle loi permettrait d’aboutir à davantage de condamnations. Mais nous étions trop concentrés sur notre cadre légal que nous essayions d’utiliser au mieux, loi qui prévoyait, comme en Suisse, la nécessité qu’il y ait eu contrainte ou violence pour que le viol soit reconnu. Le problème de cette définition est que, dans un très grand nombre de cas, les victimes ne portent pas de marques sur le corps, elles n’ont pas de bleus, pas de blessures.

      La loi suédoise est en vigueur depuis bientôt une année. Qu’est-ce qui a changé ?

      Je n’ai pas de chiffres car c’est encore trop tôt, mais il y a indubitablement davantage de condamnations. Les choses ont changé dès le premier mois. Les procureurs doivent toujours prouver ce qu’ils avancent, mais les personnes accusées et les victimes sont interrogées différemment. Nous n’avions pas non plus réalisé à quel point le cadre normatif était important. La loi permet des campagnes éducatives pour les jeunes, mais aussi pour les entreprises.

      L’accusé doit-il désormais prouver qu’il n’est pas coupable ?

      Non, comme avant, ce sont les procureurs qui doivent prouver ce qu’ils avancent. La présomption d’innocence demeure. Cela n’est ni plus facile ni plus difficile, de ce point de vue. Ce qui est fondamental, c’est que ce n’est plus à la victime de justifier son comportement. Les questions « pourquoi ne vous êtes-vous pas défendue, pourquoi n’avez-vous pas crié, pourquoi n’avez-vous pas dit non ? » ne sont plus centrales.

      Mais en fait, ce n’est pas difficile. Si je vous prête mon téléphone et que vous me le volez, un juge ne va pas me demander pourquoi je vous l’ai prêté. Eh bien, c’est la même chose ! C’est le prévenu qui doit s’expliquer, dire comment il pense s’être assuré que la victime était consentante. La nouvelle loi permet aussi de mieux parler des faits.

      Une autre critique est qu’il faudrait passer un contrat avant l’acte sexuel. Que répondez-vous ?

      (Elle sourit) Ce sont les hommes qui disent cela. Je n’ai jamais entendu une femme dire ne pas savoir où sont les limites ou ce qu’elle peut faire ou pas. Quant aux accusés affirmant « je croyais qu’elle voulait », je cite souvent une petite phrase d’une auteure suédoise Katarina Wennstam : « Une femme qui veut faire l’amour ne reste pas immobile. » Pourquoi ne pas demander ? Pour ne pas prendre le risque d’entendre une réponse négative. Demander, savoir ce que son partenaire veut ou ne veut pas, ce n’est pas tuer le désir, au contraire, c’est sexy. Et cela n’a rien à voir avec la morale.

      La nouvelle définition a-t-elle aussi diminué ou éliminé la honte que ressentent souvent les victimes ?

      Pour cela, il faudra plus de temps. En tant qu’avocate, je prépare aussi les victimes aux questions auxquelles elles devront répondre, par exemple si elles avaient bu de l’alcool. Je leur explique que cela n’est pas pour les rendre responsables du délit, mais pour établir les faits. Je leur rappelle que si une femme boit de l’alcool, son accompagnant devrait veiller sur elle, et non essayer de la pénétrer. Mais je suis régulièrement frappée par le fait que même des jeunes femmes qui ont fait des études disent par exemple avoir honte quand leur compagnon ne jouit pas. Le désir et le plaisir du mâle sont toujours dominants dans les esprits. Et la pornographie, où les femmes ne disent jamais, jamais, jamais [elle insiste] « non », n’aide pas.

      Précisément, la pornographie joue-t-elle un rôle dans les agressions ?

      Pas systématiquement, mais il y a des schémas qui se répètent. Les jeunes voient des images à un âge précoce. Ils ne savent pas les gérer et sont dépassés. En groupe, avec de l’alcool et des drogues, des dérapages surviennent. Dans nos stéréotypes, nous aimerions que les violeurs soient des monstres, des étrangers, des requérants d’asile – tout sauf des gens qui soient comme nous. Mais ce sont bien souvent des gens comme nous…

      Quelle impression avez-vous du débat politique suisse ?

      J’ai d’abord été choquée que le viol, dans votre Code pénal, n’existe que s’il y a eu pénétration vaginale, alors que les viols par relation orale et anale sont très courants. Mais j’ai un grand espoir. Je pense que cela va changer. Vous allez écrire l’histoire ! Dans tous les cas, la Suisse ne devrait pas attendre plus longtemps. La Suède aurait dû faire ce changement il y a des années, ne faites pas la même erreur que nous !

  • It’s time to recognize how men’s careers benefit from sexually harassing women in academia

    The wave of accusations about sexual harassment and predation in media and art has shown that it is impossible to separate the art from the artist, sparking much needed discussion about “how the myth of artistic genius excuses the abuse of women” (Hess 2017). We have a similar myth in academia: that the contributions of a harassing scholar can be separated from his bad behavior. It is time to debunk that myth once and for all.

    https://hugeog.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HG_Vol-12_No1_2019_ch11.pdf
    #université #harcèlement #sexisme #harcèlement_sexuel #Me_too #MeToo

    Tribune écrite par des géographes aux Etats-Unis dans la revue Human Geography...

    Et je me rends compte qu’il faudrait qu’un jour je commence une métaliste sur cette question, car on commence à avoir une belle collection de documents sur seenthis...

    • Après #metoo, le besoin urgent d’une déontologie universitaire

      La #loi_du_silence se lève progressivement sur le problème du harcèlement sexuel à l’université. « De tels comportements ne doivent plus être acceptés, tolérés, voire encouragés. C’est pourquoi il est urgent qu’ils soient reconnus pour ce qu’ils sont : des #fautes_déontologiques et professionnelles, appelant des #sanctions_disciplinaires », insistent de nombreuses associations et universitaires de différentes universités françaises.

      La prise de conscience est lente, mais grâce au travail du #CLASCHES (https://clasches.fr), au mouvement #MeToo qui a soutenu la prise de parole des victimes et à la mobilisation d’universitaires (https://blogs.mediapart.fr/les-invites-de-mediapart/blog/061218/violences-sexuelles-dans-l-enseignement-superieur-et-la-recherche-au), la loi du silence se lève progressivement sur le problème du harcèlement sexuel à l’université.

      Ce problème n’est pourtant pas encore traité avec le sérieux et la volonté politique qu’il requiert : qu’il s’agisse des procédures locales mises en place par les universités, de la communication à destination de la communauté universitaire sur le rôle des référent·e·s, des formations, des enquêtes et de l’application réelle de sanctions, les éléments essentiels pour la lutte contre le harcèlement sexuel n’en sont qu’à leurs balbutiements. Le fonctionnement rétrograde des #procédures_disciplinaires, qui ne peuvent être ouvertes que par les président·e·s d’université, ne reconnaissent pas de statut aux #victimes, et impliquent généralement de faire juger les personnes mises en cause par leurs ami·e·s et collègues, est particulièrement problématique (1). Les universités, de surcroît, ont trop souvent tendance à se défausser sur la #justice_pénale lorsque des #agressions_sexuelles ou des faits de harcèlement leur sont rapportés alors qu’elles ont la #responsabilité de les traiter non pas en tant que #délits mais en tant que manquements à des obligations professionnelles.

      Or, cette tendance des établissements de l’#Enseignement_Supérieur à prendre pour référence unique le #droit_pénal et y renvoyer les comportements pénalement répréhensibles qui sont dénoncés a une autre conséquence : non seulement les procédures disciplinaires ne sont pas systématiques en cas de délit d’agression sexuelle ou de harcèlement sexuel, mais elles laissent de côté par la même occasion l’ensemble des comportements de nature sexiste ou sexuelle qui forment la racine de ce problème.

      Lorsque des étudiant·e·s dénoncent des comportements soit sexistes, soit à connotation sexuelle ou amoureuse de la part de leurs enseignant·e·s, ceux-ci ne sont pas toujours susceptibles d’être sanctionnés pénalement. Pourtant ces comportements, outre leur gravité intrinsèque et leurs lourdes conséquences sur les étudiant·e·s et leurs trajectoires, constituent des manquements aux obligations professionnelles de l’enseignant·e, dans la mesure où ils entravent le fonctionnement du #service_public.

      Et en tant que service public, l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche doit notamment assurer un environnement de respect et de sécurité et une relation pédagogique favorable à l’apprentissage de tou·te·s les étudiant·e·s : la "drague" n’a pas sa place dans cette relation et enfreint à ce titre les obligations professionnelles des enseignant·e·s.

      Ainsi, ce ne sont pas seulement les comportements répréhensibles devant les tribunaux (2) qui posent problème : toutes les sollicitations sexuelles et/ou amoureuses de la part d’enseignant·e·s compromettent cette #relation_pédagogique. Tout comportement à connotation sexuelle ou amoureuse de la part de l’enseignant·e est fondamentalement incompatible avec la #confiance, le #respect et l’#égalité_de_traitement nécessaires pour qu’un·e étudiant·e puisse étudier, apprendre, faire un stage ou réaliser un travail de recherche dans de bonnes conditions. Ces fautes professionnelles devraient systématiquement faire l’objet d’une #procédure_disciplinaire accompagnée d’une enquête précise, et non d’un simple #rappel_à_l’ordre informel (3), quand elles ne sont pas simplement passées sous silence.

      Dans le contexte institutionnel actuel de l’enseignement supérieur, la relation pédagogique est fortement asymétrique : l’enseignant·e est non seulement investi·e d’une position d’#autorité où il / elle est celui ou celle qui sait et transmet un savoir, mais cette relation pédagogique a aussi des implications très concrètes sur les notes, les évaluations, voire le jugement par l’ensemble d’une équipe pédagogique à l’égard d’un·e étudiant·e. Les enseignant·e·s ont ainsi un réel pouvoir de décision sur l’avenir universitaire et professionnel de leurs étudiant·e·s. Ce type d’#asymétrie suscite souvent à la fois crainte et admiration de la part des étudiant·e·s. Il est indispensable que les enseignant·e·s n’abusent pas de cette position et ne se sentent ni en droit et ni en mesure de le faire. Dans une telle situation d’asymétrie, tout comportement à connotation sexuelle ou amoureuse de la part de l’enseignant·e, qu’il soit répété ou non, que l’étudiant·e y réponde favorablement ou non, est assimilable à un #abus_de_pouvoir.

      Des situations qui entravent la déontologie la plus élémentaire sont trop souvent écartées d’un revers de main au prétexte que les personnes impliquées sont « des adultes consentants » (4). Comment construire une relation de confiance et de respect mutuel avec un directeur ou une directrice de thèse qui vous fait des avances, quand bien même votre refus serait respecté ? Comment se sentir à l’aise en cours avec un·e enseignant·e qui vous complimente sur votre apparence ? Il n’est plus acceptable d’entendre – comme c’est aujourd’hui trop souvent le cas – des enseignant·e·s parler de leurs classes comme d’un terrain de chasse réservé, avec ce qu’il faut de parfum de transgression, du moment que leur environnement professionnel regarde discrètement ailleurs. Il n’est plus acceptable d’apprendre qu’un·e enseignant·e sort régulièrement avec des étudiant·e·s sans que cela n’entraîne de réaction ferme au sein des établissements. Le caractère choquant de ces comportements est pourtant admis de tou·te·s, qui ont la décence de n’en parler que dans des espaces confidentiels, entre collègues et à voix basse, mais pas le courage d’y mettre un terme.

      Le corps médical, confronté aux mêmes problèmes, a récemment introduit une précision dans le code de déontologie médicale, afin de faciliter la prise de sanctions adéquates en cas de plainte (5). Il est nécessaire et urgent qu’une clarification analogue soit adoptée et communiquée dans le cadre des établissements d’Enseignement Supérieur, au niveau national dans les décrets statutaires des enseignant·e·s et des différents corps d’enseignant·e·s et par conséquent dans le règlement intérieur de chaque établissement, et qu’il devienne ainsi clair, pour les enseignant·e·s comme pour les étudiant·e·s, que « l’enseignant·e ne doit pas abuser de sa position, notamment du fait du caractère asymétrique de la relation d’enseignement, et doit s’abstenir de tout comportement à connotation sexuelle ou amoureuse (relation intime, parole, geste, attitude…) envers l’étudiant·e » (6).

      De tels comportements ne doivent plus être acceptés, tolérés, voire encouragés. C’est pourquoi il est urgent qu’ils soient reconnus pour ce qu’ils sont : des fautes déontologiques et professionnelles, appelant des sanctions disciplinaires.

      (1) Voir à ce propos CLASCHES, « L’action du CLASCHES », Les cahiers du CEDREF, 19 | 2014, mis en ligne le 17 avril 2015 ; Alexis Zarca, « La répression disciplinaire du harcèlement sexuel à l’université », La Revue des droits de l’homme, 12 | 2017, mis en ligne le 29 juin 2017 ; DOI : 10.4000/revdh.3109. Voir également le colloque « Violences sexistes et sexuelles dans l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche : de la prise de conscience à la prise en charge » à l’Université de Paris Diderot (décembre 2017).

      (2) Pour rappel, ces comportements sont principalement les agressions sexuelles, dont le viol, ainsi que le harcèlement sexuel constitué soit par « le fait d’imposer à une personne, de façon répétée, des propos ou comportements à connotation sexuelle ou sexiste, qui portent atteinte à sa dignité en raison de leur caractère dégradant ou humiliant, ou créent à son encontre une situation intimidante, hostile ou offensante », soit par « toute forme de pression grave (même non répétée) dans le but réel ou apparent d’obtenir un acte sexuel ».

      (3) Rappelons que l’avertissement et le blâme figurent parmi les sanctions qui peuvent être déterminées à l’issue d’une procédure disciplinaire.

      (4) Dans l’enseignement secondaire, les élèves mineur·e·s de plus de quinze ans sont légalement protégé·e·s de leur côté par l’existence du délit d’atteinte sexuelle qui court jusqu’à dix-huit ans si la personne majeure a une autorité de fait sur la victime. Il faut cependant noter qu’une partie importante des lycéen·ne·s atteignent leur majorité durant leur scolarité.

      (5) Un commentaire précise désormais ainsi l’article 2 du code de déontologie : « le médecin ne doit pas abuser de sa position notamment du fait du caractère asymétrique de la relation médicale, de la vulnérabilité potentielle du patient, et doit s’abstenir de tout comportement ambigu en particulier à connotation sexuelle (relation intime, parole, geste, attitude, familiarité inadaptée …) ».

      (6) Les établissements pourront ensuite déterminer plus précisément l’extension de cette exigence, en tenant compte de leur organisation et de la structure de leurs formations.

      https://blogs.mediapart.fr/edition/les-invites-de-mediapart/article/280619/apres-metoo-le-besoin-urgent-d-une-deontologie-universitaire

  • Chine - États-Unis : une nouvelle étape de la #guerre_commerciale | Le mensuel
    https://mensuel.lutte-ouvriere.org/2019/06/02/chine-etats-unis-une-nouvelle-etape-de-la-guerre-commerciale

    #conflit_commercial #croissance_mondiale #protectionnisme #économie_mondiale

    La mise à l’index de #Huawei par les États-Unis, matérialisée par la suspension des #relations_commerciales entre Google et la firme chinoise de téléphonie, marque une nouvelle étape dans la guerre commerciale en cours. Celle-ci n’est pas seulement due à la personnalité ou aux calculs politiques de Trump, ce démagogue aux déclarations à l’emporte-pièce. Elle résulte de l’exacerbation de la #concurrence entre firmes visant le marché mondial dans une économie capitaliste en #crise. Elle ajoute de l’incertitude et des tensions dans une économie déjà instable. Elle est déjà payée par les travailleurs, en #Chine, aux #États_Unis et ailleurs dans le monde.

    – La guerre dans la technologie des télécommunications
    – Une guerre à plusieurs cibles
    – Une guerre lourde de menaces
    – Les travailleurs paient la facture

  • Le #Défenseur_des_droits s’inquiète du recul des #services_publics et évoque « la fatigue d’être usager »
    https://www.banquedesterritoires.fr/le-defenseur-des-droits-sinquiete-du-recul-des-services-publics

    Le rapport annuel présenté ce 12 mars par Jacques Toubon montre que pas moins de 93% des réclamations traitées par le Défenseur des droits sont liées aux services publics. Il pointe la réduction du périmètre de ces services, leur logique comptable peu compatible avec la #précarisation d’une partie des usagers, la complexité des démarches... Le Défenseur jette par ailleurs un jugement sévère sur la « politique de renforcement de la #sécurité ».

    #libertés_fondamentales #déontologie_de_la_sécurité #droit_des_étrangers #immigration #inégalités_territoriales #État #Sécurité_sociale #aide_sociale #restrictions_budgétaires #relations_administration_usagers #dématérialisation #exclusion_numérique #discrimination #handicap #éducation #droit

    Le rapport : https://www.defenseurdesdroits.fr/sites/default/files/atoms/files/raa-2018-num-19.02.19.pdf

  • #Cynthia_Enloe

    A propos d’elle, je viens de recevoir ce message d’une amie/collègue...

    Cynthia Enloe signalait que la couverture maladie des #militaires a mis des décennies a intégré le/la gynéco après les premiers #femmes incorporées dans ses rangs. Je crois que c’est dans Maneuvers. Tu connais ses bouquins ? rien que les titres tu te régales

    ... et je me dis que ça peut peut-être intéresser des personnes sur seenthis.

    #armée #assurance_maladie

    Wikipedia dit cela d’elle :

    Cynthia Enloe Holden (née le 16 juillet 1938) est une écrivain et théoricienne féministe américaine1. Elle est surtout connue pour son travail sur le #genre et le #militarisme et pour sa contribution dans le domaine des #relations_internationales féministes.

    En 2015, le International Feminist Journal of Politics, en collaboration avec la maison de presse universitaire Taylor & Francis, a créé le prix Cynthia Enloe « en l’honneur de Cynthia Enloe, féministe pionnière dans la recherche sur la politique internationale et l’#économie_politique et sa contribution significative à la construction d’une communauté universitaire féministe plus inclusive »


    https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Enloe
    #féminisme

  • Movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI - Perspectivas y herramientas analíticas
    https://www.cetri.be/Movimientos-sociales-en-el-siglo

    Colección Democracias en Movimiento. ISBN 978-987-722-373-6 CLACSO, Buenos Aires, Noviembre de 2018. “Este libro es de lectura obligatoria especialmente para los estudiosos de los movimientos sociales en América latina. Sus análisis abarcan un conjunto muy rico de movimientos sociales para proponer innovadoras perspectivas analíticas que dan cuenta de la enorme diversidad de los procesos colectivos de resistencias y de luchas de las últimas dos décadas”. Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Universidad de (...)

    #El_Sur_en_movimiento

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, #Mouvements_sociaux, Relations entre mouvements sociaux & gouvernements, Amérique latine & (...)

    #Relations_entre_mouvements_sociaux_&_gouvernements #Amérique_latine_&_Caraïbes

  • Volver Movimientos sociales en el siglo XXI Perspectivas y herramientas analíticas
    https://www.cetri.be/Volver-Movimientos-sociales-en-el

    “Este libro es de lectura obligatoria especialmente para los estudiosos de los movimientos sociales en América latina. Sus análisis abarcan un conjunto muy rico de movimientos sociales para proponer innovadoras perspectivas analíticas que dan cuenta de la enorme diversidad de los procesos colectivos de resistencias y de luchas de las últimas dos décadas”. Boaventura de Sousa Santos, Universidad de Coimbra “Geoffrey Pleyers pone en práctica una sociología de los movimientos sociales que efectivamente (...)

    #El_Sur_en_movimiento

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, #Mouvements_sociaux, Relations entre mouvements sociaux & gouvernements, Amérique latine & (...)

    #Relations_entre_mouvements_sociaux_&_gouvernements #Amérique_latine_&_Caraïbes

  • Les Français et leur #police : histoire d’une #relation_ambivalente
    https://www.lemonde.fr/police-justice/article/2019/02/01/les-francais-et-leur-police-histoire-d-une-relation-ambivalente_5417602_1653

    #guignol

    Puisque la police fait peur, on tâche aussi d’en rire : « Je ne connais pas de pays où on trouverait l’équivalent du guignol français, un personnage de gendarme, dont la bastonnade suscite les claquements de mains et les cris de joie des gamins. C’est un peu une exception française », ajoute M. Berlière, qui définit la relation des Français à leur police comme « une détestation à éclipses, une haine qui est un trait constitutif de la société française ».

    « Dans les feuilles communistes, on appelle à “crever les flics”. La police est considérée à gauche comme “le chenil du capital”, au service des riches contre les pauvres, elle a partie liée avec les riches et les puissants. Pour l’extrême droite antisémite, fasciste ou royaliste, la police est le “rempart de boue et de sang” d’une République honnie et de la “judéocratie” », souligne Jean-Marc Berlière.

    La #haine_de_la_police se confond avec le rejet des institutions qu’elle défend, la démocratie représentative, perçue comme bourgeoise ou corrompue. « Les résonances avec la période actuelle sont troublantes », estime à cet égard M. Berlière. Pour l’historien, les violences les plus graves qui continuent à s’exprimer après la seconde guerre mondiale ne viennent pas exclusivement des groupes les plus extrêmes du paysage politique mais, traditionnellement, des personnes qui n’ont pas l’habitude de manifester : « Avant de s’étonner de la violence des “gilets jaunes”, il faut se rappeler de la violence des #poujadistes dans les années 1950, ou encore celle des #ouvriers des #chantiers_navals à la même époque. »

    Selon M. Gauthier, le contrôle d’identité au faciès et les attitudes qui l’accompagnent parfois, comme le tutoiement, la provocation – qui visent en particulier des personnes issues de l’immigration postcoloniale – sont autant d’habitudes qui résistent au passage du temps. De fait, l’histoire du militantisme en banlieue est indissociable de la construction d’un discours sur les relations avec la police, et ce depuis la Marche pour l’égalité et contre le racisme, surnommée par les médias de l’époque « Marche des beurs », en 1983. On en retrouve les traces dans l’action du comité Justice pour Adama depuis 2016 ou encore lors de la mobilisation autour de l’affaire Théo Luhaka, en 2017.

  • Des effets des outils sur nos pratiques : pourquoi les médecins détestent-ils leurs ordinateurs ? | InternetActu.net
    http://www.internetactu.net/2019/01/31/des-effets-des-outils-dans-nos-pratiques-pourquoi-les-medecins-deteste
    /assets/images/logo_ia.png

    Car le logiciel génère des heures de travail supplémentaires, passées non avec les patients, mais devant l’écran. En 2016, une étude montrait que les médecins passaient environ 2 heures devant leur écran pour chaque heure passée devant leur patient – l’Europe connaît le même phénomène : une étude menée dans le Service de médecine interne du Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois indique que les médecins assistants passent 5 heures par jour devant un écran, contre 1,7 devant les malades. Ces 5,2 heures sont consacrées à entrer des informations dans le « dossier patient informatisé ».

    #numérique

    • @cedric3 Oh combien ! Me rappelle une prof de Maths qui a refusé de me recevoir arguant que je trouverais tout ce qu’il faut sur internet. #technocratie

      Cependant, il est assez incroyable, voire pitoyable, que chacun·e ne prenne pas sa part de responsabilité dans l’avènement du fachisme informatique. A commencer par les politiques, mais aussi les médecins qui ont accepté le fichage de ceux dont ils auraient du prendre soin. Rappeler que la #carte_vitale n’est pas obligatoire, pas plus que la carte bleue non plus de mettre son enfant dans des centres fermés nommés écoles ou d’emplir son sac de carte de fidélité.
      A un moment, on peut aussi dire non à la #technocratie et entrer en résistance, ça coûte cher à tout niveau mais le sens critique de mes contemporains semble s’être arrêté à leur porte monnaie.
      C’est plus facile de faire taire d’un revers de main ceux et celles qui dénoncent et se sont élevé·es contre cette #aliénation et d’aller jouir de son rôle dans le fichage de la population.
      Ça me met en colère à vrai dire et me fait penser à la vallée d’Aspe, une fois que les tunnels ont été construits et la vallée détruite, les habitants ont reconnu que finalement c’était une calamité mais ah ben zut les écolos givrés qui se cadenassaient sur les chantiers avaient donc raison.
      #DMP #données_personnelles #santé #fichage #amazon

  • Greenpeace India may be forced to halve staff, operations amid government crackdown
    https://www.cetri.be/Greenpeace-India-may-be-forced-to

    Greenpeace India, the environmental non-governmental organisation, will scale back its operations and staff in the country by nearly 50 percent in the near future. This comes months after the Enforcement Directorate’s decision to freeze its primary bank account in October 2018. Greenpeace India staffers I spoke to said the government’s actions have put an enormous strain on the organisation financially. It is unable to pay its employees their salaries, and is currently restructuring its (...)

    #Southern_Social_Movements_Newswire

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