• Les #déplacés de l’#accident de #Fukushima. : Les conséquences sociales et sanitaires, et les #initiatives_citoyennes.

    La situation des déplacés de Fukushima est complexe et mouvante. Ce projet se focalise sur les sinistrés de l’accident nucléaire hors zones d’#évacuations_forcées, qui sont les moins audibles dans les recherches existantes. La situation locale évoluant extrêmement rapidement, tant au niveau institutionnel qu’aux niveaux familial et individuel, nous avons décidé de recourir à la #recherche-action c’est-à-dire en coopération étroite avec les groupes de citoyens, pour partager leurs connaissances fines et suivies du terrain. Nous avons sélectionné un terrain permettant d’appréhender des régions à la fois lointaines et proches du département de Fukushima, la #distance semblant discriminante a priori des attaches au département et de la conscience du #risque. Des entretiens biographiques réalisés par une équipe franco-japonaise pluridisciplinaire permettront de saisir le parcours des individus, qui se tracerait dans les trames tissées par les cadres institutionnels, leurs liens aux connaissances « scientifique » et « profane » de la #radioactivité, et leurs expériences biographiques. Ces entretiens permettront aussi d’aborder l’individualisation de la gestion du risque, ses aspects psychologiques et juridiques.

    https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00967033
    #santé #nucléaire #catastrophe_nucléaire #IDPs #déplacés_internes #migrations

    Et d’autres publications de #Marie_Augendre :
    https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/search/index/q/*/authFullName_s/Marie+Augendre/sort/producedDate_tdate+desc
    ping @reka

    • Fukushima : La violence d’habiter dans un territoire contaminé

      L’accident nucléaire qui suit le tremblement de terre du 11 mars 2011 à Fukushima laisse encore aujourd’hui de vastes régions environnantes dans un état de crise chronique, celui d’une contamination récurrente par la radioactivité.

      Cette table ronde est organisée en collaboration avec l’association Nos voisins lointains 3.11 qui promeut les échanges entre les populations sinistrées de l’accident de Fukushima et les habitants de la France, le pays le plus nucléarisé au monde. L’association Nos voisins lointains 3.11 invite une délégation d’habitantes, mères de famille accompagnées de leurs enfants, qui invoquent un droit fondamental à vivre dans un environnement sain et ont porté cette demande devant le Conseil des droits de l’homme à l’ONU. Cette table ronde permettra d’aborder cette question du point de vue de l’écologie politique : comment la catastrophe est-elle gérée dans la durée par le gouvernement japonais ? Comment cette injustice environnementale est-elle produite (définition de seuils de contamination, zonages, mesures) ? Comment transforme-t-il le rapport des habitant-e-s à leur territoire ? Comment les habitant-e-s cohabitent avec la radioactivité ?

      Une intervention de Marie Augendre (Université Lyon 2, EVS) présentera la situation sur le terrain en ce qui concerne les zones contaminées (définition de seuils, politiques de retour), la place particulière des zones grises, contaminées ou soupçonnées de l’être, ainsi que les choix auxquels les populations sont confrontées qu’elle a étudiés dans le cadre de son projet DILEM (déplacés et indécis laissés à eux‐mêmes). Cette table ronde reviendra ensuite avec la délégation japonaise sur la violence de l’injonction à habiter dans un territoire contaminé, dans lequel seule une « demi-vie » est possible, qui « n’est pas une moitié de vie » mais « un cycle de désintégration » (Michaël Ferrier, 2012). Alors que la France est l’un des pays les plus nucléarisés au monde et que les contestations contre les projets de l’industrie nucléaire sont durement réprimées, cette table ronde posera la question de la vie dans un territoire contaminé comme l’un des horizons de l’anthropocène.

      Invitées : Akiko Morimatsu, Asami Yokota, Kurumi Sugita ( Nos voisins Lointains 3.11), Marie Augendre (Lyon 2, EVS) ; Interprétariat : Mélissa Pesna et Tsugumi Kozuma (Atlas traduction)

      Animation : Claire Revol (UGA, Pacte)

      Rencontres co-organisées par Pacte et modus operandi


      https://www.pacte-grenoble.fr/actualites/fukushima-la-violence-d-habiter-dans-un-territoire-contamine

      –-> Table-ronde qui a eu lieu aujourd’hui à #Grenoble et à laquelle j’ai participé

    • #Nos_Voisins_Lointains_3.11

      Nous sommes une association loi 1901 à but non lucratif. Notre objectif est de venir en aide aux populations sinistrées de l’accident nucléaire de #TEPCo Fukushima #Daiichi.

      Actuellement, la politique gouvernementale est de faire retourner la population aux territoires qui sont toujours contaminés, présentant des risques sanitaires sérieux. Dans cet objectif l’ordre d’évacuation va être levé. Ainsi, les gens vivent ou vont revivre dans des territoires dont la mesure de contamination correspond à celle des zones d’évacuation à Tchernobyl.

      Beaucoup de familles souhaitant protéger leurs enfants ne disposent pas de moyens pour fuir les territoires contaminés ou pour continuer à vivre dans des lieux d’accueil sains, choisis pour éviter les risques sanitaires lorsque dans le cadre de la politique de retour l’aide publique s’achève. Nous sommes dans une situation de violation des droits de l’homme les plus fondamentaux, dont celui de vivre dans un environnement sain.

      Nous essayons de diffuser une information concernant la vie de sinistrés, mal connue en France, et aussi collecter des dons afin de venir en aide aux familles sinistrées les plus nécessiteuses.

      https://nosvoisins311.wixsite.com/voisins311-france
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nos-Voisins-Lointains-311-France/1610794892522102?sk=timeline

      #solidarité #solidarité_internationale


  • Catastrophe #nucléaire de #Fukushima : les droits bafoués

    Huit ans après le début de la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima, un #rapport de Greenpeace Japon dénonce les violations des #droits_humains de la part du gouvernement japonais. Celui-ci fait appel à des travailleurs sous-payés et non protégés pour décontaminer des zones radioactives et lève des ordres d’#évacuation malgré des niveaux de radioactivité très élevés, au mépris des #risques sanitaires et des recommandations internationales. La #crise_sanitaire et humaine qui frappe le Japon est loin d’être terminée.


    https://www.greenpeace.fr/catastrophe-nucleaire-fukushima-droits-travailleurs-enfants
    #travail #droits #Japon #décontamination #radiations

    Pour télécharger le rapport :
    https://storage.googleapis.com/planet4-japan-stateless/2019/03/b12d8f83-frontfksm_en.pdf


  • De nombreuses questions entourent la mort de salariés, soufflés dans l’explosion d’une usine à Dieppe
    https://www.bastamag.net/De-nombreuses-questions-entourent-la-mort-de-salaries-souffles-dans-l-expl

    Il y a un peu plus d’un an, le 17 février 2018, deux techniciens sont tués par l’explosion d’un extracteur au sein d’une usine de traitement d’huile du groupe agro-alimentaire Avril. Les deux personnes décédées étaient salariées d’un prestataire, spécialiste des opérations de maintenance. Mises en examen pour homicide involontaire, les deux entreprises bénéficient de la présomption d’innocence. Mais leur responsabilité est pointée par plusieurs organisations syndicales et témoignages de salariés. Partie (...)

    #Décrypter

    / A la une, #Syndicalisme, #Transformer_le_travail, #Enquêtes, #Conditions_de_travail


  • Un projet de f#ichage géant des citoyens non membres de l’#UE prend forme en #Europe

    Un accord provisoire a été signé le 5 février entre la présidence du Conseil européen et le Parlement européen pour renforcer les contrôles aux frontières de l’Union. Il va consolider la mise en commun de fichiers de données personnelles. Les défenseurs des libertés individuelles s’alarment.

    Des appareils portables équipés de lecteurs d’#empreintes_digitales et d’#images_faciales, pour permettre aux policiers de traquer des terroristes : ce n’est plus de la science-fiction, mais un projet européen en train de devenir réalité. Le 5 février 2019, un accord préliminaire sur l’#interopérabilité des #systèmes_d'information au niveau du continent a ainsi été signé.

    Il doit permettre l’unification de six #registres avec des données d’#identification_alphanumériques et biométriques (empreintes digitales et images faciales) de citoyens non membres de l’UE. En dépit des nombreuses réserves émises par les Cnil européennes.

    Giovanni Buttarelli, contrôleur européen de la protection des données, a qualifié cette proposition de « point de non-retour » dans le système de base de données européen. En substance, les registres des demandeurs d’asile (#Eurodac), des demandeurs de visa pour l’Union européenne (#Visa) et des demandeurs (système d’information #Schengen) seront joints à trois nouvelles bases de données mises en place ces derniers mois, toutes concernant des citoyens non membres de l’UE.

    Pourront ainsi accéder à la nouvelle base de données les forces de police des États membres, mais aussi les responsables d’#Interpol, d’#Europol et, dans de nombreux cas, même les #gardes-frontières de l’agence européenne #Frontex. Ils pourront rechercher des personnes par nom, mais également par empreinte digitale ou faciale, et croiser les informations de plusieurs bases de données sur une personne.

    « L’interopérabilité peut consister en un seul registre avec des données isolées les unes des autres ou dans une base de données centralisée. Cette dernière hypothèse peut comporter des risques graves de perte d’informations sensibles, explique Buttarelli. Le choix entre les deux options est un détail fondamental qui sera clarifié au moment de la mise en œuvre. »

    Le Parlement européen et le Conseil doivent encore approuver officiellement l’accord, avant qu’il ne devienne législation.

    Les #risques de la méga base de données

    « J’ai voté contre l’interopérabilité parce que c’est une usine à gaz qui n’est pas conforme aux principes de proportionnalité, de nécessité et de finalité que l’on met en avant dès lors qu’il peut être question d’atteintes aux droits fondamentaux et aux libertés publiques, assure Marie-Christine Vergiat, députée européenne, membre de la commission des libertés civiles. On mélange tout : les autorités de contrôle aux #frontières et les autorités répressives par exemple, alors que ce ne sont pas les mêmes finalités. »

    La proposition de règlement, élaborée par un groupe d’experts de haut niveau d’institutions européennes et d’États membres, dont les noms n’ont pas été révélés, avait été présentée par la Commission en décembre 2017, dans le but de prévenir les attaques terroristes et de promouvoir le contrôle aux frontières.

    Les institutions de l’UE sont pourtant divisées quant à son impact sur la sécurité des citoyens : d’un côté, Krum Garkov, directeur de #Eu-Lisa – l’agence européenne chargée de la gestion de l’immense registre de données –, estime qu’elle va aider à prévenir les attaques et les terroristes en identifiant des criminels sous de fausses identités. De l’autre côté, Giovanni Buttarelli met en garde contre une base de données centralisée, qui risque davantage d’être visée par des cyberattaques. « Nous ne devons pas penser aux simples pirates, a-t-il déclaré. Il y a des puissances étrangères très intéressées par la vulnérabilité de ces systèmes. »

    L’utilité pour l’antiterrorisme : les doutes des experts

    L’idée de l’interopérabilité des systèmes d’information est née après le 11-Septembre. Elle s’est développée en Europe dans le contexte de la crise migratoire et des attentats de 2015, et a été élaborée dans le cadre d’une relation de collaboration étroite entre les institutions européennes chargées du contrôle des frontières et l’industrie qui développe les technologies pour le mettre en œuvre.

    « L’objectif de lutte contre le terrorisme a disparu : on parle maintenant de “#fraude_à_l'identité”, et l’on mélange de plus en plus lutte contre la #criminalité et lutte contre l’immigration dite irrégulière, ajoute Vergiat. J’ai participé à la commission spéciale du Parlement européen sur la #lutte_contre_le_terrorisme ; je sais donc que le lien entre #terrorisme et #immigration dite irrégulière est infinitésimal. On compte les cas de ressortissants de pays tiers arrêtés pour faits de terrorisme sur les doigts d’une main. »

    Dans la future base de données, « un référentiel d’identité unique collectera les données personnelles des systèmes d’information des différents pays, tandis qu’un détecteur d’identités multiples reliera les différentes identités d’un même individu », a déclaré le directeur d’Eu-Lisa, lors de la conférence annuelle de l’#Association_européenne_de_biométrie (#European_Association_for_Biometrics#EAB) qui réunit des représentants des fabricants des technologies de #reconnaissance_numérique nécessaires à la mise en œuvre du système.

    « Lors de l’attaque de Berlin, perpétrée par le terroriste Anis Amri, nous avons constaté que cet individu avait 14 identités dans l’Union européenne, a-t-il expliqué. Il est possible que, s’il y avait eu une base de données interopérable, il aurait été arrêté auparavant. »

    Cependant, Reinhard Kreissl, directeur du Vienna Centre for Societal Security (Vicesse) et expert en matière de lutte contre le terrorisme, souligne que, dans les attentats terroristes perpétrés en Europe ces dix dernières années, « les auteurs étaient souvent des citoyens européens, et ne figuraient donc pas dans des bases de données qui devaient être unifiées. Et tous étaient déjà dans les radars des forces de police ».

    « Tout agent des services de renseignement sérieux admettra qu’il dispose d’une liste de 1 000 à 1 500 individus dangereux, mais qu’il ne peut pas les suivre tous, ajoute Kreissl. Un trop-plein de données n’aide pas la police. »

    « L’interopérabilité coûte des milliards de dollars et l’intégration de différents systèmes n’est pas aussi facile qu’il y paraît », déclare Sandro Gaycken, directeur du Digital Society Institute à l’Esmt de Berlin. « Il est préférable d’investir dans l’intelligence des gens, dit l’expert en cyberintelligence, afin d’assurer plus de #sécurité de manière moins intrusive pour la vie privée. »

    Le #budget frontière de l’UE augmente de 197 %

    La course aux marchés publics pour la mise en place de la nouvelle base de données est sur le point de commencer : dans le chapitre consacré aux dépenses « Migration et contrôle des frontières » du budget proposé par la Commission pour la période 2021-2027, le fonds de gestion des frontières a connu une augmentation de 197 %, tandis que la part consacrée aux politiques de migration et d’asile n’a augmenté, en comparaison, que de 36 %.

    En 2020, le système #Entry_Exit (#Ees, ou #SEE, l’une des trois nouvelles bases de données centralisées avec interopérabilité) entrera en vigueur. Il oblige chaque État membre à collecter les empreintes digitales et les images de visages de tous les citoyens non européens entrant et sortant de l’Union, et d’alerter lorsque les permis de résidence expirent.

    Cela signifie que chaque frontière, aéroportuaire, portuaire ou terrestre, doit être équipée de lecteurs d’empreintes digitales et d’images faciales. La Commission a estimé que ce SEE coûterait 480 millions d’euros pour les quatre premières années. Malgré l’énorme investissement de l’Union, de nombreuses dépenses resteront à la charge des États membres.

    Ce sera ensuite au tour d’#Etias (#Système_européen_d’information_de_voyage_et_d’autorisation), le nouveau registre qui établit un examen préventif des demandes d’entrée, même pour les citoyens de pays étrangers qui n’ont pas besoin de visa pour entrer dans l’UE. Cette dernière a estimé son coût à 212,1 millions d’euros, mais le règlement, en plus de prévoir des coûts supplémentaires pour les États, mentionne des « ressources supplémentaires » à garantir aux agences de l’UE responsables de son fonctionnement, en particulier pour les gardes-côtes et les gardes-frontières de Frontex.

    C’est probablement la raison pour laquelle le #budget proposé pour Frontex a plus que triplé pour les sept prochaines années, pour atteindre 12 milliards d’euros. Le tout dans une ambiance de conflits d’intérêts entre l’agence européenne et l’industrie de la biométrie.

    Un membre de l’unité recherche et innovation de Frontex siège ainsi au conseil d’administration de l’#Association_européenne_de_biométrie (#EAB), qui regroupe les principales organisations de recherche et industrielles du secteur de l’identification numérique, et fait aussi du lobbying. La conférence annuelle de l’association a été parrainée par le géant biométrique français #Idemia et la #Security_Identity_Alliance.

    L’agente de recherche de Frontex et membre du conseil d’EAB Rasa Karbauskaite a ainsi suggéré à l’auditoire de représentants de l’industrie de participer à la conférence organisée par Frontex avec les États membres : « L’occasion de montrer les dernières technologies développées. » Un représentant de l’industrie a également demandé à Karbauskaite d’utiliser son rôle institutionnel pour faire pression sur l’Icao, l’agence des Nations unies chargée de la législation des passeports, afin de rendre les technologies de sécurité des données biométriques obligatoires pour le monde entier.

    La justification est toujours de « protéger les citoyens européens du terrorisme international », mais il n’existe toujours aucune donnée ou étude sur la manière dont les nouveaux registres de données biométriques et leur interconnexion peuvent contribuer à cet objectif.

    https://www.mediapart.fr/journal/international/250219/un-projet-de-fichage-geant-de-citoyens-prend-forme-en-europe
    #surveillance_de_masse #surveillance #étrangers #EU #anti-terrorisme #big-data #biométrie #complexe_militaro-industriel #business


  • Quand la lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière devient une question de « #culture »

    Quand on pense à la lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière, ce sont des images de garde-frontières, de patrouilles en mer ou de murs qui viennent spontanément à l’esprit. Un peu partout dans le monde, les flux migratoires sont appréhendés comme des enjeux de sécurité – et en conséquence gouvernés d’une manière qui relève du maintien de l’ordre, voire de la guerre : déploiement de troupes, barbelés, drones, camps, enfermement, expulsions, etc.

    C’est oublier que toute politique est également affaire d’idéologies et que, pour reprendre une expression fréquemment associée au philosophe italien Antonio Gramsci, l’usage de la force s’accompagne d’une bataille des idées, dont le but est non seulement de justifier les objectifs politiques poursuivis par les États, mais aussi d’obtenir le consentement des gouvernés. Les politiques migratoires ne font pas exception.

    Le double message de #Youssou_N’Dour

    Ainsi, en 2007, le gouvernement espagnol diffuse une #vidéo au Sénégal pour convaincre les migrants potentiels de ne pas partir. Au milieu des années 2000, soit bien avant la crise actuelle en Méditerranée centrale, des migrants embarquent en pirogue des côtes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et tentent de gagner les Canaries, situées à une centaine de kilomètres.

    La vidéo montre Fatou, la mère d’un jeune homme disparu dans l’océan Atlantique. Filmée en gros plan, elle pleure la mort de son fils. Puis apparaît Youssou N’Dour, le célèbre chanteur sénégalais. Lui-même assis sur une pirogue, il tourne le dos à l’océan ; le symbole est clair, et le message à ses jeunes compatriotes l’est tout autant : ne risquez pas votre vie, votre place est en Afrique.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pPA0DIjYKM

    Le message est double. Il commence par un #avertissement : attention, la migration est dangereuse. Ceux qui partent risquent leur vie. L’argument est évidemment de mauvaise foi : le danger de l’immigration irrégulière est la conséquence des politiques migratoires, qui obligent les migrants à prendre des chemins détournés et périlleux ; s’ils pouvaient simplement prendre l’avion, ils ne courraient aucun danger.

    Plus moralisateur, le second argument appelle au #patriotisme des migrants et les incite à rester chez eux pour contribuer à l’essor de leur pays – et tant pis si Youssou N’Dour, artiste planétaire s’il en est, n’est pas nécessairement le mieux placé pour convaincre la jeunesse sénégalaise des bienfaits de l’enracinement local.

    « Ne risque pas ta vie ! »

    Dix ans plus tard, en 2017, c’est la chanteuse sénégalaise #Goumba_Gawlo qui s’engage dans une tournée de concerts organisés par l’Organisation internationale pour les migrations (#OIM). Le but est toujours de « sensibiliser » la jeunesse à la question de l’immigration irrégulière. Une des chansons s’intitule « #Bul_Sank_Sa_Bakane_bi », c’est-à-dire « Ne risque pas ta vie ».

    Entrecoupé d’images de bateaux de migrants secourus en Méditerranée, le clip réunit plusieurs chanteurs de toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest et conseille aux candidats à la migration d’investir plutôt dans l’éducation. S’ils veulent vraiment partir, la chanson leur recommande de migrer légalement.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a27GpDvCXqw

    Là encore, l’argent vient d’Europe, d’#Italie plus précisément, qui finance un ambitieux projet de l’OIM intitulé « #Aware_Migrants » (http://awaremigrants.org). Le raisonnement est le suivant : si les Africains tentent de gagner l’Europe, c’est parce qu’ils sont ignorants. Ils ne sont pas conscients des risques, ils ne connaissent pas le sort réservé à leurs semblables, et ils croient naïvement les promesses de vie meilleure que de vils passeurs leur font miroiter. Il faut donc procéder à des #campagnes de « sensibilisation » ou de « #conscientisation », qui leur donneront les informations nécessaires.

    Artistes, journalistes, blogueurs cooptés par l’OIM

    Cette campagne s’inscrit dans un agenda global. Le « #Pacte_mondial pour des migrations sûres, ordonnées et régulières », ou « #Pacte_de_Marrakech », adopté en décembre 2018, recommande par exemple de « mener des campagnes d’information multilingues et factuelles », d’organiser « des réunions de sensibilisation dans les pays d’origine », et ce notamment pour « mettre en lumière les #risques qu’il y a à entreprendre une migration irrégulière pleine de dangers ».

    Pour mieux convaincre les migrants potentiels, l’OIM coopte des #artistes, mais aussi tous les acteurs susceptibles de toucher la #jeunesse tentée par l’aventure de l’émigration. En #Guinée, elle travaille avec des #rappeurs, des #humoristes ou des auteurs de bande-dessinée. Des #journalistes et des #blogueurs se voient proposer une formation pour acquérir des « informations crédibles » sur la migration. L’OIM travaille aussi avec des migrants expulsés, qui sont formés aux « techniques de #communication » pour parler de leur mauvaise expérience de la migration et décourager ceux qui songent à partir.

    Au #Niger, ce sont des matchs de foot et des pièces de #théâtre qui sont organisés afin de diffuser « des informations précises sur la migration aux migrants potentiels ». Dans une démarche paternaliste, voire quelque peu néocoloniale, il s’agit de diffuser des informations « objectives » à des Africains ignorants et crédules qui en manquent cruellement.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIMOd2n-Hm0

    Dans une vidéo financée par la #Suisse et diffusée au #Cameroun par l’OIM, on voit un jeune Africain téléphoner à son père depuis une cabine publique. Ils devisent paisiblement. Le fils se montre rassurant, parle de son inscription à l’université et le père est heureux d’apprendre que tout va pour le mieux. Mais d’autres images apparaissent : le même jeune homme est traqué par la police, il est aux abois, contraint de dormir dans la rue, réduit à la mendicité. Autrement dit, les migrants qui disent que tout va bien sont des menteurs. Il ne faut pas les croire : mieux vaut écouter l’OIM.

    Savoir, et partir quand même

    Dans l’optique des concepteurs de ces campagnes, les migrants sont des êtres individualistes et rationnels, des Homo œconomicus qui prennent la meilleure décision possible en fonction des informations dont ils disposent. S’ils décident de partir, c’est qu’ils n’ont pas eu accès aux bonnes infos. Mais s’ils ont la chance d’avoir accès aux informations de l’OIM, ils renonceront et resteront tranquillement chez eux – comme si la vie « à la maison » était exempte de toute forme de violence, de souffrances ou de coercition.

    Ce raisonnement fait l’impasse sur le caractère structurel de l’immigration. Partir n’est pas seulement une décision individuelle prise par des personnes qui cherchent à améliorer leur sort. C’est une dynamique collective nécessaire à des pans entiers de la population : en partant, les migrants espèrent, par exemple, être en mesure d’envoyer de l’argent à leur entourage resté au pays – argent sans lequel de nombreux pays d’émigration s’effondreraient.

    Il est un scénario qui n’est jamais envisagé : celui dans lequel les migrants sauraient, mais partiraient quand même. Ce scénario n’est pas improbable : la crise des migrants et les naufrages en Méditerranée ont fait l’objet d’une couverture médiatique planétaire et la téléphonie mobile connaît une très forte expansion sur le continent africain. Il est donc difficile de concevoir que personne n’en sache rien.

    Diffuser une #culture_de_l’immobilité

    Les politiques de lutte contre l’immigration irrégulière sont donc un enjeu culturel, dans les deux sens du terme. Elles mobilisent les acteurs de la culture, des musiciens aux médias, et aspirent à diffuser une culture de l’#immobilité qui dévalorise l’immigration et incite les gens à rester chez eux.

    Le recours à la culture met indirectement en lumière une des faiblesses des politiques migratoires, c’est-à-dire leur incapacité à convaincre les premiers concernés – les migrants – de leur pertinence : quels que soient les obstacles placés sur leur route, ces derniers ne semblent pas convaincus et continuent d’essayer de migrer – au point qu’il faut user d’autres méthodes que la force pour les persuader de rester chez eux.

    Si, véritablement, les États occidentaux souhaitent s’emparer du problème de la #désinformation en matière de migrations, ils pourraient commencer par financer des campagnes d’information pour contrer les innombrables fake news qui circulent sur le sujet. Comme l’a en effet montré le débat sur le Pacte de Marrakech, ce n’est pas seulement en #Afrique que les gens manquent d’informations sur les migrations. Mais sans doute que dans un monde inégalitaire et asymétrique, ceux qui font fausse route sont-ils toujours les plus faibles.

    https://theconversation.com/quand-la-lutte-contre-limmigration-irreguliere-devient-une-question
    #dissuasion #vidéo #musique #campagne #clip #migrations #asile #réfugiés #sensibilisation #IOM #organisation_internationale_contre_la_migration #paternalisme #football



  • Quelques extraits de la #BD
    #Humains, #La_Roya est une fleuve , dont il a déjà été question ici :


    https://seenthis.net/messages/693475

    Extraits :


    #ligne #ligne_frontalière #zone_frontalière #frontière_mobile


    #histoire #Giraude #grillage #barrières_frontalières


    #walls_don't_work


    #pas_de_la_mort #campement


    #tunnel #refoulement #push-back #risque


    #légende_de_mamadou #passeurs #vêtements


    #ouverture_des_frontières


    #Roya_citoyenne #délit_de_solidarité #business #armée #militarisation_des_frontières #drones


    #jeu_de_l'oie #migrerrance


    #Bella_ciao #fête


    #Méditerranée #mer_Méditerranée


    #memoria_delle_Alpi


    #20_km #20_kilomètres #Sospel #PAF #police_aux_frontières


    #illégalité #légalité


    #sans-papiers #papiers


    #Francesco_Biamonti


    #Briançon #Hautes-Alpes


    #ouvrir_les_frontières


    #inhumanité


    #mourir_aux_frontières #décès #mort


    #invisibilité #invisibilisation


    #neige #froid

    #bande_dessinée #livre #frontière_sud-alpine #solidarité #frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Cédric_Herrou #Vintimille #Italie #France #Menton #Alpes #montagne

    ping @nepthys @reka

    • Dans la BD on cite le #livre
      "Les Paroles la nuit" de Francesco Biamonti

      Dans l’obscurité de la nuit, sur les sentiers des collines ligures battues par le vent, parmi ces terres arides, de roches et d’argile, de ronces, d’oliviers et de mimosas, erre une humanité inquiète en proie à la violence qui règne sur les côtes : ce sont les laissés-pour-compte de la modernité occidentale, attirés par la frontière française, à la recherche d’une terre d’accueil.

      Des coups de feu, un bruissement dans les arbres, les restes d’un bivouac, des traces de sang, un cadavre retrouvé au petit matin sont les signes du passage de ces hordes de damnés, incarnés par deux personnages poignants, un homme et une petite fille kurdes qu’un implacable destin poursuit.

      Donnant voix aux silences de Leonardo et de ses amis, à leurs remords, à leur perception des événements et des choses, l’auteur nous livre des tranches d’existence qui se détachent sur un paysage à la lumière changeante ; la dérive de notre monde malade revient sans cesse dans une conversation suspendue au-dessus de l’abîme.

      http://www.seuil.com/ouvrage/les-paroles-la-nuit-francesco-biamonti/9782020350105


  • The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes | Life and style | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/feb/23/truth-world-built-for-men-car-crashes

    Going back to the theory of Man the Hunter, the lives of men have been taken to represent those of humans overall. When it comes to the other half of humanity, there is often nothing but silence. And these silences are everywhere. Films, news, literature, science, city planning, economics, the stories we tell ourselves about our past, present and future, are all marked – disfigured – by a female-shaped “absent presence”. This is the gender data gap.

    These silences, these gaps, have consequences. They impact on women’s lives, every day. The impact can be relatively minor – struggling to reach a top shelf set at a male height norm, for example. Irritating, certainly. But not life-threatening. Not like crashing in a car whose safety tests don’t account for women’s measurements. Not like dying from a stab wound because your police body armour doesn’t fit you properly. For these women, the consequences of living in a world built around male data can be deadly.

    • When Apple launched their AI, Siri, users in the US found that she (ironically) could find prostitutes and Viagra suppliers, but not abortion providers. Siri could help you if you’d had a heart attack, but if you told her you’d been raped, she replied “I don’t know what you mean by ‘I was raped.’”

      In 2018, Astrid Linder, research director of traffic safety at the Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute, presented a paper at the Road Safety on Five Continents Conference in South Korea, in which she ran through EU regulatory crash-test requirements. In no test is an anthropometrically correct female crash-test dummy required. The seatbelt test, one of the frontal-collision tests, and both lateral-collision tests all specify that a 50th-percentile male dummy should be used. There is one EU regulatory test that requires what is called a 5th-percentile female dummy, which is meant to represent the female population. Only 5% of women will be shorter than this dummy. But there are a number of data gaps. For a start, this dummy is only tested in the passenger seat, so we have no data at all for how a female driver would be affected – something of an issue you would think, given women’s “out of position” driving style. And secondly, this female dummy is not really female. It is just a scaled-down male dummy.

    • @mad_meg cet extrait de l’article m’a fait pensé à l’armée américaine qui à force d’accidents s’est finalement rendu compte qu’il fallait peut-être arrêter de concevoir des cockpits d’une seule taille :

      (...) in 1926, when the Army designed its first airplane cockpit, they measured the physical dimensions of male pilots and calculated the average measurement of their height, weight, arm-length and other dimensions.

      The results determined the size and shape of the seat, the distance to the pedals and the stick, and even the shape of the flight helmets. This mean that, in part, pilots were selected based on their ability to fit into the cockpit designed for the average 1920s man.

      This worked more or less up until World War II, when the Army began recruiting hundreds of new pilots to expand its air forces (...) Even with no war, pilots continued to die during training, as they were unable to control their planes.
      The high death rate in the Air Force was a mystery for many years, but after blaming the pilots and their training programs, the military finally realized that the cockpit itself was to blame, that it didn’t actually fit most pilots.(...)

      One of these researches was a young Harvard graduate named Gilbert S. Daniels. In his research measuring thousands of airmen on a set of ten critical physical dimensions, Daniels realized that none of the pilots he measured was average on all ten dimensions. Not a single one. When he looked at just three dimensions, less than five percent were average. Daniels realized that by designing something for an average pilot, it was literally designed to fit nobody.

      https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/on-average

    • Intéressant @koantig on imagine pas l’effet de ses cockpit sur les pilotes moyennes. Ca doit être la même chose dans l’aviation civile.
      Pour la forme des sacs de ciments, ca me rappel les ouvriers typographes qui au XIX avaient exigé des standards de taille difficilement manipulables par les femmes pour ne pas avoir leur concurrence.
      https://sniadecki.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/jarrige-genre
      Pour le ciment, je ne sais pas si c’est aussi intentionnel et conscient, mais ca ne change pas le résultat.

    • Il est question ici d’un monde fait par et pour les hommes,

      de #santé_au_travail et de sécurité moindre pour les femmes (équipement de protection qui ne protège pas les femmes, moindre intérêt pour les risques professionnels dans les métiers féminisés, pour leur confort thermique, etc.), le tout aboutissant à des risques professionnels qui ne baissent pas pour elles comme ils baissent pour les hommes depuis des décennies,

      d’#ergonomie moindre des outils comme des marchandises (exemple du #smartphone fait pour une main d’homme, de #reconnaissance_vocale qui marche mieux pour les basses fréquences, de sièges de #voiture pas à leur taille ni à leur morphologie),

      de #toilettes_publiques de taille égale pour eux et elles et de l’iniquité du procédé (en chiffres !)

      et au final de #risques de la vie accrus pour elles quand les #crash_tests ne sont jamais faits sur le modèle des corps féminins et que les femmes meurent plus sur la route pour un nombre moindre d’accidents. Ce problème de #sécurité_routière est maintenant connu mais peu est fait pour l’améliorer.

      #le_sexisme_tue, on vous dit !

    • @rastapopoulos et @sandburg, j’ai dû vous parler de mon contrat de travail dans une entreprise de services informatiques dont les bureaux étaient orientés nord, simple vitrage dans une région septentrionale. Je suis tombée malade dès le premier jour, je n’osais pas demander un arrêt de travail mais je n’étais pas en état, j’avais donc choisi de ne pas mettre de réveil et de me soigner par le sommeil, donc #absentéisme. Ensuite, pendant un pic de froid, j’avais le bras droit engourdi (celui près de la fenêtre) dès 11h du matin et j’ai posé la question en réunion, histoire de voir ce qu’on pouvait faire : bouger mon bureau, mettre une deuxième couche à la vitre en plastique pour la saison, etc. Rien n’a été fait, on a en vaguement parlé sans refuser ni le faire. Les collègues ont demandé à M. qui bossait comme moi à côté de la fenêtre si ça allait et M. était le mec content de tout, ça allait. Case dismissed, aucune #crédibilité_féminine. C’est une copine féministe qui m’a raconté que c’était un cas classique d’#androcentrisme et de violence contre le corps des femmes : nier leurs besoins de confort thermique parce qu’on n’a pas les mêmes. Et histoire de vous déprimer, je précise que parmi les associé·es il y avait une seule femme mais très féministe, et que tous les autres avaient des idées proféministes... C’est une des raisons pour lesquelles ce texte m’a fait tripper.


  • #Déchets_toxiques de #Stocamine : de Rugy ferme contre l’avis des élus locaux

    42.000 tonnes de déchets industriels hautement toxiques resteront définitivement enfouis à Stocamine, en #Alsace, malgré le risque de #pollution de la plus grande #nappe_phréatique d’Europe. C’est ce qu’a unilatéralement décidé #François_de_Rugy, au mépris de l’opposition locale et malgré un rapport prouvant la faisabilité du déstockage.


    https://reporterre.net/Dechets-toxiques-de-Stocamine-de-Rugy-ferme-contre-l-avis-des-elus-locau
    #nucléaire #déchets_nucléaires #risques #stockage


  • Sortie du nouveau numéro de la revue Carnets de géographes

    Jean-Baptiste Bing
    Géographicité de la #verticalité. [Texte intégral]

    Julien Gingembre
    Le #Sillon_Lorrain : quelle recomposition territoriale dans un espace multipolaire ? [Texte intégral]

    Anthony Goreau-Ponceaud
    #Hindouisme et pratiques spatiales des #Tamouls en Île-de-France [Texte intégral]
    Hinduism and spatial practices of Tamils ​​in Île-de-France

    #France #diaspora

    Stéphanie Lotz-Coll
    La #friche_militaire urbaine, un nouvel espace convoité ? [Texte intégral]

    Chiara Kirschner
    La gestion de l’#incertitude dans l’#itinérance_récréative : le #corps créatif à l’œuvre [Texte intégral]

    Laura Péaud
    Faire discipline : la géographie à la #Société_de_Géographie_de_Paris entre 1800 et 1850 [Texte intégral]

    Florence Orillard, Mathilde Gralepois et Laura Verdelli
    La prévention des #inondations dans les opérations d’aménagement des interfaces ville-port, un levier de #gentrification indirecte ? Le cas du Havre (France) [Texte intégral]
    #risques #Le_Havre #villes_portuaires #ports

    Adrian Foucher
    Du mobile à l’immobile [Texte intégral]
    Récit d’expérience migratoire dans les « #barracks » de #Belgrade
    #migrations #Serbie

    Basile Michel
    Construction de #cartes_mentales synthétiques : mise en avant des #représentations_spatiales collectivement partagées [Texte intégral]
    Le cas des travailleurs créatifs de quartiers urbains centraux de #Nantes et #Marseille

    Chloé Nicolas-Artero
    Une géographe engagée face aux rapports de pouvoir autour de l’#eau : retour réflexif sur les situations d’enquête au #Chili [Texte intégral]

    Camille Rouchi
    Une thèse CIFRE en collectivité territoriale : concilier la recherche et l’action ? [Texte intégral]

    Camille Robert-Boeuf
    Analyser le jardin collectif urbain en géographie : une lecture du #jardinage par les #émotions [Texte intégral]
    #jardins_urbains #jardinage_urbain #agriculture_urbaine

    David Villeneuve
    Enquêter auprès des chrétiens d’#Irak : considérations méthodologiques sur un terrain en « milieu difficile » [Texte intégral]

    https://journals.openedition.org/cdg/1248
    #géographie



  • Les paysages de rizières et leur évolution récente dans le delta du #fleuve_Gianh

    À partir des missions de terrain réalisées en 2015 et 2016, une question spécifique de recherche s’est progressivement construite sur le paysage du delta du fleuve Gianh (Province de Quang Binh, Centre du Vietnam). Depuis 1986 et la politique de renouveau du pays, la libéralisation économique et l’ouverture du Vietnam entraînent le remplacement des types d’utilisation du sol dans les espaces agricoles par des zones industrielles, commerciales et résidentielles. Les populations et les activités agricoles étant majoritairement installées dans la zone exposée aux #risques d’#inondation, les cartes de l’aléa d’inondation sont réalisées pour la prévention des inondations et pour aider à la mise en œuvre des mesures de protection. Celles-ci ont pour objectif de réduire la vulnérabilité des personnes et des biens, ainsi que d’aider les décisions d’aménagement et de développement du territoire comme par exemple interdire les implantations humaines dans les zones les plus dangereuses. Dans un contexte de croissance démographique, la diminution de la surface agricole donc de la production agricole totale et du nombre d’agriculteurs, a entraîné un problème d’insécurité alimentaire dans le delta. Les changements paysagers, dus à l’extension des constructions urbaines, et la #croissance_démographique, la #déforestation à l’amont du fleuve ou la destruction de la #mangrove pour l’#exploitation_piscicole, entraînent des problèmes environnementaux. Ces dynamiques aggravent les effets des catastrophes climatiques. De tels enjeux doivent guider les orientations des politiques d’aménagement le long du fleuve et dans le delta en particulier.


    https://journals.openedition.org/cybergeo/29826
    #rizières #Vietnam #agriculture #aménagement_du_territoire #urbanisation #cartographie



  • EU border ’lie detector’ system criticised as pseudoscience

    Technology that analyses facial expressions being trialled in Hungary, Greece and Latvia.

    The EU has been accused of promoting pseudoscience after announcing plans for a “#smart_lie-detection_system” at its busiest borders in an attempt to identify illegal migrants.

    The “#lie_detector”, to be trialled in Hungary, Greece and Latvia, involves the use of a computer animation of a border guard, personalised to the traveller’s gender, ethnicity and language, asking questions via a webcam.

    The “deception detection” system will analyse the micro-expressions of those seeking to enter EU territory to see if they are being truthful about their personal background and intentions. Those arriving at the border will be required to have uploaded pictures of their passport, visa and proof of funds.

    According to an article published by the European commission, the “unique approach to ‘deception detection’ analyses the micro-expressions of travellers to figure out if the interviewee is lying”.

    The project’s coordinator, George Boultadakis, who works for the technology supplier, European Dynamics, in Luxembourg, said: “We’re employing existing and proven technologies – as well as novel ones – to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks. The system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit.”

    Travellers who have been flagged as low risk by the #avatar, and its lie detector, will go through a short re-evaluation of their information for entry. Those judged to be of higher risk will undergo a more detailed check.

    Border officials will use a handheld device to automatically crosscheck information, comparing the facial images captured during the pre-screening stage to passports and photos taken on previous border crossings.

    When documents have been reassessed, and fingerprinting, palm-vein scanning and face matching have been carried out, the potential risk will be recalculated. A border guard will then take over from the automated system.

    The project, which has received €4.5m (£3.95m) in EU funding, has been heavily criticised by experts.

    Bruno Verschuere, a senior lecturer in forensic psychology at the University of Amsterdam, told the Dutch newspaper De Volskrant he believed the system would deliver unfair outcomes.
    A neuroscientist explains: the need for ‘empathetic citizens’ - podcast

    “Non-verbal signals, such as micro-expressions, really do not say anything about whether someone is lying or not,” he said. “This is the embodiment of everything that can go wrong with lie detection. There is no scientific foundation for the methods that are going to be used now.

    “Once these systems are put into use, they will not go away. The public will only hear the success stories and not the stories about those who have been wrongly stopped.”

    Verschuere said there was no evidence for the assumption that liars were stressed and that this translated to into fidgeting or subtle facial movements.

    Bennett Kleinberg, an assistant professor in data science at University College London, said: “This can lead to the implementation of a pseudoscientific border control.”

    A spokesman for the project said: “The border crossing decision is not based on the single tool (ie lie detection) but on the aggregated risk estimations based on a risk-based approach and technology that has been used widely in custom procedures.

    “Therefore, the overall procedure is safe because it is not relying in the risk on one analysis (ie the lie detector) but on the correlated risks from various analysis.”

    The technology has been designed by a consortium of the Hungarian national police, Latvian customs, and Manchester Metropolitan and Leibnitz universities. Similar technology is being developed in the US, where lie detection is widely used in law enforcement, despite scepticism over its scientific utility in much of the rest of the world.

    Last month, engineers at the University of Arizona said they had developed a system that they hoped to install on the US-Mexico border known as the #Automated_Virtual_Agent_for_Truth_Assessments_in_Real-Time, or Avatar.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/02/eu-border-lie-detection-system-criticised-as-pseudoscience?CMP=share_bt
    #wtf #what_the_fuck #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #technologie #expressions_faciales #Grèce #Hongrie #Lettonie #mensonge #abus #gardes-frontière #biométrie #biomarqueurs #corps #smart_borders #risques #université #science-fiction
    ping @reka @isskein

    • Smart lie-detection system to tighten EU’s busy borders

      An EU-funded project is developing a way to speed up traffic at the EU’s external borders and ramp up security using an automated border-control system that will put travellers to the test using lie-detecting avatars. It is introducing advanced analytics and risk-based management at border controls.

      More than 700 million people enter the EU every year – a number that is rapidly rising. The huge volume of travellers and vehicles is piling pressure on external borders, making it increasingly difficult for border staff to uphold strict security protocols – checking the travel documents and biometrics of every passenger – whilst keeping disruption to a minimum.

      To help, the EU-funded project IBORDERCTRL is developing an ‘intelligent control system’ facilitating – making faster – border procedures for bona fide and law-abiding travellers. In this sense, the project is aiming to deliver more efficient and secure land border crossings to facilitate the work of border guards in spotting illegal immigrants, and so contribute to the prevention of crime and terrorism.

      ‘We’re employing existing and proven technologies – as well as novel ones – to empower border agents to increase the accuracy and efficiency of border checks,’ says project coordinator George Boultadakis of European Dynamics in Luxembourg. ‘IBORDERCTRL’s system will collect data that will move beyond biometrics and on to biomarkers of deceit.’
      Smart ‘deception detection’

      The IBORDERCTRL system has been set up so that travellers will use an online application to upload pictures of their passport, visa and proof of funds, then use a webcam to answer questions from a computer-animated border guard, personalised to the traveller’s gender, ethnicity and language. The unique approach to ‘deception detection’ analyses the micro-expressions of travellers to figure out if the interviewee is lying.

      This pre-screening step is the first of two stages. Before arrival at the border, it also informs travellers of their rights and travel procedures, as well as providing advice and alerts to discourage illegal activity.

      The second stage takes place at the actual border. Travellers who have been flagged as low risk during the pre-screening stage will go through a short re-evaluation of their information for entry, while higher-risk passengers will undergo a more detailed check.

      Border officials will use a hand-held device to automatically cross-check information, comparing the facial images captured during the pre-screening stage to passports and photos taken on previous border crossings. After the traveller’s documents have been reassessed, and fingerprinting, palm vein scanning and face matching have been carried out, the potential risk posed by the traveller will be recalculated. Only then does a border guard take over from the automated system.

      At the start of the IBORDERCTRL project, researchers spent a lot of time learning about border crossings from border officials themselves, through interviews, workshops, site surveys, and by watching them at work.

      It is hoped that trials about to start in Hungary, Greece and Latvia will prove that the intelligent portable control system helps border guards reliably identify travellers engaging in criminal activity. The trials will start with lab testing to familiarise border guards with the system, followed by scenarios and tests in realistic conditions along the borders.
      A mounting challenge

      ‘The global maritime and border security market is growing fast in light of the alarming terror threats and increasing terror attacks taking place on European Union soil, and the migration crisis,” says Boultadakis.

      As a consequence, the partner organisations of IBORDERCTRL are likely to benefit from this growing European security market – a sector predicted to be worth USD 146 billion (EUR 128 bn) in Europe by 2020.

      Project details

      Project acronym: #iBorderCtrl
      Participants: Luxembourg (Coordinator), Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Latvia
      Project N°: 700626
      Total costs: € 4 501 877
      EU contribution: € 4 501 877
      Duration: September 2016 to August 2019


      http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?artid=49726

    • AVATAR - Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time

      There are many circumstances, particularly in a border-crossing scenario, when credibility must be accurately assessed. At the same time, since people deceive for a variety of reasons, benign and nefarious, detecting deception and determining potential risk are extremely difficult. Using artificial intelligence and non-invasive sensor technologies, BORDERS has developed a screening system called the Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time (AVATAR). The AVATAR is designed to flag suspicious or anomalous behavior that warrants further investigation by a trained human agent in the field. This screening technology may be useful at Land Ports of Entry, airports, detention centers, visa processing, asylum requests, and personnel screening.

      The AVATAR has the potential to greatly assist DHS by serving as a force multiplier that frees personnel to focus on other mission-critical tasks, and provides more accurate decision support and risk assessment. This can be accomplished by automating interviews and document/biometric collection, and delivering real-time multi-sensor credibility assessments in a screening environment. In previous years, we have focused on conducting the basic research on reliably analyzing human behavior for deceptive cues, better understanding the DHS operational environment, and developing and testing a prototype system.

      Principal Investigators:
      #Aaron_Elkins
      #Doug_Derrick
      #Jay_Nunamaker, Jr.
      #Judee_Burgoon
      Status:
      Current

      http://borders.arizona.edu/cms/projects/avatar-automated-virtual-agent-truth-assessments-real-time
      #University_of_Arizona

    • Un #détecteur_de_mensonges bientôt testé aux frontières de l’Union européenne

      L’Union européenne va tester dans un avenir proche un moyen de réguler le passage des migrants sur certaines de ses frontières, en rendant celui-ci plus simple et plus rapide. Ce moyen prendra la forme d’un détecteur de mensonges basé sur l’intelligence artificielle.

      Financé depuis 2016 par l’UE, le projet iBorderCtrl fera bientôt l’objet d’un test qui se déroulera durant six mois sur quatre postes-frontière situés en Hongrie, en Grèce et en Lettonie. Il s’avère que chaque année, environ 700 millions de nouvelles personnes arrivent dans l’UE, et les gardes-frontières ont de plus en plus de mal à effectuer les vérifications d’usage.

      Ce projet iBorderCtrl destiné à aider les gardes-frontières n’est autre qu’un détecteur de mensonges reposant sur une intelligence artificielle. Il s’agit en somme d’une sorte de garde frontière virtuel qui, après avoir pris connaissance des documents d’un individu (passeport, visa et autres), lui fera passer un interrogatoire. Ce dernier devra donc faire face à une caméra et répondre à des questions.

      L’IA en question observera la personne et fera surtout attention aux micro-mouvements du visage, le but étant de détecter un éventuel mensonge. À la fin de l’entretien, l’individu se verra remettre un code QR qui déterminera son appartenance à une des deux files d’attente, c’est-à-dire les personnes acceptées et celles – sur lesquelles il subsiste un doute – qui feront l’objet d’un entretien plus poussé avec cette fois, des gardes-frontières humains.

      Le système iBorderCtrl qui sera bientôt testé affiche pour l’instant un taux de réussite de 74 %, mais les porteurs du projet veulent atteindre au moins les 85 %. Enfin, évoquons le fait que ce dispositif pose assez logiquement des questions éthiques, et a déjà de nombreux opposants  !

      L’IA a été présentée lors du Manchester Science Festival qui s’est déroulé du 18 au 29 octobre 2018, comme le montre la vidéo ci-dessous :
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fsd3Ubqi38

      https://sciencepost.fr/2018/11/un-detecteur-de-mensonges-bientot-teste-aux-frontieres-de-lunion-europee


  • Words matter. Is it @AP style to call migrants an “army”—above a photo of mothers tending to their infants and toddlers, no less? This is not only incorrect, but it enables a racist narrative sold by this @POTUS and his supporters. Armies invade. These people are running away.


    https://twitter.com/JamilSmith/status/1054163071785037824
    #armée #terminologie #préjugés #invasion #afflux #mots #vocabulaire #migrations #réfugiés #médias #journalisme #presse

    • #Polly_Pallister-Wilkins sur la marche de migrants qui a lieu en Amérique centrale...

      Dear media reporting on the Central American migrant caravan, can you please be attentive to how you talk about it? 1/n
      People are walking, walking not pouring, flowing, or streaming. Walking. They are walking along roads, they will be tired, hungry, their feet will hurt, they will have blisters and sore joints. They are not a natural liquid phenomenon governed by the force of gravity. 2/n
      Their walking is conditioned by the infrastructures they move along like roads, the physical geographies they traverse like hills and rivers and the human controls they encounter like border controls and police checkpoints. 3/n
      All of these things are risky, they make the walk, the journey more difficult and dangerous, esepcially the police checkpoints and the border controls. These risks are the reason they are travelling as a caravan, as a large group attempting to minimise the risks of controls 4/n
      And the risks from gangs and criminals that migrants on their journeys routinely face. Their journey is a deeply embodied one, and one that is deeply conditioned both by the violence they are leaving and the violence of the journey itself. 5/n
      So media please try and reflect this in your storytelling. These people are not a river obeying gravity. They have made an active yet conditioned choice to move. When they encounter a block in their path this can be deadly. It can detain, deport, injure, rape, or kill. 6/n
      And these blockages are not boulders in a riverbed around which the river flows. These blockages, these #checkpoints, border controls or police patrols are human blockages, they are not natural. So please try and reflect the political structures of this journey. Please. End/
      Addendum: there is a long history of caravans as a form political resistance in Central America.

      https://twitter.com/PollyWilkins/status/1054267257944227840
      #marche #migrations #Honduras #Amérique_centrale #mots #vocabulaire #terminologie #média #journalisme #presse #caravane #métaphores_liquides #risque #gravité #mouvement #contrôles_frontaliers #blocages #barrières #résistance #Mexique

    • Migrants travel in groups for a simple reason: safety

      A caravan of Central American migrants traveling to through Mexico to the United States to seek asylum is about halfway through its journey.

      The caravan began on Oct. 13 in Honduras with 200 people. As it has moved through Honduras, Guatemala and now Mexico, its ranks have grown to over 7,000, according to an estimate by the International Organization of Migration.

      The migrants have been joined by representatives from humanitarian organizations like the Mexican Red Cross providing medical assistance and human rights groups that monitor the situation.

      Journalists are there, too, and their reporting has caught the attention of President Donald Trump.

      He has claimed that the caravan’s ranks probably hide Middle Eastern terrorists. Trump later acknowledged there is no evidence of this, but conservative media outlets have nevertheless spread the message.

      It is reasonable for Americans to have security concerns about immigration. But as a scholar of forced migration, I believe it’s also important to consider why migrants travel in groups: their own safety.
      Safety in numbers

      The Central Americans in the caravan, like hundreds of thousands of people who flee the region each year, are escaping extreme violence, lack of economic opportunity and growing environmental problems, including drought and floods, back home.

      Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico have some of the world’s highest murder rates. According to Doctors Without Borders, which provides medical care in crisis zones, 68 percent of the migrants and refugees it surveyed in Mexico had experienced violence. Nearly one-third of women were sexually abused.

      Whether crossing Central America, the Sahara desert or the mountains of Afghanistan, migrants are regularly extorted by criminals, militias and corrupt immigration officials who know migrants make easy targets: They carry cash but not weapons.

      Large groups increase migrants’ chance of safe passage, and they provide some sense of community and solidarity on the journey, as migrants themselves report.
      Publicizing the dangers they flee

      Large groups of migrants also attract media coverage. As journalists write about why people are on the move, they shed light on Central America’s many troubles.

      Yet headlines about huge migrant caravans may misrepresent trends at the U.S.-Mexico border, where migration is actually decreasing.

      While the number of Central American families and children seeking asylum in the U.S. has increased in the past two years, Mexican economic migrants are crossing the border at historically low levels.

      And while most migrant caravan members hope to seek asylum in the U.S., recent history shows many will stay in Mexico.

      In response to Trump’s immigration crackdown, Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to welcome Central American refugees — and try to keep them safe.


      https://theconversation.com/migrants-travel-in-groups-for-a-simple-reason-safety-105621

      #sécurité

    • Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This

      The president and his supporters insisted that several thousand Honduran migrants were a looming menace—and the Pittsburgh gunman took that seriously.

      On Tuesday, October 16, President Donald Trump started tweeting.

      “The United States has strongly informed the President of Honduras that if the large Caravan of people heading to the U.S. is not stopped and brought back to Honduras, no more money or aid will be given to Honduras, effective immediately!”

      “We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!”

      Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted:

      “Spoke to President Hernandez of Honduras about the migrant caravan heading to the U.S. Delivered strong message from @POTUS: no more aid if caravan is not stopped. Told him U.S. will not tolerate this blatant disregard for our border & sovereignty.”

      The apparent impetus for this outrage was a segment on Fox News that morning that detailed a migrant caravan thousands of miles away in Honduras. The caravan, which began sometime in mid-October, is made up of refugees fleeing violence in their home country. Over the next few weeks, Trump did his best to turn the caravan into a national emergency. Trump falsely told his supporters that there were “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners” in the caravan, a claim that had no basis in fact and that was meant to imply that terrorists were hiding in the caravan—one falsehood placed on another. Defense Secretary James Mattis ordered more troops to the border. A Fox News host took it upon herself to ask Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen whether there was “any scenario under which if people force their way across the border they could be shot at,” to which Nielsen responded, “We do not have any intention right now to shoot at people.”

      Pence told Fox News on Friday, “What the president of Honduras told me is that the caravan was organized by leftist organizations, political activists within Honduras, and he said it was being funded by outside groups, and even from Venezuela … So the American people, I think, see through this—they understand this is not a spontaneous caravan of vulnerable people.”

      The Department of Homeland Security’s Twitter account “confirmed” that within the caravan are people who are “gang members or have significant criminal histories,” without offering evidence of any such ties. Trump sought to blame the opposition party for the caravan’s existence. “Every time you see a Caravan, or people illegally coming, or attempting to come, into our Country illegally, think of and blame the Democrats for not giving us the votes to change our pathetic Immigration Laws!” Trump tweeted on October 22. “Remember the Midterms! So unfair to those who come in legally.”

      In the right-wing fever swamps, where the president’s every word is worshipped, commenters began amplifying Trump’s exhortations with new details. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida wondered whether George Soros—the wealthy Jewish philanthropist whom Trump and several members of the U.S. Senate blamed for the protests against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and who was recently targeted with a bomb—was behind the migrant caravan. NRATV, the propaganda organ of the National Rifle Association, linked two Republican obsessions, voter fraud and immigration. Chuck Holton told NRATV’s viewers that Soros was sending the caravan to the United States so the migrants could vote: “It’s telling that a bevy of left-wing groups are partnering with a Hungarian-born billionaire and the Venezuelan government to try to influence the 2018 midterms by sending Honduran migrants north in the thousands.” On CNN, the conservative commentator Matt Schlapp pointedly asked the anchor Alisyn Camerota, “Who’s paying for the caravan? Alisyn, who’s paying for the caravan?,” before later answering his own question: “Because of the liberal judges and other people that intercede, including George Soros, we have too much chaos at our southern border.” On Laura Ingraham’s Fox News show, one guest said, “These individuals are not immigrants—these are people that are invading our country,” as another guest asserted they were seeking “the destruction of American society and culture.”

      Peter Beinart: Trump shut programs to counter violent extremists

      In the meantime, much of the mainstream press abetted Trump’s effort to make the midterm election a referendum on the caravan. Popular news podcasts devoted entire episodes to the caravan. It remained on the front pages of major media websites. It was an overwhelming topic of conversation on cable news, where Trumpists freely spread disinformation about the threat the migrants posed, while news anchors displayed exasperation over their false claims, only to invite them back on the next day’s newscast to do it all over again.

      In reality, the caravan was thousands of miles and weeks away from the U.S. border, shrinking in size, and unlikely to reach the U.S. before the election. If the migrants reach the U.S., they have the right under U.S. law to apply for asylum at a port of entry. If their claims are not accepted, they will be turned away. There is no national emergency; there is no ominous threat. There is only a group of desperate people looking for a better life, who have a right to request asylum in the United States and have no right to stay if their claims are rejected. Trump is reportedly aware that his claims about the caravan are false. An administration official told the Daily Beast simply, “It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 percent accurate … this is the play.” The “play” was to demonize vulnerable people with falsehoods in order to frighten Trump’s base to the polls.

      Nevertheless, some took the claims of the president and his allies seriously. On Saturday morning, Shabbat morning, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people. The massacre capped off a week of terrorism, in which one man mailed bombs to nearly a dozen Trump critics and another killed two black people in a grocery store after failing to force his way into a black church.

      Before committing the Tree of Life massacre, the shooter, who blamed Jews for the caravan of “invaders” and who raged about it on social media, made it clear that he was furious at HIAS, founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, a Jewish group that helps resettle refugees in the United States. He shared posts on Gab, a social-media site popular with the alt-right, expressing alarm at the sight of “massive human caravans of young men from Honduras and El Salvador invading America thru our unsecured southern border.” And then he wrote, “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”

      The people killed on Saturday were killed for trying to make the world a better place, as their faith exhorts them to do. The history of the Jewish people is one of displacement, statelessness, and persecution. What groups like HIAS do in helping refugees, they do with the knowledge that comes from a history of being the targets of demagogues who persecute minorities in pursuit of power.

      Ordinarily, a politician cannot be held responsible for the actions of a deranged follower. But ordinarily, politicians don’t praise supporters who have mercilessly beaten a Latino man as “very passionate.” Ordinarily, they don’t offer to pay supporters’ legal bills if they assault protesters on the other side. They don’t praise acts of violence against the media. They don’t defend neo-Nazi rioters as “fine people.” They don’t justify sending bombs to their critics by blaming the media for airing criticism. Ordinarily, there is no historic surge in anti-Semitism, much of it targeted at Jewish critics, coinciding with a politician’s rise. And ordinarily, presidents do not blatantly exploit their authority in an effort to terrify white Americans into voting for their party. For the past few decades, most American politicians, Republican and Democrat alike, have been careful not to urge their supporters to take matters into their own hands. Trump did everything he could to fan the flames, and nothing to restrain those who might take him at his word.

      Many of Trump’s defenders argue that his rhetoric is mere shtick—that his attacks, however cruel, aren’t taken 100 percent seriously by his supporters. But to make this argument is to concede that following Trump’s statements to their logical conclusion could lead to violence against his targets, and it is only because most do not take it that way that the political violence committed on Trump’s behalf is as limited as it currently is.

      The Tree of Life shooter criticized Trump for not being racist or anti-Semitic enough. But with respect to the caravan, the shooter merely followed the logic of the president and his allies: He was willing to do whatever was necessary to prevent an “invasion” of Latinos planned by perfidious Jews, a treasonous attempt to seek “the destruction of American society and culture.”

      The apparent spark for the worst anti-Semitic massacre in American history was a racist hoax inflamed by a U.S. president seeking to help his party win a midterm election. There is no political gesture, no public statement, and no alteration in rhetoric or behavior that will change this fact. The shooter might have found a different reason to act on a different day. But he chose to act on Saturday, and he apparently chose to act in response to a political fiction that the president himself chose to spread and that his followers chose to amplify.

      As for those who aided the president in his propaganda campaign, who enabled him to prey on racist fears to fabricate a national emergency, who said to themselves, “This is the play”? Every single one of them bears some responsibility for what followed. Their condemnations of anti-Semitism are meaningless. Their thoughts and prayers are worthless. Their condolences are irrelevant. They can never undo what they have done, and what they have done will never be forgotten.

      https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/10/caravan-lie-sparked-massacre-american-jews/574213

    • Latin American asylum seekers hit US policy “wall”

      Trump’s new restrictions mean long waits simply to register claims.

      The movement of thousands of Central American asylum seekers and migrants north from Honduras towards the southern border of the United States has precipitated threats from US President Donald Trump – ahead of next week’s midterm elections – to block the group’s entry by deploying troops to the US-Mexican border.

      Under international law the United States is obligated to allow asylum seekers to enter and file claims. However, immigration officials at the country’s southern border have for months been shifting toward legally dubious practices that restrict people’s ability to file asylum claims.

      “Make no mistake, the administration is building a wall – one made of restrictionist policy rather than brick and mortar,” said Jason Boyd, policy counsel at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

      As a result, hundreds, possibly thousands, of asylum seekers have been left waiting for extended periods of time on the Mexican side of the border in need of shelter and basic services. Firm numbers for those affected are difficult to come by because no one is counting.

      Some of those turned away explore potentially dangerous alternatives. Aid and advocacy groups as well as the Department of Homeland Security say the wait has likely pushed some to attempt to enter the United States illegally, either with smugglers or on their own via perilous desert routes.

      While some of those in the so-called “migrant caravan” are searching for economic opportunity, others are fleeing gang violence, gender-based violence, political repression or unrest – all increasingly common factors in Central America and Mexico that push people to leave their homes.
      Menacing phone calls

      When people from the migrant caravan reach the southern border of the United States, they may find themselves in a similar position to Dolores Alzuri, 47, from Michoacan, a state in central Mexico.

      In late September, she was camped out with her husband, daughter, granddaughter, and aunt on the Mexican side of the DeConcini port of entry separating the twin cities of Nogales – one in the Mexican state of Sonora, the other in the US state of Arizona.

      Alzuri and her family were waiting for their turn to claim asylum in the United States, with only a police report in hand as proof of the threats they faced back home. Camping beside them on the pedestrian walkway just outside the grated metal door leading to the United States, nine other families waited to do the same.

      Over the preceding month Alzuri had received several menacing phone calls from strangers demanding money. In Michoacan, and many other parts of Mexico where criminal gangs have a strong presence, almost anybody can receive calls like these. You don’t know who’s on the other end of the line, Alzuri explained, but you do know the consequences of not following their orders.

      “If you do not give [money] to them, they kidnap you or they kidnap your family,” Alzuri said. “They destroy you. They kill you. That is why it is so scary to be in this country.”

      Other people she knew had received similar calls. She also knew that those who didn’t pay ended up dead – pictures of their bodies posted on Facebook as a macabre warning of what happens to those who resist.

      Fearing a similar fate, Alzuri packed her bags and her family and travelled north to ask for asylum in the United States. A friend had been granted asylum about nine months ago, and she had seen on television that other people were going, too. It seemed like the only way out.

      “I had a problem,” she said, referring to the phone calls. “They asked us for money, and since we did not give them money, they threatened us.”

      Before leaving her home, Alzuri said she filed a police report. But the authorities didn’t care enough to act on it, she said. “They are not going to risk their life for mine.”
      No way out

      Despite the danger at home, Alzuri and others in similar situations face an increasingly difficult time applying for asylum in the United States. At the Nogales crossing, asylum seekers must now wait up to a month simply to be allowed to set foot inside a border office where they can register their claims, aid workers there say.

      Those waiting are stuck in territory on the Mexican side that is controlled by gangs similar to the ones many are fleeing, though local aid groups have scrambled to find space in shelters, especially for women and children, so people will be safer while they wait.

      The situation hasn’t always been like this.

      In the past, asylum seekers were almost always admitted to register their claims the same day they arrived at the border. Since May, however, there has been a marked slowdown in registration.

      US Custom and Border Protection (CBP), the federal law enforcement agency responsible for screening people as they enter the country, says delays are due to a lack of capacity and space. But asylum advocates say similar numbers have arrived in previous years without causing a delay and the real reason for the slowdown is that CBP has shifted resources away from processing asylum seekers – not just in Nogales but across the southern US border – resulting in people being forced to wait for long periods or turned away altogether.

      This is happening despite the insistence of high-ranking Trump administration officials that asylum seekers present themselves at ports of entry or face criminal prosecution for crossing the border irregularly. Such contradictory policies, asylum advocates argue, are part of a broad-based effort by the Trump administration to dramatically reduce the number of people able to seek protection in the United States.

      “Our legal understanding is that they have the legal obligation to process asylum seekers as they arrive,” said Joanna Williams, director of education and advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a Nogales-based NGO. “There’s no room in the law for what they are doing right now.”
      A system in crisis

      In the past decade, migration across the southern border of the United States has undergone a dramatic change. Every year since the late 1970s US Border Patrol agents apprehended close to a million or more undocumented migrants entering the country. In 2007, that number began to fall, and last year there were just over 310,000 apprehensions – the lowest number since 1971.

      At the same time, the proportion of people entering the United States from the southern border to claim asylum has increased. Ten years ago, one out of every 100 people crossing the border was seeking humanitarian protection, according to a recent report published by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a non-partisan think tank in Washington DC. Today that number is about one in three.

      According to Boyd of AILA, the increase is being driven by ongoing humanitarian emergencies in El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, an area of Central America known as the Northern Triangle. These countries have some of the highest homicide rates in the world and are wracked by gang violence, gender-based violence, extortion, and extra-judicial killings. “Many of the individuals and families arriving at the US southern border are literally fleeing for their lives,” said Boyd.

      But the system that is supposed to provide them protection is in crisis. Beginning in 2010 the number of asylum requests lodged in the United States started to balloon, mirroring an upward trend in global displacement. Last year, 79,000 people approached the US border saying they had a credible fear of returning to their home country, compared to 9,000 at the beginning of the decade.

      The increase in credible-fear claims, as well as asylum requests made by people already in the United States, has strained the system to a “crisis point”, according to the MPI report. This has led to a backlog of around 320,000 cases in US immigration courts and people having to wait many months, if not years, to receive a hearing and a decision.
      Crackdown

      Senior officials in the Trump administration, including the president, have consistently lumped asylum seekers and economic migrants together, positing that the United States is being “invaded” by a “massive influx of illegal aliens” across the southern border, and that the asylum system is subject to “systematic abuse” by people looking to gain easy entry to the country.

      People working on the ground with asylum seekers refute this. Eduardo Garcia is a communication coordinator at SOA Watch, an organisation that monitors the humanitarian impact of US policy in Latin America. He has spent time in Nogales speaking with people waiting to claim asylum.

      “The stories of many of the people we have talked to… are stories of people fleeing gang violence, are stories of people fleeing because one of their sons was killed, because one of their sons was threatened, because one of their family members [was] raped,” he said. “They have said they cannot go back to their countries. If they are sent back they are going to be killed.”

      Still, the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy on immigration – responsible for the recent child-separation crisis – has also included measures that have restricted access to asylum in the United States.

      In May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Justice Department would begin criminally prosecuting everyone who irregularly crossed the US southern border, including asylum seekers. In June, that policy was followed by a decision that the United States would no longer consider gang and sexual violence – precisely the reasons so many people flee the Northern Triangle – as legitimate grounds for asylum. Around the same time, CBP appears to have deprioritised the processing of asylum seekers at ports of entry in favour of other responsibilities, leading to the long waits and people being turned away, according to humanitarian workers and a recent report by the DHS’s Office of Inspector General.

      And even as these restrictive policies were being put in place, Trump administration officials have been encouraging asylum seekers to try. “If you’re seeking asylum, go to a port of entry,” Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in an 18 June press conference. “You do not need to break the law of the United States to seek asylum.”

      Nogales, Mexico

      “I came here with the hope that if I asked for asylum I could be in the United States,” said Modesto, a 54-year-old from Chimaltenango, Guatemala. In mid-September he was sitting in a mess hall run a couple hundred meters from the US border run by KBI, which provides humanitarian assistance to migrants and asylum seekers.

      Modesto had already been in Nogales, Sonora for several months. Like Dolores Alzuri, he fled his home because criminal gangs had tried to extort money from him. “I worked a lot and was making a living in my country,” Modesto explained. “The problem in particular with the gangs is that they don’t let you work… If you have money they extort you. If you don’t have money they want to recruit you.” And people who don’t cooperate: “They’re dead,” he added.

      The situation Modesto found when he arrived in Nogales, Sonora was far from what he expected. For starters, there was the long wait at the border. But he also discovered that – as an adult travelling with his 18-year-old son – even once he entered the United States he would likely end up in a detention centre while his case slowly made its way through the overburdened immigration courts – a practice that has also increased under the Trump administration. “I don’t want to cross… and spend a year in prison when my family needs my help,” he said.

      Modesto is in some ways an exception, according to Williams of KBI. Many of the people arriving in Nogales, Sonora are families with children. Once in the United States they will likely be released from immigration detention with ankle monitoring bracelets to track their movements. These people often choose to wait and to claim asylum at the port of entry when there is space.

      After more than 100 people piled up to wait at the border in May, local humanitarian groups set up a system to organise and keep track of whose turn it was to submit an asylum claim to US immigration officials. They also scrambled to find spaces in shelters so people were not sleeping on the walkway over the weeks they needed to wait.

      Now, only people who are likely to enter soon are camped on the walkway. When IRIN visited, about 40 asylum seekers – mostly women and children – sat on one side of the walkway as a steady stream of people heading to the United States filtered by on the other. Some of the asylum seekers were new arrivals waiting to be taken to a shelter, while others had been sleeping there for days on thin mats waiting for their turn. Volunteers handed out clean clothing and served pasta, as a CBP agent opened and closed the metal gate leading to the United States, just a few tantalisingly short feet away.

      The slowdown of processing “leaves people stranded – in really dangerous situations sometimes – on the other side of the border, and completely violates our obligations under both domestic and international law,” said Katharina Obser, a senior policy adviser at the Women’s Refugee Commission, an NGO that advocates for women, children, and youth displaced by conflict and crisis.

      As a result, some people arrive, find out about the wait, and leave. “We’re fairly certain that those are individuals who then end up crossing the border through other means,” Williams said.

      The DHS Office of the Inspector General came to a similar conclusion, finding that the contradiction between Trump administration rhetoric and policy “may have led asylum seekers at ports of entry to attempt illegal border crossings.”
      Border-wide

      The situation in Nogales, Sonora is far from isolated, according to Boyd of the AILA. “Recent turnbacks of vulnerable asylum seekers have been documented throughout the US southern border,” he said, including at many ports of entry in Texas and California. In those states, asylum seekers have reported being stopped as they approach the border and told they cannot enter because immigration officials don’t have the capacity to process their claims.

      “Turnbacks form part of a comprehensive set of practices and policies advanced under this administration that appears aimed at shutting out asylum seekers from the United States,” Boyd continued.

      Meanwhile, people like Dolores Alzuri – and most likely some of the thousands of Central Americans who are travelling north from Honduras in the hope of claiming asylum – are left with little choice but to wait. Moving somewhere else in Mexico or returning home is not an option, said Alzuri. “The violence is the same in every state,” she said. And crossing the desert, “that’s a big danger.”

      She and her family don’t have a back-up plan. “Let’s hope that I do get [asylum], because I really do need it,” she said. “You don’t live comfortably in your own country anymore. You live in fear that something will happen to you. You can’t walk around on the streets because you feel that you’re being followed.”

      https://www.irinnews.org/news-feature/2018/10/29/latin-american-asylum-seekers-hit-us-policy-wall
      #USA #Etats-Unis #fermeture_des_frontières #Mexique

      Commentaire Emmanuel Blanchar via la mailing-list Migreurop:

      Un article intéressant car il rappelle opportunément que la « caravane des migrants » en route vers les Etats-Unis est également composée de nombreuses personnes qui souhaiteraient pouvoir déposer des demandes d’asile. Or, si la frontières Mexique-USA est loin d’être encore mûrées, un mur administratif empêche déjà que les demandes d’asile puisse être déposées et traitées dans le respect des droits des requérant.e.s.

      #mur_administratif #asile

    • No es una caravana, es un dolor que camina

      La caravana de migrantes es sólo la primera manifestación pública y masiva de la crisis humanitaria en la que vive la mayoría de la población; negada por el gobierno, por la oligarquía, embajadas, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y por algunas agencias de cooperación que le hacen comparsa a la dictadura.

      Esta crisis humanitaria es provocada por el modelo económico neoliberal impuesto a sangre y fuego, que sólo pobreza y violencia ha llevado a las comunidades, que ante la ausencia de oportunidades y ante el acoso de los grupos criminales no tienen otra alternativa que la peligrosa e incierta ruta migratoria; prefieren morir en el camino que en sus barrios y colonias.

      El infierno en que se ha convertido Honduras tiene varios responsables. En primer el lugar el imperialismo, que a través de su embajada promueve la inestabilidad política en el país con el apoyo directo al dictador, que para granjearse ese apoyo les ha entregado el país, hasta el grado del despojo y de la ignominia, como puede observarse en los foros internacionales.

      Otro responsable es el dictador, que además de la incertidumbre que genera en lo económico, en lo político y en lo social, ha profundizado y llevado al extremo las políticas neoliberales, despojando de sus recursos a comunidades enteras, para dárselas a las transnacionales, principalmente norteamericanas y canadienses.

      La oligarquía corrupta, mediocre, salvaje, inepta y rapaz también es responsable de esta crisis humanitaria, quien se ha acostumbrado a vivir del presupuesto nacional a tal grado de convertir al Estado en su patrimonio, por medio de un ejército de ocupación, de diputados y presidentes serviles y títeres, que toman las decisiones no para el pueblo, sino que para sus insaciables intereses.

      Hay otro actor importante en esta crisis y es el Ejército Nacional, fiel sirviente de los intereses imperiales y de la oligarquía, que sólo sirve para consumir una gran tajada del presupuesto nacional y más que un ejército defensor y garante de la soberanía nacional es una fuerza de ocupación; listo para asesinar, torturar y matar aquellos que se oponen al dictador, al imperio y la oligarquía.

      Desgraciadamente esta caravana la conforman los miserables, los desheredados de la tierra, los parias: “los que crían querubes para el presidio y serafines para el burdel” como dijo en su poema, Los Parias, el poeta mexicano Salvador Díaz Mirón.

      Estos miserables y desheredados no huyen de la patria, la aman, la adoran y la llevan convertida en un dolor sobre sus hombros, huyen de los verdugos y carniceros que nos gobiernan y de los otros responsables de esta crisis humanitaria. Los que huyen aman a esta tierra más que los que nos quedamos.

      https://criterio.hn/2018/10/29/no-es-una-caravana-es-un-dolor-que-camina
      #douleur

    • WALKING, NOT FLOWING : THE MIGRANT CARAVAN AND THE GEOINFRASTRUCTURING OF UNEQUAL MOBILITY

      In 2015 our TV screens, newspapers and social media were full of stories about ‘flows’ of migrants ‘pouring’ into Europe, set alongside photos and videos of people packed into boats at sea or meandering in long lines across fields. This vocabulary, and the images that accompanied it, suggested that migration was a natural force: like a flow of water that cannot be stopped, governed only by the forces of gravity. Now, this same language is being used to describe the ‘migrant caravan’ of the thousands of Hondurans leaving the violence of their home country and attempting to journey to the US.

      This essay began life as an angry Twitter thread, hastily tapped out with my morning coffee. I argued that people were not flowing, but rather walking. In this Twitter thread, I tried to forge a connection between the how of the journey—noting both the material and geographical aspects impacting and structuring how people move—and the physical impacts of that journey on the bodies of those on the move. I called attention to the travelers’ tired, blistered feet in an attempt to weave a thread between the material (and political) geographies of the journey and the embodied experiences of those making it. The Twitter thread drew some attention and solicited an invitation to write a short intervention for the small Dutch critical-journalism platform De Nieuwe Reporterwhere it appeared in Dutch with the title: “Dit is waarom media niet moeten schrijven over ‘migrantenstromen’” (“This is why the media should not write about ‘migrant flows’”).

      Time has passed since I wrote the intervention. Since then, the caravan has journeyed to the US-Mexico border. US and Mexican authorities have responded with tear gas and closures, highlighting in clear terms the violence of the border and corresponding mobility governance. This violence is too often obscured by talk of flows: in the intervention, I worked hard to make visible what watery metaphors of ‘flow’ do to shape how we think about migrant mobilities and what is lost in their usage. I attempted to highlight the uneven politics of mobility that is shaped by and made visible through a consideration of what I want to call geoinfrastructuring, alongside the embodied effects of this uneven mobility. Here, in contrast to modernity’s quest for faster, more convenient, more efficient modes of travel to overcome the limits of the body as it encounters and moves through space, the migrant caravan’s mode(s) of travel—walking, stopping, starting, bus hopping, sitting, waiting, sleeping—bring into sharp relief the ways that for those excluded from privileged mobility regimes, the body is in intimate concert with the material world it encounters.

      The remainder of this essay will first reproduce the short intervention I wrote for De Nieuwe Reporter before thinking through more conceptually how this opinion piece relates to scholarly work on mobility and infrastructures.

      What we call things matters (while often invisibilizing how they matter). A Reuters report on the status of the migrant caravan in English from October 21st had the headline “Thousands in U.S.-bound migrant caravan pour into Mexican city”, while two days earlier a report by Reuters had talked about a “bedraggled” migrant “surge” attempting to “breach” the Mexican border. Meanwhile in other news outlets, the watery theme continued with a migrant “storm” in the UK’s Daily Mail, and a “wave” in USA Today. And lest we think this was a something restricted to reporting in the Global North, the Latin American press has not been immune, with Venezuela’s Telesur talking of a “second wave of migration.” Meanwhile in the Dutch language media, De Telegraafwrote of “Grote migrantenstromen trekken naar VS”, the headline handily highlighted in red in case the emergency nature of these “migrantenstromen” was not clear.

      A counterpoint was offered by oneworld.nl, who talked of the dehumanizing effects of such language use. Indeed, what we call things matters, because politicians also echo the language of the media creating a self-re-enforcing migration language. Unsurprisingly Trump has talked of flows in his condemnation of the Honduran migrant caravan, while Mark Rutte earlier this year talked about Europe not being ready for a new “migrantenstroom” (“migrant flow”). However, what we call things also matters as much for what it reveals as what it conceals. The widespread use of watery and other natural metaphors when talking about migration journeys hides both the realities of and the reasons for the people’s journeys. To talk of rivers, streams, floods, and flows masks the experiences of the thousands of people who are walking thousands of kilometers. They are walking along roads, up hills and across borders; they are tired and hungry, and their feet hurt. Many are travelling with children as people are leaving lives of poverty and deadly gang violence and looking for a safe future in the United States. Just as the British-Somali refugee poet Warshan Shire urges us to consider that “No one would put their children in a boat unless the water is safer than the land”, in the case of the Honduran migrant caravan it’s very unlikely that anyone would walk thousands of kilometers unless the road was safer than their homes.

      One of those travelling is Orellana, an unemployed domestic worker travelling with her two five-year-old grandsons. She declared she had no choice after the boys’ father was murdered and she “[Could not] feed them anymore”, and she is too old to get a job herself. Orellana has decided to try and get to Texas where her daughter, who migrated three years before, now lives.

      What the watery metaphors also hide is the agency of Hondurans like Orellana in attempting the journey and what the decision to travel in such a large group tells us about the realities of the journey itself. While the migrant caravan is walking to ostensible safety, the northbound journeys of Central American migrants through Mexico to the US are not safe. Many thousands attempt this journey every year, encountering detention and extortion by the police and drug cartels, physical violence, rape, and death. The policing of Mexico’s southern border, undertaken with the support of the US, does not only capture migrants in its net. Mexicans of indigenous appearance, suspected of being from Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador because of crude processes of racial profiling, are routinely caught up in and detained in police patrols and at police checkpoints. In all this, women and teenagers are at particular risk. The risks of the journey are the reasons underpinning the choice of the Hondurans to travel in a caravan—the idea being that the greater the number of people, the lower the risk of capture and deportation, of physical harm from police, cartels and criminals along the route, and of being stopped by border controls. Moving in a caravan also removes the need to employ the services of smugglers who are often linked to cartels and are a source of the violence migrants face. In other words, people are reclaiming the right to move without paying large sums of money.

      Talk of “flows” also hides the way the journeys of migrants are shaped by the infrastructures of their travel. Roads direct migrants in particular directions and border controls interrupt their movement and divert them into using different paths. Unlike a river, they are not a force of nature that can make their way to their metaphorical sea by the quickest and most efficient route possible. The obstacles migrants encounter on their journey are not only natural obstacles like rivers, deserts, or mountains, but also human-made obstacles like police roadblocks, border control points and migrant prisons.

      And yet in the face of all this, they still walk. Faced with the difficulties of the journey and the promise of repatriation, some have already returned to Honduras. But many in the caravan have now crossed two national borders, with Guatemala and Mexico. Their numbers are growing as many people see the strength in numbers and the difficulty, both practically and politically, of preventing passage. Many others still are left sleeping on bridges, hungry and thirsty with little access to sanitation or shelter as they wait to enter Mexico. And yet they walk, they wait, and more join because “It’s even worse in Honduras.”

      In my work on humanitarian borderwork I have begun to argue for a deeper focus on the ways infrastructures and geographies intimately shape not only the risks faced by those excluded from safe and legal travel but also how the excluded move (Pallister-Wilkins, 2018, 2019). This builds on William Walter’s earlier demand that studies of migration take the journey seriously:

      The vehicle, its road, its route—these particular materialities are not entirely missing from scholarship on migration politics. But… they rarely feature as a central focus in theorisation and investigation of migration worlds. This is surely a paradox. All migrations involve journeys and those journeys are more often than not mediated by complex transport infrastructures, authorities and norms of transportation. Granted, in many instances those journeys may be rather uneventful and not in the least bit life-changing or politically salient… Nevertheless, in many other instances, the journey is politically salient, perhaps even a life-or-death experience. (2015: 270)

      Alongside taking the journey seriously, Mimi Sheller’s important work has shone a light on systems of ‘motility’, differential mobility capability, and mobility justice (2018) and Vicki Squire has drawn our attention to the biophysical role of deserts and seas in governing mobility (2016). Therefore, a focus on the journey and differential mobility capabilities challenges the watery metaphor of ‘flow,’ compelling us instead to understand how infrastructures and geographies—roads, bridges, deserts, mountains, border controls, police patrols, walls and fences, time and speed — make possible and condition particular types of mobility with embodied effects.

      Infrastructures here, following Lauren Berlant (2016), are defined by use (and movement) coming to pattern social life. They are what organizes life. As such they are agents in the (re)production of social inequalities (Donovan, 2015) and uneven geographies (Chua et. al, 2018). Alongside the way infrastructures pattern social life, consideration of infrastructuring offers a dynamic way of understanding the how of unequal mobility beyond the crafting of policy, enabling a greater consideration of infrastructure as something dynamic and mutable in the context of use. Infrastructures are not all encountered or utilized equally. A road driven is not the same as a road walked. Moreover, in thinking about context and use, Deborah Cowen (2014) has drawn our attention to the ways infrastructure, such as complex systems of just-in-time logistics, not only works to overcome the limits of space and time, but also offers opportunities for disruption and resistance. The essays in the “Investigating Infrastructures” Forum on this site show the role of infrastructures in crafting and reinforcing uneven geographies.

      With this in mind, I also want to consider the role of physical geography as an active agent working along with border, policing, and transport infrastructures in conditioning the how of unequal mobility as well as the embodied risks migrants face. The exclusive and privileged nature of various (safer) transport infrastructures and the growth of differential mobility regimes results in physical geographies and their attendant risks coming to matter to what Karen Barad would call matter (2003), in this instance to human life and well-being. In these instances, physical geographies have been politically made to matter through various policies underpinning mobility access and they come to matter at the level of the individual migrant bodies that encounter them.

      Infrastructural projects—roads, railways, and shipping routes—are all attempts to overcome the limits of physical geography. Planes and their attendant infrastructures of airports, airlines, runways and air traffic control make the traversal of great distance and the geographies of seas, mountains, and deserts possible and less risky. By making air travel exclusive, not through cost alone but through border regimes that deny access to those without the correct documentation, physical geography comes to matter more. Those seeking life through movement are increasingly prevented from accessing such transport. Thus, at the level of individual bodies and the journeys they make, the physical geography of the route comes to play a greater constitutive role. As Mimi Sheller makes clear, “There is a relation between personal bodily vulnerabilities, the struggle for shelter, the splintering of infrastructural systems, and the management of citizenship regimes and borders” (2018: xiv).

      Infrastructural projects such as roads, railways, and runways suggest attempts to overcome the limits of physical geography and yet are also intimately shaped by them. Mountain roads, for example, contain hairpin bends necessitated by the gradient of the slopes they cross. Bridges span rivers where such engineering can practically and safely take place. Meanwhile, a lack of roads or bridges impedes mobility, encouraging migrants to use boats, to swim, or like the Rohingya’s journeys from Rakhine into Bangladesh, to use the small narrow dykes that have shaped the environment of the wetlands of the Naf River delta.

      As John Law noted in his study of the possibilities that the Portuguese ship created for long distance control and an apparent human-technological triumph over space, the physical geographies of the ocean—“the winds and currents”—are an ever-present actor working in concert with infrastructure networks (1986). According to Law, it is not possible to think about these infrastructural networks and the social, political, and economic forces they represent and bring into being without a consideration of what he calls the natural, or what I am calling physical geography. The nature of concern to Law is very different from the natural world evoked by discussion of migrant flows and the wide variety of attendant watery metaphors. In these discussions, flow is a description. For Law, flow would have and perform a relational role. This relational ontology becomes even more politically pressing when the natural has embodied effects on the lives of migrants bound up in such a relational system. Put simply, the physical geography alongside infrastructures affects how people move and the risks they encounter on their journeys.

      Therefore, geoinfrastructuring, I argue, is important in considering how people exercise mobility. Geoinfrastructuring both conditions the journey of the migrant caravan and creates particular embodied effects, such as sore feet, blisters, joint pain, sprained muscles, and dehydration. Moments of enforced waiting on the journey, such as at border crossing points, generate their own embodied risks due to poor sanitation, lack of access to clean drinking water, and exposure to extreme weather, which in turn creates the need for as well as the time and space for limited humanitarian relief (see Pallister-Wilkins, 2018). However, as the migrant caravan attests, geoinfrastructure also creates the possibility for a (conditioned) resistance to exclusionary political-material mobility regimes. Infrastructural spaces and systems—roads, transit areas, buses and pick-up trucks—are being claimed and used by Honduran migrants in their journeys to the United States. In Europe and in the context of my own research, one of the key architects of Médecins Sans Frontiéres’ Search and Rescue operations has impressed upon me the important interrelation of the sea, infrastructures of surveillance and visibility, and the boat in making possible humanitarian efforts not only at saving lives but in addition the “activist” element of such search and rescue. Here, the dynamics of the sea, in concert with European border surveillance systems such as EUROSUR and the boat, make possible certain political interventions and disruptions that, it is argued, are not possible in other environments such as the Sahara and speak to Law’s idea of a relational ontology.[1]

      Away from the migrant caravan and my own research on search and rescue in the Mediterranean, I have become interested in exploring the relationship between physical, infrastructural and border geographies in how migrants choose to cross the Alps from Italy into France. These crossings occur at only a few points along the border, at crossing points that are manageable to migrants with differential mobility capabilities. Importantly, they are less risky than other crossing points due to lower altitude, better transport connections and a reduced police presence, such as at the Col de l’Échelle between the Italian town of Bardonecchia and the French city of Briançon. People do not cross through these places for lack of other routes. The town of Bardonecchia, for example, is located at the Italian entrance of both the Fréjus tunnel linking France and Italy, carrying motor vehicles under the Alps, and the older Mont Cenis tunnel linking France and Italy by rail. The entry point to the Fréjus and the trains using the Mont Cenis are heavily policed. The policing of the Fréjus tunnel is further made easier by traffic having to stop and pass through toll booths. And yet, the presence of the railway and its attendant station in Bardonecchia means that it is relatively accessible for migrants travelling from the rest of Italy. Its proximity to the French border, only 7km and a relatively gentle walk away, means that this particular border region has become a particularly popular passage point for migrants wanting to leave Italy for France.

      I have come to know this region well through its additional and complimentary infrastructures of tourism. The cross-border region is a popular holiday destination for people like me who are drawn there by the geoinfrastructure that makes for excellent cycling terrain. This tourism infrastructure for both summer and winter Alpine sports and outdoor activities means that the area is comparatively heavily populated for the Hautes-Alpes. This has resulted in services capable and willing to assist migrants with their journeys, from dedicated and well-equipped teams of mountain rescuers, to a large hospital specializing in mountain injuries, and solidarity activists offering food and shelter. In this region of the Hautes-Alpes, geoinfrastructuring, like with the migrant caravan, shapes not only how and why migrants make their journeys in particular ways: it also facilitates the exercising of political resistance to exclusionary border regimes by both migrants themselves and those who stand in solidarity with them.

      With this short essay I have attempted to challenge the language of flows and in so doing drawn attention to the constitutive role of infrastructures and their embodied effects in how migrants, excluded from safe and legal forms of transportation, exercise mobility. I have argued that as political geographers we should also consider the role of physical geography in making a difference in these journeys that occur in concert with roads, rivers, mountains, deserts, tunnels, bridges and vehicles. These physical geographies, as Vicki Squire argues, have biophysical effects. This is not to normalize the very real bodily dangers faced by migrants in their journeys by seeking to lay blame at the foot of the mountain, so to speak. Instead, it is to suggest that these physical geographies come to matter and have very real effects because of the political role ascribed to them by human decision-making concerned with (re)producing unequal mobility. It is to make the case for what I have termed here geoinfrastructuring—the assemblage of physical, material and political geographies—that shape how migrants move and the risks they face.

      http://societyandspace.org/2019/02/21/walking-not-flowing-the-migrant-caravan-and-the-geoinfrastructuring


  • Des catastrophes pas tout à fait naturelles

    Cet hiver, un petit hameau dʹétables a été emporté par une #avalanche à #Täschalp dans la vallée de Zermatt.
    De manière générale, le risque de catastrophe « naturelle » augmente avec le réchauffement climatique.
    #Adrien_Zerbini nous emmène dans cette région avec le géographe et spécialiste des impacts climatiques Markus Stoffel, professeur à Institut des sciences de l’environnement de lʹUniversité de Genève. Puis nous évoquons, sur le même thème, lʹexposition RISK qui est proposée au pénitencier de Sion jusquʹau 6 janvier 2019.

    https://www.rts.ch/play/radio/prise-de-terre/audio/des-catastrophes-pas-tout-a-fait-naturelles?id=9879414&station=a9e7621504c6959e3

    #catastrophes_naturelles #nature #climat #changement_climatique #Suisse #risque


  • Risques | Mayday
    http://audioblog.arteradio.com/post/3088155/_4_risques

    Pour son quatrième vol à bord du studio de Radio Canut, l’équipe Mayday prend tous les risques : une équipe réduite et fatiguée, une apprentie réal qui mélange les pistes de décollage, mais quand même et surtout une soute ultra-chargée par des tonnes de sons à vous faire entendre ! Durée : 1h02. Source : Radio Canut

    http://sons-audioblogs.arte.tv/audioblogs/sons/3048451/3090432_mayday_-_risques.mp3



  • Un lanceur d’alerte révèle un grave danger d’explosion d’un site industriel en Alsace
    https://reporterre.net/Un-lanceur-d-alerte-revele-un-grave-danger-d-explosion-d-un-site-industr

    Mais l’ambiance se durcit à son égard au sein de la mutuelle d’assurance. Plutôt que de subir les foudres de ses supérieurs, pour qui il semble poser des questions embarrassantes, l’inspecteur décide de faire profil bas. L’idée lui vient de jouer la montre en attendant que s’applique le décret sur les lanceurs d’alerte implémenté par la loi Sapin II, soit le 1er janvier 2018. Cette date une fois passée, il alerte le déontologue de Groupama Grand Est, et transmet successivement le dossier à l’Agence française anticorruption, au directeur de l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire (ASN) et à la Dreal Grand Est. Il ne reçoit pas de réponse.

    Pourtant, la Dreal effectue bien une visite de la coopérative agricole le 9 février 2018, sans toutefois en publier le compte-rendu. Un choix surprenant alors que tous les comptes-rendus de ce genre sont d’ordinaire disponibles en ligne sur le site de l’institution. On peut ainsi lire les rapports antérieurs concernant la CAC, jusqu’à 2014 seulement.


  • Come sfatare il mito dei migranti che portano malattie

    Quello dello “straniero untore” resta un mito ricorrente, che permette di giustificare paure e ritrosie nei confronti dell’accoglienza, e dimentica che, più che terribili e antiche malattie, a costituire la prima causa di morte per i migranti sono ancora i viaggi in mare.

    “Dimora vietata a persone provenienti da paesi dell’area africana e asiatica anche temporanea se non in possesso di regolare certificato sanitario aggiornato”. Così si legge in un’ordinanza di giugno del sindaco di Carcare – paese dell’entroterra savonese – emessa per “tutelare la salute dei cittadini” dall’arrivo di migranti originari di luoghi in cui “sono ancora presenti numerose malattie contagiose”, debellate in Europa. L’estate scorsa il sindaco di Alassio aveva emanato un provvedimento simile, con uno scopo pressoché identico: “tutelare la sicurezza e la salute dei nostri cittadini e dei nostri turisti”, in “risposta alla situazione di emergenza e all’invasione incontrollata del territorio nazionale”.

    Al di là dei casi dei comuni liguri, la convinzione di una pericolosità sanitaria dei migranti è piuttosto diffusa. Ma esiste davvero il rischio di contagi e del ritorno di epidemie dimenticate?
    L’analisi

    Secondo la direttrice dell’ufficio europeo dell’Organizzazione mondiale della sanità Zsuzsanna Jakab, la percentuale di migranti “che arrivano in stato di salute compromesso è compresa tra il 2 e il 5%, e si tratta di patologie dell’apparato cardiocircolatorio, mentale o legate allo stato di gravidanza, ma per lo più sono ferite dovute a incidenti”. Questo dato è stato confermato anche da un report di Medici per i diritti umani, che ha chiesto all’Asl di Brindisi i dati sui ricoveri dei cittadini stranieri negli ospedali della provincia relativi all’anno 2015, e ha rilevato come questi non abbiano rappresentato neppure l’1% del numero complessivo. Tra i motivi di ricovero le cause infettive si trovavano “agli ultimissimi posti”, e la frequenza dei motivi di ammissione in ospedale era “sovrapponibile a quella dei ricoveri complessivamente considerati. (…) Tale rilievo confuta l’idea che gli immigrati siano portatori di malattie trasmissibili e siano la causa della loro diffusione nelle popolazioni native”.

    Nonostante questo, ci sono in particolare alcune patologie contagiose di cui si parla con toni allarmistici come legate alla questione immigrazione: HIV, tubercolosi, scabbia, sifilide. Eppure i dati dicono altro.

    Secondo l’Oms, ad esempio, “la prevalenza di infezione da HIV è generalmente bassa tra le persone provenienti dal Medio Oriente e Nord Africa. Quindi, vi è un basso rischio che l’HIV sia portato in Europa dai migranti provenienti da questi paesi”. Stando ai dati forniti dallo European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) elaborati da studenti della scuola di giornalismo dello Iulm di Milano, “solo il 2,6% dei nuovi casi sono riconducibili a soggetti provenienti dall’Africa sub-Sahariana”, e nel nel 2014 “la proporzione di stranieri tra le nuove diagnosi di infezione da HIV è stata del 27,1%, con un numero assoluto di casi pari a 1.002, risultando in calo rispetto all’ultima rilevazione effettuata nel 2006, in cui l’incidenza straniera era del 32,9%”.

    Va considerato, poi, che molti contraggono il virus dopo l’arrivo in Europa.

    Lo sostiene l’Oms, e lo confermano anche recenti ricerche. Lo studio “HIV acquisition after arrival in France among sub-Saharan African migrants living with HIV in Paris area” – presentato alla conferenza Ias 2015 – ha mostrato come tra il 35 e il 49% dei migranti provenienti dall’Africa che vivono con HIV in Francia ha probabilmente acquisito il virus dopo aver lasciato il continente d’origine. Anche secondo il professor Giampiero Carosi – ex direttore dell’Istituto di malattie infettive e tropicali dell’Università di Brescia – “una percentuale elevata di migranti contrae l’infezione qui da noi”, anche perché “un soggetto malato non si mette in viaggio – e che viaggio”.

    La questione delle modalità di contagio, infine, ridimensiona molto il pericolo: l’HIV, infatti, non si trasmette per via aerea, ma solo sessuale o ematica. Tra l’altro, il virus è tuttora presente in Italia, nonostante se ne parli sempre meno.

    Il 2014 è stato l’anno dell’allarme Tbc sui barconi dei migranti, trainato da diversi post sul blog di Beppe Grillo. I dati dell’ECDC riportati dagli studenti dello Iulm mostrano come dal 1990 al 2014 il tasso annuale di casi registrati di Tbc sia “calato da 25,3 per 100mila abitanti a 6, con un decremento pari a circa il 64% del numero di casi”. Tra il 2003 e il 2012 in Italia la popolazione residente è cresciuta di poco più del 4%, mentre quella straniera ha subito un incremento circa del 154% e parallelamente il numero di casi di Tbc in persone nate all’estero è aumentato, passando dal 37% al 58% del totale in dieci anni. Come si evince dal rapporto OsservaSalute 2014, “analizzando, però, la frequenza di casi di Tbc notificati a persone nate all’estero rispetto alla popolazione residente straniera, si osserva un forte decremento con valori quasi dimezzati nell’arco del decennio di osservazione a fronte di una sostanziale stabilità dell’incidenza nel complesso della popolazione”. Ciò significa che il numero di casi di Tbc nei migranti è aumentato molto meno della loro crescita numerica.

    Ad ogni modo, è vero che la condizione di immigrato agevola il rischio di contrarre la malattia: secondo l’Oms il pericolo dipende sì dall’incidenza della Tbc nel paese d’origine, ma anche “dalle condizioni di vita e lavoro nella nazione di immigrazione, dall’accesso ai servizi sanitari e sociali”.

    Per Giovanni Baglio, epidemiologo dell’Istituto Nazionale Salute Migrazione e Povertà (INMP) di Roma, “la stragrande maggioranza di coloro che vengono a cercare lavoro in Europa partono in ottime condizioni di salute – se soffrissero di tubercolosi in forma conclamata, e quindi infettiva, non potrebbero resistere al viaggio”, e poi arrivati qui deteriorano il loro stato fisico. Insomma, se un pericolo contagio esiste, dipende dalla scarsa possibilità di accesso alle cure.

    Nonostante non si sia mai sopita, la scorsa estate la psicosi scabbia ha raggiunto il suo picco, con la temporanea chiusura delle frontiere e migranti bloccati nelle stazioni ferroviarie delle principali città italiane. Anche in questo caso si tratta di un allarme sopravvalutato, nei numeri – nel 2015 i casi rilevati dai medici di confine negli sbarchi degli immigrati sono stati circa il 10% – ma soprattutto nel merito. Quando si parla di scabbia ci si riferisce a un’infezione della pelle causata da un parassita diffuso in tutto il mondo, compresa l’Italia. È una malattia piuttosto banale, tipica delle fasce sociali più svantaggiate, favorita da scarsa igiene e sovraffollamento – condizioni che facilmente si associano ai viaggi sui barconi. Si cura con una pomata; si previene il contagio con semplici accorgimenti come indossare i guanti durante le visite mediche o lavarsi le mani. Un’altra patologia il cui ritorno viene legato all’immigrazione è la sifilide, su cui però non esistono dati approfonditi se non in pochi paesi. Stando al report dell’ECDC, comunque, l’incidenza non sembra differire in maniera significativa fra popolazione immigrata e residente: nel 2010 il 7,3% dei casi riguardavano migranti, il 55,4% non-migranti.

    In generale, l’Oms individua i problemi di salute più frequenti di rifugiati e migranti in “ferite accidentali, ipotermie, bruciature, malattie gastrointestinali, cardiovascolari, legate alla gravidanza, diabete e ipertensione”. In molti al loro arrivo presentano quella che viene chiamata la “malattia dei gommoni”: lesioni e ustioni provocate dal trasporto delle persone insieme alle taniche di carburante; mentre le donne devono affrontare problemi per quanto riguarda il parto, la salute neonatale, patologie riconducibili alla sfera sessuale o riproduttiva, oltre a essere spesso anche vittime di violenze. Gli individui più vulnerabili, come i bambini, “sono inclini a infezioni respiratorie e malattie gastrointestinali a causa delle cattive condizioni di vita, dell’igiene non ottimale e delle privazioni cui sono sottoposti durante la migrazione”. Fattori che favoriscono il sorgere di malattie non trasmissibili e condizioni croniche, il cui problema principale è quello dell’interruzione delle terapie.

    Quello di cui certamente soffrono i migranti sono le “ferite invisibili” dovute alla loro provenienza da zone di guerra o dove si pratica la tortura. Secondo un rapporto di Medici senza frontiere sulla salute mentale dei profughi ospitati dai Cas italiani, tra i richiedenti asilo si registrano tassi più alti di psicosi, depressione, disturbi post traumatici da stress (Ptsd), disturbi dell’umore, disturbi d’ansia, cognitivi e una maggiore tendenza alla somatizzazione.
    Il giudizio di OpenMigration

    Associare l’arrivo dei migranti al ritorno di malattie sconosciute o debellate è una storia che fa sempre parecchia presa sulla popolazione. Del resto, nulla è più efficace della paura dell’altro per cementare il consenso. Alla luce dei dati e delle evidenze, però, è certamente un falso allarme: secondo l’Oms i problemi di salute di rifugiati e migranti “sono simili a quelli del resto della popolazione”, mentre il rischio di importazione di agenti infettivi esotici e rari “è estremamente basso” e quando si verifica “riguarda viaggiatori regolari, turisti oppure operatori sanitari, più che rifugiati o migranti”.
    Nonostante questo, quello dello “straniero untore” resta un mito ricorrente, che permette di giustificare paure e ritrosie nei confronti dell’accoglienza, e dimentica che, più che terribili e antiche malattie, a costituire la prima causa di morte per i migranti sono ancora i viaggi in mare.

    https://openmigration.org/fact-checking/come-sfatare-il-mito-dei-migranti-che-portano-malattie/?platform=hootsuite
    #préjugés #asile #migrations #réfugiés #maladies #risque #maladies_infectieuses #mythe


  • Outsourcing Risk. Investigating the Ali Enterprises Factory Fire on 11 September 2012

    Forensic Architecture was asked by the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) to carry out an architectural analysis of the fire that destroyed the Ali Enterprises textile factory on 11 September 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan. Inadequate fire safety measures at the company, a supplier for the German clothes retailer #KiK, led to the deaths of 260 factory workers. This investigation uncovers the many ways in which design and management decisions not only failed to prevent injury and casualties, but in fact augmented the death toll.

    Our findings have now been submitted to the Regional Court in Dortmund, Germany, where legal action against KiK is ongoing. Since March 2015, the Court has been examining a civil claim against KiK filed by four Pakistanis – one survivor and three relatives of workers killed in the fire – with support from the ECCHR and medico international.


    https://www.forensic-architecture.org/case/outsourcing-risk

    #risques #externalisation #Karachi #Pakistan #délocalisation #travail #industrie_textile #forensic_architecture #reconstruction_du_désastre

    cc @reka



  • Quand les eaux montent – Mise en #patrimoine des #crues et des #inondations

    Cet ouvrage, issu des travaux de la Chaire Capital environnemental et gestion durable des cours d’eau (Géolab/Université de Limoges) présente des études de cas en France, en Europe mais aussi en Inde et au canada et propose une lecture patrimoniale des inondations.

    Si Jamie Linton enseigne la géographie à l’Université de Limoges, Alexis Metzger est associé au centre de formation sur l’environnement et la société de l »ENS-ULM. Tous deux introduisent l’ouvrage qu’il coordonne, organisent les diverses contributions en trois parties : traces et mémoires qui conduisent le lecteur dans le Gers et au Canada, Risques et cultures des rives du Brahmapoutre au Rhin en passant par les bords de Loire, la seine et le Tibre, Transmissions et créations entre Loire et Garonne.

    L’introduction Mind the floods ! Définit le cadre conceptuel : le patrimoine en relation avec la crue considérée comme utile à l’écosystème de la rivière, une « contrainte à intégrer au développement des territoires »1. Les auteurs rappellent le contexte d’élaboration de l’ouvrage : un colloque tenu à limoges en octobre 2015 et invitent à compléter la lecture par l’écoute d’extraits de communications et proposent une bibliographie générale sur ces thèmes 2

    Traces et mémoires

    Franck David (Université Bretagne -Sud), spécialiste des traces mémorielles des héritages douloureux entre valorisation et oubli, aborde les mémoires d’une crue assez récente à Auch3, une crue dévastatrice pour les habitants de la ville basse épargnant la ville historique en rive gauche.Il pose une série de questions : la mémoire, construction sociale, constitue-telle un patrimoine ? Comment sont conservées ou cachées les traces visuels de la crue ? Les mesures de prévention des risques ne pourraient-elles pas entretenir les traces de hauteurs d’eau pour rappeler le risque ? La loi du 30 juillet 2003 prévoit en effet de matérialiser les repères de PHEC4 alors que rien n’est prévu en ce qui concerne l’étendue spatiale de l’inondation. L’auteur montre que d’autres formes existent : monument ou spectacle vivant. Il analyse deux figurations du sculpteur Jaime Plensa installées en 1992 et le parcours d’interprétation de la ville « chemin de traverse » les associant à une représentation chorégraphique évoquant la crue. Le but de ces œuvres est de réconcilier les habitants avec le rivière de même que les aménagements de rectification des rives et aménagements paysagers avec promenade et parcours sportif pour permettre une réappropriation pacifié du Gers.

    Anne Watelet der l’école de l’environnement de l’Université Laurentienne (Ontario-Canada) entraîne le lecteur sur les rives de la rivière des Ouataouais. Il s’agit d’une rivière liée à l’histoire même du Québéc, patrimoine reconnu officiellement en 2017 mais la mémoire des crues est peu connue. L’étude porte sur deux villages à l’ouest de Montréal, l’un est un point de portage incontournable à, l’aval de rapides fréquentés dès le début du XVIIe siècle par les migrants européens. Les vestiges du canotage ont été largement détruit par la construction d’une centrale hydroélectrique (1962). Comment les habitants vivent-ils aujourd’hui le milieu riverain ? L’auteure décrit l’hydrologie de la rivière et ses crues fréquentes, la mémoire des crues utiles à l’exploitation forestière5 ou à la ^pêche à l’esturgeon. La présentation des effets du barrage sur le sentiment des riverains montre une différence selon qu’ils vivent en amont ou en aval du barrage6. L’auteure constate que l’éloignement de la connaissance et de la crainte des crues amène à une extension des zones bâties en zone inondable en aval et une prise de conscience récente de la collectivité locale.

    Quatre universitaires britanniques : Lindsey McEwen, Joanne Garde-Hansen, Iain Robertson, Andrew Holmes explorent la nature changeante des archives d’inondation, leur relation avec la mémoire et les savoir locaux. Ils définissent les archives et les conditions de leur collecte. Ils montrent le poids ses élites dans la définition de ce qui doit être conservé même si des mémoires plus personnelles ou familiales existent. Les auteurs évoquent la conservation d’archives d’inondation : photographies7, témoignages, repères. Ils concluent sur l’existence d’un patrimoine culturel immatériel et pose la question de sa mise à disposition du public.

    Risques et cultures

    Quatre articles abordent la question sous l’angle risques/ressources.

    Émilie Crémin nous entraîne sur les rives du Brahmapoutre. Elle montre comment les populations y ont vécu en utilisant les différents niveaux d’eau, « jouant » avec les crues tandis que les autorités tentent depuis le XIIe siècle de les maîtriser. Elle présente la culture ancienne du fleuve divinisé, associé à Brahma, les politiques de préservation de l’écosystème de la plaine inondable dans le Parc National de Kaziranga et le « savoir vivre avec les crues des habitants de l’île de Majuli. Elle analyse ensuite un autre patrimoine lié à la longue histoire des digues, les évolution des pratiques agricoles, les critiques de ces politiques de protection. Elle conclut sur l’existence dans cette région d’une culture du risque exprimée par des dessins d’enfants.

    Sylvain rode et Sylvie Servain se penchent sur la Loire moyenne autour de la question : « l’approche en terme de patrimoine ne peut-elle pas aider à donner une visibilité au risque inondation 8 » sur un site inscrit au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO depuis l’an 2000 ? Il s’agit ici à la fois des paysages naturels de l’eau et des paysages culturels9 et du risque qui véhicule une image négative aux antipodes de la vallée des châteaux. L’interrogation porte sur l’intérêt d’une patrimonialisation de l’inondation pour définir une identité du lieu, un atout de développement notamment touristique et une culture du risque à construire.

    Ce ne sont pas moins de dix auteurs, historiens et géographes, qui analysent la culture du risque dans le fossé rhénan. Ils constatent une méconnaissance largement répandue du risque dans une zone urbanisée et industrielle. Si l’Alsace a un riche patrimoine historique et bien que très marquée par la présence du Rhin la connaissance et la mémoire des inondations sont faibles sans doute en raison, pour les auteurs, de l’histoire des conflits franco-allemands10. Les auteurs évoquent &également les travaux de correction, endiguement des cours d’eau et la rareté des repères de rue. La prise de conscience du risque est récente, peut-être une chance pour une patrimonialisation des inondations omniprésentes dans l’histoire de l’Alsace11. Les auteurs militent pour une géohistoire des inondations.

    Sofiane Saadia (doctorant à l’Université Paris Diderot) compare sur un siècle (des années 1930 au début du XXIe siècle) les stratégies de Paris et Rome face à la crue. Quelle intégration du risque dans les aménagements urbains ? L’auteur amorce sa réflexion autour des ouvrages de protection, leur patrimonialisation et les conséquences : valorisation des berges et mesures de prévention des risques, des rapports parfois antagonistes12. A partir de l’exemple d’aménagement du parc interdépartemental des sports de Choisy-le-Roi il pose ensuite la question : l’inondation peut-elle être considérée comme un patrimoine naturel ?

    Transmissions et créations

    Avec Annie Sigwalt, sociologue, on aborde la question des terres agricoles en zone inondable, les zones humides en Pays de Loire, autrefois élément de l’exploitation agricole, aujourd’hui en perte d’actifs agricoles.Elle présente les travaux de la commission marais de la chambre d’agriculture de Loire atlantique et notamment comment les éleveurs perçoivent leur activité professionnelle en zone humide, confirmant une connaissance réelle du milieu et des savoir à transmettre : formes de valorisation, connaissance du risque, réactions aux mesures agro-environnementales.

    L’exemple de patrimonialisation de la moyenne vallée de la Garonne marmandaise est présenté par Philippe Valette, Philippe Marmiesse et Jean-Michel Moreau. Après une description de la Garonne et son régime de crues les auteurs rappellent quelques données historiques et les caractéristiques d’un bâti traditionnel adapté et mis en valeur à Couthures par la Maison « Gens de Garonne ».

    En guise de conclusion La géographe Nancy Meschinet de Richemond développe bla nécessaire dimension positive de l’inondation pour une patrimonialisation allant au-delà de la dimension économique du patrimoine.

    https://clio-cr.clionautes.org/quand-les-eaux-montent-mise-en-patrimoine-des-crues-et-des-inond
    #mémoire #catastrophe #livre #géographie_culturelle #risques #catastrophes #histoire


  • L’intervention de l’#Etat est-elle nécessaire pour protéger et promouvoir la #santé ? Et dans l’affirmative, quels #risques doit-elle couvrir ? Un débat d’actualité alors qu’augmentent les inégalités sociales de santé.

    https://sms.hypotheses.org/3468

    #état, #santé, #risque, #inégalité, #protéger, #protection, #social, #intervention, #rapports_sociaux, #régulation


  • Sulle tracce del marmo della discordia

    Le montagne sventrate, le falde inquinate, il viavai di camion, i morti sul lavoro, le infiltrazioni criminali, la mancata distribuzione di una ricchezza collettiva. Carrara è schiacciata dai signori del marmo. Non sono cave: sono miniere. La roccia estratta qui non nisce in sculture e non alimenta più la liera artigianale locale. Parte per l’Asia oppure, in gran percentuale, finisce nei dentifrici, nella carta e in altre decine di prodotti. È il business del carbonato di calcio. Un’attività dominata dalla multinazionale svizzera #Omya che qui possiede un grosso stabilimento industriale.


    https://www.wereport.fr/articles/sulle-tracce-del-marmo-della-discordia-area
    #marbre #extractivisme #Carrara #Italie #pollution #carbonate_de_calcium #multinationales #Suisse #mondialisation #géographie_de_la_mondialisation #globalisation

    un article de Federico Franchini, de @wereport
    photo @albertocampiphoto

    • A Carrara, sulle tracce del marmo della discordia

      Le montagne sventrate, le falde inquinate, il via vai di camion, i morti sul lavoro, la mancata distribuzione di una ricchezza collettiva. Carrara è schiacciata dai signori del marmo. Non sono cave: sono miniere. La roccia estratta qui non finisce in sculture e non alimenta più la filiera artigianale locale. Parte per l’Asia oppure, in gran percentuale, finisce nei dentifrici, nella carta e in altre decine di prodotti. È il business del carbonato di calcio. Un’attività dominata dalla multinazionale svizzera Omya che qui possiede un grosso stabilimento industriale.

      Sembra un ghiacciaio ma è un bacino minerario. Tutto è bianco sporco. Le rocce, le strade, la polvere. Le montagne sono divorate dalle ruspe. Decine di camion, carichi di blocchi o di detriti, scendono a valle da stradine improvvisate. Persino la nostra Panda 4X4 fatica sul ripido pendio sterrato. Stiamo salendo alla cava Michelangelo, una delle più pregiate del bacino marmifero di Carrara, in Toscana. Qui viene estratto lo statuario, il marmo venduto anche a 4.600 franchi la tonnellata. In questa grossa cava lavorano circa una dozzina di persone.

      Riccardo, 52 anni di cui trenta passati a estrarre roccia, sta manovrando un blocco con il filo diamantato. Il sole che batte a picco sul marmo dà l’effetto di un forno. «D’estate è così mentre d’inverno è freddo e umido» ci racconta questo figlio e nipote di cavatori. Riccardo spiega con orgoglio il suo lavoro. Poi conclude: «Spero che mio figlio faccia qualcos’altro nella vita».

      Un lavoro rischioso

      La situazione nelle cave è sicuramente migliorata rispetto a qualche anno fa, ma il lavoro qui resta rischioso. L’ultimo decesso è dello scorso mese di luglio: Luca Savio, 37 anni, papà di un piccolo bambino, è stato travolto da un blocco in un deposito. Aveva un contratto di lavoro di sei giorni. A maggio, Luciano Pampana, un operaio di 58 anni, è invece morto schiacciato sotto una pala meccanica. «Qui i servi della gleba versano sangue» ha esclamato don Raffaello, il parroco di Carrara che nella sua omelia dopo questa morte si è scagliato contro il business del marmo: «Le Apuane sono sfregiate e pochi si arricchiscono!»

      «Le Apuane sono sfregiate e pochi si arricchiscono!».

      Don Raffaele, parroco di Carrara
      Fine della citazione

      I sindacati hanno indetto un giorno di sciopero e chiesto la chiusura delle cave non in regola. Negli ultimi dodici anni vi sono stati undici incidenti mortali, di cui sei tra il 2015 e il 2016. «È decisamente troppo se si calcola che in tutta la provincia i cavatori sono circa 600» esclama Roberto Venturini, segretario della Fillea Cgil di Massa Carrara che ci accompagna nella visita. Per il sindacalista vi è un solo modo per rendere compatibile questa attività con l’ambiente e con una cittadinanza che sempre meno tollera le cave: «Bisogna rallentare la produzione e aumentare il numero di dipendenti».
      «Monocoltura del marmo»

      Carrara e la vicina Massa sono un microcosmo rappresentativo delle attuali problematiche dell’economia: l’automatizzazione, la maledizione delle risorse, la concentrazione delle ricchezze, il conflitto tra ambiente e lavoro. Un conflitto, questo, che è emerso in queste zone già negli anni 80 attorno al polo chimico situato nella piana, verso il mare. Nel 1987 ci fu il primo referendum consultivo d’Europa con cui i cittadini si espressero a favore della chiusura dello stabilimento Farmoplant della Montedison. Ciò che avvenne, però, solo un anno dopo, a seguito dell’esplosione di un serbatoio di Rogor, pesticida cui già il nome dà inquietudine.

      In pochi anni, a catena, tutti gli stabilimenti cessarono le attività lasciando come eredità terreni inquinati e una schiera di disoccupati. Oggi la zona industriale si è trasferita dal mare alle montagne.

      L’unico settore che tira è quello estrattivo tanto che qui si parla di “monocultura del marmo”, in comparazione a quei paesi che hanno fatto di un prodotto destinato all’esportazione la sola attività economica. E così in pochi ci guadagnano mentre alla collettività rimangono le briciole e gli effetti nocivi.

      I ricavi crescono, gli impieghi no

      Nello scorso triennio il settore, dal punto di vista del ricavo, è cresciuto all’incirca del 5% all’anno. Difficile trovare un altro comparto in così rapida crescita. I profitti, però, sono sempre più concentrati.

      Gli addetti sono sempre meno e una crescente percentuale dell’attività di trasformazione è ormai svolta all’estero: dall’inizio degli anni duemila gli impieghi diretti sono diminuiti di oltre il 30%, passando da quasi 7’000 a circa 4’750 unità. Negli ultimi anni nelle cave sempre più meccanizzate sono stati persi più di 300 posti di lavoro; altri 300 sono scomparsi nelle attività di trasformazione e nella lavorazione.

      Ma anche attorno a queste cifre vi è scontro. Da un lato gli ambientalisti, dall’altro i rappresentanti del mondo imprenditoriale con i primi che tendono a sminuirne l’impatto economico e i secondi che mettono in valore l’effetto occupazionale del settore. La sola certezza, qui, è che quel marmo che ha plasmato l’identità ribelle dei carrarrini e fatto conoscere la città nel mondo intero è oggi sinonimo di conflitto.
      «Una comunità arrabbiata e ferita»

      «Dal marmo il territorio si aspetterebbe molto di più», ci spiega Paolo Gozzani, segretario della Cgil di Massa e Carrara. Il quale aggiunge: «Questa è una comunità arrabbiata e ferita che vede i signori del marmo come un potere arrogante, che si accaparra la ricchezza derivata da questa materia prima senza dare al territorio la possibilità di migliorarsi da un punto di vista sociale, dei servizi e senza fare in modo che, attorno al marmo, si sviluppi una vera e propria filiera».

      Un’opinione condivisa da Giulio Milani, uno scrittore che ha dedicato un libro alla devastazione territoriale di questa terra, dalla chimica al marmo: «L’industria del marmo c’è sempre stata in questa zona, ma negli ultimi anni è diventata una turboindustria che sta mettendo in crisi il territorio».

      Milani s’interroga sul presente e sul futuro dei suoi tre figli in un luogo che ha già sofferto per le conseguenze dell’inquinamento della chimica: «Tutte le volte in cui piove i fiumi diventano bianchi come latte a causa della marmittola, la polvere di marmo; a Carrara vi sono state quattro gravi alluvioni in nove anni legate al dissesto idrogeologico del territorio. Per questo parlo di costi sociali di questa attività. Dobbiamo ormai considerare che questo è diventato un distretto minerario vero e proprio e noi ci viviamo dentro».

      A supporto di questa situazione vi è la netta presa di posizione del procuratore capo di Massa, Aldo Giubilaro, che lo scorso mese di maggio ha illustrato l’entità di un’operazione effettuata presso diverse società attive nella lavorazione del marmo dalla quale è emerso uno spaccato di irregolarità ambientali diffuse: «Salvo rari casi, sicuramente encomiabili, sembra essere una regola per le aziende del lapideo al piano, quella di non rispettare le normative sull’impatto ambientale con conseguenze decisamente deleterie per chi vive in questa zona (…). Non si tratta solo di un problema ambientale, ma riguarda anche e soprattutto la salute dei cittadini che vivono in questa provincia, purtroppo maglia nera per il numero di tumori in tutta la Toscana» ha affermato questo magistrato noto per aver più volte criticato l’omertà del settore.
      Il carbonato svizzero

      Lasciata la cava, con la nostra Panda 4X4 ridiscendiamo a valle. Ai lati della strada diversi ravaneti, le vallate dove una volta si riversavano i detriti derivati dalla scavazione.

      Sotto numerosi camion sono in fila per scaricare le loro benne cariche di sassi. Il rumore degli scarichi e della frantumazione è incessante. Siamo di fronte a quello che è chiamato «il mulino»: i sassi qui vengono frantumati in scaglie.

      Una volta effettuata l’operazione, i camion imboccano la Strada dei marmi – sei chilometri di gallerie costati 138 milioni di franchi pubblici e destinati solo al trasporto del marmo – che sbuca verso il mare, a pochi passi da un grosso stabilimento industriale. È la fabbrica della Omya Spa dove le scaglie di marmo vengono lavorate fino a renderle carbonato di calcio, un prodotto sempre più richiesto.

      Questa farina di marmo la si trova dappertutto, nei dentifrici, nella carta e in altre decine di prodotti. La Omya Spa è una filiale della Omya Schweiz, che ha sede nel Canton Argovia. Pur essendo un’impresa familiare, poco nota al grande pubblico e non quotata in borsa, stiamo parlando di una vera e propria multinazionale: con 180 stabilimenti in 55 paesi Omya è il leader mondiale del carbonato di calcio. In Toscana ha campo libero. Nel 2014 il gruppo elvetico ha acquistato lo stabilimento del principale concorrente, la francese Imerys. Non solo: Omya ha preso importanti partecipazioni in quattro aziende attive nell’estrazione che la riforniscono di materia prima.

      Le polveri del boom

      A Carrara e dintorni si respirano le polveri di questo boom. Si stima che i blocchi di marmo rappresentino soltanto il 25% del materiale estratto: il restante 75% sono detriti. Una volta le scaglie erano considerate un rifiuto fastidioso, che impediva l’avanzata degli scavi e che veniva liberato nei ravaneti.

      Poi, nel 1987, arrivò Raul Gardini che con la sua Calcestruzzi Spa entrò nel business delle cave e ottenne un maxi contratto per la desolforazione delle centrali a carbone della Enel: un’attività in cui il carbonato di calcio era essenziale. L’industriale Raul Gardini morì suicida sulla scia di Tangentopoli, ma a Carrara rimase e si sviluppò questa nuova attività.

      Il business del carbonato di calcio ha dato un’accelerata all’attività estrattiva e ha permesso di tenere aperte cave che altrimenti sarebbero già state chiuse. Lo abbiamo visto alle pendici del Monte Sagro, all’interno del Parco delle Apuane, marchio Unesco: questa montagna, come ci ha mostrato Eros Tetti, dell’associazione Salviamo le Apuane, continua ad essere scarnificata per alimentare proprio il commercio del carbonato.

      La corsa alla polvere di marmo tocca anche il versante lucano. A Seravezza, un paesino a mezz’ora di auto da Carrara, abbiamo incontrato un gruppo di cittadini che si batte contro l’aumento incontrollato dell’attività di scavo: «Il comitato – ci spiegano i promotori – nasce proprio in risposta alla riapertura di tre cave di marmo sul Monte Costa. Siamo preoccupati per il nostro territorio e ci siamo interrogati sugli effetti che questi siti estrattivi avranno sulla nostra cittadinanza».
      Le parti nobili partono all’estero

      Se gran parte della roccia viene sbriciolata, la parte nobile – i blocchi di marmo – partono per il mondo. Così, interi e grezzi. Verranno poi lavorati direttamente all’estero, dove la manodopera costa meno.

      Se prima la regione di Massa e Carrara era un centro mondiale dell’arte e dell’artigianato legato al marmo, oggi la filiera legata all’estrazione è praticamente scomparsa. Ce lo racconta Boutros Romhein, un rinomato scultore siriano, da 35 anni a Carrara dove, oltre a realizzare enormi sculture, insegna agli studenti di tutto il mondo i segreti di questa nobile roccia: «Non ci sono ormai più artigiani sulla via Carriona, che parte dalle cave e va fino al mare. Una volta era un tutt’uno di piccole e grandi aziende che producevano sculture o materiale per l’architettura. Oggi possiamo dire che non c’è più nessuno».

      Una percezione confermata dai dati. Nel 2017 l’esportazione dei blocchi di marmo italiano è aumentata del 37%. È stata, in particolare, la provincia di Massa Carrara a realizzare il fatturato estero più alto con un export del valore di circa 212 milioni di euro. In calo, invece, i lavorati di marmo: per la provincia, nel 2017, la diminuzione è stata del 6,6%. I blocchi partono interi per gli Stati Uniti, la Cina, l’India e per i Paesi arabi.
      Il marmo dei Bin Laden

      Significativo di questa dinamica mondiale è lo sbarco a Carrara della famiglia saudita dei Bin Laden. Già grandi acquirenti di marmo per le loro attività edili, i Bin Laden sono ora entrati direttamente nell’attività estrattiva.

      Nel 2014 la famiglia saudita ha investito 45 milioni di euro per assicurarsi il controllo della società Erton che detiene il 50% della Marmi Carrara, il gruppo più importante del comprensorio del marmo, che attraverso la Società Apuana Marmi (Sam) controlla un terzo delle concessioni. Quattro famiglie carraresi si sono così riempite le tasche e messo parte delle cave nelle mani della CpC Holding, società controllata dalla Saudi Binladin Group.
      Un bacino minerario vero e proprio

      A Carrara siamo davanti non più a un’economia di cava, ma ad un bacino minerario vero e proprio. Così come nelle Ande e in Africa, nelle zone cioè dove l’estrazione di minerali è più selvaggia, il lato oscuro di questo business – mischiato alla pesante eredità lasciata dall’industria chimica e al fatto di non aver saputo sviluppare alternative economiche al marmo – hanno generato tutta una serie di effetti negativi: inquinamento, malattie, disoccupazione e disagio sociale.

      Nella graduatoria sulla qualità di vita 2017 curata dal dipartimento di statistiche dell’Università La Sapienza di Roma, la provincia di Massa-Carrara figura al 98esimo posto su 110. Se guardiamo i dettagli di questa classifica, la provincia è addirittura penultima per il fattore ambiente, 107esima per disagio sociale, 103esima per il superamento quotidiano della media di polveri sottili disperse nell’aria e 95esima per gli infortuni sul lavoro.

      Anche se non è possibile fare un legame diretto con il marmo, in questa terra vi è inoltre un’incidenza di malattie oncologiche fra le più elevate in Italia. In particolare vi un indice molto elevato nei mesoteliomi pleurici, la cui causa è quasi certamente dovuta alle tipologie di lavorazioni svolte in passato e all’eredità di prodotti tossici tuttora da smaltire. Per quanto riguarda il lavoro: nel 2017, Massa Carrara è stata la seconda provincia d’Italia con l’incremento più grande di disoccupazione (+36,7%). Il business del marmo e del suo derivato, il carbonato di calcio, sembra anch’esso continuare a crescere.


      https://www.tvsvizzera.it/tvs/cultura-e-dintorni/economia-mineraria_a-carrara--sulle-tracce-del-marmo-della-discordia/44377160
      #décès #risque #accident #morts #travail #Farmoplant #Montedison #Rogor #mécanisation #inondations #environnement #cancer #santé #Strad_dei_marmi #suisse #dentifrice #Argovie #Imerys #Calcestruzzi_Spa #Raul_Gardini #Monte_Sagro #Parco_delle_Apuane #résistance #Salviamo_le_Apuane #Seravezza #Monte_Costa #Bin_Laden #Arabie_Saoudite #Erton #Società_Apuana_Marmi (#Sam) #CpC_Holding #Saudi_Binladin_Group #chômage #pollution

    • “La terra bianca. Marmo, chimica e altri disastri” di #Giulio_Milani

      Mi balena in mente un quadro, come un’epifania, intercettato anni fa nel vivaio del d’Orsay, perché quelle opere respirano e non venitemi a dire che non assorbono luce e non emettono ossigeno. Sono creature folte e sempre assetate. Le spigolatrici di Jean-François Millet incastra tre donne su un lenzuolo di terra. Sono chinate, sono ingobbite, sono stanche e senza volto. La fatica rivendica il possesso feudale di quelle facce. Ma malgrado le loro schiene lontane da ogni verticale, malgrado tutte le ore inarcate e incallite, quelle lavoratrici sanno che il suolo non sputa. Che dal ventre di semi e raccolte dipende la loro vita. E anche quella che non conoscono. Non esiste(va) legame più forte. Perché il tempo presente fa pensare all’imperfetto.

      Il libro di Giulio Milani La terra bianca (Laterza, 2015) è l’ennesimo emblema della frattura, l’ulteriore dolente puntata di una serie d’inchieste sullo stupro più o meno inconsapevole subito dal nostro Paese.

      Siamo avvezzi ai fuochi campani, allo sfregio dell’agro aversano, all’idea che i rifiuti si sommergano, oppure che s-fumino altissimi a ingozzare le nuvole. Tutto già digerito. Il potere dei media gonfia il clamore e poi lo normalizza. Ci anestetizza. Ma la tragedia ambientale cambia dialetto. E in questo caso parla toscano. Nell’enclave assoluta del marmo.

      «Un’onda pietrificata, una sterminata scogliera di fossili» nella zona di confine tra la bassa Liguria e l’Emilia, che comprende la doppia provincia di Massa Carrara, le Alpi Apuane e una costola di Mar Tirreno.

      Giulio Milani, scrittore e direttore responsabile della casa editrice Transeuropa, ha sempre abitato qui, il bacino delle cave, un poligono colonizzato dalle industrie fin dagli anni Cinquanta. «Ex Farmoplant-Montedison. Ex Rumianca-Enichem. Ex Bario-Solvay. Ex Italiana Coke».

      Una sequela di sposalizi chimici e divorzi malconci che hanno divelto, macellato, svuotato un territorio rendendolo una tra le aree più inquinate d’Italia «anche per le polveri sottili prodotte dal traffico incessante dei mezzi pesanti, tra i quali i sempre più numerosi e caratteristici camion coi pianali per il trasporto di blocchi di marmo grandi alle volte come interi container e, in misura molto maggiore, i ribaltabili carichi fino al colmo di scaglie detritiche per i mille usi non ornamentali della pietra». «Fumi di latte», un impasto pestifero sbriciolato nell’aria, che la gente del luogo ingurgita ogni giorno, pensando non sia immaginabile un ipotetico altrimenti. Perché le cave sono lavoro e senza lavoro si muore. Ma a quanto pare anche a causa del lavoro.

      L’inchiesta di Milani parte da un episodio miliare: Il 17 luglio del 1988 il serbatoio di un pesticida (il Rogor), occultato malamente tra i Formulati liquidi per eludere la legge, scoppia come un attentato nello stabilimento Farmoplant- Montedison, partorendo una nube tossica diluita per 2000 kmq, soprattutto su Marina di Massa e Marina di Carrara. Nessun morto e chissà quante vittime. Perché il disastro più maligno è quello che s’incassa tardi, che s’incista nelle crepe, acquattato nelle vie respiratorie, nell’alcova dei polmoni, tra reni e vescica.

      Dopo proteste di ogni tipo la fabbrica fu chiusa, ma non la scia di condanne pronta a chiedere asilo dentro troppi cittadini. Il motivo? Le pratiche più diffuse da molte di quelle aziende riguardavano lo smaltimento “sportivo” dei rifiuti. Ovviamente tossico-nocivi, tramite la termodistruzione per opera dell’inceneritore Lurgi nel caso della Farmoplant, attraverso interramenti silenziosi e consenzienti in tutti gli altri. Abbuffare le zolle di veleni e poi coprirle di ulivi e ammalarsi d’olio e non capirlo mai per tempo.

      Ma il libro di Milani procede oltre, traccia una geometria spazio-temporale molto complessa, diagonali d’analisi che scavalcano il singolo episodio e pennellano il profilo di una provincia abusata attraverso la Storia, in prima istanza dalla fatica delle cave, dove i dispositivi di protezione sono stati per decenni fantasmi senza guanti. Operai falciati come insetti per un cumulo distratto, schiacciati da un peso sfuggito al controllo. Poi il vespaio furioso dell’industria estrattiva e dei suoi sversamenti. E la smania noncurante di usare la terra come un tappeto. Come un sepolcro ben ammobiliato.

      Milani ci racconta per salti, di uomini capaci di opporsi al male, dello stormo partigiano della Resistenza Apuana, negli echi di guerra nelle steppe di Russia (suo argomento di laurea). «Si erano battuti per tre giorni di seguito. Per tre giorni e due notti si erano sacrificati, a turno, ai piedi di una quota da riconquistare». Poi di altri uomini anni in anni più vicini, intenti a riagguantare la pulizia dei fatti, a denunciare gli illeciti, a spingere forze, a non tacere. Come Marcello Palagi, principale esponente del movimento per la chiusura della Farmoplant; come Alberto Grossi, regista del documentario Aut Out.«Se si altera la morfologia di un luogo non ne vengono modificati solo i caratteri distintivi, ma anche quelli invisibili, come l’alimentazione degli acquiferi e il clima. Sono a rischio le sorgenti, si perdono i fiori, e forse anche la poesia». E lo scempio continua.

      Chi pagherà per ogni verso bruciato, per lo sguardo rappreso in un cucchiaio d’orrore? Per la strage travestita da capitolo ordinario, senza nessun dittatore da offendere? Per le diagnosi neoplastiche di cui smettiamo di stupirci? Sempre noi, che se restiamo fermi avremo solo terre sane dipinte in un museo.

      http://www.flaneri.com/2016/05/25/la-terra-bianca-giulio-milani

      #livre

    • La malédiction du marbre de Carrare

      Le fameux marbre de Carrare n’est pas seulement symbole de luxe. Le site est surtout devenu un des hauts lieux de l’extraction du carbonate de calcium, utilisé notamment dans la fabrication des dentifrices. Une exploitation industrielle qui défigure le paysage et s’accompagne de morts sur les chantiers, de pollution et d’accaparement des ressources par une élite locale et par des acteurs internationaux, dont la famille Ben Laden et la multinationale suisse Omya.


      https://www.swissinfo.ch/fre/economie/pollution--maladies-et-gros-profits_la-mal%C3%A9diction-du-marbre-de-carrare/44416350