• In Sri Lanka, old land issues and a new prime minister highlight post-war traumas

    Sri Lanka’s civil war ended nearly a decade ago, but Maithili Thamil Chilwen’s barren plot of land still resembles a battlefield.

    There is only a mound of dirt where her home once stood in Keppapilavu village in the country’s northeast; the rest is just dirt, gravel, and broken shards of doors and windows from her demolished home.

    Sri Lanka’s military occupied thousands of hectares of land during and after the country’s bitter 26-year civil war, which came to a brutal end in 2009 when the military crushed remaining Tamil fighters here in the north. Almost a decade later, rights groups say reconciliation between the country’s majority Sinhalese community and its Tamil minority is at a standstill, and occupied land is one glaring example.

    Thamil Chilwen, an ethnic Tamil, said the military seized her property at the end of the war. It took almost nine years, until earlier this year, for the military to give it back. But by then, her home and fields were destroyed.

    “We were happy when the military told us we could go back to our land. But when I saw the state of the land, I had to cry,” she said.

    The military has been slow to return land to civilians, or to even acknowledge just how much territory it still occupies. It’s symptomatic of wider post-conflict fissures across the country: rights groups say Sri Lanka’s government hasn’t taken significant steps to address rampant war-era abuses – including enforced disappearances and thousands of civilian deaths in the conflict’s final months.

    Hopes for national reconciliation took another blow last week when the country’s president, Maithripala Sirisena, abruptly appointed the controversial former leader who oversaw the 2009 military offensive, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister. The surprise move has locked Sri Lanka in a political crisis: the ousted prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, has vowed to stay in office; government ministers who support him have denounced his dismissal as “an anti-democratic coup”.

    Human Rights Watch said any return to office for Rajapaksa raises “chilling concerns” for rights in the country. Rajapaksa is accused of widespread rights abuses, particularly in his role overseeing the military offensive that crushed the Tamil insurgency.

    “The current government’s failure to bring justice to victims of war crimes under the Rajapaksa government reopens the door for past abusers to return to their terrible practices,” said the group’s Asia director, Brad Adams.

    For most Tamils, a return to their ancestral land is one key part of finding justice, says Ruki Fernando, a Colombo-based rights activist who has documented war-time disappearances.

    More than 40,000 people remain displaced since the end of the war, mostly concentrated in the Tamil heartlands of northern and northeastern Sri Lanka.

    “It’s about culture and religious life. It’s where they buried their ancestors,” Fernando said. “It’s their identity.”

    Alan Keenan, a Sri Lanka analyst with the International Crisis Group, says land is among a range of issues that have largely gone unresolved over the last decade.

    “Most Tamils don’t feel that they have gotten as much they were promised in terms of dealing with the legacy of war, having their land returned, discovering the fate of their tens of thousands of missing relatives, having crimes committed by the military addressed judicially,” Keenan said. “For a whole range of things, they think they didn’t get what they were promised.”

    Estimates for the amount of land occupied by the military vary wildly. The military last year said it had returned roughly 20,000 hectares of private and state land in the north. In a report released this month, Human Rights Watch said the government claimed the military was occupying about 48,000 hectares of private and state land in the north and east.

    Rights groups say the military has converted some of the occupied land into for-profit businesses. They have set up plantation farms, restaurants, and even resorts catering to tourists, in addition to large military bases.

    An army spokesman did not respond to IRIN’s requests for comment. But in an interview with the Indian newspaper The Hindu this year, Mahesh Senanayake, the Sri Lankan army chief, said 80 percent of occupied land has been returned. He claimed the military had been the only organisation capable of running key services in the north after decades of war.

    “The government machinery was not functioning for decades,” he said. “There was a big gap and our services are needed to address it.”

    Early this month, President Sirisena ordered the release of all civilian land by the end of the year. However, rights groups say such promises have gone unfulfilled for years.

    Sirisena was elected in 2015 on the back of a reformist agenda to boost reconciliation between the divided Sinhalese and Tamil communities. When he came to office, Sirisena broke from his predecessor and promised to set up a national truth commission, an office to investigate missing persons, and provide reparations for war-era abuses.

    The government has held public consultations to solicit feedback on reconciliation, and legislated the creation of an office for reparations. But rights groups say progress has been achingly slow, even before last week’s political crisis. The UN’s special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism last year said government actions on transitional justice have “ground to a virtual halt”.

    Analysts say Sirisena has been reluctant to push a reform agenda too forcefully in the face of resurgent Sinhalese nationalism. Rajapaksa, the former president, is popular among Sinhalese nationalists; the political party he leads nearly swept local elections held in February, seen as a bellwether for the current political mood in the country.

    “The government is afraid the Sinhala constituency will be unhappy that they are giving back the land, that they are shrinking the footprint of the military,” Keenan said.

    In a country that has held an uneasy peace since the civil war’s remarkably violent end in 2009, there are signs of discontent. A Tamil nationalist party, the Tamil National People’s Front, also made significant gains during the February elections here in Sri Lanka’s north, where it took control of the two largest councils in populous Jaffna district.

    In Keppapilavu village, an army tank sits outside an imposing military base surrounded by tall cement walls. A few metres away, a group of men and women have held a protest for the last year, under tents made of tin and tarpaulin.

    Arumuham Weluthapillayi, a Hindu priest, started the protest last year with other displaced families. He says half of his land is still occupied by the army – in addition to homes, places of worship, schools, a cemetery, and numerous shops around the village.

    This area was once a stronghold of the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers. But nine years after the insurgency was routed, Weluthapillayi says he can’t understand why the army hasn’t left.

    “The war is over,” he said. “There are no security issues. Why are they still here?”

    #Sri_Lanka #COI #terres #tamouls #déplacés_internes #IDPs #dédommagement #indemnisations #Keppapilavu

  • Brazil new President will open Amazon indigenous reserves to mining and farming

    Indigenous People Bolsonaro has vowed that no more indigenous reserves will be demarcated and existing reserves will be opened up to mining, raising the alarm among indigenous leaders. “We are in a state of alert,” said Beto Marubo, an indigenous leader from the Javari Valley reserve.

    Dinamam Tuxá, the executive coordinator of the Indigenous People of Brazil Liaison, said indigenous people did not want mining and farming on their reserves, which are some of the best protected areas in the Amazon. “He does not respect the indigenous peoples’ traditions” he said.

    The Amazon and the environment Bolsonaro campaigned on a pledge to combine Brazil’s environment ministry with the agriculture ministry – under control of allies from the agribusiness lobby. He has attacked environmental agencies for running a “fines industry” and argued for simplifying environmental licences for development projects. His chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, and other allies have challenged global warming science.

    “He intends that Amazon stays Brazilian and the source of our progress and our riches,” said Ribeiro Souto in an interview. Ferreira has also said Bolsonaro wants to restart discussions over controversial hydroelectric dams in the Amazon, which were stalled over environmental concerns.

    Bolsonaro’s announcement last week that he would no longer seek to withdraw Brazil from the Paris climate agreement has done little to assuage environmentalists’ fears.

    #réserves #Amazonie #Brésil #extractivisme #mines #agriculture #forêt #déforestation (probablement pour amener ENFIN la #modernité et le #progrès, n’est-ce pas ?) #aires_protégées #peuples_autochtones #barrages_hydroélectriques

  • Protect the last of the wild

    A century ago, only 15% of Earth’s surface was used to grow crops and raise livestock1. Today, more than 77% of land (excluding Antarctica) and 87% of the ocean has been modified by the direct effects of human activities2,3. This is illustrated in our global map of intact ecosystems (see ‘What’s left?’).

    #terre #étendues_sauvages

  • (1) #Terre : la disparition des vertébrés par zone - Libération

    Afrotropical : le drame des années 80
    L’écozone afrotropicale, qui regroupe la partie de l’Afrique située au sud du Sahara, Madagascar et une partie de la péninsule arabique, abrite de nombreuses espèces endémiques - qui vivent sur un territoire bien délimité -, comme les lémuriens. Or, plus de la moitié des populations des 320 espèces observées pendant plus de quarante ans ont disparu. Plus précisément 56 %, avec une diminution très intense dans les années 80. Les espèces d’eau douce (amphibiens, reptiles et poissons) y ont été sévèrement décimées, avec une baisse des populations estimées à 75 %. Si l’on observe la population des mammifères, on constate que ces derniers ont été particulièrement victimes de l’exploitation humaine (40 % des menaces qui pèsent sur ces populations), ainsi que de la dégradation de leurs habitats naturels (42 %).

  • Il est possible de promouvoir la baisse démographique de certaines zones abandonnées via une ouverture à une population migrante (c’est le cas notamment de #Riace, pour ne nommer qu’elle) ou alors via une #politique_nataliste (et donc nationaliste) :
    Patria, prole e terra. Fai un figlio in più (il terzo) e lo Stato ti concede gratis un terreno da coltivare per i prossimi vent’anni

    È una delle misure previste dalla bozza della manovra per favorire la crescita demografica. E se compri casa in zona il mutuo avrà tasso zero.

    Un figlio in più può «valere» un terreno, in concessione esclusiva per i prossimi 20 anni. È quanto prevede una nuova misura aggiunta nell’ultima bozza della legge di Bilancio disponibile, ancora non inviata alle Camere. I terreni abbandonati potranno essere affidati in concessione gratuita per 20 anni alle famiglie cui nasca il terzo figlio nel 2019, 2020 o 2021. La misura è volta a «favorire la crescita demografica». Non solo: si prevede anche la concessione di mutui fino a 200mila euro a tasso zero alle famiglie che acquistino nelle vicinanze dei terreni la prima casa. A questa finalità andrà destinato il 50% dei terreni agricoli e a vocazione agricola di proprietà dello Stato non utilizzabili per altra finalità e il 50% delle aree abbandonate o incolte del Mezzogiorno.

    Oltre ai terreni dello Stato, saranno assegnati gratuitamente la metà di quelli abbandonati di Abruzzo, Basilicata, Calabria, Campania, Molise, Puglia, Sardegna e Sicilia per i quali nel 2017 era partita una sperimentazione della valorizzazione, che comprendeva le aree agricole inattive da almeno 10 anni, i terreni di rimboschimento in cui non si erano registrati interventi negli ultimi 15 anni e anche le aree industriali, artigianali, e turistico-ricettive abbandonate da almeno 15 anni, come previsto dal Decreto Sud del Governo Gentiloni.

    I terreni potranno andare anche a società di giovani imprenditori agricoli che riservano una quota del 30% alle famiglie col terzo figlio che arriva tra il 2019 e il 2021.

    Previsto l’accesso prioritario ai benefici per favorire l’imprenditorialità in agricoltura e il ricambio generazionale (da mutui agevolati per gli investimenti fino a un milione e mezzo a contributi a fondo perduto).

    Per sostenere i mutui prima casa a tasso zero (di 20 anni di durata) viene creato un apposito fondo al ministero delle Politiche agricole con 5 milioni per il 2019 e 15 milioni per il 2020. I ministeri dell’Agricoltura e della Famiglia dovranno definire «criteri e modalità» di attuazione della misura.

    #nationalisme #démographie #croissance_démographique #Italie #terres #famille #politique_nataliste #repeuplement #populationnisme
    ping @albertocampiphoto

  • EDF achète des centaines d’hectares de terre autour de ses centrales.
    Projet EPR à St-Laurent-des-Eaux (Loir-et-Cher) : les agriculteurs préparent déjà la résistance - France 3 Centre-Val de Loire

    EDF cherche actuellement à acquérir des terres autour des 19 centrales nucléaires existantes pour savoir où les projets d’EPR seraient techniquement possibles et voir où ils rencontreraient le moins de résistance politique.

    #nucléaire #epr

  • La banque ING continue de financer des plantations d’huile de palme (...) - FIAN Belgium

    Alors qu’ING lance une campagne sur l’investissement durable (« c’est bien pour votre avenir et le mien »), un groupe d’ONG dénonce publiquement aujourd’hui ces financements à des entreprises d’huile de palme, telles que #SOCFIN, qui vont à l’encontre des engagements sociaux et environnementaux de la banque !

    #palmiers_à_huile #huile_de_palme #Sierra_Leone #terres

  • En Charente, un village fait le pari d’une gestion collective des terres

    « Le rôle de la Scic est de stocker les terres. Elle loue les prairies des agriculteurs partis à la retraite et s’en occupe, en attendant qu’un jeune vienne s’installer, explique l’élu. On empêche ainsi la spéculation. Ces systèmes se créent quand il y a du vide. En étant organisés et en installant les jeunes, ils ne viendront pas, puisqu’il n’y a pas de vide. »

    #agriculture #ruralité #intelligence_collective

  • Grosse émotion en découvrant cette vidéo de soutien depuis la #zad de #Notre_Dame_des_Landes aux compañer@s de Atenco 💚 L’esprit frondeur de la lutte n’est pas mort : tant que l’Hydre Capitaliste s’attaquera à la Terre, la Résistance et la Rebellion seront des réponses légitimes et nécessaires !

    Emmanuel Macron, Nicolas Mulot, Eddy Philou, Nicole Klein & Gérard Colombe tirent des leçons de #NDDL et appellent à lutter contre le nouvel aéroport de #Mexico #Atenco #NoNAIM

    #YoPrefieroElLago : https://queertube.org/videos/watch/80babea5-fc6b-4d0b-b6da-58d8b7eb6085
    #GPII #zones_a_defendre #Terre_et_liberte #Tierra_y_Libertad

  • Uganda’s refugee policies: the history, the politics, the way forward

    Uganda’s refugee policy urgently needs an honest discussion, if sustainable solutions for both refugees and host communities are to be found, a new policy paper by International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI) reveals.

    The paper, entitled Uganda’s refugee policies: the history, the politics, the way forward puts the “Ugandan model” in its historical and political context, shines a spotlight on its implementation gaps, and proposes recommendations for the way forward.

    Uganda has since 2013 opened its borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees from South Sudan, bringing the total number of refugees to more than one million. It has been praised for its positive steps on freedom of movement and access to work for refugees, going against the global grain. But generations of policy, this paper shows, have only entrenched the sole focus on refugee settlements and on repatriation as the only viable durable solution. Support to urban refugees and local integration have been largely overlooked.

    The Ugandan refugee crisis unfolded at the same time as the UN adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants, and states committed to implement a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF). Uganda immediately seized this opportunity and adopted its own strategy to implement these principles. As the world looks to Uganda for best practices in refugee policy, and rightly so, it is vital to understand the gaps between rhetoric and reality, and the pitfalls of Uganda’s policy. This paper identifies the following challenges:

    There is a danger that the promotion of progressive refugee policies becomes more rhetoric than reality, creating a smoke-screen that squeezes out meaningful discussion about robust alternatives. Policy-making has come at the expense of real qualitative change on the ground.
    Refugees in urban areas continue to be largely excluded from any support due to an ongoing focus on refugee settlements, including through aid provision
    Local integration and access to citizenship have been virtually abandoned, leaving voluntary repatriation as the only solution on the table. Given the protracted crises in South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo, this remains unrealistic.
    Host communities remain unheard, with policy conversations largely taking place in Kampala and Geneva. Many Ugandans and refugees have neither the economic resources nor sufficient political leverage to influence the policies that are meant to benefit them.

    The policy paper proposes a number of recommendations to improve the Ugandan refugee model:

    First, international donors need to deliver on their promise of significant financial support.
    Second, repatriation cannot remain the only serious option on the table. There has to be renewed discussion on local integration with Uganda communities and a dramatic increase in resettlement to wealthier states across the globe.
    Third, local communities hosting refugees must be consulted and their voices incorporated in a more meaningful and systematic way, if tensions within and between communities are to be avoided.
    Fourth, in order to genuinely enhance refugee self-reliance, the myth of the “local settlement” needs to be debunked and recognized for what it is: the ongoing isolation of refugees and the utilization of humanitarian assistance to keep them isolated and dependent on aid.

    #modèle_ougandais #Ouganda #asile #migrations #réfugiés

    Pour télécharger le #rapport:

    • A New Deal for Refugees

      Global policies that aim to resettle and integrate displaced populations into local societies is providing a way forward.

      For many years now, groups that work with refugees have fought to put an end to the refugee camp. It’s finally starting to happen.

      Camps are a reasonable solution to temporary dislocation. But refugee crises can go on for decades. Millions of refugees have lived in their country of shelter for more than 30 years. Two-thirds of humanitarian assistance — intended for emergencies — is spent on crises that are more than eight years old.

      Camps are stagnant places. Refugees have access to water and medical care and are fed and educated, but are largely idle. “You keep people for 20 years in camps — don’t expect the next generation to be problem-free,” said Xavier Devictor, who advises the World Bank on refugee issues. “Keeping people in those conditions is not a good idea.” It’s also hard to imagine a better breeding ground for terrorists.

      “As long as the system is ‘we feed you,’ it’s always going to be too expensive for the international community to pay for,” Mr. Devictor said. It’s gotten more and more difficult for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to raise that money; in many crises, the refugee agency can barely keep people from starving. It’s even harder now as nations turn against foreigners — even as the number of people fleeing war and violence has reached a record high.

      At the end of last year, nearly 70 million people were either internally displaced in their own countries, or had crossed a border and become a refugee. That is the largest number of displaced in history — yes, more than at the end of World War II. The vast majority flee to neighboring countries — which can be just as badly off.

      Last year, the United States accepted about 30,000 refugees.

      Uganda, which is a global model for how it treats refugees, has one-seventh of America’s population and a tiny fraction of the wealth. Yet it took in 1,800 refugees per day between mid-2016 and mid-2017 from South Sudan alone. And that’s one of four neighbors whose people take refuge in Uganda.

      Bangladesh, already the world’s most crowded major nation, has accepted more than a million Rohingya fleeing ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. “If we can feed 160 million people, then (feeding) another 500,00-700,000 …. We can do it. We can share our food,” Shiekh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, said last year.

      Lebanon is host to approximately 1.5 million Syrian refugees, in addition to a half-million Palestinians, some of whom have been there for generations. One in three residents of Lebanon is a refugee.

      The refugee burden falls heavily on a few, poor countries, some of them at risk of destabilization, which can in turn produce more refugees. The rest of the world has been unwilling to share that burden.

      But something happened that could lead to real change: Beginning in 2015, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees crossed the Mediterranean in small boats and life rafts into Europe.

      Suddenly, wealthy European countries got interested in fixing a broken system: making it more financially viable, more dignified for refugees, and more palatable for host governments and communities.

      In September 2016, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously passed a resolution stating that all countries shared the responsibility of protecting refugees and supporting host countries. It also laid out a plan to move refugees out of camps into normal lives in their host nations.

      Donor countries agreed they would take more refugees and provide more long-term development aid to host countries: schools, hospitals, roads and job-creation measures that can help both refugees and the communities they settle in. “It looked at refugee crises as development opportunities, rather than a humanitarian risk to be managed,” said Marcus Skinner, a policy adviser at the International Rescue Committee.

      The General Assembly will vote on the specifics next month (whatever they come up with won’t be binding). The Trump administration pulled out of the United Nations’ Global Compact on Migration, but so far it has not opposed the refugee agreement.

      There’s a reason refugee camps exist: Host governments like them. Liberating refugees is a hard sell. In camps, refugees are the United Nations’ problem. Out of camps, refugees are the local governments’ problem. And they don’t want to do anything to make refugees comfortable or welcome.

      Bangladesh’s emergency response for the Rohingya has been staggeringly generous. But “emergency” is the key word. The government has resisted granting Rohingya schooling, work permits or free movement. It is telling Rohingya, in effect, “Don’t get any ideas about sticking around.”

      This attitude won’t deter the Rohingya from coming, and it won’t send them home more quickly. People flee across the closest border — often on foot — that allows them to keep their families alive. And they’ll stay until home becomes safe again. “It’s the simple practicality of finding the easiest way to refuge,” said Victor Odero, regional advocacy coordinator for East Africa and the Horn of Africa at the International Rescue Committee. “Any question of policies is a secondary matter.”

      So far, efforts to integrate refugees have had mixed success. The first experiment was a deal for Jordan, which was hosting 650,000 Syrian refugees, virtually none of whom were allowed to work. Jordan agreed to give them work permits. In exchange, it got grants, loans and trade concessions normally available only to the poorest countries.

      However, though the refugees have work permits, Jordan has put only a moderate number of them into jobs.

      Any agreement should include the views of refugees from the start — the Jordan Compact failed to do this. Aid should be conditioned upon the right things. The deal should have measured refugee jobs, instead of work permits. Analysts also said the benefits should have been targeted more precisely, to reach the areas with most refugees.

      To spread this kind of agreement to other nations, the World Bank established a $2 billion fund in July 2017. The money is available to very poor countries that host many refugees, such as Uganda and Bangladesh. In return, they must take steps to integrate refugees into society. The money will come as grants and zero interest loans with a 10-year grace period. Middle-income countries like Lebanon and Colombia would also be eligible for loans at favorable rates under a different fund.

      Over the last 50 years, only one developing country has granted refugees full rights. In Uganda, refugees can live normally. Instead of camps there are settlements, where refugees stay voluntarily because they get a plot of land. Refugees can work, live anywhere, send their children to school and use the local health services. The only thing they can’t do is become Ugandan citizens.

      Given the global hostility to refugees, it is remarkable that Ugandans still approve of these policies. “There have been flashes of social tension or violence between refugees and their hosts, mostly because of a scarcity of resources,” Mr. Odero said. “But they have not become widespread or protracted.”

      This is the model the United Nations wants the world to adopt. But it is imperiled even in Uganda — because it requires money that isn’t there.

      The new residents are mainly staying near the South Sudan border in Uganda’s north — one of the least developed parts of the country. Hospitals, schools, wells and roads were crumbling or nonexistent before, and now they must serve a million more people.

      Joël Boutroue, the head of the United Nations refugee agency in Uganda, said current humanitarian funding covered a quarter of what the crisis required. “At the moment, not even half of refugees go to primary school,” he said. “There are around 100 children per classroom.”

      Refugees are going without food, medical care and water. The plots of land they get have grown smaller and smaller.

      Uganda is doing everything right — except for a corruption scandal. It could really take advantage of the new plan to develop the refugee zone. That would not only help refugees, it would help their host communities. And it would alleviate growing opposition to rights for refugees. “The Ugandan government is under pressure from politicians who see the government giving favored treatment to refugees,” Mr. Boutroue said. “If we want to change the perception of refugees from recipients of aid to economic assets, we have to showcase that refugees bring development.”

      The World Bank has so far approved two projects — one for water and sanitation and one for city services such as roads and trash collection. But they haven’t gotten started yet.

      Mr. Devictor said that tackling long-term development issues was much slower than providing emergency aid. “The reality is that it will be confusing and confused for a little while,” he said. Water, for example, is trucked in to Uganda’s refugee settlements, as part of humanitarian aid. “That’s a huge cost,” he said. “But if we think this crisis is going to last for six more months, it makes sense. If it’s going to last longer, we should think about upgrading the water system.”

      Most refugee crises are not surprises, Mr. Devictor said. “If you look at a map, you can predict five or six crises that are going to produce refugees over the next few years.” It’s often the same places, over and over. That means developmental help could come in advance, minimizing the burden on the host. “Do we have to wait until people cross the border to realize we’re going to have an emergency?” he said.

      Well, we might. If politicians won’t respond to a crisis, it’s hard to imagine them deciding to plan ahead to avert one. Political commitment, or lack of it, always rules. The world’s new approach to refugees was born out of Europe’s panic about the Syrians on their doorstep. But no European politician is panicking about South Sudanese or Rohingya refugees — or most crises. They’re too far away. The danger is that the new approach will fall victim to the same political neglect that has crippled the old one.


      #Ouganda #modèle_ougandais #réinstallation #intégration

      avec ce commentaire de #Jeff_Crisp sur twitter :

      “Camps are stagnant places. Refugees have access to water and medical care and are fed and educated, but are largely idle.”
      Has this prizewinning author actually been to a refugee camp?


    • Appreciating Uganda’s ‘open door’ policy for refugees

      While the rest of the world is nervous and choosing to take an emotional position on matters of forced migration and refugees, sometimes closing their doors in the face of people who are running from persecution, Uganda’s refugee policy and practice continues to be liberal, with an open door to all asylum seekers, writes Arthur Matsiko


    • Ouganda. La générosité intéressée du pays le plus ouvert du monde aux réfugiés

      L’Ouganda est le pays qui accueille le plus de réfugiés. Un million de Sud-Soudanais fuyant la guerre s’y sont installés. Mais cette noble intention des autorités cache aussi des calculs moins avouables : l’arrivée massive de l’aide internationale encourage l’inaction et la #corruption.


    • Refugees in Uganda to benefit from Dubai-funded schools but issues remain at crowded settlement

      Dubai Cares is building three classrooms in a primary school at Ayilo II but the refugee settlement lacks a steady water supply, food and secondary schools, Roberta Pennington writes from Adjumani



      Luis zappa, prepara dei fori per tirare su una casa in attesa di ritrovare la sua famiglia. Il terreno è una certezza, glielo ha consegnato il Governo ugandese. Il poterci vivere con i suoi cari non ancora. L’ultima volta li ha visti in Sud Sudan. Nel ritornare a casa sua moglie e i suoi otto figli non c’erano più. É sicuro si siano messi in cammino verso l’Uganda, così da quel giorno è iniziata la sua rincorsa. É certo che li ritroverà nella terra che ora lo ha accolto. Quella di Luis è una delle tante storie raccolte nei campi profughi del nord dell’Uganda, in una delle ultime missioni di Amref, in cui era presente anche Giusi Nicolini, già Sindaco di Lampedusa e Premio Unesco per la pace. 

      Modello Uganda? Dell’Uganda il mondo dice «campione di accoglienza». Accoglienza che sta sperimentando da mesi nei confronti dei profughi sud sudanesi, che scappano da uno dei Paesi più drammaticamente in crisi al mondo. Sono 4 milioni le persone che in Sud Sudan hanno dovuto lasciare le proprie case. Chi muovendosi verso altri Paesi e chi in altre regioni sud sudanesi. In questi ultimi tempi arrivano in Uganda anche persone che fuggono dalla Rep. Democratica del Congo.


    • As Rich Nations Close the Door on Refugees, Uganda Welcomes Them

      President Trump is vowing to send the military to stop migrants trudging from Central America. Europe’s leaders are paying African nations to block migrants from crossing the Mediterranean — and detaining the ones who make it in filthy, overcrowded camps.

      But Solomon Osakan has a very different approach in this era of rising xenophobia. From his uncluttered desk in northwest Uganda, he manages one of the largest concentrations of refugees anywhere in the world: more than 400,000 people scattered across his rural district.

      He explained what he does with them: Refugees are allotted some land — enough to build a little house, do a little farming and “be self-sufficient,” said Mr. Osakan, a Ugandan civil servant. Here, he added, the refugees live in settlements, not camps — with no barbed wire, and no guards in sight.

      “You are free, and you can come and go as you want,” Mr. Osakan added.

      As many nations are securing their borders and turning refugees away, Uganda keeps welcoming them. And they keep coming, fleeing catastrophes from across this part of Africa.

      In all, Uganda has as many as 1.25 million refugees on its soil, perhaps more, making it one of the most welcoming countries in the world, according to the United Nations.

      And while Uganda’s government has made hosting refugees a core national policy, it works only because of the willingness of rural Ugandans to accept an influx of foreigners on their land and shoulder a big part of the burden.

      Uganda is not doing this without help. About $200 million in humanitarian aid to the country this year will largely pay to feed and care for the refugees. But they need places to live and small plots to farm, so villages across the nation’s north have agreed to carve up their communally owned land and share it with the refugees, often for many years at a time.

      “Our population was very few and our community agreed to loan the land,” said Charles Azamuke, 27, of his village’s decision in 2016 to accept refugees from South Sudan, which has been torn apart by civil war. “We are happy to have these people. We call them our brothers.”

      United Nations officials have pointed to Uganda for its “open border” policy. While the United States, a much more populous nation, has admitted more than three million refugees since 1975, the American government settles them in the country after they have first been thoroughly screened overseas.

      By contrast, Uganda has essentially opened its borders to refugees, rarely turning anyone away.

      Some older Ugandans explain that they, too, had been refugees once, forced from their homes during dictatorship and war. And because the government ensures that spending on refugees benefits Ugandans as well, younger residents spoke of how refugees offered them some unexpected opportunities.

      “I was a farmer. I used to dig,” Mr. Azamuke said. But after learning Arabic from refugees from South Sudan, he got a better job — as a translator at a new health clinic that serves the newcomers.

      His town, Ofua, is bisected by a dirt road, with the Ugandans living on the uphill side and the South Sudanese on the downhill side. The grass-thatched homes of the Ugandans look a bit larger and sturdier, but not much.

      As the sun began to set one recent afternoon, a group of men on the Ugandan side began to pass around a large plastic bottle of waragi, a home brew. On the South Sudanese side, the men were sober, gathered around a card game.

      On both sides, the men had nothing but tolerant words for one another. “Actually, we don’t have any problems with these people,” said Martin Okuonzi, a Ugandan farmer cleaning his fingernails with a razor blade.

      As the men lounged, the women and girls were still at work, preparing dinner, tending children, fetching water and gathering firewood. They explained that disputes did arise, especially as the two groups competed for limited resources like firewood.

      “We’ve been chased away,” said Agnes Ajonye, a 27-year-old refugee from South Sudan. “They say we are destroying their forests.”

      And disputes broke out at the well, where Ugandan women insist they should be allowed to skip ahead of refugees.

      “If we hadn’t given you the land you live on, wouldn’t you be dying in Sudan?” said Adili Chandia, a 62-year-old refugee, recounting the lecture she and others got from a frustrated Ugandan woman waiting in line.

      Ugandan officials often talk about the spirit of Pan-Africanism that motivates their approach to refugees. President Yoweri Museveni, an autocratic leader who has been in power for 32 years, says Uganda’s generosity can be traced to the precolonial days of warring kingdoms and succession disputes, when losing factions often fled to a new land.

      This history of flight and resettlement is embedded in some of the names of local groups around western Uganda, like Batagwenda, which means “the ones that could not continue traveling.”

      The government encourages the nation to go along with its policy by directing that 30 percent of foreign aid destined for refugees be spent in ways that benefit Ugandans nearby. So when money for refugees results in new schools, clinics and wells, Ugandans are more likely to welcome than resent them.

      For Mr. Museveni, hosting refugees has given him relevance and political capital abroad at a time when he would otherwise have little.

      A former guerrilla fighter who quickly stabilized much of his country, Mr. Museveni was once hailed as an example of new African leadership. He was relatively quick to confront the AIDS epidemic, and he invited back Ugandans of Indian and Pakistani descent who had been expelled during the brutal reign of Idi Amin in the 1970s.

      But his star has fallen considerably. He has clung to power for decades. His security forces have beaten political opponents. Freedom of assembly and expression are severely curtailed.

      Even so, Uganda’s openness toward refugees makes Mr. Museveni important to European nations, which are uneasy at the prospect of more than a million refugees heading for Europe.

      Other African nations also host a significant number of refugees, but recent polls show that Ugandans are more likely than their neighbors in Kenya or Tanzania to support land assistance or the right to work for refugees.

      Part of the reason is that Ugandans have fled their homes as well, first during the murderous reign of Mr. Amin, then during the period of retribution after his overthrow, and again during the 1990s and 2000s, when Joseph Kony, the guerrilla leader who terrorized northern Uganda, left a trail of kidnapped children and mutilated victims.

      Many Ugandans found refuge in what is today South Sudan. Mark Idraku, 57, was a teenager when he fled with his mother to the area. They received two acres of farmland, which helped support them until they returned home six years later.

      “When we were in exile in Sudan, they also helped us,” Mr. Idraku said. “Nobody ever asked for a single coin.”

      Mr. Idraku has since returned the favor, loaning three acres to a South Sudanese refugee named Queen Chandia, 37. Ms. Chandia said the land — along with additional plots other Ugandans allow her to farm — has made all the difference.

      Her homestead of thatched-roof huts teemed with children tending their chores, grinding nuts into paste and maize into meal. Ms. Chandia is the mother of a girl and two boys. But over the years, as violence hollowed out her home country, Ms. Chandia started taking in the orphaned children of relatives and friends. Now 22 children call her “mom.”

      A refugee for nearly her entire life, Ms. Chandia arrived in Uganda as a young girl nearly 30 years ago. For years, she worried about being expelled.

      “Maybe these Ugandans will change their minds on us,” she said, describing the thought that plagued her. Then one day the worry stopped.

      But Mr. Osakan, the administrator who oversees refugee affairs in the country’s extreme northwest, is anxious. There is an Ebola outbreak over the border in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mr. Osakan fears what might happen if — or when — a refugee turns up in Uganda with the dreaded illness.

      “It would destroy all the harmony between refugees and host communities,” he said, explaining that it would probably lead to calls to seal the border.

      For now, the border is very much open, although the number of refugees arriving has fallen significantly. In one of the newer settlements, many of the refugees came last year, fleeing an attack in a South Sudanese city. But some complained about receiving too little land, about a quarter acre per family, which is less than previous refugees had received.

      “Even if you have skills — in carpentry — you are not given a chance,” said one refugee, Simon Ludoru. He looked over his shoulder, to where a construction crew was building a nursery school. The schoolhouse would teach both local Ugandan and South Sudanese children together, but the workers were almost entirely Ugandan, he said.

      At the construction site, the general contractor, Sam Omongo, 50, said he had hired refugees for the job. “Oh, yes,” he exclaimed.

      How many?

      “Not a lot, actually,” he acknowledged. “I have about three.” Mr. Omongo called one over.

      “Are you a refugee?” Mr. Omongo asked the slight man.

      “No, I’m from Uganda,” he said softly. His name was Amos Chandiga, 28. He lived nearby and owned six acres of land, though he worked only four of them. He had lent the other two to a pair of refugees.

      “They asked me, and I gave it to them,” Mr. Chandiga explained. He patted his chest. “It comes from here, in my heart.”


  • La #passion_du_monde

    « La Passion du Monde » anime le parcours et l’oeuvre de Elisée Reclus, géographe et anarchiste français (1830-1905). Le film de #Nicolas_Eprendre fait le portrait d’une personnalité peu banale, tout à la fois grand voyageur, scientifique reconnu et homme de conviction. Les photographies de Nadar nous transmettent un regard plein de bonhomie et d’acuité. La voix de Carlo Brandt donne vie à des pages qui mêlent poésie et humour, pensée scientifique et politique. Hélène Sarrazin (biographe), Kenneth White (écrivain), Philippe Pelletier et Federico Ferretti (géographes), dressent tour à tour la figure d’un homme qui nous est proche,et dont les analyses font échos aux nôtres en ce début de 21 siècle.

    #Reclus #Elisée_Reclus #géographie #anarchisme #géographie_anarchiste #film #documentaire #votation #droit_de_suffrage #obéissance #vote #trahison #suffrage #agir #ruisseau #eau #Terre #géographie #Kenneth_White #marche #marche_méditative #fleuves #frontière #commune_de_Paris #Bakunine #Fédération_jurasienne #exil #Lugano #anarchisme #esclavage #Suisse #cartographie #Charles_Perron #paysage #justice #droit

    Reprise de cette citation de Reclus sur les #frontières :

    Frontières = « lignes artificielles imposées par la violence, la guerre, l’astuce des Rois et sanctionnées par la couardise des peuples... »

    Extrait de L’homme et la terre (vers min.45) :

    « L’homme vraiment civilisé aide la terre au lieu de s’acharner brutalement contre elle. Il apprend, aussi, comme artiste. A donné au #paysage qui l’entoure plus de charme, de grâce, ou de majesté. Devenu la conscience de la Terre, l’homme digne de sa mission assume par cela-même une part de responsabilité dans l’#harmonie et la #beauté de la #nature environnante. »

    Kenneth White, min. 47’22 :

    « Le mot #monde a chez lui un sens autre que socio-politique. En général, quand on dit le monde aujourd’hui, ça veut dire le monde socio-politique. Chez lui ça veut dire ’un espace où vivre pleinement’. C’est un sens très ancien du monde. (...) Sa géographie universelle c’est d’un côté un panorama puissant et poétique de la Terre, mais c’est aussi une idée du monde. Il a une idée, une conception du monde. (...) »

    Kenneth White cite Reclus, tiré d’une lettre à un ami vers la fin de sa vie :

    « Vous me dites que mon poème n’est pas réalisable, que c’est un rêve. Ou bien nous pouvons réaliser ce rêve pour la société toute entière. Dans ce cas, travaillons avec énergie. Ou bien nous ne pouvons le réaliser que pour un petit nombre, et dans ce cas là, travaillons encore et toujours ».

    ping @reka

    • Toutes ces frontières ne sont que des lignes artificielles imposées par la violence, la guerre, l’astuce des rois… Elisée Reclus (1868)

      Les gouvernants, les dirigeants, les « décideurs » organisent aujourd’hui la distinction, le tri, le choix entre des individus qui subissent de plein fouet les horreurs, qu’elles soient la conséquence des guerres, ou celle de conditions sociales et économiques désastreuses, du Capitalisme qui submerge la planète, des États qui font « survivre » leurs peuples sous le joug, etc.

      Le vocabulaire sert aujourd’hui à légitimer un distinguo totalement arbitraire et « amoral » entre réfugiés et migrants, attribuant aux premiers un condescendant intérêt car ceux-là fuient les horreurs de la guerre et aux seconds un mépris non dissimulé, car eux ne fuient leurs pays d’origine que pour des raisons économiques et/ou sociales : la pauvreté et la misère dans lesquelles leurs Etats et leurs patronats les ont plongés ! Pourtant c’est un fait : les mêmes causes, partout, produisent les mêmes effets !

      Les guerres et les armements profitent en premier lieu aux capitalistes qui en font un commerce juteux pendant que les peuples, toujours en premières lignes, en payent le prix fort. Les frontières qui servent de paravents aux turpitudes nationalistes et aux exactions des Etats quand ceux-ci se permettent d’imposer à leurs peuples les pires des conditions d’existence… Les classes dirigeantes qui ne s’intéressent qu’à leurs propres intérêts au détriment de leurs congénères dès lors que c’est le portefeuille qui leur sert de référent « patriotique ». Et, au bout du bout, à côté de la question préoccupante de l’afflux de réfugié-e-s qui s’éloignent de ces terres de mort et de malheur, c’est les discours de haine, de racisme, de xénophobie qui servent d’exutoire dans une ambiance de fascisme, ici cocardier.

      Pour nous anarchistes, à côté des réponses immédiates concernant l’accueil et la prise en charge des réfugié-e-s, réponses à caractère uniquement humanitaire, nous devons faire valoir que les causes des guerres et les multitudes de morts et de malheurs qui les accompagnent, que tout cela est la conséquence directe des systèmes inégalitaires qui régissent l’Humanité : Capitalisme, profits, divisions de la société en classes, Etats qui usurpent le pouvoir des peuples, frontières qui séparent les individus, les divisent, les opposent et nient l’Humanité.

      Ni patrie, ni frontières !
      Pour le communisme libertaire, l’internationalisme
      la solidarité, la liberté de circulation et le fédéralisme !!!


    • Élisée Reclus, la passion du monde

      Le film de Nicolas Eprendre fait le portrait d’une personnalité peu banale, tout à la fois grand voyageur, scientifique reconnu et homme de conviction. Les photographies de Nadar nous transmettent un regard plein de bonhommie et d’acuité. La voix de Carlo Brandt donne vie à des pages qui mêlent poésie et humour, pensée scientifique et politique. Hélène Sarrazin (biographe), Kenneth White (écrivain), Philippe Pelletier et Federico Ferretti (géographe), dressent tour à tour la figure d’un homme qui nous est proche, et dont les analyses font échos aux nôtres en ce début de 21è siècle.


  • Bhambatha

    En 1906, les colons britanniques introduisent une nouvelle taxe dans la colonie du Natal en Afrique du Sud. Dans le but d’inciter les jeunes Noirs à travailler pour les fermiers blancs en labourant leurs terres, les Britanniques imposent la taxe à chaque homme noir âgé de plus de 18 ans possédant une hutte.

    Chef du clan zulu Amazondi, Bambatha va parvenir à unir sa communauté contre cette nouvelle loi injuste. Bénéficiant des conseils d’un chef plus âgé d’une autre tribu zoulou, Bambatha va organiser la rébellion. Il devient ainsi un héros pour les opprimés mais surtout l’un des premiers chefs africains à organiser une réelle rébellion solidaire contre les Anglais. En effet, d’autres chefs de tribus se rallieront à Bambatha dans cette quête de justice.

    #film #Afrique_du_sud #résistance #rébellion #histoire #terres #christianisme #poll_tax #taxes #Richmond_uprising #Zoulou #confiscation_de_terres #Natal #gorges_de_la_Mome #massacre #Rehad_Desai

    • #Bataille des gorges de la Mome

      La bataille des gorges de la Mome est livrée le 10 juin 1906, au KwaZulu-Natal, en Afrique du Sud, pendant la #révolte de Bambatha. Elle oppose les troupes locales de la colonie britannique du Natal commandées par le colonel Duncan McKenzie aux insurgés zoulous, dirigés par Bambatha, chef de la tribu des Zondi, en rébellion contre l’autorité coloniale et les taxes auxquelles cette dernière les assujettit. Bambatha est tué dans l’affrontement, qui prend fin avec la défaite des Zoulous.


  • Sri Lanka: Government Slow to Return Land. Create Consultative Process to End Military Occupation

    The Sri Lankan government has yet to fully restore civilian ownership of land and property nearly a decade since the end of the civil war in 2009, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Progress, particularly since the election of a new government in 2015, has been hindered by broad military claims of national security and the lack of a transparent process.

    The 80-page report, “‘Why Can’t We Go Home?’: Military Occupation of Land in Sri Lanka,” details security force occupation of land both during and after the armed conflict. It identifies the lack of transparency and due process, failure to map occupied land, inadequate support to affected people and communities, and prolonged delays in providing appropriate reparations for decades of loss and suffering. The military has also used some confiscated lands for commercial profit rather than national security and returned damaged or destroyed property to owners without compensation.

    “All those displaced during Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war are entitled to return to their homes,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director. “Despite repeated pledges by the authorities, the military has been frustratingly slow to restore land to its rightful owners.”

    The report is based on over 100 interviews between August 2017 to May 2018 with members of affected communities, activists, local officials, and lawyers. It looks into cases of military occupation and land release in 20 areas in six districts, primarily in Sri Lanka’s north and east.

    The three-decade civil war in Sri Lanka ended with the decisive defeat of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in May 2009. Large areas, including those previously held by the LTTE in the north and east, came under military control. At the end of the war, some 300,000 people ended up in a military detention camp.

    While the administration of then-President Mahinda Rajapaksa released some land to its original owners, the military retained control over large areas for military but also non-military purposes, such as agriculture, tourism, and other commercial ventures.

    The new government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, took some steps to release civilian land held by the security forces. At the United Nations Human Rights Council in October 2015, the government promised to address conflict-related issues, including returning land to its original owners. However, the government’s response has fallen far short of its promises. On October 4, 2018, the president ordered the state to release all civilian land by December 31, 2018.

    The military has also retained control of land it previously announced it would return. For instance, in April 2017, the navy responded to protests by displaced communities from the Mullikulam area in Mannar by announcing it would release 100 acres of the land that security forces had been occupying. More than a year later, people are still waiting.

    “Now there is no war,” said Francis Crooss, a village elder. “It’s now peacetime. So why can’t we go back home?”

    State agencies have exchanged properties without releasing the land to civilians. In Pallimunai in Mannar, land belonging to residents displaced since 1990 was occupied first by the army and then the police. At war’s end, the police promised to release their land and homes, but instead, the navy took control.

    “We’ve been made refugees in our own village,” said Helena Perera, one of the residents.

    All three major ethnic communities in the country – the Sinhalese, Tamils, and Muslims – are affected by military occupation of land in the north and east. However, the vast majority of cases impact the Tamil community.

    Human Rights Watch documented a number of cases in which properties were destroyed while held by the military after the war, including Hindu temples, churches, mosques, and Buddhist shrines.

    Government authorities have also carried out land grabs since the end of the war. In July 2010, the military forcibly evicted residents of Ragamwela, Panama, in southeastern Ampara district. In November 2011, 200 soldiers arrived in Ashraf Nagar village in Ampara district and demanded that all its occupants leave. In such cases, the security forces set up military camps or used the land for other purposes, including commercial use.

    The government’s failure to establish a uniform policy on resettlement remains a critical problem, Human Rights Watch said. Some displaced families did not receive proper resettlement assistance when they returned to formerly occupied lands. The government transferred others from displacement camps, but they then entered into other forms of displacement, such as living with friends and relatives, or moving to other camps closer to their original properties, which the military still occupied. Those resettled more than once were denied full resettlement assistance when their land was eventually released.

    A 70-year-old fisherman from Myliddy said his family had moved 24 times in 27 years until the military released his property in July 2017. But without resettlement assistance, he is severely in debt. “We hope the government will at least help us restart our lives this one last time,” he said.

    Partial releases pose particular problems for returnee communities. Military control of neighboring areas hinders access to services and jobs, and heightens fears of surveillance and harassment by soldiers.

    Establishing ownership of land where multiple displacements have occurred over decades is difficult, Human Rights Watch said. But instead of leaving it exclusively to the military, the government should urgently set up a transparent and consultative process, including displaced communities, to establish land claims and restore civilian ownership.

    “The government has adopted an arbitrary, piecemeal approach to land returns, which is fomenting deep distrust among communities wary that the military is still in charge,” Ganguly said. “It should address rights violations and provide remedies to end the distress of those who have long suffered because of the military’s occupation of land.”

    #terre #Sri-Lanka #guerre #conflit #occupation #occupation_militaire #retour #rapport #IDPs #déplacés_internes #réfugiés #restitution_des_terres

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  • Les enterrés vivants Jean-François Nadeau - 9 Octobre 2018 - Le Devoir

    Ornée de son pourpoint de velours, de son étole mitée en fourrure d’écureuil et de sa perruque de père Noël, la Justice a beau garder la tête haute, surtout lorsqu’elle regarde le monde d’en bas, elle semble parfois, ne lui en déplaise, avoir le coeur passablement érodé.

    En 2015, Jerry est condamné à 39 mois de prison. Il n’a pas payé les quelque 35 000 $ de contraventions que lui réclame l’État. Qu’a-t-il donc fait, Jerry, pour mériter cela ? Flânage, itinérance, état d’ébriété, désordre sur la voie publique.

    Jerry Anichinapéo est un Autochtone. La semaine dernière, lors des travaux de la commission Viens, on a pu apprendre que Jerry vit à Val-d’Or. Mais ce n’est pas tout à fait vrai. Comme d’autres Autochtones, Jerry vit moins qu’il ne survit. L’avalanche de contraventions qui s’est abattue sur lui avait d’ailleurs pour but, a-t-on compris, de l’enterrer vivant au plus sacrant.

    À Val-d’Or, 75 % de ces contraventions crachées en rafale l’ont été à l’encontre d’Autochtones, alors que ceux-ci représentent à peine 3 % de la population. La police avait même donné un nom à cette façon de faire mortifère : l’opération Centre-Ville.

    C’était en 2015. Les temps ont-ils changé depuis ? La police affirme que oui. À sa défense, elle indique que les contraventions de ce type ont diminué de 81 %. Qu’est-ce que cela veut dire en pratique ? Dans le cas de Jerry, cette réduction de l’intensité du pilonnage par contraventions voudrait dire qu’on lui aurait enjoint de payer seulement 6500 $ plutôt que 35 000 $. Mais quand on n’a pas un sou, que ce soit 6000$ ou 600 000 $ de dettes, cela reste impossible. En gros, au lieu de l’écraser avec un tank on se contente de prendre un autobus. La misère des personnes emprisonnées pour cause de pauvreté révèle bien la pauvreté de notre pensée à leur égard.

    Taxer la misère d’une charge supplémentaire demeure pourtant monnaie courante. Pas seulement pour les Autochtones. Des cas semblables ont suscité l’indignation à Québec et à Sherbrooke ce printemps encore. Mais combien d’autres cas du genre échappent aux radars de l’actualité ?

    Pour éradiquer la pauvreté, faire la guerre aux pauvres est une stratégie qui ne date pas d’hier. De grandes campagnes d’enfermement des pauvres ont eu lieu au royaume de France en 1724, en 1750 et en 1764. Et dans la France d’aujourd’hui, le président Macron vient de s’établir en génie au registre d’un pareil mépris pour la vie : la solution générale à la misère du pays, a-t-il laissé entendre, ce serait tout bonnement d’apprendre à ne pas s’en plaindre ! Les conditions sociales ne changent pourtant pas du seul fait qu’on décrète que leurs effets doivent être abolis.

    Quelle stratégie le nouveau gouvernement de François Legault entend-il adopter pour contrer le problème criant de la pauvreté ?

    On sait que le nouveau premier ministre est opposé à l’augmentation du salaire minimum. Pour lui, insistait-il lors du débat des chefs, la situation précaire de près d’un million de Québécois s’améliorera lorsque d’autres qu’eux seront encore mieux. En un mot, François Legault croit que l’argent des possédants finit par ruisseler jusqu’aux dépossédés.

    Vieil habitué des caméras de TVA, le député caquiste François Paradis, jusqu’ici porte-parole du parti en matière de services sociaux, avait beaucoup fait jaser en 2016 pour avoir fait de la pauvreté dans sa circonscription un marchepied pour sa modeste personne. Dans une vidéo, sur fond de violon et de piano mélancoliques, le député mettait en scène deux femmes éprouvées avant de se présenter auprès d’elles dans un rôle de père Noël de composition. Le voilà offrant une journée chez le coiffeur et une dinde Butterball, puis levant son verre à leur santé à la veille des célébrations de fin d’année. Voulait-il, par ce procédé grossier, souligner aux électeurs l’importance de revoir les politiques publiques pour que des situations aussi navrantes soient chose du passé ? Nenni. Le député concluait plutôt en recommandant à ses concitoyens de donner aux banques alimentaires ! En somme, la charité privée comme solution à un problème public.

    Depuis longtemps, les banques alimentaires ne suffisent plus en ce demi-pays. Au cours des neuf dernières années, le nombre de gens forcés d’y avoir recours a augmenté de 33,7 %. Un tiers des bénéficiaires sont des enfants. De ceux qui fréquentent ces lieux, 11 % sont des gens qui touchent des revenus d’emplois. De ceux qui doivent ainsi mendigoter à manger, 8 % sont des vieillards.

    Mais le grand spectacle de la charité privée demeure plus populaire que jamais. Il sert de chambre de compensation sociale à des gens fortunés, qui s’assurent ainsi qu’on leur prête des lettres de noblesse, ce qui ajoute paradoxalement à leur capital.

    La semaine dernière encore, de puissantes entreprises s’affichaient d’un air faraud dans le cadre de leur participation prochaine à « Une nuit dans la rue », une activité de financement d’un organisme voué à lutter contre les effets d’une pauvreté qui n’est pourtant pas tombée du ciel. Ces géants du rendement croissant que sont la Financière Sun Life, Ivanhoé Cambridge, Power Corporation et autres Pfizer invitaient même la population à prendre exemple sur leur générosité autoproclamée. Pareille générosité de façade n’engage évidemment aucune réforme substantielle d’un ordre social qui préside au problème croissant de la dépossession.

     #peuples_autochtones #terres #canada #nations_premières #peuples_premiers #autochtones #guerre_aux_pauvres #violence #contraventions #pauvreté #discrimination #Centre-Ville

    • 39 mois de prison, disons à 3000 euros ou dollars par mois, ça fait 117 000 dollars ou euros + les frais administratifs et de justice.
      Quand la justice s’occupe des pauvres, ça coute un pognon dingue.

      3000 euros le mois de prison, est une estimation qui reviens souvent sur le web, je la prends, mais personnellement je penses que c’est sous estimé.

  • Indonesia: The World Bank’s Failed East Asian Miracle | The Oakland Institute

    Indonesia, host of the 2018 annual meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), for years has been heralded as a major economic success by the Bank and rewarded for its pro-business policy changes through the World Bank’s Doing Business reports. Between 2016 and 2018 alone, Indonesia climbed an astounding 34 positions in the ranks. These reforms, however, have come at a massive cost for both people and the planet.

    Indonesia: The World Bank’s Failed East Asian Miracle details how Bank-backed policy reforms have led to the displacement, criminalization, and even murder of smallholder farmers and indigenous defenders to make way for mega-agricultural projects. While Indonesia’s rapidly expanding palm oil sector has been heralded as a boon for the economy, its price tag includes massive deforestation, widespread loss of indigenous land, rapidly increasing greenhouse gas emissions, and more.

    #Indonésie #Banque_mondiale #industrie_palmiste #terres #assassinats

  • Cerrado towns terrorized to provide toilet paper for the world, say critics

    A Mongabay investigation has found that global consumers who buy brand name toilet paper and tissues may unwittingly be fuelling land conflicts, environmental crimes and the loss of native vegetation in Brazil.
    Residents of Forquilha, a traditional community in Maranhão state, allege that an agricultural entrepreneur used armed gunmen to try and force them out in 2014. The businessman took land claimed by the community and converted it to eucalyptus plantations, intending to sell the trees to Suzano, Brazil’s biggest pulp provider.
    Kimberly-Clark confirmed to Mongabay that it sources a significant amount of eucalyptus in Brazil from Suzano and Fibria, with pulp used to make “tissue and towel products like Scott, Cottonelle, Kleenex and Andrex.” Critics dispute industry claims that most pulp used is properly certified to prevent deforestation and protect local communities.
    This year, Suzano moved to buy competitor Fibria. If the deal goes through, Suzano will become the world’s biggest pulp provider. Suzano runs large-scale #eucalyptus #plantations, and buys trees from suppliers’ plantations, and according to NGOs, has displaced traditional populations, driven land conflicts and cleared large swathes of forest.

    #pq #cellulose #kleenex #sopalin du papier non recyclé #terres #déplacements_forcés

  • https://www.liberation.fr/futurs/2012/06/15/le-scenario-de-l-effondrement-l-emporte_826664

    Le sommet de la #Terre démarre mercredi à Rio. Vous qui avez connu la première conférence, celle de Stockholm, en 1972, que vous inspire cette rencontre, quarante ans plus tard ?
    Comme environnementaliste, je trouve stupide l’idée même que des dizaines de milliers de personnes sautent dans un avion pour rejoindre la capitale brésilienne, histoire de discuter de soutenabilité. C’est complètement fou. Dépenser l’argent que ça coûte à financer des politiques publiques en faveur de la biodiversité, de l’environnement, du climat serait plus efficace. Il faut que les gens comprennent que Rio + 20 ne produira aucun changement significatif dans les politiques gouvernementales, c’est même l’inverse.
    Regardez les grandes conférences onusiennes sur le climat, chaque délégation s’évertue à éviter un accord qui leur poserait plus de problèmes que rien du tout. La Chine veille à ce que personne n’impose de limites d’émissions de CO2, les Etats-Unis viennent discréditer l’idée même qu’il y a un changement climatique. Avant, les populations exerçaient une espèce de pression pour que des mesures significatives sortent de ces réunions. Depuis Copenhague, et l’échec cuisant de ce sommet, tout le monde a compris qu’il n’y a plus de pression. Chaque pays est d’accord pour signer en faveur de la paix, de la fraternité entre les peuples, du développement durable, mais ça ne veut rien dire. Les pays riches promettent toujours beaucoup d’argent et n’en versent jamais

  • Perdre la #Terre ou non - Le Courrier

    Alexandre Chollier analyse le récent et fameux article du NYT, « Losing Earth »,

    Que se passe-t-il lorsque nous prenons nos distances avec un tel discours, celui de Rich ou un autre ? Eh bien nous remarquons que, dans ce type de récits, ne s’opposent pas tant l’inaction à l’action, le fatalisme à la volonté, que deux types antagonistes d’actions.

    L’épilogue de « Losing Earth » est à cet égard instructif. A vrai dire, le titre de l’article imprègne bien peu ces lignes où l’on comprend subitement que nombre de solutions s’offrent à nous. Nous qui pensions à sa lecture qu’il n’y avait plus rien à faire, que l’inertie de la pollution carbonée interdisait tout espoir de contenir le réchauffement en dessous de deux degrés, nous apprenons tout à coup que les « taxes carbone, l’augmentation des investissements dans les énergies renouvelables et nucléaire ainsi que dans les technologies de décarbonisation » sont des solutions envisageables. Peut-être même les solutions tout court. Un point de vue que James Hansen partage quand il confie : « D’un point de vue technologique et économique, il est encore possible de rester sous la barre des deux degrés. » Et Rich de renchérir : « Nous pouvons faire confiance à la technologie et à l’économie. Il est par contre plus difficile de faire confiance à la nature humaine. »

    En racontant l’épisode tragique d’un rendez-vous manqué avec l’histoire et en désignant la nature humaine comme unique responsable, l’enquête de Nathaniel Rich porte le sceau d’un autre combat. Un combat où technologie et économie tiennent le haut du pavé. Un combat où il n’est plus question de climato-scepticisme mais de climato-réalisme. Un combat mené contre la nature et peut-être même contre ceux qui s’évertueraient à la protéger. Enfin, et surtout, un combat contre le #politique. Car, comme le rappelle avec force Andreas Malm, « la pensée du changement climatique fondée sur l’espèce conduit à la #mystification et à la paralysie politique. Elle ne peut pas servir de base à la contestation des intérêts particuliers du business-as-usual indissociable de l’économie fossile. La lutte pour éviter une succession de chaos et commencer à œuvrer à la stabilisation du #climat nécessiterait sans doute un équipement analytique d’un autre type. » Un autre récit. D’autres actions.

    #économie #technologie

  • The map that shows what the world REALLY looks like: Japanese design flattens the Earth to show how big landmasses and oceans really are

    A Japanese architect has created what may be the most accurate map of the world. #Hajime_Narukawa used a new map (main) making method called AuthaGraph that divides the globe into 96 triangles, transfers them a tetrahedron and unfold it to be a rectangle - all while keeping the landmasses and seas proportioned.

    #cartographie #visualisation #projections #Japon #eau #terre
    cc @reka @fil

  • Le système Pierre #Rabhi, par Jean-Baptiste Malet (Le Monde diplomatique, août 2018)

    Frugalité et marketing
    Le système Pierre Rabhi

    La panne des grandes espérances politiques remet au goût du jour une vieille idée : pour changer le monde, il suffirait de se changer soi-même et de renouer avec la #nature des liens détruits par la modernité. Portée par des personnalités charismatiques, comme le paysan ardéchois Pierre Rabhi, cette « insurrection des consciences » qui appelle chacun à « faire sa part » connaît un succès grandissant.
    En se répétant presque mot pour mot d’une apparition à une autre, Rabhi cisèle depuis plus d’un demi-siècle le récit autobiographique qui tient lieu à la fois de produit de consommation de masse et de manifeste articulé autour d’un choix personnel effectué en 1960, celui d’un « retour à la #terre » dans le respect des valeurs de simplicité, d’humilité, de sincérité et de vertu. Ses ouvrages centrés sur sa personne, ses centaines de discours et d’entretiens qui, tous, racontent sa vie ont abouti à ce résultat singulier : cet homme qui parle continuellement de lui-même incarne aux yeux de ses admirateurs et des journalistes la modestie et le sens des limites. Rues, parcs, centres sociaux, hameaux portent le nom de ce saint laïque, promu en 2017 chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. Dans les médias, l’auteur de Vers la sobriété heureuse (Actes Sud, 2010) jouit d’une popularité telle que France Inter peut transformer sa matinale en édition spéciale en direct de son domicile (13 mars 2014) et France 2 consacrer trente-cinq minutes, à l’heure du déjeuner, le 7 octobre 2017, à louanger ce « paysan, penseur, écrivain, philosophe et poète » qui « propose une révolution ».

    par Jean-Baptiste Malet

    • Rabhi aime les gens de pouvoir et c’est réciproque.

      Le succès du personnage et de son discours reflète et révèle une tendance de fond des sociétés occidentales : désabusée par un capitalisme destructeur et sans âme, mais tout autant rétive à la modernité politique et au rationalisme qui structura le mouvement ouvrier au siècle passé, une partie de la population place ses espoirs dans une troisième voie faite de tradition, d’authenticité, de quête spirituelle et de rapport vrai à la nature.

      Quand on lui cite l’œuvre du philosophe André Gorz, auteur des textes fondateurs Écologie et politique (1975) et Écologie et liberté (1977), il s’agace : « J’ai toujours détesté les philosophes existentialistes, nous dit-il. Dans les années 1960, il y en avait énormément, des gens qui ne pensaient qu’à partir des mécanismes sociaux, en évacuant le “pourquoi nous sommes sur Terre”. Mais moi, je sentais que la réalité n’était pas faite que de matière tangible et qu’il y avait autre chose. »

      Sur les rapports entre les hommes et les femmes, son opinion est celle-ci : « Il ne faudrait pas exalter l’égalité. Je plaide plutôt pour une complémentarité : que la femme soit la femme, que l’homme soit l’homme et que l’amour les réunisse (11). »

      Quelques mois plus tard, fin 1986, l’association Point Mulhouse, fondée par Freund, demande à l’agronome René Dumont, bon connaisseur des questions agricoles de la région du Sahel (15), d’expertiser le centre dirigé par Rabhi. Le candidat écologiste à l’élection présidentielle de 1974 est épouvanté par ce qu’il découvre. S’il approuve la pratique du compost, il dénonce un manque de connaissances scientifiques et condamne l’approche d’ensemble : « Pierre Rabhi a présenté le compost comme une sorte de “potion magique” et jeté l’anathème sur les engrais chimiques, et même sur les fumiers et purins. Il enseignait encore que les vibrations des astres et les phases de la Lune jouaient un rôle essentiel en agriculture et propageait les thèses antiscientifiques de Steiner, tout en condamnant [Louis] Pasteur. »

      Pour Dumont, ces postulats ésotériques comportent une forme de mépris pour les paysans. « Comme, de surcroît, il avait adopté une attitude discutable à l’égard des Africains, nous avons été amenés à dire ce que nous en pensions, tant à la direction du Point Mulhouse qu’aux autorités du Burkina Faso » (16). Deux conceptions s’opposent ici, car Dumont ne dissocie pas combat internationaliste, écologie politique et application de la science agronomique. Rabhi s’en amuse aujourd’hui : « René Dumont est allé dire au président Thomas Sankara que j’étais un sorcier. » Dumont conseillera même d’interrompre au plus vite ces formations. En pure perte, car Rabhi bénéficie de l’appui de Freund, lui-même proche du président burkinabé. Mais l’assassinat de Sankara, le 15 octobre 1987, prive Freund de ses appuis politiques. Rabhi et lui quittent précipitamment le Burkina Faso.

      Cet épisode éclaire une facette importante d’un personnage parfois présenté comme un « expert international » des questions agricoles, préfacier du Manuel des jardins agroécologiques (Actes Sud, 2012), mais qui n’a jamais publié d’ouvrage d’agronomie ni d’article scientifique.

      « Beaucoup de gens bénéficient du secourisme social, nous explique Rabhi. Mais, pour pouvoir secourir de plus en plus de gens, il faut produire des richesses. Va-t-on pouvoir l’assumer longtemps ? » Pareille conception des rapports sociaux explique peut-être le fonctionnement des organisations inspirées ou fondées par le sobre barbichu, ainsi que son indulgence envers les entreprises multinationales et leurs patrons.

      À partir de 2009, année marquée par la participation de Rabhi à l’université d’été du Mouvement des entreprises de France (Medef), le fondateur des Colibris rencontre des dirigeants de grandes entreprises, comme Veolia, HSBC, General Electric, Clarins, Yves Rocher ou Weleda, afin de les « sensibiliser ». Les rapports d’activité de l’association Colibris évoquent à cette époque la création d’un « laboratoire des entrepreneurs Colibris » chargé « de mobiliser et de relier les entrepreneurs en recherche de sens et de cohérence ».

      Rabhi a également déjeuné avec M. Emmanuel Macron durant sa campagne pour l’élection présidentielle. « Macron, le pauvre, il fait ce qu’il peut, mais ce n’est pas simple, nous déclare-t-il. Il est de bonne volonté, mais la complexité du système fait qu’il n’a pas les mains libres. »

    • Un écran plat gigantesque trône dans le salon : « Je regarde des westerns et des séries pour me vider la tête, précise-t-il. Je ne lis pas les journaux, je n’écoute pas la radio, je ne sais pas me servir d’Internet. Je me tiens hors du monde. » Derrière le rideau de perles, l’épouse aux yeux limpides, Michèle, s’affaire en silence. Il la présente du bout des lèvres puis grimpe à l’étage. Son repaire est là : des murs ocre, un bureau minuscule, une vierge sculptée, un bol tibétain en cuivre et, par terre, une natte – « C’est ici que je dors. »

      Lol et merci, @ninachani. Écran plat et bobonne, ben ouais !

    • Le passage que je préfère et de loin :

      Les colibris, tous ses fidèles qui forment aujourd’hui quelque quatre-vingts groupes en France, s’activent pour promouvoir ici des cantines bio, là un écovillage, ailleurs une plate-forme de covoiturage ou de recyclage textile. « Soutenez la révolution », rappelle le site du mouvement, en suggérant au passage l’achat des œuvres du maître, livres, CD, DVD... « Mais il faut monter en puissance », répète inlassablement Rabhi qui rêve encore de peser sur la présidentielle de 2017, d’organiser un forum citoyen peut-être, de semer partout des écoles d’agroécologie. Il lui faut, pour survivre, toujours plus de projets, de moyens. La princesse de Polignac se désole : « Des sous, des sous, c’est tout ce qui intéresse Pierre aujourd’hui. »

  • Mobilisons-nous pour défendre les forêts de la ZAD
    à l’occasion des rencontres “Terres communes”
    à Notre-Dame-des-Landes
    les 29 et 30 septembre

    Le Taslu


    Suite à l’abandon du projet d’aéroport, une deuxième phase dans la lutte s’est ouverte pour obtenir la pérennisation des différentes activités et habitats de la ZAD. Du côté des forêts, le collectif Abrakadabois mène depuis quatre ans des sessions de formation théorique, des balades sur le terrain, des formations pratiques et des chantiers d’abattage collectifs, en s’inscrivant dans une approche sensible et globale des espaces boisés.

    Le conseil départemental s’est positionné pour racheter une partie des terres de la ZAD. Certaines parcelles qui se sont reboisées depuis déjà trente ans pourraient être passées au broyeur forestier afin de retourner à l’agriculture. De plus, la forêt de Rohanne pourrait bien se voir soumise au régime forestier et l’ONF redevenir son gestionnaire. Or on connaît la tendance actuelle de la direction de l’ONF à l’industrialisation des pratiques forestières au profit des lobbies financiers, comme le dénonce entre autres le mouvement de lutte au sein même de cette institution. (...)

    #Notre-Dame-des-Landes #Terres_communes #forêts #ONF #mobilisation #sylviculture #arbres

  • 4 nouveaux Lodges face aux lions ouvrent au #Zoo de La Flèche !

    comme le dit le communiqué de presse :

    *Au cœur du #bush_africain*, plongez dans une #nature_sauvage ! Le Kruger Lodge, l’Etosha Lodge, le Serengeti Lodge et le Kwanza Lodge vous réservent un séjour grandiose face aux #lions. Offrez-vous une parenthèse en #terre_africaine. Dépaysement assuré !

    Dans un cadre confidentiel et exclusif, les lodges vous proposent des prestations de haut standing : de larges baies vitrées panoramiques pour une vue imprenable sur l’univers des lions. Votre suite dispose d’un salon « cosy », d’un espace dining, d’une chambre équipée d’une literie douce format « #Kingsize », d’une seconde chambre avec de confortables lits doubles superposés et d’une salle de bain au charme unique. Vous disposerez également d’un jardin privatif, équipée d’une douche extérieure pour les plus audacieux !

    Les lodges, soigneusement aménagés aux #couleurs_chaudes_de_l’Afrique vous promettent une ambiance feutrée, intime et conviviale, où vous partagerez, en famille ou entre amis, un dîner raffiné, pensé et réalisé par notre Chef Cuisinier, ainsi qu’un copieux petit déjeuner.

    Du rêve à la réalité, ces lodges africains vous feront passer un moment d’exception au cœur d’une oasis de verdure !

    La journée vous profiterez de la visite du zoo : 18 hectares, 1 500 animaux, ainsi que d’une animation privative. Un des plus beaux parcs d’Europe !

    c’est du grand luxe, 5 étoiles, on peut voir les photos ici

    et la question : tout ça n’est-il pas quand même un poil … colonial ?

    Ce à quoi Myriam répond : Je confirme. Il y a d’ailleurs un beau texte de Njabulo Ndebele sur ce genre de choses, qui s’appelle “game lodges and leisure colonialists” (1998).


    As we exchanged experiences of life in a game lodge, one of my new friends commented, ‘Now I understand what it meant to be a colonialist’.

    Merci Myriam et merci Njabulo.

  • Comme dans son dernier rapport « L’État de la sécurité alimentaire et de la nutrition dans le monde » la fao note que la prévalence de la sous alimentation a augmenté en Amérique du Sud,
    je mets ça là (et je m’aperçois que je ne l’avais pas encore mis sur seenthis :$ ).


    #terres #foncier #accès_au_foncier #Amérique_du_Sud