• #Marseille privatopia : les #enclaves_résidentielles à Marseille : logiques spatiales, formes et représentations

    Marseille : privatopia ?

    La forte multiplication des « #résidences_fermées_sécurisées » est une tendance observée dans les #villes européennes et françaises, après celles d’Amérique latine, des USA, d’Afrique du sud etc. En #France, elle a surtout été repérée et analysée en contextes péri-urbains (Ile de France, Côte d’Azur, banlieues de Toulouse et Montpellier). Partout où elle se développe, cette tendance est souvent attribuée aux inquiétudes des habitants pour la #sûreté, ou leur #qualité_de_vie, ainsi qu’à des #replis_sociaux, thèmes récurrents dans les médias et discours politiques. Elle est aussi liée au rôle d’une « offre » portée par les majors de l’immobilier. Mais elle est aussi soutenue indirectement, dans le contexte néolibéral, par des pouvoirs publics qui se déchargent ainsi de l’aménagement et de la gestion d’#espaces_de_proximité.

    Nous observons et analysons depuis 2007 cette prolifération des #fermetures à Marseille. Après un premier état des lieux (Dorier et al, 2010), nous avons mené une second #inventaire exhaustif en 2013-2014. Et depuis lors, nous menons une veille ciblée sur certains secteurs. Démarrée au début des années 90, la diffusion des #enclosures atteint des sommets à Marseille où elle n’a quasiment pas été régulée : des #marges et des #enclaves se construisent ainsi dès qu’on s’éloigne du centre historique (Dorier, Dario, 2016). Au point que la #fermeture des #espaces_résidentiels, de leurs #rues et espaces de plein air semble en train de devenir la norme (Dorier, Dario, 2018)

    Depuis 25 ans, Marseille n’a cessé de se cloisonner de plus en plus et ce processus est venu aggraver les #inégalités d’#accès_aux_équipements et aux « #aménités » urbaines. Le #parc bâti du centre ville paupérisé s’est dégradé jusqu’à l’effondrement et au risque de péril imminent de centaines d’immeubles, qui ont du être évacués en urgence depuis novembre 2018, comme on le voit sur la carte de droite (voir aussi page dédiée). Pendant ce temps, les quartiers du sud et de l’est, ainsi que les zones en rénovation, se sont transformées en mosaïques résidentielles clôturées, sous le double effet de la #promotion_immobilière et de ré-aménagements voulus par les associations de #copropriétaires. Ils dessinent des espaces pour classes moyennes à aisées, sous forme de #lotissements et d’#ensembles_immobiliers majoritairement fermés et sécurisés, chacun doté de ses propres espaces « communs » privés : parkings, voirie privée, jardins.

    Cette « #Privatopia » tourne d’abord le dos au centre historique, à ses ilots anciens décrépis où l’action publique s’est illustrée par son inefficience pendant des décennies. La fermeture se diffuse d’abord dans les zones favorisées, puis dans les périphéries ouvertes à l’urbanisation, enfin dans les zones de rénovation urbaine : la création de nouvelles résidences fermées est devenue un moyen pour valoriser des opérations immobilières et y attirer des classes moyennes, face aux copropriétés dégradées et aux ensembles HLM appauvris. Lorqu’un bailleur rénove un ensemble de logements sociaux, celui-ci est également « résidentialisé », même si, avec des années de recul sur cette pratique, on sait désormais que clôturer ne résoud pas les problèmes socio-économiques des quartiers, ni même les problèmes de sécurité. Au contraire, la fragmentation physique pourrait bien alimenter les tendances aux séparatismes sociaux en tous genres.

    D’après nos enquêtes, en dehors des formes d’entresoi spécifique de quartiers particulièrement aisés, comme la colline Périer, et ses « gated communities » surplombant la mer, la fermeture est d’abord fortement associée au « tout voiture » qui caractérise encore Marseille et à la concurrence pour le stationnement résidentiel : les premiers espaces à être clôturés sont les parkings. Elle est également liée à 25 années de désengagement croissant de la municipalité dans la gestion de proximité (propreté, entretien des espaces verts, sécurisation publique des rues) ainsi qu’un encouragement de l’urbanisation privée par des ventes de parcelles publiques ou des zones d’aménagement favorisant la promotion immobilière. La fermeture résidentielle traduit l’affirmation d’une économie résidentielle, le rôle des promoteurs, syndics, copropriétés étant crucial : la « sécurisation » (privée) est supposée faire augmenter la valeur marchande des biens immobiliers… Enfin, la fermeture traduit une accentuation des replis sociaux : à Marseille la clôture « a posteriori » de rues qui étaient auparavant ouvertes au passage représente 55% des cas observés.

    Certains espaces du 8ème, 9ème, 12ème , nord du 13ème arrondissements (Les Olives), caractéristiques de cette urbanisation privée, deviennent un assemblage désordonné de copropriétés et d’enclaves de moins en moins accessibles et traversantes. La fermeture se diffuse par mimétisme, les ensembles résidentiels forment des « agrégats », qui bloquent les circulations : une véritable situation de thrombose dans certains quartiers, anciens comme récents (les Olives, Ste Marthe). Le comble, c’est que dans ces quartiers, les plus favorisés, au cadre de vie « a priori » le plus agréable, les déplacements à pied ou en vélo tiennent désormais de l’exploit. Les détours imposés par les barrières qui enserrent chaque rue ou jardin privé de résidence obligent à prendre la voiture pour accompagner un enfant à l’école du coin, acheter le pain… La ville perd de plus en plus en cohérence, et, avec cette juxtaposition de résidences sécurisées certains quartier ressemblent plus à une mosaïque de co-propriétés qu’à… une ville. Cela a été mis en évidence et modélisé par la toute récente thèse de Julien Dario (2019), réalisée dans le cadre de ce projet.

    A Marseille, depuis 2007, nous avons opté pour une étude empirique, directe, sur le terrain. Nous pu ainsi vérifier l’hypothèse qu’aux initiatives spontanées de fermeture de rues et de lotissements a posteriori, longtemps après leur construction, s’ajoutent des stratégies nouvelles. Elles associent promotion privée et action publique, et sont destinées à faire évoluer le peuplement de quartiers de la ville, à travers la production de logement « de qualité » attirant des classes moyennes et supérieures. Promoteurs et décideurs semblent juger utile de les rassurer à travers la livraison d’ensembles qui sont quasiment tous fermés dès la construction … En 12 ans, de 2008 à 2020 une série d’études, de masters et thèses ont permis de décrire et quantifier ce processus, d’observer la progression d’une fragmentation urbaine qui s’accroît aux échelles fines et d’évaluer ses impacts.

    Nos études se sont focalisées sur les fermetures massives des aires privilégiées (Colline Périer, Littoral Sud, Nord-Est avec la technopole de Chateau Gombert), et la transformation résidentielle de certains territoires périphériques en zones d’investissements immobiliers rentables, attirant des classes moyennes et supérieures (Littoral Nord, Sainte Marthe, grand centre ville/Euromed, franges du parc National des Calanques comme la ZAC de la Jarre). les résidences fermées deviennent ainsi un outil de plus value foncière… et de recompositions urbaines, valorisant toutes les zones ayant un attrait environnemental, tout en en restreignant l’accès.

    La diffusion d’un modèle

    Notre méthodologie a permis de prendre la mesure du phénomène à l’échelle d’une ville entière, et sur la durée, ce qui n’a pas été réalisé ailleurs en France. A deux reprises (2008-2009 et 2013-2014), la commune entière a été arpentée, chaque ensemble résidentiel fermé a été géolocalisé dans un SIG, inventorié, décrit, photographié, afin d’établir un corpus exhaustif : 1001 résidences ou lotissements étaient enclos en 2009, plus de 1550 en 2014. L’ensemble des clôtures ont été datées à partir d’enquête directe ou par photo-interprétation. Cette démarche est relatée dans deux rapports de recherche (Dorier et al., 2010 et 2014), 13 masters et une thèse (Dario, 2019).

    Le recours au SIG (Système d’information géographique) a permis de tracer leur histoire, en croisant les localisations avec des images aériennes anciennes, le cadastre, la chronologie des programmes immobiliers. En 2011 et 2012, la première étude du LPED est actualisée à travers plusieurs mémoires d’étudiants sous la direction d’E.Dorier et S.Bridier. Ceux-ci observent une accélération des dynamiques d’enclosures dans les quartiers sud (Dario J. 2010, Toth P.2012), leur multiplication et leur diffusion dans les quartiers nord (Balasc et Dolo 2011, Dolo 2012, Robillard 2012). La propagation se fait beaucoup par mimétisme : plus de la moitié des ensembles fermés sont collés les uns aux autres, par grappes, transformant la physionomie et les usages possibles de l’espace urbain et développant des « marges » urbaines cloisonnées. On peut le vérifier, à travers l’exemple d’une marge Nord-Est de Marseille, sur les franges ville-espaces péri-urbains Les Olives : une juxtaposition désordonnée de lotissements fermés.

    Nous avons aussi beaucoup observé, recueilli de nombreux témoignages auprès de résidents, de riverains, de syndics, d’agences, de techniciens de l’urbanisme… Nous avons séjourné dans plusieurs de ces résidences. Nous poursuivons la veille sur certains contextes sensibles à haut potentiel spéculatif immobilier, comme la frange du massif des calanques ou sainte Marthe, ou encore des espaces où les fermetures sont conflictuelles. Par des analyses d’archives, des enquêtes fines sur des contextes urbains, des entretiens avec acteurs et habitants, des analyses de périmètres de la politique de la ville, le suivi de conflits de voisinages nous avons ensuite analysé les facteurs historiques et les impacts associés à cette dynamique d’enclosures, les inégalités sociales, les impacts sur la circulation, les inégalités environnementale (D.Rouquier 2013, J.Dario, 2019 et la thèse en cours de P. Toth, consacrée aux 8ème et 9ème arrondissements).

    Au final, on met à jour une dynamique de transition libérale, individualiste et sécuritaire, associée au règne de la voiture dans la ville (beaucoup de clôtures ont au départ pour justification le seul parking), qui freine d’autres évolutions souhaitables (transition écologique, inclusion sociale). Si le phénomène se banalise, on constate aussi une complexité territoriale du processus et son épaisseur historique. Dans des contextes de fortes recompositions urbaines (spatiales, foncières, sociales, démographiques), et dans les périmètres de nouvellement urbain, la fermeture d’espaces résidentiels est utilisée comme outil de diversification de l’habitat et de mixité sociale. Le processus n’a pas partout les mêmes motifs ni les mêmes impacts socio-environnementaux. D’où l’intérêt d’approches qualitatives par observations sensibles, entretiens avec des acteurs et habitants, dépouillements d’archives historiques (histoires de rues).

    Les quartiers sud

    En observant le facteur de proximité dans la diffusion, ainsi que le potentiel de valorisation immobilière des terrains vacants ou susceptibles de l’être, plusieurs scénarios de prospective ont été mis au point par Julien Dario pour anticiper l’évolution des espaces susceptibles d’être fermés, transmis à la Ville dans le cadre d’un contrat, comme aide à la décision (Dario 2011, 2014 et 2019). Dans les quartiers sud, on est frappé par la perspective de 53% de taux d’évolution spontané probable de la fermeture dans les 8ème et 9ème arrondissements, si aucune intervention publique ne vient réguler la tendance. Les surfaces touchées par les enclosures (résidences et périmètres d’entreprises) déjà localement très importantes pourraient y atteindre le tiers de la surface totale urbanisée. Des études de cas à échelle fine ont permis d’anticiper plusieurs conflits liés à ces processus (progressifs ou brutaux) en lien avec des dynamiques sociale locales.

    Les cas des lotissements « Coin Joli » et « Barry » (analysés ici par J.Dario entre 2011 et 2019) montrent comment certains dispositifs informels préfigurant l’enclosure sont mis en place progressivement, informellement, parfois subrepticement : enrochements, systèmes physiques fixes contraignants (plots métalliques) permettant encore le passage prudent de deux roues et piétons ; panneaux de sens interdit « privés » et informels apposés à l’extrémité de certaines rues. On passe d’une délimitation par panneautage à une fermeture symbolique et partielle, avant d’évoluer vers l’enclosure, qui peut être conflictuelle en privant de passage les riverains, en réduisant les perméabilités urbaines.

    Les quartiers nord : diffusion des ensembles résidentiels fermés dans les contextes de rénovation urbaine

    Un fait remarquable est la diffusion des enclaves résidentielles fermées au cœur et en bordure des zones urbaines sensibles (ZUS) telles qu’elles ont été définies par l’Agence Nationale de la Rénovation Urbaine (ANRU). Bénéficiant de la TVA réduite, les promoteurs sont incités à y produire une nouvelle offre de logement privée, afin de permettre une diversification et l’installation de classes moyennes. Mais les enclosures, supposées rassurer les candidats à l’accession à la propriété, et maintenir un niveau de prix élevé ne favorisent pas les relations sociales … et nos études montrent qu’en fait de « mixité », apparaissent de nouvelles formes de fragmentations et même de tensions résidentielles (Dorier et al, 2010, 2012), qui s’accompagnent, par ailleurs de formes d’évitement fonctionnel (Audren, 2015, Audren Baby-Collin, Dorier 2016 , Audren, Dorier, Rouquier, 2019). Le secteur du Plan d’Aou dans le 15ème arrondissement de Marseille, où la restructuration résidentielle est achevée a été analysé à l’aide d’étudiants (Balasc et Dolo 2011). Dans ce secteur cohabitent des zones de logements HLM en fin de réhabilitation, des lotissements anciens qui se sont fermés ou sont en cours de fermeture, des projets immobiliers récents, conçus sécurisés. La juxtaposition de ces différents types d’habitats aux profils sociaux différenciés engendre plus une fragmentation qu’une mixité Fonctionnelle, malgré la proximité. Les interrelations sont faibles entre les ensembles et les espaces. (Dorier, Berry-Chikahoui et Bridier, 2012)

    une crise des urbanités

    Tandis que cette transformation des espaces de copropriétés et rues privées de Marseille se poursuit, des pans entiers de vieux quartiers populaires se délabrent. En 2019, notre cartographie de ces ensembles résidentiels privés fermés ainsi que des HLM « résidentialisés » et enclos (dans les projets de rénovation urbaine) tranche avec la géographie des constructions déclarées en péril et brutalement évacuées de leurs habitants, suite à l’effondrement de deux immeubles vétustes du quartier Noailles, près du Vieux port de Marseille. Notre carte révèle des politiques de l’habitat à plusieurs vitesses, où des décennies de laisser-faire public face à la ville privée s’expriment d’un côté par la dégradation du bâti, et de l’autre par la multiplication de formes de repli et d’entre soi urbain ayant des impacts sur les circulations et sur l’accès aux équipements. A ce stade, des rééquilibrages publics sont indispensables. Quelques initiatives publiques pour maintenir des traverses piétonnières ont été lancées dans certains quartiers très touchés, elles sont compliques par les évolutions législatives (qui facilitent la clôture des espaces privés) ainsi que par la dévolution de la compétence en matière de voirie à la Métropole. Rétablir des accès et servitudes de passage pour les piétons est compliqué dans les espaces privés : il faut passer par une DUP, puis par l’achat d’une bande de terrain par la collectivité pour tracer un cheminement piétonnier. Des interventions seraient possibles dans certains cas où les clôtures ont été posées sur des rues non privées, ou hors de la légalité. Mais la collectovité ne s’auto-saisit pas des cas d’infraction. Les actions au cas par cas risquent de ne pas suffire à endiguer cette véritable crise d’urbanité.

    (observations menées conjointement à nos études sur le mal logement et des évacuations à Marseille).

    le projet ci-dessous a fait l’objet d’une exposition art-science, présentée à l’Espace Pouillon, campus centre Saint Charles de l’Université Marseille Privatopia 8-24 octobre 2020.

    Depuis 2014, une collaboration avec l’artiste peintre Anke Doberauer (photos et tableaux) a été rendue possible grâce à une résidence commune à la Fondation Camargo (2014). La jeune cinéaste Marie Noëlle Battaglia a également réalisé en 2020 un documentaire « En remontant les murs » inspiré par nos recherches, et en lien avec l’équipe (avant première le 18 octobre 2020, dans le cadre du festival Image de ville). Ces collaborations ont déjà donné lieu à des présentations croisées, comme celle du 3 avril 2019 organisée par le Goethe Institut à la Friche de la belle de mai, et pourraient déboucher sur une exposition et un ouvrage commun.

    Rapports de recherche-action :

    Dorier E. Dario J. Rouquier D. Bridier S. , (2014), Bilan scientifique de l’étude « Marseille, ville passante », Contrat de collaboration de recherche : « Développement urbain durable à Marseille » n°12/00718, 13 cartes, 18 croquis, 24 tableaux. juin 2014, 90 p.

    Dorier E. (dir), BERRY-CHIKHAOUI I., BRIDIER S., BABY-COLLIN V., AUDREN G., GARNIAUX J. (2010), La diffusion des ensembles résidentiels fermés à Marseille. Les urbanités d’une ville fragmentée, rapport de recherche au PUCA, Contrat de recherche D 0721 ( E.J. 07 00 905), 202 p, 35 cartes et croquis, 30 graphiques, 68 illustrations photographiques.

    Ces rapports ont donné lieu à de nombreuses restitutions publiques auprès des services de l’Urbanisme de la Ville, la Communauté urbaine, l’Agence d’Urbanisme (Agam), le département.

    Articles scientifiques :

    Dorier E. Dario J., 2018, « Gated communities in Marseille, urban fragmentation becoming the norm ? », L’Espace géographique, 2018/4 (Volume 47), p. 323-345. URL : https://www.cairn.info/journal-espace-geographique-2018-4-page-323.htm (traduction texte intégral ) texte intégral (ENG.) DORIER DARIO Espace geo anglais EG_474_0323

    Dorier E. Dario J., 2018, « Les espaces résidentiels fermés à Marseille, la fragmentation urbaine devient-elle une norme ? » l’Espace géographique, 2018-4 pp. 323-345.

    Dorier E., Dario J., 2016, « Des marges choisies et construites : les résidences fermées », in Grésillon E., Alexandre B., Sajaloli B. (cord.), 2016. La France des marges, Armand Colin, Paris, p. 213-224.

    Audren, G., Baby-Collin V. et Dorier, É. (2016) « Quelles mixités dans une ville fragmentée ? Dynamiques locales de l’espace scolaire marseillais. » in Lien social et politiques, n°77, Transformation sociale des quartiers urbains : mixité et nouveaux voisinages, p. 38-61 http://www.erudit.org/revue/lsp/2016/v/n77/1037901ar.pdf

    Audren, G., Dorier, É. et Rouquier, D., 2015, « Géographie de la fragmentation urbaine et territoire scolaire : effets des contextes locaux sur les pratiques scolaires à Marseille », Actes de colloque. Rennes, ESO, CREAD, Université de Rennes 2. Actes en ligne.

    Dorier E, Berry-Chickhaoui I, Bridier S ., 2012, Fermeture résidentielle et politiques urbaines, le cas marseillais. In Articulo– – Journal of Urban Research, n°8 (juillet 2012).

    Thèses

    Audren Gwenaelle (2015), Géographie de la fragmentation urbaine et territoires scolaires à Marseille, Université d’Aix Marseille, LPED. Sous la dir. d’Elisabeth Dorier et de V.Baby-Collin

    Dario Julien (2019) Géographie d’une ville fragmentée : morphogenèse, gouvernance des voies et impacts de la fermeture résidentielle à Marseille, Sous la dir. d’Elisabeth Dorier et de Sébastien Bridier. Telecharger ici la version complète. Cette thèse est lauréate du Grand prix de thèse sur la Ville 2020 PUCA/ APERAU/ Institut CDC pour la Recherche, Caisse des Dépôts

    Toth Palma (soutenance prévue 2021), Fragmentations versus urbanité(s) : vivre dans l’archipel des quartiers sud de Marseille Université d’Aix Marseille, LPED , Sous la direction de Elisabeth Dorier

    Posters scientifiques :

    Dario J. Rouquier D. et Dorier E., 2014, Les Ensembles résidentiels fermés à Marseille, in SIG 2014, Conférence francophone ESRI, 1-2 octobre 2014 – http://www.esrifrance.fr/iso_album/15_marseille.pdf

    Dario J. Rouquier D. et Dorier E, 2014, Marseille, fragmentation spatiale, fermeture résidentielle, LPED – Aix-Marseille Université, poster scientifique, Festival international de géographie de Saint Dié, oct 2014. https://www.reseau-canope.fr/fig-st-die/fileadmin/contenus/2014/conference_Elisabeth_Dorier_poster_LPED_1_Marseille.pdf

    Dario J. Rouquier D. et Dorier E., 2014, Marseille, Voies fermées, Ville passante, LPED – Aix-Marseille Université, poster. http://www.reseau-canope.fr/fig-st-die/fileadmin/contenus/2014/conference_Elisabeth_Dorier_poster_LPED_2_Marseille.pdf

    Contributions presse et médias

    Dorier E. Dario J. Audren G. aout 2017, collaboration avec le journal MARSACTU. 5 contributions à la série « Petites histoires de résidences fermées », collaboration journal MARSACTU / LPED, aout 2017. https://marsactu.fr/dossier/serie-petites-histoires-de-residences-fermees

    Dorier E. et Dario J. 23 aout 2017, interview par B.Gilles, [Petites histoires de résidences fermées] Les beaux quartiers fermés de la colline Périer, interview pr B.Gilles, MARSACTU, https://marsactu.fr/residences-fermees-dorier

    Dorier E. Dario J. 30 janv. 2017, interview par L.Castelly, MARSACTU : https://marsactu.fr/discussion-ouverte-residences-fermees

    Dorier E. , et Dario.J. 20 mars 2014, interview in MARSACTU , société : 29% de logements sont situes en residences fermees à Marseille

    Dorier E. Dario J., 4 oct 2013, « Hautes clôtures à Marseille », in Libération, le libé des géographes. (1 p, 1 carte) http://www.liberation.fr/societe/2013/10/03/hautes-clotures-a-marseille_936834
    Dorier E. , 7 avril 2013, « Le phénomène des résidences fermées est plus important à Marseille qu’ailleurs », Marsactu, talk quartiers, archi et urbanisme, http://www.marsactu.fr/archi-et-urbanisme/le-phenomene-des-residences-fermees-est-plus-important-a-marseille-quailleu

    Dorier E. Dario J., 10 fev 2013, « Fermetures éclair » in revue Esprit de Babel, Fermetures éclair

    télévision

    M6, Résidences fermées à Marseille – étude du LPED. Journal national, octobre 2013 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDM

    FR3, 19/20, Résidences fermées à Marseille – étude du LPED, 24 mai 2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-O

    FR 5 (minutes 38 à 50) : « En toute sécurité », documentaire de B.Evenou, http://www.france5.fr/emission/en-t

    podcast radio

    Collaboration entre chercheurs et cinéaste, janvier 2021 : https://ecoleanthropocene.universite-lyon.fr/documenter-la-geographie-sociale-grand-entretien-a

    Collaboration entre chercheurs et artiste peintre, octobre 2020 : Sonographies marseillaises – Radio Grenouille et Manifesta 13 « Ce monde qui nous inspire #4 Marseille ville privée ? »

    https://urbanicites.hypotheses.org/688

    #sécurisation #privatisation #espace_public #classes_sociales #urban_matter #géographie_urbaine #TRUST #master_TRUST #immobilier #foncier #rénovation_urbaine #urbanisme #fragmentation_physique #inégalités #tout_voiture #voiture #automobile #stationnement_résidentiel #parkings #proximité #promotion_immobilière #urbanisation_privée #détours #barrières #mosaïque #
    #cartographie #visualisation

  • Jennifer Bates : « Nous sommes les milliardaires d’Amazon » Jonathan Lefèvre

    « Dès le troisième jour, je souffrais, j’ai regardé autour de moi et j’ai réalisé que je n’étais pas la seule à souffrir. » Arrivée en mai dernier à l’entrepôt de Bessemer (Alabama), Jennifer Bates décide quelques semaines plus tard de tenter l’inimaginable : créer un syndicat chez Amazon. Portrait.


    Jennifer Bates, une ouvrière qui a fait bouger le président des États-Unis. (Photo AFP)

    En commençant à travailler chez Amazon, l’ancienne ouvrière de l’automobile pensait avoir trouvé un « bon job » : 15 dollars de l’heure, une assurance-maladie. Mais elle déchante vite. « Ce n’est pas seulement physique. C’est une tension mentale. » Jennifer Bates parle du contrôle du temps – « time off task » – en vigueur chez Amazon : chaque seconde où le travailleur ne fait pas la tâche qui lui est assignée est comptée. Si ce quota est dépassé, les travailleurs sont pénalisés (jusqu’au licenciement). Problème : c’est totalement arbitraire car les travailleurs ne connaissent pas leur quota. Pour Jennifer et ses collègues, aller aux toilettes devient donc un dilemme : si on n’arrive pas à se retenir jusqu’à sa pause, aller aux WC pendant son shift compte dans son « time off task ».

    Un jour a eu lieu un contrôle aléatoire pour vérifier si les travailleurs ne volent pas de marchandises. « J’ai dû enlever ma veste, passer au scanner, enlever mes chaussures. Alors j’ai demandé si ce temps passé au contrôle, j’allais le récupérer pour mon temps de pause. L’agent de sécurité a dit non. J’étais furieuse. » C’est le déclic : après une discussion avec des collègues, des travailleuses et travailleurs d’Amazon font appel au syndicat. Dans le plus grand secret. Car Amazon déteste les organisations de travailleurs.

    L’ouvrière qui fait bouger le président des États-Unis
    Elle et ses collègues forcent la tenue d’un referendum sur le droit à créer son syndicat dans l’entrepôt de Bessemer. Ils reçoivent le soutien d’élus de gauche (comme Bernie Sanders qui invitera Jennifer à un débat au Sénat), de stars d’Hollywood, de joueurs de football américain et même de... Joe Biden. Le président, poussé dans le dos par l’énorme mouvement de soutien, est obligé de se prononcer en faveur de la syndicalisation. Pour le journaliste du New York Times Michael Corkery, c’est historique : « Les historiens du travail n’avaient jamais vu un président en exercice faire une déclaration aussi forte en faveur de la syndicalisation. »

    Le vote qui pouvait permettre, pour la première fois de l’histoire d’Amazon aux USA, à un syndicat de s’implanter sur un de ses sites a été remporté par la direction. Grâce à des consultants « anti-syndicat » payés 3 000 dollars la journée, de harcèlement, et de pratiques sans doute illégales.

    Amazon gagne un vote, mais perd l’opinion
    La lutte de Jennifer Bates et ses collègues a mis en lumière les conditions de travail chez Amazon et surtout la violence que la direction utilise pour empêcher un vote favorable au syndicat. Comme une onde de choc, plus de 1 000 salariés d’Amazon ont contacté le syndicat pour mener le combat sur leur lieu de travail. Soit exactement ce que la direction voulait éviter.

    Comme l’explique celle qui a commencé à travailler à 16 ans dans un fast-food : « Nous ne sommes pas des robots conçus uniquement pour travailler. Nous travaillons pour vivre. Nous méritons de vivre, de rire, d’aimer et d’avoir une vie pleine et saine. Nous, les travailleurs, gagnons des milliards pour Amazon. Je dis souvent : “Nous sommes les milliardaires, mais nous n’avons pas le droit de dépenser un seul centime de cette fortune.” »

    Avant de passer du temps avec ses sept petits-enfants, Jennifer Bates entend bien poursuivre la lutte. Finalement, tout est une question de temps...

    Source : https://www.solidaire.org/articles/jennifer-bates-nous-sommes-les-milliardaires-d-amazon
     #ouvrière #amazon #wc #toilettes #algorithme #surveillance #travail #domination #santé #bigdata #gafam #bénéfices #gigeconomy #femmes #sexisme #féminisme #travail #violence #inégalités #exploitation #travail #capitalisme #surveillance #économie #esclavage #exploitation #Syndicat #vie

  • Covid-19 : la Commission veut faire progressivement revenir les touristes en Europe
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/05/03/covid-19-la-commission-veut-faire-progressivement-revenir-les-touristes-en-e

    Covid-19 : la Commission veut faire progressivement revenir les touristes en Europe. Les pays les plus dépendants du tourisme, comme la Grèce, l’Espagne ou le Portugal, font pression pour que le continent s’ouvre plus qu’il ne l’est aujourd’hui. La France et l’Allemagne prônent la prudence.
    Alors que l’été approche, la Commission européenne tente de coordonner la reprise du tourisme en provenance des pays tiers. Et de donner satisfaction aussi bien à ceux des Vingt-Sept qui veulent voir revenir Chinois, Russes, Britanniques et Américains qu’à ceux qui sont inquiets de l’apparition de nouveaux variants et militent pour une approche très graduée. Lundi 3 mai, l’exécutif communautaire a présenté les propositions qu’il a soumises aux Etats membres, en sachant à quel point le sujet est délicat. D’autant qu’en matière de frontières, ils sont libres, in fine, de faire ce que bon leur semble.Depuis mars 2020, l’Union européenne (UE) est fermée pour les voyages non essentiels, sauf pour six pays (Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande, Rwanda, Singapour, Corée du Sud, Thaïlande), dont le taux d’incidence du Covid-19 sur quatorze jours est inférieur à 25 pour 100 000 habitants. La Chine pourrait également prétendre à ce traitement de faveur, mais il faudrait pour cela qu’elle autorise, de son côté, les Européens à se rendre sur son sol. Ce qui n’est pas le cas, sans doute à cause du taux d’incidence en Europe, s’élevant en moyenne autour de 420.
    « En réalité, d’autres pays ont un taux d’incidence inférieur à 25, mais ce critère n’a rien d’automatique. Les Etats membres tiennent aussi compte d’éléments qualitatifs, comme la fiabilité des données ou la réciprocité », constate un fonctionnaire européen. Pour le reste, seuls ceux qui voyagent pour des raisons essentielles – les infirmières, les marins, ou encore ceux qui ont un motif familial impérieux – peuvent se rendre sur le Vieux Continent, dès lors qu’ils respectent les règles (tests, quarantaine, …) en vigueur sur leur lieu de destination.La Commission propose d’élargir la liste des pays tiers dont les voyageurs sont admis à venir en Europe et de l’ouvrir à ceux dont le taux d’incidence sur quatorze jours est inférieur à 100 pour 100 000 habitants – dans l’UE, seuls la Finlande (66), la Polynésie française (29), voire le Vatican (0) sont à ces niveaux. Aujourd’hui, le Royaume-Uni (46) ou encore la Russie (89) pourraient par exemple y prétendre, mais pas les Etats-Unis (258).
    Autre aménagement par rapport aux règles actuelles, l’exécutif communautaire souhaite que les personnes immunisées avec un vaccin autorisé par l’Agence européenne des médicaments – à ce stade, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca et Johnson & Johnson – puissent entrer dans l’UE, si tant est qu’ils aient reçu leur dernière dose au moins deux semaines plus tôt. Les Etats membres qui le souhaitent pourront également accepter les vaccins ayant achevé la procédure d’enregistrement de l’OMS pour une utilisation en urgence.La présidente de la Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, avait évoqué cet assouplissement le 25 avril, dans le New York Times, et avancé que les touristes américains vaccinés seraient autorisés à traverser l’Atlantique cet été. « Cette proposition n’exonère pas les touristes vaccinés de se soumettre aux règles en vigueur (test, quarantaine, etc.) dans le pays où ils se rendent », précise la Commission, qui ajoute que les certificats de vaccination émis par les pays tiers devront être compatibles avec le passe sanitaire européen, en cours de préparation.
    Enfin, pour limiter le risque d’importation de nouveaux variants, Bruxelles propose d’introduire un « frein d’urgence » qui permettrait aux Vingt-Sept de fermer leurs frontières rapidement et de manière coordonnée aux ressortissants d’un pays, dès lors que la situation sanitaire s’y détériorerait fortement.Avec cette proposition, dont les Etats membres doivent commencer à discuter le 5 mai, la Commission espère éviter le chaos au sein de l’UE à l’approche de la saison touristique. Les pays les plus dépendants du tourisme, comme la Grèce, l’Espagne ou le Portugal, font pression pour que le continent s’ouvre plus qu’il ne l’est aujourd’hui. Et certains ont déjà pris des mesures ou engagé des discussions en ce sens avec des pays extracommunautaires. A l’inverse, la France et l’Allemagne, entre autres, sont partisans de la plus grande prudence.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#UE#circulation#frontiere#tourisme#variant#passeportvaccinal#passesanitaire#restrictionsanitaire

  • [ENQUÊTE] L’emprise #Total - Greenpeace France
    https://www.greenpeace.fr/emprise-total

    La #multinationale Total use de son immense pouvoir d’influence pour garantir la pérennité de son modèle économique basé sur les #énergies_fossiles. À notre insu, Total est partout dans nos vies : écoles, musées, stades…

    Nous vous expliquons comment et pourquoi.

  • #Birmanie : comment #Total finance les généraux à travers des comptes #offshore
    https://www.lemonde.fr/international/article/2021/05/04/birmanie-comment-total-finance-les-generaux-a-travers-des-comptes-offshore_6

    [...] le PDG de Total, Patrick Pouyanné [...] affirme simplement s’acquitter de ses obligations auprès de l’Etat birman.

    Des documents internes, auxquels Le Monde a eu accès, racontent une autre version de l’histoire. Ils mettent en lumière le montage financier autour du gazoduc sous-marin de 346 km qui relie le gisement de Yadana à la Thaïlande. Ce tuyau ne se contente pas de transporter du gaz : il est le cœur d’un système où des centaines de millions de dollars provenant des ventes du gaz sont détournées des caisses de l’Etat birman vers la Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise (MOGE), une entreprise publique à la gestion opaque, contrôlée par les #militaires.

    #paywall

    • Trigger Warnings | Centre for Teaching Excellence

      A trigger warning is a statement made prior to sharing potentially disturbing content. That content might include graphic references to topics such as #sexual_abuse, #self-harm, #violence, #eating_disorders, and so on, and can take the form of an #image, #video_clip, #audio_clip, or piece of #text. In an #academic_context, the #instructor delivers these messages in order to allow students to prepare emotionally for the content or to decide to forgo interacting with the content.

      Proponents of trigger warnings contend that certain course content can impact the #wellbeing and #academic_performance of students who have experienced corresponding #traumas in their own lives. Such students might not yet be ready to confront a personal #trauma in an academic context. They choose to #avoid it now so that they can deal with it more effectively at a later date – perhaps after they have set up necessary #resources, #supports, or #counselling. Other students might indeed be ready to #confront a personal trauma in an academic context but will benefit from a #forewarning of certain topics so that they can brace themselves prior to (for example) participating in a #classroom discussion about it. Considered from this perspective, trigger warnings give students increased #autonomy over their learning, and are an affirmation that the instructor #cares about their wellbeing.

      However, not everyone agrees that trigger warnings are #necessary or #helpful. For example, some fear that trigger warnings unnecessarily #insulate students from the often harsh #realities of the world with which academics need to engage. Others are concerned that trigger warnings establish a precedent of making instructors or universities legally #responsible for protecting students from #emotional_trauma. Still others argue that it is impossible to anticipate all the topics that might be potentially triggering for students.

      Trigger warnings do not mean that students can exempt themselves from completing parts of the coursework. Ideally, a student who is genuinely concerned about being #re-traumatized by forthcoming course content would privately inform the instructor of this concern. The instructor would then accommodate the student by proposing #alternative_content or an alternative learning activity, as with an accommodation necessitated by a learning disability or physical disability.

      The decision to preface potentially disturbing content with a trigger warning is ultimately up to the instructor. An instructor who does so might want to include in the course syllabus a preliminary statement (also known as a “#content_note”), such as the following:

      Our classroom provides an open space for the critical and civil exchange of ideas. Some readings and other content in this course will include topics that some students may find offensive and/or traumatizing. I’ll aim to #forewarn students about potentially disturbing content and I ask all students to help to create an #atmosphere of #mutual_respect and #sensitivity.

      Prior to introducing a potentially disturbing topic in class, an instructor might articulate a #verbal_trigger_warning such as the following:

      Next class our discussion will probably touch on the sexual assault that is depicted in the second last chapter of The White Hotel. This content is disturbing, so I encourage you to prepare yourself emotionally beforehand. If you believe that you will find the discussion to be traumatizing, you may choose to not participate in the discussion or to leave the classroom. You will still, however, be responsible for material that you miss, so if you leave the room for a significant time, please arrange to get notes from another student or see me individually.

      A version of the foregoing trigger warning might also preface written materials:

      The following reading includes a discussion of the harsh treatment experienced by First Nations children in residential schools in the 1950s. This content is disturbing, so I encourage everyone to prepare themselves emotionally before proceeding. If you believe that the reading will be traumatizing for you, then you may choose to forgo it. You will still, however, be responsible for material that you miss, so please arrange to get notes from another student or see me individually.

      Trigger warnings, of course, are not the only answer to disturbing content. Instructional #strategies such as the following can also help students approach challenging material:

      – Give your students as much #advance_notice as possible about potentially disturbing content. A day’s notice might not be enough for a student to prepare emotionally, but two weeks might be.

      – Try to “scaffold” a disturbing topic to students. For example, when beginning a history unit on the Holocaust, don’t start with graphic photographs from Auschwitz. Instead, begin by explaining the historical context, then verbally describe the conditions within the concentration camps, and then introduce the photographic record as needed. Whenever possible, allow students to progress through upsetting material at their own pace.

      – Allow students to interact with disturbing material outside of class. A student might feel more vulnerable watching a documentary about sexual assault while in a classroom than in the security of his or her #home.

      – Provide captions when using video materials: some content is easier to watch while reading captions than while listening to the audio.

      – When necessary, provide written descriptions of graphic images as a substitute for the actual visual content.

      – When disturbing content is under discussion, check in with your students from time to time: #ask them how they are doing, whether they need a #break, and so on. Let them know that you are aware that the material in question is emotionally challenging.

      – Advise students to be #sensitive to their classmates’ #vulnerabilities when they are preparing class presentations.

      – Help your students understand the difference between emotional trauma and #intellectual_discomfort: the former is harmful, as is triggering it in the wrong context (such as in a classroom rather than in therapy); the latter is fundamental to a university education – it means our ideas are being challenged as we struggle to resolve cognitive dissonance.

      https://uwaterloo.ca/centre-for-teaching-excellence/trigger

    • Why Trigger Warnings Don’t Work

      Because trauma #survivors’ #memories are so specific, increasingly used “trigger warnings” are largely #ineffective.

      Fair warning labels at the beginning of movie and book reviews alert the reader that continuing may reveal critical plot points that spoil the story. The acronym NSFW alerts those reading emails or social media posts that the material is not suitable for work. The Motion Picture Association of America provides film ratings to advise about content so that moviegoers can make informed entertainment choices for themselves and their children.

      Enter stage right: Trigger warning.

      A trigger warning, most often found on #social_media and internet sites, alerts the reader that potentially upsetting information may follow. The words trigger warning are often followed by a subtitle such as *Trigger warning: This may be triggering to those who have struggled with _________. Fill in the blank. #Domestic_abuse. #Rape. #Body_image. #Needles. #Pregnancy.

      Trigger warnings have become prevalent online since about 2012. Victim advocate Gayle Crabtree reports that they were in use as early as 1996 in chat rooms she moderated. “We used the words ‘trigger warning,’ ‘#tw,’ ‘#TW,’ and ‘trigger’ early on. …This meant the survivor could see the warning and then decide if she or he wanted to scroll down for the message or not.” Eventually, trigger warnings spread to social media sites including #Tumblr, #Twitter, and #Facebook.

      The term seems to have originated from the use of the word “trigger” to indicate something that cues a #physiological_response, the way pollen may trigger an allergy attack. A trigger in a firearm is a lever that activates the sequence of firing a gun, so it is not surprising that the word was commandeered by those working in the field of #psychology to indicate objects and sensations that cause neurological firing in the brain, which in turn cause #feelings and #thoughts to occur.

      Spoiler alerts allow us to enjoy the movie or book as it unfolds without being influenced by knowledge about what comes next. The NSFW label helps employees comply with workplace policies that prohibit viewing sexually explicit or profane material. Motion picture ratings enable viewers to select movies they are most likely to find entertaining. Trigger warnings, on the other hand, are “designed to prevent people who have an extremely strong and damaging emotional response… to certain subjects from encountering them unaware.”

      Say what?

      Say hogwash!

      Discussions about trigger warnings have made headlines in the New Yorker, the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the New Republic, and various other online and print publications. Erin Dean writes that a trigger “is not something that offends one, troubles one, or angers one; it is something that causes an extreme involuntary reaction in which the individual re-experiences past trauma.”

      For those individuals, it is probably true that coming across material that reminds them of a traumatic event is going to be disturbing. Dean’s definition refers to involuntary fear and stress responses common in individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder characterized by intrusive memories, thoughts, or dreams; intense distress at cues that remind the individual of the event; and reactivity to situations, people, or objects that symbolize the event. PTSD can result from personal victimization, accidents, incarceration, natural disasters, or any unexpected injury or threat of injury or death. Research suggests that it results from a combination of genetic predisposition, fear conditioning, and neural and physiological responses that incorporate the body systems and immunological responses. Current theories suggest that PTSD represents “the failure to recover from the normal effects of trauma.” In other words, anyone would be adversely affected by trauma, but natural mechanisms for healing take place in the majority of individuals. The prevalence of PTSD ranges from 1.9 percent in Europe to 3.5 percent in the United States.

      The notion that trigger warnings should be generalized to all social media sites, online journals, and discussion boards is erroneous.

      Some discussions have asserted that because between one in four and one in five women have been sexually abused, trigger warnings are necessary to protect vast numbers of victims from being re-traumatized. However, research shows that the majority of trauma-exposed persons do not develop PTSD. This does not mean they aren’t affected by trauma, but that they do not develop clinically significant symptoms, distress, or impairment in daily functioning. The notion that trigger warnings should be generalized to all social media sites, online journals, and discussion boards is erroneous. Now some students are pushing for trigger warnings on college class syllabi and reading lists.

      But what?

      Balderdash!

      But wait, before people get all riled up, I’d like to say that yes, I have experienced trauma in my life.

      I wore a skirt the first time George hit me. I know this because I remember scrunching my skirt around my waist and balancing in heels while I squatted over a hole in the concrete floor to take a piss. We were in Tijuana. The stench of excrement made my stomach queasy with too much tequila. I wanted to retch.

      We returned to our hotel room. I slid out of my blouse and skirt. He stripped to nothing and lay on the double bed. He was drinking Rompope from the bottle, a kind of Mexican eggnog: strong, sweet, and marketed for its excellent spunk. It’s a thick yellow rum concoction with eggs, sugar, and almond side notes. George wanted to have sex. We bickered and argued as drunks sometimes do. I said something — I know this because I always said something — and he hit me. He grabbed me by the hair and hit me again. “We’re going dancing,” he said.

      “I don’t feel like dancing — “

      “Fine. Stay.”

      The world was tilting at an angle I didn’t recognize. The mathematician Matt Tweed writes that atoms are made up of almost completely empty space. To grasp the vast nothingness, he asks the reader to imagine a cat twirling a bumblebee on the end of a half-mile long string. That’s how much emptiness there is between the nucleus and the electron. There was more space than that between George and me. I remember thinking: I am in a foreign country. I don’t speak Spanish. I have no money. We went dancing.

      Labeling a topic or theme is useless because of the way our brains work. The labels that we give trauma (assault, sexual abuse, rape) are not the primary source of triggers. Memories are, and not just memories, but very specific, insidious, and personally individualized details lodged in our brain at the time of the trauma encoded as memory. Details can include faces, places, sounds, smells, tastes, voices, body positions, time of day, or any other sensate qualities that were present during a traumatic incident.

      If I see a particular shade of yellow or smell a sickly sweet rum drink, I’m reminded of my head being yanked by someone who held a handful of my hair in his fist. A forest green Plymouth Duster (the car we drove) will too. The word assault does not. The words domestic violence don’t either. The specificity of details seared in my mind invokes memory.

      Last year a driver slammed into the back of my car on the freeway. The word tailgate is not a trigger. Nor is the word accident. The flash of another car suddenly encroaching in my rearview mirror is. In my mid-20s, I drove my younger sister (sobbing, wrapped in a bed sheet) to the hospital where two male officers explained they were going to pluck her pubic hair for a rape kit. When I see tweezers in a hospital, I flash back to that awful moment. For my sister, other things may be triggers: the moonlight shining on the edge of a knife. The shadow of a person back lit in a doorway. An Hispanic man’s accent. If we were going to insist on trigger warnings that work, they would need to look something like this:

      Trigger warning: Rompope.

      Trigger warning: a woman wrapped in a bed sheet.

      Trigger warning: the blade of a knife.

      The variability of human #perception and traumatic recall makes it impossible to provide the necessary specificity for trigger warnings to be effective. The nature of specificity is, in part, one reason that treatment for traumatic memories involves safely re-engaging with the images that populate the survivor’s memory of the event. According to Dr. Mark Beuger, an addiction psychiatrist at Deerfield Behavioral Health of Warren (PA), the goal of PTSD treatment is “to allow for processing of the traumatic experience without becoming so emotional that processing is impossible.” By creating a coherent narrative of the past event through telling and retelling the story to a clinician, survivors confront their fears and gain mastery over their thoughts and feelings.

      If a survivor has had adequate clinical support, they could engage online with thoughts or ideas that previously had been avoided.

      According to the National Center for Health, “#Avoidance is a maladaptive #control_strategy… resulting in maintenance of perceived current threat. In line with this, trauma-focused treatments stress the role of avoidance in the maintenance of PTSD. Prolonged exposure to safe but anxiety-provoking trauma-related stimuli is considered a treatment of choice for PTSD.” Avoidance involves distancing oneself from cues, reminders, or situations that remind one of the event that can result in increased #social_withdrawal. Trigger warnings increase social withdrawal, which contributes to feelings of #isolation. If a survivor who suffers from PTSD has had adequate clinical support, they could engage online with thoughts or ideas that previously had been avoided. The individual is in charge of each word he or she reads. At any time, one may close a book or click a screen shut on the computer. What is safer than that? Conversely, trigger warnings perpetuate avoidance. Because the intrusive memories and thoughts are internal, trigger warnings suggest, “Wait! Don’t go here. I need to protect you from yourself.”

      The argument that trigger warnings help to protect those who have suffered trauma is false. Most people who have experienced trauma do not require preemptive protection. Some may argue that it would be kind to avoid causing others distress with upsetting language and images. But is it? Doesn’t it sometimes take facing the horrific images encountered in trauma to effect change in ourselves and in the world?

      A few weeks ago, I came across a video about Boko Haram’s treatment of a kidnapped schoolgirl. The girl was blindfolded. A man was digging a hole in dry soil. It quickly became evident, as he ushered the girl into the hole, that this would not end well. I felt anxious as several men began shoveling soil in around her while she spoke to them in a language I could not understand. I considered clicking away as my unease and horror grew. But I also felt compelled to know what happened to this girl. In the 11-minute video, she is buried up to her neck.

      All the while, she speaks to her captors, who eventually move out of the frame of the scene. Rocks begin pelting the girl’s head. One after the other strikes her as I stared, horrified, until finally, her head lay motionless at an angle that could only imply death. That video (now confirmed to be a stoning in Somalia rather than by Boko Haram) forever changed my level of concern about young girls kidnapped in other countries.

      We are changed by what we #witness. Had the video contained a trigger warning about gruesome death, I would not have watched it. Weeks later, I would have been spared the rush of feelings I felt when a friend posted a photo of her daughter playfully buried by her brothers in the sand. I would have been spared knowing such horrors occur. But would the world be a better place for my not knowing? Knowledge helps us prioritize our responsibilities in the world. Don’t we want engaged, knowledgeable citizens striving for a better world?

      Recently, the idea of trigger warnings has leapt the gulch between social media and academic settings. #Universities are dabbling with #policies that encourage professors to provide trigger warnings for their classes because of #complaints filed by students. Isn’t the syllabus warning enough? Can’t individual students be responsible for researching the class content and reading #materials before they enroll? One of the benefits of broad exposure to literature and art in education is Theory of Mind, the idea that human beings have the capacity to recognize and understand that other people have thoughts and desires that are different from one’s own. Do we want #higher_education to comprise solely literature and ideas that feel safe to everyone? Could we even agree on what that would be?

      Art occurs at the intersection of experience and danger. It can be risky, subversive, and offensive. Literature encompasses ideas both repugnant and redemptive. News about very difficult subjects is worth sharing. As writers, don’t we want our readers to have the space to respond authentically to the story? As human beings, don’t we want others to understand that we can empathize without sharing the same points of view?

      Trigger warnings fail to warn us of the very things that might cause us to remember our trauma. They insulate. They cause isolation. A trigger warning says, “Be careful. This might be too much for you.” It says, “I don’t trust you can handle it.” As a reader, that’s not a message I want to encounter. As a writer, that is not the message I want to convey.

      Trigger warnings?

      Poppycock.

      http://www.stirjournal.com/2014/09/15/trigger-what-why-trigger-warnings-dont-work

    • Essay on why a professor is adding a trigger warning to his #syllabus

      Trigger warnings in the classroom have been the subject of tremendous #debate in recent weeks, but it’s striking how little the discussion has contemplated what actual trigger warnings in actual classrooms might plausibly look like.

      The debate began with demands for trigger warnings by student governments with no power to compel them and suggestions by #administrators (made and retracted) that #faculty consider them. From there the ball was picked up mostly by observers outside higher ed who presented various #arguments for and against, and by professors who repudiated the whole idea.

      What we haven’t heard much of so far are the voices of professors who are sympathetic to the idea of such warnings talking about what they might look like and how they might operate.

      As it turns out, I’m one of those professors, and I think that discussion is long overdue. I teach history at Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, and starting this summer I’m going to be including a trigger warning in my syllabus.

      I’d like to say a few things about why.

      An Alternative Point of View

      To start off, I think it’s important to be clear about what trigger warnings are, and what purpose they’re intended to serve. Such warnings are often framed — and not just by critics — as a “you may not want to read this” notice, one that’s directed specifically at survivors of trauma. But their actual #purpose is considerably broader.

      Part of the confusion arises from the word “trigger” itself. Originating in the psychological literature, the #term can be misleading in a #non-clinical context, and indeed many people who favor such warnings prefer to call them “#content_warnings” for that reason. It’s not just trauma survivors who may be distracted or derailed by shocking or troubling material, after all. It’s any of us, and a significant part of the distraction comes not from the material itself but from the context in which it’s presented.

      In the original cut of the 1933 version of the film “King Kong,” there was a scene (depicting an attack by a giant spider) that was so graphic that the director removed it before release. He took it out, it’s said, not because of concerns about excessive violence, but because the intensity of the scene ruined the movie — once you saw the sailors get eaten by the spider, the rest of the film passed by you in a haze.

      A similar concern provides a big part of the impetus for content warnings. These warnings prepare the reader for what’s coming, so their #attention isn’t hijacked when it arrives. Even a pleasant surprise can be #distracting, and if the surprise is unpleasant the distraction will be that much more severe.

      I write quite a bit online, and I hardly ever use content warnings myself. I respect the impulse to provide them, but in my experience a well-written title and lead paragraph can usually do the job more effectively and less obtrusively.

      A classroom environment is different, though, for a few reasons. First, it’s a shared space — for the 75 minutes of the class session and the 15 weeks of the semester, we’re pretty much all #stuck with one another, and that fact imposes #interpersonal_obligations on us that don’t exist between writer and reader. Second, it’s an interactive space — it’s a #conversation, not a monologue, and I have a #responsibility to encourage that conversation as best I can. Finally, it’s an unpredictable space — a lot of my students have never previously encountered some of the material we cover in my classes, or haven’t encountered it in the way it’s taught at the college level, and don’t have any clear sense of what to expect.

      For all these reasons, I’ve concluded that it would be sound #pedagogy for me to give my students notice about some of the #challenging_material we’ll be covering in class — material relating to racial and sexual oppression, for instance, and to ethnic and religious conflict — as well as some information about their rights and responsibilities in responding to it. Starting with the summer semester, as a result, I’ll be discussing these issues during the first class meeting and including a notice about them in the syllabus.

      My current draft of that notice reads as follows:

      Course Content Note

      At times this semester we will be discussing historical events that may be disturbing, even traumatizing, to some students. If you ever feel the need to step outside during one of these discussions, either for a short time or for the rest of the class session, you may always do so without academic penalty. (You will, however, be responsible for any material you miss. If you do leave the room for a significant time, please make arrangements to get notes from another student or see me individually.)

      If you ever wish to discuss your personal reactions to this material, either with the class or with me afterwards, I welcome such discussion as an appropriate part of our coursework.

      That’s it. That’s my content warning. That’s all it is.

      I should say as well that nothing in these two paragraphs represents a change in my teaching practice. I have always assumed that if a student steps out of the classroom they’ve got a good reason, and I don’t keep tabs on them when they do. If a student is made uncomfortable by something that happens in class, I’m always glad when they come talk to me about it — I’ve found we usually both learn something from such exchanges. And of course students are still responsible for mastering all the course material, just as they’ve always been.

      So why the note, if everything in it reflects the rules of my classroom as they’ve always existed? Because, again, it’s my job as a professor to facilitate class discussion.

      A few years ago one of my students came to talk to me after class, distraught. She was a student teacher in a New York City junior high school, working with a social studies teacher. The teacher was white, and almost all of his students were, like my student, black. That week, she said, one of the classes had arrived at the point in the semester given over to the discussion of slavery, and at the start of the class the teacher had gotten up, buried his nose in his notes, and started into the lecture without any introduction. The students were visibly upset by what they were hearing, but the teacher just kept going until the end of the period, at which point he finished the lecture, put down his papers, and sent them on to math class.

      My student was appalled. She liked these kids, and she could see that they were hurting. They were angry, they were confused, and they had been given nothing to do with their #emotions. She asked me for advice, and I had very little to offer, but I left our meeting thinking that it would have been better for the teacher to have skipped that material entirely than to have taught it the way he did.

      History is often ugly. History is often troubling. History is often heartbreaking. As a professor, I have an #obligation to my students to raise those difficult subjects, but I also have an obligation to raise them in a way that provokes a productive reckoning with the material.

      And that reckoning can only take place if my students know that I understand that this material is not merely academic, that they are coming to it as whole people with a wide range of experiences, and that the journey we’re going on #together may at times be #painful.

      It’s not coddling them to acknowledge that. In fact, it’s just the opposite.

      https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2014/05/29/essay-why-professor-adding-trigger-warning-his-syllabus

  • Friends of the Traffickers Italy’s Anti-Mafia Directorate and the “Dirty Campaign” to Criminalize Migration

    Afana Dieudonne often says that he is not a superhero. That’s Dieudonne’s way of saying he’s done things he’s not proud of — just like anyone in his situation would, he says, in order to survive. From his home in Cameroon to Tunisia by air, then by car and foot into the desert, across the border into Libya, and onto a rubber boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Dieudonne has done a lot of surviving.

    In Libya, Dieudonne remembers when the smugglers managing the safe house would ask him for favors. Dieudonne spoke a little English and didn’t want trouble. He said the smugglers were often high and always armed. Sometimes, when asked, Dieudonne would distribute food and water among the other migrants. Other times, he would inform on those who didn’t follow orders. He remembers the traffickers forcing him to inflict violence on his peers. It was either them or him, he reasoned.

    On September 30, 2014, the smugglers pushed Dieudonne and 91 others out to sea aboard a rubber boat. Buzzing through the pitch-black night, the group watched lights on the Libyan coast fade into darkness. After a day at sea, the overcrowded dinghy began taking on water. Its passengers were rescued by an NGO vessel and transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, where officers picked Dieudonne out of a crowd and led him into a room for questioning.

    At first, Dieudonne remembers the questioning to be quick, almost routine. His name, his age, his nationality. And then the questions turned: The officers said they wanted to know how the trafficking worked in Libya so they could arrest the people involved. They wanted to know who had driven the rubber boat and who had held the navigation compass.

    “So I explained everything to them, and I also showed who the ‘captain’ was — captain in quotes, because there is no captain,” said Dieudonne. The real traffickers stay in Libya, he added. “Even those who find themselves to be captains, they don’t do it by choice.”

    For the smugglers, Dieudonne explained, “we are the customers, and we are the goods.”

    For years, efforts by the Italian government and the European Union to address migration in the central Mediterranean have focused on the people in Libya — interchangeably called facilitators, smugglers, traffickers, or militia members, depending on which agency you’re speaking to — whose livelihoods come from helping others cross irregularly into Europe. People pay them a fare to organize a journey so dangerous it has taken tens of thousands of lives.

    The European effort to dismantle these smuggling networks has been driven by an unlikely actor: the Italian anti-mafia and anti-terrorism directorate, a niche police office in Rome that gained respect in the 1990s and early 2000s for dismantling large parts of the Mafia in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy. According to previously unpublished internal documents, the office — called the Direzione nazionale antimafia e antiterrorismo, or DNAA, in Italian — took a front-and-center role in the management of Europe’s southern sea borders, in direct coordination with the EU border agency Frontex and European military missions operating off the Libyan coast.

    In 2013, under the leadership of a longtime anti-mafia prosecutor named Franco Roberti, the directorate pioneered a strategy that was unique — or at least new for the border officers involved. They would start handling irregular migration to Europe like they had handled the mob. The approach would allow Italian and European police, coast guard agencies, and navies, obliged by international law to rescue stranded refugees at sea, to at least get some arrests and convictions along the way.

    The idea was to arrest low-level operators and use coercion and plea deals to get them to flip on their superiors. That way, the reasoning went, police investigators could work their way up the food chain and eventually dismantle the smuggling rings in Libya. With every boat that disembarked in Italy, police would make a handful of arrests. Anybody found to have played an active role during the crossing, from piloting to holding a compass to distributing water or bailing out a leak, could be arrested under a new legal directive written by Roberti’s anti-mafia directorate. Charges ranged from simple smuggling to transnational criminal conspiracy and — if people asphyxiated below deck or drowned when a boat capsized — even murder. Judicial sources estimate the number of people arrested since 2013 to be in the thousands.

    For the police, prosecutors, and politicians involved, the arrests were an important domestic political win. At the time, public opinion in Italy was turning against migration, and the mugshots of alleged smugglers regularly held space on front pages throughout the country.

    But according to the minutes of closed-door conversations among some of the very same actors directing these cases, which were obtained by The Intercept under Italy’s freedom of information law, most anti-mafia prosecutions only focused on low-level boat drivers, often migrants who had themselves paid for the trip across. Few, if any, smuggling bosses were ever convicted. Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions built on hasty investigations and coercive interrogations.

    In the years that followed, the anti-mafia directorate went to great lengths to keep the arrests coming. According to the internal documents, the office coordinated a series of criminal investigations into the civilian rescue NGOs working to save lives in the Mediterranean, accusing them of hampering police work. It also oversaw efforts to create and train a new coast guard in Libya, with full knowledge that some coast guard officers were colluding with the same smuggling networks that Italian and European leaders were supposed to be fighting.

    Since its inception, the anti-mafia directorate has wielded unparalleled investigative tools and served as a bridge between politicians and the courts. The documents reveal in meticulous detail how the agency, alongside Italian and European officials, capitalized on those powers to crack down on alleged smugglers, most of whom they knew to be desperate people fleeing poverty and violence with limited resources to defend themselves in court.

    Tragedy and Opportunity

    The anti-mafia directorate was born in the early 1990s after a decade of escalating Mafia violence. By then, hundreds of prosecutors, politicians, journalists, and police officers had been shot, blown up, or kidnapped, and many more extorted by organized crime families operating in Italy and beyond.

    In Palermo, the Sicilian capital, prosecutor Giovanni Falcone was a rising star in the Italian judiciary. Falcone had won unprecedented success with an approach to organized crime based on tracking financial flows, seizing assets, and centralizing evidence gathered by prosecutor’s offices across the island.

    But as the Mafia expanded its reach into the rest of Europe, Falcone’s work proved insufficient.

    In September 1990, a Mafia commando drove from Germany to Sicily to gun down a 37-year-old judge. Weeks later, at a police checkpoint in Naples, the Sicilian driver of a truck loaded with weapons, explosives, and drugs was found to be a resident of Germany. A month after the arrests, Falcone traveled to Germany to establish an information-sharing mechanism with authorities there. He brought along a younger colleague from Naples, Franco Roberti.

    “We faced a stone wall,” recalled Roberti, still bitter three decades later. He spoke to us outside a cafe in a plum neighborhood in Naples. Seventy-three years old and speaking with the rasp of a lifelong smoker, Roberti described Italy’s Mafia problem in blunt language. He bemoaned a lack of international cooperation that, he said, continues to this day. “They claimed that there was no need to investigate there,” Roberti said, “that it was up to us to investigate Italians in Germany who were occasional mafiosi.”

    As the prosecutors traveled back to Italy empty-handed, Roberti remembers Falcone telling him that they needed “a centralized national organ able to speak directly to foreign judicial authorities and coordinate investigations in Italy.”

    “That is how the idea of the anti-mafia directorate was born,” Roberti said. The two began building what would become Italy’s first national anti-mafia force.

    At the time, there was tough resistance to the project. Critics argued that Falcone and Roberti were creating “super-prosecutors” who would wield outsize powers over the courts, while also being subject to political pressures from the government in Rome. It was, they argued, a marriage of police and the judiciary, political interests and supposedly apolitical courts — convenient for getting Mafia convictions but dangerous for Italian democracy.

    Still, in January 1992, the project was approved in Parliament. But Falcone would never get to lead it: Months later, a bomb set by the Mafia killed him, his wife, and the three agents escorting them. The attack put to rest any remaining criticism of Falcone’s plan.

    The anti-mafia directorate went on to become one of Italy’s most important institutions, the national authority over all matters concerning organized crime and the agency responsible for partially freeing the country from its century-old crucible. In the decades after Falcone’s death, the directorate did what many in Italy thought impossible, dismantling large parts of the five main Italian crime families and almost halving the Mafia-related murder rate.

    And yet, by the time Roberti took control in 2013, it had been years since the last high-profile Mafia prosecution, and the organization’s influence was waning. At the same time, Italy was facing unprecedented numbers of migrants arriving by boat. Roberti had an idea: The anti-mafia directorate would start working on what he saw as a different kind of mafia. The organization set its sights on Libya.

    “We thought we had to do something more coordinated to combat this trafficking,” Roberti remembered, “so I put everyone around a table.”

    “The main objective was to save lives, seize ships, and capture smugglers,” Roberti said. “Which we did.”

    Our Sea

    Dieudonne made it to the Libyan port city of Zuwara in August 2014. One more step across the Mediterranean, and he’d be in Europe. The smugglers he paid to get him across the sea took all of his possessions and put him in an abandoned building that served as a safe house to wait for his turn.

    Dieudonne told his story from a small office in Bari, Italy, where he runs a cooperative that helps recent arrivals access local education. Dieudonne is fiery and charismatic. He is constantly moving: speaking, texting, calling, gesticulating. Every time he makes a point, he raps his knuckles on the table in a one-two pattern. Dieudonne insisted that we publish his real name. Others who made the journey more recently — still pending decisions on their residence permits or refugee status — were less willing to speak openly.

    Dieudonne remembers the safe house in Zuwara as a string of constant violence. The smugglers would come once a day to leave food. Every day, they would ask who hadn’t followed their orders. Those inside the abandoned building knew they were less likely to be discovered by police or rival smugglers, but at the same time, they were not free to leave.

    “They’ve put a guy in the refrigerator in front of all of us, to show how the next one who misbehaves will be treated,” Dieudonne remembered, indignant. He witnessed torture, shootings, rape. “The first time you see it, it hurts you. The second time it hurts you less. The third time,” he said with a shrug, “it becomes normal. Because that’s the only way to survive.”

    “That’s why arresting the person who pilots a boat and treating them like a trafficker makes me laugh,” Dieudonne said. Others who have made the journey to Italy report having been forced to drive at gunpoint. “You only do it to be sure you don’t die there,” he said.

    Two years after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s government, much of Libya’s northwest coast had become a staging ground for smugglers who organized sea crossings to Europe in large wooden fishing boats. When those ships — overcrowded, underpowered, and piloted by amateurs — inevitably capsized, the deaths were counted by the hundreds.

    In October 2013, two shipwrecks off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa took over 400 lives, sparking public outcry across Europe. In response, the Italian state mobilized two plans, one public and the other private.

    “There was a big shock when the Lampedusa tragedy happened,” remembered Italian Sen. Emma Bonino, then the country’s foreign minister. The prime minister “called an emergency meeting, and we decided to immediately launch this rescue program,” Bonino said. “Someone wanted to call the program ‘safe seas.’ I said no, not safe, because it’s sure we’ll have other tragedies. So let’s call it Mare Nostrum.”

    Mare Nostrum — “our sea” in Latin — was a rescue mission in international waters off the coast of Libya that ran for one year and rescued more than 150,000 people. The operation also brought Italian ships, airplanes, and submarines closer than ever to Libyan shores. Roberti, just two months into his job as head of the anti-mafia directorate, saw an opportunity to extend the country’s judicial reach and inflict a lethal blow to smuggling rings in Libya.

    Five days after the start of Mare Nostrum, Roberti launched the private plan: a series of coordination meetings among the highest echelons of the Italian police, navy, coast guard, and judiciary. Under Roberti, these meetings would run for four years and eventually involve representatives from Frontex, Europol, an EU military operation, and even Libya.

    The minutes of five of these meetings, which were presented by Roberti in a committee of the Italian Parliament and obtained by The Intercept, give an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the events on Europe’s southern borders since the Lampedusa shipwrecks.

    In the first meeting, held in October 2013, Roberti told participants that the anti-mafia offices in the Sicilian city of Catania had developed an innovative way to deal with migrant smuggling. By treating Libyan smugglers like they had treated the Italian Mafia, prosecutors could claim jurisdiction over international waters far beyond Italy’s borders. That, Roberti said, meant they could lawfully board and seize vessels on the high seas, conduct investigations there, and use the evidence in court.

    The Italian authorities have long recognized that, per international maritime law, they are obligated to rescue people fleeing Libya on overcrowded boats and transport them to a place of safety. As the number of people attempting the crossing increased, many Italian prosecutors and coast guard officials came to believe that smugglers were relying on these rescues to make their business model work; therefore, the anti-mafia reasoning went, anyone who acted as crew or made a distress call on a boat carrying migrants could be considered complicit in Libyan trafficking and subject to Italian jurisdiction. This new approach drew heavily from legal doctrines developed in the United States during the 1980s aimed at stopping drug smuggling.

    European leaders were scrambling to find a solution to what they saw as a looming migration crisis. Italian officials thought they had the answer and publicly justified their decisions as a way to prevent future drownings.

    But according to the minutes of the 2013 anti-mafia meeting, the new strategy predated the Lampedusa shipwrecks by at least a week. Sicilian prosecutors had already written the plan to crack down on migration across the Mediterranean but lacked both the tools and public will to put it into action. Following the Lampedusa tragedy and the creation of Mare Nostrum, they suddenly had both.

    State of Necessity

    In the international waters off the coast of Libya, Dieudonne and 91 others were rescued by a European NGO called Migrant Offshore Aid Station. They spent two days aboard MOAS’s ship before being transferred to an Italian coast guard ship, Nave Dattilo, to be taken to Europe.

    Aboard the Dattilo, coast guard officers asked Dieudonne why he had left his home in Cameroon. He remembers them showing him a photograph of the rubber boat taken from the air. “They asked me who was driving, the roles and everything,” he remembered. “Then they asked me if I could tell him how the trafficking in Libya works, and then, they said, they would give me residence documents.”

    Dieudonne said that he was reluctant to cooperate at first. He didn’t want to accuse any of his peers, but he was also concerned that he could become a suspect. After all, he had helped the driver at points throughout the voyage.

    “I thought that if I didn’t cooperate, they might hurt me,” Dieudonne said. “Not physically hurt, but they could consider me dishonest, like someone who was part of the trafficking.”

    To this day, Dieudonne says he can’t understand why Italy would punish people for fleeing poverty and political violence in West Africa. He rattled off a list of events from the last year alone: draught, famine, corruption, armed gunmen, attacks on schools. “And you try to convict someone for managing to escape that situation?”

    The coast guard ship disembarked in Vibo Valentia, a city in the Italian region of Calabria. During disembarkation, a local police officer explained to a journalist that they had arrested five people. The journalist asked how the police had identified the accused.

    “A lot has been done by the coast guard, who picked [the migrants] up two days ago and managed to spot [the alleged smugglers],” the officer explained. “Then we have witness statements and videos.”

    Cases like these, where arrests are made on the basis of photo or video evidence and statements by witnesses like Dieudonne, are common, said Gigi Modica, a judge in Sicily who has heard many immigration and asylum cases. “It’s usually the same story. They take three or four people, no more. They ask them two questions: who was driving the boat, and who was holding the compass,” Modica explained. “That’s it — they get the names and don’t care about the rest.”

    Modica was one of the first judges in Italy to acquit people charged for driving rubber boats — known as “scafisti,” or boat drivers, in Italian — on the grounds that they had been forced to do so. These “state of necessity” rulings have since become increasingly common. Modica rattled off a list of irregularities he’s seen in such cases: systemic racism, witness statements that migrants later say they didn’t make, interrogations with no translator or lawyer, and in some cases, people who report being encouraged by police to sign documents renouncing their right to apply for asylum.

    “So often these alleged smugglers — scafisti — are normal people who were compelled to pilot a boat by smugglers in Libya,” Modica said.

    Documents of over a dozen trials reviewed by The Intercept show prosecutions largely built on testimony from migrants who are promised a residence permit in exchange for their collaboration. At sea, witnesses are interviewed by the police hours after their rescue, often still in a state of shock after surviving a shipwreck.

    In many cases, identical statements, typos included, are attributed to several witnesses and copied and pasted across different police reports. Sometimes, these reports have been enough to secure decadeslong sentences. Other times, under cross-examination in court, witnesses have contradicted the statements recorded by police or denied giving any testimony at all.

    As early as 2015, attendees of the anti-mafia meetings were discussing problems with these prosecutions. In a meeting that February, Giovanni Salvi, then the prosecutor of Catania, acknowledged that smugglers often abandoned migrant boats in international waters. Still, Italian police were steaming ahead with the prosecutions of those left on board.

    These prosecutions were so important that in some cases, the Italian coast guard decided to delay rescue when boats were in distress in order to “allow for the arrival of institutional ships that can conduct arrests,” a coast guard commander explained at the meeting.

    When asked about the commander’s comments, the Italian coast guard said that “on no occasion” has the agency ever delayed a rescue operation. Delaying rescue for any reason goes against international and Italian law, and according to various human rights lawyers in Europe, could give rise to criminal liability.

    NGOs in the Crosshairs

    Italy canceled Mare Nostrum after one year, citing budget constraints and a lack of European collaboration. In its wake, the EU set up two new operations, one via Frontex and the other a military effort called Operation Sophia. These operations focused not on humanitarian rescue but on border security and people smuggling from Libya. Beginning in 2015, representatives from Frontex and Operation Sophia were included in the anti-mafia directorate meetings, where Italian prosecutors ensured that both abided by the new investigative strategy.

    Key to these investigations were photos from the rescues, like the aerial image that Dieudonne remembers the Italian coast guard showing him, which gave police another way to identify who piloted the boats and helped navigate.

    In the absence of government rescue ships, a fleet of civilian NGO vessels began taking on a large number of rescues in the international waters off the coast of Libya. These ships, while coordinated by the Italian coast guard rescue center in Rome, made evidence-gathering difficult for prosecutors and judicial police. According to the anti-mafia meeting minutes, some NGOs, including MOAS, routinely gave photos to Italian police and Frontex. Others refused, arguing that providing evidence for investigations into the people they saved would undermine their efficacy and neutrality.

    In the years following Mare Nostrum, the NGO fleet would come to account for more than one-third of all rescues in the central Mediterranean, according to estimates by Operation Sophia. A leaked status report from the operation noted that because NGOs did not collect information from rescued migrants for police, “information essential to enhance the understanding of the smuggling business model is not acquired.”

    In a subsequent anti-mafia meeting, six prosecutors echoed this concern. NGO rescues meant that police couldn’t interview migrants at sea, they said, and cases were getting thrown out for lack of evidence. A coast guard admiral explained the importance of conducting interviews just after a rescue, when “a moment of empathy has been established.”

    “It is not possible to carry out this task if the rescue intervention is carried out by ships of the NGOs,” the admiral told the group.

    The NGOs were causing problems for the DNAA strategy. At the meetings, Italian prosecutors and representatives from the coast guard, navy, and Interior Ministry discussed what they could do to rein in the humanitarian organizations. At the same time, various prosecutors were separately fixing their investigative sights on the NGOs themselves.

    In late 2016, an internal report from Frontex — later published in full by The Intercept — accused an NGO vessel of directly receiving migrants from Libyan smugglers, attributing the information to “Italian authorities.” The claim was contradicted by video evidence and the ship’s crew.

    Months later, Carmelo Zuccaro, the prosecutor of Catania, made public that he was investigating rescue NGOs. “Together with Frontex and the navy, we are trying to monitor all these NGOs that have shown that they have great financial resources,” Zuccaro told an Italian newspaper. The claim went viral in Italian and European media. “Friends of the traffickers” and “migrant taxi service” became common slurs used toward humanitarian NGOs by anti-immigration politicians and the Italian far right.

    Zuccaro would eventually walk back his claims, telling a parliamentary committee that he was working off a hypothesis at the time and had no evidence to back it up.

    In an interview with a German newspaper in February 2017, the director of Frontex, Fabrice Leggeri, refrained from explicitly criticizing the work of rescue NGOs but did say they were hampering police investigations in the Mediterranean. As aid organizations assumed a larger percentage of rescues, Leggeri said, “it is becoming more difficult for the European security authorities to find out more about the smuggling networks through interviews with migrants.”

    “That smear campaign was very, very deep,” remembered Bonino, the former foreign minister. Referring to Marco Minniti, Italy’s interior minister at the time, she added, “I was trying to push Minniti not to be so obsessed with people coming, but to make a policy of integration in Italy. But he only focused on Libya and smuggling and criminalizing NGOs with the help of prosecutors.”

    Bonino explained that the action against NGOs was part of a larger plan to change European policy in the central Mediterranean. The first step was the shift away from humanitarian rescue and toward border security and smuggling. The second step “was blaming the NGOs or arresting them, a sort of dirty campaign against them,” she said. “The results of which after so many years have been no convictions, no penalties, no trials.”

    Finally, the third step was to build a new coast guard in Libya to do what the Europeans couldn’t, per international law: intercept people at sea and bring them back to Libya, the country from which they had just fled.

    At first, leaders at Frontex were cautious. “From Frontex’s point of view, we look at Libya with concern; there is no stable state there,” Leggeri said in the 2017 interview. “We are now helping to train 60 officers for a possible future Libyan coast guard. But this is at best a beginning.”

    Bonino saw this effort differently. “They started providing support for their so-called coast guard,” she said, “which were the same traffickers changing coats.”
    Rescued migrants disembarking from a Libyan coast guard ship in the town of Khoms, a town 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of the capital on October 1, 2019.

    Same Uniforms, Same Ships

    Safe on land in Italy, Dieudonne was never called to testify in court. He hopes that none of his peers ended up in prison but said he would gladly testify against the traffickers if called. Aboard the coast guard ship, he remembers, “I gave the police contact information for the traffickers, I gave them names.”

    The smuggling operations in Libya happened out in the open, but Italian police could only go as far as international waters. Leaked documents from Operation Sophia describe years of efforts by European officials to get Libyan police to arrest smugglers. Behind closed doors, top Italian and EU officials admitted that these same smugglers were intertwined with the new Libyan coast guard that Europe was creating and that working with them would likely go against international law.

    As early as 2015, multiple officials at the anti-mafia meetings noted that some smugglers were uncomfortably close to members of the Libyan government. “Militias use the same uniforms and the same ships as the Libyan coast guard that the Italian navy itself is training,” Rear Adm. Enrico Credendino, then in charge of Operation Sophia, said in 2017. The head of the Libyan coast guard and the Libyan minister of defense, both allies of the Italian government, Credendino added, “have close relationships with some militia bosses.”

    One of the Libyan coast guard officers playing both sides was Abd al-Rahman Milad, also known as Bija. In 2019, the Italian newspaper Avvenire revealed that Bija participated in a May 2017 meeting in Sicily, alongside Italian border police and intelligence officials, that was aimed at stemming migration from Libya. A month later, he was condemned by the U.N. Security Council for his role as a top member of a powerful trafficking militia in the coastal town of Zawiya, and for, as the U.N. put it, “sinking migrant boats using firearms.”

    According to leaked documents from Operation Sophia, coast guard officers under Bija’s command were trained by the EU between 2016 and 2018.

    While the Italian government was prosecuting supposed smugglers in Italy, they were also working with people they knew to be smugglers in Libya. Minniti, Italy’s then-interior minister, justified the deals his government was making in Libya by saying that the prospect of mass migration from Africa made him “fear for the well-being of Italian democracy.”

    In one of the 2017 anti-mafia meetings, a representative of the Interior Ministry, Vittorio Pisani, outlined in clear terms a plan that provided for the direct coordination of the new Libyan coast guard. They would create “an operation room in Libya for the exchange of information with the Interior Ministry,” Pisani explained, “mainly on the position of NGO ships and their rescue operations, in order to employ the Libyan coast guard in its national waters.”

    And with that, the third step of the plan was set in motion. At the end of the meeting, Roberti suggested that the group invite representatives from the Libyan police to their next meeting. In an interview with The Intercept, Roberti confirmed that Libyan representatives attended at least two anti-mafia meetings and that he himself met Bija at a meeting in Libya, one month after the U.N. Security Council report was published. The following year, the Security Council committee on Libya sanctioned Bija, freezing his assets and banning him from international travel.

    “We needed to have the participation of Libyan institutions. But they did nothing, because they were taking money from the traffickers,” Roberti told us from the cafe in Naples. “They themselves were the traffickers.”
    A Place of Safety

    Roberti retired from the anti-mafia directorate in 2017. He said that under his leadership, the organization was able to create a basis for handling migration throughout Europe. Still, Roberti admits that his expansion of the DNAA into migration issues has had mixed results. Like his trip to Germany in the ’90s with Giovanni Falcone, Roberti said the anti-mafia strategy faltered because of a lack of collaboration: with the NGOs, with other European governments, and with Libya.

    “On a European level, the cooperation does not work,” Roberti said. Regarding Libya, he added, “We tried — I believe it was right, the agreements [the government] made. But it turned out to be a failure in the end.”

    The DNAA has since expanded its operations. Between 2017 and 2019, the Italian government passed two bills that put the anti-mafia directorate in charge of virtually all illegal immigration matters. Since 2017, five Sicilian prosecutors, all of whom attended at least one anti-mafia coordination meeting, have initiated 15 separate legal proceedings against humanitarian NGO workers. So far there have been no convictions: Three cases have been thrown out in court, and the rest are ongoing.

    Earlier this month, news broke that Sicilian prosecutors had wiretapped journalists and human rights lawyers as part of one of these investigations, listening in on legally protected conversations with sources and clients. The Italian justice ministry has opened an investigation into the incident, which could amount to criminal behavior, according to Italian legal experts. The prosecutor who approved the wiretaps attended at least one DNAA coordination meeting, where investigations against NGOs were discussed at length.

    As the DNAA has extended its reach, key actors from the anti-mafia coordination meetings have risen through the ranks of Italian and European institutions. One prosecutor, Federico Cafiero de Raho, now runs the anti-mafia directorate. Salvi, the former prosecutor of Catania, is the equivalent of Italy’s attorney general. Pisani, the former Interior Ministry representative, is deputy head of the Italian intelligence services. And Roberti is a member of the European Parliament.

    Cafiero de Raho stands by the investigations and arrests that the anti-mafia directorate has made over the years. He said the coordination meetings were an essential tool for prosecutors and police during difficult times.

    When asked about his specific comments during the meetings — particularly statements that humanitarian NGOs needed to be regulated and multiple admissions that members of the new Libyan coast guard were involved in smuggling activities — Cafiero de Raho said that his remarks should be placed in context, a time when Italy and the EU were working to build a coast guard in a part of Libya that was largely ruled by local militias. He said his ultimate goal was what, in the DNAA coordination meetings, he called the “extrajudicial solution”: attempts to prove the existence of crimes against humanity in Libya so that “the United Nation sends troops to Libya to dismantle migrants camps set up by traffickers … and retake control of that territory.”

    A spokesperson for the EU’s foreign policy arm, which ran Operation Sophia, refused to directly address evidence that leaders of the European military operation knew that parts of the new Libyan coast guard were also involved in smuggling activities, only noting that Bija himself wasn’t trained by the EU. A Frontex spokesperson stated that the agency “was not involved in the selection of officers to be trained.”

    In 2019, the European migration strategy changed again. Now, the vast majority of departures are intercepted by the Libyan coast guard and brought back to Libya. In March of that year, Operation Sophia removed all of its ships from the rescue area and has since focused on using aerial patrols to direct and coordinate the Libyan coast guard. Human rights lawyers in Europe have filed six legal actions against Italy and the EU as a result, calling the practice refoulement by proxy: facilitating the return of migrants to dangerous circumstances in violation of international law.

    Indeed, throughout four years of coordination meetings, Italy and the EU were admitting privately that returning people to Libya would be illegal. “Fundamental human rights violations in Libya make it impossible to push migrants back to the Libyan coast,” Pisani explained in 2015. Two years later, he outlined the beginnings of a plan that would do exactly that.

    The Result of Mere Chance

    Dieudonne knows he was lucky. The line that separates suspect and victim can be entirely up to police officers’ first impressions in the minutes or hours following a rescue. According to police reports used in prosecutions, physical attributes like having “a clearer skin tone” or behavior aboard the ship, including scrutinizing police movements “with strange interest,” were enough to rouse suspicion.

    In a 2019 ruling that acquitted seven alleged smugglers after three years of pretrial detention, judges wrote that “the selection of the suspects on one side, and the witnesses on the other, with the only exception of the driver, has almost been the result of mere chance.”

    Carrying out work for their Libyan captors has cost other migrants in Italy lengthy prison sentences. In September 2019, a 22-year-old Guinean nicknamed Suarez was arrested upon his arrival to Italy. Four witnesses told police he had collaborated with prison guards in Zawiya, at the immigrant detention center managed by the infamous Bija.

    “Suarez was also a prisoner, who then took on a job,” one of the witnesses told the court. Handing out meals or taking care of security is what those who can’t afford to pay their ransom often do in order to get out, explained another. “Unfortunately, you would have to be there to understand the situation,” the first witness said. Suarez was sentenced to 20 years in prison, recently reduced to 12 years on appeal.

    Dieudonne remembered his journey at sea vividly, but with surprising cool. When the boat began taking on water, he tried to help. “One must give help where it is needed.” At his office in Bari, Dieudonne bent over and moved his arms in a low scooping motion, like he was bailing water out of a boat.

    “Should they condemn me too?” he asked. He finds it ironic that it was the Libyans who eventually arrested Bija on human trafficking charges this past October. The Italians and Europeans, he said with a laugh, were too busy working with the corrupt coast guard commander. (In April, Bija was released from prison after a Libyan court absolved him of all charges. He was promoted within the coast guard and put back on the job.)

    Dieudonne thinks often about the people he identified aboard the coast guard ship in the middle of the sea. “I told the police the truth. But if that collaboration ends with the conviction of an innocent person, it’s not good,” he said. “Because I know that person did nothing. On the contrary, he saved our lives by driving that raft.”

    https://theintercept.com/2021/04/30/italy-anti-mafia-migrant-rescue-smuggling

    #Méditerranée #Italie #Libye #ONG #criminalisation_de_la_solidarité #solidarité #secours #mer_Méditerranée #asile #migrations #réfugiés #violence #passeurs #Méditerranée_centrale #anti-mafia #anti-terrorisme #Direzione_nazionale_antimafia_e_antiterrorismo #DNAA #Frontex #Franco_Roberti #justice #politique #Zuwara #torture #viol #Mare_Nostrum #Europol #eaux_internationales #droit_de_la_mer #droit_maritime #juridiction_italienne #arrestations #Gigi_Modica #scafista #scafisti #état_de_nécessité #Giovanni_Salvi #NGO #Operation_Sophia #MOAS #DNA #Carmelo_Zuccaro #Zuccaro #Fabrice_Leggeri #Leggeri #Marco_Minniti #Minniti #campagne #gardes-côtes_libyens #milices #Enrico_Credendino #Abd_al-Rahman_Milad #Bija ##Abdurhaman_al-Milad #Al_Bija #Zawiya #Vittorio_Pisani #Federico_Cafiero_de_Raho #solution_extrajudiciaire #pull-back #refoulement_by_proxy #refoulement #push-back #Suarez

    ping @karine4 @isskein @rhoumour

  • Costa Croisières reprend la mer après une longue pause due au Covid 1 er Mai 2021 - afp/ther

    Le groupe italien Costa Croisières a repris la mer samedi soir depuis le port de Savone (nord-ouest) avec son navire amiral Costa Smeralda, après plus de quatre mois de pause forcée due à la pandémie de coronavirus.

    Maintes fois reporté, le départ de ce navire amiral du groupe italien Costa Croisières, numéro un en Europe, a finalement eu lieu à 18h00, avec à son bord environ 1500 passagers, soit un quart de sa capacité d’accueil théorique.

    Ce périple en Méditerranée durera de trois à sept jours, selon les formules, avec des escales sur la côte italienne à La Spezia, Civitavecchia, Naples, Messine et Cagliari. . . . .

    La suite : https://www.rts.ch/info/monde/12166232-costa-croisieres-reprend-la-mer-apres-une-longue-pause-due-au-covid.htm

     #covid-19 #coronavirus #pandémie #contamination #variant #Costa_Croisières #croisière #tourisme #croisières #méditerranée

  • Torture, Covid-19 and border pushbacks: Stories of migration to Europe at the time of Covid-19

    The lived experience of people navigating the EU external border during the Covid-19 pandemic has brought into sharper focus the way border violence has become embedded within the landscape of migration. Here BVMN are sharing a feature article and comic strip from artistic journalist collective Brush&Bow which relays the human stories behind pushbacks, and the protracted violence which has come to characterise journeys along the Balkan Route. The researchers and artists spent time with transit communities along the Western Balkan Route, as well as speaking to network members Centre for Peace Studies, No Name Kitchen & Info Kolpa about their work. Combined with the indepth article (linked below) the comic strip brings to life much of the oral testimonies collected in the BVMN shared database, visualising movement and aspiration – as well as the counterforce of border violence.

    Authors: Roshan De Stone and David Leone Suber
    Illustrations and multimedia: Hannah Kirmes Daly
    (Brush&Bow C.I.C)
    Funded by: The Journalism Fund

    https://www.borderviolence.eu/torture-covid-19-and-border-pushbacks

    #push-back #refoulements_en_chaîne #asile #migrations #réfugiés #frontières #Croatie #Balkans #route_des_Balkans #dessin #BD #bande_dessinée #Slovénie #Italie #frontière_sud-alpine #Bosnie #Trieste #migrerrance #Trieste #violence

    • #Torture and pushbacks: Stories of migration to Europe during Covid-19

      Violent and often sadistic pushbacks from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia are a damning indictment of Europe’s broken migrant policy.

      Anatomy of a pushback: from Italy to Bosnia

      Trieste, Zagreb – On April 13 last year, Italy’s Coronavirus death-toll surpassed 20,000, making headlines worldwide. In the afternoon on that same day, Saeed carefully packed a bag. In it, a phone, three power banks, cigarettes, a sleeping bag and a photograph of his two children back in Pakistan.

      During the March lockdown, Saeed was forcibly held in Lipa camp for migrants and asylum seekers, in the Bosnian canton of Una Sana, right next to the Croatian border. Having travelled this far, he was ready for the final leg of his journey to Europe.

      That night, Saeed left the camp. On the way to the Croatian border, he was joined by nine other men.
      People on the move use GPS tracking systems to cross land borders far away from main roads and inhabited locations. (Hannah Kirmes Daly, Brush&Bow C.I.C)

      For 21 days, the group walked through the forests and mountains in Croatia, Slovenia and into Italy, avoiding roads and towns, always careful not to be seen. Never taking their shoes off, not even to sleep, ready to run at a moment’s notice if the police spotted them.

      When Covid-19’s first wave was at its peak in the spring of 2020, EU member states increased border security by sending the army to patrol borders and suspended freedom of movement as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

      This greatly affected migration, giving migrants and asylum seekers yet another reason to go into hiding. Saeed and his companions knew this well. But as they finally crossed the final border into Italy, they assumed the worst was over.

      Winding their way down the mountains, the group stopped at the border town of Bagnoli to order a dark, sweet, coffee - a small reward. Across the street, a woman looked out of her window and reached for the phone. Minutes later, police were on the scene.

      As the police later confirmed, it is thanks to calls from local inhabitants living in border areas that most migrants are intercepted by authorities.

      Bundled into an Italian police van, Saeed and his acquaintances were handed over to Slovenian officials, and driven back to the Croatia-Bosnia border in less than 24 hours. No anti-Covid precautions were taken, and requests for asylum were ignored.

      When the van finally stopped, they were released into an open field by a river bank. Plain-clothes officers speaking Croatian ordered them to undress.

      Blisters ripped open as Saeed’s skin tore off as he pried off his shoes. Two of the men were beaten with telescopic batons. Another was whipped with a piece of rope tied to a branch. “Go back to Bosnia” was the last thing they heard the Croatian officers shout as they climbed back up the Bosnian bank of the river.

      On the morning of May 7, Saeed walked barefoot to the same Bosnian camp he had left three weeks before. This was his first ’pushback’.

      #The_Game'
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnU-xWNfG8M&feature=emb_logo

      Trieste’s Piazza Liberta, in front of the main train station, above, is the final destination for many people on the move arriving from Bosnia.

      Since the start of the pandemic, the EU border agency Frontex reported a decrease in the overall number of irregular border crossings into Europe. This has been the case on all main routes to Europe aside from one: the Balkan route, a route migrants and asylum seekers take by foot to cross from Turkey into central Europe.

      On July 10, two months after that first pushback from Italy, Saeed sits in Piazza Liberta, the main square in front of Trieste’s train station.

      Young men from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Iraq and Syria sit with him on the square’s benches, forming small groups in the setting sun. For nearly two years now, this square has been the meeting point for ’people on the move’ – migrants and asylum seekers escaping war, famine and poverty in their countries, arriving by foot from Turkey and through the Balkans.

      They sit in Piazza Liberta waiting for the arrival of a group of volunteers, who hand out food, medication and attend to the blisters and welts many have on their feet as a result from the long weeks of restless walking.

      Saeed is in his thirties, clean shaven and sporting ’distressed’ jeans with impeccably white trainers. He would look like any other tourist if it wasn’t for the scars across his arms.

      “There are two borders that are particularly difficult to cross to reach Europe,” he explains.

      The first is at the Evros river, separating Greece and Turkey. This is the only alternative to anyone who wants to avoid the risk of crossing by boat to the Greek islands, where recent reports of pushbacks by the Greek police back to Turkey are rife.

      “The second border is the one between Bosnia and Croatia,” he pauses. “The road between these two borders and all the way to Italy or Austria is what we call ’The Game’.” "It is by doing The Game that I got these," he says pointing to his scars.

      The Game is one of the only alternatives to reach Europe without having to cross the Mediterranean Sea. But crossing the Balkans is a similarly dangerous journey, like a ’game’, played against the police forces of the countries on the route, so as to not get caught and arrested.

      With the outbreak of the pandemic, The Game has become more difficult and dangerous. Many have reported cases of sexual and violent abuse from the police.

      In Croatia, police officers forced people to lie on top of one another naked as they were beaten and crosses were spray-painted on their heads. To add insult to injury, all their possessions were stolen, and their phones would be smashed or thrown in the water by authorities.

      The last of thirteen siblings, Saeed wants to reach a cousin in Marseille; an opportunity to escape unemployment and the grinding poverty of his life back in Pakistan.

      From the outskirts of Karachi, Saeed lived with his two children, wife and seven relatives in two rooms. “I would go out every morning looking for work, but there is nothing. My daughter is sick. I left because I wanted to be able to provide for my family.”

      Despite his desire to end up in France, Saeed was forced to apply for asylum in Italy to buy himself time and avoid being arrested and sent back to Bosnia.

      Under current regulations governing refugee law, Saeed’s asylum application in Italy is unlikely to be accepted. Poverty and a dream for a better future are not recognised as valid reasons to be granted status in Europe. Instead, in order to keep those like Saeed out, in 2018, the European Commission proposed to almost triple funding for border enforcement between 2021 and 2027, for an overall investment of $38.4 billion.

      Despite being a skilled electrician looking for work, Saeed’s asylum application makes it impossible for him to legally work in Italy. To survive, he started working as a guide for other migrants, a low-level smuggler making the most of what he learned during The Game.

      He pulls a second phone out of his pocket and takes a call. “There are 70 men crossing the mountains from Slovenia who will be here by 4 am tomorrow,” he says. The large group will be split into smaller groups once they arrive at the Italian border, Saeed explains, so as to not be too noticeable.

      The mountain paths around Trieste are full of signs of life; sleeping bags, shoes and clothes scattered where groups decided to stop and camp the night before doing the final stretch to Trieste’s train station.

      “When they arrive, I’ll be their point of contact. I’ll show them where to access aid, how to get an Italian sim card and give them money that their families have sent to me via Western Union.” He pauses, “I know some of them because we were in the same camps in Bosnia. I try to help them as I know what it is like, and in return they pay me a small fee.” The amount he receives varies between 5 and 20 euro ($5.8 - $23.55) per person.

      All along the route there are those like Saeed, who manage to make a small living from the irregular migration route. However, it isn’t easy to recognise a smuggler’s good intentions, and not every smuggler is like Saeed. “There are also smugglers who make a big business by stealing money or taking advantage of less experienced people,” he says.

      Pointing to two young Afghan boys, Saeed shrugs, “They asked me where they could go to prostitute themselves to pay for the next part of the journey. There are many people ready to make money out of our misery.”

      Border violence and the fear of contagion

      Since the start of pandemic, The Game has become even more high stakes. For migrants and asylum seekers on the Balkan route, it has meant adding the risk of infection to a long list of potential perils.

      “If the police are looking for you, it’s hard to worry about getting sick with the virus. The most important thing is not to get arrested and sent back,” said Saeed.

      Covid-19 rules on migration have had the effect of further marginalising migrants and asylum seekers, excluding them from free testing facilities, their right to healthcare largely suspended and ignored by national Covid-19 prevention measures.

      This is confirmed by Lorenzo Tamaro, representative of Trieste’s Autonomous Police Syndicate (SAP). Standing under one of Trieste’s sweeping arches he begins, “The pandemic has made it more dangerous for them [migrants and asylum seekers], as it is for us [the police]."

      For all of 2020, Italian police have had to deal with the difficult task of stopping irregular entries while also performing extraordinary duties during two months of a strictly enforced lockdown.

      “The pandemic has revealed a systemic crisis in policing immigration in Europe, one we have been denouncing for years,” Tamaro says. He refers to how Italian police are both under-staffed and under-resourced when facing irregular migration, more so during lockdowns.

      Broad shouldered, his voice carries the confidence of someone who is no stranger to interviews. “Foreigners entering our territory with no authorisation are in breach of the law, even more so under national lockdown. It’s not us [the police] who make the law, but it is our job to make sure it is respected.”

      Born in Trieste himself, Tamaro and his colleagues have been dealing with immigration from the Balkans for years. The emergency brought on by increased arrivals during Italy’s tight lockdown period pushed the Ministry of Interior to request the deployment of a 100-strong Italian army contingent to the border with Slovenia, to assist in the detection and arrest of people on the move and their transfer to quarantine camps on the outskirts of the city.

      “We have been left to deal with both an immigration and public health emergency without any real support,” Tamaro says. “The army is of help in stopping irregular migrants, but it’s then us [the police] who have to carry out medical screenings without proper protective equipment. This is something the Ministry should have specialised doctors and medics do, not the police.”

      To deal with the increase in arrivals from the Balkan route, Italy revived a 1996 bilateral agreement with Slovenia, which dictates that any undocumented person found within 10 kilometres of the Slovenian border within the first 24 hours of arrival, can be informally readmitted to Slovenia.

      “In my opinion readmissions work,” Tamaro says. “Smugglers have started taking migrants to Udine and Gorizia, which are outside of the 10 km zone of informal readmissions, because they know that if stopped in Trieste, they risk being taken back to Slovenia.”

      On September 6, the Italian Interior Minister herself acknowledged 3,059 people have been returned to Slovenia from Trieste in 2020 alone, 1,000 more than the same period in 2019.

      Human rights observers have criticised this agreement for actively denying people on the move to request asylum and thus going against European law. “We know Italy is sending people back to Slovenia saying they can apply for asylum there. But the pushback does not end there,” says Miha, a member of the Slovenian solidarity initiative Info Kolpa.

      From his airy apartment overlooking Ljubljana, Miha explains how Slovenia resurfaced a readmission agreement with Croatia in June 2018 that has allowed an increase in pushbacks from Slovenia to Croatia.

      “Italy sends people to Slovenia and Slovenia to Croatia,” Miha says, “and from Croatia, they get pushed back further to Bosnia.”

      “What Europe is ignoring is that this is a system of coordinated chain-pushbacks, designed to send people back from Europe to Bosnia, a non-European Union country. And adding to the breach of human rights, no one is worrying about the high risk of contagion,” Miha concludes.

      Torture at Europe’s doorstep

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t36isJ1QHA4&feature=emb_logo

      A section of the border between Croatia and Slovenia runs along the Kulpa river, as shown in the video above. People on the move try to cross this river in places where there is no fence, and some drowned trying to cross it in 2018 and 2019.

      As pushbacks become more normalised, so has the violence used to implement them. Because the Croatian-Bosnian border is an external EU-border, Croatia and Bosnia do not have readmission agreements similar to those between Italy and Slovenia.

      As such, pushbacks cannot simply happen through police cooperation — they happen informally — and it is here that the greatest violence takes place.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8T9AFOJT2A&feature=emb_logo

      People on the move have been posting evidence of the violence they are subjected to across the Balkan route. The video above was posted on TikTok in the summer of 2020, showing the beatings suffered by many of those who try and cross from Bosnia to Croatia and are pushed back by Croatian police.

      Despite the Bosnian-Croatian border running for more than 900 km, most of the border crossing happens in a specific location, in the Una Sana canton, the top eastern tip of Bosnia.

      The border here is a far cry from the tall barbed wire fences one might expect. The scenery cuts across a beautiful landscape of forestry and mountain streams, with winding countryside roads gently curving around family-run farms and small towns.

      “I’ve seen it all,” Stepjan says, looking out from his small whitewashed home, perched less than 100 meters from the actual Bosnian-Croatian border. A 45-year old man born and raised in this town, he adds, “People have been using this route for years to try and cross into Europe. Sometimes I give them [people on the move] water or food when they pass.”

      Many of the locals living on either side of the border speak German. They themselves have been migrants to Germany in the 90s, when this used to be a war zone. Asked about the allegations of physical abuse inflicted upon migrants, Stepjan shrugged, replying, “It’s not for me to tell the police how to do their job.”

      “By law, once a person arrives on Croatian territory they have the right to seek asylum,” says Nikol, a Croatian activist working with the organisation No Name Kitchen on this stretch of the border. “But this right is denied by Croatian police who force people to return to Bosnia.”

      Sitting in a smoky cafe in Zagreb, Nikol (a psuedonym) says she wishes to remain anonymous due to intimidation received at the hands of Croatian and Bosnian authorities punishing people providing aid to people on the move. She is planning her return to Bihac as soon as Covid regulations will allow her to move. Bihac is the key town of the Una Sana canton, the hotspot where most of the people on the move are waiting to cross into Croatia.

      She knows all about the violence perpetrated here against migrants and asylum seekers trying to enter Europe. “The Croatian police hands people over to men in plain uniform and balaclavas, who torture migrants before forcing them to walk back across the border to Bosnia.”

      Many migrants and asylum seekers that have managed to cross Croatia have reported stories of men dressed in black uniforms and wearing balaclavas, some sort of special unit with a mandate to beat and torture migrants before sending them back to Bosnia.

      Nikol has a gallery of pictures depicting the aftermath of the violence. “There is so much evidence of torture in Croatia that I am surprised there are still journalists looking to verify it,” she says as she flicks through pictures of beatings on her phone.

      Scrolling through, she brings up picture after picture of open wounds and arms, backs and bodies marked with signs of repeated beatings, burns and cuts.

      She goes through a series of pictures of young men with swollen bloody faces, and explains: “These men were made to lie on the ground facing down, and then stamped on their heads to break their noses one after the other.”
      Activists and volunteers receive pictures from people on the move about the beatings and torture endured while undergoing pushbacks. (Hannah Kirmes Daly, Brush&Bow C.I.C)

      “These are the same techniques that the Croatian police used to terrorise Serbian minorities in Croatia after the war,” she adds.

      Finding Croats like Nikol willing to help people on the move is not easy. Stepjan says he is not amongst those who call the police when he sees people attempting to cross, but a policeman from the border police station in Cabar openly disclosed that “it is thanks to the tip offs we get from local citizens that we know how and when to intervene and arrest migrants.”

      As confirmed by Nikol, the level of public anger and fear against people on the move has grown during the pandemic, fueled by anti-immigrant rhetoric linked with fake and unverified news accusing foreigners of bringing Covid-19 with them.

      Much of this discourse takes place on social media. Far-right hate groups have been praising violence against migrants and asylum seekers through posts like the ones reported below, which despite being signalled for their violent content, have not yet been removed by Facebook.
      Hate speech and violent threats against people on the move and organisations supporting them are posted on Facebook and other social media on a daily basis. Despite being reported, most of them are not taken down. (Hannah Kirmes Daly, Brush&Bow C.I.C)

      Nikol’s accounts are corroborated by Antonia, a caseworker at the Center for Peace Studies in Zagreb, who is working closely on legal challenges made against Croatian police.

      “We continue to receive testimonies of people being tied to trees, terrorised by the shooting of weapons close to their faces, having stinging liquids rubbed into open wounds, being spray-painted upon, sexually abused and beaten with bats and rubber tubes on the head, arms and legs.”

      In July this summer, an anonymous complaint by a group of Croatian police officers was made public by the Croatian ombudswoman. In the letter, officers denounced some of their superiors of being violent toward people on the move, suggesting that such violence is systematic.

      This was also the opinion of doctors in Trieste, volunteering to treat people’s wounds once they arrive in Italy after having crossed Croatia and Slovenia. Their accounts confirm that the violence they often see marked on bodies is not just the consequence of police deterrence, but is aimed at causing long-term injuries that might make a further journey impossible.

      Neither the Croatian nor the Slovenian national police have responded to these allegations through their press offices. The EU Home Affairs spokesperson office instead did reply, reporting that “Croatian authorities have committed to investigate reports of mistreatment at their external borders, monitor this situation closely and keep the Commission informed on progress made.”

      And while the EU has sent a monitoring team to meet the Croatian Interior Minister, it nevertheless continues to add to Croatia’s internal security fund, sending over €100 million ($120 million) since 2015 to manage migration through visa systems, policing and border security.

      Back to square one…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dc0Um3gEbzE&feature=emb_logo

      Pushbacks from Italy, Slovenia and Croatia all the way back to Bosnia end with people on the move returning to overcrowded reception facilities, unsanitary camps, squats or tents, in inhumane conditions, often without running water or electricity. People in the video above were queuing at a food distribution site outside one of the IOM camps on the Bosnian-Croatian border in winter 2020.

      “These people have travelled thousands of kilometres, for months, and are now at the door of the European Union. They don’t want to return home,” Slobodan Ujic, Director of Bosnia’s Service for Foreigners’ Affairs, admitted in an interview to Balkan Insight earlier this year.

      “We are not inhumane, but we now have 30,000, 40,000 or 50,000 unemployed, while keeping 10,000 illegal migrants in full force…we have become a parking lot for migrants for Europe,” Ujic added.

      Public opinion in Bosnia reflects Ujic’s words. With a third of Bosnians unemployed and many youth leaving to Europe in search of better opportunities, there is a rising frustration from Bosnian authorities accusing the EU of having left the country to deal with the migration crisis alone.

      During the summer of 2020, tensions flared between Bosnian residents and arriving migrants to the point where buses were being stopped by locals to check if migrants were travelling on them.

      Today, thousands of people in Bosnia are currently facing a harsh snowy winter with no suitable facilities for refuge. Since the start of January the bad weather means increased rains and snowfall, making living in tents and abandoned buildings with no heating a new cause for humanitarian concern.

      In Bosnia around 7,500 people on the move are registered in eight camps run by the UNHCR and International Organization for Migration (IOM). The estimated number of migrants and asylum seekers in the country however, tops 30,000. The EU recently sent €3.5 million ($4.1 million) to manage the humanitarian crisis, adding to the over €40 million ($47 million) donated to Bosnia since 2015 to build and manage temporary camps.

      With the start of the pandemic, these reception centres became more like outdoor detention centres as Bosnian authorities forcefully transferred and confined people on the move to these facilities despite overcrowding and inhumane conditions.

      “I was taken from the squat I was in by Bosnian police and confined in a camp of Lipa, a few kilometers south of Bihac, for over a month,” Saeed says. “We had one toilet between 10 of us, no electricity and only one meal a day.”

      On December 23, 2020, Lipa camp, home to 1,300 people, was shut down as NGOs refused to run the camp due to the inhumane conditions and lack of running water and electricity. This came at a time where the closure of the camp had also been advocated by Bosnian local authorities of the Una Sana canton, pressured in local elections to close the facility.

      As people evacuated however, four residents, allegedly frustrated with the fact that they were being evicted with nowhere to go, set the camp on fire.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK6mqaheA3c&feature=emb_logo

      The trauma of living through forced lockdown in those conditions will have a lasting effect on those who have lived it. “I still have nightmares about that place and the journey,” Saeed says, avoiding eye contact.

      “Most nights I hear the sound of dogs barking and I remember the running. But in my dreams, I am paralysed to the ground and I cannot move.”

      When Saeed managed to escape Lipa camp in June 2020, it took him three weeks to walk back to Trieste. “Now I spend my days here,” he gestures across, pointing his open palms at Piazza Liberta.

      As he speaks, Saeed is joined by two friends. A long scar twists a line of shiny nobbled skin across the scalp of one of them: a souvenir from the baton of a Croatian police officer. The other has burnt the tips of his fingers to avoid being fingerprinted and sent back to Greece.

      The absurdity of Europe’s migration policy is marked on their bodies. The trauma imprinted in their minds.

      “I dream of being able to drive a car to France, like any normal person, on a road with only green traffic lights ahead, no barriers to stop me.”

      https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/torture-and-pushbacks-stories-of-migration-to-europe-during-covid-19-45421
      #game #Katinovac

  • Scandée et destructrice : dans les camps nazis, la musique comme châtiment
    https://www.francemusique.fr/culture-musicale/scandee-imposee-destructrice-dans-les-camps-nazis-la-musique-comme-ins

    Un article passionnant.

    « On se dit toujours que la musique permettait de résister : il y a un peu une fantasmagorie construite autour de ça. » C’est ce qu’explique Élise Petit, docteure et musicologue, qui enseigne l’Histoire de la musique au département de musicologie de l’université de Grenoble. Grâce à ses recherches et à un travail de documentation minutieux, l’historienne s’est rendue compte que les usages de la musique étaient plus souvent contraints et militaires que clandestins et résistants. Marches forcées, diffusion par haut-parleurs lors d’exécutions... La musique a été utilisée massivement par les dirigeants des camps, et servait avant tout à faire « fonctionner au mieux la machine concentrationnaire et la machine de mort. »

    #Camps_concentration #Musique #Torture

  • Herausragend kompetent in juristischen Fragen zum Fall Assange, ebe...
    https://diasp.eu/p/12831105

    Herausragend kompetent in juristischen Fragen zum Fall Assange, ebenso hinsichtlich des Herganges, der zur Verhaftung in Schweden führte und zu den Verletzungen des Völkerrechts in der Behandlung Assanges durch Schweden, England und den USA - 2 h 13 min.

    „Internationale Buchpräsentation des UN-Sonderbeauftragten für Folter Prof. #NilsMelzer über den „Fall Julian #Assange“ – Weckruf für mehr Transparenz und Verantwortlichkeit – Kritik an Medien, die wegschauen Wien, 20.04.2021“

    gepostet hier: https://diasp.eu/posts/12775201#e68a31908c2d0139a8b4101b0efced44

  • US split on vaccine passports as country aims for return to normalcy | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/29/us-vaccine-passports-coronavirus-covid
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    US split on vaccine passports as country aims for return to normalcy. Some lawmakers and businesses are in favor of vaccine verification, but civil liberties and privacy questions abound
    Vaccine passports supporters see a future where people would have an app on their phone that would include their vaccine information.With summer around the corner, Americans are desperate for some sense of normalcy as the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine continues. Some businesses and lawmakers believe they have a simple solution that will allow people to gather in larger numbers again: vaccine passports.But as with so many issues in the US these days, it’s an idea dividing America.
    Vaccine passport supporters see a future where people would have an app on their phone that would include their vaccine information, similar to the paper record card from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that is given when a person is vaccinated. People would flash the app when entering a large venue for something like a concert or sports game.
    While many other countries have implemented or are considering vaccine passports, in a country where political divides have determined belief in mask usage, social distancing and even the lethality of the virus, it comes as no surprise that there is already a political divide over whether vaccine passports should be used at all.
    Leaders of some Democratic states have embraced the idea of vaccine passports at big events like concerts and weddings.New York launched its Excelsior Pass with IBM in late March with the intention of having the app used at theaters, sports stadiums and event venues. California health officials will allow venues that verify whether someone has gotten the vaccine or tested negative to hold larger events. Hawaii is working with multiple companies on a vaccine passport system that would allow travelers to bypass Covid-19 testing and quarantine requirements if vaccinated.
    “Businesses have lost a lot of money during this whole period here so there’s a lot to recoup,” Mufi Hannemann, president and chief executive of the Hawaii Tourism and Lodging Association, told local news station Hawaii News Now. “We’re anxious to get this economy moving forward in a safe and healthy manner.”On the flip side, a growing number of states are passing laws banning vaccine passports, citing concerns of privacy and intrusion on people’s decisions to get vaccinated.“Government should not require any Texas to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives,” said Governor Greg Abbott, who ordered that no government agency or institution receiving government funding should require proof of vaccination.Splits have already taken place. Norwegian Cruise Line, for example, told the CDC it would be willing to require passengers be fully vaccinated before boarding, but Florida’s governor, Ron DeSantis, said his ban on vaccine passports prohibits such a mandate.Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, like many colleges and universities, said they would require students to be vaccinated before returning to campus in the fall, but the school is considering backtracking the policy following DeSantis’s order.Though conservative figures like Donald Trump Jr, who called vaccine passports “invasive”, have started to broadly attack Democrats for backing vaccine passports, the White House has made it clear the federal government has no plans to release a vaccine passport, or require mandatory vaccines. Psaki said the White House would release guidance for businesses and local governments who wish to implement vaccine passports.
    Vaccine passports have historically been used when crossing country borders. For example, some countries, including Brazil and Ghana, require people to have the vaccine against yellow fever before entering their countries. And while vaccine passports have not been used widely domestically in the US, vaccine mandates, and the proof of vaccines needed to carry them out, are common. Many schools require students to get a host of vaccines, while many healthcare systems often require the annual flu vaccine for employers.Sensitivity around a vaccine passport is probably an offshoot of a broader vaccine hesitancy. Recent polling has shown that vaccine skepticism has a partisan bent: 30% of Republicans said they would not get the vaccine versus 11% of Democrats, according to the Covid States Project.David Lazer, professor of political science at Northeastern University and a researcher with the Covid States Project, said “partisan divides on behaviors and policies have been acute throughout the pandemic”, but Democrats and Republicans are more evenly split on vaccines compared with other policies against Covid-19, like mask-wearing and social distancing.The term “passport” could also be turning people away from the concept, said Maureen Miller, an epidemiologist with Columbia University, as it implies that verification requires more personal information beyond vaccination status. A recent poll from the de Beaumont Foundation confirmed this, with Republican respondents being more supportive of vaccine “verification” over a “passport”.Miller said the World Health Organization, which is developing its own Smart Vaccine Certificate and standards for vaccine verification programs, has been adamant about making the distinction between a certificate and a passport.“A passport contains a lot of personal information, and a vaccine certificate does not,” Miller said. “It contains only the information necessary to convey the fact that the person has been vaccinated.”Other groups including the Vaccine Credential Initiative and the Covid-19 Credential Initiative are working on coming up with standards for digital vaccine passports with the aim of building trust in vaccine verification programs.Miller said the ultimate goal would be to reach herd immunity in the US, which would nix the need for vaccine passports but would require working through the skepticism that exists in the country.“People are not going to feel comfortable in large numbers, in social environments until we hit a kind of herd immunity, where, when you bump into someone, the risk of an infectious person bumping into someone who’s susceptible is decreased tremendously,” Miller said

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#etatsunis#sante#passeportvaccinal#circulation#frontiere#economie#tourisme

  • Tourism to EU countries this summer may require multiple Covid certificates | Coronavirus | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/28/tourism-to-eu-countries-this-summer-may-require-multiple-covid-certific
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    Tourism to EU countries this summer may require multiple Covid certificatesBloc warns of ‘fragmentation’ if member states fail to agree on common travel pass. British and European holidaymakers should be able to visit EU countries this summer but may have to deal with multiple, potentially unconnected health certificates unless the bloc can agree on cost, privacy and technical aspects of a common pass.
    Talks on the mechanics of reopening travel routes between the UK and EU countries over the summer holidays are due to open within days, with officials in Whitehall working on a Covid travel pass using the UK’s NHS app.
    Under heavy pressure from tourism-reliant countries such as Greece, Spain and Portugal, 20 EU member states plan to start testing a common EU “digital green certificate” next month, with a view to making it live by mid-June.The scheme should avoid the quarantine and testing requirements currently in force by allowing travellers to store on their phones evidence that they have been vaccinated, recently tested negative, or acquired antibodies after recovering from Covid-19.However, there are fears national systems may be incompatible, with several countries already developing and trialling their own schemes – including for holidaymakers from the UK.
    “If we can deliver politically, the technical solution will be ready in time. If we don’t, we risk fragmentation across Europe, with possibly incompatible national solutions,” the EU’s justice commissioner, Didier Reynders, warned on Wednesday.
    Spain said on Tuesday it aimed to reopen to foreign tourists, including from the UK, in June, using its own Covid digital health certificate scheme.
    Valdés last week said Spain was “desperate to welcome” British visitors.
    Portugal has said UK holidaymakers could be allowed back into the country next month. Manuel Lobo Antunes, Portugal’s ambassador to the UK, told Sky News he was hopeful that “from the middle of May, regular mobility between the UK and Portugal and vice versa can be established”.
    Greece and Cyprus are both eagerly awaiting British tourists. After championing the idea of “vaccine passports”, Athens has moved aggressively, announcing it will be dropping quarantine requirements and reopening to tourism on 14 May.From that date, anyone with a negative test or certificate showing they are fully vaccinated will be allowed into Greece without having to self-isolate. Last week, quarantine restrictions were removed for citizens from the EU and five other countries, including the UK.
    Anglo-Greek teams have been discussing vaccine certificates for months, with agreement on a digital certificate expected by the summer. Haris Theoharis, the Greek tourism minister, said this week NHS vaccination cards would be accepted in the meantime, but a ministry spokesman told Sky News this was not the case and an “official UK health certificate” would be required.
    Cyprus will welcome fully vaccinated travellers from 65 countries including Britain from 10 May after going back into lockdown on Monday following a surge in infections. The deputy tourism minister, Savvas Perdios, told Reuters the island expected clarity on documentation from the UK, its main market, next month.
    Italy is expected to announce its rule for foreign holidaymakers in May, but Britons are already booking holiday lets for this summer. “The economic impact of massive vaccination campaigns is very concrete,” Stefano Bettanin, the president of Property Managers Italia, told Corriere della Sera on Monday.A tourism ministry spokesperson said that under regulations expected to soon be approved by the health ministry, Italy would open to visitors vaccinated with a vaccine that has been approved by the EU regulator.
    France has begun trialling a digital travel certificate for its own tourists on flights to and from Corsica and the French overseas tourists, with the president, Emmanuel Macron, telling US television last week the country aims to welcome tourists from outside the EU this summer. No firm announcements have yet been made.

    #Covid-19#migration#migrant#UE#grandebretagne#sante#passeportvaccinal#tourisme#economie

  • Passe sanitaire : la CNIL appelle à la vigilance sur la conservation des données personnelles lors des contrôles
    https://www.lemonde.fr/pixels/article/2021/04/28/passe-sanitaire-la-cnil-appelle-a-la-vigilance-sur-la-conservation-des-donne

    La Commission nationale informatique et libertés informations estime que les informations affichées sur papier ou dans l’application TousAntiCovid devront être réduites au minimum nécessaire et ne pas être conservées après le contrôle.

    Protection de la vie privée, craintes de surveillance, risques de faux : les questions soulevées par l’annonce d’un passe sanitaire en France et en Europe évoquent les débats ouverts par le lancement des applications de traçage des contacts, au printemps 2020. Les deux dispositifs devraient être utilisés par de nombreux Français, cet été, dans la même application mobile, TousAntiCovid.

    Une importante différence sépare les deux technologies. Quand la fonction de traçage de TousAntiCovid établit sur le téléphone un historique des contacts croisés par les utilisateurs, le passe sanitaire utilise des informations déjà existantes dans les fichiers dont le ministère de la santé est responsable : le système d’information de dépistage populationnel (SI-DEP) pour le résultat des tests, qui sont conservés trois mois, et Vac-SI, pour la liste des personnes vaccinées, dont l’enregistrement est pour l’instant prévu jusqu’à la fin de l’année. Pour les patients, les médecins et les douaniers la procédure reste donc identique, la certification apposée par l’Etat est la seule nouveauté.

    Les informations auxquelles pourront avoir accès les agents habilités à contrôler le passe sanitaire (policiers, gendarmes, douaniers français et étrangers, agents de compagnie aérienne) sont uniquement celles recommandées à tous les Etats membres par la Commission européenne : nom, prénom et date de naissance – pour vérifier que le passe correspond à l’identité de la personne –, suivis de la date, du type de test et du résultat ou de la date et du type de vaccin.Retour ligne automatique
    « Rupture du secret médical »

    « Il ne serait pas normal que le numéro de sécurité sociale soit mentionné sur le document », a averti le comité de contrôle et de liaison (CCL) Covid-19 dans une liste de « points de vigilance » envoyés au gouvernement, le 20 avril. Si l’identifiant est bien présent dans les fichiers SI-DEP et Vac-SI, son affichage n’est pas prévu sur le passe sanitaire. La Commission nationale informatique et libertés (CNIL) a aussi souligné, dans un avis rendu le 22 avril, l’importance de s’assurer que les autorités « qui vérifieront le datamatrix [semblable à un code-barres ou à un QR code] ne doivent, en aucun cas, générer la création d’une base centralisée de données » et les conserver après le contrôle.

    TousAntiCovid permet aussi de n’afficher que l’identité et un datamatrix contenant le reste des informations. Dans ce cas, la machine utilisée lors du contrôle vérifie l’authenticité du test en comparant sa signature à la base de données du gouvernement, puis y applique les règles locales ou nationales (par exemple, un test PCR doit parfois dater de moins de trente-six heures, plus souvent soixante-douze heures). Une validation ou un refus apparaît, comme un feu « rouge » ou « vert », sur l’écran du policier ou du douanier. Une solution qui a la préférence d’Emmanuel Rusch, président du CCL, qui estime que l’affichage d’un résultat ou d’une vaccination constitue déjà une « rupture du secret médical, dont une extension des dérogations doit passer par la loi ».

    En France, la direction générale de la santé a fait appel à de nouveaux partenaires pour certifier au mieux le résultat de test ou la preuve d’un vaccin reçu. L’Imprimerie nationale a été associée aux travaux pour son expertise du standard 2D-Doc, produit par le ministère de l’intérieur et utilisé sur le datamatrix. Le code-barres figure sur le passe sanitaire, mais sera aussi présent, dès l’automne, sur la nouvelle carte nationale d’identité française.

    #TousAntiCovid #QRcode #contactTracing #consentement #données #COVID-19 #santé #CNIL

    ##santé

  • La Coordination des collectifs de solidarité avec #Pınar_Selek 2000 - 2021

    2000 ........ 2020 ........
    Chère Pınar,
    Il y 20 ans, tu sortais enfin de prison, après deux ans d’enfermement et de tortures.
    20 ans plus tard, la géopolitique de la Turquie est bouleversée...
    Mais ton procès et les menaces contre toi continuent.
    Toi, tu continues tes luttes, comme tu l’avais promis en sortant de prison.
    Nous, nous continuons à tes cotés.
    Merci à toutes les personnalités qui ont accepté de joindre leur voix à la nôtre dans ce film pour te le dire.

    La Coordination des collectifs de solidarité avec Pınar Selek.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U24A7FiPxAc


    #Pinar_Selek #procès #droit_à_la_vie #torture #Turquie #prison #emprisonnement #lutte #témoignage #solidarité #solidarité_internationale #justice (!) #résistance #haine #arbitraire #arbitraire_du_pouvoir #répression_judiciaire #expliquer_c'est_excuser #terrorisme #Etat_de_droit #minorités #kurdes #islamisme #déradicalisation #évangélisation_de_l'islamisme #AKP #armée #processus_du_28_février #re-radicalisation #complotisme #conspirationnisme #nationalisme_turc #étatisation #Erdogan #stock_cognitif #amis_de_2071 #ennemis_de_2071 #2071 #pétitions #espoir
    #film #film_documentaire

    ping @isskein @cede @karine4

    • Pinar Selek et la faillite de l’état de droit en Turquie

      Plus de vingt ans ont passé depuis sa sortie de prison. Pinar Selek, toujours menacée d’une condamnation à perpétuité par le pouvoir turc, poursuit ses luttes en France et en Europe. Un film témoigne aujourd’hui des multiples combats de l’écrivaine et sociologue. L’histoire de Pinar Selek est devenue une part de l’Histoire de la Turquie. Et de la nôtre.

      La Coordination des collectifs de solidarité avec Pinar Selek (https://blogs.mediapart.fr/pascal-maillard/blog/160917/la-coordination-des-collectifs-de-solidarite-avec-pinar-selek-est-ne) diffuse un petit film sur l’écrivaine et sociologue. Ce film est important. Ute Müller en est la réalisatrice. Le film s’ouvre par les phrases fortes de l’écrivaine et journaliste Karin Karakasli : « Vous ne pouvez pas vous empêcher de répéter le nom de la personne que vous aimez comme un mantra », dit-elle. L’amie de Pinar la nomme ainsi : « la personne qui est mon honneur, ma fierté et mon bonheur ». Elle définit le procès de Pinar Selek de manière cinglante et précise : « Une violation du droit à la vie, un meurtre légal et une torture psychologique ». Tout est dit par la bouche de Karin Karakasli, qui prend soin de rappeler les faits de cette persécution invraisemblable.

      L’économiste et politologue Ahmet Insel souligne ensuite à quel point l’histoire de Pinar Selek est exemplaire de « l’arbitraire du pouvoir exercé par une répression judiciaire » et de « la faillite de d’état de droit en Turquie ». S’il rappelle que Pinar a été condamnée au moyen de preuves totalement inventées, c’est aussi pour observer une évolution de la répression politique en Turquie : le pouvoir accuse désormais ses opposants de terrorisme et les enferme sans avoir besoin de la moindre preuve. Suivent cinq autres témoignages et analyses, qu’il faut écouter attentivement, tous aussi importants les uns que les autres : celui de Umit Metin, Coordinateur général de l’ACORT (Assemblée Citoyenne des Originaires de Turquie), ceux de l’historien Hamit Bozarslan et du juriste Yériché Gorizian, celui de la journaliste Naz Oke et enfin les propos de Stéphanie, membre du Collectif de solidarité de la ville de Lyon.

      Parmi tous ces témoignages, il y a une phrase de Karin Karakasli qui résonne très fort et restera dans nos mémoires : « Vivre dans une Turquie où Pinar ne peut revenir, ne diffère pas d’une condamnation à vivre dans une prison en plein air ». Il faut en finir avec les prisons de pierre et les prisons en plein air. Pinar Selek, qui tient un blog sur Mediapart, invente des cerfs-volants qui traversent les frontières. Un jour les membres de ses collectifs de solidarité feront avec elle le voyage jusqu’à La Maison du Bosphore, où ils retrouveront Rafi, le joueur de Doudouk, cet instrument qui symbolise dans le roman de l’écrivaine la fraternité entre les kurdes, les arméniens et les turcs.

      Pascal Maillard,

      Membre de la Coordination des collectifs de solidarité

      https://blogs.mediapart.fr/pascal-maillard/blog/270421/pinar-selek-et-la-faillite-de-letat-de-droit-en-turquie

  • Les #mémoires comme ressources et enjeux. Dimensions spatiales, politiques et sociales

    Dominique Chevalier
    Les mémoires comme ressources et enjeux. Dimensions spatiales, politiques et sociales [Texte intégral]
    Memories as resources and stakes. spatial, political and social dimensions

    Jean-Luc Poueyto
    Lieux vénérés puis oubliés : L’exemple de #mémoires_familiales #manouches [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    Venerated, then forgotten spaces : the example of Manouche family memories

    Dominique Chevalier, François Duchene et Thomas Zanetti
    Palimpsestes mémoriels, #gentrification inachevée et voisinages migratoires : l’exemple de commerces de #La_Guillotière à #Lyon [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    Memory palimpsests, unfinished gentrification and migratory neighborhoods : the example of La Guillotière businesses in Lyon

    Elisa Aumoitte
    Sans mémoire des lieux ni lieux de mémoire. La #Palestine invisible sous les #forêts_israéliennes [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    Without memory of places or places of memory.Invisible Palestine under israeli forests

    Anne Hertzog et Rafiq Ahmad
    Un #cimetière chinois dans la #Somme : #pratiques_mémorielles, lieu de #co-présence et territorialités diasporiques [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    A chinese cemetery in Somme : remembrance practices, place of co-presence and diasporic dynamics
    #diaspora

    William Robin-Detraz
    #Haut-lieu et appropriations de la mémoire des #tirailleurs_sénégalais : le #Tata de #Chasselay (69) [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    “Haut-lieu” and appropriations of the memory of African Colonial Soldiers : the Tata of Chasselay

    Aliou Gaye
    Processus de #patrimonialisation et mise en #tourisme des mémoires collectives de l’#esclavage à l’#île_de_Gorée [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    Patrimonialization process and setting in tourism of collective memories of slavery on the island of Goree
    #Gorée

    Marie Pouillès Garonzi
    « Un musée à ciel ouvert ». Les traces du passé conflictuel dans les #espaces_publics chypriotes [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    “An open-air museum”. Traces of the conflicting past in cypriot public spaces
    #espace_public #Chypre

    Thibault Ducloux
    Là où s’échouent les destinées. Les #prisons, dévoreuses de mémoires ? [Texte intégral disponible en décembre 2021]
    Where destinies run aground. Do jails crush social memories ?

    https://journals.openedition.org/bagf/6655

    #revue #mémoire #géographie

  • Les télétravailleurs, nouvel eldorado des pays en manque de touristes
    https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2021/04/13/les-teletravailleurs-nouvel-eldorado-des-pays-en-manque-de-touristes_6076537

    Les télétravailleurs, nouvel eldorado des pays en manque de touristes
    Par Marie Charrel. Les Bermudes, les Canaries, l’Estonie ou encore la Croatie tentent d’attirer ces profils pour compenser en partie l’effondrement du tourisme. Certains Etats accueillent tous les télétravailleurs, d’autres ne veulent que les plus aisés.
    Ce n’est pas le paradis, mais à l’écouter, ça y ressemble. « Nous nous réveillons avec le bruit des vagues et commençons la journée par une promenade sur la plage, raconte Carole Reed. Puis nous enchaînons les réunions sur Zoom dans notre bungalow, mais nous nous astreignons à refermer l’ordinateur à 17 heures pour aller nager dans l’océan. »
    Il y a un an, lorsque la pandémie a commencé, cette conseillère artistique vivait à New York avec son mari, responsable marketing, et leurs deux ados. En septembre 2020, face à la perspective d’être à nouveau confinés à quatre dans leur appartement, elle a choisi d’embarquer sa famille aux Bermudes. Sa fille a intégré le lycée local pour quelques mois, son fils suit les cours de son établissement new-yorkais en ligne. (...)Carole et sa famille n’ont pas choisi les Bermudes par hasard : l’archipel, également connu pour son statut de paradis fiscal, se démène pour attirer les personnes en télétravail, comme eux. En juillet 2020, il a lancé « Work from Bermuda », un certificat de résidence leur permettant de s’installer jusqu’à un an sur son sol, à condition de prouver qu’ils travaillent à distance pour une entreprise étrangère.
    Depuis quelques mois, de plus en plus de pays et régions dépendants du tourisme proposent le même genre de programme : Hawaï, Montserrat et Aruba dans la mer Caraïbes, l’île Maurice, le Costa Rica, la Géorgie, Buenos Aires…Certains Etats accueillent tous les télétravailleurs, sans distinction. D’autres ciblent les plus aisés : La Barbade, dans les Caraïbes, accueille seulement ceux qui gagnent plus de 50 000 dollars (42 000 euros) par an. Seuls ceux touchant plus de 5 000 dollars (4 200 euros) par mois peuvent postuler au visa créé par Dubaï, qui leur offre au passage une exonération de l’impôt local sur le revenu.L’Europe n’est pas en reste : l’Estonie, qui se targue d’être un pays ultra-connecté à défaut d’avoir du soleil, a placé la barre à 3 500 euros mensuels pour le sien. Et la Croatie, à 16 907,5 kunas par mois, soit 2 230 euros, pour pouvoir rester jusqu’à un an sur place – là encore avec une exonération d’impôt sur le revenu à la clé. « A terme, la Croatie pourrait attirer jusqu’à 50 000 travailleurs à distance toute l’année, rêve Jan de Jong, l’entrepreneur néerlandais qui a soufflé au gouvernement l’idée de créer ce permis de résidence pour nomades numériques. Pour un pays dont 20 % des revenus dépendent du tourisme, cela représente les prémices d’une nouvelle activité, plus durable. »
    Pour la Croatie, Hawaï ou les îles caribéennes, le pari, un peu désespéré, est le même : compenser au moins en partie l’effondrement du tourisme lié à la pandémie, en attirant certains des millions de salariés assignés au télétravail. En particulier ceux des pays industrialisés gagnant bien leur vie.
    « Le phénomène des nomades digitaux n’est pas nouveau, mais jusqu’ici, il s’agissait d’une communauté très particulière de jeunes, souvent indépendants, rejetant la routine de l’entreprise et changeant souvent d’endroit : beaucoup de ceux-là ont été contraints de rentrer chez eux avec la pandémie », analyse David Cook, anthropologiste au University College de Londres, spécialiste du sujet.Les nouveaux télétravailleurs ont un profil différent : « Ce sont plutôt des salariés incités à rester chez eux par leur entreprise en raison du Covid-19, et qui ont découvert que les réunions Zoom peuvent se tenir de n’importe où avec une bonne connexion Internet. »Dans les Canaries, Nacho Rodriguez, créateur de la plate-forme Repeople.co, travaille depuis six ans à la création d’une communauté de travailleurs à distance sur l’île de Gran Canaria. En collaboration avec l’office du tourisme et les autorités locales, il a créé des espaces de cotravail, organise des conférences et des campagnes de promotion sur le sujet. Il y a trois ans, l’île voisine de Tenerife a suivi : elle ne propose pas de visa spécifique mais offre un « passe de bienvenue » aux nouveaux arrivants, avec des réductions sur les activités sportives et des rencontres régulières, animées sur des groupes Facebook ou WhatsApp.Réseauter au soleil, randonner ou surfer après le travail : il n’en fallait pas plus pour convaincre Clodimir Bogaert de faire ses valises. Après le deuxième confinement, lorsque son entreprise DailyMotion est repassée en télétravail, il a quitté Paris, où il étouffait, pour quelques semaines à Fuerteventura, aux Canaries.
    (...) . La stratégie des Canaries, comme celle de la Croatie ou des Bermudes, n’est pas sans rappeler celle déployée par Lisbonne pour attirer les retraités français ou allemands sur son sol, notamment grâce à des avantages fiscaux.D’ailleurs, le Portugal mise aussi sur les nomades numériques : l’archipel de Madère vient de créer un « village » à Ponta do Sol pour les accueillir, avec un accès gratuit à un espace de travail, des activités et une aide pour le logement. Une centaine de candidats s’y sont déjà installés. « Ils profiteront de la beauté de l’île, mais ils contribueront aussi à la survie de nombreux commerces liés au tourisme », espère Micaela Viera, de Start-Up Madeira, l’incubateur d’entreprises impliqué dans le projet.
    Pour le moment, le poids macroéconomique des télétravailleurs est très loin de compenser la non-venue des touristes. Mais leur impact local n’est pas négligeable dans les quelques endroits prisés. « Lorsque les liaisons aériennes ont été suspendues, les seize appartements que je gère en front de mer se sont retrouvés vides », raconte Juancho Betancor, de Living Las Canteras, à Gran Canaria. Après des mois difficiles, il a réorienté son offre vers des locations à moyen terme en baissant un peu les prix, et a équipé les logements de matériel de bureau. Désormais, 90 % sont occupés par des télétravailleurs venus de toute l’Europe. Ils y restent plusieurs semaines, contre sept jours en moyenne pour les touristes traditionnels. (...)
    Du côté de Zagreb, la capitale croate, le phénomène suscite des vocations. Toutes deux salariées à Amsterdam, Anamarija Uzbinec et Dora Zane se sont installées en télétravail en Croatie, leur pays d’origine, au début de la pandémie. Leur situation personnelle leur a inspiré la création de Goingremotely.com, un site aidant les télétravailleurs à trouver un logement sur place. Barbara Loncaric Lucic et Suzana Livaja, elles, ont lancé Adriatic Sea Change, une entreprise qui aide les non-Européens à obtenir le visa croate pour nomades numériques, et à explorer la vie locale.
    Mais une fois la pandémie sous contrôle, les candidats au travail à distance seront-ils toujours aussi nombreux ? Difficile à dire. Beaucoup veulent néanmoins croire que le Covid-19 aura durablement changé les pratiques.
    « Le télétravail montait déjà avant, la pandémie a accéléré ce basculement : les entreprises ne pourront pas revenir complètement en arrière, d’autant qu’offrir cette flexibilité sera désormais un argument pour attirer les bons candidats », estime Clodimir Bogaert. Son employeur DailyMotion permet désormais à ses salariés de travailler jusqu’à trois mois par an à distance et à l’étranger, ou aussi longtemps qu’ils le souhaitent en France. De grands groupes, comme Facebook, Twitter et PSA, ont également annoncé qu’ils favoriseraient durablement le télétravail.Si cela se confirme, la bataille pour séduire les nouveaux nomades numériques ne fait que commencer. « Ces programmes lancés par des petits pays pour les attirer pourraient changer durablement la façon dont nous concevons les vacances, le travail, mais aussi la citoyenneté », conclut David Cook.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#sante#teletravail#nomadenumerique#pandemie#tourisme#travailleurmigrant#politiquemigratoire

  • Covid-19 : l’Union européenne prête à ouvrir ses frontières aux touristes américains vaccinés
    https://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2021/04/26/l-union-europeenne-prete-a-ouvrir-ses-frontieres-aux-touristes-americains-va

    Covid-19 : l’Union européenne prête à ouvrir ses frontières aux touristes américains vaccinés. La présidente de la Commission européenne, Ursula von der Leyen, n’a pas dévoilé de calendrier précis mais le « New York Times » avance que les nouvelles règles pourraient être mises en place dès cet été.La reprise des vols des Etats-Unis vers l’Union européenne pourrait concerner dès cet été les touristes américains à condition qu’ils soient vaccinés.
    Les touristes venant des Etats-Unis seront autorisés à visiter l’Union européenne (UE) dans les prochains mois à condition d’être vaccinés contre le Covid-19, a déclaré, dimanche 25 avril, la présidente de la Commission européenne, Ursula von der Leyen, dans une interview au New York Times.
    Article réservé à nos abonnés Lire aussi Pour les Français, les vacances d’été restent incertaines« Les Américains, d’après ce que je peux voir, utilisent des vaccins approuvés par l’Agence européenne des médicaments [AEM], a-t-elle justifié. Cela permettra la libre circulation et les déplacements vers l’Union européenne. » « Car une chose est claire : les 27 Etats membres accepteront, sans condition, tous ceux qui sont vaccinés avec des vaccins approuvés par l’AEM », a assuré Mme Von der Leyen au quotidien new-yorkais.La présidente de la Commission européenne n’a pas dévoilé de calendrier précis, mais le New York Times avance que les nouvelles règles pourraient être mises en place dès cet été, alors que les vaccinations s’intensifient dans le monde entier.L’Agence européenne des médicaments a approuvé les trois vaccins en cours d’utilisation aux Etats-Unis, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech et Johnson & Johnson. Pointant les « énormes progrès » en cette matière aux Etats-Unis, Mme Von der Leyen a noté qu’ils étaient en passe de vacciner 70 % de leur population adulte d’ici la mi-juin. La reprise des voyages dépendrait « de la situation épidémiologique, mais la situation s’améliore aux Etats-Unis, à l’instar, nous l’espérons, de l’Union européenne » a-t-elle ajouté.La pandémie a ravagé l’industrie du tourisme sur le continent européen, comme le montre la fermeture des frontières aux voyages non essentiels instaurée par plusieurs pays de l’Union. La semaine dernière, la Grèce – dont l’économie dépend considérablement des revenus engendrés par le tourisme – a déclaré que les voyageurs en provenance de l’UE et de cinq autres pays seraient dispensés de la quarantaine obligatoire à leur arrivée, à condition d’être vaccinés contre le Covid-19 ou de pouvoir présenter un test négatif de dépistage du coronavirus. L’Union européenne est en train de réfléchir à la mise en place d’un passeport sanitaire qu’elle voudrait lancer cet été pour les déplacements à l’intérieur de ses frontières.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#UE#etatsunis#sante#passeportvaccinal#vaccination#frontiere#circulation#tourisme

  • EU may let vaccinated Americans holiday in Europe this summer, says Brussels | European Union | The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/26/eu-vaccinated-americans-holiday-europe-summer-ursula-von-der-leyen-non-
    https://i.guim.co.uk/img/media/7adbbbe6b5303abb1905146de51c7ed753bcc205/0_0_5948_3569/master/5948.jpg?width=1200&height=630&quality=85&auto=format&fit=crop&overlay-ali

    EU may let vaccinated Americans holiday in Europe this summer, says Brussels. Ursula von der Leyen says rules on non-essential travel will change to take into account vaccination coverage. The president of the European commission has offered fresh hope of a summer holiday in the EU for those living outside its borders. Ursula von der Leyen suggested in an interview with the New York Times that Americans who were fully vaccinated would be able to visit the EU in what would be a change of policy on non-essential travel.The EU adopted tough restrictions on travel into the the bloc’s 27 member states last year. Non-essential trips are only permitted from Australia, New Zealand, Rwanda, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand.To qualify for the list, countries must record no more than 25 new Covid cases per 100,000 people over the last 14 days and no more than 4% of tests carried out in the previous week can return positive. The latest statistics, dated 20 April, shows the UK recorded 24.7 cases per 100,000 across a seven-day period. The list of countries exempt from the ban is reviewed every two weeks.Von der Leyen suggested, however, that the EU’s rules on non-essential travel would change in time for summer to also take into account vaccination coverage.“The Americans, as far as I can see, use European Medicines Agency-approved vaccines,” she said. “This will enable free movement and the travel to the European Union. Because one thing is clear: all 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those who are vaccinated with vaccines that are approved by EMA.”She added that the travel situation would still depend “on the epidemiological situation, but the situation is improving in the United States, as it is, hopefully, also improving in the European Union”.Last week, EU diplomats opened a discussion as to what criteria could be used to allow Europe’s tourism hotspots to enjoy a summer season.It was suggested by the commission that the vaccination rates in several parts of the world “support updating the approach for the safe lifting of restrictions on non-essential travel into the EU”.
    While a number of northern EU member states are cautious about reopening to tourists, ministers in Spain and Greece, among others, have been outspoken about the needs of their tourism sectors.The EU is developing a “digital green certificate” that would record whether someone has been vaccinated or had a recent negative test.Last week Von der Leyen said it would be up to member states whether they wished come to arrangements with non-EU countries to allow such certificates to open up to tourists.
    Greece has said it will open its borders to travellers from the US from Monday, provided they show proof of vaccination or a negative coronavirus test.Spain’s tourism minister, Fernando Valdés, said last week that his country would be ready for mass tourism this summer.He told Sky News: “We are desperate to welcome you this summer. “I think we will be ready here in Spain and we also think that things on the vaccination scheme of the UK are going pretty well. So, hopefully we will be seeing this summer the restart of holidays.”The European commissioner leading the EU’s vaccine taskforce, Thierry Breton, told the Guardian earlier this month that he was confident the bloc would hit its target of vaccinating 70% of adults by the end of the summer, permitting it “an almost normal tourist season”.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#UE#etatsunis#sante#tourisme#passeportvaccinal#vaccination#economie#voyagenonessentiel#frontiere

  • Greece to lift quarantine rule for more inbound visitors from Monday | Reuters
    https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/greece-lift-quarantine-rule-more-inbound-visitors-monday-2021-04-25
    https://www.reuters.com/resizer/x4u8UKeaKOLRSp4pMaAbsAdaN40=/1200x628/smart/cloudfront-us-east-2.images.arcpublishing.com/reuters/5MZ5IREABFJ4NI7GCJT43GE2JU.jpg

    Greece to lift quarantine rule for more inbound visitors from Monday
    Reuters. Greece will lift quarantine restrictions on coronavirus-free visitors from more countries including Australia and Russia from Monday as it extends exemptions ahead of formally opening up to tourists on May 15, the transport ministry said on Sunday.The change, which came as Greece crossed the threshold of 10,000 deaths from COVID-19, follows a move this month to lift restrictions on visitors from EU countries, the United States and Britain, among other countries. read moreVisitors from these countries are allowed into Greece without spending a week in quarantine as long as they are vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus. As well as Australia and Russia, Greece will lift restrictions on visitors from New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda and Singapore, the ministry said in a statement. Visitors from Serbia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates are also exempt from quarantine requirements following the earlier changes affecting the EU and other countries.Greece, which emerged from the first wave of the pandemic last year in much better shape than many other countries in Europe, has been hit badly in recent months, with rising numbers of patients putting hospitals under severe strain in many areas.However, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said last week the pandemic was showing signs of stabilising and he confirmed plans for a May 15 opening of the vital tourism sector, which accounts for a fifth of economic output. read more
    Despite a stuttering start to vaccinations in the European Union, the Greek government says it is better placed this summer than last year thanks to widespread testing, quarantine hotels and vaccination drives on small islands and among tourism workers. Authorities reported 1,400 new cases and 57 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday. The pandemic has now caused a total of 333,129 infections in Greece and 10,007 deaths.

    #Covid-19#migrant#migration#grece#UE#sante#economie#tourisme#restrictionsanitaire

  • Santé Publique France, 25/04/2021 :
    • décès covid à l’hôpital : 145 (cvh : 257)
    • hospitalisations covid : 30 287 (+187)

    décès, plateau, peut-être descendant
    admissions en réanimation, plateau, peut-être descendant
    à confirmer avec le début de semaine

    (note : l’analyse conjoncturelle va devenir compliquée au mois de mai, avec les 1er et 8 mai des samedis qui se comporteront comme des dimanches ou même encore plus bas et le jeudi de l’Ascension, lé 13/05)

    incidence qui baisse toujours nettement et positivité qui grimpe toujours doucement continuent à évoluer en sens inverse

    les taux d’occupation de réa

    et, pour changer, la part des variants sud-africain et brésilien continue à doucement monter, et ce depuis le 11/04, elle atteint maintenant 4,8% des tests positifs analysés
    (comme dirait J. C., elle a donc tendance à régresser, cf. https://seenthis.net/messages/912532 )

  • Straßenumbenennung in Berlin : Koloniale Atmosphäre ist verpufft

    Bei Google Maps ist die Umbenennung schon vollzogen: Wer dort am Donnerstag nach der Neuköllner Wissmannstraße sucht, bekommt zwar eine Wegbeschreibung, die endet jedoch wie selbstverständlich an der Lucy-Lameck-Straße. Auch in den Online-Stadtplänen ist der neue Name der Straße, die sich vom Hermannplatz bis hoch zur Karlsgartenstraße zieht, schon eingetragen. Offiziell und feierlich umbenannt wird die Straße zwar erst am heutigen Freitag um 16 Uhr. Wissmann jedoch ist aus dem Neuköllner Stadtbild bereits verschwunden.

    Denn auch an der Straße selbst sind die Schilder am Donnerstagvormittag schon abmontiert, auch hier sucht man vergebens nach dem alten Namen, aber auch die Lucy-Lameck-Straße ist noch nicht sichtbar. Unscheinbar, bei näherem Betrachten aber doch prägnant, hebt sich im 90-Grad-Winkel zum Straßenschild der Karlsgartenstraße eine strahlend silbrige, neu angebrachte Halterung vom Himmel ab. Vermutlich wird das neue Schild hier anmontiert.

    Jene Befestigungsmöglichkeit markiert also das Ende einer Ära, in der die Straße durch ihren ehemaligen Namensgeber, #Hermann_von_Wissmann (1853–1905) und die zivilgesellschaftliche Kritik an ihm geprägt war. Der Reichskommissar und Gouverneur des damaligen Deutsch-Ostafrika (heute Tansania, Burundi und Ruanda) hat mit seinen militärischen Expeditionen in den deutschen Kolonien schwerste Verbrechen begangen. Er führte einen gewaltsamen Feldzug gegen die Bevölkerung, plünderte Dörfer, setzte sie in Brand und schlug Widerstände brutal nieder.

    Nach jahrezehntelangen Bemühungen des Vereins Berlin Postkolonial, der sich für die Umbenennung zur Würdigung von Opfern und Geg­ne­r*in­nen des deutschen Kolonialismus engagiert hat, ändert der Berliner Bezirk Neukölln nun den Straßennamen. Die neue Namensgeberin ist #Lucy-Lameck (1934–1993), die erste Frau im Regierungskabinett Tansanias. Sie setzte sich als eine der wichtigsten afrikanischen Vorkämpferinnen für die Rechte der Frauen im 20. Jahrhundert ein.
    Weitere Umbenennungen in Planung

    Neukölln ist nach Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, wo bereits 2010 das Gröbenufer in May-Ayim-Ufer umbenannt wurde, der zweite Bezirk, der eine solche Straßenumbenennung vornimmt. Ähnliche Pläne gibt es in Mitte und in Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf (dort gibt es auch noch eine Wissmannstraße).

    Am Donnerstagvormittag ist auf der Lucy-Lameck-Straße kaum Betrieb. Die Straße ist wenig befahren, mal kreuzt eine Kindergartengruppe, mal ein älterer Herr. Es rumpelt, wenn ein Kleintransporter über das Kopfsteinpflaster fährt. Die kolonialistische Atmosphäre scheint durch das fehlende Straßenschild verpufft zu sein.

    Im vergangenen Jahr sagte Cordula Klein, Fraktionsvorsitzende der SPD in der BVV Neukölln und stellvertretende Vorsitzende des Bildungsausschusses, der taz, dass Spa­zier­gän­ge­r*in­nen stehen bleiben sollten, um zu überlegen, warum die Straße umbenannt wurde. Das wäre wünschenswert – vielleicht tut das auch jemand, sobald hier die angekündigte Stele steht. Doch wegen eines fehlenden Straßenschilds schaut sich hier noch niemand verwirrt um. Doch so unscheinbar und unbemerkt, wie sich der neue Straßenname in die Onlinekarten und das Straßenbild einfügt, so markant bleibt doch das Zeichen gegen Kolonialpropaganda.

    https://taz.de/Strassenumbenennung-in-Berlin/!5762407
    #Berlin #Allemagne #colonisation #colonialisme #toponymie #toponymie_politique

    ping @cede @nepthys

  • Tourcoing, Lille : Le résultat du système darmanin.
    Le « C’est la guerre » d’emmanuel macron prend tout son sens.

    Lille : les pompiers attaqués par des tirs de mortiers d’artifice, une école en partie incendiée
    https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/nord-0/lille/lille-une-ecole-maternelle-en-partie-incendiee-les-pomp

    Lille : une élue blessée dans les tensions aux Bois Blancs
    https://www.lavoixdunord.fr/987892/article/2021-04-21/lille-des-elus-chahutes-aux-bois-blancs

    Tourcoing : le domicile d’un policier touché par des tirs de mortiers d’artifice
    https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/nord-0/tourcoing/tourcoing-le-domicile-d-un-policier-vise-par-des-tirs-d

    Tourcoing : Tirs de mortiers d’artifice et véhicules incendiés : troisième nuit de violences urbaines
    https://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/hauts-de-france/nord-0/tourcoing/tirs-de-mortiers-d-artifice-et-vehicules-incendies-deux
    #émeutes #police #france #Lille #Tourcoing #émeute #violence #révolte #EnMarche

  • Parce qu’elle dénonce la culture du viol dans l’équitation, Amélie Quéguiner est poursuivie en diffamation
    https://www.madmoizelle.com/parce-quelle-denonce-la-culture-du-viol-dans-lequitation-amelie-queguin

    « On se demande pourquoi on fait tout ça. Moi, mon histoire est réglée, je vis avec, ce que je fais c’est pour faire entendre les autres, pour que mon sport avance. Et quand on voit que ça n’avance pas, c’est décourageant. »

    Au téléphone, la voix d’Amélie Quéguiner laisse entendre sa grande détermination. En dénonçant les violences sexuelles qu’elle a subies enfant, la cavalière ne s’attendait sûrement pas à se retrouver attaquée en diffamation par sa propre fédération sportive… Elle va pourtant devoir se présenter devant le tribunal de Périgueux le 28 avril suite à la plainte déposée par Serge Lecomte, président de la Fédération française d’équitation (FFE).

    • Suite aux révélations d’Amélie Quéguiner début 2020, la FFE avait annoncé des mesures pour lutter contre les violences sexuelles et pour améliorer la prise en compte des témoignages des victimes. Mais depuis quelques mois, l’organisation sportive semble vouloir la faire taire.

      #backlash

    • Si Amélie Quéguiner se mobilise autant, c’est aussi parce que l’équitation représente la troisième fédération en France en nombre de licenciés, derrière le football et le tennis. « Les trois quarts sont des filles mineures, et quand on sait qu’une fille sur cinq va être concernée par les violences sexuelles, on se dit qu’il faut les protéger », rappelle-t-elle auprès de Madmoizelle.

      Pour elle, la FFE n’est pas réaliste en voulant résoudre les affaires de violences sexuelles « avec discrétion », « en catimini ». Au contraire, il faut informer les licenciés, être transparent avec les familles :

      « Tout se sait, mais par des bruits de couloir, et ça ne sert à rien. Tant qu’il n’y a pas de cadre déontologique, tant qu’on ne définira pas des sanctions, on aura beau sensibiliser dire que ce n’est pas bien, ça ne servira à rien. Former les gens, les nouveaux encadrants, c’est le minimum. »

      #toctoc