• ALEX SAAB, Trump en a rêvé, Biden l’a fait - Maurice Lemoine

    France Culture (« l’esprit d’ouverture »), journal du 17 octobre 2021 au matin : « Extradition aux Etats-Unis d’Alex Saab, un proche de Maduro accusé d’avoir détourné l’aide alimentaire destinée au Venezuela. » Pour Libération (« CheckNews » à tous les étages), « l’opposition vénézuélienne et de nombreux journalistes qui ont enquêté sur le personnage affirment qu’il sait tout sur la corruption du régime de Nicolas Maduro ». Ce que confirme La Croix : « Soupçonné d’avoir profité de sa proximité avec Caracas pour détourner 350 millions de dollars, il pourrait détenir des informations compromettantes pour Maduro. » D’autant que, à en croire Le Monde (le quotidien « de référence »), reprenant l’Agence France Presse (AFP), l’opposant vénézuélien Julio Borges déclare qu’avec l’extradition commence « le passage devant la justice de quelqu’un qui a volé des millions de dollars aux Vénézuéliens, qui est responsable direct de la faim et de la crise humanitaire » dans ce pays. Bref, résume France Inter (« écoutez la différence »), « le président Maduro a de quoi être inquiet. Un homme qui sait tout de sa fortune, du financement de son régime, de la corruption vénézuélienne, est aujourd’hui entre les mains des Etats-Unis, son pire ennemi [1]. »

    Amis de l’information objective, bonjour et bienvenidos.
    https://www.medelu.org/Trump-en-a-reve-Biden-l-a-fait


    #Venezuela #USA

  • Comment l’URSS aurait fait « imploser » le système social US
    https://fr.sputniknews.com/20211020/grandeur-decadence-todd-urss-us-1052249180.html

    Et si le déclin de l’Empire américain était avant tout social ? Et si c’était feu l’URSS qui avait précipité cet affaiblissement, remportant une victoire posthume sur son adversaire de la Guerre froide ? C’est la thèse, paradoxale en apparence, qu’a développé Emmanuel Todd lors d’une conférence qu’il a animée le 14 octobre à Paris pour le Dialogue franco-russe.

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

    Alors que les États-Unis semblaient être sortis grands vainqueurs de leur confrontation avec l’Union soviétique au début des années 1990, ils portaient déjà en eux le germe de leur effondrement social. Pour en arriver à de telles conclusions, l’anthropologue et historien s’est penché sur des « indicateurs très simples » de la santé de la société étasunienne. Les mêmes que ceux qui lui permirent de prédire l’implosion de l’URSS dans son premier ouvrage, La chute finale (Éd. Robert Laffont, 1976) quinze ans avant qu’elle n’advienne.

    Mortalité infantile élevée (5,6pour 1.000 aux États-Unis, contre 4,9 en Russie), recul de l’espérance de vie aux États-Unis alors qu’elle progresse en Russie. Un recul dopé par la progression du taux de suicide tout au long des années 2000 outre-Atlantique (14,5 pour 1.000 habitants contre 11,5 en Russie), ainsi que par l’envolée des overdoses d’opioïdes et de l’alcoolisme.

    Évolution « négative » aux USA Vs « stabilité » du système social russe
    « Des morts qui, en fait, reflètent la destruction de la classe ouvrière américaine », estime Emmanuel Todd, qui oppose à cette évolution « frappante » et « négative » au pays de l’Oncle Sam… la « stabilité » du système social russe.

    « La persistance d’un discours négatif sur la Russie est étonnante, alors qu’il est si facile de sortir des évolutions positives spectaculaires », lance l’anthropologue. Et pour cause, le constat chiffré qu’il pose prend le contrepied du portrait régulièrement dépeint d’une société russe où le niveau de vie ne cesserait de se dégrader https://www.lemonde.fr/economie/article/2021/10/13/russie-riche-russes-pauvres_6098099_3234.html .

    Ces chiffres sont d’autant plus honteux pour les États-Unis que les dépenses sociales y sont proportionnellement plus élevées : 16,5% du PIB, contre 10 à 15% dans les pays ayant un niveau de développement comparable. Autre statistique que brandit l’anthropologue : celle de la population carcérale, qui bat tous les records en Amérique. Une situation, là encore inverse à la tendance en Russie, où le nombre de personnes incarcérées a été divisé par deux en vingt ans https://blogs.mediapart.fr/daniel-ac-mathieu/blog/230520/baisse-du-nombre-des-detenus-en-russie . « En 2016, nous avons 655 incarcérés pour 100.000 habitants aux États-Unis et 328 seulement en Russie. C’est le taux le plus élevé du monde, ce n’est pas une société normale ! », juge Emmanuel Todd.

    Lutte contre l’URSS : âge d’or et effondrement du modèle US
    . . . . .
    "Il faut être capable de voir que le système social américain n’est plus le même. Cette transformation n’a pas été aussi violente que l’implosion du communisme, qui a créé des niveaux de souffrance instantanée beaucoup plus élevés. Mais quand même, obtenir dans le pays qui à la fin des années 1920 pesait 44,8% de la production industrielle mondiale une mortalité infantile absolument minable, une baisse de l’espérance de vie, c’est bien qu’il y a eu destruction de quelque chose.
    . . . . .

    #emmanuel_todd #démocratie #inégalités #Santé #racisme #politique #todd #usa #Russie #état #histoire #Démocratie #mortalité #mortalité_infantile #russophobie

  • Tod eines opportunistischen Killers
    https://www.heise.de/tp/features/Tod-eines-opportunistischen-Killers-6222916.html?seite=all

    20.10.2021 von Gerd Roettig - Colin Powell zeigt vor den UN am 5. Februar 2003 eine Ampulle, vermeintlich mit Milzbranderregern. Der Irak, sagte er, verfüge wahrscheinlich über solche Massenvernichtungswaffen. Bild: U.S. Government

    Colin Powell war nicht der größte Lügner der Regierung Bush Juniors. Bei der Durchsetzung des Angriffskriegs auf den Irak vor knapp zwei Jahrzehnten spielte er aber eine Schlüsselrolle.

    Der vor wenigen Jahren verstorbene Schriftsteller #Gore_Vidal beschrieb seine Heimat einst als United States of Amnesia, als Land des Vergessens. Vidal, einer der scharfzüngigsten Kritiker der Regierung Georg W. Bushs – oder, wie er sie selbst nannte, #Cheney-Bush-Junta – befürchtete bereits damals, dass deren völkerrechtliche Verbrechen in Serie nicht nur nicht aufgeklärt zu werden drohten, sondern alsbald historisch verklärt werden würden.

    Diese Befürchtung bestätigte sich einmal mehr vor wenigen Monaten, als auch hiesige Medien den Tod von Ex-Pentagon-Chef Donald Rumsfeld mit ausgesprochen milden Tönen quittierten. Gegen den notorischen Scharfmacher und Hauptarchitekten des neokonservativen Programms einer über Leichen gehenden US-Hegemonie war immerhin auch hierzulande Klage wegen Kriegsverbrechen, gefährlicher Körperverletzung und Verstoßes gegen die UN-Folterkonvention eingereicht worden, woran sich offenbar nur noch die Wenigsten zu erinnern vermochten.

    Mit Colin Powell ist gestern nun ein weiteres führendes Mitglied der ersten Regierung Georg W. Bushs im Alter von 84 Jahren gestorben. Und erneut kommen die meisten Nachrufe einer Geschichtsfälschung gleich, in dem sie Powell beinahe als naives Opfer einer Politik beschreiben, für die er selbst nicht gestanden hätte.

    Anders als Rumsfeld, der sich in seiner politischen Laufbahn schon früh als aktiver Kriegstreiber empfahl, nahm Powell tatsächlich stets die Rolle des befehlsergebenen Soldaten ein, mithilfe derer er sich auch in der US-amerikanischen Öffentlichkeit einen Nimbus von Glaubwürdigkeit und Integrität zu erkaufen wusste:

    Ein soziales Kapital, das der Regierung Bush-Cheney sehr zupasskam, als es darum ging, die Weltöffentlichkeit mit dem Lügenmärchen von Saddam Husseins Massenvernichtungswaffen hinters Licht zu führen und die US-Gesellschaft für den völkerrechtswidrigen Angriffskrieg gegen den Irak zu mobilisieren.

    Powells spätere Behauptung, dass seine 2003 vor den UN abgelegte Falschaussage auf einem „großen Versagen der Geheimdienste“ gründete, ist gelinde gesagt wenig glaubhaft.

    Powell trug mit seiner UN-Rede zum Krieg bei

    Selbst Powells ehemaliger Stabschef Lawrence Wilkerson urteilte später, dass die Rede sowohl wegen ihrer „Unaufrichtigkeit“ als auch wegen Powells „Gravität“ einen entscheidenden „Beitrag der zweijährigen Bemühungen der Bush-Regierung leistete, die Amerikaner für den Krieg zu gewinnen“.

    „Diese Bemühungen“, schrieb Wilkerson 2018, „führten zu einem Krieg, der zu katastrophalen Verlusten für die Region und die von den USA geführte Koalition führte und den gesamten Nahen Osten destabilisierte“.

    Trotz millionenfachen Leids, unzählbarer Toten und einer auf absehbare Zeit hoffnungslosen Lage eines mutwillig zerstörten Staates, der erst durch die US-Invasion zum Exporteur terroristischer Gewalt wurde, blieben die Hauptakteure unbehelligt.

    Während Georg W. als welpenmalender netter Onkel auch in Talkshows des liberalen Mainstreams wieder gern gesehener Gast ist und Dick Cheney immer noch damit beschäftigt sein dürfte, sein in Öl- und Waffenindustrie gemachtes Geld zu zählen, äußerte Powell bereits 2005, seine Rede vor der UN-Vollversammlung zu bereuen, und befreite dabei gleichzeitig Leute wie Ex-CIA-Chef George Tenet von ihrer Verantwortung.

    Dabei hatte der „gute Soldat“ (Powell über Powell) bereits seine frühe Karriere damit begründet, stets das zu liefern, was seine Vorgesetzten von ihm hören wollten.

    1968 war der damals Anfang Dreißigjährige im Dienstgrad eines Majors nach #Vietnam versetzt und zu jener Division abkommandiert worden, aus deren Reihen nur kurze Zeit zuvor das Massaker von Mỹ Lai begangen worden war: Diesem waren mehr als 500 vietnamesischen Zivilisten zum Opfer gefallen, was nach Bekanntwerden wesentlich zum Anwachsen der Antikriegsproteste in den USA führen sollte.

    Eine direkte Mittäterschaft an diesen Kriegsverbrechen ist Powell nicht anzulasten. Sehr wohl war er aber Teil der Vertuschung und des Stillschweigens durch die US-Armee.

    In Berichten an die Armeeführung spielte Powell die Gewaltexzesse als Ausrutscher herunter. Hinweisen auf andere Kriegsverbrechen ging er nur halbherzig nach: „Es mag vereinzelte Fälle von Misshandlung von Zivilisten und Kriegsgefangenen geben, aber dies spiegelt keineswegs die allgemeine Haltung der gesamten Division wider.“

    Die Beziehungen zwischen den US-amerikanischen Soldaten und der vietnamesischen Bevölkerung seien vielmehr ausgezeichnet.

    Powell sagte, was seine Vorgesetzten hören wollten

    Diese Haltung, seinen Vorgesetzten genau das zu sagen, was sie hören wollten, und nicht die Wahrheit zu sagen, wurde zu einem der Markenzeichen der militärischen Karriere Powells, auf deren Höhepunkt er es zum Vier-Sterne-General brachte und als solcher federführend an der US-Invasion in #Panama (1989) und des Zweiten Golfkrieges (1991) beteiligt war.

    Auch seine Auffassung von Recht und Unrecht dürfte Powell bereits aus dem Vietnamkrieg mitgebracht haben, der Vieles der von Bush und Konsorten begonnenen und unter Obama fortgesetzten Kriegsserie im Nahen Osten vorweggenommen hatte. In seinen Vietnam-Memoiren aus den 90er-Jahren erinnerte sich Powell:

    Wenn ein Hubschrauber einen Bauern in einem schwarzen Pyjama entdeckte, der auch nur entfernt verdächtig aussah, umkreiste der Pilot ihn und feuerte auf ihn. Wenn er sich bewegte, wurde dies als Beweis für feindliche Absichten gewertet, und der nächste Schuss fiel nicht vor ihm, sondern auf ihn. Brutal? Das mag sein (….) Aber das Töten oder Getötetwerden im Gefecht führt dazu, dass die Wahrnehmung von Recht und Unrecht getrübt wird.
    Colin Powell

    Wie sehr durch die ewig dauernden Kriege die Wahrnehmung von Recht und Unrecht auch jenseits der Gefechte getrübt ist, zeigt nun die Mystifizierung Powells, die dessen Tod unmittelbar folgt.

    Sie macht vor dem „progressiven“ Lager nicht halt. Jamaal Bowman, afroamerikanischer Kongressabgeordneter und Mitglied der Democratic Socialists twitterte Stunden nach Powells Tod, dass für ihn als schwarzer Mann, „der gerade versuchte, die Welt zu verstehen, Colin Powell eine Inspiration“ gewesen sei. „Er stammte aus New York City, besuchte das City College und stieg in die höchsten Ränge unserer Nation auf.“

    In der Tat gehörte Colin Powell einer Generation Afroamerikaner an, für die das Militär neben dem Hochleistungssport eine der sehr wenigen Möglichkeiten sozialen Aufstiegs in einer zutiefst rassistischen und segregierten Gesellschaft bot.

    Gleichzeitig sollte dies nicht vergessen machen, dass Powell dabei Nutznießer von Kämpfen anderer war, für die er selbst nie bereit zwar, sich einzusetzen.

    Der Bürgerrechtsaktivist Kwame Ture machte bereits in einem Fernsehinterview 1995 darauf aufmerksam, dass Powell seine Position als ranghoher Militär ironischerweise den Errungenschaften der Bürgerrechtskämpfe im Allgemeinen und dem Wirken von #Martin_Luther_King im Besonderen zu verdanken habe.

    Letzterer hatte seinen Einsatz für die Emanzipation der Schwarzen in den USA in dem gleichen Schicksalsjahr #1968 mit dem Leben bezahlen müssen, als Ersterer mit seiner soldatischen Karriere in Vietnam durchstartete.

    Für Kwame Ture gab es bereits damals keinen Zweifel: „Mr. Powell ist ein Lügner. Mr. Powell ist ein Verräter an seinem Volk, und Mr. Powell ist ein Verräter an der Menschheit. Wenn Sie King lieben, können Sie Powell niemals lieben.“

    #USA #impérialisme #guerre #histoire #militaire

  • Vague de grèves de salariés frustrés et épuisés aux États-Unis Radio Canada -
    https://ici.radio-canada.ca/nouvelle/1832259/economie-entreprises-travail-syndicats-striketober

    Ouvriers, infirmiers... Des dizaines de milliers de salariés américains, fatigués par de longues heures de travail pendant la pandémie et frustrés face aux profits de leurs employeurs, ont engagé des mouvements de grève cet automne.

    Quelque 31 000 employés du groupe de santé Kaiser Permanente dans l’ouest des États-Unis menacent aussi de cesser, sous peu, le travail.


    Depuis jeudi dernier, 10 000 salariés du constructeur américain de tracteurs John Deere sont en grève. Plusieurs milliers de travailleurs ont engagé des mouvements de grève cet automne aux États-Unis. Photo : Getty Images / Scott Olson

    Depuis jeudi, 10 000 salariés du constructeur de tracteurs John Deere sont, eux, déjà en grève ; 1400 chez le fabricant de céréales Kellogg’s depuis le 5 octobre, et plus de 2000 employés de l’hôpital Mercy à Buffalo depuis le 1er octobre.

    À Hollywood, une grève des équipes de tournage qui menaçait de paralyser à partir de lundi l’industrie du cinéma américain a été évitée de justesse ce week-end, avec la conclusion d’un accord sur les conditions de travail de ces employés techniques.

    Le mot Striketober, contraction de “strike” (grève) et “october” (octobre), est apparu sur les réseaux sociaux. La vedette de l’aile gauche du Parti démocrate, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, l’a même mis en avant jeudi sur Twitter.

    Pendant la pandémie, pour compenser les nombreux absents, “on a sacrifié du temps avec nos familles, on a manqué les matchs des enfants, des dîners, pour s’assurer que les boîtes de céréales soient dans les magasins”, raconte Dan Osborn, mécanicien chez Kellogg’s depuis 18 ans.

    Et c’est comme ça qu’on nous récompense ? En nous demandant de faire des concessions, alors même que le PDG et les grands chefs s’accordent des augmentations ?
    Une citation de :Dan Osborn, mécanicien chez Kellogg’s

    Ce président de la section locale du syndicat BCTGM se sent floué. “On ne demande pas d’augmentations de salaire”, remarque-t-il.

    Et les employés ne rechignent pas aux longues heures. Mais ils s’opposent à la généralisation d’une catégorie d’employés n’ayant pas accès aux mêmes avantages et à la suppression de l’ajustement automatique des salaires au coût de la vie, un point important au moment où l’inflation est forte.

    La grève “durera le temps qu’il faudra, il suffit de tenir un jour de plus que l’entreprise”, dit-il.


    Environ 1400 employés du fabricant de céréales Kellogg’s sont en grève depuis le 5 octobre. Photo : Associated Press / Alyssa Keown

    Les grévistes “revendiquent en majorité une amélioration des conditions de travail”, remarque Kate Bronfenbrenner, spécialiste des mouvements syndicaux à l’Université Cornell.

    Les organisations font plus de profits que jamais et demandent aux salariés de travailler plus que jamais, parfois en risquant leur vie avec la COVID-19.
    Une citation de :Kate Bronfenbrenner, spécialiste des mouvements syndicaux à l’Université Cornell _

    Mais face à des employeurs refusant les compromis, les salariés “sont moins enclins à accepter des conventions collectives ne répondant pas à leurs besoins”, remarque-t-elle.

    Un mouvement de grèves en hausse
    Il est difficile de connaître le nombre exact de grèves, le gouvernement américain ne recensant que celles impliquant plus de 1000 salariés. Mais la tendance est clairement à la hausse depuis le mouvement des enseignants en Virginie-Occidentale en 2018, affirme Josh Murray, professeur de sociologie à l’Université Vanderbilt.

    Déçus par la convention négociée par leur syndicat, les enseignants avaient décidé de se mettre en grève, obtenant satisfaction. Il y a eu ensuite un phénomène de contagion.

    Plus il y a de grèves qui parviennent à leurs fins, plus il y en a qui démarrent, car les gens commencent à vraiment croire qu’ils peuvent gagner et sont prêts à risquer leur salaire ou leur emploi.
    Une citation de :Josh Murray, professeur de sociologie à l’Université Vanderbilt

    La grève chez Kellogg’s succède ainsi à celle en juillet de 600 salariés dans le Kansas d’une usine de gâteaux apéritifs Frito-Lay, filiale de PepsiCo. Ils avaient cessé le travail pendant 19 jours pour obtenir, entre autres, la garantie d’un jour de congé par semaine et des augmentations.

    Le millier de grévistes des grignotines Nabisco (filiale du géant Mondelez) ont, eux, obtenu des concessions en septembre après cinq semaines de conflit.

    Autre source de motivation, “pendant la pandémie, ces travailleurs ont pris conscience qu’ils étaient essentiels, que l’économie ne pouvait pas fonctionner sans eux”, remarque M. Murray.

    Les syndicats ont aussi profité ces dernières années de la montée de divers mouvements sociaux avec qui ils ont su s’associer, comme le syndicat des métiers de l’hôtellerie en Arizona, Unite Here, avec les organisations de migrants.
    Il y aura forcément un effet de balancier, les entreprises ne vont pas laisser les coûts salariaux augmenter trop.
    Une citation de :Josh Murray, professeur de sociologie à l’Université Vanderbilt

    Mais, en attendant, “les économistes et les sociologues ont démontré que plus le marché du travail est tendu [comme c’est le cas actuellement aux États-Unis, NDLR], plus les travailleurs ont du pouvoir, plus la probabilité de grèves est élevée”.

    #USA #grèves #salariés #salariées #pandémie #profits #Ouvriers #Ouvrières #infirmières #infirmiers #john_deere #kellogg's #hollywood #strike #pepsico #pepsi #Mondelez

  • « Pandora Papers » : le gouvernement des États-Unis accuse des gens qu’il n’aime pas — Moon of Alabama

    Ca n’enlève rien à l’immense problème que représente l’évasion fiscale, mais Moon of Alabama remarque que de scandale en scandale, les révélations tendent à éclabousser des personnalités que Washington a dans le collimateur, mais font systématiquement l’impasse sur les grandes fortunes EU. Plus propres que les autres ? En fait, ces révélations proviennent d’organismes financés en grande partie par Washington. Ainsi, quand on voit la tête de Poutine apparaître en grand – il n’est pas directement impliqué – ou quand on voit le peu de volonté politique pour s’attaquer à l’évasion fiscale, on se dit que d’autres objectifs pourraient être poursuivis à travers tous ces scandales. (IGA)

    https://www.legrandsoir.info/pandora-papers-le-gouvernement-des-usa-accuse-des-gens-qu-il-n-aime-pa


    #USA

  • Is America experiencing an unofficial general strike? | Robert Reich | The Guardian
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/oct/13/american-workers-general-strike-robert-reich

    ‘No one calls it a #general_strike. But in its own disorganized way it’s related to the organized strikes breaking out across the land.’

    Across the country, people are refusing to return to backbreaking or mind-numbing low-wage jobs

    Last Friday’s jobs report from the US Department of Labor elicited a barrage of gloomy headlines. The New York Times emphasized “weak” jobs growth and fretted that “hiring challenges that have bedeviled employers all year won’t be quickly resolved,” and “rising wages could add to concerns about inflation.” For CNN, it was “another disappointment”. For Bloomberg the “September jobs report misses big for a second straight month”.

    The media failed to report the big story, which is actually a very good one: American workers are now flexing their muscles for the first time in decades.

    You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions.

    No one calls it a general strike. But in its own disorganized way it’s related to the organized strikes breaking out across the land – Hollywood TV and film crews, John Deere workers, Alabama coal miners, Nabisco workers, Kellogg workers, nurses in California, healthcare workers in Buffalo.

    Disorganized or organized, American workers now have bargaining leverage to do better. After a year and a half of the pandemic, consumers have pent-up demand for all sorts of goods and services.

    But employers are finding it hard to fill positions.

    Last Friday’s jobs report showed the number of job openings at a record high. The share of people working or actively looking for work (the labor force participation rate) has dropped to 61.6%. Participation for people in their prime working years, defined as 25 to 54 years old, is also down.

    Over the past year, job openings have increased 62%. Yet overall hiring has actually declined.

    What gives?

    Another clue: Americans are also quitting their jobs at the highest rate on record. The Department of Labor reported on Tuesday that some 4.3 million people quit their jobs in August. That comes to about 2.9% of the workforce – up from the previous record set in April, of about 4 million people quitting.

    All told, about 4 million American workers have been leaving their jobs every month since the spring.

    These numbers have nothing to do with the Republican bogeyman of extra unemployment benefits supposedly discouraging people from working. Reminder: the extra benefits ran out on Labor Day.

    Renewed fears of the Delta variant of Covid may play some role. But it can’t be the largest factor. With most adults now vaccinated, rates of hospitalizations and deaths are way down.

    My take: workers are reluctant to return to or remain in their old jobs mostly because they’re burned out.

    Some have retired early. Others have found ways to make ends meet other than remain in jobs they abhor. Many just don’t want to return to backbreaking or mind-numbing low-wage shit jobs.

    The media and most economists measure the economy’s success by the number of jobs it creates, while ignoring the quality of those jobs. That’s a huge oversight.

    Years ago, when I was secretary of labor, I kept meeting working people all over the country who had full-time work but complained that their jobs paid too little and had few benefits, or were unsafe, or required lengthy or unpredictable hours. Many said their employers treated them badly, harassed them, and did not respect them.

    Since then, these complaints have only grown louder, according to polls. For many, the pandemic was the last straw. Workers are fed up, wiped out, done-in, and run down. In the wake of so much hardship, illness and death during the past year, they’re not going to take it anymore.

    In order to lure workers back, employers are raising wages and offering other inducements. Average earnings rose 19 cents an hour in September and are up more than $1 an hour – or 4.6% – over the last year.

    Clearly, that’s not enough.

    Corporate America wants to frame this as a “labor shortage.” Wrong. What’s really going on is more accurately described as a living-wage shortage, a hazard pay shortage, a childcare shortage, a paid sick leave shortage, and a healthcare shortage.

    Unless these shortages are rectified, many Americans won’t return to work anytime soon. I say it’s about time.

    Robert Reich, a former US secretary of labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few and The Common Good. His new book, The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, is out now. He is a Guardian US columnist. His newsletter is at robertreich.substack.com

    #USA #Travail #grève_rampante #démissions #pénurie_de_main_d'oeuvre

  • Voitures électriques : retour vers le #futur ?
    http://carfree.fr/index.php/2021/10/12/voitures-electriques-retour-vers-le-futur

    Voici un article de Frédéric Moreau qui explique pourquoi les voitures électriques ne seront jamais « propres. » Traducteur français de l’Amérindien Jack D. Forbes (Christophe Colomb et autres cannibales, aux éditions Lire la suite...

    #Destruction_de_la_planète #Fin_de_l'automobile #Réchauffement_climatique #critique #écologie #histoire #lorient #usa #voiture_électrique #voiture_propre

  • Military Bases Turn Into Small Cities as Afghans Wait Months for Homes in U.S.

    An estimated 53,000 evacuees from Kabul remain on eight military bases across the country. Thousands more are waiting at U.S. bases abroad to come to the United States.

    In late August, evacuees from Afghanistan began arriving by the busload to the #Fort_McCoy_Army_base in the Midwest, carrying little more than cellphones and harrowing tales of their narrow escapes from a country they may never see again. They were greeted by soldiers, assigned rooms in white barracks and advised not to stray into the surrounding forest, lest they get lost.

    More than a month later, the remote base some 170 miles from Milwaukee is home to 12,600 Afghan evacuees, almost half of them children, now bigger than any city in western Wisconsin’s Monroe County.

    The story is much the same on seven other military installations from Texas to New Jersey. Overall, roughly 53,000 Afghans have been living at these bases since the chaotic evacuation from Kabul this summer that marked the end of 20 years of war. While many Americans have turned their attention away from the largest evacuation of war refugees since Vietnam, the operation is very much a work in progress here, overseen by a host of federal agencies and thousands of U.S. troops.

    While an initial group of about 2,600 people — largely former military translators and others who helped allied forces during the war — moved quickly into American communities, a vast majority remain stranded on these sprawling military way stations, uncertain of when they will be able to start the new American lives they were expecting. An additional 14,000 people are still on bases abroad, waiting for transfer to the United States.

    “We built a city to house almost 13,000 guests,” said Col. Jen McDonough, deputy commander for sustainment at Fort McCoy, where about 1,600 service members are tasked with ensuring the massive operation runs smoothly.

    On a recent warm autumn day here, refugees played a pickup game of soccer with soldiers, young children made arts and crafts with volunteers while their mothers studied English in an adjacent classroom, and families at a warehouse rummaged through boxes of donated underwear, shirts and jackets.

    Afghan evacuees said they were grateful for the warm reception they have received at the fort, but for many, the long wait has been grueling. None have left the base since arriving, unless they were green card holders or U.S. citizens.

    “I have asked many times about the date of departure,’’ said Farwardin Khorasani, 36, who was an interpreter at the U.S. embassy in Kabul. He fled Afghanistan with his wife and two young daughters and hopes to relocate to Sacramento. “We are jobless here and have nothing to do.”

    U.S. officials say the delays are a result of a measles outbreak, medical checks and a vaccination campaign, as well as the need to complete immigration processing, which involves interviews, biometric exams and applications for work permits. Most bases in the United States are at or near capacity, and Afghan evacuees waiting on bases in the Middle East, Spain and Germany can be flown in only once space opens up.

    A shortage of housing also is creating delays. Many families wish to settle where they already have friends or relatives, in places with existing Afghan communities such as California and the Washington, D.C., area. But officials have said that a dearth of affordable apartments could postpone their resettlement. On Thursday, Congress passed a short-term spending bill that included $6.3 billion to relocate and settle Afghan refugees.

    Gen. Glen D. VanHerck, commander of the United States Northern Command, which oversees the operation at Fort McCoy, said the military was prepared to accommodate arrivals on bases through the spring, giving the authorities time to work through the housing shortage.

    “We’ve built housing capacity and we are providing our Afghan guests the environment they need,” he said.

    One of the first priorities has been to inoculate evacuees against a variety of diseases.

    There have been 24 cases of measles, prompting a vaccination campaign against that illness, along with mumps, rubella and polio, an effort that is just winding down. People must wait at least 21 days after those vaccinations before receiving medical clearance to leave the bases.

    Almost 85 percent of all evacuees on bases have received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine against the coronavirus, and the rate of infection among the population is less than 1 percent, General VanHerck said.

    The bases also have seen crime, not unlike densely packed cities.

    Two Afghan evacuees are in federal custody; one has been charged with engaging in a sexual act with a minor and another charged with assaulting his spouse, both at Fort McCoy.

    The F.B.I. is investigating an assault on a female service member by Afghan men at Fort Bliss in El Paso. And in Quantico, Va., a military police officer on guard duty reported that he had observed a 24-year-old Afghan sexually assaulting a 3-year-old Afghan girl, according to a criminal complaint.

    General VanHerck said the military would “continue taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety” of both those working on the base and the Afghan evacuees. He said many reports to law enforcement were made by Afghans.

    The residents seen on a tightly controlled media tour of the base represented a cross-section of Afghan society.

    Among them was a group of 148 young women who hoped to finish their university education in the United States, and the principal of an international school. There was an Afghan Air Force pilot who had learned to fly UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in Alabama and Texas.

    There were men and women from remote provinces, including a cook who had prepared food for soldiers in a far-flung outpost. Some people wore traditional Afghan attire. Others donned jeans and T-shirts. About half knew some English, but others would need to begin learning to read and write once they resettled in the United States, officials said.

    Farzana Mohammadi, a member of the Afghan women’s Paralympic basketball team who has been unable to walk since she had polio as a child, said she hoped to keep playing sports and to study psychology in Seattle.

    While optimistic about her own future, “I am only thinking all the time about my parents and younger sister,” said Ms. Mohammadi, 24, whose family was still in Kabul.

    About 50 to 60 people live in each two-story barracks, where single beds sit side-by-side. For privacy, families have improvised partitions using sheets.

    There are robust security details outside the living quarters, which are clustered into “communities,” each with a center where evacuees can get personal hygiene items or learn about activities, such as town halls with military leadership.

    “Grab and go” cafes offering tea, coffee and light snacks are bustling. But the eight self-service laundromats have been underutilized: Most Afghans have preferred to wash their clothing by hand and hang it out to dry on lines, which the military quickly erected.

    An imam certifies that meals served at four cafeterias are halal, but the lines to buy pizza at the base exchange often stretch outside.

    After weeks of being bottled up together with no timeline for leaving, there have been tensions among the residents. Fights often break out in the line to enter the cafeteria, and there are occasional arguments between people from different tribes.

    Several young single women said they were verbally harassed by Afghan men because they were on the base alone.

    “We were told, ‘How are you here without your male family member? We won’t tolerate this,’” recalled Nilab Ibrahimy, 23, who made it to the Kabul airport in a convoy of seven buses carrying the 148 students from the Asian University for Women, based in Bangladesh, where they had all been studying before the coronavirus outbreak stranded them in Kabul.

    Ms. Ibrahimy took the issue to the U.S. military leadership, and the entire group of students was moved to another barracks housing mainly single women. There have been no problems since, she and others said.

    Passing the time has been another challenge. “When we arrived here, we were sitting in our rooms doing nothing,” said Sepehra Azami, 25, who was studying economics before she fled.

    Ms. Azami, Ms. Ibrahimy and another friend, Batool Bahnam, asked some mothers whether they were interested in having their children learn basic conversational English: What is your name? How are you? Thank you.

    They were. Soon, adults began approaching the young women about lessons, too, and classes were added for women and men. “The demand is really high,” Ms. Azami said. “Families are struggling with language barriers.”

    Mounds of clothing have been donated to the refugees, but it took until last week for every evacuee to receive items.

    On Thursday, it was finally the turn of a 12-year-old boy named Nayatola. Dressed in a brown kurta pajama, he searched for clothes in his size. He ended up with an oversize white pullover. On his feet were the adult-size plastic slippers his father had brought from Afghanistan — Nayatola had no other shoes.

    As the day wore on, children could be seen outside doodling with chalk. When the visitors passed by, they called out. “Hello, how are you?” a few of them shouted, trying out their new English phrases.

    Abdulhadi Pageman, the former Afghan Air Force pilot, looked toward the warehouse where families were getting clothes. “These children are the future of the United States,” he said, talking about the children on the base. “They will be scientists, engineers. You just have to be patient.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/03/us/afghan-evacuees-military-bases.html?referringSource=articleShare

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  • The Temporary Hosting of Evacuated Afghans in Third Countries : Responsibility Sharing or Externalisation ?

    In the days after the Taliban took over Kabul, tens of thousands of people tried to escape Afghanistan through emergency airlift evacuations. Many sought passage to the United States (US), having been associated with the American presence in the country. Between the fall of the Afghan government on 15 August and the end of the US withdrawal on 31 August, tens of thousands of Afghans were able to flee the country among the nearly 130,000 people evacuated on US aircraft.

    However, not all of the Afghans landed on US soil. Instead, a range of other countries, with various levels of experience hosting refugees and some with no ties to the conflict in Afghanistan, announced that they would temporarily host evacuated Afghans on behalf of the US. As reported by the US State Department, this list now includes Albania, Bahrain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Guyana, India, Kuwait, Mexico, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Rwanda, Singapore, Uganda, and the United Arab Emirates. In addition, thousands of other Afghans transited or are still in one of the US military bases in the Middle East or in Europe. Altogether, these agreements represent an novel form of international cooperation: the provision of temporary protection in third states at US request, in the context of the largest emergency evacuation since the Kosovo crisis.

    While the Biden administration has not made explicit why it asked third countries to provide temporary refuge to evacuees, three main factors can explain this decision. First, these deals have bought the US government some time to run security screenings in these countries, before moving evacuees to US soil. While a number of the evacuated Afghans already applied for the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) or Priority 2 (P-2) programs,[1] the Biden administration initially needed more time to decide on the legal channels for all those who have not completed their application, as well as the at-risk Afghans who are not SIV or P-2 applicants. Lastly, some analysts have pointed that these arrangements with third countries were partly driven by political concerns, with the Administration worried about a public backlash if tens of thousands of Afghans landed on US soil simultaneously and without a thorough security vetting.

    This post sets out what we know about the situation of the Afghans who were evacuated to a third country (outside of a US military base), specifically looking at what living conditions, protection, and legal pathways to the US the evacuees have access to. The post finally discuss whether these agreements between the US and third countries should be understood as a form of responsibility sharing or externalisation of international protection.

    Temporary hosts

    So far, the group of states that have offered temporary protection to evacuated Afghans announced pledges ranging from 450 in Northern Macedonia, 2,000 in Uganda and 5,000 evacuees in Ecuador. But while governments have publicised these targets, there is limited information as to how many Afghans each country has received so far, and how many more people, including family members of evacuees, could be evacuated in the future.

    The nature of the agreements between the US and third countries has also been informal so far, mainly publicised through government press releases or media coverage. There are presently no signs of more detailed arrangements, suggesting they were negotiated hastily, with operational details being worked out after public announcement.

    At operational level, reception conditions for Afghans upon arrival vary from country to country, with evacuees being hosted in reception centres or ad hoc accommodation, including student housing and hotels. In Albania, for instance, the reception capacity for asylum seekers is limited overall but the government decided to open a separate mechanism to host the rescued Afghans.

    The budget and funding for these arrangements are yet to be made public, but the US government is presumably bearing the costs of reception and processing. However, in high-income countries like Canada or where the government is directly coordinating the operation, it remains unclear which state bears the costs for these arrangements.

    Finally, and critically, the duration of the arrangements remains unclear. The agreements for the purpose of transit through US military bases made clear that Afghan evacuees should not spend over 10 days in the third countries, including the United Arab Emirates or Germany. In contrast, the information available on the temporary hosting arrangements with third countries shows that these governments have not set a time limit, simply calling it a temporary mechanism. The Albanian government, for example, already shared that it expected the evacuees to stay for at least one year.

    Unanswered questions and emerging answers

    The procedure for Afghans in these third countries is yet to be clearly outlined, starting with the question of who was (and could be) sent there in the first place. Due to the chaotic situation at Kabul airport before 31 August, it is possible that evacuated Afghans were sent to US bases abroad or third countries more-or-less at random. But it is also likely that people who had already launched a SIV or P-2 application were sent to US military bases to be processed more quickly. Some anecdotal evidence also suggests that the distribution may be based on the occupation of the evacuees in Afghanistan. For instance, the North Macedonian government reported they would host people who previously worked with US-led international forces while the Albanian Prime Minister said they were focusing on Afghans who previously worked for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

    Second, it remains to be seen what status Afghans will enjoy in these third countries, and the implications for their rights, including reception conditions and freedom of movement. Albania, for instance, reported that it would grant evacuees temporary protection status, Kosovo announced they would get a one-year residence permit and North Macedonia provided them with a three-month visa.

    Third, there is limited information as to what will happen to evacuees after screenings in these third countries and how this procedure differs in nature and duration from a screening in the US or at a US military base abroad. It remains unclear, for example, how many of the evacuees in these third countries could benefit from the humanitarian parole scheme announced for 50,000 Afghans on 23 August, that allows access to the US on a temporary humanitarian residence permit. Other legal pathways to the US could be offered to these groups, but it remains to be seen what they would be and how long it would take for these options to materialize.

    The third country agreements seem to leave open the possibility that some Afghans could be granted a form of local integration in the host state as refugees or beneficiaries of other forms of international protection. While there has been little indication of such development in the third countries so far, 90 Afghans staying in a US base in Germany have applied for asylum there in the past week.

    Ultimately, one of the most pressing questions is what will happen to those evacuees who are ‘screened out’ by the US. The government insists that Afghans who do not pass the security vetting will not be allowed into the US, or may be deported if security concerns arise after their arrival on US soil. However, officials have not specified where these people will be sent.

    Of course, the US and third states are bound by the principle of non-refoulement, which prohibits the return of any person to a real risk of torture or other ill treatment at the hands of the Taliban. Some Afghans in third states may receive offers of local integration or an alternative resettlement country, though where they are rejected by the US on security grounds, it is difficult to imagine that any other country would want to assume this responsibility.

    Responsibility sharing or externalisation?

    The rapid emergence of these temporary protection agreements could be a sign of a new responsibility sharing mechanism for refugees, but it could also constitute another form of externalisation designed to prevent Afghan refugees from accessing US territory and protection. Given that these arrangements grew out of an emergency situation and were primarily agreed upon broad principles, their operationalization in the next few weeks should provide a definitive answer to this question.

    Responsibility sharing, on the one hand, is a principle of international refugee law emerging from the preamble to the 1951 Refugee Convention, which provides in part:

    the grant of asylum may place unduly heavy burdens on certain countries, and that a satisfactory solution of a problem of which the United Nations has recognized the international scope and nature cannot therefore be achieved without international co-operation

    The principle does not form part of the substantive obligations of the Convention, though a UNHCR expert roundtable on the principle recommends that cooperation must ‘enhance refugee protection and prospects for durable solutions’ and ‘must be in line with international refugee and human rights law’. The Global Compact on Refugees, a non-binding agreement passed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018, has ‘more equitable sharing of the burden and responsibility for hosting and supporting the world’s refugees’ as its primary objective.

    Thus, one reading of the third country arrangements for Afghan refugees is as a new form of responsibility sharing, with a varied range of states, often with no prior links to Afghanistan, stepping up to host evacuees as a sign of international solidarity. This might neatly fit into what Durieux labels the ‘rescue paradigm’ as the provision of a safe haven by a collective of states. Many of these countries are from the Global South, with some like Colombia and Uganda already hosting very large refugee populations despite widely underfunded humanitarian and development responses. But even though these arrangements were born to a sense of global responsibility, it remains to be seen how the US will have to show its appreciation and payback.

    On the other hand, externalisation describes migration control policies carried out by high-income states outside their borders. Crisp previously defined externalisation as ‘measures taken by states in locations beyond their territorial borders to obstruct, deter or otherwise avert the arrival of refugees.’ UNHCR recently referred to ‘measures preventing asylum-seekers from entering safe territory and claiming international protection, or transfers of asylum-seekers and refugees to other countries without sufficient safeguards.’ While the term ‘externalisation’ does not appear in international refugee law, it has developed into an umbrella concept encompassing migration control measures intended to deter asylum seekers and refugees either extraterritorially or with extraterritorial effects.

    Another reading of these arrangements could then place them alongside existing externalisation efforts. Thus, rather than providing evacuees admission into its territory, the US government is using its diplomatic clout to delegate responsibility for Afghans to partner states. This is likely to raise serious challenges as without guarantees that evacuated Afghans will receive protection in the US, they could enter a form of legal limbo, with no status in the third country nor the US, and no possibility to return home.

    Conclusions

    It is too early to say whether the current US-led temporary protection arrangements for Afghan evacuees in third countries should be considered responsibility sharing, externalisation or even a third policy approach. What is clear is that the US government is still figuring out how these arrangements will be implemented. Ultimately, they will be assessed based on their impact on the rights of Afghans in need of protection, including their reception conditions and freedom of movement in third countries, the duration of their temporary hosting, the scale of admission to the US, and the provision of solutions for those who are not granted passage to the US.

    Many thanks to Camille Le Coz for her invaluable help in drafting this piece.

    [1] The SIV program grants those who worked with the American government of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) or a successor mission in Afghanistan legal status in the US. On August 2, the US government also announced a broader category, the Priority-2 refugee status, opened to a broader category of applicants such as Afghans who do not qualify for SIV but still worked for the US government or ISAF, Afghans who worked for a US-funded program, and Afghans who were employed by a US-based media organization or non-governmental organization.

    https://rli.blogs.sas.ac.uk/2021/09/15/the-temporary-hosting-of-evacuated-afghans-in-third-countries-responsibility-sharing-or-externalisation/#es_form_f1-n1

    #externalisation #asile #migrations #réfugiés #réfugiés_afghans #transit #pays_de_transit #Afghanistan #évacuation #réinstallation #responsabilité

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  • Can the Colorado River Sustain More Population Growth? - EcoWatch
    https://www.ecowatch.com/colorado-river-population-growth-2655068854.html

    News reports about the Colorado River over the last few months have been intense and depressing. The first ever “cuts” in water deliveries out of the river to Arizona and Nevada took hold last week, with more cuts likely coming to more states.

    The ongoing 20-year drought, with the likelihood that climate change is the cause, have diminished the flow of water in the Colorado River by over 20% with even less water predicted in the future.

    At the very same time, human population growth in the Southwest U.S. that relies on the Colorado River is booming. California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico have all grown fast, and even Wyoming is inching forward with new people. As just three examples, Colorado gained about 725,000 people between 2010 and 2020, Arizona gained about 760,000, and California gained 2.3 million.

    People come from everywhere to move to the Southwest U.S. In Arizona alone, a recent comprehensive study about growth and sprawl showed that 56% of population growth in Arizona over the last decade was due to people moving into Arizona from other parts of the U.S., whereas 44% of the growth was due to people from outside of the U.S. migrating into Arizona.

    And all of these people need water, much of which comes from an already tapped-out #Colorado_River.

    #USA #eau #démographie

  • L’afghan « inclusif » et les tanks de la pensée - ... Par Ben Norton de Grayzone

    Avant de voler 169 millions de dollars et de fuir honteusement son État défaillant , le président fantoche de l’Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani a été formé dans des universités américaines d’élite, a reçu la citoyenneté américaine, a été formé à l’économie néolibérale par la Banque mondiale, a été glorifié dans les médias en tant que technocrate « incorruptible », a été coaché par de puissants Tanks de la pensée de Washington comme l’Atlantic Council, et a reçu des prix pour son livre « Fixing Failed States ».

    http://www.librairie-tropiques.fr/2021/09/l-afghan-inclusif-des-tanks-de-la-pensee.html


    #Afghanistan #USA

  • Frappe de drone meurtrière en Afghanistan, le journalisme grand public de ces vingt dernières années en cause - Par Caitlin Johnstone

    De fait, le Pentagone a admis un massacre injuste de civils, dans ce cas, uniquement parce que les médias ont correctement fait leur travail d’investigation sur cette frappe aérienne précise. Nous avons ici une mise en accusation du protocole des frappes aériennes du Pentagone, mais aussi des médias de masse.

    Après tout, cela fait suite à un nouveau rapport du Byline Times selon lequel « au moins 5,8 à 6 millions de personnes sont susceptibles d’être mortes au total à cause de la guerre contre le terrorisme – un chiffre stupéfiant, qui est probablement encore très en-dessous de la vérité »

    https://www.entelekheia.fr/2021/09/18/frappe-de-drone-meurtriere-en-afghanistan-le-journalisme-grand-public-de


    #USA #Afghanistan #médias

  • Trump war kein Ausrutscher, es geht so weiter
    https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/politik-gesellschaft/trump-war-kein-ausrutscher-es-geht-so-weiter-li.183326

    16.9.2021von Michael Maier - Völlig überraschend haben die USA, Großbritannien und Australien einen Militärpakt geschlossen. Das Ziel der neuen Allianz soll eine geschlossen Front gegen China sein – für den Fall, dass es zu einer militärischen Auseinandersetzung des Westens mit China kommen könnte. US-Präsident Joe Biden, der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson und Australiens Premier Scott Morrison sprachen von einem „historischen Schritt“. Es gehe darum, China in die Schranken zu weisen und in der Region einzuhegen. Selten wurde dieses Ziel so unverhohlen bekannt gegeben wie bei der Bekanntgabe von „AUKUS“, wie die Allianz heißen soll.

    Die Implikationen sind vielfältig. Zunächst wir Australiens zaghafter Versuch, eine „souveräne Rüstungsindustrie“ aufzubauen, im Keim erstickt. Australien hatte in den vergangenen Jahren versucht, einen Mittelweg zwischen China als dem wichtigsten Handelspartner des Landes, und der westlichen Werte- und Militärgemeinschaft zu finden. Zu diesem Zweckt hatte die Regierung in Canberra versucht, mit den Franzosen ins Geschäft zu kommen. Ein milliardenschwerer Deal über den gemeinsamen Bau von acht konventionell betriebenen U-Booten sollte die Basis sein.

    Doch schon im Juni waren dunkle Wolken am Horizont aufgezogen: Australien werde sich nach Alternativen umsehen, wenn Frankreich die gesetzten Liefer-Deadlines nicht halten könne. Ob es wirklich Schwierigkeiten mit den französischen Firmen gab und dies nur ein begleitendes Trommelfeuer war, um alle Beteiligten auf ein Platzen des Deals vorzubereiten, lässt sich heute nicht mehr sagen.

    Frankreich fiel jedenfalls wie die gesamte EU am Donnerstag aus allen Wolken, als die Australier plötzlich wissen ließen, dass sie den Vertrag mit Paris auflösen und stattdessen atomgetriebene U-Boote aus angelsächsischer Fertigung einsetzen werden. Unzweifelhaft stärkt die plötzliche nukleare Teilhabe die geostrategische Position Australiens. Faktisch aber bringt sie Australien in die völligen Abhängigkeit von London und Washington, wie Sam Roggeveen vom Lowy Institut in der BBC analysierte. Im Falle einer Zusammenarbeit auf konventioneller Ebene hätte Australien seine U-Boot-Flotte langfristig unabhängig betreiben können. Einen Know-how-Transfer bei der Nuklear-Technologie wird es nicht geben, die Australier hängen ab sofort vollständig am Tropf der USA und Großbritanniens.

    Der Schock in Paris war enorm: Außenminister Jean-Yves Le Drian sprach von einem „Dolchstoß“. Es wäre zu kurz gegriffen, würde man den eindeutigen Affront nur als industriepolitisches Machtspiel sehen. Das war es zweifelsohne auch, immerhin geht es um Arbeitsplätze und Stärkung der Technologie-Branche. Es ist verständlich, dass sich die französische Regierung hintergangen fühlt.

    Doch viel mehr noch muss die Tatsache gesehen werden, dass die angelsächsischen Verbündeten eine so weitreichende Entscheidung vollzogen, ohne die EU oder die europäischen Partner auch nur zu informieren: Die Financial Times zitiert EU-Insider, die bestätigten, dass man von der Entscheidung vollständig überrascht worden sei. Es war ein „Déjà-vu“: Auch vom plötzlichen Abzug der Amerikaner aus Afghanistan hatten die Europäer keinen blassen Schimmer. Spätestens jetzt sollte jeder Außenpolitiker in Paris, Berlin oder Brüssel wissen: Donald Trump war kein Betriebsunfall der US-Geschichte, sondern ein Vorspiel zu einer langfristigen Verschiebung de Kräfte: „America first“ gilt weiterhin uneingeschränkt – und wer, wie die Australier, versucht, dem Sog zu entgehen, der wird ganz schnell wieder eingefangen.

    Für die Europäer bedeutet dies, dass sie sich umgehend orientieren müssen: Ein Schmusekurs mit China wird nicht ohne gravierende Folgen – sprich Strafmaßnahmen der Amerikaner – bleiben. Die Eskalation vom Handels- und Finanzkrieg, der ja auch nach Trump nicht beendet worden war, zu einem sehr kalten Krieg bis hin zur Möglichkeit einer „heißen“ Phase ist vorgezeichnet.

    Die EU wäre jetzt gut beraten, sich ohne anti-amerikanische Ressentiments schleunigst nach weiteren Verbündeten umzusehen. Russland würde sich anbieten – allerdings hat das EU-Parlament ausgerechnet am Donnerstag eine Deklaration verabschiedet, die sich gegen die am Wochenende neu zu wählende Duma und das „korrupte Regime“ im Kreml richtet. Das ist nicht besonders intelligent in einer historisch kritischen Phase der Weltpolitik. Es geht um Optionen und Interessen und am Ende um die Frage, ob man alles getan hat, um nicht vollends fremdbestimmt agieren zu müssen.

    #Australie #France #USA #armement #Chine #Union_Européenne

  • Qu’est-ce que les Etats-Unis cherchent à cacher en concoctant un rapport mensonger sur les origines du nouveau coronavirus ? - Communiqué de l’ambassade de Chine

    Le président américain Joe Biden avait ordonné aux services de renseignement américains de produire en 90 jours un rapport prouvant que le nouveau coronavirus viendrait d’un laboratoire chinois. Mais à sa grande déception, les services secrets américains, qui ont rendu public leur rapport il y a quelques jours, n’ont pas été en mesure de satisfaire la demande du président Joe Biden, car ils n’ont pas réussi à tirer une conclusion claire sur la question de savoir si le virus viendrait de la nature ou se serait échappé d’un laboratoire.


    https://www.geopolintel.fr/article2785.html
    #covid #USA #Chine

  • #Virginia Removes Robert E. Lee Statue From State Capital

    The Confederate memorial was erected in 1890, the first of six monuments that became symbols of white power along the main boulevard in #Richmond.

    One of the nation’s largest Confederate monuments — a soaring statue of Robert E. Lee, the South’s Civil War general — was hoisted off its pedestal in downtown Richmond, Va., on Wednesday, bringing to an end the era of Confederate statues in the city that is best known for them.

    At 8:54 a.m., a man in an orange jacket waved his arms, and the 21-foot statue rose into the air and glided, slowly, to a flatbed truck below. The sun had just come out and illuminated the towering, graffiti-scrawled granite pedestal as a small crowd let out a cheer.

    “As a native of Richmond, I want to say that the head of the snake has been removed,” said Gary Flowers, a Black radio show host and civil rights activist at the scene.

    It was an emotional and deeply symbolic moment for a city that was once the capital of the Confederacy. The Lee statue was erected in 1890, the first of six Confederate monuments — symbols of white power — to dot Monument Avenue, a grassy boulevard that was a proud feature of the city’s architecture and a coveted address. On Wednesday, it became the last of them to be removed, opening up the story of this city to all of its residents to write.

    “This city belongs to all of us, not just some of us,” said David Bailey, who is Black and whose nonprofit organization, Arrabon, helps churches with racial reconciliation work. “Now we can try to figure out what’s next. We are creating a new legacy.”

    The country has periodically wrestled over monuments to its Confederate past, including in 2017, after a far-right rally in Charlottesville, Va., touched off efforts to tear them down — and to put them up. Richmond, too, removed some after the murder of George Floyd last year, in a sudden operation that took many by surprise. But the statue of General Lee endured, mostly because of its complicated legal status. That was clarified last week by the Supreme Court of Virginia. On Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam, who had called for its removal last year, announced he would finally do it.

    The battle over Civil War memory has been with Americans since the war itself. At its root, it is a power struggle over who has the right to decide how history is remembered. It is painful because it involves the most traumatic event the nation has experienced, and one that is still, to some extent, unprocessed, largely because the South came up with its own version of the war — that it was a noble fight for states’ rights, not slavery.

    The Lee monument, a bronze sculpture made by a French sculptor, was erected to make those points. When it was unveiled, on May 29, 1890, the crowd that turned out was the largest gathering in Richmond since the inauguration of Jefferson Davis as president of the Confederacy in 1862, with around 150,000 participants, according to the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.

    The statues on Monument Avenue were at the heart of Richmond’s identity, and the fact that they came down seemed to surprise almost everybody.

    “I would have thought somebody would blow up Richmond first before anyone would have let that happen,” Mr. Bailey said. “It’s a modern-day miracle.”

    But Richmond has changed. And as it became more diverse, demographically and politically, more of its residents began to question the memorials. Many people interviewed in this once conservative city said that they might not have agreed in past years, but that now the removal of the statues felt right.

    “I’ve evolved,” said Irv Cantor, a moderate Democrat in Richmond, who is white and whose house is on Monument Avenue. “I was naïvely thinking that we could keep these statues and just add new ones to show the true history, and everything would be fine.”

    But he said the past few years of momentous events involving race, from the election of the first Black president, to the violence in Charlottesville in 2017, to the killing of Mr. Floyd last summer and the protests that followed, showed him that the monuments were fundamentally in conflict with fairness in America.

    “Now I understand the resentment that folks have toward these monuments,” said Mr. Cantor, who is 68. “I don’t think they can exist anymore.”

    Now they are nearly all gone, and the city is littered with a series of empty pedestals, a kind of symbol of America’s unfinished business of race that is particularly characteristic of Richmond. (One smaller Confederate monument remains, of General A.P. Hill, in northern Richmond, far from Monument Avenue. The city has enacted a plan to remove it, but it has taken time because his remains are inside.)

    “We’ve begun to peel back the scabs,” said the Rev. Sylvester Turner, pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Church in the Richmond neighborhood of Eastview, who has worked on racial reconciliation in the city for 30 years. “When you do that, you experience a lot of pain and a lot of pushback, and I think we are in that place.”

    Richmond’s statue story is not typical. W. Fitzhugh Brundage, a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said that while several Democratic-controlled cities in the South have removed Confederate statues, a vast majority have remained standing. In his state of North Carolina, there were about 220 memorials on public lands in 2017. Today, about 190 are still standing.

    Progress on race in America tends to be followed by backsliding — and backlash — and many Black people interviewed in Richmond said they were bracing for that. Darryl Husband, senior pastor of Mt. Olivet Church in Richmond, works with conservative white churches and does not trust that they really want the change they say they do.

    Mr. Husband was unsentimental about the Lee statue coming down, more interested in real change that would improve the lives of Black people.

    “My first feelings obviously had to do with, ‘OK, what’s next?’” he said. “The symbol is down, but how do we deal with the rest of the symptoms that symbol represented?”

    In Richmond, as in many other places, the argument over race now centers on whether American institutions have racism baked in.

    Maggie Johnston, 62, a waitress who is white, might have rejected that notion earlier in life. She grew up in a Republican family whose firm belief was that hard work always brought success. But time in prison — and a wrenching reckoning with her own mistakes — opened her eyes.

    Ms. Johnston, who watched the monument come down on Wednesday while walking her dog Peanut, said her friends say, “I’m a hard-working person and I don’t have any privilege.” She tells them that privilege is not about money. “Privilege is about thinking the world works for everybody else the way it works for you.”

    Mr. Husband argued that the current thinking from conservatives on race was about who has the right to define America: “It says don’t mess with our power. Our power is in our ability to create the narrative of history.”

    Corey Widmer, pastor at Third Church, a mostly white, largely conservative church in Richmond, said he had wrestled with resistance to the current moment. He has worked hard to help his congregants accept how much the country has moved on race. They have read books, held Zoom sessions and debated what was happening. Some congregants changed. Others left the church.

    “There’s so much fear and so much political polarization,” said Mr. Widmer, who is white. He said every pastor in Richmond who is trying to help white Christians see Black Americans’ perspective and “reckon with our own responsibility has really been grieved by the conflict and pain that it has caused.”

    He added: “And yet this is how we change. Face it head on. Work through it. Love each other. Try to stay at the table. And just keep working. I don’t know what else to do.”

    On Wednesday morning, with the pedestal now empty, and General Lee on his way to a state warehouse, Mr. Flowers, the radio show host, was happy. He said he planned to celebrate by telling pictures of his dead relatives that “the humiliation and agony and pain you suffered has been partly lifted.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/08/us/robert-e-lee-statue-virginia.html

    #Robert_Lee #guerre_civile #USA #Etats-Unis #statue #toponymie #toponymie_politique #histoire

    ping @cede

  • #Souveraineté_alimentaire. Aux États-Unis, les Amérindiens veulent “décoloniser leur assiette”

    La pandémie de Covid-19 a accru la volonté d’#autonomie_alimentaire des Amérindiens, qui renouent aujourd’hui avec les semis, les cultures et les #pratiques_culinaires traditionnelles pour “rééduquer” leur palais.

    Au printemps 2020, alors que le Covid-19 se propageait aux États-Unis, #Daniel_Cornelius a fait ses #semis. Membre de la nation #Oneida du Wisconsin, il vit dans la campagne vallonnée du sud de Madison, où il a planté des carottes, des tomates ainsi que des plantes traditionnelles amérindiennes : fèves, citrouilles et maïs.

    Il a aidé d’autres Amérindiens à faire de même. En juin, il a pris son tracteur manuel, direction le Nord, jusqu’aux Chippewas du lac du Flambeau, pour les aider à retourner et à préparer la terre selon la tradition.

    Puis, il a amené des graines de courge à la réserve Menominee du #Wisconsin, où les habitants ont aménagé des parterres de culture surélevés comme le faisaient leurs ancêtres.

    Il a collecté du sirop sur des érables et a ramassé du riz sauvage puis, en septembre, il s’est rendu à une foire dans la réserve Oneida, près de Green Bay, où il les a échangés contre des poivrons, des œufs de caille et de la soupe de maïs. “Presque tout le monde voulait de ce sirop d’érable”, raconte-t-il.

    Renouer avec les pratiques traditionnelles

    Cornelius fait partie du mouvement dit de “souveraineté alimentaire”, de plus en plus populaire chez les Amérindiens, qui vise à augmenter la production locale et à renouer avec l’agriculture et les pratiques culinaires traditionnelles.

    C’est un phénomène à grande échelle qui va de la culture d’un potager par des familles dans leur jardin jusqu’au développement d’un réseau d’organisations régionales et nationales dédiées à la coopération entre tribus, au partage de techniques agricoles et à la préservation de variétés ancestrales.

    “Les gens sont demandeurs de ces produits, explique Cornelius, également conseiller technique pour le Conseil agricole intertribal de Billings, dans le Montana, et professeur à l’université du Wisconsin. Et ils ont aussi soif de connaissances.”

    Pour de nombreux Amérindiens, le retour à des produits et cultures traditionnels s’inscrit dans un effort plus large pour se “décoloniser”. Une façon de réparer les ravages économiques et culturels infligés par les descendants d’Européens qui les ont chassés de leurs terres, enfermés dans des réserves et envoyés dans des pensionnats et ont tout fait pour les couper de leurs racines.

    Cela ne passe pas seulement par un regain d’intérêt pour les #plantes_ancestrales mais aussi par un retour à une certaine vie économique et culturelle, et à des coutumes et des traditions liées à la #nourriture et à sa production.

    Des effets bénéfiques sur la santé

    Sur le plan pratique, la souveraineté alimentaire est une solution qui vise plus d’autonomie et qui ouvre également des perspectives économiques dans les communautés les plus pauvres.

    (#paywall)

    https://www.courrierinternational.com/article/souverainete-alimentaire-aux-etats-unis-les-amerindiens-veule
    #peuples_autochtones #USA #Etats-Unis #décolonisation #alimentation #agriculture

    ping @cede @odilon

    • Seeds and beyond: Native Americans embrace ‘food sovereignty’

      Last spring, as COVID-19 swept the nation, Daniel Cornelius planted. A member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, he lives in the rolling farm country south of Madison, where he planted carrots and tomatoes, as well as traditional Native American crops – beans, pumpkins, and corn in hues ranging from cream to deep red and bearing names like Tuscarora white, Mohawk yellow, and Bear Island flint.

      He helped others plant, too. In June he took his small walk-behind tractor north to help members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa start gardens, heaping the soil in long mounded rows in imitation of traditional planting hills. He brought squash seeds to the reservation of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, where members have been building raised beds after ancient Menominee practice. He tapped box-elder trees for syrup and gathered wild rice, and in September he brought them to a bartering event on the Oneida reservation, near Green Bay, where he traded them for peppers, quail eggs, and corn soup.

      “Almost everyone wanted that box-elder syrup,” he says.

      Mr. Cornelius is part of a growing “food sovereignty” movement among Native Americans, an effort aimed at increasing local food production and reviving Indigenous agricultural and culinary practices. It’s a broad-ranging movement that includes families growing vegetables in backyard gardens and an ever-expanding network of regional and national organizations devoted to fostering intertribal cooperation, sharing agricultural know-how, and promoting the use and preservation of traditional crop varieties.

      “People are hungry – literally hungry to eat these foods,” says Mr. Cornelius, who is also a technical adviser for the Intertribal Agriculture Council, based in Billings, Montana, and an instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “But also, in a more figurative sense, they’re just hungry for knowledge.”

      For many Native Americans, the return to traditional foods is part of a wider effort to “decolonize” their people, a way to repair the economic and cultural damage inflicted by European Americans who drove them from their lands, confined them to reservations, sent them to boarding schools, and tried to sever them from their old ways. It means not just planting old seeds but reviving the economic and cultural life, the ceremonies, the customs and beliefs, around food and food production.

      In a practical sense, food sovereignty offers a path toward greater self-sufficiency and economic opportunity in poor communities. Perhaps more critical are its potential benefits for public health. Native Americans face high rates of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other conditions that food sovereignty advocates say result from a dependence on processed foods.

      “We’ve got to get back to a diet and food system that our bodies and our babies can handle,” says Gary Besaw, head of the Department of Agriculture and Food Systems on the Menominee reservation.

      Since it emerged a year ago, COVID-19 has given new urgency to these efforts. The coronavirus hit Native American communities hard: In December, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Native Americans and Alaskan Natives were 3 1/2 times more likely than white Americans to become infected with the virus. Yet, while COVID-19 has revealed the vulnerability of Native peoples, it has also inspired more of them to plant, fish, gather, and hunt.

      “People are seeing the weakness within our current food system,” says Rebecca Webster, who with her husband, Stephen, grows corn and other traditional crops on the Oneida reservation. “They want to know where their food is coming from. They want to take control back.”

      Much of the food sovereignty movement focuses on seeds: growing and preserving them, as well as finding and distributing old and not-yet-forgotten varieties. Some of this work requires research, like figuring out where a seed company acquired its varieties long ago. It also involves hunting down a variety that someone has been growing – and then producing enough seed to share. Organizations like Seed Savers Exchange, based in Decorah, Iowa, and long devoted to promoting heirloom seeds, have in recent years been growing Native varieties and sending out seeds to a small number of established growers. In addition, an expanding universe of workshops and YouTube videos is available to teach aspiring growers how to use Native agricultural techniques.
      The “Three Sisters”

      The most popular seeds are the “Three Sisters” of Indigenous agriculture: corn, beans, and squash. They are traditionally grown together in mounds, as the Websters do on the Oneida reservation. The cornstalks serve as a trellis for the bean vines, while the beans, which are legumes, enrich the soil for the corn. The squash sprawls out all around. A modification of this strategy is to grow the corn and beans in mounded rows, with squash on the ends. Many Native growers also plant tobacco and sunflowers.

      When the pandemic struck, the demand for seeds soared. People had more time at home; they also were rattled by local food shortages. On the Meskwaki Settlement in Tama, Iowa, Shelley Buffalo, local foods coordinator for the Meskwaki Food Sovereignty Initiative, grappled with a “huge increase” in requests for seeds. “There were many people who were gardening for the first time,” she says. Appeals to the Traditional Native American Farmers Association “nearly depleted what we had,” says Clayton Brascoupé, a farmer in Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico, and the group’s program director.

      “There were people contacting us from a lot of new places,” he says. “They said, ‘Can you send seed?’”

      But it’s not all about seeds. Native Americans are also raising bison, spearing fish, picking chokecherries, harvesting wild rice – and much more.

      It’s a movement that touches every tribe in the United States and reflects both the geographical and historical diversity of Native American communities. The Quapaw Nation of Oklahoma raises bison on lands recovered from lead and zinc mining and operates its own meat processing plant. The Muckleshoot of Washington state have hosted workshops on how to fillet a salmon and slice up an elk. Ndée Bikíyaa, or People’s Farm, is trying to revive agriculture among Arizona’s White Mountain Apache. Minnesota’s Red Lake Ojibwe sell mail-order wild rice and chokeberry jam. And in Hugo, Minnesota, just outside the Twin Cities, the organization Dream of Wild Health teaches Native children how to garden; a program for teenagers is called Garden Warriors.

      “This year was a big wake-up call for our tribe,” says Greg Johnson, a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band and an expert in cooking muskellunge, a predatory fish found in northern lakes, which he does by wrapping it in birch bark and baking it in the ground, under a fire. Mr. Johnson says that worries over the food supply sent twice the number of his band than usual out to spear walleyed pike in northern Wisconsin lakes early last spring, a tradition among his people. More people hunted deer later in the year; he taught some of them how to can the venison.

      “In many respects, for me it was really good to see that,” he says. “There were people you never thought would get wild rice. There were people who you never thought would get wild medicines. It was really incredible.”
      Chef participation, too

      Getting the food is only part of the movement. A growing number of chefs are promoting Native cuisine, among them Sean Sherman, an Oglala Lakota and recipient of a James Beard Award. The founder and CEO of The Sioux Chef business in Minneapolis, Mr. Sherman directs a food lab devoted to teaching Native culinary approaches. COVID-19 delayed his plan to open a restaurant, but it inspired a new form of outreach: ready-to-eat meals prepared in the Twin Cities and distributed to Native communities around the region. By December, a crew of 24 workers was sending 6,000 meals a week. It distributed 500 meal kits before the holidays, including the fixings for what Mr. Sherman describes as a Native grain bowl – Potawatomi corn, bison meat, dried blueberries, and puffed wild rice. “That was a fun one,” he says.

      Efforts to revive Native foods are not new. Mr. Brascoupé recalls an intertribal meeting in Gallup, New Mexico, in 1992 at which older farmers voiced concerns about their dwindling numbers. “They also saw a decline in people’s health,” he says. “They tied those two together.”

      In the years since, Mr. Brascoupé has seen a steady increase in the ranks of Native farmers. And what started as a rural movement, he says, has moved to cities, where many Native Americans live – to community gardening and programs teaching Native gardening and culture to children. Mr. Brascoupé attributes much of the resurgence not to tribal initiatives, which have become widespread, but to younger individuals carrying on the work of their elders. Once a young farmer himself, he now has grandchildren who farm.

      “A lot of what we see now started with young people,” Mr. Brascoupé says. “It was more from the bottom up than the top down, from tribal governments.”

      Indeed, the food sovereignty movement builds upon the perseverance and determination of individuals and families who have worked over many years to keep Native food traditions alive. One of these people is Luke Kapayou, who grew up on the Meskwaki Settlement. “When I was growing up, all of us, we had to help with the gardens,” he recalls. “Most of the families had their own gardens.”

      As Mr. Kapayou got older, however, he noticed that fewer people were gardening. And those still doing it were planting fewer old varieties – mainly just corn, the most prized of Native foods. He resolved to keep growing traditional beans and squash, and he began to seek out other varieties both on and off the settlement. He consulted old ethnographies. He even tried – unsuccessfully – to track down seeds at a New York museum.

      “Most of the seeds that me and my family are growing in our garden are what my parents and great-grandparents were growing,” he says. “They’ve been growing for a thousand years. I don’t know, I think I believe these seeds are sacred. They’re very special. It makes me want to keep growing them, and I want to make sure our kids keep growing them.”
      Plenty of challenges

      Despite its successes, the food sovereignty movement still faces plenty of challenges. Growing old crop varieties can be labor-intensive: If done in the traditional way, they are planted and harvested by hand, with the three main crops – corn, beans, and squash – planted together. Also, growers need to take care that nearby field crops, especially corn, don’t cross-pollinate with traditional varieties. And it takes time to preserve the foods – usually by drying – and to cook them up in traditional dishes, such as corn soup, which Mr. Kapayou prepares outside in an old kettle over a wood fire. In addition, efforts to take advantage of Native treaty rights for hunting and fishing continue to meet resistance – as when a group of non-Native people harassed Mr. Johnson while he speared walleyes at a Wisconsin lake last April.

      Nor is it easy to get people to renounce modern processed foods. Nicky Buck knows this well. A member of the Prairie Island Indian Community in Minnesota, she grew up behind a McDonald’s and ate sugar sandwiches as a child – and developed kidney disease as an adult. Today she eats – and promotes – Native foods in her community.

      “You just have to retrain your palate,” she says. “You have to decolonize your palate.”

      Decolonizing the palates of the young poses a special challenge. Parents make sloppy Joes out of bison meat and substitute flint corn for wheat pasta. Ms. Webster, the mother of two teenage daughters, says, “We’re trying to show that corn is cool enough even though there’s a frozen pizza looking at them.”

      The gardening itself may occasion a complaint from younger ones, but it’s good family time. Indeed, the food sovereignty movement is often about bringing people together – growing, harvesting, trading seeds and food, and, of course, eating. A Native foods cooperative on the Oneida reservation has 15 member families and saw more applications to join last year than ever before. “There are a lot of folks showing interest,” says Lea Zeise, who manages the co-op.
      A year-round effort

      Food sovereignty is a year-round effort. Over the winter, gardeners have been cooking up what they harvested and preserved in the fall – the dried beans, the canned venison, the corn boiled and dried and stored in glass jars. In northern Wisconsin, members of the Lac du Flambeau Band were busy with winter spearing, chopping holes through 28 inches of ice to get to the fish.

      “We’re going to get as many muskies as we can,” says Mr. Johnson. “We have a lot of younger people who want to do this.”

      Others are looking forward to spring – planning their gardens, shelling dried corn for seed, and in some cases looking beyond the pandemic to a resumption of the workshops and conferences that have helped spread the food sovereignty movement. “People can’t wait to get together,” says Mr. Cornelius.

      In the meantime, Mr. Cornelius, like other food sovereignty advocates, is heavily booked on Zoom. He’s also full of plans for his own farming. In midwinter he was thinking he should plant his greenhouse soon. He was also trying to figure out how to tap more trees in early spring, including a stand of silver maples on land he just bought last year – 51 acres, mostly woods, plus the derelict buildings of an old dairy farm. He hopes to bring in cattle. His friends say he should raise bison. Maybe someday, he tells them.

      “One step at a time,” he says.

      https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2021/0222/Seeds-and-beyond-Native-Americans-embrace-food-sovereignty

      #semences #graines

  • Face à la pénurie de main-d’œuvre, ce restaurant McDonald’s est obligé d’embaucher des ados Par Nicolas HASSON-FAURÉ
    https://www.ouest-france.fr/leditiondusoir/2021-09-02/face-a-la-penurie-de-main-doeuvre-ce-restaurant-mcdonalds-est-oblige-de

    Un restaurant McDonald’s du nord-ouest des États-Unis embauche des adolescents pas encore majeurs, âgés de plus de 14 ans, depuis une quinzaine de jours. C’est la seule solution trouvée par les gérants pour faire face à une pénurie de main-d’œuvre : les emplois vacants ne trouvaient pas preneurs parmi les adultes de la région.

    « Nous embauchons désormais dès l’âge de 14 ou 15 ans. »
    Ce message s’affiche sur une banderole accrochée à côté d’un restaurant de la chaîne McDonald’s de la ville de Medford, dans le nord-ouest des États-Unis, depuis une quinzaine de jours. Les gérants de l’établissement situé au cœur d’une zone commerciale de la ville, juste à côté d’un immense parking, ont dû se résoudre à embaucher des adolescents non-majeurs pour faire face à une pénurie de main-d’œuvre liée à la pandémie de Covid-19 : les postes vacants proposés n’ont pas trouvé preneurs parmi les adultes de la région, rapporte le média américain Business Insider , mardi 31 août 2021.


    D’autres restaurants embauchent de jeunes salariés 
Nous avons toujours eu des problèmes de personnel, explique Heather Coleman, la géante. Mais à ce point-là, c’est du jamais-vu. » Pour tenter d’attirer de nouveaux salariés, elle a augmenté la rémunération de ses employés ces dernières semaines, passant le salaire minimum horaire à 15 dollars (12,60 €) de l’heure, plus que le minimum légal dans l’État de l’Oregon où se trouve Medford.


    Mais rien n’y a fait. Alors, Heather Coleman a proposé d’embaucher des ados. Et cela a fonctionné : en deux semaines, elle assure avoir reçu les CV de 25 jeunes. La gérante est plutôt contente. Les adolescents « ont la volonté et l’éthique du travail, ils sont à l’aise avec la technologie et s’adaptent très rapidement », assure-t-elle.


    Elle n’est pas la première cheffe d’entreprise à avoir eu cette idée, aux États-Unis. Au début du mois de juillet, un établissement de la chaîne concurrente Burger King situé à Elyria, dans le nord du pays, avait fait passer un message similaire, indiquait alors la chaîne de télévision WOIO. « Parents ! Avez-vous des enfants de 14 ou 15 ans ? Ont-ils besoin d’un job ? Nous les embauchons ! » , lisait-on sur une affiche placardée sur une vitre du restaurant.
Plusieurs éléments expliquent la pénurie de main-d’œuvre qui touche les États-Unis et force ces entreprises à recruter des jeunes pas encore majeurs. Certains salariés, employés dans des secteurs durement touchés par la crise du coronavirus, ont changé de job : ils se sont dirigés vers des domaines jugés plus porteurs comme la livraison à domicile, indique le magazine américain Time .

    Les salaries augmentent
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    Certains salariés ne sont pas retournés au travail par peur de contracter le coronavirus, d’autres encore souffrent d’un syndrome d’épuisement professionnel, après des mois difficiles marqués par la crise du sanitaire. Les difficultés de nombreux parents à faire garder leurs enfants en raison des fermetures d’école ont beaucoup joué, aussi, souligne l’Agence France-Presse (AFP).

    Pour tenter de recruter, beaucoup d’employeurs ont augmenté les salaires, comme l’a fait, encore une fois, le McDonald’s de Medford. Parfois, cela n’a pas suffi, et certains restaurants ont dû limiter leurs horaires d’ouverture faute de personnel.

Aux États-Unis, les enfants peuvent occuper des emplois dès l’âge de 14 ans, sauf possibles exceptions dans le secteur agricole, selon le département du Travail américain. C’est la règle fédérale, qui s’impose partout dans le pays.

    Chaque État dispose également d’une législation spécifique qui encadre les salaires et le temps de travail de ces jeunes salariés.

    #enfants #enfance #esclavage #travail #capitalisme #économie #conditions_de_travail #en_vedette #mcdonald's #macdo #jobs #malbouffe #usa