• États-Unis
    Democratic voters support cutting aid to Israel, so why have only two candidates even mentioned it?
    https://mondoweiss.net/2019/09/democratic-candidates-mentioned
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    A new report shows that a net majority of Democratic voters support cutting aid to Israel based on the country’s human rights violations. Nonetheless, only two Democratic presidential candidates have floated the idea during this campaign and neither has provided much in way of details.

    YouGov Blue conducted a poll for the progressive think tank Data For Progress between August 15th–21st. 1,380 voters were asked a question about reducing U.S. military aid to Israel over its human rights abuses and a broader question about reducing aid to other countries for the same reason. The poll’s accompanying report was authored by Data For Progress Senior Fellow and IfNotNow co-founder Emma Saltzberg.

    Saltzberg found that 45% of voters support reducing Israel’s military aid for human rights violations, while 34% oppose such a policy. When that idea is expanded to countries more broadly, the numbers go way up: 61% support it, while only 12% are against it.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/802291 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Islamophobie et judéophobie - Quelques réflexions
    16 sept. 2019 Par Shlomo Sand | Le Club de Mediapart
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/shlomo-sand/blog/160919/islamophobie-et-judeophobie-quelques-reflexions

    (...) A l’occasion de sa conférence pleine d’érudition, le philosophe a notamment déclaré qu’« On a le droit d’être islamophobe », et qu’il n’y a là aucune marque de racisme, tout comme critiquer la religion musulmane n’est pas une marque de racisme. On peut, effectivement, partager le point de vue du philosophe sur le droit dans un cadre philosophique, de critiquer la religion islamique, en même temps que toute autre religion ; à condition, dans cette démarche théorique, de bien distinguer l’islam des oppresseurs de l’islam des dominés, et aussi l’islam radical de l’islam modéré ; autant de nuances qu’Henri Péna-Ruiz a préféré laisser de côté.

    Mais pourquoi, un philosophe cartésien, qui vit par les mots, qui choisit avec précaution ses concepts et en connaît bien l’usage courant, mais aussi médiatique et même universitaire, a-t-il lui-même recours au terme « islamophobie » ? N’aurait-il pas été plus simple de dire : « On a le droit de critiquer l’islam » ? Dire islamophobie, en effet, ne procède pas d’une critique rationnelle mais relève, comme toute phobie, d’une réaction mentale empreinte de frayeur et de réticence vis à vis des personnes ou des sujets considérés.

    Pourquoi donc attribuer une signification originale à un terme connu et déjà en usage ? La confusion de concepts, ou l’acrobatie verbale, à laquelle se livre Henri Péna–Ruiz est bien plus grave. Dans un entretien donné au Figaro, le 29 août dernier, il affirme à nouveau, avec certitude que l’islamophobie : « …ne relève pas du racisme mais de la liberté de critiquer une vision du monde..." par contre "l’arabophobie ou le rejet des Arabes en tant qu’Arabes est évidemment à proscrire, de même que la judéophobie. » Là, il y avait de quoi tomber à la renverse !

    Jusqu’ici, je savais que les Arabes sont des gens dont l’arabe est la langue maternelle ; ils l’utilisent dans la vie quotidienne, et leur culture laïque peut être définie comme arabe. Est-ce que les juifs dans le monde ont une langue commune spécifique comme les Arabes ? La culture quotidienne de juifs non-religieux en France, est-elle, une culture commune "juive" ? A moins que le philosophe ne pense que les juifs relèvent d’un peuple lointain arrivé en France ! Mais si, comme je le suggère, le judaïsme n’est « qu’une » religion, tout comme l’islam, et les juifs ne sont pas un peuple-race, il faudrait, tout de même, proscrire la judéophobie (terme datant du 19ème siècle et antérieur à celui d’antisémitisme) au même titre que l’islamophobie. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/800486

    https://seenthis.net/messages/802160 via Loutre


  • Benyamin Nétanyahou. Le « dégager » ou non ?
    Sylvain Cypel > 16 septembre 2019
    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/benyamin-netanyahou-le-degager-ou-non,3289
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    Peu de divergences séparent le Likoud de ses adversaires du parti Bleu et blanc sur la plupart des questions. Mais le véritable — le seul ? — enjeu des élections israéliennes est l’avenir du premier ministre Benyamin Nétanyahou.

    #Élections

    https://seenthis.net/messages/802101 via Loutre


  • L’Irak assoiffé par la folie humaine
    https://orientxxi.info/magazine/l-irak-assoiffe-par-la-folie-humaine,3279
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    ❝L’Irak, en tant que pays, est né d’une abondance d’eau. Son ancien nom, Mésopotamie, signifie littéralement « entre les fleuves », et quels fleuves ! Le puissant Euphrate, qui surgit des hautes terres d’Anatolie orientale et coule à travers le désert de Syrie, flirte bientôt avec l’élégant Tigre, qui court au pied des monts Zagros, le long de la frontière occidentale de l’Iran. Ils s’unissent pour former une plaine plate et fertile qui a changé le destin de l’humanité : c’est là que nous avons appris, des centaines de millénaires après avoir maîtrisé le feu, à mettre l’eau à notre service.

    Aujourd’hui, cette profusion est une relique du passé. L’approvisionnement en eau de l’Irak devient de plus en plus précaire, et pourtant le pays continue à consommer et à polluer, comme s’il n’y avait pas de lendemain. Cet abus de la ressource la plus précieuse du pays implique tous les échelons de l’État et de la société, et menace l’existence même des populations, de la sécurité alimentaire et de la santé publique à la géopolitique et même à l’extraction pétrolière.
    « L’insurrection de la nature »

    En Irak, l’environnement contre-attaque. Des pluies de plus en plus violentes et des crues soudaines inondent les villes et dévastent les zones rurales. Les tempêtes de sable se multiplient, soulevant des nuages de poussière ocre qui recouvrent les bâtiments. Les sécheresses saisonnières se prolongent, parfois sur deux ou trois années consécutives : les dernières en date ont laissé de vastes étendues de terres agricoles desséchées, où survit un bétail sous-alimenté.

    Un jeune homme de Bagdad qui a grandi au milieu de toutes les formes de destruction causées par l’homme résume la vulnérabilité du pays aux changements climatiques : « Et maintenant vient l’insurrection de la nature. »

    Alors que l’Irak engloutit son eau, les Irakiens ont tendance à expliquer les pénuries d’une façon fausse et apaisante : ils accusent leurs voisins de confisquer « l’or bleu », qu’ils considèrent comme une sorte de droit d’aînesse. « Nous ne devrions même pas importer de produits alimentaires de Turquie, de Syrie ou d’Iran », se plaint un haut fonctionnaire du ministère irakien des affaires étrangères qui a longtemps travaillé sur le dossier de l’eau. « Ces fruits et légumes sont cultivés avec l’eau qu’on nous prend, et que nous finissons par racheter. »
    Ankara pourrait fermer les robinets

    L’Euphrate et le Tigre dépendent en effet fortement des contributions d’autres États, principalement la Turquie et l’Iran, qui siphonnent les fleuves en amont. Dans les années 1970, Ankara, comme Bagdad pendant la même période a investi massivement dans la construction de barrages. Six des 22 barrages prévus par la Turquie n’ont pas encore été achevés. À la fin du processus, le débit de l’Euphrate pourrait être réduit à un quart de son volume initial. La capacité totale de stockage de l’eau en Turquie dépasse déjà le débit annuel combiné des deux fleuves. Ainsi, Ankara pourrait, si elle le voulait, fermer les robinets en Irak pendant une année entière. À la fin des années 1990, l’inauguration de grands barrages en Turquie a réduit le Tigre à un pauvre ruisseau que les habitants de Bagdad pouvaient traverser à pied.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/801724 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • The religious activists waging a ‘holy war’ against Israel’s arms exports - Israel News
    The country’s sale of weaponry to murderous regimes goes against all Jewish religious teachings, charge members of No 2 Arms — and they are fighting back
    Patty Nieberg

    https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-the-religious-activists-waging-a-holy-war-against-israel-s-arms-ex
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    The 40-year-old woman heckling former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is probably the least likely advocate you could imagine calling for restrictions on Israel’s arms sales to morally questionable regimes like Myanmar.

    Esther Merchavy, an Orthodox mother of six, is not subtle as she wages her war on Israel’s arms industry. Looking Ya’alon dead in the eye, at a public event in Tel Aviv last month, she defiantly asks him: “Why does Israel send arms to a country known for its human rights abuses against the Rohingya minority?”

    Ya’alon ignores her question and the roving microphone is soon wrested away from her. But that proves no deterrent to Merchavy, who continues to fire off questions, yelling over the crowd. Event coordinators scold her for promoting her own platform, while others in the audience shout “You made your point!”

    Someone calls Merchavy selfish, to which she responds: “I’m not selfish — the people in Myanmar are more important than him,” referring to the Kahol Lavan Knesset candidate and former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff on stage.

    For the modestly dressed activist, part of the reason this issue is so vexing is that it violates her Jewish beliefs. According to Merchavy, Israel’s arms sales to murderous regimes falls under the halakhic principle of pikuach nefesh: The duty to save human life, which overrides almost all other obligations in Jewish religious law.

    “For me, there is no Torah at all and no believing in God at all — this is worthless if you’re doing such a crime,” she tells Haaretz at the event. “It’s not only for the children who are getting killed in South Sudan, Myanmar, Cameroon, Burundi, Congo and the Philippines. It’s pikuach nefesh for us, because we are killing our souls.”

    Merchavy is a member of No 2 Arms, an activist group that wants increased regulation over Israeli arms sales in order to prevent trade that it believes perpetuates war crimes and violates human rights. Formed in 2017, the group is comprised of about 20 activists from across the political spectrum.
    A representative of Myanmar’s military at the Israel Defense and Homeland Security Expo in Tel Aviv, June 4, 2019.
    A representative of Myanmar’s military at the Israel Defense and Homeland Security Expo in Tel Aviv, June 4, 2019.\ Moti Milrod

    Its founder is Eli Yosef, a religiously observant settler from Ma’aleh Adumim. Yosef began his own protests in January 2015 with the goal of combating an industry that totaled some $9.2 billion in export sales in 2017, according to Defense Ministry figures.

    Although the group is small in number, it has made its presence known in recent years — for example, by interrupting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the annual Bible quiz last year, regular demonstrations outside the Knesset and countless interruptions of events attended by politicians.

    Merchavy recounts how she was removed from a different event this month after confronting former Education Minister Naftali Bennett, Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Rafi Peretz and Yamina leader Ayelet Shaked. After she was asked to leave the premises, Merchavy quickly went to a nearby shop, bought a T-shirt and removed her head scarf, in order to reenter and resume her protest. She was then removed for a second time.

    One politician who has become a major target for the group is Ehud Barak, who has faced allegations — which he has consistently and strongly denied — that he took millions in bribes from arms dealers while serving as the Israeli defense minister earlier this decade.

    The activists point to their success in persuading former Likud lawmaker Yehudah Glick and Meretz MK (and former leader) Tamar Zandberg to raise the matter in the Knesset in 2016. They also boast of getting rabbis from the religious Zionist Tzohar organization and Beit Hillel — which envisions an Israel governed by Jewish religious law — to support their cause.

    Their next goal is to organize a large demonstration on the first day of the new Knesset following next week’s election — which No 2 Arms’ leader, a former member of the religious Zionist Habayit Hayehudi party, says he will not be participating in.

    “I personally am right-wing, but I will not vote in this election for nobody [sic], because there’s not one single political party that’s prepared to give me the feeling that I’m a human being,” he says.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/801618 via Nouvelles d’Orient



  • U.S. Has Spent Six Trillion Dollars on Wars That Killed Half a Million People Since 9/11, Report Says
    https://www.newsweek.com/us-spent-six-trillion-wars-killed-half-million-1215588
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    The United States has spent nearly $6 trillion on wars that directly contributed to the deaths of around 500,000 peoplesince the 9/11 attacks of 2001.

    Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs published its annual “Costs of War” report Wednesday, taking into consideration the Pentagon’s spending and its Overseas Contingency Operations account, as well as “war-related spending by the Department of State, past and obligated spending for war veterans’ care, interest on the debt incurred to pay for the wars, and the prevention of and response to terrorism by the Department of Homeland Security.”

    #états-unis #guerre #armement #armée #dépenses_militaires

    https://seenthis.net/messages/801438 via Reka


  • Citoyens palestiniens d’Israël, s’il vous plaît, votez pour la Liste Unifiée Amira Hass, Haaretz, 8 septembre 2019 - Traduit de l’anglais (original) par Yves Jardin, membre du GT prisonniers de l’AFPS
    http://www.france-palestine.org/Citoyens-palestiniens-d-Israel-s-il-vous-plait-votez-pour-la-Liste
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    Voter à ces élections ne signifie pas reconnaître un état qui vous a été imposé mais juste le contraire. La valeur de la Liste Unifiée est beaucoup plus importante que la somme de ses défauts et de ses faiblesses surtout aujourd’hui, alors que nous nous trouvons à un carrefour politico-historique.
    Ceci est un appel à mes amis palestiniens, natifs du pays, citoyens israéliens contre leur volonté, qui prévoient une fois encore de ne pas voter aux prochaines élections : s’il vous plaît votez et votez pour la Liste Unifiée.
    C’est le seul parti qui, par son existence même et malgré ses contradictions, ses conflits et ses faiblesses internes, s’élève contre les délires d’expulsion finale qui sont en train d’être concoctés dans cette société judéo-israélienne perturbée et dangereuse.

    Déposer un bulletin de vote ne signifie pas reconnaître l’état que vous avez été forcés de reconnaître mais le contraire : par ce vote, vous le forcez, lui et ses institutions, à vous reconnaître comme natifs de ce pays.
    Vous forcerez ses citoyens juifs qui nient l’histoire à admettre, même si c’est implicite, que vos droits ne découlent pas de l’existence de cet état, ni de la Loi du Retour mais de vos profondes racines ici. (...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/801471 via Loutre


  • Egypte
    Sacking TV presenter Osama Kamal: How graduates of the Presidential Leadership Program manage Egypt’s TV channels | MadaMasr
    https://madamasr.com/en/2019/09/05/feature/politics/sacking-tv-presenter-osama-kamal-how-graduates-of-the-presidential-leaders

    On August 6, television presenter Osama Kamal was about to set off to the headquarters of the DMC television network in Egyptian Media Production City to present his talk show “DMC Evening,” as he did every Tuesday. Just before he set out, he received a phone call from a member of the program’s production team informing him that another presenter, Ramy Radwan, had arrived at the studio with his own production team in tow and that they were getting ready to present the show themselves.

    Kamal usually anchored his show four days a week, from Tuesday to Friday. Assuming there had been a mistake in the broadcast schedule, Kamal called a high-level security official who handles the channel’s daily affairs to find out what was happening. It was then that he received the staggering news. “There is no mistake,” the security official reportedly told him. “Ramy Radwan will present the show instead of you today and going forward until new instructions are given.”

    Since then, Radwan has continued to present the program without any official announcement from DMC regarding Kamal’s sudden departure.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/800555 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • If there’s such a thing as a murderous culture, then it exists in Israel - Opinion
    Gideon Levy
    dénonce le racisme ordinaire de deux intellectuels israéliens @Haaretz

    https://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-if-there-s-such-a-thing-as-a-murderous-culture-then-it-exists-in-i
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    This is what the editor of Haaretz’s Culture and Literature supplement, Benny Ziffer, wrote on his Facebook page upon returning from paying a condolence call in the settlement of Ofra: “En route I looked at the Palestinian villages alongside the Jewish communities, and I thought of how for the Palestinians murder is a type of sport or enjoyment, perhaps a substitute for erotica. From that perspective we will never have anything culturally in common with them.”

    And if that weren’t enough, Ziffer also wrote, “Regarding this evil and undignified people living among us, we can only yearn for the land to vomit it out, because it isn’t worthy of this land, which is full of Jewish blood that it has spilled.”

    His post generated no comment. Ziffer has apparently exhausted his allotted attention. By contrast, Yaron London succeeded in raising a bigger momentary storm with less serious remarks: “Arabs are savages … they don’t only hate Jews, they kill their own first and foremost.”

    More than one straight line connects London and Ziffer. Their comments reflect the spirit of the times in Israel.

    Both were once considered leftists; the unbridled right still considers London to be one. Both are extraordinarily talented, brilliant intellectuals, of enviable erudition. Sometimes it’s tempting to say that because of their rare media talent their remarks should be forgiven, lest we be left with Ayala Hasson and Yaakov Bardugo. In contrast to their images as avant garde, they express what many people think, not to mention the majority opinion in Israel, which only the rules of political correctness keep from breaking out into the consensus.

    More than they are racists, London and Ziffer are disseminating lies. I was sitting in London’s studio when he said his piece; I tried to respond in real time but to no avail. So I will try here.

    We examined the past decade; those murderous, bloodletting Palestinians, have since January 2009 killed 190 Israelis. How many Palestinians were killed by Israel, the seeker of peace and goodness, which will never have anything culturally in common with the Arabs? Some 3,500. Israel was 18 times more murderous. Was it for sport? Erotic pleasure? Of course not, but the blood speaks: Israel draws far more of it.
    An Israeli soldier temporarily detains a Palestinian youth in the village of Kfar Qaddum, West Bank, August 23, 2019.
    An Israeli soldier temporarily detains a Palestinian youth in the village of Kfar Qaddum, West Bank, August 23, 2019.AFP
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    Is it permitted to say that it’s Israeli culture to spill blood wholesale? According to London, yes. There is something called national culture, even if it’s a culture of killing. But when one speaks about genetic characteristics, it’s racism. One can even generalize, as London said, a generalization will always be unjust to the individual and the exceptional. But it has to based on reality, and the reality is that the enlightened whites have, in the past 100 years, massacred more people than all the Muslims and savages combined. Not only were Hitler and Stalin not Muslims, since World War II the United States, the land of the free, is guilty of more killing than any other country. Most of its mass killers are decidedly non-Muslim.

    Someone who generalizes isn’t necessarily a racist. But he may turn out to be a liar. If there’s a culture of killing, it actually exists in Israel. Soldiers and policemen who shoot to kill as a first choice testify to a warped morality. Fear, hatred, self-pity, the security cult, dehumanization and an itchy trigger finger are all Israeli cultural traits that lead to this mass blood-letting, but woe unto anyone who dares define Israel as having a murderous culture. He’d be condemned as an anti-Semite. The Palestinian people, on the other hand, are one of the most restrained people in history in its violent resistance to occupation and injustice. That’s the truth, there’s no denying it.

    Israel actually likes cultural and national generalizations, especially when they glorify its image. The “Jewish genius,” “the chosen people,” “Jewish morality,” and “eternal Israel,” are evidence of baseless arrogance. Ziffer has every right to think that the Palestinians enjoy murder and London can think they are savages compared to us, the enlightened and developed. It is our right (and duty) to answer them: There are no lies more abominable than these.
    Gideon Levy

    https://seenthis.net/messages/799052 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • sur le financement saoudien et émirati des universités américaines et britanniques

    Saudi Arabia and the UAE Fund Academia with Strings Attached – LobeLog
    https://lobelog.com/saudi-arabia-and-the-uae-fund-academia-with-strings-attached
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    by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey

    As Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have both tried to build up their soft power across the Middle East and North Africa, both states have also attempted to gain greater influence in the West. In particular they’ve targeted Western academia, a useful object as it allows them to promote their political narratives.

    Since the 2000s, Western universities have received steadily increasing funding from Gulf Cooperation Council states, directed towards academic centers, student scholarships, academic chairs and fellowships, and donations to archives and museums.

    “By 2008 Saudi Arabia had given UK HEIs £189.8m, £21m to Oxford, £8m to Edinburgh, £8m to Cambridge, £1m to the Oxford Middle East Center at St Antony’s College and a large amount to the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies,” Dr. Anthony Glees, Professor of Politics at the University of Buckingham, who previously researched Gulf funding into Western universities, told LobeLog. Other UK universities like Durham, the London School of Economic and Political Science, and Exeter have since received sizable donations.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/798983 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Myths of Christian Zionism Exploded By Daniel Hummel – The Forward
    https://forward.com/culture/430251/why-everything-you-think-you-know-about-christian-zionism-is-wrong
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    Très intéressant compte-rendu d’un livre (dont l’auteur s’appelle Daniel Hummel) qui affirme que les chrétiens sionistes ne sont pas du tout des antisémites comme présentés traditionnellement (notamment par des « juifs libéraux »), et sont des sionistes convaincus. Ils partagent avec leurs homologues juifs sionistes leur #ultra-nationalisme, leur #racisme anti-arabe et leur #islamophobie ; ces derniers attributs, affirme l’auteur du compte-rendu, sont probablement les raisons pour lesquelles les « juifs libéraux » préfèrent les présenter comme des chrétiens d’extrême-droite pseudo sionistes et antisémites.

    Hagee and Falwell are no longer the most important Christian Zionist leaders. The center of the movement has shifted overseas. When Hummel visited the “International Christian Embassy’s Feast of Tabernacles celebration,” he heard a Nigerian preacher addressing an international audience, with only a muted American presence. The global movement emphasizes Jewish-Christian “reconciliation” and a shared biblical inheritance, often rejecting end-times prophecies. They also associate Israel with far-right, ultra-nationalist politics, as when the Brazilian Pentacostalist Rene Terra Nova “administered a mass baptism in the Jordan river to a group of Brazilian tourists before leading a chant in support” of fascist leader Jair Bolsanaro — a gathering that reached large Brazilian audiences through social media.

    Hummel has written a masterful, very readable book that manages at once to mount a surprising argument and tell compelling narrative history. Nor is he an apologist for Christian Zionism: he emphasizes repeatedly the “dark underside of reconciliation” between Jews and Christian Zionists in “the erasure of concern for Arab Christians and… Palestinians.” That critique is inescapable and damning, though of course it applies to Graham, Falwell, and Hagee not because they are Christians, but because they are Zionists.

    Reading Hummel, I realized that liberal Jews prefer to imagine Christian Zionists as anti-Jewish because we find it painful to confront the sincerity and integrity of their Zionism. We would prefer to think of their Islamophobia and imperialism as “Christian” and quarantine the American right from Jewish concerns and interests. We would prefer not to reckon with the fact that Israel has become the central symbolic cause of the world’s political right. We would prefer to deny what Christian Zionists announce loudly and repeatedly — that they reject Christian anti-Semitism and love Jews — because we are ashamed to be loved by such people. Progressive Jews caricature Christian Zionism only partly because we so poorly understand evangelicalism. More deeply, we do so because we would rather not understand why Zionism is so attractive to the Christian Right, for to do so would prompt too many questions about our own Zionism .

    #sionisme

    https://seenthis.net/messages/798960 via Kassem


  • Jean-Paul Sartre et l’existentialisme arabe, un rendez-vous manqué

    https://orientxxi.info/lu-vu-entendu/jean-paul-sartre-et-l-existentialisme-arabe-un-rendez-vous-manque,3232
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    Professeur d’histoire aux États-Unis, Yoav Di-Capua a publié fin 2018 No Exit : Arab Existentialism. Jean-Paul Sartre and Decolonization, dans lequel il évoque l’expérience méconnue de l’existentialisme arabe. Revenant sur l’influence de l’œuvre de Sartre au Proche-Orient, Di-Capua montre comment le positionnement du philosophe en faveur d’Israël durant la guerre de juin 1967 a sonné le glas de ce courant intellectuel.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/797916 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • » UPDATE : 30 Palestinian Prisoners Join Hunger Strike In Solidarity With 6 Detainees
    August 13, 2019 4:52 PM – IMEMC News
    https://imemc.org/article/30-palestinian-prisoners-join-hunger-strike-in-solidarity-with-6-detainees

    Thirty Palestinians in Israeli jails, have joined a hunger strike in solidarity with six detainees who have themselves been refusing to eat or drink to protest their illegal detention without charge or trial.

    The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) stated Monday, that another group comprising 30 prisoners had joined the open-ended hunger strike to protest against the practice of so-called administrative detention.

    #grèvedelafaim

    https://seenthis.net/messages/797234 via Loutre


  • À Beyrouth, un gigantesque projet d’archive orale de la #Nakba | Middle East Eye édition française
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/beyrouth-un-gigantesque-projet-darchive-orale-de-la-nakba
    http://www.middleeasteye.net/sites/default/files/images-story/man_see_school_nakba.jpg

    Pour atteindre les locaux du Palestinian Oral History Archive (#POHA), il faut s’enfoncer dans les sous-sols de la librairie de l’Université américaine de Beyrouth (AUB). C’est au cœur de ce dédale que depuis près de quatre ans, une équipe de chercheurs et de techniciens travaille sur un projet non moins labyrinthique : la #numérisation des témoignages #audiovisuels de la Nakba (la « #catastrophe ») en mai 1948, qui a provoqué l’exode de 750 000 à 800 000 Palestiniens vers les pays frontaliers.

    « Ça a été un long processus, c’est la première fois qu’on amène l’histoire orale dans le champ académique », se félicite Kaoukab Chebaro, qui a copiloté le projet de numérisation avec l’Institut Issam Fares et l’AUB et enseigne désormais à l’Université Columbia (États-Unis).

    Le POHA est né de la fusion des archives de deux ONG locales : Al-Jana et Nakba archive. Au début des années 2000, peu après la commémoration du cinquantenaire de la Nakba, celles-ci se lancent dans une course contre la montre pour enregistrer les témoignages de la première génération de Palestiniens expulsés en 1948 et réfugiés depuis dans des camps au Liban.

    #Palestine

    https://seenthis.net/messages/797179 via Kassem


  • Ne pas mélanger art et politique ? Les artistes sont souvent progressistes ? Pas en israel... un argument pour le boycott culturel !

    Le plus grand club de musique live d’Israël légitimise l’extrême droite. Les artistes ne disent rien
    Uri Agnon, Haaretz, 6 août 2019
    https://www.agencemediapalestine.fr/blog/2019/08/13/le-plus-grand-club-de-musique-live-disrael-legitimise-lextreme-

    La semaine prochaine marque le début du festival Zappa B’Gaï (Zappa dans la vallée de Hinnom) –un effort conjoint du club Zappa de Jérusalem et de la Cité de David. Nous pouvons peut-être espérer que Zappa ne comprenne pas avec qui il va au lit. Peut-être que les artistes qui participent au « festival » – Danny Robas, Arkadi Duchin, Noam Horev, Revital Vitelzon Jacobs, Moshe Lahav, Shlomi Koriat – sont aussi peu familiers de la complexité politique dans laquelle ils se trouvent impliqués.

    En bref : la Cité de David est un parc national au cœur du quartier palestinien de Silwan à Jérusalem Est. Ce parc est géré par l’association Elad, une organisation sans but lucratif, messianique de droite, qui fait des efforts énormes pour judaïser cette zone, avec l’aide d’un système discriminatoire de lois et des paquets d’argent de sources anonymes.

    L’art est toujours politique mais tous les artistes et toutes les institutions culturelles ne choisissent pas de s’exprimer publiquement contre l’occupation, de la même façon que tout un chacun ne s’y oppose pas activement ou ouvertement. Il y a d’innombrables sujets d’œuvres artistiques. Dans une démocratie, les artistes et les institutions peuvent même exprimer des opinions opposées, c’est à dire ultranationalistes et antidémocratiques, mais il est hypocrite et décevant de dissimuler des opinions extrémistes sous le couvert du courant dominant apolitique.

    #Palestine #Musique #Musique_et_politique #BDS #Boycott_culturel #Jérusalem_Est #Cité_de_David #Elad

    https://seenthis.net/messages/797223 via Dror@sinehebdo


  • “How Does It Feel To Be a White Man?”: William Gardner Smith’s Exile in Paris | The New Yorker
    https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-does-it-feel-to-be-a-white-man-william-gardner-smiths-exile-in-paris
    https://media.newyorker.com/photos/5d38a91df44ee80008cc740f/16:9/w_1200,h_630,c_limit/Shatz--William-Gardner-Smith.jpg

    In 1951, the novelist Richard Wright explained his decision to settle in Paris after the war. “It is because I love freedom,” he wrote, in an essay titled “I Choose Exile,” “and I tell you frankly that there is more freedom in one square block of Paris than in the entire United States of America!”

    [...]

    Baldwin, who moved to Paris in 1948, two years after Wright, embraced the gift at first but came to distrust it.

    While blacks “armed with American passports” were rarely the target of racism, Africans and Algerians from France’s overseas colonies, he realized, were not so lucky. In his essay “Alas, Poor Richard,” published in 1961, just after Wright’s death, Baldwin accused his mentor of celebrating Paris as a “city of refuge” while remaining silent about France’s oppressive treatment of its colonial subjects: “It did not seem worthwhile to me to have fled the native fantasy only to embrace a foreign one.”

    Baldwin recalled that when an African joked to him that Wright mistook himself for a white man, he had risen to Wright’s defense. But the remark led him to “wonder about the uses and hazards of expatriation”:

    [...]

    #exil #racisme #liberté #France

    https://seenthis.net/messages/796975 via Kassem


  • Normalizing the military judiciary: How the constitutional amendments bring the Armed Forces into Egypt’s judicial system | MadaMasr

    https://madamasr.com/en/2019/08/07/feature/politics/normalizing-the-military-judiciary-how-the-constitutional-amendments-bring
    https://madamasr.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/22b05386d43f801934b22bfef651b1c3.jpg

    The day after a set of controversial constitutional amendments were approved in a national referendum in April, the Minister of Justice sent three laws to the heads of Egypt’s judicial bodies.

    The first two bills regulate how the heads of the country’s top judicial bodies are selected — namely the Supreme Constitutional Court, the Administrative Prosecution Authority, the State Lawsuits Authority, the Court of Cassation, and the State Council — as well as the military judiciary.

    The third law establishes a Council of Judicial Bodies, headed by the president and comprised of the heads of various judicial agencies, and also includes the head of the military judiciary.

    Justice Minister Mohamed Hossam Abdel Rahim included a letter with the three bills addressed to the head of each body asking them to offer their opinion on the draft laws. According to a judicial source, at least one of the judicial heads responded, inquiring into the reasons for the military judiciary being included in the bills. The minister responded by saying that the laws are an implementation of Article 185 of the amended Constitution.

    The first two laws were eventually ratified by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on June 26, while the third law to establish a Council of Judicial Bodies was postponed by Parliament, pending the selection of new judicial heads by the president.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/796290 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Le prince héritier saoudien cherche à accélérer le procès des suspects du meurtre de Khashoggi
    David Hearst, Middle East Eye, le 6 août 2019
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/en-bref/exclusif-le-prince-heritier-saoudien-cherche-accelerer-le-proces-des-

    Le prince héritier d’Arabie saoudite Mohammed ben Salmane est déterminé à « accélérer » la procédure judiciaire à l’encontre du commando d’assassins envoyés pour tuer Jamal Khashoggi, avant que la campagne de Donald Trump pour sa réélection ne débute sérieusement.

    Mohammed ben Salmane, qui selon la CIA et les enquêteurs turcs aurait ordonné l’assassinat du journaliste saoudien, veut clore ce chapitre aussi vite que possible, peut-on lire dans un rapport basé sur des renseignements émiratis.

    « Riyad a été avisé d’agir rapidement pour clore l’enquête et inculper les responsables avant le début de l’élection présidentielle américaine », indique le document. « Autrement, ce meurtre aurait pu se transformer en sujet de débat présidentiel. »

    Ce rapport fait partie d’une série mensuelle rédigée par l’Emirates Policy Centre, un think tank étroitement lié au gouvernement et aux services de sécurité émiratis.

    Mais aussi :

    La véritable ampleur des contrats d’armement des États-Unis avec l’Arabie saoudite et les EAU
    Frank Andrews, Middle East Eye, le 5 avril 2019
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/reportages/exclusif-la-veritable-ampleur-des-contrats-darmement-des-etats-unis-a

    Entre Khashoggi et ben Salmane, la France opte pour ses intérêts
    Barah Mikaïl, Middle East Eye, le 29 novembre 2018
    https://www.middleeasteye.net/fr/opinion-fr/entre-khashoggi-et-ben-salmane-la-france-opte-pour-ses-interets

    Et un commentaire de Hispan TV (la chaîne iranienne en espagnol), qui met Erdogan au centre alors qu’il n’est pas cité dans l’article :

    Revelan plan estratégico de Bin Salman para vengarse de Erdogan
    Hispan TV, le 6 août 2019
    https://seenthis.net/messages/796089

    #Arabie_Saoudite #Turquie #Emirats_Arabes_Unis #MBS #Jamal_Khashoggi

    https://seenthis.net/messages/796207 via Dror@sinehebdo


  • La Cour fédérale tranche sur les vins issus des colonies israéliennes
    Lina Dib, La Presse, le 29 juillet 2019
    https://www.lapresse.ca/gourmand/alcools/201907/29/01-5235492-la-cour-federale-tranche-sur-les-vins-issus-des-colonies-israeli

    https://images.lpcdn.ca/641x427/201907/29/1659127-bouteilles-vin-mises-boite-entrepot.jpg

    Enorme victoire pour le militantisme palestinien : un tribunal canadien décide que les vins des colonies ne peuvent pas être étiquetés « Produit d’Israël
    Yumna Patel, Mondoweiss, le 2 août 2019
    https://www.aurdip.org/enorme-victoire-pour-le.html

    « De fait, sans mentionner explicitement BDS, la cour fédérale a décidé que les boycotts sont parfaitement légitimes et qu’un étiquetage faux, trompeur et prêtant à confusion porte atteinte à ce droit, c’est formidable ! », a dit Kattenburg à Mondoweiss.

    #Canada #Palestine #Vin #Occupation #Colonisation #Étiquetage #Tricheries #Droit #BDS #Boycott

    https://seenthis.net/messages/796190 via Dror@sinehebdo


  • Soutien à Fariba Adelkhah, prisonnière scientifique

    – Leetchi.com
    http://www.leetchi.com/c/soutien-a-fariba-adelkhah-prisonniere-scientifique
    https://res.cloudinary.com/leetchi/image/upload/c_fill,f_auto,fl_lossy,g_center,h_520,q_80,w_715/v1564747038/b26a80f3-5f06-4ada-8319-2b1e4077a435.jpg

    Fariba Adelkhah, directrice de recherche au CERI-SciencesPo de Paris, membre fondatrice du Fonds d’analyse des sociétés politiques (FASOPO) et du Réseau européen d’analyse des sociétés politiques (REASOPO), a été arrêtée en Iran, vraisemblablement le 5 juin. A la date d’aujourd’hui, elle est toujours détenue, et se trouve à la prison d’Evin, dans la banlieue de Téhéran. Le Fasopo/Reasopo considère que Fariba Adelkhah est une prisonnière scientifique puisque rien ne peut lui être reproché d’autre que ses écrits anthropologiques qui sont disponibles sur la place publique en français, en anglais, en farsi, en arabe, en turc, en espagnol… (voir http://fasopo.org/sites/default/files/adelkhah/adelkhah-portrait.pdf).

    La collecte que nous lançons aujourd’hui a pour but d’améliorer les conditions de vie de Fariba en prison. En effet, son employeur, Sciences Po Paris, prend en charge sa protection fonctionnelle, c’est-à-dire les frais d’avocat, puisqu’elle a été arrêtée dans l’exercice de ses fonctions, mais non son assistance matérielle en prison - ce que l’on nomme en français le « cantinage », autrement dit l’amélioration de ses moyens de subsistance.

    Merci pour elle.

    Paris, le 2 août 2019

    Marc Le Pape

    https://seenthis.net/messages/796293 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Un camp d’entraînement en faveur d’Israël à Bruxelles – Pour la Palestine

    http://www.pourlapalestine.be/un-camp-dentrainement-en-faveur-disrael-a-bruxelles

    « Des groupes défendant les intérêts juifs et israéliens » ont entamé la « mise sur pied d’une armée européenne« (sic) de « jeunes activistes engagés » (sic) lors d’un camp de formation qui a débuté dimanche 14 juillet et s’est clôturé lundi 15, peut-on lire sur le site de joods.nl.

    Les organisateurs : l’European Jewish Association (EJA) avec le partenariat d’Europe Israel Public Affairs (EIPA) et de l’European Center for Jewish Students (ECJS).

    Bien évidemment, le ministère israélien des Affaires stratégiques n’était pas absent : il y a envoyé des formateurs de son ONG StandWithUs.

    Les participants : « 50 jeunes activistes venus d’Islande et de Roumanie et de tous les pays situés entre les deux ».

    Le contenu : « les bases du lobbying et des relations avec les médias » et « des astuces sur la façon d’être efficacement actif dans les médias sociaux ».

    Selon l’article : « Les participants représentent la première version d’un nouveau « corps d’officiers » (sic) de jeunes activistes qui retourneront dans leur pays pour y faire la publicité d’Israël, mettre sur pied des « armées » (sic) locales d’activistes pro-israéliens et infirmer efficacement les discours antisionistes et antisémites ; ils seront régulièrement informés et préparés selon les meilleures méthodes et campagnes émanant de Bruxelles et d’Israël, de même qu’ils partageront leur savoir et les meilleures façon de s’épauler mutuellement. » MDL.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/795482 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • UAE and Iran hold rare talks in Tehran on maritime security
    https://apnews.com/49c6da1c33fd45bbaf1b14836ee5e2ec

    For the first time in six years, officials from Iran and the United Arab Emirates met in Tehran to discuss maritime security amid an increase in tensions in the Persian Gulf, both countries confirmed Wednesday.

    This week’s meeting was significant because the UAE, a close ally of Iran’s top rival Saudi Arabia, had downgraded ties with Tehran in 2016. Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s seat of power, has long pushed for more hawkish U.S. policies toward Iran, including supporting tough American sanctions.

    The UAE and Saudi Arabia have also been at war against Iran-aligned rebels in Yemen since 2015. In recent weeks, though, the UAE has pulled thousands of its troops from Yemen as it boosts security at home.

    Recent confrontations in the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial oil shipping corridor, and fears of a wider conflict have prompted the UAE to call for de-escalation and diplomacy with Iran.

    Suite de https://seenthis.net/messages/795270

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  • Priti Patel, who asked for UK aid for Israel army, now Home Secretary – Middle East Monitor

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20190725-priti-patel-who-asked-for-uk-aid-for-israel-army-now-hom
    https://i0.wp.com/www.middleeastmonitor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Priti-Patel23244535_1802809733065437_2887677748735791911_n.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&quality=75&strip=all&ssl=1

    The UK’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has appointed Priti Patel as Home Secretary despite the fact that she was forced to resign two years ago after holding secret, unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers.

    The former international development secretary made several unofficial meetings including with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and was accused of conducting her own foreign policy in the Middle East.

    The meetings included a visit to an Israeli army field hospital in the occupied Golan Heights; Patel asked officials within her department to look into whether British aid money could be funneled into the medical centre.

    In her resignation letter Patel herself admitted she “fell below the high standards that are expected of a Secretary of State.”

    Her appointment has drawn outrage across the board due to her record on key human rights issues.

    Despite the fact that her parents migrated to the UK in the sixties, Patel has voted for a stricter asylum system and against banning the detention of pregnant women in immigration jails.

    UK official: Saudi ownership of British paper has ‘national security implications’

    The Essex MP has suggested using the potential of food shortages in Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit as leverage against the backstop being introduced.

    In 2011 Patel supported the death penalty on the BBC’s Question Time arguing it would “act as a deterrent.”

    Before being elected as an MP in 2010, Patel worked for the PR company Weber Shandwick, whose clients included the government of Bahrain, which has been criticised for its high number of torture and forced disappearance cases.

    Shortly after being elected the Bahraini Ministry of Foreign Affairs flew Patel to Bahrain to meet several ministers. She has also been on a UAE-funded trip to the country and attended a conference in Washington paid for by the Henry Jackson society.

    Patel will replace former Home Secretary Sajid Javid who is now Chancellor. Earlier this year Javid ordered that Shamima Begum be stripped of her British citizenship and let her two-year-old son die of pneumonia in a refugee camp in Syria.

    Read: Formal ‘anti-Semitism’ complaint made against Corbyn’s Labour critic

    At the time her family accused him of making the decision based on political gain.

    Last week Javid labelled a number of Muslim organisations as extreme, including Cage, the Islamic Human Rights Commission and MEND, saying of Cage that it was “one of the most prominent organisations that rejects our shared values.”

    Two years after becoming MP Javid told the Conservative Friends of Israel annual lunch that as a British born Muslim if he had to go and live in the Middle East, he would not go to a Muslim majority country: “There is only one place I could possibly go. Israel. The only nation in the Middle East that shares the same democratic values as Britain. And the only nation in the Middle East where my family would feel the warm embrace of freedom and liberty.”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/795026 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • AIPAC may be celebrating now, but the BDS battles in Congress have just begun -

    House vote shows that Democrats object to BDS, but they can expect growing Republican pressure to support more thorough anti-boycott legislation
    Allison Kaplan Sommer
    Jul 27, 2019

    https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/.premium-aipac-may-be-celebrating-now-but-the-bds-battles-in-congress-have-
    https://www.haaretz.com/polopoly_fs/1.7579761.1564254632!/image/2682968047.jpg_gen/derivatives/headline_1200x630/2682968047.jpg

    You could practically hear the champagne corks popping and fireworks exploding across AIPAC’s social media feeds on Wednesday.

    The celebration was justified. At a time of unprecedented partisan division, it was no small feat for legislation condemning the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel to make it through the Democrat-led House of Representatives, let alone by a vote of 398-17. Even better for the pro-Israel lobby, which aspires to wall-to-wall support of the Jewish state, the overwhelming endorsement garnered “yea” votes from prominent progressives, including a member of the vaunted “squad” — Rep. Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts).

    Supporters of AIPAC were delighted that with the passage of House Res. 246, no less than 92 percent of the House had agreed “to condemn the BDS campaign as anti-Israel, anti-peace and damaging to U.S. interests.” This, they said, was “representative of the broad, bipartisan support in Congress for Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship.”

    But anyone who believes that this resolution will in any way resolve or mitigate the bitter political wrangling over BDS has been drinking too much celebratory champagne, said Lara Friedman, president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace — a nonprofit that promotes a two-state solution.

    “You’d have to be delusional to think that this is over,” said Friedman.

    The nonbinding vote Wednesday may have been impressive, but it was just a short chapter in the saga of BDS legislation that has been underway for two years and will continue into the future. And even as the celebrations continued, future battles were shaping up on both sides of the aisle.

    Although the passage of the resolution did put Democratic objections to the “the Global BDS movement” on the record, Republicans openly dared them to move beyond mere words and support binding legislation that would deliver real consequences to entities that boycott Israel or the settlements.

    Sen. Marco Rubio (Republican of Florida) is author of the Combating BDS Act, which encourages state governments not to sign contracts with supporters of boycotts against Israel or its settlements (passed by the Senate in February). He goaded House Democrats and Speaker Nancy Pelosi by saying that for months she “has refused to bring my bipartisan bill to combat the BDS movement’s discriminatory conduct and strengthen America’s security in the Middle East to the House floor. … Out of fear of retaliation from the far left wing of her conference, it’s clear that Speaker Pelosi has allowed the radical, anti-Semitic minority in the Democratic Party to dictate the House floor agenda.”

    Rubio’s bill was the latest manifestation of legislation that has been in limbo for the past two years. In 2017, the Israel Anti-Boycott Act was first proposed in the Senate, in an attempt to target government-sponsored boycotts of Israel and update laws drafted in response to the Arab League boycott of Zionist goods and services in what was then British Mandatory Palestine in 1945.

    Objections to the legislation — primarily, but not exclusively, among Democrats — focused on the argument that such laws violate free speech, a charge led by the American Civil Liberties Union.

    In his reaction to the House vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Republican of Kentucky) scoffed while speaking on the Senate floor that “this symbolic BDS resolution is held up as a major victory, while Senate-passed legislation that would actually take action — actually do something against BDS — doesn’t even get a vote.”

    On the Democratic side of the aisle, progressives who were not among the 17 members who voted against the resolution (which included the three other “Squad” members, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib) were on the defensive, following criticism that they caved to pressure from the pro-Israel lobby.

    In a Twitter thread, Pressley said that while “there are a lot of anti-BDS bills out there that infringe on 1st Amendment rights,” in her view the House resolution “wasn’t one of them.” That, she said, convinced her to support “what I heard resounding” in her district: “That voting yes on this resolution affirmed to my constituents raised in the Jewish faith Israel’s right to exist, a view I share as a supporter of a two-state solution.”

    She vowed that she would never vote for a bill that would punish those who support BDS, and stressed that “this resolution does not mitigate the pain and trauma of the Palestinian people and as with my co-sponsorship of the McCollum bill, I will continue to be a strident voice critiquing conservative Israeli policies.”

    Pressley was referring to the bill introduced by Rep. Betty McCollum (Democrat of Minnesota), which would “require that the Secretary of State certify that American funds do not support Israel’s military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children.”

    Another Democratic congressman who voted for the resolution, civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis, also defended himself by pointing to another piece of legislation he co-sponsored: a bill introduced with Tlaib and Omar last week. That bill, which did not mention Israel by name, affirms “that all Americans have the right to participate in boycotts in pursuit of civil and human rights at home and abroad.” Lewis said it “was a simple demonstration of my ongoing commitment to the ability of every American to exercise the fundamental First Amendment right to protest through nonviolent actions.” Squad members Pressley and Ocasio-Cortez made a point of signing on as co-sponsors of the bill later in the week as well.

    At the same time, Lewis said he co-sponsored House Res. 246 “as a longtime friend of Israel,” and because he wanted “to make it very clear that I disagree strongly with the BDS movement. Economic, educational and cultural interaction with Israel, America’s democratic ally, is not only in the best interest of Israelis and Americans, but it improves the climate for peace with Palestinians, which is in everyone’s interest to encourage.”

    Friedman, of the Foundation for Middle East Peace, says Democratic leaders are fooling themselves if they think that passage of the resolution will “release some of the pressure on them” to sign onto more punitive anti-BDS legislation and “neutralize the issue as a weapon for attack against them.”

    She predicts that it will have exactly the opposite effect: “Right now, you see Republicans celebrating that they managed to corner the Democrats. For people motivated to go after Democrats, they have signaled that this is an issue on which they — the Democrats — are vulnerable. Once you give into bullies, you are going to get bullied more. I expect BDS to come up in every possible context and that Republicans will keep pushing Democrats, asking them why they won’t move on the Combating BDS Act. They’d have to be nuts not to. the way they see it, this is the gift that keeps on giving.”

    https://seenthis.net/messages/794731 via Nouvelles d’Orient