• TdG | Le désespoir des réfugiés de la guerre du Yémen : « Ici, on meurt peu à peu »
    http://asile.ch/2017/03/04/tdg-desespoir-refugies-de-guerre-yemen-on-meurt-a

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    Camp de Markazi, 50°C à l’ombre. Ils ont réussi à fuir les bombes qui pleuvent sur leur pays. Mais à Djibouti, les réfugiés du conflit pleurent leur vie d’avant.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/575004 via Vivre_Ensemble


  • Cinéma. Hiam Abbass contre le poids des traditions | L’Humanité
    http://www.humanite.fr/cinema-hiam-abbass-contre-le-poids-des-traditions-632765

    Dans vos films, il est question du statut des femmes dans la société. Pourquoi récuser toute démarche féministe ?

    Hiam AbbassRéalisatrice et comédienneHiam Abbass Ce n’est pas ma démarche, même si je n’ai rien contre le féminisme et les féministes. On me propose des rôles de femmes complexes avec lesquels je peux changer quelque chose, qui me permettent d’explorer ces personnages. Il n’y a pas une séparation hommes-femmes dans la vie. Je n’entre pas dans cette pensée. Dans ­Héritage, je n’ai pas voulu parler du combat de la femme, mais de l’individu sous l’emprise de la tradition. C’est vrai que la femme subit plus que l’homme la tradition. Mais je retrace des trajectoires d’êtres humains avec des désirs qu’ils concrétisent.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60JeSPDEc_0

    Pas très convaincu par la bande-annonce, mais Hiam Abbas est une grande dame. Merci à l’Huma de ne pas ooublier la #palestine

    https://seenthis.net/messages/575111 via gonzo


  • Israel loves wars - and does nothing to prevent them -

    There’s no other way to read the state comptroller’s report on the 2014 Gaza war and there’s no more important conclusion that arises from it.

    Gideon Levy Mar 02, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.774709

    Israel loves wars. Needs them. Does nothing to prevent them, and sometimes instigates them. There is no other way to read the state comptroller’s report on the 2014 Gaza war, and there is no more important conclusion that arises from it.
    All the rest – the tunnels, the National Security Council, the cabinet and the intelligence – are trifles, nothing more than efforts to distract us from the main thing. The main thing is that Israel wants war. It rejected all the alternative, without discussing them, without interest in them, to fulfill its desire.
    Israel wanted wars in the past as well. Since the 1948 war, all its wars could have been avoided. They were clearly wars of choice, although most of them were of no use and a few of them caused irreparable damage. Israel usually initiated them, sometimes wars were forced on it, but even then, they could have been avoided, like in 1973. Some of the wars ended the careers of those who started them, and yet, time after time Israel chooses war as the first and preferred option. It is doubtful that a rational explanation can be found for the phenomenon, but the fact is, every time Israel goes to war it receives sweeping, automatic and blind support in public opinion and the media. Thus not only the government and the army love war, all of Israel loves war.
    This is proven by the fact that committees of investigation publish almost identical reports after every war – the report on the Gaza war is almost plagiarized from the Winograd Commission report after the 2006 Second Lebanon War. (“The war was embarked on hastily and irresponsibly.”) When nothing is learned and everything is forgotten, it’s clear that something strong is pulling Israel to war.
    That’s also the way it was in the summer of Operation Protective Edge, when there was no reason at all for war. And that’s the way it will be in the next war, which looms ahead. What a pity that the “red alert” in the south on Tuesday was a false alarm. It was almost the opportunity to strike a disproportionate blow on Gaza, the way Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Israel love, the kind that drags Israel down to the next war.

    #Gaza #Israel #war

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574448 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • La liberté de s’exprimer sur Israël en butte à des attaques dans les universités
    The Guardian, le 27 février 2017
    http://www.aurdip.fr/la-liberte-de-s-exprimer-sur.html

    Signatures (plus de 200 profs britanniques): Prof Jonathan Rosenhead, Prof Conor Gearty, Prof Malcolm Levitt, Tom Hickey, Prof Dorothy Griffiths, Prof Moshé Machover, Sir Iain Chalmers, Prof Steven Rose, Prof Gilbert Achcar, Prof Penny Green, Prof Bill Bowring, Mike Cushman, Jim Zacune, Dr Jethro Butler, Dr Rashmi Varma, Dr John Moore, Dr Nour Ali, Prof Richard Hudson, Dr Tony Whelan, Dr Dina Matar, Prof Marian Hobson, Prof Tony Sudbery, Prof John Weeks, Prof Graham Dunn, Dr Toni Wright, Dr Rinella Cere, Prof Ian Parker, Dr Marina Carter, Dr Shirin M Rai, Andy Wynne, Prof David Pegg, Prof Erica Burman, Dr Nicola Pratt, Prof Joanna Bornat, Prof Richard Seaford, Dr Linda Milbourne, Dr Julian Saurin, Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab, Prof Elizabeth Dore, Prof Colin Eden, Dr Neil Davidson, Jaime Peschiera, Catherine Cobham, Prof Haim Bresheeth, Dr Uriel Orlow, Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia, Dr Abdul B Shaikh, Dr Mark Leopold, Prof Michael Donmall, Prof Hamish Cunningham, Prof David Johnson, Dr Reem Abou-El-Fadl, Dr Luke Cooper, Prof Peter Gurney, Dr Adi Kuntsman, Prof Matthew Beaumont, Dr Teodora Todorova, Prof Natalie Fenton, Prof Richard Bornat, Dr Jeremy Landor, Dr John Chalcraft, Milly Williamson, David Mabb, Dr Judit Druks, Dr Charlie McGuire, Dr Gholam Khiabany, Glynn Kirkham, Dr Deirdre O’Neill, Dr Gavin Williams, Prof Marsha Rosengarten, Dr Debra Benita Shaw, Dr João Florêncio, Prof Stephen Keen, Dr Anandi Ramamurthy, Dr Thomas Mills, Dr Don Crewe, Prof Robert Wintemute, Andy Gossett, Prof Mark Boylan, Angela Mansi, Dr Paul Taylor, Tim Martin, Keith Hammond, Karolin Hijazi, Dr Kevin Hearty, Prof Daniel Katz, Dr Richard Pitt, Prof Ray Bush, Prof Glenn Bowman, Prof Craig Brandist, Prof Virinder S Kalra, Dr Yasmeen Narayan, Prof Michael Edwards, John Gilmore-Kavanagh, Prof Nadje Al-Ali, Prof Mick Dumper, Graham Topley, Dr Shuruq Naguib, Prof David Whyte, Peter Collins, Dr Andrew Chitty, Prof David Mond, Prof Leon Tikly, Dr Subir Sinha, Dr Mark Berry, Dr Gajendra Singh, Prof Elizabeth Cowie, Dr Richard Lane, Prof Martin Parker, Dr Aboobaker Dangor, Dr Siân Adiseshiah, Prof Dennis Leech, Dr Owen Clayton, Dr John Cowley, Prof Mona Baker, Dr Navtej Purewal, Prof Mica Nava, Prof Joy Townsend, Dr Alex Bellem, Dr Nat Queen, Gareth Dale, Prof Yosefa Loshitzky, Dr Rudi Lutz, Dr Oliver Smith, Tim Kelly, Prof Laleh Khalili, Prof Aneez Esmail, Fazila Bhimji, Prof Hilary Rose, Dr Brian Tweedale, Prof Julian Petley, Prof Richard Hyman, Dr Paul Watt, Nisha Kapoor, Prof Julian Townshend, Prof Roy Maartens, Dr Anna Bernard, Prof Martha Mundy, Prof Martin Atkinson, Dr Claude Baesens, Dr Marijn Nieuwenhuis, Dr Emma Heywood, Dr Matthew Malek, Prof Anthony Milton, Dr Paul O’Connell, Prof Malcolm Povey, Dr Jason Hickel, Dr Jo Littler, Prof Rosalind Galt, Prof Suleiman Shark, Dr Paula James, Dr Linda Pickard, Pat Devine, Dr Jennifer Fortune, Prof Chris Roberts, Dr Les Levidow, Dr Carlo Morelli, Prof David Byrne, Dr Nicholas Cimini, Prof John Smith, Prof Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Dr Peter J King, Prof Bill Brewer, Prof Patrick Williams, Prof Daphne Hampson, Dr Wolfgang Deckers, Cliff Jones, Prof Luis Pérez-González, Prof Patrick Ainley, Dr Paul Kelemen, Prof Dee Reynolds, Dr Enam Al-Wer, Prof Hugh Starkey, Dr Anna Fisk, Prof Linda Clarke, Prof Klim McPherson, Cathy Malone, Prof Graham Dawson, Prof Colin Green, Prof Clément Mouhot, Prof S Sayyid, Prof William Raban, Prof Peter Hallward, Prof Chris Rust, Prof Benita Parry, Prof Andrew Spencer, Prof Philip Marfleet, Prof Frank Land, Dr Peter E Jones, Dr Nicholas Thoburn, Tom Webster, Dr Khursheed Wadia, Dr Philip Gilligan, Dr Lucy Michael, Prof Steve Hall, Prof Steve Keen, Dr David S Moon, Prof Ken Jones, Dr Karen F Evans, Dr Jim Crowther, Prof Alison Phipps, Dr Uri Horesh, Dr Clair Doloriert, Giles Bailey, Prof Murray Fraser, Prof Stephen Huggett, Dr Gabriela Saldanha, Prof Cahal McLaughlin, Ian Pace, Prof Philip Wadler, Dr Hanem El-Farahaty, Dr Anne Alexander, Dr Robert Boyce, Dr Patricia McManus, Prof Mathias Urban, Dr Naomi Woodspring, Prof David Wield, Prof Moin A Saleem, Dr Phil Edwards, Dr Jason Hart, Dr Sharon Kivland, Dr Rahul Rao, Prof Ailsa Land, Dr Lee Grieveson, Dr Paul Bagguley, Dr Rosalind Temple, Dr Karima Laachir, Dr Youcef Djerbib, Dr Sarah Perrigo, Bernard Sufrin, Prof James Dickins, John Burnett, Prof Des Freedman, Dr David Seddon, Prof Steve Tombs, Prof Louisa Sadler, Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins, Dr Rashné Limki, Dr Guy Standing, Dr Arianne Shahvisi, Prof Neil Smith, Myriam Salama-Carr, Dr Graham Smith, Dr Peter Fletcher

    #Palestine #Grande-Bretagne #Liberté_d'expression #Liberté_académique #Universités #Semaine_contre_l'apartheid_israélien #Israeli_Apartheid_Week #BDS #Boycott_universitaire

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574360 via Dror@sinehebdo



  • Telling the Stories of Egypt’s Endangered Journalists | Mohammed Elshamy
    https://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2017/03/01/telling-the-stories-of-egypts-endangered-journalists

    I was on a bus heading back to New York when I got news from Egypt that my brother Abdullah had been released from solitary confinement. I was so overwhelmed with joy, all I could do was scream hysterically. Then I realized: Our friend and colleague Shawkan wasn’t so lucky. I grew quiet, as the thought of Shawkan still imprisoned left me wondering. When would Shawkan and his family have their moment of relief and happiness? Source: Lens

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574271 via Rezo


  • Saïda en grève aujourd’hui contre les affrontements à Aïn el-Héloué - L’Orient-Le Jour
    https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1037900/saida-en-greve-aujourdhui-contre-les-affrontements-a-ain-el-heloue.ht

    Selon l’agence al-Markaziya, les combats ont opposé le Fateh, posté dans le secteur Barksat, aux islamistes de Isbat el-Ansar, postés à Safsaf, aux islamistes radicaux dirigés par Bilal Badr, positionnés à Tiré, aux partisans du général Mahmoud Issa, mieux connu sous le nom de Lino, installés dans la région des abattoirs (Maslakh), et aux Brigades des martyrs de Chatila, postés à Jabal Halib. Les tirs ont même débordé pour atteindre les quartiers voisins à Saïda, notamment la région de Sinik ou la rue de Hasbé, provoquant la panique des habitants, un incendie à proximité de la mosquée al-Farouk et des embouteillages monstres dans le secteur, vu que l’accès à certaines routes impraticables était interdit par les forces de l’ordre.

    Cette escalade a poussé de nombreux habitants à l’exode et les éléments armés à prendre le contrôle des ruelles du camp. Pour la seconde journée consécutive, les écoles et les commerces de Aïn el-Héloué ont fermé leurs portes, à l’instar de certains établissements situés dans les parages du camp. Les institutions de l’Unrwa, elles, ont interrompu les services à la population.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/574243 via assalam12


  • The Syrian war shakeout is changing the Mideast’s balance of power - Middle East News

    Turkey’s intervention has created a rift with Iran, Jordan-Syria ties are tightening and America’s absence could weaken the Saudis. The alliances emerging in Syria will determine the fate the region.

    Zvi Bar’el Feb 27, 2017 1
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/.premium-1.773974

    Secondary relationships born of the Syrian civil war could have a greater impact on the future of the country and the region than the war itself. While the warring parties are busy holding onto and expanding territorial gains, finding funds and arms and jockeying for position in future negotiations, the smaller players are crafting long-range strategies that will divide the region à la the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement.
    The secondary relationships are alliances and rivalries that developed between global powers such as Russia and the United States, and between local powers such as Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. But the term is inaccurate in a sense because the Syrian war has long become a proxy war in which the payer of the bills dictates the military movements while changing proxies based on battlefield success.
    More importantly, the alliances between the sponsors and “their” militias create the balance of political forces between the powers. For example, Russia uses the Kurds in Syria as a bargaining chip against Turkey, whose cooperation with the Free Syrian Army creates a rift between Ankara and Tehran. Meanwhile, Jordan’s strikes on the Islamic State in southern Syria boost the Russian-Jordanian coalition and Jordan’s ties with the Assad regime − and everyone is looking ahead to "the day after.”
    The latest development puts Turkish-Iranian relations to the test. Speaking at the Munich Security Conference a week ago Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called on Iran to stop threatening the region’s stability and security. The remark wasn’t only unusually blunt but also seemed to come from an American talking-points page. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi responded the next day, warning that while Turkey was an important neighbor, “there is a certain cap to our patience.”
    Tehran and Ankara are deeply divided over the Assad regime, and particularly over whether the Syrian president should stay on after a negotiated settlement. But these disagreements didn’t affect the two countries’ bilateral trade of some $10 billion a year.
    Iran was the first country to denounce the failed coup attempt in Turkey last July, and President Hassan Rohani is on track for a fourth visit to Ankara in April. Tehran and Ankara share an interest in preventing the establishment of an independent Kurdish region in Syria that could inspire the Kurds in Iran and Turkey.
    But Ankara and Tehran are each deeply suspicious of the other’s strategic ambitions. Turkey believes that Iran seeks to turn Iraq and Syria into Shi’ite states, while Iran is sure that Turkish President Recet Tayyip Erdogan dreams of reestablishing the Ottoman Empire.
    The Iranians were apprehensive about the liberation, by Turkish forces and the Free Syrian Army, of al-Bab, a city around 30 kilometers from Aleppo, even though the defeated party was the Islamic State. The Iranians were worried because control over al-Bab, whose liberation the Free Syrian Army announced Friday, opens up the route critical to retaking Raqqa, the Islamic State’s capital in Syria. Control over al-Bab is also key for taking control of the Iraq-Syria border, which Tehran views as critical.

    #syria #russia #iran

    https://seenthis.net/messages/573537 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Should Jews have a problem with the term ’Islamophobia’?

    The decision by a major Canadian Jewish organization to oppose a parliamentary motion condemning Islamophobia after a shocking mosque attack, because the term is ’politically charged and imprecise,’ has vocal challengers.

    Mira Sucharov Feb 20, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.772853

    When a multicultural country like Canada faces a stark rise in hatred targeting one ethnic group, it’s social and ethical solidarity is put to the test. The question for Canada’s Jewish establishment is: How will it respond to the shocking spike in hatred targeting the Muslim community?
    On the heels of the Quebec City mosque shooting, which left six worshippers dead, and then a hate-filled protest outside of a Toronto mosque last Friday, a private member’s motion to condemn Islamophobia was introduced in parliament. Regrettably, CIJA (the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the organized lobbying arm of the Jewish Federations in Canada) is opposing the motion, at least in its current form.
    Liberal MP Iqra Khalid introduced the non-binding motion (M-103) urging the government to “better reflect” the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by “quell[ing] the increasing public climate of hate and fear,” while “condemn[ing] Islamophobia and all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination.” Her motion also asks parliament to convene a study to address these issues and “to conduct needs assessments for impacted communities.”
    As the motion - intended to express the will of parliament but falling short of having any legal force - acknowledges, there are already Charter provisions for opposing racism and discrimination. And Section 319 of the criminal code already outlaws “communicating statements in any public place, incit[ing] hatred against any identifiable group where such incitement is likely to lead to a breach of the peace.”
    But sometimes the law is not enough to signal collective revulsion.
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    The Friday demonstrators outside a downtown Toronto mosque held signs such as “Ban Islam” and “Muslims are terrorists.” Interviewed on camera, one of the protestors make the following chilling observation: “They [she presumably means Muslims] start out friendly, and before you know it, they grow so much in population that they take over.” The interviewer challenges her: “This sounding a lot like what people said about Jews at one time,” to which the protestor replies: “There’s no comparison. Jews were not evil.”

    For its part, CIJA calls M-103 “flawed.” As CIJA head Shimon Koffler Fogel writes, the motion “requires us to silence legitimate concerns or suppress a public conversation about those strains of Islam that pose a real and imminent threat to Jews around the world,” adding that the motion “denies space and opportunity within the Muslim community to confront those strains of Islam that do indeed exist and do indeed cause harm to the majority of Muslims who do not subscribe to an extremist ideology.” For these reasons, CIJA is urging lawmakers to oppose it.
    It’s not the first time a private member’s motion has been introduced to focus Canada’s attention on a specific form of hatred. In 2015, Conservative MP James Bezan asked “all members [of parliament] and all Canadians [to] join me in denouncing anti-Semitism.” In 2015 Liberal MP Irwin Cotler asked the “House [to] condemn the alarming development of a new anti-Semitism….” And then, of course, there’s the 2010 Ottawa Protocol on Combatting Antisemitism, which convened parliamentary representatives from an array of countries to call out anti-Semitism.
    CIJA Director of Communications Martin Sampson shared with me the amended text of the motion CIJA proposed to Khaled, including trying to add a clause that would “recognize that criticism and condemnation of any and all forms of extremism is not only acceptable but necessary in a free and democratic society; and tasking the proposed study to define “Islamophobia in Canada.” “
    Bernie Farber, former head of Canadian Jewish Congress and now head of the Toronto-based Mosaic Institute, a diversity, peace and justice organization, says he is “baffled and stunned” by CIJA’s opposition to the motion.
    Is the lack of explicit acknowledgment of the legitimacy of criticizing religion a problem, as CIJA is suggesting? No. Parliamentary motions have no legislative force. The existing criminal code — including laws governing freedom of expression — will remain unaffected. Fogel’s claim that the motion will silence criticism by force of law is simply wrong. It may serve to dampen enthusiasm for the kind of hateful anti-Muslim demonstrations we saw in Toronto, but that is the point.
    Or perhaps the vagueness of the term ‘Islamophobia’ is a problem. Sampson calls the word “politically charged and imprecise.” Former Justice Minister Irwin Cotler, for instance, is suggesting that M-103 be amended to say “anti-Muslim bigotry.”

    #islamophobie #canada

    https://seenthis.net/messages/571850 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Les découvertes de pétrole dans le monde s’effondrent

    http://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/energie-environnement/0211812826554-les-decouvertes-de-petrole-dans-le-monde-seffondrent-2066328.

    Année après année, le constat se répète depuis 2013 : les compagnies pétrolières trouvent de moins en moins de pétrole et de gaz . Selon les premières estimations publiées par le cabinet Wood Mackenzie, les volumes d’hydrocarbures conventionnels découverts sont tombées à 11,6 milliards de barils équivalent pétrole en 2016. Soit une baisse de 25 % par rapport à ceux de l’année précédente (ré-estimés à 15,5 milliards de barils), pour un nombre de découvertes en chute d’environ 40 % en un an, a calculé l’IFP EN dans son rapport annuel sur le sujet qui vient d’être publié. Un niveau très faible comparé à ceux atteints en 2005 (59 milliards de barils) ou en 2010 (42,8 milliards).

    http://www.lesechos.fr/medias/2017/02/20/2066328_les-decouvertes-de-petrole-dans-le-monde-seffondrent-web-tete-0211813061036.jpg

    Ces estimations s’entendent toutefois hors gaz et pétrole de schiste, qui pourraient nuancer le constat : l’an dernier, c’est dans ce domaine qu’a été effectué la plus grosse découverte au Texas, par la société Apache, avec 15 milliards de barils dont 3 de pétrole (Alpine High). Toute une série d’annonces dans la région ont conduit l’US Geological Survey à réévaluer en novembre ses estimations des réserves dans la formation de Wolfcamp (qui fait partie du Permian, au Texas), à 20 milliards de barils de pétrole.

    Dans le conventionnel, « aucune découverte d’importance comparable à celle de Zohr en 2015, au large de l’Egypte, n’a été réalisée en 2016. Et ce, malgré quelques réels succès, notamment en Alaska et en Afrique de l’Ouest », commentent les experts de l’IFP EN. L’an dernier, la plus grosse découverte conventionnelle a été effectué par la petite compagnie spécialisée dans l’exploration Caelus Energy, dans le nord de l’Alaska (North Slope), avec 1,8 milliard de barils récupérables. La société Kosmos a découvert des gisements gaziers géants au large du Sénégal (Guembeul et Teranga), tandis qu’ExxonMobil a trouvé un champ pétrolifère important au large du Nigeria (Owowo), associé à d’autres compagnies dont Total.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/571617 via enuncombatdouteux


  • Kerry offered Netanyahu regional peace plan in secret 2016 summit with al-Sissi, King Abdullah - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.772531

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took part in a secret summit in Aqaba a year ago where then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented a plan for a regional peace initiative including recognition of Israel as a Jewish state and a renewal of talks with the Palestinians with the support of the Arab countries.
    >> Get all updates on Israel and the U.S.: Download our free App, and Subscribe >>
    Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi were also present at the meeting in the Jordanian city.
    Netanyahu did not accept Kerry’s proposal and said he would have difficulty getting it approved by his governing coalition. Still, the Aqaba summit was the basis for the talks that began two weeks later between Netanyahu and opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) on establishing a unity government.
    Details about the summit and the plan emerged from conversations between Haaretz and former senior officials in the Obama administration who asked to remain anonymous. The Prime Minister’s Bureau refused to comment.
    It was Kerry who initiated the conference. In April 2014, the peace initiative he had led collapsed, negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians entered a deep freeze and U.S. President Barack Obama declared a time-out in U.S. attempts to restart the peace process. Over the next 18 months Kerry focused on attaining an agreement with Iran over its nuclear program; an agreement was reached in July 2015 and ratified by Congress in mid-September.
    In October that year, Kerry renewed his work on the Israeli-Palestinian process following an escalation of tensions over the Temple Mount and a wave of violence in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
    At the end of October, Kerry was able to achieve understandings confirming the status quo on the Temple Mount by Israel, the Palestinians and Jordan. As part of these understandings, Israel and Jordan launched talks over the placement of closed-circuit cameras on the Temple Mount, an idea that was never implemented.
    Two weeks later, Netanyahu came to Washington for his first meeting with Obama in more than a year – a period when the two leaders badly clashed over the nuclear deal with Iran.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/571334 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Saudi Arabia ‘deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears’ | The Independent
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-deports-40000-pakistan-workers-terror-fears-attacks-coun
    https://static.independent.co.uk/s3fs-public/thumbnails/image/2017/02/13/17/rawalpindi-workers.jpg

    The alleged mass deportations come after a year of strikes and other unrest in the kingdom due to unpaid wages following the oil market’s decline and subsequent blow to the Saudi economy.

    #Arabie_saoudite

    https://seenthis.net/messages/571248 via Kassem


  • Le Pen: French Jews will have to give up Israeli citizenship

    Leading contender in French election tells interviewer she won’t allow dual citizenships with non-European countries. Asked specifically about Jews and Israel, she said: ’Israel isn’t an EU member.’

    Roni Bar Feb 10, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.770915
    http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/1.770915

    In a France ruled by the far-right Marine Le Pen, Jewish citizens will be forced to give up their Israeli citizenship, the Front National party leader said on Thursday.
    >> Get all updates on Israel and the Jewish World: Download our free App, and Subscribe >>
    Le Pen, a leading contender in the upcoming French presidential contest, told France 2 TV that if elected, she will not allow French citizens to hold on to any citizenship in a non-European country. When asked specifically about Israel and Jews, who form a large community in France, the Front National party leader responded: “Israel isn’t a member of the European Union, and doesn’t consider itself as such,” and therefore a dual French-Israeli citizenship will not be allowed.
    >> Israel or France? Dual citizens appalled after Le Pen says they may have to choose >>
    Le Pen said that the ban will also apply to citizens of the U.S. and North African countries, but that dual citizens of the EU and of Russia, which she said is part of she termed the “Europe of nations,” will be exempted.
    A recent poll showed Le Pen advancing to the second round of balloting in May but still losing handily to front-runner Emmanuel Marcon. Her political party, the National Front, was founded by her father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, who routinely minimized the Holocaust.

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    The younger Le Pen has sought to move the party past her father’s controversies, but French Jewish leaders still consider the National Front anti-Semitic.
    Last week, Le Pen said French Jews should give up the wearing of yarmulkes as part of the country’s struggle to defeat radical Islam.
    In an interview with Israel’s Channel 2, Le Pen expressed support for banning the wearing of yarmulkes as part of her broader effort to outlaw religious symbols in public.
    “Honestly, the dangerous situation in which Jews in France live is such that those who walk with a kippah are in any case a minority because they are afraid,” Le Pen said, using the Hebrew word for yarmulke. “But I mainly think the struggle against radical Islam should be a joint struggle and everyone should say, ‘There, we are sacrificing something.’”
    Referring to French Jews, Le Pen added: “Maybe they will do with just wearing a hat, but it would be a step in the effort to stamp out radical Islam in France.”

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  • CIA director gives medal to top Saudi royal
    http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2017/Feb-12/393277-cia-director-gives-medal-to-top-saudi-royal.ashx

    The heir to Saudi Arabia’s throne has been awarded a medal by the new director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who honored his counterterrorism work.

    Mike Pompeo, making his first overseas tour since being confirmed as spy agency chief in late January, made the presentation to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef at a weekend ceremony, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/569077 via Nidal


  • A propos du procès de Georges Bensoussan | Le Club de Mediapart
    Gilles Manceron
    https://blogs.mediapart.fr/gilles-manceron/blog/100217/propos-du-proces-de-georges-bensoussan

    L’historien Georges Bensoussan a comparu, à l’initiative du Parquet, le 25 janvier, devant la 17e chambre correctionnelle du Palais de justice de Paris, pour incitation au racisme, pour des propos tenus lors de l’émission Répliques, sur France Culture le 10 octobre 2015. Les réactions suscitées par ce procès nécessitent de rétablir les faits. Le fait que cet historien soit l’un des responsables du très utile Mémorial de la Shoah peut troubler. La publication de comptes rendus partiels ou inexacts par plusieurs journaux et sites internet, impose de restituer les faits.

    L’historien Georges Bensoussan a comparu, à l’initiative du Parquet, le 25 janvier, devant la 17e chambre correctionnelle du Palais de justice de Paris, pour incitation au racisme, pour des propos tenus lors de l’émission Répliques, sur France Culture le 10 octobre 2015. Le fait que cet historien soit l’un des responsables du très utile Mémorial de la Shoah peut troubler. La publication de comptes rendus partiels ou inexacts par plusieurs journaux et sites internet, impose de restituer les faits. 

    Les propos qu’il avait tenus sur « l’antisémitisme atavique » des familles arabes qui formeraient un « autre peuple » dans la nation française avaient suscité lors de l’émission en question la réaction indignée de son interlocuteur, le sociologue et historien Patrick Weil. A l’écoute de cette émission, nous nous avions été quelques-uns, enseignants, chercheurs, journalistes, à être, nous aussi, atterrés par ces propos, et, dans un texte sur Mediapart, le 13 octobre 2015, intitulé « Une “répliques” de trop », nous avons sollicité le Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel en lui demandant d’y réagir.

    Georges Bensoussan avait dit : « Aujourd’hui nous sommes en présence d’un autre peuple au sein de la nation française, qui fait régresser un certain nombre de valeurs démocratiques qui nous ont portés. […]. Il n’y aura pas d’intégration tant qu’on ne se sera pas débarrassé de cet antisémitisme atavique qui est tu, comme un secret. » Il avait dit que, dans ces familles, « l’antisémitisme, on le tète avec le lait de sa mère ». Patrick Weil avait opportunément répondu : « C’est une honte que vous puissiez dire une chose pareille, parce que vous condamnez quatre millions de nos compatriotes ». Bensoussan avait répliqué en l’accusant de se livrer à un « véritable terrorisme intellectuel ». Telle est l’accusation que, lors du procès, il a reprise à l’envi contre les associations qui se sont portées parties civiles le 25 janvier à la suite des poursuites engagées par le Parquet. Et même à l’encontre du Parquet lui-même pour avoir décidé de poursuivre le caractère raciste de ses propos, Parquet qu’il a accusé de « terrorisme intellectuel conduisant au terrorisme islamiste ».

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  • CIA Memo : Designating Muslim Brotherhood Could ‘Fuel Extremism’ - POLITICO Magazine
    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/cia-memo-designating-muslim-brotherhood-could-fuel-extremism-214757?mc_cid

    Trump administration officials pushing to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization face at least one significant obstacle: analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency.

    CIA experts have warned that so labeling the decades-old Islamist group “may fuel extremism” and damage relations with America’s allies, according to a summary of a finished intelligence report for the intelligence community and policymakers that was shared with POLITICO by a U.S. official.

    The document, published internally on Jan. 31, notes that the Brotherhood—which boasts millions of followers around the Arab world—has “rejected violence as a matter of official policy and opposed al-Qa’ida and ISIS.”

    It acknowledges that “a minority of MB [Muslim Brotherhood] members have engaged in violence, most often in response to harsh regime repression, perceived foreign occupation, or civil conflicts.” Noting that there are branches of the group in countries such as Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco and Tunisia, it cautions that some of America’s allies in the region “probably worry that such a step could destabilize their internal politics, feed extremist narratives, and anger Muslims worldwide.”

    “MB groups enjoy widespread support across the Near East-North Africa region and many Arabs and Muslims worldwide would view an MB designation as an affront to their core religious and societal values,” the document continues. “Moreover, a US designation would probably weaken MB leaders’ arguments against violence and provide ISIS and al-Qa’ida additional grist for propaganda to win followers and support, particularly for attacks against US interests.”

    The CIA declined to comment, and the White House did not respond to a request for comment. But the document threatens to pit the agency against a president who has dismissed its intelligence assessments and angered many in the intelligence community when he appeared before the agency’s Memorial Wall and exaggerated the size of the crowd at his inaugural address.

    And it would seem to put the agency’s analysts at odds with its new director, Mike Pompeo, who as a member of Congress co-sponsored a bill to ban the Brotherhood and once warned in a radio appearance that Islamist groups were infiltrating the United States. “There are organizations and networks here in the United States tied to radical Islam in deep and fundamental ways,” Pompeo told host Frank Gaffney, who heads the Center for Security Policy and often promotes a conspiratorial view of Muslims. “They’re not just in places like Libya and Syria and Iraq, but in places like Coldwater, Kansas, and small towns all throughout America.”

    Even before President Donald Trump took office, outside groups like Gaffney’s and some members of Congress had been pressuring his team to make the designation, a process that usually takes months and requires teams of analysts sifting through reams of intelligence reports to determine whether an organization fits the legal definition of a terrorist organization.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/568439 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • L’Irlande se préparerait à reconnaître la Palestine
    Times of Israel Staff 9 février 2017
    http://fr.timesofisrael.com/lirlande-se-preparerait-a-reconnaitre-la-palestine
    http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2017/02/000_LD425-e14866344667141-300x300.jpg

    L’ambassadeur d’Israël en Irlande, Zeev Boker, aurait informé mardi Jérusalem dans un message d’avertissement des intentions de Dublin de bientôt reconnaître officiellement la Palestine en tant qu’Etat.

    Un responsable israélien a été cité jeudi dans Haaretz déclarant qu’une annonce de Dublin sur la reconnaissance de la Palestine a déjà été possible, mais que l’adoption par Israël de la loi controversée légalisant les avant-postes avait rendu une telle décision bien plus probable.(...)

    https://seenthis.net/messages/568408 via Loutre



  • For us Jews, our Land Registry is with God - Opinion - Israel News | Haaretz.com
    http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.770356

    There’s a name for the reality in which a government that sees itself as representing only one nation determines the future of two nations and creates two separate and unequal systems.

    Amira Hass Feb 08, 2017

    They settled there in good faith; there’s a consensus on the settlement blocs; previous governments took care to build only on state land; it’s all the fault of the Palestinian law against selling land to Jews; property rights are sacred. These are few of the positions that have been tossed into the air in recent days, before and after the Knesset vote on the land expropriation law. The internal Israeli dispute created a cacophony of deceptions from both the bill’s supporters and its detractors from the center-right (Zionist Union, Yesh Atid). Both camps seemingly speak in parallel tracks that never meet, but only seemingly.
    The law’s supporters speak of good faith and of settlements without malice aforethought. If it was indeed in good faith, then how is it that the builders of the outposts have created rings upon rings of violent harassment around them and, with the aid of their private army (the Israel Defense Forces), prevent Palestinian farmers from reaching the parts of their land on which innocent mobile homes and villas have not yet been erected?
    The law’s detractors say that up to now, Israeli governments were careful not to establish settlements on privately owned land. Really? How many times do we have to repeat that this is a fiction? Beit El sits entirely on private land, as does Ofra. There are dozens more thriving settlements and outposts that were built in part or entirely on private Palestinian land that was seized for military needs – even after the Elon Moreh ruling of 1979, in which the High Court of Justice prohibited construction on privately owned land. Fertile agricultural lands were confined within the borders of settlements such as Elkana and Efrat, where they became recreation areas for Israeli walkers and lovers.
    The law’s supporters say that nowhere on earth is it impossible to purchase private land. But when British nationals buy homes in France and in Spain, it isn’t for the purpose of imposing British sovereignty.
    The law’s detractors make a distinction between state-owned land and privately owned land. A reminder: All seizure of land and construction in occupied territory, against the will of the conquered population, is illegal according to international law. The Jewish mind has come up with innumerable inventions, as the saying goes, in order to declare Palestinian-owned land as state land. Those for whom only private Palestinian ownership is sacred devalue international law and the tradition of sharing public land. They prove that to them, the Palestinians are a random collection of individuals, not a collective with historical, material and cultural rights to the area in which it was born and has lived for centuries, irrespective of any real estate classifications. The distinction between private and public, which the High Court of Justice makes with such joy, portrays the Palestinians as being entitled to live only within the crowded confines that conform to the records of the Land Registry Office. For us Jews, our Land Registry is with God.
    The law’s detractors say there’s a consensus on the settlement blocs and the land expropriation law messes things up for us abroad. Consensus? By whom? Not only the settlers but also the law’s detractors fail to count some six and a half million people, Palestinians, on either side of the Green Line (and us, a handful of Jewish Israelis). Both camps, the right and the center-right, simply do not see any problem with the fact that it is only the Jewish consensus that decides what will happen to both Jews and Arabs. After all, it’s been that way for decades, and that is the essence of the celebrated Jewish democracy.

    But yes, it is a problem. On the piece of land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea live two nations. There is a name for the reality in which a government that sees itself as representing only one nation determines the future of two nations and creates two separate and unequal systems of rights, laws and infrastructure, with the eager support of its people. It’s called apartheid – a crime according to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and also according to a global consensus that was created over the years.

    #apartheid #palestine #israel #ICC

    https://seenthis.net/messages/567899 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • Islamisme : l’aveuglement peut-il tenir lieu de lucidité ? -
    Réponse à Gilles Kepel
    Le Soir Plus
    http://plus.lesoir.be/node/80435

    Dans une interview au « Soir » en prélude à sa conférence à l’ULB du 25 janvier dernier, Gilles Kepel, spécialiste français de l’islam et du monde arabe, a tenu des propos qui ont fort surpris les scientifiques que nous sommes.

    C’est d’abord la réutilisation par M. Kepel du terme islamo-gauchiste, forgé par l’extrême droite pour discréditer l’antiracisme de gauche, et plus encore l’usage qu’il en fait pour dénoncer ses collègues qui nous ont marqués. Nous devons reconnaître que nous sommes plus familiers des discussions scientifiques que des anathèmes et que nous avons la faiblesse de penser que, même dans des domaines délicats, les premières doivent être préférées aux seconds.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/566824 via Nouvelles d’Orient


  • بيرقدار” مساعد مملوك واللواء بركات “تفاوضا” مع الأردن بإسم النظام السوري مؤخرا في عمان | رأي اليوم
    http://www.raialyoum.com/?p=614241

    Poursuite du rapprochement jordano-syrien avec la visite de Ali Mamlouk à Amman pour des discussions sur la question des frontières. La suite se négocie à Moscou.

    #syrie #jordanie

    https://seenthis.net/messages/566377 via gonzo


  • Le #MuslimBan ne sort pas de nulle part : il s’inscrit pleinement dans la politique internationale US de ces dernières années
    http://contre-attaques.org/l-oeil-de/article/il-n-en

    Il n’en demeure pas moins honteux. Alors que la résistance s’organise aux États-Unis contre le décret raciste interdisant l’accès au pays aux ressortissants de 7 pays, nous publions une traduction d’un texte de Glenn Greenwald, initialement paru sur le site de The Intercept.

    #Décret_anti-immigration_de_Trump


  • US Diplomats Line Up to Oppose Trump’s Refugee Ban |

    Mother Jones
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/01/trump-immigration-order-refugee-dissent-memo

    Numerous diplomats have drafted a memo of dissent denouncing President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the resettlement of refugees and barring travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.

    The current draft of the memo, which was obtained by the Lawfare blog, describes Trump’s actions as “counterproductive” to its stated goal of protecting Americans from potential terrorist attacks. According to the memo, the order will instead exacerbate relations with the targeted countries.

    “We are better than this ban,” the draft memo adds. “Looking beyond its effectiveness, this ban stands in opposition to the core American and constitutional values that we as federal employees took an oath to uphold.”

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  • Trump’s Muslim Ban is Culmination of War on Terror Mentality but Still Uniquely Shameful | Glenn Greenwald
    https://theintercept.com/2017/01/28/trumps-muslim-ban-is-culmination-of-war-on-terror-mentality-but-still-

    It is not difficult for any decent human being to immediately apprehend why and how Donald Trump’s ban on immigrants from seven Muslim countries is inhumane, bigoted, and shameful. During the campaign, the evil of the policy was recognized even by Mike Pence (“offensive and unconstitutional”) and Paul Ryan (violative of America’s “fundamental values”), who are far too craven and cowardly to object now. Source: The Intercept

    https://seenthis.net/messages/564847 via Rezo


  • Israel backtracks, delays vote after initially agreeing to EU program that excludes settlements - Israel News - Haaretz.com

    Following Haaretz report, Israel changes course on proposal for joint culture program that would have effectively endorsed European boycott of the settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.

    Barak Ravid Jan 29, 2017
    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.768161

    Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev said on Sunday morning, following a report in Haaretz, that she objects to a proposal set to be brought to the cabinet on Israel joining an EU cultural initiative since it would exclude the settlements. Since then, the cabinet secretariat announced that the issue will be taken off the agenda of Sunday’s cabinet meeting. 
    Regev published her statement despite the fact that the official document on the government proposal, circulated to ministers by the Prime Minister’s Bureau on Wednesday, clearly states that she supports the move.
    The EU program, called Creative Europe, involves cooperation between EU and non-EU countries in the areas of culture and media. The significance of the proposal is that the government of Israel would in effect be agreeing to a European boycott of the settlements in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights.
    “The culture minister supports international cooperation in the field of culture. However, if the agreement with the European Union that the Foreign Ministry is proposing includes a boycott of Judea and Samaria – Minister Regev will oppose it and the Culture Ministry won’t be a party to this agreement,” the statement said, referring to the West Bank settlements.
    Regev’s office also said that she plans to turn to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is to submit the proposal in his capacity as foreign minister, clarify her opposition and ask to remove the topic from the cabinet meeting’s agenda.
    By joining the initiative, Israel would be showing its willingness to accept the exclusion of cultural institutions from the settlements in exchange for EU funding of institutions within Israel.

    https://seenthis.net/messages/565356 via Nouvelles d’Orient