Prince Harry is certainly one the most beloved members of the royal family, but he almost gave it all up to live a normal life. During a candid interview with the Mail on Sunday, the 32-year-old revealed that he considered giving up his royal life after serving in the army. "I felt as though I was really achieving something," he said of his time serving with the British Army. "I have a deep understanding of all sorts of people from different backgrounds and felt I was part of a team. I wasn't a prince; I was just Harry."
When he was forced to leave his first tour of Afghanistan when his location was revealed by the press in 2008, Harry admitted that he went through a bit of a rough patch. "I spent many years kicking my heels and I didn't want to grow up," he said, referring to his partying past. Once he finally got things together though, he seriously contemplated leaving the royal life behind, but his loyalty to his grandmother Queen Elizabeth helped him in his decision to stay. "I felt I wanted out but then decided to stay in and work out a role for myself. We don't want to be just a bunch of celebrities, but instead, use our role for good." And he's certainly doing just that. Aside from creating the Invictus Games to help wounded veterans and their families, Harry has been following in his late mother Princess Diana's footsteps by carrying on her charity work.
Aaron Russo (14 février 1943, New York - 24 août 2007) était un producteur et réalisateur américain de films, basé à Hollywood.
Russo a notamment été le manager de Bette Midler entre 1972 et 1979. Durant sa carrière cinématographique, il a produit des acteurs tels que Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd dans Trading Places, qui deviendra pour le public un des classiques de Noël. Il réunira Nick Nolte, Morgan Freeman et Ralph Macchio dans Teachers. Il a reçu un Grammy, un Tony et un Emmy pour OL' Red Hair is Back en 1978.
Son dernier documentaire America…From Freedom To Fascism, sorti en 2006, dénonce la politique américaine en matière de taxe fédérale sur le revenu et quant au système bancaire fédéral. Selon lui, la politique américaine depuis la création de la Banque Fédérale Américaine, conduit à une restriction croissante des droits des citoyens américains, surtout avec la mise en place des nouvelles lois depuis les attentats du 11 septembre 2001 et de la création de la nouvelle carte d'identité.
Très impliqué dans la vie politique américaine, il s'est présenté aux élections du gouverneur du Nevada en 1998, sous les couleurs du parti Républicain, où il a fini deuxième, avec presque 30% des votes. Membre important du Parti Libertarien américain, il a été candidat de ce parti lors des primaires organisées pour l'élection présidentielle de 2004.
En 2007, dans une interview de Alex Jones, il dénonça le CFR, supporte les théories du complot à propos des attentats du 11 septembre 2001, la guerre contre le terrorisme, ainsi que le plan de domination mondial des sionistes (Rockefeller, etc…).
Il y raconte une discussion tenue entre Nicholas Rockefeller et lui-même 11 mois avant les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, expliquant entre autres les propos tenus par Rockefeller : comment "un évènement allait se produire … et comment à partir de cet évènement nous (les USA) allions envahir l'Afghanistan, construire des pipelines pour amener le pétrole de la mer Caspienne, que nous allions envahir l'Irak pour prendre le contrôle du pétrole au Moyen-Orient et pouvoir nous implanter là-bas et intégrer cette région dans un nouvel ordre mondial et qu'ensuite nous irions nous occuper de Chavez, au Vénézuela ainsi que de l'Iran. Je me rappelle qu'il me disait qu'on verrait des soldats fouiller des grottes à la recherche des responsables, en Afghanistan, au Pakistan et dans toutes ces régions-là. Il y aurait alors une guerre contre le terrorisme où il n'y aurait pas de véritable ennemi. Tout cela ne serait qu'une mystification. Ce serait une façon pour le gouvernement de contrôler les Américains.
Rockefeller lui a aussi affirmé que ses projets pour l'avenir étaient de réduire la population mondiale de moitié et de remplacer la monnaie de papier par des puces sous-cutanées ou seraient stockées toute les informations personnelles de la personne. Tout ceci étant une manière détournée de contrôler ce que Nicholas Rockefeller a désigné comme les "serfs", les "esclaves", en parlant de la population mondiale.
Il évoque aussi l'émancipation des femmes comme étant une duperie. Ce mouvement n'aurait pour finalité rien d'autre que de doubler le nombre de contribuables et de demandeurs d'emploi, mais aussi de réduire l'influence familiale sur chaque enfant, qui finira, par la présence restreinte des parents, par s'attacher plutôt à l'Etat, de façon indirecte.
Il meurt six mois plus tard d'un cancer de la vessie après 6 ans de combat.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European allies pledged more troops to support Afghanistan's hard-pressed military on Thursday but left details on numbers vague until the United States clarifies its new strategy to break a stalemate with the Taliban.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States and its NATO allies likely drew down its big troop presence too quickly from Afghanistan, but he vowed to stick with the war, refusing to put a date on when it might end.
Poverty and deadly wars are the major drivers of displacement.
The UN Refugee Agency has announced the new figures for the world’s displaced: 65.9 million. That means that 65.9 million human beings live as refugees, asylum seekers or as internally displaced people. If the refugees formed a country, it would be the 21st largest state in the world, just after Thailand (68.2 million) and just ahead of the United Kingdom (65.5 million). But unlike these other states, refugees have few political rights and no real representation in the institutions of the world.
The head of the UN Refugee Agency, Filippo Grandi, recently said that most of the displacement comes as a result of war. "The world seems to have become unable to make peace," Grandi said. "So you see old conflicts that continue to linger, and new conflicts erupting, and both produce displacement. Forced displacement is a symbol of wars that never end."
Few continents are immune from the harsh reality of war. But the epicenter of war and displacement is along the axis of the Western-driven global war on terror and resource wars. The line of displacement runs from Afghanistan to South Sudan with Syria in between. Eyes are on Syria, where the war remains hot and the tensions over escalation intensify daily. But there is as deadly a civil war in South Sudan, driven in large part by a ferocious desire to control the country’s oil. Last year, 340,000 people fled South Sudan for refugee camps in neighboring Uganda. This is a larger displacement than from Syria.
Poverty is a major driver of displacement. It is what moves hundreds of thousands of people to try and cross the Sahara Desert and then the Mediterranean Sea for European pastures. But most who try this journey meet a deadly fate. Both the Sahara and the Mediterranean are dangerous. This week, the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in Niger rescued 600 migrants from the Sahara, although 52 did not survive.
A 22-year-old woman from Nigeria was among those rescued. She was on a pick-up truck with 50 people. They left Agadez for Libya. ‘We were in the desert for ten days,’ she says. "After five days, the driver abandoned us. He left us with all of our belongings, saying he was going to pick us up in a couple of hours. But he never did." Forty-four of the migrants died. The six who remained struggled to safety. ‘We had to drink our own pee to survive,’ she said.
Getting to Libya is hard enough. But being in Libya is perilous. Violence against vulnerable migrants inside Libya continues to occur. The IOM reports the presence in Libya of ‘slave markets.’ Migrants who make it across the Sahara into Libya have told investigators that they find themselves in these slave markets where they are bought to be taken to private prisons and put to work or else sold back to their families if they can raise the high ransom payments. UNICEF reports incidents of rape and violence against women and children in these private prisons. One 15-year-old boy said of his time in a private prison, "Here they treat us like chickens. They beat us, they do not give us good water and good food. They harass us. So many people are dying here, dying from disease, freezing to death."
Danger lurks on the sea as well. This year already IOM reports least 2,108 deaths in the sea between Libya and Italy. This is the fourth year in a row that IOM has counted over 2,000 deaths by mid-year. Over the past five years, this averages out to about 10 deaths a day. Libya, broken by NATO’s war in 2011, remains a gateway for the vulnerable from various parts of Africa, countries damaged by IMF policies and by warfare. There is no expectation that the numbers of those on the march will decrease.
In a recent paper in The Lancet (June 2017), Paul Spiegel, formerly of the UN Refugee Agency suggests that the "humanitarian system was not designed to address the types of conflicts that are happening at present." With over 65 million people displaced, the various institutions of the UN and of the NGO world are simply not capable of managing the crisis.
"It is not simply overstretched," Spiegel wrote of the humanitarian system, "it is no longer fit for purpose."
These are shattering words. One problem Spiegel identifies is the assumption that refugee flows are temporary, since wars will end at some point. What happens when wars and occupations are permanent? People either have to live for generations in refugee camps or they will seek, through dangerous passages, flight to the West. He gives the example of Iran, which absorbed over a million Afghan refugees without using the camp strategy. They simply allowed the Afghans into Iranian society and absorbed them by putting money into their various social schemes (such as education and health). Spiegel also points out that refugees must be part of the designing the process for humanitarian aid. These are good suggestions, but they are not going to be possible with the limited funds available for refugees and with the crisis level of activity that detains the humanitarian agencies.
Spiegel does not deal with one of the great problems for humanitarianism: the persistence of war and the theory that more war—or the current euphemism, security—is the answer to humanitarian crises. This January, over 1,000 people tried to scale the large barrier that divides Morocco from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. Looking at that barrier, one is reminded of the idea that walls will somehow prevent migration, a view driven by President Donald Trump. Violence met the migrants, a mirror of the violence that was visited among migrants along the spinal cord of Eastern Europe last year. Walls, police forces and military interventions are all seductive to an imagination that forgets why people migrate and that they are human beings on the run with few other options. There is a view that security barriers and security forces will raise the price of migrant and deter future migrants. This is a silly illusion. Migration is dangerous already. That has not stopped anyone. More humane thinking is necessary.
It is important therefore that the UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed told a meeting on the Sahel on June 28 that the world leaders need to "avoid a disproportionate emphasis on security" when dealing with the multiple crises in the Sahara region and north of it. "No purely military solution" can work against transnational organized crime, violent extremism and terrorism, nor against poverty and hopelessness. Underlying causes are not being addressed, and indeed the surface reactions—to bomb more—only create more problems, not less.
In the July issue of Land Use Policy, professors Charles Geisler and Ben Currens estimate that by 2100 there will be 2 billion refugees as a result of climate change. These numbers are staggering. They are an inevitable future. By then, refugees will be the largest country on earth—nomads, seeking shelter from destruction of climate and capitalism, from rising seas and wars of greed.
Usually the criminals and idiot call TRUTH 'conspiracy theory'. Tibet is already occupied by China just like Muslim Eastern Turkistan. the US and India have been creating troubles in Tibet via CIA agent Dalai Lama.
Mongolia owes its political sovereignty to Russia, therefore, it's not friendly toward China.
Pakistani dictator Gen. Zia-ul-Haq was crown by Washington to defeat Red Army occupying Afghanistan. After he completed his assignment in Afghanistan - he told military command that he wanted to do the same to Indian army occupying 60% of Jammu and Kashmir state what he did to Russia. That was against US-Russia interests in the region. So, CIA-Mossad killed Zia along with American Jewish ambassador in Islamabad.
Zulifqar Ali Bhutto was an Indian creep. Indira Gandhi used to call him UNCLE. He was a alcoholic-womanizer bastard. He was hanged like an ordinary criminal for helping India create Bangladesh and murder of an important opposition political leader. Hanging only happened only when both the US and India refused to give Bhutto political asylum.
Gen. Haq is known as Butcher of Palestinian in Jordan. During the King Hussein's massacre PLO fighters and supporter on the behest of Israel - Brig. Gen. Zia-ul-Haq was a military adviser to King Hussein of Jordan - the most beloved Arab leader by the Israeli Jews. King's burial was attended by Shimon Peres, Benjamin Netanyahu and several Zionist rabbis.
The lesson of Afgahnistan (and Vietnam, among others) is that state parties always lose guerilla wars. In Syria, the state parties are Assad and Putin. They will ultimately lose the war there. It would be very easy to de-escalate and accomodate if it was just a matter of Assad. Indeed, if it was, there would probably have been no escalation in the first place and an accomodation would have been reached years ago. The disturbance factor is Putin. For a whole host of moral and practical reasons, Putin has to be removed from Ukraine and since he has been foolish enough to bog himself down in Syria it's logical to fight him there, where he's most vulnerable. If Putin wants to keep Assad, then there has to be de-escalation and accomodation in Ukraine, something Putin shows no sign of being willing to do.
As a successful firm that has expanded to cities such as Liverpool and Cardiff, A.Innova's Managing Director Jamiesh Holait is all too aware of the importance of leading by example and how effective leadership can be the difference between failure and success.
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During a motivational workshop for their contractors last week, Mr Holait shared five of the firm's favourite Ted Talks that discuss good leadership skills.
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action - As the author of the best-selling title ‘Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action, motivational speaker and leadership expert, Simon Sinek is well advised to discuss the components that make up great leadership. In this Ted Talk, Sinek explores the way leaders galvanise a crowd, pioneer innovation and gain loyalty.
Itay Talgram: Lead like the great conductors - The self-confessed ‘conductor of people’, Itay Talgram is an orchestra conductor and business consultant. During this Ted Talk, Talgram makes the paralleled comparisons between the role of a conductor and the role of a good leader. Talgram urges individuals to lead like an excellent conductor, saying “good leaders enable other people’s voices to be heard at the same time as our own.”
Roselinde Torres: What it takes to be a great leader - In this Ted Talk, leadership expert, Roselinede Torres discusses some of the key things she has learnt during her 25 years watching great leaders at work. She also shares three simple questions that budding entrepreneurs should ask themselves to achieve success in the future.
Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn… then lead - The former commander of U.S and International forces in Afghanistan, Stanley McChrystal shares his experiences in the military and what this taught him about effective leadership. He also discusses the reasons why he thinks it is important for leaders to listen, learn and address the possibility of failure.
David Logan: Tribal leadership - Best-selling author and management consultant, David Logan outlines the five kinds of tribes that humans tend to form in society naturally - such as in schools and workplaces. He then goes on to explain how understanding humans' shared tribal tendencies, individuals can help lead each other to become the best possible versions of themselves.
Discussing the importance developing strong leadership skills, A.Innova’s Managing Director Jamiesh Holait said “The success of A.Innova solely relies on the development of young professionals. That means that we continuously need to take the time to develop the leadership skills of young professionals and train them to become successful and innovative leaders".
Cette université d’été a deux objectifs. le premier est d'explorer un secteur mal étudié de l’ethnologie comme la musique dans les camps de transit. S’il existe une abondante littérature historienne et musicologique sur la musique dans les camps de concentration et dans les camps d’extermination, rares sont les études qui portent sur les pratiques musiciennes. Le second objectif est de construire une démarche comparative afin de mesurer la singularité d’une observation ponctuelle sur ce que l’on appelle la crise des migrants en Europe : Paris, Baigorri, Calais, Dunkerque (France), Friedland (Göttingen, Allemagne), M’Bera (Mauritanie), Mentao (Burkina Faso), Zaatari (Jordanie).
Cette université d’été a pour titre « La musique des migrants dans les camps. Faire de l’art en situation d’urgence ». Elle a deux objectifs :
explorer un secteur mal étudié de l’ethnologie : la musique dans les camps de transit. S’il existe une abondante littérature historienne et musicologique sur la musique dans les camps de concentration et dans les camps d’extermination (Dick Walda, Charles Van West, Shmuel Gogol, Emilio Jani, Gabriele Knapp, Annette Wieviorka, Philip Bohlman, Pierre-Emmanuel Dauzat & Hélios Azoulay) rares sont les études qui portent sur les pratiques musiciennes ;
construire une démarche comparative afin de mesurer la singularité d’une observation ponctuelle sur ce que l’on appelle la crise des migrants en Europe : Paris, Baigorri, Calais, Dunkerque (France), Friedland (Göttingen, Allemagne), M’Bera (Mauritanie), Mentao (Burkina Faso), Zaatari (Jordanie).
Au mois de mai 2013, Awet Andemicael, étudiante en théologie de l’université de Yale publie sur le site de l’UNHCR un article marquant : The arts in refugee camps: ten good reasons. De la prise en charge de soi aux techniques d’apprentissage et à l’agency, ces raisons visent à légitimer l’action des ONG pour la musique. Pourtant, ces raisons sont insatisfaisantes. Car le raisonnement est élaboré à partir des catégories de l’action humanitaire et non à partir du vécu des populations.
Cette université d’été renverse la perspective. Et plutôt que de partir des catégories instituées pour examiner de quelle façon elles s’incarnent dans la réalité, nous partons de l’engagement ethnographique pour examiner les processus d’institution des catégories, ce qui permet d’organiser ensuite, mais ensuite seulement, une montée en généralité à partir de la collection des cas.
Par ailleurs, nous prenons nos distances avec les clichés sur les bienfaits prêtés à la musique et à l’art thérapie. Nous examinons, au prix d’observations ethnographiques, situées et contextualisées, la façon dont la musique modifie la vie de chacun et celle des collectifs impliqués.
Enfin, nous questionnons l’ontologie de la musique. Des travaux antérieurs nous ont permis d’entériner le fait que la musique est subjective du point de vue ontologique et objective du point de vue épistémique. Cette fois, nous soumettons la question « qu’est-ce que la musque pour qui la pratique et l’écoute ? » à l’enquête ethnographique.
Bien des chercheurs qui ont mené ces analyses sur les pratiques artistiques dans des camps se sont d’abord confrontés à ces situations au prix d’un engagement citoyen. Dans ces situations d’anomie, ils ont rencontré « la musique », et ceux qui la faisaient être. Dès lors, ces migrants qu’un élan compassionnel faisait prendre pour « de pauvres malheureux » devenaient dans le regard de l’ethnographe attentif, par la force de la performance musicienne, par les habiletés incorporées et les références culturelles actualisées, des artistes virtuoses.
Dans des contextes qui rendent toute communication verbale difficile en raison de l’étanchéité des langues, la musique et la danse rendent possible le partage, restaurent une forme de symétrie de l’échange. La profession de foi de Natacha Bouchart, maire de Calais, résonne : « Accueillir des migrants, ça peut être une richesse culturelle exceptionnelle » (Libération, 20 octobre 2015). Pourquoi donc la musique, alors que chacun se trouve « maintenu là, dans l’inachèvement d’un parcours de mobilité, ni immigré ni émigré mais suspendu en migration » (M. Agier, 2014) ?
Cette rencontre de jeunes chercheurs propose de travailler à partir d’études de cas.
Études de cas
Paris, Foyer de Travailleurs Migrants du 19e arrondissement
Un foyer de travailleurs migrants (FTM) est une structure d’hébergement qui accueille aujourd’hui des « hommes célibataires » de Mauritanie, du Mali et du Sénégal. On peut y cuisiner, se laver, dormir (et repartir travailler). Or, malgré les conditions de promiscuité, on y fait aussi de la musique. Car l’invité invite. « Invitation » est le terme par lequel les habitants de foyer désignent le fait d’accueillir dans leur chambre un griot qui vienne chanter leur nom avec son luth ngoni. « L’invitation » est une occasion musicale de rencontre. Ce n’est pas la seule. Car à une autre échelle, des moments de retrouvailles et de partage culturel sont organisés dans des salles des fêtes louées par des associations proches des habitants de foyers. Ces espaces se convertissent en lieux d’échanges, d’assemblées générales, de projets et en studio d’enregistrement. Il en est ainsi de centres sociaux et culturels où sont organisés ces journées culturelles, ces repas et ces occasions de musique.
Février 2012. Les habitants du Nord Mali fuient le conflit armé. L’UNHCR installe 400.000 réfugiés Touaregs et Arabes dans des camps aux frontières de la Mauritanie, de l’Algérie, du Burkina Faso et du Niger. M’Berra est le plus important : 80.000 personnes. Ici, le quotidien s’organise. Au- delà des questions sanitaires et nutritionnelles, il y a le désir partagé de célébrer des événements en commun. Il n’y a pas de tabaski sans musique, ni de fin de ramadan. Le tinde et l’imzad sont fabriqués sur place. Il y a aussi des « soirées guitare ». Tout le monde danse et frappe des mains. Mohamed Issa ag Oumar est là. C’est LE guitariste du groupe Tartit, fer de lance avec Tinariwen de la musique touareg sur la scène de la World Music. Il a apporté sa guitare. On branche des amplis sur les batteries des voitures. Ici s’émancipe une économie de la World Music à visée interne, au sein du camp.
Mentao, Burkina Faso
Nous sommes à 20 kilomètres de Ouagadougou. En octobre 2014, Marta Amico visite le camp en compagnie d’une musicienne du groupe Tartit, qui dirige l’organisation des femmes du camp. Un musicien armé de sa guitare entonne un chant de bienvenue. Des femmes se joignent à lui. M. Amico interroge : Pourquoi la musique ? Parce que c’est la vie. Ici, « la musique » n’est pas quelque chose « à part », une activité en soi : c’est l’instrument de la vie sociale, c’est le fait de pouvoir continuer à se réunir autour des célébrations d’avant qui fait toute l’importance des moments de jeu. Et c’est la raison pour laquelle on retrouve ici tellement de musiciens : ils ont fui les groupes islamistes qui interdisent la musique dans le Nord Mali. Ici, ils organisent des dj set improvisés. Et ils se connectent au monde. Dans ces moments où tout cède, la musique fabrique du lien social.
Construit en juillet 2012, le camp de Zaatari est situé à la frontière syrienne. 80.000 réfugiés syriens y vivent dans des conditions précaires, près du pays qu’ils ont fui. Zaatari dépend entièrement de l’aide humanitaire. Plusieurs ONG travaillent autour d’activités musicales, c’est le cas d’OXFAM International. Comment la musique est-elle appréhendée dans le règlement du camp ? Comment est- elle mobilisée par les musiciens euxmêmes ? Quel rapport chacun entretient-il à l’écoute ? Et quels sont les répertoires qui entrent dans l’espace public ? Engagée par OXFAM International, Gaétane Lefebvre a travaillé au plus près des interactions musiciennes. Elle a établi des liens avec Nicolas Puig, anthropologue spécialiste des camps de réfugiés au Liban et Richard Wolf, réalisateur de A requiem for Syrian refugees” (2014). L’université d’été permettra de visionner ce film, en présence de N. Puig et du réalisateur.
Baigorri, France (64)
Le 20 novembre 2015, à l’initiative de l’Office français de l’immigration et de l’intégration (OFII), une cinquantaine de migrants s’installent à Baigorri, dans les montagnes basques. Ils ont quitté le Soudan, l’Erythrée, le Tadjikistan, l’Afghanistan et tous les Kurdistan. Ils ne savent pas où ils sont, ne parlent ni français, ni anglais, ni basque, mais ils ont dit oui, et l’OFII les a conduits ici. La mairie réquisitionne le VVF, la préfecture finance, les bénévoles aident les migrants dans leurs démarches administratives. Des ateliers sont en place. Une osmose s’opère. Des ateliers de danse basque sont créés, des ateliers de musique aussi. L’un d’eux réclame un violon. Un violon est trouvé. Il joue sans vibrato, sur des échelles improbables : nous offre un makâm syrien. Pourquoi donc la musique ici ?
Ces études de cas seront complétées par d’autres cas présentés par les étudiants qui participeront à l’Université d’été, et par les exposés de Philip Bohlman (University of Chicago) sur la musique dans les camps et de Raimund Vogels (Hildesheim) sur l’institutionnalisation des expériences menées en Niedersachsen pour valoriser le talent d’artistes réfugiés et leur procurer une formation diplomantes qui leur ouvre les portes du marché du travail artistique en Allemagne.
(en partenariat avec Les Cahiers d’Ethnomusicologie)
Les candidats sont invités à présenter, à partir de leurs travaux personnels, un projet de texte (2 pages) abordant l’une des thématiques de cette Ecole d’été. Huit projets (Groupe A) seront choisis et seront développés par leurs auteurs pour donner lieu à des textes d’une dizaine de pages qui seront mis en ligne dans l’espace collaboratif. Lors de l’université d’été, les textes seront présentés et commentés par 8 autres participants (Groupe B). Nous constituerons ainsi des binômes auteur / exégète.
L’originalité de ce travail en commun permet à plusieurs étudiants de travailler en groupes et d’écrire ensemble un article co-signé qui sera soumis pour publication aux Cahiers d’Ethnomusicologie (Laurent Aubert, Genève). Langues de l’article : français, allemand ou anglais.
Le dossier de candidature doit comprendre :
un CV ;
une présentation du projet de doctorat, de master ou de post-doc ; - une proposition d’intervention (2 pages) en lien avec l’Université d’été.
Le dossier de candidature doit parvenir à l’adresse : email@example.com La sélection sera faite en fonction de l’adéquation thématique entre les propositions d’intervention et l’Université d’été.
Date limite de renvoi des dossier: 29 juin 2017
Séléction des candidatures
Prof. Dr. Denis Laborde (CNRS – EHESS, Centre Georg Simmel, Paris - Bayonne)
Prof. Dr. Raimund Vogels (Center for World Music, Hildesheim)
Sélection des candidats : 30 juin 2017
Rendez-vous : L’université d’été se déroule du 10 au 16 septembre 2017. Arrivée des participants le dimanche 10 septembre. Départ le samedi 16 septembre. Vous pouvez rester au-delà à vos frais.
Participants : L’Université d’été compte 16 étudiants et jeunes chercheurs (master, doctorat ou post-doctorat) de toute nationalité. Toutes les disciplines sont concernées.
Langues de travail : français, allemand ou anglais. La langue basque sera valorisée. Chacun doit parler couramment une de ces langues et en comprendre une autre.
Lieu : Cité des Arts, 3 avenue Jean Darrigrand, F-64100 Bayonne, Pays Basque, France
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By The New York Times “California and New York want what we’ve got,” said Shawn Muehler, a 30-year-old Fargo resident, gazing at a horizon of empty fields, silos, windbreak trees and hardly any people. A winged craft traces the air, mapping a field with pinpoint accuracy for his start-up, a drone software company called Botlink. “They like drones, but they’ve got a steep learning curve ahead.”
For years, entrepreneurs have come here to farm and to drill for oil and natural gas. Now a new, tech-savvy generation is grabbing a piece of the growing market for drone technology and officials want to help them do it here, where there is plenty of open space and — unlike in other sparsely populated states — lots of expertise already in place.
Silicon Valley has the big money and know-how, Mr. Muehler and others say, but North Dakota can take unmanned aerial vehicles, as the officials prefer to call drones, from a fast-growing hobby to an industry. And just as Silicon Valley got its start with military contracts, entrepreneurs and cooperative universities, they believe they can do the same with drones.
“The potential up here is tremendous,” said Jack Dalrymple, the state’s governor. “It’s not about supporting a company or two; it’s creating the leading edge of an industry.”
North Dakota has spent about $34 million fostering the state’s unmanned aerial vehicle business, most notably with a civilian industrial park for drones near Grand Forks Air Force Base. The base, a former Cold War installation, now flies nothing but robot aircraft for the United States military and Customs and Border Protection.
Right now, private sector drones are where personal computers were in the 1970s: a hobbyist technology waiting to become mainstream. The technology research firm Gartner says that, barring regulatory hurdles, the United States drone business could be worth $7 billion in a decade.
Companies are moving fast. Last month, Amazon released a video showing its planned delivery drone, and companies like Google and Facebook are working on big drone projects. DJI, a Chinese company that is the world’s largest maker of small drones, was funded last spring at a valuation of $10 billion.
Small drones may bedevil cities with privacy concerns, even landing on the White House lawn, but rural states with farming, oil and rail lines see many practical reasons to put robots in the sky. Infrared imaging can judge crop health. Cameras can spot leaks and cracks in pipelines. Smaller copters can inspect windmill blades. Livestock can be located easily.
Judging from Mr. Muehler’s proving grounds, if the occasional experimental craft crashes, it is unlikely to hit much beyond dirt. And with money, expertise and need here, people will keep trying.
Grand Forks Air Force Base, 80 miles north of Fargo, has been an all-drone base since 2013. Big Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles, made by Northrop Grumman, fly reconnaissance missions from the Yukon to Venezuela from there.
In a smaller brick building in Fargo, Mr. Muehler was once part of a North Dakota Air National Guard unit that flies missions over the Mideast and Afghanistan.
Customs and Border Protection uses the Grand Forks field to patrol from Seattle to the Great Lakes with slightly smaller Predator drones. Sometimes those pilots take over from their Customs counterparts in Texas, patrolling the Rio Grande from screens 80 miles south of the Canadian border.
Where B-52 bombers stood ready with nuclear bombs in the Cold War, the country’s first commercial unmanned aerial vehicle industrial park is under construction. Northrop Grumman and General Atomics, the Predator maker, are taking space to train pilots for international sales of the craft.
Other businessmen are looking at modifying their craft for things like high-altitude surveillance of railroad tracks and pipelines. Involta, an Iowa-based operator of data centers that has already created a windmill inspection business in Grand Forks, is looking at building facilities specialized in collecting aerial information.
A company called Field of View, near the planned site of the industrial park, makes aerial sensing equipment. An outfit called the Unmanned Applications Institute is working with providers away from North Dakota on things like local drone manufacture and warehousing.
Nearby, the University of North Dakota, which already trains many of the nation’s commercial pilots and the air traffic controllers of some 18 countries, has 200 students learning to fly drones in a four-year program that started in 2009; 61 students have graduated from it. North Dakota State University, in Fargo, has also started teaching drone courses.
Besides military contracts and educational talent, North Dakota also has high-tech talent. In 1999, Amazon purchased an online seller of tools and home improvement gear in Grand Forks, and the company now develops customer service software there. In 2001, Microsoft paid $1.1 billion for Great Plains Software of Fargo, and it now has an office there.
The area has thousands of software engineers and not a few millionaires itching to get into the next big thing.
“Every top engineer in all of Fargo works for Botlink,” Mr. Muehler boasted. “We have the top 10 engineers in town.”
Mr. Muehler, who was educated as a pilot at North Dakota State, started on what became Botlink while flying missions from the brick building in Fargo. Governor Dalrymple refers to the military site as “once a well-kept-secret facility,” since its purpose has become common knowledge in the city of about 115,000 people.
One night in early 2014, Mr. Muehler saw a report on Fox News about a hobbyist drone that flew into the airspace at La Guardia Airport in New York. That’s when he hit upon the idea for his business.
“I figured there has to be some kind of software that can give awareness, let a drone know about things like boundaries and weather,” he said.
Alex Kube, a high school friend who was working at the same facility, started making the software. Seven months later, he spoke at a meeting of local entrepreneurs and collected $500,000 in angel funding from local investors. Botlink was formed several months later when Mr. Muehler met Terri Zimmerman, a former chief financial officer at Great Plains who grew up on a farm near the Canadian border.
“We want to be the Microsoft of the industry,” said Ms. Zimmerman, who is now Botlink’s chief executive, and runs another company, Packet Digital, involved in low-power semiconductors used for, among other things, military drones.
So far, the company has raised $3 million more from private investors. “That’s like $14 million in Silicon Valley,” Ms. Zimmerman said.
In a hangar at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota, a 23-year-old soldier named Matthew stands in front of a plane he’s flown dozens, perhaps hundreds of times over Afghanistan, Iraq, perhaps Yemen or the Philippines, even parts of Europe. Except, he’s never physically been over any of those places, and he’s never been inside the plane.
Matthew, a drone pilot, has been on the front lines for the last three years without traveling more than 20 minutes from the nearest Walmart. His drone, the Global Hawk, is a surveillance and support plane—it isn’t armed, but it’s flying over many of the same places Predator drones are, and then, really, a few more.
“You can’t find a conflict where there’s not a Global Hawk nearby,” Paul Bauman, commander of Matthew's squad, told me.
That means there’s plenty of work for Matthew and his fellow pilots, and it also means that on Monday, he could be flying in Iraq near an Islamic State hotspot, Tuesday he could be playing basketball with his friends, and Wednesday he might be in Afghanistan. Thursday, he could be in Syria or Somalia or anywhere, really.
In most cases, Matthew or someone else takes control of a Global Hawk that is stationed halfway across the world. In others, he flies the ones located on base—they can fly from here to near the southern tip of South America and back without refueling.
Earlier this week, the USAF allowed me to talk to Bauman and several other soldiers involved in the United States' drone support program. Though the interviews were spontaneous and not pre-vetted, my tour of the base was tightly scheduled and tightly controlled.
I agreed to use the pilots' first names only in exchange for a look at what is, probably, the world's most extreme office job.
“They leave their house, drive three minutes, and walk into a metal box and it’s like walking into central command or Pacific command or another theatre,” Bauman said. “You fly your mission and walk out of the box, and you’re back in North Dakota.”
In other words, Matthew and his fellow pilots have no idea what conflict they're going to be involved in, or where that conflict is going to be, until hours before they're scheduled to fly. They are briefed, obviously, and Matthew told me that he "absolutely" knows what country he's flying in at any given moment, but noted that he could work with one team one day and not work with them again for months.
“It takes a certain kind of person to say ‘I just had dinner, but I’m ready to go,’” Matthew told me. “I’m in a position where I could do harm to someone on the ground or not provide that support someone needs. Their life is on the line. We take it very seriously, and we come in with our game face on.”
Maybe a small part of that seriousness comes from standing next to the Global Hawk, which is far larger and flies at far higher altitudes than the Predator. Though it has no pilot, if you hollowed out the inside, you could throw plenty of people in there; it’s nearly as large as a Boeing 747, and it’s far larger than I had imagined. It’s black and sleek and it can fly halfway around the world on one trip.
And most of those missions are flown out of here, in North Dakota. The base, in fact, doesn’t fly any manned missions and hasn’t since 2010. Bauman says that when it became clear drones were the future of the Air Force, the base wanted to stay on the cutting edge and transitioned to flying drones exclusively.
At the moment, it’s the only place in the United States where the classic Predator drone, the newer MQ-9 Predator (or “Reaper” drone), and the Global Hawk are all flown.
So now, the front lines of the various wars the United States has found itself engaged in extends out to Grand Forks, mentally, at least. What does that mean for people like Matthew and two other drone pilots I spoke to, Ryan and Brad? Both of them said that, well, it's kinda weird that they don't know what conflict they're going to be involved in until just hours beforehand.
You come home and have dinner with your wife and family and, well, you can't tell them anything about what happened.
Well, who the hell knows. Just as the military has experimented with the mental health of thousands of troops overseas, it’s now experimenting with the mental health of soldiers on its domestic bases, ones who might be with their spouses and children during the day and engaged in war at night.
In fact, a study published last year by the Department of Defense suggested that drone pilots suffer from post traumatic stress disorder in much the same way as soldiers on the ground. An Air Force survey initially found that they experience anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and nine other psychiatric disorders at rates higher than those with other Air Force support roles, but once adjusted for age and other factors, the rates were similar. Other studies are ongoing.
“In some ways it’s harder. If you have a tough day—for whatever reason—all that stuff, the mission, is classified,” one former Air National Guard soldier, who helped command a Predator squadron, told me. “So, you come home and have dinner with your wife and family and, well, you can’t tell them anything about what happened.”
Ryan said that he’s a “step back” from the front lines because he’s not actually pushing the button to fire a missile. The Predator commander told me that many of those pilots take solace in the fact that they’re merely following flight orders, not making the call to pull the trigger, a decision made overseas.
But what if he were? There are hundreds of other pilots who do, in fact, discharge weapons and then return home to their families, day after day, year after year.
Bauman says that all drone pilots are given the same access to counseling and mental health support as all other soldiers, but aren't given any sort of specific, specialized support.
Talking to Matthew, it seems as though he understands the gravity of the work that he's doing.
"It’s very stressful. You can have a 90 percent slow-paced, average mission. Then, if something goes wrong, it's game on," he said. "I’m in charge of a very expensive aircraft over a bunch of people who could die. It’s in no way as trivial as a video game."
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Das BAMF bestätigte auf Nachfrage der Funke-Zeitungen, dass "vor dem Hintergrund der vom Auswärtigen Amt zugesagten kurzfristigen Neubewertung der Sicherheitslage" eine "Rückpriorisierung" von Anträgen afghanischer Staatsangehöriger erfolgt sei. Wann das Auswärtige Amt die neue Analyse zur Sicherheitslage in Afghanistan vorlegt, ist bisher unklar. Nach Informationen der Funke-Zeitungen bedeutet dies, dass das BAMF weiterhin Erst- und Folgeanträge auf Asyl von Afghanen annimmt und auch das Asylverfahren einschließlich eines vorgegebenen Interviews des Antragsstellers bearbeitet. Es werden jedoch keine abschließenden Entscheidungen über ein Asyl in Deutschland getroffen. Eine Sprecherin des BAMF hob hervor, dass es sich bei der "Rückpriorisierung" um eine kurzfristige Maßnahme und nicht um eine Aussetzung der Entscheidungen nach Paragraf 11 des Asylgesetzes handele, wonach Asylanträge für ein halbes Jahr oder länger auf Eis gelegt werden. "Vielmehr haben sich die Bundesminister darauf verständigt, dass das Auswärtige Amt eine neue Bewertung der Sicherheitslage vornimmt und bis dahin nur bestimmte Personengruppen zurückgeführt werden sollen", sagte eine Sprecherin. So können Entscheidungen über Asylanträge oder sogar Abschiebungen etwa von Straftätern aus Afghanistan weiterhin getroffen werden. Auch über die Anträge von afghanischen Staatsbürgern, die beim Bundesamt über ihre Identität getäuscht haben, wird die Behörde nach Informationen der Funke-Zeitungen weiterhin entscheiden. Nach Angaben des BAMF lagen Ende Mai 29.498 Asylanträge von Afghanen bei dem Bundesamt zur Bearbeitung vor. Zudem waren zum Stichtag 31. Mai 2017 insgesamt 14.312 afghanische Staatsangehörige in Deutschland ausreisepflichtig, 10.240 von ihnen haben allerdings eine Duldung und können nicht in ihr Heimatland abgeschoben werden. Deutschland verzichtet derzeit generell auf Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan, schickt aber weiter Afghanen in andere EU-Staaten zurück.
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The largely Muslim country, one of Europe's poorest, sees the visit Sunday by President Bush as a reward for its support of the war on terror.
By Nicole Itano | Correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor
TIRANA, Albania Dogged by protest for much of his European tour, President Bush received a warmer welcome Sunday in Albania, a former communist country eager to show that it remains one of America's staunchest allies.
Tirana, the capital, was festooned with giant American flags and the president was greeted by Albanians in red-white-and-blue Uncle Sam top hats. Mr. Bush, the first sitting president to visit Albania, traveled down a boulevard renamed in his honor.
"We have come to give our hearts to America and to President Bush to say that we are with them in the war on terrorism and we appreciate what they have done for Kosovo and for Albanians," says Arjanit Iljazi, a nurse who waited for hours to catch a glimpse of Bush in a central square Sunday morning.
Albanians see this weekend's visit, the second-to-last stop on the president's Eastern European tour, as a reward for their country's staunch pro-American sentiment and its support of US antiterrorism efforts. It's sent troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, frozen the assets of suspected terrorist-financiers, and taken in eight former Guantánamo Bay detainees whom no other country would take in.
"There is a strong feeling of gratefulness that the Albanian people nourish towards the United States, whether it be their politicians or people," says Ferit Hoxha, secretary general of the Albanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Roots of pro-American sentiment
The roots of Albanian pro-American sentiment, people here say, date to Woodrow Wilson's support of the country's independence after World War I and were cemented during the 1999 NATO intervention in Kosovo, a majority ethnic Albanian province of Serbia. Albanians also see the US as the strongest advocate for the independence of Kosovo, whose status is due to be reviewed by the UN Security Council this month.
Although Albania's contribution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are numerically small – 120 troops in Mosul, and 30 in Afghanistan with an additional 110 to come soon – they have a symbolic importance for the US. The US sees Albania as a model of moderate Islam and religious tolerance. Officially 70 percent Muslim, the country has a strong secular ethos after nearly a quarter of a century of state-enforced atheism under communism.
"I appreciated the fact that Albania is a model of religious tolerance," Bush said in a press conference with the Albanian prime minister. "And I appreciate the fact that Albania is a trusted friend and a strong ally."
Even in mosques, they love US
Pro-American sentiment is widespread here, even among Albania's Muslim faithful. At the historic Ottoman-era Ethem Bey mosque in central Tirana, the worshipers emerging from midday prayers last week said they welcomed President Bush.
Few of the men were bearded and many of the women's heads were uncovered; during prayers they borrowed scarves from a plastic bag near the entrance.
"We want better relations between the two countries," says the mosque's imam, Shaban Saliaj, who is also the mufti – the highest Sunni Muslim leader – of Tirana and looks very much like the professor of geophysics he once was. "Everyone is grateful for what the Americans did in Kosovo."
Mr. Saliaj does not support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – the Koran forbids killing, he says – but still supports the US.
On the streets, other Albanians expressed mixed opinions about the military campaigns there. But there is little public debate in Albania about their government's support of the wars, and it's difficult to find anyone in Tirana, politician or ordinary person, who has anything bad to say about America.
"I think the sentiment is pro-American rather than pro-Bush," says Endri Fuga, director of communications for Mjaft! Movement, one of Albania's largest activist organizations. For many Albanians who remember communism, he says, America still represents the ideal of freedom and democracy.
Poor country with high hopes
During the communist era, Albania was perhaps the most isolated and underdeveloped country in Europe. The country is still one of the poorest on the continent, but since the end of communism in 1992 it has allied itself closely with America and Western Europe.
The country hopes to gain NATO membership in 2008 and, eventually, to win a place in the European Union.
Bush reiterated the United States' support of Albania's NATO bid and emphasized that he is committed to Kosovo gaining its independence.
Seremb Gjergjaj, who drove more than six hours from Kosovo with friends in hopes of catching a glimpse of the president, says he came to thank Bush for America's support and that Kosovars would be patient.
"We have a saying in Kosovo that good things come slow."
By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 6 minutes ago TIRANA, Albania - President Bush, getting a hero's welcome as the first American president to visit this Balkan nation, said Sunday that there cannot be endless dialogue about achieving independence for neighboring Kosovo.
"Sooner rather than later you've got to say `Enough's enough. Kosovo's independent,'" Bush said during a news conference with the prime minister of this tiny, impoverished country.
Bush's press for statehood was aimed at Russia and others that object to Kosovo's independence. Standing alongside Prime Minister Sali Berisha, Bush said any extension of talks on Kosovo must have "certain independence" as the goal.
In response to Albania's push for NATO membership, Bush said additional political and military reforms were needed before that could be considered — something the country's leaders said they understood.
"We are determined to take any decision, pass any law and undertake any reform to make Albania appropriate to receive the invitation" to join the western military alliance, Berisha said.
When Bush arrived to begin his brief visit, the hills overlooking the capital boomed as military cannons fired a 21-gun salute, and thousands gathered in a downtown square on a brilliantly sunny day to see him and first lady Laura Bush.
Huge banners proclaimed "Proud to be Partners" and billboards said "President Bush in Albania Making History." Red-white-and-blue paper top hats with stars on top were passed out to well-wishers.
"It is a bright day today when in our land there came the greatest and most distinguished friend we have had in all our times, the president of the U.S.A., leader of the free world," Berisha said.
Albania also issued three postage stamps with Bush's picture and the Statue of Liberty, and renamed a street in front of parliament in his honor.
Bush said he was proud to be the first sitting American president to visit. "I love to come to countries that are working hard to establish institutions necessary for democracies to survive," he said.
The issue of independence for the Serbian province of Kosovo is another issue on which the U.S. and Russia disagree.
Russia, an ally of Serbia, contends independence for Kosovo would set a dangerous precedent for the world's other breakaway regions. Serbia also opposes statehood for Kosovo, which it sees as the heart of its historic homeland.
The U.S. and key European countries that support Kosovo independence are trying to narrow differences with Russia over the future of Kosovo, which has been administered by the U.N. since a 1999 war between Serb forces and ethnic Albanian rebels. The U.N. Security Council is divided over the issue.
Last month, the U.S. and European nations introduced a revised U.N. resolution supporting independence for Kosovo under international supervision, but it was immediately rejected by Russia — which hinted it would veto the measure.
The new draft addressed Russia's concern that Kosovo's multiethnic character is preserved, but left out Russia's main proposal for new negotiations between the province's majority ethnic Albanians, who demand independence, and its minority Serbs, who want to remain part of Serbia.
"I happen to believe it's important to push the process along," Bush said. "The time is now. ... Secretary (of State Condoleezza) Rice will be moving hard to see if we can't reach an agreement. If not, we're going to have to move. Independence is the goal."
Russia also opposes NATO's spread into eastern Europe, and is concerned about the prospect that its neighbors Ukraine and Georgia may be brought into the western military alliance.
Berisha said 93 percent of his country's people support NATO membership for Albania.
Bush said he commended Berisha on Albania's progress on reforming its defense forces and meeting performance-based standards required for membership. "I look forward to welcoming you sometime into NATO," he said.
But he said additional political and military reforms were needed, along with more progress in fighting organized crime and corruption. Berisha said he understood and is committed to making the changes.
"I said, 'We're committed to help you,'" Bush said.
In saluting Albania's democracy, Bush praised it as a country that has "cast off the shackles of a very oppressive society and is now showing the world what's possible."
During the visit, Bush met with Albanian President Alfred Moisiu and greeted troops who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Albania recently decided to triple its deployment in Afghanistan to 140 troops. It also has about 120 troops in Iraq — a presence that Moisiu says will not end as long as Americans are engaged there.
Bush also had lunch with the prime ministers of Albania, Macedonia and Croatia, which hope to join NATO next year.
By CRAIG S. SMITH TIRANA, Albania, June 8 — The highlight of President Bush’s European tour may well be his visit on Sunday to this tiny country, one of the few places left where he can bask in unabashed pro-American sentiment without a protester in sight.
Americans here are greeted with a refreshing adoration that feels as though it comes from another time.
“Albania is for sure the most pro-American country in Europe, maybe even in the world,” said Edi Rama, Tirana’s mayor and leader of the opposition Socialists. “Nowhere else can you find such respect and hospitality for the president of the United States. Even in Michigan, he wouldn’t be as welcome.”
Thousands of young Albanians have been named Bill or Hillary thanks to the Clinton administration’s role in rescuing ethnic Albanians from the Kosovo war. After the visit on Sunday, some people expect to see a rash of babies named George.
So eager is the country to accommodate Mr. Bush that Parliament unanimously approved a bill last month allowing “American forces to engage in any kind of operation, including the use of force, in order to provide security for the president.” One newspaper, reporting on the effusive mood, published a headline that read, “Please Occupy Us!”
There are, to be sure, signs that the rest of Europe is tilting a bit more in America’s direction, narrowing the gap between “old” and “new” Europe that opened with disagreements over the Iraq war.
France’s new president, Nicolas Sarkozy, wants to forget the acrimony that marked his predecessor’s relations with the United States, even appointing a pro-American foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, who supported the United States’ invasion of Iraq.
Shortly after taking office, Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that Germany did “not have as many values in common with Russia as it does with America.” She has since proposed a new trans-Atlantic economic partnership that would get rid of many non-tariff barriers to trade.
And Gordon Brown, who will succeed Tony Blair as Britain’s prime minister this month, has vacationed several times on Cape Cod and befriended a succession of Treasury officials. He is expected to maintain what Britons call the country’s “special relationship” with the United States, ahead of other American allies.
So “old Europe” has warmed toward the United States, although there has been no fundamental shift toward more American-friendly policies. But even in “new Europe,” as the post-Communist states of Central and Eastern Europe have been called, Albania is special.
Much of Eastern Europe has grown more critical of Mr. Bush, worried that the antimissile defense shield he is pushing will antagonize Russia and lead to another cold war. Many Eastern Europeans, Czechs and Poles among them, are also angry that the United States has maintained cumbersome visa requirements even though their countries are now members of the European Union.
But here in Albania, which has not wavered in its unblinking support for American policies since the end of the cold war, Mr. Bush can do no wrong. While much of the world berates Mr. Bush for warmongering, unilateralism, trampling civil liberties and even turning a blind eye to torture, Albania still loves him without restraint.
Mr. Bush will be the first sitting American president to visit the country, and his arrival could not come on a more auspicious day: the eighth anniversary of the start of Serbian troop withdrawals from Kosovo and ratification by the United Nations Security Council of the American-brokered peace accord that ended the fighting. Mr. Bush is pushing the Security Council to approve a plan that would lead to qualified Kosovo independence.
Albanians are pouring into the capital from across the region. Hotel rooms are as scarce as anti-American feelings.
Albanians’ support for the war in Iraq is nearly unanimous, and any perceived failings of American foreign policy are studiously ignored. A two-day effort to find anyone of prominence who might offer some criticism of the United States turned up just one name, and that person was out of the country.
Every school child in Albania can tell you that President Woodrow Wilson saved Albania from being split up among its neighbors after World War I, and nearly every adult repeats the story when asked why Albanians are so infatuated with the United States.
James A. Baker III was mobbed when he visited the country as secretary of state in 1991. There was even a move to hold a referendum declaring the country America’s 51st state around that time.
“The excitement among Albanians over this visit is immeasurable, beyond words,” said Albania’s new foreign minister, Lulzim Basha, during an interview in his office, decorated with an elegant portrait of Faik Konica, who became the first Albanian ambassador to the United States in 1926. “We truly believe that this is a historic moment that people will look back on decades later and talk about what it meant for the country.”
Mr. Bush’s visit is a reward for Albania’s unflinching performance as an unquestioning ally. The country was among the first American allies to support Washington’s refusal to submit to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. It was one of the first countries to send troops to Afghanistan and one of the first to join the forces in Iraq. It has soldiers in both places.
“They will continue to be deployed as long as the Americans are there,” Albania’s president, Alfred Moisiu, said proudly in an interview.
Most recently, the country has quietly taken several former detainees from the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, off the Bush administration’s hands when sending them to their home countries was out of the question. There are eight so far, and Mr. Moisiu said he is open to accepting more.
Mr. Rama, Tirana’s mayor, says he is offended when Albania’s pro-Americanism is cast as an expression of “provincial submission.”
“It’s not about being blind,” he said, wearing a black T-shirt emblazoned with the Great Seal of the United States. “The U.S. is something that is really crucial for the destiny of the world.”
The pro-American feeling has strayed into government-commercial relations. The Albanian government has hired former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as a consultant on a range of issues, including the implementation of a national identity card.
Many people questioned the procedures under which a joint venture led by Bechtel won Albania’s largest public spending project ever, a contract to build a highway linking Albania and Kosovo. President Moisiu said state prosecutors were now looking at the deal.
In preparation for Mr. Bush’s six-hour visit, Tirana has been draped in American flags and banners that proclaim, “Proud to be Partners.” A portrait of Mr. Bush hangs on the “Pyramid,” a cultural center in the middle of town that was built as a monument to Albania’s Communist strongman, Enver Hoxha. State television is repeatedly playing a slickly produced spot in which Prime Minister Sali Berisha welcomes Mr. Bush in English.
What Mr. Bush will get in return from the visit is the sight of cheering crowds in a predominantly Muslim nation. When asked by an Albanian reporter before leaving Washington what came to mind when he thought of Albania, Mr. Bush replied, “Muslim people who can live at peace.”
Albania is about 70 percent Muslim, with large Orthodox and Catholic populations. To underscore the country’s history of tolerance, President Moisiu will present Mr. Bush with the reproduction of an 18th-century Orthodox icon depicting the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus flanked by two mosques.
“President Bush is safer in Albania than in America,” said Ermin Gjinishti, a Muslim leader in Albania.
Tim Golden contributed reporting from Tirana, and Alan Cowell from London.
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As an Arab Muslims, I would like to thank Ramin Mazaheri for this very interesting article. I have to be honest and say that I got a little bored of the mainly French related articles he was writing on :-), but that is mainly because I am less interested in the French political drama.
I would like to touch on 3 interesting point mentioned by Ramin:
“So let’s dream even further: 90% of those living in Qatar are immigrants – imagine what enormous global progress they could create were they to give those immigrants citizenship and actually have a democracy? The possibilities for modern, multicultural good stagger the mind….”
In reality, this point is actually not so far-fetched or impossible.
Take for example the UAE…..there is a significant number people of Iranian origin having UAE citizenship, even intermarrying within the tribal families of the UAE. I am in no way supposing that the UAE is some kind of democracy or a beacon of human rights. My point is, that it is not an impossibility that a certain amount of people living in Qatar could actually become citizens through a process of naturalization.
An interesting article on this issue and one of the rare studies conducted on Qatari citizenship:
It explains how Qataris (and this goes for the other Gulf states) do not give citizenship due to fear of loss of identity, security and spending more on welfare.
Another interesting study claims: Naturalization, is among the three components, this is the least knowable. This is the case not only because Qatari authorities have not published any data on naturalization but also because, as previously discussed, naturalization in Qatar occurred in two large, unexpected waves that had hitherto been undetected. Thus, if there is a next large-scale naturalization, it will probably also be unexpected and consequently unpredictable.
“Iran, history has proven, does not play realpolitik”.
I am not really sure if that is completely true:
- a 15 to 25 billion trade volume with the UAE is not realpolitik?
- or is Iranian helping the U.S. government in Afghanistan, first cooperating against the Taliban and then later growing relationships with the Taliban to undermine the Americans, is that not real politik ?
And why should Iran not conduct realpolitik in relation with the Arab gulf nations if it is in the interest of Iranian business and security ?
“Get the Qatari people in the street, and then they’ll consider it.”
I do not see how you can get a population of 250,000 citizens earning a per capita average GDP of more than 75,000 – 100,000 USD on to the streets, assuming that Qatari nationals are the “Qatari people”.
The Arabs that rose up, were either starving, humiliated, jailed or suppressed….When they rose up they were either killed, became part of a geostrategical game or had no leadership or representation.
Uprisings without organization, planning and leadership only leads to chaos and further humiliation.
Let’s hope the Qataris will have some common sense and start working towards a constructive, peaceful and stable region based on trust, respect and mutual interests of all peoples in the region.
This possible break-up in the GCC is a natural process due to the very nature of these corrupt monarchies....whether it actually continues and escalate, we will have to wait and see.
Tiger is right. The China - Pakistan highway was built in the early 1980's connecting Kashgar over the Khunjerab pass with Gilgit/Balistan and further through Pakistan's Khagan valley to Balakot, Abbotabat, down into the Indus valley to end in Balochistan's Gwadar port. This will give China access to the Indian ocean without having to pass through the Straits of Malacca.
In Pakistan there is potential for a westward diversion via Quetta to Zahedan and onward to Tehran.
Meanwhile China has already opened a 10 000 km rail link between Yiwu (Shanghai region) and Tehran passing through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, reducing transport time to 14 days compared to 45 days over sea.
The Wakhan corridor, and for that matter Afghanistan, have nothing to do with this scheme, nor with possible Chinese intentions to enter into the mining business in that country.
Escobar's story then rambles on into Syraq, assuming that the Levant is the logical destination of the OBOR (BRI) scheme. I disagree with this assumption and expect to see a much more Northern trajectory passing through South Asia (not Middle East) straight into the heart of Europe with ports of Hamburg, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Lisboa as the final destination. Possible stop-overs in Bulgaria or Armenia and then into Hungary westward.
Current Song: Blame it on the Rain (which I totally am) by Milli Vanilli
I just wanted to write a short note that next week, there's a great event coming up for folks who are development/ foreign policy nerds like myself. ForeignPolicyCamp will be taking place next Monday November 30th from 9-5. In Vancouver, they'll be at Harbour Centre.
This event is being put on by Canada's World, a wonderful organization. The camp is basically going to be asking questions about Canada's role in the world, and the direction of Canadian Foreign Policy. For those of you who don't know what a camp is, there are no tents or marshmallows involved. It's an unconference that will have open sessions, a media lab and case studies. You can choose what you'd like to attend. Some of the topics include engagement in Afghanistan, Africa, Arctic Security, The role of Artists on the international front and tons more.
If you're not in Vancity, there are camps also happening in Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal. We'll all be connected virtually, and it'll be a really fun learning experience. Information about tickets and registration is available on the website http://www.rethinkforeignpolicy.ca/.
There is also a cool flickr campaign where you can add your policy priorities on to a joint flickr group.
I'll be attending. And hopefully be reporting back the following day. Just a word in. Please let your fellow policy nerdlies know :)
Comment, en dix ans, la France est-elle devenue la vassale de l’Amérique ? L’Élysée, le supplétif de la Maison-Blanche ? Le Quai d’Orsay, le sanctuaire du néoconservatisme ?
Comment, sur deux quinquennats, Nicolas Sarkozy puis François Hollande ont-ils enterré la politique d’indépendance qu’avaient poursuivie Charles de Gaulle et François Mitterrand ?
Comment Bernard Kouchner puis Laurent Fabius ont-ils imposé au ministère des Affaires étrangères l’idéologie atlantiste promue par des cercles libéraux et des intellectuels médiatiques ?
Comment ce moralisme nous a-t-il conduits à l’impuissance et au cynisme ?
De 2007 à 2017, de l’Afghanistan à la Libye et à la Syrie, de Téhéran à Ryad et de Moscou à Kiev en passant par Washington, Bruxelles et Berlin, du Conseil de l’ONU et du Commandement de l’Otan à la Commission européenne, c’est la face cachée de notre démission diplomatique, faite de redditions historiques, d’erreurs stratégiques et de carences militaires, que révèle ici Hadrien Desuin.
Un essai magistral appelant à ce que la France retrouve enfin l’intégrité et la singularité que le monde attend d’elle.
Géopoliticien, ancien élève de l’École spéciale militaire de Saint-Cyr, Hadrien Desuin commente régulièrement l’actualité internationale dans Causeur, Conflits et Figarovox.
Soudan : les États-Unis «inquiets» de la situation (30/06/2017)
Par Le Figaro.fr avec AFPMis à jour le 30/06/2017 à 12:38 Publié le 30/06/2017 à 12:30
Les Etats-Unis demeurent "très inquiets" de la situation des droits de l'Homme au Soudan, s'agissant notamment des restrictions concernant la liberté de la presse et de religion, a indiqué l'ambassade à Khartoum.
Ces déclarations ont été mises en ligne hier sur la page Facebook de l'ambassade, à quelques jours d'une décision attendue le 12 juillet du président américain Donald Trump sur une levée de certaines sanctions imposées depuis 20 ans sur Khartoum.
"Les Etats-Unis demeurent très inquiets au sujet de la situation des droits de l'Homme au Soudan, dont la fermeture continue de l'espace politique, et les restrictions à la liberté religieuse, la liberté d'expression, dont la liberté de la presse. La question de la protection des droits de l'Homme est "profondément imbriquée avec celles de la paix et la sécurité" indique l'ambassade.
Au vu de ces inquiétudes, certaines organisations ont exhorté l'administration Trump à maintenir les sanctions sur Khartoum.
L'ex-président Barack Obama avait décidé en janvier la levée de certaines sanctions économiques américaines contre le Soudan. Il avait cependant prévu une période probatoire de six mois avant que Washington ne lève effectivement ces sanctions.
"Fezzani Moez Ben Abdelkader, dit «Abou Nassim», un Tunisien de 47 ans, est décrit comme un terroriste organisé et déterminé.
Recherché par l'Italie, « Abou Nassim » a été interpellé à l'issue d'une traque rocambolesque.
Les autorités soudanaises ont arrêté, cette semaine à Khartoum, l'un des terroristes les plus dangereux de l'État islamique (EI), après une traque rocambolesque dans une dizaine de pays d'Europe, du Moyen-Orient, en Afghanistan et en Afrique. Ce sont les services de renseignements italiens qui ont mis Interpol sur la trace de cet agent recruteur de l'EI, également recherché pour la préparation de deux attentats en Tunisie, au ...
Une rixe opposant une centaine de migrants africains, des Erythréens face à des Ethiopiens, armés de bâtons et de pierres, a débuté vers 13h15 dans la zone industrielle de Calais, indique la préfecture du Pas-de-Calais.
"Il y a un blessé léger mais l'intervention était toujours en cours", vers 15 heures, a indiqué le directeur de cabinet de la préfecture, précisant que des précédentes violences hier soir, toujours entre Érythréens et Éthiopiens, avaient fait neuf blessés légers.
Environ 600 migrants d'Afrique de l'Ouest ont été secourus depuis le mois d'avril dans le désert nigérien après avoir été abandonnés par des passeurs, a indiqué hier l'Organisation internationale pour les migrations (OIM). L'organisation a toutefois estimé que les 51 migrants portés disparus la semaine dernière, après avoir été abandonnés en plein désert sur la route de l'Europe via la Libye, étaient probablement morts. Les 51 migrants "sont (donc) présumés morts", même si "les corps n'ont toujours pas été retrouvés", a-t-elle dit.
"L'opération de sauvetage de l'OIM a secouru depuis le mois d'avril 600 migrants abandonnés dans le désert du Sahara" qui ont été hébergés dans son centre du nord du Niger, dans le cadre de son projet "Aide et secours aux migrants dans la région d'Agadez" (MIRAA)", a indiqué l'organisation. La dernière partie de cette opération s'est déroulée dimanche quand 24 migrants, dont des Gambiens, des Nigérians, des Sénégalais et des Ivoiriens, ont été rescapés par l'armée nigérienne et transférés vers un centre de transit de l'OIM.
Ces miraculés faisaient partie d'un groupe de "75 migrants" ayant embarqué à bord de trois véhicules à Agadez pour la Libye, et ont alerté les autorités de la disparition de 51 de leurs compagnons, désormais donnés pour morts, selon l'OIM. Les autorités sont retournées là où elles avaient découvert les survivants dans l'espoir de sauver les autres migrants "mais ne les ont pas retrouvés en raison d'une tempête de sable", explique l'OIM.
Fatoumi Boudou, le préfet de Bilma (nord) a assuré que des recherches effectuées par les forces de défense et de sécurité (FDS) "dans un rayon de 65 km" ont permis de "découvrir une seule tombe" à côté de laquelle elles ont trouvé "une carte d'identité d'un étudiant du Nigeria". "Nous sommes restés dans le désert pendant dix jours. Après cinq jours, le chauffeur nous a abandonnés. Il est parti avec toutes nos affaires, en nous disant qu'il reviendrait nous chercher dans quelques heures mais il n'est jamais revenu", a raconté à l'OIM, Adaora, une rescapée Nigériane de 22 ans.
Début juin, 44 migrants, parmi lesquels des bébés, avaient été retrouvés morts en plein désert dans la région d'Agadez, sur la route menant à la Libye voisine.
Paris: 1200 migrants autour du centre La Chapelle (29.06.2017)
Par Le Figaro.fr avec AFPMis à jour le 29/06/2017 à 13:55 Publié le 29/06/2017 à 12:29
Près de 1.200 personnes vivent dans la rue aux alentours du centre humanitaire pour migrants ouvert dans le nord de Paris, porte de la Chapelle, selon l'association France terre d'asile (FTDA) qui a été mandatée pour mener des maraudes.
"Nous avons décompté 1.178 personnes au cours de la semaine du 19 au 25 juin", a indiqué Pierre Henry, directeur général de FTDA, faisant état de "200 personnes supplémentaires par semaine". "Plus on attend, plus la situation est dégradée", a-t-il ajouté, jugeant une évacuation "obligatoire".
Le 9 mai, un peu plus de 1.600 migrants avaient déjà été évacués de campements insalubres installés autour de la porte de La Chapelle, dans ce qui constituait la plus grosse opération de mise à l'abri en six mois.
"Le vrai sujet est: que peut-on mettre en place pour éviter d'y avoir recours d'ici un mois ?", a ajouté le responsable de FTDA, plaidant pour l'ouverture d'autres centres humanitaires, ailleurs qu'à Paris. "Si rien n'est fait d'ampleur, on va continuer à gérer le bazar".
La maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo avait écrit au ministre de l'Intérieur fin juin pour lui demander la création de nouvelles places d'hébergement "sur toute la France", sans quoi "plusieurs milliers" de migrants risquent de camper dans les rues de Paris cet été.
FTDA organise des maraudes pour signaler les cas les plus vulnérables, à charge pour les gestionnaires du centre de premier accueil de déterminer les critères d'entrée dans le dispositif, a précisé M. Henry.
Les migrants, dont beaucoup d'Afghans, d'Erythréens et de Soudanais, se sont réinstallés dans des conditions d'hygiène et de sécurité déplorables, sous les ponts de l'autoroute A1 et entre les voies d'accès au périphérique. Ils campent autour du centre humanitaire, qui avait justement été ouvert en novembre pour mettre fin au cycle des installations et évacuations de campements en pleine crise migratoire. Mais faute de places où les orienter ensuite, le dispositif sature.
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Mis à jour le 21/06/2017 à 10:25 Publié le 21/06/2017 à 07:10
La chaîne de cafés américaine Starbucks a dit mardi qu'elle allait embaucher 2.500 refugiés en Europe dans le cadre d'un plan de recrutement de 10.000 réfugiés sur cinq ans dans 75 pays présenté fin janvier. Le groupe a précisé avoir commencé à recruter des réfugiés dans huit pays européens, l'Allemagne, l'Autriche, l'Espagne, la France, la Grande-Bretagne, les Pays-Bas, le Portugal et la Suisse.
L'initiative de Starbucks, qui avait été prise peu de temps après le décret, toujours bloqué, de Donald Trump interdisant l'entrée aux Etats-Unis aux réfugiés de sept pays majoritairement musulmans, avait été mal accueilli par certains aux Etats-Unis. Mais il semble qu'il n'y ait pas de réaction similaire en Europe, avec seulement une poignée de personnes exprimant sur Twitter leur désapprobation de l'embauche de réfugiés.
Ces derniers représenteront quelque 8% des effectifs actuels de 30.000 personnes de Starbucks en Europe. Quelque 1,7 million de réfugiés et de migrants, en provenance surtout depays ravagés par la guerre et les violences tels que la Syrie, l'Irak, l'Afghanistan ou encore l'Erythrée, ont afflué dans l'Union européenne depuis 2014.
L'engagement de Starbucks en faveur des réfugiés "montre que des entreprises comme les nôtres peuvent utiliser leur taille pour avoir un impact positif sur la vie des gens", a déclaré Martin Brok, président de Starbucks Europe, Afrique et Moyen-Orient, cité dans un communiqué.
Hongrie: dix accusés dans le procès du «camion charnier»
Par Florence La Bruyère, correspondante à Budapest — 21 juin 2017 à 10:57
Un des suspects dans l'enquête sur le camion charnier découvert en Autriche, à son arrivée le 29 août 2015 au tribunal de Kecskemét en Hongrie
Un des suspects dans l'enquête sur le camion charnier découvert en Autriche, à son arrivée le 29 août 2015 au tribunal de Kecskemét en Hongrie Photo ATTILA KISBENEDEK. AFP
C’est dans les environs de Kesckemét, ville située à mi-chemin de Budapest et de la frontière serbe que des trafiquants avaient embarqué des réfugiés dans un camion en 2015 pour un voyage mortel.
Hongrie: dix accusés dans le procès du «camion charnier»
La tragédie avait provoqué une vive émotion en Europe. Le 27 août 2015, alors que des milliers de réfugiés affluent sur le continent, 71 personnes sont retrouvées mortes dans le compartiment étanche d’un camion frigorifique abandonné sur la bande d’urgence d’une autoroute autrichienne, à Parndorf, à 11 kilomètres de la frontière hongroise. A l’intérieur du véhicule immatriculé en Hongrie, la police autrichienne découvre les cadavres de 59 hommes, huit femmes et quatre enfants dont un bébé de dix mois. Ils sont syriens, irakiens, iraniens, et afghans. L’entassement des corps et leur état de décomposition sont tel que les équipes médico-légales mettront une nuit entière à les dégager. Les victimes, prises en charge par des passeurs au sud de la Hongrie, non loin de la frontière serbe, sont mortes d’étouffement dans des conditions atroces.
La découverte du camion charnier, ainsi que celle, quelques jours plus tard, d’un enfant mort sur une plage turque, provoquent une onde de choc en Europe. «Nous sommes tous bouleversés par ces terribles nouvelles, réagit aussitôt Angela Merkel. Même les journaux allemands ultra-conservateurs appellent au soutien des réfugiés. En phase avec l’opinion publique de son pays, la chancelière prend l’initiative d’accueillir des centaines de milliers de fugitifs en Allemagne.
«1000 à 1500 euros»
Dans le box des dix accusés comparaissant ce mercredi à Kecskemét, neuf ressortissants bulgares et un citoyen afghan de 30 ans, chef présumé du gang de trafiquants. Ce dernier, Samsoor L., vivait depuis 2013 en Hongrie où il bénéficiait de la protection subsidiaire, un statut proche de celui de réfugié. Il disposait de la complicité de compatriotes établis en Serbie, qui lui adressaient des migrants transitant par ce pays.
D’après les enquêteurs, le réseau de trafiquants a généré d’importants profits en convoyant de février à août 2015 au moins 110 personnes à qui il était demandé «de 1000 à 1500 euros» chacune pour passer en Autriche. Les gains étaient rapatriés en Afghanistan.
Le crime est «d’une nature exceptionnelle» selon le parquet hongrois (l’affaire est jugée en Hongrie, lieu de décès des victimes selon les autopsies). Le jour même de la découverte du camion charnier, les trafiquants ont transporté un autre groupe de 81 migrants dans des conditions identiques ; ces derniers ont échappé de peu à la mort en défonçant la porte du camion.
Le procès s’ouvre sur une controverse. La police hongroise aurait-elle pu empêcher le drame ? C’est ce que soutiennent des journalistes d’investigation allemands du Süddeutsche Zeitung et des chaînes NDR et WDR qui ont eu accès aux transcriptions des écoutes. La police magyare avait en effet repéré les trafiquants dès juillet 2015 et les avait mis sur écoute 13 jours avant le drame.
«Pas question d’ouvrir la porte du camion»
Le matin de la tragédie, à 6h16, le chauffeur du camion, qui roule encore en Hongrie, appelle un complice bulgare. «Ils font un boucan pas possible à l’arrière. A la frontière, la police risque de les entendre, qu’est-ce que je fais ?» Le complice appelle alors le chef afghan qui donne ses ordres : «Pas question d’ouvrir la porte du camion […] ni de leur donner de l’eau. Dis [au chauffeur] de continuer. Et s’ils meurent, dis-lui de se débarrasser des corps dans la forêt, en Allemagne».
Mais si la police enregistrait bien ces conversations, qui ont eu lieu en pachtoun, en bulgare et dans un dialecte serbe, elle ne les écoutait pas en live. «Les autorités hongroises n’ont pu faire traduire et analyser ces informations qu’après la découverte du crime» a indiqué à Libération Gabor Schmidt, porte-parole du parquet de la région de Bacs-Kiskun. D’après les données recueillies les jours précédents, rien n’indiquait que les migrants étaient en danger de mort. «Les autorités hongroises n’auraient pas pu empêcher ce crime, vu le déroulement extrêmement rapide des événements» ajoute Gabor Schmidt.
Le procès devrait durer au moins jusqu’au 30 juin. Aujourd’hui, les chefs d’inculpation retenus sont : trafic d’êtres humains, crime en bande organisée, et assassinat commis avec une extrême cruauté. Des crimes passibles de 30 ans de prison, voire de détention à vie.
Florence La Bruyère correspondante à Budapest
Anne Hidalgo interpelle le gouvernement sur la crise migratoire qui reprend à Paris (20.06.2017)
La maire de Paris adresse un courrier à trois ministres, dont celui de l'Intérieur Gérard Collomb, pour alerter sur une nouvelle crise migratoire qui s'amplifie dans la capitale, alors que 1000 migrants campent actuellement dans les rues du nord de Paris.
«Si ce rythme des arrivées se poursuivait sans augmentation du rythme des prises en charge, ce sont ainsi plusieurs milliers de personnes qui seraient contraintes de vivre dans des conditions indignes au sein de la capitale au cœur de l'été», explique la maire. «Or, la situation actuelle est déjà difficilement tenable en l'état.»
Un campement de 1000 personnes à Paris
Un campement d'un millier de migrants s'est de nouveau reconstitué dans le nord-est de Paris. En cause, la saturation des «centres d'accueil humanitaire» de la porte de La Chapelle et d'Ivry. «Environ 70 migrants arrivent chaque jour au centre d'urgence de La Chapelle, pour 40 à 50 prises en charge par l'Etat dans des Centres d'accueil et d'orientation», explique-t-on à l'Hôtel de ville.
«Les tensions à l'entrée du centre humanitaire sont désormais quotidiennes tant les frustrations sont grandes et les rixes se multiplient», peut-on lire dans le courrier d'Anne Hidalgo. Boulevard de La Villette, la file d'attente devant le plateforme d'accueil gérée par France terre d'asile «est en passe de se transformer en campement permanent», poursuit-elle.
La maire plaide donc pour la création de places d'hébergements supplémentaires sur toute la France. «Il y a une incohérence majeure aujourd'hui dans l'accueil des migrants», estime-t-on à la mairie. «Un migrant qui vient d'Italie doit aller jusqu'à Paris pour obtenir un premier accueil d'urgence, avant d'être placé par l'Etat dans des centres d'accueils qui seront potentiellement dans le sud du territoire...» Anne Hidalgo demande donc la création de centres similaires à celui de Paris dans toute la France.
Le courrier aborde également la question des mineurs étrangers isolés, dont le nombre a «doublé en un an». Actuellement, la quasi-totalité de l'effort de prise en charge repose sur Paris et la Seine-Saint-Denis. La mairie de Paris pointe l'absence de coordination des différents services chargés de les prendre en charge sur le territoire français. «Il apparaît aujourd'hui essentiel de nationaliser la procédure d'évaluation de la minorité et de l'isolement, et que cette dernière soit confiée à des équipes disposant d'une taille suffisante», indique le courrier.
Anne Hidalgo appelle enfin à la création d'une instance qui associerait les services de l'Etat, les collectivités locales concernées et les principales associations afin de «construire une réponse collective» à la nouvelle crise migratoire qui se prépare pour cet été.
«Calais, c’est pas mieux que la Libye» (21.06.2017) Libération
A Calais, le 15 juin, des hommes patientent près de la station-service où les camions font le plein avant de traverser la Manche. Photo Antoine Bruy pour Libération
Depuis le démantèlement de la «jungle», la situation humanitaire des quelque 500 réfugiés qui errent dans la ville est devenue intenable. Les forces de l’ordre les traquent sans répit et les associations ont bien du mal à les aider.
«Calais, c’est pas mieux que la Libye»
Calais, année zéro. Devenue depuis deux décennies un des principaux lieux de regroupement sur le sol français des exilés du monde entier, les côtes britanniques en ligne de mire, la ville du Pas-de-Calais vit un éternel recommencement. Bien que bunkerisée - on ne compte plus les kilomètres de clôtures et de fils barbelés déroulés à grands frais par les autorités - Calais reste un eldorado pour des milliers de migrants. Hier soudanais, irakiens ou kurdes, ils sont aujourd’hui principalement érythréens, afghans ou éthiopiens, à errer dans la cité, sans cesse traqués par des forces de l’ordre presque aussi nombreuses qu’eux.
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Migrants à Calais, la traque permanente
Spectacle absurde, aux premières lueurs de l’aube, de quatre CRS postés au bord d’une voie rapide et dissuadant quatre migrants, installés juste en face, de rejoindre une station-service où les poids lourds viennent faire le plein avant de rallier l’Angleterre. Calais, c’est un ballet permanent de silhouettes anonymes errant le long des bretelles d’autoroutes, un simple sac sur le dos. Des camionnettes de gendarmes et de policiers comme incrustées dans le bitume à certains points «stratégiques». Des discussions saisies à la volée, comme ces six militaires de l’opération «Sentinelle», racontant à la terrasse d’un café comment ils ont découvert, l’autre nuit, «sept Ethiopiens dans une voiture» au terminal Eurotunnel.
Il y a huit mois, l’Etat organisait, devant les caméras du monde entier, le démantèlement de la «jungle» de Calais, bidonville où vivaient près de 7 000 personnes. La majorité avait bénéficié d’un relogement dans un centre d’hébergement. François Hollande était président de la République, Bernard Cazeneuve ministre de l’Intérieur. C’était il y a une éternité. La seule obsession des autorités, depuis lors, est d’éviter la reformation d’un «point de fixation», pour reprendre la novlangue administrative. Envolées, les promesses de conserver un dispositif d’accueil dans le Calaisis.
«Cela fait huit ans que j’interviens ici et je n’avais jamais vu ça, soupire Vincent de Coninck, chargé de mission pour le Secours catholique. La politique renouvelée de Macron ? En réalité, il emploie des politiques à l’œuvre depuis quinze ans, qui ont fait preuve d’inefficacité et d’inhumanité.» La semaine dernière, le Défenseur des droits, Jacques Toubon, a dénoncé des atteintes d’une «inédite gravité», demandant aux autorités de ne pas s’obstiner dans ce qui s’apparente à un «déni d’existence» des exilés. «Peut-être que Toubon est devenu no border…» ironise Vincent de Coninck.
Quelque 500 migrants survivent aujourd’hui à Calais. A part renforcer la répression policière, l’Etat n’a rien prévu pour eux. Pour demander l’asile, ils doivent se rendre à Lille et risquer les contrôles, voire un placement en rétention. Pour boire, manger, se laver, ils s’en remettent aux associations. Le midi, la distribution de nourriture s’effectue dans la cour de l’église Saint-Joseph. Le père Jean-Marie Rauwel, 52 ans, a décidé de mettre l’espace à disposition des exilés et de leurs soutiens. Il explique : «Avant d’être des migrants ou des réfugiés, ces personnes sont des rescapés. Pour une grande majorité, ils ont perdu des proches au cours de leur périple, morts en mer, dans le désert ou parfois lâchement assassinés. Rien que cela mérite le respect et un minimum d’accueil.»
A l’ombre d’un mur, Haben, un Erythréen de 17 ans, patiente avec ses amis, le temps que la distribution de ce jeudi commence. Ils écoutent des chants religieux chrétiens sur le portable d’un des membres du groupe. «La seule raison pour laquelle on veut aller en Angleterre, c’est qu’on a de la famille là-bas, explique Haben. On essaie de monter dans des camions tous les jours, jusqu’à ce que notre Dieu nous donne notre chance. Mais on est fatigués. Certains sont là depuis un an ou deux.» Du français, il ne connaît que quelques mots. Notamment ceux-ci, martelés par les forces de l’ordre chaque nuit : «Allez, allez, allez, on bouge !» La traque ne s’interrompt jamais. Les migrants en font tous le même récit. L’irruption de CRS, en pleine nuit, dans les bosquets et fossés où les migrants tentent de grappiller quelques minutes de sommeil. Les lampes torches dans les yeux, les coups de matraque dans les jambes, les «sprays» de lacrymo dans les yeux et sur les duvets. «Si tu restes trop longtemps à un endroit, ils deviennent très agressifs», résume Haben.
Juste à côté, Youssouf prend le relais. Il porte une veste de jogging de la marque Macron, car les dons, ici, ne sont pas qu’alimentaires. L’adolescent a l’air aussi épuisé que ses camarades, mais il a très bien identifié les forces en présence dans le coin. Ainsi, raconte-t-il, les gendarmes sont «OK, t u peux leur parler». Les CRS, en revanche, l’effraient. Il montre une plaie sur le tibia, deux autres à chaque avant-bras. «Ça, c’est la police, dit-il. Calais, c’est pas mieux que la Libye.» Un troisième Erythréen, Mahari, complète : «Moi, mes blessures sont juste internes.» Il montre sa tête.
Quatre heures plus tard, dans la zone industrielle des dunes. C’est là, à quelques centaines de mètres de l’ancienne «jungle», que s’est organisé le démantèlement en octobre. Aujourd’hui, ils sont plusieurs dizaines à s’y cacher. On croise un groupe d’Ethiopiens. Pour Natnael, la vie se résume à «être en mouvement, tout le temps, sinon la police frappe». «On dort trente minutes d’affilée par jour», glisse-t-il.
Il est l’heure de la distribution du soir, la seule tolérée par les autorités, entre 18 et 19 heures. Pour s’y rendre, on serpente dans les fourrés, jonchés de vêtements abandonnés, car recouverts de lacrymogènes. Une longue file se forme devant les camionnettes de Refugee Community Kitchen, l’organisation britannique qui confectionne les barquettes de salade de légumes et de riz pilaf. Un groupe électrogène, auquel sont raccordées des multiprises, permet de recharger les téléphones portables. Un jeune Erythréen confie qu’il a pu appeler sa famille il y a trois jours : «Mais je n’ai pas dit grand-chose sur ma situation, sinon elle serait anxieuse.» A 19 h 30, réglés comme du papier à musique, les CRS font leur apparition. La foule se disperse dans le calme.
L’inconnue du soir
21 heures, rendez-vous est pris au grand hangar inter-associations, où sont stockés les dons et préparés les repas. La maraude d’Utopia 56 ne va pas tarder à partir. A son bord, Youssef, David et Sophia. Ils ont leurs habitudes et savent exactement où les réfugiés viennent demander un repas. Comment se comporteront les forces de l’ordre ? C’est l’inconnue du soir. Depuis des semaines, les bénévoles en sont réduits à un «jeu du chat et de la souris», n’échappant pas, souvent, à des contrôles d’identité plus ou moins cordiaux.
La camionnette marque son premier arrêt à «l’ancien Lidl», le long d’une voie de chemin de fer. A travers champs, on voit les migrants arriver. Il y a Shakran, un Afghan de 25 ans. Il a vécu quelques années au Royaume-Uni avant d’être expulsé, mais rêve d’y retourner, par la voie légale cette fois. Sa compagne, britannique, a donné naissance il y a trois semaines à leur premier enfant, prénommé Mohamad. L’homme espère obtenir un visa pour les retrouver. Arrive Nassir, un Afghan de 15 ans. Il montre le ciel quand on lui demande s’il a de la famille outre-Manche, puis lâche sur le ton de l’évidence : «Je veux aller là-bas parce que les gens ici n’aiment pas les réfugiés.» La camionnette repart. Elle circulera jusqu’au milieu de la nuit.
Cinq douches offertes
5 h 30, le jour se lève sur la rue des Mouettes, dans la zone industrielle. Quatre fourgons de CRS sont déjà garés sur place. Extirpés de leur sommeil, les migrants racontent que cette nuit a été plus calme qu’à l’accoutumée. Conséquence, peut-être, du coup de gueule des associations contre la répression policière. Déjà, des exilés se dirigent vers le «belgium parking», l’endroit où la plupart tentent de s’engouffrer à l’arrière d’un camion. Ils y vont comme certains vont au travail. On ne sait pas trop s’ils croient vraiment en leurs chances. Trois heures plus tard, la camionnette de l’association Salam se gare pour la distribution du petit-déjeuner. Il faut faire vite, les CRS pourraient s’y opposer.
CRS venus stopper la distribution alimentaire pendant la maraude de l’association Utopia sur « le parking de covoiturage »
Estelle et les autres bénévoles sortent les thermos de thé et de café et des sacs entiers de viennoiseries, récupérés dans les invendus de boulangeries amies. Un attroupement se forme vite autour de Brigitte, qui, chaque jour, «offre» cinq douches chez elle aux migrants. Ils l’alpaguent gentiment, s’accrochent à son bras, crient «Mamy, twenty days no shower !» Elle rigole : «Les fayots !» Il faudra néanmoins n’en choisir que quelques-uns. Très vite, des CRS déboulent, demandent aux bénévoles de remballer. Il y a cinq membres de Salam, quatre policiers et… deux réfugiés. Le dialogue tourne court. «Il faut qu’ils arrêtent tout», lâche un pandore. «Même de l’eau, on ne peut pas en distribuer ?» demande Estelle. Le chef : «Oh, ils se débrouilleront, ne vous inquiétez pas.»
Sylvain Mouillard Envoyé spécial à Calais Photos Antoine Bruy
FIGAROVOX/ENTRETIEN - Jean-Thomas Lesueur, délégué général de l'institut Thomas More, fait le point sur la politique migratoire de l'Europe. Pour lui, on attend toujours une réponse claire et structurée de la part des États membres de l'Union européenne.
FIGAROVOX.- La mort d'un homme causée par un barrage de migrants en début de semaine a remis la question migratoire au cœur de l'actualité. En parallèle de cet événement, Anne Hidalgo a appelé le gouvernement à l'aide, car elle n'arrive plus à faire face à ce problème à Paris. Où en sommes-nous vraiment en France et en Europe? Les flux migratoires sont-ils devenus ingérables?
Jean-Thomas Lesueur.- L'Organisation Internationale pour les Migrations a enregistré 81 292 arrivées (y compris les décès en mer) en Méditerranée pour le premier semestre 2017, contre 215 702 pour la même période en 2016. La porte grecque est globalement refermée, avec un peu plus de 8 000 arrivées contre 158 000 l'an passé (essentiellement grâce à l'accord avec la Turquie, que cela nous plaise ou non). L'Italie est toujours sous pression (69 000 contre 56 000) et certains s'inquiètent de ce qui se passe aux frontières espagnoles, même si les chiffres restent proportionnellement bas (un peu plus de 3 000).
On peut donc certes considérer que les flux migratoires à l'échelle européenne sont moins «ingérables» qu'ils ne l'étaient en 2016 et surtout en 2015. Mais le problème est qu'ils ne sont toujours pas sérieusement gérés…
C'est vrai à l'échelle européenne où la pression reste forte et les initiatives prises jusque-là, louables si l'on veut, mais insuffisantes. L'Europe doit faire de la garde de ses frontières extérieures une véritable politique structurée et coordonnée avec les États membres (et non contre eux) dans une logique de double ligne de défense. C'est vrai aussi à l'échelle française où les passes d'armes entre le maire de Paris et le ministre de l'Intérieur montrent qu'on n'a toujours pas de solutions.
Les pays du Sahel ambitionnent une force de 10.000 hommes contre le terrorisme (06/06/2017)
Par Alain Barluet Mis à jour le 06/06/2017 à 15:55 Publié le 06/06/2017 à 14:54
L'Italienne Federica Mogherini, cheffe de la diplomatie de l'Union européenne.
La cheffe de la diplomatie européenne, Federica Mogherini, a annoncé lundi à Bamako une aide de 50 millions d'euros pour permettre aux pays du G5 Sahel de créer une force conjointe destinée à lutter contre la menace djihadiste.
L'idée, déjà relativement ancienne, de créer une force conjointe des pays du Sahel pour lutter contre le terrorisme, fait lentement son chemin. La cheffe de la diplomatie de l'Union européenne, Federica Mogherini, qui assistait en début de semaine à Bamako à la réunion des ministres des Affaires étrangères du G5 Sahel (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritanie, Niger, Tchad), a annoncé à une aide de 50 millions d'euros pour la création de cette force.
Celle-ci devrait compter 10.000 hommes, a précisé à cette occasion le ministre malien des Affaires étrangères, Abdoulaye Diop, soit le double de ce qui était prévu initialement. En mars, les chefs d'état-major des pays du G5 Sahel avaient approuvé un plan prévoyant des effectifs de 5000 militaires, policiers et civils, dont sept bataillons de 650 soldats chacun. La décision initiale de création de cette force conjointe remonte au sommet du G5 Sahel en novembre 2015 à N'Djamena, au Tchad. Sa «création immédiate» avait été validée, au dernier sommet de l'organisation, le 6 février à Bamako.
Cette initiative ne sera pas aisée à concrétiser. Appuyés par la France, les pays de la région se sont efforcés de développer leurs efforts conjoints pour lutter contre les groupes armés terroristes (GAT). La force française Barkhane (4000 hommes environ) soutient ces efforts en participant à des opérations transfrontalières avec ces partenaires. C'est notamment le cas avec le Mali, le Niger et le Burkina dans la région du Liptako-Gourma - une zone à cheval sur ces trois pays - où l'activité des GAT est forte. La décision de créer une force de sécurisation du Liptako-Gourma - qui serait une des composantes de la force du G5 Sahel - a été prise en janvier, mais tarde à se mettre en place.
Des zones entières du Mali échappent à tout contrôle
Fin mai, à Taormine, en Sicile, au sommet du G7, le président du Niger, Mahamadou Issoufou a appelé les grandes puissances et l'ONU à «doter de moyens nécessaires» la force conjointe du G5 Sahel. Quelques jours plus tôt, en visite à Bamako, le président Emmanuel Macron a rappelé l'engagement de la France, à travers le maintien de l'opération Barkhane, tout en insistant sur la nécessité pour le G5 Sahel d'accroître ses efforts communs contre le terrorisme djihadiste.
«Ce sont les Maliens qui ont la solution et tant qu'ils attendront la solution de la France, il ne se passera rien !»
Laurent Bigot, ancien diplomate et consultant indépendant
Au Mali, où se situe le centre de gravité de la crise, des zones entières échappent encore au contrôle des forces nationales, françaises et de l'ONU, régulièrement visées par des attaques meurtrières, malgré la signature en mai-juin 2015 d'un accord de paix censé isoler définitivement les djihadistes. Depuis 2015, ces attaques se sont étendues au centre et dans le sud du pays et le phénomène déborde de plus en plus souvent sur les pays voisins, en particulier le Burkina Faso et le Niger.
Pour Laurent Bigot, ancien diplomate et consultant indépendant, «le nord du Mali est hors contrôle, plongé dans une spirale de violence comme jamais il n'en a connu». «On peut toujours renforcer Barkhane mais quand comprendra-t-on que la solution n'est pas là? Regardez l'Afghanistan et l'Irak! Ce sont les Maliens qui ont la solution et tant qu'ils attendront la solution de la France, il ne se passera rien!», poursuivait récemment cet expert connu pour son franc-parler, dans une récente interview au Journal du Mali.
Laurent Bigot « Tant qu’on attendra la solution de la France, il ne se passera rien ! »
Publié le 25.05.2017 à 09h02 par Moussa MAGASSA
Ancien diplomate français et consultant indépendant, Laurent Bigot, connu pour ses analyses sur la politique sécuritaire en Afrique, revient sur les enjeux de la visite d’Emmanuel Macron à Gao.
Lors de sa visite à Gao, Macron a appelé l’Algérie à arrêter le double jeu avec Iyad Ag Ghaly. Est-ce à dire que la politique entre la France et le Mali prend une nouvelle tournure ?
Je ne crois pas aux postures et je me méfie des discours. Dans ces sujets sensibles, la discrétion est de mise. Je ne suis pas certain qu’en interpellant publiquement l’Algérie, on obtienne de meilleurs résultats. Si la France a des choses à dire à Algérie, il y a une relation bilatérale pour cela.
N’est-il pas trop tard pour que la France et ses alliés africains cessent de payer le lourd tribut de leurs compromissions passées avec le terrorisme ?
Il n’est jamais trop tard, c’est un principe de l’action politique! Quant aux compromissions auxquelles vous faites allusion, je ne sais pas de quoi vous parlez. En revanche, je peux dire qu’il est temps que la complaisance avec la mauvaise gouvernance cesse car c’est bien cela le cœur du problème. À toujours désigner les terroristes comme coupables, on oublie que le problème structurel est la mauvaise gouvernance des élites politiques.
« L’opération Barkhane ne s’arrêtera pas avant que l’ensemble des groupements terroristes n’aient été éradiqués », a annoncé Emmanuel Macron. Quelle peut être sa nouvelle politique sécuritaire pour les années à venir en rapport avec Barkhane ?
Avec une telle annonce, on signe un bail de cent ans pour Barkhane! Les dirigeants politiques sont obsédés par la communication. Il serait temps d’arrêter les roulements de tambour, de s’assoir et d’écouter, humblement, ceux qui souffrent de cette situation et à qui on ne donne jamais la parole.
Quid des engagements du président français pour renforcer le dispositif sécuritaire de la force Barkhane ?
Le Nord du Mali est hors contrôle, plongé dans une spirale de violence comme jamais il n’en a connu. On peut toujours renforcer Barkhane mais quand comprendra-t-on que la solution n’est pas là ? Regardez l’Afghanistan et l’Irak! Ce sont les Maliens qui ont la solution et tant qu’ils attendront la solution de la France, il ne se passera rien!
« Agir vite, fort et de manière déterminée sur le plan politique et militaire ». Comment cette déclaration d’Emmanuel Macron pourrait se concrétiser sur le terrain ?
Posez-lui la question! Tout ça c’est de la communication. Ce sont des lieux communs.
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I agree with Otis's argument of the need to be specific with the terms we use and believe that his point agrees with the point that I made at the end of discussion today about how we can only combat terrorism in the Middle East by making it appear unappealing, and indeed, unjust. Demonstrating to the civilian populace how misguided and needless acts of terror are by appealing to their hearts and minds would have the effect of destroying the terrorist support base and recruitment drive. This demonstration can only come about through acts that gain the trust of civilians like building of infrastructure or the creation of schools but most importantly it would come about through US forces keeping the promises they make to local people and protecting rather than abandoning secured territory (this is especially the case in Afghanistan where after making false promises to civilians of protection in return for information/leads, the army will just evacuate the area leaving the civilians prone to reprisal.) The most important thing not to do is to fight fire with fire and destroy the homes and infrastructure of the people you are trying to win over and not to alienate. Now I understand that it is a very fragile and tricky situation since any person could be a possible terrorist threat, but this is the only way to appeal to people in a way that they can understand and that is local to them. In this sense I believe that all individuals have the same value system but are simply pushed to acts of an extreme nature due to their house being bombed or an innocent relative being needlessly shot. I don't want to criticize the US army because I know the Brits have been equally guilty of this in the past, but I feel that they need to stop relying on high-tech impersonal drones and destructive missiles and actually get to some effective counter-insurgency work! In this way not everyone will be or will want to be a 'terrorist' and support for terror tactics will fall.
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The Wolf is a UK militarised version of the Land Rover Defender. Designated in service as Truck Utility Light or Truck Utility Medium (TUL/TUM), the TUL was based on the shorter wheel base Defender 90, whilst the TUM was based on the Defender 110. A variant of TUM is the W.M.I.K (Weapons Mount Installation Kit) for use as reconnaissance and close fire support vehicles. WMIK fitted with roll cages and weapon mounts. Typically the vehicle will carry one 12.7 mm Heavy Machine Gun, 7.62 mm GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) or on occasion the MILAN ATGM, on the rear ring-mount, with an additional pintle mounted GPMG on the front passenger side. In late 2006, the MoD announced it was purchasing 40 new belt-fed Automatic Lightweight Grenade Launchers (ALGL) made by Heckler and Koch (HK GMG) that can fire up to 360 grenades per minute with a range of up to 1.5 km.; they are mounted on WMIKs in Afghanistan.
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Don't shift the topic from 'violence as persecution' to 'kings fighting wars'. Obviously Hindus fought wars amongst themselves, but on open plains between armies. They didn't devastate civilian populations and cities and rape women and children and treat all women as sex slaves after defeating the enemy king. And yes, please, please go and ask Buddhists. One 9/11 attack and the racial ugliness and big brother deep state of US was exposed. One attack in France and the country has been in the state of emergency for more than a year !!! And you expect India not to have been affected from its pristine cultural values after 500+ years of Islamic brutality and 200 years of Christian rules. Typical of christians -> destroy a country, burn down its every single institution, make people lose their age old values, and then act like 'drain inspectors' ... Look that country is so horrible. You must have all seen Afghanistan/Syria etc before and after images ... women free and women in burka ... That is one of the christian legacies (with the help of its fellow Abrahamic Islam). Whatever "cultural" problem you talk about is a poverty problem not a doctrinal one ... Well-off/Educated Hindus will surpass in every field (from women PMs and Presidents to bankers to scientists to spiritual sages...).
In ways big and small, Congress is taking back power from President Donald Trump on national security matters.
From Russia to the Pentagon budget, Republicans in Congress are proposing new checks to curb the White House's power and, in some cases, simply ignoring the Trump administration's desires on national security and foreign policy.
Wary of favorable comments Trump has previously made about Russia, the Senate has passed a significant Russia sanctions package that gives Congress the ability to review any administration effort to roll back sanctions against the Kremlin. Congressional committees approved three defense bills this week boosting Pentagon spending by about $30 billion more than the Trump administration proposed after Republicans complained that Trump's budget failed to rebuild the military as he promised.
And in a surprise vote this week, a House panel approved an amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, which provides legal authority for the U.S. wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"I think it's sinking in, especially with Republican members of Congress, that they are not getting the kind of adult leadership out of the White House that would allow you to give deference to the White House," said Mieke Eoyang, a national security analyst at Third Way and former congressional aide. "So you see Congress stepping up to take a much more aggressive role on national security for the first time in a very long time."
Legislative vs. Executive
For years, a small chorus in Congress has bemoaned the legislative branch giving back its national security powers to the executive, from war-making to the budget caps imposed by the sequestration law.
Congress certainly hasn't taken back those authorities in full, and some experts argue most of the steps taken thus far are mostly symbolic. There are still major hurdles to passing a new ISIS war authorization, the new Russia sanctions have stalled with the House, and sequestration spending caps are still looming over the spending process.
"I'm cautiously optimistic that Congress is looking to assert some structure on a chaotic national security process ... but at the moment these don't yet strike me as significant checks -- yet," said Loren DeJonge Schulman, a defense analyst at the Center for a New American Security. "I'll be willing to say Congress is offering a real check to this administration when it refuses to fund one of its initiatives, or halts war funding until a clear strategy is provided."
There were also similar efforts to curb President Barack Obama's national security powers, including blocking the closure of the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay and rolling back surveillance authorities.
At the start of the Trump administration, Republican congressional leaders on national security were hopeful that the national security team -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats -- would steer Trump in what they consider the right direction.
Trump was praised for his decision to strike Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack. But in many cases, Trump has ignored or overruled his national security team, and the President's actions and statements -- or lack of action -- has sparked a more robust response on Capitol Hill than during the Obama years.
"I think we are seeing a growing dose of skepticism by members of Congress -- notably in the President's own party -- about Trump's ability and willingness to grasp the complexities of key national security problems and his unique responsibilities as commander in chief," said John Kirby, a CNN diplomatic and military analyst and former Pentagon and State Department spokesman under Obama.
Rebukes of Trump
The Senate's Russia sanctions bill may be the most significant fight thus far over the balance of national security power. The bill, which passed 98-2, would give Congress the ability to block Trump from rolling back sanctions on Moscow and comes amid concerns from lawmakers following a Washington Post report in May that said Trump was considering returning two Russian compounds that the U.S. seized in December sanctions on Russia.
Senators are now pressing the House to pass the bill without weakening it.
While the House Appropriations Committee's vote to repeal the 2001 war authorization is unlikely to be signed into law, it is another implicit rebuke to Trump and a sign of growing congressional discontent with an unchecked war on terror.
The proposed amendment received support from both Democrats and Republicans during debate, but the vote caught House leaders in both parties off guard.
In other cases, Congress has taken symbolic gestures to rebuke the President.
The Senate, for instance, passed an amendment reaffirming support for NATO's Article 5 principle that an attack on one member is an attack on all -- a vote that came after Trump did not reaffirm the principle during his speech at NATO headquarters. The House passed a similar resolution on the floor this week to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO.
Key Republican senators are also injecting themselves directly into foreign policy decisions.
After Trump took Saudi Arabia's side in the blockade of Qatar by four Gulf countries -- putting him at odds with statements from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson -- Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker got involved.
The Tennessee Republican said he would use his authority as chairman to block any new foreign arms sales to all of the countries involved until a path to a resolution was found.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain has slammed the administration for failing to articulate a strategy for Afghanistan, and he threatened to provide one himself at a June confirmation hearing for Patrick Shanahan, Trump's nominee for deputy defense secretary.
"The President has two choices: Either give us a strategy or we will put a strategy that we develop into the defense authorization bill," McCain said.
Ignoring Trump's budget
McCain did not include his own Afghanistan strategy in his defense bill that passed this week, given that Mattis has promised one in July. But the Arizona Republican did blow by the Trump administration's Pentagon budget request, authorizing $640 billion in base spending compared to the Trump budget's $603 billion request.
"He called it a 10 percent (budget increase)," McCain told CNN. "It wasn't. It was 3 percent, and it was a joke. I think it's very clear that the majority of Congress, because of events in the world, view more seriously the cuts that have been made in defense spending."
While Republicans will still have to fight with Democrats over final spending levels, McCain and other defense hawks have placed the blame for Trump's defense spending levels at the feet of his budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, a fiscal hawk who often targeted defense spending while in Congress.
"Congress is in the lead here, but we're not making this up, we're going to the experts," said Ohio Republican Rep. Mike Turner. "We're listening to DOD, and we're merely giving them what they've already said that they needed. The problem is that OMB didn't listen and we are."
The Trump administration's proposed 32 percent cut to the State Department budget has gotten even less consideration in Congress, as lawmakers in both parties say they're going to ignore the proposal.
"After about five minutes, I said, 'This is a total waste of time,'" Corker told Tillerson at a June budget hearing. "The budget that's being presented is not going to be the budget we deal with. It's just not."
There are people whose memory fades with time. There are others whose importance only grows. Such a man was Chalmers Johnson
, who died last week. As a CIA analyst, and an influential scholar of east Asia's political economy, he forced a revision both of the Chinese revolution and the Japanese "economic miracle". Johnson went from being a spear-carrier for US global power to an unflinching chronicler of its impending demise. It started with a visit to Okinawa, where a 12-year-old Japanese girl was abducted and raped by two US marines and a sailor in 1995. He found that local hostility to the US military was not the exception, a response to three "bad apples", but the rule. Only late in his career did his impact reach beyond academia, with a trilogy that pathologised America's current role in the world. Blowback, the CIA word for the unintended consequences of actions that are kept secret from the US public, was the first: it was ignored at home when it came out in 2000. Its prime example was the recruiting, arming and putting into combat of mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan in the 1980s. 11 September made this book a bestseller, while "blowback" entered the political vocabulary. With 700 declared military bases, and probably 300 secret ones, around the world, Johnson likened his country to the Roman republic as it turned into an empire, which would find itself overstretched, bankrupted and then overrun. The uncomfortable parallel may have some life in it yet. - from In praise of … Chalmers Johnson.
Chalmers Johnson on his "Blowback" trilogy:
In Blowback, I set out to explain why we are hated around the world. The concept "blowback" does not just mean retaliation for things our government has done to and in foreign countries. It refers to retaliation for the numerous illegal operations we have carried out abroad that were kept totally secret from the American public. This means that when the retaliation comes -- as it did so spectacularly on September 11, 2001 -- the American public is unable to put the events in context. So they tend to support acts intended to lash out against the perpetrators, thereby most commonly preparing the ground for yet another cycle of blowback. In the first book in this trilogy, I tried to provide some of the historical background for understanding the dilemmas we as a nation confront today, although I focused more on Asia -- the area of my academic training -- than on the Middle East."
The Sorrows of Empire was written during the American preparations for and launching of the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. I began to study our continuous military buildup since World War II and the 737 military bases we currently maintain in other people's countries. This empire of bases is the concrete manifestation of our global hegemony, and many of the blowback-inducing wars we have conducted had as their true purpose the sustaining and expanding of this network. We do not think of these overseas deployments as a form of empire; in fact, most Americans do not give them any thought at all until something truly shocking, such as the treatment of prisoners as Guantanamo Bay, brings them to our attention. But the people living next door to these bases and dealing with the swaggering soldiers who brawl and sometimes rape their women certainly think of them as imperial enclaves, just as the people of ancient Iberia or nineteenth-century India knew that they were victims of foreign colonization."
In Nemesis, I have tried to present historical, political, economic, and philosophical evidence of where our current behavior is likely to lead. Specifically, I believe that to maintain our empire abroad requires resources and commitments that will inevitably undercut our domestic democracy and in the end produce a military dictatorship or its civilian equivalent. The founders of our nation understood this well and tried to create a form of government – a republic – that would prevent this from occurring. But the combination of huge standing armies, almost continuous wars, military Keynesianism, and ruinous military expenses have destroyed our republican structure in favor of an imperial presidency. We are on the cusp of losing our democracy for the sake of keeping our empire. Once a nation is started down that path, the dynamics that apply to all empires come into play – isolation, overstretch, the uniting of forces opposed to imperialism, and bankruptcy. Nemesis stalks our life as a free nation.”
I know some of his supporters might feel it’s a little harsh, but I think that we’ve had two years of him now, Amy, and the contours of this administration are now visible. And essentially, it is a conservative administration which has changed the mood music. So the talk is better. The images of the administration are better, the reasonable looks. But in terms of what they do—in foreign policy, we’ve seen a continuation of the Bush-Cheney policies, and worse, in AfPak, as they call it, and at home, we’ve seen a total capitulation to the lobbyists, to the corporations. The fact that the healthcare bill was actually drafted by someone who used to be an insurance lobbyist says it all.
Let’s look at it concretely. Bush had promised exactly the same withdrawal pattern from Iraq: by this time, we will be out. Obama has followed it. They’re not going out. What is essentially happening, they’re reducing the presence of combat troops and eliminating it in the big cities, and building six huge military bases all over Iraq, in which they’ll keep between fifty and sixty thousand soldiers, ready to act when the need be—just like the British did when they occupied Iraq in the '20s and ’30s of the last century. And the British were then driven out by a violent upheaval and revolution in the ’50s. So the US is keeping these bases in, (a) to control Iraq, and (b) as a warning to Iran. And I think there's going to be trouble.
The war isn’t over at all. We’ve seen, just a few days ago, huge explosions in Baghdad and Fallujah. It’s a total disaster and a mess. And to present that as somehow "mission accomplished part two" is a joke. That country has been wrecked, a million Iraqis dead, its social infrastructure destroyed. And in Afghanistan, they are now going from bad to worse. They know, and General Eikenberry knows and says, we cannot win this war militarily. They can’t lose it, but they can’t win it, either. So, political solution is the only way out, and that means that they have to have an exit strategy. Obama isn’t even talking about that, because that might be construed as a sign of weakness. But by who? The army knows what’s going on. They can’t stay there forever. - Tariq Ali, speaking to Amy Goodman on DemocracyNow!
In Cairo, at West Point, at Oslo, Obama has treated the world to one uplifting homily after another, each address larded with every euphemism that White House speechwriters can muster to describe America’s glowing mission in the world: ‘Our country has borne a special burden in global affairs’; ‘Our cause is just, our resolve unwavering.’ The model for this variant of imperial presidency is Woodrow Wilson—no less pious a Christian, whose every second word was peace, democracy or self-determination, while his armies invaded Mexico, occupied Haiti and attacked Russia. But cant still goes a long way to satisfy those who yearn for it... - Tariq Ali, from The Obama Syndrome.
The question demands to be asked: Who is more deserving of contempt? The commander-in-chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause, however misguided, in which he sincerely believes? Or the commander-in-chief who sends young Americans to die for a cause in which he manifestly does not believe and yet refuses to forsake?
The Afghanistan decision was his [Obama's] opportunity to begin to chart a new course on national security policy, to begin to break away from this pattern of behavior that we’ve adhered to for the past sixty or so years. And he blew it. I can’t pretend to look into his heart and understand what factors caused him to make the decision he did. I suspect that a political calculation may have weighed more heavily than a strategic calculation or a moral calculation. And I find that deeply upsetting, because I, and I think many of us, felt that here, finally, was a public figure who—whose decisions would not be influenced primarily by political calculations...
My guess is the President probably right now has a case of buyer’s remorse and is wishing that he hadn’t actually made the decision that he did, but it has become Obama’s war. I mean, he finds himself in a circumstance now where, having bought the war, it’s going worse now than it was last year. And he’s basically facing a reelection campaign right around the corner. Unless David Petraeus, our new commander, truly pulls a rabbit out of the hat, then President Obama will run for reelection in 2012 with this war still very much ongoing and, in all likelihood, with no end in sight.
But you asked the question, where does the pressure come from? And the pressure comes from what President Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex. The pressure comes from the national security apparatus. There are people in institutions who are deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. There are budgets, there are prerogatives, there are ambitions, that ostensibly get satisfied by maintaining this drive for American globalism, again, backed by an emphasis on military power. So I don’t discount for a second that the President would have had to, you know, shove aside some fairly stubborn resistance to make that course change on Afghanistan, and he chose not to do it. - Andrew J. Bacevich from a DemocracyNow! interview.
There exists an alternative tradition to which Americans today could repair, should they choose to do so. This tradition harks back to the nearly forgotten anti-imperial origins of the Republic. Succinctly captured in the motto “Don’t Tread on Me,” this tradition is one that does not seek trouble but insists that others will accord the United States respect. Updated for our own time, it might translate into the following substitute for the existing sacred trinity.
First, the purpose of the U.S. military is not to combat evil or remake the world, but to defend the United States and its most vital interests. However necessary, military power itself is neither good nor inherently desirable. Any nation defining itself in terms of military might is well down the road to perdition, as earlier generations of Americans instinctively understood. As for military supremacy, the lessons of the past are quite clear. It is an illusion and its pursuit an invitation to mischief, if not disaster. Therefore, the United States should maintain only those forces required to accomplish the defense establishment’s core mission.
Second, the primary duty station of the American soldier is in America. Just as the U.S. military should not be a global police force, so too it should not be a global occupation force. Specific circumstances may from time to time require the United States on a temporary basis to establish a military presence abroad. Yet rather than defining the norm, Americans should view this prospect as a sharp departure, entailing public debate and prior congressional authorization. Dismantling the Pentagon’s sprawling network of existing bases promises to be a lengthy process. Priority should be given to those regions where the American presence costs the most while accomplishing the least. According to those criteria, U.S. troops should withdraw from the Persian Gulf and Central Asia forthwith.
Third, consistent with the Just War tradition, the United States should employ force only as a last resort and only in self-defense. The Bush Doctrine of preventive war -- the United States bestowing on itself the exclusive prerogative of employing force against ostensible threats even before they materialize—is a moral and strategic abomination, the very inverse of prudent and enlightened statecraft. Concocted by George W. Bush to justify his needless and misguided 2003 invasion of Iraq, this doctrine still awaits explicit abrogation by authorities in Washington. Never again should the United States undertake “a war of choice” informed by fantasies that violence provides a shortcut to resolving history’s complexities.
Were this alternative triad to become the basis for policy, dramatic changes in the U.S. national security posture would ensue. Military spending would decrease appreciably. The Pentagon’s global footprint would shrink. Weapons manufacturers would see their profits plummet. Beltway Bandits would close up shop. The ranks of defense- oriented think tanks would thin. These changes, in turn, would narrow the range of options available for employing force, obliging policy makers to exhibit greater restraint in intervening abroad. With resources currently devoted to rehabilitating Baghdad or Kabul freed up, the cause of rehabilitating Cleveland and Detroit might finally attract a following.
President Lyndon Johnson had hoped that an ambitious domestic reform program known as the Great Society might define his legacy. Instead, he bequeathed to his successor a nation that was bitterly divided, deeply troubled, and increasingly cynical.
To follow a different course would have required Johnson to depart from the Washington rules. This he -- although not he alone -- lacked the courage to do.
Here lies the real significance -- and perhaps the tragedy -- of Barack Obama’s decision, during the first year of his presidency, to escalate the U.S. military effort in Afghanistan. By retaining Robert Gates as defense secretary and by appointing retired four-star officers as his national security adviser and intelligence director, Obama had already offered Washington assurances that he was not contemplating a radical departure from the existing pattern of national security policy. Whether wittingly or not, the president now proffered his full-fledged allegiance to the Washington consensus, removing any lingering doubts about its durability.
In his speech of December 1, 2009, while explaining to the cadets at West Point why he felt it necessary to widen a war already in its ninth year, Obama justified his decision by appending it to a much larger narrative. “More than any other nation,” he declared, “the United States of America has underwritten global security for over six decades -- a time that, for all its problems, has seen walls come down, and markets open, and billions lifted from poverty, unparalleled scientific progress and advancing frontiers of human liberty.” Obama wanted it known that by sending tens of thousands of additional U.S. troops to fight in Afghanistan his own administration was carrying on the work his predecessors had begun. Their policies were his policies.
The six decades to which the president referred in his artfully sanitized rendering of contemporary history were the years during which the American credo and the sacred trinity had ascended to a position of uncontested supremacy. Thus did the president who came into office vowing to change the way Washington works make known his intention to leave this crucially important element of his inheritance all but untouched. Like Johnson, the president whose bold agenda for domestic reform presaged his own, Obama too was choosing to conform
- an excerpt from WASHINGTON RULES: America's Path To Permanent War by Andrew J. Bacevich.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott, New England Patriots wideout Julian Edelman, Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas and tennis player Caroline Wozniacki highlight this year's ESPN The MagazineBody Issue.
Other athletes include Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, USWNT soccer player Julie Ertz, San Jose Sharks teammates Brent Burns and Joe Thornton, Los Angeles Sparks star and WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike and members of the U.S. women's national hockey team, among others.
ESPN shared the full list of athletes:
And tweeted this of Thomas:
Thomas, 5'9", averaged 28.9 points and 5.9 assists during the 2016-17 season, leading the Celtics to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Thomas said he believes his size is an advantage, per Morty Ain of ESPN.com:
"Being the smallest guy on the court has actually been to my advantage. When I tell people that, they always look at me like I'm crazy. But Gary Payton, years ago, told me that 'the guy that's lowest to the ground usually always wins.'
"I've talked to the guys like Muggsy Bogues and Nate Robinson and Damon Stoudamire. I've built relationships with those guys. And the main thing they tell me is, 'Just be yourself. Whatever you bring to the table, do it at a high level.'"
Thomas isn't the only athlete in the Body Issue with a motivational story.
Snowboarder and mountaineer Kirstie Ennis, for instance, is a retired sergeant in the Marine Corps. Per Carly Stern of the Daily Mail, Ennis "was severely wounded in Afghanistan in 2012 after her helicopter crashed." She needed a leg amputation and later required a second surgery on the same leg.
Olympian Novlene Williams-Mills comes to mind as well. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 and had a double mastectomy. She told Laura Williamson of the Daily Mail:
"'The mastectomy was scary because this is what makes me a lady. What am I going to look like? It was very difficult. I want to have kids one day, and you see all those mothers out there nursing and I'm not going to be able to do that.
"There were days I didn't know if I could make it. I was in so much pain. I cried because they tell me that tears are a language that God understands. I hoped my husband still loved me the same. We met when I was like this and now he's seeing a whole different person. But I didn't have to worry about him. He was my nurse, my rock."
Now, she'll be become the first breast cancer survivor to appear in the Body Issue.
Ranjau yang diduga diletakkan oleh ISIS menewaskan tujuh warga sipil, Jumat (30/6) di kawasan timur Afghanistan.
Kantor Gubernur Nangarhar mengatakan kepada VOA bahwa sebuah truk pick-up sipil dihantam bom pinggir jalan yang meledak di distrik Achin dan mencederai lima warga sipil, termasuk perempuan dan anak-anak. Bom tersebut tampaknya ditempatkan oleh ISIS.
Belum ada yang mengaku bertanggung jawab atas serangan tersebut.
Para pejabat di rumah sakit Ghani Khil memberitahu VOA...
Seorang pejabat Afghanistan mengatakan, sekelompok milisi Taliban menyerang sebuah pos keamanan di bagian barat provinsi Farah, menewaskan sedikitnya enam polisi dan melukai tiga lainnya.
Abdul Marouf Folad, kepala polisi provinsi, mengatakan serangan itu berlangsung Kamis malam (30/6), di sebuah pos keamanan di sebelah utara ibukota propinsi itu, yang juga dinamakan Farah.
Ia mengatakan, bentrokan senjata menyusul serangan itu berlangsung selama tiga jam dan juga mengakibatkan...
Predator drone with Hellfire missiles on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. (Photo: Alex Edney-Browne)
The Trump administration's "drone policy," though early to characterize, is shaping up to be even more aggressive than the Obama administration's. There has been a significant increase in the number of drone attacks since Trump assumed office. In March 2017 parts of Yemen and Somalia -- where the United States is not formally at war -- were changed to "areas of active hostilities," making it easier for the US to launch drone attacks.
Many more civilians are dying than the US government publicly admits.
Through the Obama years and continuing with Trump, opponents of drone warfare have tended to highlight civilian casualties from drone attacks. They rightly argue that many more civilians are dying than the US government publicly admits. Another frequently raised concern is the secrecy of (and dubious legal basis for) the CIA's drone operations in "non-traditional battlefields" like Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. These are all pressing issues and will continue to serve an important role in ethical debates about drone warfare.
What is often neglected in these debates, however, is the use of drones by the US Air Force (not the CIA) in countries that the US is known to be active in: Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The Trump administration is deepening its military engagement in these conflicts, and has committed to the deployment of nearly 4,000 soldiers to Afghanistan. This troop surge is going ahead even though a corresponding long-term strategy for the war in Afghanistan is not yet decided. It is important to consider how the use of drones is affecting civilians' lives and livelihoods in these countries, how those effects will manifest in the future, and the long-term implications of this for diplomacy and security.
More Than Numbers: Afghan Civilians
"Bongak" and "Bnngina" are the terms used to describe military drones in different regions of Afghanistan: Dari/Pashto onomatopoeias because of the "bnng" sound they make as they hover above. Afghanistan is the world's most drone-bombed country, yet is commonly forgotten about in drone criticism and monitoring efforts. Drone surveillance and attacks began in Afghanistan in 2001, yet the civilian casualty toll has only been monitored since 2015. The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the organization conducting this monitoring, reports that accurate figures are almost impossible to obtain because of the insecurity and inaccessibility of attack locations.
Quantitative data is not the best tool to convey how it feels to hear drones, to think about being spied on in your home or to fear a possible attack.
This means there are limitations to relying on civilian casualty figures when discussing the ethics of drone warfare in Afghanistan. More importantly, and this applies to all areas attacked and surveilled by drones, the effects of drones are much more profound and wide-ranging than a focus on casualty numbers invites the public to consider. Casualty figures can even work to dehumanize victims: Quantitative data is not the best tool to convey how it feels to hear drones, to think about being spied on in your home or to fear a possible attack. Despite the obvious challenges, it is important that researchers and journalists attempt to uncover and communicate the emotional and psycho-social harms of drone warfare. The recent documentary National Bird, which interviews Afghan drone victims, is one such example of the brave journalism needed.
Afghan Victims Detail Psycho-Social Harms
As a Ph.D. researcher based in Australia, going to Afghanistan to speak with drone victims seemed impossible for myriad reasons, including the rigorous ethics approval and "high-risk travel destination" application my university required. Persistence paid off, however, and I had the (difficult, heart-wrenching, yet moving) experience of meeting with more than 20 Afghans who live in provinces surveilled by drones, were injured in drone attacks or have lost loved ones to drone attacks. It is their stories that I share here, though I have changed their names to protect their privacy.
Despite researching drone warfare for almost four years, it was still surprising to learn about the extent of the effect on Afghan people's lives and livelihoods. From the psychological distress of living under drone surveillance, to the economic impact of a disability, to the sadness and stress experienced by the family of an injured person, the Bongak/Bnngina has damaged so many aspects of Afghan lives.
Saifullah, a 39-year-old, was injured in a co-joint helicopter and drone attack on February 21, 2010. The attack -- reported in the media as "Uruzgan helicopter attack," though victims say they also saw the drone launch missiles -- took place in Kijran District, Daikundi Province (not Uruzgan). According to these civilians, Daikundi was (and still is) a safe, government-controlled province of Afghanistan. The attack killed 21 civilians and injured 14. Saifullah's younger brother, a 23-year-old, was killed from metal shrapnel piercing his head. Saifullah needed a below-knee amputation on his left leg and now lives with a prosthetic. The "Uruzgan Attack" is unique for a US air attack in Afghanistan because it received Western media attention (many don't), and the transcript of the drone crew was successfully obtained by the LA Times through a Freedom of Information Act request. It is the only publicly available drone transcript. Media reporting of the event reveals the civilian casualty count. Saifullah's testimony is much more horrifying:
I heard everybody shouting and crying…. I saw pieces of bodies, even pieces like the size of this cup [points]. I lost my brother. My leg was broken and it was very painful. It is very difficult to see that situation with your own eyes, even for me to say it now. I hope that God does not show that kind of scene to anyone.
Seven years after that dreadful day, Saifullah is still feeling the impact. He has nightmares that wake him in a sweat, he discontinued his university education because his memory and concentration have since weakened, and he sometimes avoids seeing his nephew because it is too upsetting to be reminded of his dead brother.
Saifullah, a drone attack victim, lost his leg and the trauma to his head stopped him from concentrating at university. (Photo: Alex Edney-Browne)Thankfully drones rarely fly over Daikundi province, so Saifullah only sees and/or hears them once or twice a year when he travels to other provinces. This is a relief, as he finds the sound "very disturbing," and fears there will be "another attack on me or some other innocent civilians."
Meanwhile Abdul Qodus, a 45-year-old from Wardak Province, cannot escape being transported back to the day of the attack that killed his brother. The Bnngina (the name given to drones in Wardak) flies over regularly. "All day and all night it is there," he laments. "It is nonstop in our village." This did not seem to be an exaggeration: Abdul had even heard a drone the evening prior to our meeting. "All night I did not sleep more than two hours," he told me. Abdul's brother, a farmer, was killed in 2014. He was working alone -- taking goats up to the mountain -- when he was hit by a drone missile.
"I heard the drone attack and I ran to the mountain. The first thing I saw was the pieces of my brother's body."
"I heard the drone attack and I got out of the house, because I knew my brother had taken goats to the mountain and I thought maybe he has been attacked, and I ran to the mountain," he added. "The first thing I saw was the pieces of my brother's body."
Abdul and his family's lives have changed drastically since the death of his brother. They are now scared of taking their animals to the mountain. "This affects our financial situation. Because we don't have much land, we need to use the grass at the mountain. Our lives are connected to our animals."
Abdul described how the lives of the whole community had been disrupted by drone attacks on the mountain. Before Abdul's brother's death, four other civilians had also been killed on the mountain in a separate drone attack.
"We are a mountain village," he told me. "We go to the mountain to collect wood for fuel, for fires. We need it for our cooking and to make bread. We collect mushrooms and mountain leeks. We get water from the mountain, too, because there is a spring there. We use it to irrigate our farms."
Villagers are worried that the drones' surveillance cameras will mistake their innocent behavior for something nefarious.
Many other rural Afghans echoed that the ill effects of drones were felt not just at the individual and familial level, but also by the wider community. Villagers are worried that the drones' surveillance cameras will mistake their innocent behavior for something nefarious. "When there is a jirga [local meeting] in the village and a drone goes around, we are afraid because we think the meeting will be attacked," Shanaky Gul, a 25-year-old from Wardak Province, said. Congregations of Afghan civilians have been targeted in the past. A study by Stanford Law School/NYU Legal Clinic, "Living Under Drones," likewise found that civilians in Waziristan, Pakistan, had stopped participating in communal and social activities because they feared gathering in groups.
It is hard to fathom the long-term effects of drone-induced fear on the psycho-social health of Afghan people and their communities. It is clear, however, that the task of diplomacy and improving security is made more difficult as a result. An overwhelming majority of the Afghan drone victims interviewed voiced unfavorable views about the United States and its allies. How will Afghanistan's next generation of community leaders and politicians, who have grown up living under the buzz of drones, feel towards the nations responsible for operating them? A troop surge will not improve this diplomatic impasse. Ahmad, a 21-year-old elementary school teacher from Wardak Province, put it this way: "We don't want to have relations with the militaries of foreign countries. We don't want it and we don't like them. The ordinary people like you -- we like them and we want to have connections with them."
Meanwhile, President Trump has repeatedly declared that he will "destroy radical Islamic terrorism," but has consistently shown that he does not understand the conditions in which terrorism thrives, overlooking the fact that the Taliban has capitalized on anger caused by drones in its propaganda material and the madrassas (schools) it funds in Eastern Afghanistan.
"We cannot care as well for our farms as before," Abdul told me. "When we go, we go with fear, we go quickly."
The psycho-social toll of drone warfare and its knock-on effects for cross-cultural relations and security are missed by most drone warfare criticism. As I witnessed in Afghanistan, the wide-ranging and long-term negative impact of drone warfare go far beyond the civilian casualty statistics most often cited, affecting the lives of all who live in the areas patrolled by drones.
"We cannot care as well for our farms as before," Abdul told me. "When we go, we go with fear, we go quickly."
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Alex Edney-Browne is a Ph.D. researcher in international relations at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her thesis investigates people's lived experiences of drone warfare, both Afghan civilians and US Air Force drone personnel. Follow her on Twitter: @AlexEdneyBrowne.
it astounds me we are having this conversation-that the truism that doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is insanity isn't part of this conversation we are all fooling ourselves-this is the insanity we have been practicing since WW2 -we have wasted our national treasure-spending away the chance of a paradise on war and death and with what results--stalemates-ceasefires-outright losses-overthrown democratically elected governments to install tyrants we can sell our death to-and a few victories over countries so small that their armies are glorified police--until we address this insanity we are doomed to the death and destruction that is truly our national legacy
Die Nato will wieder mehr Soldaten nach Afghanistan schicken. Das sagte Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg vor dem Verteidigungsministertreffen am Donnerstag in Brüssel. 15 Länder hätten bereits eine Verstärkung der aktuellen
February 21, 2013 COURTESY SOCHA FAAL Heads up from AntiMullah. Separate vacations and Obambi brings Reggie Love back with him. If you do not know what this is, you need to visit/view AntiMullah.com more often to keep up with latest developments.
Tone and content reflects information not normally provided by Lame Stream Media's love fest with Obambi. And worldwide events that discredit his claims and motives for anti-American, pro-Moslem Brotherhood policies and actions.
Read and become knowledgeable and stop believing the incredible lies Obama feeds us at every opportunity. Lies his own Democrats increasingly have a problem swallowing and are intentionally leading our nation into certain fiscal and political destruction.
'There are numerous Revolutionary Guard cells' inside borders - huge numbers within our universities and schools.
BY ALAN PETERS
For the record, we have been warning about the build up of Islamic infiltrators, mostly Iranians, all the way back to the very late Bush years by which time some 40,000 SUICIDERS had gradually gathered in the USA, not just terrorists but dedicated suicide bombers or those prepared to die for Islam.
Then came Obama and the game escalated to beyond measure with tens of thousands of Palestinians imported into the USA at taxpayer costs and nearly a BILLION dollar budget as so-called "refugees"!
Prior to this the State Department made visas visitors from Iran and Arab countries, who no longer had to register on arrival and provide fingerprints plus "religious visas for Iranian clerics suddenly became "ask and receive" the latter abused the "religious" rights, set up, ran and coordinated Islamic anti-American terrorism activity throughout Shia mosques around America and among Sunni collaborating organizations.
Like those formed by Obama's buddies the Moslem Brotherhood, which operates in part treacherously from inside the White House! Perhaps "treasonously" would apply here for those like Obama, who aid and abet them.
Our worst enemy is from within our own country and our feckless leadership from the White House and their pro-Islamic policies.
Michael Carl is a veteran journalist with overseas military experience and experience as a political consultant. He also has two Master's Degrees, is a bi-vocational pastor and lives with his family in the Northeast United States
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard is alive and well in the U.S. and the country’s law enforcement officials ignore them at their peril, according to former U. S. Air Force officer Steven O’Hern.
O’Hern says that the Revolutionary Guard, long an influential factor in the radical Islamic regime in Iran, does most of its surveillance and intelligence gathering through its proxy force, Hezbollah, considered by many to be a terror group.
“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard uses more than one approach. Hezbollah operatives and sympathizers are present in large numbers in many parts of the United States and actively conduct reconnaissance missions that develop information, photographs, and diagrams of federal buildings, and infrastructure targets,” O’Hern said.
“Those targets include such things as water utilities or electrical substations, and other potential targets to give the Guard the ability to quickly order a terrorist strike in our homeland,” O’Hern said.
He explains that the Revolutionary Guard is working through Shi’a mosques around the United States as well as the nation’s Lebanese immigrant communities.
“In the United States, the Revolutionary Guard and Hezbollah have a long-term mission of gathering intelligence on homeland targets and maintaining the capability to deliver multiple terrorist attacks if the IRGC chooses to do so,” O’Hern said. “I say ‘maintain’ because the Guard has already developed it.”
He said attacks could be ordered in retaliation if Iran’s nuclear program is hit, or, “Sleeper cells could even be ordered into action if economic sanctions were so successful that the regime was in danger.”
“Attacks against the U.S. homeland are only one place where the IRGC can strike – it also can attack U.S. troops and facilities in Afghanistan, Africa, Europe, all of which are closer,” O’Hern said.
O’Hern’s findings are affirmed by the analysis of a former Defense Department analyst who has asked not to be named for security reasons. The analyst points to the major Arab-American communities in the major cities, especially in Dearborn, Mich., and the San Francisco Bay area.
“It is my sense that IRGC will rely more on Hezbollah in the U.S. than having their own operatives here. The reason for that is Hezbollah presence is primarily through the concentration of the Arab-American communities, mainly Lebanese, throughout the U.S., such as in Michigan and elsewhere,” the source said.
Former FBI counterterrorism officer and Islam analyst John Guandolo agrees that the Revolutionary Guard has a presence in the United States, and it operates through the major Shi’a communities.
“This is the Iranian government’s military activity in the U.S,” he said.
Guandolo, who established Guandolo and Associates in 2012, says that when it comes to working to undermine non-Muslim countries, Shi’a and Sunni Muslims work together.
“We do know the Sunni and Shi’a groups that are hostile to the United States are working together. In Lebanon, Iraq, and other places we see Hezbollah, by Iran, and Hamas with al-Qaida, working together on the ground,” Guandolo said.
“In the United States, the largest Muslim Brotherhood organization, the Islamic Society of North America, put forth the ISNA Code of Honor which says Sunni Muslims will not challenge other Muslims, the Shi’a, on their Takfiri, their legitimacy,” Guandolo said.
“All Muslims are focused on a similar goal. In other words, the Muslim world is working towards one goal right now and they have written agreements and are working on the ground around the world together,” Guandolo said, “So, yes, Hamas, CAIR works with Hezbollah, which is basically the IRGC.”
The former Defense Department analyst says the Revolutionary Guard operates the same way worldwide.
“That is similar in Africa and Latin America. Like Iran, Hezbollah is mainly Shi’a, although it will have some Sunnis and even some Christian Lebanese who are sympathetic here,” the former Defense Department analyst said.
“There is a major Hezbollah contingent, for example, in Canada. It would be much easier for Iran to work through them and the extensive Lebanese communities throughout the U.S. than to seek to establish a major independent presence,” the Defense Department analyst said.
Still, he said, it’s possible that the IRGC itself may have operational units working in the United States.
“However, I don’t doubt that IRGC may have some operatives here acting as liaison with the Hezbollah elements here. In Lebanon, the IRGC presence is more open with representatives working out of the Iranian embassy in Beirut,” the Defense Department analyst said.
A former CIA station chief agrees, concluding that in the final analysis, Muslims will work together in combating their major enemy, the United States.
“Like al-Qaida in Sunni mosques, any Lebanese Shi’a or Hezbollah member here is a de facto Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps terrorist. Some 20 percent of all mosques in the U.S. are Shi’a, therefore they are de facto representatives of the Revolutionary Guard,” the former CIA station chief said.
O’Hern says that the IRGC and Hezbollah fund their operations through a set of illegal activities.
“Hezbollah harvests large amounts of money from the United States to support its operations – millions of dollars from criminal enterprises such as narcotics trafficking, the sale of counterfeit goods, and financial crimes are sent back to Hezbollah from our country every year,” O’Hern said.
WND reported in September 2011 that IRGC proxy Hezbollah had been suspected of funding operations by raising money through the network of U.S. Shi’a mosques located in cities with large Lebanese immigrant populations.
Former Air Force and State Department security officer Dave Gaubatz says it appears the reason for raising money is to give money to Hezbollah.
The FBI and the IRS were unavailable for comment on this story. Congressional representatives and federal regulatory agencies also contacted about the issue either referred WND to another office or refused comment. OBAMA, IN HIS BIASED PRO-SLAMIC FERVOR HAS FORBIDDEN THESE AND OTHERS IN HIS ADMINISRATION FROM LINKING ANY FORM OF ISLAM TO TERRORISM OR EVEN MENTIONING IT IN TRAINING MANUALS, SO THOSE CHARGED WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE LITTLE OR NO ABILITY TO RECOGNIZE LET ALONE OPPOSE TERRORISM. OR IMPLEMENT COUNTER-MEASURES WITHOUT RISKING THEIR JOBS!
Why We Occupied Senator Levin’s Office
Today, we occupied Senator Carl Levin’s office in Grand Rapids as a protest against the current administration’s decision to escalate the US war in Afghanistan. We do this not simply because we are against war, but because this decision by the Obama administration is unjust.
The US is not in Afghanistan to bring Democracy – Since 1979, the US has supported anti-democratic forces such as the Mujahadeen, the Northern Alliance, the Taliban and a variety of individual warlords. The US has also supported the current regime of Karzai, knowing full well that his administration has been corrupt from the beginning.
Den 29 juni deltog försvarsminister Peter Hultqvist i Natos försvarsministermöte i Bryssel.
NATO är en del av USA:s globala imperie. Både Ryssland och Kina har varit förvånansvärt återhållsamma i sin insällning till väst och Nato-länder i synnerhet.
Nato är allestädes närvarande och detta har att göra med bevarandet av globala militärindustriella företagsintressen, säger Mike Raddie, medredaktör för BSNews.
Efter det kalla kriget borde Nato ha upplösts. Nato användes i Libyen. Nato används i Afghanistan och i Syrien än idag.
Nato:s uppbyggnad med trupper på de ryska gränserna är extremt provocerande och farligt. Detsamma gäller för Kina, som till stora delar är omgivet av amerikanska trupper, amerikanska baser och amerikanska hangarfartyg.
Vi får inte glömma att det är minst 800 amerikanska baser utplacerade tunt om i världen. Och att det amerikanska Special Forces förra året var utplacerade i 138 länder. Det är 70 procent av landets stater i världen.
Det finns mycket få länder som inte har en amerikansk närvaro i sina länder just nu. Förmodligen är en del av dessa Special Forces placerade för utbildningsändamål.
Men de tränar de lokala trupperna, och det är att göra med bevarandet av militärindustrins egenintressen. De är inte där för att rädda eller hjälpa människor. De är där för att skydda företagens intressen, var de än må vara.
Det är orimligt att skattebetalarna betalar miljarder mer dollar för NATO:s budget eftersom de får mindre och mindre fred, säkerhet och stabilitet, säger Jan Oberg, chef för gränsöverskridande Stiftelsen för fred och framtida forskning.
Natos generalsekreterare Jens Stoltenberg sade att blockets säkerhetsutgifter ser den största ökningen sedan 2014, med 4,3 procent 2017. Stoltenberg sade också att alliansen redan har stridskrafter utplacerade längs Rysslands gränser med fyra multinationella stridsgrupper i de baltiska länderna och Polen, som nu är i full drift. Vi står enade inför eventuell aggresion sade en stolt Stoltenberg under en presskonferens på onsdagen. Det finns absolut inget hot, som skulle legitimera denna typ av ökning, säger Jan Oberg. Nato med 29 länder har 12 gånger högre utgifter, när det gäller militära utgifter, än Ryssland, som är det påstådda största hotet. Terrorism, vilket är en mycket mer legitimt hot, har sedan 2001 ökat 80 gånger, vilket innebär att kriget mot terrorism är det mest kontraproduktiva krig någonsin att bekämpa i mänsklighetens historia.
På torsdagens möte i Bryssel var en av de saker, som diskuterades, hur man ska bekämpa ISIS i Mellanöstern. Alla vet att USA och dess allierade stödjer ISIS och andra terrorister och förhindrar den syriska legitima regeringens kamp mot terrorister på dess territorium. I 68 år har Nato misslyckats med att skapa en fredlig värld.
Vi behöver mera pengar sade Stoltenberg. Pengarna som Stoltenberg talade om är medborgarnas pengar. Det är orimligt att be skattebetalarna att betala miljarder mer dollar för att få mindre och mindre fred, säkerhet och stabilitet.
For how many years, Moringa and Ginger are used to fight various diseases and have always yielded an amazing result. A recent study showed that these two natural ingredients are utilized in combination and in right proportions, their result is faster and more effective.
Properties of Moringa:
We all know that Moringa is widely known as the tree of life and part of the custom medicine of India, Ayurveda.
It is a culture of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and also the Philippines but we must be thankful of this herb because of some unending properties and it is known popular in some parts of the world.
Headache: The leaves of Moringa are used to lessen or it can remove a headache or a migraine. All in all, it contains analgesic action that can ease the pain.
High pressure: Moringa has components like isothiocyanate glycosides, thiocarbamate can act as hypnotists making it very essential for people who are suffering from high blood pressure.
For the stomach: It has anti-ulcer effects, that is why it advised for stomach ulcers. Moringa has a protective action and also beneficial for some stomach problem like stomach acid.
Protects the liver: It is highly suggested to prevent liver ailments or for those individual who hopes to recover the health of their liver.
Against anemia: Since Moringa contains various nutrients to prevent anemia. It contains proteins, minerals, and vitamins that are essential to fight anemia.
Relief Arthritis: It can contribute to lessening the inflammation because it contains anti-inflammatory components. To add with that, Moringa contains iron, copper, potassium, calcium, and magnesium that help to strengthen your muscles to prevent disease in the future.
Protection against cancer: According to some study the extract from Moringa leaves inhibit acceleration of cancer cells due to its benzyl isothiocyanate. Many experts said that this chemical compound has chemoprotective abilities to fight against cancer. It also helps to strengthen their healthy cells if they are going to some cancer treatment like chemotherapy.
Lower Cholesterol: According to some studies moringa can be compared with simvastatin, this drug can lower down cholesterol.
[…] far fewer than claimed did trigger a response from the executive. On 1 July 2015 President Ghani assigned a ten member fact-finding commission to conduct a comprehensive investigation into allegations of […]
The Trump administration's emerging strategy on Afghanistan involves sending more American troops into the country, the isolation of Pakistan, and the long-term goal of a political settlement with the Taliban.
The federal government has decided to reopen the Ghulam Khan border check post in North Waziristan Agency on July 3 (Monday) to allow transit trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan after four years. The Ghulam Khan trade route was closed after the start of anti-terrorism offensive, Zarb-i-Azb, in North Waziristan in June 2014. It is the […]
The shockingly brutal and no mercy type behavior of the American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan reminds me of how the Israelis treat the Palestinians and I think we all know why that is, America, it seems, is the greater Israel project!
The Aldobrandini family is a top Illuminati bloodline...
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A Taliban shadow district chief has been killed in fighting with security forces in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, officials said. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article35884062.ece/f4a11/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-728e29a9-62c1-4f35-948e-e131d56107f1_I1.jpg A Taliban shadow district chief has been killed in fighting with security forces in Afghanistan's eastern Wardak province, officials said.
Quand ils avaient massacré à Koweit, en Irak ,en Afghanistan ou même tuer les Présidents dans les différents pays à travers le monde , ils ne cherchaient pas des soutiens et aujourd'hui contre la Corée du nord , ils demandent des soutiens ? mieux vaut qu'ils continuent de le faire comme auparavant; mais chaque chose a son temps malgré ils sont des grandes puissances mondiales ça fait une centaine d'années...
A senior education official was shot dead by his own brother in the northeastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan. According to the local security officials, the incident took place late on Friday night in the vicinity of Tagab district. Provincial security chief Mohammad Masood Chardara confirmed the incident and said the deputy chief of the Islamic Read the full article...
At least fourteen militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, have been mysteriously killed in eastern Nangarhar province. According to reports, the incident has taken place in the vicinity of Khogyani district late on Friday. The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan National Army Read the full article...
The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan welcomed the renewed commitment by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and called it vital for the realization of the four year roadmap for the development of the Afghan army and air forces. The Ministry of Defense spokesman Gen. Dawlat Waziri told reporters in Kabul “Ministry of Defense (MoD) appreciated NATO’s Read the full article...
A deadly explosion ripped through a civilian vehicle in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, leaving at least twelve people dead or wounded. According to the local government officials, the incident took place late on Friday in the vicinity of Achin district. The provincial government media office in a statement confirmed that the seven people were Read the full article...
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group has lost five senior leaders in an airstrike in northern Jawzjan province of Afghanistan. The local security officials are saying that the airstrike was carried out by the foreign forces based in Afghanistan on Friday. Provincial security chief Abdul Hafiz Khashi said ten ISIS loyalists Read the full article...
The Pakistani army chief of staff General Javed Qamar Bajwa has claimed that threats being posed to Pakistan continue to reside across the border in Afghanistan. Gen. Bajwa made the remarks during a meeting with the tribal elders in Parachinar, days after a deadly explosion ripped through the area, leaving scores of people dead or Read the full article...
Berlin. Am vergangenen Wochenende haben im Rahmen von drei Gedenkveranstaltungen in und um Berlin Kriegsveteranen der Bundeswehr ihrer gefallenen Kameraden gedacht, doch die bundesdeutsche Politprominenz machte einen weiten Bogen um das ehrende Gedenken. Während das Fußball-Pokalfinale und der Kirchentag, beide ebenfalls in Berlin stattfindend, mit reichlich Besuch der Damen und Herren Berufspolitiker aufwarten konnten, fand das Erinnern an gefallene deutsche Soldaten keinerlei Würdigung.
Im Zentrum stand eine Mahnwache vor dem Bundeskanzleramt, die der Bund Deutscher Einsatz-Veteranen organisiert hatte und die für eine bessere Anerkennung von im Ausland eingesetzten Bundeswehrsoldaten eintrat. Aktive Soldaten, Veteranen und Angehörige von Verwundeten und Gefallenen forderten ein „klares politisches und militärische Bekenntnis“ zu den Leistungen der „Frauen und Männern, die mit schmutzigen Stiefeln und Waffe in der Hand für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland auf fremden Boden gestanden, ihr Leben riskiert haben“. Auch forderte der Veteranen-Verband eine „eigene, moderne und unbelastete Traditionslinie“ für die Bundeswehr, insbesondere als einer Armee im Kampfeinsatz, die mit tapferen und mutigen Soldaten aufwarten kann, „die helfen, schützen aber auch kämpfen mußten, die gefallen sind oder mit körperlichen oder seelischen Verwundungen heimkehrten, mit Erfolgen und Mißerfolgen, mit militärischen Glanzleistungen aber auch mit Führungsversagen“. Das Fernbleiben bundesdeutscher Politiker wird inzwischen massiv kritisiert, die Truppe ist zunehmend enttäuscht von ihrer politischen Führung. (sp)
Martin Schulz schweigt diesmal. Abgetaucht wie bei der Vorstellung des allerallerbesten SPD-Programms seit Willy Brandt, lässt der Kanzlerkandidat der SPD erstmals eine Gelegenheit verstreichen, seinen üblichen Terrortrauertweet zu verklappen: "Ich bin schockiert über den Anschlag in ...", hieß es bei Schulz üblicherweise, als der gescheiterte EU-Parlamentspräsident noch glaubte, er könne irgendwen davon überzeugen, dass etwas anderes ihn treibt als kalte Machtgier.
Diesmal aber gibt Schulz dem Terror keine Chance. Und er ist nicht allein. Rundherum in Europa läuft in den Stunden nach der Ermordung von Kindern und Jugendlichen beim Konzert eines Teenie-Stars in Manchester die gewohnte Abwiegelungs- und Solidaritätsroutine wie am Schnürchen. Die bei jedem Trump-Bericht angewidert schauenden Nachrichtensprecher kramen die Leichenbittermiene heraus, die Terrorexperten werden aus dem Keller geholt, junge Praktikanten dürfen herzzerreißende Mitleidstweets in die Kamera vorlesen."Mutmaßlich" ist der Terror. Mutmaßlich die Betroffenheit.
Die mediale Öffentlichkeit hat zwei Jahre nach dem Anschlag auf das Satiremagazin "Charlie Hebdo" in Paris antrainierte Reflexe, die anspringen, wenn der Auslösereiz danach schreit: Kein Entsetzen mehr, keine Fassungslosigkeit, nirgendwo das Gefühl, es geschehe Außerordentliches, Unerhörtes, Niefürmöglichgehaltenes. Sondern achselzuckendes Akzeptieren, wie es die Menschen im Irak, in Afghanistan, im Jemen, in Syrien und in der ganzen arabischen Welt seit Jahrzehnten von den Verhältnissen des Lebens unter der Herrschaft einer auf absoluten gehorsam zielenden Steinzeit-Religion antrainiert bekommen haben.
Dies ist die Welt, und sie ist nun auch die unsere. Die Menge des Terrorgiftes hat die westlichen Gesellschaften immunisiert gegen das Wirkungen des islamistischen Terrors. Nicht mehr die Anschläge sind das Problem, sondern deren Missbrauch durch "die Falschen". Nicht mehr die Toten wiegen schwer, sondern allenfalls deren Instrumentalisierung in Wahlkämpfen. Die Gewöhnung an das Sterben, das mitten in den Alltag bricht, verhärtet die Herzen und es schafft sich seine eigene Wirklichkeit. Niemals mehr hört später von den Tätern, nicht von den Mördern von Paris, nicht von denen von Brüssel, von Budapest, von Nizza, Olando, Hannover, Essen, Würzburg, München oder Ansbach.
Nach der ersten Aufregung folgt die Ermattung und irgendwann ja schon der nächste "Vorfall" (Die Linke). Was willste denn machen? Kannste doch nicht.
Die jugendlichen Fans der Popsängerin Ariana Grande kennen gar keine andere Welt, keine Welt ohne scharfe Sicherheitskontrollen, ohne Antiterror-Poller, ohne Polizei in schusssicheren Westen, ohne Bahnhöfe mit Sicherheitsschleusen. Diese Gegenwart ist ihre, dieses neue Europa das einzige, in dem sie aufgewachsen sind. Terror? Ab und zu passiert es. Ab und zu passieren ja auch Zahnschmerzen. Unwetter. Unglückliche Liebe.
Eine Generation, die keine Sicherheit kennt
Der Blick auf den Kurznachrichtendienst Twitter zeigt am besten, was mit dieser Generation passiert, die keine Unschuld kennt, keine Sicherheit, kein Grundvertrauen in den Menschen, der im Konzert nebenan jubelt, vor einem über die Straße läuft, beim Starbucks als nächster in der Reihe wartet. Dafür aber Solidaritäts- und Pray-for-(Stadt-Land-Fluss)- Meme-Gneratoren, popkulturelle Icons, in denen sich ganze Teen-Fanlager ihrer miteinander geteilten Gefühle versichern. Wie staatliche Behörden europaweit jedes Dorffest mit Betonbarrikaden absperren, so sperren die 15-, 17- und 22-Jährigen ihr Seelenleben durch Verbundenheitsschleifchen mit den Bunny-Ohren aus Ariana Grande's SM-Hasenkostüm vor der Wirklichkeit ab. Das geht fix, irgendwo ist immer ein fingerfertiger Photoshopper, der sich freut, wenn sein Symbolangebot für den akutellen Katastrophenfall auf Facebook die Runde macht.
Eine Generation, für die Furcht und Terror zur normalen Lebenserfahrung gehören, noch bevor sie erwachsen wird. Eine Generation, deren Abende mit "Brennpunkt" und Terrortweets ihre popkulturelle Erlebniswelt prägen. Eine Generation zwischen Sicherheit und Zustrom, zwischen bunt und barbarisch, zwischen offenen Grenzen und offenem Straßenhandel mit Drogen, zwischen veganer Lebensweise und plötzlichem Tod aus archaischen Gründen. Die Älteren haben Angst. Die Jüngeren leben mit ihr.
Während ihnen eine Elite aus Politikern, Wissenschaftlern und Medienarbeitern, die eine unbeschwerte Jugend ohne No-go-Areas, Taschenkontrollen und Röntgenschleusen vor jedem öffentlichen Gebäude erlebt hat und heute in Gated-Communities lebt, einredet, dass "wir" "uns" "unsere Art zu leben nicht aufgeben werden", ist es längst passiert. Die Islamisierung des Abendlandes.
A military officer testified that he saw Sgt. First Class Mark Allen (pictured) shot in the head during the 2009 search for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (How about an eye for an eye?)
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The military judge overseeing Army Sgt. Bowe case says prosecutors can try the soldier on a rare charge alleging he endangered comrades by walking off his post in Afghanistan in 2009.
The judge, Col. Jeffery Nance, rejected a defense motion on Thursday to dismiss the charge of misbehavior before the enemy, which carries up to a life sentence.
On June 21, a former Navy Seal testified that his military career ended when he was shot in the leg during a hastily planned mission to find Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after the soldier left his post in Afghanistan.
also faces a desertion charge, punishable by up to 5 years, at trial in October.
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PAKISTAN'S earthquake measured 7.6 on a scale known as the moment magnitude. This measure, a successor to Richter, allows seismologists to compare the energy released by different earthquakes. At each step of the scale, about 32 times more energy is released than at the previous step. It has no upper limit, but the largest recorded earthquake was in southern Chile in 1960 and measured 9.5.
Earthquakes happen mostly where the earth's tectonic plates collide. In Pakistan, quake activity is mainly concentrated in the northern and western sections of the country, along the boundary of the Indian, Iranian and Eurasian plates. The Indian plate is moving north at about 5cm a year, resulting in a force on the southern edge of the Tibetan plateau—the force that generates the Himalayas. As a result, earthquakes occur along the Himalayas all the way to Myanmar. (The movement of the Indian plate also caused the devastating Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami late last year.)
In recent years, Pakistan has not suffered as greatly from earthquakes as its neighbours in the Himalayas, Afghanistan, Nepal, China and India. Its ...
nsnbc : North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO and its allies have reiterated their commitment to Afghanistan and will sustain Resolute Support Mission beyond 2017. Stoltenberg asserted that the Alliance will continue to fund the Afghan Security Forces through 2020. The NATO Secretary-General added: “We will also continue funding […]
1. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the first Afghanistan-India air corridor at the Kabul International Airport. The corridor is a direct route that will bypass Pakistan and is meant to improve commerce in Afghanistan.
2. The iconicTaj Mahal PalaceHotelin the Mumbai City has acquired an'image trademark',making it thefirst building in the country to get intellectual property rights protectionfor its architectural design.
3. Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhanlaunched a Mobile App“Celebrating Yoga”developed by Ministry of Science & Technology in New Delhi.
4. Shri Piyush Goyal,Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New and Renewable Energy and Mines launched theEnergy Conservation Building Code 2017 (ECBC 2017). Developed byMinistry of Power and Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), ECBC 2017 prescribes the energy performance standards for new commercial buildings to be constructed across India.
5. Thedefensearm of the Tata Group has signed an agreement with American firmLockheed Martinto produce and export new generationF-16 fighter aircraft, potentially kick-starting a mega‘Make in India’ project.
6. Bihar GovernorRam NathKovindhas resigned from his gubernatorial post. The resignation follows his nomination as the ruling NDA’s presidential candidate. President Pranab Mukherjee has accepted the resignation ofKovindas the Governor of Bihar.
7. TheWorld Refugee Dayis observed across the world on20 Juneto commemorate the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. The day is celebrated by United Nations.
8. Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called Mangalyaancompletes 1000 Earth days in its orbit on 19th June 2017. The interplanetary mission of ISRO was launched on 5thNovember 2013.
9. Online financial services marketplaceBankBazaarhas begun its operations inMalaysiato strengthen its presence in South East Asia.
10. India has become the 71st countryto ratify the United NationsInternational Convention on Road Transports, TIR. The Convention is a multilateral treaty to boost International Transport of Goods. TIR is managed and developed by IRU - the world road transportorganization.
11. IDBI Bankhas started insolvency resolution process againstLanco Infratech Ltd.following a directive fromthe Reserve Bank of India (RBI). While this is the first resolution process initiated by the lenders against 12 large borrowers identified by the RBI recently.
12. India won six medalsin theWushu competition of the first ever BRICS Games, which concluded in Guangzhou, China recently. The medals haul comprised two each in gold, silver, and bronze.
13. The father of India's nuclear fusion reactor research program, Padma Shri Prof Predhiman Krishan Kaw, passed away.
1. Leo Varadkar, a 38-year-old Indian-origin doctor, scripted history by becoming Ireland’s youngest and the first openly gay Prime Minister of the Catholic-majority country.Varadkar, the country’s first Indian-origin premier, officially took over from Enda Kenny as Taoiseach, as the Irish prime ministerial title is known, after a parliamentary vote in Dublin confirmed him as the leader by 57 votes to 50, with 47 abstentions.
2. Minister of Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal addressed a Joint Press Conference with the organizers of ANUGA - an international business platform for Food Industry to be held in Cologne, Germany.
3. To enhance the passenger's experience by upgrading existing fleet of coaches with better furnishing, aesthetics & amenities and better safety features with a view to provide a safe and comfortable travel, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu has launched MISSION RETRO-FITMENT in Rail Bhavan, New Delhi.
4. The World Bank has approved financing worth more than 500 million dollars for Afghanistan to support a string of projects to boost the economy, help improve service delivery in five cities and support Afghan refugees sent back from Pakistan.
5. According to the Code Compliance Rating of banks done by the Banking Codes and Standards Board of India (BCSBI) 2017,only one (IDBI Bank) out of 26 public sector banks and eight out of 17 private sector banks got ‘high’ rating for their adherence to code compliance.
6. Indian warships began a week-long naval exercise off the coast of Western Australia. The second AUSINDEX exercises are aimed at increasing interoperability between Australian and Indian naval forces, executing complex naval manoeuvres.
7. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test fired the anti-tank missile “Nag” in a desert in Rajasthan’s western sector.
8. State-owned oil firms IOC, BPCL and HPCL on signed an agreement to jointly set up world's biggest refinery at Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
9. The Telangana government launched the website 'PashuBazar' to facilitate online sale or purchase of cattle.
Every time I've come up with a post idea in the past few days I've put it aside until after the New Year, because around this time of year everyone else is doing an end of year wrap-up or something about resolutions.
This is a fairly ridiculous impulse, because I never do an end of the year wrap-up. My memory is geared towards things like the exact wording that was used on the phone, a national stock number, or the name of an obscure Wonder Woman villain. I'm not particularly good with dates, as my family (who have seen their birthdays forgotten nearly every year for the past decade) would attest. A year-end wrap-up would require me to remember things from earlier in the year, and even more dauntingly, remember just when in the year they happened.
In the meantime, I don't place much stock in New Year's Resolutions, because anything that requires more than a couple weeks is planning too far ahead for me. I hate planning. I went out of my way to form a lifestyle which excuses long-term planning, I'm not going to muck that up with New Year's Resolutions. Instead, I do End of Year Resolutions and this year I have busted all but one of them.
Still, if anyone is interested in a snapshot of this point in my life:
I have work this weekend, so I'm spending a quiet evening at home rather than going out.
I finished a Dispatches from the Fridge post, and am feeling rather satisfied that I've managed to post most of the weekends since starting it. We've managed 93 posts this year, nearly two per weekend.
I'm sitting in the middle of my uncleaned living (broken resolution number one), watching episodes from the old Sherlock Holmes series starring Jeremy Brett. Lately, that series has been something of an obsession for me, and I'm getting a great deal of enjoyment out of it. I'm chatting with Kalinara about Sherlock Holmes inspectors.
I live in the middle of the village, rather than on the edge this year, so I'm surrounded by people setting off fireworks. I can see them from my window, but I hadn't noticed last year how much like artillery they sound. I didn't have any particularly interesting experiences in Afghanistan, but the sound is a bit unsettling.
I managed to beat the 50-book mark this year again. I used to keep track of every year I tried on Librarything, but sometime in 2011 I decided to delete all of my tags and start over. I wish I hadn't done that. Here is this year's list if you're interested.
The one strange end of year resolution I completed was to read through all of the comments on this post. (Warning: it gets pretty transphobic around the 700s.) Basically, one of the old and rather irritating personalities in the mainstream feminist community, Hugo, was interviewed for that blog. Hugo is quite disliked by a number of readers, and so they discussed that. Hugo's whiny, patronizing, and uninteresting so those who dislike him have ignored his blog for several years, and missed the post where he confessed to attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend and got out of being arrested because the police got the idea that she was suicidal from someone he chooses not to name. (Safe bet it rhymes with Lugo.) Someone who had been paying attention brings this up in the thread, and it is promptly shut down. Begin shitstorm. A post about the virtues of forgiveness follows this, with closed comments. Then an apology post that had reached 956 comments by the time I finished it went up.
I felt compelled to read through the entire thing to get links and elaboration on the murder thing, because it couldn't have been what it sounded like. But yeah, got high, saw her sleeping there, decided he needed to put her and himself out of his misery, tried to gas her. So, what it sounds like. Then it was a matter of disbelief that people were actually defending him. In the end I posted a comment siding with the "Are you kidding me?" faction and left.
On the bright side, through the tangents I read about some interesting comments and found out about some interesting books.
I was also duly reminded why I dislike the main political feminist blogs, and why I stopped reading them, and stopped reading and linking to a lot of the "Big Name Feminists" out there. I ducked out a few years over the whole mess about the tasteless illustrations chosen for Marcotte's book, but I'd been softening since so many of my newer friends who weren't around back then seem to be linking these guys. Much trouble as I've caused, I really don't like to be the one who constantly brings up old shit, especially if the people have finally recanted in the meantime and I just missed it. Based on these events, I'm going to guess nothing has improved.
Anyway, my apologies for the dim tone of this post. I had a long day at work and look forward to a long workday tomorrow. For 2012, I intend to exercise more (for the sake of my job), clear out some of the squalor in which I am living, shoot for the 75 book challenge, and use less profanity in day to day speech.
Those are only intentions, though. I resolve to drink a little wine and finally write that post about Irene Adler.
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Often credited as the original session hairstylist, London-based Sam McKnight has long been a favorite of top fashion editors, renowned photographers, supermodels—and even royalty. McKnight's legendary career encompasses nearly every major magazine from Vogue to Vanity Fair; numerous fashion shows and advertising campaigns for clients like Chanel, Prada and Burberry; iconic pop culture hair moments like Agyness Deyn’s bleached blonde crop, Madonna’s Bedtime Stories album cover and Lady Gaga’s appearances with her alter ego Jo Calderone; and traveling alongside Princess Diana for seven years as her personal stylist. We asked McKnight to share his hair journey, offer his advice for the next generation of session stylists and tell us the Oribe product he's addicted to.
Tell us how you got your start in hair.
I really just fell into it by accident when I was 18 or 19 years old. I went to college in Scotland and hated it. A friend owned a combination salon/disco/diner, and I helped out with everything to make a little money. I discovered that I really loved the styling part of the job, so I began doing that. A year later, I fell in love with bright lights of London while I was there on vacation, so I decided to move. I re-trained at the Molton Brown salon, and that’s really where I learned everything. It was the late ‘70s, and the salon was around the corner from Vogue, so the editors used the stylists there all the time for shoots. I found the whole editorial creative process intoxicating—the polaroids, getting girls ready, the film, seeing my work in magazines…
By 1980, I was solely doing photo shoots. It was a time when all that was at its peak; the days of David Bailey, Jerry Hall, Helmut Newton. I was lucky to begin in the middle of that, and then carry on my career through the supermodel years with Oribe. During that time, there weren’t that many people doing what we did and specializing in editorial. It was a small group, and we all knew each other.
What was your big break?
Doing the shoots for British Vogue in early ‘80s started me on my path. From those, I got a call from American Vogue, and that set me on my way. I did a whole season of shoots for them. One of the early ones was with Kathy Ireland and Bruce Weber. The whole thing was a big learning curve. Shoots are very different than salon work, and shooting in the US was different than in the UK. I learned I had to take risks and make a few mistakes…and that was okay. I’m still learning to this day. I didn’t learn to keep my mouth shut until just recently!
Did you have any mentors or early influences?
At first, not really; I was just thrown in on the deep end. But I assisted Kerry Warn in the salon and on lots of shoots, and I Iearned a lot from him.
I really looked up to Garren and Mod’s Hair in Paris. I loved leafing through David Bailey’s pictures of Jerry Hall; I was intoxicated by the glamour. Arriving in NYC and getting to work with Patrick Demarchelier, Bruce Weber and Irving Penn was incredibly inspiring. I was lucky—I did a lot of work with editors at British Vogue, especially Anna Harvey, who is now the global director of Vogue. Anna was wonderfully loyal and encouraging when I first started. I worked with her for many years.
What do you consider some of your career highlights so far?
(We know you’re not slowing down at all!) In 1990, was introduced to Princess Diana by Patrick Demarchelier, and I worked with her for the next several years. I feel very fortunate for the time we had together. She was a wonderful person, and we’ll never see the likes of her again. She was very kind to me—and so much fun to be around. It was a magical seven years, and it propelled me into a new sphere. It’s that kind of experience that being in this business has afforded me. It’s taken me places I would never have been able to go to.
What’s your signature style?
I like an easy, natural edge to hair, rather than anything too complicated. I like simplicity. I can do huge, intricate hair, but I prefer to give people something they can relate to, something almost attainable. I like styles that are done and then destroyed a bit so they look lived in.
What inspires you?
The great outdoors, traveling, trips to India, people-watching. Keep my eyes open all the time. If there’s a great exhibition at a museum, I try to go to it. London is an incredibly inspiring place, so it’s not hard to be inspired by the world around me. In the fashion world, I’m inspired by designers Karl Lagerfeld and Vivienne Westwood and photographer Nick Knight.
You’ve been in the industry 30+ years, but your work always seems so fresh and new. How do you stay so in-the-moment?
I’m always working with lots of cutting-edge people—people who are pushing the boundaries—so it makes it easy for me. I’m also surrounded by teams of very creative people, including designers, makeup artists, photographers. I have a great styling team around me, as well, with lots of young stylists, and we’re all very collaborative.
How do you think the hair industry has evolved throughout your tenure?
It’s a different business now. Before, it was small groups of people having fun and being creative. Now, every job has a lot of money depending on it, so everyone is a little more serious.
You’ve collaborated with so many incredible fashion brands—any favorite campaigns?
So many! We spent 10 years with Nick Knight for John Galliano and Dior, working with Kate Moss, young Gisele, Angela Lindvall and so many others. The ads were all spectacular. John is a genius. I love the recent Kristen Stewart campaigns for Chanel with Karl Lagerfeld and Carine Roitfeld.
You’ve built a lot of long-lasting relationships with photographers, clients, brands, etc. What is the secret to building relationships like that?
I guess I’m just a long-term relationship person! Really, I’m a creature of habit. I’m faithful. I like to be comfortable with people—when I get my feet in the slippers, it works for me. I like relationships where respect is mutual. It makes it easy. I believe in mutual respect for others’ privacy. When you’re working on a shoot, you spend long, intense hours with people—in the old days, we would have all gone to a club together after; now, I like to go home.
You traveled with Princess Diana as her personal hairstylist. What was it like styling the most famous woman in the world? What did you learn from her?
It was an incredible experience. It was important to her that we could see her work because her causes weren’t vanity projects. She was so good with people, a natural healer. We met Mother Teresa in Calcutta and went on refuge trips to Afghanistan. It was very different from what I was doing in other aspects of my career—I’d be frolicking with Linda Evangelista on the beach in St. Barths for Vogue one week and then at a refuge camp the next. We also went on a wonderful trip to the Taj Mahal; there were just 60 of us there. It all brings back so many memories.
What are some other great trips you’ve taken through your work?
I’ve gone on remarkable trips with Sarajane Hoare, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista to Mexico. One really amazing trip was a week-long shoot for British Vogue on rafts in the Colorado River. We had all the clothes on one raft and we were on the others. We camped out and shared tents at night.
And, of course, there were many wonderful wild weekends in Miami with US Vogue. I worked with Bruce Weber on a Calvin Klein campaign with 60 models. This was at the beginning of the strip in Miami, so we were surrounded by gangsters mixed with old people…and there we were doing high-fashion shoot with bodyguards. Within two years, everything was changed, and the area became very fashionable.
How do you build your team? What are the characteristics you look for?
I love to bring new people in, so there’s constant movement. I have a core team of five stylists, a regular team of about 20 stylists and then some others waiting in the wings. When looking for new additions, I usually ask the core team for recommendations and see how they are. My key people watch them carefully, and we build up responsibilities as we learn their different capabilities and weaknesses.
One key thing is that a stylist must have passion and drive. I can tell very quickly if someone doesn’t want to be there. Those who don’t stay to pack up—or are on social media while show is going on—are not asked back. Stylists posting pictures on social media is a new phenomenon over the last few years, but I always wonder, “How do they have time to take pics while they’re supposed to be working?” You need to have a certain respect for the job and the client and give them your full attention. You’re there to benefit the client.
How do you use social media?
As I mentioned before, social can get you in trouble, so you have to be careful! But it definitely has its benefits for hairstylists because it’s so visual and instant. I’ve really embraced it and made it my own, especially on Instagram. I have boxes of Polaroids from shoots in the ‘70s and ‘80s; for me, Instagram is like those, but I can share my work with so many more people. It also gives people a nice, personal insight into my world outside the studio. Just a glimpse, though. I always make sure to ask other people if it’s ok to post pictures of them. I mostly show silly shots of me, my life, my garden. It’s an interesting way to connect with people. It’s like being able to share my scrapbook. I enjoy it.
Tell us more about your garden—we know that’s a passion.
Gardening is a huge part of my life. I’m actually about to start being a gardening correspondent for Mulberry. I’ve always loved gardens and was always interested in visiting gardens. The UK is such an intensely beautiful and historical country. Over the last several years, I’ve been really getting to know my own country. The gardens here in the summer are astounding. I love Great Dixter in the South of England. It’s beautiful, very wild and just magnificent. It was designed by Christopher Lloyd and is an old medieval house that was extended in the 1900s. It’s organized chaos.
My house has been under construction for a year, but I visit regularly to tend my garden—it looks raggedy, but it’s still there. My fruits and veggies, especially my tomatoes, are looking very hopeful! With the amount of love and care I give it, my garden is like my child.
I take a lot of inspiration from gardens, such as the pastel wigs I did for Chanel a few years ago. Really, gardening is not a million miles away from hair—you can tailor and change trees and plants…they’ll grow back…they have structure…etc. It’s not a huge leap.
Who are some of your favorite photographers to work with?
I love working Patrick Demarchelier. I’ve spent the last 15 years working intensely with Nick Knight. I love him. I also work a lot with Karl Lagerfeld as a photographer; he’s an incredible inspiration. And I love Tim Walker these days.
Any up-and-comers we should be on the lookout for?
I recently worked with Josh Olins. He’s young and does great work. Also, Johnny Dufort—I just shot a Tom Ford campaign with him. He’s going to be big.
You famously transformed Agyness Deyn’s hair and gave her a look everyone wanted to emulate. Tell us about that.
At the time, her hair wasn’t long or short—it was kinda nothing. I thought if we cut her hair really short, it could really work. Then we bleached it. It was essentially the start of her career. The timing was right.
How important is it for a stylist to help clients take risks? How do you usually start that conversation?
It usually works one of two ways: It’s either spur of the moment and you get the sense it will work (and client agrees) or someone has to be persuaded. In either case, make sure you get the sense that the client is really ready; it might feel not right for that person at the moment, but it may after some time. I know when someone doesn’t really want to do something. But at the same time, I know when someone really wants to do something—and I just go for it. The most important thing is that you never bully anyone into making a change.
When I first met Princess Diana, she said, “What would you do with my hair?” I told her I’d cut it off. She said, “Let’s do it!” And it was great. Another key moment was slicking her hair back for the Met Ball. We had done it before in private, but she never wore it like that in public. I wanted to try something different, but I didn’t want to push her. It was a great success. You have to take a risk sometimes with your hair. Life is the runway for normal people. If you make a mistake, you can change it. With modern products and technology, you can fix mistakes and have six hairstyles in a day. Variety is the modern way to go. It’s all possible without ruining your hair.
You’ve done a lot of famous short styles – any tips for styling/cutting short hair?
I like short hair when it’s a bit messy and not too well-done. Short hair looks old when it’s too coifed. Add waxy products. Don’t make it too blunt; try going shorter underneath. I hate mumsy short hair. It has to be individualized.
What trends are you anticipating for fall 2014?
I’m not really a great follower of trends; the hair I do doesn’t tend to be trend-driven. I can say that what we’ve been doing for fall is lots of variations on ponytails (tied up with rags at Chanel, slick at Balmain, beachy at Isabel Marant, a complicated woven ponytail at Fendi). Also, natural, beachy, sexy hair. What will begin to come back is a return to volume, such as the look from the Chanel Dubai show.
You’ve recently been working with a lot of Oribe products. Do you have a favorite?
I just love—well, really, I’m addicted to—Dry Texturizing Spray. It does all the things I need it to do. It brushes out. It enables us to do many different things. It’s a line of dream products, and I love being able to support Oribe, whom I’m a great admirer of.
What tips to you have for stylists who want to make it big in the session styling world?
Call agents in New York City or whatever fashion hub you’re closest to and offer your services for free to get onto a team. Be available. I’ll say it again: Always be available. If not, someone else will be, and you may not get the second phone call. You have to show that you’re willing and available. When you get there, don’t say much. Just take it all in and soak it up. Learn from the more experienced people and watch what they’re doing. Remember that you’re there to follow the instructions of head stylist, not to put your own version on it. You’ll have time for that later.
What’s next on your project list?
I always have exciting things I’m working on, but right now, I can’t tell you about any of them. On a personal note, I’m so excited to move back into my house. I’m going to Ibiza for a month, but I’m more excited for my holiday to be over so I can move!
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Monday, June 26, 2017. Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Brett McGurk says a lot but none of it about diplomacy, and much more.
ALJAZEERA reports: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters launched a string of counterattacks in a western Mosul neighbourhood, setting off clashes that continued overnight, Iraqi officials said on Monday. An unknown number of suicide bombers and gunmen targeted the Hay al-Tanak and Yarmuk neighbourhoods, and set fire to houses and cars in Tanak, military officials told news agencies. The area had been declared free of ISIL in May. Several people are reported to have died in the attacks, which sowed panic among residents who had returned to the area, and prompted hundreds of families to flee overnight.
Yes, The Mosul Slog continues.
Day 246 of The Mosul Slog.
And, yet again, press reports circulate that it will be over shortly.
ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reports this morning, "The battle to take full control of Mosul from ISIS will be over in a few days, a general said Monday as Iraqi forces searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago after a surprise jihadist attack on their rear that left several dead."
Searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago . . .
How it repeats.
Over and over.
Here's the White House's special envoy Brett McGurk, speaking last week, trying to explain ISIS:
So what is ISIS? It is the largest, most sophisticated, and most global terrorist organization the world has ever seen. Only two years ago, it controlled what was effectively a quasi-state, its so-called caliphate, with territory the size of Lebanon spanning across Iraq and Syria. It controlled millions of people, entire cities, dual capitals in Raqqa and Mosul, generating revenue through oil and gas, taxes, antiquities trade, hostage taking, of more than a billion dollars per year. It enslaved thousands of young girls, committed acts of genocide against minority groups, Yazidis and Christians, and sought to destroy our common human heritage, from Palmyra in Syria, to the Ninewa plains in northern Iraq. It also established franchises, seven in all, from Sinai just to our west, to Afghanistan, Libya, and Nigeria, all with central direction and planning from ISIS’s capital in Raqqa. And it sought to spread terrorism to all of our homelands, directing attacks from Raqqa … in Paris, Istanbul, and Brussels, and inspiring them from London, to Berlin, to Garland, Texas. Its manpower at its height in 2015, while hard to pinpoint specifically, was in the upper tens of thousands – hard core fighters, at least. The figures we can pinpoint are staggering: more than 40,000 foreign fighters, Jihadists, flooded into Syria between 2013 and 2016 from over 100 countries all around the world. The world had never really seen anything like it – the supercharged global Jihad. General Gilead, many of us in this room, were extremely alarmed by this phenomenon as early as 2013. Many of us in Washington, some of my former colleagues here, were also discussing it with extreme concern. Foremost attention among many, however, in those years, I think we have to be honest, there was a belief, by some, that this flood of Jihadist fighters could somehow be tamed and contained – after Bashar al-Assad was removed from power. I think that was a false assumption and it carried some tragic consequences. The flood of extremist fighters and weapons into Syria combined with the crimes of the Asad regime created an explosive environment for al Qaeda, from which ISIS sprung. ISIS rapidly spread, in 2013, across eastern Syria, killing anyone who sought to confront it. It spread openly into Iraq in early 2014, capturing Fallujah, and laying siege to Ramadi in Anbar province. Suicide attacks in Iraq nearly all of whom at the time were committed by foreign fighters, people coming from around the world into Syria and Iraq to blow themselves up – rose from five to ten per month in 2012 to sometimes 60 per month in 2014, targeting markets, mosques, soccer games, local officials – mayors, town councils – and security personnel. In June, 2014, Mosul, a city of nearly 2 million people, fell to ISIS; and its leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi, declared a caliphate from the grand Mosque of Al Nuri in Mosul’s old city. And late yesterday, as Iraqi Security forces closed in on that mosque, about 100 meters away, ISIS blew it up. A mosque which sat there since the 12th century, ISIS blew it up. The last month in Mosul is really telling. Summer of 2014, Baghdadi announces from that mosque that he’s the caliph creating a caliphate—the caliph proclaims his legitimacy by this ability to protect people in his so called caliphate. All of this was a false lie. But that’s what he said in the summer of 2014. In the last month, as Iraqi Security forces closed in on that last district in Mosul, ISIS has killed any civilian trying to leave. They used a hospital on some high ground, just north of the old city, as a killing tower—with snipers killing any civilians trying to leave. We’ve actually been accused, our forces, of using white phosphorus for example, in Mosul. And I defer to our military professionals, but they use white phosphorus not to target anybody, not to kill anybody, but as a shield to allow civilians to escape. We were somehow declared of using this ammunition which was harming civilians. In fact, we were helping civilians escape as ISIS sat in a tower—a hospital which we did not want to target—and killed anyone that tried to leave. And last night they blew up the mosque in which Baghdadi declared his caliphate, I think it was a very significant moment here in the last 24 hours. But back in 2014, if you rewind the tape, this announcement of a caliphate accelerated recruitment from around the world, with thousands of men, women, and even children, traveling through Turkey and into Syria through established smuggling networks. About a month later in July 2014, ISIS broke through the western Iraqi border at al Qaim and approached Baghdad down the Euphrates valley, and also in the north along the Tigris valley. Near Tikrit that summer in 2014, ISIS terrorists rounded up One Thousand Seven Hundred young Iraqi military cadets, and murdered them one-by-one, and they filmed the scene on YouTube. I was in Iraq at the time. Newspaper headlines declared Baghdad was about to fall. There were reports of an ISIS “zero hour” in the capital and it was causing a panic among the population. We in fact reduced our embassy personnel and dusted off contingency evacuation plans given the uncertainty. President Obama early in this crisis asked for my recommendation among others, some that are in this room, Elissa Slotkin among others, about what we should do. And our only response was we had to fight back – and fight back soon because there we had no other choice. But we had to fight smartly, not with U.S. forces in Iraqi and Syrian towns and villages; but by strengthening local forces – Syrians and Iraqis – to take on the fight themselves, combined with devastating air power, and importantly with a political strategy that empowered people at the local level to secure their own communities, with a government in Baghdad that was responsive to its people. We had to rally the world – particularly the Muslim world – to take on the fight themselves, combating ISIS’s poison in the mosques and online and in the media 24/7. We had to ensure that what came after ISIS was more stable, creating the conditions for people to return to their homes and rebuild their devastated communities. And we had to prepare a campaign that targeted ISIS financing, foreign fighter networks, global affiliates, and propaganda. In the summer of 2014, that seemed a nearly impossible task –the Iraqi Security Forces had just completely and totally collapsed and we had almost nobody to work with on the ground in Syria--but we got to work. We built a global coalition against ISIS, that is now the largest of its kind in history with 71 members, including 67 nations, plus NATO, INTERPOL, the EU, and the Arab League. Early on, we organized this grand coalition around five specific lines of effort, each focusing on a particular aspect of the ISIS problem and pooling global resources to confront it: First, we provide military support to our partners on the ground; Second, we work to stop the flow of foreign fighters, by securing the border between Syria and Turkey and severing the international networks. Third, halting ISIS access to financial support; Fourth, we address the humanitarian and stabilization in areas cleared of ISIS to allow the population to return; Fifth, we combat ISIS’s poisonous ideology. The first airstrikes by our coalition were launched in September, 2014. There have been nearly 30,000 since, it’s been the most precise air campaign in history, and combined with aggressive and innovative global initiatives along each of the lines I just mentioned.
And while this war is far from over, the results to date are promising.
Are the results promising?
Many observers note the destruction of Mosul.
Brett outlines a now three year program above.
But where's the diplomacy?
Where's the work beyond military?
Nothing has been done.
At some point, you have to argue that this was intentional.
The Islamic State rose in Iraq because then-prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was persecuting the Sunnis.
Has that persecution ended?
Even now there are reports -- and photographs -- of Sunni civilians being tortured and killed.
When does that get addressed?
Smart people argued the time to address it was years ago.
But, under Barack Obama, the White House rewarded Nouri.
Even when the voters gave him the heave-ho in 2010, Barack still supported Nouri for a second term and had US officials ont he ground in Iraq negotiate The Erbil Agreement to give Nouri a second term.
ISIS didn't rise in a vacuum.
The conditions that allowed it to take root still exist.
That will require sustained attention to the "Three Rs:" Relief, Reconstruction and Reconciliation, all of which are needed concurrently. Relief means not only continued humanitarian aid but also security assistance to protect reconstruction and reconciliation and to facilitate the return of 3 million displaced people. Political and social reconciliation, in turn, will be needed to prevent violence and reprisals and make way for sustainable reconstruction. The U.S. should develop a plan to help resolve fundamental national and regional political issues that will allow Iraq's constellation of groups to co-exist in peace.
Already, unity is fraying among forces that stood against ISIS. Sinjar, Tel Afar and Tuz Khurmatu have emerged as flashpoints of incipient conflict. Wrangling between the Kurds and Baghdad over oil, territory and Kurdish independence continues as regional powers such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey— as well as Iraqi groups — jockey for influence. Since the ISIS onslaught in 2014, for example, Popular Mobilization Forces militias, most supported by Iran, have established offices all over Iraq — 16 just in one town south of Mosul, Iraqis tell us — in a bid to gain control in areas recaptured from ISIS. As next year's parliamentary elections approach, they'll be well positioned to buy cooperation, exert authority and support to candidates, further solidifying their grip.
Maybe the time to start this sort of work was in 2014 and not in a mad rush to beat the next election?
The nature of the American capitalist system requires that every country become either a vassal or an enemy. It gives us the rule of billionaires. The U.S created a mass incarceration system for the sole purpose of crushing the black liberation movement while also creating a profit center in the process. All of the oppressions are intertwined. Millions of Americans toil under wage slavery or prison slavery and make fortunes for other people. But the contradictions of capitalism are growing more acute, and imperialist war is the outcome of a system trying to maintain itself. The fight for a living minimum wage and the fight against interventions abroad must therefore be addressed together because they are in fact part of a whole.
The UNAC conference also presented an opportunity to renew the African American-centered peace movement. The newly formed Black Alliance for Peace was very much present with leadership such as Black Agenda Report editor Ajamu Baraka playing key roles. Charo Mina-Rojas spoke about the struggle waged by black Colombians in the Buenaventura region of that country. Lawrence Hamm of the People’s Organization for Progress linked the history of mass rebellion with the fight against police violence.
This was global.
And much more important than sticking your nose in a losing election. Yes, we'll get to The Alyssa Milanos in a moment.
Neither the Afghanistan War nor the Iraq War has ended.
#Iraq|i Human rights activists: Armed Shiite militias have executed ~900 civilians who attempted to fled Mosul in the last few months..
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Samuel Osborne (INDEPENDENT) reports: A record number of women were killed in US-led coalition air strikes against Isis targets in Syria and Iraq last month, a monitoring tracking civilian casualties caused by airstrikes in the Middle East has said.
At least 57 women died in coalition air strikes in May, along with a minimum of 52 children, according to Airwars, a British non-profit organisation.
Where's the alarm?
Where's the outrage?
Marius Bosch (REUTERS) reports: The battle for the Old City is becoming the deadliest in the eight-month-old offensive to capture Mosul, Islamic State's de facto capital in Iraq. More than 100,000 civilians, of whom half are children, are trapped in its old fragile houses with little food, water, medicine, no electricity and limited access to clinics. The International Committee of the Red Cross said on Monday sick and wounded civilians escaping through Islamic State lines were dying in "high numbers".
Morgan L. Kaplan and Ramzy Mardini (WASHINGTON POST) offer a primer on the referendum for Kurdish independence here.
This has been in the news for a little over a week now.
We've ignored it and that's resulted in e-mails.
Our position here has always been it's not the business of anyone outside of Iraq.
Whether it's moving to three independent regions or Kurdish independence only, that's something for Iraq to decide. As a US senator, Joe Biden proposed a federation. Our opposition to that, check the archives, was always that what happens to Iraq needs to be decided by Iraq, not imposed on them.
That remains our position.
Now that a vote is finally supposed to take place (this September), the topic has been avoided here because there's no real point in offering opinions in the lead up to the vote -- either my own or quoting others. It's not my business.
Unlike some people, I do know when to butt out.
Did someone say Alyssa Milano?
The 44-year-old pain in the ass (ask anyone who's worked with her, most recently her castmates on MISTRESSES) hopes to pull off a miracle shortly: She thinks she can be a star on THE CW again -- this despite her being middle-aged.
Alyssa's grip on reality has never been that great -- part of the reason she's whining in public that she's lost her 'fortune.' (Do another TEEN STEAM workout video, Alyssa!)
Which explains why she's never learned to butt the hell out of the business of others.
Has your electric garage door stopped working? Does your dog wake up in the middle of the night and begin howling? Is the weather unseasonably hot, cold, windy, dry or wet? Has your television set (or refrigerator, or sound system or home alarm) inexplicably turned on, or off? If one uncritically viewed the corporate-controlled media and accepted at face value the statements of much of official Washington, especially the Democratic Party, one could easily draw the conclusion that the Russians did it. A paranoid frenzy is gripping the US political and media establishment. A ruling elite that commands the world’s largest economy ($18 trillion, 24.3 percent of world GDP), the world’s largest military, and the most technically sophisticated spying apparatus is obsessed with the supposedly omnipresent tentacles of a government that oversees the world’s twelfth largest economy (1.8 percent of world GDP, or one-fourteenth that of the US), and which entered the computer era a generation later than Silicon Valley. By one estimate, the United States has 3.6 million computer programmers, about 20 percent of the world’s total, compared to just over half a million in Russia. The US is home to the most powerful software, hardware and Internet companies in the world. No Russian IT company ranks in the world’s top 100. Yet, according to the narrative peddled by the American media in its campaign over alleged Russian hacking during the 2016 US presidential election, Russian cyber warfare operations have cut through US IT systems like a knife through butter. Thursday’s appearance by fired FBI Director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee has raised the anti-Russian hysteria in the US media to a new level. The former head of the US political police denounced supposed Russian interference in the US elections as a dire threat to American democracy. “They’re going to come for whatever party they choose to try and work on behalf of,” he warned. “And they will be back… they are coming for America.”
Coming for America?
Maybe he meant to say COMING TO AMERICA?
We can all agree that was a funny movie, right?
Comey and his ilk are hideous.
They will not accept the truth that Hillary Clinton was a lousy candidate who lost.
So day after day, we have to indulge their crazy.
Hillary is a disgrace and she needs to go away.
That encourages her rabid fan base.
She needs to go away.
They need to accept that she lost, that she's a loser.
Monday, June 12, 2017. The Mosul Slog continues, Donald Trump still has no new approach for Iraq, and much more.
We're starting with news from last week
Poverty and the poor were not addressed in last year's presidential campaign.
We can't expect the media that ignored the topic or the duopoly candidates who refused to talk about the issue to bring it up now.
So let's do our part to break the silence by again noting Senator Patrick Leahy's opening remarks at last week's Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the proposed HUD budget:
Senator Patrick Leahy: I am very concerned about President Trump’s budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This budget would leave low-income, elderly and disabled Americans out in the cold. It would deny shelter to victims of domestic and sexual violence. It would bring to a screeching halt programs that spur economic development and help ensure that safe, sustainable and affordable housing is available in our communities. Bluntly, Secretary Carson, this budget is a travesty. It slashes $7.3 billion from the work of your Department. It decimates Section 8 rental assistance grants that help keep very-low-income families, as well as elderly and disabled Americans, in decent, safe housing. It eliminates the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the HOME programs, which help drive economic development in more than 1,200 American cities, including in Vermont. Eliminating these programs doesn’t just eliminate a Federal investment; these projects leverage other public and private sources to make them a reality. For every dollar we invest in CDBG projects $3.65 is leveraged in other public and private resources. And, while I recognize that this does not fall under the jurisdiction of your Department, the administration’s attack on housing programs is only amplified with the elimination of NeighborWorks, which in one year alone provided affordable housing for more than 360,000 families, created and maintained more than 53,000 jobs, and leveraged its appropriation at a ratio of 91 to 1. Let me repeat that leverage ratio: 91 to 1. Under this budget, all of those dollars disappear. Secretary Carson, where are the people who rely on these programs supposed to go? The President’s budget fails to include tenant-based rental assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. In 2013, Senator Crapo and I worked together to strengthen, expand and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Too often, victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking remain in dangerous living situations simply because they have nowhere to go. That in and of itself is devastating, but all too frequently families have to make the tragic decision between becoming homeless with their children, or staying in a house where either they and/or their children may be subject to physical abuse. Your Department should be working hand-in-hand with the Justice Department, which administers the successful transitional housing assistance grant program, to find effective ways to support these survivors and ensure they have access to safe and affordable housing. Secretary Carson, what will you tell these victims since you fail to support these programs in this request? Poverty is “no state of mind.” Housing is not a political issue; it is a moral one. In Vermont, we know that housing people first is key to helping them step out of poverty. With the help of Federal investments like Homelessness Assistance Grants, states like Vermont have reduced chronic homelessness by 45 percent, but this is only possible with help from your Department. Communities across the country know that, instead, your budget will close emergency shelters and put people back on the streets. Secretary Carson, how will this budget help the Department meet its mission? Now is the time to invest in our Nation’s affordable housing infrastructure – not to decimate it. This budget will eliminate the investments and hands-on efforts that help families succeed. This isn’t a “foundation for greatness.” This budget is a travesty.
Poverty's become the forbidden word in the US media (unless they're speaking of conditions in another country).
(643)Iraqi men and children have been missed after kidnapping by Hashd Militia one year ago;we ask the PM :where are they?
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643 'liberated' are missing.
It's exactly this sort of crime that gave fuel to the rise of ISIS in Iraq to begin with.
Nabih Bulos (LOS ANGELES TIMES) reports: The corpses had been tossed on both sides of a virtually deserted side road leaving the village of Hamam Alil, 15 miles south of Mosul. Shriveled and discolored by the summer sun, they barely registered a glance from drivers rumbling past. But all seven corpses had three things in common: Their hands had been tied behind their backs; they had been blindfolded; and, though they were decomposed, one could still make out the rictus of pain imprinted on their faces. The gruesome remains were among at least 26 blindfolded and handcuffed bodies found in government-held areas in and around Mosul, Human Rights Watchsaid in a report last week, in what it concluded were extrajudicial killings probably carried out by government forces since the start of the operation to retake the city from Islamic State in October.
These are the problems that created the platform for ISIS to rise in Iraq.
These problems have not been addressed to this day.
Donald Trump is yet to meet or speak with his top commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan almost nearly five months in office.
Military.com, a veteran membership organization, detailed Trump's lack of contact with arguably the two most important US officials in the region.
The president does not communicate directly with the commanders - Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend in Iraq and General John W. Nicholson Jr. in Afghanistan - because they are 'three or four echelons below' him, a White House official told the website.
'The president does respect the chain of command and he gets the vast majority of his information from the top echelons of his national security teams,' the official said.
Douglas A. Silliman is the United States Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq. He arrived in Baghdad on September 1, 2016. He served as Ambassador to Kuwait from 2014 until July 2016. In 2013-2014, he served as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs in the Department of State in Washington, D.C., working on Iraq issues and the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit. He was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq from 2012 to 2013 and Minister Counselor for Political Affairs in Baghdad from 2011 to 2012. He was the Deputy Chief of Mission in Ankara, Turkey from 2008 to 2011. He joined the Department of State in 1984 and is a career member of Senior Foreign Service. Ambassador Silliman earlier served as Director and Deputy Director of the State Department’s Office of Southern European Affairs, as Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan, and as the Regional Officer for the Middle East in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism. Ambassador Silliman worked as political officer in Islamabad, Pakistan, in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, as Lebanon Desk officer, and as Staff Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs. He began his career as a visa officer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and a political officer in Tunis, Tunisia. Ambassador Silliman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science summa cum laude from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, where he was also a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned a Master of Arts in International Relations from the George Washington University in Washington, DC. He has received numerous awards from the Department of State, including the Secretary’s Award for Public Outreach in 2007 and senior performance awards. The American Foreign Service Association gave Ambassador Silliman its Sinclaire Language Award in 1993 and the W. Averill Harriman Award for outstanding junior officer in 1988. He speaks Arabic and French.
Let's review: Chris Hill, James Jeffrey, Robert Beecroft, Stuart E. Jones and Douglas Silliman.
Those are Barack's confirmed US Ambassadors to Iraq. Five in eight years -- part of the reason for the instability in Iraq.
Obama also nominated Brett McGurk but Brett's nomination sunk.
Trump was sworn in back in January.
It's now June.
When does he plan to name a nominee for US Ambassador to Iraq?
Or is he farming out that duty as well?
The Mosul operation is going to end at some point.
And then there won't be anymore excuses for not doing anything about the root of Iraq's problems.
Where's the diplomacy addressing that issue?
There's not even a new team in place.
Is there a strategy?
As it is, Donald's using Barack's last ambassador as well as special envoy Brett McGurk.
For someone who wasn't happy with Barack's approach to Iraq, Donald has yet to propose any alternative.
It's a truism that the world has grown numb to terrorist attacks outside the West. When the Islamic State set off a car bomb on Tuesday outside a popular ice cream shop in Baghdad, killing 13 people and wounding dozens more, no candlelight vigils took place in Western cities. No imperial monuments were lit up in Iraqi colors in European capitals. When militants set off a devastating explosion in Kabul's diplomatic enclave on Wednesday, killing at least 80 people and injuring hundreds more, no CNN anchor uploaded the flag of Afghanistan on social media. No pop stars organized solidarity concerts.
Part of the contrast, of course, is the extent to which we are used to hearing these stories. In the global news cycle, a bombing in Baghdad or a Taliban strike in Kabul is like a typhoon in the Pacific or a Sean Spicer gaffe. These things happen. If we pay attention at all, we do so fleetingly, grimace at the calamity and move on.
Tharoor blames lays out a lot of blame for why that is in his column but neglects the media.
How do you do that?
How do you ignore the media?
The media is how the information is transmitted.
And the media is the problem.
You need huge numbers to feel moved if all you have is numbers.
The ice cream parlor bombing found 1 victim worthy of naming -- an Australian girl.
Hope that she would be the first named proved false because she was the only one named.
The Iraqi victims were left unnamed, rendered invisible.
And this happens over and over.
Deaths matter because life matters.
If you're not conveying the life lost, you're not doing the job.
The media is not doing its job.
Iraq and Afghanistan are US wars but the press can't be bothered with them on most days.
Those deaths have been largely off the media radar.
The rare attention the western media gives to Iraq usually focuses on Mosul (and usually works overtime to paint that battle as a success).
The United Nations' count for May:
Baghdad, Iraq, 01 June 2017 – A total of 354 Iraqi civilians were killed and another 470 injured in acts of terrorism, violence and armed conflict in Iraq in May 2017*, according to casualty figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
The number of civilians killed in May (not including police) was 345, while the number of injured (not including police) was 446.
Of those figures, there were 160 civilians killed and 52 injured in Ninewa Governorate, 86 killed and 226 injured in Baghdad Governorate, and 13 killed and 41 injured in Basra.
According to information obtained by UNAMI from the Health Directorate in Anbar, the Governorate suffered a total of 136 civilian casualties (47 killed and 89 injured). Figures are updated until 31 May, inclusive.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) for Iraq, Mr. Ján Kubiš, decried the terrorists’ continued targeting of civilians, before and in the early days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
“The terrorist[Islamic State] is in its death throws in Mosul, but it has continued to stretch its wicked arm there and in other areas to relieve the military pressure on it, deliberately aiming to kill and maim the maximum number of civilians. [The Islamic State] has attacked with explosives a busy ice cream shop in Baghdad where families gathered at night after Iftar. The terrorists also hit on a street outside a government pension office in the capital, and struck as far as the city of Basra in the south.”
The SRSG lamented the loss of civilian lives as a result of the many bombings but he was confident that the carnage committed by [the Islamic State] will not derail the efforts of the Iraqis to rid their country of the terrorists.
“The people of Iraq are resolute in their drive to liberate their land. As painful as they are, these despicable attacks will serve to only increase this determination,” Mr. Kubiš said.
*CAVEATS: In general, UNAMI has been hindered in effectively verifying casualties in conflict areas. Figures for casualties from Anbar Governorate are provided by the Health Directorate and are noted in the May casualty report. Casualty figures obtained from the Anbar Health Directorate might not fully reflect the real number of casualties in those areas due to the increased volatility of the situation on the ground and the disruption of services. In some cases, UNAMI could only partially verify certain incidents. UNAMI has also received, without being able to verify, reports of large numbers of casualties along with unknown numbers of persons who have died from secondary effects of violence after having fled their homes due to exposure to the elements, lack of water, food, medicines and health care. Since the start of the military operations to retake Mosul and other areas in Ninewa, UNAMI has received several reports of incidents involving civilian casualties, which at times it has been unable to verify. For these reasons, the figures reported have to be considered as the absolute minimum.
**************** For more information, please contact: Mr. Samir Ghattas, Director of Public Information/Spokesperson United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Phone: +964 790 193 1281, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or the UNAMI Public Information Office: email@example.com
It's interesting how they've not only dropped the count of the Iraqi forces at the orders of the Iraqi government but they've also adopted the language of the Baghdad-based government.
Even more interesting, they continue their 2014 practice of being unable to give reliable figures for Anbar. Three years and counting.
The above undercount still manages to convey that this is an ongoing war and that -- though Mosul may steal the spotlight -- it going on across Iraq.
The Pentagon is asking for more a billion dollars in a multi-year commitment to the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF), in a sign the U.S. role in Iraq and Syria is likely continue for the majority of President Donald Trump’s first term. The budget provision is likely a facet of Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Trump’s overarching strategy to defeat the Islamic State. The new budget request will provide the ISF with hundreds of millions of dollars in weapons to help the ISF contain the fall out from the Islamic State’s defeat in the city of Mosul.
Fourteen years and counting, it's a never-ending war.
NATO marked an important step in its deepening relations with Baghdad on Thursday (1 June 2017), as Mr. Paul Smith of the United Kingdom assumed office as NATO Senior Civilian in Iraq. Mr. Smith will represent the NATO Secretary General and the Alliance at large, as NATO continues to help strengthen the Iraqi security institutions in their fight against terrorism. Mr. Smith succeeds Mr. Richard Froh of Canada, who served in the same capacity over the past months.
Mr. Smith will liaise with a range of interlocutors, including high-level Iraqi officials, representatives of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS, the diplomatic community, and members of international organizations, including the United Nations and the European Union. He will also be at the helm of the NATO Training and Capacity Building presence in Iraq (NTCB-I). This includes a Core Team of eight civilian and military personnel as well as mobile training teams – provided by NATO nations – who travel to Iraq, as required, to provide specific courses agreed with the Iraqi authorities. NATO’s support to Iraq is aimed at increasing Iraq’s training capacity in the medium and long term. It includes courses on countering improvised explosive devices, explosive ordnance disposal and de-mining; civil-military planning in support of operations; civil emergency planning; training in military medicine; technical maintenance of Soviet-era military equipment; and reform of the Iraqi security institutions. NATO-Iraq relations are underpinned by an Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme signed in September 2012, which provides a framework for political dialogue and tailored cooperation in mutually agreed areas, and a Defence Capacity Building Package for Iraq, agreed in 2015. Prior to taking office as NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Iraq, Mr. Smith served in senior roles at the NATO Communications and Information Agency; Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe; and the UK Ministry of Defence.
This will be the place where the antiwar and social justice movement will come together this spring to discuss, map strategy and organize for the coming period. Antiwar leaders from across the country and across the world will be in attendance including: Ajamu Baraka, Medea Benjamin, Glen Ford, Bernadette Ellorin, Bruce Gagnon, Lawrence Hamm, Jaribu Hill, Jonathan W. Hutto, Sr, Margaret Kimberley, Ray McGovern, David Swanson, Ann Wright, Kevin Zeese and many more. For a more complete list of participants, please go to http://www.unacconference2017.org/p/blog-page_4.html.
ALJAZEERA reports: More than 140 civilians have been killed in less than a week while trying to flee western Mosul, according to military sources, as the Iraqi army seeks to close in on fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in the armed group's last stronghold in Iraq. According to the military on Thursday, most of the fatalities were women and children.
The UNHCR's Andrej Mahecic notes: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, urgently needs US$ 126 million to meet critical needs of vulnerable children, women and men displaced from, and returning to, Mosul, until the end of the year. A shortage of funds threatens to undermine our humanitarian response at this critical time. Heavy fighting is continuing, and UNHCR is expecting more large movements of people from the west of the city where the fighting is currently concentrated. Iraqi authorities say that more than three quarters of a million Iraqis have been forced to flee Mosul since military operations started in October. The vast majority of the internally displaced are families with children and babies – groups that are especially vulnerable and would be most affected by aid shortages should international support wither. Nearly half of the urgently requested funds – US$ 60 million - is required to assist more than 100,000 newly displaced Iraqi families with emergency shelter in the camps, legal assistance to replace lost and missing documents, child protection, prevention of sexual and gender based violence, as well as to provide them with blankets, mattresses and other core relief items. UNHCR has so far established 12 camps in support of the overall efforts by the Iraqi authorities to provide shelter to currently 316,000 internally displaced Iraqis in relative proximity to Mosul. A further US$ 24 million is needed to assist and support Iraqi families returning to their homes. It is estimated that 125,000 internally displaced people have returned to their homes, many in east Mosul and on the outskirts of the city. Most of the returnees are living in damaged buildings and need shelter assistance as well as cash support. In areas of return, UNHCR and partners will provide material assistance, including emergency shelter and sealing-off kits to help returnees living in unfinished buildings, as well as essential protection services, including psycho-social support, replacement of missing and lost documents and protection monitoring. Lastly, US$ 42 million is required for on time procurement of shelter and aid materials for next winter. To cope with eventual drops in temperatures, UNHCR plans to assist 135,000 displaced and returnee families with a range of core winter items including blankets, fuel, jerry cans and heating stoves. This includes the provision of one-time cash assistance of US$ 150 per family to 100,000 IDP and returnee families to help them buy fuel to get through the winter. Since 2014, Iraq has suffered massive internal displacement. It is estimated that up to three million Iraqis are still internally displaced and another quarter of a million live as refugees in the neighbouring countries.
Overall UNHCR protection and assistance programmes in Iraq amount to 578 million in 2017. These are currently 21 per cent funded which is a cause for concern halfway through the year.
Theory: Gianforte wins the election, House expels Gianforte for criminal assault, Montana holds new special election, Gianforte wins again
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Let's go over it again.
The above is a hypothesis.
It is not a theory.
A theory is something that is put into practice and tested.
A hypothesis iss where you are just spitting about possible ideas.
Michael Tracey is hypothisizing above, he is not theorizing.
We've gone over this before.
(C.I. had it in the snapshot this morning but it was too long and she edited it out. I was on one phone with her while she was on another phone dictating the snapshot. She was told it was way long and I said, "Cut Tracey, I'll do it tonight.")
Why does it matter?
"Theory" was tossed around repeatedly by Iraq War Hawks.
My whole point in noting the difference then was making sure people understood these were not theories -- tested -- these were just guesses.
Because back then, if you said "theory" you were treated like a god by the corporate media.
The bipartisan legislation, which passed the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs by voice vote, would reform the VA by better protecting whistleblowers and providing the VA Secretary with stronger measures to discipline and hold bad employees accountable.The legislation will now move to the full Senate for a vote on final passage.
“Now that our bipartisan legislation has passed committee, we must continue to work across party lines to push our VA reforms forward and make them a reality,” said Senator Baldwin. “Together, we can build a VA that protects whistleblowers, many of whom are veterans working to improve the system. We also need to make sure we are empowering the VA to hold bad actors accountable because our veterans deserve nothing less than high quality service and care.”
Along with Senators Baldwin, Isakson, Rubio and Tester, 19 other senators who are cosponsors of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act urged the Senate to pass the legislation without delay, including Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Dean Heller (R-NV), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), John Kennedy (R-LA), John McCain (R-AZ), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Bill Nelson (D-FL), David Perdue (R-GA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is widely supported by key veterans stakeholders including the VA, U.S. House VA committee leadership and the American Legion Department of Wisconsin. This legislation has also won the support of several veterans advocacy groups that represent millions of veterans in the United States and key government accountability groups.
Exposure to burn pits at military installations in Iraq & Afghanistan may have caused serious health problems for service members & veterans
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March 17th the US bombed a building in Mosul. Civilians were inside. There have been many attempts to confuse the issue -- I've sat through two Congressional hearings alone where members of Congress offered conspiracies -- but the reality is that civilians were killed. Now?
BBC NEWS notes, "The United States has admitted that at least 105 Iraqi civilians were killed in an air strike it carried out in Mosul in March." The Pentagon is saying they killed two snipers and that they were the targets of the strike; however, AP explains "several residents of the Mosul neighborhood told The Associated Press on Friday there were no IS fighters or explosives inside the house struck by the U.S. bomb."
Is this is a sign of ignorance of what’s being done with U.S. tax dollars in the Middle East, or just indifference? Perhaps it’s a mixture of both. But there’s a strong case to be that made airstrikes that kill civilians aid the cause of terrorist organizations like ISIS.
In real time, in the US, it briefly made the news in a "Donald Trump increased the killings!" type of way. Meaning that members of the so-called 'resistance' (firmly in debt to the centrist core of the Democratic Party) promoted it as an example of Bad Trump.
In doing so, they revealed that, for them, killing innocent civilians was okay as long as it was less than a hundred at a time.
Which is why they had no objections to the many civilians killed in this same manner when Barack Obama was president.
This further reveals the corruption of the Democratic Party.
The Iraq War was used to give opposition to Bully Boy Bush 'morality.'
And once Democrats got control of both houses, interest in ending the Iraq War (a promise Nancy Pelosi made ahead of the 2006 mid-term elections) vanished.
It's why War Hawks like Debra Messing can sling s**t at Susan Sarandon and get away with it.
Susan spoke out against the war.
And suffered for it.
But the Froth In Their Underpants Hillary Clinton Temple Slaves don't care about that anymore than they care that Hillary voted for the Iraq War and was a war monger as Secretary of State.
There is no repulsion to the US government continuing to kill civilians.
But if they can find a way to hang the blame solely on Donald Trump, you better believe that The Debra Messings and their laughable 'resistance' will find a way to take over the topic of the never-ending Iraq War.
There are other countries bombing Iraq as well.
Samuel Oakford (FOREIGN POLICY) reports: The United States’ coalition partners in the war against the Islamic State are responsible for at least 80 confirmed civilian deaths from airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, according to U.S. military officials. Yet none of their 12 allies will publicly concede any role in those casualties. These dozen partner nations have launched more than 4,000 airstrikes combined, the vast majority of which were undertaken by the United Kingdom, France, Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands. However, they have so far claimed a perfect record in avoiding civilian casualties. An Airwars investigation for Foreign Policy has now uncovered evidence that disproves that assertion. These confirmed deaths caused by non-U.S. airstrikes came to light in the most recent coalition civilian casualty report, released April 30. The report quietly referred to 80 new deaths referenced only as “attributable to coalition strikes to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria from August 2014 to present [that] had not been previously announced.” Three U.S. Central Command officials confirmed to Airwars and Foreign Policy that the 80 deaths occurred in incidents that U.S. investigators concluded were the responsibility of partner nations. But allies pressured the United States and the coalition against releasing details of the strikes in question.
On Memorial Day, we pay respects to the fallen from past wars – including the more than one million American soldiers killed in the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea and Vietnam. Yet the nation’s longest and most expensive war is the one that is still going on. In addition to nearly 7,000 troops killed, the 16-year conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan will cost an estimated US$6 trillion due to its prolonged length, rapidly increasing veterans health care and disability costs and interest on war borrowing. On this Memorial Day, we should begin to confront the staggering cost and the challenge of paying for this war.
Six trillion dollars.
Is that typed right?
Six trillion dollars.
For the never-ending Iraq War.
The war that Americans gave the Democratic Party both houses of Congress in the 2006 mid-terms to end. The war that the American people elected Barack Obama president in 2008 to end.
The war that never ends.
Meanwhile, Ali Arkady's reporting continues to have impact.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., today announced that the Senate will consider the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Jon Tester, D-Mont., ranking member of the committee, on Tuesday, June 6, when the Senate reconvenes after the Memorial Day state work period.
“I am thrilled to see the Senate moving quickly on this important piece of legislation, and I encourage my colleagues to support this measure as we take steps to change the culture at the VA and improve care for our veterans,” said Isakson. “I thank Majority Leader McConnell for his commitment to ensuring our veterans receive the quality care that they deserve.”
In remarks on the Senate floor earlier today, McConnell stated, “[A]fter the state work period, we’ll be taking up a bipartisan bill reported out of Committee just yesterday that will enhance accountability at the VA, improve the care veterans receive, and empower the VA with the tools necessary to remove employees who are failing to perform at the high-quality level our nation’s heroes richly deserve.”
McConnell continued, “We know many challenges remain in ensuring that veterans have access to the care they need and deserve at the VA, but this legislation will further improve our ability to meet our commitment to them. I appreciate Chairman Isakson for his continued advocacy on behalf of our veterans as well as Senator Rubio for his leadership on this critical legislation. I look forward to the full Senate taking up the bill and passing it soon.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act was introduced by Isakson, Rubio and Tester on May 11. The measure passed the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs by voice vote on Wednesday, May 24.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act is widely supported by key veterans stakeholders including the VA and U.S. House VA committee leadership. It has also won the support of several veterans advocacy groups that represent millions of veterans in the United States and key government accountability groups. Read more about the legislation’s support here.
The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 115th Congress. Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the military as well as more than 750,000 veterans.
Once upon a time, the networks used to offer multiple TV films a week.
To lure viewers.
Many of us would tune in based on a commercial that made something look exciting or because we liked an actor in the cast.
Ava and C.I. served up "TV: The TV movie" this week and I enjoy all of it but this really stood out: Some actresses might stay with the movie of the week genre for a series of films -- Mare Winningham, Donna Mills, Elizabeth Montgomery, Victoria Principal and Lindsay Wagner, to cite a few.
It was a genre actresses could make a mark in with defining performances delivered by Farrah Fawcett in THE BURNING BED, SMALL SACRIFICES and BETWEEN TWO WOMEN; Marlo Thomas in THE LOST HONOR OF KATHRYN BECK and NOBODY'S CHILD; Jane Fonda in THE DOLLMAKER; Angela Bassett in THE ROSA PARKS STORY; Glenn Close in SOMETHING ABOUT AMELIA and SERVING IN SILENCE: THE MARGARETHE CAMMERMEYER STORY; Diana Ross in OUT OF DARKNESS; Ann-Margaret in WHO WILL LOVE MY CHILDREN? and A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE; Cicely Tyson in THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN; Bette Davis in WHITE MAMA; Vanessa Redgrave in PLAYING FOR TIME and SECOND SERVE; Alfre Woodard in UNNATURAL CAUSES, THE PIANO LESSON, MISS EVERS' BOYS and A MOTHER'S COURAGE: THE MARY THOMAS STORY; Barbara Hershey in A KILLING IN A SMALL TOWN; Halle Berry in INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD; Jessica Lange in NORMAL; Liza Minnelli in A TIME TO LIVE; Lynn Whitfield in THE JOSEPHINE BAKER STORY; Sigourney Weaver in PRAYERS FOR BOBBY; Natalie Wood in THE CRACKER FACTORY; Queen Latifah in BESSIE; Mary Tyler Moore in LIKE MOTHER LIKE SON: THE STRANGE STORY OF SANTE AND KENNY KIMES; Elizabeth Taylor and Carol Burnett in BETWEEN FRIENDS; and Cher, Demi Moore, Sissy Spacek, Anne Heche and Jada Pinkett in IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK.
That's an amazing list of some of the great performances.
I remember being blown away, for example, by Diana Ross in the TV movie OUT OF DARKNESS -- I believe that aired on a Monday night. I remember being dead tired but watching solely because it was Diana.
Farrah Fawcett -- in both SMALL SACRIFICES and THE BURNING BED -- was amazing and so was Ann-Margaret in WHO WILL LOVE MY CHILDREN?
There really is a great history of strong performances in that genre.
Wednesday, May 24, 2017. The Mosul Slog continues, the Islamic State may be relocating in Iraq, US House Rep Walter Jones addresses endless war, and much more.
Starting in the US, US House Rep Walter Jones' office issued the following regarding an event today:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 19, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC –On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, Congressmen Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and John Garamendi (CA-3), along with John Duncan (TN-2), will host a press conference regarding H.R. 1666, to prohibit funds for activities in Afghanistan, and the importance of debating the 16 year war in Afghanistan, the longest war in America’s history. Wednesday, May 24th at 1:30 pm: What: Press Conference regarding H.R. 1666 and the necessity to debate the 16 year war in Afghanistan. Who: Representative Walter B. Jones (NC-03) Representative John Garamendi (CA-03) Representative John Duncan (TN-02) Will Fischer, VoteVets House cosponors of H.R. 1666
ALL PRESS WELCOME When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm Where: House Triangle (Rain/inclement weather location to be announced)
For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at (202) 225-3415 or Dante Atkins in Congressman John Garamendi’s office at (202) 225-1880.
The Afghanistan War started in 2001 and it continues.
Has the US government forgotten how to end wars?
Or does it just see endless war as the desired outcome?
The Islamic State’s stronghold town of Hawija, Kirkuk, is almost becoming the group’s central haven as new headquarters open replacing others conquered by Iraqi forces in other provinces, said a local source. Alsumaria News quoted the source saying Tuesday that IS had opened alternative headquarters for its so-called “Nineveh State, “Dijlah State”, “Salahuddin State” and “Diyala State” in Hawija. He said senior leaders had entered the town in armored vehicles after having fled battles with security forces in Nineveh. The source added that IS militants cut a number of main roads and subjected them to a curfew.
“Hawija has now become the group’s main haven, with members split between Hawija and Tal Afar an Baaj (west of Nineveh),” said the source.
If the rumors of the relocation are true, another slog is on the horizon.
If that's the case, maybe people will finally ask why the US decided to start bombing Iraq in August of 2014 instead of intensifying diplomacy?
That might have helped move the country towards reconciliation.
Solutions? Strive for political & economic settlement for Sunni Arab communities in Iraq & Syria. Address the alienation that ISIS exploits
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Bringing Sunnis into the full political process is the only way of getting rid of the Islamic State.
As the war drags on, Amnesty's UK chapter issues the following:
Hundreds of Humvees and 10,000s of assault rifles unaccounted for ‘Sending millions of dollars’ worth of arms into a black hole and hoping for the best is not a viable counter-terrorism strategy’ - Patrick Wilcken The US Army failed to keep tabs on more than $1 billion worth of arms and other military equipment in Iraq and Kuwait according to a now declassified US Department of Defense audit obtained by Amnesty International following freedom of information requests. The audit, from last September, reveals that the Department of Defense “did not have accurate, up-to-date records on the quantity and location” of a vast amount of equipment pouring into Iraq and Kuwait to provision the Iraqi Army. The equipment - which include hundreds of Humvee armoured vehicles, tens of thousands of assault rifles and hundreds of mortar rounds - was destined for use by the central Iraqi Army, including the predominantly Shi’a Popular Mobilisation Units, as well as the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. The audit revealed several serious shortcomings in how equipment was logged and monitored from the point of delivery onward, including: · Fragmentary record-keeping in arms depots in Kuwait and Iraq, with information logged across multiple spreadsheets, databases and even on hand-written receipts. · Large quantities of equipment manually entered into multiple spreadsheets, increasing the risk of human error. · Incomplete records meaning those responsible for the equipment were unable to ascertain its location or status. The military transfers came under the “Iraq Train and Equip Fund” (ITEF), a key part of US-Iraqi security cooperation. In 2015, US Congress allocated $1.6 billion for the programme to combat the advance of the Islamic State armed group. The audit also appeared to show that the Department of Defense did not have responsibility for tracking ITEF transfers immediately after delivery to the Iraqi authorities, despite the fact that the department’s own “Golden Sentry” programme is mandated to carry out post-delivery checks. Meanwhile, a previous Department of Defense audit in 2015 pointed to the fact that the Iraqi armed forces applied even laxer stockpile monitoring procedures. In some cases, the Iraqi Army was unaware of what was stored in its own warehouses, while other military equipment - unopened and uninventoried - was stored out in the open in shipping containers.
Patrick Wilcken, Amnesty International’s Arms Control and Human Rights Researcher, said:
“This audit provides a worrying insight into the US Army’s flawed - and potentially dangerous - system for controlling millions of dollars’ worth of arms transfers to a hugely volatile region.
“It makes for especially sobering reading given the long history of leakage of US arms to multiple armed groups committing atrocities in Iraq, including the armed group calling itself the Islamic State. “The need for post-delivery checks is vital. Any fragilities along the transfer chain greatly increase the risks of weapons going astray in a region where armed groups have wrought havoc and caused immense human suffering. “This should be an urgent wake-up call for the US, and all countries supplying arms to Iraq, to urgently shore up checks and controls. Sending millions of dollars’ worth of arms into a black hole and hoping for the best is not a viable counter-terrorism strategy; it is just reckless.”
Iraq: a ‘black hole’ for weapons
Amnesty’s research has repeatedly documented lax controls and record-keeping within the Iraqi chain of command. This has resulted in arms manufactured in the USA and other countries ending up in the hands of armed groups known to be committing war crimes and other atrocities - including ISIS and paramilitary militias now incorporated into the Iraqi army. In response to the audit, the US military has pledged to tighten up its systems for tracking and monitoring future transfers to Iraq. However, the Department of Defense made almost identical commitments in response to a report for Congress as long ago as 2007 that raised similar concerns.
Amnesty is urging the USA to comply with the “Leahy Law”, which prohibits the supply of most types of US military aid and training to foreign security, military and police units credibly alleged to have committed “gross human rights violations”. Amnesty is also calling on both the USA and Iraq to accede to the global Arms Trade Treaty, which has strict rules in place to stop arms transfers or diversion of arms that could fuel atrocities.
Pakistan knows it is supporting terrorism, as does the United States and Afghanistan, and therefore, must face the consequences, financial or otherwise for doing so, a member of the United States Congress has said. In a recent address before the US Congress, Congressman Ted Poe of the Second District, Texas, squarely accused Pakistan of "playing the United States" and insisted that it is high time for Washington to act firmly and put a stop to giving any kind of aid to the former.
Switzerland could become a hotbed of Islamist militants grown up in the country, according to a senior security expert. Jean-Paul Rouiller of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy told the Tribune de Genève newspaper he is convinced that Switzerland will play a more important role than in the past, when the country was considered merely a place of transit for terrorists in Europe. He says a growing number of jihadists born in Switzerland are to be found around in the Lake Geneva region, in the city of Zurich and in Biel/Bienne, a bilingual town north of the capital Bern. Rouiller adds that key jihadi figures in Switzerland have links with likeminded people abroad. He estimates that the number of Swiss jihadists travelling to conflict regions, notably in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, between 2001 and February this year are at about 100, while the Federal Intelligence Service put the figure at 88. Rouiller believes a total of up to 1,000 people in Switzerland could be involved in ...
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1. FESTIVALS: Dhanu Sankranti is the sankranti (transmigration of sun from one rashi – constellation to another) related to Dhanu rashi and occurs on 16th December.
It is celebrated as Dhanu Yatra - a colourful festival related to Bhagwan Krishna's visit to Mathura, at Bargarh, Odisha. Different acts of puranic descriptions are performed at specific locations and the spectators move from place to place with the action to follow the performance. During this festival the Bhagwan Krishna is offered sweetened rice flakes which are specially prepared in a Conical shape.
Dhanu is also name of the month in the Malayalam Calendar. Women celebrate Thiruvathira in this month. Thiruvathira is supposed to be the birthday of Bhagwan Shiva. Married women and girls do 'upavasa' (fasting) on that day, and sing and dance. Girls pray to Lord Shiva to get a good husband while married women pray for the longevity of their husbands. -- Go Top
2. 1.6 LAKH SEVA PROJECTS RUN BY RSS: "Seva – Service is an integral part of sangh work and it was natural that sangh workers came forward to help fllod affected people in Jammu and Kasmir" said RSS sarkaryavaha Bhayya ji Joshi at the press meet on 20th October at Lucknow where a 3-day meeting of its Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari mandal was held.He added that over 1.6 lakh service projects are being run by swayamsevaks all over the country in rural, tribal and urban slum areas.Replying to a question on the issue of Ram mandir, he said, "Ram Temple exists in Ayodhya and people worship there daily. The only issue is to make it a grand temple. As the matter is in the Supreme Court, hence, the Centre should try to remove the hurdle and fulfil the promise made to the people during the elections," He claimed that more than 1.25 lakh youth have joined the organisation last year. -- Go Top
3. BHARAT LAUNCHES THIRD NAVIGATION SATELLITE: Bharat's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C26) lifted off with aplomb from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota at 1.32 a.m. on 16th October and precisely put the Bharatiya navigation satellite, IRNSS-1C into its perfect, pre-designated orbit. This was the 28th successful launch of the Indian Space Research Organisation.
The IRNSS-1C, the third of the seven navigation satellites in the Indian Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), has wide-ranging applications in terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation. From vehicle tracking to fleet management and from disaster management to mapping, the satellite extends services to its clients.
The IRNSS-C1 carried two types of payloads, one for transmitting navigation service signals to the users and another consisting of a C-band transponder to facilitate Cube Retro Reflectors for laser ranging.
The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched from Sriharikota on July 1 2013 and April 4 this year respectively. -- Go Top
4. NANAJI BROUGHT INTEGRAL HUMANISM IN ACTION: "Nanaji's thinking was out of box, he always tried to do something extra, beyond his given responsibility. Whatever he did he did with some value addition. He always insisted on 'self-sufficiency' approach. Optimum utilisation of local resources was the basis of his vision. He perfectly blended universal science with local technologies," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi while releasing a book on Nanaji Deshmukh in New Delhi on October 11, the 98th birth anniversary of Nanaji.
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri Dattatreya Hosabale, veteran Sangh Pracharak Shri Madan Das, DRI president Shri Virendrajeet Singh and general secretary of DRI Shri Bharat Pathak also shared the dais. Many distinguished personalities including RSS Sarkaryavah Shri Bhaiyaji Joshi, former deputy Prime Minister Shri LK Advani, Governor of Guajrat Prof. Omprakash Kohli, etc were present at the jam-packed Vigyan Bhavan.
Speaking on the occasion Dattatreya Hosabale said, Nanaji brought 'Integral Humanism' propounded by Deendayalji in action. "When people are looking for models of development on Bharatiya values the one created by Nanaji are the living examples. -- Go Top
5. BHARATIYAS CELEBRATE DESI FESTIVALS IN DENMARK: Vijayadashmi was celebrated by Bharatiyas in Copenhagen on September 28 in a traditional way, thanks to the efforts put in by members of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS)-Denmark. The most interesting part of these celebrations was the play: Ramleela. Done with very few props, the characters were able to convey Lord Rama's story to the audience.
"The programme was designed for all age groups and involved a drawing contest based on Ramayana characters and a discussion on the main characters of Ramayana. There were 15 people in the play and we spent more than four weekends preparing for it," said Hemant Dubey, one of the active members of HSS-Denmark.
Dattatreya Hosabale, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's joint general secretary, had travelled to Copenhagen from Bharat to attend the Vijayadashmi celebrations. "He spoke on the significance of Vijayadashmi as well as key learnings from Ramayana for an hour, before ending it with a moral for the children.
Apart from this event, many other events were also organized by different Bharatiya communities. Bharatiya Mandir in Copenhagen organised Ravana Dahan, where a small effigy of Ravana was burnt to ashes. The Gujarati community played Garba at another event on September 27. The Bengalis organised Durga Puja on a grand scale. On October 4, the newly formed Telangana Association of Denmark also celebrated Dasara and Telangana state's biggest festival, Bathukamma. -- Go Top
6. MILLENNIUM ANNIVERSARY OF THE CORONATION OF CHOLA KING RAJENDRA I:
The 1000th year of coronation of renowned King Rajendra I of the famous Chola Dynasty of Bharat is a matter of great pride and inspiration to all of us. Crowned in 10I4 CE, King Rajendra I had his rule extending not only from the banks of river Ganga to the whole of Southern Bharat but also up-to Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, Maldives, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. By virtue of his well managed administration and a well organized military, trade, commerce, art, culture, architecture and sculpture flourished under his reign in this entire region.
Literature and pursuit of knowledge also flourished in his times and several books and volumes were written, both in Sanskrit and Tamil. During his rule, several grand temples and Stupas were constructed in Bharat, Sri Lanka and South East Asia which stand testimony to our living cultural heritage. It is testified from his Charter comprising 21 Copper Inscriptions with his royal insignia written in both Sanskrit and Tamil and paying obeisance at the very beginning to Lord Vishnu which are kept by Leiden University of Netherlands.
At the time of Mahmud Ghazni's attack on our north-western frontier and the turmoil of Euro-Arab conflict, King Rajendra I provided stable rule to ensure peace, prosperity and unhindered trade in the entire South East Asian Region to Bharatiyas, especially Tamil traders and their trade associations. He also established diplomatic Mission in China to promote trade.
He also set up a University for study of Vedas and other disciplines at Ennayirum. Besides ensuring political stability, in order to promote cultural unity and emotional integrity he sent his General Aryan Rajrajan to bring holy water of Ganga, ceremonially received it, mixed it with Kaveri waters and built a grand lake due to which he came to be known as Gangai Konda Cholan [i.e. Chola who brought Ganga].
Remembering such glorious period of our history will be inspirational to the people in the work for national resurgence. All the people of Bharat including Swyamasevaks are called upon to remind Bharat and the world about the achievement of the Chola king Rajendra for providing benign rule with all round progress in such a vast area and to ensure their support as well as participation in all the events related to this incidence.
(Statement by RSS sarkaryavaha Bhayya ji Joshi on the eve of meeting of ABKM at Lucknow ) -- Go Top
7. DUBAI-BASED BHARATIYA-ORIGIN EYE SURGEON HONOURED IN LONDON: Dr. Vinod Gauba, Dubai-based Bharatiya-origin doctor has been conferred the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman for his contributions to healthcare. Dr. Gauba, 36, who has worked with the less fortunate and visually impaired, was presented with the award earlier this month by Baroness Verma at the House of Lords in London. He was awarded for his pioneering role in the field of ophthalmology.
'Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman' is presented to 20 recipients selected from over 30 million Non-Resident Indians or people of Indian origin for exceptional achievements in various fields.