Jueves, 7 de junio de 2018 (Continuación)

Alors même que le mouvement de protestation de Gaza a pris une tournure de plus en plus violente ces dernières semaines et qu’une centaine de roquettes et de mortiers ont récemment frappé le sud d’Israël, l’Etat juif s’est constamment employé à limiter le nombre de victimes des deux côtés tandis que le Hamas cherche au contraire à les multiplier.

Depuis qu’il a pris le contrôle de la bande de Gaza, le Hamas a échoué sur les plans politique, économique et militaire, d’où sa quête d’une nouvelle stratégie. En décidant d’organiser des manifestations violentes le long de la frontière entre la bande de Gaza et Israël, le Hamas semble avoir fait un choix, celui de la confrontation avec Israël.…  Seguir leyendo »

Une marche contre les inégalités entre les femmes et les hommes, le 1er octobre à Los Angeles, aux Etats-Unis. Photo Mark Ralston. AFP

Nous traversons une époque tourmentée, passionnante et angoissante pour les femmes. Dans notre combat pour l’égalité, il y a des victoires éclatantes, suivies de défaites écrasantes. La semaine dernière, lors d’un référendum historique, la population irlandaise s’est prononcée en faveur du droit à l’avortement. Pendant ce temps, en Arabie Saoudite, des répressions visant des militantes des droits des femmes ont mené à de nombreuses arrestations.

Le combat pour l’égalité se mène sur plusieurs fronts. J’ai consacré une grande partie de mes efforts à analyser le modèle économique mondial qui désavantage systématiquement les femmes. Voici quelques faits éloquents. D’abord, les femmes contribuent pour environ dix mille milliards de dollars à l’économie par leur travail non rémunéré, incluant les tâches domestiques et les soins consacrés à leurs proches.…  Seguir leyendo »

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On April 12, outside the Hall of Justice in downtown Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, the streets were alive with office workers going about their business, vendors hawking everything from CDs to shaved ice—the usual hubbub on a hot morning in the middle of the dry season. And yet, something unusual was taking place inside the Hall of Justice, and, as a result, over a hundred people had gathered on the steps outside, myself included. In 2017, a gay Trinbagonian man named Jason Jones had challenged the so-called “buggery law” of Trinidad and Tobago, the statute that had criminalized same-sex intimacy for more than four decades.…  Seguir leyendo »

Somali military officers attend a training programme by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at their military base in Mogadishu, Somalia November 1, 2017. Picture taken November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Feisal Omar - RC17EE7FC1C0

The Gulf crisis that began last year appears to be living by reverse Las Vegas rules: What happens in the Gulf doesn’t stay in (or even have much impact on) the Gulf. Last June, a Saudi-led coalition cut off relations with and imposed a blockade on Qatar, invoking various and shifting rationales—Qatar was, allegedly, supporting terrorist groups, interfering in Saudi internal affairs, and displaying excessive closeness to Iran. Little progress been made in resolving the dispute, and all parties seem ready to withstand it for the foreseeable future. Qatar of course would much prefer to see its foes lift their blockade.…  Seguir leyendo »

A man walks past a television news screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R) and US President Donald Trump (L) at a railway station in Seoul on May 16, 2018. - North Korea threatened on May 16, to cancel the forthcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump if Washington seeks to push Pyongyang into unilaterally giving up its nuclear arsenal. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP) (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

The last few weeks in North Korea diplomacy have been tumultuous but curiously pointless, in our modern “Trumpian disruption” way. US President Donald Trump has for months flouted established patterns of engagement with North Korea, and he clearly relishes doing so. Cable TV is filled with pro-Trump pundits praising his marginalization of “so-called experts” on the North. The analyst community is apparently to be swept aside before Trump’s bold moves and wheeler-and-dealer bravado, which will bring North Korean supremo Kim Jong-un to the table.

But it is not at all clear that this turmoil has resulted in anything other than chaos, setting off a daily rollercoaster of changes, such as the South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s sudden suggestion that he, too, might participate in the summit.…  Seguir leyendo »

NEW DELHI, INDIA AUGUST 28: Narendra Modi during the oath ceremony of New Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.(Photo by Pankaj Nangia/India Today Group/Getty Images)

The rule of law in India has been imperiled ever since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power in 2014. Some threats, such as vigilantism by Hindu extremists, have been largely ignored by the state. Others, like the intimidation of journalists, have often featured Internet trolls encouraged by BJP leaders. The most troubling instances have come directly from the government: when it has used investigative agencies to prosecute political opponents—which, in the case of the Indian state of Bihar, enabled the BJP to join the ruling coalition—or when it has elevated people accused of violent crimes to the top rungs of leadership, such as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Yogi Adityanath.…  Seguir leyendo »

Protecting Privacy Is a Civil Rights Issue

Facebook is embroiled in another vast privacy scandal. The company revealed on Tuesday that it had allowed Huawei and three other Chinese companies, in addition to Apple, Samsung and dozens of other device makers, access to data on Facebook users, their friends and their friends’ friends. These arrangements extended to data on religion, work and education history, and political preferences. Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of 87 million Facebook users; this latest scandal may affect many times that number of users.

Sweeping privacy violations have the strange effect of revealing that the tracking of consumers by marketers affects everyone while hiding how that tracking hurts some people far more than others.…  Seguir leyendo »