Martes, 23 de julio de 2019 (Continuación)

Leila de Lima, center, after her arrest in 2017. Credit Ted Aljibe/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Since taking office just over three years ago, President Rodrigo Duterte has not only overseen a murderous campaign on drug users and sellers. He has also unleashed a brazen assault on the country’s democratic institutions — at times, using his so-called war on drugs as a pretense for going after his political adversaries and dissenters.

I should know: I’m one of its victims. I am writing this essay from a prison cell in Camp Crame, the national Police Headquarters in Manila. I have spent the past two years here, after being arrested on fabricated drug-trafficking charges. But the only crime I committed was to use my platform as a senator to oppose the brutality of this administration’s campaign against drugs.…  Seguir leyendo »

Nous avons tous l’habitude des injonctions saisonnières à changer de régime. Les femmes, surtout, puisque dans l’immense majorité des cas, il s’agit d’un appel culpabilisant à se conformer aux standards de beauté que la société de consommation cherche à imposer à nos corps, notre silhouette, notre peau, nos cheveux… et à nos esprits. Ne soyons pas trop chagrins, malgré tout, puisque la tendance, forte et durable, est au healthy, au bio, au naturel, au local, à la chasse aux allergènes, pesticides, sucres et divers additifs de l’industrie agroalimentaire et même, à la fin des emballages polluants et inutiles au profit du vrac, par exemple.…  Seguir leyendo »

Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrol around the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, anchored off the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. Photo by HASAN SHIRVANI/AFP/Getty Images.

It was like something out of a movie. To shouts of 'Allahu Akbar!', masked soldiers drop down ropes from a military helicopter on to a British oil tanker while Iranian navy speedboats surround the vessel. By radio, a voice warns the ship’s captain in English: 'If you obey you will be safe'.

There is no doubt that the Friday seizure by Iranian Revolutionary Guards of a British-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, was in part a piece of theatre intended to appease domestic clamour for Tehran to assert itself.

It came in response to the UK military’s 4 July detention of an Iranian tanker, the Grace 1, in Gibraltar, allegedly for shipping oil to Syria in breach of EU sanctions.…  Seguir leyendo »