Après quelques mois d'activités sans interruption, je m'accorde une petite pause.
jeudi 26 juin 2014
mercredi 25 juin 2014
La morsure du Luis Suarez a inspiré bien des caricaturistes aujourd'hui...
lundi 23 juin 2014
"Déjà, certains s'inquiètent. L'Allemagne et les Etats-Unis s'apprêtent-ils à rejouer la terrible comédie de 1982, lorsque Allemands (déjà) et Autrichiens arrangèrent à leur manière le résultat de leur rencontre, les seconds se laissant battre par les premiers, la suite du match se résumant à un tiki taka barcelonais avec trente ans d'avance, les deux équipes s'ingéniant à ne pas marquer. A l'arrivée, c'est l'équipe d'Algérie qui avait été la victime de cette opération, éliminée au goal-average alors même qu'elle avait auparavant humilié les Allemands dans un match entré depuis dans l'histoire (2-1).
On devine qu'au cas où Allemands et Américains se sépareraient sur un 0-0 (et même un 1-1) lors de la dernière journée du groupe, l'accusation de triche et de magouille serait aussitôt portée en place publique. Osons dire ici qu'elle serait mal fondée et que le spectre d'Allemagne-Autriche 1982 doit être exorcisé.
"The world of Jim Crow is unimaginable here. If anything, the risk is not that the new center’s narrative will be isolated like some Mulatto intrusion, but that it might become as commercial and sensational as the nearby attractions. And I do have misgivings about the center’s populist political expansiveness: the way in which the struggle for human rights eventually becomes treated in its halls as a newer, broader case of the fight for civil rights."
Si la scène internationale ne lui laisse aucun répit, le Président Obama continue malgré tout à intervenir au plan domestique. Dans une entrevue accordée hier, il insiste sur le soutien à offrir aux familles américaines. Il y a décrit des réalités que nous connaissons bien de notre côté de la frontière. C'est aujourd'hui que se déroule à Washington un "Working Families Summit" sou la direction du couple Obama.
""Every single day, there are conversations around the kitchen table where people are trying to figure out, this child care is costing so much, I'm not sure that we're going to be able to make our mortgage at the end of the month," the President said to Kate Bolduan of CNN's "New Day." "There are folks who are saying, 'Little Johnny is sick, but if I don't show up at my job, because I don't have paid family leave, we're not going to be able to pay the electricity bill.'
samedi 21 juin 2014
"More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation.
Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons, according to more than 50,000 pages of accident investigation reports and other records obtained by The Post under the Freedom of Information Act.
More than 400 large U.S. military drones crashed in major accidents worldwide between Sept. 11, 2001, and December 2013. By reviewing military investigative reports and other records, The Washinton Post was able to identify 194 drone crashes that fell into the most severe category: Class A accidents that destroyed the aircraft or caused (under current standards) at least $2 million in damage.
Commercial drone flights are set to become a widespread reality in the United States, starting next year, under a 2012 law passed by Congress. Drone flights by law enforcement agencies and the military, which already occur on a limited basis, are projected to surge. The documents obtained by The Post detail scores of previously unreported crashes involving remotely controlled aircraft, challenging the federal government’s assurances that drones will be able to fly safely over populated areas and in the same airspace as passenger planes.
Le porte-parole de la Maison Blanche est confronté chaque jour à une horde de journalistes et sa marge d'erreur est particulièrement restreinte. Pression vous dites? Il a débuté par une touche d'humour. Il remplace Jay Carney.
"When Josh Earnest, who on Monday will officially become President Barack Obama’s press secretary, came to the briefing room Friday, he was prepared to talk about a new White House initiative to boost the populations of bees, birds, bats and other pollinators. Asked about the program, he tried out some new material. “When I walked out here today I knew I’d be handling a range of sensitive issues,” Earnest cracked. “I didn’t know I was going to be talking about the birds and the bees.”
Groans filled the press room. “That was pretty good, right?” he asked. “We’ll get these guys on some better material here,” he added, turning to press staffers in the room.
Earnest, 39, is relatively unknown outside of Washington, but respected and well-liked by White House colleagues and journalists alike. He’s considered a passionate defender of the president but also someone who will advocate for more press access and the smoother flow of information.
vendredi 20 juin 2014
"Anti-Semitism has ebbed and flowed both here and throughout the region since the end of World War II, with outbreaks of violence and international terrorism — particularly in the 1980s and early 2000s — often linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But Jewish leaders here are now warning of a recent and fundamental shift tied to a spurt of homegrown anti-Semitism.
Earlier this month, authorities arrested Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old French national, and charged him with the May killings of four people inside a Jewish museum in Brussels. Nemmouche allegedly launched his attack after a tour of duty with rebels in Syria, prompting a wave of fear of additional violence to come here as more of the hundreds of French nationals fighting there make their way home.
In a country that is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, the first three months of the year saw reported acts of anti-Semitic violence in France skyrocket to 140 incidents, a 40 percent increase from the same period last year. This month, two young Jewish men were jumped and severely beaten on their way to synagogue in an eastern suburb of Paris.
Est-ce possible de stabiliser l'Irak? Voici une suggestion de Fareed Zakaria. On peut lire Zakaria dans le Washington Post et l'écouter sur CNN.
"Plan B should be an enclave strategy. The United States should recognize that Iraq is turning into a country of enclaves and work to ensure that these regions stay as stable, terrorism-free and open as possible. The Kurdish enclave, bolstered by having captured the vital city of Kirkuk, is already a success story. The Shiite region of the south can be stable. It will be possible to work with countries such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan to influence the Sunni groups in the middle of the country, purging terrorists and empowering moderate Sunnis.
A comparable strategy in Syria would allow groups such as the Kurds and Sunnis to protect their own areas from Bashar al-Assad’s brutality but recognize that they will not be able to topple the regime. There will be places where the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and similar groups gain strength. In those areas, Washington would have to use drones, counterintelligence and occasional Special Operations forces strikes — just as it does in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. The world of enclaves already exists. Washington simply has to realize that parts of Iraq are now in it.
La totalité de la réflexion:
jeudi 19 juin 2014
“We have this new stadium and it’s beautiful,” da Silva said. “But after three or four games, it’ll be useless. People will still need schools, still need hospitals.”
The complaints are similar to those voiced in other host cities, where citizens have watched the government pour billions of dollars into hosting 64 soccer matches. Despite the best efforts of protesters opposed to the spending, people throughout Brazil accepted they couldn’t stop the tournament. Now that it’s underway, many in Manaus realize it’s a chance to showcase their unique city — its 117-year-old opera house, its bouncy boi bumba and forro music, and the grilled jaraqui and tambaqui fishes, pulled right out of the Amazon waters.
“The Cup is here, the money is spent,” da Silva said. “We should use it for good. Here, people think we only have forest and monkeys and tribes. No, there’s a lot of things to do.”
"Why does talking about race make Clinton uncomfortable? She sidestepped the initial question with the "no one will agree with the president" line, but when Amanpour tried to bring her back to race, Clinton demurred that racism was "too broad" of a label, adding that sexism and homophobia are also problems. You don't say!
The simple explanation is that Clinton, in full-on presidential run mode (despite her insistence that she hasn’t yet decided) was cautious of turning off voters who fear the racism label, whether it is justified or not.
The less simple explanation is that race isn’t easy for very many people to talk about in America, particularly in a public setting.
Even President Barack Obama, who has increasingly started talking about race in a more personal way, was quoted by the New York Times in 2009 -- after a five-second hesitation -- saying, “I’m not somebody who believes that constantly talking about race somehow solves racial tensions.”
"Such deep support for a potential candidate this early on, practically unheard of in presidential politics, reflects the deep hold Clinton has over her party and the sense among senators that there are no other viable options to keep the presidency in Democratic hands. But the fact that senators with whom he worked alongside for decades wouldn’t at least stay on the sidelines so long before the election — as Biden is openly flirting with a run in 2016 — is also a personal and political repudiation of the vice president.
Under the traditional rules of politics, Biden could presumably count on at least some of his fellow Senate Democrats. He spent more than three decades as a Delaware senator, raising big bucks for his Senate colleagues, teaming up on legislation and yukking it up in countless private lunches and dinners.
mercredi 18 juin 2014
"The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, calling the football team’s name “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The landmark case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five Native Americans. It was the second time such a case was filed.
“This victory was a long time coming and reflects the hard work of many attorneys at our firm,” said lead attorney Jesse Witten, of Drinker Biddle & Reath.
Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.” The ruling pertains to six different trademarks associated with the team, each containing the word “Redskin.”
“We are extraordinarily gratified to have prevailed in this case,” Alfred Putnam Jr., the chairman of Drinker Biddle & Reath, said. “The dedication and professionalism of our attorneys and the determination of our clients have resulted in a milestone victory that will serve as an historic precedent.”
"The night Bergdahl disappeared, C. and some of his crew were at the Special Operations op-center on a base in Afghanistan. C. was handed a sheet with details on Bergdahl. As C. remembers it, the paper was pretty clear: “that he had gone AWOL.” There was still some confusion surrounding the events, but “Bergdahl’s buddies were saying pretty decisively that he had walked off the base and deserted his post,” says C. “We were informed that he’d gone into town, where he was asking people if they spoke English, and he’d gotten himself captured by Taliban.”
Having read the report, C. remembers turning to a member of his crew and saying, “This kid is going to get people hurt or killed trying to get him back.”
"Members of Congress are joining the call for more action.
“The boom in domestic oil production has turned many railways and small communities across our country into de facto oil pipelines, and the gold-rush-type phenomenon has unfortunately put our regulators behind the eight ball,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has been pushing for stricter safety and disclosure rules. “It has become abundantly clear that there are a whole slew of freight rail safety measures that, while for many years have been moving through the gears of bureaucracy, must now be approved and implemented in haste.”
Sierra Club staff attorney Devorah Ancel said the rising damage toll should “ring alarm bells in the minds of our decision-makers, from cities all the way up to Congress and the president.”
“Our fear is that the regulators are being pushed over by the industry,” she said. Like the oil boom itself, the surge in oil-train traffic has come much faster than anyone expected. Meanwhile, the trains face less onerous regulations than other ways of moving oil, including pipelines like TransCanada’s Keystone XL project.
Keystone, which would carry oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast, has waited more than five years for a permit from the Obama administration while provoking a national debate about climate change. But no White House approval was needed for all the trains carrying Canadian oil into the United States. In fact, freight railroads in the U.S. are considered “common carriers” for hazardous materials, meaning they can’t refuse to ship it as long as it meets federal guidelines.