lundi 30 novembre 2015
Caricature de PAT BAGLEY, SALT LAKE TRIBUNE
On en sait encore trop peu sur les motivations du tueur qui a ouvert le feu sur une clinique de "Planned parenthood", mais Bagley n'hésite pas à associer Richard Lewis Dear à la droite conservatrice...
Chronique à "Radio-Canada cet après-midi": COP21, attaque contre "Planned Parenthood" et question raciale
dimanche 29 novembre 2015
"Mexican immigrants have been at the center of one of the largest mass migrations in modern history. Between 1965 and 2015 more than 16 million Mexican immigrants migrated to the United States – more than from any other country (Pew Research Center, 2015). In 1970, fewer than 1 million Mexican immigrants lived in the U.S. By 2000, that number had grown to 9.4 million, and by 2007 it reached a peak at 12.8 million. Since then, the Mexican-born population has declined, falling to 11.7 million in 2014, as the number of new arrivals to the U.S. from Mexico declined significantly (Passel et al., 2012); meanwhile the reverse flow to Mexico from the U.S. is now higher."
"Yet what emerged from all that chaos stands today as perhaps the most important breakthrough in more than 20 years of international global warming talks. For the first time ever, countries of all shapes, sizes and economic means pledged to pony up commitments to address global warming. The agreement came with a very wonky sounding name — the Bali Action Plan — and it provided only a very rough outline of where future negotiations would need to go. But what the Bush administration helped create in Bali stands to this day because it eliminated perhaps the biggest political albatross blocking major action in the United States and around the world on international climate policy: Finally, fast-growing developing countries like China, Brazil, India and South Africa were on record saying they would submit cleanup plans of their own.
That small flame lit in Bali has several times been nearly extinguished. Outsized expectations surrounding Obama — fueled by his own Nobel award less than a year into his first term — nearly capsized the entire U.N. process when the president and more than 100 other world leaders traveled to Copenhagen in 2009 aiming to wrap up a major new agreement. They swung and missed in Denmark, and it took two more years before negotiators could get the original Bali game plan back on track during another climate conference in Durban, South Africa."
"Everyone loves to say “hacking,” but what Anonymous is doing is just tons of research, identifying and monitoring everything out there that ISIS might use to communicate and recruit, and trying to get those channels shut down, be it Twitter accounts, Facebook pages, telegram channels. They’re just trying to shut down their ability to talk to the public. I think it’s had a decent effect.
One of the things I like about this is anyone can take part. You don’t really have to have any hacking skills, and you don’t have to break the law to do something here. Just find ISIS talking online and then tell someone about it. And the best part about it is ISIS is trying to have a good social presence and trying to recruit, so it’s not like they’re hiding."
"Not until much more is known about alleged gunman Robert Lewis Dear Jr. and his precise motivations will the political implications of his actions become clear. It was suspected, according to a law enforcement official, that heated rhetoric surrounding the issue of abortion influenced Dear’s actions.
The setting he chose was one that has developed particular resonance this election cycle, after an antiabortion group released a series of secretly filmed videos in which Planned Parenthood officials discuss the techniques and financial aspects of harvesting fetal tissue samples for scientific research."
samedi 28 novembre 2015
"The last thing Americans should have to do, over the holidays or any day, is comfort the families of people killed by gun violence -- people who woke up in the morning and bid their loved ones goodbye with no idea it would be for the last time. And yet, two days after Thanksgiving, that’s what we are forced to do again."
His statement noted many details of Friday's attack in Colorado Springs, which left three dead and nine injured, were still unknown, including the shooter's motive.
"What we do know is that he killed a cop in the line of duty, along with two of the citizens that police officer was trying to protect. We know that law enforcement saved lives, as so many of them do every day, all across America. And we know that more Americans and their families had fear forced upon them."
vendredi 27 novembre 2015
Chronique à "Québec aujourd'hui": les dernières frasques de Trump et la question de l'avortement devant la Cour suprême
jeudi 26 novembre 2015
"Trump went on, “Now the poor guy — you ought to see the guy: ‘Uhh I don’t know what I said. I don’t remember.’ He’s going, ‘I don’t remember. Maybe that’s what I said.’” As he spoke, Trump launched into an impression which involved gyrating his arms wildly and imitating the unusual angle at which Kovaleski’s hand sometimes rests.
“We think it's outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters,” said a spokeswoman for the Times. The article cited by Trump was written by Kovaleski when he worked for The Washington Post and stated that in the aftermath of Sept. 11, “Law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river.”
“Frankly, we spend an enormous amount per student relative to other school systems for terrible results,” Cecilia Muñoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, said.
A year ago, Obama decided to finally tackle the problem, a decision he pushed his team to make after an emotional visit to a Sioux reservation in the Dakotas. He told his Cabinet to “establish a pathway that leads to change” and that he would hold them accountable. His Interior Department has proposed a sweeping plan to allow more tribal control over the schools and rework the Bureau of Indian Education into a streamlined, modern school system — preferably before the end of Obama's term. But resistance, both within the agency and on the reservations, is high. Critics say the changes are rushed and poorly communicated. They warn that paring back the federal government’s role will only make it easier to under-invest in schools that, by almost any measure, need money and resources the most.
When all the Washington fighting is over, it’s possible, those critics say, that some of the worst schools in America will get even worse."
“At any rate, if the whites maintain their position as the supreme race, the day may come when we shall all be thankful that we have the natives in their proper place.”
mercredi 25 novembre 2015
"Once again: the details don’t matter in the least. In fact, getting tangled up in the details is itself a sign of weakness. That’s what the press wants Trump to do. The media Lilliputians want to use their phony “facts” as so many ropes to tie down this Gulliver-like truth-telling giant and prevent him from making America great again. The national media is complicit in American decline, so of course they will do all they can to suppress Trump’s grand truths about what is causing that decline.
How much longer can this last? Karen Tumulty offers an answer: At this point, it may be that only GOP primary voters can settle that question."
mardi 24 novembre 2015
lundi 23 novembre 2015
"Mohamed was vaulted into the international spotlight in mid-September after he was arrested and allegedly interrogated by police for bringing a homemade clock to school that some felt looked like a bomb. The incident sparked a top-trending hashtag “#IStandWithAhmed“ and even prompted internship offers from Facebook and Google and a personal invitation to the White House from President Barack Obama.%% Mohamed’s family has since moved to Qatar, where he was offered a chance to study at one of the county’s elite prep schools.
“Qatar is nice, but it is not Texas. That is their attitude toward this,” Mohamed’s lawyer kelly Hollingsworth told The Washington Post. “They are citizens of Irving, Texas, USA, first. Are they devout people devoted to their faith? Absolutely. But they are Texans, too, and they want to come home. What we are seeking is for them to be able to do that with their heads held high.”
"Now we’re at the point in this campaign when Trump’s defense for this — and those of his supporters — will be predictable. Trump was just RTing someone else’s lie, so it’s not really his fault. Trump’s MO on this ever since he’s become a candidate has been a simple five-step plan:
Say/tweet/retweet outrageous thing;
Dominate the next news cycle;
Bully the media that focus on the outrageous statement;
Sustain polling advantage.
Photographie de mai 2015 en Arizona
J'expliquais justement à mes étudiants que les propos et manifestations des derniers mois et surtout des derniers jours allaient à l'encontre des valeurs américaines. La peur et la menace, réelles ou présumées, font parfois oublier les idéaux qui ont présidé à la naissance des États-Unis. J'aime bien ce petit texte de Charles M. Blow dans le New York Times de ce matin.
"Indeed, this is the problem with reckless, racist rhetoric: Each utterance tosses one more log onto the bonfire that can burn out a space for the unimaginable.
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. warned in his 1967 “The Other America” speech: “Racism is evil because its ultimate logic is genocide.” As King put it:
“If one says that I am not good enough to live next door to him; if one says that I am not good enough to eat at a lunch counter, or to have a good, decent job, or to go to school with him merely because of my race, he is saying consciously or unconsciously that I do not deserve to exist.”
Whereas these candidates may not be conscious of this “ultimate logic” or in any way approve of it, it doesn’t make their language any less dangerous when it lands on the ears of the minorities on the margins, or those looking for a reason to gussy up their wrongheadedness with righteousness."
"Perhaps best known for leading the United States during World War I and for trying to start the League of Nations, Wilson as president rolled back gains blacks had made since Reconstruction, removing black officials from the federal government and overseeing the segregation of rank-and-file workers.
Raised in the South, he wrote of “a great Ku Klux Klan” that rose up to rid whites of “the intolerable burden of governments sustained by the votes of ignorant Negroes.”
During Wilson’s tenure as president of Princeton, no blacks were admitted — “The whole temper and tradition of the place are such that no Negro has ever applied,” he wrote — though Harvard and Yale had admitted blacks decades earlier. Princeton admitted its first black student in the 1940s."
"Today, Republicans and neocons like to invoke the Nazis when discussing Islamic extremism, yet, as the past week has illustrated, these same politicians are the ones who most resemble their fascist forefathers. In July, I wrote about the worrisome parallels between Trump’s rhetoric and that of fascism, and what it says about the modern Republican party. The likeness has become even more disturbing after the terrorist attacks in Paris. Trump has always had the strong man attitude of a fascist. As Benito Mussolini used to brag about making the trains run on time, Trump has more or less ran a campaign on promises about how he will single handedly (with an iron fist?) make America great again and stop losing to China and Mexico and Iran and any foreigners that dare get the upper hand on The Donald.
The racism and nativism of the Trump campaign (and his competition) is even more disquieting. His anti-Mexican rhetoric has been a cornerstone of his campaign, and now, after the Paris attacks and with the Syrian refugee crisis, anti-Muslim rhetoric has taken hold. His affirmative response to a reporter asking whether he would implement a database tracking Muslims (which he has since attempted to backtrack after the horrified reaction) was terrifying, as if Trump was concerned about being out-Trumped by his competition. “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases,” said Trump, “We should have a lot of systems.” When asked about how a Muslim database would be different from requiring Jews to register in Nazi Germany, he replied, “You tell me,” while explaining how he would make this all happen as president: “It’s all about management” (Thats what got the trains running on time, after all)."
"Trump says that he saw this with his own eyes on television and that it was well covered. But an extensive examination of news clips from that period turns up nothing. There were some reports of celebrations overseas, in Muslim countries, but nothing that we can find involving the Arab populations of New Jersey except for unconfirmed reports. (Some conspiracy Web sites cite a column by controversial blogger and commentator Debbie Schlussel, who is highly critical of Muslims, that makes a reference to an MTV broadcast of protests and riots in Paterson, N.J.; this claim has never been authenticated.) As the Newark Star-Ledger put it in an article on Sept. 18, 2001, “rumors of rooftop celebrations of the attack by Muslims here proved unfounded.”"