What happened in Rwanda is happening again in Central African Republic

05 April 2014 | Geoffery York | The Globe and Mail 

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__________________________________________________________       Drive north from the capital, and you soon discover why relief workers call the Central African Republic a post-apocalyptic country. After a year of mass murder, the villages are abandoned and the roads eerily empty and desolate.

The checkpoints are controlled by cold-eyed men from largely Christian militias who brandish knives, machetes, swords and other crude weapons. Occasionally, a decrepit taxi comes barrelling down the road, ludicrously overloaded with 15 or 20 refugees, some piled on the roof. At times, a slow-moving convoy appears – busloads of terrified Muslims, with an escort of heavily armed peacekeepers to protect them from slaughter.

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They represent 15 per cent of the country’s 4.5 million people, but even where they were a substantial minority, almost all Muslims have been killed or forced to flee. The last ones in the impoverished town of Boali were removed a month ago, and a local administrator admits it is still too dangerous for her Muslim husband and children to visit, let alone come back for good.

Last year, when largely Muslim rebel forces seized power, it was the Christians who fled for their lives even though the two communities had lived peacefully side by side for decades.

A horrifyingly bureaucratic term, “ethno-religious cleansing,” has been invented to describe the massacres in the CAR. While experts argue over whether it qualifies as genocide, those inside the country know only that the killing is endless. In the capital, Bangui, bodies still pile up in the morgues, mosques and streets.

What began as a political struggle has become sectarian. “One group is trying to exterminate the other,” says Dr. Jean Chrysostome Gody, director of Bangui’s pediatric hospital. “It’s about extreme brutal revenge. They are trying to eradicate a race.”

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Drone et kamikaze, jeu de miroirs

avril 2013 | Grégoire Chamayou | Le Monde Diplomatique

gregoire_chamayou_theorie_dronesLe président des Etats-Unis peut-il faire assassiner un citoyen de son pays ? Telle est la question que pose l’élimination par un drone, en septembre 2011, d’Anwar Al-Awlaki, un dirigeant américain d’Al-Qaida au Yémen. L’usage de ces engins sans pilote, qui bouleverse les règles de la guerre, ne suscite pas de rejet massif dans l’opinion en Occident, alors que les attentats-suicides apparaissent comme le sommet de la barbarie.

« Pour moi, le robot est notre réponse à l’attentat-suicide. »Bart Everett (1).

Le philosophe Walter Benjamin a réfléchi sur les drones, sur les avions radiocommandés que les penseurs militaires du milieu des années 1930 imaginaient déjà. Cet exemple lui servait à illustrer la différence entre ce qu’il appelle la « première technique », remontant à l’art de la préhistoire, et la « seconde technique », caractéristique des industries modernes. Ce qui les distinguait à ses yeux était moins l’infériorité ou l’archaïsme de l’une par rapport à l’autre que leur « différence de tendance » : « La première engageant l’homme autant que possible, la seconde le moins possible. L’exploit de la première, si l’on ose dire, est le sacrifice humain ; celui de la seconde s’annoncerait dans l’avion sans pilote dirigé à distance par ondes hertziennes (2). »

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The Taliban’s Letter to Malala Yousafzai

17.07.2013 | eplume.wordpress.com via  The Daily Beast

A senior Taliban commander (Adnan Rasheed) on Wednesday published an open letter to Malala Yousafzai, in response to her speech at the United Nations on July 12, on the occasion of her 16th birthday.

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Miss Malala Yousafzai,

I am writing to you in my personal capacity this may not be the opinion or policy of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or other jihadi faction or group.

I heard about you through BBC Urdu service for the first time, when I was in bannu prison, at that time I wanted to write to you, to advise you to refrain from anti-Taliban activities you were involved in. but I could not find your address and I was thinking how to approach you with real or pseudo name, my all emotions were brotherly for you because we belong to same Yousafzai tribe. Meanwhile the prison brake happened and I was supposed to be in hiding. when you were attacked it was shocking for me I wished it would never happened and I had advised you before.

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Free Ali Anouzla #الحرية لعلي أنوزلا

28.09.2013   |    eplume.wordpress.com


Ce blog  soutient le Blackout Internet de plusieurs sites d’infos et de blogs marocains, réclamant la libération d’Ali Anouzla.

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How Must I Believe / يا أمة إقرأ ماذا قرأتم – Farah Chamma

13.06.2013   |  Farah Chamma  |    eplume.wordpress.com

Poem Translated:

How Must I Believe?

How must I believe when you have made belief more like blasphemy
As you separated countries, killed, and spread corruption
All in the name of religion and devotion
You, who in the name of God, orphaned children
You, who in the name of God, have stolen, lied, demolished homes
Only to live in castles built with bricks of injustice and slavery
Are you going to respond to this, o summoned ones?
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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

09.06.2013 |  and   |  The Guanrdian 

The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows

Link to video: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden: ‘I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things’

The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.

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Hypocrisy lies at the heart of the trial of Bradley Manning

02.06.2013 |   |  The Guanrdian 

It is an outrage that soldiers who killed innocents remain free but the man who exposed them is accused of ‘aiding the enemy’

Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP

Bradley Manning is escorted out of a courthouse in Fort Meade, Maryland. Photograph: Patrick Semansky/AP 

In 2009 the American ambassador to Tunisia spent the evening at the home of Mohamed Sakher el-Materi, the president’s son-in-law. By any standards the dinner was lavish – yogurt and ice cream were flown in from St Tropez – and the home was opulent. In a cable, made public by WikiLeaks, the diplomat wrote: "The house was recently renovated and includes an infinity pool … there are ancient artefacts everywhere: Roman columns, frescos and even a lion’s head from which water pours into the pool. Materi insisted the pieces are real." By Tunisian standards it was particularly obscene. El-Materi owned a tiger and fed it four chickens a day.

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