Films de la semaine: Vivir la Utopia & Bonus

29 03 2008

Film sur la révolution espagnole de 1936:

Et voici deux courts vidéos bonus sur les candidat(e)s à la présidentielle étasunien(ne)s:



Film de la semaine: Mafias

25 03 2008

Désolé pour le retard.

Voici un court vidéo intéressants:

LES MAFIAS:

Le Dessous des cartes les Mafias
Uploaded by dictys



Léopold II: Génocide au Congo

5 12 2007


genocide_congo
Uploaded by caidland
Il est à noter qu’Arte peut se permettre ce film car cela fait une centaine d’années que Léopold II est mort mais le génocide au Congo ne s’est pas arrêté avec la mort de Léopold II. Enviant à la Belgique les richesses du Congo, le Canada, les États-Unis, la France, le Royaume Uni, l’Allemagne, la Chine, Israël, le Liban, l’Australie etc. se sont mis de la partie et participent actuellement au génocide lucratif en RDC [voir 1 2 3 4] (en fait c’est la communauté internationale toute entière qui viole le Congo), génocide qui de par son envergure éclipse même l’Holocauste de la Seconde Guerre et le Génocide rwandais: depuis 1998 seulement, entre 3 millions et 5 millions de personnes sont mortes des conflits au Congo, plus de 17 000 enfants soldats ont été recrutés et le viole des femmes est devenu systématique. Voici un extrait de congopanorama à ce sujet:

Rape has become a defining characteristic of the five-year war in the DRC, according to Anneke Van Woudenberg, the Congo specialist for Human Rights Watch. So, too, has mutilation of the victims.

« Last year, I was stunned when a 30-year-old woman in North Kivu had her lips and ears cut off and eyes gouged out after she was raped, so she couldn’t identify or testify against her attackers. Now, we are seeing more and more such cases, » she says.

As the troops of coccupation from Rwanda and Uganda constantly sought new ways to terrorize, their barbarity became more frenzied.

I, too, was sickened by what I saw and heard. In three decades of covering war, I had never before come across the cases described to me by Congolese doctors, such as gang-rape victims having their labia pierced and then padlocked.

« They usually die of massive infection, » I was told.

Based on personal testimonies collected by Human Rights Watch, it is estimated that as many as 30 percent of rape victims are sexually tortured and mutilated during the assaults, usually with spears, machetes, sticks or gun barrels thrust into their vaginas.

Increasingly, the trigger is being pulled. About 40 percent of rape victims, usually the younger ones, aged 8 to 19, are abducted and forced to become sex slaves.

« The country is in an utter state of lawlessness; it’s complete anarchy, » says Woudenberg. « In this culture of impunity, people know they can get away with anything. Every armed group is equally culpable. »

In the Congo, rape is a cheaper weapon of war than bullets. Experts estimate that some 60 percent of all combatants in the DRC are infected with HIV/AIDS. As women rarely have access to expensive antiretroviral drugs, sexual assaults all too often become automatic death sentences.

Médecins Sans Frontières operates five health clinics offering antiretrovirals in the conflict zone of northeastern DRC, but many women don’t know about the drugs and cannot travel safely to the centers. Moreover, according to Helen O’Neill, a nurse who set up MSF’s sexual-violence treatment program, such drugs must be taken within forty-eight to seventy-two hours of the rape to prevent infection.

If a woman has been exposed to the virus, the treatment is 80 percent effective. But in the Congo, rape victims who are not captive sex slaves must walk for days or weeks, often with massive injuries, and risk new capture by roving rebel bands, before reaching assistance.



The Empire in Africa – Trailer

25 11 2007

The rebels who started the civil war in Sierra Leone 15 years ago wanted only one thing: to reclaim the richness of the country from foreign corporations in order to end the exploitation of its people. In response, the international community decided to wage a war on this country, with bombs, executions, torture, rigged elections and manipulation of the international media. This created one of the worst humanitarian disasters of the 20th century.

http://www.theempireinafrica.com/ 

CHRONOLOGY OF A DISASTER: SIERRA LEONE

  • The area, now known as Sierra Leone was populated by the Temne people when the first Portuguese navigator arrived in 1460. The name Sierra Leone refers to the shape of the mountain, which can be seen when arriving at the coast, which looks like a lion.
  • Slave trade started around 1500.
  • Around 1550, a large number of Mande people came from Liberia and found refuge in the southern part of what is now Sierra Leone.
  • In the 19th century, formers slaves, freed from their North American masters, were repatriated to Africa and brought to Sierra Leone where they founded the free colony of ‘Freetown’. By 1865 more than 50,000 former slaves had been brought to Freetown.
  • In 1896, the British government declared Sierra Leone a British protectorate to counter the progression of the French in West Africa.  In 1898, the British government imposed  a ‘hut tax’ to generate revenues for the expenses incurred in the management of the colony.
  • In 1908 the British government established a naval base in Freetown, securing their claims.
  • In 1961 Sierra Leone was recognized as an independent country and a prime minister was “appointed” by the British Consul. Over the next three decades, several coups and counter-coups followed between the pro-western interests who controlled the majority of the Sierra Leonean economy and the Pan-Africanist forces who wanted Africa to be returned to the Africans.
  • The pro-western interests won, establishing a one party rule under the dictator Siaka Stevens  and the other dictator Joseph Saidu Momoh who succeeded the former in 1986.  These men secured the control of the economy for the pro-western interests.
  • Although Sierra Leone is a very rich country, the foreign corporations continue to export all the profits from the exploitation of the country’s natural resources (diamonds, minerals, agriculture, tourism, etc.) abroad, leaving the country on the brink of starvation.
  • In response to this situation, a group of men take up arms to fight the foreigners and their puppets who run the country, in order to take back the wealth for the people of Sierra Leone.  The rebel group is the RUF or Revolutionary United Front.
  • In July 1991 the rebels of the RUF control 1/5th of the country. They terrorize civilians, accusing them of supporting a system that exploits them. Their motto is; “No More Slaves, No More Masters. Weapons to the People. Power and Wealth to the People.” They meet a weak resistance of the Sierra Leone army.
  • In 1993, a peace-keeping force was created by ECOWAS (The Union of West African States) and financed by the UN to intervene against the rebels.  Thousands of Nigerian soldiers were sent into Sierra Leone to be part of such peace effort.
  • The deterioration of conditions within the Army and the realization of the rebels’ motives forces the soldiers to join the rebels.
  • Starting in 1995, the pro-westerners create an independent militia known as Kamajor to protect their rights and fight the rebellion. The Kamajors brutally spread the war throughout the country.
  • By October of the same year, the RUF troops are now in control of one-third of the country and advance towards the capital, Freetown. A large portion of the regular army has joined the rebels in the field.
  • The government is completely inefficient and relies more than ever on the 2000 Nigerians based in Sierra Leone. In order to support them, it hires the South African mercenaries of “Executive Outcomes,” a company that specializes in commando operations. They are paid through diamond mine concessions.
  • January 1996: Based on the total inefficiency of the government and the degradation of the country, Corporal General Julius Maada-Bio seizes power in a coup d’état. He is convinced of the need to share the power with the RUF and obtains a cease-fire. The international community adamantly opposes this partnership with the RUF, since the RUF’s politics are opposed to the interests of the western world. The international community imposes an election while the country is in the middle of a brutal civil war which will clearly prevent people from being able to vote.
  • Seeing it as a maneouver from the international community, the RUF refuses the idea of election until peace is restored in the country. Despite the extreme violence, which followed the announcement of the elections, an electoral commission is put in place by the UN. The international community chooses Hamad Tejan Kabbah, a former U.N. executive, as its candidate, in order to protect their interests, as is now the case in several third-world countries.
  • March 15, 1996: Ahmad Tejan Kabbah wins the election.
  • Independent analysis of the polling results proved that the UN representatives manipulated the results in favor of Kabbah.
  • The hard line taken by President Kabbah, unleashes extreme violence between the different factions all over the country. Faced by such violence which starts to appear in mass media around the world the international community forces Kabbah to make peace with the RUF and the army.
  • February 1997: Despite RUF leader Foday-Sankoh’s signature of the peace agreement he is arrested and jailed with other RUF members and army officers. This is a political maneuver of President Kabbah and his allies to ignore the peace agreement, break the RUF rebellion and the resistance of the Sierra-Leone Army.
  • On May 25, 1997 the Sierra Leone Army leads a coup d’état and opens the prisons to free their men as well as the RUF members. They open the rice warehouses, which belong to private companies and humanitarian organizations and let starving people help themselves.
  • The head of the army frees Foday-Sankoh and names him second-in-command of the government of a unified A.F.R.C.(Sierra Leone army)  – RUF
  • Following the embargo imposed by ECOWASagainst the new government, the UN votes the Resolution 1132 on October 8, 1997. This resolution prevents trading of arms and oil with Sierra Leone. The ECOMOG bombard all ships transporting everything including food in contravention of the UN resolution also killing numerous civilians.
  • Over 200,000 people leave Freetown. The price of food increased astronomically and many families can only afford one meal per day. They cannot even count on humanitarian aid, which doesn’t reach Freetown anymore as ordered by President Kabbah and UK Ambassador, Peter Penfold.
  • President Kabbah, in exile, negotiates with a Thai banker. The banker will finance a counter coup d’état up to 10 million dollars in exchange for Sierra Leone diamond mining concessions estimated at 150 million dollars. On the suggestion of UK Ambassador Peter Penfold, mercenaries from Sandline, a sister company of Executive Outcomes, are put in charge of the operation.
  • February 1998: with the help of Sandline mercenaries, the ECOMOG forces launch an offensive to take back Freetown. Nigerian Alpha jets drop numerous cluster bombs, forbidden by international law, transforming entire cities into ghost towns.
  • The UN was questioned on this subject and answered that the embargo was not violated. However, two months later, Resolution # 1171 dated June 5, 1998 is passed. It specifies that the weapons embargo in Sierra Leone only applies to non-governmental forces, when it originally applied to all factions.
  • December 1998 – The rebels and the army have formally united as, The People’s Army, and are entering Freetown. They attack the ECOMOG troops forcing them to withdraw to one-third of the city.
  • The rebel rampage allows the government to continue its propaganda campaign. They try to blame the RUF soldiers for the violence, painting them as these new barbarians responsible for all the suffering of the Sierra Leone people.
  • The international community and President Kabbah’s government come under fire from the media, which publicizes amputations of civilians and the atrocities committed by the forces loyal to the government.
  • Fearing that the situation will worsen and the truth of the crisis will be revealed, Kabbah’s government is forced to sign a peace treaty and enforce it.
  • February 1999:  The ECOMOG forces are reinforced by troops from Mali. The rebels are violently expelled from Freetown. The confrontations leave 6000 dead and a devastated city.
  • July 1999:  President Kabbah goes to Lome in Togo to sign the peace treaty with Foday-Sankoh, who has been recently released and pardoned. This treaty includes the sharing of power with the RUF as it had been proposed in the past by Maada-Bio and Johnny-Paul Koroma. Kabbah’s government will include four ministers from the RUF. One of the first decisions imposed by them, will be the cancellation of mining licenses held by foreign companies.
  • May 2000: Foday Sankoh’s bodyguards together with UN peacekeepers fire on a crowd outside Foday Sankoh’s home. Kofi Annan declares Foday Sankoh personally responsible for the incident. President Kabbah order the arrest of all RUF hierarchy including ministers of his government in violation of the peace agreement.
  • Most of the RUF hierarchy die in prison from “unknown causes.”
  • May 2005: President Kabbah is still in power in Sierra Leone, the natural resources are still controlled by foreign companies and Sierra Leone is now the poorest country in the world.


Film de la semaine: ZEITGEIST

10 11 2007

english con subtítulos en español

Et voici une adaptation française de la première partie faite par James:


Notes:

It is not the «central banking system» which is a problem as such but the fractional reserve banking system. The USA is a notable exception but most countries’ central bank (including the UK now) is owned by the governement and redistributes its profites to the governement.

Warburg = Warburg Pincus + M.M. Warburg&Co + UBS

Rockefeller = Exxon (ex-Standard Oil) + JP Morgan Chase

John Pierpont Morgan = JP Morgan Chase + Morgan Stanley + Deutsche Bank +USX (ex US-Steel)

I.G. Farben = Agfa+BASF+Bayer+Aventis

Washington Post= 18% Berkshire Hathaway, 7% JP Morgan, Barclay’s 2% etc.

New York Times Co. = 22% T. Rowe Price, 7% Morgan Stanley, 10% Fidelity Inv., 5% Barclay’s, etc.

Time magazine = Time Warner

The complete interview with Aaron Russo can be found here: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=5420753830426590918

Clarifications from the makers of the film:

15:25-15:27
The December 25th birthday denoted to Jesus Christ, as stated by the narration, is not written in the Bible, although it is practiced traditionally. However, this date, known in the Pagan world for the birth of the ‘Sun God’ at the Winter Solstice, is in fact implied by the astronomical symbolism during the birth sequence.
More on this point is addressed in the Interactive Transcript.

53:56-53:59
The text reads:
[« Collapse Characteristics of World T. Center 1, 2 & 7 fit the Controlled Demolition Model Exactly »]
-WTC 7 fits the C.D. model exactly, however Towers 1 and 2 were, in fact, EXPLOSIONS rather than implosions. The means of the demolition of Towers 1 and 2 would be considered « unconventional ». The free fall speed; collapse « into its own footprint » and other such goals of controlled demolition, are however confluent.

1:04:09 -1:04:16
The video here is of the Madrid Bombings of 2004, not the London Bombings of 2005.
It is used as a creative expression and example.

1:09:22- 1:11:05
These extracts from the JFK speech entitled « The President and the Press » from April 27, 1961,
are used as a dramatized introduction to Part 3, and are not exactly in context with the original intent
of JFK’s speech. Though President Kennedy does indeed address the peril of secrecy, denouncing

« secret societies », « secret oaths » and « secret proceedings » in his statements, the latter section is
related to his views on Communism and not these societies.

1:17:14-1:17:20:
The narration states regarding W.Wilson and the Federal Reserve Act:
« Years Later Woodrow Wilson wrote in regret… »
– The notion of « years later » is incorrect. The quote is taken from his book
« The New Freedom » and it was written the same year he signed the Federal Reserve Act.

1:23:35 -1:23:38
There are 2 errors stated in the narration, one computational, the other technical.
1) It should say: (correction in italics) « Roughly 25% of the average worker’s income is taken via this tax »
[According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average US salary is about $36,000
which translates to a 25% Federal Income Tax. * 35% is the high tax bracket ]

2) This 25% is not a flat tax against the entire income of that single person for the year.
Rather, the tax is « graduated ». In other words, it is a generalization to say « 25% is taxed », where as there are 2 tax rate brackets under this one, and income is taxed based on each bracket combined, in a graduated manner. Consequently, the statement « you work 3 months out of the year… » is not accurate as it would be less than that in light of the « graduated » nature.

1:27.35-1:27:40:
There is a statement error in the narration. It should say: (correction in italics)
-« J.D. Rockefeller made 200 million dollars off of it [WWI]. That’s about 1.9 Billion by today’s standards »
[It was stated as « 1.9 Trillion », which was misspoken and intended to have been read « Billion », not « Trillion ».
Note: Based on the Consumer Price Index (not the GDP used initially), this conversion can also be figured
at about 3 Billion dollars]



Image du jour

4 10 2007

Le réseau Bush. Cliquez pour agrandir.le réseau Bush



Image du jour

1 09 2007

Evolution du pouvoir d’achat d’un capital investi en or, actions ou obligations
(coefficient multiplicateur de ce capital, échelle logarithmique)



Chili: découverte de restes d’ouvriers massacrés en 1907

27 08 2007

Texte repris du blogue Solidarité Ouvrière

Les restes de 820 victimes présumées de la première grande protestation ouvrière de l’histoire du Chili ont été exhumés hier. La “grève du sel” – comme elle est connue – est arrivée à paralyser la majorité des 102 gisements de sel du nord du pays qui au début du siècle dernier était la principale source de richesse du pays. Selon les organisations ouvrières d’alors, le massacre, ordonné par l’ex-président Pierre Montt, aurait coûté la vie de près de 3600 travailleurs, leurs femmes et leurs enfants. En décembre, cent ans se seront écoulés de ce qui fut la naissance du syndicalisme chilien.

Afin de reconstruire l’histoire et afin de déterminer avec exactitude la quantité de victimes, une équipe d’experts a commencé il y a trois semaines à exhumer des restes d’une cour du Service de Médecine Légale d’Iquique, près de deux mille kilomètres au nord de Santiago. Non seulement il n’existe pas de chiffre officiel des morts, mais les versions diffèrent énormément. Les journaux et le gouvernement de l’époque ont toujours soutenu qu’ils n’ont pas dépassé les 130, cependant, les syndicats ont parlé de milliers.

Fin de l’article ici.




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