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Solo uno stupro, solo una lapidazione

Il corpo martoriato di Noemi Durini, la sedicenne lapidata – è questa la parola giusta, evidentemente presente non solo nel vocabolario del fondamentalismo islamico – dal suo ragazzo diciassettenne in provincia di Lecce, interrompe come un lampo nella notte il delirio di un’opinione pubblica che da settimane si intrattiene sugli stupri, “indigeni” e “stranieri”, come una platea voyeur davanti a un film pornografico. Ci ricorda, quel corpo, che la violenza più violenta, e sovente più definitiva, arriva sulle donne molto più frequentemente da uomini prossimi, per primi quelli che dicono di amarle, che da uomini lontani per razza, religione o cultura. Un fatto, non una fake, che sta scritto in tutte le statistiche, nonché nell’esperienza quotidiana di centinaia di centri antiviolenza sparsi per il paese. Ma si sa che i numeri, nonché l’esperienza, nulla possono sulle psicosi. E dunque il femminicidio di Lecce non placa il delirio dei giornali e degli onniscienti ospiti dei talk che con un occhio piangono sul cadavere di Noemi e con l’altro ridono soddisfatti perché l’archiviazione dello ius soli ci preserverà dall’invasione di interi popoli di stupratori.

Source: Solo uno stupro, solo una lapidazione – Ida Dominijanni – Internazionale

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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in European Union

 

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Perché gli insegnanti devono  sostenere la battaglia per lo ius soli

Credo sarebbe utile che almeno noi insegnanti facessimo più attenzione all’uso delle parole. Da dieci anni siamo invitati, da una Raccomandazione del parlamento europeo fatta propria dal ministero dell’istruzione, dell’università e della ricerca (Miur), a lavorare nelle scuole alla costruzione di otto competenze chiave di cittadinanza. Le Indicazioni nazionali per il curricolo, che sono legge dello stato dal novembre 2012, titolano un paragrafo “per una nuova cittadinanza”. La parola cittadinanza nomina, secondo il dizionario, il “vincolo di appartenenza di un individuo a uno stato, che comporta un insieme di diritti e doveri”.Ma quando entriamo in classe, molti di noi si trovano davanti bambini e ragazzi figli di immigrati che, pur frequentando le scuole con i compagni italiani, non sono cittadini come loro. Se nati qui, dovranno attendere fino a diciott’anni senza nemmeno avere la certezza di diventarlo, se arrivati qui da piccoli (e sono poco meno della metà) non hanno la possibilità di godere di uguali diritti nel nostro paese.Sono oltre 800mila coloro che vivono questa condizione e noi li guardiamo negli occhi tutti i giorni. Non possiamo fare finta di niente e giocare con le parole. Non possiamo fare nostre le indicazioni ministeriali che ci chiamano in modo prescrittivo ad assolvere al compito di “porre le basi per l’esercizio della cittadinanza attiva”, mentre altre leggi impediscono l’accesso a una piena cittadinanza. Cosa ci dice la nostra coscienza quando una legge dello stato entra in rotta di collisione con un’altra legge dello stato? Quale legge scegliamo di seguire e quale trasgredire?

Source: Perché gli insegnanti devono  sostenere la battaglia per lo ius soli – Franco Lorenzoni – Internazionale

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in European Union

 

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Albania: Europe’s Last Blue Wonder

When Paul Meulenbroek climbs into the water, it’s a good idea to stay behind on the riverbank. He carries a small motor on his back, as loud as a leaf blower, but it isn’t for blowing air. The biologist from Vienna uses it to produce a 400-volt electrical field that can temporarily paralyze fish, making them easier to scoop up with a net.Meulenbroek stands waist-deep in the shimmering blue water of the Vjosa, a wild river that runs through southern Albania, his rubber waders protect him from the electrical surges. “There are a lot of young ones here,” the biologist says, before handing his colleague on the bank a brightly shimmering fish just under 10 centimeters long.

Source: Albania: Europe’s Last Blue Wonder – SPIEGEL ONLINE

 
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Beyond Harvey and Irma

Deployed to the Houston area to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. military forces hadn’t even completed their assignments when they were hurriedly dispatched to Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to face Irma, the fiercest hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Ocean. Florida Governor Rick Scott, who had sent members of the state National Guard to devastated Houston, anxiously recalled them while putting in place emergency measures for his own state. A small flotilla of naval vessels, originally sent to waters off Texas, was similarly redirected to the Caribbean, while specialized combat units drawn from as far afield as Colorado, Illinois, and Rhode Island were rushed to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Meanwhile, members of the California National Guard were being mobilized to fight wildfires raging across that state (as across much of the West) during its hottest summer on record.

Think of this as the new face of homeland security: containing the damage to America’s seacoasts, forests, and other vulnerable areas caused by extreme weather events made all the more frequent and destructive thanks to climate change. This is a “war” that won’t have a name — not yet, not in the Trump era, but it will be no less real for that. “The firepower of the federal government” was being trained on Harvey, as William Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), put it in a blunt expression of this warlike approach. But don’t expect any of the military officials involved in such efforts to identify climate change as the source of their new strategic orientation, not while Commander in Chief Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office refusing to acknowledge the reality of global warming or its role in heightening the intensity of major storms; not while he continues to stock his administration, top to bottom, with climate-change deniers.

http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176327/tomgram%3A_michael_klare%2C_the_new_face_of_%22war%22_at_home/

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in North America

 

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La geopolitica dell’intelligenza artificiale

Vladimir Putin ha almeno una qualità, parla senza peli sulla lingua. La settimana scorsa ha detto chiaro e tondo quello che la maggior parte del mondo mormora sottovoce: “Il paese che sarà leader nel campo dell’intelligenza artificiale, dominerà il mondo”.Di solito l’intelligenza artificiale (Ia) è evocata nell’ambito di cambiamenti positivi, per esempio nella sanità o nella regolazione del traffico, o negativi, come il suo impatto sull’occupazione o la possibilità che l’Ia sviluppi un giorno una “coscienza” capace di imporsi ai suoi creatori, gli esseri umani.Ma è raro che se ne parli in termini geopolitici come ha fatto in modo così diretto il presidente russo. La cosa più strana è il contesto di questa dichiarazione: non una grande conferenza strategica come quella di Monaco – dove nel 2007 Putin aveva denunciato “l’unilateralismo americano” – ma una teleconferenza seguita da più di un milione di studenti russi in occasione dell’inizio dell’anno scolastico!Dopo questa dichiarazione Elon Musk, il padrone di Tesla e di SpaceX, ha subito postato un tweet: “Si comincia…”.

Source: La geopolitica dell’intelligenza artificiale – Pierre Haski – Internazionale

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Who’s the world’s leading eco-vandal? It’s Angela Merkel

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/19/world-leading-eco-vandal-angela-merkel-german-environmental

 
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Cuba and the Hurricanes of the Caribbean

As bad as things have been for those who suffered loss and discomfort from Hurricane Irma in the continental United States—where millions of Floridians evacuated their homes and fled north in slow-moving processions of possession-packed cars—the difference in scale between their experience and that of residents of the affected Caribbean islands cannot be understated. That gap has only been accentuated by the advent of Hurricane Maria, which has wreaked havoc upon the island nation of Dominica. The United States citizens most directly in its path—as in Irma’s—are the people of Puerto Rico. Otherwise, only the destruction in the Florida Keys, which are, essentially, Caribbean outcroppings, is comparable. The damage to settlements on some of the Leeward Islands, such as Barbuda and the French-Dutch island of St. Martin, is so thorough that rebuilding seems neither realistic nor wise, given the likelihood that even greater hurricanes will come in the future.

Source: Cuba and the Hurricanes of the Caribbean | The New Yorker

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in South America

 

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Aung San Suu Kyi was always against the Rohingya, but the world simply ignored the woman

Aung San Suu Kyi has finally spoken, and left the world disappointed.The Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar’s Rakhine State have been subject to what the United Nations (UN) head of human rights called “a textbook example of genocide.” And many had, till now, exhorted Suu Kyi to speak up against the state-sanctioned horrors.Though the Nobel Laureate “broke her silence” on Sept. 19, her speech all but denied the gravity of the situation and the Myanmar government’s hand in it. So, for many now, Suu Kyi is no longer the humanitarian who relentlessly fought for democracy in her country and spent 15 years under house arrest.

Source: Aung San Suu Kyi was always against the Rohingya, but the world simply ignored the woman — Quartz

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Asia

 

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If Donald Trump is going to use WW2 to justify his UN speech, it would be good if he got his facts right

When, oh when, will our politicians/statesmen/dictators – mad or moderately sane – stop using the Second World War as a yardstick for their hatred and pride? Trump turned his hand to it in his UN speech – in a passage clearly written by others, but woefully out of context – when he uttered the following historical perspective:“From the beaches of Europe to the deserts of the Middle East to the jungles of Asia, it is an eternal credit to the American character that even after we and our allies emerged victorious from the bloodiest war in history, we did not seek territorial expansion or attempt to oppose and impose our way of life on others.”

Source: If Donald Trump is going to use WW2 to justify his UN speech, it would be good if he got his facts right | The Independent

 
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Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ by Edward Luce, ‘The Fate of the West’ by Bill Emmott, ‘The Road to Somewhere’ by David Goodhart, ‘The Once and Future Liberal’ by Mark Lilla and ‘The Strange Death of Europe’ by Douglas Murray · L

Is it finally closing time in the gardens of the West? The wails that have rent the air since the Brexit vote and Trump’s victory rise from the same parts of Anglo-America that hosted, post-1989, the noisiest celebrations of liberalism, democracy, free markets and globalisation. Bill Emmott, the former editor of the Economist, writes that ‘the fear now is of being present at the destruction’ of the ‘West’, the ‘world’s most successful political idea’. Edward Luce, for example, a Financial Times columnist based in Washington DC, isn’t sure ‘whether the Western way of life, and our liberal democratic systems, can survive’. Donald Trump has also chimed in, asking ‘whether the West has the will to survive’. These apocalyptic Westernists long to turn things around, to make their shattered world whole again. David Goodhart, the founding editor of Prospect, told the New York Times just before the general election that he believed Theresa May could dominate British politics for a generation. Mark Lilla, a professor at Columbia and a regular contributor to the New York Review of Books, wants the Democratic Party, which under Bill Clinton captured ‘Americans’ imaginations about our shared destiny’, to abandon identity politics and help liberalism become once more a ‘unifying force’ for the ‘common good’. Douglas Murray, associate editor of the Spectator, thinks that Trump might just save Western civilisation.The ideas and commitments of the new prophets of decline do not emerge from any personal experience of it, let alone adversity of the kind suffered by many voters of Brexit and Trump. These men were ideologically formed during the reign of Reagan and Thatcher, and their influence and prestige have grown in step with the expansion of Anglo-America’s intellectual and cultural capital. Lilla, a self-declared ‘centrist liberal’, arrived at his present position by way of working-class Detroit, evangelical Christianity and an early flirtation with neoconservatism. The British writers belong to a traditional elite; shared privilege transcends ideological discrepancies between centrist liberalism and nativism, the Financial Times and the Spectator. Murray and Goodhart were educated at Eton; the fathers of both Luce and Goodhart were Conservative MPs. Inhabitants of a transatlantic ecosystem of corporate philanthropy, think-tanks and high-altitude conclaves, they can also be found backslapping in the review pages and on Twitter: Murray calls Goodhart’s writing ‘superb’ and Luce’s ‘beautiful’; Emmott thanks Murray for his ‘nice’ review in the Times.

Source: Pankaj Mishra reviews ‘The Retreat of Western Liberalism’ by Edward Luce, ‘The Fate of the West’ by Bill Emmott, ‘The Road to Somewhere’ by David Goodhart, ‘The Once and Future Liberal’ by Mark Lilla and ‘The Strange Death of Europe’ by Douglas Murray · L

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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