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March 17 2016

Educating Silicon Valley

February 19 2016

De-Bosched! Who cares if a painting isn't by a famous artist after all?
Nairn's London turns 50: share your favourite London buildings

*Selon le (CRA) à Oran : Rapatriement de plus de 490 Nigériens* ❝Larbi BenMoussa, chef du bureau…

Selon le (CRA) à #Oran : Rapatriement de plus de 490 Nigériens

Larbi BenMoussa, chef du bureau de wilaya du Croissant-Rouge algérien (CRA), a confirmé, avant-hier que « plus de 491 ressortissants nigériens ont été conduits, dimanche matin, d’Oran vers le centre de transit de #Tamanrasset en prévision de leur retour au pays d’origine.
#expulsion #renvoi #asile #migrations #réfugiés #Nigeria #France

*12 jours dans la peau d'un réfugié, reportage d'Omar Ouahmane* ❝Durant 12 jours, Omar Ouahmane,…

12 jours dans la peau d’un réfugié, reportage d’Omar Ouahmane

Durant 12 jours, Omar Ouahmane, envoyé spécial permanent de Radio France à Beyrouth, a suivi une famille syrienne, de la frontière du pays avec la Turquie jusqu’à Vienne, en passant par la Turquie, la mer Méditerranée, la Grèce, la Macédoine, la Serbie, la Croatie, la Hongrie et enfin l’Autriche.
#témoignage #asile #migrations #réfugiés #route_des_balkans #réfugiés_syriens

*Hier läuft viel für die Flüchtlinge* ❝Seit im Dorf 100 Flüchtlinge untergebracht sind,…

Hier läuft viel für die Flüchtlinge

Seit im Dorf 100 Flüchtlinge untergebracht sind, übertreffen sich Freiwillige mit Angeboten für sie. «Es ist faszinierend, zu sehen, wie rasch sich die Leute für die Hilfe begeistern», sagt der Freiwilligenkoordinator Andreas Gutweniger.

#asile #migrations #réfugiés #solidarité #Suisse

Inside Grayson Perry's sketchbook

Upcoming UNITED Conference 2016 | UNITED for Intercultural Action

Upcoming UNITED Conference 2016 | UNITED for Intercultural Action

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Moving Stories: Narratives of Migration Crossing Europe.

This conference takes place from 22-27 April and will focus on the current negative narrative around migration.

Deadline for nominations is 28 February.

They take our jobs. They put pressure on our social services. They bring war, disease and uncivilised social practices. They degrade our culture and threaten our societies. Everything was better before they arrived…

These are just a few of the myths on migrants and refugees that are routinely spread by the mainstream media and politicians in Europe. Depicting migrants, refugees and asylum seekers as a burden on national economies and a danger to social cohesion, these myths combine to build a specific “narrative” on migration that leads to fear and anxiety among the public and oppressive reactions from governments.❞

#migrations #asile #mots #sémiologie #idées_reçues | La Suisse défend l'accord de Dublin et ce n'est pas un hasard | La Suisse défend l’accord de Dublin et ce n’est pas un hasard

Quel accueil pour les migrants en Europe ? Alors que l’Italie demande l’abolition de l’accord de Dublin, la Suisse et d’autres Etats européens continuent imperturbablement de défendre l’importance de cet accord. Et ce n’est pas un hasard : depuis 2009, la Suisse est en effet le pays qui a transféré le plus grand nombre de réfugiés, principalement […]

Colossal Antarctic ice-shelf collapse followed last ice age

From the “things Earth does without our help” department: Study: 100,000 square miles of Ross Ice Shelf disappeared in 1,500 years From RICE UNIVERSITY HOUSTON — (Feb. 18, 2016) — In a new study that provides clues about how Antarctica’s nation-sized Ross Ice Shelf might respond to a warming climate, U.S. and Japanese oceanographers have…

Ausstellung «Chinese Whispers» in Bern: Als Elefant im Porzellanladen

Unter dem Titel «Chinese Whispers» präsentiert das Kunstmuseum Bern eine Ausstellung, die uns eine Ahnung von dem Lebensgefühl im heutigen China geben will.
Uganda goes to vote in general election - in pictures

[worklog] closing bugs like the smell of spring

The sun is coming back. The temperature is going up on the shore of Shōnan. There was a pretty strong storm in the night of Saturday to Sunday. I can't wait the time where I will unroll the sudare for getting shadows. Tune for this week: Happy from Shōnan (Japan) - Pharrell Williams Webcompat Life Opened a new issue for the zoom property in CSS, which is an IE-ism, which was then implemented in WebKit, then in Blink, then in Edge, but which is not in Gecko and create WebCompat issues. It's a very similar story than innerText except that it is maybe less used. Also refined the code example. You are welcome to participate 11 status-needsinfo 135 status-needsdiagnosis 102 status-needscontact 80 status-contactready 102 status-sitewait Webcompat issues (a selection of some of the bugs worked on this week). sent to Firefox Android is almost there. There is just a small issue to fix about border-image and we are good to go. We should probably remove the UA override so people can benefit from the new shiny version. Thanks to the little hands at Google who helped us to move this forward. Greatly appreciated. I closed a couple of webcompat issues as DUPLICATE of the m3u8 bug which is a can of worms in itself. A missing creates difference of renderings in between Blink and Gecko, such as table cells being 1739px tall. Daniel nailed it. They say single page application are faster. What about when your app.js takes in between 1 to 3 min to download? -$pref-border-image and -$pref-appearance are annoyances coming in multiple bugs. I need to publish a blog post about this. Let's put this on my todo list. Don't trust the rounding number divinity. Another blog post. development Trying to add tests to the current API tests of, I might have identified some issues and areas for improving it. The current mocking is done at the level, but this means it kills somehow all the tests for which are not fitting the fixture response. I guess we need to explore on how to mock the call to github and introduce variety of responses. The article about MagicMock might become handy. Reading List Python Mocking 101: Fake It Before You Make It Flask Testing with Mock and Nose Real Life Mocking unittest.mock A lot of usage of mock module in this repository. Implementing Content Security Policy HTTP Redirects Good summary by Mike about our progress on the Web Compat front related to implementation changes in Firefox. Week #6: "This week I managed to get the challenge back to 100% success ( 6 bugs fixed in 6 weeks so far ) and recover from the failures of my vacation week. Let's see how I did that !" Follow Your Nose Previous Worklog Bugzilla Activity Github Activity TODO Document how to write tests on using test fixtures. ToWrite: appearance issues ToWrite: border-image issues ToWrite: rounding numbers in CSS for width Otsukare!

*La France boudée par les réfugiés_syriens* ❝Une vague de migration sans précédent allait déferler…

La #France boudée par les #réfugiés_syriens

Une vague de migration sans précédent allait déferler sur l’Europe : c’est ce qu’on pouvait entendre et lire à l’automne 2015 dans tous les médias et dans les discours des hommes politiques. Mais qu’en est-il vraiment en France ? Où sont ces réfugiés syriens qui préoccupent tant l’Union européenne ? Entre les inquiets face à une vague migratoire qui devait déstabiliser tout le pays, et les partisans d’une approche humanitaire, on avait juste oublié un élément du puzzle : les réfugiés syriens ne veulent pas venir chez nous !
#asile #migrations #réfugiés #évitement
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Linguistic Defense and Offense

When I first wrote about linguistic self-defense (discussed in Liav Orgad’s book pp. 198-200) I had a conception of languages in danger, The most visible potential victim were the French in Quebec. But with the help of Charles de Gaulle, the Quebecois have held on well to their culture (majority at home, minority at large, but supported by a large nation in Europe). One form of linguistic self-defense I proposed at the time was insisting on speaking your language in commercial transactions. For the sake of profit, store keepers would play along. Also, public advertising is a critical mode of making a language seem like the background state of normalcy. The key case in Quebec, as I recall, was called Chaussures Brown Shoes. That was the way they wanted their sign to read. The Anglophones objected and lost.

It is hard to know how important linguistic self-defense is these days. We used to have a theory about how many languages there are in the world, but even that number is open to question. The more we problem isolated jungles the more we discover. But the number should not matter. Each language represents a distinct cultural heritage. As the number of living organic species concern, we want to avoid the avoid the contraction of organic diversity – of living beings and living cultures.

The question today is whether it is worth fighting for a language on the verge of distinction in the fact of an aggressive dominant language like English. The quandary of the Navajos provides a good example. Within the last few years there has been a dispute about whether the new chief of the tribe should speak fluent Navajo. However that was resolved, the conflict highlights a question of fact and one of principle. The fact is that a language like Navajo is a unique culture heritage. Because of its complexity, it played a unique role in World War II. The enemy could not comprehend spoken Navajo and there was no time for code-breaking in person to person communication. Therefore, native Navajos played a key military role as agents of communication. It is also a fact that today in the face of English all around them, the locals are losing their core culture. For that reason, I think it made sense to insist that the chief of he tribe speak the language fluently. After all, the policies of all politicians are dubious but their role as figureheads to inspire the young is a critical culture force. Insisting that the chief speak the language fluently is a form of linguistic self-defense.

There is a similar issue built into the United States Constitution. There is no explicit requirement that the president speak English, indeed English has no official status as the country’s lingua franca. The outdated requirement that the president be native born was simply a hedge against the British reclaiming power in the new world. Beyond that limited point, Americans are suspicious of presidential candidates with foreign ties. Jeb Bush speaks fluent Spanish but it does not help him, as Mitt Romney’s presumably fluent French was irrelevant to his campaign. No president since the Civil Wars has spoken a foreign language fluently. This prejudice is surely one of the weakest aspects of the American personality. Angela Merkel speaks Russian fluently and it only adds to her attractive set of skills.

All things considered, however, the story of the last half century has been one of linguistic offense. The English-speakers have manages to replace French as the language of diplomacy and of international law. The Rome statute is written in English. Although there are six official languages in the UN, the dominant one is English. This means that unique words in the English legal vocabulary like ‘fairness,’ and ‘reasonableness’ have become essential in international legal discourse. At Davos, I assume, the international leaders speak to each other in English. This makes the world a little more efficent – a value presumably respected more by the majority culture of the United States than by, say, the Navajos.

Is there a downside to these trends? Well, there is a long-standing dispute about whether the language we speak influences the way we think. This might be true for our native languages but the evidence is hard to muster. I don’t think the gender differences – and the different alignment of genders say, in German and French – make any difference. Whether ‘la guere’ or ‘der Krieg’, war is just as brutal. Peace is better whether it is ‘la paix’ or ‘der Frieden.’ Yet there is another side to this argument, one advanced by Benjamin Lee Whorf and recently by Guy Deutscher, that in some cases syntax and perhaps some semantic differences do affect the way we think. Whorf focussed on the way some Indian languages (with which this whole field of inquiry would suffer!) describe actions and concluded that the conception of action was different. This, unfortunately, is not subject to any proof that I can think of. Deutscher’s example of some cases of locating object relative to the place of the sun might be more convincing. When we say ‘left’ or ‘right’ we are not interested in the place of the sun. These propositions remind us of claims about the relative impact of legal doctrines and the behavior of judges. We know that the law has some impact of judicial decisions but we do not know how much.

In the final analysis, linguistic differences – like other cultural differences – add to the richness of our lives. Should we struggle, then, to hold onto to dying languages? Yes. as much as we care about dying organic species. In the spirit of Orgad’s work, however, we should not ignore the importance of ‘majority’ or ‘plurality’ languages Not only English, but Chinese, Spanish, Indonesian, and many more – too numerous to name – are indispensable to the unified infrastructure of the world.

*Viaggio a fumetti nei campi profughi dell'Europa dell'est* ❝Nell'ottobre del 2015, dopo essere…

Viaggio a fumetti nei campi profughi dell’Europa dell’est

Nell’ottobre del 2015, dopo essere stato ospite del festival di Internazionale a Ferrara, il disegnatore australiano Sam Wallman si è unito a un collettivo di attivisti tedeschi e polacchi che andavano a cucinare pasti caldi per i profughi nei campi allestiti ai confini dell’Europa dell’est. Voleva vedere con i suoi occhi la crisi dei profughi in corso.
#bande_dessinée #BD #réfugiés #asile #migrations #camps_de_réfugiés #dessin

*Se “migrante” e “rifugiato” non spiegano le nuove diaspore* ❝È necessario ampliare ad altri…

Se “migrante” e “rifugiato” non spiegano le nuove diaspore

È necessario ampliare ad altri contesti la protezione dei «profughi». Non è solo la guerra la ragione per cui avvengono le espulsioni di massa di popoli dalle loro terre. Carenza d’acqua, inquinamento, cambiamento climatico causano milioni di nuove vittime. Lo sguardo della grande sociologa sulle migrazioni contemporanee
#terminologie #vocabulaire #mots #réfugiés #diaspora #migrants #migrations #catégorisation

*What's the Difference Between a Refugee and a Deportee ? A Lawyer.* ❝Prompted by the ongoing…

What’s the Difference Between a Refugee and a Deportee? A Lawyer.

Prompted by the ongoing crisis of child migrants from Central American, Senate Democrats are trying to get due process for “vulnerable” asylum seekers.
#mots #vocabulaire #asile #migrations #réfugiés #déporté #renvoi #Amérique_centrale #Mexique

*17 years in a refugee camp : on the trail of a dodgy statistic* ❝You find the same figure being…

17 years in a refugee camp: on the trail of a dodgy statistic

You find the same figure being quoted all over the world, by all sorts of different sources, and not just in English and French: in this Turkish news article from just two weeks ago, ‘Angelina Jolie stated that the average period for which refugees live in refugee camps was 17 years’ [Angelina Jolie, mülteci kampında mültecilerin yaşadıkları sürenin ortalama 17 yıl olduğunu belirtti]. Any statistic that’s so freely quoted by so many different people deserves a bit of critical attention, especially when no-one ever gives the source. And as it happens, my friend Eleanor Davey and I did a bit of digging around about this one last year.
The point of this post isn’t to downplay the seriousness of protracted refugee situations, whether the people caught up in them are encamped or not. Nor is it driven by a desire for accuracy. (Well, okay, a little. “Factual Inaccuracy Found On Internet!”) The problem with this untrustworthy figure—bandied around endlessly despite being deeply problematic, over a decade out of date, and not actually about refugee camps—is what it does to refugees themselves. Like the image of ‘the refugee’, like the identikit photos of refugee camps (subject of a future post, as mentioned in the caption to the one at the top of the page), this figure reduces the enormous complexity of protracted refugee situations, and the much greater complexity, richness, and difficulty of the lives of the people living through them, to a mere cipher. It gives those of us who aren’t refugees a sorry little fact to wring our hands over—one of those things we can feel good about feeling bad about—then set aside. When people use it, they’re not really talking about refugees at all.
#manipulation #fact-checking #asile #migrations #chiffres #statistiques #réfugiés #camps_de_réfugiés #médias #journalisme

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