Thursday, February 12, 2015

La vallée qui résiste.Récit de la lutte contre le TGV Lyon-Turin

En cette occasion on récupère un texte sur la lutte que pendant plus d´une décennie ont mené (et mènent toujours) les habitants/es de la Val Susa contre la construction d´un train d´Haut Vitesse (TAV) entre Lyon et Turin a travers la vallée. 
Sa lutte a éveillée des nombreuses solidarités et complicités parmi un ample ventail d´organisations politiques et mouvements sociaux, en Italie et au-delà. C´est encore un exemple de ces mégaprojets d´infrastructure qui, avec l´appui de la Commission Européenne, opposent les intérêts industriels a la volonté des populations affectées. Ce texte n´est qu´un chapitre d´une ouvrage de récente parution Constellations Trajectoires révolutionnaires du jeune 21è siècle élaborée par le collectif Mauvaise Troupe et éditée para Editions de l´Eclat propose un parcours sur l´ensemble de luttes et résistances qui se déroulent partout en Europe. Comme d´habitude on a ajouté des hyperliens, photographies, vidéos et matériel additionnelle à la fine de l´article originale. 

Des manifestants échappent aux gaz lacrymogènes sur le Chomionte en 2011 photo extraite de Todo por hacer

La vallée qui résiste. Récit de la lutte contre le TGV Lyon-Turin

Le val Susa est une vallée qui a toujours résisté. Nous sommes un des premiers lieux où ont commencé les luttes des maquisards, pendant que les Groupes d’Actions Partisanes opéraient en ville, à Turin par exemple. Ici, et dans les campagnes, dès 1943, des espaces se libéraient complètement des nazis : les républiques partisanes.
Plus tard, dans les années 70, pendant la lutte armée en Italie, beaucoup de jeunes ont participé. Ils arrêtaient le train, montaient dedans avec cagoules et mitraillettes pour distribuer des tracts.
Il arrive souvent que dans le mouvement no TAV, on dise qu’on est les fils de cette histoire. Parce qu’à chacun des moments où il a fallu résister, la lutte a pu compter sur la solidarité de la montagne. Il y a eu d’autres luttes encore, contre la haute tension (gagnée en 1990) puis contre l’autoroute (perdue en 1980). La lutte contre l’autoroute n’a jamais été un grand mouvement, car il y avait une contradiction : d’un côté, c’était un grand projet de plus, mais de l’autre la circulation des camions était telle, surtout avec le Fréjus, qu’avant l’autoroute, ici c’était l’enfer…

Friday, February 6, 2015

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah 29 anys presoner de l´Estat francès

Recuperem un article de Gerard Soler aparegut a l´espai de reflexió de La Fabrica, sobre Georges Ibrahim Abdallah militant socialista libanès empresonat a França els darrers 28 anys per col.laboració amb grups armats d´oposició a mitjans dels 80. La fermesa mostrada per les autoritats franceses en el seu cas, negant tot tipus de reducció de pena, permisos o deportació al seu pais d´origen han convertit en el paradigma de la logica d´Estat en l´execució de penes i càstigs contra actes de violencia política : la venjança. Com és habitual,  hem afegit hyperlinks, fotos, video e informació adicional al final de l´article.

Imatge de Georges Ibrahim Abdallah extreta de la pàgina del Nouveau Parti Anti-Capitaliste francès en l´article Georges Ibrahim Abdallah : l’acharnement continue

Georges Abdallah: mostra de la manca d'independència del poder judicial francès
Escrit per Gerard Soler Publicat a Europa

Georges Ibrahim Abdallah s'ha convertit en els darrers anys en el símbol dels i les detractores de la política penitenciària francesa, seguint encara empresonat més de 30 anys després de ser sentenciat. La seva condemna no aixecaria gaire més polseguera sinó fos perquè s'ha vist durantment criticada, tant per agents socials i polítics d'esquerra com per destacats càrrecs de l'administració penitenciària, per la manca d'independència amb la que el poder judicial l'ha tractat, sotmetent-se a les fortes pressions dels governs de França, Israel i Estats Units. Però qui és aquesta figura tant controvertida que alguns l'han arribat a comparar amb el Mumia Abu-Jamal europeu?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Update English Section

We have updated the English section of the blog, putting together all those materials in English language which we uploaded since the beginning of the blog. As it would be expected it covers a wide range of issues: from media coverage that looks like PR for US army officers (now disgraced Coronel Petraeus) to how Africa is perceived in western eyes and screens (Five myths about Africa) or how high-security prisons in the US are proliferating despite their toil on inmates physical and mental health ; we included two urgent actions issued by Amnesty International,  for a US prisoner then in death row (subsequently executed despite doubts regarding his conviction) and a cartoonist in Sri Lanka whose whereabouts remain unknown;  we used two Human Rights Watch Reports to illustrate two very  different human rights crisis: the cost in terms of human lives of the War on Drugs in Mexico (specially under Vicente Calderon´s administration) and the torture program developed under the Bush administration  for which no official has been indicted nor brought to justice. We also echoed the acknowledgement by Colombia´s government (following a requirement by the IACHR) of its responsibility in the assassination by a paramilitary squad of Manuel Cepeda Vargas in August 1994. 
We have also  covered the increasing gap between social classes through pieces by Eugene Robinson and David Brooks, also at the time of the 2012 riots in UK a piece by Slalov Zizek on the 2005  revolt of French banlieues.We consecrated extensive space to the fate of Aaron Swartz, his perspectives on A2K (including the open access guerrilla manifesto)  and the persecution he faced from US authorities that drove him to kill himself in 2011. Public Health is an important focus of attention for this blog, hence we have devoted several posts to some of its main components such as Access to Medicines (A2M) specially regarding pricing (difficulties facing NHS in the procurement of cancer drugs and a recently released MSF report on vaccine pricing); we also examined the details regarding some licensing agreements that have been reported as successes by those involved and how wilikeaks offered a glimpse on US inner thinking in deals with implications for public healthYou will find some more English language material in the Reports and Videos section.

Friday, January 30, 2015

MSF report on Vaccine pricing

There are many obstacles to effective and proper access to health technologies (be them medicines, vaccines or diagnostic kits) high pricing being a major one; furthermore, lack of transparency of pharmaceutical markets and the disparity of prices offered from one country to another by pharmaceutical companies makes the bargaining process by State authorities much harder.
That´s why the second edition of MSF vaccine pricing report, released on January 20th is so valuable.We have included the accompanying text provided by MSF and uploaded the full report in the Reports sections. As usual, hyperlinks and background information from this blog, @OnadaExpansiva and other sources have been included at the end of the post.

New MSF report reveals countries struggle with skyrocketing vaccine prices amidst market shrouded in secrecy 
The Right Shot: Bringing Down Barriers to Affordable and AdaptedVaccines, shows that in the poorest countries, the price to vaccinate a child is now a colossal 68 times more expensive than it was in 2001, with many parts of the world unable to afford new high-priced vaccines like that against pneumococcal disease, which kills about one million children each year.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

La Guerra en Angola (Miguel Fleitas, Cuba 1976)

Se encuentra disponible en Onada Expansiva Redux el documental La Guerra en Angola realizado por el cubano Miguel Fleitas en 1976; narra el conflicto bélico surgido en Angola  tras la declaracion formal de independencia de la metropolis Portuguesa ofreciendo especial detalle dela contribución cubana al esfuerzo del Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola) (MPLA)
Título: La Guerra en Angola Dirección: Miguel Fleitas Guión: Julio García Espinosa, Miguel Fleitas
Reparto: ICAIC, FAR, MPLA Nacionalidad: Cuba / Angola Idioma original: Español Año: 1976 Duración: 102 min Foto y ficha Técnica extraida de La Espina Roja
En 1975 se inició el conflicto más largo de África y uno de los más largos de la Guerra Fría. Se libró como una escalada de la guerra de liberación de Angola del colonialismo portugués, que enfrentó a varios movimientos angolanos antagonistas, y a sus aliados respectivos.
El conflicto de Angola enfrentó al gobierno del MPLA y sus aliados de Cuba y el South-West African People's Organization (SWAPO), que luchaba por la independencia de Namibia, contra la União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola (UNITA), el Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola (FNLA), Sudáfrica y Zaire. Además los primeros recibieron apoyo con material soviético y los segundos asesores y material de Estados Unidos, China; además de mercenarios de otros paises occidentales. extraido de Rebelde Mule
Material relacionado en el blog

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Reports section available again

We have made available again the Reports section, which we count to update weekly with resources distributed through @OnadaExpansiva. We seek to provide in-depth information on those issues addressed in this blog, offering context and background. As usual we will be gathering materials in English, Spanish, French and Catalan.The fact that all the documents (as well as links and tweets) are in a single page may make it difficult to find whatever you are looking for, just scroll down the screen and it will hopefully be there. Right now we have two very different studies in English; on one hand an analysis by Platform London on the vested interests in the so called fight against piracy mainly promoted by Oil companies since 2010 and enthusiastically embraced by western military apparatus with costs and consequences far from the public eye; on the other a report from Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) on the massive use of tear-gas by the Bahrain regime against civilian population, which we also published as a post with updated info.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Revisiting death from above

On July 2011 we started this blog with a post on the first reported use of drones to carry out a selective killing (an euphemism for a summary execution) by the US navy in Somalia. In Targeted killings and "surgical interventions", the automation of death (which we have updated with new material and info distributed through @OnadaExpansiva) we gathered more than a few stories on how unmanned aerial vehicles were gradually becoming the weapon of choice in the so called war on terror, most specially in those areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan (i.e West Waziristan) where Islamic militant groups seemed to hold territory.
 SourcePakistani family gives Congress an unprecedented account of effect of CIA drone attacks on their community Rupert Cornwell   The Independent October 30th 2013
Four years later, drones have become a regular feature in the different theaters where the US  and other western countries (notably France and the United Kingdom)  have intervened (surgically, yet another euphemism) or are waging wars by proxy as would be the case in Somalia, Mali or more recently swaths of Syria and Iraq.  Even though criticisms regarding eventual collateral damage (there is nothing collateral in the death of civilians) has grown and serious ethical and moral concerns have been raised the military use of drones shows no signs of abating in the foreseeable future. What is more worrisome, stalled discussions regarding the control of  production and use of fully autonomous weapons (known as killer robots) could spell the next step towards indiscriminate carnage in battlefields and beyond

From @OnadaExpansiva