samedi 10 septembre 2011

Le monde du 21e siecle

J'ai vecu les moments de l'atterrissage de l'homme sur la lune. J'ai constate les grandes decouvertes scientifiques et les nombreux efforts pour explorer les confins les plus recules de notre univers.. J'ai vecu l'epoque ou l'on ecoutait les emissions radiophoniques a l'aide de grosses boites de radio dont l'une des marques connues de l'epoque s'appellait Phillips. Maintenant la radio est numerique. On peut l'entendre a travers son computer, son telephone, etc. J'ai vecu les moments ou l'on regardait la television en blanc et noir. Maintenant nous avons de longues ou courtes sequences d'emission d'images sur n'importe quelle page du web.La technologie a fait des pas de geants. Une dizaine d'annees environ nous n'avions pas pas de  telephones cellulaires et tous ces geants reseaux sociaux.. Mais en termes d'unite humaine, de standards non materiels ou tout simplement de progres humain j'hesite a dire que que nous vivons au moyen age ou meme au debut de l'ere humaine qui pourrait etre mieux que notre epoque actuelle. La realite est que nous vivons dans l'obscurite totale.. Une illusion de progres nous fait croire que nous progressons mais nous reculons peut-etre plus vite que cette deformation optique mentale vers un monde obscur issu de notre construction. Le probleme est que cette descente dans l'abime echappe a notre controle tout comme les machines que nous inventons le sont parfois. Allons-nous nous laisser terrasser par notre propre creation ou allons-nous nous reveiller d'un sursaut pour la controler.?

Yves Simon, Educateur

lundi 5 septembre 2011

Wikileaks: UN peacekeepers traded food for sex with young girls

 

New York.- A new US Embassy cable released by Wikileaks reveals United Nations peacekeepers in a poor part of the Ivory Coast lured underage girls into sexual acts in exchange for food, an abuse problem “more extensive” than being recognized.
The cable is centered around a random poll of 10 underage girls, conducted in 2009 by the aid group Save the Children UK, and actions taken by Beninese peacekeepers in Toulepleu, a war-ravaged town in the western part of the country. The young girls were encouraged by their parents to have sex with the peacekeepers so they would receive food. “Eight of the 10 said they had ongoing sexual relationships with Beninese soldiers in exchange for food or lodging,” a diplomat wrote, the Daily Mail reports. Last week, UN spokesman Michel Bonnardeaux said from New York that 16 Beninese peacekeepers have been barred from serving with the organization, saying they “failed to maintain an environment that prevents sexual exploitation and abuse,” the Daily Mail notes. Ten of the 16 soldiers were commanders. Bonnardeaux added there have been 42 allegations of sexual abuse by UN staff members reported in the Ivory Coast since 2007, with 16 of the allegations involving minors. According to Huffington Post, a protection officer with Save the Children spoke to the embassy in January 2010 and said the “sexual exploitation and abuse problem among (United Nations) personnel is more extensive than is recognized.” In addition to the sexual barter, the peacekeepers also traded mobile phones and lodging for sex, the report noted. A number of countries have reported sexual misconduct by UN troops, including Cambodia, Congo, Haiti and Morocco.