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La saison des femmes

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Un film indien

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Mixed-Blood nations in Canada

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

The Challenge of Mixed-Blood Nations

Countries with indigenous nations usually also have mixed-blood nations composed of people of indigenous descent and other nations or races. In an increasingly shrinking world where ethnicity is a quantity in flux, it is sometimes difficult to get a handle on how they relate to one another. The two groups would seem to be natural allies. But the reality isn’t that simple.

To begin with, much depends on the relations of the mixed bloods to the larger nation state. Take Canada, where the mixed-blood community is called Métis, a French word meaning—well, mixed blood. The Métis historically have had friendly relations with Indian communities. But currently they claim their own history and culture, a hybrid of European and indigenous community. Some Métis identify and live with tribal communities, while others do not. These separatists believe themselves to be a distinct nation or ethnic group from the indigenous nations and from Canada. Métis communities in Canada have separate land claims and negotiations with the Canadian government.

Meanwhile, in Latin and South America, as well as in Africa, people of mixed blood usually do not strongly identify with indigenous nations. They tend to reject indigenous ways in favor of national culture. Mestizos, for instance, are persons of indigenous ancestry who have taken up national culture and do not live in or engage with members of indigenous tribal communities.

This disengagement, in fact, can be quite vehement. Mestizo nations like Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and many others segregate their indigenous communities and maintain hostile and repressive political and cultural relations over indigenous nations. As for assimilated Mestizos, they can generally be relied on to embrace the values and lifestyles of modern market economies and broad national culture while openly rejecting their indigenous counterparts.

In the United States, the situation is particularly complex because there is no official designation of a mixed-blood nation. Mixed-blood individuals, if they qualify as a member of a tribe, can choose tribal membership. Many tribal communities have blood quantum criteria as low as a quarter; some, like the Cherokee, allow membership if a person can prove lineal descent on one of the official Cherokee rolls collected by the federal government. As it is, mixed bloods who do not qualify for tribal membership may be U.S. citizens, but they do not have indigenous rights.

Recognizing these issues is vital because census data over the past two decades suggests that there are at least several million people in the U.S. who are of mixed indigenous and other race descent and who are probably not tribal members. Many mixed bloods consider indigenous ancestry as one ancestral line among several nationalities that came to the U.S. Mixed bloods can be of English, German, Japanese or any number of other nationalities, as well as being descended from an Indian tribe.

During the period of forced assimilation, from the 1890s to 1960, many mixed bloods undoubtedly rejected Indian identity and the communities and cultures that went with it. They were likelier to hide references to an indigenous lineal background. But with the rise of the various ethnic movements of the 1960s, many individuals have proudly claimed Indian descent, even if they don’t have direct contact or cultural participation in a tribal community.

Indeed, in the past few decades, mixed bloods in the U.S. have been more understanding toward indigenous identity and the issues confronting tribal communities. While millions of U.S. mixed bloods are not tribal members, they are proud of their Indian ancestry. You can often find them on the front lines of political activism as allies and supporters of indigenous rights and issues. It can safely be said that today, Indian mixed bloods in the U.S. have formed an ethnic group that often identifies with indigenous needs.

Thus, Indigenous Peoples and mixed-blood communities might, at first glance, appear to have much in common. But depending on the country and its history, their interests aren’t always congruent. Indigenous mixed-blood relations can be cordial, even warm. Or they can be fraught with tension—or worse.



‘Panama Papers’ scandal claims Spanish minister

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

The “Panama Papers” scandal has claimed another victim — Spain’s minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism resigned over charges of ties to a company in an offshore tax haven.

The government quickly accepted the resignation. “No one who has operated in tax havens may be in the government,” Finance Minister Cristobal Montoro said, the newspaper reports.

The resignation comes 10 days after Iceland’s prime minister, Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson, stepped aside following revelations stemming from the “Panama Papers” investigations that his family sheltered money offshore.

The investigations were triggered by the leak of millions of documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which has been the conduit for numerous offshore accounts set up by government officials, celebrities, sports figures and wealthy individuals worldwide. The leak, initially to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, quickly spread to an international consortium of newspapers, including El Mundo.

The Spanish newspaper reported that a company owned by Soria and his brother used an offshore account until 2002, when he was mayor of Las Palmas, in the tax haven of Jersey, an independent island territory between Britain and France. The newspaper said the company’s true ownership “remained camouflaged behind a network of front men created by a subsidiary … based on the British island in the English Channel.”

Soria initially denied the allegations, but backtracked after additional information surfaced, including a copy of a document signed by him with a financial services company in Jersey.

U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Stars Allege Pay Discrimination

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Complaint says players earn a fraction of their male counterparts despite superior achievements

Five of the biggest stars on the world champion U.S. women’s national soccer team accused the U.S. Soccer Federation of pay discrimination, despite the women’s team’s superior on-field achievements and higher anticipated revenue.

The women’s national team is a three-time World Cup winner and defending Olympic champion.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” said Ms. Solo. “We are the best in the world, have three World Cup championships, four Olympic championships, and the [men’s national team] get paid more to just show up than we get paid to win major championships.”

“We continue to be told we should be grateful just to have the opportunity to play professional soccer, to get paid for doing it,” said Ms. Solo, a goalkeeper and two-time Olympic goal medalist who has been playing for the team since 2000, in the “Today” interview on Thursday.

“We believe now the time is right because we believe it’s our responsibility for women’s sports and specifically for women’s soccer to do whatever it takes to push for equal pay and equal rights. And to be treated with respect,” she added.


Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

tonight on TV don’t miss…

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President Obama in Cuba, a history-making visit

Monday, March 21st, 2016

it is a history-making presidential visit and it is breaking decades of tense relations with communist Cuba.

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Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
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Monday, January 18th, 2016
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a moving and emotional film !


Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Voici le film dont je vous ai parlé en classe

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On TV !

Monday, November 9th, 2015

pour les Premières et Terminales,

sur les deux thématiques Mythes et Heros et Lieux et Formes du Pouvoir,

Je vous conseille de regarder Mardi 10 Nov sur France 2 à 20.50 “Une jour une histoire” sur la Reine Elizabeth