samedi 31 janvier 2015

Les cubains: des immigrants très spéciaux aux États-Unis


Des milliers de cubains ont tenté la traversée entre leur île et la Floride depuis cinquante ans. Cette entreprise périlleuse peut leur garantir, si réussie, d'acquérir plus rapidement que les autres immigrants la carte verte ou la citoyenneté. Ce privilège devrait être retiré selon l'auteure de cet article. En toile de fond on retrouve tout un débat politique entre démocrates et républicains.

" Last month, 481 Cubans were intercepted or rescued from jury-rigged rafts and boats — a 117 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Coast Guard. Many are not so lucky. Some migrants try five or 10 times before they successfully cross the 90 miles of water. How many have not made it? Thousands for sure over the last 50 years — making the Florida Straits one of the world’s largest aquatic graveyards.

Cuban authorities have demanded an end to the Cuban Adjustment Act, claiming the policy causes a brain drain. (Of course, they never acknowledge why more than a million Cubans have risked their lives to escape.) The vote in Miami last week had different motivations: Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, whose family members were beneficiaries of the act, argued that the Castro brothers have long exploited the law to ship out dissidents and to infiltrate spies into the exile community. And El Exilio Historico (the old guard) complains that the new arrivals are economic migrants, not political refugees fleeing communism — the law’s raison d'être.

While all this is true, there are more compelling reasons to end the Cuban Privilege. One of them is fairness. Are Cubans seeking a better way of life really more deserving than, say, refugees fleeing death squads or drug cartels?"

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/30/opinion/why-are-cubans-so-special.html?ref=opinion

Caricature reliques de la guerre froide

Caricature d'ADAM ZYGLIS, THE BUFFALO NEWS

Caricature discours de "Bibi" au Congrès américain

Caricature de STEVE SACK, THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Caricature Mitt "Sisyphe" Romney

Caricature de MILT PRIGGEE, WWW.MILTPRIGGEE.COM

Caricature Super Bowl 2015: il y aura un deflate-gate!

Caricature de NATE BEELER, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

vendredi 30 janvier 2015

Caricature Obama et Keystone XL: à contre-courant

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

 Le sénat et la chambre autorisent le projet, mais le président affirme toujours qu'il apposera son véto.

Caricature Brady bunch

Caricature d'ADAM ZYGLIS, THE BUFFALO NEWS 

 Pour se moquer un peu du "deflate-gate", Zyglis récupère ici une comédie télévisée qu'on diffusait au réseau ABC entre 1969 et 1974.

Mitt Romney ne sera pas candidat en 2016!


Après voir "flirté" avec la possibilité d'ne troisième candidature pendant quelques jours, Romney a finalement décidé de ne pas joindre les rangs d'est candidats pour l'élection de 2016. Une décision qui me semble sage, mais je persiste à dire que si Romney n'a pas eu plus de succès à ses deux tentatives, le parti doit assumer autant de responsabilité dans l'échec que le candidat lui-même. En 2012 principalement, on a toléré beaucoup trop de mauvais candidats qui ont entraîné les discussions vers le bas plutôt de contribuer à présenter leurs principaux candidats comme de bonnes options à la présidence d'Obama. Va-t-on répéter le même cirque en 2016?

 "“After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I’ve decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee,” Romney said in a statement he read to supporters on a conference call Friday morning. In his remarks, first reported by radio host Hugh Hewitt, Romney said that he had enough support from potential donors to be “more than competitive” and that the positive reaction he heard from Republican activists was “surprising and heartening.” He noted that he had been leading in recent public polls. “I am convinced that we could win the nomination, but fully realize it would have been difficult test and a hard fight,”

Romney said." http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/mitt-romney-decides-against-running-for-president-again-in-2016/2015/01/30/d66a944a-a88d-11e4-a06b-9df2002b86a0_story.html?hpid=z1

Barack Obama vs Bibi (Benyamin Netanyahou)


Une relation de six ans marquée par des moments de tensions et d'insultes. Réflexions sur la relation entre deux partenaires qui peuvent difficilement s'ignorer.

 "The leaders tried to get the relationship off on the right foot. During a 2008 meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu reportedly pulled the visiting candidate aside and reassured him that, “You and I have a lot in common.”

But Obama was known to prefer Netanyahu’s rival in Israeli’s February 2009 election, Tzipi Livni, which took place just weeks after Obama was sworn in. Livni, leader of the center-left Kadima Party who welcomed efforts to reach a two-state solution with the Palestinians, would have been a like-minded partner for Obama.

Yet it was Netanyahu who unexpectedly emerged as prime minister, and the two leaders— and their senior aides and allies — locked into a instantly distrustful relationship. Things only got testier when Obama began pressuring Israel to halt its construction of settlements as a concession in peace talks with Palestinians.

Over the past six years, the bad chemistry has persisted, producing a long list of diplomatic insults, snubs and embarrassments.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/barack-obama-benjamin-netanyahu-israel-114750.html?hp=t2_r

"Jeb Bush m'a fait vivre l'enfer" (Michael Schiavo, époux de Terri Schiavo)


Je me souviens très bien de cette terrible histoire dont la couverture médiatique fut très importante. Terri Schiavo est cette femme plongée dans le coma pendant 14 ans dont le cas et devenu l'objet de nombreux recours judiciaires qui ont implqué son époux, sa famille, le gouvernement de la Floride et même le gouvernement fédéral (George W. Bush s'est personnellement impliqué dans le dossier). La cause est devenue un symbole de l'opposition entre les partisans et les opposants du recours à euthanasie. Michael Schiavo reproche à Jeb Bush, alors gouverneur, de s'être acharné contre lui alors que les limites de la fonction de gouverneur ne lui permettait pas de se ranger politiquement du côté des parents de son épouse qui souhaitaient maintenir leur fille en vie. L'intérêt de cet article réside dans la représentation de ce que peut faire Jeb Bush lors'il dispose des pouvoirs de l'exécutif. Comme Jeb Bush sera probablement candidat à la présidentielle 2016...

 "“The Florida Constitution prohibits the Governor’s intervention in matters that should be resolved through the court system,” read one. But here’s what else it said: “As a concerned citizen, you have the opportunity to influence legislation pertaining to guardianship matters in cases similar to Terri’s. By contacting your local legislative delegation, such as your senator or representative, new legislation can be introduced. If such a bill ever comes before the Governor for signature, he will certainly remember your views.”"

  http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/jeb-bush-terri-schiavo-114730.html?hp=t4_r#.VMujPGiG_Ak

Caricature les drones sont partout prise 2!

Caricature de JOE HELLER, GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE

 Depuis qu'on drone s'est égaré sur le parterre de la Maison Blanche les caricaturistes s'amusent un peu... Quand on sait que l'administration Obama privilégie souvent le recours aux drones... Heller mélange ici les prévisions météorologiques erronées qui prévoyaient cette semaine une "tempête historique" et l'histoire du drone qui s'est posé à la Maison Blanche.

Caricature les drones sont partout!

Caricature de JIMMY MARGULIES, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Caricature Obama et le rap islamique

Caricature de GARY MCCOY, CAGLE CARTOONS 

 McCoy se moque ici de la minutie avec laquelle le président américain sélectionne les termes qu'il utilise lors'il aborde l'Islam, le terrorisme, l'extrémisme et le terrorisme.

Caricature Super Bowl 2015 sous pression

Caricature de RANDY BISH, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

jeudi 29 janvier 2015

Caricature Gorundhog day: Phil est sur Twitter!

Caricature de JEFF DARCY, THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Caricature Michelle Obama et son costume traditionnel

Caricature de JEFF DARCY, THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

Caricature météorologiste: cours de perfectionnement

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM 

 Des "retombées" de la tempête historique de New York qui n'a pas eu lieu!

Caricature Apple et le roi Midas

Caricature de RANDY BISH, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Hillary Clinton retarderait le début de sa campagne électorale


Hillary Clinton démarrerait sa campagne en juillet plutôt qu'en avril. Une décision qui s'explique par l'absence d'opposition chez les démocrates. Pourquoi s'exposer plus tôt si ce n'est pas nécessaire?

 "“She doesn’t want to feel pressured by the press to do something before she’s ready,” one adviser said. “She’s better off as a non-candidate. Why not wait?”

 A huge advantage to waiting is that Clinton postpones the time when she goes before the public as a politician rather than as a former secretary of state. Polling by both Democrats and Republicans shows that one of her biggest vulnerabilities is looking political. So the Clinton camp has enjoyed watching her recede from the headlines in recent weeks as Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney have amped up their potential candidacies.

One option being considered would be to announce an exploratory committee earlier – perhaps in April, at the beginning of a new fundraising quarter, in the timeframe when insiders originally expected her to launch her campaign.

Then the actual kickoff would be in July, near the start of the next quarter. By launching at the beginning of a quarter, supporters have the maximum amount of time to generate a blockbuster total for their first report.

 http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/exclusive-hillary-clinton-may-delay-campaign-114714.html?hp=t4_r

Le Tea party effectue une remontée


Comme plusieurs observateurs j'avais constaté une baisse de l'influence du Tea party après les élections présidentielles de 2012. S'il est vrai qu'au plan national les idées du mouvement rejoignaient moins de gens, elles demeurent populaires dans plusieurs circonscriptions et de nombreux élus républicains ne peuvent les ignorer. 

"Since the new Congress kicked off Jan. 6, more than a half-dozen Republican congressmen and senators have drawn potential challengers from the right – an unusual level of intra-party electoral strife this early in the campaign season. Many of the incumbents have reputations as solid conservatives – lawmakers like North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, who was elected on the tea party wave of 2010, and Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran, who oversaw the party’s Senate campaign arm in the midterms — but have nonetheless drawn the ire of tea party adversaries."

  http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/tea-party-2016-elections-114701.html?hp=t3_r

Obama et le pétrole: dédoublement de personnalité


Entre idéalisme et pragmatisme...

"Obama’s approach has infuriated greens, baffled the oil industry, and confused Republicans who find themselves praising him and condemning him on energy policy — sometimes within the same week. Critics on the right say Obama shouldn’t get credit for the oil gusher, and critics on the left say his environmental record is still incomplete.

“It’s like he inherited a farm that he really didn’t want right at harvest time,” said Jim Noe, an executive at oil and gas driller Hercules Offshore.

Obama’s supporters insist he’s taken a pragmatic stance on oil and gas, a balancing act seen this week when the administration proposed fencing off vast areas of Alaska and sensitive offshore areas while proposing to open waters off the Southeast coast to energy companies for the first time early in the next decade."

 http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/obama-oil-politics-114703.html?hp=t2_r

Fleury-Merogis, usine à islamistes radicaux (Washington Post)


Les médias américains se sont beaucoup intéressés à l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo et ils continuent de le faire. Dans ce topo du Washington Post on présente la prison de Fleury-Merogis où a séjourné Amedy Coulibaly (photo).

 "The poorly staffed prisons were an ideal place to spread violent ideology — in many ways, even better than outside the prison gates. Most prisoners spend up to nine hours a day mingling relatively unsupervised, guards say, first at work and then in the prison yard. French intelligence services pride themselves for their penetration of militant networks in their country — but prisons fall under a different umbrella, experts say, in which many radicals go unchecked, and even unnoticed, by guards.

Other nations, including the United States and Britain, have also struggled with radicalization in prisons. But the issue has proved especially volatile in France, where experts estimate that Muslims make up more than half of the country’s 68,000 inmates even though they are only 5 to 10 percent of the general population. But there are only about 170 imams currently ministering inside prisons.

“The number of people who work on intelligence within prisons is peanuts,” said Farhad Khosrokhavar, a sociologist at Paris’s School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences who has studied prison radicalization. And the most dangerous inmates are the ones who know how to blend in, he said."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/paris-killers-radicalized-in-prison-now-leaders-want-to-fix-that-problem/2015/01/28/52271e28-a307-11e4-91fc-7dff95a14458_story.html?hpid=z1

Caricature Junipero Serra: saint?

Caricature de STEVE GREENBERG, VCREPORTER, VENTURA. CA

 Greenberg rappelle ici que des représentants des Premières nations se sont opposés à la décision du pape François. Serra, le fondateur des missions en Californie, sera canonisé en septembre 2015.

mercredi 28 janvier 2015

Caricature Michelle Obama "inspire" son mari en Arabie saoudite

Caricature de CAM CARDOW, CAGLE CARTOONS 

 Si Michelle Obama n'a fait aucun compromis au plan vestimentaire pour respecter les prescriptions imposées aux femmes en Arabie saoudite, le président a soigneusement évité les sujets qui pouvaient froisser ses partenaires.

Caricature 50 nuances de "gris"

Caricature de JOE HELLER, GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE

Caricature Michelle Obama en Arabie saoudite

Caricature de RICK MCKEE, THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE

Chronique à Radio-Canada cet après-midi: Obama à Ryad : « Je suis Abdallah »


La chronique débute à 16h41 sur L,audio fil du 28 janvier:
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/radio-canada_cet_apres-midi/2014-2015/index.asp

Friendship Nine: les activistes disculpés 43 ans plus tard!!!


Décision historique et hautement symbolique en Caroline du Sud alors qu'on a disculpé les "Frienship nine" pour des accusations portées en 1961. Ce groupe de neufs individus avait décidé de protester contre la ségrégation raciale en occupant des sièges d'un comptoir de restauration à Rock Hill en Caroline du Sud. Ils répétaient ainsi un geste posé pour la première fois en 1960 dans un comptoir du magasin Woolworth en Caroline du Nord (photo du haut). La pratique du "sit-in" est ainsi devenue un moyen pacifique de lutter contre la ségrégation et on va y recourir très souvent dans les semaines et les années qui vont suivre. La fille de Martin Luther King a salué la décision rendue aujourd'hui. Le juge qui a disculpé les accusés est le neveu du juge qui les avait condamnés à l'époque.

 "He went on to say, "The record is abundantly clear: There's only one reason these men were arrested. There was only one reason that they were charged and convicted for trespassing, and that is because they were black. This could not happen today. It was wrong then. It was wrong today. These convictions, if they are allowed to stand, would be an offense to justice, and they must be vacated."

 Brackett closed by calling the men "my heroes" and extended his appreciation for their bravery: "Our community here and our country is a better place because of what y'all did. ... It's a better place for me, and it's a better place for my daughter, and for that, I owe you my thanks."

When Circuit Court Judge John C. Hayes III, the nephew of the judge who sentenced these largely unsung civil rights heroes almost 5½ decades ago, announced that the convictions and sentences were officially vacated, the 250 people in the courtroom broke into a 20-second standing ovation. Another 250 spectators looked on in two overflow rooms within the courthouse."

   http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/28/us/south-carolina-friendship-nine-sit-in-convictions-vacated/index.html

Sarah Palin reniée par les conservateurs


Ça sent la fin pour Sarah Palin alors que même les éléments les plus conservateurs du Parti républicain (la clientèle habituelle de Mme Palin) affirment qu'elle n'est plus à la hauteur. Elle doit maintenant porter tout le blâme de cette chute, sa dernière participation à un rassemblement politique en Iowa a été pitoyable. Pourtant on lui reproche depuis si longtemps son manque de substance et de cohérence...

 "Her address was a 34 1/2-minute roller coaster ride of cliches, non sequiturs and warmed-over grievances. One line that stood out: “GOP leaders, by the way, you know, ‘The Man,’ can only ride ya when your back is bent. So strengthen it. Then The Man can’t ride ya.”"

  http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/sarah-palin-and-her-one-time-fans-on-the-right-its-so-over/2015/01/28/20625eb8-a70b-11e4-a06b-9df2002b86a0_story.html?hpid=z1

Caricature Patriots et leurs partisans

Caricature de DAVE GRANLUND, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Caricature destituer Obama!!!

Caricature de MILT PRIGGEE, WWW.MILTPRIGGEE.COM

Caricature tempêtes de neige: évolution...

Caricature de BOB ENGLEHART, THE HARTFORD COURANT

Caricature Obama et Arabie saoudite: c'est compliqué

Caricature de DAVID FITZSIMMONS, THE ARIZONA STAR

mardi 27 janvier 2015

'Snowpocalypse 2015': Jon Stewart et la tempête de New York


Émission du 26 janvier 2015: http://www.thecomedynetwork.ca/shows/thedailyshow

"Those of you outside of the Northeast may not be aware of this," the host said, "there is an enormous blizzard that is hitting our area currently."

"My guess is if you are watching this program...New York is gone," Stewart concluded.

Stewart said he hoped that didn't end up being the case and expressed amazement that his studio audience showed up despite the blizzard warnings, as the crowd roared.

889 millions: les frères Koch plus puissants que le Partie républicain pour l'élection de 2016


Les frères Charles et David prévoient dépenser 889 millions pour les élections de 2016. Ces riches hommes d'affaires et industriels qui contrôlent la deuxième plus grande compagnie des États-Unis (Koch Industries) sont des conservateurs et ils doubleront les sommes dépensées par le Parti républicain. Ce ne sont pas tous les républicains qui se réjouissent de cette concentration du capital puisqu'on s'éloigne de plus en plus des politiciens. Vous avez dit contrôle? Même si on mentionne moins les démocrates dans ce topo,ils sont confrontés à la même réalité.

 "In the run-up to 2012, the RNC spent $404 million, while it dropped $188 million during last year’s midterms. To be sure, the RNC’s spending was supplemented by congressional campaign arms, but one reason the Koch operation has an edge over the traditional party apparatus like the RNC is that the Kochs and their operatives don’t have to spread cash across the entire GOP political landscape. Rather, they’re able to pick their spots, funding initiatives targeting specific slices of the electorate — such as Hispanic voters, veterans or millennials — or specific issues that jibe with the libertarian-inflected conservatism of the billionaire industrialist brothers.

The Koch brothers’ political power stems from their extreme wealth — they’re worth more than $40 billion each — and their ability to mobilize other wealthy conservative donors to give money to their favored causes.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/koch-2016-spending-goal-114604.html?hp=t1_r

Caricature Auschwitz et la mémoire collective

Caricature de JOEP BERTRAMS, THE NETHERLANDS

Caricature New York et sa tempête de neige "historique"

Caricature de RANDY BISH, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Caricature Michael Moore et la liberté d'expresion

Caricature de RANDY BISH, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW 

 Je rappelle Michael Moore a réagit au film "American Sniper" en qualifiant les tireurs d'élite de "lâches". Il a plus tard précisé sa pensée en affirmant qu'un de ses oncles a été abattu par un tireur d'élite pendant la Deuxième Guerre mondiale.

lundi 26 janvier 2015

Obama en un mot (Pew Research Center)



On a demandé aux américains quel mot décrirait le mieux leur président. Voici ce que ça donne!

The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 7-11 among 1,504 adults, finds that the words good (35 mentions) and incompetent (33 mentions) are used most frequently to describe Obama. Those words also were used most often in June 2013, the last time this question was asked. This report shows the actual number of respondents mentioning each word; they are not percentages.

Shifting Impressions of Barack ObamaHowever, some new words have emerged in the descriptions of Obama: Among the roughly half of respondents asked the question (N=746), dictator is mentioned by 12, while eight describe Obama as impressive. Neither word had been used in nine prior surveys asking for one-word descriptions of Obama since he became president."

http://www.people-press.org/2015/01/20/obama-in-a-word-good-incompetent/

Caricature Sarah Palin 2016

Caricature de JIMMY MARGULIES, POLITICALCARTOONS.COM

Un ancien de la C.I.A. coupable d'avoir coulé de l'information


L'ancien agent Jeffrey Sterling connaîtra sa sentence le 24 avril. L'origine de la poursuite remonte à 2003 sous l'administration de George W. Bush.

 "The investigation arose after Times national security reporter James Risen began making calls to government spokespeople in 2003 about a CIA operation aimed at undermining Iran’s nuclear program.

Risen said he’d learned that the program involved transmitting flawed nuclear weapons designs to the Iranian government via a Russian nuclear engineer working undercover for the U.S. spy agency, but the journalist also said some privy to the program believed the flaws were too obvious and might have ultimately benefited Iran’s nuclear efforts.

The Times killed the story at the request of senior officials in President George W. Bush’s White House, including then-National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. The standout celebrity witness at the trial testified that she intervened to try to halt the story at the direct instruction of the president.

 Risen, however, published an account of the CIA operation in his 2006 book “State of War.” The publication apparently reanimated the government’s investigation of the leak and led to Sterling’s indictment in 2010."

 http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/jeffrey-sterling-convicted-cia-leak-trial-114605.html?hp=t4_r

Dropkick Murphys: ils détestent Scott Walker et lui demandent de cesser d'utiliser leurs chansons!



Le groupe originaire de Boston (Quincy pour être plus précis) a avisé le gouverneur républicain du Wisconsin de cesser d'utiliser leurs chansons parce qu'il ne partage par les vues de Scott Walker. Plus encore, ils l'ont informé qu'il le détestait. Dernièrement Walker a utilisé "I'm shipping up to Boston", une chanson que je connais bien puisqu'elle est associée aux festivités d'après match des Red Sox de Boston. Walker n'est pas le premier politicien qui doit en découdre avec des musiciens. Pourquoi les hommes poltiques ne demandent-ils tout simplement pas la permission avant?

 "The Dropkick Murphys, as the AV Club notes, have had a problem with Walker since 2011, when the Wisconsin governor introduced legislation that limited collective bargaining rights for public sector employees, curtailing union power.

There's a longstanding tradition of musicians asking politicians to not use their music —as far back as Broadway Producer David Merrick versus Barry Goldwater during the 1964 presidential campaign. Bruce Springstein, in 1984, actually sent a cease and decist request to Ronald Reagan to stop him from playing "Born in the U.S.A." Every presidential election cycle since has seen clashes of musicians and candidates."

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/dropkick-murphys-scott-walker-stop-using-our-music

Caricature Patriots ont bénéficié d'un avantage illégal

Caricature de JOHN COLE, THE SCRANTON TIMES-TRIBUNE

La guerre du Roi Salman


L'arrivée au pouvoir du Roi Salman an Arabie saoudite pourrait changer la donne dans les relations avec l'Iran.

 "No one should doubt that King Salman is as focused on the perceived threat from Iran as his half-brother was. In a conversation a little over a week ago with six visiting U.S. senators, the new ruler emphasized the threat from a nuclear-armed Iran, one of those present, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), told POLITICO. Addressing the nation hours after he became king on Friday, Salman pledged to maintain the status quo. “We will continue adhering to the correct policies which Saudi Arabia has followed since its establishment,” he said in a speech broadcast on state television. “The Arab and Islamic nations are in dire need of solidarity and cohesion.”

What that means is that, absent any change in U.S. policy toward Riyadh—which we’re not likely to get under either a Democratic or a Republican president—or a nuclear deal with Iran that assuages Saudi concerns over Tehran's ambitions, the Iran-Saudi proxy war in the region is only going to get more intense."

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/01/saudi-arabia-king-salman-114583.html?ml=po#.VMZzjf6G_Ak

"Je suis Abdullah": Obama à Riyad , mais pas à Paris


Je ne suis pas étonné que POLITICO soulève cette question. Obama a été vivement critiqué chez lui pour ne pas avoir participé à la marche de solidarité à Paris près l'attentat contre Charlie Hebdo. Pourtant il interrompt un important voyage pour assister aux funérailles d'un roi dont le bilan est controversé.

 "It may seem unseemly to some that Obama is rushing to pay his respects to a feudal monarchy while failing to honor innocent victims of terrorism. But there’s more at stake in this visit than appearances.

U.S. officials are eager to establish a working relationship with the new Saudi king as soon as possible amid unrest that threatens both countries: Islamic State of Syria in the Levant (ISIL) has beheaded Americans and controls large amounts of territory in neighboring Syria. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has resurged in another Saudi neighbor, Yemen, as rival militias have seized the country’s capital and deposed the U.S.-friendly president. And with his administration deep in nuclear negotiations with Iran, Obama needs to reassure Saudi leaders uneasy over the United States’ rapprochment with its geopolitical and religious rival."

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/president-barack-obama-saudi-arabia-114560.html?hp=rc2_4

Obama et Narendra Modi: un pari risqué


On considère souvent que le président américain est froid et distant, pourtant il a fait l'accolade à Modi et le premier ministre indien parle ouvertement de son amitié avec Barack Obama. Leur relation paraît naturelle et elle dégage une certaine chaleur qui va au-delà des habituelles déclarations. Obama fait-il le bon pari en se rapprochant de ce leader?

 "Multiple investigations later, nothing’s ever been pinned on Modi directly — though suspicions abound that this may have to do with evidence that was destroyed. But the Bush administration felt confident enough that he was complicit in the riots to make him, in 2005, the only person ever denied a visa under a law punishing foreigners involved in religious persecution.

 The White House is trying not to think about any of that. It’s focused on building up the economic ties, the India-U.S. strategic relationship, the re-balance toward Asia. Modi hasn’t done anything so far as prime minister that’s troubling to the West Wing, and maybe he really is a changed man — or perhaps just a savvy man who knows he’s got to leave his roots behind to get what he wants."

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/barack-obama-narendra-modi-india-trip-114576.html?hp=rc1_4

Un drone trouvé sur le terrain de la Maison Blanche

Événement plutôt surprenant cette nuit alors que les services secrets ont trouvé un drone. Le président et son épouse sont peut-être à l'étranger, mais les filles sont toujours à Washington. Dernier incident d'une liste qui s'allonge au sujet des mesures de sécurité entourant la demeure présidentielle.

 "The latest security breach at the executive mansion came as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were visiting India, but their two daughters remained behind in Washington.

The Secret Service statement identified the object as a “quad copter,” a commercially available drone with four propellers.

“There was an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared,” the statement said. “An investigation is underway to determine the origin of this commercially available device, motive, and to identify suspects.” It gave no further details.

Earlier, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, speaking to reporters in New Delhi, said the device did not pose a threat to the building or the first family.

It said the drone was spotted about 3:08 a.m. flying at a low altitude onto the White House grounds, crashing on the southeastern side."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/device-found-on-white-house-grounds-but-officials-say-it-posed-no-threat/2015/01/26/7accc156-a547-11e4-a2b2-776095f393b2_story.html?hpid=z1

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