Société et notion d'Humanité
Société et notion d'Humanité :
Les anglo-saxons et les latins ont décidément des mentalités différentes. Pour s'en convaincre, il suffit de réfléchir à la façon dont les empires coloniaux anglo-saxons (Amérique du Nord et Canada, Inde, Afrique, Australie, Nouvelle-Zélande) et latins (Afrique, Asie, Amérique du Sud, Madagascar, colonisés par la France, le Portugal, l'Espagne) ont évolué.
Pour les anglo-saxons, les seuls pays ayant échappé à une colonisation permanente sont ceux où la population était trop nombreuse pour être exterminée.
Pour les anglo-saxons, il est clair que la Force prime le Droit. Nous ne devons pas perdre de vue cette réalité dans l'évolution de notre société et les rapports politiques que nous avons avec eux, en particulier ceux ayant trait à des règles commerciales.
Voici deux articles lus dans The Guardian : l'un aujourd'hui, 6 juin 2015, l'autre le 5 avril dernier.
Remembering is central to healing the pain of injustice and atrocity. Indigenous Australians have a way of remembering, the good and the bad, through oral history and art that passes memories down through the generations.
I know of parts of central west New South Wales where the Indigenous women still talk in vivid detail about their ancestors who died after eating the bread, carefully laced with strychnine, that some of the settlers left outside the kitchens for them. They still talk also about the Wiradjuri warrior Wyndradyne, and his battles around Bathurst with the colonial soldiers and settlers, as if his death happened yesterday rather than 190 years ago.
Closer to my home in Canberra the Indigenous people of the district – the Walgalu-speaking Ngambri and Ngurmal, the Wallabalooa and the Cookmai of the Ngunnawal language group – can still tell you all about the pioneering families whose properties are stained with Indigenous blood and stories of violent reprisal and murder.
A wound can’t properly heal unless its cause is properly identified. To know our history – ancient and recent – is to know who walked before us and made our country what it is. It is to know ourselves.
This weekend people from all over Australia, black and white, will converge on Myall Creek – a tiny place with two overgrown tennis courts and a memorial hall – that you’d hardly call a town in a small part of north-west NSW known evocatively, given its violent history, as New England. Here in 1838 a group of stockmen killed 28 unarmed Wirrayaraay old men, women and children.
The Myall Creek Massacre, as it came to be known, was not the first of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of such crimes that unfolded across the colonial frontier between the first inhabitants, soldiers, settlers, vigilante groups and Indigenous “black police”. The last is commonly regarded to have been at Coniston, Northern Territory, in 1928 – notwithstanding the countless other acts of extreme violence (including custodial deaths) inextricably linked to colonialism, that have since been perpetrated against Indigenous Australians.
But Myall Creek is unique: it is the only massacre on the colonial or post-colonial frontier where non-Indigenous murderers of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people have been convicted. Seven of the killers hung. Myall Creek was also instrumental for killers of blacks – a lesson that spread across the continent like a Mallee wildfire: cover your tracks by properly disposing of the bodies; leave no witnesses.
In 2000, when the first of what are now annual June long-weekend commemorations at Myall Creek took place, descendants of victims and killers united in an act of mutual apology and forgiveness.
Every year at Myall Creek since 2000 it’s been the same: sorrow and forgiveness.
In 2008 the then prime minister Kevin Rudd delivered an apology to the “stolen generation”. Freighted in legality, it stopped well short of the far wider, general, national apology that the colonial violence against this continent’s Indigenous people demands from both contemporary British and Australian governments.
The Myall Creek apology stands as an evocative metaphor for that unfulfilled national need.
As NSW Labor politician Paul Lynch has said : “There was some discussion at the  event of the concept of Myall Creek being developed nationally in the form of an apology for all the massacres. One would have thought that that would be a necessary preliminary to constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people.”
Graeme Cordiner, a member of the national committee of Friends of Myall Creek, which promotes the yearly commemoration, says: “At Myall Creek there’s been an apology – and a national apology of that sort is, of course, the unfinished ‘sorry’ business of this country. Amid the talk of constitutional recognition and even treaty, we as a nation should apologise for the way the continent was taken.”
Unfortunately, plenty of Australians might prefer to advocate moving on from the past.
Noel Pearson, prime minister Tony Abbott’s foremost seer on most Indigenous matters, recently challenged Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to get over their traumatic history much, as he claimed, that Holocaust survivors had. Reactionaries, predictably, applauded.
Pearson’s critics – and I’m happy to back them on this – naturally stress that commemorations and apologies for the great crime of the Holocaust are, appropriately, perpetual. There have been legal reparations, insufficient of course, but symbolically incisive.
John Maynard, an Indigenous history professor who is currently researching Aboriginal servicemen, will give a guest speech at Sunday’s Myall Creek commemoration.
I asked Maynard, grandson of the early Indigenous activist Fred Maynard, what importance he attached to commemorating events like Myall Creek. He says: “It seems a strange and hypocritical contradiction that some black and white politicians tell us we need to ‘move on’ and not dwell upon the frontier wars of the past whilst at the same time we are saturated with ‘Lest We Forget’ Gallipoli – a failed (allied, including Australian) invasion of another peoples’ country. Myall Creek and Coniston are two of the more prominent Aboriginal massacre sites and as such stand as markers not just for the horrific crimes that took place at these locations but reflect additionally the multitude of silences that remain across the wider continent.
“I think for me having the honour to speak at the Myall Creek Memorial this year I will certainly reflect not just on those who lost their lives at that site but use the location and day to remember all of those who lost their lives in places forgotten, missed and purposefully erased from both memory and the record.”
And that’s why remembering matters.
Société et Humanité : les anglo-saxons sont décidément différents des méditerranéens gréco-latins 05 AVRIL 2015
J'ai lu l'article suivant le 4 avril 2015, sur "The Guardian" : (Les guatémaltèques délibérément contaminés par des agents pathogènes de maladies sexuellement transmissibles poursuivent l'université Johns Hopkins en justice)
Lawsuit with 800 plaintiffs seeks damages for individuals, spouses and children of people deliberately infected with STDs through US government programme Nearly 800 plaintiffs have launched a billion-dollar lawsuit against Johns Hopkins University over its alleged role in the deliberate infection of hundreds of vulnerable Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis and gonorrhoea, during a medical experiment programme in the 1940s and 1950s.
The lawsuit, which also names the philanthropic Rockefeller Foundation, alleges that both institutions helped “design, support, encourage and finance” the experiments by employing scientists and physicians involved in the tests, which were designed to ascertain if penicillin could prevent the diseases.
Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine held “substantial influence” over the commissioning of the research program by dominating panels that approved federal funding for the research, the suit claims.
The lawsuit asserts that a researcher paid by the Rockefeller Foundation was assigned to the experiments, which he travelled to inspect on at least six occasions.
The suit also claims that predecessor companies of the pharmaceutical giant Bristol-Myers Squibb supplied penicillin for use in the experiments, which they knew to be both secretive and non-consensual.
The experiments, which occurred between 1945 and 1956, were kept secret until they were discovered in 2010 by a college professor, Susan Reverby. The programme published no findings and did not inform Guatemalans who were infected of the consequences of their participation, nor did it provide them with follow up medical care or inform them of ways to prevent the infections spreading, the lawsuit states.
Orphans, prisoners and mental health patients were deliberately infected in the experiments.
The plaintiffs case quotes the correspondence from one of the programme’s lead researchers who tells another doctor that if it were discovered by “some goody organization” that the programme was testing people who were mentally ill it would “raise a lot of smoke”. The manager continues: “I see no reason to say where the work was done and the type of volunteer.”
Baltimore-based attorney for the plaintiffs Paul Bekman told the Guardian that of the 774 claimants, about 60 were direct survivors of the programme. Many have died as a result of deliberate infection and others had passed on disease to family members and partners.
“The people who are responsible [for carrying out the research] now are long dead,” said Bekman “But the records are there, and we have detailed documentation that supports the allegations in our complaint.”
Marta Orellana was a nine-year-old orphan when she was included in the experiments. In an interview with the Guardian in 2011 she recalled being forcibly examined by light-complexioned foreigners and a Guatemalan doctor in the orphanage infirmary.
“They never told me what they were doing, never gave me a chance to say no,” Orellana said “I’ve lived almost my whole life without knowing the truth. May God forgive them.”
Included within the legal claim are graphic descriptions of some of the methods used by the researchers to infect their subjects :
During the experiments, the following occurred:
- Prostitutes were infected with venereal disease and then provided for sex to subjects for intentional transmission of the disease;
- Subjects were inoculated by injection of syphilis spirochaetes into the spinal fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord, under the skin, and on mucous membranes;
- An emulsion containing syphilis or gonorrhoea was spread under the foreskin of the penis in male subjects;
- The penis of male subjects was scraped and scarified and then coated with the emulsion containing syphilis or gonorrhea;
- A woman from the psychiatric hospital was injected with syphilis, developed skin lesions and wasting, and then had gonorrhoeal pus from a male subject injected into both of her eyes and;
- Children were subjected to blood studies to check for the presence of venereal disease.
The then secretary of state Hillary Clinton apologised for the programme in 2010 after a presidential bioethics commission investigation found the experiments “involved unconscionable basic violations of ethics”.
A federal lawsuit for damages under the Federal Tort Claims Act failed in 2012 after a judge determined the US government cannot be held liable for actions outside the United States. Bekman told the Guardian he believed the new lawsuit stood a greater chance of success as it was lodged in the state court of Maryland and against private entities.
Both Johns Hopkins University and the Rockefeller Foundation have vigorously denied any involvement in the experiments.
A spokeswoman for Johns Hopkins School of Medicine said the institute expressed “profound sympathy” for the victims of the experiments and their families, but added: “Johns Hopkins did not initiate, pay for, direct of conduct the study in Guatemala. No nonprofit university or hospital has ever been held liable for a study conducted by the US government.”
The university stated it would “vigorously defend” the lawsuit.
The Rockefeller Foundation issued a detailed response to the claim online, which it described as seeking to “improperly to assign ‘guilt by association’ in the absence of compensation from the United States federal government”.
The statement continued: “In the absence of a connection to the Rockefeller Foundation, the lawsuit attempts to connect the Foundation to the experiments through misleading characterizations of relationships between the Foundation and individuals who were in some way associated with the experiments.”
A spokeswoman for Bristol-Myers Squibb declined to comment.
sur le même sujet, en 2010 :
Dans le cadre d'une étude sur les effets de la pénicilline, des centaines de Guatémaltèques se sont vus inoculer des maladies sexuellement transmissibles entre 1946 et 1948, par des scientifiques américains.
A l'origine de ce scandale, une étude financée par les autorités américaines entre 1946 et 1948 sur les effets de la pénicilline, découverte en 1928. Les scientifiques se demandent alors si l'antibiotique peut non seulement guérir la syphilis mais aussi prévenir la maladie. Comme la législation américaine n'autorise pas à mener de telles expériences sur l'homme, le directeur de cette étude, le médecin John Cutler, la met en place au Guatemala. Les chercheurs vont sélectionner comme cobayes des personnes vulnérables, tels que des malades mentaux. Environ 696 personnes participent à leur insu à cette étude. L'un des patients au moins est mort, sans qu'il soit établi si l'expérience est elle-même à l'origine de son décès. L'étude, qui n'a jamais été publiée, n'a apporté aucun résultat significatif.
Les scientifiques, dont les recherches étaient financées par des Instituts américains de la santé, n'auraient pas expliqué en détail leur projet aux responsables guatémaltèques et auraient fait des dons de matériels.Les cobayes ont été traités avec de la pénicilline mais l'étude ne précise pas si cela a suffi à les guérir, affirme Susan Reverby. C'est cette historienne américaine, qui a découvert l'expérimentation et a alerté les autorités américaines.
«Un sombre chapitre de l'histoire de la médecine»
L'étude menée au Guatemala, était «clairement contraire à l'éthique» et «répréhensible», ont dénoncé la secrétaire d'Etat Hillary Clinton et la ministre de la Santé Kathleen Sebelius. «Bien que ces événements aient eu lieu il y a plus de 64 ans, nous sommes révoltées qu'une recherche aussi répréhensible ait pu être menée en invoquant la santé publique», écrivent encore les deux ministres, qui ont lancé une vaste enquête pour déouvrir ce qui s'est passé au Guatemala et examiné les régulations actuelles. Barack Obama a téléphoné à son homologue guatémaltèque et lui transmis «ses plus profonds regrets». Le président américain a aussi «réaffirmé l'engagement inébranlable des Etats-Unis pour que toutes les études médicales menées sur l'homme aujourd'hui remplissent des critères éthiques et juridiques exigeants». Il n'est pas certain que les victimes guatémaltèques puissent demander des dommages et intérêts.
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et aussi :
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et à propos de tests de LSD :