Blog paru sur Mediapart le 17 juillet 2015

Le Rojava constitue le seul rempart militaire et idéologique contre le délire fasciste des jihadistes de l’État Islamique. Alors pour ce silence véritablement mortifère ?

The Rojava army must be properly armed and trained in order to defeat an enemy they know better than anyone else.

  “Upholding Gendered Peace at a Time of War: Academics and Activists Speak Out on the Shifting Places of Women in the Arab World This is Women in War’s  second annual conference in a cycle commemorating the place of women in the First World War, which will last from 2014 to 2018. The inaugural conference […]

Look if you can stomach it at the horrific images of Zarkhunda’s lynching. Again a totally veiled woman, no face showing, like Zarmina, savagely beaten with sticks and stoned … scrutinise the henchmen shouting Allah-u-Akhbar. No bearded Taliban here or shalwar-kamiz, but young men, some teenagers, slick short hair, leather jackets, jeans, wielding sticks and cell phones to film the scene. . Looking just like their contemporaries anywhere on the planet, these kids do not appear to be older than 25 which means that they all benefited, however diminutively from the possibilities afforded to them by the nascent institutions of Post-Taliban Afghanistan. Something comparable could be said for all the thousands leaving Europe and parts of North Africa (especially Tunisia) to join the ranks of ISIS. They are not all illiterate and starving, nor victims of some imperialist plot.

Clarissa, Elsa et Hayat, trois existences féminines typiques de la France moderne.

it is urgent that we campaign for the unalienable rights of pregnant women to be recognized by international law in conflict zones.

But war does not lend itself to colonialist ethnography, reduced to picturesque folklore. Not if you have an ounce of conscience between your earphones.
The main feature of this vapid display is the total absence of women…. This is why the conference organized by the French NGO ‘Women in War’ in Sarajevo held on June 7 and 8 on the these themes was so important and successful. Two full days were spent discussing everything this exhibition refused to consider, mainly the place of women in armed conflict.

In North Eastern Nigeria where the Boko Haram rule, as in Northern Pakistan and all of rural Afghanistan, under Taliban and Deobandi control infant and maternal mortality are catastrophic…the female body is the battle ground of extremists, quietly murdered with the help of the richest and the most powerful on this planet…