Des images contre les clichés sur les oubliés de Calais

Dans son livre 
Des hommes vivent ici (1), 
la photographe Marion Osmont raconte le quotidien des migrants le long du littoral de la 
Manche, dix ans après 
la fermeture du camp de Sangatte. Un travail
 plein d’humanité 
et de dignité.

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Un grand hangar vide. Au loin, un groupe d’hommes. Sept ou huit Africains, assis ou debout autour d’une table, jouent aux cartes. Un clair-obscur d’humanité au milieu du néant. « Je suis contente d’avoir pu prendre cette image, raconte son auteure, la photographe Marion Osmont. Berlusconi, le passeur (en capuche – NDLR), m’a dit “Tu fais ce que tu veux”, cet état de grâce a duré trois secondes. Cette image montre l’attente d’une journée ordinaire. Il ne se passe rien. »

Pendant plus de deux ans, Marion Osmont a photographié la vie quotidienne des migrants de Calais. Elle publie ces photos dans un livre au titre éloquent Des hommes vivent ici. D’une grande sobriété, ses images montrent la vie dans le dépouillement : la préparation du feu, la cuisine, les nuits dans le squat, l’ennui, le linge qui sèche sur un arbre, la traque, le froid, la peur. Loin des clichés vus et revus sur les migrants de Calais, les photos de Marion Osmont sont remplies d’humanité et de dignité.

« On parle trop souvent d’eux et de nous »

Son travail est le résultat d’une démarche mûrement réfléchie. « On parle trop souvent d’eux et de nous. Je ne voulais surtout pas ça. Je pense que beaucoup de gens, s’ils savaient ce qu’il se passe à Calais, ne trouveraient pas ça normal. J’ai donc travaillé à créer de l’empathie. » MarionOsmontcouv

Pour cela, la photographe s’attache à suivre deux migrants « au plus près », Ammanuel et Haroon. Les deux hommes ne se laissent pas simplement photographier, ils sont des acteurs à part entière de la démarche du livre. « Ils m’ont montré des lieux, des campements, m’ont raconté leurs parcours. Ce n’était pas facile pour eux, mais il leur paraissait important que leur histoire soit connue. Pour que ça puisse provoquer des changements. »

Deux migrants suivis au quotidien

Marion Osmont attend quelques semaines après le démantèlement de la jungle pachtoune en septembre 2009 pour commencer son travail. « Tous les migrants étaient revenus, il fallait montrer que cette opération n’avait servi à rien. » Parisienne, elle passe ses week-ends à Calais pour suivre ces deux migrants qui ne sont pas « de passage », contrairement à ce que prétendent les ministres de l’Immigration de Nicolas Sarkozy. Tous les deux demandeurs d’asile, ils attendent la réponse de l’Office français des réfugiés (Ofpra) dans le plus total dénuement.

Des hommes vivent ici montre la vie des migrants en plan large. « C’est une forme de respect, dit-elle. Ils sont sous pression en permanence, les flics les réveillent toutes les nuits, les journalistes peuvent être parfois intrusifs. Je voulais des photos assez douces. » Exclues donc les images de la distribution, où l’on voit les migrants dans les files d’attente ou manger sur un bout de trottoir. Pendant longtemps, la photographe s’est aussi refusée à immortaliser ces séances durant lesquelles les migrants se brûlent les doigts pour échapper aux renvois vers d’autres pays d’Europe.

Trajet décomposé

Dans cette vie quotidienne calaisienne, la police est omniprésente. Dès l’aube, lorsqu’elle intervient dans les squats pour arrêter les migrants. Dans les évacuations de campements ou les destructions de squats. À chaque fois, il faut trouver un nouvel endroit où dormir, toujours plus loin, plus caché. Dans la série de photos Chez Haroon, Marion Osmont décompose le trajet pour rejoindre la cachette du Soudanais : « Traverser un hangar / se glisser dans un trou / longer un tunnel aménagé sous le sol / passer un premier mur / marcher le long d’un corridor à travers ronces / passer un deuxième mur / marcher sur un toit / passer par une fenêtre cassée / monter un escalier défoncé. » Délogé, Haroon devra s’installer encore plus loin…

Aujourd’hui, Haroon et Ammanuel, tous deux déboutés du droit d’asile après des années d’attente, sont partis vers d’autres horizons. « Je les imagine quelque part en Europe, à la rue», dit Marion Osmont. Encore plus brisés que lors de leur arrivée à Calais, il y a quelques années. « Il était encore temps de les aider alors. Avec des soins psychologiques, peut-être qu’ils auraient pu se récupérer. C’est un immense gâchis. » Aujourd’hui, environ 300 migrants survivent à Calais même. Quelque 500 autres s’éparpillent dans des petits campements le long du littoral. Dans des conditions toujours plus précaires.

(1) Des hommes vivent ici, de Marion Osmont. Éditions Images plurielles, 25 euros, avec le soutien de Médecins du Monde et de Amnesty International.

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Maria Yotova, Kwansei Gakuin University

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Japan has a new food fad: yogurt. Its artful display is the latest craze on Japanese tables, and yogurt is one of the trendiest foods in the country.

Today, millions of Japanese include yogurt in their daily diet, and the market is growing steadily. And Meiji Holdings, a Japanese company that has a subsidiary specialising in dairy products, is the biggest domestic producer in an industry valued at 410 billion yen ($US3.7 billion) annually, according to a March 6 article in the online newspaper Shokuhin Sangyou Shinbun.

How did yogurt go from being a food alien to the Japanese, a substance often considered distasteful or even inedible just 35 years ago, to being a daily necessity and a symbol of health and well-being?

 

 

Plain Bulgarian yogurt has become a symbol of good health.

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A new superfood

That was the question underlying the fieldwork I conducted from 2007 to 2012, for which I examined both dairy companies and consumers (available here in English and also in Japanese). I traced this commodity through time and space ? from Bulgaria to Japan ? watching it transform.

I asked people: what do you think you?re actually eating when you consume yogurt? Is it a specific bacterium, a cool trend or a health-boosting substance?

Turns out, yogurt?s current standing in Japan as a scientifically proven, evidence-based health food was created by a sophisticated marketing campaign that brought consumers to this non-traditional product through mythologist branding.

Meiji?s yogurt commercials extol the Bulgarian origins of their product, presenting the eastern European nation as the sacred birthplace of yogurt. In Bulgaria, they tell consumers, dairy production is an old tradition, and ?the wind is different, the water is different, the light is different.?

Bulgaria, the sacred birthplace of Japanese yogurt.

What triggered the Japanese Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt company, which now boasts 43% market share and 98.9% brand awareness, to invest in this product?

The quest for longevity

Meiji started considering how to develop Bulgarian-style yogurt for the Japanese market in the late 1960s.

At the time, the only type of yogurt available in Japan was a sweetened, heat-treated fermented milk with a jelly-like texture. Brands such as Meiji honey yogurt, Snow brand yogurt and Morinaga yogurt were distributed in small 80-gram jars and consumed as a snack or dessert, according to Meiji?s company history.

Sweet Morinaga yogurt was around in the 1960s.

Morinaga Milk

Plain yogurt with living Lactobacillus bulgaricus, like what is popularly consumed in Bulgaria, did not exist. One member of Meiji?s Bulgaria yogurt project told me he still remembered the shock of trying the plain yogurt presented at the Bulgarian pavilion at the 1970 World Fair in Osaka. It was weird, he said, and astonishingly sour.

But plain yogurt had a powerful draw: the promise of increased longevity. At the dawn of the 20th century, Nobel Prize-winning Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916), developed the theory that ageing was caused by toxic bacteria in the gut. He pinpointed lactic acid bacteria for its ability to neutralise these toxins and thus slow the ageing process.

Metchnikoff touted the unparalleled effectiveness of Lactobacillus bulgaricus, isolated from homemade Bulgarian yogurt, for this task and recommended eating it every day.

Metchnikoff feeding his good bacteria to the elderly.

Revue

That myth remains today. During my fieldwork in Bulgaria, I heard the same story many times: how powerful the local bacterium was; how it made delicious and healthy yogurt.

One elderly woman attributed her daughter?s recovery from breast cancer to homemade goat-milk yogurt.

?It is the bacillus that makes our milk, my girl?, she concluded. ?It is unique. When I was young I didn?t eat much yogurt, but now that I take it every day, my blood pressure has been normal and I feel so energetic!?

From inedible to irreplaceable

Meiji realised that, technologically speaking, it would not be difficult to produce plain yogurt with living Lactobacillus bulgaricus. In 1971, the company launched its innovative product in Japan, simply calling it ?plain yogurt?.

Consumers hated it. Some took its sourness to mean that the product had gone bad while others doubted its edibility.

Yogurt was associated with good health, before good taste.

Ignat Gorazd /Flickr, CC BY-SA

But Meiji persevered. In 1973, after making an agreement with the Bulgarian state-owned dairy enterprise to import yogurt starter cultures, the company received permission to rename its product Meiji Bulgaria yogurt.

The idea was to market authenticity, making full use of the Bulgarian rural idyll: pastoral scenery, herds of sheep and cows, bagpipers in traditional garb and healthy elderly people living in harmony with nature.

In the 1980s, the company combined this strategy with further microbiological research and closer cooperation with the Bulgarian side. In 1984, Japanese consumers saw a new Meiji Bulgaria yogurt with sleeker packaging, helping build its market presence.

Meiji Bulgaria yogurt in its nice new package.

LB Bulgaricum

Meiji got another boost when it acquired the right to put the government-issued Food for Specified Health Use (FOSHU) seal on the label of its Bulgarian yogurt in 1996. Health benefits have been the focus of its yogurt branding and marketing ever since.

Branding the holy land of yogurt

Imbuing their Bulgarian brand with new meanings, images and values, Meiji has not only turned a nice profit but also created in Japan a beautiful picture of Bulgaria as ?the holy land of yogurt?.

Back in Bulgaria, the media is fascinated by the popularity of a Japanese-made Bulgarian yogurt. In one 2015 article, Japanese consumers claimed that Meiji?s Bulgarian yogurt was more popular than Coca-Cola.

Almost every story about Japan, whether travelogues about dining or economics articles, mentions the Bulgarian yogurt success story. This narrative is even used by companies and politicians in post-socialist Bulgaria to invoke national pride.

In Bulgaria, preparing yogurt from goat?s milk.

Maria Yotova

To many Bulgarians I met, the new Japanese identity of their local yogurt embodies the very spirit of Bulgarian collective traditions. At the same time, they feel more connected to the modern world by its adoption as a symbol of health and happiness in one of the world?s great economic powers.

Globalisation may have shaken cultural values across the world, but yogurt?s transformation has been a miraculous one, becoming a source of health and nourishment for people in Japan and a salve for the Bulgarian national soul.

Maria Yotova, Lecturer in Food Culture, Kwansei Gakuin University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Alas, a romantic comedy this is not. David?s smooch is a segue for his battle royale with Walter and the other Covenant crew members who haven?t already been executed. We just happen to get an outré display of delicious android queer-baiting along the way.

Through it all, Fassbender is so on top of his game that ?Alien: Covenant? can stand up against his finest screen performances (?Hunger,? ?Shame,? ?Jane Eyre,? ?12 Years a Slave,? ?Slow West?). The way his stilted cyborg cadence changes from the humanistic Walter to the devious David creates a metaphysical tug-of-war, as though the pair represent two halves of one conflicted soul. Their interplay embodies some of Scott?s most masterful wizardry. From a logistical vantage, that flute scene is a true ?wow? moment, unfolding with seamless titillation, as if two different actors are sharing the exchange. 

By the end, the horror-movie elements and the philosophical world-building in ?Alien: Covenant? don?t cohere. But it almost doesn?t matter, partly because Scott has such a technical mastery and partly because Fassbender?s dueling energies are such a delight. Where else will we see an actor known for menacing villains and connection-hungry drifters play both in the same movie? Nobody does it like Mikey. 

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Selling Dog Meat May Be Banned At This Year’s Yulin Dog Meat Festival

Animal rights activists are reporting that the local government in Yulin, China, will be banning the sale of dog meat at the city?s controversial Lychee and Dog Meat Festival in June.

However, officials in Yulin did not confirm the ban when questioned by media outlets, leading some to question whether the purported ban is happening at all.

The annual festival, which involves the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat, has incited protests both within China and internationally. National Geographic reports that in China, young people in particular are opposed to the dog meat trade.

According to Humane Society International and the Duo Duo Project, officials told traders that restaurants, vendors and market traders will be temporarily prohibited from selling dog meat, beginning one week before the June 21 festival. Peter Li, HSI?s China policy specialist, said the ban is set to last until the festival is over and that there?s no evidence the ban includes any restrictions on cat meat.

But city officials would not confirm any ban at all when both The New York Times and the BBC reached out to them. The BBC also reports that ?some vendors? told the outlet they hadn?t heard of a ban.

But Humane Society International told HuffPost it is confident in its sources and that it isn?t surprised Yulin officials won?t confirm the ban to the media.

?It?s likely not in [the local government?s] interests to appear to be responding to national or global pressure,? Wendy Higgins, HSI international media director, said in an email. ?The contacts in China of HSI and Duo Duo Project have spoken directly with a number of traders, all of whom confirm the ban, and that traders were told to attend a meeting at which the ban was explained.?

So, what would be the point of a ban if officials won?t confirm it?

Li said the likely goal is to prevent activists and journalists from taking gruesome-looking photos of canine carcasses.

?What the authorities are trying to accomplish is not a ban announcement, but the disappearance of slaughtered dog bodies,? he said.

And Higgins said that not formally announcing the ban was a logical strategic move.

?If the ban is a failure, the officials can say ?what ban?? because they never confirmed it, and if it is a success, they can say ?see what we have done? and hopefully build on it next year until the problem goes away,? she told HuffPost.

In an interview with the BBC, Li said the policy appears to stem from the new Communist Party secretary of Yulin, Mo Gong Ming, who wants to improve the city?s reputation around the world.

Opponents of the Yulin festival often face criticism from those who point out it?s irrational to be more outraged over the slaughter of dogs than the slaughter of less traditionally cute and fuzzy animals like pigs and chickens ? which are killed and eaten in far greater numbers worldwide.

But Li countered that there are specific reasons to oppose the Yulin festival besides the species of animals involved. For one thing, he said, dogs killed in the festival are often stolen pets. Eating dog meat is legal in China (as well as in many U.S. states), but stealing dogs is not.

?Dogs slaughtered for food come from suspicious sources,? he said. ?Many are stolen pets and rural guard dogs.? He noted that Chinese activists would protest a beef festival, too, if the animals were stolen cattle.

And Higgins pointed out that many groups, including HSI, that oppose the dog meat festivals also actively fight for the rights of all animals that suffer in the food industry.

?HSI doesn?t shy away from exposing and challenging the suffering of all animals killed for food around the world, including in Western countries such as the U.K. and U.S.,? she said. ?Whilst we realize that we can?t stop the suffering of all animals for the food industry overnight, we shouldn?t use the suffering of pigs or chickens in one country as an excuse for inaction to stop the suffering of dogs in another country.?

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U.N. Sees Slavery Risk As Number Of Solo Migrant Children Hits Record High

A record number of refugee and migrant children are traveling solo to escape violence and poverty, falling prey to abuse and human traffickers in their journey to a new life, the United Nations children?s agency said on Wednesday.

Be it to escape war in Syria or gang violence in Central America, natural disaster or famine, increasing numbers of children are on the move and are traveling alone, UNICEF said in a report.

About 200,000 unaccompanied children applied for asylum across 80 countries from 2015 to 2016 and another 100,000 children were stopped at the U.S.-Mexico border, UNICEF said.

Taken together, 300,000 children traveled alone worldwide from 2015 to 2016 – a five-fold increase since 2010, when 66,000 children were reported to be on the move, UNICEF said.

?Ruthless smugglers and traffickers are exploiting their vulnerability for personal gain, helping children to cross borders, only to sell them into slavery and forced prostitution,? Justin Forsyth,UNICEF deputy executive director, said in a statement.

?It is unconscionable that we are not adequately defending children from these predators.?

UNICEF said the central Mediterranean route between north Africa and Italy is one of the world?s deadliest, with 4,579 deaths last year, including some 700 children, many from Eritrea, Gambia, Nigeria, Egypt and Guinea.

Unaccompanied and separated children accounted for 92 percent of all children arriving in Italy by sea last year.

While the Mediterranean route is favored by traffickers – some children have even had organs removed – traffickers are also active on other routes, the report said.

Boys and girls account for three in every five victims of human trafficking in Central America and the Caribbean, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Many of them face likely sexual exploitation, said Maria Cristina Perceval, UNICEF?s Latin America regional director.

?Because the difference with this and other crimes and exploitation is that a girl who is exploited sexually is seen as merchandise that can be used again and again,? Perceval told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview.

Most children from Central America migrate to escape gang violence and poverty, or to join relatives living abroad.

UNICEF said human smugglers who guide children along their journey use rape, violence and extortion en route.

One migrant, 17-year-old Mary from Nigeria, was trapped in Libya for more than three months where she was raped by her smuggler as she tried to reach Italy, UNICEF said.

?He said to me, if I didn?t sleep with him, he would not bring me to Europe. He raped me,? Mary, who traveled alone, is quoted as saying.

Some smugglers operate a ?pay as you go? deal ? asking for no money up front, but later demanding sums children may not be able to pay. They are then put to work to pay off the debt, through forced labor and prostitution, the report said.

One migrant, 16-year-old Aimamo, said he and his twin brother were forced to work on a farm in Libya for two months to pay their smugglers.

?If you try to run they shoot you and you die. If you stop working, they beat you,? Aimamo is quoted as saying in the report. ?After working, they lock you inside.? (Reporting by Anastasia Moloney @anastasiabogota, Editing by Lyndsay Griffiths. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women?s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience. Visit http://news.trust.org)

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Someone Broke Into Amber Rose’s Home And Straight-Up Chilled For Hours

Amber Rose is the latest celebrity to fall victim to a home invasion. 

When the homes of the rich and famous are vandalized, the intruders typically grab the goods and go. But the man who broke into Rose?s Los Angeles home early Wednesday morning stayed put for hours while she slept soundly in a nearby room, according to TMZ, which was first to report the break-in.  

He reportedly gained entry between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. through her pantry by breaking a kitchen window. Rose, along with her mother, son, assistant, and bodyguards were all in the residence at the time, but somehow no one noticed that the man remained in the home for four hours. Her assistant reportedly even got up to make food while the intruder was in the house and didn?t suspect anything. 

It wasn?t until Rose noticed shattered glass in the kitchen area later that morning and checked her home surveillance footage that she discovered video evidence of a man breaking in and then leaving hours later. She then phoned the police who are now investigating the crime. 

Nobody was harmed in the home invasion and the suspect reportedly didn?t even make off with any of Rose?s possessions. 

Rose?s home invasion is part of a string of attacks on homes of celebrities including Emmy Rossum, Kendall Jenner and Jaime Pressly in recent months. Earlier that same day, armed robbers reportedly broke into rapper A$AP Rocky?s Beverly Grove home, a mere 12 miles away from Rose?s residence, and made off with $1 million in cash and jewelry.  

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Goya Foods Makes ‘Business Decision’ To Pull Sponsorship Of Puerto Rican Day Parade

Goya Foods will not sponsor this year?s Puerto Rican Day Parade. The decision ends, until further notice, the company?s continuous 60-year partnership with the organization behind the annual event. 

The New Jersey-based company cited a ?business decision? as the reason for pulling their sponsorship of the annual event that?s being held in New York City on July 11 this year. The Puerto Rican Day Parade, which also hosts a variety of other cultural, educational and social events, said the decision could affect the students who receive scholarships from the non-profit organization.  

?Goya has made a business decision not to participate in this year?s Puerto Rican Day Parade,? the company said in a statement to HuffPost on Wednesday. 

As for whether the decision would apply for future Puerto Rican Day Parades, the company said ?that has not been decided.?

On Monday night, the Spanish-language newspaper El Diario reported that Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods Rafael Toro had written a letter to the Puerto Rican Day Parade saying they had withdrawn their sponsorship because the company had been targeted by boycotts that opposed the parade?s intentions of honoring recently released Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar López Rivera.   

The company told HuffPost ?the letter was false and NOT written by Rafael Toro… or any employees or affiliates of Goya Foods.? El Diario has since removed any mention of the letter in their report. 

In response to Goya Food?s decision to end the six-decade-long sponsorship, the Puerto Rican Day Parade issued the following statement to the New York Daily News on Tuesday:

We are very disappointed at Goya for pulling out of our Parade via a phone call and with no rationale other than ?it was a business decision.? We have learned more through the press, since we have not yet received any official notification, in writing. After a 60-year partnership, we would expect to, at the very least, discuss this very serious matter face-to-face. In the end, Goya is jeopardizing the parade?s commitment to 100 college and college-bound students who stood to receive parade scholarships.

HuffPost also reached out to the organization for comment but had not heard back at the time of publication. 

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