Corona: Kanada erhebt Sprachmissstände.

Im Zuge der Corona-Pandemie war es in Kanada zu Missachtungen der Sprachrechte gekommen — in einem Ausmaß, das in Südtirol noch niemanden hinter dem Ofen hervorlocken würde. So wurden etwa aus den USA Desinfektionsmittel importiert, die nur auf Englisch (und nicht wie vorgeschrieben auch auf Französisch) etikettiert waren. Premier Justin Trudeau hatte sich für diesen Missstand bereits entschuldigt.

Dennoch — oder gerade deshalb — hat das Büro des kanadischen Sprachgaranten (Commissioner of Official Languages) nun eine Untersuchung eingeleitet, um das reale Ausmaß der Missstände zu erfassen, aufzuarbeiten und Lösungen für künftige Krisenfälle vorzubereiten.

Die Unverzichtbarkeit von mehrsprachiger Kommunikation auch und gerade in Notsituationen hatte der Garant schon im März betont.

Der nun freigeschaltete Online-Fragebogen, der Teil der Untersuchung ist, glänzt durch Prägnanz:

In wenigen Schritten können Bürgerinnen ihre wichtigsten Anliegen sowie Kritik zum Ausdruck bringen.  Schon ganz am Anfang wird zudem auf die Möglichkeit hingewiesen, eine förmliche Beschwerde einzulegen.

So sieht zeitgemäße Sprachpolitik aus, die die Grundrechte und Sorgen der Bevölkerung ernstnimmt und auf sie eingeht. In Südtirol wird auf wesentlich größere Missstände leider noch zu oft mit einem gleichgültigen Schulterzucken reagiert.

Siehe auch:

Comparatio Grundrechte Plurilinguismo Politik Recht Service Public Umfrage+Statistik | Best Practices Coronavirus Good News Packungsbeilagen | | | Canada Südtirol/o | | Deutsch English

As statues fall, a new history is remembered.
Quotation 611

History is not being erased by those seeking to topple the statues of slavers and murderous white supremacists; it is being remembered. That is the real sin as far as the protesters’ detractors are concerned.

What protesters are doing on both sides of the Atlantic is compelling entire nations to confront their present through a new understanding of their past. Our new history teachers are explaining that the vast wealth of western societies – unjustly concentrated in so few hands as it is – was generated through slavery, colonial violence and theft. This oppression required the dehumanisation of the populations who suffered the consequences – its legacy is the embedding of racism in institutions and entire societies.

As more statues fall, a new history is remembered – each one casting a disturbing new light on the present. Understanding this threatens our iniquitous status quo – that is what detractors truly fear, not the toppling of bygone racist tyrants.

excerpted from Owen Jones’ opinion (The Guardian, 11 june 2020)

See also:

Geschichte Medien Politik Racism Ungehorsam+Widerstand Wirtschaft+Finanzen | Geschichtsaufarbeitung Quote | | The Guardian | United Kingdom USA | | English

Society is a Contract.
Quotation 607 // Black lives matter

I saw so many people online saying: “These riots are disgusting, this is not how a society should be run. You do not loot and you do not burn and you do not… this is not how our society is built.” And that actually triggered something in me, where I was like: man, okay… society, but what is society?

And fundamentally, when you boil it down, society is a contract. It’s a contract that we sign as human beings amongst each other. We sign a contract with each other as people, whether it’s spoken or unspoken, and we say: “Amongst this group of us, we agree in common rules, common ideals and common practices that are going to define us as a group.” That’s what I think a society is, it’s a contract. And, as with most contracts, the contract is only as strong as the people who are abiding by it.

But if you think of being a black person in America, who is living in Minneapolis or Minnesota or any place where you’re not having a good time — ask yourself this question when you watch those people: What vested interest do they have in maintaining the contract?

Why don’t we all loot? Why doesn’t everybody take…? Because we’ve agreed on things. There are so many people who are starving out there, there are so many people who don’t have. There are people who are destitute, there are people who, when the [Corona] virus hit, and they don’t have a second paycheck, are already broke, which is insane, but that’s the reality.

But still, think about […] the have-nots say: “You know what, I’m still gonna play by the rules, even though I have nothing, because I still wish for the society to work and exist.” And then, some members of that society, namely black American people, watch time and time again how the contract they have signed with society is not being honored by the society that has forced to sign it with them.

When you watch Ahmad Aubery being shot and you hear that those men have been released and, were it not for the video and the outrage, those people would be living their lives, what part of the contract is that in society?

When you see George Floyd on the ground and you see a man losing his life in a way that no person should ever have to lose their life at the hands of someone who is supposed to enforce the law, what part of the contract is that?

And a lot of people say: “Well, what good does this do?” Yeah, but what good doesn’t it do? That’s the question people don’t ask the other way around. What good does it do to loot Target [shops]? What does it, how does it help you to loot Target? Yeah, but how does it help you to not loot Target? Answer that question. Beacause the only reason you didn’t loot Target before was because you were upholding society’s contract. There is no contract if law and people in power don’t uphold their end of it.

It’s the same way we tell parents to set an example for their kids, the same way we tell captains or coaches to set an example for their players, the same way you tell teachers to set an example for their students. The reason we do that is because we understand in society that if you lead by example, there is a good chance that people will follow that example that you have set. And so, if the example law enforcement is setting is that they do not adhere to the laws, then why should the citizens of that society adhere to the laws when, in fact, the law enforcers themselves don’t?

When Colin Kaepernick kneels, they say: “This is not the right way to protest.” When Martin Luther King had children as part of his protests in Birmingham, Alabama, people said: “Having children at your protest is not the right way to do things.” When he marched in Selma people said: “This is not the right way to do things.” When people marched through the streets in South Africa during apartheid they said: “This is not the right way to do things.” When people burn things, they say it’s not… it’s never the right way because there’s never a right way to protest, and I’ve said this before, there is no right way to protest because that’s what protest is. It cannot be right because you are protesting against a thing that is stopping you.

Trevor Noah (excerpted from here)

See also:

Grundrechte Politik Polizei Racism Repression Soziales Ungehorsam+Widerstand | Coronavirus Quote | | | Afrika USA | | English

Demokratieindex 2019.
Schelte für Spanien, Italien steigt weiter ab

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) hat den neuen Demokratieindex für 2019 veröffentlicht. Diesmal wurden 22 der wiederum 167 analysierten Staaten als vollwertige Demokratien eingestuft, zwei mehr als vor einem Jahr. Es sind dies Norwegen, Island, Schweden, Neuseeland, Finnland, Irland, Dänemark, Kanada, Australien, Schweiz, Niederlande, Luxemburg, Deutschland, Vereinigtes Königreich, Uruguay, Österreich, Spanien, Mauritius, Costa Rica, Frankreich, Chile und Portugal.

In der Spitzengruppe befinden sich 15 europäische und zwölf Staaten mit weniger als 10 Millionen Einwohnerinnen.

Obschon Spanien erneut als vollwertige Demokratie eingestuft wird, urteilt die Intelligence Unit:

In Spain, the sentencing by the Supreme Court in October 2019 of nine Catalan separatist leaders to prison terms of between nine and 13 years for their role in the region’s failed independence campaign in 2017 provoked widespread condemnation and mass demonstrations in Catalonia. The court acquitted all nine accused of the charge of violent rebellion but convicted them of charges of sedition, misuse of public funds and disobedience. Although the sentencing complied with the letter of the law, the long prison terms for elected politicians on charges such as sedition were not in the spirit of democracy. With their excessively legalistic response to dealing with the Catalan question the Spanish authorities have shown a lack of confidence in addressing the issue through political dialogue and open debate, weakening their democratic credentials in the process. These deficiencies were already captured in a decline in Spain’s score in 2017-18. The very modest improvement in its score in the 2019 Democracy Index reflects an improvement in relation to one question concerning local elections, which were held in May 2019 and were deemed to have been free and fair.

Hervorhebung von mir.

Das ist eine beeindruckende Schelte für die Judizialisierung der Selbstbestimmungsbestrebungen.

Italien wird weiterhin zu den unvollständigen Demokratien gezählt, steigt aber im Ranking — von Platz 33 auf 35 — weiter ab. Seit Erhebungsbeginn 2006 hatte das Land noch nie so wenige Punkte.

In Westeuropa fallen nur Malta, Belgien, Zypern und Griechenland ebenfalls in die Kategorie der unvollständigen Demokratien.

Siehe auch:

Democrazia Kleinstaaten Politik Publikationen Recht Repression Selbstbestimmung Umfrage+Statistik Wissenschaft | Good News Referendum 1-O 2017 Zitać | | The Economist | Belgien Canada Catalunya Deutschland Finnland-Suomi France Griechenland Irland Island Italy Lëtzebuerg Malta Oceania Österreich Spanien Svizra United Kingdom Zypern | | Deutsch English

Europe is for exigents.
Quotation 588

Dear colleagues, when we ask ourselves about the future of Europe, the first thing to solve is: which role should we give to citizens? If we don’t solve it, in a few years, with other MEPs, the same debate will have to take place and it will be a defeat. Do we want to be uninterested, passive, distant? Or, on the contrary, do we want that their voices really count and they can participate directly in European democracy? I not only refer to the elections of members [of EU Parliament] and senior positions, but to habilitate mechanisms in order to participate in debates and decision taking. We must update the governance of our democracy. The insatisfaction that runs through Europe only benefits europhobic populisms — there is a real basis that justifies that insatisfaction. The alternative cannot be the temptation of euroscepticism, the future of Europe is not for conformists or sceptics, but [for] exigents.

Carles Puigdemont (PDeCAT/JxC), European Parliament, 15th january 2020

See also:

Democrazia Mitbestimmung Politik | Quote | Carles Puigdemont | | Europa | EU EU-Parlament JxCat PDeCAT | English

Harvie: Johnson makes independence more inevitable.
Quotation 587

The contempt shown to Scotland by the Prime Minister in ignoring the [request for powers to hold a second independence referendum] is hardly surprising. This is a government taking Scotland out of Europe against its will, trashing our devolved settlement and throwing our budget process into disarray.

It is the poorest and most vulnerable in Scotland who will pay the most for that contempt.

What is astonishing is that Boris Johnson appears ignorant of the political fallout from his actions. By taking away the rights and protections people in Scotland value, he only makes independence more inevitable.

Patrick Harvie, Co-Leader of Scottish Greens, according to The National

See also:

Politik Selbstbestimmung | Brexit Good News Indyref2 Quote | Boris Johnson | | Europa Scotland-Alba United Kingdom | Vërc | English

The right to choose (or not to lose?)…
Quotation 585

Three times now we have sent a pro-independence majority to Westminster, at least twice we’ve sent a pro-independence majority to Holyrood. The people of Scotland want the right to choose, and I think it’s the weakness of the unionist argument that the best thing they can say is „we’re not going to let you decide.“ I don’t mind if people want to campaign for the union if they can think of something good to say about it. But if the best thing they can think to say is „we’re not going to let you have the vote,“ that means they think they’re going to lose.

Lorna Slater, Scottish Greens Co-Leader

See also:

Politik Selbstbestimmung | Indyref2 Quote | | | Scotland-Alba United Kingdom | Vërc | English