Category: France

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Boris Kagarlitsky: A French Lesson

No-one was particularly excited about the presidential elections in France. The differences between the leading candidates were so minuscule that the victory of one or the other could have significance only for the candidate himself and for people who were hoping to be appointed to the administration. Then when France finally went to the polls, Read more…

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Judy Rebick: French Election Has Lessons For Us All

The results of the French Presidential election are the latest, and perhaps most significant sign, that the shifts in global politics following September 11 are much greater than anyone on the left predicted. The failure of the French left to move to the second round in a run off election for the first time since Read more…

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Vijay Prashad: Shooting Stars

Nuclear Force treaty (where the Soviets had to eliminate 1280 warheads, while the US had to remove only 429), but also by the USSR’s massive display of concessions at the 1986 Reykjavik summit between Gorbachev and Reagan (not to speak of Gorbachev’s January 1986 proposal to eliminate all nuclear weapons by the year 2000). Gorbachev’s Read more…

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Tariq Ali: New Labour, New Bombs

Tariq Ali As the future ripens in the past, so the past rots in the present. American leaders have long been used to treating the cracked British vase as a pisspot, but Attlee and Wilson, while dutifully kissing ass in the White House, did, at least, attempt to restrict and restrain the United States, albeit Read more…

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Robert Jensen: Even Now We Lie To Ourselves About Vietnam

Robert Jensen Bill Clinton has always been keen on apologizing, for himself and on behalf of the nation. He has apologized not only for a sex scandal, but for U.S. support of repression in Guatemala and for slavery. One might contest the motivation for, or the phrasing of, the apologies — Were they offered for Read more…

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Danny Schechter: The News Dissector In Berlin: Media Mergers And Personal Memories

Danny Schechter In my travels to the "Old World," I often discover how "old" some of my own ideas are. In Berlin last week to speak at a media conference, I learned about Tobias Peucer who, as a student at the University of Leipzig, wrote what may have been the world’s first media analysis 310 Read more…

Sandy Carter: Kazan and the Oscars and Us

Despite all the controversy stirred by the decision of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to give director Elia Kazan an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, Sunday’s 71st Academy Awards ceremony passed with no disruption and little commentary. With the Academy controlled cameras showing only quick and partial glimpses of the audience, and Read more…

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