Category: France

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Paul Street: Making Connections: Confronting Hierarchy At Home and Abroad

The Real Danger: Questioning Domestic Hierarchy United States policymakers were significantly encouraged to scale back and finally call off their military crucifixion of Southeast Asia during the 1960s and 1970s by realization that their actions overseas were feeding a rebellion that endangered cherished hierarchies at home. They would have been more willing to tolerate masses Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Friendly French Resistance

Only George W. Bush can match Jean-Marie Le Pen when it comes to bringing protesters into the streets of Paris. The estimated 250,000 people who demonstrated in the French capital on February 15 were clearly a cross section of the whole population, united in a rare consensus against U.S. plans to make war against Iraq. Read more…

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Tanya Reinhart: Academic Boycott: In Support Of Paris VI

In April 2002, following Israel’s “operation” in Jenin, first calls for institutional academic boycott of Israeli universities appeared in England and in France.  The British petition called to freeze European Union contracts with Israeli university as long as Israel continues its present policy.  What started as the individual voice of concerned academics, has become lately Read more…

Pablo Dávalos: Indian Ocean: “Open Regionalism” or Naked Militarism?

There were more defence and security analysts from think tank organisations than trade and business representatives. The Australian High Commissioner to India who inaugurated the conference did not try to hide behind any faade when she stated the Indian Ocean regional was strategically important to Australia as it carried over 90 percent of the countrys Read more…

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Howard Zinn: Veterans Day

Veterans Day used to be called Armistice Day, because it was November 11, 1918, at 11 AM – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, that the first World War came to an end. It would be good to remember a few things about that war as this country is about Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Irony of French Elections:

French presidential elections are vastly more democratic than the American system. The first round allows anyone who can get endorsement from 500 of France’s 36,000 mayors (any small village will do) to be an official candidate. All get free television time. This allows a range of political expression and the emergence of new political currents, Read more…

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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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