Category: France

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Site Administrator: French Say “Non”

Paris. The French went ahead and did it. Despite being lectured by government and party leaders, media pundits and foreign leaders flown in from neighboring countries, all telling them that they must vote “yes” to the Treaty establishing a Constitution for the European Union or the sky would fall, a solid majority of 55% voted Read more…

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America Vera-zavala: French Vote on European Constitution

The French will be voting against neoliberalism today. “This No is a left-wing No, for another Europe, a Europe for the people and not for the market”, says Vladimir Cruells, artist and activist living in France. Olivier Hoedeman, a long time activist at the Corporate Europe Observatory based in Amsterdam describes the campaign in the Read more…

Frieder otto Wolf: Schroeder and Chirac

The average newspaper reader will scarcely have noticed: Schroeder and Chirac are at it again.   After a concerted action of both at the Davos World Economic Forum where they took a stance in favour of the Tobin tax, Schroeder has now defined his electoral agenda by telling the NATO leadership assembled in Munich – Read more…

Charles Bremner: Bush and Chirac

A new book says French leaders acted like cavalry officers in Iraq feud. America regularly eavesdrops on the telephone conversations of President Chirac and his entourage in the Elysée Palace in Paris, according to a book to be published tomorrow. The Americans indirectly confirmed their electronic reach a few months into the crisis over the Read more…

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Michael Albert: Parecon and Society: Art

Here is another chapter in draft for the book in progress. This one does have a section missing on the conditions of artists in the U.S., etc. which will have stats about artists doing ads instead of art, and so on…but otherwise it is ready for comment. It is a draft however, not for attribution Read more…

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Carl Bloice: The Global Economy Threat Moves to France

It was, as French trade unions have said in no uncertain terms, blackmail. In mid-July the 820 workers at the Robert Bosch plant voted to accept a new contract that increases their work week by one hour – with no increase in pay – cuts bonuses and freezes their salaries for three years. The company, Read more…

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Tom Engelhardt: The battered French fry and other lies of our times

Who could catalogue the lies of our times? In fact, the category “lies” hardly covers the matter. Take a simple example, just now on front pages everywhere: the President invites the press in for a post-cabinet-meeting moment. It’s the day after the 9/11 Commission staff has delivered a total no-brainer revelation: Months of research, the Read more…

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Peter Hallward: Haiti’s elected leader was regarded as a threat by France and the US

Jean-Bertrand Aristide was re-elected president of Haiti in November 2000 with more than 90% of the vote. He was elected by people who approved his courageous dissolution, in 1995, of the armed forces that had long terrorised Haiti and had overthrown his first administration. He was elected by people who supported his tentative efforts, made Read more…

: When Are Nazi Comparisons Deplorable?

The controversy over comparisons between George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler in two ads submitted to the anti-Bush ad contest run by the online activist group MoveOn.org says less about the state of left discourse than it does about the double standards at Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. News Corp’s Fox News Channel started the controversy Read more…

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Site Administrator: The Philippine Model

Addressing a joint session of the Philippine Congress on Saturday, President Bush said to skeptical critics of his Iraq policy, “Some say the culture of the Middle East will not sustain the institutions of democracy. The same doubts were once expressed about the culture of Asia. These doubts were proven wrong nearly six decades ago, Read more…

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