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What sort of Frenchmen are they?
By : Dror Mishani and Aurelia Smotriez - Friday November 25, 2005
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By Dror Mishani and Aurelia Smotriez PARIS - The first thing the French-Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut said to us when we met one evening at Paris’ elegant Le Rostand cafe, where the interior is decorated with Oriental-style pictures and the terrace faces the Luxembourg Gardens, was "I heard that even Haaretz published an article identifying with the riots." This remark, uttered with some vehemence, pretty much sums up the feelings of Finkielkraut - one of the most prominent (...)
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Blaming Islam Is Dishonest
By : Michael Coren - Monday November 21, 2005
Blaming Islam Is Dishonest Michael Coren November 19, 2005 Last week I wrote that the riots in France were more about the culture of 50 Cent than bin Laden and that to blame the violence solely on Islam was a gross misreading of the situation. The neo-con web world had a fit, reminding me that when it comes to abuse and stupidity the right and the left are similarly gifted. In fact, neo-conservatives increasingly resemble the left in their simplistic and formulaic analyses and responses (...)
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A Great Miracle
By : Uri Avnery - Thursday November 17, 2005
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by Uri Avnery "This is a well-known phenomenon in many countries: the most discriminated class of the ruling nation provides the most radical enemies of national minorities and foreigners in general. Those who are trampled-upon trample those beneath them. After being robbed of their self-esteem, they can regain some self-respect only by belonging to a "master race". Thus the poor whites in the United States. The same in France." NORTH AFRICAN immigrants on the periphery of French cities (...)
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France : Riots Are a Class Act - And Often They’re the Only Alternative
By : Gary Younge - Thursday November 17, 2005
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France now accepts the need for social justice. No petition, peaceful march or letter to an MP could have achieved this by Gary Younge ’If there is no struggle, there is no progress," said the African American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. "Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are men who want crops without ploughing up the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters ... Power (...)
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Is Paris burning or Watt?
By : fidelista - Thursday November 10, 2005
by William Bowles • Wednesday, 10 November 2005 "We must leave our dreams and abandon our old beliefs and friendships of the time before life began. Let us waste no time in sterile litanies and nauseating mimicry. Leave this Europe where they are never done talking of Man, yet murder men everywhere they find them, at the corner of every one of their own streets, in all the corners of the globe. For centuries they have stifled almost the whole of humanity in the name of a so-called (...)
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Web, mobiles help French plan riots
By : France - Thursday November 10, 2005
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Young French rioters are using blogs to incite violence and mobile phones to organise attacks in guerrilla-like tactics they have copied from anti-globalisation protesters, security experts say. So the government is policing cyberspace as well as rundown suburbs in the battle to end two weeks of rioting. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has diverted resources to monitoring blogs to anticipate the movements of the protesters, who have set fire to thousands of cars since the unrest (...)
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European Free Arts Sound Systems demonstration POSTPONED
By : Liaphin and Lagren - Wednesday November 9, 2005
Due to the recent riots in France, the Demonstration and the Teknival that were supposed to happen the 12th November 2005 in Strasbourg have been postponed !!!!!! After receiving authorisation for both events we were told today to postpone them. This is based on the Emergency State that has been declared in France by the President of the Republic, Jacques Chirac. >> Restrictions on all kinds of events and on press freedom is possible: Furthermore the law allows the closing of meeting (...)
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France to Impose Curfews to Quell Rioting
By : JOCELYN GECKER - Monday November 7, 2005
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By JOCELYN GECKER France will impose curfews under a state-of-emergency law and call up police reservists to stop rioting that has spread out of Paris’ suburbs and into nearly 300 cities and towns across the country, the prime minister said Monday, calling a return to order "our No. 1 responsibility." The tough new measures came as France’s worst civil unrest in decades entered a 12th night, with rioters in the southern city of Toulouse setting fire to a bus after sundown and (...)
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Rage of French Youth Is a Fight for Recognition
By : Molly Moore - Monday November 7, 2005
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Spreading Rampage in Country’s Slums Is Rooted in Alienation and Abiding Government Neglect By Molly Moore LE BLANC-MESNIL, France - Mohammed Rezzoug, caretaker of the municipal gymnasium and soccer field, knows far more about the youths hurling firebombs and torching cars on the streets of this Paris suburb than do the police officers and French intelligence agents struggling to nail the culprits. He can identify most of the perpetrators. So can almost everyone else in the (...)
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PARIS : THE FIRE RAISER
By : Patrick Apel-Muller - Sunday November 6, 2005
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by Patrick Apel-Muller Situation assessment, sad! French Interior Minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, claimed that efficiency shall guide his policy... But the impacts of his provoking statements, of his visits in the neighbourhoods where he nags the populations, of his shying away from prevention policy can be measured against burned cars, stones and fire bombs thrown at civil servants, and increasing unrest in some French cities. Situation assessment, sad! French Interior Minister, Nicolas (...)
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French Muslims face job discrimination
By : Paris - Saturday November 5, 2005
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Days of rioting in the bleaker suburbs of Paris have highlighted discontent among many French youths of North African origin. As part of a series on French Muslims, the BBC News website’s Henri Astier looks at the issue of discrimination, a leading source of frustration in France’s unemployment-riddled ghettos. Sadek recently quit his job delivering groceries near Saint-Denis, just north of Paris. He was tired of climbing stairs with heavy bags. Sadek, 31, has a secondary (...)
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Many held as French riots spread
By : Paris - Saturday November 5, 2005
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French police have arrested more than 250 people following fresh riots in and around Paris and other parts of France. Nearly 900 cars were burnt on the ninth consecutive night of unrest in immigrant-dominated areas near Paris, despite a heavy police presence. Nurseries and a school were burnt overnight and unrest spread to Nice, Lille, Marseille and Toulouse. Hundreds of people have heard a call for calm at a rally in one of the Paris suburbs worst hit. The mayor of Aulnay-sous-Bois, (...)
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Shots fired as French riots escalate
By : Paul Carrel - Thursday November 3, 2005
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Rioters shot at police and fire fighter crews in the worst night of a week of violence in poor suburbs that ring Paris, as France’s conservative government struggled to quell the unrest. Youths who rampaged on Wednesday night left a trail of burnt cars, buses and shops in nine suburbs north and east of Paris, home to North African and black African minorities frustrated at their failure to get jobs or recognition in French society. "It’s a dramatic situation. It is very (...)
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European Free Arts demonstration against repression of Free Parties and Teknivals
By : Lagren - Monday October 31, 2005
12th november 2005 European demonstration of Sound Systems in Strasbourg Meet at 14:00 (13:00 GMT) in PLace de la Republique in the center of Strasbourg We demand the right to exist, We demand the end of systematic and unjustified repression against us, We demand the condemnation of countries such as the Tcheck republic for brutally repressing our organised events for no justifiable reason, We demand the right to be treated as socio-cultural performers; because our events are (...)
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Robert Fisk: All over the globe, our leaders seem to be suffering from a severe bout of infantilism
By : Robert Fisk - Sunday October 30, 2005
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As someone who has to look at the eviscerated corpses, I can only shake my head in disbelief By Robert Fisk I wonder sometimes if we have not entered a new age of what the French call infantilisme. I admit I am writing these words on the lecture circuit in Paris where pretty much every political statement - including those of Messrs Chirac, Sarkozy, de Villepin et al - might fall under this same title. But the folk I am referring to, of course, are George W Bush, Lord Blair of Kut (...)
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Give them a chance to breathe free
By : Jeffrey Gedmin - Tuesday October 25, 2005
from die WELT: by Jeffrey Gedmin, Director, Aspen Institute Berlin After attending in Paris recently a meeting of pro-democracy Syrians, I returned sheepishly to Berlin. That’s because I have the strong impression that a majority of Germans think like Peter Scholl Latour, namely that a) the Middle East does not want democracy; b) the outside world could not help anyway; and c) that the Amis should definitely not interfere. I always wondered why Chancellor Schroeder would pile on (...)
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“I pay for for my Support to the Iraqi People"
By : Joëlle - Saturday October 22, 2005
The « Oil for Food » affair Free... but on bail ! Statement by Gilles Munier Secretary General of the French-Iraq Friendsdhip Organisation “I pay for my support to the Iraqi people...” After 60 hours of questioning and police custody, I was charged, on October 6, 2005, by Magistrate Philippe Courroye but released on a bail amounting to 80 000 euros or $ 96 600 which I have to pay in four instalments till February 2006 or be imprisoned. My passport has been withdrawn and I (...)
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France : a million protesters...
By : France - Wednesday October 5, 2005
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A nationwide one-day strike in France has disrupted travel and business and dealt the first major challenge to the economic program of Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin. Official figures showed turn-out from the public sector, with 30 percent of railway staff and teachers, 23 percent of electricity workers and between 15 and 30 percent of post office staff joining the stoppages. Demonstrations were staged in cities from Marseille in the south to Le Havre in the north, with the largest (...)
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HE SARTRE MYTH: REBORN?
By : Georges Duncan - Tuesday September 20, 2005
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By Georges Duncan Cubanow.- Half a century later, the texts and words of Jean Paul Sartre, the scandalous French intellectual, are once again being read as if they had never before been read, and his figure is being reconsidered as if it had been hidden and waiting for better times. Recently, in connection with his 100 th anniversary, philosophers and writers, critically searched out files of one of the most lucid and controversial thinkers of the last century. For some, Sartre was the (...)
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Hands Off Venezuela at the Fête de l’Humanité
By : Greg Oxley - Monday September 19, 2005
We were there. Bellaciao By Greg Oxley A series of very successful meetings were held in solidarity with the revolution in Venezuela at the annual Communist Party festival - la Fête de l’Humanité - which was held in the Paris area last weekend. Overall, more than 400 people heard Jorge Martin speak at the Fête. A series of very successful meetings were held in solidarity with the revolution in Venezuela at the annual Communist Party festival - la Fête de l’Humanité - which (...)
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I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name
Thursday 10 March
©Olivier Jobard/Myop I, European citizen, won’t let refugees be rejected in my name THE RIGHT TO ASYLUM IS A RIGHT In the phrase « right to asylum », every word matters. Under the law, every person who is persecuted because of his or her political opinions or because of his or her identity, every person that is endangered by violence, war or misery has a RIGHT to seek asylum in another country The aim of this petition is to collect (...)
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Neo-Nazis and far-right protesters in Ukraine 3 live-stream
Friday 24 January
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The far-right in Ukraine are acting as the vanguard of a protest movement that is being reported as pro-democracy. The situation on the ground is not as simple as pro-EU and trade versus pro-Putin and Russian hegemony in the region. When US Senator John McCain dined with Ukraine’s opposition leaders in December, he shared a table and later a stage with the leader of the extreme far-right Svoboda party Oleh Tyahnybok. This is Oleh Tyahnybok, he has claimed a "Moscow-Jewish mafia" (...)
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Hugo Chavez is dead (video live)
Wednesday 6 March
by : Collective BELLACIAO
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President Hugo Chavez companeros venezueliano died after a long battle with cancer.
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International initiative to stop the war in Syria Yes to democracy, no to foreign intervention!
Thursday 13 December
Your support here: http://www.peaceinsyria.org/support.php We, the undersigned, who are part of an international civil society increasingly worried about the awful bloodshed of the Syrian people, are supporting a political initiative based on the results of a fact-finding mission which some of our colleagues undertook to Beirut and Damascus in September 2012. This initiative consists in calling for a delegation of highranking personalities and public figures to go to Syria in order to (...)
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THE KU KLUX KLAN ONCE AGAIN CONTROLS INDIANA
Monday 12 November
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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At first glance, the results of America’s 2012 election appear to be a triumph for social, racial, and economic justice and progress in the United States: California voters passed a proposition requiring the rich to shoulder their fair share of the tax burden; Two states, Colorado and Washington, legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while Massachusetts approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes; Washington and two other states, Maine and Maryland, legalized same-sex (...)
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I’VE DECIDED TO "WASTE" MY VOTE
Sunday 28 October
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
In a 2004 episode of Comedy Central’s animated series South Park, an election was held to determine whether the new mascot for the town’s elementary school would be a “giant douche” or a “turd sandwich.” Confronted with these two equally unpalatable choices, one child, Stan Marsh, refused to vote at all, which resulted in his ostracization and subsequent banishment from the town. Although this satirical vulgarity was intended as a commentary on the two (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART IV
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART III If there is one major inconsistency in life, it is that young people who know little more than family, friends and school are suddenly, at the age of eighteen, supposed to decide what they want to do for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, because of their limited life experiences, the illusions they have about certain occupations do not always comport to the realities. I discovered this the first time I went to college. About a year into my studies, I (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART III
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART II PART IV Disillusioned with the machinations of so-called “traditional” colleges, I became an adjunct instructor at several “for-profit” colleges. Thanks largely to the power and pervasiveness of the Internet, “for-profit” colleges (hereinafter for-profits) have become a growing phenomenon in America. They have also been the subject of much political debate and the focus of a Frontline special entitled College Inc. Unlike traditional (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART II
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART I PART III PART IV Several years ago, a young lady came into the college where I was teaching to inquire about a full-time instructor’s position in the sociology department. She was advised that only adjunct positions were available. Her response was, “No thanks. Once an adjunct, always an adjunct.” Her words still echo in my mind. Even as colleges and universities raise their tuition costs, they are relying more and more on adjunct instructors. Adjuncts are (...)
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HIGHER EDUCATION IN AMERICA: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? PART I
Friday 28 September
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
PART II PART III PART IV When The Bill of Rights was added to the United States Constitution over two hundred years ago, Americans were blessed with many rights considered to be “fundamental.” One conspicuously missing, however, was the right to an education. This was not surprising given the tenor of the times. America was primarily an agrarian culture, and education, especially higher education, was viewed as a privilege reserved for the children of the rich and (...)
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ONE SOLITARY LIFE, PART TWO
Monday 30 July
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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If there is one universal question that haunts all human beings at some point in their lives, it is, “Why do we die?” Death, after all, is the great illogic. It ultimately claims all, the rich and the poor, the mighty and the small, the good and the evil. Death also has the capability to make most human pursuits—such as the quest for wealth, fame and power—vacuous and fleeting. Given this reality, I have often wondered why so many people are still willing to (...)
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HOW MUCH CORRUPTION CAN DEMOCRACY ENDURE?
Thursday 28 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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How much corruption can a “democracy” endure before it ceases to be a democracy? If five venal, mendacious, duplicitous, amoral, biased and (dare I say it) satanic Supreme Court “justices”—John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Anthony Kennedy—have their way, America will soon find out. In several previous articles for Pravda.Ru, I have consistently warned how the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision is one of the (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS, PART TWO
Tuesday 12 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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Imagine, if you will, that the United States government passes a law banning advertisers from sponsoring commercials on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or Rupert Murdoch’s Fox (Faux) “News” Network. On one hand, there would be two decided advantages to this ban: The National IQ would undoubtedly increase several percentage points, and manipulative pseudo-journalists would no longer be able to appeal to the basest instincts in human nature for ratings and profit while (...)
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DEMOCRACY IN THE HANDS OF IDIOTS
Thursday 7 June
by : David R. Hoffman, Pravda.Ru Legal Editor
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LIVE, from the State that brought you Senator Joseph McCarthy, Wisconsin voters now proudly present, fresh from his recall election victory, Governor Scott Walker! At first glance, it is almost unfathomable that anyone with a modicum of intelligence would have voted to retain Scott Walker as Wisconsin’s governor. This, after all, is a man who openly declared he is trying to destroy the rights of workers through a “divide and conquer” strategy; who received 61% of the (...)
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PEOPLE WITHOUT SOULS
Tuesday 13 March
by : David R. Hoffman, Legal Editor of Pravda.Ru
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A question I’ve frequently been asked since I began writing for Pravda.Ru in 2003 is, “Why did you become disillusioned with the practice of law?” This question is understandable, particularly since, in most people’s minds, being an attorney is synonymous with wealth and political power. I’ve always been reluctant to answer this question for fear it will discourage conscientious and ethical people from pursuing careers in the legal profession—a (...)
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