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NATO Preps ‘Biggest Military Buildup on Russia’s Borders Since Cold War’

Playing “a dangerous game,” NATO pushes allies to send more troops and military equipment to Eastern Europe.

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As France Lifts Municipal Burkini Ban, Let’s Ask Why We Should Care What Other People Wear

A French mayor wanted to make women wear revealing bathing suits on the grounds that they are republican and secular, whereas burkinis or loose street clothes on the beach are an ostentatious sign that a woman is pious and religious—inappropriate in the public spaces of a republic.

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Photo of the Week: A Burkini in Marseille

French descendants of those who once displayed the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” in the streets are driving modestly garbed Muslim women from their innocent leisure.

Posted on Aug 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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Are the French News Media Right to Stop Printing Photos and Names of Terrorists? (Video)

In an effort to stop Islamic State from “heroizing” attackers, a number of French newspapers and television channels have ceased printing the pictures, and sometimes even the names, of people who commit terrorist acts.

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Paris Officials Seek to Destroy Potential Evidence in Attack in Nice, France

Nice authorities believe CCTV footage could yield information in the July 14 incident that killed more than 80 people, but the Paris prosecutor’s office wants the images destroyed.

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The West Can Defeat Islamic State by Not Falling Into Its Trap of Division

Parisians we interviewed caution politicians to avoid overreacting to the attack in Nice, France.

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A Gandhian Response to Attacks on the West

The standard reaction to Friday’s tragedy in Nice, France, will just make things worse.

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France’s Smartphone App Is Criticized for Its Slow Response to Tragedy in Nice

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris last November, the French government launched a smartphone application to rapidly alert users of a breaking crisis. However, the app was reportedly three hours late in warning users of the crisis in Nice, France, on Thursday.

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Who Was the Bastille Day Truck Attacker?

The man who committed the atrocity in Nice appears to have been a violent petty criminal who did not espouse radical or Islamist views.

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At Least 70 Dead in Nice, France, After Truck Runs Down Crowd Celebrating Bastille Day

According to the city’s deputy mayor, Christian Estrosi, “The truck was full of weapons and grenades.” There are also reports of gunfire.

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Syrian Troops Foil al-Qaida Riposte in Aleppo as France Warns al-Qaida Could Replace Islamic State

Even as the Syrian army defeated a counteroffensive by al-Qaida in Syria and its battlefield allies in Aleppo, French President Francois Hollande warned that al-Qaida should not be allowed to replace the declining Islamic State in Syria.

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Is ‘Frexit’ Next? Other Euroskeptics May Follow Lead of U.K. and Seek Their Own Referendums (Video)

Turns out some of the arguments Brexit supporters used to rally voters to support their cause aren’t only applicable to the U.K.—and neither is the idea of leaving the European Union.

Posted on Jun 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



California Is Now the World’s Sixth-Largest Economy. Is It Because of Tax Hikes on the Rich?

The Washington Post contrasted the recent economic development of California, which raised taxes on millionaires in 2012, to that of Kansas, which reduced taxes on income and sales the same year.

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White French National Not Investigated for Terrorism Even When He Vows Attacks (Video)

Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested last month by Ukraine with a large cache of deadly weapons. But here’s the kicker.

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French Authorities Announce Plans to Set Up Deradicalization Centers

The French government on Monday said it would set up a dozen such facilities across the country for the purpose of identifying, housing and reforming would-be terrorists.

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Two Weeks Into a Major Uprising, French Activists Still Staying ‘Up All Night’

Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, the Paris “Nuit Debout” protests over labor reforms are fueled by social media, which allow people to communicate instantly with one another and bypass corporate media when it ignores them.

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‘Up All Night’ Protests Sweep France as 100,000 Join Pro-Democracy Movement

For 12 nights, protesters have occupied central Paris, and beyond, as part of the burgeoning Nuit Debout (or “Up All Night”) movement.

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France’s ‘Non’ to the Notion of ‘Sex Work’ Is a Blow Against the Exploitation of Women

The passage of a law that criminalizes sex buyers and decriminalizes those who are prostituted sends a powerful rebuke to Amnesty International, which has taken a misguided stance on an issue of human rights. 

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New French Law Targets ‘Johns,’ Not Prostitutes—Buying Sex Is Now Illegal

“You don’t hire a woman like you hire a car. Our society should no longer tolerate it,” explained the head of the Socialist group in the French Parliament.

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Paris Terror Attack Suspect Is Shot and Captured in Belgium

Salah Abdeslam, one of the most wanted men in the world, had evaded capture for four months as he slipped through the fingers of authorities on several occasions. Now the alleged mastermind of the November massacre of 130 faces extradition to France.

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Exasperated by Netanyahu, France Prepares to Recognize Palestinian State

Even the staunchly pro-Israel French Socialist Party has had it with Israeli expansionism and aggression.

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Solar Club Builds Up a Powerful Alliance

Indian and French leaders fulfill pledges made at the Paris climate talks to help 122 solar-rich nations reach their potential in renewable energy production.

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2,000 Refugees Given Three Days to Leave as Bulldozers Move Into ‘Jungle’ Camp in France

The “Jungle” is used by up to 5,000 asylum seekers as a base from which they attempt to enter the U.K. via the channel tunnel. Residents at the informal refugee camp say they will peacefully resist eviction-and-transfer to a purpose-built facility nearby, which they describe as resembling a prison that contains no communal areas.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Fatema Mernissi, a Founder of Islamic Feminism

The original research of the erudite sociologist, who died Nov. 30, showed that the subjugation of women in Muslim societies has no basis in the Quran and other Islamic scriptures. “Islam was not sent from heaven to foster egotism and mediocrity,” she wrote.

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Those Radical Aussies, and How They Tackled Gun Violence

What worked so well for Australia—firearm confiscation—unfortunately seems out of reach for the U.S. Even so, there are common-sense approaches in some foreign countries that could work here. Pictured right, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, who is proposing a 2016 ballot initiative to strengthen the state’s gun laws.

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‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’

On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns.

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VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Paris—and the World—Is Burning

A fitting honor to those who died in Paris, and to the countless victims of climate change, would be a fair, ambitious and binding agreement at the climate summit.

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States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

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Brussels Maintains State of Emergency as European Crackdown Grows

Officials tighten security measures in former border-free zone amid terror warnings.

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Theorist Judith Butler Warns That France Is on Way to Becoming an Extreme-Right Militarized State

Writing from Paris in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, theorist and professor Judith Butler laments some French citizens’ willingness to give up civil liberties in return for a veneer of safety that masks the development of a stronger “security state and the narrowing versions of democracy before us.”

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Why Military Intervention in the Middle East Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.

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Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

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VIDEO: Two Dead in Raid Targeting Suspects of Paris Attacks

At least two people have been killed and seven arrested in a police operation targeting the alleged mastermind of last week’s terror attacks on Paris, France’s interior minister said.

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Paris Attacks Cast Shadow Over Climate Talks

Organizing a climate change conference involving nearly 200 countries has been made considerably more difficult by last week’s attacks.

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Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

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Standing Up for Refugees, Sanders Decries Post-Paris ‘Demagoguery’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for those fleeing war and violence in the Middle East.

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What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

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VIDEO: Manufacturing Terror: How Saudi Arabia Helped Create Islamic State

In light of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, we take a look back at an interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who singled out Saudi Arabia for its role in creating radical extremism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



We Are in Pitiless Times

After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

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France Launches Airstrikes on Islamic State Stronghold in Syria

After Friday night’s Islamic State-claimed terror attacks in Paris, French President Francois Hollande vowed that retaliation would be swift and forceful. By Sunday evening, he had taken action.

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After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against ‘Wars of Vengeance’

Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict a backlash against refugees.

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As the World Mourned the Paris Attack Victims, Who Grieved Over Lives Lost in the Beirut Bombings?

While across the globe, solidarity with France was displayed over the more than 100 killed in Paris on Friday, the victims of Beirut’s similar tragedy just the day before seemed to fall below the radar.

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VIDEO: Muslims Around the World Condemn Paris Terror Attacks

“These so-called jihadists only represent themselves. And I just wanted to extend my deepest condolences to the French people,” said one man from Morocco.

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Paris at Midnight: Attempt to Push France Out of Anti-Islamic State Coalition in Syria?

It’s likely that the perpetrators have stiffened the resolve of the French government to intervene even more robustly against Islamic State. In 2013, France sent in an expeditionary force to Mali and stabilized that country. France also intervened in Ivory Coast. Will it send in an expeditionary force, say a brigade of 3,000 men, to eastern Syria?

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE



France Declares State of Emergency After Attacks in Paris Leave More than 120 Dead (Updated)

Update: The Paris terror attacks were ‘carried out by three coordinated teams of gunmen,’ the city’s public prosecutor has said. François Molins told a news conference on Saturday that at least 129 people were killed and 352 more injured - including 90 critically - in Friday night’s attacks on the Stade de France, a city-centre concert hall and a series of packed cafes and bars.

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