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France Treating Thwarted Train Attack as a Terrorist Case

Despite the suspect’s initial claims that he had been hungry and acting purely out of self-interest when he held up a Paris-bound train last Friday, the French government is now officially investigating the foiled attempt by 26-year-old Moroccan gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani as a terrorist act.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Anti-Semitic Attacks in France Have Climbed 84 Percent in 2015, Watchdog Group Finds

The Protection Service of the Jewish Community has released a quarterly report that counted 508 anti-Semitic acts between January and May of this year.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Nuclear Deal May Be About to Happen

After more than a fortnight of intense negotiations in Vienna, representatives from the P5+1 multinational coalition who have been meeting with officials from Tehran to try to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program seemed close to reaching a conclusion Sunday.

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World Leaders Huddle, Haggle Over Greece’s Future

Aside from monetary considerations, time is clearly the most important commodity in the ongoing crunch sessions between Greek and European leaders as they hash out a potential rescue strategy to keep Greece in the eurozone and out of financial free fall.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

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Julian Assange Is Denied Asylum in France

The WikiLeaks founder appealed to President Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Jihadist Attacks Take Place on Three Continents

Friday’s bloodshed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait comes amid growing fears of jihadist influence.

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French Taxi Drivers Strike Over Uber

Taxi drivers are following a time-honored French tradition to register their discontent about Uber’s ride-sharing business pushing in on their means of making a living: They’re striking.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Report Says German Intelligence Agency Helped U.S. Spy on France

The German interior minister is denying claims of a cover-up.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



France’s President Hollande: ‘No Survivors’ in Germanwings Crash

French leader François Hollande announced Tuesday that there were no survivors in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, which went down that morning in a remote area of the Alps in southern France.

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Europe’s Millennials ‘Suffered Disproportionately’ From the Financial Crisis and Austerity

Europe’s youths have shifted their views and feel increasingly powerless to effect change. In a world filled with so much socio-economic instability, can we blame them?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



Albert Camus: Past and Present

Camus remains the writer who always speaks to individuals, never to groups. He remains perpetually relevant without ever quite being fashionable.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



East vs. West: ‘It’s Time for a New Enlightenment’

Pankaj Mishra, Indian author of “From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia,” manifests the direction of thought and feeling that seems most likely to save populations caught in the violence of increasingly opposed cultural traditions after Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE



President Hollande: Anti-Muslimism Is as Bad as Anti-Semitism

French President Francois Hollande addressed the Institute of the Arab World on Friday, in a bid to reassure French Muslims, who fear being the victims of a collective guilt campaign or reprisals after the attack of radicals on Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



Two Killed in Belgian Raids Reportedly Were Part of Plot to Massacre Police

A major scheme to kill police officers was foiled in the nick of time, prosecutors said, after counterterrorism raids led to the arrest of 15 suspects in Belgium and France.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE


What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality-check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE


What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Charlie Hebdo

You Can Now Buy the Historic Charlie Hebdo Issue on Your Phone

Charlie Hebdo ordered 5 million copies of its defiant post-massacre issue to be printed, and the first run of 3 million sold out in minutes. For those who want to know what all the fuss is about, the satirical publication is now available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



Will France Intervene in Yemen as a Result of al-Qaida Claim?

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in South Yemen, claimed Wednesday to have been behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE



The Other Charlies

Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



HaMevaser

Orthodox Paper Erases Female Leaders From Paris March Photo

Remember that beautiful, historic photo of world leaders linking arms and marching through Paris to support free speech? The Israeli newspaper HaMevaser decided it would look better without women.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



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Paris’ Place in the Middle Eastern Wars

The recent excitement in Paris produced an occasion of great surprise to an American observer, certainly to one who witnessed the transformational fear exacted from America’s governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Doesn’t Anyone Care About the Recent Boko Haram Massacre in Nigeria?

It seems the 17 dead Parisians are worth more in the mass media’s eyes than the estimated 2,000 people killed in the town of Baga, Nigeria, by the terrorist group Boko Haram on Friday.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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How Free Is Free Speech in America?

The uncomfortable truth is that here, as elsewhere around the world, freedom of expression has never come easily and is nearly always threatened in one way or another.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE


Jeremy Scahill on Al-Qaida’s Link to the Paris Attack

An estimated 3.7 million people rallied across France on Sunday in response to the Charlie Hebdo attack that left 17 people dead. Jeremy Scahill talks Monday about the “heartening” display of people in the streets and the “circus of hypocrisy” performed by the world leaders who attended.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Charlie Hebdo

Critical journalists view the slaughter of their colleagues in Paris from a deeply personal perspective. “Does my work threaten my life?” we ask ourselves.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



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Journalists Must Stand Firm

If “freedom of expression” is to be more than an empty slogan, Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Paris cannot be allowed to have the chilling effect its murderous perpetrators intended.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Magazine Massacre Suspect Gave Interview Before He Died

A transcript from an interview between a French TV station and one of the men suspected of killing 12 people in the attack on the office of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday shows the suspect claiming, before he and his brother (pictured) were killed in a raid, that his actions were in defense of the prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



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What ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Should Mean to Us

To understand what is at stake in this struggle, it is important to look closely at what we are defending.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE


Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE


Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE


Tariq Ramadan, Rick MacArthur and Art Spiegelman Discuss Freedom of Expression After Charlie Hebdo

The European scholar of Islam, the publisher of Harper’s Magazine and the renowned American graphic novelist discuss the meaning of freedom of speech in the aftermath of the slaughter of 12 people at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



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Paris Terrorist Was Radicalized by Bush’s Iraq War and Abu Ghraib Torture

Without Bush’s invasion and occupation of Iraq, it is not at all clear that Sharif Kouachi, one of the gunmen the French police are searching for, would have gotten involved in fundamentalist vigilanteism. And if he hadn’t, he would not have gone on to be a point man in murdering the staff of Charlie Hebdo along with 2 policemen.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



Joan of Arc

In a new biography of the French girl freedom-fighter, it isn’t the maid of Orleans who receives the blazing light of scrutiny so much as the society that engulfed her and the literary imagination in which she endures.

Posted on Nov 21, 2014 READ MORE



You Can Say Goodbye to Some of Your Favorite Foods Thanks to Climate Change

Chocolate, wine, coffee—these are just some of the foods we’ll lose due to climate change; an American expat living in France explains why “Americans are suckers who have themselves to blame for crappy broadband”; meanwhile, a town in Alaska may become the first place in the U.S. to tax churches. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



Three Decisive Events for Europe in the Week Ahead

On Sunday, parliamentary elections in Ukraine and “stress tests” and reviews conducted by the European Central Bank will “determine the entire continent’s direction for years ahead,” financial economist Anatole Kaletsky writes at Reuters.

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Sends Word to Congress About New Iraq Airstrikes

President Obama carried out some official business on Labor Day, giving Congress a heads-up Monday about a new round of airstrikes in Iraq he had previously approved.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



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Neo-Liberal Austerity Keeps Europe Down

Given the current dismal state of the European Union economy, which is now firmly under German control, one must ask why Angela Merkel and her government continue to champion austerity, seemingly against all reason.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE



European Nations Funding Al-Qaida Through Ransom Payments

Although the governments of several European countries weren’t exactly willing to corroborate this story, The New York Times reported Tuesday that al-Qaida has made a consistent practice of kidnapping European citizens for ransom, and it has paid off very well.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE


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France’s Former President Nicolas Sarkozy Being Held by Authorities Pending Corruption Charges

Police are looking into whether the ex-president of France received illegal campaign donations from L’Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt and Libyan tyrant Moammar Gadhafi; Facebook has been manipulating users all along it seems; meanwhile, scientists have discovered a human protein can clean drinking water. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert to Thomas Piketty: ‘Why Are You Trying to Tear Down the Western Economic System?’

The writer of the best-selling book “Capital in the Twenty-First Century” that’s on everybody’s mind these days stopped by “The Colbert Report” on Monday for a reckoning with the faux-conservative host.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Nationalist Will Creeps Into European Parliaments

The far right took election victories in France, Denmark and Austria among continentwide contests Sunday that produced a record number of parliamentary members who are unfavorable toward the European Union.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE


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‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE


20 Years After Rwandan Genocide, U.N. Is Still ‘Ashamed’

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in the Rwandan capital of Kigali on Monday, where he said, “We could have done much more. We should have done much more.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2014 READ MORE


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