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AP / Alvaro Barrientos

Basque Separatists Say Armed Conflict Is Over

After more than 40 years and 800 deaths, the Basque separatist terrorist organization ETA has “decided on the definitive cessation of its armed activity,” according to a statement published by the BBC. (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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DSK Off the Hook in (Another) Rape Case

It’s been a few months since former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn made news for all the wrong reasons, and on Thursday yet another headline about DSK’s sexual past cropped up.

Posted on Oct 13, 2011 READ MORE



Laurent Gauthier (CC-BY)

Strauss-Kahn and His Paris Reception

Mr. Strauss-Kahn is a dead parrot. He has no political future but does not yet seem to understand this.

Posted on Sep 20, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Alexandre Meneghini

Victory in Tripoli: They Did It

If the U.S. had gone seriously into the war, and behaved characteristically, Libya’s revolution would not have succeeded this week.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE


Let Us Die Together

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Posted on Aug 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Prosecutors Are Expected to Drop Strauss-Kahn Charges

Multiple sources are reporting that at a hearing Tuesday prosecutors are likely to drop some or all of the charges against former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who is accused of attempting to rape a maid at a New York hotel. (more)

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE


Apple Now Largest Company

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Wrapping Up a Wild Week for the Market

The stock market opened with a strong start on Friday, with the major averages up more than 1 percent following a good day for world markets on Thursday.

Posted on Aug 12, 2011 READ MORE


Norway Attacks and Europe’s Failed Immigration Policies

The events in Norway were in a twisted way the product of Western ideas about the rivalry and clashes of civilizations, which persist.

Posted on Jul 26, 2011 READ MORE



Associated Press

Pro-Gov’t Protesters Descend Upon U.S., French Embassies in Syria

Syrian protesters siding with Prime Minister Bashar Assad’s regime made their displeasure with the U.S. and France apparent, after those countries showed support for the opposition, by attacking their embassies in Damascus on Monday.

Posted on Jul 11, 2011 READ MORE


Strauss-Kahn Accusers Call Alarmed Prosecutors

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Greece and EU Attempt to Avoid Disastrous Default

Athens in recent days has experienced continuing popular protest, sporadically violent, against the economic austerity program demanded of Greece by the IMF.

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 READ MORE



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IMF Breaks With Tradition to Put a Woman in Charge

For the first time in history, a woman will lead the International Monetary Fund. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was tapped to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn after he was accused of sexually assaulting a maid in New York.

Posted on Jun 28, 2011 READ MORE



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French Ex-Minister Charged With Rape

This may or may not contribute to changes in French sexual politics (paging DSK), but the rape and sexual assault charges against Georges Tron (above), former French civil service minister and current mayor of Draveil, show that being in President Sarkozy’s ...

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 READ MORE


Who’s Guilty?

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Posted on Jun 12, 2011 READ MORE


The Grim Grocer

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DSK and French Sexual Politics

If former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is found guilty, his sexual assault case could have an impact on French culture vis-à-vis relations between men and women, The New York Times has found in speaking with women in France.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


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Cellphones Might Cause Cancer, Maybe

If you’re feeling confused about this issue, you’re not alone: Conflicting reports have been released, but now a group of experts from the World Health Organization is claiming that cellphones, under certain heavy-use circumstances, may cause cancer in humans. (more)

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Carolyn Kaster

Russia Changes Stance on Libya

An unexpected voice is joining the international chorus urging Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to leave. On Friday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that he would use his country’s solid rapport with Libya to encourage Gadhafi to finally ...

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Libyan Intervention Exposes European Disunity

The European intervention in Libya has provided a needed practical demonstration of the European states’ ability to influence world affairs, while at the same time discrediting the expectation that the European Union itself can or will conduct a united foreign and security policy.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


Crime Scene From Two Cities

The French and American television coverage of Dominique Strauss-Kahn is not going to elevate either of two proud cultures.

Posted on May 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Shannon Stapleton, pool

The Real IMF Assault

As newly resigned International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn hunkers down in his jail cell, IMF news has fallen into two categories. Both miss the devastation the IMF causes, regardless of who heads it.

Posted on May 20, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / IMF Photographic archives

DSK Exits the IMF

File this one in the annals of unsurprising resignations: Early Thursday morning, the International Monetary Fund released a letter from Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the organization’s now former director, announcing that he was stepping down in the face of sexual assault charges. (more)

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE


Strauss-Kahn Scandal an Embarrassment for France

What can only seem the irresistible self-destruction of Dominique Strauss-Kahn has already produced fundamental and irreversible consequences in France and Europe.

Posted on May 18, 2011 READ MORE


Mr. Big Takes a Perp Walk

At the time of the reported incident on Saturday, Dominique Strauss-Kahn was resident in a $3,000-a-night luxury suite at a posh Midtown Manhattan hotel. I didn’t think this was how socialists were supposed to roll.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



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No Bail for IMF Chief

IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who was arrested this weekend after a maid at his New York hotel accused him of sexual assault, will remain in jail. In her decision to deny bail, the judge cited the fact that he was taken into custody while attempting to leave the country. Another woman has since accused Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel, U.S. Maneuver After Palestinians Get Together

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has condemned the recent reunification of Palestinian leadership, met Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to forestall attempts by Palestinians to win national recognition in the U.N. (more)

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE



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Western Leaders Say Gadhafi’s Got to Go

Although he’s probably gotten the hint right now, three heads of state—from the U.S., Britain and France—have signed a joint letter expressing their shared wish that tenacious Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi relinquish his power, stat.

Posted on Apr 14, 2011 READ MORE



Stefan Meisel (CC-BY)

Meanwhile, in Ivory Coast ...

Libya may get all the attention, but another international effort to oust an African strongman may have reached its conclusion. After three months of fighting, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured by forces loyal to France, the U.N., his political opposition or all of the above, depending on who tells it…. (more)

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE


Unexpected Revelations in Libya Intervention

The always-implausible notion that the European Union could have a common foreign policy has been exploded.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


The Libyan Question: Now What?

Neither Europe nor Washington has a United Nations mandate to depose and arrest Gadhafi and seek his indictment by international courts. Nor do they have a mandate to overturn the existing government in Libya, install a new one, build democracy, etc.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


Sarkozy Leads the Way

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Posted on Mar 21, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Inconsistent Principles

There’s a problem when world leaders announce fervid support for universal principles: There is no way to avoid having those highflying words flung back at them at another time, during some other crisis, when they will have no choice but to lie or duck and scamper for cover. (more)

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



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French Go on Attack Over Libya

A French warplane has fired the first shots over Libya under a U.N.-enforced no-fly zone that began on Saturday. The plane reportedly targeted a Libyan military vehicle during an attack by pro-Gadhafi forces against rebels in the city of Benghazi.

Posted on Mar 19, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Bernd Untiedt, Germany Some rights reserved

U.N. Approves ‘All Necessary Measures’ to Protect Libyan Civilians

On the same day that Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhadi told the people of rebel Benghazi he would show “no mercy,” the U.N. Security Council approved a resolution brought by the U.K., France and Lebanon to allow “all necessary measures” except invasion to protect Libya’s civilian population.

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 READ MORE



DigitalGlobe

Foreign Governments Evacuating Citizens From Tokyo

With U.S. nuclear and energy officials offering dire assessments of Japan’s nuclear disaster, the State Department expanded the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi plant to 50 miles, four times that ordered by the Japanese government. France, Britain, Australia and Turkey have all ordered evacuations of Tokyo or warned against travel to the region.

Posted on Mar 16, 2011 READ MORE



Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes

Foreign Leaders Work on Terms of Libyan No-Fly Zone

The U.K., France, various Arab states and NATO representatives are all working on plans to prevent besieged Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from launching airstrikes against his people. Gadhafi’s forces continue to clash with rebels, who now control much of the country.

Posted on Mar 8, 2011 READ MORE


Chirac Trial on Hold?

It’s taken 15 years to get this far (which is to say not very far at all), so what’s the rush for former French President Jacques Chirac to stand trial for corruption charges stemming from his time as the mayor of Paris? Well, he’s 78 years old, for one ...

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / DefenseImagery.mil

Gadhafi the ‘Delusional’

With calls from abroad, including from the U.S., for him to resign and a situation closely resembling civil war raging within his nation’s borders, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi’s insistence that his people “love” him might run up against some strong evidence to the contrary.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Baby Doc Tries to Do Good

In a transformation befitting of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol,” Haiti’s former dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier, now back in his homeland after years in exile, wants to lay his hands on millions of dollars, he says, to help rebuild his catastrophe-ridden homeland.

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Chris Carlson

The Arizona Shooting, as Seen From Europe

The Christian Science Monitor took a brief survey Monday of the coverage of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting from across the Atlantic, browsing British, French, German and Dutch publications to see how the violence and its aftermath registered from their points of view.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / kikasso (CC-BY)

Trendy French Straights Have Co-Opted Civil Unions

Last year 95 percent of France’s civil unions (known as pactes civil de solidarité) were signed by heterosexual couples, according to the New York Times. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 16, 2010 READ MORE


Cultural Rebirth in the Old World

All of the populated (or formerly populated) world possesses its own past in ruined or replicated or restored form, capable of generating awe among the people of our time. But some live on because the crafts of the past continue to provide sustenance.

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE


Why the Rest of Europe Isn’t Happy With France and Germany

The European Union’s leaders, Germany and France, decided Oct. 30 to try to change the EU’s Lisbon Treaty. This is a highly charged and divisive move.

Posted on Nov 3, 2010 READ MORE



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Nabbed Package Bomb Had Merkel’s Name on It

On Tuesday, another parcel bomb aimed at a high-level European leader—this time German Chancellor Angela Merkel—was intercepted as it made its way to Germany from Greece. Greece was the point of origin where other pieces of explosive mail were discovered recently before or after detonation.

Posted on Nov 2, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Bombers in Greece Target France’s Sarkozy

Two men in their early 20s have been arrested in Greece in connection with four mail bombs addressed to French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Mexican, Belgian and Dutch embassies in Athens.

Posted on Nov 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Bin Laden Pops Up With Warning to France

Looks like Osama bin Laden is still around after all. The French Foreign Ministry said Thursday that video footage showing a man appearing to be bin Laden and threatening repercussions against France for recent actions he finds objectionable ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Not Appearing at the Oscars: Jean-Luc Godard

How do you give out an Oscar to someone who doesn’t want to come and get it? That’s the quandary the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is facing, as Jean-Luc Godard, French New Wave auteur and one of this year’s honorary Academy Award recipients ... (continued)

Posted on Oct 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Claude Paris

Strikes Trash Sarkozy’s Popularity

As French President Nicolas Sarkozy tries to push through a reform plan to increase the retirement age, protests and strikes have wreaked havoc on the country and sent Sarkozy’s approval rating into a tailspin.

Posted on Oct 24, 2010 READ MORE


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