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Europe Still Trying to Squeeze Into America’s Jeans

Nearly every step in the federalist direction has produced unnecessary complication and strain in the EU. Portugal is not Iowa. Italy cannot become California.

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Saving the Euro Might Mean a United States of Europe

European leaders are drawing up a solution to the EU’s fiscal crisis that would hand sovereignty over the budgets and fiscal policies of eurozone states to Germany in return for the pooling of national debt and banking liabilities. Brussels, France, Spain and Germany all support a federalized eurozone.

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Governments Give Syrian Ambassadors the Boot

After the release of a gut-wrenching video purporting to show the bodies of Syrian children and their families slain in the attack on Houla on Friday, governments around the world signaled their shared disapproval of the Assad regime by expelling Syrian diplomats and ambassadors Tuesday.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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No Deal Yet in Iran Nuclear Talks

Two days of discussion over Iran’s nuclear program ended in uncertainty Thursday, with Iran maintaining it has the right to enrich nuclear fuel and the lead negotiator for the European Union stating vaguely that “significant problems remain” with the Iranian position. Negotiations are set to resume in June.

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Mexican Journalists Silenced to Death

Freedom of the press is threatened every day in Mexico as journalists are tortured and killed; Obama’s support of gay marriage distracts the public from the impunities in Afghanistan; press freedom is also under attack in the U.S. as journalists are arrested for protesting. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Hollande Meets Merkel

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Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

Posted on May 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Raining on Obama’s Gay Pride Parade

Last time on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Scott Tucker disrupts the celebration of Obama’s gay marriage announcement; the Green Party candidate; Robert Scheer and Sergei Plekhanov; austerity check; and the class politics of parking tickets.

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Hollande & Merkel

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Elections Could Shift EU Away From Austerity, but Should They?

The weekend elections in France and Greece seem widely to have been taken, at least on the European and American left, as a solution to the great European economic crisis.

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Robert Reich Explains the ‘Austerity Trap’

“When you have high unemployment and a lot of underutilized capacity, the idea is you cut public budgets? That’s insane. Because that leads to a shrinking of the entire economy, when the real problem is … the ratio of debt to the size of the economy overall,” says the former Labor secretary. “If you shrink the economy, that ratio becomes worse and worse.”

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Death to Austerity

Economic austerity is a dangerous, self-defeating intellectual fad. Perhaps I should say that’s what it was, given Sunday’s election results in Europe.

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Private Prison Corporations on a Shopping Spree

Private prison corporations are taking advantage of the economic crisis to buy state prisons; the French right wing is, unsurprisingly, falling apart; meanwhile, Obama goes back on his word and cracks down on medical marijuana dispensaries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 6, 2012 READ MORE



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France Goes With the Socialist

The austerity regime in Europe took a big hit Sunday, with French voters electing Socialist Francois Hollande, while the Greeks, also voting Sunday, handed out pink slips to the ruling centrist coalition that has slashed government spending on EU orders.

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Which Way, France?

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Former CERN Physicist Jailed in Terrorist Plot

Adlene Hicheur, a 35-year-old Algerian-born nuclear physicist who worked in Switzerland’s CERN laboratory, was sentenced to five years in prison by a French court for “criminal association with a view to plotting terrorist attacks” on a French barracks with al-Qaida’s North African affiliate.

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Gloom and Doom on the Global Job Front

In the wake of the 2008 crash and the widespread government-imposed austerity that followed, high levels of long-term and youth unemployment across the globe are in danger of becoming fixed, according to an annual report by the International Labor Organization.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE


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Forget Le Pen, It’s Down to Two

The French elections have settled one question, that of the two finalists for the presidency.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 READ MORE



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The Globalization of Hollow Politics

I went to Lille in northern France to attend a rally held by the socialist candidate Francois Hollande. I could, with a few alterations, have been at a football rally in Amarillo, Texas.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE



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France: Socialist Victory Overshadowed by ‘Big Healthy Blonde Girl’

Until his daughter, Marine, captured 19 percent of the vote in France’s first round of presidential elections Sunday, Jean Marie Le Pen was the country’s most politically successful right-wing crazy. In a way he saw this coming, promoting his daughter, as The Guardian recalls, as a “big healthy blonde girl ... an ideal physical specimen.”

Posted on Apr 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Toulouse Killings Send Tremors Through French Presidential Election

Francois Hollande is not action-man, and his presence on the scene in Toulouse inevitably was one of passive observer.

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Health Care: We’re All in This Together

Gatherings of my generation inevitably end up with deep conversations about aches and pains and medical insurance. Sad. In France, people talk about food and wine.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012 READ MORE



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DSK in Double Trouble

The combination of sex, hotels and criminal charges seems to be a common theme in Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s world, and it has landed him in another legal mess—this time in the former IMF chief’s homeland of France, where he’s caught up in a case known there as the “Carlton affair.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



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President Sarkozy Maneuvers to Benefit From Toulouse Violence

No one gained more from the crisis in Toulouse than President Nicolas Sarkozy, for whom law and order has always been a calling card.

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Toulouse Aftermath: Is It Really?

Mohammed Merah, a teenage loser and a petty thief who achieved instant worldwide notoriety as the latest symbol of Islamic jihad, leaves a string of unanswered questions and paradoxes in his wake.

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AP / Remy de la Mauviniere

The Nightmare Won’t End in Toulouse

The horrific chain of seven slayings in Toulouse, France, that has stunned that country could have been lifted directly from a television thriller. In fact, this whole terrible affair has been a nightmare scenario that for decades has haunted authorities in France, Europe and the United States.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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French Police Corner Shooting Suspect

The man suspected of killing three children and a rabbi on Monday in Toulouse, France, was identified and surrounded by police on Wednesday. More details about Mohammed Merah, who is also connected to the shooting deaths of three paratroopers earlier this month, also emerged.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Sarkozy Slapped With the Ultimate French Slight

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has already famously been called “Sarko the American,” but the campaign team behind his challenger François Hollande (pictured) found another brand of international insult to toss at the incumbent and see if it sticks in time to do damage at the polls in April.

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 READ MORE



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The French Aren’t Thrilled With Their Presidential Candidates Either

The Socialist Francois Hollande is running ahead of President Nicolas Sarkozy in a contest that has more to do with personal character than issues.

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An Author Changes Course

French novelist and public provocateur Michel Houellebecq is out to darken the mood and make us laugh uncomfortably at ourselves once again with his newest novel, “The Map and the Territory.” Or is he?

Posted on Mar 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE


Euro Hot Air Balloon

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The Euro Parthenon

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Greek Unrest the Result of Suppressed Democracy

Denied a referendum on crippling austerity measures, Greeks demonstrated Sunday night that if they couldn’t express their opinions one way, then they would do it in another.

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Is Europe Making a Comeback?

Once again, European leaders convened for a eurozone pep rally on Tuesday, meeting up in Brussels to see if their economic resuscitation efforts in recent months are paying off and if Greece will stop hogging all the attention anytime soon.

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S&P Downgrades and Banks: Threats to Global Stability

The markets weren’t shocked by last week’s wave of pre-broadcast S&P sovereign debt downgrades. For months, the question wasn’t “if” but “when.” And true to form, just as with the U.S. downgrade, S&P’s reasoning skated the surface of prevailing wisdom.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE


Dukakis, Kerry, Romney

Newt Gingrich isn’t giving up his fight for the presidency. The kamikaze candidate has released a new ad attacking Mitt Romney as someone from Massachusetts, the hippie gay rainbow brown people state, or something.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



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Assad Waves an ‘Iron Hand’ at Opposition

Arab League, shmarab league. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is evidently still unwilling to make room for the possibility that he is in anything resembling a precarious position, as he made a defiant speech on Tuesday in Damascus, blaming foreign media for making him look bad and dissing the Arab League.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



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Germany and France to the Rescue, Again

Now that the holiday season is over, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are back in crisis management mode, huddling in Berlin on Monday before emerging to hold a joint news conference on the future of the eurozone.

Posted on Jan 9, 2012 READ MORE



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France, Turkey Trade Accusations of Genocide

Since France took the bold step this week of making it a criminal act to deny that Ottoman Turks committed genocide in Armenia nearly a century ago, Turkey has countered with similar accusations, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan even added a personal touch about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s own past.

Posted on Dec 23, 2011 READ MORE


Three Wise Men

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Quarreling EU

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Time Is Up

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Brussels Summit Will Not Avert Eurozone Crisis

At the close of an economic summit that appears to have failed to rescue Italy, Spain and more of Europe from sinking deeper into a mire of recession, Guardian economics editor Larry Elliott prefigures the collapse of the euro as a unifying currency of the European Union. (more)

Posted on Dec 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Sarkozy and Merkel: Never Again

As France and Germany have become the self-appointed leaders of the eurozone’s financial crisis recovery initiative, President Nicolas Sarkozy brought German Chancellor Angela Merkel in for a meeting in Paris, during which they decided, as Sarkozy said, “What has happened must never happen again.”

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AP / Michael Probst

Sarkozy: It All Comes Down to France and Germany

In a speech Thursday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy confronted the economic quagmire otherwise known as the eurozone and declared that France and Germany would be the key players in Europe’s rehabilitation. Also important in Sarkozy’s scheme was the idea that stricter regulations would help ward off further catastrophe.

Posted on Dec 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Iranians Take Out Anger on British Embassy

The Union Jack burned outside the British Embassy in Tehran on Tuesday as angry Iranian protesters charged the compound, smashed windows and demonstrated their displeasure with the British government’s newly imposed sanctions in reaction to Iran’s purported plans to develop nuclear weapons.

Posted on Nov 29, 2011 READ MORE



Guillaume Paumier

Remembering Danielle Mitterrand

Danielle Mitterrand, who died Tuesday at 87, was a free woman, a volunteer at age 17 with the French Resistance and a lifelong fighter for human rights.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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S&P Accidentally Downgrades France

The same ratings firm that held the United States hostage to its debt demands and gave the thumbs up to toxic mortgage assets is again in the news for bungling things. Standard & Poor’s accidentally announced a downgrade Thursday of France’s AAA credit rating.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE


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