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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

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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.

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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.”

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Rwanda Tells France to Face ‘Difficult Truth’ of Genocide Role

Rwanda on Sunday told France to face up to the “difficult truth” of its role in the 1994 genocide, amid a major diplomatic spat on the eve of commemorations marking the 20th anniversary of the killings.

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Ukraine Debacle Threatens Europe’s Union

The issue of rightist nationalism as a threat to the European Union and the peace of the new Europe has preoccupied Europeans since 1945, when the predecessors of the EU—the West European Union and then the Coal and Steel Community—were created to assure that Nazism or some totalitarian counterpart would not again rise in Europe.

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Washington’s Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa

The U.S. has been making common cause with one of the continent’s former European colonial powers in a set of wars that seem to be spreading, not staunching violence and instability in the region.

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Obama and Hollande Stress Hope for Iran Breakthrough

In his news conference with French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, President Obama outlined four areas of diplomatic progress.

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French President Dismisses Companion Amid National Struggle Over Social Norms

The French have been shaken by François Hollande’s curt, 18-word termination of his relationship with “the woman of my life.” The whole matter has taken a significant political turn with the unexpected and noisy anti-Hollande street demonstration that followed the president’s statement. This protest was unanticipated and heterogeneous in composition and turned seriously violent.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 READ MORE



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France’s Socialists to Be Tested After Two Years of Francois Hollande

In an extensive piece in Le Monde, Serge Halimi’s analysis of France’s current political turmoil gives clarity to the history about how and why the French economy has taken a sharp turn for the worse.

Posted on Jan 21, 2014 READ MORE


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Big Taxes Coming to France

France is set to impose a “millionaire tax” on companies that pay salaries in excess of 1 million euros ($1.38 million) a year. Business leaders and soccer clubs are furious, calling the measure anti-business.

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Greenwald: U.S. Spying on Allies Shows ‘Institutional Obsession’

As a delegation of French and German lawmakers press in Washington for answers to allegations of U.S. spying in their home countries, the journalist who spearheaded reporting on the leaked documents that led to those disclosures comments on the NSA’s goal to “eliminate privacy worldwide.”

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



No Fracking Way in France

The French constitutional council upheld a law that bans hydraulic fracturing in the European country; a report claims Syrian rebels committed war crimes, killing and abducting hundreds of civilians; and data analytics are being used to discriminate against the poor. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Soot ‘Melted Alps Glaciers, Not Heat’

Pollution—not rising temperatures—is thought to have started melting the Alps of central Europe in the mid-19th century.

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France Investigates Abercrombie’s Sexy Salesmen

You shouldn’t have to be good looking to sell clothes, says France’s official human rights organization, which is investigating clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.

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French Stamp Inspired by Topless Feminist Protester Under Fire

Controversy has erupted in France after the creator of a new stamp featuring the country’s revolutionary symbol Marianne says his work was inspired by a topless Ukrainian feminist protester who was granted political asylum by the French government.

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America’s New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden

How inconvenient to find the names of France, Italy, Japan and Mexico among the 38 embassies and missions bugged at will by our electronic spooks.

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Same-Sex Marriage: The New Normal

An estimated 150,000 people took to the streets of the French capital Sunday to protest the same-sex legislation signed into law last week. Meanwhile, in the south of the country, the Palme d’Or, the highest honor of the Cannes Film Festival, was awarded to “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” a long and very explicit movie about a teenager’s wakening lesbianism.

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A Right and Proper Death of the Euro

A new “Alternative for Germany” political movement has erupted as a backlash against the euro, and against Germany’s fellow members of the EU.

Posted on Apr 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Stéphane Hessel

Stéphane Hessel, the French-German author of “Indignez-vous” who died in February at age 95, is a towering figure of 20th-century resistance and an example to those who hope to create the future.

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Gay Marriage Gets a Boost in French Parliament

Gay marriage is close to getting the government’s official nod in France, as Saturday a majority of the country’s National Assembly members approved a key article in a bill aiming to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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