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Tax Evasion Lesson No. 1: Become a Russian Citizen

French actor Gerard Depardieu has resorted to becoming Russian in order to avoid paying taxes in France, with a little help from Vladimir Putin of course; Jane Harman is being considered for CIA director, despite her past involvement in an Israeli intelligence influence operation; meanwhile, the Obama administration has been compiling a database that helps it determine how to treat a suspected terrorist. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 4, 2013 READ MORE



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French Actor’s Tax Move Sparks Debate About Patriotism and Greed

Gerard Depardieu’s blustery renunciation of his French citizenship for the purpose of avoiding a tax increase imposed to combat the fiscal crisis has exposed a bitter division in the French populace that includes some of its most famous citizens.

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A Simple, Excellent and Surprising Film

I think the message of “Amour,” if it may be said to have one, is that love is sometimes—probably rarely—eternal.

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As Hollande Struggles, So Does the Opposition

France has a double crisis. Its ruling political party, Francois Hollande’s Socialist, is in a state of catatonia, usually defined as a condition of incoherence with alternate periods of stupor and activity. More after the jump about that.

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Oops, Time to Adjust the Christian Calendar

Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris;  meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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1,200 New Coal Power Plants Planned Worldwide

Despite warnings from scientists and environmental groups that global warming will be unstoppable if carbon emissions do not peak within a few years, 59 countries, led by China and India, are planning to expand their coal-powered energy sources.

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Anti-Austerity General Strike Sweeps Europe

Millions of Europeans are protesting spending cuts and tax increases during a continent-wide general strike that comes days after a 53-year-old woman in Spain committed suicide as she was about to be evicted.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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The Bomb Bazaar

More than 650 companies showcased their weapon systems at the 2012 Association of the United States Army (AUSA) annual meeting and exhibition last month in Washington, D.C.

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Where Women Can Have It All

While Mitt Romney tries to make us believe socialism is evil, working mothers in France are evidence to the contrary; several stories about employers insisting their employees vote for Romney have come to light; meanwhile, activists in Guatemala are peacefully protesting mining in San José del Golfo in spite of violence against them. These discoveries and more.

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Hollande Urges Germany to Reconsider Crisis Response

On the eve of a eurozone summit that will consider a unified continental budget, French President Francois Hollande said that his half of the Paris-Berlin crisis team will insist on an easing of German leader Angela Merkel’s hard push for “austerity and the surrender of national powers to tighten fiscal discipline,” The Guardian reports.

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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France’s Terrorist Threat Isn’t in Afghanistan

There’s a certain bitter irony in this week’s headlines in France about an Islamic terrorist network being rounded up in Strasbourg, Paris, Nice and Cannes, at the same time as the TV news shows French forces beginning their withdrawal from Afghanistan.

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France Unveils ‘Combat’ Budget

French President Francois Hollande announced a $47 billion economic recovery plan Friday that will raise more than $25 billion from tax increases with the help of a 75 percent “supertax” on incomes of more than $1.3 million a year.

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Activists Strip Down to Mark Opening Up of Paris Office

Radical feminist group FEMEN on Tuesday christened its new European headquarters with a topless march through Paris’ 18th Arrondissement, a predominantly Muslim neighborhood.

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Train Doctors and Nurses, Not Soldiers

Some days, I feel I have seen it all. Other days, I just don’t want to get out of bed. Over eight years my family has been hit with lung cancer, brain cancer, strokes and various other medical calamities.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

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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.

Posted on May 24, 2012 READ MORE



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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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


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.”

Posted on May 8, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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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.

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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.

Posted on May 4, 2012 READ MORE



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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