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Paris to Ban Cars for a Day

In an attempt to encourage more sustainable transport and raise awareness of high levels of pollution that the city suffers from, the French capital will go car-free Sept. 27.

Posted on Aug 31, 2015 READ MORE

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

Charlie Hebdo Will No Longer Draw Muhammad Cartoons

Six months after the Paris attack that claimed the lives of 12 staff members, the French magazine’s editor says it will no longer feature satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. “We’ve done our job,” he said. “We have defended the right to caricature.”

Posted on Jul 18, 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

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

So Much for Liberté: France May Beef Up Domestic Spying Program

The shootings at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris last January drew comparisons to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and now the French government appears to be responding in a similar manner to its American counterpart by doubling down on surveillance.

Posted on May 5, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Police Kill Two Gunmen at Exhibit of Cartoons Depicting Prophet Muhammad

An art event near Dallas became the site of a deadly shooting Sunday evening when police killed two armed men who had opened fire at the exhibit, which featured renderings of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on May 3, 2015 READ MORE

Writers’ PEN Protest Reignites Charlie Hebdo Debate

Six novelists have withdrawn as hosts of a PEN event, saying they took the action to protest against an award to the controversial French publication Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Apr 27, 2015 READ MORE

We Are Those Who Suffer: Free Speech, the Media and the Roots of Violence

Condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings must be accompanied by understanding of root causes and by compassion for struggling peoples. And the media must refrain from fanning the flames of hatred.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE

Wrest in Peace, Charlie

It might be true that in the beginning was the Word, but before that was the Drawing.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE    

The Sociological and Cultural Factors Behind the Paris Attack

Anthropologist Scott Atran interviewed would-be and convicted terrorists to learn about the combination of religion, European culture and influence from terrorist organizations that drove the gunmen in the attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: Paris Reacts, Gay Marriage, Romney Again?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists take stock of Paris one week after horrific attacks on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, Switzerland’s surprise decision to remove the cap on its currency, and the Supreme Court’s commitment to deciding whether states must allow same-sex unions.

Posted on Jan 17, 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


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

Yemen’s Al-Qaida Outpost Releases Video Claiming Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Al-Qaida’s chapter in Yemen was officially behind the deadly shooting at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, at least according to al-Qaida’s chapter in Yemen.

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

Chris Hedges on the Roots of Terrorism

RT’s Abby Martin interviews the Truthdig columnist about his recent piece and the shooting at Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

Texas Rep. Randy Weber Backpedals After Invoking Hitler in Tweet About Obama

On Monday, Rep. Randy Weber of Texas pulled a time-honored stunt, using new media, in just two easy steps.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

Charlie Hebdo’s Newest Issue Features Muhammad on the Cover (Video Update)

The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will draw attention from around the globe with the issue slated to come out Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

AP/Markus Schreiber

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

Obama Administration Sets February Date for Anti-Extremism Summit

President Obama wasn’t present in Paris for Sunday’s anti-terrorism rally, and his absence was duly noted.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE

A Message From the Dispossessed

The Paris massacre, evil though it was, delivers a crucial communication from the Muslim world about the Western hubris and violence that fuel the rage of the powerless.

Posted on Jan 11, 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

‘Left, Right & Center’: Tragedy in Paris

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the tragic events in Paris that killed 17 journalists, civilians and police officers. Also, oil prices fall, and Scheer notes a false logic in approving the Keystone pipeline, and Harvard professors revolt against their new health insurance plan.

Posted on Jan 10, 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

World Dumbmination

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Red Ink

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE    

Caricature Assassination

Exercising one’s artistic prerogative to create a drawing that is critical or demeaning of an established religion or political ideology should in no way be construed to equate with kicking a hornet’s nest, which it has been, over and over and over again.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE    

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Paris Offices of Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo Attacked by Gunmen (Video)

In what the general secretary of the U.K’s National Union of Journalists is calling “an attempt to assassinate the free press,” 12 people were killed in an attack on the offices of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE

Paris’ Radical Plan to Keep the Rich From Completely Gentrifying Central Neighborhoods

The French government has announced a plan to prevent housing displacement and the creation of “ghettos for the rich” in the capital; apparently, watching “The Colbert Report” made some people more conservative; meanwhile, the principles of the 1910 Mexican Revolution are being revived by the protest movement inspired by the Ayotzinapa students’ disappearance. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE

Fabrizio Sciami (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Paris ‘Love Lock’ Bridge Tumbles Under the Weight of Too Much Affection

Pont des Arts, the iconic Parisian bridge where lovers place a padlock with their names and throw the key into the Seine river to symbolize their commitment to each other, lost part of a railing over the weekend and had to be evacuated.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE

Can Something in Soy Sauce Help Treat HIV?

There’s a molecule in the condiment likely hiding in your refrigerator that may stop HIV from spreading in the body; the French government is getting help from Chinese cops to protect tourists visiting from East Asia; meanwhile, donors can now give money to political campaigns using Bitcoin. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 10, 2014 READ MORE

Is Paris’ Pollution Getting Worse Than Beijing’s?

Air pollution has reached extreme levels in the French capital, prompting the government to take desperate measures; an American pastor is partly to blame for the passing of Uganda’s anti-gay law; meanwhile, the Occupy Wall Street organizers have launched a political party. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

French Intervention in Mali

Posted on Jan 17, 2013 READ MORE

jmayrault (CC BY 2.0)

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

Fey Ilyas (CC BY-SA 2.0)

We Told You So

Two months before the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, a group of experts and I warned the Obama campaign about the likelihood of a global economic crisis. Not the slightest word came back.

Posted on May 18, 2012 READ MORE

Richard Newton (CC-BY)

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.

Posted on Mar 6, 2012 READ MORE

‘Crazy Horse’: A Study in Erotic Abstraction

The cabaret’s women are half-naked so much of the time that they are, as it were, clothed in their own nudity. More significantly, I think, the show often presents them very abstractly. In particular, the lighting presents this or that aspect of their bodies in such a way that they lose all particularity. They are not, in these representations, “women,” but are “woman.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2012 READ MORE

The Story of the ‘Iranian Schindler’

When Paris became a Nazi stronghold in World War II, an Iranian diplomat by the name of Abdol-Hossein Sardari used his influence to help more than 2,000 Iranian Jews by making a creative case for their exemption from racial persecution and by issuing hundreds of passports, according to a new book.

Posted on Dec 21, 2011 READ MORE

Steve Rhodes (CC-BY)

Remembering Shakespeare and Co.’s George Whitman

Add George Whitman, the former proprietor of the 60-year-old Parisian bookstore and artist sanctuary Shakespeare and Co., to the list of major cultural figures lost this week. He was 98 years old.

Posted on Dec 18, 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

American Artists in Paris

“Not all pioneers,” writes David McCullough, “went west.” Thus he establishes his theme, the intellectual frontier mentality that drove countless Americans to brave the rigors of a sea voyage and an alien culture to imbibe the Old World charm and history of Paris.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE


David Lynch, The Nightclub

Master of cinema bizarrité David Lynch is giving the Parisian nightlife a shot of his distinctive brand of surrealism by directing part of the production of a new nightclub, Silencio, based on his 2001 film “Mulholland Drive.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 READ MORE

Haute Love, High Fashion

Bergé admits that his own nature was controlling, and he makes no apology for it. Indeed, he makes no apology for anything in his life. And therein lies something of a mystery. We are not allowed to imagine what Saint Laurent saw in this man—except an enabler.

Posted on May 13, 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

AP / Jacques Brinon

Dior Drops Designer for Allegedly Anti-Semitic Barrage

John Galliano has been thrown out of the house of Dior. The 50-year-old couturier, given to sporting a look that might be described as swashbuckler chic, was booted from his top post at the French fashion firm after his bosses saw footage of Galliano allegedly declaring “I love Hitler” to two women at a Parisian cafe, according to the BBC.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 READ MORE

David Hockney’s ‘Fresh Flowers’: Techno-Art or iHackery?

This isn’t the first time that David Hockney has dabbled in the realm of digital art, but the images in his latest exhibit, “Fresh Flowers,” wouldn’t exist without the aid of Apple products—specifically, his iPhone and iPad. They also couldn’t be shown without those same gadgets.

Posted on Dec 22, 2010 READ MORE

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