Witnessing The Birth Of A New Nationalist World Order

Witnessing The Birth Of A New Nationalist World Order

Donald Trump is a worldly fellow. He travels the globe on his private jet. He’s married to a Slovene and divorced from a Czech. He doesn’t speak any other languages, but hey, he’s an American, so monolingualism is his birthright. His fortune depends in large part on...
Taking Our Sweet Crude Time

Taking Our Sweet Crude Time

After a quarter-century of buzz over global warming, the climate talkers are at it again, doing whatever it is they do. Visitors to the next big climate change summit, in an act of glorious irony, will pack Paris-bound jets flown by Air France — one of the meeting’s...

France Down With Same-Sex Marriage and Adoption

In a landmark decision Tuesday the French parliament approved a controversial bill by a vote of 331-225 allowing same-sex couples in France to marry and adopt children. Opponents and supporters alike filled the streets of Paris in past months with one demonstration...

U.S. Could Take a Lesson From France on LGBT Rights

France’s National Assembly approved a bill last week that legalizes gay marriage in the country and allows same-sex couples to adopt children. Final approval rests with the Senate, which like the Assembly is controlled by the left. This is a major victory for...
The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

The Mali Blowback: More to Come?

The French-led military offensive in its former colony of Mali has pushed back radical Islamists and allied militias from some of the country’s northern cities, freeing the local population from repressive Taliban-style totalitarian rule. The United States has...
Mali, France, and Chickens

Mali, France, and Chickens

“It appears the French had one of their wars going on thereabouts.” — Charlie Marlow from Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness The vision that Conrad’s character Marlow describes is of a French frigate firing broadsides into a vast African...
From Here to Timbuktu

From Here to Timbuktu

As early as the 11th century, Timbuktu was a hub for trade in salt and gold between black Africans, the Tuareg, and Arabs from the north. A meeting place for African scholars, Timbuktu was also a center of learning where thousands of manuscripts and books were...
No Military Solution in Mali, Emira Woods Says

No Military Solution in Mali, Emira Woods Says

“There cannot be a military solution to this crisis in Mali,” Emira Woods said on the PBS NewsHour. “The crisis has its roots in political and also economic processes, with people in the northern part of the country feeling completely marginalized...
Where’s Joe the Plumber When You Need Him?

Where’s Joe the Plumber When You Need Him?

Four years ago, a chance encounter between Barack Obama and Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher injected inequality right into the heart of the 2008 presidential race. Obama explained to the then-unknown Wurzelbacher that “when you spread the...
Hunger Striking for Disarmament in France

Hunger Striking for Disarmament in France

Only a few weeks after Francois Hollande’s election, former Socialist Prime Minister Michel Rocard came up with an original budget-balancing solution: if France chose to relinquish its nuclear arsenal, he argued, “16 billion euros that serve absolutely no...
Waiting for Copernicus

Waiting for Copernicus

It’s happening in Buenos Aires. It’s happening in Paris and in Athens. It’s even happening at the World Bank headquarters. The global economy is finally shifting away from the model that prevailed for the last three decades. Europeans are rejecting...
The End of Austerity in Europe?

The End of Austerity in Europe?

A few months ago, when Occupy movements bloomed across Europe, the absence of any similar uprising in France appeared to be an anomaly in a country infamous for its people’s propensity to take the streets. One explanation was that the presidential election was...
The G20 and the New World Order

The G20 and the New World Order

Signs of a New World Order are everywhere here in the French Riviera, as the elite city of Cannes hosts the G20, the ultimate elite club. The local business rag, the Riviera Times, trumpets a recovery of the tourism business during the 2011 summer season —...
What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

What about the Woman Strauss-Kahn Allegedly Assaulted?

As details emerge in the case of International Monetary Fund chief and alleged assaulter Dominique Strauss-Kahn, my eye is on how his wrecked political clout is getting all the attention. The brutal assault of a hotel housekeeper that Manhattan District Attorney Artie...