Search Results for " France" : 45

by / on February 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm / in Opinion, World

Lessons From Mali

…and on. On Mali, the fact that the intervention is French and not European can be understood easily enough: only France has the willingness, capacity and self-interest to go there. Characterizing the French intervention as a quest for national prestige would however be reductive; there are other factors at play such as France’s economic interests in the region, the protection of the 30,000 expatriates living in the area and the threat of terroris…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:04 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Reading Letters

…ear old Communist resistant killed during WWII. Ostensibly, this was part of a larger effort by Sarkozy to rouse France from its cycle of self-criticism and “make the French proud of France again.” In the letter the boy, named Guy Moquet, writes to his family that though he knows he will die, he hopes to be as courageous as those who came before him. “I wish with all my heart that my death has served some purpose,” he writes. While most instructo…

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by / on November 17, 2012 at 10:50 am / in Opinion, World

Hollande’s First Steps

by from Wikimedia Commons On Tuesday, November 13, Francois Hollande, president of France, faced the press at the Elysee Palace for his first “news conference”, at which he tried to turn the momentum of the growingly unpopular first months of his mandate. Hollande has come under severe criticism by the press, giving birth to term “Hollande-bashing”; the Economist has gone so far as to call France “Europe’s time bomb” in thi…

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by / on March 18, 2010 at 7:21 am / in Culture, Europe, Issue, World

Thinly Veiled

…ommunities affected, however, this state-sanctioned punishment is unlikely to produce the desired results. While France’s large Muslim community is primarily Maghrebian, a community with old colonial ties to France that has largely been assimilated into local culture, the less than 2,000 women estimated to wear the burqa, for the most part, do not belong to this community. They hail from a vast diaspora of recent immigrants originating from Turke…

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by / on February 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm / in Opinion, World

Unveiling the Burqa Debate

…genuine impediment to an education. Other things are banned, too. It is also illegal to have multiple spouses in France, a law particularly vexing to the recent influx of Malian immigrants that have entered France with a longstanding tradition of polygamy. Is prohibiting polygamy an infringement on religious liberty? Well, perhaps it is, but that’s largely irrelevant, considering it is not the purpose of government to mold itself to the crude sha…

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by / on February 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm / in Opinion, World

Qatar: Football as Soft Power

…n Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, the sports channels “beIN Sport” and many others. Qatar was even a major partner in France’s intervention of Libya in 2011. The change of president in France doesn’t seem to have affected these good relations. Qatar was accepted last October as an associate member of the “Francophonie,” the association that seeks to defend the French language and culture. Other countries, which have been waiting patiently as “observin…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

by “I don’t want the country of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren to be largely Muslim, or for Turkish or Arabic to be spoken in large areas, that women will wear headscarves and the daily rhythm is set by the call of the muezzin. If I want to experience that, I can just take a vacation in the Orient.” Enter Thilo Sarrazin, a former member of the German central bank and the author of the 2010 “Deutschland schafft sich ab” (Germa…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 am / in Europe, Winter 2013, World

The Nerd Who Came In From The Cold

…my’s use of torture against Algerian insurgents, the French officer Mathieu poses a question of his own: “Should France stay in Algeria? If your answer is still yes, then you must accept all the consequences.” No mere colonial possession, Algeria was considered part of metropolitan France itself, the equivalent of a US state in outright rebellion against the federal government. To concede victory to the National Liberation Front (FLN) was to call…

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by / on February 19, 2013 at 12:30 am / in Africa, Opinion, World, World

Vive L’Alliance

…American leadership to Obama should be buttressed by international cooperation, multilateralism, and diplomacy. France’s willingness to intervene in Mali maximizes our collective security potential. It was also an intervention acutely attuned to France’s national interests—France has enormous ties with Mali, its former colony, and instability in that part of Africa would have gravely jeopardized the region as a whole. We cannot be blinded by the…

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by / on February 26, 2012 at 11:26 am / in Opinion, World

Dictating Oil

by Last Sunday, February 19, I opened the New York Times homepage to check in with the rest of the globe and found the startling headline: “Iran Halts Oil Exports to Britain and France.” Agog, I anxiously clicked the link and hurried through the article, eager to hear of the potential ramifications of Iran’s bellicose ruse and anticipating the many possible reactions from the West. What I found, however, were not flared passions or ira…

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