Paris On Alert With Kosher Market Hostage Crisis And Standoff Near Airport

By: Friday January 9, 2015 8:00 am

LIVE: Police close in on Charlie Hebdo suspects; hostages taken in eastern Paris — Reuters Live (@ReutersLive) January 9, 2015 With the killings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper still fresh, Paris is on high alert after a man took hostages at a kosher market and law enforcement has a standoff with possible [...]


Satirical French Newspaper Faces Deadly Attack

By: Wednesday January 7, 2015 8:15 am

The 4 French cartoonists killed in #CharlieHebdo attack Cabu, Tignous, Charb, Wolinski — BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 7, 2015 The satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo was attacked earlier today leaving an estimated 12 people dead. The attack is alleged to have been motivated by anger over the publication’s criticism of Islam with [...]

Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis –An interview with Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International France

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole. The book’s co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as “la tragique histoire des Trois d’Angola” (the tragic story of the Angola 3).

342 Palestinians, 5 Israelis Killed in Gaza Conflict; Media Disinfo or No Info

By: Saturday July 19, 2014 5:00 pm

342 Palestinians (80% of them civilians) and 5 Israelis (2 of them civilians) have now died during Israel’s assault on Gaza. The news report notes the following:

“The increasing number of children killed in the conflict is causing a growing outcry, with a joint statement from the NGOs War Child and Defence for Children International saying more children had been killed than militants.”

Tens of thousands protested Israel’s actions in London, but the BBC decided to say nothing about it (it did eventually write something about the protest, here), according to the Respect Party website (screenshot provided). Neither did Murdoch’s Sky News, but that’s not surprising.

Well, I suppose he’s had practice

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 1:30 am

Francois Hollande, a man who cheated on his wife with a mistress and on his mistress with another mistress, is undoubtedly the world leader most prepared for this situation.

Our awful morons can only aspire to be this awful

By: Thursday May 22, 2014 1:30 am

Congrats, America, even our worst politicians (and they are near the bottom) can aspire to the disgusting machinations of France’s asshole emeritus.

Tolerance is the province of people, people you cannot stand

By: Wednesday April 16, 2014 1:30 am

No matter the nationality, there is seemingly nothing too petty and dickish for the far right.

What a Functional Health Care System Looks Like

By: Friday February 14, 2014 8:40 am

Anya Schiffrin has a fantastic article giving a great first hand account of how a functioning health care system works. She describes how her father got cancer treatment in France.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen M. Saideman, NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone

By: Sunday February 9, 2014 1:59 pm

Working together can be rough. Imagine every team project that you’ve ever taken part in, especially those that cut across normal workflows. The complexities of keeping your own boss informed of what’s going on, interacting with the rest of your team and making sure they’re pulling their weight, and insuring that your own personal goals are met in completing the project, all of it. Now multiply those issues by roughly a thousand, and include the fact that the decisions made are literally matters of life and death. If you can manage that, you begin to see the challenges that Stephen Saideman lays out in NATO in Afghanistan: Fighting Together, Fighting Alone.

Sex Workers in France Resist Attacks on Their Liberty

By: Saturday December 14, 2013 3:59 pm

These days, French political culture appears to be retreating from its stereotypical liberalism on one of its best-known “vice” industries: the sex trade. Controversial new legislation in the country would criminalize paid sex—and sex workers see the proposed law as an assault on their dignity and safety.

The legislation—which just passed a vote in the Assemblée Nationale and is slated for a Senate vote soon—does not explicitly outlaw the act of selling sex, but it penalizes its purchase:

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