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Posts Tagged ‘France’

Observations of an Expat: Brexit Goes Nuclear

PA photo   By Tom Arms The EU is worried about losing their American nuclear umbrella. The UK is worried about losing their European market and their seat at the European top table. Britain has nuclear weapons. The EU has markets. Is there a fit?

The Alleged Leaked Intelligence: A Classic Russian Playbook Move

AP/AFP photo   By Cynthia M. Lardner “The FBI, as part of our counterintelligence mission, is investigating the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. And that includes investigating the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between […]

Observations of an Expat: Going Dutch

AFP photo   By Tom Arms Trump lost on Wednesday. I am not talking about the court ruling on version two of his travel ban. Neither am I talking about the mounting incredulity over his wiretapping claims and tax returns. I am talking about an event that took place 3,843 miles away from the White […]

Dutch PM Rutte on course for big victory over far-right Wilders

Yves Herman/Reuters   By Thomas Escritt and Toby Sterling The Netherlands’ centre-right Prime Minister Mark Rutte was on course for a resounding victory over anti-Islam and anti-EU Geert Wilders in an election on Wednesday, offering huge relief to other EU governments facing a wave of nationalism.

Dutch poll test of anti-immigrant feeling, Turkish dispute

Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/Reuters   By Philip Blenkinsop The Dutch go to the polls on Wednesday in an election seen as a test of anti-immigrant and nationalist feeling magnified by a deepening dispute with Turkey.

Observations of an Expat: Alliance 101

AFP photo   By Tom Arms The Western Alliance is in disarray. Americans are sick of picking up the tab for protecting a rich Europe from a communist threat which no longer exists. Europe is terrified at being abruptly left in the lurch facing a corrupt, authoritarian Russian threat which has replaced the communist one.

France’s Macron raises curtain on election alliance to beat Le Pen

Charles Platiau/Reuters   By Brian Love and Michel Rose France’s presidential race took a new turn on Thursday as independent Emmanuel Macron raised the curtain on a partnership with veteran centrist Francois Bayrou to help him beat the far-right’s Marine Le Pen.

Hateful, toxic rhetoric creating a dangerous and divided world

Mario Tama/AFP   By Amnesty International Politicians using toxic rhetoric, reminiscent of the 1930s, are creating a dangerous and divided world, said human rights NGO Amnesty International as it launched its annual assessment of human rights around the world.

Observations of an Expat: Mind The Gap

AP photo   By Tom Arms Mind the Gap. Three very familiar monosyllabic words for anyone who has travelled on the London Underground. The taped announcement is a warning to beware of the potentially dangerous space between the railway carriages and the platform. But it has a political meaning too.

Anti-Islam Wilders frontrunner as Dutch election campaign begins

Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters   By Toby Sterling Campaigning for the Dutch election began on Wednesday with anti-Islam leader Geert Wilders frontrunner in a vote that will test the anti-establishment sentiment that swept Britain out of the European Union and Donald Trump into the U.S. presidency.

France’s Fillon and his wife questioned in ‘fake work’ probe

Pascal Rossignol/Reuters   By Chine Labbé and Gérard Bon French conservative presidential candidate Francois Fillon and his wife were questioned for five hours by police investigators on Monday as part of a probe into allegations that Penelope Fillon had been paid for fake jobs.

Observations of an Expat: A Good Year for Me

Negar Mortazavi   By Tom Arms It has been a good year for journalists. I have never known better. There has been an endless march of upsets, twists, turns, worries, cheers, jeers, doom, gloom and unadulterated surprised joy.

Observations of an Expat: And the Winner is…

By Tom Arms It’s official. The winner of the US presidential elections is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. I hear you. Putin’s name was nowhere near the ballot papers. It was Clinton versus Trump and a few also rans.

EU globalisation fears most acute in Austria and France

Jacky Naegelen/Reuters   By Noah Barkin Fear of globalisation is the most important factor in pushing European citizens towards populist right-wing parties and those fears are most acute in Austria and France, a survey by Germany’s Bertelsmann Foundation showed on Wednesday.

Thatcher admirer Fillon wins French Conservative presidential ticket

Philippe Wojazer/Reuters   By Ingrid Melander and Michel Rose Hardline reformist Francois Fillon scored a resounding win in France’s conservative primaries on Sunday, making him favourite to win a presidential election five months from now against the popular far-right and a deeply divided left.

Fillon, Juppé, kick off race for support for French presidential ticket

Thomas Samson/Reuters   By Richard Lough Francois Fillon heads into a runoff campaign for France’s conservative presidential ticket on Monday as favourite after winning the endorsement of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy whom he ousted from the race after a stunning late surge in polls.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: Our Uncertain and Unstable World

By Cynthia M. Lardner It’s a deeply foreboding feeling knowing that world global stability and security are rapidly devolving. Even before the uncanny election of Donald Trump and his unpredictability as the presumed President-Elect, world leaders were already concerned about increased isolationism, a tipping of the economic scale from the West to the East, innumerable […]

Forum to boost tourism in Senegal’s Casamance

By Alpha Jallow Local authorities and stakeholders in the tourism sector are holding a three-day regional forum to reactive the activities of tourism in the restive Casamance region in Southern Senegal.

Observations of an Expat: Pax Americana—The End

AP photo   By Tom Arms It is the beginning of the end of Pax Americana. For 71 years the world has sheltered under the wings of the American eagle. The result has been one of the longest periods of prolonged peace, prosperity and political advancement in world history.

Understanding the great delusion: India and the NSG

AP photo   By Anant Mishra India’s continuous efforts to bid for an entry in the Nuclear Suppliers Group not only made headlines, but sparked a debate from “false-neighbourhood” to “a dream too far” also.

Crisis in the Congo: DRC today mirrors the French Constitution

Alexander Joe/AFP   By Brian Minga Amza The legality of Joseph Kabila‘s Presidency after 19 December 2016 has divided the political and social sphere of society in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even after the Constitutional Court, which is regarded as the highest court of the country, ruled that “the head of state will stay in power […]

United States discredited by war in South Sudan

By Dukhan Jundit The United States, believed by most South Sudanese to be a friend in their stand for peace in the country, have contradicted themselves in their motivation as the world’s champion of democracy by accepting an illegitimate Vice President General Taban Deng Gai to land on its soil as representative of President Kiir.

Unveiling the Olympic coverage in Rio

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters   By Ahmed Tharwat The contrasting images of the fully clothed Egyptian women’s beach volleyball team playing the scantily clad German team was at the forefront of the media’s coverage as well as the internet during the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Justice, Security and Rule of Law: How the United Nations Security Council Has Failed You

Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters   By Cynthia M. Lardner In today’s turbulent world “…three core themes come to the fore: justice, security, and rule of law,” stated Dr. Abi Williams, President of The Hague Institute for Global Justice, who has previously served under United Nations Secretary Generals Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon.

Truck ‘terrorist’ kills 80 in attack on Nice Bastille Day crowd

Eric Gaillard/Reuters   By Sophie Sassard and Michel Bernouin A “terrorist” gunman killed 80 people and wounded scores when he drove a heavy truck at high speed into a crowd that had watched Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, officials said.

Indian students advised to fully engage in France

By Jose Kalathil French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler, advised Indian students going to study in France to engage fully in their experience of France by “watching our movies and dancing to our music.” He was addressing a pre-departure orientation session for 250 students going to France at the French embassy in New Delhi.

To Gre-main or not to Gre-main: Avoiding the Grexit

By Anant Mishra Introduction Greece is caught up in a major financial crisis leaving the financial experts bewildered on the Gre-exit. Now, in its sixth year of crisis economists are focussing on Greece. More importantly, since the beginning Greece failed to maintain a stable deficit as it continued to repay the financial debt, deepening their […]

Brexit vote, UK political confusion keep world markets on edge

Reuters   By Kylie MacLellan and Anirban Nag Britain’s vote to leave the European Union continued to reverberate through financial markets, with the pound falling to its lowest level in 31 years, despite government attempts to relieve some of the confusion about the political and economic outlook.

British EU vote unnerves world leaders and markets

Toby Melville/Reuters   By Estelle Shirbon and Ben Blanchard Britain plunged deeper into political crisis on Sunday after its vote to leave the European Union last Thursday, leaving world officials and financial markets confused about how to handle the political and economic fallout.

Reflections on Anzac Day: Respect the dead, heal the wounded, end all imperialist wars

By Rupen Savoulian April 25, 2015 marked exactly one hundred years of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (Anzac) offensive against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish empire at Gallipoli. There were many moving, and emotional commemorative activities on the day, as Australians like myself remembered those who fell in what was an ultimately […]