Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala in « the War » show

Progress, as he underlines it, is a sign that time has changed since the liberation of Paris in 1945. But, is that the type of freedom those who liberated the country thought of in 1945?

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Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala in « the War » show

Progress, as he underlines it, is a sign that time has changed since the liberation of Paris in 1945. But, is that the type of freedom those who liberated the country thought of in 1945?

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French recolonisation and what should be done

The means of protest are many for the Malian people to reach their goal. Occupations and sit-ins in the French embassy and other French institutions or businesses must be privileged to force the Malian puppet government to impose on its masters the Malian population’s demand of real freedom and sovereignty.

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The French houseslaves!

Fighting for their rights in the West, but closing their eyes on the suffering inflicted on the Africans by their white masters, for the sake of all their privileges, is precisely what makes most French black activists of the 21st century houseslaves.

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A brother (Jenniah Sense) speaks after the Grenfell (London) holocaust

At a time when open genocide has clearly become the only solution for racists to reduce the number of Blacks and Browns, a brother speaks. Also, message to those living under the Macron Regime in France: » Beware black world your depopulation has once again been programmed! »

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Farwell to the Socialist Party

Every slave plantation has its own uncle Tom, ready to sell his peers for the sake of his masters…. many of the few Blacks and Arabs who proudly clad themselves in the outfit of the Uncle Tom, serving the interests of the Socialist Party at the stake of their own peers, will finally have to find themselves a real job…

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A week after the French presidential elections

Taking into consideration the people who, from day one, backed and supported the candidacy of Emmanuel Macron, his election as the eighth president of the fifth republic also means that the shameful story of French Imperialism and exploitation of the darker people in the world and within the Hexagon is still a long live story

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Franc CFA: A French crime against Humanity?

this very monetary system, inspired by the Nazi German regime of 1933-1945, is seen by many African organisations as a means for France to control the economy of its former colonies and, by the way, enrich itself at the stake of these same countries.

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Islam and Politics in France

The assimilationist campaigns from the colonial and imperialist eras have finally led to the permanent establishment of a French Muslim community whose presence and cultural expression is now perceived as challenging French cultural identity and values. In May last year, France was once again pointed out and condemned by the UN for its political stances that aim at curtailing the cultural expression of its ethnic minorities and particularly the Muslims. “What are the origins of the islamophobic positions held by French politicians and the mass media?” What are the political decisions that finally led to a form of “apartheid” opposing those who define themselves as “Charlies” against those who do not?” Why is the Burkini perceived as a provocation going against what some see as the French values?
Here are some interesting questions that this piece will have the opportunity to discuss.

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The Adama Traore Case: Ten years after the Zyed and Bouna Case

And, as history teaches us that ethnocides are always accompanied by attempts to get rid of part of the population carrying the non-accepted cultural particularities, I now ask myself about the objective of all these police officers when assassinating young French Arabs and blacks, and disguising their murders.

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The “Nice Attack” and a beheaded Catholic priest! But, who are the terrorists?

In order to get to a better understanding of what is going on, and where the Hexagon as a whole is heading to, I decide to apply a very scholastic method. “Who, why, what, Where, and when” is the methodological approach that I decide to adopt in order to clear up the opacity surrounding the different attacks that have been going on, on a regular basis in France for a bit more than a couple of years now.

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The UK and the Brexit or when some Dumb people breaks it!

Let’s be clear and sincere on the issue. Most people who voted against the European Union did so mainly because of immigration. The quite well organised campaign presenting immigration in the United Kingdom as facilitated and empowered by the European Union was undoubtedly decisive in the choice most British made on the voting day.

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The Euro Cup and the English

if the Fifa type of war could not take place somewhere else other than in a stadium. No need to mention that many white supremacists English hooligans found out that the myth they so much believe in and which make them feel superior to any other nation has no real foundations.

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I AND THOU

Martin Luther King Jr had a dream; Ali made it a reality… he lost his world heavyweight title and won the whole world with his belief, charisma, and policy…

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Is Mama Africa’s cooking nice?

This is a man’s world, this is a woman’s world, but it would be nothing, nothing without any plant or animal. You see man made restaurants for us to dine in; we made alcohol to get us through stress and for pleasure. We made cloths to keep us warm; we made houses for shelter, like birds make their nest. It is really a man’s and a woman’s world, but it would be nothing, nothing without meat, dairy products and vegetables or grains.

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The African Mohammed Alis

In a world where we seek to dominate each other, exploit one another, and where there is the desire to better oneself by any means, it is of little surprise that most of our favourite sports originate from these basics fundamentals of life.

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The Malian Bombing of November 20th, 2015

It is indeed on a French channel that Malians in the country and throughout the world were informed about what was happening. It was also the French army and police who managed to coordinate the operation so that some hostages were freed.

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13th of November: When the chickens come home to roost; and then, and then …..

Shakespeare himself could not have imagined better scenario; with the head of State enjoying himself at a football match, while his people in the capital city of the country was bluntly being massacred by those he once financed and supported against a foreign regime.

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2005-2015: Je suis

In his book “Je suis”, Bakary puts the blame on the institutions; but not only. What makes his message quite unusual is obviously that the responsibility and ineffectiveness of the people from the suburbs and deprived districts of the Paris region, is not spared …

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Islam and Politics in France

The assimilationist campaigns from the colonial and imperialist eras have finally led to the permanent establishment of a French Muslim community whose presence and cultural expression is now perceived as challenging French cultural identity and values. In May this year, France was once again pointed out and condemned by the UN for its political stances that aim at curtailing the cultural expression of its ethnic minorities and particularly the Muslims. “What are the origins of the islamophobic positions held by French politicians and the mass media?” What are the political decisions that finally led to a form of “apartheid” opposing those who define themselves as “Charlies” against those who do not?”
Here are some interesting questions that this essay will have the opportunity to discuss.

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What « Exhibit B » taught us in France

Unlike their White counterparts, Black artists and creators are scarcely – not to say ‘never’ – given the possibility to use public funds to tell the stories experienced by their people through slavery and colonization. In other words, the black man’s story still remains a Whiteman’s tale.

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What the death of Remy Fraisse teaches us

Police violence, in France today, seems to be only perceived as a serious issue when the victims are whites; just like in 1939-1945, when the whole world suddenly became conscious of the devastating consequences of racial and racist theories after some white people had for the very first time experienced what they usually and commonly inflicted to black and brown people.

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First-year French teachers get food stamps instead of salaries

When the desperate teachers complained, administrators suggested they take out a small loan or accept food stamps, while they worked out the kinks in their payroll system.

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French police officers investigated over blackface ‘negro party’

French police officers are under investigation over an alleged blackface party, which has sparked complaints from several anti-racism organisations. Photograph: Davide Del Giudice/Demotix/Corbis

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Local elections & what really matters!

I find it difficult to cast my vote for a government, political party, or team that for the sake of our economy and power of domination over other countries legitimates our perpetrated massacres at the stake of millions of lives.

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The golden ages of the French Rap: ‘Le MINISTER AMER’

French rap cannot be separated from social issues.
With the emergence of the ‘Minister Amer’ and then the ‘Secteur A’ in the 1990s,
French Rap will take a new turn –that of Gangsta Rap!

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The Dieudonné affair seen from social networks

Hardly had we ever seen in France such unity between people of different social backgrounds and ethnic groups. In the same way the French victory in the Football world cup in 1998 had federated a multicolour France, the Franco-Cameroonian comic has succeeded in bringing together the black, Blanc, beurre France all united to support him against what is considered an unfair dictatorial system.

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Does Immigration Mean ‘France Is Over’?

Equality is of course one of the virtues on which the French Republic was founded, yet critics of the Enlightenment philosophy behind the Revolution have long noticed a double standard: when equality is invoked, these critics note, it is understood that this is equality among equals.

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Dieudonné & the Quenelle: « Will the 21st Century Molière succeed in bringing the governement to its knees? »

By attracting the attention of those whose duty it is to govern us and improve our living standards, Dieudonné does slide here the biggest quenelle ever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBNAQMrNPro And I now ask myself: What if the clown, as he often calls himself, became the one at the origin of the down fall of this ineffective government?

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The Rap Group IAM

France is the second nation for the Hip Hop Music and Culture.
IAM is a Rap group from the South of France: Marseille. It has been in activity for more than two decades now.
Let’s have a look at the artistic career of the group and the messages they deal with in their songs:
AnOpenEye on French Lyrics

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Paying My respect To Madiba and his Work!

If Nelson Mandela, the man the whole world celebrates today, was friend with Robert Mugabe, Fidel Castro, Muammar Gaddafi, Luis Farrakhan, Mohammed Ali or Iran, why is it not okay for me to like these different characters’ Facebook profiles?

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Blackface scandal strikes, and bewilders, France

When a French lifestyle journalist posted a photo of herself in blackface last week, it sparked outrage on social media sites and some bemusement over the uproar in France.

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UN slams ‘racist attacks’ on French black politician

The UN human rights body on Friday condemned the « racist attacks » on French Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, including a far-right magazine cover likening her to a monkey, warning that « xenophobia and intolerance » are on the rise in Europe.

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AnOpenEye on French Lyrics

AnOpenEye on French Lyrics: the aim is to help the English speaking world better understand French rap and culture. We begin with NTM group (mainly composed …
By Nasty & Dr Moustafa Traore

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Girl – Neglect + Protect = Greater Affect on ‘The Girl Effect’

Now, I say ‘bizarrely’ derived from the roots of my culture which attires women in a one-piece demure dress. It is scarcely bizarre when you live in a society that has accustomed to such ignoble demeanour.

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Preserving piety and ethic at all costs while directing men, this is my life as a Muslim woman

It is a way for me to convey a more tolerant, positive and intelligent image of Islam than the one seen on TV. Through this, I hope that when a media design Islam as the cause of the stupidity of some people, my employees will respond. Deep inside, I hope that they will protest that what the media are spreading about Islam is a wrong.

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Same-sex marriage and its implications for the respect of difference and diversity within society

Now, marriage is no longer the union of a couple, but of pairs too. Yes, semantically it makes a difference, at least in the French language. A couple is a combination of two different elements, (often masculine and feminine) and a pair a combination of two similar elements (pair of scissors, pair of trousers, and so on.)

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When the fight against imperialism blinds your senses

A Malian living in France speaking about the situation in his Father’s land: France, the pyromaniac fireman, as everything proves it, makes me feel ashamed of the identity card that I more than often carry in my inside pockets.

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Living and Developing a French Muslim identity: the influence of gender

As a convert Muslim woman and a researcher, I became increasingly interested in the concept of gender identity because my conversion to Islam had me entered a new religious system, but also new cultural dimensions: Muslim cultures.

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4 more years for what?

Most African French even seem to forget and forgive the crimes and acts of injustice committed on the name of the white man’s supremacy and democracy, under the pretense that this time, their leader is black.

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The Paris massacre that time forgot, 51 years on

Fifty-one years to the day, French President François Hollande has recognised the October 17, 1961 massacre of Algerian protesters in Paris. Historian Jean-Luc Einaudi talks to FRANCE 24 about one of the darkest chapters of French colonial history.

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Qatar pours cash into France’s troubled suburbs

Months after it was announced Qatar was financing a fund to economically reinvigorate France’s disadvantaged suburbs, the French government has said it also plans to pour cash into the project, which has already sparked much controversy.

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For minorities in France, Obama still casts a spell

Though his reputation among blacks and Arabs in France is showing ever-so-slight signs of wear and tear, US President Barack Obama remains a powerful symbol for French citizens of colour. France24.com takes a closer look.

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Towards A « Soft Invasion »? The Launching of a « Humanitarian War » against Syria

Rather than carrying out an all out Blitzkrieg, the US-NATO-Israel military alliance has chosen to intervene under the diabolical R2P frame of « humanitarian warfare ». Modelled on Libya, the following broad stages are envisaged

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US report criticises French Islamic veil ban

A wide-ranging US State Department report has criticised France and Belgium for passing controversial laws that prevent women from wearing full Islamic veils.

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French town hall retreats after Ramadan sackings

A French town hall has tried to justify sacking four Muslim holiday-camp workers for not eating in the daytime because of Ramadan, then reversing its policy in the face of a national scandal.

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When the Imperialists create Chaos and confusion again: The case of Syria

Watch the video: There is no doubt today that in front of the economic decline and bankruptcy ravaging the West, re-colonization of southern and emerging countries is seen by many ex-colonial powers as the solution by excellence.

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READ! Club de lecture des auteurs Afro’

Unlike most black French people, who spend most of their time listening to music, dancing, getting smartly dressed, watching video clips or reading fashion magazines and bling, bling; the black people gathered at the Read meeting were all interested in finding out the secrets hidden in all books.

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Nation bids ‘adieu’ to ‘French Internet’

Nevertheless, French technology experts insist that the system was profoundly innovative and influential to the way the Internet was to develop through the 1990s.

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Almamy Kanouté: Far from the traditional political parties!

rather than boycotting the elections or selling oneself to any traditional political party, Almamy Kanouté, a young activist from the city of Fresnes in the suburbs of Paris, has made a different choice.

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And what if the USA film industry was right?

Never had I seen before any people so brain washed to the point of asking their well-known enemies to bomb them with Uranium as it happened in Libya and as it is now about to happen in Syria.

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Mali, the smelly French and the Strange bedfellows: MNLA’s on-again, off-again marriage with Ansar Dine

In his blog, “Bridges Over Bamako”, Bruce Whitehouse, an anthropologist at the US-based Lehigh University, noted that, “It’s certainly true that the Tuareg have a sympathetic following among the French and that rebel spokesmen have frequently appeared in the French media.”

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Hollande’s victory: The tortoise who beat the hare

If Nicolas Sarkozy is the hyperactive hare in the Aesop legend, France’s incoming president, François Hollande, is the proverbial tortoise. History has shown that slow and steady wins the race.

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Sarkozy headed for election defeat

Little known outside France, Hollande would also have his diplomatic skills put to the test fast if he wins, with a Chicago NATO summit looming in late May and a Group of 20 summit in Mexico in late June.

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Is the internet really dangerous?

As a student from University located in Paris, I’m very often facing the bad temper/behaviour of people in the French underground for example. No one ever talks to anyone. No, it’s not a myth, people in big cities aren’t very nice! On the contrary, internet allows us to meet people that we would never meet otherwise

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A new country is born: “Azawad” or the Result of many mistakes?

… before he was ousted from power, the last president was sending the young soldiers, totally empty handed and with no weapon, to the front, to fight against the secessionist Tuaregs. While the co-opted soldiers, at the top rank in the Malian military force were drinking their teas all day long, many soldiers from poor families with no connection or relation in the administrations were getting killed.

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Paris 19:Doing politics differently

At number 07 rue Mathis (75019 Paris) on Thursday 19th April, at 07 pm, we will be holding an event that could be the last opportunity for some elected politicians of the district to clarify their position … just before the elections.

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Is this the end of Sarkozy?

As the French presidential elections near, Sylvestre Jaffard charts the declining fortunes of Nicolas Sarkozy and looks at the dangers from the right, with the fascist Marine Le Pen buoyed by the polls, and the opportunities for the left to challenge neoliberalism and austerity

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Story of a fruit of Immigration

The process of immigration is sometimes more complex than what one might think…. .
Even if most people think, when looking at me, that I was born from immigrant parents who left China to come straight to France, I am in reality the fruit of a more complex movement of immigration.

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Is capitalism moral?

Yet, lots of things have changed since the 19th century. Indeed, living conditions and in particular the workers’ living conditions were not comparable to those of these days.

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Study abroad, are you ready?

Most people consider getting college admission the toughest step when planning to study abroad, but as far as I am concerned, the most difficult and important part is to understand the foreign cultural norms in order to get involved within the local society

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Why I may stop being an activist!

just like many others before them had sold themselves for the sake of money and notoriety that would finally ruin their art, claim and originality; most activists I then regarded as brothers and sisters, progressively became eager for fame.

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A Bronx Tale

After the congregants of an Orthodox synagogue could no longer afford their rent, they found help in the local mosque.

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Cantona’s ‘presidential bid’ a social housing rallying call

Election time is coming; ‘who am I gonna vote for?’ says Wyclef Jean in his song ‘If I was president’. Here is below a possible answer: Cantona’s ‘presidential bid’ a social housing rallying call

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A Bit of pessimism to start the New Year!

Too many « Merry Christmas! » and too many « Happy New Year! » in perspective even for those well aware that in these days of economic crisis their future is more than ever counted and already condemned.

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Mint tea à Clichy

In the middle of the crowd and buzz there I saw this young girl probably 8 years old, riding a scooter at the speed of light, slicing through the air

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An encounter with « L`intégration de la culture Islamique en grande Bretagne »

the topic of integration as a modern social phenomenon has never been methodically covered as in a university thesis like in “L`integration de La culture musulmane en Grande Bretagne “by Dr Mustafa Traore.

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The Case for Black Studies Courses

The question is not whether or not there is a need for Black studies in 2012 France, but how to make it (academically) relevant to students who wish to study it.

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Unleashing misogyny and hypocrisy – What’s up with France?

For the past years, and for the past months especially, politicians have been on the backs of veiled French Muslim women, passing laws preventing them from freely wearing garments that many of them consider a protection from the male gaze. Yet,

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Testimony from Stalingrad, What an addiction!

What a drawing so sad it was for the youth of my generation to see the big brothers we once respected so much submit themselves to their weakness, and become physically weak and toothless.

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People who do things!

Abbas Nokhasteh is a British citizen whose interest focuses on promoting and creating bridges between different practitioners, activists and artists. Through his organisation Openvizor.com, Abbas also connects together different organisations and associations around the world.
Earlier this week, in London, he took the time to meet and interview Dr Moustafa Traoré – a French academic and activist who has just released a book on the integration of the Muslim culture in Britain.

Watch the Video!

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Damn It! Bin Laden Died Five Years Ago!

 

/ DR
 
Several years ago, when I was doing some research on bin Laden, I learned he was suffering from progressive kidney failure. Since he was obviously being selected by the American propaganda machine to be a symbol similar to that of a Tojo or Hitler during WWII, I wanted to know […]

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Letter of the mad man after the Libyan case

I can’t say more things here,
‘cause too many things lingering in my mind,
I won’t utter more things here,
‘cause too many strings binding my mouth!!!

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From then on, call me mister the French President!

But what, indeed, if Khadafy was just paying back the consequences of his pro-African policy in a country and region that tends more and more to despise and reject its common heritance and legacy with Black Africa?

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Tell Elle to end its practice of racist skin-whitening and apologize

I was pleased to read the following email this morning. The Asian community being much more organized than any of the different communities we have in France, I do believe that Asians in Britain could serve as showing us the way towards better awareness of the different forms of embedded racism. There is no doubt that their experience tells us how to combat racism.

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But, what the hell is going on in Ivory Coast?

In the case of Ivory Coast, the lack of knowledge of their own historical past also wrongly led many Ivoirians to think that their country, just like France pretends itself to be, was monocultural, monoethnic, and had above all as the only religious identity and faith Christianity.

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France Wrestles With Its 2 Tiers of Higher Education

“But in the future the grandes écoles will also have to be more like the colleges of Oxford or Cambridge. Autonomous, but part of a federal structure with a university. The grandes écoles are famous for their teaching, but we need to find a way to help them be more productive with research.”
Precisely because most grandes écoles are so professionally oriented, their students conduct very little research, another factor that keeps even the best of them from showing up on international measures of performance

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Silly policy is a silly game

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We are all Romanis!

Have the ethnic minorities in France become so assimilated that they have adopted some form of racism and indifference that used to be in the past proper to part of the French white community?

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–	What shall we remember of the 2010 summer holidays?

The everyday life of the travellers during the trip was regularly illustrated on the website of the association http://roadtreep.over-blog.com/ , thus giving to the unfortunate ones spending their summer holidays in Paris the opportunity to share a bit of the excitement coming out of the Road Tree’P initiative.

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Testimony of an Ethnic minority living in France

My experience at Georges Rouault High School tells me that between “1939-45 and 2002-10: Nothing has changed, the French history just keep on repeating itself”.

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Saudi clerics says women exempt from wearing burqa in France

Muslim women living or visiting France are exempt from wearing the full veil two Saudi clerics have declared. The statement comes two weeks after French lawmakers passed a bill where women could be fined for wearing the full veil in public.

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Journey to the Land of delights

As an Algerian girl who came to France some twenty years ago, I have always enjoyed the traditional dishes of my mother as well as the French gastronomy. As a result, I have become a real “foodie”.

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Top French Schools, Asked to Diversify, Fear for Standards

There is a serious question about how to measure diversity in a country where every citizen is presumed equal and there are no official statistics based on race, religion or ethnicity. A goal cannot be called a “quota,” which has an odor of the United States and affirmative action. Instead, there is the presumption here that poorer citizens will be more diverse, containing a much larger percentage of Muslims, blacks and second-generation immigrants.

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Racial Tinge Stains World Cup Exit in France

PARIS — After France was booted from this year’s World Cup on Tuesday without winning a match — amid scenes of selfishness, indifference and indiscipline — the French news media piled on about the humiliation to the country and the misbehavior of its players. There were calls for a complete restructuring of the French team: its management, its method for choosing players, its training.

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The rout of the French national team? I am quite satisfied with this!

During the last decade, the importance of football in France certainly had some positive economic repercussions on society; however, socially speaking, it appeared as a ramping plague alienating from education the most deprived children from the working class districts of Paris and its region.

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Rap is dead and Spoken Word is born

I will never forget those days back in the early eighties when Sydney, one of the rare and only black TV presenters who appeared on the green screen on Saturday afternoons, used to put some funky atmosphere in every household.

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Nearly a year ago I was writing: « I could have been another Clotilde Reiss »

Just like me, she might have been approached by the French authorities, often using academic researchers for their own political aims. Unlike me she might have accepted to play the game and confounded academic research with spying on behalf of the French embassy and consulate.

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Sotigui Kouyaté obituary

The Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté, who has died aged 73, was an important bridge between African and western culture for 40 years. He was best known for his collaborations with the director Peter Brook, in whose work he demonstrated an extraordinary range.

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A good reason for making Britain my homeland

« I have visited many countries in Europe but what I like about this country …..» I so wished I could just have said the same thing about the country in which I was born.

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The pariahs of the French universities

In such conditions the part time temporary lecturers may sometimes be tempted in a disarray to have just one objective: accumulating teaching hours; putting good teaching at stake for the sake of money.

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When racism appears on your screen

As a relief I am just telling myself: “Let’s hope, just for once, that the movie will be largely boycotted by the Black Diaspora worldwide!”

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The benefits of “Paris Plage”

… a sensation of travelling without moving. No cars along the Seine River, but just sunshades, palm trees and sand.

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Today another Muslim outfit is on the spot

…difficult for the French Muslim community to believe that what was decided 5 years ago was not aimed at containing the expansion and expression of Muslims’ values and culture in the hexagon.