18 November 2020 — The Electronic Intifada
The government of President Emmanuel Macron is defying a landmark judgment from the European Court of Human Rights that protects the right of people to call for a boycott of Israeli products.
27 October 2020 — Voltaire Network
by Thierry Meyssan
The French were stunned to learn that their government considers a public order measure, a curfew, to be effective in preventing an epidemic. Everyone, having understood that no virus breaks according to schedules set by decree, and given the many previous mistakes, asks the angry question: A curfew for what?
27 August 2020 — 21st Century Wire
For months, government officials in countries like the United States and Britain have been claiming that the world is in the midst of an unprecedented ‘pandemic’. But how much of this crisis is truly down to a pathogen and how much is really down to governments’ reactionary lockdown policies? Are decisions really being made based on sound science, or are they being made based on hype and hysteria?
1 July 2020 — American Herald Tribune
Last week the French National Assembly convened an inquiry into the “genealogy and chronology” of the Coronavirus crisis to examine the evident failures in its handling and will interview government ministers, experts and health advisors over the next six months. While we in the English-speaking world may have heard endless arguments over the failures of the UK or US governments to properly prepare for and cope with the health-care emergency, the crisis and problems in the French health system and bureaucracy have been similar and equally serious. Given the global cooperation and collaboration of health authorities and industry, the inquiry has global significance.
26 March 2020 — Asia Times
By Pepe Escobar
What’s going on in the fifth largest economy in the world arguably points to a major collusion scandal in which the French government is helping Big Pharma to profit from the expansion of Covid-19. Informed French citizens are absolutely furious about it.
24 January 2020 — The Bullet
The nationwide general strike in France, now entering its record seventh week, seems to be approaching its crisis point. Despite savage police repression, about a million people are in the streets protesting President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed neoliberal “reform” of France’s retirement system, established at the end of World War II and considered one of the best in the world. At bottom, what is at stake is a whole vision of what kind of society people want to live in – one based on cold market calculation or one based on human solidarity – and neither side shows any sign of willingness to compromise.
17 January 2020 — Consortium News
This conflict is essentially over policies that put the avaricious demands of financial markets ahead of the needs of the people, writes Diana Johnstone.
By Diana Johnstone
Special to Consortium News
The people are angry with their government. Where? Just about everywhere. So what makes ongoing strikes in France so special? Nothing, perhaps, except a certain expectation based on history that French uprisings can produce important changes – or if not, can at least help clarify the issues in contemporary social conflicts.
18 January 2020 — The New Dark Age
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Patrick Armstrong on the Russian Reshuffle
Are France’s unions even trying to win the General Strike?
17 October 2019 — Land Destroyer
(Tony Cartalucci – LD) – As spectacular and indicative of America’s sinking fortunes in Syria as its bombing of its own military base in northern Syria was – it is also an indicator of something else much more sinister.
CNN in its article, “US conducts airstrike on weapons storage site as troops pull out of Syria,” notes that (emphasis added):
“On Oct. 16, after all Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache, and reduce the facility’s military usefulness,” US Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS, confirmed in a statement Wednesday.
And indeed the airstrike eliminated the facility’s military usefulness once and for all.
17 September 2019 — InfoRos
By Sergey Sayenko, international observer
September 17 will see private international publishing company Macmillan Publishers Ltd release a book by former employee of the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden. Memoirs by the ex-NSA agent titled “Permanent Record” will hit the shelves in twenty countries, including the United States which he escaped more than six years ago.