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May 31, 2017

There Is No Peace In The Middle East Without Iran

Donald Trump might have missed the most positive news from the Middle East last week. It was not his antagonistic declarations in Riyadh, Israel, Brussels and Italy.

It came from Iran: President Hassan Rouhani had managed the tour de force to be reelected against a conservative candidate and a few others, reaching 57% of the votes at the first round. Three-quarters of the Iranians voted, twenty percent more than in the US. It was a victory for those who believe that the time had come to open up Iran further to the rest of the world. Read More

 

 

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May 22, 2017

Open Letter to Donald Trump, the Golf Addict

Dear Donald,

Since your inauguration, you are in the bunker of the first hole.

Your three worldwide golf partners, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and Angela Merkel are watching you. Vladimir is laughing as he did yesterday at his press conference: you gave him so many reasons to ridicule America. You thought he would be your friend: in fact, he gave a soft quick touch to your ball to make sure it would fall in the bunker. Xi is smiling, undecipherable, happy to see you weakened after your rodomontade on North Korea. As to Angela, you hate her and she sees you exactly as the player you are: a bully who hits ferociously the ball, does not wait for his turn, throws as much grass as the ball. You do not even have a sense of the basic etiquette: you did not shake her hand while you were holding Teresa May by the hand.

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May 11, 2017

Trump vient de créer les conditions de son impeachment

Nous y voilà.

Le barnum de la télévision dont la série-phare était « you are fired » « vous êtes viré », vient d’utiliser cette réaction impulsive contre le patron –par ailleurs très controversé- du FBI, James Comey. Il en a le droit si son Ministre de la Justice, Jeff Sessions, lui-même controversé et empêché d’exercer cette fonction dans son Etat, le lui demande. En savoir plus

 

 

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May 2, 2017

Quel(le) Président(e) pour la France ?

Que ce soit à New York, Londres, Berlin ou Bruxelles, tous les regards sont rivés sur la scène politique française. Londres se demande comment la négociation Brexit sera affectée.  Berlin se demande qui sera le ou la partenaire de l’axe Paris-Berlin, tout en  exprimant sa préférence pour Emmanuel Macron. Bruxelles sait que seul ce dernier est vraiment un partisan de l’Europe. Quant à New York, ce sont les réminiscences de l’holocauste qui choquent et nourrissent la préférence pour En Marche. Les Francais y ont voté a 52% pour lui. En savoir plus

 

 

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March 29, 2017

The Day Europe shrunk: Brexit and LSE-Deutsche Boerse

March 29, 2017 will be remembered as the Day Europe shrunk. The letter of Prime Minister Theresa May initiating article 50 of the European Treaty is delivered today. Article 50 was aiming at countries that would become dictatorships or not respect human rights. “It seemed to me very likely that a dictatorial regime would then, in high dudgeon, want to storm out. And to have a procedure for storming out seemed to be quite a sensible thing to do — to avoid the legal chaos of going with no agreement,” the writer of the article Lord Kerr said. It was never conceived as an exit strategy for legitimate Member States. Whatever the intention of the legislator was, the text was ambiguous enough to allow Brexit. Read More

 

 

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March 26, 2017

Why the Democrats Should Not Filibuster Judge Gorsuch

The unconstitutional behavior of the Republican Party, refusing even to audition Justice Merrick Garland, despite bipartisan support, under fallacious pretexts, has deprived the Supreme Court of its ability to operate as it should. They showed disrespect, not only to the Judge and the President, but to the Supreme Court itself. Read More

 

 

 

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February 7, 2017

The Four Walls Containing Trump’s Fury

The last few days are showing how the resistance to the furious, insane and untrue statements of the President of the United States is starting to take shape. It will, over time, strengthen and contain Donald Trump’s ability to make America less bad than he has made it since the beginning of his Presidency. Read More

 

 

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February 6, 2017

La Thaïlande à la croisée des chemins sous un régime militaire qui s’accroche

L’instrumentalisation de la monarchie par l’armée

 

Le deuil prolongé depuis de la mort le 13 octobre 2016 du Roi Bhumibol est omniprésent dans la ville sous forme de panneaux, de photos et d’hommages. Son incinération n’a pas encore eu lieu, et risque de ne pas avoir lieu avant plusieurs mois. C’est l’incinération du roi précédent qui permet le couronnement de son fils.

 

Un des hauts-lieux de Bangkok est le Palais Royal. J’ai tenté de m’y rendre pour découvrir des milliers de Thaïlandais tout de noir vêtus qui eux-mêmes essayaient de rendre hommage au défunt souverain.  A chaque coin de rue, la police veille et attrape de temps à autres de pauvres hères pour une raison ou une autre. En savoir plus

 

 

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January 17, 2017

The End Of The Trump Tweets?

On Friday January 20, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as president of the United States. On that day, the Donald Trump tweets will cease to exist. Do I mean that he will no longer tweet? Somewhere, I doubt it. But they no longer will be Trump tweets. They will be White House tweets, if they still exist. He decided to refuse the @POTUS handle of the president of the United States and keep his personal handle. He is wrong if he believes that it changes anything to his presidential liability. Read More

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