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Donald Trump, Devoid of Hitler’s Sincerity

October 20, 2018 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

Thanks to its Republican majority, the United States Senate confirmed the appointment of conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, in spite of the opinion of at least 2,400 law professors. The professors felt that, regardless of the sexual assault allegations against him, the judge should not be seated [Read more]

One Shooting Too Many?

March 8, 2018 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

"This shooting is different from the other ones," a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School told The New York Times. "I just have a gut feeling — something is going to change." For now, that "something" boils down to President Donald Trump's very vague, very insufficient promise to ban "bump stocks," [Read more]

‘The Post’ and Journalism Half a Century Later

February 23, 2018 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

A few days ago I watched, with a bit of nostalgia, Steven Spielberg's movie “The Post.” It tells the story of the publication by first The New York Times, then The Washington Post, of the Pentagon Papers, the secret documents revealing the lies of successive U.S. governments regarding the country's engagement in [Read more]

On Donald Trump’s Cognitive Health

January 28, 2018 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

Mr. Trump’s performance on a screening tool makes it likely that there is no significant cognitive impairment, but it does not rule out the possibility of a neuropsychological problem or answer the question asked in the media about whether he does or does not have the cognitive abilities to be president of the United States. [Read more]

Bad Influence

October 14, 2017 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

When one speaks to America's leading trade policymakers ... it seems like the population that they’re trying to please consists of only one person: President Trump. [Read more]

‘Dreamers’: Trump Makes a Pact

September 20, 2017 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

This meeting of the minds is a sign that Trump quickly regretted having repealed, just 10 days ago, the decree by which former President Barack Obama made these “Dreamers” immune from deportation and allowed them to live, work and study legally in the United States. [Read more]

Getting Down to Business

May 5, 2017 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

It’s the end of “minor adjustments,” reassuring words perceived to be spoken by Donald Trump after Justin Trudeau’s visit to Washington in February. It’s also the end of the “model” trade relationship a Trump emissary boasted of during a Cabinet meeting in Calgary a few weeks earlier. [Read more]

Get Along With the Rival, Step On the Ally

April 27, 2017 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

Although North Korea may celebrate the 105th anniversary of its founder Kim Il Sung on April 15 by conducting a nuclear or missile test, President Donald Trump has ordered the deployment of a naval battle group to the Korean Peninsula. The warning to the Pyongyang regime is clear. It can also be seen as a sign of [Read more]

Xi-Trump: A Battle of Unequals

April 12, 2017 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

<i>The summit meeting between Donald Trump and Xi Jinping highlights China’s advancement and the U.S.’s retreat</i> The choice of meeting place certainly benefits the American side, which, due to its status as the greatest world power, continues to take the initiative in arranging initial meetings. On that [Read more]

Trump-Merkel: Bringing Them Closer Together

March 25, 2017 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

<i>The fight against terrorism, the issue of NATO, and relations with Russia will be at the heart of discussions on Tuesday between the German chancellor and the U.S. president, animated by very different values. The Trump administration recently attacked Germany for its $65 billion trade surplus.*</i> [Read more]

Trump Contagion

February 28, 2017 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

It is as if a kind of contagion is spreading from one country to another, challenging the pillars that have long made up the greatness of the Western democratic system. [Read more]

Usurpation

February 6, 2017 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

Neil Gorsuch, who espouses a literal reading of the Constitution, and who is not nearly as incompetent as Mr. Trump, will follow in Antonin Scalia’s footsteps. [Read more]

Hillary Clinton Knew the Risks of a Private Email Account

April 2, 2016 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

<i>As secretary of state, the Democrat used a private server for work matters and ignored her employees’ security advice.</i> She may have lost the last five caucuses to her Democratic rival Bernie Sanders, but Hillary Clinton still seems to be well positioned to lock up the Democratic nomination. As for facing [Read more]

A Clever Choice

March 23, 2016 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

A new front is opening in the war between Democrats and Republicans in this election year. By choosing Merrick Garland, a centrist judge on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, for the Supreme Court, President Barack Obama is playing right into it. Having decided that they must await the outcome of the [Read more]

Pyromaniac in Chief

March 12, 2016 // La Presse - Canada - French

When Mitt Romney was beaten by Barack Obama in 2012, the defeat was so bad that Republicans decided to do an “autopsy.” They were desperate to find ways to avoid the debacle this coming November. They published an important report, which, though nearly 100 pages long, can be summed up in two sentences: [Read more]

Trump and the Clintons, Time for Low Blows

January 3, 2016 // Le Monde - France - French

They seem at their best in the photo. Donald Trump, the great lord in his tuxedo and white bow tie, “young” and married at 59 years old. Melania, his third wife, in a strapless cream gown. In the middle, beaming as anyone would at a friend’s wedding: Bill and Hillary Clinton. The former first lady, wearing a [Read more]

The Toxic Legacy

December 8, 2015 // La Presse - Canada - French

“Sixteen shots,” thousands of demonstrators in Chicago chanted this week. They have been angry since the release of a video showing Laquan McDonald riddled with 16 bullets. They could have just as well cried: “17 years.” That was the age of this black teen when he was killed by a white police officer. [Read more]

In the US, the Jackpot of Campaign Ads

October 16, 2015 // Le Monde - France - French

A tea party member musing that a Democratic challenger uses taxpayer money to “give Viagra to pedophiles and rapists”; a Democratic presidential contender accused of obtaining Vietnam War decorations on the basis of lies; a candidate for governor who wanted to create “gas chambers” for the “mass euthanasia” [Read more]

US Women in Combat: An Evolution Years in the Making

August 18, 2015 // La Presse - Canada - French

When it comes to women in combat roles — including the most exposed — the U.S. Army, which just awarded two elite women fighters Rangers status, is in the process of formalizing an evolution that began long ago in the field. The fact that two women demonstrated that they were capable of successfully completing [Read more]

Obama Deploys Economic Weapon To Fight Terrorism

July 30, 2015 // Le Figaro - France - French

The real theme of the historic visit to his father’s homeland was Barack Obama’s promise on Saturday to strengthen cooperation between Kenya and the United States in the fight against terrorism, and to provide greater logistical and financial support to Kenyan security forces. The American president visited the [Read more]

Iran Awaits an Agreement to Release It

July 11, 2015 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

Negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program are coming to a close in Vienna. The deadline: today. In Iran, the business community eagerly waits for a compromise that would open their country’s immense wealth to investors. That’s the story from Tehran, where executives and economists have vehemently criticized the [Read more]

Lindsey Graham, a ‘Hawk’ in the Republican Campaign

June 6, 2015 // Le Monde - France - French

Having reached the age limit, Lindsey Graham announced on May 28 his departure from the U.S. Air Force Reserves, where he had obtained the rank of colonel. On June 1, the South Carolina senator declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential election, counting on his years of service on [Read more]

The US Powerless against Islamic State’s Advance

May 24, 2015 // Le Monde - France - French

Was this year for nothing? That is the harsh question which the Islamic State jihadis’ conquest of the symbolic city of Palmyra, Syria, three days after capturing Ramadi, Iraq, begs to be addressed. Less than one year after the fall of Mosul, one of Iraq’s largest cities, the Islamic State group has reaffirmed its [Read more]

Barack Obama Thanks Japan for Inventing Emojis

May 2, 2015 // Le Figaro - France - French

Unlike George Bush, who during his presidency said he had vaguely heard of “rumors on the Internets,” Barack Obama (or at least his speechwriters) doesn’t miss a chance to remind us of his knowledge of the Web. On Tuesday, the U.S. president received Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on an official visit to the [Read more]

Barack and Bill, Hillary Clinton’s Two Handicaps

April 24, 2015 // Le Point - France - French

“Hello Iowa, I’m back!” After announcing her candidacy on Sunday, Hillary Clinton began the marathon that could lead to the U.S. presidency in 2016, in the very place where she lost all hope in 2008. Although she had a 20 percent lead in the polls, she was beaten in the Iowa state caucus, which traditionally [Read more]

The California Laboratory

April 16, 2015 // La Presse - Canada - French

“It have been so dry you can make a powderhouse out of the world,” sang the bluesman Son House in 1930. That was neither the first nor the last American drought. But even if droughts occur cyclically, the one that has afflicted California for the past four years is exceptional. According to NASA’s calculations, [Read more]

Crucial Week for Iran Nuclear Talks

March 23, 2015 // Le Monde - France - French

Rarely have diplomatic negotiations been so long and complex. Rarely, however, have the issues been so important: Avoid nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, one of the most volatile regions in the world. The tortuous talks, which began in 2003, are on the home stretch. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his [Read more]

Nuisance Effect

March 7, 2015 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

So what conclusions can we draw from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s noisy speech to the U.S. Congress? That diplomatic dialogue and negotiating an international nuclear agreement with Iran are necessary. Over 20 years ago, “Bibi” Netanyahu declared that Tehran should not acquire nuclear weapons. [Read more]

A Bet on Iran

April 9, 2015 // La Croix - France - French

Iran has agreed to international control over its nuclear program in exchange for the U.N. and the West lifting the sanctions that have damaged its economy. That is the gist of the interim agreement made public on Thursday, April 2 in Lausanne. The text of the joint statement is quite succinct, and it will take at [Read more]

Should We Arm Ukraine?

February 11, 2015 // Le Monde - France - French

With every passing day, pro-Russian Ukrainian militants, flanked on the field by the Russian army, cut up a little more of the unhappy country that is Ukraine. They grow the pseudo-state that they have carved out in the eastern part of the country. Without mincing words, we must describe this reality for what it is: [Read more]

Torture: Moral Defeat

December 18, 2014 // La Croix - France - French

To fight against the dangers of terrorism, democracies, in the name of the values they claim to represent, must resist the temptation to use the same degrading methods as those whom they are fighting against. [Read more]

Keystone Pipeline Bill Fails to Pass in US Senate

November 26, 2014 // Le Monde - France - French

The Keystone XL will have to wait. On Nov. 18, the Senate blocked the bill for the giant pipeline, linking oil from Alberta, Canada, to the U.S. Gulf Coast. The text, which the House of Representatives adopted on Friday, Nov. 14, did not get the requisite vote of 60 senators that would have forced President Barack [Read more]

Barack Obama Faces a Disenchanted America

October 17, 2014 // Les Échos - France - French

A few weeks before the U.S. midterm elections, many elected Democrats are trying to keep their distance from Barack Obama. Too intellectual, and with little talent for empathy, the president has disappointed. In the state of Kentucky, Democratic candidate Alison Grimes, who is running against Republican Senate [Read more]

Misinformation and Provocation

August 21, 2014 // L'Expression - Algeria - French

The dimension that the Ukrainian crisis has taken, marked by U.S.-Russian firepower, brings no shortage of worry in a world given to excess. This escalation toward the worst is actually due to the fact that imperialist dreamers in the West are likely thinking that it’s time to impose Western dictates on other [Read more]

Ferguson Marks the Return of the Black Question

August 19, 2014 // Le Monde - France - French

We can’t feign innocence in the face of the resurgence of racial conflict in the U.S., where riots in the small town of Ferguson, a St. Louis, Missouri, suburb, are currently taking center stage. Over the last few years, a series of incidents involving the authorities have revived the sense of injustice felt by the [Read more]

Proceed with Caution

September 6, 2014 // La Presse - Canada - French

Iraq, Syria, Libya, Ukraine: Four political and military crises, four fronts where the complexity of the situations makes finding solutions difficult, four terrains where the U.S. is being asked to take the lead in political or military interventions. But Barack Obama refuses to cede to these demands, preferring [Read more]

The Curious Case of Elena Kagan

June 22, 2010 // Le Figaro - France - French

In France, judges are appointed by the government. In the United States, the President nominates them, and Congress approves. Congress alone decides whether to approve the White House’s choice and whether to confirm the judge to the Supreme Court. At this time, the White House and the Senate are preparing for [Read more]

Barack Obama, a “Victim” of the Crisis

November 8, 2010 // La Depeche - France - French

Two years after his triumphant election and the hopes it nourished, even though his record is far from negligible, Barack Obama has just suffered a defeat for which he is partly—and only partly—responsible: despite his oratory and “communication” skills, he who promised change has failed to convince Americans [Read more]

The Trouble with Sarah Palin’s “Senators”

October 16, 2010 // Le Figaro - France - French

Carly Fiorina and Christine O’Donnell have the same political godmother: Sarah Palin, who has “endorsed” them for the midterm senatorial elections. Today, the blows rained down. Their political advertising is inappropriate. Should Mama Grizzly, the expert in this field, give her protégées a communications [Read more]

Hu Jintao in Washington: Partner or Competitor?

January 22, 2011 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

<b>Should the Chinese president’s state visit to Washington be seen as a sign of better cooperation between China and the United States, or does it hide the opposite reality of an increasingly intense competition?</b> Rarely has a visit by a head of state to the U.S. so divided observers, and even within the Obama [Read more]

2012, Obama and the Elusive Republican Candidate

March 17, 2011 // Les Echos - France - French

While in France the political theater is in full swing with its numerous candidates from both the right and left, the U.S., in contrast, is in the opposite situation. We’re looking in vain right now for someone who will compete next year against Barack Obama. In nine months, the Iowa primaries will begin, the first [Read more]

Michelle Obama’s Burgers

February 21, 2011 // Liberation - France - French

A Michelle Obama with fat on her arms and a double chin, seated in front of a plate of a dozen hamburgers? Apparently, the American First Lady’s campaign to fight obesity in America hasn’t convinced everyone. The ultra-conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart chose to post this mini-comic on his website, [Read more]

DSK: The Fall

May 23, 2011 // Le Point - France - French

They say that DSK’s staggering indictment blows up our presidential competition. If only that were all! Alas, it paralyzes the entire nation. Indignity and humiliation grow by the hour. In the cafes, they generalize about the “black holes” of human nature. They dabble on the follies of men made dizzy by power. On [Read more]

Bin Laden, Obama and Israel

May 12, 2011 // Le Point - France - French

The only good issue ever raised by the dead terrorist, Osama bin Laden was the idea that without a Palestinian state, the world cannot know peace. Released by al-Qaida Sunday, May 8, bin Laden’s posthumous message to Barack Obama and the Americans, appears likely, after the death of its author, to be understood as [Read more]

Obama’s Cracked Image

May 2, 2011 // Libération - France - French

There is a tradition of self-deprecation that is overplayed by American presidents, and Barack Obama is no exception. In a fundraising visit to Facebook’s headquarters in California, he began his speech by saying: “I’m the guy who got Mark to wear a jacket and tie.” “Second time,” Mark shyly replied [Read more]

Will Obama Dare to Commit to Spending Cuts?

July 22, 2011 // Le Figaro - France - French

“Be careful what you wish for because it might come true,” the proverb goes. The compromise proposed yesterday by six senators to reduce the medium and long-term budget deficit has changed the tone of the debate, but it is too early to say whether it will be the starting point for the solution required by the [Read more]

2012: Is Bill Clinton Already the Star of the Campaign?

July 12, 2011 // Le Figaro - France - French

1992-2012: For Bill Clinton, it’s been 20 years since his ascension to the country’s top political post. And he has no desire to abandon his role as a star senior consultant. He travels the country and gives his very personal opinions on … everything. It’s also a way for him to be the Robert Redford — the [Read more]

Withdrawal Time for NATO in Afghanistan

June 29, 2011 // Le Monde - France - French

In announcing on Wednesday, June 22, the withdrawal of one-third of American troops from Afghanistan by the end of the summer of 2012, when the presidential campaign is in full swing in the United States, Barack Obama responds for the first time to a domestic political imperative. This decision, which will clear up [Read more]

Newt Gingrich’s Denial

December 18, 2011 // Le Figaro - France - French

The Republicans’ campaign is a good example of the worst politics has to offer. When he was governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney introduced a health insurance law similar to that which Barack Obama succeeded in passing in Congress in 2010. But now, Romney, who Republican voters have yet to appreciate, is against [Read more]

It’s Not Only About the Economy, Stupid!

February 20, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

“It’s about the economy, stupid,” stated Bill Clinton’s adviser, John Carville, after George Bush Sr., was chased out of the White House by voters in a shattering electoral defeat, despite his victory in the first Gulf War. Political science experts are now using the phrase to assert that the state of the U.S. [Read more]

US: The Republicans’ Big Maneuvers?

March 23, 2012 // Liberation - France - French

At least Mitt Romney’s troops were reassured. In spite of those doomsday prophets who saw Illinois Republicans veering further and further to the right and erring on the side of ultra-conservative Rick Santorum, the former Massachusetts governor won the GOP primary in the state of Obama. And took the opportunity to [Read more]

The Millionaires Who Pull the Election Strings

March 19, 2012 // La Presse - Canada - French

Money has always played an important role in American politics. But a change in campaign finance law now allows a handful of billionaires to give substantial amounts of money to their favorite candidates. Without their help, Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would probably not be able to participate in further elections [Read more]

Romney Sticks

March 5, 2012 // Le Monde - France - French

To the great disappointment of television “pundits,” Mitt Romney has survived. Commentators had an equally disappointed tone Tuesday evening upon being deprived of a spectacular “speech” from the native son deprived of his victory in Michigan - a defeat that would be followed by an earthquake in the Republican [Read more]

Romney Seeks a Rare Gem

April 26, 2012 // La Presse - Canada - French

Who will be Mitt Romney’s Sarah Palin? In fact, knowing his cautious temperament, the former Massachusetts governor will probably avoid following the example of John McCain, who in 2008 chose a risky and controversial number two for his presidential “ticket.” But the search for a running mate officially began [Read more]

Regulation: Wall Street’s Triumph

April 13, 2012 // Les Echos - France - French

On April 11, 2007, New Century Financial, the number two “subprime” mortgage lender, went bankrupt. Almost no one remembers, yet this failure launched the crisis of the century. It also revealed, on a larger scale, the disastrous consequences of shortcomings in the American financial regulatory system, which could [Read more]

Obama’s Getting More Personal

April 5, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

President Obama has recently begun speaking more personally in public. He didn’t hesitate to use fatherly language when commenting on the case of Trayvon Martin, the black Florida teen who was killed by a vigilante last month. He spoke of his sick mother in the film, “The Road We’ve Traveled,” which officially [Read more]

Hillary for Vice President?

May 24, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

We know the pollsters are wrong sometimes, but the latest New York Times/CBS poll set off a panic in the White House. It’s a little hard to believe that the pollster didn’t mess up the numbers. According to the survey, Barack Obama is preferred by 44 percent of female voters and Mitt Romney is preferred by 46 [Read more]

Mitt Romney Messes up on Bin Laden

May 3, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

Every time he opens his mouth, Mitt Romney loses an opportunity to shut up. He makes a faux pas each time, like his speech last week encouraging students to borrow money from their parents to finance their education, as if all of the students were from rich families who could invest $200,000 in school. Paul Krugman [Read more]

After the Debate, Business as Usual

October 27, 2012 // Le Point - France - French

On October 18 the two presidential candidates, in accordance with tradition, attended a black tie charity dinner organized by the Archdiocese of New York. That evening, displaying his typically American habit of self-deprecation, Barack Obama acknowledged with a deadpan laugh: “I had a lot more energy in our second [Read more]

Obama: A Pragmatist without a Doctrine

October 21, 2012 // Les Echos - France - French

Americans have often identified a president with a doctrine that bears his name; thus we speak of the “Obama Doctrine.” But this title doesn’t reflect reality. Obama is first and foremost a pragmatist who doesn’t want to be tied down in any way. His foreign policies eloquently attest to this. Let’s take the [Read more]

Something Nixonian about the Obama Campaign

October 6, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

In May and June of 1972, thieves paid by Richard Nixon illegally entered the Democratic Party offices in the Watergate building. Their mission: to wiretap the private telephone conversations of Lawrence O’Brien, chairman of the Democratic National Convention and his deputy, R. Spencer Oliver, Jr. We know how that [Read more]

What My Democrat Friends Can't Say

September 1, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

Obama vs. Romney: This is the eighth presidential campaign since I’ve come to the United States. On the eve of the Democratic Convention, nothing is in play. There are at least four statements that my Democrat friends cannot say this year, and I sense that that makes them sick. 1. “Mitt Romney is an idiot” [Read more]

Paul Ryan, Voltaire and the Presidential Debate

August 26, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

Suddenly, Voltaire — yes, yes, our own Voltaire — has made his entrance into the U.S. presidential campaign. This happened incidentally, when the conservative intellectual Paul Ryan, recently thrown into the spotlight after announcing his candidacy for vice president on Mitt Romney’s ticket, confided in People [Read more]

A Step Back in History!

July 15, 2012 // L'Expression - Algeria - French

The collapse of the Twin Towers of New York’s World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, began a remarkable acceleration of things, notably in the United States. Each thing accounts for a sharper regression of liberties under the pretext of protecting “liberties.” The attack against New York led to the emergence, [Read more]

What If Obama Was Like Nixon?

July 2, 2012 // Le Monde - France - French

One day, President Richard Nixon, a deceitful and dishonest man, decided to make peace with one of the most implacable enemies of the United States: China. This was during the Cold War. Mao’s China had vowed to humiliate the American paper tiger at least as much as the USSR did, and the Great Helmsman, as they called [Read more]

Has Obama Lost the Gift?

June 12, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

It’s been a funny week for Barack Obama. The president, known for his oratory talents that led him to the White House, made a misstep last week; one that created a buzz on the Internet and which Mitt Romney’s team, quite fairly, has exploited. At a press conference, the forty-fourth U.S. president threw out the [Read more]

Mitt Romney’s Crazy Ideas

June 4, 2012 // Le Figaro - France - French

The employment figures aren’t good: 69,000 new jobs were created in May, boosting unemployment to 8.2%. This is not so good for Barack Obama. These bad numbers have given Mitt Romney, the least inspiring, least inspired candidate for 2012, some crazy ideas. Last Tuesday, in Las Vegas, not only did Romney appear [Read more]

The Straw, the Beam, Montebourg and Titan

February 25, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

There isn’t any relation between the DSK affair at the New York Sofitel and the likely closing of the Goodyear plant in Amiens for lack of buyers. But allow me to nevertheless make a connection. Today, we’re dragging an American CEO through the mud, exactly as we previously dragged the New York police and the [Read more]

A Beautiful, Surreal Speech on the State of the Union

February 17, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

One probably has to be a Washington journalist to believe that the president’s annual speech on the State of the Union is supremely important. Within 48 hours, this speech, like its predecessors, will be largely forgotten. It will also be clear that Obama did not propose realistic and concrete solutions to today’s [Read more]

Republican Tricks for Winning Elections

February 8, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

Back in 2000, we found it hard to swallow the theft of the White House by George W. Bush, aided in his coup by the Supreme Court, led by the very conservative William Rehnquist, who stopped the recount of votes in Florida to announce the historic win of the son of the man who had nominated him for Chief Justice. [Read more]

America Sick of its Welfare State

December 15, 2012 // Le Monde - France - French

Perhaps the fiscal cliff will only be a hill, but the negotiations between Republicans and Democrats will do little to solve the U.S.’s number one problem: health care funding, which is justly presented as the main fiscal issue in the coming years. Rising medical costs also affect the private sector. [Read more]

Obama’s 'Crusade' Against Terrorism

May 17, 2013 // Le Monde - France - French

In September 2001, George W. Bush launched a “crusade against terror,” the highlight of which was a disastrous and illegitimate war in Iraq that lasted 10 years. No doubt looking to celebrate this glorious episode, today he invites visitors to his all-new presidential library to play an interactive game on the [Read more]

Angela Davis, Indomitable Panther

April 11, 2013 // Jeune Afrique - France - French

<i>At age 69, African-American activist Angela Davis is the star of a documentary that tells her story. It’s a story about a miscarriage of justice that, in the 1970s, nearly sent her to the electric chair.</i> Not everyone has the distinction of being considered a public enemy by the likes of the occupant of the [Read more]

America Develops a New Policy of Innovation

March 16, 2013 // Les Echos - France - French

The United States has always been characterized by its defense of the free market and discouragement of government intervention in business. Yet, new global activity and massive developments in the industrial activities of emerging countries are changing this attitude. At the request of Congress, ad hoc academic [Read more]

Will Blacks Still Have the Right to Vote?

March 5, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

While Congress debates the third iteration of the fiscal psychodrama, last Wednesday a matter of much greater importance for millions of minorities was before the Supreme Court. Depending on the decision of nine justices, the voting rights of blacks, which had been trampled for over 100 years, could once again be [Read more]

Hillary, Queen of Twitter

July 20, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

So, Hillary Clinton has had a Twitter account since June 10! Her first tweet was re-tweeted 11,031 times. Within a few days, the former “SecState” amassed over 614,000 followers, which she gained more rapidly than either Pope Francis or Bill Clinton. The most interesting thing is the way that she described herself: [Read more]

Snowden Affair Indicative of A New Cold War

July 3, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

The news surrounding the flight of Edward Snowden, the American computer scientist responsible for leaks about the cybersurveillance program PRISM, gives us a glimpse into a latent new Cold War about to make its debut on the world stage. The hype surrounding his fate in Russian and Chinese propaganda signals a new [Read more]

New York Mayor Makes Pro-Guns Pay

June 20, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

Michael Bloomberg is just annoying. The billionaire founder of the financial information firm that bears his name and mayor of New York has decided to make the four Democratic senators who voted against the proposed bill on gun control — and therefore contributed to its failure in Congress — pay; an interesting [Read more]

The American Recovery Is Not That Strong

June 9, 2013 // La Tribune - France - French

<i>According to economist Christine Rifflart, United States specialist at the OFCE [French Economic Observatory], the U.S. job market is taking risks in its path to continued economic recovery. Still, the excellent health of the housing market could stimulate growth.</i> <b>Increasing growth, lower deficits, lower [Read more]

Republicans: Total War Against the Poor

November 6, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

The Republican Party has only one program to conceal behind its incessant guerilla tactics against Barack Obama: the war against the poorest. During the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney hinted at his party’s thoughts when speaking of the 47 percent of those pariah Americans who would always support the 44th [president] [Read more]

Autism in the US Affects 1 in 88 People

October 22, 2013 // Le Monde - France - French

In reading Andre Cicolella’s most recent and exciting book, Toxic Planet, we encounter some staggering numbers. It’s all part of his attempt to counter the mantra that “everything is fine, because life expectancy continues to increase.” It’s important to remember that the concept of life expectancy is based [Read more]

Wall Street Threatens Tea Party with Retaliation

October 15, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

How ungrateful these Republican representatives are! Wall Street spent millions of dollars to finance their campaigns, ensuring their election, and look how they are repaid. They are out of bounds! The fury of the financial world is such that some organizations representing the industry are threatening to bankroll [Read more]

The United States and Italy: Forbidden Games

October 4, 2013 // Les Echos - France - French

As if the economic situation was not bad enough! The return of petty political calculations, which we have seen these days on both sides of the Atlantic, creates at best misunderstanding and at worst a sense of exasperation. These little games among friends threaten nothing less than the United States’ fragile return [Read more]

Why the Fed Must Really 'Taper'

September 20, 2013 // Les Echos - France - French

“To taper.” In other words, “to unravel,” “to decrease gradually.” Ever since Ben Bernanke, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, used this term, investors haven’t talked of anything else. How will the Fed go about its “tapering?” Clearly, the rate at which it will reduce its asset purchases — [Read more]

Hillary’s Billions

January 27, 2014 // Le Figaro - France - French

Politics is a machine that never stops running. The announcement this week that the most powerful super PAC [Editor’s note: stands for Political Action Committee] in America is organizing a campaign to support Hillary Clinton is the most striking example. Priorities USA Action has decided to support the former [Read more]

US Touched by Disaster in Fallujah

January 9, 2014 // Le Figaro - France - French

House by house, street by street, the Marines fought Sunni insurgents in Fallujah during two particularly bloody episodes in 2004 and 2007. The ruined city, now renamed the “Verdun” or the Iraqi “Stalingrad” by exhausted GIs, was finally conquered, but the victory was a Pyrrhic one for the U.S. Army. The pill [Read more]

Afghanistan: All That for This …

December 13, 2013 // Le Point - France - French

<i> After 12 years of war against the Taliban and al-Qaida, the restoration of stoning is one more sign of the failure of Karzai and the West.</i> If, before the end of December, President Hamid Karzai has not signed the long-term security agreement put forward by Barack Obama, the last 75,000 soldiers, mostly [Read more]

The White House Betrays a CIA Agent

May 31, 2014 // Le Figaro - France - French

The White House’s error could cost him his job. In an email to reporters traveling with Barack Obama during a surprise visit to Kabul on Sunday, Washington erroneously revealed the name of the top CIA representative in Afghanistan. His name appeared on a list of people attending a briefing for President Obama, [Read more]

Texas Cancels Execution of Condemned Man

May 16, 2014 // Le Monde - France - French

His defenders were down to their last resort. Robert Campbell, 41, was to be executed by lethal injection on the evening of Tuesday, May 13, at a prison in Huntsville, Texas. But the execution was postponed at the last minute by a federal court. Campbell’s lawyers argued that Campbell risked suffering the same fate [Read more]

Big Money Comes to Politics

April 13, 2014 // Le Figaro - France - French

The Supreme Court released a decision of considerable importance on Wednesday, April 2: From now on, citizens have the right to give as much money as they want to the candidates of their choice. For 10 years, Congress has imposed limits to control the influence of the richest Americans and businesses in politics. Until [Read more]

The Terrible Irony of American Espionage

March 29, 2014 // La Presse - Canada - French

According to the New York Times and Der Spiegel, the NSA has been spying on the Chinese company Huawei, one of the world’s major telecommunications equipment manufacturers. Huawei primarily makes routers and equipment for cell phone towers. The company is known throughout the world for its product performance and [Read more]

John McCain Gives Obama a Lecture

March 19, 2014 // Le Figaro - France - French

John McCain is an unusual Republican, in the sense that he has remained independent from the toxic lobbies that have polluted the American right. He may not know how many houses he owns — see his 2008 campaign against Obama — but in matters of foreign policy, he is usually right. While the bulk of the GOP has [Read more]

Sergeant Bergdahl and the Republicans’ About-Face

June 12, 2014 // Le Figaro - France - French

Four months ago on CNN, John McCain stated that he would support the exchange of five Taliban members for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. “I would support. Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them, I think that would be something I think we should [Read more]

Surprising but Symbolic Limitation on NSA Powers

June 25, 2014 // Le Monde - France - French

American officials are trying to hit the National Security Agency in the wallet. In a vote of 293 to 123 during the night of June 19-20, the House of Representatives voted to pass an amendment that strongly and symbolically limits the NSA’s surveillance capabilities. The amendment, included as part of a 2015 army [Read more]

Time for Outrage

July 26, 2014 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

The case is closed. For whom? Barack Obama. In his mind, there is no doubt, absolutely none, that Vladimir Putin is the chief architect of the rising violence in Ukraine, and is thus responsible for the downed plane. What about Europeans? For now, they are behaving as they usually do—keeping a low profile. [Read more]

At Last!

August 4, 2014 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

The extent of the sanctions imposed on Russia simultaneously by the United States and the European Union suggests a more painful economic future for all stakeholders. But we’ll take it. The range of measures levied by the European leaders and their U.S. counterparts belong to the so-called Level 3 category. To [Read more]