Archive for the ‘France’ Category

This is by Reem Abu-Hayyeh at the excellent IRR news service. Read the original here. A timely pamphlet aimed primarily at French trades unionists provides an opportunity to reflect on the FN’s growing appeal to working-class voters. ‘If we don’t stop the waves of immigration, in ten years whites will become a minority in France.’ ‘If we […]

Of course anti-Zionism is not the same as antisemitism. But some anti-Zionists are antisemites.  Here’s three examples. 1. Parisian anti-Israel protestors besiege Jews in synagogues. At the weekend, it is reported that “three Paris synagogues sustained anti-Semitic attacks over the weekend with rioters sending three Jews to the hospital.” Note well: not the Israeli embassy, […]

Several items from Tendance Coatesy, on the Voltaire Network, on the French far right’s links to Putinism, and on Godard’s fascist turn. 1. On Franklin Lamb and France’s Assad supporters: Counterpunch has published some well-informed reports on the unfolding civil war in Iraq, notably by Patrick Cockburn. The same cannot be said for the latest piece by […]

This is interesting, from Robert Zaretsky’s article on Heidegger’s “Black Notebooks”: Yet, it was the hand offered by the French philosopher Jean Beaufret that pulled Heidegger from the professional exile imposed by the Freiburg committee. Shortly after Jean-Paul Sartre, whose own thought was inspired by Heidegger’s work, gave his celebrated public talk “Existentialism is a […]

From the wonderful web magazine Souciant, by Magadh, Jun 26, 2013 The fight, in which Clément Meric died, apparently started over some shirts. An 18-year-old student at Paris’ prestigious Sciences Po, Meric was headed to a clothing shop in the 9th Arrondissement when he encountered a group of skinheads headed to the same store. His killer, Esteban Morillo, is […]

From Tendance Coates, with apologies for some added hyperlinks and gently corrected typos: Counterpunch’s friend Israël Adam Shamir does not only write about Dreyfus on Entre la Plume et l’Enclume (between the Pen and the Anvil). He, for example, wrote a vibrant defence of Gilad Atzmon on the same site earlier this year […]  calling him “un volcan vivant, un titan pourvu d’un sens de […]

Coatesy reports on the “anti-imperialist” alliance between sections of the French far-right and the Assad regime in Syria.

Interesting on the partial and populist anti-capitalism of Francois Hollande, from Andrew Coates: Socialism, Hollande, has written, means putting capitalism in the service of social objectives. The Parti Socialiste dropped references to class struggle and a ‘break’ (rupture) with the market in the 1990s. But it did not become, as some on the left alleges, […]

From the US, this is an extract from a post on the nativist strain of Republicanism, from the excellent Sad Red Earth blog: In “The Vice of the Extremes,” I wrote of the transformed GOP that we have a major political party … that has descended to levels of anti-intellectual ignorance, corporate plutocracy, chauvinism, xenophobic […]



New at Not Bored! Jean-Patrick Manchette: Gas Alert! (Contribution to the Critique of an Ultra-Sinister Ideology). On Faurisson and the ultra-gauche “Faurissonists”. Previous: Trop Loin; Ultra-leftism and softcore negationism; .