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    Stephen Dau about The Book of Jonas

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    "The imam said that the Americans were like the lion who had stepped on a thorn, and then went about making a great noise, roaring at the world from his pain. But it would soon pass, he said, when the thorn dried up and fell out, when the pain ebbed, and then tranquility would be restored" (The Book of Jonas). For Mediapart, the novelist Stephen Dau talks about his first novel.
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    'China is very poor and very revolutionary'

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    Salman Rushdie on the lessons of being Joseph Anton

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    In this lengthy interview with Mediapart’s Christine Marcandier and Sophie Dufau, the novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie talks about his latest work, Joseph Anton: A Memoir, a biographical account of his life in hiding when a fatwa was issued against him in 1989 following publication of his novel The Satanic Verses.
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    The alarming spread of land grabbing, snatching from the poor

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    Land grabbing, the name given to large-scale land acquisitions practiced by companies, governements and individuals in developing countries, deprives local and mostly poor people of their homes and their access to natural resources they normally use, while there is little accountability and no global regime or standards controlling it at all, says Alexios Antypas, an associate professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy of Central European University in Budapest in this interview with freelance journalist Gabriella Horn.
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    Shame on you!!! Stop the lynching of Samir Nasri

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    "Once again the morality play of the French national soccer team is playing out post elimination, with the crowds once again screaming for a head." By John Von Sothen.
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    Stand with the Greek Left for a Democratic Europe!

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    "It is up to the Greek people to decide their own fate by rejecting any diktat, by rejecting the poisons that its 'saviours' have administered to it and by engaging freely in the forms of cooperation indispensable to overcoming the crisis, together with other European peoples."This petition is proposed by Etienne Balibar, philosopher; Vicky Skoumbi, chief editor of αληthεια (Athens) and Michel Vakaloulis, philosopher and sociologist. The text is available in English, Greek, French and German.
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    A statement of solidarity with the Greek Left

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    In a jointly-signed declaration ahead of parliamentary elections in Greece this month, French, American and Indian academics and thinkers, Etienne Balibar, Wendy Brown, Judith Butler and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak lend their support to the Greek Radical Left coalition in opposing neo-liberal economic policies which, they argue, have “strengthened social and economic inequalities throughout Europe and extended forms of intra-European racism through discriminatory economic regulations and austerity measures”.
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    Justin Torres on childhood according to Maurice Sendak

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    American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, whose book Where The Wild Things Are (1963) met with wide acclaim, has died aged 83 on Tuesday, May 8th. A few days earlier, Mediapart interviewd Justin Torres, whose first published novel, We The Animals, is about childhood and the “wild wildness” of young age. We asked him about the secret Sendak revealed to Art Spiegelman in 1993: “Childhood is cannibals and psychotics vomiting in your mouth”.
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    Free again!

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    "All of a sudden I’ve been given this luxurious gift of freedom: freedom to ignore SMS’s completely, to not answer emails upon reception, and voicemail? "Come on. I have Free. Of course I didn’t get your message". By John von Sothen, an American in Paris, stand-up author, comedian and columnist.
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    The law shrouding details of Congressional trips abroad

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    Members of US Congress normally have to disclose where they travel overseas, whom they visit and how much the trip cost — but not under a little-known State Department programme that keeps those details and others a secret, reports ProPublica's Justin Elliott.