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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.
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    The Greens turning red with 'envie'

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    In a series of translations into English of French media coverage of the French presidential elections, the result of a cooperation project between Mediapart and Lille University masters degree students in translation, this report examines why a significant number of Green party supporters are planning to cast their vote not for their own candidate, Eva Joly, but for radical-left Front de Gauche firebrand Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
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    Is Marine Le Pen anti-establishment?

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    In a series of reports on the French presidential elections, a group of Lille University masters degree students in English-French translation have selected and translated into English a wide range of profiles and interviews of candidates published in the French media. Their English versions of the articles, complete with glossaries and information notes, provide a rich insight into the campaign, the candidates and the manner in which the elections are reported in France.
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    Collateral Damage

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    "The criminal and chaotic situation in Mali, today, is a direct result of NATO’s intervention in Libya to overthrow Gaddafi," writes Manthia Diawara, director of Institute of African American Affairs, (IAAA), at New York University.
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    Obama and Sarkozy on the ring

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    An American living in Paris, stand-up author, comedian and columnist, John von Sothen dresses the sports cards of two political boxers, Nicolas Sarkozy and Barack Obama, before their respective election campaign fights.
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    The real Joseph Kony, more than a click away

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    Earlier this month, California-based non-profit organisation Invisible Children released a 30-minute video, ‘Kony 2012’, about Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army in Uganda and which highlighted the plight of the child soldiers who serve it. It has become a viral sensation, now viewed more than 80 million times on YouTube. American novelist and writer Dinaw Mengestu, an Ethiopian-born specialist on African affairs, and notably on the war in northern Uganda, explains here why he was not impressed.