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The French socialist saga makes awkward reading for left-wingers. It has a wistful air of déjà vu.

"Oh God," Heinrich Heine wrote, "how big is your zoo!" This sentence kept popping into my head in June as I read the dispatches of my journalistic colleagues on Pope John Paul II's journey throug

Hardly had the Nobel Peace Prize committee announced that Solidarity leader Lech Walesa was its 1983 laureate but President Reagan and other cold warriors began praising the choice as another

Nothing is louder than the silence of intellectuals.

As the year opened in Paris, two stories dominated the news, one of them sad, the other funny. The first occurred at the Talbot auto plant in Poissy, just outside the capital.

On March 21, French President François Mitterrand arrives in the United States for a three-day state visit. When he was elected President in May 1981, he was the subject of great hope.

March 4. Hundreds of thousands of French citizens are marching today to defend "educational freedom"--that is, uncontrolled state subsidies for private Catholic schools.

The French Communist Party has no future in the government. Does it have a future outside it?

Recently, The Economist took out a full-page advertisement in the Financial Times of London boasting that it had predicted the coal miners'
strike six years ago.

From February 6 through February 10, more than 1,700 delegates to the French Communist Party's twenty-fifth congress met in the roofed-over sports stadium at Saint-Ouen, a suburb of Paris.

Blogs

When it comes to President Obama's war of whim in Libya, Democrats and Republicans, liberals and libertarians are saying: The Constitution must be respected.

March 23, 2011

In El Salvador, Barack Obama pays tribute to Oscar Romero.

March 23, 2011

Obama's Afghanistan adviser backs new report on peace talks.

March 23, 2011

Does the silence of the Obama administration on the uprisings in Yemen have something to do with the US-backed president's role as a crucial partner in the war on terror?

March 22, 2011

"We have already spent trillions of dollars on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.... Now, the President is plunging the United States into yet another war we cannot afford," argues the congressman.

March 22, 2011

Obama, in Chile, celebrates Latin American democracy while telling Chileans to not cling to the past.

March 22, 2011

The fact that Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Hillary Clinton skillfully argued for military intervention in Libya and won their point is not very interesting. So why is Robert Dreyfuss so shocked by it?

March 22, 2011

The conflict between regime change and the mission to "protect civilians."

March 22, 2011

Obama asks for Brazil’s help in solving US domestic problems, but offers little in return.

March 21, 2011

Even if a war is considered "just," even if it is launched under the auspices of the UN, US military interventions should be debated and approved by Congress before they are launched.

March 20, 2011