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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

So what sparked the rift with Assange?

February 1, 2011

Condoleezza Rice thought that Chile, or perhaps Argentina, could be a solution to Israel's right-of-return problem.

February 1, 2011

The latest on Egypt and WikiLeaks, Stuxnet, Bradley Manning, and hundreds of Libyan Cables released.

February 1, 2011

Now will Obama actively encourage cable networks to end Bush administration–inspired censorship of the network?

January 31, 2011

An intelligence report says the Stuxnet computer worm deployed by Israel and/or the US on Iran's nuclear program could have had catastrophic consequences.

January 31, 2011

It's amazing what inequality can drive people to, eventually. Just look at Egypt.

January 31, 2011

Democracy Now!’s Sharif Kouddous reports on the ongoing unrest in Egypt.

January 31, 2011

Last night, Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes challenged Julian Assange on a variety of issues surrounding WikiLeaks, and failed miserably.  But what happened last spring when Assange met a real master of the debate—Stephen Colbert?

January 31, 2011

Former president says: “The United States wants Mubarak to stay in power, but the people have decided.” Obama should be listening to Carter and others who understand the Middle East.

January 31, 2011

The Egyptian opposition leader debunked hyped intelligence that led the US into war in Iraq. It's no surprise that war cheerleaders are now attacking him again.

January 31, 2011