Abandoned by Trump, Syrian Kurds look to Paris

Donald Trump played to repatriate his « boys » as soon as possible. Putin prefers the Syrian dictator. France understands their dream of a future that is both democratic and secular. This morning in Paris, the capital of a country that has always been faithful to the Kurds, a Rojava delegation came seeking support. It included Leila… Continuer de lire Abandoned by Trump, Syrian Kurds look to Paris

Trump and transphobic regression

26Not happy enough with removing the word « gender » from anti-discrimination laws, the Trump administration threatens to forcefully assign – and retroactively – any person to his « genitals of birth » or his chromosomes. Overnight, the American Trans could be without papers, without legal existence and without identity. This ideological war, because it is one, will not… Continuer de lire Trump and transphobic regression

The double life of Tariq Ramadan

It has taken me years to reveal the double-talk of the controversial Islamic speaker Tariq Ramadan. Since 2009 I have known that he has also led a double life, contradicting his many sermons on the « Islamic conception of sexuality. » Yet I could not write what I knew. The most serious facts could not be revealed… Continuer de lire The double life of Tariq Ramadan

America Alarmed at Racism in France

Each year the US Department of State publishes its annual report on Human Rights Practices across the world. In its 2015 report the Department of State expresses concern with anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim incidents in France. Although this concern is justified, it must be put into context. Too many anti-Muslim incidents were reported in 2015. An increase… Continuer de lire America Alarmed at Racism in France

Can The ‘Up All Night’ Protesters In Paris Find Common Ground?

Let’s not rush to define what’s going on in the Place de la Republique in Paris. The movement dubbed Nuit Debout (Up All Night) defines and redefines itself every night. We must understand the context behind it to understand what it’s trying to mobilize for. There are two prevailing views on the matter. The skeptical… Continuer de lire Can The ‘Up All Night’ Protesters In Paris Find Common Ground?