The future is in our hands

Reading the news and thinking about political topics, it strikes me how so much relies upon the younger generations, and how the future really is in our hands. Let me take two examples from current affairs that have brought me to this conclusion: the Arab-Israeli crisis, and the European elections. Both of these cases really need to make the most of the youth to promote their causes and help them to make progress.

A new world order?

Or in other words, how France has suddenly become the model everyone is turning to…

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that in Brazil, Carrefour supermarkets were huge and very popular, and also all over the country. “But this is a French brand, my local supermarket….” I thought to myself, still a little confused on how my regular local brand of supermarket made it all the way out to Brazil. Then I remembered that Carrefour is actually a French super champion and is widely exported all over the world. And little by little, more and more signs kept cropping up reminding me that France actually is one of the world’s “superpowers” as it has been self-proclaiming for years.

Jack Bauer vs. Adam Carter

Or in other words, who is torturing who?

About a month ago, my attention was caught by an article on the BBC news website, called “Binyam blames UK for mistreatment”. This article was, as its title suggest, about the accusations made by Binyam Mohamed against the British government for collaborating on torture. The accusations made are very serious and this got me thinking once again on the question of torture. Who uses torture? Who does so openly and who does so very secretively? Is it really as taboo as we think it is?

L’apparat et la politique

Est il un système démocratique contemporain qui puisse argumenter son action sans recourir systématiquement au pouvoir de l’image politique?

L’image politique a une existence ambivalente. Elle propose une manipulation simple des consciences collectives et suppose tout aussi bien l’indépendance du sujet qui la regarde, comme un simulacre du jugement qui lui est rendu possible par l’attention bien particulière qu’il portera à ce qu’il observe.

Off the mark

A comment on french TV

Although I said I would not be writing whilst I was away, I could not help but pick up an edition of Le Monde before I took off and find the most interesting article! A while back I had written an article about the use of media by politicians and the importance that existed in this relation. Be it hidden or not, there is a definite link between the image that is portrayed of politicians and their popularity. In my opinion, they subtly use TV and other forms of media to their advantage, through personal links that they have. I particularly feel that Nicolas Sarkozy for example, who loves being in the spotlight, has managed to manipulate the media to his advantage. This is difficult to prove however…So imagine my surprise when I came upon the article in Le Monde!

The good, the bad and the ugly

Or in other words, a few observations about the differences between France and the UK

Over the years, I have grown to observe a few differences between France and England. Not just culturally or in the obvious linguistic way, but in other ways too. The interesting thing, is that when I first moved to the UK I hated it. I had never felt more french and vowed to leave the UK as soon as possible. But now I have left it, I realise it does have certain qualities that act in it’s favour. There are some striking differences between France and England, and some of them are quite important.

Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the greatest of them all?

Or in other words, the power of the media in political and public relations

Le Monde of November 5th has an interesting article (that I can’t actually find online) on how Obama’s campaign inspired Mr. Sarkozy’s counsellors. The reason this draws my attention is because for quite a while now I have been interested in the link that exists between the mass media and politics. In my undergraduate dissertation, I tried to prove that the reason Jean-Marie Le Pen had managed to reach the second round of the French presidential election in 2002 was because of media coverage and the effect it had on the voters.

Utopia

Est il un néologisme assez juste pour caractériser la frénésie de l’élection américaine et l’aspiration générale au changement qu’elle a suscité en chacun de ses habitants ?

La raison semble devoir habituellement séduire le sujet, tant elle est une propriété même des combats politiques.

C’est pourtant un vote de raison et d’idéal qui s’est joué au dela de l’océan puisqu’il condamne à jamais les dérives d’un double mandat catastrophique et confirme l’intuition commune d’un changement historique.

On tenterhooks

Who will be America’s next president?

It’s time for Americans to go out and VOTE!!!

I cannot urge you all strongly enough to go and vote and remind you how important this is. Today is election day in the US, and we are looking at what most newspapers and sites are calling the most historical election in US history. If Barack Obama wins this could also make history in terms of international relations.

To be or not to be…

The desire to exist and how legitimate this may be.

This week’s Economist once again provides me with a source of inspiration. It seems that it always has one article or another that gives me the desire to write a reply, a comment, or give my opinion. In fact, this is how I got the idea for the blog so I suppose it’s a good thing I give it some credit.

In it, there is a book review of a book written by two Israeli academics, in defense of Zionism. Now as I have mentioned before, I find it hard to take a side on the topic of the Arab-Israeli conflict, given to the many friends I have on both sides, and my positive experience whilst traveling in Israel. Nevertheless, I still have an opinion on the state of Israel and it’s existence.