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25/01/2019 12:00

Pope Francis on Walls and Bridges

24 January 2019 - Pope Francis made a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall on Thursday, criticizing people who build walls instead of bridges. The pontiff, who is visiting Panama for a global Catholic youth rally, didn’t explicitly mention...


31/12/2018 20:50

Ann Wroe, The common sea

Ann Wroe, The common sea.pdf (borrowed from The Economist) A nostalgic article on the Brexit, in the form of a romantic obituary. Superb.  


30/01/2018 21:00

Donald Trump on U.S. Infrastructure

“America is a nation of builders. We built the Empire State Building in just one year – is it not a disgrace that it can now take 10 years just to get a permit approved for a simple road? I am asking both parties to come together to give us the safe, fast, reliable, and modern infrastructure our...


18/02/2016 11:23

Déclaration du Pape/ A statement from Pope Francis

"Anyone who wants to build walls instead of bridges is not a Christian." Pope Francis, 18 February 2016 "Une personne qui veut construire des murs et non des ponts n’est pas chrétienne." Pape François, 18 février 2016


04/04/2015 13:00

Médias et Terrorisme

Médias et Terrorisme.docx  En mémoire des 148 étudiants assassinés à Garissa, Kenya, le 2 avril 2015


07/12/2013 15:00

Madiba, the Last Giant

Nelson Mandela passed away on 5 December 2013 in Johannesburg. His life is being celebrated all over the planet, in every town and city, by every activist, artist, politician, by millions of people. He was undoubtfully  the greatest man of our time, a symbol of resistance, justice, dignity,...


22/08/2011 11:53

The Fall of Tripoli

The rule of a third North African dictator is ending in Libya. After 42 years in power Muammar Gaddafi  is on his way out. The fall of Tripoli (1.2 million inhabitants) differs from the Tunisian and Egyptian precedents. It is both the fall of a regime (with NATO assistance) and the fall of a...


11/02/2011 11:03

The fall of the Pharaoh

After only 18 days of demonstration Hosni Mubarak steps down. He ruled Egypt for 30 years. Who's next?   Interestingly 11-02-2011 is a palindrome (can be read both ways)...


25/01/2011 12:16

A call from President Obama

In his State of the Union speech Barack Obama deplores the state of U.S. infrastructure and calls for renewed investments. Quote: 'The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America. To attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, and...


14/01/2011 00:00


For the first time in the Arab world a dictator flies due to social unrest. Is it a revolution?