Ah, karma, what a bitch. Thankfully, Russia never got her Mistrals and that was a huge blessing in disguise, but then again, as I state in my video, it is about both the shrinking financial pie of the combined West and about dropping the non-Anglo-Saxon “ally” of France in favor of the increase in the “cohesion” of Anglo-Saxondom in the face of a lot of geopolitical centrifugal forces exacerbated by Washington’s desire to “counter” China.
AMERICAN STUDIESFRANCEFRENCHFRENCH IMPERIALIST COLLABORATIONIMPERIALISMIMPERIALIST SICKNESSRUSSIA DESKUS GOVERNMENT CRIMES
BOURGEOIS VALUESCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMCAPITALIST SICKNESSFRENCHFRENCH CRYPTOFASCISM
French move to outlaw images of police at work is a clumsy attempt to hide the everyday brutality that passes as law enforcement
DAMIAN WILSON—Post-pandemic, the return of the gilets jaunes protests is a certainty – there have already been signs of an encore – and, having spent most of 2020 living under draconian restrictions, when the protesters do re-emerge in force, they will be re-invigorated and more determined than ever to show l’Empereur Macron how damned furious they are with him, his government, the handling of the pandemic, and the direction the Republic is heading. But if the president thinks the best way to deal with that pent-up fury is to have police operating in the shadows, locking up anyone who dares to try to film or photograph them, then no one should be surprised when it turns into an uncontrollable volcano of social media videos and citizen journalism that portrays the excesses of the law in a particularly unflattering light.
BETTER HUMANITYCAPITALISM & SOCIALISMFRENCH
NEIL CLARK—Commonly regarded as a conservative figure, economically de Gaulle was a man of the left. He believed in a ‘dirigiste’ economy with a high level of public ownership. He didn’t kowtow to the bankers and international finance capital. “He was a man who did not care for those who owned wealth; he despised the bourgeois and hated capitalism” was the verdict of his French biographer Jean Lacouture.
ACTIVISTS & HEROESCOLLABORATORSCOLONIALISMFRENCH
NEIL CLARK—Another big difference between de Gaulle and the politicians of today was his attitude to money. Has there ever been such an uncorrupt leader? As I noted in 2008, “Despite occupying the highest office in the country for a decade, he died in relative poverty. Instead of accepting the pension he was entitled to as a retired president and general, he only took the pension of a colonel. The contrast between de Gaulle and the money-obsessed career politicians of today could not be greater.” Jonathan Fenby relates how, as president, de Gaulle even insisted on paying for his phone calls and the electricity bill for his quarters in the Elysee Palace.
ABOMINATIONSFRENCHFRENCH IMPERIALIST COLLABORATION
RAMIN MAZAHERI—he French government is under fire for continually giving low estimates of turnout for Yellow Vest demonstrations. Multiple groups consistently put the number of Yellow Vests at 3 to 4 times the official figures. Ramin Mazaheri has more on this story from Paris. This is a PressTV report I did with the Union of Angry Policemen – (Syndicat France Police policiers en colère) it is a real cop union, the 5th largest, despite the goofy name. They are permanently angry, it seems. This is all about how totally undercounted the Yellow Vests are – this union has pegged the Vesters’ numbers at 3-5 times the ministry’s numbers, which are total bullshit.