The Last Newspaper Vendor: an Unlikely Celebrity of Saint-Germain-des-Prés

PARIS – Seeing Ali Akbar selling Le Monde on the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés is startling. Not simply because he is often calling out his own headlines like, “Monica Lewinsky pregnant by Obama! She’s got twins!” or “Sarkozy converts to Islam!” But when was the last time you saw someone selling paper newspapers on foot in […]

Massive Strike at Libération

London – A crisis started last week in the headquarters of Libération, one of France’s main newspapers, and has been ongoing since. Libération is suffering from a growing schism between its staff and shareholders due to the announced plans of major restructuring. The strike from the staff began after the announcement of a major restructuring […]

Keeping Personal Information Private: Europe responds to NSA Overseas Surveillance

The United States NSA, National Security Agency, has not only been keeping track of business at home, but has expanded its network overseas. Recently, Europeans have discovered Prism, an information program put in place by the NSA to scan communications on various online websites, such as Google, Facebook, and Skype. These new revelations were reported […]

Debate Over Secularism and Religious Signs at French Universities

A report issued on August 6 by France’s High Council for Integration (HCI) has proposed the extension of the ban of religious dress and symbols in French university classrooms. The proposed law, which applies to all objects and activities of religious expression, specifically affects women of the Muslim faith wearing headscarves or hijabs. Continuing a […]

Offshore Leaks

The current Cazhuac story has shed light on an organization that collaborates 160 reporters, has more than 2.5 million analyzed documents, and logs a long list of offshore companies and tax havens used by the wealthy worldwide. With Wikileaks and Vatileaks not far off in our memories, Offshore Leaks is the newest global scandal. Yesterday, […]

The Values of the Republic, the Rules of the Internet

“Twitter must find ways to ensure that messages sent in our territory, in our language and intended for our citizens do not contain manifest attacks against our fixed principles [sic].” — Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights / Government Spokesperson, 28 Dec. 2012, Le Monde French President François Hollande hasn’t tweeted since May 18. Granted, […]