Monthly Archives: February 2012

Experimental film / video and the crisis

There have recently been a cluster of French mainstream films that can be seen to engage with the crisis and its fallout in one way or another. Some of them are discussed in French here.  There has also been a … Continue reading

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Presidential elections 2012: the question of Europe

Past French Presidential elections and campaigns have revealed a certain paradox concerning the importance afforded to the question of Europe. This became particularly evident in the aftermath of the 1992 referendum on the Treaty of Maastricht which sparked a huge … Continue reading

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Manifesto for Economic Democracy and Ecological Sanity Thursday 9 February 2012

It is often said that the weakness of current oppositional mobilisation is its lack of specific projects or concrete proposals. As if in answer to that kind of accusation, the Economic Democracy Manifesto Group have published a manifesto available here. … Continue reading

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Candidate Sarkozy and the centrality of the crisis

Less than one week following his confirmation to stand as a candidate in the presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy held his first big ‘meeting’ on Sunday 19 February in Marseilles marking the culmination of a series of actions that are surely … Continue reading

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This is no bailout for Main Street America In reality, a $25bn mortgage deal with banks is a drop in the ocean – given US homeowners’ $700bn of negative equity

(by Rick Wolff ) Big announcements of breakthrough legislative deals during election campaigns should be taken with huge grains of salt. Generally more rhetoric than reality, they sometimes contain real concessions made by politicians seeking votes. So it is with Thursday’s … Continue reading

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