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The Lonesome Death of Dimitris Chrystoulas

The Lonesome Death of Dimitris Chrystoulas

  • April 07, 2012
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Today the funeral of Dimitris Chrystoulas,  the  77-year-old pensioner who shot himself in Syntagma Square on Wednesday in front of the Greek parliament, will take place in Athens.   In a suicide note found at his apartment, the retired pharmacist reportedly wrote:

I find no other solution than a dignified end before I start searching through the trash for food.

Chystoulas was a committed leftist who had been active in anti-cuts protests and campaigns, but he had clearly lost faith in the ability of the Greek population to fight the savage EU/IMF inflicted reforms that he...

Death in the Mediterranean

  • March 29, 2012
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The Guardian reports today on the Council of Europe’s nine-month investigation into the terrible incident which took place in May last year, when 72 African migrants sail left Tripoli harbour in a packed dinghy en route for Europe.   The boat’s engine cut out and it spent two weeks adrift, even though its passengers...

Lone Wolves on the Prowl

Lone Wolves on the Prowl

  • March 24, 2012
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Mohammed Merah’s  act of suicide-by-cop has been followed by a further shift in the already confusing and conflicting narratives that have accompanied the Toulouse/Montauban murder spree.   When the siege first began, it was reported that Merah belonged to  al-Qaeda and that he had been trained on the Pakistan-Afghan border in Waziristan.  Then it was reported...

Migrants In Calais (Part 1)

  • March 23, 2012
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CALAIS, France, Mar 22, 2012 (IPS) – It”s more than two years since French police demolished the migrant squatter camp in Calais known as the Jungle in September 2009. At the time the widely-publicised demolition was hailed by the French and British authorities as a major blow to the smugglers or passeurs who facilitated illegal...

Murder in Toulouse

Murder in Toulouse

  • March 22, 2012
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Yesterday evening I was leaving the swimming pool when a young girl came running past me in the corridor.  She looked not much older than Myriam Monsenego, the young girl executed by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse on Monday, apparently because he wanted ‘revenge for Palestinian children.’

Anyone who would extinguish a child’s life in this way...

Sarkozy: la France c’est moi

Sarkozy: la France c’est moi

  • March 12, 2012
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What do you do when you are the president of France and you are facing a crushing  defeat at the hands of the centre-left in forthcoming elections next month,  and a substantial swathe of the electorate thinks that you are the worst French leader since World War II?

If you are Nicolas Sarkozy, this question has...

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