Tuesday, July 27, 2010

More on Les Roms, Les Gens du Voyage, etc.

Another good piece on the amalgame that the government has created by conflating les Roms, les gens du voyage, certain local disturbances, and a supposed global problem that can be resolved by "expulsions" of all who are in "irregular situations." This whole episode is really an astonishing case study in the abuse of language and the ravages wrought by the republican ideology of "willful blindness" regarding the existence of subgroups and communities within the population.

Quilès Calls for French Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Paul Quilès, who was defense minister under Mitterrand in 1985-86, has called for France to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan on the grounds that it is no longer an anti-terrorist war but an anti-nationalist war that cannot succeed.