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Mediapart Sun 23 Oct 2016 23/10/2016 Latest edition

Deep French police malaise boils over with continuing street protests

Oct 22, 2016 | By Loup Espargilière

Angry French police officers on Saturday held a sixth day of national demonstrations in protest over dilapidated and inadequate equipment, undermanning, recurrent attacks on officers, and what they describe as the leniency of sentencing judges, all in a context of the exceptional demands placed on them for anti-terrorism operations. The movement, which has wrongfooted the government and taken even police union officials by surprise, was prompted by a horrific petrol-bomb attack on several officers earlier this month in a Paris suburb. President François Hollande has now announced he will meet with representatives of the officers next week. As Loup Espargilière reports, the angry protests illustrate a deep disquiet across the ranks which has now become a political hot potato ahead of next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections.

Furious socialists turn backs on 'verbally incontinent' Hollande

François Hollande: leaving by the back door? © Reuters François Hollande: leaving by the back door? © Reuters

Just when President François Hollande’s chances for re-election next year appeared as low as they could ever get, they fell even lower still after the publication last week of a book of interviews in which he launches a series of scathing attacks on a wide number of people ranging from the judiciary to footballers, his political opponents to his allies, and the rebels on the Left of his Socialist Party. Amid the outrage caused by his comments, Hollande’s remaining allies in the party view the book as the last straw in a long-running series of blunders that now make him, in the words of one socialist senator, “indefensible”. Lénaïg Bredoux and Christophe Gueugneau report on the fury and dismay of socialist MPs and members of government.

Lifting the lid on the secret EU 'trialogues' where laws are decided behind closed doors

Oct 18, 2016 | By Ludovic Lamant
No final power: a sitting of the European Parliament in September.  © Vincent Kessler / Reuters. No final power: a sitting of the European Parliament in September. © Vincent Kessler / Reuters.

When the European Union finalises legislation adopted by its executive body, the European Commission, the definitive texts of the directives are thrashed out in secret, closed-door meetings known as “trialogues”, unknown to the general public, where no minutes are kept. The trialogues – sometimes called trilogues – bring together, and without democratic control, representatives from the EU’s three major institutions: the Commission, the European Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. Mediapart's Brussels correspondent Ludovic Lamant reports.

The obscure allies of France's anti-gay marriage movement

Oct 16, 2016 | By Lucie Delaporte
Anti-gay marriage demonstrators on the streets of Paris, Sunday October 16th. © Nicolas Serve Anti-gay marriage demonstrators on the streets of Paris, Sunday October 16th. © Nicolas Serve

The movement that led opposition to France’s law allowing for same-sex marriages, which was introduced in May 2013, called its supporters back on the streets of Paris on Sunday, in a test of its strength to influence conservative candidates in next year’s presidential and parliamentary elections. While calling for a repeal of the law, it more realistically also targets, among other issues, adoption rights for gay couples and their access to artificial reproduction methods and surrogate pregnancy. As Lucie Delaporte reports, the largely right-wing and Catholic movement called ‘La Manif Pour Tous’ is, a fact unknown to many in France, part of a broad alliance of similarly-minded campaigning groups across Europe, the United States and Russia.

New book reveals François Hollande's disturbing approach to corruption scams

Oct 14, 2016 | By Fabrice Arfi and Mathilde Mathieu
François Hollande inside the Elysée Palace. © Reuters François Hollande inside the Elysée Palace. © Reuters

A book published in France this week presents a long series of ‘fireside’ conversations over several years between President François Hollande and two journalists from French daily Le Monde . The book, Un président ne devrait pas dire ça (A President Should Not Say That), has caused a storm of controversy, notably over Hollande’s attacks on the “cowardly” higher ranks of the French judiciary and which prompted an embarrassed admission of "regret" by the president on Friday over his comments. But, Mediapart investigative journalists Fabrice Arfi and Mathilde Mathieu argue here, the book is especially revelatory of Hollande’s surprising approach to the catalogue of corruption scams which have shaken the French political establishment over recent years.  For he evidently regards them more in terms of their electoral consequences or the negative fallout upon himself than scandals that raise grave concern over the absence of probity in French politics.

NGOs drop support for 'ill-prepared' Calais Jungle evacuation

Oct 13, 2016 | By Carine Fouteau
A group of migrants close to the "Jungle" camp in Calais, October 1st 2016. © Reuters A group of migrants close to the "Jungle" camp in Calais, October 1st 2016. © Reuters

The notorious makeshift migrant camp in the French Channel port of Calais, which NGOs estimate houses between 8,000 and 10,000 people, including 1,300 minors without parents, is to be evacuated and razed in the coming weeks. But 11 humanitarian associations involved in providing assistance for the migrants living in a shantytown of huts and tents known as “the Jungle”, many of which initially supported the move, have now applied for a court order to halt the operation, arguing that it is “a violation of the fundamental rights of the exiled”. Carine Fouteau hears from the head of one of the most active NGOs, L’Auberge des Migrants, why it has now come out against the evacuation and his fears over the consequences.

The long path to 'real equality' for France's overseas territories

Oct 11, 2016 | By julien sartre

France’s National Assembly, the lower house, on Tuesday approved the government’s proposed legislation that aims to significantly reduce the glaring social and economic inequalities between France’s overseas territories and the mainland over a period of two decades. The move was one of President François Hollande’s election pledges, and is set to be his last major reform before the next presidential elections in April 2017. The bill will now go before the upper house, the Senate, before returning to the National Assembly for its final adoption. Julien Sartre reports.

French students agree to 'selection' for master's degrees

Oct 9, 2016 | By Faïza Zerouala

The issue of whether students wanting to do master's degrees should be subject to a selection process is a controversial one in France, particularly with students themselves and on the political Left. Now, however, the socialist government has struck an agreement allowing French universities to limit numbers and “recruit” candidates for master's courses. In return, students turned down for the course of their choice will get a legal right to “continue their studies” and will have to be offered alternatives. Faïza Zerouala reports.

Historic damages award for French factory workers harmed by pesticides

Oct 7, 2016 | By Jade Lindgaard
Press conference by former Triskalia workers at Rennes, September 9th, 2016. © JL Press conference by former Triskalia workers at Rennes, September 9th, 2016. © JL

In a legal first in France, a court has awarded damages to two ex-employees of a Brittany animal feed firm after they were exposed to pesticides at work. The award is a milestone because it recognises that what is known as 'multiple chemical sensitivity' from pesticide exposure is an occupational disease, and lays the blame squarely with the employer. The ruling also recognises that agricultural workers can be affected even if they do not work in the fields. Jade Lindgaard reports.

Sarkozy's former allies openly turn on their old boss

Oct 6, 2016 | By Ellen Salvi and Mathilde Mathieu
Under fire: Nicolas Sarkozy in Calais, September 21, 2016. © Reuters Under fire: Nicolas Sarkozy in Calais, September 21, 2016. © Reuters

For a long time Nicolas Sarkozy's former allies avoided personal attacks on the former president, even after they had become his political adversaries in the contest to choose the Right's presidential candidate for 2017. Now, however, the gloves are off and some on the Right are openly talking about the string of political and financial scandals in which the ex-president is currently embroiled. For the first time, report Ellen Salvi and Mathilde Mathieu, Sarkozy now looks politically vulnerable to the sheer weight of the scandals and criticism bearing down on him.

Guy Wildenstein fraud trial: an inside glimpse of 'tax evasion' on a global scale

Oct 4, 2016 | By Michel Deléan
Guy Wildenstein at court in Paris, September 2016. © Reuters Guy Wildenstein at court in Paris, September 2016. © Reuters

The delayed trial of the renowned art dealer Guy Wildenstein on tax fraud and money laundering charges has finally begun in Paris. Wildenstein and two other members of the Franco-American dynasty are accused of hiding from the tax authorities vast assets they inherited from the estate of Daniel Wildenstein senior, who died in 2001. The French authorities are claiming a total of 566 million euros in back taxes. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan has been in court to hear some of the extraordinary details in a trial that is expected to last for a month.

How French school system increases social inequality

Oct 2, 2016 | By Faïza Zerouala

A damning report commissioned by an independent evaluation body has found that schools in France exacerbate rather than reduce inequalities in society. The report, compiled from the work of more than 30 experts from different disciplines, says that the French education system has been failing many pupils for decades. In particular it singles out the failure of what are called education priority areas, a policy pursued by politicians of both the Left and Right. These special zones have been stigmatised and turned into educational ghettoes, says the report, shunned by better-off families and used mostly by children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Faïza Zerouala reports.

Death of Libyan minister linked to Sarkozy election funding 'highly suspicious'

Sep 30, 2016 | By Agathe Duparc
Shukri Ghanem in December 2007 when he was Libya's oil minister. © Reuters Shukri Ghanem in December 2007 when he was Libya's oil minister. © Reuters

Officially Shukri Ghanem died after suffering a heart attack and falling into the River Danube where he drowned. But few people have ever believed this official version of the former Libyan oil minister's death in Vienna in April 2012. Hillary Clinton's leaked emails show that her entourage and American diplomats considered at the time that Ghanem's death was “highly suspicious”. Mediapart has also contacted an acquaintance of the former oil minister in Vienna who has raised several potential theories behind the Libyan's death, including one involving “bribes” to politicians in France, Italy – and Britain. Agathe Duparc reports from Geneva.

Paris air pollution causes 'thousands' of deaths a year

Sep 29, 2016 | By Jade Lindgaard
A smoggy Paris on March 18th, 2015. © Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters A smoggy Paris on March 18th, 2015. © Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters

Last Sunday Paris banned cars from many of its roads and on Monday the city's councillors voted to pedestrianise a busy route along the River Seine. Both measures are aimed at tackling the problem of air pollution that is affecting Paris as well as other large French cities. It is estimated that such pollution kills up to 2,500 people a year in the French capital, some 60 times more people than perish in road accidents on the city's streets. Mediapart's environment correspondent Jade Lindgaard reports.

Revealed: the 2007 notebook that detailed Sarkozy's Libyan election funding

Sep 27, 2016 | By Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske
Muammar Gaddafi and Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in December 2007. © Reuters Muammar Gaddafi and Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris in December 2007. © Reuters

A handwritten notebook kept by a senior Libyan figure details three payments made by Gaddafi's regime to fund Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 presidential election campaign, Mediapart can reveal. Shukri Ghanem, who was then Libya's oil minister, took notes on the three payments made in 2007, which came to a total of 6.5 million euros. Ghanem later fled the North Africa country and was found dead in Austria in 2012. The discovery of his personal notebook and its entries from 2007 undermine claims by Sarkozy's camp that allegations of illegal Libyan funding are based on forged documents written after Gaddafi's fall from power. Fabrice Arfi and Karl Laske report.

Passport Control

Oct 11, 2016 | By John Von Sothen
Passport control in US airports used to be a no man’s land politically. No longer so. I recently noticed small changes put into place, changes I wouldn’t have picked up on had Fox News not been staring me right in the face.

Brexit pledges on immigration prove worthless

Oct 11, 2016 | By Jack78
UK government minister's statement casts doubt on EU immigration promises made during referendum.

'Terror in Europe' - new documentary

Oct 8, 2016 | By ProPublica
The recent series of terror attacks in France and Belgium lay bare an array of security shortcomings, most of which remain unaddressed. In a forthcoming documentary, investigative news site ProPublica and investigative TV documentary makers Frontline examine what went wrong and why it is so hard for Europe to protect itself from the growing threat.
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Amazon and its pricing algorithm

Sep 22, 2016 | By ProPublica
Amazon bills itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company”, but this report by US investigative website ProPublica found that its algorithm is hiding the best deal from many customers.

Europe’s Left after Brexit by Yanis Varoufakis

Sep 6, 2016 | By Les invités de Mediapart
The former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis lays out plans by DiEM25 – the Democracy in Europe Movement - for resisting from within the European Union.

What I learnt from teaching at the 'Jungle' in Calais

Sep 2, 2016 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
British volunteer Lena Anayi has spent time teaching French to migrants at the so-called 'Jungle' in Calais. Here she recounts her experiences and explains why she wants the plight of the migrants to stay high on the news agenda.

To Be or To Have?

Aug 22, 2016 | By Roslyn Henry
Just when you think you are getting to grips with the language something as basic as the difference between 'to be' and 'to have' knocks you off your perch.

‘Clothing like any other...’

Aug 17, 2016 | By Edwy Plenel
Several mayors of French seaside towns have slapped a ban on the wearing of burkinis, the Islamic full-body swimsuit, on local beaches, citing a supposed threat to public order and even hygiene. Mediapart editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel argues here that the ban is an outrageous stigmatisation of French Muslims in a society that is losing sight of the fundamental rights of citizens.
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The best reporting on Donald Trump

Jul 31, 2016 | By ProPublica
If elected president, Donald Trump has promised to “open up” libel laws so he can sue news organizations like they’ve “never got sued before.” While the First Amendment is still intact, US investigative website ProPublica compiled a list of some articles he might have his eye on.
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The best reporting on Hillary Clinton

Jul 31, 2016 | By ProPublica
Clinton has been in the public eye for four decades - and there have been investigative stories about her for nearly as long. US investigative website ProPublica presents a chronological guide to them.

Who do EU love? A letter to the 48%

Jul 4, 2016 | By Olivier Tonneau
Dear 48%, I was delighted to see you take to the streets on Saturday, but puzzled by some things you said.

Brexit: Why I accept it but do not respect it

Jun 25, 2016 | By sue landau
After Britain voted for Brexit European political leaders have been saying that they regret but respect the decision. I don't. That is, I accept the democratic verdict of the British people, of whom I am part, but I don't find anything to respect in there. Particularly as people like me were excluded from voting.

Why I want the UK to stay in the EU

Jun 21, 2016 | By salimero
The UK really is divided in two for this landmark vote and it looks as though the outcome will be a nail biting finish as it is ridiculously too close to call. Around 3 weeks ago I’d have said that the vote lay slightly in favour of staying with the EU but now it appears that slightly more people want Brexit...

Britain's alarming propensity to disenfranchise citizens

Jun 15, 2016 | By sue landau
Nowadays we believe that democracy is one person, one vote. But does nationality or place of residence confer the right to vote? Britain has got those criteria all mixed up in its referendum on membership of the European Union. Up to two million Britons living abroad are disenfranchised, but some non-Brits living in the UK are able to vote. It doesn't make sense.

"For the Muslims": my book about Islamophobia in France

Jun 8, 2016 | By Edwy Plenel
Published in French in 2014, my book about islamophobia in France is now avalaible in English, at Verso Books. Added to this English edition is a previously unpublished foreword and articles written after the Paris attacks of 2015.
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Mediapart English wants your views!

May 17, 2016 | By Graham
Mediapart English, the English-language section of Mediapart, invites your blog contributions about whatever topic stirs you, concerning France or elsewhere in the world, which can be published here on our homepage Club column in a spirit of debate and exchange.

Wear patterns: how what’s missing can help us see data better

May 1, 2016 | By ProPublica
Lena Groeger of US investigative website ProPublica asks: What answers can we find by looking at data that appears in the real world as a byproduct of what has been “used up” or “worn down”? What can we tell from what’s left over?

Mexican human rights defenders say they are target of smear campaign

Apr 25, 2016 | By ProPublica
Ginger Thompson of US investigative website ProPublica writes: On the eve of the release of a report investigating a student massacre in 2014, its authors and other human rights advocates feared an attempt to pre-empt the findings and discredit the work.
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Meet the Panama Papers editor who handled 376 reporters in 80 countries

Apr 18, 2016 | By ProPublica
Eric Umansky of US investigative website ProPublica writes: As the Panama Papers continue to embarrass leaders across continents, one thought has kept occurring to me: how the hell did the organizers pull it off? How did they make sense of so many documents? And, most importantly, how did they stay sane during it all? So I spoke with Marina Walker Guevara, who helped shepherd the project.

Spies and shadowy allies lurk in secret with help from offshore firm

Apr 6, 2016 | By Danyves
Firm helps CIA operatives and other characters — real or fanciful — from the world of espionage set up offshore companies to obscure their dealings
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Belgium's deadly circles of terror

Mar 24, 2016 | By ProPublica
Coordinated bombings in Brussels may have been in the works for a long time, aided by an underworld where crime and extremism blur together, reports US investigative website ProPublica.
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Building independence

Mar 16, 2016 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Mediapart was launched eight years ago, on March 16th 2008. Here we present a few facts and figures about our development, beginning with an introduction from editor-in-chief Edwy Plenel on the construction of Mediapart’s independence.

France opts out of International Conventions on Human Rights

Feb 22, 2016 | By Melextra JET
Editor of technological news website Next INpact, Marc Rees, reports that France has requested a derogation from the UN's International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Having already temporarily opted out of the European Convention on Human Rights, Rees shows that the French state is therefore currently contravening all of the international human rights agreements it has helped to draft.

The State of Emergency in concrete terms

Feb 22, 2016 | By Melextra JET
The morning after the State of Emergency was imposed, French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve outlined its key aspects. This article from the website of national radio station France Info was one of the first to reveal details of the new security measures.

State of Emergency: introduction

Feb 22, 2016 | By Melextra JET
In this blog on the theme of the French State of Emergency, a group of Lille University masters students present a range of reports from the French media about the security measures introduced in the wake of last year's terrorist attacks. Their English versions of the articles, complete with glossaries and notes, provide an insight into how the French press is treating this controversial subject.
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Yanis Varoufakis: a manifesto for democratising Europe

Feb 4, 2016 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, who last September stepped down from his post in the radical-left Syriza government, has launched his Democracy in Europe movement, DiEM25. Its ambitious aim is a radical overhaul of Europe’s institutions and the introduction of absolute transparency in decision-making, to be completed by 2025. Mediapart publishes here the manifesto Varoufakis presented in Berlin on February 9th, a plan to “regain control over our Europe from unaccountable ‘technocrats’ and shadowy institutions”.
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I ramped up my internet security, and you should too

Jan 26, 2016 | By ProPublica
Some people make dieting resolutions in the New Year. I make security and privacy resolutions, because those are the things that keep me up at night, writes ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin in this account of how she upped her defences against hackers and spies.
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The corporate takeover of the American Red Cross

Dec 14, 2015 | By ProPublica
Gail McGovern, a former AT&T executive who had taught marketing at Harvard Business School, was hired as CEO of the American Red Cross in 2008 to revitalize the charity. Seven years on, it has cut hundreds of chapters and shed thousands of employees, reports US investigative website ProPublica.

'Change the system … ' : Why I did not hang a flag in my window…

Nov 30, 2015 | By Sylvie Brigot-Vilain
Last Friday, a solemn tribute was given to the 130 victims of the Paris attacks. French flags outside of windows and tweet #ProudofFrance. A national unity cleverly orchestrated from which it was difficult to escape without feeling vaguely guilty. But martial ripost instead of a global response and COP 21 hypocrisy - this is the system that needs to change.

Letter to my generation

Nov 25, 2015 | By sarah roubato
After the Paris attacks of November 13th, a battle cry similar to that of Charlie Hebdo's pen has been relayed on internet quite widely. This letter is a proposition to go beyond the mere symbol and to question ourselves on our society.

At Wembley

Nov 23, 2015 | By Olivier Holmey
At Wembley Stadium, on Tuesday, 71,000 fans gathered to watch a France-England friendly and pay homage to the victims of last week’s attacks in Paris. The audience put on a brave face, chanting and jumping and waving their flags, but just four days on from an act of terror that claimed 130 lives, there was little joy to be had.

What Paris means to those who grieve

Nov 18, 2015 | By Olivier Tonneau
I was caught in a kind of crossfire after the Friday attacks in Paris: soothed by all the messages of compassion, solidarity and love for Paris, and disturbed by those who understood these messages as indicative of a partial attitude towards tragedies that unfold around the world.

Pre-COP: the gap between 2°C and 3°C is leading to new climate crimes

Nov 8, 2015 | By Maxime Combes
Three weeks ahead of the opening of COP21, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius hosts a Pre-COP meeting in Paris between November 8-10, a penultimate gathering of ministers from around one hundred countries. A meeting with civil society organisations was held on Sunday morning. Here is the statement delivered on behalf of Attac France, as a member of the international coalition Climate Justice Now. 
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The Paris Subterfuge: Budgeting for a Climate Tragedy

Nov 5, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Clive Hamilton, Australian thinker and economist, is Professor of Public Ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra, a member of the Australian government's Climate Change Authority and the author of "Requiem for a species" and "Earthmasters: Playing God with the climate". Three weeks before the opening of the COP 21 climate conference in Paris, he raises here two major questions: "What will be the magnitude of the global carbon budget?" and "What is the proportion of total carbon budget allocated to each nation?"
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Piano Concerto no. 5, The Intifada !

Oct 26, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
For the Palestinian students demonstrating at the Beth El checkpoint at the entrance to Ramallah, the English writer John Berger proposes  renaming Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5, The Intifada. « They too are inspired by a vision of happiness they cannot know in their lives. I send the Concerto as an arm to be used in their struggle against the Israelis who occupy and colonize their homeland. »
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The colour of debt: how collection suits squeeze black neighbourhoods

Oct 15, 2015 | By ProPublica
In the United States, debt collection lawsuits are far more common among black communities than white ones reveals this report by investigative website ProPublica in a first-of-its-kind analysis of the issue.

Live on Mediapart: Yanis Varoufakis's view of Europe

Sep 24, 2015 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Yanis Varoufakis was a guest on Friday's special live and open access broadcast from Mediapart. The broadcast came five days after Greece's Parliamentary elections and Alexis Tsipras's former finance minister gave his verdict and observations on the outcome. Yanis Varoufakis also set out his vision of Europe and the profound reforms that need to be carried out in the eurozone to ensure that the single currency is no longer the instrument of a generalised policy of austerity in Europe. Listen to the broadcast (Varoufakis spoke in English with simultaneous French translation).
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A Plan B in Europe

Sep 12, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Why we are convening an international summit on a plan B for Europe, open to willing citizens, organisations and intellectuals, by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Member of the European Parliament, co-founder of the Parti de Gauche (France), Stefano Fassina, Member of the Italian Parliament, former Italian deputy minister of economy and finance (Italy), Zoe Konstantopoulou, President of the Hellenic parliament (Greece), Oskar Lafontaine, former German minister of finance, founder of Die Linke (Germany) and Yanis Varoufakis, Member of the Greek Parliament, former Greek minister of finance (Greece).

Refugees in Budapest

Sep 8, 2015 | By gabihorn
This morning it seems from media reports that the Hungarian police has given up trying to register the crowds of refugees coming through the broder with Serbia: "Have something to eat and drink, then go where you like "  is what migrants arriving in Hungary are told now.

Refugees: learning from the past

Sep 6, 2015 | By sue landau
This blog is both a cry of outrage and a plea: this is not the first time Europe has seen a tide of refugees, so let’s take the lessons from our recent past and stop greeting the terrible tragedy of today’s refugees with political and bureaucratic injustice.

In Istanbul, three Syrian families look to the EU

Sep 3, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
More than 1.8 million Syrian refugees are now living in Turkey. Despite a long tradition of welcoming refugees, the infrastructure put in place at the start of the Syrian civil war can no longer cope with such a high number of refugees. Here, three Syrian families who settled in Istanbul recount their experiences, the precariousness of their situations, and their plans to reach Europe.

Freeze fossil fuel extraction to stop climate crimes

Aug 27, 2015 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
A hundred well-known figures have launched an appeal for a climate uprising, in the spirit of the social movements that put an end to the crimes of slavery, totalitarianism, colonialism and apartheid. Fossil fuels must be left in the ground, they should no longer be extracted and they should no longer be subsidised, say campaigners.
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Our Athens Spring

Aug 25, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis was the guest speaker at the yearly socialist ‘fête de la Rose’ gathering in Frangy-en-Bresse in Burgundy on August 23rd, invited by former French economy minister and anti-austerity campaigner Arnaud Montebourg. This is the text in full of Varoufakis’ revealing and insightful speech.
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Amid drought, California experiments with leasing water rights

Aug 7, 2015 | By ProPublica
The state’s cities need water, and its farmers have it. Could leasing rights to it solve the crisis responsibly, asks US investigative website ProPublica in this analysis article by Abrahm Lustgarten.
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A pharma payment a day keeps US doctors' finances OK

Jul 7, 2015 | By ProPublica
New data on payments from drug and device companies to US doctors show that many of the latter received payments on 100 or more days last year. Some even received payments on more days than they didn’t, reports US investigative website ProPublica, in a series of investigations tracking the financial ties between doctors and medical companies.

#OpenEurope – an appeal for stories

Jul 1, 2015 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Get involved, tell us your stories, pass on the news! Mediapart this year launched operation #OpenEurope in partnership with seven European and Tunisia media outlets plus a number of associations, collectives and NGOs. The aim: to make people more aware of the migrant tragedy and pass on details of how people all over Europe are doing something about it. For that, your participation is vital.
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Left in the brain: the potentially toxic residue from MRI drugs

Jun 17, 2015 | By ProPublica
Researchers have raised alarms about unknown health risks of GE Healthcare’s Omniscan and Bayer’s Magnevist, drugs injected to get better MRI pictures that contain the heavy metal gadolinium. US investigative website ProPublica reports on the disturbing evidence.

Turkey: the temptation to legalise the violation of human rights

May 17, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
While Turkey gets ready for a crucial general election on June 7th, more than 40% of voters say they would not trust the results and are afraid of major electoral fraud. In this context, the recent vote by the Turkish parliament on 'internal security' legislation is not reassuring. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s plan allows for the legalisation of certain human rights violations. Here academic Ibrahim Kaboğlu, a prominent figure in Turkish society, reacts against this security policy that started in the wake of the Gezi Park demonstrations.
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What is common to the US, Greece, Portugal and others concerning Germany?

May 12, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
Inspired by a talk I had with two statisticians in the National Statistical Institute of Portugal, and against the background of the repeated critique by the US Department of the Treasury Office of International Affairs on German economic policy, I analysed the foreign trade between Germany and Portugal. The result clearly supports the argument of the US Treasury – and shows what European politics lacks most, writes Thorsten Hild, editor of the German online journal Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft – Analyse & Meinung. 
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When a US newspaper stared down the country’s largest advertiser

Apr 22, 2015 | By ProPublica
A little-remembered incident helped establish the notion that news organizations could and should preserve their independence from advertisers, reports US investigative website ProPublica. As Wall Street Journal publisher Barney Kilgore told Time magazine: "For years almost everything in Detroit has been 'off the record.' We just decided not to play it that way. It isn't journalism."
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Hillary Clinton’s top five clashes over secrecy

Mar 17, 2015 | By ProPublica
The latest flap over Hillary Clinton's private emails when secretary of state is far from the first time she’s been accused of lacking transparency.

In Diyarbakir, in Turkey, the Kurds are gaining their autonomy step by step

Feb 26, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
The Kurdish capital of Turkey, which has two millions inhabitants, faces a perilous time but is also full of hope. Since the start of the 20th century, the Kurds have been split between Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, but today this population without a state is at the heart of the reconstruction of the Middle East.
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Alberto Nisman and Argentina’s history of assassinations and suspicious suicides

Feb 16, 2015 | By ProPublica
Whether the death of crusading Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman is found to be a suicide or homicide, many Argentines probably won’t believe it. The past has taught them to always look for the sinister explanation. 

Turkey: international press freedom on hold

Feb 16, 2015 | By Alain Devalpo
After the army, the judges, the police and the Turkish press, the conservative Turkish government keeps on finding new internal enemies. It is now the turn of international journalists to be the target of this government through attacks via the news or social media and even legal action.
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Scholars' Appeal for Greece

Feb 5, 2015 | By Les invités de Mediapart
We the undersigned call on the governments of Europe, the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF to respect the decision of the Greek people to choose a new course and to engage the new government of Greece in good faith negotiations to resolve the Greek debt.

The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks: introduction

Feb 1, 2015 | By Melextra JET
In this blog project on the theme of French responses to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, a group of Lille University masters degree students in English-French translation present a wide range of reports published in the French media in the aftermath of January’s shocking events. Their English versions of the articles, complete with glossaries and information notes, provide an insight into the personalities, groups and issues influencing debate and how these topics are reported in France.
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Judge orders NYPD to release records on bomb-sniffing X-ray vans

Jan 20, 2015 | By ProPublica
The New York Police Department has a secretive programme that uses unmarked vans with X-ray machines designed to detect bombs. US investigative website ProPublica tried to find out more about it, but the NYPD refused to answer for three years. Now a state judge has ordered the New York City Police Department to release records on the programme.

Vive la Résistance!

Jan 12, 2015 | By sue landau
Those who attacked France last week forgot that this is the country of resistance. On Sunday 11th January, 2015, a sea of people – no, an ocean – demonstrated against the killers of Charlie Hebdo, the assassins of ordinary police officers and the gunning down of Jews. It was a staggering sight to see, and was followed around the world.

Charlie Hebdo attack: this is not a clash of civilisations

Jan 12, 2015 | By A.mondon
The attack on Charlie Hebdo was an abominable tragedy. It struck the heart of one of our capitals and symbols of our democracies as terrorists attacked our freedom of the press.

On Charlie Hebdo: A letter to my British friends

Jan 11, 2015 | By Olivier Tonneau
      Dear friends,      A horrid assault was perpetrated against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, who had published caricatures of Mohamed, by men who screamed that they had “avenged the prophet”. A wave of compassion followed but apparently died shortly afterward and all sorts of criticism started pouring down the web against Charlie Hebdo, who was described as islamophobic, racist and even sexist. Countless other comments stated that Muslims were being ostracized and finger-pointed.

You can't kill the spirit

Jan 7, 2015 | By sue landau
Paris, 7th January 2015.The day they tried to kill freedom.They don't know this song:“You can’t kill the spirit*She is like a mountainOld and strongShe goes on and on”...

Leviathan, directed by Andrei Zvyangintsev

Dec 28, 2014 | By François Holmey
Set in a remote village in the north of Russia, Leviathan tells with tragic beauty the story of Kolya, a car mechanic, in his struggle to prevent the local mayor from expropriating and redeveloping his land.

No Justice in Lima Outcome

Dec 14, 2014 | By Maxime Combes
Late in the night, 194 countries of the UN framework convention on climate change finally found an agreement. Far from satisfactory, this agreement jeopardizes any "historic agreement" in Paris. The climate justice NGOs and movements, including Attac France and the Friends of the Earth France, have released this first analysis.

2015: a landmark year in Turkish-Armenian relations

Dec 3, 2014 | By Alain Devalpo
The year 2015 approaches and with it a series of commemorations to mark the centenary of the Armenian genocide. On November 22nd and 23rd, 2014, the Hrant Dink Foundation organised various lectures at the University of Ankara where participants discussed the closed border between the young Republic of Armenia and the Republic of Turkey.

Mediapart receives Jaime Arias award for journalistic excellence

Dec 2, 2014 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
The Association of European Journalists in Catalonia and the Barcelona daily newspaper La Vanguardia have named Mediapart as the recipient of the inaugural Jaime Arias award for journalistic excellence, a prize that was created this year in memory of one of the leading figures in Catalan journalism.

My crowd-funding campaign of shame

Nov 21, 2014 | By John Von Sothen
Hello everyone!I’ve noticed in the past few months that some of my close friends have used crowd-funding campaigns to raise money for their personal projects, whether it be for a film, a play, or a tummy tuck procedure. Each campaign turned out to be a big success, so I thought, why not try one myself?

The value of independence

Jan 27, 2014 | By Edwy Plenel
Mediapart occupies a place apart in the French press. It has no advertising, it receives no state subsidies and has no financier or industrialist behind it. Instead, it lives from the support alone of its readers.

About Mediapart

Sep 29, 2010 | By La rédaction de Mediapart
Launched in March, 2008, Mediapart is France's first fully-independent, ad-free news website, updated three times daily, seven days a week.