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Une carte de Grèce que je n’ai jamais envoyée

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J’avais l’intention de publier un article alors que je me trouvais encore « là-bas », un là-bas qui est ici. Ce n’est pas faute d’avoir à raconter. Pour être honnête, je me sens désemparée, démunie de mots, ne sachant comment décrire l’indescriptible. J’écris pourtant quotidiennement depuis mon premier jour en Grèce, et le retour à Lisbonne n’a fait qu’accentuer cette nécessité, cette ... Read More »

The mother of all financial collapses, and a new beginning


A dysfunctional debt-based monetary system, massive imbalances in the markets, immunity from prosecution for those responsible for the 2007-2009 crash, and inadequate responses on the part of Western central banks and governments have created gigantic, global commodity derivatives bubbles that will most likely burst by year’s end, causing a global financial collapse (Our Dysfunctional Monetary System, Forbes, 6 Feb 2016; ... Read More »

Libertés, sécurité : confli-a-ctualité


[Qui est] prêt à sacrifier un peu de liberté pour un peu de sécurité ne mérite ni l’une ni l’autre. Benjamin Franklin Trois jours après les attentats, François Hollande entend modifier la Constitution et a déjà prolongé au-delà de trois mois l’état d’urgence instauré suite aux attentats de Paris. Ayant pour but et pour effet de rassurer une bonne partie ... Read More »

Tous humains, un poids, une mesure. Ou presque…


Le choc des amalgames Choquée, je le suis tous les jours par ce que je lis et vois autour de moi. Peur ? Oui, j’ai peur des amalgames, je redoute l’appropriation politique, notamment en faveur d’une fermeture des frontières, des restrictions migratoires, que ces attaques soient un prétexte de plus pour imposer des restrictions aux libertés et un contrôle accru des ... Read More »

The little PIIGS, the house of BRICS and the big bad wolf – Part II: the EU’s break-up is not inevitable, but…


Either we dissolve Europe or we press ahead Romano Prodi, BBC Radio 5 live, 14 May 2015 Russia and the European Union agreed on forming a common economic space back in 2003. The plan provided for coordinating economic regulation without creating any supranational institutions. Vladimir Putin elaborated on the idea in his article published in the German Sueddeutsche Zeitung in ... Read More »

The little PIIGS, the house of BRICS and the big bad wolf – Part I: war is not inevitable, but it will come


‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.’ ‘No, no, by the hair of my chiny chin chin.’ ‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.’ Well, he huffed, and he puffed, and he huffed and he puffed, and he puffed and huffed; but he could not get the house down….Then the wolf was very angry ... Read More »

Future cities: smart and resilient, but only for the rich?


There is a real risk that as our lives become more automated we become more like automatons. We will follow the guidance of our smart phones without reflecting on how we live our lives, and how we engage in our communities. Furthermore, there is a risk that the smart city draws attention and resources to those issues that can be ... Read More »

The resilient tribes and the explosive rise of “Atlantis”


The appearance of newly formed land along Shiretoko Peninsula’s southeastern coast is causing a stir. The unexplained mass measures roughly 300 meters to 500 meters long, 30 meters wide and rises 10 to 15 meters above sea level, a town official said April 25, a day after it was discovered. A local woman who was harvesting seaweed along the shoreline ... Read More »

Eurasia Ascending – the Paris-Berlin-Moscow Axis and the demise of NATO

Patricia Kaas attending the arrival of the first Moscou-Berlin-Paris direct train - Paris

…in the meantime it is imperative that no Eurasian challenger [to the US] emerges capable of dominating Eurasia and thus also of challenging America. Zbigniew Brzezinski, The Grand Chessboard, 1997 We know what the goal is and we are trying to figure out effective ways to slow down or prevent it. Hillary Clinton, Clinton Calls Eurasian Integration An Effort To ... Read More »

A new dawn or a Golden Dawn? Trends, Risks and Scenarios for Greece


Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light Dylan Thomas Paul Mason (Channel 4 economics editor): You know what happened the last time somebody tried to take power from the Greek oligarchy. Yanis Varoufakis (Greece’s new finance minister): The good fight has to be fought independently of costs. ‘We are going to ... Read More »