Posts tagged ‘france’

September 29, 2010

New terror threats encourage Europe’s new New Right

JUST AFTER NORWEGIAN POLICE uncovered a further plot to blow up the headquarters of the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, new reports have come out revealing a broad-based conspiracy to stage massive urban terror attacks across Europe. Britain’s Sky News told viewers yesterday that a group linked to a Pakistan-based al-Qaeda network is planning to stage armed assaults in the style of the 2008 Mumbai attacks on London as well as on cities in France and Germany. All three countries have sizeable ISAF forces operating in Afghanistan. The current surge in American drone attacks on targets in Pakistan is apparently aimed at disrupting the plot, which is at an “advanced but not immanent stage.” Ironically, the acts appear to be motivated by revenge against the drone attacks, which regularly violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and have killed…

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September 27, 2010

Politician’s “slip of the tongue” has France on its knees

CALL IT THE INTERPRETER’S dilemma: to what extent is it permissible to “improve” on the speaker’s words coming through your headset? So far, my experience with this problem has been limited to desperately trying to make sense out of the frequently meaningless flood of language coming from politicians whose speeches sound like they mean something but are actually crafted to obscure the truth and bore their audience into submission. If you’re an interpreter of German, as I am, the main problem lies in a speaker’s stubborn failure to employ verbs (which normally come at the end of a sentence in a subordinate clause), i.e. their refusal to make sense, and it can…

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September 14, 2010

Europe says: “Frankenfoods must die!”

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When most people think of revolutionary movements, images of the Storming of the Bastille and the March on Washington come to mind. It takes a city to make a revolution. That’s where the people are, right? But the latest new radical movement to take Europe in its grip has sprung up in what might at first appear to be an unlikely place: a plot of land in the northeastern German state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania that the left-wing newspaper Junge Welt calls “probably Germany’s best-guarded potato field.”…
September 1, 2010

Sailing to France in style

SOME JOURNEYS STICK IN our memories for a lifetime, particularly when they are of the kind you can never take again. Forty years ago this week I embarked on a transoceanic journey aboard one of the world’s last great ocean liners, an elegant mode of travel that has long since gone the way of the dodo bird.     

My father has since retired from the university, but there was a time when his job as a French professor frequently took him across the pond for teaching and research. In 1970 he landed a yearlong exchange position at the University of Poitiers in east-central France and decided to take the family with him…

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