Posts tagged ‘paris’

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 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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