Etienne Balibar: Laïcité or identity?

Byc: Etienne Balibar / 31 August 2016

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The controversial banning of the “Burkini” by several French municipalities last week – and it’s overturning by the state council – has once again brought the question of what laïcité actually means, and who it works for, in contemporary France. …
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Jihadism: A Generational and Nihilist Revolt

By: Olivier Roy

Jihadism as Nihilist Revolt The destruction of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq will change nothing about the uninterrupted radicalization of the French youth since the 1990s. Whether these youth were already Muslim or recent converts, this radicalism has …
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A Time of Disruption

By: Cédric Durand

25 June 2016     So the time of disruption has come. Against the backdrop of economic disaster, bureaucratic arrogance and a contemptuous lack of concern for social questions, the appeal of the European project has constantly weakened over recent …
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The Islamization of radicalism

By: Olivier Roy

Is France at war? Perhaps. But against whom or against what?     The Islamic State (IS) militant group did not send Syrians to carry out attacks in France to dissuade the French government from bombing them. The IS draws …
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Jacques Rancière: The Front National’s useful idiots

By: Mike Watson

According to the philosopher Jacques Rancière, a number of so-called French ‘republican’ intellectuals have been opening the door to the Front National for some time now. In an interview with Éric Aeschimannm, Rancière shows how universalist values have been perverted …
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The Moslims are coming

Violence comes home: an interview with Arun Kundnani

By: ARUN KUNDNANI and OPENDEMOCRACY

ISIS’s recruits are not corrupted by ideology but by the end of ideology. More radicalisation, in the genuine sense of the word, is the solution, not the problem.
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Some Thoughts on November 13 and After

By: Azadeh Kian

My son and I were both so excited. It was my first time attending a soccer game at a stadium. And it was a momentous match, pitting the French national team against their counterparts from Germany. The Stade de France …
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In war

By: ETIENNE BALIBAR

In this nomadic, undefined, polymorphous, and unsymmetrical war, the populations on ‘both shores’ of the Mediterranean are taken hostage. And Europe has a nearly irreplaceable function. Yes, we are at war. Or rather, henceforth, we are all in war. We …
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‘Isis in Paris’—By Tariq Ali, Hamid Dabashi and Judith Butler,

‘Isis in Paris’—By Tariq Ali   So ISIS has claimed the attacks as a response to France bombing the ‘caliphate’ in the Middle East. That Hollande/Valls are warmongers is beyond dispute . Ironically they were preparing to topple the Assad …
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