Weekly World Tour – September 5 to 11

This is what caught my attention this week. Bonne lecture!
Politics as Usual
1. The German dilemma! Where does Germany’s future fit in? Jörg Lau argues that there is a gap between Germany’s power and its contribution to world politics.
2. Gideon Rachman looks at the role of Germany in the survival of the Euro.
3. The CIA, the MI6 and Libya cooperated on several cases of rendition.
4. Finally, Russia just inaugurated the newly built pipeline North Stream. No more problem in dealing with transit countries.
5. Both France and the EU Counterterrorist Coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, reject the assumption that Europe’s security is under greater terrorist threat.
6. Has the Euro crisis opened a new can of worms? Europe could be up for a new round of referendums for a new EU Treaty. Adjusting the economic and monetary architecture of the EU would need a reform of the Treaties.
7. Europe is the solution, not the problem!
8. A visit into the Maktab al-Nasser, or the ‘factory of nightmares.’
9. What is up with the French political elites? One too old to be judged, the other one in the middle of trials, and the last one with low approval ratings. Yes, I am talking of Mr. Chirac, Strauss-Khan, and Sarkozy (in French).
10. Krugman analyzed the Obama’s employment plan. And he likes it!
11. Hardball between Coca Cola Enterprise and the French government following a tax increase on soft drinks.
12. Obama is finally confronting nihilism!

Cartoon of the Week


Teddy Wayne wrote a short story imagining Dick Cheney’s dream as he was unconscious following his heart surgery. Hilarious!

Video of the Week
John Stewart explains why Rick Perry is more electable than Mitt Romney.
Podcasts of the Week
1. Presidential hopeful and Governor of Texas, Mr. Perry, argues that global warming is not man-made. He has been fighting the EPA for years and is rejecting any scientific evidence.

2. Thomas Friedman talks about his new book, How America fell behind.

Weekly World Tour –August 29 to September 4

This is what caught my attention this week.

Politics as Usual

1. Dominique Moïsi wrote an insightful piece on the question of French interventionism (in french).

2. Justin Vaïsse of the excellent Brookings Institution talks about the success of NATO operations in Libya and its consequences for the future of the transatlantic relations.

3. Former Foreign Minister of Germany, Joschka Fischer, speaks with Spiegel about the role of Germany on the international stage.

4. Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times, wrote his first piece since coming back from vacations. He wonders if 2011 will be remembered along with 1968 and 1989, as a year of global indignation.

5. In Europe, the state provides assistance to the weakest, in Asia, the family does it, and in America, individual philanthropists. However, Dominique Moïsi argues that in this current economic climax, these unwritten social nets have been scrolled down.

6. Will Apple in the post-Jobs era survive and remain as dominant? Jason Pontin thinks that it will not be as lovable.

7. On the promotional tour for his new book, In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir, former Vice President Cheney gives the reasons why he should be in jail instead of being a TV guest.

8. Krugman has ‘gone wild’ with his latest article in the New York Times, and I like it. This time he argues that the GOP has become the anti-science, anti-knowledge party.

9. One of the best articles written so far on the challenges facing Libya in its post-Gaddafi period.

Cartoon of the Week


Videos of the Week

Q&A with Al Gore on the environment.

Former Republican Senator and Chairman of the Atlantic Council, Chuck Hagel, has some harsh words on the republican party.


As part of the Saturday routine, the Financial Times has a guest for lunch. This week it is Mr. Bill Barton, also known as Supercop. He was the former Chief of the NYPD during the Giuliani era and LAPD later on. Following the riots in England last month, UK Prime Minister Cameron brought him to London as a consultant in order to fix the ‘depress’ Metropolitan Police and implement new police strategies. Rumor had it that he could become the next chief of the Metropolitan Police.

Weekly World Tour – August 22 to 28

Politics as usual

1. Clive Crook of the Financial Times argues that Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, has a double face that makes him unelectable.

2. Richard Haass of the Council on Foreign Relations underlined the need for the US to send troops in Libya in order to assert the regime change from Qaddafi to the rebels.

3. Round 2 on taxing the ‘mega-rich.’ Responding to last week comments made by Warren Buffet about a tax increase on the ‘mega-rich,’ former CEO of American Express, Harvey Golub, says not so fast! His reply published on the WSJ – as opposed to the NYT, anyway –,  wherein he argues that before increasing taxes on the ‘mega-rich’ the government should do a better job with what it already collects. Not a big surprise coming from a man that was at the head of a powerful credit card company and now professes his beliefs as part of the ultra-conservative think tank, American Enterprise Institute!

4. Judy Dempsey of the New York Times explains how the elites are keeping the power from the people. Welcome in Europe!

5. Paul Krugman argues that there is not such thing as a ‘Texas miracle’.

6. Christopher Hill, a long time US high level civil servant, talks about the up-coming difficulties in stabilizing Libya in the post-Qaddafi era.

7. The impacts of the global war on drug on Latin American’s economies.

8. Another case of ‘he-said, she-said:’ the dark side of the case DSK.

9. What does Libya mean for the future of NATO?

Cartoon of the Week


Video of the Week

US politics as usual, all the ‘famous’ politicians are in here for the weekly review by Politico.

Podcast of the Week

The excellent conversation on NPR led by Tom Ashbrook with three outstanding guests: New York Times’ Berlin bureau chief, Nicholas Kulish; one of the top French international relations experts, Dominique Moïsi; and Italian journalist, Beppe Severgnini. The theme of the discussion was ‘Europe in crisis,’ which went further than the usual analyses on the economic and financial meanders of Europe. (See my comments on the topic on the FPB website (http://foreignpolicyblogs.com/2011/08/23/the-end-of-europe-why-saving-the-euro-is-more-of-a-political-than-an-economic-decision/) ).

Comeback of the Week

After being tarnished by the international press following his articles condemning the US judiciary system for humiliating his friend, former IMF President, Dominique Strauss-Khan, French philosopher, Bernard-Henry Lévy comes back with a quite powerful article on the ‘success’ of the Libyan war. He played a major role, backstage, in the early rounds in advising French President Sarkozy to send troops to Libya (in french).

Weekly World Tour – August 15 to 21

These articles and programs stood out this week. Enjoy the lecture!

Politics as usual

1. Brian Singer of the excellent Brooking Institution published a piece on the future defense cuts. He calls for careful cuts in order to not endanger US national security.

2. Obama, tell me a story! (Highly Recommended)

3. A question of leadership in time of crisis!

4. A summer without an oil spill is not a summer, the tradition is kept alive. This time you should thank Shell.

5. Is there a problem when the ‘mega-rich’ call on Congress to tax them more? I guess Members of Congress, also called the ‘Millionaires’ club’ are not willing to share their money. Warren Buffet argued that the ‘mega-rich’ should contribute more.

6. Naomi Klein writes about the meaning behind the UK riots

7. Presidential hopeful, Rick Perry, seems to not fit in the plan of the Republican old guard.

8. Lunch between Richard McGregor of the FT and Mayor of San Antonio, Julián Castro. Maybe Marco Rubio is not the only Hispanic option for the 2016 Presidency!!!

Cartoon of the Week

By Clay Jones

Video/Podcast of the Week

The video of the week is a talk with former Libyan energy minister about the Western intervention in Libya and the future of the country.

Fun of the Week

This week was a no-brainer. I made my choice on Tuesday as I was catching up with my podcasts from NPR and other radio stations. This week will not be about politics, crisis, Tea Party, extremism, hoodies or some other sort of misery, but about music. The ultimate winner is from All songs Considered of NPR with ‘Songs that make you feel good.’ Pick a good armchair, and enjoy the listening!

If you liked it, I invite you to listen to ‘Songs that make you weep’


Part two of the Gorbachev’s files by Der Speigel

Speech of the Week

I guess this was not difficult at all, UK Prime Minister deserves this category with his speech about the ‘broken society’.

Weekly World Tour – August 8 to 14

Here is what stood out in the press during the second week of August 2011. Enjoy the lecture!

Politics as usual:

1. Nobel Price in Economics, Paul Krugman wrote an insightful piece in reaction of the S&P downgrading of the US credit rating. His argument is based on two points: credibility of the S&P and the broken US government.

2. Despertarse: How the GOP is trying to attract the Latinos for 2012.

3. How did we go from in God we trust, to in Apple we trust. The rise of Apple to the world’s most valuable company.

4. Interview of the German Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, by Der Spiegel:

5. The hoddie, a weapon of mass disruption?

6.China’s vision of the current crisis in the US.

Cartoon of the week:

By Sue Dewarhttp://www.npr.org/2011/08/10/139348496/double-take-toons-anarchy-in-the-uk


Ahmadinenjad’s take on world politics

Fun read:

Did the KGB kill Albert Camus? 50 years later, Kim Willsher brings a new light on the obscure death of French philosopher Albert Camus.


Der Spiegel published the Gorbachev files

Weekly World Tour – August 1 to August 7

Here is my selection of articles, video and cartoon concerning the latest on world events during this first week of August. Enjoy the lecture!


Political Articles of the week:

Gideon Rachman’s last article before his vacation in the South of France, “Beware of the guns of August,” offers an historical analysis of the month of August as an active month in international politics:


Charles Grant of the Center for European Reform wrote an insightful piece, “It does not matter who is the president of Russia,” on the coming Russian presidential elections:


Tough reality for the French, how is the increasing gap between political ambitions and reality affecting its role on the international stage:


David Pilling’s argument argues that the dramatic train crash last week in China has had considerable consequences on the Chinese middle class’ perceptions of their government and the strengthen of the country:


Terry Gross’ guest, journalist Robert Draper, analyzed the dynamics within the House of Representatives between Republican Freshmen – led by Kevin McCarthy – and the Republican establishment:


Cartoon of the Week:

By Schrank

Cartoon by Schrank published in The Sunday Business Post

Video of the week:

Analysis on the euro crisis and stock market crisis:


Fun articles of the week: 

Both the FT and the Guardian published on Saturday excellent articles on the 100 anniversary of the burglary of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa at the Louvre:

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/069d8662-be37-11e0-bee9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1UOJ5Ly8g and http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/aug/05/mona-lisa-theft-louvre-leonardo?INTCMP=SRCH