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

Fiction

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.

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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

http://www.slate.com/id/2112318/fr/nl/

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.

Lunch

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 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

Video:

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.

Files:

Der Spiegel published the Gorbachev files