BM: You are one of the foremost critics of imperialism. Can you tell us
how you came to be who you are? Can you tell us about your formative years?
AV: Formative years… There were many of them, and actually, I feel that I am still evolving, until now. People always do, I believe and hope.
I was born in the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, in an unbelievably beautiful city of Leningrad, built by insane Peter the Great and by a few no less insane Italian and French architects, on the shores of wide and powerful river Neva, right near the mosquito-infested swamps.Read More »
Bernard Arnault, the master of Louis Vuitton: with a fortune of about US$80bn this plutocrat is now France’s richest man
As President Emmanuel Macron slashes wages and conditions in workplaces across France, the country’s 13 wealthiest people have become $27.6 billion richer since the start of 2018. This has made France the country in the world where billionaires are increasing their wealth the fastest, according to a report published by Bloomberg last week.
Since January alone, the wealth of French billionaires has increased by a whopping 12.2 percent. This compares to 7.1 percent growth for Japanese billionaires, 6.3 percent for Chinese billionaires and 1.2 percent for American billionaires.Read More »
Time magazine announced Tuesday that it was giving its “Person of the Year” award to journalists facing violence and repression for their efforts to expose the truth. The four individuals and one organization selected by Time are certainly deserving of public sympathy.Read More »
The following interview is the first in a new series that will address salient issues in the impacts and politics of climate change.
Avoiding the catastrophic effects of climate change requires a rapid move away from fossil fuels and lower emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. On behalf of The Wire, Nagraj Adve interviewed Simon Pirani, senior visiting research fellow, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, to understand different aspects of this energy transition. He is also the author of Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption (2018).
The questions are in bold. The interview has been lightly edited for clarity.Read More »
wearing yellow vests kneel on the street as they gather in front of the
Opera House as part of the “yellow vests” movement in Paris, France,
December 15, 2018. Credit: REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Paris: Thousands of protesters took to the streets
of French cities on Saturday in the fifth weekend of nationwide
demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron’s government, despite calls to
hold off after a shooting in Strasbourg earlier this week.
In Paris, police were out in force to contain possible outbursts of
violence. But several major stores, such as the Galeries Lafayette, were
open to welcome Christmas shoppers.
On the Champs-Elysees, a handful of topless activists from the
feminist protest group Femen faced security forces a few meters away
from the Elysee Palace, the president’s residence.
The interior minister said around 69,000 police officers were active
on Saturday with a reinforced presence in the cities of Toulouse,
Bordeaux and Saint-Etienne.
On Friday, President Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the so-called ‘yellow vest’ movement against his government’s policies. The demonstrations have hit growth and caused widespread disruption.
“France needs calm, order and a return to normal,” Macron said, after a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels.
The ‘yellow vest’
movement started in mid-November with protests at junctions and
roundabouts against fuel tax increases, but quickly became a wider
mobilisation against Macron’s economic policies.
Successive weekends of protests in Paris have led to vandalism and violent clashes with security forces.
In a televised address to the nation on Monday, Macron announced wage
rises for the poorest workers and tax cuts for pensioners in further
concessions meant to end the movement but many said they would maintain
The government, as well as several unions and opposition politicians
also called on protesters to stay off the streets on Saturday, after
four people were killed in a gun attack at a Christmas market in the
historic city of Strasbourg.