Saturday, September 22, 2012
Needless to say, Serguei's cartoon takes a swipe at America as well as at freedom of expression, bringing up Yankee hypocrisy in the process and all of America's usual so-called failings…
• Lady Liberty: Those people are taking freedom of speech to a pretty extreme point!
• Uncle Sam: So are we!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
The Le Monde Reader Who Regularly Caricatures the U.S. Castigates Mitt Romney and Is Therefore Published 4 Times in Less Than a Month
The Le Monde reader who regularly demonstrates his haughtiness towards the United States and its people — among other ways by using the catty expression United Stateser — has written a diatribe against Mitt Romney, predicting that "the Mormon billionaire" promises to bring about a combination of Ronald Reagan's Reaganomics and George W Bush's policies and, indeed, that with his "spectacle of sorcerer's apprentices", he will turn out to be even worse than the worst president of all time (Dubya, natch). And so, to no one's surprise, Le Monde prints the letter — the fourth by André Fromon in less than a month!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Compared with Hitler’s Holocaust or Stalin’s gulag, Mao Zedong’s organized famine has been one of the more or less forgotten crimes against humanity
About 100 official documents concerning the “The Great Famine in China, 1958-1962” have been published by the historian Zhou Xunwrites Helmut Dahmer.
In her review of this work (“Uncovering a great leap into an abyss,” Sept. 6), Didi Kirsten Tatlow says that, compared with Hitler’s Holocaust or Stalin’s gulag, Mao Zedong’s organized famine has until now been one of the more or less forgotten crimes against humanity. I should add that the Chinese famine has been the biggest one in the history of mankind. This was the result of the second endeavor of a Stalinist party to enslave the peasant majority of a huge country to accelerate its industrialization. Karl Marx remarked that important historical events tend to be repeated: What happened the first time as a tragedy, in the second edition comes back as a farce. During the 20th century we have learned that the repetition of a tragedy may surpass all we can imagine. The enforced collectivization in Russia, especially in Ukraine, claimed about six million victims. The Chinese re-enactment of this tragedy surpassed the Russian death toll at least five times.