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Balibar, Etienne


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Le Monde - France | 21/08/2006

Mediterranean cooperation against the clash of civilisations

"In the face of Israeli militarism, which responds to partisan action and acts of terrorism by veritable war crimes, Europe has not to be complacent," argue the philosopher Etienne Balibar and the physicist Jean-Marc Lévy-Leblond. "Europe must actively contribute to the construction of a Mediterranean space of cooperation and negotiation. The United States, Russia, and Iran could have observer status, but its natural members are those with shores on a common sea, from which they have wrought history. Such a regional council would certainly not offer an automatic guarantee of peace, but it is the sole antidote to the rationale of the clash of civilisations, the only one able to push back fundamentalism at the same time as postcolonial racism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia."

Libération - France | 27/07/2006

Intellectuals against the war in Lebanon

The daily published on July 27 a joint appeal from several intellectuals demanding an end to the violence. Among them is the French historian, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, who died this past weekend at the age of 76. "Enough of this belligerent lunacy, enough of this abominable aggression waged in the name of Israel against Lebanese and Palestinians, a paranoid aggression that in turn provokes deadly shelling against Israeli civilians. Enough of this cynical behaviour that uses the hostage-taking of three soldiers as a pretext for settling scores with Hamas supporters and Hizbullah members, both of whom, in reality, have only seen their strength reinforced by their resistance to the Israeli attacks. Enough of this headlong rush towards a dangerous conflagration in which the United States would 'defend' Israel by embarking on a new war with incalculable consequences against Syria and Iran. Enough of this frenzied race towards the abyss."

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