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Hessel, Stéphane

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Politis - France | 30/11/2006

Stéphane Hessel on the militant role of intellectuals

Stéphane Hessel, former deportee, and former French diplomat, ponders in an interview with Olivier Douvre the political engagement of intellectuals. "The term 'intellectual' certainly does not refer to any single figure. But some, for whom I have a particular respect, and I am thinking notably of Pierre Vidal-Naquet, decide at given times to react to concrete situations when it is necessary to untangle true from false and to consider the unacceptable in order to take it apart. These intellectuals are committed militants. ... Today, in the face of countless injustices, we are in need of intellectual militants, who do not lose themselves in big virtuous statements about the world, but who fight for the recognition of injustice where there is injustice and for the emergence of popular protest movements".

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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