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Le Nouvel Observateur - France | 20/04/2006

Ryszard Kapuscinski and the power of tyrants

The Polish reporter Ryszard Kapuscinski has covered some 30 revolutions. In an interview with Gilles Anquetil and François Armanet, he talks about his fascination with "episodes when power crumbles": "Every dictatorship makes the same mistakes, every one ends with its overthrow. Typically, it is from books, history texts and documents that we learn about these types of events. In my case, I had an opportunity to observe up close these mechanisms of free-fall, of regimes in their death throes. I have striven to pinpoint the moment at which those in power were afflicted with political blindness, at which they became powerless, often without even realising it. Indeed, blind power deprives the tyrant of the preservation instinct, chases away all his better judgment. The final years of the Shah of Iran and of Hailé Sélassié in Ethiopia provided me with clinical examples of this sinister metamorphosis."

Le Monde Diplomatique - France | 02/01/2006

Ever greater cultural mixing

In a commentary, the Polish writer and journalist Ryszard Kapuscinski considers the phenomenon of cultural mixing. "We talk about the modern world as being multiethnic and multicultural, not because there has been an increase in the number of communities and cultures, but because they are speaking in a more audible, independent and resolute way, demanding that they be valued on their own cultural terms and have a seat at the table of nations. The second half of the twentieth century marked a time when two-thrids of the world's population threw off the colonial yoke and became citizens of independent states. Gradually, these people began to discover their own past, their culture, their imagination, their myths and legends, their roots and their identity. And once they came to terms with these discoveries, they became a source legitimate of pride."

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