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Politis - France | 13/12/2007

Gaddafi, a socially acceptable dictator

Denis Sieffert, director of the weekly, returns to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's controversial visit to France. "Why not admit it? There are good diplomatic dictators, and then there are just dictators. ... Gaddafi [is] a 'borderline' dictator. He isn't so unreasonable to end up like Saddam Hussein. But he isn't wise enough to move towards the appearance of democracy. His Western hosts would have to accommodate this contradiction. And, apparently, they have. This man is in the process of becoming a socially acceptable dictator. According to official criteria, what exactly is a socially acceptable dictator? He isn't less dictatorial, nor more democratic. He is a character who accepts being humbled by the great powers, who no longer threaten him, and turns his hatred against his own people."

Politis - France | 15/11/2007

Is social Europe being dismantled ?

Denis Sieffert, the weekly's editor in chief, links various protest movements round Europe to the necessity of a referendum on the European Constitution Treaty. "The construction of a Europe governed exclusively by management and profit imperatives has over time become the model for all political and social policies. According to barely divergent agendas, all European member states are passing liberal counter-reforms in the same grinding movement. The Alignment of European partners is the main argument for the increase of working hours. Same causes, same effects: the German railway workers ... are on strike like their French colleagues. ... Insisting on a referendum goes hand in hand with opposition to these neo-liberal policies which are making so many workers take to the streets."

Politis - France | 05/01/2007

The face of poverty in France

Problems of exclusion, poverty and lack of housing have recently burst onto the French electoral campaign, thanks to several organisations struggling on behalf of the homeless. Noting this, the editorialist Denis Sieffert recommends reading the collective work entitled 'Invisible France', a book that "gives faces and stories back to the excluded, the expulsed and the dropouts, not all of whom are homeless. Needless to say, this book sheds light on recent events, on the way we rediscover the obvious before turning away from it. It also sheds light on the attitudes of politicians, that sort of panic that they are overcome by when television cameras fleetingly reveal the invisible. ... Seeing invisible France is not only seeing the poor, but the system that creates them too."

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