Religion as code language in the French press

Time for a round of the “name that famous film quote” game. Don’t you see the rest of the country looks upon New York like we’re left-wing, communist, Jewish, homosexual pornographers? I think of us that way sometimes and I live here. Alvy Singer, Annie Hall (1977) When is a newspaper’s reference to religion not [Read More...]

Missing the grasshopper in the stem-cell debate

Master Po: Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear? Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds. Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat? Young Caine: No. Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet? [Read More...]

Whistling in the dark about Islam and reform

    Has anyone seen a story in the U.S. press about the opening of France’s first gay-friendly mosque? I’ve not come across anything in the U.S. mainstream media so far, but the story has received a great deal of play from the European press. Now the cynic in me would want to feign shock [Read More...]


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