The Uncivil Servant: After the Revolution

IN THE INTENSE NOW AND MAY ’68 IN FRANCE by Mitchell Abidor   WE ARE JUST a few months from the fiftieth anniversary of the events of May ‘68, the great uprising that seemed as if it would topple the French ruling class but which, in the long run, proved that ruling class’s flexibility and strength. […]

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The Uncivil Servant: Deflated France

by Mitchell Abidor AFTER TWO WEEKS traversing France working on a book on the events of May 1968, speaking to leftists both Jewish and non-, I took a while find the right word to describe the state of the country, but I think I’ve hit on it: deflated. The economic situation, the political situation, the […]

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January 11: Prime Minister France of France

Pierre Mendes France, the leftwing prime minister of France for less than a year (1954-55), was born on this date in 1907 in Paris. He came into office following the Vietnamese defeat of the French at Dien Bien Phu and immediately negotiated an armistice with Ho Chi Minh that led to the total withdrawal of […]

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Forty Years — Are We Out of the Wilderness Yet?

A Memoir of Radical Jewish Transformation, Part I by Arthur Waskow The path to Barack Obama was blazed forty years ago, in Washington, D.C. That’s where we decided to nominate the first African American ever put forward for president at a major party convention. The path began in blood and fire, smoke and sorrow, tears […]

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