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Painful stories from the colonies

Dorothee Myriam Kellou: In Mansourah You Separated Us

COLONIALISM: Dorothee M. Kellou's documentary is a painful dive into the hidden tales of Algeria's eight-year liberation struggle from the French colonial power.

What does Michel Houellebecq want?

Michel Houellebecq: Serotonin

: The controversial author Michel Houellebecq recently released his first book in four years. Will the book give the French farmers the traction they need in the struggle for their livelihood?

Deadly, complicated and expensive nuclear waste

: In 2019, there are 17 tonnes of highly active nuclear waste that will be cleared and stored in Norwegian nature. It is a very complicated and environmentally hazardous work, which the authorities have been pushing ahead for years.

Is it a crime to save lives?

Michel Toesca: Libre (To the Four Winds)

: France sentences its own citizens to prison for assisting people in need. Europe is letting the ragged remains of its morals and ethics drown in the Mediterranean. Libre follows a man who counteracts.

Foucault and the Iranian Revolution

Alain Brossat, Alain Naze: Interroger l'actualité avec Michel Foucault: Téhéran 1978 / Paris 2015

: It is far from Tehran 1978 to Paris, Copenhagen or Oslo 2018, but with Foucault's help we can perhaps understand a little more of the religious language of the Iranian revolution.

After the revolution

Thomas Carlyle: The French Revolution I and II

: Why are all the transitions of society earthquakes that strive for something better, but that end in something terrible?

Foreign political shadow play

Laurent Larcher: Au nom de la France? Les non-dits de notre diplomacy

: Laurent Larcher calls for openness, value appreciation and debate on French foreign policy. The author claims that France's power elite hides its real agenda behind meaningless statements and secrecy.

Hidden everyday racism in France

Tania de Montaigne: L'assignation. Les Noirs' existing pass

: On a daily basis, we constantly sacrifice the uniqueness, identity and individuality of others on the altar of group affiliation, writes the French political scientist Tania de Montaigne in a new book.

An ordinary day at the intelligence office

Eric Rochant: The Office

: The agency series Le Bureau takes place in a recognizable political reality, where knowledge is both power and a tradable commodity – in addition to focusing on the French intelligence service as a workplace. 

Money and corpses in Sarkozy's wake 

Fabrice Arfi & Karl Laske: Avec les compliments you guide. Sarkozy-Gadhafi, the history secret

: The French journalists Arfi and Laske dig into the real causes of the bombing in Libya in 2011. 

Elite liberalism + mass nationalism = true

Jean François Bayart: L'impasse national-libérale. Globalization and repli identitaire

: For political scientist Jean François Bayart, globalization and the development of national identity are complementary processes.

The unpleasant truth

Marielle Debos: Living by the Gun in Chad

: Living by the Gun in Chad is a real find for those who want to understand the political complexity of sub-Saharan Africa.