Omar Aziz, a famous Syrian peace activist, 64, died in custody February 16, 2013, Has it learned a few days later through his family. He died at the h? Military hospital in Harasta, a suburb of Damascus, after a long captivity in the detention center of the intelligence services of the Air Force in Mazze, where he was held since his arrest November 20, 2012 in a cell of 16 square meters with 85 other people.

Omar Aziz suffered from hypertension and had lost, according to his family, more than 15 pounds. Shortly before his death, he was transferred to the central prison in Adra. His family was never informed of his condition or even death. These are inmates who sent him the news.

An economist by training (University of Grenoble) and poured into new technologies, Omar Aziz had left Saudi Arabia, where he lived, shortly after the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011. It is one of the architects of the Local Coordination Committees, which have greatly contributed to maintaining the revolt, give slogans and ensured as long as possible that the struggle is peaceful and non-denominational. Continue reading

Able to give as much as others but cheaper, urban models tailored to become the cars of the crisis was said. Worn by the contemporary trend in downsizing (but powerful enough smaller engines, but reduced size record habitability), the “small is beautiful” would also allow general builders, so the French brands, to redress the balance.

It seems that things are not so simple. The latest statistics indicate that the diffusion of small car segment A (Renault Twingo, Peugeot 107 …) caps. As for those of segment B (Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta), which weigh 30% of the European market, they have, according to research firm IHS cited by Les Echos, plunged 19% between late 2010 and late 2012.


At the same time, the entire European market only lost 9.7%. These figures reflect a tad nervous French firms. Launched just last year, the Peugeot 208 has not achieved its objectives. Renault Clio 4, appeared in fall 2012, seems to please, but it is premature to talk about success.

And if there was a problem with small cars? “We suffer from measures scrapping, whose disappearance depresses the market,” argues Lawrence Fox, director of Renault range. Continue reading

central Steward French Confederation of Christian Workers (CFTC), I react in the gallery of Vincent Gay and Sylvian Pattieu, published Feb. 7 in the World website ” PSA Aulnay an employer violence. ”

I was very shocked by his lack of objectivity and factual errors it contains. I’m talking about evidence and not deliberate falsehoods mistakes, I let the two authors the benefit of the doubt and lack of information.

However, I ask them to fulfill their commitments to the big day in addition to their academic activities, Vincent Gay and Sylvain Pattieu also experienced extreme leftist activists.

World readers have a right to know these political commitments albeit very respectable when reading a position that has nothing of an academic work. Debunking some truths so conveniently circumvented by the authors. Continue reading

Percy Kemp not fly foot! Five hundred years after the Florentine Machiavelli, dare provide advice to contemporary Princes on “new ways of exercising power and the best way to keep it” does not lack audacity. Especially when it is not patented political scientist, but strategic intelligence specialist on the Middle East and complicated that we devote his spare time to write geopolitical thrillers in the John Le Carré, based on the best sources. And when, a native of Beirut and Oxford graduate, is written in French as caustic as distinguished.

The exercise, however, is not that style. The “Prince” modern (. Threshold, 140 pp., € 15) is like little, indeed, to his illustrious predecessor: “Due to the new reality of the world, the increase in world population, its needs , requirements and claims, as the result of narrowing of the space and the acceleration of history, unexpected events and their effects are known to multiply, weakening even more the Prince. ”

So here it buffeted by uncontrollable global turmoil, chess player taken aback by this unique game of checkers, sentenced to custody and control of more and more just to appear, the former as the guarantor security, stability and prosperity. So true it is that “contrary to what was the case in ancient times, today everyone knows that the Prince does not control events.” This does not, however, to hold him accountable for all and anything, political turmoil and economic crisis, military adventure and climatic hazards, safety or food. Continue reading

“We made ??mistakes are rectified and that’s how we progress.”. This council, Vincent Peillon spoke on the morning of Monday, February 25 to students in a class of CP Roger Salengro school in Gonesse (Val d’Oise), the minister just to apply it to himself. On the issue of school timetables, the strategy of the Minister of National Education is rather to summarize the following line: “We made ??a mistake, then a second and that’s how we move forward.” Irony of a socialist leader commented: “The philosopher should know that we should not confuse speed with haste …”

A PROBLEM OF RHYTHM Continue reading

Gigi Apparently reading the title of the cat, you think that Europe can not have global diplomacy? Why? But first, what is to develop a global diplomacy?

Bertrand Badie: It was one of the key objectives of the European construction. With the third pillar first, then from Lisbon with the establishment of the High Representative and External Action Service Européene (SMAW), we sought for a decade at least make sense of integration European Regional endowing it with a diplomacy that would speak on behalf of all members of the Union.

Except that this was linked to the common diplomacy unanimity of its members, considering the kind of diplomatic expression that would be the result of national diplomacy, or the expression of a common will. For this to succeed, it needed further political integration, to give meaning to the common will be part of a unit impulse. However, this dynamic was part simultaneously in the context of enlargement, which was not conducive to consensus and in a context of crisis, which boosted again nationalisms of each State. It is not surprising under these conditions that diplomacy has failed in its claim unit, all three factors were more upset her. Continue reading