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  So, clearly, I need to drop in soon with an update on this weekend’s French election. But, in the meantime, it turns out that France isn’t the only place where colonial history is back up for debate. A constitutional scholar just published an apparently serious call for Haiti to relinquish its sovereignty–preferably to Canada. […]
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  Geert Wilders fell well behind nationalist-populist hopes in yesterday’s Dutch elections. His anti-immigration PVV party is set to gain a few seats in Parliament (from 15 to 19), but this is still below the height of Dutch nationalist politics under Pim Fortuyn (who got 26 seats in 2002) and Wilders’s own high point (24 […]
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File this one under: “of course”: Steve Bannon planned to make a three-part faux documentary about Muslim radicals taking over the US. The outline shows how Bannon — years before he became a strategist for President Trump and helped draft last week’s order restricting travel from seven mostly Muslim countries — sought to issue a warning about […]

MLK en français

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On January 16, 2017

My to-do list today included tracking down eighteenth-century primary sources in French for some of my ambitious Francophone students. So, obviously, I decided to see what if anything French press had

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RIP Clare Hollingworth

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On January 11, 2017
I woke today to the news that we lost another great: Clare Hollingworth, war correspondent extraordinaire. Hollingworth is best known for her WWII scoop (see today’s many tributes)—but I’m also fascinated by her work in Algeria during its War for Independence from the French. According to the Guardian’s obituary: By the early 60s she was […]
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