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did france blow it for betancourt?

April 9, 2008


It’s hard not to feel sorry for the plight of Ingrid Betancourt, the Franco-Colombian politician who has been held hostage by the Colombian rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for over six years. The once-thriving woman was kidnapped by FARC after she tried to negotiate with them and is believed to be […]

run away, run away

January 17, 2008


It must be the essential lesson in Politics 101 for all heads of states, presidents and prime ministers – when your poll numbers are suffering at home and nothing is going well domestically, pack your bags and focus on foreign policy. Two leaders who have taken this lesson seriously are the US and French presidents, […]

sarkozy’s master stroke

October 27, 2007


Perhaps the militant French unions have met their match in French president Nicolas Sarkozy. Last week’s 24-hour strike by France’s transport, gas and electricity unions might have seen a massive turnout and Sarkozy himself suffered the indignity of power cuts in his home. But public opinion seemed to be in agreement with the government’s stance […]

the tour de france’s problem

July 6, 2007


The 94th Tour de France race is starting tomorrow in London. But would anyone really care? After the spate of scandals about top cyclists doping and last year’s winner Floyd Landis still under a cloud of suspicion of having shot up to win, it’s doubtful if many people would be paying much attention to this […]

landis and his quest to clear his name

June 25, 2007


So is Floyd Landis innocent of doping to win last year’s Tour de France? In today’s edition of the UK newspaper, the Guardian, Landis maintains his innocence, and he tells the newspaper he is determined to prove his innocence, as his prize money from racing dwindles while his legal bills soar to pay for his […]

fastidious french voters

June 17, 2007


In typical French fashion, voters have resurrected their complex contrarian characteristic and rejected the talk that France would face a tidal “blue wave”. True to form, they struck a blow, though not mortal, to their newly-elected President Nicolas Sarkozy, by denying his party, the Union for a Popular Movement, the commanding landslide that has been […]

sarkozy everywhere

June 4, 2007


“I will defend my convictions while respecting others,” pledges French President Nicholas Sarkozy, declaring his guiding philosophy, as he plunges into his job with relish, giving an opinion on anything or everyhing. This is a man who has the energy of a man half his age, seems like he is staying up all night thinking […]