Topic: World View
Reality Check: A Note to London from Paris via Hollywood
The new issue of Just Above Sunset, the weekly magazine-style parent site to this daily web log, was posted around midnight, Pacific Time, and there is already a response to Mick McCahill's "Our Man in London" column on the ongoing riots in riots in France as seen from the UK - Vive La Difference.
The response comes from "Our Man in Paris," Ric Erickson, editor of MetropoleParis.
Mike says this:
As a reply for Mike McCahill, Ric offers this:
It's odd to be moderating an exchange between Paris and London from Hollywood, but why not?
Rick, the News Guy in Atlanta, adds this -
Well, there seems to be no political agenda with those rioting in France, much less an Islamic agenda. Anyone seen a manifesto - some clear demands? The right-wing reaction over here - that this proves the Islamic hoards are coming for our women or whatever - posits something for which there is no evidence.
These rioters don't want to bring down the state - they seem to want some share in the state and just a few of the goodies. Disenfranchised and alienated beyond anything Camus imagined - remember where he was born - it seems to be "burn it all down" time. The excluded know they're not going to get any such thing. Hell, burn it all. At least one expresses one's frustration.
Yes, 1992 in Los Angeles. Same thing.
"The fact that the noise has spread to Belgium and Germany says it could spread through that tunnel under the channel, and causes one wonder if it's of a nature that might bring it even to the states, no?"
That is already a concern. Langston Hughes ended the poem about the "raisin in the sun" with "or does it explode?" - as this is not new. See A Dream Deferred, of course. That's from 1951.
French Riots Raise Spectre of Los Angeles Violence
AFP - Sunday, 13 November 2005 11:21:00 GMT
Don't the French have an expression about how the more things change the more they remain the same?
For reference, direct links to specific pages in the new issue of Just Above Sunset, Volume 3, Number 46 for the week of Sunday, November 13, 2005
Current Events ______________________
Anticipation: The National Conversation Panned Out as Predicted
Oddities: What couldn't be so is so...
Entropy: Trying to Hold It all Together and Facing Facts
Too Much News: Lots of Things Blow Up in the Middle of the Week
Veterans Day: The World Gone Mad, or at Least Angry
The International Desk ______________________
Our Man In Paris: This Week
Our Man in London: Vive La Difference
Bob Patterson ______________________
WLJ Weekly: from the desk of the World's Laziest Journalist - "What we have here is..."
Book Wrangler: Venice, Frogs, and Racing Ferraris
Guest Photography ______________________
Paris Untouched: Christmas Lights and a Show at the Grand Palais
Our Eye on Paris: Three from Paris
Local Photography ______________________
Peculiarly Los Angeles: Melrose Avenue
Ephemera: Catching the Past in Los Angeles Before it Disappears - the Tail O' the Pup
Local Sports: The Cow
Quotes for the week of November 13, 2005 - Government and Reality
Links and Recommendations: New Photo Album