Chroniques de la décadence

Middle East: What sort of coverage do we get?

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To read the entire article, please visit The Beacon Reader, where it was posted initially. “Put simply, American journalists are interested in only two topics in the Middle East: Israel and the United States.” – Daniel Pipes, 1984. The most recent Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the rise of the Islamic State, the Civil War in Syria, the Arab Spring and its ensuing upheaval, not forgetting the decade-long Iraq war, have steadily kept the Middle East in the news in recent years. While we grow increasingly critical of our respective national media landscapes,…read more

Alain Finkielkraut’s L’identité malheureuse: A book review

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  [dropcap]A[/dropcap]lain Finkielkraut’s L’identité malheureuse (Stock) hit the shelves in France last year, creating a shock wave in the Republic. Finkielkraut faced every possible insult the French language can muster, and there are many. From being called a “vieux con”, roughly translated as an “old fart” on On n’est pas couché, one of the most watched TV shows in France to the too-easily predictable accusations of racism and Islamophobia, Finkielkraut stood the barrage of insults and last April, he was inducted into the prestigious Académie Française, a sort of Pantheon…read more

Is Hollywood the New Church?

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By Philippe Labrecque Extract from the article Is Hollywood the New Church? published in The Boulevardier Magazine. Given its tendency to reflect the spirit of the time, it would be tempting to conclude that today’s Hollywood ideological inclination is, once again, following the pattern of reflecting the dominant ideology of our era. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised if Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole seem to overwhelmingly support left-wing, multicultural, progressive and redistributive ideas that, arguably, dominate our political discourse. But there might be a difference in how…read more

20 years of Western hypocrisy and the situation in Ukraine

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By Philippe Labrecque This article was published on the Huffington Post Canada. The recent invasion of Crimea by Russian troops has sent Western media and most commentators in a denunciating frenzy of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The average citizen watching the news gets the impression that Putin is irrational, impulsive, psychologically “in another world” as German Chancellor Angela Merkel put it. The Head of State of what is still one of the foremost conventional military power armed with the largest nuclear arsenal more than two decades after the end of…read more