Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Thursday, November 17, 2005

We Are All Scum Now!

French Interior Minister Nichlas Sarkozy started a political firestorm in France (and sabotaged his chances of ever becoming Président de la République) when he used the racism-charged word, racaille ("scum") to refer to nocturnal suburban rioters.

Today is International Student Day and as usual, the "revisionist" holiday bypassed the United States. However, in Italy, students took to the streets by the thousands in 70 cities to show solidarity and to protest new national legislation slashing the education budget and raising univeristy fees. The now disinherited youth of Italy echo the Franco-African cry for help (in French) by a banner reading, We Are All Scum Now.


Blogger Hannibal said...

The banner misspells the french word "racailles" using " recailles" instead but this is not really important, what counts is the action itself.

9:13 AM  
Blogger Nur-al-Cubicle said...

You say écureuil, I say écur-ay-yai-yai.
But we both know its about acorns. :)

9:54 PM  
Blogger furtherleft said...

Reminds of Thomas Paine ...

"Let them call me rebel and welcome, I feel no concern from it; but I should suffer the misery of devils, were I to make a whore of my soul."

Add my name to that list.

3:45 PM  

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