Evocative nighttime shots of the disappearing cafés, bars and bistrots of Paris by French photographer Blaise Arnold.
More of his work here.
Simon K writes:
So, this actually happened in the European Parliament today. The Conservative bloc (which Fine Gael are part of) posted a press release, originally with a photo of a bloodied hand and empty cartridges (pictured above) with the headline: ‘Paris attacks: terrorists would gleefully vote Left’
Under it, they claimed,
“These left-wing groups are basically inviting terrorists to use loopholes in our safety and security legislation in order to perpetrate other terror attacks.“
I’m completely dumbfounded.
The press release, now online with a new image, can be read in full here.
Previously: Unintended Consequences
“The amount of people that are being killed today by military hardware has just gone off the Richter scale. The five biggest producers of arms, or exporters of arms, in the last five years were the US, Russia, China, Germany and France. And sadly, you have to ask yourself, if you look and ask how many repressive autocratic regimes in this region that France has not sold arms to, it’s a difficult question.”
“Because they have sold to Kazakhstan, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Pakistan.”
“Well, my niece said to me, on Saturday morning, that, for the first time in her life, she got an idea of what it must be like to live in the Middle East because it happens on a regular basis, what happened in Paris. Can you imagine it? That you couldn’t go to a concert, or a restaurant or a bar but you might be afraid to be killed. And this is what these people are facing all the time.”
“And last year, we gave permits for 190 metric tonnes of bullets to go to Afghanistan. Now, I don’t imagine that they did much good, in terms of peace. 2.5million troops have gone through Shannon since 2001, huge amounts of military armoury have gone through Shannon since 2001, and huge amounts have been overflown. And we are OK with that.”
“As long as the arms industry, and the shares have gone up 4% on average in the last three days in the arms industry, it’s a good weekend for them. Because it looks like there’s going to be even more arms used.
“President Hollande said, we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. But they’re already bombing ISIS and others. They’re giving guns and arms to Saudi Arabia, who are giving them to ISIS, as are the United Arab Emirates, they give arms and guns to anyone that will fight Assad. Western countries are arming both sides.”
“We have created ISIS but we’re not going to defeat the military of ISIS. Only Iraq and Syria will actually eventually defeat ISIS. They want France to react in a strong military fashion. That’s what they want. They don’t want us to take a peaceful position on it and to stop militarising the area. They don’t want us to take a rational position on it. We are feeding them with this whole militarisation of the region.”
Independent TD Mick Wallace in the Dáil earlier this evening.
Thanks Oireachtas Retort
#BREAKING French parliament to debate possible 3-month state of emergency: Hollande
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) November 16, 2015
— Breaking News (@BreakingNews) November 16, 2015
Didn’t see that coming.
Said person without internet.
Earlier: Unintended Consequences
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) November 16, 2015
Éinne saor oíche amárach?
An Féileacán Agus An Crann Úll.
The Butterfly and the Apple Tree.
A short play by Micheál MacCárthaigh, in Irish and French at the Sorbonne at 7.30pm.
Meet like-speaking friends and the bi-curious.
— Dario Spagnolo (@dariospagnolo) January 16, 2015
Three people have been taken hostage by an unknown gunman at a post office in Colombes, a northwest suburb of Paris, French media reported.
The gunman is armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a gun and numerous grenades, French RTL radio reports. He is holding from two to five people hostage, Le Figaro says citing police sources.
The location of a supermarket in Vincennes, eastern Paris, where hostages are being held
#BREAKING At least two killed in hostage drama east of Paris: source
— Agence France-Presse (@AFP) January 9, 2015