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Call them Footballers, not just ‘French’

Call them Footballers, not just ‘French’

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Written By : Somrita Bhattacharyya Paris, France Illustration: Arghya Manna 15th July, 2018. 9 PM. La Défense train station in Paris. A joyously tired crowd is heading back home after the magnificent victory of France in the Football World Cup 2018. ‘Allez Les Bleus’ slogan cascades through the air like a wave. “Why should we shout out ‘Allez Les Bleus’? Our slogan should be ‘Allez Les Noirs’! They don’t want us; they don’t include us, why should we celebrate the victory of the Blues then?”- a voice revolts, in the shadowy railway station of a mid-July late evening. It was the voice of an Afro-French middle-aged man waiting in the station to catch the train to Versailles. Before the train arrived, his voice was subdued by the mockery of his fellow countrymen and some more ‘Allez Le
A Critique of Modern Democracy – Part 1

A Critique of Modern Democracy – Part 1

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  Written By : Senex Paris, France Photo credit - Alain Kugel Each one of us is born at a particular point on the timeline of human history, and in a particular place with its unique culture both human and ecological. These factors, which are in constant flux, define us to a large extent. Not only how we live, but also how we think. Our very mindset and our world view is primarily a product of these two elements. They create the filter through which we view the world. A decade ago I had read a short piece written by Ian McEwan, one of England’s best known novelists, describing how he had very recently found out that he had an older brother who had been given away in 1942 by his unwed mother for adoption. The brother, David Sharp, had been born an “illegitimate child” and wo
British Raj Revealed

British Raj Revealed

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  Written By : Riaz Quadir Paris, France   Book Review Inglorious Empire –What the British did to India By Dr. Shashi Tharoor Long before Winston Churchill had accurately observed that “History is written by the victors”, Hermann Göring had said something far more profound: “We will go down in history either as the world's greatest statesmen or its worst villains”. He had the foresight to know that fortune’s arrow can swing either way depending where on the totem pole you end up. Another way of looking at it is that victors may very well write history but their biased version stands tall only as long as they control the narrative. Once their grip on power weakens their story is challenged and others get to have their say. That, it seems, is the case with prior col
The Effect of China’s Ban on Foreign-Trash Import

The Effect of China’s Ban on Foreign-Trash Import

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  Dr. Trina Biswas Louisiana, USA Illustration : Arghya Manna Over the last several decades the ‘Global South’ countries have been the dumping ground of toxic or hazardous wastes coming from the ‘Global North’ countries. For years China topped the list of Global South countries as the world's top destination for recyclable trash followed by countries like Ghana, India, Philippines, etc. As it is cheaper to export garbage to China and as the country has no equivalent when it comes to waste-management capacity, China has always been the top destination for foreign garbage or foreign recyclable trash. Also, China has always encouraged imports of recyclables to support the boom of its manufacturing sector. In 2016 alone, China imported more than fifty percent of globally expor
Hawking was a Neuroscientist

Hawking was a Neuroscientist

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  Image Source  >> AP NewsRoom Arghya Manna Kolkata, India Are we conscious of our being? Though neuroscientists, philosophers and neuro-philosophers have debated over the topics for decades, the answer has not come. Who then understood consciousness? Virginia Woolf was someone who did. She was one of the most important English writers of the twentieth century, who had exploited consciousness in her narratives. According to Woolf, consciousness— simultaneously establishes and questions our being—is the accumulation of our scattered thoughts. She noted in her diary that when she looked inside herself, what she found was consciousness never stood still, rather it was a turbulent current. Woolf explained that our thought process is dynamic, it has trajectories. But what
Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

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  Britain-Royal Wedding-The Latest Source >> AP NewsRoon WINDSOR, England (AP) — The Latest on the royal wedding (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, otherwise known as Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, will spend their first night as a married couple in Windsor Castle. An exclusive evening reception for 200 guests at the royal Frogmore House country estate could make it a late night before they can retire to the vast castle grounds. The newlyweds are expected to return to their home in Kensington Palace in London on Sunday. They are not immediately embarking on a honeymoon and have their first royal engagement as wife and husband scheduled at Buckingham Palace Tuesday. A honeymoon is expected to happen soon, though. H
It’s all about the well-plumed hats for royal wedding guests

It’s all about the well-plumed hats for royal wedding guests

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  By Leanne Italie, Associated Press Source >> AP NewsRoom Like every good royal wedding, it was all about the hats, the dresses and the posh tails, with some fashion standouts among the guests at Windsor Castle. Amal Clooney was undeniably regal in a mustard yellow Stella McCartney dress with cap sleeves and a long tie in back that bordered on a train as she glided into St. George's Chapel on Saturday for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Her actor husband, George Clooney, was at her side in subtle grey and a pale yellow stripe tie. Granted, it's difficult for Ms. Clooney merely to blend in, but her jauntily tilted and perfectly matched wide-brim hat, displaying a dainty veil in front, brought gasps both online and in the crowd that lined t...
Walking robot maker prepares to unleash its dog-like machine

Walking robot maker prepares to unleash its dog-like machine

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  Image Source  >> AP NewsRoom Berkeley, Calif. (AP) A robotics company known for its widely shared videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is preparing to sell some after more than a quarter century of research. Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert said Friday that his company plans to begin selling the dog-like SpotMini robot next year, likely to businesses for use as a camera-equipped security guard. But he thinks other applications for the four-legged contraption will be likely developed by other companies, because the robot has a flat platform to allow other equipment with its own computer programming to be easily mounted on top of it. SpotMini gets around with the help of cameras on its front, sides and one mounted on it

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