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May 22 2011


The Third Man (1949) directed by Carol Reed - Film noire - Music: Anton Karas

The third man (1949) directed by carol reed - film noire - music: anton karas | offene ablage: nothing to hide 2011-05-22 | oanth-miscellaneous |
by oAnth:

- The film (British release without subtitles) is now completely available at Youtube - to see with all necessary links on oAnth / by clicking the entry title line ....
- .... together with 2 original recordings (1949/50) also via Youtube with zither player & composer Anton Karas playing his famous "Harry Lime Theme"


From Wikipedia-Entry



The atmospheric use of black-and-white expressionist cinematography by Robert Krasker, with harsh lighting and distorted camera angles, is a key feature of The Third Man. Combined with the unique theme music, seedy locations, and acclaimed performances from the cast, the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War. The film's unusual camera angles, however, were not appreciated by all critics at the time. C. A. Lejeune in The Observer described Reed's "habit of printing his scenes askew, with floors sloping at a diagonal and close-ups deliriously tilted" as "most distracting". American director William Wyler, a close friend of Reed's, sent him a spirit level, with a note saying, "Carol, next time you make a picture, just put it on top of the camera, will you?"[1]

Through the years there was occasional speculation that Welles, rather than Reed, was the de facto director of The Third Man. Film scholar Jonathan Rosenbaum, in his 2007 book, Discovering Orson Welles, calls it a "popular misconception",[2] although Rosenbaum did note that the film "began to echo the Wellesian theme of betrayed male friendship and certain related ideas from Citizen Kane."[3] In the final analysis, Rosenbaum writes, Welles "didn’t direct anything in the picture; the basics of his shooting and editing style, its music and meaning, are plainly absent. Yet old myths die hard, and some viewers persist in believing otherwise."[3] Welles himself fueled this theory with an interview he gave in 1958, in which he said that he had had an important role in making The Third Man, but that it was a “delicate matter, because [he] wasn’t the producer”.[4] However, he later admitted in a 1967 interview with Peter Bogdanovich that his involvement was minimal: "It was Carol's picture", he said.[5] However, Welles did contribute some of the film’s best-known dialogue. Bogdanovich also stated in the introduction to the DVD:

However, I think it’s important to note that the look of The Third Man—and, in fact, the whole film—would be unthinkable without Citizen Kane, The Stranger, and The Lady from Shanghai, all of which Orson made in the ’40s, and all of which preceded The Third Man. Carol Reed, I think, was definitely influenced by Orson Welles, the director, from the films he had made.[6]

Differences between releases

As the original British release begins, the voice of director Carol Reed, unnamed, is heard describing post-war Vienna from the point of view of a racketeer. The version shown in American theatres replaced this with narration by Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins. This change was instituted by David O. Selznick, who did not think American audiences would relate to the seedy tone of the original.[7] In addition, eleven minutes of footage were cut.[8] Today, Reed's original version appears on American DVDs, in showings on Turner Classic Movies, and in U.S. theatrical releases, with the eleven minutes of footage restored. Both the Criterion Collection and Studio Canal DVD releases include a comparison of the two opening monologues.



In Austria, "local critics were underwhelmed"[14] and the film ran for only a few weeks; William Cook, after his 2006 visit to an eight-room museum in Vienna dedicated to the film, wrote "In Britain it's a thriller about friendship and betrayal. In Vienna it's a tragedy about Austria's troubled relationship with its past."[14]

Upon its release in Britain and America, the film received overwhelmingly positive reviews.[15] Time magazine called the film "crammed with cinematic plums that would do the early Hitchcock proud—ingenious twists and turns of plot, subtle detail, full-bodied bit characters, atmospheric backgrounds that become an intrinsic part of the story, a deft commingling of the sinister with the ludicrous, the casual with the bizarre." ....



The musical score was composed by Anton Karas and played by him on the zither. Before the production came to Vienna, Karas was an unknown wine bar performer. According to a November 1949 Time magazine article:[20]

The picture demanded music appropriate to post-World War II Vienna, but director Reed had made up his mind to avoid schmalzy, heavily orchestrated waltzes. In Vienna one night Reed listened to a wine-garden zitherist named Anton Karas, [and] was fascinated by the jangling melancholy of his music.

Reed later brought Karas to London, where the musician spent six weeks working with Reed on the score.[20] Decades later, film critic Roger Ebert wrote, "Has there ever been a film where the music more perfectly suited the action than in Carol Reed's The Third Man?"



* Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins
* Alida Valli as Anna Schmidt
* Orson Welles as Harry Lime
* Trevor Howard as Major Calloway
* Bernard Lee as Sgt. Paine
* Wilfrid Hyde-White as Crabbin
* Erich Ponto as Dr. Winkel
* Ernst Deutsch as 'Baron' Kurtz
* Siegfried Breuer as Popescu
* Paul Hörbiger as Karl, Harry's Porter
* Hedwig Bleibtreu as Anna's Landlady
* Robert Brown as British Military Policeman in Sewer Chase
* Alexis Chesnakov as Brodsky
* Herbert Halbik as Hansl
* Paul Hardtmuth as the Hall Porter at Sacher's
* Geoffrey Keen as British Military Policeman
* Eric Pohlmann as Waiter at Smolka's
* Annie Rosar as the Porter's Wife
* Joseph Cotten as the Narrator (pre-1999 US version)
* Carol Reed as the Narrator (pre-1999 UK, and all post-'99 versions)



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May 21 2011


France: French Women Bloggers on the DSK Scandal

French feminist bloggers and women bloggers writing on women's issues, have gained a larger audience and a new respect in France in the aftermath of the Domininique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) scandal. They were the first and very few voices reminding that there was a woman involved, possibly a victim, and they drew attention to the biased and sexist coverage of the French media.

Meet a few French feminist bloggers, blogging from different perspectives but all laboring online against prejudices and the French perception of sexual harassment and crimes.

Clémentine Autain

Clementine autain

Clementine Autain

Clémentine Autain [fr] has gained a new following this week in France for being the first prominent French blogger and politician to speak out against the barrage of pro-DSK coverage on the day the news broke, in this blogpost, ‘A thought for the chambermaid‘ [fr]:

Qui a une pensée pour la femme de chambre ? Pas grand monde, et cela me scandalise.[…] Je veux dire l’omerta qui pèse sur les violences faites aux femmes,

Who spares a thought for the chambermaid? Not many people, and that shocks me. […] I want to talk about the law of silence that weighs on violences against women.

In 2006, in one of her first blog posts, “Why I am a feminist‘ [fr], Clémentine Autain spoke openly of being herself a rape victim at age 22 and how it has been central to her political and feminist engagement. She filed a complaint and her rapist was tried and convicted.

Olympe et le plafond de verre

Olympe et le plafond de verre

Olympe et le plafond de verre

Olympe was spurred to create her blog [fr] about gender discrimination in the work place by her own experience of the plafond de verre (glass ceiling) in work, business and politics.

Her blog is a diary of  big and small offenses done to women in daily life, in politics or in the media. She kept a log of links pointing to disparaging comments published in French media about the chambermaid [fr], and writes:

If you file a complaint for rape, this is what you should expect [all links in fr]:

- They will ask  how on earth raping you is possible because you are unattractive: “Apparently the lawyers were surprised during the court appearance by how unattractive the young lady was.” [on national French radio RMC]

- Or, on the contrary, that your femaleness could explain everything:  ”this chambermaid is a very pretty 30-year old with a nice bosom and behind.” [a quote published in national French daily Le Parisien]

- Or that you are stupid: “He could plead that she had misunderstood, that he was trying to flirt with her and she did not understand.” [on national daily newspaper Le Figaro]

- But after all, il n'y a pas mort d'homme“ (no one was killed) - a comment by Jack Lang [former French Minister of culture and education] reveals his concept of rape. [video from national channel France 2]

Her top award goes to Jean-François Khan, a famous editorialist, who compared the alleged sexual assault of DSK, if proven, to “a romp with the chambermaid“ [on national radio France Culture].

Osez le féminisme

Osez le feminisme [fr] is a website and organization intent on creating a grassroot feminist movement in France. When French commentators went overboard with lewd comments, the site published an appeal stressing what was at stake [fr]: 

To demean the testimony of the plaintif is a serious matter, and dangerous. Serious, because it adds to the burden of this woman. Dangerous, because it signals to rape victims, present or future, that filing a complaint exposes you to risks. […] Osez le féminisme reminds you that every year, in France, 75 000 women are raped. Only  10% of those file a complaint.

Les aventures d'Eutherpe

Les aventures d'eutherpe

Les aventures d'Eutherpe

Hélène's blog, Les aventures d'Eutherpe [fr] is dedicated to “search for women lost in the space-time continum”.

She often revisits history in a feminist and playful style, like in this post on the rehabilitation of serial killer Henry the VIII [fr] in the British television series ‘The Tudors‘. In her post ‘Omerta in France‘ [fr] (the law of silence in France that bred the DSK scandal), she wrote:

L'information s'arrête toujours à la porte de la chambre à coucher. Très bien, mais…même si derrière cette porte quelqu'un.e est en train de hurler au viol ?

Information stops at the door of the bedroom. Fine, but…What if behind that door, someone is screaming because he/she is being raped?


'Causette' magazine cover

'Causette' magazine cover

Finally, women in France can now turn to Causette [fr], a successful and refreshing magazine supportive of women, which was launched in 2009.

Flocha, on Causette's online readers page [fr] is waiting for her magazine's opinion on the DSK scandal:

Before long, we're going to hear she was consenting, she had provoked him with her dress, or that she lied! It stinks! Or is it only me? I'm sure I'm not! I've got an ally: Causette!!! Please say something!!!


Rechtshilfe in der Wolke | Berlin 2011 - 2011-05-21

Die Berufung auf ein „angekündigtes Rechtshilfeersuchen“ belegt, dass die Ermittler mit der Beschlagnahme der Piraten-Daten einen Eingriff vorweggenommen haben, der der vorherigen sachlichen, juristischen und politischen Prüfung auf Ebene zumindest der Justizministerien bedurft hätte. Es gibt keine verfassungsgemäße „internationale Rechtshilfe to go“.

Gestern ließen französische Strafverfolger über das BKA durch das Amtsgericht Darmstadt 12 Kilo Internet beschlagnahmen. 12 kg wogen jene Rechner, auf denen die Piratenpartei neben eigenen auch Dokumente aus aller Welt verwahrt, die Internetnutzer zumeist verschlüsselt – aber stets ungefragt – auf der „Wolke“ der Piraten hinterlegen konnten. Bis gestern.

Cloud-Computing“ war das zentrale Thema der diesjährigen CeBIT in Hannover. Die Datenspeicherung in der „Wolke“ eignet sich vor allem für Dokumente, auf die eine Vielzahl von Nutzern zugreifen können sollen. Die Frage nach der Verantwortung der Bereitstellung eines solchen Dienstes ist natürlich nicht von der Hand zu weisen, aber auch Google tut es, und unzählige weitere Dienste-Anbieter. Keineswegs nur die Piraten.

Einem Cloud-Dokument galt die gestrige Polizeiaktion. Laut der Süddeutschen Zeitung ging es um einen Angriff auf die IT-Infrastruktur des französischen Stromkonzerns Électricité de France SA (EdF) durch die Hackergruppe Anonymous. Das Dokument enthielt angeblich einen geheimen Authentifikationsalgorithmus (SSH-Key), und die französischen Ermittler wollten wissen, wer ihn unzweifelhaft kriminell ins Internet gestellt hat.

Datenklau oder Sabotage

EdF betreibt zwar über überwiegend Kernkraftwerke. Deren Steuerung ist aber durch das Internet nicht angreifbar. Ein Hackerangriff könnte also nur dem Versorgungsnetz gegolten haben, oder aber dem Klau anerkannt schutzwürdiger, oder nur politisch sensibler Daten der EdF (z.B. solchen zur Störfallstatistik).

Die Staatsanwaltschaft Darmstadt hat im Antrag auf Erlass des fraglichen Durchsuchungsbeschlusses (ehrlicher – juristisch aber auch idiotischer Weise) argumentiert, es ginge um die Vorwegnahme eines förmlichen Rechtshilfeersuchens des französischen Justizministeriums, das zwar noch nicht ergangen, aber angekündigt sei. Damit ist klar: Es ging nicht um die Versorgungssicherheit, sondern allein um die Verfolgung von Angreiferen eines bereits abgewehrten Hacks. Der Zugriff galt also nicht der Gefahrenabwehr, und schon gar nicht der Abwehr eines Kraftwerkzwischenfalls.

Eine willfähriges Ermittlungsgericht

Vor allem aber bedarf die Weiterleitung eines ausländischen Rechtshilfeersuchens der justizministeriellen Prüfung. Die beantragte Maßnahme muss nämlich nicht nur dem Recht des ersuchenden Staates und dem des ausführenden Staates, sondern auch den zu diesem Zweck eingegangenen völkerrechtlichen Vereinbarungen der beteiligten Staaten entsprechen. Vor diesem Hintergrund ist die eine vorweggenommene Beschlagnahme der Dateninfrastruktur einer politischen Partei verfassungsrechtlich in gleich mehrfacher Hinsicht problematisch. Dem Rechtsstaat hat das BKA und vor allem das sichtlich überforderte Amtsgericht in Darmstadt einen Bärendienst erwiesen, dafür aber der dem Kernanliegen der Piratenpartei, dem verstärkten Augenmerk auf die notleidenden digitalen Bürgerrechte, einen nicht mehr zu übertreffenden Gefallen.

So schrieb ein Twitter-Nutzer gestern Abend:

Verschwörungstheorie mal umgedreht: Wie erregt man maximale Aufmerksamkeit kurz vor einer Wahl?

Es fällt in der Tat schwer, Krokodilen (pardon) den Piraten beim Weinen zuzusehen. Aber wer sich in ihre Lage zwei Tage vor einer Landtagswahl versetzt, kann nicht anders, als sich mit ihnen auf die Schenkel zu klopfen.

Wurde gestern ein Stück Rechtsgeschichte geschrieben?

Der Beschluss des Amtsgerichts Darmstadt, soviel ist klar, hat gute Chancen, einen ganze Reihe von Gesetzgebungsverfahren zur Kontrolle der Informationen in der „Cloud“ auszulösen. Allen voran dürften sich die Juristen der Europäischen Kommission sich über den Fall beugen, zum Ausbau der dritten Säule der EU („Justiz und Inneres“). Aber auch im Bundesministerium der Justiz in Berlin (BMJ) dürften am Montagfrüh die Faxgeräte heißlaufen, um den Beschluss eines Amtsgerichts an Land zu ziehen, das eine notgedrungen einsame Entscheidung zu treffen hatte (Amtsrichter, man mag es bedauern, haben keine Fachvorgesetzten, denen sie berichten müssten oder dürften, was sie so alles zur Entscheidung auf dem Tisch haben). Zweifelhaft ist, ob das Amtsgericht Darmstadt aus dem von dem BKA ausgearbeiteten und von der Staatsanwaltschaft verantworteten Antrag überhaupt absehen konnte, dass im Falle der Beschlagnahme der fraglichen Festplatten der Internetauftritt einer ganzen Partei mitsamt ihrer internen Kommunikation aus dem Verkehr gezogen werden würde.

Polizisten ohne externe Ausbildung

Das konnten nur die Polizisten ermessen, die gestern in Offenbach, ich nehme einmal an – nach telefonischer Rücksprache mit einem resoluten Staatsanwalt – gegen neun Uhr dann den Stecker gezogen haben. Der hessische Staatsanwalt, ein Beamter in einer weisungsgebundenen Behörde, wird angesichts der vielen Liegestützen, zu denen er verdonnert werden dürfte, einer wahren Herausforderung seiner Fitness entgegensehen. Zu Recht.

Das ganze Verfahren wurde aber nicht auf der Justiz-, sondern der Polizeischiene angezettelt. Beamte mit unzureichender Ausbildung. Auf ihrer gestrigen Pressekonferenz hat die Piratenpartei in Berlin angekündigt, sollte sie in die Bremische Bürgerschaft gewählt werden, wolle sie sich künftig für eine bessere Ausbildung (wörtlich:) der Berliner Polizei verwenden.

Auch auf die Gefahr hin, dass es sich dabei um einen Versprecher gehandelt hat, und die Polizei in Bremen gemeint war: Wäre ich Bremer, ich würde dort die Piraten wählen. Berlin zuliebe.


Der Autor arbeitete in den 90er jahren als Rechtshilfereferent u.a für Europa und den Nahen Osten im Auswärtigen Amt.

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Zitat aus den Leserreaktionen zu

Die Kämpfer von der Puerta del Sol  | Werner A. Perger - Die Zeit - 20110519

Der neue spanische Populismus von unten könnte ein Modell sein für den Widerstand gegen die Postdemokratie.


Wieso Populismus?

Bei uns würden die Empörten lieber Arm in Arm mit den Bankern gegen die "schmarotzenden" Südländer auf die Strasse gehen.





Wenn der Autor eingangs von einem vielversprechenden Modell spricht ist die Wortwahl "Popullismus" allerdings wenig hilfreich und führt in die Irre.

Der neue spanische Populismus von unten könnte ein Modell sein für den Widerstand gegen die Postdemokratie.

France, World: Discontent Against G8 Meeting About the Internet

Blog Club de l'Europe is outraged [fr] by the ”Internet sharks' feast” to be held on May 24 and 25, 2011, at the Musée du Louvre, in Paris. The meeting aims to prepare the G8 forum, which will be focused (according to its French presidency) on the Internet, but only economic and security issues will be tackled. A petition “Protect the Net” campaigning for citizen-centered Internet policies can be signed here.

May 20 2011


May 19 2011


Implications philosophiques » Le libre-arbitre à la croisée des neurosciences et de la psychanalyse.- 2011-05-09

Le problème du libre-arbitre se trouve aujourd’hui réactualisé par les découvertes faites dans le domaine des « neurosciences ». Ce terme fut inventé au début des années soixante-dix pour permettre un échange multidisciplinaire entre divers champs du savoir s’attachant à l’étude du cerveau: physiologie, génétique, pharmacologie, chimie, biophysique, psychologie. Des expériences telles que celles de Benjamin Libet[1] ont ainsi prétendu donner une réponse à la question que les philosophes se posent depuis l’Antiquité: sommes-nous libres ou bien déterminés?


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Théorie du complot et régression démocratique

On aura donc tout entendu depuis que Dominique Strauss-Kahn a été interpellé, samedi 14 mai, par la police new-yorkaise, puis inculpé d'agression sexuelle, de séquestration et de tentative de viol. Comme si le caractère extraordinaire de cette affaire et la situation ahurissante - et dramatique - dans laquelle se retrouve l'ancien directeur général du Fonds monétaire international justifiaient, par ricochet, les explications les plus extravagantes.

Dès dimanche, en effet, l'hypothèse d'une machination destinée à abattre M. Strauss-Kahn s'est répandue, notamment sur Internet, comme une traînée de poudre. L'imagination étant sans limite, les spéculations les plus farfelues ont donc été échafaudées : depuis la main de la CIA jusqu'à celle de rivaux au sein du FMI, depuis le bras des grandes banques américaines ou des intérêts financiers menacés par la volonté régulatrice de DSK, depuis les menées occultes de quelque "cabinet noir" proche de l'Elysée, voire de concurrents socialistes, pour écarter un candidat trop dangereux à l'élection présidentielle de 2012.
Ces spéculations se sont donné libre cours d'autant plus aisément que des responsables politiques, proches de M. Strauss-Kahn mais pas seulement, n'ont pas écarté l'éventualité d'un "piège" ou d'une "manipulation". DSK lui-même, comme l'a révélé Libération, avait évoqué, le 28 avril, l'éventualité qu'on cherche à le piéger de cette façon.
Pour couronner le tout, selon un sondage réalisé lundi 16 mai par l'institut CSA pour 20 Minutes, BFM-TV et RMC, 57 % des personnes interrogées, et, parmi elles, 70 % des sympathisants de gauche, pensent que Dominique Strauss-Kahn "est victime d'un complot".
Indépendamment de la question de la légalité d'un tel sondage - normalement interdit par la loi Guigou de 2000 dès lors qu'il porte sur la culpabilité d'une personne mise en cause dans une procédure pénale -, cette enquête est révélatrice de l'état des esprits au pays de Descartes... et au-delà. Que cette affaire soit ressentie comme totalement stupéfiante - et captivante - est inévitable : ne met-elle pas en cause, dans un scandale sexuel présumé, l'un des hommes les plus puissants de la planète, qui plus est candidat potentiel à la présidence de la République française ? Est-ce assez pour perdre toute prudence, toute mesure et toute rationalité ? Non, à l'évidence. Sauf à admettre que la défiance à l'égard de toutes les autorités, et notamment celle de la justice, fût-elle américaine, a atteint un point de non-retour inquiétant. Sauf à admettre, également, que le travail d'enquête et d'information mené par les médias ne pèse plus guère face aux élucubrations les plus saugrenues instantanément mondialisées par Internet.
Sauf à rendre les armes devant un conspirationnisme qui fait florès depuis les attentats du 11 septembre 2001, mais dont on ne doit jamais oublier qu'il est une des racines du totalitarisme et a conduit à de singulières régressions de la démocratie.

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A Favorite Emerges for Helm of I.M.F.

Christine Lagarde’s reputation for frank talk is helping to make her the leading candidate to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn as head of the I.M.F.


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Uganda: Walk to Work Protests in Photos

This post is part of our special coverage Uganda: Walk to Work Protests .

Ugandans are taking to the streets to protest rising fuel and food prices and rapid inflation. Police have been using pink paint, tear gas and live bullets against the protesters. Here is the story of walk to work protests in photos.

This is the reason why Ugandans are the only ones protesting food prices in the region. Photo courtesy of @mugumya

Journalist Micheal Kakumirizi was targeted by Uganda Security Forces while covering #walk2work protest. Photo courtesy of @no_dictatorship

Uganda police in action. Photo courtesy of @no_dictatorship

Uganda Army hunting Ugandans. Photo courtesy of @no_dictatorship

Makerere area councillor Mr Bernard Luyiga went on hunger strike to protest police brutality. he camped outside Makerere University. Photo courtesy of @pjkanywa

Ugandan women telling police to respect women's bodies during arrest. Photo courtesty of @vote4africa

Hunger strike against police brutality. Photo courtesy of @pjkanywa

Police in Kampala blocking peaceful demonstrators. Photo courtesy of @vote4africa

Ugandan police have been using excessive force against citizens taking part in the walk to work protests. But guess who was seeing walking to work…

@elijahbee says: guess who I saw walking to work this morning

Finally, read Echwalu's post titled “When Cameras Lied to the Country.”

This post is part of our special coverage Uganda: Walk to Work Protests .

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France: The Fall of Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

On Sunday 15 May, 2011, France awoke to a political earthquake: a sex scandal involving the (now former) French president of the IMF (International Monetary Fund), Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested for an alleged sexual assault against a chambermaid in a New York hotel.

On day three after the revelation, French bloggers are still struggling to grasp the implications of this global scandal on French politics.

From “Don Juan” to “pervert”

Front page of the french daily newspaper "liberation".

Front page of the French daily newspaper "Liberation".

The political fallout in France will be enormous. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, known as ‘DSK', was the only politician thought to be able to defeat the incumbent President Sarkozy in next year's presidential election. He was even ahead in recent polls.

Romain, blogging on Lyonitude [fr] is in shock:

Moi qui suis un strauss-kahnien des plus convaincus depuis des années, par beau temps et par orage, je suis effondré si les choses se confirment.

As one who has been a fervent supporter of Strauss-Kahn for years, in good and stormy weather, I will be shattered if this is confirmed.

Dorham1er is aghast [fr] at the magnitude of the scandal striking France:

L'affaire Bill Clinton, à coté de tout ce foutoir, c'est le chapitre guimauve d'un mauvais roman de la bibliothèque rose. Il faut sans doute remonter plus loin pour trouver trace d'une affaire aussi grave  […] au tout début des années 80 et à la candidature d'Edward Kennedy à l'investiture démocrate

The Bill Clinton scandal, compared to this mess, is a cheesy chapter in a cheap novel for kids. One must probably go long way back to find such a damaging scandal […] to the early 1980s and Edward Kennedy's candidature to the Democrat ticket.

A few DSK supporters in denial are still sporting “Yes We Khan” banners [fr] and T-shirts on their blogs. One commenter quips:

Yes, we kahn forget (the election)

Focus on media coverage

On day one of the scandal, Sunday, cartoonist Dadou caught the general opinion on the charges facing Strauss Kahn with this sketch: that it could not be true.

The arrest of DSK was written off as harsh local United States laws and as a smear campaign. On Monday, a poll showed that 57%  were still convinced DSK was innocent [fr]. Agnès, on Le Monolecte, commented wryly [fr]:

Après le too big to fail, voici le too powerfull [sic] to rape.

After Too big to fail, here comes too powerful to rape.

On day three of the scandal, in full media frenzy (with 19 million entries related to DSK on Google France), reality is slowy sinking in - that it could be true.

The testimony of Tristane Banon, a young writer who told in 2007 [fr] how she had been sexually assaulted by Strauss-Kahn in 2001, is now world famous, and she gave another interview [fr] on 18 May, 2011, to citizen media outlet Agora Vox to confirm it. Testimonies are now surfacing daily in France about DSK's alleged passes [fr].

Top French blog Partageons mon avis coins the obvious question [fr] in the post ‘Je le savais' (I knew it):

Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, if you knew that [about] DSK… Why did you boost his polls and market him as the providential man?

The pressure is now on French journalists who “knew” about DSK's attitude towards women but kept quiet, save for one journalist, Jean Quatremer, a veteran French European affairs journalist and blogger, who had written on his blog [fr] as early as 2007:

Le seul vrai problème de Strauss-Kahn est son rapport aux femmes. Trop pressant, il frôle souvent le harcèlement. Un travers connu des médias, mais dont personne ne parle (on est en France)

The single serious problem with Strauss-Kahn is his attitude with women. Too ‘heavy', he’s a border-line harasser. A problem well known to the media, but nobody mentions it (we are in France).

Sebastien Rochat pleads not guilty for DSK on the website Arret sur Images, invoking a stringent French law, article 9 of the Civil Code [fr], on the protection of private life:

Comment rester élégant et ne pas être attaqué en justice, tout en évoquant des sujets graveleux qui relèvent de la vie privée ? C'est le dilemme des journalistes dès qu'il s'agit de parler de la vie sexuelle des politiques.

How can you remain elegant and avoid being sued, while evoking lewd topics protected by [French laws on] private life?  It's the journalists' dilemma whenever a politician's sex life is concerned.

Kerbraz [fr] slams back in a comment:

This debate has got nothing to do with today's topic. What we are talking about today is a rape, it is a crime…

Rue89 information site co-founder, Pierre Haski, has opened an online debate with a frank post, ‘Why journalists didn't talk about Strauss-Kahn's private life‘ [fr], admitting he should have broken this law more than once:

Je savais que Roland Dumas, alors qu'il était ministre des Affaires étrangères, était l'amant de Nahed Ojjeh, la fille du ministre syrien de la défense Mustafa Tlass. Fallait-il l'écrire ? Je ne l'ai pas fait, en rangeant cette information dans le domaine de la vie privée, alors que, s'agissant du chef de la diplomatie, je ne pense pas que c'était anodin. J'ai sans doute eu tort.

I knew that Roland Dumas, then French Minister of Foreign Affairs, had an affair with Nahed Ojjeh, daughter of the Syrian Minister of Defence Mustafa Tlass. Should it have been exposed? I did not, classifying this information under private life, even though it involved the top level of the Foreign Office and was no menial thing. I was probably wrong.

karlsquell [fr] does not buy it:

Et pourquoi se taire ? Pour pas perdre les interviews, parce que DSK pouvait accéder à la plus haute marche, par peur, par connivence, par lâcheté, par prudence.

Why keep silent? Not to lose interviews, because DSK could have climbed to the highest step, because of fear, connivence, cautiousness.

A side debate raging about the French press involve the pictures showing a manacled DSK coming out of the police station in New York. The law in France forbids the press to publish pictures of manacled suspects  until they are proven guilty, but they were nevertheless published.

Comments on a thread on newspaper Le Monde's website [fr] show a divided opinion on this law:

Henriette: Et dire que Sarkozy veut introduire le système américain. Cela donne des frissons dans le dos.

Henriette: And to think that Sarkozy wants to introduce the American system. This sends shivers down your spine.

Irca: Les Français, qui ont guillotiné Louis XVI en public et en sont fiers, ont été choqués par la vue du roi des sondages menotté.

Irca: The French who beheaded king Louis XVIII  in public, and are proud of it, are shocked by the sight of the ‘king of the polls' in manacles.
Thumbnail of Dominique Strauss-Kahn by International Monetary Fund on Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

The Greek debt crisis: The ECB’s three big mistakes

Jeffrey Frankel, 16 May 2011

It is a year since Greece was bailed out by EU and IMF and there are many who label it a failure. This column says that while there is plenty of blame to go around, there were three big mistakes made by the European Central Bank. Number one: Letting Greece join the euro in the first place

Full Article: The Greek debt crisis: The ECB’s three big mistakes
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Le FMI et son directeur général répétaient à l'envi que la réduction du déficit public est une nécessité première des Grecs, comme demain de nos concitoyens. Or, loin de désendetter les générations futures, elle plombe leur avenir, si elle consistait à réduire les dépenses d'éducation, de santé, et les chances d'emploi dans l'économie réelle. Si le destin d'un homme peut convaincre que l'impasse dans laquelle s'enfonce la nation grecque dépasse le sort de ce pays, qu'elle témoigne d'un échec plus profond de la gauche européenne à proposer un modèle alternatif de croissance et de redistribution plus équitable du profit matériel et culturel, alors, le drame du héros n'aura pas été vain.

Puisque les socialistes veulent en 2012, non seulement gagner la présidentielle en France, mais "changer de civilisation", il est encore temps de ne pas confondre rigueur nécessaire et rigorisme financier ordinaire, rationalité économique supposée et logique de fonctionnement des sociétés.

Non,M. Strauss-Kahn n'est pas le sauveur de la Grèce | - Guy Burgel, professeur à l'université Paris-Ouest-Nanterre-la Défense - 2011-05-17
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