Can we decide?

In various parts of the world, different governments have implemented a policy of participatory budgeting and citizen participation to improve living conditions in large cities. In Mexico City, the main cosmopolitan city of Latin America, the implementation of these two public policies has not led to an improvement or resolution of problems identified by those…

The strange death of Europe*

Champs-Elysées, Paris, Saturday March 16th. (c) Marie Magnin/Hans Lucas. I was born in the Far-East, raised in Africa (the South?), went to Grad school in the US (The West? The North?). I’ve lived in (South) America for 30 years this coming December. In my compass-mad life, I have always looked back at Western Europe (ironically…

A farewell to London. Brexit

Last Sunday, Theresa May(be) signed the Brexit agreement with the European Union. Regardless of what Parliament decides, it is time to bid farewell to London and our English friends. Above: the bridges will be closed to continental ships. At long last. “I see a red door and I want to paint it black…” Jagger and…

Election Française. “Quel sens pour l’Occident?”*

*French Presidential election. “What meaning for the West?” (For English please scroll down. Chief Engineer Scotty is working out the mechanics of a bilingual blog with Monica, our talented outside consultant. But Scotty is always late.) L’élection présidentielle Française commence dans quelques heures. J’aimerais me dire serein, mais non. Les sondages confirment un avantage sérieux…

Relief. Soulagement

Macron en tête: 23.7% devant le Pen: 21.7%. Ouf! Maintenant il faut voter Macron au second tour. Tous contre Le Pen. Macron leads: 23.7%. Le Pen seems to be runner-up at 21.7%. Vote Macron in the second round. All against Le Pen. Have a great week. 🙂

Last call. Dernière heure. French. Election. Française

For English press 1. If that doesn’t work (and it won’t) just scroll down to the English version. Please. 🙂 Version Française Ben, j’avions voté. Ma Doué, comme eut dit ma grand-mère Gallo de Piré-sur-Seiche (Ille-et-Villaine). Comme je le disais dans mon “post” précédent, aux Amériques on a voté Samedi. Beaucoup de monde. Une heure…