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Where Books are Burned, at the End People Will Burn

Helmut Sorge | Posted : November 20, 2019

 

His name was Heller. Gerhard Heller. For his friends in Paris he was just « Gérard » and not an insulting Fritz, a fridolin, a boche, or a chleuh. Heller was a symbol of power. He was a « Sonderfuehrer » in the « Propagandastaffel », practically a low level lieutenant, but for his French contacts he was the ruler of them all. Heller was the censor for French literature, a kind of Napoleon in Nazi uniform. He decided whether Sartre’s books would be published, or Camus. It was up to him to reject the manuscript or help to allocate the necessary paper. In his four years in the Nazi occupied capital of the defeated and humiliated France, Heller read about 800 manuscripts, among them the Albert Camus classics “The stranger” and “The myth of Sisyphus”.

The Digital Age and the Modern Social Contract

Hala Boumaiz | Posted : November 15, 2019

 

The effects of new technologies on the ways in which we think, govern, work and socialize are already posing complex problems for decision-makers, citizens and corporates, leading to reactions of rejection that reflect fear or lack of preparation in coping with digital transformations. Due to these changes, the classical patterns shaping our society - be it within the political, economic, or social spheres - have been rapidly altered. With this fast-paced transformation, the general interest - placed at the heart of the social contract - is at stake; therefore, deeply affecting the core relationship between the state and the individuals living within its bounds.

Trade Tensions and the Global Outlook

Uri Dadush | Posted : November 13, 2019

 

The growth slowdown became evident in late 2017. World GDP at market exchange rates slowed from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of between 4 and 5% in the second half of 2017 to between 1.5% to 2% in the first half of 2019. The slowdown came as a big surprise and led to continuous revisions downwards of growth forecasts as shown yet again by the IMF’s World Economic Outlook issued last week.

The US-China Trade War Is Accelerating China’s Rebalancing

Otaviano Canuto | Posted : November 08, 2019

 

The Trump government has been imposing restrictions on access to technologies by Chinese telecommunications firms. Why and what are the consequences?

The Federal Communications Commission is about to ban carriers from using government funds to buy equipment from Huawei and ZTE. Other government agencies are expected to take similar measures.

Notes sur les jeunesses africaines

Abdallah Saaf | Posted : November 04, 2019

 

Sans accorder une importance excessive aux limites démarquant les différentes tranches d’âge, les jeunes se définissent, pour l’essentiel, comme ceux dont l’âge se situe entre 18 et 35 ans, en intégrant les au-delà des 35 ans les « jeunes vieux » (ceux qui restent jeunes d’esprit, d’agir, et de manière d’être) et de « vieux jeunes » (ceux qui vieillissent très tôt dans leur mode d’être, de penser et de faire).

Ainsi, il n’existe pas une seule jeunesse africaine mais des jeunesses africaines, aux configurations variables selon les contextes socio- démographiques de chaque partie du continent. Aussi il semble difficile de prétendre à l’exhaustivité sur ce thème.

Bringing industry 4.0 to everyone? Hold that thought…

Morten Seja | Posted : November 01, 2019

 

The author is an alumnus of the Atlantic Dialogues Emeging Leaders Program 2014.

The discussion on industry 4.0 (also often referred to as smart manufacturing or industrial internet of things – which is the term mostly used in the United States of America) has graduated from being a niche topic discussed (and implemented) by engineers in the world’s richest economies. If industry 4.0 has not physically arrived everywhere, it is at least in the minds of some: industry 4.0 in Africa, industry 4.0 in the food industry, industry 4.0 for medical devices, industry 4.0 in agriculture

Al Baghdadi éliminé : Lecture politique dans une opération militaire

Abdelhak Bassou | Posted : November 01, 2019

 

Dans la nuit du samedi 26, Donald Trump, comme à son habitude, lance un tweet quelque peu énigmatique :  ‘’Quelque chose d’énorme vient de se passer’’. Le porte-parole de la Maison Blanche renforce la devinette, en déclarant que le président ‘’fera, le dimanche 27 octobre à 9h, une annonce très importante’’, sans donner d’indices. Le suspens ne dura cependant que quelques minutes. Bien avant le rendez-vous fixé par Washington, des médias et des journalistes avancent l’éventuelle élimination du leader de Daech.

España en permanente campaña electoral

Nihal El Mquirmi | Posted : October 31, 2019

 

La irrupción de Podemos (izquierda radical) y Ciudadanos (centro-derecha) a la política nacional en 2014 (elecciones europeas) y 2015 (elecciones generales) respectivamente, dio por finalizado el sistema bipartidista que caracterizó la política española desde finales del siglo XIX, y dio inicio a un bloqueo político persistente que imposibilitó la formación de un gobierno. A su vez, la aparición del partido de extrema derecha Vox en las últimas elecciones de abril de 2019, y la irrupción de Más País, el nuevo partido liderado por el ex-número dos de Podemos Iñigo Errejón, en septiembre del mismo año, fragmentan los votos tanto de Ciudadanos como de Podemos. Parece que estas cuartas elecciones fortalecerán a los partidos “tradicionales”, el Partido Socialista Obrero (PSOE) y el Partido Popular (PP).

Investors Fear Regime Change

Uri Dadush | Posted : October 28, 2019

 

Global GDP has slowed sharply, from near 4% in late 2017 to half that rate on an annualized basis in recent quarters. The downturn in fortunes over the last two years has come as a big surprise. The rapid expansion of 2016/2017 was broad based but died young. Prior to it we had suffered seven long years of slow growth in the wake of the global financial crisis

ADEL Portrait : Congolese youth in search of an alternative

Sabine Cessou | Posted : October 25, 2019

Eric Ntumba, a young Congolese banker, came from Kinshasa in December 2017 to participate in the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders Programme of the Policy Center for the New South (PCNS) in Marrakech. At that time, when asked what his dream was, he immediately said he would like : « to become President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and bring about inclusive development, so that the country’s enormous potential can be finally transformed into power. My dream is that each Congolese child be able to fulfill his or her own dream! »

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