Quotes

Tales of the world episode 62 – The rise of the robots

Many things are currently creeping into our existence, under our benevolent, but mostly disinterested and ignorant gaze. With our senses numbed or dizzied by the hardships of everyday life and the spectacle of cruelty and incompetence on the international scene, we might even see their advance, without feeling that we can do anything about it.  Here are some which are to me most worrying and vicious…

Tales of the world episode 59 – L’Etat contemporain à l’épreuve du mixer, ou quand la mayonnaise tourne

L’Etat, est-il juste la somme de ses composantes ou leur sublimation ?

Afin de répondre à cette question, j’ai pensé à une analogie culinaire se référant à mon enfance.  Après tout, il me semble que L’Etat, c’est comme la mayonnaise :

 

Tales of the world episode 55 – Le Trône de fer ou la vie de tous les jours au 21ème siècle

Cela fait quelque temps que je suis tentée d’écrire un podcast sur la série américaine qui nous a tous conquis avec ses sanguinaires intrigues et crimes amoraux, que nous connaissons en français sous le nom du Trône de fer et en anglais, de Game of Thrones… la question qui se pose le pus souvent, et à juste titre, est, pourquoi on s’y identifie autant et on n’arrive pas à faire autrement que rester collés aux écrans de nos ordinateurs qui ne cessent le flux de streaming meurtrier et passionnel. Ce n’est pas sorcier, nous disent les critiques. Pour faire mon hypothèse, j’ai choisi de construire ma réponse en deux exemples qui viennent d’un monde qui m’est bien familier, celui de la recherche et de l’analyse…

 

 

 

 

 

Tales of the world episode 54 – Of memory and history, WWI and the Rwandan genocide

“We speak so much of memory, because there is so little of it left”, Pierre Nora, French historian and identity scholar tells us. Not only that, but it would also seem that, while we commemorate the tragic highlights of our civilisation’s inhumanity with a view to hopefully avoid their repetition, almost each time we show how little we care about what happened and how it changed, and how much more important reiterating the former rifts and tensions, is.  

 

Tales of the world episode 40 – Rosia Montana and the solitude of the modern political activist

During the past few weeks, Romania has been gripped by the fever of political protest due to an impending law, effectively meant to legalize the destruction of the environment and expropriation of citizens in its name. It is related to the exploitation of a gold mine in Transylvania, in Rosia Montana, by a Canadian corporation. Rarely have Romanians been so vocal and passionate about an issue, all the more so in a transnational manner. Solidarity protests were organised throughout Europe. Also in Geneva.

Here are a few thoughts that came to my mind while participating in the protest organised in Calvin’s city.

On music from Argatu For further information on Rosia Montana and Canadian mining No dirty gold: Stripping Rosia Montana:Rosia Montana, Guardian: Monde Diplomatique: