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Whether national or international, the news always needs a second opinion. Check out our op-ed section for a different perspective on the stories making headlines in France and abroad. Commentators from the France 24 newsroom give you their take on the world's hot-button issues.

Douglas HERBERT 2014-01-15

The Gayet Affair : What Hollande should have said

Below is what I wish Hollande had said – but didn’t – at Tuesday’s press conference.“Good afternoon, Before I start, I want to address an issue that has been making headlines and sparking a debate not just here in France, but in the foreign press as well. It concerns my private life – to be...

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David TOLBERT 2014-01-14

Three Years Since Revolution, Tunisia Seeks to Reckon With Difficult Past

On this day three years ago, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia in the face of a massive popular revolt against his despotic rule marked by repression and widespread corruption. This was the culmination of a revolution sparked by the self-immolation of Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor from Sidi...

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Bradley BURSTON 2013-12-11

Nixing Mandela funeral as too costly, Bibi shows world what he's made of

Israel's prime minister proves he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling, in-your-face insulting man he seems. He's something worse.In his eleventh-hour decision against attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela, Benjamin Netanyahu proved that he is not the smug, petty, vindictive, waffling,...

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Douglas HERBERT 2013-12-04

Putin’s Ukrainian disaster

He wrestles polar bears, rides shirtless on Siberian stallions and bends frying pans with his bare hands.But the Kremlin's man-of-steel, Vladimir Putin, is finding, much to his chagrin, that the demonstrators behind Ukraine's biggest protests since the Orange Revolution aren’t frying pans.They are...

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Robert PARSONS 2013-11-29

Spotlight on Vilnius as summit yields no clear winner

The EU has billed the Vilnius summit as historic but the Ukrainian President’s decision to walk away from the deal leaves it looking like anything but. What happened?On the surface, it looks very much as if Viktor Yanukovych has been playing Europe along while he negotiated more favourable trade...

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Olivier FOURCADET 2013-11-27

Carbon taxes target polluters, but who really pays the bill?

In a bid to calm public outcry over mounting tax burdens, France’s Hollande government is backpedaling – at least for the time being – on a planned eco-tax. On the other side of the world, Australia is taking steps to repeal their existing carbon tax program. But this doesn’t mean it’s time to...

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Murat YETKIN 2013-11-27

Turkey loses ground in the Middle East and East Mediterranean

Turkey’s National Security Board (MGK) has not only discussed Syria and Iraq and the Kurdish issue during its Oct. 28 bi-monthly meeting, as it was said in the press release afterwards.According to high rank sources talking to HDN, one of the main issues discussed was Turkey’s national interests...

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Alon BEN-MEIR 2013-11-26

The Nuclear Deal: Netanyahu vs. Obama

The deal that was struck in Geneva between Iran and the P5+ 1 (the US, Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany) represents an important first step in curbing Iran’s nuclear program. Regardless of the multiple flaws it contains, it offers a chance to end Iran’s nuclear impasse peacefully. I have...

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By taking on Expedia and, are smaller hotels biting the hand that feeds them?

This isn’t the first time that online travel agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and have been in hot water. Only last year a lawsuit was launched in the US accusing Expedia, Starwood Hotels and InterContinental Hotel Group of price fixing. This time, it’s the French-based Union de Métiers...

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Alon BEN-MEIR 2013-09-23

Why Obama’s Syria Debacle Remains On Point

My previous article entitled “Obama’s Syria Debacle” elicited wide-spread positive feedback and just as much criticism about the rationale behind my argument that President Obama must punish President Assad for his use of chemical weapons against his people. I further argued that should President...

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Melissa BELL 2013-07-08

Lifting a veil on Mali's true issues

It is a political campaign that is more than a year overdue. The plan had been for Mali to go to the polls in June, 2012. Instead, one coup d'etat, one territorial annexation and one foreign intervention later, the West African country will vote on July 28, 2013. Much of the campaign literature...

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Andrew HILLIAR 2013-06-08

Turkey: a country divided

Tensions that had been simmering away for years have now boiled over in Turkey. What began as a protest against plans to build a shopping mall in Istanbul's Gezi Park have unleashed a string of bottled-up grievances against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.What’s behind the protests?“He’s very...

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Markus KARLSSON 2013-01-22

World economic forum kicks off in Davos

It’s become an annual ritual; the world’s rich and powerful are jetting to Davos for the World Economic Forum.The crowd is highly exclusive; politicians, millionaires, royalty and the odd movie-star or singer.This year – and for the first time since the outbreak of the financial crisis – many...

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Murat YETKIN 2013-01-07

A rare chance in the Kurdish problem

It seems that the first echoes of the step taken by the Turkish government to allow two Kurdish-origin members of Parliament to go and talk to Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned leader of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), as part of dialogue for a peaceful solution to the country’s chronic...

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