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Secularize, then democratize

December 10th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

Should we want free elections when a totalitarian regime threatens to win through the polls? Can election be used to give the enemies of democracy the keys to an imperfect democracy? This is the recurring Arab-Muslim world dilemma. It has arisen dramatically in Algeria. It has arisen on the eve of every election in Egypt. If it was easy to solve, it would have been long ago. Theoretically, there are two conflicting abstract temptations – angelic democracy and cynical democracy.

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The Roma and the European Abyss

October 20th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

A European issue par excellence, the Roma issue has undisputed potential to rouse nationalism. It can kill the European dream. Unless and until the EU is committed to urgently improving the situation of the Roma in Bulgaria and Romania, France will have to find strength to remain itself, says Caroline Fourest.

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Solving the burqa debate

May 12th, 2010, Comment & Analysis

One always wishes that a debate as complicated as the one on the burqa takes place in an environment where there is neither an opportunistic, polarized discussion on national identity, nor a vote against minarets in a neighboring country. But we do not live in an ideal world. The burqa debate has entered the public sphere, and now must be addressed. The solution is for Parliament should express its rejection of any sign undermining women’s dignity.

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Caroline Fourest

Writer and columnist

April 21st, 2010, Academia, Author/Novelist, English, Europe, Europe, France, French, Journalist/Commentator, Paris, Religion, Women's Rights

Caroline Fourest

Caroline Fourest is a French writer and columnist. She has a weekly column in Le Monde discussing French culture, and teaches about multiculturalism and universalism at Sciences Po-Paris.

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