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3-Apr-14 World View -- Russia's Vladimir Putin courts European far right and ultranationals

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3-Apr-14 World View -- Russia's Vladimir Putin courts European far right and ultranationals

France's Ségolène Royal gets revenge over Hollande's last girlfriend

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France's Ségolène Royal gets revenge over Hollande's last girlfriend

Ségolène Royal
Ségolène Royal

After last Sunday's election, when François Hollande's Socialist Party did very poorly, Hollande has been forced to reshuffle his cabinet. And now he's appointed Ségolène Royal to the cabinet, to be the French Minister of the Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Royal was Hollande's girlfriend for 30 years, and mother of his four children, but they broke up in 2007, when Hollande took up with a new girlfriend, Valérie Trierweiler. Royal and Trierweiler obviously didn't get along, and had open spats in the last year. But Hollande's relationship with Trierweiler ended dramatically in January, when reporters from a magazine called Closer published 7 pages of photographs of Hollande's late night trysts with a young actress, Julie Gayet. So now, with Trierweiler out of the picture, Royal is back in Hollande's life in a big way. However, spokesmen from Hollande's administration deny his past relationships with Trierweiler or Royal have anything to do with Royal's appointment, which is based solely and purely and exclusively on her professional qualifications.

Meanwhile, Julie Gayet has done quite well for herself. She sued Closer magazine for breach of privacy, and the court has just awarded her 15,000 euros. AP and Euro News

Russia's Vladimir Putin courts European far right and ultranationals

One of the ironies of the Ukraine crisis is that, on the one hand, Russia's president Vladimir Putin is referring to Kiev's government as "fascists," while on the other hand, Putin is courting European politicians with views that range from center-right to far right to ultranational to fascist. (The phrase "far right" has a different meaning in Europe and America.) However, in most cases, what unites these far right European politicians is less that they love Putin and Russia and more that they despise the European Union.

The supporters of Hungary's Jobbik party call it patriotic and Christian, while its opponents call it everything from anti-Semitic to fascist. According to spokesman Marton Gyongyosi, "We have an interest in seeing a growing Russia that has in a very interesting way defended its own interests, and which has basically created some counter weight to the west." According to Gyongyosi, Russia is fighting for the rights of ethnic minorities in Ukraine, including the Hungarian minority of the Lower Carpathians. He says that the EU does not ensure minority rights, as ethnic Hungarians suffer a major deprivation in Slovakia and Romania alike.

Marine Le Pen, leader of France's Front National party, which did very well in last Sunday's nationwide municipal elections, was quoted quoted favorably on Voice of Russia radio as supporting Russia’s rights in Crimea. At a meeting in Moscow in January, Le Pen argued that "France is not a democracy" and praised Putin for saving Bashar al-Assad in Syria. Her colleague, Frederick Chatillon, accuses Syria's misfortunes on a "Zionist lobby." And in Britain, the UKIP leader Nigel Farage has spoken admiringly of Putin in recent days, though not directly in relation to Ukraine.

In view of all this, Moscow's denunciation of Ukraine's right-wing movements, Svoboda and Pravyi Sektor, is all the more interesting. and Jamestown and Al Jazeera and Voice of Russia (trans) and ImRussia (trans)

United Nations: Violence escalates in Central African Republic

The violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) is increasing, and is moving in a new direction, according to the United Nations. There are increased tensions and clashes between the (Christian) anti-Balaka militias versus the (Muslim) Chadian soldiers in the African Union peacekeeping force (MISCA). On Saturday, 24 people were killed and 100 injured when Chadian forces fired indiscriminately into a crowd. On Monday, an anti-Balaka element threw a grenade at Chadian soldiers, before being killed by French troops.

From the point of view of Generational Dynamics, CAR is headed for a massive, genocidal generational crisis war, which will be just as bloody as the generational crisis war that occurred in Rwanda in 1994. It's becoming increasingly evident that this war will go beyond a civil war between Muslims and Christians in CAR, and will end up involving both French and MISCA peacekeeping forces as active participants in the war. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon is calling for a 12,000 soldier U.N peacekeeping force, but from the point of view of Generational Dynamics, this will have little effect in a population of 4.5 million, with the number of displaced people currently at 650,000 and increasing. UN OHCHR

Ebola outbreak spreads to Conarky Guinea, causing panic in West Africa

Officials had originally hoped to confine the Ebola virus outbreak to a couple of small villages in southern Guinea, but it's continued to spread and has now invaded Conarky, the capital of Guinea. Conarky has a population of almost 2 million people, mostly crammed together in slums, so is the perfect breeding ground for the deadly virus. Panic is spreading throughout Guinea and north to the large Guinean population in Senegal, which has shut down its normally open border with Guinea. Ebola is extremely deadly and contagious, but passes from person to person only through bodily contact, so it's hoped that it can be stopped by encouraging people to use proper sanitation measures. USA Today

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