The late President Ronald Reagan called the USSR the “evil empire”. Today we should be talking about the “Empire of Lies”. In his endless diatribe justifying his decision to recognize the independence of two entities of the Ukrainian Donbass, Vladimir Putin questioned the very creation of Ukraine by Lenin. The Russian President is in fact in the filiation of the latter that Alexander Solzhenitsyn had called an “evil character” (…)
The world sometimes looks grey, because of its reality and also of the retrograde thoughts animating the debate (…)
Let us glorify the red, that of our own revolution, of our celebrations, prosperity and happiness. The purple has many shades (…)
Since 1938, the Igoumnov House (Дом Игумнов) is the Residence of France in Moscow. Former mansion of a rich merchant in the nineteenth century, located on Bolshaya Iakimanka street in the historic district of Zamoskvoretche, it is of a «Russian style» – which succeeded the neoclassical constructions after the fire of 1812 – and now rare in the capital and at the same time the symbol of the French presence in Russia (…)
The Winter Olympic Games are opening today in Beijing in a context of great international tensions and not yet in a post-pandemic phase. Let us wish them great success because the Games remain the Games, an incomparable moment, a truce in the best tradition of antiquity. Let us be assured that the athletes will show their best and we can also trust the host country for its perfect organization. Let us express the hope that China, despite the extreme precautions that will be taken for mainly sanitary reasons – and this led to qualify these Games already before their opening as «sanitized» -, can show not only considerable capacities but also the heart of itself, sometimes hidden or unknown (…)
Pamir, an orographic and mountainous node unique in the world between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and China, and somewhat on the fringes of the Silk Roads during Antiquity, preserves the most glaciers on the planet outside the poles. Marco Polo was the first European to mention it in the 13th century. Ambassador Serge Smessow brought back pictures dating from the end of the Soviet Union. Despite its remoteness, will it again be at the heart of a “Great Game”?
The site «Perspectives Europe-Monde» attaches importance to visual expression, one of the characteristics of contemporary culture. Apart from the publication of virtual albums on specific topics in his “Photography” section, he will now select a few snapshots at varying intervals, which will be grouped under the title “Fotos of Ze Day”. The first mini-series of pictures taken on 23 January is entitled: between sea and mountain.
Arriving from the battle of Borodino, Napoleon discovered Moscow, “the city of a thousand churches”, from the heights of what is now the University district. It is undoubtedly this last type of monumental construction, inherited from the Stalinist era, which is today one of the most striking faces of the Russian capital. The latter, by its architectural richness and diversity, cannot be reduced to this. But it is necessary to serialize the presentations of a considerable patrimony (…)
The effects of Brexit and the recent tensions between the United Kingdom and its former partners in the European Union must not make us forget the peculiarity of London, arguably the most international city in the world, where the majority of the inhabitants were born abroad.
The 2012 Olympic Games were held in a spirit of openness and generous friendship, especially expressed by the thousands of volunteers who contributed greatly to the success of the event. It took place in an atmosphere of joy, pride and even euphoria that did not foresee the vote in spring 2016 on membership of the European Union (…)
These «Carnets pour la Syrie», a virtual photographic album, were gathered above all in homage to the martyred Syrian people, to a great nation today split between internally displaced persons and refugees outside the country which now number in the millions. Nothing would be worse for them and for all Syrians, whether or not they are also sedentary exiles from within, than silence and even more forgetfulness (…)
The 798 district in Beijing (Dashanzi 798 Art District) would be a “Beaubourg Center to the power one hundred or thousand” if the Pompidou Museum had really been the “refinery” with which it was sometimes compared.
Today it has become a formidable meeting place, lively and joyful, with an intense creation and it has developed a gigantic, air-partly open, exhibition (…)