Maxine Both

War-like pictures depicting France set a light by violent clashes between police and the “Gilets Jaunes”, or “Yellow Vests” movement, circulated widely in the media this past month.

Ariell Cacciola

This article is part of The Mantle's series Against Censorship.


An Iranian Metamorphosis 
by Mana Neyestani
Translated from the Persian by Ghazal Mosadeq
Uncivilized Books (2014), 208 pp

Ed Hancox

Perhaps it is the effect of four years spent as a DJ on my university's radio station, but events in the news often make me think of songs, and the coverage of France's Mali mission is bringing to mind the song “Franco-Unamerican” by the seminal California punk band NOFX. The song was written in 2003 and drips with sarcasm over the neo-conservative/interventionist foreign policy of then President George W. Bush.

Shaun Randol

The peasant engaged in backbreaking work is a common motif in paintings. Characteristics of the theme include peasants bent and crumpled (often below a horizon, earthbound), faces hidden (anonymous), and painted realistically (rather than in exalted or virtuous tones).

Corinne Goldenberg

The glamour of Cannes fizzled away this weekend; amidst the controversy and chatter left by Lars Von Trier, Woody Allen’s new film Midnight in Paris (2010) seems to have endued lighthearted laughter and elevating diversion to the festival. Midnight in Paris is yet another ode to the city of light. While some may have tired of Paris clichés, Allen finds magic in slighted corners of the French capital.

Corinne Goldenberg

In François Ozon’s film Potiche (2010), renowned actress Catherine Deneuve plays a potiche, or trophy wife, from 1977 named Suzanne Pujol. We watch as her husband, Robert Pujol (Fabrice Luchini) simultaneously treats her as a queen—insisting that her place is not in the kitchen—yet reproaches her for the assumption that she has a place in the politics of the family business, an umbrella factory. Her husband is as nasty to his wife as he is to his children, his secretary/mistress, and his factory workers.

Colin Geraghty

I know that neither of these countries are technically a part of South Asia (although I’ve included China in the list of countries I intend to discuss), but since I live in Paris I feel I should discuss elements of French foreign policy from time to time, especially since it often goes unnoticed abroad, and yet cannot be dismissed too quickly. By the way, just because I live in France doesn’t mean I’m an expert on its foreign policy, which is one of the reasons why I don’t intend to write about it too often.

Ed Hancox

It’s been just over a week since an earthquake unleashed an epic wave of destruction across Haiti. And even as bodies of both the living and the dead continue to be pulled from the rubble of Port-au-Prince, conservative commentators are already using the tragedy to launch into an attack on foreign development aid programs.