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DSK Returns: Can Strauss-Kahn Mount A Political Comeback In France?

Though charges of sexual assault were dropped this week in New York against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, a political future in France is not guaranteed for the man once thought to be Nicolas Sarkozy's strongest challenger. Still, France's opp

Happier times, in 2006, with Strauss-Kahn and Hollande next to Socialist candidate Segolene Royal.
Happier times, in 2006, with Strauss-Kahn and Hollande next to Socialist candidate Segolene Royal.
Marc Vanghelder

PARIS - Despite the charges being dropped in the criminal case against him, Dominique Strauss-Kahn's troubles with the law are not over. Nafissatou Diallo has filed a civil lawsuit in New York, and in France, there's the case of Tristane Banon, the French journalist who's accused Strauss-Kahn of attempted rape in 2003. He will have to explain himself when he comes back to France.

Though he was once considered the man most likely to unseat President Nicolas Sarkozy in the 2012 elections, he is not expected to be a candidate. Still, the former head of the International Monetary Fund and former French Finance Minister remains a towering political presence in the Socialist party, especially amidst such uncertain economic times.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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Yet one month on, a quick look at the map shows that many of the worst-hit cities are those where Russian is the predominant language: Kharkiv, Odesa, Kherson.

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