31 December 2011

Lunatic hackers? By Sybil

Internet and other mans of communication are controlled by Governments, and are even censored in some countries. To fight this censorship, the Chaos Computer Club, a German group of hackers, which is even against anti-piracy laws because they undermine online freedom, is planning to create its own satellite system, in order to allow a safer and more independent access to Internet...

But, putting a satellite in stationary orbit turns out to be difficult for these hackers as they have a low budget and they do not have the high-tech know-how to send up their satellite! Some people fear that this new grid, free from any control, would allow illegal communications.

The final, and very ambitious, goal of these hackers is to send a civilian to the moon within the next 23 years...

Given their limited means, their grandiose ambitions would appear a little Utopian! 


23 December 2011

Communist dynasty... By Clotilde & Hannah

North Korea is mourning the death of its “Dear Leader”, Kim Jong-Il. According to North Korean State media, millions are weeping in the streets and crying out their loss. This may seem a bit strange knowing that Jong-Il’s arrival to power in 1994 was quickly followed by a famine causing around 2 million deaths and that today there are still daily food shortages and very poor infrastructures.

Kim Jong-Il’s death could mean a new hope for this country, but his successor is none other than one of his sons, about whom we don’t know much beside the fact that he is in his early twenties. He is maybe a bit young to take on the task of improving the lives of 23 million people...

12 December 2011

Back to the future... By Jenguiz

Are we in 1984?

In 1948 George Orwell wrote 1984. He describes a man's life in a totalitarian regime. Has our world become like the one described in this novel?

In 1984, the Government is always keeping an eye on the population. An ordinary citizen simply can't escape from video cameras, they are almost everywhere, even in his home. And what is happening today? Videocameras in shops, in most public places, on top of your computer screen, even on your television set if you have kinect, a camera that detects your moves for some videogames. Of course, these video cameras are said to be there to guarantee our safety, just like in 1984, in which huge posters in the streets remind you that "Big Brother is watching you". He is watching after us and watching us at the same time in order to better control us... What is worse today than in the novel, is that we are not even aware of the fact. Governments can keep an eye on people thanks to satellites, cell phones or GPS. There is Internet too of course ; what you do on it can never be erased and can be scrutinised by the powers that be and by big firms that analyse computer data on consumers' behaviour and attitudes (in order to better influence our choices).

What about the "thoughtcrimes" in 1984, the fact that people have thoughts against the Party? In the USA, the House of Representatives voted a bill against "thought crimes", ostensibly to condemn politically incorrect motivations (e.g. racism) for a crime, but the law is probably more a means of restricting free speech (Hate crime article on the Web). The Fouth Amendment to the United States Constitution which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures has been trampled by the Patriot Act (voted to fight terrorism) ; the Federal Government has used this law to conduct witch hunts against anyone who does not entirely agree with it... The Occupy Wall Street protests are a sign that people can still think and act for themselves against the pensée unique of neoliberalism, but for how long? In China, independent workers' unions are not allowed and strikes are violently repressed by the Party (BBC News article). There are unfortunately plenty of other examples of the restriction of freedom (of thought) by Governments... And, if you replace the "Party" with "Multinational Firms", is behaviour against the hegemonic globalised consumerist system (which relies on the propaganda of advertising) not tantamount to thought crime, i.e. "dangerous" anti-conformist thought?

Another way to control the population in 1984 is to give the people someone to hate. Every day, "two minutes of hate" sessions consist of propaganda movies and pictures of the nation's ennemies ; people have to express violently their hatred of the enemy. There are even songs of hate. What about us? Nearly every day, we can see on the news people who talk about terrorist groups, murderers, big dogs, the latest pandemic, Blacks, Muslims, Jews, etc. And people often hate and fear these so-called dangers vehemently, irrationally, and then can't do anything else, like think for themselves... Isn't there some sort of manipulation by the media going on here? And, think about it, does France's national anthem, the Marseillaise, promote peace?

"Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past" is one the Party's slogans in the book. Manipulating information is a means to control people. Modifying documents is easier than it was in Orwell's time, thanks to software like Photoshop. The plathora of information available today and the confusion that the virtual world of Internet instills actually makes us doubt about what the truth (about the past or the present) actually is ; people therefore tend to accept simplistic explanations, which suits those in power rather well. They have succeeded in making us control our own thoughts ourselves, which is something even Orwell had not imagined...

In 1984, the Party tries to limit people's ability to think through Newspeak, a language that expresses things in the most basic way, and in which a lot of notions no longer exist, especially those against the party. It is a simplification of language to limit intellectual potential. It is a means of making people think that black is white (that for example "freedom is slavery"). Nowadays, in France particularly, a lot of people use words awry, and there are a lot of propositions to simplify French spelling. Poverty of language means poverty of thought...

I think that TV contributes a lot to making people more and more narrow-minded ; it is now a part of nearly every person's life (at least, in countries of the North) and therefore a good tool to manipulate public opinion and control people's minds. It is also useful to make people concentrate on things that are not important like the lives of celebrities, and in this way turn their attention away from real problems. The TV does not look at you like in 1984, but it is nonetheless a means of control...

The few totalitarian regimes that are left in the world are simply tacky and will disappear sooner rather than later, replaced by material wealth and sophisticated means of communication. But, are we any happier or do we care for one another more than in a totalitarian world? We let ourselves be manipulated, we are still fearful and ignorant. We are not in 1984, but perhaps 2011 is worse because we have no excuses for the world's misery. And we are living with the illusion of freedom...

10 December 2011

No care for those who cannot pay... By Adam

In their article dated 25th November 2011, Randap Ramesh and James Ball, two journalists from The Guardian, write about the NHS's reshuffle by the British Government.

The changes risk harming patients because Hospitals will have to reduce choice of medical treatment, and doctors will not receive any money for needy patients.

As far as I am concerned, the NHS reform proposition is outrageous. The British Government has decided to destroy people's rights to health care. Isn't this against the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union ?

"Article 35 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union : Health care. Everyone has the right of access to preventive health care and the right to benefit from medical treatment under the conditions established by national laws and practices. A high level of human health protection shall be ensured in the definition and implementation of all Union policies and activities."

Even the USA has (now, thanks to Obama) better health care ! What are the British up to ?!

8 December 2011

The (abuse of) power of the media. By Madeleine & Agathe

The media today is very fast, thanks to Internet and new communications technology, making it omnipresent; is this not dangerous ?

The media is supposed to be objective but frequently it is not! It influences people's judgement and people have trouble thinking for themselves...

The news is often negative: wars, natural disasters, poverty and politics, etc. Why is there so little positive news ? The media contribute to the gloom of our daily lives...

The lives of the rich and famous, and even the lives of ordinary people sometimes, are revealed to the world; journalists do not respect people's privacy...

7 December 2011

Arab Spring for the Muslim Brotherhood? By Edouard

On the website of the Guardian, in a news item dated 1st December 2011, we learn that, after the Arab Spring, the Islamic parties have done very well in the elections... The main Islamic party, the Muslim Brotherhood (founded by Hassan al-Banna in the 1920s), has obtained its first electoral victory in Tunisia (Ennahda). The Muslim Brotherhood has also won the elections in Egypt. Its influence has increased in Libya and in Morocco. The USA and Europe are worried by these results. The dictators in those countries for a long time used the argument that “the autocrat you know is better than the extremist you do not”. Today, the Islamic parties have formed transitional governments with liberal and secular parties, like in Tunisia. But, are they really a threat for their people ?

The Arab Spring surprised everybody. The Muslim Brotherhood is now the main party in North Africa. The countries where it is already in power like Saudi Arabia or Iran are not democratic. To my mind, the North African countries have to be very vigilant to prevent theocracies like in Iran. It could really become a threat for their people and for us...

What do you think ? Comments please !

Do you give money to beggars on the street? By Anne-Sophie

Some of the homeless people you go past in the street have really creative - humorous - signs to gain your attention. They laugh about their own dire situation, thereby showing that they have a little dignity left... They are demonstrating the humanity giver and taker have in common. It's often an efficient technique to gain alms ! In a sense you, the giver, are paying for having had a good laugh; you feel good about giving because you are not too embarrassed.

There are those who tell passers-by the disarming truth : they need money for drugs, alcohol, whatever. It's a kind of desperate, aggressive, black humour...

Others try to gain your pity. They tell you they need money for their family, their children or for someone else. You wonder if you should believe them, and by the time you have found the answer, you have walked past the problem...

In some countries, beggars do not speak at all, they supplicate on their knees, face down, hands shut tight in front of them. Sometimes they are even prostrate on the ground... How humiliating !

6 December 2011

Watch IT, kids! By Floriane

Older people may not be so out-of-touch with Information Technology after all... Meet Sophia Petrillo, IT advisor!
The artist Chacho Puebla photographed her in his latest project "the advice of Grandmothers". With her big glasses and mop of grey hair, she looks like the perfect grand mother. Sophia gives advice full of common sense about Web sites and social networks, and contributes to the Mashable Web site.

3 December 2011

Reality for our kids please! By Adam

Louise Tickle, in her article for The Guardian dated November 18th 2011, deals with the use of computers in education. Do computers help or hinder our kids' education, do they help them be more creative?

I think computers have their use, but they are only a tool, not an end in themselves. The danger is that computers make kids lazy and their mastery is certainly not the purpose of education. Children need to discover first hand our landscapes, heritage, literature, art, and the rest, actively, with others, not through a machine, via virtual means, in a sterile fashion.

Numerical books for example destroy the osmosis between the reader and a real book, because a book isn't just a text but also a thing to touch and even smell. Each line of a book needs to be savoured. Books die if they are not there in your hands... Culture is a tactile, senses-based, learning experience, in real 3-D, to be shared with others, from an early age.

The end of the world is nigh (again)! By Timothy

Honey pack your things we’re going to see the world before it goes BOOM! I’ve sold the house, the kids and even the dog...”

WHAT?! Are you dumb? Oh, why did I even marry you? 2012 was just a joke!”

Some years ago a bunch of scientists discovered a stone tablet with Mayan hieroglyphs which predicted a so called “end of the world” in the year 2012. And then the press got a hold of it and then everyone started to freak out as usual. Everyone keeps on saying that everything will end but I don’t want to believe it. For all those who are having panic attacks just thinking about it, do not worry, have no fear, the end of the world is not nigh...

A German expert after studying the tablet a tiny bit more carefuly was able to understand a bit more: the tablet would in fact predict not the end of the world but just the beginning of a new era. The tablet predicts the coming of a god which the Mayans would have to prepare for. Since they are a tiny bit extinct, they won’t be able to prepare a room for him, he’ll just have to go to a motel and I don’t think they do charity...

This article goes to show just how silly some people become when they hear of a so-called end of the world. The world also ended in 2000, remember? So, I hope that people will not freak out when yet another end of the world prediction pops up!

27 November 2011

The end of cluster bombs, officially... By Edouard

According to the The Guardian website, in a news item dated 25th November 2011, Great Britain and a coalition of small and medium-sized countries have foiled major powers like the USA, China, India and Russia as regards a revised treaty on cluster bombs which would authorise “bomblets” produced after 1980. The 2008 Oslo Convention totally prohibits this type of weapon. Countries like France, Germany and Italy are criticised for their ambiguous position on the question of cluster bombs. Every year, cluster bombs are the cause death of many men, women and children...

In my view, this situation shows us that the problem of cluster bombs has still not been solved. If the USA is perhaps willing to accept the Oslo Convention, it is probably not the case for China or Russia. As a consequence, this type of treaty unfortunately changes nothing to the real situation and has only been signed in order to assuage humanitarian organisations. Cluster bombs are still being used...

Nasty... By Adam

The article in Libération dated November 18th 2011 deals with the German Government's attempt to outlaw the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany and the terrorist organization National Socialist Underground, with which the NDP is suspected of having links. The NSU is guilty of murdering foreigners in Germany between 2000 and 2006.

I think this prosecution is judicious as these organizations are in favour of the restoration of the Nazi Reich. But, can Germany protect itself against a return of the extreme Right? Today, in the EU, Germany included, there is a major economic crisis which increases unemployment; the extreme Right, which includes the NDP, is taking advantage of the situation. In France, Marine Le Pen's FN is increasing in popularity according to the various opinion polls for the 2012 Presidential elections. The far Right manipulates people, telling them that the economic crisis is due to the European Union, due to the Euro, due to immigrants...

26 November 2011

Thanks, mum... By Julie, Roch, Agathe and Bénédicte.

This picture shows a mother in a chair. She seems to be dreaming and not concerned by the fact that her cigarette smoke is making her baby uncomfortable.

The child is a victim of passive smoking. The mother does not seem to be aware of the consequences of her smoking habit on her child's health.

Many parents who are smokers do care about their children's health and smoke outside. But, how many kids have become asthmatic as a result of inhaling their parents' cigarette smoke ? These parents are either ignorant or they just do not care...

Pregnant women who smoke are the most guilty because they seriously harm their unborn baby.

Do you know that in France more than 8000 people die every year due to passive smoking ? 600000 people in the world die from it...

To smoke yourself or to be near smokers has almost the same affect on your health.

Maybe you didn't care or think about it before, but you have to choose to be or not to be a passive smoker. Stay away from people who smoke !

25 November 2011

Is an embryo a human being? By Madeleine, Anastasie, Zélie & Floriane

If you consider that an embryo is a human being, then abortion is a crime, and should therefore be outlawed. But if you consider an embryo is not human, then abortion is OK because it does not involve killing someone...

According to French law, the foetus doesn't have an existence as a legal person. But, right from its conception, an embryo possesses the whole genetic material of a grown-up person... However, the abortion limit, in France, is when the embryo is 12 weeks old. Then, the embryo suddenly becomes a human being. But, wasn't it before? Some people haven't made up their minds yet, but the following questions might compel them to do so :

In the case of a woman having been raped, may she still be able to have, and love, a baby ?

If the chances are that the mother dies during delivery, is her baby's life more important than her own life ? If she has an abortion in this situation, it is called an “indirect abortion”.

If the baby has a genetic disease, the abortion limit is much longer (until the moment of the birth!) ; Why? Is an embryo if it has Down's syndrome considered human only once it is born? Is it wrong to abort a baby because it is ill, or has a short life expectancy?

If the parents are poor and aware that their child won't have a pleasant life, is it bad to have an abortion?

The family circle sometimes puts pressure on a mother to have an abortion because she is “too young to have a baby”. Is this justified?

Some religions do not accept abortion (Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, some Christians…). Are they right or wrong?

In China, with the policy of a single child per family, abortion is sometimes compulsory.

In countries such as India, China, Nepal, Vietnam, South Korea, or Taiwan, people prefer having boys, which leads to many abortions and higher numbers of boys...

Having an abortion is considered banal by some people... This is sad when you consider that we are talking about a potential human life.

Requiem for dream... By Anne-Sophie, Floriane, Marilou & Mégane

Feeling depressed, want to escape reality, forget your problems, discover new sensations, feel free, or just have fun ? Then try ecstacy, cocaine, or LSD ! Hey, they even say that ecstacy can cure cancer !

The feeling of well-being only lasts a short while though... After, you'll go through “agonies” (withdrawal symptoms). You'll feel depressed. Some people even commit suicide. And there's the danger of undesirable effects a long time after you took the drug, a “bad-trip” or “flash-back”, i.e. blurred vision or hallucinations...

Je t'aime moi non plus... By Alice, Lucile, James & Florian

Even though it’s not the first time Benetton has used provocation for an advertising campaign, this one has shocked more than its previous efforts.

Here, we see a very high quality photomontage where the pope is passionately kissing the imam Ahmed al-Tayeb. These two religious leaders are in the news because they do not see eye-to-eye on certain issues, so it is hardly diplomatic to picture them in close contact ! Also, men kissing is a taboo subject in both religions. And it has apparently nothing to do with pull overs ! Some people consider this photo offensive and an insult to the Church and to Islam. It is really inappropriate to use religion for commercial ends...

The Vatican has protested and Benetton has apologized, hypocritically. Its aim was to create a buzz. And it has succeeded...

19 November 2011

Can't pay, won't pay! By Adam

In an article written on November 18th 2011, Marie Piquemal, journalist for Libération, deals with the overdue payment by the French Education Minister of students' grants.

Student grants for November have not been paid. This is terrible for the students who need the money to pay their expenses. Why doesn't the Minister give the students their money ?

In my opinion, Wauquiez didn't foresee the real cost of the grants in his 2011 budget. He will pay the overdue grants with his 2012 budget... Is this the start of Greek-style management by the Government?

19th November is World Toilet Day!


13 November 2011

Spiritual glue...

On the night of 12 March 2011, Rome's Teatro dell'Opera staged the first in a series of scheduled performances of Verdi's opera Nabucco, conducted by Ricardo Muti. After the end of the choral "Va pensiero", which contains the lyrics "Oh mia patria, sì bella e perduta" ("Oh my country, so beautiful and so lost"), the audience applauded "heartily". Conductor Muti, breaking with opera protocol and the strict conventions of composer Verdi himself, turned to the audience and delivered a small speech, referring to the severe budget cuts announced by the Berlusconi government that would particularly affect the funding of the arts. Muti spoke of the need to keep culture alive in Italy, prompted, as he later stated, by the belief that "killing culture in a country like Italy is a crime against society. Culture is the spiritual glue that holds a people together". Muti then invited the audience to participate in an encore of the "Va, pensiero" choral – the invitation and the encore also a break from tradition for an opera performance. The opera audience stood up and sang along with the on-stage chorus . Muti recalls that "80 percent of the audience knew the lyrics" and sang along, while "some members of the chorus were in tears" (source: Wikipedia).

6 November 2011

The King is dead... let him rest! By Justine & Carole

Dr Conrad Murray has been accused of killing his most famous client : the king of Pop Michael Jackson. It sounds absurd, since he probably he was his biggest source of money. There was apparently no reason for him to do that, all the more so since they had been friends for many years...

Jackson's family says that now his children will have to grow up without a father.
Has Dr Murray killed his famous patient, or is this just a way to find a guilty person to reassure the fans? A murder is more exciting for people than a natural death. People and media will talk about him again, and the Jackson family will earn even more money...

Conrad Murray will be judged on Friday morning.

Young and old concerned by attack on UK pension system. By Adam

This article was written by a The Guardian journalist on September 23rd 2011. It is about the protests against the proposed plans to reform the British pension system.

It is UNISON, the main public service union, that launched an offensive against pension reform. The Government plans to reduce pensions, just like some of its European neighbours such as France. Employees do not see things the same way, they want to retain their right to retire and consider that the increase in assessments would be a drop in the ocean that would not change the British economy.

The national association of the heads of institutions related to UNISON announced that its members will vote for a national strike.

I think it is necessary to safeguard the rights of employees. Indeed, the right to retirement exists and it must remain a right. In addition, youth can no longer enter the labour market since older workers will have to keep their jobs. So employees victim of this budgetary rigour must fight and protest against this odious reform !

Get green and feel free! By Anastasie, Agathe & Madeleine

The sculptor Bartholdi and the engineer Gustave Eiffel designed the Statue of Liberty in New York.

It was France's gift to the American people to mark the 100th anniversary in 1876 of the United States of America’s independence from Great-Britain.

The statue, 46 meters tall, was finally inaugurated in 1886.

It is on the small Liberty Island, south-west of Manhattan.

It welcomes immigrants to America, many of whom having fled political and economic oppression.

One of the chief emblems of the United States, it is a sign of the friendship and shared values between the USA and France.

Called Liberty enlightening the world, it is meant to encourage people to overthrow tyranny everywhere.

Since the statue was built, the USA has indeed defended (often through military means...) democracy and the right to self-determination of nations.

Men and women are different but should be treated equally! By Sybil

There is one only certainty: men and women think and behave differently. Men are more aggressive and often stronger, while women are calmer and more pondered.

But this doesn’t mean they are not equal! No one can deny that women have been considered as inferior to men for a very long time and in most societies. Things only began to change recently. For example, the right to vote was granted to women for the first time in the USA in 1869, but only in 1979 did the Council of Europe adopt a declaration on gender equality.

Justice is now the same for men and women in most Western countries. Many laws have been voted during the past fifty years to allow total equality.

In politics, there now are countries directed by women, and not only in developed areas, like Germany, but also in developing countries such as Chile. Women are present in several Governments and laws have been created to force these Governments to comply with gender equality regulations for elections.

Women are present at all power levels; for example there are more and more senior female managers in Industry. It is no longer a problem for women to own goods or manage their own businesses alone.

Education isn’t reserved, as it was before, exclusively for men, and in fact statistics show that there are more women succeeding in their studies than men!

Real equality between husbands and wives exists. Laws have accorded men more rights and obligations as regards child care, for example, so as to encourage them to help women in this role. Couples can now choose which one will work, and earn money for the family, while the other stays home...

But, are laws really applied equally? Moreover, there are still too many countries in the world denying their rights to women!

The number of countries directed by women is only six out of more than two hundred countries in the world. In developed countries as well as in developing countries, women are paid less than men for the same type of work; on average, a woman will earn only 80% of a mans pay. Women also work longer than men, and the rate of unemployment is higher for women than for men. Laws in some countries still make it difficult for a woman to do certain things without her husband, for example: get a place to live, or even acquire a vehicle. Even a woman simply living on her own is deemed unacceptable in some parts of the world...

In fact, women often cannot find work, because managers consider it a problem to employ women as they may have children and are therefore more likely to be absent from work... Women often have to abandon the idea of a family life if they hope to pursue a career.

There is a majority of men in charge with power, which makes it even more difficult to introduce decisions in favour of gender equality, as the decisions taken reflect mostly men’s will.

In the Bible as well as the Koran it is said in different ways that women are inferior to men. In some countries, women are placed under the authority of men and are forced, supposedly because of religion, to hide their faces, which is, in my opinion, a violation of their human rights. Access to education is still refused to girls in some countries.

The number of sexual harassment suits has increased over the past ten years, and, in some countries, if women can’t prove they were raped, they are accused of adultery.

The image of women is often used in degrading ways, in advertising for example.

I think women generally have a less violent attitude than men and try, most of the time, to avoid conflicts. They are therefore often considered "weaker" than men, thus justifying patriarchal societies. To reach gender equality, will women have to resort to violence too? Does equality mean women becoming more like men, or the opposite?

The continuing problem of gender equality is no longer a legal one in developed countries, but a problem of mentality. Women have greater difficulties finding work, they are under-represented in scientific research, only 33% of doctors are women, and it is very difficult for them to impose themselves in areas deemed worthy of men only, in business for example (this is certainly due to the sexist attitude of most of the male entrepreneurs of leading companies).

To achieve true gender equality, people's mentality, as reflected in advertising for example, must evolve. We must question education, and the values that are taught to our children!

Gender equality is badly named, because "equal" in this context doesnt mean "the same"... Men and women are different in their behaviour and attitudes. That is why establishing true equality between genders is so complicated. Even if mentalities are evolving a little, men will never become pregnant, and the 15% of women in the armed forces will certainly not increase significantly. Neither will ever change how they are; what we should try to determine is how to treat people equally, whatever their gender, in a non-macho society. If our world is to become fairer, women need simply to be respected as much as men.

30 October 2011

An aspirin a day... By Martin

According to scientists, a daily dose of aspirin should be given to people at high risk of bowel cancer, such as patients with Lynch Syndrome. Indeed, aspirin is thought to enable one to fight cancer of the bowel and even repair damaged DNA... Thus, according to a study, two pills a day for two years has reduced bowel cancer by 63% in a group of 861 patients suffering from Lynch Syndrome. Nevertheless, it is too early to recommend daily aspirin for those at lower risk.

A vaccine against cancer has yet to be found, but science has discovered new means of limiting the risks of cancer. It is amazing to discover how such a simple thing as aspirin, taken daily, can save people with genetically high risks of the disease...

27 October 2011

Hope for Palestine? By Adam

Palestine has presented its application for membership of the United Nations to Ban Ki-moon. What will this change for Palestine? Will Israel change its colonizing, segregationist and authoritarian policy towards Palestine?

I think this is great news because it will give, if it is accepted, new life to the Palestinian people, reduced to slavery by colonialist Israel. As Mahmoud Abbas said: "After 63 years of suffering: enough, enough, enough!". Israel infringes international law! We must all of us accept the Palestinians as our brothers and our sisters so that they can live freely...

16 October 2011

Brave new world... By David, Loïc & Benoît

In 1997, Dolly the sheep attracted the attention of the world. Now, 14 years later, cloning methods have undergone a new revolution. Researches of a New York laboratory have discovered that if human skin cells are transferred into a human egg, it forms an early embryo. These stem cells can be transformed into any type of cell for the body... It is like a “repair kit” for the body ; People injured in an accident could have their damaged body parts replaced !

Cloning is a science that is still in its infancy. People remain weary of this type of medicine, but experiments show encouraging results.

15 October 2011

Gauls save what's left of the Roman Empire! By Adam

This article by Barry Alberge, published in The Guardian on September 19th 2011, highlights French-Italian collaboration to save Pompeii. A few months ago, after heavy rain, one of its major buildings collapsed... The journalist also explains how Paris can save Pompeii, which is likely to be withdrawn from the UNESCO World Heritage list...

I think that Pompeii must remain a World Heritage site. It is such an important place historically, giving us an incomparable insight into a lost culture. I hope that Paris will indeed "save Pompeii from the waters" and that the Italian Government will fund repairs... I am convinced that we must at all costs keep Pompeii intact, for us and especially for our children so that they too can have the pleasure of discovering the unforgettable charm of this city. In YOUR opinion, how can we rescue Pompeii?