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Paris Diary: Life in Wartime
The fallout from the Charlie Hebdo killings on January 7 still marks Paris. According to one soldier with whom I spoke, more than 10% of the French military’s active combat troops are tasked with ensuing the safety of the citizens of France’s major cities. There has been a recent change, one that took place before this week’s terrorist attack: rather than statically guarding potential terrorist targets like Jewish institutions, the soldiers now walk the streets on patrol. They have become part of our urban landscape, but at the same time, they engender a certain sense of unease:
There are more fun things to do in this world that lug a fully-automatic FAMAS assault rifle in 80° heat while wearing a vest, camo and combat boots.
Addendum: Soldiers in La Capitale are touchy about being photographed, making your humble servant harken back to the days of the Warsaw Pact. Silly, really, given that the French press is full of images of patrolling troopers.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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