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After five months of constant presence at traffic circles, toll-booths and hazardous Saturday marches,  the massive, self-organized social movement known as the Yellow Vests has just held its second nationwide “Assembly of Assemblies.”
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Latest News from France

Friday March 22nd 2019

The situation here may be reaching a showdown between the Macron government, which is now considering using the Army against the Yellow Vests, and the social movement, to whose demands the regime co tinues to turn a deaf ear.
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France: Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together

As Macron Prepares New Repressive Measures

Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together

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The Yellow Vests Movements, an update 1/15/19

The Yellow Vests Movement in France: Richard Greeman Reports from Montpellier to the Future Historians group on 1/15/19. For more information visit
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Seasons Greetings from France's Yellow Vests: "We are not tired"

(Montpellier, France, Dec. 29)


Is the Yellow Vest rebellion, now in its seventh week, “petering out?” Such was the near-unanimous pronouncement of the mainstream media, when I returned home to Montpellier, France, eager to participate and to observe first-hand this popular insurrection which I had been afraid of missing.

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Yellow Vests

Ignored by Macron, distorted by the media, courted by the Right, snubbed by the Left, the self-organized mass movement known as the Yellow Vests is seriously challenging the political and economic order in France.
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French Labor's Historical Defeat; U.S. Teachers' Surprising Victories

As the French get ready for the “rentrée” – the annual back-to-school/back-to-work day following the August vacation –  social peace appears to reign in the land.
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The Center Falls Out:[1] The Role of the Faculty in the Columbia Strike

The Center Falls Out:[1] The Role of the Faculty in the Columbia Strike

By Richard Greeman


Most of us who teach English, Philosophy, or History of foreign languages to Columbia College undergraduates have our offices and classrooms in Hamilton Hall. When we arrived there on Wednesday morning April 24, it was already barricaded and occupied by black  students, and an increasingly unruly crowd of hostile whites was gathering outside, threatening to break in and hurling racial epithets.

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Fifty Years After: The Sixties in historical perspective

Nineteen sixty-eight (sigh!)… What a wonderful year that was! Rebellions breaking out all over the f–king place. From Paris to Prague, from Berkeley to Berlin, from Mexico City to Chicago -- in the ghetto, on the campus, in the jungles of Vietnam, even within the councils of the Vatican -- revolution is the happening thing.
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1968: 'What Did You Do in the Columbia War, Dad?'

Jenny: So, Dad, the 50th  Reunion of the Columbia University Strike is coming up, and it’s all over the papers again. A book of reminicences has just been reviewed in the Times, and the Columbia library is holding a three-day conference. I’ve got some great clippings here from April 1968, with pictures of you the front page of the N.Y. Post and even of the Times. That strike was a big deal! It’s too bad that you can’t fly in to participate.
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