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Timeline of the Albigensian Crusade

01 October 2005
January 1208Pope Innocent III declares a crusade against the Languedoc region of southern France, stronghold of the heretical Cathar christian sect.

The Cathars — heretics who can inspire us today

01 October 2005
The popular perception of the crusades is of wars fought by christian Europeans against Muslims who inhabited the holy land. But the Albigensian Crusade (1209-1229) was fought by Europeans against Europeans in the south of France. It was not about a "clash of civilisations" — rather it was a clash of feudal power, fought by nobles and the church.

Debate grows on French left

10 September 2005
When Dominique de Villepin was appointed prime minister of France following the vote against the European Union (EU) constitution in the referendum in May, he promised his first 100 days in office would give confidence back to the French.

African music offers a social message against dictatorship and oppression

03 July 2005
It came as an insult when the Live8 organisers forgot to put any African artists in their line-up in London. Many of these artists regularly fill concert venues in Britain, France and have a huge following across the African continent.

Frances Curran — No price on right to demonstrate

18 June 2005
Perth & Kinross council have banned a march on the G8 summit, set for 6 July. They have allowed a rally to go ahead—but only if organisers pay thousands for the privilege. Scottish Socialist Party MSP, Frances Curran responded to the council’s moves

How the British left can take up Europe

11 June 2005
The no votes in the French and Dutch referendums on the European Constitutional Treaty have sent shockwaves through mainstream parties across the European Union (EU). France’s ruling conservative coalition and the centre left Socialist Party are in turmoil following the result.

European votes reveal the alternative

11 June 2005
The coverage by the so-called quality press of the referendums on the European constitution in France and the Netherlands has been a complete disgrace.

Using art as a weapon — Ousmane Sembène's story

11 June 2005
Ousmane Sembène was born in 1923 in Senegal. At the time this was part of the colony of French West Africa.

Who says?

04 June 2005
"They gave us a choice: vote yes or vote yes. They were constantly beating that into us, like no other choice was possible."Anne-Marie Latremoliere, who voted no in last Sunday’s French referendum

'Non' to Blairism — France's vote was a victory for the left

04 June 2005
Working people in France have delivered a defiant no to privatisation, neo-liberalism and Blairite policies across Europe.

An exciting opportunity for the left

04 June 2005
The vote will have a major impact in France. The Tory prime minister Raffarin was sacked on Tuesday of this week. President Chirac announced a new government in an attempt to calm the situation.

France's no vote was a blow against neo-liberalism

04 June 2005
An incredible referendum turnaround last Sunday in France saw 55 percent of voters reject the European Union proposal for a European constitution.

Far left on the rise in Europe

04 June 2005
The past fortnight has been a very significant one for the radical left in Europe. The most obvious reason for this is the defeat of the European consitution in France.

The left leads French revolt

28 May 2005
Tous ensemble! (All together!) was the cry that rang out in central Paris last Saturday at the end of a huge rally organised by the French left. The rally was part of the left’s campaign for a no vote in the referendum on the new European Union constitution.

Toni Negri shouldn't be calling for a yes vote in EU constitution referendum

21 May 2005
This is an edited translation of a reply by the deputy editor of Liberazione, the daily paper of Italy’s Rifondazione Comunista, to Toni Negri, the anti-capitalist writer. Negri said in the French newspaper Libération that French people should vote yes to the European Constitution in the referendum on 29 May.

Portuguese Left Bloc

14 May 2005
"Create conflict where necessary, communicate with all those suffering exploitation and oppression," was the message from Francesco Louca, one of eight members of the Portuguese Left Bloc (Bloco de Esquerda) elected to parliament in February.

Giovanni Pesce's Testimony

30 April 2005
Giovanni Pesce was born in France to a family of anti-fascist Italian emigres working as miners. He joined the Communist Party and fought in the Spanish Civil War for the International Brigades.

Bury the Chains — the end of slavery

09 April 2005
IN 1794 a huge public meeting gathered in Sheffield, swelled by thousands of local metal workers. The words "liberty, brotherhood and equality" — touchstones of the recent French Revolution — hung in the air. The purpose of the mass meeting was to link two causes that burned deeply in the souls of the English working class — for the reform of the corrupt and undemocratic parliamentary system, and for the "total and unqualified abolition of Negro slavery".

Will the French say ‘non’ to the EU constitution?

02 April 2005
Anticonstitutionnellement, meaning anti-constitutionally, is the longest word in the French dictionary. The referendum campaign on the European Union (EU) constitution promises to be very long indeed for the French president, Jacques Chirac, and the Socialist Party leader, François Hollande.

Public sector strikes sweep through France

29 January 2005
Is something changing on the front line of social movements and workers’ struggles in France?

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