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18 mars 2009 3 18 /03 /mars /2009 09:04

 

Not happy having locked the building Cours Grandval (padlocked doors, hand-picked public, plain clothes policemen in corridors), the CTC responsible representatives wish now to secure the electoral system with a view to provide an absolute majority.

Together with the PRG, circumstantial allies, they advocate a reform of the ballot aimed at leaving aside minority lists or considerably reducing the number of elected councillors.

If this approach should succeed, a great number of Corsicans would feel not represented by the Assembly of Corsica, therefore the legitimacy of the latter (already shaken) would be ruined, as well as its vocation to be a true place for dialogue.

As for the absolute majority, wanted by some as an impregnable fortress in which they would feel secure, it would be just a fanciful citadel, and quite often a besieged one!

 

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17 mars 2009 2 17 /03 /mars /2009 09:16

Judges challenging the government! Let’s not dream. It is not happening in France, and has nothing to do with the trial of Yvan Colonna: the Pakistanis judges have declared war on the president. Among the insurgents are barristers, but that is normal… An advocate is a challenge, by nature, to any established authority, isn’t he?

Meanwhile, back in Paris, capital of the so called country “of Human Rights”, a very strange Circuit Court meets every day: no members of the jury, no council for the defence, no defendant…

The civil representatives wear robes. They are, normally, registered to the Bar. And they seem to find everything natural. Not happy in participating in this masquerade, on top of that they give interviews explaining that rules are respected, that the defendant is getting what he deserves, and his defender attorneys are doing … “judiciary terrorism”!

Well, colleagues. I have taken note of your stand. We are not from the same country, but we received the same French academic education. And yet, I do not understand very well how we can explain such procedures and practices.

And I would rather feel good about myself (and in my robe) than to be in your place!

 

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10 mars 2009 2 10 /03 /mars /2009 10:31

 

During the last meeting, the “PNC-CHJAMA” group submitted to the Assembly of Corsica a motion regarding Yvan Colonna’s trial. This motion reminded a number of evidences, notably “that Yvan Colonna seems not having benefited of an equitable treatment of his case”. (That is the least we can say!)

So, the deliberation project was addressing the General Attorney (or Minister of Justice) “to do all in his power to ensure that Colonna’s trail in the court of appeal allows all guaranties as the law application to the judiciary equity, as conformed to Article 6 of the European Convention of Human Rights, and to watch over the strictest respect of the foundations and great principles of justice.”

This motion did not even arrive in the hemicycle: it was set aside by the “permanent commission”, which judged it unacceptable. It is true that it was for the least improbable to see all those Ponce Pilates in the CTC, disavow half-heartedly their Parisian masters!

 

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5 mars 2009 4 05 /03 /mars /2009 08:58

 

 

 

A 34 years old French woman, Florence Cassez, has just been condemned for life by the Mexican justice, for crimes that she has obviously not committed.  The prosecution’s version is coming against serious contradictions. For example, they are reproaching her offences that took place in 2002, while she only arrived in Mexico in… 2003! Only one element seems to explain this decision, of which the blatant injustice is total evidence: the will not to challenge the legitimacy of the Mexican Minister of Security Police, Genaro Garcia Luna.

To make it short: an unjust and extreme severity condemnation, a completely intolerable position of the prosecution, a jurisdiction dutiful to an Interior Department Minister…

Does it ring a bell?

Another worrying point: the condemnation has just been confirmed in a circuit court, without even that the Minister Genaro Garcia Luna be, meanwhile, elected President of the Republic of Mexico…

 
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4 mars 2009 3 04 /03 /mars /2009 17:02

 

Transavia, Air France’s low cost company, “partner” of the CCM, decided to create a twice weekly air service between Orly and … Olbia in Sardigna!

Proposed flights from 50 euros for a destination directly in competition with Corsica: this is a true provocation… The occasion could have been quite excellent to launch a profitable move for the island, in searching a balance, a complementarity between the low cost and the Corsican public service, in which Air France is directly involved. And this without any security concession, precisely because it is an Air France subsidiary, from which we can expect the same level of reliable guarantees. In spite of love declarations for Corsica from its management, despite the partnership that ties it to the CTC’s air company, the French society ridicules openly our collective interests. Only those who, like the lodgers of Cours Grandval, will be astonished and will be waiting for the salvation coming from Paris. It is true that they cannot bite the hand that feeds them!

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28 février 2009 6 28 /02 /février /2009 19:20

 

 

“Why should we change our case law? (…)The whole of Europe praises our chefs, our tailors, our wigmakers; therefore our laws are fine.” Voltaire, Dictionary of philosophy, paper “Torture”.

 

“You are on a mission!” shouted Colona at Didier Wacogne, President of the circuit court. This accusation is serious, and could appear extravagant through the eyes of a middle class French - or Corsican - citizen who has so often heard of the independence of judges as one sacrosanct principles of the French Republic. To shake his certitudes, we could remind him of certain painful episodes of the French judiciary history, like the creation of Vichy “special sections”. And yes, at that time too, a formal legality had been set up to cover injustice… Thus did not prevent lawyers who collaborated to bring disgrace upon themselves.

But let’s rather see through what judiciary mechanism such a “mission” could be given, and by whom.

In fact, behind the visible opacity of the appointment proceedings, things are relatively simple: the president of the circuit court and his assistants are nominated by the first president of the Court of appeals (articles 245 and 250 Penal Proceedings Code), who is in turn designated by the President of the Republic’s decree (Order of November 28th, 1958, article 2)! CQFD.

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21 février 2009 6 21 /02 /février /2009 09:56

Some so-called well-advised observers will underline in a peremptory manner, the geographical distance, so visible differences in terms of natural and cultural features. Thus they will base their habitual position generally expressed by these final words: “nothing to do with it!”

But all the same, parallels are made today: original wounds (for some the slavery drama and for others a bloody annexation), economic and social situation, asymmetry of the relations with France during centuries… without mentioning the color of the uniforms and the shape of the helmets that some and others raising the least of the contestations see landing on their land. All this easily explains the observed interest in our country since few days, regarding the events shaking other islands, “so distant” as tourist slogans say…

Can this natural solidarity turn into a community of struggle? In Paris, some seem to dread it. Then this would confirm, if need be, the soundness and the pertinence of such an approach…


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17 février 2009 2 17 /02 /février /2009 20:59

To be read without failing: the “manifesto from nine intellectual French West Indians for post capitalist societies”. This a crystal clear text signed by Patrick Chamoiseau and Edouard Glissant who recently addressed to the newly elected President of the United States, whose election is a “poetic miracle” according to them. Together with other important people from the thinking world, they now through this manifesto look into the significance of the French West Indian social movement as well as perspectives, which it opens for any country devastated by colonialism and its dependence. Affirming their “full and without any reservation solidarity”, the authors unveil the profound relations between mundane (purchasing power, housewife basket…) and poetics (yearning for self-fulfilment). A clear demonstration that leads naturally on a “vision”:

“Small countries, suddenly at the new heart of  the world, suddenly giant to be the first examples of post-capitalist societies, able to put together a human self fulfilment that is consistent with the fullness of the living…”

Let’s observe that these words could be applied to other people and in particular ours…

 

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15 février 2009 7 15 /02 /février /2009 23:04

“Freedom, equality brotherhood”, advocate always these values, but sooner or later you will see identity problem raising its head. Where is the brotherhood? Why haven’t we ever known it, precisely, because France has never understood identity problem.”

Aimé Cesaire, Negro I am, negro I will stay, Albin Michel, 2005, p.37

 

Polynesian independents are comfortably in power.

French West Indians have found the path of revolt again.

Guianians and people from Reunion are getting ready.

As for Corsicans, they are watching the trial of one of theirs, caught in the nets of a perverted judiciary system in the hands of forgers and cheats.

This actuality reminds all the people under French trusteeship still, the altogether urgent necessity of claiming in chorus the respect of their national identities and their rights, as mentioned in August 2006.

 

CORTI DECLARATION OF STATELESS NATIONS UNDER FRENCH TRUSTEESHIP, August 5th, 2006

We, Basque, Breton, Catalan, Corsican, Guianian, French West Indian and Polynesian people organizations, according to  international rights and by reference to the United Nations resolution 1514, and to the United Nations 1966 Civil and Political rights, we solemnly declare imprescriptible and inalienable the following rights:

1)    The right to set up the development of our languages and cultures within the frame of an official status.

2)    The right to promote and master our economic and social development.

3)    The right to be recognized as people and nation.

4)    The right to self-determination.

5)    The right to set up a process of decolonization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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12 février 2009 4 12 /02 /février /2009 15:17

The separatist Oscar Temaru has just been elected President of so-called French Polynesia (but for how long?) with a large majority of 37 votes out of 57. Le newly head of the Polynesian executive authority declared: “First of all, we need to make peace between each others…” Sandra Levy-Agami, independent, has also evoked “reconciliation for all and a permanent attention to one another” as well as a “more Polynesian behaviour in the local public life”, adding “we must give back to the development of Polynesia a much more Polynesian soul (…) but firstly,we have to learn about ourselves and from where we are from to know which road to choose and to follow”. If the elected Corsicans representatives were collectively able to put together such principles, we certainly would not be talking about such noxious and imported approaches like the PADDUC.

Let’s remind us that the Tavini, the party of the new President of Polynesia, is keeping a close political relationship with the Corsican separatists, and that its strong delegations participated several times to Corti International Days. Besides this party is one of the signatories of the “Declaration of stateless people under the French trusteeship” (Corti, august 2006)

 

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  • : Jean-Guy Talamoni est avocat. Président de l'Assemblée de Corse, il a publié deux ouvrages politiques, "Ce que nous sommes" (Ramsay/DCL, 2001) et "Libertà" (2004), ainsi que trois livres sur la langue corse.
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