Turning our emotions into commitments...Transformer nos émotions en engagements (Fundación Almayuda) Les amis sont une partie incontournable de ma vie! Sans eux, je passerais devant ces pépites de vie qui en font tout le sel....C'est donc à la Fondation Almayuda, initiative de mes amis Marie-France et Pierre Lasry, que je dois de bien belles rencontres … Continue reading Un (bon) coin du monde sous un ciel étoilé
A temporary closing of the Sri Lankan chapter
Visiting Colombo at the same time as the Prime Minister of Pakistan was not an easy journey....but if I wasn't able to visit the old Dutch Hospital, I still managed to see enough to realize there is more to Colombo than the eye and palate can meet.... I shall be back.... The racial tensions are … Continue reading A temporary closing of the Sri Lankan chapter
Kateb Yacine, quand tout est dit!
Tous les peuples sont frères, des frères orphelins, il faut qu'il se retrouvent. Kateb Yacine, par les quelques citations sur le Tamazight, les femmes et la liberté de pensée réfutant le pan-arabisme et se revendiquant de la Kahena, dans sa dénonciation de la conquête et de l'oppression musulmane, m'a toujours paru être un auteur intéressant car finalement je me retrouve parfaitement dans son Maghreb et pour une partie au moins de ma famille, je partage son histoire.
Exit 2014, Welcome 2015
I wish all of you, my dear Sociolinguists on Facebook and Academicians across borders, all the best for this New Year. May it be light and full of lights!
Views and Bridges: Cosmopolitan Brazil, from Avenue to Rua Simon Bolivar
My trip to Brazil was a firework of sensations, sights, human encounters. An amazing amount of wonderful perspectives, architectures, baroque or deliberately modern, and the open arms and the gentle smile of Brazilians impressed the lonely traveler. I was wondering why everyone was so fond of this country...these countries because each state and city is so different, now I know: Brazil is where where everyone feels at home.
Naïve or Traitor? The last but not least contribution on JCall Trip to Israel and Palestinian Territories in April-May 2013
If you are puzzled by the title, let me just tell you these are only some of the nice names I've been called by some Israelis here. Not all of them, far from it, and strangely enough usually from newcomers as opposed to the Pro-Peace camp made mostly of 3d or 4th generation Jews in Israel. Food for thought? I'm glad to share with you my last notes on my JCall visit, thanking again David Chemla and Alain Rozenkier for making my own return to Israel possible 😉
My School in the Rice Fields
My ESL Teachers' experience in a Rural Thai school with a description of daily life and education issues.
Chiang Mai Conference on Language Rights, Inclusion and the Prevention of Ethnic Conflicts (13-17 Dec. 2012)
My very personal summary of quite a special meeting in Chiang Mai. People, topics, sights, music, dialogues, it was human and beautiful from the first to the very last minute!
Human Rights Lights (tongue twister in more than a way)
Cosmopolitanism means celebration, of the Human Rights Day, called here the Democracy Day (a public holiday!), of Hanouka with the Chan Klan Road Jews, travelling to gorgeous Laos, tasting french wine and eating beautiful Thai food...and even the mind is working, preparing a conference on Language rights, inclusion and the prevention of ethnic conflicts concocted by Fernand de Varennes...with my modest logistical support;-)
I've just landed in Thailand and already have the palate, the vision and all my senses awakened under a mild and pleasant sunshine. I believe I'm closer to Paradise, a very cosmopolitan paradise...surprisingly! This post will take you from the river thames to the river Mae Ping, but also from Geneva to Jerusalem...via Jaipur, somehow.