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[5 Nov 2015 | Comments Off on AAPA Gears Up for COP21 Climate Change Conference]

AAPA members now know the who, what, where, when and why of the upcoming COP21 conference on climate change thanks to a briefing on Nov. 3 from Celine Ramstein, the COP21 project manager for the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations.
Over 90 minutes, Ramstein, whose institute is working closely with the French government to prepare for the negotiations, enlightened us on what’s at stake, why this meeting is different from the ones that have preceded it, where the major fault lines are, and what the outcome means for France.
The …

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[19 Jun 2015 | Comments Off on Annual Gala Reflects Thriving AAPA]

Nearly 100 AAPA members and their guests had reason to cheer when they gathered for our annual Gala garden party – traditionally our most prestigious and well-attended event – on June 10.

Once again, we were lucky with the weather and were able to enjoy the gardens at the British Ambassador’s residence, where we were hosted with customary warmth and good cheer by Honorary Co-President Sir Peter Ricketts and Lady Ricketts.
As the champagne flowed, the mood was jovial and convivial and it was a great introduction for several new members and …

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[11 Jun 2015 | Comments Off on Minister Warns on Militant Secularism in Schools]

France must avoid being overly dogmatic in the interpretation of rules separating church and state, and “militant secularism” of the kind that bars mothers with headscarves volunteering on school outings is “counter-productive,” Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem told the Anglo American Press Association on June 1.
In a 90-minute meeting with over two dozen AAPA members at her ministry, France’s first female education minister fielded questions on a broad range of subjects, from secularism to her controversial collège (middle school) reforms to the opposition UMP rebranding itself Les Républicains.
On the laws banning …

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[22 Mar 2015 | Comments Off on Imam Lays Out the Challenges Facing French Muslims]

Islam in France must respect and adapt to the country’s secular creed and be independent of foreign influence, but France must also better understand and respect Islamic history and its achievements, says Tareq Oubrou, rector and imam of the main mosque of Bordeaux.
“Islam has always been transmitted through cultures, so when the culture changes the relationship with religion must change as well,” Oubrou said during a March 10 meeting with over 20 AAPA members. “The culture of French Muslims is Western, so they must find a way to integrate their …

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[10 Mar 2015 | Comments Off on AAPA Briefed by Terrorism Expert Bauer]

There is no way to fully counter terrorism, and there are no “lone wolves,” AAPA members learned during a lively discussion on Feb. 23 with French criminologist and security and terrorism expert Alain Bauer. All the terrorists who have been identified so far have been “connected” in some way, and most of their funding is coming from their own, often criminal, activities, he said. “The expression ‘lone wolves’ is a good way for intelligence services to explain how they failed,” he said.
M. Bauer pointed to some shortcomings in the French …

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[5 Feb 2015 | Comments Off on ENA Head Aims To Reform Selection Process]

Achieving greater social diversity among the high-powered students at the Ecole Nationale de l’Administration is one of the challenges facing the prestigious school for France’s elite managers and civil servants, AAPA members and their guests were told on Jan. 28 by ENA’s director, Nathalie Loiseau.
Mme Loiseau acknowledged that ENA’s recruiting process tends to reproduce privilege. “It is founded on recruiting the best, but sometimes we have to ask ourselves if we’re not recruiting the children and grandchildren of the best,” she acknowledged, as most of ENA’s student intake are children …

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[22 Jan 2015 | Comments Off on CNIL Chief Briefs AAPA On Digital Europe, Privacy and Security]

How best to defend individual freedom, privacy and “the right to be forgotten” in a context of increased focus on public security and the fight against terrorism were the core topics when more than 20 AAPA members met on Jan. 21 with Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, President of France’s Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL).
Speaking at the CNIL’s Parisian headquarters, Mme Falque-Pierrotin spoke about how Europe’s digital freedom authorities are grappling with major Internet providers such as Google Inc, and on-going efforts to harmonise Europe’s response to questions of individual …

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[15 Jun 2014 | Comments Off on AAPA Outlook Is Bright as Sun Shines on the Gala]

The 2014 edition of the Anglo-American Press Association’s annual Gala on June 12 was sunny, in every respect: the weather was perfect, the attendance was high (93) and the mood was bright and cheery. Coming just days after the successful commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings — which involved both the US and UK embassies, as well as many AAPA members — everyone seemed ready to party.
This year’s event was hosted by the US Embassy, in the Ambassador’s Residence.
In the absence of an Ambassador (Jane D. Hartley …

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[30 Jun 2010 | Pas de commentaires]

A Field Guide for Global Reporting
“Whenever you see hundreds of thousands of sane people trying to get out of a place, and a little bunch of madmen struggling to get in, you know the latter are newspapermen.” It was this astute observation by iconic reporter H.R. Knickerbocker that Mort Rosenblum uses as a peg for his latest book: “Little Bunch Of Madmen,” designed as a field manual for global reporters and those who aspire to the trade. Drawing on his own experience as well as interviews with legendary journalists he …

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[16 Mar 2010 | Pas de commentaires]

It was one of those rare, friendly, informal meetings with a top French journalist: Florence Aubenas, the prize-winning war correspondent and former hostage in Iraq, whose best-selling book Quai de Ouistreham, recounts her six months living as a lower-class cleaning lady, notably on an English ferry boat.
A dozen members spent two hours with her at Member John Morris’ Marais apartment March 15, talking about her book, the realities and risks of being a foreign correspondent, and what it’s like being both a journalist at Nouvel Observateur and president of France’s …