135,000 Senegalese troops fought in Europe during World War I and over 30,000 died. De Gaulle’s Free French Army in World War II was largely composed of troops from the French colonial empire, including conscripts and volunteersfrom among the colonized populations. The Nazis executed several thousand French colonial POWs from Africa, based on their racial animus towards black peoples. Over a million Indian troops served overseas during World War I. Undivided India (most of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal) was part of the British Empire at the time. During World War II, the Indian Army expanded to include 2.5 million troops in uniform. …Continue reading →
“Just follow all the young people.” Those were the instructions I got when I asked for directions from the subway station to the main auditorium of the Free University of Berlin, where former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was launching the German edition of his book “Our Revolution.”
What were these young people expecting from a 75-year-old self-described socialist from one of the most obscure states in the US?
“I’m here because I thought the American election was really interesting, and Bernie Sanders was the only one who had radically interesting ideas,” one young German told me.
“It is the same in France,” a French woman on an exchange program said. “Bernie Sanders is very popular.”
“I’m from Russia, and it’s very interesting to hear an American who’s a socialist – that’s not so common,” another member of the audience said.
Most of the people I talked to said that, to use the words of one German woman, “He’s not part of the system.” The applause the Vermont senator received upon entering the hall rivaled that of any campaign event in the lead-up last year’s election. And if the audience was hoping for a scathing critique of Donald Trump, they got exactly what they wanted.
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Mrs Merkel said she wanted friendly relations with both countries as well as Russia but Europe now had to “fight for its own destiny”. […] “The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out. I’ve experienced that in the last few days,” Mrs Merkel told a crowd at an election rally in Munich, southern Germany. […] The relationship between Berlin and new French President Emmanuel Macron had to be a priority, Mrs Merkel said. — BBC There are multiple threads here. Clearly EU allies were not pleased with the current US administration’s unwillingness to commit to …Continue reading →