Category Archives: France

Other countries want you as a university student – English-speaking classes with virtually no tuition

If you are not a resident of Pennsylvania you can still earn a nursing degree at Penn State University in four years at a tuition-only cost of $154,600.

Or you could get the same education (with brat bun, not frat fun) free in Germany.

Free?

And you don’t have to speak German?

Public universities in Germany charge no tuition to anyone, including Americans , ugly or otherwise. Classes are offered in spoken English.

Students, who want degrees (in English) from among the world’s best institutions, can enroll in schools like  University of Munich, University of Hamburg or Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg, three of the country’s best schools, and pay no tuition. Some years ago the government initiated a $500 a semester tuition charge, but students revolted and it was eliminated.

American students enrolled in public universities in Slovenia Continue reading →

A tale of horror, high fares, privatization and how we give our nation’s wealth to foreign companies

New french rail

French train in 1942

In the two years from 1942 to 1944, some 76,000 French Jews were deported to Nazi death camps by Societé Nationale des Chemins de fer Francais (SNCF), France’s national railway corporation under the Vichy Republic. Of those Jews, it is estimated that 74,000 were killed.

In 2014, after numerous lawsuits and a failed PR campaign that attempted to portray wartime railroad employees resisting orders to deport Jews, the SNCF created a $60 million reimbursement fund for French Holocaust survivors and their families. It was small compensation for entire families murdered.

SNCF in 2010 ranked 214th globally on the Fortune Global 500 list. Continue reading →

There’s little love in Paris this Springtime, as French President uses executive power to crush labor rights

Best of times for very rich; worst for the working class!

France’s President Francois Hollande has learned many lessons on how to offer false promises from America’s President Barack Obama, who campaigned in 2008 with the following plans:

  • convince the working class you stand for better wages and stronger unions
  • say you will reduce  job competition by ending reckless import of foreign labor
  • suggest you will renegotiate current income-lowering trade deals that send factories overseas
  • pledge to cut outsourcing jobs to new trade “partners”
  • offer to increase social benefits for the middle class
  • bring taxes for the very rich back up to fair, historic levels

The day he took office, Obama began breaking promises:

  • The “goal” of passing card check for unions was forgotten.
  • The number of Visas was increased and illegal aliens were not stopped at the border.
  • He began negotiating for even more trade deals, didn’t touch NAFTA, and instead praised it.
  • A loss every month in total manufacturing jobs in America was ignored by the White House
  • Instead of increasing aid for workers, he formed a commission to cut Social Security benefits
  • When Bush tax cuts expired, Obama agreed to lowest tax rates for very rich since FDR.

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