Titre : 2084
Auteur : Sansal Boualem
Éditeur : Penguin
ISBN-13 : 9781609453695
Libération : 2017-01-31

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A tribute to George Orwell's 1984 and a cry of protest against totalitarianism of all kinds, Sansal's 2084 tells the story of a near future in which religious extremists have established an oppressive caliphate where autonomus thought is forbidden. It is the year 2084. In the kingdom of Abistan—named after the prophet Abi, earthly messenger of the god Yolah—citizens submit to a single god, demonstrating their devotion by kneeling in prayer nine times a day. Autonomous thought has been banned, remembering is forbidden, and an omnipresent surveillance system instantly informs the authorities of every deviant act, thought, or idea. The kingdom is blessed and its citizens are happy, filled with a sense of purpose and piety. Those who are not—the heretics—are put to death by stoning or beheading in city squares. But Ati has met people who think differently; in ghettos and caves, hidden from the authorities, exist the last living heretics and free-thinkers of Abistan. Under their influence, Ati begins to doubt. He begins to think. Now, he will have to defend his thoughts with his life. "[In 2084] Sansal dared to go much further than I did," said Michel Houellebecq, the controversial novelist most recently of Submission. 2084 is a cry of freedom, a call to rebellion, a gripping satirical novel of ideas, and an indictment of the religious fundamentalism that, with its hypocrisy and closed-mindedness, threatens our modern democracies and the ideals on which they are founded. WINNER OF THE FRENCH ACADEMY GRAND PRIX

Un nouveau pont sur l Atlantique

Titre : Un nouveau pont sur l Atlantique
Auteur : Jean Charest
Éditeur :
ISBN-13 : 276054379X
Libération : 2015

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L'Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) marque un tournant dans les relations entre le Canada et l'Union européenne. Les négociations ont été longues, parfois difficiles, mais les deux parties en sont finalement parvenues à une entente, officialisée à Ottawa le 26 septembre 2014. Depuis, le processus de ratification suit son cours, et tout indique qu'il sera long et complexe.Malgré les interrogations et les incertitudes qui demeurent au sujet de l'AECG, notamment sur sa mise en œuvre, cet accord est à n'en pas douter ambitieux et pionnier. Par son contenu, sa portée et ses dispositions réglementaires, il va non seulement favoriser les échanges, les affaires et la circulation des personnes entre les deux rives de l'Atlantique, mais également rapprocher, pour la première fois, le modèle économique de type contractuel de l'Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALENA) du modèle de type communautaire de l'Union européenne.Le présent ouvrage retrace l'historique des négociations et met en lumière les nombreux obstacles qui ont dû être surmontés pour en arriver à un accord, mais aussi ceux qui vont se dresser jusqu'à sa ratification et sa mise en œuvre. Il présente le contenu et les principales dispositions de l'AECG, ce qui fait son originalité et ce qui le distingue de l'ALENA. Enfin, il ouvre la discussion sur les nouveaux accords dits de troisième génération qui, comme l'AECG, visent l'inter-connexion économique et introduisent à cet effet des mécanismes de coopération réglementaire d'un type nouveau.

The Empathic Civilization

Titre : The Empathic Civilization
Auteur : Jeremy Rifkin
Éditeur : Polity
ISBN-13 : 9780745641461
Libération : 2010

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In this sweeping new interpretation of the history of civilization, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin looks at the evolution of empathy and the profound ways that it has shaped our development–and is likely to determine our fate as a species. Today we face unparalleled challenges in an energy–intensive and interconnected world that will demand an unprecedented level of mutual understanding among diverse peoples and nations. Do we have the capacity and collective will to come together in a way that will enable us to cope with the great challenges of our time? In this remarkable book Jeremy Rifkin tells the dramatic story of the extension of human empathy from the rise of the first great theological civilizations, to the ideological age that dominated the 18th and 19th centuries, the psychological era that characterized much of the 20th century and the emerging dramaturgical period of the 21st century. The result is a new social tapestry–The Empathic Civilization–woven from a wide range of fields. Rifkin argues that at the very core of the human story is the paradoxical relationship between empathy and entropy. At various times in history new energy regimes have converged with new communication revolutions, creating ever more complex societies that heightened empathic sensitivity and expanded human consciousness. But these increasingly complicated milieus require extensive energy use and speed us toward resource depletion. The irony is that our growing empathic awareness has been made possible by an ever–greater consumption of the Earth′s resources, resulting in a dramatic deterioration of the health of the planet. If we are to avert a catastrophic destruction of the Earth′s ecosystems, the collapse of the global economy and the possible extinction of the human race, we will need to change human consciousness itself–and in less than a generation. Rifkin challenges us to address what may be the most important question facing humanity today: Can we achieve global empathy in time to avoid the collapse of civilization and save the planet? One of the most popular social thinkers of our time, Jeremy Rifkin is the bestselling author of The European Dream, The Hydrogen Economy¸ The End of Work, The Biotech Century, and The Age of Access. He is the president of the Foundation on Economic Trends in Washington, D.C.