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More than a third of them were killed, and the survivors were harassed by the FBI for most of the rest of their lives - even the ones who later fought with US forces in WWII.

Finally, last week, a memorial to thephoto: interior tolbiac station members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, was erected on the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle. About 20 of the remaining veterans showed up for the ceremony.

Brigade members were made honorary citizens of Spain a few years ago and there are memorials to them in Europe, but this is the first one in the United States.

The Météor's huge station at the end of the line at Tolbiac.

A quick look around the Web turned up a number of sites with information about the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. If you are interested, this is the place to start in English, and here is another in Spanish, by Manuel Sanromà.

News from The Tocqueville Connection:

I looked over 'The Tocqueville Connection' this week and found a number of items that will appear in this issue of Metropole, so I looked at their 'Op-Ed' page and found a piece entitled 'French Businesses Are Too Timid' by Patrick Chamorel. If they are, they should take lessons from the government's tax collectors.

Africa Goes Online

If you mention 'Africa' many people automatically think of chaos and confusion. But Africa is a whole continent with hundreds of millions of inhabitants. There are no African media conglomos, but there is the Internet. To get plugged into this a Norwegian outfit has put together a 'gateway' index of over 2,000 links, sorted by countries and subjects. This also includes 'Africa Update,' a continent-wide news source.

Paris is the home town of 'World Music' and a great deal of this originates in Africa. 'Roots World' is a Web site that features 'traditional' performers and their music from all over the world, and they have a large section devoted to African performers. Give it a hit; some of this stuff is not exactly 'traditional' and you'll hear about it here before it gets to a FM station near you.

Tuvalu Goes Online Too

Just south of the equator, at about 180 degrees from wherever zero is, are the South Pacific islands of Tuvalu. If you don't feel like looking them up, thephoto: lancia dialogos island group is north of Fuji and south of the Gilberts, and on the tomorrow side of the dateline.

A last leftover from the auto salon: Lancia's 'Dialogos.' Lousy name; beautiful concept car.

Tuvalu's 9,000 citizens are not overly wealthy. Somebody clever figured out that Tuvalu is entitled to an Internet top-level domain suffix though, and this turns out to be 'dot' and 'T' and 'V,' as in 'bigbucks@tuvalu.tv'

If I understood this correctly, a Canadian company has the exclusive rights to sell this Internet suffix to interested media corporations, and some of the money goes back to help out the government budget of the folks in Tuvalu.

More Virtual Countries

An artist named Fred Forrest apparently made a bit of a name for himself in October 1996 by being the first to have a digital artwork sold at auction at Drouot in Paris.

Now he has organized a 60-day 'contest' in which the prize is a 'territory,' I think, or another piece of digital art, or maybe both. These are also supposed to be 'real' so you can understand my slight confusion. The 'territory' at stake is supposed to be equipped with 'government' buildings and has its proper 'laws.'

Anyhow, you can visit this 'territory' and read about all this as well as pick up the contest 'rules,' which may either be virtual or real or mythical. It's up to you to decide.

This Was Metropole One Year Ago:

Issue 2.42 - 20. October 1997 - This issuecount down Eiffel Tower featured the columns - Café Metropole - 'Broken Promises: Another Ordinary Week' and 'Au Bistro' had - 'Papon Trial Switches from 1942 to 1961.' The issue had one article entitled 'The Great Pencil Hunt, Part Two' and published two eMails; one from John McCulloch about 'Sharing Lunch With Emile' and the other was from Susan Beaupre about 'Seine Boats are Made for Not Walking.' There were two 'Posters of the Week.' Ric's Cartoon of the Week was called 'Trolling Speed?'

The Tour Eiffel Countdown to 31. December 1999:

Only 439 short days left to go.

Regards, Ric
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