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From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy

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Jul 21 2014

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hide captionA new logo that is supposed to ensure a Paris restaurant’s food is homemade (fait maison in French) is already stirring up controversy.


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A new logo that is supposed to ensure a Paris restaurant's food is homemade (fait maison in French) is already stirring up controversy.

A new logo that is supposed to ensure a Paris restaurant’s food is homemade (fait maison in French) is already stirring up controversy.

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If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It’s a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan, and it’s supposed to designate fait maison, or homemade. It’s designed to highlight places that make their own dishes rather than bringing in frozen or sous vide — prepared meals cooked in a water bath, sealed in airtight plastic bags and designed to be heated up later.

I know, you’re thinking, French restaurants don’t cook their own food? As we reported last July, some 31 percent of restaurants in France use at least some prepared foods, although some restaurant experts suggest the number is much higher.

Regardless, now the establishments that use shortcuts will have to own up to it.

Jean-Paul Arabian is the owner of Le Cameleon, a cozy bistro tucked into a side street in Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood. He’s thrilled about the new law.

“Homemade will be the war against restaurants that buy their food already cooked and in plastic bags, ready to heat up and serve to clients at ten times the price,” he says.

It’s not hard to understand Arabian’s frustration and relief. He makes everything from scratch and everything is seasonal and fresh. And it’s not hard to verify. His bustling, stainless steel kitchen is part of the dining room décor. Diners can peer in at preparations as they sink their teeth into succulent, sauced meats and perfectly cooked vegetables.

Starting next January, if you don’t see the logo on the menu – the food is not homemade.

But what does that really mean? Just days after the measure was passed, it’s already stirring controversy. Many wonder if the fait maison label will really guarantee better eating.

The linchpin of the new rule is that homemade fare must be made only from “raw ingredients,” meaning the food product has undergone no significant modification, including being heated, marinated, assembled or a combination of those procedures. But the definition does allow for “smoked, salted, refrigerated, frozen or deep-frozen” produce as well as vacuum packed food as ingredients for dishes other dishes.

In Le Monde newspaper, one restaurant critic called it a “dud decree” that pandered to frozen food lobbies because “any frozen raw product from spinach stalks to shrimp can figure in a dish dubbed ‘home-made.’”

Except for potatoes. Frozen fries can never be called homemade.

“That’s because French restaurants don’t want to be called fast food,” says Stanislas Vilgrain, who operates three sous vide food packaging plants in France and the U.S. and is totally against the new measure.

Vilgrain sells high quality meats, sauces and prepared dishes to restaurants on both sides of the Atlantic under the name Cuisine Solutions.

Vilgrain says the new measure is pointless and misleading.

“The important thing in a restaurant is that you get high quality food served in the most efficient way. Why stigmatize someone who is using a sous vide product?”

Vilgrain prepares dishes such as beef bourguignon and coq au vin. He says his meals have fresh, quality ingredients and the new homemade label ignores that.

“We do a short rib from a Michelin three-star chef’s recipe. We cook it 72 hours at low temperatures. No restaurateur can do that in his restaurant because he can’t tie up his ovens for that long. It’s an outstanding product backed by some of the world’s best chefs,” says Vilgrain. “But under this new law, it wouldn’t qualify for homemade.”

But, of course, frozen green beans would.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/21/332645040/from-scratch-or-not-french-restaurant-law-stirs-controversy?ft=1&f=1004

Understanding The Basics Of the Conflict In Gaza

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Jul 21 2014

Fighting between Israel and Hamas escalated over the weekend as Israeli forces shelled the town of Shejaia in Gaza. Host Michel Martin learns the latest from Zack Beauchamp of Vox.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/21/333582301/understanding-the-basics-of-the-conflict-in-gaza?ft=1&f=1004

Could The Conflict In Ukraine Turn Into A Regional War?

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Jul 21 2014

Nearly 300 people died after a Malaysian Airlines plane crashed near the Russian-Ukrainian border. European security expert F. Stephen Larrabee explains what this might mean for the volatile region.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/21/333582308/could-the-conflict-in-ukraine-turn-into-a-regional-war?ft=1&f=1004

Putin May Be Key To Malaysian Plane Crash Inspection

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Jul 20 2014

NPR’s Arun Rath talks to Wall Street Journal reporter James Marson about Vladimir Putin’s response to mounting international anger at Russia following the downing of a civilian plane over Ukraine.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/20/333173726/putin-may-be-key-to-malaysian-plane-crash-inspection?ft=1&f=1004

Should NATO Respond To Downing Of Malaysia Flight 17?

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Jul 20 2014

Former Navy Adm. James Stavridis tells NPR’s Arun Rath what steps the alliance might take in response to the downing of the Malaysian airliner over Ukraine.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/20/333173733/should-nato-respond-to-downing-of-malaysia-flight-17?ft=1&f=1004

As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North

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Jul 20 2014

Science writer Chris Solomon tells NPR’s Arun Rath that global warming has caused an influx of new diseases in animals that could eventually spread to humans.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/20/333173754/as-polar-icebox-shrinks-infectious-pathogens-move-north?ft=1&f=1004

Extremists Leave A Violent Message In A Small Iraqi Town

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Jul 19 2014

A small Sunni Arab town north of Baghdad put up a fight when Sunni Muslim extremists from the so-called Islamic State tried to impose their rule on the town.

The residents lost, and now the town, Zowiya, just outside of Tikrit, is destroyed. More than 200 of its homes have been blown up, and the residents have fled.

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hide captionThousands of Iraqis fleeing Sunni extremists fled to the Kurdish city of Erbil, where they lined up here on June 12 at a checkpoint before entering.


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Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Sunni extremists fled to the Kurdish city of Erbil, where they lined up here on June 12 at a checkpoint before entering.

Thousands of Iraqis fleeing Sunni extremists fled to the Kurdish city of Erbil, where they lined up here on June 12 at a checkpoint before entering.

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The Islamic State leveled the town as a warning to anybody else that dares to fight them.

“My town is gone,” says Abu Saad, a businessman in his sixties. “They bombed all our houses. Everything we have is gone.”

‘We Fight Them, They Destroy Us’

Abu Saad and many of Zowiya’s wealthy came to the northern Kurdish city of Erbil for safety. Many have rented homes in a small compound for about $1,000 a month, each home with five or more families.

Abu Saad rented a little home in Erbil he shares with his four married sons and their families.

“We have good houses, very luxury houses,” he says. “I’m businessman. I have two houses for my sons. They bomb it.” Everything is gone: passports, furniture, memories.

“Because we fight them, they destroy us,” Abu Saad says.

It is a cautionary tale for Sunnis who won’t accept the brutal rule of the Islamic State. The fighters came on July 6 to the small town, which is flanked by the Tigris River and mountains. They stole cars and told the people — mostly businessmen and soldiers — to repent and disavow the government.

Abu Saad says everyone refused.

“We don’t hurt anyone,” he says. “How [can] we announce our repentance? They say, ‘If you don’t announce your repentance, we should bomb your houses.’ “

They begged the fighters to leave them alone. But the next day, the extremists attacked with hundreds of vehicles equipped with heavy weaponry and intense mortar fire.

The young men of the village fought for four hours, and when the ammunition ran out, everyone fled. At least 15 people were killed in the battle, two of them women.

Abu Saad pulls out his phone to show a photo of the house where he and his sons lived; a villa, with a Mediterranean-style red roof. Then he shows a picture of waist-high rubble where the house once was.

Desperate Enough To Welcome A Dictator

Online, the Islamic State posted picture of what it called the “purification” of Zowiya. Pictures of homes burning, of rubble and of bodies of people they called “collaborators.”

During the fight, no one came to help from the state, the residents say.

Abu Saad blames America for the tragedy. Since the U.S.-led invasion, they’ve lived under 10 years of chaos, with a corrupt government that divided the nation between Sunnis and Shias.

“Everything is wrong in Iraq because of America,” he says. “Because America, they bring us a fake government.”

Now they’re so desperate they’d welcome American troops — or even a dictator — to keep them safe.

On the same street in Erbil are displaced people from another town who were forced to repent with scores of others.

The police chief from that town opens his wallet to show a document saying he disavowed his rank in the police. It has the signature black markings of the Islamic State on top. Even so, he fled, because he doesn’t trust that he’ll be safe.

He asked us not to use his name for his protection. The rest of his family fled only this week, after government air strikes rained down, killing nearly two dozen people.

The men say they would go back and fight, if they could fight with an army they trust.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2014/07/19/332717869/extremists-leave-a-violent-message-in-a-small-iraqi-town?ft=1&f=1004

Kremlin Blacklists 13 Americans In Tit-For-Tat Over U.S. Sanctions

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Jul 19 2014

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hide captionRetiring Virginia Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., center, and Frank Wolf, R-Va., right, talk as congressmen leave the House of Representatives in April. Moran’s name appears on on a Russian visa blacklist issued on Saturday.


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Retiring Virginia Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., center, and Frank Wolf, R-Va., right, talk as congressmen leave the House of Representatives in April. Moran's name appears on on a Russian visa blacklist issued on Saturday.

Retiring Virginia Reps. Jim Moran, D-Va., center, and Frank Wolf, R-Va., right, talk as congressmen leave the House of Representatives in April. Moran’s name appears on on a Russian visa blacklist issued on Saturday.

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Updated at 2:55 p.m. ET.

Moscow has issued a quid pro quo for sanctions imposed on it by Washington, banning a U.S. congressman and 12 other Americans from entering Russia.

NPR’s Hansi Lo Wang reports that the Foreign Ministry in Moscow says the new blacklist is in response to U.S. visa restrictions on Russian citizens in the wake of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its continuing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Virginia Democrat Rep. Jim Moran, who announced in January that he would retire at the end of the year, is on the list. Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said Moran had been repeatedly accused of financial misdeeds but did not elaborate, according to The Associated Press.

In a statement, Moran said he has no plans to travel to Russia and speculated that his name was “due to my amendment banning the US purchase of helicopters from Rosoboronexport, the Russian state arms dealer and principal supplier to the Assad regime in Syria.”

Twelve other U.S. citizens connected with either the Guantanamo Bay detention center or the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq are on Russia’s visa blacklist.

The U.S. Treasury Department announced similar bans against a Russian lawmaker earlier this month.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332894150/kremlin-blacklists-13-americans-in-tit-for-tat-over-u-s-sanctions?ft=1&f=1004

Dutch Premier Decries ‘Utterly Disrespectful Behavior’ At MH17 Crash Site

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Jul 19 2014

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hide captionDutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a news conference at the Ministry of Safety and Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Friday. Rutte says he’s shocked by the behavior of pro-Russian rebels at the MH17 crash site.


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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a news conference at the Ministry of Safety and Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Friday. Rutte says he's shocked by the behavior of pro-Russian rebels at the MH17 crash site.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte during a news conference at the Ministry of Safety and Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands, on Friday. Rutte says he’s shocked by the behavior of pro-Russian rebels at the MH17 crash site.

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Updated at 3:10 p.m. ET.

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte is expressing shock and anger over the chaotic scene at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines MH17, where nearly 200 Dutch citizens were killed, saying Russia has “one last chance” to use its influence with Ukrainian rebels to provide access to the scene.

Reuters quotes Rutte as saying he had a “very intense” conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“I was shocked at the pictures of utterly disrespectful behavior at this tragic spot,” he said, referring to allegations that bodies of the passengers, including 193 of his countrymen, were being dragged about and allowed to rot at the scene, Reuters says.

“He has one last chance to show he means to help,” Rutte said after the two leaders’ chat.

The Dutch premier said the leaders of Germany, Britain and Australia – all of whom had citizens who were killed when the plane crashed in eastern Ukraine — shared his view.

Meanwhile, Rutte and Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron also discussed the matter over the phone on Saturday afternoon, according to a statement from the British prime minister’s office.

“The PM and PM Rutte agreed that the EU will need to reconsider its approach to Russia in light of evidence that pro-Russian separatists brought down the plane,” it said.

Rutte’s frustration comes at a time when ordinary Dutch what is being described as an unprecedented loss in recent times.

“The terrible reality of this disaster is slowly coming in,” Ivo Opstelten, the Dutch minister of security and justice, told a news conference.

The Wall Street Journal says: “Relatives of the passengers on board of Thursday’s fatal flight were staying at a hotel near Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport Friday. The hotel was guarded by police on explicit orders to keep the press off the premises. One officer said family members had been trickling in Friday.”

Sky News says the headline on the Dutch newspaper De Telegraff on Saturday reads, simply, “Killers.”

“Underneath, there are several photographs of Russian separatists near Donetsk, alleging these are the men responsible for bringing down Flight MH17, with the loss of 192 Dutch nationals.

“The media, and the more vociferous politicians, are now calling for those responsible to be brought to justice, as the shock of the event starts to subside.”

The British newspaper The Telegraph writes that 22 Dutch children from one primary school were among the MH17 casualties.

“The De Klimroos school, in the southern town of Roosendaal, opened specially on the first day of the holidays to provide counselling for those who were close to the children.

“‘They’re inconsolable,’ a local resident said, declining to give her name. ‘This is a small country and nearly everyone is affected.’”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/19/332885478/dutch-premier-decries-utterly-disrespectful-behavior-at-mh17-crash-site?ft=1&f=1004

From Twitter: The News Unfolds Of The AIDS Figures On Flight MH17

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Jul 18 2014

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hide captionAt a July 18 press conference at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Vice President of Malaysia Airlines Europe Huib Gorter talk about the crash of flight MH17.


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At a July 18 press conference at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, Vice President of Malaysia Airlines Europe Huib Gorter talk about the crash of flight MH17.

At a July 18 press conference at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Vice President of Malaysia Airlines Europe Huib Gorter talk about the crash of flight MH17.

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The AIDS world is reeling. Researchers, activists and officials were aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot out of the sky on Thursday; they were headed to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne.

The nearly 300 passengers on the plane were all killed. Twitter users were among the first to report the loss of leading figures in the fight against AIDS, including Dutch researcher Joep Lange, former president of the International AIDS Society.

Here is how the story unfolded on Twitter.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2014/07/18/332394256/from-twitter-the-news-unfolds-of-the-aids-figures-on-flight-mh17?ft=1&f=1004