And so Iran is backing down. The Islamic Republic does it in its own way, tortuously, but it is backing down -- a fact made evident this morning in two announcements by officials from Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Barack Obama has sometimes "disappointed," but he has not "failed." And only those who confuse politics and magic, regretting that he did not transform his country and the world in the wink of an eye, can speak of "failure."
We are now nearing the moment when, from little arrangements to great back-downs, from cultural concessions to totalitarian power grabs, the United Nations institution itself will be ready for the scrap heap.
1984. Probably during the first months of the year. Jean-Luc Godard was preparing to shoot Je vous Salue Marie (Hail Mary), in which he had offered me the role of Joseph.
Sometimes accompanied by Sarde, sometimes without him, generally after a simple, spontaneous phone call to make sure I was there, available "for a coffee," Jean-Luc Godard stopped by my place on the Boulevard Saint-Germain.
The initiative for the "Pas un dîner de gala" (Not a gala dinner) project was Jean-Luc Godard's; as is often the case with him, everything evolved from a commission.