Search Results for "French" : 48

by / on March 18, 2010 at 7:21 am / in Culture, Europe, Issue, World

Thinly Veiled

…ed volumes of national press coverage, and spawned many governmental commissions. In this most recent iteration, French ministers point to the face veil as a sartorial “challenge to the republic” and, according to one, “a symbol of the repression of women.” With the help of the French, the veil—also known more accurately in various forms as the burqa, hijab or niqab—has conquered both the bra and the bikini as the world’s most contentious piece o…

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by / on February 19, 2013 at 12:30 am / in Africa, Opinion, World, World

Vive L’Alliance

…ited States’ relationship with its European allies. France launched Operation Serval in Mali. In this operation, French armed forces intervened in the country’s deteriorating civil war to restore power to the incumbent government against the rapidly advancing rebel and jihadist forces from the north of the country. The French intervention bodes well for the ability of the United States and her allies to project security capabilities abroad in an…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:15 am / in Africa, World

There’s Something About Mali

…egs and Arabs) to flee in fear of reprisal killings from the Malian army. In January 2013, the MLNA followed the French army and recaptured towns in Azawad, which had been “liberated” by the French. Because AQIM and Ansar Dine have been driven underground, the MNLA currently has the greatest degree of control over Azawad. Though the MLNA claims to represent all ethnic groups of the north, its members are almost entirely Tuareg. The exclusive natu…

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by / on February 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm / in Opinion, World

Unveiling the Burqa Debate

…ril of last year, France became the first European country to implement a ban on face veils. In keeping with the French tradition of using legislation to regulate the display of religious paraphernalia, the law subjects Muslim women who wear the burqa in public spaces to a fine of €150 or lessons in French Citizenship. Of course, the ban is divisive by nature and has flared domestic and international passions alike, causing a paroxysm of debate o…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 am / in Europe, Winter 2013, World

The Nerd Who Came In From The Cold

…scenes from the 1966 film The Battle of Algiers, after being confronted by a pool of Western reporters about the French army’s use of torture against Algerian insurgents, the French officer Mathieu poses a question of his own: “Should France stay in Algeria? If your answer is still yes, then you must accept all the consequences.” No mere colonial possession, Algeria was considered part of metropolitan France itself, the equivalent of a US state i…

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by / on March 30, 2013 at 11:50 am / in Opinion, World

Man at a Crossroads

…formally promised to his electorate that they would never hear from him again, his presence has never quite left French politics. Former French President, NIcolas Sarkozy There are two main reasons for that: first, his party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) has been lacking a leader ever since his departure. Shortly after his defeat was formed the “Association des Amis de Sarkozy” (Association of the Friends of Sarkozy), a group including…

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by / on February 16, 2013 at 9:51 pm / in Opinion, World

Qatar: Football as Soft Power

by Wikimedia Commons In 2010, FC Barcelona ended more than a century of tradition by giving in to commercial shirt sponsoring. They replaced their UNICEF logo, paying $190 million in a deal with the Qatar Foundation. Shortly after, Qatar won a bid to host the 2022 World Cup. And in 2011, Qatar completed its slow takeover of world football through the purchase of Paris Saint-Germain, an iconic yet unsuccessful Parisian football club. T…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 5:04 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Reading Letters

…t legislation.” In other words, history, like religion, is not something the state should be institutionalizing. French President Nicholas Sarkozy would seem to disagree. He has vociferously supported France’s own law that not only recognizes Armenian genocide but makes it a criminal offense to deny that it occurred. More recently, Sarkozy ordered all French high schools to read to their students a letter written by a 17 year old Communist resist…

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by / on February 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm / in Opinion, World

Lessons From Mali

by The international community has warmly welcomed the French intervention in Mali, of which the stated goal is to save the country from collapse. There has been a lot of talk and questions about whether France has found its Afghanistan, and certain commentators have started to dub northern Mali the new “Afrighanistan.” Though the war is for now strictly a French matter, the absence of a concrete EU policy on the question offers three…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 4:06 am / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Behind the Burqa Bans

…o ops for Marine have included a visit to a repatriation center to lecture soon-to-be deported North Africans on French values. Le Pen’s action cuts to the core of the issue: the belief that these immigrants are not only illegal but also un-European. As such, they must be instructed in “French” values to assimilate into French society and abandon the un-European ideals of their native cultures. Even the cozy Scandinavian welfare states are not im…

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