Search Results for "France" : 50

by / on October 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

From Paris With Love

…And it’s plausible that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far right National Front, could become the President of France. Yet the most disturbing trend is that this growing nativism has turned much of Europe against a group of its own citizens – the Roma. The most evident instance of this was France’s deportation of hundreds of Roma last year. Although there have been large Roma populations in France for centuries, French authorities are now crack…

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

There’s Something About Mali

…lps solidify their support among specific communities, yet deepens the divide between them. Within this context, France currently supports the opening of talks between the MLNA and the government. France assumes that the secular MLNA is more in line with their interests than Islamists, despite the fact that the MLNA also has a history of extremism and terrorist attacks. The Malian government has steadfastly refused to engage in talks with the MLN…

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by / on October 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm / in Opinion, World

More of the Same: An Update

…riority for the government, which, according to Gabriele Parussini of the Wall Street Journal, is eager to “keep France out of the hazardous debt spiral that has left several eurozone countries shunned by financial markets or forced to borrow at punishingly high interest rates.” Much like Spain, concerns abound in France that economic growth has long since deteriorated and unemployment has risen upwards of 10 percent. We should probably mention G…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm / in Uncategorized

The War of Alawite Aggression?

by We don’t want bread or tahina, we want freedom for our prisoners. Butheina Sha’aban, the Syrian people aren’t hungry… The people want the fall of the regime!” These were chants from initial protests in Dera’a from the parents of incarcerated child prisoners in March 2011 after Butheina Sha’aban, President Bashar al-Assad’s adviser, told him to increase food subsidies instead. In March 2011, the citizens of Dera’a in the south of Syr…

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by / on October 10, 2012 at 11:02 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Bringing Everyone to the Table

by from Wikimedia Commons In March, Tuareg separatists seized control of the northern two thirds of Mali. Claiming that they had long been ignored by the central government based in the south, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) launched a campaign for independence in January 2012. The Tuaregs have harbored secessionist dreams for years, but their calls have been roundly rejected by the international community. So…

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by / on July 17, 2014 at 8:47 am / in Middle East, Web Columnists

ISIS or ISIL or Just IS?

by   A map of the original agreement As the Islamic State (IS) stampedes over the Iraq-Syria border, the national boundaries that partition the Middle East have seldom seemed less legitimate. The division of the Middle East into independent states, a product of colonial machinations, yielded borders that have been relatively unchanged for almost a century. Because IS ignores these borders and possesses no international legitimacy…

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by / on January 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm / in Cover Story, Latin America, Winter 2013, World

Red Hot Chile-crats

by With its unique history, culture, and geographic diversity, Chile provokes the interest of observers and analysts. Yet, it is one of Chile’s more scarcely commented upon features − its outlandish political system− that has great potential to yield some truly valuable insights. A function of its tumultuous recent past, Chile’s political set-up possesses many unusual features. The country remains the only one with a binomial electora…

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by / on May 2, 2007 at 9:33 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

How (Not) to Conclude the Debate on the Armenian Genocide

by You hear the story every year around this time: Turks massacred hundreds of thousands of Armenians in the early 1900s. The modern state of Turkey claims that the crumbling Ottoman state did not premeditate or direct the killings, noting that the Turks suffered as many deaths as the Armenians. Armenians, for their part, want the episode recognized as genocide, and they blame the international community for its inattention and hypocri…

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

Man at a Crossroads

by It has been a rough month for French politicians: Jerome Cahuzac, the Minister for the Budget has abdicated over a scandal involving an alleged undisclosed account at UBS, a Swiss bank UBS. Francois Hollande, the president, after less than a year in office, has seen his approval ratings drop radically to a meager 30%. But perhaps, the worst week award goes to ex-President Sarkozy, who is formally under examination for “abuse of weak…

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by / on January 31, 2012 at 2:30 pm / in Opinion, World

The Rocky Fate of the Euro

by The past year has been a most tumultuous one for the nations of the euroz one, from the sunny shores of debt-ridden Greece to her disgruntled northern neighbors. The seventeen-member union has approached the brink of disaster and backed down seemingly several times a day for months, exhausting lenders and spectators, while inciting political unrest throughout the region. While bill after bill intended to increase liquidity in Europe…

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