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Ukrainian Presidential Election: Zelensky Leads Incumbent Poroshenko

Exit polls that were taken during the first-round of the Ukrainian presidential election on March 31st indicate that comedian Volodymyr Zelensky has gained a sizeable lead over President Petro Poroshenko. Although there have been several reports of electoral violations by the Ukrainian interior ministry, international observer organizations stationed in the […]


ISIL Fighters Lose The Last Stronghold In Syria

U.S. and Kurdish forces have attacked the last stronghold of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) . Aerial bombings of the town of Hajin, where the last remnants of ISIL are located, have increased and SDF commanders are making progress. This being the last territory, ISIL analysts […]


Incidents Of Anti-Semitism Mar The Gilets Jaunes Movement

On 16 February, a video emerged in which some gilets jaunes protestors were shown hurling abuse and anti-Semitic insults against prominent French Jewish philosopher and intellectual Alain Finkielkraut.  Among the words heard were, “dirty Zionist,” “We are the people,” “France is ours,” and “Go back to Tel Aviv.”  The son […]


The Great National Debate Is Met With Criticism And Praise In France

In December, Emmanuel Macron’s French government responded to weeks of gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protests by initiating a Grand Débat National (Great National Debate) in an attempt to quell the protests. The debate is meant to give all French citizens the opportunity to participate in dialogue about the national crisis that […]


Arrests Made After Al Jazeera Investigation Into French Far Right

Across France, the the far-right group Generation Identity (GI) has stirred unrest and hatred, with their violent sentiments recently having manifested in an attack on a young woman in Lille, France. An undercover reporter for Al Jazeera’s investigative unit filmed the assault, in which three men are shown to have […]


Ivory Coast Urges Calm As ICC Weighs Gbagbo’s Return

Recently, the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) motioned to allow former President Laurent Gbagbo re-entrance into the country. Following this announcement, Gbagbo announced an imminent return, after years of exile for allegedly inciting political violence. Outraged citizens currently engage in protests against these recent proclamations. Amidst the turmoil, the nation now […]


Yellow Vest Protests In France Show No End In Sight: Could Sortition Be Part Of A Solution?

The yellow vest protests in France have entered their 8th week with a resurging number of protesters. The protests November 17 with an estimated 290,000 demonstrators, according to France 24. Numbers decreased during the holiday period, but were back up to about 50,000 last Saturday, according to Reuters. Violence between […]