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Nation Strike Cranks Up Across France Following Proposed Changes To Pension System

Last Thursday, a surge of discontent burst into the biggest nationwide strike in France over President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms. This reform was perceived to be detrimental to workers, as they would now work longer only to retire with a pension shortfall. According to Al Jazeera, “Protesters are mainly worried […]


The 30-Year Global Private Prison Experiment Has Failed

This report will look at the experiences of countries where private prisons are most heavily relied upon to show why their use is so often detrimental to all involved (except big corporations). The four countries which account for the majority of their use are the U.S., Australia, the U.K. and […]


Heads Of AU, Commonwealth And La Francophonie Jointly Visit Cameroon To Seek Solutions To Anglophone Conflict

The Chairman of the African Union Commission (AU) and the Secretaries-General of the Commonwealth of Nations and La Francophonie have jointly visited Cameroon in a bid to assist the government in managing the three-year long war in the Anglophone regions of the country. Speaking shortly after a visit to the […]


Ukrainian And Russian Attempts At Peace In The Donbass Region 3

In a conflict where new ceasefires are broken within minutes, recent peace talks between Ukraine and Russia – one of the many – seemed overly pessimistic. However, since initiating these peace talks in August 2019, both parties have made significant efforts in reducing conflict in the Donbass region of Eastern […]


March Against Gender Violence: Thousands Gather Across France

On Saturday, several women gathered across France to march in protest of the nation’s high levels of female deaths caused specifically by domestic violence. Taking place, fittingly, on the international day for the elimination of violence against women, as declared by the United Nations, the protests advocate for an end […]


As Protests Sweep The Globe, The Yellow Vest Movement Turns One Year Old

Today, 17 November, marks the one-year anniversary of the French Yellow Vests movement. To celebrate the occasion, another weekend of protests dubbed ‘Act 53’ has commenced with media reporting that the Place d’Italie, a public square in Paris, has been transformed into a skirmish ground. Elsewhere in Paris, protestors defied […]


Lebanese Protests Enter Tenth Day

Protests in Lebanon have continued into their tenth day, despite calls from the government for the people to desist. Riot police have been called in to try to defuse the situation in Beirut, as demonstrators have clashed with pro-Hezbollah supporters in the capital. Over one million people have taken to […]


France Pledges Support For Sudan’s Removal From U.S’s List Of Terrorism Sponsors

Newly appointed Sudanese President Abdalla Hamdock arrived in Paris on 30th September to appeal to President Emmanuel Macron for support in efforts to have Sudan removed from the United States’ list of state sponsors of terrorism. According to Africanews, Macron not only pledged France’s support to Sudan on the issue, […]


Killer Profits: How Western Democracies Fuel Conflict Through The Global Arms Trade

Earlier this month, London hosted the biennial Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI) fair 2019. International delegations from 68 countries came to the Ministry of Defence-supported trade show in order to see the wares of 1,700 military technology suppliers, who manufacture everything from light firearms to unmanned drone systems. On […]


The Unwelcoming Tales Of Unaccompanied Migrant Children In France 1

France is no exception to receiving the influx of migrants like the rest of Europe. However, recent reports have revealed that French border police authorities have been rejecting unaccompanied migrant children who have dared dangerous mountain trips from Italy to France. Rigorous age evaluations and interviews have been conducted. These […]


Matteo Salvini’s Election Hopes Are Met With Opposition 1

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right Italian party Lega Nord, has called for a no-confidence vote against Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Salvini’s hope is to force a collapse of the current government and trigger early elections. U.S. News reports that party leaders met on Monday, August 12th […]


Grandi Calls For Equitable Sharing Of Refugees, Furthering The Resettlement Dilemma

The untamable refugee crisis around the globe continues to be a huge concern for the international community. Though the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR )can be applauded for working tirelessly to protect the basic rights of refugees (food, clothes, health, education etc), the permanent resettlement of refugees into […]


European When Convenient: Brexit MEPs Turn Their Backs During European Anthem

The opening ceremony of the European Parliament on July 2nd, 2019, saw MEPs from Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party turning their backs on the European Union’s national anthem, ‘Ode to Joy’. Farage quickly turned to Twitter to state that the new group had “[…] already made its presence felt” and that […]


European Heat Wave Sparks Several Deaths, Ideological, And Policy Conversations

As a record-breaking heat wave strikes some regions of Europe, European leaders have renewed ongoing conversations surrounding national adaptations to combat the impacts of climate change on infrastructure and lifestyles, as well as increased safety measures. The south of France is reported to be facing much of the brunt of […]


Iraq Sentences Fourth French Citizen To Death For ISIL Involvement

An Iraqi court has sentenced a fourth French citizen to the death for involvement with ISIL despite France’s disapproval. Al Jazeera reports taht  the 37-year-old French man and three others were sentenced to death by hanging after being apprehended by the Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF) and given over to the Iraqi […]


Climate Change and Inequality: Avoiding The Harmful Potential Of Environmental Policy

The poor are the ones most at risk from climate change. They have the least capacity to adapt, and globally, they are projected to be hit the hardest by droughts, floods, and other environmental impacts. Policies such as a carbon tax have the potential to reduce harmful emissions, but also […]


Acting On The Basis Of A Moral Duty: Syria, Chemical Weapons And The Issue Of Pre-Emptive Military Intervention

On April 7th 2018, the world witnessed – yet another – devastating chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburb of Douma, killing 70 people and injuring hundreds more.  Six days later, the United States, The United Kingdom and France coordinated the first multilateral air strike on Syria, successfully targeting three […]


A Disunited Europe? The EU’s Response To China’s One Belt, One Road Initiative

The ancient Silk Road that linked China to the rest of Eurasia and East Africa is being reborn.  For centuries, goods, technology, and ideas spread throughout the Old World, linking together once disparate civilizations.  This was most evidenced by the Venetian explorer Marco Polo’s journey to the court of the […]


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 […]