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Are the French as Cynical About Lobbying As Americans?

HOUSTON – In 2010, the movie Casino Jack premiered in theatres. For many, especially in America, this film was a first glimpse into Washington, DC lobbying. It is based on the true story of Jack Abramoff, former lobbyist and businessman who was found guilty in 2006 of extensive corruption, along with other political lobbyists, Members of Congress and White House staffers. Abramoff and others were accused of overbilling, pocketing the profits, and even secretly orchestrating[Read More…]

by October 29, 2014 0 comments Feature, Up To The Minute

Pressed by Energy Demands, UK Allows Drilling for Shale Gas

LONDON. – In September, the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced that the government will remove legislative barriers to onshore oil and gas and to deep geothermal exploration. Such measures will allows companies to start drilling and testing for shale gas in the UK and to begin to exploit available resources. Stipulations on drilling include permission requests and detailed environmental reports. After a period of reticence towards onshore drilling and fracking in[Read More…]

The Media Battle Over Ukraine

HONG KONG. – It is a truth universally acknowledged that the Russian media are one lean mean propaganda machine. When most of a country’s major media outlets are government owned, that’s the occupational hazard. We, Russians, accept this far too calmly. It used to be that you could turn to Western media, such as that of the United States, to experience a more balanced perspective on an issue. As a country founded with freedom of[Read More…]

by October 21, 2014 0 comments Feature, Up To The Minute

French Muslims Condemn ISIS-Linked Terrorists in Defense of Their Dual Identity

NÎMES – When terrorists brutally decapitated French citizen Hervé Gourdel in Algeria on September 22nd, French Muslims were suddenly faced with the need to defend both the name of Islam and their French identities. The group Jund al-Khilafa group (“Soldiers of the Caliphate”) kidnapped Hervé Gourdel, originally from Nice, who had been on a hiking trip in the mountains near Tizi Ouzou in Algeria. The video of his decapitation soon went viral. Originally part of[Read More…]

5 Parisian Realities That Could Disappoint You, If You’re Not Prepared For Them

Who wouldn’t want to live in Paris? I wanted it so badly that I jumped at the first chance the opportunity presented itself to me: a semester exchange at Sciences Po, one of the prestigious grandes ecoles. I found out that I was accepted for the study abroad program a year in advance and this allowed me ample time to bubble with anticipation and excitement until I was practically jumping up and down in my[Read More…]

by September 29, 2014 0 comments Editorial, Feature, Up To The Minute