France Reacts to Charlie Hebdo Massacre

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PARIS – All over Facebook, people changed their profile pictures to a simple black box with broad white letters that reads “Je suis Charlie.” Joachim Roncin from the French magazine Stylist designed the image just after the terrorist attack that targeted the Parisian office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday January 7, at […]

Are the French as Cynical About Lobbying As Americans?

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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 […]

Pressed by Energy Demands, UK Allows Drilling for Shale Gas

Oil rig moored in Cromarty Firth. Invergordon, Scotland, UK. Photo: Berardo62 via Flickr.

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 […]

The Media Battle Over Ukraine

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

Bilingual Programs Pushing for Space in New York City

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Photo: Grace Jamieson for La Jeune Politique

Foreign-language schools are fighting a constant battle on the terrain of New York City education. New York City’s schools are some of the most diverse in the nation, serving students from a myriad of backgrounds speaking dozens of native languages. There are over 140,000 English-Language Learners (ELL) students whose first language is not English and […]

Should France Prepare for a Netflix Revolution?

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To break a series of political scandals dominating newsrooms for the past few weeks, the French media have been recently focusing on the arrival of Netflix in France. Some have announced it like a digital Messiah and others with a mixture of fear and excitement. Netflix is now omnipresent on the American TV landscape and […]

What the Cabinet Shake-Up Reveals about the Flaws of the Fifth Republic

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On Monday, August 25, the cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls was dismissed and a new cabinet was formed the following day. Valls has been Prime Minister for less than six months. The cabinet dismissal occurred in reaction to the public opposition of Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg and other ministers to the economic policies of President […]

The War of the Roses: Cabinet Shake Up Reflects Dissension Amid Socialists

Arnaud Montebourg, former Minister of Productive Recovery. Photo: François PATRIAT via Wikimedia Commons.

“Should we now apologize for being on the left?” asked now former Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti. Those words could aptly describe the political earthquake that shook the French government on Tuesday, when French Prime Minister Manuel Valls proclaimed a new list of cabinet ministers. Valls was designated PM just six months ago following the socialist […]

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