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Khan: Student, Father, Refugee - By Adrien Carton, Translated by Emmanuelle Blénet | 02/02/2016

Khan (whose name has been changed to maintain his anonymity), is now in a hospital in Calais, 7500km away from his home in Khost, Afghanistan. He is here with a broken leg, which he sustained in a bad fall while attempting to board a train headed to England. While Europe works out how to manage a vast influx of migrants, these people continue to risk their lives in order to reach Europe and get to England. Khan agreed to an anonymous interview, in which he shared his experiences,...

The European Union: are we going towards a single digital society? - Clarisse Boyer, translated by Kitty Bartlett | 01/02/2016

The “ICT 2015 Innovate Connect Transform” conference was held between the 20th and 22nd of October in Lisbon, Portugal. This conference was an opportunity to remind us that digital technologies are set to bring on a fourth industrial revolution: the 4.0 Industry according to the European Commission. We are all aware of the social consequences caused by the last periods of industrialisation and deisindustrialisation. What will happen with the transition towards a digital economy? Let’s have a...

Ruin Pubs: a good reason to study in Budapest - By François-Xavier Legrand, Translated by Rodolphe Leclerc | 31/01/2016

Budapest, capital of the Magyar state, is especially well-known for its many thermal baths; nonetheless it remains a dynamic capital. An intelligent capital, as György Konrád finely put it. Students and young professionals can get together in a “ruin pub”, to have a drink or spend the night there. Here is an overview of this unique concept. All around the world, the arrival of an Erasmus student is quite telling. The very first activity, even before registering for classes, is having a drink in...

Syrian refugees: why won’t the oil-rich Gulf States take them in? - Valentine Ouaki, Translated by Kitty Bartlett | 30/01/2016

At a moment in time where hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees are still attempting to flee to Europe, and where the European Union is trying to establish a consistent policy in the face of this unprecedented humanitarian crisis, the silence of the oil-rich Gulf countries and even their refusal to receive refugees on their land has stirred controversy. Let’s go back to the roots of this reluctance. In response to those who consider that the humanitarian relief granted by the governments of...

Sweden: refugees should be able to start over - Timothée de Rauglaudre, Translated by Camille Raimondo | 30/01/2016

On the international scene, Sweden stands out due to its generous policies and its relatively efficient welcome of asylum seekers. In these times of the refugee crisis which is shaking up Europe, society goes into action and the government struggles to preserve the exemplary nature of the Swedish asylum system. In proportion to its population, Sweden has the most welcoming asylum policies. It ranks ninth on the world scale. Facing the recent refugee crisis, the government decided that the...

Edirne, where borders are being ambushed - Thomas Guichard, translated by Charles Gruenais | 29/01/2016

Edirne is the last step before reaching Bulgaria and Greece. At the end of the journey from Istanbul, you’ll come across peaceful fields followed by the European border. It is in this former capital city of the Ottoman Empire that the focus is on Syrian refugees. More than 2,000 Syrians fleeing war in the South, and death in the Mediterranean are waiting to be able to reach the European coast. Back in 2012, Greece and Bulgaria had already started reinforcing their border systems with Turkey....

Syria: When Photography Fights Dictatorship - Lisa Goursaud, translated by Blanche Pautet | 04/01/2016

Syria has come up in the news a lot over the last four years, and today it is more present in news reports than ever. This time, however, the media deals with the cultural aspect of the country: on December 14th, young Syrian Baraa al-Halibi was awarded the Fujarïah Prize for Photography, in Paris. Since he was rewarded for a photograph showing the atrocity of Bashar al-Assad's regime, Baraa al-Halibi has been able to express himself about the political and military conflict using a cultural...

Ten protests which changed the course of history - Jean-Baptiste Roncari, translated by Katya Browne | 31/12/2015

History shows us many examples of uprisings that have had highly significant consequences. From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, popular movements can sometimes change the face of the Earth. While people all over the world are currently rallying together to influence government policies over the issue of welcoming refugees, Le Journal International (The International Journal) has decided to look back on ten of the most influential protests throughout history. From the most violent to...

When German is used as an Instrument - Laurène Perrussel-Morin, translated by Clémentine Gordon-Laval | 26/12/2015

They met one evening in Kreuzberg, in one of the most troubled areas of Berlin. Ten years later, Bertrand Boulbar and Sebastian Jung started a Franco-German group whose aim is to go beyond clichés. They want to make German sexy despite its socks hidden in its sandals, to silence Karl Lagerfeld and to promote ‘German swag.’ The two musicians are not young German teachers who are in their first year of secondary school. Bertrand Boulbar and Sebastian Jung expressed these promises in videos on...

The paradoxal fight against sexual violence on U.S. campuses - Thomas Nogris, translated by Thomas Bourvic | 11/12/2015

A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013 showed that the highest rate of victims of sexual assault is amongst people aged 18 to 24. Universities have been at the core of this sensitive and recurring matter for several years, and are doing everything they can to fight against this plague and prevent it from spreading. However, the vast majority of perpetrators of sexual assaults go unpunished. Investigation into the dark side of university life in the United States. In 2014,...
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