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A refuge for the freedom of press - Lucas Chedeville, translated by Mélanie Lopez | 09/12/2015

Since its creation in France in 2002, la Maison des journalistes (the House of journalists) have been hosting almost 300 foreign journalists from sixty different countries such as Algeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, Syria, Armenia and Uzbekistan. The French organisation, the only one of its kind in the world, provides a bulwark against the freedom of press, too often not respected around the globe. Tarik is a Syrian journalist of the opposition aged around 30, who reported on the life of the...

Scooter driving in Taiwan - Chloé Marchal, translated by Charles Gruenais | 04/12/2015

With the world’s highest density of scooters, reaching 375 per square kilometer, Taiwanese cities and countryside are beset by two-wheelers. According to the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA), one scooter was owned per 1.8 inhabitants over the last decade, which makes a total of 12.8 million scooters. Throughout the years, the motorized scooter is becoming a real symbol of the local culture and customs: it is a means of transport used by most young Taiwanese looking for a...

The Latin-American community unites against Donald Trump - Justine Rodier, translated by Rodolphe Leclerc | 02/12/2015

In the United States, the Presidential candidate Donald Trump has been forced to answer the Latin-American community over the last few months. The latter accuses him of having made repeated racist comments, especially against Mexico. Because of his speech and some of his comments about Mexico, the American billionaire now faces a unified Latin-American opposition, who is dead set on speaking with a single voice. Donald Trump is an American businessman, who became a billionaire thanks to the...

Cameroon: fighting against non-biodegradable wrappings - Lucien Embom, translated by Mélody Lacouture | 30/11/2015

Nowadays, the problem of plastic waste management is a major concern worldwide. Trash coming from plastic use accounts for approximately 10% of 6,000,000 tons of annual municipal waste in Paul Biya’s country. In the last two decades, plastic wraps have been used more and more often by the populations, due to their handling comfort and different functions. But they have as many drawbacks as advantages, if not more, for the populations as well as for the environment. According to a global...

Sweden: Global leader in environment - Timothée De Rauglaudre translated by Megan Spada | 28/11/2015

Sweden is one of the few countries to represent an example to follow in matters of climate and environmental policies. On the occasion of the COP21, its government is counting on taking advantage of its position to drag its colleagues to the top and secure an efficient deal. The 21st United Nations Conference on climate change will bring together, from the 30th of November to the 11th of December, the leaders of 195 states. One country might have an important place in this conference and the...

Pocari sweat, first beverage on the moon - Solweig Oger, translated by Blanche Pautet | 26/11/2015

Otsuka Pharmaceutical, a Japanese company, will soon be the first ever to send its products the moon: an energy drink named “Pocari Sweat”, created in 1980 and already sold all around Asia. However, although Otsuka Pharmaceutical insists on the scientific aim of the project and on how it will inspire the youth, many people condemn it as a publicity stunt gone too far. The project was entitled “Lunar Dream” and will supposedly be launched during summer 2016, a little later than it should have...

Brazil: homosexuality, religious beliefs and intolerance - Jessica Robineau, translated by Bartlett Kitty | 24/11/2015

Brazil is home to the largest Catholic community in the world with 123 million believers out of a total population of 200 million. After attending the World Youth Day celebrations in Rio de Janeiro in 2014, Pope Francis told reporters: “If a person is gay, seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge him?” A year earlier, a law allowing marriage between two people of the same sex was adopted and hypothetically backed by the Catholic Church. Known for its tolerance but also its homophobia, the...

Riga: a city of contrasts - Jean-Baptiste Roncari, translated by Arthur Masyuk | 15/11/2015

One would think that speaking of a capital city’s contrasts is cliché. Every capital really does have its number of disparities, however. So what about Riga? In the Latvian capital, contrast is not simply a word which one affixes to the reality of things. Rather, the city itself, through its history, architecture and organisation, brings this word to mind as a piece of evidence; so much so that it is hard, even impossible, to speak of this Baltic city without bringing up the clear-obscurities...

The “Chinese-made” plane takes off - Martin Leyval, translated by Rodolphe Leclerc | 13/11/2015

The airplane market is an extremely competitive sector, dominated by a few consortiums. But now, the People’s Republic of China aspires to enter it too, whereas this country relied on foreign manufacturers until now. There is no question about China’s ambitions, but does it really possess the required means and abilities? Let us investigate. The Chinese airline sector has been expanding since the 1990s. Many factors can explain this spectacular development: the Chinese civil aviation created...

Sustainable development in rural India : Myth or reality ? - Léopold Lanne and Julia Vanel, translated by Emmanuelle Blénet | 11/11/2015

In India, access to electricity for rural populations is still restricted. This situation represents the economic and social development of the country. The system of renewable energy's production has turned out to be a viable solution in rural areas. The acts the Indian companies brought are a great example of the local participants' capability of mobilizing in this sector. According to the Indian government, today, 94% of individuals can access the electrical network in cities. On the other...
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