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Scouting Pitches Its Tent Worldwide - Juliette Lissandre, translated by Kendall Maxwell | 09/11/2015

The beret, the shorts, the religion and the scarf, are all presumed to be the paraphernalia of a scout, but it is not exclusive to them. Scouting is an associative movement, yet unknown, but present in almost every corner of the world. Robert Baden Powell, the founder of Scouting, wanted a movement created in 1907 for young boys in accordance with his military training. This movement has gradually opened up to girls, led by his wife, Olave Baden Powell, in 1912. The association then grew and...

Beirut: The scars of war (2/2) - Salomé Ietter, translated by Blanche Pautet | 27/10/2015

By the end of the 80s, the Lebanese were starting to see the end of a senseless war that left the country --so promising 20 years earlier-- in a post-apocalyptic mess. War was deemed pointless and destructive. Yet the truth is that its heritage is a kind of breeding ground for a new society to grow back again. Although it is now favourable to the creation of many political tensions, feeding on potential conflicts, this breeding ground allows us to have a look into the strengths of the Lebanese...

Beirut: The scars of war (1/2) - Salomé Ietter, translated by Rodolphe Leclerc | 21/10/2015

The scars are hard to miss in the streets of Beirut, still teeming with memories of a traumatic period for the country. In 1975, a fifteen-year long civil war began, which spoilt the enthusiasm aroused by the independence of the country. According to many observers, these scars still disfigure the country. For others, each and every one of them is a source of inspiration. Each war generates its memories, its survivors and the hope that it will “never happen again”. Dania, born in Lebanon during...

Brazil: in the heart of a country under tension - Thomas Nogris, translated by Megan Spada | 19/10/2015

For more than two years, Brazil has been prey to a large social claims movement. To this already difficult situation, must also be added a tense political climate ever since the Petrobras case, which is weakening the government. Analysis of the country of order and progress. Saturday 27th of June, defeated by Paraguay during the penalties, Brazil iswas eliminated from the Copa America, the south-American equivalent of the UEFA Euro tournament. It is another disappointment in a country already...

“The Slap”: Getting to The Heart of Interpretations - Gwenn Palau, translated by Kendall Maxwell | 15/10/2015

When a slap alone highlights reflections on education, fidelity or relationships, we get a short but intense series in suburban Melbourne. “The Slap” was first released in 2011, broadcasted on Arte in July 2015 and was given an American adaptation on NBC in February 2015. This is an overview of a series of nuances. At a barbecue with friends, an unruly child receives a slap. The problem is that he was not slapped by either of his parents. They protest against what they perceive as corporal...

The Bank of Canada against Rocco Galati, a historic lawsuit - Laurine Benjebria, translated by Darragh Hayes-Moriarty | 13/10/2015

On behalf of the collective COMER, constitutional lawyer Rocco Galati initiated a lawsuit against the Bank of Canada in 2011. This historic legal action builds on constitutional issues: Rocco Galati and COMER accuse the Canadian central bank of borrowing from private banks and not to resorting to loans at low interest rates. The lawsuit filed against the Bank of Canada accuses the bank of diverting from its primary objective and harming Canadian citizens. There has been feedback on a historic...

Guarani-Kaiowá, threatened people (3/3) - Alexis Dumoment, translated by Tiziana Bombassei | 11/10/2015

On the occasion of the “Summit of Conscience on the Climate”, Valdelice Veron, a Guarani-Kaiowá leader, came to Paris on the 21st of July to testify before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) on the distress of her people. The campaign was called “Why do I care?” After years of fighting amid general indifference, this could mark the beginning of a real awareness of the international community on the subject. Nevertheless, the road may be long and the public are far from being...

Guarani-Kaiowá, threatened people (2/3) - Alexis Dumoment, translated by Tiziana Bombassei | 09/10/2015

On the occasion of the “Summit of Conscience on the Climate”, Valdelice Veron, a Guarani-Kaiowá leader, came to Paris on the 21st of July to testify before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) on the distress of her people. The campaign was called “Why do I care?”. After years of fighting amid general indifference, this could mark the beginning of a real awareness of the international community on the subject. Nevertheless, the road may be long and public opinion is far from...

Mexico, land of Marvels - Mathilde Grenod, translated by Kendall Maxwell | 07/10/2015

This is what’s usually called a “whim”. On a cold December evening over decent beer at a Canadian bar, a decision was made: “How about a month long road trip?” Between incredulous looks and bewildered handshakes, two friends and I decided to go to Mexico. Enormous excitement and preparation give way to gnawing apprehension. We were asked to be careful of the violence and drug trafficking, and we anxiously left Toronto. Holding our credit cards, we get to the bus station in Mexico City, and head...

1 refugee every 4 inhabitants: Syria challenges Lebanon - Salomé Ietter, translated by Amélie Rastoin | 05/10/2015

Since 2011 about 1.5 million Syrians have been seeking asylum in Lebanon. 1.5 million people, this is more than a quarter of the Lebanese population. To face government lack of involvement, NGOs, local and international initiatives raise and try to give answers to the refugees needs. Information and training are major in a country with threats of war coming from mortal politic dissensions far away from daily issues for families. To understand what is going on in Lebanon, one has to understand...
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