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“Witch-hunt” Ukrainian style - Clément Chautant, translated by Arthur Masyuk | 01/10/2015

Ukraine has made the choice to carry out a legislative offensive to counter Russian influence, regardless of its form. This has given rise to memorial "decommunsation" laws which sanction political opinion and historical analysis in a country seeking order and stability. Ukrainian authorities have recently threatened to forbid entry into Ukraine and to sentence anyone entering Crimea without local permission, questioning the province’s attachment to Russia and considering it an occupied zone....

Padma, a lotus flower in Lima - Sylvain Godoc, correspondent in Lima, translated by Mélody Lacouture | 27/09/2015

Since 2012, an NGO named Padma has been acting in Villa El Salvador in the South of Lima in order to improve the living conditions of its vulnerable inhabitants. Looking into this small NGO can also help understanding how this type of organisations works in a more general way. The most striking things when entering the office of the NGO situated in Miraflores, the business centre of Lima linked to Villa El Salvador by the only subway line in the country, are the small team and workings space. A...

A Memorial to the Victims of Communism in Ottawa : a Political History - | 25/09/2015

In 2008, the charity Tribute to Liberty is created in Ottawa, aiming to build a memorial to the victims of communism. Seven years later, while the construction should start soon, the monument raises multiple controversies. Many people, for many reasons, express their opposition to this project. Kayla Carman, member of the movement Move The Memorial, wants to gather this opposition, and explain here why she considers it as a democratic stance. In 2012 a land located between The Library and...

Whaling: traditions against the oceans - Arthur Vernassière, translated by Megan Spada | 25/09/2015

Intensive whaling still takes place in three countries: Norway, Iceland and Japan. These nations have continued to attack the cetacean for reasons quite vague, even though this practice is anchored in local traditions. This is a hunt carried out to the detriment of ecology. Whales are an endangered species and they play an essential part in the development of the oceans. At the beginning of July, Iceland launched its new summer season of whaling. After stopping the hunt for 14 years, the...

Tuvalu and Kiribati, the New Atlaneans - Arthur Vernassière, translated by Kendall Maxwell | 20/09/2015

Tuvalu and the Kiribati islands, two countries in Oceania, could disappear from the map because of the rise of the oceans caused by climate change. The leader of the State of Tuvalu recently asked Europe, during his visit to Brussels, to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. In Oceania, the entire continent must mobilize to face these unprecedented consequences. Is Atlantis a myth? The legend has been perpetuated through centuries and through generations. But the islands the collapsed under the...

Moscow: A city stuck in time - Juliette Lissandre, translated by Darragh Hayes-Moriarty | 17/09/2015

Moscow, the city of a thousand riches, which, since the fall of Communism, seems fixed in time. Daunting architecture, stagnant politics, yet Moscow remains the port of entry to Russia. Immersion in the capital stuck in 1945. When one enters Moscow, the first impression is of the overwhelming gigantism. Remarkable and immense buildings illustrate the glory of Russia’s past. In the midst of these concrete giants, soulless marks of communism, are architectural wonders. The Kremlin and Red Square...

Portugal: state of affairs - Carolina Duarte de Jesus, translated by Darragh Hayes-Moriarty | 13/09/2015

Portugal is considered the “prize pupil” of austerity. It is one of the countries in Europe to have suffered the most from these measures, but has bent over backwards to them with no more mass protests. What is it exactly? In 2011, the protests against the arrival of the Troika were numerous. Four years later, they happen rarely and draw in far fewer people. Pedro Passos Coelho, the current Prime Minister, is very satisfied with the measures and claims that they have helped to revive growth....

Guarani-Kaiowá, threatened people (1/3) - Alexis Demoment – Translated by Pauline Veron | 10/09/2015

At the occasion of the “Summit of Conscience for the Climate”, Valdelice Veron, a Guarani-Kaiowá leader, came to Paris on the 21st of July to deliver a striking testimony before the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) on the plight of her people. The campaign was called “Why do I care”. After years of struggle amid general indifference, this could mark the beginning of a real awareness of the international community on this topic. Nevertheless, the road may be long and the public...

South India: the students of Pondicherry lead an anti-corruption strike - SocialVigil, translated by Rodolphe Leclerc | 06/09/2015

Monday, July 27th, 2015 marked the beginning of a strike movement among the students of the University of Pondicherry, who protested against the corruption of the vice-chancellor, Chandra Krishnamurthy. Indian citizens are showing their consciousness of the political and social stakes. During the weekend, the town of Pondicherry was agitated by rumors concerning a strike movement which would occur on Monday, July 27th, at the University of the City. The news was not taken very seriously: how...

India: Modi’s figure (2/2) - Olga Benne – Translated by Pauline Veron | 04/09/2015

From April 7 to May 12, 2014, India was organizing the greatest democratic election in history, with an electorate of around 814 million voters. On May 26, the Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) – “Indian People’s Party” – won a landslide victory and became Prime Minister. In the recent weeks, it was time for an assessment. Let’s go back on this. Narendra Modi did not take so far the Hindu nationalist decisions that he was expected to take. In a...
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