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India: The Figure Modi (1/2) - Olga Benne, translated by Gemma Kentish | 02/09/2015

From the 7th April to the 12th May 2014, India held the largest democratic elections in history, with an electorate of approximately 814 million voters. On the 26th May, the Hindu Nationalist, Narendra Modi, from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) (The Party of the Indian People), won a clear victory and became Prime Minister. Over the course of the last few weeks, an assessment has taken place. During the campaign, the potential victory of Narendra Modi drew great media attention and raised...

Smart cities : the world of tomorrow - Blanche Pautet, translated by Lisa d'Alfonso | 24/08/2015

Driverless cars, flying drones to guide you through the university’s hallways, bikes that evaluate the rate of pollution in every street, these are the innovations for our future cities. The robotics convention Innorobo in Lyon introduced this year the crucial stakes the cities will encounter tomorrow, all the more urgent due to the constantly growing population. Flashback on these conferences gathering researchers and professionals from around the world. The evolution of our cities faces new...

Thailand: Hope for Democracy wanes Again - Anthony Desbiens, translated by Gemma Kentish | 24/08/2015

The coup d’état was supposed to be temporary and peaceful. In reality, it has gone on, and the 22nd May marked its first year anniversary. The military junta that has controlled Thailand for over a year has recently pushed back the next elections to autumn 2016, a time frame as worrying as it is long and which gives time to amend a Constitution to favour military power. And the European Union and the international community are content to simply criticise and nothing more. Whether it is out of...

Senegal: a sharp decline in the touristic sector - Aurélien Sperandio, translated by Rodolphe Leclerc | 24/08/2015

Senegal is considered to be a pioneer in the expansion of tourism in Africa. But nowadays, the country struggles to attract travelers. The appeal of tourism was not enhanced by the increase in traveling costs, the government reforms, and the Ebola plague in West Africa. Yet today, the State seems to realize this uneasiness and has taken measures to revive this sector. Let us decrypt the situation of tourism in Senegal. Behind fishing, tourism is the second line of business in Senegal. However,...

Roads in Togo: between dilapidation and abuse of institutions - Justine Rodier, translated by Mélody Lacouture | 24/08/2015

In Togo, citizens have long been suffering from the bad state of the roads in their country. Although this topic is not often mentioned worldwide, a considerable number of people are victims of this dilapidation today. Roads that are damaged and rarely used, chaotic ways, unmaintained vehicles, disrespect of road safety, corruption: many risk factors that cause many deaths on the roads of Togo. Léo, who has been living in Lomé, the capital city of Togo, for 30 years, tells: “Here, our roads are...

Hong Kong: the democratic reform repealed - Samuel Khan, translated by Solweig Ogereau | 24/08/2015

In Hong Kong, the debate over the reform which aimed at electing the chief of the executive by universal suffrage in 2017 ended after the legislative council opposed it. The demonstrations which punctuated the discussions disrupted even the traditional march of 1st July. The 1st July march took place in Hong Kong, like every year since the retrocession of the former British trading post to China in 1997. This pacific event aims at promoting democracy and human rights.

Ukrainian patriotism, past and present - Mariia Kuzmychova, translated by Arthur Masyuk | 24/08/2015

As a result of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, an independent Ukrainian state was born. Many citizens did not approve of this turn of events. Even 24 years later more than half of Ukraine's population desires a tight alliance with Russia. The situation has changed since winter 2014, following the Revolution of Dignity set in place as a result of Euromaidan. Patriotism has become the driving force of Maidan, the authority's independent land in central Kiev. These protests were marked...

Mecha Monsters: the advent of robot combat - Blanche Pautet, translated by Arthur Masyuk | 24/08/2015

The young British company Reach Robotics recently won the prize for start-ups at the Innorobo international robotics conference in Lyon. Their dueling robots project—reminiscent of the famous Pokémon—aims to make robotics accessible and playful. Let us meet with the project’s creator, Silas Adekunle. On Thursday, July 2nd, during the second day of the Innorobo conference, the start-ups competition took place, which annually awards the most ambitious and innovative robotics companies. In order...

Guerilla gardening: pavement at the mercy of vegetables - Mathilde Grenot, translated by Aino Lehtonen | 24/08/2015

City dwellers all over the world have lost their patience with the impact of junk food and the sometimes difficult access to legumes in urban areas. For several years now, upholders of vegetable gardens have been waging a merciless war against the dietary disasters of the 21st century through “guerilla gardens”. On May 25 this year, the police of Berlin found approximately 700 cannabis plants illegally planted in a park in the district of Köpenick. This savage – and in this case illegal –...

Colombian armed groups: between protection and intimidation. - Florence Tiffou, translated by Darragh Hayes-Moriarty. | 24/08/2015

The mining and oil businesses are major actors in the Colombian conflict. They are linked to a range of armed groups in order to ensure the protection of their economic interests in detriment to respecting human rights. Analysis. After more than 60 years of war, the toll of the Colombian conflict is alarming: 218,000 dead, 5.7 million displaced, 25,000 disappearances, 1982 massacred and almost 490,000 women victims of sexual abuse. Unsurprisingly, the extractive companies are among the most...
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