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Gotland Island is rekindling tensions between NATO, Sweden and Russia - Laurine Benjebria, translated by Michaël Arlandis | 24/08/2015

Gotland Island is a small Swedish island at the very heart of the Baltic Sea which is attracting Russia and NATO in recent years. Some of the heaviest maritime traffic in the world is taking place on the island, which is located at 90 km at the East of Sweden and at 140 km at the West of Latvia. The Baltic Sea is now affected by military and economic tensions between many countries because of the presence of Russian, Swedish and NATO’s soldiers, as well as the presence of military waste, a...

Being a woman in Nepal, a daily struggle - La rédaction, translated by Megan Spada | 24/08/2015

Recent events in Nepal have highlighted the poverty of the state and of the population. Far from the perception westerners have of a paradise for hikers and hippies, Nepal shows its flaws. If the toughness of life is well known, women receive little interest, still behind in terms of rights and consideration. Overview of their living conditions. The contemporary Nepalese society is anchored in patriarchal conceptions of the relationship between man and woman. The disparity in the attribution of...

Femen Canada: Women and their bodies, a right, a fight - Laurine Benjebria, translated by Solweig Ogereau | 24/08/2015

It has been three years now since the sextremist group Femen established itself in Quebec. At each of their actions, the militants accuse the country of limiting women’s rights. Femen’s fight, in Canada, as in every other country, aims at the patriarchy, religion and the exploitation of women’s bodies, which cause the deaths of thousands of women each year, including in the Western world. Meeting with Neda Topaloski, activist for Femen-Canada for a year and a half. Femen, the group which claims...

Schoolchildren today, leaders of Iraq tomorrow - Tiziana Bombassei, translated by Gemma Kentish | 24/08/2015

Step into the schools and you will see the future of Iraq. Look into the classrooms and you will see the political elite of tomorrow. Placed at the gates of Asia, this country has developed an education system based on memorising. By opening the way for this education system, it is reducing the likelihood of a future inter sectarian dialogue. The depersonalisation of knowledge marks a step backwards in the conscientisation for the future leading class, thereby threatening future regional...

What type of democratic transition for Ukraine? - Lucille Betancourt, translated by Tiziana Bombassei | 24/08/2015

While talks about exchanges between the European Union and Ukraine took place in a summit that gathered the high commissioners of both sides on the 27th of April, the issue of Ukraine’s democratic transition is becoming a pressing need. The country needs legitimized and respected institutions in order to regain control over its territory and provide its citizens with security. The elections that took place in May of 2014 were meant to initiate the country’s transformation process. Nonetheless,...

European Union: a drifting Democracy - Justine Rodier, translated by Solweig Ogereau | 24/08/2015

Since the beginning of the European Union, but even more nowadays because of the economic crisis, the vast majority of European citizens feels confused about the community. European democracy is constantly questioned and new procedures have been created to encourage citizen involvement in the European space. The European population shows an obvious lack of confidence, of understanding, of knowledge of the institutions… What if a new internet platform was to reconcile Europe and its citizens?...

Colombia : 22 generals blamed for the massacre of civilians - Josselin Noble, translated by Tiziana Bombassei | 24/08/2015

On the 12th of April, the Colombian general procurer announced the opening of an investigation on the responsibilities of 22 army generals in a large campaign of extra-judicial executions. The case, known as « false positives » scandal, is about the assassination of at least 4300 civilians by the Colombian armed forces. Is this a glimmer hope for justice for the relatives of the victims? After having seen and heard many of the relatives of the victims in the past days, the general procurer...

Cambodia: understanding the post Khmer Rouge society - Octavie Maurel, translated by Lucie Perrier | 24/08/2015

Forty years after the genocide of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodians fear the difficulty of their future. Four years were enough for the Democratic Kampuchea regime to eradicate over 20% of the Cambodian population. Today, 65% of Cambodians are under 30. Characterized by its youthfulness, these people are seeking conscientiousness and are eager for prosperity. The stability of their future is however undermined by the complex and deep relationship they have with their history. The Khmer Rouge,...

Amnesty International has got Brazil on their radar - Laetitia Rossi, translated by Melody Lacouture | 24/08/2015

In February, Amnesty International released their latest report on the state of human rights worldwide in 2014. Brazil stands out: “It is the country with the most killings in the world, ahead of some warzones” said Atila Rique, executive director of the organisation in Brazil. Brazil has long been known for its insecurity, but the 2014 track record is even more alarming: increase in homicides, numerous deaths during police operations, violently repressed demonstrations, attacks on journalists,...

Belgium, nuclear energy to rescue winter - Victor Béquignon, translated by Arthur Masyuk | 24/08/2015

Just as in 2014, Belgium runs the risk of lacking electricity for this winter. In response to this need, the operation of nuclear reactors Doel 1 and Doel 2 has been extended for another ten years. These extensions address the question of Belgium’s energy transition, according to which Belgium is committed to abandon nuclear power in 2025. Analysis to follow. Nuclear reactors Doel 1 and Doel 2 should then be able to run until 2025. At any rate, the Belgian Federal Parliament took the first step...
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