Editorial

Lessons on Sexual Assault from Across the Pond

On September 30, a 16-year-old girl was raped from behind in her high school bathroom in Western France. Because it was dark, the girl was unable to identify her attacker, but a genetic profile was extracted from her clothes. When authorities were unable to find a match in the national database, they decided to do something drastic: they ordered DNA tests on all 527 male students and staff who were present on the closed campus[Read More…]

by April 29, 2014 0 comments Editorial, Feature, Up To The Minute

The Complexities of Remembering: 20 Years After the Rwandan Genocide

PARIS- 20 years ago this spring Rwanda experienced the fastest and most efficient genocide in history. In addition to the indescribable human and emotional cost, it took a tremendous toll on the country’s economy. Rwanda has made great strides since 1994 and has restored its economy to pre-genocide levels. It is the only country in the world where women represent a majority in its Parliament, and according to Transparency International Rwanda remains among the least-corrupt[Read More…]

The House of Cards Generation

LILLE – I like House of Cards. I like it to the point that I watched the second season in less than 24 hours. I like Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. I like how they portray their characters, Frank and Claire Underwood, a couple who will engineer any imaginable Machiavellian plans in order in the interest of power. I like watching the depiction of the inner-workings of the House of Representatives and the White House.[Read More…]

by April 14, 2014 0 comments Editorial, Feature, Up To The Minute

Municipal Elections 2014 1st Round: Heavy Socialist Defeat Leads to Strong FN Results

The Parti Socialiste (PS) in government experienced a harsh night Sunday as the results of the first round of the municipal elections were revealed. As expected, the PS stands behind the right-wing Union pour un mouvement populaire (UMP) in the polls and the Front national (FN) has gotten one of its best results ever. But the results were even stronger than the trends had lead to expect. Political disappointment leads to abstention and extreme voting[Read More…]

Françafrique: A Resurgent France Has a Responsibility to Keep House in Its Former Colonial Neighborhood

In the mid twentieth century, France’s colonial possessions in Africa encompassed enormous swathes of land, from Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia in the northwest to Madagascar in the southeast. Fifty-some years after the final dissolution of the French empire, France’s recent military incursions on the continent are sparking speculation of a French attempt to resurrect its empire. Of course, nominal independence does not necessarily translate into actual independence. Relations between Africans and Europeans in ex-colonies exist[Read More…]