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French Muslims Condemn ISIS-Linked Terrorists in Defense of Their Dual Identity

NÎMES – When terrorists brutally decapitated French citizen Hervé Gourdel in Algeria on September 22nd, French Muslims were suddenly faced with the need to defend both the name of Islam and their French identities. The group Jund al-Khilafa group (“Soldiers of the Caliphate”) kidnapped Hervé Gourdel, originally from Nice, who had been on a hiking trip in the mountains near Tizi Ouzou in Algeria. The video of his decapitation soon went viral. Originally part of[Read More…]

Bilingual Programs Pushing for Space in New York City

Foreign-language schools are fighting a constant battle on the terrain of New York City education. New York City’s schools are some of the most diverse in the nation, serving students from a myriad of backgrounds speaking dozens of native languages. There are over 140,000 English-Language Learners (ELL) students whose first language is not English and whose English has not been deemed proficient. Yet resources to serve this diverse body of students are stretched thin. Recently,[Read More…]

by September 24, 2014 0 comments Feature, Uncategorized, Up To The Minute

What the Cabinet Shake-Up Reveals about the Flaws of the Fifth Republic

On Monday, August 25, the cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls was dismissed and a new cabinet was formed the following day. Valls has been Prime Minister for less than six months. The cabinet dismissal occurred in reaction to the public opposition of Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg and other ministers to the economic policies of President François Hollande. Although the cabinet dismissal was necessary in the short-term, the positive effects of a new cabinet are questionable,[Read More…]

The War of the Roses: Cabinet Shake Up Reflects Dissension Amid Socialists

“Should we now apologize for being on the left?” asked now former Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti. Those words could aptly describe the political earthquake that shook the French government on Tuesday, when French Prime Minister Manuel Valls proclaimed a new list of cabinet ministers. Valls was designated PM just six months ago following the socialist defeat in municipal elections in May. This decision came following controversy Monday, when Minister of Economy and Productive Recovery Arnaud[Read More…]

Corsican Nationalist Group Trades Guns for Politics

LONDON – After the National Front for Corsican Independence (FNLC) was founded in 1976, it became known as a violent nationalist group prone to detonating bombs targeting French immigrants in Corsica and other sites on the French mainland. Their goal was French recognition of Corsican political independence and their group photos featured Corsican flags, black ski masks, and guns. The glory days occurred in the brief period during the 18th century when Corsica maintained pseudo-independence from[Read More…]

by July 15, 2014 0 comments Uncategorized