Category: Europe

Don’t cry, Charlie

– Dad, why has France been shattered today? – Son, do you know what terrorism is? – No, not really. – Terrorism is using violence, killing, or traumatizing in order to convey a message. The goal is not to communicate…

The Pope Francis Phenomenon

Argentinian Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis, bore many firsts for the Vatican: he is the first elected pope while the previous pope (Benedict XVI, by resignation) remains alive; first pope of the Americas; first Jesuit pope; and first pope actively…

Sanctioning Russia: Effective or Unnecessary?

Earlier this year, following Russia’s annexing of Crimea and the recent increase in tensions following the transport of Russian military into Ukraine in November 2014, much of the developed world enforced sanctions against Russia, including Canada, the US, the EU, Australia, Japan…

La France et Le Voile Intégral: Un Débat Sans Fin?

Il y a seulement un mois, un couple musulman été prié de quitter la salle de spectacle de l’Opéra de Paris sous prétexte que le voile intégral que portait la femme était en infraction de la loi sur l’interdiction du…

Bons baisers du Kremlin

Le retour de Vladimir Poutine au pouvoir était téléguidé: à l’issue d’un second et dernier mandat, impossible de se représenter à la tête de l’état. Par subterfuge, Poutine favorisa son successeur désigné à la magistrature suprême, qui lui renvoya la…

What the United States could learn from the French intervention in Mali

In 2012 a Tuareg organization, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) unilaterally declared the independence of Azawad, a territory in the North of Mali, which allowed fundamentalist groups, in a not-so-new turn of events, to hijack the…

Sweden-Russia Conflict Escalates Baltic Tension

Since the Russo-Georgian war broke out in 2008, the Baltic states, still haunted by decades of Soviet domination, have watched Russia with a wary eye. The sight of tanks rolling across the border into the breakaway Georgian region of South…

Perspective: Does the Tobacco need more Regulation?

During the middle of the twentieth century, scientific evidence published in journals linked smoking to health problems ranging from heart disease to cancer. As a result, tobacco advertising and sponsorship have been banned in the European Union since 1991. Recently,…

Small Nations: The Economics of Independence

Scotland’s recent referendum on independence resulted in a distribution of forty-five percent for and fifty-five percent against [1]. While unsuccessful, Scotland’s bid for independence may have given hope to other regions with desires for independence. Currently secessionist regions are relatively small, with…