Category: Regions

French Populism in The Age of Democratic Dysfunction

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In 2013, a survey revealed that 87% of the respondents agreed that France needed a true chief to put things back in order. This need for a strong executive is well-entrenched in French political DNA. Jean Garrigues, a French historian,…

Donald Trump: Budget Cuts That Just Don’t Cut It

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President Trump recently released his much-anticipated budget plan on March 16th, proposing sizable cuts that make even his Republican voters scratch their heads. It was no question that Trump’s proposed budget plan was going to reflect his rather controversial presidential…

Yemen has been Starving to Death

Over half Mazrak camp's residents are children under 18-years old, many of them are malnourished, with upwards of a thousand cases of severe malnourishment.

While going through one of its worst conflicts with no hope for a timely settlement, Yemen’s humanitarian situation is going downhill. A few days ago, the United Nations published a worrying statement on how  Yemen and three other countries are about…

US Secretary of Labour Confirmation: What we can Expect from Alexander Acosta

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Last month, Donald Trump announced his second nomination for Secretary of Labour, Florida attorney Alexander Acosta. This comes after Trump’s first choice, fast food executive Andrew Puzder was forced to step down after several accusations of domestic abuse and hiring…

For A Multi-Speed Europe

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The European Union has been able to collectively breathe a little easier following this past Wednesday’s Dutch elections, where nationalist populist Geert Wilders significantly underperformed expectations, guaranteeing another term for centre-right PM Mark Rutte. This followed nationalist candidate Norbert Hofer…

Dr. Feelbad: The Terrible Trend of Bombing Hospitals

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As any reader familiar with apocalyptic fiction would know, crimes against humanity are the norm in war. In the books and movies that define the genre, hospitals are bombed, scores of refugees pour from decimated provinces, and civilians are indiscriminately…

Child Marriage in Bangladesh: Cultural Context or a Devastating Step Backwards

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The Bangladeshi government recently passed a law described by Human Rights Watch as a “devastating step backward,” that would allow child marriage to occur under “special circumstances.” The law still requires the approval of Bangladesh’s President Abdul Hamid, but that is “largely…