China: the history of Chinese orthography sacrificed on the altar of the fight against illiteracy?

TRANSLATED BY JOYCE CHEN AND PROOFREAD BY RHONA KAPPLER French orthography reform greatly stirred up the public, and in China, a similar change has taken place. The Journal International plunged into the history of Chinese orthography. As opposed to the French language, whose writing system is based on an alphabet, the Chinese language uses a […]

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Indigenous women missing and murdered: Canada’s long-awaited national inquiry

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY LAUREN VALENTINE According to Statistics Canada, native women are 3 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence and seven times more likely to be victims of murder than non-native women. After the launch of a national inquiry into the women and girls of indigenous communities, the […]

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The Hirak: looking back at a year of social unrest in Morocco

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN The leaders of the “Hirak” movement are currently on trial in Casablanca. The movement in question, founded a year ago, has brought to light the developmental delays of certain regions in northern Morocco. Furthermore, it has increased freedom of speech, despite harsh repression by the authorities. […]

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South Sudan: UNICEF warns about abductions of children by armed groups

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI, PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN Independent since 9th July 2011, the world’s youngest state – where the average age is 17- is experiencing a devastating civil war stemming from an internal struggle within the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), who has governed the country since its independence. The party opposes the South […]

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Refugee quotas: Hungary is commanded to comply

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN Roughly two years after the anti-migrant wall along the Hungarian-Serbian border was constructed, the policy of Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister, needs to be readdressed, particularly in light of the decision made on 6th September 2017 by the European Court of Justice. Solidarity as “the […]

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Human Rights threatened by martial law in the Philippines

TRANSLATED BY BENJAMIN SCHOEB AND JOYCE CHEN Following the attacks that claimed the lives of a dozen civilians, carried out on May 23rd 2017 by Isis-affiliated fighters, President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao island. The island has been under marital law since. The Philippine government could decide to extend martial law across the […]

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The other side of fact-checking

TRANSLATED BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN Fact-checking services (the verification of facts) are a new tool being used by the media which allows them to tackle the spread of rumours and misinformation. The volume of information and the speed at which it spreads have increased considerably since the invention of the internet […]

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Geneva: Iran and the painful memory of Summer 1988

TRANSLATED BY NOÉMIE BASTIDE AND LUCY HARRIES On Friday 15th September 2017, La Place des Nations in Geneva became, for an afternoon, a memorial for a tragic event from Iranian contemporary history. The Journal International went to Switzerland to meet these men and women demanding justice for the massacres committed in 1988 by the Iranian […]

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Encerclés par la police, ces militants seront arrêtés et conduits au commissariat. Ils ont recours à plusieurs techniques pour empêcher leur identification : pas de papiers d'identité, maquillage sur le visage et glue sur les doigts pour éviter les reconnaissances faciale et digitale. De ce fait, ajouté à leur nombre très élevé, la police ne pourra pas les identifier. Ils seront relâchés sans poursuites après quelques heures. Crédit Alexis Dumont.

Ende Gelände: ‘disobedience in the name of justice’

DumontDepuis Gênes en 2001, les mouvements altermondialistes font régulièrement parler d’eux. Durant l’été 2017, Le Journal International s’est immergé dans le camp climat d’Ende Gelände. Notre envoyé spécial a tenté de décrypter son fonctionnement et de comprendre les motivations des activistes. Reportage depuis la Rhénanie, où ces derniers invoquent la désobéissance civile pour faire respecter […]

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