Alternatiba : solutions to fight against climate change

TRANSLATED BY CORALIE FRACHISSE On September 22, the 4th Alternatiba Leman festival took place in Geneva, Switzerland. A festival which offers local alternatives to live and consume in a more sustainable way and in agreement with our environment. The Bastion park was filled with thousands of people for the occasion. “Changing the system not the climate” […]

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Stateless: The Paradox of Nationality

You might not be familiar with the term “stateless”, but there are currently more than 10 million people being classified as such around the world, the equivalent of the Swedish population. Strait Talk Hong Kong, an NGO promoting conflict resolution across states, invited Chen, Tien-Shi, a professor at School of International Liberal Studies of Waseda University, […]

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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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Independence issues in France: the case of New Caledonia and Corsica

TRANSLATED BY JOHN LIU AND PROOFREAD BY NIKI SO While the international news still focuses on the independence of Catalonia and “Brexit”, demands and secessionist movements are currently troubling France and its overseas and territorial collectivities, this time regarding New Caledonia and Corsica. As the end of the decolonization process begins with the organization of […]

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One hundred years on from the Balfour Declaration, the UK is still divided on the Palestinian Question

TRANSLATED BY BEN LITTLEDYKE AND JOYCE CHEN The 2nd November 2017 marked one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration, and Theresa May welcomed Benjamin Netanyahu to London to celebrate the occasion. It was 100 years ago, on the 2nd November 1917, that Lord Balfour published a letter announcing his government’s support for the creation of […]

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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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Erasmus: a springboard to finding a job

TRANSLATED BY SERVANE JARDIN-BLICQ AND PHILIPA USHER-SOMERS The 30th anniversary of Erasmus is a chance to reflect on the advantages this European exchange program has to offer, as much on a language level as on professional one. Given that the labour market is closed in Europe, an Erasmus experience is a real asset when it […]

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365 Days after the Election of Donald Trump

TRANSLATED BY BEN LITTLEDYKE AND GENEVIEVE SILK On the first anniversary of Donald Trump’s election victory (not of his inauguration), the IGS group has organised a conference to discuss the track record of the 45th US President. Present at the debate were Anik Cizel, a lecturer in American History and Civilisation; and Laure Mandeville, a […]

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