(Français) Crédit Elsa Pécot

The Italian Mafia: speaking out over omertà

TRANSLATED BY CHARLOTTE FORD AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN The publication of Roberto Saviano’s latest book on young mafia groups in Naples has attracted considerable attention. Writing and speaking out about criminal organisations is part of a larger, continual struggle against the mafia that is very much still alive in Italy. How can the mafia’s […]

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Running is trending

TRANSLATED BY CORALIE FRACHISSE AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN The UTMB (the Mont Blanc ultra trail) has just finished, and running gathers more and more followers in France and throughout the world. Being easily accessible (no permit is required to register for a race), able to be practised (almost) everywhere, the success of running can […]

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: a worrying political, social and economic situation

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN On 19th April last year, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) adopted a new strategy to re-launch the Western Balkans’ integration policy. On this occasion, Andrej Zorko, rapporteur for the committee’s opinion, reaffirmed that “EU membership for the Western Balkans remains one of the EU’s […]

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The Republic of Artsakh’s pursuit for international recognition

TRANSLATED BY JOYCE CHEN AND PROOFREAD BY LUCY HARRIES On 13 February this year, the self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh, or ‘Nagorno-Karabakh’, celebrated 30 years of a liberation movement for their territory, which has an area of 11,430 square kilometres and 150,000 inhabitants. This territory borders Armenia and de facto belongs to the nation, but de […]

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Iran: families of victims of 1988 massacre demand justice from the UN

TRANSLATED BY LUCY HARRIES AND PROOFREAD BY JOYCE CHEN In early February 2018, a ‘citizens’ tribunal’ took place in Geneva to judge the perpetrators responsible for the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in Iran in 1988. The families and a dozen or so witnesses, supported by several international lawyers and human rights defenders, called on […]

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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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MiFID II: towards greater consumer protection and transparence in European financial markets

TRANSLATED BY JOYCE CHEN AND PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN The Markets in Financial (MiFI) Directive was launched on 3 January 2018 throughout the European Economic Area (EEA). MiFID II – Markets in Financial Instruments Directive – completes as well as differs from its predecessor from 2007, MiFID I. The directive aims to reinforce regulation of […]

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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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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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Colombia’s struggle for peace

TRANSLATED BY JOYCE CHEN AND PROOFREAD BY RHONA KAPPLER It has been over a year since the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a far-left guerrilla movement, signed a peace agreement, and since the latter’s transformation into a political party. This agreement is yet to be received unanimously by the people […]

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