Is the Bulgarian presidency of the Council of the European Union a gateway to the integration of the Western Balkans?

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND LUCY HARRIES Ever since Bulgaria took presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1st January 2018, this small country of just 7.1 million inhabitants has been itching to play the role of a pivotal state by prioritising the European perspective of the Western Balkans. This goal is shared […]

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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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A spike in optimism for the European Union but no referendum

TRANSLATED BY LAUREN VALENTINE AND PROOFREAD BY LUCY HARRIES From France’s stance, there is a general feeling of euphoria upon reading several newspapers. It is as if the election of Emmanuel Macron, the ‘new European leader’, had resolved the European Union’s problems. Is “Brexit” forgotten? Have unemployment and the Far Right disappeared? Is terrorism behind […]

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George Weah: From Ballon d’Or winner to President of Liberia

TRANSLATED BY BEN LITTLEDYKE AND PROOFREAD BY LUCY HARRIES On 26th December 2017, George Weah succeeded Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to become President of Liberia, winning 61.5% of the vote. The former star striker for Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan understands the magnitude of the task facing him. The small West African nation of Liberia– […]

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The Adani group in Australia : a relationship full of conflict

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY LUCY HARRIES On 6th June 2017, the President of the multinational company Adani announced “the official launch” of the construction of the Carmichael coalmine. The mine would be situated near the Great Barrier Reef and would be one of the biggest in the world. This project has been […]

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Canada – the ‘X’ sex, the new gender for transgender people

TRANSLATED BY JOHN LIU AND LUCY HARRIES On August 24th, Canada authorized the use of the unspecified sex ‘X’ on official federal documents for those who do not identify with the binary options of ‘male’ and ‘female’. This measure aims to simplify the situation for transgender people in Canada. The term ‘transgender’ refers to all […]

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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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Campus de La Sapienza, Rome. Crédit Marion Huguet.

Italy: everyone leaving to study elsewhere

TRANSLATED BY LUCY HARRIES AND GENEVIEVE SILK The economic disparity between the north and the south of Italy is well known. The Italian education system is no exception. Le Journal International talked to four students from Calabria and Puglia who were forced to move away from home to continue their studies. Since the 2008 political […]

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Crédit Émilie Porée.

 “Look At Her”: Chalk and Cheese

TRANSLATED BY GENEVIEVE SILK AND LUCY HARRIES As part of the “Look At Her” project, Émilie Porée is travelling across South-East Asia, taking snapshots of women from all walks of life. Her last encounter was with two students in a park in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s economic capital. Nha [editor’s note: on the left of […]

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