Sameblod. Crédits : Sophia Olsson NORDISK FILMS

The Sami, Europe’s indigenous people in the search of their identity

Translated by Marie Peltomaki, proofread by Natacha Perrin The Sami people have lived in northern Europe for thousands of years, yet their history is often overlooked. The Swedish film director and screenwriter Amanda Kernell is giving back its voice to the Sami people by diving into their history in her film Sami blood (Sameblod), that […]

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Sweden, an Exception in Europe?

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY GENEVIEVE SILK On September 9, 2018, Sweden will elect its representatives in the parliamentary elections. Long regarded as having set a political example, Sweden is no longer an exception next to its neighbor countries. The nationalist party Sverigedemokraterna, Sweden Democrats, is today the number three political force in […]

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Ethiopians forced into exile in Kenya after abuses by the army

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY ALICE DOWEK For several weeks a colossal emigration movement of members of the Oromo community to Kenya has been going on, subsequent to what the former Ethiopian government has named a “blunder” on the part of the army. Keep in mind that this “blunder” has led to the […]

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Iraq: the problematic nature of Shia militias

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY RHONA KAPPLER In post-Daesh Iraq, the difficult task of political reconstruction has begun. The Shia militias, who played a major role in the defeat of the Islamic State, now intend to make their mark. The regaining of territories has given way to a new, equally crucial conquest: that […]

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Carnaval de Barranquilla: the forgotten carnival

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY ALICE DOWEK The carnival of Barranquilla, held in February, is the second largest carnival in Latin America after Rio de Janeiro, a great source of pride to its city of origin in Colombia, and an occasion for visitors and locals to share an intense cultural experience together. The […]

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What is left of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt?

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY RHONA KAPPLER The year is 2012, and it is the inauguration of the newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi. Just a year later he is impeached and replaced by general Al-Sissi, who restores the military dictatorship. This marks the beginning of a severe repression that aims to eradicate the […]

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Jerusalem as the capital of Israel: madness or a pragmatic move by Donald Trump?

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND PROOFREAD BY RHONA KAPPLER By recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and announcing the relocation of the Tel Aviv US Embassy to the “holy city”, the US president has poked the bear in the international community. The Mediterranean and Middle East Institute of Research and Studies (iReMMO) organized a […]

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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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Montenegro – next to join the European Union

TRANSLATED BY MARIE PELTOMÄKI AND JOYCE CHEN Last Thursday and Friday, the European Council gathered in Brussels to try to “reshape the three pillars of Europe: unity, sovereignty and democracy”, in the words of Emmanuel Macron. There is little doubt that Montenegro’s destiny lies within the Union. The former Yugoslav Republic, who became a member […]

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