Nicolas Maduro’s re-election under scrutiny

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY CHRISTI DU TOIT On the 20th of May, in a rather unsurprising turn of events, it was announced that former president Nicolas Maduro had been re-elected to lead Venezuela, a country struggling with national crisis since 2014. Both the people of Venezuela and the international community have reacted […]

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Civil liberties at stake for migrant domestic workers in Lebanon

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN In Lebanon, an estimated 250,000 female domestic workers are immigrants. Deprived of their basic rights, returning to their home country is difficult, if not impossible. Le Journal International went to Lebanon to meet some of these women and talk to some local charities, to find out […]

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Ireland caught in the middle of an impossible Brexit?

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN On 23rd March, the European Council decided on the conditions of the transition period following Britain’s exit from the European Union on 29th March 2019. These guidelines specify the inclusion of the UK in the Single Market and Customs Union during this transition period. However, as […]

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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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A case of ‘double standards’ in Twitter’s enforcement policy?

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND GENEVIEVE SILK With around 330 million ‘monthly active’ users, Twitter is the 12th most popular social network in the world. Created in 2006, the platform allows users to write tweets of up to 280 characters, as well as following other users and retweeting content from a multitude of accounts, from […]

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Iran: women at the frontline of the resistance

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY GENEVIEVE SILK Last week in Paris, an international conference was held on the role of women in the Iranian fight for democracy and the protests that shook the country last month. Several dozen protesters killed by the forces of order, thousands of arbitrary arrests, a dozen killed by […]

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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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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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In Iran, the People’s Mujahedin continue to fight back against the regime [1/2]

TRANSLATED BY RHONA KAPPLER AND PROOFREAD BY CARA EVANS-GILLEN The recent public protests against the high cost of living and the return of Islamist totalitarianism has caused a political quake in Iran. For the first time since the mass post-election protests of 2009, the country is experiencing a large-scale popular uprising, not only asking the question […]

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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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