France and Qatar Discuss Conflicting Views on Malian Conflict

French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian visited Qatar February 10 for a brief visit of less than twenty-four hours, just a week after President Hollande visited Mali. France’s recent and heightened military intervention in Mali has drawn criticism from Qatar, and Le Drian met with the Crown Prince Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on […]

European Council Announces New Project Budget

Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, announced the project budget for 2014-2020 on Friday February 8.  Meeting bi-annually, this body guides the priorities and evolution of the European Union.  Although the Council did not release the specifics for the budget plan, Van Rompuy tweeted that after 24 hours of negotiations it was “worth […]

Shooting in Orly Leaves 1 Dead, 4 Injured

The area of Val-de-Marne, an administrative department located outside Paris, was taken by surprise November 23 when a shooting took place at a bar called Le St Exupéry Brasserie. Just after 12:30pm on Friday, a car carrying two shooters opened fire on those dining outside the bar. 9mm casings littered the scene where five victims […]

Going Green: United States

Devastating an area of the country that rarely experiences hurricanes, Sandy arrived to the northeast coast of the United States at the end of this October. Hurricanes typically plot a path along the southeast coast. However, recent extreme weather patterns provided a needed reality check for Americans. Greater numbers of people are recognizing the impact […]

Tuareg Rebels Expelled from Northern Mali by MUJAO Islamist Forces

After an increase in skirmishes in recent weeks, Tuesday marks a significant blow for the Tuareg rebels, who were violently pushed out of Menaka, the last base they held in northern Mali, leaving at least 100 soldiers and 12 civilians dead with untold numbers of refugees.  The Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West […]

France Announces Military Intervention in Mali

France, former colonial power of North Africa, has recently taken a vocal leadership role in the conflict in northern Mali. The Tuareg Rebellion in January of this year marked the commencement of violence and instability in the northern desert region of Mali.  The Tuaregs have historically been seen as protesters and separatists opposing the government.  […]