Xenophobia Continues to be Pervading Problem in France

Xenophobia and anti-Islamic sentiment have been on the rise in Europe, and France is no stranger to this trend. Racism in public discourse has become especially conspicuous in recent years.  In the political arena, politicians are no strangers to dealing with xenophobia. This turmoil can be attributed in part to the influx of immigrants from […]

Debate Over Syrian Intervention Rages On

The international community is waiting to see whether the French government will indeed enact punitive measures against Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s regime. France released intelligence on Monday pointing to chemical weapon usage in Syria, corroborating similar findings by the United States. In response, Assad has warned that any attack on his nation would inevitably add […]

France Cautiously Watches as Egyptian Turmoil Deepens

Speaking from a state visit to Tunisia, French President François Hollande addressed the populist military coup that has ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi. While President Hollande refrained from directly condemning the coup, he urged the Egyptian military to respect the democratic process, and expressed his hope for a return to civilian rule in the country. […]

A Failure, a Resignation, and the New Tunisian Prime Minister

  Tunisia has often been heralded as an exception to the social and political chaos that plagues the region. The Jasmine Revolutions that took place there catalyzed the region’s Arab Spring Revolutions. The country’s relative lack of instability after the revolution was considered a success. However, the political assassination of the left opposition’s Chokri Belaid […]

Chokri Belaid, Tunisian Politician and Activist, Murdered, Splitting a Country in Two

Protests have broken out across Tunisia in response to the murder of Chokri Belaid, the left-wing human rights activist and head of the Democratic Patriots Movement. Belaid, 48, was gunned down outside of his home on Wednesday, February 6. A lawyer and opponent of the ruling Islamist party Ennahda, Belaid was a champion of a […]