Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 2

Continued from Part 1 of La Jeune Politique’s Guide to the Conflict in Mali WHY MALI? AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is a foreign force — the soldiers are not Malian and they apply a radical version of Charia law, a practice alien to the local people and to Malian culture. Many occurrences […]

Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 1

HOW WE GOT HERE Since gaining its independence from France in 1960, Mali has been dealing with northern Tuareg separatist movements. This ethnically Arabic group roams the desert in the north of the country and has rebelled many times in hopes of obtaining independence for what they call “the country of Azawad.” Their chance came […]

On His Way to Asia, Hollande Makes Two Stops in the Middle East

French President François Hollande visited Beirut, Lebanon and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on his way to an Asia-Europe summit in Laos in light of last week’s eurozone economic crisis.  His decision to stop in Beirut came last minute when Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated by a bombing, an intelligence chief of police who was awarded just last […]

Sad Summer for Women Part 2

The Cecile Duflot case has not been the only attack on women in France in recent months. In the spring, the Constitutional Council – the French equivalent to the Supreme Court – annulled the law banning sexual harassment on the grounds that the concept was badly defined. This decision was unanimously criticized, as the Council […]