Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?
Politics / World News

Can Resolution 2254 end the war in Syria?

Five years have passed since the Syrian war began. Five years and several other numbers so high they sound almost abstract: 250,000 dead, 1 million wounded, 11 million displaced. These five years of a protracted conflict are the closest thing to a global war the 21st century has seen. What is Resolution 2554, and what are its chances of leading to a successful peace process? Continue reading

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France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis
Politics / Society / World News

France’s puzzling home-grown Jihadis

European youths, by all standards, have it pretty good: born decades after the plague of war loosened its grip on the continent, they were bred in an era of relative material comfort, affordable education, and generally a high standard of living. So it’s only more puzzling when some choose to leave behind these comfortable lives for war, martyrdom or cold-blooded mass murder Continue reading

Spying on Allies
Politics / Society / World News

Spying on Allies

This week, Wikileaks, the infamous journalistic non-profit specialized in leaking secret information, revealed a new report, “Espionnage Elysée,” a collection of “top secret intelligence reports and technical documents from the US National Security Agency (NSA) concerning targeting and signals intelligence intercepts of the communications of high-level officials from successive French governments over the last ten years”. Continue reading

Secularism in French Schools
Politics / Religion / Society

Secularism in French Schools

The concept of laïcité is an ideological pillar of the French école de la République (“school of the Republic”), founded by Jules Ferry. It involves a strict separation between religion (confined to the private sphere) and the public sphere. By implying that school is not the preferable forum for discussing the comparative value or inherent relevance of various religions, laïcité willingly ignores the importance of religious belief in individual identity. Continue reading

Why and How Should We Jail Criminals?
Society

Why and How Should We Jail Criminals?

The verdict in the Tsarnaev case and the comments it inspired bring to mind a long-standing debate on the philosophical role of punishment. Similar indignant comments had been made when the seemingly luxurious incarceration conditions of Anders Behring Breivik (sentenced to 21 years in prison Norway) were made public, stemming from a misunderstanding of the way Norway (and other countries) thinks of the role of punishment. Continue reading

Women in Politics: Towards Gender Equity?
Feminism / Politics / Society

Women in Politics: Towards Gender Equity?

Beyond the specific political problems women can encounter, i.e. being elected and holding elective office, the core issue has to do with women’s presence in the public debate at large. Greater female presence would influence the terms of political debate on several crucial issues. There are still too few female experts in debates and on television panels, and females over the age of 60 are especially absent from the public eye, unlike their male counterparts, whose credibility grows with time. Continue reading

The French Draft Law on Intelligence vs. Individual Liberties
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The French Draft Law on Intelligence vs. Individual Liberties

A draft law presented to the French parliament in April allows French intelligence services to implement techniques only used by the judicial police until now: collection, transmission and recording of words pronounced privately or confidentially or computer data and real-time localization of a person, a vehicle or an object. This regrettable turn of events is taking place in the midst of generalized indifference Continue reading

The Law vs. Workplace Harassment: an Ongoing Fight
Politics / Society

The Law vs. Workplace Harassment: an Ongoing Fight

With the global rise of workplace harassment, which has been defined by social scientists as “irrational repeated behavior towards an employee or group of employees, which represents a health and security risk”, employment law in various countries has evolved in order to better address this phenomenon, which often bears devastating consequences on the mental and physical health of its victims, leading to depression, anxiety, and sometimes suicide. Continue reading