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Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

Will France Follow America? A Review of the French Presidential Election

After the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump, all eyes are on the upcoming French presidential election. The top four candidates are Marine Le Pen of the Front National (FN), Benoit Hamon of Partie Socialiste (PS), François Fillon of Les Républicans, and Emmanuel Marcon of En Marche! (EM). These four candidates, along with...
World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

World Leaders React to the Election of Trump

After a long-winded, divisive campaign, the reactions from world leaders to the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, ranged from enthusiastic congratulations, diplomatic courtesy and outright disapproval. The election has caused both hope and fear in America and brought divisions in society to the forefront. These divisions in values...
Fall’s Newest Reality Show: The 2016 Presidential Elections

Fall’s Newest Reality Show: The 2016 Presidential Elections

Divisive rhetoric and unfolding scandals have made coverage of the US presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump seem more like a reality show than a presidential election. This election has been marked by vicious attacks between the two candidates, demonstrating the deep divisions within American society. Unlike the ‘clean, well-argued campaign that offers...
Deportation Instead of Protection: The State of Child Migration in Central America

Deportation Instead of Protection: The State of Child Migration in Central America

In 2015, 170,000 child migrants were apprehended at the Mexican border. A majority of these children, both unaccompanied and accompanied minors, travelled from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras, collectively a region known as the Northern Triangle. The Northern Triangle is infamous for gang violence, which has plagued the region for more than a decade. Children...
More Harm Than Good: France’s Extension of State of Emergency

More Harm Than Good: France’s Extension of State of Emergency

After the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015, the French government issued a ‘state of emergency’ allowing authorities more autonomy during the crisis. The law specifically allows for an ‘expan[sion] in police powers to carry out arrests and searches and allows [them] to restrict the movements of people and vehicles at specific times and...
The EU in Duress: How the Refugee Crisis is Generating a Trend of Isolation

The EU in Duress: How the Refugee Crisis is Generating a Trend of Isolation

Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War thousands of Syrians have fled their war torn country in search of peace in a democratic Europe.[1] Between January and November 2015, more than 886,000 people reached Europe via the Mediterranean, a significant increase from previous years. This journey for refugees is one of great danger and...
Rise of the Right After Paris Attacks

Rise of the Right After Paris Attacks

During the terrorist attacks in Paris on the night of 13 November, France witnessed the most bloodshed on French soil since World War II.[1]  The attackers, who have been linked to Islamic State, were not targeting specific individuals during the attacks, but rather innocent civilians.  The massacre at the Bataclan concert hall, Le Petit Cambodge...
The Question of International Law During Europe’s Refugee Crisis

The Question of International Law During Europe’s Refugee Crisis

Since the beginning of the Syrian Civil War four years ago, over 400,000 Syrians have risked their lives traveling to Europe with the hope of receiving asylum.[1] The journey to a better future in Europe, however, has been arduous for many and is often a case of life or death. With news of migrants drowning...