Macron’s “New Policy” Towards Immigration

Last summer, French President Emmanuel Macron declared France a land of welcome for those fleeing political persecution and war, saying he wanted all refugees “off the streets, out of the woods” by the end of the year. However, 2017 has passed and it is estimated that hundreds of refugees are still sleeping on the streets of Paris. In November 2017, Doctors Without Borders claimed that “some 1,000 migrants are aimlessly wandering [Paris’s] streets.” One of Macron’s policies towards refugees and...
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Why Putin Underplayed the Centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution

Earlier this month Russia marked the 100th anniversary of the day Vladimir Lenin and his small band of  Bolshevik revolutionaries successfully staged an armed insurrection in Petrograd (now Saint Petersburg), overthrowing the weak provisional government that came to power when the Tsar abdicated power months earlier. Within a year the Romanov dynasty was destroyed, Tsar Nicholas II and his family executed, and Russian society irreparably altered. Imperial Russia was dead, and a classless, rapidl...
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In Case You Forgot, It’s Dangerous To Be The Opposition In Russia

  On October 2nd, a Russian court sentenced opposition leader Alexei Navalny to 20 days in prison after he was accused of violating a law on organizing public meetings. The charges, which can carry a maximum sentence of up to 30 days in jail, were in response to a major rally Navalny had planned to hold in Vladimir Putin’s hometown of Saint Petersburg on October 7th, the Russian president’s 65th birthday. His sentence of 20 days will prevent him from being able to attend his rally,...
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Washington, It’s Time to Start Worrying About Turkey

The Republic of Turkey has long been an important ally for the United States, occupying an extraordinarily strategic geographic location as the bridge between the Middle East and Europe. Established in 1923, Turkey was the successor to the Ottoman Empire, the majority of which had been split up between France and Great Britain in the aftermath of the First World War. Mustafa Kamal Atatürk, a military commander who had helped achieve an Ottoman victory at the Battle of Gallipoli, led the Turkish ...
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Why a Nuclear Iran isn’t the End of the World

     On July 14th, 2015, negotiations in Vienna on Iran’s nuclear weapons program came to an end, resulting in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The United States,  United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China, and the European Union had finally pressured the Islamic Republic into a diplomatic compromise with the hopes of preventing a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. The international sanctions regime, which prohibited the sale of Iranian oil and froze Iranian assets abroad,...
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