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[l] at 5/16/22 9:31am
It's almost two years since a huge explosion devastated Beirut's port. Since then, as journalist Emmanuel Haddad explains in this month's podcast, Lebanon's economic situation has got much worse, a political reckoning has failed to occur and many Lebanese have emigrated. In his article in the May edition of the paper (‘The urgent need to preserve Lebanon's past') Haddad writes about the efforts of people dedicated to excavating and processing their country recent past amid its present economic (...) - 2022/05 / Podcast, 2022/05 Lebanon

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[l] at 5/15/22 4:00pm
Alone among major democracies, the US political system reserves an outsized place for its Supreme Court. The announcement of President Joe Biden's first nomination to the Court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, won't change its conservative complexion. - 2022/03 / article
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[l] at 5/10/22 9:11am
‘The position of some countries on this war does not seek to defend the principles of freedom and democracy but their interests in maintaining the existing world order.' So wrote the influential Saudi daily Al-Riyadh, quoted by Alain Gresh in this month's issue, speaking for the countries of the Global South abstaining on the UN resolutions on Ukraine. Martine Bulard analysed the position of one such abstainer, China, which does not want to drop its alliances with either Ukraine or Russia. (...) - 2022/05 / perspective
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[l] at 5/9/22 4:00pm
China abstained from the UN resolution condemning Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But its stance in the conflict is more complex than unqualified support for Russia, despite their declaration of friendship. - 2022/04 / article, 2022/04 Russia/Ukraine
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[l] at 5/3/22 4:00pm
In the early 1960s France's far right showed its readiness to use violence and assassination to keep Algeria a part of France. It failed. Many of its crimes were forgiven and then quietly forgotten. - 2022/04 / article
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[l] at 5/3/22 4:00pm
Vladimir Putin's brand of authoritarianism has a pick-and-mix approach to ideology. But the greatest influence on his thinking has been a rightwing thinktank, the Izborsk Club. - 2022/04 / article, 2022/04 Russia/Ukraine, 2022/04 Izborsk
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:56am
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:56am
Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia and Ukraine have created separate, antagonistic narratives of their history. Both, however, reject their communist past. - 2022/05 / article
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:56am
In the 1990s, the planned closure of Alsace's potash mines gave rise to the idea of storing hazardous waste in galleries dug into the rock salt at a depth of around 550m under the town of Wittelsheim, near Mulhouse. ‘Back then, there was a need to repurpose mining sites,' says Frédéric Bierry, current President of the European Collectivity of Alsace, an administrative region created from a merger of the Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin departments. In 1997 the prefect of Haut-Rhin authorised the (...) - 2022/05 / article, 2022/05 nuclear waste
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:56am
President Macron sees nuclear power as a key part of the energy mix to tackle climate change. Plans are well under way to bury France's nuclear waste deep underground but, with the long-term dangers and the government's heavy-handed response to protests, opposition is growing. - 2022/05 / article, 2022/05 nuclear waste
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:56am
Colombia goes to the polls in May and could get its first ever leftwing government, led by Gustavo Petro. To succeed, it must end the old alliance of big business and organised crime; that is already the aim of the country's second city, Medellín. - 2022/05 / article
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:55am
Venezuela has been devastated by US-led sanctions, bringing poverty and hyperinflation to its people. Even if the war in Ukraine leads to their lifting, rebuilding the economy will not be easy. - 2022/05 / article
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:55am
Almost two years after the devastating explosion in Beirut's port district, Lebanon is in economic crisis and most people live below the poverty line. But a dedicated few are trying hard to conserve their country's cultural memory. - 2022/05 / article
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:55am
Since 2020 Mali's new military regime has distanced itself from France and got closer to Russia. French troops, fighting Al-Qaida and ISIS affiliates there since 2013, are now pulling out. - 2022/05 / article
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:55am
The war in Ukraine is massively disrupting the world's food system, blocking crucial grain exports from both Russia and Ukraine, and driving up prices. Importing nations are worried. - 2022/05 / article, 2022/05 Ukraine
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:55am
The US and the West claim Russia's war on Ukraine is a clash between democracy and autocracy. Elsewhere, past US military interventions, and self-serving failures to act, produce different conclusions. - 2022/05 / article, 2022/05 Ukraine
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:55am
France's moderate left and neoliberal right all but vanished in last month's presidential election, while support for a real left and radical right grew. Where does that leave Macron's project of ‘extreme centrism'? - 2022/05 / editorial
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[l] at 5/3/22 7:55am
The number of ‘special status' territories in the Middle East has grown in the last decade, mainly as a result of conflict. But ‘safe zones', an inevitable part of bigger geostrategic games, are often far from safe. - 2022/05 / article, 2022/05 ME
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[l] at 4/27/22 4:00pm
The media has a long history of demonising of social struggles. This stems both from ideological editorial decisions and more structural factors: the competition for clicks and views, the social profile of the media class, the capitalist structure of media groups that are nevertheless kept alive by public funding, a confusion between the freedom of media corporations and the right of citizens to be informed. The media criticism we run in Le Monde diplomatique suggests we consider information not as a commodity but s a collective good that should be free of censure both from the state and from the market. - 2022/04 / article, Dossier
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[l] at 4/25/22 4:00pm
Source: Jacques Leclerc, ‘L'aménagement linguistique dans le monde', Université Laval, Quebec - Caucasus / 2022/01 Transnistria

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[l] at 4/25/22 4:00pm
Transnistria, a pro-Russian breakaway state, wants to formalise its independence from Moldova. But in spite of its multi-ethnic national vision, its young people are tired of waiting and are leaving in droves. - 2022/01 / article, 2022/01 Transnistria

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