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The Ku Klux Klan, alive and kicking ?
by Guillaume LEFEVRE
The debate over immigration in the US might have prompted the resurgence of the KKK.
 

Can Ghana relaunch Pan-Africanism 50 years on?
by Nicolas CHEVET
On 6 March 1957, Ghana, a former British colony, became independent. Under its first president, Kwame Nkrumah, it paved the way for the emancipation of the black continent and the dream of a United States of Africa. Fifty years later, Ghana is once again at the head of the African Union, but times have changed.
 

Tribal minorities of Canada and India unite !
by Guillaume LEFEVRE
A leader of Canada’s indigenous Innu people has asked the government of India to learn from the mistakes of the colonial past, and help its own Jarawa community to survive.
 

"I fought for the flag, but the flag never fought for me"
by Sophie LEFRANC
In the U.S. nearly 200,000 veterans —many from the Vietnam war— sleep on sidewalks every night. Between 500 and 1,000 U.S. soldiers returning from Irak and Afghanistan are currently struggling with homelessness too.
 

Harvard names its first woman president
by Romain DONDELINGER
Harvard University, one of the most elite universities in the US, has nominated its first- ever woman president: Drew Gilpin Faust. This has re-kindled the heated debate about sexual equality at great institutions.
 

UK school weigh-ins challenged as obesity epidemic spreads
by Julie LE COZ & Nicolas TREVILLOT
Each year, obesity causes the premature death of some 30,000 people in the UK and costs the British economy over £2.5 billion.
 
Child-soldiers: the commitment of NGOs, politicians and movie stars but still a grim future
by Thomas BORDIER & Marie-Dominique BEAU
It is estimated that between 200,000 and 300,000 children under the age of 18 are currently involved in warfare as soldiers. They have been given front page treatment in international circles and media since the beginning of the year, but the recruiting and fighting still goes on.
 

Legal eavesdropping ?
by Romain DONDELINGER & Elodie LECADIEU
The Bush administration recently announced it would allow judicial review of the spying program secretly authorised by the President after the September 11 terrorist attacks. This move was welcomed by most lawmakers on Capitol Hill but raised a flurry of sensitive questions.
 

To stay, or not to stay ?
by Adeline MAUNOURY
The world’s largest aid operation in Darfur has been put on ice by the United Nations as violence and a lack of security threaten the lives of its workers. “To stay, or not to stay ?” that seems to be the question for many humanitarian agencies in conflict areas.
 

Star-Spangled Spanglish ?
by Benjamin SAFAR
In the American melting-pot, cultural identities mix in unexpected ways. Is Spanglish more than a by-product of this hybridisation process? A proper language or a dialect?
 

Looking for missing children in America
by Julie LE COZ & Nicolas TREVILLOT
According to the US Justice Department, about 800,000 children are reported missing each year. Who looks for them, how and for how long ?
 
Are apologies for past events useful or mere empty gestures ?
by Maud BRIZARD
For the past several years more and more politicians and public figures have thought it their duty to apologise for mistakes and crimes that took place decades or even centuries ago. Is this self-flagellation cathartic, or merely an empty gesture ?
 

Good British Food synonymous with Slow Food ?
by Florie VINCENT
Fast-food and ready-to-eat meals have been a staple of the British diet for decades, but will not remain so if the Slow Food Movement has its way: it has launched a gastronomic crusade to teach the British (and others) the joys of cooking and eating.
 

A big apple a day keeps trans-fats (and overweight problems) away.
by Romain DONDELINGER
The Big Apple is fighting the scourge of obesity. Mayor Bloomberg has introduced a ban on the use of trans-fats in restaurant cooking, a move that will radically transform how food is prepared in the kitchens of McDonald’s and (some) gastronomic restaurants alike.
 
On unexpected demographic trends in New Orleans, AIDS in Zimbabwe, and the SA/Australian climate club.
 

California’s Overcrowded Prisons Issue
by Katia LE CLAIR
California’s prisons have become so over-crowded that Governor Schwarzenegger issued an emergency declaration on 4 October 2006 which allowed him to transfer 2260 inmates to private prisons in Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Is this the right answer to the overcrowding crisis ?
 

“I'm hungry!”: food banks in the US and the UK
by Séverine ALAZARD
While obscene amounts of food are wasted daily in developed societies, food banks are often the only way for poor people to survive or for the working poor class to make ends meet.
 

Cameron's carrots vs. Asbos sticks
by Florie VINCENT
David Cameron, the Tory leader, wants to encourage good behaviour amongst British teenagers in order to promote responsibility rather than punishing bad-behaviour, as Asbos are currently designed to do.
 
Are British Youngsters to be feared ?
by Maud BRIZARD
Recent polls revealed that Britons were more and more afraid of their teenagers, but are youngsters the only ones to blame?
 
What age of consent for Irish teenagers ?
by Kristell ABIVEN
In Ireland, the average age at which sexual intercourse first takes place is 6 years earlier than predicted 40 years ago.* Should the Irish Parliament (Oireachtas) adapt the law and change the legal age of sexual consent?
 
Adoption in Britain: a long winding road.
by Alexia ROUX
The recent scandal sparked by Madonna’s high speed adoption of a Malawi baby has helped to highlight the many hurdles which normal UK would-be adopters have to overcome.
 

UK Disabled parking bays vs. the space invaders.
by Farid BOURKACHE
In the UK able-bodied drivers regularly invade disabled parking spaces. Numerous surveys and campaigns are now blowing the whistle.
 
On DNA tests for US visas, Scottish Independence, and history lessons in the British army.
 
South Africa speeds up the return of land to black citizens.
by Mélanie SEPTIER
In South Africa the government declared on 9 October 2006 that 2 white-owned farms would be seized and returned to black residents who were expropriated under apartheid.
 

All you really need to know about UK biometric ID cards.
by Pauline AUBEY
The implementation of the UK biometric national identity card – due for 2008 – has aroused violent controversy. What is more, it seems that few nationals are able to describe exactly what information it will contain and how it will work.
 
Death or Resuscitation : A Hard Choice.
by Maud BRIZARD
Who should decide if a patient who is dying should be resuscitated or not?
This is never an easy question to answer.
 

Stressed and depressed young Americans.
by Séverine ALAZARD
Teenage depression is a major public health issue in the US, and so are the treatments usually prescribed.
 
France: An Earthly Paradise for Britons?
by Anessa BOUCHENTER & Florie VINCENT
According to an ICM poll published in October 2006, one English out of five would have liked to have been born in France. Where does this infatuation for the French way of life come from?
 
Six of Cape Town’s libraries are threatened with closure.
by Véronique JULLIEN
Lack of funding and sufficient staff are currently providing South African governmental offices with great challenges: their libraries may become defunct. The city is trying to tackle the issue before it turns into a real crisis.
 
On costly US masonry, British work permits, and Ireland’s last chance agreement.
 

Creationism stirs up a debate about faith schools in the UK.
by Emily MOYENCOURT & Ludovic PELLETIER
As more than half of Americans believe in the Bible-based account of the world’s origins, the teaching of the Darwinian theory of evolution is jeopardized in more and more US schools. But creationism has now crossed the ocean and is creeping into UK’s classrooms.
 

India and selective abortion: a clash between tradition and justice?
by Aude BARGY & Deborah ADES
The Indian government has been trying to put an end to selective abortion, but traditions die hard particularly when supported by modern technology.
 

The results and shortcomings of the US Iraq reconstruction plan.
by Loïc JACQUARD & Romain BADOUARD
The last progress report on reconstruction work in Iraq is mixed. The Army corps is blamed for failing to handle vital health projects.
 
The fate of IRA / MI5 double agents
by Gauthier BOUCKENHOVE
Despite the official end of armed struggle in Ulster, there are still new casualties : alleged ‘touts’.
 
On ruffled black Americans, and Very Important Immigrants in Canada.
 

Being John Profumo; dying as the main protagonist of the greatest sex and politics scandal ever.
by Virgine CHABROL & Aurélie CHALVET
The former Secretary of State for War, whose affair with a 19-year-old prostitute precipitated his disgrace in 1963, died on March 9. An occasion to remember the “Profumo Affair.”
 

Differing definitions of state secrecy.
by Bernard EDWARDS
Reclassifying formerly declassified archives sounds like a thankless task. This recently discovered and highly controversial practice sheds light on the differences between the definition of national security in the Clinton and Bush administrations.
 
Abortion matters: women’s rights challenged in the US.
by Jean-Baptiste LUSIGNAN & Olivier ROUX
In an attempt to protect “the right to life”, South Dakota officials have passed a law that makes abortion illegal in their state, even in cases of rape or incest. In the global debate on women’s right to abort versus embryos’ right to live, this state has taken an extreme ideological and legal stance.
 
On Sikh knives in Canada and music as a torture tool in US jails.
 
The world’s largest democracy welcomes the world’s richest.
by Julie LE FOULER & Emilie MASSÉ
The renewed and strategic friendship between India and the US.
 
Censorship or respect? The Anglo-American media and the Muhammad cartoons.
by David PEUTAT & Elise EDY
Why did the British and American media decide not to publish the infamous cartoons?
 
Aboriginal languages endangered.
by Loïc JACQUARD
When celebrating the 8th International Day of the Mother Tongue, in Paris, on February 21, UNESCO stated that nearly half of the 6000 languages spoken in the world are under threat. In Australia, 90% of Aboriginal languages have already disappeared.
 
On Indian Valentines, the makeover of the British political system, internet ethics, and Nigeria’s wary neighbours.
 

Do all roads really lead to Rome?
by Christophe JAMOT
The next British Catholic Cardinal might be not only a convert but also a married man.
 
Will openly gay priests ever be able to spread the Gospel south of Dover ?
by Anne-Laure COZANNET
The Anglican Church is divided on the question of ordaining openly homosexual clerics.
 
The Canadian eldorado.
by Samir BENKHALFOUNE
Immigrants flock to a country where economic growth and social stability ensure that they are more than welcome.
 
On Arizona survival maps for wetbacks, UK-born Kiwis, ethical espionage and religious tolerance in British nurseries.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
 
Labour MP wants a public debate on the sensitive issue of first cousin mariages.
by Sughandi NADARADJANE
A great number of British Pakistanis are marrying their first cousins which dramatically increases the risks of having genetically diseased children.
 
How the death of a “dealer” shook the Australian nation.
by Bérangère MAILLET
Australia reaffirms its position on the death penalty after the execution of one of its citizens in Singapore.
 
Is Kenya sliding into dictatorship ?
by Magali PASQUALINI
After losing the referendum on the new constitution, President Kibaki and Kenya as a whole face a deep political crisis.
 
On Rural Exodus in India, Petro Politics in the Bronx, Presidential Cards and the Alleged ‘War on Christmas’.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
 
London’s boozing.
by Anne-Laure COZANNET
Will the new Licensing Act change or jeopardize British drinking culture ?
 

“I choose you above all others to share my life“
by Aure CAPLIEZ
One month to go before the first gay and lesbian couples are allowed to get “married” in the U.K.
 
The Price of Life and Grief.
by Bérangère MAILLET
Compensation: Anger and frustration for London terrorist victims.
 
On the Prisoners’ Right to Vote, the Views of Ugandan-born British Archbishop on Englishness and Multiculturalism, the American President’s triumph in Mongolia and the British Royals’ flop in America.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
 
The poorest are always the weakest.
by Anne-Laure COZANNET
The fate of illegal immigrants smuggled into Britain.
 
The Pacific solution: how to make a problem disappear without actually solving it
by Vincent MONDIOT
The immigration policy named “The Pacific solution” is approved by a majority of Australians, but condemned by pretty much everyone else.
 
Is India ready to fight?
by Sébastien DEMOUGEOT
A war has broken out between India and influenza. The battle is going to be tough. Both human and economic stakes are particularly high.
 
AIDS in South Africa : local initiatives vs official inertia
by Magali PASQUALINI
The Aids pandemic in South Africa is rampant. New initiatives to fight against the disease are more than welcome.
 
On the worldwide spy pandemic, panda diplomacy, pensioner terrorist, Mr England and the importance of being modest.
by Pauline LAVAGNE d'ORTIGUE
 

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