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  • Brussels attacks – Attentats de Bruxelles

    Brussels attacks – Attentats de Bruxelles

    At 8AM, local time, on Tuesday, March 22nd, Brussels was hit by twin attacks on both the international airport of Zaventem and the city metro. À 8 h, heure locale, mardi le 22 mars, Bruxelles a été la cible d’une attaque conjointe sur l’aéroport international de Zaventem et le service de métro de la ville.

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  • Central & South America Edition

    Central & South America Edition

    Overview In this March edition, Freedom Observatory looks at major issues in Central & South America, Mexico, and Cuba, including the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Zika, and […]

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  • Narcoculture: The Evolution of Narcocorridos

    Narcoculture: The Evolution of Narcocorridos

    The unimaginable violence Calderon’s War On Drug Cartels brought about has had significant repercussions on the cultural expressions of narcocultura. The new current of narcocorridos is characterized by hyper-violence as the lyrics speak of individuals who pride themselves in murdering on a whim, torturing to make ostentation of their power, using cocaine, and terrorizing the general population.

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  • Un vent de changement en Amérique du Sud?

    Un vent de changement en Amérique du Sud?

    Depuis le début des années 2000, l’Argentine et le Venezuela se sont beaucoup rapprochés, ce qui leur a d’ailleurs valu la dénomination d’ « Argenzuela ». La proximité des deux pays s’est développée en grande partie autour de la pétro-diplomatie vénézuélienne. Cette « amitié » s’est principalement exprimée par une série d’appuis économiques et politiques entre les deux pays, mais aussi par un certain mimétisme dans leurs discours populistes.

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  • Middle East and North Africa Edition

    Middle East and North Africa Edition

    In this February edition, Freedom Observatory covers major trends throughout the Middle East and North Africa Region including Tunisia post-revolution, Iran’s ascension, and French Cease Fire in Syria.

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  • By Antoine Taveneaux - Own work

    How Do We Protect The Rights And Freedoms Of All Canadians?

    The fight against ISIS, and battling things like honour killings and sharia zones are only half the battle. Along with fighting the terrorists themselves, we should also be fighting the reasons that lead people to adopt terrorism.

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  • Post-Revolution Tunisia and the Struggle for Individual Liberties

    Post-Revolution Tunisia and the Struggle for Individual Liberties

    Since the 2011 revolution, Tunisia has succeeded in ensuring fair elections, and taken considerable steps forward in guaranteeing increased freedom of association and expression. But while democratic progress is undeniable, little to nothing has changed in terms of personal liberties. From sexuality to religion, Tunisians are faced with state repression and coercion largely stemming from a draconian penal code. Five years after the revolution, the question remains: will Tunisians finally gain the freedom to live according to their convictions?

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  • Tunisian Activist

    Towards a Cultural Revolution: Whither Youth-Led Civil Society Activism in Tunisia?

    For many Tunisian youth who now work in civil society organizations (CSO) dedicated to the stated “values” and “goals” of the revolution, the 2014 election represents a “rotten compromise” or “neoliberal consensus”.

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  • An Introduction to Israel and Palestine

    An Introduction to Israel and Palestine

    While both sides have their victims and monsters, the focus should be on a pragmatic, peaceful resolution, rather than cycling through blame narratives.

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    Cybersecurity in the Middle East

    The term ‘cyberspace’ was only officially coined in 1982, and the battlefields of cyberspace are still being defined and shaped. Countries no longer act as silos, and it is vital that the Middle East tightens its security as what happens in that region affects the globe as a whole.

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