Macron’s Risky Strategy to Consolidate the Center

June 05, 2019

The recent European elections have triggered dramatic changes in French politics but, with a murky political landscape, no one can predict where they might lead. The year 2019 has turned out to be rich in pretexts for political predictions. While India managed to hold an election that produced...

Our Lady of Paris Finds Itself in a Quasi State

April 23, 2019

Holy week in Notre Dame de Paris got off to a catastrophic start, but the president and his ministers are there to raise our spirits, even if it’s hard to believe what they say. When Notre Dame cathedral in Paris caught fire on April 15, the number of associations in people’s minds as they...

The False Sense of Secularism Behind France’s Burkini Ban

August 26, 2016

France’s veiled prescription of what Islam should be is a poor guise of secularism for the country’s citizens and migrants. Burkinis are “not compatible with French values,” said Prime Minister Manuel Valls on August 17. He was defending the French mayors who have recently banned the...

Excuse Me, Why is Jesus White?

January 05, 2015

Jesus should look more Palestinian and less European to stop symbolizing the supremacy of the white man. As a child, I attended Christian schools. These institutions taught students well. Teachers were tough but cared. I remember one Mrs. Lobo constantly trying to get me to study. Both she and...

How to Solve the Problems of Europe’s Second Biggest Economy

October 30, 2014

The French are spending more money abroad than they are earning from abroad. I recently attended a conference that looked at France’s domestic economic situation, and the impact that has on the country’s global and European role. According to budgets published in October, France and Italy...

Implications of Morocco’s Bifurcated Educational System (Part 2/2)

March 17, 2014

One of Morocco's most pressing national problems is its high illiteracy rate. Moving on from part one, can we debate that the French system is only benefiting the middle- and upper-class in Morocco? The French system generally requires students to be in the classroom...

Implications of Morocco’s Bifurcated Educational System (Part 1/2)

March 14, 2014

One of Morocco’s most pressing national problems is its high illiteracy rate. In Morocco, policymakers have implemented several groundbreaking initiatives aiming to create educational programs to empower rural women. Despite progress in this realm, there are still ongoing tensions within the...