Tonight’s vote was not only a victory for Macron. It was also a normalization of a party that for much of its existence has belonged to the lunatic fringe.
Laura Dean is a journalist reporting from the Middle East and Europe. Previously, she was the Senior Middle East Correspondent for GlobalPost, writing from Egypt and other parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Dean formerly worked as an election observer with with the Carter Center in Tunisia and Libya and served on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington, DC. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Slate.com, Foreign Policy, The London Review of Books blog and The Globe and Mail, among other publications. Dean grew up in Bahrain and graduated from the University of Chicago. She speaks French and Arabic.
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A look at Calais’s migrant camp, an informal settlement which is currently home to around 6,000 migrants as they wait to try to get to England illegally
“They had thrown his corpse in the garbage. His genitals were cut off and a piece of his throat was ripped out…One of the tortures they used on him was a very strong glue to close his anus, after which he was given a laxative causing diarrhea that killed him.”
Two forbidden passions, not a love triangle but a pentagon, murderous militias, acid poisoning, an indecent proposal—the stories of five gay and lesbian Iraqis’ escape from their home country sound like the stuff of tawdry melodrama. And yet it all happened.
Syrian refugees face unexpected challenges in integrating to existing Franco-Arab communities.
An interview with Johan Berckmans, a police commissioner in Molenbeek, Brussels.
BRUSSELS, Belgium—As the escalator rises out of the Molenbeek subway station, the first sounds you hear are children laughing and calling out to one another. With entrances to the metro at either end of a row of townhouses, you are left with the unlikely impression of a village square. Here young children ride bicycles and teach each other to balance on hover boards. Older men play cricket, some in button-down shirts, some wearing South Asian salwar kameez. A younger boy practices bowling (that’s “pitching” in cricket) as he watches them.