For the first few hours in the camp, I was scoping out potential design related modifications to make the refugees’ stay more… adequate? I had come expecting to experience a eureka moment: “I’m going to make this camp so much better, good Design will solve the refugee crisis!”. Boy was I wrong.
It makes every last member of the Académie Française fly into a panic, but the truth, hélas, is that English, not French, is today’s universal language. Tongue of technology, patois of the 20th and 21st centuries, dominant more than any other language in history, English is omnipresent in the mouths and minds of much of humankind. You’d think that would put native Anglophones at a huge advantage. But I'm here to tell you that it does not.
I have been always very careful to which of my French friends I would reveal my spiritual search. For in this country, spirituality and religion are very much a private matter. Why is this topic to be handled with care? Today’s France is a society firmly entrenched in the separation of church and state. And the rocky road to a secular republic has taken a few centuries to achieve.
For expats whose jobs, spouses or dreams brought them to France, 2015 was a year when one could legitimately wonder whether the pleasures of life in this country were going to be compromised by the increasingly alarming trajectory of violence, and tension, which resulted from the attacks of January and November. The refrain of "they shall not win" could not eradicate a general feeling of unease felt by many Parisians, and not only expats, in the weeks after November 13.
Isabelle Risacher Moogalian is a bicultural coach whose life aboard a peniche on the Seine seemed idyllic with American-born husband Mark Moogalian, until they were victims of an attempted terrorist attack on a Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris. Seconds after Mark wrenched the automatic weapon from the hands of the attacker he was shot in his back as he tried to get away.
In the aftermath of the recent attacks on Paris, Christophe Gadenne, a former French police officer and currently a security consultant, shares some insights into the battle against criminals from the perspective of local law enforcement officers.
How many of us see and feel the veil of pollution that all too often hangs over Paris, dulling the city of lights? What does mandatory alternative driving tell you about the air we breathe? What can the upcoming COP 21 Conference do about it?
We are witnessing the largest refugee crisis since World War 2. Why are people leaving home, with no more than a backpack and a passport in a ziplock bag, to risk their lives at sea? And why should you care?