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Passage au crible

A short Critical Analysis of International Current Affairs


The intention of the critical analysis reports Passage au crible on international current affairs is to encapsulate and clarify the mechanisms of world affairs. Using a transnational approach, the reports are delivered in a concise and educational format each week proposing: 1) A brief and factual reconstruction of a significant event; 2) Historical context; 3) A theoretical framework which gives the non-specialist, with an interest in international relations, access to an approach which goes further than the simple empirical descriptive approach. 4) A specialist’s analysis; 5) A short bibliography providing key references – official documents, books, articles – by recognised specialists on the matter.

PAC 13 – When Needs Must The Conference on National Reconciliation for Afghanistan Held in London on 28th January 2010

By Hervé Pierre
Passage au crible n°13
“We must reach out to all of our countrymen, especially our disenchanted brothers, who are not part of al-Qaida, or other terrorist networks”, Hamid Karzaï declared before the delegates from 70 countries assembled in London on 28th January 2010. The reconciliation option was announced by the Afghan president as early as 2003, when it already distinguished between the good…

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PAC 12 – Dissenting From Academics and Politicians Global Dividends and Suspicions around Immunization Policies

By Clément Paule
Passage au crible n°12
The PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) should begin an investigation into the threat of false pandemics end of January 2010. In a motion voted on December 18, 2009, the Health Committee of this institution accuses the pharmaceutical industry and WHO (World Health Organization) experts of…

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PAC 10 – Towards a World Governance of Migrations The Global Forum on Migrations and Development (Athens, November, 2009)

By Catherine Wihtol de Wenden
Passage au crible n°10
During the first week of November 2009, the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and development took place in Athens, after Brussels in 2007 and Manila in 2008, on the same topic. It means a project of World Governance of Migration, associating departure and arrival countries, IGOs, NGOs, associations, trade unions, employers…

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PAC 9 – Towards an Infra-State Governance of Global Public Goods Regions in International Negotiations on Climate Change

By Simon Uzenat
Passage au crible n°9
Between 7th and 19th December 2009, Copenhagen was the scene of the 15th CP (Conference of the Parties) under the aegis of the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change). The aim was to adopt an internationally binding judicial instrument in order to 1) reduce global production of greenhouse gases…

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PAC 8 – Microfinance as a Vector of Social Development FOROLAC International Seminar Fortaleza, Brazil, December 7th-9th 2009

By Florent Bédécarrats
Passage au crible n°8
FOROLAC (Latin American and Caribbean Forum on Rural Finance) brings together roughly 350 microfinance institutions (MFIs) that together serve over 2.5 million users on the continent. In partnership with the Brazilian government, FOROLAC organized a seminar in December 2009 entitled Family farming, food sovereignty and rural financial systems: challenges and opportunities during…

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PAC 6 – A Child Labour, an Instance of North-South Violence 20th Anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child

PAC 6 – A Child Labour, an Instance of North-South Violence 20th Anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child

By Josepha Laroche
Passage au crible n°6
The international Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted on November 20, 1989 and has since been ratified by all the countries of the world excepting the United States and Somalia. This text recognizes “the right of the child to be protected from economic exploitation and from performing any work that is likely to…

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PAC 5 – Digital Coup, symbolical domination Google and the commercialization of digitized books

By Alexandre Bohas
Passage au crible n°5
Located in Mountain View, California, the Google Company imposed the supremacy of its search engine on the Internet within a few years. While it launched a mass digitization of books five years ago, it declared in October 2009 that it would commercialize them with the support of…

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