‘Bogus Refugees’

Canada is busily trying to deport a family of Hungarian Roma with a strong refugee claim. Why? Not entirely sure, considering that two of the family's children (who applied for asylum individually) were accepted but the parents were…
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The “Swedish Model”

Sweden is often seen as a beacon of tolerant social democracy and ethical capitalism. If you ask the Roma though, you might get a different story. Recently, the Swedish goverment released a white paper on the historical and modern…
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Weekly Roundup: March 21

The snow is finally melting and the sun is shining. Finally. Meanwhile, the McGill International Review keeps on publishing excellent student analysis and opinion on international politics. Sarah Firestone reports on IRSAM's…
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Weekly Roundup: March 14

March is in full swing and exams are coming. This roundup has a full two weeks of incisive and intriguing writing from the McGill International Review. Check it out! While Thailand's ongoing political crisis seems to be…
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Weekly Roundup: February 28

February is over, but the McGill International Review is still running strong. A fascinating interview with Oscar-nominated director Sara Ishaq, on the making of her film "Karama Has No Walls," life, and revolution in Yemen. Is…
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Weekly Roundup: February 21

As snow melts in Montreal and Canada cleans up at Sochi, the McGill International Review keeps on keeping on. Since the end of the Cold War, Vietnam has abandoned a strict communist system for liberalizing economic reforms. Yet, the…
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After Nasser, Nasser?

On the 3rd of July 2013, after a series of large protests across the country, the first democratically elected president of Egypt was deposed by the military. By some, this was understood as the bitter end to the Egyptian population’s…
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Weekly Roundup: February 7

The beginning of a new month, and international politics never stop moving. MIR, as always, is on top of it. Police brutality, uncaring politicians and ghettoizing walls are business at usual for the Roma of Eastern Europe.…
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Weekly Roundup: January 31

As January comes to a close and the bitterness of Montreal's winter seems to recede, MIR continues to publish. This week: Serbia finally officially began negotiations to join the European Union. Progress, right? According to…
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Weekly Roundup: January 24

One more week at the McGill International Review, with some very good articles. Has Canadian foreign policy lost its way since Lester Pearson and the Suez Crisis? Nicholas D'Ascanio thinks so. Read more about it here. Part two of two.…
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The Immigrant Tide Did Not Come In

For months, the British right, led by the Daily Mail, had moaned and screamed about the impending wave of immigrants coming from Bulgaria and Romania. These two countries, who recently saw restrictions on labour mobility and travel to the…
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Weekly Roundup: January 17

Another week, another news cycle, and more great analysis and opinion from MIR. Justice is not always clear as we'd like it to be, especially when it comes to human rights abuses and transitions to democracy. Under a religious…
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Weekly Roundup: January 10

A new semester for The McGill International Review, but the world keeps on turning. Starting this semester, the editorial board will be posting a weekly roundup of what we publish, to help readers stay up-to-date. This week: On "Ibn…
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Gogol Bordello, “Immigraniada”

This song and music video is fantastic, and jives with a lot of what I think about immigration and refugees. Forget about taxpayers for a minute, forget about bringing in temporary, exploited workers to meet "Canada's economic needs". What…
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Welcome to Opre Roma

Welcome to Opre Roma, the McGill International Review's blog on the Roma and Roma issues. The who-what? "Roma"? I get this question a lot. “Who are the Roma?” people ask. My response, grudgingly, is “Well, you might know them as…
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Welcome to Point/Counterpoint

There are no easy answers to the questions that dominate contemporary international relations. Each of us brings a unique background and a distinct set of priorities to the conversation, and more often than not, debate only makes matters…
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Welcome to Kan Ke

Welcome to Kan Ke (看客) or The Onlooker, the McGill International Review’s blog on the Far East. Lu Xun, an early 20th century Chinese writer, gave up his job as a doctor to articulate his idea of the “culture of the gaze”, or kanke…
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Welcome to Yugosphere

Is there anyone alive who can give a lucid, objective and unbiased account of Balkan history over the last 25 years? Does such a thing even exist? What is going on now? These are the questions that hang over the region Zlavoj Zizek…
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Welcome to Bolivar

Latin America has long captivated the hearts and souls of North Americans and Europeans with an inexorable, unrelenting and perhaps almost mystical fascination. From the pursuit of the golden city of El Dorado by the Spanish…
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MIR Interview: Amin Meleika

(Amin Meleika is the deputy assistant foreign minister for North American affairs at the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is currently Egypt's consul-general for Montreal, holding ambassadorial status and serving communities in…
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Welcome to Loon Calls

Welcome to Loon Calls, the McGill International Review’s blog on Canadian politics! Why Canada?  While Canada and its politics may be less “interesting” than those of most of the rest of the world, it is still an…
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The “Other War”

In his weekly, televised address from the Oval Office on September 7th, President Obama was quick to reassure the American public that his plans for Syria “would not be another Iraq or Afghanistan.” He recognized that the American…
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Welcome to Majapahit

Welcome to Majapahit, the McGill International Review’s blog on Southeast Asia!  Why Southeast Asia? Why Majapahit? Southeast Asia is a fascinating part of the world because of its staggering diversity. The Majapahit Confederacy…
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Welcome to Ibn Khaldun

Welcome to Ibn Khaldun (ابن خلدون), the McGill International Review’s blog on the Middle East. This blog will shed light on recent and ongoing developments in the Middle East. Ibn Khaldun thus aims to provide the reader with a…
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