Donald Trump declares he is against late-term abortion

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Donald Trump criticized last week the late-term interruptions of pregnancy. His goal is to rally support beyond his most conservative base before the 2020 elections.

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Donald Trump anti-abortion in third semester
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Trump wants to deliver a new battle: the one over abortion. The President of the United States plans to attack late-term interruptions of pregnancy. In his speech of last Tuesday evening, Donald Trump attacked a law that has been recently adopted by the state of New York. He declared that this law “will pull a baby from the womb of his mother just before birth”. He added that he wants to “defend the dignity of each person”.

Despite their rarity, late interruptions of pregnancy give rise to strong reprobation. According to a Gallup poll, 60% of Americans believe that abortion must be legal in the first trimester of pregnancy, but the proportion drops to 28% in the second quarter and 13% in the third.

Donald Trump apparently chose the perfect time before next elections to address this subject. Even if the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973 and 57% of Americans are in favor of abortion, this subject divides a lot. Jo-Renee Formicola, a politic-sciences teacher explains that Donald Trump already has a lot of support among Evangelicals and Catholics. 59% of Republicans consider that abortion should be illegal and 76% of Democrats think the opposite.

Abortion might be the topic that divides the United States the most.

Pauline Knaff, IEJ2C


NBA: The Sixers’s “Big Four” is already impressive!

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After Denver, the “Brand new Sixers” just won their second big game by taming the Los Angles Lakers at home (143-120) under the pulse of their starters Joel Embiid (37 pts) and the newcomer Tobias Harris (22pts). After their two big wins, Philadelphia seems to be ready to lead the East. 

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The club with its recent transfer is ready for the coming season.
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The Sixers adaptation phase is going well for Tobias Harris. He was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers last week before the trade deadline. He is already effective with 22 pts scored, 9 of 14 shooting for his second game with Philadelphia.

Harris was not the only one to shine against LeBron James (18 pts 10 rbs 9 ast). The Cameroonian Joel Embiid walked on the opposing paint the whole evening. He finished with 37 points, and missed just four shots during the game. The shooter J. J. Reddick added 21 points, Jimmy Butler 15 and Ben Simmons with just 8 points and 7 assists. The Australian player is the one who suffers the most (individually speaking) from Harris’s arrival.

A new team that can compete the best one

It’s maybe the best association in the East, if they can find a good alchemy among these four superstar players. They have perhaps a poorer dynamic than Milwaukee or Toronto. But the Sixers are the most promising team.

Philadelphia has good chance this year to go to the NBA Finals, with this new impressive team built during the trade period last week. They added new players calibrated to compete stronger teams, like Boston, Toronto or Milwaukee. Indeed Tobias Harris is a good shooter who can take the important decision and Boban Marjanovic, 7’3″ tall, is a good option to capture rebounds. Brett Brown the Sixers’s coach who has without a doubt the best center of the NBA, Joel Embiid, can compete his first NBA Finals this spring.

Hugo Minassian, IEJ2C

Jeff Sessions: Demonstrations After the Firing

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After president Trump’s firing of attorney general Jeff Sessions, more than 6,000 people marched from Times Square to Union Square in New York Thursday evening  in order for the special counsel, Robert Mueller to be allowed to continue his investigation on Russia.

Jeff Sessions announced his resignation, in a one-page letter to the President, on 7 November because of the President’s personnel shake-up after the midterm results. He mentioned that he announced his resignation in line with the demand of Trump. However, a one-time US attorney said that it was not sure if this can be considered as a dismissal or not, and that it would not be a resignation if the court of justice inferred that it was the case.

An organizer of the demonstration, Shannon Stagman, said “Jeff Sessions was fired as attorney general, and we strongly believe it’s part of a larger plan to start discrediting the Mueller investigation.” Adding to that, an organizer of another demonstration on Long Island said “I think it (the firing of Jeff Sessions) puts the Mueller prove in jeopardy, and I think if he has nothing to hide, let it go to its conclusion.”


Aoi Kawasaki IEJ 3E Groupe2

Important greements reached during Trump’s visit to China

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Donald Trump congratulated himself for obtaining $ 250 billion in commercial contracts during his visit to China. In reality, Beijing does not commit to anything new or nearly so.

Trade was at the heart of these meetings. The $ 250 billion deal is “a miracle”, says Chinese Trade Minister Gao Hucheng. To this, must be added the 20 contracts already signed Wednesday for a total of 9 billion dollars.

These contracts include the oil sector, internet, automotive, and aeronautics. Other beneficiaries of these agreements include Caterpillar, General Electric and Qualcomm, one of Apple’s suppliers.

Doing business with China was Donald Trump’s priority. He has come to China with a delegation of nearly 40 contractors. The American president wants to believe that these economic agreements will really change the situation. His entourage assures that this will create 12,000 jobs in the United States and reduce its trade deficit by $ 10 billion each year.

But this impressive figure of $ 253 billion is to be put into perspective. First, because these contracts had been under discussion for months, they were just waiting to be unveiled. Then, because some of them are not binding, which means that they may never be realized.

Moreover, on the bottom of the problem, the opening of the Chinese market to foreign companies, Xi Jinping did not announce anything concrete.

Valentin Dechambre IEJ 3E

Donald Trump’s Election: Michelle Obama offended of Ape in heels

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According to the Washington Post, an American elected representative of the State of Virginia Pamela Ramsay Taylor has violently offended Michelle Obama. She described the First Lady as an “Ape in heels”, a convicted act which obliged her to leave her elected representative’s post. A racial insult which takes place only one week after the election of the republican Donald Trump. 

The election of the populist billionaire Donald Trump in the American presidential race woke the low instincts of some of his fellow countrymen, who do no longer hesitate  to utter openly racist, anti-semitic, islamophobic or homophobic insults. One of the first ones to pay the price for it is Michelle Obama. Pamela Ramsay Taylor an American elected representative of the State of Virginia compared the current first lady with the future first lady Melania Trump who should take a place in the White House in January. The insult took place on the Facebook page of the American elected representative.  A public declaration which forced her to leave her post.

“It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House. I’m tired of seeing an Ape in heels.”

Pamela tried to defend herself, explaining to the media that her intention was not to be racist, that she was merely expressing a “personal opinion on the attractiveness of a person”, not on the skin color.

In the Clay’s county, according to the last census, 98 % of the inhabitants are white. If the racist aggression had not been spread outside, it would not have made so much scandal. What other surprises will occur with Donald Trump’s election ?


Morgane Bouvier, IEJ 3F

Donald Trump’s first interview

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The president-elect Donald Trump gave his first interview broadcast on CBS on Sunday. It was for him the occasion to explain the first mesures that he wants to use.

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He  also confirmed, as he promised during his campaign, that he didn’t want to get his salary as President: 400.000 dollars per year.

Illegal immigration

He annonced that he wanted to deport between 2 and 3 million of immigrants who have a criminal record. It’s less than he announced during his campaign, when he said that he would throw out 11 million people in a irregular situation: “What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, […] we have a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate.”

Women’s rights

The future president proclaimed that he woud choose a “pro-life” juges, but still maintain the law which authorizes gay marriage.
Asked on the possible abrogation of the Second Amendment, which considers abortion as a constitutional right, he declared that maybe some women will go to a another state to abort.

Demonstrations against Trump 

All these mesures are, among other things, the reason why, since his election, a lot of “Against-Trump” demonstrations are taking place in the USA. In big cities like New York a lot of people take to the street to protest.
But for the next president of the USA, there is only one possibility as Lesley Stahl said during the interview: “Now you’re not scared, but there are people, Americans, who are scared and some of them are demonstrating right now, demonstrating against you, against your rhetoric.” To which Donald Trump answered : “That’s only because they don’t know me.”

Juliette Fel, IEJ3F




Donald Trump President : reactions of French politicians

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In the morning, the victory of Donald Trump in the presidential election of the United States was formalized. The Republican has won against the favorite Democrat Hillary Clinton, which activated a wave of reactions of French politicians.

The first reaction which marked the results of the election in France is the declaration of Marine LePen before the official result. The president of the National Front has congratulated the Republican even before his victory was officially confirmed and the American people who she declared  “free”. Her premature reaction has irritated the French who still believed in Clinton’s victory. The former president of the French Republic Nicolas Sarkozy, explains that the victory of Trump “expresses the refusal of a unique thought of the American people”. A declaration that leaves no one indifferent and sobering about the upcoming French elections.

On the other side Jean-Pierre Raffarin former prime minister, who was never partisan of Trump,  dreads that the scenario of his election repeats in the next spring in France, on the occasion of the presidential election. The far-left militant Jean-Christophe Cambadélis warns the left party : “The Left is warned! Let us continue our irresponsible childish acts and it will be Marine Le Pen.” The last one to express his reaction about the victory of Trump was François Hollande. The President of the Republic congratulated Donald Trump for his election, “as it is natural between two democratic heads of state”. He considered that this result was opening “a period of uncertainty”.

The election of Donald Trump has not only enlivened the country of the United States, it has also created a climate of fear about the France of tomorrow.

Morgane Bouvier, IEJ3F

US Primaries: Clinton and Trump defeated in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin_in_United_States.svgBoth favorites for the presidential run have been outscored in Wisconsin, respectively by Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz.

On the Republican side, Ted Cruz gathers 48.3% of the votes whereas «only » 35.1% gave their voices to the rich businessman, Donald Trump. Thanks to this victory, Cruz slows Trump in his will to get an absolute majority of delegates before July. According to Cruz, things are going to be much different : « I’m more and more convinced that we will gather the 1,237 delegates required to win the Republican investiture ».
On the other hand, Sanders also beats Clinton quite easily with 56.5% of the Wisconsin voters. Clinton, with 43.2%, is once again unfortunate facing a young population.
Despite these bad series of results for the two favorites, which could be seen as a momentum swing, they still remain untouchable for some time, even for their closest opponents.

Next stop will be in Wyoming, where we will see things even clearer between the possibility of an incredible comeback by one of the outsiders or a comfortable win for the presidential favorites. Answer tomorrow !

Shady MENARD, IEJ 1 bis.

Possible death of ISIS’ executioner, “Jihadi John”

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“Jihadi John”



US officials have claimed victory after possibly killing the British executioner Mohammed Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John”, during a airstrike in Syria.

The Pentagon has not officially confirmed his death but some military sources said it is certain at “99 per cent”.

On Thursday night, US army conducted an airstrike in the very heart of the Islamic State’s Syrian capital, Raqqa. One of the main objectives of this strike was to reach the British terrorist. “If this strike was successful – and we still await confirmation of that – it will be a strike at the heart of ISIS,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said.

As a reminder, Mohammed Emwazi is known for beheading several people in front of a camera, like American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, or British humanitarian workers David Haines and Alan Henning. Every time, he was wearing long black clothes, his face hidden, with a knife in his hand. Since these events, Mr Emwazi was at the top of the UK government’s “kill list”.

Most of the victims’ families claimed for Emwazi to be captured alive, saying, for instance, he didn’t deserve an “honourable” death, as Mr Haines’ widow stated. Unfortunately, it seems US army decided not to take any risk trying to catch “Jihadi John”.

Maxime Dubois, IEJ3E Group 2

“No you can’t” say American Citizens

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The democrats led by Barack Obama got wiped out of the Senate after the midterm elections that occured last night.  The Republicans took over the Senate by gaining 7 seats and will now be holding 52 seats (against 45 for the Democrats). They also obtained the majority of the House of Representatives.

President Obama preparing to face new hardships.
President Obama preparing to face new hardships.

Barack Obama’s sphere of action will clearly be impacted by the massive anti-democratic vote that befell last night. The Republicans had not taken over the Senate since 2006.

This midterm election is historic in another way: it is the first time that a Republican African-American gets elected in the South since 1870. Tim Scott, newly-elected senator of South Carolina, said yesterday: “I think it says a lot about South Carolina and the evolution we have undergone in the last 50 years. If you look for a state with the most progress in the history of this country in the shortest period of time, look at South Carolina. We have a lot to be proud of” (from The Guardian).

As for Barack Obama, this is yet another setback after his controversial health care plan, which the Republicans fought fiercely at the time. His approval ratings have reached an all-time low at 44% (according to USA today).

Obama’s remaining two-year mandate promises to be eventful and difficult for the native of Honolulu.


Thomas Choukroun, IEJ3F