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iPads at school
iPads at school
Mehdi Atmani

GENEVA - Sami, age 7, is puzzled. On the screen of his iMac, a small Darth Vader orders him to conjugate verbs in the future tense. The boy hesitates at the first question. "You... will likes?" Darth Vader squeaks. Wrong! Sami pulls his grammar book out of his desk, checks it, and corrects his answer to "You will like," then goes on to the next question.

In the class next door, Régane pouts: Peter from Oxford will not be teaching the English class this morning. Instead, Deena from London will be taking the class, but it seems that she speaks faster and less distinctly than her colleague. Deena and Peter are high-tech teachers. From their desks in Britain, they ask questions to their little pupils in Ile-de-France. The lesson is given over the Internet.

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Our 'Emotional' Divide: How The Ukraine War Reveals A World Broken In Two

Russia's invasion has created a stark global divide: them and us. On one side are the countries refusing to condemn Moscow, with the West on the other. It's a dangerous split that could have repercussions far into the future.

Protesters against the war in Ukraine demonstrate in front of the Russian embassy in London

Dominique Moïsi

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PARIS — "The West and the Rest of Us." That's the title of a 1975 essay written by Nigerian essayist and critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. I've been thinking about his words as the war in Ukraine both reveals and accelerates divisions of the world that I believe are ultimately "emotional" in nature.

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With war returning to Europe and the risk of escalation, there is a gap between the Western view and that of the "others," a distinct "us and them." This gap cannot be explained in strictly geographical, political, and economic terms.

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