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A Ukrainian soldier checks a site destroyed by Russian forces on Aug. 7.
A Ukrainian soldier checks a site destroyed by Russian forces on Aug. 7.
Jean-Gabriel Fredet

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PARIS — What can Europe do after Kiev's desperate call for help in dealing with the invasion of Russian troops in eastern Ukraine, where separatists are gaining control? Let's leave aside for the moment the hypothesis of military aid. European defense doesn't exist. What's more, we run the risk of escalation — an imbalance that no one in the West seems disposed to take, given that Ukraine is not part of NATO.

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Real Fear, Fake Politics: How U.S. Gun Culture Looks To A Foreigner Living There

U.S. politics around gun control can be confusing to Americans but outright bewildering to foreigners living there. For Azahara Palomeque, a Spaniard who just left the U.S. after 12 years, the country is governed by a "necropolitics" that doesn't value life.

At a protest against gun violence in New York City

Azahara Palomeque

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MADRID — On the day of the massacre in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old boy gunned down 19 children and two of their teachers, I was at the Philadelphia airport, ready to leave the country that had been my home for more than 12 years. As I read the news from the boarding gate, I murmured "again, another f*cking time the same thing."

I prayed that the plane would take off as soon as possible and that the journey would make me forget not only that massacre but all the deaths that happen gratuitously in the United States on a daily basis, preventable were it not for the greed of its politicians, almost all sold to the big lobbies that finance their careers.

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