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News-Decoder is an educational news forum for young people around the world. Our mission is to foster global understanding by building a borderless community of youth keen to expand their horizons, learn about international affairs and challenge their assumptions. News-Decoder is part of a French non-profit called Nouvelles-Découvertes. Its mission is to inform young people about international relations “with tolerance, objectivity and broad vision.”
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News-Decoder is an educational news service and forum for young people around the world. We make better global citizens.

Mission: To help build better global citizens

After World War II, France paid $6 billion to Jewish families who were sold out to the Nazis. Should reparations be paid...
11/06/2020
Do French descendants of slaves deserve reparations? - News Decoder

After World War II, France paid $6 billion to Jewish families who were sold out to the Nazis.

Should reparations be paid to the descendants of slaves who made France rich with their labor and lives?

Colonialists exploited slaves on the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique for two centuries. Should France pay reparations to their descendants?

Joyce Yang of Westover School in the U.S. state of Connecticut shares her grandmother's experience enduring confinement ...
11/06/2020
My elderly grandmother in China persevered during COVID-19

Joyce Yang of Westover School in the U.S. state of Connecticut shares her grandmother's experience enduring confinement alone in the Chinese city Tai’an.

If the COVID-19 pandemic persists, how can we help elderly individuals who live alone and have no family?

COVID-19 has hit the elderly hard and left many alone in confinement. But my grandmother in China has endured, even thrived, offering a lesson in tenacity.

Guest contributor Helen Womack provides readers with a multilayered story on how Hungary's populist Prime Minister Vikto...
10/06/2020
'Bad Boy' Hungary manages COVID-19 with tact

Guest contributor Helen Womack provides readers with a multilayered story on how Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has successfully handled the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ruled by a populist, Hungary is considered Europe's bully. But its prime minister has shown common sense in managing COVID-19.

We're excited to welcome St. Andrew's Episcopal School in the U.S. state of Mississippi and APBS: Avicenne Private Busin...
09/06/2020

We're excited to welcome St. Andrew's Episcopal School in the U.S. state of Mississippi and APBS: Avicenne Private Business School in Tunisia to News Decoder. They join our global network of schools -- 18 academic institutions spread across 10 countries.

We look forward to working with the students and educators at both schools this year.

As part of the latest round of stories compiled for the World Teenage Reporting project, launched to combat negative per...
09/06/2020
Worlds apart, youth tend to communities during COVID-19

As part of the latest round of stories compiled for the World Teenage Reporting project, launched to combat negative perceptions in the media about young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, students in New York and South Korea share how their peers have been helping their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Charles Gorrivan reports from Friends Seminary and Jennifer Lee from Westover School

To find out more about the World Teenage Reporting project and to read other stories submitted by teenagers, visit their website:

https://www.globalyouthandnewsmediaprize.net/project-world-teenage-reporting-pro

Youth around the world are fighting fake news and delivering groceries to the needy as they juggle online studies with community service during COVID-19.

Do you think Lebanon’s situation today is more precarious than during its civil war from 1975-1990?News Decoder correspo...
08/06/2020
Lebanon's economic meltdown eclipses COVID-19 danger

Do you think Lebanon’s situation today is more precarious than during its civil war from 1975-1990?

News Decoder correspondent Alistair Lyon reports on the economic crisis in Lebanon.

Lebanon has largely dodged COVID-19. But its finances are in tatters -- and so, too, its facade of prosperity. Disaster awaits.

News Decoder intern Dylan Carlson-Sirvent provides readers with a round-up of stories submitted to the World Teenage Rep...
05/06/2020
Here's proof that youth are helping fight COVID-19

News Decoder intern Dylan Carlson-Sirvent provides readers with a round-up of stories submitted to the World Teenage Reporting project, highlighting the inspiring initiatives led by teenagers around the world who want to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A third batch of stories in the World Teenage Reporting Project was released on June 4.

Reporting from around the world confirms that youth are using their creativity and energy to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

News Decoder is a media partner of The World Teenage Reporting project, which showcases young people making a difference...
05/06/2020
Project: Stories 3 | Youth&NewsMediaPrize

News Decoder is a media partner of The World Teenage Reporting project, which showcases young people making a difference during #covid19. They've just launched their third and final showcase of youth voices around the world.

Teenage journalists worldwide tell the untold stories about how how their peers are helping during COVID-19 pandemic.

News Decoder intern Angela Gu shares how she and her friends are helping people stay in touch with loved ones, raise mon...
04/06/2020
Our 'zine' offers a creative antidote for COVID-19

News Decoder intern Angela Gu shares how she and her friends are helping people stay in touch with loved ones, raise money for charity and support local artists with their online zine Social Distanziner.

Has COVID-19 changed how you connect with outside communities?

We were students seeking solace from COVID-19. Then, with a burst of artistic creativity, an online 'zine' was born.

Why has the practice of female genital mutilation increased during the COVID-19 lockdowns and how is this different from...
03/06/2020
COVID-19 lockdowns spur female genital “cutting”

Why has the practice of female genital mutilation increased during the COVID-19 lockdowns and how is this different from what happened during the last pandemic, Ebola?

News Decoder correspondent Lizan Nijkrake reports on how economic consequences of the pandemic are contributing to increased instances of FGM.

The world was making progress in curbing female genital mutilation, a rite of passage to womanhood in many countries. COVID-19 is setting back those efforts.

News Decoder correspondent Jonathan Sharp examines how Beijing's proposed security framework for Hong Kong calls into qu...
01/06/2020
Hong Kong and China: One country, one system?

News Decoder correspondent Jonathan Sharp examines how Beijing's proposed security framework for Hong Kong calls into question Hong Kong’s status as an international financial and commercial hub.

Hong Kong youth are protesting again against the city's rulers in China. The stakes are sky-high for the world's economy and, potentially, security.

Beijing has decided not to set an economic growth target this year for the first time in decades. Does this signal a shi...
29/05/2020
China prioritises employment over GDP growth in coronavirus recovery

Beijing has decided not to set an economic growth target this year for the first time in decades. Does this signal a shift away from energy intensive infrastructure projects in China?

For further reading on climate change and COVID-19, check out News Decoder correspondent Sue Landau's story:

https://news-decoder.com/2020/05/19/will-covid-19-help-the-fight-against-climate-change/

Climate watchers are cautiously hopeful Beijing will not turn to polluting infrastructure to rebuild the economy, but specific assurances are lacking

"It was 1988, and the Russians wanted to get out of Afghanistan, just as the Americans do today in 2020." News Decoder c...
28/05/2020
Walking with the mujahideen in Afghanistan

"It was 1988, and the Russians wanted to get out of Afghanistan, just as the Americans do today in 2020."

News Decoder correspondent Ben Barber looks back to 1988, when he was a journalist reporting from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as the Soviets were leaving the region after a nine-year war, and how this history has implications for the recent peace pact between the U.S. and Taliban.

I was in Afghanistan when mujahideen guerrillas fought Soviet invaders. Three decades later, security remains precarious and peace a distant dream.

Will the COVID-19 pandemic induce you to reduce your carbon footprint in the future?Dylan Carlson-Sirvent provides reade...
27/05/2020
Will COVID-19 help the fight against climate change?

Will the COVID-19 pandemic induce you to reduce your carbon footprint in the future?

Dylan Carlson-Sirvent provides readers with the key takeaways from last week's webinar with top environmentalist Tom Burke of E3G - Third Generation Environmentalismvironmentalism and students from Pace Academy in the US and Gimnasio Los Caobos in Colombia.

Want to ensure the impact of COVID-19 on the environment slows climate change? Then be sure to vote, a top environmentalist tells a News Decoder webinar.

What is important to you for nurturing your own children or future children? Pediatrician Michelle Ward reports for News...
26/05/2020
Cuddling your baby strengthens their health for life

What is important to you for nurturing your own children or future children? Pediatrician Michelle Ward reports for News Decoder on why contact and touch is so important for our health.

Dalla Lana School of Public Health

We've long known that a mother's love can mould a child's behaviour. Holding the baby can improve its health for life, research now shows.

As News Decoder approaches its fifth birthday, we talked to four former interns about their time in Paris, what they lea...
25/05/2020
News Decoder interns: Spreading insight and amity

As News Decoder approaches its fifth birthday, we talked to four former interns about their time in Paris, what they learned at News Decoder and their plans for the future.

They have helped shape News Decoder from the start five years ago. Meet our far-flung interns.

News Decoder intern Dylan Carlson spoke with IJNET about the role young people are playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
25/05/2020
International Journalists' Network (IJNet)

News Decoder intern Dylan Carlson spoke with IJNET about the role young people are playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When social distancing regulations began, young people were perceived to be unruly. But for many, that’s not the case at all. The World Teenage Reporting Project COVID-19 highlights all the ways teenagers are helping during the pandemic through the reporting of student journalists.

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Youth will be bear much of the economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are two potential silver linings for th...
22/05/2020
Youth can dodge COVID-19's economic blow

Youth will be bear much of the economic cost of the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are two potential silver linings for those on the verge of entering the job market according to News Decoder correspondent Tiziana Barghini.

The economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will fall mainly on youth. Here are ways young people can mitigate the impact as they ponder the future.

Yesterday, guest expert Tom Burke, Chairman and Founding Director of Third Generation Environmentalism, spoke with stude...
21/05/2020

Yesterday, guest expert Tom Burke, Chairman and Founding Director of Third Generation Environmentalism, spoke with students from Pace Academy in the U.S. and Gimnasio Los Caobos in Colombia in a News Decoder webinar on the outlook for efforts to curb global warming once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

Far away from home in an unfamiliar culture, communicating in a new language, School Year Abroad - SYA student Sonia Goy...
20/05/2020
Mom and Madre: Different cultures, similar values

Far away from home in an unfamiliar culture, communicating in a new language, School Year Abroad - SYA student Sonia Goyle discovered there were more similarities than differences between her mother in the U.S. and her host mother in Spain.

An American in Spain, I learned that different cultures and distance could not mask the similar values of my two Moms.

News Decoder intern Dylan Carlson Sirvent was interviewed by International Journalists' Network (IJNet) about his work w...
19/05/2020
Young journalists band together to report stories of teens helping during the pandemic

News Decoder intern Dylan Carlson Sirvent was interviewed by International Journalists' Network (IJNet) about his work with the World Teenage Reporting project, an initiative launched to showcase what young people around the world are doing to help their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In March, 18-year-old Dylan Carlson began an internship at News Decoder, a global educational news service for young people. Later that month, European countries began implementing lockdowns to combat COVID-19. The France-based outlet advised its staff to work from home.

Are we living in an interregnum, or interval, between fossil fuels and green energy sources? News Decoder correspondent ...
19/05/2020
Will COVID-19 help the fight against climate change?

Are we living in an interregnum, or interval, between fossil fuels and green energy sources? News Decoder correspondent Sue Landau reports in today's story.

COVID-19 has put a lid on carbon emissions, and some experts think it could eventually help slow climate change.

While some would like to see profound change in a post-COVID world, some industries, like the film industry, are hoping ...
18/05/2020
Will COVID-19 change our lives fundamentally?

While some would like to see profound change in a post-COVID world, some industries, like the film industry, are hoping for a speedy return to normal.

News Decoder correspondent Robert Holloway looks at the different effects the global health crisis is having on society.

For many, COVID-19 has turned the world upside down. Can we expect the global crisis to stir profound change?

Teens: Manage your stress during COVID-19!
15/05/2020
Teens: Manage your stress during COVID-19!

Teens: Manage your stress during COVID-19!

Because the COVID-19 pandemic can be traumatic, young people need to set self-care plans to manage stress and keep their immune systems strong.

News Decoder correspondent Barry Moody reflects on Britain's responses to wars and disasters in recent history, and how ...
15/05/2020
What history teaches Britain in the COVID-19 era

News Decoder correspondent Barry Moody reflects on Britain's responses to wars and disasters in recent history, and how the current global health crisis is testing British exceptionalism.

A sense of exceptionalism served Britain well in world wars, but COVID-19 has exposed the dangers of going it alone.

"Media by young people for young people can be so powerful, and I'm thrilled to join News Decoder's team this summer!"Me...
14/05/2020

"Media by young people for young people can be so powerful, and I'm thrilled to join News Decoder's team this summer!"

Meet Angela Gu, News Decoder's summer intern! Angela has experience working with student publications and is passionate about creating opportunities for emerging writers. She is currently a law student pursuing the combined JD/MBA degree at the University of Toronto, where she completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts. She speaks some French, some conversational Mandarin, and she is learning Spanish and Italian through travel and song.

Welcome to the team, Angela!

Inconsistencies between separate but overlapping approaches to the pandemic in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland h...
14/05/2020
Could COVID-19 speed a reunited Ireland?

Inconsistencies between separate but overlapping approaches to the pandemic in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have led to calls for a unified approach to the problem.

News Decoder correspondent Colin McIntyre looks at what this could mean for unification on the island in the future.

COVID-19 has prompted different responses in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. Will the pandemic make eventual reunification of the island more likely?

Chadwick School Student Ambassador Sage Silberman reports on what California is doing to help the homeless during the CO...
13/05/2020
Homeless in Los Angeles exposed to COVID-19 - News Decoder

Chadwick School Student Ambassador Sage Silberman reports on what California is doing to help the homeless during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thousands of homeless in Los Angeles are finding it hard to shelter in place during the COVID-19 pandemic despite authorities' efforts.

Congratulations to the winners of News Decoder's seventh Storytelling Contest!Read more about the winners and the storie...
13/05/2020

Congratulations to the winners of News Decoder's seventh Storytelling Contest!

Read more about the winners and the stories that made them stand out to our three-person jury! https://bit.ly/2Asdv7L

Charles Gorrivan of Friends Seminary and Claire Wang of School Year Abroad - SYA share first prize for their stories on COVID-19.

Runners up are Daisy Lawrence of The Thacher School, Ryan Rothman of Chadwick School and Charlie Gorrivan for a second story submitted to the contest.

Lockdown in densely populated cities like London has helped many city residents appreciate the value of connecting to na...
12/05/2020
Nature rears its head as COVID-19 shuts down cities

Lockdown in densely populated cities like London has helped many city residents appreciate the value of connecting to nature.

Would you like to see some aspects of the COVID-19 lockdown and its effects on nature continue? What in particular?

Lockdown has enticed many species into suddenly quiet cities and thrust nature's beauty to the fore. Will COVID-19 help the fight against climate change?

Who will repay the debt from government spending during the COVID-19 pandemic? Josephine Wong and Marina Eckersley repor...
11/05/2020
COVID-19 clouds young people's economic future

Who will repay the debt from government spending during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Josephine Wong and Marina Eckersley report on how future economic conditions are worrying young people.

Dalla Lana Fellowship in Global Journalism

Governments have spent huge sums to support societies during the COVID-19 pandemic, and young people are worried they will end up paying the economic price.

Christina MacCorkle of The Thacher School spoke with six young people to hear how they're managing their time in lockdow...
07/05/2020
Coping while COVID-19 kills and anxiety prevails

Christina MacCorkle of The Thacher School spoke with six young people to hear how they're managing their time in lockdown as well as the stress and anxiety that comes with it.

If you are in lockdown, how are you managing to cope with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic is sowing anxiety around the world. Here's how six young people are coping with stress as they face an uncertain future.

Those with weakened immune systems — the immunocompromised — know all too well the difficulties of isolation. Ryan Rothm...
06/05/2020
For the immunocompromised, isolation is nothing new

Those with weakened immune systems — the immunocompromised — know all too well the difficulties of isolation.

Ryan Rothman, News Decoder's Student Ambassador at the Chadwick School in California, reports on how the COVID-19 lockdown measures are some people's normal.

Isolation is nothing new for the immunocompromised. Their weakened immune systems have prepared them for COVID-19 lockdown.

Philippa Lewis of La Jolla Country Day School discusses how today’s protest music has changed her outlook on issues rang...
05/05/2020
Protest songs helped me understand taboo issues

Philippa Lewis of La Jolla Country Day School discusses how today’s protest music has changed her outlook on issues ranging from race to mental health.

Has any song ever provided you with insight into a political or social issue?

Gun violence, racism and mental health are issues we should care about, but they aren't always easy to discuss. Music can help.

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