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User Profile: Samantha Nzessi

About Samantha Nzessi
I grew up in France and in California. I recently graduated with a MS in translation from NYU. I love everything about culture: what people read, eat, how they interact with one another, etc. I am excited to be contributing to this original website!

This user has submitted 37 translations to Watching America.

What Trump Tells Us about Our Democracy

November 26, 2016 // L'Obs - France - French

Donald Trump, because he has the majority of Congress at his disposal, will probably continue to divide American society, to rob the people of their voice and to bring his internal and external enemies to trial. The world according to Trump is only just beginning to threaten our values. [Read more]

The Progress that Hillary Clinton Represents

August 24, 2016 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

<i>Clinton is part of a despised establishment. Her nomination as the Democratic Party’s presidential candidate signifies extraordinary cultural progress in American political life.</i> Trustworthy? Listening to her husband, Bill, her daughter, Chelsea, and President Obama paint a portrait of her as a socially [Read more]

California: Minimum Wage Paradise

April 17, 2016 // L'Humanité - France - French

<i>The largest American state, eighth-largest economy in the world, will institute a minimum hourly wage of $15 per hour.</i> Holly Dias was moved as she rested her shoulder on Jerry Brown, who took her in his arms. The Burger King employee and the governor of the most powerful state in the USA — good enough for [Read more]

Trump Embarrasses the Republicans

September 8, 2015 // Les Échos - France - French

<i>Donald Trump's harmful statements are forcing the Republican candidates to become more radical to the detriment of the heads of the party.</i> For a long time, the Republicans appeared divided in the face of the war machine put in place by Hillary Clinton on the Democrats’ side. As of now, an inside enemy is [Read more]

The Necessary Risk of Dialogue

August 13, 2015 // Le Devoir - Canada - French

<i>The Vienna deal on Iran’s nuclear program does not erase 35 years of hostility between Washington and Tehran, nor does it signal their reconciliation. “It is not built on trust,” declared President Barack Obama, “it’s built on verification.” Beyond that, he’s taking Iran out of the prison of [Read more]

Cubans Demand Respect

June 6, 2015 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

The process of normalizing Cuba-U.S. relations, which was started last Dec. 17, has unleashed unexpected energy. Cubans have already named this day D17, convinced that it will mark history. American and European politicians are fighting each other to go to Cuba. François Hollande wanted to be the first Western head of [Read more]

Hong Kong: Russian TV Denounces an American Plot

October 14, 2014 // Les Echos -

The conspiracy theory is back. According to The Wall Street Journal, state-owned media in Russia are suggesting the existence of a plot, organized by the Americans, behind the protests in Hong Kong. These insinuations, the newspaper underlines, are similar to those made in Russia in order to denounce pro-democracy [Read more]

A Painful Choice

September 22, 2014 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

<i>Future American operations present numerous risks.</i> The symbol: A few hours before the 13th-anniversary ceremonies of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Barack Obama has not announced the end of the war against terrorism, as he would have liked to one day. He presented the American people with his strategy for [Read more]

Snowden: A Mere Pawn in Putin's Game

August 5, 2013 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

After the U.S. Congress voted for the Magnitsky Act, which allows the punishment of Russian officials for human rights violations — a measure that has been enraging the Kremlin for the past year — Putin had the perfect opportunity for revenge in Snowden. [Read more]

A Question of Image

June 21, 2013 // Le Quotidien - Luxembourg - French

The fight against obesity is a theme that provokes passionate debates in the United States. The country wants to fight against this epidemic using preventative campaigns; at the same time, obese people themselves have formed a powerful lobby to fight against the discrimination to which they are subjected. [Read more]

John Kerry’s Middle East Tour: A Non-Event

November 26, 2013 // L'Economiste Maghrébin - Tunisia - French

American Secretary of State John Kerry is taking his third trip to the Middle East, to “revive Israel-Palestine peace negotiations,” the State Department declared. In reality, this two-week tour, which started in Istanbul on Nov. 2, will allow him to visit the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and Southeast Asia. [Read more]

Egypt: A New Sign of America’s Withdrawal

October 16, 2013 // Le Figaro - France - French

The United States' suspension of part of its military aid to Egypt has been presented as a sanction designed to encourage the Egyptian regime to democratize. But it is also another step in Washington’s movement toward a strategic withdrawal, allowing it to distance itself from the Middle East and focus even more on [Read more]

An American Public Resistant to War

October 8, 2013 // Le Monde - France - French

“No foreign policy will stick unless the American people are behind it. And unless Congress understands it. And unless Congress understands it, the American people aren’t going to understand it.” Barack Obama seems to have been touched by this quote by W. Averall Harriman (1891-1986), one of the most seasoned [Read more]

Syria: The Cynicism of Americans

September 21, 2013 // Le Nouvel Observateur - France - French

Barack Obama can breathe. Bashar al-Assad accepted Russia’s plan for the destruction of his chemical arsenal. The American president is not a dupe; he knows that this operation will be long and hazardous, and that it poses insurmountable material problems: How to transport and destroy hundreds of tons of toxic agents [Read more]

The Need for True Institutional Monitoring

February 7, 2014 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

On Jan. 17, 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned against the growing power of the military-industrial complex. On Friday, 53 years later, Barack Obama went up to the podium to better frame the activities of National Security Agency. For the last seven months, the documents stolen by the NSA employee Edward Snowden, [Read more]

Restoring the Dignity of American Income

December 11, 2013 // Le Temps - Switzerland - French

The Occupy Wall Street movement, which emerged in the fall of 2011, has reduced the problem of the United States to a growing gap between the ultra-rich 1 percent and the 99 percent of Americans generally included in the heterogeneous middle class. This catch-all slogan conceals a scourge that undermines the very idea [Read more]

Education: Worse Than Ever in the US

May 26, 2014 // Journal de Montreal - Canada - French

A research group at Harvard University just published an alarming report on the competence of American students in various disciplines – it was the BBC that reported this news The conclusion is definitive. American students succeed much less than students in any other country in the world. Even students who come from [Read more]

Mr. Jomaa in the US: The Tarnished Traveler

April 16, 2014 // L'Economiste Maghrebin - Tunisia - French

Soon, Mr. Jomaa will resume his persistent quest for money and financial support, an initiative that is starting to look more and more like a gamble. So here he is going back to convert America to his side, taking with him all the hopes and incurring all perils. No other time has had such intensity, such a solemn [Read more]

The New American Modesty

July 16, 2014 // La Presse - Canada - French

It’s not that easy to hear it yet, but the "USA, USA, USA" chants have lost a few decibels over the last few years. While Americans celebrated their Independence Day yesterday, recent surveys show that the country is changing. The new generation (aged 18-33) is less patriotic and more distrusting of major parties. [Read more]