Search Results for "1980s" : 42

by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:28 am / in Business, Domestic

Points for Participation

by Illustration by Justin Walker The Obama campaign’s direct and wide-scale efforts to mobilize the public in 2008 resulted in voter turnout rates unheard of since the 1960s. However, a report released by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University predicts that there will be a drop in voter turnout for the 2012 elections due to political disenchantment among young voters. As the report summarizes, “Obam…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm / in Uncategorized

The War of Alawite Aggression?

by We don’t want bread or tahina, we want freedom for our prisoners. Butheina Sha’aban, the Syrian people aren’t hungry… The people want the fall of the regime!” These were chants from initial protests in Dera’a from the parents of incarcerated child prisoners in March 2011 after Butheina Sha’aban, President Bashar al-Assad’s adviser, told him to increase food subsidies instead. In March 2011, the citizens of Dera’a in the south of Syr…

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 10:47 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Media, Uncategorized

The Fact Check Republic

by by Eszter Offertaler On March 29, 2012, at 12:52 p.m., Logan Smith, a 25 year-old college graduate, reported on his personal blog that the IRS was to federally indict South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley for tax evasion. Piggybacking on the heightened media attention that surrounded the Republican vice-presidential hopeful, Smith engineered a blog post that would generate controversy, increase web hits, and spread virally. He accomp…

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by / on October 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm / in Asia, Kyle Dontoh, Opinion, Web Columnists, World, World

Great Barrier Grief

by For the past few years, Australia’s economy has largely avoided the downturn that other Western economies have experienced. Unemployment peaked at 5.7%, far below the US peak of 10.2% and less than half of the Eurozone peak of 12.1%. Between 2004 and 2009, the economy grew at an average rate of 5.3%– exceptionally strong growth for a developed economy. According to a 2011 Credit Suisse report, the Australians are the second we…

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by / on February 25, 2012 at 2:24 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Gaddis on Kennan

by History buffs, political junkies, and professors alike turned out February 23 at Columbia/Barnard Hillel to hear Cold War historian, professor, and renowned author John Lewis Gaddis discuss his latest book, George F. Kennan: An American Life. It was in the 1980s when Gaddis, relying on instinct, first approached Kennan about writing an authorized biography. Though initially cool to the idea, Kennan came around, and for the following…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America as an opportunity to r…

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by / on December 8, 2010 at 2:56 pm / in Issue, Main Menu, World

Liberia’s Next Top Model?

by In July 2005, less than two years into its tenure, members of NGTL, Liberia’s post-conflict transitional government, were found traveling the impoverished streets of Monrovia in brand new Jeep Grand Cherokees. When civil servants, whose salaries had been frozen for the past 18 months due to lack of government funds, found that the NGTL had spent $2 million buying each of its members a new Jeep, they held a strike that lasted t…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:01 pm / in Africa, Organizations, World

Gimme, Gimme More

by By 2013, more than 1.5 million Ethiopians will be displaced from their homes by the orders of their own government. Some will have to relocate to areas that lack stable access to food and water, and still more may find they can no longer support themselves financially. The land of these local residents no longer belongs to them because the Ethiopian government has sold much of it without their consent. Between 2008 and 2011, Ethiopi…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:08 pm / in Domestic, National Security

Over Defense

by by Mikhaill Klimentov Four months prior to the September 11 attacks, Harvard University Professor Richard Falkenrath published an article in the Journal of Studies in Conflict & Terrorism that argued for a drastic reduction of government spending on counterterrorism. He suggested that there was little evidence of any real threat to Americans’ safety and that spending on counterterrorism was a waste of resources that could be be…

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by / on November 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm / in Opinion, World

A Transparent Pivot

by From Wikimedia Commons The U.S. has S.E. Asia in its sights. A few months ago, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made waves with his declaration of the United States’ new naval “strategic pivot” from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. By 2020, the US aims to have the bulk of its navy in the Pacific, up from the current 50-50 split with forces in the Atlantic. Clearly the US powers-that-be think that a little more…

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