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by / on May 8, 2015 at 7:23 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, Most Recent Column

Kyotastrophe – the Kyoto Protocol’s Inequitable

by Rising temperatures. Wild hurricanes. Severe droughts. Disappearing shorelines. Shrinking ice caps. Climate change is an urgent test presented to every person living on the planet—and right now, we are failing. Unlike two decades ago, when a true/false response could withstand electoral pressures, political leaders today are expected to have answers to a far more intimidating question: What should we do to reduce the speed of climat…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 am / in Culture, Domestic, Winter 2013, Women's Rights

The Masculine Mystique

…to the US Census Bureau, while women only represented 19.2 percent of physicians and 20.7 percent of lawyers in 1990, women now represent 32.3 percent and 31.5 percent respectively. That is a 160 percent increase in female employment in two prestigious, highly competitive, and largely male-dominated professional fields. Likewise, females represented only 11.9 percent of industrial engineers in 1990, but now account for 20 percent of the occupati…

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by / on December 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm / in Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

The Great Stall of China

by It is difficult to doubt today that China will ascend the power hierarchy and rise as a global superpower within the next century. News headlines constantly remind us of China’s remarkable economic growth and increasing political clout. Particularly as the power of the United States appears to be waning, speculation of a Chinese 21st century runs rampant. Boasting a GDP growth rate of 9.6 percent and surpassing Japan as the wo…

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by / on December 18, 2009 at 7:34 am / in Cover Story, Environmental, Issue, World

The Day After Copenhagen

by With movies like The Day After Tomorrow depicting the apocalyptic consequences of global warming, the issue of climate change has since transformed from being simply a “Hollywood problem” to a reality we must confront. Global warming deniers have long since been discredited, and an urgency to address climate change has heightened in policy spheres and also in the public imagination. It is the unfortunate fact that climate change is…

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm / in Current Issue, Middle East, World

Slick Dealings

…igated King Hussein to side with Iraq in his invasion of Iran in the 1980s, as well as his invasion of Kuwait in 1990. It can be argued that Hussein’s backing of Baghdad was motivated by factors other than energy: countering the threat of Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1980, and salvaging public opinion for a monarchy that was struggling to remain in power in 1990. Regardless of whether its motivation was or wasn’t oil, Jordan’s backing of Iraq pro…

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by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Myan-marred Relations

…ith several countries, chief among them, the United States The United States broke diplomatic ties with Burma in 1990 and ramped up rhetoric against the Burmese state throughout the 2000s. Sanctions were imposed by Washington, first in 1990, but again in 1997, 2003, 2007, and 2008. It was thanks to the United States that Burma became an isolated state and had no choice but to accept deals offered by China and its ilk. But as of 2009, things began…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:02 am / in Domestic, Healthcare, Judicial, Women's Rights

Obamacare’s Bitter Pill

by Illustrations by Louise McCune As Americans, there are certain ideals for which we stand, such as freedom, liberty, and justice. Instilled deep within our hearts, these values must be protected by Americans from government intrusion. The Supreme Court, protecting the liberties guaranteed in the Constitution, has ruled that religious institutions “act as critical buffers between the individual and the power of the State,&#8221…

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by / on March 18, 2010 at 7:14 am / in Content, Domestic, Issue, Judicial

Giving Up the Gun

…declined from 47.5 percent to 36 percent, perhaps because violent crimes, too, have slowly declined since their 1990 peak. And 2,262 New Yorkers were murdered in 1990, compared to 471 last year. Perhaps it’s not just the political weight of the gun control issue that’s in decline, but the actual social gravity. “Fewer Americans see a … benefit in getting a gun for their personal protection,” remarks Robert Spitzer, chair of the political science…

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by / on October 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm / in Opinion, World

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama Speaks at World Leaders Forum

by For nearly two weeks, Columbia has been hosting international figures in politics, economics, and academia as part of the prestigious World Leaders Forum. This Friday at Low Memorial Library, I received the wonderful opportunity to see and hear Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, speak on contemporary challenges and opportunities facing his country. Formerly Mayor of Tirana for 11 years and painter, Rama was just r…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:15 am / in Africa, World

There’s Something About Mali

by In January 2012, conflict erupted in northern Mali as an influx of arms from Libya, economic discontent, and longstanding tension between Malian Tuaregs and the rest of Malian society converged. The Malian army attempted to stabilize the rapidly escalating violence, but they were too few, untrained, and poorly equipped, and the lack of order devolved into fierce war between Tuareg separatists and Islamist organizations. Though many…

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