Search Results for "Atlantic" : 30

by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:04 am / in Africa, Cover Story, Issue, Main Menu, World

27 Million Bound

…, arguably, more expendable than at any time in history. Using historical data to look at slavery throughout the Atlantic slave trade, Bales concluded that when owning a slave was a “status symbol,” during the years of the Atlantic slave trade, the average price of a slave was $40,000, adjusted to today’s currency, and a slave represented a significant investment. Today, the average price of a slave on the world market is $90. In North America, a…

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by / on May 10, 2013 at 4:48 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Changing the Cityscape

…city, and those who desire progress, new structures, and economic development. Examples abound, but the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards is one of the best. Wedged between the historic districts of Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Clinton Hill, and Fort Greene, the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards is the target of the Forest City Ratner Corporation, which is looking to construct a modern complex in the area. On the one hand, it means jobs, not just construction, but perma…

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by / on January 5, 2014 at 10:58 am / in Europe, Winter 2013, World

The Nerd Who Came In From The Cold

…world politics. After the collapse of the Soviet Union and, with it, the disappearance of the raison d’être for Atlanticism, a juggling act of shallow posturing and aimless policies (i.e. NATO expansion) was required to keep the status quo intact. The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 might have been sufficient to bring the Atlanticist era to an end, yet even this transgression could be swept under the rug, thanks to the singularly-despised figure of…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm / in Cover Story, Current Issue, Europe, World

Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

by When Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman cast a former truck driver and coffin polisher from Edinburgh as James Bond in 1961, English public schoolboy and confirmed snob Ian Fleming opined that he was “an overgrown stunt man” and “unrefined.” Yet Sean Connery eventually won over 007’s creator, and Fleming was inspired to write a father from Glencoe and an education at Fettes into Bond’s backstory. A Scottish father, a Scottish school…

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by / on November 1, 2012 at 10:01 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

President of the World

by photo from Wikimedia Commons “Of course world affairs are a challenge for every candidate. After — some of you guys remember — after my foreign trip in 2008 I was attacked as a celebrity because I was so popular with our allies overseas and I have to say I am impressed with how well Governor Romney has avoided that problem.” Barack Obama,  Alfred E. Smith Dinner, October 2012 President Obama must really wish that foreign voters wer…

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by / on November 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

After The Storm

by from Wikimedia Commons Imagine, the day after Hurricane Sandy, the US Department of Defense airlifting generators to dangerously electricity-lacking hospitals and to the millions of people without power in their homes. Imagine the city government slashing the 9.5 percent unemployment rate by hiring tens of thousands of New Yorkers to climb the towering public housing projects to search for people who couldn’t leave their homes and…

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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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by / on November 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Putting Foreign Policy Back on the Map

by from Wikimedia Commons Heading into election day, the country seems set for a showdown. The final weeks have seen rollercoaster poll ratings. Obama, who enjoyed a comfortable lead for much of the election season, has had to deal with surging Romney popularity, and polls now point almost to a dead tie. Last week the candidates addressed in their final debate a topic that has thus far been conspicuously absent: foreign policy. As we…

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by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:01 am / in Middle East, World

Mudslinging in Denial

by by Marissa Tjartjalis Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been accused of many things throughout her political career. Yet until her visit to Egypt this past July, being a “Secret Islamist” was not one of them. Pulling up to the Four Seasons in Cairo, however, Clinton encountered a number of surprising allegations. “Hillary Clinton is the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood,” one sign read in the midst of screaming protester…

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by / on November 2, 2013 at 10:12 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

So how unique was Sandy?

by Wikimedia Commons There is a common perception in the public sphere that short-term weather events are signals and symptoms of long-term climate change. Every time there is a major weather event, such as the landfall of Cyclone Phailin on the East Indian coast earlier this month, hordes of activists, many of them bloggers, are quick to point the finger at the most likely culprit: global warming, specifically human-induced climate c…

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