Search Results for "Atlantic" : 32

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 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 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 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 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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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Arctic and Antarctic, Cover Story, Domestic, Environmental, National Security, World

Diplomacy on Ice

by Illustration by Kaela Chambers Antarctica is home to more than emperor penguins and a few dozen humans with science citizenship barricaded in small hermetic bases. It is also host to an estimated 200 billion barrels of hydrocarbons, alongside large quantities of gold, silver, uranium, and many other rare metals underneath a pristine ice cap still virgin of commercial exploitation. Securing a territory with such a rich underground,…

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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 February 14, 2014 at 9:13 pm / in Domestic, Mounir Ennenbach, New York, Web Columnists

Gentrification or Economic Development?

by Looking at the now iconic New York Magazine cover of New York City during the height of Superstorm Sandy, one will notice a remarkable phenomenon: while most of Lower Manhattan is blacked out from the storm surge, amidst the flooded the streets a small patch of buildings on the southwest coast continues to glow. That little patch of light is the Battery Park City neighborhood, a 92-acre stretch of land reclaimed from the sea durin…

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