Search Results for "Australia" : 21

by / on October 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm / in Opinion, 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 March 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm / in Opinion, World

Capitalizing on Coal

…ensland, have taken a strong stance on the issue, citing the benefits exploiting coal seam gas will bring to the Australian population. In fact, Australian law bans individual landowners from preventing industrial development of natural resources on their land, maintaining that these resources belong to the Australian people. One of the most popular protest movements today, Lock the Gate, advocates landowners barricade their entrances as an attem…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Asia, National Security, World

Naval State of Mind

…the United States is currently boosting its relationship with the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, and Australia. This ranges from deepening military cooperation with Australia (through the deployment of US troops in Australia) to hosting joint naval drills with Vietnam to maintaining an enormous presence of nearly 50,000 troops in Japan. China views all of these relationships as US attempts to cage in China and preclude its economic, m…

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by / on April 9, 2013 at 1:40 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Orange Environmentalism

…t became commonplace in the 1970’s with the formation of “green parties,” most prominently in Western Europe and Australia. Though their success has been mixed, these parties can claim the achievement of having built up the necessary political power to force their respective governments to act on a number of environmental issues (last year’s carbon tax in Australia is a prime example). The modern environmental movement in the United States had it…

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by / on October 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm / in Campus, Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Distilled Democracy

by Wikimedia Commons Most American young adults have grown up with at least a vague sense of disillusionment towards the democratic voting processes.  Since the historically low voter turnout during the 1996 presidential election — during which less than 50 percent of the voting-age population participated — the collective attitude towards voting in elections has been one of frustration or sarcasm, that we are in some sense humoring A…

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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 March 27, 2013 at 1:17 am / in Domestic, Judicial

The Prisoner’s Dilemma

by According to the International Centre for Prison Studies, 743 US citizens out of every 100,000 are incarcerated, while Rwanda, Russia, and Georgia have the next three highest rates of 595, 568, and 547, respectively. This means that despite America, unlike Rwanda and Georgia, having had a stable government for centuries, it has 25 percent more inmates than those countries. America is not contending with the political instability th…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:07 pm / in Middle East, World

Egypt’s Party Scene

by Nadine Mansour “The success of our efforts to devise a thoroughly Egyptian model for reform will depend to a large extent on the ability of our political parties to mould themselves into dynamic grassroots forces, thereby stimulating broader public participation in the political process,” wrote Ibrahim Nafie, a columnist for the Al-Ahram weekly newspaper, referring to Egypt’s first multi-candidate elections in 2005. But this commen…

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by / on April 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm / in Opinion, World

It’s Raining (Rich) Men

by Wikimedia Commons From a financial perspective, the last fifty years or so have not been kind to Southeast Asia. Emerging from the shadow of colonialism, Southeast Asian countries established governments that were, as a rule, economically disadvantaged by the two chief byproducts of corruption: economic inefficiency (leading to the enrichment of a small elite), and capital flight (the disappearance of those elites’ money from their…

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by / on February 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, World

When the Sky was Red

by Editor’s Note: This Saturday, March 1st, marks the 60th anniversary of Castle Bravo, the United States’ most powerful nuclear detonation to date. To better illuminate this oft-forgotten issue, we are republishing Narayan Subramanian’s piece from our Spring 2013 edition.  “The sky turned red and it rained for four days straight. If there was ever a time you thought the world was going to end, it was that day.”   Th…

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