Search Results for "Guantanamo" : 13

by / on April 22, 2012 at 10:00 am / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Terror on Trial

by This week marked the beginning of the trial of Anders Breivik, charged with the killing of 77 people in a bombing and shooting spree last July in Norway. The attacks, in Oslo and nearby Utøya Island, attacked a government office and a youth camp run by the left-leaning Norwegian Labor Party. Every day of the trial has come up with a new revelation or twist from the admitted killer. He has said that he does not respect the authority…

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by / on February 24, 2012 at 3:00 am / in Campus

Political Minutes: Eric Holder speaks at WLF

by Thursday evening, as part of the World Leaders Forum, United States Attorney General Eric Holder came home to Columbia to speak under Low’s rotunda. The Columbia College and Columbia Law alum first spoke about the Department of Justice’s efforts to fight financial fraud before he participated in a question and answer session with Columbia president Lee C. Bollinger where Holder discussed a wide range of issues from Holder’s ti…

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by / on June 13, 2013 at 7:18 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Let Them Eat Cake

by Wikimedia Commons In the midst of a veritable hornet’s nest of scandals and bureaucratic intrigues that have rocked Washington in recent weeks, one issue has been dragged back into the spotlight: Guantanamo Bay. For several weeks, most of the complex’s detainees have conducted a mass hunger strike . Obviously frustrated with the criminal and political quagmire in which nearly all detainees find themselves, they seem to have deci…

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by / on July 12, 2013 at 12:04 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Imminent Threat: When Can We Stop a Publication?

by The trial of Private Bradley Manning, the man accused of leaking thousands of documents to whistleblower website WikiLeaks, began on June 3, 2013.  Established by Julian Assange in 2006, WikiLeaks is a website dedicated to “bring[ing] important news and information to the public.”1 It has published millions of secret documents from governments around the world. Recently, WikiLeaks has publicly declared its support for Edward Snowden…

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm / in Interview

Benghazi: The Definitive Report

by Jack Murphy, a political science major in the Columbia University School of General Studies, served for eight years in the United States Army before coming to Morningside Heights. He is managing editor of SOFREP.com, a special operations news and information site. His new book, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, co-authored with former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb, is among the first accounts of the September 11, 2012 attack on the America…

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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

by In one of the great scenes from the 1966 film The Battle of Algiers, after being confronted by a pool of Western reporters about the French army’s use of torture against Algerian insurgents, the French officer Mathieu poses a question of his own: “Should France stay in Algeria? If your answer is still yes, then you must accept all the consequences.” No mere colonial possession, Algeria was considered part of metropolitan France itse…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:04 pm / in Business, Domestic, Organizations

Rigging the System

by Weihui Lu The numbers alone are striking. In 2011, the World Bank estimated the gross domestic product (GDP) of the state of Ecuador at approximately $67 billion. Chevron Corporation, by contrast, reported sales of $236.3 billion for 2011, with nearly $27 billion in profits alone. In the same year, a local Ecuadorian court ruling against Chevron in an $18 billion case over the company’s widespread pollution in the Ecuadorian rainfor…

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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 June 11, 2012 at 12:51 pm / in Domestic, Election 2012, Opinion

Walker, Wisconsin Governor

by From Wikimedia Commons   This past week, Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, trounced his Democratic challenger, Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, in a heavily publicized recall election. Only two years after being elected governor over Barrett, Walker faced recall due to public rage over his legislation that stripped public sector unions of most of their collective bargaining rights. Walker’s margin of victory o…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 4:51 am / in Content, Cover Story, Issue, National Security, World

American Images

by Illustration by Phyllis Ma In late April 2004, the news that American soldiers had abused detainees at Abu Ghraib prison arrived to the public in a string of shocking photos. The images that exposed the torture of prisoners were brutal and strange—and they were memorable, resistant to amnesia. On May 24, President Bush made a somber address about the news. He called the abuse “disgraceful conduct by a few American troops, who dish…

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