Search Results for "Protestors" : 34

by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:09 am / in Europe, World


by Illustrations by Stephanie Mannheim In Russia’s parliamentary elections on December 4, 2011, United Russia – the party of President-turned-Prime Minister-turned-current-President Vladimir Putin – won the majority of seats in the Duma, the Russian Parliament, amid cries (and video evidence) of widespread election fraud. On December 5, Russians took to the streets in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Over the course of the next three months…

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by / on February 2, 2011 at 6:11 am / in ACE Forum, Allegiance of College Editors

Egypt Forum I: People Power in the Middle East

by The Columbia Political Review is participating in an Alliance of College Editors forum on the recent Egyptian protests. Here is the first in a series of thoughts and responses from collegiate political writers across the nation. Check back every two days for a new forum response, including responses from students right here at Columbia University. Authoritarian regimes across the Middle East are atremble as popular revolution threa…

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by / on March 18, 2010 at 6:57 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

A New Shade of Green

by On Jan. 28, in the aftermath of the unprecedented mass demonstrations of late December in which millions of protesters challenged riot police in running street battles, the Iranian government publicly hanged Mohammad Reza Ali-Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour. Human rights organizations worldwide condemned the brutal executions, decrying the authoritarian regime’s unequivocal attempts to silence dissent. The government alleged that the…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm / in Middle East, World

Sanctioning Progress

by Justin Walker As democracy becomes a lifeless dream for Iranians and the Green Movement becomes a fleeting memory of a brave but futile attempt for change, there seems to be reason, backed up by the recent behavior of the international community, to look at Iran as a monolithic nuclear threat. It is one thing, though, for the Iranian nuclear threat to dominate the world’s headlines; it is quite another for this threat to eradicate…

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by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:31 am / in Cover Story, Middle East, World

The Ultimate Gamble

…treet level, Basij militiamen were deployed on dirt bikes to break up protests, and paramilitary forces fired on protestors. The troubling events were chronicled in countless videos posted on YouTube and broadcasted worldwide. By some estimates, as many as 72 protestors were killed, with 4000 protestors at least temporarily imprisoned. While this swift crackdown was successful in keeping Ahmadinejad in power, it had serious ramifications for his…

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by / on July 9, 2013 at 11:12 am / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Egypt’s Uncertain Democracy

by The military demonstrates its support for the anti-Morsi protests. Last Wednesday, as I watched revolution in Egypt unseat it’s first democratically elected president, I couldn’t help but acknowledge my growing measure of unease. Like millions of other Egyptians throughout the month of June, my anticipation had grown for the scheduled June 30 climax to the “Tamarod” movement against President Morsi. And like millions of Egyptians,…

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by / on January 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Self Indulgent Activism

by Ahmadinejad visits Columbia, 2007 During my first semester at college, I learned to love Columbia for the curiosity, diversity, expressiveness and eloquence of its student body. This is a community bursting with opinions, energy, advocacy and activism, and I was excited at the prospect of being surrounded by intensely articulate, rabidly passionate peers who were working to promote change they thought was important. At the close of…

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by / on October 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm / in Asia, Web Columnists, World

Notes on the ‘Umbrella Revolution’

by By Citobun (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons The ongoing ‘Umbrella Revolution’ in Hong Kong can catalyze China’s journey to becoming a true democracy, or it can wither under the pressure from the Chinese government. The world has seen similar revolutions recently in Kiev and Moscow with thousands of citizens attempting to insert some sort of democracy into t…

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by / on June 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm / in Opinion, World

Egypt’s Military Coup: Take Two

by photo from Wikimedia Commons It was March 2011 and the Egyptian military had assumed executive power in what was dubbed a democratic transition. As I stood next to a military tank, I saw slogans such as “the people and the army are one hand” and believed that military rule was the best alternative to Mubarak. The tanks indicated the military’s role as protector during the transition to democracy, but the military’s actions since ha…

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by / on March 17, 2013 at 6:51 pm / in Middle East, Opinion, World

Bahrain Burning

by Protestors in Bahrain A look at recent headlines coming out of the Middle East reveals the dominance of coverage on Egypt, Syria, and Iran. This comes as no surprise; Egypt remains a focal point of political turmoil in the Arab world, violence in Syria threatens to destabilize the entire region, and Iran seems to stand in the distance forever and always as a source of conflict and dissension. Elsewhere, Tunisia, Libya, Iraq, and Ye…

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