Search Results for "Scotland" : 8

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

Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

…ational Party (SNP) from trying to make them uncomfortable with it. The SNP’s platform is nothing if not simple: Scotland should leave the United Kingdom. And with a referendum asking “Should Scotland be an independent country?” scheduled for September 18, the party leading the so-called “Yes campaign” may get its wish. Most Americans may not give much thought to British politics, but they have a huge stake in the debate over Scottish independenc…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:48 am / in Europe, World

The Bandit And The Bully

by Illustrations by Kaela Chambers As he officially announced the 2014 vote for an independent Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond looked and sounded as earnest as ever. His normally ruddy complexion was tempered by the soft light of the Scottish Parliament’s chambers as he revealed an inconspicuous pamphlet to his colleagues: “Your Scotland. Your Referendum.” The document was to be, as Salmond put it, an outline for the people of h…

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by / on October 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Jihadi Brides

by The so-called and self-titled Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi In the past months, hundreds of women have fled the West in order to bear children for the Caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Loving Muslim families have been left in hysterics at the news of their daughters abandoning them. The shock felt by the families is a product of their daughters’ “bedroom radicalism.” By day, these jihadi brides had led very Westernized lives, only to go…

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by / on December 16, 2015 at 1:01 pm / in Europe, Issue, World

When Europe Stops Remembering: Union, Exit, and European Peace

by “World peace cannot be safeguarded without the making of creative efforts proportionate to the dangers which threaten it.” So begins the Schuman Declaration of 1950, often regarded as laying the foundations for the European Union as we know it today. With the memory of two World Wars still fresh in the minds of their citizens, the states of Europe set out to create an economic union that would make war “not only unthinkable, but mat…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 11:00 am / in Editor's Note

Editor’s Note

by According to the Mayan Calendar, the world is supposed to end this year. Republicans seem to agree – that is, if Barack Obama is reelected. That might be a little hyperbolic, but hyperbole seems to be the theme of the current primaries. Constance Boozer argues that the media is just as much to blame as the candidates themselves for this. While it’s easy to mock the current state of our politics, we should not forget that our democra…

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by / on May 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm / in Europe, Issue, Main Menu, World

Hanging in the Balance

by On May 6, the U.K. will hold what David Cameron, leader of the Conservative Party, described on April 6 as “the most important election in a generation.” Given that this election is likely to either bring about Britain’s first post-election hung parliament since 1974, or the end of the Labour Party’s unprecedented 13 years in power, or, quite possible, both of the above, there is good reason to concur with Cameron’s assessment. Alth…

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by / on May 27, 2008 at 9:34 pm / in Culture, Interview, Issue

Interview with Bruce Robbins

by Bruce Robbins is a professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia. His most recent book is Upward Mobility and the Common Good: Toward a Literary History of the Welfare State (Princeton, 2007). Florence Lui and Mark Krotov spoke to him about contemporary literature and its production, promotion, translation, distribution, and consumption, as well as the legacy of the culture wars of the 1990s. On the literary marketplac…

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 2:34 am / in Media, Protests, World


by Illustration by Esha Maharishi We have learned by now to expect and to fear the masked army of the internet: Anonymous. It makes the consumer aware of the volatility of his privacy, at a time when our intense networking and the establishment of facial profiling and information databases have made our privacy disappear.  By toying with the digital presence of Sony and the CIA, Anon has established the faceless mass as a player, howe…

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