Search Results for "army" : 80

by / on November 19, 2011 at 10:13 am / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

United States of Kibera

by In Kibera, one of the most notorious slums in the world both for its extreme poverty and danger, there is a group of artists who are inspiring tangible change within the community. Based out of Katwo Kera, one of the 14 informal neighborhoods in Kibera, is Jah-Army. While the group started in 2005 with two members, today there are about 15. Each member specializes in a type of art including basket weaving, beadwork, graffiti, film,…

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

Egypt’s Uncertain Democracy

…the nature of Morsi’s post-July 3 leadership? What if the situation had not escalated to such an extent, and the army had avoided pulling the trigger? Would Morsi have reached out to opposition forces, engaged in national reconciliation, and cured the ills of his rule and of Egypt? Or, would Morsi have perpetuated his controversial style of governance? On July 1, the Egyptian army offered President Morsi an ultimatum of 48 hours to reconcile with…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:15 am / in Africa, World

There’s Something About Mali

…ndreds of thousands of residents (mostly Tuaregs and Arabs) to flee in fear of reprisal killings from the Malian army. In January 2013, the MLNA followed the French army and recaptured towns in Azawad, which had been “liberated” by the French. Because AQIM and Ansar Dine have been driven underground, the MNLA currently has the greatest degree of control over Azawad. Though the MLNA claims to represent all ethnic groups of the north, its members a…

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by / on April 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm / in Issue, Middle East, World

Israel/Palestine Debates

by PROMPT:  What is the academic boycott of Israel and why is it so important? PANELISTS:  Isabel Peñaranda, CC ’14, is studying Anthropology, and uses it to draw connections between the dispossession of poor communities of color in Harlem due to Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion, the people of Palestine by the Israeli state, and peasants by state and paramilitary violence in Colombia, where she is from. She hopes to retur…

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by / on May 12, 2010 at 11:29 pm / in Issue, Latin America, Main Menu, World

Borderline Dysfunctional

by Picture a world where the whistle of bullets drowns out the chirping of birds. Where army units patrol violent, poverty-stricken streets. Where farmers walk among fields of poppy, hoping a successful harvest will provide for their families. Where mothers of lost sons gather and pray that each new day may bring a resurrection of peace. This is not a distant snapshot, but a reality close to home. Welcome to the world of narcocultura….

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm / in Asia, Fall 2013, World

The Raucous Caucasus

…of our land to anyone.” Recently, after being extradited back to his home country, Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani Army officer who murdered an Armenian Army officer during a NATO-sponsored training seminar, was pardoned by the Azerbaijani government despite its previous assurances it would not do so. This mutual hatred has made the conflict a zero-sum game. No cooperation, let alone resolution, can exist in this system, especially when populations…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm / in Uncategorized

The War of Alawite Aggression?

…s this move proceeded, the Alawite population finally found social mobility in the form of service in the French army. The increased role of Alawites in the army gave them an unprecedented role in Syrian society when Syria became independent from France in 1946. No 13 longer isolated in the mountains, Alawite communities appeared for the first time in the industrial city of Homs and in the capital city of Damascus. The 1950s marked the least stab…

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by / on October 4, 2012 at 12:35 am / in Opinion, World

This Sunday, Chavez vs. Opposition – Round Four

…ry. Can Mr. Capriles beat Hugo Chavez? And, if so, would Mr. Chavez relinquish power? On the latter concern, the army has pledged to remain neutral, though Hugo Chavez has promised “chaos” should he lose. This election will therefore be a true test of Venezuela’s democracy and, for that matter, of the army’s loyalty. Though the army is constitutionally neutral, its main ranks have been filled with Chavez loyalists and there is doubt whether they…

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by / on May 21, 2012 at 9:52 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Syria’s YouTube Revolution

…While the Egyptian Armed Forces supported the state and the Egyptian people above the ruling family, the Syrian army by strong contrast supports Assad’s regime. Tied to the Alawite party, the Syrian army has proven itself ready and willing to take action against civilians. The forceful action it has taken and the military checkpoints it has constructed around the country have considerably crippled opposition attempts to create a mass, unified mo…

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

#hacktivism

…is posted and either draws sufficient attention or is quickly buried. One rule: Anon is NYPA – Not Your Personal Army. Don’t look here to get back at your ex. The army of the internet also uses decidedly barbarian tactics. Distributed denial of service attacks – where users simply flood a website until its connection fails – are “no computer science.” The necessary software is easily downloadable for anyone who knows where to look. Anon is basic,…

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