Search Results for "army" : 102

by / on December 21, 2014 at 2:56 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Myan-marred Relations

…nd the state have colored Burma’s political landscape since 1949. Between 1961 and 1989, the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), operating in its namesake state, grew from a small band of 100 guerillas to a sophisticated army of 21 battalions. While the Shan State Army had less success, it still experienced widespread support, especially in the Shan’s political and economic heartland along the Burma-China border. Control by insurgents didn’t stop the…

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by / on March 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm / in Africa, Asia, Most Recent Column, World

Nigeria: The New Pakistan or the End of Boko Haram?

…the towns once occupied by Boko Haram? Much like the case of Pakistan, the tide could turn against the Nigerian army in the near future in a lasting cycle of offensive and counteroffensive. The fact that there have been reports that mercenaries are fighting on behalf of the Nigerian army, who then claim the victory for Nigeria, seems to support such a bleak outlook. After the mercenaries leave, the army will not be able to defend the contested r…

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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 November 8, 2015 at 1:25 am / in Current Issue

Removing the Stink

…predecessor-component militias also fought Israel during its previous violations of Lebanese territory (Lebanese army records show that there were one or two such violations every single day between 1968 and 1974). The significance of Hezbollah’s presence as a paramilitary force with a sectarian character in Lebanon cannot be understated. On the one hand, their ability to counteract the army as a backbone of stability in the state is one of speci…

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by / on April 21, 2015 at 1:16 pm / in Asia, Europe, Greg Graff, Web Columnists, World

Rational and Nonrational Processes in Foreign Naval Procurement

…led to inefficient outcomes. Proving that where you stand depends on where you sit, naval procurement lags when Army or Air Force generals head the Taiwan’s General Service Headquarters or Defense Ministry, and increases only when naval commanders assume positions of power in the defense bureaucracy. The long reign of army general Pei-tsun Hau as Chief of the General Staff from 1981-89 is the starkest example as the Navy (and Air Force) saw thei…

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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 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 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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