Search Results for "dissidents" : 13

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 September 20, 2010 at 4:39 am / in Allegiance of College Editors, Interview

Rebiya Kadeer — Face of the Uighurs

by Rebiya Kadeer. PHOTO COURTESY of Alliance of College Editors The Columbia Political Review has joined with other college political publications to form the Alliance of Collegiate Editors (ACE), hoping to generate cross-campus dialogue on political issues. Rebiya Kadeer, a prominent Uighur rights activist currently living in exile in the U.S., has agreed to answer some of our questions. You can read Ms. Kadeer’s biography, inc…

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by / on June 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm / in Opinion, World

China’s Search for Glam Power

by From Wikimedia Commons All of us Columbia kids who have taken LitHum know this quote: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” In international politics, we often find a similar situation to the one Austen was describing, but we might rewrite it instead to say: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a country newly endowed with riches and self con…

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by / on September 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm / in Opinion, World

A Mukden in the Making

by from Wikimedia Commons On September 18, 1931, the Imperial Japanese Army created a crisis in Manchuria as a pretext for invasion. Dynamite was detonated in a train station in the city of Mukden (now known as Shenyang, in the northern Chinese province of Liaoning). The Japanese blamed the explosion on Chinese dissidents, and launched a full invasion of Manchuria. The puppet state of Manchukuo (the “country of the Manchu”) was establ…

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by / on November 6, 2012 at 12:09 am / in Europe, Uncategorized, World

Independent Goals

by by Chloe Blanchard Pre-game // Antes del Partido // Abans del Partit “There cannot be much doubt that the whole thing is bound up with the rise of nationalism – that is, with the lunatic modern habit of identifying oneself with large power units and seeing everything in terms of competitive prestige.” —George Orwell, “The Sporting Spirit” (1945) “It’s a defeat, not a humiliation,” insisted new Real Madrid coach José Mou…

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by / on November 19, 2012 at 10:42 pm / in Opinion, World

A Transparent Pivot

by From Wikimedia Commons The U.S. has S.E. Asia in its sights. A few months ago, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta made waves with his declaration of the United States’ new naval “strategic pivot” from the Middle East to Southeast Asia. By 2020, the US aims to have the bulk of its navy in the Pacific, up from the current 50-50 split with forces in the Atlantic. Clearly the US powers-that-be think that a little more…

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by / on February 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm / in Opinion, World

What Makes A Regime Legitimate?

by Last column, I wrote about the events in the Middle East as a sort of “grand game” between Israel and the United States against Iran. Recently, some commentators and writers have gone as far as to insinuate that what we are seeing is an attempt to destabilize and overthrow a regime that is, in some fashion, legitimate. Some, such as Pepe Escobar, have pointed to discrepancies between the official UN death tolls in Syria with the Ar…

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

#hacktivism

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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by / on December 1, 2006 at 3:17 pm / in Middle East, World

Nuclear Patriotism

by It is easy to write off Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a leader lacking in diplomatic skills and refinement, or, in less elegant prose, as a lunatic. Though his uncouth behavior seems outrageous to many Americans, Ahmadinejad actually appears to be playing his cards right in terms of his interests. His aggressive and inflammatory anti-Western rhetoric has united his nation behind him, a major feat, given Iran’s numerous op…

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by / on October 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm / in Business, Domestic, Issue

Getting Profiled by Facebook

by Its veracity be damned, the conspiracy theory explained to me by Columbia Law Professor Eben Moglen was just plausible enough to be deeply unsettling, probably because it involved that most ubiquitous of generational signifiers: online social networking. It went a little something like this: back when Mark Zuckerberg needed startup capital for a certain internet venture, he attracted the interest of two downright sinister sources of…

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