Search Results for "embargo" : 9

by / on September 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm / in Latin America, Matthew Michaelides, Web Columnists, World

The Case Against the Cuban Embargo

…Union are in the midst of trade talks with Cuba after decades of holding to US-led trade restrictions. The Cuban embargo began in the early 1960s following Fidel Castro’s rise to power in the Cuban Revolution of 1959 and the corresponding government seizures of US-owned property. By implementing the embargo, US officials intended to isolate Cuba diplomatically and economically while attempting to overthrow the new communist regime of a traditiona…

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by / on December 18, 2009 at 7:42 am / in Issue, Latin America, Main Menu, World

Friending Cuba

…against the U.S.’s isolation of Cuba for decades now (this fall marked the 18th unequivocal condemnation of the embargo by the United Nations). At the same time, it does not force the U.S. to admit the failure of its Cuban policy and keeps the embargo as a tool that may be used, via repeals of restrictions (all possible by executive actions, contrary to what the Helms-Burton act may have led many to believe) as positive reinforcement for peacefu…

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by / on November 11, 2011 at 6:35 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Unwrapping Cuba

by In the world’s slow move towards more open and competitive markets, a few countries continue to resist change. Nominally communist and content with becoming quaint relics of a Cold War past, they have allowed the world to pass them by.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in Cuba. Only 45 miles from Florida, Cuba remains mired in poverty and gross economic inequality. However, the February 2008 election of Raúl Castro has brought so…

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by / on May 4, 2011 at 3:54 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

Turkey Gets Engaged

by Illustrations by Ashley Lee On November 29, 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan received an international human rights award named for Colonel Muammar Qaddafi in the Libyan capital of Tripoli. The award was a sign of international appreciation of Turkey’s foreign policy and domestic leadership in promoting “peace, justice and human rights.” In his acceptance speech during the award ceremony, Erdogan stated that the pr…

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by / on February 26, 2012 at 11:26 am / in Opinion, World

Dictating Oil

by Last Sunday, February 19, I opened the New York Times homepage to check in with the rest of the globe and found the startling headline: “Iran Halts Oil Exports to Britain and France.” Agog, I anxiously clicked the link and hurried through the article, eager to hear of the potential ramifications of Iran’s bellicose ruse and anticipating the many possible reactions from the West. What I found, however, were not flared passions or ira…

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

The Ultimate Gamble

by by Sida Chen In June of 2013, Iran will elect a successor to its two-term president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. It will be the first presidential election to take place since the Green Revolution of 2009, the scene of mass protests in response to the direct manipulation of Iranian electoral outcomes. As they gained momentum, the protesters were brutally suppressed by Iran’s security forces. Establishment forces in Iran, represented by th…

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by / on June 4, 2012 at 2:46 am / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

P5 + 1 Meetings Accomplish Little

…re limited to nuclear related materials and technology, while the US and the EU have imposed near total economic embargos on the country. Despite their internecine nature – some estimates pin the price of the Iranian oil embargo at up to 25 cents a gallon at the pump – the sanctions endure, with a new batch due to start in July. In the words of an ex-Iranian diplomat, Dr. Seyed Hossein Mousavian, the West expects “diamonds for peanuts,”  i.e. the…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:43 am / in Africa, Middle East, World

Two Peoples, One Libya

by Illustration by Justin Walker Early in 2011, The Guardian reported that Muammar Qaddafi, Libya’s long-standing ruler, had unleashed “numerous foreign mercenaries on his people” in an effort to subdue the persistent uprising. According to the report, the mercenaries had killed 150 people in two days and “were hardly squeamish about shooting at local people.” Further exposition of both the brutality and the composition of Qaddafi’s f…

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by / on December 1, 2003 at 10:10 am / in Book Review, Domestic, Election

The Anti-Politicians

by Most political journalists would not lend their press credentials to radical leftist drunkards they’d met at a bar the night before. Hunter S. Thompson is not most political journalists, though. He is crazy, and so was the man who received his ID during the 1972 Democratic primary campaign. The next day, this counterfeit journalist boarded a campaign bus, physically and verbally assaulted the other reporters on the train, and grabbe…

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