Search Results for "mobilization" : 14

by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:46 pm / in Campus, Middle East, Protests, Student Stump

Arab Springs To No Avail

by Illustration by Amalia Rinehart Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine By Candace Lukasik: Among the Arab revolutions of the last year, there is one struggle for justice that has endured since 1948: The occupation of Palestine. The Arab Spring offers new hope for a shift in the Palestinian condition of dispossession, discrimination, and death. The Arab revolutions grew out of a sustained hope for freedom. Grassroots mass mobili…

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:05 pm / in Middle East, World

Sanctioning Progress

…ork can also offer protest movements an internationally legitimate model to construct transnational networks for mobilization. Even partial compliance expands opportunities for domestic mobilization and increases the likelihood that the regime will be persuaded to reform. It is evidently time for a new Helsinki process today. The international community should use Iran’s current weakened, surrounded position and offer it a way out. By ceasing to…

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

The Ultimate Gamble

…tyle, pro-democracy movement of liberally minded youth does not emerge (perhaps due to the perceived futility of mobilization), it is possible that both the Principlists and clerical establishment would seek to mobilize their own mass protests to bolster their respective claims to political legitimacy. At this stage, the outcome of the election would largely depend on which side can more effectively interfere with the opposing sides’ mobilization

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:45 pm / in Latin America, World

The Chile Winter

by llustration by Maddy Kloss Some of the snapshots from Chile’s ongoing student movement depict a lighthearted mobilization. Led by the charismatic Camila Vallejo, the students have used Twitter and Facebook to stage kiss-a-thons and superhero-themed costume protests. But other images have been more violent. Protesters have taken to the streets and set fire to government buildings and private businesses. In return, they have been bom…

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by / on March 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: The Road to November 6

by On Wednesday, March 21, a panel discussed the formation of the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party movements and their predicted effect on the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Mary Marshall Clark, the head of the Columbia Center for Oral History, moderated the event, the second of three spring panels held by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). The panel included political science and SIPA professor Do…

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by / on March 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Katherine Hite on Politics and Commemoration

by Last Thursday, as part of an ongoing seminar series organized by Columbia’s Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), professor and author Katherine Hite presented some of her findings from her book Politics and the Art of Commemoration: Memorials to struggle in Latin America and Spain. Hite, formerly the associate director of ILAS and currently the director of Vassar College’s Latin American and Latino/a Studies program, led a f…

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by / on June 20, 2012 at 7:56 pm / in Opinion, World

Egypt’s Military Coup: Take Two

by photo from Wikimedia Commons It was March 2011 and the Egyptian military had assumed executive power in what was dubbed a democratic transition. As I stood next to a military tank, I saw slogans such as “the people and the army are one hand” and believed that military rule was the best alternative to Mubarak. The tanks indicated the military’s role as protector during the transition to democracy, but the military’s actions since ha…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm / in Africa, World

More Money, More Problems

by Illustration by Louise McCune Consider the flying toilet. The term comes from the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Within the slum, there is often less than one latrine per 50 shacks, with each 12-foot by 12-foot shack containing, on average, eight people. Kibera sits on government land that never fully transferred legally to its pre-independence residents, and, as such, the government treats residents as squatters with no right or e…

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by / on May 4, 2012 at 2:28 am / in Business, Domestic

Points for Participation

by Illustration by Justin Walker The Obama campaign’s direct and wide-scale efforts to mobilize the public in 2008 resulted in voter turnout rates unheard of since the 1960s. However, a report released by the Center for the Study of the American Electorate at American University predicts that there will be a drop in voter turnout for the 2012 elections due to political disenchantment among young voters. As the report summarizes, “Obam…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:08 am / in Issue, Main Menu, Middle East, World

The Pacifist’s Revolt

by On October 7, 2010 the peace of the Sufi shrine in Karachi, a building with green and white mosaics ascending to a cupola, shattered in a double explosion from two suicide bombers, killing seven civilians and injuring 65 others. As the shrine’s tiles lay smashed in the street, the destroyed temple provided a visual symbol of a derelict Pakistani government torn apart by a new wave of violent domestic terrorism. Since 2005, militant…

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