Search Results for "referendum" : 19

by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:48 am / in Europe, World

The Bandit And The Bully

by Illustrations by Kaela Chambers As he officially announced the 2014 vote for an independent Scotland, First Minister Alex Salmond looked and sounded as earnest as ever. His normally ruddy complexion was tempered by the soft light of the Scottish Parliament’s chambers as he revealed an inconspicuous pamphlet to his colleagues: “Your Scotland. Your Referendum.” The document was to be, as Salmond put it, an outline for the people of h…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 9:42 pm / in Cover Story, Current Issue, Europe, World

Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

by When Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman cast a former truck driver and coffin polisher from Edinburgh as James Bond in 1961, English public schoolboy and confirmed snob Ian Fleming opined that he was “an overgrown stunt man” and “unrefined.” Yet Sean Connery eventually won over 007’s creator, and Fleming was inspired to write a father from Glencoe and an education at Fettes into Bond’s backstory. A Scottish father, a Scottish school…

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by / on February 8, 2013 at 5:20 pm / in Opinion, World

Cairo Voted No

by In the months preceding the United States’ most recent presidential election, commentators, analysts, and other agents of the mainstream media argued about America’s political-geographic climate, swing states, campaign trails, and whether the final draw lay in Ohio, Florida, or Virginia. Generally, politicians in the West plan campaigns strategically, deciding how to use their resources to divide and conquer America’s politically di…

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by / on October 2, 2012 at 10:40 pm / in Campus, Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Distilled Democracy

…reflect the will of the people.  This was perhaps never more obvious than in the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty referendum in 2008, when Ireland was the only member country to vote “no” on an amendment that would alter the policy election process to require a majority rather than unanimity, among other changes.  Rather than respect the outcome of the referendum as a failed attempt at policy change, EU officials instead pressured Ireland into a s…

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by / on May 27, 2008 at 8:40 pm / in Cover Story, Issue, Latin America, Main Menu, World

Crisis Up Close

…on and delayed voting, the autonomist movement based in Santa Cruz has defied the ruling and carried on with the referendum. Although all signs point to an overwhelming victory for the regional referendum, the government has called the referendum anti-democratic and has pledged to ignore the results of the voting. Attempts by the church, the OAS, and various regional actors to mediate have fallen on deaf ears, and militants on both sides have sta…

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by / on March 22, 2014 at 6:34 pm / in Asha Banerjee, Europe, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

Physician, Heal Thyself!

by Finally, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Barack Obama can both agree on something: they are both studiously following international law. President Obama claims that Crimea’s referendum to split off from Ukraine is a violation of international law while President Putin claims that his annexation of Crimea conforms to international law and precedent. Obvious question thus arise. Does international law even exist?…

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

The Raucous Caucasus

by Deep within the mountainous South Caucasus, there is a regional powder keg. For the last 20 years, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been trapped in a struggle over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh (NK), an originally Azerbaijani-controlled, but ethnically Armenian region that, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, declared independence. Sandwiched between oil pipelines and competing interests from Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the…

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by / on March 4, 2013 at 11:16 pm / in Uncategorized

The Professor, the Clown and the Mummy

by by Mikhail Klimentov   “I am appalled that two clowns have won”[1] remarked Peer Steinbruck, one of the leaders of the German SPD and opposition candidate to Angela Merkel. Though this remark shocked many Italians–– the Italian president cancelled a meeting with him in Berlin–– it certainly reflects the “international consensus” on the Italian election. The winner of this election could very well turn out to be Pier Luigi Bers…

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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 December 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm / in Middle East, World

…Bibi One More Time?

by Daniela Brunner Six months ago, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party joined the centrist party Kadima to make a broad super-coalition that comprised 96 out of the 120 seats in Israel’s legislative body, the Knesset. The center-right coalition fell through within seventy days. On October 25, Likud joined forces with the hyper-nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel is Our Home) party in preparation…

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