Search Results for "retaliation" : 19

by / on October 17, 2011 at 1:45 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Desert in Bloom

by This week, the long captured soldier Gilad Shalit will be released in exchange for nearly 1,000 Palestinian prisoners convicted – in Israeli courts – for list of crimes of varying degrees of violence. While the five-year saga is certainly a relief for his family and perhaps a positive point in the ability of negotiations to bring about results (albeit greatly belated and not exactly game-changing or inspiring), a lot that can be ext…

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:01 pm / in Interview

Benghazi: The Definitive Report

by Jack Murphy, a political science major in the Columbia University School of General Studies, served for eight years in the United States Army before coming to Morningside Heights. He is managing editor of SOFREP.com, a special operations news and information site. His new book, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, co-authored with former Navy SEAL Brandon Webb, is among the first accounts of the September 11, 2012 attack on the America…

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by / on January 23, 2013 at 4:18 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Self Indulgent Activism

by Ahmadinejad visits Columbia, 2007 During my first semester at college, I learned to love Columbia for the curiosity, diversity, expressiveness and eloquence of its student body. This is a community bursting with opinions, energy, advocacy and activism, and I was excited at the prospect of being surrounded by intensely articulate, rabidly passionate peers who were working to promote change they thought was important. At the close of…

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by / on September 18, 2012 at 10:36 am / in Domestic, Opinion

Freedom of Speech: In Defense of Defense

by This past week has seen America’s Middle East policies called into question as violent riots and protests have raged across the region. The apparent cause of such fury? A very low-quality independent film called “The Innocence of Muslims” that was produced in the US. Lengthy clips from the film, which paints a highly unsavory picture of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and viciously skewers the faith, were uploaded to YouTube and became…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:22 pm / in Middle East, World

With Arms Wide Open: The Threat of Iranian Arms Trafficking

by In February, the United States Navy and Yemeni security forces seized a shipment of allegedly Iranian-made shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles heading to Houthi insurgents in Yemen. Far from a one-time incident, it is symptomatic of a larger and more disturbing trend in the region. Through the Quds force—a mix of an intelligence agency and special forces— Iran has begun providing significant support to various groups across the Mi…

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by / on May 4, 2013 at 6:40 pm / in Blast from the Past, Cover Story, World

When the Sky Was Red

by Editor’s Note: This Saturday, March 1st, marks the 60th anniversary of Castle Bravo, the United States’ most powerful nuclear detonation to date. To better illuminate this oft-forgotten issue, we are republishing Narayan Subramanian’s piece from our Spring 2013 edition.   “The sky turned red and it rained for four days straight. If there was ever a time you thought the world was going to end, it was that day.” Thes…

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by / on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 am / in Asia, Issue, Middle East, World

Paki-standing Alone

by Over the last half-century, one of the few constants in both Pakistan and China’s ever-shifting political landscapes has been their intimate and unwavering relationship. In early 2011, Pakistan’s ambassador in Beijing, Masood Khan, vividly described the two countries’ alliance as “higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, and sweeter than honey.” Indeed, China has consistently cha…

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by / on March 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm / in Aman Navani, Asia, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Pakistan’s Identity Crisis

by Few would envy the position Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, now finds himself in. Having continuously vacillated between the antithetical policies of diplomatic negotiations and military actions in his dealings with the Pakistani Taliban (known formally as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan or TTP), the embattled prime minister must now accept the harsh reality that his mission against the terrorist group has largely been a l…

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by / on February 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, World

When the Sky was Red

by Editor’s Note: This Saturday, March 1st, marks the 60th anniversary of Castle Bravo, the United States’ most powerful nuclear detonation to date. To better illuminate this oft-forgotten issue, we are republishing Narayan Subramanian’s piece from our Spring 2013 edition.  “The sky turned red and it rained for four days straight. If there was ever a time you thought the world was going to end, it was that day.”   Th…

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by / on August 11, 2012 at 4:41 pm / in Domestic, Opinion, World

Olympics Mean Nothing Politically Anymore

by Historically, the Olympics have been a hotbed of diplomatic hostilities. In response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Jimmy Carter announced that the U.S. would be boycotting the Moscow Olympics in 1980. Four years later, the Soviets announced their retaliation-boycott of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, on the allegation that the U.S. government would not sufficiently protect U.S.S.R. athletes and may even actively ha…

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