Search Results for "France" : 60

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 October 12, 2011 at 2:36 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

From Paris With Love

…And it’s plausible that Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far right National Front, could become the President of France. Yet the most disturbing trend is that this growing nativism has turned much of Europe against a group of its own citizens – the Roma. The most evident instance of this was France’s deportation of hundreds of Roma last year. Although there have been large Roma populations in France for centuries, French authorities are now crack…

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by / on March 27, 2013 at 1:15 am / in Africa, World

There’s Something About Mali

…lps solidify their support among specific communities, yet deepens the divide between them. Within this context, France currently supports the opening of talks between the MLNA and the government. France assumes that the secular MLNA is more in line with their interests than Islamists, despite the fact that the MLNA also has a history of extremism and terrorist attacks. The Malian government has steadfastly refused to engage in talks with the MLN…

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by / on November 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm / in Current Issue, Middle East, World

Dictating Democracy

by  Ash-shab yurid isqat an-nizam “The people want to bring down the regime.” T his chant, first heard on the streets of Tunis in December 2010 following the self-immolation of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi, signaled the start of a new democratic era in Tunisia. Soon, the same chant was echoed in capitals across the Arab world. Four peaceful years and a constitution later, Tunisia is poised this autumn for their second…

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by / on October 26, 2014 at 3:58 pm / in Uncategorized

Events 10/27 – 11/02

by Monday, October 27th Conversation with Istvan Deak: “Life in War and Peace” 12:00pm – 1:15pm International Affairs Bulding, Room 1219 Please join us for lunch Conversation with Istvan Deak, who will share his unique experience with events that many head read about, but few lived. The large concepts of war, political transition, emigration all have personal stories behind them. We will discuss heroism and on the bac…

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by / on October 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm / in Opinion, World

More of the Same: An Update

…riority for the government, which, according to Gabriele Parussini of the Wall Street Journal, is eager to “keep France out of the hazardous debt spiral that has left several eurozone countries shunned by financial markets or forced to borrow at punishingly high interest rates.” Much like Spain, concerns abound in France that economic growth has long since deteriorated and unemployment has risen upwards of 10 percent. We should probably mention G…

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by / on July 17, 2014 at 8:47 am / in Middle East, Web Columnists

ISIS or ISIL or Just IS?

by   As the Islamic State (IS) stampedes over the Iraq-Syria border, the national boundaries that partition the Middle East have seldom seemed less legitimate. The division of the Middle East into independent states, a product of colonial machinations, yielded borders that have been relatively unchanged for almost a century. Because IS ignores these borders and possesses no international legitimacy, […]

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by / on October 19, 2014 at 11:50 am / in Campus, Events

Events 10/20 – 10/26

by Monday, October 20th   To lose without fighting? The US, China, Southeast Asia and the South China Sea 12:00pm – 1:30pm International Affairs Building, Room 918 Brown Bag Lecture featuring Bill Hayton, reporter at BBC. Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, the APEC Study Center, SEASI, and Asia American Journalists Association at Columbia. For further information regarding this event, please contact […]

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by / on November 16, 2014 at 11:35 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 11/17 – 11/25

…y sending email to mdm2201@columbia.edu The Dynamics of Gender: Women Writ, Women Writing in Seventeenth-Century France 6:00pm – 7:00pm East Gallery, Buell Hall Domna Stanton in conversation with Madeleine Dobie Domna Stanton discusses her new book that examines shifting notions of gender in 17th-century France and probes the specifics of conformity and resistance to gender norms from a feminist perspective. Her conversation with Madeleine…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:53 pm / in Uncategorized

The War of Alawite Aggression?

by We don’t want bread or tahina, we want freedom for our prisoners. Butheina Sha’aban, the Syrian people aren’t hungry… The people want the fall of the regime!” These were chants from initial protests in Dera’a from the parents of incarcerated child prisoners in March 2011 after Butheina Sha’aban, President Bashar al-Assad’s adviser, told him to increase food subsidies instead. In March 2011, the citizens of Dera’a in the south of Syr…

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