• Paki-standing Alone

    Paki-standing Alone

    In early March, eight men and women attacked the central train station of Kunming, the capital of the southwestern province Yunnan. Armed with knives, these people slaughtered 28 civilians and left 130 injured in what the Chinese media have dubbed “China’s 9/11.” As pressure mounts on Beijing to react swiftly, Islamabad must do all it can to ensure that Beijing, its most powerful ally, does not lose faith but remains, in the words of former President Pervez Musharraf, a “time-tested and all-weather friend.”

  • Diamonds Aren’t Forever

    Diamonds Aren’t Forever

    The revenues from Debswana provide 50 percent of all government revenues in Botswana. The case study of the relationship between De Beers and Botswana represents the intermingling of a firm and the state, the combination of economic and political interests, and serves as a modern study of political economy. It also provides an intriguing glimpse into modern imperialism.

  • License to Spill

    License to Spill

    As a nation and as a world, we must start thinking about the long-term impacts of our actions, rather than the short-term economic and energy benefits. Sustainable growth today will be more profitable in the future. Rejecting Keystone XL this spring is the right choice both for the nation and for the planet.

  • An Israeli-Palestinian standoff

    Israel/Palestine Debates

    by PROMPT:  What is the academic boycott of Israel and why is it so important? PANELISTS:  Isabel Peñaranda, CC ’14, is studying Anthropology, and uses it to draw connections between the dispossession of poor communities of color in Harlem due to Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion, the people of Palestine by the Israeli state, and peasants by state and paramilitary violence in Colombia, […]

  • Jordan: One Kingdom, Two Nations

    Jordan: One Kingdom, Two Nations

    Yet as peace talks continue to flounder between the Israeli and Palestinian delegations, and as Palestinian roots grow deeper in Jordan with each passing year, a transformation is taking hold: Jordan is Palestine. While most Palestinians yearn for the birth of a new Palestinian state, and regardless of the fact that they do not enjoy the same privileges as their Jordanian counterparts, many Palestinians do not have any intention of migrating to a future “Palestine.”

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    From Sea to Shining…Puddle?

    Despite these gloomy numbers, the American West’s 49′er mentality of continual and aggressive resource consumption still persists. While the particular resource in this case is largely abundant (at least when compared to other natural resources) it is in no way infinite, much less renewable in the short-term. If it continues down this path, the West could be in serious trouble.

  • **Events March 24-30**

    **Events March 24-30**

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  • Physician, Heal Thyself!

    Physician, Heal Thyself!

    While Putin certainly felt that he was, “returning [Crimea] to their home harbor,” his actions were aggressive and unwarranted. However, in condemning Putin’s brazen defiance of international law, it is critical that the West’s foreign policy towards Russia and Ukraine evolves from “Big Bad Vlad Stealing”, which is little more than a return to Cold War-politics, to a response that reflects the nuances and complexities of the Crimean situation.

  • Pakistan’s Identity Crisis

    Pakistan’s Identity Crisis

    If Sharif can clearly and effectively articulate to his people the brutality entailed by a Taliban regime, he can reduce the terrorist group’s popular support. Only then will he able to subdue the military and to take on the Taliban at the negotiating table.

  • S-300 Missiles in Red Square

    Air Combat over Eastern Ukraine

    For now, Moscow has made no moves toward expanding its gains, and this hesitation likely indicates that the costs and risks of an air war against the Ukrainian military—as part of larger land operation or not—outweigh the benefits.

Recent Additions

by / on March 9, 2014 at 11:56 am / in Campus, Events

*Events* March 10th-14th

Here’s our list of all the events you can’t go to this week because of midterms.

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by / on March 7, 2014 at 8:08 pm / in Africa, Kyle Dontoh, Web Columnists, World

West Africa’s Prophet Problem

by March 7′s Wall Street Journal included  a rather unusual headline – “Heavenly Currency Intervention Is Sought“. If one were to read the article, it would reveal that some in Ghana have taken to the equally unusual measure of praying for the country’s currency, the Cedi, to stop falling in value. “I command the resurrection of the cedi – in the name […]

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by / on March 4, 2014 at 1:24 am / in Kyle Dontoh, Web Columnists

In Ukraine, Two Disparate Futures of Geopolitics

The crisis in Ukraine will end either with a humiliated West or a neutralized Russia: here’s how either scenario could happen

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by / on March 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm / in Events

*Updated* Exciting Events March 3rd-9th

A rundown of some important events around Campus!

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by / on March 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm / in Ben Rimland, Europe, Organizations, Web Columnists, World

It’s Time to Stand Against Putin

Just as Putin has demonstrated his seriousness to the West, Europe and the United States must stand resolutely, in total lock-step, against this brazenly aggressive move by Russia. On its own, the US can and should pass targeted sanctions against Russia, and the White House should also coach its leader to not wear jeans during a critical phone call in full view of the world stage.

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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

The United States frequently tested nuclear weapons in the Pacific with the equivalent power of 1.6 Hiroshima’s per day. The largest test, Castle Bravo, was 1000X more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima

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by / on February 27, 2014 at 4:47 pm / in Campus, Events

CPU Hosting “CPU Talks” March 4 Tuesday 8pm

We recommend CPU Talks, an on-going speaker and debate series from Coluimbia’s multi-partisan political union. Tuesday’s talk features student groups Delta GDP, Black Students’ Organization, and Students Against Mass Incarceration

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by / on February 25, 2014 at 1:12 pm / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Assad’s Quiet Allies: Christians

Christians and Muslims may pray to the same God, but can this God protect both peoples? Jordan’s Christians hope they never have to find out.

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by / on February 24, 2014 at 9:16 pm / in Uncategorized

The Uncertain Path Ahead in the Middle East

The traditional balance of power of the entire region is shifting. Saudi Arabia’s authority is based solely on its robust oil exports to the US, and thus its power is beginning to wane in face of America’s shale oil revolution and Iran’s rapidly-increasing oil exports

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by / on February 23, 2014 at 3:29 pm / in Blast from the Past, Domestic, Election

Blast from the Past: Citizens United; Columbians Divided

Columbia Students, from libertarians to socialists, debate the Citizens United ruling and campaign finance more generally.

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