Cover Story

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

Off Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The SNP’s platform is nothing if not simple: Scotland should leave the United Kingdom. And with a referendum asking “Should Scotland be an independent country?” scheduled for September 18, the party leading the so-called “Yes campaign” may get its wish. Most Americans may not give much thought to British politics, but they have a huge stake in the debate over Scottish independence—and not just because James Bond’s national identity hangs in the balance.

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:28 pm / in Cover Story, Domestic, Fall 2013, Judicial, Media

Warrants for Torrents

Cover Story: Fall 2013

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by / on January 3, 2014 at 11:50 pm / in Cover Story, Latin America, Winter 2013, World

Red Hot Chile-crats

Cover Story: Winter 2013

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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

Castle Bravo was just one nuclear test out of the 68 that the United States conducted over a 12-year span (1946-1958) in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Measured by their power, these nuclear tests amounted to 1.6 Hiroshimas per day over that period – a fact little known to the world community.

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by / on March 25, 2013 at 7:48 pm / in Cover Story, Uncategorized

First Nations, Last Hope

Cover Story: Winter 2013
Despite the painful track record of history to date, there is an opportunity for real long-lasting relationships between BC, Canada, and First Nations—agreements between brothers, that First Nations and their ancestors have wanted all along.

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by / on December 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm / in Cover Story, Latin America, World

Bribe and Punishment

Cover Story: Fall 2012
“The problem is that in Brazil you don’t convict. I’ve been in court for seven years, yet this is the second time we attempt to reach conviction. This course of action is still very novel to me and to other judges.”

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

The Ultimate Gamble

Only progress on the basis of strength can weather the severe geopolitical and socioeconomic pressures that Iran faces. The only reasonable policy reformulations are those that ensure an internally strong state able to coordinate and direct the instruments of foreign and domestic policy at the level of state bureaucracies, especially in the realm of security.

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am / in Cover Story

Grooming the Globe

It can be hard to tell whether consultants work to sell an ideology or only to bring in a paycheck. In this broader vein and under a more scintillating name, the US indeed influences elections and campaigns worldwide.

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Arctic and Antarctic, Cover Story, Domestic, Environmental, National Security, World

Diplomacy on Ice

Antarctica is home to more than emperor penguins and a few dozen humans with science citizenship barricaded in small hermetic bases. It is also host to an estimated 200 billion barrels of hydrocarbons, alongside large quantities of gold, silver, uranium, and many other rare metals underneath a pristine ice cap still virgin of commercial exploitation. Securing a territory with such a rich underground, in whole or in part, would bless any country with durable energy security and, thereby, increased political independence in the international arena.

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by / on October 24, 2011 at 12:44 am / in Cover Story, Domestic, Latin America, World

Acknowledging the Americas

by In 2008, President Barack Obama had a clear idea for Latin American foreign policy. The Bush administration, distracted by events in the Middle East, had pursued a harmful hemispheric policy of blustering unilateralism and neglect; Obama, conversely, would pursue a “new partnership” with the Americas, one marked by cooperation and mutual interests. His subsequent election was heralded throughout Latin America […]

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