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by / on April 5, 2015 at 11:10 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 04/06-04/11

Welcome Spring!

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by / on April 4, 2015 at 10:19 am / in Giovanni E. Pagán, Latin America, Most Recent Column, Web Columnists, World

Two Wings of the Same Bird (Part II):

In a recent address, President Obama pledged to “leave behind the legacy of colonialism” in Latin America. Based on the actions taken in the past few months, this promise is being upheld by United States diplomatic efforts in Cuba. However, the unprecedented action by the United States in Cuba is distinct from the American stance towards colonialism in Puerto Rico.

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by / on March 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm / in Asia, Most Recent Column, World

Unhealed Wounds

On Thursday morning, March 5, South Koreans were in consternation at the sight of the bleeding American ambassador, Mark W. Lippert, played and replayed on TV. The attack occurred at a restaurant at the Sejong Center for performing arts, where Lippert was to deliver an address for the breakfast event sponsored by the organization Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation.

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by / on March 29, 2015 at 12:38 pm / in Africa, Asia, Most Recent Column, World

Nigeria: The New Pakistan or the End of Boko Haram?

Nigeria’s army has been long recognized as one of Africa’s most well equipped and organized, but events over the past years including its failure to quell Boko Haram have called this into question. The case of Nigeria echoes that of the Pakistan and the Islamists in the Waziristan tribal regions, with both states having effectively lost control over large portions of their territory to Islamic extremist groups.

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by / on March 28, 2015 at 1:06 am / in Campus, Events, Uncategorized

Events 03/30-04/03

Weekly Events Post

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by / on March 27, 2015 at 9:00 am / in Giovanni E. Pagán, Latin America, Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion, Web Columnists, World

Two Wings of the Same Bird

“Cuba and Puerto Rico are two wings of the same bird,” said the Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodríguez de Tió in her poem “A Cuba.” In 1895 these words echoed the close bonds and common heritage that the two island-nations shared and had shared for centuries.

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 9:08 pm / in Briefings, Europe, World

Charge of the Right Brigade

European countries have traditionally had political parties that range from the very liberal to the very conservative, stretching further in both directions than, say, the two political parties in the United States. Historically, the more conservative parties remained firmly on the fringes of society and did not gained much power politically. The recent changes in the ethnic distribution of European population, mainly due to a massive influx of immigration, have popularized the furthest-right parties, most of which have an aggressive anti-immigration stance.

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 9:00 pm / in Current Issue, Europe, World

Denial on Trial

The Armenian Genocide–as these events would later be known–is a lasting source of contention between Armenians and Turks. Armenians actively remember the Meds Yeghern and some use the historical event to bolster legal claims against the successor state of Ottoman Turkey. On the other hand, the modern Turkish state actively ignores these grimmer portions of its earlier history, leveraging its substantial geopolitical clout to cloud the historical record documenting the horrific crimes that occurred within its borders.

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:58 pm / in Current Issue, Middle East, World

Slick Dealings

While Jordan continues to consolidate the Hashemite political rule over the country, and to assert its stable position amidst regional conflict, it is also necessary to consider key aspects of the economy like energy security, and to move towards a more self-sufficient electricity and fuel economy.

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by / on March 23, 2015 at 8:53 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Seoul Mates

Seventy years have passed since the division of Korea and the Northern regime has now reached its third successor, Kim Jong-Un. Many believed that the young leader Kim Jong-Un would not be able to hold together the isolated, poverty stricken, and economically stagnated North Korea. Until last year, talks about an imminent reunification were prevalent in South Korea, attested by South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s emphasis on reunification in her 2014 New Year’s press conference.

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