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by / on February 10, 2014 at 7:24 am / in Aman Navani, Asia, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

The Red Corridor

by India’s rise as an emerging economic superpower has been nothing short of spectacular, and has certainly captured the world’s attention over the last decade. However, in the vast tracts of forests in the northeastern portion of the country—far away from the public’s gaze—India’s people do not experience the fruits of economic progress. Instead, they have constantly been subjected to […]

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by / on February 9, 2014 at 7:15 pm / in Culture, Megan Kallstrom, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, Women's Rights

Goldie Blox

by What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial this year? Was it Volkswagen’s winged engineers? Seinfeld’s reunion with George and Newman? Jaguar’s stiff-upper-lipped British stars? My favorite this year was a bit of a dark horse, as it’s from a company whose products I’ll probably never use: GoldieBlox. In case you missed the SuperBowl (and haven’t searched “best Super Bowl […]

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by / on February 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm / in Middle East, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World, Zubair Akram

The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant

These powerful developments emanating from the Middle East demonstrate a region constantly disturbed by sectional interests and polarizing ideologies. Is there a solution?

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by / on February 6, 2014 at 4:49 pm / in Asha Banerjee, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

Myanmar’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters

As the new Myanmar government—now with opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi involved—pursues its reforms and hopes to improve its relationship with the West, a larger problem remains: the new Myanmar is still racked with its old Burma problems, so to speak.

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by / on February 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm / in Campus, Julia Ghahramani, Uncategorized, Web Columnists

The Cruel Reality of Columbia’s Sexual Assault Policy

by In an oblique email sent out on January 29th, President Bollinger assured students that “gender-based misconduct and sexual assault have no place in [the Columbia] community. Period.” Bollinger’s statement came on the heels of widespread calls for reform by various student groups asking for a review of the administrative processes regarding sexual assault. The campus buzz over sexual assault […]

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by / on February 4, 2014 at 11:59 am / in Eliot Sackler, Middle East, Web Columnists, World

Jordanians Count their Blessings

The face of Walid al- Moallem, Syria’s foreign minister, appears on television: “Syria always keeps its promises,” he says to Ban Ki-moon. The scene cuts out, and immediately cuts back into an image of Syrian warplanes raining hellfire down upon the Syria landscape. Explosions, smoke, and misery ensue.

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by / on February 3, 2014 at 11:19 am / in Latin America, Matthew Michaelides, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

The Bigger Picture in Brazil

by With all eyes on Sochi as the Winter Olympics kick off in the coming days, the 2014 FIFA World Cup has recently managed to elude the gaze of international sports fans. Of course, that’s not to say that all is well in Brazil. In early January, Brazilian “Presidenta” Dilma Rousseff and her administration were criticized by FIFA President Sepp […]

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by / on February 2, 2014 at 11:01 pm / in Uncategorized

Welcome to CPR 2014!

by Welcome to the newly renovated website of The Columbia Political Review! As the multi-partisan magazine of the Columbia Political Union, CPR fosters a lively and robust on-campus political discourse by publishing, in quarterly magazine form, the insights and opinions of Columbia students. With the installation of our new website—an online outlet for the diverse views of our infamously political […]

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by / on February 2, 2014 at 3:43 pm / in Ben Rimland, Domestic, Judicial, Uncategorized, Web Columnists

Snowden’s Folly

Snowden and his leaks have been compared numerous times to Daniel Ellsberg and the famous “Pentagon Papers” during the Nixon era. But Ellsberg had full knowledge of the report and its implications, while Snowden could not possibly have read all of the documents he took.

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by / on February 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm / in Aman Navani, Asia, Uncategorized, Web Columnists, World

Bangladesh’s Shaky Democracy

On October 26th 2013, the two most powerful politicians in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, leader of the ruling Awami League, and Begum Khaleda Zia, leader of the opposition Bangladesh National Party, had a phone conversation after many years. All the two leaders did was bicker and squabble.

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