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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:06 am / in Current Issue

Puerto No Rico

by by Anamaria Lopez When the average American hears of Puerto Rico, several images are likely to enter their mind: white sand, turquoise oceans, and the cast of West Side Story. But behind the façade of picturesque beaches, salsa music, stately Spanish architecture, and seaside resorts lies a far bleaker reality. Puerto Rico is currently suffering from what onlookers in […]

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by / on November 8, 2015 at 1:01 am / in Current Issue

Shorty Keeps Running Away

by At 8:52 PM on July 11, Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera – so called for his short stature – was pacing restlessly across his cell in Altiplano, Mexico’s only super-maximum-security prison. He proceeded to sit on his bed and change his shoes, just before walking to the shower area in the corner of his cell. Security camera footage showed […]

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by / on October 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm / in Africa, Web Columnists

Dangerous Times for Algeria

by Change is inevitable in everything, but in politics, some changes are more significant than others. In Algeria, the past month has brought one such a change: General Mohamed Mediene, also known as Toufik, has departed from the “Departement du renseignement et de la securite” (DRS), the Algerian secret services. The Algerian government has a complex and obscure structure in […]

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by / on October 19, 2015 at 11:07 am / in World

What You Need to Know: Ukraine

The upheaval in the Ukraine is rapidly escalating; we’ve compiled the best thinking on the topic to help you keep up

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by / on October 3, 2015 at 7:26 pm / in Asia, Campus, Events, Most Recent Column, World

World Leader’s Forum:

Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the Government of Bangladesh delivers an address titled, “Girls Lead the Way,” in Columbia University’s Low Library

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by / on August 10, 2015 at 9:45 am / in Middle East, National Security, World, World

Understanding the Madmen: The Rationale for Iran’s Rhetoric

By recognizing how domestic considerations play a part in Iranian foreign policy, we can better understand why their pronouncements seem to be at odds with their commitments.

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by / on May 9, 2015 at 10:01 pm / in Uncategorized

Briefing: Global Energy Policy

by Despite the efforts of global institutions, energy policy in the developing world continues to be driven by geology, engineering, and economics, not climate change, But it must be recognized that the developing world comes in many shapes and sizes, and the world is in the midst of a carbon-based energy revolution. Dramatically large carbon-based energy resources—oil and gas—have been […]

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by / on May 8, 2015 at 8:36 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Malaysian Malaise – Poor Prospects for Democracy in Anwar Ibrahim’s Legal Woes

To be sure, the headline “Malaysian Court Upholds Opposition Leader’s Sodomy Conviction” is not necessarily shocking in its own right. This is, after all, the era in which political figures being caught up in purportedly lurid sex scandals is now almost cliché.

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by / on May 8, 2015 at 8:29 pm / in Current Issue, Latin America, World

Radio Silence – A Defense of Carmen Aristegui and a Mexican Free Press

Carmen Aristegui, considered the most famous newscast journalist in Mexico, once hosted a daily morning radio talk show followed devoutly by millions of middle-class Mexicans. Her personal brand of investigatory journalism was markedly different from the standard of Mexican media: aggressive, probing—if sometimes lacking in reportorial rigor.

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by / on May 8, 2015 at 8:15 pm / in Asia, World

Taking Aim at Neutrality: Upholding the Principle of Medical Non-interference in Syria

Today, violations of medical neutrality constitute a war crime under the Geneva Convention. Yet, as an international norm, the principle has had minimal influence mitigating violence in the Syrian conflict.

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