Post Tagged with: "Political Minutes"

by / on October 3, 2013 at 9:00 pm / in Opinion, World

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama Speaks at World Leaders Forum

by For nearly two weeks, Columbia has been hosting international figures in politics, economics, and academia as part of the prestigious World Leaders Forum. This Friday at Low Memorial Library, I received the wonderful opportunity to see and hear Edi Rama, Prime Minister of the Republic of Albania, speak on contemporary challenges and opportunities facing his country. Formerly Mayor of […]

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by / on September 29, 2013 at 10:44 am / in Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Herman Van Rompuy

Appointed in 2009 by the European Union’s then-26 heads of state (there will soon be 28), Van Rompuy is bound to their decisions – a degree of separation between his office and European public opinion that he insisted is good and necessary. But he also spoke of wrestling the Council, which must act unanimously, into consensus. “I’ve stayed in good shape for a man of 66,” he joked.

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by / on March 14, 2013 at 10:54 am / in Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Roots of Brazilian Impunity

D’Avila asserted that, “no political leaders are willing to promote cultural change and run political risk” in Brazil and that, “[p]opulism continues to be a recurrent binding constraint for promoting institutional changes.”

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by / on December 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm / in Uncategorized

Political Minutes: Power Dynamics in the UN

Emiliou mentioned the recent issue of upgrading Palestine’s status in the UN, which prompted a three way split within the EU member nations. He stated that this is “illustrative of the fact that we have a long way to go in order to establish a common foreign policy.”

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by / on November 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm / in Campus, Domestic, Opinion, Uncategorized

Political Minutes: The State of the Nation

With a historic number of women in the Senate, more discussion of woman’s rights in politics than ever before, and a Democratic Party that finally has been emboldened to stand for women, it seems as though 2012 truly is the “year of the woman” that feminists have fought so long for, though challenges remain.

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by / on October 27, 2012 at 1:17 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Bob Woodward speaks to the Journalism School

Woodward is critical of the fact that today’s journalists cover presidential speeches that represent weeks of work in a matter of minutes with a blog and a tweet. Taking no time to reflect and critically analyze, journalists hastily move on to a new topic after a post on their blog.

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by / on October 25, 2012 at 11:25 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Reverend Jesse Jackson and Katrina vanden Heuvel

Though the conversation covered a lot of ground during the two hour event, one theme that united all the speaker’s discussion of politics was the importance of a continuous progressive force in America.

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by / on October 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm / in Blast from the Past, Campus, Opinion, World

Political Minutes: Slavoj Zizek

The impassioned manner in which Zizek debates reminds us that this is what politics is supposed to be: real debate, real radicalism, and real ideas.

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by / on October 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm / in Campus

Political Minutes: Cory Booker

Talking to Columbia students Tuesday night on behalf of the Kenneth Cole Foundation, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, New Jersey discussed love, hope, change, and this generation’s imperative to tackle the hard issues.

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by / on October 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm / in Domestic, Opinion

Political Minutes: Elie Wiesel

Few understand human suffering better than Wiesel, a Holocaust survivor who lost most of his family in the camps, yet still fewer seem to understand the human condition as well as he.

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