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[9 May 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Matt Baron

As the largest Islamic constitutional republic in the world, Pakistan has always had a very divergent relationship with the United States. While fairly unpopular among the Pakistani citizenry, America has often come to rely upon the nation’s leadership, especially in the past decade. Though the alliance is logistically critical to both parties, it has not always been the most honest. The worst kept secret so far is that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) frequently colludes with and shelters extremist leaders. In response, the U.S. has progressively increased their …

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[27 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Will McChesney

Revolution is a lot easier than administration.

For South Africa, 1994 is remembered something like a mush-up of the endings to your favorite movies. President F.W. de Klerk announced the end of apartheid after three years of negotiations, free elections took place in South Africa, the African National Congress took more than 60 percent of the vote, Nelson Mandela became president, Ferris Bueller wasn’t expelled, John McClane threw Hans Gruber out of a window, and Humphrey Bogart wistfully watched Ingrid Bergman leaving on the plane.

The ANC’s reforms from 1994 …

Blog, Europe »

[23 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Rachel Poletick

“There’s a massive fire in Parliament Square – police believe it may be Nick Clegg’s pants”

On December 9, 2010, all of England was abuzz with the news of potential tuition fee rises that would be put to a vote that evening. Students rallied together, gathering in huge crowds around the city of London and other metropolitan English cities. The National Union of Students (NUS) was at the helm of political action during this time with Aaron Porter, the union’s leader and major negotiator, purportedly paving the way for …

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[20 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Safiya Merchant

The recent sexual assault of CBS News correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo, Egypt is a painful reminder of the struggles female foreign correspondents often have to endure while on assignment. Besides finding sources, covering their stories, and staying away from the violence of war-torn lands, they must also protect their bodies from being abused or exploited. According to The New York Times, Logan was viciously attacked the day that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power. While covering the celebrations, a mob of more than …

Africa, Blog, Middle East »

[17 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Edwin Rios

Will Hosni Mubarak’s resignation threaten Egyptian-Israeli relations? Probably not.

But that seems to be the prevailing fear in the minds of the Israeli people, as life in the streets of Cairo returns to normal. The protests have risen from below; the same police who attacked anti-Mubarak protestors in Tahrir Square now call for higher wages and refuse to return to their jobs until their voices have been heard. The shouts for reformation of the 18-day People’s Revolution have ceased for the moment, as the government’s future rests in the …

Americas, Blog, Europe »

[16 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Will McChesney

You don’t have to have a triple-digit IQ to realize that the next few weeks will be crucial for the future of Europe.

The continued failure of Europe’s leaders to restore short-term faith to its markets has led to infighting and harsh strain on less-powerful, peripheral states. Without any long-term plan, individual nations have continued to bicker about exactly where relief should come from. Governments of prosperous states such as Germany, Finland and the Netherlands argue that their taxpayers should not bear the weight of failing markets in Ireland …

Asia, Blog »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Jia You

He was a boy with an “addled” brain, the way his teacher saw it. His formal education stopped at three months’ grade school, after which he set out to ruin the basement with pungent gases from chemical experiments, burn the baggage car on the train, steal news from the associated press –

And he invented the light bulb.

So here is the question: what if Thomas Edison had had a Chinese mother?

My guesses: he would have a) spent three hours a night drilling questions to get an A for all …

Blog, Europe, Middle East »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By William Beaver

The protests that are taking place in the Middle East are similar to the protests that swept the Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union from 2000 to about 2005. Over that period, it seemed like many governments were sick with some sort of illness that spread quickly throughout the region and overthrew one long serving autocratic leader after another. However, not every autocrat succumbed.

For example, Vladimir Putin is still running Russia. In Azerbaijan, Ilham Aliyev took his father’s crown, and in Belarus Alexander Lukashenko just recently crushed …

Blog, Middle East »

[14 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]

By Mitch Steinfeld

With large-scale uprising in Egypt and demonstrations planned in other nations of the Middle East, the media is questioning the role of U.S. involvement in the region, and Americans are listening. A skeptic media is not new for Americans, but the source of it is.

Al Jazeera, the Doha-based, multilingual news service has positioned itself as an authority for in-depth, international coverage. Through their reporting in the Arab world, Al Jazeera has thrust themselves into American homes, beating out every other news source in coverage of Egypt.

The development of …

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[8 Feb 2010 | One Comment | ]

By Daniel R. DePetris

The first year of President Barack Obama’s administration has brought its fair share of attention to international affairs. Despite the somewhat quant security environment in Iraq, the United States continues to work behind the scenes with Iraqi politicians in the hopes of establishing an effective political system. In Afghanistan, the United States and its global allies find themselves in a tough and long-term fight against a resurgent Taliban: a movement that strives to kick out foreign occupiers in the name of Islam. Just across …