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The Audacity of Hate – The American Immigration Problem

The Audacity of Hate – The American Immigration Problem

By Olwethu Sipuka, Policy and Development Specialist
Location South Africa South Africa

While President Obama personifies the “Audacity of hope,” anti-immigrant Americans individuals personify the audacity of hate. I am proudly part of a generation that grew up with no Internet, Wi-Fi or any of these instruments that make people believe they are living in the “Information Age” The question therefore with regards to this “information” is; what kind of information? Central to the lessons we received around the fire during our dinners included never using the […]

July 10, 2014 · 0 comments · Culture, United States
The Secret of Walt Disney’s International Appeal

The Secret of Walt Disney’s International Appeal

By Hsiang-en Huang, Graduate Studnet in Politics at New York University
Location United States United States

Walt Disney, a celebrated figure within the American animation industry and perhaps globally, has helped the United States become a global superpower. As a mogul in the entertainment business with astonishing recognition around the world, Walt Disney had done some great works not only representing the way how America thinks and behaves, but the animation he created has changed international thinking of American culture, customs, and society. The animations represent joy, pleasure and happiness, which […]

May 8, 2014 · 0 comments · Culture, Media, United States
America Should Send Weapons and Military Advisors to Ukraine

America Should Send Weapons and Military Advisors to Ukraine

By Gabriel Glickman, Doctoral Candidate in Middle East and Mediterranean Studies at King's College London
Location United Kingdom United Kingdom

The White House has misread the situation in Ukraine and strong conservative values call for resolute action in the face of a direct challenge from Russian President Vladimir Putin. Democratic revolutions do not work. This is a simple history lesson that is endowed with the timelessness of having been reaffirmed by recent upheavals in the Middle East (think Tunisia and Egypt). Essential questions come to the fore that should give reasonable pause to any senior officials involved in foreign […]

April 26, 2014 · 1 comment · Politics, Russia, Ukraine, United States
Crimean Tatars Fear Russia Following ‘Kosovo Precedent’

Crimean Tatars Fear Russia Following ‘Kosovo Precedent’

By Jie Zhan, Graduate Student in International Relations at New York University
Location United States United States

We should address the Crimean crisis in a way that protects international norms without compromising the interests of each side. On March 16, 97 percent of the Crimean population voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, which really worried the 300,000 Muslim Crimean Tatars that only constitute 12 percent of the Crimean population, in contrast to 58 percent of ethnic Russians. They were once the majority in Crimea until 1944 when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin […]

Irresistible: Espionage, Dissent and NGOs

Irresistible: Espionage, Dissent and NGOs

By Binoy Kampmark, Lecturer at RMIT University, Melbourne
Location Australia Australia

The NSA is far from the only organization engaged in the business of spying on activist groups and NGOs. Edward Snowden’s revelations on the voracious appetite of spying on all and sundry by the National Security Agency and allied agencies should not give pause for too much comment, other than to affirm a general premise: activists and non-government groups are to be feared. Non-profits are seen as potential threats, though what to is sometimes unclear. […]

April 13, 2014 · 0 comments · Politics, United States
The West Should Reconsider Total Afghan Exit

The West Should Reconsider Total Afghan Exit

By Moheb Arsalan J, Afghan Analyst
Location Afghanistan Afghanistan

If the West is unhappy with Russia’s invasion of Crimea, it should reconsider a total exit strategy from Afghanistan to prevent another Ukraine-like scenario. Earlier this month Russian forces stormed Crimea, a strategic peninsula which had been an integral part of Ukraine. On March 16, Crimeans voted to join Russia in a referendum that was supported by Russia and denounced as illegitimate by Western powers and Ukraine. The rest of the world threatened to isolate and […]

Members of the Baloch community in the Pacific Northwest holding a peaceful protest in Seattle, Washington. Credit: Changiz Baluch.

Baloch Insist US End Pakistan Military Aid

By Changiz Baluch, Writer and Human Rights Activist
Location Pakistan Pakistan

The Baloch community in the Pacific Northwest peacefully called on the US to end military aid to Pakistan. “Balochistan is bleeding. Where are you UN?” This was one slogan written on one of the signs held by the Baloch protesters in Seattle, Washington on March 16. The Baloch community in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States held a peaceful demonstration in Westlake Park, Seattle on Sunday voicing concern against human rights violations committed […]