Archive for ‘December, 2013’

The Question of Free Speech

  Whenever a public figure—be it a politician, or a pundit, or a reality TV star, or a musician—makes some kind of controversial statement in a…

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A Way Forward, Sanctions Not Required

  Late this November, seven countries including Iran and the United States forged a historic deal to freeze major parts of Iran’s nuclear program in exchange…

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Touting Transparency: The Obama Administration’s Defense of Drones

  On the first of May 2010 at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, President Obama acknowledged that the Jonas Brothers were in attendance. He added,…

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Sunday Links: December 22nd

  Here are this week’s links:   In the wake of the American Studies Association’s boycott of Israeli academic institutions, Leon Wieseltier discusses the world’s growing…

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Ukraine’s Protest Problem

  Trapped in a power struggle between Russia and the EU, the current Euromaidan protests in Ukraine are forcing the nation to choose an identity at…

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Achieving Mandela’s Vision

  With Nelson Mandela’s recent passing, it is only right to appreciate all that he accomplished for not only South Africa, but for the oppressed around…

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Sunday Links: December 15th, 2013

  Here are this week’s links:   Slate columnist and University of Missouri-St.Louis adjunct professor Rebecca Schuman claims (in a somewhat controversial manner) that we should…

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The Ethan Couch Question

  Ethan Couch is a sixteen year old kid from Texas. He was also, this past week, sentenced to ten years of probation for killing four…

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TBT: An Interview with William Faulkner

  This week’s installment of Throwback Thursday is an interview with famed American author William Faulkner, given to The Paris Review in 1956.   To read…

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Oil and American Intervention

  The United States has recently shown a tendency towards selective intervention in foreign affairs. Looking to cases of international crimes, human rights violations and state…

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