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January 18, 2006 • 0
Tonight, three eminent Yale intellects — Frederic Vandenberghe, John Merriman and Seyla Benhabib — will discuss the causes of the riots in France and situate them in the broader context of Europe at its multicultural crossroads. Following three explosive weeks of rioting in November, it was clear to all that France, and much of Europe »

Lessons of Algiers are lost on the Pentagon

October 21, 2005 • 0
Two years ago — six months after the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s statue — the Pentagon decided it would screen a film for its hard-working staff. But, curiously, rather than choosing the noble bravado of “Blackhawk Down” or the epic righteousness of “Lord of the Rings,” the officials in charge opted for the avant-garde. “The »

State of Iraq war debate: going nowhere, and fast

September 16, 2005 • 1
There was an element of spectacle even before the show began. On Wednesday night, hundreds stood in line on the street, ringing the blocks around CUNY Baruch College. They were awaiting entrance into an already sold-out Mason Hall, crammed with hordes of journalists, activists and agitators, all captured by the cameras of C-SPAN. Inside, two »

In Iraq, ‘liberal’ label applied a bit too liberally

March 25, 2005 • 0
These days right is left, left is right, liberals are wrong and conservatives are liberal. As confused as this may already sound, the logic behind the neo-conservative argument remains rather straightforward. Neo-conservatives stress that opponents of the Bush administration’s agenda in the Middle East disregard years of intractable tyranny and betray the fundamental values of »

For Iraq, an American dream that wasn’t

February 7, 2005 • 0
Early last week, members of the Yale College Students for Democracy asked students walking through Cross Campus to dip their fingers in indelible blue ink. A sign of solidarity with the elections in Iraq, the gesture supposedly embodied a pure and positive celebration of the glory of democracy, free from political overtones and the grinding »

Overseas, paradise lost; here, a moral found?

January 18, 2005 • 0
Two days after the Indian Ocean erupted and ravaged the coastlines of over a dozen countries, killing thousands and displacing millions, I swam in it. As multi-colored fish shimmered past my feet in the turquoise sea, such overwhelming tragedy in paradise seemed not just absurd, but impossible. Gentle and warm, it was hard to imagine »

Elections aren’t right glue for repairing Iraq

December 8, 2004 • 0
The Bush administration must really wish Colin Powell had never heard of Pottery Barn. The humiliated former secretary of state thought he was quoting the home furnishing chain’s store policy when he warned President Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that “If you break it, you own it.” Now, with elections barely a month »