Pierpaolo Barbieri

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Stay the Course

In Europe, “two percent” means more than a healthy content of milk fat in morning cappuccinos. It is the target

Colonialism Redux

In a New York Times article last year, an unidentified politician commented on Robert Mugabe. As a fellow member of

Radio Silence

With money and power comes temptation, as evidenced by the (now former) New York state governor and some (now former)

Time Is (Still) On Your Side

Anyone living in America, particularly those accustomed to the televised exchanges between Hillary and Barack, would have been surprised by

When It Hits the Fan

On January 23rd, nobody had heard of Jérôme Kerviel. He was just another junior trader at France’s second largest bank,

Political Cartography

It was a Frenchman in 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville, who first thought in terms of ‘American exceptionalism.’ Through decades and

Arrested Development

Back in the fall of 2003, “Arrested Development” first aired on American TV to critical acclaim. The witty comedy centered

DISSENTING OPINION: Paying the Way Forward

There is consensus among the liberal elites that the American education system is a fundamentally flawed one, and that it

Nasty, Brutish, And Obstinate

This week, over 100 sophomores who have enrolled in Social Studies 10a, the first half of what was a year-long

Wag the Dog

Possibly the most prevalent source of political legitimacy in our age is the democratic principle, the idea that the most


We The Undergraduates

History is cyclical, after all: Last Sunday, once again, the colonies had had enough. After fiery argumentation and passionate debate,

Oui Are For Sarko

France needs change, and needs it desperately. Thankfully, it seems that the French people have got the message: 84 percent

Genocide Meets Google

Media has always keenly quoted Thomas Jefferson: “If I had to make a choice, to choose the government without the

Courting the British Accent

Allegedly during the 1930s, The Times cover properly synthesized Britons’ idea of themselves in relation to Europe: “Dense fog over

Freedom, Spartan Style

Today, the highly anticipated film “300,” a Frank Miller graphic novel adapted into a “Sin City”-styled cinematic extravaganza, opens in