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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

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Colonialism Redux

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

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Radio Silence

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

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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

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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,

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Political Cartography

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

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Arrested Development

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

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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

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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

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Wag the Dog

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

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We The Undergraduates

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

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Oui Are For Sarko

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

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Genocide Meets Google

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

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Courting the British Accent

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

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Freedom, Spartan Style

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

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I Met a British Spy

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Transatlanticism

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I Am Not at a Cafe

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Away in Argentina