Archive for Spring 2011 For. Pol. Issue

Rising Inequality in India

Mar 31, 2011 No Comments

Prosperity has its price By Maxim Levet Home to a rich culture, delicious food, a thriving economy, and over a billion people, India, the world’s largest democracy, is by far one of the most fascinating places on the globe. However, on my recent trip there this winter, one thing caught my eye: above all else, [...]

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Border Horrors

Mar 28, 2011 No Comments

By Anais LaVoie In 2001, annual deportation rates decreased for the first time in recent memory.  But in just one decade since September 11th, our culture of fear doubled the number of undocumented immigrants deported every year.  Just this week, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano bragged that the Obama administration currently deports more immigrants [...]

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Your Tax Dollars Hard at Work

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

An Interview with Art Reingold, HIV/AIDS Research Expert by Zoe Kornberg Zoe Kornberg: What is PEPFAR? Art Reingold: PEPFAR fundamentally stands for the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief, and it was started under George Bush. It provides a substantial amount of money, in the billions of dollars per year, with the primary purpose of [...]

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The War in Afghanistan: An Overview

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

By Nikhil Dixit Photo: An Anti-Taliban Forces Fighter in Helmand As the United States winds down its commitment in Iraq, it has increasingly shifted attention to the war in Afghanistan. Afghanistan poses several unique challenges. It is larger and more rural than Iraq, which makes protecting its population more difficult. It lacks an educated, professional [...]

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From Berkeley to Saudi Arabia

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

By Christy Stanker Photo by: Jhong Dizon “There is a long-standing, special relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia” I heard this same line over and over again during my two-week trip to the desert nation this past winter break. Our special relationship began in the oil industry but continues through weapons sales, military [...]

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A Fragile, Invisible Giant

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

By Klein Lieu Photo: Tahrir square in the thick of the Jasmine Revolution The Internet stands as one of human civilization’s great inventions. It is our era’s Library of Alexandria—a repository of complete human knowledge for generations to come. Like Alexandria, the Internet is a testament to our society’s concept of free access to information, [...]

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Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

By Chasel Lee From the fiscal crises in Ireland and Greece to the protests in Tunisia and Egypt, American newspapers and televisions have recently featured exciting and serious international stories. Don’t let old stories get out of sight and out of mind. You may recall that not so long ago a puzzling flare-up in North [...]

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The Mexico Question

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

By Ariel Boone Discourse on Mexico runs into the same paradoxes that Mexico’s image presents:  Mexico is simultaneously represented as an exotic tourist destination and a deadly, crime-ridden nation.  How do students stay safe in Mexico without heeding xenophobic warnings that traveling south of Chula Vista is wild and dangerous?  The closest most UC Berkeley [...]

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Breaking the Berkeley Bubble

Mar 27, 2011 No Comments

How a Student can Gain a Global Perspective By Jeremy Bishow If we are really honest with ourselves, how many people on campus knew the name “Mubarak” before the recent revolution in Egypt.  How many still don’t.  It’s not uncommon for average student to be completely out of touch with the various dealings of the [...]

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