Guns, Barbed Wire and Deporting Children

Mexico's Failed Southern Border Program (Programa Frontera Sur) Illicit drug and human trafficking has consistently been one of the most challenging phenomenon knocking at America’s back door for decades. In recent years, immigration numbers and violence have exploded on the border, resulting in a surge of anti-immigration sentiment and increasingly repressive enforcement measures in both … Continue reading Guns, Barbed Wire and Deporting Children

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Meditation on language

요즘 자신감도 동기도 사라졌는데 그래도 어쨌든 열심히 공부해야지. 얼마 동안 한국에 더 있을지 나조차도 궁금하다. 여자친구와 친구들은 내가 힘을 낼 수 있는 원천이다. 가끔은 답답하다. 나를 어떤식으로 표현해야할지 모르겠다. 그래도 아직 많은 시간이 남아있다. 한번에 완벽해지길 기대하는가? 내가 지금 이걸 왜 적고 있는지 모르겠네 “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, … Continue reading Meditation on language

The 1987 Palestinian Intifada: Widening Divisions on the Road to Statehood

Few images evoke a sense of immense struggle and disproportional power than that of the iconic Palestinian boy flinging rocks at an Israeli tank rolling slowly towards him and a group of his young friends. Indeed it was this encounter that began to symbolize the perpetual conflict ordinary Palestinians found themselves in, locked against an encroaching neighbour: Israel.

The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: End of Detente and Return to Superpower Confrontation

In the late 1970’s America found itself in a state of transition. The epoch of détente was ending in disarray, and the hardline neo-conservative Reagan administration in America began to gain immense popularity at the expense of the increasingly condemned Carter democrats. Ending the Cold War by accommodation and peace negotiations would no longer be … Continue reading The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan: End of Detente and Return to Superpower Confrontation

Autonomous Communities in Spain: Basque and Catalonia and the Politics of Separatism

Since the end of the Franco era that controlled Spain under one unitary dictatorship, Spanish regions have grown to become more independent from the capital and have brought to the fore a new wave of separatism that heavily influences the Spanish political arena.  The two most notable regions that historically have been economically, culturally and … Continue reading Autonomous Communities in Spain: Basque and Catalonia and the Politics of Separatism