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Occupy is Dead; Long Live Occupy!

For a few weeks last fall if you visited the occupation in the financial district you could taste it in the air; the world was about to turn over. Occupy Wall Street stuck a chord of discontent so profound that thousands gladly went to jail, yet so simple everyone understood. It was a visceral outrage

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Election Night as a Unit of Measurement

Last night I watched the election returns from International Territory. During the 2004 vote, I was still in college, a month from graduation –and I hated everything George W. Bush represented. I was an activist, organizing rallies and teach-ins and even going door to door stumping for the Green Party in local elections. We played drinking games—it

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Chile: First world or Third world?

I have been in Chile for three weeks, based in Santiago but with overnight trips to a variety of different environments. Chile is an interesting country because it’s hard to determine if it is part of the first world or the third world. There is definitely a gulf between the ultra-modern capital and the countryside,

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The New Imperialism

Violent takeover (see the U.S. in Iraq) and repression (see China in Xinjiang or Tibet) still exist, but for the most part the new imperialism is much more subtle and powered by citizens rather than governments. In much of the world you will find Western tourists and small Chinese business owners working unconsciously together to shape the world in the

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Work (The Dichotomy Between Policy Makers and Those They Make Policy For)

Last week I began working at the International Affairs Building at Columbia University.  Almost daily there are academic forums and lectures addressing abstract but important global issues.  The concentration of intelligence, knowledge and theory is impressive, and I, I park their cars. I actually do not particularly like cars, nor do I know much about them (I learned how to

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NYC Subway

Before I ever moved to NYC I idolized the subway system here.  My riding experiences were mostly in Manhattan and it forever amazed me that underneath all the towering skyscrapers exited such a vast network of tunnels and trains that kept the city moving. When I moved to Brooklyn the first thing that went up on my wall was

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Brooklyn is Burning

***This was the first post of my first blog, circa 2010. I’ve since moved to queens, though its 2013 and I’m still in NYC. It’s harder to get to know lady liberty than I thought–or maybe I just like what I see. I’ll be re-posting a best-of from that old blog while I work out

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