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Ongoing Protests in Algeria

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On February 27, 2019
Yesterday’s student protests across Algeria signal a commitment to continued political activism and suggest deeper roots than a disagreement over the President’s bid for a fifth term. Protests began last Friday after the announcement that Abdelaziz Bouteflika would be seeking a fifth term as President, having been in power since 1999. Bouteflika, who is 81, […]
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“A Dark Day for Hungary”

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On December 3, 2018
It has been twenty months since Viktor Orban’s Fidesz government launched their legislative attack on Central European University. Today, CEU officially announced that it will move all US-accredited programs to a new campus in Vienna. Over the course of 20 months, CEU has taken all steps to comply with Hungarian legislation, launching educational activities in […]

Making Allies

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On November 28, 2018

My former colleague, Shana Bernstein, has good things to say on the importance of forging alliances across race and class lines to disrupt rising racist rhetoric, policy, and violence. The recent rash

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Et tu, Dreyfus?

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On October 9, 2018
One of the latest tropes in discussions of the Kavanaugh confirmation has been to refer to France’s infamous Dreyfus Affair.  Kavanaugh supporters (Dreher, Schindler, Brooks) rely on a shallow understanding of events to draw a parallel between their man and the wrongly accused Alfred Dreyfus. But Kavanaugh is no Dreyfus, and his reactionary partisans are […]
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Happy World Refugee Day!

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On June 20, 2018
Of all the ironies, today is World Refugee Day. Folks around the globe are hosting events that support refugee populations, that allow refugees to honor and express their hopes for their home countries, that consider the history of refugees that fled from their own shores. In the US, we are building concentration camps for tiny […]
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