Author: Michael Quinones

The Confederalists: a Kurdish movement bolsters women and bashes the West

“While the world is discussing what to do with ISIS, Kurdish women are doing it.” Dilar Dirik cried in a September 2014 speech about theories of statelessness at a European conference. Dirik,…
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My lovely and uneventful week in Jerusalem

As a journalist and student of international affairs, I find it's hard to write about Israel-Palestine without writing about the plight of the Palestinians. As a tourist visiting my wife's…
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Intra-Jewish Discrimination in Israel: A Mizrahi Feminism Cut and Paste Primer

Jews are the most privileged group of citizens in Israel. Jews of European descent, called Ashkenazim, form the top of a class hierarchy while Mizrahim—Jews of African or Asian descent and Jewish…
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Honest Iranian Journalist Uses Hans Blix to Criticize America

Imagine reading an interview with former international weapons inspector Hans Blix (of Iraqi WMD and IAEA fame) by a white American reporter whose goal was to get Blix to bad-mouth…
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‘Just’ some clever ‘Foreign Policy’ activism

[caption id="attachment_1665" align="alignleft" width="300"] Brennan hounded by Code Pink activists during his Senate confirmation hearing. Photo credit: Getty Images[/caption] * Protect Access to Medicine for Iranian Civilians * Declassify the…
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Russia Today is Biased toward Russia, proven again by its coverage of Russia

At 9:27pm on Tuesday March 11, the home page of Russia Today, rt.com, highlighted the following stories * US to violate own laws by financially aiding Ukraine’s coup-installed govt –…
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Slapboxing in Mongolia as Global Awareness for Hip Kids

[caption id="attachment_1297" align="alignleft" width="300"] Eddie Huang on the Gobi Desert FOTB set in Mongolia. (Vice promotional photo for FOTB)[/caption] At the bottom of the escalator is an only slightly porcine,…
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Fighting for Justice in El Salvador, Four Decades and Counting

[caption id="attachment_1265" align="alignleft" width="300"] Patricia Garcia during an interview at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.[/caption] Years before the civil war in El Salvador officially began,…
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Ecuador’s Mining Struggle Is a Hollywood Blockbuster

  [caption id="attachment_1092" align="alignleft" width="620"] A Shuar monument in southeast Ecuador. Photo credit: Beth Wald[/caption] Ecuador doesn’t often grab international headlines, but questions about its current course have relevance for…
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Obama’s Legacy and the Humanitarian Catastrophe in Syria

[caption id="attachment_1039" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo credit: www.kuzeykafkasya.com[/caption] The leader of the opposition Syrian National Council just resigned. Foiled is another plan to truly arm the rebels and bring down Bashar…
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Argo: Best Propaganda

Argo, a suspenseful tale portraying America’s favorite bad guys, Iranians, as angry gun-toting religio-fascists, just won the Best Picture Academy Award for 2012. Ben Affleck's directing is better than his…
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UN Disgrace in the Balkans Resurfaces in ‘The Whistleblower’

Balkans International Field Program students attended a book tour event for The Whistleblower at picturesque Columbia University's Pulitzer Hall January 31. Subtitled "peacekeeping and human-trafficking in Bosnia," the event revealed…
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