Iran Votes: Reflections Four Years Later

Published June 14, 2013 | No responses yet
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Four years ago, in mid-June, I headed on a trip to Iran after not having the visited the country for a decade. It was meant to be a personal trip, but in many ways I got more than I bargained for. As I wrote in a journal on route to Tehran: “When I planned this
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Marzieh Ghiasi

FiveThirtyEight: Predictive analysis in the Social Sciences

Published November 07, 2012 | No responses yet
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In discussing the US presidential elections with American friends over the years, I’ve heard frequent complaints, and I quote “the entire thing is treated like a horse race surrounded by a media circus“. I have to confess that despite my sensibilities, when it comes to this particular horse race I find myself an entertained spectator
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Drivers of foreign policy in India

Published March 01, 2012 | No responses yet
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Last week was McGill’s reading break, though to be quite frank, I got less reading done than catching up on Bollywood (for uh… educational purposes?). So with India in mind, this evening I attended a talk by Dr. David Malone, a renowned diplomat, international security scholar and the current president of IDRC. He was previously
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In memory of Jack Layton, a personal account

Published September 05, 2011 | 3 responses so far
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Two weeks ago Jack Layton, the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada, passed away after battling cancer. Although he came to Montreal quite often, I first had a chance to see him speak live only last November during Question Period in the House of Commons which I was attending as part of
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When political analysts fail

Published March 15, 2011 | 2 responses so far
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… and take a joke way too seriously. An article in Foreign Policy a couple of days ago made me chuckle and I thought I’d share. The article is about former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who was recently deposed from his position as the head of the Assembly of Experts of the Leadership in
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The new battleground

Published February 17, 2011 | No responses yet
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http://www.mcgilldaily.com/2011/02/the-new-battleground/ The new battleground How the internet shapes social movement in the face of regulation By Marzieh Ghiasi February 17, 2011 Image by Olivia Messer / The McGill Daily It has become commonplace to describe the web as the Wild West – a place where there are no rules, no regulations, and not much protection.
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Hummingbirds against fires

Published April 05, 2010 | No responses yet
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The animation above is based on illustrations from the Flight of the Hummingbird by Haida Canadian artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. The story, which is from the parables of the Quechuan people of Ecuador, is about a small yet persistant hummingbird who is determined to save his forest from a fire drop by drop, while other
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“As Iran Votes, Talk of a Sea Change”

Published June 12, 2009 | One response so far
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Or so goes the story from the New York Times. I have to admit absolutely loving the number of headlines today that appear to mention A Sea Change, not in reference to this blog, but in reference to the Iranian elections that are going on today. This past year has been full of elections excitement.
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Wikileaks web site gives whistleblowers a voice

Published April 07, 2008 | One response so far
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http://www.mcgilldaily.com/article/3171-wikileaks-web-site-gives-whistleblowers Wikileaks web site gives whistleblowers a voice By Marzieh Ghiasi Monday, April 7th, 2008 Sasha Plotnikova / The McGill Daily Unjust organizations around the world face a new threat: anonymity. A new web site called Wikileaks­ makes whistleblowers untraceable, so that they can leak documents without fear of being caught. The site follows the
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A Case for Torture?

Published March 29, 2007 | 4 responses so far
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Since the article The Case for Torture by Michael Levin was published in Newsweek in 1982, it has been used steadily to credit or discredit arguments for the use of torture. The article’s subject matter is definitely polarizing and attempting to write exclusively about the organization and logic made me appreciate just how hard it
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