International Politics, Pub Coverage

Best of Old Pub: Rio de Janeiro 2016 – A Great Opportunity for Investing

goaaaaal!!!By Strawberry Daiquiri, October 2009 

The 2016 Olympic location has just been announced to be in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) beating out Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo. Adding on to the fervor, in 2014 the World Cup will be held in Brazil.What does this mean for the country? A faster and more effective improvement both politically and economically in the next couple of years for the country.

From an economic standpoint, many improvements in the country will cause Brazil’s market to do well, greatly benefiting those who are strongly invested in the country; the tourism, construction, electric, airline, iron ore miner, cement, etc. are all expected to boost the economy. Politically, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, “Lula,” has been very supportive of the games, effectively planning Brazil’s next steps of the planning process and the role it will take in the global economy.

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Live Blog: Syrian Revolution Panel

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Talk about mounting tension!

If you’re reading this right this moment it means that you should be down here in 517 Hamilton Hall! Seriously, we got seats itching for bums and fantastic speakers laying down the truth. Call it a study break, you deserve it, don’t you?

Well, if you somehow can’t make it (and tsk tsk) the Cub Pub has you covered, as always. It’s live-blogging time!

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CPU Event: Syria Panel TODAY!!!

seriously, fuck al-asadWe know it’s late in the semester and times are tight, but that doesn’t stop human rights abuses in Syria. Bashar Al-Assad hasn’t let up the violent oppression of his own people since the Arab Spring, where they demanded an end to his political party’s nearly fifty year long rule. Al-Assad’s military intervention against protestors has resulted in the deaths of thousands of Syrians and the violence is continuing. Just recently Al-Assad’s forces shelled and dispersed opposition forces located in the city of Hama, killing fifty people.

The Columbia Political Union will be holding a panel to discuss the future of Syria and the extent of Al-Assad’s violence and if you have any interest then you’ll be doing yourself a great disservice by not attending. The event will be taking place Tuesday (that’s today) in room 517, Hamilton Hall. Panelists will include Mayor Mohamed T. Khairullah and Mr. Sarab Al-Jijakli. Be there, or influential international journalist, Fareed Zakaria, will be disappointed in you!

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French Election Primer!

This Wednesday at 7:30 CPU and The French Cultural Society are holding a informal discussion on the French Elections in the IAB. It’s a deeply fascinating subject because these elections will shape the balance of power throughout Europe for five years. But if you aren’t up to date with France’s politics this might be all news to you. Well never fear Pub goers, we’ve broken it down for you. So sit back, grab your favorite French import to snack on, and join us on a brief tour de French electoral politics.

Nicolas Sarkozy is the incombent president of France. In 2007 he won in his race against Socialist Party candidate Ségolène Royal for his first five year term as president. But his Union for a Popular Movement (UPM, center-right) wasn’t just running against the Socialist Party. Twelve parties ran in France’s 2007 presidential election. See, in France voting works differently than in the United States. Instead of one big election there are two rounds, one in April and one in May. If no party received more than 50% of the vote in the first round, then the top two candidates go head to head in round two. That allows for France to have a larger amount of political parties, and ideally a more fluid political system. It also means that parties one might consider fringe groups, such the National Front who’s main platform is preventing Muslim immigration, can be very successful in the first round. This happened in 2002 when Jean-Marie Le Pen of the National Front won second place in the first round with only 16.86% of the votes, only to be trounced by Jacques Chirac in the second round.

Nicolas Sarkozy

Sarkozy didn’t win his second round in 2007 nearly as easily as Chirac did, partially due to his opponent not being a far-right radical. His presidency was marked by some early successes, especially in environmental policy (Columbia even ranked France as the most environmentally respectful out of all the G20). But Sarkozy’s popularity has waned. He’s to liberal for the right who supported him and still to conservative for the left to adopt him. He also has a nasty habit of saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, with several gaffs during his presidency that have been criticized as either racist, intolerant, elitist, or some combination of the above. Once he even tried to convince people that he was present during the fall of the Berlin Wall by posting a doctored photo on Facebook. All that plus a struggling economy after the global economic turndown doesn’t give Sarkozy much momentum going into the race.
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