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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Best of Old Pub: A Tribute To Howard Zinn

by Black Russian, February 2010

The death of Howard Zinn should give us all a moment to pause and reflect on a remarkable life, one that was spent almost entirely in service of people. What he served for and for whom he served are, of course, the most important questions. The mainstream media, as well as people who do not have the intellectual curiosity to investigate a great hero of working people, have tried to pigeon-hole him as an icon of The Left, but such a reduction is a terrible disservice to his name. Zinn was, in the opinion of this undergraduate, a champion for all decent human beings.

Zinn’s first great service in the name of humanity was his enlistment in the Armed Forces, eager to fight the onslaught of fascism in Europe. In the aftermath of the Cold War, it is difficult to remember that during World War II capitalists and communists united (with exceptions in both cases) against the common enemy of Nazism. Herein lay one of the most important misconstructions regarding Howard Zinn. I remember reading the New York Times obituary, which implied that the brutality of World War II engendered his anti-war attitudes, but the truth is Zinn’s anti-war activism stemmed from his orders from higher military personnel to bomb soldiers and civilians even after victory was clearly won. Zinn asserted that the decision was not one in the name of victory but of ambitious military officials seeking to rise in the chain of command. Zinn’s anti-war organizing stemmed not from hatred of America but rather from distaste of militarism and what it does to people.

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Best of Old Pub: What Massachusetts Means for Healthcare, the GOP and America

By Tequila Sunrise, January 2010

In the lore of Old Pub, contributor Tequila Sunrise was a legend among mortal men and women. T.S. wrote from a conservative’s perspective on a wide range of issues, including today’s feature on the healthcare debate.

A few months ago, Scott Brown was perhaps best known outside of Massachusetts as the senator-wannabe who once posed naked for Cosmo. But after last Tuesday, few politically aware Americans do not recognize the name Scott Brown. He’s the man who allowed insurance companies and many taxpayers to breathe a sigh of relief (for now). He’s the man who could become the GOP’s new poster boy (after all, he does have modeling experience). And he’s the man that plunged the Democrats into a frenzy of fretting, finger pointing and panic (and perhaps increased the number of Nancy Pelosi’s wrinkles).

But before the Republicans pop the champagne and start celebrating the demise of the health care bill and the likely gains in this year’s elections, they must, well, do something productive.

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Best of Old Pub: Reaction Posts

It’s no secret that the Cub Pub has changed over the years. In fact, this version is a redesigned, remixed, and relaunched version of our old blog, now affectionately referred to as Old Pub. It was a simpler time, a time when the country was lead by a hot shot youngster from Chicago and everyone wasn’t really sure if this Twitter thing would catch on. Relive those glory days with the Best of Old Pub.

Today we examine Old Pub’s reactions to articles published elsewhere. 

Liberals Worry Over Obama
by Bailey’s Original, December 2008 

The New York Times has a report on liberal dissatisfaction with Obama’s picks so far. The complaints aired in this article are very similar to the issues raised in a post on the site Open Left: Obama has made picks for his economic and national security teams that tack hard toward the center. Many liberals wonder if and when Obama will have progressives advising him, and are worried that the progressive sea change they originally envisioned will take place. Only time will tell, but many liberal pundits are cautioning a wait and see approach. After all, the only way we can know whether or not Obama will govern as a progressive is to see his policies. What do you guys think? Will Obama be as progressive as we all thought? Is it even advisable for him to govern from the left in this political and financial climate, when the fate of the nation will rest in cooperation on both sides of the isle?

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Long Overdue Coverage: The Columbia Libertarian Blog

why are you looking at this?

If only political ideologies could be graphed and modeled on a 2D plot

For the past week The Cub Pub has been covering the CPU  debate between the Columbia Democrats and Republicans. However, we’ve been forgoing one political group on campus: CUL, Columbia Libertarians. Last week they had an event as well:  The Young Americans for Liberty’s Civil Liberties College Tour. Several speakers attended such as Bruce Fein, Glenn Greenwald, Jacob Hornberger and Jack Hunter. The event had a huge turn out: around 180 people came to listen to the panel and it’s a shame that The Cub Pub did not have reporters to cover it. This absolutely wil be rectified for future political events on campus, CUL sponsored or otherwise. You can read up about the speakers and the event itself on the Columbia Libertarians blog here.

Speaking of the CUL blog, it has to be the most regularly updated and supported political blogs on campus, besides The Cub Pub of course. This is somewhat unexpected because CU Libertarians are a smaller group on campus than the College Dems and Repubs. The Libertarians’ have published four articles since the start of the semester. That may not seem like much but in comparison the post recent articles on both the Democrats’ and Republicans’ sites are still on SOPA/PIPA.

But there is a larger issue. If you read though all these blogs you’ll find that there’s hardly a single comment on any post. This is a problem. There’s no way to incite meaningful political conversation on campus if so few people are writing it and discussing it. Journals, reviews, and publications are nice but they they lack an online presence where real discussion can take shape. That’s the domain of blogs and that’s why the political blogs on campus are so important. The Cub Pub encourages all political groups to keep their blogs updated, keep the content fresh and timely, keep the conversation going. We have our own work cut out for us when it comes to creating discussion but in this case we are fortunate that it’s a tide that raises all ships.

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