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Prof. Tierney debuts Iran War Clock

Drawing on the iconic imagery of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Doomsday Clock, Associate Professor of Political Science Dominic Tierney’s Iran War Clock has placed the odds of war in the Middle East at essentially the flip of a coin, or approximately 48%. The clock was launched on March 8 as a feature on… Keep Reading

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Even at Swarthmore, we are all Trayvon Martin

Staff Editorial Race and politics have historically converged in the context of national tragedy. Joining the long list of lawful injustices is the Feb. 26 shooting of 17-year-old African-American male Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. The elements of the case are simple yet nuanced, as American social issues customarily are: the unarmed Trayvon was shot… Keep Reading

Letter to the Editor: KONY 2012

Letter to the Editor: Robert Fain ’14 Hello Phoenix, The poll for this week asks whether the “Kony 2012” campaign has enough power to generate real action in efforts to rid Uganda of Joseph Kony and the LRA. I believe this kind of yes or no question does not address the critical issues of the… Keep Reading

Understanding China’s rare trade deficit, revisited

On March 10, China’s General Administration of Customs reported that its February monthly trade deficit had reached $31.5 billion, its weakest performance in more than two decades. Chinese imports surged by a faster-than-expected rate of 39.6 percent compared to February last year, while exports climbed at a slower-than-expected rate of 18.4 percent. Perhaps counter-intuitively, the… Keep Reading

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