The rise and fall of the Taliban

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The Taliban is a quasi-government paramilitary force that rose out of the aftermath of the Russian-Afghan War in the early 1990s. Depending on who one may ask, their origins are somewhat debatable, but for the sake of this explanation, the rise of the Taliban will be considered in the historical context of the political atmosphere that resulted from U.S./Russian tensions stemming from the Cold War; a particularly Orientalist perspective, but a notable origin nonetheless. 

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The resergance of Islam as a political force

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Today, the “Clash of Civilizations” would more accurately be written as the clash of “fundamentalisms.” Religion plays a vital role for both the West and Arab states, predominantly as an infinitely opaque veil which disguises the true political root cause of the perceived “clash” between the West and Islam. 

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Too Big to Fail: How 9/11, the housing crisis, and the world bank led to a global revolution

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My generation has been largely deceived. We let the power of the few take control, out of irrational fear, following the post 9/11, war on terror, world. Because of our own choices, the Wall Street elite were able to take advantage of the people of the world, and now hold most of the money in the United States, at the expense of the rest. Of course, this elaborate crime against the American people, as well as the people of the world, could not have been so brilliantly executed without the help and support of the United States government, and few other central characters. The Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011 is the culmination of the anger my generation feels towards the thievery that has been pinned upon us. Although the movements are greatly misinterpreted, and criticized by all sides of the political spectrum, they continue to grow, and in the future, may become the defining achievement of my generation. To quote one anonymous picket sign: “now is when we take the power back”.

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Guardians of the Republic: How social media inspired a generation

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The tides of journalism are changing drastically from print media to online, and the journalists themselves must turn with them, or sink. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected via the internet, anyone can become a pseudo-famous journalist, literally overnight, simply by being at the right place at the right time and making the quick decision to capture it on a camera phone and upload it to the internet. This has lead to the decline and even collapse of once major print media companies, where the internet has become the largest source of where people obtain their news (Pew). Only the biggest and best sources can survive, assuming that they find an efficient way to transfer their traditional print style into an online source. While by its very definition, journalism is still the driving force to promote social change, the game has changed, and so have its players. The birth of anonymous online journalism is quickly becoming the most powerful and socially interconnected force in the world directly playing huge rolls in conflicts as diverse as the revolutions in the Middle East and North Africa and the Occupy Wall Street Movement.

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