Monthly Archives: April 2013

April is the cruelest month (guest post)

The following is a guest post from Sam H., a senior at Harvard College studying Economics and Government. As the all too often infamous week of April 19th drew to yet another unforgettable close this year, The Onion ran the … Continue reading

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Bangladesh – A nation on the brink?

While many observers this week focused on Syria or Boston, a building collapse on Wednesday took the lives of more than 377 garment workers in faraway Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh. Sadly, it is not the first time this country has … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 5 (full bracket)

Over the past month, Will Vogt and I have unveiled an entire “bracket,” modeled off the 68-team format used during college basketball’s final tournament, to provide a short preview of 64 “forgotten” conflicts across the world. In each “regional”—Middle East … Continue reading

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March Madness at Notes on the Periphery!: Part 4 (Asia-Pacific)

(Note: This post was completed in conjunction with Will Vogt, another Notes on the Periphery contributor and the beloved “obscurity” columnist.) On April 8, the three most fun weeks of the year ended, namely NCAA college basketball’s final tournament. For … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: What you missed while watching the “Boston manhunt”

It has certainly been a harrowing week, especially for current residents of the Boston area—including myself. As far as we know now, the Boston Marathon bombers were Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechen brothers born in Kyrgyzstan with family in … Continue reading

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Obscurity: Celebrating the Birth of a Microstate

Today’s post will deal with the lighter side of international relations.  Here, I will explore a case study in individualist, independent thinking that makes America great.  In honor of the 31st anniversary of the Conch Republic, I will briefly tell … Continue reading

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Weekly News Roundup: Que Tirah Tirah, renewed fighting in Darfur, and a military shakeup in Yemen

South Asia Pakistan: In perhaps the largest military offensive since Swat in 2009 and South Waziristan in 2010, Pakistani armed forces are attempting to dislodge Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) and Laskhar-e-Islam fighters from the Tirah Valley (map here). (Hence the pun in … Continue reading

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