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A Contradicting View on Immigration

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Alexandra G1 Comment

Argentina, much like the United States, a country founded by immigration. The Spaniards that settled and established the country of Argentina are technically to be considered immigrants. From the moment I arrived in Buenos Aires, I quickly learned that Argentina struggles with the idea of native vs. foreign, home vs. abroad, nationalism vs. cosmopolitanism. Unfortunately, I find the city and …

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Coming to you live from…

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Florence by DianaLeave a Comment

After spending a couple minutes researching Italy’s current political environment, I soon realize that not everything is greener on the other side of the world. Having come out of such a tumultuous election this year, it’s interesting to see and to read about other countries and their problems in government. Politics and government has always interested me. After taking AP …

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Australian Political Pot Pie

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Sydney by BriannaLeave a Comment

So what’s cooking politically in Australia? A lot of what’s been cooking around the world. Australia in the past couple of years has seen a shift towards the conservative right. Their Liberal Party which would be the equivalent to our Republican Party, recently replaced a sitting Prime Minister with another mid-term. The current Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, was the replacement. …

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President Macri

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Buenos Aires by Matthew G2 Comments

In November 2016, Donald Trump, Jr. was elected the 45th President of the United States of America, invigorating and shocking different halves of the country.  President Trump established himself on a the very basis of anti-establishment, coming into the world of politics as an outsider, versed in business rather than politics.  On the other half of the Americas, Argentinians watched …

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Don’t like the Prime Minister? Wait a minute.

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Sydney by KD Harbeck3 Comments

The NYU Sydney Orientation week seminars along with my Global Media class has done a great job informing me about the recent political landscape in Australia. The political landscape here in Australia is very interesting, especially in recent years. Unlike America, Australia is still associated with Great Britain. While America has a president, Australia is still under the rule of …

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The Dynamic Duo of Death

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Places, Prague by Abie1 Comment

Czech President Miloš Zeman and the finance minister Andrej Babiš combine to create the Czech equivalent of Donald Trump. Zeman spews xenophobic hate, and is a right-wing populist rhetoric, making almost laughable, if not for them being terrifying, idiotic statements. Babiš is a billionaire business man who claims he is above the corruption of other politicians and is only in …

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Combating Misconceptions and Maintaining Critique

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Abu Dhabi by Raven1 Comment

The Emirati Government is quite unlike what I may have experienced at any other point in my life. There is a ruling family built upon traditional tribalism. There is censorship certainly. The country operates under shar’ia law in addition to official civic codes. There is much more regulation and oversight than many Western countries. However, all of this means that …

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The Politics of eine Heimat

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Berlin by Veda Kamra1 Comment

In German, the word “Heimat” is used to identify “home” (homeland), however the German conception of home is far more specific than its English counterpart. “Eine Heimat” is where one feels comfortable and “at home.” A person can only have one Heimat. This notion of a singular, sentimental home is sweet and romantic, however it is also limiting. As someone who …

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Looking for Benoît in a Sea of Johns: Navigating Elections in the Age of Social Media Frenzy

In The Art of Travel Spring 2017, 5. Politics, Paris by Clara2 Comments

Despite having lived in Paris for almost a month, I’m afraid to admit I’m still quite politically ill informed. However, I have managed to misinform myself quite expertly. I thought John Hamon was running for president. Turns out, John Hamon just a street artist who’s displayed over a thousand posters of his face around Paris over the course of fifteen …