• Arts & Culture

    Reporting from Moscow: Yeltsin to Yanukovych

    When General Secretary Gorbachev  announced the policy of perestroika and the floodgates of glasnost opened in March 1985, the press, and the Western press in particular, suddenly became a functioning unit of Russian civil society. This is not to say that a reporter could not report prior to liberalization, but the deep and intimate research required to understand the anguished Russian situation had been largely impossible. David Remnick, now editor of The New Yorker, arrived in Moscow as a reporter for the The Post in the late 80’s. His time there would become the subject of his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of The Soviet Empire.”…

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    The Bannon of Beijing: Wang Huning

    In late October, current President and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, Xi Jinping, was elected to serve a second five year term. Endorsed by a closed-door Politburo vote, Jinping will serve again alongside Prime Minister Li Keqiang. In addition to maintaining his position, Jinping gained symbolic headway in fusing his philosophy with that of the party. At the Communist Party Congress, the expansive and autocratic-leaning directions of Jinping were permanently stamped into the catalogue of ideas upon which the party rules from. Xinping’s report “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” was formally placed into the constitution, leaving Jinping as the first leader…

  • Archived,  Opinions

    “Not my president” is an ineffective and dangerous protest

    Following President Trump’s election in November, many liberals began to champion the phrase “not my president” to protest a man they saw unfit to be president. The phrase soon became the battle cry for many of the political resistance movements that have sprung up in reaction to Trump’s presidency. Unfortunately, this chant prevents people from internalizing the fact that America elected a reality TV star as president. Trump is my president, Trump is your president, and we should use this fact to fuel our desire to inspire political change. Obviously, everyone understands that legally, Donald Trump is their president, but for people to say that he doesn’t represent them because…

  • Archived,  Arts & Culture

    Trump generates new wave of protest music

    During the most recent election cycle, few songs were played as often as YG’s “FDT” (F— Donald Trump). Now that Trump has assumed the presidency, there has been no shortage of anti-Trump anthems from all genres of music. As evident from the Trump administration’s difficulty finding performers from their inauguration, the music industry doesn’t seem to be fond of the president. However, it is unclear if this change in the country’s politics will lead to a music industry that will continuously pump out anti-Trump songs for the duration of his time in office. “Music comes out to fight government when the situation is dire,” explained senior Nicholas Batman. “In terms…

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    Political discussion should be embraced by families with conflicting views

    Thanksgiving was opportune for awkward political discussion with relatives. Since many students at East likely spent time with extended family over the break, it is not inconceivable to assume that many students were faced at some point with the decision to brush aside a snide political remark from a relative, or to snap back with their own wisdom. For any students who encountered relatives living outside the “liberal bubble” of Chapel Hill, the likelihood of familial divide regarding politics was probably even greater – notably amongst elderly relatives, as they tend to see things slightly differently than their millennial descendants. In any case, the prospect of these discussions is no…