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Janine Balekdjian
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Janine Balekdjian is a Fulbright Research Fellow in Ukraine and liberal activist. She has a B.A. in Slavic Studies from Columbia University and was President of of the Columbia University College Democrats. She has interned for the U.S. Department of State in Kyiv, the Moscow Times, and a Democratic Congressman. She is also a contributor to The Nation.

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Euromaidan's Organization Shows Passion Is Here to Stay

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Medical staff attend to Euromaidan protestors warming up by a fire near the barricades.

I hardly expected to be looking forward to seeing John McCain anywhere, much less in Kyiv, Ukraine. Yet here I was last Sunday...

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Romney: Turning Back the Clock on Equal Pay

(67) Comments | Posted October 17, 2012 | 8:27 AM

After the first Presidential debate, Governor Romney slashed President Obama's lead with women likely voters in swing states. A Gallup poll had the two candidates effectively tied, with Obama at 48 percent and Romney at 47 percent. After last night, I have a funny feeling that Obama has...

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Feminist in Chief

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 12:51 PM

On this International Women's day, feminists in the US can be forgiven for feeling less than enthusiastic. Our nation has spent the better part of 2012 arguing over whether using birth control is a responsible idea we should encourage or whether it makes you a "slut." Republican presidential candidate Rick...

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The Top 5 Democratic Victories of 2011

(8) Comments | Posted December 31, 2011 | 9:54 AM

Liberals are hard on the Democratic Party. This is a fact. The criticism may be correct, and it may be well-deserved (count how many Democrats voted for unconstitutional detention provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act), but there's no denying the fact that the Democratic Party has to...

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The Party of Fiscal Irresponsibility

(1) Comments | Posted July 20, 2011 | 10:14 AM

There is an episode of the original series of Star Trek in which the crew of the Enterprise gets swapped into a parallel universe due to transporter malfunction. In this Mirrorverse, good people are evil, right is wrong, logic is replaced with ambition, and Spock has a beard.


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Live From Ground Zero

(2) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 7:00 PM

It looked to be a typical Sunday night. But as I was settling down to prepare for final exams, my friend nearly broke my door down.

"BIN LADEN'S DEAD!" These three words took me a minute to process; I hadn't been expecting -- or even thinking about expecting --...

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The Grand Old Party of Misogyny

(59) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 4:31 PM

Back in the halcyon days immediately after the 2008 elections, Republicans, running scared from their defeat at the ballot box, invested some time in pretending to care about diversity. They loudly feted rising "stars" in the party like Michael Steele and Sarah Palin to showcase the GOP's -- theoretical --...

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The Tucson Massacre and Jan Brewer

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2011 | 11:26 AM

There is a lot of blame going around for the rampage in Tucson aimed at Representative Gabrielle Giffords last Saturday, leaving the Congresswoman in critical condition, six others dead, and fourteen wounded. Liberals have pointed to disturbing right-wing violent rhetoric, like Sarah Palin's infamous crosshair map and Glenn...

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A New START for the Russian Reset

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2010 | 3:36 AM

No matter what part of the political spectrum you look at him from, President Obama has had his ups and downs. Liberals are frustrated by slow progress and broken promises, independents dither over the merits of the health care law, and conservatives are angry about pretty much everything. But regardless...

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Back in the Saddle: The New Democratic Outlook

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2010 | 3:33 AM

All right, Democrats. You've had a full week to hide in the corner in the fetal position and frantically avoid any media outlet that's not MSNBC, and I hope you've made good use of it, because it's time to come out of hiding and realistically take stock of the political...

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Maternal Mortality: A Health Issue. A Feminist Issue. A Race Issue. America's Issue.

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2010 | 2:43 PM

When you think of maternal mortality, what comes to mind?

For me, I think of countries like Afghanistan -- places where the birth rate is almost 6 children per woman, where contraceptives and family planning are not even considered, and where maternal care facilities are almost completely nonexistent because...

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Back in the U.S.S.R.? McCarthyism, Round 2

(13) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 3:34 PM

Anyone who spends too much time reading about the Cold War (as I do) can be excused for feeling like we're in a time warp lately.

Nearly 20 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the 1950s atmosphere of conformist paranoia and "Are you now or were you...

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