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Nathaniel Zelinsky
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Nathaniel Zelinsky is a graduate student in history at Clare College, Cambridge.

He received his BA in history from Yale University in May, 2013. Upon his graduation, he was awarded the Paul Mellon Fellowship for graduate study at Cambridge and Yale's Kaplan Prize for his senior essay on the history of higher education in the 1970s.

His work has also appeared in The Washington Post , the Hartford Courant, The Atlantic, and National Review Online.

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Still Correct to Not Hire Anti-Israel Prof

(2) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 12:49 PM

Last week, I wrote a column supporting the University of Illinois's decision not to offer a job to Steven Salaita, an academic whose criticism of Israel crossed into anti-Semitism.

Yesterday, Stanford comparative literature professor David Palumbo-Liu wrote a response to my piece, in which he...

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Anti-Israel Professor Shouldn't Have Gotten a Job

(7) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 6:02 PM


Yet another scandal is brewing among the anti-Israel wing of the academy. The University of Illinois recently rescinded a job offer from Steven Salaita, a scholar of American-Indian studies, after administrators at the school read the vicious anti-Semitic commentary Salaita has been posting...

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Support Free Speech -- Even for NYU SJP

(5) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 7:56 AM

Students at an NYU dorm woke up to a rude surprise on Thursday morning: fake leaflets warned occupants to vacate the premises at midnight April 25 because their suites were "scheduled for demolition in three days."

The flyers admitted that they were not "real eviction notice[s]," but were intended...

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Why the Military Needs to Rebrand Drones

(10) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 8:57 AM

Recently, the Department of Defense announced that unmanned systems, what we commonly call "drones," will play an increased role in the U.S. military over the next 25 years. If this projection is accurate (and it likely is), the Pentagon needs to rebrand drones -- quickly -- or it...

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Look for This Gesture at the 2014 Olympics

(0) Comments | Posted January 1, 2014 | 11:48 AM

With New Year's 2014, world attention turns to the coming winter Olympics in Sochi. As national teams prepare to take home golds, human rights organizations strive to shed light on Russian laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

Amidst this charged atmosphere, others hope for less controversial games. Egypt...

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What If SCOTUS Says 'No' to Same-Sex Marriage?

(357) Comments | Posted January 14, 2013 | 3:43 PM

In March the Supreme Court will hear two cases regarding the constitutionality of laws against same-sex marriage. There is a chance that the high court will rule against marriage equality. Ironically, that outcome could be a partial win for LGBTQ advocates.

By most logic -- human rights or public policy...

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Dueling Protests: Israel and Syria

(24) Comments | Posted August 2, 2011 | 9:27 AM

In the midst of the U.S. debt crisis came an important, but under-reported, pair of developments in the Middle East, which saw two radically different popular protests in two neighboring but radically different countries.

In Syria, anti-regime demonstrators once again faced off against Assad's forces. There, the

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Herman Cain Accidentally Channels Roger Sherman

(4) Comments | Posted June 5, 2011 | 6:38 PM

The blogosphere has recently become abuzz with Republican 2012 contender Herman Cain's comments that the Federal Government does not regulate bankruptcies. Cain is emphatically wrong: Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution grants Congress the power to establish "uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United...

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Title IX and the Death of Free Speech at Yale

(301) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 10:25 AM

Yesterday, the Yale undergraduate community received an email from Yale College Dean Mary Miller in which she announced the suspension of the Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity for a period of five years. This is Yale's official disciplinary response to boorish chanting that received national attention earlier in...

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Obama Got It Right

(90) Comments | Posted May 2, 2011 | 1:16 AM

I just sat with 50 other Yale students for over an hour to hear the president speak about a grave issue of national security. We all stopped studying for exams in order to listen to the important announcement, and what one hell of an announcement it was.

By now, most...

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The Peace Sign in the Middle East

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 5:12 PM

Last week, I wrote a short piece here on the history of the V for Victory, known to many as the "peace sign," and its usage in the recent Egyptian protests. More recently, demonstrators in Jordan, Iran, and Bahrain have begun displaying the gesture as well. Thus, the...

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Mitch Daniels in 2012?

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2011 | 12:15 PM

Recently, a group of Yale students launched a web-based campaign to encourage Republican Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels to run for President in 2012. [Disclosure: Many of these folks are my friends, though I am not involved with their cause.]

Calling for "A Petition to Draft Daniels," the group models...

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V for Victory: A Timeless Symbol

(1) Comments | Posted February 10, 2011 | 11:51 AM


Media commentators remain divided about the hope for a democratic Egypt in light of the protests that have rocked the country. Some fear an Iran-like Muslim theocracy, while others have been cautiously optimistic that a secular order can take hold. Those who predict a...

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V for Victory: How the English Bulldog Leads the Protests in Iran

(11) Comments | Posted June 19, 2009 | 11:43 AM

Much of the media firestorm surrounding the recent protests in Tehran focuses on the globalized nature of the conflict. From Twitter executives meeting with the State Department to Youtube videos of rallies, the internet has brought the Middle East conflict into the public eye. However, buried behind these technological marvels...

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