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Vivian Salama is an award winning reporter, producer and blogger. Currently based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has reported for various publications from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the United States and North and South Korea. She has also appeared as a commentator on the BBC, France24, South African Broadcasting Corp., TVNZ, NPR and as a reporter for Voice of America radio. Her byline has appeared in numerous publications including Newsweek, USA Today, the International Herald Tribune, the National, Jerusalem Post, and the Daily Star. Salama has an MA in Islamic Politics from Columbia University and she previously worked as a lecturer of international journalism at Rutgers University. Close.

Vivian Salama

USA/Middle East

Vivian Salama is an award-winning reporter, producer and blogger. Currently based in Lahore, Pakistan, she has reported for various publications from across the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Balkans, the United States and North and South Korea. more »

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September 2007 Archives



September 5, 2007 5:24 PM

Give and Take Can Strengthen Moderates

The question facing the South Korean government, like many governments before it, is simple: does negotiating with terrorists excuse – or even encourage – violence?

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September 19, 2007 10:20 AM

“Military Hegemony Does Not A Democracy Make”

There are numerous countries with strong militaries that are a far cry from democracies. One factor to consider is the order in which the two develop: in other words, if democracy comes first and military strength develops later, perhaps the two can develop and coexist more harmoniously than if the opposite were true.

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September 25, 2007 9:59 AM

Ahmedinejad Provokes Important Discussions

It’s been an emotional few days for the Columbia University community, and as a member of that community, I am no exception.

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September 28, 2007 4:01 PM

Columbia Students and Iranian Academics Respond to Bolinger

Even though Ahmedinejad fever is dying down in the mainstream media, students at Columbia University have not forgotten the blistering introductory remarks their university President Lee Bollinger delivered on Monday.

A petition is now circulating among students that calls on Bollinger to explain and apologize for his "inflammatory" remarks ahead of Iranian President Ahmedinejad’s speech. In the letter, students insist Bollinger "disgraced the spirit of academic exchange and diplomacy that this institution promotes."

They also say the comments limited their ability to benefit from such a rare opportunity, adding "it is particularly distressing that [Bollinger's] inflammatory words were delivered at a time when dialogue with Iran is of the utmost importance in an effort to forestall war."

Criticism of Bollinger's remarks extends to the far reaches of the globe. Regardless of their views towards Ahmedinejad, many have said that Bollinger -- an expert in free speech and the First Amendment -- should not have imposed his personal views (or the views of those against inviting Ahmedinejad) in a forum that claims to promote open academic discourse.

In his introduction Monday afternoon at Columbia's World Leaders Forum, Bollinger slammed the Iranian leader for displaying "all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator." He accused the Islamic Republic of serving as a "state sponsor of terrorism" and a supporter of "well-documented terrorist organizations that continue to strike at peace and democracy in the Middle East."

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