Past & Upcoming Events

National Party Conventions: The Democrats

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The Democratic National Convention will take place next week, just one week before the GOP Convention (https://www.meetup.co...). Now that the proverbial balloon-drop moment has come and gone, the countdown to Election Day officially begins (with 74 days left from the date of this event).

Let's discuss the following:

▨ Are political party conventions still relevant? Or is it merely a glorified tribalistic ritual of a bygone era?

▨ How is this year's convention different than the previous one -- other than the obvious fact of it taking place during a pandemic?

▨ Are you disappointed about the exclusion or inclusion of certain individuals for a speaking role at the convention?

▨ What do you think about the official Party Platform for this year's convention? On which policies do you agree or disagree with it?

▨ If you identify yourself as a Democrat, are your personal views in concert with the Party Platform or the policy priorities? In what ways do they fail your personal "litmus test" or deviate from your version of the "ideological purity"?

National Party Conventions: The Republicans

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The GOP convention will take place during the week, one week after the Democratic National Convention. Now that the proverbial balloon-drop moment has come and gone, the countdown to Election Day officially begins (with 67 days left from the date of this event).

Let's discuss the following:

▨ Are political party conventions still relevant? Or is it merely a glorified tribalistic ritual of a bygone era?

▨ How is this year's convention different than the previous one -- other than the obvious fact of it taking place in a middle of a pandemic?

▨ Are you disappointed about the exclusion or inclusion of certain individuals for a speaking role at the convention?

▨ What do you think about the official Party Platform for this year's convention?

▨ If you identify yourself as a Republican, are your personal views in concert with the Party Platform or the policy priorities? In what ways do they fail your personal "litmus test" or deviate from your version of the ideological purity?

▨ What is the best and most compelling reason to re-elect Pres. Trump? Should VP Mike Pence remain on the ticket? If not, who would you propose to replace him?

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[PANEL FORUM] The Uyghur Crisis: Human Rights Abuses by the Chinese Government

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Join us for this special event -- a panel discussion by experts in discussing the ongoing crisis for the Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang Region in China. There will be an introductory presentation given by the experts, then an interview by the moderator, followed by the audience Q&A.

The discussion will include the following:

▨ "Disinformation, Propaganda, and the Uyghur Crisis" -- a report by The Uyghur Human Rights Project.
https://docs.uhrp.org...

▨ The implementation of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act by the Treasury Dept.
https://home.treasury...

[Panel Forum]: Hong Kong Under the New National Security Law

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Join us for this special event -- a panel discussion by experts regarding the current state of affairs in Hong Kong in its first month under the new National Security Law.

The discussion will include the following:

▨ Background: The establishment of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1997 to present.

▨ Its contentious relationship with mainland China.

▨ The "Umbrella Revolution" protests in 2014 and protests in response to the 2019 extradition bill.

▨ The rapid approval and implementation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong in June 2020.

▨ Finally, what this means for the future of Hong Kong vis-à-vis "One Country, Two Systems" model. What should be the proper response from the West, if any?

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Event Format:

+ A brief presentation and overview by the experts (30 mins).

+ An interview / dialogue between the experts and the moderator (30 mins).

+ A Q&A with the attendees (the balance of time).

New York, - USA

Saturday, August 15 at 12:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/272402203/

Is COVID-19 pandemic a preview of our climate change future?

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IMPORTANT: In order to participate create a profile on Zoom:

https://zoom.us/...

If using Zoom for the first time, please download the app. It's free and only takes a few minutes to complete.

You'll receive a link to the Zoom videoconference one day before the Meetup.

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We'll continue discussing the coronavirus pandemic. For the Eighth Session, we'll discuss whether this pandemic is a preview of what's to come if the current projections of climate change turns out to be true.

To that end, below is what we've discovered so far from the pandemic -- and these are the important questions that our society must rigorously examine:

• This pandemic has revealed the sobering reality of the true limits and vulnerabilities of human nature and our technology vs. the mightiness and dangers of the natural world.

• The potential reemergence of "prehistoric" plagues from rapid melting of the Arctic ice. This pandemic has revealed that our immune systems are highly vulnerable to any "novel" pathogens.

Political Thinkers: Ayn Rand

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We'll continue the "Political Thinkers" series. It critically examines the political and ideological viewpoints of prominent public intellectuals, both current and from the past.

Here, the goal is to discuss fresh viewpoints -- some of which might be "unconventional" in nature -- in analyzing its applicability in our ever-increasingly complex society. Just like every issue that our group discusses, we examine and evaluate it with an independent and critical lens, at the highest level of intellectual rigor.

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For this discussion, we'll evaluate the life and legacy of Ayn Rand. We'll explore the following:

▨ The highlights of her career as an author and public intellectual.

▨ The development of Rand's philosophy of "Objectivism." A discussion on the Objectivist positions on metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, and aesthetics.

▨ Rand's influence in the modern political movements and public intellectuals.

For those that want to get some exposure to Ayn Rand's idea prior to the meetup, here are some suggested readings. These are all on the website of the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), which is an organization dedicated to spreading and advocating Ayn Rand's ideas.

Kazakhstan: the past, present and future

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For this meeting, we'll have a multi-faceted discussion on Kazakhstan. Our resident Kazakh native, Gani, will lead the discussion and will discuss the following:

- A brief history.
- Its role during the Cold War.
- Its independence.
- The current economy and industry.
- The current geopolitical relations and tensions with its neighboring countries.
- The current challenges both internally and on the world stage.
- Finally, what changes or reforms are needed?

After the meeting, we'll go to a nearby Kazakh restaurant for further cultural experience!

*** The event will be announced about 8 to 10 days beforehand.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

Sunday, January 17 at 4:00 PM

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https://www.meetup.com/NYC-Politics/events/268950442/

Book Club: "The Prince" by Niccolò Machiavelli

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For this meeting, we'll read and discuss Machiavelli's "The Prince" (https://en.wikipedia....).

Based on the reading, here are some questions and themes for our discussion:

▨ The emergence of the Italian renaissance, its reigning rulers of the period, and the governing system.

▨ A brief biography of Machiavelli.

▨ The intended audience and meaning of The Prince.

▨ The analysis and interpretation of The Prince.

▨ The applicability of political principles and theories stemming from The Prince.

▨ The wide-ranging influence of The Prince -- from the revolutionaries, controversial theorists, dictators, to modern politicians.

IMPORTANT: If you wish to attend, it is strongly recommended that you read the text, as the discussion will primarily be based from the reading assignment. Many copies are available on line, including at the following link: https://www.constitut...

More details to follow.

New York, NY 10001 - USA

The Suez Canal Crisis of 1956 (Law, History, and Politics)

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For this meeting, we'll discuss the Suez Canal Crisis of 1956.

To that end, we'll discuss and analyze each of its three distinct components: Law, History and Politics.

I. Law
- The Convention of Constantinople of 1888 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- The Anglo-Egyptian Treaty of 1936 (https://en.wikipedia....)

- A secret agreement reached between the governments of Britain, France and Israel, later to be known as the "Protocol of Sèvres" (https://en.wikipedia....)