Alexander J. Motyl for Foreign Affairs · February 19, 2015 7:41 PM
People look at the remains of a rocket shell in Kramatorsk, Ukraine, February 10, 2015. (Gleb Garanich / Courtesy Reuters)
Putin sees Russia as being embroiled in a civilizational clash with the West. In his view, Russia stands for authoritarianism, conservatism, and moral vitality, whereas the West represents chaotic democracy, rampant liberalism, and moral decay.
David Stockman for David Stockman's Contra Corner · February 18, 2015 12:16 AM
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The politicians of Europe are plunging into a form of ideological fratricide as they battle over Greece. And “fratricide” is precisely the right descriptor because in this battle there are no white hats or black hats—just statists. Accordingly, all the combatants—the German, Greek and other national politicians and the apparatchiks of Brussels and Frankfurt—are fundamentally on the wrong path, albeit for different reasons.
Brandon Smith for Alt-Market.com · February 18, 2015 12:01 AM
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Anyone who makes self-defense a taboo is not only living in a fantasy land outside the inherent structures of natural law, he is also likely doing so because he enjoys the sense of social superiority such a position affords. In this way many of the more irrational nonviolence activists are, in fact, no better that the raving acolytes of the cult of political correctness.
Mia Bloom and John Horgan for Foreign Affairs · February 17, 2015 11:43 PM
The exploitation of children by terrorist groups is not new, but groups such as ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Pakistani Taliban are increasingly using children to carry out their activities. The move is strategic as it is shocking.
Kyle Smith for The New York Post · February 15, 2015 9:39 PM
Stewart is a journalist: an irresponsible and unprofessional one. Journalists have to dress up in neutrality drag every day, and it’s a bore. The hacks have a special love for Stewart because he’s their id. They don’t just think he’s funny, they thrill to his every sarcastic quip. They wish they could get away with being so one-sided, snarky and dismissive.
James Traub for Foreign Policy · February 15, 2015 9:31 PM
The 9/11 attacks thus gave the misleading impression that the rise of Islamist extremism was “about” the West and required the West to fight a war on terror in order to defeat it. But Islamist extremism is about Islam and about the regimes that rule in the name of the faith; it is hard to imagine the extremist narrative losing its appeal unless and until Arab regimes gain real legitimacy in the eyes of their own citizens.
Adair Turner for Project Syndicate · February 15, 2015 8:51 PM
Last year, the global economy was supposed to start returning to normal. Interest rates would begin rising in the United States and the United Kingdom; quantitative easing would deliver increased inflation in Japan; and restored confidence in banks would enable a credit-led recovery in the eurozone. Twelve months later, normality seems as distant as ever – and economic headwinds from China are a major cause.
Dr. Helen Smith, author of Men on Strike, discusses the state of the young American male. Are men shunning marriage because of the economy, or do they have alternatives to marriage, like porn and easy sex? Could it be that women simply giving-up on the hopes of having a relationship with the current pool of men?
Jordan strikes back at ISIS but how long will it last? Plus how ISIS seeks to unite the Muslim world behind its Jihadist agenda; and after the Paris terror attacks will France address radical Islam at home?
Uncommon Knowledge - The Hoover Institution · February 06, 2015 11:43 AM
P. J. O’Rourke describes how he came to hold his political ideals on liberty and individual responsibility and goes on to analyze how his generation, the baby boomers, has shaped today’s policies. O’Rourke is the author of more than sixteen books, including Parliament of Whores, listed on the New York Times’s best-seller list and, most recently, The Baby Boom. His articles can be found in American Spectator, Vanity Fair, House and Garden, the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review, Rolling Stone, Weekly Standard, and more.
BBC for BBC Documentaries · February 06, 2015 11:33 AM
The Kurdish border city of Kobane in Northern Syria has been under siege by Islamic State fighters for more than three months. But Kurdish forces are managing to retain hold of most of the city. As well as keeping IS at bay – they see getting their story out to the rest of the world as a vital part of their mission. An Iranian Kurdish film-maker spent two weeks inside Kobane following the men and women risking their lives to publicize the ongoing battle.
F. Gregory Gause III for Foreign Affairs · February 06, 2015 11:00 AM
For the first time in decades, the stage may be set for a real political fight within the ruling family. It will be a test of the political skill of the new king, his deputy crown prince, and, particularly, his young son, in whom he has invested so much power, to avoid that dangerous outcome.
Jos Boonstra for The Diplomat · February 06, 2015 10:50 AM
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Central Asia is one of the most authoritarian regions in the world. Although there are substantial differences among the five “stans” in terms of government and freedoms allowed, none of them can be characterized as free and democratic.
Victor Davis Hanson for Investors.com · February 06, 2015 10:25 AM
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Members of the Obama administration have insisted that the Taliban are not terrorists. Those responsible for the recent Paris killings are not radical Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood is largely secular. Jihad is a "legitimate tenet of Islam." And "violent extremism," "workplace violence" or "man-caused disaster" better describe radical Islamic terrorism.
Iain Hampsher-Monk for Foreign Affairs · February 06, 2015 10:09 AM
Edmund Burke, the eighteenth-century British politician and writer, is today best known for Reflections on the Revolution in France, published in 1790. In it, Burke denounced the revolutionaries in France and their supporters in Great Britain for what he considered their misplaced faith in principles such as “abstract liberty” and “the rights of men” and for their rejection of more pragmatic, procedural paths to ending the tyranny of hereditary monarchy.
Gerard Russell for The New Republic · February 03, 2015 12:33 AM
There are still more than ten million non-Muslims in the Arab world, the great majority of whom are Christians. And even if almost all of them leave within the next half-century, they will survive in exile, at least for a few generations, though transplanted to western countries devoid of any of their ancient shrines and monasteries.
Christopher Caldwell for The Weekly Standard · February 03, 2015 12:19 AM
Greece’s problems are formidable. A quarter of workers are unemployed, with all the human toll that implies. One meets journalists at top national dailies who have not been paid since last summer, and clerical workers in their 40s who have returned home to live with their parents. The country produces almost nothing of export value besides tourism and olive oil.