Daniel Byman for Foreign Affairs · November 20, 2015 2:22 AM
For a group like ISIS, the first reason to go global is ideological. The Islamic State claims to champion the world’s Muslims against their enemies, and neither group is confined to Iraq and Syria, or even to the Middle East. Indeed, the process is circular: as ISIS became more threatening, the United States, France, and other countries stepped up their intervention against it. In turn, ISIS had even more reason to strike at them.
Martin Weiss for Money and Markets · November 20, 2015 1:57 AM
The U.S. government now has such a supersized stake in the economy and so much to lose if things go sour, political leaders of all stripes have virtually outlawed failure of any kind, prompting them to manipulate markets like never before.
Janet Levy for American Thinker · November 19, 2015 3:04 AM
In their compelling book, "Modern Day Trojan Horse: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration," authors Sam Solomon, a former professor of shari'ah law and convert to Christianity, and Elias Al Maqdisi, an expert on Islamic teachings, explain the migration of Muslims to the Dar-al-Harb, the "land of war," as a religious edict with a basis in Islamic doctrine. They delineate the step-by-step process of this 1,400-year-old strategy of conquest. It is a transitional strategy which they characterize as the most important step in spreading Islam and preparing for jihad. From their carefully delineated treatise on Hijra, it is clear that migration in concert with military conquest comprise the bookends of Islamic expansionism.
Robert Skidelsky for Project Syndicate · November 17, 2015 12:45 AM
The European Union has gone farther down the pacifist road than the US. It is the weak nerve center of a flabby semi-state, with almost defenseless frontiers, where humanitarian rhetoric masks spinelessness.
On Friday evening, eight heavily armed gunmen wearing suicide vests opened fire and detonated bombs at locations across Paris, killing at least 129 people and injuring more than 300 in Europe’s deadliest terrorist attack in over a decade. Soon after, the French government declared a state of emergency and put the capital city on lockdown. Residents of Paris were warned not to leave their homes. On Saturday, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the coordinated assaults. A Syrian passport was found near one of the suicide attackers, and a Greek official later told reporters it belonged to a man entered Europe through Greece in October. French President Francois Hollande referred to the massacre as “an act of war that was committed by a terrorist army, a jihadist army.” At the Place de la République, reaction to the mass killings was mixed. Some French citizens issued pleas for tolerance and unity in the days ahead. Many expressed fear about future Islamic State attacks. And others argued the shootings would inspire a backlash against the ongoing flow of refugees into Europe.
The International Chronicles Comments Editor · November 15, 2015 10:54 PM
Facebook just announced 8 billion video views per day. This number is made out of lies, cheating and worst of all: theft. All of this is wildly known but the media giant Facebook is pretending everything is fine, while damaging independent creators in the process. How does this work?
Kim Ghattas for Foreign Policy · November 15, 2015 10:14 PM
The Saudi-Iranian rivalry has driven much of the dynamics in the Middle East for decades, but this undercurrent of events in the region has now exploded to the foreground for all to see. From the Mediterranean to the Arabian Peninsula, the Saudis and the Iranians are engaged in an open fight to the death through proxies.
The International Chronicles Comments Editor · November 15, 2015 9:20 PM
What's the happy ending here? Because if M Hollande isn't prepared to end mass Muslim immigration to France and Europe, then his "pitiless war" isn't serious. And, if they're still willing to tolerate Mutti Merkel's mad plan to reverse Germany's demographic death spiral through fast-track Islamization, then Europeans aren't serious. In the end, the decadence of Merkel, Hollande, Cameron and the rest of the fin de civilisation western leadership will cost you your world and everything you love.
Nathan Nielson · November 15, 2015 9:08 PM
What does counterculture look like? The term was coined at a time when the Judeo-Christian worldview held sway over American institutions. Much of the culture still operated on moral assumptions drawn from the Bible. Family, marriage, the boundaries of gender and sexuality looked a lot like a church dance. Even our foreign policy had religious tinges. But during the 1960s various youth groups challenged the sexual, racial, and community norms of their parents. Images of long hair, street protest, sexual experimentation and mystical meditation came to symbolize resistance to entrenched authority. The Judeo-Christian cultural framework began to give way.
Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty · November 15, 2015 1:42 AM
The mainstream media just opened the door for all conservatives to demand that Obama release his Columbia University college records immediately. How nice of the mainstream media. Thank you! How did the Obama-loving frauds in the media manage to allow this to happen? They decided to try to ruin Ben Carson’s candidacy.
Mike Burnick for Money and Markets · November 15, 2015 12:17 AM
It's the end of an era ... and perhaps a sign of the times. Fourteen years ago, Goldman Sachs coined the acronym BRIC to label the fastest-growing emerging markets of Brazil, Russia, India and China and to forever group them together for better or worse. Now Goldman has pulled the plug on the BRIC dream by shutting down its own BRIC-focused investment fund after several years of poor returns prompted asset outflows. Could this also be a contrarian buy signal for the BRICs?
Moises Velasquez-Manoff for Nautilus · November 15, 2015 12:07 AM
A group of Italian microbiologists compared the intestinal microbes of young villagers in Burkina Faso with those of children in Florence, Italy. The villagers, who subsisted on a diet of mostly millet and sorghum, harbored far more microbial diversity than the Florentines, who ate a variant of the refined, Western diet. Where the Florentine microbial community was adapted to protein, fats, and simple sugars, the Burkina Faso microbiome was oriented toward degrading the complex plant carbohydrates we call fiber. Scientists suspect our intestinal community of microbes, the human microbiota, calibrates our immune and metabolic function, and that its corruption or depletion can increase the risk of chronic diseases, ranging from asthma to obesity. One might think that if we coevolved with our microbes, they’d be more or less the same in healthy humans everywhere. But that’s not what the scientists observed.
Isaac Stone Fish for Foreign Policy · November 12, 2015 12:46 AM
Taiwan’s existence shows the lie behind Beijing’s longtime assertion that the Chinese aren’t fit for democracy. “China can tell you, ‘With our 5,000 years of Confucian society, democracy doesn’t work,’” the popular Taiwanese writer and critic Lung Ying-tai told journalist Richard Bernstein. “But with Taiwan, you can imagine China differently.”
Tyler Durden for Zero Hedge · November 11, 2015 2:47 AM
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The insane lie that cultural Marxists seem to have conned themselves and others into believing is that their “activism” is somehow anti-establishment. In fact, social justice is constantly coddled and supported by the establishment. From politicians to judges to media pundits to the blogosphere, the overwhelming majority of people in positions of traditional power (even in supposedly conservative circles) have been more than happy to become the enforcers of the social justice warrior agenda, an agenda representing a minuscule portion of the public. There is no establishment for the PC army to fight; the establishment bias works vastly more in favor of their ideology than any other. Cultural Marxists ARE the establishment.
Martin Weiss for Money and Markets · November 11, 2015 2:21 AM
A new war cycle has now begun. It will start to ramp up immediately and continue to do so until the year 2020. Wars, revolutions and chaos will spread and sink major economies. They will drive global commodities into a depression. But they will also create a tidal wave of flight capital from the Middle East, Europe and Asia to the only major nation and only major market in the world that's still perceived as relatively safe and stable — the United States and its blue-chip stocks.
John Meyers for Personal Liberty · November 11, 2015 1:48 AM
A great many liberals in America and Western Europe refuse to acknowledge the truth. This is startling when millions of Muslims believe that either a religious conversion to Islam or death for those who refuse is a victory for Allah. It is all the more worrisome because most moderate Muslims will not refute the radicals. Even more disturbing is that millions of other Muslims in Western society do not object to the murder of Christians and Jews.