Deconstructing Islamophobia
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Deconstructing Islamophobia

Introduction: a short survey of the cuckoo’s nest My initial idea was to begin with a definition of “Islamophobia” but after looking around for various definitions, I decided to use my own, very primitive definition. I will define Islamophobia as the belief that Islam (the religion) and/or Muslims (the adherents to this religion) represent some…

Lebanon: Hariri Positioning Himself for a Comeback to Remove ‘New’ Hezbollah President?
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Lebanon: Hariri Positioning Himself for a Comeback to Remove ‘New’ Hezbollah President?

Into its third week and the stand-off between protestors and the elite in Lebanon is still holding strong as thousands of Lebanese are calling for a radical overhaul of a system which collapsed under its own weight of corrupt warlords who have looted the state coffers for decades But do they know what they want?…

Let’s Invade Mexico!
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Let’s Invade Mexico!

I suppose that by now everyone has heard of Trump’s offer to send the American military to “wage WAR on the drug cartels and wipe them off the face of the earth,” which he asserts can be done “quickly and effectively. “ Trump phrased this as an offer to help, not a threat to invade,…

We Are On a Path of War Again
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We Are On a Path of War Again

Three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, one of the symbols of the Cold War, Europe remains divided because it chose confrontation over a common future, Willy Wimmer, Germany’s former State Secretary for Defense believes. Germany is marking 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall – a symbol of division, perhaps,…

After Baghdadi: Will Islamic State Fighters Seek Return to al-Qaeda?
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After Baghdadi: Will Islamic State Fighters Seek Return to al-Qaeda?

The death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the appointment of a virtually unknown successor could see some fugitive Islamic State group fighters seeking a return to the ranks of al-Qaeda-aligned groups. Baghdadi died last month during a raid by US special forces on a compound near the village of Barisha in the northwest Syrian province where…

New Chapter in Greek-Russian Relations?
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New Chapter in Greek-Russian Relations?

The Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on November 6 amidst a string of events that have complicated relations between the two countries. Following official visits to Cyprus, Israel and the United States, Dendias has now visited Russia in an effort to re-energize Greek-Russian relations after many years of difficulty. …