France, Belgium and Austria Move into the Frontline of a Battle for the Soul of Islam
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France, Belgium and Austria Move into the Frontline of a Battle for the Soul of Islam

Punching above its weight, the United Arab Emirates is wielding a combination of religious soft power, commercial and economic sway, and hard power in its bid to counter political Islam in ways that potentially could threaten pillars of Western democracy as well as US and European strategic interests. The UAE’s footprint is visible across the…

The Kurdish-Turkish Clashes In Vienna Aren’t As Clear-Cut As They Seem
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The Kurdish-Turkish Clashes In Vienna Aren’t As Clear-Cut As They Seem

The Mainstream Media has attempted to misportray the latest Kurdish-Turkish clashes in Vienna as “ethnic clashes” in order to imply that the different ethnic groups that migrated to Austria from the Republic of Turkey are fighting with one another in a third state for strictly superficial reasons having to do with their respective identities, but…

The Honey Trap That Wasn’t What It Seemed: What was Really Behind ‘Operation Strache’?
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The Honey Trap That Wasn’t What It Seemed: What was Really Behind ‘Operation Strache’?

It’s been reported that the ‘Russian oligarch’s niece’ at the centre of the corruption scandal which has brought down the Austrian government was actually a Bosnian student paid as part of an elaborate ‘sting’ operation. But who was behind this plot and was it part of the ongoing campaign to discredit Russia? From Brexit to…

Is Austria About to Become Israel’s Top Ally in Europe?
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Is Austria About to Become Israel’s Top Ally in Europe?

The Austrian Foreign Minister lambasted the EU for its supposedly “too strict” policy towards Israel. Karin Kneissl also said that her country would take the lead to “inject realism” into the bloc’s ties with Tel Aviv, arguing that “Israel is often held to a higher standard than other countries.” The diplomat has personal and political reasons…

Catalan Elections: The Ghosts That Won’t Go Away
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Catalan Elections: The Ghosts That Won’t Go Away

Yesterday’s election victory for Catalan separatists, including humiliating losses for the ruling center-right Partido Popular, denotes yet another setback for the grand project of European unification and a challenge for a continent divided between a strong north and a lagging south. The Catalan separatists won a thin majority in the regional parliament, leaving them precisely…

Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?
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Is Liberalism a Dying Faith?

Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic — and the model for mankind’s future. Equality, diversity, democracy — this is the holy trinity of the post-Christian secular…