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News Abroad


  • Islamophobia Goes Global

    by Zaman Stanizai

    At the end of the Cold War impasse, however, as the Berlin Wall came crumbling down, the ideological divide of the East-West was replaced by the Middle East-West racial, religious, and cultural divide that culminated in the election of Donald Trump and the rise of neo-fascism parading as super-nationalism.


  • BBC Whitewashes U.S. Refusal to Bomb Auschwitz

    by Rafael Medoff

    The new BBC documentary about the question of bombing Auschwitz deserves an award—for creative fiction. Through omissions, distortions, and “re-enactments” of conversations with imaginary dialogue inserted for effect, the BBC has made a shambles of the historical record concerning this important issue.


  • Poles Apart: Putin, Poland and the Nazi-Soviet Pact

    by Geoffrey Roberts

    As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, two of that war’s main victims – Poland and Russia – are once again embroiled in a highly emotional dispute about its origins. At the heart of the matter is the perennial controversy about the Nazi-Soviet pact of 23 August 1939. 


  • The World is Losing another Historic Generation

    by Robert Mark Spaulding

    We cannot prevent the passing away of China’s last generation from the pre-communist era, but we can do our part in helping to preserve the ancient culture they knew, so that it does not vanish completely with them. 


  • Stepping Back From the Brink of War

    by Alon Ben-Meir

    Trump’s order to kill General Soleimani is one of the most reckless acts taken by a president, who once again has put his personal political interest above the nation’s security.


  • Brexit and the End of the United Kingdom

    by Ed Simon

    Because of Boris Johnson’s ascendancy, it must be considered that it is not only inevitable that there won’t be a United Kingdom again, but that it’s necessary that there shouldn’t be. 


  • China Needs to Change Strategy After Hong Kong Elections

    by Kevin M. Shanley

    With the depth of dissatisfaction in Hong Kong now made patently clear at the ballot box, China and Xi now face a difficult choice. Will it double down on repression or listen to the people and choose a new course that will require some compromise?


  • 2020 Will Be More Turbulent Than 2019, Unless…

    by Alon Ben-Meir

    The year 2020 will most likely be as turbulent if not more so than 2019 due mainly to the lack of American leadership and the rush of other powers, especially Russia, China, and to a lesser extent Turkey and Iran, to fill the vacuum the US is leaving behind.


  • Russian Victories in the Post-Cold War Era

    by Albert M. Camarillo

    Putin’s Russia is winning battles to destabilize the U.S. that former USSR leaders such as Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, and Leonid Brezhnev had tried but failed.


  • Coexistence and Sectarianism in the Modern Arab World

    by Ussama Makdisi

    In the case of the Middle East, the need to demythologize communities and their ideological underpinnings needs to go hand in hand with evoking a dynamic history of coexistence that transcends communalism.