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Two ‘Must-See’ Warsaw Museums

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Two ‘Must-See’ Warsaw Museums

Warsaw, Poland’s capital city, is truly a phoenix. It was almost totally destroyed during World War II while under Nazi German occupation, which was followed by almost five decades of dreary Soviet-imposed Communist rule. Since the fall of Communism, Warsaw has risen from the ashes to become a vibrant, modern, efficient, clean, and beautiful city. […]

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Has Qatar Overplayed Its Hand?

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Has Qatar Overplayed Its Hand?

The tiny Persian Gulf state of Qatar, with just over 300,000 citizens, has been described as punching above its weight, and has sought to parlay the financial muscle it derives from its enormous oil and natural gas reserves into a diplomatic status otherwise undeserved by its size. To carry that metaphor a little further, is […]

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Trump Rebuked In Poland

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Trump Rebuked In Poland

U.S. President Donald Trump visited Poland on July 5-6, stressing the country’s importance as a loyal NATO ally. “Poland will always prevail,” he said, praising the courage and spirit of the Polish people in a major speech at Warsaw’s Krasinski Square.  The backdrop to his address was the memorial to the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 against […]

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American and Israeli Jews Drifting Apart

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American and Israeli Jews Drifting Apart

A major schism is looming between the two largest Jewish communities in the world, those in Israel and the United States. Together they constitute some 85 percent of the world’s Jews. For a number of political, religious and sociological reasons, they are drifting apart. It isn’t the first time this has happened in the long […]

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Clash Of Values In Hungary

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Clash Of Values In Hungary

Victor Orban hates Western liberal values and makes no secret of it. Of late, this has led to a major row with American financier George Soros and Michael Ignatieff, Canada’s former Liberal Party leader. The fate of the Central European University (CEU), located in Budapest, hangs in the balance and its future will depend on […]

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Saudi Arabia Shifts Gears

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Saudi Arabia Shifts Gears

The sudden decision on June 21 by the aging King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to name his 31-year-old son Mohammed bin Salman as the new crown prince, as well as deputy prime minister, came as a surprise to many. Maybe it shouldn’t. He has replaced 57-year-old Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s […]

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A Great Historian’s Blind Spot

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A Great Historian’s Blind Spot

This year being the centenary of his birth, many articles are appearing about one of the 20th century’s most eminent historians, Eric Hobsbawm. The accolades are coming particularly from the left, as Hobsbawm was a lifelong member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, and chair of its Historians’ Group. As he himself stated, the […]

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Pakistan: A Hard Country For Religious Minorities

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Pakistan: A Hard Country For Religious Minorities

It’s hard being anything but a particular kind of Sunni Muslim in Pakistan these days. Christians, Hindus, Shia Muslims and members of the Ahmadiyya sect — considered heretical by many other Muslims — are wise to remain circumspect. Even adherents of Sufi orders, most of them Sunnis, are considered idolaters by Salafist fundamentalists. All these […]

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Philippines Faces Growing Muslim Insurgency

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Philippines Faces Growing Muslim Insurgency

There has arguably never been a president like Rodrigo Duterte, even in a country used to sometimes outrageous political personalities. To call him undiplomatic is putting it mildly. He is uncouth, goes into tirades, and breaks all the rules of statecraft, even using profanity to criticize other world leaders, as he did in 2016, when […]

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Afghanistan: The War That Keeps On Taking

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Afghanistan: The War That Keeps On Taking

Though it’s been called America’s longest war, that’s not exactly accurate. Actually, it’s the longest of its colonial wars. That’s different. The United States and some of its allies have been battling the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2001, following the al-Qaeda attacks on New York and Washington that September 11. It was intended to punish the […]

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