War All The Time

War All The Time

The truck bombing in Mogadishu and appalled everyone who heard about it. Indeed, the level of carnage was horrific. But far fewer people know what lies behind the misery of Somalia than heard of this fresh atrocity. More»

The Great Terrorist

The Great Terrorist

My boyhood neighbor, Loren Jones, was a man with an interesting story about Stalinist Russia.  He arrived there in 1937 as the first television engineer in the country, sent by his employer, the Radio Corporation of America. More»

Leaving the West

Leaving the West

Among Turkish media commentators and academics, we are observing an increasing tendency to question Erdoğan’s policy of reorienting Turkey away from the West towards positions and a vernacular that appeal to the “Islamic street.” More»

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Ulster Calling

Ulster Calling

When I heard the Queen’s speech was being delayed, I wondered what could be behind this. The Conservatives and the Democratic Unionists were still plotting behind closed doors. Suddenly an image appeared to me. More»

Letter From Aleppo

Letter From Aleppo

We deem it our duty to call attention to the fact that our educational work will lose its moral foundation and the esteem of the natives, if the German government is not in a position to prevent the brutality with which the wives and children of slaughtered Armenians are treated in this place. More»

U.N. Rapporteur: We Need a Long-Term Strategy for Human Migration

U.N. Rapporteur: We Need a Long-Term Strategy for Human Migration

The U.N.special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants decries the “shallow scaremongering” that passes for debate on migration. He proposes eight goals to transform the way states manage migration. More»

Coalition of Chaos

Coalition of Chaos

You’ve no doubt seen the news, the unelectable socialist Jeremy Corbyn has given the Conservatives the thrashing of a lifetime. Of course, Corbyn would not approve of the word ‘thrashing’. But the point is Corbyn’s Labour Party has deprived Theresa May of the super-majority she craved. Finally, the Labour left has won its legitimacy. More»

The Israelis-in-Berlin Story

The Israelis-in-Berlin Story

At least once a year, without fail, Middle Eastern news media run features on Israelis in Berlin. Whether the outlets are Arab or Israeli is immaterial. They both do it. There’s just something about the topic that won’t quit. More»

Britain in Crisis

Britain in Crisis

Walking home the night of the attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market, I came to a pedestrian crossing where a man shouted from his car “Fuck terrorists!” as he passed by. A small befuddled crowd nearby muttered to each other: “Did he just say ‘fuck tourists’?” More»

Peace and Love in the Middle East

Peace and Love in the Middle East

Between the 10th and the 30th May, 1,200 of the most prominent Armenians and other Christians, without distinction of confession, were arrested in the Vilayets of Diyarbakir and Mamouret-ul-Aziz. More»

How the Syrian War Changed How War Crimes Are Documented

How the Syrian War Changed How War Crimes Are Documented

Seven years of war have transformed Syrian monitoring groups into sophisticated investigation centers. But with few options to hold perpetrators of humanitarian law violations accountable, the number of Syrians supplying evidence of human rights violations is dwindling, along with their hope for justice. More»

Making America Great Again

Making America Great Again

The sociologist Rudolf Goldscheid once wrote, “The budget is the skeleton of the state stripped of all misleading ideologies.” His fellow Austrian, the noted economist Joseph Schumpeter, was so fond of repeating this line that many people thought it was his. More»

Back to Twin Peaks

Back to Twin Peaks

How do you register the passage of time? It’s a question that dominates the new season of Twin Peaks. This was probably inevitable, once Mark Frost and David Lynch decided to bring back members of the original cast over twenty-five years later. But their decision to confront the strangeness of this return head-on has made it resonate with a bracing profundity. More»

Left Keynesianism vs. Social Thatcherism

Left Keynesianism vs. Social Thatcherism

Jeremy Corbyn has played his cards well in challenging Theresa May to take part in the leaders’ debate. If May had accepted the challenge, the sheer dearth of political agility on display will put the incumbent at a huge disadvantage. Even Corbyn, the anti-charismatic politician, is faster on his feet. At last, the UK election looks interesting. More»

Before the Kurdish Crisis

Before the Kurdish Crisis

Innumerable corpses of children are found lying unburied on the road. A Turkish major, who returned with me three days ago, said that many children were abandoned by their mothers on the way because they could not feed them anymore. Older children are taken away from their mothers by the Turks. More»