December 7, 2021
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Brussels: ‘Everybody in power, no one in charge’

For the second time in less than a week, Brussels police were confronted by spontaneous outbursts of violence involving local youths. The amateurism and the clumsiness of the political response that followed is telling of the pitfalls of Brussels politics. Social problems that have gone

How I trolled Putin and lived to tell the tale

NEW YORK — An avalanche of sleekly produced, glitzy talk-shows took over prime time television in Russia in the aftermath of Vladimir Putin’s military adventure in Ukraine in 2014. He needed to sell the war to his electorate, and the Kremlin kicked its vast apparatus of state-controlled print and broadcast media into overdrive. The shows created an alternative,

How Obama and Trump left a vacuum in the Middle East

Once upon a time, all the experts said that America was the guarantor of security in the Middle East. To the extent that it’s still true, it’s not at all what you’re thinking. Actually, it’s probably the exact opposite of what you’re thinking. Israel Defense Forces chief Lieutenant General Gadi Eisenkot gave an unprecedented interview last week to the Saudi media. In a

Egypt attack is tragic evidence of ‘new normal’

The murder of at least 305 practicing Sufis in Egypt on Friday not only represents a dangerous escalation of violence in the Sinai, it also reflects a dramatic expansion of terrorism across North Africa and the Middle East over the past five years. The savage attack on worshipers in Bir al-Abed is a reminder that the vast majority of terrorist-related killings don’t occur