The conflict in Crimea will be the downfall of Putin
The Spectator, 18 July 2014
David Cameron says that Russia’s annexation of Crimea ‘will not be recognised’. Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk promises that ‘we will take our territory back’. They are both misguided. Let Crimea go: it will be the making of Ukraine and the end of Vladimir Putin. Without Crimea, there will never again be a pro-Moscow government in Kiev. Ukraine will have a chance to become a governable country — a strongly pro-European one with a Russian minority of around 15 per cent.... Read more
The Spectator, 19 July 2014
It’s the moral equivalence which is so devastating. When Egypt this week proposed its ceasefire in Gaza, a BBC presenter asked whether both sides would now conclude that there was no point carrying on with the war. From the start, restraint has been urged on both sides — as if more than 1,100 rocket attacks on Israel in three weeks had the same weight as trying to stop this onslaught once and for all.
Salafism in Germany: "Something Must Be Done Immediately"
Gatestone Institute, June 5, 2014
Counter-terrorism efforts are too focused on security-related threats rather than on prevention and combating radicalization at the earliest stages of indoctrination.
Salafist groups are recruiting and radicalizing young Muslims under the guise of doing "mission work."
Czech President Milos Zeman Gives Amazing Speech about Islam, Israel and Anti-Semitism
June 2, 2014
Milos Zeman, the President of the Czech Republic courageously condemned the culture of Islamic anti-Semitism behind the Brussels attack as well as commenting in an informed fashion on the larger trend of Islamic Supremacist violence.
“The only holiday of independence which I can never leave out is the celebration of the independence of the Jewish State of Israel,” Zeman said.
Italo Calvino Why Read the Classics?
Translated by Patrick Creagh, New York Review of Books, October 9, 1986
Let us begin with a few suggested definitions.
1) The classics are the books of which we usually hear people say: “I am rereading…” and never “I am reading….”
This at least happens among those who consider themselves “very well read.” It does not hold good for young people at the age when they first encounter the world, and the classics as a part of that world.
The reiterative prefix before the verb “read” may be a small hypocrisy on the part... Read more
Alexander Lee Twilight of the History Gods: Jacques Le Goff, 1924-2014
History Today, 8th April 2014
It is not without reason that Peter Burke has described the Annales School as the harbingers of a ‘French Historical Revolution’. Established by Marc Bloch and Lucien Febvre in 1929, the journal from which it takes its name effected a genuinely revolutionary transformation in the way history is studied. Although it had until then been common for scholars – especially those working at the Sorbonne – to view the past through the lens either of political institutions, constitutional changes and intermittent... Read more
Jacques le Goff Obituary
Jacques le Goff was a French historian who believed the Middle Ages was a time of progress and purgatory
Telegraph, 13 Apr 2014
Jacques le Goff, who has died aged 90, was a veteran of the French Annales, or “New History”, school, and helped to define what was culturally distinctive about the period loosely described as the Middle Ages.
The Annalistes, a group of scholars associated with the journal Annales (other prominent members included Fernand Braudel and Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie), broke away from the traditional historians’ fixation on political, constitutional and military history. Inspired,... Read more
Tim Blanning Napoleon and German Identity
History Today, Vol. 48 Issue 4, 1998
In the beginning was Napoleon’ – with these words the late and much-lamented Thomas Nipperday began his masterly account of the history of Germany in the nineteenth century (recently translated as From Napoleon to Bismarck). Like most lapidary phrases, it begs as many questions as it answers. Many of the forces which turned Germany into the greatest power on the European continent went back far into the eighteenth century and beyond. But, as we shall see, there is certainly a great deal to be... Read more
Freedom in the digital age
Socrates and Jesus are seen today as two of the biggest thinkers in history. At their time, however, their ideas were deemed disrespectful to god and dangerous to “society” – in other words, a threat to the status quo. As a result, they were both sentenced to death; not for something they did but for something they said. Socrates and Jesus, of course, never published a book or kept a blog. Given the technological limitations of that time, their ideas could only be disseminated orally. To be sure, they... Read more
Austria: Muslims Outnumber Catholics in Vienna Schools
Austria is also in the process of introducing new taxpayer-funded textbooks for the formal teaching if Islam in all public elementary schools across the country.... This is the first time Islam is being taught to Austrian students in the German language.
World Halal Food Council sees Italy as potential Halal hub
The message after Rome meeting of the Whfc
(ANSAmed) - BARI, MARCH 31 - "Islamic finance and capital are ready to pull Europe out of crisis" and "Italy in particular" as long as the countries follow Halal food standards ("conformance" in Arabic) in "production, logistics and commercialization" consistent with the precepts of Sharia, the laws that establish what is licit or prohibited for a Muslim. This is the message of the World Halal Food Council (WHFC), which was held in Rome March 26-30. The event... Read more
Nicos E. DevletoglouEmeritus Professor of Economics, University of Athens
Over-Zealous Regulation Sabotages Progress in the West
The behavioural finesse generated by our free-market system competitively flourishing in the west with classic common sense and active liberalism - normally emboldened by a minimally intrusive presence of the state - is currently under siege. The reversal of fortunes began with the relatively recent emergence of an aggressive "cops and robbers" mentality largely in response to a rare batch of bad decisions that originally led to the global financial crisis. Though also a way of life by now. Evident in... Read more
International Crisis Group
Divided Cyprus: Coming to Terms on an Imperfect Reality
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS
14 Mar 2014
Talks have begun – yet again – on a settlement for divided Cyprus. To avoid another failed effort at a federation, new ideas are needed.…
Bob Godfrey Erasmus's Moriae Encomium and the Politics of Religion in Sixteenth-Century England and Europe
Theta X, Centre d' Etudes Superieures de la Renaissance, Avril 2013
"Folly and Politics" in sixteenth-century theatre is a wide and conceptually challenging theme. Folly…
Ayse Gül Altinay
Gendered silences, gendered memories
New memory work on Islamized Armenians in Turkey
The case of Islamized Armenian survivors of the 1915 genocide and the narratives of their "Muslim" grandchildren pose significant challenges to Turkish national self-understanding and the official…
After the Fall: Russia in Search of a New Ideology WORLD AFFAIRS MARCH/APRIL 2014
As the Soviet Union disintegrated, ending on the ash heap of history in 1989–91, all the institutes for the study of Marxism-Leninism that had justified the…
Regional polls show few Ukrainians, Russians want a united, single state
PEW RESEARCH CENTER, MARCH 6, 2014
A pair of newly released polls conducted in Russia and Ukraine reveals that most in both countries favor the free movement of people and goods between…
Secretary - General of the European Association of Schools of Political Studies
Youth and Europe
Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen!
It is a great honour and a great pleasure for me to be with you today.
I would like to thank the…
Felix Philipp Ingold Friendship in the time of terror.Nadezhda Mandelstam's unique personal tribute to poet Anna Akhmatova
Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 1/3/2012.
Although the Russian poet Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966) never received the highest literary honour, the Nobel Prize, the veneration…
Adam Wood Arvo Pärt on Gregorian Chant
The Chant Café
My favorite living composer is Arvo Pärt. I have nearly every recording and score of his music, have been blessed to be present at several concerts where the composer was present (including…
Russian Britten: A bond of friendship through the language of music
October 19, 2013 special to RBTH [slightly edited]
Rostropovich and Britten collaborated a lot, performing many times together. Mikhail Ozerskiy / RIA Novosti
There is a long history of friendship…
Unamuno's Last Lecture
Horizon review, December 1941
'Unamuno died suddenly, as one who dies in war. Against whom? Perhaps against himself; and also, although many may not believe it, against the men who sold Spain and betrayed his people. Against the people…
A portrait of the modern bureaucracy
by Zamyatin, Kafka and Weber
3rd chapter of the paper. For notes, see the original on https://www.academia.edu/5880361/The_muted_masses_a_portrait_of_the_modern_bureaucracy_by_Zamyatin_Kafka_and_Weber
asilyevich Lozenko (1947), Strength in unity!
The way Kafka and Zamyatin portrayed the power of the bureaucracy can…
David Conway :
NATIONALISM AND LIBERALISM:FRIENDS OR FOES?
Extract. From Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 16, no. 1
During the course of the twentieth century, eruptions of nationalist ardour and aspiration have resulted in great hardship and depredations being visited on various peoples…
"Turkey is a country of collective amnesia"
Interview to Riada Ašimović Akyol
Al Monitor, January 14, 2014 Translator Ezgi Akin
Turkish novelist Elif Shafak in an undated photo. (photo by Zeynel Abidin)
To my delight, Elif Shafak, an established Turkish author,…
Umberto Eco European cultural identity? A matter of dialogue
L'ESPRESSO 11 November 2013
Those who practice the same profession as me make titanic efforts to avoid congresses, symposia, and interviews on the obsessive theme of European identity. It is a question that…
Elmar Brok : Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament
Ukraine: our door must remain open
I still strongly believe in our neighbourhood policy and, despite today's failure to sign the Agreement with Ukraine, I think we must remain…
No Politics without Culture!
With a turnover of $2 700 billion world- wide, 6.1% of global GDP, 8 million jobs and 4% of GDP in Europe for culture and creative industries: can governments and companies prepare forward-looking strategies without…
The New Journalism
Speech in International Media Symposium
The media world is rapidly being transformed and information management thinking is racing to keep pace. The result is a bewildering profusion of information and communication theories, concepts and fashions that often…
Matisse and the Fauves
20 September 2013 - 12 January 2014
One of the world’s finest art collections has been housed since 1805 in the Albertina, a grand Viennese palace in the Neoclassical style. The palace takes its name from the…
Enda O’Doherty Does Europe Exist?
The Dublin Review of Books
The Hungarian philosopher Agnes Heller, in a chapter she contributed to a book published in 1992, stated with some confidence her view that there was no such thing as European…
Muslim Brothehood destroy and steal Museums
Magdy Tahami looks in disbelief at what remains of Egypt's tiny Mallawi museum. The ground is littered with glass from the display cabinets, which once housed its precious collection, after a mob attacked and looted…
Hélène Despic-Popovic Tweaking history in Skopje
Libération, 28 August 2013
From Alexandre the Great to Mother Teresa, the small republic wedged between the Bulgaria and the Greece is loading itself down with debts and statues to confirm its identity.
How should one assert…
Alexis Papachelas On the path of strategic decline
ekathimerini.com , Sunday September 1, 2013
It’s time to start worrying about the fate of the West. In the postwar era we grew accustomed to living in a world in which the United States…
Piotr Zalewski How Turkey Went From 'Zero Problems' to Zero Friends
And lost its leverage everywhere.
Foreign Policy, August 22, 2013
Not so long ago, Turkey seemed to have found the elusive formula for foreign policy success. Its newly-adopted philosophy, "zero problems…
Michael Martens European Jihadists: The Continuation of a Historical Trend
Stratford Global Intelligence, Analysis, August 19, 2013
The threat of experienced militants returning to Europe from combat in North Africa and the Middle East is fueling debate about immigration and integration…
The muslim brotherhood's fall lands Turkey an unexpected ally
Today, Turkey and Egypt recalled their ambassadors from each other's capital, signaling a major downturn in bilateral ties. At the same time, Turkey's influence in Cairo seems to be winding down.Indeed,…
Gezi cleansing in Turkish Media
Al Monitor Turkey, July 26
The prime minister built his policy on an approach that criminalized the Gezi opposition. He tried to unite his followers around himself by sticking to this narrative and with it he silenced…
Is Turkey in Europe?
National Review July 7, 2013
German finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble made a statement not often heard from high-up Europeans concerning Turkey’s bid to join the European Union: “We should not accept Turkey as a full member…
Michael Martens And if you do not want to be my brother...
It takes eight minutes or five questions until Greece’s opposition leader Alexis Tsipras breaks off an interview and throws me out. The story of a communication disorder.
Translated in English…
Edward Alexander From Ambivalence to Betrayal: The Left, the Jews, and Israel, by Robert Wistrich
The Israel Journal of Foreign Affairs Volume 7 No. 2 May 27, 2013
Robert Wistrich, professor of Modern European and Jewish History at the Hebrew…
David Bedein Genesis of an Anti-Semitic State
ALGEMEINER, MAY 24TH, 2013
This week, a Global Forum Against Anti-Semitism will gather in Jerusalem.
The time has come for the Global Forum to consider the fact that a new anti-semitic state is in formation.
Dario Fernandez-Morera When the Spirits Collided: Islam and Christianity in the Course of Western Civilization
Library of Law and Liberty
Emmet Scott’s Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: the History of a Controversy is a stimulating and important book joining other recent works…