New Bulgariaanalytica Series on Islam, Sharia and Islamism   This is the first of a series of articles to be published in that will attempt to throw light on the connection between Islam, sharia and radical Islam, which is still not well understood. To Erdogan. other Islamists and quite a few people on the other side, there is only one kind of Islam and to try to distinguish between the various types that have existed historically and continue to do so today, is, at best, a waste of time. This is completely wrong. To have a chance to overcome the curse that is Islamism for our civilization and for the Muslims themselves, we need to be able to understand what makes them tick. This is a small attempt

Dutch Elections map

The article first published in on 03/23/2017. The Dutch elections of last March 15 were billed around Europe and beyond as a battle royal between the forces of populist evil, as represented by Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party (PVV), and virtually everybody else in the motley crew of Dutch electoral politics. The victory of prime minister’s Mark Rutte’s VVD party (which lost 20% of its seats) over Wilders’s PVV (which added 25%), was greeted rapturously as a monumental defeat for populism and a great triumph for Europe across the political spectrum. In fact, it was nothing of the kind and if its coverage showed anything it was that the European press, much like the American mainstream press, had become a one-trick pony that was good at demonstrating its crass


Enders Wimbush   If Russia Inc. had one or two profitable outlying divisions, it might muddle through.  But Russia is fracturing along regional, ethnic, and religious lines.  Historian Stephan Blank chronicles Russia’s efforts to hold on to the Russian Far East and Siberia, concluding that Russian leaders have been eager to cut a deal with China—which covets the territory—to prevent losing it.  In fact, the Siberia Question, argues Andrei Piontkovsky, is central to Russia’s future.  As goes Siberia, so goes Russia.  Russia has entered into “bondage agreements” with China over energy and resources to keep China at bay in the East. Nearly all participants in the Russia In Decline project, especially the Russian participants, pointed to the danger of Russia breaking up along regional and ethnic lines with groups in