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ERDOGAN

The article first published in americanthinker.com on 08/14/2018. And so by mid-2018, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has achieved virtually everything he sat out to achieve when he first came to power in 2003. Turkey is now in everything but the name an Islamist dictatorship with Erdogan as the unchallenged leader. Yet, instead of feeling supremely confident, Erdogan and his clique are beset by ineluctable problems and foreboding of disaster down the road. In many ways, this was inevitable and stems from the very nature of the radical transformation of an imperfect democracy into an oppressive tyranny. Disaster for Turkey may not be around the bend, it was thought, but it was inevitable sooner rather than later. The collapse of the Turkish lira last Friday may have signaled that ‘sooner’ is now.   To

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IslamicWomanbeingwhipped

  This is the second article on radical Islam in Bulgaria Analytica. It is based in part on Alex Alexiev, The Wages of Islamism: Radical Islam’s Threat to the West and the Muslim World, Hudson Institute, Washington D.C., 2011.   The emergence of Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the undisputed leader, some will say dictator, in Turkey after the last election has again brought into focus the nature of his belief system and specifically sharia – a doctrine he has on numerous occasions declared himself to be a proud “servant of.” To the extent that very few Muslims (and even fewer non-Muslims) know much about the subject, it is worthwhile sketching out what sharia is and what it is not. It is also important because it provides us with important clues

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Saudi-classroom_NEW

  New Bulgariaanalytica Series on Islam, Sharia and Islamism   This is the first of a series of articles to be published in bulgariaanalytica.org 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

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pakistan

The article first published in americanthinker.com on 01/15/2018.   President Trump’s threat to cut US assistance to Pakistan because of its duplicitous policies has elicited relatively few angry denunciations from the normally unhinged Trump haters in the foreign-policy establishment. They have been limited to accusations of endangering American soldiers in Afghanistan because of lack of logistic alternatives to Pakistan. This essentially implies that the current failed and counter-productive policies are preferable to Trump’s calls for change.   To understand why this is a recipe for continued failure in which the Pakistani people are the main victims some history is in order. Ever since its violent separation from India in 1947, Pakistan has been an army with a state attached to it. Its quarrel with India, a vastly more powerful state, became a

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Mohammad-bin-Salman

The article first published in americanthinker.com on 11/17/2017.   The dramatic events in Saudi Arabia of the past few days portend a game change in the Middle East not seen in decades. Predictably, the mainstream media, desperate as they are to find something, anything to blame on Trump, have completely missed it. Instead, they have babbled about the market implications of the arrests of Prince Alwaleed and Co, Saudi Arabia ‘emerging’ as an arms manufacturer, conflict with Hezbollah, palace intrigue etc. etc. Few have put their finger on the actual events – a palace revolution in Ryadh that could change the Middle East in profound and possibly positive ways. For the logic of what’s taking place in the  House of Saud is a revolt against the medieval obscurantism that has been the

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barselona

  Bulgariaanalytica.org is an analytical website and we seldom analyze individual articles or ideas but the case discussed below is important enough to make an exception from our usual practice.  It is a brief but exceptional analysis by Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute in New York which explains why the terrorist act of August 17 could and should have been prevented. While discussing the Barcelona case, Mr. Kern also gives us a lot of food for thought on what’s wrong with the European attitudes toward radical Islam. I strongly recommend the gatestoneinstitute.org website to anyone that is interested in Islamic terrorism – the plague of our times.   The article begins with the revelation that the authorities in Barcelona, led by its hard left mayor, Ada Colau, had refused

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Dutch Elections map

The article first published in americanthinker.com 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

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europa

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islam

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