The article first published in 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


The article first published in 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

barselona 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 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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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


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Fethullah Gulen (photo credit: CC-BY-Diyar se, Wikimedia Commons)

  It is by now abundantly clear that Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in the process of rapidly transforming Turkey into a religious dictatorship that is increasingly resembling a totalitarian rather than just an authoritarian state. Having suspended all constitutional rights and guarantees, as well as the European Convention of Human Rights, under a blanket emergency rule law, Erdogan governs Turkey today much as the Stalinist regimes did in Eastern Europe after Soviet bayonets installed them there at the end of WWII. The list of abuses is long and getting longer by the day. So far, 79,000 public servants have been dismissed, 40,000 are in jail awaiting trials, 1016 educational institutions, including 15 universities, have been closed down, as have been 129 charitable foundations. Ditto for 1125 citizen associations, 19 trade


  Last Friday Bulgaria’s Supreme Cassation Court, the country’s highest court of appeal, overturned the sentences of radical Pazardzhik imam Ahmed Musa and 12 others and returned the case to the Plovdiv court of appeals for a new trial. Importantly, the court determined that the Salafi ideology practiced by the accused imams is not among those “definitively established as anti-democratic movements in Islam,” that it is “determined by experts to be a religious, i.e. legitimate, movement in Islam” and that the sentences were wrongly imposed against a “contemporary ideological tendency within Sunni Islam.” Thus, the court argued that Musa and his colleagues were legitimately practicing their religion rather than engaging in subversive, anti-democratic activities as the lower court found. In doing that, the highest appeals court of the land essentially