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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
On April 4, 2017, when 23-year old Akbarzon Jalilov has blown himself up taking 15 other innocent people lives at the St. Petersburg metro, very few people initially paid attention to his place of birth. Shortly, it turned out that him, as another eight of his friends who were detained, were ethnic Uzbeks from a Kyrgyz town of Osh. Another Uzbek man, Rakhmat Akilov, is suspected of steering a hijacked beer truck into a crowd of shoppers in Stockholm on April 7 that left four people dead and 15 others wounded. Yet another Uzbek national, Abdulkadir Masharipov, has been arrested for allegedly killing 39 people of different nationalities only two hours into the New Year in the Reina nightclub in Istanbul on January 1, 2017. All three of them
Moscow is not a reliable partner for Washington in combating international terrorism. On the contrary, the Kremlin supports forces in the Middle East and elsewhere that oppose the US. It aims to deflect violent jihadism toward the West both to shield Russia from being targeted and to weaken America’s global influence. Vladimir Putin’s Russia possesses all the attributes of a terrorist sponsor, by engaging in terrorist attacks against its own population and playing a significant role in developing terrorist networks outside its borders. Russia’s security services have engaged in domestic terrorism both to subdue and manipulate public opinion. The most notorious outrage occurred in September 1999 shortly before Putin was appointed President. John Dunlop, a distinguished scholar at the Hoover Institution, in his landmark book The Moscow Bombings of
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is closing in on capturing the executive presidency he has long desired and codifying it in law with a new constitution. But, whether or not Erdogan emerges victorious in Turkey’s upcoming constitutional referendum, the country will still be faced with critical issues that could prolong its destabilization. Sometime in April, Turkish voters are expected to go to the polls in a referendum calling for transforming Turkey’s government from a parliamentary system to a presidential regime. The referendum proposes eliminating the prime minister’s post and establishing an executive presidency in which the president can maintain ties to a political party. Erdogan could remain in power until 2029 if the referendum passes. If that is the case, Turkey will likely become more autocratic and
The wave of migration caused by the war in Syria has challenged politicians in Europe to address properly and promptly the current problems which Europe faces today. If the people in Europe can’t see in the deeds of their representatives an adequate response to today’s problems, it is very likely that those politicians are going to lose their elections and, as a consequence, Europe will fall into the hands of a new generation of leaders who may question the integrative European model altogether. The fears of the European people are understandable, but they are additionally fueled by populist parties which obviously think that they would profit from this fear and gain much greater numbers of votes. Against this background, there is a serious and visible problem: the rift between words