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Does Trump’s America First policy mean Allies Last?

By Carl Bildt There is a new Trump doctrine in foreign and security affairs emerging: be unpredictable about everything. In general, there is something to be said for an element of uncertainty. Potential spoilers and adversaries should not be able to anticipate every single response to their different advances. So far, I guess Henry Kissinger would agree. But in some respects there has to be … Continue reading Does Trump’s America First policy mean Allies Last?

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The failed coup’s inside story

By Cemil Ertem The attempted coup on July 15, 2016 was the consequence of a process that started in 2013. First of all, this bloody attempted coup was a consequence of a primitive and outdated political view that denies human reason. Therefore, we need to oppose it without objection. Like all other coups, the night of July 15 was the finale of an economic and … Continue reading The failed coup’s inside story

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Why Trump makes me scared for my family

By Aziz Ansari “DON’T go anywhere near a mosque,” I told my mother. “Do all your prayer at home. O.K.?” “We’re not going,” she replied. I am the son of Muslim immigrants. As I sent that text, in the aftermath of the horrible attack in Orlando, Fla., I realized how awful it was to tell an American citizen to be careful about how she worshiped. … Continue reading Why Trump makes me scared for my family

I’m a middle-aged, white Scottish man who converted to Islam without ever meeting a Muslim. This is how

By Alan Rooney How does a middle-aged, white Scottish man living in the Scottish Highlands end up becoming a Muslim – especially when he hasn’t properly met a Muslim in his life? For me, it all started when I heard the call to prayer from a local mosque while on a beach holiday in Turkey. It woke something up inside me, and inspired me to … Continue reading I’m a middle-aged, white Scottish man who converted to Islam without ever meeting a Muslim. This is how

Why China won’t punish North Korea for its rocket launch

By Christopher Green The North Korean long-range rocket that took off from the country’s northwest coast this morning (7 February) poses a fresh round of searching questions for governments all the way from Beijing to Washington DC. Pyongyang’s second successful launch of a satellite, coming so soon after its fourth nuclear detonation on 6 January, threatens to set the tone for relations around the region … Continue reading Why China won’t punish North Korea for its rocket launch

Donald Trump and the ‘Rivers of Blood’

By Sarfraz Manzoor LONDON — Until recently, Donald J. Trump was best known in Britain for “The Apprentice” television series, the Miss Universe contest and a controversial golf course development in Scotland. And most Britons would probably have viewed his decision to enter the presidential race with no more than mild envy: Why can’t British elections be as much fun as American ones? Thanks, however, … Continue reading Donald Trump and the ‘Rivers of Blood’

Open letter to the future ISIL recruit

By Mustafa Akyol Dear fellow Muslim, who has a heart for “jihad”, or struggle, in the name of God, I actually doubt that you are a regular reader of these pages, but still wanted to give it a shot, and penned this letter to convey a few friendly thoughts. You are probably young, devoted and angry. You are angry because our civilisation, the Muslim world, has … Continue reading Open letter to the future ISIL recruit