by | Mar 30, 2018

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is once again targeting university students over their political dissent, which he considers to be “support for terrorism.” A pro-government group distributed “Turkish delights” on the campus of Turkey’s top institute of higher education, Boğaziçi…

by | Feb 12, 2018

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization once defended Western civilization. The alliance was to hold back the Soviet hordes from conquering “Old Europe,” as it was later called. Then disaster struck. The enemy disappeared: the Soviet Union dissolved and Warsaw Pact…

by | Jan 29, 2018

Last week, President Trump had what must have been a tense telephone conversation with Turkish President Erdogan. Erdogan’s forces are attacking Kurdish forces allied with America in the Afrin region of Syria. Erdogan has said his forces would pursue the…

by | Oct 2, 2017

During the latter half of the 19th Century, the Ottoman Empire, a Muslim power, was called “the sick man of Europe.” But, like the 800-year Muslim occupation of Spain, the Ottoman Empire was not “of Europe” at all. It occupied…

by | Sep 21, 2017

Philadelphia On Tuesday afternoon, representatives of Turkey stormed out of a NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) conference when Emre Çelik, a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was invited to address the conference, hosted by the Middle East Forum…

by | Jul 3, 2017

On November 19, 1919, Congress rejected the Versailles Treaty ending World War I and with it the charter of the League of Nations which was a key part of it. Principal among the reasons for the treaty’s rejection was a…

by | Jun 7, 2017

The ears of ‘Thatcherites’ across the country must be ringing after hearing of the recent actions taken by President Trump, that some might suggest having been taken from the Thatcherism handbook. Margaret Thatcher was a conservative prime minister of the…

by | May 31, 2017

In June 2011, President Barack Obama’s Defense Secretary Robert Gates, addressing the Security and Defense Agenda, a Brussels policy center, bluntly criticized NATO nations, for what he insisted was their failure to fulfill their commitments to increase defense spending and…

by | May 29, 2017

At Sigonella Naval Air Station in Italy, his last stop on his first foreign trip, President Trump declared the trip a “home run.” At best, it was a stand-up double. Even that’s a generous grade, given the point at which…

by | May 29, 2017

President Donald Trump may find Washington a hostile home lurking with political foes who want payback for his harsh rhetoric on the campaign trail. Funny thing, though: On his first foreign trip as president, the one-time isolationist found forgiveness and…

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