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“It’s quiet out there. Too quiet.” In the old Hollywood movies, that’s the line that one of the intrepid explorers utters just before all hell breaks loose in the jungle. But the...
“The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It's bullshit.”—Polish Foreign Minister Radoslav Sikorski, secretly taped...
It’s time for everybody in Iraq to take a tranquillizer. The media will go on fizzing with apocalyptic speculations for a week or so, because that kind of talk always sells, but...
Whatever else you may say about the “young war criminal” (as British journalist Alan Watkins used to call former prime minister Tony Blair), he certainly fights his corner with...
Every disaster creates opportunities for somebody. If the Kurds of Iraq play their cards right, they could finally end up with the borders they want, fully recognised by a...
The Iraqi army will have to destroy Mosul in order to save it—and it’s not clear whether it can do the job even then. It isn’t so much an army as a vast system of patronage...
“The signs of collusion between the criminal class and the highest political and institutional office holders are too numerous and too serious to be ignored,” concluded the report...
The presence of President Vladimir Putin on the Normandy beaches on the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings was planned long before the current conflict over Ukraine, but it is...
To the vast surprise of absolutely nobody, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi won the Egyptian presidential election last week. Moreover, he won it with a majority that would pass...
“There is no doubt that many populist, Eurosceptic, and even nationalistic parties are entering the European Parliament,” said the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier...

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