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News Abroad


  • The History Behind a Recently Defaced French Holocaust Memorial

    by Norman JW Goda

    The memorial plaque at 12 rue Sainte-Catherine in the central part of town contained the names of the 86 Jews arrested at that address on 9 February 1943. It was the largest single roundup of Jews in the city. On the plaque, black paint was used to cross out their names. 


  • A History of Why Trump Abandoned the Kurds

    by Ed Simon

    That the Kurds are associated with socialism, anti-fascism, and radical democracy isn’t incidental to Trump’s abandonment of them – it’s the reason why he has.


  • Lebanon’s Chance for Change

    by James Stocker

    Lebanon has a long history of internal crisis and protest. It is tempting to see the same potential for instability in the latest rounds of protests in Lebanon, but this time, there may be something truly different.


  • We Must Not Grow Numb To The Yazidi Genocide

    by Alon Ben-Meir

    The international community cannot grow numb to genocide, as this will continue to haunt us only with greater force. The Yazidis have paid the ultimate price, and no other ethnic group should be subjected to the same fate by any perpetrator with impunity, and with apathy from the international community.


  • The Greatest Danger in the Kurdish Crisis

    by Zaman Stanizai

    If the heavy-handedness of the Turkish military is any indication, Erdogan seems to be bent on the ethnic cleansing and relocation of Kurds in northern Syria and resettling their lands along the Turkish border with Arab Syrian refugees currently residing in Turkey.


  • Modi's 'two nations' theory roils India

    by B.Z. Khasru

    By scraping Kashmir's status, the prime minister has taken a highly risky step toward making the misguided dream of the right-wing Hindu extremists come true and shaken up secular India.


  • An Act of Betrayal and Infamy

    by Alon Ben-Meir

    To think that the President would sell America’s interests and abandon its allies for the sake of personal financial gain is not merely outrageous but criminal. 


  • The Middle East: Must We Fight Forever?

    by Harlow Giles Unger

    Almost 235 years have elapsed since John Adams warned against America’s first military involvement in the Arab world. The United States today seems well on the way to fulfilling Adams’s prophecy that we will “fight them forever.”


  • Searching for El Dorado: The Colonial Fantasy of the Amazon

    by Ed Simon

    There is a direct ideological thread that runs from the early explorers of the Caribbean and South America and the current environmental catastrophe unfolding in the Brazilian rainforest as fire burns its way across the length of a land which was once called paradise.