Ready for duty. German paratrooper, 2012.
Johannes Simon / 20 Feb 2019

No More Mr Nice Country

Germany and Its Military

I tried to get out of military service, I really did. When I was called up for inspection in 2010, it was easier than ever to evade the draft. They just didn’t seem to care anymore.(...)

Mitchell Plitnick / 08 Feb 2019

The Palestine Problem

A Progressive Jewish View of the EU

“Israel is outraged over the legislation against it in the Dail which is indicative of hypocrisy and anti-Semitism.” That was the statement from the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the lower house of the Irish parliament advanced a bill in late January that would make it illegal for anyone in Ireland to buy goods or services from Israel’s settlements in the West Bank.(...)

Joel Schalit / 01 Feb 2019

A Day to Remember

Travelling Through History

The passengers were black. The conductor was black. Everyone was speaking fluent English. Accented, that is. They must be from Liberia or Ghana, I reckoned.(...)

John Foster / 30 Jan 2019

Holocaust for Populists

National Pride, Not Genocide

Populism is the political order of the day, both in Europe and, with a somewhat different texture and topography, in the United States.  At the same time, the heritage of the Holocaust, as a defining event and an ethically foundational moment in European history seems to be in decline, even where it is not under direct attack.(...)

Joel Schalit / 25 Jan 2019

School for Dictators

Matteo Salvini and the Italian Right

It had been his worst week in office. The press had started eating him alive. His coalition was showing signs of stress. And opposition was starting to coalesce around his refugee policy.(...)

Josh White / 23 Jan 2019

The Russians Are Coming

The Truth About Kremlin Influence on UK Politics

They have a hand in everything. Everything that’s bad, that is. Russia, the subterfuge brand, has become the go-to bogeyman behind every major political upset in the West.(...)

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