Olga Tkachuk

  • Yet another war has broken out in the Middle East, as seven absolute monarchies and a military dictatorship formed a coalition to bomb their regional neighbour Yemen, ostensibly for failing to adhere to the democratic process. I posted the news along with a ‘haha’ note about the irony ...

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  • In 1993, on the heels of the demise of the Soviet Union, Foreign Affairs published an essay by little publicly-known political scientist. The hypothesis of his piece was that the coming “great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural...[and that] the ...

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  • The Summit on Countering Violent Extremism has recently concluded in Washington. Its purpose was to "prevent violent extremists and their supporters from radicalising, recruiting or inspiring [other] individuals." To the consternation of some and the applause of others, the White House refused to ...

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  • “There is no such thing as radical Islam,” reads a recent headline of a popular American publication. Individual Muslims might be radicals, writes the author, but “[t]here is only one Islam” and it has nothing to do with violence. The White House seems to agree, and numerous ...

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  • The murders at Charlie Hebdo, a satirical French magazine, have reinvigorated the global debate about the limits that the religious dogmas of some can exercise over free speech of all. For much of the western public, this discussion was unexpected. When the 20th century French novelist and ...

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