The Battle for Control of the Grand Mosque in Brussels

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by James M. Dorsey It’s hard to prove beyond doubt a direct causal link between militancy and Saudi-inspired ultra-conservative forms of Sunni Muslim Islam. That hasn’t stopped Belgium’s Parliament from attempting to wrest control from Saudi Arabia of Brussel’s downtown Grand… Continue Reading  

Catalan Violence Tarnishes European Values in Post-Soviet View

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by Larissa Sotieva The use of heavy-handed tactics by police to disrupt the Catalan referendum on October 1 was more than simply an internal Spanish or European matter. It sent a powerful and damaging message to those living in countries and… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump and the Fourth Great Shattering

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by John Feffer When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn’t seriously entertain the worst-case scenario suggested by the title. At the time, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were imploding, while separatist movements… Continue Reading  

The EU on the JCPOA: Neither “Fix” nor Nix

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by Eldar Mamedov When President Donald Trump announced his decision to “decertify” the nuclear deal with Iran in a speech on October 13, the EU´s reaction was swift and unambiguous. Minutes after Trump’s speech, the bloc´s foreign policy chief Federica… Continue Reading  

How Should Europe React to the New US Strategy on Iran?

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by Peter Jenkins According to today’s White House statement, President Donald Trump has decided not to denounce the July 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) or encourage Congress to kill it, but to ask… Continue Reading