Burkas, Burkinis, Veils and Women’s Rights

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by Graham E. Fuller Symbolism matters. Especially when it comes to other people’s cultures. Most recently we see the old/new issue about Muslim women’s dress, especially now grabbing headlines in France where “Islamic beachwear” or the “burkini” (burka-bikini), has been… Continue Reading  

Glimmers of a Future in Iraq?

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by Graham E. Fuller Iraqi politics are in turmoil—nothing new here. Not surprisingly, the post-invasion order is taking a long time to shake down, given the destruction of the old. Entirely new relationships had to be forged under the new,… Continue Reading  

How Can Turkey Overcome Its Foreign Policy Mess?

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by Graham E. Fuller What does Turkey need to do to overcome its present foreign policy fiasco, one of the worst in modern Turkish history? The irony of all this is that those directly responsible for this mess—the team of… Continue Reading  

Refugees and Responsibilities

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by Graham E. Fuller The picture last week of the little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi dead on the beach in Turkey is one of those iconic pictures whose intense human face forces deeper reflection, especially upon publics for whom distant… Continue Reading  

Defeating ISIS by Talking to It?

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by Graham E. Fuller I can’t believe that I’ve been outflanked on the Progressive Left by Fareed Zakaria! Hints of negotiation with ISIS! I’ve got a lot of respect for Zakaria—he generally works within the outer limits of the establishment… Continue Reading