Tag: Europe

Hope on the Islam Front

 

Two little pieces of what looks to me anyway like hopeful signs: that Europe is looking to Australia’s model for how to cope with immigration, and that there may be more atheist, agnostic or otherwise apostate Muslims than we know.

From Quillette, an interview with a Pakistani-Canadian Muslim writer, Ali Rizvi. A few good quotes to give the flavor:

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Boy, you can hear the crying and gnashing of teeth in the NY Times article, “In Italy Election, Anti-E.U. Views Pay Off for Far Right and Populist”: Italians registered their dismay with the European political establishment on Sunday, handing a majority of votes in a national election to hard-right and populist forces that ran a […]

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Who Are the Real Colonialists?

 

Last week, some of us got into a sort of side-conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, one in which it was suggested that Israel could be seen as a “settler-colony” of the United States because the US provides considerable aid to Israel.

The question then arose: if US aid equals colonization, there are an awful lot of colonies around the world that don’t seem to have gotten the memo that they’re part of America’s Colonial Empire … including the Palestinians themselves. Meanwhile, it strikes me that there is at least one situation in the world that does resemble settler-colonialism.

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If you have not been involved (not even tangentially) in Charismatic Catholic or Evangelical Christian circles in Europe the last ten years, odds are you have not heard of the MEHR Conference. It is an event that the Augsburg House of Prayer (Gebethaus Augsburg in the local vernacular) holds during Epiphany. From modest beginnings of […]

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The good news for Angela Merkel is to be re-elected to a fourth term as German chancellor. The bad news is fashioning a working coalition of political parties divided over taxes, immigration, and climate policy. Hoover Institution senior fellow Russell Berman examines the options available to Germany’s chancellor, including any changes to her roles on the European and world stages.

America’s Not as Divided as the Media Thinks

 

If you’ve flipped by the news any time in the past century, you’ve heard over and over and over again that America is a fetid cesspool filled with institutional racism, violent bigotry, and everyday intolerance. Multimillionaires protest the oppression of their race, silver spoon sophomores yank down statues, and media elites damn America for not being enlightened like our continental betters.

Yes, racism exists. Yes, slavery scars our history. Yes, Americans are imperfect. And yet…

National Review’s John O’Sullivan

 

John O'SullivanJohn O’Sullivan joins Whiskey Politics and generously covers many issues, starting with O’Sullivan’s Law: “All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing.” We discuss Trump’s UN speech, North Korea (#Dotard!), William F. Buckley, today’s National Review and those opposing Trump, Europe in the age of Trump, why the conservative Australian model for immigration works, the worldwide attacks on free speech, and should Google and Facebook be nationalized?

Until We Are Parted by Death

 

At National Review Online, Wesley J. Smith has written an essay about the increase in “couples euthanasia” in European countries that have adopted an affirmative right to end your own life. In a story guaranteed to evoke “ahhhs” from sentimental leftists and perhaps a recognizant twinge from anyone who is in love with his or her spouse, he describes an elderly couple who died “holding hands, surrounded by loved ones.”

They were both 91, seriously old even by 21st century standards.

In this AEI Events Podcast, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) and AEI’s Leon Aron discuss the threat Vladimir Putin’s regime poses to Western countries and institutions, particularly the United States. Rep. Smith argues that the US must deter Russia by providing Ukraine with more military assistance and forward-deploying troops in the Baltic States.

Dr. Aron and Rep. Smith agree that Putin prolongs his regime by using a false historical narrative based on resentment toward perceived Western affronts to maintain a besieged “us versus them” mentality; it is crucial to deter Putin and turn his foreign policy into a source of embarrassment and defeat, rather than pride.

Hoover senior fellow Russell Berman, a specialist in the study of German literary and cultural politics, takes us through the aftershocks of the French presidential election. Is German chancellor Angela Merkel breathing a sigh of relief or, despite the nationalist setback in France, does her future and that of the European Union remain in doubt?

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It’s really coming to a head isn’t it? The demographics/immigration drama that has been playing out for the last few decades. Two things happened this last week that didn’t change the situation on the ground at all, but were symbolic indicators that such change may be coming. First, Steve King’s “other peoples’ babies” tweet. The […]

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The End of Fantasy Europe

 

First off I would like to say that I have not read James Kirchick’s The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age. Frankly I have better things to do with my time, like reading about the previous dark ages that supposedly befell Europe. However, I have read @Claire Berlinski’s article and will be moving forward to address the issues mentioned there.

I am going to first address my biggest problem with this book and its title. It’s not the end of Europe which is being addressed. It’s the end of the European Union. Whenever Europe is mentioned I will likely be referring to the EU or as I like to call it Fantasy Continent.

Unlike Kirchick or Claire, I am writing to the people of Ricochet. People who elected Trump, people who didn’t vote for Trump. But people for the most part I don’t think have their heads in the clouds. People who live in what I like to call the real world. The one we live in and not the ones that fantasize about the way they wish the world works. Just people.

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I have long been a fan of political podcasts, thoroughly enjoying the information, and the medium itself. However, one of my few complaints has been that it’s very hard to find in depth coverage of European or Canadian politics… So I decided to change that by starting a podcast that would focus on the politics […]

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I had on Fox & Friends this morning. In between their typical fare of the hosts reading tweets about cat videos and running obstacle courses out on 6th Avenue, they had a live interview with . . . Julian Assange. He may not have blabbed earth-shattering news – he’s saving that for his next leak before the election […]

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WSJ Report on European Prisons

 

What happens when you combine Islamism with the usual troubles that afflict prison? The WSJ reports:

The rise of Islamic State has caught Europe’s prison systems flat-footed. Convicted terrorists, some of whom serve prison terms as brief as two years, sit atop the social pecking order in facilities like Fleury-Mérogis. Many use jail time to forge ties with petty criminals from the predominantly Muslim suburbs that ring European cities, authorities say, grooming them for jihad missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria—or attacks at home. Now the return over the past year of an unprecedented number of jihadists from Islamic State territory is placing European prisons in an even bigger bind. To keep militants off the streets, authorities are throwing many of them in jail, but that is injecting battle-hardened radicals into overcrowded prisons. Researchers estimate that 50% to 60% of the roughly 67,000 inmates in the French prison system are Muslims, who represent just 7.5% of the general population.

The Week in Europe

 

The GOP convention has probably drowned out the news from Europe in the US, but it’s been a dramatic week. I’ve been unable to take my eyes or my mind off events in Turkey. I wrote this piece for City Journal:

… It will be many years, if ever, before we fully understand what just took place. But some of the conclusions hastily drawn in the Western media make no sense. Many commentators have been quick, for example, to accept Gülen’s intimation that the scale of the purge indicates the coup attempt was staged by Erdoğan himself, in some kind of Turkish Reichstag fire. True, lists of people to purge were prepared long in advance, but that doesn’t mean that Erdoğan staged the coup. It’s no surprise to anyone in Turkey that these lists were ready; the government had already said as much. To understand why, you’d need to be familiar with events in Turkey from the time the AKP came to power to the present, as well as the way, beginning in 2012, the AKP visibly, explosively, and publicly fell out with Gülen’s flock. The president has taken advantage of the coup plot to accelerate a purge, but it doesn’t mean he staged it. Nor is it evidence for Gülen’s involvement, though it would be credulous to dismiss that idea out of hand.

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I’m not sure exactly what to make of this story. Heck, I can’t even figure out a decent title for this post. In any event, here’s the story. Several months ago, a young German woman in the city of Mannheim was accosted by three middle eastern men and forced to perform sex acts (oral sex […]

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Brexit Should Be a Good Sign for American Conservatives (But It Won’t Be)

 

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it is natural to consider what the populist victory — unexpected by elite officials and opinionmakers — might mean for elections elsewhere. Does polling underestimate Donald Trump’s true level of support? Is Trump a US equivalent of Boris Johnson? Will nationalist movements on the European continent be able to make headway too?

A Christian Renewal? What the Brexit Means for Traditionalists

 
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On the morning of June 24, the world awoke to a changed Europe. With the so-called ‘Brexit’ referendum, the UK voted to leave the European Union, and as such, the EU lost one of its most important member nations. Almost immediately, there were calls from France, Italy, and the Netherlands to hold similar referenda, jeopardizing the entire EU experiment.