Wednesday, January 28, 2015
  1. Japan’s Beheaded Illusions

    Yuriko Koike

    Japan’s Beheaded Illusions


     complains that the country's "peace constitution" bars the tools needed to protect its citizens.

    PM Shinzo Abe Egypt President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi PM Shinzo Abe and President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi/Pan Chaoyue/ZumaPress

    The Islamic State's beheading of a Japanese citizen has highlighted just how vulnerable the country is to outside threats. Will the Japanese public now support Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's efforts to reform the country's constitution to allow for a more active defense policy? READ MORE

  2. Europe’s Jihadi Generation

    Javier Solana

    Europe’s Jihadi Generation


     attributes radicalization to exclusion at home and turmoil in the Arab world.

    Muslim youth men Ashraf Amra/APA Images/ZumaPress

    In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris and the thwarting of an attack in Belgium, Europe needs to understand why second- and third-generation immigrants are susceptible to the blandishments of terrorist organizations. The reason is simple: European citizenship has not translated into social and economic inclusion. READ MORE

  3. Charlie Hebdo’s Rights and Wrongs

    Anne-Marie Slaughter

    Charlie Hebdo’s Rights and Wrongs


     insists that a just society must defend more than free expression.

    No blasphemy march pakistan Charlie Hebdo Rana Sajid Hussain/ZumaPress

    In the wake of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris, people worldwide have rallied in support of the principle that any person or publication should be free to broadcast whatever message it likes, however offensive, as long as it does not incite violence itself. But a just society must uphold other principles as well. READ MORE

  4. America’s Global Balancing Act

    Zbigniew Brzezinski

    America’s Global Balancing Act


     rejects the widespread view that the United States is in global retreat.

    US soldier camera balance US Air Force/Natassia Cherne/Flickr

    The redistribution of global power has produced a situation in which the US is no longer the sole hegemon. The US has to acknowledge the fact that the world is now much more complex, and that, though it must understand the national interests of key players, it cannot allow itself to identify completely with any of them. READ MORE

  5. Charlie and the Anti-Muslim Media Factory

    Sami Mahroum

    Charlie and the Anti-Muslim Media Factory


     argues that European Muslims should not have to apologize for violence by criminals.

    Mosque at night Pan Chaoyue/ZumaPress

    It is facile to frame the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo as an attack on freedom of expression. Are we supposed to be surprised that a global terror organization known for its brutal disregard for human rights and humane values would attack a media outlet that has specialized in provoking it? READ MORE

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