Monday, February 27, 2017
  1. Refugees as Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Ricardo Hausmann

    Refugees as Weapons of Mass Destruction

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     explains US President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban in terms of recent psychological research.

    Syrian refugee Amer Almohibany/Stringer
    Two possible reasons, based on recent advances in psychology and neuroscience, may explain why Americans and Canadians are reacting so differently to asylum-seekers. In particular, US President Donald Trump's proposed travel ban on Muslims may be less related to its expressed justification than to unconscious considerations. READ MORE
  2. Baltic Dread

    Imbi Paju

    Baltic Dread

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     explains the growing fear of Russia in a fragile region with a freighted past.

    Tallinn, Estonia
    News media nowadays are rife with speculation about whether – if not when – US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will divide the world between them. The people of Estonia and the other Baltic states now fear being consigned to Russia’s sphere of influence yet again. READ MORE
  3. The Politics of Historicide

    Richard N. Haass

    The Politics of Historicide

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     asks why states and revolutionaries target cultural artifacts – and what can be done to stop them.

    Palmyra Louai Beshara/Getty Images
    The Islamic State has made a point of destroying cultural artifacts that it deems insufficiently Islamic, but it is hardly the first group or state to take aim at the past. In fact, the eradication of statutes, manuscripts, and paintings occurs with a frequency that is as understandable as the practice is perverse. READ MORE
  4. Global Citizens, National Shirkers

    Dani Rodrik

    Global Citizens, National Shirkers

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     rejects cosmopolitanism when it substitutes for winning domestic policy battles on their merits.

    May and Merkel Leon Neal/Getty Images
    Cosmopolitans often come across like the character from Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov who discovers that the more he loves humanity in general, the less he likes people in particular. Global citizens should be wary that their lofty goals do not turn into an excuse for shirking their duties toward their compatriots. READ MORE
  5. The New Anti-Semitism

    Ian Buruma

    The New Anti-Semitism

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     sees clear parallels between Nazi propaganda and the Trump administration's Islamophobia.

    Muslim ban protest Zach Gibson/Stringer
    Those who have been telling us that Islam, not just revolutionary Islamism, is a lethal threat to Western civilization should now feel satisfied: the US president and his main advisers agree with them. Less than a century ago, the same arguments were used to exclude and persecute Jews. READ MORE
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