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THE DANGER OF INADVERTENT WAR IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

INADVERTENT WAR

 In 1914, Austria-Hungary launched what it thought would be a short punitive war against Serbia. The next thing it knew, it was involved in a war against Russia, Italy, France, Britain, and then the United States. Four years later, Austria-Hungary ceased to exist. If the Austro-Hungarian government had known where its Balkan intervention would lead, it would never have launched it. But it didn’t know. World War I was an inadvertent war.

Trump and International Security

 Trump International Security


by Richard Kemp

It is the EU, not Donald Trump, that threatens to undermine NATO and the security of the West. An EU defence union will present a direct threat to NATO, competing for funds, building in duplication and confusion, and setting up rival military structures.

Obama’s Final Arms-Export Tally More than Doubles Bush’s

Obama’s Arms-Export Tally


BY MARCUS WEISGERBER, CAROLINE HOUCK

Most of the $278 billion in approved sales have gone to Saudi Arabia and other Mideast allies.

The Obama administration has approved more than $278 billion in foreign arms sales in its eight years, more than double the total of the previous administration, according to figures released by the Pentagon on Tuesday.

Vatican cardinal: Pope Benedict’s Regensburg address was ‘prophetic’

Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran


BY ROBERT SPENCER 

In his 2006 Regensburg address, Pope Benedict cited the 14th-century Byzantine emperor Manuel II Paleologus regarding the preaching of violence in a religion, stating:

“Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached…”

The new, level-headed Trump

New, level-headed Trump


Ron Ben-Yishai

Analysis: Forget about the election campaign’s provocateur and chatterbox. The US president-elect’s victory speech made it clear that he feels the full weight of responsibility hanging on his shoulders. So in what direction does he plan to navigate America, and where do Israel and the Palestinians come in?

US elections as a symptom of Western fracture

Fracture


Ben-Dror Yemini

Op-ed: Western democracies are struggling with questions of national identity, solidarity, a shared ethos, the place of religion, etc. In European countries, the battle is between an old, corrupt and rotten establishment and populist and demagogic politics. In other words: Clinton vs. Trump.

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