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Joost Lagendijk
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Good Coups, Bad Coups and Double Standards

(2) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 12:34 PM

To be honest, when the Egyptian military overthrew President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood (MB) government on July 4, I did not expect a long debate on the question whether or not this power grab should be labeled a coup. As many observers formulated it that day: It looks...

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Europe: Soft Power Is No Power

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 12:45 PM

It would be an understatement to say the European Union is going through difficult times. Most of its member states are stuck in an economic crisis that many Europeans blame on austerity measures enforced by the EU, perceived as a faraway, bureaucratic entity that has spun out of control and...

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On the Muslim Question

(13) Comments | Posted May 2, 2013 | 2:05 PM

In 1843 Karl Marx , the iconic 19th century philosopher and co-founder of Marxism, wrote an essay called "On the Jewish Question." In this work Marx criticizes one of his contemporaries, Bruno Bauer, who had argued that Jews could achieve political emancipation only by relinquishing their particular religious consciousness. Marx...

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