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Bashing Belgium is Mean... and Ill-informed

Georges Ugeux | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Georges Ugeux

Born and raised in Belgium, I have a bias. I went to the United States in 1996 to lead the NYSE's research and international departments and I became a U.S. citizen in 2009. After the Paris attacks, an insidious attempt to blame Belgium for the attacks struck me as (at best) ill-informed.

Belgium Charges Man With Involvement In 'Terrorist Attacks'

AP | Benjamin Hart | Posted 11.27.2015 | World

Belgian authorities have charged a man with involvement in "terrorist attacks" as investigations continue into the massacre in Paris two weeks ago. Th...

From Brussels to Sarajevo: Why Belgium and Bosnia and Herzegovina Are Home to Islamic terrorists

Matt Olchawa | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Matt Olchawa

It is ironic that Brussels, the capital of the European Union and the headquarters of those EU institutions that have set out a strict legislative and economic reform agenda for Bosnia and Herzegovina, is also home to terrorists and radical Islam.

Belgium, France Charge 2 Suspected Of Links To Paris Attacks

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.24.2015 | World

PARIS (AP) — The man who housed a suspected ringleader of the Nov. 13 Paris attacks has been charged with terrorism-related offences. Jawad Ben...

Fourth Suspect Charged With Terrorism Offenses By Belgian Authorities

AP | Paige Lavender | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

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Brussels At Highest Terror Alert Over 'Serious And Imminent' Threat

Reuters | Nico Pitney | Posted 11.21.2015 | World

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ISIS's Threat Is Closer to Paris than Syria's Refugees

Anhvinh Doanvo | Posted 11.20.2015 | Politics
Anhvinh Doanvo

The deathblow to xenophobia against Syrian refugees here was the actual identities of the attackers--virtually all of those involved, aside from the dead owner of the passport, were either French or Belgian.

Soccer Player Mistaken For Terrorist In Belgian Hotel

The Huffington Post | Travis Waldron | Posted 11.19.2015 | Sports

Europe is on edge after last week's terrorist attacks in Paris, and international soccer hasn't been immune. A match between Belgium and Spain's nati...

Belgium Conducts Series Of Raids In Brussels Region

Reuters | Alana Horowitz | Posted 11.23.2015 | World

BRUSSELS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Belgium will introduce laws to jail jihadists returning from Syria and shut unregistered mosques, Prime Minister ...

Paris Attackers' Neighborhood Holds Candlelight Vigil For Victims

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Ma | Posted 11.19.2015 | World

As France and Belgium continue their manhunt for additional assailants who took part in Friday's tragic attacks in Paris, hundreds of people flocked ...

The Paris Attacks, French Politics and U.S. Governors

Georges Ugeux | Posted 11.17.2015 | World
Georges Ugeux

I wish we could be certain that our political leaders would always react to dramatic events only after thoroughly analyzing the situation to determine the most adequate and commensurate response.

Belgian Suspected Of Plotting Paris Attacks Was A Target Of Airstrikes In Syria

The New York Times | Annum Masroor | Posted 11.18.2015 | World

PARIS — The Belgian man suspected of being the plotter of the Paris terrorist attacks was a target of Western airstrikes on the Islamic State s...

Belgian Radical May Be Brains Behind Attacks

Reuters | Eline Gordts | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

PARIS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - A Belgian national currently in Syria and believed to be one of Islamic State's most active operators is suspected o...

Do All Massacres Matter? You Decide

Andrew Royce Bauer | Posted 11.16.2015 | Politics
Andrew Royce Bauer

It is easy to blame the media for reporting much more on massacres in Paris than on bombings in Beirut or Baghdad. But media outlets are simply responding to consumer demands and market forces. It is on you, the consumer and moral citizen, to demand better coverage and to actively seek out a broader moral community.

Belgium Could Expel Church Of Scientology From Country

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.27.2015 | World

Members of the Church of Scientology convened in a Brussels courtroom on Monday to face charges of fraud, extortion, running a criminal organiza...

Review: ULYSSE, Cashmere Guns

Judah Joseph | Posted 10.20.2015 | Entertainment
Judah Joseph

Cashmere Guns opens like every Belgian musical endeavor ought to: with an unrelenting bed of extended, sustained synth tracks that pull the listener into the music. Brussels-based ULYSSE released their second EP, Cashmere Guns, on October 19th on Soundcloud.

Saying Goodbye to Bruges

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.03.2015 | Travel
Lev Raphael

I once joined a discussion on a travel forum about Bruges and apparently pissed some people off who said you could see Bruges in a day or a day and a half. I suggested close to a week was more like it, and was grossly misinterpreted.

A Tale of Two Beer Cities

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.31.2015 | Taste
Kelly James Clark

First but not foremost, there are objectively good beers and the stinky-sock beer may or may not be one of them. Second but foremost, almost any beer tastes darn good in the company of good friends in lovely cities like Brugge and Antwerp.

The Most Underrated Tourist Attraction In Every EU Country

Thrillist | Posted 08.21.2015 | Travel

Don't get me wrong, the Mona Lisa's got a lovely smile and all, but there's something soul-crushing about how she's displayed: stowed away in glass, surrounded by hordes of sightseers throwing up "gang symbols" and cheesy smiles for their selfie sticks.

The Dog Master: An Inspired Read

Suzette Standring | Posted 08.18.2015 | Books
Suzette Standring

Back in Paleolithic times, humans befriended wolves, and thus, developed canine companionship. W. Bruce Cameron, New York Times best-selling author, imagines that first, eons-old encounter in his new book, The Dog Master, which I rank a 5-star page turner.

Celebrate the Midwest's Mutli-Ethnic Heritage with Folksongs of Another America

Stephen D. Winick | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts
Stephen D. Winick

James P. Leary's new book and CD set, Folksongs of Another America, reveals astonishing diversity in the music of the Upper Midwest.

CONGO ART! in Paris

Frank Browning | Posted 08.05.2015 | Arts
Frank Browning

There is no bloodier 20th century history than that of the Congo. Against all that gore, how then can we imagine that over the same time frame Congo, or Kongo, persisted as arguably the most brilliant artistic center on the continent?

Astoria Characters: The Old-Timer You Won't See Any More

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.28.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Madeleine's Hosiery, which has been on Steinway Street forever, or at least for as long as anyone can remember, probably won't be there the next time you pass by.

A Taste of Bruges

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.21.2015 | Travel
Lev Raphael

None of them were crowded, so I had plenty of time to contemplate, admire, and ponder. You can see each of them without feeling overwhelmed either by the art or by crowds.

Rising Anti-Semitism In Europe: History Repeating Once Again

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 07.20.2015 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

While we do not see a correlation between high numbers of violent incidents and high levels of anti-Semitic beliefs, Jews feel freer to live openly as Jews when they are confident of being accepted in their societies, not just in the absence of security concerns.