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News You Really Need To See: “Molenbeek, Belgium’s ‘Jihad Central'”

“Molenbeek, Belgium’s ‘Jihad Central’” The New York Times, November 19, 2015 http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/19/opinion/molenbeek-belgiums-jihad-central.html “The shocking and bloody attacks in Paris on Friday, Nov. 13, left a trail leading to France’s small northern neighbor, Belgium — more precisely to its capital, Brussels, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Cause of All Nations”

July 20, 2015 by Darius  In his book The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War, historian Don Doyle seeks to destroy the notion that the American Civil War was a purely domestic affair.  Instead, … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: ISIS, Where Do We Go from Here?

June 26, 2015 by Darius  It’s been a bad day for the world today. In Kuwait, dozens are dead and hundreds more injured after an ISIS suicide bomber detonated himself in a mosque packed with Shia worshippers. In Syria, dozens … Continue reading

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News You Really Need To See: “France Seeks Bigger Role in Mideast”

“France Seeks Bigger Role in Mideast” The Washington Post, June 22, 2015, p.A10 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/france-wants-bigger-role-in-israeli-palestinian-peace-efforts/2015/06/21/06c635c6-182e-11e5-bed8-1093ee58dad0_story.html “France’s top diplomat traveled to the Middle East over the weekend to take a crack at solving the seemingly unsolvable Israeli-Palestinian conflict, offering a new way … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: “The Iron King”

June 19, 2015 by Darius  I recently read The Iron King, the first book in French author Maurice Druon’s acclaimed Accursed Kings historical fiction series.  The series follows the fall of the house of Capet, the line that gave rise … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: Waterloo, Celebrating the Power of an Idea

June 17, 2015 by Darius  Tomorrow is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.  French leader Napoleon Bonaparte lost the battle to numerically superior British, Dutch, and Prussian forces, permanently ending his time in power.  What is more remarkable … Continue reading

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Thinking Aloud: 75th Anniversary of Dunkirk

May 23, 2015 by Darius  The next week will mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dunkirk.  The battle and the mass evacuation that followed were arguably the most important events of the first years of World War II … Continue reading

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