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A New Policy for North Africa in the Trump Era?

There has been much speculation across the Middle East and North Africa regarding what U.S. foreign policy in the region will look like under the Trump administration. We can infer some insights from Trump’s comments during the 2016 campaign, from his character, and from the personalities of his recent cabinet ...

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Trump and Radical Islam

In the midst of the preparation to enter the White House as a President of the United States of America, the Islamists in general and in Tunis in particular as well as their allies were surprised of the position of Donald Trump of Political Islam after he had called these ...

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What is Denglisch and why is it so catchy?

English has been quietly conquering the German language since the end of the Second World War, with sometimes baffling consequences No other language – apart from Latin maybe – has had such a profound effect on Germany’s people, business and culture, as English. It is omnipresent: in schools, homes, workplaces, ...

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Flashback: Tunisia’s revolution at 5

Tunisia continues to defy categorisation. This small North African country with perhaps Africa’s best-educated population (around 10m), has been the continent’s economic star for decades. It was also the byword for stability in a notoriously unstable continent. Zine El Abedine Ben Ali ruled with an iron fist but he delivered ...

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Master any skill with these 6 steps

Robert Greene explained in his book, Mastery, how one can achieve mastery in any skill while clearly indicating that mastery is earned not granted. In the past , there were no books , no internet , no documents that craftsman could learn from . Apprentices had to learn by observing ...

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Germany welcomed far fewer immigrants in 2016

The immigration crush that created a crisis for the government of German Chancellor Angela Merkeleased markedly in 2016, authorities said Wednesday. Germany received 280,000 asylum-seekers in 2016, less than a third of the 890,000 total in 2015 at the height of the crisis, the Interior Ministry said. War-torn Syria remained the ...

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Watchful Waiting on European Security

The state of European security may dramatically worsen in 2017 if the worrying trends of 2016 continue. Observers should watch for four big and consistent problems. The first area in which Europe still flounders is its response to security threats. It is reasonable to assume that jihadist terrorism in Europe ...

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