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Faced with the looming terrorist threat from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) attempts throughout Europe are being made to reclaim “our own identity.” While the whole conception of war between equal nation states is questioned in the era of international terrorism, the logic of national identity does seem to experience a comeback.
Since the attacks in Paris in mid November, I have observed with increasing incredulity the inability of statesmen in the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds to formulate convincing and coherent responses to the crises that they face.
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If we are reluctant to express ourselves, it’s because we lack words for our own liberal democratic community.
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The Battle of Lepanto, — or Inebahti, as it is known in Turkish — was, no doubt, one of the most significant and bloody naval clashes in the 16th century. That fateful day has been preserved in two completely opposite ways in the European and the Turkish memory. For the former, it is a tale of heroic victory. For the latter, it is a tale of shameful defeat. But centuries on today, it is time for us to rethink the Battle of Lepanto, beyond concepts of chivalry and defeat, and try to understand it in its complexity and entirety.
When the economy eats up politics, society falls apart. Ulrich Beck clearly expressed this: "The economic perspective is and makes us socially blind". It is the impression given by today's political leaders. Beck says that governors forget the power of the powerless and by taking this road it opens the door of the "oven of politics of state authoritarianism that, doors drawn forth, will adapt to global markets, and doors inward, will behave very authoritarian".
Many have wondered what exactly 'Charlie' stands for. Does identification with 'Charlie' signify an ultimately abstract endorsement of freedom of expression? How does it relate to the work published by the satirical magazine, and particularly its portrayals of Islam and Muslims, which – it should be mentioned – had received much less public support in France in the last couple of years?
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What is this ‘pathetic idea of dialogue’ that the West is allegedly purporting? Is it that of the military invasions or that of the multinationals’ spoliations? Some Muslims may spread their fanaticism through the barrels of their AK-47, but some Westerners spread their democracy and tolerance with aeroplanes and drones.
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The Mosque of Cordoba is one of the great sites of European memory. With its famous colonnade, its semi-circular arches and the alternating red and white voussoirs it is one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, and also a reminder of its Moorish past.