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The Latest in Holocaust Denial

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On January 29, 2018
Last Friday, Poland’s lower house passed a bill (months in the making) that would make it a criminal offense—punishable by a prison sentence—to implicate Poles in the crimes of the Holocaust. The law takes specific aim at the use of phrases like “Polish death camps” in reference to concentration camps built on occupied Polish soil. […]
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Making Colonialism Great Again

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On September 17, 2017
In case you haven’t heard, Third World Quarterly recently published a “Case for Colonialism,” political scientist Bruce Gilley’s adamantly ill-informed argument that doctrinaire anti-colonial ideology prevents us from accepting the redemptive promise of colonial systems. Gilley echoes earlier attempts to rehabilitate colonialism, like Marine Le Pen’s insistence that French rule was good for Algeria and […]
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Napoleon Complex

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On July 14, 2017
Trump’s visit to Napoleon’s tomb in Paris yesterday is an irresistible invitation to compare the two leaders. Trendy as it is to focus on historical parallels with fascism, it’s worth thinking a bit about what we can learn from that other dude crazy enough to invade Russia in winter. (Unavoidable aside: this may be the […]
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Eurovision!

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On May 14, 2017
Major news in European elections: Portugal won the Eurovision Song Contest last night. Salvador Sobral’s stripped-down performance and heartfelt singing were somewhat of an anomaly in an annual extravaganza known for outrageous kitsch and over-the-top production. Previous contests have featured a Russian Olympian skating on a mini ice rink, Finnish monster-metal pyrotechnics, and a singing […]
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