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With Friends Like These

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On May 17, 2017
In yet another clear signal about the consequences of embracing strongmen: violence erupted at the Turkish embassy in DC yesterday, just after Turkish President Erdogan enjoyed his cozy White House visit. The clash involved pro- and anti-Erdogan groups. Turkish state media identified members of Erdogan’s own security team in the fighting. The videos and images […]

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

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It’s a good week for anti-Semitism in Europe. Monday morning, the Hungarian President signed a law that essentially bans Central European University from operating (as part of the ruling party’s obsessive anti-Soros campaign). But, ever a trend setter, Marine Le Pen made the spectacular statement this weekend that France was not responsible for the infamous […]
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There’s a draft DHS memo floating around today, which proposed using up to 100,000 National Guard troops across eleven states to round up undocumented immigrants. It’s still unclear where this proposal originated, in response to what (though it seems part of the lead-up to the travel ban), and how far its discussion went (Spicer hasn’t […]
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Some props to the Netherlands. First, for this lovely message to our 45th POTUS. Second, and more significantly, for stepping up for women’s reproductive health. You probably heard that Trump reinstated–and expanded–the global gag rule, threatening the work (and funding) for health assistance to women worldwide. As well as this plays to his niche audience […]

MLK en français

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On January 16, 2017

My to-do list today included tracking down eighteenth-century primary sources in French for some of my ambitious Francophone students. So, obviously, I decided to see what if anything French press had

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