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Secularism for the Win?

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On December 23, 2018
The latest in laïcité: the mayor of a Parisian suburb banned a vendor from the city’s Christmas market because she was wearing a Muslim headscarf. Zekiye Yildirim was invited by the market’s organizer to sell her pastries and other sweets. She arrived on the morning of November 30 to set up and decorate her stand […]
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#WorldCupSyllabus

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On July 9, 2018
I have been unusually transfixed by this year’s World Cup, where histories of European identity and empire are so clearly on display. [updated 15 July] We’re headed into the last week, and the final four teams are all European–all NATO members, actually, and even all EU members (though England may not be for long). France, […]
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No Victory in Europe

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On June 7, 2018
Trump’s Europe policy is a mess. First, there’s this. And I thought our Ambassador’s enthusiasm for empowering the German right-wing had set a new low in historical understanding… Once you get past these public displays of ignorance, Thomas Wright has a worthwhile read over at the Atlantic that highlights the Trump administration’s shift to promote […]

Onward to Paris

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On May 19, 2018

I will be largely away for the next couple of weeks, as tomorrow I start an 11-day trip to Paris and Belgium. I know, life is hard. I await commenters talking about how I can’t legitimately writ

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